Happy Birthday to Murray Douglas Foster – born June 29, 1967!
Murray Douglas Foster is a Canadian musician, vocalist, songwriter, director, playwright, screenwriter, and environmentalist. He is best known for his work as electric and upright bassist in the Canadian bands Moxy Früvous and Great Big Sea. In 2014, he directed the Independent Film, The Cocksure Lads Movie. He and Mike Ford also perform in live performance as a 60’s British Invasion styled band, The Cocksure Lads.
Foster was born in Thornhill, Ontario. At age 12, he and Jian Ghomeshi went to their first gig: a Peter Frampton concert. He attended Thornlea Secondary School, and graduated with a BA in English Literature from the University of Toronto.
Tall New Buildings
In the late 1980s, Foster played bass in the new wave band Tall New Buildings, alongside vocalist Jian Ghomeshi, guitarist Tracy Jones, Reno Manfredi on keyboards and drummer John Ruttle.
Foster started Moxy Früvous in 1990 with Jian Ghomeshi, Mike Ford and Dave Matheson. The band developed a cult following and toured extensively for ten years. They released eight albums and were featured on Late Night with Conan O’Brien in October 1999.