Kim Berly began making his way as a professional musician in the summer of 1966 when The Stampeders moved from Calgary to Toronto in pursuit of fame and fortune; Kim had just turned 18. Five years later, after honing their skills working six nights a week in the bars and dance halls of Ontario, Quebec and upstate New York, the band broke worldwide with Sweet City Woman and went on to have a string of hit songs including Wild Eyes, Oh My Lady, Minstrel Gypsy, Carry Me, Devil You, Ramona, Hit the Road Jack, Then Came the White Man and Playin’ in the Band.
Kim played drums on all and was the lead voice on many of these songs. The Stampeders toured extensively in Canada, the US, and Europe and, to this day, continue to play theatres and festivals in Canada and the U.S. Kim and the Stampeders have received numerous awards over the years including a JUNO for Group of the Year, JUNO for Song of the Year, SOCAN (Society of Canadian Songwriters and Publishers) Lifetime Achievement Award. Kim has received two SOCAN awards for his songs Oh My Lady and Minstrel Gypsy.