≠ (aka Does Not Equal)
Da Grassroots
Da Slyme
Dabsters, Les
Dahlquist, Patricia
Dahms, Gail
Daigle, Ted
Dakus, Wes
Dal Bello, Lisa
Dalcos, Les
Dalrymple, Bob
Dalton Boys, The
Dalton, Dan
Dalton, Jack
Damn Truth, The
Damron, Dick
Danckert, Michael
Dandi Wind
Dandys, Les
Dangerously Americanized Canadians
Danko Jones
Danko, Rick
Danko, Terry
Danna, Mychael
D’Arcy, Dominic
Darkstar (1)
Darkstar (2)
Darnels, The
Darow, Mike
Dauvin, Pinky
David, Robert
Davies, Bob
Davis, Duane
Davis, Morgan
Davis, Stu
Dawn Before Descent
Dawson City
Day In Paris, A
Dayglo(w) Abortions
de Keyzer, Jack
Dead Tired
Deadbeat Honeymooners
Dean, Paul
Dears, The
Death From Above 1979
Death of Gods
Death Sentence
DeBolt, Daisy
Deck Chairs
De Cloxx
Dee & the Yeomen
Deep End
Deep Sea Gypsies
Deep Six
Def-Ayds, The
DeFranco Family
Deja Voodoo
Déjà Vu
del Junco, Carlos
Delfania, Cynthia
Del-Hir, Les
Delinquants, Les
Delorme, Gaye
Delta Tango
Demics, The
Demi-Douzaines, Les
Demolition Dogs
Demontigny, Robert
Denis, Joel
DePaul, Dee
Dervieux, Franck
Descendants Of Tyme, The
Desmond, Trudy
Desperate Minds
Deuces Wild
Devalons, Les
Deverons, The
Dewline, The
Dewey & The Decimals
Diables Noirs, Les
Diamond Brothers
Diamond In The Rough
Diamond, Charlotte
Diamonds, The
Dibble, Scott
Dice, The
Dick N’ The Donuts
Dickens, The
Die Mannequin
Diel, Bill
Differents, Les
Dik Van Dykes
Dilauro, Michael
Dinner Is Ruined, The
Diodes, The
Dion, Celine
Direct Action
Direktive 17
Dirty Shames, The
Dis Band
Discords, The
Dishes, The
Dishrags, The
District (Ouest), Le
Diviners, The
Dixie Rumproast
Dixon, Carl
Dixon, Freddy
Dixon, Glenn
Dixon, Hugh
Doane, Creighton
Doane, J. Chalmers
Doane, Melanie
Dobson, Bonnie
Dobson, Fefe
Dodson, Rich
Dog Eat Dogma
Do Go Good Badlies, The
Dogs Of War
Doherty, Denny
Doiron, Julie
Dole Tinkers
Don Vail
Donath, Emeric
Done On Bradstreet
Donna Lynn
Donovan, Lynne Taylor
Doppler Bros.
Dorian Gray
Dorians, The
Dormouse, Jeremy W.
Double Dare
Double Think
Doucet, Luke
Doucette, Jerry
Doug and the Slugs
Douglas, Johnny
Dow, Bobby
Dowd, Stephen
Down Syndrome
Down With Webster
Downchild Blues Band
Doyens, Les
Doyle, Damhnait
Dr. Music
Dr. Possibility
Draper, Terry
Drastic Measures
Dream Dates, The
Dream Warriors
dropped at birth
Drop Top Alibi
Drums Along The Gardiner
Dry Heaves
Dry Heeves
Dub Rifles
Dublin Corporation
Dubois, Claude
Du-Cats, The
Ducharme, Annette
Dudes, The (1)
Dudes, The (2)
Dufresne, Diane
Dukes, The
Dundrells, The
Durand, Catherine
Durango 95
Durst, Bill
Dusty Road
DWB [aka Dog Won’t Bite]
Dybold, Jimmy


Compilation Tracks
“Emotion 9” on ‘Primitive Air-Raid’ (Psyche Industry) MPAS-01

Joey “Shithead” Keithley
(vocals, guitar, bass) / Randy Rampage [aka Randy Archibald]  (bass, guitar, vocals) / Chuck Biscuits [aka Charles Montgomery]  (drums; 1978-1982) / Harry Homo (vocals; 1978) / Dave Gregg (guitar, keyboards; 1980-1988) / Stubby Pecker [aka Simon Wilde] (bass;1980) / Zippy Pinhead (drums;1980) / Andy Graffiti (drums, 1980) / Dimwit [aka Ken Montgomery] (bass, drums; 1982-1983, 1984-1986) / Wimpy Roy [aka Brian Roy Goble] (bass; 1982-1996) / Greg James (drums; 1983-1984) / Kerr Belliveau (1986) / Jon Card (drums; 1986-1990) / Chris Prohom (guitar;1988-90) / Ken Jensen (drums; 1992-1995) / Ford Pier (guitar, keyboards; 1994-1996)  / John Wright (drums; 1995) / Brien O’Brien (drums, percussion, vocals; 1995-1998), / Wycliffe (bass;1997) / Kuba Ohms (bass; 1998-2003 except 2001) / The Great Baldini [aka Jan Rodgerson] (drums, vocals; 1999-2008) / Dan Yaremko (bass; 2003) / James Haydon (drums; 2008) / Floor Tom Jones (drums; 2008-2010) /  Jesse Pinner (drums; 2010)
Formed in Vancouver on February 11, 1978, D.O.A. have managed to be the longest reigning punk act in Canada. After making their debut with the ‘Triumph of the Ignoroids’ EP in 1979, the ‘Something Better Change’ (1980) and ‘Hardcore ’81’ (1981) albums established D.O.A.’s dynamic formula of fast, rousing political. The ‘War on 45’ EP won the group new converts in Europe, before they moved to The Dead Kennedys’ label Alternative Tentacles. By this time the personnel had shuffled, with Dave Gregg now on guitar, Gregg James on drums and Brian Goble on bass joining Keithley. After the career anthology ‘Bloodied but Unbowed’ (1984), 1985’s ‘Let’s Wreck The Party’ caught them at a peak, both in popularity and form. Arguably the hardest touring hardcore band in the world went on the road for the 174th time in 1986 across Canada. They played a sold out show at the Edge in Vancouver and a surprise visit by Randy Bachman for a duet on D.O.A.’s “Takin’ Care of Business” remake. Also that year they helped secure a 5 year deal from Profile Records. ‘True (North) Strong And Free’ (1987) was almost as good, and royalties from songs such as “Ready To Explode” were donated to the ANC. Topics broached included the domestic growth of fascism (“Nazi Training Camp”) and Canada’s cultural domination by the USA (“51st State”). Long-standing guitarist Dave Gregg made way for Chris Prohom on ‘Last Scream of the Missing Neighbors’ (1988) – which was a collaboration with Jello Biafra – and on ‘Murder’ (1990). ‘Talk – Action = Zero’ (1991) brought D.O.A. back into the limelight as did their major label outing of 1993’s ‘The 13 Flavours of Doom’. John Wright (No Means No) drummed for the band following Ken Jensen’s death in 1995. After Wright played drums on ‘The Black Spot’,’ the drums went to Brian O’Brien, and then to The Great Baldini. Chuck Biscuits has been hardcore’s best-known drummer and would subsequently work with the Circle Jerks, Black Flag and Danzig; Ken Jensen died in a house fire January 29, 1995; Dave Gregg died of a heart attack March 30, 2014; Randy Rampage died August 14, 2018. with notes from Robert Gutman.

1978 Disco Sucks [4 song EP] (Sudden Death)  SD-001
1978 The Prisoner/13 (Quintessence) QS-102
1979 Disco Sucks [4 song EP] [re-issue] (Quintessence) QEP-002
1979 World War III/Watcha Gonna Do (Sudden Death/Quintessence] QD-206
1981 Positively DOA [5 song EP] (Alternative Tentacles/Virus 7 – UK) VIRUS-7
1983 Right To Be Wild [2 song 7″] [Ltd. Edition benefit for The Vancouver 5]
1983 General Strike/That’s Life (Sudden Death)  SD-004
1984 The John Peel Sessions: Don’t Turn Yer Back (On Desperate Times) [EP] (Alternative Tentacles)
1986 Expo Hurts Everyone [“Billy And The Socreds” D.O.A/split w/RHYTHM ACTIVISM] (Alternative Tentacles)
1987 Ready to Explode/Ready To Explode (Profile – US) PRO-7144-DJ
1991 Communication Breakdown//LA Woman/Won’t Get Fooled Again [promo single w/’Greatest Shits’ LP] (QQRYQ Productions – Poland) QQP-019SP
1995 Ken Jensen Memorial Single [“Knots”, “Overtime” by D.O.A./split w/RED TIDE] (Alternative Tentacles)  VIRUS-161
1995 Marijuana Motherfucker/“Order//[split w/SHOWBUSINESS GIANTS] (Essential Noise) VER-103
1998 World Falls Apart/Used to be Revolution//[split w/d.b.s.] (eMpTy – EU)  MT-424

1979 Triumph of the Ignoroids [4 song 12″] (Friends)  FR-001
1980 Triumph of  the Ignoroids [4 song 12″ – CENSORED] (Friends) FR-001
1980 Something Better Change (Friends/Black Band)  FR-003
1981 Hardcore ’81 (Friends) FR-010
1983 War On 45 (Fringe Product) FPE-3006
1983 War On 45 [alt. track listing] (Alternative Tentacles/Virus – UK) VIRUS-24
1983 Bloodied But Unbowed [alt. track listing] (Alternative Tentacles/Virus – UK) 31
1984 Don’t Turn Yer Back On Desperate Times [4 song 12″] (Alternative Tentacles/Virus – UK) VIRUS-42
1985 Let’s Wreck the Party (Justin Time) JTB-840
1987 True (North), Strong And Free (Profile – US) PRO-1228
1988 Last Scream of the Missing Neighbors [w/Jello Biafra] (Alternative Tentacles/Virus – US) 78
1990 Murder (Restless/Roadrunner – US) LS-9413
1991 Talk – Action = Zero (Restless/Roadrunner – US) 7-72506
1991 Talk – Action = Zero (Live) (Roadrunner – Holland) LS-9251-1
1991 Greatest Shits (QQRYQ Productions – Poland)
1992 Bloodied But Unbowed/War On 45 [re-issue] (Restless/Roadrunner) LS-9185-1
1992 The Dawning of a New Error (Alternative Tentacles – UK) VIRUS-106
1993 The 13 Flavours of Doom (Alternative Tentacles/Virus – US) VIRUS-117
1993 Moose Droppings (Timberyard) DJ-69
1994 Loggerheads (Alternative Tentacles) VIRUS-130
1995 The Black Spot (Essential Noise) 835299
1998 The Lost Tapes (Sudden Death) SDR-0001
1998 Festival of Atheists (Sudden Death) SD-002
2001 Just Play It Over and Over
2002 Win The Battle (Sudden Death) SDR-0048
2003 War and Peace: D.O.A. 25th Anniversary Anthology (Sudden Death) SDR-0051
2003 Live Free or Die (Sudden Death) SDR-0056
2007 Live In San Francisco (2B1) TBO-2219-2
2007 Punk Rock Singles (Sudden Death) SDR-0073
2008 Northern Avenger (Sudden Death)
2009 Kings of Punk, Hockey and Beer (Sudden Death) SDR-0085
2010 Talk – Action = Zero [re-issue] (Sudden Death) SDR-0088
2012 We Come In Peace (Sudden Death) SDR-0099
2013 Welcome To Chinatown: D.O.A. Live (Sudden Death) SDR-100
2013 To Hell N’ Back CD/DVD (MVD Visual/South Death) MVD-6191D
2015 Hard Rain Falling (Sudden Death) SDR-0110
2018 Fight Back (Sudden Death) SDR-0121
2020 Treason (Sudden Death) SDR-0124

Compilation Tracks
“Kill Kill This Pop”, “I Hate You” on ‘Vancouver Complication’ (Pinned) PIN-79330001
1981 “The Prisoner” on ‘Let Them Eat Jellybeans’ (Alternative Tentacles – US) VIRUS-4
1984 “America the Beautiful” on ‘P.E.A.C.E./War’
(R Radical) R.R.R-1984
1984 “Tits On the Beach” on ‘Something To Believe In’ (B.Y.O.) BYO-004
2001 “Motorbreath” on ‘A Punk Tribute to Metallica’ (Cleopatra – US) CLP-0992
2011 “I Hate You,” “To Hell And Back,” “Disco Sucks,” “The Prisoner,” “Fuck You,” and “Fucked Up Ronnie” on ‘The Vagabond Sessions” (Sudden Death/Portnow Intertainment/1332) PIG-025

Mr. Attic / Mr. Murray / Swiff

Da Grassroots are a Canadian hip-hop production team from Toronto, Ontario, who contributed to the early development of the Toronto hip hop scene. They produced material throughout the 1990s by Ghetto Concept (including their 1993 JUNO Award winning album ‘Certified’ and 1995 JUNO Award winning album ‘E-Z on the Motion’), Demien X, and Red Life. In 1995 they ventured into releasing their own single, “Drama”, featuring Elemental. In 1999 they produced an entire Da Grassroots album entitled “Passage Through Time’ which spawned three singles – “Price of Living”, “Thematic” and “Body Language” featuring Choclair and Saukrates. Following the success of the album the individual members branched out and began solo projects and other collaborative efforts. Mr. Attic co-founded Choice Cut Records, Mr. Murray produced for LAL, and Swiff produced for artists on Da Grassroots’ own label.

Drama [w/ELEMENTAL]/Living Underwater [5-song 12″] (Black Employed) BER-53891
1999 Price of Livin’ [w/MR.ROAM]/Last Days [6-song 12″] (Black Employed/Conception – US) CON-016
1999 Thematics [w/ARCEE]/Price Of Livin’ [6-song 12″] (Black Employed/Conception – US) CON-017
2000 Body Language [w/CHOCLAIR & SAUKRATES]/Postal Work (Black Employed/Conception – US) CON-020
2017 Drama/Dramapella [7″] (Chuku) CHUKU-0003

Passage Through Time (Black Employed/Conception – US) CON-018

Dead Beat (drums) / Goohaw Groon (keyboards) / No Moniker (sax, bass)  / Roscoe Santiago (vocals, harmonica)  / Snotty Slyme (vocals, jawbone d’ass) / Kirt Sic-o-via (lead guitar, bass) / Stig Stiletto (bass, guitar) / Pasquali Neutron (occasional vocals, writing)
Da Slyme is Newfoundland’s first punk band.  Formed in December 1977 at Memorial University of Newfoundland under ever changing names like The Piss-Eyed Sleazoids, The Assholes, Bagelmania, The Bagels, The Blushing Sleazoid Lizards, they finally chose Tooloose and Da Slyme (and later just Da Slyme), the band played around St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada, for a number of years. In 1980, Da Slyme released their self-titled debut double album by a Canadian punk band. It featured live and studio material recorded throughout 1978-79. After the records were pressed the band ran out of money to complete the project so it packaged the vinyl in remaindered album jackets from other artists (that it bought for $0.25 each), and spray painted Da Slyme over the front covers. When work and travel commitments spread the members across North America they took a hiatus. In 1989 Da Slyme returned for a memorable reunion, The Skeletons out of the Closet Tour in Newfoundland. In 2000, Da Slyme released its first CD, ‘The 20 Year Scam’. The song “Crazy Glue” was featured on the 2005 release ‘Punk History Canada Presents: Only in Canada, Eh!’. The band has never folded and when circumstances allow, the members get together to continue what is their life project. with notes from Peter S. Morris.

1980 Da Slyme (Loo Enterprises)
2000 The 20 Year Scam (Loo Enterprises)

Compilation Tracks
“My Only Concern Is”, “Kickin’ Til I Die”,  “I’m A Piss-eyed Sleazoid” and “One Chord Punk Rock Song” on ‘Smash the State – A Compilation of Canadian Punk Rock, 1978-82 Volume Three’ (No Exit) 004
2005 “Crazy Glue” on ‘Punk History Canada Presents: Only in Canada, Eh! (1977-1981) Volume One (PHC) CD-0101

Norman Beaudet
(vocals) / Denis Beaudet (lead guitar) / Michael Roy (guitar) / John Smith (bass) / Cody Normand (drums) / Vioto Dioro (lead guitar; replaced Denis Beaudet) / Jacques Asselin (bass; replaced Smith) / Norman Boudreau (drums; replaced Normand)Formed in 1966 in the Montréal districts of Verdun and Saint-Henri, Les Dabsters began performing at local dance halls.  They soon signed with Passe-Temps Records and released their debut single, “J’en Ai Assez”, that same year. The record allowed them to appear on several Quebéc TV shows. In 1967 the switched to the Sonore label for the “La liberté” single. Tragically, Denis Beaudet died in 1968 and was replaced by Dioro. Smith and Normand would eventually leave and be replaced by Asselin and Boudreau. The band dissolved in late 1968.

J’en ai assez/Tu le sais bien (Passe-Temps) PST-906
1967 La liberté/Oh non oh non (Sonore) S-8002

Danny Clout
(bass) / Frank Ross (guitar, vocal) / Gil Heynemann (drums) / Syd Brophy (guitar)
A Montréal, Quebéc metal act that formed in 1982 as Hell’s Dagger who were signed to Attic Records’ imprint label Viper Records in 1985.

Give ‘em What They Want [cassette] (independent)
Not Afraid of the Night (Viper/Attic) VPR-114
1986 Metal Rebels (independent)

Compilation Tracks
“Give ‘em What They Want” on ‘Moose Molten Metal – Volume 1’ (Capitol) SQ-6520

Born: Nelson, British Columbia
Patricia Dahlquist studied Theatre and Education at University of British Columbia for five years, ballet for nine years, violin for ten years, singing for twelve years and has been singing professionally for thirty-five years. She was in her Master’s program in Theatre when she decided to go professional. Dahlquist traveled with Hagood Hardy and The Montage in 1970/71, including an appearance in New York City’s Playboy Club and the National Arts Centre as a warm-up act for Carmen MacCrae. After hearing her voice on a television ad for the YWCA in 1975, Columbia Records A & R man Bob Gallo signed Dahlquist. She recorded disco songs for Columbia Records and Epic which were released as part of the ‘This is Patricia Dahlquist’ album in 1975. She also released a self-titled adult contemporary album for Radio Canada in 1982. From there she has sang in show rooms with her sisters in a group called The Frames of Mind, sung with players from the Toronto Symphony and the Boss Brass, worked with Jimmy Dale, musical director of the Sonny and Cher show, worked as a warm-up act for Gino Vannelli’s cross-Canada tour, appeared in a concert with Larry Gatlin at the Canadian National Exhibition in Toronto, appeared on stage at Ontario Place between sets at the Prince Hotel in Toronto, and appeared in a show written for performances at the Imperial Room at the Royal York Hotel. Dahlquist studied directing and since that time has spent many years directing musical revues, teaching scene study and acting-on-camera. Her film credits include ‘The Commish’, two episodes of ‘The X-Files’, ‘Outer Limits’, ‘Super Dave’s All Stars’, Shari Lewis’ ‘Musical Pizza’, ‘Cold Squad’, and ‘First Wave’ among others.  From her training at UBC she has extensive stage experience and, since 1982, has been producing and teaching her own ‘Stepping Out Performance Class’ in Toronto, Vancouver and the Yukon. with notes from Patricia Dahlquist.

1975 Keep Our Love Alive/Broken Hearted and Free (Columbia/CBS) C4-4095
1975 Mr. Fascination/Bang A Boomerang (Columbia/CBS) C4-4105
1976 I Just Want To Keep It Together (Columbia/CBS) C4-4133
1977 Nothing But Heartaches/Simple Man (Columbia/CBS) C4-4167
1978 Give Me More/Freedom Is Today (Epic/CBS) E4-8304


1975 This Is Patricia Dahlquist (Epic) KE-33937
1982 Patricia Dahlquist (Radio Canada) RCI-516

Compilation Tracks
“Keep Our Love Alive” on ‘Music Express’ (K-Tel) TC-228

Born: June 27, 1957 in Kitchener, Ontario
Singer Gail Dahms (now Dahms-Bonine) from Kitchener, Ontario was an actress working in theatre — including the French language version of South Pacific — and television work. She became instantly recognizable as the Marilyn Monroe-like character in the Smiles & Chuckles Turtles chocolate commercial who dances with turtles in formal wear and sings the line “Oooo, I love Turtles”. David Lodge, of Major Hooples Boarding House, brought her to the attention of Axe Records and signed her to a 5 year recording contract with the label. Label owner/producer Greg Hambleton produced two singles for her: “Can’t We Somehow” and “Rescue Me” which both charted on the RPM Top100 singles charts in 1976. However, her recording career was short lived and she continued in acting. Her on-screen roles include ‘The Silent Partner’ (1978), ‘Stone Cold Dead’ (1979), ‘Killing ’em Softly’ (1982), the made-for-TV film ‘984: Prisoner Of The Future’ (1982), and the television shows ‘In Good Company’ (1975) and ‘Flappers’ (1979-1981). She was also the singing coach in the 1994 big-screen version of  ‘The Little Rascals’. It is believed that she has been the Worship Pastor at First Baptist Church of Boise, Idaho since 2002.

1976 Can’t We Somehow Get Us Back Together/I May Never See You Again (Axe) AXE-31
1976 This Song Reminds Me Of You/Here It Comes Again (Axe) AXE-35
1976 Rescue Me/If I Fell (Axe) AXE-38

Born: January 16,1937 in Jacquet River, New Brunswick

Daigle began his career on radio station CKBC in Bathurst in 1956. Daigle was a proficient singer and guitarist and it was at the station’s studios that his very first recording session took place. He took those recordings around to record labels and was signed to Rodeo Records in 1958. As his touring act, Daigle would work with Bathurst, Nova Scotia band The Tremolos featuring Gilbert Glazier (lead guitar), Arthur Chiasson (drums), Léo Chiasson (bass), and Raymond Picot (organ) who would also record several singles on Rodeo. Following this, he formed Ted Daigle & His Westerners while he was doing a radio show in the Maritimes. They recorded two albums for Masterseal Records. By the mid 1960s he brought guitarist Gil Glazier with him and formed Ted Daigle And The Minutemen also featuring Byron Stever (drums), Joe Pino (bass), Neil Flanz (guitar) and Paul Rudachuk (bass). Their first album ‘Twelve Million Memories’ on Excellent Records led to a licensing deal with RCA Victor. In 1972, he founded the first full-time country radio station in Ottawa – CKBY-FM. Daigle was inducted into the Ottawa Valley Country Music Hall of Fame in 1988.

1959 Y
oung & Beautiful/Bitter Tears (Rodeo) 45-RO.211
1960 I Saw A Man/Supper Time (Rodeo International) 45-RO.258
1963 When Today Is A Long Time Ago/Tennessee (London) M-17308
1967 I Forgot To Remember To Forget/Walk On By (Excellent) E-5002
1967 Labrador Retriever/Not Enough To Go Around (RCA Victor) 57-3440
1975 Lawley Rae/How Much Time Does It Take (Broadland) BR-2120X
1976 Before You Leave Today/I Couldn’t Be Me Without You (Broadland) BR-2191X
1978 Being Satisfied/Face In The Mirror (Broadland) BR-2264X

Mary Lou/No One Else (Rodeo) 45-RO.219
1960 I Miss You/In A World Of Our Own (Rodeo) 45-RO.238
1960 New Baby For Christmas/Blue Christmas (Rodeo) 45-RO.239

Ruby/Yo’ All (Rodeo International) RO.267

What Comes Next/Tomorrow (Sparton) P-1438

Teenage Time With Ted Daigle (Collector – NETHERLANDS) CLCD-4459

Remember Me? (Masterseal) MS-159
1962 It’s Me T.D. (Masterseal) MS-160

Twelve Million Memories (Excellent) EX-104
1969 Tennessee (London) EB-71

Bottoms Up (London) EB-92

Hank’s Centennial Travels (Excellent) ESP-110

Wes Dakus was a renowned Edmonton, Alberta musician who led several instrumental and British Invasion-styled bands throughout the ’60s and had a lengthy solo career. Wes Dakus & the Club 93 Rebels formed in 1958 and often interchanged personnel with Edmonton’s Nomads. They were signed to Quality Records in 1959 and released “Pink Canary” in November that year. Touring as the backing act for several other prominent artists, including Buddy Knox, which established the band as seasoned professionals allowing them to record material as Wes Dakus & The Rebels with famed producer Norm Petty (Buddy Holly & The Crickets, The Fireballs) starting in 1962. Later sessions in 1964 also produced recordings for Dakus himself and erstwhile member Barry Allen’s side project as a solo artist. There were also singles released under the name The Dundeeville Players featuring guitarist George Tomsco and Violet Petty (producer Norman Petty’s wife). In 1965 ‘The Wes Dakus Album – With The Rebels’ was released on Capitol and spawned several singles including “Hobo” and “Come On Down”. In 1966 a second album was issued on KAPP in the US as “Wes Dakus’s Rebels”. In Canada the album was not released but split into several individual singles as solo recordings for the bands’ various members including Wes Dakus, Stu Mitchell, Barry Allen and Dennis Paul. RPM Magazine voted Wes Dakus & The Rebels Canada’s ‘Top Instrumental Group’ in 1964 and 1965. Dakus opened a recording studio in the 1970s called Sundown Recorders; Dakus succumbed to a brain tumour on August 18, 2013. with notes from Shawn Nagy, Gord Baker, Eric Brand, Norm Bright.

1964 Pedro’s Pad/Sidewinder (Quality) 1631X
1964 Las Vegas Scene/Sour Biscuits (Quality) 1660X
1965 Hoochi Coochi Coo/Feel Good (Capitol) 72305
1966 She Ain’t No Angel/Snooper (Capitol) 72350
1966 We’ve Got A Groovy Thing Going/Bach’s Back (Capitol) 72396
1967 Mama’s Boy/Midnight Hour (Capitol) 72442
1967 Shotgun/Lobo, The Ferocious Dog (Capitol) 72457

1959 Pink Canary/Road Block (Quality) 1982X
1960 Taboo/Remind Me (Quality) 1023X
El Ringo/Creepy (Quality) 1250X
1962 Cavalier Twist/Walk Down (Quality) 1408X

1964 Wheels/Woodpecker (DOT) 16744
1964 Replica/Sunday (DOT) 16787

1965 Hobo/Rolling Back (Capitol) 72213
1965 Come On Down/Honeybun (Capitol) 72259
1967 Manipulator/Come On In (Capitol) 72484

1968 Organized/The Chaser (Capitol) 72532

1968 Casting My Spell/Mission Bell (Artone – NL) RM-25-777

1965 The Wes Dakus Album – With The Rebels (Capitol) T-6120
1966 Wes Dakus’s Rebels (Kapp) KS-3536
2006 Wes Dakus & The Rebels – Volume 1 (Super Oldies) SOCD-3
2007 Wes Dakus & The Rebels – Volume 2 (Super Oldies) SOCD-5
2012 Wes Dakus & The Rebels – Volume 3 (Super Oldies) SOCD-12

Born: 1958 in Woodbridge, Ontario
Dalbello, originally from Woodbridge, Ontario, began her professional career at the age of 13 touring Ontario with the “Summer Sounds ’71” revue. After appearing in commercials and on CBC-TV’s ‘Singalong Jubilee’, ‘Keith Hampshire’s Music Machine’, and ‘The Bobby Vinton Show’, she secured a contract with MCA. She released her first album of dance styled pop songs, ‘Lisa Dal Bello’, in 1977 which won her a Most Promising Female Vocalist JUNO. ‘Pretty Girls’ (1978) followed with a Best New Female Vocalist JUNO as well. ‘Drastic Measures’ came in 1981 at which time she took a break from recording and instead focused on her poetry and attending York University. During this period former David Bowie guitarist Mike Ronson saw a CBC-TV documentary on her and convinced her to get back into recording. In 1984, they co-produced the album “Whomanfoursays”, at which time she change her professional name to Dalbello. With this, she made the transformation complete by redefining her appearance and her sound — burying the disco queen and introducing the avant garde artiste. Ronson and Dalbello continued working together to record a second album, but Ronson’s ongoing feud with Dalbello’s label caused him to pull out. Instead, Dalbello continued working on her own at her new home in England, and released the album “She” in 1987 after nearly a year’s delay. Dalbello soon parted with her manager, Roger Davies, and Capitol Records. With Capitol Records out of the picture, Ronson and Dalbello began working together again in 1991. Ronson was enthusiastic enough with Dalbello’s cutting edge material he wanted to play guitar for her in a Scandinavian club tour scheduled for November ’91. However, due to Ronson’s ongoing poor health, the tour was pushed back to April 1992. His health continued to slide forcing the tour to be cancelled and recording post-poned. Ronson would eventually succumb to cancer April 29, 1993. Dalbello seemingly disappeared for good but what she was doing was working with her brother Stefano to record 1997’s “whore” in Toronto. She kissed and made up with manager Roger Davies and re-signed with EMI. During these serious recording periods, Dalbello blew off steam writing and recording material for dozens of other artists  including Maxus, Julie Masse, Dan Lucas, Sheree Jeacocke, Nena, Patti Labelle, Heart, Helix, Helen Arnesen, Maria Gundersen. She also did radio and TV jingles and provided the voice of ‘Monster of the Day’ in the TV cartoon ‘Sailor Moon’.  with notes from Will Jackson and Dale Primonato.

1977 Don’t Wanna Stand In Your Way/Day Dream
1978 Still In Love/Hollywood (Talisman) TAL-101
1978 Pretty Girls/Dreams Are For Lovers (Talisman) TALI-UF-NV-5
1981 Never Get To Heaven/Dr. Noble (Capitol-EMI) 72853
1981 Just Like You/What Your Mama Don’t Know (Capitol-EMI) 72868
1981 She Wants To Know/Bad Timing (Capitol-EMI) 5006

1984 Gonna Get Close To You/Guilty By Association (Capitol-EMI) 72942
1984 L’il Boy and Heavy Boots [12″]
1984 Animal/Target (Capitol) B72954
1984 Animal/Animal (extended mix)/Cardinal Sin [12″] (Capitol)
1984 Animal(Jungle Mix) (7:30)/Animal (Tribal Mix) (5:38)/Animal (Dub Mix) (7:16) [12″] (Capitol – US) SPRO-9286/87
1987 Black On Black [12″]
1987 Baby Doll [12″]
1987 Tango (LP version)/Why Stand Alone (Capitol-EMI) B-73074
1987 Tango (Dance Mix)/Tango (7″ Mix)/Tango (Dub Mix) [12″] (Capitol)
1987 Talk To Me/Imagination (Capitol-EMI) B-73083
1995 eLeVeN/whore/whore (remix) (EMI Electrola – Holland)
1995 eLeVeN (Edit)/Whore (4:16)/Whore (Remix) (4:40) [CD] (EMI Electrola – Holland)

1977 Lisa Dal Bello (MCA) MCA-2249
1979 Pretty Girls (Talisman) TALI-1000
1981 Drastic Measures (Capitol) ST-12140

1984 Whomanfoursays (Capitol) C2-48991
1987 She (Capitol) C2-48286
1995 Whore (EMI) 37985

Compilation Tracks
“Pretty Girls” on ‘Superstars Salute New Massey Hall’ (CBS/CRIA) CRIA-2
1985 “Got To Get Close To You” on ‘Chartbusters’ (Quality) QRSP-1010
1987 “Black On Black (alternate version)” on ‘9 1/2 Week’s Soundtrack’

Sheila Carabine
(guitar, vocals) / Amanda Walther (guitar, vocals)
Carabine and Walther met at Mary Ward Catholic Secondary School in Scarborough, Ontario at band practice in 2002. When school adjourned, they formed an acoustic duo called Dala. The caught the attention of Big Bold Sun Music and were signed to a five-year development deal in November 2003. While the continued with their schooling the girls wrote original material, performed mostly during the summer breaks and would finally release their debut album, ‘This Moment Is A Flash’ in April 2005. In August 2005, Dala were signed to Universal Music and their debut album, entitled ‘Angels & Thieves’, followed in November. Dala spent the next year touring the record with Jann Arden and leading up to an opening slot on Tom Cochrane & Red Rider’s 2007 Canadian tour. They headed back into the studio in early spring and released their sophomore album, ‘Who Do You Think You Are.’ in August 2007. “Anywhere Under the Moon” was the first single and the video was quickly added to MuchMoreMusic’s video rotation. They headed back out on the road opening for The Matthew Good Band which wrapped up in November 2007 in Ontario. In 2008, Dala accompanied CBC Radio host of ‘Vinyl Cafe’, Stuart McLean, on three separate cross-Canada jaunts. 2009 saw the release of album number four entitled ‘Everyone Is Someone’. The first single was “Levi Blues” that did well enough at radio to garner them a nomination in the ‘Mainstream Adult Contemporary category’ at the 2010 Canadian Radio Music Awards. The duo was a surprise hit at the 50th Anniversary Newport Folk Festival in 2009. In February 2010, Dala, The Good Lovelies and Oh Susanna taped a performance for PBS stateside entitled ‘Girls from the North Country’. The performance of mostly cover tunes was aired in June 2010 and was subsequently released on CD by Lenz Entertainment.

Anywhere Under the Moon (Universal)
2009 Levi Blues (Universal)

Facsimile [DigiFile]

This Moment Is a Flash (Big Bold Sun) BBS-001
2005 Angels and Thieves (Universal) 0249886693
2007 Who Do You Think You Are. (Universal) 0251741144
2009 Everyone is Someone (Campus/Universal) 001
2010 Girls from the North Country – Live (Campus/Lenz) 7 66397 45582 2
2012 Best Day (Campus) 7-4582-2

Compilation Tracks
“Ohio (Medley)” on ‘Borrowed Tunes II: A Tribute to Neil Young (Universal)
2008 “A Man Needs A Maid” on ‘Cinnamon Girl – Women Artists Cover Neil Young for Charity’ (American Laundromat – UK) ALR-0012
2009 “Lovesong” on ‘Just Like Heaven: A Tribute to The Cure’ (American Laundromat – UK) ALR-0018
2010 “Dream A Little Dream of Me” on ‘Sing Me to Sleep – Indie Lullabies’ (American Laundromat – UK) ALR-0023

Claude Steben
(vocals) / Réjean Brault (lead guitar) / Jean-Pierre Chapleau (guitar) / Donat Steben (organ)/ Claud Charland (drums) 
Formed in Montréal, Quebéc in 1965. Several line-up changes occurred following the departure of Claude Steben to pursue a solo career. The band released two singles and split up in 1966.

17 Ans/Suzy (Figaro) F-021
1966 Tu ne savais pas/Mon ange blond (Figaro) F-022

Dallas Hansen
From Edmonton, Alberta.

Stage of Life/Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da (RCA/Victor) 75-1015

Born: Robert Kenneth Dalrymple

Singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Bob Dalrymple found early success with California band Human Zoo in 1969. After returning to British Columbia he co-founded the Christian pop trio Revelation from 1971 to 1976. During the Revelation years he also managed to release several of his own solo albums; Dalrymple would also appear on Jim Woodyard’s solo releases and those of Mike Holmes and Maria West.

Songs To Remember… (Master Music) MS-505
1971 Walking The Country Road (Word) WST-8508-LP
1973 How Are You This Morning (Word) WCS-5536

The Human Zoo (Accent) ACS-5055

Dan Dalton / Jack Dalton / Walter “Wally” Dalton
Originally from Erieau, Ontario (south of Chatham), the Dalton Brothers became skilled vocals under the tutelage of their father Walter Dalton (aka Michigan’s Irish Tenor) who also had his own radio show. Jack, Dan, and Wally Dalton formed The Dalton Boys in their teens and gained popularity performing at concerts and playing nightclubs such as Philadelphia’s Latin Quarter, New Orleans’ Playboy Club, and New York’s Bitter End. They released several singles on Coral Records in the US, and appeared on several national TV shows such as ABC’s ‘Hootenanny’, and ‘The Mike Douglas Show.’ When Dan Dalton left the group in 1963 to join his girlfriend (and later wife) Lois Fletcher in Randy Sparks’ New Christy Minstrels farm-group The Back Porch Majority, Jack found a new writing partner in Gary Montgomery. The pair signed with Motown Records’ V.I.P. imprint as The Dalton Boys where they released several more singles that did not perform well effectively ending The Dalton Boys. Jack Dalton and Montgomery moved to the West Coast and became staff writers for White Whale Records, Robbins Fiest and Miller, and also wrote songs for The Turtles, The Outsiders, Spiral Starecase, and April And Nino among others. In 1967 the duo joined the California based pop act Colours. In the 1970s Jack released several solo singles and eventually settled in Detroit where he started a jingle company with Jeffrey Parsons; Dan Dalton would form The Young Canadians with his wife Lois Fletcher as well as perform in Matthew Moore Plus Four before becoming a producer with Matthew Moore. [aka DAN DALTON, JACK DALTON]

I’m Thinkin’/Much More Stronger (Skyla) SK-1124
1963 San Francisco Bay Blues/Billy Don’t Play The Banjo Anymore (Coral) 62353
1963 Silver Dollar/Oh Freedom (Coral) 62387
1965 Can’t Help Myself/Just Keep It Up (Carol) 101
1965 I’ve Been Cheated/Something’s Bothering You (V.I.P.) VIP-25025
1966 Anyone Who Had A Heart/Beggars Parade (Port City) #355
1967 Something You Got/Lover Please (CY) A-0005

Born: Erieau, Ontario

Dan Dalton was born in Erieau which is south of Chatham, Ontario. At a young age Dan joined two of his four brothers – Jack and Wally Dalton to form the Dalton Boys. They gained popularity performing at concerts and playing nightclubs such as Philadelphia’s Latin Quarter, New Orleans’ Playboy Club, and New York’s Bitter End. They released several singles on Coral Records in the US, and appeared on several national TV shows such as ABC’s ‘Hootenanny’, and ‘The Mike Douglas Show.’ Dan Dalton left the group in 1963 to join his girlfriend (and later wife) Lois Fletcher in Randy Sparks’ New Christy Minstrels farm-group The Back Porch Majority. The act was considered one of the “big band” folk music ensembles from the period and performed for Lyndon B. Johnson at the White House in 1965. They were signed to Columbia Records’ imprint Epic Records. Fletcher and Dalton left in 1965 to form their own folk group, The Young Canadians, with American singer-songwriter Daniel Moore. They would release two singles in 1965/1966 before calling it a day. Now living in California, Dan would spend most of his time behind the scenes producing alongside Daniel Moore’s brother, Matthew Moore. This included records by Uncle Bill, Buzz Clifford, The Plymouth Rockers, and solo releases by his wife Lois Fletcher. During this period Dalton was also in the Moore Brothers’ group Matthew Moore Plus Four who released two singles. He did, however, release one solo single in 1973 called “Male Chauvinist Pig” for Capitol Records. [also see THE DALTON BOYS, YOUNG CANADIANS (1)]

Male Chauvinist Pig/What Did You Bring Down The Mississippi (Capitol – US) 3742

Friends/Hand-Me-Down Things (Epic/Columbia) 5-9689
1964 Hey Nelly Nelly/Ol’ Dan Tucker (Epic/Columbia) 5-9754
1964 Jack O’ Diamonds/Smash Flops (Epic/Columbia) 5-9769
1965 Good-time Joe/Ramblin’ Man (Epic/Columbia) 5-9809
1965 Mighty Mississippi/A Song of Hope (Epic/Columbia) 5-9850

I’ve Been Lonely Before/I Know You Girl (GNP Crescendo – US) GNP-343X
1965 Codyne (She’s Real)/You’ve Never Loved Before (White Whale) WW-223

The Back Porch Majority (Epic/Columbia) LN-24123
1965 Live At Ledbetter’s (Epic/Columbia) LN-24134
1965 Randy Sparks Presents: Riverboat Days (Epic/Columbia) LN-24149
2004 The Best of The Back Porch Majority (Collectors’ Choice) 420246

Born: John Patrick Dalton in Erieau, Ontario
Jack Dalton was born in Erieau which is south of Chatham, Ontario. At a young age Dan joined two of his four brothers – Jack and Wally Dalton to form the Dalton Boys. They gained popularity performing at concerts and playing nightclubs such as Philadelphia’s Latin Quarter, New Orleans’ Playboy Club, and New York’s Bitter End. They released several singles on Coral Records in the US, and appeared on several national TV shows such as ABC’s ‘Hootenanny’, and ‘The Mike Douglas Show.’ Dan Dalton left the group in 1963 to join his girlfriend (and later wife) Lois Fletcher in Randy Sparks’ New Christy Minstrels farm-group The Back Porch Majority. Jack Dalton would find a new writing partner in Gary Montgomery. The pair signed with Motown Records’ V.I.P. imprint as The Dalton Boys where they released several more singles that did not perform well effectively ending The Dalton Boys. Jack Dalton and Montgomery moved to the West Coast and became staff writers for White Whale Records, Robbins Fiest and Miller, and also wrote songs for The Turtles, The Outsiders, Spiral Starecase, and April And Nino among others. In 1967 the duo joined the California based pop act Colours. In the 1970s Jack released several solo singles and eventually settled in Detroit where he started a jingle company with songwriter/producer Jeffrey Parsons. [also see THE DALTON BOYS]

Oh, I Cried So/ same (Spoke – US) 24472
1979 If I Hear One More Song About California/Oh, I Cried So (Scotti Bros.) SB-504
1980 I’m On The Phone Again/All You Gotta Do Is Get Me Singing (Spoke – US) TRC-3131

All At Once/Tomorrow’s Women (White Whale) WW-253

Brother Lou’s Love Colony/Lovin’ (Dot) 45-17060
1968 Love Heals/Bad Day At Black Rock, Baby (Dot) 45-17132
1968 Hyannisport Soul (Lost You To The Wind)/Run Away From Here (Dot) 45-17181
1969 God Please Take My Life/Angie (Dot) 45-17280

Colours (Dot) DLP-25854
1969 Atmosphere (Dot) DLP-25935
2008 Love Heals: The Complete Recordings (Now Sounds) CRNOW- 3

Lee-la Baum
(lead vocals, guitar) / Tom Shemer (lead guitar, vocals) / David Massé (bass) / P.Y. Letellier (bass, vocals; replaced Massé) / Dave Traina (drums, vocals)
From Montréal, Québec, the group released a self-titled 4-song EP in 2011 that was co-produced by Jean Massicotte (Lhasa de Sela, Patrick Watson, Alejandra Ribera). Massicotte would also mix the band’s first self-produced album ‘Dear In The Headlights’ in October 2012 which received plenty of radio play from CHOM-FM Rock radio in Montréal. Massicotte would produce the sophomore follow up, ‘Devilish Folk’ in 2014 which spawned the hit single “Get With You.” The band began pre-production on their third album ‘Now Or Nowhere’ in 2019 with six tracks produced by Bob Rock (Metallica, Aerosmith, Mötley Crüe, Bon Jovi, Tragically Hip) at The Warehouse Studio in Vancouver. Unable to finish the album with Rock due to COVID-19 restrictions, the band recorded the remaining three songs in Montreal, with mixing help from Jean Massicotte (Patrick Watson, The Damn Truth), plus Grammy Award winner Vance Powell (Jack White, Chris Stapleton) and Nick DiDia (Bruce Springsteen, Rage Against The Machine). The album exploded in the UK with airplay on BBC2, Planet Rock, and over 60 regional radio stations in addition to extensive press coverage in Classic Rock magazine, and many other UK rock and hard rock publications. The Damn Truth’s work ethic has garnered them almost 2 million streams on Spotify, 60,000 followers on TikTok, and more than 2 million YouTube views. Baum’s voice on the Yves Saint Laurent Mon Paris perfume video ad has been heard internationally and helped to double their fan base. With relentless touring in Canada, Europe and across the United States, The Damn Truth were able to open tours for ZZ Top, The Sheepdogs, Styx, and Rival Sons. The band also sold out the legendary Whisky a Go Go in Los Angeles, and had one of their videos featured on the official Janis Joplin Facebook page. with notes from Ralph Alfonso.

Kinda Awkward [DigiFile]
2012 Yes Sir No Sir [DigiFile]
2013 Kinda Awkward (Acoustic)/Just A Reflection [DigiFile]
2014 Get With You/Trainwreck 7″ (Fineline) 45
2016 Love Is Blindness [DigiFile]
2020 Gimme Shelter [DigiFile]
2021 This Is Who We Are Now [DigiFile]

The Damn Truth [4-song EP] (independent)
2012 Dear In The Headlights (Fineline/Bongo Beat) BB-1595-1
2016 Devilish Folk (Fineline/Warner Music) FLR-1403-02
2021 Now Or Nowhere (Spectra Musique) SPECD-7885

Born: Joseph Glenn Damron in Bentley, Alberta on March 22, 1934
Alberta’s Dick Damron began his career straddling the line between rockabilly with appearances on Red Deer, Alberta’s CKRD Radio show The Musical Round-Up Gang and with the country act known as The Nightriders.  Laurel Records was interested in him as a young songwriter and performer in the late 1950s which led to the release of the 1959 single “Havin’ A Party” b/w “Rockin’ Baby” under the name Dickie Damron. In 1960 he recorded two albums on his own imprint – Holiday Records – and then headed to Nashville where he aligned himself with some of that city’s biggest session players resulting in a distribution deal with Starday Records stateside. With several songs recorded the songs were licensed to Quality Records back in Canada starting in 1960 through 1961.  He was then picked up exclusively in Canada by RCA Canada International where he had his first Canadian #1 hit, “Hitch Hikin'” in 1964. He continued releasing singles with RCA Canada International before moving to Apex in 1970 which saw his next hit “Countryfied” storm the charts. He moved to MCA briefly later that year before going to Columbia for a string of early 1970s singles including “Rise ‘n’ Shine,”The Long Green Line,” ‘Going Home To Country’, “The Locket,” “The Prophet,” and “Bitter Sweet Songs”. Damron was prolific and despite ending his deal with Columbia, was still able to dominate the Canadian Country charts with singles on Marathon, Condor, and Broadland Records. Through this period he toured in the US (with a stop at the Grand Ole Opry in 1972) and Europe which raised his international profile considerably. Finally, Damron found a permanent musical home with RCA Victor in Canada beginning in 1978 as a renowned singer-songwriter in the Outlaw Country musical style. He would stay with RCA through the next decade releasing seven studio albums and several compilations of older material.  In the 1980s he performed at the Wembley International Country Music Festival in London, England. He spent six seasons as the resident artist at Howard Hughes’ Desert Inn in Las Vegas, Nevada (1985 – 1991). Damron had a stroke in 2001 but continued performing on and off between resting at his second home in Mazatlan, Mexico during cold Canadian winters.

1960 That’s What I Call Livin’/Julie (I Love You So) (Quality) 1213X
1960 (I Guess) That’s Life/Black Maria (Quality) 1260X
1961 Little Sandy/Nothin’ Else (Quality) 1319X
1961 The Same Old Thing/Times Like This (Quality) 1374X
1963 Double Trouble/Strangers Again (RCA Victor) 47-8162
1964 Hello Heartaches/Pretty Moon (RCA Victor) 57-3312
1964 Hitch Hikin’/Stop Feelin’ For Yourself (RCA Victor Canada International)
1965 The Cumberland/The Night The Dice Grew Cold (RCA Victor Canada International) 57-3387
1965 The Hard Knocks In Life/A Thing Called Happiness (RCA Victor Canada International) 57-3388
1970 Countryfied/No One Knows It Better Than The Clown (Apex) 77110
1970 Rise ‘N’ Shine/When Our Love Was Young (MCA) MCA-2011
1971 The Long Green Line/Jackson County (Columbia) C4-3043
1971 Going Home To The Country/Walk A Country Mile (Columbia) C4-3078
1971 The Locket/Old Ira Gray (Columbia) C4-3087
1972 The Prophet/All That I Was Living For (Columbia) C4-4007         
1973 Bitter Sweet Songs/Somewhere There’s a Mountain (Columbia) C4-4048
1975 Mother, Love and Country/Backstage Ladies (Marathon) C45-1132
1975 On The Road/Half A Jug Of Wine (Marathon) C45-1143
1975 The Cowboy And The Lady/I Remember Love (Broadland) BR-2141X
1976 Good Ol’ Fashion Memories/Good Ole Fashion Memories (Condor) C-97-124
1976 Waylon’s T-Shirt/North Country Blues (Condor) C-97-133
1977 Susan Flowers/You Can’t Call It Country (Condor) C-97-144
1977 Charing Cross Cowboys/Alberta Skyline (Condor) C-97-156
1977 Susan Flowers/Waylon’s T-Shirt (RPA) RPA-7621
1978 Whiskey Jack/The Only Way To Say Goodbye (RCA Victor) PB-50428
1978 My Good Woman (That Ain’t Right)/California Friends (RCA Victor) PB-50471
1978 Silver and Shine/The Minstrel (RCA Victor) PB-50491
1979 High On You/It Ain’t Easy Goin’ Home (RCA Victor) PB-50518
1979 The Ballad of T.J.’s/Slightly Out Of Tune (RCA Victor) PB-50544
1980 Dollars/All Night Country Party (RCA Victor) PB-50575
1980 If You Need Me Lord/Better Think It Over (RCA Victor) PB-50602
1981 Mid-Nite Flytes/Sweet September (RCA Victor) PB-50624
1981 Reunion/Sundown Lady (The Music Connection) TMC 1001       
1982 Honky Tonk Angels and Good Ole Boys/The Last of the Rodeo Riders (RCA Victor) PB-50670
1982 Good Ol’ Time Country Rock ‘n Roll/The Same Old Songs (RCA Victor) PB-50694
1982 I’m Not Ready For The Blues/Homegrown (RCA Victor) PB-50738
1982 Jesus It’s Me Again/Rollin’ Stone (RCA Victor) Canada PB-5-713
1984 A Little More Country Music/Give It All We’ve Got (RCA Victor) PB-50761
1984 Riding Shotgun/Cozy Inn (RCA Victor) PB-50788
1984 Don’t Touch Him/Tequila Charlie’s (RCA Victor) PB-50799
1985 Last Dance On A Saturday Night/Burnin’ A Hole In My Heart (RCA Victor)
1985 Falling In and Out of Love/Softer Than Satin (RCA Victor) PB-50822
1986 Masquerade/We’ve Almost Got It All (RCA Victor) PB-50864
1986 1955/Ain’t No Love Around (RCA Victor) PB-50895
1987 Hotel Mexico/I’m Not Ready For The Blues (RCA Victor) PB-50913
1987 You’d Still Be Here Today/[same] (RCA Victor) JB-50930
1987 Cinderella and the Gingerbread Man/[same] (RCA Victor) JB-50964
1987 St. Mary’s Angel/[same] (RCA Victor) JB-50997
1987 Here We Are Again/[same] (RCA Victor) JB-51015
1989 The Legend and the Legacy/[same] (RCA Victor) JB-51037
1989 Ain’t No Trains To Nashville/[same] (RCA Victor) JB-51046

1959 Gonna Have A Party/Rockin’ Baby (Laurel) 45-792

1985 Falling In And Out Of Love/Softer Than Satin [DICK DAMRON] (RCA Victor) PB-50822
1985 Rise Against The Wind/Lover (RCA Victor) PB-50833

The Nashville Sound of Dick Damron (Holiday) 1001
Dick Damron Sings Canadiana (Holiday) 1002
Dick Damron (Point) PS-346
1969 Lonesome City (Point) PS-351
1972 Countrified (Harmony) KHE-90216
1975 The Cowboy and the Lady (Broadland) BR-1915
1976 A Thousand Songs of Glory(Record Productions of America) RPA-1015
1976 Soldier of Fortune (Westwood – UK) WRS-099
1977 North Country Skyline (Condor) 977-1474
1978 Lost In the Music (RCA Victor) KKL1-0271
1978 A Thousand Songs of Glory [re-issue] (Westwood – UK) WRS-119
1980 High On You (RCA Victor) KKL1-0334
1980 The Cowboy and the Lady [re-issue] (Westwood – UK) WRS-150
1981 The Best of Dick Damron (RCA Victor) KKL1-0414
1982 Honky Tonk Angel (RCA Victor) KKL1-0446
1984 Last Dance On Saturday Night (RCA Victor) KKL1-0540
1987 Dick Damron (RCA Victor) KZL1-0588
1987 Night Music (RCA Special Products) ST-58068
1989 The Legend and the Legacy (RCA) KKL1-0599
1993 Wings Upon the Wind (ATI) ATI-CD-0393
1995 The Anthology (RCA/BMG) 74321-30362-2
1997 Still Countryfied (Westwood – UK)  WIR-9704D
2005 The Big Picture
2011 More Than Countryfied : The Early Recordings 1959 – 1976 [3CD] (Bear Family – Germany) BCD-16390 CH
2012 Lost In The Music [3CD] (The Recordings Of Dick Damron, 1978-1989) (Bear Family – Germany) BCD-17217-CH

1976 Northwest Rebellion – 12 Original Instrumentals (Westwood – UK) WRS-102

Kim Clark
Champniss (vocals) / Glen Nelson / Ed Shaw
Electronic dance music by Images In Vogue members Nelson and Shaw. The first single, “Naked In the Deep,” features MuchMusic VJ Kim Clarke Champniss doing spoken word over a dance groove. With notes from Kim Clarke Champniss. [also see IMAGES IN VOGUE]

Naked In the Deep (Insomnia)/Heart Of My Songp (Amber) AMB-001
1989 Everyone’s Gone to the Moon/Necessary Illusion (Intrepid) 0905
1997 Ancient Marine [3-song 12”] (Iron Music) 51029-12P

Multi-instrumentalist/singer-songwriter who would become a co-founder of The Spivs. [also see THE SPIVS]

The Things You Said (GD) GDR-1103-2

Compilation Tracks
“Shot Down” on ‘Access: Volume 1’ (Thriftys) ACD-001

Dandi Wind [aka Dandilion Wind Opaine]
(vocals) / Szam Findlay (keyboards)
Dandi Wind was formed in Vancouver, British Columbia in 2003. After several albums the post-industrial duo moved to Montréal but split up in 2009. Opaine went on to form the group Fan Death.

