Hi there! Here's my (auto) biography.
I was born in 1950 in Vancouver, British Columbia. I love to sing. I began singing professionally at the age of 12. My band, Trooper, is now referred to as legendary and has performed in nearly every city, town and village in Canada. I also love to perform. I’ve written or co-written well over 200 songs – 100 of which have been recorded and released, a dozen of which have topped the charts. I’ve received multiple awards for most of those hits and – my favourite among the others – a West Coast Juno for “Best Male Vocalist”.
Trooper has released 11 albums, been awarded 5 gold and 11 platinum plaques comprising millions of sales in Canada, enjoyed a dozen top-ten hits, sold-out coliseums across the country, and been honoured with numerous awards and accolades including a Juno Award (Canada’s Grammy) for ‘Band of the Year’.
In 2012, I was honoured to receive SOCAN’s ‘National Achievement Award’ along with my songwriting partner Brian Smith. We also received three SOCAN ‘Classic Awards’ that year for “Raise A Little Hell”, “General Hand Grenade”, and “Janine”. “We’re Here For a Good Time”, “Santa Maria”, “Pretty Lady” and “Two for the Show” had previously received this award.
The Vancouver Sun called Trooper: “Canadian rock heroes of the first order … the best performing band in Canada.” The Globe and Mail dubbed them “honest-to-God Canadian rock legends.” and Joel Rubinoff, of The Record, wrote: “What becomes more apparent with each passing year, is that this frolicking, rollicking showcase for McGuire’s soaring pop melodies and whimsical wordplay is arguably one of the biggest Canadian bands of all time.” Trooper continues to perform around 30 sold-out shows every year.
Apart from those performances, which I still truly love, I also co-manage Trooper and its national touring company, and am the president of a small record company (Great Pacific Records) and publishing company (P.O.P. Publishing). I’m currently under contract as an artist or songwriter with Universal Music, BMG Music, Warner Music, and Sony/ATV Publishing. I’m also an active member of SOCAN, ACTRA, AVLA and The American Federation of Musicians Local 145.
My book. "Here For A Good Time: On the road with Trooper--Canada's legendary rock band" is, essentially, the first three years of ramcguire.com, from back in the day. It was described by Jim Barber of Music Life Magazine as “a witty, sometimes sad, but always honest appraisal of not only what is going on in McGuire’s life, but in his head, his heart and his spirit." William McGuirk of Durham News called it "… a brilliant read with the necessary elements of a good story intact." Nice.
An unintended side-career as a political shit-disturber resulted in my wife Debbie and I spearheading a campaign that resulted in Surrey’s first Fine Arts school, and an unsuccessful two-year effort to convince White Rock city hall to limit building heights in our hometown.
In April 2012, Debbie and I received the World Harmony Run’s Torchbearer Award for our “collaborative commitment to inspire cultural harmony and community spirit through music, and championing the importance of fine arts in education”. Also that year, ‘The Ra and Deborah McGuire Collection’ was installed at the Canadian Museum of Civilization in Ottawa, Ontario. A collection of Trooper memorabilia is housed across the river at the Gatineau Preservation Centre as part of Library and Archives Canada’s permanent collection.
In 2019 I finished the first draft of my second book. It’s tentatively titled Buddy Fucking Forever, but I expect to see some pushback on that.