G.B. And The Reproductions
Gabor, B.B.
Gadsby & Skol
Gagnon, André
Gainsborough Gallery
Galaxies, The
Gallant, Patsy
Ganam, King
Gandharvas, The
Garbagemen, The
Garnett, Gale
Garnette, Garry
Garrett, Amos
Gary and Dave
Gas, The
Gates Of Dawn
Gathering, The
Gauthier, Germain
Gauthier, Mary Lou
Gemtones, The
Generation Hexed
Genetic Control
Gentle Touch
Gentlemen of Horror
George, David
Germain, Joyce
Gerrard, Donny
Gerussi, Bruno
Gettysbyrg Address
Ghetto Concept
G.I. Blues
Gibbons, Geoff
Gibson, David
Gibson, Luke
Gilder, Nick
Gillam, Brenden
Gilmore Singers, The
Gimby, Bobby
Ginger Group, The
Girl Friends, The
Girl Next Door, A
Gitzi, Suzanne
Glads, The
Glass Tiger
Glenn-Copeland, Beverly
Go Four 3
Go! Bimbo Go!
Godard, Gilles
Godin, Claude
Godspeed You! Black Emperor
Gogh Van Go
Gogo, David
Goldberger, Steve
Golden Calgarians
Golden Dogs
Golden Earrings, The
Good Brothers
Good Feelings
Good Fortune
Good Grief
Good Lovelies
Good, Matthew
Good, The Bad, And The Ugly
Goodale, Peter
Goodeve, Doug
Goodwyn, Myles
Goody Two Shoes
Gordon & Sue With The Algonquins
Gospel Shoppe
Goulet, Robert
Gowan, Lawrence
Grace Under Pressure
Graham, Don
Graham, Mike
Graham, Tommy
Grand Cirque Ordinaire, Le
Grands Hurleurs, Les
Grapes of Wrath
Gravelberrys, The
Graves, Carl
Gray, Alta
Gray, James
Greaseball Boogie Band
Great Big Sea
Great Flood, The
Great Lake Swimmers
Great Rufus Road Machine
Great Scots, The
Great Speckled Bird
Great White Cane
Greatrix, Andy
Greatrix Freedom Band
Green, Donna
Green, Tom
Greene, Lorne
Greenfield, Barry
Green & Stagg
Greer, Graham
Gregorash, Joey
Greyhound Tragedy
Grievous Angels
Griff, Ray
Griffith, Bobby G.
Groove Corporation
Groovy Religion
Grottybeats, The
Growing Pains
Gruesomes, The
Gryner, Emm
Guerilla Welfare
Guess Who, (The)
Guilt Parade
Gunn, Matt
Gurr, Babe
Gurr, Russ
Guthro, Bruce
Guy, Francois
Gypsy Rose

G. Teasdale

1 I’m Alone Again/Missin’ The Beat (Mole) M-001

Robert Bevan [aka Robbie Rae]
(vocals) / Steve Negus (drums) /  Jim Gilmour (guitar) / Jeff Jones (bass; touring only) / Bob Bartolucci (guitar; touring only) / Rino Lista (guitar; replaced Bartolucci)
Following a break in the schedule of Saga, members Gilmour and Negus formed the Gilmour-Negus Project (GNP) with former disco/pop singer Robbie Rae performing under his real name Robert Bevan. They recorded one studio album in 1989 with help from Jones and Bartolucci which was released on Virgin Records Canada. The single and video for the song “How Many Times” gained them TV exposure on MuchMusic, YTV and other network programs like CBC-TV’s ‘Good Rockin’ Tonight’. The band toured briefly and released the album’s title track, “Safety Zone,” as the follow-up single. It did not chart. After GNP ended Gilmour and Negus returned to Saga while Robbie Rae and Rino Lista continued performing the Toronto club scene with The Robbie Rae Band. Later, Rae moved to Thailand to open his own bar and survived the Indonesian Tsunami on December 26, 2005 but later died in Pukhet, Thailand in 2006 after a short illness. with notes from Ursula Lott and Don Palmer. [also see ROBBIE RAE, JEFF JONES]

1989 How Many Times/In Your Eyes (Virgin) VS-1493
1989 Safety Zone/In Your Eyes (Virgin) VS-1510
1989 Safety Zone (Extended Mix)/[same] [12″] (Virgin) VSX-1510

1989 Safety Zone (Virgin) VL-3065

Born: 1948 as Gabor Hegedus in Hungary
Died: January 17, 1990
The singer/songwriter, guitarist, producer was originally from Hungary and his family had to flee their homeland in 1956 as the Soviets took control of the nation and created a police state. They moved to England where Gabor did everything under the sun to make ends meet including driving taxis, radio work, and brokering on the London Metal Exchange. Music didn’t really enter into his world until he moved to Canada at age 23. Gabor played the Toronto suburban pub scene before his Instaband was discovered at Queen Street circuit establishment Grossman’s Tavern. His self-titled debut was released on Anthem in 1980 and was co-produced by Terry Brown. With two well played radio singles, “Soviet Jewellery” and “Metropolitan Life”, Gabor crossed Canada twice with touring, garnered a JUNO Award nomination, won a CFNY U-know Award, and was voted as best new artist in Music Express magazine’s readers poll. His instant fame led him to begin working with others including production of Jimi Bertucci’s solo material in 1980. The second album, 1981’s ‘Girls of the Future’ was co-produced with Eugene Martynec and featured the single “Jealous Girls”, a cover version of The Extras’ classic from the same year.  After being let go by Anthem in the mid-80’s, Gabor saw his career flounder in fits and starts including The Extras returning the favour for the “Jealous Girls” exposure by getting Gabor and Paul DeVilliers to produce “Fever Fire” on their ‘The Watcher’ EP. Gabor then relocated to British Columbia from Toronto in 1984 to be closer to his son. In 1986 he worked on sessions with Todd Rundgren featuring Ken Bassman (guitar), Ted Quinlan (guitar), Mike Lent (bass), Don Powery (drums) and Andre Grigoriev (percussion). But Gabor’s behavior was so erratic that the album was never completed. In 1987 he assembled a new band: keyboardist Phil Dwyer (VEJI), keyboardist David Stone (Richie Blackmore’s Rainbow), drummer Tony Toly, guitarist Kim Keyser, bassist Tom Christianson and an Afghanistan percussionist known simply as Mr. X (an alias for Grigoriev). He also reactivated his publishing company Equalised Music and continued producing other acts like Toronto’s Ron Hedland. On January 17, 1990 Gabor’s body was found by police at his Toronto apartment where coroners ruled the cause of death as a suicide. with notes from Denis Keldie, Leon Stevenson, and Adrianne Binet. [also see THE EXTRAS]

1979 Laser Love/All The Time (Blueprint – UK) BLU-2003
1979 Todo El Tiempo = All The Time/Joyeria Sovietica = Soviet Jewellery (Blueprint/PRT – Peru) 7019
1980 (Nyet, Nyet Soviet) Soviet Jewellery/Moscow Drug Club (Anthem) ANS-020
1980 Metropolitan Life/All The Time (Edited Version) (Blueprint – UK) BLU-2012
1980 Metropolitan Life/Hunger, Poverty, Misery (Anthem) ANS-022
1980 Metropolitan Life/Ooh Mama (Anthem) ANS-022-RE
1981 Laser Love/Simulated Groove (Anthem) ANS-038
1981 Little Thing/Othello (Anthem) ANS-040
1981 When You’re The Only One/Keep On Dreaming (Anthem) ANS-043

Nyet, Nyet Soviet/Hunger, Poverty, Misery (Pye – UK) 7N-46197


1980 BB Gabor (Anthem) ANR-1-1020
1981 Girls of the Future (Anthem) ANR-1-1034
2006 BB Gabor/Girls Of The Future (Pacemaker) PACE-027

Compilation Tracks
“(Nyet, Nyet Soviet) Soviet Jewellery” and “All The Time” on ‘Prototype’ (Blueprint – UK)
1980 “(Nyet, Nyet Soviet) Soviet Jewellery” on ‘Rock 80’ (K-Tel) TC-265
2002 “Celtic Cross” on ‘Drivin’ In The Rain 3 A.M.: Songs To Get Lost With’ (Bongo Beat) 1960-2

Chuck Gadsby
(guitar, vocals) / Rick Skol (drums, keyboards, vocals) / Drew Tjernstrom (bass)
Gadsby & Skol was a Toronto three-piece that formed in 1969 after drummer Rick Skol went to a Jimi Hendrix concert the Coliseum at the Canadian National Exhibition in Toronto. The group opened shows for Fludd and other visiting acts and were once mistaken for McKenna-Mendelson Mainline. Having only recorded a couple of rehearsal tapes during their original run, (1969-1971), these long lost tapes were re-discovered by Chuck Gadsby nearly 25 years later, which inspired the band to re-record this set of original material, (plus a cover of Blue Cheer’s “Just A Little Bit”), from that period. On a recommendation by the British music reviewer and chronologist, Colin Hill, Skol went to see England’s premier psychedelic band The Bevis Frond at the Horseshoe Tavern in Toronto, in 1999. After their set, Rick met the band, and gave guitarist-singer-songwriter, Nick Saloman, the latest recording. Nick Saloman was blown away, and the self titled, ‘Gadsby & Skol’ CD was released on England’s “Woronzow Records” label in 2001. With notes from Rick Skol.

Gadsby & Skol (Woronzow) WOO-48

Compilation Tracks
Fools Like You” on ‘A Pot By Any Other Name’ (Ptolemaic Terrascope) POT-30

Born: August 2, 1936 in St-Pacôme-de-Kamouraska, Quebéc
Died: December 3, 2020 in Montreal, Quebéc
André Gagnon learned to play piano in his Quebéc home as a child and began writing his own compositions at age 6. In 1961 he went to Paris, France on a Province of Quebéc grant. In 1962 he returned to Canada and worked as accompanist to Monique Leyrac and Claude Levéillée until 1969. Following this, Gagnon went solo, and traveled to England where he recorded with the London Baroque Orchestra. From there he skipped over to Germany to work with the Hamburg Philharmonic Orchestra. Known specifically as a classical musician for the majority of his early career, Gagnon decided to delve into contemporary pop with 1976’s ‘Neiges’ which proved he had a knack for melody within short compositions. The album won him a JUNO Award. He also managed success in the US despite the language barrier because the majority of his commercial works have been instrumental pieces; Gagnon died December 3, 2020.

1968 Don’t Ask Why/My Dream (Columbia) C4-2831
1969 Song For Petula/The Party (Columbia) C4-2892
1969 My Love My Life/Summer Roads (Columbia) C4-2927
1970 Rainbow/Love Story (Columbia) C4-2981
1970 Notre Amour/Marie Noel (Columbia) C4-7055
1970 Chanson Pour Petula/La Fête (Columbia) C4-7080
1970 Chanson Pour Petula/Je M’ennuie (Columbia) C4-7102
1970 Format 30/Format 60 (Columbia) C4-7112
1970 Les Chemins D’ete/Combien j’aime la vie (Columbia) C4-7119
1970 Butterfly/Hitchin’ A Ride (Columbia) C4-2990
1976 Wow!/Samba (London) L-2582
1976 Surprise/Ta Samba [12″] (London) L.1
1977 Weekend/Un Piano Au Soleil (London) L-2632
1977 Donna/Holiday Feeling (London) L-2646
1977 Comme En Vacances/Donna (London) L-2647
1978 Rendezvous/Smash (London) L-2672
1980 Beautiful Day/A Ride To Ville Emard (London) L-2695
1981 Nuit Blanche (Night Magic/Rio Non Stop (Columbia) C4-4276
1981 Deux Jours A La Campagne/ Virage à gauche (Left Turn) (Columbia) C4-4283
1981 Virage A Gauche/Left Turn//Deux Jours A La Campagne (Columbia) C5-4283
1982 Premier Episode/Septieme Ciel (Columbia) C4-4295
1982 Beau et Chaud (Columbia) C4-4324
1984 Violetta/[same] (Columbia) 7CDN-32
1986 Comme Dans un Film/[same] (Columbia) 7CDN-43
1989  Cher Jean Paul (Star) STR-3045
1989  Des Dames De Coeur/[same] (Star) STR-3049

1990 Baudelaire A Tué Son Sourire [cassingle] (Audiogram) AS-4-1701

1964 Piano et Orchestre (Columbia) FS-625
1968 Pour Les Amants (Columbia) FS-680
1968 Don’t Ask Why [English version of ‘Pour Les Amants’](Columbia) ELS-331
1969 Notre Amour (Columbia) FS-694
1969 Mes Quatre Saisons (Columbia) FS-712
1971 Les Grand Succès de Andre Gagnon (Columbia) GFS-90006
1971 Let It Be Me (Columbia) ES-90034
1972 Encore (Columbia) ES-90083
1972 Les Turluteries (Columbia) ES-90096
1973 Projection – Les Forges de St-Maurice (Columbia) HF-90159
1974 Saga (London) SP-44219
1975 Imagination (Decca – UK) PFS-4384
1976 Neiges (London) SP-44252
1977 Surprise [re-issue of ‘Imagination’ (London) SP-44277
1978 Le St-Laurent (London) SP-44301
1979 Mouvements (London) SP-44311
1981 Left Turn [English version of ‘Virage à gauche’] (Columbia) 80051
1981 Virage à gauche (Columbia) PFC-80052
1982 Grand Succès = Greatest Hits (Columbia)PCC- 80070
1983 Impressions (Columbia) PCC-80085
1986 Comme Dans Un Film (Columbia) 80116
1987 Le Magicien De La Mélodie [4CD] (Sélection Du Reader’s Digest) 8744
1988 Des Dames De Coeur (Star) STR-8010
1989 Résonance (Kitty – JAPAN) KTCM-1029
1989 L’Eternel Retour (Epic Acoustic – JAPAN) ESCA-5002
1991 Sai-Kai (Star)
1991 The Pianist (Original Score) (Epic/SONY – TAIWAN) ESCB-1301
1992 Noel (Star) STR-CD-8038
1993 Presque Blue (Star) STR-CD-8039
1993 Les Jours Tranquilles (Star) STR-CD-8040
1994 Romantique (Star) STR-CD-8057
1995 Piano (Star) STR-CD-8067
1996 Twilight Time (Star) STR-CD-8073
1996 Twilight Time Vol.1 & Vol.2 [2CD] (Start) SRCD-2009
1996 Musique: Coffret De Collection [4CD] (Star) STR-CD-8081
1996 The Very Best Of André Gagnon (Kitty – JAPAN) KTCM-1037
1997 Au Centre Molson (Star) STR-CD-8084
1997 Eden (Star) STR-CD-8096
1997 Monologue (Sony Classical – SOUTH KOREA) CCK-7733
1997 La Collection Emergence (Star)
1998 Comme Au Premier Jour (Kitty – JAPAN) KTCM-1100
1999 Musique De La Teleserie Juliette Pomerleau (Star) STR-CD-8108
1999 Printemps (Star) STR-CD-8114
1999 Été (Star) STR-CD-8115
1999 Automne (Star) STR-CD-8116
1999 Hiver (Star) STR-CD-8117
1999 Reves D’Automne (Sony Classical) CCK-7818
2000 Presque bleu (Universal) 3003
2000 The Complete Best Of André Gagnon (Universal – JAPAN) UICE-1001
2001 The Complete Best Of André Gagnon 2 Doux (Universal – JAPAN) UICE-1015
2001 Histoires rêvées (Star) STR-CD-8130
2002 Piano Solitude (Star) STR-CD-8138
2004 The Most Beloved André Gagnon (Sony Classical) CC2K-8204
2008 The Ultimate André Gagnon [3CD] (Sony BMG – South East Asia) SB-70240C
2010 Les Chemins Ombragés (Audiogram) ADCD-10274
2011 Dans Le Silence De La Nuit (Audiogram) ADCD-10300
2013 Lettres De Madame Roy À Sa Fille Gabrielle (Audiogram) ADCD-10333
2014 Un Souvenir Du Japon [CD + DVD] (Tacca) TACD-4580
2016 Les Voix Intérieures (Audiogram/SONY) 88985-39216-2

Léveillée-Gagnon (Columbia) FS-631
1967 Une Nuit – Un Moment [2LP] (Columbia) GFS-90128

Nelligan (Audiogram) ASCD-1700
1991 Nelligan – Extraits Choisis (Star) AS-4-1701

Compilation Tracks
“Wow” on ‘Disco’ (K-Tel) KF-119
1976 “Disco Samba” on ‘Disco Boogie’ (K-Tel) TC-241
1981 “Wow” on ‘Superstars Salute New Massey Hall’ (CBS/CRIA) CRIA-2

Jim “Jimmy” London [aka Jim Ackroyd]
(bass) / Don Maloney (drums) / Billy Earl (vocals, guitar)
From Winnipeg, Manitoba.

That Makes It Tough/Watch Your Step (Jay-Dee – USA) KB-3148

Compilation Tracks
“Watch Your Step” on ‘Buried Treasures (Winnipeg Rock Gems 1958-1974) (Super Oldies) SOCD-9
2012 “Watch Your Step” on ‘House Rent Party Vol. 2 – Music To Disturb Your Neighbours’ (Rent House) RHR-2-LP

“Watch Your Step” on ‘Early Canadian Rockers Vol. 5’ (Collector) CLCD-4463

Born: Patricia Gallant in 1950 in Campbellton, New Brunswick
As one of ten children, Patsy Gallant was born in Campbellton, New Brunswick. At the age of three her mother had her join her sisters to sing at fairs and on radio and TV as The Gallant Sisters. The family would move to Montréal when Gallant was 10. Gallant went solo in 1967 and released an independent single that led to TV appearances such as ‘Music Hop’, ‘Discotheque’, and ‘Smash’. Later, she performed at the Place de Arts in Montréal with Charles Aznavour followed by a stint on the CBC with her own weekly variety show. By 1969 she’d hooked up with songwriter Yves Lapierre who introduced her to commercial jingle work for such clients as Ford Motors, Air Canada, Coke and McDonald’s. Through her jingle connections she met her future manager and co-producer Ian Robertson. From there she began working on theme songs for such movies as ‘Theme From L’initiation’ and ‘Theme From Ya Pas e Trou a Perce’. She is fluent in French and English and recorded in both languages with her English debut being 1972’s ‘Upon My Own’ which spawned the single “Get That Ball”. Gallant recorded her 1973 Columbia Records album ‘Power’ in Nashville in hopes of cracking the US market which would elude her at this time. It would take four more years to reap the rewards of success with the English single “Are You Ready For Love” in 1977. Simultaneously, she recorded her French debut – ‘Besoin D’Amour’ – which spawned three hit singles including the French version of “Sugar Daddy”. Three JUNO Awards would soon follow between 1976 (‘Best Female Vocalist’) and 1977 (‘Best Female Vocalist’ and ‘Single of the Year’ for “Sugar Daddy”). Her next English hit was the disco rave “From New York to LA” which was originally the French hit ‘Mon Pays C’est L’Hiver’ written by Gilles Vigneault. She then hosted her own disco-variety show on CTV called ‘The Patsy Gallant Show’. In 1993 she played the lead role in the French version of a biographical play about Edith Piaf. Gallant currently stars in the 5 year run of the Paris, France production of ‘Starmania’. She was previously married to musician Dwayne Ford.

1967 La musique et la danse/Les vacances commencent aujourd’hui (Chance) CH-607
1969 Un Bateau/[split w/Nicole et Bernard Scott] (Initiation) INT-501
1970 Nous Irons Ensemble/Y’a Plus De Trou A Perce (instrumental) (GAP) AP-204
1972 Cendrillon/Tout va trop vite (Columbia – France) CBS-1070
1972 Pourquoi faut-il?/Un jour comme les autres (Columbia -France) CBS-8439
1972 Get That Ball/I’ve Gotta Make it (Upon My Own) (Columbia) C4-3056
1973 Un Jour Comme Les Autres/Tout Va Trop Vite (Columbia) C4-7230
1973 I Don’t Know Why/Thank You, Come Again (Columbia) C4-3092
1973 Pourquoi Faut-il/Thank You Come Again (Columbia) C4-7252
1974 Power!/Easy Evil (Columbia) C4-4032
1974 Save The Last Dance For Me/Don’t Bring Me Down (Columbia) C4-4041
1974 Raconte/Parapluie (Columbia) C4-4050
1975 Doctor’s Orders/Gonna Getcha (Columbia) C4-4059
1975 Make My Living At Night/I Just Wanna Love You In My Own Way (Columbia) C4-4063
1975 Karate/[same] (Columbia) C4-4064
1975 Le Lit Qui Craque/Un Monde Est En Voie De Naitre (Columbia) C4-4078
1975 Makin’ Love In My Mind/Makin’ Love In My Mind Part 2 (Columbia) C4-4084
1975 Can’t Make It/I Just Want To Love You (Columbia) C4-4102
1975 Mon Pays/Mon Pays [Disco Version] (Kebec-Disc) KD-10105
1976 Besoin D’amour/Une Toune Que Ma Mere Chantait (Attic) ATF-500
1976 From New York to L.A./Angie (Attic) AT-133
1976 Libre Pour L’amour/Il Pleut Ce Matin (Attic) AT-146
1976 Are You Ready For Love/World Of Fantasy (Attic) AT-147
1976 Sugar Daddy/It’s Raining This Morning (Attic) AT-161
1977 Sugar Daddy/Back To The City [12″] (Attic) ATT-1201
1977 Si Parfois/Sugar Daddy (Attic) ATF-501
1977 Back To The City/Coming Home (Attic) AT-172
1977 Stay Awhile With Me/Why (Attic) AT-185
1977 Every Step of the Way/Will You Give Me Your Love (Attic) AT-187
1978 O Michel/It’ll All Come Around (Attic) AT-197
1978 Aime-Moi/C’est L’Amour (Attic) ATF-502
1978 Michel/Dis-Moi (Attic) ATF-503
1978 C’est L’amour/Ca Va Tres Bien (Attic) ATF-504
1978 Best Of The Woman In Me/Love Affair (Attic) AT-202
1979 It’s Got To Be You/It’s Got To Be You Part 2 (Cam) CMS-1012
1980 How Many Lonely Nights?/You’re The One (Hot Vinyl) HV-1004
1980 Don’t Forget About Me/Love Is A Freedom Song (Hot Vinyl) HV-1007
1981 Ca Matin-La/Toi, Le Reflet D’eux-Memes (TCM) TC-4
1981 Je T’ai Tout Donne/On Peut Croire au Soleil (TCM) TC-8
1981 Sasha/Tu est L’homme de Ma Vie (TCM) TC-12
1984 Better Face It Girl/High Tech Girl (Vamp) V-2509
1986 Hit The Streets Tonight/Singing All The People In My Life (Vamp) V-7504

We’ll Find A Way/Love Affair (Attic) AT-208
1980 Roll Me Away/Everlasting Love(Theme From Deadline) [w/Patsy Gallant]/Roll Me Away (Hot Vinyl/Sefel/Epic) HV-1001
2010 Te Caliente/I Bet You Thought I’d Never Find You (Jazz Classics – UK)

1972 Upon My Own (Columbia) ES-90114
1972 Tout va trop vite (Columbia) FS-90115
1973 Power! (Columbia) ES-90246
1974 Toi l’enfant (Columbia) ES-90267
1976 Are You Ready For Love (Attic) LAT-1017
1977 Besoin D’Amour (Attic) LATF-5000
1978 Will You Give Me Your Love? (Attic) LAT-1037
1978 Patsy! (Attic) LAT-1051
1979 Greatest Hits (Attic) LAT-1078
1979 Ses Plus Grands Succes (Attic) LATF-5002
1980 Stranger In The Mirror (Hot Vinyl) HV-2001
1981 Amoureuse (TCM) TCM-1004
1984 Take Another Look

 Patsy Gallant Et Star (Attic) LATF-5001

Compilation Tracks
“From New York To L.A.” on ‘Hit Machine’ (K-Tel) TC-234
1977 “Sugar Daddy” on ‘Music Machine’ (K-Tel) TC-243
1977 “Sugar Daddy” on ‘Disco Rocket’ (K-Tel) TC-244
1977 “Back To the City” on ‘Music Magic’ (K-Tel) TC-246
1977 “Stay Awhile With Me” on ‘The Hot Ones’ (K-Tel) TC-247
1977 “Are You Ready For Love” on ‘Stars’ (K-Tel) TC-248
1979 “O Michel” on ‘Circuit Breaker’ (K-Tel) TC-252
1993 “Sugar Daddy” on ‘Caught In the Attic’ [3CDs] (Attic) ATTIC-XX
1998 “From New York To L.A.” on ‘Attic Records Limited Twenty5’ [4CDs] (Attic) ATTIC-25

Born: Ameen Sied Ganam on August 9, 1914, in Swift Current, Saskatchewan

Died: April 26, 1994 in Carlsbad, California
King Ganam was born to Syrian-English parents. He was taught how to play fiddle by veterans in his hometown of Swift Current. By the age of 9 he was playing town dances and by the age of 13 he had appeared on CHWC Radio in Regina, SK. Formal training came later at the hands of W. Knight Wilson, Gregori Garbovitsky and Jack Thornicroft. He formed Sons of the West in Edmonton in 1942 and they performed on CBC Radio’s ‘Alberta Ranch House.’ They also won the 1950 ‘Pacific National Exhibition World Open Western Band Competition’ in Vancouver. The notoriety turned into a recording contract with RCA-Victor Records in 1951. He recorded his debut single “Ridin’ The Fiddle” at RCA Studios in Montreal where producer Hugh Joseph gave him the name “King Ganam” as in ‘Canada’s King of the Fiddle’. Ganam and His Sons of the West toured extensively through Canada. Ganam made featured appearances at Mart Kenny’s Ranch and after moving to Toronto in 1952 made appearances in concert at Casa Loma and became regular performers on CBC TV’s ‘Holiday Ranch’ show. Ganam had his own CBC radio show in 1954-1955. He would appear on CBC TV’s ‘Country Hoedown with Gordie Tapp and a studio version of the Sons of the West that included Tommy Hunter from 1956 thru 1959. In 1956, it’s reported that his fan club had well over 1,000 members. He eventually starred in his own CTV series ‘The King Ganam Show’ in 1961. He moved to Carlsbad, California in 1962 but would often return to Canada to perform. Ganam was one of the first artists inducted into the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame in 1989. In 1990, he received the Saskatchewan Country Music Association Legend and Legacy Award; Ganam died in Carlsbad, California at the age of 79 in 1994.

Ridin’ The Fiddle [10”] (RCA Victor) LCP-3009
1951 Ridin’ the Fiddle/First Last & Always (RCA Victor) 57-5039
1954 Speed The Plough Reel/The Maritime Polka (RCA Victor) 57-5094
1954 Orange Blossom Special (RCA Victor) 57-5096
1954 Holiday Waltz/Kitty O’Neil Jig (RCA Victor) 57-5113
1956 The Shelburne Reel/The Tipsy Sailor Jig (RCA Victor) 57-3248
1956 You’ll Never Be Satisfied/Banjo Polka (RCA Victor) 57-3243
1957 Teenage Love Is A Losing Game/I Don’t Care (RCA Victor) 57-3278
1958 Island Breakdown/Forever In My Heart (RCA Victor) 57-3294
1958 Marilyn Bell Reel/Farmer’s Schottische (RCA Victor) 57-3303
1958 Hot Canary/Cactus Blossoms (RCA Victor) 57-3308
1958 Black Mountain Rag/Happy Times Schottische (RCA Victor) 57-3310

Albert Stomp/Kiley’s Reel (RCA Victor) 57-5049
1953 Four String Polka/Among the Flowers (RCA Victor) 57-5056
1953 Tomahawk Stomp/Western Reel Medley (RCA Victor) 57-5061
1953 Many Tears Apart/King Ganam’s Special (RCA Victor) 57-5076
1954 Fraser Valley Breakdown/Casa Loma Hornpipe (RCA Victor) 57-5083
1954 May You Never See Sunshine Again/Champagne Polka (RCA Victor) 57-5085
1954 Ridin’ Ole Pain, Leadin’ Ole Ball/Dalhousie Hornpipe (RCA Victor) 57-5092
1956 Carefree Heart/Sweet Georgia Brown (RCA Victor) 57-3257
1957 Rippling Water Jig/Rocket Reel (RCA Victor) 57-3260
1957 Arkansas Traveler/Josh King’s Country Breakdown (RCA Victor) 57-3271
1957 Dick McDougall’s Reel/Oompah Rag (RCA Victor) 57-3279

1951 King of the Fiddle (RCA Camden) CALS-969
1952 Square Dances (RCA Camden) CALS-2131
1953 Ridin’ the Fiddle (RCA Camden) CAL-2207
1954 Reels and Rags (RCA Camden) CAL-2250

Paul Jago (vocals) / Jud Ruhl (guitar) / Brian Ward (guitar) / Tim McDonald (drums) / Eric Howden (bass) / Beau Cook (bass)
From London, Ontario; Howden would go on to join Raised By Swans; Ruhl joined The New Kings;

The Coffee Song [3 mixes] (Watch) WMDS-9467
1995 The First Day of Spring
1997 Watching The Girl (Watch) WMDS-97186
1998 Downtime (Radio Version)/Downtime (Album Version) (Watch/MCA) MCA5P-4154

A Soap Bubble and Inertia (Watch) WMD-89303
1995 Kicking in the Water (Watch) WMSD-89505
1995 Sold for a Smile (Watch/MCA/Universal) WMSD-89709

Compilation Tracks
1994 “Forgiveness” on ‘CHRW London Underground II Dig Deeper’ (CHRW)
“Held to the Ground” on ‘This One’s Worth Saving’ (MCA) MCAD-9562
1995 “The First Day of Spring” on ‘Absolute 90’s (MCA) MCASD-81008
1995 “Drool” on ‘Music For The Needy…A Compilation’ (independent)

Howard ‘Zephyr’ Szafer
(bass) / Howie Moscovitch (guitar) / Ron Weiseman (keys) / Glenn Milchem (drums) / Ben Cleveland Hayes (drums)
Toronto’s Queen Street circuit mainstays The Garbagemen were formed in 1985 as a pick-up agro-punk/sex-funk outfit with a heavy political agenda. Though they moved around from bar to bar their home was invariably the Cameron House. A well-received 1986 cassette paved the way for a live set from the Cameron in 1987 called ‘Take It Away’. Drummer Glenn Milchem left the band following the release due to heavier commitments with his three other bands: Vital Sines, Whitenoise and Groovy Religion. He would later quit all those acts and team up with former Coney Hatch bassist in Soho ’69 before hitting the big time as Howard French’s replacement in Blue Rodeo.

1986 Garbagemen [cassette] (Craps)
1987 Take It Away (Craps) TFM-01

Garfield French
(lead vocals) / Walter Lawrence (guitar, electric cello) / Paul O’Donnell (guitar, harmonica, banjo) / Jacques Fillion (keyboards) / Dennis French (drums) / Chip Yarwood (flute, synths) / Maris Tora (bass)
Garfield French was an idealist who traveled to inspire his musical ideas. He would often go into seclusion – once on an island in Spain and later to a chalet in Switzerland – before returning to Canada where he formed the Garfield Band. The band began by playing university pubs. Their stage show was so extravagant and elaborate that their excessive amount of equipment made it nearly impossible to book them in small venues. In October 1976, The Garfield Band performed at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa as openers for 10CC. The English act’s record label reps were in the audience that night and took a shine to The Garfield Band. With a Mercury Records deal (through its subsidiary Capricorn) in hand, they became, simply, Garfield and released the Elliott Mazur produced ‘Strange Streets’ which spawned the hit single “Old Time Movies”. The follow-up, ‘Out There Tonight’, was less than a break-through and the band found itself being held hostage at the hands of Capricorn and it would be a full year before the band’s third album, ‘Reason To Be’, could be released (this time on Polygram). The band released four albums in total before breaking up in the early ’80’s. with notes from Matthew Jackson and Russell Craig.

1976 Ride The Waves/Old Time Movies (Mercury) M-73800
1976 Old Time Movies/Ride The Waves (Mercury) M-73813
1976 Give My Love To Anne/Nanny’s Song (Mercury) M-73845
1977 All Alone Again/It’s Not That Bad (At All) (Capricorn/Polydor) 2065-377
1977 Mississippi Jimmie/All Alone Again (Capricorn – US) CPS-0299
1979 Buffalo to Boston/Over a Dry Martini (Capricorn/Polydor) 2065-420
1981 Like I Love You/One on One (Polydor) PDS-2174
1981 Got More Than You Want/High Class (Polydor) PDS-2182
1980 Ride The Thunderbolt/Things I See (Irving-Almo/A & M) AI-101


1976 Strange Streets (Mercury) SRM-1-1082
1977 Out There Tonight (Capricorn/Polydor) 2424-167
1979 Reason To Be (Capricorn/Polydor) 2424-183
1981 Flights Of Fantasy (Capricorn/Polydor) 2424-225

Born: Gale Zoë Garnett on July 17, 1942 in Auckland, New Zealand
Garnett spent her first decade growing up in New Zealand before her family immigrated to Canada. She began singing in public at the age of 18 and launched her acting career at the same time with a appearances on TV shows like ‘The Dick Powell Show’, ’77 Sunset Strip’ and ‘Bonanza’. She began appearing in night clubs starting in 1963, and was discovered by RCA Records in New York where she was signed to a recording contract. In late 1964, Garnett’s self-penned “We’ll Sing in the Sunshine”, from her debut album ‘My Kind of Folk Songs’, crossed over in several radio formats which peaked at #10 on the CHUM Chart in September 1964. It reached #1 on Billboard’s ‘Adult Contemporary Singles chart’ for seven weeks while becoming a Top 50 country hit. The song went on to win a Grammy Award for ‘Best Folk Recording’ in 1965. Garnett also found international success with records released in French that gained popularity in Quebec and France. Her second highest charting single, “Lovin’ Place”, peaked at #36 on the CHUM Chart in January 1965. At the peak of her popularity, Garnett appeared twice on ABC-TV’s music show ‘Shindig!’ and ‘The Lloyd Thaxton Show’. She continued her recording career as a singer and guitarist in the late ’60s with her backing band the Gentle Reign which featured Paul Robinson (drums), producer Dick Rosmini (guitar), Rob Fisher (bass, synthesizer), Tony Hill (guitar, percussion) and Bruce Horiuchi (organ, piano). Together they moved away from straight pop music into psychedelic influenced material after signing with Columbia Records. On the big screen, Garnett appeared in the 1967 Rankin-Bass stop-motion feature film ‘Mad Monster Party’ sings “Our Time to Shine” and “Never Was a Love Like Mine.” Her music career was put aside in the 1980s and she focused more on film (‘My Big Fat Greek Wedding’, ‘Tribute’, ’32 Short Films About Glenn Gould’) and television (‘Edison Twins’, ‘King of Kensington’, ‘Littlest Hobo’, ‘E.N.G.’, ‘Kung Fu: The Legend Continues’). She has also branched out into journalism, has become a successful book author and has written and performed two one-person theatre shows.

1964 We’ll Sing in the Sunshine/Prism Song (RCA/Victor) 47-8388
1964 Lovin’ Place/I Used To Live Here (RCA/Victor) 47-8472
1965 I’ll Cry Alone/Where Do You Go to Go Away (RCA/Victor) 47-8549
1965 Why Am I Standing at the Window/I’m Gonna Sit Right Down And Write Myself A Letter (RCA/Victor) 47-8668
1965 Toujours on se souvient [4 song 7″ EP] (RCA – France) 86-107-M
1965 À la fenêtre [4 song 7″ EP] (RCA – France) 86-122-M
1966 Oh, There’ll Be Laughter/This Kind of a Love (RCA/Victor) 47-8824
1966 It’s Been a Lovely Summer/You’ve Got to Fall in Love Again (RCA/Victor) 47-8961
1966 I Make Him Fly/The Sun is Gray (RCA/Victor) 47-9020
1967 Over The Rainbow/The Cats I Know (RCA/Victor) 47-9196
1967 We’ll Sing The Sunshine/You Are My Sunshine (RCA/Victor/Gold Standard – US) 447-0732

1968 Breaking Through/Fall in Love Again (Columbia) 4-44479

1964 My Kind of Folk Songs (RCA/Victor) LSP-2833
1965 Lovin’ Place (RCA/Victor) LSP-3305
1965 The Many Faces of Gale Garnett (RCA/Victor) LSP-3325
1965 Variety Is the Spice of Gale Garnett (RCA/Victor) LSP-3498
1966 New Adventures (RCA/Victor) LSP-3586
1967 Sings About Flying & Rainbows & Love & Other Groovy Things (RCA/Victor) LSP-3747
1997 We’ll Sing In The Sunshine

1968 An Audience with the King of Wands (Columbia) CS-9625
1969 Sausalito Heliport (Columbia) CS-9760
2008 Gale Garnett and the Gentle Reign (Rev-Ola – UK) 294557


Have You Heard The News/Sick And Tired (Capilano) CAPS-158

1962 C
aptain Of Love/Candy Kisses (Jaguar) J-1002

Born: November 26, 1941 in Detroit, Michigan, United States
Original guitarist for Ian & Sylvia Tyson’s band Great Speckled Bird (1969-1970).  Garrett would then record and tour for American vocalist Maria Muldaur (his solo graces her biggest hit “Midnight At The Oasis”). This association led to work with Geoff Muldaur on an album in 1977.  Garrett released his first solo album ‘Go Cat Go’ in 1980 on Stony Plain Records, his long standing label. [also see GREAT SPECKLED BIRD]

1980 Go Cat Go (Stony Plain) SPL-1034
1982 Amosbehavin’ (Stony Plain) SPL-1053
1989 I Make My Home in My Shoes (Stony Plain) SPL-1132
1992 Third Man In (Stony Plain) SPCD-1179
1994 Small Town Talk: The Best of Amos Garrett (Stony Plain)
1996 Off The Floor – Live! (Stony Plain) SPCD-1225
2004 Acoustic Album (Stony Plain) SPCD-1299
2005 Michigan Water Blues (Dixiefrog) 692582
2008 Get Way Back: A Tribute to Percy Mayfield (Stony Plain) SPCD-1330

1977 Geoff Muldaur & Amos Garrett (Stony Plain) SPFF-1012

1987 The Return of the Formerly Brothers (Stony Plain) SPL-1104
1990 Live In Japan (Stony Plain) SPCD-1164

1996 Cold Club – Live (Cold Club)

Dave Beckett
(vocals; born: July 5,1949) / Gary Weeks (vocals; born: May 22, 1950)
Charlottetown, PEI’s Gary Weeks and Newmarket, Ontario’s Dave Beckett met in grade school and played in several bands – Edgar And The Allan Poes and The Diplomats – right through their post-Secondary education at the University Of Western Ontario. It was in London, Ontario in 1966, as part of a United Appeal concert in which their latest band, The King Bees, finished fourth that the duo decided to perform together professionally. With a deal through RCA/Victor the act released the single “Little Girl/What’s Your Name” that year. There wasn’t a huge amount of success and gigs were hard to come by. They eventually quit the act and decided to focus on their talents as a duo. Beckett worked the comic end of the act as Weeks became the straight man while weaving comedy, original songs and established hits into their act. Their stage show was punctuated by imitations of other Canadian recording artists such as a Vienna choirboy singing The Bells’ “Stay Awhile” or an all kazoo version of “One Fine Morning” by Lighthouse. This show made them very appealing in Europe particularly Holland. They began recording in 1969 and began playing festival including a headlining attraction at the 1970 World’s Fair in Japan. Gary & Dave signed to Greg Hambleton’s Axe Records in 1972. Their first few singles were slow starters, but the label was determined to find the right material and musicians to record a full length LP. 1973’s ‘Together’ was recorded at Toronto Sound Studios and Manta Sound by engineers Dave Slagter, Terry Brown, Greg Hambleton and Dave Green, with Hambleton also acting as the producer. Beckett and Weeks sang everything and supplied instrumentation on several tracks. The string and horn arrangements were by Brown’s musical director, Doug Riley, with bass and guitars by Sebastian Agnello and Greg Hambleton’s brother Fergus. Drums were supplied by Paul Clinch (Choya) and keyboards by Peter Goodale. The album spawned what would become their biggest hit – 1973’s “Could You Ever Love Me Again”. The song not only went to No1 in Canada but stayed on the charts for 27 weeks and became a French hit for 12 year-old Michel Lesage in 1974. To promote the single and the album, they toured along with The Stampeders which was followed by their own CBC-TV show. The single would eventually be released in 22 countries with mild success in the US and major success in Australia. After several more hits, like 1974’s “It Might As Well Rain Until September”, the duo walked away from their recording contract and decided to follow their other love, flying, and both became pilots for Airtransit STOL Canada, an experimental commuter airline from Toronto to Ottawa. It wasn’t long, however, before they were back into music. With their return to music full time they enlisted the help of backing band The Stewart Brothers and toured to support the release of their album “14 Greatest Hits” in 1977. The duo finally split in 1979 and returned to full time jobs as pilots for Air Canada. Weeks retired from music and became assistant pastor at the Calvary Church in Toronto before moving to Ireland to do Missionary work; Beckett became a consultant for the Ministry of Transportation in their test pilot program and was the flight safety director for Ontario’s London Air Show. with notes from Sebastian Agnello and Davida Bösch.