Apotemnophilia/Adolescent (Alt Del – UK) ALT-DEL006
2007 Sleeping Beauty/Belly Cutting (Every Conversation) EVERY-014
2008 Decontaminate (Black Mountain) BMM-013-7

Bait the Traps (BongoBeat) BB-1973-2
2005 Break the Bone and Suck the Marrow From It [12” EP] (Summer Lovers Unlimited) SLUM-001
2006 Nofuncity [EP] (Alt Del – UK) ALT-DEL002
2007 Yoke of the Golden Egg (Stickfigure) SFGR-104026
2007 Concrete Igloo (Dawind) DAWIND-1
2008 Sacrificial (Summer Lovers Unlimited) SLUM-012

Compilation Tracks
“Balloon Factory” on ‘Digital Penetration Volume 1’ (Alt Del) ALT-DEL004

Claire Du Bac
(vocals, bass) / Roger Perreault (guitar) / Ide Kelneck (organ, saxophone) / Bob Morandin (drums)
Formed in Ontario in 1967.

Beaux souvenirs/Pour encore plus aimer (Caravelle) CA-7201
1968 Chaque fois/Amour et marriage (Caravelle) CA-7204

Pierre Bellemare [aka Pierre P. Belmar]
(lead vocals) / Paul Bellemare [aka Polo] (guitars, backing vocals) / Gino Gervais (drums) / Johnny Gervais (guitars, backing vocals)

Transport en commun (l’amour dans l’létro)/Du côté de la demence (Telson) AE-119
1977 Charlie Dog/La balade bentale (Telson) AE-123
1977 Metal Rock/Defonce et fin du monde (Telson) AE-131

Danger (Telson) AE-1509

(vocals) / Jamie (guitars) / Chad (bass) / Jason (drums)
From Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Face Tomorrow [9-song 7″] (Express) EXP-001

Danko Jones
(guitar, vocals) / John Calabrese (bass) / Damon Richardson (drums) / Dan Cornelius (drums; 2005) / Atom Willard (drums; 2011)
Formed in 1996, Danko Jones is both a trio and the name of its lead singer. The group toured extensively for the first two years as a live act opening for acts such as Blonde Redhead, New Bomb Turks and Nashville Pussy. Soon they were getting requests for CDs at shows and finally went into the studio to record a self-titled EP in 1998. A steady regimen of touring and recording resulted in a series of EPs from 1998 through 2000. The ‘My Love is Bold’ EP from 1999 featured the massive Rock Radio hit “Bounce” and led to a JUNO Award nomination in 2000 for ‘Best Alternative Album’. Bad Taste Records signed the act and decided to gather the EPs together into a full-length CD entitled ‘I’m Alive and On Fire’. Danko Jones would head to Europe to promote the release on successive return trips in 2001. The Bill Bell produced full-length album ‘Born a Lion’ followed in 2002. Several European tours and two Canadian tours followed including a return to Roskilde and Hultsfred Festivals as well as appearances at Belgium’s Pukkelpop and The Lowlands Festival in the Netherlands. They also opened the Palais Royale Toronto stop on The Rolling Stones ’40 Licks World Tour’ in August 2002. They garnered them JUNO Awards for ‘Best Rock Album’ and ‘Best Video’ for “Lovercall”. In 2003, Danko Jones worked with producer Matt DeMatteo on the next album ‘We Sweat Blood’. They toured Europe and Japan on the back of the release. The album earned them another 2004JUNO Award nomination for ‘Best Rock Album’. They also took a trip to play Australia and another round of shows in Europe and England (where they played the Reading Festival). Despite the success, Danko Jones was dropped by their distributor, Universal, in Canada. As the band rolled into 2005 they were touring in Europe and South Africa and the United States on the heels of Razor & Tie Records issuing ‘We Sweat Blood’ stateside. Their schedule was so full they moved the release of their next album, ‘Sleep is the Enemy’, to 2006. Following the US tour drummer Richardson left the band and was replaced by Dan Cornelius. In early 2006 Danko Jones signed to Aquarius Records domestically. With the Matt DeMatteo produced ‘Sleep Is the Enemy’ finally released they toured Canada with Nickelback then returned to the US and headlined a club tour in Europe. They would play large festivals in Netherlands, Sweden, Finland and Norway to round out the year. In 2007 frontman Danko Jones appeared on the Annihilator album ‘Metal’. In 2008 the band released the Nick Rasculinecz produced ‘Never Too Loud’ which spawned three singles and a whirlwind of return tour dates in Europe including gigs with Motörhead. Two compilation packages emerged in 2009 – the European only ‘B-Sides’ which yielded two new singles for that market and ‘This Is Danko Jones’ which was a ‘best of’ package assembled by Universal for Canada only. The group played several European festivals including Hungary’s Sziget Festival where they shared a stage with Faith No More and The Offspring. In 2010 the band toured Canada with Guns ‘n Roses and Sebastian Bach. In the spring of that year they toured the US with Clutch. The fifth studio album entitled ‘Below the Belt’ – again produced by Matt DeMatteo – was released in May 2010 and featured the single “Full of Regret”. The video for the song had cameos by Lemmy (of Motörhead), actor Elijah Wood, and actress Selma Blair. The song peaked at No.36 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks chart. The follow-up single was “Had Enough” and featured actor Ralph Macchio in the accompanying video. Drummer Cornelius was replaced by Atom Willard in 2011.

Bounce (Bad Taste) BTR-48
2002 Sound of Love (Bad Taste) BTR-56
2002 Lovercall (Bad Taste) BTR-60
2002 Play the Blues/Fucked Up/Mango Kid (Bad Taste) BTR-69
2002 Dance (Bad Taste) BTR-71
2003 I Want You (Bad Taste) BTR-72
2003 Woogie Boogie/Take Me Out On a Stretcher (Bad Taste) BTR-74
2006 Baby Hates Me (Bad Taste) BTR-95
2006 First Date (Bad Taste) BTR-99
2008 Code of the Road (Bad Taste) BTR-COTR
2008 Take Me Home (Bad Taste)
2008 King of Magazines (Bad Taste)
2009 Sugar High
2009 My Problems (Are Your Problems Now)
2010 Full of Regret (Bad Taste) BTR-135
2010 Active Volcanoes
2010 Had Enough
2011 I Think Bad Thoughts

1998 Danko Jones [EP] (Sonic Unyon) SS-042
1999 Gun Girl [EP]
2000 My Love Is Bold [EP]
2001 I’m Alive and On Fire (Bad Taste) BTR-49
2002 Born a Lion (Bad Taste) BTR-58
2003 We Sweat Blood (Bad Taste) BTR-73
2004 The Magical World of Rock (Bad Taste) BTR-85
2006 Sleep Is the Enemy (Bad Taste) BTR-96
2008 Never Too Loud (Bad Taste) BTR-119
2009 B-sides
2009 This Is Danko Jones (Universal)
2010 Below the Belt (Bad Taste) BTR-136
2011 Mouth to Mouth [10” EP] (no label)
2012 Rock and Roll Is Black and Blue (Bad Taste) BTR-145
2014 Fire Music (New Damage) NDRV-015
2016 Live At Wacken (UDR – Europe) UDR-061
2017 Wild Cat (AFM – Germany) AFM-628
2019 A Rock Supreme (Indica) INDCD-175
2021 Power Trio (Sonic Unyon) SUNCD-1852

Compilation Tracks
‘Code of the Road’ on ‘Saw VI [O.S.T.] (Trust Kill) TK-0128

  Richard Clare Danko on December 29, 1942 in Simcoe, Ontario
Died: December 10, 1999 in Woodstock, New York
Hailing from the tiny rural town of Simcoe, Ontario, Danko was born into a musical family. Both of his parents and his three brothers played and/or sang, and music was a way of life for him from the beginning. He listened to Hank Williams and Sam Cooke as a small child, and was ready to go to Nashville by the age of seven. With his oldest brother, Maurice (Junior), Rick sang and performed at family get-togethers and made his public debut on four-string tenor banjo before an audience of his first-grade classmates. He quit school at 14 to purse music full-time and in 1960, when he was 17, he joined rockabilly singer Ronnie Hawkins’ group, the Hawks, initially as rhythm guitarist. He soon moved to bass and, with the help of the Hawks’ piano player Stan Szelest. Under Ronnie Hawkins’ tutelage, Danko began a three-year tenure of non-stop gigging and rigorous rehearsals that fellow Band-mate Richard Manuel once likened to ‘boot camp.’ By the time he was 20, he was a seasoned pro, having spent most of his teenage years playing in bars that you were supposed to be 21 to play in. By the early 60s, Rick and the other Hawks had outgrown the limited roadhouse and honky-tonk circuit and left Hawkins to pursue greener pastures. Bob Dylan saw them perform in the mid-60s and was so impressed that he signed the Hawks to accompany him on his 1965-66 world tour. The Band’s collaboration with Dylan, initially greeted with boos and catcalls around the globe, changed the course of popular music by spawning one of the most significant musical hybrids of the rock era, ‘Folk Rock.’ After the tumultuous world tours with Dylan (the European leg of which was documented in the obscure film, Eat the Document), Danko relocated from Manhattan to upstate New York, along with Dylan and the other members of the still un-named Band. He rented a big pink house in West Saugerties, near Woodstock, and with Dylan and The Band began recording songs which soon surfaced on bootlegs and were officially released in 1975 as The Basement Tapes. In 1968, after toying with a host of politically incorrect names, like the Crackers and the Honkies, The Band made its official debut with ‘Music from Big Pink’. The album shot The Band into folklore. A succession of albums and tours followed, and, The Band, now a firm fixture in the rock aristocracy, played virtually every major festival from Woodstock to Watkins Glen. In 1976, on Thanksgiving day, The Band officially called it quits with a farewell concert at San FranciscoDs Winterland Ballroom. The concert, which featured an unprecedented all-star lineup to which The Band graciously played back-up, was documented in Martin Scorsese’s much lauded film, ‘The Last Waltz’, regarded by many as the finest concert film of all time. Following ‘The Last Waltz’, Danko continued to perform and record as a solo artist. His 1978 self-titled debut, overshadowed at first by The Band, later gained critical and popular acclaim. During the early 1980s, he maintained a low profile, and in 1983, reunited with The Band (minus Robbie Robertson, who pursued a solo career). During that period, he began playing acoustic guitar as well as bass on-stage, and his unique style of tuning and playing (revealing the bass player in his soul), has become another of his signature sounds. Throughout the 80s, never one to ‘sit at home’, Rick continued to play solo, with The Band, in pairings with Richard Manuel, Levon Helm, Paul Butterfield, Jorma Kaukonen and others. In 1985, he appeared (with Manuel, Helm and Hudson) in a feature film, Man Outside, and in 1987 he released an instructional video, ‘Rick Danko’s Electric Bass Techniques’ (Homespun). In 1989, he and Band drummer/vocalist Levon Helm toured as part of Ringo Starr’s All-Starr Band. That same year, The Band was inducted into the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences Hall Of Fame. In 1990, Danko, along with Helm, Hudson, Sinead O’Connor, Van Morrison and others, appeared in Roger Waters’ ‘The Wall’ concert in Berlin. Danko began recording with Folk legend Eric Andersen and Norwegian singer/songwriter Jonas Fjeld in 1991 and one sidebar of the trio’s collaboration was an award-winning album, Danko Fjeld Andersen (Stageway), which was honored in Norway with a Spellemans Pris (the Norwegian Grammy) for ‘Record of the Year’ and was released in late 1993 by Rykodisc. It was honored by AFIM (formerly NAIRD) the following year. In October, 1992 he performed with The Band at the Bob Dylan 30th Anniversary tribute at Madison Square Garden and, in January 1994, he and The Band were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame by Eric Clapton. 1993 saw The Band record their first studio album in 17 years, ‘Jericho’, which featured a radically extended line-up of members including Richard Bell. They followed this up with another album, ‘High On The Hog’, in 1996. In February, 1997, Rykodisc released ‘Ridin’ On The Blinds’, the follow-up to Danko Fjeld Andersen, which was recorded in Norway in 1994; ‘Jubilation’, The Band’s third album in five years, was released on River North Records in September, 1998. In September 1999, Danko returned with an 11-song collection of inspired performances called ‘Live On Breeze Hill’. He was joined on this mostly live outing by some of the finest musicians in the business, including Band-mate Garth Hudson and long-time collaborator and Band co-producer Aaron Hurwitz. Danko began actively promoting the CD, as well as laying down tracks for a new album which would be released, posthumously, in August 2000 as ‘Times Like These’  following his untimely passing in his upstate New York home on Friday, December 10, 1999. Excerpted from Rick Danko’s Official Biography (c) 1992, 2000 by Carol Caffin. All Rights Reserved. Used with permission. [also see THE BAND, RONNIE HAWKINS]

1977 What a Town/[same] (Arista) AS-0306
1977 Java Blues/Shake It (Arista) AS-0320
2000 Sip the Wine/Next Time You See Me

Rick Danko (Arista) AB-4141
1995 Rick Danko & Friends – Live at the Iron Horse (Retroworld – UK)
1997 In Concert (Woodstock)
1999 Live On Breeze Hill (Woodstock)
2000 Times Like These (Woodstock)
2002 A Memorial Edition [2 CD] (unknown – Japan)
2005 Cryin’ Heart Blues (OPM/Universal) OPM-6601
2009 At Dylan’s Café (Bear) VP-113-CD
2011 Live Anthology [2CD] (Universal)

1991 Danko/Fjeld/Andersen (Stageway)
1997 Ridin’ On The Blinds (Rykodisc) 310371
2002 One More Shot [2-CD] (Appleseed – US)  APR-CD-1062

DANKO, Terry
Born: Terry Danko in Greens Corners, near Simcoe, Ontario, in 1949
Terry Danko is the youngest of four brothers, including The Band’s Rick Danko, Terry was born into a musical family. Encouraged by the music that surrounded him, both at home at family get-togethers in which “everybody sang or played an instrument,” and in the close-knit, familial community of Simcoe, he began performing as a child and had a local radio show by the age of 12, when he also began playing regularly in nearby Turkey Point on Lake Erie. Though a natural performer and musician, Terry Danko’s first love has always been songwriting and, in 1967, together with guitarist and fellow songwriter Jim Atkinson, they formed the group Tin Pan Alley, whose name was taken from the collection of New York City-based music publishers and songwriters who dominated US popular music in the late 19th/early 20th century. It was that year at The Graham Bell Hotel in Brantford, where Tin Pan Alley was playing to full houses and drawing a university crowd, that Ronnie Hawkins, who had recruited Danko’s brother Rick for his band, The Hawks, seven years earlier, spotted Terry and his band. Lured by Hawkins’ built-in audience and the promise of being able to play their own songs, Danko and Atkinson joined Ronnie Hawkins And The Hawks. After less than two grueling years of non-stop, rigorous playing—and with little time or energy left to write songs, Danko began to feel creatively stifled, and left Hawkins. Together with Atkinson and keyboardist Dwayne Ford, he formed Atkinson, Danko and Ford and, in 1972, signed with Columbia Records, which released the group’s eponymous debut album and the single ‘Right On’. In 1973, the group changed its name to Bearfoot and released the album Friends with Bearfoot. In the mid 70s, Danko moved to California, where he continued to write, perform, and record, and became a sought-after session musician, working with everyone from Eric Clapton to George Harrison to Stephen Stills to the Rolling Stones. He played on Clapton’s star-studded ‘No Reason To Cry’ in 1976, on his brother Rick’s acclaimed self-titled debut album in 1977, and on numerous other releases in the ensuing years. He toured with Rick Danko in 1978. In 1980 Danko teamed up with Marty Grebb (The Buckinghams/Chicago) and together they wrote, recorded and produced an album together in California. The cast of players on the album were guitarist Chris Pinnick (Chicago), drummer Ricky Fataar, brass player James Pankow (Chicago), and percussionist Joe LaLa. Most of the tracks were recorded at the Beach Boys’ Studio in Van Nuys, California and engineered by by Earle Mankey. One additional song, “First Love Affair” was recorded at The Band’s Shangri La Studio and included Terry Danko, Marty Grebb, Michael DeTemple, Eric Clapton (guitar), Rick Belky (guitar), ex-Wings drummer Denny Seiwell and ex-Tractors piano player Walt Richmond. Danko was, unfortunately, in a serious car accident, and the album was shelved. Worse still, a fire later destroyed the master tapes. Having recovered from his injuries, he rejoined Ronnie Hawkins in 1983, with whom he toured and performed for several years. In 1985 he took a break to reform Bearfoot with Jim Atkinson and Gerry Baird before returning to work with Ronnie Hawkins. In 1999 Danko released the solo album ‘The Fossils’. And after a self-imposed, multi-year hiatus from the music business, Terry began writing again in 2006. In 2008 Danko found a cassette mix of the California album with Marty Grebb from 1980 and has re-issued it on CD through his Cobalt Blue label. Since then, he has amassed a collection of 50 new songs. An album is expected in Spring 2010 with Danko and Jim Atkinson playing all the instruments. With notes from Carol Caffin and Terry Danko. All Rights Reserved. Used by permission. [also see BEARFOOT, ATKINSON DANKO AND FORD]

Christmas Eve (Cobalt Blue)

The Fossils
2009 Terry Danko Live – Outside Looking In (Cobalt Blue)

The Lost California Tapes/The Pencil (Cobalt Blue)

DANNA, Mychael
Born: September 20, 1958

Mychael Danna was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba. The family moved to Burlington, Ontario shortly after his birth. He grew up a typical suburban teen and took an interest in rock and roll early on. By the 1970s he had joined the band Darwin made up of friends from high school. They would win studio time which allowed them to record and release an independent 7″ single in 1976. The band dissolved shortly after that. One of the band members, Tim Clément began to work with Danna as a duo. The two 19 year olds released their self-titled ambient music album independently in 1977. Meanwhile, the duo played in bands to finance their work including a stint in the reunited version of Darwin, called The Oh No’s, in 1978 who toured Southern Ontario. The band managed to place one of their songs on radio station Q107’s annual ‘Homegrown’ contest in 1979. Following the break up of The Oh No’s in 1980, Danna and bandmate Tim Clément continued their work as duo – ultimately releasing another six albums together (plus a ‘best of’) over the next three decades. During the 1980s Danna studied music composition at the University of Toronto which earned him the Glenn Gould Composition Scholarship in 1985. He would then serve as composer-in-residence at the now defunct McLaughlin Planetarium in Toronto from 1987 until its closing in 1992. During this period he also begun scoring film soundtracks beginning with Atom Egoyan’s ‘Family Viewing’ (earning him a Genie Award nomination). Over the past four decades he has continued working with other composers (including his brother Jeff Danna) and with such directors as Marc Webb, Deepa Mehta, Terry Gilliam, Dan Scanlon, Scott Hicks, Gillies MacKinnon, James Mangold, Mira Nair, Billy Ray, Mimi Leder, Nora Twomey, Joel Schumacher, Bennett Miller, and Denzel Washington. His score for Ang Lee’s ‘Life of Pi’ earned Danna two Academy Award nominations for ‘Best Original Score’ and ‘Best Original Song’ for his composition “Pi’s Lullaby.” In other ventures, Danna has also scored works for stage dance which includes the Carbone Quatorze Dance Company’s production of ‘Dead Souls’ in 1996, and scoring the Royal Winnipeg Ballet’s ‘Gita Govinda’ in 2001.In 2012, Danna won an Emmy Award for ‘Outstanding Music Composition for a Miniseries, Movie or a Special (Original Dramatic Score) for his scoring on the miniseries ‘World Without End.’ In June 2014, Mychael Danna was awarded an Honorary Doctorate for career achievements in music by the University of Toronto, and on September 30, 2021, he received the Career Achievement Award from the Zurich Film Festival. [also see DARWIN, THE OH NO’s]

1994 Exotica/Dilko Tamay Huay (AMC – BELGIUM) 19-083
1997 One More Colour (Virgin – FRANCE) SA-4098
2018 The Last Tycoon (Main Title Theme) [DigiFile] (Madison Gate)

Elements (Frederick Harris Music) FHR-791
1980 The Electronic Orchestra (Frederick Harris Music) FHR-803
1988 Planets, Stars And Galaxies (Chacra Alternative – US) NM010
1988 Mars: The Journey Begins (Chacra Alternative – US) NM011
1991 Sirens (Hearts Of Space – US) HS-11026-2
1992 Skys (Hearts Of Space – US) HS-11032-2
1994 Exotica (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) (Varèse Sarabande – US) VSD-5543
1996 Music For The Films Of Atom Egoyan (Varèse Sarabande – US) VSD-5674
1997 Lilies (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) (Varèse Sarabande – US) VSD-5868
1997 Kama Sutra – A Tale Of Love (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) (TVT Soundtrax – US) TVT-8100-2
1997 The Sweet Hereafter (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) (Virgin) CDVIR-68
1999 Felicia’s Journey (Music From The Motion Picture) (Milan – US) 73138-35896-2
1999 Ride With The Devil (Music From The Motion Picture) (Atlantic) CD-83262
1999 8mm: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (Compass III) COM-0110
2000 Bounce (Music From The Miramax Motion Picture) (Varèse Sarabande – US) VSD-6194
2001 Monsoon Wedding (Milan) CD-35981
2002 Ararat (Original Score) (Milan – US) 73138-36004-2
2003 The Guys (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) (Sony Music Soundtrax) SK-87271
2003 Shattered Glass (Original Motion Picture Score) (Thrive – US) 90716-2
2003 Antwone Fisher (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) (Trauma – US) TRM-74071-2
2004 Vanity Fair (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) (Decca – US) B0003076-02
2005 Where The Truth Lies (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) (Varèse Sarabande – US) VSD-6696
2006 Capote – The Album (RCA) 78151-2
2006 The Nativity Story (Original Motion Picture Score) (New Line – US) NLR-39074
2007 Breach (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) (Varèse Sarabande – US) VSD-6795
2007 For The Record (Flanders International Film Festival Ghent – BELGIUM)
2008 Surf’s Up (Original Ocean Picture Score) (BSX) BSXCD-8834
2009 Adoration (Original Motion Picture Score) (Lost Scores) CD-065267
2009 The Time Traveler’s Wife (Music From The Motion Picture) (Decca) 2716582
2010 Chloe (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) (Silva Screen) SILCD-1305
2011 Moneyball (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) (Columbia Pictures)
2012 Life Of Pi: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (Twentieth Century Fox Film Corp.) 88725-47725-2
2014 Transcendence [DigiFile] (Water Tower) WTM-39518
2016 Devil’s Knot (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) (Varèse Sarabande – US) 302-064-230-2
2016 Remember (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) (Varèse Sarabande – US) 302-067-388-8
2017 The Man Who Invented Christmas (Music From The Motion Picture) (Decca Gold – US) B00276639-2
2018 On The Basis Of Sex (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) [DigiFile](Storyteller Distribution) (First Score)
2019 A Dog’s Way Home (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) [DigiFile] (Columbia Pictures)
2022 Where The Crawdads Sing Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (Decca – US) B0036566-02

The White LP (independent)
1983 A Gradual Awakening [cassette] SM-101
1985 Summerland [cassette] (Chacra Alternative) CHA-030
1986 Another Sun (Chacra Alternative) SLCD-0012
1995 North Of Niagara (Hearts Of Space) HS-11049-2
1999 The Best Of Danna & Clement (Mirage) MIR-308

Wilderness Mysterium (Earthaven) ECD-1102
2001 Waterhaven (Earthaven) ECD-1104

A Celtic Tale, The Legend Of Deirdre (Hearts Of Space – US) HS11063-4
1998 A Celtic Romance, The Legend Of Liadain And Curithir (Hearts Of Space – US) HS11084-2
2002 Green Dragon (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) (Varèse Sarabande – US) VSD-6336
2006 Tideland (Original Picture Soundtrack) (Rykodisc) RCD-10874
2007 Fracture (Original Motion Picture Score) (Silva Screen) SILCD-1243
2008 Lakeview Terrace (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) [DigiFile] (Screen Gems)
2010 Camelot (Original Series Soundtrack) (Varèse Sarabande – US) 302-067-089-2
2015 The Good Dinosaur (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) (Walt Disney/Pixar – US) D001907402
2016 Storks (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) (Water Tower) WTM-39823
2017 The Breadwinner (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) [DigiFile](Breadwinner Canada)
2018 Alias Grace (Original Mini-Series Soundtrack) (Earth – UK) EARTHCD-030
2019 The Addams Family (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) (Lakeshore – US) LKS-35533
2020 Onward (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) [DigiFile] (Walt Disney/Pixar)
2021 The Addams Family 2 (Original Motion Picture Score) [DigiFile] (Lakeshore – US)

Stranger Inside (HBO – US)

Water (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) (Varèse Sarabande – US) VSD-6695

Eve And The Firehorse (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) [DigiFile]
2009 (500) Days Of Summer (The Score From The Motion Picture) [DigiFile] (Twentieth Century Fox Film Corp.)

The Snow Walker (Original Motion Picture Score) (KeepMoving) KMRCD-037

Cinderella (Score from the Amazon Original Movie) [DIgiFile] (Columbia Pictures)

Return To Space (Soundtrack From The Netflix Film) [DigiFile] (Maisie – US)

Compilation Tracks
“Never Really Went Away,” “Summer Vacation,” “The Hill,” and “Molly” on ‘Hearts In Atlantis (Music From The Motion Picture)’ (UMG Soundtracks) 41001-60352

D’Arcy Draper
(vocals, acoustic guitar harmonica)  / Graeme Lennox (keyboards) / Jerry Mercer (drums) / Pierre Fauteux (bass) / Ron Dan (pedal steel) / Rayburn Blake (guitar) / Tim Forsythe (keys) / Denis Forcier (guitar) / Abner (flute) / Roger D’Ioger (percussion)
D’arcy Draper had been on several Donald K. Donald Promotions double bills as the opening act for Mashmakhan when he asked drummer Jerry Mercer and guitarist Rayburn Blake to perform on an album of Draper’s songs as a studio project. This short-lived Montréal-based project also featured Lennox and Fauteux (both from Montréal act Mantra), Forcier, and Forsythe (from Our Generation/Peter & The Pipers) who had been working as DJ for CHOM-FM. Line producer Doug Pringle had suggested him as keyboardist for the project. Mercer would join April Wine shortly after. with notes from Jean Dumont, D’Arcy Draper and Dave Buerster.

1972 Forest/Fly to the Sky (Absolu/Polydor) ABS-4401

1972 Back at the Beginning (Absolu/Polydor) ABS-33001

D’ARCY, Dominic
Born: Dominic W. D’Arcy in Ottawa, Ontaro

From Ottawa, Ontario, singer-songwriter and guitarist Dominic D’Arcy doubled as a police officer, and gained a public profile as The Singing Policeman.

Come On Listen/Will You Walk Away (Diana) DO-1021
1981 House Outside Of Town/Tommy’s Song (Diana) DO-1023
1982 Call The Doctor, Mommy/Silly Farm (Diana) DO-1026
1982 Ocean Ranger/School Daze (Diana) DO-1028
1982 Sheik Of Newfoundland/Bassela’s Theme (Diana) DO-1029
1983 My Canada/D’Arcy’s Song (Diana) DO-1032
1984 Stop And Let Love In/Christmas Boy (Diana) DO-1033
1985 I Think I’ll Leave You For Awhile/Where There’s A Will There’s A Way (Marc) MP-38
1986 Crime Stoppers “The Song”/Crime Stoppers P.S.A. (Isle Of Skye) R-605
1986 Christmas On The Island/No Smoking (Isle Of Skye) R-609
1987 My Son/To Mary, My Mother, With Love (Isle Of Skye) R-611

Off Duty (Diana) DO-12AL
1982 Autumn Rise (Diana) DO-16 AL
1985 The Best Of Dominic D’Arcy [cassette] (Something For Everyone) (Diana) WRC4-3941
1988 Original (Featuring D’Arcy’s Songs) [cassette] (Isle Of Skye) R-612

Jim Gray (vocals) / Gary Law (bass) / Jeff Schmidt (bass; replaced Law) / Alan Marks (guitar) / Wolf Radke (guitar, keyboards) / Barry Lindal (keyboards; replaced Radke) / Tim Palmar (drums)
Formed by Gray and Marks in Edmonton, Alberta in 1982 the band was initially signed to the short-lived Vera Cruz label for their debut 4-song EP ‘Pressure’ which was recorded at Sundowner Studio in Edmonton. They soon attracted the attention of Warner Music who sent the band back to Sundrowner with owner/producer Wes Dakus, and new bassist Jeff Schmidt, to rework songs from the EP and add six new tunes which became their debut album ‘San Paku’ in 1983. Though the title track and “In Dim Light” failed to make the charts, Darkroom found an audience on College/University radio while doing a national tour. The band then went to Toronto to record their follow up album, ‘A Test of Time’, with producer Tom Treumuth and new keyboardists Barry Lindal.The album was released in the summer of 1985. A North American and European tour followed, but the band was still unable to reach critical mass with the public or radio. Warners dropped the group in the Spring of 1986. Darkroom pressed on but failed to land another recording contract and finally split up in 1989; singer Jim Gray starred in the TV series ‘Little Vampires’. Following the split of the band he formed a 1950s retro act with Lindal called Cheatin’ ‘N’ Hurtin’ before making his way to Hollywood in the 1990s where he eventually went behind the scenes as a set designer. Gray currently lives in Toronto doing session work; Wolfe Radke has played in the Shake Masters and the Hardline Blues Band. [also see CHEATIN’ ‘N’ HURTIN’]

In Dim Light/Proven Guilty (Warner) 25-97727
San Paku (Edit)/It’s Cold Out Here (Warner) 25-96657
1984 San Paku (Extended Mix)//San Paku/Fixing Pieces [12” EP] (Warner)
1985 Test of Time/Temptation (Warner) 25-92537
1985 Don’t Play With Breaking Hearts/The Wall’s Too High (Warner) 25-90607

1982 Pressure [4 song EP] (Vera Cruz) VCR-1026
1983 San Paku (Warner) 25-02431
1985 A Test of Time (Warner) 25-15151

James Paul Cassar
(bass, vocals) / Peter Cassar (drums, vocals) / Timothy Chipman (guitars, keyboards, vocals)
Guitarist Timothy Chipman and the Cassar Brothers began playing together in the early 1970s starting out at local bars and clubs as Darkstar. They were determined to get their original material (mostly written by Chipman) out to the masses. This meant expanding their audience and playing the Ontario bar scene as well as trips into the Northern U.S.A. While in New York in 1976 to play some gigs, they met producer and songwriter Art Munson who was impressed with their live act and music. They agreed to record some of his songs and so, through a deal with the Cashman & West label Lifesong Records, they released two singles – “Holy Roller” and “Sweet Delight.” Neither single made a splash and the band returned to Canada determined to have better success, and to control their output. This included forming Ariel Records. It would become home to Darkstar and their alias The Foxrun Band as well Diane Page, Essence, Joey Barnett, Lindy Hearne, The Play, and Timothy Chipman’s post Darkstar act Sierra Blue. Darkstar’s debut album, ‘Into The Heartland’ was released in mid-1978 which contained two singles – “Hit & Run Lover” and the title track. The album and singles didn’t move the needle on their career at all. They decided to re-invent themselves and changed their name to The Foxrun Band in 1979. They headed into Kinck Sound in Scarborough, Ontario to record new songs and album ‘You’re Invited” which was released in early 1979.The gambit did not pay off and they changed their name back to Darkstar in 1980 to record a true follow-up album entitled ‘Escape Routines.’ Thinking about more mainstream musical positioning, the first single, “Postcard From Jamaica” would achieve some attention on local charts, allowing them to book some higher profile live gigs around the Greater Toronto area. Unfortunately, the follow-up single, “Won’t Be Disappointed,” didn’t receive the same success. In 1981 they would again wear The Foxrun Band moniker and released a follow-up to ‘You’re Invited’ entitled ‘Embrace.’ As with the first album, they brought in Margo Davidson (Parachute Club) to play saxophone. Two singles were released – “Such Delight” and the title track which did not chart once again. Disheartened the band spent the next few years only performing live while Timothy Chipman would form Sierra Blue as a side project. They released three singles on the band’s label. The Foxrun Band would release their final two singles with the original line-up in 1984 – “River Of Tears” followed up with “What The Hell” to a disappointing reception. The Cassar Brothers would leave the band shortly afterwards. The brothers would continue working with s Arial recording artists Joey Barnett, Essence, and Diane Page. Timothy Chipman would continue with his band The Play in 1985 and releasing three singles to little success. He’d take a brief hiatus before reviving the Foxrun band name with new backing musicians in 1988. The two singles that followed that year were also unsuccessful He folded the Ariel label shortly afterward. With notes from Keith Henderson.

Holy Roller/(You Can Have) The Best of Everything (Lifesong) LS-45007
1977 Sweet Delight/[same] (Lifesong) LS-45013
1978 Into the Heartland/One More Time (Ariel) AR-103
1978 Hit and Run Lover/Traveling Sad (Ariel) AR-106
1980 Postcard From Jamaica/Night People (Ariel) AR-109
1980 Won’t Be Disappointed/Jitterbug (Ariel) AR-114
1981 Wondering Who/Same Old Me (Ariel) AR-118

Summermoon/You’ve Got Style (Ariel) AR-104
1979 You’re Invited/Do It In the Dark (Ariel) AR-111
1981 Cops And Robbers/Too Much Love (Ariel) AR-117
1982 Embrace/Mystery News (Ariel) AR-119
1982 Such Delight/Magical Girl (Ariel) AR-121
1984 River Of Tears/Do It In The Dark (Ariel) AR-127
1984 What The Hell/Never Turn Your Loving Away (Ariel) AR-130
1988 Thief In the Night/Thrill of a Lifetime (Ariel) AR-134
1988 Lost In Love/Romeo Eyes (Ariel) AR-136
1988 Nightlife/Sometimes The Night (Ariel) AR-140

Into the Heartland (Ariel) AM-102
1980 Escape Routines (Ariel) ARLP-110

You’re Invited (Ariel) ARLP-105
1982 Embrace (Ariel) ARLP-116

Michael Kohuch
(bass, keyboards, guitars) / Bob Stevenson (lead vocals, guitars) / Nino Palazzolo (guitars, keyboards, guitar synths) / Brian Doerner (drums)
Trio from Guelph, Ontario with assistance from Brian Doerner who was a member of Refugee at the time.

Darkstar (independent)

Brian Dewhurst
(drums) / Dave Milliken (lead guitar) / Frank Morrison (vocals) / Gary McGoey (rhythm guitar) / Wayne Leslie (bass)
From Ottawa, Ontario; Dewhurst would go on to join Don Norman & The Other Four; Leslie, Gary McGoey, Morrison and Milliken would form The Townsmen in 1965; Milliken passed away August 3, 2017; Morrison would later former the duo called Harold with Jim McIntyre; Leslie would later joing Canada Goose, and then James Leroy & Denim.

Day After Lonely Day/Every Other Guy (Diana) DO-1003

Be/Billy Brown (Barry) B-3325X

Born: January 8, 1933
Died: December 7, 1996
Mike Darow was one of Toronto radio station CHUM-AM’s top disc jockeys from 1959 until the Fall of 1965. As a means of promoting the radio station, it would release novelty records featuring CHUM personalities. Darow released the second in a long line of these recordings (the first was DJ Hank Noble’s 1957 hit “Here Comes The Night”). Darow did a take off of “The Battle Of New Orleans” with lyrics re-written by CHUM’s other resident personality, Garry Ferrier, called “The Battle Of Queenston Heights” which reached No.17 on the CHUM chart (and affiliated stations) over the course of 9 weeks in the summer of 1959. In March 1964 Darow teamed up with several CHUM DJs – Garry Ferrier, John Spragge, Bob McAdorey – under the collective handle of The CHUMingbirds doing a Garry Ferrier song called “Brotherhood of Man”. The song reached #24 after 7 weeks on the CHUM chart. Mike Darow also hosted Club 6 on CBLT (1961-62), CTV’s ‘A Go-Go 66’, and the CBC game show ‘Bluff’ from October 1976 to April 1977. with notes from Don Adams.

1959 The Battle of Queenston Heights/The Tea Taster (Apex) 9-76550

Brotherhood of Man/My Mother (Quality) 1600X

Tim Clément
(lead guitar, vocals) / Bill Wood (lead vocals, acoustic guitar) / Mychael Danna (keyboards, vocals) / Mark Shannon (bass, vocals) / Mike Lalonde (drums)
Darwin won 5 hours of recording time as a result of taking top place in the Lord Elgin High School Battle of the Bands in 1976 in Burlington, Ontario. They recorded two tracks at Sound Canada in Toronto. The band pressed 500 copies of a 7” single on their own imprint; Following the band’s break-up in 1977, Bill Wood moved to Wolfsville, Nova Scotia to enroll at Acadia University. He won a talent contest through Q107 back in Toronto and won. The prize included recording time and a showcase gig at the El Mocambo. He reunited with the members of Darwin to record a track for the Q107 Homegrown album and perform at the gig. They changed their name to The Oh No’s and would tour Southern, Ontario until 1980. Bill Wood later joined Eye Eye; Tim Clément and Mychael Danna would release solo projects and collaborate on soundtrack work; Mike Lalonde died in 2000. with notes from Tim Clément. [also see THE OH NO’S, TIM CLEMENT, MYCHAEL DANNA]

1976 My Love/  (Darwin) SCV-2000

Born: Victor Roy Dauvin on January 15, 1946 in Sackville, New Brunswick
Died: April 21, 2013 in Newmarket, Ontario
Pinky is the pseudonym of Victor “Pinky” Dauvin who had previously been the vocalist/drummer for The Stitch In Tyme and then lead vocalist for Lighthouse before leaving the ensemble to pursue his solo interests. Dauvin was signed as United Artists’ very first Canadian act and released several singles, including the RPM charting “Tell Me Who” from the self-titled ‘Pinky’ album in 1972; Pinky Dauvin died April 21, 2013. [also see THE STITCH IN TYME, LIGHTHOUSE]

Tell Me Who/Call Me If You Want Me (United Artists) UA-50909
1972 Don’t Send Someone/Susie (United Artists) UA-50944
1972 Cheatin’ Mistreatin’/Downtown Feelin’ (United Artists) UA-50986

I’ll Always Love You/Long Gone (United Artists) UAXW-235Y

Pinky (United Artists)

Francis H. Webster (vocals, guitar, bass, chimes) / Tony Lecaillon (drums, percussion) / John Webster (vocals, guitar, trumpet) / Cliff Snyder (trombone, piano, organ) / Bill Szekeres (vocals, bass) / Deborah Kelly (vocals) / Ted Grimes (vocals, trumpet, piano)
Seven-piece psychedelic act from Collingwood, Ontario who formed in 1963 as The Marcatos. With a name change in 1968 to David and relocation to Toronto, Sound Canada released their self-titled album in 1969. The 37 minute album, featured remakes of The Beatles “Hey Jude” and the blues standard “House of The Rising Sun” as well as original numbers like “Alvin J. Ashtray” and “Flight of The Egyptian Army”.

Please Mr. Postman/Light of Your Mind (Sound Canada)
1969 Little Boys/Cup of Tea (Sound Canada)  SC-706


1967 I Will See You/I Really Think a Lot of You (Quality)

David (Sound Canada) SC-7705

Compilation Tracks
“Light of Your Mind” on ‘The Rubble Collection, Volumes 11-20’ (Fallout – UK) FALLBOX-002

DAVID, Robert
David was managed by Barry Keane and flirted briefly with the Canadian music charts when his single “Rhoda” cracked the RPM Top 100 Singles chart in June 1974. His self-titled debut, produced by Jack Cornell, was released on RCA the same year and spawned a second single in “Sunshine Man”.

Rhoda (RCA) KPBO-0028
Sunshine Man/Easier (RCA) PB-50003

Robert David (RCA) LSP-4589

Born: May 3, 1937 in Montréal, Quebéc
Bob Davies was born in Montréal and grew up in the neighbourhood of Verdun. His father would occasionally play harmonica for the boy but Davies musical upbringing started when he would sing at Cub Scouts and Life Boy camps. At the age of fourteen he admired a new guitar his school friend owned, and he soon was using money from his paper route to purchase his own guitar. He soon taught himself how to play by ear from his favourite records. He left school in Grade 10 and was soon working at the Montréal stock market. He put his first band together in 1953 called The Down Yonder Boys. Next, he and a friend, Norman “Curly” Robertson, joined the Blue Sky Revue troupe as a country and western comedy duo called Slim & Curly. After auditioning at the Hale Hakala Club in 1954, they began playing there weekends and broadened their scope to playing around Quebéc at social clubs. The duo managed to get on a local radio program called ‘Opportunity Knocks’ and came in second place in a talent contest featuring opera singers, classical acts and jazz.  They later met another musician, lead guitarist Rick Munro, in 1955 and hit it off so well they became a trio – changing their name to The Rhythm Jesters. They did the club circuit around Montréal performing rock and roll material (usually Elvis Presley songs) and appeared regularly on Montréal station CFCF’s ‘The Hometown Jamboree’ show. By the summer of 1956 they had met drummer Emmett McGoogan who was tutoring a young Verdun singer named Little Billy Mason. The five musicians teamed up as Little Billy Mason & The Rhythm Jesters and attracted the attention of Rama Records in the US. After some unsatisfactory demos were recorded at RCA Studio in Montréal, they reconvened in New York City where Rama booked them into Bell Studios to cut four ‘sides’. Two of the tracks – “I Love My Baby” and “Make Me Your Own” – were issued under the name Little Billy Mason while the other two tracks – “Rock to the Music” and “Hole in My Bucket” – were issued under the name The Rhythm Jesters. Mason’s single was released in Canada on Apex and in the US on Rama Records. Meanwhile, the group’s single was only in the US on Rama Records.  Little Billy Mason and the Rhythm Jesters repeated their solo and group duties for Allen Freed’s Rock And Roll Revue at the Apollo Theatre with many of that era’s doo-wop acts, crooners and rockabilly artists. The Rhythm Jesters were noticed by Frank Sinatra’s agent who invited them to back the legendary singer in Australia. The band left their house gig at the Holiday Tavern in Toronto and headed down under. While waiting for Sinatra’s arrival, the band had a few days to appear on Oz radio and were offered local gigs but their work visas were limited and after Sinatra failed to show up for the planned event, they headed back to Canada.  Little Billy Mason and The Rhythm Jesters soon returned to Bell Studios in New York to repeat recording for another four ‘sides’. Mason did a version of Bob Davies’ “Thinking of You” and the old standard “You Are My Sunshine”. The Rhythm Jesters did “Never Anymore” and “She’ll Never Know”. This time both singles were released stateside and in Canada on the Apex label. Another show for Allan Freed followed called The Easter Jubilee of Stars at the Brooklyn Pavillion which featured over a dozen acts that included Bo Diddley and Buddy Knox among many others. Soon The Rhythm Jesters sans Billy Mason did twenty live dates in the United States north and southwest before returning to club shows in their native Montréal. In 1958 the three original Rhythm Jesters grabbed new drummer Dave Holtzman and did a series of return gigs through the US again. Holtzman was soon replaced by Dick Grant and they eventually lost Curly Robertson when he decided to enlist in the US Air Force. He was replaced by bass, piano and trumpet player Lloyd Hiscock. This latter line-up continued throughout the club circuit in Quebéc, Ontario and parts of the United States. In 1959 the manager of The Champs (fresh off their success of the “Tequila” single) saw them in Reno and offered to produce and manage them. But Bob Davies was engaged to be married. They returned to Canada and subsequently split up. Davies would begin a solo career following his wedding. During a house gig as MC for The Cavendish Café – where he was dubbed ‘The Canadian Jellyhips’ – he would occasionally release solo singles including “Come On Baby Don’t Be Mean” for the Zirkon label. The B-side, a ballad, would garner him some local radio airplay in Montréal. He also did guest vocals on an album by Wayne King And His Country Boys. Always busy, Davies did small solo tours in Quebéc and Ontario, appeared on the ‘Jimmy Tapp Show’ and ‘Like Young Show’ on TV and he would often drop in unannounced at clubs and sit in with local musicians. He also managed several more solo singles in 1963 and a full solo album on the Rusticana label. He left his Master of Ceremonies job at the Cavendish Café when his next single became a major hit. It was the first novelty tune about a hockey player entitled called “Gordie Howe” – song Davies wrote in 1959 and was rejected by RCA Records in 1960 as having no hit potential. With a revised lyric by friend Mo Chapman, Davies recorded the tune with The Dollars featuring Hugh Dixon (guitar), “Curly” Robertson (bass), Danny Smith (drums), and Dorothy Dodds (backing vocals). Though initially rejected at Quebéc radio stations because of their loyalty to Montréal Canadiens’ “Rocket Richard”, Davies did manage to get the song on a ‘Hockey Night In Canada’ telecast in when the Canadiens played against Gordie Howe’s Detroit Red Wings. The tune did become a hit on CHUM affiliated stations and peaked at No.35 in April 1963. The song never made Davies any money after his label, Globe Records, declared bankruptcy but the tune became popular in nearly every hockey town in North America allowing Big Bob Davies & The Dollars to tour in many of these cities. The flip-side, an instrumental of the same song, was often played on jukeboxes in clubs where patrons often sang along karaoke style. Davies would go on to regularly release songs about famous sports figures including the Montréal Alouettes football team, and hockey players Jean Béliveau and Bobby Hull. In 1964 he and Danny Smith reformed their short-lived duo called The Bobsmiths and released on album called ‘Meet the Bobsmiths’ during the height of Beatlemania. The two would eventually relocate to Ontario and recorded a live album from The Derby in Toronto. When Gordie Howe was traded to the World Hockey Association in 1975, Davies updated the “Gordie Howe” song and released it on Broadland Records. Davies recorded a live album from The Longhorn Inn in Sharon, Ontario in 1978 and continued releasing records through the 1980s. He currently lives with his wife in Stouffville, Ontario where he ran a car dealership for many years. with notes exclusively by Marc Coulavin.

Come On Baby Don’t Be Mean/That’s How Young Love Should Be (Zirkon) 1003
1963 Rock and Roll Show/With You Tonight (Click) CK-14
1963 I Wanna Hold You Close Tonight/Hello Baby (Click) CK-57
1963 Big Jean Béliveau (Click)
1963 The Mighty Als of Montréal (Click)
1964 Here’s to Bobby Hull (Click)
1975 Gordie Howe (The Greatest of Them All)/Gordie Howe (The Greatest of Them All) [instrumental] (Broadland) BRSP-2127
1982 Cam Fella The Pacing Machine/Cam Fell The Pacing Machine [instrumental] (JMR) JM-8325

I Love My Baby/Make Me Your Own (Apex) 76110
1957 Thinking of You/You Are My Sunshine (Apex) 76134

Rock to the Music/Hole in the Bucket (Rama – US) RR-213

Never Anymore/She’ll Never Know (Apex) 76135

1963 Gordie Howe/You (Globe) G-400

Bob Davies Sings Bob Davies (Rusticana) RMM-619
1978 Live at the Longhorn Inn, Sharon, Ontario (Celina) CPLPS-7802

Meet the Bobsmiths (Rusticana) RMM-682
1971 Live at the Derby (Nation Program Services) ST-56893

DAVIS, Duane
Born: Duane Stewart

Canadian singer, guitarist, and banjo player. Davis is the son of Stu Davis and brother of Derry Davis. Duane Davis was featured regularly on CBC radio and television. He recorded briefly for both London and Capitol Records. He was also featured for five seasons on ‘The Stu Davis Show’ and later co-starred with Stu Davis on the CBC series ‘Trail-Riding Troubadour.’

The Folk Singer/Ann (Capitol) 72582

Reflections (CBC Transcription) LM-60
1969 Reflections (CBC/Capitol) ST-6320

The Sound Of Country Music (London) EB-103

DAVIS, Morgan
Originally from Detroit, Davis grew up listening to rhythm and blues by such diverse artists as Jimmy Reed, Ike and Tina Turner, Chuck Berry and Fats Domino along with many Delta Blues masters. He later moved to California with his family, and then in 1968 left for Canada. While living in Rochdale College in Toronto, he immersed himself in the study of Delta Blues, especially the music of Robert Johnson. Toronto’s music scene in the early 1970’s was the perfect place for Davis to cut his teeth as a journeyman, having the opportunity to see and play with many legendary performers like Bukka White, Johnny Shines, Sunnyland Slim, Snooky Pryor, Hubert Sumlin, and John Hammond who were all early supporters. Davis hit the road with the Rhythm Rockets, The Knights of The Mystic Sea, and David Wilcox’s first band after leaving Great Speckled Bird. Davis eventually formed his own trio Morgan Davis and Catfish. His first solo album, 1982’s ‘I’m Ready to Play’, features the additional appearance of guitarist Colin Linden. The record was produced by Billy Bryans (Parachute Club) with two live cuts engineered by Tom Jardin at Grossman’s Tavern in Toronto. Over the years he has had the privilege of opening shows for Willie Dixon, John Lee Hooker, Albert King, John Hammond, Albert Collins, and Eric Bibb among others. A highlight of his career was backing the phenomenal Dr. John. Morgan Davis has shared the stage with Colin Linden (who also produced his second album for Stony Plain Records in 1989), James Cotton, Hubert Sumlin, Sunnyland Slim, Snooky Prior, James Harmon, Gene Taylor (of The Blasters), Dutch Mason, Sue Foley, Ray Bonneville, as well as Carlos del Junco. Davis’ songwriting talent received international recognition when Colin James covered his searing ballad “Why’d You Lie”. His 1999 CD, ‘Blues Medicine, for Electro-Fi Records in Holland, garnered critical acclaim as well as awards for songwriting and production. His multiple award winning 2003 CD release, ‘Painkiller’, won an impressive four awards at the 2004 Maple Blues Awards and not long after he took home the JUNO Award for ‘Blues Album of the Year’. with notes from Morgan Davis.

1982 I’m Ready To Play (Bullhead) I-842
1989 Morgan Davis (Stony Plain) SPL-1148
1994 Live at Grossman’s (independent)
1999 Blues Medicine (Electro-Fi – HOL) 3362
2003 Hogtown Years (Eletro-Fi – HOL) 3372
2003 Painkiller (Electro-Fi – HOL) 3382
2007 At Home in Nova Scotia (Deep Cove)
2011 Drive My Blues Away (Electro-Fi)

Born: David Alexander Stewart on July 1, 1921 in Regina Saskatchewan
Died: March 25, 2007 in Edmonton, Alberta
When he was a young boy, Stu Davis collected cowboy songs and ballads. He appeared on the the first time at the age of 17. After winning a talent contest he was given his own radio show as Stu Davis. Over time his popularity earned him the name Canada’s Cowboy Troubadour. He would put his career on hold to serve in the Royal Canadian Air Force during World War II and following an Honourable Medical Discharge in 1942, he returned to music. His career would continue on CBC Radio and TV in the ’50s and ’60s on such shows as ‘Rope Around the Sun,’ ‘Swing Your Partner,’ ‘Red River Jamboree,’ and ‘Trail Riding Troubadour.’ His own ‘Stu Davis Show’ was broadcast on CBC Radio daily. Davis also hosted programs for several private radio stations and regional networks throughout western Canada. With recordings on the Sonora and RCA Victor labels in the 1940s American audiences began to hear his music. This led to appearances on American radio shows such as ‘National Barn Dance’ (Chicago), ‘Sunset Valley Barn Dance’ (Minneapolis), and ‘Prairie Pals’ and ‘Town Hall’ (New York). Davis was commissioned by the CBC to write a song to welcome Queen Elizabeth II on the occasion of the Royal Visit to the Calgary Stampede in 1959. He wrote and recorded over 200 songs, many of which were also recorded by others including Eddy Arnold (“What a Fool I Was To Ever Let You Go”), Hank Snow, Wilf Carter, Ray Price, Julie Lynn, Dale Warren (Sons of the Pioneers), and Scotty Stevenson And The Canadian Nighthawks. In the setting years of his career he worked on television in Edmonton. His final TV series was the thirteen episode ‘Trail Riding Troubadour’ in 1967. His final TV appearance was on a TV special in 1969 after which he retired to his cattle ranch – the Lady SD – and managed several real estate investments in Alberta. He was inducted into the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame in 1993. Stu Davis died on March 25, 2007 in Edmonton, Alberta.

I Look For Love/In Daddy’s Footsteps (Aragon) AR-203
1952 I Went To Your Wedding / Why Should I Send You Flowers (Aragon) AR-224
She’s Cute As A Bug In A Rug/Lovelorn Heart (Apex) 9-26399
1956 I’d Be Glad To Forget You/Dear Mister Disc Jockey (London) 45-FC-307

Broken Love/Queen of Twilight (London) M-17080

Invites You To Saddle Your Worries To A Song (London) EB-2
1956 Rope Around the Sun (London) EB-4
1956 Salutes The Golden West [also called ‘Salutes The Western Stars’] (London) EB-6
1957 A Collection of Country-Western Classics (London) EB-26
1958 Salutes The Western Stars Vol. 2 (London) EB-33
1958 Boothill Ballads And Songs of the Cowboy Troubadours (London) EB-39
1958 Just Plain Folks (London) EB-49
1959 Souvenirs (London) EB-58
1960 Nashville Hootenanny (London) EB-69
1966 Have Another Helping of Stu (London) EB-91
1966 The Stu Davis Show (London) EB-96
1967 The Stu Davis Centennial Album (London) EB-107
1971 Trail Ridin’ Troubadour (Dominion) LPS-48510
1987 Let’s Go Back To The Country With Canada’s Cowboy Troubadour (Cattle) LP-112

The Sound of Country Music (London) EB-103

Dean Irvine
(guitar, lead vocals) / Mike Park (bass) / Loeden Learn (drums, backing vocals)
From Hamilton, Ontario.

Dawn Before Descent (DB4D) [no cat. #]

Randy Dawson
Dawson City was an Ontario road band when they recorded their first demo in Toronto in 1979. In fact, the band had been broken up for months before band leader Randy Dawson submitted their tape to Q107 for their new Homegrown talent search contest. Dawson had his work cut out for him putting a new line-up together for their showcase concert at the El Mocambo in April, 1980 as contest finalists.

Compilation Tracks
“Coming to Get Ya” on ‘Homegrown Vol.2’ (Basement/Attic) BASE-6002

Frank Baker
(drums) / Greg Baker / Marchello Di / Sean Christopher / Tony Gollner
From Vancouver, British Columbia.

