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Music Express Celebrates 45th Anniversary With Special October Features

Music Express Celebrates 45th Anniversary With Special October Features
It’s hard to believe it, but October 2021 will mark the 45th anniversary of Music Express and how some snot-nosed British kid working at the sports department of the Calgary Herald, got pissed off because that paper’s entertainment department  rejected his feature story on The Stampeders. The reason being; because they had trashed the band’s concert in a mean-spirited review the... Read More

George Street Festival Gets The All Clear For 2021

George Street Festival Gets The All Clear For 2021
George Street Festival, St. John’s, NL  By Keith Sharp Known as ‘The Biggest Little Street In North America’ located in the centre of St John’s Newfoundland, the George Street Festival is set to execute its 36th annual festival on Friday, August 27th, 2021 with six nights of concert activities on a stage setting located directly on the street which is comprised of... Read More

Jesus Jones New Addition To 5th Annual McBowl Lineup

Jesus Jones New Addition To 5th Annual McBowl Lineup
Classic Bowl Promotions chief Ed Sousa claims the constant reorganization of his McBowl Charity Concerts for Ronald McDonald House is akin to undergoing root canal surgery. But the 5th Annual Event has been rescheduled over two nights with the Rock Night set for Friday, May 13th, 2022 and an Alternative Techno Pop night scheduled for Saturday, May 14th, 2022. Due to the... Read More

Emerging Vancouver Pop Star Uses Jim Beam Win To Draw Attention

Emerging Vancouver Pop Star Uses Jim Beam Win To Draw Attention
By Keith Sharp The raging pandemic that has affected the entire global music industry has forced virtually every musician to adapt accordingly. In the case of White Rock B.C native Richard Tichelman it has simply meant recording and releasing a series of singles which have attracted over 560 thousand youtube followers to his initial three singles; “Proud”, “The One” and... Read More

Iron Maiden Launch State of the Art Video in preparation for New Double Album Release

Iron Maiden Launch State of the Art Video in preparation for New Double Album Release
By Keith Sharp England’s Iron Maiden may have been passed over for inclusion into The U.S Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame earlier this year by a group of stuffed shirts who clearly cannot comprehend a real legendary band in their midst. Yet their response has been the release of a new single “Writing On The Wall” (based on a... Read More

So What Is In A Name? When In Rome UK – Plans A Relaunch.

So What Is In A Name? When In Rome UK – Plans A Relaunch.
Left to Right – Ed Sousa, Andrew Mann, Former Leaf goalie Curtis Joseph and his wife Stephanie, and Clive Farrington Photo by Andrew Clowater By Keith Sharp You may not be familiar with the song title and I am sure you can’t identify the band who recorded that track but when you hear “The Promise” by Manchester England group, When In Rome... Read More

JJ Wilde’s JUNO Win A Payoff For Personal Perseverance

JJ Wilde’s JUNO Win A Payoff For Personal Perseverance
JJ Wilde – All Photos By Sandra Lee By Keith Sharp As JJ Wilde swung back into action with two live-stream concerts from Toronto’s Danforth Music Hall Saturday, June 12th and Sunday, June 13th, Kitchener’s JJ Wilde celebrated an amazing week’s activities where she formerly grabbed her share of the spotlight at the 50th Annual JUNO Awards by claiming the Top Rock... Read More

Sheepdogs Cook Up Recipe For Unpretentious Rock

Sheepdogs Cook Up Recipe For Unpretentious Rock
By Keith Sharp When you are a rock band whose virtual existence is based on constant touring and recording, it comes as a major shock to your system when those options are taken away from you. This was the reality, Saskatoon-based rockers, The Sheepdogs faced when the COVID-19 epidemic reared its ugly head last year and eradicated all present and... Read More

Marks Merges Country With Hard Rock For Gold Record Success

Marks Merges Country With Hard Rock For Gold Record Success
By Keith Sharp If Merle Haggard recorded a duet with the heavy metal group, Pantera (produced by Kevin Churko) it would probably sound like Cory Marks’ latest single “Blame It On The Double”. Blending Country with hard rock has become the trademark of this North Bay Ontario native with vocal support from Theory Of A Deadman’s Tyler Connelly and former... Read More

