&Kurt &Noah
Kaldor, Connie
Kane, Kevin
Kanterbury Tales
Kardinal Off!shal
Karliski, Steve
Karrik, Les
Karroll Brothers
Kat Mandu
Kay, John
Kaye, Debbie Lori
Kean, Sherry
Kearney, Christopher
Keatniks, The
Keelaghan, James
Keelor, Greg
Kelch, Peter
Kelly, Tom
Kemp, Ian Fletcher
Kennedy, Harrison
Kenner, Roy
Kenney, Mart
Kenny & The Be-Bops
Kensington Market
Kick Axe
Kidds, The
Kids, The (1)
Kids, The (2)
Killer Dwarfs
Killer Music
Killjoys, The
Kim, Andy
Kinetic Ideals
King Bees, The
King Biscuit Boy
King Cobb Steelie
Kingfishers, The
King, Bill
King, Vanda
Kings, The
Kingston, Jack
Kingston, Tony
Kirkland, Graeme
Kitchens & Bathrooms
Knight, Jimmy
Knight & the Mid-Knights, Richie
Knuckleheads, The
Koffman, Moe
Kon Kan
Korven, Mark
Kosinec, Tony
Kowalek, Luann
Krall, Diane
Kreviazuk, Chantal
Kris & the Imperials, Bobby
Kroeker, Joel
Kruger, Glenn
Krystals, The
Kulas, Michael

&Kurt &Noah formed in the summer of 1970. Canadian indie label Astra Records signed them as their first act in late 1970. The label released the self-titled debut album in May of 1971. The first single, “These Are Things”, landed on RPM’s Top35 MOR chart in June 1971 and peaked at No.10 for two weeks. The song also peaked on the Top100 singles chart at No.76. The follow-up single, “When I Was Young”, made RPM’s Top35 MOR chart in September 1971 and peaked at No.13.

These Are Things/Memories (Astra/Polydor) 45301
1971 When I Was Young/Like A Rolling Stone (Astra/Polydor) 45312
1971 You Can’t Do That/Tonite I’ll Be Stayin’ (Astra/Polydor) 45318

&Kurt &Noah (Astra/Polydor) 1000

KALDOR, Connie
Born: May 9, 1953 as Connie Isabelle Kaldor in Regina, Saskatchewan
Kaldor graduated from Campbell Collegiate in Regina in 1972 and from the University of Alberta with a BFA degree in theatre in 1976. She performed with various theatre groups, including Theatre Passe Muraille, The Mummers and 25th Street House Theatre until 1979 when she left the theatre for music in 1979, touring the prairies with Heather Bishop that year, singing at the Vancouver Folk Music Festival in 1980. She released her debut album, One of These Days’, in 1981 on her own Coyote Records label and kicked off her first national tour.  Her sophomore album, ‘Moonlight Grocery’ was released in 1984. Following work with Roy Forbes and Norm MacPherson (Poppy Family) on a Christmas album called New Songs for an Old Celebration’ in 1985 and toured in 1986 with Forbes (aka Bim) and even sold ‘Tour ’86’ pillow cases. In 1988 Kaldor teamed up with Carmen Champagne for the album Lullabye which had Kaldor singing on one side in English and Champagne on the flip-side singing in French. The duo shared a JUNO Award in 1989 for the album. She released her next solo album, Gentle of Heart’ in 1990 through Oak Street Records. She married Hart Rouge member and music producer Paul Campagne and gave birth to a son in 1991. Three months later Kaldor was on the road touring with the likes of Ferron, Stephen Fearing and James Keelaghan.  She released ‘Wood River’ in 1992 and a North American tour followed with dates in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Denmark plus China where she headlined at the Beijing Arts Festival. The album track “Canoe Song” was picked up by the Waskesui National Park for their tourist slide presentation. ‘Out of the Blue’ and ‘Small Café’ followed before Kaldor started recording children’s albums as well. She has won the JUNO Award for ‘Best Children’s Album’ in 1989, 2004, and 2005. She also contributed music to the animated TV version of Lynn Anderson’s comic strip ‘For Better or For Worse’. Kaldor was featured on VisionTV in 2003 starring in her own music show ‘Wood River Hall’ to showcase the best in Canadian folk music. Connie Kaldor received the Order of Canada in 2006. She currently resides in Montréal, Quebéc. with notes from E.Bernhard.

1985 Caught In The Crossfire/Calais Maine (Coyote/Festival) CR-1003
1989 Wanderlust/Bird on a Wing (Nowyertalkin’ – UK) 7-TALK-7

Mincemeat Tart/We’re Gonna Sing (Aural Tradition) ATR-110

1981 One of These Days (Coyote) CR-1001
Moonlight Grocery (Coyote) CR-1002
1989 Gentle Of Heart (Oak Street) CEGCD-1009
1992 Wood River (Home Is Where The Heart Is) (Coyote/Festival)  CEGCD-1010
1994 Out Of The Blue (Coyote) CEGCD-1015
1996 Small Café (Coyote) CEGCD-1020
2000 Love is a Truck (Coyote) CEGCD-1025
2003 A Duck In New York City (Secret Mountain/Word Of Mouth) 63052
2003 Vinyl Songbook (Coyote) CEGD-1030
2004 A Poodle In Paris (Secret Mountain/Word Of Mouth)
2005 Sky With Nothing to Get in the Way (Coyote) CEGD-1035
2009 Postcards from the Road (Coyote/Outside) CEGD-1040

Ice Cream Sneakers (Mudpie) MUD-1

A Christmas Album (Aural Tradition) ATR-109

1988 Lullaby Berceuse: A Warm Summer Night (Oak Street/A & M) OSL-011

Christmas Treasures (MCA) MCACD-10931

KANE, Kevin
Kevin Kane met brothers Tom and Chris Hooper in 1977 during their teens in Kelowna, British Columbia. Their first band was a punk combo called Kill Pigs which played faster than the singer could sing. From there, Kane and the Hoopers went on separate musical paths; Kane to art-rock group Empty Set and the Hoopers to Gentlemen Of Horror. During this time, Tom Hooper edited a local punk ‘zine called ‘Indecent Exposure’, to which Kane contributed. In April of 1983, after putting together a one-off show as cover band Honda Civic, the trio decided to work together musically again. From the Hooper family garage they began rehearsals and gained enough confidence to open for acts in Seattle and Vancouver as the newly christened Grapes of Wrath (from the classic movie of the same name). By raising money at flea markets and garage sales the act was able to record 4 songs with up-and-coming producer Greg Reely in July and August 1984. However, a chance live acoustic rendering of their songs by newly formed Nettwerk Records’ led to the band being signed and released the tracks as a self-titled EP in November 1984. The band played a farewell gig in hometown Kelowna, packed up Tom Hooper’s station wagon and the Grapes of Wrath moved to Vancouver. In late summer of 1985, Nettwerk released the first album ‘September Bowl of Green’, which dented the charts at college and alternative radio. Their first two videos “Misunderstanding” and “A Dream (About You)” were heavily rotated by MuchMusic. This attention led to Nettwerk’s negotiations with Capitol Records for a distribution deal and the band returned to the studio in May 1986 to remix “Misunderstanding” and “Love Comes Around” with Tom Cochrane. These remixes would eventually be added to the ‘September Bowl of Green’ CD re-issue. The band continued playing live – including a high profile show at the 2nd Annual Independent Music Festival – in 1986. Cochrane was sufficiently impressed enough to produce the band’s sophomore effort ‘Treehouse’ which was released in October 1987. Ex-Pere Ubu and Lounge Lizard/Golden Palomino drummer Anton Fier produced ‘Now And Again’ in Woodstock, New York, where the band lived in isolation for the first half of 1989. They recorded in an old haunted Catholic church called Dreamland Studios. ‘Now And Again’ featured newly added keyboardist Vincent Jones. Jones had toured with the band during ‘Treehouse’ and worked so well personally and musically that the band decided to add him permanently. Jones’ contribution to the new album was augmented by legendary pedal steel player Sneeky Pete Kleinow (Flying Burrito Brothers) and keyboardist Chuck Leavell (Allman Brothers/Rolling Stones). Englishman John Leckie (XTC/Stone Roses/Posies) would helm ‘These Days’ which was recorded from December 1990 to January 1991 at Vancouver’s Mushroom Studios. In February 1991, the band travelled to London and spent three weeks mixing at Abbey Road Studios. Musical and personal differences brought about the band’s demise in 1992 with the departure of Kane. The Grapes of Wrath’s final show was Halloween 1992 in Vancouver. Tom Hooper, Chris Hooper and Vince Jones carried on under the name Ginger and re-signed to Nettwerk Records. He then released his debut solo album ‘Neighbourhood Watch’ in 1996 to modest critical applause but little fanfare. In 1999, Kane and Tom Hooper, his main songwriting partner in The Grapes of Wrath, reconciled after Ginger disbanded. They collaborated on a new Grapes album, ‘Field Trip’, in 2000 on the short-lived SongCorp label. But the company went bankrupt before the new Grapes of Wrath could promote it. Kane and Hooper went their separate ways in 2001. Kane released his sophomore solo album ‘Timmy Loved Judas Priest’ the same year but he would continue in music behind the scenes producing albums for the likes of Superconductor, Star Collector, The Capitals, Wayne Lavallee, The Salteens and Zumpano among others. In 2003 he joined Moev founder Tom Ferris’ one-off project Lazarazu who released a self-titled album that year and did several shows around Vancouver. Between 2003 and 2006 Kane worked with Vic Wayne producing two Star Collector albums. Kane’s next solo album was ‘How to Build a Lighthouse’ was released in September 2007 on BongoBeat Records. Another Grapes of Wrath reunion featuring the Hooper brothers and Kevin Kane toured Canada in late 2010. In 2012 The Grapes of Wrath recorded a new album in British Columbia; In recent years he has been working with Nadia Kane in FauxNow and Bryan Potvin (Northern Pikes). With notes from J.Nelson and Tom Hooper. [also see GRAPES OF WRATH, LAZARAZU]

Neighbourhood Watch (OnOff/Cartunes/Cargo)  ROO01-2
2001 Timmy Loved Judas Priest (Bongo Beat) 10-62971
2007 How To Build A Lighthouse (BongoBeat) BB-1987-2
2011 The Home Version (Kevin Kane)

Tactics (Sonorous Conglomorous)

Live @ Andy’s (independent)
2016 Kane & Potvin (Kilovoltage) KIL-CD-6000

David Haisel
/ Jerry Toth
Novelty song written by David Haisel and produced & arranged by Jerry Toth about Robert Stanfield, leader of the Progressive Conservative Party of Canada, and his 1968 election campaign.

The Man From Nova Scotia (Won’t Fail)/Morning Time (Arc) A-1210

Rainer “Rhino” Wiechmann (guitars, keyboards, vocals) / Sandy Forbes (drums, vocals) / Bernie Brodrick (guitar) / Glen Party(bass) / Cindy “Sindi” Wiechmann (vocals) / Derek Joyce (guitars, vocals) / Mark Osmond (bass, vocals) / Dale Penney (drums; 1988-1990)
After moving from his native Bavaria to St. John’s, Newfoundland at a young age Wiechmann took up guitar to pass the time. In 1983 he formed KAOS with Forbes who performed their first show on a CBC TV talent show called ‘The Fame Game’. In 1985, after discovering CBC voice-over vocalist (and future wife) Cindy Wiechmann, they independently released the critically acclaimed ‘Total Kaos’ album. 1n 1986 they landed an opening slot on Helix’s ‘Long Way to Heaven’ tour. Then when the band’s video “Summer of Love” was featured on MuchMusic’s ‘Power Hour’ doors began to open and they ended up playing opening slots for such internationally recognized acts as Alice Cooper, Motorhead, Dio, Cheap Trick, and Canadian bands The Headpins, Sass Jordan, and Chilliwack. A six-song demo cassette called ‘TV Eye’ followed in 1987 and the band toured across Newfoundland. After the tour ended, The Weichmann’s moved to London, Ontario and worked in various bar acts for more than a decade. Following some Helix recording sessions at Rainer Wiechmann’s studio in London, both Wiechmann’s became members of Helix from 2004 to 2006. Aside from his gig with Helix, Rainer Wiechmann has also become a recognized music producer for the likes of Thine Eyes Bleed, Summertime Daises, Blood of Christ and London, Ontario’s Kittie. The Weichmann’s were occasionally performing in the Meat Loaf tribute act Bat Out of Hell but are currently in a new project called NAIL with  Kaos’ drummer Dale Penney.

1985 Total Kaos [7-song EP] (Mole) K-1001  
1987 TV Eye [cassette] (independent)

Born: Jason D. Harrow on May 12, 1976 in Scarborough, Ontario
Harrow was raised by Jamaican immigrant parents and lived his pre-teen years in Toronto’s Flemingdon Park neighbourhood. The family moved back to Scarborough for two years, before finally settling in Oakwood–Vaughan neighbourhood in Toronto’s west end. At the young age of eight he was rapping and began winning competitions by the time he was 12. He performed in front of Nelson Mandela during the statesman’s first visit to Toronto. By 1993, he decided to change his existing stage name of “KoolAid” to “Kardinal Offishall” after being inspired by the great 17th century French clergyman, nobleman and political activist Cardinal Richelieu. He soon started throwing rave and dance parties at the Alexandra Park Community Centre. Kardinal was signed to a publishing deal with Warner/Chappell Music Canada at the young age of 20. In 1996, he released his first single “Naughty Dread”, which was featured on the ‘Rap Essentials – Volume One’ compilation and earned him a JUNO Award nomination for ‘Best Rap Recording.’ In 1997, Kardinal released his debut album Eye & I on Capitol Hill Music. The only single from the album, “On wit da Show”, had considerable video play on MuchMusic. In 1998, he was featured on the JUNO-winning single “Northern Touch” with the Rascalz, Choclair, Checkmate and Thrust. With a move to MCA Records in 2000 they rush released an EP called ‘Husslin’ which won him a SOCAN Award for the title track. He also won a JUNO Award that year for producing Choclair’s ‘Let’s Ride’ album. His full-length sophomore release (and major label debut) was ‘Quest for Fire: Firestarter, Vol. 1′ in 2001. The album spawned the hits “BaKardi Slang” and “Ol’ Time Killin'”. After MCA Records was absorbed into Universal Music in 2003, Kardinal’s highly anticipated follow up album ‘Firestarter Vol. 2: The F-Word Theory’, featuring production assistance from Timbaland and The Neptunes, was shelved along with the single/video for “Belly Dancer” featuring Pharrell. Kardinal eventually found himself without a label or an album to promote. Instead, he released an independent mixtape titled ‘Kill Bloodclott Bill’ in 2004 with his production company Black Jays. He eventually released his second major label CD, entitled ‘Fire and Glory’, in November, 2005, through Virgin Records’ Canadian branch. Singles from the album included “Everyday (Rudebwoy)” and “Heads Up”. In 2007, Akon signed Kardinal Offishall to his label Konvict Muzik and Kon Live Distribution. In 2008, he released the album ‘Not 4 Sale’. The single “Dangerous” peaked at No.5 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles chart in the USA. He won a 2009 JUNO Award for ‘Single of the Year’ for “Dangerous” and a JUNO Award for ‘Rap Recording of the Year’ for the album ‘Not 4 Sale’. The single also earned him a SOCAN Urban Music Award. In 2010, he was included in K’naan’s Young Artists for Haiti’s version of “Wavin’ Flag” in an effort to raise money for Haiti Earthquake disaster relief. H was featured on the Raghav single “So Much” in 2010.

Naughty Dread/On Wid Da Show [6-song 12”] (Knee Deep)
1997 On Wit Da Show/Naughty Dread II [7-song 12”] (Capitol Hill) KOLP-97
1999 And What?/Put ‘Em Up [6-song 12”] (Figure IV) FIV-1204
2000 Drop the Beat/Husslin’/[split w/Solitair & Saukrates & Michie Mee] (Universal) UMCR-4030-2
2001 BaKardi Slang Remix (Universal Urban)
2001 Ol’ Time Killin’ [6-song 12”] (Figure IV) FIV-1209
2002 Sick! [featuring BOUNTY HUNTER] [3 mixes] (M3) M3-002
2003 Empty Barrel [6-song 12”] (M3) M3-005
2003 Belly Dancer/Sick! [4 mixes] (MCA) 49-1
2004 Tear De Waltz Down/We Clean [6 mixes 12”] (M3 – US) M3-007
2005 Everyday (Rudebwoy) (Virgin/EMI Music Canada)
2005 Heads Up (Virgin/EMI Music Canada)
2008 Dangerous (Konlive/Geffen)

Eye & I (Capitol Hill) 77612705812-4
2000 Husslin’ [6-song EP] FIV-1206-2
2001 Quest For Fire: Firestarter – Vol.1 (MCA) 088 112 569-2
2001 Kardinal Offishall Instrumentals [2 LP] (MCA) UMCR-4360-1
2004 Kill Bloodclott Bill Volume 1 (Black Jays…Is The Team)
2005 Fire And Glory (Virgin/EMI Music Canada) 0946 3 39942 2 5
2008 Not 4 Sale (Konlive/Geffen) B001164002
2015 Kardi Gras Vol. 1 (Universal) 025475419

Wavin’ Flag

So Much

Compilation Tracks
“Naughty Dread” on ‘Rap Essentials – Volume One’

Northern Touch (Clean Version) (Figure IV/Vik.) KCDP-51594

Money Jane [4 mixes] (Universal) UMCR-4171-2

Doin’ It/Metropolis//[split w/DEFENDERS OF THE FAITH] (Longplay) LPR-001

Carnival Girl [4 mixes] (Mercury – US) 981 225-3

Bark For More (Album Mix)/Back For More (I-Soul Radio Mix) (Epic – US) 34K-3454

Move (Remix) [3 mixes] (Compound – US) DAM-02

Born: Steve J. Karliski in 1940 in Winnipeg, Manitoba
Died: 2007 in Niagara Falls, Ontario
Steve was the youngest son of five children born to Ukrainian immigrant parents. From a very early age he loved music and was giving recitals before the age of 10. In his teens Steve started composing songs, both lyrics and music. In the early 1960s after attending McGill University he headed for New York with his songs and became an instant success working with other songwriters Larry Kolbar, Barry Mann, Neil Sedaka and Carol King. After moving to Nashville his country songwriting credits and #1 hits included “Yes, Mr. Peters”, which was featured on the TV show ’60 Minutes’. “Molly” was written during the Vietnam War and was recognized in writing by Senator Bob Dole in the US. Bobby Goldsboro released it as a single. Many artists recorded Karliski’s songs including Billy Walker, Jack Greene, Freddie Hart, Norma Jean, Tommy Cash, Faron Young, Waylon Jennings, Wayne Newton, Teresa Brewer, Hank Williams Jr., Bobby Vinton, Tony Orlando, Patti Page, Tex Ritter, Frankie Lane, Gary Puckett and the Union Gap and many others. He also wrote the soundtrack for several movies including ‘A Time to Sing’, ‘Old Before My Time’, and ‘Money Can’t Buy Happiness’ among others. Karliski wrote or recorded more than two hundred songs but only ever recorded on album. He met fellow Canadian Ralph Murphy during his time in New York City and signed to Murphy’s Double M Records. Karliski wrote and produced 1973’s ‘Gotta Keep Movin’ LP. Steve Karliski passed away in 2007 in Niagara Falls, where he had been living for a decade.

1965 Yes Mrs. Peters/People Are Always Taking (Columbia) 4-43355
1966 Mind (Am I Losing You Too?)/Mrs. Tiddlebind (Epic) 5-10046

1972 Gotta Keep Movin’ (Double M/London) DMR-1001

Born: Caroline Vallée in 1946 in Sherbrooke, Quebéc.

French Canadian pop chanteuse Karo started her career in a folk duo with Denise Roy in 1963 and the folk trio BAK. In 1966-1967 she began recording cover songs for the Match label, a company that specialized in budget priced 7″ singles. She then won the first prize in the CFTM music jury show “Discoveries”. Later, she would record one of her biggest hits “A Boy In Mini-Skirt”. Karo then moved to Montréal and began performing in cabarets. In 1968, her singles “On My Bike” and “Le Bibite” landed on the charts and leading to her addition to the ‘Musicorama’ tour. She released her French-language self-titled debut album on Vedette Records in 1969. She represented Canada in the ‘World Popular Song Festival’ for 1971 in Tokyo, japan, where she placed in 19th place with her song “My My My”. A version of the song with Japanese lyrics translated by Hiroshi Kato was released on Overseas Records in Japan that year. On the strength of the song she was signed in Canada to Capitol for their French imprint and English language division in 1971 who released the song to radio without much fanfare. However, the single release, on Star/Vedettes Records, in Quebéc in early 1972 charted on RPM’s French Top10 chart and made it to No.1 by the end of March. In the summer of 1972, Capitol re-released the single to radio where it landed on the RPM Top100 Singles chart in August, peaking at #54 in September of that year and lasted on the chart until October. Capitol tried again with a second English language single in 1975 called “I Believe In You” with no chart success. Karo wrote songs for other artists such as Nicole Cloutier and Jacques Salvail. She made a slight comeback in 1991 recording a new single with collaborator Paolo Marcuzzi on Polygram Records.

1966 Bang Bang/Et maintenant (Match) 6017
1966 Il m’appelait Goguette/Le fer, le marbre et l’acier (Match) 6023
1966 Jimmy, attends-moi/La poupée qui fait non (Match) 6024
1966 Les boîtes à gogo/Pas une place pour me garer (Match) 6025
1966 Je serai là/Je croyais (Match) 6029
1967 Un jour, un jour/La terre promise (Match) 6031
1967 Petit homme/Cathédrale de Winchester (Match) 6035
1967 C’est ma chanson/Sous quelle étoile suis-je née(Match) 6047
1967 Un garçon en mini-jupe/Va-t-en (Star/Vedettes) VD-3050
1968 Rayonne sur moi/Neige folle (Star/Vedettes) VD-3066
1968 Sur ma moto/Je m’en vais en vacances (Star/Vedettes) VD 3071
1968 Les bibittes/Comme le gars (Star/Vedettes) VD-3080
1969 Une fille en monokini/Pompom (Star/Vedettes) VD-3092
1969 Guénillette/Ti-fils à papa (Star/Vedettes) VD-3098
1970 Oui c’est l’amour/Sur les nuages (Vedettes) VD-3104
1970 Des gens sympathiques/Les amoureux VD 3110
1971 Le feu de l’amour/Non non non non VD 3117
1971 Dans le ventre d’une énorme baleine/Il faut sourire VD 3121
1971 Mai Mai Ma/My My My (Overseas – Japan) UP-324-V
1971 My, My, My/World Of Make Believe (Capitol) 72672
1972 My, My, My/La plus belle des mères (Vedettes) VD-3123
1972 Fais ça/J’ai mal au monde (Vedettes) VD-3126
1972 Mon rayon de soleil/J’aime l’humanité (Capitol) 85087
1973 Mon ami Pierrot/Mes vacances (Capitol) 85094
1974 Je voudrais te connaître/Ce n’était pas le grand amour (Capitol) 85096
1974 Le roi de la patate/L’amour ça fait ça (Capitol) 85100
1975 I Believe In You/Sorry Guys (Capitol) 72744
1975 Au printemps de la vie/J’te laisserai pas tomber (Capitol) 85106
1991 Différence/Est-il Hic Blues? (Baxter Music/Polygram) 878.838-7

with BAK & KARO
1966 Les marionnettes/Un jeune homme bien (Match) 6011

1967 Hey Joe/La famille (with Donald Pascal) 6049

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

1969 Karo (Vedettes) VD-803
1971 Des gens sympathiques (Vedettes) VD-807
1972 Mon disque d’or (KARO) Karo-1
1999 A Boy In Mini Skirt (Drives Merit) 22-2403

Michael McLean
(vocals, guitar) / Claude LaFrance (vocals, guitar)
Also known as Les Karrick, this Lac St-Jean, Quebéc folk duo formed in 1968 This brought them to the attention of Robert Charlebois who took them on tour in and around Montréal and Quebéc City. Their debut album ‘Au chant de l’alouette’, featuring Pagliaro playing guitar on several tracks, was released on Zodiaque Records in November 1971 which gave them a sizable hit single in Quebéc with the French nursery rhyme title track. They would also get distribution in English Canada through Trans-World and in Europe via Vogue Records. It was Trans-World that helped them to skim the RPM Magazine French-Canadian Top10 with 1972’s “La fin du reve n’est pas pour demain” which reached #6 over a three week run. Following a tour as part of ‘Musicorama’, the duo split in 1972. LaFrance would tour with and write material for Louise Forrester and released one solo album in 1977 called ‘Une belle soirée’. McLean had intended to go solo but, instead, formed the short-lived Quebéc prog act band L’engoulevent [The Nighthawk] with Pierre Moreau, Françoise Turcotte, and Russell Gagnon. They released one album in 1977 entitled ‘L’Île où vivent les loups’. A children’s album was also issued called ‘Étoifilan’. McLean became part of the ‘Starmania’ musical in the 1980s and in the 2000s moved to France to further his career as a solo artist. On November 15, 2002, McLean and Lafrance played together for the first time in 30 years in Val David at an intimate 40-seater restaurant called The New World.

1972 Au chant de l’alouette/Quelle est la couleur de ma prison? (Zodiaque) ZO4-304
1971 Yes a pichou (version originale)/La chanson de l’Acadien (Zodiaque) ZO4-311
1971 La légende indienne/La première (Zodiaque) ZO4-315
1972 Mary Queen/Des mots pour ma musique (Vogue – EU) 27020
1972 La fin du reve n’est pas pour demain/Capitaine Capitaine (Zodiaque)  ZO4-321

1971 Au chant de l’alouette (Zodiaque) ZO-6904
1972 Karrik II (Zodiaque) ZOX-6006
1973 Collection les Karrik (Trans-World) 65-1920
1993 Retrospective (Merite) 22-1014

Peter Karroll
(vocals, guitar) / Paul Karroll (vocals, bass) / John Karroll (drums) / Steven Ballison (keyboards) / Frank Cooper (keyboards, 1980)
Formed in 1970 in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Magic Kingdom/White Line Fever (Top Hat) TH-101
1976 The Wizard/Going Downtown (Top Hat) TH-102
1978 Morning Light/Need Your Love (K.B.) KB-102
1978 Lovin’ You/Space Fighter (Vera Cruz) VCR-005
1978 Lovin’ You/Space Fighter [re-issue] (Vera Cruz) VCR-103
1978 Battlestar Dream/Taking Your Time (Vera Cruz) VCR-108
1980 Sweet Lorraine/Pushing So Hard (RIO) RIO-709

Karroll Brothers (K.B.) KB-1001
Baby Get Down (RIO) RIO-1005

A nom-du-plume for Quebec singer Maurice West (aka Maurice Desrosiers).

