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The Simple Plan Charity Foundation Pays Dividends

The Simple Plan Charity Foundation Pays Dividends
Last month, just a few days before Christmas, the Simple Plan Foundation announced its donations for 2018, for a total of $225,000. More than 30 charitable organizations, all devoted to helping young people in need, received financial support from the Foundation, bringing its total donations to $2.5 million since the FSP was started. The list of recipients shows that the... Read More

Robbie Robertson Announced as Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient at 2019 Canadian Music & Broadcast Industry Awards

Robbie Robertson Announced as Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient at 2019 Canadian Music & Broadcast Industry Awards
Canadian Music Week (CMW) is thrilled to announce Robbie Robertson as the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award in the Canadian Music Industry Hall of Fame. Robbie will be honoured for his exceptional contributions to the music industry at the annual Canadian Music and Broadcast Industry Awards Gala Dinner at Rebel Entertainment Complex in Toronto on Thursday, May 9, 2019.... Read More

Kick Ass Sass Hits The Bottle

Kick Ass Sass Hits The Bottle
Canada’s Queen of Rock Sass Jordan has ventured among the vines and added winemaker to her already-impressive collection of accomplishments. In partnership with Ontario-based Vineland Estates’ Vice President, winemaker, and long-time friend Brian Schmidt, Jordan has launched Kick Ass Sass — a double-dip series into the realm of whites and reds. Available January 1st, 2019 at Vineland Estates, Jordan’s wine... Read More

The Diodes: Crash N Burn Revisted

The Diodes: Crash N Burn Revisted
John Catto has taken a brief time out to from a scrambled Diodes rehearsal to spill the dirt on the band’s latest reunion tour which launches Friday at the Phoenix Concert Theatre. Having just flown in from England with band lead vocalist Paul Robinson to join up with original bassist Ian McKay, and drummer John Hamilton who is now playing... Read More

Goddo: There Goes The Neighbourhood!

Goddo: There Goes The Neighbourhood!
When Goddo front man Greg Godovitz announced he was moving from Toronto to Calgary eight years ago, local promoter Randy Charlton decided to mark the departure by organizing a `Good Riddance’ concert. Eight years later, Godovitz has decided to mark his 50th year in the music biz by returning to Toronto so Charlton has obliged by staging a `There Goes... Read More

The Box – Painting a New Canvas

The Box – Painting a New Canvas
Those of you planning a late summer’s vacation jaunt to the Laurentian Mountains, just north of Montreal, may find yourself in the scenic village of Mont Tremblant. Should you decide to stick your head inside the quaint 806 (Rue de St Jovie) Art Studio you may discover a familiar face manning the cash register. That familiar face belongs to Jean-Marc... Read More

Alias Reunion Gig Sparks Possible Reformation

Alias Reunion Gig Sparks Possible Reformation
It’s September 2012 and Alias guitarist Steve DeMarchi has agreed to meet with myself to discuss a “Where Are They Now” spotlight feature to run in the debut issue of the newly launched Music Express online magazine about Alias and what has happened to himself, lead vocalist Freddy Curci and the former Heart trio of guitarist Roger Fisher, bassist Steve... Read More

Astrid Young: Emerging From The Shadows

Astrid Young: Emerging From The Shadows
Having to deal with the deaths of both her parents; Scott Young and Astrid Mead, just three months apart in 2005, Astrid Young faced a severe self-examination about what motivated her to continue to be creative. Now ensconced in the Prince Edward wine region centred around Picton, Ontario, Neil Young’s half-sister needed time to revive that creative spark she thought... Read More

Streetheart: One Night One Take. From The Vaults – The Original Lineup Captured In Concert

Streetheart: One Night One Take.  From The Vaults – The Original Lineup Captured In Concert
Call it Streetheart’s `Basement Tapes’ if you will. The originally Regina based band reunited with all of it’s founding members for a brief tour in the fall of 1993 which included a series of shows at the Rolling Stone Cabaret in Winnipeg, MB. Paul Dean, who is now more well known as Loverboy’s lead guitarist and main songwriter, decided to... Read More

