Haakonson, Betty
Haas, Gaby
Hacking, Norm
Haggertys, The
Hall, Chris
Hall, Joe
Halls and Caldwell
Hambleton, Fergus
Hamilton, Marc
Hampshire, Keith
Hancock, Winston
Handsome Ned
Hann, Paul
Hannon, Beau
Hanover Fist/Hanover
Happy Feeling
Harden, Jack
Hardship Post
Hardy, Hagood
Harem Scarem
Harlow, Al
Harlow, Johnny
Harmer, Sarah
Harrington, Mark
Harris, Ina
Harrison, Danny
Hart, Corey
Hartford Baby Grande
Hart Rouge
Hart, Tara Lynn
Hartt Band, The Lisa
Harvey and Friends
Hasek, Michal
Hatcher, Jeffrey
Haters, The
Haunted, The
Havf Human
Hawkins, Ron
Hawkins, Ronnie
Haze & Shuffle
He Said She Said
Heads in the Sky
Healey, Jeff
Heart, The
Heat Exchange
Heatherington, Diane
Heaven and Earth
Heaven’s Radio
Heavy Blinkers
Helix (1)
Helix (2)
Hell City Love
Hemingway Corner
Henman, David
Hennessy, Jill
Henry, Pam
Hersh, Bill
Hervey, Pat
Hewitson And The Fugitives, Jeff
Hey Rosetta!
Hi-Fives, The
Hi-Tones, The
Hibbs, Harry
Hickorys, The
Higgins, Dee Dee
Hill, Dan
Hille, Veda
Hippies, The
Hockey Teeth
Hogan, Sean
Hokus Pick
Holland, Michael
Hollingsworth, Joey
Hollis, Ken
Hollowsage & The Three Mile Islanders
Holy Fuck
Homemade Theatre
Hometown Band
Honest Injun
Honeymoon Suite
Hood, The
Hooper, Tom
Hoover, Jayson
Hopping Penguins, The
Horton, Glen
Hoskins and The Stick People, Gregory
Hot Hot Heat
Hot Nasties
Hot Tip
Hott Roxx
Hou-Lops, Les
House Of Commons (1)
House Of Commons (2)
House Of Random
Houston, Chris
Houston, James
Howard, Dave
Howard Sisters, The
Hud, Lorenc
Huevos Rancheros
Huggett Family, The
Hughes Group, Bryan
Hughes, Brian
Hughes, Geoff
Humphrey & the Dumptrucks
Hunger Project
Hunt, Geraldine
Hunt, The
Hunter, Myles
Hunter, Tommy
Hush, The
Hyde, Paul
Hynes, Ron


Christmas Ghosts/Nonsense (Maple Haze) LS-7627
1978 Such A Love/Second Best (Maple Haze) MH-7805

HAAS, Gaby
Born: Gabriel Haas in Frantiskovy Lázne, Czechoslovakia on November 7, 1920 Died: November 22, 1987 in Edmonton, Alberta
Gabby Haas – also known as ‘Canada’s Mr. Polka’ – moved to Saskatoon, Saskatchewan when he was 18 and began playing accordion at local dances and as a featured performer on CFQC-AM radio. His Edmonton broadcasts on CFRN ran from 1940 through 1958. In 1943 he became a naturalized Canadian. His radio show was then carried on a second station CKUA-AM starting in 1944 which included his ‘Continental Musicale’ show for more than 40 years. The CBC national radio network carried him from 1946 through 1958, making Haas a country music radio star.  The multi-lingual Haas also hosted ethnic-music programs including ‘The German Show’ and ‘European Music Shop’. He also made the leap to television which included stints on CFRN-TV (1955 through 1969) on such shows as ‘Chuckwagon’ (1956-1971), ‘The Noon Show’ [aka ‘Eye-Opener’] and ‘Country Music’ (1969-1974). Haas would later host QCTV programs ‘QC on Country Music’ and ‘World Showcase of Music’. Haas began his recording career in 1950 with his band, The Barndance Gang, and released over 50 albums and 60 7″ singles for labels such as Apex, London, Point, Quality, and Royalty Records. The late actor John Candy claimed that the fictitious Schmenge Brothers characters on the ‘SCTV’ television show were based on Gaby Haas.

1951 Upside Down Reel/Rose Glen & Peekaboo (Apex) 26367
1951 Ga Be Polka/St. John’s Waltz (Apex) 26368
1951 Red River Waltz/Winter Nights Schottische (Apex) 26377
1951 Ostinellis Reel/Good Wine Jig (Apex) 26384
1951 Tavern Waltz/Holla Lady (Apex) 26395
1951 Barbara Polka/Green Meadow Waltz (Apex) 26402
1951 Jenny Lind Polka/Moonlight Waltz (Apex) 26408
1952 Wednesday Night Waltz/Old Man’s Polka (Apex) 26410
1952 Midnight Breakdown/Irish Jig Medley (Apex) 26411
1952 Accordion Waltz/Village Tavern Polka (Apex) 26416
1952 Root Beer Polka/Aloha Waltz (Apex) 26422
1952 Barndance Polka/Barndance Waltz (Apex) 26424
1952 Echo Polka/Oklahoma Waltz (Apex) 26428
1953 Popular Waltz/Raindrops Waltz (Apex) 26430
1953 La Golondrina/Red Raven Polka (Apex) 26435
1953 Midnight Waltz/Apex Polka (Apex) 26443
1953 Accordion Polka/Callers Waltz (Apex) 26446
1953 Cactus Polka/Cuckoo Waltz (Apex) 26451
1953 Adios Polka/Over The Waves (Apex) 26453
1954 McDonald Schottische/Marching Through Georgia (Apex) 26455
1954 Forever & Ever/Little Green Valley (Apex) 26457
1954 Saturday Waltz/Happy Boys Schottische (Apex) 26461
1954 Alberta Waltz/Pacific Polka (Apex) 26463
1954 You Can’t Be True Dear/Beer Barrel Polka (Apex) 26466
1954 Homecoming Waltz/Country Hoedown Polka (Apex) 26467
1955 Pilots Waltz/Ball In Karlstadt (Apex) 26469
1955 Dry River Waltz/American Polka (Apex) 26471
1955 Schneider Polka/Alpine Yodel Waltz (Apex) 26473
1955 Hunter Polka/Happy Go Lucky Waltz (Apex) 26474
1955 Russian Polka Medley (Apex) 26475
1956 Blue Canadian Rockies/Rocky Mountain Rock (London) M-17005
1956 Home Coming Waltz Snow Deer (London) M-17006
1956 Red Hot Boogie/I Forgot More (London) M-17016
1957 Old MacDonald/Skiffle Fiddle (London) M-17034
1963 Rose From Woertherse/Neapolitan Nights Waltz (London) M-17309
1967 Wooden Heart/One Night In May (London) M-17360
1967 Charlie Was A Boxer/Oklahoma Waltz (London) M-17361
1969 Sweet Elizabeth Polka/Yashiko Waltz (London) M-17399
1971 Scottish Ramble/Marching Through Georgia (London) M-17428
1972 Life In The Finland Woods Waltz/Mocking Bird Hill Waltz (Quality) 2065X

1953 Cottage Grove/Wedding Polka (Apex) 26437
1953 Blue Skirt Waltz/Edmonton Polka (Apex) 26449
1953 Life In Finland/Joanna Schottische (Apex) 26459
1956 Golden Slippers/Timberlane Rag (London) M-17004
1956 Black Mountain Waltz/Listen To The Mockingbird (London) M-17014
1956 Black Mountain Rag/Crazy Strings (London) M-17015
1957 Pacific Polka/Westphalia Waltz (London) M-17033
1973 When You’re Smiling/In The Good Old Summertime (London) M-17450
1978 Blue Mountain Waltz/cottage Grove Waltz (Quality) 2301x

1961 Gaby’s Dance Party (Point) P-202
1961 Gaby Haas TV Favourites (Point) P-215
1962 Play the Golden Old Time Waltz Favourites (Point) P-251
1963 Cross Canada Guitar (London) EB-43
1964 Come Join the Party Again (London) EB-57
1964 Continental Polka & Waltz Favourites (London) EB-68
1965 Versatiles (London) EB-77
1965 Teen Beats – Guitar Boogie (London) EB-83
1966 Goes to Europe (London) EB-95
1966 Polkas Schottisches Waltzes (London) EB-106
1967 Waltzing at the Hofbrauhaus (London) EB-120
1967 Dance Time with Gaby Haas (Point) P-276
1967 Plays for a (Warm) House Party (Point) P-293
1968 Dancing & Singing Ukrainian Style (Point) P-304
1968 Slap Your Maws and Clap Your Paws and Dance to the Music of Gaby Haas (Point) PS-337
1968 Dance to the Music of Gaby Haas (Point) P-337
1969 “Live” at the Hofbrauhaus (Point) PS-350
1969 Pack Up Your Troubles (Point) PS-356
1971 Best of Gaby Haas (London) EBX-4162
1972 On Tour – Canada’s Mr. Polka (London) EBX-4169
1972 Plays 12 Golden All-Canadian Waltzes (Quality) SV-1867
1973 Mr. Polka Meets Mr. Yodel (Quality) SV-1884
1973 When You’re Smiling (London) EBX-4176
1974 You Asked For It (London) EBX-4186
1974 Continental Polka & Waltz Favourites (Royalty) R2000-16
1975 Gaby’s Old Time Barn Dance Collection (Royalty) R2000-25
1975 She Likes to Dance (London) EBX-4193
1976 At Expo Spokane (London) EBX-4197
24 Greatest Hits (Sunshine) 406
Ukrainian Good Times (Sunshine) SSLP-4008
Music Barndance Style (London) GA-1003
Goes To Europe (London) EBS-4095
Le Disque D’Or (London) SDS-5094
From Frisco To Cape Cod (Gillette) 6331
Clarence Ploof (Gillette) 6332
Golden Old Time Waltz Favourites [re-issue] (Coral/MCA) CB-30007
The Favourites (Coral/MCA) CB-30031

1959 Canada’s Mr. Polka (Apex) ALF-1601
1959 Canada’s Mr. Polka Vol. 2 (Apex) ALF-1603
1960 Canada’s Mr. Polka Gaby Haas On Tour (Apex) ALF-1604
1960 In Barndance Ball ! (Apex) AL-1605
1961 Old Time Dancing Party (Apex) ALF-1617
1962 Baby’s Dancing Party (Apex) ALF-1630
1963 Dancing Western Canadian Style (London) EB-3
1964 An Invitation to an Old Time Dance (London) EB-62
1965 Music – Barn Dance Style (London) EB-99
1965 Canada’s Mr. Polka Anniversary Album (London) EB-100

1963 Come Join the Party – On Two Accordions (London) EB-1

1963 The Best in the West: Instrumentals Country Style (London) EB-14

Old Time Waltz Night (Apex) ALF-1622

1960 Old Country Dance Party (Point) P-230

Play For A Horilka Party (Point) P-302

Scandinavian Dance Fest (Point) PS-331

14 Old Time Music Favourites (Royalty) R2000-02
1973 14 Old Time Music Favourites Vol. 2 (Royalty) R2000-03

Born: August 1, 1950
Died: November 25, 2007
Scarborough, Ontario, native Norm Hacking first performed paid gigs and recorded an album in 1972 as a student at University of Toronto’s Scarborough College campus with his band Original Bones featuring Paul Corby, Norm Hacking, Janine Locke, Brad Sales, and Phil Weir. He returned to record concerts there in 1976 and 1977 which became the basis of his first solo album ‘Norm Hacking Live’. Hacking’s 1980 album, ‘Cut Roses’, featured guest musicians Ken and Chris Whiteley from the Original Sloth Band, Mose Scarlett, John Arpin, Dee Dee Higgins, Matt Zimbel (Manteca) and was produced by Doug McClement at Comfort Sound in Toronto. ‘Stubborn Ghost’, featuring Kevin Bell, followed 8 years later and led to many festival and concert appearances. A video of the song “Sammy” aired on Nashville Network. He cut back touring when he became the single care giving parent to his young son Ben. In 1996 with his son now a teen, Hacking returned to performing and released a “best of” his vinyl releases on CD with four new songs entitled ‘Skysongs…A Writer’s Collection’. From 1996 to 1997 Hacking was acting Caledon Folk Festival Artistic Director. Wayne Marshall of Three Flamingos Music initiated a concert and recording project of U.S. and Canadian songwriters to record 18 of Hacking’s songs for a tribute album entitled ‘One Voice: A Tribute to Norm Hacking, Vol. 1’ which was released in late 2001. Performers included Chicago’s Michael Smith, Nashville’s Alan Rhody, Whitehorse’s Mikel Miller, Kingston’s Roger James and Toronto’s Nancy White, Chris Whiteley, Ron Nigrini, Jory Nash, Slowpoke, Jason Fowler and many others. Volume 2 was planned to include Tom Paxton and a song Rick Fielding wrote about Hacking specifically. Orange Cats Make the Very Best Friends is winning a wider spectrum of fans with frequent CBC and other radio play, inclusion of “Cats Everywhere” on Jurgen Gothe’s (CBC DiscDrive) “Hit List of 2002” and a couple of years with a Festival Distribution top titles profile. The album earned Norm and Kirk a 2004 Canadian Indie Music Award nomination in the Favourite Children’s Artist / Group category. Norm enjoys the email fans send with cat stories. For his account of his first song about cats, “Syd and The Flea” written 20 years ago, see his Catman column for Taxi News. Little did he anticipate then that another song about cats – “When Cats Go Wrong” from the CD – would become the text of a book, beautifully illustrated by Cynthia Nugent, published by Raincoast Books. Released in Canada in October 2004 and in the U.S. in April 2005, the When Cats Go Wrong book (with CD single of the song) was a hit with kids, teachers, the public and critics, prompting release of a paperback edition (same size, with CD single) in Canada in February 2006. More recent CDs include ‘The Ache’ in 2008) and ‘A Day in the Studio’ which was originally a 1993 solo tape recorded in one day. Hacking also contributed several tracks to benefit and compilation CDs. Hacking’s artistic hats also included stage actor (musical, dramatic and comic), poet, soundtrack writer and journalistic columnist. A season with the Picton (Ontario) Area Players included a co-lead role in the stage production of ‘The Odd Couple’ and he directed ‘The American Dream’. He also performed the prominent Balladeer role (originated by Cedric Smith) in Barry Broadfoot’s “Ten Lost Years” with TWP in the On Stage 1981 International Theatre Festival in Toronto. He has written for ‘Great Canadian Parks’ TV series and the 2003 ‘Back to School with Franklin’ home movie feature video. Since early 1992, Hacking wrote a popular monthly column ‘Race Track Hack’ in Taxi News. His poems and prose incorporated into his concerts led to his first spoken word CD ‘I Am the Night’ in late 2005. Hacking passed away in November 2007.

1977 Norm Hacking Live (TSR) TSR-1
1980 Cut Roses (Indoor/TCD) INDR-79071
1996 Skysongs…A Writer’s Collection (Three Flamingos) 3FLAM-2002
1999 The Ache (independent)
2004 A Day In The Studio (independent)
2005 I Am The Night [spoken word] (Iridescent)


1972 Original Bones (independent) QCS-999

1988 Stubborn Ghost (RDR) RDR-800N

2003 Orange Cats Make The Very Best Friends (Three Flamingos) 3FLAM-2003

The Haggertys are a husband and wife duo from Belleville, Ontario. “Tonight I’ll Make It Up To You” spent three weeks on RPM Country singles chart in May 1985. The follow-up, “I’ll Make It Up To You” spent one week on the RPM Top CanCon chart in June 1985. The band finally found chart success with the album and single “Hot On The Heels of Love” in March 1986 on the RPM Country Singles chart and peaked at #9 on May 10, 1986; “All I Need Is You” was released in June and peaked at #23 on the RPM Country Singles chart on August 2, 1986. “Looks Like Love” was released in October 1986 and peaked at #33 on the RPM Country Singles chart December 6, 1986. “Southern Bound” was released February 1987 and peaked at #38 on April 4, 1987; “Your Love Takes Me Away” was released in August 1987 and only spent a 3 week run on the charts. The Haggerty’s final single “You Got Me Shakin'” was released a year later and made it as high as #42 on the RPM Country Singles chart.

1985 Tonight I’ll Make It Up to You (B & C) BC-006
1985 I’ll Make It Up To You (B & C) BC-007
1986 Hot On The Heels Of Love/I Can’t Taste The Whiskey (B & C) BC-008
1986 Headin’ For A Heartache (B & C) BC-009
1986 Southern Bound/I Can’t Taste the Whiskey (B & C) BC-010
1986 All I Need Is You (B & C) BC-021
1986 Looks Like Love (B & C) BC-023
1987 Southern Bound/[same] (B & C) BC-024
1987 Your Love Takes Me Away (B & C) BC-026
1988 You Got Me Shakin’/Feels So Right (B & C) BC-5757

HALL, Chris
New wave singer-songwriter whose first album, ‘Lifeline’, on Capitol was recorded at Integrated Sound and featured backing musicians Fred Mandel, Eddie Schwartz, Jon Czechowski, Gary Craig and engineer Glen Johanson.  His 1983 follow-up, ‘Hypnotized’, featured many of the same players plus Kit Johnson (Johnny Dee Fury), and Cameron Hawkins (FM).

Fast Living/Last Ones In This Bar (Capitol) 72857
1981 Rolling Dime/Beat of My Heart (Capitol) 72858
1983 Live With That/Quiver (Capitol) 72905
1983 It’s All You/Live With That (Capitol) 72909
1983 People Like Us/Without Love (Capitol) 72919

Lifeline (Capitol) ST-6486
1983 Hypnotized (Capitol) ST-6493

Died: March 22, 2019 in Peterborough, Ontario
Much of what Ottawa-born Joe Hall says and sings is explicable only on the hypothesis that he was deported from some other galaxy. A related theory maintains that he is of obscure German origins, and was influenced by, on one hand, writers like Dylan, Cohen, and David Blue, and, on the other, genuine show-biz lunatics like Screaming Jay Hawkins, not to mention the vast unexplored field of German cowboy music. Essentially self-taught on voice, guitar, harp, and piano, Hall has been writing and performing a long time, but it’s really only since early 1977, and the now legendary house band gig at Toronto’s Black Bull Tavern, that people and the press have noticed. Hall has gone on to play bigger and better jobs: the El Mocambo, the Edge (Toronto), Barrymore’s (Ottawa), Gary Taylors (Vancouver), Harpo’s (Victoria), the Refinery (Calgary) and many points between. Over his career he has served as an opening act for Joe Jackson, George Thorogood, Taj Mahal, Boz Scaggs, John Martyn, Levon Helm, Carolyn Mas and the Little River Band. His stage patter appears spontaneous: otherwise one might guess that it was co-scripted by Woody Allen and the Marquis de Sade. His band, the Continental Drift, consisted of Hall’s long time accomplice, JUNO nominated producer Tony Quarrington along with the late the Governor General Award-winning author of ‘Whale Music’ Paul Quarrington (bass) and Martin Worthy (drums). Despite the performance quirkiness, Hall was at one time the most-played single artist on Radio CKUA (Edmonton), and in 1979 the album ‘On The Avenue’ was voted album of the year by the listeners of WCUW (Worcester, MA). The song “Vampire Beavers” has received frequent airplay on the US syndicated ‘Doctor Demento Show’ over the years. His songs have been recorded by Renee Claude, Judy Lander, Quarrington-Worthy, Humphrey and the Dumptrucks, and by the German band Die Gebruder Blattschuss. Some of his lyrics have been anthologized in an English textbook; Hall passed away in Peterborough, Ontario on March 22, 2019 after a long battle with cancer. with notes from Jeff Bateman and Michael Burke.

1988 Full Moon and Welfare Cheques/Decadent West (Locomotive) 4695

1977 Joe Hall & The Continental Drift (RCI) RCI-462
1979 On the Avenue (Posterity) PTR-13009
1980 Rah-n-cho Bah-nah-no (Posterity) PTR-13015
1988 On The Outside
1988 Direct to Delete (Locomotive) 001
1992 Skeleton Key
1993 Rapture (Wingnut/Hovercraft)
1996 Fresh Outta Rehab (Hovercraft)
1999 Travelling Without Deodorant: Best of Joe Hall (1972-1988) (Cordova Bay/Oasis) CBR-0202

1977 Impulse Volume 5, No. 2 (Impulse) IMP-001

Compilation Tracks
“Moveable Feast” on ‘CKUA Presents: The Acme Sausage Company’ (CKUA)

Brad Halls
(piano, vocals) / Paul Caldwell (guitar, lyrics)
Humorous duo who recorded kids songs with a twist. Halls is a practicing lawyer in Cobourg, Ontario and Caldwell a full-time family physician also in Cobourg. Over the years they have released three albums of music for children, largely of their own composition – ‘New Kids On the Block’, ‘Second Childhood’ and ‘Awesome (And Then Some)’. Their songs have been recorded and performed by many other prominent artists including Fred Penner and Sharon, Lois and Bram. Halls And Caldwell have performed for adult and children’s audiences at festivals and special performances throughout Ontario. Paul Caldwell is also a published author on a variety of medical subjects for the layperson, published in Canada by Key Porter Books. His books include ‘SLEEP’, ‘ALZHEIMERS DISEASE’ and ‘EATING DISORDERS’. He is a regular contributor to health programs on TV Ontario. Brad Halls, as pianist and singer, is the producer and principal performer in his concert series “Words And Music” (dedicated to the great jazz and pop standards of the great songwriters, and the music of the Broadway stage and Hollywood film) which has been presented at Cobourg’s historic Victoria Hall Concert Hall for the past 20 years. He is also a stage director for the Cobourg-based Northumberland Players. with notes from Brad Halls.

1986 New Kids On The Block
1987 Second Childhood
1989 Awesome (And Then Some)

Jocelyn Beaulieu
(vocals; 1995-2002) / Jean-François Désiltes (lead vocals, bass) / Denis Jalbert (guitar, backing vocals) / Francis Doucet (keyboards; 1995-2002) / Sébastien Cloutier (keyboards; 2002-present) / Yves Jalbert (drums, backing vocals; 1995-2007) / Jean-Philippe Major (lead vocals; 2008-present) / Nick Turcotteto (drums; 2008-present)
Montréal’s progressive rock act Hamadryad were formed in 1995 as a quintet. After struggling for years they finally achieved some critical success with their debut album ‘Conservation of Mass’ before Beaulieu left, leaving the band as a quartet. But following the writing of the second album – which saw Désiltes become lead vocalist – Doucet also left the group but suggested his own replacement in keyboardist Sébastien Cloutier. They released ‘Safe in Conformity’ in May 2005 which was well received by fans and critics. It is the critical success that opened doors for them to play festivals in both the US and Europe. In June 2007 Hamadryad released its first live album entitled ‘Live in France’ which was performed and recorded in August 2006 at the Crescendo festival in St-Palais-Sur-Mer, France. They were then able to open shows for legendary act Deep Purple at the Bell Centre in Montréal and the Pavilion de la Jeunesse in Quebéc City. They then returned to Europe for two memorable shows in Switzerland and Belgium. In 2008 they lost drummer Yves Jalbert for personal reasons and so the band decided to return to the quintet format with the addition of lead singer Jean-Philippe Major and drummer Nick Turcotteto. Their latest album was the dual CD/DVD release ‘Intrusion’ in the fall of 2009.

Conservation of Mass (Unicorn Digital) UNCR-5002
2005 Safe in Conformity (Unicorn Digital) UNCR-5020
2007 Live In France 2006 [Live] (Unicorn Digital) UNCR-5046
2010 Intrusion [CD + DVD] (Unicorn Digital) UNCR-5071
2017 The Black Hole (Unicorn Digital) 191924550372

Multi-instrumental and singer-songwriter Fergus Hambleton, brother of Axe/Tuesday Records president Greg Hambleton was recruited in the late ’60s by Wal-Dan management who were assembling a new version of A Passing Fancy following the departure of lead singer Jay Telfer. The company wanted to maximize the headway they had made with the band on Columbia Records and so, set about recording additional tracks to fill out a second side of a full LP. Hambleton would go into the studio and record the additional tracks for the band’s November 1968 self-titled release. The album would feature the Columbia singles with an altered mix of “People In Me”. Boo Records attempted to squeeze a little more life out of the record with a new song – and fifth single – “Island” and sent the new band out with the old band’s musical equipment and truck on the road. The tour and the track did poorly on radio and by early 1969 the second version of A Passing Fancy had disbanded.  Hambleton then appeared on Jay Telfer’s first solo album which was produced by Bernie Finkelstein. The two hit it off and in November 1969 Jay Telfer and Fergus Hambleton 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. Hambleton next wrote songs for Axe Records’ first signing – Rain – before getting a record deal of his own with Capitol Records for several releases before moving to Axe Records as a member of The Basics and, finally, The Sattalites where he found international success. Hambleton remains active releasing his own solo productions and performing with ensembles – primarily a weekly stand at Toronto’s The Orbit Room. Hambleton also teaches at the Harris Institute in Toronto. [also see THE BASICS, GOODY TWO SHOES, THE SATTALITES]

1981 She’s On the Other Side/Tell Me What You See (Ready) SR-016
1982 It’s All In The Game/Dub Version (Ready) SR-030
1982 Steal This Girl/Ta Blonde Va S’en Aller/ (Ready) SR-241
1982 Steal This Girl/Ta blonde va s’en aller [12″] (Ready) SRB-024
1983 Movin’ Around/Ride Home (Axe) AXE-71
1986 The Glory That Was Rome (Axe) AXE-96


1971 Same Old Feelin’/Laura (Capitol) 72658
1971 Here With You/Pushin’ All My Life (Capitol) 72667
1971 World Turns All Around Her/I Cannot Answer (Capitol) 72674
1972 Ride Alone/Ice On The Road (Capitol) 72686
1972 Down On My Knees/Overcoats (Capitol) 72702
1975 Turn Up That Radio!/On It Goes (Axe) AXE-23
1976 Come See Me/Heavenly Days (Axe) AXE-26
2017 Summertime Fun [DigiFile]
2017 This Is My Song [DigiFile]
2018 A Good Place To Be [DigiFile]
2018 Slow Fade Into Black [DigiFile]
2020 Brian’s Place [DigiFile]
2020 Wish I May [DigiFile]
2020 Where Do We Go From Here [DigiFile]
2020 Blackbird [DigiFile]
2020 In Your Eyes [DigiFile]
2022 Freedom [DigiFile]
2022 Ice On The Road [re-issue] [DigiFile]

2005 Snapshots (Supermono) SNM-019CD
2014 Playtime
2015 Written On The Wall
2019 Neighbourhoods (Current)
2021 Jazz Lovers Society, Vol. 2


1971 All The Right Noises (Capitol) ST-6370
1972 Town of Fergus (Capitol) ST-6382
1975 Fergusongs (Axe) AXS-508
2022 All The Right Noises [re-issue] [DigiFile] (EMI/Universal)

Compilation Tracks

1971 “Same Old Feelin'” and “Laura” on ‘Capitol Records’ Guide To Canadian Content Programming’ (Capitol)
1972 “Mirrors (Rollin’ Back On Me)” on ‘Canadian Content’ (EMI-Capitol Special Markets) SL-6854
1973 “Here With You” on ‘Maple Music – Volume 2’ (Maple Music) MMJ-2

Born: February 2, 1944 in Gaspésie, Québec
Gaspésie, Québec’s Marc Hamilton spent his youth in Saint-Timothée. In 1964, he was a founding member of the group Les Shadols as the singer and guitarist. After one single in 1965, Hamilton created a side project with some of the members from Les Shadols called Les Monstres. Following the collapse of these acts in 1967, Hamilton signed with Carrousel Records for some solo singles while also joining a band called Les Caïds simultaneously. The group wore gangster costumes on stage and released several singles. They would split up in 1969. Hamilton continued his solo career with Trans-Canada records where, in 1970, he had a massive hit with the single “Comme j’ai toujours envie d’aimer.” It became the biggest success of the summer in Québec and France reaching No. 1 on the charts for several weeks. The single would sell 200,000 copies in Québec and 1,500,000 copies in Europe. It became a truly international success after being covered in other languages. Hamilton continued recording and touring through the remainder of the 1970s and 1980s. With notes from Michel Charbonneau.

Je n’apprendrai pas le violon/Ce soir je veux oublier (Carrousel) CR-14
1968 Un p’tit bonhomme/C’est fini (Carrousel) CR-34
1968 Donne-moi ma chance encore/C’est que tout va bien (Carrousel) CR-44
1969 J’irai un jour à Paris/Nous avons marché (Trans-Canada) TC-3314
1970 Comme j’ai toujours envie d’aimer/Tapis magique (Trans-Canada) TC-3323
1970 Je n’ai jamais raison/Entre les fleurs (Trans-Canada) TC-3330
1970 Rosemary/La question (Trans-Canada) TC-3338
1970 Più di ieri/Ed iu ti riscalderò (Trans-Canada) TC-4041
1970 Si je pouvais te faire un enfant/Je n’ai jamais raison (Trans-Canada) TC-4044
1970 Più Di Ieri/Comme j’Ai toujours envie d’aimer (Disques Carrere – ITALY) NIL-9035
1971 Emmène-Moi/La Jeunesse (Trans-Canada) TC-4047
1972 Ce Que Je Veux/Commes Elles Sont Belles (Trans-Canada International) TC-4057
1972 Tu Es Ma Femme/ Dans la vie (Trans-Canada International) TC-4084
1972 Viens/J’ai fait le tour d’la Gaspésie (Trans-Canada International) TC-4109
1973 J’veux Pas De Vinaigre Sur Mes Patates (Ca C’est L’Fun)/Ce Que Je Veux (Trans-Canada International) TC-4149
1973 Combien De Temps/ [same] (Trans-Canada International) TC-4137-DJ
1974 La Valse A Trois Temps/Frissons (Trans-Canada International) TC-4154
1974 Nous Deux/ [same] (Trans-Canada International) TC-4156-DJ
1975 Plus Belle Encore/Rose Minoune (Trans-Canada) TC-4157
1975 Le Pusher/J’Irai Un Jour À Paris (Trans-Canada International) TC-4159
1981 Peau De Femme/Je Veux Vivre À La Campagne (Ciel) CL-209
1981 Femmes/Plus Belles Encore (Ciel) CL-211
1987 Qui Es-Tu?/J’ai un rendez-vous d’amour (Philips/Polygram) PH-125
1987 J’aime Parler D’amour/Comme Au Cinéma (Philips/Polygram) PH-129
2001 Comme J Ai Toujoures Envie D Aimer/Rosemary (AMC) amc 14.056

Marc Hamilton (Trans-Canada) TC-761
1971 Au Fond Des Choses (Trans-Canada) MH-23
1981 Peau De Femme (Ciel) CLP-3001
1987 J’Ai Un Rendez Vous D’Amour (Philips) 832-961-1
1993 Rétrospective (Disques Mérite) 22.1019
1996 Malgre Les Murs (Disques 1001) JBAT-9602

Compilations Tracks
“Bonjour la musique” on ‘J’ai Un Bon Deal’ (Les Productions Vampires Ltée) VR-105

Doran Beattie
(lead vocals) / Dan Lowe (lead guitar) / Royden Morice (bass, keyboards, backing vocals) / Jeff Boyne (rhythm guitar) / Jim Llewellyn (drums) / Bob Ego (drums) / Craig Blair (lead guitar; replaced Boyne 1976) / Dale Buchner (drums; replaced Llewellyn 1976)
Following the evolution of Calgary band Shades Of Blond into 49th Parallel and then, again, into Painter, a number of line-up changes, failed singles and one album on Elektra Records,  members Dorn Beattie, Dan Lowe, Royden Morice and Jim Llewellyn, under the guidance of uber-manager Bruce Allen, where taken to the home of Allen’s other hard-rock success story, BTO, at Mercury Records. ‘Hammersmith’ was their debut in 1975 and was produced by Dan Lowe. The album spawned two singles – “Late Night Lovin’ Man” and “Funky As She Goes” – allowing the band to tour Canada. ‘It’s For You’ was their 1976 follow-up and included a line-up change with Blair & Buckner replacing Boyne & Llewellyn. The album produced one single, “Dancin’ Fools”, and the band returned to touring. The album sold moderately. Mercury dropped the band in early 1977. Beattie quit to join All The Rage In Paris and in recent years, has become a succesful country singer. Hammersmith stayed together until the end of 1977 at which time Lowe and Morice formed a new act called 451 Degrees who put out an eponymous LP on Intercan/Pickwick in 1980. Those claiming to have been members of Hammersmith from 1976 to 1977 include Mike Reno (nee Rynoski),  Jim Clench, Hal Whitford, Brian Ojay, Randy McCann, Bobby Vice, Al Gibson, and Bill Kempster. with notes from Bob Ego and Jim Llewellyn.

1975 Funky As She Goes/Feelin’ Better (Mercury/Phonogram/Polydor) M-73717
1975 Late Night Lovin’ Man/Low Ridin’ Ladies (Mercury/Phonogram/Polydor) M-73749
1976 Dancin’ Fools/Good-Bye, Good-Bye (Mercury/Phonogram/Polydor) M-73874


1975 Hammersmith (Mercury/Phonogram/Polydor) SRM-1-1040
1976 It’s For You (Mercury/Phonogram/Polydor) SRM-1-1102

Born: London, England, November 23, 1945
British born Keith Hampshire was being spoon fed on strong doses of ballet and tap dancing lessons. He made his theatrical debut when he was four years old in a children’s dance show for parents. But it appeared show business once yet in the cards. Two years later his family sailed to New York and took the train to Toronto, Canada, where they bought a battered sedan and made the long trek west to Calgary, Alberta. While growing up in Calgary, Hampshire took vocal lessons for three years and sang in the local Anglican Church choir. He learned enough to earn prizes in a number of Kiwanis sponsored singing festivals. He also spent a lot of time listening to late night radio.  By age 17, he was performing during amateur nights at the infamous The Depression Coffeehouse where, the likes of David Wiffen, Will Millar (Irish Rovers), and Joni Mitchell had cut their teeth. He soon went from brave a cappella performances to guitar accompanied vocalist. With the sweeping popularity of Rock’n’ Roll Hampshire formed flash-in-the-pan acts like The Intruders (who never managed to escape the basement), Keith And The Bristols (nearly as short lived), and finally managed a steady three year gig with Keith And The Variations who had a definite English influence. They performed everywhere they could including an opening spot for Roy Orbison at the Stampede Corral in Calgary, and on a local weekly Calgary TV show called ‘Whoopee-A-Go-Go’. Following graduation from high school, Hampshire was hired to work at CFCN Radio and Television as a cameraman and jack-of-all trades then became a disc jockey playing British Invasion material on an after-midnight weekend show. In 1966, with The Variations standing still with little future ambition, Hampshire was getting bored and decided to head to England with a friend. Living out of a car and eating mostly fish & chips, they travelled around England until their money was low. They then stayed with Hampshire’s Uncle Tom in Epsom where Keith decided to apply for a disc jockey job at pirate radio station Radio Caroline in the North Sea on the strength of a letter of recommendation from CFCN. For a thirteen month stint Hampshire was entertaining millions in Britain and parts of Europe with Keefer’s Uprising Morning Show and later Keefer’s Commotion in the afternoon. He also recorded his first single as a singer – “Millions of Hearts” b/w a cover of Paul Anka’s, “Lonely Boy,” for King Records in the UK under the name Keefer’s Kids. He would be mobbed as a star DJ while doing public appearances. But it all came to an end on August 14, 1967, the day before British parliament outlawed pirate radio and set sanctions and penalties to prohibit anyone from working for the pirate radio network. Following a holiday on the continent, he flew to Montréal and took in the last week of Expo ’67. Soon he drifted to Toronto, where he was hired by CKFH radio after turning down a counter offer from CHUM. While at CKFH, he met and married Cathy Brown on August 1, 1969 and together they had a son, Christian, and a daughter, Laura. A couple of years later, Hampshire was back on the streets scouting work. It came as quite a shock to a good many people when it was announced that he would appear in the musical stage revue ‘You Better Believe It’ with Jack Duffy, Julie Amato, and Almeta Speaks. He then moved on to a great deal of television, notably as one of the regular cast on ‘The Wayne & Shuster Comedy Hour’, radio and television commercials, and more stage work in the longest-running (at that time) production of ‘Oops!’ In 1970 he met former Paupers member and RCA staff producer Bill Misener at RCA Records where he recorded the song “I Wish I Could Wish Away”, later to be re-titled ‘Ebenezer’ as a debut single for RCA. When sales weren’t of hit proportions, RCA indicated it wouldn’t be interested in any future product. Soon afterwards, Hampshire played Misener “Daytime Night-Time,” written by Mike Hugg, an original member of Manfred Mann. Both agreed the song could be a North American hit if it was re-worked. The two booked the RCA studio, laid down a basic track, and approached A & M Records of Canada. Their instincts were correct as “Daytime Night-Time” became a Top10 hit in Canada in 1973 and also appeared in the U.S. Top 50. Its powerful successor, “The First Cut Is The Deepest,” reached the coveted No. 1 spot in Canada on May 12, 1973 was a big hit in Australia and also cracked the U.S. Top 100.  The follow-up, “Big Time Operator” went Top5 in Canada, Top100 in the U.S. and No. 1 in South Africa. The album, ‘The First Cut’ did not fare as well. And after a couple of other singles, namely “Forever and Ever” and “Hallelujah Freedom,” Hampshire left the A & M stable. In 1974 CBC-TV launched a revival of their music variety series ‘Music Machine’ featuring writers Gay Claitman, Garry Ferrier and Aubrey Tadman and hosted by Hampshire.  Hampshire had a well-scrubbed, respectable appearance that made him look like he belonged in dinner theatre. But he could use his shouting voice in a post-David Clayton Thomas style and was supported by the talents of musical director Doug Riley (whose own group, Dr. Music, received considerable exposure). The show was taped in front of a Toronto audience, in the CBC’s Studio 7, and included guest appearances by Canadian bands and musicians, such as The Bells, Lighthouse, Fludd, Klaatu, Copperpenny, and Valdy among others. Hampshire, Riley, and company were able to lend the show a strong vocal and instrumental power and professionalism, but after a short run it finally folded in 1975. After leaving Music Machine, Keith Hampshire continued recording and released the single, “Something Good,” backed with “Just Another Fool”, on the Axe Records label. A second version of “Something Good” would later appear on his second solo album, ‘Variations’. It was released in 1981 on Freedom Records — where Hampshire also served as an A & R man for the label helping to sign artists such David Wilcox and Lee Aaron to their first recording contracts. The ‘Variations’ album produced a single in 1982 called “I Can’t Wait Too Long”. In 1983, Keith was presented with his first Gold Record for “OK Blue Jays,” a track he recorded with The Bat Boys as the theme song for the Toronto baseball team. Another memorable performance came at the Canada Day 2000 celebrations when Keith sang “Daytime Night-Time” to a crowd of over 100,000 fans in Ottawa on Parliament Hill. Over the years Keith has also enjoyed work off-camera as a jingle singer, voice-over or character-voice on television commercials, radio commercials, motion pictures, cartoon series and radio plays; Hampshire spends a portion of each year living in Florida. with notes from Keith Hampshire.

1971 Ebenezer/Sing Angel Sing (RCA) 74-0472
1973 Daytime, Night-Time/Turned the Other Way (A & M) AMX-330
1973 First Cut Is The Deepest/You Can’t Hear The Song I Sing (A & M) AMX-337
1973 Sitting In the Park/The First Cut Is the Deepest (A & M – France) AM-41097
1973 Sitting In the Park/Waking Up Alone (A & M – Germany) 12672-AT
1973 Big Time Operator/You Can’t Hear The Song I Sing (A & M) AMX-356
1974 Forever and Ever (Baby I’m Gonna Be Yours)/Jeraboah (A & M) AM-370
1974 Hallelujah Freedom/Walking Alone (A & M) AMS-381
1976 Something Good/Just Another Fool (Axe) AXE-34
1981 I Can’t Wait Too Long/Nobody’s Child (Freedom) FR-45-004

Millions Of Hearts/Lonely Boy (King – UK) KG-1068

OK Blue Jays/[same] (Kosinec-Lenz/A & M) BJ-01

1973 The First Cut (A & M) SP-9006
1981 Variations (Freedom) FR-005
2004 20 Century Masters: The Best Of Keith Hampshire (Universal) 832663

Compilation Tracks
cut(s) on ‘Oops! Original Cast Recording’ (Wave) 0001
1975 “Hallelujah Freedom” on ‘Power Pak’ (K-Tel) TC-223
1975 “Big Time Operator” on ‘Canada Gold – 22 Karat Hits’ (K-Tel) TC-225
1976 “First Cut Is The Deepest” on ‘Canada’s Finest’ (K-Tel) TC-232
1990 “First Cut Is The Deepest” on ‘Made in Canada, Our Rock ‘n’ Roll History – Volume Two: Into the 70’s (1969-1974) (BMG) KCD1-7157
1995 “First Cut Is The Deepest” on ‘Living in the 70s’ (BMG – Australia) 74321243512
2001 “First Cut Is The Deepest” on ‘Oh What a Feeling 2: A Vital Collection of Canadian (CMC) 520885
2004 “First Cut Is the Deepest” on ‘Gold – 1973: Disc 1’ (Time-Life – Australia) TL-GLL/05
2007 “First Cut Is the Deepest” and “Daytime, Night-Time” on ‘A & M History 100’ (A & M – Japan) UICY-90680

“OK Blue Jays” on ‘The Blue Jays Album – New & Improved’ (Sony) ZK-99999
1992 “OK Blue Jays” on ‘The Blue Jays Album – Class of ’92’ (Sony)

HANCOCK, Winston
Georges George (vocals) / Winston Hancock (guitar, vocals) / Ken Bassman (guitar) / Gary Justice (bass) / Leon Stevenson (drums)
Toronto proto-punk outfit, known affectionately as Hancock, caught the second wave of Queen Street punk notoriety in 1981. They hooked up with several other acts like True Confessions and The Sharks through Chameleon Records to gain exposure. This short lived entity yielded future Extras drummer Leon Stevenson.

