Norm was born on October 22, 1963, in High Prairie, Alberta. His mother, a thin blooded native of Vancouver BC, made it through two minus 40 degree winters there before deciding that was enough of that nonsense, and the Fishers soon moved back to Vancouver.
Norm became interested in music early on. When he was 6 he started playing the recorder. As cool as that sounds, he quickly moved on to a far hipper instrument - the ukelele. When he got to the 5th grade he started playing the guitar, which he liked - a lot. Finally at the age of 12, his band teacher told him if he would learn to play bass he could be in the Stage Band and the small Jazz combo. He took the bait and got hooked on the bass immediately.
Norm's "scholastic career" quickly went down the tubes as he lost interest in anything that wasn't music related. He started playing in a basement rock band almost immediately, becoming obsessed with music by bands like Led Zeppelin, the Stones, ZZ Top, Cream, the Who, Yes, Genesis, Rush, Max Webster, Aerosmith, Queen, Pink Floyd, Black Sabbath, and many others.
All through high school Norm played Jazz in school bands and played rock and roll in the basement. His grade 12 year consisted of taking 7 music courses and one course in remedial English - he was poised for either a career in music or the night shift at the Quickie-Mart.
After graduating Norm got heavily into Jazz and spent a couple of years studying music at a local college. He soon started playing gigs of all sorts - Jazz, Fusion, Big Band, Rock, R&B, Polka, Country, Blues, studio work, pit orchestras, weddings, bar mitzvahs, musical wallpaper...all ranging from exhilarating to humiliating.
The gigs never quite stopped and Norm has so far been spared facing the fact that he is absolutely, thoroughly unqualified to do anything but play music.
He has worked with folks like Burton Cummings, Randy Bachman, The Powder Blues Band, the late, great Long John Baldry, Paul Dean of Loverboy, and several incarnations of the Colin James band. He once backed both Pat Boone AND Shari Lewis and Lambchop - take THAT Mickey "played with everyone" Curry!
Norm has a somewhat unhealthy obsession with motorcycles, and when not on the road he can usually be found riding, planning bike trips, wrenching on bikes, paying competent people to fix the wrenching he did on bikes, or plotting how to buy another bike without anyone noticing.
Norm also has a thing for old Toyota Land Cruisers and enjoys wheeling his rusty old BJ70 whenever possible.
He still lives in Vancouver.