Origin Stories

Origin Stories: Maestro Fresh Wes on “Let Your Backbone Slide”

As has historically been the case with a lot of things, the Canadian music ...

Origin Stories: Colin James on “Five Long Years”

Having grown up performing alongside and touring the country with a band ...

Origin Stories: Andy Kim on “Rock Me Gently”

Andy Kim left his childhood home in Montreal for New York City to chase a ...

Origin Stories: Bryan Potvin on The Northern Pikes’ “She Ain’t Pretty”

When the Northern Pikes got their start in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan in 1984, ...

Origin Stories: Mars Bonfire on Steppenwolf’s “Born To Be Wild”

It’s amazing how many classic pop songs started out as B-sides but ended up ...

Origin Stories: Rich Dodson on The Stampeders’ “Sweet City Woman”

As far as iconic Canadian pop songs go, “Sweet City Woman” from The ...

Origin Stories: David Clayton-Thomas on Blood, Sweat & Tears’ “Spinning Wheel”

David Clayton-Thomas got his start much like many of the other great Canadian ...

Origin Stories: Carole Pope on Rough Trade’s “High School Confidential”

In Toronto during the early 1980s, Rough Trade was already a local cult ...

Origin Stories: Anne Murray on “You Needed Me”

When Anne Murray released, “You Needed Me” in 1978, she hadn’t had a hit ...