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Country Music Fest Is Part Of CCMA’s Farm System

Country Music Fest Is Part Of CCMA’s Farm System
Kelly Timmerman looks at the calendar and marvels at her achievements as she prepares to organize the 13th annual Manitoulin County Music Fest. This three-day festival staged this year August 8-10 at Little Current has continued to grow and thrive even in the face of other major music festivals staged at the same time around Ontario. “When I started this... Read More

Integrity Is The Key To Aldo Nova’s Comeback

Integrity Is The Key To Aldo Nova’s Comeback
Aldo Nova may appear to have a chip on his shoulder but from listening to his new single, “I’m A Survivor”, it’s easy to understand why he endured a prolonged absence from the global music industry before returning with `Aldo 2.0’, a six-song reworked of the top tracks off of his 1981 multi-platinum selling self-titled debut along with the new... Read More

Maestro Fresh Wes’s Champagne Campaign Is A Three Decade Celebration

Maestro Fresh Wes’s Champagne Campaign Is A Three Decade Celebration
As Maestro Fresh Wes plans to celebrate his 30th anniversary by releasing a new album `Champagne Campaign’ the Toronto native is humbled by how much progress Canadian Rap/Hip-Hop artists have achieved over the past three decades. Known as `The Godfather of Canadian Rap’, it was Maestro Fresh Wes who got the domestic scene rolling back in 1989, when “Let Your... Read More

Revival Nights Schedule Provides A Venue For Heritage Bands (And A Charity Tie In With Ronald McDonald House)

Revival Nights Schedule Provides A Venue For Heritage Bands (And A Charity Tie In With Ronald McDonald House)
Joe Saturnino isn’t one to name drop, but…. Positioned above his head in his cramped office atop The Revival Concert Venue located at the heart of Toronto’s Little Italy district is a collection of framed photographs of major celebrities who have graced his College Street venue. “Mick Jagger celebrated his birthday here a few years back,“  boasted Saturnino. “He even danced... Read More

Cavendish Beach, A Gem In Canada’s Country Music Festival Circuit

Cavendish Beach, A Gem In Canada’s Country Music Festival Circuit
Think about Prince Edward Island and you may envision, pristine sandy beaches, panoramic Atlantic Ocean views, amazing food, some of the world’s most scenic and challenging golf links, the Confederation Bridge link to New Brunswick and the romance of Anne of Green Gables. But for the past 10 years, a new tourist attraction has played a stellar role in the... Read More

The Hammer’s Arkells Triumph in 2019 Music Express Readers’ Choice Awards

The Hammer’s Arkells Triumph in 2019 Music Express Readers’ Choice Awards
Hamilton’s Arkells proved to be the Music Express Readers’ Top Choice claiming the most votes to win Top Canadian Group and Top Canadian album award for their `Rally Cry’ release in Music Expresss 2019 Readers’ Choice Awards. All winners to receive Microphone Awards courtesy of Long & McQuade. Top Male Vocalist award went to Michael Buble while Top Female Vocalist... Read More

Work Ethic Breeds Success For Cat Empire

Work Ethic Breeds Success For Cat Empire
So what would cause the six-member The Cat Empire to forego the balmy 32 degrees’ centigrade temperatures of their native Melbourne Australia to plunge into the frigid climes of a sub-zero degree’s Canadian winter? It’s called a work ethic and it’s something Felix Riebl feels committed to doing as the band launches their eighth studio album `Stolen Diamonds’ with tour... Read More

Al Harlow’s Prism Is Still Flyin

Al Harlow’s Prism Is Still Flyin
Backstage at Oshawa’s Regent Theatre, Prism guitarist/vocalist Al Harlow is fawning over his new love, an exquisite turquoise-coloured teardrop-designed, twin pick-up version of a Vox Mk 111 guitar, the same model originally played by former Rolling Stones’ guitarist Brian Jones. “I spent decades searching for a guitar like this and then I found one online at a South Los Angeles... Read More

Champniss Suffers Major Relapse

Champniss Suffers Major Relapse
Former MuchMusic vee-jay, Kim Clarke Champniss has suffered a major health setback after the return of a throat-cancer problem has resulted in radical surgery to remove an egg-shaped tumour from his voice box. Communicating via his Facebook, Champniss has confirmed that the surgery, performed at Toronto General Hospital will result in the permanent loss of his voice and that a... Read More

Marianas Trench’s Phantom Release Has That Regal Flavour

Marianas Trench’s Phantom Release Has That Regal Flavour
Listeners to Marianas Trench’s latest album release, Phantoms, shouldn’t be surprised by a strong and obvious musical connection to Queen. Especially on the opening track “Eleonora” and “Wish You Were Here”, both numbers boast strong multi-track vocal harmonies which are the hallmarks of Queen’s distinctive sound. “Anyone familiar with Marianas Trench knows we are strongly influenced by Queen” acknowledges guitarist... Read More

Preserving Ozzy Osbourne’s Legacy

Preserving Ozzy Osbourne’s Legacy
Winnipeg’s Anthony Ducharme looks like Ozzy Osbourne sounds like Ozzy Osbourne and has even perfected Osbourne’s on-stage mannerisms. No, his wife isn’t called Sharon (it’s Lorraine) and he has (so far) deferred from biting into live bats but Ducharme’s Black Sabbath/Ozzy Osbourne tribute band, Ozbourne is about as close as you can get to the original artist. Set to tour... Read More

Bentall Full Value for Songwriter Plaudits

Bentall Full Value for Songwriter Plaudits
There was something appropriate about Barney Bentall appearing at a recent four-night ‘The Way We Feel’ tribute to Gordon Lightfoot staged January 10-13 at Toronto’s Hugh’s Room. No question that Lightfoot is a luminary when it comes to classic story-telling compositions but Bentall himself is no slouch when it comes to composing lyrical vignettes. It’s also appropriate that Bentall’s last... Read More

The US Invasion Continues – A 2018 Wrap-Up

The US Invasion Continues – A 2018 Wrap-Up
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau may have been challenged to complete a NAFTA agreement with US President Donald Trump but key Canadian artists had no problems making inroads into the American Music market in 2018. Aubrey Graham, known to his friends and fans as Drake certainly dominated the US R&B Rap charts with his latest album, `Scorpion’ chalking up over one... Read More

Platinum country artist Aaron Goodvin is creating A World for Good

Platinum country artist Aaron Goodvin is creating A World for Good
CCMA winner launches a campaign to raise money and awareness for six charities. (December 11, 2018) – Canadian country artist Aaron Goodvin has launched a campaign to raise money and awareness for six charities in partnership with A World For Good – a new online platform that lets artists engage and involve fans in their giving decisions. The Warner Music... Read More

Long Range Hustle – new music video for Crush You

Long Range Hustle – new music video for Crush You
Life Is Just A Long Range Hustle Just a scant few hours after leaving the stage of Toronto’s venerable Horseshoe Tavern, Jay Foster,  singer, pianist and  songwriter for Toronto-based Long Range Hustle, is hard at work, laying the media foundations for the band’s second album, titled `Town’ which will be released February 15th. Produced by Scotland’s Tony Doogan, noted for... Read More