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Tom Cochrane Headlines 2023 Fisher River Community Celebration

todayFebruary 15, 2023 1005 2

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The Fisher River Cree Nation is excited to announce that Grammy nominated and Juno award winner, Tom Cochrane as this year’s headliner for the 17th Annual Community Celebration, taking place Sunday July 30th at the Leigh Cochrane Memorial Visitors Centre.

An iconic career which started in the pubs, rough neck bars and coffeehouses of the roads and highways of first Ontario and then the rest Canada and then the world has spanned over 4 decades and is characterized by creative, adventurousness and musical and personal integrity.

From 1980-84, Red Rider released four acclaimed studio albums that married imaginative musicianship and lyrical eloquence. Songs like “Lunatic Fringe” and “White Hot” are still relevant today, and they brought Red Rider significant sales and rock radio play in Canada and the U.S. “Lunatic Fringe” went on to become one of the most played songs in history on American rock radio.

After some personnel changes, the group resurfaced as Tom Cochrane & Red Rider in 1986. Their self-titled album produced major hits in “Boy Inside the Man” and “Untouchable One,” and was followed by the hit albums The Symphony Sessions and 1988’s Victory Day — an album that included one of Cochrane’s signature songs, the haunting Canadian tune “Big League.” A JUNO Award (one of many) as Songwriter of the Year in 1992 confirmed the respect Cochrane now enjoyed within the industry.

Red Rider eventually folded, but Cochrane’s solo career quickly took him to new heights. His 1991 tour de force, Mad Mad World, became one of the biggest-selling Canadian records of all time, scoring Diamond status (for a million sales) here. Its heartland rock sound travelled well, thanks to smash hit single “Life is a Highway,” and the album notched two million in international sales. His subsequent album, 1995’s Ragged Ass Road, included the poignant single “I Wish You Well,” the first song in Canadian radio history to enter both the singles sales chart and airplay chart at No. 1 simultaneously. Cochrane has continued releasing albums every few years, including the 2002 compilation Trapeze and 2015’s Take it Home.

In addition to his musical career, Tom Cochrane has thrown his support behind a wide range of causes. He has travelled to Africa on behalf of World Vision four times. His 2002 single, “Just Like Ali,” benefited research into Parkinson’s, a disease that afflicted his father.

Tom Cochrane is a recipient of 8 Juno Awards, and is a member of the Canadian Music Hall of Fame, Canadian Music Industry Hall of Fame, Walk of Fame, a prestigious Officer of the Order of Canada, the Order of Manitoba, former Honorary Air Force Colonel in the 409 squadron, an honorary doctorate, a recent Diamond Jubilee award, many songwriter awards from SOCAN, CAPAC and ASCAP, a Grammy nomination as well as numerous other citations and awards.

Tickets are $50 each, use Coupon Code: TOM17 to receive early bird pricing of $40.00 each for a limited time! Opening guests to be announced.

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Fisher River Cree Nation is a community in which our history, language, traditions, and culture are paramount to who we are as a people. We will protect and maintain the spirit and intent of the treaties and our inherent rights. Fisher River will be a self-sustaining progressive community with a strong and accountable government. We will provide an environment where all people are healthy, safe, and respected.