22,411 Part 1/22,411 Part 2 (Soleil) S-10005

196? Le Ciel C’Est Le Ciel/Tout La-Haut (TC Ranch/Trans-Canada) RH-3005

Claude McKenzie
(guitar, vocals) / Florent Vollant (guitar, vocals)
Living approximately 800 km north of Montréal, Quebéc, friends Claude McKenzie and Florent Vollant turned to music to break the tedium of living on the Maliotenam reserve of Northern Quebéc. Vollant had spent 10 or 12 years playing area bars doing the material of everyone from the Beatles to Pink Floyd, throwing in old songs from their Montagnais native heritage. Recognizing the talent of McKenzie, whom he met in 1984 when McKenzie’s family moved to the reserve, they formed a band that they called Kashtin, which in their native Innu language means tornado. Playing local bars and festivals, the duo became celebrities in Northern Quebéc, but had not achieved recognition out of the area until a TV crew from a station in Montréal came north to film them at a festival for a documentary they were doing on the Montagnais natives. One person to be impressed with their television debut was Guy Trepanier, head of Montréal’s Groupe Concept Musique and Les Productions Avanti Plus. He brought them down to Montréal to record a demo and very quickly they were picked up by Trans Canada Disc, Canadian label for the Gypsy Kings. Their self-titled debut was released across the country and sold over 100,000 copies in Quebéc almost immediately. Produced by Trepanier, the album eventually went double platinum in Canada, surprising almost everyone because the entire album was in the duo’s native Innu language, which only about 12,000 people in the world speak and understand. They quickly became known for their spirited, exciting live shows as they toured across the country and back. In 1990 they made ten trips to Europe and went Top 10 in France; the musicians that played on the album also formed their band: Donald Meunier, Alan Cavallo, Serge Durocher, and Claude Guay. Returning to the studio after their extensive touring, the second album, ‘Innu’, was released in 1991, has gone platinum in Canada, and was picked up for US release on TriStar Music. Once again extensive touring at home and abroad drew overwhelming praise from fans and critics alike. For their third album, 1994’s ‘Akua Tuta’, Kashtin signed with Columbia Records, and the album was released simultaneously in the US with the Canadian release. Robbie Robertson included the title track on his album ‘The Native Americans’, and one of their songs was featured on the soundtrack to ‘Dance Me Outside’. The television show Northern Exposure also used some of their songs. The end of 1996 saw the release of a solo album by Claude McKenzie on Sky Dog Entertainment out of Minnesota, entitled ‘Innutown’. with notes from LeAnne Lis

1989 E Uassiuian
1989 Harricana
1989 Tipatshimun
1989 Tshinanu
1991 Ishkuess


1989 Kashtin (Group Concept) PPFL-2009
1991 Innu
1994 Akua Tuta (Group Concept) CCK-80209

Compilation Tracks
“Akua Tuta” on ‘Due South – The Television Soundtrack’ (Nettwerk/EMI)
1998 Akua Tuta” on ‘Putumayo Presents a Native American Odyssey: Inuit to Inca’ (Putumayo) PUTU-144

Jimmy Ray
(guitar) / Joe LaGreca / Denis LePage
Jimmy Ray, from Guyana, South Africa started his music career in his local church and later studied guitar with childhood friend Jimmy Cannings. He was eventually recognized for his guitar talents and toured Europe, North America and the Caribbean as an opening act for such artists as Sam & Dave, Ben E. King, Carla Thomas and Dave Clark. Clark hired him for a two year tenure playing across Great Britain. After this job ended in the mid-1970’s, Ray left England and moved to New York to continue studying guitar. While in New York he became a session player and guitarist for hire and when Odyssey had their 1977 hit “Native New Yorker”, he was recruited as touring guitarist. Following performances in Canada he decided to stay in Montréal, Quebéc. Montréal allowed him the chance to become involved with the growing recording scene there. He was soon rubbing elbows with studio mainstays Joe LaGreca and Denis LePage. The three worked together on projects for Caroline Bernier, Melody Stewart and Linda DiFiore among others. In mid-1978 they collaborated under the pseudonym Kat Mandu for a disco album. The first single was an instrumental LePage had written and arranged called “The Break”. LaGreca co-produced and all three played the instruments. Unidisc in Montréal released the original 12″ single, but after a remix by Steve Thompson and Michael Arato for TK Disco Records in the USA, it topped the dance charts and became a certified gold record internationally. The song would continue to be remixed to squeeze out additional 12″ singles. “Don’t Stop, Keep On” written by Fitz Walton was also released from the album and received a 12″ remix from LaGreca and Gene Leone. Fitz Walton wrote five more songs for the 1980 follow-up album ‘Get Crackin’ on Unidisc. Ritchie Rome co-wrote, arranged, conducted and played all the keyboards on the record which spawned one single – the 12″ of “New World Break”. The final Kat Mandu release was a 12″ single in 1981 called “I Wanna Dance” on Brass Records which achieved gold record sales. One more album, ‘The Kat Is Back’, was released through a new label called Manhattan/Formula in 1982 but failed to meet the success of the releases before it. During Kat Mandu’s brief run they recorded with Kat Dyson and ‘Star Search’ TV show winners Tchukon and Cissy Houston. LeGreca went on to success with his recording act featuring singer Carol Jiani called Montréal Sound; LePage would take the Quebéc and European dance floors by storm with LIME featuring his wife Denyse LePage; Over the last 20 years Ray continued in the corporate music circuit including being cast in the Ontario Place musical review ‘Soul To Soul. He still performs and has released solo material from his current home in Florida.

1979 The Break/There’s Only Been A Few [12″] (Unidisc) UNI-1018
1979 The Break/There’s Only Been A Few (remix) [12″] (TK Disco – US) TKD-155
1979 The Break [7″] (Unidisc) UN-119
1979 Don’t Stop, Keep On [12″] (Unidisc) UNI-1026
1980 The Break (remix) [12″] (Unidisc) UNI-1041
1980 Get Crackin’/Time To Get Down [12″] W-12047
1981 I Wanna Dance [12″] (Unidisc) SPEC-1501
1981 I Wanna Dance (Special Remix) [12″] (Formula) FD-002
1981 I Wanna Dance [7″] (Formula) FS-003
1981 I Wanna Dance [12″](Brass/EMI-Barclay – US) BRDS-2520
1981 Hot Wax [12″] (Brass/EMI-Barclay)
1981 New World Break [12″] (Uniwave) W-12068
1982 Super Lady/(Instrumental) [12″] (Manhattan-Formula) MX-006
1982 The Kat Is Back (Let’s Dance)/(Instrumental) [12″] (Manhattan-Formula) MXS-014
1982 We Can’t Be Apart/(Instrumental) [12″] (Formula) FD-012
1984 We Got Your Groove (Special R.E.M.I.X.E.D Disco Version)/Imagination [12″] (Rams Horn – Netherlands) RHR-3317
1986 Theme From Dynasty/Power (Dance Version)//The Break/Wanna Get To Know You Well [12″] (Matra) 12MA-054
1987 Hooked On Voices//Sport/The Break (Remix) [12″] (Matra) MM-023

1978 Kat Mandu (Unidisc) ULP-09
1980 Get Crackin’ (Unidisc/Uniwave) WLP-1017
1982 The Kat Is Back (Manhattan-Formula) MLP-004

Sylvain Houde
(vocals; 1991-1998) / Jean-Francois Dagenais (guitar) / Maurizio Iacono (bass: 1991-1998; vocals: 1998-present) / Ariel Saied [aka Martinez] (drums; 1991-1992) / Mark-Anthony Marino (drums; replaced Saied 1992) / Nick Miller (drums; replaced Marino 1993-1998) / Max Duhamel (drums; replaced Miller 1998-2002; returned 2005) / Jean-François Richard (drums; replaced Duhamel 2002-2004) / Martin Maurais (drums; replaced Richard 2004-2005) / Stephane Barbe (bass; added 1997)
Montréal, Quebéc death metal act Kataklysm formed in the fall of 1991 by Houde, Dagenais, Iacono and Saied, and began their career with a well-received thrash demo called ‘The Death Gate Cycle of Reincarnation’ in 1992 which brought them to the attention of Nuclear Blast Records in Germany. They were signed and followed up with ‘The Mystical Gate of Reincarnation’ in 1993 and the 7″ single “Vision the Chaos” in 1994). With several drummer changes they began carving out a niche for themselves with full-length albums ‘Sorcery (1995) ‘Temple of Knowledge’. But it was the departure of vocalist Houde and the subsequent promotion of bassist Iacono to the lead vocal duties that the band’s style began to mutate into serious death metal contenders. They unveiled their new sound – and new rhythm section of Barbe and Duhamel – on the 1998 album ‘Victims of This Fallen World’. A tour followed and a live album was released entitled ‘Northern Hyperblast Live’. The band also re-issued a remixed double shot of ‘Sorcery’ and ‘The Mystical Gate of Reincarnation’ that year as well. The band flirted with both death metal and their previous thrash stylings for both ‘The Prophecy (Stigmata of the Immaculate)’ in 2000 and ‘Epic: The Poetry of War’ in 2001 before Duhamel left the band. Richard was designated the new drummer for ‘Shadows & Dust’ in 2002 and Maurais replaced him for ‘Serenity In Fire’ in 2004, before Duhamel returned to the band in 2006 for ‘In The Arms of Devastation’. The stable core membership of Kataklysm continues to this day on the heels of two more albums – ‘Prevail’ (2008) and ‘Heaven’s Venom’ (2010).

Vision the Chaos (Kataklysm Part 1)/Shrine of Life (Chapter III – Reborn Through Death – Version II) [7″] (Boundless)
2008 Taking the World By Storm (Nuclear Blast)
2010 Cross the Line of Redemption (Nuclear Blast)

The Death Gate Cycle of Reincarnation (independent)
1993 The Mystical Gate of Reincarnation (Nuclear Blast)
1995 Sorcery (Nuclear Blast)
1996 Temple of Knowledge (Nuclear Blast)
1998 Victims of this Fallen World (Hypnotic)
1998 Northern Hyperblast Live (Hypnotic)
1998 Sorcery & The Mystical Gate of Reincarnation (Nuclear Blast)
2000 The Prophecy – Stigmata of the Immaculate (Nuclear Blast)
2001 Epic: The Poetry of War (Nuclear Blast)
2002 Shadows & Dust (Nuclear Blast)
2004 Serenity in Fire (Nuclear Blast)
2006 In the Arms of Devastation (Nuclear Blast)
2007 Live in Deutschland – The Devastation Begins
2008 Prevail (Nuclear Blast)
2010 Heaven’s Venom (Nuclear Blast)

KAY, John
Born: Joachim Fritz Krauledat on April 12, 1944, in Sovetsk, Kaliningrad Oblast, Russian Federation
Kay grew up in East Germany, fueled by a steady diet of Armed Forces Radio. Little Richard and Chuck Berry was a couple of his earliest influences. At 14, he and his mother left the country, and moved to Toronto. He learned English by listening to radio disc jockeys and music from the artists of the day. By his mid-teens, he was performing on amateur radio shows. After high school, John roamed North America, performing acoustic blues in coffee houses and bars. He joined The Sparrow while playing Toronto’s Yorkville in 1965.  They had been home to Jack London and were his backing band on several of his Canadian hits. In 1965 they recorded an album with London on Columbia Records before leaving him to pursue their own, only official single “Hard Time with the Law”. With John Kay’s growing popularity in Yorkville, it was only a matter of time before he connected with the band in May of 1966. They would record several singles and one album as John Kay And Sparrow helping solidify their popularity as a touring act in the US. Less than a year later Sparrow broke up and John Kay, Jerry Edmonton, Goldy McJohn and Nick St. Nicholas re-emerged as Steppenwolf. Dennis Edmonton – now known as Mars Bonfire – went off to pursue a solo career. The band relocated to San Francisco via New York and became part of the Bay Area music scene, then moved on to L.A. where it broke up in 1967. Shortly after, John formed Steppenwolf and the group’s debut was released in 1968. “Born to Be Wild” was on that album and other classic tracks followed, such as “Magic Carpet Ride,” “Rock Me,” “Monster,” “Sookie, Sookie” and “The Pusher.” The original version of Steppenwolf split up in 1972. With Steppenwolf’s contract still needing to be fulfilled with ABC-Dunhill, Kay recorded his first solo album instead entitled ‘Forgotten Songs And Unsung Heroes’. He followed that with ‘My Sportin’ Life’ in 1974. With his obligations fulfilled to ABC-Dunhill, key decided to hit the road as John Kay and Steppenwolf featuring a new line-up. With their new found popularity the band was signed to Mum Records with distribution through Epic. John Kay and Steppenwolf would go on to release more than a dozen albums, including 1996’s live double CD, ‘Live at 25’. The most recent band line-up consisted of Kay, his long time writing partner keyboardist and co-producer Michael Wilk, drummer/vocalist Ron Hurst and lead guitarist/vocalist Steve Fister. Total album sales are in excess of 20 million units world-wide, and the group continues to tour annually. The last few years have featured some benchmark accomplishments and recognition for Kay. His autobiography, ‘Magic Carpet Ride’, was published in 1994. In 1996 the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum in Cleveland, Ohio, installed a memorabilia display devoted to the group. [see SPARROWS, STEPPENWOLF]

I’m Movin’ On/Walk Beside Me (ABC-Dunhill) D-4309
1972 Somebody/You Win Again (ABC-Dunhill) D-4319
1973 Moonshine (Friend of Mine)/Nobody Lives Here Anymore (ABC-Dunhill) D-4351
1973 Easy Evil/Dance To My Song (ABC-Dunhill) D-4360
1973 She Said The Same Things To Me (ABC-Dunhill)
1978 Give Me Some News I Can Use/Say You Will (Mercury) 74-004


1972 Forgotten Songs and Unsung Heroes (ABC-Dunhill) 50120
My Sportin’ Life (ABC-Dunhill) DSX-50147
1978 All In Good Time (Mercury) SRM-1-3715
1997 The Lost Heritage Tapes [circa 1976] (CMC – Europe) 823941
2001 Heretics & Privateers (CrossCut – Germany) CCD-12004

KAYE,  Debbie Lori
Born: May 6, 1950 in New York, NY, USA
Debbie Lori Kaye was a diminutive singer and guitarist with a large voice who was born in New York, but grew up in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. Her father was a disc jockey at CKCY and asked a local group, (Those) Rogues, to allow her to sing in the band. She and the band toured around Southern Ontario for nearly a year until she left to appear on the Tommy Hunter Show.  Columbia Records took notice and signed the teenager to a long term deal. The country vocalist made her first showing on Canadian RPM Magazine charts with “Picking Up My Hat” in February 1965. It entered the Country singles chart at #1 on February 8 and stayed there until the week of August 23, 1965. It returned to number in December of that year until Columbia released her next single – a remake of The Shirelles’ 1962 hit “Soldier Boy” – at Christmas time. She rode the RPM Top singles chart to the Top20 with the song in 1966 and the song remained in the Top 40 for 10 months.  In 1966 Columbia released “Baby, What I Mean”, “Playground” and “Ride Ride Ride” (a Lynn Anderson song), none of which charted. But, she would return to the country charts in June 1968 with her next single “Come On Home” which made it to #12. “Baby’s Come Home” was released in May 1969 and managed to hit #13 on the RPM country singles chart. She switched to the SSS International label in 1970 and entered the Canadian RPM chart in October that year with “Taste of Tears” which got to #16. Kaye was nominated twice for a Juno Award in 1971 as ‘Best Female Vocalist’ and ‘Best Counry Female Artist’. Another label change found her on Polydor for her final chart action with “God Bless The Child” in January 1973 on the RPM Adult Contemporary chart. The song climbed to #15 by March 1973.  Kaye would make periodic appearances on CBC television variety shows including ‘Tommy Common’s It’s A Musical World’ (1975/76 season), ‘The Tommmy Banks Show’ and ‘The Tommy Hunter Show’ (1967-1969). She also appeared on the Willburn Brothers Show in 1966 and ‘Music City USA’ in the United States. Kaye would later have her own one hour CBC variety show ‘The Debbie Lori Kaye Show’ featuring guitarist Frank Kitching as music arranger. Kitching was also guitarist in the band Parade with Kaye in the early 1970s that toured the US after her solo career had faded.  In 1994, RPM magazine ran a list of the Top Canadian Country artists to have charting hits that made it to #1. Debbie Lori Kaye ranked #22 on the list. She was inducted into the Ontario Country Music Hall of Fame in 2005. Kaye now lives in Seattle, Washington and has spent many years rehabilitating after a bad car accident in 2006. with notes from Frank Kitching and Stan Maupin.


1965 Picking Up My Hat/What Makes You Do Me Like You Do (Columbia) C4-43295
1965 Soldier Boy/Could That Be (Columbia) C4-43454
1965 Every Song You Sing/You’re Not There (Columbia) C4-43591
1966 Baby, What I Mean/The Iron Cross (Columbia) C4-43730
1966 The Playground/Lonely Clown (Columbia) C4-43999
1966 A Legend In My Time/Sweet Georgia Brown (Columbia) C4-44142
1966 Ride Ride Ride/Break My Mind (Columbia) C4-44311
1967 Battle Hymn Of The Republic/Green (Columbia) C4-44394
1968 Come On Home/Help Me Love You (Columbia) C4-44538
1969 Baby’s Come Home/It’s Only A Daydream (Columbia) C4-44815
1970 Taste of Tears/No Brass Band (SSS International) 810-M
1973 God Bless The Child (Polydor) 2065-157

1966 Hey Little One (Columbia) ELS-329

KEAN, Sherry
Born: Sherri Huffman
Sherry Kean was originally known as Sherri Huffman, vocalist for The Sharks who were a steady fixture on the Toronto Queen Street bar circuit in the late 1970’s/early ’80s. Though an appearance on a Chameleon Records compilation called ‘No Pedestrians’ gave the act a solid profile, the band’s more popular live configuration consisted of the rhythm section of Basil Donovan (bass) and Cleave Anderson (drums) and David Baxter (guitar). The band recorded a full album at McClear Place with engineer David Balan for Edge Records that, unfortunately, was never released. Kean and Baxter would continue on together as co-writers (and Baxter producing) with a vision to launch Kean as a solo artist. Donovan and Anderson teamed up with former Hi-Fi’s members Jim Cuddy and Greg Keelor to form Blue Rodeo. Kean soon signed a deal with Capitol-EMI. Recording for her debut LP began in the Spring of 1983 with producer Mike Thorne at Media Sound, NYC. Her backing band in the studio was J.T. Lewis (drums), Fernando Sanders (bass), and Pat Irwin and David Baxter (guitars, keyboards).  Five of these songs were released as an EP in the summer of 1983 under the title ‘Mixed Emotions’ and recording continued during December back in Toronto at Manta Sound in hopes of building an even stronger debut LP release. Kean’s Toronto studio band consisted of Terry Martel (drums), Ian De Souza (bass), Scott Davey (guitar), David Baxter (guitars, keyboards), Mike Thorne and Tommy Mandel (keyboards). In early 1984 “I Want You Back” was lifted as a single from the ‘Mixed Emotions’ EP and launched Kean as a serious radio contender. The B-side to the 12″ single, called “Universe of Two”, was an extended mix done at ESP Studios in Buttonville, Ontario by Dee Long and John Jones. Finally, the debut LP, ‘People Talk’, was released in mid-1984. It contained three songs from the ‘Mixed Emotions’ EP (including ‘I Want You Back’), two other tracks from that release were abandoned in favour of “Be Mine” and “Stop This Sorrow” from the 1983 New York sessions, while the album was fleshed out with five new songs from the December 1983 Toronto sessions – including the title track. Kean won a 1984 JUNO Award for ‘Most Promising Female Vocalist of the Year’; she was also nominated for ‘Female Vocal of the Year’at the 1985 CFNY-FM U-Knows. However, her time with Capitol was short lived and Kean found herself recording her sophomore album for A & M Records. The LP was self-produced with the assistance of David Baxter and Bob Doidge both of whom contributed musically to the recording along with Ian De Souza (bass), Kevin Breit (guitar), Garth Breit (drums), Mike Heffernan (keyboards), Ben Mink (violin), Bill Dillon (violin, guitar), the late Roman Zak (accordion) and Tom Cochrane singing on “I Believe In You” and dueting with Kean on “Baby Talk”. with notes from David Baxter, David Balan, Peter Hudston, Michael Ustick.

1983 Mixed Emotions/Stop This Sorrow (Capitol-EMI) 72923
1984 I Want You Back/Sever The Ties (Capitol-EMI) 72937
1984 I Want You Back/Universe of Two (Extended Version) [12″] (Capitol-EMI) V-75051
1984 Would You Miss Me?/You’re So Minor (Capitol-EMI) 72941
1984 Get Away From That Girl/Universe Of Two (Capitol-EMI) 72948
1987 Why You Wanna Break My Heart?/Chain Reaction (A & M) AM-739
1987 Diamonds & Pearls/State of ohe Heart (A & M) AM-748

1983 Mixed Emotions (Capitol-EMI) MLP-15010
1984 People Talk (Capitol-EMI) ST-12328
1987 Maverick Heart (A & M) SP-9140

Compilation Tracks
“I Want You Back” on ‘Heart of Rock’ (Quality) QRSP-1002
1999 “I Want You Back” on ‘Pure Canadian: Retro 80’s Volume 6’ (EMI)

“Get Off the Radio” on ‘No Pedestrians’ (Chameleon) CR-535

KEARNEY, Christopher
Born: 1947 in Toronto, Ontario
Toronto-born Christopher Kearney moved to the cottage area of Lindsay, Ontario at age 4. He became serious about music in the mid-60’s after relocating to the US West coast where he met Gordon Lightfoot who put up the money for his first demo recordings. In 1970, Apex Records released Kearney’s first single “Theme For Jody”. He returned to Toronto in 1971 and used his Lightfoot connection to land a publishing deal with Early Morning Music and an album deal with Sun Dog Productions who signed him to Capitol Records. His first self-titled album was released in 1972 and spawned the single “Loosen Up”. His career became a whirlwind of touring throughout the US in folk clubs and festivals with opening slots next to the likes of Anne Murray. Kearney went to Brazil in 1972 with The Stampeders to represent Canada at the Seventh Rio International Song Festival held in Rio de Janeiro. A follow-up LP, ‘Pemmican Stash’, was released in 1973 and Kearney’s career slowly faded shortly after 1975’s ‘Sweetwater’. In the early ‘80s Kearney joined China with fellow Canadians Bill King and Danny McBride for one album on CBS Records. Kearney returned to the spotlight briefly in 1993 when he wrote “A Letter From Sarajevo” with Scott Lane and Neil Dobson that accompanied a star-studded public service video about the plight of children in the war-torn city of Sarajevo in Bosnia. Kearney is currently living in Mexico, and released a new album in 2008 called ‘Just A Step Away.’ [also see CHINA]

1970 Theme For Jody/ (Apex) 77113
1971 Let It Be Gone/Loosen Up (Capitol) 72664
1971 Rocking Chair Ride/Country Lady (Capitol) 72675
1972 One Helluva A Rock & Roll Band/Youngblood (Capitol) 72691
1975 Steady Ground/Runnin’ Child (Capitol) 72742
1993 A Letter From Sarajevo


1972 Christopher Kearney (Capitol) ST-6732
1973 Pemmican Stash (Capitol) ST-6392
1975 Sweetwater (Capitol) ST-6424
2008 Just A Step Away (independent)

with CHINA
1981 China (Epic/CBS) FE-37633

Williams “Bill” Keating
(lead guitar) / Maurice “Mo” Caines (vocals, rhythm guitar) / Basil Haire (drums)  / Pierre LaJeunesse (piano)
A typical early 1960s Merseybeat sounding act from Labrador City, Newfoundland, who entertained regularly at the Iron Ore Company of Canada’s Ashuanipi Social Club. All the members of the band, except Haire, had day jobs at the Iron Ore Company. Keating had previously been in Wilf Doyle’s orchestra. Caines worked in radio in Stephenville and LaJeunesse studied at the Quebéc Conservatory of Music. Haire was a teacher at Wabush College in Labrador. Their lone, self-titled album recorded in Montréal 1965 is considered the first full-length by a band from Newfoundland. The group split up in 1966. Caines formed The Krystals with Dutch musician Stan Erbrink (ex-The Black Knights). They released one album in 1968; Haire now works for the Government of Prince Edward Island. A re-issue of the band’s material has been promised for many years but the disc has yet to materialize.with notes from Art Rockwood.

1965 That’s My Girl/Three Long Days And Nights (Melbourne/London) WG-3216
Here She Comes/Everywhere (Melbourne/London) WG-3218

1965 Keatniks (Melbourne/London) AM-4011

Kébekélektrik was a studio spearheaded by Pat Deserio, who hired Gino Soccio to record a disco record which spawned five singles. [also see GINO SOCCIO]

Magic Fly/Magic Fly II (Les Disques Directions) D4-128
1977 Journey Into Love/Return From Love (Les Disques Directions) D4-128
1978 Mirage/Star Dance (Les Disques Directions) D4149
1978 War Dance/[same] (Les Disques Directions) D-2073
1978 Bolero/Mirage (Les Disques Direction – ITALY) DIR-NP-26002

Kébekélektrik (Les Disques Directions) PL-40681

Born: Calgary, Alberta
A native of Calgary, Keelaghan studied history at the University of Calgary where he began playing coffeehouses in the mid-’80’s. Part of his understudy work involved performing with Margaret Crystal and a stint in acoustic/punk folk act Ernie The Band. In 1985 folk singer Garnet Rodgers heard him play and gave Keelaghan encouragement to pursue his original music. His musical themes developed from the rich history of Canadian folklore and heritage. Keelaghan began to merge his musical and historical interests together on his first independent cassette release “Timelines” in 1987. By his second cassette in 1990, ‘Small Rebellions’, Keelaghan’s notoriety was becoming well established as his style and songwriting talents matured. He made the rounds of all the national folk festivals throughout the early ‘80’s with his backing band of Bill Eaglesham (bass, vocals), and Gary Bird (six string and steel guitar). By 1993 he was touring as a duo with Oscar Lopez. For his third album, ‘My Skies’, Keelaghan signed to the Green Linnet label in the US. He was the winner of a JUNO award in the ‘Roots & Traditional’ category in 1994. Keelaghan’s fourth album was ‘A Recent Future’ in 1995.

1987 Timelines (Tranquilla/Dirty Linen)
1990 Small Rebellions (Tranquilla)
1993 My Skies (Green Linnet)
1995 A Recent Future (Green Linnet)

Born: August 29, 1954 in Inverness County, Nova Scotia
Greg Keelor is a Canadian singer-songwriter and musician. Keelor and fellow singer-songwriter Jim Cuddy met at North Toronto Collegiate on the football team but didn’t get together to form a band until they were done university; their first combined musical effort was the Hi Fi’s in 1977. They started writing original material immediately and had an independent single out within six months called “I Don’t Know Why (You Love Me)” on their manager’s Showtime label. Nothing much was happening for them, however, so in 1981 they moved to New York City, as much for a change of pace as for the music scene there. They put together a band called Fly To France by putting ads in the Village Voice, and played all types of music everywhere they could. Their manager didn’t quite seem to know what he was doing and then disappeared, they sent out endless packages to record labels, and pestered every promo rep they could get a lead to but again nothing much happened. They decided to sit down and record a bunch of songs from beginning to end. They got New Zealand band the Drongoes to help them, recorded four songs, then returned to Toronto in 1984 and began shopping the demo. While looking for a deal they had a band name already picked out and decided to put that band together. They bumped into their friend Cleave Anderson (Battered Wives, The Sharks), who agreed to join; Anderson suggested that his friend Bazil Donovan complete the lineup and Blue Rodeo was born. Their first gig was at the Rivoli on Queen Street in Toronto in February of 1985. Prairie Oyster manager and owner of the Risque Disque label, John Caton, became interested in the band and they struck a management/recording deal with him. He introduced Blue Rodeo to his friend, producer Terry Brown (Rush, Klaatu, Cutting Crew), who agreed to work with the band. Recording with Brown over a year and a half, his production of their first album seemed only natural, and in January of 1987 they struck a worldwide label/production deal with WEA Music of Canada. ‘Outskirts’ was released later that year and produced a country-wide hit with “Try”. The album eventually went on to sell well over double platinum in Canada (200,000 copies). Touring the clubs across Canada and opening for the likes of k.d. lang, they quickly became known for their lively and entertaining stage manner and their quirky brand of countrified rock. Blue Rodeo have released 16 albums and several DVDs. Keelor has also released three solo albums beginning with ‘Gone’ in 1997 which featured Sarah McLachlan. Eight years later, Keelor released his sophomore album – ‘Seven Songs for Jim’ – with songs all dedicated to his deceased father. His third album came much quicker in 2006’s Aphrodite Rose. Keelor composed an original soundtrack for the 2010 Canadian Western comedy ‘Gunless’ starring Paul Gross. Greg also discovered and produced Michele MacAdorey’s band Crash Vegas and has worked with Melissa McClelland. He participated, along with Rick White and members of The Sadies, in the supergroup The Unintended. Keelor has also produced Blue Rodeo and Cuff the Duke. [also see BLUE RODEO, CRASH VEGAS]

White Marble Ganesh (Warner)

Gone (Warner)
2005 Seven Songs for Jim (Warner)
2006 Aphrodite Rose (Warner)
2010 Gunless – The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (Alliance)
2021 Share The Love (Lost Cause/Warner)
2021 Share The Love: Lost Cause Sessions [LP] (Lost Cause/Warner)

KELCH, Peter
As a native of Victoria, British Columbia, Kelch set up his own independent record label as an outlet for his Rockabilly songs called Terra to release two singles in 1963. He enlisted the help of Victoria instrumental act The Pharaohs as his back-up band. The Pharaohs and Kelch had already worked together on their own singles – Kelch wrote their song “The Friendly Martian”. Kelch found himself in Hollywood and released one record for R.R.E. Records with the Journeymen as his backing band. He also released several singles on the Chalice label stateside.

1964 Silly One/Too Late For Cryin’ (Chalice)
1964 My Angel (Chalice)
1964 Just A Little More/Johnny Take Care (Chalice)


1963 Silly Girl/Cry On My Shoulder (Terra) 45-TR-369
1963 River of Tears/ (Terra)

196-  Little Clown/Lonely Wanderer (R.R.E. – US) RRE-1017

Kelly was signed to CHUM’s record label MUCH and hit the RPM Top 100 chart with “Freedom Song” in May 1973 reaching a peak of No.60. “Jennifer” was released in December of 1973 and peaked at No.77 in the winter of 1974.

