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Art Snider

  • Inducted into the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame in 2002
  • Birth: August 24, 1926 - Ottawa, Ontario
  • Death: May 26, 1987 - Toronto, Ontario


Art Snider began his career as a teenager, working as a piano player for local Toronto area dance bands. He went on to become a producer, record company owner, television network music conductor and record studio owner, helping to launch the careers of numerous Canadian artists.

By 1948, Snider had created his own music school and started producing records. In the 1960s, Snider formed Chateau/Canatal, which recorded artists as diverse as Gordon Lightfoot, Gary Buck, The Mercey Brothers, Pat Hervey, The Allan Sisters, Tommy Ambrose and Sons of the Saddle, among many others. In 1962, Snider produced Live at the Village Corner album from The Two-Tones, which featured the recording debut of Gordon Lightfoot. From 1956-1965, he worked as the music conductor for CBC Television’s Country Hoedown, which later evolved into The Tommy Hunter Show, where Snider worked until 1970.

Art Snider passed away on May 26, 1987 at the age of 61.