M + M
M.A.D. (Mutually Assured Destruction)
M.G. & The Escorts
MacDonald-Cartier Freeway
MacDonald Band, Mike
MacDonald, Laurel
Mach IV
MacIsaac, Ashley
MacKenzie, Gisele
MacLean & MacLean
MacLean, Kenny
MacLean, Tara
MacLellan, Gene
MacLeod, Johnny
MacMaster, Natalie
MacMichael, Kevin
MacNeil, Rita
MacRae, Alan
Mad About Plaid
Mad, The
Madison Strays
Maestro (Fresh-Wes)
Magic Bubble, The
Magic Cycle
Magic Dragon
Magic Music
Mahogany Rush
Mahones, The
Main Line
Maitres, Les
Maize, Andy
Majestics, The
Major Hoople’s Boarding House
Major Ursus
Makadams, Les
Malcolm, Ryan
Malibu Kens
Malka & Joso
Mallory, Doug
Mama Quilla II
Mancel, Jim
Mandel, Fred
Mandevilles, The
Mandeville, Gaston
Mangan, Dan
Man Made
Manning, Dayna
Man With The Yellow Hat
Maple Oak
Marble Hall
Marble Index, The
Marianas Trench
Marino, Frank
Mark Malibu And The Wasagas
Marks, Danny
Marquis, The (1)
Marquis, The (2)
Marquis, The (3)
Mars, John
Marsh, Hugh
Marshall, Amanda
Marshall, Phyllis
Marshmallow Soup Group
Martha And The Muffins
Martin, Christine
Mason-Chapman Band
Mason, Dutch
Matched Set
Materick, Ray
Matthews, Neil
Matthews, Shirley
Max Mouse & The Gorillas
Max Webster
May, Raymond
Mays, Matt
McAdorey, Michelle
McBride, Bob
McBride, Danny
McCann, Denise
McCauley, Mavis
McCaw, Craig
McCord And The Vibrations, Bob
McDermott, John
McDonald, Eddie
McDougall, Robbie
McEachern, Lyn
McGarrigle, Kate & Anna
McGhie & The Sounds Of Joy, Wayne
MCJ & Cool G
McKenna-Mendelson Mainline
McKennitt, Loreena
McKenzie, Bob & Doug
McKie, Keith
McKinnon, Catherine
McKinnon, Patrician-Anne
McLachlan, Sarah
McLauchlan, Murray
McManus, Terry
McMaster & James
McNarland, Holly
McNaul, Brett
McNeil, Suzie
McRae, Tate
Me Mom & Morgentaler
Meatlocker Seven
Mecca Normal
Medd & Shaw
Meddy’s People
Medina, Carol
Medium, The
Medley, Sue
Mégatones, Les
Meissner, Stan
Melodic Energy Commission
Melvin D. Burlap
Men Without Hats
Mendelson Joe
Mens Room
Mercury, Eric
Mere Mortals
Merriday Park
Merritt, Scott
Merryweather, Neil
Metz, Belinda
Meyer, Barbara Leah
Michael Fury
Michaels, Robert
Michie Mee & L.A. Luv
Mickey And Bunny
Mickie, Dave
Middleton, Tom
Midnight Angels
Midway State, The
Midways, The
Mighty Pope
Mike Biker & The Kickstands
Miller Stain Limit
Miller, Camille
Miller, Carlyle
Miller, Derek (1)
Miller, Derek (2)
Miller, Diane
Miller, Paul Cameron
Millionaires, The
Mills, Frank
Mills-Cockell, John
Mill Supply
Mind Explosion
Minglewood (Band)
Minglewood, Matt
Mink, Ben
Minstrels, Les
Minstrels, The
Minutes From Downtown
Misener, Bill
Miserables, Les
Mission Of Christ
Mitchell, Adam
Mitchell, Joni
Mitchell, Kim
Mitchell, Stu
Mitoufle, Les
Mittoo, Jackie
Mock Duck
Models, The
Modern Minds
Modern Rock Quartet
Modernettes, The
Mods, The
Moffatts, The
Moir, Robin
Moist & Tender
Mojo Men, The
Molly Oliver
Molly’s Reach
Mongrels, The
Monkey House
Monkey See
Monkey Trial
Monoxides, The
Monster Truck
Monster Voodoo Machine
Monstres, Les
Montreal Sound
Monuments Galore
Mood Jga Jga
Mood, The
Moon, Betty
Moon, Jacob
Moon, Sam
Moore, Mae
Moorhouse, John
Mooseknukkl Groovband
moral hazard
Moral Support
Moran, John
More Stupid Initials
Morgan, Lindsay
Morgan, Carlos
Morgan, Pamela
Morissette, Alanis
Morissette, Claudette
Morissette, Miranie
Morse Code (Transmission)
Mortifee, Ann
Mother Mother
Mother Tucker’s Yellow Duck
Mounties, The
Moving Targets
Moving Targetz
Moxy Früvous
Mozz, The
Mr! Mouray
Mrs. Torrance
Mucktown Racetrack Band, The
Munks, The
Munsey, Terence
Murphy, Ralph
Murray, Anne
Murray, Bruce
Mushroom Band, The
Mushroom Trail
Mutual Understanding
My Brilliant Beast
My Darkest Days
My Dog Popper
Myles & Lenny
Myles, Alannah
Mynah Birds, The
Mystery And The Masquerades, Tony
Mystery Machine
Mystery Romance
Mythical Meadow, A


M.A.D. (Mutually Assured Destruction)
Mathew Davis (guitar, vocals) / Rob Johnson (vocals, guitar) / Walt Perin (drums; 1987-1991) / Ted Hart (bass; 1987-90) / John Fenton (vocals; 1987-1988) / Jeff D. McFadden (bass; 1990-1991) / Terry Hart (drums; 1991-1994) / Mike Krestel (bass; 1992-1994)
From London, Ontario. Originally known as M.A.D. (Mutually Assured Destruction), they changed their name to The Mad in 1993.

Albino/And The Apes Got Creepy (Devil Doll) DDR-07

 Generation Zero [cassette] (Peaceful Product)

as M.A.D.
 Taboo Of The Western World (Fringe) FPD-3106

1993 Songs for the Ugly (Epidemic) EPCD-9316

Graham Powers (lead vocals) / Glenn Grecco (lead guitar) / Glen Stephen (bass) / Mike Gauthier (guitar) / Billy Bryans (drums)
From Montreal, M.G. & The Escorts were managed by Beaconsfield High School teacher Mel McCormack. They found themselves gaining regional notoriety in May 1966 with their first single “Please Don’t Ever Change” on CFCF radio. The follow-up, “I Can’t Go On”, was released in September 1966 but did not receive any chart action. But, by January 1967 they were once again at the top of the charts with “A Someday Fool” which saw them hit Top10. The buzz on the group led to the prospect of recording a full-length LP in Texas which never materialized. Their fortunes changed for the worse, members abandoned ship and eventually the group changed its name to Graham Powers & the Escorts before calling it quits in the late 1960’s; Powers would move behind the scenes as a record executive. He died March 22, 2019; Billy Bryans died of cancer in April 2012. with notes from Andre Gibeault and Dave Stacey.

1966 Please Don’t Ever Change/Sorry To Hear (REO/Quality) 8936
1967 A Someday Fool/It’s Too Long (REO/Quality) 8975
1967 I Can’t Go On/Next To Nowhere (REO/Quality) 8998

Michael Murphy
(vocal, guitar) / André Lavoie (guitar, vocal) / Claude Piché (bass) / Michel Gagnon (drums) / Paul Jocelyn (drums) / Yves “Bala” Blais (drums)
A Yé Yé band from Sorel, Québec.

La Course/Monsieur Martin (Citation) CN-9024

Studio act created to promote the official opening of Ontario’s Highway 401 in 1970.

Make It Together/Non Stop (Quality) 1989X

Mike MacDonald

Bright Lights, Hot Nights/Chicken Pickin’ (Force One) FO-1002

MacDONALD, Laurel
Laurel MacDonald is a singer, composer and video artist based in Toronto, Canada. She has released five critically-acclaimed CDs and has performed extensively, most recently in ‘She Sings as She Flies’ and ‘Patchwork’ (both with Mary Jane Lamond), in her solo project ‘Videovoce’, in the dance productions SDX (Kaeja d’Dance) and ‘Moving Parts’ (Fujiwara Dance Inventions), and as a member of the Georgian ensemble Darbazi. Along with her creative partner Phil Strong, MacDonald has composed the music for many film productions, most recently for the dance films ‘Kitchen Dances’ (Kaeja d’Dance) and ‘Love Learn Listen’ (Fujiwara Dance Inventions), and for the film documentary ‘You Are Here. Her experimental dance and music videos have screened at art and film festivals in six countries; her film ‘one two many few’ was chosen in 2022 for the Regards Hybrides collection of Canadian screendance works. Laurel MacDonald received a SOCAN Award in 2021 for her work (as co-composer, with Phil Strong) on the film documentary ‘You Are Here’. She was nominated for a Dora Award (Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts, 2018) for ‘SDX’, and has received a Scotiabank People’s Choice Award (Scotiabank Nuit Blanche, 2010), an Essential Echoes Album of the Year (Public Radio International, 2005), and a Gemini Award (Canadian Screen Awards, 2003). She is currently recording the music for a new album entitled ‘I Eat the Stars’ and is embarking on the next development phase for the ‘Moving Parts’ dance production, premiering in Toronto in August 2023.

Kiss Closed My Eyes (Improbable) IMACD-01
1999 Chroma (Wicklow/BMG Classics) 09026-63270-2
1999 Wingspan [EP] (Wicklow/BMG Classics) 09026-63373-2
2000 Stars & Elements [EP] (Improbable)
2005 Luscinia’s Lullaby (Improbable) IMACD-04

Doug Baynham
(vocals) / Chris Brockway (bass) / Kim Hunt (drums) / Scott Sutherland (guitar) / Jim Samson (bass) / John McGoldrick (keyboards, guitar)
While waiting between albums with their MCA recording act Hanover Fist, Brockway and Hunt formed this short-lived Toronto ‘super group’ with Baynham (Urgent, Bayb, Minglewood), and Sutherland (Stumblin’ Blind, Rockers). The band worked with producer Stacy Heydon on a four song recording they released as a cassette entitled ‘Fourplay’. One song from the sessions, “Evelaine”, landed them on Q107’s annual Homegrown album Volume 7 in 1985. In 1986 Brockway left to tour with Lee Aaron and Zon bassist Jim Samson was brought in as a replacement. Mach IV then rechristened itself as a Foreigner tribute band and revived the name of Sutherland’s old tribute to Foreigner as The Dirty White Boys. Urgent’s old live keyboardist, John McGoldrick, was then added in 1987. The band lasted until 1990; Hunt and Samson would go on to join a reformed version of Moxy in the late 1990s. with notes from Kim Hunt and Scott Sutherland.

Fourplay [cassette]  (independent)

Compilation Tracks
“Evelaine” on ‘Q107 Homegrown Album Volume 7’ (MCA) MCA-37272

MacISAAC, Ashley
Born: Ashley Dwayne MacIsaac on February 24, 1975 in Creignish, Cape Breton Island
Although raised around traditional Celtic music and fiddling, it was MacIsaac’s unique style of “grunge violin” that earned him an early notice in ‘Time Magazine’ around the time of the release of ‘Hi”! How Are You Today?’ At the end of 1996, Ashley MacIsaac was taken off Maclean’s honour roll of Canadians for his explicit descriptions of his sexual preferences, prompting some to denounce the national news magazine as homophobic. None of this hampered his popularity, however. By the end of March1997, approximately 300,000 copies of ‘Hi”! How Are You Today?’ had been sold and MacIsaac had successfully toured the U.S. which included a highly publicized appearance on ‘Late Night with ConanO’Brien’. For his next album, ‘Fine, Thank You Very Much’, he returned to his traditional Celtic roots. The album sold considerably less than its predecessor. In the fall of 1998, he went to Japan to appear in a feature film titled ‘First Love’. In it, MacIsaac plays an Irishman who comes to Okinawa to find his true love, a Japanese opera singer. The movie was released in 1999. MacIsaac also recorded half a dozen fiddle tunes for the soundtrack. In August of 1999, MacIsaac parted ways with his label Universal Music to sign with Loggerhead Records, a boutique label distributed by Universal and soon released the album ‘Helter’s Celtic’. Controversy surrounded MacIsaac for the next few years with obscenity-filled outbursts, public battles with his label, Loggerhead, plus threats of personal bankruptcy followed by his actual bankruptcy. In 2003 he sued the Ottawa Citizen for an ironic racist comment he made that had been taken out of context by the newspaper. He then signed with major independent label Linus Entertainment to refocus his life towards music and formed a band to back him on the 2006 album ‘Pride’. That year he announced he was entering politics and declared himself a candidate for the Liberal leadership race. He never followed through with the plan. In 2008, MacIsaac auctioned off 50% of all his future earnings on auction website eBay. The bidding ended at over $1.5 million. MacIsaac performed at the opening ceremonies for the 2010 Olympic Games in Vancouver and released his most recent album, ‘Crossover’, in 2011; MacIsaac’s cousins Alexis MacIsaac, Wendy MacIsaac and Natalie MacMaster are also professional fiddlers. MacIsaac is a distant cousin of Jack White (The White Stripes). MacIsaac would open for The White Stripes concert in Glace Bay during the White Stripes’ Arctic tour in 2007.

The Devil In the Kitchen/The Gladstone/Christie Campbell [w/JALE] (Ancient) MAC-1
1995 Square Dance Song (I Wanna Go Higher) [w/BKS]
1995 Sleepy Maggie (Ancient) MAC-CD2
1996 Brenda Stubbert
2002 Lay Me Down

A Cape Breton Christmas with Ashley MacIsaac & Friends (Ancient ) RT-19
1995 Hi! How Are You Today? (A & M) 2-2001
1996 Fine,Thank You Very Much (A Traditional Album)
1999 Helter’s Celtic(Loggerhead) 4-2192
2000 Fiddle Music 101(Linus)
2002 Ashley MacIsaac (Decca) 1892
2004 Live At the Savoy (Linus) 2-70054
2005 A Cape Breton Christmas Special Edition (Linus)
2006 Pride (Linus) 2-70065
2009 The Best of Ashley MacIsaac (Linus) 2- 70101
2011 Crossover (So Plaid) SP-100
2014 A Cape Breton Christmas (True North/Linus) 270051

Close To the Floor (A & M) 2-2000

Beautiful Lake Ainslie (Polaris)

Compilation Tracks
“My Home”, “The Contradiction”, and “Julia Delaney” on ‘Plug, New Music From Ottawa’ (One Handed) OHCD-010
1996 “The Night Before Christmas (The Devil In the Kitchen)” on ‘A Celtic Heartbeat Christmas’ (Celtic Heartbeat – US) UD-53095
1997 “Ashley’s Reels” on ‘The Hanging Garden [Motion Picture Soundtrack]’ (Virgin) 844908
1997 “Tullochgorum” on ‘Live Concert of the Greatest Irish Artists’ (Gaelforce – NETHER) 6897
1997 “Sleepy Maggie” on ‘Spin 8’ (Spin Magazine)
1998 “Sleepy Maggie” on ‘Brave Hearts’ (Narada) 45445

“Swamp Thing” on ‘The Kumbaya Album 1995’ (Warner) CD-11719

“Tullochgorum” on ‘Gael Force’ (Tyrone Productions – IRE) RTE-CD-210

“Sleepy Maggie” on ‘Celtic Tides – A Musical Odyssey’ (Putumayo World Music) PUTU-141-2
2005 “To America We Go” on ‘Celtic Crossroads’ (Putumayo World Music) PUT-243-2

“My Home/The Contradiction/Julia Delaney” on ‘Fire In the Kitchen’ (Wicklow – UK) 663133

André Deguire (vocals, guitar, keyboards) / Luc Giroux (vocals, bass) / Nick Catalano (drums)
Quebec band formed by Giroux (ex-ExCubus) and Deguire (ex-Clockwork/Blind Ravage/ExCubus) in 1975; Catalano is the owner of Montréal record store Beatnick Records.

Rock & Becs/Seul (Zodiaque) ZO9-346
1975 La St-Jean/Laissez-nous vivre (Zodiaque) ZO9-347

Rock & Becs (Zodiaque) ZOX-6021

MacKENZIE, Gisele
Born: Gisèle Marie-Louise Marguerite LaFlèche on January 10, 1927 in Winnipeg, Manitoba

Died: September 5, 2003 in Burbank, California, USA
Canada’s First Lady of Song, Gisele MacKenzie, was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba and was the daughter of a doctor. She later adopted her father’s middle name, MacKenzie, when she moved to the US in 1951. She demonstrated her gift for music early by playing the piano when she was only two years old. Her family took her musical gifts seriously (her mother was a musicians), and soon, she was playing the violin and learning to sing. Her first violin recital was at a Winnipeg hotel. After formal training at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, MacKenzie found herself entertaining troops during World War II, where she met Robert Shuttleworth, a lieutenant who was a bandleader in the Royal Canadian Navy. He told her to look him up after the war. She did, and he hired her as a violinist, pianist and vocalist with his band. He became her manager and, eventually, husband and father of her two children – MacKenzie “Mac” Shuttleworth and Gisele “Gigi” (Downs). In 1946, her rich contralto singing voice caught the attention of the CBC, which resulted in her own quarter-hour radio show, ‘Meet Gisele.’ The folks at Campbell’s Soups heard the show, and offered her a position on their US radio show, “Club 15” with Bob Crosby (Bing’s brother), where she alternated with Jo Stafford, and also was selected by Mario Lanza as the female vocalist on his ‘Coke Time’ radio show. During her time in Hollywood, the ambitious MacKenzie found time for other creative activities. She recorded songs for Capitol Records, appeared at top Las Vegas night clubs, and was a regular on Mario Lanza’s radio program. While Bob Crosby was away due to the death of his sister-in-law (Bing Crosby’s wife Dixie), Jack Benny substituted as host for ‘Club 15’ where he met Gisele for the first time. What neither she nor Benny remembered was that he had been a guest on MacKenzie’s ‘Meet Gisele’ Canadian radio show some years earlier with Benny recording his part in Hollywood. Gisele MacKenzie also appeared as a guest on the ‘Jack Benny Show’ once or twice a year. In 1953 she did a summer tour with Jack Benny and Sammy Davis, Jr. Benny then learned that June Valli was leaving ‘Your Hit Parade’ TV show and turned one of his shows into an audition for Gisele MacKenzie. Shows were sponsored by Lucky Strike cigarettes and so Benny made sure ‘Hit Parade’s’ producers and the sponsors were viewing his show. MacKenzie got the job. MacKenzie was a star of ‘Your Hit Parade’, along with Snooky Lanson, Russell Arms and Dorothy Collins, from the Fall of 1953 through the spring of 1957 where they counted down the Top 7 songs of the week, and also offered two oldies, called ‘Extras’, to fill out the programme. Her success on the show coincided with her own personal recording triumphs. In 1955, she became the first Hit Parader to sing her own personal number one hit (for thirteen weeks), “Hard To Get,” on the show. At the end of the 1957 season, ‘Your Hit Parade’ decided to fire the entire cast, except Gisele. But Gisele announced she wouldn’t return to the show under any conditions and went on to star on NBC-TV’s “The Gisele MacKenzie Show” (1957-1958) which was co-produced by Jack Benny’s program. Her guests included Dean Martin, Eddie Fisher, Ronald Reagan, Boris Karloff, and Jimmy Rodgers among others. Besides television and recording projects, she toured the country in musical stage productions such as ‘The King And I’, ‘Mame’ and ‘Gypsy’ since the 1960’s. She later was a regular on ‘The Sid Caesar Show,’ a 1963 ABC comedy-variety show. Later still she had guest spots on ‘Studio One,’ ‘The Hollywood Squares,’ ‘Murder, She Wrote,’ ‘MacGyver’ and ‘Boy Meets World.’ She retired from showbiz and lived in North Hollywood keeping herself busy by appearing on television talk shows and doing commercials until her death at the age of 76 from colon cancer on September 5, 2003. with notes from Pål C. Moe, James R. Stewart, Jean Weber, D. Kim Christie-Milley, Paul J. Riecke.

1951 Le Fiacre (The Cab)/Tuh Pocket Tuh Pocket (Mississippi River Boat) (Capitol) F-1907
1952 Johnny/Whistle My Love (Capitol) F-2110
1952 Adios/Darlin,’ You Can’t Love Two (Capitol) F-2156
1952 My Favorite Song/Don’t Let the Stars Get in Your Eyes (Capitol) F-2256
1953 J’attendrai [EP] (Capitol) EAP-1-430
1953 Don’t Let the Stars Get in Your Eyes/Darlin’ You Can’t Love Two (Capitol – UK) CL.13855
1953 Le gros Bill/A Letter And A Ring (Capitol) F-2695
1953 Till I Waltz Again With You/Even Lonely Days (Capitol – UK) CL-13920
1953 Embrasse/A Walkin’ Tune (Capitol – UK) CL-14022
1954 Come to Me My True Love/They’re Playing Our Song (Vik/RCA Victor) 20-7183
1955 Hard to Get/Boston Fancy (Vik/RCA Victor) X-0137
1955 Pepper Hot Baby/That’s the Chance I’ve Got to Take (Vik/RCA Victor) X-0172
1956 Mam’selle Gisele [4-song EP] (Vik/RCA Victor) EXA-209
1956 Mr. Telephone/Dance If You Want to Dance (Vik/RCA Victor) 4X-0202
1956 The Star You Wished Upon Last Night/It’s Delightful to Be Married (Vik/RCA Victor) 4X-0233
1957 Oh, Pain! Oh, Agony! (Know What I Mean Jelly Bean) (Vik/RCA Victor)
1957 He Knows/Hello There (Vik/RCA Victor) 4X-0249
1957 Joyeux Nöel (Vik/RCA Victor) EXA-271
1957 Too Fat For The Chimney/Jingle Bells (Vik/RCA Victor) 4X-0300

A Crazy Waltz/Water Can’t Quench the Fire of Love (Capitol) F-2266
1953 Give Me the Name, Age, Height and Size/When the Hands of the Clock Pray at Midnight (Capitol) F-2521

Gisele MacKenzie” (Vik/RCA Victor) LX-1055
1956 Mam’selle Gisele (Vik/RCA Victor) LX-1075
1957 Christmas With Gisele (Vik/RCA Victor) LX-1099
1958 Gisele (RCA Victor) LPM-1790
1958 Orchids From Gisele (Capitol) CC-1001
1960 Gisele MacKenzie At the Empire Room of the Waldorf Astoria (Everest) LPBR-5069
1960 Gisele MacKenzie Sings Lullaby and Goodnight (Cricket Playhour) CR-29
1961 Gisele MacKenzie Sings and Tells Cinderella & Alice In Wonderland (Cricket Playhour) CR-39
1962 Gisele MacKenzie Sings and tells The Adventures and Travels of Babar the Elephant (Cricket Playhour) CR-36
1963 Gisele MacKenzie Sings of Loser’s Lullabies (Mercury) SR-60790
1962 Gisele MacKenzie Sings Dominique and French Folks Songs (Design) SDLP-168
1998 Hard To Get – The Best Of Gisele [2-fer-1] (Collector’s Choice)
2000 Mam’selle Gisele [re-issue] (BMG – Japan) BVCJ-37249
2002 Getting To Know….Gisele (Vocalion – UK)
2003 Gisele and Helen/Helen and Gisele (Vocalion – UK)

Gary MacLean
(vocal, banjo, bongos) / Blair MacLean (vocals, guitar)
The musical comedy duo MacLean & MacLean were brothers who were born in Glace Bay, Nova Scotia but spent their teen years growing up in Winnipeg, Manitboa. The duo began performing in 1972 when both were around 29 years old. The Guess Who’s Burton Cummings grew up with the brothers and on 1972’s ‘Live At the Paramount’ album by the Guess Who the band performed MacLean & MacLean’s “Glace Bay Blues”. The duo were best known for their raunchy, often scatological humour, combined with renditions of traditional folk, pop, and original songs. In 1974 they were signed to GRT Records and Lighthouse drummer Skip Prokop produced their debut album, ‘Toilet Rock’, which was recorded live at the comedy club The Chimney in Toronto, Ontario. Their second album, ‘Bitter Reality’, was a split live recording – produced by Jack Richardson (The Guess Who) – and studio recording produced by Burton Cummings. By the time the album was finished Cummings’ management attempted to have two off-colour comedy bits featuring Cummings removed fearing it would damage his career and that of the Guess Who. The action delayed the album’s release. However, the controversy made it to the media and a Toronto radio station played leaked versions of the album on one of their late-night comedy programs. The album was released, as is, in 1976, on GRT Records. In 1980, the newly formed El Mocambo Records signed the act and their ‘Bitter Reality’ album for re-issue. The duo’s first new release for the label was 1980’s ‘MacLean & MacLean Suck Their Way to the Top/MacLean & MacLean Take the “O” Out of Country’. The A-side was recorded, cleverly, at the El Mocambo Club in Toronto while the B-side was a studio recording simulating a mock country music station radio broadcast. The album spawned the single “Dolly Parton’s Tits” which, in a strange twist, made the British music charts after it was used as the theme music for BBC-TV show ‘O.T.T.’. Controversy followed them wherever they played and their 1981 album ‘Locked Up For Laughs’ refers to an incident where they were put in jail, briefly, on a charge of public indecency while performing in Kingston, Ontario. Because of this an previous incidents MacLean & MacLean went to the Supreme Court of Canada to fight for their right to perform their shows throughout Canada uncensored. During the height of their popularity they played the Commodore Ballroom in Vancouver, British Columbia, the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, and in 1983 at the ‘Just for Laughs’ Festival in Montreal, Québec while promoting their Attic Records debut album ‘Go To Hell’. On the 1985 album ‘Cruel Cuts’, the duo created a comedy bit called ‘The Champ’ about a retired boxer attempting to adjust to domestic life featuring racy double entendres. The character was licensed and fully developed by disc jockey “Brother” Jake Edwards, who performed a daily ‘Champ’ monologue which was syndicated to radio stations across Canada for over 20 years. In all, the dup performed their routines on and off for more than 30 years. After retiring the act Gary MacLean became a radio personality in Winnipeg, while his brother Blair became a landscape painter. Their final show together was shortly before Gary MacLean’s death from throat cancer 2001. As a tribute to their legacy Blair MacLean released an independent CD entitled ‘Live at Watts’ in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan 1996′ to raise trust fund money for Gary’s children. Blair MacLean would die of a heart attack in October 2008. The duo’s recorded legacy rests in the hands of Burton Cummings for archiving and possible future re-issue; Gary MacLean’s three sons also entered show business and now perform as The MacLean Brothers.

1980 Dolly Parton’s Tits/Diary Of A Jealous Boyfriend (El Mocambo/A & M) ESMO-505
1981 Locked Up For Laughs/I Married The Wrong Di (El Mocambo/A & M) ESMO-523

Toilet Rock (GRT) 9230-1048
1976 Bitter Reality (GRT) 9230-1056
1980 Bitter Reality [re-issue] (El Mocambo) ELMO-753
1980 MacLean & MacLean Suck Their Way to the Top / MacLean & MacLean Take the “O” Out of Country (El Mocambo) ELMO-754
1981 Locked Up for Laughs (El Mocambo) ESMO-763
1982 Bitter Reality [2nd re-issue] (Attic) LAT-1154
1983 Go To Hell (Attic) LAT-1177
1985 Cruel Cuts (Attic) LAT-1199
1989 The Dirty Thirty (Attic) ACDM-1256
2003 Live at Watts, Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, 1996

Compilation Tracks
“Dolly Parton’s Tits” on ‘Hit Toons For Hip Teens’ (El Mocambo) ELMO-760
1998 “Ken & Barbie” on ‘Attic Records Limited Twenty5’ [4CDs] (Attic) ATTIC-25

“Big & Hairy” on ‘Westmount Rhodesians’ (Justin Time) JUST-37

MacLEAN, Kenny
Born: Kenneth Irving MacLean in Glasgow, Scotland on January 9, 1956
Died: November 24, 2008
MacLean was born in Glasgow and after emigrating to Canada got work as a hairdresser in the Greater Toronto Area while trying to get his music career off the ground. He was originally a member of the group The Hairdressers, and then was a founding member of The Suspects in 1979 and released an independent single called “Raining Over France” which gained them some airtime on Toronto radio stations. Meanwhile, members of Johnnie Lovesin’s backing band left him to form The Deserters which MacLean was asked to join. They soon came to the attention of Capitol-EMI Records in Canada and released their eponymous debut in 1980. The album sported a charting single in the track “Alien” and the Deserters was able to do opening slots for other Capitol New Wave acts in Canada. To augment and expand their sound beyond the obvious Police boundaries, they added keyboardist Greg Stephens for their follow-up album ‘Siberian Nightlife’ in 1981. Despite fervent touring the album failed to ignite. The band split up not long afterward. MacLean’s old friend Chris Steffler and MacLean briefly formed another band called The Next, before Steffler took a gig with Platinum Blonde. Later, when it came time to augment Platinum Blonde’s live line-up, MacLean was the natural choice to be added as keyboardist, bass player and vocalist. MacLean was officially added to the band for their 2nd album ‘Alien Shores’ in 1985 and recorded two more albums with the group – ‘Contact’ and ‘Yeah Yeah Yeah’ (under their revised name The Blondes) before the group split up in 1991. Meanwhile, MacLean had parlayed his Justin Entertainment association into a solo deal and released 1990’s ‘Don’t Look Back’. The title track became a radio hit and it won him a SOCAN Award for songwriting, as well as a JUNO Award nomination for ‘Most Promising Male Vocalist’ in 1991. In 1995, MacLean returned with another solo album, produced by Terry Brown (Klaatu, Rush, Max Webster) called ‘Clear’ and featuring one song written with Mark Holmes and a cover of the Sylum tune “Walk The Stranger”. The album also featured an all-star Canadian music line-up including Gowan, Tony “Wild T” Springer, Curtis Lee (Sweet Blindness), Sascha (Platinum Blonde), and Anne Bourne. In 2006, MacLean moved to Saint John, New Brunswick, working as a teacher at the city’s new School of Rock and Film. MacLean created the music company hMh Music, and was its artistic director. An academy officially opened in Toronto on September 2, 2008, and featured programs such as audio engineering and DJ arts. MacLean also became an integral part of Rock Through The Ages (or Rock TTA), a show featuring a line-up of seasoned musicians doing a decades spanning Rock and Roll revue. Kenny MacLean was found dead on November 24, 2008 of a heart related problem. His third solo CD, ‘Completely’, was released at a concert the night before his death. with notes from Kenny MacLean and Kevin Gordon [also see PLATINUM BLONDE, THE DESERTERS, THE SUSPECTS]

1990 Don’t Look Back (Justin/MCA) JED-9006

1990 Don’t Look Back (Justin/MCA) JE-0001
1995 Clear (MMP/Page) PP-61595
2008 Completely (independent)

MacLEAN, Tara
Born: Tara Margaret Charity MacLean on October 25, 1973 in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island
Prince Edward Island’s Tara MacLean grew up with entertainer parents. Her mother is actress Sharlene MacLean and her father Danny Costain is a singer and dancer. She would find additional inspiration from her step father, Marty Reno, a singer/guitarist who recorded with legendary singer-songwriter Gene MacLellan. Her family would relocate to Victoria, British Columbia when she was 13 years old. Following high school graduation in 1991, MacLean pursued her music interests more seriously. One day in 1994 she was passing the time on the top deck of one of the Gulf Island ferries singing with some friends when two Nettwerk Records employees caught her ‘performance’. She was signed to Nettwerk Records in April 1995 after moving to Vancouver and recording her song “Let Her Feel the Rain” for the label’s ‘Lit from Within’ benefit compilation. The song managed some modest airplay and also popped up on Nettwerk’s ‘Slowbrew’ compilation as well. She made her Vancouver debut at the Vogue Theater as part of Nettwerk’s 10th anniversary show. She would also perform at the East Coast Music Awards with her step-father Marty Reno and Lennie Gallant in a tribute to Gene MacLellan. In October 1995 MacLean headed to San Francisco to work with producer Norm Kerner (American Music Club, Sky Cries Mary, Spain) and finished the album in early 1996 back in Vancouver. The album ‘Silence’ was released in the spring and MacLean went on tour for nearly two years to promote the album as an opener for Ashley MacIsaac, The Barenaked Ladies, Paula Cole, Ron Sexsmith and Tom Cochrane, and The Cure plus dates on Sarah McLachlan’s Lilith Fair tour. In 1997 MacLean released an EP of orphaned tracks entitled ‘If You See Me’. She then headed out to promote the release with guitarist, and (then) husband, Bill Bell (Tom Cochrane, Danko Jones) accompanying her. That year she won ‘Best New Solo Artist’ at the Canadian Radio Music Awards. MacLean’s remake of the traditional folk song ‘Rattlesnake Mountain’, retitled “On Springfield Mountain”, was featured on the ‘Inventing the Abbotts’ movie soundtrack. In early 1999 she went to New Orleans, Louisiana with Bill Bell to worked with producer Malcolm Burn (Daniel Lanois, Neville Brothers, Boys Brigade) to record her follow-up album. ‘Passenger’ was released by Nettwerk Records in October 1999 and spawned the radio singles “If I Fall” and “Divided”. MacLean would spend the next 18 months touring North America and Asia. The single “Settling” was released as a single in Taiwan. In the US she would tour extensively as the opening act for Dido. MacLean also joined Kendall Payne, Shannon McNally and Amy Correia for a 21 show ‘The Girls Room Tour Across America’ sponsored by Capitol Records. The tour generated $1,000 for women’s charities in each of the 21 cities they visited. A treasure trove of live recordings emerged and the ‘Live from Austin’ and ‘Live from Roots Lodge’ were soon added as bonus discs with the purchase of ‘Passenger’. The album would sell over 50,000 copies. MacLean would appear on the talk show ‘Late Night with Conan O’Brien’ and made cameo appearances in the film ‘Coyote Ugly’ and the TV show ‘Good vs Evil’. Following time off in 2001 to have her first child, EMI Canada concocted the idea of teaming MacLean with two other east coast female singer-songwriters -Kim Stockwood and Damhnait Doyle – to form the trio Shaye; The theory being that strength in numbers would lead to better record sales for all three solo performers. An album was released in 2003, several awards were won and Shaye even performed at the World Expo in Nagoya, Japan that Spring. A reality show was built around the group as they navigated their way through label politics, recording, touring and the stresses of everyday life. In 2006 Tara gave birth to her second child on the eve of the group’s second release, ‘Lake of Fire’. The group toured the new album through 2007 with MacLean squeezing in a seven song solo EP, ‘Signs of Life’, in March 2007. However, she found balancing home life, performing and the TV show to be too much and left Shaye in October 2007. In April 2008 she released another full-length album, ‘Wake’, but didn’t perform many live gigs as she gave birth to a third child. MacLean left Nettwerk Records in the fall of 2009 and has released one song – a Mother’s Day song on her website in 2012 called “Where I Am”. [also see SHAYE]

Evidence/Let Her Feel Rain (Nettwerk) SPRO-39614
1997 If You See Me (Nettwerk) 36323
1999 If I Fall (Nettwerk/Capitol) 39913
2000 Divided/If I Fall (Live) [6 mixes] (Nettwerk) 39945
2000 Settling (EMI-Toshiba – TAIWAN)
2012 Where I Am [DigiFile] (independent)

Silence (Nettwerk) W2-30106
1997 If You See Me [EP] W2-36323
2000 Passenger Sample Medley [If I Fall / Divided / Passenger / La Tempete / Poor Boy]
(Nettwerk/Capitol) 15108
2000 Live From Austin [5-song EP] 15140 
2000 Live From Roots Lodge [4-song EP] (Capitol) 15647
2000 Passenger (EMI) 497306
2000 Live From Austin [EP] (EMI) DPRO-7087
2000 Live From Roots Lodge [EP]
2007 Signs of Life [7-song EP DigiFile] (Nettwerk)
2008 Wake (Nettwerk) 30880
2017 Atlantic Blue (Tara MacLean) TMAB-0001
2019 Deeper (Tara MacLean) 63962

Sisterhood: Songs For Sharing (Avalon) 48807

Compilation Tracks
“Silence (Demo)” on ‘Decadence’ [5CDs] (Nettwerk) W2-30100
1998 “Holy Tears” on ‘30 Hour Famine’ (Nettwerk) W2-30126

Born: February 2, 1939 in Val-d’Or, Québec
Died: January 19, 1995 in Summerside, Prince Edward Island
Though he was born in Québec, Gene MacLellan grew up in Toronto, Ontario. He taught himself guitar and became an early member of R & B band Little Caesar and the Consuls through 1958/1959. He recorded one single with the group – “Runaway” b/w “I’m Happy” for the US Abel record company. After leaving the group MacLellan moved to Prince Edward Island in 1964. CBC television in Halifax had a vibrant music television department and MacLellan would soon appear on ‘The Don Messer Show’ and in the late 1960’s ‘Singalong Jubilee’ where he made the acquaintance of upcoming singer Anne Murray. Early on she began recording his songs particularly “Put Your Hand In the Hand” (which would become a huge hit for Ocean in 1971) and the million selling “Snowbird”. Murray’s stardom rise with Capitol Records allowed MacLellan to parlay that into his own record deal with the label. His self-titled debut was released in 1970 and yielded two minor hits with the singles ‘The Call’ and ‘Thorn in My Shoe’. He would win the ‘Composer of the Year’ JUNO Award that year. He released an immediate follow-up in 1971 with ‘Street Corner Preacher’ allowing MacLellan to spend the better part of 1971 and 1972 touring premiere venues such at the Canadian National Exhibition, Massey Hall, and return engagements to Yorkville’s Riverboat Coffeehouse. After a five year break, MacLellan finally returned with his third album, ‘If It’s Alright With You’, in 1977, featuring the Anne Murray duet “Shilo Song”. In 1979 MacLellan teamed up with guitarist Marty Reno (stepfather of future singer-songwriter Tara MacLean) and together they released the Pilgrim Records gospel album ‘Gene & Marty’ (Pilgrim PMC-7005). In the 1980s MacLellan was based in Burlington, Ontario and performed at churches, in penitentiaries with a team of other musicians including Skip Prokop (Lighthouse, The Paupers), retirement homes, and other charitable causes. He received PROCAN’s ‘William Harold Moon Award’ in 1987 for ‘International Achievement’. In 1992 he returned to live in Summerside, PEI where he stayed out of the spotlight except on special occasions. He attended Anne Murray’s induction into the JUNO Hall of Fame in 1993. MacLellan passed away in 1995. He was posthumously inducted into the CCMA’s Hall of Honour and received the ECMA’s ‘Helen Creighton Lifetime Achievement Award’ in 1996.Tribute albums and several festivals in his name have popped up in recent years. MacLellan’s songs have been recorded by artists from all over the world. “Snowbird” and “Put Your Hand in the Hand” are his most enduring tunes having been covered by acts as diverse as Elvis Presley, Joan Baez, and Bing Crosby with Count Basie.

1970 The Call/Snowbird (Capitol) 72607
1970 Thorn In My Shoe/The Robin (Capitol) 72628
1971 Isle of St. Jean/Pages of Time (Capitol) 72644
1971 I Got Drunk On Monday (Gene’s Blues)/Lonesome River (Capitol) 72660
1974 Mommy/Come To The Saviour (Pilgrim) PMC74-515

1982 Reunion/Shiloh (Heaven Bent) ACS-8276

Gene MacLellan (Capitol) ST-6348
1971 Street Corner Preacher (Capitol) ST-660
1977 If It’s Alright With You (Capitol) ST-11535
1997 Lonesome River (EMI) 72438-57587-2-0

1959 Runaway/I’m Happy (Abel Records – US) ABEL-222

Gene and Marty (Pilgrim) PMC-7005

Reunion (Heaven Bent) ACR-8280

MacLEOD, Johnny
Following the collapse of his previous band Johnny & the G-Rays, Johnny MacLeod assembled a new band, The Young Pioneers, to back him on his True North Records debut. ‘Dynamite in the Stove’ was also released in Italy in July 1985; the video for “The Price is Rising” single was directed by Don Shebib. MacLeod began work on a stand-alone solo album in 1996. Due to technical and money issues it was not completed until 2013 and titled ‘If You’re Living.’