Rhymes On Vinyl 4-song 12″ EP (Imperial/Noizewerks) IR-504-19

as ADP
Prey (independent)

Graham “Dee” Dunnet
(lead guitar) / Len “Lennie” Lytwyn (drums) / Ian P. Mutch [aka Monk] (organ)
Three former members of Dee And The Yeomen formed in 1970. Following the release of Daybreak’s only single (“This Was Meant To Be”) the band re-invented themselves again under the name Wishbone in 1971. [also see DEE AND THE YEOMEN, WISHBONE]

This Was Meant to Be/The Greatest Story (London) M-17391

Willy Jak
(bass, vocals) / Murray Cretin” Acton (guitar, vocals) / Jesus Bonehead (drums) / Gymbo (vocals, guitar; replaced Acton) / Spud (bass; replaced Willy Jak)
Formed in Victoria, British Columbia in 1979, the Dayglo Abortions were part of the Hardcore 2nd wave of punk who did their best to offend with black and often offensive humour involving rape, killing, bodily functions, sex, and other related taboo and distasteful subjects to the general public. However, they got more than they bargained for when the band and their record label, Fringe Product ,were charged with distributing obscene material under the Canadian Criminal Code. Several hundred copies of the band’s LPs were seized in 1988 following a four month investigation by Nepean, Ontario police after complaints from an officer whose daughter had brought home a copy of a Dayglo Abortions album. A precedent setting trial was held in Ottawa on November 5, 1988 for obscenity related offences. Toronto record company Fringe Product Inc. and its distribution arm Record Peddler faced charges of distribution and possession for the purpose of distributing obscene material.  The prosecution was centered on 11 of 37 Dayglo Abortion songs from two albums entitled “Feed U.S.A. Fetus” (1985), which shows a painting of former President and First Lady Ronald & Nancy Reagan in front of a baked human fetus on a plate, and “Here Today, Guano Tomorrow” (1988) which showed before and after pictures of a hamster being killed with a gun. The charges were the first ever in Canadian law under obscenity provisions enacted in 1959. However, the Ottawa jury, originally deadlocked, was ordered back into deliberation before returning nine hours later with a ‘Not Guilty’ verdict. Charges against the band itself were dropped early in the case as Canadian law does not prohibit the creation of obscene material, only the selling or distributing of it. The downside to the victory was the enormous cost of Fringe defending itself in court and the ultimate collapse of the label due to insurmountable legal bills. The band’s reaction to the ordeal was to release an even more offensive follow-up album in 1990 called ‘Two Dogs Fucking’. Following this, lead singer The Cretin quit to form country-punk act Lummox. The band hired new singer Gymbo and two additional guitarists which gave the Dayglo Abortions a more metal sound for ‘Little Man In the Canoe’ (1995), ‘Corporate Whores’ (1997), and ‘Stupid World, Stupid Songs’ (1998). Cretin finally returned to the fold for ‘Deathrace 2000’ (1999) and gave the band back its punk pedigree. Their final album was 2004’s ‘Holy Shiite’ after which the band split up. But they reunited in 2016 and have released several albums and toured.


2019 Wake Up, It’s Time To Die [7-song 7″] (Supreme Echo) SE-30

1981 Out of the Womb (Sharpe) SHARPE-001
1985 Feed U.S.A. Fetus (Fringe) FPL-3021
1988 Here Today, Guano Tomorrow (Fringe) FPL-3053
1990 Two Dogs Fucking * Deux Chien Fourrent (God) CD-6969
1995 Little Man In the Canoe (God) CD-2332
1997 Corporate Whores (God) CD-6669
1998 Stupid World, Stupid Songs (God)  CD-91132
1999 Deathrace 2000 (God) CD-91292
2004 Holy Shiite (God) CD-57852
2012 Live 2011 (Dog)
2016 Armageddon Survival Guide (Unrest) CD-028
2021 Hate Speech (Unrest) CD-035

Dave Javex [aka David Leone] (vocals;1986) / Jeff St. Louis (drums) / Gerry Ouellette (guitar;1985-94) / Eddie Shahini (guitar; 1985) / Phil Dakin (bass, guitar, vocals) / Cory Lowe (vocals; replaced Javex 1986) / Jason Quinn (guitar) / Graham Ferguson (drums; part-time) / Daniel Mongrain (guitar; 2003)
In 1985 Montréal guitarists Gerry Ouellette and Eddie Shahini had a duo called Final Chapter and soon recruited former Genetic Control singer Mike “Zabo” Price. They wrote songs together but Price soon left.  Meanwhile, following the life-span of their former punk acts Zyklon B and Vomit & The Zits in the early and mid-80s respectively, Montréal’s Dave Javex and Jeff St. Louis joined Ouellet and Shahini in a new thrash metal venture they called Dead Brain Cells at their first rehearsal in February1986. Guitarist Phil Dakin also joined and switched to bass. But following several shows they were not satisfied with Javex and replaced him with Unruled’s vocalist Cory Lowe. Lowe was also let go and DBC decided that Dakin would play bass and sing. After being spotted by an A & R scout while opening for Slayer in Montréal, the band was signed to Combat Records in the US in 1986. The band went into Victor Studio from March 16 to April 14, 1987 with Megadeth producer Randy Burns and recorded their self-titled debut album which was released to favourable metal magazine reviews.  By 1988 they were able to play out of province and made demos that summer of a full concept album. With Garth Richardson producing, they recorded their sophomore album, ‘Universe’, at Tempo Studios. The album was released in 1989 and led to the band’s first tour of the US Midwest and east coast in through July and August. A highlight was opening for Bad Brains in Long Island, New York. Upon return to Montréal the band was given a one-hour TV special on MuchMusic’s French sister station Musique Plus. The station also played the band’s independently made concept video for the song ‘The Genesis Explosion’. The band returned to the US to tour in January 1990 – this time on the west coast covering California, Arizona and Texas and another east coast tour from Florida up to New York. With their return to Montréal they began pre-production on album number three. They continued writing and recording into 1991 but Combat Records balked at the cost of the album and planned videos leaving DBC without a label. They attempted to get signed with another label, but they found no takers. The band played its last show in 1991. Ouellette died November 12, 1994. The band reunited in 2002 to complete, and release a CD of the incomplete third album entitled ‘Unreleased’. DBC would perform sporadic shows with Jason Quinn covering Ouellette’s guitar parts and the addition of drummer Graham Ferguson. In 2005 the band re-issued its first two albums on CD. Theyplay a number of reunion shows between then and 2011 including a headlining spot at the ‘Hell Freezes Over Festival’ in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 2011. Shahini went on to form the band Kill of Rights.

Dead Brain Cells (Combat – US) 88561-8161
1989 Universe (Combat – US) 88561-2003
2002 Unreleased [5-song EP] (Galy) GALY-002
2021 The Demo Anthology (Divebomb) DIVE-211

Bill Hodge / Doug Hergott
(vocals, lead guitar) / Hugh Mitchell (bass) / Laurie Currie (drums)
Saskatchewan act featuring former Liverpool/Aerial/Spice drummer Laurie Currie and Doug Hergott & Hugh Mitchell of Legend. D’Carot made two videos for singles off their lone album entitled ‘Zealanda Green’ – “I’m Inspector Prints” and “Zealanda Green” – which were done by SRTV and produced by Bruce Woloshyn. Hergott would go on to produce and be music director with a reformed version of his band Legend in 1992 with country singer Marilyn Faye Parney.

1986 Zealanda Green (Carobird) WRC1-3702

Compilation Tracks
“Simply A Dance Band” on ‘Saskatchewan After Dark’ [2LP] (independent) WRC6-4325

de KEYZER, Jack
Guitarist Jack de Keyzer is originally from London, England by way of Rotterdam, and is a former member of Hamilton band The Bopcats – a rockabilly group who released two albums in the 1980’s on Attic Records. After leaving The Bopcats he was a member of The Rock Angels who released an independent EP in 1983.  de Keyzer’s solo work started in 1989 with the release of “Blue Train” as an indie video. This track led to the album ‘Hard Working Man’ which was produced by Stacey Heydon. The album mad a name for de Keyzer in the Canadian blues industry through the successful singles “Blue Train”, “That’s The Way” and “Nothing In the World”. The single “That’s The Way” made it all the way to #13 on Rock Radio. His sophomore effort, 1994 ‘Wild at Heart’ was produced by Kevin Doyle (Harem Scarem, Alannah Myles) and Jack de Keyzer. February 1999 saw the release of “mostly live” ‘Down In the Groove’ on de Keyzer’s own Blue Star label. The CD was nominated for a 1999 JUNO Award for ‘Best Blues CD’ and ‘Best CD of 1999’ by the National MAPL Blues Awards. de Keyzer, along with engineer Alec Fraser, won their nomination for Best Recording by MAPL Blues. Along with performing and recording, de Keyzer also produces and has other acts signed to his Blue Star label including John Mars. He is also a veteran session man having played on recordings by the likes of Richard Newell (aka King Biscuit Boy), Willie “Big Eyes” Smith, Rita Chiarelli, John Mars, “Baby” Chris Houston, and Art Bergmann. de Keyzer’s music has also appeared in movie soundtracks, (‘Michelle Apartments’) and on TV (‘Traders’, ‘PSI Factor’). with notes from Kevin Murphy. [also see THE BOPCATS]

1989 Blue Train/Johnny Don’t Play (Blue Train) RDR7-13
1990 Blue Train (Parfio Music Group)
1990 That’s The Way (Parfio Music Group)
1990 Nothing In The World (Parfio Music Group)
1994 Way That I Love You (Parfio Music Group)

1982 Lucky One/Real Thing (Blue Train) CCR-9177

1991 Hard Working Man (Hep-Toon/WEA) CD-71801
1994 Wild at Heart (Parfio Music Group) PMCD-31002
1999 Down In the Groove (Blue Star) CD-2501
2002 6 String Lover (Blue Star) CD-2503
2005 Silver Blues (Blue Star) CD-2504
2007 Blues Thing (Blue Star) CD-2506
2009 The Corktown Sessions Live (Blue Star) CD-2507
2012 Electric Love (Blue Star) CD-2508
2014 Voodoo Boogie (Blue Star) CD-2509
2017 The Best Of Jack De Keyser Volume One (Blue Star) CD-2510
2018 Checkmate (Blue Star) CD-2511

Live At The Cove (Electro-Fi) 3422

Compilation Tracks
“The Way That I Love You” on ‘Impact Music Volume 2’ (Impact) IM-002

Chris Whetstone
(drums) / Franz Stefanik (guitar) / George Pettit (vocals) / Marco Bressette (guitar) / Nick Ball (bass)
From Hamilton, Ontario. Featuring members of Alexisonfire and Born Wrong.

Vol. One [3-song 7″] (New Damage) NDRV-038
2017 Vol. Two [3-song 7″] (New Damage) NDRV-045
2018 Vol. Three [3-song 7″] (New Damage) NDRV-056
2022 TV Tears/Stars Burn Out [7″] (New Damage) NDRV-085

Dead Tired (New Damage) NDR-0032
2019 Full Vol. (New Damage) NDRV-065
2022 Satan Will Follow You Home [LP] (New Damage) NDRV-082

Chris Burke-Gaffney (lead vocals, guitars) / Blaire Depape (bass, vocals) / Barry Player (lead guitar, vocals) / Terry Norman Taylor (drums, vocals)
After the final dissolution of the Pumps-turned-Orphan, lead singer for the band, Burke-Gaffney, took some time off and then began gigging around Winnipeg and points west. After playing live again for awhile he began writing new original material, music that was a far cry from Orphan’s more keyboard-oriented new wave pop. Recruiting Depape, Player and Norman Taylor, Burke-Gaffney landed the quartet a deal with Anthem Records and recording began in Toronto. Veteran producer Tom Tremeuth was brought on board which resulted in an eponymous effort that rocked harder than most music being released in 1992. Airplay on the first single, “Dial L.O.V.E.”, was strong in key markets across the country. Two additional singles were release but both failed to make the band a household name; Chris-Burke Gaffney in recent years became a prominent songwriter for the likes of Chantal Kreviazuk and previously managed Winnipeg teen sensations McMaster & James with Glen Willows. With notes from Chris Burke-Gaffney. [also see ORPHAN, THE PUMPS]

Dial L.O.V.E. (Anthem) PR-13
1992 Hard To Be Humble (Anthem) PR-14
1992 King Of The World (Anthem) PR-15

Deadbeat Honeymooners (Anthem) ANK-1066

Born: Joel Thomas Zimmerman on January 5, 1981 in Niagara Falls, Ontario
Zimmerman initially found interest in musical sounds created by vintage video games and electronic devices in 8bit mode from the 1980s. This underground ‘chiptune’ movement inspired him to release a compilation in 2005 entitled ‘Project 56’ featuring fifty-six 8-bit demos of lengths no longer than three minutes and many under 30 seconds. After Zimmerman had found a dead mouse in his computer while repairing it the online internet chat room Community IRC made reference to him as ‘The Dead Mouse Guy’. However, he wasn’t able to use the nickname as his chatroom user name due to restricted character limits on names and so he shortened it to ‘Deadmau5’. In 2006, Deadmau5 started his own record label, Mau5trap Recordings, and through several international distribution deals launched his debut album ‘Get Scraped’ which featured a number of elements that were reworked from ‘Project 56’. Following the release of two EPs – “Vexillology” (2006) and “Full Circle” (2007) – his next full-album release, ‘Random Album Title’ featured collaborations with Kaskade on “I Remember” and “Move For Me” which reached No.1 on the Billboard magazine ‘Hot Dance Airplay’ chart in September 2008. Deadmau5 also performed live at Coachella in 2008. Another litany of EPs followed before the release of 2009’s ‘Lack of a Better Name’ featuring the hit “Ghosts ‘n Stuff” with Rob Swire of Pendulum which went to No.1 on Billboard’s ‘Hot Dance Airplay’ chart. He toured North America and the United Kingdom, including the Oxegen Festival in Ireland. MTV named Deadmau5 as the house DJ for the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards. His third full-length album, ‘4×4=12’, was released in early December 2010 and featured the singles “Some Chords,” “Animal Rights,” and “Sofi Needs a Ladder”. “Some Chords” was also used in an episode of ‘CSI: Crime Scene Investigation’ as part of Deadmau5 guest appearance. An instrumental remix of “Sofi Needs a Ladder” was featured in the film ‘The Hangover Part II’ starring Bradley Cooper. A highlight in 2010 was his performance during the Men’s Luge medal ceremonies during the 2010 Winter Olympics in British Columbia. Deadmau5 released a self-titled album in 2011 and continued touring around North America and the United Kingdom to sell out shows including a record breaking appearance as the first, ever, Canadian artist to headline at Toronto’s Skydome (aka Rogers Centre) to an audience of 20,000+ in August 2011. Deadmau5 h as been nominated for five JUNO Awards for ‘Dance Recording of the Year’ and won three of those; he’s been nominated for four Grammy Awards, won five Beatport Music Awards, and won three out of seven nominated International Dance Music Awards.

Stereo Fidelity [DigiFile] (Play Digital) PD-2005
2006 Full Bloom [DigiFile] (Play Digital) PD-2006
2006 Faxing Berlin/Jaded [DigiFile] (Play Digital) PD-2014
2006 Reduction [DigiFile] (Play Digital) PD-2016
2007 Arguru (Songbird) SB-213
2008 Bye Friend (Mau5trap) MAU5-007
2008 Clockwork (Songbird) SB-223
2009 Ghosts ‘n Stuff/Peddler of Misery (Mau5trap) MAU5-013
2009 Slip
2009 Lack of a Better Name
2009 Ghosts ‘n Stuff (Sub-Focus Remix)/Ghosts ‘n’ Stuff (Nero Remix) [w/ROB SWIRE] (Mau5trap) MAU5-020TX
2009 Strobe (Mau5trap) MAU5-022
2010 Some Chords (Mau5trap) MAU5-025
2010 Sofi Needs a Ladder
2011 HR 8938 Cephei (Mau5trap) MAU5-033
2011 Raise Your Weapon (Remixes)
2011 Aural Psynapse

The Reward Is Cheese [12″] (Rising Trax -UK) RISINGTRAX-06

Cocktail Queen [DigiFile] (Play Digital) PD-1002
2006 Hey Baby [3 mixes] [DigiFile] (Play Digital) PD-1003
2007 Hey Baby [9 mixes] [DigiFile] (Play Digital) PD-1007

I Like Your Music [3 mixes] [DigiFile] (Play Digital) PD-4002

Project 56 [56 ‘song’ EP]
2006 Get Scraped (Mau5trap)
2006 Vexillology [EP] (Mau5trap)
2007 Full Circle [7-song EP] [DigiFile] (Play Digital) PD-2002
2008 Random Album Title (Mau5trap) MAU5CD-01
2008 At Play (Mau5trap)
2009 It Sounds Like (Mau5trap)
2009 For Lack of a Better Name (Mau5trap) MAU5CD-02
2009 At Play Vol.2 (Mau5trap) MAU5CD-03
2010 At Play Vol.3 (Mau5trap) MAU5CD-04
2010 4×4=12 (Mau5trap) MAU5CD-05
2011 Deadmau5 (Mau5trap)
2012 >album title goes here< (Ultra) UL-7841-2
2014 while (1<2) (Mau5trap) MAU5CD-017
2015 Dieback Music Pack [DigiFile] (Valve Corporation)
2016 W:/2016ALBUM/ [Digi File] (Mau5trap) MAU5CD-023
2018 Where’s The Drop [2LP] (Mau5trap) MAU5-0164V
2018 Mau5ville: Level 1 [Digi File] (Mau5trap) MAU5-0188BP
2018 Mau5ville: Level 2 [Digi File] (Mau5trap) MAU5-0199BP
2019 Polar (Music From The Netflix Film) [Digi File] (Mau5trap) MAU5-0221
2019 Mau5ville: Level 3 [Digi File] (Mau5trap) MAU5-0222
2020 Here’s The Drop [2LP] (Mau5trap) MAU5-0270V

DEAN, Paul
Born: Paul Warren Dean on February 19, 1946

Lead guitarist for Canadian bands Brutus, Canada, Scrubbaloe Caine, Streetheart, and Loverboy. Dean has also ventured out on solo projects. [also see BRUTUS, CANADA, SCRUBBALOE CAINE, STREETHEART, LOVERBOY]

Sword And Stone/Down To The Bottom (Columbia/CBS) C4-3077
1989 Draw The Line/Action (Columbia/CBS) C4-3085
1994 It’s Hard To Be Humble (Strawberry/A & M/Polygram) STRAW-PRO-06

Hard Core (Columbia/CBS) FC-44462
1994 Machine (Strawberry/A & M/Polygram) 70055-5008-2

Compilation Tracks
“Bitch You” on ‘Access: Volume 1’ (Thriftys) ACD-001

Murray Lightburn (vocals, guitars) / Richard MacDonald (1995–1998) / John Tod (1995–2000) / Andrew White (1995–1998) / Roberto Arquilla (bass; 1997-2000, 2010-present) / Natalia Yanchak (keyboards, vocals; 1998-present) / Brigitte Mayes (1999–2002) / Jonathan Cohen (1999–2002) / Martin Pelland (bass; 2001-2007) / Rob Benvie (guitar; 2001-2003, 2009-present) / George Donoso III (drums; 2001-2008) / Patrick Krief (guitar; 2001-present) / Joseph Donovan (guitar; 2003) / Valérie Jodoin-Keaton (keys, flute, vocals; 2003-2007) / Yann Geoffroy (drums, keys; 2008) / Jason Kent (guitar, vocals, keys; 2008) / Christopher McCarron (guitar; 2008) / Lisa Smith (bass, keys; 2008) / Laura Wills (keys, vocals; 2008) / Jeff Luciani (drums, 2010-present)
The Dears was formed in Montréal, Quebéc in 1995 as a vehicle for Murray Lightburn’s music output. Only keyboardist Natalia Yanchak has been a consistent member. They released their first album, ‘End of a Hollywood Bedtime Story’, in 2000 followed by independent releases of the EPs ‘Orchestral Pop Noir Romantique’ (2001) and ‘Protest’ (2002). By this time their sound had changed but fans wanted to hear Lightburn’s earliest recordings which he put out as ‘Nor the Dahlias: The Dears 1995-1998’. In 2003 they released their second full-length album ‘No Cities Left’, and a string of highly anticipated shows at South By Southwest (SXSW) in 2004 brought them to the attention of the international press and music industry. The Dears toured extensively on three continents in support of ‘No Cities Left’ and returned to the studio to record in 2005. The Dears’ next album ‘Gang of Losers’ was released in 2006, and continued the accolades they were receiving from the media. The Dears have done opening gigs with for Sloan, The Tragically Hip, Keane, The Secret Machines and The Smiths’ Morrissey. In 2007 their album ‘Gang of Losers’ was released and landed on the short list for the Polaris prize that year. This was followed by ‘Missiles’ (2008) and ‘Degeneration Street’ (2011); the latter album was long-listed for the 2011 Polaris Music prize.

We Can Have It/Summer of Protest (Bella Union) BELLA-V83
2004 Lost In Plot/Heartless Romantic (Bella Union) BELLA-V86
2005 22: The Death of All Romance/Jazz Waltz No.3 in B-Flat (Bella Union) BELLA-V100
2006 Ticket to Immortality/Raise the Dead (Bella Union) DEARS-V122
2006 Whites Only Party//Above a Lake of Fire/Summer of Protest [7” EP] (Bella Union) DEARS-V130
2007 You And I Are A Gang Of Losers (Arts & Crafts) ACX-008
2008 Money Babies (Dangerbird) DGB-0331S
2009 Disclaimer (Dangerbird) IMS-2009
2011 Omega Dog (independent) DEAM-002-D
2011 Blood (V2 – NETHERLANDS) VVNL22123P
2011 Thrones (Radio Edit) (Dangerbird)
2015 Here’s To The Death Of All The Romance (Edit) [DigiFile] (Pheromone)
2017 All The Hail Marys [DigiFile] (Paper Bag)
2017 I’m Sorry That I Wished You Dead (Paper Bag)
2017 Taking It To The Grave (Paper Bag)
2017 Of Fisticuffs (Paper Bag)
2017 1998 (Paper Bag)
2020 Christmas Love/O Little Town Of Bethlehem [7″] (Dangerbird) DGB-220-1
2020 The Worst In Us (Radio Edit)/The Worst In Us (Album Version) (Dangerbird)

End of a Hollywood Bedtime Story (Grenadine) GREN-004
2001 Nor the Dahlias: The Dears 1995-1998
2001 Orchestral Pop Noir Romantique [4-song EP] (Universal Music) 76974-22232
2002 Protest [3-song EP] (independent) DEARS-1
2003 No Cities Left (Maple Music) MRCD-6409
2004 Thank You, Good Night, Sold Out (Maple Music)
2005 Instant Live (Maple Music)
2006 Gang of Losers (Arts & Crafts/Maple Music) A&C- 20
2008 Missiles (Dangerbird/Maple Music)
2009 iTunes Live From Montréal [DigiFile] (Maple Music)
2010 Daytrotter Session
2011 Degeneration Street (Pheromone) PHER-CD-1017
2012 Live At Pasagüero [DigiFile] (independent) DEAM-021-D
2015 Times Infinity Volume One (Pheromone) PHER-CD1034
2016 Acoustic (1995-2001) [DigiFile] (Ting Dun) TING-010
2016 Acoustic (2001-2005) [DigiFile] (Ting Dun) TING-011
2016 Acoustic (2006-2011) [DigiFile] (Ting Dun) TING-012
2017 Times Infinity Volume Two [LP] (Paper Bag) PAPER110-LP
2018 Times Infinity Volume Tour [5-song EP DigiFile]
2020 Lovers Rock [LP] (Dangerbird) DGB211-1

Sebastien Grainger
(vocals, drums) / Jesse F. Keeler (bass, synthesizer)
Death From Above 1979 was formed in Toronto in 2000. They also have a side project called MSTRKRFT.

Blood On Your Hands (Last Gang) 679L-087
2004 Romantic Rights (Last Gang)
2005 Black History Month (Last Gang) 679L-106

Heads Up [EP] (Ache) ACHE-009
2004 Romantic Rights [EP] (Sound Virus) SNDVRS-16
2004 You’re A Woman, I’m A Machine (Last Gang) Q2-00902
2005 Romance Bloody Romance (Last Gang) Q2-00910
2005 iTunes Live Session [DigiFile]
2014 The Physical World (Last Gang) Q2-01555
2016 Live At Third Man Records (Third Man – US) TMR-344

Glenn Salter (guitar) / Scott Williams (guitar) / Terry Girouard (vocals) / Timothy Alchin (drums) / Dave (bass)
From Mississauga, Ontario.

A World of One, Divided By All [10-song EP] (Hate Breeders) HBR-001

Great Omnipotent Deceiver [cassette] (independent)

Peter Cleaver (vocals, guitar) / Doug Proulx (drums) / Syd Savage (guitar) / Tim Challenger (bass) / Jim Sigmund (bass; replaced Challenger) / Brad Kent (guitar; replaced Savage) / Dan Scum (vocals) / Puke / Nipplehead Keller
Originally from Burnaby, British Columbia this 5-piece hardcore punk act was formed in 1984. Their eight-song demo, ‘Undergrowth’, also became the name of their indie label. With a win in a Vancouver ‘Battle of the Bands’ contest they were able to afford to record and release an 8 song 12” entitled ‘Not a Pretty Sight’. Later that year they migrated to Toronto to be closer to the active T.O. punk scene and signed with Fringe Product. ‘Not a Pretty Sight’ was re-released by Fringe in 1986. Their follow-up album, ‘Stop Killing Me’, came out in 1988 but the album’s promotion was mired in problems due to Fringe’s court battle on behalf of label mates The Dayglo Abortions on obscenity charges.

1988 Danger Zone/I.W.A.W.F.T. Soviet Union (Fringe) FPS-1783

1984 Undergrowth [cassette] (Undergrowth)
Not a Pretty Sight [8 song 12”] (Undergrowth) UG-1305
1986 Not a Pretty Sight [re-issue] (Fringe) FPE-3032
1988 Stop Killing Me (Fringe) FPL-3054
2009 Death Sentence (Lazy 8)

Compilation Tracks
“Get Out of Our Way”, “Real World”, and “Ultra Violence” on ‘Undergrowth ‘84’ (Undergrowth)
1986 “In Flames” on ‘Manic Depression’ [cassette] (Zulu)

DeBOLT, Daisy
Born: Donna Marie DeBolt on July 19, 1945 in Winnipeg, Manitoba
Died: October 4, 2011 in Toronto, Ontario
In a career that spanned over 35 years, DeBolt caught her first taste of stardom as part of folk duo Fraser & DeBolt in 1969. They released two albums for Columbia Records before going their separate ways in 1974. The multi-instrumentalist began recording her debut solo album, ‘Soulstalking’, in August 1989 at Inception Sound with producer John Switzer and didn’t finish it until May 1991. It was finally released on her own label in 1992. The follow-up, ‘I Can’, was produced by John Switzer at Sunshine Studio in 1995 and featured the musical contributions of Bob Derkach and Larry Stanley. Stanley passed away between ‘I Can’ and the 2000 release of ‘Just Mountain Songs’ EP and DeBolt was inspired by the location of the recording and the loss of a friend. During the promotion of ‘Just Mountain Songs’, DeBolt and Derkach recorded a live-off the floor performance at radio station CIUT-FM August 31, 2000.  This recording was released as ‘Back to the Sugarcamp’ later that year. For her next album, DeBolt chose to record a jazz album as a tip of the hat to her late musician mother. ‘Live Each Day with Soul’ was produced by Tony Quarrington who chose Phil Dwyer as leader of the horn section consisting of Tom Skublics, Terry Lukiwski, and Daniel Lapp,  Doug Riley (keyboards), George Koller (bass), Marty Cordrey (drums), Tiina Kiik (accordion) and Bob Derkach (accordion). Special guest appearances were made by Jane Bunnett, Roberto Occhipinti, Victor Bateman, Marg aret Stowe and Dave Restivo. In 2004 she returned to her folk roots with the CD ‘Lovers & Fantasies’ featuring songs written by DeBolt and additional lyrical contributions from ‘The English Patient’ book writer Michael Ondaatje who lead an earlier life as musician. DeBolt was accompanied by Koeller and Stowe; Daisy DeBolt died October 4, 2011. with notes from Daisy DeBolt. [also see FRASER & DEBOLT]

Soulstalking (Debolt)
1996 I Can (Debolt)
2000 Just Mountain Songs [EP] (Debolt)
2002 Live Each Day With Soul (Debolt) DCD-106
2004 Lovers & Fantasies (Debolt)

Back to the Sugar Camp

Compilation Tracks
“Eagle Hill” on ‘New Stuff Two’ (MMS) NSCD-002

Tom Nichol
(bass) / Tim Nichol (drums) / Brent Johnson (lead vocals, keyboards) / Malcolm Atkinson (lead guitar)

New Boys (Target)

Compilation Tracks
“Turn Around” on ‘Q107 Homegrown Album Volume 4’ (Basement/Attic) BASE-X6008
1986 “New Boys” on ‘Sounds of the City’ (Hyland) JM-8323

Derek Kendrick
From Montreal, Québec featuring former Dogs of War/Zebras/Taxi drummer Derek Kendrick.

Lucie Lucie (Vocal) / Lucie Lucie (Version Instrumentale) (Celsius/Trans-Canada) CLS-704
1980 Baby, Je Dis Non/Baby, Je Dis Non (Version Instrumentale) (Celsius/Trans-Canada) CLS-709
1981 Je M’en Moque/Caroline (Celsius/Trans-Canada) CLS-714
1981 Courrez Courrez/Je Suis Jaloux (Celsius/Trans-Canada) CLS-721
1981 Tu Me Rends Fou/Tu Danses (Celsius/Trans-Canada) CLS-726
1984 Girls Are Out Tonite/[same (Ovni) MRP-107

courtesy David Sampson

Graham “Dee” Dunnett
(lead vocals, guitar) / Terry Watkinson (organ) / Len Lytwyn (drums, vocals) / Peter Sterbach (keyboards; replaced Watkinson 1968) / Billy King (drums; replaced Lytwyn)
England’s very own Graham Dunnett was a veteran on the UK music scene from 1957 to 1961 fronting more than 20 different bands. During the period of great musical growth in Hamburg, Germany, Dunnett led The Starliners to near fame in 1962, first backing the Beatles and then Gerry & The Pacemakers on the heels of two singles and a role in a British teen movie. Following a tour in France for 6 months, Dunnett decided to make the move to North America where all his peers had found fame and fortune during the British Invasion. Dunnett relocated to Canada in 1963 where he formed Dee And The Yeomen with Fort Williams native Watkinson (Sonny & The Sequins) and Montréal’s Lytwyn in Autumn of 1964. In 1965 they released several singles on a variety of independent labels, and in the spring of 1966 were signed Quality Records REO subsidiary. The first single for the label, “A Love Like Mine”, managed to hit #1 in some radio markets. They would eventually base themselves out of the Night Owl coffee house in Toronto’s Yorkville club district. They also played at all the surrounding area high schools and clubs along with work in Montréal, Calgary and on the East Coast. In 1966, “In A Minute or Two” managed to reach #1 on some West Coast stations. The band eventually changed their name to Dee And The Quotum, then Rock Show Of The Yeomen, and later just The Yeomen. At this point Sterbach (Big Town Boys) had replaced Watkinson. Members of The Yeomen would rise again with Dunnett, Lytwyn, and Mutch releasing one record on London under the name Daybreak; Another reconfiguration would then re-sign to Quality Records under the name Wishbone in 1971; Watkinson would go on to join Max Webster in the mid-70’s; Sterbach went on to perform with The Paupers and Mandala. He is now a successful music teacher; Lytwyn became the CEO of the AFM Musicians union; Lovett would form J.F.L. Fellowship with members of Stage Train; King would drum in a mid-70s version of Lighthouse; Dunnet has continued performers with the Rosedale Village Singers and The Brampton Festival Singers. with notes from Andre Gibeault and Paul Knight. [also see DAYBREAK, WISHBONE]

1965 Say Baby/You Should Know It (Wolff) 101
1965 Take The First Train Home/Why Why Why (Can-Cut) 8880
1965 Take The First Train Home/Why Why Why (Bell) 633
1966 A Love Like Mine/Be Gone Be Gone (REO/Quality) 8909
1966 Baby It’s All Worthwhile/Broken Hearted Melody (REO/Quality) 8940
1966 In A Minute Or Two/Afraid Of Love (REO/Quality) 8968


1967 Village Girl/Afraid of Love (REO/Quality) 8993

1969 We Are The Dream/The Chains (Mainstream) 701


1969 Someday You’ll Need Someone/Send Flowers To Julie (Sound Canada) SC-705

Alan Nolan
(vocals) / Timothy Kowalski (bass) / Steve Baldwin (drums) / Craig Szubert (guitar) / Mark Klucznyk (guitar)
From Toronto, Ontario.

Suck (Epidemic) RDR12-30

Johnny Regimbal
(guitar, vocals) / Loke Webb (guitar, backing vocals) / Marty Boggs (bass, backing vocals) / Greg Moore (drums, backing vocals)
From Victoria, British Columbia.

Better Days [DigiFile] (Deep Sea Gypsies)
2020 Good Times [DigiFile] (Deep Sea Gypsies)

Peatt Road [4-song EP] (Deep Sea Gypsies)
2015 Cedar Hill X Road [7-song EP] (Deep Sea Gypsies)
2017 Rough Waters (Deep Sea Gypsies)
2020 Check Your Pockets (Deep Sea Gypsies)

Collaboration Tracks
Woke Up With The Blues (Deep Sea Gypsies)

Dave Champion
(vocals) / Steve Gelling (guitar) / Tim Mech (bass) / Ian Seabrook (drums) / Rob Sanzo (bass)
Ottawa’s Deep Six was formed in Ottawa in 1984 and featured Dave Champion and Tim Mech who had played together in punk bands Civil Terror and Snuff Maximus. They teamed up with ex-Porcelain Forehead member Ian Seabrook and ex-Restless Virgins member Steve Gelling. Following Tim Mech’s departure he was replaced by Rob Sanzo and the band recorded one single for Nomad Records in 1985. Mech went on to co-found The Bookmen with Dave Bookman. After doing road work for The Rheostatics and Tragically Hip, he moved to Toronto where he formed the band Peep Show. Recently he was the guitar tech for Elvis Costello on the road; Champion works for the government; Seabrook lives in Vancouver; Gelling died in 2010.


1985 Complaints Department/Rockin’ The Rideau (Nomad) WRC3-4204

Dallas Smith (vocals, guitar) / Danny Craig (drums) / Dave Benedict (bass) / Jeremy James Hora (guitar)
Formed in Vancouver, British Columbia in 1999, Default were discovered by Nickelback’s Chad Kroeger when their demo was sent to the offices of his record label 604 Records. Kroeger produced their 2001 debut album ‘The Fallout’ whose singles “Wasting My Time” and “Deny” led to platinum record sales in the United States and a JUNO Award for ‘Best New Group’. Kroeger also produced their follow-up album ‘Elocation’ featured three radio singles and won them a JUNO Award for ‘Best Rock Album of the Year’. Their third album, ‘One Thing Remains’, contained the hit “Count on Me”. During the completion of their fourth album in 2007, TVT Records filed for bankruptcy and the album was delayed until 2009 when ‘Comes and Goes’ finally saw light of day on Fontana/EMI Records. The band is on hiatus as Dallas Smith is pursuing a solo career.

Wasting My Time/Slow Me Down/Deny (acoustic) (TVT) TVT-2311
2002 Deny (Rick Parashar Mix)/Let You Down (acoustic)/Wasting My Time (CHR mix) (TVT)
2002 Live A Lie (TVT)
2002 Sick and Die (TVT)
2003 (Taking My) Life Away (TVT)
2003 Throw It All Away (TVT)
2004 All She Wrote (TVT)
2005 Count on Me/Cruel (TVT) TVT-6063
2006 I Can’t Win (TVT)
2006 The Way We Were (TVT)
2009 All Over Me (Fontana/EMI)
2009 Little Too Late (Fontana/EMI)
2009 Turn It On (Fontana/EMI)
2010 Supposed to Be (Fontana/EMI)
2011 Seize the Day (Fontana/EMI)

1999 The Fallout (independent) D-CD2000
2001 The Fallout (TVT) TVT-2310
2003 Elocation (TVT) TVT-6000
2005 One Thing Remains (TVT) TVT-6060
2010 Comesandgoes (Audionest/Fontana/EMI) AN-001

From Toronto, Ontario

Compilation Tracks
“Long Way To My Knees” on ‘Homegrown Vol.2’ (Basement/Attic) BASE-6002

Anthony “Tony” DeFranco
(vox) / Benito “Benny” DeFranco (vox) / Nino DeFranco (vox) / Marisa DeFranco (vox) / Merlina DeFranco (vox)
The five DeFrancos – Benny, Marisa, Nino, Merlina and Tony – were born and raised in Port Colborne and Welland, Ontario, by Italian immigrant parents Antonio and Maria. The DeFranco children all experimented with musical instruments at an early age.  Mr. DeFranco taught 10 year old Benny guitar and, less than eight years later, Benny was busy teaching guitar professionally and winning awards for his playing all over Canada.  Soon after Benny began his lessons, Marisa developed her own talents on the accordion and then the organ. Nino followed by showing his natural ability on the guitar.  The three of them played so well together that younger sister Merlina insisted on a place in the group – so they bought her some maracas. Tony, who was only 4, took to the maracas before Merlina could protest, so Mr. DeFranco bought Merlina a set of drums…and the DeFranco Quintet was formed.  It wasn’t long before the DeFrancos were a much sought-after act in their local area. They were in demand for local TV shows, benefits, parades, weddings and church functions. All this time, however, the DeFrancos remained a musical group, singing only during rehearsals.  Mrs. DeFranco, who knew her son Tony had a fine singing voice, asked him to sing onstage at a large banquet in Toronto. Tony refused. Mrs. DeFranco offered him $5. Tony reconsidered. The song was “Hey Jude,” and it brought the house down. After that, singing became the DeFrancos’ specialty, and they became more popular than ever.  A friend believed in them enough to send their picture to Charles Laufer, publisher of Tiger Beat Magazine, who immediately invited the DeFrancos to Hollywood for an audition.  Once in Hollywood, the DeFrancos did a series of interviews and photo sessions for Laufer and his staff. Their stories and pictures were published in the teen magazines, and it wasn’t long before the mail response convinced Chuck Laufer that there was something special about this family.  The DeFrancos took up residence in Hollywood, and the Laufer Entertainment Group (L.E.G.) had the DeFrancos cut three sides. Laufer took the finished songs directly to Russ Regan, President of 20th Century Records who signed the band to the label after only a single listen to the material. Producer Walt Meskell trained The DeFranco Family, and particularly Tony DeFranco, in preparation for their first album. The first single was “Heartbeat, It’s a Lovebeat,” in June of 1973. Dick Clark invited the DeFrancos on “American Bandstand” in July, which created more viewer reaction than any other Bandstand guest at that time. In total, the DeFrancos would appear on American Bandstand 9 times. “Heartbeat” would go to sell more than 2 1/2 million copies. The follow-up single, “Abra-Ca-Dabra”, was released at the beginning of 1974. The label decided to strike while the fire was hot and return the act to the recording studio to prepare for the next album. There erupted a power struggle in the production of second album LP with management telling returning producer Walt Meskell which songs to record while the DeFrancos themselves wanting more hands-on participation. Though they believed in continuing with the same musical tradition, they wanted the elbow room to mature as musicians and performers. Meskell elected to stockpile more of his own original songs while the DeFrancos fought for the right to record one of Benny’s original compositions. Alas, the label, producer and management team tethered the act to their bubblegum origins. The sophomore album, ‘Save the Last Dance for Me’, contained their third and final Top40 hit. Originally a hit for The Drifters, the remade title track reached No.18 in 1974. The band’s schedule was relentless and in June of 1974 they began an 11-week United States/Canadian tour in the summer and by the fall would tour Japan. Following the tour, they were sequestered for work on album #3. Pressure was immense from the creative team to zero in on the specific type of songs that needed to be recorded. With the success of the Drifters remake it was decided the act should continue the route of revising old cover tunes; coupled with that came the decision to switch producers by replacing Meskell with Mike Curb who’d had great success with the Osmonds. The DeFranco’s stuck to their creative guns hoping that the successful formula of the previous two records could be maintained. Ultimately, they lost the battle and were coerced into recording several songs with Mike Curb which proved to be less than satisfactory. By the end of 1974 the DeFranco’s had no third album or a recording career. The band retired in 1979 and the family relocated to southern California. The ladies settled into married life; Benny did production work at Disney studios; Nino owned a music store in the San Fernando Valley; Tony and his wife ran a production company and were handling the careers of several international artists. Despite their standing Canadian citizenship, the majority of their recordings were disqualified as Canadian Content due to the songwriting and production being American. In recent years The DeFranco Family have reunited including an appearance at Rhino Records’ annual RetroFest and on April 13, 2000 at B.B. King’s nightclub in Los Angeles to coincide with a long overdue CD re-issue of their best material on a K-Tel Records ‘best of’ CD. Tony DeFranco is a real estate agent in California.

1973 Heartbeat – It’s A Lovebeat/Sweet, Sweet Loretta (20th Century/GRT) 1209-2030
1974 Abra-Ca-Dabra/Same Kind ‘A Love (20th Century/GRT) 1209-2070
1974 Save The Last Dance For Me/ Because We Both Are Young (20th Century/GRT)  1209-2088
1974 Write Me A Letter/Baby Blue (20th Century/GRT)  1209-2128
1975 We Belong Together/Time Enough For Love (20th Century/GRT) 1209-2214


1973 Heartbeat – It’s A Lovebeat (20th Century/GRT)  T-422
1974 Save The Last Dance For Me (20th Century) T-441
2000 The DeFranco Family Featuring Tony DeFranco (K-Tel)

Compilation Tracks
“Heartbeat – It’s a Lovebeat” on ‘Sound Explosion’ (K-Tel) TC-213
1974 “Abra-Ca-Dabra” on ‘Music Power’ (K-Tel) TC-214
1974 “Save the Last Dance for Me” on ‘Canadian Mint’ (K-Tel) TC-215
1974 “Heartbeat – It’s a Lovebeat” on ‘Superstars Greatest Hits’ (K-Tel) TC-218

Gerard van Herk
(vocals, guitar) / Tony Dewald (drums)
Formed in Montreal in 1981, eccentric music-meisters and OG Music record label owners Deja Voodoo were music’s answer to B-movie actors Bela Lugosi and Peter Laurie. Deja Voodoo brewed up their zany Sludgeabilly swamp rock with the enthusiasm of Buddy Holly and the charm of Herman Munster.  Live, raw guitars, drums and vocals are all that grace their records and contained no studio trappings.

1982 Monsters In My Garage [4 song EP] (Og Music) DV-01
1984 Cemetery (Og Music) OG-4
1985 Too Cool To Live, Too Smart To Die (Midnight Int’l – US)
1988 Hiekkaa Hietarannan (Gaga Goodies – FINLAND) GO-7


1983 Gumbo (Og Music) OG-1
1985 Too Cool To Live, Too Smart To Die (Midnight Int’l – US) MIR-112
1986 Swamp of Love (Og Music) OG-11
1987 Too Cool to Live, Too Smart to Die [remixed + extra track] (Og Music) OG-12
1987 Gotta Have Money [12″] (Gaga Goodies – FINLAND) GOD-2
1987 The Worst of… (Og Music) OG-14
1988 Big Pile of Mud (Og Music) OG-18
1990 Live At The Backstage Club, Helsinki Finland (Og Music) OG-28

Compilation Tracks
“Lonely Motel” and “House of Stimuli (Version)” on ‘It Came From Canada Vol. 1’ (Og Music) OG-8
1986 “Three Men, One Coffin” on ‘It Came From Canada Vol. 2’ (Og Music) OG-9
1987 “Bound For Glory” on ‘It Came From Canada Vol. 3’ (Og Music) OG-13
1989 “Let Elvis Die” on ‘It Came From Canada Vol. 5’ (Og Music) OG-25

Bob Bonnell
(vocals) / Cal Dodd (vocals) / Paul Gordon (vocals) / John Pym (guitar) / Terry Wilkins (bass) / John Sheard (keyboards) / Wally Cameron (drums) / John Lowry (guitar) / Doug MacAskill (guitar; replaced Lowry) / Mel O’Brien (bass; replaced Wilkins)
Formed in 1974 with members out of several disparate Toronto area bands, Déjà Vu were signed to Capitol Records. Their debut album ‘Song For Everyone’, was produced by Lighthouse’s Skip Prokop in 1976. The single from the album, “Dance”, became a Top30 hit in the summer of 1976 and landed the band an opening slot on tour with Joe Cocker. Wilkins and Lowry were replaced by O’Brien and MacAskill respectively for the second album, 1977’s ‘Get It Up For Love’, produced by Corky Abdo at Captain Audio studios except a hold-over track from the first album produced by Skip Prokop which was a cover version of his old Lighthouse hit “Pretty Lady”.  The album spawned two radio singles but both failed to do any significant chart action. The band split up later that year. Doug MacAskill soon replaced Rich Dodson in The Stampeders; Wilkins went on to join Rough Trade; John Sheard joined Dan Hill on his 1977 Australian tour; Mel O’Brien now lives in Ireland; Bonnell sang on the self-titled 1979 Emigré album. with notes from Mel O’Brien.

1976 Dance/Don’t Wanna Take the Chance (Capitol) 4277
1977 Don’t Want to Say Goodbye/Be Happy (Capitol) 4321
1977 Love I’d Like to Thank You/Somebody to Believe In (Capitol) 4396

1976 A Song For Everyone (Capitol) ST-11527
1977 Get It Up For Love (Capitol) ST-11604

del JUNCO, Carlos
Havana, Cuba born harmonica virtuoso Carlos del Junco moved to Toronto where he has become a blues fixture.

Big Boy – Some Recycled Blues And Other Somewhat Related Stuff (Big Reed) BRRCD-2
2001 Up and At ‘em (Big Reed) BRRCD-3
2005 Blues Mongrel (Northern Blues) NBM-0026
2008 Steady Movin’ (Northern Blues) NBM-0051

Just Your Fool (Big Reed) BRRCD-1

Blues (Big Reed) BRRCDJ-01

Big Road Blues (Old Way Blues) OWB-CD001

Blues, Etc… (Big Reed) BRRCD-5

Mongrel Mash (Big Reed) BRRCD-4

Compilation Tracks
“Jingle Bells” on ‘Stuck On A Cold Steel Pole’ (Duke Street) DSRSD-31097
2001 “Another Man Done Gone/On Down The Tracks” on ‘Festival To Go – An All-Canadian Sampler, Volume 2 (Festival) FDI-003
2005 “No Particular Place” on ’20 Years Toronto Blues Society’ [2CD] (independent) TBSCD-002
2005 “Blues With Feeling” on ‘The Future Of The Blues, Vol.2’ (NorthernBlues) NBM-0200
2006 “Big Boy” on ‘Harmonica Sounds’ (Hohner) 0-264 100/0000-0
2008 “Diddle It” on ‘The Future Of The Blues – A NorthernBlues Sampler Vol.3’ (NorthernBlues) – NBM-0300

Bill Leeb
/ Michael Balch / Rhys Fulber (replaced Balch)
Former Skinny Puppy collaborator Bill Leeb left that band to create Front Line Assembly in Vancouver with Michael Balch. The two also worked on a side project they called Delerium starting in 1986 and released ‘Faces, Forms and Illusions’ in 1989. By 1990 Balch had left both acts and Leeb began working with Rhys Fulber in Delerium. With half a dozen albums under their belts, Fulber moved on to pursue other musical interests and Leeb began working with producer Chris Peterson. In 2003 Fulber returned for Delerium’s next two releases – ‘Chimera’ (2003) and ‘Nuages de Monde’ (2006). The act performed their first live concerts during this period with singers Kristy Thirsk and Shelley Harland supplying vocals. In 2004 they also performed at the ‘One World Benefit Concert’ in aid of the Japanes Tsunami victims with Sarah McLachlan singing on their tune “Silence”. Delerium collaborators with many vocalists on their recordings featuring Camille Henderson (West End Girls), Leigh Nash (Sixpence None The Richer), Jacqui Hunt (Single Gun Theory), and many sampled vocals clips from other famous musical works. Leeb and Fulber have also worked under many other names including Equinox, Interim, Noise Unit, and Pro-Tech among others. They also created a one-off project with Leigh Nash called Fauxliage.

1994 Flowers Become Screens (Nettwerk)  W2-3080
1994 Incantation [3-song 12″] (Nettwerk) NTWK-VPRO-005
1997 Euphoric (Firefly) Rabbit In The Moon Mixes [3-song 12″] (Nettwerk) 33089
1997 Karma Bonus Disc [CDROM] (Nettwerk) 33090
1997 Duende [3-song 12″] (Nettwerk) 33091
1998 Silence (Fade Dub #1)/[split w/ARGONAUTS] [12″ Acetate] (masterpiece- UK)
1998 Silence (Fade Dub #2)/[split w/ROBERT MILES] [12″ Acetate] (masterpiece – UK)
1999 Silence (Sanctuary Mix)/[split w/PLACEBO] [12″ Acetate] (masterpiece – UK)
1999 Heaven’s Earth (Matt Darey Remix) [3-song 12″] (Nettwerk) 33101
1999 Silence [3-song 12″] (Nettwerk) 33110
2001 Innocente (Falling In Love) (Deep Dish UK Gladiator Remix)/[split w/SLACKER] [12″ Acetate] (masterpiece – UK)
2003 Run For It (Album Edit) (Nettwerk – UK) 32092
2004 Truly [12″] (Nettwerk – UK) 33226
2006 Angelicus (Nettwerk) 36388
2007 Lost And Found (Remixes) [7-song DigiFile] (Nettwerk) N000325DIG
2012 Monarch [11-song DigiFile] (Nettwerk) N0003230DIG

2001 Daylight (Nettwerk) 39966

Innocente (Falling In Love) [12″] (Nettwerk) 33116

as DELERIUM featuring RANI
Underwater [12″] (Nettwerk) 33141

Above The Clouds [DigiFile] (Nettwerk America – US)

After All [2 x 12″] (Nettwerk – UK) 33198

Dust In Gravity (Remixes) [8-song DigiFile] (Nettwerk) N0003215DIG

Day Turns Into Nights [9-song DigiFile] (Nettwerk) N0003235DIG

Chrysalis Heart [6-song DigiFile] (Nettwerk) N0003236DIG

Glimmer [6-song DigiFile] (Nettwerk)  0-06700-38428-5-3

Ritual [7-song DigiFile] (Metropolis) MET-1058D

as DELERIUM featuring JES
Stay [7-song DigiFile] (Metropolis) MET-1142D

1989 Faces, Forms, and Illusions (Dossier) ST-7558
1989 Morpheus (Dossier) DCD-9010
1990 Syrophenikan (Dossier) DCD-9015
1990 Stone Tower (Dossier) DCD-9024
1991 Spiritual Archives (Dossier) DCD-9033
1991 Euphoric [4-song EP] (Third Mind) TMD-9262
1994 Spheres I (Dossier) DCD-9053
1994 Spheres II (Dossier) DCD-9060
1995 Reflections I (Dossier) DCD-9071
1995 Reflections II (Dossier) DCD-9074
1996 Semantic Spaces (Nettwerk) W2-30092
1998 Sampler (Nettwerk) PRO-39811
1997 Karma [2 CD] (Nettwerk) 30112
1997 Karma (Nettwerk) 30113
2000 Poem (Nettwerk) 30165
2000 Poem [2 CD] (Nettwerk) 30166
2001 Archives Vol.1 (Nettwerk) 30226
2001 Archives Vol 2 (Nettwerk) 30227
2001 Odyssey: The Remix Collection (Nettwerk) 30240
2003 Chimera (Nettwerk) 30317
2004 The Best of (Nettwerk) 30377
2005 Silence: The Masterpieces (Avex Casa – JAPAN) AVCD-61003
2006 Nuages de Monde (Nettwerk) 30602
2010 Remixed: The Definitive Collection – Mixed by Niels Van Gogh (Nettwerk) 30873
2010 Voice EP (Sonic Reducer Magazine/Nettwerk – GERMANY)
2010 Voice – An Acoustic Collection (Nettwerk) 30850
2012 Music Box Opera (Nettwerk) 30969
2015 Rarities & B-Sides (Nettwerk) 0-6700-31043-2-6
2015 The Music Of Delerium (Nettwerk) 0-6700-32591-2-5
2016 Mythologie (Metropolis) MET-1000

Compilation Tracks
“Resurrection” and “Flowers Become Screens” on ‘Percolator’ (Nettwerk)
1997 “Duende” on ‘Brewed Awakenings’ (Nettwerk)
1998 “Silence (Sanctuary Mix)” on ‘Plastic Vol. 2’ (Nettwerk)

Singer Cynthia Delfania won ‘Top Canadian Female Performer’, and “Give Me Your Love” won ‘Top Single’ in the 1986 Canadian Reggae Awards. She was produced by Terry Brown and signed to his Java Prince publishing company .

Give Me Your Love
1986 Oh, Oh Peaceful Woman
1986 The Price Of Love Is Too High

Marc Poitras
(vocals, lead guitar) / Michel Poitras (guitar) / Jacques Roberge (bass) / Raymond Parent (drums) / Dwight Kaser (bass) / Claude Atkins
The band formed in Montréal, Quebéc in 1964 by the brothers Marc & Michel Poitras as Les McKoy but soon changed it to Les Del-Hir. Their first single was a French version of The Rolling Stones’ “Last Time” entitled “Elle m’attend” on London Records. The song gained them television exposure around Quebéc. By the fall of 1965 Parent had left to join Les Habits Jaunes. In 1966 they released a French version of the Zombies’ “She’s Not There” entitled “On m’a souvaet parlé d’elle”. With a line-up change in 1967that saw Jacques Roberge leave and was replaced by Dwight Kaser and Claude Atkins from the group Les Million-Airs. The band would return to London Records in 1968 for two more singles before splitting up in 1969.

Elle m’attend/ Le chemin (London) FC-718
1966 On m’a souvaet parlé d’elle/Mathilda (Vedettes) VD-3022
1968 C’est la vie qui veut ça/Je ne sais plus quoi faire (London) FC-765
1968 C’est ta faute/Voila pourquoi (London) FC-766

Bertrand Bégin / Robert Gauvin / Germain Drolet / Jean Lacroix
From La Tuque, Quebéc.

