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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

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

Birds Of Bellwoods Growing In Stature

Birds Of Bellwoods Growing In Stature
By Keith Sharp The rain was sheeting down as Toronto quartet Birds Of Bellwoods took to a Montreal stage for an outdoor festival being executed in a very hostile environment. So hostile that only five people gathered together in a protective tent constituted their audience. Yet Messer’s Stephen Joffe (vocals/mandolin), Adrian Morningstar (vocals/guitar), Kintaro Akiyama (vocals/stand-up bass) and Chris Blades... Read More

Page Finds Trump Nation Threatening

Page Finds Trump Nation Threatening
By Keith Sharp As a Jewish Canadian pop star currently residing just outside Syracuse, New York, former Barenaked Ladies’ frontman, Steven Page thought he was relatively immune to the racist barbs emitting from Donald Trump’s United States of America. But that was until he watched the White Supremist Rally in Charlottesville North Carolina on his television set. “I’m watching these... Read More

Europe is Rock’s Breeding Ground Notes Monster Truck’s Jeremy Widerman

Europe is Rock’s Breeding Ground Notes Monster Truck’s Jeremy Widerman
  By Keith Sharp Kiss bassist Gene Simmons may continue to sermonize that rock music is dead but Hamilton ‘s Monster Truck guitarist Jeremy Widerman has a succinct response to Mr. Simmons. “If you really feel that way, stop making your millions of dollars on ticket sales and merchandise, pull Kiss off the road and give some younger band a... Read More

The Trews Re-Invent Themselves With Civilianaires Release

The Trews Re-Invent Themselves With Civilianaires Release
  By Keith Sharp Having reached that dreaded contractual obligation `Greatest Hits’ point in their collective careers, Antigonish Nova Scotia’s The Trews knew they had reached a significant landmark in what had been an illustrious 15-year journey. Do they view their 2016 `Time Capsules’ release as the beginning of the end of their creativity or do they utilize the release... Read More

Timmins Kayak Challenge Takes 10th Annual Historical Spin

Timmins Kayak Challenge Takes 10th Annual Historical Spin
  By Keith Sharp The city of Timmins Ontario is celebrating the 10th anniversary of its Great Canadian Kayak Challenge Festival August 24-26th by returning to the historical roots of this event featuring Voyageur canoeists dressed in pioneer garb and even a 50th anniversary meeting of The Timmins Fur Council which will explain to festival patrons the necessity and value... Read More
    If history had dictated otherwise, Howard Jones would have developed into a bona fide Canadian pop superstar. Having moved to Ottawa when he was nine years old, Jones sparked a burgeoning music career and by the age of 14 was performing in his own band, Warrior. Unfortunately for Jones, his parents decided to move back to the UK... Read More

Trending Changes Is The Key To Rock The Park’s Continued Success

Trending Changes Is The Key To Rock The Park’s Continued Success
  By Keith Sharp The key to 15 years of continued success at London’s Rock The Park Music Festival is Promoter Brad Jones’ ability to keep his finger on the pulse of ever changing musical trends. Kicking off this Wednesday at the city’s Harris Park venue, the four-night festival will feature two lineups of current alternative rock bands like Shinedown,,... Read More