Trying To Chew My Head/[split w/LAMONT CRANSTON BAND] (Basement/Attic) Promo-2

1985 The Price Is Rising/How Sweet the Taste (True North) TN4-196
1985 The Price Is Rising//Easter Monday/I Found Your Diary [12”] (True North) 12-CDN-181
1985 One Million Years/True Lives of the Young Pioneers (True North) TN4-200

2013 If You’re Living (independent)

Every Twist Reminds (Basement/Attic) BASE-6003

Dynamite in the Stove (True North) TN-60

MacMASTER, Natalie
MacMaster is the niece of Cape Breton fiddler Buddy MacMaster who, along with other musical members of her family (including her uncle Buddy MacMaster), inspired her to start playing fiddle by the age of nine. Using a fiddle given to her by a great-uncle, MacMaster took formal lessons along with her cousin, Ashley MacIsaac. After releasing two self-produced cassette-only albums ‘Four On the Floor’ (1989) and ‘Road To the Isle’ (1991) MacMaster expanded her following with her first release on CD called ‘Fit As A Fiddle’ in 1993 which was recorded at the CBC studio ‘H’ in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Musicians featured include Dave MacIsaac on guitars, Howie MacDonald and Tracy Dares on piano, Tom Roach on drums and guest spots by Jamie MacInnis on highland pipes and Sandy Moore on Celtic harp. The disc received an East Coast Music Award as ‘Best Roots/Traditional Album’ of 1993. Her career and busy schedule became all consuming that she had to pass up an invitation to be featured member of the musical production of ‘Lord Of The Dance’. A highlight of her touring schedule was 1995’s performance before more than 80, 000 people as the opening act for Santana in Chattanooga, Tennessee. She was soon signed to Warner Music Canada and her first album for the label was ‘No Boundaries’ which included, among other tracks, “Drunken Piper” featuring vocals support by Cookie Rankin of Rankin Family fame. In addition to hosting the East Coast Music Awards, MacMaster received awards as ‘Female Artist of the Year’, ‘Roots/Traditional Artist of the Year’ and ‘Instrumental Artist of the Year’. MacMaster has also been named ‘Fiddler of the Year’ by the Canadian Country Music Association in the past. In 1996, she spent four weeks as the opening act for the Chieftains’ US tour. Also that year, Rounder records in the US issued tracks from MacMaster’s first two indie cassettes as ‘A Compilation’. MacMaster has also become an in-demand session player and side-man on tours and her fiddling has also been heard on TV for both Tim Horton Donuts and General Motors Pontiac commercials. MacMaster’s follow-up album for Warner Music was 1998’s ‘My Roots Are Showing’. It was recorded at Lakewind Sound Studios, Point Aconi, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia in December 1997 and produced by MacMaster herself. Her latest CD, ‘In My Hands’, came out in August 1999 and included “Get Me Through December”, a duet with bluegrass phenomenon Alison Krauss. In November of the same year, she and guitarist Jesse Cook won a Gemini (Canadian TV) Award for “Best Performance or Host in a Variety Program or Series” for their duet on the 1999 JUNO Award broadcast.

Fiddle & Bow (Warner)
1996 The Drunken Piper (Warner)
1997 Catharsis (Warner)
1999 Get Me Through December [featuring ALISON KRAUSS] [3 mixes] (Warner)
2000 In My Hands (Rounder) CDPR-1175P

Four On the Floor [cassette] (Astro) CC-4979
1993 Fit As A Fiddle (MacMaster) CD-16260
1996 No Boundaries (Warner Music) CD-15697
1998 My Roots Are Showing (Warner) CD- 22715
1999 In My Hands (Warner) 2 28398
2002 Live (Rounder – US) 617048
2003 Blueprint (Vik./BMG) 82876-56971-2
2006 Yours Truly (Rounder – US) 617065
2019 Sketches (Linus) 270431

Road To The Isle [cassette] (Astro) ACC-49290

One (independent) 03057
2016 A Celtic Family Christmas (Linus) 270245

Compilation Tracks
“Catharsis” on ‘Celtic Tides – A Musical Odyssey’ (Putumayo World Music) PUTU-141-2
1999 “In My Hands (Album Version Edit)” on ‘Women & Songs 3′(WEA) WTVD-38141

“Fingal’s Cave” on ‘Fire In the Kitchen’ (Wicklow – UK) 663133

Born: Kevin Scott MacMichael on November 7, 1951 in Halifax, NS
Died: December 31, 2002 in Halifax, NS
MacMichael was born in New Brunswick and raised in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. He gained some east coast notoriety with the band Chalice and then joined Eric McDow’s Beatles tribute band Spice. In the early 1980s he was part of the Halifax band, Fast Forward (not to be confused with the Ian Lloyd/Bruce Fairbairn project of the same name). Fast Forward toured with British band The Drivers in Canada. Dallcorte Records’ had signed The Drivers but upon release of the The Drivers’ radio hit “Tears On My Anarak”, Leonard Rosenberg’s GreyMac Development Corporation, who was an investor in Dallcorte, had its assets frozen and was forced into bankruptcy after the Ontario Government halted a controversial condominium sale. This left The Drivers stranded in Canada and their career in limbo. The band’s guitarist, Nick Van Eede, hooked up with Kevin MacMichael to write some songs. They then demoed the tracks with Terry Brown, who had produced The Drivers’ debut album, in Toronto and Van Eede soon convinced MacMichael to move to England and start up a new band. In 1985 that band was The Cutting Crew — also featuring Colin Farley (bass) and Martin Beedle (drums) – who were signed to Virgin Records in September 1985 upon the strength of Eede’s and MacMichael’s songwriting. They then called upon Terry Brown in 1986, once again, to produce their first album in New York called ‘Broadcast’ which managed to spawn Virgin Records’ first two US hit singles: “(I Just Died) In Your Arms Tonight” and “I’ve Been In Love Before” plus a third charting single in “One For The Mocking Bird”. They subsequently received a Grammy nomination in 1987. The sophomore release, ‘The Scattering’, was released in early 1989. Its lead single, “(Between a) Rock And a Hard Place,” failed to crack the Top 40. However, they did manage a noteworthy U.S. Adult Contemporary hit with “Everything But My Pride” managing to reach No.4 on the chart – lasting 22 weeks in the Top50. The next single in 1990, “The Last Thing”, hit No.17 on the A/C charts which would be their final hit. Cutting Crew’s third album, ‘Compus Mentus’, was released in 1992, failed to chart and the band split up following a short tour in 1993. MacMichael then joined forces with Led Zeppelin’s Robert Plant, composing songs and playing on Plant’s ‘Fate of Nations’ album. After nine years in the UK, MacMichael returned to Nova Scotia where he collaborated with several number of Canadian artists including Chris Colepaugh & The Cosmic Crew, The Rankin Family and Sons Of Maxwell; MacMichael died of lung cancer on New Year’s Eve 2002 at his home in Nova Scotia at the age of 51. [also see SPICE (2)]

1986 (I Just Died) In Your Arms Tonight/For the Longest Time (Siren/Virgin) VS-1341
1987 One For The Mockingbird/Mirror and Blade (Live) (Siren/Virgin) VS-1385
1987 I’ve Been In Love Before/Life In a Dangerous Time (Siren/Virgin) VS-1394
1987 Any Colour/Fear of Falling (Siren – UK) SRN-47
1989 (Between A) Rock and a Hard Place/Card House (Siren/Virgin) VS-1490
1990 The Scattering/Christian (Siren – UK) SRN-118
1990 Everything But My Pride/Big Noise (Siren – UK) SRN-122
1992 If That’s the Way You Want It/Been In Luv ’92 (Virgin) REWS-1

29 Palms/21 Years (Fontana) FATE-1
1993 I Believe/Great Spirit (Acoustic Mix) (Fontana) FATE-2
Calling (Fontana) FATE-3
1993 If I Were a Carpenter/I Believe (Fontana) FATE-4

1986 Broadcast (Siren/Virgin) VL-2363
1989 The Scattering (Siren/Virgin) VL-3053
1992 Compus Mentus (Siren/Virgin) 7846212

1993 Fate of Nations (Fontana) 514867

Compilation Tracks
“(I Just Died) In Your Arms” on ‘Hit After Hit’ (PolyTel) 816-498
1987 “(I Just Died) In Your Arms” on ‘This Is Music 2’ (Quality) QRSP-1056
1998 “(I Just Died) In Your Arms” on ‘Rare & Brilliant: Retro 80’s Volume 2’ (EMI) 97801

MacNEIL, Rita
Born: May 28, 1944 in Big Pond, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia
Died: April 16, 2013
Cape Breton native Rita MacNeil began making music since 1971, when she wrote her first song. At seventeen, Rita MacNeil moved to Toronto, married, and had two children. Divorced in 1978, she moved to Ottawa, where she scrubbed floors for a living. She later returned to Big Pond where she formed a trio. Her big break came at Expo 86 in Vancouver where she played at the Canadian Pavilion for a six-week run. She recorded her first album, ‘Born a Woman’, in 1975, the first of three recorded independently. Her major label debut came in 1987 with ‘Flying On Her Own’ on Virgin Records. Her accomplishments are many: She is the only female singer ever to have three albums in Australia’s Top 100 in the same year. In 1990 she sold more records in Canada than Garth Brooks and Clint Black. In 1991 she was invited to play at Royal Albert Hall in London, England. In 1992 she was named a member of the Order of Canada by Governor-General Ray Hnatyshyn. MacNeil hosted her own CBC Television variety show, ‘Rita and Friends’, from 1994 to 1997. The show won a Gemini Award in 1996. MacNeil wrote her memoirs entitled ‘On a Personal Note’ with Anne Simpson in 1998. A music-based play based on her life entitled ‘Flying On Her Own’ premiered at Live Bait Theatre in Sackville, New Brunswick in 2000. The play also had a subsequent production mounted at the Neptune Theatre in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 2002. MacNeil released several new albums in – ‘Common Dream’ and ‘Late December’ in 2002 and ‘Blue Roses’ in 2004. She was awarded the Order of Nova Scotia in 2005. She then released ‘Songs My Mother Loved’ in 2006, ‘Pocket Full of Dreams’ in 2008 and ‘The Spirit of Christmas’ in 2010. In November–December 2012 MacNeil planned to accompany pianist Frank “Music Box Dancer” Mills on a national tour leading up to Christmas that year. Besides her music, MacNeil was proprietor of Rita’s Tea Room in Big Pond, Nova Scotia now a popular Cape Breton Island tourist attraction; MacNeil died April 16, 2013 due to complications following surgery.

1987 Flying On Your Own/[same] (Lupins/Virgin) RMS-101
1987 Used to You/She’s Called Nova Scotia (Lupins/Virgin) RMS-102
1987 Fast Train to Tokyo/Leave Her Memory (Lupins/Virgin) RMS-103
1987 Christmas [4 song EP] (Lupins/Virgin) RMS-104
1988 Working Man/Sound Your Own Horn (Lupins/Virgin) RMS-106
1988 Walk On Through (Edit)/Walk On Through (Lupins/Virgin) VJD-107
1988 Now Rings the Bell/Christmas At Home (Lupins/Virgin) RMS-108
Reason To Believe/Good Friends (Lupins/Virgin) RMS-109
1989 We’ll Reach the Sky Tonight/ I’ll Accept the Rose (Lupins/Virgin) RMS-111
1990 Crazy Love/She’s Called Nova Scotia (Interfusion – AUSTRALIA) PR-9110
1990 When Love Surrounded You and I (Lupins/Virgin)
1990 Why Do I Think of You Today (Lupins/Virgin)
1990 You Taught Me Well (Lupins/Virgin)
1991 Watch Love Grow Strong (Lupins/Virgin)
1991 Call Me and I’ll Be There (Lupins/Virgin)
1991 Leave Her Memory/When the Lovin’ Is Through (Polydor – UK) PO-143
1992 Bring It On Home to Me (Lupins)
1993 Shining Strong (Lupins)
1995 Steal Me Away (Luprock)
1995 Rolling Thunder (Luprock)

1975 Born A Woman (Boot) BOS-7154
1981 Part of the Mystery (Big Pond) SR-58
1982 Cape Breton Night At The Cohn (Big Pond)
1983 I’m Not What I Seem (University College of Cape Breton Press) UCCBP-1006
1987 Flying On Your Own (Lupins) RM-1001
1988 Reason To Believe (Virgin) RM-2001
1989 Now The Bells Ring (Lupins) RM-3001
1989 Rita (Lupins/Virgin) RM-4001
1990 Home I’ll Be: Songs of Home (Lupins/Virgin) RM-5001
1992 Thinking of You (Lupins/Virgin) RM-6001
1993 Once Upon A Christmas (Lupins/Virgin) RMCD-7001
1993 Working Man: The Best of Rita MacNeil (Polydor – UK) 517-861
1994 Volume 1: Songs From the Collection
1995 Porch Songs (Luprock)
1996 Joyful Sounds (Luprock)
1997 Music of a Thousand Nights (Luprock)
1998 Full Circle (Luprock)
1999 A Night at the Orpheum (Luprock)
2000 Mining the Soul (Luprock)
2002 Late December (Luprock) 70012
2002 Common Dream (Luprock)
2004 The Ultimate Collection
2004 Blue Roses (Luprock) 70013
2006 Songs My Mother Loved (Luprock)
2006 High Power: The Songs of Praise (Luprock)
2008 Pocket Full of Dreams (Luprock)
2010 The Spirit of Christmas (Luprock)
2012 Saving Grace (eOne Music) Big Pond 2012

Compilation Tracks
“Flying On Your Own” on ‘Canadian Gold’ (Quality) QRPS-1061
1995 “Walk On Through” on ‘In Between Dances (Canadian Artists In Aid Of Breast Cancer Research)’ (Attic) ACD-1431
1996 “Flying On Your Own” on ‘Oh What a Feeling: A Vital Collection of Canadian Music (MCA) JUNO-25

“Come By the Hills” on ‘Fire In the Kitchen’ (Wicklow – UK) 663133

MacRAE, Alan
Former guitarist for early 1960s folk act The Chanteclairs. Following the band’s demise, he pursued a solo career. [also see THE CHANTECLAIRS]

Company Town/Give Me Land (Boot) BT-097

The Songs of Alan MacRae (CTL) CTL-5123
Mr. Troubadour [re-issue] (Dominion/CTL) LPS-93506

Eric Sooster (bass) / Ross Wooldridge (tenor sax, vocals) / Art Avalos (percussion) / Liz Soderberg (lead vocals) / Brad Watcher (drums, vocals) / Joe Allossery (keyboards, vocals) / Brian Allossery (guitar, vocals)
From Toronto, Ontario

Paint Me a Picture (Want To Live My Life)/Broken Hearts (Quantum) QRS-89003
Stop And Look/Looking For A Way Out (Quantum/Electric) QRS-89004

Plaiditude (Quantum/Electric) QR-88002
1989 Mad About Plaid (Quantum/Electric) QR-89003
1995 Free Range Humans (Quantum) QC-95015

MAD, The [see M.A.D. (Mutually Assured Destruction)]

Michel Gatignol (vocals) / Roger Boudreault (guitar) / Jacques Marchand (guitar; 1982-195) / Michel Dinardo (percussion, 1991-1995) / Gilles Leblanc (bass; 1985-1986) / Robert Pelletier (percussion; 1985-1986) / Michel Smith (keyboards; 1985-1986)
Formed in Alma, Québec at the end of 1982 by Michel Gatignol, Jacques Marchand and Roger Boudreau, Madame moved to Montreal the following year and reached the finals of the ‘L’empires des futures stars’ organized by radio station CKOI-FM . Having recruited three other musicians, Madame played Rideau in May 1985. The song “On veut pas payer” was released from their self-titled debut album and allowed then to tour of Québec. Madame won the ADISQ 1986 Felix Award for ‘Francophone Group of the Year’. Boudreau, Gatignol and Marchand continued on as a trio and released the album ‘Eldorado’ in 1987 which featured two singles “Propriétaire” and “Tous les jours” and won the Felix Award for ‘Francophone Group of the Year’ in 1988. After touring in 1990 Madame recorded their next album, “Weke!”, in 1991. They participated in the Francofolies in Montreal that year followed by La Rochelle in the summer of 1992. After the release of the album “Le beau pays” in 1994, Madame toured for a year before the departure of Jacques Marchand. After being chosen to do a French adaptation of the song “Mini, Mini, Mini” for a commercial by the Cooper car company, the new duo released ‘Madame sing Dutronc’ in the fall of 1997 – an album of songs devoted to the 1960’s French singer.

Hello/Hello (Instrumentale) (Hello) HLO-101
1986 Frole-frole/Avoue (Hello) HLO-103
1986 Frole-frole/Bonsai/Hello [12”] (Hello) HLO-12-103
1987 Nord-sud/Tous les jours (Hello) HLO-202
1987 La Grand Sommeil/La Grand Sommeil (Instrumentale) (Hello) HLO-204
1988 On veut pas payer/Qu est passe Roger? (Hello) HLO-250
1988 Propriétaire/Nord-sud (Vogue -France) VOG10-2290

Mme (Hello) HLO-1000
1987 Eldorado (Hello) HLO-2000
1991 Wéké! (Hello) HLOCD-3000
1994 Le Beau pays (Kebec) KDC-683
1997 Madame chante Dutronc (BMG) 53484

Bobby Blake
(lead vocals) / Grant Fullerton (guitar, lead vocals) / Brad MacDonald (keyboards, vocals) / John Erdman (bass) / Glen Gratto (drums, vocals) / Clarence Greer (bass; replaced Erdman)
After the collapse of Fullerton Dam, Grant Fullerton and Brad MacDonald formed Madcats in 1977 featuring Bobby Blake on lead vocals (Mike McKenna Band). They were signed to Skyline Records and their self-titled debut was released, with a very risque front cover of a straight-jacketed woman in a cage, in 1978 through Quality Records. The album was picked up by Buddah/Arista for the US in 1979 and the cover art was altered so that a similar photo of the straight-jacketed woman was not caged. The record failed to ignite the US market and the band was dropped. Domenic Troiano’s Freedom label picked up the band for their second album, ‘Streetgame’, which was released in 1981. By this time bassist John Erdman had been replaced by Clarence Greer. The band was able to do some moderately successful touring but split up as the ’80s wore on; Glen Gratto died August 31, 2021. with notes from Brad MacDonald. [also see GRANT FULLERTON]

1978 Too Late For Love Side/Take All The Love (Skyline/Quality) SKY-019
1978 We Can Get The Feelin’/Freewheelin'(Skyline/Quality) SKY-020
1979 Woman’s Got The Power Over Me/I’m Not A Free Man (Skyline/Quality) SKY-023
1980 Summer In The City/I Like It (Quality) Q-2377
1981 Call It Quits/Young Man’s World (Freedom) FR-45-008

1978 Madcats (Skyline/Quality) SKY-10166
1981 Streetgames (Freedom) FR-004

Jason Taylor
(guitar, vocals) / Alison McLean (drums, vocals) / Simon Bedford-James (guitar, vocals) / John Bowker (bass) / Scott Fairbrother (bass; replaced Bowker) / Frank Guidoccio (bass; Fairbrother) / Chris Sytnyk (bass; replaced Guidoccio) / Justin McWilliams (lead guitar; replaced Bedford-James)
MAdE formed out of the remnants of several Toronto area bands. Simon Bedford-James had been in Moving Targetz, Swedish Fish and his own group Simon Truth And The Last Band. With former Last Band alumni John Bowker (Daughaus) and Jason Taylor, they found the drum skills of Queen Street fixture Alison McLean. Following their debut in Toronto clubs in 1994, Made, started the rumble that they were the next-big-thing. They issued an independent cassette shortly thereafter, produced by Dale Morningstar (Dinner Is Ruined) called ‘Rumball’ that added fuel to the critical fire. As a means to continue their momentum they played a showcase gig at Canada Music Week in Toronto to continue the buzz. A full length cassette called ‘Big Bother’ followed with a cover version of Slade’s “Cum On Feel The Noize”. With some serious overtures brewing within the music industry, Alison McLean called her brother, James (manager for Doughboys Voivod), who felt the band was finally ready for the big leagues. They had a minor setback with the departure of John Bowker who, and with studio time booked, a quick replacement was found in Scott Fairbrother. The band begin a seven week stint recording at Tom Treumuth’s Hypnotic Studios where the studio’s owner had fallen ill leaving these kids running the candy store. Some would find it insane to leave a band with no label, no manager, and two producers free to navigate a recording studio, and despite the ability to tinker without A & R or the clock ticking, the band was stuck with a $25,000 bill. The band began to panic over the debt because most of the labels heard the recordings as merely demos of tunes that would have to be refined in a bigger, more lavish studio. However, the results were enough to impress Universal Records into fronting enough cash to properly remix the bedtracks, at which time it was decided that Fairbrother would be let go and Frank Guidoccio would be brought in. Universal released the band’s debut CD, ‘Bedazzler’, in February 1997. The success of the album’s first single/video “Hairdown” led to extensive tours with the likes of Dinosaur Jr., Pluto and Chixdiggit. Made were able to parlay that into unexpected sales in Québec. Bedford-James left the band shortly after and has since reunited his 1980s outfit Swedish Fish. MAdE carried on for one more album before calling it quits; Simon-Bedford James would reform is old band Swedish Fish from 2006 until 2016. In 2018 he formed Mr! Mouray. With notes from Simon Bedford-James and Jason Taylor.

Hairdown (MCA/Universal)
1997 Joanne (Universal) MCADS -97152

Rumball [cassette] (MAdE)
1994 Big Bother [cassette] (MAdE)
1996 Limbo E.P. [5-song EP] (MAdE)
1996 Bedazzler (MCA/Universal) MCASD-81025
2000 Television Heart (Kazillion) 769742195-2

Jim Ledgerwood (guitar, bass pedals, lead vocals) / Gary Stanhope (drums, vocals)
Duo from Halifax, Nova Scotia that recorded with assistance from keyboardist Kurt Haughn, guitarist Kevin MacMichael (Cutting Crew), and Pam Marsh (Figgy Duff).

Crying Once Again/Only Memories (Shiddy) WRC-451

Cymbolic (Solar) SAR-3005

Richard Carstens (guitar, vocals) / Mike Andrechuk (guitar) / Dave O’Sullivan (drums) / Brendan Cavin (bass) / Tony Jarvis (bass)
Following the break-up of The Wayouts, Andrechuck  co-founded Madhouse with Carstens; Carstens went into soundtrack work and scored the sequel to the ’80s era movie ‘Not Dead Yet’; Cavin joined Station Twang and, later, The Plasterscene Replicas. with notes from Gerry Smith.

Writing on Benzedrine/Don’t Call Me A Freak Anymore (Madhouse)

Compilation Tracks
“Arrowhead, Ain’t That Funny (About Love)” and “Road To Glory” on ‘Questionable (Jonestown ) JR-001

Belvy Klein [Belvy Camillus] / Richard Ragany
Featuring former Red Autumn Fall guitarist Richard Ragany, and former 7 Seconds and Tuuli member Belvy Klein; Ragany would head to the UK and go on to join The The Loyalties, Role Models, and his own band Rich Ragany & The Digressions.

Last Train/Die Alone [7″] (Good Time Folk – UK) GTF-001S

Lost In Photos [3-song EP] (Madison Strays)
2005 Madison Strays [6-song EP] (Madison Strays)

John Swainson (guitar, bass, vocals) / Rick Henderson (guitar, vocals) / Peter Boynton (piano, organ, bass, keys, vocals)  / Don Simpson (drums, vocals) / Bill Dillon (guitar; replaced Henderson)
Madrigal formed in 1968 during the members’ days at Willowdale Junior High School north of Toronto. They had been spotted by Greg Hambleton, owner of Tuesday Records, and he had them re-record his song “I Believe In Sunshine” in 1970 (which A Passing Fancy had also recorded). The track reached the Canadian Top20 and spent six weeks riding the Top40. The song was part of their debut album ‘Sunshine And Baked Beans’. The follow up single was 1971’s “Hallelujah” which didn’t appear on the album. The band broke up in 1973 but reunited with a different line-up in 1975 but that too was short lived. Peter Boynton went on to join Red Rider with Tom Cochrane; Rick Henderson now runs his own electronics store with his brother Marcus in Dunnville, Ontario; Dillon became a top session player; the band’s album was re-issued on CD by Axe in 2015. with notes from Don Simpson and Greg Hambleton.

1970 I Believe In Sunshine/Lady (Tuesday) GH-102X
1971 Hallelujah/Freedom (Tuesday) GH-111X

1970 Sunshine And Baked Beans (Tuesday)  GHL-1002
1970 Madrigal (SSS International – US) SSS-18
2016 Sunshine [CD re-issue] (Axe) A-538

Born: Wesley Williams on March 31, 1968
Wes Williams is the son of Guyanese parents who grew up in the former City of Scarborough, Ontario. At age seven he was writing poetry and at age eleven he was rapping with influences from New York rap acts like Grandmaster Flash and Kurtis Blow. As Melody MC in 1979, Williams entered a rap festival sponsored by radio station CKLN in 1983. With fellow rapper Ebony MC (Marlon Bruce) they formed the Vision Crew and played around Toronto until 1987. 1988 Williams adopted the name Maestro Fresh-Wes and recorded his independent demo ‘You Can’t Stop Us Now’. This was followed by ‘I’m Showin’ You’ with DJ LTD (Alva Swaby). With the addition of Farley Flex, Maestro and DJ LTD recorded “Let Your Backbone Slide” in 1989. He attended the annual New Music Seminar in New York City and walked away with a record deal through the independent label LMR Records (Lefrak-Moelis). Upon his return to Toronto, Attic Records agreed to distribute the imprint in Canada. His debut album, ‘Symphony In Effect’, sold in excess of 200,000 copies in Canada. Maestro became the first rapper to ever perform on the annual JUNO Awards telecast. In 1991 he won two JUNO Awards, including ‘Rap Recording of the Year’. Three MuchMusic Video Awards soon followed. He was named most popular performer of the year in 1991 by the Toronto Student Councils and became their role model in Toronto Mayor Art Eggleton’s ‘Task Force Against Drugs’. Following the release of 1991’s ‘The Black Tie Affair’ album, Maestro realized that the debilitating restrictions of Canadian radio was preventing him from reaching the masses and so, with a reciprocal distribution deal via Polydor in the US he began tackling the US market in 1992 and eventually moving to Brooklyn, New York to push his ‘Naaah, Dis Kid Can’t Be From Canada?!!’ After the commercial failure of that album, he laid low for the better part of four years, finally returning in late 1998 with the well-received ‘Built To Last’. The album featured a slew of guest artists, including Ghetto Concept, Michie Mee, Snow, Carla Marshal, and Glenn Lewis. The debut single, “Stick To Your Vision”, was built around a sample of The Guess Who’s “These Eyes”. The follow-up single was also a modest video hit called “416/905 (T.O. Party Anthem)”. In 2000, the album ‘Ever Since’ was released and featured the single “Bustin Loose” featuring a team up with Kardinal Offishall. In 2005, Maestro crossed over radio genres when he did a cover of Gowan’s 1985 hit “A Criminal Mind” which featured additional vocals by rapper Infinite along with sampled vocals by Gowan. Lawrence Gowan appearrf in the video and Maestro would duet with Gowan at the 2006 Canadian Urban Music Awards. Also that year, Maestro teamed up with Rochester AKA Juice in The Dope Poet Society for a performance in Cannes, France who as the first Canadian Hip Hop act to showcase at the annual Midem Conference. The same year Maestro was inducted into the Scarborough Walk of Fame. In 2012, Maestro released new material on the EP ‘Black Tuxedo’. Maestro’s 7th studio album was released in 2013 entitled ‘Orchestrated Noise’ and featured appearances by Sam Roberts, The Trews, opera singer Measha Brueggergosman and rapper Saukrates; Maestro has also appeared on albums by Kish, Classified and Da Grassroots.

1989 Let Your Backbone Slide [12″] (independent)
1990 Let Your Backbone Slide (Remix) (LMR/Attic)  ATT-2005
1990 Drop the Needle (LMR/Attic) ATT-2009
1990 Private Symphony (LMR/Attic)
1990 Don’t Play SHARE-AIDS [w/D-SHAN] (LMR/Attic)
1990 Louie Louie [from the ‘Coupe De Ville’ Soundtrack] (Cypress) CTI-1200
1991 Conductin’ Thangs (LMR/Attic)  WES-91
1991 Nothing At All (LMR/Attic)
1992 Another Funky Break (From My Pap’s Crate)/On the Jazz Tip (Polydor – US)
1992 Bring It On (Censored)/Bring It On (Showbiz Remix) (Polydor) CDP-701
1993 It’s On the Mike Mechanism (LMS/Attic)
1993 Fine Tune Da Mic/Make It For The Ruff/Dat’s My Nigga (LMS/Attic) LMS-1202
1994 Certs Wid Out Da Retsyn/I’m Drinkin’ Milk Now (LMS/Attic) LMS-1203
1994 How Many Styles/Party To Da East Part 2 (LMS/Attic) LMS-1204
1996 Death Ministry/Pushin’ Wiggz Back [12”] (Maestro) MR-0011
1998 Clap Ya Handz/Turn It Out/Trigonometry [12″] (Attic) ATTP-9803
1998 Stick To Your Vision [12”] (Attic)  ATTP-9804
1998 Holy Water/The Visine [12″] (Attic) ATTP-9805
1999 416/905 (T.O. Party Anthem) (Song/Oasis)
2000 Poppa ‘Stro/ Maestro – Glycerine/Ever Since [12”] (Song) ATTP-2013
2004 God Bless Da Child
2006 Heat Seekerz (Myagi Mix)/Heat Seekerz (Lucas Hart Mix) [12”] (Punk Phunk – UK) PPR-010


1988 You Can’t Stop Us Now (independent)
1989 Symphony In Effect (LMR/Attic)  LAT-1272
1991 The Black Tie Affair (LMR/Attic)  ACD-1312
1992 Maestro Zone [EP] (LMR/Attic)  ACD-1337
1994 Naaah, Dis Kid Can’t Be From Canada?!! (Attic) ACD-1397
1998 Built To Last (Attic) ACD-1518
2000 Ever Since (Song/Oasis) SONG-20042
2005 Urban Landmark 1989–2005 (Orange) ORNG-00012
2012 Black Tuxedo [EP]
2013 Orchestrated Noise (Fontana North) FNCD-5590
2017 Coach Fresh (Fontana North) FNCD-5973
2019 Champagne Campaign (Fontana North) FNCD-6059

Compilation Tracks
“Let Your Backbone Slide” on ‘Caught In the Attic’ [3CDs] (Attic) ATTIC-XX
1996 “Let Your Backbone Slide” on ‘Oh What a Feeling: A Vital Collection of Canadian Music (MCA) JUNO-25
1998 “Let Your Backbone Slide” on ‘Attic Records Limited Twenty5’ [4CDs] ATTIC-25

Frank Rondell (vocals) / Rita Rondell (vocals, guitar) / Paul Benton (keys) / Brian Kirkwood (bass) / Wade Brown (guitars) / Sonny J. Milne (drums)
Hamilton, Ontario brother and sister team of Frank & Rita Rondell performed light showtunes and alternating psychedelia. Many of the songs were composed by Frank Rondell and Alex MacDougall (Bond, Crowbar) and landed them a deal with Columbia Records in 1970. Following Magic Bubble’s demise, Rita Rondell (aka Marcus) would join Battle Axe, and Ronnie Hawkins And The Hawks before growing tired of the Canadian music scene and the limitations of a female guitarist in Canada. She headed to Italy for five years. Upon returning to Canada she launched a successful solo career as blues guitarist Rita Chiarelli; Frank Rondell would join Custer’s Last Band before going solo to record for the Roto Noto label and in recent years has toured on his own in a “Tribute To Ray Charles” revue. with notes from Richard Smith. [also see RITA CHIARELLI, FRANK RONDELL]

1970 I’m Alive/Sunshine Man (Columbia) C4-2980
1971 Whiskey Fire/Circles (Columbia) C4-3004
1971 Who Turned The World Around/Ohio And Sun (Columbia) C4-3030

1970 The Magic Bubble (Columbia) ES-90038

Paul Craig [aka Paul Clinch] (rhythm guitar, vocals) / Stan Theriault (lead guitar, vocals) / Al Santalucia / Joey Rome [aka Joey Dinardo] (bass, vocals) / Kevin Barry (drums, vocals) / Pete Young (guitar) / Peter Goodale (vocals, organ)
In 1966 Paul Clinch, Stan Theriault and Al Santalucia formed the Canadian Dell Tones but soon changed their name for the release of their first single in 1967, “Let’s Run Away” on Red Leaf Records. This was followed by “Give Me The Right” but failing any significant chart action they moved over to Ben McPeek’s Giant Records for the song “Doctor Lollipop” which made it to No.68 on the Canadian charts. Several years passed of struggling on the circuit and after releasing the “Groovy Things” single in the Fall of 1969, they decided to augment their sound with keyboards and brought in Goodale. They also left the Fingerprint label. By this time, the musical climate was changing – bands were simplifying their names and so, in 1970, The Magic Cycle became The Cycle and signed with Tamarac Records which was being run by former Red Leaf owner Stan Klees (co-editor of RPM Magazine). More struggling occurred over 3 years with a series of singles and and two LPs before splitting up in 1974. Clinch would continue on with Choya in 1976 and continued a solo career until his death in 1988; Joey Rome [aka Dinardo] would join Abraham’s Children; Goodale joined Surrender. with notes from Sebastian Agnello.

1966 Let’s Run Away/Halfway To Heaven (Red Leaf) TTM-633
1967 Give Me The Right/It Was You (Red Leaf) TTM-637
1968 Doctor Lollipop/Where Were You When I Needed You (Giant) GR-904
1969 Groovy Things/It’s A Sunny Day (Fingerprint/GRT) FP-101

Ron Nelson
(guitar, lead vocals, percussion, synths) / Maddy Schenkel (lead vocals, keyboards, violin, guitar)
Magic Dragon was a minimalist synth pop act from Montreal featuring Ron Nelson and Maddy Schenkel. They released a 6 song EP entitled ‘Emotional Landscape’ in 1981. By 1983 the duo had changed their name to Courage of Lassie and used songs from the EP for their independent debut cassette ‘Threshold of Hearing’ in 1984. [also see COURAGE OF LASSIE]

1981 Emotional Landscape [6 song 12” EP] (Friends) PFRQQ-II

Neil MacIver / Frank Phillet
Based in Edmonton, Alberta, songwriter/musicians MacIver and Phillet teamed up musically in 1969 and professionally in 1970 with an original score and live performance of Bertolt Brecht’s ‘The Caucasian Chalk Circle’ under commission by the University of Alberta. In 1971 they created another original score for the play ‘Up Against the Wall Oedipus’ by Marshall McLuhan-colleague Wilfred Watson followed as well as two commissioned symphonic pieces for the University of Alberta Symphony Orchestra. Beginning in 1972, the duo began composing incidental music for radio and theatre which included a thirteen part radio series for CKUA called ‘Man And His Music’. As songwriters they finally grabbed the attention of fledgling label Attic Records in 1974 for two 7″ single releases in 1975. “Someone Like You” broke Top 20 on the RPM Adult Contemporary Singles chart in August 1975 but their second single failed to chart. Frustrated by a lack of commercial success, they found other jobs and other outlets for their musical talents and re-convened in 1979 to create their own First International Records label that allowed them to put out 7″ singles as desired. In 1995 they reworked the 1980s material and released it as a CD called ‘Dark To Light’ on Century II Records. To mark more than 35 years together as musical partners, the duo released a retrospective of recordings from 1969 to 1996 called ‘Not For Everyone’ in 2007 which featured a new single released to radio entitled “Just A Passionate Guy”. Despite constant rejection by record labels, they have written two songs that were Canadian Top10 charted songs for others – “Carry On” (by Cliff & Anne Edwards in 1976) and “Baby Pictures” (by Chris Neilson in 1977). As well, Magic Music has won artist grants from the Canada Council and Ontario Arts Council commissions for theatre and radio. They have also performed across Canada including appearances at Man And His World, the Hotel Iroquois, George’s and Grossman’s in Toronto, and every university and college between Montreal and Victoria – including MoMo Latino’s Striptease And Bar. In 2011 Magic Music announced that they are working on a new studio album with engineer Jerry Woolsey.

1975 Someone Like You/Message of Love (Attic) AT-108
1975 Love Oh Love What a Feeling/In Love Forever (Attic) AT-122
1979 You Don’t Remember Me (But That’s All Right)/Never Stop Lovin’ Me (First International) FI-1004
1983 Carry On/Tu’n te souvenirs pas de moi (First International) FI-1005
1984 Females on My Mind/Lay Me Down (First International) FI-1006
1984 Half Told Lies/It’s Just My Foolish Hear//Love At Last/Victim of Love (First International) FI-1007
1987 Lifeforce; Deathforce/On A Stairway To The Stars//Under Another Moon/Friday Night At The Bookclub (First International) FI-1008
2007 Just A Passionate Guy (First International)

1995 Dark To Light (Century II)
2007 Not For Everyone (First International)


Finny McConnell (lead vocals, guitar, banjo) / Owen Warnica (bass, guitar, backing vocals) / Mauro Sepe (drums, percussion, backing vocals) / Dave Allen (violin, mandolin, backing vocals) / Andrew Brown (whistle, accordion, backing vocals) / Joe Chithalen (bass, backing vocals) / Domenic Whelan (drums, vocals; 2001-present) / Katie “Kaboom” McConnell (accordion, vocals) / Sean Winter (banjo, mandolin, harmonica) / Paul Mancuso (bass, backing vocals)
Originally formed as a one-off St. Patrick’s Day party band in 1990 in Kingston, Ontario by Finny McConnell, the group received such a warm reception by friends and colleagues that he decided to pursue the act as a full-time concern. The Mahones’ first two CDs were independent productions but their third album, ‘The Hellfire Club Sessions’, was produced by Tragically Hip’s Johnny Fay and released on True North Records. While touring the album, bassist Joe Chithalen accidentally ingested food containing peanuts, to which he was allergic, and died shortly after a Mahones show in Amsterdam; The Mahones
have become an internationally successful Celtic punk act based in Toronto, Ontario. They’ve toured with the likes of The Pogues, Billy Bragg, Agnostic Front, The Dropkick Murphys, DOA, UK Subs among many others and were honoured with a tribute album in 2011 featuring 20 international acts. The band’s songs have become so popular they’ve been receiving major placements in Hollywood films including ‘Dog Park’, ‘The Fighter’, ‘Celtic Pride’ and ‘Ecstasy’.

