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Johnny Reid Lifts Doom and Gloom with Positive Lyrical Messages

Johnny Reid Lifts Doom and Gloom with Positive Lyrical Messages
By Keith Sharp As Johnny Reid sat in his Nashville recording studio pondering how to address the enforced pandemic lay-off, he decided to delve into material he had previously written and decided he had enough to record a new album. Yes, he could have written lyrics that reflected the doom and gloom of current global affairs but that’s not Reid’s... Read More

Arrive, Raise A Little Hell, Retire – Trooper Original Duo Call It A Day.

Arrive, Raise A Little Hell, Retire – Trooper Original Duo Call It A Day.
Trooper’s Lead Singer Ra McGuire and Bassist Doni Underhill – Photo by Hope Photography By Keith Sharp  The announcement on Trooper’s November 8th Facebook post that original band members; vocalist Ra McGuire and lead guitarist Brian Smith have chosen to retire from the band, may have caught many fans by surprise, but the reality is that the ongoing COVID19 pandemic... Read More

Adams ‘Happy’ To Release New Album Despite COVID Setback

Adams ‘Happy’ To Release New Album Despite COVID Setback
By Keith Sharp Bryan Adams was all set to fly down to Cleveland to assist in the induction of Tina Turner into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame’s Class of 2021 on October 30th at the Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse when he took the mandatory COVID-19 test before boarding his flight. The test showed he was positive! “The officials there... Read More

Johnny Reid Lifts Doom And Gloom With Positive Lyrical Messages

Johnny Reid Lifts Doom And Gloom With Positive Lyrical Messages
By Keith Sharp As Johnny Reid sat in his Nashville recording studio pondering how to address the enforced pandemic lay-off, he decided to delve into material he had previously written and decided he had enough to record a new album. Yes, he could have written lyrics that reflected the doom and gloom of current global affairs but that’s not Reid’s... Read More

A Music Express Timeline – The 70s with more 45th Tributes – A part of the Music Express Anniversary Edition

A Music Express Timeline – The 70s with more 45th Tributes – A part of the Music Express Anniversary Edition
Alex Lifeson – Music Express 45th Anniversary – 2021 “Congratulations, Keith, to you and Music Express Magazine’s 45th Anniversary and to a long future going forward.” – Alex Lifeson July 1976 Sportswriter Keith Sharp, freelancing for Calgary Herald entertainment department executes a feature interview with Calgary’s The Stampeders, returning to execute headline show at the annual Stampede Rodeo. Entertainment editor pans Thursday... Read More

Crown Lands Announce – Odyssey Volume 1 – Virtual Concert on November 18 – Hosted by Louder Sound

Crown Lands Announce – Odyssey Volume 1 – Virtual Concert on November 18 – Hosted by Louder Sound
Photo Credit: Travis Shinn Juno Award-winning, powerhouse rock duo Crown Lands – Cody Bowles (vocals and drums) and Kevin Comeau (guitar, bass, and keys) – partner with Louder Sound to announce a virtual concert they have titled Odyssey Volume 1, happening on November 18 at 7PM GMT / 2PM EST. The 1-hour concert will be hosted across all associated platforms including Classic... Read More

The Tragically Hip Release Road Apples 30th Anniversary Deluxe Album

The Tragically Hip Release Road Apples 30th Anniversary Deluxe Album
The Tragically Hip announced that they will be releasing a special version of their sophomore album, Road Apples 30th Anniversary Deluxe, on Friday, November 5 (Digital) and November 12 (Physical). Created to mark the 30th anniversary of the band’s second studio album which became their first record to hit #1, the Road Apples 30th Anniversary Deluxe editions were carefully crafted with input from each... Read More

MONOWHALES Release Cover Of Iconic Nine Inch Nails Single “The Hand That Feeds”

MONOWHALES Release Cover Of Iconic Nine Inch Nails Single “The Hand That Feeds”
Toronto-based alt-rockers MONOWHALES have released their take on the Nine Inch Nails track “The Hand That Feeds.”  The group makes the most of this opportunity to put their own stamp on the iconic track, propelled by a powerful vocal from lead singer Sally Shaar.   “The Hand That Feeds” is the first new music from MONOWHALES since the release of their... Read More

Styx’s New Concept Opus Reflects Current Global Turmoil – From A Personal Perspective

Styx’s New Concept Opus Reflects Current Global Turmoil – From A Personal Perspective
Styx – (left to right: James “JY” Young, Chuck Panozzo, Lawrence Gowan, Tommy Shaw, Todd Sucherman, Ricky Phillips) – Photo Courtesy of Todd Gallopo and Styx  By Keith Sharp Chicago’s Styx are famous for their thematic concept albums, so it’s hardly surprising that their latest opus, Crash Of The Crown would reflect the current state of global affairs with the COVID-19 pandemic, political unrest... Read More

Lee Aaron – Rocks Out With Radio On!