1973 Freedom Song/Song For Shelan (Much) CH-1022
1973 Jennifer (Much) CH-1026
1974 I Can Show You the Morning/If Ladies Were Only Songs (Much) CH-1030

Any Kind of Man (MWC) 9001

KEMP, Ian Fletcher
Guitarist/singer Ian Fletcher Kemp recorded for Myles Cohen’s Change label. His debut album for the label entitled ‘(Writer)’ featured the cream of Canadian session players including Mike Francis, Bob Mann, Brian Leonard, Eric Robertson, Dick Smith, and Tom Szczesniak and was produced by John James Stewart. Capitol Records artist Dean Dillon recorded Kemp’s “Station To Station” on 1988’s ‘Slick Nickel’ LP.

1978 Love Catch Fire/Saving Of A Heart (Change/MCA) CH-45009
1979 J & D Railroad Line/Pilgrims (Change/MCA) CH-45020
1979 Bethy (In The Gulf Of Mexico)/Singin’ All The Blues Away (Change/MCA) CH-45029
198-  Railway Widows Song (CBS Songs) AB-01
198-  Whisky/Boys Best Company (CBS Songs) AB-02


1979 (‘Writer’) (Change/MCA) CLP-8006

KENNEDY, Harrison
Harrison Kennedy was born and raised into the blues in Hamilton, Ontario as his family members were already entertainers in the local scene. Billie Holiday and John Lee Hooker were among those who would come to town and visit his house or his aunt’s house. By age 15, Kennedy sang in a church and in a blues band. As a college freshman, Kennedy received a phone call in 1968 from Motown songwriter-producer Eddie Holland who invited him to travel to Detroit and audition for a spot in a vocal super group that Holland, his brother Brian Holland and friend Lamont Dozier were forming as the first act on their post-Motown record label Invictus. Kennedy became the lead singer for The Chairmen of the Board alongside General Johnson, Danny Woods, and Eddie Curtis for a three year run as an internationally renowned soul act. With their hit single “Give Me Just a Little More Time” they would perform at all the top venues including several appearances at the Apollo Theatre in New York and made TV appearances on ‘The Tonight Show’, ‘Soul Train’, ‘American Bandstand’ and on the BBC’s “Top Of The Pops’. They would also share stages with B.B. King, James Brown, Smokey Robinson, Stevie Wonder, Funkadelic and more. After the Chairmen of the Board folded in 1975, Kennedy returned to Hamilton and split his time between working in a chemical factory and playing blues in clubs. He formed the band Harrison Kennedy And The Rockin’ Hurricanes featuring Alex MacDougal (guitar), Jan Reimers (bass), Doug Bowman (bass) and Alex Karza (drums). His first solo blues album, ‘Sweet Taste’, was nominated for a JUNO Award as ‘Best Blues Album’ in 2004. His second JUNO nomination followed on the heels of his sophomore release ‘Voice & Story’ in 2006.  In 2008 he released ‘High Country Blues’and ‘Shame the Devil’ in 2011. He again received JUNO Award nominations for ‘Best Blues Album’ for both releases. Kennedy has received 15 Maple Blues Award nominations. His latest album is ‘One Dog Barking’. with notes from Harrison Kennedy.

Come Together/Sunday Morning People (Invictus) IS-9119
Give Me Just a Little More Time/Flaming Embers (Roto Noto) RN-1033
Lovin’ Ways/Give Me Just a Little More Time (Roto Noto) RN-1039
Many Moons Ago/[same] (Roto Noto) RN-1054

1970 Give Me Just a Little More Time/Since the Days of Pigtails (And Fairy Tales) (Invictus) INV-501
1970 (You’ve Got Me) Dangling On a String/Patches (Invictus) INV-504
1970 Everything’s Tuesday/Bless You (Invictus) INV-507
1971 Working On a Building of Love/Try On My Love For Size (Invictus) INV-519
1971 (You’ve Got Me) Dangling On a String/ I’ll Come Crawling  (Invictus) IS-9078
1971 Pay to the Piper/Bless You (Invictus)  IS-9081
1971 Chairmen of the Board/When Will She Tell Me She Needs Me (Invictus) IS-9086
1972 Tricked & Trapped/Hanging On (To a Memory) (Invictus) IS-9089
Bittersweet/Elmo James (Invictus) INV-524
1972 I’m On My Way To a Better Place/So Glad You’re Mine (Invictus) INV-527
1972 Men Are Getting Scarce/Bravo, Hurray (Invictus) IS-9103
1973 I Can’t Find Myself/Let Me Down Easy (Invictus) IS-9126
1973 Finders Keepers/Finders Keepers (Instrumental) (Invictus) INV-530
1974 Everybody Party All Night/Morning Glory (Invictus) INV-2523
1974 Lfe & Death/Live With Me, Love With Me (Invictus) ZS8-1263
1975 Someone Just Like You/You’ve Got Extra Added Power (Invictus) ZS8-1278

Hypnotic Music (Invictus)ST-9806
Sweet Taste
2005 Voice & Story (Black And Tan)  B&T-025
2007 High Country Blues
2010 Shame the Devil
2011 One Dog Barking (Electro-Fi)

Give Me Just a Little More Time (Invictus)  ST-7300
1970 In Session (Invictus) ST-7304
1972 Bittersweet (Invictus) ST-9801
1974 Skin I’m In (Invictus) KZ-32526

Live In the Eye [cassette] (Independence)

Compilation Tracks
“Gimme Just a Little More Time” on ‘Today’s Super Greats Part 2’ (K-Tel) TU-231

Born: January 14, 1948 in Toronto, Ontario
In the 1960s the Toronto music scene was exploding with hungry young R & B bands fresh out of school. Singer Roy Kenner led Roy Kenner & The Associates which featured Henry Babraj (keyboards), Tom Beavis (guitar), Greg Carducci (bass) and Ray Rychlewski (drums). While performing at the Modern Age Lounge they got to know the DJ Tommy Trend (aka Merv Buchanan) who signed the band to his Trend Records. They released one single for Trend in 1965. Kenner and Babraj would then go on to join Domenic Troiano’s band The Mandala in 1968. They released their debut album, ‘Soul Crusade’, on Atlantic Records in 1968 and had a Top10 hit with “Love-Itis” in Canada. The Mandala played their final gig at The Hawk’s Nest in January 1969, after which Troiano, drummer Whitey Glan and Kenner made a musical shift. They added Prakash John on bass and Hugh Sullivan on keyboards and changed their name to Bush. The band released their self-titled album in 1970 on RCA in Canada and Dunhill in the USA. They toured with label mates Steppenwolf and Three Dog Night leading to Three Dog Night’s recording of “I Can Hear You Calling” as the B-side of their successful single “Joy to the World”. The song was co-written by Troiano, Kenner, Glan and Sullivan. Following the break-up of Bush, Kenner and Troiano joined The James Gang as a means to replace Joe Walsh. They performed together on the albums ‘Passin’ Thru’ and ‘Straight Shooter’, after which Troiano left to join The Guess Who. Kenner stayed with The James Gang for two further albums: ‘Bang’ and ‘Miami’. When The James Gang had run its course, Kenner formed the band LAW who were signed to MCA and released two unsuccessful albums. At this time he also began writing and producing for others. He wrote “(I Don’t Want To) Stand in Your Way”, the first single from Lisa Dal Bello’s debut album in 1977. Kenner then resumed his professional work with Domenic Troiano, co-writing and singing on Troiano’s 1979 album ‘Fret Fever’. The two would also co-write on TV soundtracks such as the Canadian TV drama ‘Night Heat’. In 1982, he released three songs on an EP for Black Market Records billed as ‘Roy Kenner/The Royals’. Kenner’s songs were co-written with and produced by Domenic Troiano. Kenner got into the jingle business and still does voice-over work. He still performs around Toronto including the ‘We All Need Love’ tribute concerts for the late Domenic Troiano. with notes from Merv Buchanan. [also see BUSH, MANDALA]

Transparent Love/The Way To Paradise (Anthem) ANS-026
1982 Transparent Love/[split w/THE ROYALS] (Black Market/Freedom) FR-DJ-45-5

Without My Baby/Baby You’re What I Need (Trend) T-1000

1972 Looking For My Lady/Hairy Hypochondriac (ABC) 11325
1972 Had Enough/Kick Back Man (ABC) 11336
1973 Got No Time For Trouble/Must Be Love (ATCO) 45-6953
1973 From Another Time/Standing In The Rain (ATCO) 45-6966
1974 Cruisin’ Down The Highway/Miami Two-Step (ATCO) 45-7006

with LAW
1976 Be My Woman/Layin’ Down The Law (MCA) 40656
1977 Fairweather Friends/Shelter of Your Arms (MCA) 40694
1977 Hold On To It/Sun Won’t Shine (MCA) 40807

1982 Roy Kenner/[split w/THE ROYALS] (Black Market/Freedom) FR-DJ-45-5


1972 Straight Shooter (ABC) 741
1972 Passin’ Thru (ABC) 760
1973 Bang (ATCO) SW-99573
1973 16 Greatest Hits (ABC) 801
1974 Miami (ATCO) SD-36102

with LAW
1976 Breakin’ It (MCA) 2240
1977 Hold On To It (MCA) 2306

Born: Herbert Martin Kenney, March 7, 1910 in Toronto, Ontario|
Died: February 8, 2006
“Canada’s Big Band King”, alto and baritone saxophonist and clarinetist Mart Kenney began his career in the late 1920’s with the CJOR Radio Orchestra and with Len Chamberlain at the Hotel Vancouver. Kenney formed Mart And The Western Gentlemen in 1931 for a one-off engagement at the Alexandria Ballroom in Vancouver. They became the first Canadian band to broadcast on Canadian, American, and International radio networks making their first appearance live from the Alexandria Ballroom in 1934 on CJOR. For three successive seasons Mart Kenney And The Western Gentlemen appeared at the Waterton Glacier International Peace Park in Alberta. They also debuted in 1934 from this location on CRBC with their program ‘Rocky Mountain Melody Time’. From 1934 through 1937 the band performed a succession of dates at CPR Hotels nationwide including stints at the Hotel Vancouver where the CRBC/CBC show ‘Sweet And Low’ began in 1935; and a summer tour of eastern Canada which led them to the first of many appearances at Toronto’s Royal York Hotel starting in 1937.  They began their recording career with RCA Victor in 1938 (and by 1951 would have released twenty five 78RPM records). They were the only band to tour Canada regularly and during the war years, entertained Canadian Forces and war workers in 200 Victory performances as well as continuing radio broadcasts piped into factories during wartime by the CBC. From 1943 to 1945, the Coca Cola Victory Parade of Spotlight Bands in Canada featured only one band, Mart Kenney. In 1946, he composed the patriotic “We’re Proud Of Canada”.  In 1949 Mart created an open-air nightclub near Woodbridge, Ontario called The Ranch with its well-loved Stampede Room which was a favourite hang-out for Toronto dancers. Over many years the band would routinely spend 6 months at The Ranch and 6 months on the road — at which time other acts would be featured performers at The Ranch in their absence.  In 1968 Kenney and his wife, Norma Locke (also band vocalist), tried to retire from the music business after relocating back to Kenney’s native Vancouver. The Ranch was closed and The Western Gentlemen which, over the course of 30 years had featured the likes of Bobby Gimby, Wally Koster and singer Veronica Foster, disbanded.  After much pressure from his loyal fan base, Kenney and his West Coast Orchestra took to special events on the convention circuit and maintained steady club dates in the Vancouver area as well as regular tours throughout western Canada during the 70’s and 80’s. The Mart Kenney Big Band was featured at Expo ’86 for the Air Canada 50th Anniversary Celebrations and continued through that summer with performances at the Toronto Board of Trade, Jasper Park Lodge, the Canadian National Exhibition and the Pacific National Exhibition. In 1993 Kenney was honoured by the Toronto Musicians’ Association with the “Musician Of Distinction” Award and has been inducted into British Columbia’s Entertainment Hall of Fame. In 1995 he appeared with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra and 1998 engagements included The St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts, a week long internship at the Royal York Hotel, The Boris Brott Summer Music Festival in Hamilton, Ontario, a special reunion at The Kee To Bala, and “Proud of Canada” Big Band Showcase. Kenney community spirit has brought many honours over the years including the Queen’s Silver Jubilee Medal and in recognition of his contribution to music and his country, he received The Order of Canada in 1980. As part of his 90th birthday celebration Kenney released a new CD of original music in March 2000 called ‘Celebration: Swinging Musical Showcase’ to mark his nearly 70 years in showbiz. The release featured some of the West Coast’s finest musicians plus an appearance by Toronto vocalist Priscilla Wright on three original Kenney composition arranged by Eddie Graf. Kenney passed away on February 8, 2006 in his 96th year. with notes from Dee Haisell.

I’d Love to Live in Loveland/I’ll See You Again (Bluebird/RCA) B-4679
1941 French Minuet/Danube Waves (Bluebird/RCA) B-4681
We’re Proud of Canada/Get Your Wings (Fox Trot) (Bluebird/RCA) B-4683
1941 Ramona/I Wonder What’s Become of Sally (Bluebird/RCA) B-4690
1942 Captains of the Clouds/Waltzing Matilda (Bluebird/RCA) B-4730
1943 I’m Sorry I Made You Cry/When You’re Smiling (Bluebird/RCA) B-4731
1947 A Little On the Lonely Side/Waiting (RCA Victor) 56-0000
Gee, It’s Good to Hold You/Cuddles (RCA Victor) 56-0008
The First Time I Kissed You//Who Killed ‘Er (Who Killed the Black Widder) (RCA Victor) 56-0027
1949 College Medley Part. 1/College Medley Part 2 (RCA Victor) 56-0049
1950 Surrender/Something Old, Something New (RCA Victor)
The West, A Nest, And You, Dear (RCA Victor) 57-5038
195? Live! The Swinging Orchestra of Mart Kenney (Nomadic) NR-7502

The West, A Nest, And You, Dear/Sometime (RCA Victor) 21-6593
Beloved (Waltz)/A Shady Tree (Waltz) (RCA Victor) 21-6598
1936 We’re in the King’s Navy (Fox-trot)/Smiles (Fox-trot) (RCA Victor) 21-6601
Sailing At Midnight/When The Moon Bids The Night Goodbye (Bluebird/RCA) B-7871

1964 Mart Kenney And His Orchestra (CTL) M-1053
1982 50th Anniversary Musical Tribute (World) WRS1-101
2000 Celebration: Swinging Musical Showcase (independent)

Bill Ledster
(guitar) / Kenneth Roy / John Ranger (piano) / Jim Sasyniuk / Jimmy Kripotos / Ray Quinn (drums)
Short-lived Rockabilly act from North Bay released one single in 1961 on the Chateau label and was produced by Art Snider. Ledster and Ranger would move on to the band Al & The Crescendos before teaming up with Kenneth Roy again to form The Flaming Stars with Rene Hamelin, Don Carpentier, and Jimmy Kripotis. They’d change their name to The Jades which would later mutate into Illustration. With notes from John Ranger [also see THE JADES, ILLUSTRATION]

Lindy Lou/My Life (Chateau) C-116

Luke Gibson
(vocals; 1967)  / Keith McKie (guitar, vocals) / Alex Darou (bass) / Eugene Martynec (piano, guitar) / John Mills-Cockell (keyboards; 1969) / Jimmy Watson (drums)
Alex Darou and Keith McKie had drifted down to Toronto from their home in Sault Ste. Marie as part of the band The Vendettas. But after that band’s Bob Yeomans and Bob Yurich left to join The Amen in the Spring of 1967, The Vendettas crashed and burned leaving the pair without a band. They began hanging out in the musically growing Yorkville Village and eventually formed a new group with Martynec and Watson they called Kensington Market (after a community just off Spadina Avenue in Toronto where the band rehearsed). They were discovered later in 1967 playing the clubs in the Village by musical entrepreneur Bernie Finkelstein (who would later help The Paupers and Bruce Cockburn among others). After the dissolution of Luke And The Apostles, the Market recruited Luke Gibson in the latter part of 1967 by which time they had already released two singles for Stone Records. These singles achieved minimal success but Finkelstein was able to wave them at the brass of Warner Brothers in New York City to land the band a major record deal. In 1968 Kensington Market did the soundtrack to the NFB film ‘The Ernie Game’ which was considered a real coupe for a Canadian act. That same year they released their debut album ‘Avenue Road’ – named after a street that intersects Yorkville Avenue. Keyboardist John Mills-Cockell joined in 1969 and their follow-up, ‘Aardvark’, was released, but not in enough time to save the splintering band who split that same year. Following the band’s demise Watson had retired; Darou died in 1970; McKie was invited to join Lighthouse but went solo instead and eventually wound up playing with The Village Band and Heartbeat, took odd jobs to make ends meet and recorded a solo album in the ’80’s. He’s been dabbling in Country music over the last decade; John Mills-Cockell went on to record with synth-prog band Syrinx before trying his own solo career both projects for Finkelstein’s True North Records; Luke Gibson also went the solo route and still occasionally makes the rounds in Toronto clubs – having reformed Luke & The Apostles in the early 2000s and currently performing with former Apostles guitarist Mike McKenna as the McKenna-Gibson Band; Martynec became a notable session player and producer for acts such as Bruce Cockburn and Ray Materick). with notes from Garwood Wallace. [also see LUKE GIBSON, KEITH McKIE]

1967 Mr. John/Kensington Market (Stone) SX-714
1967 I Would Be The One/Bobby’s Birthday (Stone) SX-721
1967 Help Me/Half Closed Eyes (Warner Bros.) 6061
1968 Witch’s Stone/Side I Am (Warner Bros.) 7265
1968 I Would Be The One/Speaking of Dreams (Warner Bros.) 7222

1968 Avenue Road (Warner Bros.) WS-1754/1764
1969 Aardvark (Warner Bros.) WS-1780

Compilation Tracks
cut(s) on ‘The Ernie Game’ (Warner Bros.) – soundtrack
1968 “I Would Be The One” on ‘Some of Our Best Friends Are’ (Warner – US) PRO-290
1968 “I Would Be The One” on ‘The Sounds of Today and Tomorrow’ (Warner Bros. – Netherlands) SWS-1191
1991 “I Would Be The One” on ‘Made in Canada, Our Rock ‘n’ Roll History – Volume Four: More Great Stuff’ (BMG) 06192-17247-2

Charles McNary (vocals; 1981)  / Larry Gillstrom (guitar, vocals) / Victor Langen (bass, vocals) / Gary Langen (drums)  / Raymond Arthur Harvey (guitar, vocals) / Brian Gillstrom (drums, vocals; replaced G.Langen 1978) / George Criston (vocals; 1983)
Kick Axe was formed in 1976 by Regina, Saskatchewan natives Larry Gillstrom and Victor Langen along with Langen’s brother Gary. As a three-piece called Hobbit they played mostly bars for bike gangs doing Led Zeppelin, The Who and Pink Floyd covers as a means to not be assaulted by the bikers. By 1978 they added second guitarist Raymond Arthur Harvey and relocated to Vancouver. Unwilling to make the permanent move with the band, Gary Langen remained in Regina and Gillstrom recruited his brother Brian to fill in on drums. In 1979 the 4-piece decided to begin recording an album at 24-track Sculptures & Sounds studio with Bill Snow. It became clear in time that the band needed a frontman, a unifying voice to define Kick Axe’s sound and the sessions were scrapped (to this day, these sessions have not been released). A search began for a vocalist, which led to the inclusion of Charles McNary in 1981. Meanwhile, unknown to the band, a radio survey by Playboy magazine in their annual ‘Music Poll’, led to the inclusion of Kick Axe’s “Reality Is The Nightmare” on the Nightflite/Nardem compilation disc ‘Playboy: Street Rock’.  McNary left as the band’s prospects stalled and it would be several years and over 200 audition tapes later that Kick Axe would hook up with Milwaukee, Wisconsin vocalist George Criston who was, at the time, fronting the band Tripper. With a vocalist in place, in 1983 they were able to attract the attention of future manager Gary Stratychuk who, in turn, put them together with Pasha Records guru Spencer Proffer — better known as the man that produced Quiet Riot’s first album. With a co-operative deal between Pasha in the US and Epic/CBS in Canada the band recorded their debut album (and, interestingly, 7 songs for Black Sabbath) and released their debut album ‘Vices’ in May 1984. With the release of the first single “On the Road to Rock”, the band began touring with the likes of Judas Priest, Whitesnake, Quiet Riot, The Scorpions, Helix and Ratt. While on tour the second single, “Heavy Metal Shuffle”, became a legit radio hit and gave Kick Axe a high profile. As luck would have it, a cover version of Humble Pie’s “30 Days In The Hole” which was only available on the cassette version of ‘Vices’, landed the song on the soundtrack to the box-office flop, but soundtrack rich ‘Up The Creek’. Following their return from their various tours in the US, Kick Axe returned to the studio with all new material and recorded ‘Welcome To The Club’ featuring a remake of the anthemic Joe Cocker arrangement of “With A Little Help From My Friends” with an ensemble chorus featuring Lee Aaron & John Albani (Lee Aaron Band), Rik Emmett, Brian Allen & Sheron Alton (Toronto), Bob Segarini, Alfie Zappacosta, Cameron Hawkins (FM), Cindy Valentine, Andy Curran (Soho 69) and others to give the band their first cross-over radio hit…and it was back on the road again.  By January 1986 the album was #2 in their hometown of Regina and Kick Axe was getting known for their less edgy rock anthems and the album hit the ground running at No.176 on the Billboard charts. The softening of the band and excessive road work led to the departure of Harvey who would go on to be the touring guitarist with Rock ‘N Hyde in 1987/88. Kick Axe also found themselves popping up under a pseudonym (due to record label legalities in the US) as Spectre General on the “Transformers: The Movie” soundtrack. The album featured their self-penned “Hunger” and the Proffer/Bishop written “Nothin’s Gonna Stand in Our Way”. The tunes were produced by Pasha Records honcho Spencer Proffer with Randy Bishop for the movie’s soundtrack in 1986 on Scotti Brothers Records. Harvey was not replaced and the band forged on as a four piece and decided to abide by fan wishes that they put the crunch back into their approach. The result was 1987’s ‘Rock the World’ on Mercenary/Epic. But, by 1988, metal was beginning to die as an art form and the band found themselves without a record deal or a direction. Kick Axe languished and it eventually mutated into a Vancouver bar band called Lions Gate featuring the Gillstrom Brothers, Victor Langen and Barry Reich. George Christou has been most recently fronting Project X who released an album called ‘Blueprint For Xcess’. The album was mixed by Loverboy’s Paul Dean and mastered by Kick Axe guitarist Raymond Arthur Harvey. Songhaus Music in the US has actively remastered the band’s first two albums on CD in 2000. with notes from Victor Langen, Dan Brisebois, and Darren Galbraith.

1981 Weekend Ride/One More Time (SSG) SSG-2001
On the Road To Rock/Stay On Top (Pasha/Epic/CBS) IE4-7039
1984 Heavy Metal Shuffle (Pasha/Epic/CBS)
1984 30 Days In the Hole (Pasha/Epic/CBS)
1985 With a Little Help From My Friends/Can’t Take It With You (Pasha/Epic/CBS)
1985 Comin’ After You/Feel the Power (Pasha/Epic/CBS) E4-7136


1984 Vices (Pasha/Epic/CBS)  EPC-26051
1985 Welcome To the Club (Pasha/Epic/CBS)  FZ-40095
1987 Rock the World (Mercenary/Epic) PK-7777
2004 IV (MTM – EU) 0681-108

Compilation Tracks
1986 “Hunger” and “Nothin’s Gonna Stand In Our Way” on ‘Transformers: The Movie [O.S.T.]’ (Scotti Bros.)
1997 “Hunger” and “Nothin’s Gonna Stand In Our Way” on ‘Til All Are One’ (Botcon)

Roy Dickinson (vocals) / Mark Campbell (lead guitar) / Wayne Lawryk (bass) / Henry “Hank” Zablocki (rhythm guitar) / Glen Grotto (drums) / Gary Storin (drums; replaced Grotto 1967) / Rick “Zak” Rochon (bass; replaced Lawryk 1969) / Omer “Paul” Langlois (lead guitar; replaced Campbell 1967)
St. Catharines, Ontario’s The Kidds were roadies for 1960s band The British Modbeats and, at the time, were just youngsters – The Modbeats’ Fraser Loveman and the band used to refer to them as the kids and when they formed their own group that became their name. They were all in attendance at St. Catharines Collegiate Institute high school where they played dances through 1966/1967.  The Kidds’ manager was Jack Nestor who started his own record label just to release the band’s first single. The A-side “You Were Wrong” was written by Hank Zablocki and the B-side, “Children In Love”, was written by Paul Langlois. It was produced by Staccatos/Esquires manager Sandy Gardiner and released in December 1967. Drummer Glen Gratto would end up playing in the second incarnation of the Fraser Loveman Group, Doc Savage (1970-1971), Demian (1971-1972) and replaced Neil Peart in Paul Dickinson’s band JR Flood (1971). JR Flood evolved into Bullrush with the addition of Brian Gagnon. Gratto would eventually end up as the drummer for Alannah Myles; Lawryk joined Waterhole Number 4 with Ed Zalski of The Evil; Rochon was in an early version of St. Catharines band Hush (1970) while Storin was in a later version (1972) and eventually replaced by Neil Peart in 1973; Campbell joined The Torquays who evolved into The 18th Century Drawing Room. He would also play in The Movement; Langlois returned to an evolved version of his early high school band The Born Losers after changing their name to Black Lens. In the ’70s he ended up in Thee Unkind (1970), The Lost Marbles Boogies Band (1971) and Deep Water Billy (1972) all with former Kidds member Rochon. with notes from John Mars and Fraser Loveman.


1967 Children In Love/You Were Wrong (Nestor/Stone) JN-0100


KIDS, The (2)
Michael P. Boge (vocals, guitar) / RobertBobbie” Robertson (vocals, bass) / Derek S. Bullen (keyboards) / Rob W.Monty (drums)
First called the Kids, then Generra, and in 1986 became The Kids Are Back.

1982 Too Many Days/Your Eyes (Heart) HRT-8201
1983 He’s No. 1/Victim of Hypocrisy (Heart) HRT-8303

1982 The Kids (Heart) HRT-823301

Russell Graham (lead vocals) / Bryce Trewin (guitar) / Darrell Millar (drums, vocals) / Angelo “Ange” Fodero (bass) / “Bad” Ronald Mayer (bass, vocals; replaced Fodero 1985) / Mike Hall (guitar, vocals; replaced Trewin 1985) / Gerry Finn (guitar; replaced Hall in 1992)
Conceived as a Black Sabbath/Ozzy Osbourne tribute act, management labeled them the Killer Dwarfs [from a description in Tolkien’s “The Hobbit”] in 1982 as a gimmick to capitalize on the band’s general diminutive size. With only three original tunes in their repertoire, Tom Williams of Attic Records signed the band because he liked their lighthearted attitude. The band demoed material with Chris Tsangarides, but after a falling out between Attic Records and the producer on an Anvil project, the Killer Dwarfs’ self-titled debut was produced by relative unknown Doug Hill in 1983. The Killer Dwarfs toured from the album’s release in the Fall of 1983 until the summer of 1984. When it came time to go back in to do a follow-up, the label insisted the band record some cover tunes – notably a remake of Nick Gilder’s “Hot Child In the City”. The band refused and asked to be released from their record deal. Attic obliged. But the uncertainty of the band’s future led to the departure of Fodero and Trewin in early 1985. The two musicians were replaced by Mayer (bass) and Hall (guitar) and the Killer Dwarfs decided to record their next album independently with money that lead vocalist Russell Graham had borrowed from his family. The resulting album, ‘Stand Tall’, was recorded at Comfort Sound in Toronto between October 1985 and April 1986 for a cost of $6000. The results were released on the Maze Records imprint in Canada. While management shopped the album around for US distribution, the band headed to the hot-bed of the Canadian hard rock music scene – San Antonio, Texas to play some dates with Accept and Saxon. Soon, they found themselves headlining major clubs all across the US and by the time ‘Stand Tall’ was released on Grudge Records in the US in December of 1986, they had developed a huge following. MTV soon put the band’s videos for “Keep the Spirit Alive” and “Stand Tall” on a 13 week rotation allowing the album to sell an unprecedented 80,000 copies. The exposure led to Russell hosting the MTV “Headbanger’s Ball” with Rob Halford in 1987. All the attention brought Epic Records to their door and when it came time to sign their contract, management made the negotiation process one of the longest in music industry history — over 180 changes were made to the band’s contract before they agreed to sign in 1988.  The ‘Big Deal’ album was released that year and was produced in Toronto by Simon Hanhart (Marillion, Saxon, Waysted). The band landed a fateful opening slot with Iron Maiden after the promoters of the Monsters Of Rock left most promoters unwilling to launch any competing mid-sized tours. The Dwarfs played 7 shows with Maiden in North America in late 1988 and then several more shows in November and December at Donnington, Wembley and other large venues in the UK. The band spent 1989 writing and recording ‘Dirty Weapons’ in a bunker-styled recording facility in the US desert with mad-cap producer Andy Johns. With the album’s release in early 1990, the band hit the road for another lengthy tour. In August 1990 they played to a virtual empty house of 5,000 at the Canadian National Exhibition in Toronto with Yngwie Malmsteen and Ronnie James Dio. Only a month later they played Jack Wade’s Bandstand in Anaheim, California to a sold-out performance. The record produced a sizeable radio hit with ‘It Doesn’t Matter’, but Epic’s promo team dropped the ball. The band tried to keep the momentum rolling by extending their tour right into the summer of 1991 and played their last show of the tour at Toronto’s Opera House in August of that year. The 1992 release of ‘Method to the Madness’ included the previously overlooked ‘It Doesn’t Matter’ in an effort to break the song stateside. With the triple bill of Pantera, Skid Row and The Killer Dwarfs, the CD was able to sell 25,000 right out of the box. The single for “It Doesn’t Matter” gained massive radio play and a JUNO for the band – without benefit of a video which the label would not finance. Eventually, the label pulled all support for the act and Killer Dwarfs were left in massive debt and unable to sustain themselves. In the 1990s Graham fronted several classic rock cover bands – The Shakers and The Richmond Hillbillies (with ex-members of Moving Targetz), and recorded new material for his original act, Penny Black, featuring members of Goddo and The Wannabes. Bullseye Records Of Canada released the band’s 2001 reunion shows on CD and DVD in 2002. The long sought-after ‘Stand Tall’ album was finally re-issued as a digitally remastered CD in 2003. The band did a small tour of Canadian dates and a jaunt stateside after which Mayer returned to his day job in New York State. Stan Miczek was brought in to continue with local dates in Canada. The band split for good in 2004. Mike Hall continued on with Helix and occasionally substituted as guitarist in The Carpet Frogs before relocating out west; Darrell Millar has found success with his original project Automan; Russell Graham became the new lead vocalist for Moxy and a supergroup called Hard Road with Moxy’s Earl Johnson. In 2013 he released his first solo album, ‘Wireless’, under the name Russell Dwarf; in July 2013 the final version of the Dwarfs (with Gerry Finn on guitar) reunited to tour the band’s newly restored previously unreleased 1993 album ‘Start@One’. A tour of the United States was cut short when the band wasinvolved in a five vehicle pile-up in Terra Haute, Indiana on May 27, 2014. Russell Graham was hospitalized briefly before returning to Canada. with notes from Russell Graham, Michael Hall, and Darrell Millar.

