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What The!! Wednesdays

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Hi Blue Rodeo Fans,

Our newest feature is What The!! Wednesdays, named after the comment Jim Cuddy wrote on a copy of Dry, a parody of Blue Rodeo's megahit, Try. The link gives a bit more insight into how Jim wrote Try, along with a live performance of Try, courtesy of CBC Music.

Dry tells the story of a couple arguing over the dishwashing duties...

As I mentioned in yesterday's post, I met Jim while Comedy On Wry, a Toronto sketch/music/improv comedy troupe I was 1/4 of, was MCing the Oakville Waterfront Festival in Oakville, Ontario, Canada in 1997. Oakville sits right on the edge of Lake Ontario, the 14th largest lake in the world. Our job was to do a sketch (some people call them a skit) or a funny song, then introduce the next act. Blue Rodeo were the headliners that day so Scotty Watson, Carol Lempert, Kevin Wright, and myself got to hang around backstage between our bits and act introductions.

When we arrived I was feeling butterflies from the idea of meeting Blue Rodeo! The band was busy prepping, but I got a "Hi" from Greg Keelor as he walked by, and Jim took the time to chat with me for a few minutes. Everything you hear about Jim is absolutely true, he's the nicest, most down to Earth guy you'll ever meet! Funny, engaging, and genuinely interested when I told him about the song and gave him a copy. He read the lyrics, threw his head back as he let out a big laugh, and autographed it for me. I gave him a copy for himself and he thanked me. I wished him good show, he did the same for me, and I walked away on cloud 9. Later that afternoon I performed Dry in front of the thousands there to see Blue Rodeo and to my delight it was met with laughter and applause. What an unforgettable day!

Once we introduced the band I was able to go into the press area at the foot of the stage and take pictures, I'll track them down for a later post. It's amazing how something that happened 36 years ago made such an impression, and how all that time later I get to share it with you. As Greg says at the end of every show, "Until next time, we'll see you down the road..."

-Dave Brinton, True Rodeo

Sources: See attached links.

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