Je suis perdu/Aie! Aie! (Que’est-ce que L’amour) (Contact) DC-005X
1968 On s’aimait bien/Un bout de chemin (Chanteclerc) CC-602

Danny Janz
(vocals) / Ken Janz (vocals) / Paul Janz (vocals, keyboards) / Herb Rempel (vocals, percussion, bongos; 1976-1977) / Paul Barnard (bass; 1976-1977)  / Vern Giesbrecht (vocals: 1976-1978) / Doug Virgin (guitars: 1978) / Guy Roellinger (bass; 1978) / Rick Shaw (drums, percussion, vocals; 1978) / Dave McSparran (drums; replaced Shaw 1979) / Jacques Emanuel Belzung (guitars; 1979)
Originally from Calgary, Alberta, the Janz brothers were sons of a Mennonite family who spent their formative years in Switzerland. The brothers dabbled in church choirs and opera while secretly cultivating a love of pop music. Danny and Paul would team up early on to record as a duo simply named “Danny and Paul” (and later adding Wayne Quiring). Meanwhile, Ken Janz followed his own spiritual music quest with several early ’70s releases under the name The Janz Team Singers. But they were torn between their classical upbringing and pop music and the three brothers put together a Christian-oriented English language sextet of strong vocalists featuring additional members from The Janz Team Singers in Europe and called it Deliverance. Deliverance relocated to Munich, Germany in the mid-1970’s after winning a songwriting contest in a German music magazine. The band would stay together for 10 years, release 4 albums and play shows to crowds of up to 10,000 people with the likes of The Scorpions. Their biggest hit was “Leaving L.A.” released in Europe in 1979. The single went to No. 56 on the Billboard Hot 100. By 1980 they had signed a deal with Global Records who licenced their material out to no less than 4 record labels worldwide — Atlantic, Epic, Attic and Metronome. With legal troubles from a copyright suit concerning the band’s name, the act became known as ‘Janz’ who recorded a single that went #1 but were advised by their attorney that the deal for a full album was not in their best interest. Paul Janz felt the glass ceiling of the European music industry trapping him and quit Deliverance several thousand Deutschmarks in debt, and returned to Vancouver in 1980 to become a jingle writer and a member of Prism briefly. Brothers Danny and Ken stayed in Germany where they remain today running a company called The Janz Team. Danny is still making music with Canada’s Danny Plett. Paul Janz would eventually sign with A & M Records, and later Attic, for a lucrative solo career. with notes from Daryl Sawatzky and Don Palmer. [also see PAUL JANZ]

Leaving L.A./Face The Lady (Global/Attic) GL-400
1979 Tightrope/Prince of Galaxies (Global/Attic) GLO-402
1979 Deliverance/Such a Fool (Atlantic –GER) ATL-11-270
1979 Foolish Hearts/Face The Lady (Epic – UK) SEPC-8275

Steine/Mirror (Global – GER) 0033.240

To God Be The Glory (Image VII/Word) VII-7738
1977 Give It A Try (Blue Rose/Intercord – GER) INT-160083
1978 Lasting Impressions (Global/Atlantic/WEA – GER) KSD-50531
1979 Tightrope (Global/Attic) GLO-4001

Compilation Tracks
“Leaving L.A.” on ‘Caught In the Attic’ [3CDs] (Attic) ATTIC-XX

Born: March 20, 1947
Died: June 24, 2011
Best known for writing the “Rodeo Song” for Showdown.

Downtown L.A. (Aqua Tarta/Epic) CDNK-552

Blue Wave Sessions (Guitar House/Epic) GH-829
1993 Borderline (Denon) CAN-9014
1998 Beautiful Guitar (Guitar House) GH-002
2002 Rodeo Songs (Aqua Tarta) GH-003
2003 Delorme (Aqua Tarta) 20651544 08138

Jeremy Harris
(drums, lead vocals, backing vocals) / Warren Nichols (bass, keyboards, backing vocals, guitar) / Chris Smith (guitar, steel guitar, backing vocals)
From Montreal, Quebec. Their self-titled debut album in 1978 was produced by Andre Perry at Le Studio.

Don’t Hold In Your Love/Looking For Love (Sky) SKX-1000

Delta (Sky) SK-100

Roxanne Tellier
(vocals) / Shawn O’Shea (guitar) / Peter Verity (guitar, mandolin) / Phil Parmentier (bass) / Ron Benedict (drums) / Jim Manis (harmonica)
Toronto, Ontario group that played constantly for years around the Golden Horseshoe in Ontario. The group disbanded following the death of Parmentier in a car accident. With notes from Roxanne Tellier. [also see PETER VERITY]

Delta Tango (Persona Management Group) PMGCD-60001

Michel Demars
(vocals, keyboards)  / Luc Lanthier (guitar, vocals) / Michel Lanthier (percussion) / Guy Seguin (bass, keyboards)
Gloucester, Ontario new wave band that found popularity in Montréal, Quebéc.

1983 Stories From Between The Walls [4 song EP] (Zaradisc) ZD-1010

Compilation Tracks
“Love Tonight” on ‘Sharechez ’85’ [CHEZ] 106/85

Keith Whittaker
(vocals) / Iain Atkinson (bass) / Rob Brent (guitar) / Jimmy (J.D.) Weatherstone (drums) / Steve Koch (guitar)
The Demics began in the late ’70’s in London, Ontario and soon moved from the small club setting where their style of punk was barely appreciated to the hotbed of the Canadian punk scene itself in Toronto. Soon, the band found itself the showpiece act on fledgling indie label Ready Records in Toronto and a 5-song EP called ‘Talk’s Cheap’ led to some notoriety on cutting edge Toronto radio like CFNY-FM due to the uncensored track “New York City” (where Keith Whittaker declares “I’m fucking pissed off” and “the same shit every day”). The band was wooed to Tom Treumuth’s Hypnotic Records label which was equipped to take the band farther with its distribution deal through Intercan/Pickwick Records. The result was the self-titled debut album in 1980 with a remake of “New York City” featuring ‘clean’ lyrics – which radio promptly ignored. The Demics’ rising star was short lived and the band split up amidst lack of a clear vision and musical direction following the loss of their deal on Intercan/Hypnotic;Weatherstone would go on to play drums for various incarnations of country cow-punk Handsome Ned’s Sidewinders and The Hellions. In 1996, Other People’s Music out of Toronto released a compilation CD of the Demics’ material. This was followed by Chart Magazine’s listing of “New York City” as the number one greatest Canadian single of all time.  On July 16 of that year, Keith Whittaker died of cancer in Toronto after years of living in London, Ontario. A post-humous collection of Keith Whittaker demos was released on Bullseye Records in 2006 entitled ‘Drink to Me’; JD Weatherstone died July 19, 2021. with notes from Steven Davey and Nick Smash.

1980 New York City/Blue Boy (Intercan/Hypnotic) CAN-10014
1981 All Gone Wrong/The 400 Blows (Intercan/Hypnotic) CAN-10018


1979 Talk’s Cheap (Ready) EPRR-001
1980 Demics (Intercan/Hypnotic/Pickwick) IC-1010


Country/folk flavoured rock ‘n’ roll based band.

Silent Guns

Born: Verdun, France in 1939

Aside from being a member of La Famille Demontigny with his brothers Jean, Pierre, and Yves, Robert Demontigny has had a prolific solo career.

1961 Si Tu Veux/Alouette Je T’embrasserais ‎(Trans-Canada) TC-3022
1962 Jacqueline/Eso Beso (Trans-Canada) TC-3043
1964 Rien N’Est Impossible/Pour Toi ‎(Trans-Canada) TC-3091 1964 Prends Tes Cles/Tu Dis Oui ‎(Trans-Canada) TC-3102
1965 Un Baiser De Toi/Dans Tes Bras ‎(Trans-Canada) TC-3118
1965 Rien N’est Impossible/Et Moi Aussi ‎(Trans-Canada) OR-736
1965 Un Baiser De Toi/Dans Tes Bras ‎(Trans-Canada) OR-774
1965 Pense Un Peu À Moi/La Bamba ‎(Télédisc) OR-782
1965 Je Ne Serais Plus Rien/Do-Re-Mi ‎(Télédisc) TD-1
1965 Les Joies De L’été/Par Une Nuit D’été ‎(Télédisc) TD-8
1966 Danse! Danse! Avec Moi/Pense Un Peu A Moi ‎(Télédisc) TD-13
1966 En Ce Temps-La/Es-Tu Sincere? ‎(Télédisc) TD-20
1966 Le Secret Du Bonheur/La Bamba ‎(Télédisc) TD-25
1967 Guatanamera/Ou Etes-Vous ‎(Télédisc) TD-41
1967 Embrasse – Moi/Perfidia ‎(Télédisc) TD-47
1967 Avez-Vous Deja Reve?/Un Autographe S.V.P. ‎(Télédisc) TD-53
1968 Comment Te Dire (Quando M’Innamoro)/Ce Soir Je Veux T’aimer ‎(Télédisc) TD-66
1968 Des Nuits Blanches Sans Toi/Les Bicyclettes De Belsize ‎(Télédisc) TD-67
1968 Oublions Le Monde/Dis-Moi Pourquoi ‎(Citation) CN-9032
1969 J’aime Que Tu M’aimes/La Fille Que J’aimais ‎(DSP) DSP-8649
1969 Oh Marie Reviens-Moi/Wight Is Wight ‎(DSP) DSP-8658
1969 Amor ‎4-song EP (Super 4) S4-139-13
1969 Comment Te Dire ‎‎4-song EP (Super 4) S4-139-38
1969 La fille que j’aimais ‎‎4-song EP (Super 4) S4-139-41
1970 Le Temps Des Amours/Ma Cherie Amour ‎(DSP) DSP-8665
1970 Prend La Vie Comme Ell’ Vient/Ma Cherie Amour ‎(DSP) DSP-8665
1970 Tout Est Merveilleux/Notre Amour Vivra Toujours ‎(Trans-World) TWF-54
1972 Si Tu M’attends (Evidemment)/[blank] ‎(Les Disques Maisonneuve) M-1805
1973 Si Tu M’attends Évidemment/Bonjour L’aurore ‎(Les Disques Maisonneuve) M-1807
1973 Claire/Lise ‎(Les Disques Maisonneuve) M-1814
1974 L’amour Est Different/La Premiere Fois ‎(Triangle) TRI-9806
1975 (Non Non Non Non) Je Suis Un Mari Fidele/(Non Non Non Non) Je Suis Un Mari Fidele (Instrumental) ‎(Pirate) P-7906
1975 (Hey ! S.V.P.) Chantez-Moi Cette Chanson/L’amour Est Different ‎(Pirate) P-7912
1977 Moins Que Rien/Moins Que Rien (Instrumental) ‎(Pirate) P-7929
1978 Esso Besso Pense Un Peu A Moi ‎(Les Disques Millionnaires) MH-100508
1978 Un Baiser De Toi/Comment Te Dire ‎(Les Disques Millionnaires) MH-100508

Le Premier Matin ‎(Télédisc) TD-16

Jackson/Ferme Tes Yeux ‎(Casino) CO-19003
1967 Vin D’été/La Chanson Sur Une Note ‎(Elysée) EY.130

On Part Avec Toi ‎(Les Disques Maisonneuve) M-1817

Dis-Moi Donc Comme T’as Un Beau Casque ‎(Triangle) TRI-202

Robert Demontigny (Trans-Canada)
1964 Un Baiser Pour Toi ‎(Trans-Canada) TF-337
1965 15 Succès ‎(Trans-Canada) TCM-904
1966 Par Une Nuit D’été ‎(Tradition) TR-259-24
1967 15 Disques D’or ‎(DSP) ID-316
1968 Latin ‎(DSP) INT-404
1969 15 Disques D’or ‎(Citation) CN-16008
1970 L’Histoire De Robert Demontigny ‎2LP (Spectrum) SP-2-602
1974 21 Disques D’Or – Toute Ma Carrière ‎(Les Archives Du Disque Québécois) AQ-21014
2001 Les Beaux Jours ‎(Disques Mérite) 22-1108
2001 Rythmes Latins ‎(Disques Mérite) 22-1109
2001 Les Grands Succès ‎(Disques Mérite) 22-7726

Chantent Pour Les Jeunes ‎(Coca-Cola)FT-206

Si Tu M’Attends Évidemment ‎(Les Disques Maisonneuve) MA-6903
1973 Noël Avec Robert, Jean, Yves Et Pierre Demontigny ‎(Les Disques Maisonneuve) MA-6904

CBC Transcription ‎(CBC Radio Canada) LM-17

Born: Denis Laplante in Montréal in1936
Famed co-host of the TV show “Jeunesse D’Aujourd’hui” on CFTM-10 along with Pierre Lalonde from 1962 to 1965. Denis was also a singer, and he managed several hits with the songs “Le Ya Ya,” “Hey Hey Lolita,” and “C’ta Pas Encore Fait” among others. Denis also managed to be part of John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s recording of “Give Peace A Chance” during their Bed-In For Peace campaign in Montréal in 1969.

La Escuela Termino (L’École Est Finie)/Todos Mis Companeros (Tous Mes Copains)//Mantilla Espanola (Spanish Lace)/Remember Diana (Si Je Rencontrais La Fille) (RCA Victor) 3-10736
1963 L’Ecole Est Finie/Un Soir D’Ete (RCA Victor) 57-5561
1963 Si Je Rencontrais La Fille/Une Petite Fille (RCA Victor) 57-5577
1964 Je/Tous Les Jeunes (RCA Victor) 57-5582
1964 Je Ne Sais Plus/Mes Dernières Vacances (Dinamic) DC-2007
1964 Yaya/Le Bonheur N’Est-Il Pas Fait Pour Moi (Dinamic) DC-2022
1965 Citronnier/La La La La La (Fantastic) FA-3600
1965 Vas-Y Dis-Lui/Dou Da (Fantastic) FA-3618
1965 Hey Hey Lolita/A L’Ombre (Fantastic) FA-3624
1966 Quoi De Neuf Pussycat?/Est-Ce Moi? (Fantastic) FA-3647
1966 Mirza/Mon Seul Ami (Fantastic) FA-3667
1966 Claudia/La Rencontre (Fantastic) FA-3688
1966 On Ne Vit Que Deux Fois/Comme La Mer (Fantastic) FA-3689
1967 Complainte D’Un Mari/Quand J’aurai 75 Ans (Barclay) B-60,013
1968 La Sieste/Si J’étais Un Moujik (Barclay) B-60,035
1969 La Samba/Miss Felicity Gray (Barclay) B-60,054
1969 Vas-y Cardinal/[same] (Barclay) B-60,078
1971 Soleil Dans Ma Maison/C’Ta Pas Encore Fait (Élite) EL-7012
1971 Jos Lumiere/La Vie D’Cowboy (Élite) EL-7025
1971 Pick/Je T’envoie La Main (Profil) PR-2505
1971 Fesses A Part/Si J’avais Une Jambe De Bois (Profil) PR-2512
1972 Courrier Du Coeur/Soleil Et Tequila (Profil) PR-2518
1972 Wow Wow Wow/Madame La Lune (Profil) PR-2523
1973 Eglantine/ J’aimerais Donc Ça (Eglantine/Pantin) EG-3701
1978 Ya Ya / Hey Hey Lolita (Les Disques Millionnaires) MH-100513
1978 L’école Est Fini/Un Soir D’été (Les Disques Millionnaires) MH-100514
1980 Respecte Donc L’opinion De Ton Voisin/[split w/GERRY BRIBOSIA] (Flash) JD-0044
1983 Le Bonheur/Demain Je Fais Ma Valise (Sereys) SE-1011
2000 Cta Pas Encore Faite (Disque Art Cité)

Les Deux Copains/Copain, Copain (RCA Victor) 57-5564
1964 Elle Ne Savait Pas/Leur Premiere Dispute (First Quarrel) (RCA Victor) 57-5583

Mon Vin D’été/On Ne Vit Que Deux Fois (Fantastic) FA-3690

Le Solfege/La Gamme (Eglantine/Pantin) EG-3702

JD (RCA Victor) LCP-1068
1965 Hey! Hey! Lolita (Fantastic) FAN-6402
1966 Les Succès De (Amusement) AS-8002
1971 Joël Denis (Profil) PRO-6061
1978 Les Titres D’Or (Les Disques Millionnaires) 44-15008
1983 …A Fleur De Peau (Sereys) SE-501
1991 Le “Yaya Party” (Disques Mérite) M-29023
2000 Mes Premiers Succes (Disques Mérite) 22-1111
2000 C’ta Pas Encore Fait (Volume 2) (Disques Mérite) 22-1112

L’Histoire en Chanson La Plume Magique en Paradis (Apex Francais) ALF-1537

Dee DePaul was signed to Toronto promotional manager Robert J. Stone’s Now Records after hearing her sing in an Oshawa boutique which she happened to own. Her only known single, “Remember Me” (composed by Montréal’s Toni Catichio), peaked at No. 83 on the RPM Top100 singles chart in July 1968. A full album featuring cover versions of “Satisfaction” and “Release Me” was rumoured to be in the works shortly after the single release.

Remember Me/Come Dance with Me (Now) NOW-606

DERBY, Wayne
Former lead singer for Ottawa’s Mythical Meadow.

Sixteen Tons/Ballad to My Lady (Celebration/Quality) 1990X

France-born and growing up to become a pianist at the Paris Conservatory, Dervieux accompanied singer Philippe Clay, and the comedian Fernand Raynaud to make ends meet. He would relocate to Quebec in 1967 and initially got his start backing Quebec singer Jean-Pierre Ferland. Alas, during the recording of Ferland’s 1970 album ‘Yellow,’ producer Andre Perry fired Dervieux saying he wanted only American musicians on the sessions. Ferland believes it’s because Dervieux was not schooled in Rock – leaning more to jazz as a keyboardist. Following a cancer scare, Dervieux embarked on an exploration of experimental music. After a few concert recordings with Monique Leyrac and Ginette Ravel, Dervieux, living in Montreal, entered the RCA Lté Studio in 1972, surrounded by a band that would make history. His LP ‘Dimension “M”‘ features contributions by future members of Toubabou (Michel Seguin), Contraction (Yves Laferrière, Michel Robidoux, Christian St-Roch, Christiane Robichaud), and Ville Émard Blues Band. Considered to be a major inspiration of Quebec Progressive Rock the album would become Dervieux’s final work as he passed away in 1975 at the age of 43.

Dimension ‘M’ (Columbia) FS-90072
2012 Dimension ‘M’ [re-issue] (Return To Analog) RTA-073

Compilation Tracks
“Present du Futur” on ‘The Canadian Music People’ (Columbia) CDN-2

Bill Vrebosch
(vocals) / Robert Ahern / Ken Sim / Angelo Nunner / David Gillespie
North Bay act Descendants of Tyme was formed from the ashes of Billy And The Belmonts. Lead singer Bill Vrebosch was soon fronting the revamped Bill Vrebosch And The Descendants of Tyme who managed to release one single, “Caramia”, on the Vintage label. They were local heroes around northern Ontario playing the Commodore and Fraser Taverns and often performed in the nearby town of Callander, Ontario. Vrebosch would go on to serve as a municipal politician in North Bay (including a run as mayor) starting in 1978. He also ran as the Progressive Conservative Provincial election candidate in the riding of Nippissing in the 2007 Ontario election.

Caramia/Duk the Togue (Vintage) 1147

Chris Gibb
(synth, bass, vocals) / Kenny MacLean (synth, guitar, vocals) / Henry Diclemente (drums) / Greg Stephens (synths, vocals)
Ajax, Ontario band The Suspects, featuring ex-Hairdressers member Kenny MacLean released an independent single called “Raining Over France” in 1979 which gained some airtime on Toronto radio stations. Meanwhile, members of Johnnie Lovesin’s backing band – ex-Wanka member Chris Gibb and Henry DiClemente left him to form The Deserters which MacLean was asked to join. They soon came to the attention of Capitol-EMI Records in Canada and released their eponymous debut in 1980. The album sported a charting single in the track “Alien” and the Deserters was able to do opening slots for other Capitol New Wave acts in Canada. To augment and expand their sound beyond the obvious Police boundaries, they added keyboardist Stephens for their follow-up ‘Siberian Nightlife’ which was also recorded in Los Angeles in 1982. Despite intensive touring and a push at radio for the singles “Nothing Ever Happens” and “Julie” by Capitol-EMI, the album failed to ignite; With the Canadian punk scene officially dead and the new wave scene firmly progressing into techno-pop, another Toronto act, Platinum Blonde as Kenny MacLean to join the band as keyboardist, vocalist. MacLean went on to a solo career. He passed away November 24, 2008. [also see THE SUSPECTS, WANKA]

1981 Alien/Inner Visions (Capitol-EMI) 72856
1981 Inner Visions/A.W.O.L. (Capitol – UK) CL-212
1981 Alien/Protection (Capitol – UK) CL-225
1981 Take It Away/Raining Over France (Capitol-EMI) 72870
1983 Nothing Ever Happens/Siberia (Capitol-EM) 72913
1983 Julie/Take It All (Capitol-EMI) 72918

1981 The Deserters (Capitol-EMI) ST-12164
1983 Siberian Nightlife (Capitol-EMI) ST-12257

1981 Alien/Inner Visions (Capitol-EMI) 72856
1981 Inner Visions/A.W.O.L. (Capitol – UK) CL-212
1981 Alien/Protection (Capitol – UK) CL-225
1981 Take It Away/Raining Over France (Capitol-EMI) 72870
1983 Nothing Ever Happens/Siberia (Capitol-EM) 72913
1983 Julie/Take It All (Capitol-EMI) 72918

1981 The Deserters (Capitol-EMI) ST-12164
1983 Siberian Nightlife (Capitol-EMI) ST-12257

Former member of Dr. Music. [also see DR. MUSIC]

Words Get In The Way/To Need One Another (United Artists) UA-50570
1973 Trudy Desmond [4-song EP] (CBC Radio Canada) LM-183

Tailor Made (The Jazz Alliance – US) TJA-10015
1994 RSVP (The Jazz Alliance – US) TJA-10024
1995 Make Me Rainbows (Koch Jazz) KOC-3-7803-2H1
1998 My One And Only (Justin Time) JTR-8468-2
2005 A Dream Come True – The Best Of Trudy Desmond (Just A Memory) JAM-9159-2

Social and political pop-punk act from Kamloops, British Columbia.


1987 A Chance to Feel Emotions Inside [5-song EP] (Chikara) CR-001

1988 Last Night I Had The Strangest Dream (Chikara) CR-002

From Montréal, Quebéc. Destiny was one of many studio concoctions created by disco producer Tony Green.

1981 Candy/Oh Darling (Destiny) 001
1982 Dance/Suzanne (Destiny) 002
1982 Dance Freaks, Party Freaks/(instrumental) [12”] (JC) JC12-006
1987 Games (Long Version)//Games (Quick Mix)//Games (Radio Mix) (Quick Sound) QS-001
1987 Magic Lover [4 mixes] (JC) JC12-035

From Quebéc.

Danse près de moi/On va se quitter (Jupiter) JP-1024

Les Devalons (Fantastic) 1410

Compilation Tracks
“On Va Se Quitter” on ’25 Groupes Des Années 60 Vol. 4 (Disques Mérite) 22-912
2007 “Danse, Danse Avec Moi” on ‘Les Introuvables Volume 6 ‎(Disques Mérite) 22-6036
2007 “The Lovely One” on ‘Les Introuvables Volume 7 ‎(Disques Mérite) 22-6037
2007 “On Va Se Quitter” on ‘Les Introuvables Volume 16 ‎(Disques Mérite) 22-6046
2007 “Beachcomber” on ‘Les Introuvables Volume 18’ ‎(Disques Mérite) 22-6048
2007 “Toujours Plus Belle” on ‘Les Introuvables Volume 20 ‎(Disques Mérite) 22-6050

DeVay is a female hard rock singer from Montreal, Québec. Her debut album “Break Down The Walls” features Beau Geste multi-instrumentalist Bryan Hughes.

Rock And A Hard Place (Polaris/Monogram/Sony)

Break Down The Walls (Polaris/Monogram/Sony) POK-2001

Boris Pawluk
(guitar) / Edd Smith (guitar, later bass) / Derek Blake [aka Bylyk] (lead guitar) / John Gach (drums) / Burton Cummings (vocals, saxophone, later keyboards) / Don Gunter (guitar; replaced Pawluk) / Ken Birdini (drums; replaced Gach) / Craig Hamblin (drums; replaced Birdini) / Ronn Savoie (drums; replaced Hamblin) / Bruce Decker (rhythm, guitar) / Wayne Arnold / Orest Andrews (guitar)
The Deverons were from Winnipeg, Manitoba and were formed in 1961 by Edd Smith, Derek Blake, Boris Pawluk and John Gach who all attended St. John’s High School. They rehearsed in Gach’s parents’ basement and played instrumental music exclusively as no one in the band wanted to sing. By the 1962 school semester Burton Cummings, a fan of the band, had joined the band as singer for some additional songs they had added but still remained mainly an instrumental act. Cummings taught himself saxophone which earned him additional stage time with the group. They named themselves The Deverons in the fall of 1962 after an obscure US band called The Devrons whose sole record, “Brand X”, was a song they played in their set. They added the extra letter ‘e’ to differentiate themselves from the US act. Several line-up changes later the line-up stabilized with Smith (now on bass), Cummings (vocals and keyboards), Blake (now on lead guitar), Ronn Savoie (drums) and Bruce Decker (rhythm guitar). Though still playing mostly cover tunes at gigs, they had written an original vocal song called “Suzy Baby” and an instrumental tune they recorded in St. Boniface, Manitoba sometime in 1964 though nothing came of the recordings. In 1965 they did another session, this time with four original tracks, at radio station CKY’s back studio – “Blue Is the Night”, “She’s Your Lover”, “Yes I Do” and “Leave Her Alone”. With their demo they success landed a deal with Quality Records’ REO Records imprint. “Blue Is the Night” and “She’s Your Lover” was released as a single in 1965 and the band were able to get some local radio play and better shows. When 1966 rolled around Burton Cummings was asked to join The Guess Who and soon left. The Deverons continued on without him and released several more singles for REO written by Cummings but he did not appear on the recordings. Decker went on to form The Electric Jug & Blues Band. The Deverons reunited in 1980 during a CBC special called ‘Portage & Main’ hosted by Burton Cummings. In 1987 Decker died in a car crash. [also see BURTON CUMMINGS]

1965 She’s Your Lover/Blue Is The Night (REO/Quality) 8892
1966 Lost Love/Feel Alright (REO/Quality) 8916
1966 She Is My Life/You Can’t Buy Me (REO/Quality) 8930
1966 Farmer John/She (REO/Quality) 8959

Born: Devon Steven Martin in England
Born to Jamaican parents in England, Devon grew up in Malton, Ontario, and listened to such diverse artists as Parliament, Bach, Charlie Parker, and Chic growing up. At the age of 14 Devon formed a band called Shock Waves, and released an independent single in 1977. In the ensuing years this composer, writer, producer, and singer was involved in various projects. This included being a member of the seminal Toronto reggae band 20th Century Rebels (who released an album in 1983), appearing at folk festivals in Winnipeg, Vancouver and Halifax, regular performances with the 10-piece Toronto jam band Bong Conga Nistas, and a cross-country tour opening for Judy Mowatt and Lillian Allen. A member of a “we’ll-back-anybody” rhythm section, Devon and other musicians played in cafes and dives anywhere and everywhere for about $50 a night. He toured Halifax as a guest rapper with Messenjah, and with his friend Ojiji of Messenjah he once played in a group called the Redeem Team backing Frankie Paul and Tiger. While on tour in Los Angeles in 1989 with Lillian Allen, Devon inadvertently encountered some trouble with some friends in a Redondo Beach record store. While carrying cash to the safe, the cashier was overly concerned with their presence in the building and called the police. Devon and his friend were summoned outside and rather roughly searched until their passports fell out of their pockets; the policemen apologized, explaining that the local kids were buying guns and “trying to kill us.” Disturbed by what he experienced, he wrote a song and financed an independent video entitled “Mr. Metro” about violence, and the proliferation of it in our society. Devon used several different local rallies as background footage and ended up in hot water with the local police, who considered charging him with the defamation of the characters of the policemen he included in his video; eventually he had to block out the faces of people in the video in order to get it shown on the air. It went on to win a MuchMusic Video Award for R’n’B Video of the Year in 1990.  Devon was signed to Capitol and released his first solo album in 1992, entitled ‘It’s My Nature’ with material produced by Orin Isaacs and executive produced by Hank Medres. The album spawned several singles including a remake of “Mr. Metro,” “Princess” and “Keep It Slammin’. In 1997, he relocated to Vancouver and signed to Ray “Rated-R” Montani’s Rated-R Recordz and released an EP called ‘Pressure’ in 1998. In recent years, Martin has returned to performing with the 20th Century Rebels. [also see 20TH CENTURY REBELS]

1990 Mr. Metro (independent)
1992 Princess (Capitol-EMI) CDRO-674
1992 Princess/Mr. Metro (The Remake)/[same] [cassingle] (Capitol-EMI) 4JM-73187
1992 Princess – The Remixes [7-song 12″] (Capitol-EMI) SPRO-691
1992 Keep It Slammin’ Plus The Remixes [4-song CD] (Capitol-EMI) CDPRO-706
1992 Keep It Slammin’ The Remixes [5-song 12″] (Capitol-EMI) SPRO-713

Can’t Repress The Cause [6 mixes 12″] (FLIP) SOM-1235

1992 It’s My Nature (Capitol-EMI) C2-99645
1998 Pressure [6-song EP] (Rated-R Recordz)

Compilaton Tracks
‘X Marks The Spot’ on ‘X Marks The Spot’ (Caroline) Carol-1752-2

“That’s A Friend” on ”Kumbaya Album Nineteen Ninety Four’ (Sony) EK-80206

From London, Ontario.

Humpin’ Carrel

From Calgary, Alberta.

Recipe for Love/Sunny Sunshine Tomorrow (Capitol) 72557
1970 Ode to a Cucumber, a Berry and a Flower/If You Can Dig It (REO) 9033X

Compilation Tracks
“If You Can Dig It” and “Ode To a Cucumber, a Berry and a Flower” on ‘The Gaiety Records Story II’ (Pacemaker) PACE-044

From Montréal, Quebéc. Originally an instrumental band, they grew into a guitar driven pop act with vocals.

Surf Board/Bien trop timide (Jeunesse) 4016
1965 Quand je l’ai vu devant moi/A plein coeur (Jeunesse) 4017
1966 J’ai vingt ans/Bien trop timide (Decouverte) 7004

1965 Guitares a Go Go (Fantastic) 1408


Woman With The Black Heart Of Stone/I Got The Blues (Diamond)

David Buckthorpe
(lead vocals) / Louis Nitikman (keyboards)
By 1985, singer David Buckthorpe had spent nine years miserable and slogging life out in a rock band in Calgary, relocated to Vancouver, and discovered that by relocating he was essentially starting from scratch once again. Totally disillusioned with life as a musician, Buckthorpe dropped out of the industry for about a year and formed a waterbed company with his brother, learning about business along the way. By 1986 they had 19 outlets across Canada employing 140 people and Buckthorpe had enough money to set up a basement studio situation from which they helped friends record their original material. It was one of these friends, Louis Nitikman, who would start writing material with Buckthorpe. Initially the duo, now named Diamond In The Rough, pursued only a publishing deal and continually submitted songs to Cliff Jones at the publishing division of Bruce Allen’s Rock Headquarters. Jones tried to persuade Buckthorpe and Nitikman to record their material on their own, and eventually they landed a publishing deal and a recording deal with Virgin Records. Their first album was released in 1988 and met with positive critical acclaim. In the early 1990s, Buckthorpe would co-write several songs for the band Boulevard.

Where Is Love/Thief In the Night (Virgin) VS-1396
1988 Walk on the Wire/Young of Heart (Virgin) VS-1423
Ain’t Good Lovin’/Young of Heart (Virgin) VS-1435
1988 I Wish There Was a Way/Young of Heart (Virgin) VS-1551

1988 Diamond In The Rough (Virgin) VL-3025

DIAMOND, Charlotte
Born: July 31, 1945 in Richmond, British Columbia
Starting out as a folk singer/songwriter on the west coast during the folk era, Charlotte Diamond eventually left her folk roots behind and became a teacher. Discovering a different kind of talent by bringing her guitar into class to help her students learn French, Diamond quit her job, cashed in her teacher’s pension, borrowed money from family and friends, and recorded and released an original independent children’s album entitled ‘10 Carrot Diamond’ in 1985. With constant, strong promotion of the album and herself, Diamond was able to recoup her initial investment of $20,000 within four months. Her independent release earned her a JUNO Award but did little to attract the attention of the major labels, so she approached A & M Records for a distribution deal for her label Hug Bug Records. By doing her own promotion and releasing a second album right away in January of 1987, Diamond managed to compete against children’s artist heavyweights such as Sharon, Lois & Bram, as well as Fred Penner for sales and attention.

1985 Ten Carrot Diamond (Hug Bug) CDL-317
1987 Diamond In the Rough (Hug Bug/A & M) CDL-318
1987 Qu’il y ait toujours le soleil (Hug Bug/A & M) CDL-319
1988 Diamonds and Dragons: Songs and Stories for Kids Age 4 & Up (Hug Bug/A & M) CDL-320
1989 The Christmas Gift (Hug Bug/A & M) CDL-321
1994 Soy Una Pizza (Hug Bug) 103212
1999 My Bear Gruff (Hug Bug/Music Design) 103222
2000 Charlotte Diamond’s World (Hug Bug/Music Design) 103262
2001 Nous sommes tous comme les fleurs (Hug Bug/Music Design) 103272
2005 Bonjour L’hiver (Hug Bug/Music Design) 103282
2006 Todo El Mundo Come Banana! (Hug Bug/Music Design) 103292

Scott Cushnie (
keyboards) / Stan Endersby (guitar) / Mike McKenna (vocals, guitar) / Tony Nolasco (drums) / Howie Smith (bass)
In the midst of the uncertainty in the future of McKenna-Mendelson Mainline, band members McKenna and Nolasco put together this side project supergroup which also featured Scott “Professor Piano” Cushnie (Robbie Lane & The Disciples), Endersby (The Tripp, Maple Oak), and Smith (Ugly Ducklings). The band would record an entire album for Atlantic Records but the label only released on single before scrapping the full LP. Pacemaker Entertainment managed to salvage the record and finally issued it in 2004; Cushnie died in August 2018.

Just My Way of Loving You/Good Old Days (Atlantic) CAT-40002

1974 (Pacemaker) PACE-061

Ted Kowalski (tenor vocalist) / Phil Levitt (baritone vocalist) / Bill Reed (bass vocalist) / Dave Somerville (lead vocalist) / Evan Fisher (replaced Kowalski; 1959) / John Felten (replaced Reed; 1959)  / Mike Douglas (replaced Levitt; 1957)  / Bob Duncan (1978)
Toronto’s The Diamonds (not to be confused with the US act who recorded for Atlantic Records pre-1955), like the Crew Cuts and the Four Lads, were one of the leading North American vocal cover groups in the mid-’50s. Founding member Levitt believes the group had its origins one summer while vacationing at Crystal Beach on Lake Erie where he and a friend were encouraged by some passing girls to continue singing after an impressive version of The Hilltoppers’ “I’d Rather Die Young”. That Fall Levitt entered the University Of Toronto and met Kowalski. With the creation of The Diamonds, the group began to get work on several CBC Radio shows. One day while rehearsing in the CBC studios they came to the attention of Nat Goodman who took them on as manager. The vocal group actually sighted unknown black Detroit vocalists The Revelaires who played Toronto frequently as their main influence. The group never made a record but hung out with The Diamonds over the course of two years and taught the white Torontonians most of what they would need to become successful. While working shows stateside they signed a deal with small label Coral Records for the first few underwhelming singles. Late in 1955 they played the Alpine Village Club in Cleveland where they were discovered by disc jockey Bill Randle who challenged them to do a cover version of The Teenagers’ “Why Do Fools Fall In Love”. The recording was completed and Randle introduced the group to Art Talmadge of Mercury Records. They hit the top of the charts in early 1956 with the recording of “Why Do Fools Fall In Love” which began a string of successful follow-ups including “The Church Bells May Ring”, and their biggest hit, a watered down version of The Gladiolas hit “Little Darlin’” (peaking at No.2 in Canada and the US while selling 4 million copies in the US alone), Buddy Holly’s “Words of Love”, “Wild Honey”, “Zip Zip” and a dozen others. Though they had a reputation as a cover tune act they did have a hit with an original song called “The Stroll” in 1958 making them a dance sensation on Dick Clark’s ‘American Bandstand’. During the late ’50’s the group appeared with such major acts as Elvis Presley, Perry Como, Tony Bennett, Steve Allen and Jimmy Dean. They also managed to appear in the movie musical ‘The Big Beat’. After some major personnel changes, The Diamonds scored their final hit in 1961. Somerville remained active as a solo artist and teamed up with former Four Preps member Bruce Belland to work concerts and TV appearances as a duo from 1962-1969. From the 1970s thru the 1990s, there were at least two groups singing and touring as The Diamonds, at one time or another. Mike Douglas fronted one version and John Felten had the other. Following a lawsuit settlement, Felten’s group was awarded the official owners of the Diamonds’ name while Douglas’s group was ordered to cease using The Diamonds’ name. Bob Duncan became lead vocalist of a reformed Diamonds in 1978 and took a short break after Felten’s death in a plane crash in 1982. The act made it to the country charts in 1987. The Diamonds were inducted into the Canadian JUNO Hall of Fame in the 1990’s and the act reformed for the presentation ceremony.  Ironically, they are still known today as America’s Favourite Vocal Group; Reed died October 22, 2004 in Florida; Kowalski died in Whitby, Ontario in August 2010; Somerville died July 14, 2015 in Santa Barbara, California. with notes from Dave Somerville, Mike Douglas, Keith Fontaine, Don Abbott and Barry Worrell.

1955 Black Denim Trousers & Motorcycle Boots/Nip Sip (Coral) 61502
1955 Be My Lovin’ Baby/Smooch Me (Coral) 61577
1956 Why Do Fools Fall In Love/You Baby You (Mercury) 70790
1956 The Church Bells May Ring/Little Girl of Mine (Mercury) 70835
1956 Love, Love, Love/Ev’ry Night About This Time (Mercury) 70889
1956 Soft Summer Breeze/Ka-Ding-Dong (Mercury) 70934
1956 My Judge and Jury/Put Your House In Order (Mercury) 70983
1956 A Thousand Miles Away/Ev’ry Night About This Time (Mercury) 71021
1957 Little Darlin’/Faithful and True [w/David Carroll and His Orchestra] (Mercury) 71060
1957 Words of Love/Don’t Say Goodbye (Mercury) 71128
1957 Oh, How I Wish/Zip Zip (Mercury) 71165
1957 Wild Honey/Passion Flower (Mercury) 71194
1957 Silhouettes/Daddy Cool (Mercury) 71197
1957 The Stroll/Land of Beauty (Mercury) 71242
1957 The Diamonds  – America’s Number One Singing Stylists Volume 1 [7” EP] (Mercury)
1957 The Diamonds  – America’s Number One Singing Stylists Volume 2 [7” EP] (Mercury)
1957 Collection Of Golden Hits [7” EP] (Mercury) EP-1-4038
1958 Presenting The Diamonds [7” EP] (Mercury) MEP-9515
1958 High Sign/Chick-Let’s (Don’t Let Me Down) (Mercury) 71291
1958 Kathy O/Happy Years (Mercury) 71330
1958 Walking Along/Eternal Lovers (Mercury) 71366
1959 She Say (Oom Dooby Doom)/From The Bottom of My Heart (Mercury) 71404
1959 Gretchen/A Mother’s Love (Mercury) 71449
1959 Sneaky Alligator/Holding Your Hand  (Mercury) 71468
1959 Young In Years/The Twenty-Second Day (Mercury) 71505
1959 Walkin’ The Stroll/Batman, Wolfman, Frankenstein or Dracula (Mercury) 71534
1960 Tell The Truth/Real True Love (Mercury) 71586
1960 Slave Girl/The Pencil Song (Mercury) 71633
1960 You’d Be Mine/The Crumble (Mercury) 71734
1961 You Sure Changed Me/Shoo Ya Blues (Mercury) 71782
1961 Woomai-Ling/The Munch (Mercury) 71818
1961 One Summer Night/It’s a Doggone Shame (Mercury) 71831
1962 The Vanishing American/The Horizonal Lieutenant (Mercury) 71956


1957 The Diamonds – America’s Number One Singing Stylists (Mercury) MG-20309
1958 Dig The Diamonds [EP] (Mercury)
1958 The Diamonds Meet Pete Rugolo [EP] (Mercury) MG-20368
1959 Diamonds Are Trumps [EP] (Mercury)
1959 The Diamonds Out West (Mercury)
1959 Star Studded Diamonds [EP] (Mercury)
1959 The Diamonds – America’s Famous Song Stylists (Wing/Mercury) MGW-12114
1959 Pop Hits By The Diamonds (Wing/Mercury) MGW-12178
1960 Songs from the Old West (Mercury) MG-20480
1971 The Diamonds ’70 (Sound Recorder)
1984 The Best of The Diamonds (Rhino) RNDF-209
1993 Little Darlin’: 25 Golden Hits (Remember) RMB-70752
1996 The Best Of The Diamonds: The Mercury Years (Mercury) 532734
1996 Diamonds Collection (Stardust)

Singer, songwriter, guitarist and engineer Scott Dibble formed Watertown as a pseudonym for his solo work after having been behind the scenes for so long working in Claremont, Ontario at Chalet Studios assistant engineering early recordings by the likes of Big Sugar and The Barenaked Ladies. Dibble co-wrote Barenaked Ladies’ “New Kid on the Block.” His debut album, with producer Terry Brown, was 1990’s ‘Watertown’ on Blue Rodeo’s Risque Disque label. The first single, “Paper Walls”, failed to land any significant CHR airplay that year, however, the second single, “If We Turn Out the Lights”, was recognized as an anti-pick-up song and garnered moderate radio success. With the folding of Risque Disque in 1991, Dibble was able to continue working with WEA Records who had distributed the debut album. Calling in major favours from the cream of Toronto’s Queen Street crop, Dibble recruited the help of Colin Linden (guitar), Steve Page and Ed Robertson from the Barenaked Ladies, and Arlene Bishop for ‘One Phoebe Street’. This album, as well, failed to make a dent in the sales and radio area and Dibble soon found himself behind the scenes once again without a record deal. He frequently opened for the likes of his friends, The Barenaked Ladies, and members of the band would often accompany him on stage for his otherwise one-man shows. In 1994 Dibble hooked up with Hemingway Corner co-founder David Martin who had lost his songwriting partner and so brought in Dibble and Mark Sterling to revive Hemingway Corner. Because another album was owed to Sony Music, these three distinctive writing talents collaborated to produce ‘Under The Big Sky’ in 1995 which yielded two singles in the title track and Neil Young’s “Tell Me Why” (also featured on the ‘Borrowed Tunes’ tribute disc in 1994). [also see HEMINGWAY CORNER]

1990 Paper Walls (Risque Disque/WEA)
1990 If We Turn Out The Lights (Risque Disque/WEA)

1990 I Run To You (WEA) WAT-01

1990 No Singing At The Dinner Table (Risque Disque/WEA) CD-71032

1992 One Phoebe Street (WEA) CD-76233

Joey Varone (vocals) / Gary Lima (vocals, guitar) / Hayden Vialva (drums) / Trevor Russell (bass) / J.J. McGregor (bass) / Dennis DeCarli (guitar)
The original trio known as The Dice formed in the early 1980’s and soon gained extensive playing experience across southern Ontario (at places like The Turning Point and The Headspace at Larry’s Hideaway) in a time when tribute acts seemed to dominate the Ontario club scene. They also toured on a triple bill with The Spoons and Nash The Slash in 1983. Deciding to try their hand at recording, they enlisted the help of Daniel Lanois and Stacey Hayden at Grant Avenue Studios in Stoney Creek. Their demo tapes caught the attention of Polygram Records in the US and they were signed to a worldwide deal. Their self-titled debut album was recorded at the Hit Factory in New York and was produced by Rolling Stones’ producer Chris Kimsey; released in 1984, it featured performances by Peter Frampton and Chuck Leavell (Rolling Stones, Allman Brothers, Black Crowes), and also boasted a dancing performance by Mick Jagger on one song. The first two singles, “Chayla” and “Calling in the Rain”, achieved heavy rotation on a number of radio stations across Canada and the video for “Chayla” was added to the rotation lists of both MuchMusic and MTV. The American press, including Hit Parader and Circus, gave the album very favourable reviews while here at home it received mixed reviews from across the country. The group landed Canadian tours opening for the likes of John Cougar Mellencamp, Billy Idol and Stevie Ray Vaughan. Eventually, though, the A&R rep that signed them to Polygram left the label and so the Dice found themselves without a recording contract. Lima and Vialva toured with Teenage Head for two years, but the Dice reformed and in 1993 released a new album independently entitled ‘Misbehave’. with notes from Hayden Vialva.

1983 The Young And The Wild/Tired of Living Like This (Nardem) NARDEM-004
1984 Chayla/Last Call (Mercury/Polygram)  MS-76220
1984 Chayla/Lose Your Soul [12”] (Mercury/Polygram) PRO-269-1
1984 Calling In The Rain (Polygram)
1984 Romeo of the Night (Album Rock Mix)/Romeo of the Night (Crunch Rock Mix) [12”] (Mercury/Polygram) PRO-294-1


1983 Holding Onto the Night [4 song EP] (Nardem) NARDEM-002
1984 The Dice (Mercury/Polygram) SRM-1-4091
1993 Misbehave (independent)

From Oshawa, Ontario.

Saturday Night/Sing Along With The Donuts (Ransom) RR-0003

David Kastle (keyboards, vocals)
Self-produced single by David Kastle, formerly of Buxton Kastle. Kastle relocated to Nashville in the mid-1970s to establish his own production company called Artists Independent Music Corporation and its label imprint Celebrity Records.

American Super Hero/You’re the President (A & M) AMX-354

Paul Emery
(vocals, guitar) / Simon Lewis (bass) / John MacDonald (drums) / Duncan Blair (guitar, vocals)
Formed in Toronto in 2001 as Paul Emery And The Dickens.

The Dickens

Care Failure [aka Caroline Slezak Kawa] (vocals, guitar) / Ethan Deth (bass; 2006) / Ghostwolf [aka Pat M.] (drums; 2006 – 2009) / Anthony “Useless” Bleed [aka Sparkles] (bass; 2006 – 2014) / Dazzer Scott (drums; replaced 2009 – 2014) / Stacy Stray (guitar, vocals; added 2009) / Kevvy Mental (2015 – present) / Keith Heppler (drums; 2015 – present) / J.C. Sandoval (guitar; 2015 – present)
Following the collapse of all-girl band The Bloody Mannequins, Care Failure recorded an independent EP playing all the instruments except drums which were supplied by producer, and Death From Above 1979 member, Jesse F. Keeler. She soon came to the attention of Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson of Rush who brought her in as the vocalist for their ‘Trailer Park Boys’ TV side project The Big Dirty Band. Their cover version of Bobby Fuller Four’s “I Fought The Law” was featured on the 2006 ‘Trailer Park Boys’ soundtrack. Energized, Failure put together Die Mannequin with Ethen Deth (Kill Cheerleader) and Pat M (aka Ghostwolf). Deth was soon replaced by fellow Kill Cheerleader member Anthony Useless who she’d met while making the video for The Big Dirty Band’s “I Fought the Law”. With a publishing deal through EMI in 2006, they were soon opening the eastern leg of a Canadian tour with Guns ‘n’ Roses and Buckcherry. A free download of the song “Autumn Cannibalist’ was soon offered to the public. They also played the ‘Next Big Thing’ stage at Edgefest that summer. With a record deal through Warner Music, a new EP entitled ‘Slaughter Daughter’ was released featuring the singles “Do It or Die” and “Saved by Strangers” both produced by Billy Talent’s Ian D’sa. The went on tour opening for Sum 41in 2007. The two existing EPs and two bonus tracks were compiled in 2008 as ‘Unicorn Steak’ and famed Canadian film producer Bruce MacDonald created a video for “Saved by Strangers” which was re-serviced to MuchMusic. The video was filmed during MacDonald’s documentary about the band called ‘The Rawside of Die Mannequin’ which premiered at 2008’s North By Northeast Festival in Toronto. Die Mannequin also opened for Danko Jones on his tour of Europe. In 2009 the band released ‘Fino + Bleed’ which was mixed by renowned producer Mike Fraser (Faith No More, AC/DC, Aerosmith, Finger Eleven). The band opened shows for Marilyn Manson on a cross Canada tour and did their own dates as headliners as well. In 2010 Care Failure starred in Bruce McDonald’s ‘Hard Core Logo II’ movie; Caroline Slezak Kawa died in March 2023. [also see BIG DIRTY BAND]

Autumn Cannibalist
2007 Do It or Die [DigiFile] (How To Kill)
2008 Saved By Strangers
2009 Bad Medicine
2009 Dead Honey
2009 Miss Americvnt
2012 Orson Welles & 2012
2014 Murder On The Dance Floor/Sucker Punch [7″] (eONE) #NEONZERO

Ma’Ma (Shadow Bloc Remix) [DigiFile] (Richmond Street) BLOCKADE-02

How To Kill [4-song EP] (How To Kill) DM06CD
2007 Slaughter Daughter [5-song EP] (How To Kill) 2-69855
2008 Unicorn Steak (How To Kill/Warner Music) 2-961603
2009 Fino + Bleed [CD/DVD] (WEA) 2-865239
2012 Danceland [EP] (eONE) DMN-CD-5551
2014 Neon Zero (eONE) DMN-CD-5746

Compilation Tracks
“Saved by Strangers” on ‘Big Shiny Tunes 13’

DIEL, Bill
Born: William Robert Dalziel in 1942
Died: May 22, 2020 in Oshawa, Ontario
This Royal Conservatory of Music piano graduate was a gold medal recipient at the Canadian National Exhibition at 8 years old. He also earned gold and silver medals in all Kiwanis Music Festivals he entered between the ages of 5 and 16 years old. Diel was also in the opening act for the Beatles during their Las Vegas performance in 1964. Diel played in several show bands such as Jerry Warren And The Tremblers, Terry And The Lincolnaires, Original Legends of Rock and Roll (as Jerry Lee Lewis), The Ron Dons, The Quorum, Ronnie Hawkins And The Hawks, Larry Lee and the Leesures, Bobby Goldsboro And The Graduates, Fats Domino, and The Par Four. He boasts a lengthy list of recording artists he has performed with including Tina Turner, Joe Cocker, Johnny Cash, The Statler Brothers, Roger Miller, Sam and Dave, Elton John, Willie Nelson and Ronnie Hawkins. Diel has performed worldwide at five star hotels and resorts in Portugal, Lisbon, Spain, Australia, Hawaii and the Caribbean. Some of his long-term engagements have included seven years at Deerhurst Resort in Canada; six years at the Freemont Hotel, Las Vegas; six years at the Golden Hotel, Reno, Nevada; ten years at Fazio’s, Fort Lauderdale and Oshawa. Bill Diel also produced eleven gold records for Ampex, Quality, and Sussex Records in Canada and the United States. While in Nashville, he recorded five albums with Bobby Goldsboro and The Graduates. He produced three albums for Betty Black; Co-produced two albums for the group Vehicle; Co-produced an album for the group Sands of Time; Co-produced two Top20 hits for the 1970’s group called Creed. Diel managed over 300 musicians in Canada and the US including Debbie Lori Kay, Wednesday, Great Lakes Express, Salty Dog, Sphinx/Killer Dwarfs, Dan Clancy (Lighthouse), and Creed. He still continues with regular performances in Las Vegas at the Fremont Hotel, in Reno, Nevada’s Golden Hotel, Harrah’s in Lake Tahoe, Carson City Nugget, and Jack Tar Village in Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic; Bill Diel died May 22, 2020. with notes from Bill Diel and Brad Stone.


1985 Nothing But Love/Bentbrandenburg (instrumental)  (EMC) EMC-104

Johnny Whitton (vocals) / Jacques Moreau (lead guitar) / Richard Trottier (guitar) / Jean-Claud Durand (bass) / Claude Lamontagne
As popular performers around Quebéc they were labeled the The Rolling Stones of Quebéc following gigs at Lac Saint-Jean in 1966. A TV appearance on the show ‘Jonquière’ in Chicoutimi led to an invitation to appear as part of the traveling musical road show ‘Musicorama’. In 1967 they recorded their self-titled debut which contained the single “Soyons different”.

Soyons diffèrent/Toute le filles (Trans-World) 865

Les Differents (Discworld) 65001

Raven Kanatakta
(vocals, acoustic guitar, rez-o-nator, slide guitars, percussion, stomp, backing vocals) / Shoshona Kish (vocals, acoustic guitar, percussion, backing vocals) / Jordan O’Connor (stand up bass) / Nick Fraser (drums, percussion, stomp)

Seeds (Jericho Beach) JBM-0502
2009 We Are (Odeimin)
2014 For The Light (Sugar Bush) SBM-2014

Dik Van Dyke (lead vocals, guitar) / Stu Smith (drums) / Frank Viola (bass) / Steve Hoy (guitar; 1987) / The Poptarts [Renee Wetselaar and Sarah Hodgson] (vocals) / Blurt Van Dyke (guitar; 1989)
Hamilton, Ontario’s The Dik Van Dykes had more than its fair share of attention having played What Wave Benefits (1986), art show openings and their demo going to No.1 at campus radio CFMU. The ‘Hamilton Spectator’ and ‘Style Magazine’ both described the band as “Art-rock” due to two back-up singers and art school connections, but they were actually from the school of high camp with their Cramps/Deja Voodoo styled musical minimalism and sound collisions. The band split up in 1989. with notes from Brady Olson.

