A Music Express Timeline – The 70s with more 45th Tributes – A part of the Music Express Anniversary Edition

A Music Express Timeline – The 70s with more 45th Tributes – A part of the Music Express Anniversary Edition
Alex Lifeson – Music Express 45th Anniversary – 2021 “Congratulations, Keith, to you and Music Express Magazine’s 45th Anniversary and to a long future going forward.” – Alex Lifeson July 1976 Sportswriter Keith Sharp, freelancing for Calgary Herald entertainment department executes a feature interview with Calgary’s The Stampeders, returning to execute headline show at the annual Stampede Rodeo. Entertainment editor pans Thursday... Read More

Bruce Allen Joins Forces With Music Express – 45th Anniversary Edition – Part Two

Bruce Allen Joins Forces With Music Express – 45th Anniversary Edition – Part Two
Bruce Allen, the Godfather of the Canadian Music Industry – Photo by Dee Lippingwell by Roman Mitz This is Part 2 of The Music Express’ 45th Anniversary Edition, with founder, editor-in-chief Keith Sharp Part 1 is available here …“Bruce Allen was really upset that the phenomenal debut album by Loverboy, a band he managed, was not even nominated for Best Group or... Read More

45 Years of Music Express Magazine: Building A Legacy – Part One

45 Years of Music Express Magazine: Building A Legacy – Part One
by Roman Mitz What a long strange and wonderful trip it’s been. It seems appropriate to paraphrase this album title when describing the history of Canada’s most enduring magazine, Music Express, which celebrates its 45th anniversary this month. The wonderful part of the trip begins with the magazine’s impressive reach as it is the only contemporary publication in the history... Read More

Dallas Smith Crowned Entertainer of the Year for the Third Consecutive Year at the 2021 CCMA Awards

Dallas Smith Crowned Entertainer of the Year for the Third Consecutive Year at the 2021 CCMA Awards
Multi-Platinum award-winning country star Dallas Smith celebrated his third consecutive win for ‘Entertainer of the Year’ at the 2021 CCMA Awards last night in London, Ontario. Smith, nominated for five CCMA Awards during the evening, took home three, including Entertainer of the Year, Male Artist of the Year and Single of the Year, adding to his second consecutive win for Top Selling Canadian Album of the Year... Read More

Aussie Acceptance Has Created Tea Party Long-Distance Relationship

Aussie Acceptance Has Created Tea Party Long-Distance Relationship
The Tea Party – Photo by Francesca LudikarBy Keith Sharp Literally from day one, the country of Australia has embraced the music of Canada’s Tea Party. Their 1993 major label release, Splendor Solis was equally embraced by the Aussies and through numerous tours of the country (Wikipedia says 12 tours but lead vocalist Jeff Martin swears it has been many... Read More

2022 Love Someone Tour Dates Announced!

2022 Love Someone Tour Dates Announced!
Johnny Reid has announced his 2022 Love Someone tour, set to be one of the longest-running artist tours in Canadian history with over one hundred shows once all tour dates are announced!  Tickets for most shows go on sale: November 26th at 10 am (local time) Tartan Army Fan Club Presale: November 24th at 3 pm (local time) RSVP on Facebook... Read More

EXTC Rekindles Classic Band’s Legacy

EXTC Rekindles Classic Band’s Legacy
By Keith Sharp The advent of social media allows music fans to rediscover bands and artists which may have been ignored during their prime yet have been totally revived as new audiences discover the depth of their musical catalogue. England’s XTC is one such band. North American audiences may be familiar with key singles like “Making Plans For Nigel and... Read More

Arrive, Raise A Little Hell, Retire – Trooper Original Duo Call It A Day.

Arrive, Raise A Little Hell, Retire – Trooper Original Duo Call It A Day.
Trooper’s Lead Singer Ra McGuire and Bassist Doni Underhill – Photo by Hope Photography By Keith Sharp  The announcement on Trooper’s November 8th Facebook post that original band members; vocalist Ra McGuire and lead guitarist Brian Smith have chosen to retire from the band, may have caught many fans by surprise, but the reality is that the ongoing COVID19 pandemic... Read More

Adams ‘Happy’ To Release New Album Despite COVID Setback

Adams ‘Happy’ To Release New Album Despite COVID Setback
By Keith Sharp Bryan Adams was all set to fly down to Cleveland to assist in the induction of Tina Turner into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame’s Class of 2021 on October 30th at the Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse when he took the mandatory COVID-19 test before boarding his flight. The test showed he was positive! “The officials there... Read More

The Glorious Sons Announce New Year’s Eve Hometown Show In Kingston, ON

The Glorious Sons Announce New Year’s Eve Hometown Show In Kingston, ON
Award-winning rock band, The Glorious Sons are excited to ring in the new year with a special hometown show on December 31 at Leon’s Centre presented by K-Rock 105.7. Hot off their third time opening for The Rolling Stones (first in Marseilles, France in 2018, followed by a Toronto show in 2019 and most recently in Los Angeles, CA), the chart-topping rockers’ NYE show... Read More

Johnny Reid Lifts Doom And Gloom With Positive Lyrical Messages

Johnny Reid Lifts Doom And Gloom With Positive Lyrical Messages
By Keith Sharp As Johnny Reid sat in his Nashville recording studio pondering how to address the enforced pandemic lay-off, he decided to delve into material he had previously written and decided he had enough to record a new album. Yes, he could have written lyrics that reflected the doom and gloom of current global affairs but that’s not Reid’s... Read More