100 Bucks (Everything Must Go)
1997 Rise Again (Everything Must Go)
1999 When It Comes Around (True North)
1999 This Old Town (True North)
2001 One Last Shot (True North)
2006 A Little Bit of Love [w/Damhnait Doyle]
2010 Give It All Ya Got
2011 A Great Night on the Lash

Draggin’ the Days (Kinetic) KRD-918
1996 Rise Again (Everything Must Go/MCA) EMGSD-75002
1999 The Hellfire Club Sessions (True North) TND-178
2000 Live At the Horseshoe
2001 Here Comes Lucky (True North) TND-231
2002 Paint the Town Red (True North) TND-305
2006 Take No Prisoners
2008 Irish Punk Collection (Stump) STUM-20
2011 Black Irish

Compilation Tracks
“Across the U.S.A.” on ‘New Stuff Six’ (MMS) NSCD-006
1995 “Back Home” on ‘KOMP V March ’95’ (Kinetic) KRK-5
2004 “Queen and Tequila” and “Drunken Lazy Bastard” on ‘Shite ‘n’ Onions Volume 1′ (Omnium – US) OMM-2036
2007 “Nancy Whiskey” on ‘Almost St. Patrick’s Day: Irish Punk Compilation’ (Reedo)



Christian Simard (keyboards, vocals) / Michel Vallée (guitar)Jocelyn Julien (guitar) Raymond Roy (drums)
Québec act formed in 1967 who initially backed artists like Pierre Lalonde and Donald Lautrec. They would land a record deal with RCA Records in 1970 and released several singles worth of English language songs translated into French by Christian Simard before changing their name to Morse Code Transmission and eventually just Morse Code. [also see MORSE CODE TRANSMISSION]

Un Grand Amour/Jolie Suzanne (RCA Victor) 57-5037
1970 Le Soleil D’Ete (Show Me Your Hand)/Une Nuit Avec Toi (RCA Victor) 57-5056
1970 Pour L’amour/Tur Le Sauras Demain (RCA Victor) 57-5063

After quitting Direktive 17 and playing with The Andrew Cash Band in late 1986, Andy Maize would hook up with Josh Finlayson to form acoustic duo West Montrose to record a 3-song EP called “Wherever You Go”. It was released on their own independent label called Humble Records. Eventually the addition of other members to their live performances spawned the idea to create a full band which ultimately became The Skydiggers. In 2002, Maize and Finlayson resurrected the song “Wherever You Go” on The Skydiggers’ ‘Bitter Sweet Harmony’ album. [also see DIRECTIVE 17, WEST MONTROSE, SKYDIGGERS]

The History of Forgetting (Latent) LATEX-CD27
2019 Leap Before You Look (AMazing) EAM-001

Dark Hollow (independent) 3JV81 0067 SKYCD03

(1962 – 1965)
Eugene ‘Jay’ Smith (vocals) / Dave Hopping (lead guitar) / John Crone (saxophone) / Jim Oskirko (keyboards) / Bobby Schwab (rhythm guitar) / Orlando Guierri (trombone) / Brian Lucrow (trumpet) / Chris Vickery (bass) / Wes Morris (drums)
Shawne Jackson (vocals) / Jay Jackson (vocals) / Chris Vickery (bass) / John Crone (saxophone) / Orlando Guierri (trombone) / Brian Lucrow (trumpet) / Russ Strathdee (saxophone) / Dave Konvalinka (guitar) / Wes Morris (drums) / Eric Robertson (keyboards) / Bobby Starr (guitar) / / William Cudmore (saxophone) / Fred Keeler (guitar)
This Rhythm ‘n’ Blues/Soul group started out in 1962 as Jay Smith And The Majestics who released the single “Driven From Home” in the Fall of 1964. The single reached #17 on RPM Canadian Content Chart on December 7, 1964 but failed to make the magazine’s main chart. The group became popular on the Southern Ontario circuit but split up briefly when Smith left the group. The remaining band reconvened and tried several singers before discovering Shawne Jackson who had been with Jack Hardin And The Silhouettes and then The Tiaras. Several months later they added her brother, and ex-Pharaohs member, Jay Jackson on additional lead vocals. Fred Keeler was brought in from David Clayton-Thomas And The Shays; Drummer Wes Morris started out in Jon And Lee And The Checkmates; Crone had played with Bobby Kris; Cudmore had been a member of Robbie Lane And The Disciples. This later version of the band released several albums and singles on the ARC Records label. Their version of Arthur Conley’s “Sweet Soul Music” was found on the compilation ‘CTV’s After Four’ while Aretha Franklin’s “Respect” was found on the Yorkville ‘Evolution’ compilation. This version of the group split up in 1969 but have reunited for many successful shows over the last 50 years; Shawne Jackson would later play with The Stone Soul Children alongside future Bush member Prakash John before embarking on a successful solo career in the 1970’s and would marry Domenic Troiano; Starr went on to play with Ronnie Hawkins And The Hawks and Robbie Lane & The Disciples, while his replacement, Dave Konvalinka, would subsequently play with Bobby Kris And The Imperials; Fred Keeler would later form Jericho with Denny Gerrard of The Paupers; Vickery would later join Damage; Robertson would become a top session player for Murray McLauchlan, record several easy listening solo records and did frequent musical arrangements for bands like Klaatu and the CBC; Eugene Smith has had a successful solo career and is based in British Columbia. with notes from John Crone, Rick Oskirko, and Dave Hopping [also see JAY JACKSON, SHAWNE JACKSON, EUGENE SMITH]

1965 Driven From Home/Howlin’ For My Baby (Red Leaf) KXP-1111

1965 Driven From Home/Howlin’ For My Baby (Clip/Aragon/Laurel/Raleigh/Kanaphone) KXP-1111

1966 Respect/Shades Of Orange And Blue (Arc) ARC-1178
1966 No Good To Cry/Love Is Here (Arc) ARC-1179
1968 Hey Joe/Tell Mama (Goodgroove) 5002

1967 Instrumental R & B (Arc) AS-732
1967 Instrumental R & B (Paragon – US) PGS-569
1968 Funky Broadway (Arc) AS-752
1968 Tribute To Otis Redding (Arc) A-770
1968 Here Come Da Judge (Arc) AS-780

Compilation Tracks
“Respect” on ‘Yorkville Evolution’ (Yorkville) YVM-33001
1969 “Sweet Soul Music” on ‘CTV’s After Four Presents The Great Groups’ (Yorkville) YVM-33003

David Lodge (vocals, bass; 1967-1976) / Gail Truscott [nee Selkirk] (keyboards 1968-1972) / Peter Padalino (rhythm guitar) / Rick Riddell (drums) / Fred “Rocky” Howell (lead guitar, vocals) / James Leroy (vocals; replaced Stahlbaum 1976-1979) / Peter Beacock (keyboards; replaced Selkirk) / Keith Stahlbaum (bass; replaced Lodge) / Jack Byrne (drums; replaced Riddell) / Ed Miller (drums; replaced Byrne) / Grant Heywood (drums, vocals; replaced Miller) / Gary Hintz (bass; replaced Leroy) / Ralph Hetke (keyboards; replaced Beacock) / Jack Kalenderian (keyboards) / Brian Tozer (guitar, vocals) / Bobby Becker (keyboards) / Brad Stahlbaum (keyboards; replaced Becker)
In Mid-1967 The Shan-De-Leers was formed at Cambridge, Ontario’s Galt Collegiate Institute as a trio featuring Rocky Howell, Peter Padalino, and Rick Riddell. Following high school, the troop decided to go professional under the management of Larry Shannon, a disc-jockey from a local Kitchener radio station CHYM-AM. They would then switch to manager Dan Mombourquette and added vocalist and bassist David Lodge.Later in 1967 they would sign to 4 Square Records and release the single “Can’t Mend A Broken Heart” giving them a larger local following. In 1968 the band added keyboardist Gail Selkirk. By After asking as far back as 1967 the band finally received permission from the makers of the long running Gene Ahern “Our Boarding House/Major Hoople” comic strip to use the name Major Hoople’s Boarding House. They continued to work the southern Ontario bar circuit from Kitchener to Kingston which helped solidify their first label signing to Much Records in 1970 where they released the non-charting “Lady” single. A move to Polydor later that year allowed them some radio exposure with the song “Beautiful Morning”, but subsequent singles for the label did not phase radio. The band found itself in a frenzy of activity through 1975-1976. The tide finally turned after being signed to Greg Hambleton’s to Axe Records allowing for the release of their first and biggest hit in August 1975 called “I’m Running After You”. After the departure of Dave Lodge and Peter Padalino, they added Keith Sahlbaum (bass), David Gregg (trombone) and David Gooding (saxophone/flute) and loss no time in capitalizing on their new radio success with a tour from Sydney, Nova Scotia to Vancouver, British Columbia and a second hit single “You Girl”. But the group changed its lineup again with the addition of James Leroy (formerly of James Leroy & Denim) and the departure of Gregg and Gooding. The band also truncated its name to Hooples. By the ’80s, the group was being led by Howell and another succession of singles and even performed with the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony in 1982. In 1985 after the release of the ‘New Adventures Of Hooples’ album, the group made the Top-10 on the Adult Contemporary charts in Canada with the Heywood/Lodge penned song “Late Night Invitation” on the Major Records label. The single was also released as a video receiving medium rotation on MuchMusic. Original bass player/singer David Lodge was also working as a songwriter for Peermusic/Southern International during this time and was a co-writer of the international hit by Peter Schilling, “Major Tom”, as well as “Lifetime Guarantee” both from the album ‘Error In The System’. Lodge toured with Hooples in 1985 and 1986 but passed away suddenly at the end of 1986. Hooples then re-grouped in late 1987 with Rocky Howell, Grant Heywood, Gary Hintz and Ralph Hetke. They continued playing festivals, one-nighters and corporate shows into the early 1990’s and then disbanded. In 2008, a new band, under the name The Fossilz, was formed featuring original Hooples members Beacock and Stahlbaum, as well as former Gaslight lead guitarist Brian Tozer, former Trollie drummer John Rankin, and former Eddie & The Edsels drummer/vocalist Ron Duke. In 2010, with the return of Dave Gooding, Ed Miller and the addition of keyboardist Bobby Becker (Yukon), the band returned to using the name Major Hoople’s. The current line-up includes Keith Stahlbaum, Brian Tozer, Dave Gooding, Ed Miller & Brad Stahlbaum. In 2012 the act released two new songs on their own Robot Records as digital files: “Sunnyside” (written by Brian Tozer) and “Sailor” (written by the late James Leroy). The tracks were produced by Michael MacDonald. Heywood carried on with the group Desert Dolphins which had a CD released in 1995 featuring two Top10 hits on the country charts in Canada as well as two CMT released videos; Leroy died from a suicide in 1979 at age 32; Selkirk went into jazz and is the self-proclaimed Songbird of Swing; Rick Riddell passed away October 27, 2013. with notes from Ed Miller, Keith Stahlbaum, Greg Simpson, Nick Busigin, Hope Stone, Brian Tozer, John Rankin, David Gooding and Jim Lyttle . [also see THE SHAN-DE-LEERS]

1970 Lady/Your Kite, My Kite (Much) MS-1004
1970 Beautiful Morning/Love Back (Polydor) 2065-014
1972 Lady Song/She’s Got All Of My Body (Polydor) 2065-075
1973 Everything’s The Same/I Believe In You (Polydor) 2065-155
1973 Face on the Wind/I’m Feeling Fine (RCA/Victor) BCBO-0147
1975 I’m Running After You/Questions In Mind (Axe) AXE-24
1975 You Girl/Barnstormer (Axe) AXE-32
1975 I’ve Got You On My Mind/Magic Of Feeling (Axe) AXE-36
1980 Someone/Loving You (Axe) AXE-59
1981 This Song Reminds Me Of You/Easy (Axe) AXE-62
1982 We Can’t Give Up/Cry Now It’s Over (Axe) AXE-66
1983 You’re Hurtin’ Everyone/Good Morning Sun (Axe) AXE-68

1985 Late-Night Invitation/Meet Me Later (Major) MJ-002
2012 Sunnyside/Sailor [DigiFile] (Robot)

1975 Major Hoople’s Boarding House (Axe)
1981 The Hooples Album (Axe) AXM-1002
1985 The New Adventures Of Hooples (Major) MJA-1001

Compilation Tracks
“I’m Running After You” on ‘Mindbender’ (K-Tel) TC-231
1976 “You Girl” on ‘Powerhouse’ (K-Tel) TC-233

Bob Buckley / Brian Griffiths / Miles Ramsay
Studio production by Bob Buckley (Body Electric, Straight Lines) with Little Mountain Sound studio owners Griffiths and Ramsay for an A & W Root Beer advertising campaign.

Ba-Dum Ba-Dum (Ba-Dum Ba-Dum-Dum)/Do the Bear (Attic) AT-154

Compilation Tracks
“Ba Dum Ba Dum” on ‘Nutty Numbers’ (K-Tel) NC-492
1993 “Ba Dun Ba Dum” on ‘Caught In The Attic’ [3CD] (Attic) ATTIC-XX

Jean-Pierre Taschereau (vocals, guitar) / Jacques Saint-Germain (bass) / Luc Taschereau (drums) / Michael Robichaud (guitar) / Jacques Bazinet (vocals, guitar; replaced Taschereau) / Guy Labossière (organ, guitar) / Claude Charron (organ, guitar; replaced Labossière)
A Yé Yé band from Granby, Québec founded in 1964 as a trio of brothers Jean-Pierre and Luc Taschereau with Jacques Saint-Germain. A few months later Michael Robichaud would joing on guitar. They would call themselves by various names such as Angel’s Rocks, Les Beat Boys, and finally Les Makadams. Jean-Pierre would quit before the end of 1964 and was replaced by Jacques Bazinet as the new lead singer and Guy Labossière adding organ. They decided to change their name to Les Incontestables but would return to Les Makadams after being signed to STOP Records by Pierre Labelle (of Les Baronets fame).
In 1966 they had a minor hit with a French-version of The Beatles’ “Girl,” and TV appearances followed including a regular spot on the Sherbrooke’s CHLT music program ‘Bonsoir Copains’. They would then move to Sonore Records for two more singles. Jean-Pierre Taschereau would eventually return to the band in time for their break up in 1969. with notes from Serge Gingras.


1966 Girl [J’taime]/À la fin des beaux jours (STOP) ST-3507

1966 Le petit clown/Tu dois connaître l’amour (STOP) ST-3517
1967 Lundi, Mardi/Il faut que ça cesse (Sonore) S-8004
1968 Papillon/Boing Bong (Sonore) S-8016

Born: Ryan Michael Malcolm on October 13, 1979 in Kingston, Ontario
With an innate love of singing, Malcolm began performing at his father’s restaurants in Kingston, Ontario, but he had little success until – at the age of 21 – he auditioned for the first season of CTV’s ‘Canadian Idol’ in 2003. The well publicized show provided tough competition for Malcolm but he was ultimately crowned the winner. His prize included a record deal with BMG. His debut album, ‘Home’, was released in 2003 and spawned the radio/video hit “Something More”. Following his ‘Canadian Idol’ career obligations, Malcolm formed the band Low Level Flight and have been releasing albums since 2007. [also see LOW LEVEL FLIGHT]

Something More/Just the Way You Are (BMG) 654858

Home (Vik./BMG) 656890

James Cavalluzo
(all instruments)
Industrial death metal act created by James Cavalluzo in 1986; Cavalluzo would go on to play keyboards on a Soulstorm album and then relocate to a recording studio in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Punishments/Punishments (M.E.A.T. Mix)//Release/Re-release [12″] (Devotion) DVN-11
1994 Discipline [5-song EP 12″] (Cargo) MCJC-112
1999 Eat Me/Relentless [3 mixes] (Sweet Tooth) SUGAR-4

Age of the Dark Renaissance [cassette] (independent)
1990 The Release (Epidemic) RDRCD-139
1991 Punishments (Epidemic) EPCD91-8
1992 Premeditated Murder (Epidemic) EPCD92-12
1994 Get Down (Cargo) CARD-02
1999 The Lazarus Complex (Icky-Poo Productions) 127100
2004 Human Fly [4-song EP] (Icky-Poo Productions) MLHVCNF-00

Scott Alloy [aka Scott Juskiw]
/ Mike Sinatra [aka Mike McDonald] (vocals, guitar) / Ed Dobek (drums) / Dennis Lenarduzzi (vocals, guitar, organ) / Blake Cheetah [aka James Edward Algie] (bass)
Formed in Edmonton, Alberta in 1979. The band released one single and split up in 1984; McDonald and Dobek went on to Jerry Jerry And The Sons Of Rhythm Orchestra and later, Jr. Gone Wild.


1981 Be My Barbie [2-song 7″] (Exploding Debut) [no cat.#]

Malka Marom was born and raised in Israel, the daughter of a cantor. She performed in the Dalia Festival and, as an actress, in the Israeli TV movie ‘The Village Tale’. After arriving in Canada she quickly became well known as a TV personality, panelist, dancer and singer. Joso Spralja was born in the seaport of Dalmatia but left the fisherman trade that had been his family’s means of revenue for ten generations. He helped to support his family by singing in cathedrals and theatres and was awarded a government scholarship to the Zagreb Conservatory where he studied under Europe’s leading coaches. As a member of the renowned Yugoslavian Sextette and performer on the operatic stage, he became one of Yugoslavia’s leading entertainers. After Joso arrived in Canada in 1962, he was introduced to Malka by performer Eli Kassner in Toronto’s Yorkville district at an after-hours coffeehouse called The 71. The duo began a partnership as an eclectic world music folk duo. Booking agent Sylvia train got them a house gig and they debuted at the Lord Simcoe Hotel in early 1963. Since Joso didn’t know English, Malka introduced the songs, translated the lyrics, and invented stories to supplement the short songs that made up a set. Her self-deprecating humour and dramatic presentations of the material added dimension not only to the songs, but also to the personalities of the singers, and made their performance universal. This “filler” would become an integral part of their program. It has been long rumoured that the Eugene Levy and Catherine O’Hara folk characters from the mockumentary ‘A Mighty Wind’ is based on Malka & Joso. In the summer of 1964, Malka & Joso played the Mariposa Folk Festival in Orillia, Ontario, on a bill with Ian & Sylvia, The Travellers, and rising star Gordon Lightfoot. By the following year, record retailer Sam Sniderman of Sam The Record Man became a fan and recommended them to Capitol Records Canada’s A & R director of talent Paul White. In December 1964, Malka & Joso went into Toronto’s RCA Studios with guitarist Rafael Nunez and bassist Fred Muscat to begin recording their debut album. They recorded each song as though it was being performed live – vocals with instruments in one take. The recording session produced enough material for two albums. ‘Introducing Malka & Joso’ was released December 24, 1964 in Canada and in England and the United States in early January 1965. In the height of a Canadian winter, Malka & Joso went on a concert tour to the Northwest Territories, the Prairies, and British Columbia. In Roblin, Manitoba, they were the first live professional concert the people had ever seen; when they were booked to sing at Powell River across the Georgia Strait in British Columbia a vicious snowstorm grounded their plane. Joso convinced a local fisherman to take them across the icy pass. It took four hours ato make the 35-mile journey, arriving at the theater with minutes to spare before stage time. Despite the weather, they didn’t miss a single concert during the 20,000 mile tour. Malka & Joso’s second album, ‘Mostly Love Songs’ came out in late 1965 – just as the duo won an RPM Gold Leaf Award as the year’s ‘Best Folk Group’. Their third album, ‘Jewish Songs’, featuring Hebrew and Yiddish songs, proved to be another bestseller. Their fourth, ‘Folk Songs Around the World’, featured “the best” of the tracks from the Malka & Joso recordings. It was released in Britain, France, Holland, and Italy. In the fall of 1966, Malka & Joso’s ‘A World of Music’ TV show followed the ‘Hockey Night in Canada.’ On a recommendation from Gordon Lightfoot the William Morris talent agency booked them into Carnegie Hall, on concert tours, for club and TV appearances in the United States. They became favourites of Johnny Carson, Salvador Dali, and Samuel Bronfman. Before they dissolved their musical partnership in 1967, Malka & Joso were invited to represent Canada at a Royal Command Performance at the Canadian Centennial Ball. Malka would also have several return solo engagements during August of 1967 at Montreal’s Expo ’67. Malka & Joso, both married their respective spouses and had two children each. Both performers live part of the year in Canada and the other in their respective native lands. Today, Marom is better known as the author of the novel, “Sulha” and a writer/producer of many CBC documentaries. She was also, briefly, the host of her own TV chow on CITY-TV called ‘Mosaic’ in the 1980s; Joso is famous now for his restaurant, Joso’s , which is among the most popular in Toronto. As part of its 50th anniversary celebration in 2000, EMI Music Canada commissioned a study of its early years. Malka & Joso were among one of their long-lost re-discoveries. The result was the ‘Malka & Joso Forever’ CD anthology of the best material from their three original albums.

1965 Ay Cosita Linda/Katya Katerina (Capitol) 72241
2000 Malaguena/Gracious One (EMI)

1964 Introducing: Malka & Joso (Capitol) ST-6108
1965 Mostly Love Songs (Capitol) ST-6129
1966 Jewish Songs (Capitol) ST-6169
1966 Autour Du Monde(Capitol) ST70.007
1966 Folk Songs Around The World [same as ‘Autour Du Monde’] (Capitol – UK) T.70007
1975 Jewish Songs (Capitol) SM-6432
2000 Forever – A Retrospective (Northern Heritage/EMI Canada) 72435-24675-2-5

Compilation Tracks
“Cosita Linda”, “Erev Shel Shoshanim”, “Recuerdo”, “Bella Bimba”, and “Berjozinka” on ‘Folks Songs’ (CTL) M-1049

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

Good Morning Old Friend/Yesterdays ((Intercan) CAN-10001
1980 Nothing Can Stop Me Now/Gonna Do My Best To Love You [w/DEBBIE FLEMING](Intercan) CAN-10006

Perfect Strangers/It Happens All The Time (Capitol -US) B-44134

Nothing Can Stop Me Now (Canadian Talent Library) CTL-5227
1980 Nothing Can Stop Me Now (Intercan) IC-1001
2007 The Way It Begins… (independent) KHR-1123

Linda Robitaille
(saxophone, percussion, vocals; 1976-1982) / Susan Sturman (guitars, percussion; 1976-1982) / Linda Jain (drums; 1976) / Lorraine Segato (vocals, guitar, percussion; 1977-1982) / Lauri Conger (keyboards, vocals; 1978-1982) / Billy Bryans (drums, percussion; 1978-1982) / Jacqui Parker-Snedker (bass, percussion; 1978-1982)
Susan Sturman’s pro-lesbian political sextet Mama Quilla II was formed in 1976 (adding the Roman numeral II to their name so as to not be confused with the late Sarah Ellen Dunlop’s similarly named band from 1975) as a three-piece with Linda Robitaille and Linda Jain. With the addition of Lorraine Segato in 1977 and adding more members into 1978, they became a fixture on Toronto’s Queen Street circuit with regular appearances at such clubs as The Beverley Tavern and The Bamboo. The group managed to endure 5 years on the scene and recorded one 12″ EP in 1982 which was engineered by a young ‘Danny’ Lanois at Grant Avenue Studio in Hamilton. The six-piece was occasionally augmented by vocalists Catherine MacKay and Lee Shropshire live. Segato and Bryans were asked to organize a group for the 1982 Festival of Festivals and Mama Quilla II personnel were unavailable so they grabbed Conger and several other area session players and formed The Parachute Club. Mama Quilla II effectively disbanded as The Parachute Club signed a recording deal with Current Records in 1983; Parker-Snedker went to British Columbia to work at Simon Fraser University. With notes from Jacqui Parker-Snedker [also see PARACHUTE CLUB]

1982 KKK//Mama Quilla/Angry Young Woman (Tupperwaros) TR-001

Compilation Tracks
“Mama Quilla” on ‘The Rebel Zone-Queen Street West’ (Sony) CK-80698

Originally signed to a production deal with Montreal producer Ben Kaye, singer Jim Mancel released a single in 1970 for Polydor Records called “I Could Give You The World.” He would be hired in 1972 as the lead vocalist for the band Chester and would find fame on the back of their massive hit single “Make My Life A Little Bit Brighter.” The band would split up in 1975 with Mancl fulfilling the band’s recording contract with a solo single called “Let The Phone Ring” on Celebration Records. Chester made a brief comeback in 1976 before Mancel was back to doing solo releases starting in 1977. [also see CHESTER]

I Could Give You The World/Sidewalk Dreamer (Polydor) 2065-026
1975 Let The Phone Ring/Jenny (Celebration) CEL-2116X
1977 Just Be Yourself/Dreams (Change) CH-45003
1980 Heart Of A Lion (Terry’s Theme) (Vocal)/Heart Of A Lion (Terry’s Theme) (Instrumental) (Quality) Q-2382X
1981 After All You Put Me Through/[same] (Cel Mar) CM-001
1981 Easy Life/Easy Life (Instrumental) (People City Music) C-336

We Had A Dream (The Dream Song) – Long Version With Dialogue/We Had A Dream (The Dream Song) – Short Version (Apex) AP-95564

Ken Carty (guitar) / Jack Flynn (drums) / John Kimmel (vocals) / Dennis Pinhorn (bass) / Lorne Whitby (keyboards) / John Shand (guitar) / Bill Amesbury (vocals)
When the band The Five Shy was dropped from Columbia Records, the remaining members formed Manchild. The band was signed to Yorkville Records – with Amesbury leaving for his own solo deal. Manchild was pushed in the initial CanCon radio blitz after legislation had changed and released “Sitting In a Pool of Music” backed with a remake of The Mandala’s “Love-itis” on Yorkville Records. The group would also back Bob Bonnell under the name Oberon (also on Yorkville Records); Pinhorn would later join Brutus and Downchild Blues Band; Carty now performs with the Toronto Soul Revival; Kimmel left the music business and opened a Toronto flower shop called Triffids. [also see BILL AMESBURY, THE FIVE SHY]

Sitting In a Pool of Music/Love-itis (Yorkville) YVM-45059

Bye Bye Love Now You`re On Your Own/[same] (Yorkville) YVM-45082

Compilation Tracks
“Sitting In A Pool Of Music” on ‘Concept’ (Concept 376) PRP-171

Mandala’s early incarnation as The Rogues

George Olliver (vocals) / Domenic Troiano (guitar) / Penti “Whitey” Glan (drums) / Don Elliot (bass) / Josef Chirowski (keyboards) / Roy Kenner (vocals; replaced Olliver 1967) / Hugh Sullivan (keyboards; replaced Chirowski 1968)
The Mandala’s history begins in the summer of 1963, working as the house band at the Club Bluenote supporting visiting US R&B/Soul artists like Edwin Starr and Freddy Scott. Chirowski, Elliot and Glan had worked together previously in The Roulettes and Belltones. With the addition of original Roulettes singer George Olliver and ex-Robbie Lane and Ronnie Hawkins guitarist Domenic Troiano joined they became The Five Rogues, and later, The Rogues. In 1966 they changed their name again, this time to The Mandala and in November that year they played at Hollywood’s legendary Whiskey A-Go-Go and then again at the Hullabaloo a few weeks later to a crowd of 1,400 new fans. In 1967 they took their Soul Crusade to New York on a regular basis and appeared on several times Steve Paul’s Scene nightclub. The group did opening stints for Wilson Pickett and The Rolling Stones in concert, and headlined in major nite clubs in Canada and the U.S. The Mandala was soon signed to a record deal with Chess Records’ subsidiary label KR Records. Later that year, they recorded their debut single, “Opportunity” (and the B-side “Lost Love”) at Chicago’s legendary Chess Studios with backing up vocals provided by The Dells. It hit the Top10 immediately and was followed three months later by “Give & Take” (backed with “From Toronto ’67”), to repeat the first single’s success. As the band attempted to squeeze an album recording between tours, George Olliver left to form his own band George And The Soul Children in late 1967. He was replaced by Roy Kenner. The band released their debut album, ‘Soul Crusade’, on Atlantic Records in 1968 and had another Top10 hit with “Love-Itis” in Canada. The Mandala played their final gig at The Hawk’s Nest in January 1969, but Troiano, Glan and Kenner made a musical shift, added Prakash John on bass and changed their name to Bush. The band released one album in 1970. Troiano would go on to join the James Gang with Roy Kenner, then the Guess Who and finally became successful as a TV and movie soundtrack producer before succumbing to cancer in 2005; Glan and John hooked up with Bob Ezrin as session musicians for Jack Richardson’s Nimbus 9 Studio which led to Ezrin using the players on Lou Reed’s ‘Berlin’ album. The duo and former Mandala keyboardist Chirowski would go on to tour and record with Alice Cooper on ‘Welcome To My Nightmare’ (1975) and ‘Goes To Hell’ (1976) both produced by Ezrin; Kenner joined the James Gang following Joe Walsh’s departure with Dominic Troiano; Olliver became a perennial fixture on the Toronto R & B circuit with acts like George Olliver And The Blue-Eyed Brotherhood (with bassist Mel O’Brien), Natural Gas, The Royals and George Olliver & Gangbusters as well as a solo performer. From 1982 to 1992 George co-owned and was the musical director for Toronto’s Bluenote Club. It immediately became known as the “Home of Rhythm & Blues” in the city. He brought in such greats as Sam and Dave, Solomon Burke, Martha Reeves, Wilson Pickett, Etta James, and Mary Wells to name but a few. During this period George recorded ‘Live At The Bluenote’ and ‘Dream Girl’, the latter of which was nominated for a Juno Award in 1987; Sullivan died in 1978. In the 1980’s, the J.Geils Band recorded “Love-itis”. In 1991 Toronto’s Urban Dance Squad released a song called “Grandblack Citizen” which featured a sample of the Mandala song “World Of Love”; Dominic Troiano passed away after a battle with cancer on May 25, 2005; Don Elliot passed away January 16, 2016. with notes from George Olliver, Bill Munson, Nick Warburton and Rob Bernhardt. [also see DOMENIC TROIANO, GEORGE OLLIVER, ROY KENNER]

1967 Opportunity/Lost Love (KR/Chess) KR-0119
1967 Give and Take/From Toronto – 67 (KR/Chess) KR-0121
1968 Love-itis/Mellow Carmello Palumbo (Atlantic) AT-2512
1968 You Got Me/Help Me (Atlantic) AT-2567X

1968 Soul Crusade (Atlantic) SD-8184
1986 Mandala Classics (WEA) 23291

Compilation Tracks
“Opportunity” on ‘Made in Canada, Our Rock ‘n’ Roll History – Volume Four: More Great Stuff (BMG) KCD1-7247

Born: 1953 in Estevan, Saskatchewan
Fred Mandel started his musical upbringing in Estevan, Saskatchewan, with piano at age 4 and guitar at age 8. He moved to Toronto in 1964, played in local bands and started professionally on the road at age 20 with Grant Smith and The Power. Mandel then went on to play with Lighthouse and the Domenic Troiano Band with whom he recorded ‘Burning At The Stake’ for Capitol Records. In 1977 he did the Dick Wagner album with Bob Ezrin producing which led to work with Alice Cooper from 1977-1980 as a keyboardist and later, guitarist/musical director. During this time Mandel also did a small tour of America with Kiki Dee. He recorded three albums with Alice Cooper writing a majority of the songs for the 1980 release ‘Flush The Fashion” produced by Roy Thomas Baker (Queen, The Cars). Mandel co-wrote “Pain” with Cooper which featured in the Meatloaf movie vehicle ‘Roadie’. Mandel also appeared appeared in the movie with the Alice Cooper Band. During this period he also worked with Pink Floyd playing B-3 with them on ‘The Wall’. In 1982 he toured Japan and America with Queen, doing the TV show ‘Saturday Night Live’ and appeared on Queen’s album ‘The Works’. Mandel also did Brian May’s solo album, “Starfleet”, featuring Eddie Van Halen. He then recorded with Freddie Mercury on his solo album ‘Mr. Bad Guy’ playing keyboards and guitar. In 1983 he toured America and Europe with Supertramp and went on to produce the song “And The Light” for their album ‘Some Things Never Change’. In 1984 Mandel joined The Elton John Band with whom he toured until 1990. He recorded five albums with Elton (‘Ice On Fire’, ‘Leather Jackets’, ‘Live With The Melbourne Symphony’, ‘Reg Strikes Back’, and ‘Sleeping With The Past’). In recent years Mandel has recorded with Philip Sayce (guitarist for Melissa Etheridge) and the debut record for the singer Wensday produced by Dick Wagner (Alice Cooper, Lou Reed). In recent years he has scored a movie for Canadian director, Peter Foldy, and is currently working on a solo record. with notes from Fred Mandel via Peter Foldy. [also see GRANT SMITH & THE POWER, DOMENIC TROIANO]


1977 Lace And Whiskey (Warner Bros.) KBS-3027
1977 The Alice Cooper Show (Warner) KBS-3138
1978 From the Inside (Warner Bros.)  BSK-3263
1980 Flush the Fashion (Warner) XBS-3436
1999 The Life And Crimes Of Alice Cooper [4CD] (Rhino) R2-75680

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

Star Fleet Project [3-song EP] (Capitol) MLP-15014
1992 Back To The Light [3-song EP] (Parlophone – EUR) CDR-6329

with QUEEN
The Works (EMI) ST-512322

Mr. Bad Guy (CBS – France) CK-4007
2000 Solo [2CD] (Hollywood) HR-623012

Ice On Fire (Geffen) XGHS-24077
1986 Leather Jackets (Geffen) XGHS-24114
1987 Live In Australia (With The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra) (MCA) MCA2-8022
1988 Reg Strikes Back (MCA) MCAD-6240
1989 Sleeping With the Past (MCA) MCAD-6321
1990 To Be Continued… [4 CD] (MCA) MCAD4-10110

Bad Moon Rising (Pony Canyon – JAPAN) PCCY-00202

Peace Machine (Provogue – EUR) PRD-7275

The Guitar Song [2 CD] (Mercury) 13364

Serena Pryne [aka Zena Pruyn] / Dan Risi / Nick Lesyk [aka Nicolas Morris Lesyk / Brett Bends / Taylor Laslo
From Welland, Ontario.

The Breakup
2012 Turn A Blind Eye (Bag – Netherlands) BAG-201203

Junkie [DigiFile]
2020 You Feel Like Nothing [DigiFile] (Lucy’s Hangover)
2020 Born On The FM Waves Of The Heart [DigiFile] (Lucy’s Hangover)
2021 Lightning [DigiFile] (Lucy’s Hangover)
2021 Fading Colors In The Northern Lights [DigiFile] (Lucy’s Hangover)


2012 Goodnight Golden Sun (Bag – Netherlands) BAG-201202

Windows And Stones (MDM) MDMV-129
2021 Junkie EP [5-song EP DigiFile] (Lucy’s Hangover)

Born: 1956 in Drummondville, Québec
Died: June 16, 1997 in Montréal Québec
Canadian singer, songwriter, and guitarist born in Drummondville. He was part of several musical groups as a teen before studying music, first at college, then at Laval University beginning in 1976. By 1977, he was touring clubs and bars throughout Québec as a folk guitarist and then with the addition of a bass player. By 1979, he would add another guitarist and a drummer to form a proper band that he named Mandeville. The group came second in a Battle of the Bands competition at the Café-Campus de Sainte-Foy in 1980. A few months later, they took part in the Pulsion program through Société Radio-Canada, and was noticed by the musician Robert Turmel who would produce his first two albums. The band’s material was well received. In 1980, Mandeville would perform Sylvie Tremblay at the Canadian Institute of Québec, and opened for Chris de Burgh at the Grand Théâtre in Québec. In 1981, he opened for the performance of Yvon Deschamps and Diane Dufresne at the Québec City Summer Festival. In 1985, a fourth album was releaesd entitled ‘Comme un teenager,’ whose songs “Downtown samedi soir” and “En plein cœur de l’été” make the charts. He returned in 1989 with ‘Où sont passés les vrais rebelles’, containing the hit “L’homme de la maison,” In the fall of 1990 Mandeville played live for the first time since 1986 at the Café-Campus in Montréal. He toured France in 1991. In 1994, he recorded a sixth album, ‘En Route Vers L’an 2000,’ and toured the entire year. In 1995, he performed more than 50 shows in Québec. Mandeville then began to write songs for other artists and delved into production for artists like Gildor Roy. In 1996, he Mandeville learned he had bone cancer (Ewing’s sarcoma). He released the album ‘Les années folk’ that fall. In April 1997 he released the album ‘Huit’, but by May 1997 his health had quickly deteriorated.
Gaston Mandeville died on June 16, 1997 at his home with family and loved ones by his side.

Le Vieux Du Bas Du Fleuve/Encore Ben Saoul (RCA Victor) PB-50601
1980 Toune En Do/Une Poussiere De Plus (RCA Victor) PB-50630
1980 Le Bonheur Est Tranquille/Gagner Sa Vie (RCA Victor) PB-50646
1983 Le$ Dollar$/Sous Le Givre (RCA Victor) PB-50726
1983 Bye-Bye/Elle (RCA) PB-50743

Downtown Samedi Soir/Downtown Samedi Soir (Trafic/Trans-World) TF-1985-158
1986 Pauline/Ville (Instrumental) (Trafic) TF-1986-165
1986 Teenager en amour/Moitié Du Monde (Trafic) TF-1986-169
1986 En Plein Coeur De L’été [C’était L’été]/[same] (Trafic) TF-1986-172DJ
1986 Cette Ville (A L’abri Du Temps)/[same] (Trafic) F4-87205
1986 Une Autre Chanson D’amour/Le Train Roule Toujours (Trafic) F4-88214
1986 En Plein Cœur De L’été/Downtown Samedi Soir (Revisited) (Pathé -FRA) 2014837
1989 L’homme De Maison/[same] (Trafic) 89246
1990 L’homme De Maison/Mama (Flarenasch – FRA) 14.943

Il Me Faut Sa Peau (Si Tu Me Touches)/[split w/BELGAZOU] (Trafic/Trans-Canada) FLY-B-145

Mandeville… (RCA Victor) KKL1-0382
1981 Mandeville (RCA Victor) KKL1-0426
1983 El Cheapo De Luxe (RCA) KKL1-0485
1986 Comme Un Teenager (Trafic) TFX-1986-12
1989 Où Sont Passés Les Vrais Rebelles (Trafic) TF-8942
1994 En Route Vers L’an 2000 (Les Disques Passeport) PAS-CD-1207
1996 Les Années Folk (Les Disques Passeport) PAS-CD-1210
1997 Huit(Les Disques Passeport) PAS-CD-1213

Compilation Tracks
“Où Sont Passés Les Vrais Rebelles” on ‘Québec Rock 1980-1989’ (Multi Pass) MPM2-1277

Alain Bergeron (flute, saxes, keyboards) / Denis LaPierre (guitars) / Yves Leonard (bass) / Vincent Langlois (piano, keyboards, percussion) / Gilles Schetagne (drums, percussion) / Paul Picard (vibes, xylophone, marimba, percussion)  / Jérôme Langlois (keyboards, guitar, clarinet; touring 1974-1975)
After playing in the rock band Lasting Weep, Jérôme Langlois and Alain Bergeron formed the jazz-rock fusion group Maneige in 1972. They built a following in Montreal and eventually moved into English language markets in Ontario and the prairies. By 1975 they were signed to Capitol Records and released two albums that year – ‘Maneige’ and ‘Les Porches de Notre-Dame’. Their sound began as symphonic but by the 1978 album, ‘Libre Service’, the fusion elements of their sound was stronger. By 1983’s ‘Images’ (on Saisons Disques) their percussive feel had become jazz-rock. Most of their albums are 100% instrumental with some vocal interludes on ‘Les Porches’; Langlois would go on to join Uzeb.

L’envol des singes Latins/Troizix (Polydor) DJ-20
1983 Nuit Rose/[same] (Saisons) SNS-6528
1984 Québec St. Malo/Québec St. Malo (Version Instrumentale) (Saisons) SNS-6541
1984 Québec St. Malo/Québec St. Malo (Version Instrumentale) [12”] (Saisons) 12SNS-5000

1975 Maneige (Harvest/Capitol)  ST-70.035
1975 Les Porches de Notre-dame (Capitol) ST-6438
1977 Ni Vent, Ni Nouvelle (Polydor) 2424-143
1978 Libre Service – Self Service (Capitol) 2424-176
1979 Composite (Polydor)  2424-206
1980 Montreal, 6AM (Interim) INT-33007
1983 Images (Saisons) SNS-80008
1998 Live Montreal 1974/1975 (Fonovox) VOX-7964
2005 Live à l’Évêché 1975 (ProgQuébec) MPM-07
2006 Les Porches Live (ProgQuébec) MPM-15

Compilation Tracks
“Les pétoncles” and “Jean Jacques” on ‘L’Ultime rock progressif du Québec’ (Gala) GAL-113

Born: Daniel Mangan in Smithers, British Columbia on April 28, 1983

Singer-songwriter Dan Mangan has released half-a-dozen studio album, several EPs and singles from 2003 to present. He has won two JUNO Awards, and has scored music for several feature films. Mangan and his business partner, Laura Simpson, appeared on an episode of Dragons’ Den, pitching their investment opportunity for his online concert platform called Side Door. The pair secured a financial deal from investor Arlene Dickinson. Mangan also writes articles for various newspapers and magazines and is very active on social media.