1986 Live At The Ground Gravel [cassette] (independent)
1987 Nobody Likes The Dik Van Dykes (Og) OG-16
1989 Waste More Vinyl (Og) OG-24

Compilation Tracks
“Curling” on ‘Music From the Armpit of Canada’ (Problem Children) PCWA-002
1987 “Curling” on ‘It Came from Canada, Vol. 3’ (Og) OG-13
1989 “ Chain Letter Massacre” on ‘It Came from Canada, Vol. 5’ (Og)

DILAURO, Michael
Former member of Beautiful 2000

Spaghetti Western [LP] (Michael Dilauro)

Jacques Harrison
(flute, sax, organ, lead vocals) / Robert Harrison (drums, vocals) / Paul Cockburn (guitar,, vocals) / Terry Bramhall (bass, vocals)
Dillinger was formed by brothers Jacques and Robert Harrison in 1973. Under the management of Cliff Hunt they began recording with producer Bruce Ley. Hunt took their near-completed song “People” to Frank Davies at Daffodil Recornds   who signed them in 1974. Their debut album, ‘Dillinger’, was a jazz/rock fusion and featured only four songs including a 17 minute suite called “Live & Return” and a cover version of Spirit’s “Nature’s Way” (which was released as a single). The album was met with indifference, but did attract the attention of US investor/promoter Thomas Demeter who encouraged the band to record their follow-up in Flint, Michigan. The album was produced by Daffodil president Frank Davies with initial recording starting in October 1975 at Wind River and Pro Sound Studios in Michigan. Dillinger utilized the production team at Toronto Sound of Terry Brown, Steve Vaughan and John Woloschuk (the same team who would complete Klaatu’s debut LP in 1976) to complete the album, ‘Don’t Lie to the Band’, from late fall 1975 to January 1976. With a release in the spring of 1976, the album featured more cover tunes like Spooky Tooth’s “Two Time Love” and The Beatles’ “Taxman” which were both released as singles. Drummer Robert Harrison was homesick for his native Quebéc and would return there to join Offenbach. With his, and soon, bassist Terry Bramhall’s departure Dillinger’s long and sprawling progressive leanings subsided. This left the band with a fresh start for hold-over members Jacques Harrison and Paul Cockburn who brought in bassist Brian Gagnon (Bullrush), drummer Paul Kersey (Max Webster) and eventually multi-instrumentalist Gerry Mosby (Bond) to solidify a new, tougher, hard rock line-up. Manager Cliff Hunt renamed the band The Hunt on the eve of what would have been Dillinger’s 3rd album.  with notes from Brian Gagnon, Gerry Mosby and Francis W. Davies. [also see THE HUNT]

1974 Nature’s Way/City Man (Daffodil/A & M) DIL-1054
1976 Taxman/Bumpadidilly (Daffodil) 1216-1069
1976 Two Time Love/[same] (Daffodil) 1216-1071


1974 Dillinger (Daffodil) DAF-10045
1976 Don’t Lie To The Band (Daffodil) 9216-1005

Compilation Tracks
“People” on ‘Naturally’ (Daffodil/A & M) DAF-20049

David Preston / Roman Martyn
(guitar) / Joel Zifkin (violin, bass)
David Preston (formerly of Montréal’s The Blanks and author of several Hollywood shlock feature films) and Roman Martyn of Men Without Hats created a one-off single called “True Home of the Brave” with some friends including Joel Zifkin. It climbed the charts at CKCU, CHRW, CKUL and CJIV and was also a featured track on CBC Radio “Brave New Waves”.

1985 True Home of the Brave//Invisible Man/True Home of the Brave (Version) [12”] (Restless) 1245-RR-01

Dale Morningstar (guitar, vocals, piano, violin) / Al Kelso (guitar, bass) / Don Kerr (drums, vocals) / Dave Clark (drums) / Dr. Johnny Pee (drums) /
Formed in Toronto, Ontario in 1991; Kelso would go on to join Blurtonia.

Burn Yer Dashiki [cassette]
1993 Love Songs from the Lubritorium (Raw Energy/A & M) 21011
1994 Worm Pickers’ Brawl (Gas Racket) D-2
1996 Ice Cream, Drugs, Rubber Goods (Gas Racket) DM-1111
1997 (Elevator Music) For Non-Claustrophobic People (Sonic Unyon) SUNCD-035
2000 Ray Charles Kinda Party (Sonic Unyon) SUNCD-068

A Maggot in Their Heads (Sonic Unyon) SUNCD-056

Paul Robinson
(vocals) / John Catto (guitars) / David Clarkson (bass on “Raw/War” only) / Ian MacKay (bass; rhythm guitar on “Raw/War”) / John Hamilton (drums) / Mike Lengyell (drums; replaced Hamilton)
The Diodes are best known for their hit “Tired Of Waking Up Tired” and also a manic cover of “Red Rubber Ball” (the old Cyrkle hit written by Paul Simon and Bruce Woodley) as well as having the distinction of being the first Canadian punk band signed to a Canadian major label. The group formed in late 1976 with an amalgam of influences from The Who, Marc Bolan, Iggy Pop and MC5 and began touring in Canada and the US. In 1977, the band and manager-cum-everyman Ralph Alfonso ran Canada’s first punk club, The Crash ‘n’ Burn located in the basement of the building that was owned by the CEAC (Centre For Experimental Art And Communication) masterminds Amerigo Marras and Bruce Eves who recruited the musical skills of The Diodes and Curse vocalist Mickey Skin for a double-sided political propaganda ‘newsletter’ in the form of a 7″ single called “Raw/War”, under the guise of Crash ‘N’ Burn Records. They were signed to Columbia that year and the eponymous LP, produced by Bob Gallo, featured a cover of the Max Frost And The Troopers song “Shape Of Things To Come” (originally heard in the movie ‘Wild In The Streets’). It became a big import item in the USA and was also released in various European countries. They did a tour of the US through New York, Boston, Chicago and back in 1978. At their Max’s Kansas City show, they were introduced on stage by the late Wendy O. Williams…The Ramones and Blondie were apparently in attendance. They switched labels for their third album ‘Action-Reaction’ to Orient which was distributed by RCA Records followed by more tours of Canada and the US…and then self-destructing unceremoniously. In 1982 they released “Survivors” which was a collection of out-takes and demos from 1977-1981. Also in 1982, Robinson and Catto moved to England and tried recruiting a new rhythm section for the launch of a Diodes UK version, called High Noon, which featured two ex-Barracudas members David Buckley and Steve Robinson, but it failed to get off the ground. The Diodes even had a tribute 7″ single released by Change Of Heart and Shadowy Men On A Shadowy Planet…both acts interpreting “Tired Of Waking Up Tired”. Catto, Mackay, Robinson, and Hamilton plus second drummer Mike Lengyell performed live for the first time in 20 years, one night only, for the TV show, “Open Mike With Mike Bullard” on Friday, January 22, 1999 to celebrate the release of the Sony Canada compilation ‘Tired Of Waking Up Tired: The Best Of The Diodes’. The performance also marked the first time John Hamilton and Mike Lengyell ever performed together (Lengyell had replaced Hamilton following the original drummer’s departure). For the reunion, Hamilton handled keyboard duties as heard on their classic single “Tired of Waking Up Tired”. The band give it another kick in 2007 with shows in Liverpool, England as part of The International Pop Overthrow Festival and elsewhere (including a one-off in Toronto). The members are currently scattered about the globe — Robinson (originally from Boston, MA) is living in London, UK working as an Art consultant; Catto (originally from Birmingham, England) is also living in London, UK working as a computer consultant and now working with Ray Mayhew (formerly of Sigue Sigue Sputnik) as part of Mayhem Deranged; Lengyell lives in London, Ontario and still drums; the remaining two members live in Toronto: Mackay is employed in the computer software industry and Hamilton is designing web pages. Both are currently performing in a new project with drummer Cleave Anderson (Battered Wives, Blue Rodeo) called The Beverley Brothers. Bongo Beat Records re-issued ‘Action/Reaction’ on CD in 2011 with bonus tracks and the band performed a slew of live dates in November 2011. with notes from Ralph Alfonso, Ian MacKay, John Hamilton, and Jon Pennycook.

1977 Raw [split w/THE CURSE] (Crash ‘N’ Burn)
1977 Red Rubber Ball/We’re Ripped (Columbia) C4-4168
1978 Tired of Waking Up Tired/Child Star (Epic) E4-4186
1978 Tired of Waking Up Tired/Teenage Nation (Epic) E4-4260
1980 Strange Time/Rocket Over And Under (Orient/RCA) O45-001
1980 Catwalker/Action Reaction (Orient/RCA) O45-003
2021 Child Star [3-song 7″ lime vinyl] (Sympathy For The Record Industry) SFTRI-811

1977 The Diodes (Columbia) PES-90441
1979 Released (Epic/CBS) PEC-80002
1980 Action/Reaction (Orient/RCA) OLP-001
1982 Survivors (Fringe) FP-3003
1998 Tired of Waking Up Tired: The Best of The Diodes (Sony)  EK 80320
2017 Rarities [LP + CD] (Artoffact) AOF-2008
2017 The Diodes [LP re-issue] (Artoffact) AOF-245
2017 Released [LP re-issue] AOF-246
2017 Action/Reaction [LP re-issue] AOF-247

Compilation Tracks
“Tired Of Waking Up Tired” on ‘Come Out And Play: American Power Pop’ (Rhino)
2001 “Time Damage” on ‘The Rebel Zone-Queen Street West’ (Sony) CK-80698

DION, Céline
Born: Céline Marie Claudette Dion on March 30, 1968 in Charlemagne, Quebéc
Céline Dion is the youngest of fourteen children. She began singing at a young age and had her first on-stage experience at five when she sang the Ginette Reno song “Le Vieux Baril” at a piano bar owned by her parents. At age 12 she would meet Rene Angelil – the man who would one day become her husband. Her demo tape of an original song she had co-written with her mother and brother helped land her a management deal in 1981. He soon mortgaged his house to help finance the recording of Dion’s first album. Her mother was a fan of Quebéc talk-show host Michel Jasmin and Dion became a guest on his show in 1982. That same year she won the gold medal at the Yamaha World Song Festival with her song “Tellement j’ai d’amour pour toi” and she won the coveted ‘Musician’s Award for Top Performer’. In 1983, Dion won 4 Félix Awards (Quebéc’s equivalent to the JUNO Award) for ‘Best New Artist, ‘Best Album’ (for ‘Tellement j’ai d’amour pour toi’), ‘Best Female Artist’, and ‘Best Performance Outside the Province of Quebéc’. She was the first Canadian singer to have a platinum record in France where she sold more than 700,000 copies of her single “D’amour ou d’amitie”. When Pope John Paul II visited Quebéc in 1984 Dion was invited to sing for him. She performed “Une Colombe” (from the album ‘Les chansons en or’). Two more Felix Awards followed that year with five more in 1985. Noticing the success of her independently released French albums in Quebéc, not to mention the growing accolades, CBS Records (aka Sony Music) scooped up Céline Dion in 1986 and her debut, ‘Incognito’, was released in May 1987. 1988 saw the addition of four more Felix Awards, a hand full of platinum album awards and first prize win at the Eurovision Song Contest held in Dublin, Ireland where she performed for 600 million viewers worldwide on the awards telecast. In 1990, the American market opened up to her with her first English language record containing material written by Aldo Nova, Paul Bliss, Tom Keane and David Foster called ‘Unison’. The album spawned her first cross-over radio hits “(If There Was) Another Way” and “Where Does My Heart Beat Now”. Canada made it a platinum selling disc and she won two JUNO Awards to show for it. In 1991 Dion recorded an entire album of music by internationally renowned Quebéc songwriter Luc Plamondon called ‘Dion Chante Plamondon’. As well, she would win an Oscar alongside Peabo Bryson for the number one charting song “Beauty and the Beast” as ‘Single of the Year’. At that year’s Grammy Awards, Dion’s recordings of “Beauty and the Beast” and “If You Ask Me To” were nominated in the same category. “Beauty and the Beast” won the race and gave Dion her first Grammy. The song was the corner stone of her second English language album, ‘Céline Dion’, which also featured the charting singles “Love Can Move Mountains”, “Water From the Moon”, “If You Asked Me To”, and “Did You Give Enough Love”. The album sold 600,000 copies in Canada and she dominated that year’s JUNO Awards. Dion racked up another 10 awards in 1992: JUNO Awards, Felix Awards, and a special award of recognition for her contribution to Canadian culture on the occasion of Canada’s 125th Anniversary. She would also receive world recognition when she was given the World Music Award for ‘Top Selling Canadian Artist’. Dion was soon given the dubious distinction of becoming the top selling female recording artist of all time in 1993 which was only underscored by a fistful of recognitions for her album ‘The Colour of My Love’.  The album contained another duet which also happened to be the love theme from the movie ‘Sleepless In Seattle’ called “When I Fall In Love” with Clive Griffin. The album also contained a remake of the Air Supply/Jennifer Rush classic “The Power of Love”. The capper of the record was the single “Think Twice” which pushed it and the album into the No.1 position for 5 weeks on the British charts – a feat not achieved since The Beatles in 1965. With the single spending an additional two weeks at No.1 it managed to surpass the million selling mark making  it only the fourth record by a female artist to do so on the British charts. She would also return to her French language roots with her second album that year called ‘D’eux’. The album sold 10 million copies in 1993 alone and accomplished what no one thought possible – a string of French language singles on the British charts and the most successful selling French language album of all time. In 1994 Dion married manager Angelil with Michael Jackson and other celebrities in attendance. A follow-up English album came in the form of 1996’s ‘Falling Into You’ with songs penned by Dianne Warren (Heart) and Jim Steinman (Meatloaf)  plus production by David Foster. The record would sell in excess of 30 millions copies due to the chart topping success from singles such as Eric Carmen’s “All By Myself” and “Because You Loved Me” (also featured in the Robert Redford film ‘Up Close and Personal’). It sold 25 million copies worldwide and received the ‘Album of the Year’ Grammy Award. Not to let a good marketing scheme slip by, Dion released another French album to coincide with her English language album. ‘Live a Paris’ was released a mere 7 months after ‘Falling Into You’. The CD was recorded at the Zenith Theatre in Paris, France for a more modest audience of 6,000.  Dion was set to tour the record when it became apparent she was at the height of her popularity and so, in an unprecedented move, she and Angelil cancelled her 1997 summer tour and re-assembled the same production team from ‘Falling Into You’ (Jim Steinman, David Foster, et al) with the additional help of producer George Martin, songwriter/producer Corey Hart, The Bee Gees, and Bryan Adams for ‘Let’s Talk About Love’. The album featured a duet with Barbra Streisand on “Tell Him” and Luciano Pavarotti on “I Hate You Then I Love You”. The album won five Félix Awards and sold over 23 million copies worldwide.The album also produced the Oscar winning track “My Heart Will Go On” from the soundtrack of the box-office breaking  movie ‘Titanic’. The song would win the Academy Award and Golden Globe for Best Original Song’. She would also take home two Grammy Awards for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance and Record of the Year. “My Heart Will Go On” and “Think Twice” sold more than a million copies each in the UK which was the first by a female artist. It is a record that still stands. In June 1998 Dion swept both categories she was nominated for in the VH1 Viewers Vote Awards. She now holds the title of ‘Diva of The Year’ and ‘Best Female Artist’.Also in 1998 she released two albums – the French language release ‘S’il suffisait d’aimer’ (which sold 1.5 million copies in France) and the Christmas album ‘These Are Special Times’. Vowing to take up to three years off, Dion wrapped up the end of her 1998-1999 ‘Let’s Talk About Love Tour’ with two more new albums, ‘Au cœur du Stade’ – recorded live at the Stade de France in Paris – and ‘All The Way…A Decade of Song’ containing  her hits and new recordings including an electronically recorded “duet” with the late Frank Sinatra on the album’s title track and “I’m Your Angel” with R.Kelly. “I’m Your Angel” became Céline Dion’s fourth No.1 single in the US. The album was certified seven times platinum stateside. In 1999 Dion was inducted into the Canadian Broadcasters Hall of Fame and the Canadian Walk of Fame. Dion would give birth to her first child in 2001 and stepped back into the spotlight only once that year to sing ‘God Bless America’ on US television following the events of September 11, 2001. She finally returned to music full time in 2002 with the release of ‘A New Day Has Come’ which debuted at No.1 in 17 countries – including her first No.1 debut on Billboard’s Top200 Album Chart in the US. The title track spent 21 consecutive weeks at No.1 on Billboard’s Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks Chart. Dance album, ‘One Heart’, followed in 2003 and featured a cover version of Cyndi Lauper’s “I Drove All Night” which was picked up by Chrysler Motor Company for a car advertising campaign. Later that year she released another French language album in collaboration with Jean-Jacques Goldman, Gildas Arzel, Eric Benzi and Jacques Veneruso entitled ‘1 fille & 4 types’. The album went to No.1 in France, Canada and Belgium. Dion began a four year contract to perform at the Colosseum in Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas. When the show ended in 2007 the ‘A New Day…’ show had grossed over $400 million. Dion personally grossed $76 million in 2005 alone landing her at fourth place on Billboard Magazine’s money-makers list for that year.  In 2004 she released a multi-media cross-over project celebrating children and motherhood with photographer Anne Geddes entitled ‘Miracle’. The album contained cover versions of Louis Armstrong’s “What a Wonderful World” and John Lennon’s “Beautiful Boy”. The album debuted at No.4 and the US and No.1 in Canada. After selling a staggering 175 million copies of her albums worldwide by 2004, Dion received the ‘Chopard Diamond Award’ from the World Music Awards as recognition for the achievement. Having not released a new album while she worked in Vegas, Dion returned in 2007 with the French language album ‘D’elles’ which became her 10th No.1 album reaching that mark in Canada, France and Belgium. She followed this release with her next English language album, ‘Taking Chances’, where she broke out of her adult contemporary comfort zone by collaborating with rapper Ne-Yo, Christine Aguilera writer Linda Perry and ex-Evanescence guitarist Ben Moody among many others.  In 2008 Dion launched a 132 city world tour. It became one of the top live box office events in the United States in 2008. The same year she was nominated for six JUNO Awards. She also performed a show to celebrate Quebéc’s 400th Anniversary on the Plains of Abraham near Quebéc City. She closed out the year with her first complete English language hits collection entitled ‘My Love: Essential Collection’. Céline Dion gave birth to twins in October 2010 and headed back to Las Vegas for another three year run starting in March 2011. Céline Dion has received both the Companion of the Order of Canada and the National Order of Quebéc.

1981 Ce n’était qu’un rêve (Showbizz) C-334
1982 Tellement j’ai d’amour pour toi (Saisons) SNS-6518
1983 D’amour ou d’amitié (Pathé) 2C008-72653
1983 Mon ami m’a quittée (Pathé) 1653817
1984 Was bedeute ich dir/Mon ami, geh nicht fort (Pathé) 1C006-2002007
1984 Mon rêve de toujours (Pathé) 1C006-2003007
1984 Un Colombe/Une Colombe (instrumentale) (Editions Triangle) TR-201
1985 Dans la main d’un magician (TBS) TBS-5562
1985 La ballade de Michel (TBS) TBS-5563
1986 Billy (EMI) 2012-547
1987 Delivre-moi (CBS)
1987 Incognito (CBS)
1987 Je ne veux pas (CBS)
1987 La religieuse (CBS)
1988 D’abord c’est quoi l’amour/Ne partez pas sans moi (CBS) 655887
1988 Hand in Hand (CBS)
1988 Jours de fièvre (CBS)
1990 (If There Was) Any Other Way/I’m Loving Every Moment With You  (CBS) 656160
1990 Unison (CBS)
1990 Where Does My Heart Beat Now/I Feel Too Much (CBS)
1991 Last To Know (CBS)
1991 Ziggy (Un garçon pas comme les autres) (CBS)
1991 L’amour existe encore (CBS)
1991 Je danse dans ma tête (CBS) 657812
1991 Have A Heart (CBS)
1992 Beauty and the Beast [with Peabo Bryson]  (CBS) 34-74090
1992 Love Can Move Mountains (Sony) 658148
1992 Water From the Moon/Little Bit of Love (Epic/Sony) 34-74809
1992 Des mots qui sonnent (Sony)
1992 If You Asked Me To/Love Blind (Sony) 658192
1992 Nothing Broken But My Heart (Sony)
1992 When I Fall In Love [w/Clive Griffin]  (Sony)
1993 Je sais pas (Sony)
1994 Pour que tu m’aimes encore (Sony)
1994 The Power of Love/No Living Without Loving You (Sony)
1994 Think Twice (Edit)/L’amour existe encore (Sony) 660642
1994 Calling You (Sony) 661033
1994 Misled (Sony)
1994 Next Plane Out (Sony) 662373
1995 Pour que tu m’aimes encore (Sony)
1995 To Love You More (Sony)
1995 Tu m’aimes encore (Sony)
1995 Only One Road (Sony)
1995 Just Walk Away (Sony)
1996 Because You Loved Me (Sony)
1996 Les derniers seront les premiers (Sony)
1996 Falling Into You (Sony) 662979
1996 It’s All Coming Back to Me Now/The Power of the Dream (Sony)
1996 All By Myself (Sony)
1997 J’attendais (Sony) 664305
1997 Call the Man (Sony)
1997 Tell Him [w/Barbra Streisand]  (Sony)
1997 Make You Happy (Sony)
1997 Dreamin’ of You (Sony)
1997 The Reason (Sony)
1998 My Heart Will Go On (Love Theme From ‘Titanic’) (Sony) 665315
1998 Happy Xmas (War Is Over) (Sony)
1998 Immortaliy [w/TheBee Gees] (Sony) 665720
1998 Zora sourit (Sony)
1999 On ne change pas (Sony)
2000 Treat Her Like a Lady/Unison (Sony)
2000 That’s the Way it is/I Want You to Need Me (Sony) 668371
2000 Live (for the One I Love) (Sony) 668966
2000 The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face (Sony) 669194
2002 A New Day Has Come (Sony)
2002 I’m Alive/Aun existe amor (Sony) 672912
2002 Goodbye’s (The Saddest Word) (Sony)
2003 Have You Ever Been In Love (Sony)
2003 I Drove All Night/I Know What Love Is (Sony)
2003 One Heart (Sony) 673986
2003 Tout l’or des homes (Sony)
2004 Contre nature (Sony)
2004 Et je t’aime encore (Sony) 674869
2004 Je lui dirai (Sony)
2005 Je ne vous oublie pas (Sony)
2006 Tous les secrets (Sony) 680659
2007 Et s’il n’en restait qu’une (je serais celle-là) (Sony)
2007 Taking Chances (Sony)
2008 My Love (Sony)
2008 Eyes on Me (Sony)
2008 Alone (Sony)
2010 Voler [w/Michel Sardou] (Sony)

1981 La voix du bon dieu (SPE) SPE-4101
1981 Céline Dion chante Nöel (SPE) SPE-4102
1982 Tellement j’ai d’amour pour toi (Saisons) SNS-80007
1983 Les chemins de ma maison (Saisons) SNS-90001
1983 Chantes et contes de Nöel (Saisons) SNS-90002
1984 Les plus grande succès de Céline Dion (TBS) TBS-XX001
1984 Mélanie (TBS) TBS-501
1985 C’est pour toi (TBS) TBS-503
1985 En concert (TBS) TBS-504
1986 Les chansons d’or (TBS) TBS-507
1987 Incognito (CBS) PFC-80119
1990 Unison (CBS) CCK-80150
1991 Dion Chante Plamondon (CBS) CK-80168
1992 Céline Dion (Sony) CK-52473
1993 The Colour of My Love (Sony) CK-57555
1993  Les premières années (Sony) 487823
1994 Céline Dion À L’Olympia (Sony) CCK-80212
1995 D’eux (Sony) CK-80219
1996 Falling Into You (Sony) CK-33068
1996 Live À Paris (Sony) 486606
1997 Let’s Talk About Love (Sony) CK-68861
1998 S’il suffisait d’Aimer (Sony) CK-80399
1998 These Are Special Times (Sony) CK-69523
1999 Au cœur du Stade (live album) (Sony) 495240
1999 All The Way…A Decade of Song (Sony) CK-63760
2002 A New Day Has Come (Sony) CK-86400
2003 One Heart (Epic/Sony) EK-87185
2003 1 fille & 4 types (Sony) CK-80984
2004 Miracle (Sony)
2007 D’elles (Sony)
2008 Taking Chances (Sony) 708114
2008 My Love: Essential Collection (Sony) 749748

Compilation Tracks
“Love Can Move Mountains” on ‘Sun Jammin’ 3′ (Sony Music Direct) TVK-24007
1996 “Where Does My Heart Beat Now” on ‘Oh What a Feeling: A Vital Collection of Canadian Music’ (MCA) JUNO-25

Paul-André Thibert (lead vocals, flute, harmonica) / Philippe Bech (flute, keys; 1969-1974) / Robert Lepage (drums, vocals) / Eric Clément (guitar) / Jean Pierre Legault (bass; 1969-1974) / André Mathieu (organ) / Fernand Durand (bass, vocals; 1976) / Jean-Pierre Forget (saxophone, flute, Rhodes, 1976)
Montréal’s Dionysos was considered the first Quebéc act to sing in both official languages. They played the Montréal-Sept Illes-Chibogamu circuit and branched out to the eastern seaboard with regular stops in Toronto and New York. 1969 saw the release of their debut album, ‘Le Grand Jeu’, on Jupiter Records and its 1971 follow-up, ‘Le Prince Croule’, on Zodiaque. They would also write the score to Sam Sheppard’s play ‘The Tooth of Crime’ in 1974 and adapted parts of the script into half a dozen of their future compositions. The band stopped working in 1974 and resumed with another album, their self-titled debut on Deram Records in the fall of 1975. They broke up in 1978. Thibert went on to a solo career with an album on Solo Records called ‘Musique de Amis Dionysos.’

1971 J’ai jamais/L’age D’or (Jupiter/Trans-World) 2002


1969 Le Grand Jeu (Jupiter/Trans-World) YDS-8032
1971 Le Prince Croule (Zodiaque) ZOX-6001
1974 “Collection Trans-World” Dionysos (Trans-World) TWK-6528/29
1975 Dionysos (Deram) XDEF-125
1994 Pionnier: 1969-1994
2011 Le Grand Jeu [re-issue] (Axis/Universal) AX-1015CD

Tim Shantz (vocals) / Xig (guitar, 1983-84) / Dave Cornilius (bass) / Mike North (drums) / Buzz (guitar; 1984-1988)
Direct Action recorded their 1985 debut album, ‘Trapped In A World’, at Comfort Sound in Toronto.

1985 Trapped In A World (Irate Faction) WRC1-3983
1988 Damn-Age (Bitzcore – Germany) EFA-01652-08

Compilation Tracks
“Hate Generation” on “Primitive Air-Raid” (Psyche Industry) MPAS-01
1994 “Damn-Age” and “UXB” on ‘For A Fistful of Yens’ (Bitzcore – EU) BC-1665

Andy Maize
(vocals) / Myron Wasyliw (drums) / Craig Bradshaw (guitar) / Bob Siamro (bass) / Dave Wall (vocals; replaced Maize)
Named after the Winston Churchill order to bomb Germany at the end of WWII, Directive 17 was formed in St.Catharines, Ontario in 1981. The trio of Wasyliw, Bradshaw and Siamro met Maize at Mohawk College in Hamilton in 1982 and he offered to fill the void where a singer was desperately needed. The band released its own independent EP which made it to No.37 on CSCR’s ‘Top LPs of 1984’ year-end list. In 1985 they hit the jackpot by winning CFNY-FM’s Great Ontario Talent Search and pocketed a hefty $25,000 and a record deal optioned by Quality Records. The band upgraded its equipment and decided to milk their 1985 CFNY U-know Award for ‘Best Independent Artist’ and returned to the studio to record another independent release. However, before they had a chance to make good on the Quality Records offer, Maize left in June 1986 to pursue a solo career with guitarist Josh Finlayson. They would go on to form The Skydiggers. Direktive 17 continued on with singer Dave Wall before packing it in. Dave Wall went on to The Bourbon Tabernacle Choir and has been a solo artist in recent years.


1984 Direktive 17 [EP] (MacBeth) MAC-8401

Compilation Tracks
“Mr. Jones” on ‘Sounds From The Streets 12 Toronto Bands’ [cassette] (Sounds From the Streets) SFTS-01

From Vancouver, British Columbia.

Rip-Off/Clouds Obscured (3-Minute Mile) TMM-001

Carol Robinson (vocals) / Amos Garrett (guitar) / Jim McCarthy / Bob Smith (keyboards, drums) / Evan “Chick Roberts” / Roy Michaels (bass)
The Dirty Shames were a Toronto pop/folk band that formed in 1964. They relocated to New York City – leaving McCarthy behind, and adding Americans Smith and Michaels. They would soon become regulars at Andy Warhol’s The Dom Club which led to opening for artists like Velvet Underground. In 1967, the band put out two singles on Philips Records in the US. The first was a cover of Lovin’ Spoonful’s “Coconut Grove” paired with their self-penned “Walk Away”. The second single was the band written “Blown Your Mind” which also had an original on the B-side called “Would You Like To Take A Ride?” With the singles making no discernable impact, the group split up; Chick Roberts performed as a solo act – — including stints in the 1960s at the Bohemian Embassy – well into until 2019. He founded The Blues Collar Band as lead singer as well as The Lowdown Ways Band from the 1980’s-2000’s. He was also an actor in over 150 Hollywood movies; Amos Garrett would go on to play with Ian and Sylvia’s Great Speckled Bird, Geoff & Maria Muldaur (that’s his guitar solo on “Midnight At The Oasis”), Mike Clark, Stevie Wonder, Todd Rundgren, Bonnie Raitt, Jesse Winchester and dozens of other artists; Roy Michaels and Bob Smith would stay in New York and form Cat Mother And The All Night Newsboys in late 1967. Jimi Hendrix produced their debut album ‘The Street Giveth And The Street Taketh Away.’ They had a Top 40 hit with the album’s lead-off single “Good Old Rock ‘n’ Roll” in the summer of 1969; Roy Michael died September 23, 2008; Bob Smith died March 21, 1991; Chick Roberts died January 28, 2023. [also see AMOS GARRETT]

Coconut Grove/Walk Away (Philips) 40436
1967 Blown Your Mind/Would You Like To Take A Ride? (Philips) 40474

Andrew Snell
(bass) / John Deslauriers Michael Phillip Wojewoda (drums) / Paul Myers (guitar, vocals) / Bruce Meikle
Short-lived Toronto act also known as the Dead Brezhnevs; Paul Myers would go on to front his own band, then The Gravelberrys, and in recent years relocated to San Francisco where he performs in a duo called The Paul & John. He is also a very successful writer of music biographies on The Barenaked Ladies, Long John Baldry, and Todd Rundgren; Wojewoda would become a very successful Canadian music producer (Barenaked Ladies, Chalk Circle, Change of Heart, Rheostatics, Spirit of the West); Deslaurier would relocate to Montréal and form A & M Records act The Doughboys, and Pig Farm (with Wojewoda).

Gone Dead Out (Nervous) NRV-4

Compilation Tracks

1983 “I’m Not In Love” on ‘Smash ‘83’ [cassette]

“One Man Army” on ‘Smash ‘83’ [cassette]

Luc Gagné (guitar, vocals) / Joel St-Amand (drums; 2004-2007) / Mathieu Leger (bass; 2004-2005) / Jean-Francois Moreau (guitar; 2004-2005) / Frank Landry (vocals; 2004-05) / Kevin “Crotte” Poitras (bass; 2005) / Matt Maillet (bass; 2005-2006) / Patrick Boudreau (guitar; 2005-2007) / Casey “K.C.” Hade Shalala (guitar, bass; 2006-2009) / Matt Young (bass; 2007-2009) / Christian Doiron (drums; 2008-2009) / Mike “The Machine” Mallais (drums; 2009) / Norm Robichaud (vocals, 2009-present) / Eric Gibbs (drums; 2009) / Sylvain Francoeur (guitar; 2009) / Jimmy Hamilton (bass; 2009)
Formed in Moncton, New Brunswick in 2003 as Black Frost.

Siege of Darkness (Diminished Fifth)
2010 Casualties of War

The Dark Winds…
2004 Will to Force

Tim Hindley (vocals, bass) / Dave Valente (guitar) / Frank Heidt (drums)
Formed in Notre-Dame-de-Grâce, Quebéc in 1980, the Discords became renowned among the Montréal punk underground for their Skinhead/Oi ! ethos. The band split up in 1983.

1982 The Discords [4 song EP] (N.D.G.) FTX-4503

Compilation Tracks
“R.C.M.P.”, “Dead Cubans”, “Kill the Rich”, “N.D.G.” on ‘Smash the State – A Compilation of Canadian Punk Rock, 1978-82 Volume Three’ (No Exit) NO-EXIT-004

Scott Davey
(guitar) / Tony Malone (keys, guitar) / Murray Ball (vocals) / Michael Lacroix (sax) / Ken Farr (bass) / Steven Davey (drums) / Glenn Schellenberg (keyboards; replaced Malone)
In the suburbs of Toronto in 1975 Scott Davey and Tony Malone decided to form a band that was the complete antithesis of the mind-numbing music heard on local FM airwaves. They dubbed their band the Dishes. In February 1976, the Dishes – now featuring Murray Ball (vocals), Michael Lacroix (saxophone), Ken Farr (bass), and Steven Davey (drums) – began a weekly residency at the Beverley Tavern in Toronto. With a strong visual image coupling short hair ‘n’ uniforms and original material that owed much to art-rock pioneers Roxy Music, David Bowie, and the Kinks, the Dishes were an immediate sensation with Toronto’s burgeoning avant-garde art scene. The Dishes’ success soon inspired their audience of frustrated musicians and artists to start their own bands. Within a year of their debut, The Diodes, Martha And The Muffins, The Cads, The Curse, Johnny And The G-Rays, The Government, and The Viletones. Even more significantly, the Dishes’ Beverley Tavern gigs – 14 weeks-worth that year alone – kick-started the about-to-be-hip strip’s scene of cool clubs, art galleries, and trendy eateries. In May 1977, The Dishes released their EP ‘Fashion Plates’ on their own Regular Records label. It would sell 4,000 copies. By this time, Malone had left The Dishes to start Drastic Measures and was replaced by 18 year-old Glenn Schellenberg. That year The Dishes worked with performance artist David Buchan on two shows – ‘Geek Chic’ at the King Edward Hotel Ballroom and ‘Fashion Burn’ at Crash ‘n’ Burn – as well as a show called ‘Hot Property’ with international art stars General Idea who performed it at the Winnipeg Art Gallery. The band was also featured several times in the pages of General Idea’s ‘FILE’ Megazine. The Dishes also became a regular opening act for Carole Pope and Rough Trade. On August 30, 1977 TVOntario recorded The Dishes in concert for its program ‘Night Music’, and broadcast the results over 20 times. Early 1978 saw the release of The Dishes’ second EP – ‘Hot Property’, with cover art by General Idea – and the band’s return to the Beverley for a series of standing-room-only appearances. They also appeared with Talking Heads at the re-born Horseshoe Tavern that spring. Although the Dishes broke up soon afterwards, their influence on Toronto’s burgeoning punk/new wave, art-rock scene continued long after their demise. In early 2002 Bullseye Records released a collection of the band’s output as ‘Kitschenette: The Best of The Dishes’; Murray Ball was a cook at The Peter Pan restaurant since its inception in 1976 after which he opened the Fiesta Restaurant in Toronto along with art-doyen Sandy Stagg in 1979. He sold it in 1987, and opened the RPM Club – now the Government/Kool Haus – soon after. In the 90s, Ball opened Whiskey Saigon, the multi-level dance club which was sold in 2000; Scott Davey joined Sherry Kean’s band The Sharks after leaving the Dishes and recorded an LP with them in 1980. He also sings on the Rough Trade hit “Crimes Of Passion”. Since then, he’s been running his family’s book distribution company; Steven Davey started The Everglades with electronic guitar-star Michael Brook and The Dishes’ Glenn Schellenberg. The band’s biggest claim to fame was their appearance on ‘The Last Pogo’ soundtrack LP. Davey’s song-writing credits include “Rebel Unorthodox” for the Viletones and “I’m In a Coma” for The Diodes. He has also written editorial pieces for The Toronto Star, Creem, Xtra, and Macleans magazine among others. His long-standing day was food editor and restaurant critic for NOW! magazine, and the author of the ‘NOW! CityGuide to Toronto’. Davey died of unspecified causes in June 2014; Ken Farr played bass for Drastic Measures before retiring to academia. He is the author of ‘Trees In Canada’; Michael Lacroix, now in Guelph, now mixes sound for film and television projects; Glenn Schellenberg followed his stints with The Dishes and the Everglades by forming the electronic combo TBA with Andrew Zealley. That band released a single called “Hands Across the Nation”. He is currently a professor of psychology on the faculty of the University of Toronto; with notes from Steven Davey.

1977 Fashion Plates [4 song EP] (Regular) R-001
1978 Hot Property [3 song EP] (Regular)  R-002

2002 Kitschenette: The Best of The Dishes (Bullseye) BLR-CD-4044

Jade Blade
(guitar, vocals) / Dale Powers (bass, vocals) / Scout (drums, vocals) / Kim Henriksen (bass; 1980) / Sue MacGillivray (guitar; 1980)
Dee Dee & The Dishrags were formed in Victoria, British Columbia in 1977 when most of the members were only 15 or 16 years old. After becoming just The Dishrags, their debut was opening for the Furies at Japanese Hall in Vancouver. In January 1979 they opened for The Clash at the Commodore Ballroom . After some minor attention on the compilation ‘Vancouver Complication’ they released their three song debut 7” EP, ‘Past Is Past’. In 1980The Dishrags stabilized their three-piece outfit with the addition of second guitarist Sue MacGillivray and Henrikson replacing Powers on bass. This line-up produced the 1980 7” EP ‘Death in The Family’ produced by The Pointed Sticks’ Bill Napier-Henry.  A retrospective CD, ‘Love/Hate’, came out in 1997.  with notes from Chris Cutress.

1979 Past Is Past/Love Is Shit (It’s Goodbye)//Tormented (Modern) MR-1
1980 Death In The Family/Beware of Dog/All the Pain (RCA – UK) SJK-168


1997 Love/Hate (OPM/EMI) OPM-2112
2007 There’s No Dee Dee (Jem)

Compilation Tracks
“I Don’t Love You” on ‘Vancouver Complication’ (Pinned) PIN-79330001
1979 “Past Is Past” on ‘Vancouver Nuggets’ [cassette]
1991 “I Don’t Love You” on ‘Last Call: Vancouver Independent Music 1977-1988’ (Zulu) ZULU-5-2

Robert Trépanier (vocals) / Yvon Delisle (lead guitar) / Jacques Miller (bass) / Michel Miller (organ) / André Latour (drums).
Originally formed in Montréal in 1967 as Le District Ouest and made their mark playing church basements and youth dances. The band released one single on Soleil called “Je suis ton copain”. Legend has it that the record was pulled from Quebéc record shops because of the B-side song “Le Cardinal” which was claimed to insult Cardinal Paul-Émile Léger. The changed their name to distance themselves from the first record, signed to Vedettes as simply Le District and released “L’histoire d’Aladin”. They made an appearance on the CFTM TV program ‘Jeunesse d’aujourd’hui’ hosted by Pierre Lalonde.  The band broke up in 1970. Both Meunier and Latour have since passed away.


1967 Je suis ton copain/Le Cardinal (Soleil) SO-10003

L’histoire d’Aladin/Soldat de Plomb (Vedettes) VD-3085

Theresa McKay (vocals) / David Robertson (vocals) / Alan Beardsell (guitar, mandolin) / Susan Marie (bass) / Rob Greenway (drums)
The Diviners was founded as a duo in 1986 by McKay and Robertson who were impressed with a film adaptation of Margaret Laurence’s book ‘The Diviners’. They wrote songs inspired by the film/book and named themselves as such. In 1991 an independent album was released called ‘Face of the Earth’ produced by Michael Phillip-Wojewoda (BNL, Vital Sines) which spawned the single “Listen”. By 1992 the duo had added Beardsell, Marie and Greenway (ex-Tame & Talking) to complete a full band LINE-UP and released another single “Walk Along the River”.

Listen (independent)
1992 Walk Along the River (independent)

Face of the Earth (independent) DIVFOE-1

Jon Bojicic (guitar, vocals) / Mike Sherman (guitar, vocals) / Kon (drums) / Scott Kennedy (bass, vocals)
Toronto band signed to Epic Records in 1971. Under Jack Richardson’s Nimbus 9 productions, producer Bob Ezrin took the band to L.A. along with engineer Terry Brown to record the 9 song album entitled ‘Well Done.’ Epic Records, however, balked after hearing the finished record as they were unsure how to promote and market a southern country rock band. The album sat unreleased until 2021 when it was picked up, remastered, and re-issued by Pacemaker Entertainment. with notes from Ritchie Yorke and Dave Bingham.

Well Done [Digi-File] (Pacemaker)

Carl showed an aptitude for reading and music by age 3. He began music studies at age 4 on piano, followed in later years by guitar, drums and percussion, and voice. Dixon started singing and playing guitar in a band at age 15 and by 16 he started playing underage in bars with older musicians, and continued to form bands through the rest of school days. One was band was a trio called Wildfire who asked Dixon to join and soon the quartet changed their name to Alvin Shoes. After surviving its first tour in Northern Ontario, Alvin Shoes was next booked to tour the Maritimes which proved to be their undoing as they were inexperienced as road warriors. After meeting the band Firefly in Newfoundland, Dixon moved to Montréal in 1979 to join the group as their guitarist/third vocalist, which already included Beau Geste guitarist/singer Brian Hughes. He would tour Quebéc and the east coast successfully for the next 1 1/2 years but soon yearned to return to Ontario. After only a few weeks back at his parents’ home in Barrie, he answered a ‘Toronto Star’ classified ad from a band seeking a guitarist/singer. That band was Coney Hatch, and Dixon was quickly hired. Coney Hatch had already been on the scene since 1980 and included founding members Andy Curran and Dave Ketchum. They had performed across Canada with various guitarists and finally settling on Carl Dixon and Steve Shelski by the summer of 1981. The songwriting became a team effort between Dixon, Curran and Shelski combined with some material from before Dixon he joined. By 1982 Coney Hatch was ready to record. Curran met Kim Mitchell’s songwriting partner, Pye Dubois, one night at the Gasworks in Toronto. Dubois called Mitchell the next day and introduced him to the band. Coney Hatch would sign to Mitchell’s then label, Anthem, in November 1981 and Mitchell being brought on board to co-produce their self-titled debut album with Guess Who legend Jack Richardson. It was released in the summer of 1982, and spawned the hit single “Hey Operator” which wasn’t even going to be on the album, but shortly after recording of the LP was completed, the band wrote this following a gig in Thorold and Anthem decided it should go on the record. After a year and much touring with the likes of Judas Priest later, the follow-up, ‘Outa Hand’, was released in July 1983 and was produced by Max Norman. The album produced the single and video “First Time For Everything” (featuring backing vocals by Peter Fredette) and was the most added play-listed song on US radio the week it came out. ‘Friction’ followed in 1985 with the exit of drummer Ketchum and the addition of Barry Connors. The album was once again produced by Max Norman. With the albums selling progressively less on each occasion Dixon exited the band soon after. Through 1986 and 1987 Dixon first formed the Carl Dixon Band to play new originals, Coney Hatch songs and other cover songs. They toured from the Maritimes to Alberta. In 1988 he did the same with a new act called Rough and Ready, where they road tested new original songs, some of which would appear on Dixon’s first solo album. In 1989 Coney Hatch re-united for a one-off benefit show which led to a small reunion tour which allowed Dixon to raise enough money to begin recording his long-desired solo album. He went to Nashville to team up with other songwriters including fellow Canadian Stan Meissner. He also secured a US publishing deal with Rondor Music. From this experience Dixon’s co-write with Brett Walker on the song “Taste of Love” was recorded by Jimi Jamison. It was released as a single to radio stateside and found its way onto an episode of “Baywatch”. Meanwhile, Hatch reunited in 1992 to promote the release of their ‘best of’ compilation by Anthem ‘Best of Three’ CD. On the advice of veteran songwriter Jack Conrad, Dixon looked to Europe for that elusive solo record deal and met up with Martin Frankenberg of Interplanet Music whose label released Dixon’s first solo album ‘One’ overseas and in Canada in 1993. His version of “Taste of Love” was released as a single and found its way onto Bullseye Records’ ‘Unsigned, Sealed & Delivered – Volume 5’ compilation which ended up becoming the label’s biggest selling CD (at the time) over in Europe based on Dixon’s participation alone. In Europe Dixon and his band made a couple of promo tours after the spring release through his US label Long Island Records. He also produced the first demos for Canadian songstress Emm Gryner during the ‘One’ recording sessions, and demos for a duo called The Jessicas. He would become a label rep for Long Island Records as their acquisitions co-ordinator to get acts to re-issue their old catalogs. In 1997 he was contacted by The Guess Who to join the group as lead singer. Original members Jim Kale and Garry Peterson were in place and their touring show performed in the United States. Dixon produced the band’s live album ‘The Guess Who – Down the Road’. He also found time to manage a Canadian female artist named Rebecca Timmons and produced her album ‘The Turing Event’. Both were released 1999. In May 1, 2000, Dixon’s time with the Guess Who ended. Burton Cummings and Randy Bachman joined Kale and Peterson for a four-year reunion tour as the ORIGINAL Guess Who (though Kale would eventually be left behind). This left Dixon without a gig. Fortunately during this time he had been in contact with Sweden’s MTM Music about doing a new Coney Hatch record. The idea never panned out, but instead, in June 2000 an agreement was reached to begin a new solo album. While wrapping up the album entitled ‘Into the Future’, Dixon was approached to join April Wine as guitarist, keyboard player and back-up singer to help tour the promotion of the band’s 2001 ‘Back to the Mansion’ CD. He would play with April Wine from 2001 to the end of 2004. This included his performance on the 2003 CD ‘Greatest Hits Live 2003’. On many occasions, Dixon also opened for April Wine with his solo acoustic set. From the very strong response to these shows he recorded a live CD called “One Voice, Two Hands” which was released on Diamond Ditty Music in 2003. It became his strongest selling solo album and allowed him to forge new audiences in places like New York, Montana, Wyoming, Washington and across Canada. Coney Hatch reunited for a concert at the Swedish Rock Festival (without Andy Curran) in June 2004 but the reunion was short-live as the original Guess Who reunion tour ended and Jim Kale re-convened with Gary Peterson to carry on as they had before stateside. Dixon was asked to resume his role in the band which he did. Breaking briefly from the Guess Who in 2008, Dixon went to Australia to visit his family in Australia. His daughter was starring in a TV series there and his wife had accompanied the pre-teen for a contracted eight month stay. On April 14, 2008 Carl was returning from Melbourne to the family house in Daylesford. On a quiet dark country road Dixon had a head-on collision with another motorist. His injuries were near fatal. Recovery has been long and painful. Coney Hatch reunited once again as a tribute to him in an effort to raise money to cover his ongoing medical expenses. More than a year after his accident Dixon returned to the stage and has since recorded another studio album in 2011 called ‘Lucky Dog’. [also see APRIL WINE, CONEY HATCH, GUESS WHO]

Taste of Love (Interplanet Music)

One (Interplanet Music)
2001 Into The Future (MTM – Europe) 0681-32
2003 One Voice, Two Hands (Diamond Ditty)
2011 Lucky Dog

Compilation Tracks
“Taste of Love” on ‘Unsigned, Sealed & Delivered – Volume 5: The Sonic Explosion’ (Bullseye) BLP-CD-4007
2000 “Into The Future” on ‘MTM Music – Volume 5’ (MTM – Europe) 0681-22
2001 “Romeo And The Lonely Girl” on ‘The Spirit of The Black Rose: A Tribute To Philip Parris Lynott’ (Record Heaven) RHCD-40

DIXON, Freddy
Born: Frederick Orville Dixon on August, 8,1943
Died: June 5, 2020 in Ottawa, Ontario

The son of singer-songwriter Moose Dixon, Freddy Dixon learned to play guitar, sing and write songs at an early age. He co-founded the Perth, Ontario band Friday Afternoon who released several singles and albums from 1969 through 1973. Fred would launch his own solo career by the time Friday Afternoon had wrapped up and had great success with releases on Boot Records. He would often tour as an opening act for other famous Country artists such as Lynne Anderson, Ronnie Hawkins, Stompin’ Tom Connors, Dallas Harms, Bobby Bare, Ronnie Prophet, Stonewall Jackson, and others. Dixon was inducted into the Ottawa Valley Country Music Hall of Fame in 2000. Dixon passed June 5, 2020. [also see FRIDAY AFTERNOON]

Take It From Me/First, Last And Only (Diana) DO-1014
1977 If You Decide To Stay/[same] (Diana) DO-1016
1977 Bad Time Woman/Home Feeling (Marc) MP-32
1977 Holding Back/[same] (Marc) MP-1067

All Over Again/The Last Fatal Duel (Rodeo International) RO-3351
1972 Just Another Step/Two Of A Kind (Rodeo International) RO-3363
1975 You Knock Me Cold/Toronto Going Home (Boot) BT-136
1976 Twice As Blue/Gold In The Yukon (Boot) BT-162
1976 Frost And Woods/Happy Birthday Smith Falls (Snocan) SC-126

Country And Proud (Snocan) SCN-509
1995 Tales & Legends Of The Ottawa Valley (Rodeo) RLPCD-8043
2016 Perth’s 200th Anniversary (Shamrock International)
20?? Iron Horse Men Of Steel (Special Anniversary Issue) (Shamrock International)
20?? Them Good Old Boys (Shamrock International)

DIXON, Glenn
Canadian multi-instrumentalist.

Windy Donkey/No Cause For Alarm [cassette] (independent)

Reflections (independent)
1984 Cardboard Heroes [5-song 12″] (C to C) LMM 4012E

Rockabilly guitarist from Lachine, Quebéc. In the 1950s Dixon played guitar in bands such as The Lincolns, Larry Lee & The Corvettes, and Roscoe’s Little Green Men before fronting his own bands Hugh Dixon’s Frantic Guitars featuring Maurice Candle (bass) and Billy Smith (drums). He released several singles on the Click label and released three instrumental albums for Montréal label Rusticana. Dixon was also a DJ and a champion race car driver.

Yellow Bird/A Bit of Fuzz (Click) CK-17
All Gone/Funny One (Click) CK-26

Plays Many Many Guitars (Rusticana) RMM-613
1964 High School Guitar (Rusticana) RMM-646
1965 Sweet ‘n’ Swingin’ Oldies (Rusticana) RMM-668

DOANE, Creighton
Award winning songwriter, producer, composer, performer and multi-instrumentalist Creighton Doane has recorded and toured the world with Alannah Myles, Kim Mitchell, Harem Scarem/Rubber, Julian Austin, Charlie Major, Honeymoon Suite, Melanie Doane, Kurt Swinghammer, Dayna Manning and Billy Klippert. His production credits include John Boswell’s “Stranger in the Mirror” featuring its Top30 hit “Forgive Me”, Andrea England’s “Lemonade” (‘John Lennon Songwriting Contest’), Easily Amused¹s “Simple Stuff” , Melanie Doane’s “You Are What You Love” (pre-production and re-mixes), Mix 99.9 songwriting contest winner Amy Nodwell and new artist Mitchell Hunter. In addition to producing, Doane is a songwriter (ECMA’s ‘SOCAN Song of the Year’ recipient) who has written for/with numerous recording artists including John Boswell, Maureen Leeson and Melanie Doane. Creighton Doane and partner Daniel LeBlanc have written music for numerous movies, television programs and theatre productions which includes ‘Santa Baby” by writer/filmmaker David Widdecomb and ‘The Cost of Paradise’ by writer/actor/director Silver Kim. Doane’s first solo album was entitled ‘Gladly the Cross-Eyed Bear’ (1998) which was a straight-up pop rock record. His 2005 sophome release, on Bullseye Records, was entitled ‘Learning More & More About Less & Less’ and was more alternative power pop. His latest release is the alternative rock ‘Pilot Error’ which was sold directly through iTunes. Doane is the son of ukulele player Chalmers Doane and he is the brother of singer-songwriter Melanie Doane. With notes from Creighton Doane. [also see HAREM SCAREM]

Gladly The Cross-Eyed Bear (independent)
2005 Learning More & More About Less & Less (Bullseye) BLR-CD-4063
2010 Pilot Error [DigiFile]

DOANE, J. Chalmers
Born: John Chalmers Doane on November 23, 1038 in Truro, Nova Scotia
Initially a music teacher who trained under the tutelage of George Bornoff at Boston University (where he graduated with a degree in Business Music Education in 1967), Doane would become music supervisor at the Halifax School Board. From 1967 to 1984 his method of using the ukulele as a teaching method helped school bands and orchestras from Halifax earn top prizes in National Competitions. During these years her wrote instruction books and released commercially available albums of his ukulele method. In 1984 Doane became the associate professor at Nova Scotia’s Teachers College in Halifax. Doane is the father of Canadian musicians Creighton and Melanie Doane. With notes from Creighton Doane.

Ukulele Yes! (Audat) 477-4012
1974 Ukuleles on Tour (Audat) 477-4016
1975 Ukulele Magic (Halifax School Board) C-142
1976 Ukulele Solos (Waterloo) WR-8
1976 An Introduction to Ukulele Basics (Waterloo) WR-9
1978 Musical Ride (Waterloo) WR-17
1979 Ukulele Express (Waterloo) WR-19
1979 Halifax Ukuleles & Fiddles (Waterloo) WR-20
1982 Uke Trio (Waterloo) WR-8024
1982 Ukuleles East (Waterloo) WR-8025

DOANE, Melanie
Born: December 19, 1967 in Halifax, Nova Scotia
Doane’s father is a music teacher and plays a variety of instruments so it was only natural that Doane would grow up in a house full of musical siblings. Doane, herself, took up ukulele initially and was encouraged to pursue music by her mother. It was the musical tastes of her brother and sister (as well as their early songwriting endeavours), that shaped Doane’s own musical influences because she didn’t listen to the radio much. Doane took her first solo leap by releasing a self-titled independent 6 song E.P. that caught the attention of Sony Music Canada who soon signed her after that. Her first major label release was ‘Shakespearean Fish’ which led to a tour of Canada extensively with her band which included brother Creighton Doane (drums) and Soho 69’s Mike Borkosky (guitar). Doane relocated from her Nova Scotia home-base to Toronto to be closer to the Canadian music industry. Networking paid off as she’s become a successful session player and live performer with the likes of Jim Cuddy, TPOH, Dayna Manning, Universal Honey, The Boomers, Larry Gowan, Charlie Major, Julian Austin, Bruce Guthro, Bob Snider, Tom Jackson, John Alcorn and ‘Due South’ actor/musician Paul Gross. 1999 was a watershed year for the vocalist/fiddle player as she debuted her sophomore album, ‘Adam’s Rib’, to a New York audience, had a CBC special of her tour made, was the accompanying musical force behind the Benson & Hedges fireworks extravaganza, played the Calgary Stampede and joined the ranks of Sarah McLachlan’s ‘Lilith Fair’. Melanie Doane is the daughter of internationally renowned ukulele player Chalmers Doane and sister to Creighton Doane. She is married to musician, writer, director, actor Ted Dykstra.