1983 Heavy Mental Breakdown (Attic)
1986 Keep The Spirit Alive (Maze)
1986 Stand Tall (Maze)
1988 We Stand Alone [12″] (Epic/CBS) 12CDN-424
1990 Dirty Weapons (Epic/Sony)
1990 Coming Through (Epic/Sony)
1990 It Doesn’t Matter (Epic/Sony) PR-2052
1992 Hard Luck Town (Epic/Sony) ESK-4608
1992 Driftin’ Back (Epic/Sony) ESK-4797
2002 It Doesn’t Matter (Live) (Bullseye)


1983 Killer Dwarfs (Attic) LAT-1178
1986 Stand Tall (Maze) GR-0954
1988 Big Deal (Epic/CBS) EK-44098
1990 Dirty Weapons (Epic/Sony) EK-45139
1992 Method To The Madness (Epic/Sony) EK-47322
2002 Reunion of Scribes Live – 2001 [CD/DVD] (Bullseye) BLR-CD-4067
2013 Start @ One (independent)

Compilation Tracks
“Heavy Mental Breakdown” on ‘Metal For Breakfast’ (Attic) LAT-1196
1993 “Heavy Mental Breakdown” on ‘Caught In the Attic’ [3CDs] (Attic) ATTIC-XX
2004 “It Doesn’t Matter (live)” on ‘When CanCon Rocked: Volume 1’ (Bullseye) BLR-CD-4015

Killer Music was from Kapuskasing, Ontario and was signed to Periwinkle Records in September 1973 on the strength of their hard rock version of Elvis Presley’s “All Shook Up”. It is speculated that they changed their name to Jackal and released a full-length album on Periwinkle the same year.

1973 All Shook Up/Deadman (Periwinkle) 3709

Mike Trebilcock (guitar, vocals) / Gene Champagne (drums) / Shelley Woods (bass)
Trebilcock and Champagne had been playing in bands together since they were kids living in Stoney Creek, Ontario. In the summer of 1992 they formed the Killjoys, and in the fall found bassist Woods. They were signed to Warner Music in 1994 and released their debut album, ‘Starry’, in December of that year. They had radio success with the album’s first single, “Today I Hate Everyone”, which led to several awards including a Rock Radio Award for ‘Independent Artist of the Year’ and a ‘Best New Group’ JUNO Award. 1996 saw the release of their sophomore effort, ‘Gimme Five’, and another succession of tour dates and videos gave the band plenty of exposure as young proto-punk upstarts. After brainstorming names of artists they’d like to enlist as producer for their third album the band went to the Internet to track down Marshall Crenshaw but came up empty; after getting his home phone number through Crenshaw’s record label, they left a message on his answering machine and were soon visited by the musician after he drove to Canada from his home in Woodstock, New York. Upon arrival he demoed two songs at Grant Avenue Studio in Hamilton – “Lucky Me” and “Beckon Call-Girl” – after which time Crenshaw made plans to produce their next album. The result was 1997’s ‘Melos Modos’ which featured the first single ‘I’ve Been Good’. But, following the filming of the song’s video in Mexico, a film crew member stole the exposed footage and threatened to destroy the video unless he was paid $13,000. The ransom was paid and the video made it onto MuchMusic as planned; Champagne would go on to play drums for Teenage Head. He was hospitalized in 2021 with COVID but has made a full recovery.

Today I Hate Everyone (Warner)
1997 Perfect Pizza (Warner) CDN-135
1997 I’ve Been Good (Warner)

Starry (WEA) CD-98970
1996 Gimme Five (Warner) W2-13450
1997 Melos Modos (Warner) 21902
1999 One Night and a Morning After
2005 The Essentials (Warner) W2-62475

Compilation Tracks
“Dana” on ‘CFNY 1994 – New Music Search’ (CFNY) 1994-NMS
1996 “Rave & Drool” on ‘Big Shiny Tunes’ (MCA) MCSSD-81026
1996 “Today I Hate Everyone” on ‘Absolute ‘90s’ (MCA) MCASD-81008

Greg Leskiw
(guitar) / Bill Wallace (bass) / Bob Brett (drums) / Steve Hegyi (guitar) / Gary Craig (drums; replaced Brett)
Following Burton Cummings’ departure from The Guess Who in 1976 to pursue a solo career, fellow band mates Bill Wallace and Greg Leskiw returned to Winnipeg where they formed Mood Jga Jga in 1977 and had moderate success with several radio singles. They were both lured over to be part of the band Crowcuss. Leskiw left in the midst of a tour in 1978. Wallace stayed on until Crowcuss finally collapsed. Wallace hooked up once more with Greg Leskiw who had formed his own namesake act – Les-Q. They toured between Winnipeg and Ontario for more than a year and as the band evolved with contributions from Steve Hegyi (guitar) and Bob Brett (drums), they became Kilowatt. The change in sound and image landed them a deal with the newly formed Dallcorte Records (The Drivers, Tic Toc) in early 1982. Their self-titled debut album was recorded at Toronto’s Phase One Studios and was produced by another Guess Who member Domenic Troiano. They toured extensively throughout the mid-west on the heels of the first single, “Lovers On the Run”, and then out east to Ontario and beyond. Following the national tour they took time out to write the next batch of songs for the follow album in Toronto in the summer of 1983. Troiano was called again to produce the album at Sounds Interchange. The album featured a number of session players, new drummer Gary Craig and Troiano himself adding signature guitar parts to compliment Leskiw and Hegyi. The completed album was called ‘Currents’ and the first single was “I’m Not a Kid Anymore”. Another national tour followed but as they were promoting the album and the single “It’s So Easy”, Dallcorte Records collapsed in 1984, leaving the band album-less and label-less. Dedicated to their place on the road, and to their fans, they kept the group working with hopes of finding another label to help with a third release. Eventually, the band folded and the members pursued solo and outside interests. Wallace connected with Donnie McDougall (Mother Tucker’s Yellow Duck) as part of a touring act called The Best Of The Guess Who. In 2000, Wallace replaced original Guess Who bassist Jim Kale for the band’s official reunion along with McDougall. Since their demise, there have been two Kilowatt rarities collections to emerge – 1999’s ‘Headquarters’ which were the demos for the debut album, and ‘The Jam Factory Sessions’ which were the demos that got them their deal with Dallcorte initially.

1982 Lovers On The Run/Don’t Stop Waiting (Dallcorte/RCA) D-0101
1982 Kids Are Krazy/Step Aside (Dallcorte/RCA) DCS-0102
1982 No Return/Loneliness (Dallcorte/RCA) DCS-0104
1983 I’m Not A Kid Anymore/Change Of Heart (Dallcorte/RCA) DCS-0111
1984 It’s So Easy/Voices (Dallcorte/RCA) DCS-0115

1982 Kilowatt (Dallcorte/RCA) DLP-0701
1982 Two Sides of Kilowatt – Radio Sampler [12″] (Dallcorte/RCA) DLP-0701
1983 Currents (Dallcorte/RCA) DLP-0706
1999 Headquarters
1999 The Jam Factory Sessions

Tony Ronalds
(lead vocals, tin whistle) / Bonnie Jean MacDonald (fiddle, vocals) / Brennan MacDonald (guitars, vocals) / Andy Gallant (bass, vocals) / Brian Buckle (drums, vocals) / Scott MacFarlane (bass, vocals; replaced Gallant) / Chris MacFarlane (drums, vocals; replaced Buckle)
Kilt are the collaboration of musicians from three Maritime islands – Port Hawkesbury, Port Hood and Mabou – who settled in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia as their home base. After performing with recording artists like Rawlins Cross, Great Big Sea, John Allen Cameron, and Lennie Gallant, they eventually recorded and released their self-titled CD. After climbing into the Number One spot on the Maritime chart after only a week, this independent release broke into the Top 10 for national sales. It remained at No.12 over the Christmas season and has once again broken the Top Ten to settle in at No.8. Backing up the sales with radio play helped KILT gain access to the main stage at the 1998 East Coast Music Awards where they were nominated for two East Coast Music Awards as ‘Best New Artist’ and ‘Group of The Year’. With a five-week tour of Upper Canada and a jaunt as far as the Pacific Coast provided them with road experience and a string of shows with avid crowds and dry beer taps. The experience allowed them to scale back the cover tunes that dominated their debut CD and work on new, original material for their sophomore effort ‘Four in the Crib’. The disc earned them nominations for ‘Group of the Year’ and ‘Roots/Traditional Group’ at the 2000 ECMA’s. In 2000 they recorded a single and video for the song “Rubber Boots”. Following another national tour the band split up in 2001.

Rubber Boots (independent)

Kilt (independent)
1999 Four In The Crib (independent)

KIM, Andy
Born: Andrew Youakim on December 5, 1952 in Montréal, Quebéc
Andy Kim came from a hard working Montréal household where the family was involved in the grocery business (and Kim’s three brothers still are). After shortening his last name to Kim, he attracted the attention of United Artists who released the single “I Loved You Once” in 1963. With a performance on the Dick Clark Caravan of Stars in Ottawa with The Esquires as his backing act in June 1963, Kim had become an Eastern Canada sensation. With ambition and encouragement of his successful songwriting cousin, Paul Anka, he began writing songs and started commuting to New York City, doing odd jobs and earning money to make demos. He continued to pay for recording time from the money he was making around New York State performing live. 20th Century Fox/Hallmark released his song “Give Me Your Love” in 1964. And in 1965 he was able to release “I Hear You Say” on Red Bird Records which was also picked up in Canada on Barry/Quality Records. In the fall of 1967 he met producer Jeff Barry and after some intense persuasion, Kim finally got to record the song “How’d We Ever Get This Way?” in December 1967 which led to a full album on Steed/DOT Records. It was released in April 1968 and made the Canadian and US Top 20 charts. It sold 800,000 copies which confirmed his potential. The next single was “Shoot ‘Em Up Baby” which, despite being banned by certain stations that worried that it was either a drug song, or a song about guns (this was the year that Robert F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King Jr. were both assassinated, and sensitivities in the U.S. were high), managed to still sell 1/2 a million copies. A succeeding single, “Rainbow Ride”, hit the U.S. Top-20. It was followed by “Baby, I Love You”, which hit the Top-5 and earned Kim his first Gold Record selling in excess of 1.5 million copies. This was acknowledged back home in Canada where he won the Top Male Vocalist JUNO for 1968. Kim followed up with another hit called “So Good Together”. In spite of the fact that his solo career had taken off Kim continued to work as a songwriter with Jeff Barry and Ellie Greenwich. Barry and Greenwich were hired to write songs for Don Kirschner’s post-Monkees new prefabricated TV cartoon show ‘band’ called “The Archies”. Along with vocalist Ron Dante, the team co-wrote the show’s episodic theme songs. A number of Barry/Kim compositions jumped from the television to the charts including “Jingle Jangle”. But neither writer was prepared for the success of the catchy pop song “Sugar Sugar”. The song shot to the top of the charts in 1969 for 8 weeks, was the ‘Record of the Year’ in Billboard magazine, and sold a remarkable 13 million copies. It is still one of the best selling records of all time. Less successful was The Ringling Bros. attempt to capitalize on the teen pop fad by launching their own pre-Fab band called The Klowns who also relied heavily on Kim/Berry compositions for a lackluster result in 1970. Meanwhile, in 1969 Kim won a second JUNO as ‘Top Male Vocalist’ for his own solo work. Soon Kim found it difficult to be taken serious as an adult performer. He would work tirelessly to shake off his teen pop image. A performance as a nightclub singer in an episode of ‘Barnaby Jones’ in 1973 helped reshape his profile. Kim’s next triumph would be his biggest – his solo hit “Rock Me Gently” in 1974, which he wrote, produced, and released on his own ICE Records label. The song charted for a staggering 4 months and went No.1 globally. In total, Andy Kim had 19 nationally charting singles under his belt – a dozen in the US alone. But the pressures were straining his personal life so he bowed out of the spotlight after several low-profile releases in 1975/76. In the late 70s, Kim was signed by super manager Gordon Mills, who also managed Engelbert Humperdinck and Tom Jones. Kim would marry Sandra Drummond (aka Crosby) in Los Angeles on August 14, 1977. Under the direction of Mills, Kim changed his name to Baron Longfellow in 1980. He recorded and released two albums on his own ICE Records which gained national distribution in Canada through PolyGram Records. His first single, “Amour”, was a national hit and was nominated for a JUNO Award in the ‘Song of the Year’ category. Kim continued to record and push himself creatively throughout the ’80s. In 1991 he released an independent single called “Powerdrive” under the contracted name Longfellow. The song was played across Canada by campus and progressive rock stations. In 1995, one of Kim’s last live performances was at the Kumbaya Festival at Ontario Place in Toronto. In 2000, The Barenaked Ladies’ Ed Robertson talked Kim into coming out of retirement and co-wrote/produced the song “I Forgot to Mention” with him which was put out as part of a 5-song CD-EP in 2004. In March 2005, Kim received the annual “Indie Award” for ‘Favorite Solo Artist’ at the annual Canadian Music Week convention in Toronto. The music video for another track called “Love Is…”, reached No.1 on culture network BRAVO! Also in 2005, on the heels of a successful Christmas song at radio called “What Ever Happened To Christmas” (co-written with Ron Sexsmith), Kim began what would become an annual charity fundraiser: the Andy Kim Christmas Show – a live variety show featuring artists hand-picked by Kim. 2009 saw Kim’s “Rock Me Gently” was used in a Jeep Liberty TV commercial. In 2010 Kim was nominated into the “Hit Parade Hall of Fame” and the “Songwriters Hall of Fame.” and he released his first new full-length album of material in 20 years called ‘Happen Again’. with notes from David Bash, Matt Greenberg, Billy G. Spradlin, Don Wayne Patterson, Richard Patterson, Gary Comeau, Fred Hinnegan, and Shari Morasch.

1963 I Loved You Once/Love Me, Love Me (United Artists) UA-591
1964 Give Me Your Love/L’il Liz (I Love You) (Twentieth Century Fox) TCF-5X
1965 I Hear You Say (I Love You Baby)/Falling In Love (Red Bird/Barry/Quality) B-3381X
1968 How’d We Ever Get This Way/Are You (Steed/DOT) 707X
1968 Shoot’em Up Baby/Ordinary Kind Of Girl (Steed/DOT) 710X
1968 Rainbow Ride/Resurrection (Steed/DOT) 711X
1969 Tricia Tell Your Daddy/Foundation Of My Soul (Steed/DOT) 715X
1969 Baby, I Love You/Gee Girl (Steed/DOT) 716X
1969 So Good Together/I Got To Know (Steed/DOT) 720X
1970 Friend In The City/You (Steed/DOT) 723X
1970 It’s Your Life/To Be Continued (Steed/DOT) 727X
1970 Be My Baby/Love That Little Woman (Steed/DOT) 729
1971 I Wish I Were/Walkin’ My La De Da (Steed) 731X
1971 I Been Moved/If I Had You Here (Steed/DOT) 734X
1972 Shady Hollow Dreamer/Who Has The Answers (MCA/Universal) UNI-55332
1972 Love The Poor Boy/A Love Song (MCA/Universal) UNI-55353
1973 Oh, What A Day!/Sunshine (MCA/Universal) UNI-55356
1974 Rock Me Gently – Part 1/Rock Me Gently – Part II (ICE/London/Capitol) ICE-1
1974 Fire, Baby I’m On Fire/Here Comes The Mornin’ (ICE/London/Capitol) ICE-2
1975 The Essence Of Joan/Hang Up Those Rock And Roll Shoes (ICE/London/Capitol) ICE-3
1975 Mary Ann/You Are My Everything (ICE/London/Capitol) ICE-4
1975 Baby You’re All I Got/Dancin’ (ICE/London/Capitol) ICE-5
1976 Give Me Your Love/That Girl [re-issue] (20th Century Fox – US) 45-6709
2004 I Forgot To Mention (Iceworks)
2005 Love Is… (Iceworks)
2009 Whatever Happened To Christmas
2010 Happen Again (Iceworks/E1)

1976 Oh, Pretty Woman/Baby You’re All I Got (ICE) IC-6
1976 Harlem/Harlem 10027 (ICE) IC-7
1976 I See The Light/[same] (ICE) IC-8

1978 Harlem/It’s Got To Be Love (MAM – UK) MAM-176
1978 Shady Hollow Dreamer/[same] (ICE) IC-15
1980 Go It Slow/Harlem (ICE/PolyGram) ICR-001
1980 Amour/Harlem (ICE/PolyGram) ICR-002
1981 Couch/Sugar Sugar (ICE/PolyGram) ICR-003
1981 I’m Gonna Need A Miracle Tonight/Living Outside Of You (ICE/PolyGram) ICR-004
1981 Hold Me/Years From Now (ICE/PolyGram) ICR-005
1985 In The Night Machine/Living Outside of You (ICE/PolyGram) ICR-006

1991 Powerdrive (ICE)

1968 How’d We Ever Get This Way (Steed/DOT) ST-37001
1969 Rainbow Ride (Steed) ST-37002
1969 Baby, I Love You (Steed/Quality) ST-37004
1974 Andy Kim’s Greatest Hits (Steed/ABC-Dunhill) ST-37008
1974 Andy Kim (ICE/London) ICE-100
1996 Baby I Love You – Greatest Hits (EMI – Germany) 8382-582
2004 I Forgot To Mention [5-song EP] (Iceworks)
2010 Happen Again (Iceworks/E1) JMI-CD-5161
2013 Reflections: The Best of Andy Kim (Common Folk – US) 2100522
2015 It’s Decided (Arts & Crafts) A&C 103

1980 Baron Longfellow (ICE/PolyGram) IC-1001
1984 Prisoner By Design (ICE/PolyGram) IC-1002

Compilation Tracks
“How’d We Ever Get This Way” on ’24 Solid Hits’ (Syndicate/K-Tel) SH-900
1968 “Rainbow Ride” & “Shoot ‘Em Up, Baby” on ’24 Power Hits’ (Syndicate/K-Tel) SH-910
1969 “Baby, I Love You” on ’24 Dynamic Hits’ (Syndicate/K-Tel) SH-920
1969 “So Good Together” on ’24 Electrifying Hits’ (Syndicate/K-Tel) SH-930
1970 “Be My Baby” on ’20 Heavy Hits – Volume 1′ (Syndicate/K-Tel) TC-201
1973 “Be My Baby” on ‘Canadian Mint’ (K-Tel) TC-215
1974 “Rock Me Gently” on ‘Dynamite’ (K-Tel) TC-219
1974 “Fire, Baby I’m On Fire” on ‘Sounds Spectacular’ (K-Tel) TC-222
1975 “Rock Me Gently” on ‘Canada Gold – 22 Karat Hits’ (K-Tel) TC-225
1990 “Rock Me Gently” on ‘Made In Canada – Volume 2: Into The ’70s’ (BMG) KKL-7157
1996 “Rock Me Gently ” on ‘Oh What a Feeling: A Vital Collection of Canadian Music’ (MCA) JUNO-25

“Amour (Tu Es Ma Papillon)” on ‘Certified Gold’ (K-Tel) TC-278
1985 “Hold Me” on ‘Midnight’ (Polytel)

Jean-ClaudeJ.C.” Chambers (guitar) / Mike Rullman (lead vocals) / Alan Murrell (bass) / Jonathan Davies (drums) / Oberheim DMX (drum machine) / Patrick Duffy (drums; added 1986)
This Mississauga, Ontario band released several records on Mannequin Records including 3 EP’s and a single starting in 1980. Following the second EP, ‘Angular Sky’ in 1982, the band was asked to be part of the Hardcore Rebel Tour with the B-Girls, Dick Duck & The Dorks, and The UK Subs. By 1983 they had lost drummer Jon Davies and opted to move into the beat-box rhythms of an Oberheim DMX for their EP ‘A Personal View’. They would add drummer Patrick Duffy in 1986, and after firing vocalist Mike Rullman, they changed their name to First Man Over; the band had a vinyl resurgence in 2013 with a re-issue of some of their material entitled ‘This Face’; Davies died June 24, 2016. with notes from Len Marry. [also see FIRST MAN OVER]

1980 Maze Of Ways/Life In The Shadows (Mannequin) MAN-02

1981 Reason [5-song EP] (Mannequin) MAN-EP1
1982 Angular Sky/Fade Away [12″] (Mannequin) MAN-EP2
1983 A Personal View [3-song EP] (Mannequin) MAN-EP4
1983 Touch Me (Now) [3-song EP cassette] (Assembly Language)
2013 This Face [4-song 12″ EP] (Deadwax – Spain) DW-0001

Compilation Tracks
“Statue Stare” on ‘Smash ‘83’ [cassette] (Smash)
1983 “Fire” on “A Taste of the Bizarre” [cassette] (Inner-X-Musick) XXX-06
1983 “The Whip” on “Sounds From the Street 12 Toronto Bands” [cassette] (SFTS) SFTS-01

Dave Beckett (vocals) / Gary Weeks (vocals) / G.Latimer / G. Knight
Before striking gold in the early 1970s as the duo Gary & Dave, Beckett and Weeks fronted this 5-piece mid-60s act called King Bees (not to be confused with the King-Beezz or the 1980s new wave act). They managed one single in 1966 on RCA that was produced by Martin Shapiro called “Little Girl” before changing musical direction and heading off to stardom. [also see GARY & DAVE]

Little Girl/What’s Your Name (RCA Victor International Canada) 57-3414

Born: Richard Newell on March 9, 1944 in Hamilton, Ontario
Died: January 5, 2003 in Hamilton, Ontario
Harmonica player and singer Richard Newell was born in Hamilton, Ontario and began playing blues harp in 1961. His first band was The Barons who released a single called “Bottleneck” in 1963. Their blues influence attracted a steady following even after they changed their name to The Chessmen featuring Son Richard. They added some rock ‘n’ roll to the R & B as they played gigs in Ontario in 1963 and Michigan in 1964. Another name change came in 1965 with Son Richard And The Gooduns as the band headed to Germany, England and other parts of Europe to play U.S. Army bases and night clubs. They received raves wherever they went but the business side began to fall out. They were abandoned by their manager and a record deal fell through as did a tour with The Rolling Stones. When Newell returned to Toronto in 1966 he replaced Richie Knight in Richie Knight and the Mid-Knights and recorded one single with them – a cover of the Sam & Dave tune “Soul Man” – before leaving in 1968. The Midknights’ ex-piano player, Richard Bell, was no in Ronnie Hawkins’ band and recruited Newell as harmonica player in 1968 where the Hawk rechristened him King Biscuit Boy (after the KFFA Arkansas radio program “King Biscuit Boy Flour Hour”). For two years Newell played with Hawkins and when it came time for Hawkins to assemble (which he did regularly) he asked Newell to do the picking. So he grabbed the New Ascots (Rheal Lanthier, Kelly Jay, Roly Greenway) plus existing Hawkins’ sidemen Richard Bell (keyboards), John Gibbard (guitar) and Larry Atamaniuk (drums) to create the latest version of Hawkins’ band And Many Others. Hawkins took the band to some of the most prestigious venues in rock including the Filmore East with the likes of Joe Cocker, Johnny Winter, and Mountain. However, as was Hawkins’ unpredictability, in 1970 while at the Grange Tavern in Hamilton, Hawkins came into the bar and fired the whole band exclaiming: “You guys are so crazy you could fuck up a crowbar in three seconds!”; a band, and a band name, was born. The act resumed with a slight personnel change – Sonnie Bernardi replaced Atamaniuk on drums and Jozef Chirowski replaced Bell on keyboards. Along with King Biscuit Boy, Crowbar cut the “Official Music” album as the first Daffodil Records release in 1970. Critics were unanimous in their appraisal of the band. The ensemble toured with their most memorable performance at the Strawberry Fields Rock Festival near Toronto in the summer of 1970. A few weeks later, King Biscuit Boy and Crowbar parted ways. Riding high on the success of “Official Music”, Newell re-assembled The Gooduns – Doug Carter (bass), Earl Johnson (guitar) and Babe Myles (drums) to tour the US and record a new album simply titled ‘Gooduns’ in 1971. However, the band quickly disbanded after the album and Earl Johnson would go on to form Moxy. Newell decided to promote the ‘Gooduns’ album in the UK, where it had been released on EMI with a touring band of all British musicians in early 1972. The highlight of the tour was an appearance at the Newport Music Festival in Wales where Jeff Lynne’s former band Idle Race backed him up. 1974’s self-titled album on Epic was produced by Allen Toussaint in New Orleans with the Meters as a backing band. Doctor John also plays guitar on one tune. Only two songs were written by Biscuit and the remainder by Toussaint. In 1979, while recording as a member of Ronnie Hawkins’ backing band The Hawks, the group, minus Hawkins recorded a full album of standards under the name Sonny Richards (aka Richard Newell) With The Little Chicken Hawks; Newell died January 5, 2003 in Hamilton, Ontario. with notes from Francis W. Davies, Dylan Fuhr, and Richard Jordan. [also see RICHIE KNIGHT AND THE MID-KNIGHTS, CROWBAR]

1970 Corrina, Corrina/Cookin’ Little Baby (Daffodil) DFS-1001


1971 Biscuit’s Boogie/Badly Bent (Daffodil) DFS-1005
1971 Georgia Rag/Lord Pity Us All (Daffodil) DFS-1013
1971 29 Ways/Boom Boom (Out Goes the Lights) (Daffodil) DFS-1015
1972 Boogie Walk Part 1/You Done Tore Your Playhouse Down Again (Daffodil)
1972 Barefoot Rock/Bald Head Rhumba Boogie (Daffodil) DFS-1030
1975 New Orleans/[same] (Epic) DJ8-50129

1963 Bottleneck

1968 Soul Man/Everybody Somewhere Needs You (Warner) 7180

1970 Official Music (Daffodil) DS-1000001

Sonny Richards With The Little Chicken Hawks (Schoolhouse) SCH-001

1971 Gooduns (Daffodil) SBA-16006
1974 King Biscuit Boy (Epic/CBS) KE-32891
1982 Badly Bent – The Best of King Biscuit Boy (Daffodil) DFN-667
1982 Mouth Of Steel (Stony Plain) SPL-1076
1988 Richard Newell aka King Biscuit Boy (Stony Plain) SPL-1120
1995 Urban Blues Re: Newell (Blue Wave – US)

2004 Two Hounds Blues (independent)

Compilation Tracks
“Boom Boom Out Go The Lights” on ‘Concept [Silver]’ (ARC)

Kevan Byrne
(guitar, vocals) / Kevin Lynn (bass) / Michael Armstrong (percussion, 1992-present) / Al Okada (guitar, 1991-1997) / Don Pyle (loops, programming, 1996-1998) / Sam Cino (drums)
Formed in Guelph, Ontario in 1991. It’s most successful album to date, ‘Junior Relaxer’, sold in excess of 20,000 copies.

