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Left to right: Tommy MacDonald, Jacob Hoggard, Dave Rosin, Chris Crippin
Background information
Origin Abbotsford, British Columbia, Canada
Genres Rock
Pop punk
pop rock
Years active 2004–present
Labels Universal Music Canada (2005-Present)
Capitol Records (USA) (2006-2007)[1]
Jacob Hoggard – vocals
Tommy Mac – bass
Dave Rosin – guitar
Chris Crippin – drums

Hedley is a Canadian pop rock band comprising lead singer Jacob Hoggard, who was placed 3rd during the second season of the reality TV series Canadian Idol in 2004, Tommy Mac on bass, Dave Rosin on the guitar and Chris Crippin on drums. The current band retains the original name of Hoggard's pre-Canadian Idol group, although the membership has changed. The band originated in Abbotsford, British Columbia and was named after the town of Hedley, British Columbia, a name chosen after members heard that it was for sale for $346,000. While the idea of buying the town ran its course, the name remained. Hedley performed their hit song "Cha Ching" at the closing ceremony of the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.



The original band bet Hoggard $151 that he wouldn't audition for Canadian Idol. Following Hoggard's success on the series, he, with a reformed Hedley, was signed with Universal Music Canada. Their debut single "On My Own" reached number 1 on the Canadian Singles Chart and the follow-up "Trip" peaked at number 11. The singles "On My Own", "321", "Trip", and "Gunnin" topped the MuchMusic Countdown. Their last single, "Street Fight", off of their self-titled debut album was successful on both the MuchMusic Countdown and the Canadian Singles Chart. Their first single from their album Famous Last Words, "She's So Sorry", achieved success on the MuchMusic Countdown. They have toured with Simple Plan, Faber Drive, MxPx, and Bon Jovi.

In the summer of 2006, they signed a record deal with Capitol Records in the United States where they completed a tour opening for Yellowcard. Hedley released their second album, Famous Last Words, on October 30, 2007. It went platinum ten days after release. The first single from the CD, "She's So Sorry", was released to radio on August 21, 2007. The video was shot in Toronto, Ontario, and premiered on MuchMusic on September 20, 2007.

An American compilation of singles was released in the US on May 19, 2009 entitled Never Too Late by Universal Music.

Hedley announced a tour across Canada in support of their new album The Show Must Go which was released November 17, 2009. "Fefe Dobson and Stereos will be along for the whole trek, while Faber Drive and Boys Like Girls will support on select dates."[2]

Band members


Hedley in concert


Year Information Canada CRIA Certifications
2005 Hedley
2x Platinum[3]
2007 Famous Last Words
2009 The Show Must Go


Year Title Chart Positions Album
2005 "On My Own" 1* Hedley
2006 "Trip" 11 *
"Street Fight"
2007 "She's So Sorry" 50 Famous Last Words
"For the Nights I Can’t Remember" 6
2008 "Never Too Late" 4
"Old School" 10
"Dying to Live Again" 54
2009 "Cha-Ching" 6 The Show Must Go
"Don't Talk to Strangers" 11
"Perfect" 17
  • the asterisks indicate that the song charted on the Canadian Singles Chart
  • a hyphen indicates that the song did not chart, or chart information is unknown


  • 2008: Never Too Late Compiled from the first two albums


  • 2006: Try This at Home

Music videos

Year Title Chart
2005 "On My Own" 1 Hedley
2006 "Trip" 1
"321" 1
"Gunnin'" 1
"Street Fight" 18
2007 "She's So Sorry" 1 Famous Last Words
"For the Nights I Can’t Remember" 1
2008 "Never Too Late" 1
2009 "Cha-Ching" 1 The Show Must Go
"Don't Talk to Strangers" 1
2010 "Perfect" 22


  • The group was nominated for Rock Album of the Year (for self-titled CD; Nickelback's All The Right Reasons won), and New Group of the Year (won by Bedouin Soundclash) at the 2006 Juno Awards. They closed the show with their single "On My Own".
  • Hedley was nominated for Favourite Canadian Group (won by Billy Talent), and they were nominated for Best Pop Video and Best Post-Production (won by Sam Roberts) for their video for "Gunnin'" at the MuchMusic Video Awards on June 17, 2007. They won Best Pop Video.
  • Hedley was nominated for four 2007 Juno Awards. Their only victory was for their producer, Brian Howes (for "Trip", off the Hedley album). They were also nominated for the 2008 Juno Award for Group of the Year, but lost to Blue Rodeo.
  • Of the six nominations the group got for the 2008 Much Music Video Awards (MMVA), the group won four awards: Best Video - For The Nights I Can't Remember, Best Cinematography - For the Nights I Can't Remember (which defeated another Hedley effort, She's So Sorry), Best Director - For The Nights I Can't Remember, MuchLOUD Best Rock Video - She's So Sorry.
  • Hedley had won 3 awards, all for the song "For the Nights I Can't Remember" Fans Choice Award, Song of the Year, and the Chart Topper Award.


After an interview Jacob confessed to be influenced by the band Jimmy Eat World and Steven Tyler. He said “Tommy came from metal background and I came in with Jimmy Eat World and Steven Tyler as being my biggest influences, and it somehow came together amazingly.”

See also


External links

The Original Band

The original Hedley featured Jacob Hoggard and four others from the province of British Columbia. The current Hedley has re-recorded several songs by the original Hedley such as "Sugarfree" and "Gunnin'." Other songs by the original Hedley include "What Smiles Can't Afford" and "I Bleed." When Hoggard left the original Hedley, they changed the name of the band to Mister White.


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