Foggy Hogtown Boys

The Foggy Hogtown Boys is a Canadian bluegrass band, based in Toronto, Ontario.[1]

Foggy Hogtown Boys
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Foggy Hogtown Boys, July 2007
Background information
OriginToronto, Ontario, Canada
Genresbluegrass music
Years active2001 (2001)–present
Associated actsCreaking Tree String Quartet
New Country Rehab
MembersJohn Showman
Andrew Collins
Chris Coole
Chris Quinn
Past membersJohn McNaughton
Max Heineman

The band recorded their first CD live at the Lula Lounge in Toronto in 2004.[2] Since then they have recorded several more critically acclaimed CDs.[3][4] Their album "Pigtown Fling" was nominated for two awards at the 3rd Canadian Folk Music Awards, and were nominated again at the 4th and 6th Awards.

In 2005, when the band was playing weekly at the Dominion Tavern in Toronto,[5] they were considered to be the best traditional bluegrass band in the city.[6]

In 2006 the band toured western Canada, performing at Millennium Place in Whistler, BC and at the Kootenay Bluegrass Society.[7]

In 2007 the Foggy Hogtown Boys played a double bill with the American band the Grascals at the Silver Dollar tavern in Toronto.[8] That year they also performed at a concert organized by the Pineridge Bluegrass Folklore Society in Oshawa, Ontario,[9] and at the Calgary Folk Music Festival in Alberta.

In 2011 the band took part in the Hudson Music Festival in Quebec.[10]

Members of the Foggy Hogtown Boys include John Showman on fiddle and Andrew Collins on Mandolin,[2] Chris Coole on guitar, Chris Quinn on banjo. Bass was played until 2007 by John McNaughton, and after that by Max Heineman.[3][8] Showman, Collins and Quinn also play in Creaking Tree String Quartet, a less traditional group,[7] and Showman also plays in New Country Rehab.


  1. ^ "Bluegrass", Encyclopedia of Music in Canada
  2. ^ a b "Foggy Hogtown Boys ready for debut disc". Toronto Star, 15 January 2004.
  3. ^ a b "Foggy Hogtown Boys", The Record Tent
  4. ^ FAME Review: Ivan Rosenberg & the Foggy Hogtown Boys - The Hogtown Sessions
  5. ^ Yelaga, Prithi, "Cleaning up the 'bucket of blood'". Toronto Star, 2 January 2005
  6. ^ Quill, Greg, "Beyond the Pale, Creaking Trees build on common ground", Toronto Star, 10 February 2005
  7. ^ a b Mitchell, Andrew, Foggy Hogtown Boys pickin and grinnin , Pique News Magazine, 3 March 2006
  8. ^ a b "Splendour in the Grass", NOW, August 2007
  9. ^ Strings, newsletter of the Pineridge Bluegrass Folklore Society, November 2007
  10. ^ "Foggy Hogtown Boys" Archived 2011-07-12 at the Wayback Machine, Hudson Village Theatre, July 2011