Barenaked Ladies are a pop/rock group, formed in Scarborough, Ont, in 1988 as an acoustic duo featuring songwriter/vocalists Ed Robertson (b 25 Oct 1970) and Steven Page (b 22 Jun 1970). A five-piece line-up came together in 1990/91 with the addition of drummer Tyler Stewart (b 21 Sep 1967), multi-instrumentalist Jim Creeggan (b 12 Feb 1970) and his keyboard-playing brother Andrew (b 4 Jul 1971). Kevin Hearn (b 3 Jul 1969) joined the group following Andy Creeggan's exit in 1995. All members were born in metropolitan Toronto.
The Guess Who was the most successful Canadian rock group of the late 1960s and early 1970s, and Canada’s first rock superstars. The songwriting team of guitarist-singer Randy Bachman and lead singer-keyboardist Burton Cummings wrote such classic songs as “These Eyes,” “Laughing,” “No Time,” “No Sugar Tonight” and “American Woman” (the first song by a Canadian band to hit No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart) before Bachman’s departure in 1970. The string of hits continued with “Share The Land,” “Albert Flasher,” “Rain Dance” and “Clap for the Wolfman,” among others, until Cummings left to pursue a solo career in 1975. The Guess Who won two Juno Awards and a Governor General’s Performing Arts Award, and was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame, Canada’s Walk of Fame, the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame and the Canadian Music Industry Hall of Fame.
Rock group 54.40 was formed in Tsawassen, BC, in 1979 by former high school classmates Neil Osborne (vocals, guitar) and Brad Merritt (bass). The group took its name from the slogan "54.40 or Fight!," coined in 1848 by US president James Polk for a Manifest Destiny movement that believed the Canada-US border should be moved north to the 54th parallel, 40th minute (the present-day border of Canada and Alaska).
The group's debut recording, Outskirts (1987), included the plaintive top-10 Canadian hit "Try," which was sung by Cuddy. The subsequent albums Diamond Mine (1989), Casino (1990), Lost Together (1992), Five Days in July (1993) and Nowhere to Here (1995) have collectively sold more than 1.
Fronted by lead singer Paul Hyde’s eccentric, English-accented vocals and lyrics, and characterized by several shifts in style and sound, the punk/new wave/pop band Payola$ (later Paul Hyde and the Payolas, then Rock and Hyde) was one of the more idiosyncratic Canadian groups to enjoy commercial success in the 1980s.