One’s a Heifer/Duotang
1994 Triple Oceanic Experience [4-song EP] (Lunamoth) LUNA-001
1997 Rational/Irrational 4 song 12” (EMI) SPRO-1536

King Cobb Steelie (Raw Energy/A & M) 1008
1994 Project Twinkle (Lunamoth/Chrysalis) 832962
1997 Junior Relaxer (Nettwerk/EMI) 38245
2000 Mayday (Ryko) RCD-10604
2004 Destroy All Codes

Compilation Tracks
“Rational” on ‘Ear Conditioning’ (EMI) 33136
2007 “Seven Stars Remix” on

Bill Moore
(vocals, guitar, banjo) / Betty Rice (vocals, autoharp) / Brian Smith (vocals, guitar)
The folk trio all grew up playing music in Halifax and met while performing on CBC Television. Their first single, in 1964 was a Brian Smith original called “The New Flag of Canada” on RCA Victor Canada International Records. The group’s public profile and work doing music for commercials brought them to the attention of ARC Records who signed them for one album entitled ‘Nova Scotia Is Our Home.’

The New Flag Of Canada/Does Anyone Know My Name (RCA Victor Canada International) 57-3338

Nova Scotia Is Our Home (Arc) A-679

KING, Bill
Born: William Morgan King on June 22, 1946 in Jeffersonville, Indiana, USA
While growing up in Jeffersonville, Indiana, King devoted much of his time as a youth to studies with W.C. Handy’s former pianist Eva Smith, the Louisville Academy of music’s Don Murray, and Indiana University saxophonist/educator Jamey Aebersold. As a teenager he had won sixteen first place awards in classical piano and clarinet competitions. In 1963 he won a scholarship to Oscar Peterson’s Advanced School of Contemporary Music and in 1964 another scholarship to Berklee School of Music in Boston, Massachusetts. By 1966, King had relocated to New York and began performing with local community orchestras and big bands. He was a member of The Chateaus (formerly The Shadows) in 1966 when they hit the Billboard Top 50 with ‘Moanin’. This led to work encounters with The Shangri-Las, Dick and Dee Dee, Freddy Cannon, The Dovells, and Ronnie Dove. He opened for The Beach Boys on three occasions, and appeared with the Dick Clark Caravan of Stars. He then met  Kent & The Candidates on the union floor of Musician’s Union Local 47 AFM Los Angeles. They were looking for a keyboard player and so King toured with up and down the California coast.  He then headed  to New York for a house piano gig at Louis Jordan’s club in Greenwich Village. Later in 1968 he returned to Los Angeles where he became Linda Ronstadt’s Music Director and pianist. A year later, he joined Janis Joplin’s Kozmic Blues Band. King relocated to Toronto for the first time in 1969, signing a recording contract with Capitol Records who would release two albums over the next few years (‘Goodbye Superdad’ and ‘Dixie Peach’) with King as leader. The song “Goodbye Superdad” was the first of many charting hit singles for him which peaked at No. 39 in June 1973. He returned to Los Angeles in 1976 as Music Director for vocalist Martha Reeves. While on a European tour with Reeves, he was persuaded to join The Pointer Sisters and spent the next year touring Japan and the USA as their Music Director. He moved back to Toronto permanently in the late ‘70s to form the rock group Kearney, King, and McBride who re-christened themselves China for their self-titled album on Epic Records. Mark Sutherland approached King about doing an experimental poetry project set to music in 1985. The result was a cassette and an LP under the name The BarKING Boys & Yes Girls. In 1987, he focused on more jazz oriented pursuits, establishing a publishing and record company – Night Passage Records – to release recordings of the Bill King Quartet and Quintet respectively. He also started a syndicated radio show called ‘The Jazz Report’ which ran from 1989 through 1991. With partner Greg Sutherland they founded ‘The Jazz Report‘ Magazine and began the Radioland Record label in 1992, signing a major manufacturing/distribution deal with Verve/Polygram Canada in 1993. He also created the The Jazz Report All-Stars showcasing some of Toronto’s top jazz musicians. King now runs the Beaches Jazz Festival in Toronto and his photo collection graces the walls of Toronto’s Rex Hotel. [also see BARKING BOYS & YES GIRLS, HOMESTEAD]

1973 Goodbye Superdad/Give Me Love (Capitol – US) P-3791
1973 Goodbye Superdad/Buckle My Blues (Capitol) 72694
1974 Canada/Give Me Love (Capitol) 72712
1974 Wheel Of Good Fortune/Lady Be Good (Capitol) 72720
1974 Blue Skies, Blue Skies/Sinner Lady (Capitol) 72732
1974 Top Dollar Man/Muskoka Sunset (Capitol) 72745
1976 Streetwalker/Stolen Moments (Raunch) R-76001
1980 Love And Affection/Summer Heat (Symphonic Reggae) (Change) 45027
1980 Nothin’s Gonna Stand/Ain’t That A Shame (Change) CH-45034
1987 I’ve Been Loving You/Magnolia Nights (EMC) 8701
198-  Amerasia/[same] (Gimesushi) GP-00003
1983 Stranger/Festival Of Life (Freedom) FR-45-031
2011 The Soul Of A Man (7 Arts Entertainment)
2012 Shadowland Master 1.1 (7 Arts Entertainment)
2013 Swamp Gator Crawl (7 Arts Entertainment)
2018 Star Planet Funk (7 Arts Entertainment)
2018 Promises (7 Arts Entertainment)
2020 Have Mercy, Joe (7 Arts Entertainment)
2020 Soul Street (7 Arts Entertainment)
2020 Miles To Go (7 Arts Entertainment)
2023 Havana Odyssey (7 Arts Entertainment)

Moanin’/Seven Come Eleven (Sound 7 Stage – US) 45-2536
1966 I’m The One/Since You Have Gone (Smash/Mercury – US) S-2021
1967 Summer Has Come And Gone/Count On Me (Jam – US) 114

with CHINA
You Can’t Treat Love That Way/Roll Me Over (Epic/CBS) 14-02611

All Alone In Love/Angelina (Night Passage) NP-704

2013 Black Woman [featuring SERENA EVANGELINE] (7 Arts Entertainment)
2015 Before The Rain [featuring ERNEST RANGLIN] (7 Arts Entertainment)
2015 Yes We Can [featuring GAVIN HOPE] (7 Arts Entertainment)
2015 Night Train (7 Arts Entertainment)
2015 Woman Of The Ghetto [featuring AMMOYE] (7 Arts Entertainment)
2015 The Ghetto/Black Lives Matter! [featuring MICHAEL DUNSTON] (7 Arts Entertainment)
2015 Papa Was A Rolling Stone (7 Arts Entertainment)
2015 You’re Wondering Now (7 Arts Entertainment)
2016 Welcome To Funkastan (Side Door/7 Arts Entertainment)
2016 Hard Drivers [featuring AMMOYE] (Side Door/7 Arts Entertainment)
2016 Soul Nation [featuring MAIKO WATSON & MICHAEL DUNSTON] (Side Door/7 Arts Entertainment)
2016 Seven Day Lover [featuring MICHAEL DUNSTON] (Side Door/7 Arts Entertainment)
2016 Cry To Me [featuring JONATHAN KNIGHT] (Side Door/7 Arts Entertainment)
2016 Got To Get You Under My Tree [featuring MAIKO] (Side Door/7 Arts Entertainment)


1973 Goodbye Superdad (Capitol) ST-6398
1974 Dixie Peach (Capitol) ST-6422
1989 Magnolia Nights (Gaia – US) 13-90231
2002 Bill King’s Saturday Night Fish Fry: Jump, Shout – Rock Da House (Radioland Jazz) RACD-10021
2007 Moment’s Notice (7 Arts Entertainment)
2007 Magnolia Night (7 Arts Entertainment)
2010 The Blues Piano Collection, Vol. 1 (7 Arts Entertainment)
2010 Summer Heat – The Jazz Collection, 1979 – 2008 (7 Arts Entertainment)
2010 The Best Of Bill King’s Saturday Night Fish Fry (7 Arts Entertainment)
2012 Gloryland (Tales From The Old South) (7 Arts Entertainment)
2013 Cinemascope/Orchestration For Piano (7 Arts Entertainment/Slaight/Fontana North)
2018 Soul Jazz, Vol.1: There It Is! (7 Arts Entertainment)
2020 Mondo Jumbo (7 Arts Entertainment)

with CHINA

1981 China (Epic/CBS) FE-37633

1984 Ice (Night Passage) NP-1
1984 Avenue B (Night Passage) NP-2

1985 City Of Dreams (Night Passage) NP-3

1994 Live! In Session (Radioland Jazz) RACD-10002

1995 Live! In Session (Radioland Jazz) RACD-10003

2003 Beat Street (7 Arts Entertainment/FUSION III) 7 ART-0016

2011 Five Aces (independent)

For All We Know (Slaight) SM-003

Traditionally Yours (Slaight Music/Fontana North)

Soul Explosion ’69 (7 Arts Entertainment/FUSION III)
2016 Kingston Blues (Side Door/7 Arts Entertainment)

Live Het Concertgebouw Amsterdam 1969 (Cult Legends – Netherlands) CL-83063

courtesy Mike Daley

KING, Vanda
Born: 1943, Scarborough, Ontario
Vanda King was a successful Canadian singer in the late 1950s  and 1960s. After being signed to Apex Records in Canada and Glory Records in the USA she appeared on the Ed Sullivan Show when she was 14 which led to a movie role. She would make frequent appearances on CBC television’s “Wayne & Shuster Comedy Special,” “Nightcap,” and “The Barbara McNair Show,” among others. In 1969 she starred in her own variety show called Diamond Lil’s (which only lasted one season).. In the 1970s she was the house artist at Toronto’s Skyline Hotel. She started her own piano restoration business called Piano Showcase in Etobicoke which is still a successful business today.

Ooh, Whatcha Do/Randy (Apex) 9-76264
1958 Baby Don’tcha Leave-a-Me/Kiss After Kiss (Apex) 9-76296
1972 In a Long White Room/Papa Won’t You Let Me Do To Town (CBC Radio Canada) LM-130

CTV’s Diamond Lil’s Starring Vanda King (Monique) MS-69002

Compilation Tracks
“Once & For A Lifetime” on ‘1967 CBC Song Market’ (RCA/Victor) PCS-1175

Carl Peterson (lead vocals, harmonica) / Ron McLachlan (drums) / Alan Cramsie (rhythm guitar) / Bob Richardson (lead guitar) / Ray Carson (bass) / Don McLean (bass; replaced Carson) / Danny McCoy (drums; replaced McLachlan) / Derry Stuart (lead guitar; replaced Richardson)
Formed in 1965, the group consisted of three Scots (McLachlan, Cramsie, Peterson) and two Canadians (Richardson, Carson) from Edmonton allowing them the luxury of being included in the wave of British Invasion bands storming North America following The Beatles touchdown in 1964. They made friends with CJCA disc jockey Hal Weaver who hosted a popular new Saturday night show called “The Liverpool Hour” and called into the show pretending to be a British Invasion act. After several months of these antics, a fan club sprung up and so, The King-Beezz were officially born (the name taken from a Rolling Stone album). But Weaver was fired from CJCA in May 1965 leaving the band worried that their sole avenue of promotion would be cut off. They attempted to win the admiration of Weaver’s replacement, Chuck Camroux (aka Bob Stagg), but he was less than impressed with their playing and stage presence. By the summer, after much rehearsing, Camroux began booking them at high school gigs. Soon he decided the time was right to record their sound. They recorded the Van Morrison & Them cover tune, “Gloria” along with Bob Dylan’s “She Belongs to Me, in Edmonton radio station CJCA’s Studio ‘C’ after which Camroux got the songs pressed into a single on small indie label Pace Records.”Gloria” began to get airplay on CJCA in November 1965. Due to the success of the single The King-Beezz were signed by Quality Records in Toronto who immediately flipped the single with “She Belongs To Me” on the A side as Dylan had released his version as the B-Side to “Subterranean Homesick Blues”. The King-Beezz version reached No.14 in February, 1966 on the RPM ‘Chart Action’ survey. As fate would have it, the American act Shadows Of Night released their version of “Gloria” to great success in the US and so, radio stations contrary to management policy began to flip the King-Beezz record over and “Gloria” would soon chart and the band embarked on a two year tour, mostly on the high school circuit, appeared on the TV show “It’s Happening” and performed to a large crowd at Expo ’67. Before recording their second single – “Can’t Explain” b/w “Gotta Move – Carson left the group and was replaced by McLean, from Edmonton. The group’s third record contained two songs written by McLachlan entitled “Now” and “Found and Lost”. By the time the King-Beezz went to record their fourth single, in 1967, they’d been through some shake-ups. McLean left the group and Cramsie took over on bass guitar. Richardson left the group and was replaced by Stuart on lead guitar. McLachlam left the group and was replaced by McCoy on drums. The group’s last single – “Sean’s Song” b/w “The Wine If Fine” – was released by Montréal’s Jet Records. The band split up in 1968 as the members decided to all pursue other careers; Carl Peterson has gone on to have a long, illustrious career recording Celtic music. with notes from Mike Grant, Alex Taylor and Carl Peterson.

1965 Gloria/She Belongs To Me (Pace) A-27965
1966 She Belongs To Me/Gloria (Quality) 1790X
1966 I Can’t Explain/Gotta Move (Quality) 1817X
1966 Now/Found And Lost (Quality) 1860X
1967 Sean’s Song/The Wine Is Fine (Jet) JET-4008


2003 G-L-O-R-I-A!: The Singles Collection (independent)

Compilation Tracks
“Gloria” on ‘Made In Canada – Volume Three: Eclectic Avenue’ (BMG) KCD1-7158

David Diamond (vocals, bass) / Mister Zero (guitar, vocals) / Sonny Keyes (keyboards) / Max Styles (drums)
The Kings were formed in Vancouver, British Columbia and Oakville, Ontario, Canada. The original line-up consisted of David Diamond, Sonny Keyes, Max Styles, and Mister Zero. They were originally known as WhistleKing rehearsing, writing and gigging around for three years before shortening their name to The Kings and going into Nimbus 9 Studio in Toronto to record their first album. While recording, world famous producer Bob Ezrin (hot off the success of Pink Floyd’s “The Wall”), dropped by Nimbus 9 where he happened to catch the band in session. He liked what he heard and agreed to mix the tracks that had already been recorded, but soon discovered that the recordings weren’t up to snuff and needed to be re-done. He approached Elektra Records in Los Angeles with The Kings’ tapes and the unknown band was signed to a world-wide deal on The Kings’ imprint Extreme Records. The Kings re-recorded the early tracks and cut additional songs which would be released as the band’s debut album ‘The Kings Are Here’. The first single, “Switchin’ to Glide” – the early version of which had been mixed by Ezrin and released independently by the band — received moderate attention. The problem was that the track was part of two linked songs. So when the full segue “This Beat Goes On/Switchin’ to Glide” was released radio latched on to the summertime feel good track(s). Even at over five minutes in length, the songs become a back-to-back sensation across the USA and Canada, remaining on the Billboard Hot 100 for over six months. It was named one of the Top 100 U.S. Radio Programmers Picks of the Decade by Album Network Magazine and The Kings were named most promising group by Cashbox Magazine. A 1980 appearance on Dick Clark’s ‘American Bandstand’ helped cement The Kings’ place in pop music history. The album ‘The Kings Are Here’ went gold in Canada, and since being re-released on CD as ‘The Kings Are Here and More’, combined sales have passed platinum status. Two other singles followed and the band began touring extensively with the likes of Bob Seger, Jeff Beck, The Beach Boys and Eric Clapton. Their follow-up was ‘Amazon Beach’, also produced by Bob Ezrin, which had little commercial success allowing the band to extract themselves from their deal and, instead, sign with Capitol-EMI. The result was the band controlled Dizzy Records release ‘R.S.V.P.’ featuring the perennial radio Christmas tune “This Christmas”. Before people could say “Whatever happened to…”, out of nowhere they re-emerged in the ’90s with a new song, “Parting Of The Ways”, on the Bullseye Records compilation ‘Unsigned, Sealed & Delivered – Volume One’ in 1991. This resurgence led to the 1993 independent comeback effort ‘Unstoppable’ which was produced by Mister Zero with two songs produced by John Punter. The CD spawned several hit singles including “If We Don’t Belong Together” and the title track which went Top 10 at Canadian radio. The band were able to sell out the first pressing of the disc and when they re-issued the CD in 1994, were able to add their original version of “Switchin’ to Glide” as a bonus track. The Kings also issued a live album called “Party Live In ’85” in preparation for a return to the recording studio. In 2002 the band recorded a new Dave Diamond and Zero produced studio album, ‘Because Of You’, with engineer Harry Hess (Harem Scarem). In 2008 The Kings released a documentary/video clip DVD called ‘Anatomy Of A One-Hit Wonder’ which follows the gestation and release of the band’s biggest hit “This Beat Goes On/Switchin’ To Glide’ including a newly edited video of the song and all of the band’s other fan favourite videos. The Kings have logged over 2000 gigs in their career and have been exploiting the technologies available to them to make their catalog available on platforms like iTunes including ‘Anthology One’ which is a collection of early rarities. with notes from Mister Zero.

1980 This Beat Goes On-Switchin’ To Glide/My Habit (Extreme/WEA)
1980 Switchin’ To Glide/My Habit [re-issue] (Extreme/WEA) E-47006
1981 Don’t Let Me Know/Partyitis (Extreme/WEA) E-47110
1981 Partyitis/It’s O.K. (Extreme/WEA)
1981 All The Way/The Loading Zone (Extreme/WEA) E-47213
1982 The Fools Are In Love/Amazon Beach (Extreme/WEA) EF-90388
1982 As If I Cared/The Chance (Dizzy/Capitol-EMI) DZ-72903
1983 This Christmas (Dizzy/Capitol-EMI)
1987 If We Don’t Belong Together (Dizzy) WRC3-5389
1988 Right Beside You/If We Don’t Belong Together (Dizzy) DZ-4753
1993 Unstoppable (Dizzy)
1993 Lesson To Learn (Dizzy)
1993 Shoulda Been Me (Dizzy)
1994 Tonight I Got You (Dizzy)
2004 It’s Up To You (Dizzy/Bullseye) BLR-CD-0064
2004 Because of You (Dizzy/Bullseye) BLR-CD-0164


1980 The Kings Are Here (Extreme/Elektra/Asylum) X6E-274
1981 Amazon Beach (Extreme/Elektra/Asylum) X5E-543
1983 R.S.V.P. (Dizzy/Capitol-EMI)
1993 Unstoppable (Dizzy)
1995 Party Live In ’85 (Griffin – US) GCD-773-2
1999 The Kings Are Here…And More (WEA) CD-37375
2002 Because Of You (Dizzy/Bullseye) BLR-CD-4064
2009 Anthology One (Dizzy)

2013 The Lost Tapes of a Seventies Bar Band: Whistleking Live at The Flamingo Lounge (Dizzy)

Compilation Tracks
“Parting of the Ways” on ‘Unsigned, Sealed & Delivered, Vol.1’ (Bullseye) BLR-CD-4003
1994 “Switchin’ to Glide” on ‘Just Can’t Get Enough: New Wave Hits of the ’80’s – Volume 4’ (Rhino)
1994 “Switchin’ to Glide” on ‘Best of ’80’s Rock, Volume 1’ (Scarface)
2001 “This Christmas” on ‘Takin’ Care of Christmas’ (Bullseye)
2004 “This Beat Goes On/Switchin’ to Glide’ [Live]” on ‘When CanCon Rocked: Volume 1’ (Bullseye) BLR-CD-4015
2004 “For No One” on “It Was 40 Years Ago Today: A Tribute to The Beatles” (Bullseye) BLR-CD-4060
2010 “Ist It Wrong” on ‘Into the 80s: Great Toronto Bands’ (Sugar Moon) SM10-001

Born: October 4, 1925 in St. Catharines, Ontario

Died: May 18, 1996
Kingston began his love for music while singing in the church choir in St. Catharines. He appeared on radio at the first time at the age of six when he sang the song “Springtime in the Rockies” on CKTB. In 1945, he formed The Kingston Brothers with Jack Kingston on vocals/guitar, his brother Alex Kingston on stand-up bass and Alex Dalgleish on steel guitar and fiddle. The group fell apart in 1946 after Dalgleish’s unexpected death. Having won a talent contest, Kingston joined the Wingham, Ontario’s CKNX ‘Traveling Barn Dance’ as vocalist and bass player in 1949 and was featured as their ‘Yodeling Cowboy.’ In 1950 he became the first Canadian country artist signed to Capitol Records. In 1951 he released two singles – “Yodeling Cowboy” and “A Love That’s True”. In 1952, Kingston was renamed ‘The Canadian Playboy’ and landed on CHML 900 AM in Hamilton where he starred in a new radio show called ‘Main Street Jamboree’, which was broadcast across the country. Kingston was vocalist, ad-libber, and square dance caller. He also took the show on the road throughout Ontario sharing stages with many other country artists. The radio show eventually moved to Hamilton’s CHCH-TV in 1954. In 1958 he switched to the Canadian Sparton Records label with singles. He moved to Nashville in 1959 to further his career by appearing at the Grand Ole Opry with fellow Canadian Hank Snow. He would also appear on other American shows such as ‘Louisiana Hayride’ and the ‘Big D Jamboree’  in Dallas, Texas.  Kingston returned to Canada in 1963 where he formed a trio with Jimmy King and Les Wamboldt. Kingston spent the remainder of his career working in TV and  radio. He died May 18, 1996.

1951 A Love That’s True/There’s No Room In My Heart (Capitol) C-653
How Far Is She Now?/Mama Don’t Cry At My Wedding (Sparton) 4-107R
1955 If You Ain’t Lovin’, You Ain’t Livin’/I’m Just A Fool (Sparton) 4-128R
1955 Alabama Jubilee/Unwanted And Unclaimed (Sparton) 4-145R
1956 A Pickin’ and a Singin’/I Got The Blues (Quality) K-1491
1956 Yodeling Cowboy/Castle of Cards (Quality) K-1496
1956 Springhill Mine Explosion/Singin’ The Blues (Quality) K-1574
1957 A Dream Of The Miner’s Child/Bye Bye Love (Quality) K-1596
1957 Letter Edged In Black/Snug As A Bug/ (Quality) K-1597
1957 Hey There Baby/Tell Me Darling (Quality) K-1655
1958 Dear Mother/In Daddy’s Footsteps (Arrow/Sparton) 4-589R
1958 Road Of Broken Hearts/Picture Of You (Arrow/Sparton) 4-590R
1958 C.N.R. Special/Yodelling Cowboy No. 2 (Arrow/Sparton) 4-591R
1958 Go Away (And Leave Me)/When Bright Lights Grow Dim (Sparton) 4-644R
1959 Don’t Trade/You (Sparton) 4-708R
1960 It Never Rains/There’s A Rose (Sparton) 4-920R
1962 Cajun Cutie/Maple Sugar Sweetheart (Quality) 1428X
1966 There Goes My Everything/Always Alone (Quality) 1861X
1967 Freight Train Blues/Always Alone (Quality) 1878X
1973 There Goes My Everything/I Always Will Love You//Always Alone/Freight Train Blues (Arrow) QC-682

1971 The Springhill Mine Explosion (Birchmount) BM-578
1974 Happy Birthday Darling (Marathon) MMS-76025

1962 With His Main Street Jamboree (Canada Custom)  QC-117
1966 Main Street Jamboree Song Hits (Quality) V1716

British singer Tony Kingston had a brief deal with Decca Records in England in the late 1960’s with a single called “Mama Come on Home” released in April that year. The record is now considered a Northern Soul classic. After relocating to Canada In the early ’70s he was signed to Yorkville in Toronto and his 1972 single “I Am a Preacher” managed to reach No.65 on the RPM Top Singles chart in February that year but having a significantly better showing on the national CHUM Chart with a peak performance of No.15.

1967 Mama Come On Home/Agony And Ecstasy (Decca) F12601
1972 What We Need/Faith, Hope And Charity (Yorkville) YVS-45042
1972 I Am A Preacher/What We Need (Yorkville) YVS-45047
1972 Faith, Hope And Charity/What We Need (Yorkville) YVS-45055
1973 What Did You Say/[same] (Sweet Plum) 9915
1973 Who’s Gonna Sing My Rock And Roll Song/Mysterious People (Sweet Plum) 9920
1973 Too Heavy To Carry/Worst That Could Happen (Sweet Plum) 9927

1973 Tongue Tied (Marathon) ALS-330

Born: Graeme Robert Kirkland
In his teens, Kirkland studied music at York University and received three full scholarships to The Banff Centre School of Fine Arts. He also studied privately in New York City. Kirkland made a name for himself as a solo live drummer on the streets of Toronto – often appearing at major street corners banging on plastic tubs and other found objects to attract crowds. He also sat in with many Queen Street West bands and musicians including Jeff Healey, The Leslie Spit Treeo, The Shuffle Demons, and Holy Cole among others. This gave him a community of musicians to call on such as guitarist Geoff Young and bassist George Koeller to appear on his avant-garde jazz solo recordings. In recent years Kirkland has become a Bay Street investment advisor.

There’s No Such Word As ‘Can’t [LP] (independent) WRC1-6044
1989 Sleep Alone! [LP] (independent) WRC1-6143
1990 Solo Drums / Buckets [cassette] (independent)
1993 Compositional Collage [CD] (independent) GKM-3
1994 Rejected Canada Council Demo [cassette] (independent)
1995 Rejected Canada Council Demo [cassette] (independent)
1996 Rejected Canada Council Demo [cassette] (independent)
1996 Sing Along With Graeme [CD] (independent) GKM-4
1999 Beat Truths [CD] (independent) GKM-5

Adrian Murchison
(bass) / Lee Penrose (drums, vocals) / Phil Williams (guitar, vocals) / Matt David / Marco Bressette
Murchison and Williams would go on to form The Inflation Kills. [also see THE INFLATION KILLS]

Thousand Yard Stare (Kitchens & Bathrooms)
2002 Utter A Sound (Sonic Unyon) SUNCD-083-2
2003 Vehicles Beyond (Sonic Unyon) SUNCD-088

Compilation Tracks
“Beyond This Reality” on ‘The 20 Year Design Theory’ (Antiantenna) ANT-001)
2001 “Synchophrentic” on ‘The Amalgamation Compilation’ (Hottub) HT-003
2003 “Alphabet Conscious” on ‘Forge Again Records Sampler 2003’ (Forge Again – US)
2003 “Rolling Back The Clouds” on ‘Snowsuit On And Heading North’ (Out Of Sound) OUT-006
2004 “First One In, Last One Out” on Forge Again Records / 2004 Sampler’ (Forge Again – US)

David “Aphod” Kelly
(drums) / Russ Desjardine (bass) / Shawn “Pony” Fedorchuk (guitar, vocals) / Jahmeel Russell (bass) / Steve Kelly (bass) / Toby (drums) / Face (drums)
Formed in Winnipeg, Manitoba in 1992 from the ashes of Batsweat. The band split in 1999. They reunited for a show on News Years of 2007; Russell went on to Projektor; Desjardine left to join The Bonaduces; David Kelly died in March 2008.

