Mid-90s Mini Profiles on Semi-Major Artists

Sylvain Cossette

Sylvain was born in 1963 in Grand-Mère, Québec. He started out musically by joining the English-language band Paradox in the 80s. In 1994, he embarked on a solo career. A couple of his albums went Platinum and he enjoyed many hit singles in Quebec. Felix-nominated songs of his were: “Tu reviendras”, “Que je t’aime”, “Dans tes yeux”, and “Pas besoin de frapper”. In recent years he released a series of albums called 70s in which he covers classic English songs, like “Takin’ Care of Business”, “Let It Be”, and “Message in a Bottle”.

Cowboy Junkies

This Toronto band formed in 1985 and released their debut the following year. The primary line-up consisted of the three Timmins siblings Margo (vocals), Michael (guitar), and Peter (drums), as well as Alan Anton (bass). Their first notable hit didn’t come until 1989; “Misguided Angel” peaked at #24 on the national RPM charts. Their biggest hits were “Anniversary Song”, “A Common Disaster”, and “Angel Mine” which all appeared in the mid-90s. Michael was their principal songwriter. The Timmins siblings are the great grandchildren of mining prospector Noah Timmins who founded the city of Timmins, Ontario.

Moist

The hard rock quintet from Vancouver released only three albums. Their 1994 debut, Silver, went 4x Platinum thanks to the title-track and “Push”. Their second effort, Creature, spawned hits “Leave It Alone” and “Resurrection”. Moist was led by David Usher, the other members being Kevin Young (keyboards), Mark Makoway (guitars), Jeff Pearce (bass), and Paul Wilcox (drums). Usher has released several albums as a soloist. Moist reformed and released Top 10 album Glory Under Dangerous Skies in 2014.

The Odds

A 90s power pop quartet from Vancouver, Steven Drake, Doug Elliot, Craig Northey, and Pat Steward (who replaced earlier member Paul Brennan) relocated to Los Angeles, U.S. as they felt their career was going nowhere. There, they were adopted by Warren Zevon as his band. This led to a record deal with BMG. Their biggest hits came with their third and fourth albums (1995-97): “Truth Untold”, “Someone Who’s Cool”, and “Make You Mad”.

Kim Stockwood

Kim, born in St. John’s in 1965, moved to Toronto in 1993 to launch her music career. She secured a recording contract quickly, with EMI and released her first album Bonavista in 1995. Three songs made the year-end charts: “She’s Not in Love”, “Jerk”, and “You Won’t Remember This”. She followed up with 12 Years Old, the title-track of which was her biggest hit, appearing on the year-end chart for 1999 at #33. While the normal course is for rock groups to disband and members embark on a solo career, Stockwood did the opposite. In the new millennium, she left her solo career to form all-female band Shaye with Tara MacLean and Damhnait Doyle.

Luce Dufault

Luce was born a year after Stockwood in Orleans, Ontario. She began her singing career with a performance in a mall at fifteen. She joined a rhythm and blues band in Montreal. In 1992, Luc Plamondon offered her a role in “The Legend of Jimmy” musical. This was followed by her appearance in 1993’s “Starmania”. Her debut album appeared in 1996. She has since come out with several albums over the years. “Soirs de scotch”, “Quand on s’en va pour oublier”, “Belle ancolie”, and “Tu me fais du bien” were all Felix-nominated songs.

Sloan

Membership of this Halifax-formed, Toronto-based group has remained unchanged and all members have participated in both its song-writing and singing. Sloan is Jay Ferguson, Patrick Pentland, Chris Murphy, and Andrew Scott. The band formed in 1991 and released their debut album the following year. Their breakthrough came with the third album One Chord to Another in 1996. Sloan’s biggest hits were “Everything You’ve Done Wrong”, “The Good in Everyone”, and “Money City Manics”.

Jean Leloup

Born in 1961 in Sainte-Foy, QC, Jean grew up in Algeria and Togo and was influenced by African percussion. He returned to Quebec in 1976. His first album came out in 1989 followed by a second in 1990. But his breakthrough came with his third release, Le Dôme, in 1996 . Felix-nominated songs of his were “I Lost My Baby”, “La vie est laide”, “Je joue de la guitar”, “Balade à Toronto”, “Les Corneilles”, and “La plus belle fille de la prison”. Jean Leloup made a big comeback in 2015 with new album A Paradis City. Platinum by the end of the year, it won a host of awards and spawned a number of hit singles.

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