Robots (Arts & Crafts – UK)
2011 Sold (Arts & Crafts)
2011 Rows Of Houses (City Slang – UK) SLANG-50009promosingle
2011 Post-War Blues (City Slang – UK) SLANG-50009Radiosingle
2012 About As Helpful As You Can Be Without Being Any Help At All (City Slang – UK) SLANG-50009PRRadiosingle
2012 Radicals [2-song 7″] (Arts & Crafts) ACX-097
2016 Race To The Bottom (Radio Edit) (City Slang – UK)
2018 Fool For Waiting [DigiFile] (Arts & Crafts)
2022 In Your Corner (For Scott Hutchison) [DigiFile] (Arts & Crafts) ACX-790
2022 Fire Escape [DigiFile] (Arts & Crafts)

All At Once (Everything) (Dan Mangan)
2005 Postcards And Daydreaming (Dan Mangan) DMCD-00015
2007 There Are a Few Things You Should Know… [5-song EP] (File Under: Music)
2009 Roboteering EP [5-song EP] (File Under: Music) FUM-05
2009 Nice, Nice, Very Nice (File Under: Music) FUM-06
2010 Robots Vs. Indie Queens [DigiFile] (Arts & Crafts International – US)
2011 Oh Fortune (Arts & Crafts) A&C-062
2012 Big Orange Studios (Austin, TX) Apr 27, 2012 [5-song EP] (Daytrotter – US)
2016 Unmake [5-song EP DigiFile] ACX-228
2018 More Or Less (Arts & Crafts) A&C-162
2020 Thief [DigiFile] (Arts & Crafts)
2022 Being Somewhere (Arts & Crafts) A&C-217

Richard Terry
(bass) / Claude Roy (drums) / Johnny Ranger (keyboards) / Billy Ledster (lead vocals) / Roger Walls (horns) / Michel Comeau (lead and backing vocals)
Terry, Roy, Ranger, and Ledster had been in the rock orchestra Illustration, but their success was short-lived due to bad management. The quartet decided to start again with the help of additional musicians under the name Man Made. They recorded a self-titled album in 1972 with the help of Jerry Mercer, J.P. Lauzon, Glenn Higgins, Denis Comeau, and Richard Provencial; Terry Ranger and Roy would end up backing guitarist Gerry Bribosia on his “Dracula Disco” single in 1977; Terry would revive Illustration with a new line-up in Las Vegas in 1979 called Tommy Bell & Illustration. He would also be in a second band simultaneously in Vegas called The Brook Brothers; Lidster would go on to replace Skip Prokop in Lighthouse in 1974. With notes from John Ranger [also see ILLUSTRATION]

Keep On Moving/Country Company (Good Noise) GN-1001

Man Made (Good Noise) GN-5001

Born: April 27, 1978 in Stratford, Ontario
Dayna Manning was born and raised to musical parents in Stratford, Ontario and was discovered while singing on open-mike night at Lee’s Palace in Toronto by Honeymoon Suite keyboardist Ray Coburn. Coburn suggested to Manning that she seriously pursue a career in music and, following only two live performances co-ordinated by Coburn for EMI executives, she was signed to the EMI distributed label, Nettwerk Records for a development/recording deal that allowed her time to grow as an artist. Coburn became her manager and produced her 1997 EMI debut album, ‘Volume 1′, between his duties as keyboardist for Alannah Myles and Honeymoon Suite. The album featured both her parents in musical cameos plus the additional talents of Sean Ono Lennon (whom Coburn had convinced to join the sessions after meeting at a fateful show at Lee’s Palace as well), Toronto-based engineer Harold Hess (Harem Scarem), guitar and bass players Kurt Schefter (Alannah Myles) and Mike Borkoski (Soho 69), drummer Creighton Doane and his sister, violinist, Melanie Doane, plus cellist Simon Fryer. The album was mixed by The Odds’ Steven Drake. The album spawned two singles, “Half the Man” and “My Addiction” which allowed her a placement on the first two ‘Lilith Fair’ Festivals during two years of non-stop touring. Manning was also nominated for a JUNO Award for ‘Best New Artist’ in 1998. Following the tour she took an extended period to write new music before returning to the studio and working on her follow up album in Los Angeles with Jim Scott (Red Hot Chili Peppers). The album ‘Shades’ was released in 2002 and produced the single/video “Miracle”. Manning disappeared from the music scene for a long period after the album in an effort to extract herself from her deal with EMI. Manning decided to take control of her career by writing, co-producing and performing her next album, ‘Folkyo’, which she released on her own independent imprint LeParc Records. She raised money for production and manufacturing by working at an oil and gas camp in Northern British Columbia during the Winter of 2006. The album was released in December 2006. In recent years Manning has been performing and recording as part of the trio Trent Severn. [also see TRENT SEVERN]

Half the Man (Nettwerk/EMI)
1996 My Addiction (Nettwerk/EMI) 39709
2002 Miracle (EMI) DPRO-2294
2002 I’m The Girl (EMI) DPRO-2346

Riches’ Estate Of Mind [promo; renamed ‘Volume 1′] [Nettwerk/EMI] DPRO-1448
1997 Volume 1 (Nettwerk/EMI) 853635
2002 Shades (EMI) 498898
2006 Folkyo (LeParc) LP-082206
2019 Morning Light (Dayna Manning)

Compilation Tracks
“Half the Man” on ‘Ear Conditioning’ (EMI) 833136
1998 “I Want” on ‘Lilith Fair: A Celebration of Women in Music’ (Nettwerk) W2-30125
2002 “Miracle” on ‘Women & Songs 6’ (Warner) WTVD- 48036
2008 “I Want” on ‘Brewed Awakenings’ (Nettwerk)

“Silent Night” on ‘Women & Songs: Christmas’ (Warner)


Matt Zimbel (percussion) / Aaron Davis (keyboards; 1979) / Gord Sheard (keyboards; 1989) / Rick Tait (trumpet, keyboards) / Henry Heilig (bass) / John Johnson (saxophones, flute, piccolo); Honourary Members: Doug Wilde (keyboards) / David Blamires
Formed in Toronto in 1979 as a 9-piece jazz/Latin/fusion collective and were managed at one time by former CKLN program director John Jones. They achieved an underground hit with “Jungle Beast” from ‘Strength In Numbers’ LP. The album went to No.20 on Scarborough College Radio’s ‘Top Albums of 1984’ and also won ‘Top Album of 1984’ at the Black Music Awards. Manteca performed in Sandinista in 1984 while leader Matt Zimbel pledged his support to Tools For Peace, an organization that supplies strictly non-military material aid to the Sandinista government in Nicaragua; Heilig formed jazz act Heilig Maneuver; Davis joined Holy Cole Trio and does writing for films; Zimbal became a TV producer and still plays; Sheard went back to school to work on doctorate in Brazilian music; Tait died in 2002. with notes from Doug Wilde.

1983 Arms & the Man/Arms & the Man (Edit) [12”] (Ready) SRB-031
1984 Stay/Jungle Beast (Ready) SR-501
1984 Caravan/Bakome//An Interview With Jack Schechtman [EP] (Ready) SSR-17
1986 Danceteria/Nu Nu (Duke Street) DSR-71027
1986 Danceteria (Extended Dance Mix)//Danceteria (Single Mix)/Nu Nu (Duke Street) DSR-12027
1989 Sweet One/Take Me There (Duke Street) DSR-71055

Manteca (Ready) LR-017
1984 Strength In Numbers (Ready) LR-050
1986 No Heroes (Duke Street/WEA) DSR-31027
1987 Fire Me Up (Duke Street) DSR-31038
1989 Perfect Foot (Duke Street) DSR-31055
1990 Extra Extra (Duke Street) DSR-30169
1992 Later Is Now! (Duke Street)
1996 No Net (Justin Time) JTR-84562
2007 Onward! (Manteca) MM-7907
2008 Fun Fun (Manteca) MM-79081
2013 Monday Night At The Mensa Disco (Manteca) MM-32013-11
2016 The Twelfth Of Never (Manteca) MM-2016-12

Compilation Tracks
“Danceteria (Extended Dance Mix)” on ‘A Canadian Alternative (Second Wave)

Mark Manthei (vocals, acoustic guitar) / Augy Guidoccio (electric guitar, background vocals) / Ernie Guidoccio (acoustic guitar, harmonica, background vocals)
Mark Manthei got his start playing the club circuit in the northern Ontario communities of North Bay and Sudbury. He was hopelessly in search of songwriting collaborators and decided to take out a want ad and after many troubled individuals failed to pass muster, Manthei discovered the Guidoccio brothers in 1988. The trio relocated to Toronto where they began to demo their material and make the rounds in the Toronto club scene. A fortuitous placement of their roots-inspired “Seven Minutes To Midnight” brought them to the attention of video producer Peter McNamee and entertainment lawyer Steve Ehrlick who in-turn attracted Jeff Burns and his Justin Records label in 1989. By 1990 the band had released its self-titled debut on Justin and received nominal play for their two singles/videos “Belts, Boots” and “Seven Minutes To Midnight” but it wasn’t enough to get them over the hurdle of the glut of folk-tinged acoustic acts like Blue Rodeo at the time. The band split up shortly thereafter. The Guidoccio brothers would go on to form Big Blue Bus.

1990 Belts, Boots (Justin/MCA)
1990 Seven Minutes To Midnight (Justin/MCA)

1990 Manteye (Justin/MCA)  JED-0003

Compilation Tracks
“Seven Minutes To Midnight” on ‘Indie-Can ’89’ (Intrepid) CD-2

Rick Elger
(vocals, harmonica) / Daniel Hutchison (drums) / Philip Aker (bass) / Martin Swerdlow (keyboards, vocals) / Christine Williams (vocals) / Mark Bajona (guitar)

Communique/National Blues (Much) CH-1011
1973 I Don’t Ever Want To Get Married/What Does It Take (Sweet Plum ) SPL-9917

Mantis (Sweet Plum/A & M) MA-952

Andy Furneaux (acoustic & electric guitars) / Brent Eliason (bass) / Lyle Smith (drums) / Joel Bryant (electric guitar) / Camille Miller (lead vocals)
From Victoria, British Columbia; Camille Miller would have a successful solo career a decade later; A fan-made Bandcamp page in 2019 has uploaded the original cassette with three bonus tracks. [also see CAMILLE MILLER]

Jim’s Repairs [7-song cassette] (Pink House) 102
2019 Jim’s Repairs [10 song DigiFile] (Pink House)

Stan Endersby
(guitar, vocals) / Martin Fisher (keyboards) / Peter Quaife (bass) / Mick Cook (drums) / Gordon MacBain (drums; replaced Cook)
Formed by ex-patriate Brit and ex-Kinks bassist Peter Quaife, and ex-Just Us bassist Stan Endersby who met while Endersby was in England in 1968. Maple Oak was a collaborative Canadian/UK hybrid that took six months to come to fruition with Endersby and Martin Fisher (ex-Flying Circus/Olivus/Bobby Kris & The Imperials) going to England to team up with Quaife in April 1969. The band was revealed to the world in the centre spread of NME on 3rd April, shocking the members of Quaife’s former band The Kinks. They embarked on a tour of Denmark during May 1969 but after the tour Cook left and Fisher brought in fellow Canadian and former bandmate MacBain (ex-Flying Circus/Olivus/Bobby Kris & The Imperials) as a replacement. Alas, Quaife departed shortly after the release of their single “Son of A Gun” in early 1970. The group carried on as a trio (with Fisher also covering bass duties) and recorded their self-titled album which was delayed until early 1971 while they battled with Decca Records by which time the group had split and returned to Toronto. The album features some early Bruce Cockburn songs that the writer never released himself. Back home, Endersby formed Heaven and Earth with his former Just Us/Tripp/Livingston Journey cohort Ed Roth. The band also comprised ex-The Paupers bass player Denny Gerrard, drummer Pat Little from Luke & The Apostles and Chimo!, guitarist Gary Holmes and future Motown star, singer Rick James. The group issued two singles for RCA in 1971. He also played in Bruce Palmer and Dewey Martin’s Buffalo Springfield Revisited during the ’80s and has played in a reformed Ugly Ducklings line up; Quaife also lives in Toronto and works as an airbrush artist. with notes from Gordon MacBain. [also see STAN ENDERSBY]

1970 Son of a Gun/Hurt Me So Much (Decca) F-13008

1971 Maple Oak (Decca) SKL-5085

Brian Redmond / Michael Pierre / Louis McKelvey / R. Gomez

Originally known as Brian Redmond & The Sound Box, the Montreal west island band released two singles on Regency Records which charted well. “Warm Your Mind And Soul” was produced by J.B. & The Playboys’ Bill Hill and Allan Nichols. The second single, an Andy Kim tune called “I Want You”, was produced by CFOX radio personality Bill Wallace. The song did so well that the band opened shows for Andy Kim and Gary Puckett & The Union Gap. At the end of 1969 they scooped up guitarist Louis McKelvey from Walter Rossi’s band The Influence, changed their name to Marble Hall and were signed to Aquarius Records where they released the Hugh Squire (A-Cads) produced “Get Your Thing Together” in April 1970 which received moderate airplay.

Get Your Thing Together/Marble Hall (Aquarius) AQ-5003

1968 Warm Your Mind And Soul/I’m Learning (Regency) R-980
1969 I Want You/Boogaloo Up Bord Du Lac (Regency) R-983

Brad Germain
(vocals, guitar) / Ryan Tweedle (bass) / Adam Knickle (drums)
Formed in Hamilton, Ontario in 2001. The band went on indefinite hiatus in 2010.

Not So Bright (Death of Rec./Universal) UMCR-05349-2
2004 I Believe/A Lot of These Things (Death of Rec./Universal) UMCR-05204-1
2006 We Can Make It (High Coin – UK)

The Marble Index EP [9-song EP] (independent) J02-01
2004 The Marble Index (Death of Rec./Universal) 0249862047
2006 Watch Your Candles Watch Your Knives (Universal) 0249852857

Josh Ramsay (lead vocals, rhythm guitar, piano) / Matt Webb (lead guitar) / Mike Ayley (bass) / Ian Casselman (drums and percussion, backing vocals)
Vancouver, British Columbia guitarists Josh Ramsay and Matt Webb formed the band Ramsay Fiction in high school. The band fell apart when Ramsay was kicked out of school. He and Webb decided to form a new group and found drummer Ian Casselman through a want ad in The Georgia Straight newspaper. Casselman brought bassist Mike Ayley on board and they named themselves Marianas Trench in 2001. They actively pursued Chad Kroeger of Nickelback and eventually signed with his 604 Records label. Their slef-titled seven song debut EP was released in 2002. After plenty of roadwork and honing both their sound and songwriting chops they released their full-length debut album, ‘Fix Me’, in the fall of 2006. The album was engineered and mixed by Mike Fraser (Faith No More) and spawned three singles in “Say Anything”, “Decided to Break It” and the No.1 radio/video hit “Shake Tramp”. Marianas Trench would tour Canada with 604 Records labelmates Faber Drive. 2009 saw the release of their sophomore effort, ‘Masterpiece Theatre’, which debuted at No.4 on the Canadian Albums Chart. The single, “Cross My Heart”, became the band’s second song No. 1 on both the Much Music Countdown and iTunes Canada Digital Download. “Cross My Heart” would also be nominated for four MMVAs in 2009. The song would go on to be certified platinum in Canada as was the follow-up single “All To Myself”. The album’s third single/video was “Beside You”. They spent the next year touring the record which included five shows at the 2010 Winter Olympics. By the time the band finished the tour with a show at the Orpheum Theatre, the album had gone platinum. Marianas Trench’s third studio album, ‘Ever After’, was released in November 2011. The album spawned three singles – “Haven’t Had Enough”, “Fallout” and “Desperate Measures” – all with accompanying videos. The band toured Australia in 2012 and returned to Canada for a fall tour with Down With Webster and Anami Vice. The band would perform their song “Stutter” at the 100th Grey Cup half-time show in November 2012. The band continued touring into 2013 on part two of their ‘Face the Music’ tour. After receiving negative feedback for co-writing and producing Carly Rae Jepsen’s hit song “Call Me Maybe”, Josh Ramsay responded with the band’s next single in 2014 called “Pop 101”.

Say Anything /Shake Tramp/Feeling Small (604/Roadrunner) UMCR-05602-2
2006 Decided to Break It (604/Roadrunner)
2007 Shake Tramp (604/Roadrunner)
2008 Cross My Heart (604/Roadrunner)
2009 All To Myself (604/Roadrunner)
2009 Beside You (604/Roadrunner)
2009 Celebrity Status (604/Roadrunner)
2010 Good To You (604/Roadrunner)
2011 Haven’t Had Enough (604/Roadrunner)
2012 Fallout (604/Roadrunner)
2012 Desperate Measures (604/Roadrunner)
2013 Stutter (604/Roadrunner)
2014 Pop 101

Sampler [3-song EP] (604/Road Runner) UMCR-05563-2
2006 Fix Me (604/Roadrunner) 396001
2009 Masterpiece Theatre (604/Roadrunner) 396007
2011 Ever After (604/Roadrunner) 396024
2013 Face The Music: The EP (CherryTree/Interscope) B0018460-22
2015 Astoria (604) 396069
2015 Something Old/Something New [4-song 7” EP] (604/Road Runner) 396082
2019 Phantoms (604) 396115

Compilation Tracks
“All To Myself” on ‘Big Shiny Tunes 14’ (EMI)

Born: November 20, 1954, Montreal, Québec
Montreal-native Frank Marino is the middle of five children born to a Sicilian/Italian father and Syrian/Lebanese mother. The family moved constantly when he was younger which he says instilled a sense of isolation in him and so, as a teenager, turned to drugs and the peace movements of the 60’s to forge an identity. Doing LSD and listening to bands like the Doors, the Jimi Hendrix Experience and the Beatles was fueled Marino’s musical upbringing. At 14, however, a particularly strong and vivid acid trip sent Marino to the hospital; while attempting to recover from the experience and keeping his mind OFF the trip, Marino took up the one musical instrument in the hospital’s relaxation room that he could find: a guitar. He was already self-taught on the drums but the hospital only had a guitar. Because he was desperate to survive his bad drug experience, Marino threw himself into learning how to play with a kind of religious fervour, and when he emerged some weeks later he was proficient on the instrument he got together with friends and began jamming musical ideas. The name was originally Mahogany Rush (which Marino says accurately describes a certain feeling he got on the acid trip that hospitalized him) and had many many members before finally settling into the line-up that would gain the band their eventual fame: Marino on vocals and guitars, Jim Ayoub on drums and Paul Harwood on bass. After playing any and everywhere for years, mostly always for free and only occasionally for some spending money, the band finally decided to heed the advice from their friends and people met on the road, and record an album. Working with a local Montreal label, Kot’Ai Records who had distribution with 20th Century Records in the USA, their first album, entitled ‘Maxoom’, was released in 1973. Marino was 17 years old when it came out, and was instantly hailed as the next new guitar god by the public; the critics, however, panned the album, citing an unoriginal Hendrix copycat sound. Despite the critical drubbing, Mahogany Rush went on to release two more albums on Kot’Ai – ‘Child Of The Novelty’ (1974) and ‘Strange Universe’ (1975) – before Columbia Records signed the band to a major label deal. ‘Mahogany Rush IV’, released in 1976, was the last album under the moniker of Mahogany Rush, and this was due in large part to Marino’s burgeoning reputation among guitar aficionados as being one of the truly great guitarists of his day. Henceforth the band was known as Frank Marino and Mahogany Rush. The deal with Columbia would last for seven albums (including a double live release) and took the band to 1982. This was highlighted by the first line-up change since before the first album, when Marino’s brother Vince was brought on board in 1980 to play rhythm guitar. The label’s relationship with the group, however, deteriorated to the point where Marino wanted out, but it took another two years before the legal wrangling was settled. In 1985 Marino signed with Maze Records and they released a double live album of Mahogany Rush in 1985; in 1986 Marino released a solo album on Maze entitled ‘Full Circle’ and toured it extensively throughout North America. Marino also released a solo effort on SPV Records in 1990, and licensing deals have seen the first three albums released on CD and packaged as a two CD set on Big Beat Records (1995) and a best of compilation on Razor & Tie Records (1996). Marino has worked with Six Was Nine from Montreal (produced their independent album ‘A Single Senseless Word’) and Nanette Workman (also from Montreal) who sings both English and French. In the 2000’s Marino was recording new material and still touring mostly outside of Canada in the US and Europe. Marino has grown his long-time love of recording into some side-work creating a portable multi-track system with long-time manager Graeme Bishop. In 2010 their projects included Sheila Jordan (‘Winter Sunshine’), Ranee Lee (‘Ranee Lee Lives Upstairs’), and Oliver Jones & Hank Jones (‘Pleased To Meet You’). with notes from Graeme Bishop.

Buddy/All In Your Mind (Kot’Ai) KO-151
1974 A New Rock and Roll/Child of the Novelty (Kot’Ai) 4502
1975 Satisfy Your Soul (Kot’Ai) 4508

1986 Full Circle (Maze) ML-8011
1990 From the Hip (SPV – GERMANY) SPV-084-88792


1973 Maxoom (Kot’Ai) 463
1974 Child of the Novelty (Kot’Ai) 451
1975 Strange Universe (Kot’Ai) 482
1976 Mahogany Rush IV (Columbia)  PC-34190

1977 World Anthem (Columbia) PC-34677
1978 Frank Marino and Mahogany Rush Live (Columbia) PC-35257
1979 Tales of the Unexpected (Columbia) PC-35753
1980 What’s Next (Columbia) PC-36204
1981 The Power Of Rock N’ Roll (Columbia)
1982 Juggernaut (Columbia) PC-38023
1988 Double Live (Maze Records)
1995 Maxoon/Child Of The Novelty/Strange Universe [2 CDs] (Big Beat)
1996 Dragonfly: The Best Of (Razor & Tie)
2000 Eye of the Storm (independent)

Born: Marjolène Rachelle Morin on August 2, 1953 in Montreal, Québec.

Former lead vocalist of Corbeau from 1978 to 1984 before going solo . [also see CORBEAU]


1975 Souvenirs (The Way We Were)/Souvenirs – Instrumental (Amour) AM-8402
1986 Impoesie/Impoesie (Version Instrumentale) (Kébec-Disc) KD-9330
1986 Celle Qui Va/[same] (Kébec-Disc) KD-9339 DJ
1986 Doux/Doux (Version Instrumentale) (Kébec-Disc) KD-9361
1986 Sans Toit Ni Loi/Frozen Chill (Kébec-Disc) KD-9367
1988 Amoureuse/Impoesie (Accord – France) 100707
1989 À Bout De Ciel/[same] (Kébec-Disc) KD-9390
1990 Je Sais, Je Sais/[same] (Kébec-Disc) KD-9396
1990 Provocante/[same] (Kébec-Disc) KD-9404
1990 Tant Qu’il Y Aura Des Enfants/[same] (Kébec-Disc) KD-9405
1991 Y’a Des Matins/Elle Disait (Kébec-Disc) KD-9600
1991 Ailleurs/[same] (Kébec-Disc) KD-9607
1995 Sadie [CD] (Disques Musi-Art) MACD-58037
1995 Bohémienne/[same] (Gam/Disques Musi-Art) MAJB-58021
2005 Lune De Novembre (Version Radio)/Lune De Novembre (Version Intégrale) (L’Équipe Spectra/Select) CVCD-672-1
2006 Loup (Version Radio) (L’Équipe Spectra/Select) CVCD-672-3

Les Yeux Du Coeur/[same (Disques Double) DO-17015

Touch Me (Chanson Thème Du Film “La Femme De L’Hotel”)/Touch Me (Instrumental) (Kébec-Disc) KD-9260
1986 Chats Sauvages/Chats Sauvages (Version Instrumentale) (Kébec-Disc) KD-9347

Y’Était Temps Qu’Ça S’arrête/Y’Était Temps Qu’Ça S’arrête (Version Instrumentale) (Groupe Concept Musique) PPF-5003


1986 Celle Qui Va (Kébec-Disc) KD-651
1990 Tant Qu’il Y Aura Des Enfants (Kébec Disque/Disques Musi-Art) KDC-669
1995 Bohémienne (Disques Musi-Art) MACD-5809
1998 Bootleg Blues (Productions Musicales Celle Qui Va) CVCD-670
2001 Sans Retour (Productions Musicales Celle Qui Va) CVCD-671
2005 Turquoise (Productions Musicales Celle Qui Va) CVCD-672
2009 Marjo Et Ses Hommes Volume 1 (Sphere Musique) SPHCD-7702
2010 Marjo Et Ses Hommes Volume 2 (Sphere Musique) SPHCD-7703

Mark “Malibu” Sanders (6-12 string guitar, organ) / Steve Turner (drums) / Buzz (bass) / Chris Welch(rhythm guitar) / Christine Oleksyk (guitar; replaced Welch) / Grant Cermak (guitar; replaced Oleksyk ) / Sharny Nicoloff (bass; replaced Buzz) / Andrew Wright (guitar; replaced Cermak) / Dave Nicoloff  (guitar; replaced Wright)
A surf instrumental band formed in 1980 out of the ashes of a Scarborough high school punk band the DeGeneRats. Still very underage, they managed to align with some other young bands and play Toronto clubs such as the Turning Point and Larry’s Hideaway. Many of their shows were part of “Start Dancing” a Toronto mod/punk all ages club aligned with Rock Against Racism. In the summer of 1982 they managed to record seven original songs. Several were released on local cassette fanzines. However, the band folded as they graduated high school that year. Considered a touchstone of the Toronto surf scene, Mark Malibu and the Wasagas reunited in 2014 for several shows with all original members. After a quick eastern Canadian tour, the band was re-tooled, endorsed by Hallmark guitars, and signed with UK’s Sharawaji Records. With notes from Mark Sanders.

Wasaga Run/Dawn Patrol [picture disc] (Wasagas) 002

Original Surf Punk Recordings (Wasagas) 001
2017 Return Of The Wasagas (Sharawaji) SRW-030
2018 Crash Monster Beach (Sharawaji) SRW-053
2020 Dance Party a’ Go Go (Sharawaji) SRW-080

“Buzz Beat” on ‘Smash it Up’( cassette fanzine)
1983 “Wasaga Run” on’ Smash ‘83’ ( cassette fanzine)
2017 “Wasaga Run” on ‘Smash it Up 2017’ (CD compilation)
2017 “Surfin’ A Go-Go” on ‘Macumba Surf’ (KOTJ) KOTJ- 037
2019 “Fuzzy Love” on ‘Screwballs And Curveballs’ (Ice Cream Man Power Pop)

MARKS, Danny
As a child, Danny Marks would lock himself in his room with a stack of 45’s, an old Seabreeze record player, and a fantasy of having his own radio show. He also wanted to play guitar. He would plunk away on his Grandfather’s old violin until his parents bought him a ukulele around the age of 10. He finally got a real guitar when he was 11. Marks would learn to play ‘proper’ guitar with teacher Tony Bradan under the strictest advice of his parents. However, it didn’t stop Marks from teaching himself songs from the period’s Rock and Roll hit parade. As he rounded age 12, Marks joined his first band The Vandals (later renamed The New Generation) who would play tea dances and church basements whenever they could. By his 13th birthday he finally acquired an electric guitar and there was no turning back. In his teens he began hanging out in Toronto’s Yorkville Village which was teaming with music and similar minded musicians wanting to find that big break. After answering an ad posted in music store Long & McQuade, Marks joined The Whiskey Sours. The group rehearsed in Toronto’s fabled Chez Monique but by early 1966 the band had split-up and Marks was in search of another band. Another ad, this time in the ‘After Four’ section of the Toronto Daily Telegram brought him to Larry Evoy, Paul Weldon, Craig Hemming and Dave Brown – better known as Edward Bear. The band paid their dues with years of Canadian road miles touring their songs and blues standards. They were signed to Capitol Records in Canada at the end of the 1960s and had a best selling debut album, ‘Bearings’, in 1970 on the strength of the single “You and Me and Mexico”. But the band’s direction and future was in constant flux, so Marks decided to leave the band. Marks decided to search outside the limited music pool in Canada and flew to Hollywood, California, where he hooked up with fellow Canadian, Neil Merryweather, whose band Mama Lion was signed to Capitol Records stateside. Marks toured briefly with them but was soon courted by Rick James who wanted Marks to play alongside his existing guitarist Danny Weiss as a wall of guitar power. While listening to some material with James he heard something from the Albert Grossman managed Toronto act Jericho. Following a few phone calls, Marks had joined the band. He played with Jericho for the next year and a bit, slogging it out in the back of vans and playing gritty clubs. Eventually, the band dissolved and Marks wound up accepting the invite to play with Rick James. The association was short-lived as James’ erratic lifestyle and substance issues led most of his band to flea the camp – including Marks. The 1970s saw Marks working as a hired gun for the likes of Ken Tobias, Bill Amesbury, Ronnie Hawkins and Rita Coolidge, Bo Diddley, Stephen Stills, and even Tiny Tim. Marks would end the decade in the Malcolm Tomlinson Band and appeared on Tomlinson’s two albums for A & M Records.Marks started taking a stab at singing and was soon hosting the only Saturday afternoon jams in Toronto at the Hotel Isabella. The press began to take notice and with the help of rock impresario, Joe Fried, Marks began hosting his first cable TV program. Marks would spend the 1980s fronting one of the hardest working bar bands in Toronto but he was not advancing his career aspirations. As luck would have it David Malahoff from the CBC invited Marks to be a guest on CBC Radio’s ‘Basic Black’ show. The first appearance led to more, and soon Marks was offered his own – ‘Under the Covers’, and then, ‘Duets’. He was then hosting specials and appearing on other CBC show such as ‘Radio Noon’, ‘Ralph BenMerghui Live’, and others. He would then host a Rogers Cable TV show entitled ‘Stormy Monday’. The show ran for seven  years nationally and Marks’ ‘Hum Line’ show on CBC Radio ran even longer. In recent years Marks has been focusing on voice-over work, solo albums and regular matinees performances at the Rex Hotel in Toronto. He also has another radio show on Toronto’s Jazz FM91. [also see EDWARD BEAR, MALCOLM TOMLINSON]

Guitarchaelogy (Danny Marks) DM-001
2003 True (Danny Marks/Iridescent) DM-002
2004 A Side Of Danny Marks (Danny Marks) DM-003
2005 Big Town Boy (Danny Marks/Iridescent) DM-004
2008 Introducing The Solars (Danny Marks)
2012 A Friend In the Blues (Danny Marks)
2016 Cities In Blue (Danny Marks)

Alex Olsen [aka Alex Ookpik]
(vocals) / Eric Fares (keyboards) / Howard Martin (bass) / John Britton (drums) / Joseph Donovan (guitar)
Formed in Montreal in 1995. With notes from Alex Olsen.

Galax-sea (Scratch ‘n’ Sniff) SNS-50551
2003 He Is There And He’s Funny (Either/or) EO-50553

MARQUIS, The (1)
Laurent Lajeunesse (vocals) / Réal Bergeron (guitar) / Michel Filion (guitar, keyboards) / Réal Jutras (bass) / Jacques Pothier (drums)
Formed in Victoriaville, Québec as Chats Noirs, they changed their name to The Marquis and wore costumes to imitate 19th Century French Royalty. At the end of 1965 the band records its only single – “Ne me laisse pas tomber” which was a French language version of The Animals’ “Bring It Home To Me” and an adaptation of Les Sultans’ “Dui-lui” called “Amour de vacances.” The band would appear in several band competition in Saint-Hyacinthe, Drummondville, Sorel, and Thetford-Mines. They split up in September 1966. Réal Bergeron would record a duets albums with Michel Comtois in 1985; Jutras would play bass for Jeanne-Mance Cormier. with additional notes from Michel Charbonneau

Ne me laisse pas tomber/Amour de vacances (Kebec-Disc) KD-522

MARQUIS, The (2)
Tom Middleton
(vocals) / Gary Garraway (guitar) / Len Knoke (lead guitar) / Norm Piercy (bass) / Jerry Adolphe (drums)
The Marquis formed in Victoria, British Columbia in 1967. The band cuts its teeth touring up and down the Pacific Coast. Their only single, on Melbourne Records, was “Put The Torch To Me” which made the lower reaches of the Canadian charts in February 1969. The group split up later that year; Middleton went on to a solo career and released two albums on Columbia Records and had one Top 10 hit with a remake of Todd Rundgren’s “It Wouldn’t Have Made Any Difference” in 1973; Adolphe and Knoke joined a band called The Caravan who released one album called ‘Rock Oratorio.’ Adolphe went on to play with The Collectors and Jim Byrnes while Knoke played for a number of years in the house band at the Forge Tavern in Victoria, British Columbia; Norm Piercy played with Uncle Wiggly’s Hot Shoes Blues Band; Gary Garraway became a teacher. The band reunited for a show in 1990 and the members still stay in touch and jam. With notes from Gary Garraway. [also see TOM MIDDLETON]

Put The Torch To Me/We’re Doin’ Fine (Melbourne) WG-3308

MARQUIS, The (3)
Lynda Michaels (vocals, mellotron) / Chuck Lee (vocals, bass) / Stephen Burnside (vocals, guitar) / Michael Shalek (drums, percussion) / Walt Sokil (vocals, piano, synth, harmonies)
A dynamic line-up whose members came from different parts of Ontario plus Michael Shalek from Massachusetts, USA.

The Marquis (Beaver) CSS-99

MARS, John
John Mars began his recording career in 1972 with his original rock and roll band, The Martians, which included his cousin Chris Robinson on tenor & alto saxophones. He moved on to the jazz trio of Broomer, Mars & Smith in 1973. During a break in his regular role as percussionist, Mars created a rock outlet for his vocal attributes in 1979 called Brian’s Children (a snide little aside in reference to the dearly departed Rolling Stones member Brian Jones) featuring future Bopcats and Royal Crowns drummer Teddy Fury. With a visit to Grant Avenue studios in Hamilton, Ontario under the engineering scrutiny of a very green Daniel Lanois, the Brantford area band released a single, “Cut Her Hair”, on Mars’ Ugly Dog Records. The single received plenty of rotation across Canada and parts of New York State. In the mid-1980’s Mars hooked up with legendary Toronto-based pianist Stuart Broomer to form a jazz duo who were especially successful on public and college radio, and their concert tours (Universities and community theatre) took them through Ontario, Québec, Michigan and New York. In 1986 the jazz duo split up, so after brief Ontario tours with guitarist David Essig, Mars revived an abbreviated version of Brian’s Children with a new line-up called ‘The Children’ and they released a second single – “(This Time) Take Me All The Way” in 1986. By 1992 Mars had gone solo and released a cassette-only album called ‘Hay Waggon Inn’. In the mid-90’s Mars met the talented young guitaist Mike Ardelli and the two soon started an ad hoc group called the Natural Born Lovers, playing rockabilly/roots material. With their mutual pal Glenn Kimberley (The Tin Eddies) sitting in on drums, they began to play a series of University concerts when Ardelli’s life was cut short by a brain tumor at age 24. Mars’s confidante, Jack de Keyzer, encouraged him to soldier on. With encouragement, production and songwriting assists from de Keyzer, Mars released his debut CD ‘Whasup?’ in October 1999 with help from guitarist Gord Lewis (Teenage Head), keyboardist Michael Fonfara (Lou Reed, Rhinoceros, Downchild), drummer Mark French (Blue Rodeo), bassist Shane Scott (Jack de Keyzer Band), saxophonist Chris Robinson, trumpet/trombonist Brigham Phillips, and backing vocalist Gayle Ackroyd. with notes from John Mars. [see BRIAN’S CHILDREN]

1992 Hay Waggon Inn [cassette] (Ugly Dog)
1999 Whasup? (Blue Star)

Annihilated Surprise (Ugly Dog) 45-UDR2
1999 Annihilated Surprise [vinyl re-issue] (Ugly Dog)

Born: June 5, 1955 in Montreal, Québec
Classically trained extreme violinist Hugh Marsh played nothing but classical music from age 5 until he was 20 in Ottawa. He also became interested in saxophone but stuck with the violin because of his extensive training and got his first taste of the musical big leagues after spending 1978 in Toronto working a jazz concert series at the Art Gallery. Moe Koffman spotted the violinist and had Marsh opening concerts for him. This was followed by a steady job at the top Toronto jazz club George’s Spaghetti House. While back home in Ottawa at Christmas time in 1979, Marsh had a chance encounter with Bruce Cockburn who asked Marsh to join him, along with his brother, bassist Fergus Marsh (who was already in Cockburn’s act). Marsh branched out in 1984 with the independent album ‘The Bear Walks’ in 1984 with fellow musical support from Doug Riley (keyboards), Peter Cardinalli (guitar, production), Michael Brecker (tenor sax)and the album was soon scooped up by Duke Street Records. The album did so well that other territories soon hopped on the bandwagon with releases by Verabra Records in Germany, Austria and Switzerland in 1986. His follow-up album, ‘Shaking The Pumpkin’ (1987), featured another eclectic line-up of musical supporters including Bruce Cockburn (on “How The Violin Was Born”), Dalbello (on “Rules Are Made To Be Broken”) and singer Robert Palmer on a version of Jimi Hendrix’s “Purple Haze”. That year Marsh was also seen in live settings at the Toronto Music Gallery doing improvisational pieces with Mary Margaret O’Hara. During the production of his next work, Marsh broke a finger while tossing a football with producer Jon Goldsmith and was sidelined for 6 weeks. In January 1989 Chicago radio station WYTZ re-discovered Marsh’s collaboration with Robert Palmer and “Purple Haze” became a legit hit. Marsh’s ‘Shaking The Pumpkin’ was re-issued on Soundwings Records in the US.

1984 Versace (pronounced Ver-sach-ee)/Znefu For Y’all (Duke Street/WEA) DSR-71009
1984 Versace (Club Mix)//Versace Clothes-Er/Big Fun [12″] (Duke Street/WEA] DSR-81009
1987 Purple Haze  [w/Robert Palmer]/ [single-sided] (Duke Street/WEA)
1987 Sempre Nel Mio Cuore (Always In My Heart)/Pizz Punk (Duke Street/WEA) DSR-71043


1984 The Bear Walks (Duke Street/WEA)  DSR-31009
1987 Shaking the Pumpkin (Duke Street/WEA) DSR-31043
2006 Hugmars (Cool Papa) 002
2007 Songs For My Mother and Father (Cool Papa) CP-96001
2019 Violinvocations (Western Vinyl – US) WV-178

Sound Unstruck (Randev Pandit) 7-76127-0086-2-4

with MRC TRIO [Hugh Marsh, Barry Romberg, Rufus Cappadocia]
Tribal Dance (Romhog) 102

Compilation Tracks
“At the Top of the Hill” on ‘Retrospective ’80/’90 (veraBra – GERMANY) vBr-2040

Born: August 29, 1973
Amanda Marshall was born and raised in Toronto area. Her childhood goal had always been to be involved in the music business in whatever capacity she could. With this in mind she became singular in purpose and enrolled in many artistic programs, such as the Toronto Conservatory of Music. While doing the Queen Street bar scene as a performer in her teens she hooked up with guitarist Jeff Healey who was impressed enough with her voice to take her on tour with him as his opening act despite having little experience or a record on the radio. While on tour Marshall attracted the interest of Columbia Records who offered her a record deal at the ripe old age of 19. She would turn them down flat, citing a lack of experience that might come back to haunt her later in life. She continued developing her live repertoire of cover tunes and intense performing with visits to Kingswood Music Theatre and Molson Park in Barrie on multi-artist bills. She’s also frequented MuchMusic just to keep the exposure up. Eventually she felt comfortable enough to begin recording and decided to hook up with award winning Alannah Myles songwriter David Tyson to work up some original material in California. Ironically, she once again attracted a deal from Sony Music. Marshall also augmented the record with other tunes written by ex-Arrows Dean McTaggert, Christopher Ward and Marc Jordan. Her album was released late in 1996 and lingered on the strength of the first single “Birmingham”. By absolute chance Elton John picked up the disc from the import bin at HMV in London, England and really liked the album. While making an appearance on the Rosie O’Donnell show, John mentioned some of the new music he was listening to and mentioned Amanda Marshall (whom he thought was American). O’Donnell’s people tracked Marshall down and had her appear on the show. It launched her career and a phone call from Elton John while she was touring was the start of a sudden instant success story. Radio immediately jumped on this record that had been recommended by the hit-master Elton John himself. The album has gone on to spawn 6 hit singles (Let It Rain, Birmingham, Beautiful Goodbye, Dark Horse, Fall From Grace and Sitting On Top Of The World) across Canada. Also, her success has managed her to travel a lot. She’s done a tour with Tom Cochrane, a headlining tour across Australia, Europe and Japan; and a sold out headlining tour of Canada in the Spring of 97. More recently, she’s been the opening act for John Mellencamp’s U.S. tour. CBC-TV feted the lady with her own hour long television special and the album had racked up a series of awards. The long-overdue sophomore effort, ‘Tuesday’s Child’, finally arrived on May 25, 1999, powered by the first single, “Love Lift Me”. Marshall took on a much-increased songwriting role, co-writing all but one of the album’s 13 songs. Marshall made an abrupt about face with her next album, 2001’s ‘Everybody’s Got a Story’, which found the vocalist delving into heavy dance music a la Christina Aguilera. Despite video and radio play, album sales performed poorly. Marshall would leave the label and go into seclusion for the next decade. She resurfaced in 2012 on the Casino circuit and has made a full comeback in 2023 with her new album ‘Heavy Lifting.’

