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MUSIC EXPRESS CMW SHOWCASE

MUSIC EXPRESS CMW SHOWCASE
Wednesday May 6th 2015 @ THE RIVOLI It is our pleasure to present to you a total of eight hot new artists who will be performing at this year’s Music Express CMW Showcase. You are invited to check out the amazing talent provided by the bands listed below: THE RATHBURNS (8:00 – 8:40) Fresh off appearing on Rock 94.9’s Gen... Read More

MUSIC EXPRESS BOOK REVISITS A GOLDEN ERA

MUSIC EXPRESS BOOK REVISITS A GOLDEN ERA
The book we’ve been talking about in this online magazine for the past 18 months, will debut on Amazon and in your favorite book store in May when “Music Express – The Rise, Fall and Resurrection Of Canada’s Music Magazine” (Dundurn Press) finally rolls into retail. Those of you who were involved or aware of the Canadian music industry in... Read More

A Rock Music Epiphany Comes To Life – The First Anniversary of Music Express Digital Magazine

A Rock Music Epiphany Comes To Life – The First Anniversary of Music Express Digital Magazine
Call it an epiphany if you will, a moment when that imaginary light bulb flashes above your head. That moment of inspiration came to me late August 2012 while working as a security officer for G4S, one of the world’s biggest security companies. It was that single moment of clarity which lead to the re-birth of Music Express as a... Read More

Heading for the T.Dot – Part Two

Heading for the T.Dot – Part Two
My first interview with Red Rider’s lead vocalist Tom Cochrane provided a source of confrontation. Red Rider; comprising of Cochrane (guitarist/lead vocalist) Jeff Jones (bass), Ken Greer (guitar) Peter Boynton (keyboards) and Rob Baker( drums) were a hotly sought after Toronto band in 1979. Both Capitol’s Deane Cameron and Anthem’s Ray Danniels were vying for them but Cameron was concerned... Read More

Sharp Inks Publishing Deal With Dundurn

Sharp Inks Publishing Deal With Dundurn
Music Express editor in chief Keith Sharp is happy to announce that Dundurn Publishing Company has agreed to publish his Music Express book. The title will be previewed to potential retailers and libraries in Dundurn’s Fall catalogue and will be at retail by early 2014. “I am totally excited by the news that Dundurn will give my book full national... 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

Sennheiser to Sponsor Music Express Awards

Sennheiser to Sponsor Music Express Awards
Sennheiser Canada have agreed to sponsor the inaugural 2013 MUSIC EXPRESS AWARDS which will reflect achievements by Canadian artists whose music falls into ME’s AOR genre (Sorry Justin, sorry Carly Rae!) Nominees will be selected in the following nine categories and each winning group or artist will receive a special microphone award presented by Sennheiser Canada. “We are excited to... Read More

Canada Rocks!

Canada Rocks!
Domestically, the music industry was exploding. New albums and new bands were arriving daily with growth evident right across Canada. Toronto lead the way with the likes of hard rock bands Rush, Triumph, Max Webster, Goddo and Moxy, the versatility of Lighthouse plus the True North folk scene powered by Bruce Cockburn, Dan Hill and Murray McLauchlan. Not to mention... Read More

A Music Mag is Born!

A Music Mag is Born!
Alberta Music Express was launched the first week of October 1976 without much fanfare. I had secured a printer, The North Hill News and Joe Thompson, branch manager at Kellys Record Mart in Calgary had agreed to circulate AME in all their Alberta retail outlets. As mentioned, Daltrey was on the cover of No.1 with my feature on The Stampeders... Read More