Communication Is The Key To Jann Arden’s Legacy

Communication Is The Key To Jann Arden’s Legacy
By Keith Sharp If you were to summarize the legacy of Jann Arden, the definitive description would be “Communication”. Aside from recording 17 albums (12 studio, three compilations, two live recordings) the Calgary native has penned no less than five best-selling books, starred in her own CTV television sitcom (going into its third season), guest-starred in a number of other popular... Read More

Cheap Trick Uncorks A Vintage Classic Rock Album

Cheap Trick Uncorks A Vintage Classic Rock Album
By Keith Sharp Classic Rock is alive and well and inhabits the 13 tracks which constitute Cheap Trick’s latest record release titled “Another World.” A recent live performance of “Boys And Girls & Rock ‘N’ Roll” on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert and equally strong radio support for the album’s debut single “Light Up The Fire” highlight an album... Read More

Blue Peter Vocalist Paul Humphrey Succumbs To Long Illness

Blue Peter Vocalist Paul Humphrey Succumbs To Long Illness
By Keith Sharp Paul Humphrey, lead vocalist for Toronto-based seminal synthesizer pop band, Blue Peter passed away April 4th after a long illness, he was 61 years old. Paul Humphrey (vocals/keyboards) had joined forces with guitarist Chris Wardman to launch Blue Peter in 1978 in Markham Ontario. Heavily influenced by the burgeoning British new wave music scene, Blue Peter was... Read More

Deppe And Friends Phone In New Single

Deppe And Friends Phone In New Single
Photo by Andrew Clowater By Keith Sharp “Whether it’s Victoria Row”, (named after a street in Charlottetown), or Spoons And Friends , Spoons lead vocalist/guitarist Gord Deppe has created a new track with Charlottetown PEI keyboardist Mike Stratton, appropriately titled “A Better Ending” that also features Spoons’ bassist Sandy Horne and Gord’s wife’s brother Dave Crockett on drums from Ottawa, a... Read More

The Road Hammers Are Back At It

The Road Hammers Are Back At It
By Keith Sharp In releasing their latest single, “The Boys Are Back At It”, Southern Ontario country-rock trio, The Road Hammers are making a bold statement that as Canada’s pandemic vaccination program continues to roll out, Messers Jason McCoy, Clayton Bellamy and Chris Byrne are again open for business. The brand new single “The Boys Are Back At It” officially... Read More

Crown Lands’ Sonic Style Recognized with Two Juno Nominations

Crown Lands’ Sonic Style Recognized with Two Juno Nominations
Photo supplied by the artist By Keith Sharp In being nominated for two 2021 Juno Awards as Breakthrough Artists Of The Year and Top Rock Album for their self-titled summer 2020 release  (on Universal Music), Oshawa’s Crown Lands have been compared favourably with Rock legends Rush. The only difference being is that while Rush was comprised of three musicians: bassist/vocalist... Read More

INXS Driving Force Andrew Farriss Sets New Personal Challenge

INXS Driving Force Andrew Farriss Sets New Personal Challenge
By Keith Sharp Eighties classic rock audiophiles may remember Andrew Farriss as one of the three Farris brothers (along with Jon and Tim) who made up one-half of Australia’s INXS which enjoyed global success in the mid-’80s with albums like “Listen Like Thieves”, “Kick” and “X”. But what they may not know is that Farriss wrote or co-wrote virtually all... Read More

Monowhales Vow To Keep Momentum Rolling With Daytona Bleach Release

Monowhales Vow To Keep Momentum Rolling With Daytona Bleach Release
By Keith Sharp So your band is figuratively on a roll. Your 2019 debut EP release `Control Freak’ is spawning hit singles that earned you the Jim Beam Indie Award as a top alternative artist/group during Canada Music Week festivities. You are rating as #1 most played unsung artists on Alternative Radio has earned you support concert slots with the... Read More