Standing the test of time

Sally Cole
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Kim Berly lives in Kelowna.

Ronnie King lives in Calgary.

And Rich Dodson lives in Toronto.

But whenever these musicians who are members of the legendary Canadian band, The Stampeders, get together in a city it’s like there’s never been any time or distance between them.

They simply arrive at a venue and, after a short rehearsal and sound check, they’re ready to go again.

“After all these years, it’s like clockwork. We’ve been together so long, it doesn’t take long to put things together,” says Dodson, singer/guitarist for the band that features King, bass/vocals, and Berly on drums.

And they’re getting ready to do it all over again on Feb. 14 when The Stampeders hit the stage of the Harbourfront Theatre in Summerside at 7:30 p.m.

“Although we don’t see each other for months at a time, we’ve got a vibe. But we also try to get a couple of rehearsals in every summer just to freshen things up and talk about things,” says Dodson, adding band members are looking forward to their Summerside date.

“P.E.I. is always such a great place to play.”

That night the concert will include favourites like Carry Me, Devil You, Wild Eyes, Oh My Lady, Then Came The White Man, Minstrel Gypsy, Playing in the Band, Hit The Road Jack, New Orleans, Monday Morning Choo Choo and Keep Me Running Wild.

The concert will also be an opportunity for audience members to relive memories. That’s because for many people, the Stampeders provided the sound track of their lives.

One of Canada’s top rock groups in the early 1970s, The Stampeders won Juno awards in the categories best group, best single, best producer and best composer for its platinum single, Sweet City Woman.

“Between 1971 and 1976, the group went on to become a household name, with four songs reaching Top-30 in the U.S and 10 Top 5 singles in Canada. They recorded nine albums, many achieving gold and platinum status,” states a news release provided by the band.

More recently, the band was honoured with a 2012 Lifetime Achievement Award from SOCAN at Roy Thompson Hall in Toronto. They have also performed at over 350 reunion concerts and have a new live album, Live At The Mae Wilson on Marigold Records/E1 Music.

What’s their secret for keeping the band going after 43 years?

“We just get along great, and our fans keep coming out to see us. And our health is holding out. So, we really look forward to going out. Live playing is a highlight for us,” says Dodson.


If you are going

Who: The Stampeders.

When and where: Feb. 14, Harbourfront Theatre, Summerside, 7:30 p.m.

Tickets: Call 888-2500 or toll-free, 1-800-708-6505 or go to


Sally Cole is a features writer with The Guardian. She welcomes comments about her column as well as suggestions for future columns from readers. She may be reached at or by phone at 629-6000, ext. 6054.

Organizations: Stampeders, Harbourfront Theatre, Marigold Records/E1 Music The Guardian

Geographic location: Toronto, Summerside, Kelowna Calgary Canada New Orleans US

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