Era Inducted To: Radio Era
Wade Hemsworth wrote Black Fly during a visit to Northern Ontario as part of a Hydro Electric Commission surveying the feasibility of a damn on the Little Abitibi River. As with most visitors to the area in the summer months, the party was constantly besieged by black flies, which served as inspiration for the song. This song launched Hemsworth’s songwriting career. Hemsworth’s most beloved songs – Black Fly Song and Log Driver’s Waltz – were both made into short animated films by the National Film Board of Canada. The Blackfly animated short was nominated for an Oscar in 1992.
Cover Artists Include: Rick Avery, Judy Greenhill, The McGarrigles, The Travellers