Compilation Tracks
“Girls, Girls” and “Leavin’ Tonite” on ‘No Pedestrians’ (Chameleon) CR-535

Born: Robin David Masyk on June 4, 1957 in Germany
Died: January 10, 1987
Born in West Germany, where his father was stationed at an airforce base, Masyk’s family moved to Canada in 1970. Eight years later he moved to Texas where he worked in Austin for two years. It was this stay that cultivated Masyk’s love for country music and when he returned to Canada he entrenched himself in the Queen Street circuit where he could grow as an eclectic alternative artist with a C & W slant that incorporates both reggae and rockabilly. Had his hand in dozens of projects including fronting the Sidewinders’ and playing guitar with the Hayseed Hellions, The Valours, and The Running Kind, as well as performing with Toronto reggae legend Mohjah. The Sidewinders consisted of Masyk’s brother Jim Travis Masyk (guitars), Nate Vincent (bass), and drummer Cleave Anderson (Blue Rodeo, The Sharks). The Hellions featured a nine-piece country line-up including J.D. Weatherstone of the Demics on drums (as well as an early stint with the Sidewinders) and occasionally Johnny MacLeod.  The NFB financed a 30-minute documentary called ‘The Ballad of Handsome Ned’ in 1985 by Ross Edmunds and was well received at the Ann Arbor Film Festival. The Handsome Neds consisted of Steve Koch (Viletones, Demics, Hayseed Hellions) on guitar; J.D. Weatherstone (Demics) on drums, and bassist Rene Frattura (Herald Nix). In 1986 he appeared in a Molson Beer commercial because of his distinctive urban cowboy look. Masyk could often be heard on Toronto radio station CKLN promoting his traditional country tastes on his own radio program The Honky Tonk Hardwood Floor Show. Every year Masyk would return to Texas for some gigs and would return with a brand new straw stetson – his trademark. Masyk’s body was found by police in his Toronto apartment on January 10, 1987 of a suspected drug overdose. A team of Queen Street musicians held a benefit concert in July of 1987 to raise money for a documentary and possible recording restoration project. Masyk’s brother managed to convince Island/A&M to release a retrospective in 1989 to honour the late cowboy. It consisted of demos and studio tracks dating from 1983 to 1985. In June 2000, a second, more comprehensive double-CD retrospective, “The Name Is Ned”, was released through EMI. with notes from Deirdre Dodd.

1988 Rockabilly Girls/Wrong Side of the Tracks (Virgin/EMI) V-1494


1983 Put the Blame On Me/Cryin’ Heartache Misery (independent)

1984 In Spite Of The Danger/Ain’t No Room For Cheating (Handsome)

1989 The Ballad of… (Island/A & M)
2000 The Name Is Ned (Northern Heritage/EMI) OPM-2

Compilation Tracks
“Ain’t No Room For Cheatin’” on ‘The Rebel Zone-Queen Street West’ (Sony) CK-80698

HANN, Paul
Born: London, England
Following several singles on London Records, guitarist and singer Paul Hann became the first act signed to Holger Peterson’s Stony Plain label. He soon commanded the respect and admiration of many of his contemporaries such as The Dillards, David Essig, Mason Williams and Jerry Mills (Ozark Mountain Daredevils) all appeared on his 1977 self-titled release.

1974 Perhaps In The Shadow/Ballad Of Beer Parlour Ben (London) M-17468
1974 Queen of The May/Workin’ Up The Line (London) M-17471
1975 Momma Make The Radio/Almost Fell Into Her Eyes (Stony Plain) SPS-1001
1977 Cockney Cowboy/MacBarren’s Jig (Stony Plain) SPS-1005
1977 On the Seawall/Wrecked on the Highway (Stony Plain) SPS-1007
1978 Matrimonial Blues/Have I Got Something For You (Stony Plain) SPS-1010
1980 The Heart Of Saturday Night/Hometown Hero (Intercan) CAN-10015

1973 A Fine White Thread (London) NAS-13530
1974 A Fine White Thread [re-issue] (Stony Plain) SPL-1000
1975 Another Tumbleweed (Stony Plain) SPL-1001
1977 Paul Hann (Stony Plain) SPL-1003
1979 High Test In Concert (Stony Plain) SPL-1028
1980 Hometown Hero (Intercan) CAN-1007
1982 Brand New Boogaloo Zoo (Mudpie)
1983 Snyder The Spider (Kiddin’ Around) KR-79801
1987 Bernie The Bowlegged Bloodhound (Strathcona)
1991 Clean Air (Strathcona)
1996 All The Favourites (Strathcona) SMCL-06952
1997 Circling The Fire (Strathcona)
2000 Smile & Sing (Strathcona) SMCL-06953

Compilation Tracks
“Workin’ Up The Line” on ‘CKUA Presents: The Acme Sausage Company’ (CKUA)

Beau Hannon
(lead vocals) / Mimse Hannon (bass, vocals) / Michael Burnett (guitar, vocals) / Larry Petrie (drums, vocals) / Tim Last (keyboards; 1970)
Late ’60s folk harmony group from Niagara Falls, Ontario originally called Beau Hannon And The Mint Juleps. The group released an album under this name called ‘Most Requested’ in 1969. After dropping the ‘Mint Juleps’ name they recorded a single in 1970 on Quality Records. Near the end of their tenure in the early ’70s they added Galt, Ontario native Tim Last on keyboards.  Beau Hannon currently lives in Florida; Petrie and Burnett both live in Niagara Falls; Mimsie Hannon, who had also been living in Niagara Falls died in 2000; Last is living in Florida. with notes from Michael Burnett.

1961 Brainstorm/It’s All Over (United Southern Artists – US) 5-108
1966 Stop Me From Falling in Love/Stop Telling Lies About Me (I’ll Stop Telling the Truth About You) (Barry) B-3397X
1970 Stop Me From Falling In Love/For the Last Time (Quality) 1965X


1969 Most Requested (Birchmount) BM-522

Line-up: Frank Zirone (vocals) / David Aplin (guitar) / George Bernhardt (guitar) / Chris Brockway (bass) / Kim Hunt (drums) ; HANOVER Line-up: Frank Zirone (vocals) / George Bernhardt (guitar) / Warren Toll (bass) / Mike Terrana (drums)
Following the demise of Zirone’s band Zero One in 1982, the bass player of that band took some of their last demos to try and land a recording deal with producer Stacy Heydon. But Heydon was more interested in Zirone’s singing on the tape and contacted Zirone about working together. But Zirone was attempting to rekindle his record deal with Anthem Records as he still had an option for a second album. To that end, Zirone had checked into a local studio to create some new demos with George Bernhardt (guitar) and Gord Paton (drums). Heydon showed up one day and convinced Zirone to use the demos they were working as material for an album he would producer. They continued their demo work and they rounded out the band with temporary players from Bernhardt’s ex-band mates in Lee Aaron for some Toronto gigs. Months later they started proper production with Heydon on a full album. For the sessions they auditioned bassist Chris Brockway (Wrabit), drummer Danny Bilan (The White), drummer Kim Hunt (Urgent/Zon), second guitarist Bert Bartoletti (Lee Aaron), keyboardist Jim MacDonald (New Regime) and backing vocalist Doug Baynham. In September of 1984, they began production at Phase One Studios. Following one of the recording sessions Zirone and Brockway were in a car accident, and it was outside the courtroom at the trial later that they came up with the name of the band. The situation they found themselves in reminded them of a scene in the film ‘Heavy Metal’ whose main antagonist was named Hanover Fist. This would become their name – and that of several other acts including a US based band signed to Capitol Records. Eventually Kim Hunt’s drum parts were chosen for the final mixes (with the exception of one song featuring Bilan). Vocal overdubs were done at Triumph’s Metalworks Studio and mixing was completed over a three week period at Pete Townsend’s Eel Pie Studio in Surrey England. While in England Heydon and Zirone knocked on doors looking for a record deal and were met with enthusiasm but few were willing to pay the price the team was looking for in a recording contract. While back in North America, Eddie Van Halen – who was music director for a Sean Penn film called ‘The Wild Life’ – stumbled across a cassette of the unreleased album the band had submitted to MCA Records (and had been subsequently turned down). Van Halen was excited to use Hanover Fist’s “In the Metal of the Night” song in the movie which led to renewed interest by MCA’s John Alexander (former member of Octavian) who signed them to a deal in 1984 as Hanover Fist. The ‘In the Metal of the Night’ album was released later that year. A video for the title track was released and gained them airplay on MTV stateside as well as the aforementioned movie ‘The Wild Life’. However, when it came time to tour, the band ended up sitting on their hands for five months rehearsing and waiting for dates to be established. But when they finally got the green light to go out on the road Hunt and Brockway were out on tour with Lee Aaron in Europe, and Aplin was touring with Sebastian Bach’s pre-Skid Row band Kid Wikked. This left Bernhardt and Zirone to find a new rhythm section. They auditioned quite a few players and hired Warren “Wiggy” Toll on guitar and Mike Terrana on drums. The 1984 album was re-released in 1985 under the moniker Hanover and re-titled ‘Hungry Eyes’ with one additional song – the single, “Fits Ya Good”, a Bryan Adams/Jim Vallance song which had been recorded during the Hanover Fist rehearsals. The new version of the band toured from February to May 1986 opening for British heavy metal veterans Saxon across North America and winding down with a success performance for 10,000 people in Arkansas. MCA did not order another album and the band quietly disbanded. George Bernhardt and Mike Terrana went on to form Beau Nasty.George Bernhardt now plays for Rick Springfield; Aplin and Brockway went on to play with Lee Aaron; Kim Hunt went on to play with Urgent and Moxy; Mike Terrana now has a solo project Simphonica and tours with Tarja and Axel Rudi Pell; Frank Zirone is currently performs in a Beatles tribute band called Ones. with notes from Frank Zirone.

1984 In The Metal of the Night (4:19)/In The Metal of the Night (5:49) [12″] (MCA) MCA-1218
Fits Ya Good//Hungry Eyes/Looking For Love [12″] (MCA) MCA-17052

1984 In The Metal of the Night (MCA)
Hungry Eyes (MCA) MCA-5536

Compilation Tracks
“In The Metal Of The Night” on ‘The Wild Life [Soundtrack]’

Jim Aiello
(vocals) / Gordie Moffatt (organ) / Danny Ferguson (lead guitar) / Bob Moffatt (rhythm guitar) / Bob Wagner (bass) / Gerry Mudry (drums)
Happy Feeling were from Calgary, Alberta and recorded one album with legendary American producer Norman Petty in Clovis, New Mexico.

1969 Happy Feeling/If There’s A Thought (Barry) B-3499X
1969 Hey Little Man/London Towne (Barry) B-3507X
1969 Good Neighbour Day/See What I Mean (Barry) B-3513X
1970 Still Hill/4 O’Clock (Barry) B-3517X
1970 Sacroiliac Boop/Lord Come (Barry) B-3523X

1971 Children/Broomstick (Barry) B-3525X

Warm Alberta Rain/I Will Follow (Barry) B-3529X


1970 Happy Feeling (Barry) BSR-357

Compilation Tracks
“Happy Feeling”, “Hey Little Man”, “Good Neighbor Day”, “If There’s A Thought”, “London Towne”, “Sacroiliac Boop”, “Walk With Life”, and “Still Hill” on ‘From Canada… to Clovis (Super Oldies) SOCD-10

Larry Goddard
(vocals) / John Androvics (guitar) / Ed Rabold (drums) / Martin Deemar (keyboards, vocals) / Bill Simmons (bass) / John Humphrey (bass; replaced Simmons) / “Gumbo” Jim Burton (drums; replaced Rabold) / Errol “Starr” Francis (lead vocals, guitar; replaced Goddard) / Larry “Spatch” Mulhall (bass guitar,vocals; replaced Humphrey) / Al Walker (guitar; replaced Androvics) / Mike Chen (drums; replaced Burton) / Mark Desjardins (guitar, vocals; replaced Walker) / Dan Laurin (drums)
Drawn together in 1974 by a mutual appreciation of British Progressive Rock, Goddard, Androvics, Rabold and soundman Mark “Bailey” Baniuk formed a pick-up band. By 1975 they had added Deemar and Simmons who named the band Harbinger. They began rehearsing in an abandoned house owned by Androvics’ father to learn cover tunes. It wasn’t long before Harbinger moved onto writing their own songs and by 1978 John Humphrey had replaced Simmons as they began hitting their stride. After several more LINE-UP changes Harbinger was playing large venues regularly but, the long road trips and lack of revenue saw Goddard leave the music business and Androvics head to Toronto to be in two Q107-FM Homegrown contest hopefuls ICU and Rex Chainbelt. In the meantime the band began to develop a new direction, new sound and a new repertoire with yet more changes in 1981. In 1982, they had finally settled on a permanent LINE-UP with Francis, Mulhall, Desjardin, Lauren and the only original member, Deemar. They started working up demos in Halifax rehearsals and headed into PSM Studio, in Quebéc City, to lay down their songs. The results were unsatisfactory to the band and a proposed album was never released. By 1984 the band went its separate ways. The abandoned album was finally issued digitally in 2008.

The Quebéc Album: 1982 [DigiFile] (independent)

The Silhouettes (featuring future Dr. Music founder Doug Riley) were a Toronto instrumental staple in the early ‘60s, and houseband at the Bluenote, who would add ex-American Jack Harden (aka Hardin) as vocalist and land a deal with Red Leaf Records. They produced one single for the label called “I’m Not Running After You (Anymore)”. A second single would appear on a short-lived independent label called Star Shot Records entitled “She’ll Be Back”; Harden would go on to be vocalist for reggae/funk act King Herbert and the Knights who released a self-titled album on Paragon in 1969.

I’m Not Running After You (Anymore)/I Will Never Turn My Back On You (Red Leaf) TTM-619

She’ll Be Back/Love Is Wonderful (Star Shot) SS-3002

King Herbert and the Knights with Jack Harden (Paragon/Allied) ALS-248

Sebastian Lippa (guitar) / Alyson Macleod (bass) / Mike Pick (drums)
Formed in 1993 in St. John’s, Newfoundland and moved to Halifax, Nova Scotia where the alternative rock scene was blossoming. MacLeod was recruited from the band JALE. The band won ‘Best Alternative Band’ at the ECMA’s in 1993.

Sugarcane/Canopy (Mag Wheel – US) MAG-003
1994 Why Don’t You And I Smooth Things Over (Murderecords) MUR-007
1994 Slick Talkin’ Jack/If I…(Sub Pop) SP-262
1994 Rock Is My Life/[split with Randy Bachman] (Cinnamon Toast) CT-011
1995 Watching You/Your Sunshine (Sub Pop) SP-295

Mood Ring [EP]
1993 Hack [EP] (Murderecords) MURCD-003
1995 Somebody Spoke (Sub Pop) SP-2892

Compilation Tracks
“Reason” on ‘Alternative Route ’94’ (Cargo – Germany) FEASTCD-01
1994 “Colourblind” on ‘A Canadian Alternative Vol. III’ (DAHB) SWM-003
1994 “Won’t You Come Home” and “Rock Is My Life” on ‘Trim Crusts If Desired’ (Cinnamon Toast) CT-013B
1995 “Watching You” on ‘That Virtua Feeling’ (Sub Pop) SUB-PROCD-38

HARDY, Hagood
Born: February 26, 1937 in Angola, Indiana, USA
Died; January 1, 1997 in Hamilton, Ontario
Hardy started his professional career as a vibraphonist in 1956 at the House Of Hamburg. After relocating to New York in the early ’60’s he became a much-in-demand performer with all of the Jazz elite including The Village Vanguard. He began touring with the likes of Herbie Mann, George Shearing and Martin Denny for nearly seven years in such places as Las Vegas and Hawaii. He moved back to Toronto in 1966 to form Hagood Hardy & The Montage which toured internationally for six years. It was around this time that he started making music for film and television. He wrote “The Homecoming” in 1972 for a Salada Tea commercial and once people began writing to the company to find out how they could get a copy of the instrumental piece Hardy finally released it. In 1975 it was released as a single and the song went Top10 across Canada. Two JUNO Awards followed for ‘Composer of the Year’ and ‘Instrumental Artist of the Year’. In 1976 the honour was repeated with another JUNO and ‘Instrumentalist of the Year’ in Billboard Magazine. In 1977 he won The Harold S. Moon Award for his contributions to Canadian music internationally. 1992 saw Hardy accept the Order of Canada in a ceremony in Ottawa. In 1995 Hardy ran as an incumbent in the Provincial election as a Liberal against Bob Rae – he came in third in the polls. In 1996 Hardy received a Lifetime Achievement award from the former Municipality Of Metro Toronto. Hardy’s final live appearance was for the Paul and Carol Mott Christmas Special December 20, 1996 on CFRB-FM. His last song was “The Homecoming”. Hardy died after an 18 month struggle with stomach cancer in Hamilton on January 1, 1997 and is survived by 4 children. He had recorded more than 25 albums and won three JUNO Awards and scored more than 50 movie and TV shows including ‘Anne Of Green Gables’ for which he won a Gemini Award. He was also the Director of Roy Thomson Hall, the SOCAN Foundation, president of The National Youth Orchestra Of Canada; honorary chairman of The Canadian Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, ambassador for UNICEF, and director for The Performing Rights Organization Of Canada (PROCAN). A posthumous CD was issued by Avalon Records which he had been working on at the time of his death with Rick Hommes (bass), Barry Elmes (drums) and Mark Crawford (guitar).

1967 Vibraharp With Orchestra (CTL) CTLS-5096
1970 Soon/New World In The Morning (Revolver) REVS-007
Just A Little Lovin’ (Early In The Morning)/I’ll Take Love (Polydor) 2001-204
1974 The Homecoming (Isis) ISIS-0001
1975 The Homecoming/Quorum (Attic) AT-112
1975 Wintertime/Jennifer’s Song (Attic)
1976 Love Theme From Missouri Breaks (Attic) AT-137
1977 Maybe Tomorrow/And When I See You Smile (Attic) AT-142
1977 Jennifer’s Song/Love Theme From “Second Wind” (Attic) AT-163
1977 Reunion/Les Arrivants (Attic) AT-170
1977 Don’t You Think It’s Time To Come Back Home/Nightwalker (Attic) AT-182
1978 The Harlequin Theme (A Time For Love)/Silent Sky (Attic) AT-188
1978 Love Song/Sonny’s Ragtime (Attic) AT-201
1980 The Birdwalk/Walk With Me (Attic) AT-212
1980 Working In L.A./Looking Glass (Attic) AT-233
1982 Love Makes The Water Taste Like Wine/Stay For Awhile (Attic) AT-261

1971 Just A Little Lovin’/ (Polydor) 2001-204
1972 The Garden Path/ (GRT) 1230-31

1967 Stop 33 (Canadian Talent Library) CTL-1096
1974 The Homecoming (Canadian Talent Library) CTLS-0155
1975 The Homecoming (Attic) LAT-1003
1976 Maybe Tomorrow (Attic) LAT-1011
1977 Tell Me My Name (Attic) LAT-1034
1978 Reflections (Attic) LAT-1052
1978 A Very Special Christmas With Hagood Hardy (K-Tel) NC-396
1979 The Hagood Hardy Collection (Attic) LAT-1073
1980 As Time Goes By (Attic) LAT-1097
1980 The Christmas Album (Attic) LAT-1098
1982 Love Me Closer (Attic) LAT-1116
1983 Chasing A Dream (Duke Street) DSR-31000
1985 Night Magic (Duke Street) DSR-31014
1986 Hagood Hardy (Duke Street) DSR-31030
1988 All My Best (Duke Street) DSR-31052
1989 All My Best Volume II (Duke Street) DSR-31063
1989 Morocco (Sackville Jazz)
1990 In My Heart (Duke Street)
1995 Alone (Universal)
1997 Between Friends (Avalon)


1970 Hagood Hardy And The Montage (CBC) LM-81
1972 Hagood Hardy And The Montage (Pickwick/CTL) PC-44006
1972 Hagood Hardy And The Montage (GRT) 9230-1012

Compilation Tracks
“The Homecoming” on ‘Canada’s Finest’ (K-Tel) TC-232
1981 “Maybe Tomorrow” on ‘Superstars Salute New Massey Hall’ (CBS/CRIA) CRIA-2
1993 “The Homecoming” on ‘Caught In the Attic’ [3CDs] (Attic) ATTIC-XX
1996 “The Homecoming” on ‘Oh What a Feeling: A Vital Collection of Canadian Music’ (MCA) JUNO-25
1998 “The Homecoming” on ‘Attic Records Limited Twenty5’ [4CDs] (Attic) ATTIC-25

Harold Hess (lead vocals) / Pete Lesperance (guitars, vocals) / Mike Gionet (bass, vocals) / Darren Smith (drums, vocals) / Rob Cooper (keyboards; early live shows only) / Barry Donaghy (bass, vocals; replaced Gionet 1995) / Creighton Doane (drums, vocals; replaced Smith 2000)
After spending many years in Oshawa’s heavy metal band Blind Vengeance, in 1988 Harry Hess and Darren Smith were ready to move into a new musical direction. Teaming up with their buddies Pete Lesperance and Mike Gionet, they began rehearsing and writing original material together. Deciding to make a go of it and try to get a record deal, they rehearsed for a full year before playing live. Putting together an 11-song demo in Hess’s 24-track recording studio, they sent their manager out to shop it in early 1989 while continuing to write more material. In 1990 they entered Q107 FM’s annual Homegrown Contest, placing second over all; by the end of that summer, they were in negotiations with Warner Music Canada. Their eponymous debut on WEA was released in 1991 and received instant airplay on rock radio stations across the country. With videos to support the singles and tours of the nation’s bars, the album quickly climbed the rock charts, going on to sell a respectable 30,000 copies in Canada. It was also released in Germany, Portugal and Spain. Getting off the road in the fall of 1992, principal songwriters Hess and Lesperance started writing once more, and the result was 1993’s Mood Swings, a decided departure stylistically from the pop-metal of the first album. The heavier edge to the material lost them some of their loyal fanbase, but it also gained them respect in the industry. That fall they went on the road opening for April Wine in western Canada. The first album was re-released in Japan in 1994 and quickly garnered rave reviews. Warner Music Canada had the band put together a quick live release which was shipped to Japan to facilitate the newly expanding fanbase. Such was the reaction that the band went to Japan in 1995 to promote the first two albums plus 1995’s “Voice of Reason”. Original bassist Mike Gionet left the band at this time and was replaced by Barry Donaghy (ex-Blu Bones). Subsequent support from the Japanese proved to be their strongest market allowing the band to customize their releases there. In 1997 Harem Scarem released a new studio album, “Karma Cleansing” in Canada to mixed reviews. The days of corporate rock were waning and the band was in the market for a change, so in 2000 Harem Scarem would re-invent itself under the new banner RUBBER in North America (while maintaining their old moniker in foreign territories). The change was a refreshing one as the self-titled debut produced the band’s first national Top-20 hit “Sunshine” which was mixed by Arnold Lanni (Frozen Ghost, Our Lady Peace). However, the initial reaction wasn’t enough to keep Warner Music interested and after a contract fulfilling final release in 2001 called ‘Ultra Feel’, they parted ways ways with their label. With a strong overseas presence, the Harem Scarem/Rubber contingent has been able to release albums yearly since then on a number of independent labels worldwide. “Weight of the World” was released on Marquee/Avalon in Japan. The band continued to release albums between North America (as Rubber) and Japan & Europe (as Harem Scarem) until the group mutually decided to stop recording and touring in 2009. However, to mark the 20th anniversary of ‘Mood Swings’ the band decided to reunite, re-record the entire album plus new material and do a select number of shows in Canada and Europe in 2013; In 2002 Creighton Doane released his 2nd solo album entitled ‘Learning More and More About Less and Less’ on Bullseye Records. He followed that up with ‘Pilot Error’ in 2010 as a Digital album; in 2003, lead singer Harry Hess released his first solo album called ‘Just Another Day’. Hess continues recording other major label and independent acts at his Vespa Studio in north Toronto including Billy Talent, The Kings, John Boswell, Maureen Leeson, and Creighton Doane; Darren Smith has continued with a solo career; Lesperance writes, records and produces for his own solo material, for other artists and is in the band Fair Ground; Harem Scarem reunited in 2013 o celebrate the 20th anniversary release of their landmark album ‘Mood Swings’ by re-recording it as ‘Mood Swings II’ and launching a world tour in the Fall of 2013. With notes from Harem Scarem and Haremscarem.net

Slowly Slippin’ Away (Warner Music)
1991 Honestly (Warner Music)
1991 Love Reaction (Warner Music)
1992 Something To Say (Warner Music)
1993 No Justice (Warner Music)
1993 Change Comes Around (Warner Music)
1994 If There Was A Time [5 song CD] (Warner Music) 4309-96032-2
1995 Blue (Warner Music – Japan)
1997 Die Off Hard [3-song CD] (Warner Music – Japan) WPCR-195
1997 Rain [3-song CD] (Warner Music – Japan) WPCR-1298
1998 New Religion [3 song CD] (Warner Music – Japan) WPCR-1737
1998 So Blind (Warner Music – Japan) PCS-314
1998 So Blind [3 song CD] (Warner Music – Japan) WPCR-2011
1998 Turn Around [3 song CD] (Warner Music – Japan) WPCR-2122
1998 What I Do [3 song CD] (Warner Music – Japan) WPCR-2123
1999 Stuck With You (Warner Music – Japan) PCS-400
2001 Draggin’ Me Down (Warner Music – Japan)

Sunshine (Warner Music)

Harem Scarem [cassette] (independent)
1991 Harem Scarem (Warner) CD-75150
1993 Mood Swings (Warner) CD-931391993
1994 Acoustic Sessions [5 song CD-EP] (Warner) CDN-10
1994 Live And Acoustic [7 song CD-EP] (Warner) W2-96585
1995 Voice Of Reason (Warner) W2-10613
1995 World Rally Championship [shared with Easy Action] (WEA – Japan) WPCR-216
1996 Live In Japan (Warner) CD-14250
1996 Live Ones [2CD] (Warner – Japan) WPCR-1504-5
1997 Believe (Warner – Japan) WPCR-978
1997 Believe: Special Edition (Warner – Japan) WPCR-1498
1997 Karma Cleansing (Warner Music) CD-19146
1998 Live At The Siren (Warner Music – Japan) WPCR-1736
1998 Big Bang Theory (Warner Music) 2-24208
1998 The Best of Harem Scarem (Warner Music) 3984-24166
1998 B-sides Collection (Warner Music – Japan) WPCR-2230
1999 Ballads (Warner Music – Japan) WPCR-10595
1999 Rubber (Warner Music – Japan) WPCR-10530
2000 Last Live (Warner Music – Japan) WPCR-10764
2001 Rocks (Warner Music – Japan) WPCR-10931
2001 The Very Best (Warner Music – Japan) WPCR-11198
2002 Weight of The World (Marquee/Avalon – Japan) MICP-9285
2002 Live At The Gods (Marquee/Avalon – Japan) MICP-10336
2003 Higher (Marquee/Avalon – Japan) MICP-10382
2005 Overload (Marque/Avalon – Japan) MICP-10502
2005 The Early Years (Bullseye) BLR-CD-4078
2005 The Essentials (Warner Music) 262480
2006 Human Nature (Vespa/Bullseye) BLR-CD-4116
2008 Melodic Rock [EP] (Melodic Rock Magazine)
2009 Hope (Marquee/Avalon – Japan) MICP-10750
2009 This Ain’t Over – The Best of the Avalon Years (Marquee/Avalon – Japan) MICP-30006
2013 Mood Swings II (Frontiers – EUR) FR-CDVD-617
2014 Thirteen (Marquee/Avalon – Japan) MICP-20006
2015 Live At the Phoenix [CD/DVD] (Frontiers – EUR)

Rubber (Warner Music) 2-29884
2001 Ultra Feel (Warner Music) 2-86859
2002 Weight of the World (Bullseye) BLR-CD-4071
2004 Live At The Gods 2002 (Bullseye) BLR-CD-4073

Compilation Tracks
“A Little Love” on ‘Q107 Homegrown ’90 – Volume 12 (WEA) CDQ-10712
1992 “Honestly” on ‘Warner Promo CD – Volume 127 (WEA) PROC-92127

George Belanger
(lead vocals) / Ralph James (bass) / Gary Golden (keyboards) / David Budzak (drums) / Glen Willows (guitars) / John Hannah (guitars; replaced Willows) / John White (keyboards; replaced Golden) / Denton Young (drums; replaced Budzak)
Harlequin got its start in Winnipeg in 1975 when Ralph James, David Budzak and Gary Golden got together to form a band; experienced musicians all, the lineup solidified with the addition of George Belanger (ex-The Fifth) and Glen Willows. Constant touring in the bars and clubs helped refine their sound and hone their chops. In 1978 they attracted the attention of producer Lachlan Macfadyen of Jack Douglas’s production partnership Waterfront Productions in Canada (who, along with Canadian partner Kent Daubney had all been members of The Liverpool Set). Macfadyen approached the band at the Gasworks in Toronto and signed them to a production deal on the spot. He then spent a few years demoing the band and shopping a record deal for them. They were finally signed to IGM in 1979 and Macfadyen seemed the natural choice to produce the debut album, ‘Victim of a Song’. The first single off the album, “Survive”, became a small radio hit. Jack Douglas would take over production reigns for album numbers two (‘Love Crimes’) and three (‘One False Move’). With the true hit potential of songs like “Innocence”, “Thinking of You”, “I Did It For Love”, and “Superstitions Feeling”, Harlequin’s popularity as a concert draw increased as they did opening slots for the likes of Streetheart, Loverboy, April Wine, and BTO. The band split in 1985; A revived version of Harlequin featured members of Winnipeg band The Aviators – Randy Hiebert, Randy Booth, and Brad Meadmore. For the band’s ‘best of’ package, ‘Radio Romances’, George Belanger recorded a new Harlequin single written by David Bendeth and Tom Cochrane called “(It’s) No Mystery” with a host of session players.  George Belanger still fronts a revamped version of the band. with notes from Corey Macfadyen, and Randy Hiebert.

1979 Survive/Shame Shame (IGM/Epic/CBS) E4-8357
1980 You Are The Light/What’s Your Name (IGM/Epic/CBS) E4-8375
1980 Barely Alive/Sweet Things In Life (IGM/Epic/CBS) E4-4246
1980 Innocence/Love On The Rocks (Epic) E-4261
1981 Thinking Of You/Midnight Magic (Epic) E4-4271
1981 Can’t Hold Back/Heaven Dial 999 (Epic) E4-4277
1982 Heart Gone Cold/It’s A Woman You Need (Epic/CBS) E4-4309
1982 Superstitious Feeling/Fine Line (Epic) E4-4310
1982 I Did It For Love/Heavy Talk (Epic/CBS) E4-4322
1984 Take This Heart/Can’t Turn It Off (Epic/CBS) E4-7027
1984 Memories/Love In Disguise (Epic/CBS) E4-7041
1986 (It’s) No Mystery/Sweet Things In Life (Epic/CBS) E4-7185

1979 Victim Of A Song (IGM/Epic) PEC-90566
1980 Love Crimes (Epic) PEC-80048
1982 One False Move (Epic) PEC-80066
1984 Harlequin (Epic) PEC-80096
1986 Radio Romances (Epic) PEC-80115
1986 Greatest Hits (Epic) WEK-80134
2004 Harlequin II (Universal)
2007 Waking the Jester (Fontana/UMG) BGM-90082
2009 On/Q [Live] (Fontana/UMG) BGM-90083

Compilation Tracks
“Innocence” on ‘Superstars Salute New Massey Hall’ (CBS/CRIA) CRIA-1
1982 “Thinking of You” on ‘Street Hits’ (CBS Special Products) CSPS-1953
1982 “I Did It For Love” on ‘Electric North’ (K-Tel) TC-277
1982 “Innocence” on ‘Dimensions’ (K-Tel) TC-285

Born: Allen S. Hawirko

Guitarist and singer best known as a member of Prism. In recent years, Harlow has been releasing solo records and working with Ab Bryant (Prism, Chilliwack, Headpins), John Hall (Prism, Seeds of Time), and Rocket Norton (the Rocket Norton Band, Prism, Seeds of Time). [also see PRISM]

Al Harlow: NOW (independent)

The Authentics (independent)

HARLOW, Johnny
Originally from Lloydminster, Saskatchewan, Harlow would later move to Calgary. Harlow got his break singing on the Toronto teen dance show ‘After Four’ which led to a deal with Arc Records and several moderate hit singles. In 1966 he would sign with Bragg Records in Nashville for a production deal that allowed him distribution in Canada for new singles on Sparton Records. He also became lead vocalist for the Calgary group The S’quires in 1966.

Let’s Take A Chance Tonight/Something Warm, Something New (Arc) A-1083
1965 Last Night & Today/Something Warm, Something New (Arc) A-1108
1966 Remember Baby/You Bring Out The Best In Me (Sparton) P-1452
1966 Lost For Words/The Other Side Of The Mountain (Sparton) P-1498
1967 Silver Sea/Sleepy Hill (Sparton) P-1567

Born: November 12, 1970 in Burlington, Ontario
Former Saddletramps and Weeping Tile member, Sarah Harmer recorded a solo album called ‘Songs for Clem’ with Jason Euringer in 1998 which was initially just a handmade Christmas gift for her father. The recordings made it into the hands of Universal Music and Harmer was encouraged to release a fully realized CD. The result was ‘You Were Here’ in 2000. Following 2004’s ‘All of Our Names’ and 2005’s ‘I’m A Mountain’ – which was nominated for the Polaris Prize – she set music aside to focus on political and environmental campaigns, helping to shepherd PERL (Protecting Escarpment Rural Land), the organization she co-founded. Only on occasion did she venture into the studio, lending backup vocals to artists such as Neko Case, Howie Beck, and Great Lake Swimmers. [also see SADDLETRAMPS, WEEPING TILE]

Basement Apt./Basement Apt. (Radio Re-Mix) (Zoë – USA) ZOECD-PR-1206
2000 Don’t Get Your Back Up (Radio Version w/Intro)/Don’t Get Your Back Up (Album Version) (Universal) UMCR-4291-2
2000 Weakened State (Radio Remix) (Zoë – USA) ZOECD-PR-1217
2003 Almost (Cold Snap/Universal) UMCR-05178-2
2004 Pendulums (Cold Snap/Universal) UMCR-05291-2
2005 Escarpment Blues (Cold Snap/Universal)
2005 Spanish Eyes (Cold Snap/Universal)
2005 I Am Aglow (Universal)
2006 Oleander (Universal)
2010 Captive (Zoë – USA) 01143 1127-2PS101

Silver Road (Cold Snap/Universal) UMCR-4644-2

You Were Here (Cold Snap/Universal) 0121596452
2004 All of Our Names (Cold Snap/Universal) 0249861775
2005 I’m A Mountain (Cold Snap/Universal) 7697423922
2010 Oh Little Fire (Cold Snap/Universal) 0252736827
2010 iTunes Session [5-song DigiFile] (Cold Snap/Universal)
2020 Are You Gone (Arts & Crafts) AC175-CD

Songs for Clem (Cold Snap/Universal) CD0855-21

Escarpment Blues (Cold Snap/Universal) 7697424799

Compilation Tracks
“Don’t Get Your Back Up” on ‘Women & Songs 5’ (WEA) WTVD-40379
2006 “Oleander” on ‘Women & Songs 10: 10th Anniversary Edition’ (WEA) WTVD-63889

Pierre Daigneault
(flute, piccolo, soprano sax, clarinet) / Serge Fiori (guitar, flute, zither harp, bass drum, vocals) / Serge Locat (piano, mellotron, synthesizer) / Michel Normandeau (guitar, accordion, vocals) / Louis Valois (bass guitar, electric piano, vocals) / Monique Fauteux (vocals, keyboards) / Robert Stanley (guitar) / Denis Farmer (drums) / Libert Subirana (horns)
Originally a trio with Fiori, Normandeau and Valois, Harmonium’s roots began in 1973 in coffeehouses around Old Montréal and McGill University. Eventually Daigneault and Locat joined as they played to packed houses throughout 1974 which led to some notice from Quality Records who released their first two albums ‘Harmonium’ and  ‘Les Cinq Saisons’. Both albums went platinum in Quebéc. With member changes ensuing (Normandeau was fired) and a new label – CBS – their third record ‘L’heptade d’Harmonium’ was a double album set produced by Michel Lachance. The band would tour Europe with Supertramp and returned to Canada to a sold out show at Toronto’s Massey Hall. The band went to England in 1979 and toured with James Taylor. Harmonium broke up in 1980. with notes from Pascal Vallieres, and Marc Deschênes.

1974 Pour un instant/100,000 raisons (Celebration/Quality) 2093X
1975 Dixie/En pleine face (Celebration/Quality)

1974 Harmonium (Celebration/Quality) CEL-1893
1975 Si on avait besoin d’une Cinquième Saison (Celebration/Quality) CEL-1900
1975 Harmonium (3:20)/Harmonium (6:20) (Atlantic – France) PRO-37
1977 L’Heptade d’Harmonium (CBS) PGF-90348
1980 En tournée (CBS) 80045
2001 Harmonium/Les cinq saisons [2CD] (Universal) 4400163472

Toronto area musician/artist Mark Harrington got his footing in the Toronto music scene as a member of late 1980’s electronic rock trio Heik And The Shakes. He co-founded the Toronto Experimental Artists artist-run cassette label with Ed Sinclair around 1988. After going solo in the early 1990’s, a basic bass, drums, guitar sound was adopted for live performance, while electronics were used to embellish recordings. Harrington’s unusual voice has drawn comparisons to early Bowie, as well as Toronto bands 13 Engines and Rheostatics. The often tongue-in-cheek delivery of the music is echoed visually in his cover designs, chapbooks, and paintings. His artwork often involves appropriation of imagery from popular culture. His breakthrough came with the 1993 full-length CD ‘Capricorn Flakes’ and appearances on several Toronto area TV shows. He has released a total of seven full length albums to date through the Toronto Experimental Artists label which is the mail order source for all his works. Harrington also writes, and is the Canadian correspondent for ‘ )ism( ‘, a chapbook & writing distribution network, which helps contemporary writers and small presses. Harrington’s 1997 ‘Tale of Two Cities’ cassette was a prelude demo for his next full-length CD ‘Trash Icon’, released in 1999, which featured a remake of Gary Numan’s “Cars”. Harrington’s next project was Rubbernekkerz’ ’33 1/3rd’ CD in 2006. With notes from Mark Harrington.

Chaos Theory [cassette] (T.E.A.)
1990 Help Yourself [cassette] (T.E.A.)
1991 Lather Rinse Repeat [cassette] (T.E.A.)
1993 Capricorn Flakes (T.E.A.)
1994 Small [cassette] (T.E.A.)
1997 Tale of Two Cities [cassette] (T.E.A.)
1999 Trash Icon (T.E.A.)

Heik And The Shakes [12″ EP] (T.E.A.)

33 1/3rd (T.E.A.)

Half of the 1960’s duo Al & Ina Harris. Ina was signed to a solo deal with Periwinkle in 1973.