1970 Tender Woman/I’m a Rider (Quality) 1977X
1972 Can’t You Do It Now/I’ve Seen the Light (Axe) AXE-2
1973 Here It Comes Again/My Special Place (Axe) AXE-7
1973 Could You Ever Love Me Again/Where Do We Go From Here? (Axe) AXE-10
1974 I Fell In Love With You Sometime/For You (Axe) AXE-11
1974 It Might As Well Rain Until September/September Lady Theme (Axe) AXE-17
1974 I May Never See You Again/I Think I Know You (Axe) AXE-19
1974 What Can You Do About It/All In the Past Now (Axe) AXE-22
1974 I Can’t Find the Words/I Don’t Want to Leave You (Axe) AXE-25
1975 It’s Alright My Darling/Carolina Carole (Axe) AXE-45
1975 I’ll Always Love You/Flying On The Wings Of A Song (Axe) AXE-51
1976 You Send Me/I Could Fall In Love With You (Polydor) 2065-324

1966 Little Girl/What’s Your Name (RCA/Victor) 3414


1973 Together (Axe) AXS-503
1974 All In The Past (Axe) AXS-506
1977 14 Greatest Hits (Axe) AXS-519

Compilation Tracks
“Could You Ever Love Me Again” on ‘Music Power’ (K-Tel) TC-214
1990 “Could You Ever Love Me Again” on ‘Made In Canada – Volume Two: Into The ’70’s’ (BMG) KCD1-7157

GAS, The
Greg Warren
(vocals) / Eva Everything (vocals) / Stan Meissner (keyboards, guitar) / Dennis F. Hill (drums) / Gary Berman (bass)
Novelty record assembled by Bomb Records’ house producer Greg Warren to capitalize on the 1979 Mississauga, Ontario train derailment. The Gas featured singer-songwriters Eva Everything and Stan Meissner who were already successful in their own right. It’s believed only 100 copies of the 7″ record, with picture sleeve, were ever pressed. Warren would go on to produce Bomb Records act Twitch. [also see EVA EVERYTHING, STAN MEISSNER]

1980 Evacuate Mississauga/Special This Week (Bomb) BOMB-5020

Lou Soucy
(drums, percussion, vocals) / Dan Chabot (guitar, vocals) / Lorne Duffin (keyboards, vocals) / Hen Rodier (bass, vocals)
From Calgary, Alberta

Keep On Truckin’ (Vocal) EKLP-102

Jim Pawson
(keyboards, vocals) / Peter Burns (vocals, bass) / Gary Economy (guitars, vocals)
Gothic synth-rock band from Vancouver, British Columbia.

The Gathering [5 song EP] (InTone)

Singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and producer from Quebec. Gauthier had also been a member of the duo Rodier-Gauthier, and Claire Lepage & Compagnie before going solo. Work with Jay Boivin led to the duo forming studio project Sea Cruise. [also see RODIER-GAUTHIER]

T’en Viens-Tu/Fly Away ‎(Pirate) P-7902
1974 Malisa/Donnez-Moi Une Guitare ‎(Pirate) P-7901
1975 Marie Lou/Delivrez-Moi ‎(Pirate) P-7905
1975 ‘Était Partie/Ch’Sais Pu Quoi Fair’ ‎(Pirate) P-7908
1976 Ma femme/Ma Femme (Instrumental) ‎(Pirate) P-7915
1977 Mam’Selle Julie/Mam’Selle Julie (Instrumental) ‎(Pirate) P-7930
1983 Mascara/Mascara (Version Instrumentale)‎ (Pro-Culture) PPC-2060
1984 Exiler/Exiler (Version Instrumentale) ‎(Audiogram) AD-1001
198? Boy Needs Girl/(Version Instrumentale) ‎(Audiogram) AD-5007

Summer Girls/Summer Magic ‎(Celsius) CLS-710

Germain Gauthier (Pirate) P-20001

1980 Pinball Summer (Music From The Original Picture Soundtrack) (Celsius) CLS-61007

Best known as a member of Toulouse, Gauthier had a brief solo career in the early 1970s when she was signed to Polydor Records. She was also one of the vocalists included on Québec’s famine relief song “Les Yeux De La Faim” in 1985. [also see TOULOUSE]

In the Summertime (2:51)/In the Summertime (2:19) (Polydor) 2065-010-DJ

Paul Marleau (lead guitar, vocals) / George Randall (rhythm guitar) / Daryl Cail (bass, vocals) / Brice Sinclair (piano, vocals) / John Balser (drums)
This five-piece high school band from Moncton, New Brunswick formed on January 29, 1961 when John Balser’s mother,  Idaella, accompanied her son to a group audition. She was so impressed with the band after her son had joined that she became their manager. The following week they performed at the local YMCA which was initially only a 15 minute appearance that turned into a full-blown sock hop. The group became a full-time concern with the group averaging between two and five dances a week throughout New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Ontario, Québec, and Nova Scotia. They released their first album on Banff Records in 1963followed in 1964 by their sophomore effort “These Fabulous Gemtones Play Reno and Other Hits.” Soon they were invited to play on Montreal’s “Like Young” TV show following the Top-10 showing of their original song “Reno” on the charts. An appearance at the New York World’s Fair followed and tours throughout the eastern seaboard; Keyboardist Brice Sinclair moved to Bangor, Maine where he co-founded  Rockin’ Ron and the New Society Band in 1970. They still perform regularly; John Balser works for Statistics Canada in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Reno/I Won’t Believe It (Melbourne) WG-3176
1964 The Savage/Peace Pipe (Melbourne) WG-3183

These Fabulous Gemtones Play & Sing Hit Selections (Banff) RBS-1156
1964These Fabulous Gemtones Play Reno and Other Hits (Banff) RBS-1201
1965 Dance Like Young (Banff) RBS-1219
1965 Les Inimitables (Caprice) CPL-24016
1966 Danse Discotheque Avec Les Gemtones (Caprice) CPL-24019

3-piece punk band from Toronto, Ontario

Mojo Demo [DigiFile]
2016 Ciderhaus Demo [DigiFile]

Live on EqualizingXDistort 7​.​30​.​2006 [DigiFile]

Marc Sahrmann
(vocals) / Chris Richards (guitar) / Marylou Ambrogio (guitar) / Bill Wallace (drums) / Kevin Fox (bass) / John Ondrasek (bass; 1983)
London, Ontario hardcore outfit with severe political leanings formed in 1980. Within months of forming, the under-age act was banned, blacklisted, threatened with a $50,000.00 lawsuit, and ostracized by the older “elite” crowd at the Cedar Lounge. By 1981 they’d finally found a permanent five-piece line-up and became regulars at The Embassy Hotel. Soon offers were made to do opening slots for The Professionals, Forgotten Rebels, Dead Kennedys, and The Damned among others. In January 1982 the ban at the Cedar Lounge was lifted but the band was disheartened and split up following a violent and eye-opening gig in Toronto at The Turning Point. Generics reformed nearly a year and a half later for a one-time gig with D.O.A. on June 3, 1983. After supporting GBH and playing a record setting alcohol sales “farewell” show, Generics set out on a western tour in August, playing in Winnipeg, Calgary, and Vancouver. While at a house party in Portland in order to extend their stay in Vancouver they recorded a 3-song demo. A fourth song, “Outcasts of Society”, was also recorded, but only as an afterthought because the band didn’t like the song. The reunion was cut short after just three months when the Generics crashed near Brandon, Manitoba on September 3, 1983. Marc Sahrmann was killed in the accident. All four songs found on a few homemade cassettes known as the ‘Vancouver Demos’ in 1983 were properly released in his honour as the ‘Societal Hemorrhage’ 7″ vinyl EP on the anniversary of the band’s reunion – June 3, 1984.

1983 Vancouver Demos [cassette] (independent)  
1984 Societal Hemorrhage [4-song EP] (independent)

Polio Elvis [aka Mike ‘Zabo’ Price]
(vocals) / Dick Pagent (bass) / Louie Levesque (drums) / Duke Crystal (guitar) / Teen Hunk Rob [aka Rob Porter] (guitar) / Douglas Crevier (bass; 2005) / Rob Huppee (guitar; 2005)
Humorous Montréal hardcore band formed in 1984. They lasted until 1986 but reunited for several shows in 1998 and again in 2005 to promote the release of the ‘Brave New World’ CD that year on Sonik’s Chicken Shrimp Records.

1984 First Impressions [4-song EP] (Genetic) No-1

2005 Brave New World (Sonik’s Chicken Shrimp)

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

Bruce Ley / Jeff Snider / Alex Harrington / Ron Boyes
/ Mark Shekter
From Hamilton, Ontario

Visitors Parking Only/One Way Ride (RCA Victor Canada International) 57-3408

Tom Hooper
[aka “Casey Casem”] (guitar, vocals) / Chris Hooper [aka “Nigel Watts”] (drums) / Donny Walchuk [aka “Friendly Giant”] (bass)
The Gentlemen of Horror formed in October ’80, after the demise of Kelowna’s first Punk band, the Kill Pigs, of which both Tom and Chris Hooper were founding members. The Gentlemen of Horror would practice in Walchuk’s bedroom at his parents’ house which was located on one of Kelowna’s finest golf courses. Golfers were often entertained by the band and frequently practiced with the doors open so the public could enjoy their music. G.O.H. released their first and only record in January 1981 – a 5 song 7″ inch single of which they pressed only 200 copies. Original pressings of the record have been known to sell for over $300 on E-bay and other on-line music services. G.O.H. only played an average of 20 shows in their three years together mostly due to the fact that there was nowhere to play (especially with underage band members) in Kelowna at the time. They would put shows on, usually at a place called the Kadac Hall, but the only people who ever showed up were six of the band’s friends. Their most memorable Kelowna punk gig was an outdoor show organized by the band in August of 1981 at the local city park bandstand. The show would draw 500 spectators and featured the band Empty Set that included future Grapes of Wrath member Kevin Kane. G.O.H. would have to drive seven hours to Vancouver or Victoria to play gigs and buy records. Tom and Chris Hooper would borrow their Dad’s car so they could play the Smiling Buddha in Vancouver, backing up punk legends The Subhumans. The Gentlemen of Horror eventually disbanded and in the fall of 1983, Tom moved over to the bass, and, again with brother Chris, joined up with friend Kevin Kane. In April of 1983, after putting together a one-off show as cover band Honda Civic, the trio decided to work together musically again. From the Hooper family garage they began rehearsals and gained enough confidence to open for acts in Seattle and Vancouver as the newly christened Grapes of Wrath. Punk Records will be issuing a 25th anniversary CD package containing Gentlemen of Horrors’ original ‘Sterling Death’ EP along with 11 additional tracks of never before heard studio and live material sometime in 2011. with notes from Tom Hooper. [also see GRAPES OF WRATH, TOM HOOPER]

1981 Sterling Death [5-song EP] (Gentlemen Of Horror) GOH-1

Compilation Tracks
“Crime Watch” and “Block Parents” on ‘Charred Remains’ [cassette] (independent)
1981 “Urban Killboy” and “Someone’s Gonna Die” on ‘Canadian Cassette’ [cassette] (independent)
1996 “God Knows You By Name” on ‘Killed By Death #10’ (Killed By Death)
1998 entire ‘Sterling Death’ EP on ‘Smash The State – Vol. 3’ (Smash The State)
2005 “Overhead Projector’ on ‘Punk History Canada presents: Only in Canada, Eh (77-81) – Volume 1 (Punk History Canada)

David George was signed to G.A.S. Records and released the album ‘Bit of Both’ in 1973. He had immediate RPM Top100 singles chart success with the double A-sided “Bit of Both/Underneath Twilight Canopy” starting in early May 1973 and peaking at No.49 on June 16th that year.  With a new deal on A & M Records he charted with his debut single for the label – “Tropical Heat” – on May 24, 1975. The single peaked at No.67 on June 14th, 1975.  A year later he returned to the chart with a cover of the American hit “Scorpio” in May 1976 and peaked at No.67 on June 5, 1976.

1973 Bit of Both/Underneath Twilight Canopy (GAS) 1009
1975 Tropical Heat/How Can I Be Certain (A & M) AM-385
1975 It’s Alright/How Can I Be Certain (A & M) AM-395
1976 Scorpio/Move Me (A & M) AM-412
1976 Shotgun/It’s Alright (A & M) AM-431
1977 Don’t Go Away Mad/She Needs Too Much (A & M) AM-433

1973 Bit of Both (GAS) GLP-2003

Joyce Germain started as a crooner in Québec cabarets. Her first recording was a duet with singer Bob Davies on the song “Come On Don’t Be Mean” in 1960. She would attract the attention of Reo Records who released the single “Forever” in 1961. In 1964, as the Ye Ye Beatles-inspired groups erupted on the heels of Beatlemania, Germain teamed up with Les Fabulous Furys for a Beatle inspired single “The Beatles Are Coming! (That Fab Fab Fabulous Beatle Beat)” which was released by London Records in both English and French. [also see LES FURYS]

Forever/Big Bad Brother (REO) 8626X

Come On Don’t Be Mean/[w/BOB DAVIES] (Zirkon) 1003

The Beatles Are Coming! (That Fab Fab Fabulous Beatle Beat)/What Do You Know About Love (London) M-17328
1964 Nous attendons Les Beatles/Qu’est-ce que tu sais de l’amour (London) FC.667

Michael Timmins
(guitar) / Alan Anton (bass) / Geoff Railton (drums) / Richard O’Callaghan (saxophones)
Following several frustrating years trying to get their band Hunger Project off the ground in New York, they relocated to London, England where the band breaks up almost immediately after arriving. Timmins and Anton instead formed experimental music act Germinal — that didn’t rely on performing live but, rather, on studio recordings. To launch the band they formed their own label with Geoff Railton and Brett Wickens called Latent Recordings. Germinal would release a cassette in 1983 followed by a full-length LP in 1984. After the demise of the band Timmins and Anton eventually returned to Toronto to form the Cowboy Junkies in the summer of 1985 with Timmins’ brothers John and Peter, and sister Margo; Geoff Railton remained in England.

1983 Germinal [cassette] (Latent) LATEX-1 
1984 DIN (Latent) LATEX-2

Donny Gerrard first came to prominence as the male vocalist for Vancouver’s Skylark which had formed from the ashes of one of Ronnie Hawkins’ many back-up groups. Band members David Foster and female vocalist BJ Cook took the initiative and the band was soon signed to Capitol Records. Their self-titled debut album was released in 1972 which spawned three singles including what would be the band’s biggest hit – “Wildflower”. The song was written by the band’s original guitarist Doug Edwards and a policeman friend from Victoria, British Columbia (David Richardson). The song went to No. 1 in Canada and made Billboard magazine’s Top 10. The single would go on to sell over 1 million copies. A follow-up album ‘2’, was released in 1974 and again contained “Wildflower” as a request by Capitol to keep the song prominently in the public’s consciousness. The album itself featured the additional help of Bobby Taylor (of Bobby Taylor & The Vancouvers fame) on backing vocals and Robbie King on organ. The record was met with less success and the group called it a day.  Gerrard was signed to Elton John’s newly launched Rocket Records (at the same time as Dr. Music married duo Brenda Gordon and Brian Russell). The first single, Neil Sedaka’s “(Baby) Don’t Let It Mess Your Mind,” was produced by Robert Appere (Kiki Dee).  By 1976 he moved over to Los Angeles-based label Greedy Records and released several singles including the charting “Words (Are Impossible)”.  Several of his singles would also be licensed and released in Canada on Attic Records as well as his self-titled debut in 1976. Gerrard would also become backing vocalist for the likes of Elton John, Bette Midler, Bruce Springsteen, Aaron Neville, Ray Charles, Cher, Bobby Womack, Bob Seger, Dolly Parton, John Fogerty and Donna Summer among others. His voice was featured in the movie soundtracks ‘The Rose’ and ‘St. Elmo’s Fire’ as well as a 1990’s car commercial singing Barbara Lewis’”Baby I’m Yours”. The commercial led to a distribution deal on the Lightyear Entertainment and a second solo album in 1999 entitled ‘The Romantic’. [also see SKYLARK]

1975 (Baby) Don’t Let It Mess Your Mind/A Woman, A Lover, A Friend (Rocket –UK) PIG-17
1976 Words (Are Impossible)/Stand Up (Greedy – US) G-101
1976 He’s Always Somewhere Around/Greedy For Your Love (Greedy – US) G-107
1976 Greedy For Your Love/ He’s Always Somewhere Around (Attic) AT-145
1977 Stay Awhile With Me/Peace For Us All (Greedy – US) G-109
1977 Stay Awhile With Me/Peace For Us All (Attic) AT-150
1977 Darlin’/He’s Always Somewhere Around (Greedy – US) G-114

Donny Gerrard  (Greedy – US) G-1002
Donny Gerrard (Attic) AT-1019
2000 The Romantic (Lightyear/WEA – US)

Compilation Tracks
“For Just A Moment (Love Theme From ‘St. Elmo’s Fire’) on ‘St. Elmo’s Fire – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (Atlantic)

Born: May 7, 1928 in Medicine Hat, Alberta
Died: November 21, 1995 in Vancouver, British Columbia
Celebrated Canadian, and Stratford trained, actor Bruno Gerussi also hosted his own CBC radio show called ‘Words & Music’ in the late ’60s/early ’70s. With Gerussi’s rich speaking voice Kanata Records owner Gene Lees took the ‘Words & Music’ format which often teamed him with singer-songwriter Tommy Ambrose to create a narrative mixture of poetry and music on a double album called ‘Fuzzy Love’ as part of the label’s second set of inaugural releases in November 1971. The poetry was supplied by newspaper columnist Gary Dunford while the music segments were supplied by Toronto session players under the auspices of arranger/producers Doug Riley and Rick Wilkens. Ambrose’s role, for the most part, involved performing cover tunes by the likes of James Taylor and George Harrison among others while Gerussi read the narratives between musical segments. Gerussi would go on to star in CBC TV’s ‘The Beachcombers’ in 1972 and stayed on the show for nearly 18 years – juggling a second job as host of ‘Celebrity Cooks’ as well. Gerussi re-teamed with wordsmith Gary Dunford and songwriter/producer Kevin Gillis in 1978 for the novelty tune “Signin’ With the NHL” as a one-off single. Georgia Straight journalist and musician Tom Harrison would later name his own band Bruno Gerussi’s Medallion as a tribute to the star. The band was invited to perform at ‘The Beachcombers’ wrap party on August 4, 1990 at the Gibsons Curling Rink in Vancouver. Gerussi died of a heart attack in Vancouver in November 1995. Gerussi’s nephew, Gino, is currently making the rounds with a remake of Billy Joel’s song “She Got A Way”.

1978 Signin’ With the NHL/Shake the Sun (Quality) 2274X

1971 Fuzzy Love (Kanata/Pindoff) KAN-4

Alias of singer Dominic Lacaille who had initially been a member of Les Copains before forming a successful duo with fellow bandmate Christian Paquet known as Christian et Gétro. By 1969 the duo had run its course and Lacaille honoured the remainder of the group’s recording contract by issueing three singles as Gétro along with a full-length album entitled ‘Chiwawas’ featuring Getro solo tracks and all of Christian et Getros’ early singles. Lacaille would move on to Trans-Canada for several more minor hits. With notes from Michel Charbonneau.[also see LES COPAINS, CHRISTIAN ET GÉTRO]

Chiwawas/Johnny (Révolution) R-2008
1969 Adieu/Pata Cum Cum (Révolution) R-2013
1969 Lisa Aux Yeux Bleus/Qu’Est-Ce Que T’As Mis Dans le Café (Trans-Canada) TC-3324
1970 Fleurs Et Bonbons/C’est L’Ete (Trans-Canada) TC-3337
1971 Candida/J’Etais Si Bien Chez Moi (Trans-Canada) TC-3348
1971 Le Pyjama/Quand L’amour Est Là (Campus/Trans-Canada) CS-6001

Chiwawas (Révolution) RE-6000

Mike Hanford
(vocals, organ, keyboards) / Kurt Winter (guitar) / Bill Wallace (bass) / Orest Andrew (guitar) / Craig Hamblin (drums) / Ken Hordichuk (drums; replaced Hamblin) / Al Johnson (guitar; replaced Winter) / Hermann Fruhm (keyboards; replaced Hanford) / Richard Torrance / Greg Leskiw (guitar)
Former Shondels member Mike Hanford led this Winnipeg-based group starting in 1967. He originally attempted to use the Shondels name, but was unable to get permission from founding member Jack Wong so the group called themselves The Main Line. Following one single on REO Records – a cover of the Motown classic “Money (That’s What I Want),” the band changed its name to The Gettysbyrg Address. They recorded three hit singles for Winnipeg’s Franklin label in 1967 and 1968. “Love Is A Beautiful Thing” was produced by Randy Bachman and Harry Taylor while “Come Back Baby” was produced by legendary producer Norm Petty in Edmonton. Hanford eventually quit. Many thought this was the end of Gettysbyrg Address especially with Wallace and Hamblin joining recently departed Greg Leskiw from the Jamieson Roberts Device. They formed a new act called Logan Avenue. But Frank Weiner of Franklin Records/Hungry I Entertainment Agency, still saw demand for the former “Gettysbyrg Address” name and suggested they reform under that moniker in 1969. They recorded one track, a Leskiw composition called “Baby True” for a Franklin compilation LP featuring the lineup of Leskiw, Wallace, Hamblin, Herman Fruhm, and Richard Torrance. This was a short-lived lineup and effectively ended the Gettysbyrg Address, with Leskiw soon forming Wild Rice (which lasted only a few months) before being asked to join the Guess Who in 1970; Hanford moved to British Columbia. He too would eventually play in the 1984 version of the Guess Who. He has recently returned to playing in Winnipeg; Wallace, Winter and Leskiw all ended up in various versions of the Guess Who; Winter has since passed away; Hermann Fruhm became a member of Crowcuss and currently works in the tool design and manufacturing business with Silverlode guitarist/vocalist Geoff Gibbons. with notes from Rod Sein, Jack Wong, Shawn Nagy and Dave Sampson. [also see THE GUESS WHO]

1967 Love Is A Beautiful Thing/Keep Your Hands Off My Baby (Franklin/Caravan) QC-100
1967 My Girl/Be My Baby (Franklin/Caravan) QC-546
1968 Come Back Baby/You’ve Got To Let Me Know (Franklin/Caravan) QC-601
1970 Baby True/[split w/Triste Janero] (Jazzman) JM-033

Money (That’s What I Want)/Don’t Wait Around (REO) 8982X

Compilation Tracks
“Baby True” on ‘Winnipeg’ (Franklin) FR-1000
2008 “Love Is A Beautiful Thing”, “Keep Your Hands (Off My Baby)”, “My Girl,” “Be My Baby,” “Come Back To Me Baby,” “You’ve Got To Let Me Know,” and “Baby True” on ‘The Best of Franklin Records – 1967-1972’ (Super Oldies) SOCD-6
2011 “Stormy Monday Blues,” “Ticket To Ride,” “Come Back To Me Baby,” and “You’ve Got To Let Me Know” on ‘From Canada… to Clovis’ (Super Oldies) SOCD-10

“Money” and “Don’t Wait Around” on ‘Buried Treasures: Winnipeg Rock Gems 1958-1974’ (Super Oldies) SOCD-9

Kwajo Cinqo [aka Kwajo Boateng]
/ Dolo [aka Lowell Frazier] / Infinite [aka Desmond Francis]
Formed in Toronto, Ontario in 1989.

1993 Certified//Mista Crack Ed/Dungeon [12″]
1994 Deifitrec/Certified
1995 E-Z On The Motion/Hard Copy (Quality)
1999 Rest In Peace/Shake It (BMG) KD-51955
2002 Still Too Much/That’s That Shit

1999 Ghetto Concept (Quality)

Compilation/Collaboration Tracks
1996 “U.L.” on ‘Beatfactory Rap Essentials Vol. 1’ (Beatfactory) 80001

1999 “Nobody’s Safe” on ‘Exodus Pt. II (Black Employed) SPGBE-9500
2001 “Nobody’s Safe” on ‘The Longplay’ (Nettwerk) 30171

1999 “Precious Metals” on ‘Passage Through Time’ (Conception – US) CON018-2

Howard Rix
(vocals) / Joanie Kepler (acoustic bass) / Ian Tiles (drums) / Michael Van Eyes (guitar, piano, organ)
From Vancouver, British Columbia, this was Howard Rix’s band post-The Scramblers.

G.I. Blues (East Side) ES-017

Geoff Gibbons was bewitched at an early age, by the singer Petula Clark and her producer and writer Tony Hatch before discovering the Beatles and Simon and Garfunkel. As a youngster on Canada’s west coast, he was urged to join the British Columbia Boys Choir by his mother, a keen opera buff who taught in the North Vancouver School Board while Gibbon’s father was a professor on the faculty at Simon Fraser University. After four years of singing “in an insanely high register” and touring as a soprano soloist, Gibbons dropped out to pursue cooler teenage pursuits. Soccer soon gave way to guitar. He fell hard for Neil Young, Cat Stevens, The Eagles and Don McLean. He and high school buddy Jack Guppy, who later would become the drummer in Barney Bentall’s band The Legendary Hearts, formed the group Cove Company and established a popular weekend slot at a club in North Vancouver. After the tragic death of its keyboard player caused the group to disband, Gibbons, now 20, used his winnings from a local talent show to finance a trip to Australia’s Gold Coast near Brisbane. Confident enough to talk his way into a steady paying gig, Gibbons spent nine sun-baked months entertaining dinner patrons at night and lazing on the beach during the day. When his Vancouver friend Ken Kirschner arrived down under, the two decided to team up professionally to put their own spin on the sunny, California-influenced pop they loved. Both were reading J.R.R. Tolkien’s “Lord of the Rings” trilogy at the time, so they adopted the group name Silverlode from Lathlorien’s mystical Silverlode River. Back in Vancouver, Silverlode cut an independently released EP and then a full-length album with producer Claire Lawrence (The Collectors, Chilliwack, Shari Ulrich). The single “Sky High” became a regional and then a national hit. And the duo became one of Vancouver’s leading attractions of the early ’80s, landing on the cover of the ‘Georgia Straight’. The would open concert dates for the likes of Emmylou Harris, The McGarrigles, David Crosby and The Band’s Levon Helm & Rick Danko, and The Little River Band. On a national level, however, Silverlode’s brand of harmony-laden, radio-friendly pop fell between the cracks in an era when punk and new wave rock was at their zenith. Following a steady summer of work at Vancouver’s Expo 86, Silverlode split up. The group’s recorded output was re-issued as ‘Sky High: The Best of Silverlode’ by Bullseye Records in 2001. Back on his own, Gibbons was again plying his trade as a working musician with an unquenched need to hone his craft as a writer of original material in the vein of Gram Parsons, the Eagles and John Hiatt. Those influences were present on his eponymous solo debut, co-produced by Robbie Steininger (Sue Medley) and recorded live-off-the-floor to create ‘Love Tattoos’. A distribution deal with Sony Music in Germany and video airplay for three of the album’s tracks – “Just What I Am,” “House of Horrors” and “Can’t Curse The Rain” – on CMT in Europe and Canada sowed the seeds for the next album. It came together over a three-year period with assists from such stalwart local players as Steininger, k.d. lang’s back-up vocalist Sue Leonard, keyboardist Robbie King and bassist Rob Becker from Patricia Conroy’s touring band. With CMT again giving strong support for the singles “Bones In The Road” and “Living”, the album made an initial buzz as an independent before being picked up in 2000 by Toronto record company Song Corp. That promising scenario ended when SongCorp went under the following year. Following the re-issue of the Silverlode collection on Bullseye Records, Gibbons was picked up by the label for his next solo album ‘Sentimental Maniac’. The album spawned a single in the title track. When not focused on his own music, Gibbons has been involved in a variety of outside projects. Back in the Silverlode era, his vocals were in demand by Vancouver’s jingle industry and such clients as Labatt’s, Dallas Daily News, Growers Cider, and Fleet Street tabloid The Star. He’s also worked extensively as a producer/collaborator with his many west coast friends. In recent years, his songwriting talents have been recognized more widely. Three of his songs – “Love Makes No Rules,” “The April Place” and “Nowhere Town” – were featured in the FOX Television series ‘Higher Ground’. Gibbons has spent the last few years writing material for the Danna Mennie movies ‘Wolf Moon’ and ‘Lido’. Gibbons does regular live performances at Carderos Restaurant in Vancouver; he is currently a member of Vancouver supergroup The New Yank Yorkies. with notes from Geoff Gibbon. [also see SILVERLODE]

1984 Stand On My Own/[same] (Raintown)

1990 Geoff Gibbons (Energy Discs) NRG-CD-143
1998 Love Tattoos (SongCorp)
2005 Sentimental Maniac (Bullseye) BLR-CD-4079
2010 ‘Wolf Moon’ – Original Soundtrack
2017 Buffalo Hotel

Compilation Tracks
“I Need You” on ‘It Was 40 Years Ago Today: A Tribute to The Beatles’ (Bullseye) BLR-CD-4060
2005 “Sentimental Maniac” on ‘Frontline Sampler – 20th Anniversary 1985-2005’ (Bullseye) BLR-CD-2020

David Gibson was first noticed in London, England in the early 1980s when he met and impressed writer/producer Pete Waterman. Waterman, fresh on the heels of enormous success with the likes of Nick Kershaw, Bananarama, Rick Astley, Kylie Minogue and Tracy Ullman suggested him to executives at A & M Records. Back in Canada, Gibson had short-term pop success at home starting with the single “Lock Up My Heart” released in August 1986 on A & M Records. It cracked the Top 30 Adult Contemporary chart in RPM Magazine in September that year. A & M released the second single, “Look Who’s Crying Now”, exactly a year later which managed to hit No.23 on the RPM Top 30 Adult Contemporary chart. A self-titled album including the previous singles – produced by Domenic Troiano and Howard Ayee – was finally released in 1988. The song, “Easy Street”, was released as a single in April 1989 and managed to make it to No.22 on the RPM Magazine Top40 CanCon singles chart. A second song from the album, “Lying to Me”, was released in July 1989 and just brushed the bottom of the RPM Top40 singles chart. The album was re-issued on CD in 1991 through Troiano’s Black Market Records. As part of that distribution deal, Gibson’s follow-up album, ‘Rhythm Method’, was released on Black Market in 1996. It was also produced by Troiano. In 1997 Gibson penned the song “I Don’t Know” which became a success for Chicago act Escapade (featuring vocalist Simone Denny of LOVE INC). Gibson supplied backing vocals. Gibson was nominated for a ‘Most Promising Male Vocalist’ JUNO Award. Gibson’s current whereabouts is unknown. with notes from Ron Gillespie.

1986 Lock Up My Heart/Lock Up My Heart (Instrumental) (A & M) AM-709
1986 Lock Up My Heart (Extended Mix)/I Need Your Love [12″] (A & M) AM-23042
1987 Look Who’s Crying Now/World of Electric Blue (A & M) AM-723
1989 We Close Our Eyes/Lock Up My Heart (A & M) AM-769
1989 Easy Street/Rumours (A & M) AM-782
1989 Lying To Me/This Is The Future (A & M) AM-786

1988 David Gibson (A & M) SP-9148
1996 Rhythm Method (Black Market/A & M) 7502 0007

Born: November 5, 1946
Luke Gibson was the driving force behind Yorkville Village act Luke & The Apostles who were innovators of the electric Blues long before Cream and Led Zeppelin. They achieved some success at sold out coffeehouses, but bounced into the limelight with a record deal through MGM in Los Angeles and had one moderate hit called “Been Burnt” in 1967. With performances in New York they managed to land an exclusive gig at the prestigious Bitter End which, in turn, led to larger venues opening shows primarily with Jefferson Airplane and The Grateful Dead. Still, the band was not making any inroads and sensing the imminent failing of the act, Gibson joined Kensington Market and the Apostles folded immediately the week after. Following Kensington Market’s failure to set the world on fire in 1969, Gibson and former Apostles Pat Little and Mike McKenna found themselves joining Danny McBride and Jack Geisinger as the new Luke And The Apostles for a reunion single in 1970 – “You Make Me High” – on Bernie Finkelstein’s fledgling True North label. The single would turn out to be the band’s most successful record, but previous commitments for some of the members led to the addition of Walter Rossi on guitar. However, by the end of 1970, the band had split up once more. Gibson would go on to record for True North and release a moderately successful album in 1971. Gibson has continued a steady workload of club gigs around Toronto with the band Killaloe, Luke Gibson Rocks, and The Silver Tractors for the last 40 years as well as stints with reformed versions of Luke & The Apostles, Kensington Market and The Gibson-McKenna Band. [also see KENSINGTON MARKET, LUKE & THE APOSTLES]

1971 Virginia/Frozen In Time (True North) TN4-108
1977 Congo Me/Graffiti Eyes (Moonrider) 5285

1971 Another Perfect Day (True North) TN-6

Born: December 21, 1951, London, England
At the age of 10, Nick Gilder’s family settled once and for all in Vancouver after having made previous voyages to and from England. It was in Vancouver that Gilder realized his love for music, and after high school, joined the local band Rasputin. This band eventually morphed into Sweeney Todd and in late 1975 the band was signed to London Records.  Their eponymous first album, released in 1976, produced the hit single “Roxy Roller” and Gilder’s style attracted the attention of Chrysalis Records in the US. After some deliberation, Gilder and Sweeney Todd co-founder Jim McCulloch left the band and signed with Chrysalis out of Los Angeles. Hoping to undermine Gilder’s solo attempt, London Records re-released “Roxy Roller” first with vocalist Clark Perry which went to #90 on the US charts. Chrysalis filed an injunction to squash the record. London then followed that up with Sweeney Todd’s third vocalist and third version of “Roxy Roller” featuring a 16-year old Bryan Adams, which went to #99 on the charts and once again Chrysalis had the song repressed. Undaunted, Chrysalis sent Gilder and McCulloch into the studio to record new material, and his first solo album, ‘You Know Who You Are’ was released in 1977. The U.S. release featured Gilder’s remake of “Roxy Roller”. Failing to make a dent on any chart, Gilder and McCulloch returned to the studio with keyboardist Jamie Herndon and bassist Eric Nelson, who appeared on ‘You Know Who You Are’, this time with producers Peter Coleman (Suzi Quatro, The Knack, OMD, Pat Benatar) and Mike Chapman (Sweet, Suzi Quatro) and the result was 1978’s ‘City Nights’, which had the international hit single “Hot Child In The City” (#1 on Billboard) and the Canadian hit “Here Comes The Night”. Coleman and Chapman would go on to produce Pat Benatar’s 1979 album ‘In the Heat of the Night’ featuring the Gilder/McCulloch track “Rated X”. Over the course of the next three years, Gilder recorded and released three more albums – ‘Frequency’, ‘Rock America’, ‘Body Talk Muzik’, but failed to recreate the success he enjoyed with ‘City Nights’. In 1985 he resurfaced with a self-titled album (less Jim McCulloch) on RCA Records. And as late as December 1997 there was word out of L.A. that there existed a tribute band called St. Nick: A Tribute To Nick Gilder, to sing the praises of the man who wrote “Hot Child In The City”. Gilder released another solo album in 1997 from his homebase in British Columbia called ‘Stairways’ on the Spinner label. This was followed by ‘Longtime Coming’ in 1999 with his band The Time Machine on Oasis/Songcorp. The CD features remakes of “Hot Child In the City” and “Roxy Roller” both of which are featured on a 2000 CD single to co-incide with “Hot Child’s” soundtrack appearance on the September 24, 2000 episode of ‘Sex In The City’. with notes from Leslie Charles and Nick Gilder. [also see SWEENEY TODD]

1976 Roxy Roller/Prophet’s Tale (Chrysalis/Capitol) CHS-2104
1976 She’s A Star (In Her Own Right)/More And More (Genevieve) (Chrysalis/Capitol)
1977 Runaways in the Night/Amanda Greer (Chrysalis/Capitol) CHS-2161
1977 Rated X/Poor Boy (Chrysalis/Capitol) CHS-2174
1978 Hot Child In The City/Backstreet Noise (Chrysalis/Capitol) CHS-2226
1979 Here Comes The Night/Rockaway (Chrysalis/Capitol) CHS-2264
1979 (She’s) One Of The Boys/Fly High (Chrysalis/Capitol) CHS-2304
1979 (You Really) Rock Me/Got To Get Out (Chrysalis/Capitol) CHS-2332
1979 Electric Love/Worlds Collide (Chrysalis/Capitol) CHS-2357
1979 Into The ’80s/Electric Love (Chrysalis – Germany) 6155273
1980 Wild Ones (Feelings Electric)/Night Comes Down (Casablanca/Polygram) NBS-2289
1980 Catch 22/Rock America (Casablanca/Polygram) NBS-2302
1980 Rock America/Night Comes Down (Casablanca/Polygram) CAN-214
1981 Prove It/20th Century Girls (Casablanca/Polygram) NBS-2333
1981 She Talks (Body Talk)/I’ve Got Your Number (Casablanca/Polygram) NBS-2336
1981 Metro Jets/Brightest Star (Casablanca/Polygram) NBS-2382
1985 Let Me In/Don’t Forget (RCA) PB-14177
1986 Footsteps/Miles To Go (RCA) PB-14268
2001 Roxy Roller/Hot Child 2000 (Page Music)
2023 Highway Star [DigiFile]

1977 You Know Who You Are (Chrysalis) CHR-1147
1978 City Nights (Chrysalis) CHR-1202
1979 Frequency (Chrysalis) CHR-1219
1980 Rock America (Casablanca) NBLP-7243
1981 Body Talk Muzik (Casablanca) NBLP-7259
1985 Nick Gilder (RCA) NFL1-8051
2000 Longtime Coming (Oasis) NG-2000CD
2001 The Best Of Nick Gilder – Hot Child In The City (Razor & Tie) 8222
2006 City Nights/Frequency [2-fer-1 re-issue] (Collectables) COL-CD-2909

1997 Stairways (Spinner)

Long Time Coming (Page/Oasis) NG2000-CD

Compilation Tracks
“Hot Child In the City” on ‘Gold Rush ‘79’ (K-Tel – US) TU-2660
1979 “Here Comes the Night” on ‘Circuit Breaker’ (K-Tel) TC-252
1979 “Hot Child In the City” on ‘High Energy’ (K-Tel) TC-255
1979 “(You Really) Rock Me” on ‘Starflight’ (K-Tel) TC-259
1980 “Here Comes the Night” on ‘The Rock Album’ (K-Tel) TC-261
1985 “Footsteps” on ‘Youngblood [Motion Picture Soundtrack]’ (RCA/Victor)

GILLAM, Brenden
Born: Brenden Michael Gillam
From Cornerbrook, Newfoundland. Later relocated to Streetsville, Ontario to pursue his music career.

