It’s All About Persistence – An Interview With Strange Advance

It’s All About Persistence – An Interview With Strange Advance
Strange Advance Releases 4 2022 By Keith Sharp “Just like getting back on a bike, it was so great to play in front of a live audience again,” enthused Strange Advance keyboardist/vocalist Drew Arnott after finally getting to parade his reconstituted line up which now features six musicians; including vocalist/guitarist Sean Dillon, keyboardist Rob Bailey, guitarist Ian Cameron, drummer/vocalist Russ Friesen... Read More

A Call To Arms – Jesus Jones in Toronto, May 15th.

A Call To Arms – Jesus Jones in Toronto, May 15th.
By Keith Sharp Even those of you who are not familiar with the progressive British rock band, Jesus Jones, will identify with their mega 1990 hit “Right “Here, Right Now” which was written as an acknowledgement of the ending of the Cold War in Europe and the breaking up of the Berlin Wall. Some thirty-three years later and lyrical message... Read More

Two More Canadian Pop Stars Lost

Two More Canadian Pop Stars Lost
Susan Jacks Photo from The Music Express Archives 2013 by Keith Sharp The past couple of weeks have been rough ones for the Canadian Music Industry, with Poppy Family vocalist Susan Jacks (aged 73) passing away from kidney failure at a Surrey, B.C hospital) April 25th and Montreal session guitarist Walter Rossi (succumbing to lung cancer May 1st in Montreal) following the departure... Read More

The Sadies’ Colder Streams Out July 22 on Dine Alone Records; Release Lyric Video For ‘Cut Up High and Dry’

The Sadies’ Colder Streams Out July 22 on Dine Alone Records; Release Lyric Video For ‘Cut Up High and Dry’
The Sadies 2022 – Photo by Chris Colohan On July 22, Dine Alone Records will release Colder Streams, The Sadies’ long-awaited and highly anticipated 11th studio album produced by Arcade Fire’s Richard Reed Parry. Watch and share the lyric video for “Cut Up High and Dry”, the third single from the forthcoming album, out today.  Recorded between 2019 and 2021... Read More

Spring Country Round-up  

Spring Country Round-up  
Gord Bamford’s “I Ain’t Drunk” featuring celebrated Canadian country star Terri Clark By Roman Mitz Spring is a time of rebirth so we’ll begin with the rebirth of Gord Bamford’s album “Diamonds In A Whiskey Glass” in an expanded Diamond Deluxe Edition. Spring is a time of rebirth so we’ll begin with the rebirth of Gord Bamford’s album “Diamonds In... Read More

Ann Wilson Releases Stratospheric Version Of Queen’s ‘Love of My Life’ In Duet With Vince Gill; New Album, Fierce Bliss, Nears Release

Ann Wilson Releases Stratospheric Version Of Queen’s ‘Love of My Life’ In Duet With Vince Gill; New Album, Fierce Bliss, Nears Release
Releases Stratospheric Version Of Queen’s ‘Love Of My Life’ In Duet With Vince Gill New Album, Fierce Bliss, Nears Release Ann Wilson releases the breathtaking rendition of Queen’s “Love of My Life,” featuring vocals fromVince Gill. Taken from Wilson’s forthcoming album, Fierce Bliss, out April 29 via Silver Lining Music. “‘Love of My Life’ is a beautiful song about endless love. It was my honor to duet... Read More

Elton John Madman Across The Water – 50th Anniversary Reissue Announced

Elton John Madman Across The Water – 50th Anniversary Reissue Announced
Featuring Live Rarities, Demos & Outtakes, Including Previously Unheard Tiny Dancer Piano Demo Unveiled Today: Listen Here  Super Deluxe Box Set 3-CD, 1-Blu-ray also featuring 18 previously unreleased tracks, also containing 1971 reproduction poster and 104-page book, photos and essay with interviews with those who helped make the album, as well as memorabilia and artwork taken from the Rocket Archive. Blu-ray... Read More

Alexisonfire Release 2nd Track ‘Reverse The Curse’ From First Studio LP in 13 Years ‘Otherness’

Alexisonfire Release 2nd Track ‘Reverse The Curse’ From First Studio LP in 13 Years ‘Otherness’
Alexisonfire Unveil 2nd Track From New Album Otherness and Celebrate 20 Years Since The Release Of Self-Titled Debut Album *New* North American Tour Dates Added ALEXISONFIRE unveil the 2nd track from Otherness, their first full-length album in over 13 years. “Reverse The Curse” is a poetic commentary on facing one’s demons anchored by a gigantic, Kyuss-worshiping riff. Says George Pettit, “Some... Read More

Deborah Cox to be inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame at The 51st Annual JUNO Awards

Deborah Cox to be inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame at The 51st Annual JUNO Awards
Deborah Cox – Photo by Rosalind Guder Cox makes history as the first Black woman to receive the national honour The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) and CBC announced today that award-winning recording artist and world-renowned Broadway, television, film and fashion icon, Deborah Cox, will be inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame at The 2022 JUNO Awards.  Cox will... Read More