Birmingham (Sony) CDNK-1115
1996 This Could Take All Night (Epic Soundtrax – US) ESK-8231
1996 Let it Rain (Epic/Sony – US) ESK-8291
1996 Beautiful Goodbye (Radio Edit)/Birmingham/Trust Me (This Is Love) (Acoustic Version) (Epic/Sony – UK) 663386 2
1996 Fall From Grace/Fall From Grace (Album Version) (Epic/Sony) CDNK-1157
1997 Dark Horse (Radio Edit)/Dark Horse (Early Fade) (Epic/Sony) CDNK-1208
1998 Believe In Me (Sony Soundtrax – US) BSK- 41676
1997 Sitting on Top of the World (Sony)
1999 Love Lift Me/Let It Rain (Epic/Sony – Europe) EPC-667671
2000 Shades of Grey (Radio Edit)/Shades of Grey (Album Version) (Epic/Sony) CDNEK-1478
2001 Everybody’s Got A Story (Epic/Sony – US) CSK-56709
2002 Marry Me (Album Version)/Everybody’s Got A Story (Live At the Corona Theatre)/Marry Me (Live At the Corona Theatre) (Columbia/Sony) 38K-3372
2002 Double Agent (Columbia/Sony) CDNEK- 1616
2003 Until We Fall (Epic/Sony – Europe) SAMPCS-13688 1
2023 I Hope She Cheats (Metatune)
2023 Dawgcatcher (Metatune)

Amanda Marshall (Epic/Sony) EK-80229
1996 Live [3-song EP] (Epic/Sony) CDNK-1164
1996 Let It Rain/Live [5-song EP] (Epic/Sony – UK)  EPC-662876 9
1999 Tuesday’s Child (Epic/Sony) EK-80380
1999 If I Don’t Have You [3-song/Video EP] (Epic/Sony – UK) 668390 2
2001 Everybody’s Got A Story (Columbia/Sony) CK-80702
2002 Sunday Morning After [3-song/Video EP] (Epic/Sony – Europe) EPC-672642 2
2003 Intermission > The Singles Collection (Columbia/Sony) CK-81018
2006 Collection (Sony BMG) 75682
2008 Greatest Hits (Sony-BMG) 732516
2023 Amanda Marshall (Deluxe Remastered Edition) (Epic)
2023 Heavy Lifting (Metatune)

Compilation Tracks
“Don’t Let It Bring You Down” on ‘Borrowed Tunes: A Tribute To Neil Young’ (Sony) 81099
1996 “This Could Take All Night” on ‘Tin Cup’ (Sony) EK-67609
1997 “I’ll Be Okay” on ‘My Best Friend’s Wedding’ (Sony) EK-68166
1998 “Dark Horse” on ‘MuchMoreMusic’ (Universal) UMDG2-81074
1998 “Birmingham” on ‘Women & Songs 2’ (WEA) WTVD-37040
1998 “Beautiful Goodbye” on ‘Ready To Go – Women of the 90’s’ (BMG) 215697
2001 “Birmingham” on ‘Oh What a Feeling 2: A Vital Collection of Canadian Music’ (CMC) 0885
2006 “Everybody’s Got a Story (Radio Remix)” on ‘Oh What a Feeling 3 – Juno Awards: Celebrating 35 Years of the Best in Canadian Music’ (EMI) 59829

Born: Phyllis Irene Elizabeth Marshall, November 4, 1921 in Barrie, Ontario

Died: February 2, 1996 in Toronto, Ontario
Phyllis Marshall started her singing career in 1936 on radio. By 1947 she was a backing singer on tour with Cab Calloway. Marshall appeared regularly on television including the very first Canadian TV broadcast in 1952. She is recognized as an actress as well and was the first black person given their own BBC TV special which was 1959’s ‘The Phyllis Marshall Special.’ with notes from Don Wayne Patterson, David Lennick

I Ain’t Got the Man I Thought I Had (Columbia) C4-2654

That Girl (Columbia) FS-614

Timothy Eaton [aka Timothy Harrower] (lead vocals) / Tim Cottini (drums) / David John Lemmon (organ, vocals) / Ron “Smack” Smith (bass, vocals) / Wayne Sweet (lead guitar, vocals)
Ottawa, Ontario’s Marshmallow Soup Group were signed to RCA Records and had only one hit record in the track “I Love Candy” in 1969 which peaked in its fourth week at No.54 on the RPM Top100 Singles chart on December 27, 1969. The success of the record led to a show in Lima, Peru at the International Trade Fair. They also represented Canada, alongside Chilliwack at Expo 70 in Japan; Eaton would go on to a solo career under the name Timothy and as Buster Brown; Sweet now performs in a revived version of 1950s Ottawa act The Monarchs with Pete Bebee (Young And Company). with notes from Robin Caird.

1969 I Love Candy/If I Could Reach You (RCA) 75-1014
1970 Sing To My Lover/Barbee-Lee (RCA) 75-1028

Martha Johnson (vocals, keyboards) / Martha Ladly (vocals, keyboards, trombone; 1978-1980) / Mark Gane (guitar; synth) / Nick Kent (drums; 1979-1980) / Tim Gane (drums; replaced Mick Kent 1980) / Carl Finkle (bass) / Andy Haas (sax; 1979-1982) / David Millar (1977) / Jocelyne Lanois (bass; replaced Finkle 1981) / Dick Smith (drums; replaced Tim Gane 1983) / Nick Gane (keyboards)
The members of Martha And The Muffins were neighbourhood friends from Thornhill, Ontario. By 1975 they had all relocated to downtown Toronto to make a break in the Toronto music scene. By 1977 Mark Gane, David Millar, and Carl Finkle asked Martha Johnson (of The Doncasters) to play keyboards in their new band with Martha Ladly and Mark Gane’s brother, Tim. Their first independent single “Insect Love” in 1978 helped land them an 8 album deal with Virgin Records UK. They toured extensively in Britain throughout 1979 and 1980 on the strength of their first Virgin single release “Echo Beach” from the ‘Metro Music’ album. “Echo Beach” tied with Anne Murray’s “Could I Have This Dance” for JUNO ‘Single of the Year’ in 1980. By the end of 1980 they had recorded and released a second album, ‘Trance And Dance’, which included a free live EP in its initial pressing and was, like ‘Metro Music’, produced by Mike Howlett. 1981’s ‘This Is The Ice Age’ was produced by up-and-coming Daniel Lanois and featured the addition of Lanois’ sister Jocelyne on bass. The album produced the hit single “Swimming” and other tracks written entirely by Mark Gane. 1982’s ‘Danceparc’ was again produced by Daniel Lanois and the group had morphed into Mark Gane, Johnson, Dick Smith (drums), Jocelyne Lanois, Nick Gane (keyboards) as the now, re-christened M + M. They also debuted the album on Canada’s Current Records. Shortly after the album’s cool media reception the band officially split up. 1984’s ‘Mystery Walk’ was produced by Daniel Lanois and featured the new M + M – Martha Johnson and Mark Gane as a duo. The album was nominated for 4 CASBY Awards by listeners of Toronto’s CFNY-FM – ‘Album of the Year’, ‘Group of the Year’, ‘Engineer/Producer of the Year’ (Daniel Lanois) and ‘Video of the Year’ (“Black Stations, White Stations”). “Black Stations, White Stations” went to No.2 in Canada but was banned across the US for its racey subject matter concerning whites and blacks living in harmony. By 1985 Mark Gane and Johnson headed to Bath, England to work with producer David Lord and the rhythm section of Tony Levin and Yogi Horton with overdubs recorded in Mark Gane’s affectionately named Toronto basement studio The Web (after all the spiders found in it) for the 1986 LP ‘The World Is A Ball’. With the frustration of the Canadian market and the failure of the single, “Song In My Head”, the full band played its last show at Toronto’s Diamond Club in October 1987; Gane and Johnson moved permanently to England and in 1992 they shot back with the ephemeral ‘Modern Lullaby’ under the revived moniker of Martha & The Muffins on Canadian indie label Intrepid Records. It too failed to make a dent in the grunge tainted music market. Martha Johnson went on to record several children’s albums in the ’90’s; Mark Gane worked on studio projects; Martha Ladly moved to England and joined British band The Associates. She also released a single in 1981 “Finlandia/Tasmania” and later toured with Robert Palmer as his keyboard player in 1986. In 2001 she was Director of Design for Immersion Studios, an interactive film company in Toronto associated with Peter Gabriel’s UK-based Real World group of companies; Jocelyne Lanois continued doing session work with her brother Daniel, as well as her significant other, Malcolm Burn, and was briefly the bass player for Crash Vegas; German hip-hop outfit Die Fantastischen Vier (The Fantastic Four) had a Top 10 hit in the Fall of 2004 with the song “Troy”, which sampled heavily from the Martha and the Muffins’ song “Indecision”. In February 2005 Gane and Johnson reunited for a set of  Martha & The Muffin songs together at the Drake Hotel in Toronto for the first time since 1987.  with notes from Steven Davey, Brad Fortner, Nanci Malek and Graham Best.

1978 Insect Love/Suburban Dream (Muffin) MM-001
1979 Insect Love/Cheesies & Gum (Dindisc/Virgin – UK) DIN-4
1980 Echo Beach/Teddy In the Dark (Dindisc/Virgin/Polygram) VS-1111
1980 About Insomnia/146 (UK Green Wax/Dindisc/Virgin) VS-1120
1980 Saigon/Copacabana (Dindisc/Virgin – UK) DIN-17
1980 Suburban Dream/Girl Fat (Dindisc/Virgin – UK) DIN-21
1980 Was Ezo/Trance and Dance (Dindisc/Virgin – UK) DIN-27
1981 Was Ezo/Girl Fat (Dindisc/Virgin) VS-1125
1980 Paint By Number Heart/Copacabana (Dindisc/Virgin)
1980 1980 Tour Live [EP included in 1st pressing of ‘Trance & Dance’] (Dindisc/Virgin) DEP-1
1980 Indecision [4 song 7” EP] (Dindisc – FRANCE)
1981 Women Around the World At Work/Twenty-Two In Cincinnati (Dindisc/Virgin/Polygram) VS-1131
1981 One Day In Paris/Women Around the World At Work (Dindisc – NETHERLANDS) 104.209
1981 Swimming/Little Sounds (Excerpts) (Dindisc/Virgin)  VS-1136
2010 Echo Beach (30th Anniversary Version)/Big Day [DigiFile] (Muffin)

as M + M
1982 Danceparc (Every Day Is Tomorrow)/Whatever Happened To Radio Valve Road (Current/RCA) WAKE-1
1982 World Without Borders/Boys In the Bushes (Current/RCA) WAKE-2
1982 I’m No Good At Conversation/Several Styles of Blonde Girls Dancing (Current/RCA) WAKE-4
1984 Black Stations, White Stations [4  mixes 12”] (Current/RCA) WASH-4
1984 Mystery Walk (Current/RCA)
1984 Cooling the Medium/Come Out and Dance (Current/RCA) WAKE-5
1984 Cooling the Medium (Dance Remix)//Cooling the Medium (Dub Mix)/Come Out and Dance [12”] (Current/RCA) WASH-5
1984 Black Stations, White Stations/Xoa Oho (Current/RCA) WAKE-7
1984 Big Trees/Cooling the Medium (Current/RCA) WAKE-8
1985 Song In My Head/Riverene (Current/RCA) WAKE-14
1985 Song In My Head [3 mixes]/Riverene [12”] (Current/RCA) WASH-7
1986 Someone Else’s Shoes/[same] (Current/RCA) WAKE-16
1986 Watching the Boys Fall Down/Only You (Current/RCA) WAKE-18

1979 Metro Music (Dindisc/Virgin)  VL-2142
1980 Trance and Dance (Dindisc/Virgin) VL-2207
1981 This Is The Ice Age (Dindisc/Virgin) VL-2228
1987 Far Away In Time (Virgin) COMCD-12
1992 Modern Lullaby (Intrepid/Capitol)  N2IS-0014
1998 Then + Again: A Retrospective (EMI) 496001
2010 Delicate (Muffin) ARK-4
2017 Where Blue Meets Green (Balearic Edits) (Echo Beach) EB-127
2017 Icon (Universal) 5380092
2021 Marthology: In And Outtakes (Popguru) POP-2111

as M + M
1982 Danceparc (Current/RCA)  WAVE-1
1984 Mystery Walk (Current/RCA) WAVE-3
1985 The World Is A Ball (Current/RCA) WAVE-6

Compilation Tracks
“Echo Beach” on ‘Rock ’80’s’ (Virgin/Polygram – Germany)
1980 “Echo Beach” and “Suburban Dream” on ‘Dindisc ’80’ (Dindisc/Virgin – UK)
1981 “Echo Beach” on ‘Unauthorised Virgin Bootleg’ (Virgin/Polygram – UK)
1981 “Saigon” on ‘Rock ’80’s Vol.2’ (Virgin/Polygram – Germany)
1981 “Echo Beach” on ‘High Voltage’ (K-Tel) TC-275
1982 “Echo Beach” on ‘Certified Gold’ (K-Tel) TC-278
1981 “Suburban Dream” on ‘Cash Cows’ (Virgin) MILK-1
1992 “Fighting The Monster” on ‘New Stuff’ (MMS) NSCD-001
1992 “Shades of Scarlett Conquering” on ‘Back To the Garden: A Tribute To Joni Mitchell’ (Intrepid/Capitol) N21-0016
1996 “Echo Beach” on ‘Oh What a Feeling: A Vital Collection of Canadian Music (MCA) JUNO-25
1998 “Echo Beach” on ‘Heard It On the Radio Volume 1’ (Renaissance – US) RMED-00501
2001 “Echo Beach” on ‘The Rebel Zone-Queen Street West’ (Sony) CK-80698
2002 “Echo Beach” on ‘Women & Songs – The 80s’ (WEA) WTVD-49485

as M +M
“Black Stations White Stations” on ‘Best Of The 60’s/70’s/80’s – The Yuppie Years'(Technics/Polygram) CDP-001
2001 “Black Stations White Stations” on ‘The Rebel Zone-Queen Street West’ (Sony) CK-80698

MARTIN, Christine
Former vocalist for the short-lived Montréal group Christine et Ses Copains. The band would split up in 1967 and Martin launched a short-lived solo career with
one single on the Casino label entitled “Coucou-Louni.” [also see CHRISTINE ET SES COPAINS]

Coucou-Louni/Celui Que J’Aime (Casino) CO-19005

Pierre Senecal (lead vocals, keyboards) / Brian Edwards (bass) / Jerry Mercer (drums) / Rayburn Blake (guitar) / Trevor Payne (vocals) / Brian Greenway (guitar; 1972-1973) / Steve Laing (guitar; 1972-1973) / Lorne Nehring (drums; 1972-1973) / Allan Nicholls (vocals; 1972-1973)
Pierre Senecal, Brian Edwards (brother of The Bells’ Cliff Edwards) and Rayburn Blake first met in 1960 and formed a band that played local Montreal dance halls; their drummer didn’t show up one night so Jerry Mercer was brought in as a substitute but ended up joining the band. Edwards quit the band shortly thereafter but the other three continued to perform on the local scene under names like The Phantoms, Ray Blake’s Combo and The Dominoes. By 1965 they were calling themselves Le Triangle and backing up local R&B singer Trevor Payne. They backed up Payne for four years as The Four Man Triangle and released one single for Gamma Records entitled “Deux Miroirs”.  They were discovered by producer Bob Hahn, who helped them land a new deal with Columbia Records in Toronto. Edwards rejoined the band and they changed their name to Mashmakhan – named after a type of drug being peddled by a local drug dealer. The first single from their self-titled debut album was “Days When We Are Free”, but it was the Pierre Senecal written “As The Years Go By” on the flip side that brought the band chart action in the summer of 1970. The song would spend ten weeks on the CHUM Chart – three of those at No.1 by August 1st, 1970 – and the single would sell 100,000 copies in Canada. The song spent four weeks on the Billboard Top40 singles chart and peaked at No.31 on July 11, 1970. However, it still managed to sell an incredible 500,000 copies in the U.S. The single would also sell 1,000,000 copies in Japan and a Beatlemania-like reception when Mashmakhan toured there. Columbia followed this up with the single “Children of the Sun” which failed to do much more than graze the bottom of the Canadian singles charts.In 1971 Mashmakhan was one of two contributors to the musical score of the NFB film ‘Epilogue/Fieve’ which was directed by William Pettigrew. “Couldn’t Find the Sun”, written by Rayburn Blake for the movie, was included on Mashmakhan’s 1971 album ‘The Family’. The album also did well in Japan on the back of the single “Gladwin”, but by 1972 the band had officially split up; Blake and Edwards formed Riverson with vocalist Frankie Hart and drummer Graham Lear, and were signed to Aquarius. Blake would then join the Lisa Hartt Band and also recorded some solo material; Jerry Mercer joined April Wine; The group was revived twice in the early seventies by Aquarius Records with future April Wine members Brian Greenway and Steve Laing plus former J.B. & The Playboys member and future movie actor Allan Nicholls; Brian Edwards died of a heart attack October 20, 2016. with notes from Paul Davies, Nicholas Jennings, Samuel King, Rayburn Blake, Mayblitz, Dave Buerster and Victor Gibbs. [also see ALLAN F. NICHOLLS, APRIL WINE]

1970 Days When We Are Free/As the Years Go By (Columbia) C4-2924
1970 Children of the Sun/Come Again (Columbia) C4-2960
1971 Start All Over/Couldn’t Find the Sun (Columbia) C4-2979
1971 Love Is/Time To Move On (Columbia) C4-3011
1971 Light Blue/I Don’t Fear Tomorrow (Columbia) C4-3012
1971 Gladwin/Nature’s Love Song (Columbia – JAPAN)  CBSA-82095
1972 Ride Johnny Ride/Home (Columbia)  C4-3055
1973 Dance a Little Step/One Night Stand (Aquarius) AQ-5025

Deux Miroirs/Les Montagnes Russes (Gamma) AA-1042

1970 Mashmakhan (Columbia) E-30235
1971 The Family (Columbia)  E-30813
1999 Mashmakhan/The Family (Collector’s Choice) COL-CD-6063

Compilation Tracks
“As the Years Go By” on ‘Maple Music Vol. 1 (MMJ) MMJ-1
1972 “As the Years Go By” on ‘The Bulova Un-Ripoff: 10 Favourite All Time Heavies” on (Columbia Special Products) CSPS-510
1986 “Days When We Are Free” on ‘The Rubble Collection 5’ (Bam Caruso – UK) RUBBLE-CD5
1990 “As the Years Go By” on ‘Made in Canada, Our Rock ‘n’ Roll History – Volume One: The Early Years’ (BMG) KCD1-7156
1996 “As the Years Go By” on ‘Oh What a Feeling: A Vital Collection of Canadian Music (MCA) JUNO-25

Doris Mason
(keyboards, lead Vocals) / Bruce Chapman (keyboards, lead Vocals) / Dave Skinner (drums, vocals) / Roger Arsenault (bass, lead Vocals)
Mason Chapman were a 4-piece band formed in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1979 who and toured the Maritimes with their unique seven keyboard set-up. The band recorded a full length album at Solar Audio in 1982 which was produced by Glen Meisner. with notes from Jim Rice and Terence Dwyer.

1982 Still Want You/Flying High (Radio-Canada International) RCI-539-S1

Mason Chapman Band (Radio-Canada International) RCI-539

Compilation Tracks
“Just One Bullet” on ‘Eastern Alliance’ (CBS) ART-100

MASON, Dutch
Born: Norman Byron Mason on February 19, 1938 in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia
Died: December 23, 2006 in Truro, Nova Scotia
Called “Dutchie” because of his south-shore accent, the Lunenburg, Nova Scotia native was born into a musical family — his father played stand-up bass and drums while his mother was a pianist. At the age of 14 he played drums in his parents’ Dixieland band. By the age of 16 he was hanging out with coloured musicians in the community of Gibson Woods and started to learn how to play guitar and imitate his musical heroes like Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis and others. Mason’s first band was called The Wreckers and soon stepped out front in Dutch Mason And The Esquires. By the age of 19 he hit the road doing dance hall performances around the Maritimes. As time went on he shifted from rock and roll to the Blues having been inspired by BB King’s “Sweet Little Angel”. He was thirty years old when he recorded his first album, with the Dutch Mason Trio, entitled “At The Candlelight” which was released in 1968. The album was actually recorded at Dartmouth High School. Later, with a newly formed Dutch Mason Band, the group took up residency as the house band at the Wyse Owl Tavern in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. They played constantly from 1973 into 1974 for a 13 month run and were then offered gigs in Toronto where they decided to relocate. The band returned home in 1978. Two albums followed on Attic Records before Mason was stricken with arthritis and diabetes complications that prevented him from recording for ten years. Mason was appointed the title “Prime Minister Of The Blues” at a BB King concert in Toronto by King himself. Mason finally returned to the recording studio in 1990 with an all-star cast of musicians from the Johnny Winter Band and Downchild Blues Band among others for his comeback record entitled, “I’m Back!”, on Stony Plain Records. In 1991 he appeared on the Juno Award-winning disc ‘Saturday Night Blues: The Great Canadian Blues Project Volume 1’ based on the CBC Radio show called “Saturday Night Blues”. That same year, Mason won the 1st annual “Great Canadian Blues Award” voted by listeners of the CBC radio show. A 1996 release, ‘Appearing Nightly’, came next and featured material recorded in 1980 while Mason was still able to play guitar. For Mason’s 60th birthday concert in 1998, promoter Brookes Diamond invited Mason’s contemporaries Sam Moon, Joe Murphy, Frank MacKay And The Lincolns, Matt Minglewood, Pam Marsh, Johnny Favourite, Carson Downey And Big City and many others to the Halifax Metro Centre and recorded a tribute CD to the legendary bluesman. In 2002 Mason was among the first inductees into the Canadian Jazz And Blues Hall of Fame. In 2004 the East Coast Blues Society held the inauguration of the Dutch Mason Blues Hall Of Fame at St. Antonio’s Hall in Halifax. On September 13, 2005 Mason received the Order of Canada. Mason has received several other accolades including the first ‘Lifetime Acheivement Award’ at the ECMA’s, a Juno Award, and The Harvest Blues Festival in Fredericton has an award in his name. Having lived the last few years in a wheelchair in Truro, Nova Scotia, while still doing occasional gigs, Mason passed away December 23, 2006; Dutch Mason band guitarist Wade Brown passed away February 22, 2010 in Truro, Nova Scotia due to complications from Crohn’s disease. with notes from Jim Rice, Larry Mott and Peter Crowe.

1971 Steamroller Blues/Hi-Heel Sneakers (Marathon) PA-1044

1977 Diddly Diddly Daddy/Hard Times (Wyse Owl/Solar) SAR-209
1979 Barefootin’/Goin’ To Chicago (London) LX-2696
1980 Mister Blue/Did You Mess Your Mind (Attic) AT-236
1981 That’s Life/It’s All Wrong (Attic) AT-251

1968 At The Candlelight (Paragon/Allied) ALS-263
1971 Putting It All Together (Marathon) MS-2107

1976 The Blues Ain’t Bad (Wyse Owl Productions) OBP-2008
1977 Janitor of the Blues (Solar) SAR-2020
1979 Wish Me Luck (London) PS-733
1979 Dutch Mason Blues (Rainbow) R-3101
1980 Special Brew (Attic) LAT-1093
1982 Gimme A Break (Attic) LAT-1114
1991 I’m Back (Stony Plain) SPCD-1169
1992 You Can’t Have Everything [w/The Drew Nelson Band] (Stony Plain) SPCD-1182
1993 The Prime Minister of the Blues (Stony Plain)
1996 Dutch Mason Appearing Nightly (Alive Presentations)
1998 60th Birthday Live (Tidemark)
1999 Dutch Mason & Johnny Tornado “Goodtimes” (Anchors Away)
2004 Half Ain’t Been Told (Pig Productions/CBC)

Compilation Tracks
“Long Distance Feeling” on ‘Rocktober (Attic) ROCT-081
1982 “Mr. Blue” on ‘Eastern Alliance’ (CBS) ART-100
1991 “Just Your Fool” on ‘Saturday Night Blues: The Great Canadian Blues Project Volume 1’ (WEA/Stony Plains/CBC Variety)
1993 “Did You Mess Your Mind?” on ‘Caught In the Attic’ [3CDs] (Attic) ATTIC-XX

Eddie McDonald
(guitar, vocals) / Jamie Stewart (bass, keyboards) / Ross Hogarth (slide guitar, percussion) / Chico Cortez (drums)
Masterstroke featured Eddie McDonald (Snowaxe, Foreign Exchange) and Jamie Stewart of The Cult after the two established a recording studio in Pickering, Ontario. They released one album on Polygram; In the early 2000s McDonald established his own vintage guitar shop and music school called Love Music in Scarborough, Ontario. After selling the school he would upgrade his recording studio; Stewart would go on to play bass on Lost & Profound’s ‘Memory Thief’ album in 1994. [also see EDDIE McDONALD]

Weapon (Mercury/Polygram) PCD-296

Masterstroke [5-song EP] (Mercury/Polygram) 422-864-913- 2

Benoit Bourque
(mouth harp, vocals, bones, percussion) / Gaston Bernard (guitar) / Simon Lepage (bass)
From Quebec featuring ex-Eritage member Benoit Bourque. Originally known as Bourque, Benoit Et Lepage, the group became Matapat – which was the name of their debut album in 1998 – after they were nominated for a 1999 JUNO Award for “Best Roots And Traditional Album By A Group’; Lepage would go on to join Les Grande Hurleurs. [also see LES GRANDE HURLEURS]

Matapat [cassette] (Borealis) BC110-4

Petit Fou (Borealis) BCD-133
2004 2 1/2 (Intermède/Select) INT-CD-122
2007 Que De Peine Et D’Amour! (Intermède/Select) INT-CD-123

Norbert Block
(drums) / Errol Sokoloski (lead guitar, vocals) / Mark Fisher (lead vocals, rhythm guitar) / Dave Plante (vocals, bass)
From Winnipeg, Manitoba

Compilation Tracks
“Mr. Black” and “Someone Like You” on ‘Buried Treasures (Winnipeg Rock Gems 1958-1974)’ [2CD] (Super Oldies) SOCD-9

Born: Raymond George Materick in Brantford, Ontario

Ray Materick is a singer/songwriter born in Brantford, Ontario. He comes by his career honestly: His father played saxophone, trumpet, and clarinet n his own dance band during the 1940’s and 1950’s before becoming an ordained evangelical preacher in the 1960’s. Materick’s brothers introduced him to Rock ‘N’ Roll music in the form of Chuck Berry, Elvis, Buddy Holly. His inspiration to write his own material came from The Rolling Stones, The Animals, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Bob Dylan, Kris Kristofferson and Gordon Lightfoot. In 1972 Materick signed with one of Canada’s first truly independent labels, Kanata Records, to release his first solo album, ‘Sidestreets’, produced by David Bird. The gritty, gravelly voiced and lyrically brilliant album was greeted as a masterpiece by critics. By 1974 Materick was signed to WEA Canada by Gary Muth for the new Asylum label in the U.S. His first album release would be ‘Neon Rain’, produced by Eugene Martynec, and contained the hit single “Linda Put the Coffee On”. Legendary east coaster Stan Rogers would note Materick’s considerable talent as a songwriter by recording his version of Materick’s “The Holiday Bar and Grill Cafe”. 1975’s ‘Best Friend Overnight’, produced by Don Potter, featured pedal steel and mandolin courtesy of a very young Daniel Lanois. Similarly, Lanois also made significant contributions to Materick’s 1976 album ‘Midnight Matinee’ (also produced by Don Potter). Materick’s band was solidifying as well with noted contributions by Ed Roth (keyboards), Bill Cymbala (drums), and Bob Doidge (bass). This line-up would be the foundation for Materick’s 1978 outting, ‘Fever In Rio’, along with help from Jack Pedler (drums), Michael Zweig (guitar), Shirley Eikhard (harmony vocals), Terry Brumhall (bass) and Glen Foster (guitar). This cycle of albums all won Materick critical praise. In the early ’80’s Materick formed his own record label, Escape Records, and continued touring with his band which featured Lily Sazz (The Trailblazers). At this point Materick took a break from his years of road and party life. He began working in an East Toronto woodworking shop where he remained for nearly 8 years. Through a program of self-discovery Materick began writing songs again. Materick now lives in Hamilton, Ontario, and has been feverishly releasing new product through his own King Kong.com record label (which also serves as the home for seven other singer-songwriters). Materick’s prolific resurgence resulted in five solo releases in 2000 — ‘Rough Serenade’, ‘Melting Pot’, ‘Man In The Thunderbird’, ‘Wild World’, and ‘Sunflowers’; and two solo releases in 2001 — ‘Here At Home’ and ‘Violent Flood’. In 2001 Materick released ‘The Songwriter’ on King Kong Records which was later assimilated into a 2 CD package by Linus Entertainment/Warner Music Canada along with 12 vintage 1970’s tracks called ‘Life & Times’ in 2003. Materick then continued his prolific streak with two more albums under his belt – ‘The Book of Love’ (on the Christian Music Canada label) and the two disc set ‘Ragged Kingdom’ (on New Dawn Records). Materick is currently in a new act called Peace On Earth* who released a new video in August 2011 for song “River of Blood” in anticipation of their 2012 two CD releases – ‘Unity’ and ‘World Without End’. with notes from Ray Materick, Rob Randall and Greg Bosley.

1972 Season Of Plenty/Goodbye (Kanata/London) KAN-1010
1972 Hard Life Alone (Kanata/London)
1974 Linda Put The Coffee On/It’s All So New To Me (Asylum/WEA) ASC-5001
1975 Feelin’ Kinda Lucky Tonight/Blue Castle Lady (Asylum/WEA) ASC-5003
1976 Northbound Plane/Anyday It Rains (Asylum/WEA) ASC-5004
1976 Ride Away/Lonely Hearts Hotel (Asylum/WEA) ASC-5005
1979 Only A Fool (stereo)/Only A Fool (mono) (Casino/London) C-7149-DJ
1980 Bring On The Light/Might Take Some Muscle (One Heart/Phonodisc) 333
1980 Heartbreak/Rock&Roll Is A Mans Game (One Heart/Phonodisc) 3335

1972 Side Streets (Kanata/London) KAN-10
1974 Neon Rain (Asylum/WEA) 7ESC-10001
1975 Best Friend Overnight (Asylum/WEA) 7ESC-10002
1976 Midnight Matinee (Asylum/WEA) 7ESC-10003
1980 Fever In Rio (Casino/London) CA-1013
1981 Ray Materick (One Heart/Phonodisc) 1111
2000 Rough Serenade (kingkongrecords) KKRC-100
2000 Melting Pot (kingkongrecords) KKRC-200
2000 Man In The Thunderbird (kingkongrecords) KKRC-300
2000 Wild World (kingkongrecords)
2000 Sunflowers (kingkongrecords)
2001 Here At Home (kingkongrecords)
2001 Violent Flood (kingkongrecords)
2002 Songwriter (kingkongrecords)
2003 Life & Times (Linus/Warner Music Canada) Linus 2 70015
2004 Live At The Elmocambo (kingkongrecords) KKRC-1600
2006 The Book Of Love (Christian Music Canada)
2006 Ragged Kingdom (New Dawn) KKRC-1800

Compilation Tracks
“Linda Put the Coffee On” on ‘Canada Gold – 22 Karat Hits’ (K-Tel) TC-225

Neil Matthews was born and raised on a farm on Prince Edward Island. In 1957, Neil and his brother moved to Oshawa, Ontario, where he became interested in country music. He wrote and recorded his signature song “Beautiful Island” which he first released independently in 1959, and was then re-issued on Alto Records. He soon formed a band to perform standards and showcase his original songs which featured his brothers Gord and Gary Matthews and singer Dottie Randall. By 1967 they were performing live full time and touring Ontario, Quebec, and the Maritimes. They would record their debut album, ‘Beautiful Island,’ for Jack Boswell’s Paragon Records in 1968.

Beautiful Island/Big Shot (Alto) QC-660
1989 Country Cabin By The Sea/Old Memories (Burco) BR-117
1990 Beautiful Island/Mrs. Jones (Burco) BR-125

Beautiful Island/Mrs. Jones (Paragon) PA-1006

1959 Beautiful Island/Tipping Toeing (independent) QC-500


1968 Beautiful Island (Paragon/Allied) ALS-163

Compilation Tracks
“Six Days On The Road” on ‘Rockin’ With A Boppin’ Feel Volume 2′ (Collector – Netherlands) CLCD-4527

Born: Harrow, Ontario in 1942;
Died: January 8, 2013 in Toronto, Ontario
Shirley Matthews started her singing career in school and church. At 19 she made money singing while working a full time job at the Bell Telephone business office in Toronto. She sang at high school dances in the early sixties which led to a recurring gig at Club Bluenote rotating with David-Clayton Thomas, Shawne Jackson, and The Mandala where she would frequently be visited by touring musicians such as Stevie Wonder and The Supremes. An associate of The Four Season’s manager Bob Crewe and Red Leaf Records owner Stan Klees spotted Matthews at the Bluenote and she was whisked away to New York City to record her first single “Big Town Boy” after signing a recording contract with Red Leaf. The record went Top-10 and she won a 1964 JUNO Award for ‘Female Vocalist of the Year’. She released several follow-up singles but only “Private Property” made any waves. In 1967 she was married to become Shirley Vedder and gave up her career in singing. She has spent most of her adult years living with her family in Unionville, Ontario and was the executive assistant at a racquet ball club there and an accomplished player herself. Shirley (Matthews) Vedder later became President & CEO of a racquet and fitness club chain. She died unexpectedly on January 8, 2013. with notes from Jim Vedder. [also see BIG TOWN BOYS]

1964 He Makes Me Feel So Pretty/Is He Really Mine (Red Leaf/Tamarac) TTM-608
1965 Stop the Clock/If I Had It All To Do Again (Red Leaf/Tamarac) TTM-611


1963 Big Town Boy/(You Can) Count on That (Red Leaf/Tamarac) TTM-602

1964 Private Property/Wise Guys (Red Leaf/Tamarac) TTM-603

Compilation Tracks
“Big Town Boy” on ‘Made In Canada – Volume One: The Early Years’ (BMG) KCD1-7156

Cris “Max Mouse” Cuddy
(acoustic guitar, vocals) / Jim “J.P. Hovercraft” Price (bass) / George Bertok (guitar, Hammond organ) / Buzz “Mr. Soul” Thompson (guitar) / Jim “Jimbo Lewis” Leslie (drums) / Bobby Watson (guitar) / Joey Freedman (guitar; 1978) / Alan Kates (steel guitar; 1978) / Bohdan Hlusko [aka Michelle Josef] (drums; 1978) / Denis Delorme (pedal steel) / James Clark (drums)
Cris Cuddy found underground cult fame with his friends from Peterborough’s Trent University in the late 1960s with several rare releases under the name Jeremy Doormouse. Amongst those within his general musical orbit were Bobby Watson and Buzz Thompson of The Hangmen. When the Hangmen fell apart Thompson left the business briefly and Watson teamed up with George Bertok in Sumac. When Sumac came to an end the two formed a new band called Bacon Fat with Jim Price. Price was then in a band called Heavenly Jukebox and over time, mutated into Uncle Bobby’s Aerial Ballet featuring Cris Cuddy, Bobby Watson and Jim Leslie. The band became Max Mouse & The Gorillas in 1977 releasing their first indie single “Steppin’ Out” that year on their own imprint Jungle Juke (the label would also be called Juke Jungle and eventually Jungle Jukebox). In time, Bertok and Thompson joined to become the definitive version of the band. The first album, entitled ‘Who Is This Max Mouse Anyway?,’ was recorded on-the-cheap at Inception Sound live off the floor and mixed by Doug McClement at Comfort Sound. The next album, ‘Stilla Gorilla,’ in 1979 featured songs pressed at 45 RPM on the A-side and 33 1/3 RPM on the B-side. The A-side was recorded at Inception Sound and the B-side utilizing Doug McClement’s renowned mobile recording truck. In 1998 the band released a live album. A version of the Gorillas continues on and off each year with Cuddy continuing to steer the helm. With notes from Cris Cuddy.