Lee Aaron – Rocks Out With Radio On!
Multi-platinum, award-winning vocalist Lee Aaron is back with “Radio On!”, a collection of 12 brand new original songs that continues to build upon this rock legend’s legacy. Lee has gone through several incarnations as a performer, dealing heavy metal thunder on her mid-eighties classic “Metal Queen”, crooning jazz with the best of them on “Slick Chick” from 2000, and then... Read More

Celebrated Hip Hop Artist Classified Shares “Off The Beat ‘N Path’ – An Uncensored Autobiography

Celebrated Hip Hop Artist Classified Shares “Off The Beat ‘N Path’ – An Uncensored Autobiography
“I have been writing songs about my life since I was 15 years old, but I couldn’t find a way to put some stories into a song, so I did the next best thing – I wrote a book! I’m excited to finally share and get my story out into the world. Talking about my childhood, my family, the rise... Read More

The Spoons Present New Versions of Old Songs at El Mo Charity Anniversary Concert Nov 13th, 2021

The Spoons Present New Versions of Old Songs at El Mo Charity Anniversary Concert Nov 13th, 2021
Spoons at the El Mocambo November 13th, 8PM, 2021 By Keith Sharp The promotion photo features The Spoons, four fresh-faced Burlington Ontario youngsters, in the process of plugging their debut album Stick Figure Neighbourhood, by posing outside Toronto’s El Mocambo prior to appearing at this venerable landmark in early October 1981. Forty-one years later, Saturday, November 13th, lead vocalist Gord... Read More

Bruce Cockburn’s Second Attempt At 50th Anniversary – Releases Greatest Hits Package

Bruce Cockburn’s Second Attempt At 50th Anniversary – Releases Greatest Hits Package
By Keith Sharp Bruce Cockburn’s upcoming 28-date tour of North West, Eastern United States and Ontario is cheekily titled “Bruce Cockburn 50th Anniversary Concert Tour – Second Attempt! In reference to the one-year delay of his planned list of festivities due to everything being put on hold due to the COVID-19 pandemic. “Yeah and it could be re-titled Third Attempt... Read More

The Glorious Sons Set To Open For The Rolling Stones In Los Angeles, CA This Sunday 10/17

The Glorious Sons Set To Open For The Rolling Stones In Los Angeles, CA This Sunday 10/17
Chart-topping rock band, The Glorious Sons are excited to announce that they will join The Rolling Stones as direct support for their North American ‘No Filter’ tour in Los Angeles, CA on Sunday, October 17 at SoFi Stadium.  #StonesNoFilter For tickets and information, please visit www.rollingstones.com. This marks The Glorious Sons’ third time opening for the legendary British rockers (first in Marseilles in... Read More

Martha and the Muffins Set To Release First New Album in 11 Years with New Single “Do You Ever Wonder”

Martha and the Muffins Set To Release First New Album in 11 Years with New Single “Do You Ever Wonder”
 Iconic & Innovative Canadian New Wave Punk Art-Popsters Martha and the Muffins  Release First New Album in 11 Years Described as “one of the most innovative of their era,” iconic Canadian artists Martha and the Muffins have announced the release of their new album, Marthology: In and Outtakes — available November 5th! Groundbreaking from the start, Martha and the Muffins formed... Read More

Big Wreck Announce New EP Big Wreck: 7.1 Available November 19 + Tour Dates

Big Wreck Announce New EP Big Wreck: 7.1 Available November 19 + Tour Dates
Today, beloved rock phenom Big Wreck announces a November 19th release for a brand-new EP titled Big Wreck: 7.1 (via Warner Music Canada). The first EP of what will be an immersive three-volume collection, Big Wreck: 7.1 features 5 impressive new tracks from the band including the standout riff-heavy lead single “Bombs Away”. “It started from a riff that has... Read More

The Legendary El Mocambo Is Set To Officially Reopen October 30 with Our Lady Peace

The Legendary El Mocambo Is Set To Officially Reopen October 30 with Our Lady Peace
 Presented by Heineken & 102.1 The Edge #KEEPLIVEALIVE El Mocambo Entertainment Inc. along with Michael Wekerle, owner of the beloved El Mocambo announced today that the legendary venue will welcome the return of major live music events and officially reopen its doors on October 30, for an exclusive live concert experience headlined by award-winning, multi-platinum alt-rock band Our Lady Peace (OLP). Described as an “ultramodern broadcast studio with... Read More

Montreal’s The Box Rocks The El Mocambo

Montreal’s The Box Rocks The El Mocambo
Photo By Andrew Clowater Friday, September 24th, 2021 El Mocambo, Toronto, Ontario By Keith Sharp Two anniversaries converged on Friday, September 24th and 25th when Michael Wekerle’s sparkling renovated El Mocambo Tavern celebrated its 50th year as Toronto’s prime music venue by inviting Montreal’s The BOX for a two-night engagement. The band is celebrating their 40th anniversary as a unit.... Read More

Michael Bublé Christmas 2021 Super Deluxe 10th Anniversary Limited Edition Box 

Michael Bublé Christmas 2021 Super Deluxe 10th Anniversary Limited Edition Box 
Michael Bublé’s Christmas is celebrating the 10th anniversary of the phenomenal success of his mega holiday album in grand style with the announcement today that Warner Records/Reprise Records will release an extraordinary updated package of music and holiday goodies that will be housed in a new Super Deluxe Limited Edition Box Set. The 2021 boxed set, scheduled to be released on November 12th in the U.S. and Canada and November 19th internationally,... Read More

Sue Foley’s New Album, Pinky’s Blues Takes the Wheel

Sue Foley’s New Album, Pinky’s Blues Takes the Wheel
Sue Foley – Photo by Danny Clinch Stony Plain Records announces an October 22 release date for Pinky’s Blues, the new album from award-winning blues guitarist/singer Sue Foley. Featuring several Sue Foley originals, as well as songs from some of her favourite blues and roots artists, Pinky’s Blues was recorded at Fire Station Studios in San Marcos, Texas. Joining Sue... Read More