Yearning/How You Cry (Periwinkle) PER-3704
1974 Tell Me That You Care/Please Tell Me When (Periwinkle) PER-3720
1978 Janice/Pow Pow! (Periwinkle) PER-3807

Man In A Raincoat/Don’t Tempt Me (Sparton/London) 4-3152R

Ina…Naturally (Periwinkle) PER-7304
1975 Ina (Periwinkle) PER-7325

Moody (Cascade) 477-7709
1967 Moody [re-issue] (Stone) SXS-3710

Pure Gold (Sparton/London) SPS-227

Born: Daniel Albert Harrison in 1941 in Orillia, Ontario
Died: September 21, 1992 in Mississauga, Ontario

Joined the Count Victors in 1961 following their two single releases. The band moved to Coral Records and were able to tour in the US based on radio play for “Peepin’ ‘N’ Hidin’. Alas, the label let the band go in 1964 and kept Harrison on as a solo performer. Harrison died September 21, 1992. [also see THE COUNT VICTORS]

Blue Souvenirs/You’ll Never Know (Coral) 62411
1964 An Ordinary Girl/You Told Me A Lie (Coral) 62431
1965 I’m A Rolling Stone/Speak Of The Devil (Coral) 62450
1965 My Tennessee Baby/ Slippin’ Through My Fingers (Coral) 62464
1966 Girl, Girl, Girl/Broken And Blue (Coral) 62481
1967 Operation Groove/Endless Sleep (United Artists) UA-50236

1963 Two Hearts On A Chain/It Was A Nightmare (Coral) 62375
1966 You Took The Best Years Of My Life/Water Boy (Coral) 62498

HART, Corey
Born: May 31, 1962 in Montreal, Quebéc
Born in Montreal, as the youngest child in a family of five, Hart grew up on the move and was raised in Mexico, Spain and Florida, due to his father’s real estate business. Hart decided at age 15 that he wanted to have a career as a singer/songwriter. Hart was signed to Aquarius Records in 1983 with nothing but confidence, attitude and a demo tape in his pocket. He was sent to England to write over a 3 month period with studio musicians supervised by Phil Chapman and Jon Astley. It was near the mixing stage when Aquarius asked for a change to the final song list so “At the Dance” and “Sunglasses at Night” were added. He even badgered Eric Clapton into playing dobro on “Jenny Fey”. In 1984, at age 21 his debut album, ‘First Offense’, cracked the Billboard Top-20 on the strength of the singles/videos “Sunglasses at Night” and “It Ain’t Enough”. Hart had never performed live before and he needed to promote the album but when he demanded that promoter Donald K. Donald put him on the opening slot of a Culture Club gig at the Montréal Forum, everyone feared for Hart’s future as critics would surely eat him alive. Alas, Hart rocked the sold out show proving his detractors wrong. This led to tours with April Wine, Thomas Dolby, Hall & Oates and Rick Springfield plus promotional junkets to Australia and Japan. He was also nominated for a ‘Top New Artist’ Grammy (losing to Cyndi Lauper). “Sunglasses At Night” won a JUNO Award for ‘Best Video’ for producer Rob Quartly. ‘First Offense’ was re-issued with a bonus track – “Lamp at Midnite” – which was a new track that had been floated as a single Stateside to test American waters. He found it difficult writing on the road and only had four songs ready when he went into Morin Heights with engineers Phil Chapman and Jon Astley for the sophomore. Still, the result was the diamond selling ‘Boy in the Box’ album – only the second Canadian artist, at the time, next to Bryan Adams to achieve such sales. The song “Never Surrender” won a ‘Top Single’ JUNO in 1985 and was nominated for a Grammy in the USA. ‘Boy in ihe Box’ was voted #50 in the Q107 ‘Top 107 of 1985’. North American and Japanese tours followed. Hart was also part of the “Tears Are Not Enough” famine relief effort for Ethiopia with an all-star cast of Canadians organized as part of the Michael Jackson/Quincy Jones ‘We Are the World’ project in 1985. 1986 saw Hart do a three-peat of recordings with Chapman which resulted in the album ‘Fields of Fire’. During the mixing stages Hart stopped the sessions to lay down ‘Can’t Help Falling in Love’ which he tracked, recorded and mixed in one night. Originally slated as a throw away B-side, Aquarius pushed the tune as the album’s first single. The album would end up #26 on Q107’s ‘Top 107 of 1986’ countdown. During the tour process in 1986 and 1987, Hart wore himself to exhaustion from the non-stop promotional machine and ended up cancelling the remainder of his 1987 dates due to fatigue. He made up for it in the form of a CBC one-hour TV special aired in December of that year. His next album, ‘Young Man Running’ was released in 1988 but failed to achieve the lofty expectations of his previous three albums. Truly Hart’s career was in question. To make matters worse a stormy liaison with US manager Freddie DeMann ended with Hart being dropped as a client and a falling out with Aquarius Records over his direction and business decisions. Hart became reclusive — not granting interviews, recording or touring. By 1990 Hart had licked his wounds and rebounded with ‘Bang!’ recorded in LA with producer Greg Edward (Stevie Nicks, Bob Seger) and featuring the drumming talents of Kenny Aranoff (John Mellencamp). This would be another commercial flop with Hart and Aquarius parting ways. Hart was revitalized with his new album “Attitude & Virtue” in 1992. He seemed to be making a strong comeback and toured extensively to support the medium to lukewarm reception the album and its connected singles produced. Hart found his creative juices dried up and stopped writing for nearly 4 years. In the interim he divorced his teen sweetheart in 1994 and began a love affair with Quebéc chanteuse Julie Masse. They now have three children. These life affirming activities inspired Hart once more and he returned in 1996 with his eponymous release for Sony. Hart has also been highly regarded as a producer and songwriter for others, particularly for Celine Dion and Julie Masse. with notes from Alex Badke, Robert Daviault and Roland Archer.

1983 Sunglasses At Night/Don’t Keep Your Heart (Aquarius) AQ-6007
1983 It Ain’t Enough/Cheatin’ In School (Aquarius) AQ-6011
1983 It Ain’t Enough [New Video Mix]/Cheatin’ In School (Aquarius) AQ-6011-REV
1984 She Got the Radio (Re-mixed Version)/Araby (She’s Just a Girl) (Aquarius) AQ-6014
1985 Lamp At Midnite/Sunglasses At Night [extended version] (Aquarius) AQ-6016
1985 Never Surrender/Water From The Moon (Aquarius) AQ-6017
1985 Boy In The Box/Silent Talkin’ (Aquarius) AQ-6019
1985 Everything In My Heart/Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer (Live)(Aquarius) AQ-6021
1986 Eurasian Eyes/Sunny Place, Shady People (Aquarius) AQ-6022
1986 I Am By Your Side/Political Cry (Aquarius) AQ-6023
1986 Angry Young Man (EMI – UK) EA-223
1987 Can’t Help Falling In Love/Broken Arrow (Aquarius) AQ-6024
1987 Dancin’ With My Mirror/Red Reflection From Behind (Aquarius) AQ-6025
1987 2 Good 2 Be Enough/Is It Too Late (Aquarius) AQ-6027
1987 Take My Heart/My Brother’s Leaving Today (Aquarius) AQ-6028
1988 In Your Soul/Chippin’ Away (Aquarius) AQ-6037
1988 Spot You In A Coalmine/[same] (Aquarius) AQ-6041
1989 Still In Love/21 (Aquarius) AQ-6042
1989 Chase The Sun/Don’t Take Me To The Racetrack (Aquarius) AQ-6045
1990 A Little Love/Kisses On The Train (EMI – US) 2381
1990 Bang! (Starting Over) (Aquarius/Capitol)
1990 Rain On Me (Aquarius/Capitol)
1992 92 Days Of Rain (Sire/Warner) HART-92
1992 Baby When I Call Your Name/Without Your Love (Sire) W-0099
1992 Always (Sire/Warner)
1993 I Want (Cool Cool Love) (Sire/Warner)
1993 Hymn To Love (Sire/Warner)
1996 Black Cloud Rain (Columbia/Sony)
1997 Tell Me (Columbia/Sony)
1997 Third Of June (Columbia/Sony)
1998 So Visible (Easy To Miss) (Columbia/Sony)

1983 First Offense (Aquarius) AQR-537
1985 Boy In The Box (Aquarius/Capitol) AQR-539
1986 Fields Of Fire (Aquarius) AQR-542
1988 Young Man Running (Aquarius) AQR-551
1990 Bang! (Aquarius/Capitol) Q2-92513
1991 The Singles Collection (1983-90) (Aquarius) AQR-561
1992 Attitude & Virtue (Sire/Warner) 926815
1995 Sunglasses At Night (Aquarius)
1996 Corey Hart (Columbia/Sony) 487-441
1997 Ten Best: Best of Corey Hart (Cema Special Products – US) 19445
1998 Jade (Columbia/Sony) CCK-80387
1999 Boy In The Box: Best of Corey Hart
2002 Classic Masters
2003 Best of Corey Hart (Aquarius) AQR-615

Compilation Tracks
“Tears Are Not Enough” on ‘We Are The World’ (CBS) [Hart sings on this song with other Canadian celebrities]
1986 “Eurasian Eyes” on ‘9 1/2 Weeks’ (Atlantic)
1987 “Hold On” on ‘Beverley Hills Cop II’ (MCA)
1994 “Hymn To Love” on ‘The Edith Piaf Tribute’ (AB Disque/Pense-à-Moi/PGC/Select)
1996 “Sunglasses At Night” on ‘Oh What a Feeling: A Vital Collection of Canadian Music’ (MCA) JUNO-25
1998 “Never Surrender” on ‘Hearthrob Hits’ (Rhino)

Gary Overall (guitar) / Ian Cooney (keyboards, guitar) / Lee Scouten (bass) / Myer Randolph / Rick Tennant (drums)
Montréal, Québec act produced by Ben Kaye at RCA and Magna Film studios. Released one album and two singles. “Victorious” would reach No.73 on the RPM Top 100 chart; Cooney would go on to have a steady solo career – with singles in RCA, Sonogram, Polydor, The Secret Record Co., and Sky Records. Cooney is currently writing music for television splitting his time between New York and Delray Beach, Florida. With notes from Kevin Shea.

Victorious/Bulldog Queen (Columbia) C4-3009
1972 Hey Mama/Close To The People (Columbia) C4-3070

Hartford Baby Grande (Columbia) ES-90079

French-Canadian act from Willowbrook, Saskatchewan who began their career as a 4-piece pop/dance act. They later re-invented themselves as a folk quintet.

Raconte-Moi Une Histoire/[same] (Trafic) 89248
1990 Et après tout ça/On s’aime (mais pas complètement) (Griffe/CBS – France) GRI-1933
1993 She’s In Love Again (MCA) MCADS-9383

Hart Rouge (Trafic) TFK-8732
1991 Inconditionnel (Hypertension) HYCD-200143
1992 Le dernier mois de l’année (Trafic) TFK-8963
1994 La Fabrique (independent) FACD-0594
1995 Bonsoir Québec!
1997 Beaupre’s Home
1998 Nouvelle-France (Red House) RHR-CD-122
1999 Une histoire de famille (Red House) RHR-CD-135
2001 J’ai fait un rêve
2002 Live At The Mountain
2008 A Treasure In My Garden (Ryko) 629231634510

HART, Tara Lyn
Born: April 11, 1978 in Roblyn, Manitoba
Tara Lyn Hart, from Manitoba, wowed executives at Sony music with a vocal/piano audition of one song: “What He Used to Do”. The label reps were so impressed that she was signed to a recording deal on Epic Records on the eve of her 18th birthday. However, three years of developing Hart’s raw potential led her to working with 6 different producers – including Barry Beckett, Josh Leo, Peter Asher and Walter Afanasieff – at a dozen studios in three cities (Nashville, Los Angeles and San Francisco). During this process she was also married and had two children. Hart’s resulting 14 song eponymous debut was released in September 1999. She has released no new solo recordings since but has, apparently been writing new material with Hemingway Corner’s David Martin in recent years.

Don’t Ever Let Me Go/Stuff That Matters (Columbia) CSK-42579
1999 Mine All Mine (Columbia) CSK-43945
1999 What He Used To Do (Columbia)

Tara Lyn Hart (Epic/SONY)

Lisa Hartt
(vocals; acoustic guitar) / Rayburn Blake (guitar, vocals) / Will Cardinal (bass) / Denny Gerrard (bass; replaced Cardinal) / Richard Yuen (keyboards, vocals) / Marty Cordrey (drums; vocals)
As a performer since the age of 15, Lisa Hartt (nee Eisenhardt) got her start as backing vocalist with Gino Vannelli’s touring band. She later fronted an all woman quintet for five years in Europe doing big band material before returning to Montreal. In 1973 she fronted her own act,The Lisa Hartt Band, which featured Will Cardinal (Satan & The D-Men, Ronnie Hawkins & The Hawks, The Bells), Blake (Mashmakhan), Yuen (Tranquillity Base) and Cordrey (Bearfoot, Small Wonder). They released several singles from 1975-1977 which provided the opportunity to tour the world but with little commercial success. Following the addition of Denny Gerrard on bass (Paupers, Lighthouse), they released an album in 1976 called ‘Starwatcher’ with heavy weight producers Phil Ramone and Ralph Murphy, but still with no industry attention. The group split and Hartt continued as session vocalist for the likes of Ken Tobias and Cliff Jones. with notes from Will Cardinal, Rayburn Blake.

1975 The Last Blues I’ll Ever Sing/Let’s Live Together(Rising) RI-001X
1976 Old Time Movie/Starwatcher (Rising) RR-003
1976 Easy Come, Easy Go/Dream Me Away (Rising) RR-006
1976 All Over The World/Didn’t You Know (Rising) RR-008
1977 Dream Me Away/Sweet Serenade (Rising) RR-010

1976 Starwatcher (Rising) RRLP-104

Toronto’s Shane Harvey is an award winning film and television producer whose father, acclaimed country singer Larry Harvey, was an acquaintance of Colonel Tom Parker and Elvis Presley. Music would always be a part of his life and at an early age he learned to play trumpet, piano and drums. His first professional recording was an original song called “Ricky” which won him a MuchMusic songwriting contest in the mid-80s. He soon turned to composing film music collaborating with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra on several soundtrack projects including the film ‘Clearcut’. He worked on ‘The Shower’ with the late Moe Koffman and counts among his other soundtrack accomplishments ‘Paper Promises’, ‘The Rhino Brothers’, ‘Gracze’, ‘Exposed’, ‘Xes Diner’, ‘Domesticide’ and ‘Middlemen’ for which he won the IFTC Award for ‘Best Original Score’ in 2003. As a singer-songwriter he wrote the song “Got a Hold On Me” featured in the major motion picture ‘Final Destination 3’. Throughout the ’80s he released a handful of independent singles including “Father’s Footsteps”, “She’s My Momma”, “Til I’m Dead and Gone”, “Love’s In Remission”, “This Kind of Love” and 1988’s “Listen to the People” written for the Second Harvest Food Bank. Harvey has also released several albums: ‘Fatherson: WANTED’ and ‘For Guinevere: To Hell and Back’. Harvey has also been an active professional jingle writer and voice over talent in Canada for such clients as Pizza Pizza, Money Mart, Ford Motor Company and the ALS Society. His latest work was the soundtrack to the Cannes’ Film Festival’s critically acclaimed European movie ‘General Nil’ in 2009.

1985 Ricky/Ricky [instrumental] (Breakin’) C-645 
1988 Listen To The People

HASEK, Michal
Michal Hasek is a Toronto-based guitar player, harmonica player, singer/songwriter with a roots-blues background. He released two albums of self-penned songs interspersed with blues standards which he recorded with his band, Sundog, in the ’70s. The ‘Michal Hasek’ album came out in 1974 and featured musical assistance from Sundog and such luminaries as Ian Guenther, Steve Kennedy, Tony Kosinec, Brian Browne, Gairey Richardson and Ron Nigrini. It was produced by C.R. Young and C.F. Peterson with engineering assistance and production advice by Steve Kennedy, Brian Browne and Terry Brown. The record contained all original music except for covers of David Wiffen’s “More Often Than Not” along with Ron Nigrini’s “Horses”. In 1978 Hasek, along with Sundog, recorded ‘The Radio Play’ with added assistance from Ron Nigrini and Tony Kosinec. Recording and mixing assistance came in the form of Steve Vaughan and John Bojicec. The record featured mainly Hasek originals with a few Sundog co-writes alongside “Send Me Somebody to Love” (Percy Mayfield), “She Caught the K.T.” (Taj Mahal), and “Built For Comfort” (Willie Dixon). Both albums were on Hasek’s Naja Records label. The self-titled debut was picked up for distribution by A & M Records. Most recently Hasek has been playing around the Toronto blues clubs and has a CD called ‘Hasek which features the playing of his family as well as Rich Bell, Blake Papsin and Jimmy Weider. Technical assistance on the project came from Tony Kosinec at his Think Music production facility in Toronto. Hasek has also been blues harp sideman for Ashley MacIsaac. with notes from Michal Hasek.


1974 Love Me The Way That You Do/Natural Man (Daffodil/A & M) DIL-1062
1975 I’m Walking/Nothing Baby Like You (Daffodil/A & M) DIL-1067


1974 Michal Hasek (Naja/Daffodil/A & M) NAJA-1
1999 Hasek (Naja) NAJA-3


1977 End of a Perfect Day [split w/DWIGHT DRUICK] (CBC Radio) LM-454
1978 The Radio Play (Naja) NAJA-2

HATCHER, Jeffrey
From Winnipeg, Manitoba. Guitarist/singer Jeffrey Hatcher is a veteran of the Winnipeg music scene having been in such bands as The Fuse, The Six and Jeffrey Hatcher & the Big Beat. The latter released one album – ‘Cross Our Hearts’ – in 1987 on CBS Records which was produced by The Cars’ Elliot Easton. Hatcher would eventually join Billy Cowsill in The Blue Shadows in the ‘90s. Followed the band’s demise in 1996, Hatcher and the Blue Shadows (minus Cowsill) teamed up with Vancouver singer Wendy Bird as The Sugar Beats. They would change their name to The Reachers and their sole album remains unreleased. Hatcher and Bird now perform as a duo around Vancouver. with notes from William C. Smith [also see THE BLUE SHADOWS (2), THE SIX]

99 Years (AOR Mix) [12”] (Upside/Columbia)
Deliver Me (CBS) CDNK-454
1988 Man Who Would Be King/In My Hand (Columbia) C4-3065

Writing On the Wall (All Night/World) WRC5-634

Cross Your Hearts (Upside/CBS/Columbia) FC-80132

with THE SIX
The Six (no label) RN-607

Getting There From Here [DigiFile]

Trying Must Count For Something [DigiFile]

From Toronto, Ontario.

1980 Religious Music for Swinging Baptists (independent)

Formed in Vancouver, British Columbia in 1979, this group was also known as Gerald-Jupitter-Larsen And The Haters.


1980 A Song For Nihilism Now [5-song EP] (Nameless Label)   
1981 The Haters [5-song EP] (Nameless Label)

Bob Burgess
(lead vocals) / Pierre Faubert (guitar) / Glen Holmes (bass) / Jurgen Peter (guitar) / Peter Symes (drums) / Allan Birmingham (guitar; replaced Faubert) / John Monk (lead vocals; replaced Burgess) / Robert “Mason” Shea (bass; replaced Holmes) / Michael St. Germain (bass; replaced Shea) / Bob Bozak (bass; replaced St. Germain) / Brian Robillard (drums; replaced Symes) / David Wynne (drums; replaced Robillard) / Nick Saraceno [aka Nick Farlowe] (drums; replaced Wynne) / Joey Toplay (drums; replaced Saracino) / Gary Marcus (guitar; replaced Birmingham) / Bill Smith (bass; replaced Bozak) / George Legrady (keyboards; added 1968)
The Haunted was formed by Jurgen Peter in Chateauguay, Quebéc in 1964 as an instrumental guitar band. But Peter realized early that he needed to do more and wanted the band to write actual pop songs so he brought in Bob Burgess as the lead singer in 1965 and David Wynne from The Rabble as drummer. But there was no formal music industry to speak of so Peter began booking his own shows. He also imported members of the Haunted Fan Club – several thousand members who were kept up to date on the band’s activities through mailed bi-weekly bulletins and sometimes organized as many as five school buses to take fans to and from their shows. This practice later had to be stopped as Quebéc law would no longer allow school buses to drive after midnight. To bring their fortunes closer to professional status they often teamed with radio station DJs to help compeer shows (with a portion of the gate going to the radio personality in exchange for free mentions on the air the week leading up to the show). In early 1966 they won a ‘Battle Of The Bands’ contest at the Montréal Forum hosted by CFCF DJ David Boxer (renowned for having brought the Beatles to Montreal) giving them the first prize of a recording time. Quality Records salesman Don Wayne Patterson was managing Canadian bands already, signed them and helped secure a deal with Quality Records. Later in 1966 they released two singles on Quality Records – the hit “1-2-5” in April which managed to hit #2 on the National charts for several weeks and was kept out of the #1 position by The Rolling Stones’ “Paint It Black”. Early versions of the single say ‘The Hunted’ on the label. Wynne left after the release and soon joined Walter Rossi’s band The Influence. The follow-up single “I Can Only Give You Everything” managed to make the Top10 (as did all of The Haunted’s singles) and was later licensed by Quality to Bell Records stateside. Patterson started Jet Records in 1967 to release Canadian bands he managed and had discovered in places like New Brunswick, Alberta and Ontario where he re-issued the “1-2-5” single (and in 1968, the previously unavailable Haunted recording of the Bo Diddley song “Mona” was issued to coincide with a documentary about the band). Band members claim these were bootlegged releases and unsanctioned by them. During a heated and acrimonious split between the band members and Patterson, Burgess left to join Our Generation. Three members of the Bohemians were added to give the band fresh blood: John Monk, Nick Saraceno (aka Farlowe) and Bob Bozak. The group also moved to Trans-World Records who wanted a full album by the act. The Haunted then headed into RCA Studios in Montréal to record a full-length album with new material and re-workings of their earlier favourites like “1-2-5”. A friend of the band, Tim Forsythe, played piano on several tracks but never joined the band. For 8 years The Haunted was the highest paid and most booked band in Canada – both in French and English venues. Jurgen Peter opened a booking agency (GASS – Groups And Sound Service) and a music magazine (‘Music Trend’) to book several other local bands to fill gigs The Haunted were too busy to play. DJ Dave Boxer, who had continued his relentless support of the Montréal music scene became Peter’s partner in this venture. Because they’d be in demand in Quebéc City one day and then Toronto the next, they sometimes used private airplanes and helicopters to fly to their engagements. Peter eventually got his helicopter license in 1968 and the following year Birmingham bought a helicopter that the group could use. They were so successful they drove Corvettes and had several drivers to set up their equipment. By this time Jergen was so busy with the management business he was no longer performing in the band. The line-up in late 1968 through early 1969 consisted of Monk, Toplay, Marcus and former Mike Jones Group members Smith and Legrady. Peter had managed to book the band a three-month stand in Europe but many of the members refused to go and so Peter was forced to send another act and The Haunted finally collapsed in 1971. The cult status of The Haunted (and their Montréal rivals The Rabble) has led to multiple pirated and bootlegged compilations and re-issues due to the artificially inflated cost of the band’s debut album on Ebay by collectors in excess of $3000. Several of the more ‘official’ compilation includes material credited to the Haunted but contain songs recorded by Bob Burgess’s Our Generation band. David Wynne now works in Singapore; Birmingham lives in Delta B.C.; Peter lives in Richmond, BC; Burgess lives in Stittsville, Ontario; Jurgen Peter passed away in March 2017. with notes from Jurgen Peter, David Wynne, Don Wayne Patterson, Robert C. Jones, George Legrady, George Durocher..

1966 1-2-5/Eight O’Clock In The Morning (Quality) 1814X
1966 I Can Only Give You Everything/No More Lovin’ (Quality) 1840X
1967 Searching for My Baby/A Message To Pretty (Trans-World) TW-1674
1967 Come On Home/Out of Time (Trans-World) TW-1682
1967 Land of Make Believe/An Act of Leisure (Trans-World) TW-1702
1967 Vapeur Mauve/[other artist track] (Marquee XII/Trans World) 7001
1968 Mona (I Need You Baby)/I’m Going To Blow My Mind To Bits (Jet/London) JET-4002

1967 The Haunted (Trans-World) TW-6701
1979 The Haunted Vapeur Mauve (Eva – France)
1987 The Haunted Return From The Grave (VOXX) VXM-200.012
1988 The Haunted Part Two (VOXX) VXM-200.013
1996 The Haunted CD (VOXX) VCD-2012

Compilation Tracks
“1-2-5” on ‘Pebbles Volume 1’ (BFD)

The brainchild of multi-instrumentalist Len Hohner who hailed from London, Ontario. Hohner’s musical style leaned towards the avant garde in electronic sound. ‘Human ’86’ topped the charts on London, Ontario’s CHRW in 1986.

1986 Human ’86 [6 song EP] (Graven Image)

Ron Hawkins found early fame as the lead singer of Toronto’s Lowest Of The Low whose live show and critical well received 17 song debut album ‘Shakespeare My Butt’ brought them to the attention of A & M Records. The band managed a second album on A & M in 1993 before going their separate ways. Hawkins formed his own band, Ron Hawkins And The Rusty Nails, who recorded several albums. In 2001 Lowest of the Low reunited. They released a double album package in 2002 – one disc was live and the other all new studio recordings. They returned to live touring and followed up with a 2004 album called ‘Sordid Fiction’. With the second dissolution of the band, Hawkins assembled a second version of the Rusty Nails, called The Do Good Assassins, and continued recording and touring. [also see LOWEST OF THE LOW]

The Secret of My Excess (Shake The Record) SALD-225
1996 Hey Valerie [5-song EP] (Shake The Record) SALB-229
2006 Chemical Sounds (independent)
2009 Ten Kinds Of Lonely (Beer, Graffiti Songs…)
2011 Straitjacket Love (independent)
2016 Spit, Sputter And Sparkle (Pheromone) PHER-CD-1047
2023 Trash Talkin’ At The Speed Of Sound (Curve/Sonic Envy)

Your Buddhist Childhood [cassette] (independent)

Leisure Demons [4-song cassette EP] (independent)

Greasing The Star Machine (independent)
2000 Crackstatic (independent) RHCRA01
2001 Airports Of The World (independent)

Rome [2CD] (DGA) DGA-CD1112
2015 Garden Songs (Pheromone) PHER-CD-1036
2020 246 [DigiFile] (Beer, Graffiti Songs…)

Born: Ronald Hawkins on January 10, 1935 in Huntsville, Arkansas, United States
Died: May 29, 2022
Hawkins passed his time away in high school with a pick-up band. After graduation he put together a semi-pro band that toured around Arkansas. This was the first edition of Hawkins’ The Hawks who stayed with the singer through his starving years in Memphis (not even Elvis nor Carl Perkins could catch a break in Memphis – until Elvis’ “Heartbreak Hotel” in 1956). In 1958 a friend of Hawkins, Harold Jenkins (aka Conway Twitty) was playing in a rockabilly band called the Rock Housers who was brought to Hamilton, Ontario to play a club called The Grange by booking agent Harold Kudletts. Hawkins played the same brand of rock and roll and was also invited up to Canada to play the club as well. One gig led to another which rolled over into a permanent residency at the club and in Canada. By this point The Hawks had been reformed three times and with Hawkins setting up shop in Canada, many of the members became homesick and returned to the US. Drummer Levon Helm did stick it out and a new Hawks was formed that included Robbie Robertson, Rick Danko, Richard Manuel, and Garth Hudson. They would soon grow tired of Hawkins’ straight ahead rockabilly and branch out on their own, first as Bob Dylan’s backing group during his ‘electric’ period, but as prominent superstars The Band. Hawkins was unfazed and began recruiting new members to become yet another version of The Hawks. This group would appear on three singles in 1964 and 1965 for Hawkins’ own Hawk Records. They would leave shortly thereafter and become Robbie Lane & The Disciples. Without missing a beat, Hawkins brought in harmonica legend Richard Newell (aka King Biscuit Boy) who was then in charge of recruiting the new musicians. By the late ’60’s Newell had assembled a stellar group of musicians in Larry Atamniuk (drums), Roly Greenway (bass), Kelly Jay [aka Blake Fordham], (vocals, piano), Rheal Lanthier (guitar), Richard Bell (keyboards) and John Gibbard (slide guitar). Hawkins named these guys And Many Others and used them for the recording of an album. They too grew tired of the low paying job of entertaining in some of the worst dives Canada had ever seen and split from him. As with the band, And Many Others would record one album with Newell under the name Crowbar. Once Newell went solo, Crowbar established their own career which culminated in the Daffodil Records hit single “Oh! What a Feeling”. Hawkins again shrugged off the defectors, wished them luck and set about trying to organize a peace festival with John Lennon in 1969. Lennon and Yoko Ono would visit Hawkins on his northern Ontario farm for several days. Hawkins and Australian music journalist Ritchie Yorke were later recruited as Lennon peace emissaries and toured the world spreading Lennon’s message of ‘Love Not War’ all around the globe. The two were nearly arrested in China when they waved a banner with this slogan on the Great Wall of China. With his return to Canada and rock and roll, Hawkins put together another ad hock version of The Hawks — this time with Hugh Brockie (guitar, banjo) and Dwayne Ford (guitar) as Ronnie’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Revival And Traveling Medicine Show. By the early ’70’s Brockie and Ford had quit Hawkins’ employ and formed Atkinson, Danko, and Ford before changing several members and re-christening themselves Bearfoot. The critically acclaimed album ‘The Hawk and Rock’ was recorded live in England in 1982; He won a JUNO for ‘Country Male Vocalist’ for his 1984 LP ‘Making It Again’. His most recent album, 1995’s ‘Let It Rock’ went gold and gave him a 1996 JUNO Award nomination. Also in 1996, Ronnie won the Walt Grealis Special Achievement Award as CARAS’ Industry Builder. Earlier, he went to The White House as a guest of President Bill Clinton, and to launch ‘Let It Rock’ in Washington. Hawkins is also an accomplished actor in the television/film industry. He has hosted a number of television shows and has been the guest star on countless television variety shows. In 1981/82 he hosted his own television show called ‘Honky Tonk’, followed by the release of an award-winning documentary film on his career entitled ‘The Hawk’. In 1983, he hosted a nationally syndicated special, ‘In Concert’, which marked his 25th year in Canada. Until the last few years, Hawkins had been the host of CITY-TV’s New Years Eve Countdown from Nathan Philips Square in Toronto. Hawkins’ screen appearances include: ‘The Last Waltz’, a documentary film about the final concert by The Band; the controversial 1979 cinematic disaster ‘Heaven’s Gate’, in which Hawkins played Major Walcott in a cameo; ‘Renaldo & Clara’ produced by Bob Dylan, wherein Hawkins portrays Dylan himself; ‘Snakeater’ with Lorenzo Lamas featuring Hawkins playing multiple rolls as well as musical contributions to the soundtrack. Hawkins made a comeback shortly after a cancer scare in 2001 with a celebration at Massey Hall featuring a long list of musical friends. Bullseye Records of Canada released his long delayed 2002 ‘Still Cruisin” studio CD in 2006 which included appearances by members of The Tragically Hip, Wide Mouth Mason, Goddo, David Foster, Levon Helm, Garth Hudson and long-time backing vocalist Beverley D’Angelo; Ronnie Hawkins died May 29, 2022 after a long battle with cancer. [also see THE BAND, BEARFOOT, CROWBAR, KING BISCUIT BOY]

Home From The Forest/Will The Circle Be Unbroken (Yorkville) YV-45016
1968 Mary Jane/Reason To Believe (Yorkville) YV-45019
1970 Down In The Alley/Matchbox (Cotillion) 45-44060
1970 One More Night/Little Bird (Cotillion) 45-44076
1970 Matchbox/Little Bird (Hawk) IT-301
1970 Down In The Alley/Home From The Forest (Hawk) IT-302
1970 Forty Days/Bitter Green (Hawk) IT-305
1970 Patricia/Black Sheep Boy (Hawk) 1205-01
1972 Cora Mae/Lawdy Miss Clawdy (Monument – UK) MNT-S-8292
1973 Lonesome Town/Kinky (Monument) ZS7-8561
1973 Bo Diddley/Lonely Hours (Monument) ZS7-8573
1973 Diddley Daddy/Cora Mae (Monument)
1976 Will The Circle Be Unbroken/Lady Came From Baltimore (Polydor) 2065-303
1980 Home From the Forest/[B Side by Terry Jacks] (Arc)
1981 (Stuck In) Lodi/Brown-Eyed Handsome Man (Quality) Q-2392X
1981 Only The Lucky/300 Lbs Of Heavenly Joy (Quality) Q-2399X
1982 Wild Little Willy/Johnny B. Goode (Quality)
1984 Hit Record/Ode To A Truck Drivin’ Man (Trilogy)
1985 Making It Again/Patricia (Epic) E4-7080
1985 Good Timing Song/Look Out Time (Epic) E4-7104

1958 Hey! Bo Diddley/Love Me Like You Can (Quality) K-1827
1959 Forty Days/One Of These Days (Apex) 76499
1959 Mary Lou/Need Your Lovin’ (Apex) 76561
1959 Southern Love/Love Me Like You Can (Apex) 76623
1960 Lonely Hours/Clara (Roulette – US) R-4228
1960 Ruby Baby/Hayride (Roulette – US) R-4249
1960 Ballad of Caryl Chessman (Let Him Live, Let Him Live, Let Him Live)/Death of Floyd Collins (Roulette – US) R-4231
1960 Summertime/Mister And Mississippi (Roulette – US)
1961 Cold Cold Heart/Nobody’s Lonesome For Me (Roulette – US) R-4311
1961 Come Love/I Feel Good (Roulette – US) R-4400
1963 Bo Diddley/Who Do You Love (Roulette – US) R-4483
1963 High Blood Pressure/There’s A Screw Loose (Roulette – US) R-4502
1963 Honey Don’t (Roulette – US) RET-1024
1964 Got My Mojo Workin/Let The Good Times Roll (Hawk) HR-002
1965 Bluebirds Over The Mountain/Diddley Diddley Daddy (Hawk) HR-106
1965 Goin’ To The River/Little Red Rooster (Hawk) HR-107
1987 Mary Lou/Girl With The Dark Brown Hair (Epic) E4-3022
1987 Days Gone By/Mama Come Home (Epic) E4-3026

1959 Ronnie Hawkins (Roulette) R-25078
1960 Mr. Dynamo (Roulette) R-25102
1960 The Folk Ballads of Ronnie Hawkins (Roulette) SR-25120
1960 Sings The Songs of Hank Williams (Roulette) SR-25137
1964 Best of Ronnie Hawkins featuring His Band (Roulette) SR-42045
1967 Mojo Man (Roulette) SR-25390
1968 Ronnie Hawkins (Yorkville) YVS-33002
1970 Ronnie Hawkins (Cotillion – US) SD-9019
1970 The Hawk (GRT) 9205-9039
1972 Rock & Roll Resurrection (Monument) Z-31330
1974 Giant of Rock’n’Roll (Monument) BZ-33855
1976 The Hawk In Winter (Polydor) 2424-121
1978 Sold Out (Roulette)
1978 Rockin’ (Pye – UK) NSPL-28238
1979 Rrrracket Time (Charly – UK) CR-30180
1979 The Hawk (United Artists) UA-LA968-H
1981 Greatest Hits (Quality) SV-2074
1981 Legend In His Spare Time (Quality) SV-2092
1982 Premonition (Accord) SN-7213
1983 The Hawk And Rock (Trilogy) TR-50000
1985 Making It Again (Epic) PEC-80104
1989 Greatest Hits [3 LPs] (Silver Eagle) SE-10873
1989 Treasure Chest (Polygram) 871-739-2
1989 Rock’n’Favourites (Silver Eagle) SED-10873
1990 Greatest Hits/Rock ‘n’ Roll Faves (Polytel) 847-051-2
1991 Then and Now (Elite – EU) 845-648-2
1995 Let It Rock (Quality) QCD-2104
2001 Can’t Stop Rockin’ (Sony) 24110
2002 Still Cruisin’ (Hawk/Bullseye) BLR-CD-8106
2005 Mary Lou (Collectables) 9940

1973 Rock Story Volume 1 (Bellaphon – Germany) BI-1566
1973 Rock Story Volume 2 (Bellaphon – Germany) BI-1569
1987 Hello Again… Mary Lou (Epic) PEC-80127
1990 Best of Ronnie Hawkins and The Hawks (Rhino – US) RZ-70966
1995 The Roulette Years [2CD] (Sequel – UK) WED-CD-266
2002 The EP Collection (See for Miles) SEECD-709

Compilation Tracks
“Mary Lou” on ‘Juke Box Jive’ (K-Tel) TC-216

Born: Paul Hayden Desser on February 12, 1971 in Thornhill, Ontario
Thornhill, Ontario’s Hayden is best known for his solo stance, an acoustic guitar and an old wooden chair to take comfort in while performing. In 1993 Hayden’s song “Take” appeared on CFNY’s ‘New Music Search’ disc and the video featured Lorraine Ursomarzo and Noah Mintz (hHead & Noah’s Arkweld) on vocals, while Hayden played guitar (not yet confident enough with his vocal abilities). The album ‘Everything I Long For’ was recorded over several months in Toronto between February ’94 and January ’95. Nine of the 14 songs were recorded late at night on 4-track in his bedroom, usually only hours after they had been written. Hayden also wrote the title-theme to Steve Buscemi’s film ‘Trees Lounge’. Hayden’s 1998 touring act consists of multi-instrumentalists Joshua Malinsky, Mitch Roth (Poledo) and drummer John Damon Richardson (Change Of Heart).

Funhouse [6-song EP]
1995 Mild and Hazy (Lunamoth/Hardwood) NR-19810
1996 Lunar Landing Confirmed/[w/POLEDO] (Hardwood)
1996 Bad As They Seem [3 song CD-EP] (Outpost – US) PROCD-4883
1996 Moving Careful (Hardwood/Sonic Unyon) SUNCD-0322
1996 Trees Lounge
1997 Carry-On Mentally (Landspeed)
1998 The Hazards of Sitting Beneath Palm Trees (Outpost – US) PROCD-3017
1998 Better Off Inside (Hardwood/Universal)
2015 Nowhere We Cannot Go/Troubled Times [7″] (Arts & Crafts) ACX-161

In September [12-song cassette] (Paul)
1994 In September [10-song cassette re-issue] (Paul)
1994 Everything I Long For [16-song CD] (Hardwood) CD-002
1995 Everything I Long For [14-song CD re-issue] (Hardwood/Sonic Unyon) SUNCD-023
1996 Moving Careful (Hardwood/Sonic Unyon) SUNCD-032
1998 The Closer I Get (Outpost/Universal) OPRD-30006
2001 Skyscraper National Park (Hardwood) BRC-981
2002 Live at Convocation Hall (Hardwood/Universal) 7697422292
2004 Elk-Lake Serenade (Hardwood/Universal) 7697422772
2008 In Field & Town (Hardwood) FP-1115-2
2009 The Place Where We Lived (Hardwood) HWV-009
2013 Us Alone (Arts & Crafts) A&C077
2015 Hey Love (Arts & Crafts) A&C104

Compilation Tracks
“Take” on ‘CFNY’s 1993 New Music Search’ (MCA)
1995 “Tree’s Lounge” on ‘Trees Lounge’ (MCA)
1998 “To Go Wrong” on ’30 Hour Famine’ (Nettwerk)
1998 “A Fortune I’d Kept” on ‘More of Our Stupid Noise’ (Squirtgun/Nettwerk) SQUIRTCD-74

Paul MacAusland
(lead vocals) / Marvin Birt (guitars, backing vocals) / David Rashed (keyboards, backing vocals) / Ronnie Switzer (bass) / Ron LeBlanc (drums) / Sean Kilbride (drums; replaced LeBlanc 1985)
Haywire was formed in 1982 in their hometown of Charlottetown, PEI. Touring constantly on the east coast helped them hone their craft and acquire drummer Kilbride (Broken Toys) in late 1985. In 1984 they won the Q104 Homegrown contest; the first prize was the chance to record a single, but they took the opportunity to invest their own money and record a 5-song EP, which eventually sold over 5000 copies in the Maritimes. In 1985 they won the Labatt’s Battle of the Bands, and used the $10,000 first prize to record more material. The band shopped the material and signed with Attic records in early 1986. The first album, ‘Bad Boys’, was produced by Brian Allen (Toronto) and eventually went platinum, spawning three Canadian Top-40 hits. They were voted ‘Best Group of 1986’ by the readers of  ‘Music Express magazine and did a cross-country tour with Kim Mitchell. In May of 1986 they returned to the studio and recorded the second album, ‘Don’t Just Stand There’, with Brian Allen producing again. The album was certified gold in four months and they scored their first Top 20 hit with “Dance Desire”. In October 1987 the band represented Canada in the World Popular Song Festival in Tokyo, Japan; they performed Dance Desire and won the Golden Award for best song. Tours with Honeymoon Suite and Helix established them as a popular live act, but they still couldn’t get a US distribution deal. They took some time off to regroup and start writing again; they did an 8-song demo that sounded remarkably like ‘Don’t Just Stand There’ and weren’t happy with the results. Attic asked for material that was a little truer to their nature, and then went to Norway to record with Bjorn Nessjoe (Stage Dolls). This resulted in ‘Nuthouse’ in 1990, a much harder, more focused album that eventually went gold, but disillusioned a lot of fans. They no longer sold out in previously strong markets and the US deal still did not come through. Realizing that it might be to their benefit if they once again wrote one or two Top 40 hits, but also attempting to remain true to themselves, they went back to Toronto and went into the studio with producer Mark S. Berry and released ‘Get Off’ in 1992. The musically diverse album produced three singles but it seemed as though the public had a hard time getting a handle on the many different musical elements on the album, and it failed to sell as well as previous releases. Disillusioned, the band took some time off and struggles with Attic ensued. In 1993 the label released a greatest hits package, ‘Wired’, to close out their contractual obligation. The band continued looking for another deal for awhile longer but eventually called it quits in the mid ’90’s. In recent years the band has reunited and done several shows; J.D. Fortune was set to temporarily replace Paul MacAusland as vocalist on a 2021 live tour but was post-poned due to COVID restrictions; Sean Kilbride would go on to be part of the music ensemble in the Canadian stage production of ‘Rock of Ages.’ with notes from Sean Kilbride and Al Mair.

