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A Music Express Timeline Part 2 – The 80s with more 45th Tributes – A part of the Music Express Anniversary Edition

A Music Express Timeline  Part 2 – The 80s with more 45th Tributes – A part of the Music Express Anniversary Edition
By Keith Sharp February 1980: Having scouted out our new house/office at 209 Kingslake Road in the Don Mills area, Conny and I set up shop, with Triumph on the cover of our first Toronto-based issue. We quickly recruited new writers including Aussie Greg Quill, New Zealander Kerry Doole, Roman Mitz, and Lenny Stoute. June 19, 1981: Music Express rapidly... Read More

EXTC Rekindles Classic Band’s Legacy

EXTC Rekindles Classic Band’s Legacy
By Keith Sharp The advent of social media allows music fans to rediscover bands and artists which may have been ignored during their prime yet have been totally revived as new audiences discover the depth of their musical catalogue. England’s XTC is one such band. North American audiences may be familiar with key singles like “Making Plans For Nigel and... Read More

Arrive, Raise A Little Hell, Retire – Trooper Original Duo Call It A Day.

Arrive, Raise A Little Hell, Retire – Trooper Original Duo Call It A Day.
Trooper’s Lead Singer Ra McGuire and Bassist Doni Underhill – Photo by Hope Photography By Keith Sharp  The announcement on Trooper’s November 8th Facebook post that original band members; vocalist Ra McGuire and lead guitarist Brian Smith have chosen to retire from the band, may have caught many fans by surprise, but the reality is that the ongoing COVID19 pandemic... Read More

Birds Of Bellwoods Growing In Stature

Birds Of Bellwoods Growing In Stature
By Keith Sharp The rain was sheeting down as Toronto quartet Birds Of Bellwoods took to a Montreal stage for an outdoor festival being executed in a very hostile environment. So hostile that only five people gathered together in a protective tent constituted their audience. Yet Messer’s Stephen Joffe (vocals/mandolin), Adrian Morningstar (vocals/guitar), Kintaro Akiyama (vocals/stand-up bass) and Chris Blades... Read More

MUSIC EXPRESS BOOK REVISITS A GOLDEN ERA

MUSIC EXPRESS BOOK REVISITS A GOLDEN ERA
The book we’ve been talking about in this online magazine for the past 18 months, will debut on Amazon and in your favorite book store in May when “Music Express – The Rise, Fall and Resurrection Of Canada’s Music Magazine” (Dundurn Press) finally rolls into retail. Those of you who were involved or aware of the Canadian music industry in... Read More

Sharp Inks Publishing Deal With Dundurn

Sharp Inks Publishing Deal With Dundurn
Music Express editor in chief Keith Sharp is happy to announce that Dundurn Publishing Company has agreed to publish his Music Express book. The title will be previewed to potential retailers and libraries in Dundurn’s Fall catalogue and will be at retail by early 2014. “I am totally excited by the news that Dundurn will give my book full national... Read More