She’s Like the Swallow (Sony)
1995 Come Into My Life (Sony)
1996 My Sister Sings (Sony)
1996 Tell You Stories (Sony)
1997 Babe In The Woods (Sony)
1998 Happy Homemaker (Album Version) (Sony) CSK-41880
1998 Adam’s Rib (Right-In Edit)/Adam’s Rib (Album Version)/The Space Between Us (Sony) CSK-42863
1999 Goliath (Sony)
1999 Waiting For the Tide (Sony)
2002 Still Desiring You (WEA)
2004 Wilma or a Betty Man (WEA)
2004 You Are What You Are (WEA)

Harvest Train [EP] (MRD) MRD-026
1996 Shakespearean Fish (Sony) CK-80233
1998 Adam’s Rib (Sony) CK-80325
2001 Melvin Live
2003 You are What You Love (WEA) 6030521
2008 A Thousand Nights (MRD) MRD-08
2010 The Emerald City

Compilation Tracks
“She’s Like the Swallow” on ‘New Stuff Four’ (MMS) NSCD-004
1995 “The Zoo Is Closed” on ‘Page One’ (Page) PP-005
1999 “Adam’s Rib (Soft Remix)” on ‘Women & Songs 3′(WEA) WTVD-38141
2000 “Goliath” on ‘Face the Music’ (Sony) TVK-24068
2002 “Still Desire You” on ‘Women & Songs 6’ (Warner) WTVD-48036
2003 “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You” on ‘Buffy The Vampire Slayer: Radio Sunnydale – Songs from the TV Series’ (EMI)
2009 “Every Little Thing” on ‘Being Erica: Music From the Original Series’ (EMI)

DOBSON, Bonnie
Born: November 13, 1940 in Toronto, Ontario
Dobson was the daughter of a Toronto trade unionist and her older sister ran with a number of kids who eventually became Canadian folk band The Travellers. Dobson was about 11 years old at this time and the music tweaked her interest. When she was a teenager she went to a summer camp in Quebéc which featured entertainment from Pete Seeger and Leon Bibb. I was Seeger who encouraged her to continue her interest in folk music. While at the University of Toronto she decided to take a break in the summer of 1959 and do some shows. A concert promoter friend of hers invited her to showcase for Paul Endicott – another promoter from Detroit – and he was impressed enough to take her stateside to play to American audiences. Her first US tour was in May 1960 opening for Brownie McGee and Sonny Terry. She then moved on to the Idlewild Festival being held at UCLA in Los Angeles and she found herself teaching a course about Canadian folk songs for them a few times a year. She did demos for Broadland Music which landed her a deal with Prestige International who began releasing albums of her material between touring engagements starting in 1962. At this point she lived in Chicago moved to New York in 1964 where she became a staple in coffee houses all across North America. She would occasionally venture back to Toronto for engagements at Yorkville coffee houses and the Mariposa Folk Festival. Dobson’s most renowned song, “Morning Dew” – about the threat of nuclear war, was inspired by the film ‘On the Beach’ and was originally entitled ‘Take Me for a Walk’ when Dobson recorded it for Broadside Records. The original version wasn’t released until a boxed set anthology came out decades later but she did record a live version, as “Morning Dew”, on her 1962 album ‘At Folk City’. It has since been covered by Fred Neil, Blackfoot, Jeff Beck, The Grateful Dead, Clannad, Devo, Long John Baldry, Dave Edmunds, Nazareth, The Allman Brothers and Lulu among others. Tim Rose, who had a successful US hit with it in 1967, claimed it as his own for years. Even after admitting he heard singer Fred Neil’s Elektra Records interpretation first with its additional verse and changed lyrics, a loophole in US copyright law gave Rose a co-writing credit with Dobson as songwriter (he similarlyhad the same legal issues with songwriter Dino Valente over “Hey Joe”). After more than 40 years of legal battles, Dobson is now the recognized sole author of the song. By 1969 she had been signed to RCA Records as an MOR singer and performer featuring a backing band and dishing out contemporary electric pop songs. Her song “I Got Stung” managed to peak at No.81 on the RPM Magazine Top100 singles chart in August 1969. After her first appearance in London, England in the fall of 1969, she fell in love with the country and moved to there in 1970. She continued performing, including appearances on the BBC and ITV, and eventually becoming Head Administrator for the University of London’s Berwick College Philosophy Department. In April 2010, Dobson released a mixed live/studio album of her most popular songs recorded at venues and recording studios in Germany and London between 1983 and 2009. Also in 2010 Bear Family Records in Europe finally collected together an anthology of Dobson’s major prime cuts from 1964-1972 entitled ‘Viva La Canadiene’. with notes from Richard Patterson, Greg Simpson, and Randy Jackson.

Oh What a Beautiful City/[no b-side] (Nimbus) T-56383
1969 Let’s Get Together/Everybody’s Talkin’ (RCA Victor – Spain) 3-10 4 55
1969 I Got Stung/I’m Your Woman  (Nimbus) 74-0208
Pendant Que/Morning Dew (RCA – France) 49-643
I’m Your Woman (RCA/Victor – UK) 1901
1975 Sangria Wine/Come On (Polydor – UK) 2058-631
1976 Bye B’Bye/You Don’t Know (Polydor – UK) 2058-823
1983 Absence of Romance/Come On Dancing (Ritz – UK) RITZ-036
1985 The Water Is Wide/Squadron Leader (Powderworks/RCA – Australia) POW-0288

Dear Companion (Prestige Folklore) FL-14007
1962 At Folk City (Prestige International)  INT-13057
1963 Hootenanny with Bonnie Dobson Recorded Live (Prestige) FL-14018
1963 She’s Like a Swallow (Prestige International) INT-13021
1964 A Merry Go Round of Children’s Songs (Prestige International) INT-13064
1964 For the Love of Him (Mercury) MG-20987
1969 Bonnie Dobson (RCA/Victor) LPSP-4219
1970 Good Morning Rain (RCA/Victor) LPSP-4277
1972 Bonnie Dobson (Argo UK) ZFB-79
1976 Morning Dew (Polydor – UK) 2383-400
2010 Looking Back (Biber – GER) 76831-CD
2010 Viva La Canadiene (Bear Family –EU)

Born: Felicia Lily Dobson on February 28, 1985 in Scarborough, Ontario
Growing up in Scarborough, Dobson took singing lessons at the New Conservatory School of Music. In her teens she went to the performing arts high school Wexford Collegiate Institute to continue her music studies. Using her family’s home karaoke machine, she started recording singing demos and sending them to record labels at the age of 11. Jive Records wanted to develop her as an R & B artist when she was 13 but because of her love for rock music, she turned them down. Dobson soon met Jay Levine (Prozzäk, Philosopher Kings) who introduced her to Nelly Furtado’s manager Chris Smith. As Dobson’s manager, Smith arranged live music showcases to attract record labels. Universal Music Canada president Randy Lennox talked Island/Def Jam CEO Lyor Cohen and Island’s A & R manager Jeff Fenster for one of these showcases. She was quickly signed to Island Records. Levine and fellow Prozzäk member James Bryan McCullum began co-writing and producing tracks for her debut album. Her self-titled debut would be released in December 2003 which debuted at No.1 on the Billboard Magazine ‘Heatseekers Album Chart’. The record spawned four charting singles – “Bye Bye Boyfriend”, “Take Me Away”, “Don’t Go” and “Everything”. Two tracks from the album – “Everything” and “Foregiven” – would be used in the soundtrack to the film ‘The Perfect Score’ starring Chris Evans and Scarlett Johansson. She toured in 2004 to support the album which included a European opening tour slot with Justin Timberlake. She also appeared on the TV show ‘Total Request Live’ and did a cameo in the NBC TV series ‘American Dream’ as Tina Turner. She also appeared as Turner in a Tommy Hilfiger clothing commercial. Her song “If You Walk Away” would be used in the soundtrack to the movie ‘Raising Helen’ starring Kate Hudson and John Corbett. In 2005, Dobson was nominated for two JUNO Awards for ‘Pop Album of the Year’ and ‘New Artist of the Year’. A new single for her next album, “Don’t Let It Go to Your Head”, was released in late 2005 but did not chart. Dobson completed a short tour schedule in the US in February 2006 which included singing the US National Anthem at the NBA All-Star Game in Texas. During the round of shows she promoted the second single from the upcoming album called ‘This Is My Life’. When she was finally completed her live obligations, Dobson returned to the studio to put the finishing touches to the album ‘Sunday Love’ featuring collaborations with Matthew Wilder, Cyndi Lauper, Courtney Love, Joan Jett, and Rancid’s Tim Armstrong among others. On the eve of the album’s release Island Records dropped her from the label after a dispute over create content and the album was shelved. However, the song “Be Strong” did manage to get released on the soundtrack to the movie ‘It’s a Boy Girl Thing’. In 2008, additional tracks from the unreleased album would end up being covered by Rocket Queen, Jordin Sparks, Miley Cyrus and Selena Gomez. Dobson toured extensively and collaborated with many artists in 2009 in anticipation of a new record deal and album release. Using manager Chris Smith’s 21 Music label, he was able to re-establish a relationship with Island Records. Dobson’s second sophomore attempt, ‘Joy’, was finally released in 2010.

Bye Bye Boyfriend
2003 Take Me Away
2004 Everything
2004 Don’t Go (Boys and Girls)
2005 Don’t Let It Go to Your Head
2006 This Is My Life
2009 I Want You
2010 Watch Me Move
2010 Ghost

Fefe Dobson (Island) B0001244
2010 Joy (Island) B0014221

Dodson’s first taste of professional music life was in the Calgary, Alberta band The Rebounds in 1964. Dodson, bassist Brendan Lyttle and rhythm guitarist Len Roemer soon found themselves in need of a line-up change and brought in Kim Berly and his brother Al (who went by the name Race Holiday). In January of 1965, they changed their name to the Stampeders, after signing a management deal with Mel Shaw. With another line-up change the six-man group started wearing assorted-coloured denim outfits and cowboy hats with the idea of promoting a group of cowboys playing rock ‘n roll. During their first year as a band in Calgary, they had one single release on the SOTAN label entitled “House of Shake” b/w “Don’t Look at Her.” Anticipating better things to come, The Stampeders decided to move to Toronto in 1966. At the invitation of Bigland booking agent, Ron Scribner, the six-man group, along with Mel Shaw and his family, loaded up their $800, used, ’62 Cadillac limousine and U-Haul trailer, and left Calgary heading east to the ‘big lights’ of Toronto. Though most of the members were under the legal drinking age, they managed to beg, borrow and work their way across Canada, playing bars and various one-nighters. Upon their arrival in Toronto, the Western-Canadian band, with their yellow denim T-Kays, cowboy boots and hats, became an immediate curiosity in the folk-oriented, hippie clubs of the Yorkville district. Though the first year was an extremely lean one, the band managed to survive the six-month, Toronto Musician’s Association’s initiation and find work in the bustling Toronto club scene. The Stampeders finally had a breakthrough late in 19668 with a single they recorded while on a sight-seeing trip to New York. Released on manager Mel Shaw’s Music World Creations independent label and distributed by Caravan, “Morning Magic” b/w “All the Time” wasn’t much of a sales success, but critical acclaim earned the group a BMI (Broadcast Music Incorporated) Award. The first major-label single release, “Be a Woman” b/w “I Don’t Believe,” came in 1968 on the MGM label in the U.S. Though the record was done with a studio rhythm section and only featured the band’s vocals, it was to be The Stampeders’ final release as a six-member group. The group was paired down to Dodson, Kim Berly and Ronnie King. They would still where cowboy boots, but the colored T-Kay denim outfits and cowboy hats became history. During this period from 1968 to 1970, the band toured around Ontario and Quebéc developing their stage show. The Stampeders’ only release during 1969 was “Cross-Walk” b/w “I Don’t Know Where I’m At Sometimes” on the Melbourne label, distributed by London Records. Soon, Quality Records became interested in the band. By mid-1970, The Stampeders were in the studio working on their first album. “Carry Me”, the first single from this session, quickly hit the top of the Canadian charts, garnering the band its first gold record. Simultaneously released on Polydor in the U.S., the single received plenty of airplay but failed to make the charts. Canadian success, however, allowed the band to complete the album with Terry Brown. The resulting LP, “Against the Grain,” was concurrently released with the next single, “Sweet City Woman”.” The summer of 1971 saw “Sweet City Woman” go to No.1 on radio stations across Canada, catching the attention of the American label, Bell Records. The band was signed immediately and Bell rush-released the single in the U.S. “Sweet City Woman” climbed the Billboard charts, reaching the No.8 spot on September 11, 1971. Bell Records renamed the album “Sweet City Woman” for the U.S. market to capitalize on the success of the single. Next up for the band was JUNO Awards for ‘Best Vocal Instrumental Group,’ ‘Best Producer,’ ‘Best Single’ and ‘Best Composer’. In 1972, at the request of their U.K. label, EMI, The Stampeders toured the United Kingdom and Europe. Upon their arrival, they discovered that their American hit, “Sweet City Woman,” had already been covered by The Dave Clark Five. Dates included the Marquee in London, the Hard-Rock Theatre in Manchester and appearances on BBC Radio and “Top of the Pops.” In Holland, The Stampeders received the prestigious Edison Award for ‘Most Promising Group’, along with Ry Cooder and Beach Boy, Carl Wilson. During this visit, The Stampeders had the privilege of staying at Amsterdam’s Hotel Weichman with the Eagles. 1972 also took The Stampeders to Los Angeles to perform at the legendary bar The Whisky A-Go-Go and tape their appearances on ‘Don Kirshner’s Rock Concert’ and ‘The Dating Game’. While hanging out at The Troubadour in Hollywood, Ronnie King met Keith Moon, drummer of The Who.  Moon invited the band to his birthday party at The Beverly Hills’ Wiltshire Hotel the next night where The Stampeders jammed with Hollywood’s rock elite including Keith Moon. The Stampeders signed with U.S. booking agency, Premier Talent, in 1971 which led to American tour appearances with Jim Dandy and Black Oak Arkansas, Santana, Joe Cocker, Steve Miller, The James Gang, Robin Trower, Steely Dan, Sonny and Cher, The Beach Boys, ZZ Top, The Eagles, Earth, Wind & Fire, Mountain, America, Tower Of Power, Blood, Sweat and Tears and Genesis. Establishing themselves as a good concert draw in the US, The Stampeders played everywhere from New York to Hawaii, including Los Angeles, Reno, Disneyland and the much-sought-after southern-college circuit. Heavy airplay and extensive touring, coupled with many guest appearances on the popular Canadian TV shows of the time (Anne Murray, Miss Teen Canada, Kenny Roger’s ‘Rollin’ On The River’ and The Ian Tyson Show), eventually led to The Stampeders’ starring in their own CBC-TV special, ‘A Short Visit to Planet Earth’. 1972 saw the release of The Stampeders’ second album ‘Carryin’ On’,’ featuring the lead-off single, “Devil You”. Although it was the last record released in the U.S. on Bell, the album gained a release in Europe on Regal Zonophone. It also featured hard rocker “Wild Eyes”. The Stampeders’ busy schedule also took them to Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo, Brazil in South America. They were asked to represent Canada in the Rio de Janeiro Song Festival, in front of a live audience of 30,000 and a television audience of 90-million. In 1973 they a did cross-Canada tours, coupled with the release of their albums ‘Rubes, Dudes and Rowdies’ and ‘From the Fire’. In Canada, the singles “Oh My Lady” and “Minstrel Gypsy” went gold, while follow-up singles, “Running Wild” and “Johnny Lightning”, garnered heavy airplay and another JUNO Award nomination. The release of The Stampeders’ fifth gold album, ‘New Day’, spawned the radio hit “Ramona.” Their live-album, ‘Backstage Pass’, was recorded at Ontario Place in Toronto before a sold-out crowd of 17,000 fans. This was soon followed by ‘Steamin’ which contained a cover version of “New Orleans” and “Hit the Road Jack” featuring a special appearance by legendary disc jockey Wolfman Jack. The Stampeders met Wolfman Jack, and became good friends, while taping a television special for NBC at the ‘Saratoga Springs Song Festival in 1975. On April 4, 1976, “Hit the Road Jack” went Top40 in the US, reached No.1 in Canada, and hit Top 10 in Holland. The success of the single led to the release of The Stampeders’ final gold album, ‘Hit the Road’, and another JUNO Award nomination. The final three singles with Dodson, “Playing in the Band,” “Sweet Love Bandit,” and “San Diego” were released in 1976. Dodson left the band in 1977 to start his own 24-track recording studio and independent record label, Marigold where he produced his own solo material as well as well as that of Debbie Johnson (“Lonely Lover” in 1986) and Alanis Morissette (“Fate Stay with Me” in 1987) among many others. Dodson went on to have a successful solo career with three top-ten hits in Canada including “Lookin’ Back” (1981), “She’s Comin’ Back/Your Own Kind of Music” (1985), and “Cruel Emotion” (1986).  In 1992, the original three-piece edition of the Stampeders reunited, released an album and toured as a New Country act. They are currently still touring regularly – mostly on passenger cruise ships and soft-seat theatres around Canada. In 1994, Dodson released his solo songs on an album called “Secret Hits” on Aquarius Records. [also see THE STAMPEDERS]

1972 Julia Get Up/Stone Blind (MWC) MWC-1010
1979 Give You That Look (Marigold) MPL-1001
1980 Natalie (Marigold) MPL-703
1981 Olivia/Lookin’ Back (Marigold) MPL-709
1982 Hollywood (Marigold) MPL-712
1983 That’s What I Say (Marigold) MPL-720
1983 If You Got A Heart (Marigold) MPL-722
1984 Givin’ It Up For Love (Marigold) MPL-724
1984 No Time To Say Goodbye (Marigold) MPL-726
1985 She’s Comin’ Back (Marigold) MPL-727
1985 Your Own Kind of Music (Marigold) MPL-728
1986 Cruel Emotion (Marigold) MPL-730
1988 Holiday (Marigold) MPL-740

1986 Lonely Lover/[same] (Marigold) MPL-731

1984 Looking Back (Marigold) MPL-1201
1994 Secret Hits (Aquarius)

Compilation Tracks
“Julia Get Up” on ‘Believe In Music’ (K-Tel) TC-208

Bob Dog (vocals, guitar) / Mofo Miller (drums) / Gerod Staaf / Sandy Beach
Originally known as Dogzilla, this punk act from Vancouver, British Columbia released a six song cassette produced by Joey Shithead (DOA). The cassette was well received and so the band recorded five more songs and released it as the CD ‘I, Dogeater’ under the name Dog Eat Dog. The disc featured artwork by Jim Cummins of the band I, Braineater (which all the members of Dog Eat Dogma had once been members of). With a similar band name already in existence they changed it once again to Dog Eat Dogma for their sophomore album ‘Dogmachine.’

Durst und Wurst/[split w/DOA] (eMpTy) MT-475

2000 Dogzilla
2004 New Leash on Life

Dogzilla [5 song EP] [cassette]

I, Dogeater

Daniel Greer

From Lindsay, Ontario

#FML [Clean]

The Daniel Greer Band
2003 A Move For Thought as DGB (THE DANIEL GREER BAND)
2004 New World Down
2007 This Ain’t No Acronym
2009 Victory Song
2011 The Greatest Life Unknown

Electric Nights
2018 Do You Guys Smell Burning?
2018 What Goes Around

Jack August
[aka Jack Geisinger] (bass, vocals) / John Hagopian (guitars) / Derek Kendrick (drums) / Dwayne Ford (keyboards)
Following the demise of his band Bearfoot, Ford formed Dogs Of War wth former Moonquake members Jack August, John Hagopian and Derek Kendrick. They released an eponymous album on Generation Records; Jack August and John Hagopian would go on to form The Zebras in the 1980s; Derek Kendrick would go on to join De Cloxx. with notes from John Hart.

Space Conqueror/Le Stress (Generation) GS-43001

Dogs Of War (Generation) GLP-65001
2011 Dogs Of War & The Zebras (Electunes) ETS-006CD

Born: Dennis Gerrard Stephen Doherty on November 29, 1940 in Halifax, Nova Scotia

Died: January 19, 2007 in Mississauga, Ontario
Born in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Doherty formed his first group in Halifax called the Hepsters in 1956. From there he formed a folk trio in 1959 named The Colonials. The trio played across Canada and after changing the name to The Halifax Three, signed a recording contract in New York and released two albums. The had a minor hit with the song “The Man Who Wouldn’t Sing Along With Mitch”. When the group broke up in 1963, Doherty joined Cass Elliot as a member of her group, The Big Three. Inspired by The Beatles, The Big Three recruited Zal Yanovsky and John Sebastian and changed its name to The Mugwumps. Although the folky, rocking Mugwumps broke new ground, a record release was not forthcoming and the band split up. Sebastian and Yanovsky formed The Lovin’ Spoonful and Cass and Doherty hooked up with fellow folkies John and Michelle Phillips to become The Mamas & the Papas who were signed to Dunhill Records in September 1965. Success came swiftly for the group after a move to Los Angeles in 1965. With top-selling albums and singles such as “California Dreamin’”, “Monday Monday”, and “I Saw Her Again”, The Mamas & the Papas were one of the biggest acts in rock ‘n’ roll from 1965 to1967. The group had nine Top40 hits during this period – six reached the Top5 – and albums included their debut ‘If You Can Believe Your Eyes and Ears’, which went to No.1, ‘The Mamas & The Papas’, which reached No.4, ‘Deliver, which hit No.2 and the compiled-hits LP ‘Farewell to the First Golden Era’ which reached  No.5. After the demise of the group in February 1968, Doherty recorded two solo albums and then returned to New York City where he played the lead on Broadway in Phillip’s ‘Man on The Moon’.  In 1978 he returned home to Halifax to host ‘Denny’s Show’ for CBC-TV. He also continued to act, landing the lead in Paul Ledoux’s ‘North Mountain Breakdown’ as well as many roles at Halifax’s Neptune Theatre.  The Mamas and the Papas were reunited in the early ’80s with original members Doherty, John Phillips, plus Spanky McFarlane (replacing the late Cass Elliot) and McKenzie Phillips (replacing her mother Michelle). Doherty continued to perform occasionally with the group, squeezing in appearances between theatre engagements such as ‘Fire’, ‘The Secret Garden’ and tapings of his hit children’s TV show ‘Theodore Tugboat’. Doherty died at his home in Mississauga, Ontario on January 19, 2007 following a second abdominal aneurysm (the first had been removed in 2006).

1971 To Claudia On Thursday/Tuesday Morning [w/Jimmy Haskell] (ABC-Dunhill) 11318
1971 Watcha Gonna Do/Gathering the Words (Dunhill) D-4270
1973 Indian Girl/Baby Catch the Moon (Columbia) 4-45779
1973 My Song/Indian Girl (Columbia) 4-45866
1974 You’ll Never Know/Goodnight an Good Morning (Ember/Paramount) EMA-0286
1974 Children of My Mind/You’ll Never Know (Ember/Paramount) EMBS-332
1975 Simone/Give Me Back That Old Familiar Feeling (Ember) EMBS-336
1975 Lay Me Down (Roll Me Out To Sleep)/You’ll Never Know (Ember/Paramount) EMBS-346

Bull Train/Come On By (Epic/CBS) 5-9560
1963 The Man Who Wouldn’t Sing Along With Mitch/Come Down the Mountain Katie Daly (Epic/CBS) 5-9572
1963 San Francisco Bay Blues/All the Good Times (Epic/CBS) 5-9637

Jugband Music/The Bald Headed Woman (Sidewalk) 900
1967 Searchin’/So Fine (Warner) WV-5086
1967 I Don’t Wanna Know/I’ll Remember Tonight (Warner) 5471
1967 Here It Is Another Day/Searchin’ (Warner) 7018

1965 Go Where You Wanna Go/Somebody Groovy (Dunhill) D-4018
1965 California Dreamin’/Somebody Groovy (Dunhill) D-4020
1966 Monday, Monday/Got a Feelin’ (Dunhill) D-4026
1966 I Saw Her Again/Even If I Could (Dunhill) D-4031
1966 Look Through My Window/Once Was a Time I Thought (Dunhill) D-4050
1966 Words of Love/Dancing In the Street (Dunhill) D-4057
1967 Dedicated to the One I Love/Free Advice (Dunhill) D-4077
1967 Creeque Alley/Did You Ever Want To Cry (Dunhill) D-4083
1967 Twelve Thirty (Young Girls Are Coming to the Canyon)/Straight Shooter (Dunhill) D-4099
1967 Glad to Be Unhappy/Hey Girl (Dunhill) D-4107
1967 Dancing Bear/John’s Music Box (Dunhill) D-4113
1968 Safe In My Garden/Too Late (Dunhill) D-4125
1968 For the Love of Ivy/Strange Young Girls (Dunhill) D-4150
1968 Do You Wanna Dance/My Girl (Dunhill) D-4171
1969 You Baby/My Girl (Dunhill)
1972 Step Out/Shooting Star (Dunhill) D-4301

1971 Watcha Gonna Do [aka Alone At Last] (Dunhill) DS-50096
1974 Waiting For a Song (Ember/Paramount)  NR-5080
1999 Dream a Little Dream

The Halifax Three (Columbia) CSRP-26038
2002 The Complete Halifax Three (Collector’s Choice) CCM-298

An Historic Recording: The Mugwumps (Warner) WS-1697

1966 If You Can Believe Your Eyes and Ears (Dunhill) DS-50006
1966 The Mamas and the Papas (Dunhill) DS-50010
1967 Deliver (Dunhill) DS-50014
1967 Farewell to the First Golden Era (Dunhill) DS-50025
1968 The Papas and The Mamas (Dunhill) DS-50031
1968 Golden Era Vol.2 (Dunhill) DS-50038
1969 Hits of Gold (ABC – UK) ABCL-5003
1969 16 of Their Greatest Hits (Dunhill) DS-50064
1970 A Gathering of Flowers: The Anthology of The Mamas & The Papas (Dunhill) DSY-50073
1971 Monterey International Pop Festival (Dunhill) DSX-50100
1971 People Like Us (Dunhill) DSX-50106
1972 California Dreamin’ (Pickwick)
1973 20 Golden Hits (Dunhill) DSX-50145
1973 All Time Greatest Hits (MCA) 300784
1973 Pop Chronik (ABC – GER) 27-361-XT
1975 The Mamas & The Papas Greatest Hits (Pickwick) PTP-2076
1995 California Dreamin’: The Greatest Hits of… (Telstar TV) TTVMC-2931
2000 20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection – The Best of The Mamas & The Papas (Universal)

Compilation Tracks
“Watcha Gonna Do” on ‘Creeque Alley: The History of the Mama and the Papas’ (MCA) MCAD2-10195

“East Virginia” and “The Man Who Wouldn’t Sing Along With Mitch” on ‘Oxydol Presents: Let’s Sing Out’ (Columbia) XTV-88804/05
1991 “The Man Who Wouldn’t Sing Along With Mitch” and “Oh Mary, Don’t You Weep” on ‘Before They Were The Mamas And The Papas: The Magic Circle’ (Varese Vintage) 206599

“I’ll Remember Tonight” and “I Don’t Wanna Know” on ‘Creeque Alley: The History of the Mama and the Papas’ (MCA) MCAD2-10195
1999 “Searchin” and “I’ll Remember Tonight” on ‘Before They Were The Mamas And The Papas: The Magic Circle’ (Varese Vintage) 206599

Born: June 28, 1972 in Moncton, New Brunswick
Doiron joined her first band, Eric’s Trip, when she was 18 years old at the insistence of her boyfriend and Eric’s Trip co-founder Rick White. During her tenure with the band she recorded and released two EPs and a full album under the pseudonym Broken Girl. After Eric’s Trip split up in 1996 she began using her real name and released ‘Loneliest in the Morning’ (1997) and ‘Will You Still Me?’ (1999) before working with Ottawa band The Wooden Stars. Together the collaborators released the album ‘Julie Doiron and the Wooden Stars’ which won a JUNO Award in 2000. Eric’s Trip had their first reunion in 2001 and Doiron usually joined them for subsequent performances. She has also collaborated with Okkervil River (for a split CD), with American musician Phil Elverum in a project called Mount Eerie, and with Daniel Romano and Frederick Squire called Daniel, Fred & Julie. Squire and Doiron also formed a band called Shotgun & Jaybird until it split up in 2007. Squire and Doiron then formed Calm Down It’s Monday. Doiron has also appeared on recordings by others including The Tragically Hip, Gord Downie, Herman Dune, The Wooden Stars, VanGaalen, Snailhouse, Baby Eagle, and Attack In Black. Doiron’s ‘Woke Myself Up’ was nominated for the 2007 Polaris Prize. [also see ERIC’S TRIP]

What Are Your Coordinates/[split w/SNAILHOUSE] (Stero-Type)

Nora [2 x 7”] (Sappy)

Who Will Be the One/Too Much (Plumline)

Dog Love Part I [cassette] (independent)
1993 Dog Love Part II [cassette] (independent)
1996 Broken Girl (Sappy/Sub-Pop)
1997 Loneliest in the Morning (Sub-Pop)
1999 Will You Still Love Me? (Tree/Southern/Sappy)
2001 Desormais (Jagjaguwar – US)
2002 Heart and Crime (Jagjaguwar – US)
2004 Goodbye Nobody (Endearing)
2007 Woke Myself Up (Endearing)
2009 I Can Wonder What You Did With Your Day (Endearing)

Julie Doiron and The Wooden Stars (Sappy/Sub-Pop)

Julie Doiron/Okkervil River [split CD] (Aqurela)

Lost Wisdom

Daniel, Fred and Julie (You’ve Changed)

Michael Foley
(lead vocals, guitar, mandolin) / Fyl Bennett (bass, vocals) / Tim Blakeley (mandolin, pennywhistle, vocals) / Domenic DiGravio (drums, percussion, accordion, strings)
From Cambridge, Ontario.

Us, Through The Eyes Of The World (Dole Tinkers) Z001-8991

Bill Priddle
(lead guitar) / Bob Wilcox (vocals, synth) / David Dunham (drums) / Chris Bell (bass; 2006 – 2010) / Kori Pop (vocals, bass) / Luke Bentham (vocals; 2016) / Mitch Bowden (vocals, guitar)
From Dunnville, Ontario. The re-configured line-up of The Priddle Concern featuring former Chore members Chris Bell, David Dunham and Mitch Bowden, and former Treble Charger/Broken Social Scene member Bill Priddle; Bob Wilcox would go on to Blinker The Star; Kori Pop has been fostering a solo career; Luke Bentham would become co-founder of The Dirty Nil. [also see THE PRIDDLE]

Don Vail (Don Vail) DV-01
2016 Fades [LP (Don Vail) DV-02
2019 Stand Of Tide [LP (Don Vail) DV-03

DONATH, Emeric
Born: Emeric Eli Donath on August 8, 1965 in Romania
Died: 2004 in Toronto, Ontario
Donath was born in Romania, but then emigrated to Israel and, finally, Canada where he worked at Beam 103 recording studio in Toronto developing his experimental music and activism. He released a single under the name The Lance Charles Syndrome in 1984. He then created his own studio called Submission Sound. He worked on projects by Jahlin Peter, Abstress, Sucking Chest Wound, The Dub Enforcement Agency, Electronic Dream Factory, Voxpop. Donath died after a long battle with lung cancer in 2004. [also see LANCE CHARLES SYNDROME]

Altereal [cassette] (Beam 103) BEAM-103

Lanny Church (vocals) / Dave Lucas (bass) / Dave Hamilton (guitar) / Don Wolfe (guitar) / Pat Murphy (keyboards) / Bob Everett (drums)
Done On Bradstreet was formed in Calgary in 1969 and in a very short time were opening shows for Steppenwolf, Delaney and Bonnie and Friends, Three Dog Night, and other top touring and recording groups passing through Alberta at the time. They were invited by John Brower to be part of the Calgary stopover of Festival Express – the cross Canada train tour including Jefferson Airplane, The Band, The Grateful Dead, Big Brother and the Holding Company and Janis Joplin. Done On Bradstreet were performing on TV in Alberta and were gaining a solid audience in the clubs and teen venues. They made the decision to follow other Canadian acts of the time down to legendary Buddy Holly producer Norm Petty’s studio in Clovis, New Mexico to cut an album of original music in August 1970. But when they returned to Calgary, the legal drinking age had been dropped from 21 years of age to 18 and the supplemental gigs at schools and teen dances evaporated nearly overnight. Now the bars were filled with a whole new audience and the fight for prime stage time became impossible for Done On Bradstreet’s personnel to rely on music alone to make them a living. Several members had to return to a regular day job to make ends meet. The recordings they had done with Perry were never finished and languished in a vault. Lanny Church, however, wanted the band to carry on. Fortunately, in August 1971 guitarist, keyboardist and vocalist Mike Dickie and vocalist Honey Wells had left The Bobby Curtola Show and contacted Church who was looking for new blood in the ever rotating and unstable LINE-UP. With only a few weeks of rehearsal, the revised Done On Bradstreet and opened for Alvin Lee and Ten Years After at the Stampede Corral in Calgary. However, these high profile shows were becoming fewer and farther in between. They needed a new strategy. Dickie and Wells suggested that the band change direction and instead of narrowing their success as a concert Rock band, they should widen their appeal as a show band to tap into the nightclub circuit as Dickie and Wells had done with Bobby Curtola. After gutting their previous set list and adding a fresher, ageless repertoire they attracted a new agent and management group. Soon the rechristened Bradstreet entered the night club scene. Following cabaret gigs in Calgary and Edmonton to test the waters and refine their stage show, they became the house act at the brand new Alfie’s Nightclub in New Westminster, British Columbia for the next two years. Over the next five years, Bradstreet would also venture across Canada several times including shows in the Northwest Territories and in the western US. Bradstreet eventually ran out of steam and disbanded in 1976. In the 2000’s original Done On Bradstreet members Church and Everett contacted the Norman Petty Museum (he had died in 1984) to inquire about the material they had recorded in the summer of 1970. They were able to get the original multi-track masters back and handed them to Ron Skinner who lovingly restored and remixed the material which saw the light of day on Skinner’s Heading North Records as the CD ‘Time Capsule’. With notes from Ron Skinner, Shawn Nagy and Mike Dickie.

The Timecapsule (Heading North) HNM-007

Bradstreet (Westmount) WSTM-7503

Compilation Tracks
“Nite Lady” and “This Good Day” on ‘From Canada…to Clovis’ (Super Oldies)

Alex Radeff
(guitar, vocals) / Craig Belanger (keys) / James Clark (drums, vocals) / Terry Kavanagh (drums) / Anton Parfenyuk (bass)
Alex Radeff is a Toronto based singer/songwriter/guitarist and Donkey is the musical vehicle he uses to express those ideas. The name Donkey was inspired by British band Badfinger and their 1974 album “Ass”. Born of European parentage, Radeff has been involved in music and writing from an early age. Donkey, as a musical entity, first surfaced in 1993 when their independent cassette, ‘Legwork’, was released. With its originality and imaginative songwriting approach, the tape garnered critical acclaim and allowed the band to develop as a live act with a stream of showcase gigs across Southern Ontario which helped the band develop a loyal following. Short on cash, but not musical ideas, Radeff set up an 8 track reel-to-reel recorder in the band’s rehearsal space and began the task of recording the follow-up to ‘Legwork’. The result was the 1995 album cassette ‘Heavy Light Ears’ which gained critical acclaim from industry peers such as The College Music Journal and famed Toronto concert promoter Gary Topp. The tape managed to garner heavy rotation on radio in Eastern Europe, Bulgaria and Romania. Due to an ongoing legal battle with a US act also calling itself Donkey, Radeff and company were unable to tour to support the release. However, the prolonged fight — which Radeff won — took its toll and the band broke up. Radeff wasted little time in reforming Donkey with a new LINE-UP which consisted of Craig Belanger (keyboards) and Clark Institute member Jim Clarke (drums, vocals). From 1995 to 1997 the trio — who preferred to perform seated — managed to make up for lost touring time by descending on Toronto’s El Mocambo, Gasworks, Horsehoe Tavern and the Canadian National Exhibition bandshell among other venues. The band retired to Radeff’s studio once more to lay down tracks for a third recording and also remixed tracks from the first two independent cassettes. The result was released on a CD called ‘Kickback’ in 1999 featuring the song “Wartime” which was a hit in Romania and sat in that country’s Top20 chart for 14 weeks. It would be another four years before Radeff released the follow-up CD ‘Nodding at the Universe’ which allowed the band a 7 year run of 120 headlining gigs including 11 consecutive Saturday nights at Hoops in Toronto. They also opened for legendary entertainer Arthur Brown. In 2011 Donkey released its 3rd full length album – ‘The Calling of the Streets’ – to critical praise. Radeff works regularly as a solo performer at nursing and retirement homes and volunteerd his time to perform for homeless and marginalized individuals.

Legwork [cassette] (independent)
1995 Heavy Light Ears [cassette] (independent)
1999 Kickback (independent) DR-01
2003 Nodding at the Universe (independent)
2011 The Calling of the Streets (independent)


Born: Donna Lynn Albano in 1950.

Singer Donna Lynn was born in Canada but moved to New York City with her family so that she could star opposite Maureen O’Hara in the Broadway show “Christine” in 1960. Initially signed to US indie label Trynorr with the non-charting “Till the End of Time” in 1962, she moved to Epic Records in 1963 for the single “I’m Only In Love (With George Maharis).” It was a novelty song that barely made the charts. She would then move to Capitol Records (US) and had success with a number of songs during Beatlemania including “My Boyfriend Got a Beatle Haircut” which was released the same week that the Beatles appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show for the first time in February 1964.

Till the End of Time/Lovin’ Is His Middle Name (Trynorr – US) T-0002
1963 I’m Only In Love (With George Maharis)/Donna Loves Jerry (Epic – US) 5-9580
1963 Ronnie/That’s Me, I’m the Brother (Capitol – US) 5087
1964 My Boyfriend Got a Beatle Haircut/That Winter Weekend (Capitol – US) 5127
1964 Java Jones (Java)/The Things That I Feel (Capitol – US) 5156
1964 There Goes the Boy I Love With Mary/Silly Girl) (Capitol – US) 5213
1964 I Had A Dream I Was A Beatle/Navy Blue//My Bonnie/Roll Over Beethoven (Capitol – JAPAN) CP-4033
1965 I’d Much Rather Be With The Girls/I’m Sorry, More Than You Know (Capitol – US) 5378
1965 True Blue/When Your Heart Rings, Answer (Don’t Hang Up On Love) (Capitol – US) 5456
1965 I’m Sorry More Than You Know/I’d Much Rather Be With The Girls (Capitol – JAPAN)
1967 Don’t You Dare/It Was Raining (Palmer – US) P-5016
196? The Win a Rock and Roll Singer Contest/Someone, Someone (Gold Arrow – US) GA-1

196? [ONELIO OCHOA]/Here Comes That Feeling (Hurricane – US) H-106
1964 Java Jones/My Boyfriend Got a Beatle Haircut (Capitol – US) T-2085
2012 Teen Idol (Vintage Masters)

DONOVAN, Lynne Taylor
At the age of 16 Donovan landed her own television show on Vancouver cable TV called “The Lynne Donovan Show” which ran for 12 weeks. Her first musical break came in 1980 when she covered the Gene Pitney song “Half Heaven, Half Heartache” in England. The BBC in Oxford, England put it in rotation and the song landed at No.1. Donovan performed as a solo act until 1985 when she joined Top-40 cover band The Cynics who opened the festivities at Expo ’86 in Vancouver, Canada. Through a team up with DMT Records she began releasing solo singles. “Don’t Make Me Lie” and “Weekend Sinner” were both released in 1989. “Don’t Make Me Lie” became a Top-10 single in Canada and the video received substantial airplay on Country Music Television. She made several television appearances on “The Jimmy Ferguson Show.” This was followed by a tour with the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. Two more singles followed with “Never Comin’ Back” (1990), and “Back On the Line”(1992). DMT closed at the end of the year. She would then team up with Gord Bridgewater to form Lynne Donovan Music in 1994. She appeared at the Merrit Mountain Festival and recorded the first versions of “Angel In Your Eyes” and “One Hell At A Time”(1995). “Angel In Your Eyes” was finally released in Canada in 1999. In 2000, two singles on her Pacific Records label were released entitled “Silence Says It All” and the demo for “I Don’t Wanna Mention Any Names.” In 2001-2002 she hosted the Access Television mini-series entitled “Anything Is Possible”. That she released a re-make of “Angel In Your Eyes” for Europe and Australia where it was an instant success. Two more singles appeared in 2002 – the first version of “Turn To Stone” and “Weekend Sinner.” In January 2003, Lynne released “Speechless.” By February 2003 her label had teamed up with Starfire Studio and through former MuchMusic VJ Erica Ehm, they assembled a team of songwriters for her first CD ‘Talk To Me.’ To support the album, she opened shows for Loretta Lynn and Alan Jackson in Canada, and toured the United Kingdom. In 2004, Lynne Donovan was diagnosed with breast cancer and she stopped touring but she did make appearances signing autographs and doing interviews at Fanfair as well as appearing on several TV shows in Nashville. In May 2004 videos were created for “Turn To Stone” and “Make It On My Own”. In total ‘Talk To Me’ produced six singles in Europe and Australia/New Zealand culiminating in give Top-10 European singles, and three Top-40 Canadian singles. By 2009 she was declared cancer free and began performing and recording again. In December 2009, she released the Christmas song “Dear Santa” which charted in the Top-10 in the UK. In 2011, Donovan released a new single, “Sugar Lake,” which went Top-10 in the UK in 2012 and considerable airplay across 50 stations in Canada. Australia and USA release followed in 2013. A re-mastered version of “Turn To Stone” was released in July 2013 which landed her a Canadian Country Spotlight national radio special. By December “Dear Santa” is released worldwide. In 2014 a 6-song ‘best of’ CD is released ino the UK and Europe. From July through November 2014 “Sugar Lake” appears across the USA on numerous shows including the national ‘Ed Tyll Show.” It also broke in North America on College Radio. By December 2015 Donovan surpassed 30,000 plays on the subscriber-driven Jango radio network out of New York. In April 2016 she releases “The Strong One” to radio in the United Kingdom and Europe and enters the UK/EU charts on April 9 at No.10. The song is released in Canada in May. That same month it hits No.1 on the European Charts and stays there for 3 weeks. It remained in the Top-5 for 11 weeks and was the number 9 most popular song of 2016 in Europe and the UK. The song hit number 75 in the Top 100 Country songs on iTunes. Meanwhile, a new song recorded in Nashville, “Am I Dreaming,” is released in September 2016 and enters the UK/EU charts at No.8, then climbs to No.2 where it stayed there for 5 weeks. It would place in the Top-30 most popular songs of 2016 in Europe. The following September, the single “Sooner or Later” reaches the European Top-10. Re-releases of “Sugar Lake” and “Strong One” to radio in Hong Kong in 2018 yields Top-5 placement for both tracks. In August 2018 she releases “Sugar lake” and “Angel In Your Eyes” to radio in Japan for the first time. “Strong One” was re-released in Europe in June 2019 and garners Lynne Donovan Billboards Magazine’s “Artist of the Month.”

Half Heaven – Half Heartache/Half of Me (Connection) C-100180
1989 Don’t Make Me Lie/Weekend Sinner (DMT) 89-010
1991 Never Comin’ Back/Weekend Sinner (DMT) 91-003

(The) Silence Says It All/Angel In Your Eyes/Don’t Make Me Lie (Pacific) LDM-98-001

Talk To Me (Pacific) PRO3-001

Vince Riffdealer [aka Vince Houde]
(guitar, vocals) / Vyke Riffbanger (bass) / Borman (drums) / Shawn Central (drums; replaced Bornan)
Doom/Sludge metal act formed in Montréal, Québec in 2008

Host/[split w/FISTER] [Digifile]

Dopethrone (Dopethrone)
2011 Dark Foil (Dopethrone)
2012 III (Dopethrone)
2015 Hochelaga (Totem Cat) TOTEM-011
2018 Transcanadian Anger (Totem Cat) TOTEM-25

Bruce Barron
(guitar, bass) / Gary Hynes (keyboards) / Billy Bryans (drums) / Sean Pigot (vocals) / Les Clackett (vocals) / Simon Leblovic (vocals)
From Toronto, Ontario this band would produce Billy Bryans (ex-MG & The Escorts) who would go on to found Mama Quilla II and the Parachute Club; Simon Leblovic would go on to form The Start.

Totally Impractical [5 song 12” EP] (independent) WRC2-655

John Hitzroth (guitar, lead vocals) / Franc Madden (drums, vocals) / Mike Aussem (bass, vocals) / Steve Goodwin (guitar) / Todd Williams (bass; replaced Ausseum) / Sid Johnson (guitar; replaced Goodwin)
Originally called Megafaun, Dorian Gray was a 4-piece outfit from West Hill, Ontario; Hitzroth went on to form Strawman. With notes from Todd Williams.

Perfect Killing Machine/When Worship Hits The Fan (Megafaun) WRC3-3607

John Unger
(vocals) / Bill Loop (guitar) / Bob Nixon (bass) / Mike Bets (drums) / Floyd Jones
Windsor’s The Dorians was formed in Kingsville, Ontario by Unger (Small Town Boys, The Living Ends) and bass player Bob Nixon in 1968. They released the single “If I Were 21 and You Were 24” on Detroit’s GM Records to little success. The Dorians were discovered by Ray Charles band member Floyd James who suggested that the group record “Psychedelic Lipstick” which became a hit overseas in 1970. Later that year they released “Help For My Waiting” which did moderately better in North America.

1969 If I Were 21 and You Were 24/Wanna Hear Your Music Playing (GM) 107-16
1969 Help For My Waiting/Means and Ways (GM) 707
1970 Help For My Waiting/Means and Ways (London) M-17395
1970 Psychedelic Lipstick/Good Love (Vogue – Netherlands) DV-11080
1972 My Land of Magic/Psychedelic Lipstick (Phillips) 6061.525

Peterborough’s Cris Cuddy, aka Jeremy W. Dormouse, cut his teeth as a vocalist, guitarist and harmonica player in a group called The Purity Complex with guitarist Charles Meanwell and vocalist Lynn Perry leading up to the Summer of Love. While playing places like the Green Door Coffee House in Oshawa, Ontario and the Bushel Basket Coffee House in Whitby, Ontario, Cuddy became acquainted with other musicians who would form a larger collective that Cuddy would utilize on upcoming recordings; these included Terry “TR” Glecoff, John Gurney and Kathy Reid. He also crossed paths with pianist Stu “S.D.” Cisco, vocalist-composer Paul Grady, guitarist Gordon Peck, banjo player Luke Wilson and his partner singer Paul Morin in Peterborough. Soon he was also jamming with guitarist Richard Gullison, multi-instrumentalist and vocalist Dennis Delorme (aka Rev. Orval Rutabaga), vocalist Carol Delorme and fiddler-vocalist David Mazurek (aka Zeke Zilch). While playing with Gullison, vocalist Lynda Squires and bassists David McKay and Nick Corneal, the concept of the Jeremy Dormouse LP arose and led to several living room sessions in 1967 with Mike Clancy engineering with Cuddy’s original compositions blended with several cover tunes (including Bob Dylan’s “Baby Blue”).  Meanwhile, Cuddy had previously met a group of songwriters at university – poetic composer-singer Marcus Waddington and his friends guitarist-arranger Peter Cragg, guitarist-singer Don Tapscott and Tapscott’s future wife Gail Nicholson. The Waddington/Cragg/Tapscott songs were recorded at the the Trent University language lab by Peter Northrop. Some of the recordings were released under the name Jeremy Dormouse in 1968 as the ‘Toad’ LP. The simplistic logo emblazoned cover was silk-screened by Barry Gray onto blank covers bought at a bankrupt pressing plant’s auction. The vinyl itself was pressed by Quality Records. Following the LP he released the EP ‘The Entire Castle Illusion’ featuring two Jeremy Dormouse (Cris Cuddy) originals and songs sung by Kathy Reid and Moe Ewart. The last of the 1967 summer recordings was released under the title ‘The Rejects’ which many have mistaken as the name of band – when it was merely a statement of fact: it was the songs rejected for the Jeremy Dormouse ‘Toad’ album. In the early 1970s he helped found Bacon Fat, an 8-piece country rock fusion band.  After scaling down to a three-piece they became Heavenly Jukebox and morphed in the mid-70’s into Pure Pork, modulated briefly into Uncle Bobby’s Aerial Ballet and eventually evolved into the late 70’s band Max Mouse and the Gorillas. with notes from Cris Cuddy.

Jeremy Dormouse (Toad) T-13
1968 The Entire Castle Illusion [EP] (Toad)
1969 Rejects (Todd)

Andy McLean
(guitar, synths, programming) / Wendy Lands (vocals)
After the demise of The Tenants, founding members Andy McLean and Gary Brown were offered a development publishing deal by Current Records’ Gerry Young. Brown decided to retire from the creative side of the music industry and instead opened a recording studio called Certain Circles. McLean met a friend who introduced him to Montréal actress/vocalist Wendy Lands who had relocated to Toronto after various musical and television projects failed to boost her profile. The duo began writing some songs which they demoed for Gerry Young who shopped a deal through Polygram Records’ Vertigo label. In 1986 they released their self-titled debut and had some radio play with the single “Date With the Past”, but critics were unkind in album reviews and the duo decided to call it a day after the second single, “Can’t Hold On”, did not chart; McLean would get a job behind the scenes as an executive at the now defunct Intrepid Records and has been running the annual North By Northeast Music Festival for many years; Lands disappeared from the music business for nearly 10 years to play Eponine in the Toronto stage production of ‘Les Miserables’. She made a comeback with a well received solo album in 1997 called ‘Angels and Ordinary Men’ which earned her a JUNO Award nomination. Lands continues recording and performing as a jazz artist. [also see WENDY LANDS]

1986 Date With The Past/(instrumental)  (Current/Vertigo/Polygram)  SOV-2371
1986 Date With the Past (Blowout Mix)/Dub With the Past [12”] (Current/Vertigo/Polygram) SOVX2371
1986 Can’t Hold On/Edge of the Sky (Current/Vertigo/Polygram) SOV-2380
1986 Can’t Hold On/[same] [12”]  (Current/Vertigo/Polygram)  DJV-205
1986 Watch Me (Walk Away)/First To Know (Current/Vertigo/Polygram) SOV-2383
1986 Watch Me (Walk Away)/[same] (Current/Vertigo/Polygram) DJV-208

1986 Double Dare (Current/Vertigo/Polygram)  830-0731

Compilation Tracks
“Date With The Past” on ‘Big Hits 86’ (PolyTel) 819733

From Ottawa, Ontario.

