GWNtertainment MAGAZINE BLOG #48

Here we are, back for another round of new and exciting musical shenanigans. A big thank you to the folks who have followed us from the old Don’t Believe A Word I Say site, and to the new subscribers here on The Canadian Pop Music Encyclopedia. Welcome one and all! We hope you’re enjoying the bits and bites of new music news we bring your way every week. Mondays will be our official release day for GWNtertainment Magazine blogs so make sure you have a coffee and some headphones ready for all the latest in Canadian entertainment to start each week. Now, on with the show!

And be sure to check out this issue’s convenient non-stop playlist on Spotify – click the icon above to get tracks from this issue’s artists.

* Initially LOWEST OF THE LOW had reunited to celebrate the anniversary of their pre-imminent masterpiece Shakespaere My Butt, but now it appears there is a half-life to the band’s career as they’ve signed to Brian Hetherman’s music imprint Sonic Envy Music. Congrats all round. GWN is looking forward to hearing new LotL sometime soon.

* It’s the 30th anniversary of the release of MICHELLE WRIGHT‘s hit “Take It Like A Man.” And with the release of her new album Milestone, she has includes a re-recording of “Take It Like A Man.” YOUTUBE // SPOTIFY

* It’s the 20th anniversary of BIG SUGAR‘s Heated album, and to celebrate they’ve released a newly remastered coloured vinyl LP and CD that includes four previously unreleased bonus tracks on top of the hits “The Scene” and “Turn The Lights Off.”

* Back by popular demand is EMM GRYNER‘s songbook The Complete Emm Gryner Songbook: 12 Songs For Piano” available as an e-book/print-at-home. Available now at

* The Longest Suicide is the new authorized biography of Vancouver punk pioneer ART BERGMANN written by Jason Schneider on Anvil Press.

* Breakout Nigerian/Canadian Rapper BANGGZ has delivered his newest single entitled “what a day” from the audio series ‘TTYL.’ YOUTUBE // SPOTIFY

*THE MIDNIGHT SPARROWS have released their sophomore album Born In the City and the lead-off single is “Butterfly Wings” – a song that Midnight Sparrows’ founder, Blair Bellerose, wrote to honour his mother, an Indigenous elder and residential school survivor who passed away last year at the age of 87. YOUTUBE // SPOTIFY

* Singer Finny McConnell snuck a new THE MAHONES album out on True North Records while we weren’t looking. Jameson Street sees the Canadian Celtic punks in fine form. The first single is “Last Call At the Bar.” YOUTUBE // SPOTIFY

* Before Ontario-based artist, HARLEY OLIVIA embarked on a solo career, her efforts intertwined with several heavy-metal and punk bands. Harley performed in crowd-pleasing acts filled with clowns, confetti, and anything else commonly found in a pop-up circus tent. But while she was leading audiences in balloon sword battles, she leaned into her fascination for a solo project and “Diggin’” is the result. YOUTUBE // SPOTIFY

* After vowing to give up drinking in his last single “Alarm Bells,” Alliston, Ontario’s GRANT BOYER (Golden Gate Graves) returns with something dark and thought-provoking: “De-Evolution.” YOUTUBE // SPOTIFY

* The most hated band in the world, NICKELBACK, continues to defy critics and has released the second track from their upcoming album Get Rollin’ called “Those Days” – another pastiche of nostalgia for the Vancouver rockers. The video is only a week old and has 1.2 million views so far. YOUTUBE // SPOTIFY

* Hamilton’s KYTLY has released the album Detours & Exits featuring members of Afghan Whigs, Jesus And Mary Chain, and Fountains of Wayne after a long hiatus. The first single is, appropriately, “Begin Again.” YOUTUBE // SPOTIFY

* BRYAN ADAMS‘ latest album is So Happy It Hurts, and the album’s new single is “Kick Ass” whose video features an opening monologue by legendary British actor John Cleese (from Monty Python’s Flying Circus). The video also features Pat Steward on drums, Keith Scott on guitar, Sol Walker on bass and Gary Breit on Piano. YOUTUBE // SPOTIFY

* An entity called The Electronic Group Of Seven (EG7) have taken Benjamin Russell and Rob Stuart‘s track “Yell” and given it a series of remixes in the EG7 EP The Yell Remixes. The duo’s debut album arrives January 18, 2023. Here’s the original track by Russell & Stuart. YOUTUBE // SPOTIFY

* Toronto-based Blues Rocker EMILY MAC finds her strength on fiery & sassy new single “Whiskey Like Me” co-written with Jay Stolar (Demi Lovato, Daryl Hall & John Oates). The song features Ben Healey on guitar, Stacey Shopsowitz on bass, and Robert Sibony on drums. It was engineered by Theresa Gemma and produced by Dajaun Martineau (Moist, Big Sugar). YOUTUBE // SPOTIFY

This issue was brought to you by: Songsmith – A Vague Job Description For Someone That’s Never Written A Song.

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Keep up the fight!
Jaimie Vernon, 2022


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 25 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.

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