Here We Are/[same] (GBM) GBM-101
1985 School Days/Working Overtime (GBM) GBM-105
1986 Everything’s Going To Be Alright/ (GBM)
1986 We’re Gonna Be Dancin/Maria (GBM) GBM-113
1987 Jamaica/[same] (GBM) GBM-115
1987 Fire The Writer/Love Makes You So Beautiful (GBM) GBM-116
1987 Merry Christmas Merry Christmas (GBM) GBM-118
1988 Purest Love/[same] (GBM) GBM-121

All My Music (GBM) GBM-1001

A school project by Richmond, British Columbia James Gilmore School teacher Robert Waugh. Waugh  decided to write a song for Canada’s centennial in 1967 and when a recording of 39 children from the school’s choir doing “The Answer Rests Upon You” aired locally, Rada Records released it in 1971.

1971 The Answer Rests Upon You/100 Years (Rada) MAS-1967

GIMBY, Bobby
Born: Robert Stead Gimby on October 25, 1918 in Cabri, Saskatchewan
Died: June 20, 1998 in North Bay, Ontario
Trumpeter, orchestra leader, arranger and music teacher Gimby gained public attention in The Cabri Boys’ Band and other western bands and orchestras. In 1940 he moved to Toronto where he became the lead trumpeter from 1941 through 1943 of Mart Kenney’s Western Gentlemen. He formed his own orchestra in Toronto after the Second World War and led the Rodeo Rascals in 1949 on his CBC Radio country music program ‘The Bobby Gimby Show’. He was then a featured soloist and comic frontman with ‘The Happy Gang’ from 1945 to 1959 also on CBC radio. Eventually he dabbled in television when he became music director from 1956 to 1960 for the ‘Juliette’ show on CBC TV. He led his own bands on record for several albums and singles in the late ’50s and early ’60s including the song “Jimbo” in 1958 with Johnny Wayne – half of comedy duo Wayne & Shuster. In 1963 he went to London, England, where he worked for the cigarette company Rothman’s of Pall Mall as their jingle writer. The company’s clients in the Pacific Rim gave him the opportunity to compose the song “Malaysia Forever” which would later be adopted by Malaysia as an unofficial anthem of sorts. Gimby wore a cape and played a decorated heraldic trumpet as he paraded around being followed by children who sang along to his songs. He soon gained the nickname “The Pied Piper of Canada”. It was Gimby’s 1967 Centennial song “Ca-na-da” that gained him international recognition and he toured with different youth choirs which included is daughter Lynn. The song would eventually be recorded by more than thirty other acts including the Young United Singers and The Sugar Shoppe who made it a pop hit in late 1967. The song would eventually be adopted by Tourism Canada but Gimby donated his songwriting royalties to The Boy Scouts of Canada. Later that year he was made an Officer of the Order of Canada as well as ‘Broadcaster of the Year’. “Ca-na-da’ was awarded two Lloyd E. Moffat Memorial Awards for ‘Best Middle-of-the-Road Record’ and ‘Best Example of Canadian Originality and Creativity’ by Moffatt Broadcasting Limited in 1968. Through 1975 he ended up back on TV as the host of the music variety show ‘Sing a Song’ on the CTV network. During the 1980s he continued to lead groups including the Bobby Gimby Orchestra for civic, charity, children’s, and senior citizens’ events throughout Canada. During this period a songwriters’ lobby group used “Ca-na-da” as a call-to-arms for better royalty rates and pointed out to Prime Minister Brian Mulroney that this song was only one example of songs generating revenue of only one cent each time it was played – the lowest rate in the world. This led, in part, to the eventual overhaul of performance royalty rates for all songwriters. In 1987, he created his own Bobby Gimby Productions in conjunction with the Sensation Jazz Band. In his final years he would lead a band at the Leisure World Retirement Home in North Bay, Ontario. Gimby died there of natural causes in June 1998. with notes from Jean Miller. [also see YOUNG CANADA SINGERS]

1958 Jimbo/Ghostin’ (Coral – US) 9-62001
1958 When Bessie The Cow Helped Santa/Santa Claus Rides Again [10″ 78 RPM] (RCA/Victor)
1959 The Cricket Song/My Dad Bought Me A Trumpet [10″ 78 RPM] (RCA/Victor) 56-3274
1961 The Cricket Song/My Dad Bought Me A Trumpet [7″] (RCA/Victor) 57-3274
1970 Manitoba Hundred (MCC) MCC-1
1977 Fitness Is Forever/Le sport, c’est la santé [French lyrics Henri Bédat] (Berger & Associates) BA-1000

1967 Ca-na-da /[same] (CMPA) [no catalog #]

1971 Go, British Col-umbia (BCC) BCC-71C

1964 The Golden Trumpet of Bobby Gimby with the Johnny Burt Strings (Canadian Talent Library) M-1028
1966 Bobby Gimby Plays Dixieland (Canadian Talent Library) M-1045
1967 Let’s Get Together (Quality) V-1820
1968 Allons tous ensemble (Quality) V-1821


1973 Bobby Gimby And The Kids (ER) 1377X
1979 The Bunny Hop Record (Almada/World) BG-22
1980 Now! (Bobby Gimby/World) BG-23

Compilation Tracks
“Makin’ Whoopee” on ‘Canadian Talent At Work’ (Canadian Talent Library) DS-103

“Ca-na-da” on ‘Spotlight On The Stars’ (Reader’s Digest)

Tom Hooper
(vocals, guitar, bass) / Chris Hooper (drums) / Vincent Jones (organ) / Lanny Hussey (guitar)
Following Kevin Kane’s departure from the band Grapes of Wrath, the remaining members – the Hooper Brothers and Vincent Jones – brought in Lanny Hussey and carried on under the name Ginger. [also see GRAPES OF WRATH]

Ginger (Nettwerk)
1994 Far Out (Nettwerk) W2-30096
1996 Suddenly I Came To My Senses (Nettwerk)

Compilation Tracks
“Feel Like Falling Down” on ‘Access III’ (Access Magazine) ACD-003
1995 “Far Out” on ‘Decadence’ [5CD Box] (Nettwerk) W2-30100
1995 “Solid Ground” on ‘Percolator’ (Nettwerk) CW2-30091

Eric Canning
(lead vocal, lead guitar) / Scott Lowell Mollison (vocals, guitar) /
Jack Merrick (vocals, drums) / Peter Lye (bass) / Fergus Hambleton (vocals, piano)
Following Fergus Hambleton’s short stint in 1968 as the new frontman for A Passing Fancy, a tour and failed single ended the band in early 1969. A group of Hambleton’s high school friends recorded their one and only single “The Game” at Sound Canada in 1969. Engineered by Greg Hambleton and released on his fledgling Tuesday label; Fergus Hambleton would release a one-off album with Jay Telfer under the name Goody Two Shoes before embarking on a long solo career (which intertwined with his reggae band The Sattalites). Merrick, Lye, and Canning would all appear as Hambleton’s backing players on his 1972 album ‘Town Of Fergus’; Lye would also go on to be in Toronto New Wave band Bangkok!. [also see FERGUS HAMBLETON]

The Game/Sarah (Tuesday) no cat.#


Studio production by Don Hamilton-Stevens of two B.J. Thomas songs. Initially released on Toronto label Avalon Records in 1982 and picked up later that year for wider distribution on Sefel Records.

Heartbeat/Tell Me (Avalon) AVN-102

1982 Heartbeat/Tell Me (Sefel) 45018

GITZI, Suzanne
Country artist from British Columbia who was managed by Doug Bennett of Doug & The Slugs and signed to Bennett’s Tomcat Records. Slugs keyboardist Simon Kendall produced her debut album ‘Fallen Angel.’

The Runaround (Tomcat) TCCD-4503

Fallen Angel (Tomcat) TCCD-93302
1996 Dressed In Black (Tomcat) TCCD-96302
1997 Special Compilation [6-song EP] (independent)

Jim Sproull / Nathaniel Hurlow / Pat Shanks
From Ottawa, Ontario.

My Baby’s Got It/Do The Go To Hell//[split w/THE MIDWAYS] [7”] (Music For Cats – US) MFC-011

Bad Case of the Glads (Music For Cats – US) MFC-006

Rudi Van Steenes-Kierck
(vocals, keys) / Kurt Laporte (guitar, bass) / M. Hutchison (drums) / Rick Krausmink (keys) / Rob Greenway (drums)
Rude Van Steenes’ Glamatron! was the antithesis of his previous Toronto punk act Arson. Channeling his anger into a New Wave image stew of his heroes from the seventies like Bowie, Roxy Music, Lou Reed, Marc Bolan & T-Rex, he sang songs of isolation and experimentation that was distinctly Euro flavoured. The band did only three shows: one at the Domino Klub in Toronto, one for a live CBC new music series that was recorded and never used and a college show. They were aloof and secretive to the point of re-buffing CITY-TV’s ‘New Music’ show host Jeanne Bekker who had wanted an interview during their Domino Klub show. They released an album entitled ‘Only the Heart Beats…Inside the Silence’ which was recorded in Dennis Hills ‘Great Shakes Productions’ 8-track studio. Q107-FM played their instrumental track called “Passport” in light rotation. The final version of the band featured Rob Greenway on drums and percussion; Rude Van Steenes died February 1, 2021. with notes from Rude Van Steenes.

1981 Only The Heart Beats…Inside the Silence (Glamatron) GLAM-01
2017 Only the Heart Beats & Chrome Horizons [LP] (Artoffact) AOF-262

Compilation Tracks
“Klub” and “Pop Tarts” on ‘Circuit’ (Chameleon) CR-555

Alan Frew
(lead vocals) / Sam Reid (keyboards, vocals) / Al Connelly (guitar) / Wayne Parker (bass) / Michael Hanson (drums, vocals) / Randall Coryell (drums; replaced Hanson) / Chris McNeill (drums; replaced Coryell) / Tom Lewis (bass)
Formed in 1980 under the name Tokyo in Newmarket, Ontario, the band that eventually became known as Glass Tiger spent four years on the Toronto area bar circuit before attracting the attention of US manager Derek Sutton (Styx). He was impressed by what he saw and took the band’s demo to Manhattan Records in the States. Manhattan was a young new label being distributed south of the border by Capitol Records, so when Capitol Canada heard about the label’s interest they rushed to take a look themselves, and the results ended up being a worldwide deal with Capitol and a variety of its labels. A name and style change saw the end of Tokyo and the beginning of Glass Tiger. In early 1986 Capitol sent the band into the studio with Bryan Adams’s then songwriting partner Jim Vallance, and the result was their debut album, ‘The Thin Red Line’. The first single, “Don’t Forget Me (When I’m Gone)”, featured Adams on backing vocals, and went to #1 in Canada. The album eventually went four times platinum in Canada, and sold 600,000 copies in the US. Its success border was due in part to the band’s constant touring, opening for the likes of the Moody Blues and Journey in the US, and Tina Turner in Europe. The band received three consecutive JUNO Awards in 1986, and two in 1987 plus a Grammy Award nomination. By the time it came to recording again, however, Glass Tiger were getting tired of being labeled a teenybopper band, and so the sessions with Vallance producing again resulted in ‘Diamond Sun’, a much tougher, harder album. The album entered the North American charts immediately in the spring of 1988 and opening slots for some major acts followed. The album produced 5 singles including “I’m Still Searching” and “My Song.” Hanson quit the band to pursue a solo career (which never got off the ground). In the interim the band landed a new US record deal with Manhattan Records and new management. 1991’s ‘Simple Mission’, produced by Tom Werman (Motley Crue, Poison, Stryper) re-defined the band’s sound once again with a more guitar oriented record and the world-wide exposure from the hit “My Town” which featured a duet between lead vocalist Alan Frew and Rod Stewart. To replace Hanson on the drums the band brought in rock heavyweight Tony Thompson (Chic, Power Station). Despite a thorough trashing by critics, another tour followed with Randall Coryell on drums, but the band began feeling the effects of the change in the music biz as more aggressive and grungier acts began cutting a path through the audiences of pop bands like Glass Tiger. Crowds began to become abusive and unappreciative during their tour and the group took the hint. Following the tour Glass Tiger split up; Alan Frew continued on with EMI Music Canada and released two solo albums produced by John Jones (Duran Duran, Celine Dion); Al Connolly joined Norge Union and did session work for many Canadian acts; Sam Reid continued as a songwriter, columnist for Canadian Musician magazine and has been involved in a company called Sanctuary who release New Age styled easy listening CDs featuring the sounds of nature; Drummer Michael Hanson released a solo album under the name Earthboy. [also see ALAN FREW]

1986 Don’t Forget Me (When I’m Gone)/Ancient Evenings (Capitol-EMI) B-72992
1986 Don’t Forget Me (When I’m Gone) [Extended Version]/Do You Wanna Dance (With Me) [12″] (Capitol-EMI) S-75142
1986 The Thin Red Line/Ecstasy (Capitol-EMI) B-72996
1986 Someday/Vanishing Tribe (Capitol-EMI) B-73004
1987 You’re What I Look For/Do You Wanna Dance (With Me) (Capitol-EMI) B-73014
1987 I Will Be There/Closer To You (Capitol-EMI) B-73021
1988 I’m Still Searching/Suffer In Silence (Capitol-EMI) B-73052
1988 Diamond Sun/Diamond Sun (French Version) (Capitol-EMI) B-73059
1988 My Song/Far Away From Here (Capitol-EMI) B-73065
1988 Far Away From Here/This Island Earth (Manhattan-EMI – US) PB-50144
1989 Send Your Love/This Island Earth (Capitol-EMI) B-73071
1989 (Watching) Worlds Crumble/It’s Love You Feel (Capitol-EMI) B-73081
1991 Animal Heart/My Town [7″] (EMI – UK) EM-220
1991 Animal Heart [4 song CD-EP] (Capitol-EMI) CDEM-220
1991 Rhythm Of Your Love (Capitol-EMI)
1991 My Town [duet with Rod Stewart]/The Tragedy (of Love) [7″] (Capitol-EMI) 204489
1991 Rescued (By The Arms Of Love) (Capitol-EMI) 204682
1993 Touch Of Your Hand (EMI Canada) EMI-807

1986 The Thin Red Line (Capitol-EMI) ST-6527
1988 Diamond Sun (Capitol-EMI) 48684
1991 Simple Mission (Capitol-EMI) 92922
1993 Air Time: The Best Of The Best (EMI Canada) 906283
2001 The Premium Collection (EMI Canada)
2004 No Turning Back: 1985-2005 (EMI Canada) 64202
2006 Extended Versions (EMI Canada) 703233

Compilation Tracks
“Don’t Forget Me (When I’m Gone)” on ‘Oh What a Feeling: A Vital Collection of Canadian Music’ (MCA) JUNO-25

as Bliss/Garden of Eden/Gleet (1992): Scott Kish
(vocals, drums, guitars) / Roy Felix (drums, percussion) / Steve Peruzzi (bass, piano) / Sean Ramsay (guitars) / Jon Bauld (bass)
as Erotic Flower Circus/Gleet (1993): Matt Durrant (drums, percussion) / Ryan Ferguson (guitars) / Scott Kish (vocals, drums, guitars) / Steve Peruzzi (bass, piano) / Chris Pettingill (drums, percussion) / Sean Ramsay (guitars)
From Burlington, Ontario. From 1992 – 1993, Matt Durrant, Roy Felix, Ryan Ferguson, Scott Kish, Steve Peruzzi, Chris Pettingill and Sean Ramsay recorded a couple dozen songs and played several dozen shows under the monikers Bliss, Garden of Eden, Erotic Flower Circus, and Gleet. Most of those recordings ended up on 2 cassettes – the self-released ‘Numb’ in 1992, and the Sonic Unyon Records released ‘Decline’ in 1993. The two cassette releases were compiled into a digital reissue in 2016 with 100% of the proceeds from the sale of this collection is going directly to the Women’s Centre of Hamilton; Durant, Ferguson, Peruzzi, and Ramsay would go on to form Sianspheric; Ramsay was also a member of Rammer and Dawn Of Svarogh. [also see SIANSPHERIC]

Numb [cassette] (Gleet)
1993 Decline [7-song EP] cassette (Sonic Unyon)
2016 Decline/Numb [DigiFile] (Gleet)

Compilation Tracks
“Garmonbozia” on ‘Quicki’ [4-song cassette EP] (Sonic Unyon) SUNMC-006
1994 “Secret Liar” on ‘Fishy Tracks [4-song cassette EP] (Sonic Unyon) SUNMC-011
1994 “Tension” on ‘Smell Ya Later’ [7″] (Sonic Unyon) SUN-SS-009
1994 “Only Son” on ‘…Not If I Smell You First!’ (Sonic Unyon) SUN-CD-010
2019 “Die Alone” on ‘Sonic Unyon: Now We Are 25’ [3LP] (Sonic Unyon) SUNLP-1781

Born: 1944 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Born in Philadelphia, Beverly Glenn-Copeland grew up listening to his father practicing and playing the European classical piano repertoire five hours every day. When his father wasn’t playing he listened to the big band recordings of the 30’s and 40’s and sang along with his Mom as she played the songs of Stephen Foster at the piano. He studied piano and then when his own voice was discovered switched to the serious study of the some of the world’s most magnificent songs and the development of his own voice to sing them. Eventually he ended up at McGill University in Montréal majoring in vocal performance studying with Bernard Diamant and subsequently in New York City with Eleanor Steber of the Metropolitan Opera. He returned to Canada where he first came to national prominence with material released on CBC Records in 1970. A more commercial record was the flagship release of new label GRT Records in 1971 which featured guest performers Doug Riley and guitarist Lenny Breau. A special on the artist was aired in the summer of 1973 by CBC-TV. In 1979 Glenn-Copeland had original music featured, along with Sharon Smith, in the National Filmboard of Canada short ‘Sea Dream’. Glenn-Copeland also made guest artist appearances on recordings by Lenny Breau and Bruce Cockburn. ‘At Last’ was the first recording in 12 years on Copeland’s own Atlast Records. Currently Copeland performs under the pseudonym Phynix as a child entertainer. with notes from Songcycles Music, Jon Pearkins and Serge Bellerose.

1971 Together For Us All/Colour of Anyhow (GRT) 1233-09

1971 Beverly Glenn-Copeland (GRT) 9233-1001
1983 Atlast! (Atlast) ALR-010
1985 Keyboard Fantasies (Atlast)
1999 Sampler (Songcycles) SP-01
2002 Beverly Glenn-Copeland [re-issue] (Songcycles) SP-02
2002 Songs Of Hope, Victory And Peace (Songcycles)
2002 Crossin’ Over…Songs Of Freedom (Songcycles)
2004 Primal Prayer (Songcycles)

Beverly Copeland (CBC Radio Canada Transcripts) LM-86

Ruben Huizenga (guitar, vocals) / Andy Wyse (saxophone, keyboards, vocals) / Christian Thorne Hayes Simpson (drums, percussion) / Carlos Alberto Alonso (Stick) / Andrew Charters (bass, vocals; replaced Alonso) / Bob Mackowycz Jr. / (trumpet) / Alex Haird (trumpet; replaced Mackowycz 1993)
Toronto’s Glueleg formed in 1992 as a Rush-like power-trio. In 1993, they added two horn players to record a demo. The band then hooked up with producer James Stewart III at Reaction Studios where they spruced up tracks from their indie cassette ‘Angst’ and recorded additional material for Stewart’s A & M distributed Magnet Music label as the 4 song EP ‘Park Alien’. The band released its James Stewart III produced debut CD, ‘Heroic Doses’, through Page Publications (founded by Barenaked Ladies) in 1995. Soon, the band was signed to the indie label Liquid Records and the disc was re-issued and distributed by EMI Canada. The band’s sophomore disc, ‘Clodhopper’, was produced by Sylvia Massy (Tool, Red Hot Chili Peppers) which featured the single “Pistons” and guest appearances by onetime Glueleg alumnus, trumpeter Bob Mackowycz alongside Liquid labelmate Lenny Jabour for the tune “Fresh Pigs”. Fiddler Ashley McIsaac — another friend of a friend — appears on the track “See Saw Man”.

Pistons (Liquid/EMI)
1997 Dragonfly
1997 Mrs. Petrie

Angst [cassette] (independent)
1993 Park Alien [EP] (Magnetic Music/A & M)
1995 Heroic Doses (Page Publications) PE-2210
1996 Heroic Doses [CD re-issue] (Liquid/EMI) RLM-1
1997 Clodhopper (Liquid/EMI) 856100

Compilation Tracks
“Pollo” on ‘Page One’ (Page) PP-005
1997 “Pistons” on ‘Ear Conditioning’ (EMI Canada) 33136

Roxanne Heichert
(vocals) / Steve Quinn (guitar) / Gord Badanic (bass, piano) / Ian Noble (drums; 1983-1985; replaced Tomkow 1987-1989) / Rob Tomkow (drums; replaced Ike 1986-1988) / Ike (drums; replaced Noble 1985-1986) / Joel Anderson (drums; replaced Noble 1989)
Originally called The Debutantes, Go Four 3 (an Air Force term meaning ‘landing on an aircraft carrier’: on scope, on target, perfect landing) formed in Vancouver in 1983 and became a staple of that city’s live scene when they were discovered in 1985 by Zulu Records. Their six song, self-titled EP in 1985 was produced by Rob Obvious with pre-production work by Greg Reely and Ric Arboit. Original drummer Ian Noble left soon after to be replaced by “Ike”. The EP sold 1500 copies and went Top-5 on most campus radio stations across Canada. Following their 5th cross Canada tour they recorded their 1987 follow-up LP ‘Six Friends’ for Zulu. Ike had been replaced by Rob Tomkow on drums who, in turn, was replaced part-way through the sessions by original drummer Ian Noble. The band relocated to Toronto in 1988 to start recording what was intended to be their third album with producer Chris Wardman (Chalk Circle, Blue Peter). Drummer Ian Noble quit and returned to Vancouver after becoming homesick. He was replaced by NEOA4’s Joel Anderson in 1989. The band ended up going to England and remixing some of the songs from those sessions with Chris Wardman. At the request of management in the UK the band changed its name to Thrill Squad. Some tracks from the Wardman sessions were released on the Thrill Squad CD ‘It’s Party Time’. with notes from Stephen Quinn.

1985 Just Another Day (Zulu)
1987 Someone/Roxy Roller (Zulu) ULUZ-3
1987 Save Me (Zulu)

1985 Go Four 3 [6-song EP] (Zulu) ZULU-EP-2
1987 Six Friends (Zulu) ZULU-2

1989 It’s Party Time (Ape No Kill Ape) 4643
1992 It’s Just Another Day [4 song EP] (Lowspeak – UK) LSPK-SS01
1997 Here Comes Tomorrow [6 song EP] (Ape No Kill Ape) 4644

Compilation Tracks
“Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer” on ‘Xmas compilation – Ukhisimuzi’ (Zulu) FREE-1
1986 “Just Another Day” & “In My Dreams” on ‘Manic Depression’ [cassette] (Zulu)
1986 “This Flight Tonight” on ‘Van-Cover’ [cassette] (Garbonzo Bean) GARBO-2
1991 “Just Another Day” on ‘Last Call: Vancouver Independent Music 1977-1988’ (Zulu) ZULU 5-

Band: B.J. “Mr. Right” Del Conte (vocals) / John “Twang E. Coyote” Daly (guitars) / Mike “Uncle Earl” Barrett (bass) / Ed “Hi-Fi” Troscianczuk (drums) / Ingrid “Trixie La Bomba” Riets (vocals) / Alumni: Jeff E Pop (bass) / Christie Pitts (keyboards) / Stately Wayne Manor (saxophone, flute) / Chopstick Yamaha (drums) / Perry Masonite (drums) / Robin Watson (guitar)
Toronto, Ontario’s Go! Bimbo Go! was formed in 1986 and developed a cult following for its frenetic and humourous live shows through the mid-90s. Self-proclaimed as “Canada’s Premier Ethno-Surf Band”, they mixed a blend of off-center pop-rock originals, eclectic covers, and genre parodies that drew comparisons to Weird Al Yankovic, or the Barenaked Ladies mixed with Teenage Head. Their first performance was at the legendary Larry’s Hideaway and they became stalwarts at the Cabana Room in the Spadina Hotel as well as the Queen Street circuit and the Yonge Street strip. Band personnel changed in the first few years; the band’s frontman was always Mr. Right (B.J. Del Conte) who used a steady stream of props, costume changes and bon mots to entertain. As many of the band members worked in the media, they became known for creative press releases that earned them a stream of publicity. Not surprisingly, many of their media friends appeared as guest stars, including Maclean’s film reviewer Brian Johnson, Toronto Sun writers John “Debbie Diesel” Schmied, Jim Slotek, and Calvin Reynolds and Toronto Star columnist/psychiatrist Dr. Irving Wolkoff. They were selected to play the very first North By Northeast Festival in 1995, but under the assumed name Hockey Heroes. The band applied to play the festival under three different identities. Their best known song, “The Ballad of Tim Horton” (featuring a hokey hockey instructional recording by Frank Mahovalich), got their foot in the door. Performing under assumed names also became a Go! Bimbo Go! tradition. At the 1997 NXNE appearance they played as Thruster, which included a near-death experience when they followed a lesbian folk-metal band with the set-opening misogynist rocker “Heavyweight Champion of Love.” A 1992 Breakfast TV appearance resulted in some last minute improvisation. The band planned to play “The Ballad of Tim Horton”, but show producers told the band that the show was sponsored by a rival donut chain and the tune was verboten. As the performance was on the day of a Quebéc referendum, the producers requested instead another patriotic song from the band’s press release – “My Canada Includes Mitsou”. That song didn’t actually exist, but the band wrote new lyrics to another of their songs and performed it. Both “My Canada Includes Mitsou” and the source song, “Opposable Thumbs”, appear on their third release ‘Big Baby Man’. The name Go! Bimbo Go! still shows up on many lists of the “best”, “worst” or “weirdest” band names of all time. “Bimbo” was the name of an imaginary clown from Canada’s early ‘70s children’s show ‘The Uncle Bobby Show.” The band wound down in 1997, but reformed in 2007 to perform at a charity fundraiser, a Q107-sponsored Christmas party later that year and have continued to play sporadically since then. With notes from B.J. Del Conte and Calvin Reynolds.

It Can’t Break! It’s Plastic! [cassette]
1991 Mistake On A Bun [cassette]
1994 Big Baby Man (Wind Assisted) [cassette]

Tom Thacker
(guitar, vocals) / Theo Goutzinakis (guitar, vocals) / Patrick Paszana (drums) / Kelly Macauley (bass) / Jamie Fawkes (bass; replaced Macauley 1995) / Happy Kreter (bass; replaced Fawkes 1996) / Craig Wood (bass; replaced Kreter 1996-2004) / Gabe Mantle (drums; replaced Paszana 1997- 2004) / Tyson Maiko (bass, backing vocals; 2004-2008) / Steven Fairweather (bass; 2008)
GOB was formed in Langley, British Columbia in 1993. They released an 8 song disc on their own Landspeed Records in 1994. Shortly after the release, Macauley was replaced by Fawkes for the EP follow-up ‘Green Beans and Almonds’. Three songs from their early sessions were reworked for the full-length ‘Too Late…No Friends’ in 1995 on Fearless Records. But after a falling out with Fealress, the band would be picked up for distribution through Mint Records where ‘Too Late…No Friends’ was re-issued. The band changed also changed their rhythm section in 1997 and released ‘How Far Shallow Takes You’ in 1998. Gob toured extensively for the next two years and returned to the studio in 2000 on the back of a new recording deal with Nettwerk Records who also re-issued the band’s first two full-length discs. Gob emerged with ‘The World According to Gob’ in 2001 which featured the radio hits “I Hear You Calling”, “No Regrets”, and “For the Moment”. The album was certified Gold for sales in 2002. Their deal didn’t last long and so, Gob signed with Arista and released an advance EP entitled ‘F.U.’ in 2003 featuring the single “Ming Train”, two previously unreleased tracks and sneak peaks at material from their next album. In April 2003 they unveiled their debut for Arista entitled ‘Foot in Mouth Disease’ which featured the radio hits “Give Up the Grudge” and “Oh! Ellin”. In 2004 Wood left the band to join Avril Lavigne and was replaced by Tyson “Peter Pan” Maiko. Extensive touring followed to promote the album. In 2007 Thacker became the back-up guitarist for live performances by Sum 41 following the departure of their guitarist Dave Baksh. Meanwhile, Gob completed and released their next album Muertos Vivos featuring the singles “We’re All Dying”, “Underground” and “Banshee Song”. By mid-2008 Maiko had been replaced by Fairweather. The band continued into 2009 at which time Thacker went to Japan with Sum 41 through 2010 and interrupted Gob’s next studio album. A DVD documentary and the long-delayed album is expected in 2012.

Ass Seen On TV /[split w/ANOTHER JOE] (Landspeed)
1999 What To Do (Tom Lord-Alge Mix) (Nettwerk) 39915
2001 For the Moment (Nettwerk)
2001 I Hear You Calling (Nettwerk) G-104
2001 No Regrets (Nettwerk)
2002 Ming Tran (Arista)
2003 Give Up the Grudge/Ming Tran (Arista) 51183
2003 Oh! Ellin (Arista) 53684
2007 We’re All Dying (Aquarius)
2007 Underground (Aquarius)
2008 Banshee Song (Radio Edit)/Embitter Me Sweet (Aquarius)
2008 War Is a Cemetery (Radio Edit) (Aquarius)

Gob (Landspeed) LS1-001
1995 Green Beans and Almonds [EP] (Landspeed) LS1-002
1995 Too Late…No Friends (Landspeed/Fearless) F-033-2
1999 How Far Shallow Takes You (Landspeed/Nettwerk) 30139
2000 The World According to Gob (Nettwerk) 30155
2002 F.U. [EP] (Arista)
2003 Foot in Mouth Disease (Arista) 51749
2007 Muertos Vivos (Aquarius) 712062

Compilation Track
“You’re Too Cool” and “I Want You Back Baby” on ‘Team Mint’ (Mint) MRD-025
1997 “A View To a Kill” on ‘The Duran Duran Tribute Album’ (Mojo) UD-53029
2000 “Custer’s Last One-Night Stand” on ‘World Warped III – Live’ (SideOneDummy) SD-71222
2002 “Heavy Metal Shuffle” on ‘Fubar [O.S.T.] (Aquarius) Q2-00605

GODARD, Gilles
Godard’s “Took a Train To Vegas” spent the entire summer of 1982 on the RPM Top 50 Country Singles chart peaking at #10 in October. The follow up, “Dressed to Kill”, reached #8 in July 1983 on the RPM Top 50 Country Singles chart. “Tell It To My Heart” was released late in 1983 and managed a Top40 placement on the RPM chart. 1984’s “Call Me An Outlaw” that barely broke the Top40 on the RPM Country chart. Godard returned to the chart later in the spring of 1984 with his duo Godard & (Kelita) Haverland with the song “Nothing Good About Goodbye” which reached #27 on the RPM Country chart but after falling off the chart it re-appeared on the Adult Contemporary chart in November 1984.  Several singles in 1985 failed to light the charts on fire, but 1986’s “Love Crazy” give him a respectable Top25 Country and Adult Contemporary placing on the RPM charts.