Kittens [5-song EP] (Final Notice) FN-7007
1995 Calico/Tarantula//Easter Egg Hunt [7″] (Conan) CROM #1
1997 Hawaii [5-song 7″ EP] (Denied A Custom – Japan) CUSTOM #5

Pony [cassette] (Kittensongs)
1993 Grizzly [cassette] (Dumb American) DAR-001
1994 Doberman (Kittensongs)
1995 Tiger Comet (Sonic Unyon) SUNCD-025
1997 Bazooka And The Hustler (Sonic Unyon) SUNCD-037
1998 The Night Danger Album [6-song EP] (Sonic Unyon) SUNCD-053
1994 Lo-Fi Classics…And Other Rarities!!! (Sonic Unyon) SUNCD-054

Compilation Tracks
“Carpenter” on ‘Rock Hits’ (Sonic Unyon) SUNCD-024
1995 “Carpenter” on ‘Maple Rock Hits’ (Only Hearts – Japan) OHCY-0001
1995 “Clearwater” on ‘Slow Children At Play’ (5th Beetle) BUG-001
1996 “Tarantula” on ‘Garbage Hill Corefest’ (Garbage Hill) GARHILL-001
1996 “Daddy Longlegs,” “The Coyote Of Northern Italy,” “Autobody Lover,” and “Lipstick” on ‘Rhinoceros Love’ (No List) Noel 3.5
1996 “Cougar” on ‘Impact Music Volume #11’ (Roll Magazines) IMV-011
1996 “Carpenter” on ‘Chew On This’ (Sam The Record Man)
1998 “Let Heaven And Nature Sing (I Will Gallop And Trot Mix)” on ‘Now We Are 5’ (Sonic Unyon) SUNCD-051
2019 “Jackknife” on ‘Sonic Unyon: Now We Are 25’ [3LP] (Sonic Unyon) SUNLP-1781

Mercedes Lander
(drums) / Fallon Bowman (guitar; 1996-2001) / Morgan Lander (vocals; rhythm guitar) / Tanya Candler (bass; 1996-1999) / Jeff Phillips (guitar; 2001-2004) / Talena Atfield (bass; replaced Candler 1999-2002) / Jennifer Arroyo (bass; replaced Atfield 2002-2005) / Lisa Marx (guitar: replaced Phillips 2004-2005) / Tara McLeod (guitar; replaced Marx) / Trish Doan (bass; 2005-2008) / Ivy Vujic Jenkins (bass; replaced Doan)
Kittie was formed in London, Ontario in 1996, when drummer Mercedes Lander and guitarist Bowman met in gymnastics class at high school. Mercedes’ sister, Morgan Lander, became lead vocalist/rhythm guitarist while bass guitar chores were handled by Candler. Candler left the band in the winter of 1999 to finish high school and was replaced by Atfield. It was this solidified line-up that was signed to Artemis Records and released the album ‘Spit’ that year. In 2001, Bowman left the band and eventually started a new project called Amphibious Assault. The next Kittie album, ‘Oracle’, was recorded with Morgan Lander taking on all guitar duties. Fallon would ultimately be replaced by the band’s guitar tech Jeff Phillips. In 2002, Atfield left and was replaced by Arroyo. In 2004, the Phillips left to pursue his own project (Thine Eyes Bleed) and added Marx as his replacement. Kittie would then release their third album ‘Until the End’ that year. In March 2004, Artemis and Kittie came to an out of court settlement over unpaid royalties and eleven breaches of contract by Artemis including an amendment to the recording budget of their unfinished fourth album. They would part company with the label in 2005. Marx and Arroyo left the band shortly after citing a mixture of financial reasons and the desire to work outside of Kittie. Arroyo would join Billy Graziadei (Biohazard) to form Suicide City. McLeod and Doan became the new replacements later that year. Also in 2005, the Lander sisters launched their clothing line. They would also appear in interview segments in the documentaries ‘Metal: A Headbanger’s Journey’ and ‘Heavy Metal – Louder than Life’. With changes well behind them, Kittie released the ‘Never Again’ EP through Rock Ridge Music in early 2006. Also that year, Morgan Lander sang on Canadian death metal act Kataklysm’s song “It Turns to Rust”. In May of 2006 Kittie announced a joint venture to create its own record label and major label distributor EMI called Kiss of Infamy Records. The name was immediately changed to X of Infamy after a cease-and-desist letter from the rock band KISS’s representatives claiming the name was too close and potentially confusing to their existing trademarks in the market place. The label launch occurred in February 2007 with the release of the band’s fourth studio album, ‘Funeral for Yesterday’, which also included a 45 minute-DVD. The tour for the album was initially February through March in North America but was extended through May of 2007 and by the Fall of that year had grown to include dates in Central America and South America. In March 2008 Doan left the band due to the eating disorder anorexia which she had developed during the recording of ‘Funeral for Yesterday’. Ivy Vujic from Canadian act In The Wake had filled in for Doan during the 2007 tour dates and became an official member following Doan’s departure. ‘The Kittie Does Europe’ tour ran from mid-October to early November 2008 and included shows in the Netherlands, England, Wales, Scotland, France, Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Russia. In June 2009, Kittie signed to the E1 Music label and launched their fifth studio album, ‘In the Black’, in September 2009. The first video/single, “Cut Throat”, premiered on MTV 2’s ‘Headbangers Ball’ ‘and on MuchMusic’s ‘Much Loud’. The song was also featured on the ‘Saw VI’ Soundtrack released in October, 2009. On the heels of a new German distro deal with Massacre Records, the band returned to Europe in January 2010 which included dates in Scotland, England, France, Switzerland, Denmark, Belgium, Germany, Italy and the Netherlands. This was followed in the spring of 2010 with another North American tour. Kittie also participated in the 2010 ‘Thrash and Burn’ tour through July and August 2010 which featured nearly a dozen acts. Kittie’s summer tour of 2011 includes the ‘Gathering of Juggalos’ festival featuring opening acts Dirge Within and Diamond Plate. A second album for the E ONE label called ‘I’ve Failed You’ utilizing producer/engineer Siegfried Meir at Beach Road Studio in Goderich, Ontario in 2011; Trish Doan died of unspecified causes at the age of 31 in February 2017.

1999 Brackish (Artemis – US) ARTCD-11
2000 Charlotte [3 mixes] (Ng/Artemis – US) ARTCD-31
2001 What I Always Wanted (Single) (Artemis – US) ARTCD-108
2001 Run Like Hell [3 mixes] (Ng/Artemis – US) ARTCD-114
2004 Into The Darkness (Vocal Remix)/Into The Darkness (Album Version) (Artemis – US) ARTCD-231
2006 Funeral For Yesterday (Merovingian Music – US) MRV-001R
2007 Breathe (Merovingian Music – US) MRV-001R2
Cut Throat
2009 Sorrow I Know

Kittie [6-song EP] (Kittie) KIT-666
1999 Spit (Ng/Artemis/Epic) EK-91304
2000 Paper Doll [6-song EP] (Artemis – US) 751066-2
2000 Live in Madison, WI [4-song EP] (Artemis – US) ARTCD-29
2001 Oracle (Artemis/Columbia/Sony) CK-91572
2001 “Live In Hell” EP [6-song EP] (Artemis – US) ARTCD-125
2002 Safe [7-song EP] (Artemis/Epic/Sony) EK-91718
2004 Until The End (Artemis) ATMK-751538
2004 Until The End [3-song EP] (Artemis) ARTCD-257
2006 Never Again [4-song EP DigiFile] (Rock Ridge)
2006 Funeral For Yesterday (X Of Infamy/Caroline/EMI) 85128-10012-8-2
2009 In The Black (X Of Infamy/E ONE) KOC-CD-2050
2011 I’ve Failed You (E ONE) EOM-CD-2153
2018 Origins/Evolutions Live (Lightyear Entertainment) 5365477124

Compilation Tracks
‘Cut Throat’ on ‘Saw VI’ [O.S.T.] (Trustkill) TK-0128

John Woloschuk (bass, guitar, keyboards, lead vocals) / Dee Long (guitar, bass, lead vocals) / Terry Draper (drums, percussion, vocals)
In the late ’60’s during a high school battle of the bands in Toronto, Terry Draper and John Woloschuk met Dee Long who was in the band the Polychromatic Experience as their keyboardist. Long went on to join Bloodstone, while Draper and Woloschuk released one un-promoted single as Whitemail and when that band self-destructed, they remembered Long and invited him and another musician, Jamie Bridgman, to convene as Mudcow in 1971. The band lasted for about a year before exploding in late 1972 and the members went their separate ways. Long and Woloschuk continued to work together at Long’s father’s electronics factory where they hatched the idea of Klaatu. Woloschuk had been working sessions at Toronto Sound for Terry Brown and he managed to convince Brown to produce Klaatu. The plan was to be a recording unit only and the duo was given carte blanche to record during the studio’s downtime. Brown would develop the project, along with partner Doug Riley, and act as unofficial additional member of the band. Klaatu recorded its first song starting January 1st, 1973 with Long’s rocking “Hanus of Uranus”. Over the months a second track was completed, “Sub Rosa Subway”, and Brown managed to get a 7″ single released through GRT Records in December 1973. A second single recorded in early 1974 called “Dr. Marvello” was also picked up by GRT and released in July 1974. Long and Woloschuk had been using a session drummer, Whitey Glan, and soon realized that a permanent percussionist was needed if they were going to record any further, and in late 1974, Terry Draper was brought in and made his debut on the single “California Jam” through a new deal with Daffodil Records. Through the connection of Terry Brown’s partner Doug Riley (Dr. Music), the band landed a TV appearance and mimed to “California Jam” and a new song, “True Life Hero”, on Keith Hampshire’s ‘Music Machine’ in November 1974. The actual single of “True Life Hero” would follow in the summer of 1975. Meanwhile, Daffodil president Frank Davies was spending his time trying to land the band a major label deal. There was only one problem – Klaatu had decided they didn’t want to appear in public, put their name or photos on their records, play live or give interviews to support their productions. Anonymity was a very tall order indeed, but eventually Capitol Records USA signed the band, having never met any of the members, and their eponymous debut (‘3:47 EST’ in Canada) was released in August 1976. The reaction was one of mild curiosity, but it did not fair well in the sales department. By the end of the year the band had resigned itself to the fate of the first album and pressed on with recording a follow-up. They decided on a weighty space concept album called ‘Hope’ and proceeded to England at the beginning of 1977 to have the London Symphony add their orchestrations to Doug Riley’s orchestral arrangements. By March, Klaatu were to deliver the finished album to Capitol Records, despite Klaatu not being entirely happy with the final product. They turned over the record but not before insanity had begun sweeping over the US radio waves. Steve Smith of the ‘Providence Rhode Island Journal’ had hypothetically wondered if Klaatu weren’t a reunited Beatles or a side project from one of its members.  Suddenly, the first album started gaining national interest with DJs and listeners wondering who the mystery band was. A virtual mania ensued as the original ‘Klaatu’ sold out pressing after pressing…the hysteria gave Capitol moment to pause and officially ordered the release of ‘Hope’ be put on hold. The furor over Klaatu’s  identity died down by the summer of 1977 when a disc jockey surmised their true identities through the Library of Congress. However, Klaatu once again became the subject of much discussion as adult pop duo The Carpenters remade Klaatu’s Sci-Fi opus “Calling Occupants of Interplanetary Craft”. Within weeks, the Carpenters album ‘Passages’ featuring the song, and Klaatu’s ‘Hope’ LP, was riding the same charts. ‘Hope’ gained critical acclaim, but, alas the record sold poorly. Klaatu wanted to maintain a living as songwriter/performers so the third album was designated a proper pop record. During the recording process, Terry Brown and Klaatu had a dispute and the partnership dissolved. The pressure of producing an opus as grandiose as ‘Hope’ had exhausted Woloschuk and so, he gave Long a free reign to have more songs on ‘Sir Army Suit’. Long found himself not only a songwriter/guitarist but also producer, engineer on nearly half the album’s tracks. Meanwhile, an animation company in Toronto thought they had the solution to Klaatu’s lack of visibility and offered to create a full-length movie of the ‘Hope’ album. Capitol and the band found this impractical and instead agreed to let Shadow Productions produce an animated TV special featuring 4 songs from the upcoming album and two Klaatu classics: “Calling Occupants” and “Sub Rosa Subway”. 1978’s ‘Sir Army Suit’ was delayed nearly 9 months and despite having 3 singles released from it, including “A Routine Day” with its Shadow Productions animated video (a Canadian first), the album did not sell well. Radio wanted Klaatu as allies but Klaatu wasn’t budging – interviews were grudgingly granted in anonymity by John Woloschuk himself. Alas, the album didn’t even chart in Canada. Capitol Records grew restless and wanted hit singles. Barely able to afford to make demos, Klaatu were handed over to producer Christopher Bond who picked the Klaatu songs to be recorded and flew them to LA for 4 months at the end of 1979 to start the next album. Hired studio musicians like Lee Sklar and Ed Greene replaced not only Draper in the recording process but, on many of the overdubs of Woloschuk and Long, Bond himself played guitar. While in LA, Klaatu tracked down Shadow Productions to see how the full-length animation special was coming and it was hopelessly incomplete due to lack of funds. Several deadlines for airing it on television had come and gone and the timeliness of the material seemed outdated. To this day “Happy New Year, Planet Earth” remains unreleased. Klaatu’s 4th album, ‘Endangered Species’, was released in 1980 and deleted almost immediately due to the administrative changes going on at the time within Capitol Records Los Angeles. Klaatu’s record deal expired shortly thereafter. While in contractual limbo, Draper and Long formed a touring Top40 cover band called FUNN which featured Gerald O’Brien (Nightwinds, Surrender, The Hunt) and, briefly, Lawrence Gowan. Not willing to throw in the towel on a bad note Klaatu negotiated a new deal with Capitol’s field office in Canada. They would agree to finance and release a 5th LP on the condition that the band reveal their secret identities and go on tour. Klaatu reluctantly agreed, but only under the condition that it be recorded and produced by the band. Long had opened ESP Studio in Buttonville, Ontario with John Jones (Duran Duran, Alan Frew, Fleetwood Mac). ‘Magentalane’ was Klaatu’s swan song and was released in late 1981 to coincide with the band’s first and only tour. They rehearsed for 6 weeks in a Toronto office building and hired keyboardist Gerald O’Brien (Surrender, The Hunt, Nightwinds), bassist Mike Gingrich (Toronto), and drummer Gary McCracken (Max Webster) to augment their own trio – Draper acted as ringer leader/keyboardist to Woloschuk’s lead vocal/piano/guitar while Long doubled on guitar and keyboards as well. The tour began in Saskatoon in November 1981 opening for Prism. After the initial arena and soft-seater shows were completed, Klaatu carried on as headliners doing club dates. They criss-crossed the province throughout 1982 with occasional jaunts into Quebéc, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. In April 1982 Long quit the band which started a chain reaction of touring replacement musicians. Long was replaced by Dave Cooper (Ian Thomas), O’Brien was replaced by Terry Watkinson (Max Webster), and McCracken would leave to join Wrabit in the summer time to be was replaced by drummer Marty Morin (Goddo, Wireless,Truck). Alas, the cost of keeping 6 musicians on the road, the lack of high profile shows, and the withdrawal of promotional support from Capitol Records led Klaatu to abandon ship in August 1982. Watkinson, McCracken and Cooper would become studio players on the successful Bob & Doug McKenzie ‘Great White North’ album. Woloschuk and Draper kept Klaatu going in name only through the fall of 1982 before finally calling it quits. A posthumous ‘best of’ release was issued that Christmas entitled ‘Klaasic Klaatu’ as the final album released by the folding Daffodil Records. Woloschuk briefly worked with touring keyboardist Terry Watkinson on songs that never reached fruition. He did successfully work on the production of a children’s album called ‘Robotman’ with producer Pete Shelley. Woloschuk stopped working in music in 1984 and went back to school to become a successful music industry accountant. Dee Long and John Jones picked up their successful ESP studios and moved to London, England to work in the midi division of Sir George Martin’s AIR Studios. There, the two would get the chance to engineer albums by Britain’s rock and roll elite including Paul McCartney, David Gilmour, Mark Knopfler and had a hand in Duran Duran’s 1989 comeback release ‘Ordinary World’. Terry Draper formed a lounge duo with singer Jacqui Kroft before hanging up his keyboard to work steady as a roofer. In 1987 a TV production company in Germany required some work done on its hit soap opera, ‘Tatort’, and the producer had just the song. Long thought it would be an easy project for Klaatu to knock off…and the money would help relieve some outstanding debts. The band briefly reunited in January 1988 to record “Woman” which was released as a single, but the song was a disappointing comeback and the band returned to their lives as before. 1991 found Long packing up his gear and heading back to Canada for a proposed Klaatu ‘best of’ package to feature new songs. The stars did not align properly for the reunion and ‘Peaks’ was issued as a straight-up ‘best of’. A full blown Klaatu revival began in 1995 as Permanent Press Recordings in the US was the first American label to issue ‘Magentalane’ anywhere other than Canada. Korea followed suit and the CD began climbing the charts from the active resuscitation of progressive music in the Pacific Rim; Starting in 2001 band’s entire catalogue was digitally remastered and re-issued in Canada on Bullseye Records. Both Draper and Long would have lengthy solo careers with the label as well. On May 7, 2005 Klaatu’s three original members appeared at the Fans First Inc. organized fan gathering called ‘Klaatu*Kon 2005: World Contact Day’ and performed six songs with the assistance of backing vocalist Maureen Leeson. The event was created to celebrate the band’s long history and promote the release of the 2CD anthology ‘Sun Set: 1973-1981’ and the sister vinyl project entitled ‘Raarities’. In 2009, ‘Raarities’ and six tracks from the reunion show were issued as ‘Solology’ on Bullseye Records. In 2010 the band parted company with Bullseye and launched their own online store and Klaatunes Record label. In 2011 they reunited with producer Terry Brown to remaster the 35th anniversary edition of ‘3:47 EST’ which was released for Christmas that year.  notes from Terry Draper, Dee Long, John Woloschuk, Frank Watt, Frank Davies, Rupert Perry, John Jones, Dave Cooper, David Bradley, and Mark Hershberger. [also see BLOODSTONE, TERRY DRAPER, DEE LONG, WHITEMAIL]

1973 Hanus of Uranus/Sub-Rosa Subway (GRT) 1233-18
1974 Doctor Marvello/For You Girl (GRT) 1233-20
1974 California Jam/Doctor Marvello (Daffodil/A & M) DIL-1057
1975 True Life Hero/Hanus Of Uranus (Daffodil/A & M) DIL-1066
1976 Calling Occupants/Sir Bodsworth Rugglesby III (Daffodil/GRT/Capitol) 1216-1073
1977 Calling Occupants/Sub-Rosa Subway (Daffodil/GRT/Capitol) 1216-1075
1977 We’re Off You Know/Around The Universe In 80 Days (Daffodil/GRT/Capitol)
1978 Dear Christine/Older (Daffodil/Capitol) DFS-1079
1979 Juicy Luicy/Perpetual Motion Machine (Daffodil/Capitol) DFS-1080
1979 A Routine Day/Silly Boys (Daffodil/Capitol) DFS-1081
1980 Knee Deep In Love/Dog Star (Daffodil/Capitol) DFS-1083
1980 I Can’t Help It/Sell Out Sell Out (Daffodil/Capitol) DFS-1085
1981 The Love Of A Woman/At The End Of The Rainbow (Daffodil/Capitol) 72865
1982 A Million Miles Away/I Don’t Wanna Go Home (Daffodil/Capitol) 72876
1982 December Dream/Maybe I’ll Move To Mars (Daffodil/Capitol) B-72871
1988 Woman/Woman (Instrumental) (Polydor – Germany) 887-899-Y


1976 3:47 EST (Daffodil/GRT/Capitol) 9216-10054
1977 Hope (Daffodil/GRT/Capitol) 9216-10057
1978 Sir Army Suit (Daffodil/Capitol) SBA-16059
1980 Endangered Species (Daffodil/Capitol) SBA-16060
1981 Magentalane (Daffodil/Capitol) ST-6487
1982 Klaasic Klaatu (Daffodil/Capitol) DFN-664
1993 Peaks [CD] (Attic/MCA) ACD-1374
2005 Sun Set: 1973-1981 [2CD] (Bullseye) BLR-CD-2515
2005 Raarities [12″] (Bullseye) BLP-2515
2009 Solology (Bullseye) BLR-CD-2517

Compilation Tracks
“Dr. Marvello” on ‘Naturally’ (Daffodil/A & M) DAF-20049
1977 “Calling Occupants (of Interplanetary Craft)” on ‘Star Power’ (K-Tel) TC-245
1980 “Knee Deep In Love” on ‘Sound Waves’ (K-Tel) TC-267
1990 “California Jam” on ‘Made In Canada – Volume III: Eclectic Avenue 1965-74 (BMG) KCD1-7158
1991 “Calling Occupants (LP version)” on ‘Best of Canadian Rock’ (Silver Eagle)
1992 “Calling Occupants (LP version)” on ‘Best of Canadian Rock’ (Polytel)
1996 “Calling Occupants (1976 alternate edit)” on ‘Due South: Original Television Soundtrack’ (Nettwerk/EMI)
1996 “Calling Occupants (LP Version)” on ‘Stars & Stripes – Volume 1’ (Disky/EMI – Europe)
1998 “Calling Occupants” on ‘They Came From Outer Space’ (Varèse Sarabande)
2004 “Older” on ‘When CanCon Rocked: Volume 1’ (Bullseye) BLR-CD-4015
2004 “Calling Occupants” on ‘Hypnotized: The Ultimate FM Collection 1967-1976’ (Warner) 49323
2007 “There’s Something Happening” on ‘Sweet Relief’ (JAM – US)

Short-lived art rock act from Toronto who had nominal success with their ‘So Baby’ album in 1984. They received substantial airplay in Canada and in the US from places such as Seattle and Greensboro, North Carolina.

1979 No Money/Parking Lot Song (Pattern)
1983 Fun/Weirdo (101 International) INTER-1

1980 KLO [cassette]
1984 So Baby (101 International) KDBF-001

Born: Keinan Abdi Warsame in Somalia in 1978
Born in Somalia, K’naan spent his childhood in Mogadishu. His aunt, Magool, was one of Somalia’s most famous singers while K’naan’s grandfather, Haji Mohammad, was a poet. He spent his early childhood listening to the hip-hop records sent to him from America by his father, who had left Somalia to establish a new refuge for the family. The Somali Civil War broke out in 1991 and so, at the age of 13, K’naan, his mother, and his three siblings left their homeland and joined relatives in New York City before moving to a Somali community in Rexdale, a suburb of Toronto, in Canada. It was there that K’naan began learning English, phonetically, by listening to hip hop albums by artists like Nas and Rakim. It also led to his new found love for rapping. But it was a rough and painful teenage existence where K’naan spent time in prison and lost many friends to street life as well as deportation. K’naan befriended Canadian promoter Sol Guy, who helped him secure a speaking engagement before United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in 1999, where K’naan performed a spoken word piece criticizing the UN for its failed aid missions to Somalia. In the audience was Senegalese singer Youssou N’Dour, who was so impressed by K’naan’s courage that he invited him to contribute to his 2001 album ‘Building Bridges’, a project that allowed K’naan to tour the world. That project led to other UN events, as well as Montréal Jazz Festival and the Halifax Pop Explosion. Back in Toronto, Philosopher Kings frontman Jarvis Church and his Track & Field team began mentoring him in 2002 helping K’naan with his independent debut album ‘My Life Is a Movie’. After a positive response they also produced K’naan’s 2005 major label debut album for A & M/Octane/Universal called ‘The Dusty Foot Philosopher’ which received critical acclaim and won JUNO Award for Rap Recording of the Year, and was also nominated for 2006 Polaris Music Prize. The album’s single, “Soobax”, was added to the video game soundtrack for FIFA ’06 but received criticism from fellow Canadian rapper k-os over the song’s music video which was shot by K’naan and a film crew in Kenya. k-os released a track ‘B-Boy Stance’ attacking K’naan for what he perceived to be the exploitation of Africans for commercial gain. K’naan responded by releasing the ‘Revolutionary Avocado’ mixtape where he responded to k-os by asking him why there was an unprovoked attack on his character. It also won the BBC Radio 3 Award for World Music in the newcomer category for 2007. A lengthy world tour led to the release of ‘The Dusty Foot on the Road’ which is a collection of recording made during the tour. In 2008, ‘The Dusty Foot Philosopher’ was re-released and re-packaged as a “Deluxe Edition” featuring new mixes and a bonus DVD. K’naan’s overnight popularity grew following another round of touring plus his first US television appearance as part of the 2008 BET Cypher Awards. His second studio album, ‘Troubadour’, was released in February 2009. The album’s first single, “ABC’s”, was advanced to radio in late 2008 and was featured in the video game ‘Madden NFL 09’. In 2009, K’naan, along with 800 other artists from the Arab world, participated in the ‘Arabesque: Arts of the Arab World’ festival at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington D.C. The three-week gathering, which took five years and $10 million to organize, was the largest showcase of Arab art ever held in United States to date. In December 2009, K’naan performed his song “Wavin’ Flag” live during sponsor Coca Cola’s FIFA World Cup Trophy Tour, which took him to 86 countries around the world. In early 2010, during the Vancouver Olympics, 50 other Canadian musicians and artists came together with K’naan under the collaboration name of Young Artists for Haiti at the Warehouse Studio in Vancouver to produce a charity version of his song “Wavin’ Flag” to help victims of the catastrophic Haiti Earthquake. String students from Lord Byng Secondary and Magee Secondary joined together momentarily and formed an orchestra which accompanied the song. The video and the digital download were released in March 2010. A remixed Spanish version of “Wavin’ Flag” called “Wavin’ Flag (Coca Cola Spanish Celebration Mix)” with Spanish pop artist David Bisbal was recorded after the song was chosen as the Coca-Cola anthem for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, to be held in South Africa; K’naan sings the English lyrics and Bisbal the Spanish lyrics. He also featured Banky W. and M.I. in the Nigerian version of the song, Nancy Ajram for the Arabic version, féfé for the French version, Skank for the Brazilian version, and will.i.am and David Guetta for the English version. “Wavin’ Flag (Coca Cola Japanese Celebration Mix)” featured singer Ai. In 2011, he is featured as a guest singer on Simple Plan CD ‘Get Your Heart On!’song “Summer Paradise”. K’naan has done many collaborations over the years including a new recording of the song “If Rap Gets Jealous”, a re-write of an earlier recording from The Dusty Foot Philosopher, featuring Metallica lead guitarist Kirk Hammett; He has also collaborated with artists like Nelly Furtado, Mos Def, will.i.am, The Roots, Dead Prez, and Pharoahe Monch on tours such as Live 8 and Breedlove Odyssey Tour; He has also collaborated with Damian Marley on the ‘Welcome to Jamrock’ touring session and one-off recordings with Wale, Keane, Mary J. Blige, Amadou & Mariam, and J. Period. K’naan has also done pop tours opening for the likes of Jason Mraz and Lenny Kravitz.

