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Music Doc is Crowdfunding Some Hometown Pride

Music Doc is Crowdfunding Some Hometown Pride
Arkells Live at the Red Dog Peterborough-based Photographer & Director Michael Hurcomb was on a trip to Bonnaroo Music Festival in Manchester, Tennessee, near Nashville a few years ago when he was asked by a travel buddy from Toronto, “So who has come from Peterborough that I would have heard of?” “I began naming musicians, actors, writers, athletes that had... Read More

Shari Ulrich: Always Up For A Challenge!

Shari Ulrich: Always Up For A Challenge!
When your child asks you for help on his/her homework assignment, it usually involves solving a math problem or dealing with some English grammatical puzzle. Yet in the case of Shari Ulrich’s daughter, Julia Graff the assignment in question was a little trickier. As a project for her Masters in Music in Sound Recording in 2013 at Montreal’s McGill University,... Read More

KILLER DWARFS: Nothing Changes But The Haircuts

KILLER DWARFS: Nothing Changes But The Haircuts
In a few weeks’ time, Oshawa’s Killer Dwarfs will be packing their collective bags and pointing their vehicle southwards, final destination, Miami, Florida where they will board the MSC Divina cruise ship to participate in what is now an annual event called The Monsters Of Rock Cruise. Between March 29th and April 2nd, a ship full of well-heeled passengers will... Read More

NEIL YOUNG – ACFN LIVE : “MOTHER EARTH”

NEIL YOUNG – ACFN LIVE : “MOTHER EARTH”
Recently Neil Young completed a brief tour of his native Canada consisting of four benefit concerts under the banner of “Honor The Treaties.” (we covered this last week here – Ed.) The nature of these shows were assembled to raise money and awareness for the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation (ACFN) Legal Defense Fund. The ACFN refer to themselves as K’ai... Read More

THE BEST OF THE BEST (Singles) – Part Two

THE BEST OF THE BEST (Singles) – Part Two
As the manuscript for my Music Express book is undergoing it’s final editing process in preparation for its April 2014 publishing date, I would like to spotlight a few chapters that were omitted from the final publication. One of these chapters was a series of `Best Of’s’ from the time frame that encompassed Music Express (being 1976-1992). This first ‘Best... Read More

THE BEST OF THE BEST (Singles) – Part One

THE BEST OF THE BEST (Singles) – Part One
As the manuscript for my Music Express book is undergoing it’s final editing process in preparation for its April 2014 publishing date, I would like to spotlight a few chapters that were omitted from the final publication. One of these chapters was a series of `Best Of’s’ from the time frame that encompassed Music Express (being 1976-1992). This first ‘Best... Read More

Monster Truck: Raising the Banner for Honest Rock

Monster Truck: Raising the Banner for Honest Rock
You could feel the buzz ripple through the Regina Brandt Centre when Hamilton’s Monster Truck were announced as the 2013 Breakthrough Group Juno Award winners. It was like en masse the audience were gasping “Who the hell are these guys?” Well those guys; lead vocalist/bassist Jon Harvey, lead guitarist Jeremy Widerman, keyboardist Brandon Bliss and drummer Steve Kiely are about... Read More

Days Of Future Past – Burton Cummings Continues To Shine

Days Of Future Past – Burton Cummings Continues To Shine
Burton Cummings is asked why he’s always being questioned about his past, the Deverons, The Guess Who, his past solo hits. No one it seems cares too much what he’s doing at present. “It’s people like you who keep asking those questions so I feel obliged to answer them,” he laughs chatting on the phone from his Los Angeles home.”... Read More

Fantasy To Reality – Sean Kelly’s Metal On Ice Book

Fantasy To Reality – Sean Kelly’s Metal On Ice Book
Growing up in North Bay Ontario, Sean Kelly fantasized about being a rock star. He dreamed about escaping to Los Angeles, cracking the lineup of an aspiring rock band playing on Sunset Strip and getting scooped up by the A&R guy of a major record label. Then young Sean attended a rock concert in his home town featuring two Canadian... Read More

Keeping The Faith – Power Executes Goddo Rejuvenation

Keeping The Faith – Power Executes Goddo Rejuvenation
John Power is determined to set the record straight. Thirty Four years ago he was recruited to be the tour manager of Goddo, hired by the band’s management to help execute two major national tours in support of their “Act Of Goddo” (1990) record release “Goddo was at the peak of their popularity at that time,” noted Power, head of... Read More

Renaissance What Renaissance? – Helix

Renaissance What Renaissance? – Helix
Brian Vollmer doesn’t quite buy the observation that there’s a retro rock ‘n roll renaissance currently taking place in Canada. Yes there’s lots of classic 70’s and 80’s rock bands currently back on the circuit but as lead vocalist and sole surviving original member of hard rock band, Helix, Vollmer notes that it’s still a struggle keeping his band operational.... Read More

Susan Jacks – Against All Odds

Susan Jacks – Against All Odds
Ever tune in to one of those classic pop stations that play golden oldies  when they start playing a song from Vancouver’s Poppy Family, either `Which Way You Going Billy’ or `Where Evil Grows’ and you think to yourself, “I wonder what ever happened to Susan Jacks?” Well Susan Jacks is alive and well… barely, and appreciates your concern. To... Read More

Heading for the T.Dot – Part Two

Heading for the T.Dot – Part Two
My first interview with Red Rider’s lead vocalist Tom Cochrane provided a source of confrontation. Red Rider; comprising of Cochrane (guitarist/lead vocalist) Jeff Jones (bass), Ken Greer (guitar) Peter Boynton (keyboards) and Rob Baker( drums) were a hotly sought after Toronto band in 1979. Both Capitol’s Deane Cameron and Anthem’s Ray Danniels were vying for them but Cameron was concerned... Read More

Weekend Warriors Rev For Global Comeback – Coney Hatch

Weekend Warriors Rev For Global Comeback – Coney Hatch
Andy Curran is stuck between a rock and a hard place – literally! By day Curran toils in the A&R department at Toronto’s SRO/Anthem Records – home to Rush, Big Wreck, Tea Party and new boys The Reason – planning tours, organizing recording sessions and developing new talent for the label. But in his off time, bassist/vocalist/producer Curran now finds... Read More

Kenny Shields – Letting Go

Kenny Shields – Letting Go
(Indigo Incorporated) For a band that totally revamped classic hits like The Small Faces’ `Tin Soldier’, Them’s `Here Comes The Night’ and The Rolling Stones’ `Under My Thumb,’ refashioning them as hit songs in their own right, it isn’t a stretch to envision lead vocalist Kenny Shields releasing an entire record of classic covers. “Letting Go” is just such a... Read More