Jim Cuddy, who was born December 2, 1955 in Toronto, is a Canadian singer-songwriter primarily associated with the band Blue Rodeo. He has also produced two solo albums with the Jim Cuddy Band, which features musicians Bazil Donovan, Colin Cripps, Joel Anderson, Anne Lindsay and Gavin Brown. Guest performers include Cripps' wife Kathleen Edwards, former Weeping Tile member Sarah Harmer, and Wilco's Jeff Tweedy. Conceptual inspiration and photographs for both solo cd's by New York artist/photographer Sally Davies.
Jim was asked to be associated with the Canadian Music Creators Coalition (CMCC), a group that supports music downloading and peer-to-peer file sharing. He declined, and is in fact, critical of the coalition.
Jim is married to Canadian actress Rena Polley. They have three children: Devin (born 1987), Emma (born 1988), and Sam (born 1992).
His brother Loftus Cuddy was a Conservative candidate for the riding of Toronto-Danforth in the 2004 Canadian federal election. Jim did not endorse his brother's candidacy because he felt the Conservatives were too right-wing. Jim Cuddy attended North Toronto Collegiate Institute for high school.
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.
All In Time 1998
Cuddy's All in Time confirms that the pop-and-country flavoring of the group is primarily due to him. While All in Time does not necessarily break any new musical ground for Cuddy, it does push his style forward with a set of 11 songs that, with a few exceptions, are at least the equal of the best of Rodeo -- not an easy feat and quite unexpected. "Second Son" is the opener and resembles the catchy pop nature of Rodeo's Casino. Tracks two and three, "Whistler" and "Disappointment," turn slightly darker, but are bouncy and catchy enough to keep fans delighted. "Too Many Hands" is where the album really kicks into gear. It's probably the strongest single track of the disc. Cuddy's voice has always been impressive, but here he seems to have it mastered. The delivery is easy-going and understated, but as listenable and powerful as his best ballads. Same goes, more or less, for "Slide Through Your Hands," "Everybody Cries" and "Making My Way To You," the last sounding something like Chris Isaak does on his last few albums. Not a clunker exists, and everyone will likely pick favorites.
Too Many Hand’s
New Years Eve
All in Time
Slide Through Your Hands
I’ll Make Believe It’s You
Making My Way to You