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Toronto, Canada (1991 – 2004, 2010 – present)

Big Sugar is a band from Toronto, Canada. They were active from 1991 to 2004 and again since April 2010. The band has sold more than half a million albums in Canada.

With its successful 2011 release of “Revolution Per Minute”, BIG SUGAR announced that they were not merely content to rest on their considerable laurels of past hits. Known for their innovative style that refuses to be easily labelled, as well as for their extraordinary live performances, which saw them close out last year with a full 40 city national tour, BIG SUGAR is back.

“Revolution Per Minute” was the first new studio release for BIG SUGAR in almost a decade, and the first two singles – “Roads Ahead” and “Little Bit A All Right” received extensive radio play, with “Roads Ahead” staying in the top 10 on the charts for the entire summer. Fans were quick to embrace the sounds of not only the singles but of all the songs on the critically acclaimed new album.

Led by Gordie Johnson on guitar and vocals, BIG SUGAR consists of Kelly “Mr. Chill” Hoppe on harmonica and saxophone, Garry Lowe on bass, Stephane “Bodean” Beaudin on drums and Friendlyness, who besides keyboards handles toasting duties for the band.

It is hard to find a fan of the band who has not found ways to attend multiple live performances, for as classic and well known as their music is, it is the impact the band makes while performing in front of an audience that resonates with music lovers – both old and new.


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  • starbearer-

    Heard the "Heated" album today. GOOD STUFF!! WONDERFUL guitar sounds. Great over all production on top of great songs.

    6 Jan 11:22pm Reply
  • Ninja1980

    Big Sugar is awesome, great live show too... jcrb1995, they are a blues/reggae band, weed is part of that culture. Most great bands usually are heavily into weed.... Pink Floyd, The Beatles, The Grateful Dead to name a few....

    16 Aug 2012 Reply
  • jcrb1995

    Saw these guys live at Sound Of Music. All they sang about was weed, either they've changed a lot, or there are some big lies about them ahaha. Also, everyone there was like 40 and almost all were smoking weed. And the bass was turned up way too much. Not my favourite live performance ever I'd have to say.

    24 Jun 2012 Reply
  • buck7500

    They should be famous all over the world...anyone who likes The Black Keys and similar bands would love these guys.

    13 Mar 2012 Reply
  • Dark99

    Why aren't their songs more popular?

    20 Dec 2011 Reply
  • iamtheguilty

    PHOTOS: Big Sugar at It's Your Festival in Gage Park:

    24 Aug 2011 Reply
  • juepucta


    15 Jul 2011 Reply
  • Doeskopp

    Sugar in my Coffee!

    9 Mar 2011 Reply
  • furthermore

    Hemi Vision was life changing as a teenager.

    15 Nov 2010 Reply
  • MadCowDzz

    They're back together?!

    1 Jul 2010 Reply
  • TheGuitarGuy


    7 Feb 2010 Reply
  • Nic33rd

    Eugh. No thanks.

    8 May 2009 Reply
  • FC3SCorey

    Seriously? I thought they were a bit more popular than this.

    6 Jan 2009 Reply
  • MikeSedated

    As Gordie said: "We're always too loud enough." Couldn't be more right than he is. I guess Jimmie Vaughan would also agree, I'm thinking of a quote by Jimmie in an interview some years ago: "Q: 'Jimmie, why do you use two amps?' A: 'Because two is better than one.' " Hilarious AND right at the same time. Too bad Big Sugar is no longer, but long live Grady - the loudest Canadian band from Texas! :)

    21 Nov 2008 Reply
  • Jericho09

    I agree with the rest of y'all. Smokin' live band. And LOUD. No longer an item but Gordie has formed Grady. Less reggae and more rock n blues.

    19 Nov 2008 Reply
  • smokey75

    seen them live about six times, great live band

    30 Oct 2008 Reply
  • mhunke

    this is a game of red rover, send the righteous on over, this is a game of red rover, brothers and sistas are you ready?

    21 Oct 2008 Reply
  • ChadFromCanada

    I am a working man, but I ain't worked for a while.

    27 Jun 2008 Reply
  • PsiClops

    Can anyone upload some uncorrupted versions of their tunes? (ie: dear mr. fantasy) This music is just too damned good to be done wrong this way.

    29 Apr 2008 Reply
  • monster_meal

    Heated is one of my all time favorite albums ever.

    24 Apr 2008 Reply
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