If the founder of the Downchild Blues Band isn't performing, he’s probably fishing
For our 2016 Fishing Special issue, Outdoor Canada recruited a supergroup of acclaimed Canadian recording artists, who also happen to be hard-core anglers. And these fishin’ musicians agreed to sing about their favourite Canadian fishing holes—74 in all. For the full list, see The Fishin’ Musicians.
If any group is synonymous with blues in Canada, it’s the Downchild Blues Band. Founded in 1969 by Donnie Walsh (above, seated in centre) and his brother, the late Richard “Hock” Walsh, Downchild is still a vital force today. In fact, the group’s latest release, Can You Hear the Music, nabbed the 2014 Juno for Blues Album of the Year. Walsh is famous for his songwriting, along with his slide-guitar and harp prowess, but his love of fishing is nearly as well known. Growing up along Ontario’s Trent Waterway, Walsh started fishing with his father at age six. And although he’s travelled the world, his top spots aren’t too far from his childhood home.