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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

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

Austin Jenckes – The Voice That Roared by Roman Mitz for Open Spaces

Austin Jenckes – The Voice That Roared by Roman Mitz for Open Spaces
When Austin Jenckes wrapped his gravelly pipes around covers of Lynyrd Skynyrd’s ‘Simple Man’ and The Bee Gees’ ‘To Love Somebody’ during season five of the television series ‘The Voice’, you simply knew you were hearing someone special who would soon be on the radio with original material.  The only thing you did not expect was that it would take... 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