1981 Yet I Fall Once Again/Midnight Went By (Book Shop) CC-45576
1982 Took A Train To Vegas (Belair) B-193
1983 Dressed To Kill (Belair) B-197
1983 Tell It To My Heart (Belair/Book Shop) BSR-707
1984 Call Me An Outlaw (Belair/Book Shop) BSR-709
1985 Hold On To What You Got (Book Shop) BSR-45715
1986 Love Crazy (Book Shop) BSR-45722
1986 It’s A Fine Line (Book Shop) BSR-45731
1987 Tell Me You’re Free (Book Shop) BSR-45737
1989 She’s Good (Book Shop) BSR-45796

1984 Nothing Good About Goodbye (Belair/Book Shop) BSR-714
1985 We Won’t Ever Say Goodbye (Book Shop) BSR-45718

1988 I Still Think Of You (Book Shop) BSR-760

1980 Gilles Godard (Book Shop) CCL-33151
1983 Tell It To My Heart (Belair/Book Shop) BSR-33701
1986 Have I Got News For (Book Shop)
1988 Lose Control (Book Shop) BSR-33757

GODIN, Claude
Born: Victoriaville, Québec

Quand Ses Yeux Me Regardent/Je Promets (Carrousel) CR-5
1972 C’etait Le Bon Temps/Donne Moi Un Peu De Ton Amour (Visa) V-7704

Greg Godovitz
(vocals, bass) / Gino Scarpelli (guitar) / Marty Morin (drums) / Doug Inglis (drums; replaced Morin in 1977) / Brad Lovatt (keyboards; added 2005) / Steve Shelski (guitar; replaced Scarpelli in 2005)
Following a successful rock star lifestyle with Canadian Glam Rock outfit Fludd, bassist Greg Godovitz left the fold in frustration as the songwriting opportunities for him dwindled. Utilizing a team of musical cohorts from Fludd’s camp, he assembled an ad hoc studio act dubbed Goddo; and released a cover version of “Louie Louie” through A & M Records of Canada in 1975. To promote the song, which managed to stir up a bit of airplay nationally, Godovitz needed a working band to secure gigs, and a paycheck, in the Ontario bar scene. Enter former Brutus guitarist Gino Scarpelli and former Truck drummer Marty Morin in late 1975. The band made the rounds touring every dingy pub, dive, strip club and high school in Ontario and Quebéc with occasional forays into the US and Western Canada as a means of perfecting their stage show and performance chops. There was also the matter of becoming a big act in a little pond. Soon they were the working-man’s power trio; a sonic three-man wrecking crew to be reckoned with through a steady diet of bar circuit gigs over the next two years before finally attracting the attention of Polydor Records who signed the group via a deal with independent production company Fat Cat Records. Exit Marty Morin (who left for the more secure environment of bus driving), enter Doug Inglis on drums. They released their self-titled debut in 1977. Songs like the Santana-esque “Under My Hat” began to set the stage for Goddo’s place on Rock radio. With true Greg Godovitz bravado, the follow-up album in 1978 was bolder, brasher and sported an attention grabbing title: ‘If Indeed It’s Lonely At The Top…WHO CARES…It’s Lonely At The Bottom Too!’ The songs even reflected a rather barbed view of the Rock ‘n Roll lifestyle, and the music industry in general, with tracks like “Cock On” (a song about the censored front cover of the Fludd album of the same name), “Carole (Kiss My Whip)” about Rough Trade dominatrix Carole Pope, and “Drop Dead (That’s Who)”. But “Sweet Thing” became the radio staple – forever cementing the band’s misogynistic bent and giving their hometown of Scarborough, Ontario an anthem. Goddo soon found itself having more clout. Polydor gave them more money and so, the band retired to Florida to work in the studio that made the Bee Gees famous. The result was a truly diverse third album featuring thoughtfully orchestrated ballads and Goddo’s trademark balls-to-the-strip-malls kick-ass rock. ‘An Act Of Goddo’ was born and the band’s first, and only, ballad – “Chantal” – put the group back on the air in Canada. An appearance on CITY-TV’s “Chum-City Simulcast’ (the first act ever to do so), made them household names. But as has been well documented in Godovit’z autobiography, ‘Travels With My Amp’, the group didn’t quite rise to the next level at a time when their critical and commercial success was peaking. After finding themselves with little promo on the back of a Western tour of Canada, Godovitz decided to send the president of Polydor a rather scathing facsimile explaining his distaste for their lack of support. Polydor dropped them soon after. Gino Scarpelli began working with acts on a compilation album being put together by Robert Charles Dunne’s El Mocambo Records called ‘Toronto Calling’. Along with members of Moxy, Scarpelli appeared as part of a studio act called Bongo Fury (who would also release a full-length LP). The connection made a good temporary home for the Goddo charity single “Fortune In Men’s Eyes”, an ode to Godovitz’s late Fludd musical partner Brian Pilling. In 1980 Goddo finally found a home on Al Mair’s Attic Records label in exchange for the publishing rights to the first three Goddo albums (Greg would eventually retain the rights to the albums themselves) – who had previously championed the biggest hits for his previous band Fludd. In a ballsy move for both label and band, they decided not to record another studio album right away. Instead, they booked two nights at the Roxy Theatre in Barrie with a mobile recording truck, producer Bob Segarini, and a young comedian opening the show who the world would later know as the $20 million face of comedy – Jim Carrey. The result was the well-received ‘best of’ album ‘Lighve: Best Seat In the House’. Of course, the record contained a number of new tracks that the band polished in the studio the next year for their studio LP ‘Pretty Bad Boys’. The lead-off track, “Pretty Bad Boy”, became a certified Top-40 hit and garnered the band a 1982 JUNO Award nomination for ‘Band of the Year’. The advanced paycheck Godovitz received for recording the album was used to finance a playboy-styled vacation to Egypt. By the time he returned to Canada, Attic needed the band to re-coupe its investment post-haste. A lengthy 1983 tour began, including a short stint with Uriah Heep in the United States. But Goddo soon collapsed under the weight of its own excesses and debt. A five piece reconfiguration called GODO later emerged with Godovitz leading the brigade through the mid-80s. But it wasn’t until he decided to capitalize on the group’s 15th anniversary did Goddo return for another kick at the can. And so, BEI/Justin Entertainment released a ‘best of’ package in 1990 called ’12 Gauge Goddo’ to stir the pot of interest. With the critical re-evaluation of Goddo’s historical place in the Canadian Rock pantheon, the band decided to fully reunite for 1992’s’ King Of Broken Hearts’ which was co-produced and mixed by legendary Rush/Max Webster/Klaatu producer Terry Brown. The album spawned what would be the band’s only official music video – “Was It Something I Said?” – giving Goddo recognition across Canada on MuchMusic and, soon, overseas through a distribution deal with Germany’s Mausoleum Records. However, the new recession, an explosion out of the Seattle music scene called Grunge, and the implosion of BEI/Justin left Goddo with nowhere to go but back to the mid-sized bars. An ego blow at best, but a revenue blow at worst. Goddo quietly shut down for a second time. In 1994 Godovitz managed to wrangle his way into joining a group called Ground Zero who had been holding a Sunday night jam at Lee’s Palace in Toronto and so offered his services to them as a second guitarist under the new moniker The Carpet Frogs. It wasn’t long before they had a CD out called ‘Frog Curry’ released in Canada on Godovitz’s own Nile Records and through Permanent Press Recordings out of Los Angeles. However personal conflicts between Godovitz and the band led to his departure from The Carpet Frogs. Undaunted, Godovitz saw the value in a Carpet Frogs type British Invasion-styled revue. Enter old pal Bob Segarini, fresh off the collapse of Oak Ridges,Ontario super-group Cats & Dogs (Mach 1). With the addition of keyboardist Ron Christian, the trio billed themselves, mockingly, as The Greg Godovitz Orchestra & Chorus. The mostly acoustic, stripped down sound was perfect for intimate settings and it wasn’t long before they became a regular fixture at Blues On Belair in Yorkville. Still, the need to make a living was essential and so with the year 2000 marking Goddo’s 25th Anniversary, Godovitz plotted a massive tour backed by new label Bullseye Records who re-issued the band’s first three Polydor releases and later that year a follow-up live album called ‘2nd Best Seat In The House’. Godovitz would spend the following year mining the success of his autobiography – the aforementioned ‘Travels With My Amp’ – which gave Goddo even more exposure and success with large venue gigs and the re-issue of 1993’s ‘King Of Broken Hearts’ CD. Simultaneously, Godovitz and Segarini took the ‘Orchestra’ to the next level, adding a rhythm section (including Goddo’s Doug Inglis on drums) and calling the new British Invasion sounding incarnation The Anger Brothers. While in the studio to record a batch of original songs for their self-titled debut, Godovitz also recorded several new tracks for a Goddo comeback record. The new studio album in 2004 was called ‘Kings Of The Stoned Age’ and spawned several radio singles including ‘Rock Star’. Failing health eventually led to the replacement of original guitarist Scarpelli by Coney Hatch’s Steve Shelski. To expand their sound and cover material from the new album they also added former Anger Brothers keyboard player Brad Lovatt. In 2008 Goddo released a collection of live rarities on Bullseye called ‘Under My Hat: Anthology Volume 1’ and played their final gig at Jeff Healey’s Roadhouse in March of that year before Godovitz moved to Calgary; Godovitz would release his autobiography, ‘Travels With My Amp,’ in 2000 and its sequel, ‘Up Close and Uncomfortable’ in 2020. He has also released one solo album entitled ‘aMuseMe’; Goddo reunited in 2012 for a 35th anniversary live show that was released on CD and DVD in 2013.; Doug Inglis died June 25, 2021. with notes from Greg Godovitz.

1975 Louie Louie/Star Struck (A & M) AM-398
1977 Under My Hat/You’ll Come Around (Fat Cat/Polydor) 2065-901
1978 There Goes My Baby (Edited Version)/Drop Dead (That’s Who) (Polydor) 2065-383
1979 Chantal/Anacanapanacana (Polydor) 2065-411
1980 Fortune In Men’s Eyes/Homemade Lady (El Mocambo/A & M)  ESMO-511
1982 Pretty Bad Boy/Vampire Eyes (Attic) AT-250
1982 If Tomorrow Never Comes (Remix)/Feelin’ Strange Today (Attic)  AT-263
1992 Was It Something I Said? [CD single] (Silenz – HOLLAND) 269567
2001 New York City’s Burning/Dreams of New York City (Live) [CD single] (Bullseye) BEP-008
2004 Rock Star (Radio Edit) (Bullseye) BLR-CD-0041
2004 Such A Fool (Radio Edit) (Bullseye) BLR-CD-0042
2004 Help Me (Radio Edit)  (Bullseye) BLR-CD-0043

1977 Goddo (Polydor) 2424-901
1978 Who Cares (Fat Cat/Polydor) 2424-902
1979 An Act Of Goddo (Polydor) 2424-189
1981 Lighve: Best Seat In The House (Attic) LAT-1107
1982 Pretty Bad Boys (Attic) LAT-1020
1990 12 Gauge Goddo (BEI/MCA) 33935
1991 In Goddo We Trust (Silenz – HOLLAND) 269549
1992 King Of Broken Hearts (Justin/MCA) JED-0021
2001 2nd Best Seat In The House (Bullseye) BLR-CD-2504
2004 Kings Of The Stoned Age (Bullseye) BLR-CD-4074
2008 Under My Hat: Volume 1 (Bullseye) BLR-CD-4125
2013 The Pretty Bad Boys Return: 35th Anniversary Reunion Concert (eONE) AAPCD5644

Compilation Tracks
“Fortune In Men’s Eyes” on ‘Hit Toons For Hip Teens!’ (El Mocambo) ELMO-760
1981 “Am I Crazy, Crazy?” on ‘Rocktober ‘81’ (Attic) ROCT-081
1982 “Pretty Bad Boy” on ‘Street Hits’ (CBS Special Products) CSPS-1953
1993 “Pretty Bad Boy” on ‘Caught In the Attic’ [3CDs] (Attic) ATTIC-XX
1998 “Pretty Bad Boy” on ‘Attic Records Limited Twenty5’ [4CDs] (Attic) ATTIC-25
2003 “When You Roam” on ‘KnuckleTracks LI’ (BW&BK) LI
2004 “You Can’t Do That” on ‘It Was 40 Years Ago Today: A Tribute To The Beatles” [2CD] (Bullseye) BLR-CD-4060
2004 “Under My Hat” on ‘When CanCon Rocked – Volume 1’ (Bullseye) BLR-CD-4015
2005 “Under My Hat” on ‘ Steeler Lager Presents Q107 Classic Rock 6 Pack: Volume 1’ (EMI) 09463-1172021

Efrim Manuel Menuck (guitar) / Mauro Pezzente (bass) / Mike Moya (guitar; 1994-1998, 2010-present) / David Bryant (guitar; 1995-present) / Thierry Amar (bass; 1995-present) / Norsola Johnson (cello; 1995-present) / Aidan Girt (percussion; 1995-present) / Bruce Cawdron (percussion; 1995-present) / Thea Pratt (French horn; 1995-1997) / Christophe (1995-1997) / Sophie Trudeau (violin; 1998-present) / Roger Tellier-Craig (guitar; 1998-2004)
Formed as a trio with Menuck, Pezzente and Moya in Montréal, Quebéc in 1994 as opening act for the band Steak 72. The band’s name was taken from a Japanese biker movie featuring a gang calling themselves The Black Emperors. After several sporadic gigs, the band released the limited independent cassette ‘All Lights Fucked on the Hairy Amp Drooling in December 1994. Since 1997’s early recordings release ‘F♯ A♯ ∞’ the near orchestra-sized fluctuating line-up have congregated in various configurations to release albums and occasionally reunite when their full-time side-projects permit.

All Lights Fucked On the Hairy Amp Drooling [cassette] (independent)
1997 ‘F♯ A♯ ∞’ (1995-1997) (Constellation) CST-003
1999 Slow Riot for New Zerø Kanada E.P. (Constellation) CST-006
2000 Lift Your Skinny Fists Like Antennas to Heaven (Constellation) CST-012
2002 Yanqui U.X.O. (Constellation) CST-024
2012 ‘Allelujah! Don’t Bend Ascend (Constellation) CST-081
2015 Assunder, Sweet and Other Distress (Constellation) CST-111
2017 Luciferian Towers (Constellation) CST-126

Sandra Luciantonio
(vocals) / Dan Tierney (vocals, guitar) / John Souranis (bass)
Originally known as Hodads, the Montréal group changed its direction and name to Gogh Van Go in 1991. With a record deal already in place with Audiogram as Hodads,their self-titled debut was recorded and mixed at Studio Nomade, Morin Heights, Québec by Pierre Marchand in 1993. The disc featured a remake of John Lennon’s “Instant Karma” which received some notable airplay on Canadian radio.

Instant Karma (Audiogram/Select) ADCD-5168
1993 Bed Where We Hide (Audiogram/Select) ADCD-5171
1993 Say You Will [4 mixes] (Audiogram/Select) ADCD-5182
1993 Call It Romance (Radio Edit) (Audiogram/Select) ADCD-5194
1996 Vitamin (WAMA) 38002
2014 Tunnel Of Trees [DigiFile]

Quand Le Soleil Dit Bonjour Aux Montagnes/Routine (Audiogram/Les Disques Commotion) AD-5073

Gogh Van Go [5-song EP] (Audiogram) ADCD-3003
1993 Gogh Van Go (Audiogram) ADCD-10058
1997 Bliss Station (Audiogram) ADCD-10099

Compilation Tracks
“Bed Where We Hide” on ‘New Stuff Three’ (MMS) NSCD-003
2014 “Tunnel Of Trees” on ‘Trente’ [3CD] (Audiogram) ADCD-30000

GOGO, David
Born: Nanaimo, British Columbia
David Gogo received his first guitar when he was five years old. At the age of 15 he met the late guitar legend Stevie Ray Vaughn who encouraged Gogo to pursue his musical passion. Not long after he formed his first band, The Persuaders, and managed to wrangle opening slots for the likes of Johnny Winters, Albert King and Buddy Guy among others. Gogo quickly became a revered Canadian blues guitarist who also cut his teeth as a session player – including an appearance on the million selling Tom Cochrane album ‘Mad Mad World’ in 1991. Following a solo tour opening for The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Cochrane’s label, EMI, signed him to a deal that lead to his self-titled debut in 1994. However, despite plenty of promotional support by the label in Canada, the album was not released stateside and failed to make an impact. Gogo decided to leave EMI and sign with the smaller, more personable Ragged Pup/Cordova Bay labels. Following the release of his sophomore album, ‘Dining Under the Stars’, in 1998, Gogo toured in Europe and landed a co-distribution deal in France with the Dixiefrog blues label. In 1999 he released an acoustic blues album (‘Ragged Bones’) and in 2000 he released a rock/blues album (‘Change of Pace’). These albums won him a West Coast Music Award in 2000 as ‘Musician of the Year’. With the demise of Ragged Pup Records, Gogo signed directly to Cordova Bay where he released ‘Halfway to Memphis’ in 2001. As Gogo worked on his next album, ‘Skeleton Key’, and advanced single was released in 2002 – a Blues interpretation of Depeche Mode’s hit ‘Personal Jesus’. The new arrangement of the song garnered him a Maple Blues Award in 2002 for ‘Guitarist of the Year’. The full album followed in 2003 and a live album, ‘Live at Deer Lake: Official Bootleg Series Volume 1’ materialized at year’s end. The album received a JUNO Award nomination. 2004’s ‘Vibe’ saw him collaborate on songs with Tom Wilson (Blackie & The Rodeo Kings), John Capek (Ronney Abrahamson) and Craig Northey (The Odds) and featured a guest appearance by Jeff Healey. The record garnered him his second Maple Blues Award as ‘Guitarist of the Year’. Gogo released another acoustic blues album, ‘Acoustic: Official Bootleg Series Volume 2’, in 2006 which earned him another JUNO Award nomination for ‘Blues Album of the Year’. In 2009 Gogo recorded his next album, ‘Different Views’, at his home studio in Nanaimo, British Columbia with producer Russell Broom (The Dudes, Sam Roberts). The album featured guest musicians Shawn Verrault, Carolyn Mark, and Phil Dwyer.

Deep End (EMI) CDPRO-840
2000 (It’s All Over Now) Baby Blue (Cordova Baby) CBR-0132S
2002 Personal Jesus (Cordova Bay)
2008 Something Ain’t Right (Radio Edit Version 1)/Something Ain’t Right (Radio Edit Version 2) (Cordova Bay – GER) CDSG-035

David Gogo (EMI) 27595
1994 Bulletproof [6-song EP] (EMI) CDPRO-839
1997 Dine Under the Stars (Cordova Bay) CBR-0102
1997 Dine Under the Stars – Recorded Live! (Yo! Canada)
2000 Bare Bones (The Acoustic Blues) (Ragged Pup/Cordova Bay) RPR-0112
2000 Change of Pace (Ragged Pup/Cordova Bay) RPR-0132
2001 Halfway to Memphis (Cordova Bay) CBR-0232
2003 Skeleton Key (Cordova Bay) CBR-0262
2003 Live At Deer Lake: Official Bootleg Series Volume 1 (Cordova Bay) CBR-0292
2004 Vibe (Cordova Bay) CBR-0332
2006 Acoustic: Official Bootleg Series Volume 2 (Cordova Bay) CBR-0382
2009 Different Views (Cordova Bay) CBR-0732
2011 Soul-Bender (Cordova Bay) CBR-0942
2012 Christmas With The Blues (Cordova Bay) CBR-1022
2013 Come On Down (Cordova Bay) CBR-1092
2015 Vicksburg Call (Cordova Bay) CBR-1322
2018 17 Vultures (Cordova Bay) CBR-1772
2021 Silver Cup (Cordova Bay) CBR-2042

Compilation Tracks
“Things Is About to Change” on ‘Saturday Night Blues: 20 Years’ (CBC)
2008 “300 Pound Shoes” on ‘Roots & New 2008’ (DixieFrog – France) DFGCD-8641

Following graduation from high school, singer-songwriter Steve Goldberger got his early career start as bass player and founding member of the band Black Creek starting in 1971. They would be signed to RCA Records and toured clubs and opened shows for the likes of Supertramp, Arlo Guthrie, Melanie, Lester Flatt and more. In 1975 they released the Cliff Edwards produced single “The Bright Side of Tomorrow” which would win a Genie Award for ‘Best Original Score’ from the film ‘Lions of Breakfast.’ The band would split up in 1978. During this period and following the group demise Goldberger was a freelance bass player for Willie P. Bennett, Mark Haines, Blair Packham, Chris Whitely, Jamie Snyder, Conrad Kipping, Margaret Chrystl, Bill Garret & Curly Boy Stubbs, Gayle Ackroyd, Dawn Duvall, Nancy Ryan, Foolish Behaviour, Joe Ingrao, Mark Lalama, Craig Roberts, Steve Grisbrook, Mighty Duck Blues Band, Mike Lynch and more. In the 1980s and 1990s Goldberger led several original and cover bands in Toronto including, Goldie Lox & the Bagels, Elephants Gerald, Blazin’ Saddles, The Casuals, and several Black Creek reunion bands culminating with the Black Creek Big Band shows at Harbourfront. In 1995 he moved to Niagara-on-the-Lake and started the Fringe Locals band. In 1998 Goldberger had open heart surgery (and would go through the procedure again in 2013). After surviving open heart surgery, he released his first indie CD ‘Come From the Heart’ in 2000 which was recorded live over three nights at the Olde Angel Inn in Niagara-on-the-Lake and the Feathers Pub in Toronto with his band The Fringe Locals.That same year he built a studio in his shed to compose, record and produce the corporate promotional CD, ‘Wild Herb’s Cooler Sounds.’ Unfortunately, the shed studio was destroyed by fire in 2002. Undaunted, he would build a new studio called Hitsville Niagara-On-the-Lake. He would record two albums that year: the early 2002 release ‘Niagara-On-The-Lake Rhythm Project’ – a collection of original instrumental tunes, and “Gumbo Dreams” which was released in the fall of 2002 – his first album of all original material. In 2003, he joined The Niagara Rhythm Section for weekly Saturday night gigs.Their rotating special guest roster led to the recording of ‘Live At the Anchorage Inn – Volumes 1 & 2’ over many gigs that include Chuck Jackson, Johnny Max, Tony Springer, John Mays,Denis Keldie, Neil Chapman, Lance Anderson, Mark Lalama, John Dickie, and many more. Goldberger would record and/or produce projects for James Brown, The Marantz Project, Martin Springett, Shoeshine Boys, and Diesel Dog (all in 2005), Bruce Jones (2006), Steve Grisbrook and Andrew MacKay (2008). His solo album ‘Clueless’ was released in 2005, and ‘The Goldberger Variations’ was released in 2009. His album ‘Cosmic Cowboy’ was the winner of Country Artist, Producer and Songwriter of the Year at the 2015 Niagara Music Awards. From 2016 to present he continued his gigs with Niagara Rhythm Section and Old Winos. He has also created a band called The Gentle Spirits to play music from his repertoire of solo albums. The album ‘The Gentle Spirit’ was released in 2018, and ‘The Old Winos & Friends’ in 2020. With notes from Steve Goldberger. [also see BLACK CREEK]

Knowing What I Know Now
2021 True Love

The Goldberger Variations
2015 Cosmic Cowboy
2018 The Gentle Spirit
2020 Nature’s Way

Come From the Heart
2003 Gumbo Dreams
2005 Clueless

The Old Winos & Friends

Live At the Anchorage Inn Volume 1
2008 Live At the Anchorage Inn Volume 2

(vocals) / Doug Smith (guitar) / Dave Degrude (bass) / Dan Hayes (keyboards) / Jeff Smith (drums)
Formed in Calgary, Alberta in 1982. The band did long-standing engagements at Calgary’s The Night Gallery and The National Hotel. They split up in 1992. Degrude runs an audio shop in Calgary now. with notes from Jeff Hunter-Smith.

1984 New Desperados/7 Minutes To Heaven (Golden Rock)  GRR-50,001

1982 It’s Fun To Be Alive (Golden Rock) GR-50,000
1984 Savage Love (Rubber) RR-8403
1986 Guitar Curse [4 song 12″] (Rubber)

Compilation Tracks
“Party In The Sun” on ‘Calgary Compilation’ (Golden Rock) CCR-921

Dave Azzolini
(vocals, guitar) / Jessica Grassia (keyboards, vocals) / Taylor Knox (drums) / Neil Quin (guitar) / Stew Heyduk (bass)
The Golden Dogs was originally formed in Toronto in 2001 as a three-piece of Azzolini, Grassia and Knox. They released an independent 6-song EP in 2002. With constant touring and the release of their second EP, ‘Everything In 3 Parts’ in 2003, they became media darlings and gained the attention of College Radio with their song “Can’t Get Your Face Out of My Head”. They were signed to True North Records who re-issued the band’s two EPs as the full length ‘Everything in 3 Parts’ in 2004. In 2006 their sophomore release, ‘Big Eye Little Eye’, was released and featured the single “Never Meant Any Harm”. The album also contained an early Golden Dogs live favourite – Paul McCartney & Wings’ “Nineteen Hundred and Eighty-Five.” With a stateside release of the album 2007, the Golden Dogs toured in the United States in 2008 on bills with Feist, Sloan, and Electric Six. The band parted company with True North later that year and lost bassist Heyduk when he moved to Hawaii and got married. Azzolini and Grassia took time off from Golden Dogs to regroup and hung out at the studio of Carlin Nicholson and Mike O’Brien from the duo Zeus. After jamming and working on ideas together (some of which ended up on Zeus projects), The Golden Dogs managed to record a full-album called ‘Coat of Arms’ which was co-produced by Nicholson and O’Brien featuring musical help from Neil Quin and Alfie Jurvanen. The album was released on Nevado Records in the summer of 2010 and on Dine Alone Records in the US in April 2011. The band toured stateside and in Europe throughout 2011.

Can’t Get Your Face Out of My Head (independent)
2004 Yeah! (True North)
2006 Never Meant Any Harm (True North)
2008 Construction Worker/Lester (True North) TNV-7001
2010 As Long As You Like (Nevado)
2011 Underwater Goldmine (Dine Alone)

Golden Dogs [EP] (independent)
2003 Everything in 3 Parts [EP] (independent)
2004 Everything in 3 Parts [Full length/re-issue] (True North) TND-320
2006 Big Eye Little Eye (True North) TND-400
2010 Coat of Arms (Nevado)

John Lyons / Barry Ennis

While touring with Arc Records artist Dianne James across Canada in the summer of 1965, backing band Barry Ennis and The Keymen were shopped to Arc during a stop-over in Toronto by manager Don Eckess. The label tapped the group to record material they controlled but didn’t have an artist to make it happen. Out of convenience, Arc put them in a Toronto studio and recorded the single “My Situation” and “Nothing Much” and intended to release the single under the generic name The Golden Earrings (not to be confused with the Dutch band who later became Golden Earring). But The Keymen were still touring with Dianne James and couldn’t promote the Arc release. Instead, Arc had another band from New Glasgow, Nova Scotia called the Untouchables pose as The Golden Earrings to promote the song. The charade didn’t last long and The Untouchables struck out on their own as The Stitch In Tyme; Barry Ennis died of cancer October 7, 2018. With notes from John Lyon. [also see BARRY ENNIS, THE STITCH IN TYME]

My Situation/Nothing Much (Arc) A-1118

James Ackroyd
(guitar) / Brian Good (guitar) / Bruce Good (autoharp) / Larry Good (banjo, 1973-present) / Travis Good (guitar, mandolin)
Formed in Richmond Hill, Ontario as The Kinfolk, they changed their name to James and the Good Brothers.  As part of the financially disastrous cross-Canada train ride-cum-concert tour ‘Festival Express’ in 1970, James And The Good Brothers networked with members of The Grateful Dead’s extended entourage which got them invited to California. Once there, they began playing local clubs where they were spotted by The Jefferson Airplane’s Jack Casady and The Grateful Dead’s Bill Kreutzmann. The rock stars vouched for the trio and managed to get Columbia Records to sign them to a record deal. 1971’s ‘James and the Good Brothers’ was produced by Betty Cantor and featured mainly cover tunes and two original tracks. Casady and Kreutzmann played on the album and Grateful Dead members Phil Lesh and Bob Weir contributed as well. The group continued to make in-roads in the US before finally returning to Canada where they recruited younger brother Larry Good and became The Good Brothers after the departure of James Ackroyd. The band has gone on to record with both RCA and Solid Gold Records and have won several prestigious rewards, including JUNO Awards. Later versions of the touring band included sons Travis and Dallas Good who would go on to front The Sadies.


1976 Midnight Flight/[same] (RCA/Victor) PB-50277
1977 Homemade Wine/Missing You (RCA/Victor) PB-50349
1977 Cowboy From Rue St. Germain/Get Her Back (RCA/Victor) PB-50417
1979 Please Come Back To Me/Truck Driver’s Girl (RCA/Victor) PB-50474
1979 Let Love Go/Welcome To Paradise (RCA/Victor) PB-50494
1979 Just Another Cowboy/Truck Driver’s Girl (RCA/Victor) PB-50512
1979 Some Kind Of Woman/Old Mullens Hill (RCA/Victor) PB-50529
1979 Rainmaker/Ride Ride (RCA/Victor) PB-50543
1979 Fire In Her Eyes/I Thought It Over (RCA/Victor) PB-50553
1980 Brown Eyed Girl/Ol’ Kentucky (Solid Gold/A & M) SGS-703
1980 How Long/Hot Knife Boogie [featuring Powder Blues Band] (Solid Gold) SGS-704
1981 Fox On The Run/Uncle Billy’s Breakdown (Solid Gold) SGS-705
1981 Out Among the Stars/[same] (Solid Gold) SGS-711
1982 Weekend Rodeo/[same] (Solid Gold) SGS-717
1982 Summertime/When Our Ship Comes Sailin’ In (Solid Gold) SGS-721
1982 What About The Tears/[same] (Solid Gold) SGS-723
1982 Where There’s A Will There’s A Way/Person To Person (Solid Gold) SGS-730
1983 Low Love Threshold/[same] (Solid Gold) SGS-739
1983 Guide My Way Back Home/Hold Out (Solid Gold) SGS-740
1984 Celebrate/L.A. X (Solid Gold) SGS-755
1986 This Could Be Serious/Don’t Pet The Dog (Savannah) SRS-844
1986 Better Off Alone/Gone So Long (Savannah) SRS-850
1987 High Rollin’ Heart/Better Off Alone (Savannah) SRS-856
1987 Gone So Long/High Rollin’ Heart (Savannah) SRS-863
1988 You Won’t Fool This Fool This Time/Gone so Long (Savannah) SRS-871

1971 James And The Good Brothers (Columbia) C-30889
1976 The Good Brothers (RCA/Victor) KCLI-0168
1977 Pretty Ain’t Good Enuf (RCA/Victor) KCLI-0241
1978 Doin’ The Wrong Things Right (RCA/Victor) KCLI-0282
1979 Some Kind of Woman (RCA/Victor) ACL-0324
1980 Best of The Good Brothers (RCA/Victor) ACL-0331
1980 Live (Solid Gold) SGR-1001
1981 Country Club – The Hits of the Good Brothers (RCA/Victor) KEL-1-8108
1982 Person To Person (Solid Gold) SGR-1012
1983 Live ‘N’ Kickin’ (Solid Gold) SGR-1015
1986 Delivering the Goods (Savannah) SRL-9828
1989 Live Fast Love Hard (Savannah) SRL-9836
1992 So Many Roads
1997 Gone So Long
2002 One True Thing
2005 Live at the Rattlesnake Saloon (independent) 206215

Compilation Tracks
“Some Kinda Woman” on ‘Superstars Salute New Massey Hall’ (CRIA) CRIA-1
1998 “The Hockey Song” on ‘Attic Records Limited Twenty5’ [4CDs] (Attic) ATTIC-25as

“The Hockey Song” on Contact! The All-Star Collection / Contact! La Collection Des Étoiles (Attic) ACD-1395

Bruce “BC” Paraschiuk (vocals) / Doug Doherty (guitar) / Larry Hackie (guitar) / Rob Morton (bass) / Bernie Smith (drums)
From Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Tale of a Man/Like I Love You (Eagle) 122

Compilation Tracks
“Like I Love You” on ‘The Midwest Vs. Canada Vol.2’ (Unlimited Productions – USA) UPLP1002

Randy Hanker (bass) / Orest Andrews (drums, vocals) / Doug Dodd (keyboards) / Terry Loeb (lead guitar) / Barry Erickson (vocals) / Don Doerksen (bass) / Harold Kowalchuk (drums) / Ray Kundell (rhythm guitar)
From Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Ring in His Nose/After Glow (Franklin) QC-639

Compilation Tracks
“Ring In His Nose” on ‘Winnipeg – Volume One’ (Franklin) FR-1000
2005 “Keep Your Hands Off My Baby” and “Say You’re Mine” on ‘The Best of Eagle Records’ (Super Oldies) SOCD-1
2008 “Ring In His Nose” and “After Glow” on ‘The Best of Franklin Records’ (Super Oldies) SOCD-6
2009 “Keep Your Hands Off My Baby” and “Say You’re Mine” on ‘Buried Treasures: Winnipeg Rock Gems 1958-1974’ (Super Oldies) SOCD-9


Did You Do It?/You Ain’t Got What I Want (RCA International) 75-1013
1970 Girl In Green/Wake Up Girl (Freedom) 1993X

Caroline Brooks / Kerri Ough / Sue Passmore
Toronto bluegrass multi-instrumentalist trio the Good Lovelies describe their music as “flirtybluegrass” with Andrews Sisters-styled three-part harmonies and comic stage antics. Initially, the three were separate solo performers who met when they performed at a Christmas concert at Toronto’s Gladstone Hotel in 2006. They decided to collaborate and released their debut EP, ‘Oh My’, in 2007. Their debut CD, entitled ‘The Good Lovelies’ was released in 2009, and they closed the year off with the Christmas EP ‘Under the Mistletoe’. ‘The Good Lovelies’ CD won the JUNO Award for ‘Roots & Traditional Album of the Year – Group’ at the 2010 JUNO Awards. They appeared on a PBS TV special called ‘Girls of the North Country’ with Dala and Oh Susannah in February. The show and subsequent DVD/CD aired in June of 2010. Their sophomore release, ‘Let the Rain Fall’, was released in 2011 and the group headed to Australia to become featured performers at the Australian National Folk Festival.

Oh My! [CD-EP]
2009 Good Lovelies
2009 Under the Mistletoe [CD-EP]
2011 Let the Rain Fall

GOOD, Matthew
Born: Matthew Frederick Robert Good on June 29, 1971 in Burnaby, British Columbia
Matthew Good got his musical education doing the coffee house folk-rock scene with Simon Woodcock as the Rodchester Kings. They recorded a number of demos but never managed to transition past their home base of Simon Fraser University. Matthew Good decided to front his own act and so The Matthew Good band was born in Coquitlam, British Columbia in 1993. The new band would record a demo tape called ‘Euphony’ later that year. The band won recording time in the annual CFOX-FM 99.3’s ‘Vancouver Seeds’ music competition and recorded a new demo in September 1994 entitled ‘15 hours on a September Thursday’. The demo caught the attention of EMI Publishing and the band was signed in December 1994. By March 1995 they went on tour across Canada but the long hours and the stress on the road caused Good to collapse at the Sidetrack Café in Edmonton. He immediately re-assessed his priorities whereby he fired the band, tossed three hours worth of publishing demos away, hung up his acoustic guitar and relocated to Toronto where he set about assembling a new rock-based act. The new act quickly wrote new material and with only a $5,000 budget were able to record and release the critically acclaimed independent CD ‘Last Of The Ghetto Astronauts’ in 1995. While trying to decide where to go with their songs and their careers, they released the 1997 independent EP ‘Raygun’ and spent another $100,000 of personal and grant money from FACTOR to record a proper sophomore release, ‘Underdogs’. The gamble paid off as they immediately attracted the attention of A & M Records who signed the band and re-released the disc and ‘Last of the Ghetto Astronauts’ in 1997. The ‘Underdogs’ album went platinum in sales, spawned the hit singles and videos “Everything Is Automatic”, “Indestructible” and “Apparitions”. The band would garner three JUNO Award nominations in 1998. September 1999 marked the release of the follow-up disc ‘Beautiful Midnight’ and three singles (including the radio hot “Hello Time Bomb”). The debuted at No. 1 on SoundScan Canada’s album charts for the week of Sept. 12, 1999 with sales close to 25,000 copies. They would win two JUNO Awards in 2000 for ‘Best Rock Album’ and ‘Best Group’. At this point Good had gained a reputation for being personally and politically outspoken and boycotted the JUNO Awards ceremony. Following nearly two years on the road to promote the album, Good was diagnosed with sarcoidosis (lesions on the lungs) forcing him to temporarily quit smoking. He would also have throat surgery to remove a nodule from his vocal cords. His recovery time was spent in a Whistler, British Columbia hotel room attempting to write new material for a follow-up album. The band, meanwhile, was in disarray and had seen some member changes during the recording of the next album ‘The Audio of Being’. With the release of the album in October 2001, Good fired the entire band and went solo in 2002. Good’s debut solo album was ‘Avalanche’ produced by long-time Matthew Good Band producer Warne Livesey (Teardrop Explodes, Midnight Oil) featuring several tunes recorded with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. The singles “In a World Called Catastrophe” and “Weapons” became radio staples. The video for “Weapons” was nominate, and then won, a 2004 JUNO Award. The video’s director Ante Kovac accepted the award alone as Good continued to boycott the JUNO Awards. Good’s next album, 2004’s ‘White Light Rock & Roll Review’, was recorded live-off-the-floor with a pick-up band featuring Rick Priske (bass), Christian Thor Valdson (guitar) and Pat Steward (drums). The album spawned two video singles including the controversial ‘Alert Status Red’ which contained surveillance footage from the Columbine Massacre. Good toured the album and had Amnesty International set up information booths at his shows. In March 2005 Good brought Ryan Dahle and Meegee Bradfield on board to help him record bonus material for the 2005 ‘best of’ package ‘In a Coma’ which featured the single “Oh Be Joyful”. The deluxe edition of the CD included a DVD, nine re-workings of older songs and the complete collection of rare EPs. By March 2006, Good had decided to head in a new musical direction and embarked on an acoustic tour. During this period Good went through a divorce, beat a prescription drug addiction and was diagnose with bi-polar disorder. These experiences would inform his next album ‘Hospital Music’ which saw the light of day in 2007 and featured the single “Born Losers”. The song peaked at No.27 on the Billboard Canadian Hot 100 chart. The album, meanwhile, topped the Canadian album charts. Good toured the US on the back of the album before returning to Canada to record his fourth solo release ‘Vancouver’. The album was, once again, released through Universal Music Group and featured the lead off single “Last Parade”. Good toured the album in Canada from October to December of 2009 and stateside in early 2010. The record would win the 2011 JUNO Award for ‘Rock Album of the Year’. Good’s fifth solo album, was 2011’s ‘Lights of Endangered Species’. With notes from Warne Livesey.

Weapon (Universal)
2003 In a World Called Catastrophe (Universal)
2004 Alert Status Red (Universal)
2004 It’s Been Awhile Since I Was Your Man (Universal)
2005 Oh Be Joyful (Universal)
2007 Born Losers (Universal)
2009 Last Parade (Universal)
2011 In a Place of Lesser Men (Universal)

Alabama Motel Room (independent/FACTOR)
1995 Symbolistic White Walls (independent/FACTOR)
1995 Haven’t Slept In Years (independent/FACTOR)
1997 Everything Is Automatic (Darktown/A & M)
1998 Indestructible (Darktown/A & M)
1998 Apparitions (Darktown/A & M)
1998 Rico (Darktown/A & M)
1999 Hello Timebomb (Universal)
2000 Load Me Up (Universal)
2000 Strange Days (Universal)

Avalanche (Universal) 667352
2004 White Light Rock & Roll Review (Universal) 862378
2005 In a Coma: Best of 1995-2005 (Universal)
2007 Hospital Music (Universal) 733753
2008 Live At Massey Hall
2009 Vancouver
2011 Lights of Endangered Species
2013 Arrows of My Desire
2013 Old Fighters (Frostbyte Media Inc.) FRB-CD-115
2015 Chaotic Neutral
2016 I Miss New Wave: Beautiful Midnight Revisited [5-song EP]
2017 Something Like A Storm
2020 Moving Walls

Euphony [cassette] (independent)
1994 15 Hours on a September Thursday [cassette] (independent)
1995 Last of the Ghetto Astronauts (independent)
1997 Raygun [EP] (independent)
1997 Raygun [EP re-issue] (Darktown/A & M)
1997 Last of the Ghetto Astronauts [re-issue] (Darktown/A & M)
1997 Underdogs (Darktown/A & M)
1998 Lo-Fi B-Sides [EP] (Universal)
1999 Beautiful Midnight (Universal)
2001 Loser Anthems [EP] (Universal)
2001 The Audio of Being (Universal)

Patti Burns (vocals, drums) / Gerry Hall (vocals, lead) / Mickey Andrews (steel and dobro) / Randy McDonald (vocals, bass) / Johnny Green (drums) / Roy Penny (lead guitar) / Annette George (lead vocals) / Paul Clinch (percussion)
Rockin’ country outfit formed in Toronto in 1968 who backed up many Nashville and Canadian Country artists including Stompin’ Tom Connors. Both Andrews and Hall would record solo records for Art Snider’s Periwinkle label as well. Andrews and McDonald also had their own band Cabbage Towne.

Livin’ Country/It’s So Sad To Hurt That Way (Periwinkle) PER-3744

The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly (Dominion) LPS-48504
1971 At The Horseshoe (Vintage) SCV-113
1972 All Over The Road (Periwinkle) PER-7303
1974 Dream On The Run [O.S.T.] (Periwinkle) PER-7315

Former keyboardist for Magic Cycle/The Cycle and session player on recordings by Jay Telfer, Chelsea Wind, Gary & Dave, Surrender, and Derek Larson. Goodale also had a brief solo career. [also see MAGIC CYCLE, THE CYCLE]

Just Remember/Peter’s Song (Rubber Bullet) RB-102X

Singer-songwriter Doug Goodeve started his career with Axe Records. He had a steady solo career releasing singles on Berandol in the mid-70s and Candora in the ’80s including the song “Walking My Dog” with help from Bernadette Li. He spends his time now performing for the elderly around Greater Toronto.