The Scars of Our Existence [6 song EP] (Daybreak)

Singer-songwriter, and guitarist from Winnipeg, Manitoba. Member of Acoustically Inclined, Veal, and Whitehorse. [also see ACOUSTICALLY INCLINED, VEAL, WHITEHORSE]

Aloha Manitoba (Six Shooter) SIX-01
2004 Outlaws (Live And Unreleased) (Six Shooter) SIX-015
2005 Broken (And Other Rogue States) (Six Shooter) SIX-025
2006 Foke Star [5-song EP] (Six Shooter) SIXA-025

Blood’s Too Rich (Six Shooter) SIX-037
2010 Steel City Trawler (Six Shooter) SIX-056

Compilation Tracks
“Dolores” on ‘I’m Somebody Too: A Benefit Compilation For Art City’ (Campfirecords/Conifera) CNF-107-2
2005 “Emily, Please” on ‘More Large Than Earth (We Will Warn The Stars)’ (Six Shooter) SIX-020
2005 “It’s Not The Liquor I Miss” on ‘Now Hear This! (The Best Way To Discover Exciting New Music) (December 2005)’ (Word Magazine – UK)
2006 “Broken One” on ‘From The Heart’ (WEA) WTVD-63046
2006 “Emily, Please” on ‘Paste Magazine Sampler April / May 06 Issue 21’ [CD/DVD] (Paste Magazine – US) Issue 21
2006 “It’s Not The Liquor I Miss” on ‘Paste Magazine Sampler August 06 Issue 23’ [CD/DVD (Paste Magazine – US) Issue 23
2006 “Unbelievable” on ‘Not Alone – Médecins Sans Frontières – Doctors Without Borders’ [5 CD (Durtro/Jnana) 1963
2007 “Free” on ‘Un-Herd… Volume 1 (R2) R2-01
2008 “Blood’s Too Rich” on ‘Paste Magazine New – Music Sampler September 2008 Issue 46’ (Paste Magazine – US) Issue 46
2008 “It’s Only Tuesday” on ‘Rocks Magazin-CD Ausgabe 03/2008 [Heft 4] (ROCKS Das Magazin Für Classic Rock – Germany)
2009 “Beacon On The Southpaw” on ‘Oppikoppi Smoorverlief – 15 Years’ [2CD] (Sheer Sound – South Africa) SSPCD-109
2010 “Thinking People” on ‘Now Hear This! (October 2010) (Word Magazine – UK)

Born: April 18, 1952 in Montréal, Quebéc
Died: April 18, 2022 in Delta, British Columbia
When Jerry Doucette was a youngster he would sit in on jam sessions with his father and Uncle Jim. The family picked up their Montréal stakes and moved to Hamilton, Ontario when Doucette was 4 years old, and two years later he got his first guitar. Lessons soon followed at age 8 and he joined his first band, the Reefers, at age 11. He remained with the group for five years then moved to Toronto, playing in various bands like Mingles, Buxton-Kastle, Tribe, Brutus, Abernathy Shagnaster, Homestead, and even the legendary Kasenetz-Katz Super Circus with former Mingles bass player Graham Thorpe. He eventually worked with artist Alexis, who was working on a deal with Mushroom Records out of Vancouver, and when she got signed, she asked him to make the trek out west. The Alexis album was released in 1974 and featured two singles, but Doucette needed steady work to survive so he answered an advertisement looking for a guitarist for Vancouver’s Seeds of Time (which featured future Prism member Lindsay Mitchell). Six months later Doucette joined the Rocket Norton Band (Norton would also go on to be in Prism), but by 1976 he was tired of the local bar scene and retired to his basement to write songs with friend, and soon-to-be manager, John Hadfield. After sequestering themselves for three months, Doucette emerged from the basement with three complete songs out of the 16 demos he’d recorded and approached Shelly Siegel of Mushroom Records. Siegel was so impressed that he asked for three more tunes, and Doucette quickly complied. Siegel signed Doucette and advised him to assemble a band.  Doucette (the band) consisted of Duris Maxwell (drums, percussion), Don Cummings (bass), Brent Shindell (rhythm & acoustic guitars), and Robbie King (keyboards) with Jerry Doucette handling all vocals, lead and rhythm guitar and 12-string duties. Doucette went into the studio in August 1977 and came out in November with the debut album, ‘Mama Let Him Play’, which quickly went platinum in Canada on the radio success of the title track and the follow-up singles “All I Wanna Do”, “Down the Road” and “Back Off”. Adding Jimmy Butler (guitar) and Ira Hirschel (keyboards) to his lineup he hit the road in the US opening for the likes of Bob Welch, Bob Weir (of the Grateful Dead), Eddie Money, and Meat Loaf.  After a Canadian tour in 1978 he returned to the studio with a new line-up of musicians and producer John Ryan, and came out in early 1979 with ‘The Douce Is Loose’, which spawned the Canadian hit “Nobody” and helped the album to ship gold. Another trip to the US saw him cross the continent twice, including nine days with the Doobie Brothers in April, but continued touring there and in Canada with acts such as the Beach Boys and the Atlanta Rhythm Section failed to boost sales of the second album to the loft heights of the first. Management and financial troubles plagued Mushroom Records (Siegel was in a court battle with the band Heart over breach of contract) at this time, which Doucette felt hurt the second album, as did continuous band personnel turnovers. Shelley Siegel died unexpectedly in1979 and left Mushroom Records’ assets in limbo. By the time the smoke cleared and Doucette settled down to write and record his third LP, there was only drummer Billy Wade (ex-Moxy) and bassist Don Cummings to assist. Doucette attempted to gain back some of the momentum with the Rio Records release ‘Coming Up Roses’, but the industry, having become new wave and keyboard dependent, had little time for Doucette’s brand of guitar rock. Fast forward to the 1990’s and Doucette regained control of his own career with the re-issue of ‘Mama Let Him Play’ on CD and a new album engineered by Colin Nairne (Barney Bentall, Sue Medley) called ‘Price of An Education’. His recording act is also touring with him now and features: Darrell Mayes on drums (Colin James), Dennis Marcenko on bass, Bobby Stewart on guitars/vocals, and Rick Hopkins on keyboards; Jerry Doucette collapsed on stage at the Rock Lake Festival in Kelowna, BC and not long after, announced he’d be retiring from the music business. He died in hospice after a long battle with cancer on April 18, 2022. with notes from Jerry Doucette. [also see MINGLES, BUXTON-KASTLE, THE REEFERS]

1978 Down the Road/Cat Walk (Mushroom) M-7029
1978 Mama Let Him Play/All Over You (Mushroom) M-7030
1978 All I Wanna Do/Back Off (Mushroom) M-7036
1979 Nobody/All Over Me (Mushroom) M-7042
1979 Run Buddy Run/Before I Die (Mushroom) M-7044
1979 Someday/Rita (Mushroom)  M-7047
1980 It Only Hurts the First Time/Give It To Me (RIO) RIO-712
1980 It Doesn’t Matter/Coming Up Roses (RIO) RIO-720


1978 Mama Let Him Play (Mushroom) MRS-5009
1979 The Douce is Loose (Mushroom) MRS-5013
1981 Coming Up Roses (Rio) RIO-91010
1995 Price of An Education (Reluctant)
1995 Mama Let Him Play [reissue] (Reluctant)
2001 Most Memorable Works (Reluctant)

“All I Wanna Do” on ‘Starburst’ (K-Tel) TC-250

1977 Line-up: Doug Bennett
(vocals, guitar) / John Burton (guitar) / Dennis Henderson (bass) / Drew Neville (keyboards) / Ted Laturnus (drums) / John “Wally” Watson (drums; replaced Laturnus);
1978-1988 Line-up: Doug Bennett (vocals) / John Burton (guitar) / Richard Baker (guitar) / Steve Bosley (bass) / Simon Kendall (keyboards) / John “Wally” Watson (drums);
1998 Line-up: Doug Bennett (vocals) / Marc Gladstone (keyboards, vocals; 1998) / Doug Grant (drums; 1995) / Elio Martelli (guitar, vocals) / Jay Wittur (bass, vocals)
Entertainment whiz and clown prince, Doug Bennett moved to Vancouver from Toronto in 1973 and founded Doug & The Slugs in 1977 with Bosley, Watson, and Burton. As the band gained popularity on the British Columbian coast they added several members to make the act a light-hearted R & B revue (a style that Huey Lewis & The News would use to great success). Independent label Ritdong secured major label distribution through RCA so the band could finally release its own material. 1980’s ‘Cognac and Bologna’ provided their first hit, “Too Bad”, and the album sold nearly 100,000 copies. The album would receive a JUNO nomination in 1981 for ‘Best Album Graphics’ (Doug Bennett) and “Too Bad” gained Doug Bennett a nomination for ‘Composer of the Year’. But it wasn’t until 1983’s “Making It Work” single from ‘Music For The Hard Of Thinking’ that Canada and the US really got to hear Doug & The Slugs. The album helped them get nominated for a ‘Most Promising Group’ JUNO. Their perennial natural pursuit of good times and fun gigs lasted straight through the ’80’s. In 1986, Doug Bennett released his own solo album called ‘Animato!’ and moonlighted in the stage play ‘Rock And Roll’ before returning for another handful of Slugs albums. The band still occasionally plays the circuit, but the members were never reliant on the band’s success to survive and have all gone on to other musical pursuits. Doug Bennett was admitted to hospital in Calgary on October 9th, 2004 suffering acute symptoms from what his former band member, Simon Kendall, called a long-standing illness. Bennett died on October 16, 2004. [also see DOUG BENNETT]

1980 Too Bad/The Move (Ritdong/RCA)
1980 Chinatown Calculation/If I Fail (Ritdong/RCA) PB-50596
1981 Drifting Away/Just Another Case (RCA) PB-50611
1981 Real Enough/Wrong Kind of Right (RCA) PB-50648
1981 Not On The Corner/Partly From Pressue (RCA) PB-50663
1981 Dangerous/Frankie (RCA) PB-50679
1982 Who Knows How to Make Love Stay?/St. Laurent Summer (RCA)  PB-50711
1982 Makin’ It Work/She’s Looking At Me (RCA) PB-50731
1982 Nobody But Me/Operator (RCA) PB-50746
1983 If You Don’t Come/It’s Alright Medley (RCA) PB-50785
1983 Cover of Love/Get Up And Go (RCA) PB-50797
1984 Day By Day/Let Go (Ritdong/A & M) AMS-102
1984 Love Shines/Opinions (Ritdong/A & M)  AMS-105
1985 I’ll Be Waiting For You/Please, Please, Please (Ritdong/A & M)  AMS-106
1985 White Christmas/White Christmas (Instrumental) (Ritdong/A & M) AMS-107
1988 Tomcat Prowl/Must Be The Rain (Ritdong/A & M) AMS-115
1988 Anyday Now/(I Don’t Want To) Walk Away (Ritdong/A & M) AMS-116
1988 It’s A Powerful Thing/[same] (Ritdong/A & M) AMS-117
1992 Terminal City (Tomcat)
1993 Rusty Bus (Tomcat)

1981 Running Around/Be the Best (Ritdong/Record Records) [no cat#]

1980 Cognac and Bologna (Ritdong/RCA) KKL1-0375
1981 Wrap It (RCA) KKL1-0430
1983 Music For The Hard Of Thinking (RCA) KKL1-0480
1984 Ten Big Ones (Ritdong/A & M) KKL1-0551
1985 Popaganda (Ritdong/A & M)  AMD-1003
1987 Doug & The Slugs – Best Of (Avion – US) AVF-4603
1988 Tomcat Prowl (Tomcat/A  & M) AMD-1007
1992 Tales From Terminal City (Tomcat/A & M)
1993 Slugcology 101: A Decade of Doug and The Slugs (Tomcat/A & M) TCCD-93202

Compilation Tracks
“Too Bad” on ‘Rock 80’ (K-Tel) TC-265
1980 “Too Bad” on ‘Hit Line’ (K-Tel) TC-266

John Bonhead (bass, vocals) / Johnathon Cummins (guitar, vocals) / John Kastner (lead vocals, guitar) / Brock Pytel (drums, vocals) / John Deslaurier (bass; 1990) / Peter Arsenault (bass, vocals; replaced Deslaurier 1992) / Paul Newman (drums, vocals; replaced Pytel 1990) / Wiz (second guitar; replaced Cummins 1996) / Darren Brown (guitar; 1996)  / Scott McCullough (guitar)
John Kastner left Montréal’s Asexuals in 1987 and decided to put together a band on his own. He teamed up with Jonathan Cummins (Circus Lupus, Mike Murley & Sailors) and they soon recruited John Bonhead and Brock Pytel to complete the line-up. The Doughboys signed with Restless Records out of Los Angeles shortly after forming and released their first album ‘Whatever’ by the end of 1987. By the time they released the second album, drummer Paul Newman had hooked up as well. Following Restless Records’ failure to promote both ‘Home Again’ (1988) and third album ‘Happy Accidents’ (1990), the Doughboys took a year off – at which time they added new drummer Paul Newman. 1992 saw Jellyfish Babies’ bassist Peter Arsenault come into the fold but the band had serious thoughts of packing it in. Once Arsenault was on board, though, A & M Records called with a five album international “co-venture” and the Doughboys were once again touring the North American continent in support of their first A & M release, ‘Crush’. The Doughboys were finally finding their product in stores and ‘Crush’ went gold. Their second album for A & M was 1996’s ‘Turn Me On’ and was co-produced by Ted Nicely (Tripping Daisy) and Daniel Rey (Ramones). The album continued the band’s pop-punk aggressiveness (now known as Modern Rock) which was a major gripe that caused Cummins to quit. He cited the band’s lack of edge and commercial sell out as reason to seek new, alternative rock pastures. Touring continued and joining Kastner, Paul Newman and Peter Arsenault was Wiz, from England’s power-pop band, Mega City Four, who was a longtime friend of the band (having co-written two songs on ‘Crush’). The Doughboys reunited in 2011 and played a number of dates with the Foo Fighters; Kastner is married to actress Jessica Paré. with notes from Brock Pytel, Tedd Teets.

1987 La Majeure (Scamindy)
1987 You’re Related//Stranger From Within/Forecast (independent)
1991 Home Again Live [4 song EP] (Black Box – Germany) BBX-002
1993 Shine (A & M)
1993 Fix Me (A & M)
1994 Neighbourhood Villain (A & M)
1996 I Never Liked You (A & M)
1997 Everything and After (A & M)


1987 Whatever (Pipeline) MTL-PD-005
1988 Home Again (Restless – US) 7-72345
1990 Happy Accidents! (Restless – US) 7-72510
1991 When Up Turns To Down [5 song 12″] (Restless/Emergo – Germany) EM-9244-1
1992 Something’s Gone Wrong Again – The Buzzcock Covers (C/Z)
1993 Crush (A & M) 540124
1996 Turn Me On (A & M) 540576

Compilation Tracks
“Shine” on ‘New Stuff Five’ (MMS) NSCD-005
1996 “Somethings Gonna Die Tonight” on ‘Tribute To Hard Core Logo’ (BMG) 74321-42086-2

Campbellford, Ontario native Johnny Douglas, studied classical piano for eight years, beginning at the age of 7. He played drums in bands starting at age 14 and took up guitar when he was 15. It was at this time he also started writing his own music. Douglas moved to California as a teenager living in both Los Angeles and San Francisco. He had success in bands such as The Rowan Brothers, and Dancer, and did session work including recording two albums with RCA artist John Stewart (formerly of The Kingston Trio). Douglas also toured with Stewart.  Douglas would sign with Orient/RCA Records in 1981 for the album ‘Shakedown’ which spawned three singles. This was followed immediately with another album in 1982, ‘Born to Bop’, as Johnny Dee Fury. He assembled a rockabilly band with Kit Johnson (bass) and Bodan Hlusko (drums) and toured extensively for several years. After moving to Nashville, Tennessee he signed as writer to various publishing deals with Sony, EMI and Still Working Music Publishing. While in Nashville, he formed the acoustic duo Hemingway Corner with guitarist/singer David Martin. He co-wrote, played, sang on and co-produced the self-titled debut album on Sony Canada. The record featured several hit singles including “Man on a Mission”, “Ride It Out” and “Big Sky” (which saw two weeks at No.1 on the charts). Douglas left the group after the first album but co-wrote all but one single on the second release. During this period he also produced several Country artists which included Jim Witter’s debut album and earned him ‘Country Producer’ and ‘Country Songwriter’ Awards from the CCMA in 1995. He would also win SOCAN Songwriter Awards in 1994 thru 1996 inclusive. Douglas has had over 60 songs in films and TV shows such as ‘A Cinderella Story’, ‘All In’, ‘Trick ‘R Treat’, ‘Beverly Hills 90210’, ‘Ghost Whisperer’, ‘Party of Five’, ‘The Young and The Restless’, ‘Blue Mountain State’, ‘Jane by Design’ and ‘Smallville’. He has had more than 150 songs recorded and released by other artists including Jim Witter, Hemingway Corner, Gregg Allman, Jeff Healey, Junkhouse, B4, Joy Lynn White and Carmen Electra. Douglas’s musical scores have found homes in numerous documentaries including biographies of The Mamas and The Papas, The Lovin’ Spoonful, Patsy Cline and Marty Robbins. From his home recording studio he produces and writes primarily for film and TV; clients include Disney, Paramount, Universal, MTV, Bravo, Fox and ABC-TV. His current project is Boy at the End of the World which is an original recording project on which he plays, sings and writes everything as well as producing it in his studio. To date four songs have been placed on TV programs. Douglas’s international profile includes recording with or appearing on stage with B.B. King, Steve Cropper, Jerry Garcia, Roy Buchanan, Linda Ronstadt, James Burton, Jim Keltner, Coco Montoya, Mike Bloomfield, Domenic Troiano, Bob Babbit, Wayne Henderson, The Doobie Brothers and Roy Orbison. Has toured with and/or opened shows for The Grateful Dead, Van Morrison, The New Riders of the Purple Sage, Iron Butterfly, Canned Heat, J. Geils Band, Loggins and Messina, Elvin Bishop, The Doobie Brothers, The Romantics, The Temptations, Earth, Wind and Fire, Carl Perkins, The Stray Cats, The Blasters and Blue Rodeo. Johnny Douglas currently lives in Brentwood, Tennessee. with notes from John Douglas.[also see JOHNNY DEE FURY, HEMINGWAY CORNER]

1981 Lifeline/Lighthouse In the Night (Orient) O45-006
1982 Right Down the Line/Shakedown (Orient) O45-011
1982 That’s the Way/Easy Love (Orient) O45-018
1982 By the Way Bye Bye/Dreams (Orient) O45-019

All Together/Lady of Laughter (Columbia)  4-45728
1973 Best You Can/[same]  (Columbia) 4-45774
1973 Hickory Day/[same] (Columbia) 4-45856
1975 Take It As It Comes/Thunder On the Mountain (Asylum)  E-45281
1975 Beggar In Blue Jeans/Here Today, Gone Tomorrow (Asylum) E-45308
1976 If Only I Could/Tired Hands (Asylum) E-45347
1976 Ooh My Love/Tired Hands (Asylum) E-45-376

Magical Eyes/[same] (A & M) AM-1838
Any Old Time/Back Into Your Arms (A & M) AM-1875
1976 Here I Go Again/Any Old Time (A & M) AM-435


1981 Shakedown (Orient) OLP-006

Rowan Brothers (Columbia) KC-31297
1975 The Rowans (Asylum) 7E-1038
1976 Sibling Rivalry (Asylum) 7E-1073
2005 Now & Then [2CD] (Taxim – Holland) TX-3023

Dancer (A & M) SP-4585

Fire In the Wind (RSO) RS-1-3027

DOW, Bobby
Born: Robert Dow in Cambellton, New Brunswick in 1938

Though born in New Brunswick, Bob Dow grew up in Bowmanville, Ontario. He would wrote the musical ‘Jacques And Jill’ which co-starred Stephanie Taylor which was staged in Toronto in 1961. Using money he made from the musical, and a full-time job as a clerk, Dow recorded everal sides of origial material which landed him a record deal with RCA Records. He would release two singles on the label in 1963 – “Hey Little Girl” and “We’re Goin’ Swimmin'”. Dow would go on to write songs for others including “Dear Mr. D.J.” and “Granny Kitch” for Dave Mickie (aka Dave Marsden).

We’re Goin’ Swimmin’/Happy Boy (RCA Victor) 57-3306

Hey Little Girl/Yes (RCA Victor) 57-3307

DOWD, Stephen

The Best of Both Worlds/Gimme Watcha Got (World)

Jan Ek
(vocals) / Bob Tremblay (bass) / Scott Parker (guitar) / Sjor Throndson (drums)
Punk band formed in Edmonton, Alberta in 1983. They released one 7” single in 1984 and played around the Alberta scene until 1986 before splitting up. Ek and Throndson would go on to form hair metal band Big House. [also see BIGHOUSE]

1984 Down Syndrome [5 song EP] (Black Sun) [no cat.#]

Compilation Tracks
“You’re a Punk” and “Bums” on ‘It Came From Inner Space: The Edmonton Compilation’ (Rubber) RR-8301

Martin “Bucky” Seja (vocals, MC) / Patrick Gillett (vocals, guitar) / Cameron Hunter (vocals, MC) / Tyler Armes (keyboard, bass) / Kyle “Kap Oneoh” Fairlie (hype) / Dave “Diggy” Ferris (DJ) / Matt Campitelli (bass) / Jon Godin (drums) / Andrew “Marty” Martino (drums) / Mitch Wong (saxophone)
Down With Webster started by Gillett and Armes in 1998 as a Battle of the Bands pick-up act at Glen Ames Sr. Public School in Toronto. After struggling on and off for years they started to play live with a semi-permanent line-up that included Fairlie. They released a CDR of six songs in 2003 which was sold at gigs throughout Toronto. In 2008, Down With Webster won the Rogers Mobile/Universal Music ‘Best Unsigned Artist in Canada Award’ during Canadian Music Week in Toronto and in 2009 Gene Simmons of KISS and Timbaland became interested in signing the act. Instead, the band signed with Universal Music Group. Down With Webster played in both the Warped Tour and the Virgin Festival in the summer of 2009. During the fall the band’s debut ‘Time to Win, Vol. 1’ EP was released and featured the single “Rich Girl$”, which peaked at No.21 on the on the ‘Canadian Hot100’ in early 2010. The follow-up single, “Your Man”, and peaked at No.12 on the ‘Canadian Hot100’. In April 2010, both “Your Man” and “Rich Girl$” were certified platinum digital downloads by the CRIA. Down with Webster were nominated for ‘New Group of the Year’ at the 2010 JUNO Awards. The band was also nominated for ‘UR Fave: New Artist’ as well as ‘Pop Video of the Year’ at the 2010 MuchMusic Video Awards, and ‘Online Artist of the Year’ at the 2010 Canadian New Media Awards. The third single, “Whoa Is Me”, was released June 15, 2010 and peaked at No.13 on the ‘Canadian Hot100’ in October. Down with Webster was one of six acts at ‘Doritos Late Night, where the video for the band’s new single, “She’s Dope”, was viewable on the Doritos website starting in May 2011. The song peaked at No.18 on the ‘Canadian Hot100 Chart’. In December 2010, ‘Time to Win, Vol. 1’ was certified Gold in Canada and in January 2011 the single “Whoa Is Me” was certified Platinum by CRIA. The band had two nominations in the 2011 Canadian Radio Music Awards – ‘SOCAN Song of the Year’ and ‘Best New Group or Solo Artist (Contemporary Hit Radio)’. They were also nominated for two 2011 JUNO Awards for ‘Group of the Year’ and ‘Pop Album of the Year’. Down With Webster was also nominated for four 2011 MuchMusic Video Awards and took home the award for ‘Pop Video of the Year’ with “Whoa Is Me”. ‘Time to Win, Vol. 2’ was released in October 2011 and peaked at No.9 on the ‘Canadian Albums Chart’. The album’s second single (following “She’s Dope” earlier in the year) was “Big Wheels” and peaked at No.51 on the ‘Canadian Hot 100’. During Christmas of 2011 the band released a seven song EP of tunes as an exclusive release with iTunes as part of the iTunes Session series.

Rich Girl$ (Motown/UMG)
2010 Your Man (Motown/UMG)
2010 Whoa Is Me (Motown/UMG)
2011 She’s Dope (Motown/UMG)
2011 Big Wheels (Motown/UMG)
2013 One In A Million
2013 Party For Your Life
2013 Chills

The Reverb Session July ’03 [6 song EP]
2007 Down with Webster (Motown/UMG)
2009 Time to Win Vol.1 (Motown/UMG)
2011 Time to Win Vol.2 (Motown/UMG)
2011 iTunes Session [DigiFile] (iTunes)
2014 Party For Your Life

Donnie Walsh
(guitar) / Rick Walsh (vocals) / Bill Bryans (drums) / Tony Flaim (vocals) / Bob Fitzgerald (drums) / Cash Wall (drums; replaced Fitzgerald) / Wayne Jackson (trumpet) / Jim Milne (bass) / Paul Nixon (drums) / Jane Vasey (piano) / Nat Abraham (sax) / James Warburton (alto sax) / Vic Wilson (baritone) / Dave Woodward (tenor sax) / John Witmer (vocals; 1982-1986) / Gene Taylor (piano; 1987) / Bob Heslin (trumpet; 1987) / Pat Carey (sax; 1987) / Dennis Pinhorn (bass; 1987) / Marty Vickers (drums; 1987) / Mike McKenna (guitar; 1985) / Craig Kaleal (drums)
Downchild was spawned out of Toronto blues jams at Grossman’s Tavern fronted by Donnie Walsh back in 1969. With sidemen – Woodward, Wall, Milne, and brother Rick Walsh – Donnie Walsh chose Sonny Boy Williamson’s song ‘Downchild Blues’ to christen the act. Classically trained pianist Jane Vasey joined the band in 1973 at the time their most memorable tune “Flip, Flop, And Fly” was becoming a hit. The song would go on to sell 35,000 mainly due to the band’s increased grueling touring pace including the New Orleans jazz festival and coast-to-coast appearances across the US and Canada. Singer Tony Flaim joined in 1975 to give the band its distinctive rasp. 1978 saw the original, full blown, Downchild split up but Donnie Walsh, brother Rick and Jane Vasey continued on as Mister Downchild. When they finally re-convened, they had shortened their name to simply Downchild. As a friend of Dan Aykroyd’s, Donnie Walsh contributed two songs to the Blues Brothers’ ‘Briefcase Full of Blues’ album in 1978.  Dave Woodward quit in 1981 and joined Vancouver’s Powder Blues Band. Jane Vasey died of leukemia on July 7, 1982. Walsh, who lived with Vasey at the time, was despondent and turned to running fishing charters in northern Ontario. Downchild was on hiatus so Tony Flaim decided to leave to join Scuffers Blues Band. Eventually Walsh was able to write and perform again and re-assembled Downchild with former Whiskey Howl frontman John Witmer and they recorded ‘But I’m On the Guest List’ live over three nights at Toronto’s El Mocambo. Mike McKenna joined in 1985. A year later Tony Flaim returned to the band for the departing Witmer and drummer Marty Vickers was secured in 1987 as they returned to the studio to record ‘It’s Been So Long’ for their new label – Stony Plain. McKenna quit the band to join the Kendall Wall Blues Band in 1988. Vocalist Flaim left and Rick Walsh stepped back in as he had in the old days as vocalist. A dispute led to Donnie Walsh firing his brother who was replaced by Chuck Jackson in 1990. In spring 1990 Donnie Walsh was handed the Toronto Blues Society’s ‘Blues With A Feeling’ Award. Walsh estimates that more than 120 musicians have passed through Downchild since its inception and has made 32 cross-Canada tours all by van. On New Year’s weekend 1999 Richard Walsh died of a heart attack; on March 10, 2000 former vocalist Tony Flaim also passed away.

1973 Flip, Flop And Fly/Shotgun Blues (Special/GRT) 1230-60
1974 I’ve Got Everything I Need/York County (Special/GRT) 1230-67
1974 Tell Your Mother/The Argument (Special/GRT) 1230-82
1975 Goin’ Dancin/Tell Me Baby (Special/GRT) 1230-94
1976 One More Chance/Do the Parrott (Special/GRT) 1230-111
1976 Caledonia/Downwchild Shuffle (Special/GRT) 1230-125
1977 Stagger Lee/For Pete’s Sake (Posterity/TCD) PT-103
1980 I’ve Been A Fool/I Came for Your Daughter (Attic) AT-221
1980 Tryin’ to Keep Her 88’s Straight/Oh! Oh! (Attic) AT-227
1980 Road Fever/Half Ain’t Been Funny (Attic) AT-232
1981 Stages of Love/Try to Fall in Love With Me (Attic) AT-242
1982 Hey Hey Little Girl/Drivin’ Blues (Attic) AT-253
1982 Blood Run Hot/Coulda Had All Your Loving (Attic) AT-264
1982 Flip, Flop And Fly/Shotgun Blues (Attic) AT-276
1987 It’s Been So Long/Off the Cuff (Stony Plain) SPS-1053
1988 Bop Til I Drop/Not This Time (Stony Plain) SPS-1061


1971 Bootleg (Special) SS-001
1973 Straight Up (Special/GRT) 9230-1029
1974 Dancin’ (Special/GRT) 9230-1049
1975 Ready To Go (Special/GRT) 9230-1060
1977 So Far (Posterity) PTR-13004
1979 We Deliver (Attic) LAT-1085
1980 Road Fever (Attic) LAT-1099
1981 Blood Run Hot [w/Spencer Davis] (Attic) LAT-1117
1982 But I’m On The Guest List (Attic) LAT-1151
1987 It’s Been So Long (Stony Plain/BMG) SPL-1113
1989 Gone Fishing (Stony Plain/WEA) SPL-1139
1994 Good Times Guaranteed (Blue Wave) BW-126
1997 Lucky 13 (Blue Wave – US) BW-134
1998 A Case of the Blues – The Best Of Downchild (Attic) ACD-1516
2000 A Matter Of Time – The Downchild Collection (Blue Wave – US) BW-141
2003 Body Of Work – The Downchild Collection Volume 2 (Blue Wave – US) BW-144
2004 Come On In (Blue Wave – US) BW-014
2007 Live at the Palais Royale (Linus/Universal) 70069
2010 I Need a Hat (Linus) 270112
2013 Can You Hear the Music (Linus)  270187
2017 Something I’ve Done (Linus) 270325

Compilation Tracks
“Don’t You Bother My Baby” on ‘Concept [Silver] (Arc)
1973 “Flip, Flop & Fly” on ‘Sound Explosion’ (K-Tel) TC-213
1974 “Flip, Flop & Fly” on ‘Superstars Greatest Hits’ (K-Tel) TC-218
1975 “Tell Your Mother” on ‘Power Pak’ (K-Tel) TC-223
1981 “Rockit ‘88” on ‘Rocktober ‘81’ (Attic) ROCT-081
1982 “Tell Your Mother” on ‘Rocktober ‘82’ (Attic) ROCT-082
1993 “(I Got Everything I Need) Almost” on ‘Caught In the Attic’ [3CDs] (Attic) ATTIC-XX
1996 “(I Got Everything I Need) Almost” on ‘Oh What a Feeling: A Vital Collection of Canadian Music’ (MCA) JUNO-25
1998 “Flip, Flop & Fly” on ‘Attic Records Limited Twenty5’ [4CD] (Attic) ATTIC-25

cEvin Key
/ Dwayne Goettel / Philth [a.k.a. DJ Phil Western/Cap’m Stargazer] / Anthony Valcic (engineer) / Mark Spybey / Ken “Hi Watt” Marshall
During the final, collapsing minutes of Vancouver, British Columbia industrial shockmeisters Skinny Puppy, members cEvin Key and Dwayne Goettel began improvising with found sound and tape loops. They released two albums in 1995 on their own subCONSCIOUS Record label – ‘Charlie’s Family’ and ‘Furnace’. Following the death of Goettel in August 1995, Key finished the material they were in the middle of recording and completed it with the help of DJ Philth and engineer Anthony Valcic. The result was Download’s influential Nettwerk Records debut, ‘The Eyes of Stanley Pain’, in May 1996. The release was cited in Access Magazine’s Top10 Indie Records of 1996. The disc featured cover art by comic book graphics artist Dean McKean. It went on to sell approximately 25,000 copies. Key, DJ Filth and Valcic toured for 7 weeks in the US and Canada with such visual artists as Twilight Circus In Dub (a Legendary Pink Dots side project), Lydia Lunch and King Black Acid which was followed by a remix EP called ‘Sidewinder’. Once off the road, they forged forward as an electronics trio to record ‘III’ which was released in October 1997 — again with artwork by Dean McKean. ‘III’ was created over a seven month period in Download’s own subCONSCIOUS studios in Vancouver. There, the act tinkered with ancient equipment, rewiring and rebuilding antique Roland and Arp keyboards before recording several ‘Effector’.

Furnace (Sub-CONSCIOUS) SUB-004
1995 Charlie’s Family (Sub-CONSCIOUS) SUB-005
1995 Microscopic [EP] (Cleopatra – US) CLEO-9658
1996 The Eyes Of Stanley Pain (Sub-CONSCIOUS) SUB-007
1996 Sidewinder [8 song EP] (Sub-CONSCIOUS) SUB-010
1997 III (Nettwerk) 30118
2000 Effector (Nettwerk) 30159
2002 Inception: The Subconscious Jams 1994-1995 (Sub-CONSCIOUS) SUB-014
2002 III Steps Forward (Sub-CONSCIOUS) SUB-015
2007 Furnace Re:Dux (Sub-CONSCIOUS) SUB-030
2007 Fixer (Sub-CONSCIOUS) SUB-031
2009 Helicopter (Sub-CONSCIOUS) SUB-040

Jean-Marie Rusk [aka Patrick Zabé]
(vocals) / Fernand Pelletier (guitar, keyboards)  / Guy Deslongchamps (guitar) / Hérve Côté (bass) / Pat Cochran (drums) / Bob Rusk (drums; replaced Cochran) /  Mike Abran (guitar; replaced Deslongchamps)
Following a solo album  in 1964 entitled ‘Jean Rusk Sings For You’, Rusk formed the short lived band Les Doyens in 1965 who released one single on the Fantastic label. With the demise of the band in 1966, Rusk would change his name to Patrick Zabé and embark on a solo career. He was also host of his own TV show in 1971.

Donne-moi ta chaleur/Ericka (Fantastic) FA-3635

DOYLE, Damhnait
Born: December 9, 1975 in Labrador City, Newfoundland.
Damhnait Doyle’s family moved from Labrador City to St. John’s, Newfoundland when she was 6 years old. As a child, she sang in the Holy Heart of Mary Chamber Choir at a local Catholic high school. Her application to get into the National Theatre School was rejected which led her to search out an alternate career. She began working for west coast music distributors Duckworth and one day Doyle was overheard singing in the office. As a direct result of this, she was signed by Graham Stairs to Latitude Records who released her debut album ‘Shadows Wake Me’ in February 1996. The disc was produced by Ken Myhr (Jane Siberry, Cowboy Junkies) and featured an elite cast of music veterans helping out: Chris Tait (Chalk Circle, Big Faith), Dave Gray (Parachute Club), Tim Welch (Dalbello, National Velvet) and Anne Bourne (Jane Siberry, Loreena McKennitt). Following the single, “A List of Things”, Doyle toured the East Coast of Canada with the Barenaked Ladies and showcased at the East Coast Music Awards. The video for the single, produced by director Stephen Scott, received heavy MuchMusic rotation and landed on the station’s ‘Top30 Countdown’. Doyle’s follow-up single “Whatever You Need” proved to be yet another hit and would be capped by a tour with Steve Earle. She followed that with a showcase performance in New York, kicked off the North By North East Conference at MuchMusic in Toronto, and participated in Molly Johnson’s Kumbaya Fundraiser. TV appearances followed with performances on ‘Rita & Friends’, ‘The Dini Petty Show’ and ‘Music Works’. All of this momentum led to the chanteuse’s 1997 nomination for a ‘Best New Solo Artist’ JUNO Award nomination. She returned to the East Coast Music Awards and received five nominations: ‘Entertainer of the Year’, ‘Female Artist of the Year’, ‘Album Of The Year’, ‘Single Of The Year’, and ‘Video Of The Year’. Her deeply confessional follow-up, Hyperdramatic, was released in March, 2000. It was produced and arranged by Dave Hodge (Bran Van 3000, The Philosopher Kings). In 2003 Doyle recorded the Bruce Springsteen’s song “Secret Garden” as a duet with Tom Cochrane for the School House Rock charity CD ‘Light of Day: A Tribute to Bruce Springsteen’. Following the release of Damhnait Doyle’s third album ‘Davnet’ in 2003 and its less than stellar sales figures, an executive at her label suggested she team up with fellow female solo artists Kim Stockwood and Tara MacLean. The ladies met and hit it off immediately and formed the acoustic trio Shaye. To sweeten the pot, a reality show was created around the formation of the band and their exploits. They released their first album ‘The Bridge’ and had success at radio with the song “Happy Baby”. After a lengthy tour schedule and the intensity of the reality show, MacLean left the group so she could start a family. Stockwood and Doyle carried on to promote Shaye’s sophomore album, ‘Lake of Fire’, through 2007 after which the two women went their separate ways.To get back into the groove of her own career again, she teamed up with songwriter Danny Michael but instead of writing new material, they decided to make a CD of their favourite cover songs. The result was ‘Lights Down Low’ in 2008 which led to a nominated for the 2008 Music Industry Association of Newfoundland and Labrador’s Female Artist of the Year award. With other songwriters in mind, she took part in the October 2008 ‘Let It Be’ tribute to the songwriting of John Lennon and Paul McCartney concerts with Tom Cochrane, Rik Emmett, Russell deCarle (Prairie Oyster), and Andrew Craig. Later that year Doyle was nominated for the 2008 Music Industry Association of Newfoundland and Labrador’s ‘Female Artist of the Year’ award. In May 2009, Doyle and Serena Ryder recorded the song “My World” as a charity single and shadow box package exclusively on Ebay to raise funds for Song for Africa Scholarship Fund. By December she was nominated for two ECMA Awards – the ‘ECMA 2009 FACTOR Recording of the Year’ and the ‘ECMA 2009 Pop Recording of the Year’. Her cover version of Cheap Trick’s “I Want You To Want Me” from ‘Lights Down Low’ would be featured in the David Duchovny cable show ‘Californication’ and its soundtrack. In late 2010 Doyle formed a new band called The Heartbroken with Stuart Cameron (guitar), Peter Fusco (bass) and Blake Manning (drums, vocals). In February 2011 they launched their debut album ‘Tonight Tonight’ – recorded at the Tragically Hip’s Kingston, Ontario Bathouse Studio – and its first single “Seventeen”. An acoustic residency started at the Three Speed Bar in Toronto before the group moved over to The Dakota Tavern. A western Canadian tour followed in the winter of 2011.

A List of Things (Latitude/Duckworth) DUCK-PRO-008
1996 Whatever You Need (Latitude)
1997 Jumping The Shadows (Latitude)
1999 Tattooed (Edit) (EMI) DPRO-1931

with SHAYE
Happy Baby (EMI)
2005 Beauty (EMI)
2007 Lake of Fire (EMI)
2007 You’re Not Alone (EMI)

My World – Song for Africa


Shadows Wake Me (Latitude)
2000 Hyperdramatic (EMI) 520836
2002 Davnet (Turtle Musik/EMI) 510092
2008 Lights Down Low (Turtle Musik) 726179

with SHAYE
The Bridge (EMI) 593540
2006 Lake of Fire (EMI) 352929

Tonight Tonight

Compilation Tracks
“Secret Garden” [w/Tom Cochrane] on ‘Light of Day: A Tribute to Bruce Springsteen’ (School House Rock) SHR-0022
2003 “Silent Night” [w/Dayna Manning] on ‘Women & Song Christmas’ (Warner)
2009 “I Want You To Want Me” on ‘Season 3: Music From the Showtime Series Californication’ (Lakeshore)

courtesy Tony Tobias

VERSION I – 1972:
Doug Riley (keyboards) / Laurel Ward (vocals) / Rhonda Silver (vocals) / Brenda Gordon (vocals) / Terry Black (vocals) / Dianne Brooks (vocals) / Trudy Desmond (vocals) / Michael Kennedy (vocals, percussion) / Steve Kennedy (vocals, tenor & alto sax, flute) / Brian Russell (guitar) / Terry Clarke (drums) / Kenny Marco (guitar) / Doug Mallory (lead vocals, guitar) / Don Thompson (bass) / Gary Morgan (clarinet, sax, flute) / Keith Jollimore (vocals; baritone, alto & tenor sax; flute) / Barrie Tallman (trombone);
VERSION II – 1973: Doug Riley (keyboards) / Doug Mallory (lead vocals, guitar) / Wayne Stone (drums) / Michael Kennedy (vocals, percussion) / Steve Kennedy (vocals, tenor & alto sax, flute) / Keith Jollimore (vocals; baritone, alto & tenor sax; flute) / Barrie Tallman (trombone)  / Bryan Ayres (saxophone);
VERSION III – 1974: Doug Riley (keyboards) / Doug Mallory (lead vocals, guitar) / Claude Ranger (drums) / Bruce Cassidy (trumpet, fluegel horn) / Don Thompson (bass) / Dave Brown (second drums) / Steve Kennedy (vocals, tenor & alto sax, flute) / Keith Jollimore (vocals; baritone, alto & tenor sax; flute) / Barrie Tallman (trombone)
VERSION IV – 1984: Doug Riley (keyboards) / Lou Pomanti (keyboards) / Tom Szczesniak (bass) / Dave Piltch (bass) / John Anderson (drums) / Bob McLaren (drums) / Bob Mann (guitars) / Domenic Troiano (guitars) / Wayne St. John (vocals, percussion, pan flute) / Terry Black (vocals, synths) / John Rutledge (vocals, guitar)
Toronto’s Dr. Music, a free-form jazz/R & B act with between 7 and 15 members, was the brainchild of noted arranger/keyboardist Doug Riley.  Doug Riley had been working for years behind the scenes on television shows as their music directors and when he was asked to put together musicians for 1969-1970 season of CTV’s ‘The Ray Stevens Show’ he assembled the nucleus of what would become Dr. Music. Following the cancellation of the show, Dr. Music remained together to record and tour.  The first release under the Dr. Music name was a split single with The Laurie Bower Singers for a Canadian version of the international Coca-Cola jingle “I’d Like to Teach the World to Sing” on RCA Records. Riley had then become partners with British engineer/producer Terry Brown to form Toronto Sound Recording studio for jingle production and clientele like fledgling GRT Records. Having previously released his solo album ‘Foxy Lady’ (featuring vocalist Terry Black) on GRT, Riley was able to get the label’s backing to release Dr. Music’s self-titled debut LP featuring the first single, “Try A Little Harder”, and its hit follow-up “Sun Goes By” (both written by Motherlode’s Steve Kennedy) in 1972. The first version of Dr. Music disbanded shortly after this so that Riley could focus on his new studio position. By 1973 Riley had assembled the second version of Dr. Music featuring a smaller 7-piece lineup which was essentially a retrofitted version of the ever evolving Motherlode and Lighthouse line-ups. The new group was received enthusiastically and they successfully completed a Western tour, an Eastern tour and a new album – ‘Dr. Music II’ before calling it quits in early 1974. Riley returned to arranging, producing and to continue working on television shows like CBC’s ‘Keith Hampshire’s Music Machine’. In February 1974, during the show’s second season, Riley reformed Dr. Music for a third time as a house band for the show and to record another album – ‘Bedtime Story’ – a more progressive jazz-rock album whose title track was a Herbie Hancock cover. Alas, the band broke up shortly thereafter. Riley later revived the Dr. Music concept with a handful of musical friends in 1984 and the result was ‘Dr. Music Circa 1984′. Riley would continue on as a solo artist releasing such albums as ‘Dreams’ (1976) and ‘Freedom’ (1990);  Doug Riley died August 28, 2007 of heart failure. [also see DOUG MALLORY, TERRY BLACK, BRIAN RUSSELL, WAYNE ST. JOHN, DOMENIC TROIANO, RHONDA SILVER, TRUDY DESMOND, DIANNE BROOKS]

1970 I’d Like To Teach The World To Sing (In Perfect Harmony)/[split w/LAURIE BOWER SINGERS] (RCA Victor) ST-57108
1971 Try A Little Harder/The Land (GRT) 1233-06
1971 One More Mountain To Climb/I Can Hear Her Calling Him (GRT) 1233-07
1972 Gospel Rock/Sun Goes By (GRT) 1233-10
1972 Sun Goes By/Glory Glory (GRT) 1233-13
1972 Long Time Comin’ Home/Say Real (GRT) 1233-15
1973 Tryin’ Times/In My Life (GRT) 1233-17
1974 Bedtime Story/I Keep It Hid (GRT) 1233-19
1984 Two Can Play/Say Love Me Now (Canadian Talent Library) CTL-S2017


1972 Dr. Music (GRT) 9233-1003
1973 Dr. Music II (GRT) 9233-1004
1974 Bedtime Story (GRT) 9233-1005
1977 Retrospective (GRT) 9230-1070
1985 Dr. Music Circa 1984 (Canadian Talent Library) CTL-5261

Compilation Tracks
“Sun Goes By” on ‘Canadian Mint’ (K-Tel) TC-215

Bruce Pellerin
(all instruments) / Howard Jerome (vocals)

Belly-up Fish/Quantum Leap (Audacious Productions) AP-001

Martina Sorbara (vocals) / Dan Kurtz (bass, guitar, keyboards) / Joel Stouffer (drums) / Simon Craig (guitar) / Will Stapleton (guitar; replaced Craig 2006) / Chris Hugget (guitar; replaced Stapleton 2008)
After meeting at a music festival, solo artist Sorbara and Kurtz formed electro-pop dup The Fuzz. The project evolved into a full band called Dragonette in 2005 with the addition of Stouffer and Craig. The group released its independent self-titled debut shortly after and managed to land an opening slot at a show with New Order. They were soon approached and signed to Mercury Records in the UK which allowed them to head to England to record their debut album ‘Galore’. Craig was replaced by British guitarist Stapleton and the band headed out on tour with the Basement Jaxx and Sugababes before taking on headlining shows at smaller venues in England and back in Canada. The band created two videos – “Jesus Doesn’t Love Me’ and ‘I Get Around’. The former found a viral buzz online while the latter charted on the UK Singles Chart peaking and stalling at No. 92 and in Canada it reached No.57 on Billboard’s ‘Canadian Hot 100 Singles’ chart. The follow-up single, “Take It Like a Man”, didn’t even chart but they did manage some airplay with a retooled version of Calvin Harris’ hit “The Girls” which they renamed “The Boys”. In 2008 the band was nominated for the ‘Best New Group’ JUNO Award. Stapleton left the band to be replaced by Hugget. Dragonette spent most of 2008 and 2009 co-writing and recording with other artists including Cyndi Lauper, Basement Jaxx, Kaskade, DJ Martin Solveig, and Don Diablo. By 2009 they had moved to Interscope Records where they released their sophomore effort entitled ‘Fixin’ to Thrill’. Several singles were released from the album including ‘Gone Too Far’ and ‘Pick Up the Phone’. In 2010 they released the ‘Mixin’ to Thrill’ remix EP as a digital download as well as a new EP release called ‘Volcano’ featuring the single “One Summer.”

Jesus Doesn’t Love Me (Mercury)
2007 I Get Around (Mercury)
2007 Take It Like a Man (Mercury)
2007 The Boys (Mercury)
2009 Fixin’ to Thrill (Interscope)
2009 Gone Too Far (Interscope)
2010 Pick Up the Phone
2010 Our Summer
2011 Hello [w/Martin Solveig]

2005 Dragonette [EP] (independent)
2007 Galore (Mercury) DRAGONCJ-1
2009 Fixin’ to Thrill (Interscope) 270913
2010 Mixin’ to Thrill [Digifile EP]
2010 Volcano [DigiFile EP]
2012 Body Parts (Dragonette) DI-CD03
2016 Royal Blues (Dragonette) DI-CD4
2022 Twennies (BMG) 538830962

Born: Aubrey Drake Graham on October 24, 1986 in Toronto, Ontario
Aubrey Graham was born in Toronto to an American father and Canadian mother. His parents split up when he was young and his father moved back to Memphis, Tennessee. Graham and his mother moved to the upper class neighbourhood of Forest Hill in Toronto where he went to Forest Hill Collegiate high school where he was drawn to the acting program. Taking his middle name as his moniker, Drake landed the role of Jimmy Brooks on the award winning Canadian television show ‘Degrassi: The Next Generation’. He appeared in 138 episodes and his run ended at the end of the 2009 season when his character graduated high school. In 2006, while still on the show, he began releasing mixtapes (i.e. a mixed medium of original and pirated recordings). His second mixtape, ‘Comeback Season’ featured the video ands single “Replacement Girl” with Trey Songz. It gained considerable airplay on MuchVibe and was the first independent video ever played on the BET network. In 2008 Drake’s material wound up making its way to American rapper Lil Wayne who invited Drake to tour with him stateside as part of Lil Wayne’s Young Money Crew. Upon returning home to Canada he was inspired to release his third mixtape ‘So Far Gone’ in 2009. The songs “Best I Ever Had” and “Successful” made their way from the underground club scene to commercial radio on the strength of free downloads from Drake’s blog online. MTV would declare ‘So Far Gone’ the No.1 mixtape for 2009. Lil Wayne came back to sign Drake directly to his Young Money Entertainment label and distilled five songs from the mixtape plus one new track onto an EP. The singles “Best I Ever Had” and “Every Girl” were released simultaneously and both landed in the Top10 on the Billboard Hot 100 simultaneously. The new EP debuted at No. 6 on the Billboard Top200 and went on to sell half a million copies in the US. The EP would win the 2010 JUNO Award for ‘Rap Recording of the Year’. In 2010 Drake began work on his debut album and released three advance singles – “Over”, “Find Your Love”, and “Miss Me” featuring Lil Wayne – to raving critical and chart success before the album, ‘Thank Me Later’, finally saw the light of day in June 2010. The album sold 447,000 copies in its first week and immediately debuted on the Billboard 200 at No.1. A major tour started in September 2010 and ran until November that year. Drake’s sophomore album, ‘Take Care’, was released in the fall of 2011 and reached No.1 on the Billboard album chart the week of November 21, 2011 where it battled to maintain that spot on and off with fellow Canadian artists Michael Buble and Justin Bieber during the Christmas of 2011. Drake has collaborated and co-written material with hundreds of today’s most popular rap, rock and pop artists including Alicia Keys, Justin Bieber, Jamie Foxx, Lil Wayne, Chris Brown, Ka’naan, TLC, Jay-Z, Kanye West, and Eminem, Mary J. Blige and Timbaland among many others.

Replacement Girl [w/Trey Songz]
2009 I’m Going In
2009 Successful
2009 Best I Ever Had (Young Money/Universal)
2009 Every Girl (Young Money/Universal)
2009 Forever (Young Money/Universal)
2010 Over (Young Money/Universal Motown)
2010 Find Your Love (Young Money/Universal Motown)
2010 Miss Me (Young Money/Universal Motown)
2010 Up All Night (Young Money/Universal Motown)
2010 9 A.M. In Dallas (Young Money/Universal Motown)
2010 Fancy (Young Money/Universal Motown)
2011 Dreams Money Can Buy (Young Money/Universal Motown)
2011 Trust Issues (Young Money/Universal Motown)
2011 Marvin’s Room (Young Money/Universal Motown)
2011 Headlines (Young Money/Universal Motown)
2011 Club Paradise (Young Money/Universal Motown)
2011 Free Spirit (Young Money/Universal Motown)
2011 Make Me Proud (Young Money/Universal Motown)
2011 Take Care (Young Money/Universal Motown)
2011 The Motto (Young Money/Universal Motown)
2015 Hot Line Bling (Cash Money)

Room For Improvement [mixtape]
2007 Comeback Season [mixtape]
2009 So Far Gone [mixtape] (OVO)
2009 So Far Gone [7-song EP] (Young Money/Universal Motown) B0013456-02
2010 Thank Me Later (Young Money/Universal Motown)  B0014325-02
2011 Take Care (Cash Money/Young Money/Universal) B0016135-02
2013 Nothing Was The Same (Cash Money/Republic/Young Money/October’s Very Own) B0019141-02
2015 If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late (OVO/Cash Money) B0023018-02
2016 Views (Cash Money/Republic/Young Money) B0025102-02
2017 More Life: A Playlist By October Firm [DigiFile] (Cash Money/Republic/Young Money)
2018 Scorpion [2CD] (Cash Money/Republic/Young Money) B0028828-02
2020 Dark Lane Demo Tapes [DigiFile] (OVO/Republic)
2021 Certified Lover Boy [DigiFile] (OVO/Republic)
2022 Honestly, Nevermind [DigiFile] 00602448173423

What a Time To Be Alive [DigiFile] (Cash Money – US)

Born: September 22, 1951 in Toronto, Ontario
Singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, engineer and producer Terry Draper got his start in the Toronto music scene more than 35 years ago playing drums in various R & B bands including The Kingdom Showband and The Innocence of Virgil Scott starting in 1966. Draper moved to Yorkville during the hippie revolution. As a drummer he found his options limited and a close friend gave him a guitar, three chords to start with and told him to play it. After an early appearance by Led Zeppelin at Toronto’s Rockpile and a chance meeting with Jimi Hendrix in the late ’60’s, Draper realized that being a musician for a living was a definite must. Draper would eventually hook up with highs school pal John Woloschuk to form Whitemail with another Toronto area kid, Dino Tome. The group released one single on Merv Buchanan’s Prawn Records imprint in 1971. The band didn’t last long and soon Draper and Woloschuk were in a group called Mudcow with Dee Long (ex-Bloodstone) and Jamie Bridgman in 1971. By the end of 1972 the group had split and the members went their separate ways. Draper would get a day gig working in the 7″ singles department at Sam The Record Man in downtown Toronto. Meanwhile, Long and Woloschuk continued on as recording act Klaatu in January 1973 with producer/financer Terry Brown. In 1974, Draper made his debut with Klaatu on the single “California Jam”. Several singles followed as the band’s new label, Daffodil, tried to land the band a major label deal. There was only one problem…the band didn’t want to appear in public, play live or give interviews to support their productions. A very tall order indeed, but eventually Capitol Records USA signed the band, sight unseen, and their eponymous debut (‘3:47 EST’ in Canada) was released in August 1976. The reaction was one of mild interest but it did not fair well in the sales department. By the end of the year the band had resigned itself to the album’s fate and pressed on with recording an appropriate follow-up. By March of 1977, Klaatu was obligated to deliver the finished sophomore album to Capitol Records.They turned over the album but not before an insanity had begun sweeping over the US radio waves. Album reviewer Steve Smith of the ‘Providence Rhode Island Journal’ had hypothetically declared that Klaatu was either the Beatles reunited or a Beatles related project. A Rhodes Island radio station picked up the story and a virtual mania ensued as the original ‘Klaatu’ LP sold out pressing after pressing…the hysteria gave Capitol moment to pause and decided to delay the release of their second album ‘Hope’. The furor over Klaatu’s identity died by the summer of 1977 after a radio disc jockey found out the band’s names through a search at the US Library of Congress. Klaatu caught a second break when their song “Calling Occupants of Interplanetary Craft” , written by Woloschuk and Draper, was released by the Carpenters in October 1977. Within weeks the Carpenters track and Klaatu’s follow-up album were riding the same sales charts. ‘Hope’ gained critical acclaim, but, alas the record sold poorly. Sales expectations were dashed on subsequent albums as the band’s relationship with Capitol Records quickly eroded. They were dropped by the label in 1979. With their tails between their legs they were able eek out a final release, ‘Magentalane’, back in Canada on Capitol-EMI in Toronto. As part of their deal with the new label, the band was forced to finally reveal their secret identities and go on tour. Before the tour and during sessions for ‘Magentalane’, Dee Long and Draper produced other acts including Gerald O’Brien’s band Nightwinds (the album wouldn’t be released until 1991) and a single for Brandy. Klaatu toured as a six-piece with Draper, Woloschuk and Long and hired keyboardist Gerald O’Brien (Surrender, The Hunt, Nightwinds), bassist Mike Gingrich (Toronto), and drummer Gary McCracken (Max Webster) beginning in arenas and soft-seaters in November 1981. By April 1982 Long had left the band and Klaau carried on with an augmented LINE-UP hitting Canadian bars. By August 1982 Capitol-EMI had stopped promoting the album and Klaatu called it quits. Draper wasn’t idle for long and decided to keep active by doing a one-man lounge act for about a year. In 1984 he hooked up with vocalist Jacqui Kroft as a duo called Nunu. They recorded several demos but failed to attract the attention of record labels. Draper decided to retire and started his own business as a roofing contractor. Two failed reunions occurred in 1988 and 1991 respectively as Klaatu material began getting re-issued on CD. Instead, Draper and old partner Dee Long set up shop in a Unionville recording studio called Second Sun and began producing and recording local acts such as Nasty Klass, Lonnie Glass, and a live Grant Fullerton Blues jam CD. A full blown Klaatu revival began in 1995 as Permanent Press Record in the US was the first American label to issue “Magentalane” anywhere other than Canada. Korea followed suit and the CD began climbing the charts from the active resuscitation of progressive music in the Pacific Rim. The Draper/Woloschuk composition, “December Dream”, went Top10 in Korea and Draper was contemplating some solo shows there when he got word that a fan-based Klaatu mailing list on the Internet was interested in hearing any solo material he might have. A children’s cassette was issued called ‘Can You Pretend?’ which was packaged with an activity kit designed by Klaatu graphic artist Ted Jones. Meanwhile, Draper went through all his old demos and noodlings from his home studio in Oak Ridges, Ontario and gathered enough material for a full length album. Through indie labels Bullseye Records (in Canada) and Permanent Press (in the USA), Draper released ‘Light Years Later’ in February 1997. The disc was a mix of older and newer tracks featuring a finished Klaatu track from the ‘Magentalane’ sessions called “Winter In Peru”. Draper launched the CD to his hometown of Oak Ridges with a backing band called The Twilight Zone which included members of Moving Targetz, sharon’SISTER, Punjabi By Nature and Strawman. Fans from around North America flew in for the event which also featured an afternoon Q & A session that included Dee Long and graphic artist Ted Jones. A second gig launched in April 1997 at The Horseshoe Tavern in Toronto which was recorded for a limited edition live CDRom disc on Bullseye called ‘Live…Years Later: From The ‘Cue To The ‘Shoe’. Draper re-released his 1996 children’s cassette ‘Can You Pretend?’ for CD release in 1998 with bonus tracks. In 2001 he released his second full-length solo disc called ‘Civil War and Other Love Songs’ and did promo at prominent US Civil War sites to generate interest in a spin-off EP entitled ‘Civil War (Not Very)’. A ‘best of’ collection was released in 2003 entitled ‘Aria 52: A Five Year Mission’. In 2005 Klaatu released a 2CD rarities collection entitled ‘SunSet: 1973-1981’ and a vinyl LP of additional outtakes on Bullseye. As a means to promote the project Klaatu finally consented to a full reunion in conjunction with Fans First Inc. at a Toronto area hotel as part of a fan appreciated event. A six song live performance of songs closed the night. Those recordings were issued along with the tracks from the 2005 vinyl LP as ‘Solology’ and the band members did interviews and press to promote it. A full-blown remasters project is underway through Klaatu’s own label Klaatunes. Currently Draper is promoting his 2011 solo album ‘Stranded’ with a new live act Terry Draper & The Prime Radiant; in November 2019 Terry Draper and former Klaatu band mate John Woloschuk were inducted into the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame for their co-written song “Calling Occupants (Of Interplanetary Craft).” With notes from Terry Draper, Dee Long, John Woloschuk, Frank Davies, Mark Hershberger, David Bradley. [also see KLAATU, WHITEMAIL]

We’re Not Alone [5-song CD-EP] (Bullseye) BEP-003

Light Years Later (Bullseye) BLR-CD-4010
2001 Civil War And Other Love Songs (Bullseye) BLR-CD-4030
2001 Civil War (Not Very) [EP] (Bullseye) BEP-010
2003 Aria 52: A Five Year Mission (Bullseye) BLR-CD-4061
2011 Stranded (Terry Tunes) 001
2014 When the World Was Young (Terry Tunes) 002
2016 Searching (Terry Tunes) 003
2017 Windows On the World/The Lost 80’s Tapes (Terry Tunes)
2018 Remarkable Women (Terry Tunes)
2018 Once Upon A Memory (Terry Tunes)
2019 In My Garden [12” LP] (Terry Tunes)
2020 Sunset On Mars (Terry Tunes)
2020 Lost (Terry Tunes)
2021 The Other Side (Terry Tunes)

Can You Pretend? [cassette] (TNT Productions)
1998 Can You Pretend? [CD w/10 bonus tracks] (Bullseye) BLP-CD-4012

Live…Years Later: From The ‘Cue To The ‘Shoe (Bullseye) BLR-CD-4011

We’re Furzalls (Bullseye) BEP-006

Compilation Tracks
“A Song For Christmas” and “Christmas Time Is Here Again” on ‘Bullseye’s Compact Christmas 2000’ (Bullseye) BEP-007
2001 “Christmas Time Is Here Again” on ‘Takin’ Care of Christmas’ (Bullseye) BLP-CD-4019
2004 “‘Til There Was You” on ‘It Was 40 Years Ago Today: A Tribute To The Beatles’ [Disc 3] (Bullseye) BLR-CD-4060

Tony Malone
/ Monte Horton (guitar) / David D. Norris (drums) / Steve Webster (bass) / Bryant Didier (bass; replaced Webster) / Cameron MacInnes (guitars; replaced Horton)
Following Tony Malone’s departure from The Dishes because of artistic differences, he formed Drastic Measures. The band caught a break by appearing at the ‘Last Pogo’ in Toronto in 1979 and their song “Mr. America” was included on the soundtrack to the film. CBS Records soon came knocking and the group recorded a self-titled album with special guest Nash The Slash in 1980. The band’s cover version of the children’s nursery rhyme “Teddy Bear’s Picnic” found airplay on CFNY-FM and gave the band a large profile. After one more independent single the band split in 1982; In recent years Malone had done work with Don Pyle’s Black Heel Marks. Malone was also lead singer for the band Basket Case. He died unexpectedly July 25, 2022.