1977 Steppin’ Out/Blues From the City (Jungle Juke)
1978 Can A Gorilla Sing the Blues [3-song EP] (Juke Jungle) JJ-1

Max Mouse & The Gorillas (Jungle Jukebox) JJ-33.3
1998 Alive (independent) MMGA-0998

1979 Stilla Gorilla [EP] (Jungle Jukebox) JJ-33.45

Kim Mitchell (guitars, vocals) / Terry Watkinson (keyboards) / Paul Kersey (drums) / Mike Tilka (bass) / Gary McCracken (drums; replaced Kersey 1977) / Dave Myles (bass; replaced Tilka) / David Stone (keyboards; replaced Watkinson 1980) / Peter Fredette (bass; replaced Myles) / Mike Gingrich (bass; replaced Fredette)
Sarnia in the 1960’s saw a young, ambitious Kim Mitchell sweating it out in various line-ups of the same band starting with the name The Grass Company, The Quotations, Big Al’s Band and finally ZOOOM, who wound up in Toronto where cover-tunes ruled and original material went unnoticed. Eventually all the members but Mitchell returned to Sarnia. He was starving but getting work doing studio sessions, beer commercials, and playing the hotel and airport lounge circuit. He set off to the Greek island of Rhodes backing up a Greek Tom Jones. Six months later Mitchell invited poet and childhood buddy Pye Dubois (real name: Paul Woods) to Greece to co-write some songs; they decided to make it a band project and set about recruiting a line-up. The 1972 line-up consisted of Mitchell, Kersey (The Bluesmen Revue), Tilka (an Indiana, USA, emigre), and Watkinson (already a veteran of the Canadian music scene with The Yeomen and all its namesake permutations). Tilka was in a band called Family At Macs and they did a song “Webster”. It was decided to pick a name configuration that would recall other fictitious band names of not-real people like Jethro Tull or Alice Cooper. The name Max Webster was born. By 1974 their live act was getting bites from management, production and record companies and in 1975 they signed with the Ray Danniels/Vic Wilson’s SRO Productions as their management company. Danniels had set up an independent label imprint for SRO band Rush called Moon Records and then set up Taurus Records to handle other artists on the roster including Liverpool, Mendelson Joe and Max Webster. The band’s debut single was “Blowing The Blues” in 1975 through Taurus’s distribution deal with London Records. Though the record gained little attention, a full self-titled album [aka ‘The Blockheads Album’] was recorded and released that year under producer Terry Brown (Rush, Klaatu). SRO would amalgamate both Moon and Taurus Records under the new name Anthem Records and Max Webster’s contract was carried along with it. The first album was re-issued in Canada in 1976 and stateside on the back of Anthem’s US distributor Mercury Records in 1977. The LP was issued with new artwork and renamed ‘Hangover’. 1977’s ‘High Class In Borrowed Shoes’ was also produced by Terry Brown. However, during the recording of ‘Mutiny Up My Sleeve’ (1978) he left over a dispute concerning the album’s musical direction. By this point Sarnia’s Gary McCracken (ex-Zing Dingo) had assumed the drum chores after Kersey had quit to co-found The Hunt after a falling out with Kim Mitchell. Meanwhile, former Zooom member Myles had taken over bass duties for Tilka, who would turn to business aspects at SRO/Anthem. Yet, even with the changes, the band maintained its stance as a strong live draw, so much so that Rush asked them to open their 1977 tour. Slowly, Max Webster began to establish a massive cult following and acceptance, a fact that didn’t go unnoticed by ‘A Million Vacations’ producer John de Nottebeck. With that album he made the band more radio friendly and they finally cracked the charts with the Watkinson led single “Let Go The Line” in 1979 and followed by the band’s biggest commercial hit, the McCracken led title track. ‘Live Magnetic Air’ was also released that year but Watkinson left anyway to pursue a solo career. He eventually formed the band Antlers with Tilka in the early 1990’s. Despite a fabled team-up of Max Webster and Rush on the song “Battlescar”, 1980’s ‘Universal Juveniles’ had a noticeable absence of that trademark Watkinson keyboard sound and the band was falling apart from constant touring in towns where feverish fans were unable to purchase the band’s records – especially stateside. The lack of promotion and poor management organization is sited as the cause for Kim Mitchell’s resignation during a tour with Rush in April 1981. With this the band split up but they had actually been close to hitting the big time, so Anthem capitalized with a posthumous greatest hits package called ‘Diamonds, Diamonds’. Mitchell went on to a very successful solo career, but the continued cult status of Max Webster, particularly in Ontario, prompted Mitchell, Watkinson, McCracken, and Tilka to reunite in 1990. Their first performance was a short set at the Toronto Music Awards that year to 3000 hysterical fans who refused to pay attention to the awards given out after their set, continuing to chant “Max! Max! Max!” for the rest of the night. Anthem capitalized on the new-found Max fervour by releasing another best of package that year. Delighted with this response, the four musicians continued to do one-off dates around Ontario as Max Webster well into the late 1990’s with Kim Mitchell Band bassist Peter Fredette filling in for Tilka. In 2007, Mitchell, Tilka, McCracken and Watkinson reunited yet again for Toronto radio station Q107’s 30th Anniversary bash along with David Wilcox, Goddo, Sass Jordan and Alannah Myles. The event was filmed but has yet to be released. Kim Mitchell is the drive-time host on Q107-FM in Toronto. He still performs solo gigs in Southern Ontario; Gary McCracken still lives in Sarnia and owns a very successful music store/school. Aside from playing in ZZ Top tribute band Tres Hombres in the 80s & 90s, he has released several eclectic solo albums; Terry Watkinson performs with Mike Tilka in the band Antlers and occasionally joins Frank Soda live. Watkinson has been successful as a painter and displays his works in galleries around Ontario; in September 2017 Universal Music released an 8 LP/CD boxed set of the band’s catalog, one Kim Mitchell EP, and several previously unreleased songs.. with notes from Terry Watkinson, Bob Reid, Ken Smith, Gary McCracken, and Kim Mitchell. [also see KIM MITCHELL]

1975 Blowing Away The Blues/Hangover (Taurus/London) TR-006
Words To Words/In The Context of the Moon (Anthem) ANS-003
1977 Diamonds, Diamonds/Rain Child (Anthem) ANS-005
1979 Let Go The Line/Moon Voices (Anthem) ANS-012
1979 A Million Vacations/Rascal Houdi [withdrawn] (Anthem) ANS-013
1979 A Million Vacations/Night Flights (Anthem) ANS-013
1979 Paradise Skies (Live)/In Context of the Moon (Live) (Anthem) ANS-014
1979 Paradise Skies//Party/Let Your Man Fly [12”] (Capitol – UK) 12YCL-16079
1979 Night Flights//Hangover/High Class In Borrowed Shoes (Capitol – UK)  CL-16104
1980 Night Flights (Live)/Hangover (Live) (Anthem) ANS-020
1980 Check/Blue River Liquor Shine (Anthem) ANS-027
1980 Battlescar/Hot Spots (Anthem) ANS-037
1980 Battlescar [12′ sampler] (Mercury – US) MK-159
1980 Check/Drive And Desire [12″] (Mercury – US) MK-163

1975 Max Webster (Taurus/London)TR-101
Max Webster (Anthem)  ANR-1-1006
1977 High Class In Borrowed Shoes (Anthem/Mercury)  ANR-1007
1977 Hangover (Mercury – US) SRM-1-1131
1978 Mutiny Up My Sleeve (Anthem)  ANR-1012
1979 A Million Vacations (Anthem)  ANR-1018
1979 Live Magnetic Air (Anthem)  ANR-1019
1980 Universal Juveniles (Anthem) ANR-1027
1980 Battlescar [12′ sampler] (Mercury – US) MK-159
1980 Check/Drive And Desire [12″] (Mercury – US) MK-163
1981 Diamonds Diamonds (Anthem) ANR-1033
1989 The Best of Max Webster – Featuring Kim Mitchell (Anthem)  ANMD-1058
2006 20th Century Masters – The Millennium Collection: The Best of Max Webster (Anthem/Universal) UNI-143772
2017 The Party [8 LPs/CDs] (Universal Music)

Compilation Tracks
“Paradise Skies” on ‘Rock 80’ (K-Tel) TC-265
1980 “High Class In Borrowed Shoes” on ‘America Strikes Back (Sounds Album 5) (Capitol – US) SS-5
1981 “Night Flights” on ‘Superstars Salute New Massey Hall’ (CRIA) CRIA-1
1984 “Oh War” on ‘Striktly for Konnoisseurs (Music for Nations – US) MFN-32
2000 “Check” on ‘Allstar Contact: The Ultimate Hockey Album’ (Attic) ACD-1542
2001 “A Million Vacations” on ‘Oh What a Feeling 2: A Vital Collection of Canadian Music’ (CMC) 0885
2001 “Paradise Skies” on ‘Ultimate Rock 2’ (Sony) 91480
2002 “A Million Vacations” on ‘Dock Rock’ (BMG) 9376329

MAY, Raymond
Born: Raymond Gerald May in Sri Lanka
Raymond May was born in Sri Lanka and raised in Keremeos, British Columbia. After graduating from high school he went to London, England, and joined the Unknowns who released one single. He was contemplating a permanent move to London to continue his music career, but stayed to compete in the Labatt’s Blue Spotlight 1985 Battle of the Bands competition. Bryan Adams’ manager Bruce Allen was one of the judges and signed May to a management deal. Allen was experimenting at that time with his own independent record label, Penta, and May became its first signing in 1988. The first album, ‘Unadulterated Addiction’ was produced by Bruce Fairbairn and ex-Payola Paul Hyde and released in 1988. May did a short tour of the midwestern U.S., where the single “Romantic Guy” made the Top 10 on some radio charts. The live group’s members included Murray Hardacker (rhythm guitar, keyboards), Jim Buckshon (bass) and Pat Steward (drums). The group opened for Aerosmith, Iggy Pop and the Georgia Satellites before returning to Vancouver to find lacking home based record sales & a crumbling label. Penta Records soon collapsed and May ended up caught in the fallout. He would return in 1995 with the independent release ‘Syringes In Paradise’ under the name Ray May.

1988 Romantic Guy/Living In Exile (Penta/Elektra) PEN-1000
1988 Romantic Guy/[same] [12”] (Penta/Elektra – US) ED-5307
1988 True Life/Ride ‘Em High (Penta/Elektra) PENTA-2000
1988 True Life/True Life (Edit) [12”] (Penta/Elektra) PRO-627

1988 Unadulterated Addiction (Penta/Elektra) 60796

Syringes In Paradise (WEDUN) V293387

MAYS, Matt
Born: August 10, 1979 in Hamilton, Ontario
Matt Mays was born in Hamilton, Ontario but grew up in Halifax, Nova Scotia where he has been a long-standing member of the independent music community. His first significant band was The Guthries who released two albums – ‘Off Windmill’ (2000) and ‘The Guthries’ (2002). Following the break-up of the band Mays ventured out as a solo artist and was signed to independent label Sonic who released his self-titled debut in 2002 which was distributed by major label Warner Music. In 2005 he formed a new band called Matt Mays & El Torpedo. Their self-titled debut was released that year (also on Sonic/Warner) and they scored a major Canadian radio/video hit with the song “Cocaine Cowgirl”. The song and the success of the album in Canada landed them a guest spot on US talk show ‘Late Night With Conan O’Brien’. Mays then released another solo album in 2006 entitled ‘When the Angels Make Contact’ from an unfinished film he’d been working on. El Torpedo followed up with their sophomore release in 2008 entitled ‘Terminal Romance’ which spawned three singles and put the band on tour for nearly a year. Alas, the group disbanded officially in 2009 leaving Mays to return to his solo outings. His latest album is ‘Coyote’ which was released in September 2012.

City of Lakes (sonic/Warner)
2006 When the Angels Make Conact [w/Buck 65] (Sonic Warner)
2007 Wasn’t Meant to Be (Sonic/Warner)
2010 Queen of Portland Street (Sonic/Warner)
2012 Take It On Faith
2019 Let There Be Love/[split w/MATHEW ANGUS] [7”] (Sonic/Beachfire)  V0767277

Cocaine Cowgirl (Sonic/Warner)
2005 On the Hood (Sonic/Warner)
2005 Time of Your Life (Sonic/Warner)
2008 Building a Boat (Sonic/Warner)
2009 Terminal Romance(Sonic/Warner)
2009 Building a Boat (Sonic/Warner)

Learning To Fly [DigiFile] (Sonic)

Matt Mays (Sonic/Warner) 2-12400
2006 When the Angels Make Contact (Sonic/Warner) 2-07602
2011 iTunes Session (Beachfire)
2012 Coyote (Sonic/Warner) 2-00414
2017 Once Upon A Hell of A Time (Sonic/Warner) 2 00872
2018 Twice Upon A Hell of A Time (Sonic/Warner) 2-01039
2020 Dog City [LP] (Sonic/Warner) B08C4C3YXL
2021 From Burnside With Love [3LP] (Sonic/Warner) 1-01350

Off Windmill (Hay Sale) HAY-001
2002 The Guthries (Circus65) CIRC65-CD-002

Matt Mays & El Torpedo (Sonic/Warner) 2-06234
2008 Terminal Romance (Sonic/Warner) 2-952687

Compilation Tracks
“The Plan” on ‘For a Decade of Sin: 11 Years of Bloodshot Records (Bloodshot – US) BS-112
2007 “Sample and Hold” on ‘Borrowed Tunes II: A Tribute to Neil Young’ (Universal)

McADOREY, Michelle
Michelle McAdorey was born in Toronto and raised in the Beaches area of York. She was schooled in Toronto and in Florida, Boston, New York and London. By age 15 she was working her way to becoming an actress having worked in the Canadian Opera Company, variety shows on CBC-TV and spots on ‘The King of Kensington’ TV show. She spent four months at a New York acting academy which involved further studies in London. While there she became side-tracked after getting a job singing back-up vocals for English performer Kirsty McColl who McAdorey had met in Spain. She could the music bug and soon was answering ‘vocalist wanted’ advertisements and soon made a songwriting partnership with guitarist/keyboardist Ian Morse. They eventually formed a semi-permanent band. Soon former Thunderclap Newman member Speedy Keen heard them rehearse and brought them into his studio to record a demo. The recordings were good enough to get the act gigs in some prestigious British clubs like The Venue and The Marquee. They finally hooked up with Tom Sewell (bass) and Peter Howard (drums) and gained some favourable press for their few public appearances under the name Cold Fish. In 1982 they attracted manager Falcon Stewart (Adam Ant, Classix Nouveau) who landed them a song publishing deal with Warner-Chappell who in-turn helped them secure a deal with CBS Records. It was at this point they changed their name to Corect Spelling. Against his better judgement Ultravox frontman Midge Ure was roped into producing the band’s debut disc – a 12″ dance single called “Love Me Today”. Ure was a hardline producer and allowed no creative input from the band. However, the exposure that the single and video gave Corect Spelling credibility that landed them on ‘Top Of The Pops’ and ‘The Tube’. However, CBS’s commitment ended with their release of the single. Corect Spelling floundered and collapsed and after several more years of dead end prospects and frustration McAdorey returned to her native Toronto where she got a day job, pushing music to the back burner. Blue Rodeo’s Greg Keelor talked her into returning to music and helped write some songs with her as a loose project called Crash Vegas (she also appears in Blue Rodeo’s video for the hit song “Try”). Keelor’s commitments with Blue Rodeo prevented his being a full-time member, but he convinced McAdorey to put together a permanent band to back her new musical direction. Jocelyne Lanois (Martha & The Muffins) hooked up with Keelor and McAdorey while running a workshop studio called The Lab (1988-1991) in Hamilton, Ontario, with her significant other, Malcolm Burn. Shortly after, drummer Ambrose Pottie (Thin Men, Whitenoise) completed the core lineup. Guitarist Colin Cripps (Spoons, Heavenly Brotehrs) also joined the band in 1988, roughly six months after Crash Vegas started. The band began recording their debut album at The Lab with Burn producing. Cripps played most of the guitar with Keelor guesting on a couple of songs. The sessions were completed at Kingsway Studio in New Orleans. After the recording sessions were completed, Crash Vegas returned to the Toronto area and performed for about six months. They were signed to Blue Rodeo’s own label, Risque Disque, for the released of the album entitled‘Red Earth’. It soon went gold and earned them some media recognition, but Risque Disque went bankrupt and left the album and the band in limbo. The band and Lanois parted ways at the end of 1990 and she was replaced by bassist Darren Watson, whom Cripps knew from the Hamilton, Ontario music scene. In 1992 Crash Vegas signed a new U.S. deal with London/Polygram, which put out their second album, ‘Stone’, in 1993. It featured Watson on bass and continued with songs co-written by Keelor and another by David Pirner (Soul Asylum). The record featured an all-star line-up in that several tracks were produced by John Porter (The Smiths, Bryan Ferry) and one was remixed by Bruce Vig (Garbage). The album was expensive to make because of all the extra talent and it sold poorly due to record-label red tape. While they tried to get out of their deal they recorded the Neil Young song “Pocahontas” for the Sony Records Canada tribute ‘Borrowed Tunes: A Tribute to Neil Young’ in 1994. The song put them in touch with Sony executives who were impressed with their songwriting and signed the band. By 1995 Crash Vegas had become a duo of McAdorey and Cripps. A new record deal with Sony resulted in the release of ‘Aurora’. The recording unit featured emergency fill-ins by Change Of Heart’s John Borra and Mike Sloski as the rhythm section. Their touring band featured Phleg Camp’s rhythm section of Brown and Chenaux. The album ground to a halt on radio within 12 weeks but the band went to Europe and achieved a modicum of success there where the moody third album was better appreciated. Crash Vegas returned to Canada and split up in 1996. After dropping out of sight and traveling around writing new songs McAdorey released her debut solo CD called ‘Whirl’ in 2000. The same year she made a guest appearance on King Cobb Steelie’s fourth album ‘Mayday’. She was working as a yoga instructor at Ashtanga Studio as of 2011, but did release another solo album entitled ‘Into Her Future’ in 2015. Crash Vegas reunited in 2017; McAdorey is the niece of the late Canadian radio and TV personality Bob McAdorey. [also see CRASH VEGAS]

Love Me Today (Dub Mix)//Love Me Today/Strange Boy [12″] (CBS) 12CXP-8527

2000 Whirl (Quilt) QRCD-4783
2015 Into Her Future (DWR) DWR-CDMM15

Born: Robert Bruce McBride on November 17, 1946 in Toronto, Ontario;
Died: February 20, 1998 in Toronto, Ontario
Bob McBride was the former lead vocalist for Lighthouse who also had a short, but rewarding, solo career. He passed away on February 20, 1998. [also see LIGHTHOUSE]

Pretty Lady/My Beautiful Lady (Capitol) 72681
1973 Butterfly Days/She’s Far Away (Capitol) 72695
1973 Treasure Song/Straight Ahead (Capitol) 72696
1973 Do It Right/Tears of the Sky (Capitol) 72718
1974 Mighty Eagle/Perfect Day (Capitol) 72730
1976 Seasons/Doin’ It (MCA) MCA-40664
1977 Sail On (Through the Night)/White Sands (MCA) MCA-40697
1978 My World Is Empty Without You/Quiet Moments (MCA) MCA-40853
1978 Love Is a Four Letter Word/You Send Me (MCA) MCA-40918
1978 Hold On/Dancin’ Til Dawn (Aurora Meadows/London) CM-101

Wild Eyes/Coco Coco Cabana (Aurora Meadows) 78-474
1978 Roaring Twenties/Border Line of Love (Aurora Meadows) 78-476

Butterfly Days (Capitol) ST-6384
1973 Sea of Dreams (Capitol) ST-6397
1978 Bob McBride (Aurora Meadows/London) CM-501
1979 Here To Sing (MCA) MCA-2318

McBRIDE, Danny
Toronto singer-guitarist Danny McBride cut his teeth on Toronto, Ontario’s Yonge Street strip. He was in the band Leather with future A Foot In Coldwater vocalist Alex Machin who released one single in 1970 entitled “Wonderful” on Quality Records. McBride was then invited to be part of a Luke & The Apostles revival with Luke Gibson, Pat Little, Mike McKenna, and Jack Geissinger. The single “You Make Me High” on True North Records which only received medium airplay (due to the inference in the word “high”). McBride honed his songwriting chops and landed a solo deal with Columbia Records in 1972 who released his debut album ‘Morningside’ in 1973 spawning three singles. He was soon an in-demand studio guitarist and did sessions for King Biscuit Boy, Ian Tyson, The Good Brothers and Ray Materick. His working relationship with CBS was renewed in 1980 with his next band, China, a trio that also featured Bill King and Chris Kearney. The group released one self-titled album in 1981 which back a cult favourite in Japan. McBride eventually came to the attention of British singer-songwriter Chris DeBurgh who not only used McBride on his albums in the 1980s, but was De Burgh’s go-to live guitarist for a total of 14 years. He was also sought out to perform with Tina Turner, The Stones, Supertramp, and Rod Stewart among others. Danny McBride is the brother of late Lighthouse vocalist Bob McBride.

Goodbye Blues/As Clear As Light (Columbia) C4-4033
1974 Lady/Beautiful Morning (Columbia) C4-4043
1974 Good Day Tomorrow/Standing Alone (Columbia) C4-4067

Wonderful/Come On Back (Quality) 1982X

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

Morningside (Epic/Columbia) KE-32576
1999 16 Tunes and Whatdya Get…A Songwriter’s Portfolio (Cosmic Casual Company)

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

Into The Light (A & M) SP-5121
1988 Flying Colours (A & M) CD-5224
1990 High on Emotion: Live From Dublin (A & M – UK) 397086
1992 Power Of Ten (A & M – UK) 397188

McCANN, Denise
Born: December 16, 1948 in Clinton, Iowa
Denise Beck was born in Clinton, Iowa, and was a member of a very musical family. She cut her teeth, musically, first in the local church, then in high school musicals. By 1967 she had moved to California and was part of the first Monterey Pop Festival. For five years she struggled as a folk artist in the dingy coffeehouse circuit, but by 1972 had joined her first band, Cat Mother And The All Night News Boys. In 1974 she moved to Vancouver to become a mainstay at the folk lounge The Egress all the while writing material she hoped one day to release. She got paying gigs in jingle and commercial work and toured with Vancouver band Hot Crackers. With a record deal on Polydor, McCann released an unsuccessful single in 1976 called “It Still Hurts”. A sales rep recognized the potential of another tune McCann had written, called “Tattoo Man”, and suggested she rework it from a rock tune to a dance number. “Tattoo Man” was a huge club hit, while radio and press dubbed McCann the Disco Queen after the record pioneered the Canadian disco movement with a Top 20 showing on the charts. In the U.S. the record went to number one in some cities. Her follow-up, “I Don’t Wanna Forget You”, was also a nominal success but subsequent records did not fair as well. He follow-up album, ‘Midnight Madness’ (the album was released in international markets as ‘Tattoo Man” to exploit the previous hit) and featured a young Jim Vallance on drums but it too failed to crack commercially. In an attempt to shed the ‘disco’ tag she had acquired, McCann became the first vocalist for Brian “Too Loud” McCloud’s hard rock outfit The Headpins. She was married to and divorced from former member of The Chessman Guy Sobell. When this didn’t work out she put together her own touring band called Denise McCann And The Dead Marines. McCann returned to live in the United States in 2013 after separating from second husband, Randy Bachman. She has appeared as backing vocalist on his many solo projects including ‘Any Road’ album in 1995. She also co-wrote one song on Bachman’s ‘Jazz Thing’ CD. McCann and Bachman have since gone their separate ways and she commutes between Vancouver and the USA for business. with notes from Denise McCann and Conrad Zeransky. [also see HEAPINS]

1976 It Still Hurts/Everyone Would Know (Polydor) 2065-297
1976 Tattoo Man/Either Way (Polydor)  2065-320
1976 Tattoo Man (Single Version)//Tattoo Man (Disco Version)/Either Way [12”] (Polydor
1977 I Don’t Wanna Forget You/Drought Song (Polydor) 2121-326
1977 I Don’t Wanna Forget You Part 1/ I Don’t Wanna Forget You Part 2 [12”] (Polydor) 2141-024
1977 Cisco’s Blaze/Fugitive (Polydor) 2121-340
1978 Midnight Madness/The Singer [12”] (RCA) KPN1-0301
1978 Too Good To Be True/White Heat (RCA) PB-50490
1979 I Have a Destiny/Songmaker (RCA) PB-50534
1979 I Have a Destiny/I Like the Look (RCA) KPN1-0342
1979 It Hurts Just Like the Real Thing/I Like the Look (RCA) PB-50554

1977 Denise McCann (Polydor) 2424-163
1978 Midnight Madness (RCA) KKL1-0300
1978 Tattoo Man [US version of ‘Midnight Madness] (Butterfly – US) FLY-009

The Night Train Revue (Blue Wave) 1001

Compilation Tracks
“Tattoo Man” on ‘Pure Power’ (K-Tel) TC-238
1976 “Tattoo Man” on ‘Disco Boogie’ (K-Tel) TC-241
1978 “Tattoo Man” and “I Don’t Want To Forget You” on ‘Disco!’ (MMM – US) MMM-6331
1980 “Save It” on ‘Ladies in Lights (Radio Canada) RCI-505
1985 “Man Behind the Mask” on ‘Open Your Heart – West Coast Musicians Aid for Africa’ (OXFAM) OXFAM-002

Wainwright, Alberta’s Mavis McCauley was part of a musical family from a young age. She grew up in Edmonton and her first steady band was the ‘Peanuts’ inspired Daisy Hill Puppy Farm with Mo Boyer, Bob “Herb” Ego, Dermond Murray, and Mary Saxton. In 1967 they entered Downtown Studio in Edmonton and with producer Ray Schwartz and recorded a cover version of John Carter and Ken Lewis’ (The Ivy League, Flower Pot Men) “Let’s Go To San Francisco” and McCauley’s original song “Counting Cracks in the Sidewalk”. The single, on Fountain Records, did well on many Alberta radio playlists but McCauley would move on to fill an opening in Southbound Freeway left vacant by Barry Allen and recorded sessions with Wes Dakus stateside. From a batch of six songs came the single release of Steve Miller’s “Roll With It” backed with another of McCauley’s original tunes – “Don’t Go Cryin’” – as the b-side for Quality Records. After the single received little traction at radio, Southbound Freeway fizzled out leaving McCauley to pursue a solo career. She began having her songs placed with other artists including her tune “Sit Awhile” for Cheyenne Winter and “If You Look Away” for Barry Allen – both produced by Randy Bachman and released on his Molten Records label. McCauley also signed with London Records where she released several singles (“Love and Games”, “Sweet Cowboy”) which gained more airplay as her popularity grew. She would even co-produce a single for the reformed Freeway (minus the Southbound in their name) called “Right Now, Good Vibrations” b/w “You Don’t Have To Be” along with Wes Dakus. Dakus would sign McCauley to his independent label, Vera Cruz, in 1978 where they made several albums together with her 1979 single “Don’t Burn Me” reaching #1 on CHUM-AM playlists. Both albums featured members of One Horse Blue as her backing band. After taking time off to give birth, she eventually joined One Horse Blue and would marry OHB member Ron Vaugeois – recording three albums with them. McCauley has worked with Wes Dakus before his death and now is working with Steve McGovern. with notes from Dan Brisebois and Mavis McCauley. [also see SOUTHBOUND FREEWAY, ONE HORSE BLUE]

Love and Games (London)
Sweet Cowboy/Feelin’ For You (London)
1978 Callin’ Home/Kentucky (Vera Cruz) VCR-001
1978 Wait Just a Little Bit Longer/Love and Fairy Tales (Vera Cruz) VCR-111
1979 Don’t Burn Me/When the Fire’s Out (Vera Cruz) VCR-114
1980 I Can’t Find the Door/I Walk the Line (Vera Cruz) VCR-120
1980 Fool For You/Say It’s Alright (Vera Cruz) VCR-130
1981 Steal Away/That’s Hollywood (Vera Cruz) VCR-143


1967 Let’s Go To San Francisco/Counting Cracks In the Sidewalk (Fountain) 27-1167

McCAW, Craig
Multi-instrumentalist, composer, and producer got his start as a guitarist in the mid-1960s with Kelowna, British Columbia group The Shadracks before moving on to play lead guitar in The Poppy Family. In 1974, he joined the showband Sixty-Six Six who released one single and lasted until 1976. In the late 1970s, having been a part-time engineering technician at H.R. MacMillan Planetarium in Vancouver, McCaw was asked to adopt astronomer Johannes Kepler’s “Music of The Spheres” for a planetarium show called “Whatever Happened to Krypton, the Missing Planet?” Inspired by this McCaw worked with the planetarium to release the piece as a 7″ single. This was followed by a full album entitled ‘A Journey Through The Galaxy’ in 1978. McCaw would go on to create a music production house for TV and film in Vancouver. In 1995, he’d revisit the theme of space with the album ‘Journey To The Centre Of The Galaxy.’ [also see THE SHADRACKS, SIXTY-SIX SIX, THE POPPY FAMILY]

The Music Of The Spheres/Spherical Music And Words (Planetarium) PR-1002A

A Journey Through The Galaxy (Planetarium) PR-1003
1995 Journey To The Centre Of The Galaxy (L.P.I – Laserhouse Productions Inc.) LPI-1003
2000 Film Score & Television Demo (Round House)

Toronto, Ontario singer Dave McCluskey was signed to GRT Records and released his debut album ‘Long Time Coming’ in 1978 which was produced by Matthew McCauley and Fred Mollin between Los Angeles and Toronto studios. Guest musicians included all the members of Toto, Jorn Anderson, John Capek, Brian Russell, and Doug Riley. The album spawned two singles – “What You’re Doing To Me” and the Glen Johansen written “I’d Like To Say I Love You.” Following the bankruptcy of GRT Records, McCluskey’s management also fell apart. He recorded one more single for Duke Street records before life commitments took him away from music for many years; In the early 2000’s McCluskey was a member of supergroup No Flies On Frank with Ed Pilling (Fludd) and Greg Godovitz (Goddo). With notes from Dave McCluskey.

What You’re Doing To Me/All of the Time (GRT) 1230-163
1978 I’d Like To Say I Love You/A Long Time Coming (GRT) 1230-172

A Long Time Coming (GRT) 9230-1081

Bob McCord (lead vocals) / Roger Cooke (lead guitar) / Keith McDonnell (bass) / Al Duff (rhythm guitar) / Pat Byrnes (organ) / Tom Bennett (drums)
Kingston’s Bob McCord And The Vibrations was formed in late 1961 and performed as one of the top bands in the Kingston, Ontario and Alexandria Bay, New York area. They performed Top-40 cover and show tunes on regular Wednesday nights where even Roy Orbison stopped in for an appearance. In 1964 John Bermingham, PD at CKLC Radio wrote some original material for the band who recorded the sides for Star/ARC Records. The A-side, “I Missed My Year”, would go Top5 in Kingston in 1964. McCord left in 1965 and The Vibrations disbanded shortly thereafter.


1964 I Missed My Year/Grain of Sand (Star/ARC) ST-14

Born: John Charles McDermott on March 25, 1955 in Glasgow, Scotland
Though McDermott was born in Scotland he immigrated with his parents to Canada in 1965. After singing at weddings and parties, he joined ended up forming a choral group named The Mistletones. He even tried his hand at original pop music on the 1983 Duke Street Records single “Angelina”. He began working in the circulation department at The Toronto Sun newspaper in 1984 and moonlighted singing the national anthems at Toronto Blue Jays and Toronto Maple Leafs games. But, in the early ’90s he made an amateur recording of himself singing Celtic favorites for his parents’ anniversary party. Toronto Sun newspaper owner Conrad Black heard him singing at company parties and with the aid of other business executives, financed McDermott’s independent recording of the ‘Danny Boy’ album in 1992. The album was then picked up for distribution for North America release by EMI Music Canada’s classical label Angel. He performed his first solo concert in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1993 and continued to tour the rest of Canada, performing as an opening act for The Chieftains. With ‘Danny Boy’ breaking sales records throughout 1994 he toured Australia and New Zealand where the song “Danny Boy” had gone to #1 on the charts there and sold 300,000 units in New Zealand. In 1995 he toured Great Britain with legendary folk act The Seekers. As a recognized international solo performer he was invited to many important ceremonies and celebrations including the D-Day ceremonies in France in 1995, and the US Democratic National Convention in 1996. In 1997 he hosted a number of CBC Television concert specials and soon teamed up with fellow tenors Ronan Tynan and Anthony Kearns to create the Irish Tenors – Canada’s Celtic answer to Italy’s operatic Three Tenors. After performing in Dublin, Ireland in 1998, they spent some time touring the US, appearing on TV, and releasing their debut album – ‘Home For Christmas’. Another PBS special was ordered but following the death of his mother could no longer commit to the group and quite (he would be replaced by Finbar Wright). Also in 2000, McDermott dedicated McDermott House in Washington, DC, a transitional home for homeless veterans. Starred in his own television special ‘John McDermott: A Time to Remember’, which aired on PBS in 2002. Since leaving The Irish Tenors, McDermott continues to tour worldwide with his backing group and with various symphonies around he world. His 2010 release, ‘Journeys: Bringing Buddy Home’, was recorded to help support fundraising for Fisher House Boston and to launch the Canadian initiative for an outreach center for Canadian veterans.

Angelina/She (Duke Street)
1998 If Ye Break Faith… (EMI Angel)
1999 Remembrance (EMI Canada) 98981
200- One Last Cold Kiss (EMI Angel) DPRO-848
2003 My Forever Friend (EMI Angel)

1992 Danny Boy (EMI Angel) 54772
1993 Battlefields of Green – Songs of Love and Loss (EMI Angel) 54825
1994 Old Friends (EMI Angel) 27467
1995 Daughter of Mine [5 song EP] (EMI Angel) 86602
1995 Love is a Voyage (EMI Angel)
1997 When I Grow Too Old To Dream (EMI Angel)
1998 Buy Victory Bonds (EMI Angel) 94632
1998 Christmas Memories (EMI Angel) 27468
1998 Danny Boy Collection (EMI Angel)
2001 A Day To Myself (EMI Angel) 29332
2001 O Canada And Other Inspirational International Anthems (EMI Angel) 36566
2002 A Time To Remember (EMI Angel) 36565
2003 Great Is Thy Faithfulness – Songs of Inspiration (EMI Canada)
2003 Stories of Love (EMI Angel) 27200
2004 Songs of the Isles – Scotland (EMI Angel)
2004 Songs of the Isles – Ireland (EMI Angel)
2005 Just Plain Folk (EMI Angel)
2006 Images of Christmas (EMI Canada)
2006 On A Whim – The Songs of Ron Sexsmith (EMI Canada) 41020
2007 Sharing Christmas With John McDermott & Friends (EMI Canada)
2008 Timeless Memories: Greatest Hits (EMI Canada)
2009 Legacy of the Patriot (EMI Canada)
2010 Journeys: Bringing Buddy Home (EMI Canada) 11920

Home For Christmas

Canadian hard rock guitarist and singer who was originally in the band Snowaxe in the late 1970s, then Foreign Exchange in the 1980s, before establishing a solo career in the late 1980s as Eddie M. His debut album, ‘Incognito’ on Rich Dodson’s (Stampeders) Marigold label yielded a rock radio hit with the remake of Mountain’s “Mississippi Queen.” In the 1990s he would team up with Jamie Stewart of The Cult in a group called Masterstroke who released one album on Polygram. In the early 2000s he established his own vintage guitar shop and music school called Love Music in Scarborough, Ontario. After selling the school he would set up a recording studio in Pickering, Ontario. [also see FOREIGN EXCHANGE, SNOWAXE, MASTERSTROKE]

Mississippi Queen/[same] (Marigold) MPL-747

Incognito (Marigold) MPL-1205

Jazz pianist that had small success in 1972 with movie soundtrack work which were subsequently released through Nimbus Records. McDougall soon found himself following his spiritual calling and became ordained as a minister. He contains to perform music for his parish in Manitoba.

The Theme/Why I’m Sad (Nimbus/RCA Victor) 74-0713
1972 Theme from “Rowdyman”/Importance (Nimbus) NNS-9019

Robbie McDougall (RCA Victor) LSP-4788

A la gloire de marie (independent) MCDLP-3

Drummer for the band The Plague. Released several solo singles including “Magic Man” written by Portland Street South member John Jordan. [also see THE PLAGUE]

World of Dreams/Searchin’ (C.M.I) CMI-1002
1970 Music Man/Come Along and Sing My Song (Columbia) C4-2982

Sha-la-la/I Know I Love You (Gaiety/London) M-17451

Compilation Tracks
“Searchin’” and “World of Dreams” on ‘The Gaiety Records Story II’ (Pacemaker) PACE-044

courtesy Tony Tobias

McGARRIGLE, Kate & Anna
Montreal’s Irish/French-Canadian rooted Kate and Anna McGarrigle grew up in Québec’s Saint-Sauveur-des-Monts village, where they took piano lessons courtesy of the village nuns. By their teens their musical upbringing influenced their sound – from Victorian ballads to blues to Appalachian and French-Canadian folk songs. Through the 1960s, Kate went to McGill University to study engineering while Anna studied painting at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Montreal. As the ’60’s progressed into the ’70’s the sisters honed their songs and a demo tape eventually made it to Los Angeles where Maria Muldaur used two of the duo’s songs on her album. Staff producer Greg Prestopino persuaded Warner Bros. to bring Kate and Anne out to Los Angeles to record a demo of their own. Warner Bros. vanity label, Hannibal Records’ label chief Joe Boyd, signed the act and he and Prestopino would soon co-produce their auspicious debut in 1975 with ‘Kate And Anna McGarrigle’ featuring special guests Lowell George, David Grisman, and Tony Rice. The eponymous LP was named No.1 ‘Album of the Year’ by Melody Maker and No.2 by the New York Times, and Top10 on countless critics’ polls. It also contained the hit and frequently covered “Heart Like a Wheel.” A year later they followed that up with ‘Dancer With Bruised Knees’. Their third album was ‘Pronto Monto’ The ‘French Record’ was released in 1981 and finally gave the sisters critical acclaim (Rolling Stone magazine gave the record a 4 star rating) with its blend of English language originals plus reworkings of several McGarrigle classics remade in French. The album featured special guest appearances by Jay Ungar, Alun Davies, and Fotheringay’s Pat Donaldson and Gerry Conway. Their next album would find its way onto Polydor Records as Hannibal changed distributors – it too received a four-star rating from Rolling Stone – as did their commercial breakthrough, ‘Heartbeats Accelerating’ in 1990. The McGarrigle sisters have also made guest appearances on albums by many other musical luminaries such as Richard And Linda Thompson’s ‘Sunnyvista’ and the Albion Band’s ‘Rise Up Like The Sun’. In 1991, they recorded three Stephen Foster songs for the Columbia/Sony release ‘Songs Of The Civil War’ and also contributed to the lullaby album and video ‘Child Of Mine’ in 1992. In 1995, the McGarrigles recorded ‘Goin’ Back To Harlan’ with Emmylou Harris for her album ‘Wrecking Ball’. Their most recent foray was as part of the live Joan Baez CD ‘Ring Them Bells’, as well as backing Québec artist Gilles Vigneault. The McGarrigles have appeared in concerts and festivals throughout Canada and the US, as well as Europe, Australia, New Zealand and Hong Kong. They headlined the Newport Folk Festival in 1992, toured in the UK and Europe in 1993, and returned to sold-out shows in the UK in 1994. Musicians Rufus and Martha Wainwright are the children of Kate McGarrigle and folk guitarist Louden Wainwright III). Kate McGarrigle died January 18, 2010. with notes from Hans-Dieter Neuser.

1975 Complainte pour Ste-Catherine/Blues in D (Warner Bros.) WBS-16710
1982 Love Over and Over Babies If I Didn’t Have You (Polydor) 2141-504
1982 Move Over Moon/On My Way to Town (Polydor) POSP-492
1982 Sun, Son (Shining on the Water)/I Cried for Us (Polydor) 2065-478
1985 A Place in Your Heart/Love Is (Polydor) PDS-2280


1975 Kate And Anna McGarrigle (Hannibal/Warner Bros.) BS-2862
1976 Dancer With Bruised Knees (Hannibal/Warner Bros.)  BS-3014
1978 Pronto Monto (Hannibal/Warner Bros.) BSK-3248
1980 Entre la jeunesse et la sagesse [aka The French Record] (Kébec-Disc) KD-990
1982 Love Over and Over (Polydor)  2424-240
1990 Heartbeats Accelerating (Private Music – US) 2070-2-P
1996 Matapedia (Hannibal/Rykodisc) HNCD-1394
1998 The McGarrigle Hour (Hannibal/Rykodisc) HNCD-1417
2005 La vache qui pleure (Munich) MRCD-260
2011 Oddities (Querbes Service – US) 914222
2012 Tell My Sister (Nonesuch) 2-527267

Compilation Tracks
“Was My Brother In the Battle” and “Hard Times Comes Again No More” on ‘Songs of the Civil War’ (Columbia) CK-48607
2006 “Sugar Baby” and “Ommie Wise Part 1 & 2 (What Lewis Did Last…)” [w/ELVIS COSTELLO] on ‘The Harry Smith Project: Anthology of American Folk Music Revisited’ (Shout! Factory) 310041

“Better Times Are Coming” on ‘Songs of the Civil War’ (Columbia) CK-48607

Montego Bay bornWayne McGhie moved to Toronto from Jamaica after recording material for the Hot Stuff label in the 1960s and formed soul act Sounds of Joy who were signed to the Birchmount label for one album in 1970. The album failed to connect with media and the public, but McGhie would continue throughout the 1970s writing, producing, performing, and arranging including material under the pseudonym Ram. Suffering from mental health issues McGhie retreated from playing music professionally in the early-to-mid-1980s. McGhie died July 20, 2017. With notes from Kevin Howes.

Wayne McGhie & The Sounds of Joy (Birchmount) BM-548

James McQuaid [aka MCJ] / Richard Gray [aka Cool G]
Halifax, Nova Scotia rap duo MCJ and Cool G relocated to Montreal in 1988 and were signed to Capitol Records as the first domestic rap act signed to a major label in 1989. Their first album was ‘So Listen!’ in 1990 and the title track, their first hit. The album produced three JUNO Award nominations for the duo. With their own CEC Productions company they began producing other R & B and rap acts before returning to the record racks with their follow-up album ‘Dimensions of Double R & B’ in 1993.