2005 Strugglin’
2008 ABCs [featuring Chubb Rock]
2008 Dreamer
2008 Somalia
2008 I Come Prepared [featuring Damian Marley]
2009 If Rap Gets Jealous [featuring Kirk Hammett]
2009 Wavin’ Flag
2010 Wavin’ Flag (The Celebration Mix)
2010 Wavin’ Flag [featuring will.i.am and David Guetta]
2010 Bang Bang [with Adam Levine]
2010 Take a Minute

My Life Is a Movie
2005 The Dusty Foot Philosopher (A & M/ Octane/Universal)
2007 The Dusty Foot on the Road (Wrasse)
2009 Troubadour

with M-1
‘Til We Get There

L’Arme de Paix

Think of All the Things

In Jamaica

Wavin’ Flag

Wavin’ Flag (Coca Cola Spanish Celebration Mix)

Wavin’ Flag (Coca Cola Arabic Celebration Mix)

with AI
Wavin’ Flag (Coca Cola Japanese Celebration Mix)

Mask On My Face

Each Tear

with KEANE
Stop For A Minute

Tribes at War
2010 Africa Must Wake Up

Summer Paradise

Singer from Penticton, British Columbia who would go on to front The Night Trains. [also see THE NIGHT TRAIN REVUE]

A Knight at the Cave (RCA Victor) PC-1116

[aka Richie Knight] (vocals) / Barry Lloyd (piano, organ) / John McCanliss (guitar) / George Semkiw (guitar) / Jim Gwilliams (drums) / Leo Donoghue (saxophone) / Roger Woods (bass) / Doug Chappell (bass; replaced Woods) / Barry Stein (drums; replaced Gwilliams) / Mike Brough (saxophone) / Ray Reeves (keyboards; replaced Lloyd) ;
as MID-KNIGHTS BLUES BAND: Richard Newell (vocals, harmonica; replaced Hubbard) / George Semkiw (guitar) / Doug Chappell (bass) / Barry Stein (drums) / Mike Brough (saxophone) / Ray Reeves (Hammond organ) / Richard Bell (piano);
as THE MID-KNIGHTS REVUE: Richard Newell (vocals, harmonica) / George Semkiw (guitar) / Barry Stein (drums) / Ray Reeves (Hammond organ) / Doug Chappell (bass) / Bill Pinkerton (2nd drummer) / Dave Stilwell (trumpet) / Rick Cairns (trumpet) / Jerry Shymansky (saxophone) / Mark Smith (trombone) / Frank Querci (vocals; replaced Newell) / Karen Titko (vocals; added)
In the late ’50s friends George Semkiw (guitar) and Leo Donaghue (sax) started the band with fellow members John McCanliss (guitar) and Jim Gwilliams (drums). The band started playing some dates in the area around Toronto. The band decided it needed a bass player so Roger Woods was brought into the unit. Also joining was Barry Lloyd on piano along with vocalist Rich Hubbard, but by 1961 the band lost all but Semkiw, Lloyd and Hubbard. Unfazed they go about the business of recruiting new players that will eventually become Richie Knight and The Mid-Knights. In 1961 Semkiw, Lloyd and Hubbard added new players Barry Stein (drums), Mike Brough (sax), Doug Chappell (bass). At this time Barry Lloyd switched from piano to Hammond organ. The band began playing dances around Southern Ontario quickly becoming one of the circuit’s favourite groups. By the summer of 1962 the group was playing bars on the famed Yonge Street strip. It was at one of these venues that a promotional man at Arc Records saw the band playing. He thought one specific song the band was performing could be a hit record and brought it to the attention of Bill Gilliland. The song was called “Charlena” and the group had learned it from a record released by a Los Angeles group called The Sevilles. Finally in early 1963, Gilliland got the band into ARC’s studio on Raleigh Avenue in Scarborough, Ontario (with house engineer/producer Ben Weatherby) which was actually just the label’s office and storage during the day while doubling as the studio at night. With metal garbage pails lifted off the floor and stuffed with rags to stifle any sound, the band started the recording process. There were to be no overdubs, vocals and instruments were to be laid down live off the floor on a mono tape recorder. The process took a few hours stopping each time there was any error or to move microphones and even one time due to a train passing behind the building which had no sound proofing. Four hours later “Charlena” and its B-side, James Brown’s “You Got the Power”, were completed. ARC Records approached the band with the idea of not using just the name The Mid-knights on the record label since most artists of the day were featuring the name of the singer. After much discussion the name Richie Knight was arrived at and the birth of the new name “Richie Knight and The Mid-Knights”. “Charlena” was presented to radio in the spring of 1963, a local radio station CKEY was first to play the record but the powerhouse station was CHUM who took a ‘wait and see’ attitude. Eventually, due to fan demand, CHUM began playing the song and it quickly became a listener favourite. With “Charlena’s” infectious beat, it rose to Number 1 on the CHUM Chart (a first for a Toronto Rock ‘n’ Roll act) — a position it held for 2 weeks. The single went on to sell in excess of 100,000 units (platinum). Every dance wanted the band because, with a hit record, the teens flocked to wherever the band played. Richie Knight & The Mid-Knights played virtually every dance hall in Southern Ontario including The Balmy Beach Canoe Club, Crang Plaza, The Met, Mazaryk Hall, The Jubilee Pavilion in Oshawa, and The Pav in Orillia. With “Charlena” on the CHUM chart, the radio station presented a Dick Clark Caravan of Stars show at Maple Leaf Gardens which included the band not only as the sole Canadian act on the bill, but as the highest charting act at the time. Others on the bill included The Dovels, Dick & DeeDee and Gene Pitney. In late 1963/early 1964 the band recorded “The Joke” and soon afterwards organist Barry Lloyd departed the band. His replacement was Ray Reeves. On April 25, 1965 Richie Knight & The Mid-Knights would return to Maple Leaf Gardens as opening act for The Rolling Stones. 1966 saw Brough (sax) pack it in to move to Oklahoma for his regular day job. Richard Bell was brought in on piano as a replacement. Then with the departure of Hubbard later that year to study Finance and Marketing at Ryerson Polytechnical Institute in Toronto, the band took a different direction with the addition of Richard Newell on vocals and mouth harp. This was the era of The Mid-Knights Blues Band. Eventually, Ronnie Hawkins cherry picked Bell to join his band The Hawks, and so, the Mid-Knights in true chameleon fashion, changed yet again. The new result was The Mid-Knights Revue, a soul-charged R&B unit. Added to the core of Semkiw (guitar), Stein (drums), Reeves (Hammond organ) and Chappell (bass) were Bill Pinkerton (drums, yes 2 drummers, both had double bass drums!), Dave Stilwell (trumpet), Rick Cairns (trumpet), Jerry Shymansky (sax), Mark Smith (trombone) and Newell on vocals. One single, Sam & Dave’s “Soul Man”, was recorded for Warner Brothers. Soon Ronnie Hawkins came back into the picture grabbing Newell and renaming him “King Biscuit Boy” to join former Mid-Knights bandmate Richard Bell in The Hawks. The band rebounded quickly adding vocalists Frank Querci (formerly Robert E. Lee) and Karen Titko. This version of the band created a huge wall of sound playing mainly Stax/Volt R & B standards. In 1968 Hubbard went on to manage Yorkville Records and Yorkville talent management, headquartered in Yorkville Village, which was a part of Arc Records, the Mid-Knights’ original record label; he now owns his own magazine publishing company in Toronto; Stein runs own accounting firm; Lloyd retired from the insurance industry and now resides in Calgary and winters in Mazatlan where he occasionally plays keyboards in a local bar called The Canucks; After many years in men’s apparel industry, Brough now teaches business at Seneca College in Toronto; Chappell retired after years in the music industry (A & M Records, Island Records, Virgin Records, Mercury Records); Reeves settled in Atlanta, Georgia; Semkiw is still a record producer, musician, recording and live event engineer; Newell passed away January 5, 2003 in Hamilton; Bell continued an illustrious career as keyboardist for the likes of Janis Joplin, The Band and Blue Rodeo among others. He died of cancer in 2007; Donoghue now lives in Australia writes and creates short films/documentaries. His poem “Celebration” appears in the anthology ‘Childhood And Youth In Canadian Literature’; this book was used as a resource text in the final year of literature studies in Canadian high schools in the 1980’s; Pinkerton lives in Pembroke, Ontario where he is still playing; George Semkiw died in 2018; Doug Chappell died December 3, 2020; Barry Stein died October 8, 2020. with notes from Doug Chappell, Richard Hubbard, Bill Pinkerton, Leo Donoghue and Ted Cockett. [also see KING BISCUIT BOY, RICHARD BELL]

1963 Charlena/You’ve Got The Power (ARC) A-1028
1964 The Joke/My Kind Of Love (ARC) A-1037
1964 Homework/Come Back – Try Me (ARC) -1047
1964 Think It Over/You Hurt Me (ARC) A-1076
1964 Packin’ Up/I’ll Go Crazy (ARC) A-1078
1965 One Good Reason/My Kind Of Love (ARC) A1110
1966 That’s Alright/Work Song (RCA Victor International Canada) 57-3392


1968 Somebody Somewhere Needs You/Soul Man (Warner) 7180

Compilation Tracks
“Charlena” on ‘Made In Canada – Volume One: The Early Years’ (BMG) KDC1-7156

Bernie LaBarge (guitars) / Roy Kenner (vocals)  / Lou Pomanti (keyboards) / Jörn Andersen (drums) / Howard Ayee (bass)
An anonymous studio act created to capitalize on the U.S. success of the novelty song “The Curly Shuffle. “ original recorded and released by Jumpin’ the Saddle Band shortly after the Three Stooges received their star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1983. Attic Records licensed the song, and subsequently built a full album around the hit which was produced by Jack Richardson at Phase One Studio.

The Curly Shuffle/Positive Attitude (Attic) AT-302

The Knuckleheads (Attic) LAT-1185

Compilation Tracks
“The Curly Shuffle” on ‘Caught In the Attic’ [3CDs] ATTIC-XX
1998 “The Curly Shuffle” on ‘Attic Records Limited Twenty5’ [4CDs] ATTIC-25

Born: Morris Koffman on December 28, 1928 in Toronto, Ontario
Died: March 28, 2001 in Orangeville, Ontario
Born in Toronto, Koffman played violin at age nine. Later he took up clarinet, sax, and flute at age 13. In 1948 he won a jazz poll in ‘Metronome’ magazine which garnered him a record deal with Mainstream Records in New York who released two records on 78 RPM. In January 1950 he moved to New York and hooked up with Sonny Durham’s band and later did stints with Buddy Morrow, Jimmy Dorsey, Ralph Flannagan, Charlie Barnet, Tex Beneke, Doc Severinsen as well as some Latin acts. After six years on the road Koffman returned to Toronto and formed the Moe Koffman Quartet to play clubs and concert halls where they were highly in demand. On the suggestion of a friend, they recorded a demo tape which landed them a record deal with Jubilee Records. Their first record for them was originally an original by Koffman called “Blues a La Canadiana” but was changed by the producer during the recording session to “Swingin’ Shepherd Blues” becoming a smash hit in 1958. Koffman has stuck mostly to session and other studio work (like Bach Sonata’s on GRT Records in the ’70’s) while also performing at Colleges and clubs with his band. He was music director at George’s Spaghetti House in Toronto for over 20 years. He was also an integral part of Rob McConnell’s Boss Brass, worked closely with Doug Riley, Jimmy Dale and Guido Basso. In the 80’s he would sign to Duke Street Records producing music that was back in style once again — be-bop jazz plus ‘cover material’ by the masters. In 1993 Koffman was appointed the Order of Canada for his outstanding work and service to the arts; Koffman’s instrumental piece “Curried Soul” was the theme music to CBC Radio’s ‘As It Happens’ show for many years. With notes from Glenda Rush, Geoff Taylor, and Jeremy Pletcher.

Swingin’ Shepherd Blues/Hambourg Bound (Quality) K1690
1958 Swingin’ Shepherd Blues/The Baron (Jubilee – US) 45-5061
1958 Little Pixie/Koko-Mamey (Jubilee/Quality) 45-5324
1958 Shepherd’s Hoedown/Stroll Along With The Blues (Jubilee – US) 45-5367
1958 Moe Koffman Quartet [4 song EP] (London – UK) REJ-1163
1959 Shepherd’s Hoedown/Stroll Along with the Blues (Jubilee – US) 45-5367
1959 Flootenanny/Coffee House (Jubilee – US) 45-5471
1959 Shepherd’s Cha-Cha/The Great Healer
1960 Trains And Boats And Planes/Norwegian Wood (Jubilee – US) 45-5615
1961 Keep Walkin’ Little Flock/Wishbone (Zirkon) 1057
1962 Swingin’ Shepherd Blues Twist/Train Whistle Twist (Ascot – US) 2100
1962 Pretzel/Bumpin’ (Ascot – US) 2111
1963 Growing Up/Jazz Merengue (Ascot) 2118
1964 Soul Brothers/I Want To Hold Your Hand (Jubilee – US) J-5485
1964 Swingin’ Shepherd Blues/Hambourg Bound [re-issue] (Quality) 1690X
1965 Bulldog Walk/Big Bad Irving (Atco) ATCO.6382
1966 Black Eye Peas/Sapphire (Palette) PZ-5045
1967 Hi-Fifer/Rocco’s Theme (Gold Eagle – US) 1411
1968 Do You Know The Way To San Jose/ Funky Monkey (Jubilee – US) 45-5632
1972 Two Bourrees (Suite III)/Siciliano (Sonata II) (GRT) 1230-21
1972 The Gig/Koff-Drops (GRT) 1230-30
1973 Swingin’ Sheppard Blues/Icicle Bells (Allegro) (GRT) 1230-51
1973 Cavern of the Mountain Trolls/Suite Fantastique Reveries (GRT) 1230-66
1976 It’s All Right/Tiger Claw (GRT) 1230-121
1977 Museum Piece/Evolution Blues (GRT) 1230-140
1978 Two Bourrees (Suite III)/Swingin’ Shepherd Blues (GRT) 1230-151
1978 Minstrel’s Hymn/Things Are Looking Up (GRT) 1230-162
1978 Le Canon de Pachelbel/Things Are Looking Up (GRT) 1230-166
1979 Irish Tea Party/Singing Voices (Anthem) ANS-015
1982 Koff-Drops/Neptune (Anthem) ANS-051

Hot And Cool Sax (Jubilee) JLP-1037
1958 The Shepherd Swings Again (Jubilee) JLP-1074
1962 Moe Koffman The Swinging Shepherd Plays For Teens (Ascot) AS-16001
1962 Tales Of Koffman (United Artists) JS-14209
1963 The Moe Koffman Quartet (CTL)
1967 Moe Koffman Goes Electric (Jubilee) JGS-8009
1968 Turned On Moe Koffman (Jubilee) JGS-8016
1970 Moe’s Curried Soul (Kama Sutra) KSBS-2018
1971 Moe Koffman Plays Bach (GRT) 9230-1008
1972 The Four Seasons (GRT) 9230-1022
1973 Master Sessions (GRT) 9230-1041
1973 Sorcerer’s Dance
1973 Rock Bach To Me (CBS – UK) 73246
1974 Solar Explorations (GRT) 9230-1050
1975 Swinging Shepherd Blues: Best Of Moe Koffman (GRT) 9230-1053
1975 Live At George’s (GRT) 9230-1055
1976 Jungle Man (GRT) 9230-1066
1977 Museum Pieces (GRT) 9230-1072
1978 Things Are Looking Up (GRT) 9230-1078
1978 The Jazz/Rock Seasons (STC – UK) STC-100
1979 Back To Bach (Magnum/GRT – US) 9242-2004
1980 Back to Bach (Anthem) ANR-1-1023
1980 The Centre of Distinction Oakville Place presents Moe Koffman Jazz Quintet (Anthem) MO-1
1983 Best Of Moe Koffman Volume I (Anthem) ANR-1-1039
1983 Best Of Moe Koffman Volume II (Anthem) ANR-1-1043
1983 If You Don’t Know Me By Now
1985 The Magic Flute (PolyTel) PTL-17002
1986 One Moe Time (Duke Street) DSR-31023
1987 Moe-Mentum (Duke Street) DSR-31036
1989 The Best of Moe Koffman – Volumes 1 and 2 (Anthem) ANBD-1057
1988 Oop-Pop-A-Da (Duke Street) DSR-31048
1990 Moe Koffman Quintet Plays (Duke Street) DSR-31060
1991 Music For The Night: Symphonic, Chamber & Pop Interpretations Of The Music Of Andrew Lloyd Webber (Duke Street) DSR-31073
1992 The Moe Koffman Collection (Duke Street) DSR-31089
1995 1967 (Live) (Just a Memory) JAS-9505-2
1996 Devil’s Brew (Duke Street) DSR-31100
2000 The Moe Koffman Project (Universal)

Barry Harris
(vocals, keyboard, guitar) / Kevin Wynne (vocals)
Kon Kan (which was a wordplay on the term CanCon – a short form term for Canadian radio’s description of Canadian Content) were one of he first electronic dance acts out of Canada. They were signed to Atlantic Records in 1988.  Their debut album was ‘Move to Move’ in 1989, which sold well based on the 1988 success of the advance single “I Beg Your Pardon (I Never Promised You a Rose Garden)”, which was most noticeable for sampling Lynn Anderson’s 1971 country hit “Rose Garden”, Silver Convention’s 1976 hit “Get Up and Boogie (That’s Right)”, Spagna’s 1987 hit “Call Me”, as well as the opening bars from the theme music from the movie ‘The Magnificent Seven (and familiar to TV viewers as commercial theme music for Marlboro cigarettes in the 1960s). The second single, “Harry Houdini” peaked at No.39 on the Canadian Singles chart and No.88 on the UK Singles chart. In the US, the song managed to peak at No.33 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales chart. The third single was “Puss N’ Boots” which also borrowed samples liberally from Led Zeppelin’s “Immigrant Song” and Nancy Sinatra’s “These Boots Are Made for Walkin'”. The song peaked at No. 61 on the Canadian Singles chart and No. 58 on the Billboard Hot 100 and No.14 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales chart in the US. The fourth and final single – the title track “Move to Move” – managed to reach No.84 on the Canadian Singles chart, but did not chart internationally.  Wynne, who sang on all but two tracks from ‘Move to Move’, left after the release of the album in 1989. Harris continued on under the Kon Kan name and released two more albums: 1990’s ‘Syntonic’ but failed to garner a hit from either of its singles two singles “Liberty” and “Could’ve Said I Told You So”. Floundering under the A &R tutelage of Atlantic Records, Harris’s project was dropped in 1993. Undaunted, he continued on for album number three called ‘Vida!’ with Tom Treumuth’s Hypnotic Records label. This time the album was collaboration between Harris and songwriter Bob Mitchell. Alongside original songs such as the album’s lead single, “Sinful Wishes”, was a remake of Kon Kan’s “Move To Move” and a cover of David Bowie’s “Moonage Daydream”.  Following the logical end to Kon Kan, Harris formed Outta Control with Kimberley Wetmore and Rachid Webbi. Their self-titled album in 1996 featured cover versions of Kon Kan’s “Sinful Wishes” and Joan Osborne’s “One of Us”. The album also featured a version of Giorgio Moroder and Philip Oakey’s “Together in Electric Dreams” sung by Harris (still using the pseudonym Kon Kan). Harris gained his greatest post-Kon Kan popularity as half of the mixing production team Thunderpuss (aka Thunderpuss 2000) with DJ Chris Cox (who contributed to the Outta Control album), producing and remixing dozens of dance hits for major artists like Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, Kelly Clarkson, Hannah Montana (Miley Cyrus), Rihanna, Stacie Orrico, Janet Jackson, Donna Summer, Cooler Kids, and Annie Lennox. Harris has also produced acts on his own including singer Kim Esty (who sang backup on Kon Kan’s “I Beg Your Pardon”), Top Kat, and Killer Bunnies. Harris has also recorded under his own name releasing the Billboard Top 40 Dance Chart hit “Funk Like Dat,” in the Spring of 1997 and “Why’d Ya Let Her” in 1998 follow-up to last years; Kevin Wynne was briefly a professional video golf player but in recent years has returned to the music business through production, publishing, licensing and distribution. Wynne would become the COO of CD-Rep.com; Harris would have another dance club hit with Chris Cox and Micah Barnes called “Welcome To My Head” under the name Thunderpuss in 2003. with notes from Bill C. Smith.

1988 I Beg Your Pardon (I Never Promised You a Rose Garden) (Revolving) 12REV-003
1988 Harry Houdini (Atlantic) 86416
1989 Puss n’ Boots/These Boots (Are Made for Walking) (Atlantic)
1990 Liberty! (Atlantic) 86121
1989 Move to Move (Atlantic) 86259
1990 Could’ve Said I Told You So (Atlantic)
1993 Better Day (Hypnotic)
1993 Sinful Wishes (Hypnotic) AMDJ-050493
1993 S.O.L. (Hypnotic)
1994 I Beg Your Pardon (I Never Promised You a Rose Garden) [re-release] (Atlantic)
2007 I Beg Your Pardon (I Never Promised You a Rose Garden) (digital remix) (Atlantic)


1989 Move to Move (Atlantic) 81984
1990 Syntonic (Atlantic) 82163
1993 Vida! (Hypnotic) 356101

Edmonton singer/songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and film maker Mark Korven was raised in Winnipeg and began playing guitar at the age of 12 eventually graduating to loud bar bands at by the age of 17. He soon grew tired of playing as loud as possible and discovered other forms of expression, first delving into progressive rock groups such as Genesis & King Crimson, then into 70’s jazz fusion groups such as Return To Forever and The Mahavishnu Orchestra. He relocated to Edmonton in 1977 to begin formal music education at Grant MacEwan College in Edmonton where he studied jazz arranging and composition, with guitar as principal instrument. It was around this time period that he began writing original, jazz fusion-based material. After completing music studies in the early 1980’s, he became a “hired gun” guitarist freelancing around Edmonton for rock bands, wedding bands, country bands, avante guarde jazz groups, lounge acts, and an electrified Indian fusion group called the Kirana Orchestra with bassist George Koller. He co-produced his debut album, ‘Passengers’, in 1984 for the Rave label. In 1985 Korven was co-winner of the annual David Foster songwriting contest with his song “Be Bop Tonight”. 1986 saw his song “Clock On the Wall” make the finals in the annual K-97 Homegrown contest. The win and the song led to a deal with Stony Plain Records and the tune was released as a single. After relocating to Toronto, Korven signed his eclectic brand of eccentric pop to the more suitable Duke Street Records and co-producer John Switzer (Jane Siberry) helped Korven shape his 1987 album ‘Ordinary Man’. The album led to a ‘Most Promising Male Vocalist of the Year’ JUNO nomination. Through Switzer, Korven moved away from solo performing and began scoring movie soundtracks beginning with Patricia Rozema’s ‘I Heard the Mermaids Singing’ in 1989. Korven then scored three documentaries followed by Rozema’s ‘White Room’ in 1990 and ‘Sam & Me’. In 1991 he completed work on the Sunrise Films feature ‘New Man In’ and John Pozer’s ‘The Grocer’s Wife’ which led to his experimenting with stop-motion animation. His first experiment was the 1992 four minute segment for his tune ‘Madman on a Rooftop’ which was the first single released from his own Radar Records album ‘This Must Be the Place’. The video received a Golden Sheaf award nomination at the Yorkton Film Festival. In 1993 Korven was nominated for ‘Best Score’ Genie Award for his work on ‘The Grocer’s Wife’. 1998 saw Korven scoring the critically acclaimed Canadian film ‘Cube’. Today Korven lives with his girlfriend, also a composer, in the Beaches area of Toronto. When he’s not writing music he practices violin, Esraj (an Indian bowed instrument) and Erhu (a Chinese violin). with notes from Mark Korven, and Riccardo Iancer.

1983 Drink Up/What Can One Man Do? (One Man) WRC3-2737
1986 Clock On The Wall/Be Bop Tonight (Stony Plain/RCA) SPS-1038
1987 Ordinary Man/The Hard Road (Duke Street/MCA) 71033
1987 Telephone/Carnival (Duke Street/MCA) 81033
1992 Madman On A Rooftop (Radar)

1984 Passengers (Rave) RAV-001
1987 Ordinary Man (Duke Street) DSR-31033
1992 This Must Be The Place (Radar) RR-13001
2008 Cube (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) [5-song EP DigiFile] (Mark Korven)
2016 The Witch (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) (Milan -US) M2-36768
2018 Our House (Lakeshore) LKS-35275
2019 The Lighthouse (Original Soundtrack) [LP] (Sacred Bones) SBR-232
2021 No One Gets Out Alive (Soundtrack From The Netflix Film) [DigiFile]
2022 Resident Evil Welcome To Raccoon City (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) [2LP] (Music On Vinyl – Europe) MOVATM-344
2022 Cube (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) [LP] (Enjoy The Ride – US) ETR-160
2022 The Black Phone (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) [LP] (Waxwork – US) WW-156
2022 The Peripheral (Music From The Original Series On Prime Video) [DigiFile] (Lakeshore)

Compilation Tracks
“Clock On The Wall” on ‘K-97 Homegrown’ (K-97)

Born: Kevin “Kheaven” Brereton on February 20, 1972
Brereton’s stage alias k-os (lower case) has been said to mean either “Kevin’s Original Sound” or “Knowledge of Self”. He was born in Toronto, Ontario, to Trinidadian Jehovah’s Witness parents. His father was a minister at two congregations in the Greater Toronto Area. His family moved back to Trinidad while he was only in grade three. In Trinidad, Brereton absorbed music as a mechanism to cope with being displaced from Canada. He and his mother returned to Canada when he was a teenager, living in Whitby, Ontario, East of Toronto. His father temporarily stayed behind in Trinidad to continue his work as Director of Communications for Trinidad’s national airline BWIA. His mother ran a cosmetics company. As a typical insecure teenager, Brereton surrounded himself with music and started developing confidence after performing at a school assembly. In 1992, he attended Carleton University in Ottawa for one semester but returned to Toronto and enrolled at York University instead. Being friends with Nigel Williams, a member of the band Pocket Dwellers, Williams encouraged Brereton to continue to develop as a music artist. After adopting the stage name k-os, Brereton released the 1993 Gruff/Risto video and single “Musical Essence” from a VideoFACT grant he received. After winning a MuchMusic Video Award for the single, k-os was noticed by NBA player John Salley, who became his manager. With the single gaining moderate success, k-os dropped out of University. He was then invited to perform in the 1995 Hip-Hop Explosion Tour with other Canadian rap acts Rascalz and Ghetto Concept. Salley and Raphael Saadiq began work with k-os on his planned debut album ‘Missing Links’ which spawned a second single called “Rise Like the Sun” in 1996. However, he suddenly withdrew from the music business after receiving a major label recording contract offer from BMG Music citing dissatisfaction in his own musical style. He decided to stop and re-evaluate his musical direction. Though k-os had been living in Los Angeles with his manager, he soon took up an invitation to move to Vancouver by Red1 of the Rascalz. There he contributed to the Rascalz’ ‘Global Warning’ album, released in 1999. k-os made his official return to the stage alongside Vancouver band Namedropper at the NXNE music festival in Toronto in 1999. With a new musical focus based on pop and grooves, k-os recorded a demo tape and shopped it to the major labels. Capitol-EMI signed him to their Virgin Records subsidiary, Astralwerks, and he teamed with a new management company – Chris Smith Management. In March, 2002, k-os finally released a debut album, called ‘Exit’, in Canada to critical acclaim. The first single was “Heaven Only Knows” which was also funded by a VideoFACT grant. The follow-up single, “Superstarr Pt. Zero,” won the ‘Best Music Video’ award at the 2003 Urban X-Posure Awards. k-os immediately toured with India.Arie throughout the United States to promote his album. It was eventually released stateside in early 2003 but despite receiving positive reviews ‘Exit’ sold only 40,000 albums in the USA and 27,000 in Canada according to Nielsen SoundScan. This didn’t stop the album from winning many music awards including the 2003 JUNO Awards ‘Album Design of the Year’ and the Source Awards ‘Best International Hip Hop Artist’ that same year. k-os also appeared and performed on Jimmy Kimmel Live in Los Angeles. Also in 2003, k-os collaborated with The Chemical Brothers on their single “Get Yourself High.” The track was nominated for “Best Dance Recording” at the 2005 Grammy Awards. Undaunted, k-os released his second album ‘Joyful Rebellion’ in August, 2004 featuring the first single “B-Boy Stance”. k-os was nominated four times at the 2004 Canadian Urban Music Awards and won two awards for “B-Boy Stance”. The album itself, on the heels of the successful second album single, “Crabbuckit”, were rated the most downloaded “Hip Hop/Rap” album and track on the iTunes store in Canada upon their release. It eventually hit platinum sales in February 2005. ‘Joyful Rebellion’ spawned an additional four singles: “Man I Used to Be,” “Love Song,” “Crucial” and “Dirty Water”. “Crabbuckit” went on to be nominated three times at the 2005 Canadian Radio Music Awards. In 2005 k-os received three JUNO Awards for the album while “Crabbuckit” won the ‘Best Pop Video’ while “Man I Used to Be” won ‘MuchVibe Best Rap Video’, ‘Best Director’, and ‘Best Cinematography’ at the annual MuchMusic Video Awards. He would also win ‘Best Songwriter’ and ‘Fan Choice Award’ at the 2005 Canadian Urban Music Awards. By the Fall of 2005, k-os had released the ‘Publicity Stunt’ DVD featuring a career spanning overview and concert footage from his 2005 Molson Amphitheatre attendance record breaking Hip Hop show. The CRIA certified the DVD platinum in February 2006. Early in 2006, k-os collaborated with the CBC Radio Orchestra to compose “Burning to Shine”, a documentary chronicling the production and performance of the song which aired on Canadian television in February 2, 2006. He then began recording his third album in Toronto, Vancouver and Halifax. The advanced single was titled “ELEctrick Heat – the seekwiLL” and became and immediate top seller on iTunes. During the year, he also recorded a version of John Lennon’s song “Jealous Guy” for the ‘Make Some Noise’ campaign by Amnesty International. In October, 2006 ‘Atlantis: Hymns For Disco’ was released in Canada. The album went platinum in Canada before Christmas. With a decidedly pop leaning, ‘Atlantis’, the self-produced album featured collaborations with Sam Roberts and Buck 65. The album debuted as number one on the ‘Digital Albums Chart’ and number five on the ‘Current Albums Chart’ in Canada. The album reached number five on Music World’s Top 10 in its opening week. Two additional singles materialized in “Flypaper” and “Sunday Morning” which ESPN’s ‘Sunday NFL Countdown’ used as a commercial bumper for two seasons. k-os was received five nominations at the 2007 JUNO Awards but failed to win any award. k-os toured North American as part of the Vans Warped Tour in 2007. April 2009 saw the release of his fourth studio album, entitled, Yes! and contained four singles: “4, 3, 2, 1”, “Burning Bridges”, “I Wish I Knew Natalie Portman” and “Zambony”. The album was also part of a clever promotion where the public was given raw tracks from the 11 songs on ‘Yes!’ that they could remix. There was a $1000 prize for the best remix of each song which were, in turn, compiled and released in 2009 as ‘Yes It’s Yours (Fan Remix Album)’. k-os launched his Karma Tour across Canada and sold no advanced tickets. The audience was asked to donate an amount they thought the show was worth when exiting the venue. In the fall of 2009, k-os and the Stephen Lewis Foundation teamed up for the ‘A Dare to Remember’ campaign to raise money for HIV/AIDS affected families in Africa. In November his song “Fun” was featured in the video game ‘Need For Speed: Nitro’. 2010 saw k-os performing at the closing ceremonies for the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver. That summer he released a follow-up to ‘Yes’ called
‘The Anchorman Mixtape’. It was recorded on his tour bus and featured leftover song ideas from ‘Yes!’, as well as new material he had written on tour. k-os is expected to released his fifth album October 2011, called ‘BLack on BLond’ and will include a new version of “Faith” featuring Drake as the first single.

