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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

Sheepdogs Find Favourable European Response To New Release

Sheepdogs Find Favourable European Response To New Release
By Keith Sharp When the COVID-19 pandemic ground the entire global music scene to a screeching halt, Saskatoon’s 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

Ronnie Hawkins Remembered  

Ronnie Hawkins Remembered  
Ronnie Hawkins and ME Writer Roman Mitz by Roman Mitz Ronnie Hawkins was an enigma. He was a good ol’ boy from Arkansas but when he pulled on his cowboy boots and hit the stage he became a premier rockabilly shouter and self-described “matinee idol.” Ronnie passed away at age 87 but he leaves more memorable moments than most people... Read More

Stampeders Continue To Roll

Stampeders Continue To Roll
By Keith Sharp One thing you cannot say is that The Stampeders take themselves seriously. On stage on April 8th at Oshawa’s Regent Theatre, guitarist, vocalist Rich Dodson, drummer, vocalist Kim Berly, and bassist/vocalist Ronnie King cheerily announced themselves as being “Seventy From The Seventies” about their ages. During their entire 90-minute set, the former Calgary trio poked fun at... 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

A Call To Arms – Jesus Jones in Toronto, May 15th.

A Call To Arms – Jesus Jones in Toronto, May 15th.
By Keith Sharp Even those of you who are not familiar with the progressive British rock band, Jesus Jones, will identify with their mega 1990 hit “Right “Here, Right Now” which was written as an acknowledgement of the ending of the Cold War in Europe and the breaking up of the Berlin Wall. Some thirty-three years later and lyrical message... Read More

Two More Canadian Pop Stars Lost

Two More Canadian Pop Stars Lost
Susan Jacks Photo from The Music Express Archives 2013 by Keith Sharp The past couple of weeks have been rough ones for the Canadian Music Industry, with Poppy Family vocalist Susan Jacks (aged 73) passing away from kidney failure at a Surrey, B.C hospital) April 25th and Montreal session guitarist Walter Rossi (succumbing to lung cancer May 1st in Montreal) following the departure... 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

Deborah Cox to be inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame at The 51st Annual JUNO Awards

Deborah Cox to be inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame at The 51st Annual JUNO Awards
Deborah Cox – Photo by Rosalind Guder Cox makes history as the first Black woman to receive the national honour The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) and CBC announced today that award-winning recording artist and world-renowned Broadway, television, film and fashion icon, Deborah Cox, will be inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame at The 2022 JUNO Awards.  Cox will... Read More

Legendary Guitarist Jerry Doucette Succumbs To Cancer

Legendary Guitarist Jerry Doucette Succumbs To Cancer
Photo by Ted VanBoort By Keith Sharp Canada lost another music legend with the passing of Jerry Doucette April 18th who succumbed to cancer at the Irene Thomas Hospice in Delta B.C at the age of 70.Known for his 1977 hit single, “Mama Let Him Play” and the debut album of the same name, Doucette was born in Montreal before moving... 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

Tebey, Tim Hicks, Genevieve Fisher, Sacha, Cory Marks and more Announced As Performers for 2022 CMAOntario Awards

Tebey, Tim Hicks, Genevieve Fisher, Sacha, Cory Marks and more Announced As Performers for 2022 CMAOntario Awards
The Country Music Association of Ontario (CMAOntario) is thrilled to announce an incredible lineup of performers for the 10th Annual CMAOntario Awards, presented by Slaight Music, taking place on Sunday, June 5 at Centennial Hall in London, Ontario. Tickets are on sale now. Hosted by Jason McCoy and Robyn Ottolini, the CMAOntario Awards will include live, in person performances by: Tebey, nominated for four awards at the 2022 CMAOntario... Read More