1986 Bad Bad Boy/When You Fall Out Of Love (Attic) AT-335
1986 Standin’ In Line/Crazy (Attic) AT-343
1986 Shot In The Dark/Girl In Love (Attic) AT-347
1987 Dance Desire//Separate Dreams/Oh, Oh, Oh (Why Can’t It Be Tonight (Attic) AT-360
1987 Black & Blue/3 Wishes (Attic) AT-365
1987 Affection/Dance Desire (Roadrunner – Netherlands) RR-5464
1988 Thinkin’ About The Years/Angel (Attic) AT-371
1988 Fire//Standin’ In Line/She’s Not The Kind of Girl (Attic) AT-378
1990 Operator Central/She Drives (Attic – Australia) K-10336
1990 Short End of a Wishbone/Push and Shove (That’s The Way) [cassingle] (Attic) ATC-412
1990 Short End of a Wishbone/[interview] [CD] (Attic) HAY-90
1991 Taken The Pain (Attic)
1992 Get Back/Down on You//[same] [cassingle] (Attic) ATC-421
1992 Buzz (Edited Version)/Knuckles//[same] [cassingle] (Attic) ATC-423
1992 Wanna Be The One (Radio Version/Wanna Be The One (Album Version) [CD] (Attic) HAY-922

1985 Haywire [5-track EP] (Sideways) SR-999
1986 Bad Bad Boy (Attic) LAT-1220
1987 Don’t Just Stand There (Attic) LAT-1239
1990 Nuthouse (Attic) LAT-1283
1992 Get Off (Attic) ACD-1334
1993 Wired – Best Of (Attic) ACD-1383

Compilation Tracks
“Jealousy” and “Come Back” on ‘Q104 Homegrown Project Volume 1’ (Solar) SAR-3032
1987 “Dance Desire” on ‘Canadian Gold’ (Quality) QRSP-1061
1993 “Black and Blue” on ‘Caught In the Attic’ [3CDs] (Attic) ATTIC-XX
1998 “Dance Desire” on ‘Attic Records Limited Twenty5’ [4CDs] (Attic) ATTIC-25

Daniel Jacques (vocals) / Martin Peron (guitar) / Sebastien Laffite (bass) / Stephan Dumont (drums)
From Montréal, Quebéc.

Whatcha Do With Me (Artiste/Arista) ASCD-262

Get Your Haze (Artiste/Arista) 18731

Bill Nygren
(bass, vocals) / Brad Long (guitar, vocals) / Bob Read (drum programming)
Toronto act who released a 4-song EP on Film Star Productions in 1987 as a studio project. Nygren and Long would add John Woodburn (guitar) and Bill Shapiro (drums) to flesh out the act for live performances. In 1987 Woodburn would be replaced by Steve Klodt on keyboards and vocals and Shapiro would be replaced by Luc Menard on drums. The group split up in 1988. Nygren formed Toronto band Truth Panel and works for a corporate branding company.


1987 He Said She Said [4 song 12″] (Film Star Productions) FP-402

Denise McCann (lead vocals) / Brian MacLeod (guitars) / Matt Frenette (drums) / Bernie Aubin (drums; replaced Frenette) / Ab Bryant (bass) / Darby Mills (lead vocals; replaced McCann) / Scott Reid (drums) / Dave Reimer (bass) / Dary McDonald (keyboards; 1983-1986) / Chrissy Steele (vocals) / Alfie Galpin (guitar) / Tony Dellacroce (guitar)
During their tenure in pop act Chilliwack in the late 1970’s, Ab Bryant and Brian MacLeod decided to moonlight in a pick-up act they dubbed The Headpins — a deliberate spoonerism of the word Pinheads. The group also featured Randy Bachman’s wife, Denise McCann, on vocals during a transitional period while she tried to re-evaluate her career as a ‘disco queen’ and on sabbatical from her other rock act the Dead Marines. When Frenette left shortly after their inauguration as a performing act to do full duty in his other successful act, Loverboy, Bernie Aubin was brought in on drums. Mccann was soon fired from the band (after which she’d joing former Prism member Rocket Norton in Night Train), Bryant and MacLeod brought in Streetback vocalist Darby Mills (a former figure skater turned vocalist). Bryant and MacLeod didn’t want to use their status as stars with Chilliwack to sway the industry so they took the route of all bands trying to ‘make it’, and entered the group in a ‘Battle of the Bands’ contest with CFOX-FM in Vancouver. Two of their songs, “Breakin’ It Down” and a remake of  ‘When a Man Loves a Woman’  landed on the station’s compilation album ‘Vancouver Seeds’ in 1981. Despite the anonymity, The Headpins and their main act, Chilliwack, were both signed to Solid Gold Records out of Toronto in 1981. The deal was mirrored in the US on Atco and their debut album, ‘Turn It Loud’, which was well received and went on to sell 200,000 copies. Their second album, ‘Line of Fire’, also did well in 1983 as they toured with new keyboardist Darcy McDonald. That is, until their label, Solid Gold declared bankruptcy leaving the band’s recording options hanging in the lurch. By 1985 the red-tape had been resolved and with Chilliwack out of business, Bryant and MacLeod were able to focus on the band full-time. For 1985’s ‘Head Over Heels’ album failed to pick-up from the momentum they had lost and the band languished until 1986 after which they split up. Darby Mills decided to try her hand at a solo career in the early ’80’s and MacLeod attempted to revive The Headpins with new singer Chrissy Steele, but after MacLeod finished recording the album his health began to fail and it was decided that Steele should release the album as a solo record. MacLeod eventually succumbed to cancer on April 25, 1992. with notes from Warren McDonald, Darcy McDonald, Darby Mills, Denise McCann. [also see CHILLIWACK, DENISE McCANN, CHRISSY STEELE]

1982 Don’t It Make Ya Feel/Keep Walkin’ Away (Solid Gold) SGS-720
1982 Winnin’/You Can’t Have Me (Solid Gold) SGS-727
1982 Breakin’ Down/Don’t Ya Ever Leave Me (Solid Gold) SGS-731
1983 Mine All Mine/Celebration (Solid Gold) SGS-741
1984 Just One More Time/I’ve Heard It All Before (Solid Gold) SGS-746
1985 Staying All Night/Burnin’ At Both Ends (MCA) 52689

1982 Turn It Loud (Solid Gold) SGR-1010
1983 Line Of Fire (Solid Gold) SGR-1017
1985 Head Over Heels (MCA) MCA-5630
1988 Greatest Hits (Columbia) 80130
1995 Anthology (One Way/MCA) MCAD-22155
2002 The Complete Greatest Hits (Solid Gold) 410122

Compilation Tracks
“Break It Down” and “When A Man Loves A Woman” on ‘Vancouver Seeds 2’ [EP] (CFOX) C-FOX FM99
1982 “Don’t It Make You Feel” on ‘Electric North’ (K-Tel) TC-277
1982 “Don’t It Make You Feel” on ‘Blastoff’ (K-Tel) TC-284

Russ Walker
(guitars, keyboards, flute & recorders, vocals) / Steve Webster (bass) / John Chessman (drums) / Dave Norris (drums) / Ken Miskov (bass; replaced Webster) / Larry Stanley (piano) / Gerry Fielding (drums)
The brainchild of Oak Ridges, Ontario musician Russ Walker. The band released one album and an EP on Illuminated Records. The full-length LP was also released in Japan, Holland and Germany. Gerry Fielding had previously been in Fat Mouth, the house band at the original ‘Electric Circus’, and opened for acts like Alice Cooper, Rod Stewart, and Lighthouse. Fielding lives in Pickering, Ontario and was last seen in a rock musical. He has also been producing other acts for years from Crash Kills Five to a solo CD by Abraham’s Children member Shawn O’Shea; Russ Walker went on to join New Regime and later became a mixing engineer and in-house composer for Kitchen Sync in Toronto. His credits include composing music for Peter Benchley’s ‘Amazon’ TV series and as recording sound supervisor on the 2004 NFB film “Shake Hands With the Devil”; Webster would play bass on Christian Michael’s 1987 EP ‘Tears Of Love’.

1979 Poetry & Science (Illuminated) IR-5003
1981 Heads In The Sky (Illuminated) IR-001

Hugh Dillon
(vocals) / Trent Carr (guitars, vocals) / Tim White (bass) / Mark Gibson (drums) / Dale Harrison (drums; replaced Gibson)
Following Dillon’s return from a sabbatical in England, Headstones initially formed in 1987 with Dillon, Gibson and Carr in Kingston, Ontario. They were obnoxious, loutish and generally annoyed their fellow musicians which led to few gigs and the inability to play with other acts. A bout of depression and substance abuse by Dillon caused a break-up of the band, but by 1990 the trio had reformed with new bassist White. A fortuitous gig at Sneaky Dee’s in Toronto caused MuchMusic videographer Tony Wannamaker to request a demo of the band and passed it onto Yvonne Matsell, a Toronto club owner. She was sufficiently impressed enough to tell MCA Records’ A & R man Cam Carpenter. With a signing to MCA Records in 1993, the band began touring their debut album ‘Picture Of Health’ in July on the strength of its debut single “When Something Stands For Nothing”. By year’s end Dillon had been cast as a psychopathic murderer in Canadian film auteur Bruce McDonald’s ‘Dance Me Outside’. Their 1994 ‘Busted Headlights/Broken Ribs Tour’ made them a constant fixture on the Canadian scene. Dillon would make a cameo in the CBC-TV show ‘Liberty Street’ and have a significant role in the NBC-TV movie ‘The Prince and the Pizza Boy’. During the recording of their second album in Vermont with producer Glen Robinson, they lost drummer Gibson who was replaced by Dale Harrison. The sessions weren’t entirely successful and the band decided to remix Robinson’s initial tracks using ‘Picture of Health’ producer Mark Berry. 1995 saw the release of their second album ‘Teeth & Tissue’ and its legitimate radio hit, “Unsound”. The ‘Shut Your Face’ Tour began soon after. By 1996 Dillon had made a name for himself as an actor with his next Bruce McDonald role, this time as a punk rock singer in McDonald’s in ‘Hard Core Logo’. American film producer Quentin Tarantino was so impressed with Dillon’s portrayal that he gained the distribution rights to ‘Hard Core Logo’ for the United States and had Dillon read for a new role (which unfortunately went to Michael Keaton). The band released ‘Smile And Wave’ in 1997, then laid low while guitarist Carr and drummer Harrison each became fathers, and Dillon battled, and beat, a recurring problem with heroin. In April 2000, they came back with the raunchy, Stooges-influenced “Nickels for Your Nightmares”. They would switch to BMG and released one more album, ‘The Oracle of HiFi’, before calling it a day. Hugh Dillon would go on to a successful acting career, particularly in television, starring in both ‘Durham County’ and ‘Flashpoint. The band reunited for a set of successful live shows in 2011. They released their first album in a decade called ‘Love + Fury’in 2013; Mark Gibson passed away June 12, 2017.

When Something Stands For Nothing [4 song CD-EP] (MCA) MCD-81006
1994 It’s All Over (MCA)
1994 Tweeter & The Monkeyman/[split w/THE MORGANFIELDS] (MCA) MCADS-9404
1995 Unsound (Universal)
2013 S.O.S. [DigiFile]

Picture of Health (MCA) MCACD-10871
1995 Teeth & Tissue (MCA) MCACD-11152
1997 Smile & Wave (Universal) UMSD-81048
2000 Nickels For Your Nightmares (Universal) 012157-517-2
2001 The Greatest Fits (Universal) 4400-161
2002 The Oracle of Hi-Fi (Maple Music/Universal) MRCD-6405
2013 Love + Fury (Frostbyte Media) FRB-CD-130
2014 One In The Chamber Music (Universal) 0254707150
2017 Little Army (Cadence) CADCD-6614
2019 Peopleskills (Known Accomplice/Cadence)
2022 Flight Risk (Known Accomplice) KACD-013

Born: Norman Jeffrey Healey on March 25, 1966 in Etobicoke, Ontario
Died: March 2, 2008 in Toronto, Ontario
Blues guitarist and singer Jeff Healey was born with a rare form of cancer called Retinoblastoma in both eyes and was blind by the age of 1. He received his first guitar at age 3 which was a lap steel. The comfort in chording this initial guitar led to his signature style later in his career. By the age of 14 he was attending Etobicoke Collegiate in Ontario and playing in bars at night with jazz, blues and country bands. Healey met drummer Tom Stephen and bassist Joe Rockman in Toronto at a Bloor Street club called Branko’s for a jam session in December 1985. Stephen was an urban planning student and Rockman a studio musician. They soon decided to form The Jeff Healey Band. They soon landed a deal with BMG Records in Canada and Arista in the US. While the ink was drying on their contract, a stray demo that had been sent to producer Jimmy Iovine – who just happened to be assembling music for the new Patrick Swayze movie ‘Roadhouse’ – lands The Jeff Healey Band a role as the Double Deuce house band in the movie. After filming rapped up, they would release their debut album, ‘See the Light’, in 1988 and featured the songs “Adrianna” and “See The Light” which were tunes that Healey had recorded and released on an independent single on his own the year before. The new single “Angel Eyes”, meanwhile, went to No.5 on the Billboard charts as a result of ceaseless touring with the likes of Little Feat and others. They would receive an American Grammy nomination not to mention five CASBY nominations from Toronto radio station CFNY-FM. With the release of the title track to radio, the album would eventually sell 2 million copies worldwide. 1990 saw the release of the band’s full-length follow-up called ‘Hell To Pay’ which featured three hit singles and guest appearances by Sass Jordan, Jeff Lynne, Mark Knopfler and George Harrison (on “While My Guitar Gently Weeps”). The band added Washington Savage (Infidels) as keyboards and toured with Bonnie Raitt to support the album which went on to sell 1.5 million copies worldwide. They won the 1990 JUNO for ‘Entertainer of the Year”. In 1992 ‘Feel This’ was released featuring the production experience of Joe Hardy (Colin James, ZZ Top) and guest appearances by Paul Shaffer (David Letterman Band) and up-and-coming vocalist Amanda Marshall. The album featured several singles but barely scratched the 100,000 unit plateau. With their future in jeopardy from underachieving sales, they took a break to focus on their Forte Records label and management company for such artists as The Phantoms, Amanda Marshall and Lilith. It would take until 1995 before another album was released called ‘Cover To Cover’ which was the band’s re-reading of their favourite cover tunes. The record landed them another Grammy Award nomination for “Shapes of Things” as ‘Instrumental of The Year’. They performed the song “Blown Away” in David Hasselhoff’s short lived ‘Baywatch Nights’ TV show. Jeff Healey consistently did charity work including representing The Canadian National Institute For The Blind and ran its annual Golf Tournament every year starting in 1993. He also has his own jazz radio show on the CBC called ‘My Kinda Jazz’ where he would spin material from CDs and his personal 78 RPM record collection. Following a protracted absence partly due to Healey’s departure from Arista and signing to Atlantic in the US, Healey returned in March 2000 with the album ‘Get Me Some’. He soon returned to his love of performing and recording 1920s and 1930s jazz standards. Healey also became a co-owner of Healey’s Roadhouse which had a successful run in the entertainment district of Toronto. Whenever he was in town he’d perform on Thursday nights with his rock and blues band (usually with new upstarts The Trews) and with his jazz ensemble on Saturdays. The Roadhouse operated at Queen and Bathurst initially and on Blue Jay Way until Healey’s untimely death from cancer on March 2, 2008. A tribute concert was held on May 3, 2008 to benefit Daisy’s Eye Cancer Fund called. ‘Jeff Healey: A Celebration’ featuring such renowned artists as Jack Bruce (Cream), Ian Gillan (Deep Purple), Randy Bachman, Blue Rodeo, Colin James, David Wilcox, Dutch Mason and many more. On June 5, 2011 an Etobicoke-area park was renamed to Jeff Healey Park in honour of the late musician. with notes from Jeff Healey and Monster Records’ Rog.

1986 Adriana/See The Light (Forte) F-001

1988 See The Light (Arista)
1988 Confidence Man/That’s What They Say (Arista) AS1-9790
1988 My Little Girl (Arista)
1989 Angel Eyes (Edited-New Version)/Don’t Let Your Chance Go By (Arista) AS1-9808
1989 Hoochie Coochie Man/[Patrick Swayze song] (Arista) AS1-9841
1989 Roadhouse Blues/Hideaway (Arista) AS-1050
1989 River of No Return (Arista – France) 112-294
1989 When The Night Comes Falling From The Sky (Arista – UK) 112-853
1990 I Think I Love You Too Much/Something To Hold On To (Arista) ASCD-1132
1990 While My Guitar Gently Weeps/Life Beyond The Sky (Arista) ASCD-1362
1990 Full Circle/How Long Can A Man Be Strong (Arista) ASCD-2116
1992 Cruel Little Number/My Kinda Lover (Arista) 118-117
1992 Heart Of An Angel (Arista) ASCD-2516
1993 Lost In Your Eyes (Arista) ASCD-2521
1993 It Could All Get Blown Away (Arista)
1993 Leave The Light On (Arista)
1994 You’re Coming Home (Arista)
1995 I Got a Line On You (Arista)
1995 Angel (Arista)
1995 Stuck In The Middle With You (Arista) ASCD-2796
2000 My Life Story/Rachel’s Song EAGXS-146
2000 I Tried (Eagle – Germany) EAGXS-151


2002 Among Friends (Stony Plain) SPCD-1312
2003 Live at Healey’s: The Thursday Night Recordings
2004 Adventures in Jazzland (Stony Plain) SPCD-1313
2006 A Mess Of Blues (Stony Plain) SPCD-1333
2009 Songs From The Road (Ruf) RUF-1150
2010 Last Call (Stony Plain) SPCD-1335
2016 Heal My Soul (Convexe) CVX-908565

1988 See The Light (Arista) AL-8553
1990 Hell To Pay (Arista) ARCD-8632
1992 Feel This (Arista) AR1-18706
1995 Cover To Cover (Arista) ARCD-3888
1995 Under Cover [4 song CD-EP] (Arista) ASCD-2826
1995 Under Cover Volume 2 [3 song CD-EP] (Arista) ASCD-2827
1998 The Very Best of The Jeff Healey Band (BMG – UK) 603382
1999 Arista Heritage: Master Hits (Arista) 19099
2000 Get Me Some (Forte/Universal)
2003 The Very Best of Jeff Healey (BMG – UK) 82876533382
2004 Platinum & Gold Collection (BMG)
2005 Live at Montreaux 1999 (Eagle – Germany) EAGCD-295
2008 Super Hits (SBME Special Markets) 0730798
2008 Legacy: Volume One [2CD + DVD] (Arbor) ARRL-30129
2011 Live at Grossman’s 1994 (Eagle Rock) 20208
2012 Full Circle [3CD + DVD] (Eagle Rock)


2004 Anybody’s Baby

2006 It’s Tight Like That (Stony Plain) SPCD-1314

Compilation Tracks
“Blow Wind Blow” on ‘Blues Blues Blues’ (Atlantic) 83148-2

“Roadhouse Blues”, “I’m Torn Down”, “When The Night Comes Falling From The Sky”, and “Hoochie Coochie Man” on ‘Roadhouse [Original Soundtrack]’ (Arista) 209948
1994 “Harvest” on ‘Borrowed Tunes: A Tribute to Neil Young’ (Sony) 80199
1996 “See the Light” on ‘Oh What a Feeling: A Vital Collection of Canadian Music’ (MCA) JUNO-25

John Martin
(lead vocals) / David Liberty (lead guitars, vocals) / Hans Schleuter (bass) / John Doddridge (drums) / Gordon “Junior” Dix (guitar) / Dave Lugsden (lead vocals; replaced Martin) / Donnie “Oofie” Price (lead guitar; replaced Liberty) / Marc Corbin (guitar; replaced Dix) / Peter Jermyn (organ) / Jamie Avis (guitar) / Jack Arseneault (organ; replaced Jermyn)
The band Thee Deuces was originally formed in 1964 in Almonte south-west of Ottawa as an instrumental group who performed for nearly a full year at Inter-Provincial Hotel in Hull, Quebéc as the house band. In 1965 rival club owner Donald Billows from The Oak Door managed them and attracted the attention of a Hollywood teen exploitation film producer who wanted the band to appear in a new film he was shooting, but after finding out they had to pay their own way to California, refused the deal. Meanwhile, they were introduced to Sir John A. Records owner John Pozer who grabbed the act as his second signing to the label in 1966 after Don Norman And The Other Four. Their first single, “You Gotta Try”, was released in November that year. The record received favourable airtime on Ottawa’s CFRA, CKOY and CJET where Pozer was still an on-air personality. By January 1967 the single had reached #9 on CFRA’s ‘Swing Set’ chart. By the summer of 1967, the band decided to update their name – The Heart – and their sound by adding former Luke & The Apostles keyboardist Peter Jermyn. Another single followed in July 1967 called “Treat Me Bad”. But Jermyn would leave again in 1968 to form The Modern Rock Quartet with former Esquires members Doug Orr and Robert Coulthart. The Heart then recruited Corbin and Arseneault from The Five D for the single “Yesterday Was a Dream” on RCA at Christmas that year. The act lasted only until the Spring of 1969. with notes from Marc Coulavin, Alexander J. Taylor, Peter Jermyn.

1967 Treat Me Bad/Help Me Down (Sir John A./RCA) SJA-2
1968 Yesterday Was A Dream/Don’t Go Chasing Rainbows (RCA Victor) 75-1023


1966 You Gotta Try/Hung Up On You (Sir John A.) RG-1016

Craig Carmody
(saxophone, flute) / Neil Chapman (guitar) / Mike Langford (vocals) / Gord McKinnon (keyboard, harmonica) / Marty Morin (drums, backing vocals) / Ralph Smith (bass)
Formed in 1972, Heat Exchange were a short lived act who rode a few singles near the end of Yorkville Records’ life span. Morin would end up in Truck and then Goddo before re-teaming with Langford in Wireless; Langford would also front Bamboo in the 1980’s; Chapman would rise to fame with his act The Pukka Orchestra in the 1980s and as a member of the Sattalites; In 2016 the band reunited to work on assembling and releasing all their recordings into a full length album. The LP, called “Reminiscence,” was released on Spain’s Out-Sider Records in 2017.

1972 Can You Tell Me/Inferno (Yorkville) YVM-45052
1972 Scorpio Lady/Reminiscence (Yorkville) YVM-45063
1973 She Made Me All Alone/Philosophy (Yorkville) YVM-45069

Reminiscence (Out-Sider) OSR-060

Born: Winnipeg, Manitoba in 1948
Died: October 22, 1996
Heatherington grew up in her hometown of Winnipeg aspiring be a singer. Her first professional gigs were in the band The Merry-Go-Round with Bill Wallace (Gettysbyrg Address, Kilowatt, The Guess Who). One of the highlights of the band’s short career was an appearance at Winnipeg’s Man-Pop Festival in 1970 where Heatherington took to the airways to shame Led Zeppelin into fulfilling the promise to perform after the band cited bad weather as a reason to cancel (Zeppelin would perform). Not long after she was asked to host her own CBC-TV show called ‘Dianne’ and though The Merry-Go-Round was used as her backing band it wasn’t enough full-time work, leading them to split up. After two years on the air, Heatherington decided to try her chances in the bigger Toronto market. She wasted no time forming a band and paying their dues on the club circuit. CBC Radio released four of her songs on a 1975 compilation which gave her the inspiration to do better. In late 1977 she signed with the financially failing GRT Records. While in the middle of recording her debut album, the label went bankrupt. She had the foresight to buy back the recordings and moved to Epic Records where the album, ‘Heatherington Rocks,’ was finished and released in 1980. The first single was a cover of The Crystals’ “He’s A Rebel.” Heatherington immediately did the TV promo circuit to push the album by which time Epic released the original track “Mr. Nice Guy” and just missed the Canadian Top-40. As she launched a national tour, the third single was a raucous cover of the The Beatles’ “Helter Skelter” which just missed the Top40 as well. During that year the CBC made a documentary about her challenges of being a female rock singer in Canada called Soul Survivor.’ In April 1981 she recieved a JUNO Award nomination for ‘Most Promising Female Vocalist.’By 1982 she spread her wings to acting, appearing in an episode of ‘Seeing Things,’ and ‘Hear No Evil, See No Evil.’ She relocated to New York in 1983 following work on David Suzuki’s environmental album entitled ‘David Suzuki Narrates Space Child’ alongside songs by Shirley Eikhard, Lisa Dalbello, and Kim Mitchell. Her New York adventures included performing a house gig at Joe’s Bar in the East Village. For nearly two years she sang rock songs on Saturdays, and Country & Western on Fridays. An American record deal eluded her and returned to Toronto in 1985. She tried her hand at lounge jazz and blues but finally quit the music business in 1987 to pursue acting. She played the role of waitress the Tom Cruise movie ‘Cocktail’ (1988) which led to other roles such as the made-for-TV movie ‘Liberace: Behind The Music’ (1988). Heatherington was diagnosed with cervical cancer in May of 1993 but didn’t let it slow her down. She continued taking acting roles for television in ‘Taking The Heat,’ ‘To Save The Children,’ and ‘The Shamrock Conspiracy.’ On the big screen she appeared in ‘Perfectly Normal and as the co-star in the AIDS-awareness film, ‘Zero Patience’ in which she also sang the film’s theme song “Control.” After one location’s set was vandalized and equipment stolen she started The Dianne Heatherington Location Security company providing 24 hour location security for both big budget and TV movie sets in Canada. Heatherington returned to Winnipeg in 1995 for the Red River Relief Concert alongside the city’s other music heroes such as Bill Wallace, Randy Bachman, Burton Cummings, Les Q, and Chad Allan, among others. Heatherington would succumb to her cervical cancer on October 22, 1996. A music scholarship in Heatherington’s name was later established at the University of Manitoba. With notes from Dan Brisebois.

He’s a Rebel/Don’t Lie To Me (Epic) E4-4254
1980 Mr. Nice Guy/Rock’n’Roll Gypsies (Epic) E4-4259
1980 Helter Skelter/Mr. Nice Guy (Epic – GER) EPC-A-1231

Heatherington Rocks (Epic) PEC-80046

Rick James
(vocals) / Stan Endersby (lead guitar) / Ed Roth (keyboards) / Denny Gerrard (bass)
Following his stint with Neil Young in the Mynah Birds, Rick James grabbed members of Yorkville band The Tripp (Endersby and Gerrard) and The Paupers (Gerrard) to form Heaven And Earth. They were signed to RCA Records in 1971 but despite two single releases, the band and label fought over creative direction and their completed full-length album was never released. The band would regroup and rename themselves Great White Cain – re-recording and releasing many of the same songs on MGM Records in 1972. RCA fought back with an injunction to try and stop the album’s release which MGM ultimately won – but the delay in settling the case killed Great White’s Cane’s momentum. [also see GREAT WHITE CANE, STAN ENDERSBY]

Big Showdown/Don’t Worry (RCA/Victor) 75-1074  
1972 You Make the Magic/Rip Off 1500 (RCA/Victor) 75-1101

Terry Gillespie (guitar, vocals) / Vince Halfhide (guitar) / John Feihl (bass)  / Bob Backler (bass; replaced Feihl) / Corky Kealey (drums) / Bill Stevenson (piano) / Jody Golick (saxophone) 
Terry Gillespie cut his teeth in Michigan watching and learning from the blues masters. He returned to Ottawa and formed the band Heaven’s Radio which was an unusual hybrid of blues and reggae. Their style made them a natural choice to do opening slots for such acts as the Butterfield Blues Band, Jimmy Cliff, Peter Tosh, The Police, and Muddy Waters . An early single on United Artists failed to take off, but a deal in 1978 with Ottawa’s Posterity Records led to two well received studio albums – ‘Active’ (1978) and ‘Uptown Babies’ (1979). The band dissolved in the early ‘80s but had a short revival when Ottawa’s Lowertown Records launched in 1986 with a re-issue of the two albums plus a newly recorded single “When I Get Back to You”. In July of 1986 Lowertown held a massive record release party at the Chateau Laurier where a reunited Heaven’s Radio and two other Lowertown artists – the Blue Lights and the Tripods – performed. The band repeated the reunion in 2007 following the 2CD re-issue of their material on Stony Plain entitled ‘Rendez-vous’. Gillespie has had a successful solo blues career and his backing band is a loose fitting ensemble that goes by the name The Heaven’s Radio Social Club; Backler died in 2006; Kealey became a member of the Mighty Pop Band.

Good Time Station/Tahina (United Artists) UAXW-788Y
When I Get Back To You/If You Like Music (Lowertown) LT86-04

Active (Posterity) PTR-13006
1979 Uptown Babies (Posterity) PTR-13011
2007 Rendez-vous [2CD] (Stony Plain)

Jason MacIsaac (vocals, piano, guitar, keyboards, banjo, mandolin) / Andrew Watt (vocals, keyboards, piano) / Ruth Minnikin (vocals) / Trevor Forbes (bass, vocals) / David Christiansen (clarinets, saxophone) / Greg Fry (drums, percussion) / Adam Fine (bass) / Ellen Gibling (Celtic Harp) / Jenn Grant (vocals) / John Cuming (trumpet) / Melanie Stone (vocals) / Stewart Legere (vocals, guitar, keyboards, banjo) / Warda Limaye (violin, viola)
Formed in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1998, the orchestrated pop sound of The Heavy Blinkers began as a solo project for Jason MacIsaac’s album ‘Hooray For Everything’. With the need to perform the album live, MacIsaac recruited Watt, Forbes, Minnikin and Fry to help reproduce the tracks on stage. Both the album and the live performances were well received which convinced the quintet to make the Heavy Blinkers a full-time concern. The new LINE-UP began recording a sophomore album in April 1999. By early 2000 the record was complete and they released their self-titled sophomore release on Brobdingnagian Records. More favourable reviews followed and the band headed off on a North American tour. In 2005 the band’s music was featured in two Canadian televisions shows – ‘G-Spot’ and ‘Robson Arms’. By 2008 MacIsaac was the only original member left in the band. In November 2011 MacIsaac’s new Heavy Blinkers were special guests, along with Buck 65 at the celebration of the Nova Scotia Youth Orchestra’s 35th Anniversary performance.

Helicopter Blues/Didn’t Even Have Time To Dream It [7″] (SYFT – JAPAN) SYFT-012
2004 Filtered Light

Hooray For Everything (Pleasant Street) PLSC-005
2000 The Heavy Blinkers (Brobdingnagian) BROB-002-CD
2002 Better Weather (Brobdingnagian) BROB-008
2003 Intercontinental Pop Exchange No. 3/[split w/ORWELL] (Endearing)
2004 The Night And I Are Still So Young (Endearing) NDR-04
2013 Health (independent)

Compilation Tracks
“You Took My Breath Away” on ‘Lynne Me Your Ears: A Tribute to the Music of Jeff Lynne’ (Not Lame) NL-70
2002 “Magic” on ‘Papa Nez: A Tribute to Michael Nesmith’

VERSION 1: Jacob Hoggard
(vocals) / Kevin Heeres / Ryan Federau / Brandon Mkay; VERSION 2: Jacob Hoggard (vocals) / Tommy Mac (bass) / Dave Rosin (guitar) / Chris Crippin (drums)
Formed in Jacob Hoggard’s hometown of Abbottsford, British Columbia, the band’s original line-up consisted of Hoggard, Heeres, Federau and Mkay. After whiling away on original material, Hoggard’s bandmates bet him $150 that he wouldn’t audition for the TV talent show ‘Canadian Idol’. Hoggard not only auditioned but managed third place overall before being voted off of the show. After returning to BC and strategizing about his career future, Hoggard decided to create a new and improved Hedley featuring Mac, Rosin and Crippin in Vancouver, British Columbia. While there was still a buzz over his TV showcase, Hedley landed a Canadian record deal with Universal Music Group. Their self-titled debut album was released in 2005 and immediately produced the No.1 charted Canadian single “On My Own”. The second singled, “Trip”, managed a respectable chart placement of No.11. There were five singles in total landing the band steady video rotation on MuchMusic in 2005 and 2006. In the summer of 2006, they landed a distribution deal in the US which allowed them to tour their as an opening act for Yellowcard. Their sophomore effort, ‘Famous Last Words’, was released in October 2007 and went platinum (100,000 units sold) in only ten days. The first single, “She’s So Sorry”, went to radio in August 2007 and the video debuted on MuchMusic September 20, 2007. Hedley’s third studio album, entitled ‘The Show Must Go’, was released in 2009. The first single, “Cha-Ching”, rocketed to No.6 in the Canadian Hot 100 chart. Four singles were released from the album including “Perfect” which peaked at No.7 and managed to hit No.1 on the MuchMusic Video Countdown. Following the success of “Perfect” stateside – which reached No.25 on the Billboard Adult Pop chart – an American compilation of singles was released in the US by Universal Music in May 2009 entitled ‘Never Too Late’. Hedley toured across Canada with the likes of Faber Driver, Boys Like Girls, Fefe Dobson and The Stereos throughout late 2009 and early 2010. A live album entitled ‘Go With the Show’ was recorded during the tour and was subsequently released later in 2010 through their new American label Island Records. Hedley began work on their 4th album in May 5, 2011. The advanced single, “Invincible”, was released in August, 2011 and the video followed in September. The full album, ‘Storms’, was pre-released in October 2011 on iTunes with physical discs hitting retail in November. Hedley have also toured with Simple Plan, MxPx, Nickelback and Bon Jovi among others. In 2018 the band went on hiatus after lead singer Jacob Hoggard was charged with sexual assault.

On My Own/Johnny Falls (Universal) 0249883974
2005 Trip (Universal)
2005 Villain (Universal)
2006 321 (Universal)
2006 Gunnin’ (Universal)
2007 Street Fight (Universal)
2007 She’s So Sorry (Universal)
2007 For The Nights I Can’t Remember(Universal)
2008 Never Too Late (Universal) 0602517931947
2008 Old School(Universal)
2009 Dying To Live Again (Universal)
2009 Don’t Talk To Strangers (Universal)
2009 Cha-Ching [DigiFile] (iTunes/Universal)
2010 Perfect (Universal)
2013 Anything (Capitol/Universal – US)
2014 Crazy For You [3 mixes] (Capitol/Universal – US)
2016 Lose Control [DigiFile] (iTunes/Universal)

with HEDLEY featuring SHERYFA LUNA
Kiss You Inside Out [DigiFile] (Universal)

2004 hedley. [6-song EP] (independent)
2005 Hedley (Universal) 0249884153
2007 Famous Last Words (Universal) 0251745232
2008 Never Too Late (Universal) 0602517931947
2009 The Show Must Go (Universal) 0252718640
2010 Go With The Show [Live CD/DVD] (Universal) 0252718640
2011 Storms (Universal) 0252786782
2013 Wild Life (Universal) 0253758621
2015 Hello (Universal) 0254757942
2017 Cageless (Universal) 0255787612

Michael Hanford

From Alberta.

Wide World/ Heartbreaker (Mustard) M-507

1974 LINE-UP: Brue Arnold
(drums) / Brian Vollmer (lead vocals) / Ron Watson (guitar) / Rick Trembley (guitar) / Don Simmons (keyboards) / Keith (Bert) Zurbrigg (bass, vocals)
1977-1978 LINE-UP: Brian Vollmer (lead vocals) / Keith (Bert) Zurbrigg (bass, vocals) / Brent Doerner (guitars, backup vocals; replaced Watson) / Brian Doerner (drums; replaced Arnold) / Paul Hackman (guitars, backup vocal; replaced Simmons)
1980-1981 LINE-UP: Brian Vollmer (lead vocals) / Brent Doerner (guitars, backup vocals) / Paul Hackman (guitars, backup vocal; replaced Simmons) / Mike Uzelac (bass; replaced Zurbrigg) / Leo Niebudek (drums; replaced Doerner)
1984-1988 LINE-UP: Brian Vollmer (lead vocals) / Brent Doerner (guitars, backup vocals) / Paul Hackman (guitars, backup vocals) / Greg “Fritz” Heinz (drums; replaced Niebudek 1984) / Daryl Gray (bass, vocals; replaced Uzelac 1984) / Denny Balicki (guitars, backup vocals; replaced Doerner 1989; live only) / Greg Fraser (guitars, backup vocals; replaced Paul Hackman 1993) / Rick Mead (guitar, 1993-96) / Mark Chichkan (guitar, 1996-99) / Gary Borden (guitar, 1996-98) / Glen “Archie” Gamble (drums, 1998-2004) / Gerry Finn (guitar, 1998-2002) / Shaun Sanders (guitar, 2002-04) / Dan Fawcett (guitar, 2002-04) / Rainer Wiechmann (guitar) / Jeff Fountain (bass) / Cindy Wiechmann (vocals, keys) / Sean Kelly (bass, 2009-present) / Mike Hall (guitar) / Stan Miczek (bass) / Darren Smith (guitar, vocals) / Rick Van Dyke (guitar) / Jim Lawson (guitar) / Paul Fonsenca (bass) / Brent Niemi (drums) / Kaleb Duck (guitar) / John Klaus (guitar) / Chris Julke (guitar) / Mark Rector (guitar) / Rob McEachern (drums)
Helix got together in 1976 in Kitchener, Ontario, with members Vollmer, Hackman, the Doerner twins, and Zurbrigg. After touring the southern Ontario clubs for a few years, the band decided to release records themselves. Their first independent release, ‘Breaking Loose’, was released on their own H&S Records label in 1979. Two years and two member changes later, they released their second H&S album, ‘White Lace & Black Leather’. In 1982 they were signed to Capitol Records worldwide and 1983 saw the release of their first international album, ‘No Rest For the Wicked’. Over the next ten years they released six more albums, five for Capitol, including a best-of compilation, and one on Aquarius/EMI. In 1992, Maxim Records in southern Ontario released the first two independent albums on one CD. In a Capitol Records catalogue of new releases dated May 14, 1993, the label boldly claims that “no Helix album has sold less than 35,000 copies”, making Helix one of Canada’s most successful acts indeed. They did several international tours with the likes of Kiss, Aerosmith, Rush, Motley Crue, Whitesnake, Night Ranger, Heart, Quiet Riot, W.A.S.P., and Motörhead, and headlined a few of their own Canadian tours as well. In 1991, co-founding member Brent Doerner decided to call it quits after 15 years on the road and his replacement was found in northern New York in Balicki. Balicki only played live with them, however, and when the band went back into the studio in 1992 to cut ‘It’s A Business Doing Pleasure’. Doerner came out of retirement and rejoined his old cohorts. Also appearing on the album were guests such as Kim Mitchell, Lee Aaron, and Jaymz Bee, among many others.  On July 5, 1992, a bus carrying some band members and crew went off the road suddenly near Kamloops, British Columbia, and plunged down a 40 foot precipice. Two crew members were seriously injured and bassist Gray escaped with minor injuries, but guitarist and co-founding member Paul Hackman was killed in the crash. Services were held five days later near Kitchener, and long-time friend Ray Lyell sang during the service. After taking some time off, the remaining members decided that Hackman would have wanted them to continue, so they recruited Brighton Rock guitarist Greg Fraser to join their ranks. The first single off the album, “That Day Is Gonna Come”, was written as a tribute to Hackman, and the video for the song featured unique Super 8 and video footage shot by Vollmer on the road over the years. Helix has carried on their legacy – with several line-up changes – for over 30 years. They continue to release albums independently and still tour regularly in Canada and beyond. A ‘best of’ collection is planned for 2012; Dan Fawcett was the victim of a homicide November 6, 2022 in London, Ontario. with additional notes from Darryl Gray and Brian Vollmer.

