The Northern Pikes were formed in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan in early 1984. The combination of exciting live performances, well-received indie albums and the continuous stream of demos caught the ear of Doug Chappell, President of Virgin Records, Canada, and with the help of managers Fraser Hill and Ed Smeall, The Pikes signed to the label on December 18, 1986.
In January of 1987 the band began and finished what would become their first Virgin release entitled Big Blue Sky. Spring of 1988 saw The Pikes recording and mixing of Secrets of the Alibi. The Pikes third album Snow in June saw the blossoming of Bryan as a singer and writer, most notably for the wildly popular hit single ‘She Ain’t Pretty’. After almost two years of touring, the band began work on Neptune. The spring of 1993 saw the last tour of the decade for The Pikes, and the fifth and final album Gig.
After ten years of intense road life & non-stop travelling, eight Juno award nominations, four Gold records and one Platinum record, the band elected to go on an indefinite hiatus, The Pikes played their final concert on July 2, 1993 in Fort Francis, Ontario.
Six long years later…..
All original members reunited in December 1999 to assemble a greatest hits package for Virgin Records. It led to a hugely successful tour in early 2000. This led to the release of Truest Inspiration, in the fall of 2001.
The Pikes embarked on a short but intensive tour in June 2003, including a Canada Day party at the Canadian Embassy. Shortly after the Japanese tour the guys began work on It’s A Good Life, released in December 2003. This would sadly be the last project the four original members would record together.
The Northern Pikes were inducted into the Western Canadian Music Hall of Fame on September 30, 2012. “This is a great honor and we have our fans to thank for this,” says the band. “We want to extend the deepest gratitude to each and every one of you who ever bought a Pikes record or concert ticket and supported us on this amazing journey over the years. This is very much your award as well. Thank you.”
To learn more about The Northern Pikes visit their page at www.thepikes.com