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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

Iron Maiden Brings Video Game To Life With Legacy Tour

Iron Maiden Brings Video Game To Life With Legacy Tour
To paraphrase a certain saying, “there are only three certainties in life; death, taxes and Iron Maiden playing Toronto.” Friday, August 9th and 10th, Iron Maiden hits the Budweiser Amphitheatre stage as part of their 44-date North American leg of their current Legacy Of The Beast Tour (which also features dates in Montreal, Quebec City, Winnipeg, Edmonton, Calgary and Vancouver).... Read More

Former Sheepdog Lends Credibility To League Of Wolves

Former Sheepdog Lends Credibility To League Of Wolves
During his many sorties into Saskatoon, Dillon Currie and his musical pals often bumped into former Sheepdogs’ guitarist Leot Hanson. Whether it was hanging around Lydia’s Pub or later The Capitol Music Club (which Hanson co-owned), Currie’s band, soon to be known as League Of Wolves, made a connection with Hanson. Initially, it was just informal jam sessions where they’d... Read More

`Rochdale Zulu’ Succumbs To Cancer

`Rochdale Zulu’ Succumbs To Cancer
Johnny Clegg, one of South Africa’s most famous and popular musical exports, died Tuesday, July 16th after a four-year battle with pancreatic cancer in Johannesburg, he was 66 years old. The frontman for Juluka and Savuka during the 1980s and 1990s, Clegg defied South African apartheid laws by performing with black musicians in open defiance against that country’s Group Area... Read More

Deppe Enjoying Best Of Both Worlds Playing For Two Iconic Bands

Deppe Enjoying Best Of Both Worlds Playing For Two Iconic Bands
By his own admission, The Spoons’ Gord Deppe is not a prolific songwriter. He is not one to churn out a stack of new material for pure vanity sake, preferring to re-release anniversary editions of previous records like the band’s debut `Stick Figure Neighbourhood’ (1981) and their break-through `Arias & Symphonies (1982). The band’s previous studio album, `Static In Transmission’... Read More

Exhibition Lineups Strong On Domestic Talent

Exhibition Lineups Strong On Domestic Talent
Danielle Bourre can remember when headline talent at Toronto’s Annual Canadian National Exhibition (CNE) or (The EX) meant the likes of The Rolling Stones, The Who, Elton John, Van Halen, David Bowie, Bruce Springsteen all sharing the spotlight at the main CNE Stadium. Yet those halcyon dates of Michael Cohl’s Concert Productions International attractions changed when the Molson Amphitheatre, later changed... Read More

The Strumbellas: Pop Music Done Wrong!

The Strumbellas: Pop Music Done Wrong!
According to the band’s biography, The Strumbellas’ vocalist/guitarist and chief songwriter, Simon Ward was motivated by the juxtaposition of balancing global touring activities with commitments to his wife and three children in small-town Lindsay Ontario when he penned the lyrics to the band’s fourth recording effort “Rattlesnake”. Certainly, based on the success of their last album “Hope” and the chart-topping... Read More

Pure Country Provides A Fresh Coat Of Paint To Canadian Country Music

Pure Country Provides A Fresh Coat Of Paint To Canadian Country Music
Canada’s Radio landscape just got more countrified with the partnership of 13 regional Country Music radio stations under the iheart logo. Pure Country is the banner that links a network of key regional stations together with a new syndicated programme hosted by Shannon Ella airing four hours a day on each station. Each segment will feature all the latest country... Read More

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

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