- In April, Lightfoot tours Atlantic
Canada for the first time in 7 years, playing several cities he hadn't played
in over 20 years.
- Bob Dylan's Ring Them Bells
is being performed for the first time in concerts in 1990.
- Lightfoot donates $2,500 to
help build a hockey arena in Superior, Wisconsin.
- Lightfoot is awarded the William
Harold Moon award for his contribution to the Canadian music industry.
- Facial Hair Tracker. For the
first extended period since 1971, Lightfoot goes completely clean shaven.
- More new songs are being played
live this year. Fading Away, Only Love Would Know and Wild Strawberries
are some of the first.
- Folk revival icon and Lightfoot
influence, Bob Gibson attends Lightfoot's Chicago show in July and is acknowledged
from the stage by Lightfoot.
- In August Lightfoot performs
Oh Canada at the Toronto Argonauts home game at Skydome as a favour to team
co-owner John Candy.
- Lightfoot plays Drink Yer Glasses
Empty on CBC radio's Morningside during an interview. The lyrics here
are quite different than on the final recorded version.
- Lightfoot is named honorary
captain of the Toronto Maple Leafs for the new season and drops the ceremonial
opening puck at their first home game.
- Lightfoot's UA albums are finally
released on CD, a 3 CD package titled The Original Lightfoot.
In April, Waiting For You is released.
In May, Lightfoot plays in Charleston, SC as part the Mountain Stage Live
In November, Lightfoot plays the Skydome in Toronto on a bill with Simon
Lightfoot wins 12 SOCAN career airplay awards (Anything For Love, Carefree
Highway, Cotton Jenny, Daylight Katy, The Circle Is Small, Early Morning
Rain, If You Could Read My Mind, Rainy Day People, That Same Old Obsession,
Sundown, The Wreck Of The Edmund Fitzgerald), signifying that they have been
played over 100,000 times each on Canadian radio.
- Late in the year Lightfoot
records demos for 6 new songs for a new album which is still over two years
- In June, Massey Hall turned
100 years old and Lightfoot is among the performers there to celebrate the
- In July, CBC draws fire for
the unauthorized use of a sound clip from The Wreck Of The Edmund Fitzgerald
during a news magazine piece about the ship.
- At the Mariposa folk festival
in Toronto, a special tribute night is given in Lightfoot's honor and Lightfoot
surprises everyone by showing up and doing Knotty Pine and I'll Tag Along.
- In the fall, Lightfoot takes
a tour of Daniel Lanois' Grant Avenue studio in Hamilton, and considers it
as the location to record his new album.
- In November, on the 20th anniversary
of the Edmund Fitzgerald's sinking, Lightfoot is in Whitefish Point, MI to
ring the ship's bell at a ceremony attended by many family members of the
- In February, Lightfoot begins
recording sessions for a new album at the Grant Avenue studio in Hamilton
- Lightfoot flies to Los Angeles
to tape a couple of songs for the TV special, Global Dreams, which airs in
- In March, Lightfoot performs
If You Could Read My Mind at the 25th annual Juno Awards.
- Lightfoot undertakes a spring
tour beginning in Chicago in March and winding up in Orillia in May.
- After the spring tour, recording
sessions resume in Hamilton and they continue off and on until touring resumes
- At Ontario concerts in November,
Lightfoot has incorporated 6 new songs into his setlists. Titles include
A Painter Passing Through, On Yonge Street, Boathouse and Uncle Toad Said.
- In November, Lightfoot appears on CFRB's Wally Crouter's final morning
show taped at the Westin Harbourfront. Other guests included Tony Bennett.
- In December, more recording is continued in Hamilton.
- Lightfoot continues recording
work on A Painter Passing Through during the early months of '97.
- Touring begins in May and continues
through June in the western US and moves east in July.
- Another new song, Ring Neck
Loon is being played during the spring/summer tour.
- Recording work on the new album
is continued during breaks in the tour.
- Santa Fe concert on June 26
is cancelled due to heavy rains which flooded the amphitheatre.
- Lightfoot undertakes a two
week midwest tour in September.
- The concert hall at the Orillia
Opera House is named the Gordon Lightfoot Auditorium at a ceremony prior
to a benefit concert Lightfoot gives there in October.
- Pee Wee Charles sits in on
pedal steel at the Orillia concert to substitute for Mike Heffernan who was
unable to perform due to illness.
- In November, Lightfoot is presented
with the Governor General's Arts Award at a presentation in Ottawa. Ian Tyson
is on hand to perform a few Lightfoot songs at the reception following the
- On New Year's Eve, Lightfoot
appears on Pamela Wallin Live to discuss his resolutions for the upcoming
Lightfoot launches his 1998 tour with two shows in Windsor, ON in late April.
Lightfoot makes a one hour TV appearance in conversation with Peter Gzowski
on May 1 on CBC.
Lightfoot's new album, "A Painter Passing Through" is released on May 5 in
Canada and May 12 in the US.
Lightfoot signs autographs for an hour at Sam the Record Man in downtown
Toronto on May 5, the day the new album is released.
Lightfoot is among the inaugural members inducted into the new Canadian Walk
Of Fame in Toronto. Out on tour, he is unable to attend the ceremony.
In June, Lightfoot performs on the Mountain Stage Live radio show from Charleston,
WV as part of his summer concert tour.
In July, Lightfoot tapes another radio show, this time in Boulder, CO, featuring
an interview segment mixed with performances.
In the late summer and fall, Lightfoot is working with Rhino records on track
selection for a 4 CD box set due in 1999, including previously unreleased
In October, Lightfoot is present for the launch of MuchMoreMusic at City-TV
- In November, Lightfoot, along with Christopher Plummer, is present for
a ceremony officially laying his star on the Canadian Walk Of Fame.
Also in November, Lightfoot attends the SOCAN awards in Toronto.
In December, Lightfoot puts his Rosedale mansion, his home since 1975, for
Facial Hair Tracker. Late in 1998 Lightfoot appears again with his moustache.
- Lightfoot is the first voice
heard on Canadian TV in 1999 as he sings Auld Lang Syne on CBC at the stroke
- In the first week of March, Lightfoot
begins his 1999 touring season in Florida. The tour will run until the end
of November, with the summer months off, totaling around 40 concerts for
- Lightfoot sings the Canadian and
US anthems at the Yankees' spring training game against the Blue Jays. He
turns down Steinbrenner's suggestion he wear a Yankees jacket while singing
because he has to live in Toronto!
- On June 15, Lightfoot releases his
long awaited box set, Songbook. Containing 88 songs on 4 CDs, the highlights
include 18 previously rare or unreleased tracks spanning his entire career.
- On an off day (June 23) in
Los Angeles, Lightfoot and the band visit the Rhino offices on Santa Monica
Blvd. Lightfoot plays 3 songs solo for about 125 Rhino staff assembled. The
songs were If You Could Read My Mind; Diamond Joe (taught to Lightfoot by
Ramblin' Jack Elliot) and I'll Tag Along.
- On July 7, Lightfoot and his
band appear on Much More Music's Intimate And Interactive TV show, playing
16 songs, interspersed with a Q&A with the audience and callers. The
show was done live at Much More Music studios in downtown Toronto.
- Lightfoot presents Stompin'
Tom Connors the National Acheivement Award at the SOCAN annual awards show
in Toronto, then is surprised to receive an award himself for Studio 54's
success with If You Could Read My Mind.
- Lightfoot travels to Ottawa
in early November to perform Don Quixote at the Governor General awards gala.
- Another successful Massey Hall
engagement concludes in mid November as touring is nearing a close for the