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Canada’s Loverboy Opens For Foreigner Farewell Tour 2023

Canada’s Loverboy Opens For Foreigner Farewell Tour 2023
 Foreigner – Photo by Karsten Staiger copy “I Want To Know What Love Is”, “Cold As Ice,” “Hot Blooded,” “Juke Box Hero,” “Urgent,” and no less than five more Top 10 hits. FOREIGNER, the band behind these iconic songs announced the launch of their Farewell Tour. The tour is set to launch on July 6, 2023, at Atlanta’s Ameris Bank... Read More

Blakk Turns Traumatic Childhood Experience Into Moving Emotional Vignettes

Blakk Turns Traumatic Childhood Experience Into Moving Emotional Vignettes
By Keith Sharp Considering Forest Blakk’s traumatic childhood upbringing, it would have come as no surprise if his musical influences had been Thrash Metal or Gangsta Rap. Yet his third EP, ‘Every Little Detail’ contains eight emotional introspective compositions which rank highly on wedding musical theme lists, an image which belies his gruff, tattooed physique. Blakk grew up in Montreal,... Read More

Workaholic Hugh Dillon Balances New Album And Tour With High Profile TV Roles

Workaholic Hugh Dillon Balances New Album And Tour With High Profile TV Roles
Sound Of Music 2019 – Photo by Corey Kelly By Keith Sharp The big question is where the Headstones’ Hugh Dillon finds the time to record a new album,`Flight Risk,’ and plan a 17-date Canadian tour (with two dates in Buffalo) while at the same time completing the second season of The Mayor Of Kingstown TV series with season five... Read More

Steve Norman Keeping Spandau Ballet’s Legacy Alive

Steve Norman Keeping Spandau Ballet’s Legacy Alive
By Keith Sharp When you are the co-founder of a supergroup, it’s hard to let the project go, especially when there have been serious reformation attempts throughout the years. So, Spandau Ballet tenor saxophonist Steve Norman continues the band’s legacy, performing band classics like “True,” “Gold,” and “Through The Barricades” which were staple hits during the band’s peak popularity in... Read More

Love Of Spaghetti Westerns Spawn Novel Single

Love Of Spaghetti Westerns Spawn Novel Single
By Keith Sharp On Saturday November 26th at Toronto’s El Mocambo Tavern and on Sunday November 27th at Mississauga’s Classic Bowl venue, Boys Don’t Cry will open for Spandau Ballet saxophonist Steve Norman. Most musicologists may not recognize the name Boys Don’t Cry or its principal member, Nick Richards but possibly the band’s debut 1986 single; “I Wanna Be A... Read More

Crown Lands Unleash Ferocious Cover of the Beatles’ “Come Together” at The Fifa World Cup Qatar 2022

Crown Lands Unleash Ferocious Cover of the Beatles’ “Come Together” at The Fifa World Cup Qatar 2022
Juno Award-winning powerhouse rock duo Crown Lands – Cody Bowles (vocals and drums) and Kevin Comeau (guitar, bass, and keys)—reveal a raw rendition of The Beatles’ quintessential rally song, “Come Together,” released in partnership with TSN as part of a campaign for the Canadian Men’s National Team as they gear up for the FIFA WORLD CUP QATAR 2022™ starting November 20. Starting today,... Read More

Canadian indie-rock royalty Sloan releases their remarkable 13th studio album ‘Steady’

Canadian indie-rock royalty Sloan releases their remarkable 13th studio album ‘Steady’
Canadian indie-rock royalty Sloan releases their remarkable 13th studio album ‘Steady’ through Murderecords/Universal Music Canada, the country’s leading music company. Steady follows Sloan’s 2018 record 12 and marks the 30th anniversary of their beloved debut record, Smeared, which came out in October 1992. Sloan are one of the rare bands to make it to their 13th album, with all four original members who are equally prolific songwriters and all still working at the... Read More

Lights Brings Her PƎP Tour Across Canada

Lights Brings Her PƎP Tour Across Canada
Lights has announced a 13-date Canadian tour that will bring the alt-pop icon to fans from Victoria, BC, through to Montreal, QC, in Winter 2023. The tour supports her critically acclaimed new album PƎP, which arrived earlier this year via Fueled By Ramen. Joining Lights as support on the run will be world-class drag performer Tynomi Banks.  Fresh from a headline run... Read More

Big Sugar Announce Heated 25th Anniversary Deluxe Edition Set to Release October 14