1974 Back In The City Again/On My Wing (AXE)  AXE-13
1975 The Badlands/Last Things (Berandol) BER-1001
1981 Got a Little Way to Go/Out on the Road (Candora) CAND-8102
1986 Walking My Dog [w/Bernadette Li] (Candora)

Born: June 23, 1948 in Woodhill, New Brunswick
Singer-songwriter, vocalist and multi-instrumentalist for April Wine. [see APRIL WINE]

Caviar/Frank Sinatra Can’t Sing (Aquarius) AQ-6035
1988 Caviar (Edit – 4:08)/Caviar (4:36) [12”] (Atlantic – US)  DJ-2241
1988 Do You Know What I Mean [w/LEE AARON] (Toronto Version)/Do You Know What I Mean (Philadelphia Version) (Aquarius) AQ6036
My Girl/Face the Storm (Aquarius) AQ-6039
Are You Still Lovin’ Me/Mama Won’t Say (It’s Good)  (Aquarius) AQ-6043
2018 I Hate To See You Go (But I Love To Watch You Walk Away) [DigiFile] (Linus)
2019 Hip Hip [DigiFile] (Linus)

Myles Goodwin (Aquarius) AQR-548
2018 Myles Goodwin And Friends Of The Blues [DigiFile] (Linus)
2019 Myles Goodwin And Friends Of The Blues 2 [DigiFile] (Linus)
2023 I Dream In Blue

Jay Telfer
(vocals, guitar) / Fergus Hambleton (vocals, guitar)
In November 1969 shortly after the disbanding of A Passing Fancy, both of that act’s former vocalists – Jay Telfer and Fergus Hambleton (who replaced Telfer) – recorded a studio album for Allied Records under the name Goody Two Shoes called ‘Come Together’. The album was primarily cover tunes and is also noteworthy for lead guitar work by former A Passing Fancy roadie Kevan Staples – better known as half of future shock rockers Rough Trade. Jay Telfer, who had a solo career simultaneously with A Passing Fancy (on the Sir John A. label) continued as guitarist with the Toronto stage production of “Hair” before signing to Axe Records (owned by Fergus Hambleton’s brother, Greg) in 1973 for a series of singles and one album right through 1974. He dabbled in movie script writing (1977’s “Kid Vengeance” starring Jim Brown, Lee Van Cleef and Leif Garrett), and after surviving a stroke in 1984 he settled in as a script evaluator. In the early ’90s he moved to Wellington, Ontario to open “Jay’s Bed & Breakfast”. Having moved to Belleville, Ontario Telfer became the editor of an antique collector’s magazine called ‘The Wayback Times’until his untimely death May 20th, 2009 of heart failure. Hambleton would later go on to be in the band RAIN, then would launch a solo career as FERGUS for Capitol Records before becoming a member of The Ginger Group, The Basics and, finally, finding great success with Toronto reggae act The Sattalites. with notes from Fergus Hambleton. [also see FERGUS HAMBLETON, JAY TELFER]

1969 Come Together (Allied) ALS -237

From Quebec

Surfin’ Sax/Surfin’ Sal And Charmin’ Willy (Carlton/London) C-595

Travis Good
(guitar) / George Good / Brat X (bass) / Neil Exall / Stewart Black (drums, bass; replaced Brat X)
Aurora, Ontario punk act formed in 1984 featured a rotating LINE-UP of some of Queen Street’s famous scene makers including Brat X (Rent Boys, Inc.), and Travis Good who was stepping out from his father’s country act The Good Brothers. Following the suicide of Brat X, Stewart Black (ex-Jolly Tambourine Man) took his place. The band did some home recording and lasted until late 1985. Black would leave to reform Blibber & The Rat Crushers with Evan Taylor. Black teaches English as a second language in England; Travis Good co-founded The Sadies with his brother Dallas Good. [also see BLIBBER & THE RATCRUSHERS]

Famous EP (Blibber)

Compilation Tracks
“Death Is Only Textural” on ‘Materials & Processes’ [cassette] (Materials & Processes)

GOULET, Robert
Born: Robert Gerard Goulet on
November 26, 1933 in Lawrence, Massachusetts; Died: October 30, 2007 in Los Angeles, California.
Massachusetts born Robert Goulet, the only son of French Canadian parents Joseph and Jeannette Goulet, began singing at the tender age of five, but prospects of furthering this pursuit were halted because of severe stage fright even after well received performances in front of friends and family. He would later move to Edmonton, Alberta with his mother where he attended St. Joseph’s High School and began studying at Herbert G. Turner’s famous voice school in Edmonton which was followed by time at Jean Letourneau’s music school prior to taking on a job as radio announcer for CKUA. Goulet continued voice training through 1952-1954 with famed oratorio baritone George Lambert and Ernesto Vinci on a Royal Conservatory of Music scholarship. He became a semi-finalist in 1952 on CBC-TV’s “Pick the Stars” which led to other network appearances on shows like “Singing Stars Of Tomorrow” and “Opportunity Knocks”. He took on small roles with the Conservatory Opera Company starting in 1954 and appeared in the chorus of the ‘Melody Fair’ series of Broadway shows being performed in Toronto at the time. During this period he made his television debut with a walk-on role in the CBC production of ‘The Consul’. More appearances followed with CBC TV in 1954 on ‘Sunshine Town’, and in 1955 on ‘The Lady And The Logger’ as well as ‘Take To The Woods’. In 1956 he appeared in ‘Spring Thaw’ and sang in the productions of ‘Gentlemen Prefer Blondes’, ‘Finian’s Rainbow’, and ‘South Pacific’. From 1957 thru 1959 Goulet co-starred in CBC TV’s ‘Showtime’; sang “MacHeath” in the 1958 Stratford Festival production of ‘The Beggar’s Opera’; and managed time to do a summer-stock musical comedy in Ohio. After being hired by Lerner & Loewe talent agent Abe Newborn to appear in their musical stage production of ‘Camelot’, Goulet took on the role of Sir Lancelot opposite Julie Andrews and Richard Burton. Both the October 1960 debut at Toronto’s O’Keefe Centre and the following Christmas season in 1961 on Broadway earned him critical accolades for his considerable talents. In 1962 Goulet won a Grammy Award for ‘Best New Artist’ for his monstrous hit record “What Kind of Fool Am I?”. He also played the male lead voice opposite Judy Garland in the animated film ‘Gay Purree’. Goulet’s follow-up hit would come in 1964 with “My Love Forgive Me” and appeared in the film ‘Rather Be Rich’. His movie and TV work increased at a breakneck pace with work on the film ‘Honeymoon Hotel’ (1966) as well as a starring role that year as suave spy David March in the ABC-TV show ‘Blue Light’ and his Emmy Award winning role in ‘Brigadoon’; the film ‘Carousel’ (1967) and the CBS-TV show ‘Spotlight’; the film ‘Kiss Me Kate’ (1968) followed by the ABC-TV series ‘That’s Life’ which ran from 1968-1969. In the ‘70s Goulet would work in Vegas, singing in nightclubs, appearing as a guest on various TV variety shows and recording dozens of thematically driven album releases. By 1975 he had earned the role of King Arthur in a Los Angeles version of ‘Camelot’. In 1980 his 2nd marriage, to Carol Lawrence, fell apart, but he managed to continue successful working as he toured with a production of “On A Clear Day” and playing a lounge singer in the film ‘Atlantic City’. He toured with a production of “Kiss Me Kate” (1981); he performed in Las Vegas for 9 months doing two shows a night at the Dunes hotel to sold out houses (1982) – the same year he married third wife, Vera, in a high profile public ceremony, with Glen Ford giving away the bride. In 1983 Goulet appeared on TV in England and the US, and toured in concert his “An Evening With Robert Goulet” revue throughout the United States and Australia. 1984 and 1985 would have Goulet on a busy schedule of television and concert appearances throughout United States plus a Royal Command performance in England and a ‘homecoming’ concert in Edmonton with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra (both in 1985). From 1986-1989 he toured the US and Canada in the highest grossing box office Musical theatre production of “South Pacific” as de Becque. During this period co-starred with Michael Keaton in the Tim Burton comedy ‘Beetlejuice’. In 1990 he toured with a production of “The Fantasticks” and more television appearances, including a pilot for Disney “Make My Day”. Vera and Robert Goulet produced “Together Again, For the First Time” in 1991 and Goulet co-starred in a villainous comedic role opposite fellow Canadian Leslie Nielson in ‘Naked Gun 2 ½’. 1992-94 took Goulet on a two year tour in United States and Canada and he made a triumphant return to Broadway with a revival of ‘Camelot’; in 1993 he also received an honorary fellowship at the Royal Conservatory of Music that same year. Goulet died on October 30, 2007.

1962 Another Time, Another Place/You Stepped Out of a Dream (Columbia) 4-41931
1962 I’m Just Taking My Time/One Life (Columbia) 4-42249
1962 Too Soon/Two Different Worlds (Columbia) 4-42369
1962 What Kind of Fool Am I?/Where Do I Go From Here? (Columbia) 4-42519
1962 Don’t Be Afraid of Romance/Young at Love (Columbia) 4-42612
1963 Two of Us/The Closing Credits (Columbia) 4-42740
1963 Believe In Me/How Very Special You Are (Columbia) 4-42835
1963 If You Go/Under the Yum Yum Tree (Columbia) 4-42885
1963 Et Maintenant/Trop Beau (Columbia) C4-6884
1964 Poinciana/The Moon Was Yellow (Columbia)
1964 Choose/The Name of the Game (Columbia) 4-43029
1964 Seventh Dawn/Too Good (Columbia) 4-43063
1964 My Love, Forgive Me (Amore Scusami)/I’d Rather Be Rich (Columbia) 4-43131
1964 Winter Wonderland/December Time (Columba) C4-2652
1965 Begin To Love/I Never Got To Paris (Columbia) 4-43224
1965 Summer Sounds/The More I See of Mimi (Columbia) 4-44301
1965 On a Clear Day You Can See Forever/Come Back to Me, My Love (Columbia)
1965 Crazy Heart of Mine/Everlasting (Columbia) 4-43481
1965 This Christmas I Spend With You/White Christmas (Columbia) CBS-111085
1966 Why Be Ashamed/Young Only Yesterday (Columbia) 4-43558
1966 Daydreamer/My Best Girl (Columbia) 4-43668
1966 Once I Had a Heart/I Hear a Different Drummer (Columbia) 4-43760
1966 Fortissimo/There But For You Go I (Columbia) 4-43865
1967 Ciao Compare/World of Clowns (Columbia) 4-44019
1967 If There’s A Way/One Life, One Dream (Columbia) 4-44100
1967 How Can I Leave You/The Sinner (Columbia) 4-44186
1967 Mon Amour Mon Amour/This Year (Columbia) 4-44305
1967 Follow Me/If Every I Would Leave You (Columbia) 4-44368
1967 Don’t Remember You/The Happy Time (Columbia) 4-44468
1968 I Don’t Want To Hurt You/What a Wonderful World (Columbia) 4-44548
1968 A Chance to Live in Camelot/Thirty Days Hath September (Columbia) 4-44618
1969 Hurry Home For Christmas/Wonderful World of Christmas (Columbia) 4-44710
1969 I’ll Catch the Sun/Love Theme from ‘The Night They Raided Minskys’ (Columbia)
1969 Lamp Is Low/Always You (Columbia) 4-44840
1969 Didn’t We/Bon Soir Dame (Columbia) 4-44847
1969 Only Yesterday/One Life to Live (Columbia) 4-44935
1970 Married I Can Always Get/Once Upon a Dream (Columbia) 4-45050
1970 I Can’t Live Without You/One Night (Columbia) 4-45054
1970 My Woman My Woman My Wife/[same] (Columbia) 4-45165
1970 Healing River/One at a Time (Columbia) 4-45250
1971 I Never Did As I Was Told/In the Broken Promise Land of Fifteen (Merlin/MGM)
1974 I Won’t Send Roses/Little Prince (ABC) 12049
1975 Summer Green Autumn Gold (Theme from ‘Ash Wednesday’) /Pages of Life (ABC)
1975 Someone to Give My Love To/Something to Believe In (Artists of America) AOA-103
1976 After All Is Said and Done/Little Prince (London) 10531

Anything You Can Do/The Girl That I Marry (CBS) 1-283

1969 Pauvre grand-maman/The Tangogo (Star/Vedettes) VD-3101


1962 Always You (Columbia) CL-1676
1962 Two of Us (Columbia) CL-182
1962 Sincerely Yours (Columbia) CL-19
1963 This Christmas I Spend With You (Columbia) CL-2076
1963 In Person: Recorded Live in Concert (Columbia) CL-2088
1964 Without You (Columbia) CL-2200
1964 My Love, Forgive Me (Columbia) CL-2296
1965 Begin to Love (Columbia) CL-2342
1965 Summer Sounds (Columbia) CL-2380
1965 On Broadway (Columbia) CL-2418
1966 I Remember You (Columbia) CL-2482
1966 Manhattan Tower (Columbia)  OL-6050
1967 Only You (Columbia) CS-8476
1967 The Wonderful World of Love (Columbia) CS-8793
1967 On Tour/Traveling On (Columbia) CS-9341
1967 Hollywood Mon Amour: Great Love Songs From the Movies (Columbia) CS-9527
1968 Woman Woman (Columbia) CS-9695
1968 Robert Goulet’s Wonderful World of Christmas (Columbia) CS-9734
1969 Both Sides Now (Columbia) CS-9763
1969 Greatest Hits (Columbia) CS-9815
1969 Come Back to Sorento [aka Souvenir d’Italie] (Columbia) CS-9874
1970 I Wish You Love (Columbia) G-30011
Sings Today’s Greatest Hits (Columbia) CS-1051
1971 I Never Did As I Was Told (Merlin/MGM) SW-93964
1971 Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head (Harmony)  KH-30507
1971 Bridge Over Troubled Water (Harmony) KH-31107
1975 With Love From Robert Goulet [2LP] (CSP) CSP-12828
1976 After All Is Said and Done (Artists of America) AOA-5003
1978 You’re Something Special (Orinda) ORC-300
1982 Close To You (Applause) APLP-1011
1985 Ich Lobe Meinen Gott – Gitarre (Janz Team) 5020
1986 As Time Goes By (Memoir – UK) MOIR-117
1986 Won’t You Dance With This Man (Rove) KM-13648

Annie Get Your Gun (Columbia) OS-2360

Andrew James Paterson
(guitar, vocals) / Robert Stewart (bass, steel drums, vocals) / Patrice Desbiens (drums; 1977-78) / Edward Boyd (drums; replaced Desbiens 1978-80) / Jeremiah Chechik (scratch guitar, percussion) / Billy Bryans (drums; replaced Boyd 1981)
Slightly quirky new wave outfit leaning on the art punk side became legendary on the Toronto Queen Street club circuit playing such venues as The Crash And Burn, The Edge, Larry’s Hideaway and The Beverley Tavern and art venues such as the Music Gallery. The “Electric Eye” album was one such performance recorded at the Music Gallery as the soundtrack to a full-length video production. The album is a testament to the live incorporated performance of the video’s audio track. Drummer Billy Bryans replaced Ed Boyd and recorded “How Many Fingers?” with The Government before going on perform in Mama Quilla II, The Parachute Club and other Toronto acts. with notes from Steven Davey and Doug McClement.

1979 Hemingway (Hated Disco Music)/I Only Drive My Car At Night (independent)
1979 Flat Tire/Zippers Of Fire//Get You Sleepin’/Sponge (Modern World) SMW-1

1979 Electric Eye (original soundtrack) (Voicespondence/Trend)
1980 Guest List (Jackal/Modern World/Trend) WOW-713
1981 How Many Fingers//Plaza Del Pimps/Portrait/Paranoid Downtown Funk Pt.2 (Government) GOV-581

Compilation Tracks
“Zippers of Fire” on ‘The Rebel Zone-Queen Street West’ (Sony) CK-80698

GOWAN, Lawrence
Born: November 22, 1956 in Glasgow, Scotland
Lawrence Gowan moved to Canada when he was a child who is a Royal Conservatory of Music trained pianist. After receiving his Royal Conservatory designation in 1976, he co-founded Rhinegold with fellow schoolmates Daniel Bourne (drums/vocals) and brother Pat Gowan (guitar/keyboards/vocals). Gowan fronted this power trio as keyboardist and vocalist. Five years in the club scene throughout southern Ontario led to several former bass players (Chris Brockway, Gerry Mosby, Steve Hogg), and no significant response from the music industry itself despite packed houses and a first rate themed stage show. With New Wave dominating radio Rhinegold was out of step with fashion.  For a short stint Gowan performed cover tunes with members of Klaatu as FUNN. He also toured briefly as Ronnie Hawkins keyboard player and scraped together enough money for a demo tape. By 1982 Gowan had been signed to CBS Canada for a multi-album solo record deal. The demos were reworked and a ‘band’ brought in, including the recently unemployed Kim Mitchell of Max Webster fame, to perform on his self-titled debut. Even with its truncated pop sensibilities, the album floundered into immediate obscurity and Gowan found himself without a direction. However, CBS still believed in his talent as a first-class showman and songwriter so Gowan continued recording new demos throughout 1984. With CBS firmly backing the newest material, it was shopped to various producers and Gowan soon received a call from famed British producer David Tickle who was in Toronto working on another CBS Canadian act, Platinum Blonde. Tickle had heard the demo and recognized the Gowan’s talent but still felt it was just a rehash of late ‘70s pop rock.  Tickle wanted newer material which Gowan obliged him with. By late 1984, Gowan got a call from the producer who was out driving in a new sports car. Tickle asked him to hold the line because he wanted Gowan to speak to Jerry Marotta (Peter Gabriel)  and the two began talking like old pals about their favourite music. Tickle had deliberately waited to respond to Gowan because he was waiting for Peter Gabriel’s rhythm section of Tony Levin & Marotta,to finish Gabriel’s latest record so they could commit to Gowan’s material. Within a week the quartet was in Ringo Starr’s house in the French Riviera putting down bed tracks for what would become a career making album: ‘Strange Animal’. The record was released in 1985 to much publicity and hype as much for the sheer production value and craftsmanship as for the “who’s who” performing on it. Gowan toured with The Kinks and supported several Canadian rock acts to build a grass roots following based on the first single and much applauded animated video for “Criminal Mind”. The title track then followed with its own video as Gowan moved from opening act to headlining small venues. With the third single, “Guerrilla Soldier”, the album was breaking wide open. A fourth single, “Cosmetics”, secured a full year’s touring schedule with Gowan opening in the US in 1986 for Tears For Fears on their successful ‘Songs From The Big Chair’ Tour.  During the 1986 JUNO Awards Gowan was swamped with nominations and yielded several awards for album graphics (Hugh Syme – again) and video production (“Criminal Mind” & “Strange Animal”) as well as ‘Producer of the Year (David Tickle). Eventually, ‘Strange Animal’ would sell 300,000 copies. By late 1986, Gowan was resting and assessing his new found fame and fortune. As all record companies do, CBS was hot on Gowan to reproduce the success of his sophomore effort. By March 1987 the new album ‘Great Dirty World’ – once again produced by David Tickle and featuring the rhythm section of Marotta and Levin – was released to even more fanfare and hype than ‘Strange Animal’. The album’s lead off single, “Moonlight Desires”, was a guaranteed smash due to the notable duet appearance of YES frontman John Anderson. Gowan’s ability to attract rock nobility on his records was giving him instant credibility and another hit record. Though it didn’t sell exactly the same numbers as ‘Strange Animal’, ‘Great Dirty World’ saw the release of two more singles — “Awake The Giant” and “Living In The Golden Age” — and allowed Gowan the freedom to tour exclusively on his own headlining shows throughout Canada culminating in a two night engagement at Toronto’s Massey Hall. However, the Americans, always elusive about Prog Rock and anything remotely arty or Anglocentric, passed on the release of the album. CBS saw this as a sign of the times and decided to unload their new ‘hot’ property to a label that did have success in the US – Anthem, home to Toronto scene-mates Rush. Gowan spent two years re-developing his career and songwriting under the watchful eye of Anthem’s Bob Roper (who would eventually become Gowan’s manager) and they formed a battle plan. The US market seemed at least remotely interested in Canadian acts, so Larry’s vision was retooled to a decidedly Cancon flavour and the old progressive Brit sound of Gowan’s two previous albums was left at the door with David Tickle and his infamous rhythm section. However, Jerry Marotta still contributed plenty to the follow-up disc, ‘Lost Brotherhood’, which was released in 1990. Gowan let his hair down (literally) and got down and gritty with some hard rock players from Canada’s old school: guitarist Kenny Greer (Red Rider), guitarist Steve Shelski (Coney Hatch), Jerry Marotta, and even labelmate Alex Lifeson making a guest appearance on several tracks. The whole affair was produced and co-written by Eddie Schwartz (“Hit Me With Your Best Shot”, “Does A Fool Ever Learn”). Schwartz had Gowan over-write for the album and they picked the 10 best tracks to grace the record. For the first time, Gowan had a ballad in the form of “All the Lovers in the World” and a flashy, sexy video to pump up his image as available rock-bachelor (which he actually wasn’t). The second single, the cult-in-your-backyard paranoia schtick – was “Lost Brotherhood” itself which did nothing if not help fill seat after seat in clubs and concert halls. He even landed a coveted Saturday afternoon slot at the late, but great, Ontario Place Forum. The momentum was held as CBS issued a second ballad – “Out of a Deeper Hunger” – and launched the record in the US on Rush’s advice through Atlantic Records. Again, the Americans weren’t biting. Anthem gnashed their teeth as did Gowan. They gave him one more shot to re-affirm his status as king of Canadian Male rockers. So, in 1991, Larry put away his piano, picked up an acoustic guitar and headed to Jerry Marotta’s private recording facility in Woodstock, New York and began the task of re-inventing himself – for the third time. With a guitar as his new muse, Gowan was able to take a fresh approach to songwriting and brought in many songwriters to co-write with including Annette Ducharme, Eddie Schwartz and Eagles helper J.D. Souther. The results were spectacular. Kenny Greer returned as Gowan’s guitar foil and John Sebastian (Lovin’ Spoonful) stopped in for a guest appearance. The 1992 album was humourously entitled ‘…But You Can Call Me Larry’ because he had changed his name from Lawrence Gowan to GOWAN to Larry Gowan over the course of his career. The first single “When There’s Time For Love” put Larry Gowan back on top of the charts and he toured exclusively on the strength of this one song with nothing but and acoustic guitar, a piano and Kenny Greer to back him. With that success he returned later that year with another single – “Dancing on My Own Ground” and a live band – consisting of himself, Kenny Greer, and Kim Mitchell’s rhythm section of Peter Fredette (bass/keyboard) and Paul DeLong (drums). The 1980’s theatrics were dropped in lieu of a tighter more musician oriented slant on the Gowan repertoire. His entire set list consisted of stripped down, bare-to-the-bones arrangements of all his hits including a piano only version of “Criminal Mind”. Larry Gowan had returned with a vengeance. In early 1995 at Toronto’s Massey Hall, Gowan joined an All Star lineup of old time rockers (Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, The Band) to celebrate Ronnie Hawkins 60th birthday. Gowan was part of Hawkins’ stage band and contributed three performances of his own. Despite the obvious success and peak performance of ‘…But You Can Call Me Larry’, Larry Gowan had seen very little profit on what he considered a huge monetary turn around…with that, Gowan left Anthem Records after the record ran its course and took Vice President Bob Roper with him. The two decided to take Gowan’s career into their own hands and release 1995’s ‘Good Catches Up’ independently so that all the resources were accountable and instantly recoupable. The record did not set the world on fire but was strong enough to elicit three more singles: the title track, “Guns and God” and “I’ll Be There in a Minute”. Gowan, Kenny Greer and Paul DeLong performed “Heart of Gold” on the ‘Borrowed Tunes’ Neil Young tribute with 40 other SONY Records acts. Profits went to The Bridge School in San Francisco Bay Area and Safehaven Project for Community Living in Toronto — both charities supported regularly by Young himself. 1995 also saw ‘…But You Can Call Me Larry’ certified gold by SONY Canada and SOCAN awarded Gowan recognition for the 10 most frequently played singles on radio in ’95: “Soul’s Road” (co-written with Annette Ducharme) and “Dancing On My Own Ground”. Gowan finished up 1995 and 1996 on the road with Kenny Greer and Jeff Jones (both from Red Rider) on guitar and bass respectively, and Paul DeLong on drums. As sales slowed on ‘The Good Catches Up’, Gowan jumped at the opportunity to do a one-man show tour in 1997 opening for Burton Cummings in which Gowan promoted not one, but two live albums: ‘Au Quebéc’ for his loyal Francophone following, and another recorded at the Glenn Gould theatre in Toronto, called ‘Solo Live: No Kilt Tonight’. The “Best of Gowan” CD on Columbia/SONY was released late in 1997 with the lead-off single “Healing Waters” — a tribute to the late Princess Diana Of Wales. The song was practically commissioned by the BBC during a promotional tour Gowan did in the UK during the time of her death. The melody was from a previously un-credited song featured in the movie ‘When the Bullet Hits the Bone’ two years earlier. Gowan reworked the lyrics for the occasion of Diana’s passing (as Elton John had done with ‘Candle in the Wind’). The push of Gowan’s popularity led to a similar ‘best of’ package in the UK in 1998 called ‘Home Field’. 1999 saw Gowan return to the recording studio with producer Terry Brown to record 11 songs for the follow-up to his last studio effort, ‘The Good Catches Up’, only to be interrupted in May, 1999 by a phone call asking him to fill in for the ailing Dennis DeYoung on Styx’s 1999 comeback tour (ex-Triumph guitarist Rik Emmett had turned down the offer earlier). Gowan had met the band in 1998 when he opened for them at Montréal’s Molson Centre and Quebéc’s Colisee. Gowan committed to 53 dates on the tour through the remainder of 1999. A set of Gowan demos produced by Terry Brown (Rush, Cutting Crew) for a proposed follow-up to ‘The Good Catches Up’ were scrapped as Gowan soon became a permanent member of Styx and remains a member to date. with notes from Bob Roper, David Loewen.

1982 Keep Up the Fight/Give In (Columbia/CBS) C4-4323
1982 Keep Up the Fight/Come A Little Closer (CBS – HOLLAND)
1982 Keep Up The Fight/I’m Not Involved [12″] (Columbia/CBS) 12CDN-65
1982 Make It Alone/Oceania (Columbia/CBS) C4-4329
1982 Make It Alone/Oceania [12”] (Columbia/CBS) CDN-74
1985 A Criminal Mind (Edit)/A Criminal Mind (LP Version) (Columbia/CBS) C4-7061
1985 A Criminal Mind (Edit)/A Criminal Mind (Video Mix)//A Criminal Mind (Album Version) [12”] (Columbia/CBS) 12CXP-7064
1985 Keep the Tension On/Walking On Air//[split w/ALISON MOYET] [7”] (Columbia/CBS)
1985 Special AOR Sampler [4 song 12”] (Columbia/CBS) CDN-177
1985 (You’re A) Strange Animal/Burning Torches of Hope (Columbia/CBS) C4-7082
1985 (You’re A) Strange Animal (Jungle Mix)// (You’re A) Strange Animal (Video Mix)/ (You’re A) Strange Animal (Animal Oriented Radio Mix) [12”] (Columbia/CBS] 12CDN-201
1985 Guerilla Soldier/Oceania (Columbia/CBS) C4-7108
1985 Guerilla Soldier/Guerilla Soldier [12”] (Columbia/CBS) 12CDN-211
1985 Cosmetics/Walking On Air (Columbia/CBS) C4-7125
1985 Cosmetics (Edit)/Cosmetics (LP Version) [12”]  (Columbia/CBS) 12CDN-235
1987 Talks About This ‘Great Dirty World’ [2 – 7”] (Columbia/CBS) 7CD2-44
1987 Moonlight Desires/60 Second Nightmare (Columbia/CBS) C4-7206
1987 Moonlight Desires/Jet White [re-issue] (Columbia/CBS) C4-7206
1987 Moonlight Desires/Moonlight Desires [12″] (Columbia/CBS) 12CDN-341
1987 Awake The Giant/Victory (Columbia/CBS) C4-3011
1987 Awake The Giant/Awake The Giant [12″] (Columbia/CBS)  12CDN-358
1987 Living In The Golden Age/Victory (Columbia/CBS) C4-3020
1990 Lost Brotherhood  (Anthem/Atlantic – US) PRCD-3736
1990 Lost Brotherhood (Edit)/Lost Brotherhood (Anthem/Columbia/CBS) CDNK-533
1990 Lost Brotherhood/Message From Heaven [cassingle] (Anthem/Columbia) C4T-3140
1990 All The Lovers In The World/Fire It Up [cassingle]  (Anthem/Columbia) C4T-3142
1991 Out of a Deeper Hunger/Call It A Mission [cassingle] (Anthem/Columbia) 38T-3159
1993 When There’s Time For Love (Anthem/Columbia/SONY) CDNK-856
1993 Dancing On My Own Ground (Anthem/Columbia/SONY)
1993 Soul’s Road (Anthem/Columbia)
1994 Your Stone Walls (Columbia/SONY) CDNK-1005
1995 I’ll Be There In A Minute (Algae/Select)
1995 Guns and God (Acoustic Version) (Algae/Select) GPCD-50001
1997 The Good Catches Up (Algae/Select)
1997 Healing Hands (Columbia/SONY)

1982 Gowan (Columbia/CBS) PCC-80069
1985 Strange Animal (Columbia/CBS) PC-80099
1985 Inside ‘Strange Animal’ [2LP] (Columbia/CBS) 2CDN-190
1987 Great Dirty (Columbia/CBS) FC-40754
1990 Lost Brotherhood (Anthem/Columbia) C-80160
1993 …But You Can Call Me Larry (Anthem/Columbia/SONY) CK-80183
1995 The Good Catches Up (Algae/Select) GPCD-1100
1997 Au Quebéc (Algae/Select) GPCD-1110
1997 No Kilt Tonight (Algae/Select) LG-10001
1997 Best of… (Columbia/SONY) CK-80306
1998 Home Field (Majestic/SONY – UK) MAJCD-041
1998 Gowan [CD re-issue] (Algae) LG-11111
2010 Return of the Strange Animal: 25th Anniversary Edition (Linus) 270100

with STYX

2000 Arch Allies [2CD] [split w/REO SPEEDWAGON] (CMC International – US) 86299
2001 Styxworld Live 2001 (Sanctuary/CMC International – US) SANCD-088
2002 At The River’s Edge: Live In St. Louis (Sanctuary) 66318
2003 Cyclorama (Sanctuary) 86337
2005 21st Century Live [CD + DVD] (Sanctuary) 86347
2005 Big Bang Theory (New Door) 4414
2006 One With Everything (New Door) 7924
2011 Regeneration Volumes I & II [2CD] (Eagle) ER-202492
2011 The Grand Illusion/Pieces of Eight Live (Eagle) ER-203202
2015 Live At the Orleans Arena Las Vegas (Eagle) ER-203852
2017 The Mission (UMe) B0026466
2018 BMG 8-Track Classics Live! (BMG) 53830-626
2021 Crash of the Crown (UMe) B0033183

Live In Concert (Linus) 2-79005

Compilation Tracks
“Make It Alone” on ‘That’s Heavy’ (CBS – NETH) CBS-25503
1983 “Keep Up The Fight” on ‘The Rock Machine…Still Turns You On (Epic – Netherlands) EPC- 22230
1985 “Keep The Tension On”, “Walking On Air” on ‘This Is Radio’ [Eaton’s Department Stores 4 song 7″ 33 1/3 sampler] (Columbia/CBS)
1990 “The Dragon” on ‘Navy Seals [Motion Picture Soundtrack]’ (Atlantic – US) 82125-2
1993 “When There’s Time For Love” on ‘New Stuff Five’ (MMS) NSCD-005
1994 “Heart of Gold” on ‘Borrowed Tunes: A Tribute to Neil Young’ (Sony) 80199
2001 “A Criminal Mind [Edit]” on ‘Oh What a Feeling 2: A Vital Collection of Canadian Music’ (CMC) 0885

Van Wilmott
(keyboards) / Nancy Powell (vocals) / Brad Pack (guitar) / Lin Elder (vocals) / Steve Hoy (drums)
Edmonton’s Grace Under Pressure was founded in 1985 by British studio whiz Val Wilmott who brought singers Powell and Elder in for a recording session of some of his original material. With the addition of Hoy and Pack, the studio project gained prominence for a K-97 radio contest winning song “Belli-To-Belli” in 1988. A & M Records released it as a single later that year. Warner Music Canada and Warner distributed Sire Records in the US came knocking. After a showcase at Toronto’s Horseshoe Tavern for Sire president Seymour Stein the band seemed poised for a deal. However, Stein scooped up The Barenaked Ladies instead and passed on Grace Under Pressure. Warner Music Canada took that as a sign and got cold feet for a Canadian deal. Grace Under Pressure folded soon after; Van Wilmott was asked to be music director at Calgary’s Stage West in 1993. That experience allowed him to become the artistic director for the Mayfield Dinner Theatre in Edmonton later that year. Wilmott was also part of a Paul McCartney tribute band called Wingspan briefly. He also played keyboards on The Emeralds’ million-selling “Bird Dance” single. He has played with Roger Whittaker, Nick Danger, the late guitarist Hugh McCracken, as well as session work in London, New York and Toronto, and has composed documentary soundtracks for the Disney corporation.; Lin Elder released several solo albums and is part of the Calgary trio The Fates. with notes from Greg Lint and Mike Ross.

Belli-To-Belli/The Belonging (A & M) AM-768

Canadian singer/songwriter Don Graham’s music career started in the late 1960’s with the formation of a trio called Country Fair that included guitarist Robbie MacNeill (Anne Murray/’Singalong Jubilee’) and Francine Jarry (Sirocco Singers). The band soon changed its name to the catchier sounding Graham County.  Shortly after engineer Andre Perry recorded John Lennon & Yoko Ono’s Bed-In for Peace song “Give Peace A Chance” remotely from a hotel room in Montréal in 1969, Graham County entered Perry’s proper studio facility in 1971 and recorded what would eventually be their first single with April Wine producer Bill Hill called “Shelter In The Sky”. The Graham-penned single was released in 1971 on Gamma (London) Records in Canada and on Kapp/MCA in the United States and was a “pick hit” in Cashbox Magazine. A follow up single entitled “Colorado” was also released. MacNeill left the band and was replaced by Bill Hill (JB & the Playboys) on guitar, Eddy Kaye (Freedom North) drums and Ron Dann (Jesse Winchester, Ian Tyson) on steel guitar. This lineup toured extensively promoting their records and got tight working the popular bar scenes in Canada, where the long hours resulted in six sets a nights, six nights a week. Over their years together the band members have included: George Bowser (Bowser and Blue), Bobby Cohen (Tim Hardin), Les Leroux, Dougie West (The JayBees) and Paul Lifsches, among others. In 1975, he released a single on Brian Chater’s Amber Records called “If You Don’t Like It”. Soon after, he produced Montréal trio PROOF for RCA Records. The result was their single “(Love) A Bitta Memory” b/w “Old Town”. In 1981 Chater helped Graham get signed to Almo/Irving Music as a songwriter (alongside Bryan Adams and Eddie Schwartz). Over the years, Graham worked behind the scenes producing and working with John Beland (The Flying Burrito Brothers), Hugo Straney (on the ‘It’s About Time’ CD) and Scottish entrepreneur Harry MacGregor at Underground Sound Studio. He also wrote Bobby Curtola’s theme song “Born to Sing” in 1993. Graham continued writing new material – many songs based on his rediscovered Scottish heritage – and finally released a solo CD called ‘A Willing Heart’ which was produced by Bill Hill. with notes from Don Graham

1975 If You Don’t Like It/Wrong Right From the Start (Amber) 


1971 Shelter In the Sky/Soul Crusade (KAPP/MCA – US) K-2144
Colorado/Rocky Road (KAPP/MCA – US) K-2166

A Willing Heart (Breakin’) 1165

Compilation Tracks
“Heart of a Hero” and “Simple Song of Freedom” on ‘Heart of a Hero’ (Breakin’)

Born: Michael Dee Graham on October 3, 1944 in Toronto, Ontario
Died: August 18, 1993 in London, Ontario

Toronto singer-songwriter and guitarist Mike Graham moved to Montreal in 1961 where he joined the band The Rockatones briefly before landing a DJ job at CHOM where he was known as Canada’s Rockabilly King. In 1965 he moved to London, Ontario where he DJ’d on BX-93 under the name Michael Dee. He would also host a weekly Country music show on CFPL-TV. In late 1960s, he became Vice President of publishing for Berandol Music Limited. After learning how lucrative music publishing was, he began to actively pursue a solo career under various names including Mike Graham, Michael Dee and in the 1980s as Kyle Cody writing and releasing a lot of his own original material. Graham saw 19 singles chart on the RPM Magazine music charts with three going Top 10 including a a cover of Johnny Horton’s “Battle of New Orleans.” In 1979 he made it to #6 on RPM with Elvis’ “Loving You.” Mike Graham founded the Northern Gold record label and its publishing arm Northern Gold Music. He died August 18, 1993 of cancer at his home in London, Ontario. with additional notes from Larry Delaney. [also see THE ROCKATONES]

No Pity For A Fool/Sad Sad Fact ‎(Rodeo International) RO-3335
1970 Love Kept On/Six White Horses ‎(Rodeo International) RO-3340
1971 I’d Better Not See Her Again/For My Next Impersonation ‎(Rodeo International) RO-3357
1972 Mama Bake A Pie/The Only Life I Ever Had ‎(Rodeo International) RO-3361
1972 Lock Stock & Teardrops/Louisiana Man ‎(GRT) 1230-43
1972 Redemption City/Four Strong Winds ‎(GRT) 1230-45
1973 Yonder Comes A Train/Chokin’ Kind ‎(GRT) 1230-55 1974 Lately I’m Afraid It’s Gone Too Far/Cardboard Cowboys ‎(United Artists) UAWX-389-W
1975 Battle Of New Orleans ‎(United Artists) UAXW-425W
1977 Then Came You/Ain’t It Good (Amber/London) AMB-119
1977 Then Came You/Would You Still Love Me ‎(MAM/EMI Electrola – GERM) 006-EVC-60311
1977 Do Right Woman/Ain’t It Good ‎(Amber/London) AMB-123 1978 Who Will The Next Fool Be/Gift So Swee ‎(MAM – UK) MAM 177
1978 Who Will The Next Fool Be/How I Fear It ‎(Amber/London) AMB-140
1979 Loving You/Lyin’ To Myself (Boot) BT-241
1979 ‘Till The Minute You Go/Let’s Find Yesterday ‎(Boot) BTX-253

Heart Of Mine/Come To Me Tonight (RCA) JB-50934
1988 Sorry I Haven’t Written For So Long/same [cassette] (Northern Gold) NG-109CA

Sea Of Heartbreak/Party Shoes (RCA) PB-50870
1986 Come To Me Tonight/same (RCA) SDJ-50900
1988 I’m Sorry (If I Made You Cry)/same (Comstock – US) COM-1909
1989 Walk On By/same (Comstock – US) COM-1953
1989 If The Jukebox Took Teardrops/Where The Sun Don’t Shine (Evergreen – US) EV-1090

A Gift So Sweet/same (RCA) SDJ-50973

Here I Am Again ‎(Canadian Talent Library) 477-5141 1971 Skip A Rope ‎(Banff/ Rodeo International) SBS-5342
1971 Momento Of Manitoulin ‎(Banff) SBS-5404
1972 Friends ‎(GRT) 9230-1023
1974 Mike Graham ‎(United Artists) UA-LA 221-F
1974 Country Reflections ‎(United Artists) UAS-29685
1977 People Music (Amber/London) ABR-303
1979 Miss Misunderstood ‎(Boot) BOS-7198

Sorry I Haven’t Written For So Long (Northern Gold) WRC1-5736

Steal Of The NIght (Evergreen – US) ATICD-1104

Compilation Tracks
“No Pity For A Fool” and “Love Kept On” on ‘Country Canada’ (Canadian Cavalcade) CCLP-2007

Born: Toronto, Ontario
Toronto singer Tommy Graham joined his first band in 1958 and managed to work his way through the Toronto club scene with Kay Taylor And The Regents at the legendary Club Bluenote. Following this, he took one year away from the business, traveled to Los Angeles to hone his musical skills and developed contacts there. Returning to Canada he, and some others, formed the group Big Town Boys. The group gained prominence as backing musicians for vocalist Shirley Matthews on Tamarac Records with such songs as “Big Town Boy” (1963) and “Private Property” (1964). The band broke out on its own with an album and several singles as The Big Town Boys and then BTB4. The group toured across Canada many times and for over a year were the host band on CTV’s ‘After Four’ television show. Also during that time they made sojourns to New York City where they became favourites in several clubs, playing with some soon-to-be giants in the business such as Jimi Hendrix. By 1968 The Big Town Boys (also known as BTB4) had run its course. Graham bought himself an airfare ticket around the world and began an odyssey of self-discovery, traveling and immersing himself in other cultures. He eventually arrived in India where, for a year, he would study sarode at the master sarode school in Calcutta called Ali Akbar Kahn School. Included at that time were many journeys throughout India as well as forays to east and west Pakistan and Afghanistan. In 1970 Graham once more found his way back to Toronto where he began working for producer Brian Ahearn which led to much studio experience and playing on Anne Murray’s hit doing backing vocal work on “Snowbird”. Capitol A & R Director Paul White, who was responsible for discovering Murray and Edward Bear (among others) gave Graham the opportunity to record for the label. His debut, ‘Planet Earth’, was released later that year with a crack studio band – Buddy Cage (steel guitar), Bill Speer (piano), Skip Beckwith (bass), and Ron Rully (drums). His only charting single was a cover of Neil Young’s “After the Goldrush” in 1972. In 1972, his cover of Neil Young’s “After the Gold Rush” charted on many stations in North America and Europe. Graham’s interest leaned more toward production and he would go on honing is production skills with many local artists (like Bruce Cockburn) and producing the critically acclaimed first album for Brent Titcomb. In 1980 and he and his wife started their own computer graphics company that pioneered a new process of putting high resolution images on film. The Arial computer system preceded the introduction of PCs and MACs and was a force in the early computer graphics industry. In 1993 Graham resumed his career in music. He traveled to the islands of Trinidad and Tobago where his first project was ‘Sounds Of Tobago’, featuring environmental sounds of the Trinidad and Tobago rainforest with original quasi new age West Indian inspired interpretive music. He also produced his second CD for Brent Titcomb ‘Time Traveler’ CD by Brent Titcomb. Both projects were done out of his new digital home studio. Recently Graham has been traveling and recording in Ecuador and Colombia in South America. He is very enthusiastic with the music there and is involved recording indigenous, as well as progressive, Andean music. with notes from Tommy Graham. [also see BIG TOWN BOYS]

1972 After the Goldrush/Right On (Capitol) 72663
1972 In God We Trust/Now And Then (Capitol) 72689
1973 My Happy Song/A Man Came Out Today (Capitol) 72706
1974 Sea Cruise/Play Me a Song (Capitol – NZ) CP-579


1970 Feelin’ Good/Winners And Losers (Capitol) 72617
1970 Things You Say/Twenty Four Hours From Tulsa (Capitol) 72632
1971 Sahajiya/David’s Song (Capitol) 72651

1970 Planet Earth (Capitol) SKAO-6356

A theatre group that mounted many stage productions during the 1960s’ “Quiet Revolution.” With the help of producer/musician Guy Rhéaume, the company released a music interpretation of one of their productions in 1975 on Capitol Records.

