Hockey Was Invented by a Nova Scotian Album Launch

Hockey Was Invented by a Nova Scotian Album Launch

Dave_Parker_MorrinThe large crowd consisting of music and hockey fans that converged on the Morrin Centre in Old Quebec this past Saturday (January 24 2015) was treated to a concert with a difference.

Barry McCullough, Executive Director at the venue explained that the Morrin Centre hosts an average of 2 music shows per month. In fact they’re hosting 6 jazz events between now and the end of June.

Says Barry ‘It’s great to support the local music scene and an important thing for us to do here at The Morrin Centre.

We’re delighted to be able to host tonight’s event.’ 

Dave Parker’s new album Hockey Was Invented by a Nova Scotian was launched to much acclaim.

As a co-founder of the Shuffle Demons (and responsible for the lyrics to Spadina Bus) Dave Parker’s name should sound familiar.

The new album – a collection of songs about hockey and winter (in that order) was the brainchild of the Quebec-based musician and singer-songwriter who, although calling Quebec City home, originally hails from Windsor, Nova Scotia.

According to the evening’s host, and as the legend goes, Windsor, Nova Scotia, this small town in Canada’s Maritimes is where it all began.

Dave Parker takes up the commentary ‘The fact I come from Windsor, Nova Scotia is entirely coincidental!

Saying that he’s a huge hockey fan would be an understatement.

‘I love this game. I have a hockey addiction and it has been said I should go see a therapist. This wonderful game is what makes us Canadian. IT IS OUR GAME!’

The standing-room only, crowd was treated to a show covering all styles – rock, blues, R&B, country, folk, swing, and more.

Friends new and old were out in force, some dressed in their favourite hockey garb, to support this well-loved man of music and his assembled cast.

Dave played saxophone on most tracks and was the lead singer throughout the show.

Here’s how the action unfolded:


The puck was dropped around 7.30pm and Jigs Up dominated the proceedings.
The band on the evening consisted of Dave Parker, Andy Stewart, Yvan Fortin, and Dan Godro.


The Dudes of Swing, with guitarist Paul Hinton joining in, picked up the tempo during this period with a few R&B, Swing, and Blues numbers.


The time had come – the moment everyone had been waiting for. Members of the crowd were on their feet – and with good reason.

The final period began with the hockey-clad musicians entertaining us with a rendition of the iconic Hockey Night in Canada signature tune.
Much to everyone’s delight, this saw Dave Parker on the sax weaving his way through the crowd and on to the stage.

An explanation of hockey’s birthplace by Dave Parker followed, interspersed with songs from the album along the way.

The $20 entrance fee saw to it that you could get a copy of the album at a reduced rate on the night.

The entertainment wrapped up just shy of 11pm. Three and a half hours of great music for that price represents terrific value for money in anyone’s book.

Don’t just take our word for it, here’s what others had to say:

‘This is some of the grooviest music I’ve heard in Quebec City.’
Dave Jeffrey

‘My wife and I saw The Shuffle Demons in Toronto 25 years ago. I can’t believe I’m here in Quebec City listening to the guy who wrote Spadina Bus. This evening has totally blown me away!’
Bobby Fielding

‘All hockey jerseys accepted – this should be an annual event!’
Carol Sweeney

And a final word from Dave Parker himself, who we caught up with just before the show started. ‘Dave, what are you hoping for from this evening?’

Dave Parker ‘That everyone goes home with a smile on their face.’

Mission accomplished. Objective achieved. Job done. Game over. No need for OT tonight. Broad smiles all round!


Many copies of the CD were sold on the night, but don’t worry, if you didn’t manage to get your hands on a copy it is available to purchase in Quebec City at Livres Trois Canons – the English bookstore at Place Naviles.

Hockey Was Invented by a Nova Scotian, priced only $10+taxes.

Reserve or purchase your copy of Dave Parker’s Hockey Was Invented by a Nova Scotian‘ today.

Tel: (418) 204-4325
info @ livrestroiscanons .com 

How to find Livres Trois Canons:

When you get to the car park at Place Naviles you will see a Second Cup, SAQ, and a TD Bank.
We are in the basement and the entry doors are between the bank and the coffee shop.
On descending the stairs you will see the bookstore in front of you.

In addition to stocking many thousands of new and used English books, Livres Trois Canada proudly supports Quebec musicians and singers by offering their music for sale in store.

About “Hockey Was Invented by a Nova Scotian”

This collection of original music (excluding track #6) is based on the theme of hockey. Dave Parker is known in most circles as a founding member of the eclectic jazz band “The Shuffle Demons” with whom he played and recorded with for ten wonderful years. He’s the guy who wrote “Spadina Bus”, “Out of my House Roach” and “Yukon Girl”. If you know those tunes, you know that his songwriting is influenced by all types of musical genres.

In addition to his passion for music, he loves the game of hockey. There are many reasons for this but the one most related to music is the freedom he feels when playing the game. It is fast, gravity defying and improvised. It’s the same feeling he gets when playing music! You can read more about his hockey-jazz philosophy on his website at

The collection of songs on this album express his passion for the game of hockey and the winter season.

It’s an eclectic mix of styles from the romantic “Wintertime” to country/rock, “Hockey Was Invented by a Nova Scotian” to folk, “The Ballad of James Creighton”, a bluesy “Hockey in Heaven” and a rocking “Just Above the Planet Earth”. There’s even put on a cover version of “Hockey Night in Canada” recorded by sax quartet “Sax-o-matic” (

There is also a bit of history being told here. “Hockey Was Invented by a Nova Scotian” and “The Ballad of James Creighton” both tell stories of how hockey’s roots can most probably be traced to Nova Scotia and the historic town of Windsor (Dave Parker’s hometown).

CD running order:

1. Wintertime – D. Parker – 3.38
2. Hockey Was Invented by a Nova Scotian – D. Parker – 3.33
3. Hockey in Heaven – D. Parker – 3.54
4. The Balled of James Creighton – D. Parker – 5.05
5. Just Above the Planet Earth – D. Parker – 3.05
6. Hockey Night in Canada – Delores Claymen – 2.19

About the Artist:

David Parker was born in Windsor, Nova Scotia in 1961. He studied music at both Acadia and St. Francis Xavier Universities where he received a Bachelor of Arts in Music as well as a Diploma in Jazz Studies. In 1983, he moved to Toronto and was a co-founder of the Shuffle Demons with whom he recorded five discs, several videos and toured throughout Europe and North America from 1985 to 1995.

Since that time, he has been playing and recording in the Quebec City area both with his jazz trio, The David Parker Trio, (two discs), Jig’s Up! (one disc) the electrifying sax quartet Sax-O-Matic (one disc), Saudade (three discs), The Dudes of Swing and The Groove Music Project among others.

In 2005, David completed his Masters in Jazz Performance at Laval University and is currently head of the music department at St. Patrick’s High School in Quebec City.

About Author

Andrew Greenfield

Andrew Greenfield moved to Quebec in 2009. He is part of the team responsible for the publishing company behind and Life in Québec Magazine. He has been involved with online and print media since 2001. He is passionate about cricket, is a qualified coach, and his real ambition is to start a cricket team in Quebec City – something he freely admits is probably beyond him. Follow him on Twitter @GreenfieldAndy

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