1980 Don’t Hide Your Love/You’re A Woman Now (H&S) HS-1001
1980 Billy Oxygen/Crazy Woman (H&S) HS-1002
1981 It’s Too Late/? (H&S) HS-2002
1983 Does A Fool Ever Learn/Never Want To Lose You (Capitol) B-72914
1983 Don’t Get Mad Get Even/Check Out The Love (Capitol) B-72925
1983 Heavy Metal Love/No Rest For The Wicked (Capitol) B-5294
1984 Rock You/You Keep Me Rockin’ (Capitol) B-72949
1984 Gimme Gimme Good Lovin’/When The Hammer Falls (Capitol) B-5423
1984 Make Me Do (Anything You Want)/Feel The Fire (Capitol) B-72962
1985 The Kids Are All Shakin’/House On Fire (Capitol) B-72981
1985 Deep Cuts The Knife/Bangin’ Off-A-The Bricks (Capitol) B-5490
1985 Deep Cuts The Knife/Ride The Rocket [12″] (Capitol) SPRO-9369
1987 Wild In The Streets/Kiss It Goodbye (Capitol) B-73031
1987 Dream On/What Ya Bringin’ To The Party? (Capitol) B-73036
1990 Good To The Last Drop (Radio Remix)/S.E.X. Rated//[same] [cassingle] (Capitol) 4JM-73137
1990 Running Wild In The 21st Century/Breakdown//[same] [cassingle] (Capitol) 4JM 73126
1993 That Day Is Gonna Come (Radio Edit) (Aquarius) DPRO-6062
1998 The Same Room (Radio Edit)/The Same Room (Album Version) (DeRock) DERCDS-012
2012 All I Want For Christmas… Is The Leafs To Win The Cup!/Jingle Bells [7″] (Helix)
2017 The Devil Is Having A Party Tonight/The Tequila Song [12″] (Helix)

1978 Breakin’ Loose (H&S) HS-101
1980 White Lace & Black Leather (H&S) HS-202
1982 No Rest For The Wicked (Capitol) ST-6500
1983 Walkin’ The Razor’s Edge (Capitol) ST-12362
1985 Long Way To Heaven (Capitol) ST-12411
1985 Live At The Marquee [6-song EP] (Capitol) SPRO-263
1987 Wild In The Streets (Capitol) CLT-46920
1989 Over 60 Minutes With… (Capitol) C2-93571
1990 Back For Another Taste (H&S/Capitol/EMI) C2-26573
1992 The Early Years (Maximum) 7323-11001-2
1993 It’s A Business Doing Pleasure (Aquarius/EMI)  Q2-570
1995 The Best of Helix: Deep Cuts (Razor & Tie) 7930182187-2
1998 half-ALIVE (DeRock) DERCD-9012
1999 B-Sides (Beak)
2001 Live! In Buffalo (Dirty Dog)
2003 Rockin’ In My Outer Space (Perris) PER-5282
2004 Never Trust Anyone Over 30 (Dirty Dog) 22752
2004 30th Anniversary Concert
2004 Rockin’ You for 30 Years (EMI) 72438-64053-2-6
2006 Get Up [7-song CD EP] (Dirty Dog) NBEP-7001
2007 The Power of Rock and Roll (Castle – UK) CMQCD-1551
2008 A Heavy Mental Christmas (G.B.S.)
2009 Vagabond Bones (Perris/Universal) PER-2302
2011 Smash Hits…Unplugged! (EMI) 5-09990-71035-2-0
2011 Skin In The Game [5-song DigiFile EP] (Helix)
2012 Best Of 1983-2012 (Helix)
2014 Bastard Of The Blues (Perris) PER-4912
2016 Rock It Science (Perris – US) PER-5382
2018 A Helix Christmas(No Life ’til Metal) NLTM-C0006
2018 Icon (Universal) 5381983
2019 Old School (Helix)
2020 Eat Sleep Rock (Perris – US) PER-5832

Compilation Tracks
“Don’t Get Mad, Get Even” on ‘Masters of Metal – Volume 1 (K-Tel)
1984 “Heavy Metal Love” on ‘Masters of Metal – Volume 2 (K-Tel) TC-297

Desmond Troyer (vocal, guitar)
Halifax, Nova Scotia artist Desmond Troyer’s one-man band project.

Hell City Love [5 song CD-EP] (Brobdingnagian) BROB-016

Mitch Hellfield
[aka Mitchell Field] (lead vocals) / Rick Lamb (keyboards, vocals) / Jamie Larsen (bass, vocals) / Steve Coombs (drums) / Dave Hovey (guitar, vocals) / Paul Royes (guitar, vocals; replaced Hovey) / Billy Smith (drums; replaced Coombs) / Charlie Mitchell (drums; replaced Smith) / Rod Blacker (drums; replaced Mitchell)
Having worked with Crowbar’s Roly Greenway as drummer for The Next on CBS Records in 1975-1976, Mitchell Field approached CBS Records A & R man, and legendary producer, Bob Gallo in 1977 with a demo tape of original material. Gallo was impressed by the songs, but CBS was not in the market for a new solo artist at that time and advised Field that he would have to put a band together in order to get any interest from head office. He quickly recruited Larsen and Hovey from club act Dennison Booth, plus Lamb and Coombs to fill out the roster. The band, now called Hellfield proper, went into the rehearsal studio for two months to write more material and produce a second demo tape. Hellfield returned to CBS to see Gallo and the band was immediately signed to the label for a two album deal. In early 1978, Hellfield’s self-titled debut was released on CBS’s newly opened Canadian arm of Epic Records with Bob Gallo as producer and CBS Canada president Arnold Gosewich as executive producer. The album contained two power pop singles – “Too Long” and “Tell Me Are You Listening” – which both received major airplay on Canadian FM Rock stations as well as places as far south as San Antonio, TX, and St. Louis, MO as an import. “All Night Party” was also released as a single in the UK. During the recording of and following the first album, Gallo became concerned about two points he thought were holding the band back. One was the playing abilities of drummer Coombs who was solid live but did not work well under pressure in the studio [Mitch Field played drums on most of the first album]. The second issue concerned Hellfield’s management team who insisted on keeping the band in the clubs as a budget saving measure rather than doing low paying, but high profile shows with the likes of Toto, Meatloaf and Santana which CBS had readily offered them. The first problem was soon resolved with Coombs being replaced by Billy Smith from St. Catharines, Ontario. Still, the band toured extensively to promote the first album opening shows for such acts as Max Webster, Triumph, and The Little River Band. Hellfield also opened for the Cars that summer at Maple Leaf Gardens — to favourable reviews. Although the first album failed to land in stores in the US, it did sell well in Canada and garner some attention south of the border, fuelling expectations for the second release. In 1979, Hellfield’s second album, ‘Night Music’, was released. It again featured the power pop sensibilities and soaring vocal harmonies which had powered the first album. Again, two singles, “Night Music”, a cover version of a Jackson Hawke song, and “Caroline” received major airplay on Canadian FM radio. However, the label was now very concerned about the band’s management and the increased line-up changes. Hellfield had replaced guitarist Hovey with Paul Royes, and drummer Smith with Charlie Mitchell. They would soon fire their management company and head back on the road to promote ‘Night Music’. CBS, meanwhile, had problems of their own. CBS U.S. had been cleaning house in their Canadian headquarters and fired president Arnold Gosewich, Bob Gallo and a select portion of the Canadian office and replaced them with a new A & R and promotions team. The ‘Night Music’ album was lost in the shuffle and a much anticipated US release was scuttled. Hellfield returned to Toronto from the road to re-group. By 1980 Mitchell Field had grown tired of the keyboard oriented power pop that dominated the first two Hellfield albums and so, Field, Larsen and Royes decided to incorporate a heavier, metal-edged guitar sound. They fired Lamb as keyboardist and replaced Mitchell with hard hitting drummer Rod Blacker. They once again took to the rehearsal room to refine the new, heavier version of Hellfield. For the next couple of years Hellfield played the Canadian bar circuit and were very popular in hard rock venues such as The Gasworks in Toronto. However, their allies at CBS were few and far between and the band’s recording contract was not renewed. In 1982, frustrated with their inability to land a new recording contract and return to life on the road, the band went its separate ways; Royes has been very busy as a songwriter, performer and recording artist since the Hellfield days. During the 1990’s Royes focused on a solo music career as an ambient guitarist under the pseudonyms “The Cybertarist” and “Dolphin Sky” Between the years 1997 and 1999 Royes released two CDs, Live at the Ladder Festival and Dolphin Sky. In 2017 Royes formed the Toronto based Supergroup Child Of The Sun, featuring the late classic rock singer Phil Naro on vocals. Child Of The Sun, volume 1, was recorded and released on vinyl in 2019. Volume 2 was was released in 2020 and Child Of The Sun, volume 3 was released in April 2021. Royes is currently working on a number of music projects including the upcoming Hellfield record. Larsen released a self titled album with West Coast indie Country Rock duo, The Mustangs in 2003 and is currently performing with Vancouver based classic rock outfit, Phoenix Rising. Rod Blacker would go on to replace Brian Doerner in Eagles tribute act Desperado for several years before splintering off with that band’s vocalist Rob Louden to form, first Play Doctor, then The Hitmen (with ex-members of Wrabit and Seventh Son); Mitchell Field moved back to his hometown of Montreal, Quebéc where he continues to perform live; Rick Lamb succumbed to cancer in 2004. A large memorial concert was held in June of that year to raise money for Lamb’s widow featuring Goddo, Fludd and A Foot In Coldwater at the Hard Rock Cafe in Toronto; In 2018 the Field, Larsen and Royes announced plans to release a new album in 2019 but was stalled by the COVID-19 pandemic. The project has re-launched in 2021 with plans for a new Hellfield album featuring previously unreleased and new material. with notes from Jamie Larsen, Paul Royes, Rod Blacker and Mitchell Field. [also see THE CYBERTARIST]

1978 Too Long/The Pact (Epic/CBS) 8-50697
1978 Tell Me Are You Listening/The Future (Epic/CBS) E4-4181
1978 All Night Party/Magic Mistress (Epic – UK)  SEPC-6920
1979 The Nightmusic/Shoulda Seen It In Your Eyes (Epic/CBS) E4-4227
1979 Caroline/Crazy (Epic/CBS) E4-4239

1978 Tell Me Are You Listening – Special Edited Mix [5 song EP] (Epic/CBS)
1978 Hellfield (Epic/CBS) PEC-80001
1979 Night Music (Epic/CBS) PEC-80028

Compilation Tracks
“Tell Me Are You Listening? (The Future),” “Too Long,” and “The Pact” on ‘Northern Stars’ [2LP] (CBS) 2-CDN-12

Johnny Douglas (bass, lead guitar, drums, vocals) / David Martin (lead vocals, rhythm guitar) / Scott Dibble (guitar, vocals; 1994) / Mark Sterling (guitar, bass, vocals; 1994)
David Martin (a native Georgian living in Los Angeles) and Johnny Douglas (a Canadian formerly in Rowan Brothers, Dancer, John Stewart Band and had two solo albums under his belt), met while Douglas was working in Nashville in 1992. 6 months later the duo were turning out their new modern folk music on their self-titled debut for Sony. They toured extensively as a unique acoustic duo opening shows for other Sony Music acts like Lawrence Gowan. Though the singles “Man on a Mission” and “Love, Love, Love” were climbing the charts, strains from the extensive touring and led Douglas back to Nashville to continue his pursuit as a writer and producer. Douglas would contribute extensively to the second album but the new act – Hemingway Corner Mach II – featured Scott Dibble and Mark Sterling alongside David Martin. Dibble had been a fixture on Toronto’s Queen Street circuit with his own major label recording act Watertown. He also worked as studio engineer at Chalet Studios working with the likes of producers David Chester, Terry Brown and Michael Phillip Wojewoda on such acts as Big Sugar and The Barenaked Ladies. Sterling, meanwhile, was something of a guitar prodigy and multi-instrumentalist who began his professional career at 15. These three distinctive writing talents collaborated to produce ‘Under the Big Sky’ in 1995 which yielded two more singles in the title track and the cover version of Neil Young’s “Tell Me Why” which was also featured on the ‘Borrowed Tunes’ tribute disc in 1994. Hemingway Corner disappeared through most of the 2000s. Dibble became a professional golf; Mark Sterling recorded blues albums in 1999; Martin became a staff writer and producer for Sony Music with artists such as Tara Lynn Hart. The trio reformed in 2010 and released a new album called ‘Speed of Life’. They also toured in 2011 to promote the album on the back of the single “Think About Love”. A cover of Roy Orbison’s “You Got It” is in the works. With notes from John Douglas. [also see SCOTT DIBBLE, JOHNNY DOUGLAS]

Man On A Mission (Sony)
1993 Love Love Love (Sony)
1993 So Long JFK (Sony) 884
1994 Ride It Out (Sony)
1994 King of New York (Sony)
1995 Big Sky (Epic/Sony) CDNK-1067
1995 Tell Me Why (Epic/Sony)
1995 Watch Over You (Epic/Sony) CDNK-1068
1996 Make It Up As You Go (Epic/Sony)
1996 Wild Honey (Epic/Sony) CDNK-1170
2011 Think About Love

Hemingway Corner (Sony) Ck-80180
1995 Under The Big Sky (Sony) CEK-80218
2011 Speed of Life

Compilation Tracks
“Tell Me Why” on ‘Borrowed Tunes: A Tribute to Neil Young” (Sony) 80199

Originally from Nova Scotia, David Henman was one of the founding members of April Wine, along with his brother Ritchie, cousin Jim and remaining member Myles Goodwyn. Henman was with the band from it’s inception in 1969 until 1973. He played on the first three albums, and one of his songs, “Drop Your Guns”, became a Top40 hit in Canada. He earned three platinum and two gold albums in the process. When Henman’s song ‘Serpeant In The Street’ was left off April’s Wine’s ‘Electric Jewel’ album in 1973, David and Ritchie Henman left the band – and the band’s label agreed to give the song back to David Henman and he issued it with Ritchie (along with a newly recorded B-side) under the name Silver. David Henman would then join the band All the Young Dudes with former Wackers Wayne Cullen, Bob Segarini and future April Wine member Brian Greenway. They released an album on CBS in the mid-70s as The Dudes, and performed with many international acts including a tour of Eastern Canada opening for The Bee Gees. Henman would then create The Debutantes followed by Sensible Shoes who, along with brother Ritchie, released the 7″ EP “Off ‘n’ Runnin’ in 1984. Henman moved to Toronto in 1986, where for two years he was the editor of Canadian Musician magazine. As a journalist, he has interviewed everyone from Leonard Cohen and Celine Dion to Henry Rollins and Dwight Yoakam. He then re-connected with Segarini for Cats & Dogs in 1995. Henman would leave that, along with several members of Cats & Dogs, to form the Melissa Etheridge tribute act Brave & Crazy two years later. Henman formed The David Henman Band in 2004. They have released two CDs to date. With notes from David Henman, Bob Segarini, Dave Buerster, and Wayne Cullen. [also see APRIL WINE, CATS & DOGS, THE DUDES (2), SILVER]

Mother of Mine (DHB/Bullseye)

Off ‘N’ Runnin’ [4-song 7″ EP] (Sensible)

All The Old Demos (Pacemaker) DUDES-1

Something Like That [demo CD] (DHB)
2011 The David Henman Band (DHB)

Born: Jillian Noel Hennessy on November 25, 1968 in Edmonton, Alberta
Actress Jill Hennessy caught her first break in showbusiness with her identical twin sister, Jacqueline, in David Cronenberg’s movie ‘Dead Ringers’. She was a regular on four seasons of ‘Law & Order’ (1993-1996) and she is best known for her starring roll on the long-running TV show ‘Crossing Jordan’. As a singer-songwriter and guitarist she would often perform on the show. Hennessy recorded her debut album Ghost In My Head in Austin, Texas and was released in June 2009. She was a guest performer of the Indigo Girls at the Mountain Stage in November 2009 and performed on the Village Stage during the 2010 Lilith Fair. In 2012 she appeared in the CBC television movie adaptation of Stephen Leacock’s ‘Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town’ where she also sang. Hennessy released her second album ‘I Do’ in 2015. In 2018 she landed a role in the hit TV drama ‘Yellowstone.’

Ghost in My Head (AIS) 7278325
2015 I Do (Fontana)

Compilation Tracks
“You’re Innocent When You Dream” & “It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue”
on ‘Crossing Jordan Music From The NBC Television Series’ (DMZ/Columbia/SONY) CK-87089

From Edmonton, Alberta.

Someone Like You/[same] (DMT) 89-003

Born: William Basilius Hersche on November 1, 1947 in Minton, Saskatchewan Died: June 10, 2011 in Edmonton, Alberta
Bill Hersh became interested in music at the at of three when he learned how to accordion. By the age of five he made appearances in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan on CHAB’s ‘The Cy Knight Mailbag Show.” As a teenager in Regina, Saskatchewan, in the 1950s Hersh discovered Rockabilly music and joined the group The Ro-Dans. After joining The Sandmen in the 1960s with David Boone, Red Foster, and Murray Fielsen they began playing professionally in 1968. By the early ’70s Bill Hersh had formed his own band called Blue Train working as the house band at the Regina Hotel followed by the same duties at The Pump in Regina. Blue Train often backed up touring artists that visited Regina including Red Simpson, Tony Booth, David Frizzell, and Canadian country act Carroll Baker. In the mid-70’s he hosted the TV show “A Place Called Home” at which time he was already becoming a well known recording artist with independent singles on half a dozen labels including the US-based Comstock Records. In 1976 Bill Hersh moved to Edmonton, Alberta, where he was signed to Glenn Fraser’s Uptown Records. The Bill Hersh and Blue Train debut album “Take The Time” was released in 1981. Hersh managed to put ten singles on the national charts including the song “Satisfied Mind” which peaked at #19 on RPM magazine’s Country Chart. The single “White Ligtning” featuring Gary Dare also made the Top-40 on Canadian country charts. Following this, Hersh decided to focus primarily on live performing and producing other artists. He would return to radio again with the novelty single “9-1-1 (Drivin’ ‘n Talkin’)” in 2008 and followed it up with “The Crockett County Clerk” in 2009. Hersh died on June 10, 2011.

1976 That Loving Feeling/Great Canadian Truckin’ Man (Soundaround) SSG-7625
1976 Tomorrow’s Baby’s Gone/It Sure Looks Good On You (Soundaround) SSG-7630
1977 Good Old Timey Country Rock And Roll/[same] (Maple Haze) MH-7647
1982 Hello Operator/[same] (Uptown) UT001/82
1982 I Am Your Fire/Touchin’ Home (Comstock – US)
1983 Babysittin’ With The Blues/Curly’s Theme (Comstock – US) COM-1710
1983 Happy Hour/Heartache Remover (Comstock – US) COM-1731
1984 Paint Me Blue/[same] (Comstock – US) COM-1746
1984 It Won’t Be Much Like Christmas (‘Cause Mama Won’t Be There)/[same] (Uptown) UT020/84
1989 Midnight Train/[same] (Track) TR/001/89

By and By/Crazy Kind of Guys (Uptown)  4529

Satisfied Mind/[same] (Uptown) UT006/81
1981 Country Gold/Bring Back the Bossa Nova (Uptown) UT010/81
1981 White Lightning [BILL HERSH AND GARY DARE]/Curly’s Theme (Instrumental)  (Uptown) UT011/81
1982 I Am Your Fire/Touchin’ Home (Comstock) COM-1688
1986 Take Me to the Country/[same] (Royalty) 1000-86

Take the Time (Uptown) UT-009

Born: February 20, 1943
Died: August 1, 2016
Pat Hervey was raised in Scarborough and sang from an early age as a hobby occasionally performing at her high school functions while attending R.H.King Collegiate. During a performance at an amateur variety show she was spotted by disc jockey Al Boliska who lined her up with CBC-TV in Toronto who like her so much she became a regular on the weekly network shows ‘While You Were Young’, ‘Holiday Ranch’, ‘Club Six’ and ‘Country Hoedown’. Her voice and presence attracted the attention of Chateau Records president Art Snider who signed her for several 7″ single releases including her first, and biggest, hit “Mr. Heartache” in 1962. With her television exposure and incessant touring, Nashville producer Chet Atkins took notice and helped her secure a recording contract with RCA Victor. Atkins produced several singles, including her 1963 hit “Tears of Misery” and a full length LP which was all new material that didn’t include her hits. In 1973 Hervey was part of the regular cast of musicians (which also included Joani Taylor) on CBC television’s ‘The Judy And Jim Show’. Hervey decided to give up show business in the late 1960’s to get married and raise a family. She now lives in British Columbia; following a 15 month battle with cancer Pat Hervey passed away August 1, 2016.  with notes from Pat Hervey and William R. Fellows.

1962 Stormy Weather/Lonesome Trail (Chateau) C-135
1962 Mr. Heartache/First Thing Tomorrow (Chateau) C-143
1962 A Mother’s Love/Heaven For Awhile (Chateau) C-149
1962 I Wouldn’t Blame You/A Mother’s Love (RCA – US) 47-8197
1963 Tears Of Misery/Brother Can You Spare A Dime (RCA – US) 47-8135
1964 Walking In Bonnie’s Footsteps/It’s Love That Really Counts (RCA) 47-8281
1965 Think About Me/I’ll Count Every Hour (Red Leaf) ACT-103
1965 He Belongs To Yesterday/Don’t You Make a Fool of Me (Red Leaf) ACT-105
1965 Ain’t a Girl Allowed to Cry/You Don’t Know Him (Red Leaf) ACT-106
1966 Can’t Get You Out of My Mind/Givin’ In (President) PT-100
1970 Land I Dream Of/Can’t Get You Out of My Mind (AME) AME-108X
1970 Sing a Song For You//Killing Me Softly With His Song/Summer Breeze (CBC) 270
1972 Where You Lead/Bidin’ My Time (CBC Radio Canada) LM-127

1965 Pat Hervey (RCA) PC-1021
1971 Peaceful (RCA/Camden) CAS-2393

Compilation Tracks
“Tears Of Misery” on ‘Made In Canada – Volume One: The Early Years” (BMG) KCD1-7156

Jeff Hewitson
(vocals, saxophone, harmonica, guitar) / Al Kingdom
From Peterborough, Ontario. Hewitson had begun singing in the early 1960s as a member of the Continentals. He would join the Fugitives as their lead vocalist in the mid-1960s. They would sign with RCA Canada International for one single, the Hewitson-written “Magic” backed with Wilson Pickett’s “In The Midnight Hour.” By early 1967 the band was done and Hewitson would join The Bed Time Story; Kingdom became a DJ at CKPT in Peterborough.

Magic/In The Midnight Hour (RCA Victor Canada International) 57-3406

Tim Baker (vocals, piano, guitar) / Adam Hogan (guitar) / Josh Ward (bass) / Phil Maloney (drums) / Kinley Dowling (violin) / Jessie Tesolin (cello) / Romesh Thavanathan (cello; replaced Tesolin)
Hey Rosetta! was formed in St. John’s, Newfoundland in 2005. The band released an independent EP which was later fleshed out for their 2006 Sonic Records debut EP ‘Plan Your Escape’. The EP led to the awards for ‘Group of the Year’, ‘Pop/Rock Group of the Year’, CBC-Galaxie ‘Rising Star of the Year’, and ‘Album of the Year’ at the 2006 MusicNL Awards. The record also earned them a ‘NewCap Rock Recording of the Year’ at the 2007 ECMA’s. They returned to the studio with Hawksley Workman producing. In 2008 they released their follow-up full-length CD ‘Into Your Lungs (and Around in Your Heart and on Through Your Blood)’ featuring the single “There’s An Arc”. Several additional songs from the album were also featured in the CTV television show ‘Flashpoint’. The album won the first annual Verge Music Awards prize for ‘Album of the Year’ that included a $25,000 cash prize. The album also earned them a short-list Polaris Music Prize nomination. The album continued to gain them additional accolades with 2009 ECMA awards for ‘Group Recording of the Year’, ‘Recording of the Year’, and ‘Alternative Recording of the Year’.Tim Baker was also nominated for ‘Songwriter of the Year’. Hey Rosetta! had their song “Red Heart” used in Stephen Brunt’s 2010 Winter Olympic Games montage video celebrating Canada’s national pride. With a new distribution deal through Warner Music in Canada the band spent most of 2010 recording their third album with producer Tony Doogan. ‘Seeds’ was released in February 2011. The album earned them a short-list nomination for the 2011 Polaris Music Prize.

Lions For Scottie (Sonic)
2008 There’s An Arc (Sonic)
2009 Red Songs [2-song 7″] (Sonic)
2011 Polaris Music Prize 2011 [split w/BRAIDS] (Sirius XM) PMP-11002
2011 Welcome (Sonic)
2011 Seeds (Sonic)
2011 Yer Spring (Clean Edit) (Sonic)
2014 Kintsukuroi/Belle Of Batoche [7″] (Sonic)

Hey Rosetta! [7-song EP] (independent)
2006 Plan Your Escape [7-song EP] (Sonic) 2-981465
2007 Plan Your Escape B-sides [11-song EP DigiFile]
2008 Into Your Lungs (And Around In Your Heart And On Through Your Blood) (Sonic)
2011 Seeds (Sonic) 2-000018
2012 Live From The Corona Theatre [7-song DigiFile] (ATO)
2012 A Cup Of Kindness Yet [4-song EP] (Sonic) 2-00506
2012 Sing Sing Sessions [4-song EP] (ATO – US) ATO-0144
2012 Good Danny’s (Austin, TX) Oct 16, 2012 [DigiFile] (Daytrotter)
2014 Second Sight (Sonic) 2-00599

Noah Mintz (vocals, guitar) / Brendan Canning (bass) / Roland Rainer (drums; 1991) / Mark Bartkiw (drums; 1993) / Jason Ray (drums;1996)
hHead was formed while Mintz and Canning attended Brock University in St. Catharines, Ontario in 1991. After becoming friends and working through a series of endless jam bands they finally formed hHead (the addition “h” was to distinguish them from another band called Head). They began recording their debut album in 1991 with drummer Rainer and completed it in 1993 with Bartkiw on drums. The ‘Fireman’ album was released in 1993 through Jam Records. As the album began to gain steam at College radio and in the media they band struck pay dirt later in the year by snagging $100,000 in cash in prizes by winning radio station CFNY-FM’s “New Music Search’. The cash gained them the freedom of recording their sophomore release with producer Dave “Rave” Ogilvie (Skinny Puppy, 54.40). hHead soon signed a five album record deal with IRS Records who released the album ‘Jerk’ and immediately sent them on a tour of the United States – keeping them out of reach of their core fans. By the time the band returned to Canada, IRS had gone bankrupt and the album had failed to connect on either side of the border. Licking their wounds, hHead regrouped with new drummer Jason Ray and released the ‘Ozzy’ album on Handsome Boy in 1996. The song “Apartment” received significant commercial airplay but after a tour the band split up in 1997. Canning would go on to join By Divine Right and would become a founding member of Broken Social Scene; Mintz moved behind the scenes and became a mastering engineer at Toronto’s famed Lacquer Channel.

Remedial (IRS/Capitol-EMI) DPRO-10760
1995 Answers (IRS/Capitol-EMI) DPRO-10796
1996 Apartment (Handsome Boy)

Fireman (hHead) hH-002
1994 Fireman [7-song EP] (IRS/Capitol – US)
1995 Jerk (IRS/Capitol-EMI) 30927
1996 Ozzy (Handsome Boy) HBCD-0015

Compilation Tracks
“Flower” on ‘A Canadian Alternative ‘92’ (Second Wave) SWM-002
1993 “Happy” on ‘CFNY’s 1993 New Music Search’ (MCA)
1994 “Look Out for My Love” on ‘Borrowed Tunes: A Tribute to Neil Young’ (Sony) 80199
1994 “Better” on ‘Elvis Monday Vol. 1’ (Kinetic) KRD-919
1996 “Want” on ‘More of Our Stupid Noise’ (Squirtgun/Nettwerk) SQUIRTCD-74


Brian “Frosty” Forst
(guest vocal) / Harry Walker (lead vocals) / Freddy Carotenuto (saxophone) / Tab Shori (guitar) / Bill Papuc (bass) / Red Lewis (drums) / Larry Krashin (drums; replaced Lewis)
The Hi-Fives were a Vancouver blues band signed to London Records and released “Mean Old Woman” b/w “Cold Wind” in Canada and managed to hit No.7 in Los Angeles after being released by Era Records in the US. But with no follow up release, they were approached by Vancouver radio station CFUN on-air personality Frosty Forst who had an idea for a novelty song called “Fujikami the Warrior” written with fellow CFUN DJ Andy Laughland. The band agreed to back Forst’s grunts, shrieks and howls on the novelty record as a means to gain exposure. The single was released on HITT Records which charted on CFUN December 9, 1961. The Hi-Fives were together 6 years and, in that time, won several ‘Battles of the Bands’ in Vancouver including playing to capacity crowds in night clubs like the Blues Palace where they opened forth Ike & Tina Turner.

1961 Mean Old Woman/Cold Wind (London) M-17200 
1961 Fujikami The Warrior/Mo-Shun (HITT) 45-0003

Compilation Tracks
“Fujikami The Warrior” and “Mean Old Woman” on ‘History of Vancouver Rock Volume 1 – The Early Volume’ (VRCA) VRCA-001

Bill Billows
(saxophone) / Don Billows (lead guitar) / Len Leitch (drums) / Lionel Vachon (keyboards) / Bob Arseneau / John Lafranchise / Bob Newman / Bob St-George (guitar)
Formed in the late 1950s in Ottawa, Ontario; Don Billows would open the Ottawa club The Oak Door; Vachon would record several solo albums in the 1970s.

Arsenic/Do What You Did (Montaigne’s Limited) 1001
1961 Rock To M’Lou/ Park of Broken Dreams (REO) 8509X
1965 I’ve Been So Lonely/Jean (Canatal) CT-606

Hi Jump (Montaigne’s Limited)  LPG-103

HIBBS, Harry
Born: Henry Thomas Joseph Hibbs in 1944 on Bell Island, Newfoundland
Died: December 21, 1989 in Toronto, Ontario
The son of a Bell Island, NFLD., miner, Harry Hibbs learned button accordion as a boy. He worked in factories after moving to Toronto in 1961. In 1968 he began performing at the Caribou Club, a Newfie social centre in Toronto which soon brought him television appearances on ‘At The Caribou’ (1968-74, CBC), and then ‘The Harry Hibbs Show’ with his Caribou Showband (later known as the Seaforest Plantation). Newfoundland’s Favourite Son played jigs, reels and other dance pieces as well as original ballads; his motto was “We’ll rant and we’ll roar like true Newfoundlanders.” Although he had toured across the Maritimes and Ontario several times, and did a tour of the British Isles in 1970, his career had waned somewhat by the mid-seventies. However, he has recorded ten albums on three different labels, earning him several gold records and making him a leading Canadian recording artist of his time.

1966 The Nightingale/Scotland, I Am Coming Home To Thee (Caribou) CC45-6903
1966 Harbour Le Cou/Let Me Fish Off Cape St. Mary’s (Caribou) CC45-6904
1967 Farewell To Nova Scotia/[same] (Caribou) CC45-6907
1968 The Black Velvet Band/Road To The Isle (Arc) 1229
1969 I’ll Forgive And I’ll Try To Forget/Fighting ’59 (Arc) 1239
1974 A Toast To Newfoundland/All Kinds of Everything (Marathon) 45-1103
1974 Between Two Trees/I Really Don’t Want To Know (Hibbs) HR-001
1980 The Garden Song/Minstrel Boy (Tapestry) 801

1965 Somewhere At Sea (Caribou) CCLP-7004
1966 To All My Lovelies (Caribou) CCLP-7005
1967 The All New Harry Hibbs With Shrimp Cocktail (Caribou) CCLP-7007
1968 Best of Harry Hibbs (Arc) COV-3002
1969 At the Caribou Club (Arc) AS-794
1969 Live From the Caribou Club (Arc) AS-798
1970 More Harry Hibbs at the Caribou (Arc) AS-809
1970 The Incredible Harry Hibbs (Arc) AS-818
1971 Harry Hibb’s Fourth (Arc) AS-821
1971 A Fifth of Harry Hibbs (Arc/Ahed) AS-826
1973 All Kinds of Everything (Marathon) MMS-76026
1974 Between Two Trees (Hibbs) HR-724
1980 Pure Gold (Tapestry) GD-7375

Loran Baker
(bass) / Teddy Carroll (drums) / Ken Meisner (fiddle, vocals) / Stan Taylor (lead guitar, vocals) / Ron Naugle (rhythm guitar, vocals) / Len McDonald (steel guitar)
Len McDonald had been a session player for The Boutillier Brothers, and Doug Bell & The Country Drifters in the mid-1960s; Stan Taylor had been in The Rhythm Masters. They joined Carroll, Baker, Meisner, and Naugle to form The Hickorys who starred in their own TV show ‘Country Time’. The band often accompanied Vic Mullen and Myrna Lorrie among other country artists.

Railway Tracks From Halifax/Stop And Look Behind You (Arpeggio) ARPS-1015

Vic Mullen Presents The Hickorys (Arpeggio) ARPS-10002

…It’s Countrytime (CBC Radio Canada/Compo/MCA) MC-7009

Coffee house/Mariposa folk singer Dee Dee Higgins spent the early 1960s with The Seaway Singers before going solo in 1968. She was the official hostess at the Ontario Pavilion for Expo ’67 in Montreal. She was also a special guest on Sebastian Agnello’s TV show “An Evening with Phil Ochs”. In August 1970 she released the RPM charting single “The Song Singer”. In 1971 she was signed to RCA by A & R man Scott Richards where she charted with “Wishful Thinking” in February 1971. The flip side of the single, “Got to Find Someone to Love”, was released in March of the same year. Higgins lives in Toronto and occasionally sings with Keith McKie (Kensington Market). with notes from Seb Agnello, John Rowlands, Richard Patterson.

1970 The Song Singer/Long Way Home (Polydor) 2065-020
1971 Wishful Thinking/Got To Find Someone To Love (RCA/Victor) 57-1058

1969 From the Heart (16th Avenue) 5702
1971 Love Is Still Around (RCA/Victor) LSP-4554

Brian Monty
(lead guitar) / Desi McKeon (bass) / John Berry (drums) / Mick Hall (guitar, vocals, drums) / Jim Zeller (rhythm guitar, vocals)  / Ted Hall (rhythm guitar, vocals; replaced Zeller) / Jim Buck (bass, vocals; replaced) / Butch Coulter (harmonica, acoustic guitar) / Gordie Adamson (drums; Berry)
Highstreet started out in the basement of a large rambling old house on High Street in Sherbrooke, Quebéc, Canada in the fall of 1968. Originally they named the band High Street Underground because, playing as they did in a cavernous dirt floor environment, they felt like they were underground. While still in high school Highstreet would play mostly weekend parties and high school dances in and around the Sherbrooke area. During their college years, they often jammed in the student union and basement coffee house as well as doing a weekends-only tour of Quebéc with a couple of French-speaking power trios who, oddly enough, sang only in English. In the fall of ’72, after having disbanded a number of times to individually explore the highways and inner cities of Canada, Highstreet once again reformed and resumed playing in the general vicinity of Lennoxville and Sherbrooke, mostly at Bishop’s and down the road at the Rockcliff, an infamous roadhouse not far from the US border that many bands cut their teeth in during the sixties and seventies before it burned to the ground in January of ’77. At this time the band consisted of Brian Monty on lead guitar, Desi McKeon on bass, John Berry on drums, and former drummer, Mick Hall, on guitar and vocals. For a brief stint in ’73, Jim Zeller was in the lineup but unfortunately his exuberance clashed with the other more laid back members. Later on that year Ted Hall returned from Edmonton and joined the unit on rhythm guitar and vocals. Their first major coup gig-wise was a contract to play the entire ski season at the fabulous Balsam’s Wilderness Resort in Dixville Notch, New Hampshire. After a successful season of learning to ski on ice and rock (it didn’t snow that year) and generally turning the place on its ear, the Highstreet Underground left the familiarity of the Eastern Townships and headed west. There they rented a house in the north of Edmonton and played everywhere from Peace River to Calgary. During that sojourn Brian left the band and the remaining four teamed up briefly with a performer by the name of Subway Elvis, on odd but talented Elvis impersonator. In December of ’74 Highstreet (who had recently dropped the Underground from their name at their agent’s request) packed up their gear and drove back east to Lennoxville. By this time Highstreet had become a tight unit with a repertoire of danceable original tunes as well as just enough Rolling Stone covers to satisfy the bar managers. In the winter of ’76 a friend of theirs, Steve Graupe, recorded Highstreet in his home-built studio as part of his graduation project at Bishop’s University. Using those sessions as a demo the band was later able to get on to another project with the CBC, produced by Michael Whelan. That demo was aired on the CBC show, Goldrush, hosted by Terry David Mulligan and, with some help from their new manager Brian Pombiere, they landed a deal with Epic/Global Records to put out the first Highstreet album. She Won’t Be Waiting was recorded in two sessions, one in the spring of ’78 at Plus Four Studio in Franklin, Quebéc where the band laid down the title track as well as Texas Quebéc, Bad Life, and Sweet Little Lady. An up and coming steel guitar player by the name of Kim Deschamps (who later went on to play with Blue Rodeo) lent his chops to three of the songs on that session. The rest of the album was recorded and mixed at Thunder Sound in Toronto in June of the same year. The lineup by this time consisted of Mick and Ted Hall on guitars and vocals, Jim Buck on bass and vocals, Butch Coulter on harmonica and acoustic guitar, and John Berry on drums. After the Thunder sessions Highstreet went back out on the road and wound up in Yellowknife for a month long party under the midnight sun. They finished off the summer with a two week gig in Jasper, Alberta which had its own set of temptations, some of which not all of them could resist. One of the band members was busted shoplifting pork chops from a local grocery store for a romantic dinner he had planned and wound up doing a week in the local jail. Highstreet toured throughout Quebéc and the Maritimes for the rest of the year, honing their chops and improving their live show. She Won’t Be Waiting was released in the spring of ’79 and Highstreet was now constantly on the road. In Sherbrooke, the local English language radio station, CKTS, sponsored an outdoor concert at the old zoo where they played for an enthusiastic crowd of 5000. They also began opening for various acts including Long John Baldry , Caroline Mas, Jerry Doucette, and James Cotton. Another serendipitous event involving the album occurred when Thunder Sound went bankrupt. One of the engineers on the Highstreet project got a job editing sound for Astro Bellevue Pathe films on the movie ‘Prom Night’ and consequently many of the tunes off the album was used in the movie. The band managed to garner some sensational press when they met up with Margaret Trudeau at a gig in Wakefield, Quebéc not far from the Harrington Lake summer home of Prime Minister Trudeau and family. After spending the weekend partying with Maggie the press somehow got wind of it and put the news item on the front page of the Globe and Mail. Highstreet had its fifteen minutes of fame. By the autumn of ’79 they had completed another western tour with their new drummer, Gordie Adamson, and returned to Montréal to begin a series of shows at the Rainbow Bar & Grill as well as brief journeys to the Maritimes and the good old Eastern Townships. All along they had been adding new songs to their repertoire and were gearing up to record a second album. Citing lack of support from their record company they decided to enlist the help of family and friends to come up with the necessary funds to record another album independently. Many generous donations were made not the least of which was the contribution of long time fan and organizer of the fabulous “Annual” field raves, John Emerson. The album was recorded at Kensington Sound in Toronto and mixed at Phase One Studios during the summer of ’80. Unfortunately the money well dried up and Highstreet was only able to press 300 copies of the album, ‘Industrial Strength’ in 1981. Meanwhile, clubs were cutting back on hiring bands and Highstreet was faced with playing another  winter of bars in New Brunswick and Quebéc again. Instead, they decided to fold. When it was finally evident that the newly mixed and mastered album could enjoy a limited release in the fall of ’81, Highstreet regrouped, added a couple of new members on sax and piano, and began rehearsing for shows at Centennial Theatre in Lennoxville and a gig at the Granada Theatre in Sherbrooke, opening for the Powder Blues Band. While both gigs were a critical success, the Powder Blues gig ended up a fiasco as the promoters didn’t make enough to pay both bands. That more or less was the straw that broke the camel’s back and by October, 1981 Highstreet was no more. A number of resurrections under different names ranging from The Leftovers to The Hall Brothers and eventually The Mick Hall Band kept the music of Highstreet alive and fresh right up until the spring of 1993. A “twentieth” anniversary CD was released in 1998 which included a couple of very early recordings of the band. Highstreet (Underground) performed a 35th Anniversary reunion show at Bishop’s Centennial Theatre in Lennoxville, Quebéc. The concert was held on September 18, 2004 . with notes from Mick Hall and Robert Coates.

