Canadians are often accused of worrying they have no sense of identity, when it comes to the global stage. As the polite people with all the lakes, we suspect that hockey, mounties and Justin Beiber are the first three things that come to mind when citizens of the world are asked about us. But working with Bob Giarda, my colleague on the marketing team at the Grand Theatre, has made me realize we Canadians have thousands of cultural touchstones that are unique to us. I know I've stumbled on one when Bob, who hails from Florida (and several other states - ask him all about it next time you see him at the theatre) starts Googling furiously - like when his Canadian colleagues get excited about Hal Johnson and Joanne McLeod of ParticipACTION joining the Amazing Race, or when half the office gathers around one window at City Hall to compare the merits of Greg Keelor vs. Jim Cuddy while Blue Rodeo play live in the Square. Just writing this, I've realized I have to send him a link to the Log Driver's Waltz.
The point is, we knew Bob would be a great Springsteen in our album recreation project. He may have been born in the U.S.A (Cleveland, Ohio to be exact) but he's completely adopted Kingston as his home.
Born in the U.S.A was released in June 1984, and by November 1, 1985 (28 years ago this week) it was certified Diamond (that's 10 million copies in the US alone. It eventually went 15x platinum - no biggie.) Canadians loved the record too - it won the Juno for best international album and was the number one record of the year.