Blue Rodeo is a Canadian pop and country rock band which was formed in 1984 in Toronto, Ontario. They have been signed with Warner Music Group since their debut album Outskirts in March 1987. They have 12 full-length releases along with multiple solo albums, side projects, and collaborations.
The band consists of original members Jim Cuddy, Greg Keelor and Bazil Donovan, plus newer additions of Glenn Milchem and Bob Egan. Currently, musician Michael Boguski plays and tours with the band as keyboardist and he filled this role on the band's latest album, The Things We Left Behind. Drummers Cleave Anderson and Mark French, keyboardists Bob Wiseman, James Gray and Bob Packwood, and multi-instrumentalist Kim Deschamps are former band members.
Cuddy and Keelor met in high school and became great friends. They put together a few different bands without much luck. They released a single as Hi-Fi's in 1980. Cuddy and Keelor moved to New York City for some adventure and to help their music where they met Bob Wiseman. When they came back to Toronto in the summer of 1984 they thought about putting another band together. They had already thought of the name for the band before they met Cleave and asked him to join the band. Cleave brought along his friend, Donovan, and Blue Rodeo was born. In 1985, Blue Rodeo played their first show together at The Rivoli in Toronto.
Blue Rodeo is one of the most successful and well known contemporary Canadian bands. Their studio albums have sold over three million copies. Cuddy, Keelor, Donovan and Egan have all released solo albums, and Glenn Milchem performs his own solo music under the pseudonym "the swallows". Keelor has also gone on to produce for other artists, notably alt-country group Cuff the Duke, who have also toured as support for Blue Rodeo.
Blue Rodeo members have collaborated extensively with other notable Canadian artists, including Sarah McLachlan, The Tragically Hip, Burton Cummings, Great Big Sea, Jann Arden, The Sadies, Skydiggers, Crash Vegas, Cowboy Junkies, Sarah Harmer, Jill Barber, and Kathleen Edwards. They have won many Canadian music awards, including seven Juno Awards and seven SOCAN awards. In 2009, the band received a star on Canada's Walk of Fame in Toronto.