L’Amour Est Rare Les Enfants Des Chicanes (Canusa) C-406
1975 Le Blues D’Hiver/Douce L’Etoile (Capitol) 85.117

Le Grand Cirque Ordinaire (Capitol) SKAO-70.041

Nicolas Pellerin
(vocals, fiddle, cajon) / Simon Lepage (double bass) / Olivier Rondeau (guitar) / Tommy Gauthier (fiddle, mandolin) / Simon Marion
From Quebec. Features Simon Lepage (ex-Matapat)


2009 Nicolas Pellerin Et Les Grand Hurleurs (Disques Tempête) TEM2-3838
2011 Petit Grain D’Or (Disques Tempête) TEM2-4028
2015 3/4 Fort (Coyote/DEP) COYOTE-008

Chouïa (Coyote) COYOTE-031
2021 Ellipse (La Compagnie Du Nord) CIE-011

Tom Hooper
(bass, vocals) / Chris Hooper (drums) / Kevin Kane (guitar, vocals) / Vincent Jones (keyboards; 1990) / Robert Wat (keyboards; live 2010)
Brothers Tom and Chris Hooper met Kevin Kane in 1977 during their teens in Kelowna, British Columbia. Their first band was a punk combo called Kill Pigs which played faster than the singer could sing. From there, Kane and the Hoopers went on separate musical paths; Kane to art-rock group Empty Set and the Hoopers to Gentlemen Of Horror. The Gentlemen were popular playing in and around Vancouver and released a 7″ single in 1981. During this time, Tom Hooper edited a local punk ‘zine called ‘Indecent Exposure’, to which Kane and Chris Hooper contributed. In April of 1983, after putting together a one-off show as cover band Honda Civic, the trio decided to work together musically again. From the Hooper family garage they began rehearsals and gained enough confidence to open for acts in Seattle and Vancouver as the newly christened Grapes of Wrath (from the classic movie of the same name). By raising money at flea markets and garage sales the act was able to record 4 songs with up-and-coming producer Greg Reely in July and August 1984. However, a chance live acoustic rendering of their songs by newly formed Nettwerk Records’ led to the band being signed and released the tracks as a self-titled EP in November 1984. The band played a farewell gig in hometown Kelowna, packed up Tom Hooper’s station wagon and the Grapes of Wrath moved to Vancouver. In late summer of 1985, Nettwerk released the first album ‘September Bowl of Green’, which dented the charts at college and alternative radio. Their first two videos “Misunderstanding” and “A Dream (About You)” were heavily rotated by MUCHMusic. This attention led to Nettwerk’s negotiations with Capitol Records for a distribution deal and the band returned to the studio in May 1986 to remix “Misunderstanding” and “Love Comes Around” with Tom Cochrane. These remixes would eventually be added to the ‘September Bowl of Green’ CD re-issue. The band continued playing live – including a high profile show at the 2nd Annual Independent Music Festival – in 1986. Cochrane was sufficiently impressed enough to produce the band’s sophomore effort ‘Treehouse’ which was released in October 1987. Ex-Pere Ubu and Lounge Lizard/Golden Palomino drummer Anton Fier produced ‘Now And Again’ in Woodstock, New York, where the band lived in isolation for the first half of 1989. They recorded in an old haunted Catholic church called Dreamland Studios. ‘Now And Again’ featured newly added keyboardist Vincent Jones. Jones had toured with the band during ‘Treehouse’ and worked so well personally and musically that the band decided to add him permanently. Jones’ contribution to the new album was augmented by legendary pedal steel player Sneeky Pete Kleinow (Flying Burrito Brothers) and keyboardist Chuck Leavell (Allman Brothers/Rolling Stones). Englishman John Leckie (XTC/Stone Roses/Posies) would helm ‘These Days’ which was recorded from December 1990 to January 1991 at Vancouver’s Mushroom Studios. In February 1991, the band travelled to London and spent three weeks mixing at Abbey Road Studios. Musical and personal differences brought about the band’s demise in 1992 with the departure of Kevin Kane. The Grapes of Wrath’s final show was Halloween 1992 in Vancouver. Tom Hooper, Chris Hooper and Vince Jones carried on under the name Ginger and re-signed to Nettwerk Records. Kane, meanwhile, released his debut solo album ‘Neighbourhood Watch’ in 1996 to modest critical applause but little fanfare. In 1999, Kane and Tom Hooper, his main songwriting partner in The Grapes of Wrath, reconciled after Ginger disbanded. They collaborated on a new Grapes album, Field Trip, in 2000 on the short-lived SongCorp label. But the company went bankrupt before the new Grapes of Wrath could promote it. Kane and Hooper went their separate ways in 2000. Tom Hooper signed with Bullseye Records and released ‘Unexplored Cosmos’ in 2002 and toured Ontario that year on the heels of two radio singles – “Cardboard Man” and “Same Old Me”. He also released two more independent albums ‘Basement Suite’ (2006) and ‘Tom’s Journey Through the Solar System’ (2007). He is married to Suzanne Little (ex-Lava Hay); Kane released his sophomore solo album ‘Timmy Loved Judas Priest’ the same year but he would continue in music behind the scenes producing albums for the likes of Superconductor, Star Collector, The Capitals, Wayne Lavallee, The Salteens and Zumpano among others. Kane’s latest solo recording, ‘How to Build a Lighthouse’, was released in September 2007 on Bongo Beat Records; Chris Hooper has remained in bands throughout as drummer for acts on the Bongo Beat Record label including Paul Hyde and Dave Rave. He is also a video editor and filmmaker; Vincent Jones is a producer, songwriter, editor and musician who has worked with David Baerwald, The Rose Chronicles, John Bottomley, Mae Moore, Colin James, Skydiggers, Cowboy Junkies and Dick Dale (as part of comedian Dave Foley’s ‘Christmas Special’) among others. He married Lava Hay’s Michele Gould. In the summer of 2010, after 18 years, the original founding members (Chris and Tom Hooper and Kevin Kane) joined together to play the Surrey B.C. Fusion Festival. Due to the show’s success, the band once again began touring Canada and subsequently signed with Aporia Records to put together a new album. ‘High Road’, recorded in the spring of 2012 with co-producer Darryl Neudorf (Neko Case, Blue Rodeo), was released in March 2013. In the meantime, EMI-Canada released the album ‘Singles’ in October 2012, featuring each of the 15 radio singles from GOW’s catalog, as well as two new songs. The first new single, “Good to See You,” reached the Top 40 on Canada’s Active Rock and Alternative Rock charts.’
with notes from J.Nelson and Tom Hooper. [also see GENTLEMEN OF HORROR, GINGER, TOM HOOPER, KEVIN KANE]

1985 Misunderstanding/A Dream (About You)(Nettwerk/EMI) NT7-302
1985 When Love Comes Around/Breaks My Heart (live) (Nettwerk/EMI) NT-303
1987 Peace of Mind/So Many Times (Nettwerk/EMI) B-73035
1987 O Lucky Man/Seems Like Fate (Nettwerk/EMI) B-73047
1987 Backward Town/Run You Down (Nettwerk/EMI) B-73051
1989 All The Things I Wasn’t/I Can Tell (Nettwerk/EMI) B-73089
1989 What Was Going Through My Head/Let Me Roll It (Nettwerk/EMI)
1989 The Most/Stay (Nettwerk/EMI) 79914
1990 Do You Want to Tell Me?/Backward Town (Acoustic)/I Can Tell (Nettwerk/EMI) CDPRO-590
1991 You May Be Right/Down So Close (Nettwerk/EMI) SPRO-79047
1991 I Am Here/All The Time [12″] (Nettwerk/EMI) SPRO-79867
1991 A Fishing Tale/Peace Of Mind (live)(Nettwerk/EMI) CDPRO-597
1991 Away (Nettwerk/EMI) CDPRO-598
2013 Good To See You [DigiFile] (Aporia)

1984 The Grapes of Wrath [EP] (Nettwerk) 115871
1985 September Bowl of Green (Nettwerk/EMI) NTL-30004
1986 September Bowl of Green (Nettwerk/EMI) ST-12537
[re-issue with “If I Needed Someone” removed]
1987 Treehouse (Nettwerk/EMI) CLT-48018
1989 Now And Again (Nettwerk/EMI) 92581
1991 September Bowl of Green [CD re-issue] (Nettwerk/EMI)
1991 These days (Nettwerk/EMI) 79880
1994 Seems Like Fate: 1984-1992 (Nettwerk/EMI) 31185-2
2000 Field Trip (Oasis/Songcorp) SONG-2002
2013 High Road (Aporia)
2017 Brave New Waves Session [LP] (Artoffact) AOF-301

Paul Myers (vocals, guitar) / Claude Kent (drums, backing vocals) / John Hume (keyboards, backing vocals) / Bob McKitrick (bass) / Paul Weber-Brown (bass; replaced McKitrick) / Rob Greenwood (drums; replaced Kent) / Ray Montford (guitar) / Glenn Olive (bass; replaced Weber-Brown) / Steve Baisley (drums; replaced Greenwood) / Jack Trentman (guitar; replaced Montford) / Wayne Immonen (bass; replaced Olive)
As a spin-off of perennial Queen Street stompers the Paul Myers Band, the Gravelberrys were formed in 1991 after new songs like “Rome (Wasn’t Built In A Daydream)” were being recorded by Myers with producer Michael Phillip Wojewoda (Barenaked Ladies, Spirit Of The West, Rheostatics). The first LINE-UP with Greenway, Montford, and Olive (ex-Arrows, Jitters) played local gigs around Toronto. When it came time for Myers to take the band on the road, a more permanent LINE-UP was recruited with Trentman, Immonen, and Baisley. They released one independent album, ‘Bowl Of Globes’, in 1993. The single “Wonder Where You Are Tonight” received major radio airplay and the album garnered critical acclaim everywhere. Myers would go on to freelance for some Canadian music trade publications and produced the album ‘Can I Open The Big Present First?’ for Toronto act Knockout Pill, before relocating to California to pursue a producing and songwriting career. Myers has written material with Damhnait Doyle, The Waltons, Melanie Doane, Scott Dibble, and has written biographies of the Barenaked Ladies, Long John Baldry and Todd Rundgren; Montford would do session work for the likes of The Rankin Family; Olive joined former Pukka Orchestra members Neil Chapman and Tony Duggan-Smith in Neotone who also released an independent CD; Greenway released a solo album under the name Brilliant Fish. With notes from Paul Myers, Claude Kent.

Wonder Where You Are Tonight (Rooster)
1994 It’s Raining (It’s Pouring) (Rooster)

Bowl of Globes (Rooster) EB-1-7722

Compilation Tracks
“Rome (Wasn’t Built In A Daydream)” on ‘Indie-Can ’91: A Compilation of Canadian New Music’ (Intrepid) CD-4
1993 “Wonder Where You Are Tonight” on ‘Canadian Alternative – Vol. III’ (Second Wave) SWM-003
1993 “Wonder Where You Are Tonight” on ‘New Stuff Three’ (MMS) NSCD-003

Carl Graves, originally from Calgary, Alberta was the former percussionist with Skylark. When the band folded he was signed to A & M Records and worked with producer Spencer Proffer. “Baby, Hang Up the Phone” and “Hey Radio” both managed to scrape the RPM Top 100 Singles chart in 1974 and 1975 respectively. He did have moderate success with “Sad Girl” stateside reaching No.60 on the charts. Graves’ sang on Lee Oskar’s 1997 album ‘So Much In Love.’ Carl Graves released the soul album ‘Stand Up’ in 2003.

1974 Baby, Hang Up The Phone/Walk Softly (A & M) AM-1620
1975 Hey Radio/Something’s Telling Me (A & M) AM-1716
1975 Brown Skin Love/The Next Best Thing (A & M – UK) AMS-7180
1976 Heart Be Still/Breaking Up Is Hard To Do (A & M) AM-1757
1976 My Whole World Ended (The Moment You Left Me)/Baby Don’t Knock (A & M) AM-1799-S
1977 Sad Girl/Walk In Love (Ariola – US) AA-113


1975 Carl Graves (A & M) SP-3410
2003 Stand Up (Sterling Silver Pro)

Compilation Tracks
“Baby Hang Up The Phone” on ‘A & M Forget Me Nots’ (A & M) SP-8400

GRAY, Alta
From British Columbia

Cotton Dreams/Merlin The Magician (Houka) RWP-177/178

GRAY, James
The son of The Travellers’ Jerry Gray, Toronto musician James Gray, an early member of the Rheostatics, released one independent cassette called ‘Gray Matter’ in 1983 featuring guest appearances by Paul Myers, Michael Phillip-Wojewoda, Christina Smith and Andrew Snell. The tape was recorded at Vital Sines’ Rhythms In Dark Studio. He would also join the group. Eventually he and fellow Vital Sines member Glenn Milchem would leave to join Blue Rodeo. Gray replaced Bob Wiseman on keyboards; Gray was nominated for a 1985 U-Know (CASBY) for ‘Most Promising Male Vocalist’; Gray would die unexpectedly of a heart attack August 5, 2013. He was a member of the band Gypsy Rebels at the time of his passing. With notes from James Gray. [also see BLUE RODEO]

Gray Matter [6-song cassette] (Nervous) NRV-5

Duncan “King Grease” White
(vocals) / Gene Track (bass) / Mike Holman (guitar) / Tommy “Short Ass” Frew (drums)  / Paul Denyes (keys) / Tom Fryer (bass; replaced Track) / John Bride (guitar; replaced Holman 1972) / Ray Harrison (keys; replaced Denyes 1972) / Wayne Mills (sax, synths; 1972)
Formed in 1970, the Greaseball Boogie Band had their auspicious beginnings rehearsing in the Yonge Street Long & McQuade store in Toronto. Frew had come from the Scottish band Marmalade, Denyes had done the Toronto circuit with The Twilights and White had been in The Silhouettes in the early ’50s with a young Doug Riley; Mills joined after jamming with them in Ottawa at the Skyline Hotel. The band soon asked him to join. They developed a large following in and around Toronto with a mixture of parody and rock featuring all things relating to greasers, bikers and leather jackets. A new line-up including Harrison finally gelled by 1972 and the band started attracting a huge following on national tours from coast-to-cost culminating in a show at Toronto’s Ontario Place for 15,000 people where they received 6 encores. The attention was enough to land the group a deal with GRT Records in 1973 and, in a brave move by the label, released a double album of cover tunes. Greaseball went back on the road with Gene Vincent’s “Be Bop A Lula” as their 7″ single calling card and did successful tours with The Guess Who, Sha-Na-Na, and an odd stylistic team-up with Roxy Music. The band was nominated for the ‘Most Promising Group’ JUNO Award against Rush in 1974 but ultimately lost out. Next, GRT’s Ross Reynolds wanted the band to record again but felt they needed a songwriting boost. After producer Ralph Murphy brought Leo Sayer’s “Long Tall Glasses (I Can Dance)” to them to record, they released it as a new single in 1975. However, the song couldn’t be convincingly sold to radio by the well known rowdy and raucous Greaseball Boogie Band so they changed their name to Shooter Revue and finally just Shooter. It also meant an image change and so, White, Bride, and Harrison, decided to take the over-indulgent Vegas style of disco acts and dig back into the WWII catalog of 1940’s swing and big-band music, hired female backing vocalists, The Murphy Sisters, and proceeded to record their self-titled debut for GRT. The 1975 album spawned several hit singles including a relabeled single version of “Long Tall Glasses (I Can Dance)” and another Leo Sayer hit “Train”. The group split up in 1980; Track would go on to play with Robbie Lane & The Disciples; White left the music business to help raise his three daughters; Denyes and Holman later joined Little Caesar & The Consuls. Holman also became a spokesperson for Yorkville Sound; Denyes died of cancer in 2012; Harrison joined Crowbar before re-teaming with Mills and Bride to form The Cameo Blues Band following Shooter; Duncan White died unexpected on September 1, 2014 after complications from surgery. with notes from Graham Ashe, Ralph Murphy, Duncan White. [also see SHOOTER]

1973 Be Bop A Lula/Dr. Feelgood (GRT) 1230-070
1975 I Can Dance (Long Tall Glasses) (GRT) 1230-093

1973 The Greaseball Boogie Band (GRT) 9230-1042

Compilation Tracks
“Slow Down” on ‘Concept’ [Silver] (Arc)

Alan Doyle (guitar, vocals, keyboards) / Sean McCann (bodhran, tin whistle, guitar) / Darrell Power (bass, acoustic guitar) / Bob Hallett (fiddle, accordion, mandolin, concertina, bouzouki)
Originally with the successful group Rankin Street, McCann and Hallett later met up with Power and Doyle to form Great Big Sea in March 1991. In 1992, Great Big Sea released their self-titled, self-produced album, which was later re-released by Warner Canada. Their second album, ‘Up’, was released in September 1995 and hit Platinum sales (100,000 copies sold) in Canada in July 1996. Their third release, ‘Play’, took only three months to hit Platinum, then doubling to over 200,000 copies by February 1998. That same month Great Big Sea picked up five East Coast Music Awards (including their third consecutive ‘Entertainer of the Year’ award) and followed immediately with two JUNO Award nominations for ‘Group of the Year’ and ‘Best Roots and Traditional Album/Group’. 1999’s ‘Turn’ was their 4th major label release. Power left the band in January of 2003 so he could spend more time with his family. The band has released half-a-dozen albums since. Their success has led to a working relationship with actor Russell Crowe who has often put Great Big Sea’s material in his films. Doyle even co-starred in the Crowe/Ridley Scott film ‘Robin Hood’ as a traveling musician. With notes from Jason Abrams.

When I’m Up/Mari-Mac (Sire/Warner) 74627-4
1997 Beggarman (Warner)
1998 It’s The End Of The World As We Know It (Warner)
1999 Consequence Free (Warner)

Great Big Sea (NRA Productions) 10088
1992 Great Big Sea [re-issued] (Warner) 10088
1995 Up (Warner) 12277
1997 Play (Warner) 18592
1998 Rant & Roar (Warner – US) 31023
1999 Turn (Warner) 27734
2000 Road Rage (Warner) 84666
2002 Sea of No Cares (Warner) 43310
2004 Something Beautiful (Warner) 61387
2005 The Hard and the Easy (Warner) 62606
2006 Courage & Patience & Grit (Warner) 64045
2008 Fortune’s Favour (Warner) 951727
2010 Safe Upon the Shore (Warner) 813179

Bill Abbatte
/ Jack Lenz / Don Myrol / Andy Peterson / Cecil Semenoff
Short-lived Toronto area band; Lenz would go on to produce and record thousands of jingles, voice-over sessions, and music recordings in Toronto; Semenoff died in Saskatoon after a long illness on July 29, 2005.


1968 I See the Rain/She’s Gone (Apex) 77078
1968 Lonely Eyes/This Could Be Love (Apex) 77089

Tony Dekker
(vocals, acoustic guitar) / Julie Fader (backing vocals) / Sandro Perri (lap steel guitar, electric guitar) / Erik Arneson (banjo, electric guitar, harmonium) / Almog Ben-David (wurlitzer) / Colin Huebert (drums) / Greg Millson (drums; replaced Huebert) / Bret Higgins (upright bass) / Miranda Mulholland (violin, backing vocals)
The Great Lake Swimmers was formed in Wainfleet, Ontario (near London) in 2001. The band’s self-titled debut in 2003 was the first release on Phil Klygo’s folk-roots collective label weewerk. They would continue with subsequent releases on weewerk until they received a distribution boost from Nettwerk Records. 2009’s ‘Lost Channels’ was short-listed for the Polaris Music Prize and was nominated for a 2009 JUNO Award for ‘Roots & Traditional Album of the Year – Group’, as well as a Canadian Folk Music Award.

To Leave It Behind
2005 Bodies and Minds
2007 Your Rocky Spine
2007 Backstage with the Modern Dancers
2009 Pulling On a Line
2010 Gonna Make It Through This Year (Bad Panda) BADPANDA-016
2012 Easy Come Easy Go

Great Lake Swimmers (weewerk) weewerk-001
2005 Bodies and Minds (weewerk) weewerk-004
2006 Hands in Dirty Ground EP/Live Recordings [12” EP]
2007 Ongiara (weewerk/Nettwerk) weewerk-009
2007 Live at the Church of the Redeemer [EP] (Nettwerk)
2008 Song Sung Blue [EP] (weewerk) weewerk-029
2009 Lost Channels (Nettwerk) 30830
2009 Live Session [DigiFile] (iTunes)
2009 The Legion Sessions (Nettwerk)
2011 New Wild Everywhere (Nettwerk)

Compilation Tracks
“Our Mother the Mountain” on ‘Introducing Townes Van Zandt via the Great Unknown’
2011 “Before They Make Me Run” on ‘Paint It Black: An Alt-Country Tribute to the Rolling Stones’ [DigiFile]

Sharon Russell
(vocals) / Ron Russell (vocals)/ John “The Fly” Baye (drums) / Dirk Acree (bass, trumpet) / Doug Knowles (bass) / Kenneth Lee “Ken” LaDéroute (vocals, guitar)
Toronto based Great Rufus Road Machine was formed in 1972 by husband and wife team of Ron Russell and Sharon Russell. He had been a Physical Education teacher at the University of Toronto and she had taught English at a Scarborough high school. They decided to leave those careers to hit the road as a showband. Their sets consisted of a hit parade of songs from specific decades featuring costumes from each era. As the disco era emerged they took the best of their previous sets and added more dance material. This involved adding a horn section. The next phase for the band was to record the best of their live material and sell an album directly off the stage in 1975. 1,200 copies of ‘The Great Rufus Road Machine’ were pressed by their management company – Pizazz Productions – and sold for $5.25 each. The album sold-out in 4 months. With data in hand, they went looking for a record deal. Producer Greg Hambleton had them record a David Lodge song called “What Does It Matter” as a single on his Rubber Bullet imprint to test the waters in 1976. It was followed by a second single entitled “Funny How Love Can Be.” Press and audience reaction was encouraging and Hambleton signed them directly to his main label, Axe Records. A new self-titled album was recorded featuring original tunes including material by Gary & Dave, Greg Hambleton, and other Axe house songwriters along with the four sides they’d already recorded. The album spawned four additional singles including the Top40 radio hit “Say What’s On Your Mind.” The band toured extensively across Canada and throughout the US. During this time, radio programmers also voted them “Canada’s top pop harmony band” in RPM Magazine. They released one more single 1979 – a cover of The Hollies’ “Hello To Romance” – and the band retired shortly after.; Knowles would leave and form his own showband Prime Tyme; LaDéroute started LaDéroute Music and has released three solo CDs and one LP as part of a duo called OUI with his wife Amy LaDéroute; John Baye passed away in Marion, Illinois April 23, 2022; Sharon Russell would go on to front The Lincolnaires. With notes from Craig Nicholson and Ron Russell.

1976 What Does It Matter/Can’t Do It Now (Rubber Bullet/Quality) RB-106X
1976 Funny How Love Can Be/You Said It (Rubber Bullet/Quality) RB-109X
1977 Say What’s On Your Mind/Flying On Wings of a Song (Axe) AXE-41
1977 I Believe In Sunshine/I Could Fall in Love With You (Axe) AXE-46
1978 She’s a Good Woman/I Could Fall in Love With You (Axe) AXE-54
1979 Hello to Romance (Disco Mix)/Hello To Romance (Radio Mix) (Axe) AXE-55

The Great Rufus Road Machine (Pizazz Presents)
1977 The Great Rufus Road Machine (Axe) AXS-517

Rick McNeil
(vocals) / Bill Schnare (guitar) / Wayne Forrest (guitar) / Gerry Archer (drums) / Dave Isner (bass)
Halifax, Nova Scotia was the home for this garage act which was originally known as The Shadows (1963) and then The Beavers, who released a hit cover version of The Big Bopper’s “Chantilly Lace” (1964) before settling on the name The Great Scots by Christmas 1964.  Having gained some notoriety in their Beaver days with matching Mohawk haircuts, the renamed act were able to parlay their popularity as a Maritimes version of The Beatles and were soon winging their way to Hollywood, California in 1965. With the vast competition from the home of the Surf set, The Great Scots played up their Scottish namesake and grabbed instant attention with their matching stagewear — kilts. Using producer Richard Delvey (drummer for The Challengers), the band charted with three singles including “Run, Run For Your Life”. Most of their material was cover tunes and had a leaning toward white-blues a la The Animals. They recorded an album’s worth of original material with a few side covers like Little Richard’s “Lucille”, but it was abandoned as a misrepresentation of their overt live show featuring British-Invasion-styled material. Despite this, they became stars in California and landed guest appearances on teen dance shows such as ‘Shindig!’ and ‘American Bandstand’. This euphoria spread to the popular teen magazines and put the band in close proximity, at least publicity-wise, to The Beatles. They would eventually wind up on big ticket package tours with similarly popular garage acts and even receiving the key to the city from the mayor of Santa Barbara, California. A full-length album was attempted in May 1966, but with permanent working visas at their disposal to make employment as musicians easier, it wasn’t long before their eligibility for armed service was called upon and in 1966 Dave Isner was conscripted into the U.S. Armed Forces for the Vietnam War. Without a bassist, the band were at a loss to continue under the name The-Free-For-All and released one single before returning home to Halifax; The members are still in touch with one another and occasionally reunite to play shows. In 1997 Sundazed Records issued a CD of material covering five of their 12 official sides and a handful of outtakes from their aborted album in 1966. Beat Rocket Records issued a 10 song vinyl compilation of previously unreleased tracks, the majority of which were penned by the band members from the long abandoned 1965 album.

1965 Ball And Chain/Run, Run For Your Life (London) M-17348
1965 Give Me Lovin’/Don’t Want Your Love (Epic) 5-9805
1965 That’s My Girl (Rotten To The Core)/Lost In Conversation (Epic) 5-9866
1966 The Light Hurts My Eyes/You Know What You Can Do (Triumph – US) TR-67
1964 Chantilly Lace/Love Me Baby (London) M-17323

1966 Blue Monday/Show Me the Way (Challenge) 59339

1997 The Great Lost Great Scots Album (Beat Rocket/Sundazed) SC- 5052
1998 The Great Scots…Arrive! (Beat Rocket/Sundazed) BR-101

Compilation Tracks
“Show Me the Way” on ‘Pebbles Volume 9’ (BFD – US) BFD-5026

Ian Tyson
(vocals, guitars) / Sylvia Tyson (vocals) / Amos Garrett (guitar, backing vocals, 1969-1970) / Ken Kalmusky (bass, 1969-1970) / Bill Keith (steel guitar, 1969) / Ricky Marcus (drums, 1969) / Buddy Cage (steel guitar, 1969-1970) / N.D. Smart (drums, 1969-1972) / Jim Cosgrove (bass, 1970-1974) / Jeff Gutcheon (piano, 1970-1972) / David Wilcox (guitar, 1970-1972) / Ben Keith (steel guitar, 1970-1972) / Billy Mundi (drums, 1972-1976) / Red Shea (guitar, 1972-1976) / Pee Wee Charles (steel guitar, 1972-1976) / Gordon Fleming (piano, 1972-1976) / Roly Salley  (bass, 1974-1976)
Formed in Tennessee in 1969 by folk-duo Ian & Sylvia Tyson as a means of updating their sound to reflect the changing times. The band recorded one album for Ampex Records in 1970. Many famous musicians passed through the group’s ranks including blues guitarist Amos Garrett, Gordon Lightfoot guitarist Red Shea, members of Mountain, The Grateful Dead, and Canadian guitarist David Wilcox who would go on to a significant solo career. The band split up in 1976. [also see AMOS GARRETT, IAN & SYLVIA., DAVID WILCOX]

1970 We Sail/Disappearing Woman (Ampex) X-11003
1970 Trucker’s Cafe/Smiling Wine (Ampex) X-11006

1970 Great Speckled Bird (Ampex) A-10103

Rick James
(vocals) / John Cleveland Hughes (keyboards) / Denny Gerrard (bass, vocals) / Bob Doughty (trumpet) / Ian Kojima (saxophone) / Ed Roth (keyboards) / Norm Wellbanks (drums)
Following gigs in the late ’60s around Yorkville, including a stint in The Mynah Birds with Neil Young, American Rick James formed Great White Cane in early 1972. The band was created from the ashes of Heaven And Earth with Gerrard (ex-Paupers) and Roth (ex-The Tripp).  James still had ties to Neil Young, Stephen Stills and Bruce Palmer of Buffalo Springfield stateside and managed to land a recording deal with MGM’s subsidiary label Lion Records. They recorded their self-titled debut album in Los Angeles in mid-1972 and then headed out on tour with B.B. King in 15-20 major centres. On the eve of the tour the release of the album had to be postponed delayed while MGM sorted out rights issues with RCA – who controlled several of the compositions that James had written while still signed to RCA while in Heaven And Earth. By the time the album finally saw a release later that year, the group had folded. James went on to form The Stone City Band; Gerrard joined Mainline in 1973 in the midst of their ‘Bump ‘N’ Grind Revue’ tour; Hughes would go on to work with David Bendeth; Wellbanks joined GRT recording act Shooter; Kojima did session work for The Stampeders and toured with Chris De Burgh alongside fellow Canadian Danny McBride. with notes from Nick Warburton. [also see HEAVEN & EARTH]


1972 Great White Cane (Lion/MGM) LN-1005

Country artist from South Porcupine, Ontario who was signed to Paragon Records in the mid-1960s for the album ‘Uptown Country.’ It would feature Chef Adams’ band. Greatrix would return the favour by appearing on Chef Adams’ album ‘Singer/Songwriter’ in 1969. Greatrix would later assemble the Greatrix Freedom Band for several more releases on Paragon followed by The Andy Greatrix Harmony Band who signed to Periwinkle and released one album. In the 1999’s Greatrix would do session work including drums and bass for Calvin Vollrath. [also see GREATRIX FREEDOM BAND]

Gertrude Zelda Hornsby/To Get To You (Hit/Quality) HR-400X
1977 I Need You Much More Than You Need Me/Memories Linger (CANPO) CANPO-007

Long Black Veil/Snoopy (Periwinkle) PER-3706

Uptown Country (Paragon) ALS-220

The Andy Greatrix Harmony Band (Periwinkle) PER-7301

Andy Greatrix (
vocals, guitar) / Dave Nash (bass) / Bob Williams (drums)
Three students of Rochedale College who formed this trio in the late 1960s in Toronto. They were signed to Paragon and released two albums. [also see ANDY GREATRIX]

Better Days Ahead (Paragon/Marathon) ALS-294 | 1970 Put Your Hand In the Hand (Paragon/Marathon) ALS-313

GREEN, Donna
Singer/songwriter and entrepreneur Donna Green decided to avoid the usual pratfalls of independent music production and decided to release her country flavoured music from a homebase in Toronto via mail order only. She controlled the inventory of her singles and shipped material regularly to 300 Country and AM radio stations across Canada and the US. Her single “Things That I Don’t Know” was co-produced with Gwen Swick and Alex Sinclair and did fairly well for an indie release.

1985 I’m Gonna Get Over You/[same] (Snowy River) WRC3-4003L
1985 Smile and Walk Away/[same] (Snowy River) WRC3-4253L
1986 Things That I Don’t Know/[same]  (Snowy River) SNR-74

Stepping Out With My Baby/[same] (Snowy River) WRC3-4387

Born: Michael Thomas Green on July 30, 1971 in Pembroke, Ontario
Pembroke, Ontario native Tom Green grew up in and around Ottawa Ontario co-founding Hip Hop act Organized Rhyme in the late 1980s under the name MC Bones. The group would have a brief burst of fame after being signed to Beat Factory Records stateside in 1990 and finding chart action with their song “Check the O.R.”. The group would split up in 1992. Organized Rhyme would reunite for another album entitled ‘Too Young To Die’ in 2008. Green wrangled a cable access TV show called ‘The Tom Green Show’ for most of the 1990s which he was able to syndicate and eventually led to doors opening for him in Hollywood. He found himself doing stand-up comedy work and appearing in several films. He was briefly married to actress Drew Barrymore. He is mostly known for his TV specials but has recorded several albums as well. He currently lives in Los Angeles, California. [also see ORGANIZED RHYME]

The Bum Bum Song (Lonely Swedish)

2005 Prepare For Impact (Sony/BMG) 82876-71046
2008 Basement Jams

Born: February 12, 1914
Died: September 11, 1987
Ottawa’s Lorne Greene started a career on radio at that city’s CBO Radio. During WWII he was the voice of bad news on Canada’s CBC Radio (1940-1943) before leaving the country for the big lights of New York City. His first stage appearance was in the Broadway play The Prescott Proposals with Katherine Cornell in 1953. Hollywood soon beckoned and after appearances in such movies as ‘Peyton Place’ in 1957, he was lured by television to become ‘Pa’ Cartwright on the long-running Western drama ‘Bonanza’ from 1959-1973. To capitalize on his new ‘Western’ image Greene recorded several records, the biggest being “Ringo” which went to #1 on Billboard magazine’s Hot 100 in 1964. Following ‘Bonanza’, Greene hosted his own wilderness show on Canada’s CTV for 5 years before returning to drama with the Star Wars styled ‘Battlestar Galactica’ and the short-lived ‘Code Red’. Greene died of complications from an operation on a perforated ulcer September 11, 1987.

