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Blue rodeo

Blue Rodeo is a Canadian country rock band formed in 1984 in Toronto.

The group consists of original members Jim Cuddy (guitarist / vocalists), Greg Keelor ​​(guitarist / vocalists) and Bazil Donovan (bassist) as well as new additions Glenn Milchem ​​(drummer) and multi-instrumentalist Bob Egan.

The band has won several Canadian music awards, including 7 Juno Awards and 7 SOCAN Awards.

Jim Cuddy and Greg Keelor ​​met in high school in Toronto. In 1977, they formed the band with punk influences, "The Hi-Fi's" which will not be successful. The duo is renamed "Fly to France" and moved to New York in 1981 in the hope of becoming known and signing a music contract. Despite several changes in musical style over this period, they return empty-handed in Toronto three years later. There they meet shortly after Cleave Anderson and offer him to join their group. He accepts and also brings his friend Bazil Donovan. Bobby Wiseman then joins the group, the latter being the younger brother of one of their roommates when they were in New York. The group is organized around a country folk style very supported on the guitar at a time when it is rather the pop and the synthesizers which are popular. In 1985, Blue Rodeo performed his first show at Rivoli in Toronto.

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