Chris Wardman Producer Bio

November 23, 2009 - 8:03am

Chris Wardman first came to the public eye as the guitar player and songwriter for seminal Canadian new wave band Blue Peter. The band’s hit songs included “Chinese Graffiti”, “Radio Silence” and the hugely popular “Don’t Walk Past”.  “Don’t Walk Past” continues to garner airplay on radio and MuchMusic, many years later.

Getting a taste for recording while working with British producer Steve Nye (Japan, Bryan Ferry, The Cure) on a Blue Peter album, Wardman went on to a successful producing career of his own. After releasing four discs Blue Peter disbanded and Wardman slid easily into the producer’s chair, working on albums for Chalk Circle, Randy Bachman, Emm Gryner, The Watchmen, Art Bergmann, Rusty, Big Wreck and many others. 

From 1989 to 1992, he was on the payroll at Capitol EMI Records as staff producer working with bands like Leslie Spit Treeo, David Gogo, The Tragically Hip, 13 Engines, National Velvet and more.  He also kept his hand in the songwriting game, penning songs like “If You Go This Time” for Platinum Blonde’s “Contact” album. During this time Chris picked up a knack for composing (and performing) music for television commercials, working on national and international spots for McCains, Harley Davidson, Care Canada and others.

In 1996 Wardman made the switch to the record company side, signing on as manager of A&R for BMG Music Canada. During his tenure there, he created and launched BMG Canada’s consumer website and developed their first official artist websites.  In the more traditional A&R aspects of the job, Chris worked with Jacksoul, Transister Sound & Lighting Co., Copyright, The Crash Test Dummies, Bloody Chicletts and The Rascalz, for whom he mixed the hit song "Northern Touch”.

Chris jumped to Universal Music in 2000, heading up their New Media department where he ran the company’s consumer and artist websites and oversaw the creation of music DVDs for projects which included The Tragically Hip (Juno Award), Oscar Peterson, Diana Krall, Hedley and Sarah Harmer (Juno Award). Currently Chris is involved in web development, technical consultation and music production.

Discography

Art Bergmann
“What Fresh Hell Is This” Sony Music 1994
“Art Bergmann” Polygram 1991
“Sexual Roulette” Duke Street Records 1989
One Free Fall with Art Bergmann "Prisoners of Rock & Roll"/ Neil Young Tribute Sony Music 1994

Big Wreck
“In Loving Memory Of” Warner/Atlantic Records 1997 [Platinum Album, Produced 2 tracks]

Blue Peter
“Version” (Remix of Songs from "Falling") Produced by Steve Nye Remixed by Kevin Doyle, Chris Wardman & Jason Sniderman Ready Records/1983
“Up To You” Ready Records/1982 [Co-produced with Kevin Doyle]
“Chinese Grafitti” (Single) AWOL Records 1981 [Co-produced with Kevin Doyle] [Casby Award (CFNY) Single of the Year-1982]
“Radio Silence” Ready Records 1980 [Co-produced with with Kevin Doyle]

Breeding Ground
“Obscurity & Flair” Fringe/1988
“Tales of Adventure” Fringe 1986

Chalk Circle
“The Best Of Chalk Circle: 20th Century Masters The Millennium Collection” Universal Music Canada 2006
“Mending Wall” Duke St Records 1987 [Platiunum Record]
“The Great Lake EP” Duke St Records 1986

Emm Gryner
“Girl Versions” Dead Daisy Records 2001 [Juno Nominee Best Pop Album]

Jacksoul
“Eastbound” (from ABsolute mix for video) BMG 1996

Leslie Spit Tree-o
“Don't Cry Too Hard” Capitol/EMI 1991
“Book of Rejection” Capitol/EMI 1992

Meryn Cadell
“6 Blocks” Handsome Boy 1997

NEO-A4
“The Hard Way” Duke St Records 1988
“Desire” (Remix) Duke St Records 1987

One Free Fall
“Mud Creek” Handsome Boy/BMG 1993

The Pursuit of Happiness
“Killed by Love” (Single/Video) Swell Records 1987

Randy Bachman
“Any Road” Sony Music 1992

Rascalz “Northern Touch” Mix BMG 1998

Ruthless Ones
"EP" 2014

Shanti Wintergate
"Stranger Days" Indie 2008 [co-produced with Brad Haehnel, mixed by Brad Haehnel]

Soho 69/Andy Curran
“Scatterbrain” Hypnotic 1993
"Cinnamon Girl"/Neil Young Tribute Sony Music 1994

Sons of Freedom
“Gump” Chrysalis/MCA 1990

The Watchmen
“Slomotion: Greatest Hits” EMI Music Canada 2001
“McLaren Furnace Room” Sumo/MCA 1992

Staff producer at Capitol Records
1989-1992 Worked with artists including Leslie Spit Tree-o, 13 Engines, The Tragically Hip and National Velvet

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