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Dancing with the Jesters – Harlequin

Dancing with the Jesters – Harlequin
Harlequin has been a rock radio mainstay with a string of hits that play in near continual rotation since they arrived on the scene in 1979. And so, tonight’s show brought out those hits, including “Thinking of You”, “I Did it for Love”, and “Superstitious Feeling”. The crowd responded with great gusto to the hits, but were lukewarm to new... Read More

The Spoons Reunite for 30th Anniversary of Arias & Symphonies

The Spoons Reunite for 30th Anniversary of Arias & Symphonies
Canadian New Wave synth pop group The Spoons performed at Toronto’s intimate Revival Bar on Friday. Hosted by Maie Pauts and radio broadcasted through Boom 97.3, the concert was a celebration of the release of the band’s Arias & Symphonies 30th Anniversary album. 80’s New-Wave band Images In Vogue opened, and their stage presence captured the attention of the entire... Read More

The Big Stage – Journey & Loverboy

The Big Stage – Journey & Loverboy
Scotiabank Saddledome, Calgary | November 25, 2012 Photography by: Charles Hope Journey While the road crew prepared the stage for the band, it was curious to consider how Journey would fill such a large expanse of black. Were there going to be additional musicians? Would there be some kind of theatrical performance? When the lights went down and the band... Read More

Burton Cummings kicks off the Grey Cup

Burton Cummings kicks off the Grey Cup
On a day when the Toronto Argonauts emphatically won the 100th Grey Cup final by beating the Calgary Stampeders 35-22, Burton Cummings set the tone for the festivities with a dynamic pre-game concert that was stunning in its simplicity. Cummings may not be accustomed to delivering matinee performances but in reality he can do no wrong. Supported by his faithful... Read More

Helix – Rockin’ The Way

Helix – Rockin’ The Way
Deerfoot Casino, Calgary | November 3, 2012 Entering the stage beneath a synthesized orchestral overture, Helix didn’t waste time building momentum. Setting the dial to 11 with “Wild in the Streets” singer Brian Vollmer took control with gusto using every limb to command the audience and fuel his band mates to push hard to the finish line. Helix is tight,... Read More

Blue Rodeo and Friends in Toronto

Blue Rodeo and Friends in Toronto
Glenn Gould Studio, Toronto | October 29, 2012 With Hurricane Sandy raging outside, the state of Canadian roots music may have been in peril for a moment. If, heaven forbid, the roof had caved in on The Glenn Gould Studio, we’d have had to imagine that scene without Blue Rodeo, Great Big Sea, Ron Sexsmith, The Sadies, Whitehorse, Justin Rutledge,... Read More

Alanis Morissette in Toronto

Alanis Morissette in Toronto
Sound Academy, Toronto | October 15th, 2012 Alanis Morissette’s recent concert in Toronto wasn’t an outright nostalgia show, but the jam-packed crowd seemed to be feeling that way. Jagged Little Pill, the album that made the singer-songwriter an international superstar and today has sold some 33 million copies, is 17 years old. The Ottawa-born Morissette, now 38, and married with... Read More

Triumph – Live At Sweden Rock Festival

Triumph – Live At Sweden Rock Festival
(Universal) When Toronto’s Triumph were inducted into Canada’s Music Hall Of Fame in 2008, it was assumed they were back together and they would return to the stage…and they did….in Sweden! Yes Triumph’s much anticipated comeback lasted just two shows; one in Sweden and one at a Oklahoma Music Festival. Fortunately the Swedish show was captured on DVD and has... Read More

Never Say Never As – Triumph Rocks Sweden

Never Say Never As – Triumph Rocks Sweden
Triumph bassist Mike Levine remembers getting the phone call. His band had just been inducted into Canada’s music hall of fame in April 2008, they were gearing up to play some summer dates when the call came through from their L.A agent that a promoter in Solvesborg, Sweden wanted them for his Sweden Rock Festival. “Did we want to go…no,”... Read More

Trooper in Toronto

Trooper in Toronto
CNE Bandshell, Toronto | August 25th, 2012 Photography by: Ted Van Boort When Rick Mercer decreed that “Raise A Little Hell” should be adopted as Canada’s national anthem, he wasn’t far off the mark. A song guaranteed to ignite a feel-good spirit with any Canadian audience, Trooper’s ode to the ultimate party ignited a 10,000 capacity crowd on a warm Saturday... Read More

Letting Go – Kenny Shields and Streetheart

Letting Go – Kenny Shields and Streetheart
The over capacity crowd in the ballroom was hot and loud when an aural montage of Streetheart hits began filling the sound system, pushing the energy levels up further. Smart phone cameras came out with ready fingers, waiting to capture an image of the ever-so-engaging Mr. Shields. When he entered, dressed in black with a large smile beaming across his... Read More

Perspectives – Rush

Perspectives – Rush
The steam-powered juggernaut of the Rush Clockwork Angels tour stormed across the Prairie Provinces this fall to the delight of band-brand emblazoned fans ranging from 6 to 64. With near capacity crowds at each stop, Messrs.’ Lee, Lifeson, and Peart opened the shows with a choice selection of 80s era music including “The Analog Kid”, “The Big Money”, “Bravado”, and... Read More