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Acoustic Approach To Classified’s Music Broadens His Musical Scope.

Acoustic Approach To Classified’s Music Broadens His Musical Scope.
Classified Retrospected – Photo by Dave Hamilton By Keith Sharp About three years ago, rapper Classified (a/k/a Luke Boyd) started to re-interpret songs from his vast catalogue of music as acoustic tracks with his guitar player. He soon discovered that a new audience was tuning in to his music. That devoid of the drum/bass arrangements of previous rap-based arrangements, people... Read More

Yukon-Based Singer-Songwriter Joey O’Neil Brings Her Unleashed Tour To Dog Parks Across Canada  

Yukon-Based Singer-Songwriter Joey O’Neil Brings Her Unleashed Tour To Dog Parks Across Canada  
Joey O’Neil – Photo by Melissa Naef After being forced to cancel, postpone and re-adjust touring plans due to the global pandemic, Yukon-based folk-country singer-songwriter Joey O’Neil is absolutely thrilled to be back on the road this summer for what she has cleverly dubbed the Unleashed tour in support of her stunning, critically praised sophomore release, Ever Ahead. No stranger to... Read More

Arkells Announce “Blink Twice” To Be Released September 23

Arkells Announce “Blink Twice” To Be Released September 23
Arkells announce the official release date for their seventh studio record, Blink Twice, coming September 23rd via Universal Music Canada, the country’s leading music company. The brand new companion album to the band’s current release, Blink Once, Blink Twice showcases a new collection of songs where Arkells continue to push their sound and creativity to a new level. As Arkells stayed busy making music during... Read More

JUNO Award-Winning MONOWHALES Release “Stuckinthemiddle”, Announce Headline Tour Dates

JUNO Award-Winning MONOWHALES Release “Stuckinthemiddle”, Announce Headline Tour Dates
JUNO Award-winning rockers MONOWHALES are taking things to a new level with their latest offering “StuckintheMiddle,” out now.  Anger, frustration, and deep personal struggle take center stage as lead singer Sally Shaar passionately howls “I’m stuck in the middle, I’m chained like an animal,” while the band leans heavily into their hard rock background, bringing an enormous sound complete with... Read More

Sass Jordan – Still Alive & Well

Sass Jordan – Still Alive & Well
Sass Jordan can be a little bit sassy. Calling to talk about her terrific new album “Bitches Blues”, the free-spirited Sass is not averse to dropping the occasional colourful adjective in order to make a point, and she often punctuates the conversation with her extremely infectious high-pitched laugh. Her new album can almost be considered part two of 2020’s “Rebel... Read More

Midge Ure Joins Howard Jones for N. American Tour Features Two Toronto Dates

Midge Ure Joins Howard Jones for N. American Tour Features Two Toronto Dates
Midge Ure joins Howard Jones as his special guest for a North American Tour that kicks off today. Alongside Ure for what he calls a ‘synth heavy’ set will be musicians Dan Burton, also playing keyboard with Howard Jones and Tony Solis who has played with Midge on previous American tours.  His tour will include two solo dates at Toronto’s El Mocambo Tavern July 4th and 5th. “What... Read More

Tim Hicks Announces 2022 ZERO TO SIXTY TOUR Cross-Canada Tour

Tim Hicks Announces 2022 ZERO TO SIXTY TOUR Cross-Canada Tour
Photo by – Lee Zavitz Multi-Platinum, award-winning entertainer Tim Hicks has announced his return to the live stage with the 2022 ZERO to SIXTY Tour. A combination of festival stops and headlining shows across Canada, Hicks expands the ZERO to SIXTY Tour with the addition of eight new shows featuring special guests and CCMA Award winner Robyn Ottolini. The new dates bring Hicks and his... Read More

The Tragically Hip’s Live At The Roxy Set For Release

The Tragically Hip’s Live At The Roxy Set For Release
On June 24, The Tragically Hip will be releasing Live At The Roxy worldwide as a standalone live album through Universal Music Canada. Prior to its inclusion on the Road Apples 30th Anniversary Deluxe package last year, the 15-song concert had not been publicly available and was a sought-after show for the bootleggers and diehard fans.  Now, this legendary recording is available digitally for the first... Read More

The Sheepdogs Find Favourable European Response To New Release

The Sheepdogs Find Favourable European Response To New Release
By Keith Sharp When the pandemic ground the entire global music scene to a screeching halt, Saskatoon’s The Sheepdogs were in advance preparation for another major European tour. So, according to the band’s lead vocalist/guitarist Ewan Currie, the band did what comes naturally to them, record another album! Now amid a major makeup tour of Western Europe which is responding... Read More

Loverboy Flying High as Top Gun Maverick Sends “Heaven In Your Eyes” Streams Skyward With REO Speedwagon/Styx Tour Taking Off

Loverboy Flying High as Top Gun Maverick Sends “Heaven In Your Eyes” Streams Skyward With REO Speedwagon/Styx Tour Taking Off
Multi-platinum rock group Loverboy’s “Heaven in Your Eyes,” a song featured on the original chart-topping Top Gun film soundtrack, first released by Columbia Records in 1986, is seeing streams more than triple since the premiere of the Tom Cruise-starring sequel, Top Gun Maverick. The band just embarked on a summer-long, 46-date U/S. tour with supporting acts REO Speedwagon and Styx... Read More

Carly Rae Jepsen Announces ~ The So Nice ~ North American Headline Tour 

Carly Rae Jepsen Announces ~ The So Nice ~ North American Headline Tour 
Multi-Platinum GRAMMY®, JUNO and Polaris Prize-nominated singer/songwriter Carly Rae Jepsen announces a fall North American headline tour. Her first North American headline tour since 2019, The So Nice Tour will kick off September 24th at MTELUS in Montreal, QC and will make stops at marquee venues including Radio City Music Hall in New York City and The Greek Theatre in Los Angeles. Empress Of will support tour... Read More

High Valley – Way Back & Way Cool.