Big Sugar Announce Heated 25th Anniversary Deluxe Edition Set to Release October 14
Platinum-selling band Big Sugar announced the 25th Anniversary deluxe edition of their iconic album, Heated, set to release October 14, 2022, through Universal Music Canada, the country’s leading music company. The deluxe album has been remastered and expanded to feature four additional tracks, including an acoustic version of “Better Get Used To It,” “Je Suis Cool,” and “Alka Lights” ft. Whitey Don. The... Read More

Sykamore’s ‘Pinto’ Fires On all Cylinders By Roman Mitz

Sykamore’s ‘Pinto’ Fires On all Cylinders By Roman Mitz
Born in a small town outside of Calgary, pop/country vocalist Sykamore grew up on a cattle ranch surrounded by country music which laid the groundwork for her to start writing her own songs. Soon her songwriting would garner attention in Canada, leading her to be nominated for the Canadian Country Music Association’s (CCMA) coveted Discovery Award in 2015. Her biggest... Read More

Harlow’s PRiSM Quest To Keep Their Legacy Alive

Harlow’s PRiSM Quest To Keep Their Legacy Alive
Al Harlow of PRiSM – Photo by Debbie Albrough By Keith Sharp An examination of PRiSM’s personnel timeline on Wikipedia reveals that no less than 24 musicians have featured in the band since two other Vancouver-based bands; Seeds Of Time and Sunshyne, merged together in the early 1970s as a studio project producer Bruce Fairbairn was assembling, eventually developing into... Read More

Arkells Unveil New Track “Human Being” Ft Lights

Arkells Unveil New Track “Human Being” Ft Lights
Arkells, Lights – Human Being – Photo by Nathan Nash Blink Twice To Be Released September 23 Includes “Dance With You” Featuring Lights Today, Arkells shared a new track, “Human Being,” featuring Lights, ahead of their seventh studio record, Blink Twice, coming September 23rd via Universal Music Canada, the country’s leading music company.  “We wanted a chaotic energy – something like Talking Heads meets Billy... 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

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

2022 Love Someone Tour Dates Announced!

2022 Love Someone Tour Dates Announced!
Johnny Reid has announced his 2022 Love Someone tour, set to be one of the longest-running artist tours in Canadian history with over one hundred shows once all tour dates are announced!  Tickets for most shows go on sale: November 26th at 10 am (local time) Tartan Army Fan Club Presale: November 24th at 3 pm (local time) RSVP on Facebook... Read More

THE COOPER BROTHERS – “RADIO SILENCE” CD RELEASE AT CENTREPOINTE

THE COOPER BROTHERS – “RADIO SILENCE” CD RELEASE AT CENTREPOINTE
    Ottawa’s rock ‘n roll cowboys, The Cooper Brothers, treated their fans to an exceptional and extra special performance at Centrepointe Theatre Friday night, which was jam-packed with special guests in celebration of their newest album release, “Radio Silence”. In addition to the band’s seven members, a four-piece horn section added a colourful boost to the first half of... Read More

Killer Dwarfs Officially Open Rockpile East

Killer Dwarfs Officially Open Rockpile East
It’s always a good sign when the club runs out of beer! Bar staff were at panic stations Friday October 4th as the newly recreated Rockpile East (formerly the infamous Knob Hill Tavern) opened its doors with a headline concert by the newly revived Killer Dwarfs – and a dwindling stockpile of suds! Led by Russ Graham (who had been... Read More

Draw the Line – 54-40

Draw the Line – 54-40
54-40 as a band measures their performance in steps, navigating from song to song, and building a relationship with an audience. Sometimes that relationship is tenuous as was witnessed tonight. The opening song, “Nice to Luv You” was casually received by the audience, but before their lackluster response is noted, the band moves quickly into “Lies to Me” which might... Read More

The Passion of Music – Chilliwack

The Passion of Music – Chilliwack
Clad in black t-shirts and black jeans, the wily veterans walked gracefully through the audience and took the stage with energy and smiles. Led by original member Bill Henderson on guitar and lead vocals, with younger brother Ed Henderson on guitar and backing vocals, and the solid bottom end duo of Doug Edwards on bass and Jerry Adolphe on drums,... Read More

An Intimate Night with Rik Emmett

An Intimate Night with Rik Emmett
Hugh’s Room is not the Air Canada Centre and the patrons of Hugh’s Room are not your average tee-shirt wearing Triumph fans. What they are though are fans of quality music and the Emmett/Dunlop duo delivered that in spades amidst the intimate setting of the Dundas Street West venue. Yes Rik Emmett was there to plug his latest “Then Again”... Read More