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Integrity Is The Key To Aldo Nova’s Comeback

Integrity Is The Key To Aldo Nova’s Comeback
Aldo Nova may appear to have a chip on his shoulder but from listening to his new single, “I’m A Survivor”, it’s easy to understand why he endured a prolonged absence from the global music industry before returning with `Aldo 2.0’, a six-song reworked of the top tracks off of his 1981 multi-platinum selling self-titled debut along with the new... Read More

Maestro Fresh Wes’s Champagne Campaign Is A Three Decade Celebration

Maestro Fresh Wes’s Champagne Campaign Is A Three Decade Celebration
As Maestro Fresh Wes plans to celebrate his 30th anniversary by releasing a new album `Champagne Campaign’ the Toronto native is humbled by how much progress Canadian Rap/Hip-Hop artists have achieved over the past three decades. Known as `The Godfather of Canadian Rap’, it was Maestro Fresh Wes who got the domestic scene rolling back in 1989, when “Let Your... Read More

Revival Nights Schedule Provides A Venue For Heritage Bands (And A Charity Tie In With Ronald McDonald House)

Revival Nights Schedule Provides A Venue For Heritage Bands (And A Charity Tie In With Ronald McDonald House)
Joe Saturnino isn’t one to name drop, but… Positioned above his head in his cramped office atop The Revival Concert Venue located at the heart of Toronto’s Little Italy district is a collection of framed photographs of major celebrities who have graced his College Street venue. “Mick Jagger celebrated his birthday here a few years back,“  boasted Saturnino. “He even danced... Read More

Cavendish Beach, A Gem In Canada’s Country Music Festival Circuit

Cavendish Beach, A Gem In Canada’s Country Music Festival Circuit
Think about Prince Edward Island and you may envision, pristine sandy beaches, panoramic Atlantic Ocean views, amazing food, some of the world’s most scenic and challenging golf links, the Confederation Bridge link to New Brunswick and the romance of Anne of Green Gables. But for the past 10 years, a new tourist attraction has played a stellar role in the... Read More

Al Harlow’s Prism Is Still Flyin

Al Harlow’s Prism Is Still Flyin
Backstage at Oshawa’s Regent Theatre, Prism guitarist/vocalist Al Harlow is fawning over his new love, an exquisite turquoise-coloured teardrop-designed, twin pick-up version of a Vox Mk 111 guitar, the same model originally played by former Rolling Stones’ guitarist Brian Jones. “I spent decades searching for a guitar like this and then I found one online at a South Los Angeles... Read More

Marianas Trench’s Phantom Release Has That Regal Flavour

Marianas Trench’s Phantom Release Has That Regal Flavour
Listeners to Marianas Trench’s latest album release, Phantoms, shouldn’t be surprised by a strong and obvious musical connection to Queen. Especially on the opening track “Eleonora” and “Wish You Were Here”, both numbers boast strong multi-track vocal harmonies which are the hallmarks of Queen’s distinctive sound. “Anyone familiar with Marianas Trench knows we are strongly influenced by Queen” acknowledges guitarist... Read More

Birds Of Bellwoods Growing In Stature

Birds Of Bellwoods Growing In Stature
By Keith Sharp The rain was sheeting down as Toronto quartet Birds Of Bellwoods took to a Montreal stage for an outdoor festival being executed in a very hostile environment. So hostile that only five people gathered together in a protective tent constituted their audience. Yet Messer’s Stephen Joffe (vocals/mandolin), Adrian Morningstar (vocals/guitar), Kintaro Akiyama (vocals/stand-up bass) and Chris Blades... Read More

Page Finds Trump Nation Threatening

Page Finds Trump Nation Threatening
By Keith Sharp As a Jewish Canadian pop star currently residing just outside Syracuse, New York, former Barenaked Ladies’ frontman, Steven Page thought he was relatively immune to the racist barbs emitting from Donald Trump’s United States of America. But that was until he watched the White Supremist Rally in Charlottesville North Carolina on his television set. “I’m watching these... Read More

Europe is Rock’s Breeding Ground Notes Monster Truck’s Jeremy Widerman

Europe is Rock’s Breeding Ground Notes Monster Truck’s Jeremy Widerman
  By Keith Sharp Kiss bassist Gene Simmons may continue to sermonize that rock music is dead but Hamilton ‘s Monster Truck guitarist Jeremy Widerman has a succinct response to Mr. Simmons. “If you really feel that way, stop making your millions of dollars on ticket sales and merchandise, pull Kiss off the road and give some younger band a... Read More

The Trews Re-Invent Themselves With Civilianaires Release

The Trews Re-Invent Themselves With Civilianaires Release
  By Keith Sharp Having reached that dreaded contractual obligation `Greatest Hits’ point in their collective careers, Antigonish Nova Scotia’s The Trews knew they had reached a significant landmark in what had been an illustrious 15-year journey. Do they view their 2016 `Time Capsules’ release as the beginning of the end of their creativity or do they utilize the release... Read More

Timmins Kayak Challenge Takes 10th Annual Historical Spin

Timmins Kayak Challenge Takes 10th Annual Historical Spin
  By Keith Sharp The city of Timmins Ontario is celebrating the 10th anniversary of its Great Canadian Kayak Challenge Festival August 24-26th by returning to the historical roots of this event featuring Voyageur canoeists dressed in pioneer garb and even a 50th anniversary meeting of The Timmins Fur Council which will explain to festival patrons the necessity and value... Read More