Search

Roxette’s Marie Fredriksson Succumbs To A Brain Tumour

Roxette’s Marie Fredriksson Succumbs To A Brain Tumour
Photo: Mattias Edwall roxette.se By Keith Sharp With the inevitable passing of major rock stars, it’s not surprising that the December 9th death of Roxette’s Marie Fredriksson would slide under the radar. Yet any fan of 90’s pop will readily remember hit songs like “The Look”, “Listen To Your Heart” “It Must Have Been Love” and “Joyride” made famous by Fredriksson and... Read More

Synth Rock’s Dynamic Duo

Synth Rock’s Dynamic Duo
When it comes to matching co-presenting concert acts, some bands just have the right synergy. Case in point are Montreal’s The Box with Images In Vogue whose members are split between Toronto and Vancouver. Friday, November 22nd, The Box and Images In Vogue performing at Toronto’s Revival Club, was the fourth time the two new wave retro electro-rockers have joined... Read More

The East Pointers Break The Rules With Contemporary Maritimes Sound

The East Pointers Break The Rules With Contemporary Maritimes Sound
The East Pointers is not the atypical band which normally performs at Toronto’s Lee’s Palace. On the surface, this trio of Maritime folk-rock musicians would seem alien to an environment that normally spotlights trendy, alternative artists and groups. But there was fiddle player/vocalist Tim Chaisson, banjo-playing brother Koady Chaisson and guitarist cousin Jake Charron on Thursday, November 14th ripping through... Read More

Rational Youth Re-Release Classic Cold War Night Life Package

Rational Youth Re-Release Classic Cold War Night Life Package
Rational Youth – Photo by Moira Law (2017) When Rational Youth’s Tracy Howe met China Crisis leader Gary Daly backstage at Belgium’s W Festival in August, they reminisced about a previous billing together at Toronto’s Kingswood Amphitheatre back in 1983. “We’ll be returning to Toronto to play a gig there in January”, noted Daly. “So will we” concurred Howe. Only... Read More

A Revamped Voting Process Ramps Up Music Hall Of Fame Inductees

A Revamped Voting Process Ramps Up Music Hall Of Fame Inductees
Allan Reid – CARAS President Scanning over the honour roll which constitutes artists inducted into Canada’s Music Hall Of Fame,  Allan Reid, President CEO, CARAS/The Juno Awards & MusiCounts claims he is full of pride at the vast array of talent who have previously been selected for this prestigious award. “I am proud of being a Canadian when I look at who has been... Read More

Legendary Cream Drummer Ginger Baker Loses Battle Against Heart Disease

Legendary Cream Drummer Ginger Baker Loses Battle Against Heart Disease
Peter, Edward “Ginger” Baker, co-founder of British supergroup, Cream passed away Sunday in London England at the age of 80. He had been suffering from progressive heart disease for some time and had endured open-heart surgery in 2016. Along with guitarist Eric Clapton and bassist Jack Bruce, Baker launched Cream in 1966, with their debut album ‘Fresh Cream’ and they... Read More

Cooper Group Sparks Back To The 80’s Charity Sell Out

Cooper Group Sparks Back To The 80’s Charity Sell Out
Around the Burlington/Oakville region of Southern Ontario, Dan Cooper and his Dan Cooper Group, Royal Lepage real estate team are easily recognizable figures. His `We Are Dan Cooper’ motif adorns real estate signs, the side of his fleet of automobiles and even television commercials. But it was Dan Cooper, Entertainment Philanthropist, who took the spotlight September 22nd at Oakville’s Centre... Read More

Rankin’s Songs From Route 19 Tour Recaptures His Musical Roots

Rankin’s Songs From Route 19 Tour Recaptures His Musical Roots
Jimmy Rankin has packed up his gear, hit the road down Route 19 and crossed the Canso Causeway out of his beloved Cape Breton to execute an extensive 29-date tour taking Rankin and his band right across Canada through late September and October before returning home for a five-date Christmas tour of the Maritimes. Purpose of this tour is to... Read More

The Evolution Of A Classic Rock Band

The Evolution Of A Classic Rock Band
On Saturday, September 21st, Kingston’s The Glorious Sons will unveil their latest studio release, `A War On Everything’ with a sell-out headline concert at that city’s Jack Richardson Stadium before 14,000 rabid fans. To band members Brett Emmons (lead vocals), brother Jay Emmons (guitar), Chris Koster (guitar), Andy Paquette (drums), Chris Huot (bass) and Josh Hewson (keyboards), the concert not... Read More

Money And Ocasek Become Rock’s Latest Casualties

Money And Ocasek Become Rock’s Latest Casualties
Rock Music lost two of its iconic figures over the weekend with the deaths of Cars’ vocalist/guitarist Rick Ocasek and solo artist Eddie Money. Ocasek was found deceased (cause of death, natural causes) Sunday morning September 16th in his New York apartment by ex-wife and former supermodel, Paulina Poritzkova, while Money passed away Thursday, September 13th from esophageal cancer, Ocasek... Read More

Correcting A CARAS Travesty

Correcting A CARAS Travesty
Saturday, August 17th,2019 and more than 3,000 spectators are crammed into Little Current, Manitoulin Island’s Flatrock Event Centre to witness Vancouver’s Trooper bring the two-day Rockin The Rock music festival to a frenzied conclusion. Not a bad turnout for a community which boasts a resident population of fewer than 1,800 souls. And although the likes of Platinum Blonde, Glass Tiger,... Read More

Grande Prairie Native Steals CCMA Awards Spotlight

Grande Prairie Native Steals CCMA Awards Spotlight
On a night when the 2019 Canadian Country Music Awards returned to Calgary after a 14-year absence, it was fitting that  Alberta performer Tenille Townes stole the spotlight. Langley B.C’s Dallas Smith, who co-hosted the show with Billy Ray Cyrus, claimed two major awards as Top Male Vocalist and Top Entertainer plaudits but it was 25-year old Grande Prairie native,... Read More

Ice Queen Still Thriving As A Blues Guitar Icon

Ice Queen Still Thriving As A Blues Guitar Icon
Scroll down any online list of the world’s greatest rock guitar players and you’ll find the usual suspects; Jimi Hendrix, Jimmy Page, Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, Brian May, Eddie Van Halen et al, but you won’t find any prominent female players. Sue Foley just shrugs when this information is brought to her attention. A nominee for this year’s Guitar Magazine’s... Read More

De Keyzer Defies Shrinking Toronto Club Scene

De Keyzer Defies Shrinking Toronto Club Scene
Toronto used to be the centre of a vibrant blues community with the likes of the Brunswick House, Silver Dollar, Jeff Healey’s and the Cadillac Lounge all playing host to major blues artists like Downchild Blues Band, Jeff Healey, King Biscuit Boy, Jack de Keyzer, Colin James, Sue Foley, Matt Minglewood, Dutch Mason et al performing regularly at these downtown... Read More

Raising Hell In Rainbow Country

Raising Hell In Rainbow Country
Rockin’ The Rock Manitoulin Island August 17th, 2019 By Keith Sharp The tee shirt said it all. “Arrive. Raise A Little Hell. Leave.” This was the profound effect Vancouver’s Trooper had on the 3,000 plus audience who packed into The Flatrock Event Centre in Little Current, Manitoulin Island, Saturday, August 17th to attend what was the second annual Rockin’ The... Read More