Inducted in 2008

The Canadian hard-rock power trio Triumph epitomized arena rock in the 1980s. Their virtuoso musicianship, soaring melodies, exceptional songs and outstanding live shows made them superstars and an enormous influence on stage and on record.

Vocalist/guitarist Rik Emmett, bass guitarist/keyboardist Mike Levine and vocalist/drummer Gil Moore met in Toronto in 1975. Their commercial breakthrough came in 1979 with their third album, Just a Game. It generated the band’s first Billboard Top 40 hit single, “Hold On.” Another notable single was “Lay It on the Line,” which was a rock radio smash. The album was certified Gold, their first to sell 500,000 copies in the U.S.

Career Highlights


Clark was inducted into the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame.


Wins the CBC’s national music competition at the age of 14.


Records first album, I Got Rhythm.


Records first album, I Got Joins Norman Granz’s Jazz at the Philharmonic..

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Forms the first Oscar Peterson Trio in the early 1950s.


Band replaces Emmett with singer/guitarist Phil X.


Rik Emmett leaves the band for a solo career.


Allied Forces reaches No. 23 on the Billboard charts.

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2008 Juno Awards. Hall of Fame inductee Triumph. Pengrowth Saddledome. Calgary, Alberta. Photo: CARAS/


Release their commercial breakthrough, the Gold record Just a Game


Form in Toronto


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In 2012, Rik Emmett received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for Community Service.

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The band’s first paid concert was at Simcoe High School in Toronto in 1975. They received $750.