Crown Lands Announce – Odyssey Volume 1 – Virtual Concert on November 18 – Hosted by Louder Sound

Crown Lands Announce – Odyssey Volume 1 – Virtual Concert on November 18 – Hosted by Louder Sound
Photo Credit: Travis Shinn Juno Award-winning, powerhouse rock duo Crown Lands – Cody Bowles (vocals and drums) and Kevin Comeau (guitar, bass, and keys) – partner with Louder Sound to announce a virtual concert they have titled Odyssey Volume 1, happening on November 18 at 7PM GMT / 2PM EST. The 1-hour concert will be hosted across all associated platforms including Classic... Read More

Drake and Live Nation’s Music Venue History – opens its doors in Toronto November 7

Drake and Live Nation’s Music Venue History – opens its doors in Toronto November 7
Live Nation Canada today announced that Toronto’s newest venue, History, will officially open its doors on November 7, 2021, after restrictions around general admission capacity were lifted last week. A collaboration between Live Nation Canada and Global Icon Drake, the live entertainment venue will be home to hundreds of premier concerts and events each year. Located at 1663 Queen Street... Read More

The Tragically Hip Release Road Apples 30th Anniversary Deluxe Album

The Tragically Hip Release Road Apples 30th Anniversary Deluxe Album
The Tragically Hip announced that they will be releasing a special version of their sophomore album, Road Apples 30th Anniversary Deluxe, on Friday, November 5 (Digital) and November 12 (Physical). Created to mark the 30th anniversary of the band’s second studio album which became their first record to hit #1, the Road Apples 30th Anniversary Deluxe editions were carefully crafted with input from each... Read More

MONOWHALES Release Cover Of Iconic Nine Inch Nails Single “The Hand That Feeds”

MONOWHALES Release Cover Of Iconic Nine Inch Nails Single “The Hand That Feeds”
Toronto-based alt-rockers MONOWHALES have released their take on the Nine Inch Nails track “The Hand That Feeds.”  The group makes the most of this opportunity to put their own stamp on the iconic track, propelled by a powerful vocal from lead singer Sally Shaar.   “The Hand That Feeds” is the first new music from MONOWHALES since the release of their... Read More

Styx’s New Concept Opus Reflects Current Global Turmoil – From A Personal Perspective

Styx’s New Concept Opus Reflects Current Global Turmoil – From A Personal Perspective
Styx – (left to right: James “JY” Young, Chuck Panozzo, Lawrence Gowan, Tommy Shaw, Todd Sucherman, Ricky Phillips) – Photo Courtesy of Todd Gallopo and Styx  By Keith Sharp Chicago’s Styx are famous for their thematic concept albums, so it’s hardly surprising that their latest opus, Crash Of The Crown would reflect the current state of global affairs with the COVID-19 pandemic, political unrest... Read More

Lee Aaron – Rocks Out With Radio On!

Lee Aaron – Rocks Out With Radio On!
Multi-platinum, award-winning vocalist Lee Aaron is back with “Radio On!”, a collection of 12 brand new original songs that continues to build upon this rock legend’s legacy. Lee has gone through several incarnations as a performer, dealing heavy metal thunder on her mid-eighties classic “Metal Queen”, crooning jazz with the best of them on “Slick Chick” from 2000, and then... Read More

Celebrated Hip Hop Artist Classified Shares “Off The Beat ‘N Path’ – An Uncensored Autobiography

Celebrated Hip Hop Artist Classified Shares “Off The Beat ‘N Path’ – An Uncensored Autobiography
“I have been writing songs about my life since I was 15 years old, but I couldn’t find a way to put some stories into a song, so I did the next best thing – I wrote a book! I’m excited to finally share and get my story out into the world. Talking about my childhood, my family, the rise... Read More

The Spoons Present New Versions of Old Songs at El Mo Charity Anniversary Concert Nov 13th, 2021

The Spoons Present New Versions of Old Songs at El Mo Charity Anniversary Concert Nov 13th, 2021
Spoons at the El Mocambo November 13th, 8PM, 2021 By Keith Sharp The promotion photo features The Spoons, four fresh-faced Burlington Ontario youngsters, in the process of plugging their debut album Stick Figure Neighbourhood, by posing outside Toronto’s El Mocambo prior to appearing at this venerable landmark in early October 1981. Forty-one years later, Saturday, November 13th, lead vocalist Gord... Read More

Bruce Cockburn’s Second Attempt At 50th Anniversary – Releases Greatest Hits Package

Bruce Cockburn’s Second Attempt At 50th Anniversary – Releases Greatest Hits Package
By Keith Sharp Bruce Cockburn’s upcoming 28-date tour of North West, Eastern United States and Ontario is cheekily titled “Bruce Cockburn 50th Anniversary Concert Tour – Second Attempt! In reference to the one-year delay of his planned list of festivities due to everything being put on hold due to the COVID-19 pandemic. “Yeah and it could be re-titled Third Attempt... Read More

The Glorious Sons Set To Open For The Rolling Stones In Los Angeles, CA This Sunday 10/17

The Glorious Sons Set To Open For The Rolling Stones In Los Angeles, CA This Sunday 10/17
Chart-topping rock band, The Glorious Sons are excited to announce that they will join The Rolling Stones as direct support for their North American ‘No Filter’ tour in Los Angeles, CA on Sunday, October 17 at SoFi Stadium.  #StonesNoFilter For tickets and information, please visit www.rollingstones.com. This marks The Glorious Sons’ third time opening for the legendary British rockers (first in Marseilles in... Read More