1979 Bad Life/Sweet Little Lady (Inter Global/Epic/Columbia) E4-8366

1979 She Won’t Be Waitin’ (Inter Global/Epic/Columbia) PFC-90540
1981 Industrial Strength – Ten Songs (Music Lab) ML-902
1998 Last Call

Born: Daniel Grafton Hill IV on June 3, 1954 in Toronto, Ontario
Dan Hill was born to American mixed race parents who escaped the racism and McCarthy-ism of the US for a safer family life in Toronto. He began writing songs from his childhood influences like Sinatra, Count Basie, Ella Fitzgerald and Sarah Vaughan at the age of 14. By the age of 17 he was playing small gatherings and coffeehouses and managed to release a single on RCA in 1973. By 19 he had signed a full record deal with GRT Records. Two introductory albums went gold and received zero public interest but were followed by 1977’s ‘Longer Fuse’ and the multi-million selling single “Sometimes When We Touch” (co-written with Barry Mann). The album sold 300,000 copies and won over the fickle US market. The song would eventually be covered by Rod Stewart, Barry Manilow, and Olivia Newton-John. Hill was named ‘Top New Male Vocalist’ in both Cashbox and Record World magazines. He won a JUNO Award for ‘Composer of The Year’ and ‘Male Vocalist of the Year’ and nominated for a Grammy all in 1977. His follow-up to his most successful album to date was ‘Frozen in the Night’ which spawned the moderate hit “Let The Song Last Forever” and sold 100,000 units. With the press giving Hill the ride of his life, nothing he could do was good enough for them which fueled Hill’s passion to write. He wrote material for other international stars like Jeffery Osborne, George Benson and Tina Turner, and stayed out of the limelight. It would be 1987’s “Can’t We Try”, a duet with newcomer Vonda Sheppard (she wound up with a recurring role on the TV show ‘Ally McBeal’), that gave Hill another shot as an artist rather than just a songwriter. Flash forward nearly a decade while recording tracks for his 1996 CD ‘I’m Doing Fine’, and Celine Dion hears his recording of “Seduces Me” and wanted it for her own solo album. The removal of the song from his own album led to more writing work with Dion and a string of recorded tunes on her solo albums. In September 1999, Sony released a new best-of collection, ‘Love of My Life’. Along with the hits, the 18-song compilation featured four new tracks. In recent years Hill has written a book about his relationship with his father entitled ‘I Am My Father’s Son’. In 2009 he released a new studio album called ‘Intimate’ which features the song “Are You Ready” which hill co-wrote with the late Paul Quarrington and Martin Worthy (who were both members of Porkbelly Futures and Joe Hall & The Continental Drift). Hill has currently been supporting international wrestling star Manny Pacquiao who extolled his love for Hill’s hit song “Sometimes When We Touch” by singing it on a late-night talk show. Hill contacted the budding ‘crooner’ and helped Pacquiao record the tune which went on to crack the US Top20 Contemporary music charts in 2011.

1973 Peter Pan/Nobody’s Right (RCA/Victor) KPB0-0002
1975 You Make Me Want To Be (GRT) 1230-100
1975 Growing Up/People (GRT) 1230-107
1976 You Say You’re Free/[same] (GRT) 1230-110
1976 Hold On/When You Smile At Me (GRT) 1230-122
1976 Phonecall/I’ve Been Alone (GRT) 1230-126
1977 Sometimes When We Touch/Still Not Used To (GRT) 1230-137
1978 Let The Song Last Forever/Longer Fuse (GRT) 1230-155
1978 Dark Side of Atlanta/Friends (GRT) 1230-158
1978 All I See Is Your Face/[same] (GRT) 1230-159
1978 All I See Is Your Face/Dark Side of Atlantis (GRT) 1230-161
1978 (Why Did You Have To Go And) Pick On Me/No One Taught Me How To Lie (GRT) 1230-168
1979 Hold On To The Night/When You Smile At Me (Magnum/GRT) 1242-8805
1980 I Still Reach For You/If Dreams Had Wings (True North/Columbia) C4-4243
1980 Path of Least Resistance/You Get A Little Harder (Columbia) C4250
1981 Just A Piece of Your Heart/All I Want Is You (Epic) E4-8481
1981 Listen With Your Heart (Epic) E4-8692
1981 Don’t Give Up On Love (Epic) 14-02515
1982 I’m Just A Man/Class of ’69 (Epic) 14-02665
1982 It’s A Long Road/It’s A Long Road (Instrumental) (TR) 1484
1983 You Pulled Me Through/Love in the Shadows (Mercury) MS-76204
1983 Helpless/In Your Eyes (Mercury) MS-76208
1984 Where You Gonna Run To/You Pulled Me Through (Mercury) MS-76215
1987 Can’t We Try [w/Vonda Sheppard]/Pleasure Centre (CBS/Columbia) 38-07050
1988 Never Thought (That I Could Love)/Blood In My Veins (CBS/Columbia) 38-07618
1988 Carmelia/USA/USSR (CBS/Columbia) 38-07772
1988 We Had It All/Where Do Dreams Go (CBS) 6531947
1989 Unborn Heart/(You’ve) Got to Get Over Him (CBS/Columbia) 38-08754
1991 I Fall All Over Again/Don’t Give Up On Us (Quality) 15180
1992 Is It Really Love (Quality) 19070
1992 Hold Me Now (Quality) 19107
1992 Dance of Love/Dance of Love (Instrumental) (Quality) 19124
1993 Sometimes When We Touch (Quality) 19822
1993 Flirting With A Headache (Quality)
1993 Healing Power Of Love (Quality)
1993 Let Me Show You (Spontaneous/MCA) SP-1001
1993 In Your Eyes [w/Rique Frank]/She Is My Lady (Spontaneous/MCA) SP-1002
1996 Wrapped Around Your Finger/Faith (KOCH – Austria) 32202


1975 Dan Hill (GRT) 9230-1061
1976 Hold On (GRT) 9230-1065
1977 Longer Fuse (GRT) 9230-1073
1978 Frozen In The Night (GRT) 9230-1079
1980 Best of Dan Hill (20th Century – UK) T-614
1980 If Dreams Had Wings (Epic) FE-36441
1981 Partial Surrender (Epic) FE-37418
1983 Love In The Shadows (Mercury) SRM-1-1408
1983 Sometimes When We Touch: The Best of Dan Hill (Big Time – Australia) BT-7035
1987 Dan Hill (CBS/Columbia) 40456
1989 Real Love (CBS/Columbia) FC-45162
1989 The Dan Hill Collection (CBS/Columbia)
1991 Dance Of Love (Quality) 15181
1993 Greatest Hits And More…Let Me Show You (Sony) SP5001-2
1996 I’m Doing Fine (Spontaneous/MCA) MCASD-81012
1999 Love Of My Life: The Best Of Dan Hill (Sony)
2009 Intimate (My Father’s Son Records/Universal) 7697428341
2021 On The Other Side Of Here

Compilation Tracks
“I Still Reach For You” on ‘Superstars Salute New Massey Hall’ (CRIA) CRIA-2
1982 “It’s A Long Road” on ‘Rambo: First Blood [Motion Picture Soundtrack]’
1996 “Sometimes When We Touch” on ‘Oh What a Feeling: A Vital Collection of Canadian Music’ (MCA) JUNO-25

Born: August 11, 1968 in Vancouver, British Columbia
Hille began playing piano in 1974. Childhood interests included plants, books, microscopes, science fiction, and psychiatry. She attended art college in the late 1980s which is when she started writing music. Hille makes records, writes for musical theatre, scores films, and teaches songwriting. She is currently the in-house composer for Vancouver’s Theatre Replacement. With notes from Veda Hille.

Fig. 53Pulse [4-song EP] (BLAB) 43700-7
1999 Inspiration/Expiration [4 song 7″ EP] (BLAB) 47300-7
2010 Ace (Demo) [DigiFile]

Songs About People and Buildings [cassette]
1994 Path of a Body (Veda Hille) VH-112-2
1996 Spine (Veda Hille/Page Publishing) VH-113-2
1996 Women in (E)Motion (Tradition & Moderne – Germany) T&M-111
1997 Here Is a Picture (Songs for E Carr) (Veda Hille) VH-114-2
1999 You Do Not Live in This World Alone (Veda Hille) VH-115-2
2001 Field Study (Veda Hille) VH-116-2
2001 Veda Hille and Her Swell Band Play ‘Field Study’ (Veda Hille)
2002 Auditorium (Veda Hille) VH-117-2
2002 Silver [DigiFile] (Veda Hille)
2005 Return of the Kildeer (Ape House) APECD-009
2007 Riot Life (Veda Hille)
2007 Fresh Songs At the Red Square Christmas Bazaar [5-song DigiFile] (Veda Hille)
2008 This Riot Life (Ape House) APECD-019
2009 A Stunted Advent Calendar [7-song DigiFile] (Veda Hille)
2013 Veda Hille Presents Peter Panties (independent)
2016 Songs From Onegin (SOCAN) OC16IN
2016 Love Waves (Veda Hille) VH-121
2022 Beach Practice (Ved Hille) VH-125

2004 Escape Songs (Squint Fucker Press) SQUINT-00Hwith THE FITS
2006 Seize To Amaze

Do You Want What I’ve Got? New Showtunes From Broadway & Cambie (Theatre Replacement) TR-2000
2020 Little Volcano (Hilleotron Classics) VH-123

with DUPLEX!
Album By Duplex! (Mint) MRD-083
2010 Worser (Veda Hille)

Young Saint Marie (Veda Hille) VH-119

cEvin Key
/ Al Nelson / Dwayne Goettel
Al Nelson and cEVIN Key first performed together as members of the short lived punk outfit Illegal Youth in 1979. Key left Canada for Japan while Nelson remained a punk catalyst. When Key returned from Japan he had brought back with him a new vision of an electronic musical age. With that knowledge he co-founded Images In Vogue and later, as a backlash to the commercialism of that band, Skinny Puppy. Meanwhile, Nelson had formed Flu and after some small-time success in 1984, he eventually became the cinematic visionary for Skinny Puppy’s live performances while resuming music collaborations with Key. With the harried prolific state of Skinny Puppy’s output, the material was never able to surface but eventually Key, Nelson, and Skinny Puppy’s Dwayne Goettel found themselves in Toronto where they were able to begin regular jamming in 1987. The trio named themselves Hilt and Nettwerk Records dared them to make a record “real cheap”. Up for the dare, Hilt went to Vancouver and enlisted Skinny Puppy producer Dave “Rave” Ogilvie who just happened to be producing the big budget release of Caterwaul’s latest release which allowed Hilt the use of additional musicians in the form of Betsy & Mark (Caterwaul), Don Harrison (Sons Of Freedom) and the improvising Ogilvie himself. The debut album was entitled ‘Call the Ambulance (Before I Hurt Myself)’ in 1990. Several EPs followed which led to the 1991 sophomore effort ‘Journey to the Centre of the Bowl’. The act eventually splintered as Skinny Puppy’s career began to take up more time for Goettel and Key. [also see DOWNLOAD, SKINNY PUPPY]

1990 Get Stuck [4-song 12″ EP] (Nettwerk) W1-3042
1990 Stoneman [4-song 12″ EP] (Nettwerk) W1-3045
1991 Orange Pony [4-song 12″ EP] (Nettwerk) W1-6311


1990 Call the Ambulance (Before I Hurt Myself) (Nettwerk) W1-30044
1991 Journey To the Center of the Bowl (Nettwerk) W2-30056
2003 The Worst of the Flu 1985 – 1989 (Sub-Conscious – US)  SUB-027
2007 Minoot Bowl Dropped the Ball (Sub-Conscious – US)  SUB-34
2018 Minoot Bowl Dropped the Ball [LP re-issue] (Artoffact) AOF-331

Compilation Tracks
“Stoneman” on ‘Nettwerk Sound Sampler Vol. III’ (Nettwerk)
1991 “Superhoney” on ‘Decadence’ (Nettwerk) W2-30100
2003 “Pass the Pappadum” on ‘Encore’ (Sub-Conscious)

Kelly Mulvey
(vocals) / Brian Young (bass) / Lindsay Young (guitar) / Henry Kox (drums)
Punk band from London, Ontario who formed in 1979. Their run as The Hippies ended in 1983 when they changed their name to Tenement 13. Following their break up in 1984, several members would form Bloodbrothers – and finally Boy From Nowhere. [also see BOY FROM NOWHERE]


1982 Nuclear Disaster/How You Gonna Live? (Kampf) DNA-25

Compilation Tracks
“Nuclear Disaster” on ‘Domestic Animals’ [cassette] (independent)
1984 “Je Churche” on ‘Animals Fight Back’ [cassette] (independent)
2012 “Can Teens” on ‘Slippery’s Club Hits’ [cassette] (What Wave) WW-24

“Underworld” on ‘London Crawling’ (What Wave)

Jim Campbell (vocals) / Ian Guenther / Willi Morrison
Ian Guenther and Will Morrison of Three Hats Productions created this one-off studio project with Cat singer Jim Campbell after licensing the publishing for the Barry Blue hit “Do You Wanna Dance?” The original was a hit in England, but didn’t repeat that success in Canada. with notes from Al Mair and Jim Campbell. [also see CAT]

1976 Do You Wanna Dance? [stereo]/Do You Wanna Dance? [mono] (Attic) AT-140

Eddie Shack [aka Mark Davidson]
(vocals) / Chris Farr (guitar, vocals) / Dan Farr (drums, guitar, vocals)/ Krystyne Stankiewicz (bass) / Rob Neilson (drums)
From Toronto, Ontario

Jesus Saves! [4-song 7” EP] (Homewrekords) #001

2 Minutes For Roughing [cassette]
1995 Puck You! Smells Like Stanley’s Cup (Outcast) OR-002

Compilation Tracks
“Not So Long Ago” on ‘Hardcore 94’ [4-song 7” EP] (En Guard) ENG-032
1994 “Don’t Belong” on ‘Fuck The Commonwealth: 22 Bands From Ontario And BC That Hate The Queen!’ (Fans of Bad Production) FOBP8
1994 “Don’t Belong” on ‘Underground Battleground…Gaining Ground’ (Citizens For A Better Safer War) WAR-001
1995 “Lost Friend” on ‘True Independence II” (Dumb Drum)
1995 “Just Let Me Think” on ‘Stereophonicus Disruptus The Sequel’ (Input Rage) RAGE2

Sean Hogan played drums and wrote lyrics as a high-school kid in South Western, Ontario growing up in Sarnia and eventually moving to London, Ontario where he decided to take a course in Music Industry Arts at Fanshawe College for a year. After working in Country radio for several summers at CKTY in Sarnia between college years he moved to Toronto to hone his live music chops. He settled there for a few years while studying percussion and drums as well as taking a vocal minor at Humber College. After growing bored of jazz and longing to be a singer/songwriter, Hogan left school and headed for the west coast in 1990. He immediately picked up the acoustic guitar as a writing tool in the fall of ’90. During this period he worked for The Western Canada Wilderness Committee environmental organization for 3.5 years full-time before making music a full-time live gig commitment. With that, he sold his drums in 1993 and started focusing on songwriting. Hogan began recording his first album in the fall of 1995 which included 9 original tracks and a cover of John Hiatt’s “Slow Turning”. In 1996 Hogan was one of British Columbia Canadian Country Music Association’s 1996 ‘Talent On Tape’ winners with his song “Beg, Borrow And Steal The World” for ‘Best Composition’ and “Nothin Could Be Better” for ‘Best Male Vocal’. A video for the song “Beg, Borrow and Steal The World”, produced by Birkett Brothers Films, also gained heavy rotation on Country Music Television. The positive response led to a reteaming of the video company and Hogan for the follow-up “Vulnerable”. When the CCMA ushered in it’s first ever Independent Awards Hogan was the winner of the 1997 Independent ‘Male Artist of the Year’ category. He was one of the very first Canadian independent artists to be featured on the new Country Music Television Songwriter programs. 6 videos from Hogan’s first album received CMT rotation. Hogan also won the 1998 British Columbia Country Music Award for ‘Most Promising New Artist’ with the Ray McCauley Memorial Horizon Award. In September he released “Walk The Talk” as a single which was co-produced by Rick Erickson. “Beg, Borrow And Steal The World” and “Nothin Could Be Better” from the first album were picked up and featured in the independent film production ‘Zacharia’ which made the rounds thru out North America in late 1998 and early 1999. Also, Hogan’s video Director, Jason Bourque, won a Leo Award for ‘Best Music Video’ for Hogan’s “Walk the Talk”. In June 1999 Hogan released the follow-up to his highly successful self-titled debut, called ‘Hijacked’, which was co-produced by Rick Hutt (Northern Pikes, Tom Cochrane). In 2004, inspired by a song he had written called It’s Christmas Time”, Hogan began the first of many annual Christmas tours called the Canadian Country Christmas tour. He has now toured the show for 7 years straight and has raised over $100,000 for various community charity events across Canada. Hogan received the Humanitarian award for this efforts in 2005 with the Saskatchewan Country Music Association. 2009 marked the release of his first U.S. Country release titled ‘The Southern Sessions’, which yielded a couple of well aired singles on the U.S. indie charts which scored a #50 chart position for “Heartbreak Song” on the Music Row chart and a Top 20 with “Suck It Up” on New Music Weekly. Hogan was a final ballot nominee for ‘Male Vocalist of the Year’ and ‘Canadiana/Roots Artist of the Year’ 2011 for the British Columbia Country Music Awards. With notes from Sean Hogan.

Beg, Borrow, And Steal The World (Barnstorm)
1996 Vulnerable (Barnstorm)
1997 Slow Turning (Barnstorm)
1997 Wild Rose (Barnstorm)
1997 Heaven By Your Side (Barnstorm)
1998 The Outcome (Barnstorm)
1998 Walk The Talk (Barnstorm)
1999 Sure Fire Love (Barnstorm)
2004 It’s Christmas Time (Lakeland Heart)
2009 Heartbreak Song (Lakeland Heart)
2009 Suck It Up (Lakeland Heart)
2011 Travel Plans (Lakeland Heart)

Sean Hogan (Barnstorm) CDSH-01
1999 Hijacked (Barnstorm)
2001 Late Last Nite
2002 Ruled by Mercury
2005 Catalina Sunrise
2008 Conspiracy Radio (Northbuck)
2009 The Country Sessions (Lakeland Heart)
2011 Phoenix (On Ramp/Lakeland Heart) R2012001

Rick Calhoun
(drums, percussion) / Dave Strilchuk (bass) / Matt Pierrot (guitar, vocals) / Russ Smith (lead vocals, rhythm guitar)
A Christian satirical band from Vancouver, British Columbia. Formed in 1988. They toured extensively in Canada and the United States. Following the release of their 1999 album ‘Super Duper’ they retired the band to spend more time with family. In October 2007, Hokus Pick received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Canadian Gospel Music Association. They also performed live and hosted the 30th Annual Covenant Awards in October 2008.

Hey, Man! [cassette] (independent) SS-9119
1994 Brothers From Different Mothers (Attic) ACD-1404
1995 Bookaboom (Via – US) D-6015
1997 The B-Sides (Freedom – US) FRD-3408
1997 Snappy (Freedom – US) FRD-3411
1998 Picks (Freedom – US) FRD-3422
1999 Super Duper (Freedom – US) FRD-3424

Hokus Pick Manouver [cassette] (independent) SP-9008
1992 Pick It Up (Word Canada) 70175-0050
1993 The Independents (Word Canada) HPMCD-3

HOLLAND, Michael
CHUM-AM morning man Michael Holland was signed to a solo deal with Toronto label Bomb Records based on his former musical life as Connecticut born Michael Bouyea in the US. Bouyea had been in the ’60s garage band The Rogues whose first single on the Peyton label – “It’s the Same All Over the World” – became a minor hit and is now a collector’s item. The Rogues went to New York in 1966 to re-record the Peyton single. The band had booked the studio for four hours and were finished recording the song in less than 30 minutes. With the remaining time Bouyea sat in a corner and pounded out some additional tunes – two of which were “Going All The Way” and “Go Ahead”. The band’s agent landed them a deal with Atco Records where the songs were released under a new name The Squires who had moderate success. Later, Bouyea would move to Canada where he had solo chart success with a song called “The Fury” and then “Lover of the Night” on Columbia Records before landing the DJ job with CHUM. A full album entitled ‘Do She Want Love’ spawned a hit in the title track. This was no novelty record, it was a legitimate hit song that lasted 8 weeks on the charts and hit a peak position of  No.20 in 1981. Holland/Bouyea returned to the US where he still lives today. with notes from Michael Bouyea.

1979 The Fury/Just Slip Away (Columbia) C4-8324
1979 Lover of the Night/I Can Wait (Columbia) C4-8370
1981 Do She Want Love/Second Time (Bomb) BOMB-5040

1966 It’s The Same All Over The World/Oh No (Peyton – US) P-1001


1966 Going All the Way/Go Ahead (Atco – US) 6442

1981 Do She Want Love (Bomb) BOMB-7036

1966 Going All the Way With the Squires (Atco – US)

Singer and dancer born in London, Ontario. His first brush with fame came in 1959 with his song “Yow! Are You Hungry, Baby” in 1959. He became a celebrity after touring frequently in the Pacific Rim, making a name for himself in Japan. He’d often accompany other instrumental artists who needed a frontman. In 1962 he performed with Lenny Breau, Don Francks, Eon Henstridge at Toronto’s The Purple Onion club. In early 1966 he signed with the Compo label and they released his cover of Roger Miller’s “That’s Why I Love You Like I Do” on their Apex Records imprint. Hollingsworth is retired in a senior’s facility in Hamilton, Ontario.

Yow! Are You Hungry, Baby?/All I Wanna Do Is Tap (Sparton) 4-832R
1966 That´s Why I Love You Like I Do/Little Dandelion (Apex) 76996
197? Mr. Bojangles/Game Number Nine (JH) C-328

Compilation Tracks
“Yow! Are You Hungry, Baby” on ‘Early Canadian Rockers, Vol. III’ (Collector Records) CLCD-4432

2004 “Work Song,” “Oscar’s Blues,” and “Joey’s Solo” on ‘At The Purple Onion’ (Art Of Life) AL1009-2

Born: Kenneth Roy Hollis in 1945
Died: July 12, 2002

Canadian singer and songwriter from Kitchener, Ontario who was the co-founder Copperpenny with Rich Wamil. Hollis died on July 12, 2002 at age 57. [also see COPPERPENNY]

Our World Is A Rock ‘N’ Roll Band/Saying Goodbye ‎(RCA Victor) PB-50078
1975 Ruby Baby/Sing Baby Sing (RCA Victor) PB-50140
1978 Goin’ Hollywood/You Know I Can’t Do Anymore ‎(Apex/Change/Interdisc) AP-95001

Brenda/Unless You’re Blue (Sweet Plum) MS-9923

Sagen Pearse
(lead vocals, rhythm guitar) / Chris Bennett (lead guitar) / Michael Dempster (bass) / Justin Dillon (drums) / Alex McMaster (cello) / Sarah Fazackerley (piano, backing vocals)
From Stouffville, Ontario.

Nuclear Home – an album (independent)

Brian Borcherdt
(guitar)/ Kevin Lynn / Graham Walsh / Glenn Milchem (drums) / Loel Campbell / Matt McQuaid / Matt Schulz
Toronto, Ontario’s Holy Fuck was assembled in 2004 by Brian Borcherdt of By Divine Right and quickly made a name for themselves playing at music festivals and conferences around North America including Coachella as Brooklyn rapper Beans’ backing act. They have also performed at the Glastonbury Festival in 2007 and Lollapalooza in 2008. Their incendiary name has gained them media attention including the insinuation that it was responsible for the cancellation of international tour funding by the PromArt program in August 2008. In response, Holy Fuck took part in the November 2008 ‘Festival of the Fuck Bands’ music festival in the village of Fucking, Austria which included the bands Fucked Up, Fuck and Fuck Buttons.

Milk Shake (Young Turks – UK)
2007 Frenchy’s/[split w/CELEBRATION] [7″] (Young Turks – US) HF-C-7
2008 Lovely Allen/Super Inuit (Studio) [7″ & 12″] (Young Turks – UK) YT-010
2008 Super Inuit (Live) (Young Turks – UK)
2008 Super Inuit/[split w/FOALS] [12″] (Transgressive/Young Turks – UK) YT-019
2010 Latin America/Foxy [7″] (Young Turks – UK) YT-032S
2010 Red Lights/Dr. Dr. E [7″] (Young Turks – UK) YT-048
2010 Stay Lit (Remix) [DigiFile] (Hand Drawn Dracula)
2014 Chimes Broken/Sabbatics [7″] (Mistletone – AUSTRALIA) MIST-068
2016 Xed Eyes (Innovative Leisure – UK) IL-2039
2020 Deleter Remixed [5-song EP DigiFile] (Holy Ef – UK) AWD-482271
2022 Airport Dreams/Lost Cool [7″] (Polytechnic Youth) PY-156
2022 Ninety Five [DigiFile] (Holy Ef)

Everybody Breaks A Glass [DigiFile] (Lights Music)

Free Gloss/Free Gloss (Edit) [DigiFile] (Holy Ef – UK) AWD-442535

Luxe (Edit)/Luxe [DigiFile] (Holy Ef – UK) LGEEP-49632

Airport Dreams (Holy Ef – UK) AWD-530536

It’s The SK! (Dependent)
2005 Holy Fuck (Dependent) DP-026
2007 Holy Fuck [6-song CDEP + 12”] (Dependent)
2007 LP (Young Turks – UK) YTCD-006
2008 Daytrotter Session [4-song EP] (Daytrotter)
2010 Latin (Young Turks – UK) YT-033CD
2010 +Ghost [4-song EP] (Young Turks – UK) YT-033X
2014 Cassette NO1 [cassette] (Dependent)
2016 Congrats (Last Gang) Q2-01745
2017 Bird Brains [4-song EP] (Innovative Leisure – UK)
2020 Deleter [LP] (Last Gang) LGE-LP-49635

Compilation Tracks
“Hole In Your Parachute” on ‘Vicious Circles Vol. 1’ (Hand Drawn Dracula) HDD-017

Fred Mollin
/ Larry Mollin / Phil Savath / Barry Flatman
Homemade Theatre was a creative partnership of Larry Mollin, Phil Savath, Barry Flatman and Fred Mollin. The quartet was fully funded theatre artists with an actual theatre in the 70’s in Toronto. It also spawned, among other pursuits, a TV series called ‘Homemade TV’ that ran three seasons on CBC-TV from 1975 to 1978. With Fred Mollin’s background as a music producer as well, they had a chance to demo their first novelty song “Santa Jaws” in 1975. It was written by Phil Savath and the Mollin brothers and was produced by Andy Hermant at Manta Sound. Savath narrated and Flatman performed the vari-speed Shark’s voice. All the members sang at the end and created the chomping/munching sounds with various vegetables and fruits closely miked. The B-side featured shark themed Christmas carol parodies performed by a professional choir. Hermant and Fred Mollin played the recording for Gerry LaCoursiere at A & M Records Canada and was released by A & M in a colorful picture sleeve in time for Christmas 1975. The song reached #36 on the RPM Top100 Singles chart in late 1975. The record sold 50,000 copies and was nominated for three JUNO Awards in 1976 including ‘Song of the Year’ and ‘Single of the Year’ but failed to win any. It also was released by A & M in the US. On the success of “Santa Jaws” – which they also performed live at their theatre shows – they released “Disco Tech” which was a poorly timed anti-disco song that came out just as The Bee Gees’ ‘Saturday Night Fever’ swept the country. Savath played the Joe Friday character who narrated the A-side. Alas, the record failed to garner any attention at radio. The group finished out their A & M deal in ignominy with 1976’s “CB Santa” which was narrated by Flatman and written by Savath and the Mollin brothers. It was produced by Fred Mollin and Andy Hermant and featured musical contributions by John Capek. The single was released in Canada under the name Big Jim And The Good Buddies while in the US it was released as Homemade Theatre. The B-side called “Soup of the Day” contained improvisational riffs by Fred Mollin and featured him howling like a cat. Barry Flatman continues to be one of Canada’s best character actors and his face can be seen on TV, movies and commercials. He lives in Toronto; Larry Mollin has spent the last 30 years writing and producing for prime time TV in the US including ‘CHiPs’, ‘Knight Rider’ and ‘Beverly Hills, 90210’ (for which he did 128 hours). He is now back to the theatre writing and directing plays. He splits his time between Santa Monica and Martha’s Vineyard; Phil Savath was a TV writer and producer who passed away in 2004 after a battle with cancer is greatly missed; Fred Mollin continues to perform & produce records for Jimmy Webb, America, Johnny Mathis, and J. D. Souther among others. He lives in Nashville and Martha’s Vineyard. with notes from Larry Mollin,  Fred Mollin, and Andy Hermant.

1975 Santa Jaws/Santa Jaws Part 2 (A & M) AM-407-S
1976 Disco Tech (stereo)/Disco Tech (mono) (A & M) AM-416-S
1976 CB Santa/Soup of the Day (A & M – US) 1887-S


1976 CB Santa/Soup of the Day (A & M) AM-426

Brad Klassen
(keyboards) / Dave Hilbich (keyboards) / Doug Robertson (bass) / Menno Neufeld (lead guitar, backing vocals) / Paul Wylie (lead vocals, guitar)
Vancouver, British Columbia Christian rock band featuring Doug Robertson of the band Revelation. The released one album called ‘Redeem The Time’ on New Born Records in 1978. Back up vocals supplied by Mary Saxton and Nancy Nash.

Redeem The Time (New Born) NB-7032

John Finley
(vocals) / Bill King (keyboards)  / Fred Cacciotti (guitar)
A studio act featuring Rhinoceros/Jon & Lee & The Checkmates vocalist John Finley singing songs written by keyboardist Bill King. Guitar was supplied by ex-Tote Family member Fred Cacciotti. with notes from Bill King. [also see BILL KING]

1970 Anthem/New York City (Nimbus 9/RCA) NNS-9012
1972 Every Living Thing/Sadness (Nimbus 9/RCA) NNS-9018

1972 Homestead [aka Every Living Thing Has A Place In God’s Heart] (Nimbus 9/RCA) NNS-104

Shari Ulrich
(lead vocals, violin, flute) / Claire Lawrence (saxophones, flutes) / Geoff Eyre (drums, percussion, vocals) / Robbie King (keyboards, piano, organ, vocals) / Doug Edwards (guitar, Fender Rhodes, solina, electric bass, backing vocals)
Hometown were very short-lived. They released two albums ‘Flying’ (1976) and ‘Hometown Band’ (1977) both on A & M Records. Even with a JUNO Award behind them the Hometown band self-destructed in 1979 before another album could be released leaving Shari Ulrich to fulfill the A & M contract. Other notable members of Hometown were Doug Edwards (best known as a member of Skylark with David Foster and whose biggest claim to fame was co-writing the Top40 hit “Wildflower”) and Claire Lawrence best known for his years with Chilliwack; Keyboardist Robbie King arranged Terry Jacks’s maudlin “Seasons in the Sun”, played on Bryan Adams’s cocksure “Can’t Stop This Thing We Started”, contributed harpsichord to Olivia Newton-John’s poperatic “Don’t Cry for Me Argentina” and Hammond organ to Tina Turner’s soulful “What’s Love Got to Do With It”, and toured with the Supremes, among many others. He might also be the only musician to have recorded with both shock-rocker Alice Cooper and Gulf Islands troubadour Valdy. He passed away October 17, 2003; Geoff Eyre would also go on to play in Curtis Cowan and The Rockers, Pete And The Sneaks, and the Powder Blues Band. [also see SHARI ULRICH, CLAIRE LAWRENCE]

1976 Mad Larry/Wingless Bird (A & M) AM-442
1976 Flying/Spread ‘Em All Around (A & M) AM-1860
1976 I’m Ready/Spread ‘Em All Around (A & M) AM-1889
1977 What Would I Do/ (A & M) AM-456
1977 Halleluya, Do Ya Wanna Dance/ (A & M) AM-2022
1977 Feel Good Side/Just A Moment Large (A & M) AM-2028

1976 Flying (A & M) SP-4605
1977 Hometown Band (A & M) SP-4671

Dave “Earth Pig” Aardvark (vocals) / Martin Flagpole (guitar) / Jelly Fifteen (bass) / Janet (drums) / Marty Jones (guitar)
From Ottawa, Ontario; Marty Jones owned Sound of One Hand Studio and later became a member of Furnaceface.

The Rosenthal Effect (Honest Injun Wreckords) H.I. 1/86

Johnnie Dee
(lead vocals) / Derry Grehan (lead guitar, backing vocals) / Ray Coburn (keyboards; left 1986, rejoined 1989) / Gary Lalonde (bass) / Dave Betts (drums) / Rob Preuss (keyboards, backing vocals; replaced Coburn 1986) / Peter Nunn (keyboards; replaced Coburn 2nd time) / Steve Webster (bass; replaced Lalonde 1991) / Tom Lewis (bass; replaced Webster 1992) / Tim Harrington (bass; replaced Lewis 1993) / Steve Skingley (bass, vocals; replaced Harrington 1996) / Jorn Anderson (drums; replaced Betts 1989) / Creighton Doane (drums; replaced Anderson 1992) / Troy Feener (drums; replaced Doane 1996) / Brett Carrigan (drums; replaced Feener) / Rob Laidlaw (bass; replaced Skingley) / Stan Misczek (bass; replaced Laidlaw)
Johnnie Dee and Derry Grehan, principal and founding members of Honeymoon Suite, met when introduced by manager Stephen Prendergast in 1982. Deciding to work together, they formed Honeymoon Suite (suitable indeed, given that Dee is from Niagara Falls, Ontario, and Grehan is from St. Catharines – as close as one can get to the Honeymoon Capital of the World) with Grehan’s former Steve Blimkie And The Reason band-mate Dave Betts on drums, plus an anonymous keyboard player and bassist. In 1983 they decided to enter the Homegrown Contest put on yearly by Toronto’s Q107-FM radio station, and Prendergast approached his friend and producer Tom Tremeuth to produce it for them. “New Girl Now” won the contest based on the buying public’s response and Bob Roper at WEA Canada was so impressed with the song, he signed them. Personnel conflicts arose and the keyboardist was replaced with Ray Coburn, from the Toronto area. During the recording sessions for the first album they found themselves a permanent bassist in Gary Lalonde (ex-Toronto), although a session player named Brian Brackstone played bass on the album. The eponymous first album was released June 1984 after a failed attempt to release it on Valentine’s Day of that year. Throughout 1983 and 1984 they toured Canada and the US consistently, headlining club gigs and opening for such acts as Billy Idol, April Wine, Laura Branigan, Jethro Tull, The Kinks, and Bryan Adams. In 1984 they were nominated for the ‘Most Promising Group’ JUNO Award but did not win. Propelled by the success of more singles from the album, 1985 saw them embarking on headlining gigs throughout Ontario and the rest of Canada, and presenting an award at the 1985 JUNOs. By this time the first album had achieved platinum sales status. Their second album was released on Valentine’s Day 1986. ‘The Big Prize’ featured a rare appearance by Jethro Tull’s Ian Anderson, went platinum in Canada almost immediately and started selling steadily in the US. Tours in the States that year included opening stints for Heart, .38 Special, ZZ Top, Journey, Starship, and Saga; they also headlined a sold-out show at the Kingswood Music Theatre just north of Toronto. Ray Coburn quit afterwards and was replaced by Toronto whiz-kid keyboardist Rob Preuss (formerly of the Spoons). 1986 also saw the band win a gold award for ‘Best Live Act’ at the World Popular Song Festival in Tokyo, the ‘Group of the Year’ JUNO and headline more dates in Canada and some northern States. For album number three, the band went to Los Angeles in the winter of 1987 to record with Ted Templeman (Little Feat, The Doobie Brothers, Van Halen), and while there Dee was hit by a car at L.A.X. airport, breaking his leg in several places, and requiring surgery for a ten inch pin to help the leg heal properly. While recovering in hospital, Doobie Brother Michael McDonald was brought in to help out with the recording sessions; he wrote lyrics and sang back up on one song. The results of all the hard work was ‘Racing After Midnight’, a slightly harder-edged, more guitar oriented album that spawned a European tour with Status Quo and a headlining tour of Canada – but little if any interest from the US, and virtually no tour there. Problems surfaced with long-time management Head Office, and after the group left the fold, keyboardist Ray Coburn returned to the band in time for WEA to release a ‘best-of’ compilation in 1989. Betts and Lalonde took their leave and Coburn, Dee and Grehan began writing together again. The trio returned to the studio in 1990 to craft ‘Monsters Under The Bed’ with Paul Northfield producing, and Steve Webster (Billy Idol’s band) on bass and Jorn Anderson (NEO a4) on drums. Singles like “Say You Don’t Know Me” and “The Road” did well in Canada but once again failed to make a dent in the US. They’d had songs played on TV’s ‘Miami Vice’ and songs on two movie soundtracks (‘Lethal Weapon II’ and ‘One Crazy Summer’) and had won awards. Things were in perspective for them. For the live shows, the threesome brought in Tom Lewis on bass and Creighton Doane on drums. The result of a couple years of touring was ’13 Live’, a self-explanatory album on Interplanet Music that saw limited release in Canada and parts of Europe. Eventually Coburn departed to join Alannah Myles (and most recently produce Dayna Manning), and was replaced by Peter Nunn (Jitters). Over time Lewis also left and was replaced with Harrington. Harrington stayed for a number of years, but was replaced with Skingley (Rik Emmett) a couple of years ago. Grehan and Dee still do gigs as Honeymoon Suite, minus Coburn who was replaced by Peter Nunn on keyboards. with notes from Derry Grehan, Dave Betts, Gary Lalonde. [also see STEVE BLIMKIE, LENNOX]

1984 New Girl Now/It’s Your Heart (WEA – US) 7-29208
1984 Burning In Love/Turn My Head (WEA) 25-92627
1985 Stay in the Light [4 song 12″] (WEA) 25-91260
1985 Stay In The Light/Face To Face (WEA) 25-91527
1985 Wave Babies (edit)//It’s Your Heart/Suite Talk (WEA) 25-90277
1986 Bad Attitude/Wounded (WEA) 25-87727
1986 Feel It Again/Wounded (WEA) 25-87717
1986 What Does It Take/Words In The Wind (WEA) 25-86387
1986 All Along You Knew (Special Single Version)/One By One (WEA) 25-85357
1987 Lethal Weapon/Take My Hand (WEA) 92-83797
1988 Love Changes Everything/Fast Company (WEA) 25-80327
1988 Lookin’ Out For #1/Tears On The Page (WEA)  25-79137
1988 It’s Over Now/Love Fever (WEA) 25-78197
1988 Cold Look/[same] (WEA) WB-3194
1988 Other Side Of Midnight/Fast Company (WEA – UK) YZ-185
1989 Still Lovin’ You/Love Changes Everything (WEA) 25-73752
1990 Long Way (WEA)
1991 Say You Don’t Love Me (WEA)
1992 The Road (WEA)
2002 The Way I Do (Bullseye) BLR-CD-0030
2002 Gone (Radio Mix) (Bullseye) BLR-CD-0032


1984 Honeymoon Suite (WEA) 25-25098
1986 The Big Prize (WEA) 25-28241
1988 Racing After Midnight (WEA) 25-54451
1989 The Singles (WEA) 25-69791
1991 Monsters Under The Bed (WEA) 75532-2
1995 13 Live (Interplanet Music – Germany) 01020029
2001 Lemon Tongue (Wildfire – US)
2002 Lemon Tongue [with 2 bonus tracks] (Bullseye) BLR-CD-4070
2002 Dreamland (Frontiers – Europe) FR-CD-116
2005 HMS Live (Frontiers – Europe) FR-CD-229
2005 The Essentials (WEA) 2-62490
2006 Feel It Again: An Anthology (Gott – UK) GOTTCD-039
2008 Clifton Hill (Frontiers – Europe) FR-CD-389
2017 Hands Up (Powertrain)

Compilation Tracks
“New Girl Now” on ‘Q107 Homegrown Volume 5’ (Attic) ATT-1225
1986 “What Does It Take” on ‘One Crazy Summer O.S.T.’ (Warner Bros.)
1987 “Lethal Weapon” on ‘Lethal Weapon [Motion Picture Soundtrack]’ (Warner Bros.) 1-25561
1987 “What Does It Take” on ‘Canadian Gold’ (Quality) QRSP-1061
1988 “I Believe in Father Christmas” on ‘Winter Warnerland’ (Warner Bros.) PRO-A-3328
1996 “New Girl Now” on ‘Oh What a Feeling: A Vital Collection of Canadian Music’ (MCA) JUNO-25
2002 “New Girl Now,” “Feel It Again,” “Bad Attitude,” “What Does It Take,” and “Love Changes Everything” on ‘Metal Hits’ (Flashback) R2-78310
2004 “Feel It Again (Live)” on ‘When CanCon Rocked, Volume 1’ (Bullseye) BLR-CD-4015

Terry Jacks (vocals, guitar) / Tom Baird (keyboards)
The Hood was a Vancouver studio creation of Terry Jacks and keyboardist Tom Baird. Jacks and Baird had known each other since 1964-65 when they met on the CBC’s weekly music show ‘Let’s Go show.’ Bair had been co-founder and musical director for the show’s house band The Classics who backed up guest vocalists and future Poppy Family members Terry and Susan Pesklevits (later known as Susan Jacks). After the Classics, Tom Baird headed south and was hired on at Motown as an arranger and songwriter, working with The Supremes and other artists. He co-composed the Bobby Taylor and The Vancouvers hit ‘Does Your Mama Know About Me” with Tommy Chong. The Hood recorded a single in 1974 on Jacks’ Goldfish Records entitled “‘Cause We’re In Love” which was originally a Beau-Marks song. The song charted well in Canada. A second release was not to be because in November 1975 Tom Baird was swept off a sailing boat near Los Angeles and presumed drowned. With notes from Richard Skelly.

