GWNTERTAINMENT MAGAZINE BLOG #46


We hope you enjoyed last week’s addition/edition of the long-running GWNtertainment Magazine blog to the Encyclopedia. We think it’s important to keep up with the happenings surrounding all Canadian music, and we’re happy to bring it to you weekly for the foreseeable future. To that end we’ll be adding other segments to the blog including news, and live event announcements as they present themselves. We are also continuing to add GWN playlists on Spotify so that the new releases we write about are available to listeners in one convenient spot.


Click on the Playlist button above for the playlist from GWN Issue 46 for your enjoyment. You can also search on Spotify for previous playlists by typing: GWNtertainment #
And please support these artists in whatever capacity you can whether it’s through streaming or purchasing their music as physical products or going to live shows.


* ANDY KIM returns at Christmas for his 18th annual Andy Kim Christmas Show for charity at the newly restored Massey Hall. The guest list has yet to be announced but is expected to be spectacular. Check out the Facebook page invite and follow along as the musical guests are added.

* Canada’s greatest diminutive rock and rollers, the KILLER DWARFS, are back on the road for their 40th anniversary (!!!) and a fan was kind enough to post their entire performance from the Rocktember Grand Casino in Hinckley, Minnesota on September 10, 2022. Check it out on YouTube.


* THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS are currently on tour with THE NORTHERN PIKES for the Northern Happiness Tour. Even better news for TPOH fans is that their 1995 album Where’s The Bone? and the 1996 album The Wonderful World Of Pursuit Of Happiness have both been remastered and available on streaming services for the first time. Check them out on Spotify.

* You may know him as one of the original VJ’s on MuchMusic back in the 1980s or later as the co-writer of Alannah Myles’ biggest hit “Black Velvet,” but before all that CHRISTOPHER WARD was a solo artist. His 1978 debut solo album Spark of Desire has been remastered and is now available on streaming services. The album features two Top40 hits in “Once In A Longtime” and “Maybe Your Heart.” Check it out on Spotify.

* JUNO Award nominated band WEDNESDAY (aka WENZDAY) were recently nominated for a Lifetime Achievement and Hall of Fame Award at the Oshawa Music Awards. The band is remembered for such hits as “Last Kiss,” “Fly Away,” and “Loving You Baby.” Check them out on Spotify.

* Great news for SLOAN fans – the band has just released its new studio album called Steady. It’s available on CD and the first pressing will be available on deep purple vinyl which will be limited to 2,500 copies. Order from their website here.


* Uber multi-instrumentalist Jordon Zadorozny has announced that the new BLINKER THE STAR album Love Oblast will be released November 10.

* SATTALITES frontman FERGUS HAMBLETON sees his 1971 debut album from Capitol Records entitled All The Right Noises released to digital platforms. The album was recorded at Art Snider’s Sounds Canada studio and produced by Fergus’ brother Greg Hambleton. The album featured the hit “Same Old Feeling.” SPOTIFY.


* LIGHTHOUSE members and songwriters Skip Prokop, Paul Hoffert, Ralph Cole, and Bob McBride were honoured with induction into the Canadian Songwriter’s Hall of Fame this past week at the SOCAN Awards. The four gents were responsible for such hits as “One Fine Morning,” “Sunny Days,” “Pretty Lady,” “Hats Off (To The Stranger),” “Take It Slow,” and “Can You Feel It” among others. SPOTIFY


* Kitchener songwriter, KEVIN WESTPHAL, has released a satirical song about the nightmare that all commuters in Southern Ontario know all too well – Highway 401. The song is called “A Typical Day On The 401” and is available exclusively on YouTube.

* Calgary’s GUNN BLUES BAND is celebrating their new single “I Just Wanna Know” from the album Hand In The Fire landing at #1 on the UK iTunes chart. Check it out on iTunes or at Spotify.

* ROSITA STONE has a new single out called “Luz Estelar.” YOUTUBE // SPOTIFY

* Long time friend of GWN, GEOFF GIBBONS, continues his run of fantastic singles with his new track “Waitin’ On a Train.” YOUTUBE // SPOTIFY
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This issue was brought to you by: “10 Downing Street Air B’n’B – You Won’t Be Here For A Good Time Or A Long Time.”
Send us your news, views, and all manner of CANADIAN musical releases to promote and wave a flag for. Join the GWN Facebook page and drop us a message: https://www.facebook.com/gwntertainment

Keep up the fight!
Jaimie Vernon, 2022

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Jaimie “Captain CanCon” Vernon has been president of the on again/off-again Bullseye Records of Canada since 1985. He wrote and published Great White Noise magazine in the ‘90s, has been a musician for 44 years, and recently discovered he’s been happily married for 26 of those. He is also the author of The Canadian Pop Music Encyclopedia and editor of “Sunny Days: The Skip Prokop Story.” Available through Amazon. https://www.amazon.com/s?k=Jaimie+Vernon





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