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Live Streaming Is The Key To El Mocambo’s Future

Live Streaming Is The Key To El Mocambo’s Future
When Michael Wekerle made a last-minute decision to secure the legendary El Mocambo in November 2014 for a reported $3.8 million dollars he allegedly cracked that he might need to invest an additional couple of million bucks to fix the place up to his specifications…Thirty-Five Million Dollars Later! This is the reported amount, the 54-year old merchant trader, who made a... Read More

Neon Dreams Inside the Atlantic Bubble

Neon Dreams Inside the Atlantic Bubble
By Keith Sharp Neon Dreams duo Frank Kadillac and Adrian Morris are about to execute a novel method of tackling the COVID-19 epidemic, which is currently ravaging the globe, by taking advantage of Atlantic Canada’s unique bubble communications concept to execute a 10-date concert tour in November. Staged to celebrate the band’s latest `The Happiness Of Tomorrow’ release which will... Read More

Unplugged Box Home Videos Go Mental

Unplugged Box Home Videos Go Mental
When Montreal’s The Box had their Rockfest For Mental Health concert, scheduled for August 20th in L’Epiphane QC cancelled due to the on-going COVID-19 epidemic, event organizers asked band lead vocalist, Jean-Marc Pisapia, if he could do something to help this organization promote themselves on their website. Pisapia immediately thought about re-recording one of the band’s classic tracks; “L’Affaire Dumoutier”... Read More

Canadian Country Superstars Retain Their Status at CCMA

Canadian Country Superstars Retain Their Status at CCMA
Brett Kissel Sunday night was a case of Canada’s top Country Music stars retaining their status as reigning Canadian Country Music Association winners with Flat Lake, Alberta native Brett Kissel taking home four CCMA Awards – while Langley B. C’s Dallas Smith and Grande Prairie Alta’s Tenille Townes both took home three major awards during the 2020 CCMA Awards presented... Read More

Petric React To Current Pandemic With Planned Album Roll Out.

Petric React To Current Pandemic With Planned Album Roll Out.
The current COVID-19 pandemic may have knocked the stuffing out of the global music community but Transcona Manitoba country trio Petric are taking all these hurdles and barriers in stride. They are on course to release their first full album ‘Flashback’ January 13th and will roll out three singles with accompanying videos in advance of the album being issued. “Our... Read More

Adams To Stage German Stadium Concert Date To A Restricted Audience

Adams To Stage German Stadium Concert Date To A Restricted Audience
Canada’s Bryan Adams will be the first major rock artist to headline a stadium concert in several months – since the global COVID-19 pandemic effectively shut down the concert industry-  when he headlines September 4th at Dusseldorf’s soccer stadium in Germany. The “Summer of 69” singer is scheduled to perform alongside a lineup that will also feature Sarah Connor, Rea... Read More

Fast Romantics: Too Commercial To Be Cool, Too Cool To Be Commercial.

Fast Romantics: Too Commercial To Be Cool, Too Cool To Be Commercial.
By Keith Sharp According to Fast Romantics’ lead vocalist and chief songwriter, Matthew Angus, the band had plans for the release of their new album`Pick It Up’ (on Postwar Records) all pre-planned.  A national fall tour including a headline gig at Toronto’s iconic Horseshoe Tavern to be launched by a special pre-album surprise concert for their fans at Toronto’s Dakota... Read More

Peter Green, Original Fleetwood Mac Founder, Passes Away

Peter Green, Original Fleetwood Mac Founder, Passes Away
For those Fleetwood Mac fans who can only remember the band’s hit-laden Fleetwood Mac and Rumours albums of 1975 & 1977, it should be noted that well before Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks came along and turned the band into a multi-million selling, hit-making, pop-rock machine, the original Fleetwood Mac were a solid blues-based band built around the guitar histrionics... Read More

Fionn Battles Their Critics With Tongue-In-Cheek EP Release

Fionn Battles Their Critics With Tongue-In-Cheek EP Release
In the past seven years, Brianne and Alanna Finn-Morris, known collectively as Fionn, have graduated from busking Taylor Swift songs, at the age of 12 at Vancouver’s Granville Island location to release their second EP, “Everyone’s A Critic” on the prestigious 604 Records indie label (Nickelback, Theory of A Dead Man, Carly Rae Jepsen) Spurred on by their classical music... Read More

USB Key Prompts Renewed Mitchell Activity

USB Key Prompts Renewed Mitchell Activity
By Keith Sharp Kim Mitchell likens the experience of recording his latest solo record `The Big Fantasize’ to a vintage car backing out of its garage for a final spin around the block. Celebrating his first studio release since his 2007 `Ain`t Life Amazing’ and debuting on Michael Wekerle’s recently launched El Mocambo Records, Mitchell teamed up with noted producer,... Read More

For Big Pacific’s Roly Sandoval, Patience Is A Virtue

For Big Pacific’s Roly Sandoval, Patience Is A Virtue
By Keith Sharp Roly Sandoval of Big Pacific always harboured aspirations of performing in a successful rock band. He had been a member in Calgary-based outfits like All The Rage In Paris (which dissolved when keyboardist Doug Johnson left to join Loverboy) and spent 20 years playing with local cover band TR3 . But it wasn’t until Sandoval moved to Nanaimo BC... Read More

Blues Guitar Technique Sparks Wide Mouth Mason’s New Opus

Blues Guitar Technique Sparks Wide Mouth Mason’s New Opus
By Keith Sharp How ironic is it that as Saskatoon’s Wide Mouth Mason released their eighth studio album, `I Wanna Go With You’ with its togetherness and travel lyrical themes, that a COVID-19 virus would come along and totally disrupt such activities. On the phone from his Vancouver residence, guitarist/lead vocalist Shaun Verreault expressed his obvious frustration, that he and... Read More

Original Sweet Band Now Down To One Survivor With The Passing of Steve Priest

Original Sweet Band Now Down To One Survivor With The Passing of Steve Priest
By Keith Sharp The Sweet bassist Steve Priest passed away Thursday, June 4th leaving the four-member British glam band which chalked up 20 hit singles during the 1970s with just one surviving member, guitarist Andy Scott. Priest, age 72, who had recently been touring with his own Los Angeles-based version of The Sweet, died of unspecified causes although he had... Read More

COVID-19 Fails To Stop Washboard Union Momentum

COVID-19 Fails To Stop Washboard Union Momentum
  By Keith Sharp The year 2019 was a breakthrough year for the Vancouver-based Washboard Union. Riding on the success of their 2018 release, `What We’re Made Of’, the trio of Chris Duncombe (vocals/banjo), Aaron Grain (vocals/guitar) and David Roberts (vocals/harmonica/washboard) claimed their second consecutive CCMA Group Of The Year award to go along with their Roots Album win, claimed... Read More