1989 So Listen/So Listen (Instrumental) (CEC) CEC-2089
1990 So Listen/Girl On My Mind [6 mixes 12”] (CEC/Capitol) C1-75251
1990 Smooth As Silk [12”] (CEC/Capitol) C1-75256
1990 Let’s Go [5 mixes 12”] (CEC/Capitol) C25Q-75261
1993 No Sexx (With My Sister) [3 mixes] (CEC/EMI)  PRO-712
1993 Love Me Right (CEC/EMI) PRO-780

1990 So Listen! (Capitol)
1993 Dimensions of Double R & B (CEC/EMI) 799600

Compilation Tracks
“Let’s Go” on ‘Indie-Can ‘91’ (Intrepid) CD-4
1993 “No Sexx (With My Sister)” on ‘New Stuff Two’ (MMS) NSCD-002

Original Line-Up: Joe Mendelson (vocals, harmonica, slide guitar) / Mike McKenna (guitar) / Dennis Gerrard (bass) / Tony Nolasco (drums, vocals) / Mike Harrison (bass; replaced Gerrard in 1968) / Zeke Sheppard (bass, mandolin, harmonica, vocals; 1970 reformation) / James Hartley (bass; 1972 replaced Sheppard) / Lesley Soldat (bass; replaced Hartley); 2001 Line-up: Mike McKenna (guitar, vocals) / Tony Nolasco (drums, vocals) / Ted Purdy (acoustic guitar, vocals) / Mike Harrison (bass) / Bob Adams (harp)
Having played in famed Toronto acts Luke & The Apostles and then, briefly, The Ugly Ducklings, guitarist Mike McKenna took out an advertisement asking other like-minded individuals to form a new blues band. Joe Mendelson answered the ad and this team-up provided the basis of Mendelson Mainline in the summer of 1968. Former Paupers’ bassist Denny Gerrard was the next to join and another advertisement brought in new-comer Tony Nolasco from Sudbury. The band worked its way around Yorkville with Denny Gerrard soon being replaced by former Grant Smith & The Power bassist Mike Harrison in 1968. With bigger profile concert gigs, the band’s vibrant live show was committed to tape in September 1968 — a session that would later come back to haunt the band. McKenna Mendelson Mainline relocated to England late that year to pursue a record deal. After being signed to Liberty (United Artists) in the Spring of 1969, they worked the same English club circuit as up and coming bands like Fleetwood Mac and Led Zeppelin. In July of 1969 a single day recording session yielded the first Liberty Records album ‘Stink’. They returned to Canada to await the release of the new album. With their reputation as crowd pleasers on tours in England, Holland, and Australia with such acts as Rod Stewart, Jeff Beck, Jimi Hendrix, and The Guess Who preceding them, Paragon Records in Canada anticipated the band would be the ‘next big thing’ and rush released the September 1968 sessions to the band’s chagrin. Joe Mendelson quit in September of 1969 and Rick James (of Myna Birds fame) replaced him briefly to finish a run of contracted gigs. Mike McKenna effectively took the wind out of the group’s sails by reforming a new version of Luke & The Apostles. After a brief recording stint with Luke And The Apostles, McKenna found himself back with Mendelson, Nolasco and bassist Zeke Sheppard (formerly of Dutch Mason’s Escorts) for the 1970 Scarborough Fair Festival. By 1971 the re-christened Mainline was signed to GRT Records and released ‘Canada Our Home & Native Land’. The band’s live shows became more risque and raunchier, defying the staid Canadian R & B clubs up and down the Toronto bar circuit. The result of Mainline’s new found infamy was released as the ‘The Mainline Bump ‘n’ Grind Revue: Live At The Victory Theatre’ in 1972. One more album, ‘No Substitute’, was produced before the band collapsed. Mendelson re-named himself Mendelson Joe and has had a prolific independent recording, writing, and painting career as well as being an outspoken political activist. He currently lives in Muskoka, Ontario; Gerrard went through a series of semi-successful Canadian recording acts such as Jericho and the Lisa Hartt Band; Zeke Sheppard joined former members of Rhinoceros under the new banner Blackstone for one album on GRT Records in 1973. Mike McKenna continued on as a legendary slide guitar player — including a stint replacing Domenic Troiano in the final days of the original Guess Who line-up. By the ’90s he had formed Mike McKenna and Slidewinder with former Mainline bassist Denny Gerrard. In the Spring of 1998 a Classic Rock Revival festival at The Warehouse club in Toronto found a semi-reformed Mainline hitting the stage for the first time in 25 years. The new Mainline has remained a mainstay of the Toronto Blues scene ever since and now boasts the title of being the final band to play at legendary El Mocambo upstairs on November 4, 2001. The band was recorded that night and in 2002 Bullseye Records released ‘Last Show @ the Elmo’ on CD. Mainline did several shows in 2003 to promote the record and broke up once more; Mike Harrison died from complications after a stroke on January 7, 2022; Mendelson Joe died from complications of Parkinson’s disease on February 8, 2023. with notes from Tony Nolasco, Mike McKenna, Jim Zeppa, Bill Munson, Mike Harrison, Maxine Mitchell and GW Watson. [also see MENDELSON JOE]

You Better Watch Out/ She’s Alright (Liberty/United Artists – UK) LBF-15235
1969 Don’t Give Me No Goose For Christmas/Beltmaker (Liberty/United Artists – UK) LBF-15276

1971 Get Down To/Pedalictus Rag (GRT) 1230-22
1972 Game of Love/O Canada (GRT) 1230-32
1975 Sometimes/Do My Walkin’ (Taurus) TR-005

1969 Stink (Liberty/United Artists) LBS-83251
1969 McKenna Mendelson Blues (Paragon/Allied) 15
1996 McKenna Mendelson Blues [CD re-issue] (Pacemaker) PACE-012

1971 Canada Our Home & Native Land (GRT) 9230-1011
1972 The Mainline Bump ‘n’ Grind Revue: Live at the Victory Theatre (GRT) 9230-1015
1975 No Substitute (Taurus) TR-103
2002 Last Show @ The Elmo (Bullseye) BLR-CD-4066
2011 Last Call @ The Elmo [DigiFile] (Bullseye)

Compilation Tracks
“T.B. Blues” on ‘Son of Gutbucket’ (Liberty – UK) LBX-4
1969 “Better Watch Out” on ‘Steps…(Liberty – UK) LBS-83315X
1970 “She’s Alright” on ‘Entrez dans le monde du Pop [2LP] (Liberty – France) LBS-83446/83447

“Get Down To” on ‘Concept’ [Silver] (Concept 376/Arc) PRP-206
2004 “Get Down To (Live)” on ‘When Cancon Rocked – Volume 1’ (Bullseye) BLR-CD-4015

McKENNITT, Loreena
Born: Loreena Isabel Irene McKennitt on February 17, 1957 in Morden, Manitoba
McKennitt was born and raised in Morden, Manitoba, a town of Irish, Scottish, German, and Icelandic inhabitants in the middle of the Canadian prairies. She was raised by her mother, a nurse, and her livestock-trader father and had aspirations of veterinary work. She also had a passion for music expressed in her Highland dancing and her vocal and piano lessons in the classical disciplines. By her teens she had forsaken the classics for the more accessible folk genre breathing life into long-forgotten lyrics and singing traditional folk ballads like “She Moved Through the Fair”. She was first exposed to the Celtic folk boom in a Winnipeg folk club down the street from the girls’ school she was attending. In Winnipeg, she briefly studied to be a veterinarian, before moving to Stratford, Ontario, where her composing and performing skills were soon appreciated in the similarly spirited scene of the town’s annual Shakespearean Festival. Inspired by Yeats and the music of Breton harpist Alain Stivell, Planxty and the Bothy Band, McKennitt traveled to Ireland in 1982 where she found a kindred spirit in the life and the land of the emerald isle. After returning home she recorded a Celtic interpretation of Yeats’ “The Stolen Child” on harp and with a self-help book on manufacturing and selling independent music, she set up her own record company, Quinlan Road, in 1985. Her first release was cassette called ‘Elemental’ which was duplicated and sold out of her car while she busked. As McKennitt’s mailing list grew, word of mouth in cafés and bookshops helped establish her following. She also scored the soundtrack to the movie ‘Boyo’ (1985) and ‘Heaven On Earth’ (1986). McKennitt followed ‘Elemental’ with the Christmas carols of ‘To Drive the Cold Winter Away’ in 1987 which was recorded on location at a Canadian church, an Irish monastery and an Irish artists’ retreat. An attempted cross-cultural native/Celtic integration was the thematic link on 1989’s ‘Parallel Dreams’ and featured “Breaking The Silence” which was written for Amnesty International. That same year she was commissioned by the National Film Board of Canada’s to score the acclaimed film series ‘Women and Spirituality’. She also composed the music to the film ‘Goddess Remembered’. McKennitt’s vision as an artist took a drastic turn after discovering a deeper and more ancient connection to the Celts during a visit to Venice, Italy, in 1991 for an exhibition and collection of international Celtic artifacts. ‘The Visit’ saw her change direction with more ‘visual’ musical interpretations of Shakespeare and Tennyson, and Henry VIII’s “Greensleeves.” Warner Music took particular note of her 50,000 copies-out-of-the-back-of-a-car sales figures and scooped up the album for major distribution. The album landed McKennitt her first Juno Award. And the stirring instrumental “Tango To Evora” was used in the National Film Board of Canada documentary ‘The Burning Times’. She expanded these Renaissance textures and flavours in 1994’s ‘The Mask And Mirror’ with a look at 15th Century Spain. It sold over a million copies worldwide and won a 1995 Juno Award for ‘Best Roots/Traditional Album’. The song “The Mystic’s Dream” featured in the Paramount Pictures film “Jade”. Another Christmas CD followed, an EP entitled ‘A Winter Garden’ which was recorded at Peter Gabriel’s Real World Studios near Bath, England in July 1995 and featured musical collaborations between McKennitt, her touring band and an international cast of guest artists. Her albums have sold millions in over 40 countries and she’s had to expand her one act label with a second office in London. Currently, McKennitt is riding the success of 1997’s ‘The Book Of Secrets’, her seventh release and on its way to gold like its predecessors ‘The Visit’ and ‘The Mask And Mirror’ pushed on by the hit single “The Mummers’ Dance”. In 2008 McKennitt contributed songs to the Disney cartoon ‘Tinkerbell’ and narrated in the movie as well. Her latest album is 2012’s ‘Troubadours On the Rhine’. In September 2014 McKennitt was made honourary Colonel by the Royal Canadian Air Force.

1991 Greensleeves (Quinlan Road)
1991 All Souls Night (Quinlan Road)
1992 The Lady of Shalott (Quinlan Road)
1992 Courtyard Lullaby (Quinlan Road/Warner) 1523
1994 Santiago (Quinlan Road/Warner)
1995 The Mystic’s Dream (Quinlan Road/Warner)
1997 The Mummers’ Dance/The Mystic’s Dream (Quinlan Road/Warner) 917241
1998 Marco Polo (Quinlan Road)
2006 Caravanserai (Radio Edit)/ Caravanserai (Album Version) (Quinlan Road/Verve) VERR-01519
2009 The Olive and the Cedar (Quinlan Road)

1985 Elemental [cassette] (Quinlan Road)  QR-101
1987 To Drive The Cold Winter Away (Quinlan Road) QR-102
1989 Parallel Dreams (Quinlan Road)  QR-103
1991 The Visit (Quinlan Road) QRCD-104
1992 The Visit [re-issue] (Quinlan Road/Warner) 926880
1994 The Mask And Mirror (Quinlan Road/Warner) 952964
1994 The Bonny Swans [4 song EP] (Quinlan Road/Warner)  995670
1995 Live In San Fransisco at the Palace of Fine Arts (Quinlan Road/Warner) QRCD-105
1995 A Winter Garden: Five Songs For The Season (Quinlan Road/Warner) QRCD-106
1997 The Book of Secrets (Quinlan Road/Warner)  QRCD-107
1999 Live In Paris and Toronto (Quinlan Road) QRCD-108
2005 The Journey Begins (Quinlan Road/Verve) QRBS-10134
2006 An Ancient Muse (Quinlan Road/Verve) QRCD-109
2007 Nights from The Alhambra (Quinlan Road) QRCD-110
2007 Share the Journey (Quinlan Road) QRCD-111
2008 A Midwinter’s Night Dream (Quinlan Road) QRCD-112
2009 A Mediterranean Odyssey (Quinlan Road) QRCD-113
2009 The Mummer’s Dance Through Ireland (Quinlan Road) QRCDC-IR09
2010 The Wind That Shakes the Barley (Quinlan Road) QRCD-114
2012 Troubadours on the Rhine (Quinlan Road) QRCD-115

Compilation Tracks
“All Souls Night” on ‘New Frontiers (WEA – Italy) 831952
1995 “Snow” on ‘Celtic Christmas’ (Windham Hill) 411178
1995 “The Dark Night of the Soul” on ‘In Between Dances (Canadian Artists In Aid Of Breast Cancer Research)’ (Attic) ACD-1431
1997 “Bonny Swans” on ‘Escapes II (WEA) WTVD-35691
1998 “The Bonny Swans” on ‘MuchMoreMusic’ (Universal) UMDG2-81074
1998 “Snow” on ‘Christmas With the Stars Vol. II’ (Erato) 424468
1998 “Good King Wenceslas” on ‘Sounds of the Season (Warner) 56792
1998 “The Mummer’s Dance” on ‘Women & Songs 2’ (WEA) WTVD-37040
1998 “The Mummer’s Dance” and “The Mystic’s Dream” on ‘Pure Moods II’ (Virgin – US) 46796
1999 “The Bells of Christmas [from ‘The Santa Clause’] on “Hollywood’s Soundtrack for the Season (Rhino) SPR2-7412/HVCD-0001
1999 “The Mummer’s Dance (Edit)” on ‘Time 100 Vol. 2: The Music of Our Lives 1980-1999’ (WEA) 38066
1999 “Dante’s Prayer” on ‘Voices for Peace (BMG – EUR) 168513
2000 “Dante’s Prayer (Edit)” on ‘Journeys’ (Virgin) 849095
2001 “The Mummer’s Dance” on ‘Oh What a Feeling 2: A Vital Collection of Canadian Music’ (CMC) 0885
2002 “Snow” on ‘Maybe This Christmas’ (Nettwerk) 30295
2003 “Skellig” and “The Mystic’s Dream [from ‘The Mists of Avalon’] on ‘The Celtic Circle’ (Windham Hill – US) 654888
2003 “Snow” on ‘Celtic Myst: The Christmas Collection’ (UMTV – Netherlands) UMTV-981-050
2007 “Caravanserai (Radio Version)” on ‘D-Side 38’ (D-Side – France) DSICD-0038
2008 “To the Fairies They Draw Near” and “To the Fairies They Draw Near, Part II” on ‘Songs Inspired By…TinkerBell ‘[Motion Picture Soundtrack] (Walt Disney)
2009 “The Gates of Istanbul” on ‘The Dali CD Vol. 2’ (Universal) 531230-8
2010 “The Mystic’s Dream” on ‘Jade [Motion Picture Soundtrack]’ (La-La Land – US) LLLCD-1146

“When the Snow Melts” on ‘Celtic Christmas’ (BMG Special) 44994-2

McKENZIE, Bob & Doug
Dave Thomas
(vocals) / Rick Moranis (vocals)
Bob & Doug McKenzie were fictional Canadian ‘hosers’ developed by Thomas and Moranis in a series of skits on the ‘SCTV’ television show. The satirically stereotyped, but down-to-earth, duo struck a chord with Canadians, and strangely, Americans which led to a full length feature film ‘Strange Brew’ and an album. The single, ‘Take Off’, featured Rush’s Geddy Lee on vocals and received significant airplay on radio stations. The flip side – “12 Days of Christmas” – has become a perennial Christmas favourite on Canadian radio. Dave Thomas’ famous musician brother, Ian Thomas played third brother – Elron McKenzie – who appeared on their album ‘Great White North’ as well.

Take Off/[same] (Anthem) ANS-041
1981 Take Off/12 Days of Christmas (Anthem) ANS-042
1982 Beer Hunter/Elron McKenzie (Anthem) ANS-044
1982 12 Days of Christmas/Take Off (Anthem) ANS-050

Compilation Tracks
“Take Off” on ‘Sound Explosion’ (K-Tel) TC-281
1983 “This Isn’t Our Second Album”, “Mouse in a Bottle”, “Welcome to Our Movie”, “Shakespeare Horked Our Script”, and “I Did It, You Knob” on ‘Strange Brew [Movie Soundtrack]’ (Anthem) ANR-1-1042
1994 “Take Off” on Contact! The All-Star Collection / Contact! La Collection Des Étoiles (Attic) ACD-1395

McKIE, Keith
Born: November 20, 1947 in St. Albans, Hertfordshire, United Kingdom
Though he was born in England, McKie’s family settled in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. As a teen growing up with Rock and Roll and very little else to do, McKie took up guitar and vocals and joined The Vendettas with Scott Cushnie (keyboards, vocals), Bob Yukich (guitar), Ted Ceril (drums), and Alex Darou (bass) and, later, Bob Yeomans. In very little time they became regular performers at The Fourth Dimension Coffee House.But after Yeomans and Yukich jumped ship to join The Amen in the Spring of 1967, The Vendettas crashed and burned. McKie and Darou, now in Toronto, began hanging out in the musically growing Yorkville Village and eventually formed a new group with Gene Martynec and Jimmy 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). They released two independent singles on Stone Records – “Mr. John” and “I Would Be the One” -that failed to set the charts ablaze 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. It was decided that they needed a dedicated lead vocalist and with the dissolution of another local band, Luke And The Apostles, the Market recruited Luke Gibson in the latter part of 1967. 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 for Warner Brothers entitled ‘Avenue Road’ – named after a street that intersects Yorkville Avenue in Toronto. Keyboardist John Mills-Cockell joined in 1969 and their follow-up, ‘Aardvark’, was also released on Warner Brothers, but not in enough time to save the splintering band who would split–up that same year.  McKie would soon pursue a solo career culminating in 1981’s ‘Rumours At the News-stand’ album in 1981; several Kensington Market reunion shows have occurred in the last few decades, but McKie continues performing with his solo band around Toronto. [also see KENSINGTON MARKET]

Is It For Nothing?/Rumours At the News-Stand (Quantum) QRS-81007

Rumours At the News-stand (Quantum) QR-81003

Compilation Tracks
“Can’t Go Wrong”, “Yes I Can”, and “Gypsy Moth” on ‘Gypsy Moth’ (CBC Radio Canada) LM-456

McKINNON, Catherine
Born: May 14, 1944 in St. John, New Brunswick
Singer/actress Catherine McKinnon lived all over Canada as a child, in places like Shilo and Churchill, Manitoba, Halifax, Nova Scotia and London, Ontario. She debuted on radio at age eight in St. John, New Brunswick and appeared on television for the first time in London at age 12. She went on to study music at Mount St. Vincent Academy in Halifax. In the mid-60’s she was a regular on ‘Singalong Jubilee”’ with her younger sister Patrician Anne and ‘Music Hop’ for CBC-TV, and ‘That McKinnon Girl’ on CBC Radio). She had a Canadian hit with Buffy Saint-Marie’s “Until It’s Time For You To Go” in 1966, and after moving to Toronto, she appeared in the 1967 annual music revue ‘Spring Thaw’ and starred on CTV’s 1968-69 show ‘River Inn’. She also performed in the Sir John A. McDonald biographical musical ‘Sea To Sea: The Iron Miracle’ at Toronto’s Canadian National Exhibition in the summer of 1968. The shows were recorded and a soundtrack album was subsequently released on ARC Records. She was given her own television show on CTV entitled ‘The Catherine McKinnon Show’ through 1970-1971. After co-hosting Global Television’s 1974 program ‘Everything Goes’, she made appearances on British television. She even did a command performance for Queen Elizabeth II in Halifax in 1976 during the Montreal Olympics. Known early in her career as a folk artists her biggest selling album was ‘Voice Of An Angel’. In the early 1970s she turned to nightclubs and added ballads and torch songs along with works by fellow Canadians Leonard Cohen and Joni Mitchell. She has also sung with the Saskatoon and Winnipeg Symphony Orchestras, and the Hamilton Philharmonic. She has appeared onstage at the Charlottetown Festival (‘Turvey’ in the ’70s) and the Rainbow Stage (‘The Wizard Of Oz in 1970; ‘My Fair Lady’ in 1975). In 1972 she portrayed Group of Seven painter Emily Carr on CBC-TVs musical ‘The Wonder of It All’ which was written by her husband and legendary comedic actor Don ‘Charlie Farquharson’ Harron with Norm Campbell. McKinnon stopped recording for nearly five years and finally re-surfaced in 1980 on the Intercan label with an eponymous debut and several well received singles.

1966 Until It’s Time For You To Go/Ten Thousand Miles (Polydor) BM-56706
1967 Love Is Blue/She’s Like a Swallow (ARC) A-1205
Spring Thaw (Robert Johnson Productions) ST-42
Everybody’s Got the Right To Love/Just a Little Lovin’
1970 Peaceful Mountain/Caio Baby (Capitol) 2867
1972 The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face/As Many As These (Yorkville) YVM-45053
1976 This World of Mine
1980 Baby In The Morning/That’s When You Know (Intercan)  IC-10005
1980 Give Yourself Up/Piece In My Heart (Intercan)  IC-10010
1984 Sail On/My Love, Cape Breton and Me (independent) ZSP-2345

1964 This Is Catherine McKinnon (Paragon) PGS-544
Voice of An Angel (ARC)  A-637
1965 Voice of An Angel II (ARC) A-666
1966 The Catherine McKinnon Christmas Album (ARC)  AC-17
1967 I’ll Be Home For Christmas (ARC) AC-27
1967 Something Old, Something New (ARC) AS-256
1968 Both Sides Now (ARC) AS-777
1969 Everybody’s Talkin’ (ARC) AS-814
1980 Catherine McKinnon (Intercan)  IC-1002

Catherine McKinnon with The Jimmy Dale Orchestra (Radio Canada International) RCI-448

Compilation Tracks
“Plaisir d’amour” and “Nova Scotia Song” on ‘CBC-TV Singalong Jubilee’ (ARC) A-608
1965 “We Shall Overcome” on ‘Singalong Jubilee Vol. II’ (ARC) A-659
1967 “Until It’s Time For You To Go” on ‘Singalong Jubilee Vol. III’ (ARC) A-700
1967 “The Cherry Tree Carol” and “Virgin Mary Had a Son’ [w/Michael Stanbury] on “The Singalong Jubilee Christmas Album (ARC) AC-10
1968 “Both Sides Now” and “I Keep Changing My Mind” [w/Michael Stanbury] on ‘Our Family Album: The Singalong Jubilee Cast’ (ARC) AS-785
1968 “The Bee Song” and “Land With No Name” on ‘Sea To Sea: The Iron Miracle Soundtrack’ (ARC) CNE-68
1968 “The Cherry Tree Carol” and “Virgin Mary Had a Son’ [w/Michael Stanbury] on “It’s Christmas Day (ARC) AC-25
1975 “Sable Island”, “Cape St. Mary’s”, “Nova Scotia Farewell”, and “She’s Like the Swallow” on “CBC Radio Canada Compilation’ (Radio-Canada) LM-409
1990 “Farewell To Nova Scotia” on ‘The Sounds of Nova Scotia (SMP) SMPCD-1001

McKINNON, Patrician-Anne
Born: March 17, 1948 in Shilo Manitoba
Died: October 10, 2001 in Toronto, Ontario
The younger sister of singer Catherine McKinnon, Patrician-Anne performed and recorded under her first name with Arc Records. She began her singing career at age 13. Through late 1964 and the first half of 1965, she made singing appearances on CBC TV show ‘Frank’s Bandstand’ starring Frank Cameron and ‘Singalong Jubilee’. Other TV appearances included ‘Juliette’, ‘Show of the Week’ and ‘A Go Go ’66’. In the mid-1960s she made appearances on her sister’s two “Voice of An Angel” albums. In 1976 Patrician-Anne was the guest vocalist on the Charlie Farquharson [aka brother-in-law Don Harron] comedy album ‘Doesn’t Anybody Here Know It’s Christmas?. McKinnon fought Hodgkins’ Disease for 28 years and eventually succumbed to lymphatic cancer October 10, 2001. McKinnon was married to producer Brian Ahern.

Blue Lipstick/What About Me (Arc) 1113
Don’t Seem Like a Miracle/Bachelor Husband (Harron) 173
Cry Like a Rain Storm/Suddenly (Tembo) TS-8407
1984 Land Of Make Believe/As I Lie Beside You (Tembo) TS-8412
1985 After Hours/Child (Tembo) TS-8515
1985 Anywhere You Run To/Turn On Your Brights (Tembo) TS-8517

Patrician-Anne (Tembo) TMT-4326

Doesn’t Anybody Here Know It’s Christmas? (Harron) HR-5050

Compilation Tracks
“I Only Wanna Be With You” and “As Tears Go By” on ‘Do You Wanna Dance’ (ARC) A-669
1965 “It Ain’t Gonna Rain No More” on ‘Singalong Jubilee Vol. III’ (ARC) A-700
1969 “Changin’ Time” on ‘CTV’s After Four Presents The Great Groups’ (Yorkville) YVM-33003
1972 “Long Long Time” and “Life’s Highway to Heaven” [w/Fred McKenna] on ‘Singalong Jubilee’ (RCA/Camden) CASX-2586
1984 “Sea of Dreams” on ‘Sail On Nova Scotia’ (Solar) SAR-3026

“Will the Circle Be Unbroken’ on ‘Our Family Album: The Singalong Jubilee Cast’ (ARC) AS-785

Born: January 28, 1968 in Halifax, Nova Scotia
McLachlan, a Halifax native, spent years studying classical piano, guitar and voice, before being discovered fronting the band October Game in 1985 by execs at Nettwerk Records. She was 19, and had no experience writing any original material, but they signed her to a development deal which would cultivate the young artist’s talent over a 3 year period in a new environment – Vancouver. With the assistance of drummer Darryl Neudorf (54.40) and keyboardist Darren Phillips (After All) she made her recording debut with 1988’s ‘Touch’. With its ethereal lead off single, “Vox”, the disc went gold in Canada. While enthusiasm grew with her next album, 1991’s ‘Solace’, Sarah was gaining a reputation as part of the new movement of female acoustic folk acts. Her stunning videos for the hits “Drawn To The Rhythm” and “Into The Fire” made her artistic creations part of the MuchMusic popular visual domain as well (read: she had been drawn into the MTV culture club). Her audience was swelling underground and her popularity as a performer was being confirmed as she moved from opening act to headliner and 1993’s ‘Fumbling Towards Ecstasy’ would establish her as a contender in the eyes and ears of the US market. The solid foundation of the album was built on the strength of the radio hits “Hold On”, “Possession” and “Good Enough”. Another 3 years passed before McLachlan was able to once again offer her rabid fanbase a new original platter. In defence, while the peddles were spinning, Nettwerk offered up two curios in the 1994 “live-off-the-floor” ‘Freedom Sessions’ disc (which featured a version of Tom Waits’ “Ol’ 55”), followed by a collection of rarities and besides including McLachlan’s version of “Dear God” from an XTC tribute album. 1997’s ‘Surfacing’ was the result of a long dry bout of writers’ block following the long touring schedule from the previous ‘Fumbling Towards Ecstasy’. The album took 8 months to produce and featured the additional help of McLachlan’s newlywed husband, Ashwin Sood (drums), Brian Minato (bass, guitar), Pierre Marchand (keyboards, bass), and the Barenaked Ladies’ Jim Creeggan (bass). In the summer of ’97 she launched a 35 date travelling concert caravan known as Lilith Fair conceived by McLachlan herself and was designed to highlight other female artists and their accompanying acts on two stages featuring the likes of Suzanne Vega, Indigo Girls, Paula Cole, Dayna Manning and Tracy Chapman among others. The tour gained steam and North American media exposure made it necessary to add a second leg. With The Lilith Fair being one of the top grossing concert draws of 1997, by year’s end McLachlan had sold five million albums worldwide which was only capped by her four Juno win at the 1998 Juno Awards in Vancouver. Hot on the heels of a double live CD for Lilith Fair, McLachlan took the show on the road again in 1998 with a new roster and new exposure to untapped audiences. She appeared on two more volumes of Lilith Fair performances, released in May 1999, and put together her own live album, ‘Mirrorball’, on June 15, 1999. In yet another indication of McLachlan’s commercial stature, the internet giant Amazon.com began taking pre-orders for the album more than two months prior to its release; first-week orders immediately catapulted ‘Mirrorball’ into the No. 1 spot on the company’s music charts. She also announced that Lilith Fair ’99 would be the final outing for the popular festival. McLachlan also recorded with new age/techno act Delerium. She would take a break for several years and return in 2003 with ‘Afterglow’ which contained the singles “Fallen”, “Stupid”, and “World On Fire”. A live album from touring the record spawned the ‘Afterglow Live’ release in late 2004. McLachlan released the Christmas album ‘Wintersong’ in November 2006 which debuted at No. 42 on the Billboard 200 album chart and peaked at No.7. Globally, the album would go on to sell more than a million copies in the US and 200,000 copies in Canada. ‘Wintersong’ was nominated as ‘Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album’ at the Grammy Awards and ‘Pop Album of the Year’ at the JUNO Awards in 2007. Also in 2007, McLachlan’s song “Answer” appeared on the Jodie Foster film ‘The Brave One’ movie soundtrack. McLachlan’s most recent album is ‘Laws of Illusion’ from the fall of 2010.

1988 Vox (Nettwerk) W1-3023
1988 Steaming (Nettwerk)  W2-3035
1991 Path of Thorns (Terms) (Nettwerk)  W2-3056
1991 Into the Fire (Nettwerk) W2-3063
1992 Drawn To the Rhythm (Nettwerk)  W2-3065
1992 Solace By the Sea (Nettwerk)
1993 Possession (Nettwerk) W2-6319
1994 Hold On (Nettwerk)
1994 Good Enough (Nettwerk)
1995 I Will Remember You (Nettwerk)
1997 Building a Mystery (Nettwerk)
1998 Sweet Surrender (Nettwerk)  33093
1998 Adia (Nettwerk)
1998 Ice Cream (Nettwerk)
1999 Angel (Nettwerk)
2000 I Love You
2001 Fear (Hybrid’s Supercollider Mix) (Nettwerk)
2001 Plenty (Nettwerk) 33132
2003 Fallen (Nettwerk)
2004 Stupid (Nettwerk)
2005 World On Fire (Nettwerk)
2005 Train Wreck (Nettwerk)
2006 Happy Xmas (War Is Over)/River (Nettwerk)
2006 The First Noel/Mary Mary (Nettwerk)
2006 River (Nettwerk)
2008 U Want Me 2 (Nettwerk)
2009 Don’t Give Up On Us (Nettwerk)
2009 One Dream (Nettwerk)
2010 Loving You Is Easy (Nettwerk)
2010 Forgiveness (Nettwerk)

Silence (Nettwerk – UK)

1988 Touch (Nettwerk) NTL-30024
1989 Touch [re-configured] (Nettwerk) W1-30024
1991 Solace (Nettwerk) W2-30055
1992 Live [EP] (Nettwerk) W2-6213
1993 Fumbling Towards Ecstasy (Nettwerk)  W2-30081
1994 The Freedom Sessions (Nettwerk) W2-36321
1996 Rarities, B-Sides And Other Rare Stuff (Nettwerk) W2-30105
1997 Surfacing (Nettwerk) W2-30116
1999 Mirrorball (Nettwerk) W2-30141
2001 Remixed (Nettwerk) W2-30200
2003 Afterglow (Nettwerk) 30332
2004 Live Acoustic [EP] (Nettwerk) 30336
2004 Afterglow Live (Nettwerk) 30404
2004 Retrospective (Nettwerk/BMG UK & Ireland) 82876-60236
2004 Artist Collection (BMG – Australia) 82876636372
2005 Bloom (Nettwerk) 30440
2005  iTunes Originals – Sarah McLachlan [DigiFile] (iTunes – US)
2006 Wintersong (Nettwerk/Arista) 82876-81504-2
2008 Rarities, B-Sides, And Other Stuff 2 (Nettwerk) 0-6700-30796-2-4
2008 Closer: The Best Of Sarah McLachlan (Tyde/Nettwerk) 0-6700-30823-2-7
2010 Laws of Illusion (Nettwerk) 30895
2011 Original Album Classics (Nettwerk/Arista/Sony) 88697-74129-2
2013 The Essential Sarah McLachlan [2CD] (RCA/Sony/Legacy – US) 88883750772
2013 Original Album Classics [5CD] (RCA/Sony/Legacy – US) 88883719822
2014 Shine On (Verve) B0020500-02
2015 Wonderland (Verve)  B0025643-02
2015 The Box Set Series [4CD] (RCA/Sony/Legacy – US) 88875075192

Compilation Tracks
“Out of the Shadows” on ‘Nettwerk Sound Sampler Volume Two – A Food for Thought’ (Nettwerk) NTL-30025
1990 “What Lies Beyond” on ‘Nettwerk Sound Sampler Vol. III’ (Nettwerk)
1993 “Shelter (Live)” on ‘In Defense of Animals: A Benefit Compilation’ (Restless) 772747
1993 “Hold On” on ‘No Alternative’ (Arista) 218737
1994 “Hold On” and “Good Enough” on ‘Slowbrew’ (Nettwerk)
1994 “Possession” on ‘Do Something Alternative’ (Sony Special Products) A-25219
1995 “Ol’ 55” on ‘Boys on the Side [Motion Picture Soundtrack]’ (Arista) 18748-2
1995 “Good Enough” on ‘In Between Dances (Canadian Artists In Aid Of Breast Cancer Research)’ (Attic) ACD-1431
1995 “Good Enough” on ‘Lit From Within’ (Nettwerk)
1995 “Dear God” on ‘A Testimonial Dinner: The Songs of XTC’ (Thirsty Ear) THI57019.2
1995 “Blue” on ‘Spirit of ’73: Rock for Choice’ (Sony) CBK-66879
1995 “Vox (Extended Mix)”, “The Path of Thorns (Terms)”, “Hold On” and “Full of Grace” on ‘Decadence [5CD] (Nettwerk) W2-30100
1996 “Hold On” on ‘Oh What a Feeling: A Vital Collection of Canadian Music (MCA) JUNO-25
1996 “Full of Grace” on ‘Moll Flanders [Motion Picture Soundtrack]’ (Decca) 452485
1996 “Ice Cream” on ‘Bed of Roses [Motion Picture Soundtrack]’ (Milan) 35739-2
1996 “Possession (Piano Version)” on ‘Due South: The Original Television Soundtrack’ (Nettwerk)
1997 “Possession” and “Fear (Lunasol Mix)” on ‘Plastic Vol. 1’ (Nettwerk) 30111
1997 “Unchained Melody” on ‘Brewed Awakenings’ (Nettwerk)
1997 “Ice Cream” on ‘Mad About You Television Soundtrack’ (Atlantic) 82983-2
1998 “Black” on ‘The X-Files: The Album [Motion Picture Soundtrack]’ (Elektra) 962272
1998 “Building a Mystery” on ‘Lilith Fair: A Celebration of Women in Music’ (Nettwerk) 30125
1998 “Ice” and “Sad To See the Season Go” [w/Tragically Hip] on ’30 Hour Famine’ (Nettwerk) W2-30126
1998 “Building a Mystery” on ‘Ready To Go – Women of the 90’s’ (BMG) 215697
1998 “Sweet Surrender (Remix)” on ‘Plastic Vol. 2’ (Nettwerk)
1998 “Song For a Winter’s Night” on ‘Sounds of the Season ‘98’ (Warner) 56792
1998 “Unchained Melody” on ‘Women & Songs 2’ (WEA) WTVD-37040
1999 “Black & White” on ‘Lilith Fair: A Celebration of Women in Music, Volume 3’ (Nettwerk)
1999 “Mary” (Live – Spring 1998) on ‘No Boundaries [Album for Kosovo]’ (Sony Music)
1999 “When She Loved Me” on ‘Toy Story 2 [Motion Picture Soundtrack]’ (Walt Disney) 60647
2000 “Building a Mystery (Live)” on ‘Journeys’ (Virgin) 849095
2000 “Building a Mystery (Live)” on ‘MuchMoreMusic Volume 2’ (Universal) 541302
2001 “Building a Mystery” on ‘Oh What a Feeling 2: A Vital Collection of Canadian Music’ (CMC) 0885
2001 “Angel” on ‘Women & Songs 5’ (WEA) WTVD-40379
2002 “Blackbird” on ‘Women & Songs 6’ (Warner) WTVD-48036
2003 “Angel” [from ‘The City of Angels’] on ‘The Celtic Circle’ (Windham Hill – US) 654888
2003 “Song For a Winter’s Night” on ‘Celtic Myst: The Christmas Collection’ (UMTV – Netherlands) UMTV-981-050
2003 “Song For a Winter’s Night” on ‘Women & Songs: Christmas’ (Warner)
2003 “Sweet Surrender” on ‘Women & Songs 7’ (WEA) WTVD-61047
2004 “Stupid” on ‘Women & Songs 8’ (WEA) WTVD-61926
2006 “World On Fire” on ‘Oh What a Feeling 3 – Juno Awards: Celebrating 35 Years of the Best in Canadian Music’ (EMI) 59829
2006 “Ordinary Miracle” on ‘Charlotte’s Web [Motion Picture Soundtrack]’ (Sony Classical) 702989
2007 “Blue” on ‘A Tribute To Joni Mitchell’ (Nonesuch) PRO-400004

Collaboration Tracks
“Silence” on ‘Karma’ (Nettwerk) 30113
1998 “Silence (Sanctuary Remix)” on ‘Plastic Vol. 2’ (Nettwerk)
2005 “Silence (Tiësto Mix)” on ‘Fired Up! 2’ (Razor & Tie) 189091

“God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen” on ‘Maybe This Christmas’ (Nettwerk) 30295
2002 “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen/We Three Kings” on ‘Barenaked For the Holidays’

“Don’t Let Go” on ‘Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron (A & M/Universal)

with DMC
“Just Like Me” on ‘Checks, Thugs and Rock’n’Roll’ (Romen Mpire – US) 2-68607

“Homeless” on ‘Long Walk to Freedom’ (Heads Up) HUCD-3109

“Sing” on ‘Songs of Mass Destruction’ (Arista) 715260

with HEART
“Walkin’ Good” on ‘Fanatic’ (Legacy/Sony)

Born: June 30, 1948 in Paisley, Renfrewshire, Scotland
Murray McLauchlan was born in Scotland and emigrated with his family to Canada at the age of 5. He learned how to play folk guitar at age 12 from Jim McCarthy, but his artistic abilities kept him in pursuit of that medium following a $250 scholarship from Hallmark Cards to attend art school. And yest, after graduating he began playing Yorkville Village coffeehouses at the age of 17. His first major public appearance was at the Mariposa Folk Festival in 1966. He was tempted by the bohemian lifestyle in Greenwich Village where he relocated until 1968. He was well received and American folk legend Tom Rush recorded several of his songs. He worked in and around Ontario, Québec and New York coffee houses throughout 1970-71 until his popularity led to his management deal with Bernie Finkelstein (The Paupers, Kensington Market, Bruce Cockburn) and a signing to Finkelstein’s True North Records. Hot on the heels of his debut album, ‘Songs From the Street’, his material was used in the movie ‘Rip-Off’ in 1971. It seemed an appropriate time to give the world a proper introduction to McLauchlan which resulted in a 1972 self-titled album. 1973 saw the hot single “Farmer’s Song” launch the first of his annual tours and won him a gold record plus Juno Awards for ‘Best Folk Single’, ‘Best Country Single’, and ‘Composer of the Year’ that year. He also appeared in the USA in 1973 with Neil Young and on his own beginning in 1974. In 1975 his music was used in the BBC/TV Ontario co-production ‘Reflections of Toronto’. With the release of the rock album ‘Boulevard’ in 1976, McLauchlan played 50 cities on his Canadian Tour culminating in an appearance on CBC-TV’s ‘Gordon Lightfoot Olympic Benefit’ as part of the Montreal Olympics celebration. The year was capped with a ‘Best Male Country Singer’ Juno Award and placement of his material in the movie ‘Partners’. He toured with True North labelmate Bruce Cockburn in 1977 and once again won a ‘Best Male Country Singer’ Juno Award. His touring band was the Silver Tractors which at times contained Dennis Pendrith (bass), Eugene Martynec (guitar), Ben Mink (violin), and Jorn Andersen (drums). He also frequently hooked up with Professor Piano’s Canadian Aces. His song “If the Wind Could Blow My Troubles Away” became the campaign song for the 1981 International Year of The Disabled. McLachlan also wrote the title track to the movie ‘Alligator Shoes’. 1985 saw him aid the victims of Ethiopian famine by adding his voice to the famine relief record “Tears Are Not Enough”. With the dismantling of the True North roster in 1986 (as the company decided to focus on Bruce Cockburn’s career only) McLauchlan moved over to Capitol to continue his pursuit of country music. McLauchlan became host of CBC-Radio’s ‘The Entertainers’, ‘Timberline’ and later ‘Swinging On a Star’. He is also married to former MuchMusic VJ/producer and SONY Canada president Denise Donlon. McLauchlan also released an autobiography on Penguin Canada books.

