Jim Cuddy with Blue Rodeo in 2005 at the Spencerville Fair
|James Gordon Cuddy|
|Born||December 2, 1955|
|Origin||Toronto, Ontario, Canada|
|Genres||Country rock, rock|
|Instruments||Guitar, piano, mandolin, vocals|
|Labels||Warner Music Canada|
|Blue Rodeo, The Jim Cuddy Band|
Cuddy was born in Toronto, Ontario. His Mother was an English teacher at Monarch Park Secondary School. He attended North Toronto Collegiate Institute, where he met and befriended Greg Keelor, his future bandmate. He also went to Upper Canada College and Queen's University.
After graduating from university, Cuddy and Keelor formed a band called the Hi-Fis along with Jim Sublett on drums and Malcolm Schell playing bass. The band released a single in 1980 featuring "I Don't Know Why (You Love Me)" and on the B side "Look What You've Done". The record was not a commercial success, and when they couldn't get a record deal in Toronto, they headed off to New York. In New York they met keyboardist Bob Wiseman, but were still unable to arrange a recording contract. They later moved back to Toronto.
In 1984 Cuddy and Keelor formed a new band, Blue Rodeo, with Wiseman, and recruited Bazil Donovan on bass and Cleave Anderson on drums as backup. Since that time, Cuddy has continued to lead the band, which has toured extensively and released 15 studio albums.
Cuddy has recorded four solo albums and performs live with the Jim Cuddy Band, featuring musicians such as Bazil Donovan, Colin Cripps, Joel Anderson, Steve O'Connor, Anne Lindsay and Gavin Brown. Guest performers on his solo albums have included Kathleen Edwards, former Weeping Tile member Sarah Harmer, and Wilco's Jeff Tweedy.
Cuddy is married to Canadian actress Rena Polley. They have three children, including their son Devin, who is a musician. His brother Loftus Cuddy was a Conservative candidate for the riding of Toronto-Danforth in the 2004 Canadian federal election.
In the 2004 edition of Canada Reads, Cuddy advocated for Guy Vanderhaeghe's novel The Last Crossing, which won the competition. In the 2007 edition of Canada Reads, an "all-star" competition pitting the five winning advocates from previous years against each other, Cuddy returned to champion Timothy Taylor's novel Stanley Park.
In 2016 Cuddy is collaborating with Tawse Winery in Niagara to launch a new wine brand, Cuddy by Tawse.
In 2017 Cuddy narrated the documentary TV series Striking Balance, which explores Canada's UNESCO designated Biosphere Reserves. They aired on Ontario's TVO, British Columbia's The Knowledge Network, and CBC's Explora.
|Title||Album details||Peak positions||Certifications
|All in Time||
|The Light That Guides You Home||
|1998||"Disappointment"||53||All in Time|
|"Too Many Hands"[A]||--|
|"All in Time"||73|
|2006||"Pull Me Through"||--||The Light That Guides You Home|
|2007||"Married Again" (with Kathleen Edwards)||--|
|2011||"Everyone Watched the Wedding"||--||Skyscraper Soul|
|"--" denotes releases that did not chart|
|"Too Many Hands"|
|2004||"Somewhere Else" (with Jim Bryson)|
|2006||"Pull Me Through"|
|2007||"Married Again" (with Kathleen Edwards)|
|2008||"Songbird" (with Melanie Doane)|
|2011||"Everyone Watched the Wedding"|
|2018||"You Be The Leaver"||Tatjana Green/Matthew Barnett|