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Coming Around Again! – Honeymoon Suite

Coming Around Again! – Honeymoon Suite
Derry Grehan isn’t one to live in the past. Yes his band, Honeymoon Suite enjoyed a spectacular run of success in the mid 1980’s chalking up platinum sales of their Tom Treumuth produced self-titled first album and follow-up “The Big Prize” (produced by Bruce Fairbairn and Bob Rock). Yes they dominated the airwaves with a string of hit singles including... Read More

I Communicator – Alan Frew

I Communicator – Alan Frew
“I am a communicator,” declares Alan Frew, singer and front man for the band Glass Tiger. The response was elicited by the question as to whether he is a singer or a motivational speaker. During GT’s hiatus during the 90s, Frew transformed himself from singer into speaker, focusing on the world of self-help. Being a self-confessed self-help junkie since his... Read More

It’s All Good – Canada’s First Family Of Country Music

It’s All Good – Canada’s First Family Of Country Music
Talk about good musical genes. First you have Canada’s legendary Good Brothers, twins Brian and Bruce, and brother Larry, who have been cranking out fine country and bluegrass for over 40 years. The next generation of Goods, Bruce’s sons Dallas and Travis, have found great success fronting much lauded roots rockers, The Sadies. If you thought that’s where the Good... Read More

Martha Johnson’s Courageous Battle

Martha Johnson’s Courageous Battle
Tuesday June 25th 2013 at Toronto’s Rivoli nightclub, Martha and the Muffins lead vocalist Martha Johnson is on stage with another Muffin, hubby Mark Gane plus a select group of musicians who are debuting her first solo record Solo One at this old fashioned CD release party. Gane glances over to his spouse to see if she’s holding up but... Read More

A Career With Many Toppings! – Alfie Zappacosta

A Career With Many Toppings! – Alfie Zappacosta
To the populace of the Greater Toronto Area, Alfie Zappacosta will always be known as that guy who sang the Pizza Nova commercial. Yes he has enjoyed great success, recording first with his debut band Surrender, then as a successful solo artist, winning Most Promising Male Vocalist and Best Album Juno Awards in 1988 before advancing to establish a viable... Read More

Festival d’ete de Quebec 2013

Festival d’ete de Quebec 2013
We know Reading, Leeds, Glastonbury, Coachella, Lollapalooza, Bonnaroo, Warped, the most talked about live music festivals around the world. There’s also Roskilde, Splendour in the Grass, Bumbershoot, Fuji Rock, Rock am Ring, Download, and in Canada, Edgefest and Osheaga, all highly regarded outdoor fun, but lesser known to the less music indulgent. Still even less known is Festival d’été de... Read More

Gamble In Vegas Pays Dividends for Todd Kerns

Gamble In Vegas Pays Dividends for Todd Kerns
If at first you don’t succeed – join a supergroup! This mandate certainly worked for lead vocalist Larry Gowan with Styx and with ex Sherrif/Alias guitarist Steve DeMarchi with The Cranberries – and the latest Canadian to luck into a high profile spotlight position is former Age Of Electric lead vocalist/guitarist Todd Kerns who now toils as vocalist/bassist for ex... Read More

Courage My Love Make Viral Connection

Courage My Love Make Viral Connection
Courage My Love has this internet/social media medium down pat. Nineteen year old twins Mercedes (lead guitar/vocals) and Phoenix Arn-Horn (drummer) along with new bassist Brandon Lockwood have already chalked up more than 3.5 million hits on their YouTube channel. To celebrate the release of their second EP, “Becoming”, the Kitchener, Ontario trio have released an online episodic video series,... Read More

The Spoons – Stick Figure Neighborhood

The Spoons – Stick Figure Neighborhood
As lead singer/chief songwriter of The Spoons, Gord Deppe is also the band’s self- appointed historian. Understanding that none of his band’s original four recordings were ever released on compact disc, Deppe has set about correcting this oversight by using anniversary dates to re-release those early records on CD in conjunction with Sparks Entertainment and Universal Music Canada. Late last... Read More

Documentary Caps Frantic Year For The Sheepdogs

Documentary Caps Frantic Year For The Sheepdogs
The Sheepdogs earned a standing ovation Friday night in Toronto, but not for any concert or club gig appearance (although that was them performing acoustically on the cinema’s rooftop). What had the fans out of their seats was their response to the Saskatoon band’s performance in John Barnard’s The Sheepdogs Have At It documentary movie which premiered at Toronto’s Cineplex... Read More

Sing me the Songs (Celebrating The Works Of Kate McGarrigle) – All Star Ensemble

Sing me the Songs (Celebrating The Works Of Kate McGarrigle) – All Star Ensemble
(Warner Music Canada/Nonesuch Records) This two-cd live set culled from concerts in London, Toronto and New York has been recorded in memory of Kate McGarrigle who succumbed to cancer in 2010. Organized and performed by surviving sister Anna McGarrigle and offspring Rufus and Martha Wainwright, this 38-song set also features an all-star cast that includes Norah Jones, Emmy-Lou Harris, Linda... Read More

Classic Canadian artists get the digital treatment

Classic Canadian artists get the digital treatment
Warner Music Canada opens its vaults today with the first of a series of digital releases from classic Canadian artists ranging from Honeymoon Suite to Streetheart to Messenjah and the Rheostatics. The label has gone back to the original master tapes of albums that have not been in circulation in over a decade in order to make them available through... Read More

Nick Sinopoli – The Human Jukebox

Nick Sinopoli – The Human Jukebox
Nick Sinopoli is one proud dad. Returning from his daughter Nikki (Lemonbeat)’s convocation at York University where she graduated with an environmental studies degree, Sinopoli is beaming about his daughter’s achievements. “Nikki is going to save the world,” announced Sinopoli. “Even as a kid Nikki would decorate our fridge with “Cows Are People Too” stickers. She even pestered her high... Read More

The Contrast Between Darkness And Light – City And Colour

The Contrast Between Darkness And Light – City And Colour
Of all the lyrics on City And Colour’s fourth full-length, The Hurry And The Harm, the only line that was selected to be printed on the artwork is “I’ve always been dark with light somewhere in the distance.” It’s from the mercurial “Two Coins,” one of the album’s best tracks, and Dallas Green’s favourite this round. It sums him up.... Read More