Timeline


1953
Errol Ranville is born in Ste. Rose du Lac, Manitoba on August 1, as the 8th of 12 children. Errol gains the nickname “C-Weed” in his youth.

1965-69
Local high school band “C-Weed and The Weeds” entertains crowds with siblings Errol, Don, Wally, and Randy Ranville.

1970-74
Brothers Errol, Wally, Don, Sterling and Jim Flett play at the Brunswick Hotel afternoons and evenings for three years.

1974-75
C-Weed plays variety shows at the Centennial Concert Hall, Playhouse Theatre, and country clubs around the city. There are still no recordings at this point.

1975-77
C-Weed does some local touring with band-Wally, Charles Bandura, Gerry McIvor and Errol- in Opaskweyak Indian days in The Pas and concerts in Eagle Lake Ontario as well as country clubs around Winnipeg.

1978-80
Band members Jim Flett, Clyde Roulette, Wally, Don, and Errol. C-Weed sound becomes more country rock and southern rock. Clyde’s blues and rock background influences the band’s sound too. The first album “The Finest You Can Buy” in 1980 is released and features the national hit song “Evangeline”, written by Robbie Robertson, which quickly rises to #1 on the Canadian Country Radio charts.

1980-81
Band as Wally, Errol, Don, and Clyde, tour playing country and southern rock and release the album “High and Dry” in ‘81. “High and Dry” was also a #1 song on Canadian Country Music Chart, RPM Magazine, Toronto.

1982-83
Band adds Clint Dutiaume and continues touring across Canada since “Evangeline” took them on the road.

1983
Band is Clint, Craig Fotheringham, Errol, Wally, and Don. “Going the Distance” album releases with numerous hits like “Play me my favourite song”, “Pick-up truck cowboy”, and “Bringing home the good times”.

1983-84
Manitoba Country Music Awards
“Bringing home the good times” wins Country Song of the Year
Errol wins Songwriter of the Year
Clint wins Instrumentalist of the Year
Craig wins Producer of the Year

1985-86
Canadian Country Music Awards
C-Weed Band nominated for Country Band of the Year

1985
Juno Awards
Nominated for Country Song of the Year (“Magic in the Music”)
Nominated for Group or Duo

1886
Juno Awards
Nominated Group or Duo for “Live at Ma’s” released that year.

1987
Released “Flight of the Hawk” Volumes 1 & 2

1988
Tom, Clint, Paul, Gord Raffey, Errol, Don – Release album “Tribute to Southern Rock”- featuring “Old Rodeo Cowboys” and “Drinkin my baby goodbye”. C-Weed releases a video for “Old Rodeo Cowboys” which aired on Much Music along with a special called Cowboys and Outlaws.

1989
Band performs as Errol, Dean Malcolm, Gord, Don, Steve Hilliam, Sheila Drysdale.

1990-91
Release “I Wanna Fly” and tour across Canada with Alex McKelvey, Clint, Rod Demsky, Sonny Bandura, Tom and Paul. The finale was in Prince Rupert, BC, where the band performed “I Wanna Fly” for the first ever Aboriginal television link up simulcast along with a speech from Prime Minister Brian Mulrooney.

1992-95
Gerry, Dennis Dyck, Andy Dyck, Trevor Smith, Errol – Errol Ranville and the Spirit River Band record 2 live albums at C-Weeds Cabaret. They play at Indian Casinos in the US as well as have a successful eastern tour including the grand opening of a huge country and western club called Cowboys in Ottawa. Errol tries his hand at the night club business in Winnipeg, then Edmonton, Saskatoon, and for a short time in Thunder Bay, operating under the name C-Weed’s Cabaret. The concept was to give Aboriginal bands a place to showcase their music.

1995
Release of “Cowboy Code” and assemble a C-Weed band to promote the album (Tom, Rod, Gord, Paul, Errol).

1997-2001
Errol moves to Edmonton. In ’98 C-Weed Band does a tour in Europe (Randy Hiebert, Rick Shot, George Demaduk, Mitch and Errol). ’98 Release of albums Older Songs of the 80’s, a series of color coded compilation CD’s. ’99 Mike Bruyere, Errol’s nephew, shows up in Edmonton with his drums and they put together a C-Weed band that eventually releases the “Run as One” album in 2000 and they tour (Mitch Daigeneault, Mike, Elvis Ballantyne, Corny Michel, Errol). Errol wrote and recorded the song (by the same name) “Run as One” using traditional Aboriginal drumming and chanting, which even today brings a C-Weed audience to their feet. The song is acclaimed by many as the “Aboriginal Anthem” of the century with a catchy guitar hook and heartfelt lyrics.

2001
Juno Awards
“Run as One” nominated for Best Music of Aboriginal Canada

2001-05
Errol returns to Winnipeg (Don, Kevin Joseph, Jay Ross, Mitch, Errol). 2003 Mitch leaves band. The 4 piece band tours China in 2004. In 2005, Errol is inducted into the Aboriginal Hall of Fame by Eric Robinson, Minister of Culture, Heritage, Tourism & Sport and NCI General Manager Dave McLeod. In 2004, he works at Manitoba Audio Recording Industry Association (MARIA) to develop the Aboriginal Music Program (AMP). Errol receives Lifetime Achievement Award in ’05 from the Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards (CAMA’s) Toronto.

2005-06
Release “Hey” without a band line up. Errol is the Executive Producer of Manito Ahbee Festival and Aboriginal Peoples Music Choice Awards.

2007-09
Marc Arnould, Trevor Smith, Tom, Don, Errol -Release “Redemption” in 2008.

2010
Marc Arnould, John Ervin, Ariel Posen, Don, Errol- “Magic in the Music” the Greatest Hits album is released. Errol is retained by the province of Manitoba to produce a talent development project, called Manitoba Star Attractions Talent Showcase.

2011
Marc, John, Ariel, Don, Errol, Ashley Klassen, Kelly Bado – Release and tour new album “Forever” with addition of female back-up voices Ashley Klassen and Kelly Bado, who were two of the winners of Manitoba Star Attractions Talent Showcase 2011. Errol receives Lifetime Achievement Award at the Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards. Errol begins managing, producing, and promoting young artist singer/songwriter Ali Fontaine who was one of the five winners of Manitoba Star Attractions Talent Showcase 2010.

2012
Single “Can This be Love” from album “Forever” reaches #1 song on the National Aboriginal Top 40 Countdown. Clint Dutiaume joins the band, touring as Errol, Don, Clint, Marc, John, and Ashley.