Musical Essence
1996 Rise Like The Sun
2002 Heaven Only Knows
2002 Superstarr Pt. Zero
2004 B-Boy Stance
2004 Crabbuckit
2004 Man I Used To Be
2004 Love Song
2005 Crucial
2005 Dirty Water
2006 Burning To Shine
2006 ELEctrick Heat – the seekwiLL
2007 Sunday Morning
2007 Flypaper
2009 4, 3, 2, 1
2009 Burning Bridges
2009 I Wish I Knew Natalie Portman
2009 Zambony
2011 Faith [featuring Drake]

Exit (Astralwerks/Virgin/EMI)
2004 Joyful Rebellion
2006 Atlantis: Hymns for Disco
2007 Collected
2009 Yes!
2009 The Trill: The Journey So Far
2010 The Anchorman Mixtape
2011 BLack On BLond

Born in Leeds, England, Toronto singer/songwriter Tony Kosinec was one of the rare ’60’s artists to live out his musical career in the footlights of American stages. Though he performed quite often, his most prevalent work occurred in New York. He spent the ’60’s and ’70’s doing opening slots for folk acts like Seals And Croft, Laura Nyro, Poco and moved into the R & B limelight with Procol Harum and Blood, Sweat & Tears. His first two releases, ‘Processes’ and ‘Bad Girl Songs’ for Columbia, were produced by Peter Asher (Peter & Gordon) and produced his first semi-successful single “48 DeSoto” in 1971. By 1972 he had moved back to Toronto and signed to Dave Coutts’ indie label, Smile Records, to release his most acclaimed album ‘Consider the Heart’ and its bona fide hit “All Things Come From God”. By 1976 he had switched labels again, this time to GRT, and released several singles including “Love Hurts” and “So Long”. Kosinec also dabbled in acting and his career stalled out as his focus became geared toward radio commercials and jingles. He recorded the album ‘Almost Pretty’ for Mercury in 1980, but the label opted not to release it. In 2003 it finally made an appearance on CD in Japan. Kosinec decided to take control of the management of his output and released one more album which he licenced to True North called ‘The Passerby’ in 1985. These days, Kosinec is best known for the Toronto Blue Jays theme song that is played at every game and his award-winning ‘Radio Heartbeat’ segments – a slice of life anecdotal sound bite of people talking about their lives – which was syndicated to 75 radio stations nationally. He recently scored the historical epic CBS mini-series “Joan of Arc” starring Peter O’Toole, Shirley MacLean, and Olympia Dukakis…120 minutes of symphonic music. Kosinec’s ‘Bad Girl Songs’ has met with a new wave of enthusiasm as a CD re-issue through Sony Japan. Kosinec still does music production work in Toronto and has been planning a ‘best of’ CD.
with notes from Larry Saidman, David Bash, Tony Kosinec, and James Collins.

1969 Simple Emotion (Columbia)
1969 You Got Me Crazy/Processes (Images of a Girl) (Columbia) 4-44942
1970 ’48 DeSoto/The World Still (Columbia) 4-45313
1971 Me and My Friends (Columbia)
1973 All Things Come From God/Banging On a Nail (Smile) SLE-102
1974 So Long (Smile) SLE-107-DJ
1974 Love Hurts/[same] (GRT) 1230-79
1974 A Little Road and a Stone To Roll (CBC)
1985 Who’s Love/Silver Moon (True North/CBS) TN4-199
1985 Listen To the Hukilau/King’s Song (True North/CBS) TN4-203

My City Toronto The Sesqui Song/[same] (A & M) MC-02


1969 Processes (Columbia/CBS) CS-9832
1970 Bad Girl Songs (Columbia/CBS) CS-30277
1973 Consider The Heart (Smile/London) SMS-1
1980 Almost Pretty [unreleased] (Mercury – US)
1985 The Passerby (True North/CBS) TN-62
2000 Almost Pretty (Vivid) VSCD-069

Compilation Tracks
“One And Two,” “Thunder,” “Any Other Way,” “Summer Tonight,” and “Postcard” on ‘Hometown Boy’ (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation) LM-450

Born: 1969 in Edmonton, Alberta
Acoustic folk singer-songwriter Kowalek formed her first band, Petticoat Junction, in 1992 – an all-female alternative-country band which last for two years before striking out on her own as a solo performer. Her first recordings were released as an independent cassette called ‘Providence’ in 1994. She played the Edmonton and Ottawa Folk Festivals that year. Working two waitressing jobs and juggling live gigs allowed her to save enough money to pay for recording her debut album, ‘Grace’, which was produced by Shannon Johnson (of Bourne and Johnson; The McDades) at Wolfwillow Sound in Edmonton in 1996. It was re-released on the Victoria, BC label Ragged Pup in 1997. The album featured a number of Alberta musicians including ex-Junior Gone Wild member Chris Smith. Cordova Bay Records artist Wyckham Porteus discovered her and the album while at The Edmonton Folk Festival and brought the CD back to play for label owner Doug Baxter. He like it immediately and signed Kowalek. Luann was encouraged by people like Susan Aglukark, Rosanne Cash, Jann Arden and the Wyrd Sisters to keep writing and performing. Her perseverance finally lead to the studio with producer Rick Fenton (Amos Garrett, Joel Sonnier, Bill Bourne) and Nashville mixing engineer Miles Wilkinson (John Prine, Emmylou Harris, Guy Clarke) to create 1998’s ‘Late Night Heroes’. The album was once again recorded in Edmonton with Mike Lent (bass), Miche Pouliot (drums), and Ron Casat (organ). That year she played South By Southwest in Austin, Texas plus concert-hall appearances for a Calgary songwriter series and a CBC Radio Cabaret session hosted by Peter Gzowski at Edmonton’s Winspear Centre. In recent years Kowalek has been performing in the Marlin Spike Revue with Chris Smith, Terry Morrison, and Scott Wicken which included a 2010 appearance at the Edmonton Folk Music Festival plus her latest ensemble – Rambling Roses Revue with Jen Kraatz and Wendy McNeill. With notes from Michael Burke.

Providence [cassette] (independent)
1997 Grace (Ragged Pup/Oasis)
1998 Late Night Heroes (Ragged Pup/Cordova Bay/Oasis) 1000627

KRALL, Diana
Born: November 16, 1964 in Nanaimo, British Columbia
Nanaimo’s Diana Krall is part of very a musical family. Her father began teaching her the classics when she was four years old through his extensive record collection. She studied classical piano at school but played jazz piano in a school band and emulated her heroes like Nat King Cole and Fats Waller. Her first professional gig was at the age of 15. She won a Vancouver Jazz Festival scholarship to Berklee College of Music in the USA but later returned to her hometown where she continued to play professionally. Among her musical associates were visiting Americans Ray Brown and Jeff Hamilton. The duo wooed Krall into going to Los Angeles which she did with help from a Canadian Arts Council grant. In Los Angeles, she studied with Jimmy Rowles who encourage her to vocalize more. As her repertoire began to include more vocally focused pieces, her demand as a jazz pianist increased. In 1984 she moved to Toronto and after a few false starts made her way to New York City in 1990. With the building respect from a community of her peers she recorded her first album accompanied by John Clayton and Jeff Hamilton. After releasing her first album ‘Stepping Out’ on Justin Time Records in 1993, Krall was signed to GRP for her second, ‘Only Trust Your Heart’ in 1994. By the mid-90s Krall jazz fans began discovering her talents and even the non-jazz media started to take notice. Her accompanists on more recent records have included Brown, Stanley Turrentine and Christian McBride, and her regular working band colleagues, Russell Malone (guitar) and Paul Keller (bass). In 1995 her releases were transferred to GRP’s Impulse! label division for her third release – a Nat King Cole Trio tribute album called ‘All For You’. The album would be nominated for a Grammy Award in 1996 and spent 70 weeks on the Billboard jazz charts. The award winning ‘Love Scenes’ followed in 1997 with musical contributions from Russell Malone (guitar) and Christian McBride (bass). Krall crossed over to the pop music charts with her radio hit ‘When I Look in Your Eyes’ in 1998 from the album of the same name. The orchestral arrangement for the album was conducted by Johnny Mandel. Late in 1998 she issued the Christmas standards CD ‘Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas’. In August 2000 Krall would open a 20 city tour with singer Tony Bennett. Krall released ‘The Look of Love’ in 2001 featuring a remake of the James Bond theme song from the 1960s version of ‘Casino Royale’ as the album’s title track. The single reached No.22 on the Billboard Adult Contemporary singles chart. The album itself made the Top10 on the Billboard 200 album chart. Krall toured in the fall of 2001 and her show in Paris became her first live album – ‘Live in Paris’ in 2002. Krall married singer-songwriter Elvis Costello shortly after and they co-wrote her next studio album ‘The Girl in the Next Room’ which peaked at No. 5 on the British album charts and Top40 in Australia. Krall would perform on Ray Charles’ ‘Genius Loves Company’ in 2004. Krall released another Christmas album in 2005 and another Elvis Costello co-written album ‘From this Moment On’ in 2006. In 2007 Krall became the TV face (and voice) for a series of Lexus car advertisements. Krall’s next album was 2009’s ‘Quiet Nights’ and the same year she would produce Barbra Streisand’s ‘Love Is the Answer’ CD.

Peel Me A Grape (Impulse)
1998 Have Your self a Merry Little Christmas (GRP)
1999 Let’s Face the Music and Dance (GRP)
1999 Why Should I Care (GRP)
2001 The Look of Love (Radio Edit) (Verve) VERR-01152
2004 Narrow Daylight (Verve)
2004 Temptation/I’ll Never Be the Same
2005 Jingle Bells

Stepping Out (Justin Time) JUST-50
1994 Only Trust Your Heart (Justin Time) JTR-8451
1995 All For You: A Dedication to the Nat King Cole Trio (Impulse!) IMP-11642
1997 Love Scenes (Impulse!) IMP-12342
1998 When I Look In Your Eyes (Impulse!) IMPD-304
1998 Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas [EP] (GRP)
1998 Stepping Out: The Early Recordings (GRP)
2001 The Look of Love (Verve) 549846
2002 Live In Paris (Verve) 65109
2004 The Girl In the Next Room (Verve) 986306
2005 Christmas (Verve) 988212
2006 From this Moment On (Verve) 170504
2009 Quiet Nights (Verve) 179311

Compilation Tracks
“And I Love Her” on ‘I Got No Kick Against Modern Jazz’ (GRP)
1995 “Christmas Song” on ‘Justin Time For Christmas’ (Justin Time)
1996 “Gee Baby, Ain’t I Good To You” on ‘Back To The Basics’ (GRP)
1997 song on ‘Midnight In The Garden Of Good & Evil’ (Warner)
1998 “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas” on ‘Jazz To The World’ (Blue Note)
1998 song on ‘Melrose Place Jazz’ (Windham Hill)
1998 “Frim Fram Sauce” on ‘Jazz Central Station, Vol. 2’ (N2K)
2001 “Charmed Life” on ‘Women & Songs 5’ (WEA) WTVD-40379
2002 “The Look of Love” on ‘Women & Songs 5’ (WEA) WTVD-48036
2004 “Narrow Daylight” on ‘Women & Songs 8’ (WEA) WTVD-61926

Born: Chantal Jennifer Kreviazuk on May 18, 1974 in Winnipeg, Manitoba
This Winnipeg pianist/composer/singer/songwriter astonished family when, at the age of three, she was able to play piano from just watching her older brothers perform. Piano lessons began shortly thereafter. She was trained classically but grew to love pop music as well and began writing commercial jingles and raising money doing the lounge circuit while secretively honing her own songwriting skills. In 1993, while travelling in Italy with a friend they rented Mopeds and Kreviazuk wound up in a head-on collision with a motorcycle resulting in some serious facial damage and a broken femur. While recovering in Europe, Kreviazuk re-assessed her direction as an artist and decided to get more serious about her music which had always seemed to be on the back burner while she tried to make a living with other pursuits. She secured the managerial direction of former Orphan/Pumps/Deadbeat Honeymooners frontman Chris Burke-Gaffney and began writing with him and demoing songs. In February 1996, Michael Roth of Sony Music signed Kreviazuk to one of the most lucrative recording contracts ever offered to a Canadian artist: a $1 million guarantee over two albums. Kreviazuk met Raine Maida, her future husband and lead vocalist for Our Lady Peace, at a Pearl Jam concert in 1996. Her debut album, entitled ‘Under These Rocks and Stones’, was released in June 1997. Sony released four hit singles including “God Made Me” and “Surrounding”. She would promote the record on ‘The Conan O’Brien Show’, the WBOS EarthFest, CBC Radio 2’s ‘Radio Sonic’, and on tour with Sarah McLachlan’s Lilith Fair. The disc would be certified double platinum in early 1998 with 50,000 copies sold over the 1997 Christmas holiday alone. Kreviazuk was nominated for COCA’s ‘Canadian Entertainer of the Year’ in 1998 and returned to the Lilith Fair Tour. Later that year her cover version of “Leaving On a Jet Plane” was released from the ‘Armageddon’ movie soundtrack and became an international hit. In the early summer of 1999, Kreviazuk completed her sophomore album, “Colour Moving and Still”, with producer Jay Joyce (Tim Finn, The Wallflowers) and featured songs co-written with Raine Maida. The album’s first single, “Before You”, became a successful radio hit along with an additional set of singles that contributed to another double platinum selling album. At the 2000 JUNO Awards she won ‘Best Adult/Pop Album’ and ‘Best Female Artist’. In 2001, Kreviazuk made her acting debut by co-starring in David Weaver’s independent movie ‘Century Hotel’. She also contributed the song “Can’t Make it Good” to the soundtrack. Her third album, ‘What If It All Means Something’, was released in 2002 and also featured co-writes with her husband Raine Mada. The first single, “In This Life”, was a radio hit in Canada and was featured in the film ‘Saved!’, used in the advance movie trailer for the Jeff Bridges film ‘The Door in the Floor’ and later popped up in an episode of the TV show ‘Smallville’. Finally, Kreviazuk performed the song live on The ‘Tonight Show with Jay Leno’. Also that year, her song “Another Small Adventure” was included in the ‘Stuart Little 2’ soundtrack. In 2003 Kreviazuk’s song “Time” appeared over the credits of the movie ‘Uptown Girls’, used in the TV shows ‘Laguna Beach: The Real Orange County’, ‘Men in Trees’, ‘Joan of Arcadia’, and the movie ‘Lucky 7’. Her song “This Year” was featured on the Serendipity soundtrack. Kreviazuk and Maida also contributed co-writing on the Avril Lavigne album ‘Under My Skin’. Her song “Weight of the World” was used in the movie ‘How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days’. Kreviazuk took time off in 2004 following the birth of her first child but did manage to co-write songs with Raine Maida for Kelly Clarkson’s ‘Breakaway’ album. The couple had a second child in 2005 and focused on writing more material to be exploited in TV, films and other artists. Two songs were written and recorded by Kreviazuk for ‘The Sisterhood Of The Traveling Pants’ movie soundtrack; songs for the Veronica’s ‘Secret Life of The Veronicas’ and Marion Raven’s ‘Here I Am’. Kreviazuk also made special guest vocal appearances on Nightmare of You’s song “I Want to Be Buried In Your Backyard” as well as Raine Mada’s solo EP ‘Love Hope Hero’. During this period Sony and BMG Records merged and Kreviazuk was put under BMG’s banner for her fourth album ‘Ghost Stories’ in August 2006. Also that year her song “It’s All About a Kiss” was featured in the film ‘Just My Luck’. In 2007, Kreviazuk co-produced and starred in the short film ‘Pretty Broken’. A greatest hits was released in 2008 while she took time off to give birth to a third child and shopped for a new label. Her fifth studio album, ‘Plain Jane’, was released in 2009 on Maple Music through the Universal Music Group. In 2011, Kreviazuk appeared on Drake’s ‘Take Care’ which she co-wrote entitled “Over My Dead Body”.

God Made Me (Sony)
1997 Believer (Sony
1997 Wayne (Sony)
1997 Surrounded (Sony)
1998 Hands (Sony)
1998 Leaving On a Jet Plane (Sony)
1999 Feels Like Home (Sony)
1999 Before You (Sony)
2000 Dear Life (Sony)
2000 Souls (Sony)
2001 Far Away (Sony)
2002 In this Life (Sony)
2003 Time (Sony)
2003 Julia (Sony)
2003 What If It All Means Something (Sony)
2004 Weight of the World (Sony)
2006 All I Can Do (Sony-BMG)
2007 Wonderful (Sony-BMG)
2007 Ghosts of You (Sony-BMG)
2009 Invincible (Maple Music)
2010 The Way (Maple Music)
2010 Ordinary People (Maple Music)

Under These Rocks and Stones (Sony) CK-67926
1999 Colour Moving and Still (Sony) CK-80391
2002 What If It All Means Something (Sony) CK-86482
2006 Ghost Stories (Sony-BMG) 673797
2008 Since We Met: The Best of 1996-2006 (Sony-BMG) 973887
2009 Plain Jane (Maple Music) MRCD-6520
2012 In This Life (Pheromone) PHER-CD-1020
2016 Hard Sail (Warner Music) 2-996351

Compilation Tracks
“Leaving On A Jet Plane” on ‘Armageddon: The Album’ (Columbia) 491384
1998 “Surrounded” on ‘Women & Songs 2’ (WEA) WTVD-37040
1999 ‘Feels Like Home’ on ‘Songs from Dawson’s Creek’ (Columbia) CK-69853
1999 “Surrounded” on ‘Lilith Fair: A Celebration of Women in Music – Volume 3’ (Arista) 19081-2
2000 “Before You” on ‘Women & Songs 4’ (Warner) WTVD-39171
2002 “In My Life” on ‘Providence: Music From the Television Series’ (MCA Nashville) 170302
2002 “Another Small Adventure” on ‘Music From and Inspired By Stuart Little 2’ (Epic Soundtrax) EK-86719
2003 “Julia” on ‘Women & Songs 7’ (WEA) WTVD-61047
2003 “Weight of the World” on ‘How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days [O.S.T.]’ (Virgin – USA) 582096
2003 “Redemption Song” on ‘Peace Songs: A Benefit Album to Help Children Affected by War’ (Sony-BMG) 491772
2005 “These Days” on ‘Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants [O.S.T.]’ (Columbia) CK-94606
2007 “A Man Needs a Maid” on ‘Borrowed Tunes II: A Tribute to Neil Young’ (Sony)
2007 “All I Can Do” on ‘Women & Songs 11’ (WEA/EMI/UMG) 2-970322
2010 “Tears of Rage” on ‘Garth Hudson Presents: A Canadian Celebration of The Band’ (Sony)

Patrick Krief is a multi-instrumentalist best known as the guitarist for The Dears. [also see THE DEARS]

Take It Or Leave (independent)
2013 Hundred Thousand Pieces (Rock Ridge)

Bobby Kris (vocals) / John Crone (saxophone) / Rick Dutt (bass) / Martin Fisher (keyboards) / Gordon MacBain (drums) / Gene Martynec (guitar) / Pat Riccio Jr. (percussion) / Jerry Shymanski (sax; replaced Crone) / Wayne Davis (bass; replaced Dutt) / Dave Konvalinka (guitar) / Larry Leishman (guitar)
Originally called J.S. And The Imperials, they changed their name in early 1965 when singer Bobby Kris (aka Bob Burrows) became their lead singer. Martin Fisher, who replaced original keyboard player Jim Snowden during the original J.S. And The Imperials line-up, led the R & B band throughout its short run. The group’s debut single, a cover of the Bacharach/David standard “Walk On By” was released in November 1965 and spent four weeks in the Top40 eventually reaching No. 8 in early 1966. Their follow-up single in 1966 was a cover of Dylan’s “She Belongs to Me” but barely charted. Meanwhile, the band landed the opening slot for a gig with The Lovin’ Spoonful at Toronto’s Massey Hall. Shortly afterwards, Dutt left to play bass for Gordon Lightfoot and was replaced by ex-Just Us member Wayne Davis. The new line-up continued to play extensively in the Toronto area. With no new recording prospects, they still managed to become one of fourteen acts to play at a 14-hour pop festival at Toronto’s Maple Leaf Gardens September 24th, 1966. By the spring of 1967 the band started to fall apart. Martynec left to form Kensington Market and Crone joined The Majestics. Though most of the others carried on for a while by November 1967, Fisher and MacBain had left to join Bruce Cockburn’s Flying Circus, Kris had jumped ship to replace Jimmy Livingston in Livingston’s Journey, and Davis joined 3’s A Crowd in December 1967. A final line-up featuring Leishman (Jon And Lee And The Checkmates) played together briefly in mid-1968. Leishman joined The Duke Edwards Cycle and Rhinoceros with his former Checkmates bandmates. with notes from Gordon MacBain.


1965 Travellin’ Bag/Walk On By (Columbia) C4-2672                                        
1966 She Belongs to Me/A Year From Today (Columbia) C4-2687

Multi-instrumentalist Joel Kroeker was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba of Mennonite heritage and gravitated to music early in life. He would graduate from the University of Manitoba with a Bachelor of Music in Composition and Guitar Performance and continued his education by earning a Masters Degree in Ethnomusicology from the University of Alberta. He then relocated to Vancouver where he could be closer to job opportunities including access to the music industry. His debut album was the independently released ‘Naïve Bohemian’ in 1999 on the Dancing Monk imprint. It had a modicum of success at campus radio stations around Canada. The CD would earn him a ‘Best New Recording Artist’ Award from the Alberta Recording Industry Association. He would also win ‘Film Score of the Year’ for the documentary ‘Tokyo Gardens’. Kroeker signed with True North Records and released his sophomore effort, ‘Melodrama’, in 2004 which was produced by Danny Greenspan. The album featured three singles – “Endings”, “Goodbye Jane” and “The Wind. Warren P. Sonoda’s film ‘Ham & Cheese’ used Kroeker “The Wind” in the soundtrack. The album was nominated for ‘Outstanding Pop Album of the Year’ and Kroeker was nominated for ‘Songwriter of the Year’ (for “Goodbye Jane”) at the Western Canadian Music Awards. Kroeker’s 2007 album, ‘Closer to the Flame’, featured top session musicians such as Kevin Breit , Kevin Fox, and Denis Keldie.

Naive Bohemian (Dancing Monk)
2004 Melodrama (True North) TND-299
2007 Closer To The Flame (True North) TND-465

Shawn Meehan
(guitar, vocals) / Derek Merrel (guitar) / Adam Reid (bass) / Scott Aquino (drums)
Formed in Vancouver by Meehan in 2004 and released one independent album before pulling the plug and starting again with a new line-up. Meehan wrote with artists including award-winning JUNO nominee Ryan Stewart (Carly Rae Jepsen, Suzie McNeil) and handed production over to accomplished duo Adrian Lock and Sam Ryan (SOS Music) for their Cordova Bay release ‘Kronic Rock’ in 2010 based on enthusiastic response to the album’s advance since in “Turn It Up” in 2009. The song was the #2 most played song in 2009 behind Kings Of Leon on Galaxy Rock Radio Canada, while spending 29 weeks on Canada’s National Rock Radio Chart” peaking at #21. Krome has toured extensively from coast to coast across Canada and the United States, sharing the stage with Hinder, L’il Jon, Bif Naked, State Of Shock and many others. Krome “Acknowledge” was licensed to Midway Games’ “MLB Slugfest” video game. It was also used in the feature film “La Peau Blanche”. Krome has also had their song “Your Glory” used in the Made for TV movie ‘Best Friends.’

Turn It Up (Cordova Bay)
2010 Bring The House Down (Cordova Bay)

Krome (independent)
2010 Kronic Rock (Cordova Bay) CBR-0812

Glenn Kruger is a multi-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter, composer, pianist, percussionist, producer who has recorded, performed and toured with an eclectic array of musical acts, including Dear God (with Grapes of Wrath’s Kevin Kane), Mudgirl, The Stoaters, and JUNO Award winning artists The Paperboys, Alpha Yaya Diallo, and JUNO nominee Tariq. Kruger’s 2001 album ‘Spyglass’ reached No.1 on Chart Magazine’s national Canadian Top 10 electronica albums chart in June 2002 [also see DEAR GOD]

Spyglass (Fidgital) LIQ050-20009

Line-Up 1 (1966-70): Maurice (Moe) Caines
(vocals, guitar) / Stan Erbrink (vocals, bass, guitar) / Tommy Hynes / Cecil Lucas;
Line-Up 2 (1970-71): Stan Erbrink (vocals, bass, guitar) / Roland Gaudet (drums, percussion, keyboards) / Ray March (keyboards) / Lloyd Thornhill (vocals, guitar, bass)
When Stan Erbrink of early ’60s Dutch act The Black Knights finished his engineering studies and went to Newfoundland in search of work in 1966 it was the end of his band. It was in Labrador City where he met Maurice Caines who had just left The Keatniks and they formed The Krystals in November 1966 with Hynes and Lucas. After beating around Newfoundland and the East coast of Canada for several years, Erbrink was left rebuilding a new version of the band in 1970. Their self-titled, self-finance debut album was recorded at R.C.A. studios in Montréal in November, 1970 in one continuous 18-hour session. 2000 copies of the album were released on their own Fourmost Records imprint in January 1971. In October 1971 Erbrink left for South Africa effectively ending the band. with notes from Stanislaus (Stan) J. Th. Erbrink.


1971 The Krystals (Fourmost) MS-8943

Art Bergmann / Jim Bescott / Barry Taylor

Short lived punk act from Vancouver, BC. The 1979 Quintessence single was included with the first 500 Young Canadians 12″ singles called ‘Hawaii’. Due to legal action by K-Tel Records, the band changed their name to The Young Canadians. with notes from Pierre Ferland. [also see ART BERGMANN]

as -TELS
1979 Automan//Don’t Tell Me/Where Are You? (Quintessence) 3452

1979 Hawaii [4-song 12”] EP (Quintessence)

KULAS, Michael
Born: Michael Wade Kulas on January 27, 1969 in Oakville, Ontario
Kulas’ family moved from Oakville, Ontario to the Peterborough region so that he could attend the private Lakefield College School where Prince Andrew and Sebastian Bach (Skid Row) attended in the early 1980s. He dabbled in many music projects during the late 1980s/early 1990s but it was a FACTOR New Demo Award grant in 1995 that allowed him to begin recording his original songs. One of his songs was runner up in the annual Q107 Scott Liddle Songwriter Competition. He would soon record his debut album, ‘Mosquito’, with producer Saul Davies of British rock band James. The album was declared one of the Top 20 independent releases by Chart Magazine in 1996. The album also came to the attention of James frontman Tim Booth from James who was looking for a replacement for the recently departed guitarist/ vocalist Larry Gott. Kulas was put through trial by fire after an invitation to join the band in New York in January 1997 to appear on ‘Late Night With David Letterman’. The ad hoc ‘audition’ went well and Kulas would go on to tour and record four albums with James from 1997 through 2001. Following Tim Booth’s decision to leave the band in 2001, the group disbanded. In 2002 Kulas released his self-produced sophomore solo album ‘Another Small Machine’. He also did mini-tours throughout Canada to support the album. Kulas would also compose the score for the film ‘Jade Love’ which won the 2004 ‘Best Short Documentary’ at the Reel Film Festival in Toronto. In 2006 he did the same for the feature film ‘The Death of Alice Blue’. Kulas also wrote and produced the theme song for the animated series ‘Team Galaxy’ for The Cartoon Network. He released the EP ‘Imperial Cheerleader’ in December 2006 exclusively on iTunes. In January, 2007 his old band, James, re-formed with its original 1992 line up to record a new album. When the band’s live tour passed through Toronto in September, 2008, Kulas was invited to perform “Just Like Fred Astaire”, “Five-O” and “Destiny Calling” with them. Kulas is married to animation voice actress Katie Griffin (‘Sailor Moon’, ‘Care Bears’, ‘Beyblade’, ‘Braceface’, et al).

with JAMES

1997 She’s a Star (Fontana) JIMCD-16
1997 Tomorrow (Fontana) JIMCD-17
1997 Waltzing Along (Fontana) JIMCD-18
1998 Destiny Calling (Fontana) JIMCD-19
1998 Runaground (Fontana) JIMCD-20
1999 I Know What I’m Here For (Fontana) JIMCD-22
1999 Just Like Fred Astaire (Fontana) JIMCD-23
1999 We’re Gonna Miss You (Fontana) JIMCD-24
2001 Getting Away With It All (All Messed Up) (Fontana) JIMCD-25

Mosquito (independent)
2002 Another Small Machine (independent)
2006 Imperial Cheerleader [DigiFile EP]

with JAMES
Whiplash (Fontana) 534354
1998 The Best of James (Fontana) 536898
1999 Millionaires (Mercury) 546386
2001 Pleased to Meet You (Mercury) 586147

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