‘Cause We’re In Love/Swing It (Goldfish) GF-103

Compilation Tracks
“‘Cause We’re In Love” on ‘Canadian Mint’ (K-Tel) TC-215

Tom Hooper began his musical career in 1980 starting with Kill Pigs that also featured his brother Chris. Once that band split up they hooked up with bassist Don Walchuck to rehearse in his parents’ basement in Kelowna, British Columbia as Gentlemen of Horror. They recorded one 5 song 7″ single in 1981. When the band split up in the fall of 1983, Tom moved over to the bass, and again with, brother, Chris, teamed 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 soon opened 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. In 1993 Tom and, brother, Chris along with Grapes keyboardist Vince Jones soon formed Ginger. They produced two critically regarded albums and an EP before going their separate ways in 1997. 1998 saw Tom and Kevin Kane set aside past differences to record the Grapes of Wrath album ‘Field Trip’. However, their efforts were thwarted when the newly formed record label SongCorp, who they were signed to, went bankrupt just over a year after its formation. Hooper, meanwhile had been quietly playing solo acoustic shows around his home community on Saltspring Island. It was the spring of 2001 that Hooper decided to do the solo thing full time. In the fall of 2001 Hooper signed with Toronto indie label Bullseye Records and proceeded to record his first solo album ‘The Unexplored Cosmos’ at Randy Bachman’s studio “The Barn” and also in his own home studio “The Trailer.” Tom produced and played all the instruments except for the drum tracks laid down by his brother Chris Hooper. With his new CD released on April 23, 2002 Hooper took his show on the road opening up for Randy Bachman to promote the new CD and the first single “Cardboard Man”. He plans on touring further a field this summer to support the disc. A promotion Ontario tour in the summer of 2002 followed and a second single and video, “Same Old Me”, followed in the Fall. Hooper would later supply a cover version of George Harrison’s “Long Long Long” to Bullseye’s 2004 compilation ‘It Was 40 Years Ago Today: A Tribute to the Beatles” 3CD set. Hooper has recorded two more independent albums: ‘Basement Suite’ (2006) and ‘Tom’s Journey Through The Solar System’ (2007) as well as re-issuing his ‘Unexplored Cosmos’ CD on iTunes under the name ‘Songs From the Trailer’ (2008). In 2009 Hooper was asked to be a touring member of 54.40 as utility keyboardist, guitarist and backing vocalist to support their ‘Northern Soul’ CD. Finally, in 2010, Tom Hooper, Chris Hooper and Kevin Kane reunited for a proper Grapes of Wrath anniversary tour across Canada. Hooper is married to former Lava Hay member Suzanne Little. With their two sons they often perform together as The Hooper Family. With notes from Tom Hooper and Suzanne Little. [also see GENTLEMEN OF HORROR, GINGER, GRAPES OF WRATH]

Cardboard Man (Bullseye) BLR-CD-0020
2002 Same Old Me (Bullseye) BLR-CD-0014

Unexplored Cosmos (Bullseye) BLR-CD-4058
2006 Basement Suite (independent)
2007 Songs From the Trailer [re-issue of ‘Unexplored Cosmos’] (independent)
2008 Tom’s Journey Through The Solar System (independent)
2022 Tom the Hooper (independent)

A Hooper Family Christmas (independent)

HOOVER, Jayson
British Columbia’s Jayson Hoover was a member of Jason Hoover And The Epics in 1965. In 1966 the band changed its name to The Trials of Jayson Hoover. Two singles were released in 1967 before they switched gears and bowed to psychedelic trends under the name The Anvil Chorus which led to several singles on New Syndrome. With a name change to the Anvils, they attempted to carry on through the ever changing late ’60s but eventually fell apart. Hoover was the last man standing and finished his deal with New Syndrome for one more single before going to KAPP for one record. The singles barely climbed into the Top100 on the Canadian charts. Moving to the larger Mushroom Records in 1974, Heart’s Mike Flicker produced a self-titled R & B/Funk album which spawned four singles. Hoover toured with a backing band called Jayson Hoover ‘n’ Stuff featuring Duris Maxwell (drums) and Brian Newcombe (guitar) among others. The Trials Of… eventually re-teamed under the name R & B Delivery. The original Jason Hoover & The Epics did a reunion show at the Commodore Ballroom in Vancouver in 2001. The Epics have continued on without Hoover’s participation. Jayson Hoover’s singles are in-demand by Northern Soul music collectors. [also see ANVIL CHORUS]

1969 Everything’s Alright/60 Minute Man (New Syndrome) NS-121
1974 Love Will Get You/Sing With Soul (Mushroom) M-7003
1975 (She’s) My Lady/Funny Games(Mushroom) M-7007
1976 Ridin’ High (Hypntozed)/[same] (Mushroom) M-7013
1977 Holding Out/Ridin’ High (Hypnotized) (Mushroom) M-7016
1977 Free The People/Holding Out (Mushroom) M-7018


1969 King Size/Baby I Love You (New Syndrome) NS-5006
1970 Rhythm Is The Way/We Were Happy (New Syndrome) NS-100
1971 Freedom Train/We Are All People (Kapp) K-2132

1975 Jayson Hoover (Mushroom) MRS-5004

Compilation Tracks
“She’s My Lady” on ‘Canada Gold – 22 Karat Hits’ (K-Tel) TC-225
2000 “King Size” on ‘The History of Vancouver Rock and Roll Volume 2’ (Neptoon) VRCA-002

Peter Baylis
(vocals) / Basil Chaisson (guitar) / Brad Conrad (guitar) / Gary Edwards (drums) / Pete King (bass) / Andrew Lordly (saxophone) / Bruce Vickery (lead vocals, percussion)
Formed in Halifax in 1982, the 7-piece Hopping Penguins had been playing ska, reggae and rock tunes on the Toronto club scene for a decade before finally taking the dive to capture their frenetic energy on tape. Cover versions of Billy Paul’s “Me and Mrs. Jones” and Hendrix’ “Hey Joe” highlighted their 1992 debut ‘Trombone Chromosome’. The album failed to spark any interest outside the dedicated 150-200 fans attending each live show they performed.

2% Milk Rap/The Flintstones (World) WRC3-5226
1988 I Didn’t Know Santa Was a Rastaman/Santa Rasta (Version) HPR-002

Trombone Chromosome (Rammit/MCA) BEID-28

Les Clackett (vocals) / Alan Duffy (bass) / Bruce Burron (guitar) / Gary Hynes (guitar) / David deLaunay (keyboards) / Billy Bryans (drums) / Wayne Jackson (trumpet)
Former M.G. & The Escorts drummer Billy Bryans uprooted his band Theodore’s Smokeshop in 1970 from their home in Montreal to Toronto where Bryans would become actively involved in the music scene in and around Rochdale College. The band would record their first demos in October 1971 at Rochdale’s SoundHorn Studios. Adopting part of the studio’s name as their own, Horn attracted the attention of upcoming TV mogul Moses Znaimer’s pet project, Special Records, who signed the act in early 1972. They went into Thunder Sound Studio from August to September 1972 to complete their debut album ‘On the People’s Side’. The album was produced by Alan Duffy and Billy Bryans and engineered by Brock Fricker; Bryans died of cancer in 2012.

On the People’s Side (Special/GRT) 9230-1028

Compilation Tracks
“Roach” on ‘Concept’ [Gold] (Concept 376/Arc) PRP-208

Abbey Aucoin (guitar)
From Nova Scotia; Abbey Aucoin died January 17, 2022.

Broken Wings/You Were Gone (Big Ear) 477-191


Snowflakes/All for the Love of a Girl (Dyna-West) DW-7709

Gregory Hoskins
(lead vocals, guitars) / Colleen Allen (saxophone) / George Civello (keyboards, vocals) / Mike Fabello (bass) / Lynn Simmons (vocals) / Michael Spencer-Arscott (drums)
Born in 1964 in Chateauguay, Quebéc, Gregory Hoskins first picked up the guitar at age six, and put together his first band when he was 15 to play a high school coffee house. When he was a little older he moved to Toronto where he worked at various jobs, including being a high school retreat leader. The late eighties saw him form the core band that became the Stick People, and in 1990 he was the first artist to get signed to True North Records in six years. Their first album, Moon Come Up, was released in February of 1991, and they toured across the country to strong critical approval, opening for such luminaries as the Indigo Girls, the Neville Brothers and Sarah McLachlan. In the summer of 1992, while recording their second album, they backed up playwright Robert Morgan during his one-hour, one-man play, “Heart of Mine”, which explored what it is like to be a Bob Dylan fan. ‘Raids on the Unspeakable’ was released in early 1993, again to extremely positive reviews from the media. A long period of commercial activity followed while Hoskins re-evaluated his place in the Canadian music scene, but continued forging ahead with his songwriting. The cumulative effort, shared with co-writers Stickpeople associates Lynn Simmons and George Civello, was released in 1999 as ‘Surgery’. Encouraged by the freedom of his own record label and ability to record freely, Hoskins is currently in the midst of promoting his 2001 release ‘King of Good Intentions’.

Neighbourhood (True North)
1991 Let Her Go (True North)
1991 Labeling Blues (True North)
1993 Dance Of The Vulnerable (True North)
1993 Let The World Call You Crazy (True North)Albums
1991 Moon Come Up (True North) TN-74
1993 Raids On The Unspeakable (True North) TNBD-81
1999 Surgery (Encore/Midnight Works) GHSP-01
2001 King Of Good Intentions (Encore/Midnight Works) WM-1
2007 The Beggar Heart (Midnight Works)
2008 Pleasure & Relief: A Live Concert Recording (Midnight Works/Grip Works)
2008 Alone In The Mayor’s House…Almost (Candy Rat)

Steve Bays (vocals, keys) / Paul Hawley (drums) / Dustin Hawthorne (bass, 1999-2008) / Matthew Marnik (vocals, 1999-2000) / Dante DeCaro (guitar, 2001-2004) / Luke Paquin (guitar, 2005-present) / Parker Bossley (bass, 2008-2010) / Louis Hearn (bass; 2010)
Hawthorne and Bays were band mates in various acts dating back to 1995. In 1998 they met Hawley and after showing Bays how to play synthesizer, Hawley became the new drummer. Soon they added Marnik on vocals but his tenure was short-lived. Instead, they recruited guitarist Dante DeCaro and steered their musical direction to more ’80s driven new wave sounds. With Bays becoming the new vocalist they decided to release several 7″ singles. They toured Canada and the Pacific Northwest with other like-minded indie alternative acts and also open for Sloan on some Canadian dates. Seattle’s Sub Pop record label caught wind of the act and signed the band in 2001. Their first release for the label was the ‘Knock Knock Knock’ EP which was co-produced Chris Walla (Death Cab for Cutie). Hot Hot Heat’s debut full-length release – ‘Make Up the Breakdown’ produced by Jack Endino (Soundgarden, Nirvana) – came next and contained the singles “Bandages” and “Talk to Me, Dance With Me” managed significant airplay. Both songs reached #1 on Los Angeles radio station KROQ. However, “Bandages” was banned by the BBC in the UK – despite medium rotation – do to the network’s determination that the song was in poor taste in light of the military action by Britain in the Middle-East. In 2003 saw the re-release of their pre-Sub Pop recordings under the name ‘Scenes One Through Thirteen’ on the OHEV Records label. DeCaro announced his departure from the band in October 2004 to soon join Montréal’s Wolf Parade. He honoured his commitment to finish Hot Hot Heat’s next album, ‘Elevator’, because the band had signed a new deal with Warner Bros. In April 2005, Paquin replaced DeCaro on the eve of their 2005 tour opening for Weezer and Foo Fighters. Hot Hot Heat played an opening set for American synth rock group The Killers at Red Rocks Amphitheatre on May 17, 2007. However, The Killers were forced to pull out after three songs because lead singer Brandon Flowers was suffering from bronchitis. The follow-up to ‘Elevator’ was ‘Happiness Ltd.’ which was released in September 2007. In late March 2007, the band posted the song “Give Up?” on their MySpace page as a sample of the album, and it was released on iTunes as a single on May 15. A second single entitled “Let Me In” was released on July 16. ‘Happiness Ltd.’ would come out in 2007 on yet another major label – Sire – and the band opened Snow Patrol’s US summer tour. In September of 2007 Hot Hot Heat launched a headlining tour of North America and Europe. The album’s first single, “Let Me In”, debuted on KROQ-FM at No.8. The band spent the better part of the next two years constructing a studio and working with producer/musician Ryan Dahle from Limblifter/Age of Electric. In between sessions they went on a brief Canadian tour opening for Bloc Party. They also added Fake Shark – Real Zombie! Parker Bossley on bass. To build anticipation for their next release, the band played short residencies at small clubs in New York and Los Angeles. In 2010 they added new bassist, Hearn, and finally released the album ‘Future Breeds’ on Dine Alone Records.

Hot Hot Heat [4 song EP] (Ache) ACHE-001
2003 Bandages/Apt. 101 (B-Unique – UK) BUN-0457
2003 No, Not Now/5 Times Out of 100 (Sub Pop – UK) W-615
2003 Talk to Me, Dance With Me
2005 You Owe Me An IOU
2005 Island of the Honest Man
2005 Goodnight Goodnight/When We Were Kids (Demo) (Warner Bros. – UK) W-670
2005 Middle of Nowhere/Goodnight Goodnight (Warner Bros. – UK) W-677
2007 Give Up
2007 Let Me In (Sire) 280572-2
2010 21@12 (Dangerbird – US)

Hot Hot Heat [EP]
2002 Knock Knock Knock [EP] (Sub Pop – US) SP-594
2002 Make Up the Breakdown (Sub Pop – US) SP-599
2002 Scenes One Through Thirteen (OHEV) OHEV-009
2005 Elevator (Sire) 48988-2
2007 Happiness Ltd. (Sire) 162108-2
2010 Future Breeds (Dine Alone) DA-027
2011 Daytrotter Session [DigiFile]

Alan “Flesh” MacDonald
(vocals) / Warren Kinsella [aka Nuclear Age] (bass, vocals) / Ras Pierre Schenk (lead guitar) / “Sane” Wayne Ahern (rhythm guitar) / “Just Plain” Tom Edwards (drums)
In 1976, Calgary, Alberta high-school friends Kinsella, Schenk and Macdonald formed punk band The Social Blemishes. By 1977 their line-up had solidified with Ahern and Edwards and they changed their name to the Hot Nasties. In 1980, they released the ‘Invasion of the Tribbles’ EP on Kinsella’s Social Blemish Records. This was followed by a full length cassette album entitled ‘The Hot Nasties Tape’. The band split up in 1981. Kinsella, ironically, became a lawyer for the Federal Liberal Party. Following the Hot Nasties spotlight in Frank Manley’s book ‘Smash The State’ (which included a 7″ single featuring the band’s EP), Kinsella returned to music in 2005 by forming the band Shit From Hell. Their self-titled album featured cover versions of  Hot Nasties’ songs “Barney Rubble (Is My Double)” & “Happy Song”.

1979 Invasion of the Tribbles [3 song EP] (Social Blemish) SB-001

1980 The Hot Nasties Tape (Social Blemish)

Compilation Tracks
“Invasion of the Tribbles”, “I Am A Confused Teenager”, and “The Secret of Immortality” on ‘Smash the State – A Compilation of Canadian Punk Rock, 1977-78’ (No Exit) NO-EXIT-001
1994 “Invasion of the Tribbles”, “I Am A Confused Teenager”, and “The Secret of Immortality” on ‘Smash the State – A Compilation of Canadian Punk Rock, 1979-81 Volume One’ (No Exit) NO-EXIT-002
2005 “Get Away From Me” on ‘Only in Canada, Eh!: 77-81 – Volume 1 (PHC) CD-0101


Jim Tovey
(vocals) / John King (guitar, vocals) / David Harrison (guitar) / Scott Shelson (bass, vocals) / Tony Ciaccia (drums) / George Bland (keys, harp)
Tovey was originally from a band called The System, Shelson from Fear; Tovey would later become a well-respected Mississauga politician who died January 15, 2018.

Little Queenie/[same] (Force 1) FO-1003
1978 Here We Go Again/An Eye For An Eye (Force 1) FOX-1005

Rock and Roll’s Gone Hollywood (Force 1) FO-7002

1960s Line-Up: Gilles Rousseau
(vocals, 1963-1969) / Yvan Côté (lead guitar) / Jean-Claude Domingue (guitar) / René Hamelin (guitar; replaced Domingue 1968-1969) / Jean-Claude Bernard (bass) / Claude Laviolette (drums; 1961-1969) / Gérald Locas (piano; 1961)
1990’s Line-up: Yvan Côté (lead guitar) / Jean-Claude Domingue (guitar) / Jean-Claude Bernard (bass) / Yvan Godbout (vocals) / Denis Lapierre (drums) / Jacques Chicoine (keyboards) / Serge Sauvé (vocals; replaced Godbout 1997) / Isabelle Allard (drums; replaced Lapierre 1997)
The band had its origins as far back as 1958 with the group Quatuor Yvan Côté. Following the hula hoop craze that year, the group renamed themselves Les Hou-Lops. A few years later, Jean-Claude Bernard, Sylvain Laviolette, Jean-Claude Domingue and Gilles Rousseau joined Yvan Côté as the new version of Les Hou-Lops. In 1963, the group had its own radio program in their hometown of St-Hyacinthe called ‘L’émission Hou-Lops’ had the group interpreting the hits of the week. They even released a single on Meteor records called “Tjoelala.” From September 1963 to through July 64, Les Hou-Lops became the first official group of the ‘Bonsoir Copains’ program on Sherbrooke’s CHLT-TV. The exposure caused the band’s popularity to explode throughout Quebec. Their manager suggested they change their image as the fashions were changing – particularly with bands from the British Invasion – and so they dyed their hair white, and changed their name to Les Têtes Blanches in 1964. A second single on Meteor was released under the new name entitled “RPM 6000” off their debut album ‘Hou-Lops Voici Les Têtes Blanches !!!’ followed by a French language version of a Chuck Berry song called “J’suis En Amour (Katak-Katak).” In the fall of 64, they made their first trip to Europe for a tour. They moved to Apex Records and with their second LP ‘C’est Chip’ launched several singles including “Blue Jeans Sur La Plage” and their biggest hit, to date, in a remake of “Mother In Law.” But by October 1965, the band decided to revert to their original name, Hou-Lops, and return to their natural colored hair. Another single released under both band names – to introduce audiences to the name transition – was “Demande-Moi Pardon.” In March 66, the group would return to Europe for another round where they got to meet The Rolling Stones, The Animals, Adamo, Johnny Hallyday, Francoise Hardy, and Hugues Aufray. The band would even play one evening at the Olympia in Paris. Some European countries like Belgium were still releasing their new singles under their old Les Têtes Blanches name which caused a bit of confusion. Stranger still was Select Records in Greece releasing their singles under the name The Blue Canadian Band and even The Blue Dance Band. From June 66 through November 1968, Les Hou-Lops were at their peak of both record sales and live performance. However, by June 1969 the band had decided to split up following lagging sales on their new label Canusa and a shift in musical taste worldwide; Gilles Rousseau would go solo. Honouring the band’s deal with Canusa, Rousseau recorded a French language version of Blood, Sweat & Tears’ “You Made Me So Very Happy” called “C’est Ma Faute” in 1969 (with an a Hou-Lops song on the B-side). He would also record a commercial for Honda motorcycles. In January 1970, he was featured on a duet with Anne Renée. Rousseau’s career would be short-lived as he would pass away November 11, 1972 following a long illness; Having attended the 1992 Retro Festival in St-Hyacinthe, the three original guitarists – Yvan Côté, Jean-Claude Domingue, and Jean-Claude Bernard contemplated putting the band back together. However, with singer Gilles Rousseau and original drummer Claude Laviolette both deceased, it would mean recruiting new members. And so, Yvan Godbout (vocals), Denis Lapierre (drums) and Jacques Chicoine joined them as keyboardist for the Hou-Lops reunion. The premiere of the new line-up took place at the Le Casting Club in front of 800 people and was a success. They then appeared at Festival Rétro 1995 in St-Hyacinthe which was another success. More shows followed with this line-up. However, the line-up would shift once more with Serge Sauvé becoming their singer and Isabelle Allard on drums for shows starting in 1997. The new version of Les Hou-Lops would perform forty shows from 1997 through 2006 after which the members retired; In 1999, a book was written about them and their career called ‘Hou-Lops pour toute la vie.’

Tjoelala/Pachilla (Meteor) 338
1965 Tout Ira Tres Bien/Quand Les Roses (Apex) 13424
1966 Batman/Everything Alright (Apex) 13436
1966 Oh Non/Elle A Change De Decor (Apex) 13450
1966 Parents De La Terre (If I Were A Carpenter)/Je Te Laisse Tomber (Apex) 13460
1966 Lonely Riverman/I Know (Apex) 76984
1967 Vendredi M’Obsède (Friday On My Mind)/T’ennuies-Tu Seul Sans Moi (Are You Lonely For Me) (Apex) 13472
1967 Je Devine La Verite (I Got The Feelin’)/Oui J’Ai Compris (But It’s Alright) (Apex) 13487
1967 Je Vous Salue Marie/Pas Besoin D’Un Docteur (I Don’t Need A Doctor) (Apex) 13493
1968 C’est Elle Qui M’a Compris (So Fine)/A Quoi Bon (Apex) 13508
1968 Il A Suffit D’un Jour/Je Suis Heureux (Canusa) C-348
1968 Je Pleure Comme Un Enfant/Tu Aimes (Canusa) C-361
1968 U.S. Président/Boo Boo The Cat (Canusa) C-377
1969 Tu Aimes/[split w/GILLES ROUSSEAU] (Canusa) C-391
1974 Blue Jean Sur La Plage/Vendredi M’Obsède (Les Disques Millionnaires) MG-100134
1974 Mother In Law/Quand On Est Amoureux (Les Disques Millionnaires) MG-100135

RPM 6000/A La Planche (Meteor) 347
1964 J’suis En Amour (Katak-Katak)/A Quoi Bon (Meteor) 352
1965 Blue Jeans Sur La Plage/Quand On Est Amoureux (She’s About A Mover) (Apex) 13408
1965 Mother In Law/She’s The One (Apex) 76946
1965 Les Têtes Blanches [4-song EP] (Discophon – SPAIN) 27.415
1966 Mother In Law/Your Love Was Mine (Ronnex – BELGIUM) R.1344
1966 It’s So Right/Your Love Was Mine (Ronnex – BELGIUM) R.1346
1967 Oh No/Blue Blue Feeling (Ronnex – BELGIUM) R.1371
1967 Doing The Jerk/How Could She (Ronnex – BELGIUM) R.1374

Demande-Moi Pardon/Pour Toute La Vie (Apex) 13387

Blue Feeling/Oh No (Select – GREECE) SA-003
1967 Caroline/ [split w/SPECIAL TWISTEPS] (Select – GREEC) SA-004

Oh No/[split w/Αγνή Χ.Κωτάκη] (Select – GREECE) 201

Fais Moi Signe/J’Etudie Mon Grec (Riviera) R-510

Off (Apex) ALF-1591
1967 Je Devine La Vérité – Vendredi M’Obsède (Apex) ALF-71800
1968 $1,000,000.00 (Lero/Apex) LS-766
1969 Les Hou-Lops 69 (Canusa) CLJ-33-110
1969 Le Palmares Des Hou-Lops (Maximum/Trans-Canada) TCM-916
1978 Les Grands Succès Des Hou-Lops (Les Archives du Disque Québécois) AQ-21023
1991 Les Hou-Lops – Vol. 1 (Disques Mérite) 22-918
1991 Les Hou-Lops – Vol. 2 (Disques Mérite) 22-924
1997 16 Grands Succès (Disques Mérite) 22-7711
2001 Tout ira très bien – L’Intégrale Volume 1 (Disques Mérite) 22-956
2001 Vendredi M’Obsède – L’Intégrale Volume 2 (Disques Mérite) 22-957
2001 À La Planche – L’Intégrale Volume 3 (Disques Mérite) 22-958
2010 Le Top 30 (Disques Mérite/Unidisc) 22-8502

Hou-Lops Voici Les Têtes Blanches !!! (Meteor) MET-2403
1965 C’est Chip (Apex) ALF-1579

Compilation Tracks
“Quand On Est Amoureux,” “Demande-Moi Pardon,” “Mother In Law,” and “She’s The One” on ‘Les Grands Prix Du Disque – Festival 1965’ (Lero/Apex/Compo) L-725
1969 “Blue Jeans Sur La Plage,” “Vendredi M’Obsède,” “Je Vous Salue Marie” on ‘Les Meilleurs Groupes’ (Pop Apex) PA-4002

Bruce Hare
(guitar, vocals) / Rick Todd (drums, vocals) / Phil Cowan (bass, vocals) / Jack Finlayson (piano, vocals)From Guelph, Ontario

Hourglass (Marathon) ALS-362

Terry Bush (vocals, guitar, bass) / Doug Riley (keyboards)
A studio act comprising of members of Doug Riley’s band Dr. Music. On February 16, 1971, Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau is said to have mouthed the words “fuck off” to an opposition party member in the House of Commons. When the media questioned him on the incident he said that the mouthed words were “fuddle duddle”. And soon the words became part of the Canadian cultural vernacular. Within two weeks, Antique Fair had released a single called “Fuddle Duddle” on Tuesday Records while the House of Commons song “Do The Fuddle Duddle” – which was written by Terry Bush, Jack Bush, and Gary Alles – charted March 6, 1971 on the RPM Top Singles Chart and went to No.82 on March 27. RPM also placed it at No.86 on the Top 100 year-end chart. Their follow up single was two songs written specifically for the film ‘Foxy Lady’ and produced by Doug Riley. with notes from Terry Bush

1971 Do the Fuddle-Duddle/Funky Fuddle-Duddle (GRT) 1233-04
1972 C’mon Baby (Just Be With Me Tonite)/Hero’s Theme (GRT) 1230-11

Andrew “Android” Chalinor
(guitar, vocals) / Neil Emery (guitar, vocals) / Greg Graham (bass) / Big Mike Mitchell (drums) / Johnny Frymire (bass) / Jym Nasium (drums, vocals)
Formed in Victoria, British Columbia in 1980.  House of Commons released one album in 1983 and split up in 1985.

1983 Patriot (Common)

Compilation Tracks
“Insane” on ‘Undergrowth Vancouver ’84’ [cassette] (Undergrowth)
1985 “Look in the Mirror” and “Who’s There” on ‘Uncovered Reality’ [cassette]
2005 “Way Down South” on ‘Only in Canada, Eh!: 77-81 – Volume 1 (Punk History Canada) PHC- CD-0101
2007 “House of Commons” and “Low” on ‘All Your Ears Can Hear: Underground Music in Victoria, BC: 1978-1984’ (AYECH International)

Bob Deutscher
(guitars) / Chad Allan (guitar, vocals) / Darryl Gutheil (keyboards) / Drew Lawrence (drums, percussion) / George Martin (trumpet) / Harry Hildebrand (musician, engineer) / John Hildebrand (musician, producer) / Karen Marklinger (vocals) / Ray St. Germain (vocals) / Reg Kelln (drums, percussion) / Rick Pearson (guitar, bass) / Ron Halldorson (acoustic, electric, pedal steel, dobro, bass) / Ron Paley (keyboards, sax / Ted Paley (musician, engineer) / Tony Francis (vocals) / Yvette Shaw (vocals) / Elyse Paley (vocals)
A Winnipeg, Manitoba collective of more than 25 Canadian musicians, arrangers, producers and engineers based, originally, on members of The Eternals, and later on the band members from Wascana. They recorded sound-alike recordings – at Century 21 Studio – of the day’s top hits for budget album releases beginning in 1970. [also see WASCANA]

Move ‘Em Out/Sunshine (Chimo/RCA) 75-1077

15 Big Hits! (Chimo) 9229-2
197? 15 Big Hits (Chimo) 9229-3
197? 15 Big Country Hits (Chimo) 9229-4
197? 15 Big Hits! Volume 4 (Chimo/RCA) 9229-5
197? 15 Big Country Hits Volume II (CSP) 9226-6
1973 15 Big Hits! (CSP) CSP-659
197? 15 Big Hits!, Vol.2 [re-issue 9229-2] (CSP) CSP-2
197? 15 Big Hits!, Vol.5 [re-issue CSP-659] (CASP) CSP-7
197? 15 Big Country Hits, Vol. 3 (CSP) CSP-8
197? 15 Big Hits Volume 6 (CSP) CSP-9
197? The Best Of The Carpenters (CSP) CSP-10
197? The Best Of Anne Murray (CSP) CSP-11
197? 15 Big Country Hits, Vol. 4 (CSP) CSP-12

James Houston
(lead vocals, guitar, flute) / Michael Farrington (bass, backing vocals) / Michael Beechey (drums, backing vocals, vibraphone) / Danny McCarthy (piano, backing Vocals, organ)
James Houston had been in the final incarnation of The Paupers when he assembled Houston in 1970. The band was discovered and produced by Greg Hambleton for his Tuesday label that year. Following the band’s demise in 1971, Houston himself would be signed to Yorkville Records for one single (“Didn’t I Blow Your Mind This Time”). [also see JAMES HOUSTON]

Sally Bumper/Somethin’ Cookin’ (Tuesday) GH-103X
1971 Fast Thinkin’/Mucho Gusto (Tuesday) GH-109X

Houston (Tuesday) GHL-1001

Chris Houston got his stage legs with Hamilton’s Slander under the pseudonym Chris Suicide. He would quickly find himself in Hamilton’s legendary Forgotten Rebels. Controversy followed the band wherever they went especially with the release of their ‘In Love With the System’ album which was produced by Bob Bryden. After the band’s next effort, ‘This Ain’t Hollywood’, featuring Houston’s now classic “Surfin’ on Heroin”, he left the band to pursue a solo career as ‘Baby’ Chris Houston. He took up residence as a regular solo guitarist at Toronto’s Cameron House. In 1985 he placed a new version of “Surfin’ On Heroin” on an Og Music compilation followed by “Girls Are Swell” the next year. These tracks led to a record deal with Zulu Records out of Vancouver. His debut album, ‘Hate Filled Man’, gained notoriety not just for its songs but for its elaborate Astro turf packaged cover. [also see FORGOTTEN REBELS]

Einstein’s Brain/Shit For Brains (Schizophrenic) SCHIZ-71

1997 Evil Twang (Supermono) snmcd-010
2019 Hazards Of Glitter (DWR) DWRCD-418
2020 One Mania To The Next [LP] (independent) WLP-1

White Trash USA [5-song cassette] (independent)

1986 Hate Filled Man (Caucasian/Zulu) HFM-8601

War Of Da Dudes [cassette] (indpendent)

Compilation Tracks
“Surfin’ On Heroin” on ‘It Came From Canada Volume 1’ (Og Music) OG-8
1986 “Girls Are Swell” on ‘It Came From Canada Volume 2’ (Og Music) OG-9
1986 “Girls Are Swell” & “Party With The Living Dead” on ‘Manic Depression’ [cassette] (Zulu)
1987 “Baby Jesus Looks Like Elvis” on ‘It Came From Canada Volume 3’ (Og Music) OG-13
1989 “Stupid T.V. Christians” on ‘It Came From Canada Volume 5’ (Og Music) OG-25
1994 “Locusts” on ‘Elvis Monday Vol. 1’ (Kinetic) KRD-919
2010 “Just Once For Kicks” on ‘The Widower [Motion Picture Soundtrack]’ (Alternative Tentacles – US) VIRUS-408

Former member of The Paupers during their final incarnation and the eponymous band Houston. The band would release one album and two singles for Greg Hambleton’s Tuesday label. The band would dissolve in 1971 and he would sign as a solo act to Yorkville Records (which was also licensed to Columbia in the UK) for a remake of the Delfonics hit “Didn’t I Blow Your Mind”. [also see HOUSTON, THE PAUPERS]

Didn’t I Blow Your Mind This Time/I Can’t Hear It Anymore (Yorkville) YVM-45036

Dave Howard
(Acetone organ, vocals) / Martin Heath (bass) / Nick Smash (guitar) / Pat Ahern (drums) / T. Daniel Howard (drums; replaced Ahern)
When Dave Howard, a part-time punk renegade, found his life working for a Toronto brokerage gave him the urge to injure people with his briefcase he realized that another medium might best be suited to his ‘art’. He dusted off his old family Acetone keyboard, kidnapped Rent Boys Inc. guitarist Nick Smash, Ahern and Heath and began creating campfire songs for the melodically impaired. The Dave Howard Singers were chosen to represent Canada at England’s W.O.M.A.D. Festival in July 1985 but Howard couldn’t afford the whole band to make the trip so he and Smash bought a drum machine named Max and set off for the Old World. In 1986 Howard released a version of David Essex’s “Rock On” which was produced by The Stranglers’ J.J. Burnell. The song’s video made rotation in the UK on such shows as ‘The Tube’ and ‘The Chart Show’. The Dave Howard Singers toured throughout the late ’80’s across Europe and even made a foray into Russia. Howard remained in the UK until 1992 after which time he returned to Toronto permanently.

1987 Yon Yonson [3-song 12″] (Hallelujah) HAL-04-T
1987 Yon Yonson Meets Dr. R-R-Ruth: Sex Sample Sequel [2-song 12″] (Hallelujah) HAL-04-TX
1989 What Do You Say to An Angel? [3-song 12″] (Pinpoint – Germany) 572-91-131-AD
1990 All My Relatives Look the Same [7″] (Ghetto) GTG-12
1990 All My Relatives Look The Same [3 song 12″] (Ghetto) GTGT-12

1985 Whoishe? [4-song EP] (Hallelujah – UK) HAL-01-T
1986 Goodnight Karl Malden [4-song EP] (Grip/Hallelujah – UK) HAL-02-T
1986 Rock On [4-song 12″ EP] (Fun After All) 12FAA-106
1986 Dave Howard Singers [3-song 12″ EP]
1991 It’s About Time

Compilation Tracks
“Intervals” on ‘Urban Renewal’ [cassette] (Hide) HIDE-4
1983 “What Christmas Means To Me” on ‘Smash ‘83’ [cassette] (Smash)
1983 “Road Warrior” on ‘Sounds From the Streets 12 Toronto Bands’ [cassette] (SFTS) SFTS-01
1986 “The Trailer, The Movie” on ‘Fatal: The Grim Follow-Up (A Copulation Tape)’ [cassette] (Fourth Dimension – UK) FD-06
1987 “The Murder of Your Smile” and “Plastic Horse” on ‘On the Dotted Line (Here)’ (EMI – UK) EE-3530
1987 “Yon Yonson III (Specially Commissioned)” on ‘Funky Alternatives 2’ (Concrete) CPRODLP-02
1987 “Road Warrior” on ‘Lake Toronto Compilation’ [cassette] (Sound of Pig) SOP-117
1987 “Beat Box Baby” on ‘On the Dotted Line…(There)’ (EMI – UK) EE-3531
1990 “All My Relatives Look The Same” on ‘Starstreet – Ghetto Compilation Album’ (Ghetto – JAPAN) TOCP-6504

Doris Howard
(vocals) / Isobel Howard (vocals) / Kathy Howard (vocals) / Marie Howard (vocals)

I’m Tired Of Your Lies/My Cozy Heart (Columbia) C4-2647

Compilation Tracks
“Tired Of Your Lies” on “Best of the Barn Dance Canada’s Largest Travelling Barn Dance (Est. 1937) (Condor) HCD-4499

HUD, Lorenc
Born: Lorence William Hud
As a studied music student from the University of Saskatchewan, Hud would become an accomplished guitarist and pianist. He moved through the ranks of several bands in the 1960’s before falling in with the For Keeps in 1967. They recorded two unsuccessful singles – one for Apex and one for RCA before disbanding. Hud relocated to Toronto in the early ’70’s and worked with Bill Misener (from RCA) and was later picked up by Paul Chesebrough Management. He signed a recording contract with A & M in 1972 and released two albums for them with “Sign of the Gypsy Queen” being his highest charting single at No.16 on the RPM charts. April Wine would eventually have a major hit with the song as well. In July 2017 Lorence was involved in an armed stand-off with police in Verner, Ontario (near Sudbury) over a lengthy dispute regarding government access to his property to repair a damaged drain. [also see FOR KEEPS]

1972 Sign of The Gypsy Queen/Grab Hold & Hang On (A & M) AM-332
1973 Master of Pantomime/Siren In The Night (A & M) AM-335
1973 Guilty of Rock And Roll (A & M) AM-358
1974 Song That Annie Sings/Sweet Janie Malone (A & M) AM-365
1974 (Out On The Road) Rollin’ Home/Summer Rose (A & M) AM-376
1975 Love You All Night Long/Summer Rose (A & M) AM-382
1975 (Belly Up To The Bar) Flashing Lights & Neon Signs/Saturday Night (A & M) AM-396
1982 Here’s To You/Feel The Pulse (Quality) 2421X
1984 Private Thing/[same] (Quality) 2701

1972 Lorenc Hud (A & M) SP-9004
1973 Dancin’ In My Head (A & M) SP-9009
1983 Lorence Hud [4-song 12″ EP] (Quality) QDC-44

Richie / Brent / Graham Evans (bass) / Tommy Kennedy (bass; replaced Evans)
This Calgary, Alberta, trio formed in the summer of 1990 solely on the prospect of getting free beer and emerged from the garage that year without a vocalist. Huevos Rancheros put out its first self-funded product ‘Huevosaurus’, a six-song cassette tape. Shortly after, the band turned the ear of Dave Crider – garage rock guru and owner of the famed Estrus Records of Bellingham, Washington – who commits the group’s tunes to vinyl. Two compilation appearances and the now-legendary ‘Rocket to Nowhere’ 7″ EP followed. During this time the band practically wore holes in the stages of Calgary’s clubs. So, Huevos Rancheros headed West and South, and without looking back, a new single and video were generated (“Cindy With an ‘S'”), as well as an album. The debut Huevos Rancheros long-player, ‘Endsville’, was released on Seattle’s C/Z Records. Not content with merely touring, Huevos Rancheros appeared on no fewer than a dozen singles and compilations combined. Their material was also used in several movies and Extreme Sport films in North America, Europe, Asia, and Australia. In 1995 they released several more singles and compilation cuts, and their self-financed video – “Gump Worsley’s Lament” – received heavy rotation on MuchMusic. A whirlwind North American tour followed which included an opening spot for Henry Rollins at New York’s famed CBGB’s. They then recorded their sophomore release ‘Dig In!’ which was released on Canada’s Mint Records. A six week European tour came next with a John Peel recording session at the BBC. In early 1996, the band completed another video for “Rockin’ In the Henhouse”, which later nets them the “Best Independent Video” award for 1995/96 from MuchMusic. Further into the year saw the departure of original bassist Graham Evans, and break-up rumours were quick to follow. However, the group bounced back with the addition of new bassist Tommy Kennedy. Their next album was called ‘Get Outta Dodge’ on Mint Records. From the album, Huevos Rancheros produced no fewer than three videos for the album; the title track, “Get Outta Dodge”, received medium rotation on both MuchMusic and MTV’s M2, as well as “Shadow of the Apache” and “What a Way to Run a Railroad”. The latter song was also used in a 1997 Canadian beer commercial featuring Huevos Rancheros and Hawaiian crooner Don Ho. For the remainder of 1997, the trio continued to tour throughout Canada and down the American West Coast. In 1998 ‘Get Outta Dodge’ was officially released in Europe on Amsterdam’s Konkurrent Records, and a very successful tour of the European continent followed. Huevos made a return trip to the UK, the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany and Spain, and made their first-ever forages into Italy, France and Switzerland.. The band received a1998 JUNO nomination for ‘Get Outta Dodge’ in the “Best Alternative Album” category. Their final album was ‘Muerte del Toro’ in 2000.

