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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

NEW MUSIC: Alessia Cara / The Pains of Growing (Deluxe) (November 30)

NEW MUSIC: Alessia Cara / The Pains of Growing (Deluxe) (November 30)
Alessia Car Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter Alessia Cara releases her highly anticipated second album The Pains of Growing (Deluxe), today via Def Jam Recordings/Universal Music Canada, the country’s leading music company. The run-up to today’s highly-anticipated release of  The Pains of Growing began as far back as July, when Alessia first performed “Growing Pains” on Fallon and Colbert, then in September on The Today Show‘s outdoor... Read More

Sue Foley, Crystal Shawanda, Jenie Thai, Harry Manx & Steve Marriner, Earle & Coffin to perform at Maple Blues Awards

Sue Foley, Crystal Shawanda, Jenie Thai, Harry Manx & Steve Marriner, Earle & Coffin to perform at Maple Blues Awards
Raoul Bhaneja hosts Koerner Hall National Blues Gala February 4 Montreal’s Guy Bélanger to host lobby afterparty “Winner’s Circle Jam” (Toronto) – The Toronto Blues Society has announced the performers who will grace the stage at Koerner Hall in Toronto for the 22nd annual Maple Blues Awards gala and concert, to be held on Monday, February 4th, 2019. Heating up the cold February... Read More

Retro 80’s Night with The Box, Images In Vogue, and Kim Clarke Champniss

Retro 80’s Night with The Box, Images In Vogue, and Kim Clarke Champniss
Maxwells Concerts & Events, Waterloo, Ontario Saturday, November 3, 2018 By Keith Sharp Photos by Jim Ziegler The expression `Everything Old Is New Again’ took on a whole new meaning Saturday at Maxwells in Waterloo, Ontario as two Classic 80’s Bands; Montreal’s The Box and Vancouver’s Images In Vogue joined forces with former MuchMusic personality Kim Clarke Champniss to stage... Read More