1963 All But The Remembering (RCA Victor – UK) RCA-1257
1964 My Son, My Son/The Place Where I Worship (RCA Victor) 47-8113
1963 I’m The Same Ole Me/Love Finds A Way (RCA Victor) 47-8229
1964 Eva Magdalena (RCA Victor – UK) RCA-1917
1964 Ringo/Bonanza (RCA Victor) RCA-8444
1965 The Man/Pop Goes The Hammer (RCA Victor) 47-8490
1965 An Ol’ Tin Cup/Sand (RCA Victor) 47-8554
1965 Five Card Stud/Shadow of the Cactus (RCA Victor) 47-8757
1965 Welcome To The Ponderosa/ Bonanza/ Ringo//An Old Tin Cup/Five Card Stud (RCA/Victor) 23901
1965 Ringo/Blue Guitar/An Ol’ Tin Cup/Ghost Riders In the Sky/Bonanza/Pony Express/ Sand//Nine Station Breaks (RCA Victor) SP-45-137
1965 Chante Noël [4 song EP] (RCA – France) 86-481
1966 Waco/All But the Remembering (RCA Victor) 47-8901
1966 Daddy’s Little Girl/I Love a Rainbow (RCA Victor) 47-8819
1966 Must Be Santa/One Solitary Life (RCA Victor) 47-9037
1969 It’s All In the Game/The Perfect Woman (Columbia – US) 4-44971
1970 Daddy (I’m Proud To Be Your Son)/I Love a Rainbow (GRT – US) GRT-32
1972 I Love a Rainbow/The First Word (GRT – US) GRT-37
1976 Spirit of America[Mono]/Spirit of America [Stereo] (Artists of America – US)
1986 Ringo: Introduction/Ponderosa (Collectables – US) 4533

1963 Young At Heart (RCA Victor) LPM-2661
1964 Welcome To The Ponderosa (RCA Victor) LPM-2843
1965 The Man (RCA Victor) LPM-3302
1966 Lorne Greene’s American West (RCA Victor) LPM-3409
1966 Have a Happy Holiday (RCA Victor) LPM-3410
1967 Portrait of the West (RCA Victor) LPM-3678
1968 Who Are the Peacemakers? (Guidepost) GP-116
1976 The Colonial Keystone: Pennsylvania (Susquehanna) LP-101

1964 Ponderosa Party Time (RCA Victor) LPM-2583

Vancouver, British Columbia’s Barry Greenfield has been likened to Canada’s Cat Stevens. His first album, ‘Blue Sky’, was recorded at RCA Studios’ legendary Studio B and was the first production of a young, up and coming engineer, David Kershenbaum (who later went on to produce Tracy Chapman, Joe Jackson among others). In 1972 he wrote, sang and recorded “New York Is Closed Tonight”. This became the first of three # 1 singles for Greenfield in a brief 18-month period. The song won 1972 ‘Certificate of Honour for Canadian Music’, and was the most played song on Canadian radio in 1972. “Canada Sky” and “Sweet America” followed. “New York Is Closed Tonight” was updated after the tragic events of 9/11 and was renamed “Tuesday Morning” for Greenfield’s most recent album ‘Greenfield 3’. Greenfield has continued releasing new solo albums in recent years including an iTunes only re-issue of his early recordings. with notes from Barry Greenfield, John Rowland, and Dave Kell.

1972 Sweet America/Dorothy’s Daughter (Axe) AXE-6
1972 New York Is Closed Tonight/Roll On John (Laurie) L-3598X
1973 New York Is Closed Tonight/Jack And Jill (RCA Victor) APB0-0175
1973 Sweet America/Concert Fever (RCA) 74-0924
1974 Canada Sky/Love Talk (Goldfish) GS-112
1974 I Left My Sanctuary/Roller Coaster (Casino) C7-103
2021 Water Is The New Gold
2021 The Beautiful Band

1973 Blue Sky (RCA/Victor) APL-0264
1974 Greenfield (Goldfish) GA-1004
1975 Sanctuary (Casino) CA-1004
1999 Cold Water Cure
2003 King of the Wolves (Sudden Death) SDR-0042
2004 Greenfield #3 [aka The White Album]
2006 Heavy Horses
2008 Exposed Soul
2011 You Can’t Always Get What You Want [DigiFile]
2012 The Early Years (1973 And 1975) [DigiFile]
2015 This Blue [DigiFile]
2016 The Nashville Sessions [DigiFile]
2019 The Essentials [DigiFile]
2022 My Day In Auschwitz [6-song EP DigiFile]
2022 The Beautiful Band [DigiFile]

Anthony Green / Barry Stagg

The duo were signed to Gamma Records out of Montréal under the tutelage of manager Ben Kaye. Their debut single, “To Love Means to Be Free”, became an instant hit when released in February 1970. They rode the charts for the better part of the early ’70s. Green would later be recognized as the head of his label TGO (Tony Green Organization) and Stagg would have success with a number of RCA solo releases before moving to North Carolina where he writes scores, operas and stage shows.


1970 To Love Means To Be Free/ If Ever (Gamma) GA-5001
1970 To Love Means To Be Free/ Hail To The World (Riviera – Germany) MR-28025
1970 Face of the Sun/Turn Away (Gamma) GA-5004
1971 It’s Been A Long Time (Gamma) GA-5009
1972 Old Fashioned Ways (Gamma) GA-5025

Window of Your Life/Moving Down (London) M-17449
1973 People Change/Leaves of Summer (London) M-17462

1969 Anthony Green & Barry Stagg (Gamma) GS-504

GREER, Graham
Singer-songwriter Graham Greer grew up in the small farming town of Williamstown,Ontario. He discovered a Harmony Hollywood guitar that his Dad had purchased in 1957 but never played while hunting through his old farmhouse attic. Greer taught himself how to chord using a Chet Atkins songbook that was included in one of his father’s LPs. He was weened on Atkins, Simon & Garfunkel, Cat Stevens and Johnny Cash as a kid. He met another group of musicians at high school when he was 17 after they told him they were starting a band. Greer offered up his original songs. In 1988 they launched the band The Wallflowers taking cover band gigs and sliding Greer’s original songs into their sets when no one was looking. Eventually, the audience wanted to hear the originals more and the covers were whittled away. However, in 1992, Jakob Dylan’s band of the same name made their first appearance on the charts, and so as to avoid confusion, they chose Barstool Prophets from a line in an original song called “Short And Curlies” from their indie cassette ‘Birdman’. At the time of the name change in 1992, the band also moved to Ottawa, Ontario. As the newly christened Barstool Prophets they released an indie CD in 1993 called, appropriately, ‘Deflowered’ which sold over 8000 copies thanks largely to their inaugural cross-Canada jaunt opening of the Odds ‘Bedbugs’ tour and incessant solo-touring through 1993-1994. They also opened the first-ever Canadian appearance of the Dave Matthews Band at Lee’s Palace in Toronto on October 6, 1994. News of the band’s exploits got around to Mercury/Polydor A & R rep Bryan Potvin who was solely impressed by any band that could sell out an Ottawa club in the middle of the season’s worst snowstorm. The band was signed in 1994. Produced by Marty Jones (Furnaceface) in Ottawa and mixed by Mr. Colson in Wisconsin, the Mercury/Polydor debut album ‘Crank’ in August 1995 put the Barstool Prophets favourites and new songs together in a fresh collection. “Paranoia” was the first radio single from the release and hit Top-10 at Rock Radio in Canada, played in heavy rotation on Muchmusic and was featured in the Alliance/Atlantis major motion picture ‘Never Talk To Strangers’ starring Antonio Banderas/Rebecca De Mornay. The band’s catchy songs, head-turning videos, and energetic live shows ensured the Prophets a strong fan-base in Canada and so ‘Crank’ was subsequently released in the USA in July 1996. In 1997, they enlisted the help of veteran producer Joe Hardy (ZZ Top, Tom Cochrane, Steve Earle, Colin James) and the band drove to Memphis to record what would become the ‘Last Of The Big Game Hunters’ album.”Upsidedown” and the title track were Top-20 radio songs in Canada while a third, ‘Friend of Mine’, became a Top-10 Rock Radio hit. Throughout those years Barstool Prophets tirelessly toured with 54-40, The Waltons, The Headstones, Junkhouse, Moist, Tea Party, Our Lady Peace, and Big Sugar. Barstool Prophets disbanded in 1999 but have since reformed every few years for one-off concerts benefiting the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario and various cancer charities. Greer continued on with a post-BP solo indie career. In 2003 he released ‘Palookaville’ under the moniker Moonlight Graham. In 2009 he released the self-titled Graham Greer CD. Like ‘Palookaville’, it was co-produced and mixed by Barstool Prophets producer Joe Hardy (ZZ Top, Tom Cochrane, Steve Earle, Colin James). Greer’s song “Wire-Walker” has received critical acclaim from the New York Songwriters Circle and the Nashville Songwriters Association. He has opened shows in Ontario for David Lindley, Amanda Marshall, and Chantal Kreviazuk as well as performing on the 2010 Cisco Ottawa Bluesfest second stage. His solo band consists of Ottawa musicians Todd Huckabone (guitar), Steph McAlear (drums) and Garney Paterson (bass). With notes from Graham Greer and Ruth Greer. [also see THE BARSTOOL PROPHETS]

Graham Greer (Indiepool)

Palookaville (independent)

Winnipeg native Gregorash was introduced to music early in life and started playing originally as a violinist. By 1967 he switched to drums and had formed his own act, The Mongrels, and at age 16 would host his own dance TV show called ‘Young As You Are’ during which time the band became the first white musicians to record at the infamous Stax Volt studios in Memphis, Tennessee. The group was signed to Winnipeg label Franklin records in 1968 with several singles produced by Randy Bachman. But by 1969 Gregorash had to quit the band with vocal problems. The band carried on without him. By the age of 20 he had signed with Polydor Records as a solo artist and recorded his first two singles in Minneapolis during the Spring of 1970. The songs “Stay” and “Tomorrow Tomorrow” were a prelude to bigger things as Gregorash found fame in 1971’s “Jodie”. The song went Top-10 in Canada and landed him a JUNO Award for ‘Outstanding Performance – Male Vocalist’. *“Don’t Let Your Pride Get You Girl” was initially the next single, but radio preferred the album version of Gregorash’s cover of Neil Young’s “Down By the River”so the single was withdrawn and re-issued with an edit of “Down By the River” and “Don’t Let Your Pride Get You Girl” relegated to the B-side. This second single made the debut album, ‘North Country Funk’, into certified hit. A second solo album, ‘Tell the People’, came in 1972 and featured several moderately successful singles such as “My Love Sings” and the title track. Gregorash toured his efforts throughout the ’70’s before hanging up his musical career in favour of a creative directorship at Winnipeg radio station CKY where he won 15 writing awards. This stint was followed by some DJ work. In 1986 he was also the host of kids’ show ‘S’Kiddle Bits’, a noon-hour television show. In 1984 he won CHMM-FM’s talent search contest in Winnipeg with his song “Love Is Gonna Bring Us Together”. The song was released on the station’s Lite Rock Records and features a re-recorded version of his second single “Tomorrow, Tomorrow” under the new name “Together (The New Wedding Song)”. In 1987 Attic Records picked up the single for re-issue, flipped “Together (The New Wedding Song)” to the A-side and instantly sold 50,000 copies. The song continues to be a perennial favourite at weddings to this day. Gregorash continues performing and entertaining in Western Canada. with notes from Joey Gregorash and John Einarson. [also see THE MONGRELS]

1970 Stay/I’m Easy Come, Easy Go (Polydor) 2065-023
1970 Tomorrow, Tomorrow/It Won’t Last Long (Polydor) 2065-034
1971 Jodie/The Key (Polydor) 2065-055
1971 Don’t Let Your Pride Get You Girl/Dollar Bill (Polydor) 2065-073
1971 Down By The River (edit)/Don’t Let Your Pride Get You Girl (Polydor) 2065-073*
1972 My Love Sings/Sugar Ride (Polydor) 2065-100
1972 Another Part of Life/Bye Bye Love (Polydor) 2065-118
1972 Take the Blindness/For the Last Time (Polydor) 2065-148
1972 Tell the People/The Time Is Right (Polydor) 2065-168
1973 I Don’t Believe (My Mind Can Stand Much More)/[same] (Polydor) 2065-191
1973 Liza/Freedom Means Love (Polydor) 2065-205
1973 Jodie/My Love Sings [re-issue] (Polydor) PC-1009
1973 You’ve Been Wrong/Take the Blindness (Polydor) 2065-219
1974 One Day/He Sho’ Got A Way With A Woman (Polydor) 2065-223
1975 I Know We’ll Make It Together/I’m Your Lover (Sono-Gram) SG-9033
1987 Together (The New Wedding Song)/Love Will Bring It Together (Attic) AT-357

1968 Death of a Salesman/Sitting in the Station (Franklin) FR-307
1968 My Woman/Sitting In The Station (Franklin) QC-619

1977 Love Lost Woman/Bad Time Girl (RCA) PB-50416
1977 Baby, Is There Something Going On?/Would You Take It Nice? (RCA)

1984 Love Is Gonna Bring Us Together/Together (The New Wedding Song) (Lite Rock)
CHMM 97-03

1971 North Country Funk (Polydor) 2424-025
1972 Tell The People (Polydor) 2424-066

Compilation Tracks
“Jodie” on ’20 Solid Hits – Volume 2’ (K-Tel) TC-203
1971 “Down By the River” on ’20 Power Hits – Volume 2’ (K-Tel) TC-204
1973 “Jodie” on ‘Today’s Super Greats’ (K-Tel) TC-211
1987 “Together (The New Wedding Song)” on ‘Canadian Gold’ (Quality) QRSP-1061
1990 “Jodie” on ‘Made In Canada – Volume Two: Into The ’70’s’ (BMG) KCD1-7157
1993 “Together (The New Wedding Song)” on ‘Caught In the Attic’ [3CDs] (Attic) ATTIC-XX
1998 “Together” on ‘Attic Records Limited Twenty5’ [4CDs] ATTIC-25

“Shakin’ All Over” on ‘Guess Who’s Home – A Tribute’ (Transistor 66) TR66-112

Steve Loree
(guitar, vocals) / Johnny Phillips (bass, vocals) / Paul “Duke” Paetz (drums, vocals)
Greyhound Tragedy received initial attention from CJSW radio at the University of Calgary who played the band’s four-track cassette demo in 1987. Since then the band has had 18 tours and 5 albums. The band has played shows with Frank Black and the Catholics, Strung Out, Big Sugar, the Bare Naked Ladies and Carmaig Deforest. Ex-members have included John Arnott from the Lowest of the Low and Jon Card from SNFU/DOA.

Oh…Those Poor Dogs (independent) RPCD-02
1996 Demi Dog
2003 Buffalo (independent) 16006922
2006 Myself Is My Favourite

Chuck Angus
(guitar, backing vocals) / Kersti Macleod (vocals) / Lynne Simmons (vocals) / Michelle Rumball (lead vocals) / Peter Duffin (drums, backing vocals) / Peter Jellard (accordion, fiddle, saxophone, harmonica, backing vocals) / Rick Conroy (piano, accordion, percussion, vocals) / Tim Hadley (bass) / Dave Patterson (drums) / Al Lamore (drums)
Alternative country act founded in 1986 by Chuck Angus (L’etranger) with singer/songwriter Michelle Rumball and Peter Jellard and named after the Graham Parsons album. The collective started on the streets of Toronto as buskers, and eventually began playing Toronto-area bars including The Cabana Room. Hadley and Peter Duffin (ex-L’étranger) joined the band in 1987. Grievous Angels began playing folk festivals across Canada. They released their debut album, ‘Toute la Gang,’ in 1989. The album ‘One Job Town’ followed in 1990 which included the radio singles “Gordie and My Old Man” and “Crossing the Causeway”. However, Rumball was having voice problems and did not tour the album with the band. Vocals duties were carried out by Lynn Simmons and Kirsti MacLeod. The album was nominated for ‘Best Roots or Traditional Album’ at the 1991 JUNO Awards. Grievous Angels was nominated for ‘Best Country Group or Duo’ at the 1992 JUNO Awards. Rumball soon left the band and Angus moved to Cobalt, Ontario. The band would perform in Northern Ontario region while they did pre-production for their next album. Angus became lead vocalist and the album ‘Watershed’ was released in 1993. MacLean’s Magazine named them one of the hottest up-and-coming bands in Canada in 1994. In 1996, Grievous Angels released ‘Waiting for the Cage,’and ’22 Trailer Park’ followed in 1999. In the summer of 2000, Duffin left the band and was replaced by Dave Patterson and second drummer Al Lamore. Hadley went on tour with Stompin’ Tom Connors. The band released ‘Hanging Songs’ in 2003. In 2004, Angus ran for the New Democratic Party nomination and won in Timmins-James Bay. He won the seat in the 2004 election. The band would go on hiatus shortly after his win. In 2011, Grievous Angels returned with the single “Diamonds in the Snow” recorded recorded with Angus’ former L’Étranger bandmate Andrew Cash (who had also become a Member of Parliament). In 2013, the band released ‘Great Divide.’ As Chuck Angus continues to lead a political career, the group’s appearances in recent years have been limited but they released a new album in 2021 entitled ‘Summer Before The Storm.’

Diamonds In the Snow

Toute la Gang (independent)
1990 One Job Town (Stony Plain) SPCD-1162
1993 Watershed (Jimmy Boyle) CD-181093
1996 Waiting for the Cage (Dave’s Records of Guelph) DROG-034
1999 22 Trailer Park (Jimmy Boyle)
2003 Hanging Songs (Jimmy Boyle)
2013 Great Divide (independent)
2021 Summer Before The Storm (Jimmy Boyle) JBRLP-1220

Compilation Tracks
“Saturday Night In a Laundromat” on ‘Moose – The Compilation’ (Moose/Vertigo) 510-806-2
1992 “Pot of Gold” on ‘Moose Lodge’ (Moose/Vertigo/Polygram) 314514-2252
1999 “Thunderbird Town” on ‘DROG Canadian Recordings 1996-99 (Dave’s Records Of Guelph) DROG-0057

Born: John Raymond David Griffon on April 22, 1940 in Vancouver, British Columbia
Died: March 9, 2016
Ray Griff was born in Vancouver, British Columbia, but after his parents split up, his mother Katherine took him and his brother Ken to Winfield, Alberta where she became bookkeeper. At the age of eight, Ray – who sang and played drums – along with his brother, and three other local kids, formed a band called The Winfield Amateurs. Ray saved his money to buy Palm Beach guitar and taught himself to play. Meanwhile, his mother scraped together enough money to buy a piano. Ray taught himself that as well and began writing his own songs. The family would relocate once more to Calgary, Alberta when Ray turned twelve. He would soon work after school and on weekends at a grocery store to help him mother pay the bills. After he had set a record in the long jump at a city school track meet he was asked to join the Canadian Olympic track-and-field team. Knowing he wanted to pursue music – and continue working to pay the bills, he passed on the offer. Griff began to front a group called The Blue Echo’s in the 1950s. He made a name for himself locally by performing at high school dances and at local community events. DJ and promoter D’Arcy Scott saw Ray at one of these performances and asked Griff to join the Western Canadian tour for Johnny Horton as opening act. During the tour Ray gave Horton the song “Mister Moonlight” which he would soon include on the album ‘The Battle Of New Orleans.’ Though he was only sixteen at the time Griff decided to quit school to work full-time to make enough money to go to Nashville to pitch his songs. The liquor ban had also been lifted in Calgary and Griff was able to perform at a nightclub in the evenings. In 1961, he made his first trip to Nashville meeting with publishers and record labels. He soon recorded his first professional session for the song “The Racing King.” The next two years was spent writing and performing. During a performance in Calgary by Jim Reeves, Griff gave the star his song “Where Do I Go From Here” which Reeves recorded. The success of that song – and Reeves’ invitation – convinced Griff to finally move to Nashville in 1964 following a solo Canadian nightclub tour. With only forty dollars in his pocket and sleeping in his car, it appeared his luck had run out when shortly after his arrival, Reeves died in a plane crash. He got a job repairing pianos from 7am to 3pm (while pitching songs to publishers and labels), and then after work he’d work at a local vinyl pressing plant. Despite his schedule he still managed to get his high school diploma through a correspondence course and continue to write new songs. Record producer Bob Ferguson soon hired Griff to pitch songs for his publishing company. He would receive thirty dollars a week, and was given a place to sleep in the back of the office. Soon he found himself in a recording the studio, self-producing and recording two sides – recording “Don’t Lead Me On” and “That Weepin’ Willow Tree”. The songs were presented to Chet Atkins at RCA, who signed Griff to RCA’s subsidiary label, Groove Records. Shortly after he pitched the song “Baby” to famed music producer Owen Bradley who had Decca recording artist Wilma Burgess cut the track. It was the leaping off point for Ray Griff’s life-long career as a songwriter and music publisher. Griff would place forty eight singles in the top 100, the winner of eighty seven ASCAP and BMI citations as a song writer, artist, producer, and publisher. He also received sixteen ASCAP awards over the years 1975 and 1976. Over his career he wrote more than two thousand songs with seven hundred of those recorded by nearly every Country artist in Canada and the USA. His own recordings have also become hits, including ‘You Ring My Bell’, ‘Patches’, ‘Darling’, ‘If I Let Her Come In’, ‘Your Lily White Hands’, and ‘The Morning After Baby Let Me Down’. Griff also starred briefly in his own Canadian network TV show, and produced recordings by dozens of Country artists. In 1989, Ray Griff was inducted into the Canadian Country Music Hall Of Fame, and in 1998 was inducted into the Canadian Country Music Hall Of Honor. Ray died March 9, 2016

1961 Racing King/I Would If I Could (Quality) 1301X
1964 That Weepin’ Willow Tree/Don’t Lead Me On (Groove/RCA) 58-0054
1965 The Golden Years/Tongue Twistin’ Time (Groove/RCA) 58-0063
1967 Too Close To Home/Carbon Copy (Regency) 977
1967 Your Lily White Hands/One of the Chosen Few (MGM – US) K-13855
1968 The Sugar From My Candy/Til The Right One Comes Along (DOT) 17082
1968 A Ray of Sunshine/Baby (DOT) 17124
1968 A Lean Horse/Sweet Bird Of Youth (DOT) 17171
1968 Move A Little Farther Along/Wanderin’ Through The Valley (DOT) 17206
1969 Pebble On The Beach/Miracles Do Happen (DOT) 17252
1969 Entertainer/Caution To The Wind (DOT) 17288
1969 Wanderin’ Through The Valley (DOT) 17364
1970 My Everlasting Love/Aint No Where To Go (Royal American) RA-16
1970 Patches/Dixie (Royal American) RA-19
1970 Don’t Look At Me (In That Tone of Voice)/My Rocky Mountain Home (Royal American) RA-30
1970 Wait A Little Longer/What Can I Say (Royal American) RA-38
1970 The Mornin’ After Baby Let Me Down/I’ll Love You Enough For Both of Us (Royal American) RA-46
1971 It’s The First Day/[same] (Royal American) RA-56
1972 Somewhere Between Atlanta and Mobile/It Rains Just The Same in Missouri (DOT)
1973 A Song For Everyone (DOT) DOA-17456
1973 What Got To You Before It Got Me/Darlin’ (DOT) DOA-17471
1974 That Doesn’t Mean (I Don’t Love My God) (DOT) DOA-17501
1974 I’m All Loved Out/The Hill (DOT) DOA-17519
1975 If That’s What It Takes/Adam’s Child (DOT) DOA-17542
1975 Out Of Tune With The Times/Ray’s Bar & Grill (Morning) 1027
1975 Too Close To Home (Note) A-100
1976 You Ring My Bell/Dear Jesus (Capitol) 4126
1976 If I Let Her Come In/Runnin’ (Capitol) 4208
1976 I Love The Way That You Love Me/Wrapped Around Your Finger (Capitol) 4266
1976 That’s What I Get (For Doin’ My Own Thinkin’)/Falling (Capitol) 4320
1976 Last of the Winfield Amateurs/You Put The Bounce Back In My Step (Capitol) 4368
1977 A Passing Thing/Piano Man (Capitol) 4415
1977 A Cold Day In July/Rusty (Capitol) 4446
1977 Goodbye Baby/Raymond’s Place (Capitol) 4492
1978 Canada/Don’t Take Any Wooden Nickelts (Boot) BTX-223
1979 Betty Mitchell (Boot) BTX-235
1981 Draw Me A Line/Heaven (Vision) 440
1982 Things That Songs Are Made Of/Light (Vision) 442
1982 Reelin’ Rockin’ Rollin’/Candy Apple World (Evergreen) 1044
1982 My Everlasting Love/What Can I Say (RCA/Victor) PB-50441
1983 If Tomorrow Never Comes (RCA/Victor) PB-50722
1983 So Close/Head Over Heels (RCA/Victor) PB-50760
1984 Rainbow/You (RCA/Victor) PB-50774
1984 I Don’t Cross Every T/Diamond In The Rough (RCA/Victor) PB-50798
1984 Christmas Isn’t Christmas Without You/Diamond In The Rough (RCA/Victor)
1985 A Light In The Window/The Middle Of The Afternoon (RCA/Victor) PB-50808
1986 I Did/A Soft Touch (RCA/Victor) PB-50827
1986 Christmas Isn’t Christmas Without You/What My Woman Does To Me (RCA/Victor) PB-50846
1986 It Don’t Make A House A Home (RCA/Victor) PB-50873
1987 I Can’t Live With You/I Can’t See Me (RCA/Victor) PB-50899
1987 Dividin’ My Time (Book Shop) BSR-749
1988 That Old Montana Moon/Calgary Calgary (Book Shop) BSR-765
1988 Snow Covered Mountains/And Then You Came Along (Book Shop) 45-793
1988 Bury Me With My Boots Off/Damned If I Do Damned If I Don’t (Book Shop) 45-802
1989 Daybreak (A.T.I.) ATIO-10392
1989 Someday (A.T.I.) ATIO-10491
1989 Flames/Mama Made Christmas Shine For Me (A.T.I.) ATIO-10916

1970 Ray’s Bar & Grill/To Know You Is To Love You (Royal American) RA-25

1988 Shiny (WEA)

1988 Honest To Goodness Amigos (WEA) 604

1968 A Ray of Sunshine (DOT) DLP-25868
1972 Ray Griff Sings! (Royal American) RAS-1007
1972 The Entertainer (GRT) 9230-1014
1973 Middle of the Road (GRT) 9230-1026
1973 Songs for Everyone (DOT) DLP-26013
1974 Expressions (DOT) DOSD-2011
1975 Ray Griff [aka You Ring My Bell] (Capitol) ST-11486
1976 Last of the Winfield Amateurs (Capitol) ST-11566
1977 Raymond’s Place (Capitol) ST-11718
1978 Ray’s Bar & Grill (Morning) MBS-1
1979 Canada (Boot) BOS-7201
1980 Maple Leaf (Boot) BOS-7210
1981 Greatest Hits (Boot) BOS-7219
1981 Adam’s Child (Boot) BOS-7221
1983 The World of Ray Griff (RCA/Victor) KCL1-0249
1984 You Can Count On Me (RCA/Victor) KKL1-0481
1985 You (RCA/Victor) APL1-0537
1986 Sky Is The Limit (RCA/Victor) KYM1-0563
1988 My Kind of Country (Book Shop) BSR-750
1990 Bring It On [CD]

1988 Honest To Goodness Amigos (Warner) 25-56701

Compilation Tracks
“Dixie” on ‘The Battle Hymn of Lt. Calley and Other Hits’ (Royal American) RAS-1006
1988 “Christmas In My Country Home” on ‘CKBY: Christmas in the Valley Vol. 3 with Wayne Rostad & Friends’ (Stag Creek) SC-1115

cut on ’21 Hot Rockin’ Canadian Country Hits

Winnipeg’s Bobby G. Griffith – and his band The Movement – released two garage singles in the mid-60s before signing to MTCC Records in 1969. But shortly after the release of a debut album, ‘Living On a Wishbone’, the record label went bankrupt taking Griffith’s album with it. Griffith and manager Jules Rabkin headed to the US and negotiated a deal with Polydor for a new single called “709” in 1971 but the record did little to break him worldwide. In 1972 he signed to the label that made Lawrence Welk famous, Ranwood, who released several singles for the singer throughout the early and mid-’70’s. Griffith formed a touring band to promote his recordings which featured Valentine Bent (guitar), Jimmy Carver (piano), Lou Fortin (bass), and George Dearling (drums). Griffith managed to gain some recognition in 1973 with his single “The Badger’s Song”.

1966 Cheater Cheater/You’re Married Now, Jack (Am-Can) 123
Tough Guy/Yes, It’s Me (Stone)  720
Living On A Wishbone/Simplicity (MTCC) MT-1001
1971 709/Run (Polydor) 2065-052
1971 In Her Loving Way (Polydor) 2065-090
1973 The Sound Of Peace/My Love, My Love (Ranwood) R-933X
1973 The Badger’s Song/In Her Loving Way (Ranwood) R-951X
1975 No Money Blues/I’m Really In Love (Badger/Quality) BA-004
1975 Give My Love To Lady Canada/Somebody Else’s Garden (Badger/Quality)
1975 Keep An Eye On Your Friends/Love Kept On (Badger/Quality) BA-007X

1970 Bobby G. Griffiths (Canadian Talent Library) CTL-1176
1975 Love & Laughter (Badger/Quality) BALP-100
1982 Still Together (Quality)

Steve Hilbert
(bass) / Frank Vignanello (drums) / Alex MacDougall (guitar, vocals) / Lily Sazz (keyboards, vocals) / Peter McFarland (saxophone) / Cole G. Benjamin (saxophone, vocals) / Rich Sumstad (trumpet) / Rob Gellner (trumpet)
From Hamilton, Ontario; MacDougall would pass in July 2013

Record Prophets (Groove Corporation) GC-001

William New
(vocals) / Steve “Mub” Muhabir (guitar) / Scott Bradshaw (bass; 1983-1989) / Glenn Milchem (drums) / John Borra (bass; replaced Scott B. 1989) / John Lalley (drums; replaced Milchem)
Following failed bands like Malibu Barbie and Handsome Dog, New and Muhabir, they formed in Toronto in 1983 and became the house band for The Beverley Tavern’s ‘Elvis Mondays’ jam nights (which William New has carried on for more than 25 years) in 1984. Groovy Religion held their residency until a representative for Montréal’s Psyche Industry Records saw them and offered them a record deal. With their debut album ‘Thin Gypsy Thief’ released in 1986, the band left The Beverley (with A Neon Rome taking up the residency) and toured Ontario and Quebéc on small hit-and-run concert dates. With their label being in Quebéc, they made Montréal a pseudo second home. Bradshaw left in 1989 to start a career as a neo-folk artist named The Scott B. Sympathy. He was replaced by John Borra while the band spent the better part of the early ’90s in and out of Metalworks studio working on a self-financed concept album ‘Tom, A Rock Opera’. Music pal Jeff Rogers had just launched his own Handsome Boy Records in Toronto and offered the band distribution. The album was released in 1995. With the band members working on various projects, the band still managed another album in 1998 called ‘Canadabis’. Though never officially split up, the band often reunites between projects. New has carried on ‘Elvis Mondays’ at the Drake Hotel for the last 7 years. with notes from William New.

1986 Thin Gypsy Thief (Psyche Industry) PIR-010
1995 Tom, A Rock Opera (Handsome Boy) HBCD-0014
1998 Canadabis (Handsome Boy) HBCD-0020

Compilation Tracks
“Kitchen Boy” on ‘Opiate Of The Underground’ [cassette] (Materials & Processes)
1994 “The Captain/Suki” on ‘Elvis Monday Vol. 1’ (Kinetic) KRD-919
1995 “Bright Time” on ‘Handsome Boy/Chemical Sound Compilation’ [7″] (Handsome Boy) HB-001

Martin Gladstone
(guitars, keyboards, vocals) / Gary Lanz (bass, keyboards, vocals) / Chris Brooks (lead guitar, keyboards, vocals) / Gary Kaufman (drums, percussion)
Toronto 4-piece who played punkish Beatlesque power pop; Martin Gladstone is a Toronto lawyer.

1984 Love Games/009 (G.R.O.T.) GROT-1001

Compilation Tracks
“Moonlight Beach (Unreleased)” on ‘Into the 80s: Great Toronto Bands’ (Sugar Moon) SM10-001

(vocals) / Terry Robinson (guitar) / Darren Katamay (bass) / Christopher Flea [aka Chris Lee] (drums)
Toronto act featuring Chris Lee of Was Ist Los?; Nobody and Terry Robinson would go on to form Mr. Science under the pseudonyms Oxtart Marphologna and The Cursed Gerald respectively.


1987 What You See Here… [6 song EP] (Groupoem) G-77119

Michael K. Myers
From Kingston, Ontario. Short-lived quartet released one single in 1965; Myers would join The Sedimentary Rock Band and later form a duo with Mark Haines in the late 1960s. In the 1970s he would join jazz/rock act Bramble and became a singer-songwriter with a 5-song self-titled EP to his name in 1978; In the early 2000s he reformed Growing Pains with three of four original members as Hat Trick.

I’m Doomed/Route 66 (Award) A-100

Bobby Beaton
(vocals, guitar) / Gerry Alvarez (guitar, vocals) / John Davis (bass) / Eric Davis (drums) / John Knolls (drums; 1987)
A Montréal quartet who specialized, originally, in ’60’s garage style cover tunes with an affinity for punk formed in 1985. With all the members between the ages of 16 and 19, they derived their influences from bad TV (their name comes from an episode of ‘The Flintstones’) and listening to obscure mid-60’s record. The band took its name from an episode of The Flintstones. After garnering attention with two EPs on Primitive Records in 1985, and less than a year after picking up musical instruments for the first time, they released their debut album, ‘Tyrants Of Teen Trash’, in 1986 for Og Music. The album sold well in Europe and North America and frequently landed at the No.1 position on many alternative playlists across Canada. Their following grew which led to back-to-back LP releases of ‘Gruesomania’ (1987) and ‘Hey!’ (1988) making them one of Canada’s biggest selling underground acts. However, the extreme pressures of touring and recording finally took their toll on the band and they broke up at the height of their popularity in 1990. After splitting up, frontman Bobby Beaton went on to form francophone garage band Platon et ses Caves (Plato And The Stupids) in 1992. They wore togas as part of their act. Until recently reforming the Gruesomes in 2000, Beaton had been playing in ska act The Kingpins who had several releases on Stomp Records. On March 4th, 2000, the Gruesomes returned to Toronto, Ontario for a sold-out show at the Horseshoe Tavern. The show, the bands first in over ten years, set the clubs attendance record. The show was videotaped by the CBC and aired in June 2000 as a tie-in to the group’s new CD ‘Cave-In’. with notes from Wes Doerksen and Patrick LeBoutillier

1985 Jack The Ripper [4 song EP] (Primitive) PR-001
1985 Unchained [6 song EP] (Primitive) PR-004
1986 Tyrants Of Teen Trash (Og) OG-10
1987 Gruesomania (Og) OG-15
1988 Hey! (Og) OG-20
1999 Cave-In (Union) UNION-004
2003 Gruesomology(Sundazed) SC-11132
Live In Hell (Ricochet) RSCD-002
2016 Gruesomania [LP re-issue] (Artoffact) AOF-223

Compilation Tracks
“For All I Care” on ‘It Came From Canada Vol.1’ (Og) OG-8
1986 “What’s Your Problem?” on ‘It Came From Canada Vol.2’ (Og) OG-9
1987 “Your Lies” on ‘It Came From Canada Vol.3’ (Og) OG-13
1988 “I Try” on ‘It Came From Canada Vol.4’ (Og) OG-17
1989 “You Weren’t Using Your Head” on ‘It Came From Canada Vol.5’ (Og) OG-25
1989 “3 Men, 1 Coffin” on ‘What! Wave” (What! Wave)
1991 “Quand Je Marche Dans La Rue” on ‘Clam Chowder & Ice Vs. Big Macs & Bombers ‘(Nardwuar) CLEO-4
1996 “Way Down Below” and “What’s Your Problem” on ‘Time Machine: The History of Canadian 60’s Garage Punk and Surf (1985-95)’ (Stomp) 008

Born: 1975, Sarnia, Ontario
Emm Gryner was born in 1975 and raised in a small town 16 miles east of Sarnia called Forest which boasts a population of 2800. At the ripe age of 10 she began writing songs and by 20 (1995) she moved to Toronto to make music. In 1996 Gryner formed her own record label – Dead Daisy Records – to release music by various acts, including herself, that the major labels ignored. Her debut album ‘The Original Leap Year’, plus an EP called ‘Girl Versions’ (with Paul Weller, Clash, and Foo Fighters cover tunes), and a four act compilation called ‘Sodium Rainbow’ were released. Throughout 1997 Gryner performed her solo act around Toronto and was invited to open for the Tindersticks and to play three Lilith Fair shows. Fans soon launch an Emm Gryner website. The year would close with her signing with the US-based Mercury Records label and Dead Daisy Records is mothballed. More Lilith Fair shows followed in 1998 and to keep her name out in the public eye while working on her debut album, she released a 7″ collaboration with Transistor Sound & Lighting Co. Also in 1998, the 22 year old would release her debut CD, ‘Public’, to critical acclaim. The buzz from the album lands her tours with Bernard Butler (ex-Suede), Rufus Wainwright, Chantal Kreviazuk, Spirit of the West, The Cardigans, and The Philosopher Kings. In the wake of the merger with Universal, Gryner left Mercury Records and revived Dead Daisy Records. Once again she was invited back for three more Lilith Fair shows, opened for Alanis Morissette and tours with Tom Cochrane and Ron Sexsmith. Her next independent release was ‘Science Fair’- a loose recording made in non-studio locales. Gryner has remained true to her independent roots and continues to release CD after CD without pressure from a major label. In the early 2000s she was chosen by David Bowie to be his touring keyboard player. Gryner has also appeared on The First Time CD ‘It’s Time’ in 2003 dueting with singer Manfred Sittman and singing on Def Leppard’s 2006 album “Yeah.” She is also a member of the band Trapper with her brother Frank Gryner and Sean Kelly (Crash Kelly). [also see TRAPPER, TRENT SEVERN]

Headphone Ballads [2-song cassette] (A & M)
1999 Idaho/Edgar (Dead Daisy)
2004 Breaking News/Portrait For Reg (Dead Daisy) DDR-2004
2006 Symphonic/Blackwinged Bird (Entertainment Architects – Ireland)
2011 Still [DigiFile] (Dead Daisy)
2015 You Got This (Ben’s Song) [DigiFile] (Dead Daisy)
2020 Butterflies [DigiFile] (Dead Daisy)
2020 Stronger Someone [DigiFile] (Dead Daisy)
2021 Drove Home [DigiFile] (Dead Daisy)

All Love All The Time [DigiFile] (Dead Daisy)

And Distrust It (Artistic) EG-608
1996 The Original Leap Year (Dead Daisy) EMM-001
1996 Girl Versions [EP] (Dead Daisy)
1998 Public (A & M) 55 8460
1999 Science Fair (Dead Daisy) DDR-003
2000 Dead Relatives (Dead Daisy/EMI)  DDR-004
2001 Girl Version [Full CD] (Dead Daisy) DDR-005
2002 The Winter EP [3-song EP] (Dead Daisy)
2002 Asian Blue (Dead Daisy) DDR-006
2005 Songs of Love And Death (Dead Daisy) DDR-007
2005 The Great Lakes (Dead Daisy) DDR-008
2006 Summer of High Hopes (Dead Daisy) DDR-010
2006 PVT [bonus disc with ‘Summer of High Hopes’] (Dead Daisy) DDR-011
2009 Goddess (Dead Daisy) DDR-014
2010 Gem and I (Dead Daisy) DDR-018
2010 Stray Bullets [6-song EP] (Dead Daisy)
2011 Northern Gospel (Dead Daisy) DDR-019
2012 She’s Gone: A Tribute to Hall & Oates [7-song EP] (Dead Daisy)
2012 The Best of Emm Gryner (Dead Daisy) DDR-088
2014 Torrential (Dead Daisy) EGCD-0214
2015 21st Century Ballads (Dead Daisy)
2016 Aonarán (Dead Daisy)
2016 Calmphonic (Dead Daisy)
2017 Only Of Earth, Days Of Games (Dead Daisy)
2017 Slant [5-song EP DigiFile] (Dead Daisy)
2020 Just For You (Dead Daisy) DDR-LUVJG8
2023 Business & Pleasure (Dead Daisy)

Summerlong/Phonecall 45 [7”] (Mercury)MELP-192

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

Brian Schultze (guitars, programming marimba, bass) / Curtis Ruptash (fretted and fretless basses, electric stick, programming)
Formed in 1986, this Edmonton-based electric/electronic duo combined heavily processed acoustic and electric instruments with spoken word and field recordings of acoustic “world” instruments/singing samples. The result was pan-ethnic and somewhat experimental grooves, with tongues planted firmly in the cheek. On ‘Rhesus Pieces’ and ‘Evidence I Was Here’ Guerilla Welfare extended the concepts explored in their eponymous debut to stronger beats and denser production, while incorporating guest vocalists (Patrick Higgins, Mandy Cousins, Denise Spitzer). Their song “Atom Bomb” was used in the MTV reality show ‘Real World’ Episode 61. with notes from Curtis Ruptash.

