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Canadian Music Industry Mourns Passing Of Music Pioneer Mel Shaw

Canadian Music Industry Mourns Passing Of Music Pioneer Mel Shaw
Mel Shaw – Producer – Photo Courtesy of the Stampeders. By Keith Sharp – Music Express Canadian Record industry pioneer Melvyn James Foster Shaw, who passed away Wednesday, January 19th, 2022 in Regina Saskatchewan at the age of 82 years old was directly involved in the establishment of Alberta Music Express back in October 1976. Trying to avoid being assigned... Read More

Moist’s New Album ‘End of the Ocean’ OUT NOW

Moist’s New Album ‘End of the Ocean’ OUT NOW
After almost 8 years since their 2014 release Glory Under Dangerous Skies, Canadian rockers Moist have shared their highly anticipated full-length End of The Ocean. Listen to the album here.  To coincide with the album release, the band shared a nostalgic video for the album opener track “Ammunition.”  Created by Moist bass player Jeff Pearce, the video is composed of old touring footage... Read More

Mother Mother To Release Deluxe Edition Of Inside

Mother Mother To Release Deluxe Edition Of Inside
“It’s a revenge tale… but not necessarily a bloody one.” – Ryan Guldemond Canada’s biggest alternative-rockers Mother Mother have announced a very special deluxe edition of their hit album INSIDE.  The updated edition will feature seven new recordings, including the brand new single “Life.”.    The new tracklist for the deluxe edition includes “Hayloft II,” a follow-up to their breakout hit “Hayloft” which exploded onto... Read More

Ocean Drive Shares New Music Video For “Losing Sight” In Protest Of Government-Sanctioned Racism In Quebec – Watch!

Ocean Drive Shares New Music Video For “Losing Sight” In Protest Of Government-Sanctioned Racism In Quebec – Watch!
Symbolizing the collective responsibility in the surge of uprisings against Muslims and other racist movements in the Western World, the “Losing Sight” music video focuses on the idea that political decisions should reflect the right of every person to live a life without having to fear for their beliefs or their lives. It is available today to watch at THIS location.   Ocean... Read More

Avril Lavigne Announces Seventh Studio Album “Love Sux” Out February 25

Avril Lavigne Announces Seventh Studio Album “Love Sux” Out February 25
Today, eight-time GRAMMY® Award-nominated multi-platinum singer, songwriter, designer, and philanthropist Avril Lavigne has announced her new album, Love Sux, due out February 25, 2022 – Available for pre-order HERE, via Travis Barker’s DTA Records. The 12-track album is Avril’s seventh studio album and marks the first new music to be released from the star since 2019.    The announcement comes alongside the release of her... Read More

Iron Maiden’s Bruce Dickinson Invites You To A Unique Spoken Word Event

Iron Maiden’s Bruce Dickinson Invites You To A Unique Spoken Word Event
By Keith Sharp If one were to look at this guy’s CV, one would wonder what Bruce Dickinson can’t achieve. Frontman for the world’s biggest rock band, Iron Maiden, commercial airline pilot, Olympic status fencer, brewmaster, published author, solo recording artist, and oh, yes throat cancer survivor, Dickinson has now established himself as a top-notch motivational speaker. Based on the... Read More

A Music Express Timeline Part 2 – The 80s with more 45th Tributes – A part of the Music Express Anniversary Edition

A Music Express Timeline  Part 2 – The 80s with more 45th Tributes – A part of the Music Express Anniversary Edition
By Keith Sharp February 1980: Having scouted out our new house/office at 209 Kingslake Road in the Don Mills area, Conny and I set up shop, with Triumph on the cover of our first Toronto-based issue. We quickly recruited new writers including Aussie Greg Quill, New Zealander Kerry Doole, Roman Mitz, and Lenny Stoute. June 19, 1981: Music Express rapidly... Read More

Joni Mitchell Premieres First Official Video For “River” For 50th Anniversary

Joni Mitchell Premieres First Official Video For “River” For 50th Anniversary
“‘River’ expresses regret at the end of a relationship…but it’s also about being lonely at Christmas time…A Christmas song for people who are lonely at Christmas! We need a song like that.” – Joni Mitchell It was just in time for Christmas, Joni Mitchell debuted the first official music video for “River,” her wistful contribution to the Christmas songbook, taken from her landmark... Read More

Reklaws Announce `Winter’s A Beach’ National Tour

Reklaws Announce `Winter’s A Beach’ National Tour
The weather might be cooling off but The Reklaws are bringing the heat with the return of their Winter’s A Beach Tour, kicking off in the New Year. Continuing the celebration from their recent wins at the 2021 CCMA Awards for Group or Duo of the Year and Top Selling Canadian Single (“Can’t Help Myself” with Dean Brody), the pair... Read More

Roman Mitz’ Open Spaces – Country Holiday Wrap 2021!     

Roman Mitz’ Open Spaces – Country Holiday Wrap 2021!     
Petric End-of-year music releases are typically few and far between, but this year we’ve seen a plethora of country recordings from both emerging artists and go-to favourites. This may be due to the fact that performers are preparing to hit the road again now or in the New Year, and they need some new product to trot out before the... Read More

STYX and REO Speedwagon Co-Headline U.S. Summer Tour with Loverboy “Live & Unzoomed” Kicking Off May 31, 2022

STYX and REO Speedwagon Co-Headline U.S. Summer Tour with Loverboy “Live & Unzoomed” Kicking Off May 31, 2022
It’s been four years since legendary rockers REO Speedwagon and Styx joined forces for a summer co-headlining tour. While the world has changed since then, fans’ desire to rock out hasn’t. Styx and REO Speedwagon are telling you to close those laptops and get out of your sweatpants because they’re set to once again bring their rock & roll classics to the masses, this... Read More

HARKNESS Stirs Up A Creative Concoction

HARKNESS Stirs Up A Creative Concoction
HARKNESS By Keith Sharp Take a scan at the bio shot of HARKNESS and what springs to mind is one of those costumed assassins from The Squid Game. Now maybe this Toronto musician does not kill people for playing a game of marbles but his ubiquitous 11-track debut album, `The Occasion’ is certainly designed to create a stir with anyone... Read More

COVID Claims “Signs” Songwriter

COVID Claims “Signs” Songwriter
By Keith Sharp The COVID-19 Pandemic has claimed the life of Five Man Electrical Band, lead vocalist/Guitarist Les Emmerson who passed away Friday, December 10th in Ottawa’s Queensway Carleton Hospital at the age of 77. Known for this protest song “Signs” which became a global hit in 1970, Emmerson and band members Ted Gerow (keyboards), Brian Rading (bass) and the... Read More

Many A Mile Tour/Album Presses Blue Rodeo’s Reset Button

Many A Mile Tour/Album Presses Blue Rodeo’s Reset Button
Photo by Dustin Rabin Photography By Keith Sharp Recent announcements suggest that Blue Rodeo have put their pandemic break to good use by utilizing their downtime to produce a new album `Many A Mile’ (Warner Music) and are set to head back on the road for a leisurely 27-date national tour which launches December 10th and 11th at Kitchener’s Centre... Read More

Iron Maiden announce Ontario dates for The Legacy Of The Beast World Tour On Sale December 10th.

Iron Maiden announce Ontario dates for The Legacy Of The Beast World Tour On Sale December 10th.
Ontario Iron Maiden fans need to circle October 11 (Toronto), October 12 (Hamilton) and October 15 (Ottawa) to catch what the band is touting as their most ambitious production to date as The Legacy Of The Beast World Tour completes a global itinerary that was initially launched in 2019 but now allows them to perform new tracks off their Senjutsu... 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