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Cuddy Turns On Creativity With New Album Recorded In Just Three Days

Cuddy Turns On Creativity With New Album Recorded In Just Three Days
Jim Cuddy is a creative songwriting tour-de-force. He is so overloaded with song ideas that he needs two bands; Blue Rodeo and his own Jim Cuddy Band to contain this outflow of creativity. And even then, he has achieved additional co-writing and performing outlets with the likes of Corey Hart and Barney Bentall. If you don’t believe me, take a... Read More

Mercury’s Timeless Gem Released After 4 Decade Search

Mercury’s Timeless Gem Released After 4 Decade Search
The global success of the movie Bohemian Rhapsody (which generated more than $903 million in ticket sales) has revitalized interest in Queen lead vocalist Freddie Mercury who died from AIDS November 24th, 1991. Rami Malek won an Academy Award for his portrayal of Mercury and even though the movie received mixed critical reviews, Queen faithful and a generation of new... Read More

Budding Toronto Rap Star Malachi Draws NBA Comparison

Budding Toronto Rap Star Malachi Draws NBA Comparison
When Toronto rapper Malachi arrived in Los Angeles Thursday, June 13th his first priority was to make it to a local bar to watch his beloved Toronto Raptors clinch the NBA championship against the Golden State Warriors. “It was all last minute, we were surrounded by hordes of Golden State fans, but it was great that we won,” reflected the... Read More

Corey Hart’s Never Surrender Tour A Family Affair

Corey Hart’s Never Surrender Tour A Family Affair
Corey Hart cut a visibly emotional figure as he stood on the Toronto Budweiser Stage, June 14th, a single spotlight detecting tears welling in his eyes. He and his proficient eight-piece band had just completed their final encore, “Never Surrender”, leaving him alone to receive thunderous plaudits from a near sell-out (14,000) audience. “You know there was a time not... Read More

Peterborough Musicfest Targets Younger Demographic

Peterborough Musicfest Targets Younger Demographic
At the end of each successful season, Peterborough Musicfest general manager, Tracey Randall analyses crowd attendance and assesses whether the talent she books for the Wednesday/Saturday, twice weekly free concerts at the picturesque Del Crary Park actually matches the people attending those events. “In the past, our average age attendance has been around 60 but more recently we are getting... Read More

Construction Funding Fuels Monster Roxodus Concert

Construction Funding Fuels Monster Roxodus Concert
When construction industry veteran and avid motorcyclist Mike Dunphy last attended the legendary Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in South Dakota, he witnessed Kid Rock perform before a crowd of some 75,000 fans. It was an experience that left him with a positive impression. Returning home to Wasaga Beach Ontario, Dunphy met with fellow construction vet Fab Loranger, head of Fort Saskatchewan... Read More

The Beaches Add Rolling Stones Gig To Impressive Resume

The Beaches Add Rolling Stones Gig To Impressive Resume
The Beaches guitarist Jordan Miller is in an ecstatic mood as she and bandmates (sister) Kylie Miller (vocalist), Eliza Enman-McDaniel (drums) and Leandra Earl (guitar/keyboards) wind down a U.S tour supporting Passion Pit by heading to a date in Michigan prior to a brief Ontario stop at Peterborough’s Venue theatre. The Toronto-based quartet had just learned they would be appearing... Read More

Country Thunder Format Provides Boost For Canadian Talent

Country Thunder Format Provides Boost For Canadian Talent
Gerry Krochak and his CEO partner Troy Vollhoffer maybe good ole Saskatchewan boys but even though they have created a series Country Thunder music festivals which feature some of Country Music’s biggest names, they still get a big kick out of presenting Canadian talent to U.S audiences. With a network of festivals which spans Twin Lakes Wisconsin, Florence Arizona, Craven... Read More

Cloutier Aims To Keep Kitchener Blues Festival Lineup Fresh

Cloutier Aims To Keep Kitchener Blues Festival Lineup Fresh
For the past 18 years, Claude Cloutier has culminated a year-long search to present the best-established performers and new artists to the Kitchener Blues Festival, in Kitchener, Ontario, which hits year 19 this year from August 8-11 at four major downtown locations. It doesn’t get any easier as old guard blues performers pass away but Cloutier is diligent enough in his... Read More

Delhi 2 Dublin Hits A Multi-Cultural Groove

Delhi 2 Dublin Hits A Multi-Cultural Groove
Sanjay Seran sounds a little frustrated as he reports on the Canadian Music Week showcase performance of Vancouver’s Delhi 2 Dublin Wednesday, May 8th at Toronto’s Rivoli Nightclub. Apparently, sound glitches had disrupted the quartet’s debut of their latest `We Got This’ CD release and their unique blend of Bhangra, reggae, dub, electropop influences. “It’s a bit frustrating, you want to... Read More

Facing Alan Frew’s Mortality Put Glass Tiger Back In The Game

Facing Alan Frew’s Mortality Put Glass Tiger Back In The Game
Ask Glass Tiger lead vocalist Alan Frew if his recovery from a near-fatal stroke, suffered August 20th,2015, has played any role in the band’s accelerated level of activity over the past couple of years (two album releases, two major national tours) and he will shrug off the mishap as just a major inconvenience. But probe a little deeper and the... 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