High Valley – Way Back & Way Cool.
Have a little faith. This may well be the signature catchphrase of High Valley, the country band which originated in a small Mennonite community in Alberta and is now based in Nashville. Family values have always been an integral part of the band’s music and this remains an important underlying theme on their latest album ‘Way Back’.  Lead singer Brad... Read More

It’s All About Persistence – An Interview With Strange Advance

It’s All About Persistence – An Interview With Strange Advance
Strange Advance Releases 4 2022 By Keith Sharp “Just like getting back on a bike, it was so great to play in front of a live audience again,” enthused Strange Advance keyboardist/vocalist Drew Arnott after finally getting to parade his reconstituted line up which now features six musicians; including vocalist/guitarist Sean Dillon, keyboardist Rob Bailey, guitarist Ian Cameron, drummer/vocalist Russ Friesen... Read More

The Sadies’ Colder Streams Out July 22 on Dine Alone Records; Release Lyric Video For ‘Cut Up High and Dry’

The Sadies’ Colder Streams Out July 22 on Dine Alone Records; Release Lyric Video For ‘Cut Up High and Dry’
The Sadies 2022 – Photo by Chris Colohan On July 22, Dine Alone Records will release Colder Streams, The Sadies’ long-awaited and highly anticipated 11th studio album produced by Arcade Fire’s Richard Reed Parry. Watch and share the lyric video for “Cut Up High and Dry”, the third single from the forthcoming album, out today.  Recorded between 2019 and 2021... Read More

Spring Country Round-up  

Spring Country Round-up  
Gord Bamford’s “I Ain’t Drunk” featuring celebrated Canadian country star Terri Clark By Roman Mitz Spring is a time of rebirth so we’ll begin with the rebirth of Gord Bamford’s album “Diamonds In A Whiskey Glass” in an expanded Diamond Deluxe Edition. Spring is a time of rebirth so we’ll begin with the rebirth of Gord Bamford’s album “Diamonds In... Read More

Ann Wilson Releases Stratospheric Version Of Queen’s ‘Love of My Life’ In Duet With Vince Gill; New Album, Fierce Bliss, Nears Release

Ann Wilson Releases Stratospheric Version Of Queen’s ‘Love of My Life’ In Duet With Vince Gill; New Album, Fierce Bliss, Nears Release
Releases Stratospheric Version Of Queen’s ‘Love Of My Life’ In Duet With Vince Gill New Album, Fierce Bliss, Nears Release Ann Wilson releases the breathtaking rendition of Queen’s “Love of My Life,” featuring vocals fromVince Gill. Taken from Wilson’s forthcoming album, Fierce Bliss, out April 29 via Silver Lining Music. “‘Love of My Life’ is a beautiful song about endless love. It was my honor to duet... Read More

Elton John Madman Across The Water – 50th Anniversary Reissue Announced

Elton John Madman Across The Water – 50th Anniversary Reissue Announced
Featuring Live Rarities, Demos & Outtakes, Including Previously Unheard Tiny Dancer Piano Demo Unveiled Today: Listen Here  Super Deluxe Box Set 3-CD, 1-Blu-ray also featuring 18 previously unreleased tracks, also containing 1971 reproduction poster and 104-page book, photos and essay with interviews with those who helped make the album, as well as memorabilia and artwork taken from the Rocket Archive. Blu-ray... Read More

Alexisonfire Release 2nd Track ‘Reverse The Curse’ From First Studio LP in 13 Years ‘Otherness’

Alexisonfire Release 2nd Track ‘Reverse The Curse’ From First Studio LP in 13 Years ‘Otherness’
Alexisonfire Unveil 2nd Track From New Album Otherness and Celebrate 20 Years Since The Release Of Self-Titled Debut Album *New* North American Tour Dates Added ALEXISONFIRE unveil the 2nd track from Otherness, their first full-length album in over 13 years. “Reverse The Curse” is a poetic commentary on facing one’s demons anchored by a gigantic, Kyuss-worshiping riff. Says George Pettit, “Some... Read More

Bülow Releases Booty Call EP Title Track Produced By Finneas

Bülow Releases Booty Call EP Title Track Produced By Finneas
Today, alternative pop singer and songwriter bülow shares new EP booty call via Republic Records/Universal Music Canada, the country’s leading music company. The new EP highlights the new sound from bülow, which has been unleashed with previously released tracks “Playin’ Me Back” and “Don’t Break His Heart”. Listen to “Booty Call” HERE “booty call. it’s not a sad song. its not about pining after someone.... Read More

Rough Trade’s El Mo Performance A Practice Run For Future Stage Production

Rough Trade’s El Mo Performance A Practice Run For Future Stage Production
By Keith Sharp If Carole Pope & Rough Trade‘s sold-out performance at Toronto’s El Mocambo Tavern Friday, April 29th seems to take the form of a Broadway musical, that’s because the concert is being set up, partially as a dry run for the music that will eventually form the basis of a new musical which is being created by Pope and... Read More