Paul Nelson – Working Stiff Back In The Studio

Paul Nelson – Working Stiff Back In The Studio
Paul Nelson strikes a forlorn figure as he stands by his stricken Stucco Construction truck, parked on a Vancouver roadway, awaiting the arrival of a much-needed battery boost for his vehicle. Nelson has been successfully plying his trade as a Stucco construction plasterer for the past 20 years or so, following his dad’s advice that he’d never be stuck for... Read More

The Many Faces Of Lisa Dal Bello

The Many Faces Of Lisa Dal Bello
Contrary to the perception that Lisa Dalbello has dropped off the music industry map, she’s still out there and you may hear her more times than you recognize. Yes that is Dalbello singing the Ford Focus commercial or the Cheers detergent commercial or introducing Peter Mansbridge on CBC’s National news program. And yes, that is Dalbello’s distinctive voice being utilized... Read More

Lorraine Segato: Emerging From The Shadows

Lorraine Segato:  Emerging From The Shadows
Lorraine Segato may have been out of the recording spotlight for the past 26 years but this doesn’t mean she’s been inactive! Working as an Artistic Direct, film-maker and writer, Lorraine has been developing her many other artistic skills. And although, she hasn’t been in the recording studio since releasing solo albums; her 1990 “Phoenix” and 1998 “Luminous City” releases... Read More

KILLER DWARFS: Nothing Changes But The Haircuts

KILLER DWARFS: Nothing Changes But The Haircuts
In a few weeks’ time, Oshawa’s Killer Dwarfs will be packing their collective bags and pointing their vehicle southwards, final destination, Miami, Florida where they will board the MSC Divina cruise ship to participate in what is now an annual event called The Monsters Of Rock Cruise. Between March 29th and April 2nd, a ship full of well-heeled passengers will... Read More

THE BEST OF THE BEST (Singles) – Part Two

THE BEST OF THE BEST (Singles) – Part Two
As the manuscript for my Music Express book is undergoing it’s final editing process in preparation for its April 2014 publishing date, I would like to spotlight a few chapters that were omitted from the final publication. One of these chapters was a series of `Best Of’s’ from the time frame that encompassed Music Express (being 1976-1992). This first ‘Best... Read More

THE BEST OF THE BEST (Singles) – Part One

THE BEST OF THE BEST (Singles) – Part One
As the manuscript for my Music Express book is undergoing it’s final editing process in preparation for its April 2014 publishing date, I would like to spotlight a few chapters that were omitted from the final publication. One of these chapters was a series of `Best Of’s’ from the time frame that encompassed Music Express (being 1976-1992). This first ‘Best... Read More

Metal Queen Comes of Age – Lee Aaron

Metal Queen Comes of Age – Lee Aaron
Lee Aaron downloads the Music Express E magazine and enters a time warp. Enclosed on the site are clips of Lee performing her signature` Metal Queen’ track at the 1984 Music Express Awards in Vancouver as well as her joining in a spirited finale of ‘Dance to the Music‘ with Bill Henderson, Shari Ulrich and Kathi McDonald. “Wow, big hair”... Read More

The Spoons – Nova Heart Transplant

The Spoons – Nova Heart Transplant
Moving into my new apartment on Asquith Road (just behind the Bay Centre at Yonge and Bloor) I noticed a major crack in the dining room wall. Not particularly of the Mike Holmes, Mr. Fixit  breed, I decided to cover this offending crack with a large poster – but it needed to be a big poster as it was a... Read More

Helix – Rockin’ The Way

Helix – Rockin’ The Way
Deerfoot Casino, Calgary | November 3, 2012 Entering the stage beneath a synthesized orchestral overture, Helix didn’t waste time building momentum. Setting the dial to 11 with “Wild in the Streets” singer Brian Vollmer took control with gusto using every limb to command the audience and fuel his band mates to push hard to the finish line. Helix is tight,... Read More