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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... 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

Tim Hicks – Campfire Troubadour

Tim Hicks – Campfire Troubadour
Tim Hicks – Photo by Dustin Rabin By Roman Mitz While Tim Hicks is known for his raucous live shows and the party atmosphere surrounding them, his evolution as a performer had humble beginnings, as he charmed bar patrons nightly with a vast repertoire of solo acoustic material designed to please a crowd. His latest EP, “Campfire Troubadour“ pulls from this model, reimagining... 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

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

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

The Box – Live-Stream Broadcast Live Dans Ton Salon – First Class!

The Box – Live-Stream Broadcast Live Dans Ton Salon – First Class!
The BOX live – Saturday, March 6th 2021 By Colin Bell The setting was a converted warehouse located in the Montreal suburb of Chambly, a top-of-the-line sound and light system was set up amidst a landscape of empty crates and boxes by show producers Live Dans Ton Salon. And it was here that Montreal’s The Box executed their first live performance since... 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

Riversleem Keeps Punk Spirit Alive On The Prairies

Riversleem Keeps Punk Spirit Alive On The Prairies
By Keith Sharp Punk music is alive and well and residing in Saskatoon Saskatchewan of all places courtesy of a four-man unit called Riversleem. Vocalist Kyle Zurevinski, guitarist Drew Fitzgerald, bassist Connor Guillet and drummer Kurt Wolfe joined forces in late 2019 and quickly released a self-produced four-track EP titled “A Debut Release” By Riversleem. In true punk ethos, the... Read More

Hill’s Songwriter’s Award A Reflection Of Lifelong Achievements

Hill’s Songwriter’s Award A Reflection Of Lifelong Achievements
By Keith Sharp When you think of Dan Hill, you inevitably think of his global hit record, “Sometimes When We Touch”, not only a hit for him but for a whole slew of other star performers including Rod Stewart. Barry Manilow, Demi Roussos, Tammy Wynette (with Mark Gray), Tina Turner and Engelbert Humperdinck, initially released in 1977 on his third... Read More

Up Close And Uncomfortable With Greg Godovitz

Up Close And Uncomfortable With Greg Godovitz
By Keith Sharp It was 14 years in the making but Goddo lead vocalist, bassist Greg Godovitz has finally released his latest book, “Up Close And Uncomfortable” a sequel to his highly successful literary debut, “Travels With My Amp” But unlike the autobiographically slanted original, “Up Close And Uncomfortable” contains a potpourri of irreverent anecdotes and escapades focusing on Godovitz’s... Read More

VIP ME Initiative, Ed Sousa’s Latest Fund-Raising Initiative

VIP ME Initiative, Ed Sousa’s Latest Fund-Raising Initiative
By Keith Sharp As the COVID-19 continues to hamper Ed Sousa’s attempts to raise funds for his Ronald McDonald House charity, he is still creatively engineering different ideas to generate much-needed capital. Titled VIP ME, Sousa is initiating an opportunity where members of the general public can receive personal videos from a select group of musicians offering anything from personal... Read More

PETRIC’s Prairie Flashbacks

PETRIC’s Prairie Flashbacks
With over 14 million online streams and eight charting singles, including three Top ’20s, PETRIC has made quite the statement since forming back in 2014. The Winnipeg country trio, comprised of brothers Tom and Jason Petric, along with long-time friend Jordan Day, have just released their first full-length album “Flashbacks”.  The new record is really a mix of flashbacks and flash-forwards, as... Read More

Billy Newton-Davis Re-introduces Himself

Billy Newton-Davis Re-introduces Himself
Billy Newton-Davis – by Xander By Keith Sharp Before there was Drake, before there was The Weeknd, Toronto enjoyed a thriving R&B/soul music scene. If you hung out at venues like Club Blue Note, The Bamboo Club, Grossman’s Tavern or the Montreal Bistro in the mid-1980’s you would recognize names like George Olliver, Liberty Silver, Jackie Richardson, Molly Johnson, Micah... Read More

Toque Band Wears Many Hats

Toque Band Wears Many Hats
By Keith Sharp Toque: A close-fitting knitted or crocheted cap having no brim or a brim that is folded up to create an extra layer of fabric for warmth. A rock band consisting of four Canadian musicians destined to celebrate the best in Canadian music. Two of those Toque band members; lead vocalist/guitarist Todd Kerns and bassist/multi-instrumentalist Brent Fitz are... Read More

Classic Rocker Leslie West Dies From Heart Attack

Classic Rocker Leslie West Dies From Heart Attack
Mountain (L to R): Felix Pappalardi, Leslie West, Corky Laing By Jeff Tamarkin Leslie West, best known as the guitarist and co-lead vocalist of hard-rock progenitors Mountain, died today (Dec. 23, 2020) due to cardiac arrest. West, who was in Palm Coast, Fla., at the time of his passing, was 75. On Monday night, Dec. 21, West’s brother, Larry West... Read More

Christmas Special Caps Spoons Innovative Schedule

Christmas Special Caps Spoons Innovative Schedule
By Keith Sharp While other bands and artists have spent this year-long pandemic sitting on their hands, Burlington Ontario’s The Spoons have executed a number of performances playing to restricted audiences, mainly for charity events. Their latest creation is simply called The Spoons Holiday Special and is a pre-taped performance of the band playing Christmas favourites from home with a... Read More

Loverboy Celebrates the 40th Anniversary of their Debut Album

Loverboy Celebrates the 40th Anniversary of their Debut Album
Mike Reno of Loverboy – Photo by Ted Van Boort By Keith Sharp Former co-manager, the late Lou Blair called it the half-million-dollar review! A glowing review of Loverboy’s U.S debut single, “Turn Me Loose” in the U.S. tip sheet `Friday Morning Quarterback’ announcing that the lone surviving new single from the 1980 Christmas period is “Turn Me Loose” by... Read More