Legendary Guitarist Jerry Doucette Succumbs To Cancer

Legendary Guitarist Jerry Doucette Succumbs To Cancer
Photo by Ted VanBoort By Keith Sharp Canada lost another music legend with the passing of Jerry Doucette April 18th who succumbed to cancer at the Irene Thomas Hospice in Delta B.C at the age of 70.Known for his 1977 hit single, “Mama Let Him Play” and the debut album of the same name, Doucette was born in Montreal before moving... Read More

Bülow Releases Booty Call EP Title Track Produced By Finneas

Bülow Releases Booty Call EP Title Track Produced By Finneas
Today, alternative pop singer and songwriter bülow shares new EP booty call via Republic Records/Universal Music Canada, the country’s leading music company. The new EP highlights the new sound from bülow, which has been unleashed with previously released tracks “Playin’ Me Back” and “Don’t Break His Heart”. Listen to “Booty Call” HERE “booty call. it’s not a sad song. its not about pining after someone.... Read More

Rough Trade’s El Mo Performance A Practice Run For Future Stage Production

Rough Trade’s El Mo Performance A Practice Run For Future Stage Production
By Keith Sharp If Carole Pope & Rough Trade‘s sold-out performance at Toronto’s El Mocambo Tavern Friday, April 29th seems to take the form of a Broadway musical, that’s because the concert is being set up, partially as a dry run for the music that will eventually form the basis of a new musical which is being created by Pope and... Read More

Tebey, Tim Hicks, Genevieve Fisher, Sacha, Cory Marks and more Announced As Performers for 2022 CMAOntario Awards

Tebey, Tim Hicks, Genevieve Fisher, Sacha, Cory Marks and more Announced As Performers for 2022 CMAOntario Awards
The Country Music Association of Ontario (CMAOntario) is thrilled to announce an incredible lineup of performers for the 10th Annual CMAOntario Awards, presented by Slaight Music, taking place on Sunday, June 5 at Centennial Hall in London, Ontario. Tickets are on sale now. Hosted by Jason McCoy and Robyn Ottolini, the CMAOntario Awards will include live, in person performances by: Tebey, nominated for four awards at the 2022 CMAOntario... Read More

Advice Chat Turns Into Envy OF None Album Debut.

Advice Chat Turns Into Envy OF None Album Debut.
The Envy of None features singer-songwriter Maiah Wynne, guitarist Alex Lifeson of Rush fame, bassist Andy Curran formerly of Coney Hatch, and multi-instrumetalist Alfio Annibalini. Photos by Jaden D, Richard Sibbald, and Troy William Dunn By Keith Sharp As an A&R rep for established Canadian Record Label Anthem Entertainment, Andy Curran was asked to be an online judge for an Alabama songwriting contest four years... Read More

2022 CMAOntario Awards Final Ballot Now Open

2022 CMAOntario Awards Final Ballot Now Open
Attention All Members! This is your Official Ballot for the Final Round of the 2022 CMAOntario Awards. Polls are now open and you may submit your ballot using the secure online voting system. Ballots are encrypted immediately upon receipt, and your vote will be completely confidential. The voting deadline for the Final Round of Balloting for the 2022 CMAOntario Awards is April 7 2022 at 11:59 PM... Read More

Rolling Stones Announce ‘Live at the El Mocambo’ Album to be Released on May 13

Rolling Stones Announce ‘Live at the El Mocambo’ Album to be Released on May 13
The Rolling Stones – Photo by Mark Seliger FIRST EVER RELEASE of the legendary 1977 shows featuring never before heard recordings A legendary event in the incredible 60-year history of the Rolling Stones is being released in full for the first time on Friday, May 13th. Live At The El Mocambo marks the first official appearance of the group’s two famous secret concerts at... Read More

Arcade Fire to perform at The 51st Annual JUNO Awards Broadcast

Arcade Fire to perform at The 51st Annual JUNO Awards Broadcast
Arcade Fire – Photo by Michael Marcelle The iconic rock band and 11-time JUNO Award winners will hit the stage on the heels of their sixth studio album release The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) and CBC announced a grand performance from Arcade Fire at The 2022 JUNO Awards Broadcast. The legendary band from Montreal return to... Read More

Chalk Circle Finds Performing Fun Again

Chalk Circle Finds Performing Fun Again
By Keith Sharp Toronto’s Chalk Circle find themselves facing a unique challenge when they take the stage Sunday at Mississauga’s Classic Bowl facility to perform two shows as part of Ed Sousa’s Pop-Up Concert Series to a limited audience.  Known for classic techno-pop hits like “April Fool”, “Me Myself I” and “This Mourning”, guitarist and band co-founder Chris Tait noted... Read More

Hailey Whitters – Raised On Country Sunshine

Hailey Whitters – Raised On Country Sunshine
You can take the girl out of the cornfield, but you can’t take the cornfield out of the girl. Hailey Whitters represents small town America at its finest as she hails from Shueyville Iowa, population 731. The singer/song writer has just released a new album called “Raised” and like Hailey herself, the record is steeped in the culture of the... Read More