Jim Cuddy has received almost every Canadian award that can be bestowed upon a musician. A recipient of the Order of Canada, numerous Junos, a star on Canada’s Walk of Fame and an induction to the Canadian Music Hall of Fame, the honours are testament to his 35-year career of extraordinary songwriting.
As one of the founding members of Blue Rodeo, Cuddy’s creative energy prompted a solo career in 1998. Now, with the release of his fourth solo album, Constellation, Cuddy and his band are sharing the album with audiences on stages across the country.
Constellation, recorded during the summer and fall of 2017, was inspired by a friend who had passed away the previous year. Losing a friend “makes you tally up mortality a bit,” explains Cuddy, who aimed to “write some more definitive truths for (himself). Write things that had wounded me. Write things that I loved and held onto and write about things I had lost.”
Considered Cuddy’s most musically diverse album to date, Constellation’s dynamic arrangements never overshadow the emotional honesty of his lyrics.
“I’ve always found fascination in the smallest details of human behavior,” says Cuddy, of his songwriting. “It has been something that I look at and remember, whether it is the details of an exchange that I witnessed or an exchange that I have. Of course, as you get older there are bigger things that happen in your life that you realize you’ll never totally understand. There never seems to be a loss of things to write about.”
With special guests, Devin Cuddy and Sam Polley, Cuddy takes the stage with long-time bandmates: Blue Rodeo bassist Bazil Donovan, guitarist Colin Cripps, violinist Anne Lindsay, keyboardist Steve O’Connor and drummer Joel Anderson.
The Jim Cuddy Band performs at Hammerson Hall, Living Arts Centre, 4141 Livings Arts Drive, on Oct. 20 at 8 p.m. Tickets $45 – $75. Visit livingartscentre.ca for information.