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Haverock Revival Brings The Thunder

Haverock Revival Brings The Thunder
The First Annual Haverock Revival Festival kicked into full effect this past weekend (July 8/9) in Havelock, Ontario at the Havelock Jamboree Grounds — braving ever changing weather from heat and humidity to an incredible light show from Mother Nature on Friday night. Bringing a change from the annual Country Music event that happens later this summer, the Revival brought... Read More

Haverock Fulfills A Legacy

Haverock Fulfills A Legacy
Performing on the festivals twin stages, a who's who of Canadian and U.S classic rock acts covering the past four decades will assemble this weekend. Featured acts include George Thorogood & The Destroyers, Mitch Ryder & The Detroit Wheels and Canned Heat from the States plus mega Canadian icons such as Loverboy, Trooper, Chilliwack and Kim Mitchell. Read More

LOVERBOY: A DNA For The Ages

LOVERBOY: A DNA For The Ages
It’s no coincidence that when a movie director or advertising executive wants to capture the quintessential musical mood of the 1980’s, there’s one band that instantly comes to mind. Soundtracks to key movies which reflected that period; Zoolander, Charles’ Angels Full Throttle, Crank, The Pepsi Cola commercial with the drinker dreaming about recapturing his youth by pining for his long-lost... Read More

Sturgis Canada: Mounting A Musical Invasion

Sturgis Canada: Mounting A Musical Invasion
Above: Ray Sasseville with the Premier of BC – Christy Clark Imagine living in a small, sleepy town in Sturgis South Dakota, regular population 6,627, when annually, one week in August, upwards of 500,000 bikers descend on your location to stage the annual Sturgis Bike Rally. As scary as that spectacle may be, the Sturgis town council welcome this influx... 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 Metal Queen Has Re-Drawn Her Sword

The Metal Queen Has Re-Drawn Her Sword
Lee Aaron is starting to feel that bug again. When she hits Ontario for a three concert stint that kicks off at Ottawa’s Brass Monkey venue on Thursday followed by appearances at Toronto’s Rockpile East club Friday and Rockpile West on Saturday, the Vancouver-based former Metal Queen is continuing a coming-out process that she initiated in 2013 when she made... Read More

Everybody’s ‘Jamaican for the weekend’ – Loverboy

Everybody’s ‘Jamaican for the weekend’ – Loverboy
It’s a long way from Calgary to the beaches of the Caribbean, but that’s the trip being made by legendary multi-platinum rockers Loverboy, when the band hosts a very special “Jamaican for the Weekend” event. Fans of the group will be “lovin’ every minute of it,” when Loverboy—lead singer Mike Reno, guitarist Paul Dean, keyboardist Doug Johnson, drummer Matt Frenette... Read More

Canadian Classic Rock Alive And Kicking

Canadian Classic Rock Alive And Kicking
Canadian classic rock music is alive and well and living in Spanish Ontario. This could be the only conclusion drawn from the success of a two-night festival, “Come Rock N Roar” August 16th and 17th staged at the Four Seasons Waterfront Complex at scenic Spanish Ontario located on the north shore of Lake Huron. Ron Stolar isn’t exactly a rock... Read More

Recovery is a Carnival – Alberta Flood Aid

Recovery is a Carnival – Alberta Flood Aid
A carnival represents the upheaval of power, where the fool becomes king and the king becomes slave; a temporary change of social order and societal structure. After the flood, company presidents grabbed their gloves and boots and shoveled the mud out of working class homes, elevating the displaced with their sweat and grit. At McMahon Stadium, the boardroom suits danced... Read More

Return of the Pretty Bad Boy

Return of the Pretty Bad Boy
It all started with Greg Godovitz’s Beatles’ collection. In a conversation with Dan Owen, owner of Calgary’s OCL studios, Greg Godovitz mentioned he had amassed a substantial collection of Beatles’ memorabilia. As a theme motif of Owen’s studio is the Beatles, he negotiated purchase of Godovitz’s collection – and at the same time offered the Goddo frontman a position as... Read More

Here Comes Loverboy

Here Comes Loverboy
It was at a meeting with Fosterchild when I first bumped into Paul Dean, lead guitarist for Streetheart. I had just conducted a phone interview with the band’s keyboardist Daryl Guthiel but I hadn’t extracted much of an insight from him so I welcomed the opportunity to do an in person with Paul. He proved to be a very cordial... Read More

The Big Stage – Journey & Loverboy

The Big Stage – Journey & Loverboy
Scotiabank Saddledome, Calgary | November 25, 2012 Photography by: Charles Hope Journey While the road crew prepared the stage for the band, it was curious to consider how Journey would fill such a large expanse of black. Were there going to be additional musicians? Would there be some kind of theatrical performance? When the lights went down and the band... Read More

Loverboy Launches Rock N Roll Revival

Loverboy Launches Rock N Roll Revival
Loverboy is touring right through until December behind its latest album, Rock ‘N’ Roll Revival, and what’s truly a revival is that the legendary Vancouver rock act is on the road with Journey — for the first time in three decades. The two bands linked up this summer for more than 60 dates all over North America, including some upcoming... Read More