1991 Rocket To Nowhere [6-song 7″ EP] (Estrus – US) ES-722
1992 Cindy With An “S”
1997 Come In Tokyo/Mrs Fothergill (Sloth) SLO-014
1999 Wild Turkey Surprise/The Wedge (Mint) MRS-034

1990 Huevosaurus [cassette] (independent)
1993 Endsville (C/Z – US) CZ-063
1994 Longo Weekendo Fiesta (Lucky) LKY-CD-006
1995 Dig In! (Mint) MRD-007
1997 Get Outta Dodge (Mint) MRD-024
2000 Muerte del Toro (Mint) MRD-040

Compilation Tracks
“Please Pass the Ketchup” on ‘Indie-Can ’92’ (Intrepid) CD-5
1994 “Gump Worsley’s Lament” on ‘Puck Rock Vol. 1’ (Wrong) WRONG-11

Margaret Huggett / Leslie Huggett / Andrew Huggett / Jennifer Huggett / Ian Huggett / Fiona Huggett

The Huggett Family were an international performing act from Ottawa, Ontario who sang and played traditional and contemporary folk songs including that of the Renaissance and Baroque periods. Mother Margaret and father Leslie Huggett were English and worked in music in London before emigrating to Canada in 1954. They and their four children – Andrew, Jennifer, Ian, and Fiona – began their professional career in the late 1960s. Their first show was the 350 seater National Arts Centre in 1969 – the first Canadian artists to perform there. They began to tour full time in 1970 in Canada, the United States, and Europe. In January 1971 the family moved to Dorset, England. In the summer they would live with relatives in Wales where they could rehearse outdoors. The CBC went to them and filmed a half-hour documentary on the family. During this period, the family took a train from Wareham to London so they could continue their schooling – primarily in music studies. In late 1971, Leslie Huggett contacted an old friend of his from his days in the RAF Band named Ron Richards who was, then, working with The Hollies and was 1/4 owner of AIR Studios in London with Sir George Martin (The Beatles). Leslie gave Richards a demo of the group and it was agreed that the family should record at AIR for a possible album. For health reason, Richards passed on producing the sessions and George Martin stepped in. The groups first album was recorded over two five-day sessions – spread one year apart. The first was live-off-the-floor instrumental tracks in 1971. The remainder of the record was finished during 1972. Their self-titled debut in 1973 was released on Pye Records in England (the record release was held at the Buckingham Palace courtyard) – and on Daffodil Records in Canada as label owner Frank Davies had taken a keen interest in the group. In 1974 they were invited by CBC Radio to take advantage of one of the broadcaster’s many recording studios and completed a full live album (it would be released by the CBC in 1978). Meanwhile, the group returned to AIR Studio to work with George Martin again – first to remix the first album’s single “I’ll Be Gone” (which reached No. 19 on the Canadian MOR Top-50 chart) – and then to record their proper follow-up record. Though the first record was a mix of traditional folk and contemporary songs, Martin and the group felt their strength was Renaissance music. The committment was made to produce a full album of such and by the end of 1974, Frank Davies and Daffodil had committed to also release it in Canada. ‘A Renaissance Delight’ was released in Canada in 1975 but did not get any bites from labels elsewhere.The artistic director of Les Grands Ballets Canadien, choreographer Brian MacDonald, and Canadian composer Harry Freedman, had attended the Huggett’s last Toronto concert of the 1974 season. The duo were producing a new ballett and asked the Huggetts if they would be interested in performing Harry’s music live on stage as part of a new production of Romeo & Juliet. [Lighthouse had done something similar in 1973 with the Winnipeg Ballet under MacDonald’s production]. The Huggetts said yes, and soon after their return to London in late 1974, parcels of Harry Friedman’s music started to arrive, and the Huggetts set about learning the score. The Huggetts toured with Les Grands Ballets Canadien bussing from town to town and performed on stage with the ballet each night in 1975. ‘Romeo and Juliet’ lasted an hour and fifteen minutes. It was followed by a 20-minute intermission during which Andrew changed into contemporary clothes and joined the pit orchestra on bass guitar for ‘Tam Ti Delam’, a ballet based on the music of Gilles Vigneault. On July 17, the Montreal 1976 Summer Olympics opened. The Huggetts were invited to perform two concerts at Place Des Arts on July 30th and 31st as part of the International Olympic Committee and the Canadian Government’s official cultural program. The Huggetts would do more shows in 1977 with Les Grands Ballets Canadien. In 1978, the appeared at The Shaw Festival at Niagara-On-The-Lake. The family would release several Christmas records (including an EP produced by George Martin) for Ayre Records. After 13 years of performing as a family, The Huggetts play their final show in Port Perry as part of their December 1982 Christmas tour. With notes from Frank Davies and the official website.

Every Moment Spent With You [DigiFile]
1974 I’ll Be Gone/Scarborough Fair (Daffodil) DIL-1055
1975 The Streets Of London [DigiFile]
1981 The Huggett Family At Christmas 5-song 7″ WRC5-532

White Flower Girl – The George Martin Demos [DigiFile]
1973 The Huggett Family (Daffodil) DAF-10044
1975 A Renaissance Delght (Daffodil) DAF-10053
1975 Romeo & Juliet [DigiFile]
1978 The Huggett Family – Live (CBC) SM-280
1980 My Lute Awake (Ayre) 3293
1981 Renaissance Noel (Ayre) WRC1-1742
1982 Live At The Orpheum [DigiFile]

Bryan Hughes
(vocals, guitar, drums) / Dave Edmead (keyboards) / Dylan Haines (keyboards)
Former Beau Geste members Hughes (who also did guitar duties for Cindy Valentine) and Edmead formed this short-lived metal act out of Montreal.

1990 The Bryan Hughes Group (ISBA) CD-2023

Born: 1955 in Vegreville, Alberta
A native of Edmonton, Alberta, Brian Hughes was originally gearing his career toward sports but in 1980 decided to focus on his second love – guitar – and studied guitar with Pat Martino and Robben Ford at the Guitar Institute Of Technology in Los Angeles. Hughes spent his formative years as a studio musician playing on Sesame Street recordings. In 1987 he relocated to Toronto permanently and the following 2 years were spent touring across Canada twice with Loreena McKennitt. His profile was immediately heightened after being showcased in the US monthly magazine ‘Guitar Player’. He found success with his 1990 Justin Time debut album ‘Between Dusk And Dreaming’ which became an instant U.S. radio hit, garnering “Record of the Week” honors in the Gavin Report and climbed into the Top 10 on both the ‘Radio & Record’ and Gavin charts. The album featured musicians Mark Kelso (drums), George Koller (bass), Rick Lazar (percussion) and Tony Panacci (keyboards). For his second album, Hughes released ‘Under One Sky’ in 1993 which featured the return of percussionist Rick Lazar. The album’s ten original compositions were highlighted by “Nasca Lines” which would later be recorded by singer and harpist Loreena McKennitt. He has worked and toured extensively with Loreena McKennitt, and he co-produced both of her Warner Music CDs ‘The Visit’ and ‘The Mask and Mirror’ landing him at least one ‘Producer of the Year’ JUNO Award nomination.

1989 Light On Blue [cassette] (independent)
1990 Between Dusk And Dreaming (Justin Time) JUST-36-2
1993 Under One Sky (Justin Time) JUST-49-2
1995 Straight to You (Higher Octave – US) 13395
1998 One 2 One (Higher Octave – US) 21432
1999 Shakin’ Not Stirred (Higher Octave – US)
2005 Along the Way (True North) TND-357
2007 Live (Sylvan House)

Out of nowhere, Geoff Hughes entered the Canadian music charts with the song “Happy Birthday Kid” at the end of August 1981 and made No.20 on the RPM Top50 singles chart September 29. On CHUM it hit No.10 on October 10, 1981. Several other singles were pulled off his self-titled debut album but none charted. In the mid-80s Hughes resurfaced as a co-writer on Michael Breen’s self-titled debut album in 1987. with notes from William C. Smith.

1981 Happy Birthday Kid/Spy (WEA) 72013
1981 Got To Have You/Off-Key Women (WEA) 72014
1981 Sinbad/This Time’s the One (WEA) 72018Q


1981 Geoff Hughes (WEA) 92008

Humphrey Dumptruck (banjo, dobro) / Michael James [later Ernie] Taylor (vocals, guitar, autoharp) / Michael “Bear” Millar (bass, washtub bass) / Graeme Card (vocals, guitar, mandolin, mouth harp)
Humphrey And The Dumptrucks were formed in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan in 1967 as an eight-piece fill-in act for the Blackstrap Folk Festival in Saskatoon. Until 1969 they were an ad hoc pick-up act performing at parties or festivals or other social events. Fans across the western prairies began liking their original tunes and in 1970 they decided to become a serious concern and set up shop in a place dubbed the Merry Mansion where the four remaining core members began to hone their songwriting skills and professional chops. Their debut album was ‘Six Days of Paper Ladies’ on Boot Records which featured the pop hits “Man From The City” and “Six Days Of Paper Ladies”. They had chart action with their sophomore follow-up ‘Hot Spit’ as it made the Top-100 in RPM magazine in 1972. Their following continued to grow and their popularity on the prairies was secured through the release of ‘Saskatoon’ (1973), with its country hit “Snowball”, and landing them a spot on CBC Television’s Doug Crosley Show. Another album, ‘Gopher Suite’ (1975), followed before one of their two main vocalists, Graeme Card, left due to “irreconcilable philosophical differences with the other band members”. Also in 1975 they wrote a Country and Western opera called ‘Cruel Tears’ which was an updated version of Shakespeare’s ‘Othello’. It premiered at Saskatoon’s Persephone Theatre to packed houses in the Spring of 1975. The music and lyrics were written by playwright Ken Mitchell and the band. A cast recording of the opera from a May 1976 CBC Radio broadcast was released by the band in 1976. Humphrey & The Dumptrucks’ songs were augmented with the singing help of Mair MacLean, Winston Reckert, David Stein, David Miller, Janet Wright and Ken Mitchell. The show toured Canada including performances at Habitat in Vancouver and the 1976 Olympics in Montréal with its final show in Toronto in late 1976. In 1977 Michael Taylor and Michael ‘Bear’ Millar billed as just ‘The Dumptrucks’ (minus Humphrey) and accompanied by Bob ‘Cat’ Evans, Anne ‘Harpo’ Wright, and Rich ‘Ard’ Harrison wrote another musical based on Mother Goose and commissioned by The Regina Modern Dance Works. The musical premiered in December 1977 and the ‘soundtrack’ album was released in early 1978 on the Sunflower label. Card returned to Toronto and recorded two critically acclaimed albums on the Truly Fine Records label: ‘Graeme Card’ and ‘Dorothea’s Dream – A Score For an Unfilmed Movie’. The albums were produced in Toronto by his publisher and manager from Humphrey & The Dumptrucks days, Allen Shechtman. A self-published (Truly Fine Press) small book of prose by Card was released in 1985. In 1986 he moved to British Columbia. The band’s second manager, Stan Geller, is currently working on archiving and restoring many historic live performances of the band circa 1973-1974 (before Card left the band).  with notes from Allen Shechtman and Stan Geller.

1971 Man From The City/Send Me Some Word (Boot/London) BT-001
1971 Six Days Of Paper Ladies/Pretty Mair (Boot/London) BT-004
1971 Calgary Song/Clyde Beattie (Boot/London) BT-018
1971 I’d Like To See You/Different Songs (Boot/London) BT-022
1972 Not Goin’ Down To Sin No More/Piano Song (Boot) BT-055
1973 Snowball/Please Don’t Throw My Records In The Wastebin (United Artists) UAXW-262W
1973 Dandelion (United Artists) UAXW-345W
1974 Backstrap Breakdown/Dandelion (United Artists) UAXW-346W


1971 Six Days of Paper Ladies (Boot/London) BOS-7101
1972 Hot Spit! (Boot/London) BOS-7106
1973 Saskatoon (United Artists) UALA-103F
1975 Gopher Suite (Sunflower) [no catalog #]
1976 Songs From “Cruel Tears” (Sunflower) SUN-00Z

1978 Songs From “Goose!” (Sunflower) SUN-00Y

Michael Timmins
(guitar) / Alan Anton (bass) / Geoff Railton (drums) / Liza Dawson-Whisker (vocals)
Hunger Project was a proto-punk group formed by Timmins and Anton in March 1981. Frustrated with the Toronto music scene they moved to New York where they worked small jobs and played occasional gigs at places like CBGB’s. They eventually relocated to London, England but met with the same frustrations leading to the band break-up within three months after arriving. Timmins, Anton and Railton decided to form an experimental act called Germinal whose focus would be on recordings and not live performing. They formed their own label, Latent Recordings, with graphic designer Brent Wickens (Spoons/Ceramic Hello) to release Germinal product. In 1984 they would even release a Hunger Project retrospective EP from recordings they had made in March 1982. After returning to Toronto in 1985 after the demise of Germinal, Timmins and Anton founded the Cowboy Junkies with Michael’s two brothers, John and Peter, and sister Margo; Railton has remained in England; Dawson-Whisker now lives in Sooke, BC. [also see COWBOY JUNKIES, GERMINAL]

Hunger Project (Latent) LATEX-3

HUNT, Geraldine
Born: Geraldine Milligan on February 10, 1945 in St. Louis, Missouri
Hunt’s came from a musical family who relocated to Chicago in 1947. While growing up on Chicago’s south side Hunt discovered her musical talent while trying to survive under squalid conditions in a crime-filled neighbourhood. She spent her teen years at Hyde Park High School where her best friend and class-mate was future American soul singer-songwriter Minnie Ripperton. It was in her teens that Hunt began her recording career with several singles in 1962. After struggling in smoking bars and cantinas throughout the 1960s she finally caught a break when her duet with Charlie Hodges called “You & I” reached No.45 on the Billboard magazine R&B Chart in 1970. In 1972, her remake of “Baby I Need Your Loving” reached No.47 on the R&B Chart as well. By 1975 Hunt had relocated to Canada and lived in Montreal, Quebéc where she cut her first album in 1978 entitled ‘Sweet Honesty’ for Tony Green’s record label TGO. After riding on the tail end of the disco wave, Hunt’s 1980 sophomore album entitled ‘No Way’ spawned the hit single “Can’t Fake the Feeling” which reached No.1 on the Billboard club chart where it spent seven weeks in rotation. However, the R & B charts only gave her a No.58 peak position though in France it reached No.10 and in the UK No.44. Hunt is the mother of three children Rosalind Hunt (from the group Chéri), singer Freddie James and writer Jeanne Dupuis.

1962 I Let Myself Go/I Wish I Had Listened (Checker – US) 1028
1969 Never, Never Leave Me/Push, Sweep (Roulette) R-7068
1972 Now That There’s You/Shades of Blue (Roulette) R-7109
1972 Baby, I Need Your Loving/Cry Cry Cry (Roulette) R-7129
1972 Cold Blood/Just Believe In Me (Roulette) R-7132
1973 You Brought Joy/Shades of Blue (Roulette) R-7149
1974 Winner Take All/For Lovers Only (ABC) 10859
1975 Ne me dis pas adieu (Martin) M-10714
1978 Hang On to Love/Hang On to Love (Instrumental) (TGO) TG-2002
1978 Hang On to Love [12″] (TGO) TGD-4002
1978 Hot-Blooded Woman/Cause of Love (TGO) TG-2005
1978 J’ai mal/J’ai mal (Instrumental) (Martin) M-10728
1980 I Feel Like A Woman Again/Look Around (Prism – US) PFF-320
1980 Can’t Fake the Feeling (Long Version 5:20)/Can’t Fake the Feeling (Short Version 3:20) [12″] (Prism – US) PDS-405
1980 Can’t Fake the Feeling/Look All Around (Uniwave) WN-308
1980 Could We [12″] (Uniwave) W-12040
1980 No Way/Glad I’m In Love Again (Uniwave) WN-337
1980 No Way (Long Version 4:50)/No Way (Short Version 3:40) [12″] (Prism – US) PDS-408DJ
1981 It Doesn’t Only Happen at Night/Undercover Lover (Red Rock) W-12113
1984 It’s Over [12″] (Geraldine Hunt) GHX-12005
1986 Tonight Is The Night/Tonight Is The Night (Instrumental) (Indisc) 7766
198-  Don’t Take Your Love Away/Silly Boy (Atlantic) 10-998
198-  Two Can Live Cheaper Than One/He’s For Real (Bombay) 4501
1998 Deep Deep In The Night/Silly Boy
1999 Can’t Fake The Feeling [Prince Quick Mix]

1970 You & I/Together (Calla) C-173

1981 Heart Heart/Heart Heart (Instrumental) (Prism – US) PDS-412

1993 Murphy’s Law

1978 Sweet Honesty (TGO) TG-1-8001
1980 No Way (Uniwave) WLP-1009
1994 Can’t Fake The Feeling
2000 Soultry Jazzy & Sexy

Gerry Mosby (bass, keys; 1st album) / Paul Kersey (drums) / Paul Cockburn (guitars; 1st album) / Brian Gagnon (bass, guitars, lead vocals) / Jacques Harrison (keys, lead vocals; 1st album) / Paul Dickinson (guitars, lead vocals; replaced Cockburn) / Carl Calvert (bass, lead vocals; replaced Gagnon)
During the early ’70’s, Daffodil recording act Dillinger released two obscure progressive rock albums to some critical note, but poor sales. Drummer Robert Harrison was homesick for Quebéc and with his departure – to join Offenbach – and bassist Terry Bramhall, Dillinger’s long and sprawling progressive leanings subsided leaving room for fresh ideas and so new bassist Brian Gagnon (Bullrush), Jacques Harrison and Paul Cockburn brought in drummer Paul Kersey (Max Webster) and Gerry Mosby (Bond) who was added to the line-up to do double duty on bass and keyboards. The new, tougher, hard rock line-up was christened by manager Cliff Hunt as The Hunt during a late night session for the 3rd Dillinger record at Phase One Studio in Toronto with producer George Semkiw. Their eponymous 1977 debut on GRT Records was well received – especially in San Antonio, Texas. The album’s cover graphics featured an embossed hand with blood streaked fingers which gave the act a moment’s notoriety, but after GRT caved to pressure from complaints by retailers, they issued a jacket with just the red-streaks minus the hand. Still, the album fell on deaf ears in Canada. And despite some notable FM airplay, the band was sent to the Northern Ontario bar circuit playing North Bay, Cochrane, Timmins, and Sudbury, Ontario.. Some of the members lost confidence immediately and before long, Mosby had left to join Larry Gowan’s Rhinegold as their bassist. By 1978 Harrison and Cockburn had also bailed leaving Gagnon and Kersey to regroup. Ownership of The Hunt’s recording contract had shifted back to Daffodil due to GRT’s impending collapse. Daffodil Records president Frank Davies offered Gagnon a chance to record another album. During 1979 Gagnon and Kersey toiled over new recordings. Kersey and Gagnon finished the album and then buried it until a new live act could be created. With the addition of guitarist Paul Dickinson (J.R. Flood, Bullrush), The Hunt hit the clubs once more and refined the new material already in the can. 1980’s ‘Back on the Hunt’ album, produced by Steve Vaughan (Dillinger, Klaatu), was the result and it featured their Canadian charting remake of the obscure Beatle classic “It’s All Too Much”. But even this version of The Hunt failed to garner interest from the world at large and Gagnon left to join Frank Soda & The Imps. Kersey was left with nothing but the band’s name, a guitarist and a record contract. Carl Calvert was brought in as bassist and helped augment lead vocal duties. And two years later a third album, also produced by Steve Vaughan, was released called ‘The Thrill of The Kill’. Nevertheless, the world had grown tired of anthemic rock in the face of the burgeoning post-Punk era and The Hunt split up in 1984. A repackaging of the best of the band’s three albums was issued by Pacemaker in 1995 and it contains three previously unavailable bonus tracks: “Fantasy Mansion” and “She Opens Her Eyes” from the ‘Back on the Hunt’ sessions and “I Want To Be Set Free”, a rare 7″ single release from Gagnon’s pre-Dillinger days with Bullrush. Gagnon co-founded a successful John Mellencamp tribute band called Rumbleseat.  He is now a successful engineer and studio producer for independent artists in Rexdale, Ontario and occasionally plays guitar with The Carpet Frogs; Kersey currently plays and records in St. Catharines, Ontario in The Wheelers; Mosby does production work in the radio/TV jingle business. with notes from Brian Gagnon and Gerry Mosby. [also see DILLINGER]

1980 It’s All Too Much/She Flew Freely (Daffodil/Capitol) DFS-1082
1980 Standing In The Road/What Good Is Love (Daffodil/Capitol) DFS-1084
1982 You In The Night/Seeing It Through (Daffodil/Capitol) DFS-1086

1977 The Hunt [‘bleeding hand’ embossed cover] (Daffodil/GRT) 9216-10056
1977 The Hunt [altered graphics re-issue] (Daffodil/GRT) 9216-10056
1980 Back On The Hunt (Daffodil/Capitol) SBA-16058
1982 The Thrill Of The Kill (Daffodil/Capitol) SBA-16061
1995 Tracked Down (The Best Of) (Pacemaker)

Myles Hunter came from a deep religious background and almost ignored his musical leanings to become a minister. In the late 1970’s he fronted Ottawa band, Avalon, who released one album, ‘Voice of Life’, before calling it quits. Hunter moved on to write original material for the likes of The Raes’ Robbie Rae before hooking up with Martyn Jones (bass) and Rob Kennedy (guitar) to form the band Michael Fury – named after a character in James Joyce’s short story ‘The Dead – in 1979. The band started in the trenches and did the predictable round of club gigs throughout Canada with various additions to the lineup. Personnel conflicts in 1983 suggested to the band that perhaps a break from the everyday was in order, so they split up and did various other work until reforming in 1984. They had pieces of songs lying about, written predominantly by principal songwriter Hunter, so they put a demo together, shopped it around and got signed to record deal with Passport Records. With Gary Mischuk and Hunter producing and the addition of Howard Helm (keyboards) and Terry Martell (drums) was ‘Affairs in Babylon’. They toured constantly throughout the country and earned a reputation for being a top-notch live act, but they began getting an identity crisis as people mistook the name Michael Fury for Myles Hunter himself. To compound matters Passport tried to push the band as a solo act. This didn’t sit well with the band (Hunter included) so when Chrysalis Records from New York came forward to dangle a deal at them, they bought back the rights to the album and signed with Chrysalis. The album was remixed and modified with additional songs and ‘Affairs In Babylon’ was re-issued under the name Refugee. In 1986 a government official from Zimbabwe was in England and saw the band’s video for the first single, “Exiles In the Dark”, and was apparently impressed with the song’s lyrics. The government of Zimbabwe wanted to bring a western rock band to the country as an indication of its effort to open up a cultural exchange with the west and this official felt that Refugee would be the right band because their songs did not contain the traditional rock n’ roll subjects of sex and drugs. A tour was planned to cover 6 concerts in eleven days in Zimbabwe but from the moment the band stepped off the plane, things quickly fell apart when forces in the new racially charged government conspired against the band to make the tour impossible and therefore make the government’s plan look inept. Only two gigs were played – one in an predominantly Caucasian disco in Harare and one on a flat-bed truck in the parking lot of a hotel in the all-black region of Queens Gardens – but the band was “detained” in Harare for almost a month. Once back in North America, Refugee began getting pressure from Chrysalis Records to become more mainstream. The band, however, it wasn’t representative of what they were about and left for a new deal with Polydor Records in Los Angeles.’Burning From the Inside Out’ was their sophomore release and was produced by Pat Glasser (Night Ranger) and recorded in Los Angeles. They spent the next two years playing anywhere they could get a gig, including 29 dates in the US opening for Jeff Paris. Once again they established themselves as a premier live act, but the constant touring did nothing to boost sales or make their name known to more people. In 1988 Hunter had Russell Hitchcock (Air Supply) cover his song “Dreams of the Lonely” on Hitchcock’s Arista debut solo LP. By 1989 Refugee itself ceased to be, but by 1990 Hunter had landed a solo deal with Island Records and recruited his old Refugee friends Jones and Kennedy, along with Helix drummer Brian Doerner. He also persuaded the others to join him in the studio and live, and with some help from some friends (Tom Cochrane, the Partland Brothers, Ken Greer, Hugh Marsh, Bill Henderson), recorded ‘Northern Union’. Myles Hunter & Northern Union played several live shows and although all three singles, “Celebrate Love”, “Dream Big” and “Always Twenty-One”, did better on the Canadian charts than any single they’d released under their different incarnations, they had trouble getting original paying gigs. They were soon forced to go out as a cover band, Northern Union, in order to keep playing. Frustration with this situation set in quickly and the band finally decided to call it quits once and for all in the spring of 1991. Hunter disappeared from the mainstream for many years to resume his theological studies but did resurface in 1994 with an album called ‘Tales From Stoney’s Bar & Grill’ under the auspices of Hunter-Greer (Greer being Ken Greer of Red Rider fame). The album was released on the fre label out of Toronto with little to no fanfare. Hunter finished his theological education and, as of 1997, was the incumbent Reverend Myles Hunter for St. Agnes in Long Branch, Ontario for the Anglican Church of Canada. A fundraising CD was created and performed by Myles (uncredited) in 1998 entitled ‘Songs From The Sacred Tree.’; He would later move parishes and minister at St. George’s On The Hill; Hunter died of liver failure December 20, 2017. notes from Bob Nutall, Howard Helm, Martyn Jones, and Rob Kennedy. [also see AVALONMICHAEL FURY, REFUGEE]

1990 Celebrate Love (Island/MCA) MCACD-015]
1990 Dream Big [edit] (Island/MCA) MCACD-020
1990 Always Twenty-One (Island/MCA)


1990 Northern Union (Island/MCA)
1998 Songs From the Sacred Tree (St. Agnes Church)

Born: Thomas James Hunter on March 20, 1937 in London, Ontario
Tommy Hunter was raised in London, Ontario and became interested in country music at age nine. He made his professional debut at age 12 at a theater in Woodstock, Pennsylvania; two years later, he was playing guitar at local dances.  At age 16, he left home to play in country clubs all over North America, making his CBC radio debut in 1952.  Four years later, he was performing with the Sons of the West. When the band auditioned for a new CBC-TV series, Country Hoedown, in 1956, Hunter became the program’s featured singer and stayed on until its cancellation in 1965.  In 1958, he also spent eight weeks on ‘Arthur Godfrey’s Talent Scouts’ on CBS-TV while also hosting a daily network radio broadcast called ‘The Tommy Hunter Show’. His television show of the same name began in 1962 and ran until 1989, making it the longest-running network country music show in the world. In addition, he debuted on the Grand Ole Opry in 1965.  Following the cancellation of ‘The Tommy Hunter Show’ (which also ran on TNN from 1983 to 1989), he and his band, the Travellin’ Men, continued to tour and record.

1963 Poor Little Bullfrog/Penny Wishes (Capitol – UK) CL-15283
1967 In A Way/Cup of Disgrace (Columbia) 4-44104
1967 The Battle of The Little Big Horn/Mary In The Morning (Columbia) 4-44234
1967 Charlie’s Side/Half a World Away (Columbia) 4-44367
1968 Are You Sad/I Don’t Want No Woman Tyin’ Me Down (Columbia) 4-44541
1968 Nowhere Bound with Greyhound/I Can’t Find a Space (Columbia) 4-44684
1969 Walk With Your Neighbour/Sea of Heartbreak (Columbia) C4-2904
1970 Wait For Sunday (Columbia) C4-2920
1971 Bill Jones General Store/Funny How Time Slips Away (Columbia) C4-3000
1974 The Departure/Song And Dance Man (RCA/Victor) PB-50035
1975 Love Of A Good Woman/Anytime (RCA/Victor) PB-50073
1978 The Great Mail Robbery/Gypsy Woman (Condor) C-97165
1981 Here at 40/I Think About Lovin’ (Acclaim/Trend) CM-70000
1981 Dance With Me Molly/Wisdom Is Our Friend (Acclaim/Trend) CM-70003
1982 Family Tree/Paradise (Acclaim/Trend) CM-70010
1982 Fool Enough To Fall In Love Again/I Still Got Some Bridges To Burn (Acclaim/Trend) CM-70011
1982 Here At Forty/[same] (Moonshine – US) 3006
1987 The Man of ’87/The Party of the First Part (RCA/Victor) PB-51045
1989 Couldn’t See The Gold/Love Comes To Those Who Wait (RCA/Victor) PB-51056

1974 Mississauga/Mississauga [no label] ST-57510

1964 Tommy Hunter (Canadian Talent Library) CTL-1041
1967 Travelling with Tommy Hunter (Columbia) ELS-326
1968 Tommy Hunter (Columbia) ELS-363
1971 Time Slips Away (Columbia) ES-90046
196? Greatest Hits (Columbia) HE-90175
196? The Anniversary Sessions (RCA/Victor) KYMI-0600
1975 Tommy (RCA/Victor) KPL1-0088
1982 Tommy (Acclaim/Trend) CM-12002
198? Songs of Inspiration
1983 Readings (Polytel) 831-131-1

Compilation Tracks
“Travellin’ Man” on ‘My Kind of Country’ (K-Tel) WC-313
1974 “Song And Dance Man” on ‘Canadian Country’ (RCA/Victor – UK) LSA-3208

Myles Hunter
(guitar, vocals) / Ken Greer (guitar)
Following a string of releases in the bands Avalon/Michael Fury/Refugee over more than a decade, Myles Hunter disappeared from the mainstream for many years to pursue theological studies. When he finally resurfaced in 1994 he teamed up with guitarist Ken Greer (of Red Rider) with an album called ‘Tales From Stoney’s Bar & Grill’ on the Terry Flood/Derrick Ross fre label out of Mississauga. With little fanfare and no tour to support the disc, it fell into obscurity. Greer carried on as a producer (most notably for fellow Red Rider bandmate Jeff Jones) and resumed his position in the touring version of Red Rider. Hunter finished his theological education and, as of 1997, was the incumbent Reverend Myles Hunter for St. Agnes in Long Branch, Ontario for the Anglican Church of Canada; He would later move to St. George’s On The Hill. He died of liver failure December 20, 2017; Greer lives in Eastern Canada. With notes from Ken Greer. [also see MYLES HUNTER]

Tales from Stoney’s Bar & Grill (fre) L-200108

Compilation Tracks
“Dying of Love” and “20th Century New Salvation” on ‘When the Bullet Hits the Bone [Soundtrack]’

Randall Cousins / Mitch Dunlop / Mark Waind / Sharon Waind

Originally known as Q.T. Hush, this Hamilton four-piece played electro-pop music with a dark undercurrent. Their forte was a male and female lead vocalist. The band managed to win two talent contests by two demographically different Toronto radio stations – Q107 and CFNY-FM. Mark Waind now lives in Guelph with his family and creates children’s releases on his Humantown label; Randall Cousins – the founder of Roto Noto Records – has been releasing Theremin related solo releases in recent years.

1985 Now Reality/Brand New Day (Humantown) HT-001
1986 Replay [4 song EP] (Humantown) HT-003

1991 Where Rainbows Hide (Humantown) HT-2001

Compilation Tracks
“Dancing In East Berlin” on ‘Q107 Homegrown Vol. 8’ (MCA) MCA-37277
1992 “Dancing In East Berlin” on ‘A Canadian Alternative’ (Second Wave) SWM-001

HYDE, Paul
Born: Paul Reginald Nelson on May 21, 1955 in Yorkshire, England
A native of Yorkshire, England, Paul Hyde immigrated to North America in his teens, a tough northern lad whose family relocated to Langford, British Columbia where he attended Belmont High. After Hyde introduced school-mate and fellow guitarist Bob Rock to the new musical genre emanating from the UK, they recorded the single “Money For Hype” and “China Boys” on two separate independent labels which led to a contract with A & M Records. A & M released a four song 12″ EP simply titled ‘Introducing Payola$’ in 1980. The full-length ‘In A Place Like This’ was released in 1981 featuring a remixed “China Boys” as a moderately successful radio hit in Canada though its follow-up, “I’m Sorry”, was mostly ignored. But it was the 1982 album ‘No Stranger to Danger’ that established the band as a force to reckon with. The album’s first single, “Eyes of a Stranger”, won ‘Single of the Year’ at the 1983 JUNO Awards ceremony. Three other JUNO Awards followed that year – including one for ‘Most Promising New Group’. The award is considered the kiss of death and the band had a difficult time following up their immediate success with the non-LP single “Soldier” and “Romance” which did not achieve nearly the radio play the label expected. However, the first single from the follow-up LP, ‘Hammer on a Drum’, called “Never Said I Loved You” featured a duet with Rough Trade’s Carole Pope, which helped the band keep its radio fires burning. Two follow-up singles, “Where Is This Love” and “I’ll Find Another”, allowed the band to tour and push the album to moderate sales figures. Still, A & M Records were disappointed the album did not duplicate the ‘No Stranger to Danger’ album’s success stateside so they gave the band an ultimatum. They wanted a change in musical direction as well as their name; A & M in the US had a hard time trying to sell the name Payola$ to radio broadcasters who were still sensitive to the 1950’s Alan Freed scandal of the same name. The band became Paul Hyde And The Payolas and were put under the studio guard of producer David Foster. Though the album delivered the goods and produced several radio hit singles like “Stuck In the Rain” and “You’re The Only Love”, the band was at its wits end having to compromise musically and with their identity. The Payolas were let go by A & M Records and subsequently split up in 1986. Paul Hyde and Bob Rock continued their long-term songwriting partnership and changed their name to Rock ‘N’ Hyde releasing the album ‘Under The Volcano’ on Capitol Records in 1987. They toured and had three hit singles released before going their separate ways as Rock began to get more work as an in-demand producer (Bon Jovi, AC/DC, Aerosmith). In 1988, Hyde recorded with Murray McLauchlan and Tom Cochrane for the UNICEF benefit single and video of “Let the Good Guys Win.” Hyde maintained his distribution relationship with Capitol-EMI and released his first solo album, ‘Turtle Island’, in 1989. The single “America is Sexy” reached No.28 on the RPM 100 Singles chart in October of 1989. By December, the song made the Top 25 Cancon songs of the year. Hyde found his career in flux despite the moderate reception given the new solo album and didn’t release another album until 1996’s ‘Love and the Great Depression’ for Broken Records. Having always remained friends with Bob Rock, the producer offered to produce and co-write material for Hyde’s 2000 EMI Music Canada album, ‘Living Off the Radar’. The single “The Snake” received a minimum of airplay and Hyde was left without a record deal. Bongo Beat Records’ president Ralph Alfonso was a fan and managed to talk Hyde into giving his indie label a shot. With that, he was able to tour with Dave Rave, Kate Schrock and Joe Mannix as part of the Bongo Beat/Bullseye Records ‘Grand Song Caravan’ Tour to promote his 2002 release ‘The Big Book of Sad Songs – Volume 1’. Actor Russell Crowe would go on to record Hyde’s “I Miss My Mind The Most” for his own solo album. In 2007 The Payola$ reunited to tour a new 7 song EP called ‘Langford’ under the pretext of a full-length album. But the album has yet to materialize. Hyde has carried on with Bongo Beat as a solo artist and released the 12 song ‘Peace Sign’ album in the fall of 2009 which featured the radio single “Greaseball Town”. [also see PAYOLA$, ROCK AND HYDE]

1989 America Is Sexy/Tennis Anyone (Capitol-EMI) B-73095
1989 What Am I Supposed To Do?/Jesus of the Barroom (Capitol-EMI) B-73103
2000 The Snake (EMI Canada)
2009 Greaseball Town (Bongo Beat)


1989 Turtle Island (Capitol-EMI) 92414
1989 America Is Sexy [3 song 12″] (Capitol-EMI) 75246
1996 Love And The Great Depression (Broken)
2000 Living Off The Radar (EMI Canada)
2002 The Big Book Of Sad Songs – Volume 1 (Bongo Beat) BB-1962-2
2010 Peace Sign (Bongo Beat)

Lorna DiFiore
(vocals) / Bill Hill / Don Graham / Terry Martell (drums) / Fitz Walton / Joe La Greca / John Farley / Peter Dowse
A studio act assembled by famed Montreal disco producer Joe La Greca.

Stop Your Teasing [3:15]/[same] 7″ UN-120
1979 Stop Your Teasing [6:52]/[same] 7″ UNI-1028

as HYDRO featuring LORNA
K.I.C. (Keep It Coming)/ K.I.C. (Keep It Coming) (Instrumental) 12″ UNI-1019
1979 My Favorite Disco/I’ll Make Your Day Tonight// I’ll Be Good To You [12″] (Prism – US) PDS-7
1980 My Favorite Disco/K.I.C. (Keep It Coming) 7″ PRM-80-019

as HYDRO featuring LORNA

1979 Hydro featuring Lorna (Unidisc) ULP-08

Compilation Tracks
“Stop Your Teasing” on ‘Star-Funk Volume 39 (Unidisc) SPLK-7339

Born: December 7, 1950 in St. John’s, Newfoundland
Died: November 19, 2015 in St. John’s, Newfoundland
Ron Hynes was born in St. John’s, Newfoundland but grew up in Ferryland where he developed an early interest in traditional music from The Rock and beyond. He developed an immediate talent for songwriting and telling the tales of everyday Newfoundlanders. His debut album ‘Discovery’ in 1972 is recognized as the first album by a Newfoundland artist to ever contact all original songs. He would soon gain the nickname ‘The Man of a Thousand Songs’. Hynes was a founding member of the Wonderful Grand Band in 1978. Their self-titled debut would be released that year. The Wonderful Grand Band would star in 40 half-hour television episodes for CBC television between 1980 and 1983. In 1981 they released their second studio album ‘Living In A Fog’. The band eventually went their separate ways and Hynes returned to solo performing and recording releasing six more solo albums over the next 30 years. Hynes would garner seven East Coast Music Awards, including ‘Male Artist of the Year’ (1994 and 2007), along with numerous JUNO Award and Canadian Country Music Award nominations. Hynes would receive an honorary Doctor of Letters from Memorial University in 2002 for recognition of his original songwriting and his contribution to the cultural heritage of Newfoundland. Hynes was also an actor and writer starring on screen and stage in ‘The Bard of Prescott Street’, ‘The Best of CODCO’, ‘Hank Williams: The Show He Never Gave’, ‘The Island Opry Show’, ‘The Lost Island Opry’, ‘Secret Nation’, ‘Anchor Zone’ and ‘Dooley Gardens’; A tribute album entitled ‘11:11 – Newfoundland Women Sing Songs by Ron and Connie Hynes’ was released in 1997 featuring Newfoundland’s finest female artists performing songs written by Ron Hynes and his ex-wife Connie; Hynes was also the subject of a documentary entitled ‘Man of a Thousand Songs’ in 2010 which was directed by William MacGillivray and debuted at the  Toronto International Film Festival that year. Hynes announced that he was unwell during a performance in July 2012 and confirmed a few weeks later that he had been diagnosed with throat cancer. Before undergoing treatment in 2012, Hynes performed before a sold-out crowd at Mile One Centre, joined by the reunited Wonderful Grand Band, an all-star cast of Newfoundland musicians. He accepted a special achievement award from the East Coast Music Association in March 2013. Hynes was back on tour that fall. He continued to tour and record, with appropriate breaks to rest his voice, until he began experiencing pain while on tour in early 2015. By October he announced on YouTube that his cancer had returned. He passed away November 19, 2015. [also see WONDERFUL GRAND BAND]

Story of My Life (Lost Island) LOS-1001
1994 Roy Orbison Came On (Lost Island) LOS-1003
1990 Sonny’s Dream (Lost Island) LOS-1005
1993 Cryer’s Paradise (EMI) EMI-756
1993 Man of a Thousand Songs
1994 No Kathleen (EMI) EMI-851
1994 Atlantic Blue
1997 Godspeed (EMI) EMI-1336
1998 Constance

Discovery (Audat) 477-9026
1987 Small Fry: The Ron Hynes Album for Children (Atlantica)
1993 Cryer’s Paradise (Atlantica/EMI) E2-007777-8966
1997 Constance/Godspeed/Leaving On the Evening Tide/Killer Cab/Common Man (Artisan)
1997 Face to the Gale (Artisan/EMI) 72438-36187
1998 Standing in Line in the Rain (independent) 02-50755
2002 The Sandcastle Sessions: 1999-2001 (independent)
2003 Get Back Change (Borealis) BCD-152
2006 Ron Hynes (Borealis) BDC-175
2010 Stealing Genius (Borealis) BCD-205
2015 Later That Same Life (TBA)

Brian Bishop
(vox) / Sheen (guitar) / Chris Laverton (drums) / Gerry LeBeuf (bass) / John Barbisan (guitar; 1985) / David Barbisan (drums; 1986)
This four-piece is originally from Oakville and managed to gain wide exposure with alternative radio airplay through such stations as CFNY-FM in Toronto. Their punk Speedcore attack often managed to get them featured in American ‘Maximum Rock ‘N’ Roll’ magazine. Following the band’s demise, Webite Records in Germany released their final album Hypebomb. with notes from Brian Bishop and John Barbisan.

1985 Life Is Hard…Then You Die (Reuben Kincaid) RKP-001
1987 Burned (Fringe) FPL-3048
1990 Life Is Hard…Then You Die [CD re-issue] (Rotz – Germany)
1990 Hypebomb (Webite – Germany)

Jim Galloway
(guitar, vocals) / Wayne Young (keyboards, vocals) / Dale Luedtke (guitar) / Gregg Pretty (drums) / Robin Freuse (bass) / Cam Kushnir (drums)
From Edmonton, Alberta. Dale Luedtke had a solo career prior to joining Hypno-Gogo in 1983. The band won a battle of the bands contest with Power 99-FM. The prize was recording time and a 7″ single. The band released “In Your Eyes” in 1984; Pretty would go on to join Cheatin’ ‘N’ Hurtin’ with Jim Gray (Darkroom). He is the father of Tennyson member Luke Pretty; Galloway and Young would go on to join heavy metal band White Heat. [also see DALE LUEDTKE, WHITE HEAT, CHEATIN’ ‘N’ HURTIN’, DARKROOM]

In Your Eyes/Flashing (Power99 FM) WRC3-3646

Compilation Tracks
“Down In The Docks” on ‘Saskatchewan After Dark’ [2LP (Studio West)
1987 “Come Back (Feels Like I’m Fallin’)” on ‘Midem ’88 Sampler’ (CIRPA) WRC9-5569

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