1979 Teddy Bears Picnic/My Car Is My Life (So Get Out Of My Car) (Epic – UK) S-EPC-8078
1981 It Won’t Be Long/Modern Heart (Cut-Throat) CUT-4


1980 Drastic Measures (Airwave/Columbia) PCC-80035

Dikky Fixx (vocals) / Beef Stu (drums) / Lance Womanhandler (bass) / Brian Deemer (guitar)
Formed in 1979 as Bored Youth, the band played the Golden Horseshoe punk scene before changing their name to The Dream Dates. They committed a number of songs to tape but split up in 1982 without an official released. Ugly Pop Records has since issued vinyl of the material that had been sitting on a shelf.

Moans On the Phone/Heartattack Rhythms (Ugly Pop) UP-006
2004 The Mess You’re In/Search And Destroy (Ugly Pop) UP-011
2005 Moans On the Phone [4-song 12”] (Re-Force/Zurich Chainsaw Massacre – GER) RE-008
2012 Surfer Joe/Tallahassee Lassee (Ugly Pop) UP-023

King Lou [aka Louis Robinson] / Capitol Q [aka Frank Allert/ DJ Luv [aka Phillip Gayle] / Spek [aka Hussain Yoosef]
One of the first wave of Canadian hip-hop acts signed to a major label, the Dream Warriors was formed in 1988 by King Lou and Capitol Q in the Jane & Finch neighbourhood of north Toronto. Following King Lou’s guest appearance on the Michie Mee & LA Luv track “Victory Is Calling”, the Dream Warriors kicked into high gear in 1989 by joining the Beats Factory Productions crew. Their completed debut album, ‘And Now the Legacy Begins’, was scooped up by the 4th & Broadway label in New York who re-issued it on Island Records in 1990 for international promotion and marketing.  Two successful radio singles followed with “Wash Your Face in My Sink” and “My Definition (of a Boombastic Jazz Style)” that utilized a sample of Quincy Jones’ “Soul Bossa Nova” that had been used as the theme song for the 1970’s Canadian game show ‘Definition’.  Dream Warriors earned a JUNO Award nomination for ‘Rap Recording of the Year’ in 1991 for the former and in 1992 for the latter (which they won). Three more singles followed as did their appeareance on the cover of ‘Melody Maker’ magazine in the UK and mentions in ‘Rolling Stone’ magazine stateside. Dream Warriors would become the first Canadian hip-hop group to tour the world. ‘Subliminal Simulation’ was their 1994 sophomore album and found the original duo augmented by DJ Luv (formerly Michie Mee collaborator LA Luv) and Spek plus special guests Da Grassroots and Butterfly (Digable Planets). The album received mixed reviews but did spawn two singles – “Day In, Day Out” and “California Dreamin’” and a 1995 JUNO Award nomination for ‘Rap Recording of the Year’. 1996 saw the release of ‘The Master Plan’ in Canada only. Though three singles were issued, it failed to live up to the success of their previous outings. Even with another ‘Rap Recording of the Year’ JUNO Award nomination in 1997, both Spek and DJ Luv left the group. An anthology of hits was released on the Priority label in 1999 and featured several new cuts by the original Dream Warrior duo of King Lou and Capitol Q. The group’s final album was 2002’s ‘The Legacy Continues…’ in Canada only. The first single, “Road of Many Signs” was produced by The Herbaliser. Two additional singles followed – “Breathe or Die” and “Unstoppable”.

1990 Wash Your Face in My Sink (4th & B’way/Island)
1991 My Definition (of a Boombastic Jazz Style)/U Never Know a Good Thing Till U Lose It (4th & B’way/Island)
1991 Ludi (4th & B’way/Island)
1991 Follow Me Not (4th & B’way/Island)
1991 I Lost My Ignorance (And Don’t Know Where To Find It)  (4th & B’way/Island)
1994 Day In, Day Out
1994 California Dreamin’
1996 Float On
1996 What Do You Want Ladies
1996 Sound Clash [w/Beenie Man]
2002 Road of Many Signs
2002 Breathe or Die
2002 Unstoppable

1991 And Now The Legacy Begins (Island)
1994 Subliminal Simulation (EMI)
1996 The Master Plan (EMI)
1999 Anthology: A Decade of Hits 1988 – 1998 (Priority)
2002 The Legacy Continues…

Compilation Tracks
“Man Smart, Woman Smarter” on ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer (O.S.T.)’ (Columbia) CK-52854
1996 “Edmonton Block Heater” on ‘A Tribute to Hard Core Logo’ (BMG) 214208

Eddy Cameron / Bill Griffiths / Ivan Lajoie / Don Robinson

From Oshawa, Ontario.

Needulliduluvun/Sun Is Black (Quality) 1903X

From Victoria, British Columbia.

Voice of Reason [4 song EP] (Vinyl Communications – US) VC-24

Dave Pemberton
(drums) / Douglas Ewanchook (bass, keyboards) / Naseem Tyab (vocals) / Perry Cambouris (guitar)
From Vancouver, British Columbia.

Compilation Tracks
“Nuremberg ‘34” and “J.K.O” on ‘Vancouver Independence’ (Friends) FR-009

dropped at birth
Dave Lounsbury
(vocals) / Justin Potalivo (lead guitar) / Mike Tamburri (rhythm guitar) / Rich Nicol (bass) / Joe Tamburri (drums)

dropped at birth [6-song EP] (Pink Skull/Sonic Unyon) PS-008

Brandon Gregory
(lead vocals, rhythm guitar) / Dylan Wykes (lead guitar, backing vocals / Luc Ricci (bass, backing vocals) / Jeff Cox (drums, backing vocals)
Formed in Toronto, Ontario in June 2016 by Brandon Gregory and Dylan Wykes, they recording their debut single “Holding The Gun,” at Metal Works Studio with producer Gilby Clarke (ex-Guns n’ Roses) in September of 2016. With that, Gregory and Wykes solidied their lineup with the addition of Luc Ricci (bass) and Jeff Cox (drums). Clarke returned to produce their self-titled debut EP which was released in September of 2017. They would then become the winners of iHeart Radio’s 97.7 HTZ FM Rock Search Battle Of The Bands in 2019. The song “Burn” was added to HTZ-FM’s rotation for six months. The exposure led to opening spots for I Mother Earth, Finger Eleven, and The Wild before the pandemic abruptly ended their touring schedule. They worked with producer Graham Shaw (Crown Lands) during the lockdown and released a new 5-song EP called ‘Anyways…’ in 2022. The lead-off single/video was “Dylsong.”

Holding The Gun [DigiFile]
2018 Heavy Metal Baby [DigiFile]
2019 Summer Nights & City Lights [DigiFile]
2020 Take It All In Stride [DigiFile]
2020 Eyes For You [DigiFile]
2022 Dylsong [DigiFile]

Drop Top Alibi [4-song EP DigiFile] (DTA)
2022 Anyways… [5-song EP DigiFile] (DTA)

Drew Reavie (guitar) / Zack X. McBuick (bass) / Brian Grant Duff (drums) / Peter Schweigel (vocals) / Ivan Haffenden (bass) / Andrew Strehler (drums)
Drums Along the Gardiner was formed in Toronto in 1986 featuring two members of Pete Moss & the Special Sauce who had moved to Toronto from Vancouver.

Fish/’75 (Miracle) MIR-001

Drums Along the Gardiner [4-song cassette] (independent)
1989 Boronto [cassette] (Miracle) MIR-672

From Windsor, Ontario.

Shoot Yourself [3 song EP] (Salem) SALS-004

C. MacDonald / J. D. MacNeil
From Meat Cove, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. with notes from The Dry Heeves.

1987 LSD/Maggie (Plot) Plot-002


1984 CaCa-3B Revisited (VVVU Music) VVVU-001
1985 Looking Beyond the Obvious (VVVU Music) VVVU-002
1989 Existential Schizoid Music (VVVU Music) VVVU-003
2001 Mysterium Iniquitatis (VVVU Music) VVVU-004
2002 Radio Prog EP (VVVU Music) VVVU-005
2002 Mockba Rockba (VVVU Music) VVVU-005-RU
2002 Mektoub! EP (VVVU Music) VVVU-006
2003 Everything’s Gone Pseudo (VVVU Music) VVVU-007
2004 Music For Psych Wards (VVVU Music) VVVU-010
2005 …and I’ll Call Rusty (Polygon Network) Polygon 023

Compilation Tracks
“Glass Heroines” in ‘2003 Worldwide Short Film Festival’ (Canadian Film Centre)
2003 “Goin’ Down the Road” on ‘Cognitive Fragmentation’ (Infinite Sector)
2004 “Bollywood And Beyond” in ‘2004 Worldwide Short Film Festival’ (Canadian Film Centre)
2004 “Discharge” on ‘Polygon Minute’ (Polygon Network)
2005 “Ode To Ralph Klein” on ‘Rock ‘Till You Ralph’ (CJSR FM)
2005 “Pope Julius III” on ‘Il Programma di Religione’ (Boyarm)
2005 “Stupor” in ‘2006 Worldwide Short Film Festival’ (Canadian Film Centre)

Clint Bowman (bass) / Eloi Bertholet (drums) / Colin Bryce (vocals, guitar) / Matthew Challenger (sax) / Dave Brown (sax; added 1981)
Originally formed in 1980 in Winnipeg, The Dub Rifles 5 piece line-up (2 saxes, guitar, bass, drums) combined their primary influences of Motown, Stax, punk (60s and 70s variety), dub reggae and original 60s ska into a highly danceable big rhythm blend. Often labeled a “ska” band, the band’s material ran the gamut from free-form funk meltdowns and feedback guitar, to supercharged Booker T and The MGs style instrumentals. A couple of lengthy road excursions (Vancouver-Halifax) garnered them considerable college radio play and a healthy core of followers at a time when the CDN underground scene was just beginning to flourish. During their brief career the band was featured on “The New Music” program, shared the stage with the likes of Steel Pulse and Midnight Oil, released 2 independent EPs on their own Notown label, made an appearance on ROIR’s Trouser Press comp. “The Best of America Underground” and saw the release of a 12 inch EP on Hamburg, Germany’s Jax Pax/Juicy Peeple label. Shortly after a brief change of base to Montréal in the winter of 1983/84 the band split up following their final performance at Final performance at Toronto’s El Mocambo in April 1984. with notes from Colin Bryce.

1982 No Town No Country [5-song EP] (Notown)
1983 Boom [3-song EP] (Notown) WRC3-2580

1983 Dub Rifles [3-song EP] (Jax Pax/Juicy Peeple – Germany)

Compilation Tracks
“Stand” on ‘Trouser Press Presents: The Best of America Underground’ [cassette]
2014 “No Town No Country” on ‘I Know That I Got A Heavy Soul Volume Two’ (Heavy Soul – UK) ROR-058

Sonny Knowles
(saxophone) / Sean Fagan (vocals) / Shay Curran (trombone) / Freddie Martin (trumpet) / Harry Parker (bass) / Jimmy Dumpleton (guitar) / Marty Fanning (drums) / Paul Keogh (guitar; 1966) / Peter Law [aka Peter Lawlor] / Jimmy Malone (saxophone) / Austin Halpin (trumpet)
The Pacific Showband was formed in Ireland in 1962 by Knowles, Fagan, Curran, Martin, Parker, Dumpleton and Fanning. In 1964 they began releasing singles starting with their first hit in Ireland “She Wears My Ring” which went to No.3 on the Irish Charts. The next four releases all cracked the Top10 charts in that country as well. By 1968 the Pacific Showband was in its death throes as the Beatles had changed club life and the Summer of Love had changed the audiences. Knowles announced he was leaving the band and the future of the group looked bleak. The played their last show together St. Patrick’s Day 1968. The following week, solo artist Peter Law was recruited and was added to a new line-up featuring Fagan, Curran, Parker, Fanning, Keough, and newer additions Malone and Halpin.  After rehearsing for several months the newly named Peter Law and The Pacific hit the road in April 1968 and toured all across Ireland. Later in the year the group finally returned to the charts with its first single in four years with “My Lovely Rose and You”. Soon Dave Murphy was added on guitar to fill out the sound of their new pop success. They recorded an album called ‘The Sounds of the Pacific’ before heading off to Canada in March 1969 for several short tours. Upon return they released the record and continued travelling around Ireland in their tour van. During their time in Canada the Pacific’s song “Ruby” hit the charts in Ireland which peaked at No.14 in the Irish charts. They returned to Canada four more times beginning in 1970 and finally made the decision to leave the competitive (and small) Irish music scene behind and immigrate to Canada in 1971. I was at this point the changed their name to The Dublin Corporation. They made Winnipeg-home base as it was central to their new label, Franklin Records, who released one single called “Melting Pot” which did fairly well on the Canadian charts. The following year the switched to the Yorkville label in Toronto and released their self-titled debut featuring the single “Come and Join Us” (a remake of the Marmalade hit “Cousin Norman”) in October 1972 which reached No.46 on the charts before falling off in late January of 1973.

1971 Melting Pot/Rolling Common (Franklin) QC-643
1972 Come and Join Us/Truckin’ (Yorkville) YV-45067

She Wears My Ring/Stand By Me (PYE – UK) 7N.15675
1964 Distant Drums/Photograph to the Wall (PYE – UK) 7N.15728
1965 What’s the Use/Do What I Want You To (PYE – UK) 7N.15822
1965 This Time/Just to Satisfy You (PYE –UK) 7N.17002

I Don’t Want to Live/Nigh Stick Shifter (Capitol) 72595

Dublin Corporation (Yorkville/ARC) ARC-1

Sounds of the Pacific (Capitol) ST-6324

Compilation Tracks
“Melting Pot” on ’20 Heavy Hit Vol.1’ (K-Tel) TC-201
1974 “Come & Join Us” on ‘Hot Hits’ (Precision/Juke Box International) TVLP-74001
2008 “Melting Pot” and “Rollin’ Common” on ‘The Best of Franklin Records’ (Super Oldies) SOCD-6

DUBOIS, Claude
Born: Claude André Dubois on August 24, 1947 in Montréal, Quebéc
Made his first record at the age of 12 with a country band who released the album ‘Claud Dubois et ses montagnard’ in 1959. In 1965 he released his self-titled debut solo album which contained the hit ‘J’ai souvenir encore’ and won the special jury prize at the Festival du Disque. By 1966 he was in demand as a live performer at appearances in such prestige events as Comédie-Canadienne.  During EXPO 67 the soundtrack music for the documentary film ‘Cerveaux gelés’ about Montréal. He also performed at the event’s Youth Pavilion. He returned that year to Comédie-Canadienne and made a radio appearance in France. He also won the Montréal ‘Le Patriote’ Renee-Claude discovery award.  After recording ‘Comme un million de gens’ in Paris, France in 1968 he took a hiatus and traveled the world until 1973. When he returned to Quebéc he recorded a new album entitled ‘Touchez Dubois’ featuring the singles “Femme de revê”, “La vie à la semaine” and “Bébé Jajou Latoune”. He was the host for CBC TV’s ‘Décibels’ and sang at the University of Montréal’s Centre Sportif with Diane Dufresne and Offenbach. He would establish the publication ‘Editions du Son’, host CFTM TV’s ‘Showbizz’ and recorded a reggae album, ‘Mellow Reggae’, in 1976. In 1978 Dubois formed his own record label called Pingouin Records. He would contribute a song to the Plamondon ‘Starmania’ highlights compilation and in 1979 won the Félix Award for ‘Male Performer of 1979’. A drug possession arrest in 1981 put Dubois in a rehab centre for a full year. His comeback album in 1982 was ‘Sortie Dubois’, featuring the hit single “Plein de tendresse”, and sold double platinum. A show at the Quebéc Coliseum with UZEB followed as five Félix Awards including ‘Male Performer of 1982’. He repeated a win for the same award in 1983 as well.

1965 J’ai souvenir encore
1966 Let temps est responsable/Tout est bien (Columbia) C4-6924
1966 Je retourne/Sullivan (Columbia) C4-6937
1967 Ville/Ceux que je connais (Columbia) C4-6973
1967 Laisse/Le Grand Monde (Columbia) C4-7015
1969 Comme une million de gens/Dimension (Columbia) C4-7060
1970 Au bout des doigts/Bebe matin (Columbia) C4-7090
1971 Trop Près Trop Loin/Pour Nos Enfants (Vogue – France) V45-1846
1972 J’ai besoin pour vivre/Rock and Music (Vogue – France)  45V-4205 
1973 La pollution/Pas de roses (Barclay) 60204
1973 Bébé Jajou Latoune/ Femme de revê (Barclay) 60231
1973 La vie à la semaine/Besoin pour vivre (Barclay) 60252
1974 Du Beau monde/La meilleure solution (Barclay) 60286
1975 Hibou/ L’infidele (Barclay) 60306
1975 En voyage/L’infidèle (Barclay) 60324
1976 Artistes/(instrumental) (Barclay) 60369
1977 La Sarabande/L’homme A Tout Faire (Barclay) 60388
1977 Pour ma maitresse/Sous les nuages (Barclay) 60402
1978 Partir avec le vent/Clin D’œil (Panguoin) PNX-1
1978 Le blues du businessman/Chasse galerie (Pingouin) PNX-4
Voyageur sabbatique/Sabbatique tripper (Pingouin) PNX-6
1981 L’ile d’encre de chine/Un prince en avignon (Pingouin) PNX-7
1982 Femme de societe/Laisse le vent s’en aller (Pingouin) PNX-8
1982 Femmes ou filles/Laisse le vent s’en aller (Pingouin) PNX-10
1982 Tout seul, Emerveille/Toup tout (Pingouin) PNX-13
1982 Dans la danse/La folie douce (Pingouin) PNX-14
1983 L’esprit nous guette/Les souliers de toile (Pingouin) PNX-15
1983 Derriere mes yeux/Pretez-moi l’hiver (Pingouin) PNX-16
1984 Laisser l’été avoir 15 ans/Un chanteur chante (Pingouin) PNX-18
1984 Je t’emmène avec moi/Le mangeur d’étoile (Pingouin) PNX-19
1984 Lettre a l’univers/(instrumental) (Pingouin) PNX-21
1984 Tu peux pas/(instrumental) (Pingouin) PNX-22
1985 T-Loup/(instrumental) (Pingouin) PNX-25
1985 Beau client/[same] (Pingouin) PNX-27
1985 Cadeau/minuit Douze (Pingouin) PNX-28
1986 Pas question d’aventure/[same] (Pingouin) PNX-30
1989 J’aurais voulu être une artiste/Comme un voyou (Carrère – France) 14711

1986 No More Wasting Away/La pure verite (Polydor) NEW-1

1959 Claude Dubois et ses Montagnards (Rigaudon) TCR-1011
1965 Claude Dubois (Columbia) FL-342
1967 Claude Dubois (Columbia) FL-353
1968 Tu Sais (Columbia) FS-90080
1973 Le monde de Claude Dubois (Columbia) GFS-90225
1973 Touchez Dubois (Barclay) 80154
1974 Claude Dubois (Barclay) 80201
1976 Mellow Reggae (Barclay) 80271
1978 Fable d’espace (Pingouin) UFO-1
1980 Le Quebéc en Fete (Columbia)
1980 Claude Dubois…tel quel (Spectra Scene) SS-1703
1981 Man itou (Pingouin) PN-1
1982 Sortie Dubois (Pingouin) PN-103
1983 Implosif (Pingouin) PN-104
1984 Face à la Musique (Pingouin) PN-106
1985 Dubois (Pingouin)  PN-108
1986 Dubois: cadeau (Pingouin) PN-109
1988 À suivre (Pingouin) PN-110
1992 Variétés [2CD] (Pingouin) PNC-111
1995 Ma Préférence (Les Grandes Chansons) (Pingouin) PNC-119
1997 Dubois Rock (Pingouin) PNC-122
1999 L’intégrale Dubois 1959 à 1970 [3CD] (Pingouin) PNC-124
1999 L’intégrale Dubois 1970 à 1990 [3CD] (Pingouin) PNC-125
2001 Plein De Tendresse [4CD] (Sélection Du Reader’s Digest) 036-8755-00
2009 Best Of [2CD] (LGC Productions/STE/Pingouin – France) 30062266602
2009 Cadeau [re-issue] (Pingouin)PNC-109
2013 Clone [2CD] (Pingouin) PNC-2-135
2017 Mes Racines (Pingouin) PCN-137
2021 Dubois Solide [3CD] (Pingouin) PNC-3138

Feelings (Hey Presto!) 6645-0202

Compilation Tracks
“Le blues du businessman” on ‘Starmania’ (Kébec-Frog) KF-8001/2

Lewis “Butch” Skinner (guitar) / Bob Battiste (guitar) / Art Bragg (drums) / Winston Blackmore / Joe Boulos / Jim Crewe / Claude Caines (lead vocals) / Bill Smith / Dave Parsons (drums) / Greg O’Blenis / Rob Crewe (keyboards; 2008 reunion)
Originally known as The Orange Marmalade Referendum from Port-Aux-Basques, Newfoundland, The Ducats (named after a candy bar) first performed to help raise money for victims of the Springhill Mining Disaster. Realizing that people would pay to see them play, they changed their name and began performing regularly in their hometown and beyond.  While touring the east coast and New England, they cut their first 7″ single in Boston, Massachusetts called “Hey Woman” b/w “Stay Awhile”. They were scouted by Motown and Smash Records and offered record deals by both. They rubbed elbows with the likes of Leslie Gore, Little Richard, Scotty Moore and stars of Motown. Following conversations with the legendary Bill Haley – who was in his late 30’s and near destitute – their distrust of the music industry and homesickness brought them straight back to Newfoundland.  They would perform garage rock, country and even psychedelic tunes over the course of their career depending on what the audiences desired. They made several local TV appearances as well as a 1968 appearance on CBC TV’s ‘Where It’s At’ performing cover tunes by Hendrix, The Beatles, The Bee Gees Deep Purple and Little Richard and acting as backing band for singer Melinda Abbus.  Instead they cut another single (The Rolling Stones’ “Off The Hook”) – this time with RCA Victor in Canada – which made them household names in throughout the province and across the Maritimes.  The band did one of their many reunions as a four piece with Skinner, Blackmore, Caines and Bragg in 1995 for a gala celebration of the town’s 50th anniversary at the Port-Aux-Basques stadium. Eleven of the thirteen alumni in the band made it out to guest perform (two members have passed away). The Port-Aux-Basques museum now has a permanent display featuring the band’s memorabilia.  In 2007, The Du-Cats were honoured with the Stompin’ Tom Award from the East Coast Music Association (ECMA). In 2009, The Du-Cats were given the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Music Association of Newfoundland and Labrador.

1964 Hey Woman/Stay Awhile (Rock It) 200.186
1965 Off the Hook/Good Thing Going (RCA Victor) 57-3375

1965 The Du-Cats (RCA Victor International Canada) PC-1018

Born: Windsor, Ontario
Transplanted Windsor native, Annette Ducharme, made her musical mark on the Vancouver music scene before fame had caught up with her. As a member of the Bowers-Ducharme group as a co-writer and vocalist, they released an EP entitled ‘In Real Life’ in 1981. It wasn’t a big step forward for her career, but she was able to stay away from “real” day jobs, only working at temporary jobs when necessary. After she finally decided to pursue a solo career, Ducharme won ‘Most Promising Artist at the West Coast Music Awards’, in 1985 and attracted the interest of Deane Cameron from Capitol Records. Following this, she went into the studio with demos recorded with keyboardist/producer John Webster (Dalbello, Red Rider) to create the critically acclaimed 1989 ‘Blue Girl’ album produced by veteran Brit Mike Howlett. She gained public exposure with an opening slot for the Richard Marx tour and comfortably disappeared for several years. She continued honing her songwriting skills for other artists including Tom Cochrane for whom she wrote the international smash hit single “Sinking Like a Sunset” featured on his 1994 ‘Mad, Mad World’ CD. Cochrane has also recorded her songs “Flowers in the Concrete” and “Best Waste of Time (535)”. As well she co-wrote Lawrence Gowan’s “Soul’s Road” for his 1993 album ‘…But You Can Call Me Larry”. Ducharme eventually resurfaced with her 1994 follow-up ‘Sanctuary’ on the Beggar’s Bliss label and distributed through Page Distribution. The song had three radio ready songs – “Sanctuary”, “Will of the Gun”, and “Stay (Don’t Go)” – which weren’t released as singles but did yield a video each. The album also boasted special appearances by Tom Cochrane, David Gogo and Keith Scott (Bryan Adams Band). With a much needed direction change, Ducharme recorded under the pseudonym Don’t Argue With Her for Bliss/Sony on 1995’s ‘Bloom’ CD. The disc yielded three radio singles/videos. In late 1997, her fourth album, ‘Tortured’ was released on A-ttack Records (also distributed by Page), from which only the title track was released to radio as a single. In the early 00’s Annette was touring and recording her next album with a permanent band featuring three members of the popular Hamilton cover band The General Lee. She currently performs under the name Anet Ducharme.

1989 No Such Thing/Get Back (Capitol-EMI) B-73082
1989 Slavery/The Other Side (Capitol-EMI) B-73088
1989 Middle Of The Night/How to Let Go (Capitol-EMI) B-73100
1994 Sanctuary (Beggar’s Bliss/Page)

1995 Change Your Mind (Bliss/Sony)
1995 Flowers In The Concrete (Bliss/Sony)
1995 Moral (Bliss/Sony)

Tortured (A-ttack/Page)


1989 Blue Girl (Intrepid/Capitol) C1-91980
1994 Sanctuary (Beggar’s Bliss/Page) BBCD-1000

In Real Life [EP] (Harvest) EP-3001

1995 Bloom (Bliss/Sony)

Tortured (A-ttack/Page)  ATT-1298
2003 Talented Girl

Compilation Tracks
“Sanctuary” on ‘Page One’ (Page) PP-005

DUDES, The (1)
From Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Let’s Not Pretend Anymore/What a Relief, It’s All Over (Gaiety) 112

DUDES, The (2)
Bob Segarini
(guitar, vocals) / Brian Greenway (guitar, vocals) / David Henman (guitar, vocals) / Ritchie Henman (drums, vocals) / Wayne Cullen (drums, vocals) / Bill “Kootch” Trochim (bass, vocals)
With the final edition of The Wackers – which included Bob Segarini, Wayne Cullen, Leon Holt, Norman Vosko, and Kootch Trochim – unable to secure a new record deal, Segarini and Cullen hatched the idea for a new band called All The Young Dudes. Along with fellow Wacker Kootch Trochim, they enlisted founding members of April Wine, Ritchie and David Henman, and future April Wine guitarist Brian Greenway. Having finally landed a new deal with CBS Records, the band went into Andre Perry’s Les Studios in Montréal to complete an album; but the label meddled with the mixes and had them change their name to, simply, The Dudes for their debut ‘We’re No Angels’ and EP “I Just Wanna Dance”. A second album was being recorded when CBS dropped them from their roster leading to the band break-up. Parts of the second album made their way onto CD along with a collection of unreleased recordings as All The Young Dudes entitled ‘All The Old Demos’ in 1997.  With the April Wine alumni otherwise occupied, Segarini managed to sign a solo deal with A & M Records, issuing a 4 song EP that spun off several singles but gained no traction at radio. He hit pay dirt with Bomb Records where he released three solo albums before moving on to Anthem Records. with notes from Wayne Cullen and Bob Segarini. [also see BOB SEGARINI, DAVID HENMAN]

1975 I Just Wanna Dance/Fuel Injection//Dancin’ Shoes/My Mind’s On You (Columbia/CBS) AS-156
1975 Saturday Night/Rock And Roll Debutante (Columbia/CBS)  3-10212
1975 Dancin’ Shoes/Deeper And Deeper (Columbia/CBS) 3-10259


1975 We’re No Angels (Columbia/CBS) KC-33577

1997 All the Old Demos (Pacemaker) DUDE-1

Born: September 30, 1944 in Montréal, Quebéc
Diane Dufresne left school at the age of 15 following the death of her mother. In 1962, she performed the musical works of Aragon, Ferré, Brel on stages around Montréal. Later that year she moved to Paris to study voice with Jean Lumière and dramatic art with Françoise Rosay from 1965 to 1967. From 1966 through 1968 she worked in the cabarets on the Left Bank where she sang Vigneault, Ferland, Léveillée in such venues as l’Écluse, l’Échelle de Jacob, and le Caveau de la Bolée. She appeared in magazines, movies and sang on radio including advertising work doing jingles. She sang on the soundtrack to the movie ‘L’Initiation’ in 1969, but her recording career didn’t really get under way until fall of 1972 with the release of her first album ‘Tiens-toé ben j’arrive!’. Soon, Dufresne was working alongside lyricist Luc Plamondon and composer François Cousineau who worked with Dufresne to create music to suit her voice and personality. She headlined the Elysee-Montmartre in 1977 and at the Olympia the following year – which led to two live album releaes. From 1978 to 1979 she participated in Plamondon’s musical ‘Starmania’. By 1984 her collaboration with Luc Plamondon ended so that she could adapt works of French poets such as Jonasz Michel, Serge Gainsbourg, Jacques Higelin and Peter Grosz who wrote material for the albums ‘Les Papillons et Épine de rose’ (1984) and ‘Top Secret’ (1987). Dufresne took three years off, releasing fewer albums – for Les Disques Amérilys – and focused on acting and painting. In 1998 she returned to the stage for her show Réservé which was directed by her husband Richard Langevin. The performance showcased her acting and maturity as a singer. She returned to her pop rock roots with a tour of Europe in 2002/2003 to promote her album ‘Merci’. In 2005 she starred in a new show and released an album dedicated to the German composer Kurt Weill with the Metropolitan Orchestra of Greater Montréal led by Nézet-Séguin. In 2006 she starred in the show ‘Plurielle’ in intimate halls. In July of that year she participated in the grand opening of the first World Outgames at Olympic Stadium in Montréal. In October, she is honored with a Felix life-time achievement tribute at the 28th Annual Gala of the ADISQ Awards. Dufresne returned to recording with the album ‘Effusions’ in 2007 featuring collaborations with pianist Alain Lefèvre , singer-songwriter Daniel Bélanger and astrophysicist Hubert Reeves . The album is followed by a six week presentation at the Société des arts Technologiques in Montréal which showcased artistic activities including music, song and visual art. In summer 2008, she directed the ‘Terre planète bleue’ show at FrancoFolies in Montréal with Guy Caron. In July 2008 she becomes Knight of the Legion of Honor. By November she appeared for a dozen shows at Theatre des Bouffes du Nord in Paris, France. 2009 saw her involved in two book projects – illustrating Bruno Roy’s ‘Les Cent Plus Belles Chansons du Québec’ and releasing her own autobiography ‘Mots de tête’. Dufresne is still mounting stage shows every year. She was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame in May 2023.

Dans ma chambre/Mon coeur est fou (Music Hall) MH-3518
1970 Un jour il viendra mon amour/Un jour il viendra mon amour (Instrumentale) (Initiation) INT-500
1970 Une fleur sur la neige/[split w/François Cousineau & Son Orchestra] (Initiation) INT-502
1970 Here And Now/So Much For Love (Initiation) INT-550
1970 Il m’aimera/Si j’étais le soleil (Grand Prix) GP-5334
1971 J’ai besoin de ton amour/Les enfants du paradis (Able) AB-712
1971 Tu L’As Ou Tu L’As Pas/[split w/Marcel Lefebvre/Olivier Guimond] (La Brasserie Labatt Limitée) M-9154
1971 Le monde commence aujourd’hui/Encore une autre fois (Trans-Canada) TC-3371
1973 D’un jour à l’autre/D’vant ma télévision, j’m’ennuie de toi (Barclay) 60256
1973 J’ai rencontré l’homme de ma vie/J’avais deux amants (Barclay)  61740
1973 Pars pas sans m’dire bye bye/D’vant ma télévision (Barclay) 61861
1974 J’me sens ben/Rock pour un gars d’bicyc’ (Barclay) 62005
1975 Mon p’tit Boogie-Woogie/Le mariage de la charmeuse de serpent (Kébec-Disc) KD-10101
1975 J’ai besoin d’un chum/Sur la même longueur d’ondes (Kébec-Disc) KD-10103
1975 Chanson pour Elvis/J’ai vendu mon âme au rock’n’roll (Kébec-Disc) KD-10104
1975 Partir pour Acapulco/Les hauts et les bas d’une hôtesse de l’air (Kébec-Disc)
1975 J’ai rencontre l’homme de ma vie/Buzz (Barclay) 60208
1976 En ecoutant Elton John/Rill pour rire (Barclay) 60239
1976 On n’a pas le temps (Barclay) 60272
1976 Chanson pour Elvis/Actualités (Barclay) 62145
1976 Les hauts et les bas d’une hôtesse de l’air/Partir pour Acapulco (Barclay)  62182
1977 Hollywood Freak/Ma vie, c’est ma vie (Barclay) 62270
1977 Les adieux d’un sex-symbol/Le rêve de Stella Spotlight
1977 Vingtième étage/Chanson pour Elvis (Barclay) 62362
1978 Tu m’fais flipper/Mon p’tit boogie boogie (Barclay) 62501
1979 Jai douze ans/Alys en cinémascope (Barclay) 62660
1979 Strip Tease/J’ai douze ans (Barclay)
1979 Fellini/Cing a sept (Barclay) DJ-32
1981 On fait tous du show business (RCA) PB-8178
1982 Goodbye Rocky/Samedi soir (RCA) PB-8919
1982 Oxygène/Samedi sour (Kébec-Disc) KD-9151
1982 La dernière enfance/Partir pour la gloire (RCA)
1984 Rockeuse/Délinquante (Kébec-Disc) KD-9248
1985 La vie en rose/Rockeuse (Kébec-Disc) KD-9261
1986 Un souvenir heureux/Le tiroir secret (Carrère – France) 14015
1986 Fascination/Addio del passato (Amérilys) AM-102
1987 Vous aurez d’mes nouvelles par les journaux/Elsie saisie par le démon (EMI)
1987 La femme tatouée/Top Secret (Amérilys) AM-103
1988 Kabuki/Les héros sont fatigants (Amérilys) AM-104
1988 Elsie saisie par le démon/L’assassin (Amérilys) AM-105
1993 Addict (Amérilys) AMC-4502
1997 Que (RCA Victor/BMG – France) 74321560722
1999 J’veux Pas Qu’tu Me R’gardes (Disques Sismik/Le Groupe BMG Québec) DSP-001
2000 Progessif (Sismik) SIP-004
2002 J’Ai Rencontré L’Homme De Ma Vie (Version Radio)/J’Ai Rencontré L’Homme De Ma Vie (Version Album) (Dep) SIS2-4505

Ram Da Dou Di Da/Sept Fois Par Jour (Able) AB-704

1972 Tiens-toé ben j’arrive! (Barclay) 80143
1973 À part de d’ça j’me sans ben/Opéra cirque (Barclay) 80172
1975 Sur la même longueur d’ondes (Kebec-Disc) KD-703
1975 Les Grands Succès Barclay Vol. 17 [2LP] (Barclay) 75017
1976 Mon premier show [2LP] (J’arrive) 909-910
1977 Maman si tu m’voyais (Barclay) 80270
1977 Le Disque D’or (Barclay – France) 90393
1978 Olympia 78 (Barclay) 80286
1978 Enregistrement public a l’Olympia, Vol. 2: J’me sens bien (Barclay) 80288
1978 La Chanson Française (Barclay – Germany) 91-058
1978 Diane Dufresne (Kébec-Disc) KDK-6453
1979 Strip Tease (Barclay)  80294
1982 16 grands success (Barclay) 200347
1982 Turbulences (Kébec-Disc) KD-532
1982 16 Grands Succès (Barclay – France) 200347
1984 Dioxine de carbone et son rayon rose (Kébec-Disc) KD-607
1984 16 Titres (Barclay – France) 817974-1
1984 Magie Rose (Kébec-Disc) KD-618
1986 Follement vôtre (Amérilys) AM-1001
1987 Top Secret (Amérilys) AM-1002
1988 Diane Dufresne (PolyGram) 835-343-2
1990 Collection une fois deux : Tiens-toé ben j’arrive!/Opéra cirque  (Amérilys) AMC-2-1111
1991 Diane (Amérilys/GSI Musique) AMC-1003
1991 Master Serie (Polygram) 835-343
1993 Detournement majeur (Amérilys) AMC-1005
1993 Maman Si Tu M’Voyais…Tu S’rais Fière De Ta Fille [2CD] (Barclay) 521-315-2
1998 Diane Dufresne (Amérilys) AMC-1112
2000 Merci (BMG) DSRCD-680012
2000 Extraits De La Compilation Merci (Disques Sismik) DSR-1000
2002 Les grands succès (Disques Sismik) SIS2-1736
2005 Dufresne chant Kurt Weill (ATMA Classique) ACD-2-2324
2006 The Best Of Diane Dufresne: The Millennium Collection (Universal) 0249820920
2007 Effusions (Pres) PRESCD-7116
2017 X15 [16CD] (GSI Musique) GSIC-15-633
2018 Meilleur Après (GSI Musique) GSIC-635

Les Plus Célèbres Musiques De Films Du Québec (Gap/London) APS-2053

Diane Dufresne et Les Violons du Roy (Disques Présence) PRESCD-7119

Compilation Tracks
“Un jour il viendra mon amour” and “Pauvre amour” on ‘L’initiation’ (Initiation) INN-500
1974 “Le Monde Commence Aujourd’hui,” “Encore Une Autre Fois,” and “Dans Ma Chambre,” on ‘Pop’ (Pacha) PAC-9602
1985 “J’ai Rencontré L’Homme De Ma Vie” on ‘Chantent Luc Plamondon – Profil’ (Kébec-Disc) KD-633

Curt Dean Coulson / Eddy Lane
From Chatham, Ontario

Lonesome For a Letter/Little Woman (Apex) 76682

Garry Welsh
(vocals) / Peter Hudson (guitar) / Ashley Thomas (guitar) / Richard Higham (bass) / Terry Kelly (drums)
Short-lived Toronto 5 piece with garage/rockabilly/jangly guitar style. Peter Hudson would go on to be a successful engineer and producer.

1986 Dun One (Nasty) DUN-001
1986 Nothing On TV/Still, I Run (Nasty) DUN-002
1987 Kings of The Pan Flute (Nasty) DUN-003

Compilation Tracks
“Mr. Nasty” on ‘It Came From Canada Vol.2’ (Og) OG-9

Ben Dunk (vocals, guitar) / Tawgs (guitar) / Doug Boudreau (drums) / Nick Dunk (bass)
Originally called Starkicker from St. Catharines, Ontario. With notes from Tim Marotta.

Time To Fly (Sony)

Beach Music (Epic/Sony) EK-80237

Compilation Tracks
“Just Felt Right” on ‘Face the Music’ (Sony) TVK-24068

DURAND, Catherine
Born: 1971
From Montréal, Quebéc, Catherine Durand became interested in music when she was 15, but wouldn’t start writing songs until she went to Germany for a year for school studies. Upon returning to Montréal, Durand got a job as camerawoman at TV station MusiquePlus where she earned enough money to afford recording some demos. In 1998 she was signed to WEA Records and released the “Flou” album that year. In 2001, she released her self-titled sophomore album which spawned the single “Peau Importe” which won a 2001 Socan Songwriters Award for airplay that year.

Peau importe (WEA)
2018 Le Temps Presse [Digi-File]

Quelque chose en moi [Digi-File] (Le Mouvement Des Marées)

Flou (WEA) 2-24670
2001 Catherine Durand (WEA) 2-86086
2005 Diaporama (Zone 3) ZCD-1053
2008 Cœurs migratoires (Tandem.mu) TMUCD-5807
2012 Les Murs Blancs Du Nord (Spectra Musique) SPECD-7833
2016 La Pluie Entre Nous (Katmusik) KATCD-1684
2018 Vingt (Katmusik) KATCD-1685

Greg Weir
(vocals) / Rob Sweeney (guitar) / Paul MacNeil (guitar) / Roger Branton (bass) / Darren Smith (drums)
Named after a segment from Stanley Kubrick’s film adaptation of ‘A Clockwork Orange’ (the same scene that offered up the names Duran Duran and Heaven 17), this post-punk rockabilly outfit was formed in Oshawa in 1981. They played their first gig that fall at the now legendary Drake Hotel on the Queen Street Circuit (though the club was on King Street) in Toronto. Their first LP, ‘Lose Control’, was released on Star Records in 1983 and the band managed to build a sizeable following across southern Ontario playing to enthusiastic audiences in Hamilton and London where they opened for England’s 999. The band was unable to crack the ever competitive Toronto club scene and eventually fell apart in the mid-80’s. Sweeney, MacNeil, and Branton would later re-emerge on Star Records as The Purple Toads, and it too self-destructed in the late ’80’s. Branton and Sweeney would then move onto the Dominators and the Boneyard Devils; Weir became a subway busker which led to a short lived success as a member of Pieces Of Train; Darren Smith joined Harry Hess in metal band Blind Vengeance who would later mutate into Warner Music recording act Harem Scarem. In late 1990 Star Records dug out a live-off-the-floor tape recorded on Mother’s Day in 1984, and released it as a post-humous second album. Durango 95 reunited in 2011 to play a number of shows with American act The Lyres.


1983 Lose Control (Star) SR-003                                           
1990 Mother’s Day (Star) SR-95X

London, Ontario’s Bill Durst was originally in the band Pink Orange with Joe de Angelis (guitar, vocals), James Corbett (bass), and Ed Pranskus (drums) at the end of the 1960’s. Eventually they changed their name to Thundermug and picked up manager Wyn Anderson. Anderson rallied their cause and was able to secure the band a record deal with Greg Hambleton’s Axe Records in 1972. Their debut album, ‘Thundermug Strike’s, was produced by Greg Hambleton (with engineering by a young Terry Brown) and included the 1972 hit “Africa” which reached the Canadian Top40. 1973’s ‘Orbit’ album featured the title track as a single which reached the Top50 that year. It too was produced by Greg Hambleton. With the band’s touring schedule keeping them extremely busy they managed several non-album singles before returning to the studio with producer Greg Hambleton to complete 1974’s ‘Ta-Daa!!’.  The group split up shortly after their last charting single, 1975’s “Clap Your Hands and Stomp Your Feet”, made the Top50 in Canada. Following Thundermug’s collapse, Durst was briefly in the band The Brains., who released on album on Falcon Records. Following their demise, Durst signed with CBS Publishing and Passport Records for his 1983 solo album ‘Call Billy’ which spawned three singles. By 1985 he had a side gig as the guitarist for Tres Hombres, a ZZ Top clone band, that also featured Lonnie Glass and Gary McCracken (Max Webster). Durst also performed with another original act called The Brains. He tried his hand at another solo album in 1989, entitled ‘Father Earth’, on independent label Cottage Records. In 1994 former manager Wyn Anderson put his own money on the line and paid for some recording sessions so that Durst and Corbett could record a new album. Durst co-wrote, produced, sang and played guitar on the the CD ‘Who’s Running My World’ under the name Thundermug. The album received forty two continuous weeks of nationally charted radio airplay and spawned three hit singles in Canada including the title track, “Blue Water”, and “She Said”. Thundermug returned to the studio for the follow-up CD ‘Bang The Love Drum’ in 1997 and toured as a trio for at least two shows a week with Bill Durst, James Corbett and returning original member Ed Pranskus. With Corbett leaving in 2000 over health reasons and Burgess re-joining on bass followed by a trail of new drummers, the band officially retired its name in 2000 and became Big On Venus. In 2005 Durst released a new solo CD with The Bill Durst Band entitled ‘The Wharncliffe Sessions’. He released his latest disc in 2009 entitled ‘The Great Willy Mammoth’. A new live CD is currently being mixed. Durst has opened gigs for the likes of Aerosmith, Rush, Bob Seger, The Yardbirds, Sly and The Family Stone, George Thorogood, Bad Company, Jeff Healey, Edgar Winter Group, The Tubes, David Clayton Thomas, Savoy Brown, Little Feat on various tours. Thundermug were nominated into the London Music Hall of Fame in 2006. [also see THUNDERMUG]

1983 My Girlfriend/Elaine (Passport/A & M) PS-510
Kiss & Tell/On The Eiffel Tower (Passport) PS-512
1983 On the Eiffel Tower/Love Ain’t Dumb (Passport) PS-518
2005 Jenny’s in the Gin (Durstwerks)
2005 I Am a Man of Constant Sorrow

Call Billy (Passport/A & M) PL-5022
1989 Father Earth [cassette] (Cottage)
The Wharncliffe Sessions (Durstwerks)
The Great Willy Mammoth (Durstwerks) CD-8882
2012 Live (Durstwerks) CD-8883
2013 Hard And Heavy (Durstwerks) CD-8884
2015 Good Good Lovin (Durstwerks) CD-8885

Brian John Callan
(lead vocals, drums) / John Kenneth “J.K.” Gulley (lead vocals, guitar) / Leslie Roy Childs (lead vocals, bass)
Durham, Ontario’s Brian John Callan became the drummer for a local area band starting in 1965. He then played on Alfie Fromager’s ‘Make Mine Country’ TV show on CKVR in Peterborough. Callan aslo did gigs with Clare Adlam, and an Irish-themed band working occasionally in the USA. Meanwhile, Staynor, Ontario’s J.K. Gulley began to play guitar at the age of fourteen. His musical career began circa 1970 in Collingwood with when his Top 40 group called Gulley, Smith, & Brewer were the houseband at Arlington Tavern. Gulley would become guitarist for Alfie Fromager along with bassist Leslie Roy Childs. Despite wanting to add Callan as a drummer, Fromager liked the sound of a drum machine and the idea was rejected. After eighteen months with Fromager, Gulley joined the band Rick Travis & California Country. When Travis eventually left for Nashville in 1973, Gulley formed a country trio called Dusty Road with his former bandmate Les Childs (bass) and, finally, Brian Callan (drums). The band would get work backing other artists such as Orville Prophet and Honey West, but were able to draw audiences on their own as well. In November 1974, the band’s booking agent received a call from Jim Allison of Thunderbird Recordings looking for Nashville artists to release on the fledgling label. Charlie Louvin was suggested and after he agreed to record in Canada, the hunt was on for Canadian songs he could record. JK Gulley provided some demos in early 1975 of which Louvin chose two – “Is She Gone” and “A World Of Give And Take.” The latter song became the title of the new album and Louvin’s first Canadian single. Through this connection, Jim Allison discovered Dusty Road and signed them as well to Thunder Recording. Dusty Road then became Don Oatman’s back-up band for his debut album. The Oatman record was recorded over the weekend of May 7th 1976 at Thunder Sound in Toronto. This was the band’s first time in a studio, and it went well. Over the summer of 1976 they also backed up the Muir Family and Jan Stevens on their respective singles. Finally, Dusty Road made their way back to Thunder Sound in August 1976 to record their self-titled debut album. The first single off the record was Fred McKenna’s “Country Pickin’ Man” – which had been suggested to them by George Hamilton IV when the band had backed him up. The record was launched n November 1976 getting initial airplay on Kitchener’s CKGL-AM. In the middle of August 1977, Gulley left the band for Whiskey River the week of August 16th 1977. Allison was left with substantial debt from recording and promoting the album which included a second and third single. Worse still was that it left Callan and Childs stuck for work. They hired several other players to keep working and toured from Ontario to Vancouver with a new booking agent. They even pushed a fourth Dusty Road single, “Jennifer” but it did little to move the needle on album sales. They went on to work with Myrna Lorrie for a bit but by 1981, they moved the act to Calgary, Alberta. Eventually the duo went their separate ways but would reunite occasionally with sidemen (and Callan switching to guitar) either as Dusty Road or as The Moostachio Bros; Callan is still living in Calgary; J.K. Gulley was signed to RCA Records in the 1980s and released two albums and several charting singles; Les Childs passed away February 13, 2020 in Owen Sound, Ontario. with notes from Thom Ryerson.

Country Pickin’ Man/We’ve Lost The Memories (Thunderbird Recording) TBR-1034
1977 I’m Waiting For A Train/I’m Tired Of Not Knowing Why (Thunderbird Recording) TBR-1035
1977 (She’s Got Me) Turning In Circles/Canadian Cowboy (Thunderbird Recording) TBR-1036
1977 Jennifer/Dusty Road (Thunderbird Recording) TBR-1037

Dusty Road (Thunderbird Recording) TBR-1025

Sandy Horne (bass, vocals) / Leon Stevenson (drums/percussion)
Jazz-funk collaboration between Spoons bassist Sandy Horne and The Extras’ percussionist Leon Stevenson. They released one album, ‘Schplatterfunk’ in 1993.

Schplatterfunk (MCA) MCAD-10941

Kitchener, Ontario’s Jimmy Dybold originally toured roller rinks in Eastern Canada with his first band The Jayrockers. As a solo artist on Red Leaf Records he had minor chart success in 1966 with the Country Rock singles “A Bit Of Love” and “Do You Remember.” His backing band was The Proverbial Nee Hi featuring Jimmy Lavery (lead guitar), Dennis Crawford (organ), George Satiroff (bass), and Ronnie Pfohl (drums).

A Bit of Love/Breaking My Heart Little Girl (Red Leaf) TM-617
1966 Do You Remember/Only For a While (Red Leaf) TM-621

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