Murray Foster is a member of the Newfoundland Celtic-pop group Great Big Sea, and was a founding member of the Toronto group Moxy Fruvous. He’s produced shows for CBC radio, written articles for magazines such as NOW and DRIVEN and written and directed several short films. He starred in a theatrical production of the play “Toronto Noir” in the Summerworks Theatre Festival in 2009, and he is currently writing and directing a feature-length film about a fake British pop band called The Cocksure Lads.
MIKE FORD BIO
Mike is a Juno-nominated Franco-Ontarian solo artist, has released 4 acclaimed albums of Canadian history -inspired songs, been described as being “rabble-rousing and Pythonesque” and “essential listening” by the Globe & Mail, created his own one-hour national CBC Radio Labour Day special (with Age of Persuasion’s Mike Tennant), toured as a member of The Arrogant Worms, sung at The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Ottawa for The Vigil Project, performed and MC’d at festivals coast-to-coast, created an ever-growing repertoire for his Canada Needs You School tours, and sailed across the Great Lakes on a working Lake Boat with David Francey, from which the two wrote and recorded their new album SEAWAY.
Mike is known to many for his former life in the folk/rock/vaudeville Moxy Früvous, with whom he headlined festival stages all across North America and Europe and sold over ¼ million albums.
COCKSURE LADS BIO
The Cocksure Lads, a ‘fake’ 1960’s British pop band, is the brainchild of two former members of the Toronto band Moxy Fruvous – Mike Ford and Murray Foster.
The band was conceived in the 1990’s when Ford and Foster, just for fun, began writing songs that parodied the 60’s British ‘Merseybeat’ sound (think Herman’s Hermits or early Beatles). They imagined these songs could be part of the repertoire of an imaginary band, and so they gave this band a name: The Cocksure Lads.
Ford and Foster continued to write Cocksure Lads songs purely as a labour of love until by 2010 they had twenty-five unrecorded Cocksure Lads songs. Worried that the world would never hear the music of their beloved band, they went into the studio in early 2010 and recorded ‘The Greatest Hits of The Cocksure Lads, 1963-1968.’
Since that time that have begun to perform the songs live (with bad British accents) around the Toronto area and have even begun work on a feature film about the band called “You Gotta Stay Cocksure,” slated for release in 2013.
The Cocksure Lads CD is available on iTunes and at maplemusic.com. For more info, search ‘The Cocksure Lads’ on Facebook.