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Lee Aaron Serves Up Eclectic Christmas Album Grab Bag Of Tracks

Lee Aaron Serves Up Eclectic Christmas Album Grab Bag Of Tracks
By Keith Sharp Hot news flash! Lee Aaron covers Slade! This writer’s bucket list is now complete. The above statement may be more than a little facetious but to have Lee Aaron cover Slade’s proverbial annual Christmas chestnut, ‘Merry Christmas Everybody’ on her band’s latest 10 track `Almost Christmas’ album serves as a special treat for this writer who is... Read More

Country Star JJ Shiplett Re-Imagines Previous Album with Crossed Fingers Re-Make

Country Star JJ Shiplett Re-Imagines Previous Album with Crossed Fingers Re-Make
JJ Shiplet – Single Release – Fingers Crossed By Keith Sharp Calgary Country Music star JJ Shiplett had 2020 all planned out to release a brand new album `Fingers Crossed’, initial radio exposure, future concert dates and festivals planned. All the components were in place to launch a successful release – and then COVID-19 struck and all his plans went... Read More

Live Stream Events, Plan B For Belleville’s Empire Theatre

Live Stream Events, Plan B For Belleville’s Empire Theatre
By Keith Sharp Mark Rashotte knows what musicians are going through. As a former guitarist with Capitol recording band, Photograph, as well as current guitarist and manager for Jake Clemons (of E Street Band fame) has empathy for the many artists whose live performance opportunities came to a shuddering halt during this 2020 COVID-19 Pandemic. As the owner of Belleville, Ontario’s... Read More

Glass Tiger Releases Holiday Album With A Pop Twist – All Original Material Features All-Star Cast

Glass Tiger Releases Holiday Album With A Pop Twist – All Original Material Features All-Star Cast
By Keith Sharp Not being a religious person, Glass Tiger lead vocalist, Alan Frew was less than enthusiastic about recording a Christmas album, even though his record label, Warner Music Canada had been relentlessly pushing the band for such a seasonal offering. The idea of reworking a batch of the usual Christmas standards held no appeal for the self-proclaimed atheist... Read More

Social Media Awareness Fuels Johnny Orlando’s Success

Social Media Awareness Fuels Johnny Orlando’s Success
By Keith Sharp When you think of Johnny Orlando, you also think of Justin Bieber, Shawn Mendes, Alessia Cara and Scott Hillman, all former Canadian teenage pop stars who have broken through to mainstream acceptance. But in the case of Mississauga Ontario born Orlando, you have an individual who has developed his social media presence to a whole new level.... Read More

Midnight Oil Lose Bassist/Vocalist Bones Hillman To Cancer

Midnight Oil Lose Bassist/Vocalist Bones Hillman To Cancer
Bones Hillman, the long-time bass guitarist and backing vocalist for Midnight Oil died Saturday (November 7) after battling cancer. The band announced the news on their Facebook page; Hillman was 62. Hillman, born Wayne Stevens, joined the Australian rock band in 1987 replacing Peter Gifford. The group were originally formed in 1972 in Sydney as Farm and changed their name to... Read More

MONOWHALES Combat Pandemic with El Mocambo Live stream gigs

MONOWHALES Combat Pandemic with El Mocambo Live stream gigs
By Keith Sharp One of Canada’s hottest new musical outfits, Toronto’s MONOWHALES will attempt to defeat the current COVID-19 lockdown by performing two live stream concerts on November 26 & 27 at the legendary El Mocambo in support of a new single “All Or Nothing”. On the phone from the band’s rehearsal space, band lead vocalist Sally Shaar takes time out... Read More

Gowan Plans Live Stream Belleville Gig – Thursday, October 29th, 2020

Gowan Plans Live Stream Belleville Gig – Thursday, October 29th, 2020
By Keith Sharp Lawrence Gowan is ecstatic about the prospect of leaving his Toronto residence to motor down the 401 to perform a live stream concert – Thursday, October 29th, 2020 8 pm from Mark Rashotte’s Belleville Empire Theatre. “I’ve got a big show to perform and it’s not even at my house!” Gowan cracked from his lakeside abode. “I’ve done... Read More

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 The Box Home Videos Go Mental

Unplugged The 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