1986 Guerilla Welfare (He Dead) GW-001
1988 Rhesus Pieces (He Dead) GW-002

1986 Evidence I Was Here [LP] (He Dead)

Chad Allan
(vocals, rhythm guitar) / Garry Peterson (drums) / Jim Kale (bass) / Randy Bachman (guitar) / Bob Ashley (piano) / Burton Cummings (vocals, piano; replaced Ashley) / Bruce Decker (guitar; replaced Allan 1966) / Bobby Sabellico (guitar; replaced Bachman 1970) / Greg Leskiw (guitar; replaced Sabellico 1970) / Kurt Winter (guitar; added 1970) / Bill Wallace (guitar; replaced Leskiw) / Donnie McDougall (guitar; replaced Wallace) / Dominic Troiano (guitar; replaced Winter) / Vance Masters (drums; 1978-1979) / David Inglis (1978-1979) / Ralph Watts (1979) / Bobby Bilan (lead guitar; 1979) / Brian Sellars (bass; 1979) / Jimmy Michael [aka Grabowski] (keyboards; 1979) / Brent DesJarlais (1981) / Mike McKenna (guitar; 1981) / Sonnie Bernardi (1981) / Dale Russell (1981; 1996-1999) / Carl Dixon (guitar, vocals; 1997-1999) / Leonard Shaw (1995-1999) / Terry Hatty (vocals; 1995)
2018 Line-up: Garry Peterson (drums) / Derek Sharp (vocals) / Rudy Sarzo (bass) / Will Evankovich (guitar) / Leonard Shaw (keyboards, guitar) / Mark Santer (drums)
In 1962 a group called Chad Allan & The Expressions (formerly Al & The Silvertones) landed a recording contract with Canadian-American Records for two modest singles. The group consisted of Chad Allan (lead vocals/rhythm guitar), Randy Bachman (lead guitar), Bob Ashley (piano), Jim Kale (bass), and Garry Peterson (drums). With a signing to Quality Records in 1963 they released a record on Quality’s subsidiary label REO under the name Bob Ashley & The Reflections which fared no better than the previous singles. Chad Allan’s name was re-instated in the band’s moniker after they moved to Quality proper. But with the group releasing older American material they were constantly being beaten on the charts by British Invasion bands. So the group decided to fight fire with fire by recording “Shakin’ All Over” which was a #1 hit in the UK for Johnny Kidd And The Pirates. When Quality Records heard the song they felt it had hit potential but once radio stations knew it was Canadian, would not support it. The record company released the song on a plain labeled 7″ single with the title “Shakin’ All Over” and ‘?’ as the artist name. At the time, Walt Grealis and Stan Klees were writing a 4-page broadsheet of music related news, stories, and a mini-chart of the latest breaking tunes at radio called RPM Magazine. Grealis liked the song but when he listed it in the RPM chart he added the words “Guess Who?”. Radio soon began paying attention to the mystery band but Quality Records was still referring to the act as Chad Allan & The Reflections so as to not offend Chad Allan. But radio was soon introducing the song on the air as being The Guess Who. Under pressure from radio and Walt Grealis, the label re-issued the single with “Guess Who?” listed as the artist. The song became a monster hit in 1965 and the band name stuck. Eventually Bob Ashley left the act and Deverons keyboardist and frontman Burton Cummings was brought on board in December 1965. Chad Allan left in June 1966 following the recording of the band’s third album for Quality called “It’s Time”. Cummings was immediately promoted to the lead vocal spot and second guitarist Bruce Decker – also a former member of The Deverons – was added to fill out the sound at live shows. He was only with the band for a few months. In September 1966 the band’s manager Bob Burns took Cummings, Bachman, Kale and Peterson to Kay Bank Studio in Minneapolis to record four brand new songs with the new line-up: “It’s My Pride”, “If You Don’t Want Me”, a remake of an earlier Chad Allan led song called “Believe Me” — this time sung in Cummings’ pidgeon french as “Croyez-Moi”, and a cover of a Johnny Cowell ballad called “His Girl”. The latter song was released as their next single in December 1966 and managed a respectable showing on the Canadian charts, peaking at No.19. Meanwhile, Quality had already entered into a licensing deal to release the song in England through a deal with King Records. The tune was remixed and hit No.47 on the British charts. With an assumed future in the UK in sight, the band immediately cancelled 6 months worth of Canadian gigs and went to England for a tour. However, when they arrived, they found that no contract had been signed, no advance was forthcoming, and no tour had been booked. King Records did attempt to take advantage of the situation and offered the band a long-commitment/small remuneration ‘take it or leave it’ deal. The band left the deal on the table and, instead, decided to take their chances for the 12 days they’d allotted in the country. Having spent all the money they had getting across the ocean, they moved into a single hotel room to save money and Bob Burns had a chat with Tony Hiller of Mill Music about doing some recording. Mill had made a lot of money off “Shakin’ All Over” and was happy to try and help the band out. Hiller sent two hot songwriters to their hotel room with new songs “This Time Long Ago” and “Miss Felicity Grey”. The band went into The Regent Sound studios on March 3, 1967 for two three hour sessions to lay down the songs plus a cover of Neil Young’s “Flying On The Ground Is Wrong” and a tune Bachman wrote while they were in session called “There’s No Getting Away From You”. All four tracks were issued on two singles on the Fontana label later that year. All but “Miss Felicity Grey” was released in Canada as well. Still, they returned to Winnipeg $25,000 poorer, hadn’t played a single gig and were humiliated from the entire ordeal. They were on the verge of splitting up but decided that they needed to clear up their debt by playing as much as they could at fairs, sock hops, clubs, schools, fashion shows and anywhere else they could set up their equipment and get paid. As fate would have it, the CBC was running several national music countdown shows nationally and wanted to hire the Guess Who for the Winnipeg edition called “Let’s Go”. They were hired for $1100 a week and ended up performing the weekly hit parade virtually every Thursday for 78 weeks. Their debts were soon paid off and their experience as performers was similar to that of the Beatles’ early days in Hamburg. They were tight and slick. This hard work did not go unnoticed. At the end of the first season of ‘Let’s Go’ in early 1968, the band was approached about having their songs on a split LP with Ottawa’s The Staccatos as a promotional giveaway by the Coca Cola Company. Jack Richardson was the music director for the project. The success of the album – ‘A Wild Pair’ – encouraged Richardson to gamble on the band by mortgaging his house and opening Nimbus 9 recording studio in Toronto to record The Guess Who exclusively. There was still a matter of bowing out of their deal with Quality Records. The band assumed it would be easy given the four poor selling albums they had made for the label and the recent cooling of Canadian radio to their most recent singles. To ensure they were released from the deal, the band deliberately made a ‘deal breaking’ version of Steve Lawrence’s “Pretty Blue Eyes” in a lazy, sleepy balladeer style. The plan backfired. Quality loved the song and released it as the next single! Desperate to end their relationship and work with Richardson, the band paid Quality $1000 to end the deal. By the beginning of the second season of ‘Let’s Go’, show producer Larry Brown had enough faith in the band to allow them to try out some original songs on the telecasts. Two of those tunes – “Of A Dropping Pin” and “When Friends Fall Out” became early singles for Nimbus. They later showcased and road tested what would become the entire ‘Wheatfield Soul’ album. The songs were recorded properly with Jack Richardson and his Nimbus imprint signed a deal with RCA records for $3,000; a deal that was heralded by RCA, at the time, as the beginning of the Canadian Invasion. The album and the first single, “These Eyes”, were released in 1969, but radio stations were already indicating that they would not support any inferior Canadian music, especially the new Guess Who record, so Richardson hired promotional people in four key American cities to launch the single. This tenacity by both Nimbus and RCA paid off as the song broke new ground in the USA eventually reaching No.3 on the charts and selling 1,000,000 copies. Embarrassed Canadian broadcasters, who had followed American music trends to the letter, were soon forced to playlist the song. The band would later perform on Dick Clark’s ‘American Bandstand’ where he presented the band with a gold record for “These Eyes”. The doors were now open for a string of hits including the double-A sided “Laughing/Undun”, a remixed version of “No Time” in the US and their biggest selling record of all time – “American Woman”. At the time of “American Woman’s” U.S. success at No.1 in 1970, Bachman quit to form Brave Belt (with former Guess Who member Chad Allan), then B.T.O. and finally Ironhorse/Union before continuing on with a solo career. The existing tour dates were completed using guitarist Bobby Sabellico. Bachman’s permanent replacement came courtesy of Kurt Winter (ex-Brother) and Greg Leskiw (ex-Wild Rice). With the new line-up secure, the continued with a string of successful singles and albums over the next 5 years. More member changes followed including Bill Wallace replacing Kale on bass, and Domenic Troiano replacing Winter concluding with their final album ‘Power In The Music’. Donnie MacDougall would replace Leskiw part way through the album tour. Following the promotion of the record, Cummings would quit the band so that he could launch a solo career in 1976 after signing to Portrait Records in the U.S. Two of his solo hits, “Stand Tall” and “I’m Scared”, would both go on to be played more than a million times each on radio making them two of the most radio played songs of all time. Jim Kale continued the band through the remainder of the 1970’s but with little commercial success despite releasing three albums ‘Guess Who’s Back’ (1978) featuring Kale, Winter, McDougall, Vance Masters and David Inglis (and later Ralph Watts), ‘All This For A Song’ (1979) with the same line-up minus Winter. Kale, though, was tired of the touring grind and bowed out of promoting the album as members began losing interest. He allowed McDougall to carry the ball (one of the few times The Guess Who did not contain an original 1960s member) for a 7 month cross-Canada tour featuring Vance Masters (drums, vocals); Bobby Bilan (lead guitar, vocals); Jimmy Michaels (keyboards, vocals); and Brian Sellars (bass, vocals). Former producer Jack Richardson caught wind and offered to produce a new album for the band but this failed to materialize. Instead, Kale and another new configuration of The Guess Who – Brent DesJarlais, Mike McKenna, Sonnie Bernardi, and Dale Russell – signed with Robert Charles Dunne’s El Mocambo Records and and released ‘Now & Not Then’ in 1981) . In 1983, Jim Kale managed to get Bachman, Cummings and Peterson to reunite as the ORIGINAL Guess Who to play a series of Canadian gigs including a CBC TV broadcast that was issued as the ‘Together Again’ live album and video. Despite pursuing solo careers Bachman and Cummings committed to a mini-tour with Kale and Peterson in 1984/1985 including some shows in the USA. They were inducted into the Canadian Recording Arts & Sciences (CARAS) Hall Of Fame during the 1987 JUNO Awards but their acceptance speech was cut-off during the CBC broadcast to which the band members have never forgiven CARAS or the CBC. Bachman and Cummings resumed their solo works thereafter, and Kale once again resumed touring with various musicians under The Guess Who banner. They re-invented themselves as a pseudo country-rock band for the lucrative music festival circuit. This, inevitably, led to several new studio albums. ‘Lonely One’ came out in 1995 featuring Kale, Peterson, Dale Russell, Leonard Shaw and Terry Hatty on vocals. The album would be re-issued on the fre label through EMI Canada in 1997 under the title ‘Liberty’. By 1996 Bill Wallace and Donnie McDougall (both were on 6 albums from 1972 thru 1975) decided to take advantage of the renewed interest in the band and began touring with a Cummings sound alike – Carl Dixon (Coney Hatch) – playing vintage Guess Who material under the name The Best Of The Guess Who; Kurt Winter had turned down the offer to join them due to health reasons and died in 1997. In early 1999 Kale assembled and released an independent live Guess Who album called ‘Down The Road’ from another revised incarnation that toured in 1998 featuring himself, Carl Dixon, Dale Russell, Garry Peterson, Leonard Shaw and Spider Sinnaeve (Streetheart). Other musicians who graced stages under the Guess Who banner in Kale’s version of the band between 1981 and 1999 include Brian Tataryn, Ken Curry, Mike Hanford, Trevor Balicky, Bob Fuhr, Terry Reid, Kenny Carter and Tom Whitnery. On August 8, 1999, the original lineup reunited to play at the closing ceremonies of the Pan Am Games in Winnipeg for a reported $200,000. They performed four songs — “No Time”, “These Eyes”, “Undun”, and “American Woman” — in the driving rain for a crowd of 22,000; another 914,000 watched the performance on TV. After more than six months of negotiating, the members finally decided to launch a tour in the Spring of 2000 featuring the original four members. Kale ended up dropping out for personal reasons after a warm-up club date in Winnipeg but as owner of the band name, licensed it to Bachman and Cummings for a period of 5 years. Bill Wallace and Donnie McDougall were brought in to augment the line-up. BMG followed this with a remastered 30th anniversary edition of ‘American Woman’ containing new liner notes and one bonus track – a demo recording of “Got To Find Another Way”, which Cummings would later re-record for his solo album “My Own Way To Rock”. August 2000 brought a reissue of ‘Live At The Paramount’. That was followed in December 2000 by the double-CD “Runnin’ Back Thru Canada”, drawn from the summer reunion tour, along with expanded reissues of ‘Canned Wheat’ and ‘Share the Land’.  In a bid to utilize recordings that he owned from The Guess Who’s pre-RCA days Randy Bachman licensed a rarities collection featuring early demos and live performances from 1967/1968 during Cummings’ inauguration into the band called ‘This Time Long Ago’ to Bullseye Records in 2001 to coincide with the tour. Also in 2001, the band received honorary doctorates at Brandon University in Brandon, Manitoba. It was followed later that year with a group induction into Canada’s ‘Walk of Fame’. The band would tour extensively through 2003 including an appearance at SARStock in Toronto during the health epidemic in 2003 before an estimated audience of nearly 1/2 a million people – the largest attended outdoor music event in Canadian history up to that point. The tour was a huge success, grossing $4.8 million and selling 88 per cent of all tickets. The name reverted back to Jim Kale who still tours his alternate version of the act with original drummer Gary Peterson to this day utilizing various sound-alike vocalists mostly stateside at State Fairs, Casinos and Festivals. The current line-up consists of Derek Sharp, Will Evankovich, Rudy Sarzo, Garry Peterson, and Leonard Shaw; Unable to continue using the name, Randy Bachman and Burton Cummings carried on with The Carpet Frogs as their backing band under the name Bachman-Cummings to perform Guess Who songs and record two new albums; Cummings has since returned to solo pursuits and touring; Randy Bachman reunited with Fred Turner from their BTO days and have released one new album as Bachman-Turner. with notes from Eric Naftaly, Greg Simpson, Dawn Whitney, Ken Smith, Bob Reid, Fred Hinnegan and John Einarson. [also see BURTON CUMMINGS, RANDY BACHMAN]

1962 Tribute To Buddy Holly/Back And Forth (Canadian-American) CA-802
1963 I Just Didn’t Have The Heart/Back And Forth (Canadian-American) CA-802
1963 Shy Guy/Baby’s Got A Brand New Beau (Quality) 1559X
1964 Stop Teasing Me/A Shot of Rhythm ‘N’ Blues (Quality) 1644X

1963 Inside Out/Made In England (REO/Quality) 8735

1965 Shakin All Over/’Till We Kissed (Quality) 1691X
1965 Tossin’ and Turnin’/I Want You To Love Me (Quality) 1724X
1965 Hey Ho, What You Do To Me/Goodnight, Goodnight (Quality) 1752X
1965 Hurtin’ Each Other/Baby’s Birthday (Quality) 1778X
1966 Believe Me/Baby Feeling (Quality) 1797X
1966 Clock On The Wall/One Day (Quality) 1815X
1966 And She’s Mine/All Right (Quality) 1832X

1967 His Girl/It’s My Pride (Quality) 1863X
1967 This Time Long Ago/There’s No Getting Away From You (Quality) 1874X
1967 Pretty Blue Eyes/Pretty Blue Eyes (Quality) 1876X
1967 Flying On The Ground Is Wrong/If You Don’t Want Me (Quality) 1890X
1967 Miss Felicity Grey/Flying On The Ground Is Wrong (Fontana – UK) TF-861
1967 Hurting Each Other/I’ll Keep Coming Back (Quality) 1778X
1968 When Friends Fall Out/Guess Who Blues (Nimbus 9) NN-9002
1968 Of A Dropping Pin/Mr Nothin’ (Nimbus 9) NN-9004
1969 Maple Fudge/Of A Dropping Pin (Nimbus 9) NNS-9007
1969 These Eyes/Lightfoot (Nimbus 9) 74-0102
1969 This Time Long Ago/Flying On The Ground Is Wrong [re-issue] (Quality) 1933X
1969 Laughing/Undun (Nimbus 9/RCA) 74-0195
1969 No Time/Proper Stranger (Nimbus 9/RCA) 74-0300
1970 American Woman/No Sugar Tonight (Nimbus 9/RCA) 74-0325
1970 Hand Me Down World/Runnin’ Down The Street (Nimbus 9/RCA) 74-0367
1970 Share The Land/Bus Rider (Nimbus 9/RCA) 74-0388
1971 Hang On To Your Life/Do You Miss Me Darlin’ (Nimbus 9/RCA) 74-0414
1971 Albert Flasher/Broken (Nimbus 9/RCA) 74-0458
1971 Rain Dance/One Divided (Nimbus 9/RCA) 74-0522
1972 Sour Suite/Life In The Bloodstream (Nimbus 9/RCA) 74-0578
1972 Heartbroken Bopper/Arrivederci Girl (Nimbus 9/RCA) 74-0659
1972 Guns, Guns, Guns/Heaven Only Moved Once Yesterday (Nimbus 9/RCA) 74-0708
1972 Runnin’ Back To Saskatoon/New Mother Nature (Nimbus 9/RCA) 74-0803
1972 Runnin’ Back to Saskatoon/Glace Bay Blues (Nimbus 9/RCA) 74-
1973 Follow Your Daughter Home/Bye Bye Babe (Nimbus 9/RCA) 74-0880
1973 Orly/The Watcher (Nimbus 9/RCA) 74-0926
1973 Glamour Boy/Lie Down (Nimbus 9/RCA) 74-0977
1974 Star Baby/Musicione (Nimbus 9/RCA) AP80-0217
1974 Clap For The Wolfman/Road Food (Nimbus 9/RCA) AP80-0324
1974 Dancin’ Fool/Seems Like I Can’t Live With You, But I Can’t Live Without You (Nimbus 9/RCA) PB-10075
1975 Loves Me Like A Brother/Hoedown Time (Nimbus 9/RCA) PB-10216
1975 Rosanne/Dreams (Nimbus 9/RCA) PB-10360
1975 When The Band Was Singin’ ‘Shakin All Over’/Woman (Nimbus 9/RCA) PB-10410
1976 Silver Bird/Runnin Down The Street (Nimbus 9/RCA) PB-10716
1978 C’mon Little Mama/Never Trust A Chorus Girl (Aquarius) AQ-5072
1978 Sweet Young Thing/Moon Wave Maker (Aquarius) AQ-5075
1978 Taxman/Sharin’ Love (Aquarius) AQ-5081
1981 Lovelite/Straight Shootin’ Man (El Mocambo) ESMO-516
1981 Beyond Beautiful/Country Disco (El Mocambo) ESMO-520
1984 Let’s Watch The Sun Go Down (live)/These Eyes (live) (Ready) SR-491
2010 Lucille [DigiFile] (Deep South)
2023 Plein D’Amour [DigiFile]

2010 Early Roots (RGWX)

1965 Shakin’ All Over (Quality) 1756
1965 Hey Ho (What You Do To Me) (Quality) 1764

1966 It’s Time (Quality) 1788
1968 A Wild Pair [split album w/The Staccatos] (Nimbus) NNE-100
1968 Wheatfield Soul (Nimbus 9) LSP-4141
1968 The Guess Who? (MGM – US) SE-4645
1969 Canned Wheat (Nimbus 9) LSP-4157
1969 Born In Canada (Wand – US) WS-691
1969 Super Golden Goodies (Quality) SV-1827
1970 American Woman (Nimbus 9) LSP-4266
1970 Share the Land (Nimbus 9) LSP-4359
1971 The Best Of The Guess Who (RCA) LSPX-1004
1971 So Long, Bannatyne (RCA) LSP-4574
1971 Guess Who Play The Guess Who (PIP) PIP-6806
1972 Rockin’ (RCA) LSP-4602
1972 The History of The Guess Who (unknown) PRD-0012
1972 Live At The Paramount (RCA) LSP-4779
1972 Wild One (Pickwick – UK) SPC-3246
1973 The Best Of The Guess Who [re-issue] (Quality)
1973 Artificial Paradise (RCA) LSP-4830
1973 #10 (RCA) APL1-0130
1973 Superpak (Quality)
1973 The Best Of The Guess Who Volume 2 (RCA) APL1-0269
1974 Road Food (RCA) APL1-0405
1974 Flavours (RCA) APL1-0636
1975 Power In The Music (RCA) APL1-0995
1976 The Way They Were (RCA) APL1-1778
1976 Shakin’ All Over [re-issue] (Springboard – US) SPB-4022
1976 K-Tel Presents: The Guess Who – 20 Original Hits (K-Tel)
1977 The Greatest Hits of The Guess Who (RCA) AYL1-3746
1978 Guess Who’s Back (Aquarius) AQR-518
1979 All This For a Song (Aquarius) AQR-522
1981 Now And Not Then (El Mocambo) ELMO-761
1984 Together Again (Ready)  LR-049
1986 Reunion (Quality) RSP-116
1986 The Best Of The Guess Who Live (Compleat – US) 672012
1988 Track Record: The Guess Who Collection (RCA) 7115
1993 A Retrospective (RCA) 74321-1336
1993 The Guess Who At Their Best (BMG)
1995 Rock & Pop Legends: The Guess Who (Disky) RP-863172
1995 Lonely One (independent)
1997 Liberty (fre/EMI)
1997 The Guess Who: The Ultimate Collection (BMG)
1997 Razor’s Edge (independent)
1998 The Spirit Lives On (Greatest Hits Live) (J-Bird Records)
1998 On Tour: Original Live Recordings (Wise Buy)
1999 Down The Road: Live (independent)
1999 Greatest Hits (RCA – US) 07863-67774
2000 American Woman (30th Anniversary Edition) (RCA/BMG)
2000 Runnin’ Back Thru Canada (ViK/BMG) BG2-81182
2001 This Time Long Ago [2CD] (Ranbach/Bullseye) BLR-CD-2509
2001 Shakin’ All Over (Sundazed) SC-11113
2001 Best of the Guess Who (Falcon)
2002 Best Of The Guess Who – Original Hits
2003 Platinum & Gold Collection (Sony/BMG)
2003 The Guess Who: Anthology (Sony/BMG) 54850
2004 The Best of Runnin’ Back Thru Canada (Sony/BMG)
2004 Extended Versions: The Encore Collection (Sony/BMG)
2005 Let’s Go (Ranbach/Maximum) MAX-00072
2005 36 All-Time Greatest Hits
2005 These Eyes & More: The Best Of The Guess Who (Sony) 75517-40692
2010 Playlist: The Very Best Of The Guess Who
2011 In Concert (independent)
2018 The Future IS What It Used To Be (Cleopatra)
2023 Plein D’Amour [DigiFile]

Compilation Tracks
“Of a Dropping Pin” on ‘24 Power Hits’ (Syndicate/K-Tel) SH-910
1969 “These Eyes” on ’24 Dynamic Hits’ (Syndicate/K-Tel) SH-920
1969 “Laughing” on ’24 Electrifying Hits’ (Syndicate/K-Tel) SH-930
1970 “No Sugar Tonight” and “American Woman” on ’20 Explosive Hits’ (Syndicate/K-Tel) TC-200
1971 “Shakin’ All Over” on ‘20 Power Hits – Volume 2’ (K-Tel – US) TU-222
1972 “Shakin’ All Over” on ’60 Flash-back Greats of the ‘60’s (K-Tel) TC-207
1975 “Clap For the Wolfman” on ‘Power Pak’ (K-Tel) TC-223
1976 “Rosanne” on ‘Mindbender’ (K-Tel) TC-231
1976 “American Woman” on ‘Canada’s Finest’ (K-Tel) TC-232
1976 “Star Baby” on ‘Powerhouse’ (K-Tel) TC-233
1984 “Its’ My Pride” on ‘‘The Midwest Vs. Canada Vol.2’ (Unlimited Productions – USA) UPLP1002
1996 “American Woman” and “These Eyes” on ‘Oh What a Feeling: A Vital Collection of Canadian Music’ (MCA) JUNO-25
2001 “It’s My Pride” on ‘Nuggets II: Original Artyfacts From the British Empire and Beyond, 1964-1969 (Rhino) R2-76787

Jeff Beardall (guitar, vocals) / Richard Bird (bass, vocals) / Todd Merrill (drums) / Christopher Lee (drums; replaced Merrill)
From Fredericton, New Brunswick, Guilt Parade later relocated to Toronto, Ontario.

Animals That Talk Like Men [cassette]
1986 An Irrational Fear of Clowns [cassette]
1989 Coprophobia (Fringe) FPL-3085

Compilation Tracks
“Ode To An Asshole” on ‘It Came From Canada Vol. 2 (OG) OG-9
1987 “The Todd Incident” on ‘It Came From Canada Vol. 3 (OG) OG-13

GUNN, Matt
Gunn’s debut album, ‘The Path Is Not Always the Way’, was a concept record. In 2017 he spent a portion of the year in Hamburg, Germany where he wrote songs for his 2018 album ‘Staring At Nothing.’ Gunn currently lives in Uxbridge, Ontario and performs with his back-up band 852.

The Path Is Not Always The Way (independent)
2018 Staring At Nothing (independent)

GURR, Babe
Singer-songwriter in the Roots/Americana genre.

The Message (Elan) JLS-1061
1997 Velvet Dust (Elan) JLS-1062
2003 Fade To Bright (Elan)
2005 Back Alley Porch (Elan)
2008 Chocolate Lilly (Elan)
2011 SideDish (Elan)
2014 Hearts Up To the Sun (Elan)
2019 Blurred Lines (Elan)

GURR, Russ
Born: December 23, 1918 in Arrow River, Manitoba
Died: November 8, 2011 in Brandon, Manitoba
Gurr was one of seven children born to Albert and Bertha Gurr. In 1939 Russ married Phyllis Hunter and together they farmed at Lenore, Hamiota and Brandon, Manitoba farms. From 1952 to 1958 he served as the Progressive Conservative organizer for rural Manitoba. While still farming, Russ’ singing career began to develop with regular performances on CKX-TV and many years of touring rural Canada for the Federal Grain Corporation and Eli Lilly Co. His proudest moment as an entertainer came in 1970 when he performed for Queen Elizabeth II as part of Manitoba’s centennial celebrations. Russ was a storyteller, historian, musician and singer, farmer, politician, and family. He passed away at the age of 92 in 2011 and is survived by his four children, 14 grandchildren, and 13 great-grandchildren. with notes from Bill Hillman.

Federal Grain Train/[same] (Rodeo International) 3349
1972 You Don’t Have To Go To Switzerland/The Ballad Of Marlene Jackson (Rodeo International)  3355
1973 Go Raiders Go (…the Green, White, and Gold…)/Mexican Woman (London)
1973 The Legend Of Tom Lamb/Beef, Iron And Wine (London) M-17456
1976 Hogs Are Beautiful/Proud To Be A Farmer (London) JM-8751

Federal Grain Train (Rodeo International) SRLP-7119
On Tour With Russ Gurr (London) NAS-13527
1976 Hogs Are Beautiful (London) NAS-13532

Compilation Tracks
“Blue Hills Of Brandon” and “Federal Grain Train” on ‘Country Canada’ (Canadian Cavalcade) CCLP_2007

Canadian guitarist/vocalist Gus Papas was born and raised in Toronto. He began performing in clubs in the late 70’s all over Ontario in the band Knock Your Sox Off playing cover tunes and originals. He was discovered by Daffodil Records chief Frank Davies as part of his LOVE Productions company who was developing and licensing artists outside of Daffodil Records itself. Davies shopped Papas’ material in New York and an old acquaintance of his with Beatles ties, Nat Weiss, signed Papas to his Nemperor Records label with distribution through Columbia stateside. The debut album, produced by Steve Vaughan (Klaatu, The Hunt), was ‘Convicted’ and released in 1980 to much fanfare and critical acclaim but the album’s lead off single, “She’s Not Gonna Come To You”, failed to ignite the charts. Still, Nemperor and Davies had high hopes and added a backing band to Papas’ public persona called The New Breed. The 1984 album ‘On the Verge’ had Tony Bongiovi & Lance Quinn producing Side 1 at The Power Station in New York City. Cliff Davies produced Side 2 at A-Square Studios in Ann-Arbour, Michigan. The album, again, failed to advance his career. In the 1990s, Papas fronted Legal Tender, a straight-ahead original rock band based in Detroit. Legal Tender showcased Papas’ songs in New York, and they toured with acts that included Steppenwolf, Robin Trower and the Irish blues-rock legend Rory Gallagher. In March 2005 Papas released his first independent original music CD ‘Shake the Devil’ that was engineered and produced by Alec Fraser at Liquid Toronto. Papas lives in Mississauga, Ontario and still performs as a guitarist/singer regularly with his band The Gus Papas Band.

1980 She’s Not Gonna Come To You/Ain’t Love A Crime (Nemperor/Epic/CBS) E-48423
1980 Follow That Dream/Sweet Delight (Nemperor/Epic/CBS) E-7533
1980 Sweet Delight/One More Border To Cross (Nemperor) AE-71214
1983 On The Verge/Rock Me Baby (Epic – Netherlands) EPCA-3638
1984 On the Verge/No Control/Just A Big Mistake (Nemperor) CDN-103

1980 Convicted (Nemperor/Columbia/CBS) EPC-84422
2005 Shake The Devil (independent)

1984 On The Verge (Nemperor) FZ-38003

Born: August 31, 1961 in Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia

Guthro was a daydreamer in school and ended up leaving home at 17 to work in the Saskatchewan uranium mines. Returning to his Cape Breton roots, he had only skills to do one job – coal mining. But the jobs in the small community were very family aligned and Guthro had no familial connections to get him into the mines. Unemployed he had plenty of spare time available to him being to listen to old-timers rife with stories of home-spun adventures. So Guthro saved his cash, bought a guitar and taught himself to play and then traveled. Frequent jam sessions led to a full-time band and a win in a songwriting contest. Guthro tried to spin his yarns into a palatable Nashville sound with his 1993 album ‘Sails To The Wind’. He never took off in Nashville and returned to the East Coast to eek out a living as a club troubadour until he was noticed by EMI and signed in 1996. His major label debut, ‘Of Your Son’, was released and became a sleeper hit in 1998 with the unexpected weeper Top-25 hit “Falling”. 1998 became a whirlwind for Guthro with songwriting awards and sold-out gigs that allowed him to bring along his wife and two children to many shows. Guthro beat out 400 others to become of lead singer of Scotland’s legendary Celtic band Runrig.

Walk This Road (EMI) SPRO 1667
1998 Falling (EMI) DPRO-1745
2001 Hey Mister
2001 Disappear (Album Version) (EMI) DPRO-2109
2007 Montréal (RecArt – Denmark) PROM-25

The Message [4 songs] (Ridge – UK) RR-011
2003 Empty Glens [4 songs] (Ridge – UK) RR-023
2007 Loch Lomond Hampden (Remix) (Sony Music – Germany)

Sails To The Wind (independent) AGLCD-01
1998 Of Your Son (EMI) 96216
2001 Guthro (EMI) 25005
2005 Beautiful Life (RecArt) R-60045
2009 No Final Destination (Ridge – UK) RR-060
2009 The Drive Tour [4-song EP] (RecArt – Europe) R 60151-2
2011 Celtic Crossing (RecArt – Europe) R 60195-2
2012 Bound For Bethlehem (Universal) UNI-371- 958 3
2014 The Symphony Sessions (Bruce Guthro Entertainment) BGEL2014-7

In Search of Angels (Ridge – UK) RR-010
2000 Live at The Celtic Connections 2000 [Live] (Ridge – UK) RR-014
2001 The Stamping Ground (Ridge – UK) RR-016
2003 Proterra [with Paul Mounsey] (Ridge – UK) RR-021
2004 Day of Days – The 30th Anniversary Concert at Sterling Castle, Scotland (Ridge – UK)
2007 Everything You See (Ridge – UK) RR-044
2008 Year of the Flood: Beat the Drum (Drumnadrochit Loch Ness)

GUY, François
Born: Montréal, Quebéc in 1947
Died: May 12, 2023 in Labelle, Québec.
François Guy was best known as a member of the French Canadian Yé Yé group Les Sinners from 1965 to 1968. As the decade wore on he worked on side projects like French Revolution (aka La Révolution Française) who had a successful hit single called “Québécois” – which was inducted into the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2018 – and James, John & François. He also recorded under the name François Le Sinner; François Guy died May 12, 2023 in Labelle, Québec after an unfortunate fall.


1970 Hier au soir/Pensez donc avec vos pieds (Polydor) 2065-009
Aouaie! Viens t’en/Changez d’eau (Aquarius) AQ-2001
Everlasting time/Come in (Aquarius) AQ-5002
1972 Aimons-nous les uns les autres/Y avait que nous deux (Aquarius)  AQ-2003
1972 Cheval d’acier/C’est l’hymen (Aquarius) AQ-5023
1973 L’hiver/Amour (AMI) AM4-803
1974 All Night/Take Me (Barclay)  30019
1974 Elle, elle est là/J’devrais-tu te l’dire (Barclay) B-60278
1974 Take Me/Elle, elle est là (Polydor – EU) 2056-329
1974 À l’aide/Chérie chérie (Barclay) B-60297
1975 Take Me/Ta fenêtre //Elle, elle est là/Live Together (CBC) LM-317
1976 Une petite fille comme ça/Reviens vite (Solution) SN-9001
1976 Sans vous [w/Jean-Guy Durocher]/Grenouillardise (Deram) DF-612
1977 Martinique On the Rock/Paquet voleur (Telson) AE-110
1978 Roule et coule/Sans vous (Nuage) NE-200
1978 J’aime l’eau / N’avoir rien (Nuage) NE-201
1979 Vélocipède/Instrumental (Fédération Québécoise du Cyclotourisme) CCL-45-535
1979 Y a des soirs/Tout le monde tout nu (Intérim) INT-45-001
1979 Fidèle/Bilodeau le Mafioso (Intérim) INT-45-002
1980 Péché d’amour/Partons (Intérim) INT-45-004
1983 Flâner sous la mer/Mon corps est un hors-la-loi (Zion Yant) ZY-004
1983 Le jour se couche seul ce soir/Mon corps est un hors-la-loi (Amison) AN-104
1983 22 sous zéro/22 sous zéro (instrumentale) (Kébec-Disc) KD-9234
1984 Coup de foudre/Jeux (Kébec-Disc) KD-9242
1984 Maintenant ou jamais/À pas de loup (Kébec-Disc) KD-9259
1985 L’amour l’amour/Tout comme le mois de mai//L’ABC de Félix (Kébec-Disc) KD-9271

Yummy, Yummy, Yummy/Madame Robinson (Jupiter)  JP-1144

The Ballad of Frankie Foo/Down in Rio (Globe)  45-24

Nous sommes bi-bi ba-ba boum-boum/Terre terre (Barclay) B-60110

We are Bi Bi Ba Ba Boum Boum/Moonbears Around the World (Barclay) 30004

Au jeu !/Au jeu ! (instrumentale)  (Poms) PO-01

François Guy (Barclay) 80181
1976 Circociel! (Deram) XDEF-137
1978 François Guy (Nuage) NGE-400
1979 Nuits blanches (Intérim) INT 33-001
1983 Ville… (Kébec-Disc) KD-604
2008 Cinéma cinéma (Musicor) MUPSCD-6350
2010 Je préfère le Bonheur (Star) STACD-8154

Michael Ross
(lead vocals) / Brian Joyce (guitar) / Michael Vaughn (bass) / Steve Thomas (drums) / Craig Van Gaver (guitars, keyboards)
Formed in 1987 as Secret Affair, Gypsy Rose was the first act signed to Gene Simmons’ short-lived Simmons Records [a label he would resurrect in the 2000s]. The debut album, ‘Prey’, in 1990 also featured noted Canadian sessions players Randy Cooke (drums), Rob Laidlaw (bass), Jerome Godboo (harmonica), Mike Shotten (backing vocals) and assists from co-producers Tom Treumuth and Gary Furniss.

Poisoned by Love (Simmons/BMG) 2657-2-RDJ

Prey (Simmons/BMG) 2169-2

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