1971 I Just Get Older/One Night By My Window (True North) TN4-107
1972 Jesus Please Don’t Save Me/Sixteen Lanes of Highway (True North) TN4-110
1973 Farmer’s Song/Lose We (True North) TN4-113
1973 Hurricane of Change/Two Bit Nobody (True North) TN4-116
1974 Linda Won’t You Take Me In/Revelations (True North) TN4-118
1974 Shoeshine Workin’ Song/Fool Who’d Watch You Go (True North) TN4-119
1975 Do You Dream Of Being Somebody/Maybe Tonight (True North) TN4-124
1975 Down By The Henry Moore/[same] (True North) TN4-125
1975 Little Dreamer/[same] (True North) TN4-126
1975 On The Boulevard/As Lonely As You (True North)  TN4-129
1976 Slingback Shoes/Train Song (True North) TN4-130
1977 Love Comes And Goes/Immigrant (True North)  TN4-137
1978 Straight Outta Midnight (True North)
1978 Whispering Rain/Lady Luck (True North) TN4-144
1978 You Can’t Win/Somebody’s Long Lonely Night (True North)  TN4-146
1978 You’ve Got No Time/Somebody That You Used To Love (True North) TN4-148
1979 Try Walkin’ Away/Don’t Put Your Faith In Men (True North) TN4-150
1979 Into A Mystery/Rockin’ On the Sea (True North) TN4-151
1981 If The Wind Could Blow My Troubles Away/Tell Your Mother She Wants You (True North) TN4-161
1981 Wouldn’t Take Another Chance On Love/You Need a New Lover Now (True North) TN4-164
1982 Happiness/I Hate Your Gun (True North) TN4-173
1982 Jealousy/Happiness (True North) TN4-174
1982 Animals/Mr. Music (True North) TN4-176
1983 Never Did Like That Train/When Time Takes Love Away (True North) TN4-184
1983 Red River Flood/On the Subject of Loneliness (True North) TN4-186
1983 Everything Reminds Me of Loving You/Horses on the Highway (True North) TN4-188
1984 Railroad Man/Sayonara Maverick (True North) TN4-191
1984 Song For Captain Keast/Ten Thousands Miles From Shore (True North) TN4-195
1985 When You Become a Memory/I’m Best At Loving You (True North) TN4-204
1986 Me and Joey/Golden Fields (True North) TN4-207
1987 Secrets In Your Heart (True North) 5
1988 My Imaginary Tree/I Can’t Make That Mistake Again (Capitol) 73070
1989 Love With A Capital L/You Can’t Be Fooled (Capitol) 73080
1989 Please Don’t Call It Runnin’ Away/I’m Blessed (Capitol) 73090
1991 The Modern Age (Capitol)
1991 So I Lost Your Love (Capitol)

Let The Good Guys Win (UNICEF)

1971 Songs From The Street (True North) TN-4
1972 Murray McLauchlan (True North) TN-9
1973 Day To Day Dust (True North) TN-14
1974 Sweeping The Spotlight Away (True North) TN-18
1975 Only the Silence Remains (True North) TN-19
1976 Boulevard (True North) TN-25
1977 Hard Rock Town (True North) TN-29
1978 Greatest Hits (True North) TN-35
1978 Whispering Rain (True North) TN-36
1979 Live At the Orpheum (True North) TN-38/39/40
1980 Into A Mystery (True North) TN-41
1981 Storm Warning (True North) TN-44
1982 Windows (True North) Tn-49
1983 Timberline (True North) TN-54
1984 Heroes (True North) TN-59
1985 Midnight Break (True North) TN-65
1988 Swinging On A Star (Capitol) C1-91296
1991 The Modern Age (Capitol) C1-95023
1994 Freedom Sessions (Nettwerk) 36321
1996 Gulliver’s Taxi (True North) TNSD-131
2007 Songs From the Street: Best of Murray McLauchlan (True North) TNSD-500
2011 Human Writes (True North) TNSD-545
2017 Love Can’t Tell Time (True North) TND-641

Compilation Tracks
“Child Song” on ‘Maple Music Vol. 2’ (MMJ) MMJ-2
1973 “The Farmer’s Song” on ‘ Get It On!’ (Ronco/Columbia Special Products) CSPS-783
1976 “Little Dreamer” on ‘Canada’s Finest’ (K-Tel) TC-232
1979 “Whispering Rain” on ‘Chocolate Hits From Nestle Quik’ (CBS Special Products) CSPS-1513
1979 “Whispering Rain” on ‘High Energy’ (K-Tel) TC-255
1979 “Whispering Rain” on ‘Hit Action’ (TeeVee) TA3-2030
1980 “Try Walkin’ Away” on ‘Power Play’ (K-Tel) TC-264
1981 “Whispering Rain” on ‘Superstars Salute New Massey Hall’ (CRIA) CRIA-2
1984 “Farmer’s Song” on ‘Bernie Finkelstein’s Greatest Hits’ (True North) TN-13X
1986 “Never Did Like That Train” on ‘Prime Cuts – 100% Pure Canadian Country’ (Quality) RSP-108
1996 “Farmer’s Song” on ‘Oh What a Feeling: A Vital Collection of Canadian Music (MCA) JUNO-25
2001 “On the Boulevard” on ‘Oh What a Feeling 2: A Vital Collection of Canadian Music’ (CMC) 0885
2003 “Home From the Forest” on ‘Beautiful: A Tribute to Gordon Lightfoot’ (Borealis) BCDMBM-500
2006 “Farmer’s Song” on ‘Oh What a Feeling 3 – Juno Awards: Celebrating 35 Years of the Best in Canadian Music’ (EMI) 59829

“Disappearing” on ‘The Kumbaya Album 1995’ (Warner) CD-11719

McMANUS, Terry
Born: Terence McManus in 1946 in Abingdon, England

Died: December 18, 2021 in London, Ontario
Terry McManus was born to two Canadian parents but spent a large part of his early life growing up in the United States. He was schooled in Nebraska and by 1967 he was working for a cutting edge computer company in Washington. The extra money he made he socked away to save for recording demos on the side at Bias Studios which, at the time, was home to acts like Nils Lofgren (and his band Grin), Roy Buchanan, George Daly (who would later produce McManus’ first record and later Director of A & R for Elektra Records). After relocating to Canada in 1968 as a staff writer for ARC Records (for projects by Ronnie Hawkins and Anne Murray which never materialized), McManus hooked up with Merv Buchanan’s Trend Records and borrowed a 4-track machine from future Traynor Amps founder Peter Trayner to do some recording. His first release was a song he wrote called “Young Boppers” for the band Fear – featuring future Rush manager Ray Danniels’. McManus drifted between jobs and caught a break when Fred Dixon And The Friday Afternoon recorded his song “Best Believe It” which encouraged McManus to continue pursuing his songwriting skills. However, he couldn’t pay the bills on this small royalty stipend and had to find a real job’. In 1970 he began working for the Ontario Arts Council coordinating their pop music program and managed to get Merv Buchanan’s company to do mobile recordings for struggling acts all across Ontario. Part of McManus’ time spent with the Council was organizing the first ever rock concert at Toronto’s Ontario Place Forum. At the same time McManus borrowed $500 from the bank and he and engineer Bill Seddon (Bruce Cockburn) headed into the studio and cut two sides – “Sunshower In The Spring” and “Gimme A Hand” – with Garwood Wallace (who would go to form Twitch) on guitar and John Woloschuk (Klaatu) on bass. McManus did the rounds to try and land a record deal and was rejected by GRT Records but his second attempt landed him a deal with A & M who signed him to a deal over the phone after hearing the songs. The single was released in 1971 which did well on the Canadian charts as did the follow-up singles “Carolyn” and “Love Is Wine” (both from 1972) – all three tunes going to No.1 in the Prairies. An album was recorded but some poor managerial decisions cost him his deal with A & M in 1973. While at the Canadian National Music Conference (run by RPM Magazine), McManus ran into Tommy Banks who was about to start up his own label called Century II and not only signed McManus to his own solo deal but also made him A & R for other acts. Later that year McManus moved from Vancouver to Edmonton to set up shop with the label where he worked with such acts as Russ Thornberry, The Original Caste, and Bim. During this time McManus began recording under the pseudonym Skipper and released the single “Down On The Flatrock” for Capitol Records in 1973. The remainder of his material alternated between his real name and alter-ego for Century II (which was also distributed by Capitol). McManus would also be responsible for discovering the acts Sylvester Stretch and Val Hudson (who had a modicum of success when Karl Erickson recorded her song “Stormy Grey”). Lenny Breau would also record with McManus in 1974. By 1975 Century II began to collapse and McManus found an ally in old recording associate Bruce Sperling who took McManus to New York and hooked him up with a manager, lawyer and publishing deal with a publishing company run by George David Weiss (“I Can’t Help Falling In Love” and “It’s A Wonderful Life”). Nothing of any importance came out of the association and McManus found himself looking for a full-time day job later that year. He began teaching at Fanshawe College in September 1975 and has been there ever since. In 1976 another of his songs, “What A Day”, was recorded by the Vos Family and used in a promotional campaign to raise funds for the 1976 Montreal Olympics. Around this time McManus began writing children’s songs for his estranged son in California and on a lark, forwarded the material to Raffi’s label Treble Clef. They liked the material so much that a children’s album, ‘Scrub-A-Dub U.’, materialized at about the time that Treble Clef went out of business and McManus found his material on A & M Records once again. During an appearance at the Hamilton Folk Festival in 1979 McManus made the acquaintance of children’s performers Bob Schneider and Fred Penner. He and Penner hit it off well and McManus eventually found his songs appearing regularly on Penner’s children’s TV show starting the mid-80’s. In 1981 McManus was asked by London promoter Don Jones to perform an opening set of material to entertain children at Mr. Dressup appearances. With McManus’ experience in music legalities he was able to help Mr. Dressup (Ernie Coombs) get out of a bad recording contract and the two hit it off working on their own material together. The result was the 1982 album ‘Wake Up Mr. Dressup With Friend Terry McManus’ which was released on A & M and led to a tour by the duo. By 1985 Access TV in Calgary approached McManus to write material for their kids’ show the Magic Ring’ which resulted in 81 songs being used in 39 shows from 1985-1991. Around the mid-80’s McManus teamed up with music lawyer Stephen Stohn and Donna Murphy to revive the long defunct Songwriters’ Association Of Canada to which McManus was elected president for 4 years before becoming Chairman Of The Board. In 1986 McManus wrote lyrics to an existing Rick Wakeman song called “Heather Carpets” which he re-christened “Heathered Hills”. Wakeman and his publishing company liked the version so much they gave McManus future songwriting credit should the song ever be re-recorded. In recent years McManus has been writing essays published in the Globe & Mail out of Toronto, managing a new a cappella vocal group The Essentials, a rock group called Blend, helping aspiring country acts Kortney Kale, Greg Hanna, and Deric Ruttan. In 1997 Billboard Magazine published a year-end essay by McManus on the importance of singles. McManus is currently in the studio working on a new solo song called “Missing John” about the late John Lennon; McManus died unexpectedly December 18, 2021 at the age of 75. notes from Terry McManus, Merv Buchannan and Garwood Wallace.

1971 Sunshower In the Spring/Gimme a Hand (A & M)  AMX-316
1972 Love Is Wine/Woman, Man, Land (A & M) AMX-322
1972 Carolyn/Woman, Man, Land (A & M) AMX-329

Down On the Flatrock/Funny Thing (Capitol) 72705
1974 Papa Sit Down/That’s Not Easy (Century II/Capitol-EMI) 1502
1974 Country Drive (Do You Wanna Go)/She’s Gold (Century II/Capitol-EMI) 1511
1979 Leaky Old Boat (Treble Clef/Posterity/A & M)

1979 Scrubadub U. (Treble Clef/Posterity/A & M) PCS-5007
2009 Sunshine Pop (Bullseye) BOD-001

1976 Mr. Dressup (Matrix) TS-001
Wake Up Mr. Dressup With Friend Terry McManus (Butternut/A & M) BNL-001

Luke McMaster
(vocals) / Rob James (vocals)
Following the break-up of Luke McMaster’s band Double Vision, he enlisted in the Winnipeg Song Writing Workshop in 1995. There he met songwriter-musician Chris Burke-Gaffney (who was managing a young chantal Kreviazuk). The two hit it off and began working together as a songwriting team. In early 1997 McMaster met Rob James at a Winnipeg recording session. The two decided to collaborate as well. They soon wrote and demoed a new song entitled “Shouldn’t Love You” and had Glen Willows produce the demo. Willows suggested they become a performing duo under the name Two Face and brought Chris Burke-Gaffney on as their manager. The duo began writing and demoing and decided that a previous McMaster/Burke-Gaffney co-write called “Thank You” should become their demo calling card. In 1999, Two Face signed a recording contract with BMG subsidiary label Vik. Recording under the name McMaster & James their advance single, “Love Wins Everything”, landed them on the charts leading up to Christmas 1999. Their self-titled debut hit stores in February 2000 and they toured including dates on Christina Aguilera’s Canadian tour. Three more singles followed including “Thank You”, “I Understand” and “Sweet Sensation” pushing the duo’s CD to gold sales. By 2001 “Thank You” was awarded the SOCAN award for ‘Top Radio Play’ and “I Understand” won the Prairie Music Award (PMA) for ‘Best Song’. McMaster & James also won a PMA for ‘Performers of the Year’. A second album was scheduled to be recorded in Philadelphia with producers André Harris and Vidal Davies (Dre & Vidal). However, with Vik. Recordings in financial distress and the merger of parent company of BMG with Sony, the album never materialized and the duo split up in 2002; In 2003, McMaster was invited to attend the ‘Canadian Idol Song Writing Camp’ in Toronto. The collective songwriting compliment produced 110 songs of which 13 were set to be used on the upcoming season of the show. Six of these were co-written by McMaster.His collaborative song with Bobby Cameron and Jenna Gawne called “October Skies” was recorded and released by the show’s winnter Ryan Malcolm. McMaster also teamed-up with Christopher Ward, Rob Wells and Chris Anderson for Backstreet Boy Nick Carter’s solo release. McMaster would als write and produce material additional Canadian Idol contestants Eva Avila, Theo Tams, and Rex Goudie. McMaster also wrote or co-wrote 60 songs for the 2004-2008 TV show ‘Instant Star’. His collaborators included Chris Burke-Gaffney, Marc Jordan, Christopher Ward, Damhnait Doyle, Rob Wells and Greg Johnston. McMaster and Wells, along with Simon Wilcox and producer Darcy Ataman recorded a charity single/video in the spring of 2006 to bring awareness to AIDS in Africa. The song reached No.2 on the Canadian music charts. In the fall of 2006 the Song For Africa non-profit organization was created. Universal Musical Group tapped McMaster as a songwriter in 2004 and since then his songs have achieved gold and multi-platinum sales for Rihanna, Nick Lachey, Rex Goudie, Kalan Porter, Marc Jordan and Joanna Wang. McMaster has also written for the TV show ‘Degrassi: The Next Generation’. McMaster still records and performs his own solo material. He has performed in Kandahar, Afghanistan and during ceremonies at the Canadian Walk of Fame telecasts; James appeared on Season 4 of ‘Canadian Idol’ and reached seventh place in the contest.

Love Wins Everytime (Vik.) 217047
2000 Sweet Sensation (Vik.) KCDP-51851
2000 I Understand (Vik.)
2000 Thank You (Vik.)

McMaster & James (Vik.) 217442

Compilation Tracks
“Love Wins Everytime” on ‘Planet Pop 2000’ (BMG)
2000 “Thank You” on ‘Planet Pop 2001’ (BMG)
2001 “Sweet Sensation (Remix featuring SPITZ)” on ‘Planet Pop 3’ (SONY/BMG)
2002 “Love Wins Everytime” on ‘YTV Big Fun Party Mix 3’ (Universal)

Born: October 23, 1975 in The Pas, Manitoba
Though she was born in the northern Manitoba community of The Pas, Holly McNarland was raised in Winnipeg began her music career in earnest at the age of 15 when a boyfriend showed her some guitar chords and began expressing herself through songwriting. She began appearing in talent contests and Winnipeg clubs following shif twork as a waitress (a job at a pet store was short lived after she was asked to destroy sick hamsters). She would later relocate to Vancouver and network with that City’s musical underworld and soon released the independent EP ‘Sour Pie’. With a positive response to her songs she continued writing material in isolation in a cabin on Galliano Island in British Columbia. The resulting songs would become the basis for her Dale Penner produced debut album, ‘Stuff’, featuring guest appearances by ex-Pixies guitarist Joe Santiago. The album and the singles “Numb” and “Mr. 5 Minutes” managed to land her some recognition in Billboard magazine in the US and gave her impetus to relocate to Toronto where she could be embedded in the bustle of the music industry. In late 1996 she signed a recording deal with Universal and began seriously touring the album with a band consisting of bassist Matt Pullyblank, guitarist Matt Kelley, and drummer Adam Drake. She would win ‘Best New Solo Artist’ and was nominated for ‘Best Alternative Album’ (‘Stuff’) and ‘Best Video’ (“Elmo”) at the 1998 JUNO Awards. McNarland has released consistent and criminally overlooked albums in the past decade including the Warne Livesey (Midnight Oil, 54.40, Matthew Good) produced ‘Home Is Where My Feet Are’ (2002), ‘Chin Up Buttercup’ (2007) and ‘Run Body Run’ (2012). Her profile songwriting has been her bread and butter through co-writes with other artists such as Matthew Good (“Flight Recorder from Viking 7” and “Pony Boy”) and she has appeared on songs by other artists including “Wishing You Would Stay” by The Tea Party; McNarland’s latest album, ‘Run Body Run’, was released in 2010.

Mr. 5 Minutes/Stormy (MCA) MCADS-81020
1997 Elmo (Universal)
1997 Numb (Universal) UND- 56186
1998 Coward (Universal)
2002 Beautiful Blue
2002 Do You Get High? (Universal) UMCR-4688
2002 Losing My Face
2003 Watching Over You
2003 So Cold
2007 Every Single Time

Sour Pie [EP] (Paradise Alley) PABD-6284
1997 Some Stuff [EP] (Universal) U5P-1195
1997 Stuff (Universal) USD-53075
1999 Live Stuff (Universal)
2002 Home Is Where My Feet Are (Universal) 17148
2006 The Komrade Sessions [EP]
2007 Chin Up Buttercup (Curve) 742508
2010 Run Body Run

Compilation Tracks
“Numb” on ‘Big Shiny Tunes 2’ (WEA) WTVD-36034
1999 “Elmo (Live)” on ‘Lilith Fair: A Celebration of Women in Music, Volume 2’ (Nettwerk) 19081
1999 “The Box (Live)” on ‘Much @ Edgefest 1999’ (MCA)
2002 “Beautiful Blue” on ‘Women & Songs 6’ (Warner) WTVD-48036

McNAUL, Brett
Born: Brett Anthony McNaueal in Kirkland Lake, Ontario

Remember Me/When She’s Gone (Periwinkle) PER-3754
1985 For Loving You/For Loving You (Instrumental)  (Yonge St.) YSR-8501
1986 I’m Holding Memories Tonight/I’m Holding Memories Tonight (Instrumental) (Yonge St.) YSR-8503

Compilation Tracks
“Take This Heart” on ‘N.O.R.A. Northern Ontario Recording Artists Country Vol. 2’ (Pine Land)

McNEIL, Suzie
Born: Susan Jane McNeil on October 15, 1976 in Mississauga, Ontario
Suzie McNeil had aspired to be a singer most of her life as she came from a musical family. In her teens she sang with her next door neighbour Jerome Godboo and appeared on his blues recordings. This lead to meeting and performing with Jeff Healey, Alan Frew (Glass Tiger), and Garth Hudson (The Band) among others. McNeil also sang with several original groups, including Fourstar (with Made’s Alison MacLean) and Rounder. She also did long stints with Abba tribute act AbbaMania and Black Sabbath tribute act Sweetleaf. In 2005, McNeil decided that if she wanted to ‘make-it’ she’d have to go to the centre of the entertainment world and so, she packed her bags and headed to to Los Angeles, California with the intent of auditioning for the TV show ‘Rock Star: INXS’. She passed her audition and became one of 15 contestants vying for the chance to replace the late Michael Hutchence as lead vocalist for Australian band INXS. The show began in July 2005 and McNeil performed exceptionally well in the competition. She made it to the final four contestants before losing to fellow Canadian J.D. Fortune. McNeil was able to make a guest appearance on the new INXS album that resulted from the competition entitled ‘Switch’. The show led to work in 2006 as backup singer for P!nk and a guest appearance on former American Idol winner Clay Aiken’s album ‘A Thousand Different Ways’. At this point McNeil was already recording her debut album in Los Angeles for Curve Records with executive producer John Kalodner and producer Marti Frederiksen. The album’s first teaser single was “Believe” which debuted in September 2006 and received favourable media attention. The second single/video was entitled “Hung Up” and released in February 2007 eliciting plenty of radio play in Canada and video play on MuchMoreMusic. Finally, in April of 2007, she released her first solo album, ‘Broken and Beautiful’, which coincided with her starring role as ‘Oz’ in the Toronto production of Queen’s ‘We Will Rock You’ musical. The show would run until August 2007. Upon completion, McNeil did a mini-tour to help promote the album. In May 2008, the album’s third single/video was released entitled “Lonely (Are You Coming Home?)”. McNeil then spent time as a judge on YTV’s Canadian reality talent show ‘The Next Star’ beginning in July 2008. She would appear on four seasons of the show. In November 2008 she appeared as one of the half-time show entertainers for 96th Grey Cup with Theory Of A Deadman and Andrée Watters. She launched her sophomore studio album ‘Rock-n-Roller’ two weeks prior. It featured the Top20 hit single “Let’s Go”. In 2009 the album was re-released in a deluxe edition entitled ‘Rock-n- Roller: Reloaded’ which spawned two additional singles with “Supergirl” and “Help Me Out”. McNeil’s latest album is 2012’s ‘Dear Love’ which she is currently touring; McNeil appears in commercials for Thrive lozenges and sings the jingle for Niagara Falls attraction Marineland.

2007 Hung Up
2008 Lonely (Are You Coming Home?)
2008 Broken & Beautiful
2008 It’s Christmas Time
2008 Let’s Go
2008 Don’t Tell Me Goodbye
2009 Supergirl
2009 Help Me Out
2010 Believe
2011 Drama Queen
2011 Merry Go Round
2012 Tough Love
2015 The Best Is Yet To Come
2018 Christmas Came Early

2021 Mistletoe Miracle

Broken & Beautiful (Curve/UMG) CURV-14
2008 Rock-N-Roller (Universal) 0251782065
2009 Rock-N-Roller: Reloaded
2010 Live Acoustic
2012 Dear Love (604/Universal) 2539602832
2012 This Is Christmas (604/Universal)

Deja-Vu Baby

Compilation Tracks
“Believe” on ‘Women & Songs 11’ (WEA/EMI/UMG) 2-970322
2008 “Let’s Go” on ‘Women & Songs 12’ (WEA/EMI/UMG) 2-931590

McRAE, Tate
Born: Tate Rosner McRae July 1, 2003
McRae’s father worked in the Canadian Armed Forces, and when she was four the family relocated to Oman for his work reassignment. Her mother taught dance lessons for the three years they were in Oman where Tate learned the artform recreationally at age six. At the age of eight the family returned to Canada where she began to study dance more seriously. By age 11 she was part of her mother’s YYC Dance Project. Tate soon started ballet training at the School of Alberta Ballet. Meanwhile, McRae began writing and recording her own original material and launched a YouTube channel in 2011 to showcase her music and dancing. In 2013 she was awarded Best Female Dancer at the 2013 Dance Awards in New York City. She was also a voice actress for the Lalaloopsy providing the voice of Spot Splatter Splash beginning in 2013. McRae was also a finalist at the New York City Dance Alliance’s 2014 National Gala. A two-week scholarship at the Berlin State Ballet Company was awarded to her in 2015 after winning the silver medal as a soloist, and bronze medal for her duet at the Youth America Grand Prix. McCrae then danced in the music video for Walk off the Earth’s song “Rule The World.” She would then be awarded the Best Female Dancer award again at the 2015 Dance Awards. In 2016 she performed on The Ellen DeGeneres Show as part of the DancerPalooza Troupe and as a backing dancer on Justin Bieber’s Purpose World Tour.She also appeared on the 13th season of the U.S. television show ‘So You Think You Can Dance.’ It was there that she was mentored by American dancer and actress Kathryn McCormick. As a non-American competitor she placed third on the final episode that season. A Teen Choice Award followed for her appearance on the show followed by another appearance on the ‘Ellen DeGeneres Show’ as part of the Jump Dance COnvention Troupe.’ She continued loading content to her YouTube channel and in 2017 started the video series “Create With Tate.” The song “One Day” attracted 36 million views in short order and quickly released the song as an independent single – eventually being certified gold in Canada. From 2017 to 2019, McRae continued to upload new singles and her ‘Create With Tate’ led to a YouTube award as “Artist on the Rise.” The song “One Day” eventually caught the attention of RCA Records and McRae signed a record deal with them in August 2019. Her debut 5-song EP called ‘All the Things I Never Said’ was released in January 2020 and headed out on a headlining tour of Europe and North America. The first single from the EP was “Tear Myself Apart” which was was co-written by Billie Eilish and Finneas O’Connell. Songs from the EP have gained more than 100 million streams on digital platforms since May 2021. The song “Stupid” also charted in Ireland and peaked in the top 20 on Canadian pop radio charts. “Stupid” was certified gold in Canada. Shortly after the COVID-19 pandemic spread worldwide, McRae released the single “You Broke Me First.” In July 2020, McRae was nominated for the MTV Video Music Award for Push Best New Artist and performed “You Broke Me First” on MTV’s pre-show in August. After the song had gained popularity on the video-sharing platform TikTok, it became her first single to crack the Billboard Hot 100 chart. It would eventually make it to No. 1 on the Billboard Top40. It was also an international success peaking in the Top 10 in Australia, Belgium, Canada, Finland, Latvia, Malaysia, Norway, the Netherlands, the Republic of Ireland, Scotland, Singapore, Sweden and the UK. In October 2020 she performed the song on ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live.’ That month McRae released her next single “Lie to Me” featuring Canadian singer Ali Gatie which immediately charted in Canada. She then performed “You Broke Me First” at the 2020 MTV Europe Music Awards that November. By December 2020, the second single “R U OK” from her next EP charted on the Hot Singles Chart in New Zealand. By early 2021 she had been featured in Billboard magazine’s ’21 Under 21 Ones to Watch’ list and was named by Forbes as one of the Forbes ’30 Under 30′ in the music category. McRae was also named one of Rolling Stone Magazine’s Top 10 biggest breakthrough artists of 2020. To cap off her year, she was signed to a worldwide publishing deal with Sony/ATV. McRae performed “You Broke Me First” on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon in January 2021. The next day, “Rubberband” was released as the third single from her next EP. This was followed in March by “Slower.” The 6-song EP ‘Too Young To Be Sad’ was released on March 26, 2021. Also in March, McRae appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live! again performing “Slower.”

Drown [DigiFile]
2018 Teenage Mind [DigiFile]
2018 Distant [DigiFile]
2018 Can’t Get It Out [DigiFile]
2018 Shoulder To Shoulder [DigiFile]
2019 Slip [DigiFile]
2020 You Broke Me First [3 mixes) (RCA) 19439-82813-2
2020 r u ok [DigiFile] (RCA]
2020 lie to me [w/ALI GATIE] [DigiFile] (RCA)
2020 don’t be sad [DigiFile] (RCA)

All The Things I Never Said [5-song DigiFile] (RCA)
2021 Too Young To Be Sad [6-song DigiFile] (RCA)

You [DigiFile] (Ministry of Sound)

Gus Coriandoli
(guitar, vocals) / Kim Bingham (vocals) / John Jordan (horns) / Adam Berger (horns) / Kasia Hering (accordion) / Sid “Santiago” Zanforlin (drums) / Matt Lipscombe (bass) / Noah Green (accordion) / John Britton (percussion)
Montreal, Québec ska act Me Mom & Morgentaler was formed in 1990 when the band members were attending a strict Catholic School. They initially assembled for a talent night at the school and chose their name – derived from notorious abortion practitioner Dr. Henry Morgentaler – to offend the teaching staff’s nuns. The released an EP entitled “Clown Heaven and Hell’ in 1991 on their own Chooch Records imprint and finally made a full-length CD in 1993 entitled ‘Shiva Space Machine’. The record garnered critical acclaim and airplay on college radio allowing them to tour Canada for the next two years. During this period they also released a disc entitled ‘We Are Revolting: Live & Obscure 1990-1994’. The band called it quits in 1996 but one-off reunion show at the Montreal International Jazz Festival in 1999. They would reunite for a four Montreal shows in 2007 to support the deluxe re-release of ‘Shiva Space Machine’.

Clown Heaven and Hell (Chooch) CHOOCH-CD-01
1993 Shiva Space Machine (Chooch) CHOOCH-CD-02
1994 We Are Revolting: Live & Obscure 1990-1994
2007 Shiva Space Machine: Gone Fission

Mike Selman (guitar) / Tony Olivera (guitar; 1995-2005) / Luke Boas (bass, vocals; 1995) / James Munro (drums; 1995) / Steve Migliarese (bass; 1995-present) / Dave Askins (drums; 1995-96) / Aaron Clark (vocals; 1996) / Quin McCulloch (vocals; 1996-2000) / Chris Lorrette (drums; 1996-2003) / Bram Harvey (vocals; 2000-present) / Dave Krull (drums; 2003-05) / Darryl Curren (guitar; 2005-present) / Lincoln McCulloch (drums; 2005-present)
Formed in 1995 in Victoria, British Columbia, Meatlocker Seven have gone through various lineups which finally stabilized in 2003 with Harvey, Migliarese, Selman, Oliveira and Lorette. The live band would play with such acts as as Nevermore, Cryptopsy, Strapping Young Lad and Candiria. Their debut album, ‘Corrode’, was released on ML7’s own Meatlocker Music label in 1997. That was followed by a 1999 internet only release of entitled ‘Wreckhead Demos’. The most active line-up released ‘The Biological Mechanism of Hate’ in 2002 with a cutting edge video for the song “Systematic”.

Systematic (M-7)

Corrode [EP] (M-7)
1999 Wreckhead Demos [DigiFile] (M-7)
2002 The Biological Mechanism of Hate (Galy) ML-777

Jean Smith
(vocals) / David Lester (guitar) / Peter Jefferies (drums; 1995-1997)
Formed in Vancouver, British Columbia in 1984.

Man Thinks “Woman”/Strong White Male, More More More
Oh Yes You Can [EP] (K – US) IPU-04
1990 Cardboard Box House of Love [EP] (K – US) IPU-11
Armchairs Fit Through Doorways [3 song EP] (K – US) IPU-28
1991 I Can Hear Me Fine (Smarten Up!) SU!-003
1992 From the Surface/Upside Down Flame (Dionysus) IDO-74538
1992 Orange [EP] (Harriet) 10
1992 Rose/Days (K – US) IPU-32
1992 You Heard It All/Broken Flowers//[w/KREVISS] (Sub Pop) SP-149
1992 Echo/Fan of Sparks (Jettison) JET-023
1995 The Bird That Wouldn’t Fly/Breathing Dark (Matador) OLE-164-7
2000 Paris In April//Tower Island/Invisible Island (K – US) IPU-68
2010 Malachi/Blue Sky and Branches (K – US) IPU-132

Mecca Normal (Smarten Up!) SUR-001
1989 Calico Kills The Cat (K – US) KLP-004
1991 Water Cuts My Hands (Matador) OLE-011
1992 Dovetail (K – US) KLP-014
1993 Jarred Up (K – US) KLP-018
1993 Flood Plain (K – US) KLP-022
1995 Sitting On Snaps (Matador) OLE-122
1996 The Eagle and the Poodle (Matador) OLE-186
1997 Who Shot Elvis? (Matador) OLE-245
2002 The Family Swan (Kill Rock Stars – US) KRS-385
2006 The Observer (Kill Rock Stars – US) KRS-453

Compilation Tracks
“I Walk Alone” and “Well He Change” on ‘Display Ideas for Supermarkets’ [cassette] (Toy Town)
1991 “Narrow” on ‘Kill Rock Stars (Kill Rock Stars – US) KRS-201
1992 “Strong White Male” on ‘International Pop Underground Convention’ (K – US) KLP-11
1993 “Man Thinks ‘Woman’” on ‘International Hip Swing’ (K – US) KLP-16
1994 “Ribbon” on ‘Alternative Route ’94’ (Cargo – Germany) FEASTCD-01
1995 “Vacant Night Sky” on ‘Extra Cheese: Matador Sampler’ (Matador) OLE-156
1996 “Anthem” on ‘Life During Wartime No. 2: While You Were Ignoring Us’ [cassette]
1996 “I Walk Alone” on ‘Yoyo a Go Go’ (Yoyo – US) YOYO CD-4
1997 “Water Cuts My Hands” and “Hurricane Watch” on ‘Whats Up Matador’ (Matador)
2002 “Blame the Glass Man” on ‘Fields and Streams’ (Kill Rock Stars – US) KRS-341
2003 “What About the Boy?” on ‘Mollie’s Mix (Kill Rock Stars – US) KRS-382
2005 “Throw Silver” on ‘Songs to Break God’s Heart – Vol. 1 (Acuarela) NOIS-1054
2009 “Trapped Inside Your Heart” on ‘What the Heck? (Knw-Yr-Own – US) NO.8

Dorian Medd
(guitar, piano, mandolin, vocals) / Bob Shaw (guitar, bass, harmonica, vocals) / Jim Shand (bass) / Chris Meister (drums) / Craig Fraser (keyboards, vocals) / Bob Venables (guitar, vocals) / Les Dietz (guitar)
Kelowna, British Columbia’s Medd & Shaw were together from 1975 to 1982; Jim Shand has since passed away. with notes from Dorian Medd.

1976 Take Me Back/Oh, What A Gift (Colly)
1979 I Still Love You/Love Is What We’ve Got (Riser) RR-3460
1980 Call Me/Dream Up Days (Riser) RR-3726
1982 Movie Love Affair/You’re All The World (Riser) RR-4166

1982 Brock & Friends Music Society Presents: Medd & Shaw (Riser) RR-4131

Brian Clasby (rhythm guitar, vocals) / Brian Medway (lead guitar, vocals) / Laurie Roberts (bass, vocals) / Dale Waddell (drums) / Dave Wilson (drums)
Before setting up shop in New Westminster, British Columbia, Medway co-founded The Traces with Roberts and Clasby (both ex-The Sound Squad) in Southampton, England during August of 1965. The Traces initially had a female singer named Nikki who was the girlfriend of band manager and local DJ Dave Jay. It was Jay who had selected Medway for The Traces from hundreds of musicians who had responded to an ad that he had placed in the ‘Echo’ newspaper. Medway then recruited Clasby and Roberts. The Traces then advertised for a drummer and commenced practicing at Green Lane School in one of the class rooms. Soon the musicians, less Nikki, struck out on their own to play local gigs. Not long after that, Medway’s parents moved the family to New Westminster, British Columbia. Later in 1965 Medway started an R & B and blues based band featuring local musicians called The Shades of Black. They played all over the lower British Columbia mainland. Roberts and Clasby followed in 1966 to reform the band with Medway and Haney, BC native Dale Waddell on drums under the new name Meddy’s People. Medway’s family was also involved in helping the band find success. His father, Fred Medway, was the band’s manager. His mother made costumes and his cousin, Peter Medway, stage managed and was their roadie. Immediately after the band’s first few gigs they signed a contract with a local AM radio station CKLG to represent the station at events. One of the deejays at the station was Daryl Burlingham [aka Daryl B] took the band under his wing and managed to get Meddy’s People a recording contract with Quality Records in 1968. They soon recorded a number of singles at Vancouver Recording Studios with engineer Robin Spurgin and personally supervised by Burlingham who helped the band through every step of the process. The band played hundreds of shows in Vancouver’s including such venues as Denny’s Discotheque, The Cave, Village Bistro, Grouse Nest, The Bayshore Inn, Planetarium as well as halls and arenas and the odd school dance. The band eventually stopped performing together in the fall of 1969. Medway formed Pegasus in 1975 who toured with Rory Gallagher. He turned down a chance to join Gallagher’s band as he did when asked by Polydor Records to fill in for Eric Clapton in Cream years earlier out of respect for the bands he was already loyal to. He quit the music business in December 1975 and into the construction contract management business. For the last 10 years he has run his own business consulting practice in Vernon, BC; Wilson went on to play with Heart briefly. with notes from Brian Medway, Ray Medway and Laurie Roberts.

1968 Shalalalee/Substitute (Quality) 1906X
1968 Yes I Will Not/Hideaway (Quality) 1918X
1969 Fantasy World/Mr. Sister (Quality) 1931X

Born: 1966 in Melbourne, Australia
Australia’s Carol Medina has been a singer and actress since the age of 12. After relocating to Canada in the early ’80’s with her family, she landed a steady seasonal gig at a theatre revue in Paramount Canada’s Wonderland north of Toronto, Ontario. From there she was recruited for a U.S.O. tour in Southeast Asia where she met actor/songwriter James Collins during the making of a commercial. A songwriting partnership developed as a result and the duo landed the 1994 tune “And The Song Goes…” (co-written with Vince Degiorgio) on Canadian singles charts which garnered the tune a Juno nomination for ‘Best R&B/Soul Recording’. She also won the Montréal Dance Music Awards as ‘1994’s Top Vocalist’. In 1995 two more singles – “Tell Me You Love Me” and “You Don’t Know (Where My Lips Have Been)” also charted. With the songs confirmed in the Top-40, Medina proceeded to record and release 1996’s ‘Secret Fantasy’ album for Quality Records. With notes from James Collins.

The Tears I Cry/[same] (Drama) 7002
1994 And The Song Goes… [12”] (Quality) QLPS-7026
1994 I Had A Dream (Quality) QCDS-7059
1995 Tell Me You Love Me (Quality) QCDS-7085
1995 You Don’t Know (Where My Lips Have Been) QLPS-7126
1995 Let the Music Play [12”] (Quality) QLPS-7154
1996 Never Done It Like That
1997 One Day of Kisses (Popular) 3192
1997 Wonder Woman (Popular) 323

Secret Fantasy (Quality) QCD-2058

Compilation Tracks
“And the Song Goes (Riprock Slow-Act I)” on ‘Energy Rush’ (Quality) QCD- 2032
1994 “And the Song Goes (House Mix) on ‘Club House – 100% Canadian Dance’ (Quality) QCD-2034
1994 “I Had a Dream” on ‘Energy Rush II’ (Quality) QCD-2081
1996 “I’ll Just Say Goodnight” on ‘I’m Coming Out’ (Quality) QCD-2139

“Wait ‘Til My Heart Finds Out” on “Slow Grooves” (Quality) QRSPD-1245

From Montreal, Québec
Robert Ellis (vocals, harmonica) / Pierre Latreille (guitar) / Neil Malott (bass) / James Solkin (keyboards) / Steve Blackwell (percussion)

Medium (Gamma) GS-503

Born: Susan Gayle Medley in 1962 in Courtenay, British Columbia
Sue Medley’s musical interests began at age nine when she acquired a drum set. At age 12, she took up guitar and began writing songs. By fifteen she had gone professional as part of an acoustic duo. She was also a member of the travelling musical called ‘Elvis Elvis’ while in her teens. In the late ’80’s she released two independent singles – “Cryin’ Over You” (1987) and “Angel Tonight” (1989). By then she had made an appearance at the Big Valley Jamboree in Saskatchewan and received a nomination for the Vista (Rising Star) Award at the 1989 Canadian Country Music Awards. The notoriety led to her signing with Polygram Canada and a self-titled debut CD in 1990. The album was a co-produced by Medley and John Mellencamp producer Michael Wanchic who utilized John Hiatt’s band The Goners. On the heels of the singles “Dangerous Times” and “Love Thing”, she toured North America the rest of the year including dates with Bob Dylan in Toronto and other major markets. She simultaneously became national spokesperson for ‘Ride For Sight’, a charity to raise funds for the blind. She would write the charity’s theme song, “Born To Ride”, in 1991 with former Bryan Adams partner Jim Vallance. Her second album, ‘Inside Out’, was once again produced by Wanchic and was aided by the musical help of Sonny Landreth and Kenny Aranoff. The album, released in 1992, continued her radio assault with a handful of additional singles and a support tour with the likes of Tom Cochrane and 54.40 put her back in the limelight. The single “When The Stars Fall” became a hit on album radio and reaching No.2 on The Record’s chart (being locked out of No.1 only by U2). She toured a western opening slot with Kim Mitchell and even hooked up with Bob Dylan on a few dates. In September 1992, Medley headed to Nashville for a rest and to write some new tunes. She couldn’t stay idle for long and played the Ace Of Clubs where she filmed the video “Jane’s House”. In October she was invited by John Mellencamp to participate in a Bob Dylan Tribute at Madison Square Gardens in New York. Later that month she received a SOCAN award for her song “Maybe The Next Time” which was one of the most played songs on Canadian radio in 1991. Her third album, however, would not be forthcoming. Following a two-year dispute with her record label over the songs that would comprise that release, she and Polygram parted ways. She retreated to her house near Bloomington, Ind., and wrote and recorded much of the material that makes up her comeback release, “Velvet Morning”, which finally came out in February 2000 on Egg Records. Her profile received a boost after four of her songs were featured on the hit TV series “Dawson’s Creek”.

1987 Cryin’ Over You//Long Days Long Nights/We Won’t Last Much Longer (Pacific Wave) PWR-701
1989 Angel Tonight/[same] (Pacific Wave) PWR-704
1990 Dangerous Times/57 Chevy (Mercury/Polygram) 875 294-7
1990 That’s Life/Why Why [cassingle] (Mercury/Polygram) 875 928-4
1990 Love Thing (Mercury/Polygram) 
1991 Maybe Next Time/Start It Over [cassingle] (Mercury/Polygram) 878 949-4
1992 When the Stars Fall (Mercury/Polygram) PCD-232
1992 Jane’s House (Mercury/Polygram)
1992 Inside Out (Paisley Mix) (Mercury/Polygram)  PCD-263
1993 Forget You/Long Hard Fall (Mercury/Polygram) 422-864-724-4
1995 What I Want (The Artists Own Record Co) CDPSMM-101
2000 Gone (Egg)

1990 Sue Medley (Mercury/Polygram) 842982
1991 Queen of The Underground [4-song EP] (Mercury/Polygram) CDP-510
1992 Inside Out [5-song EP] (Mercury/Polygram) 422864343-2
1992 Inside Out (Mercury/Polygram) 512527
2000 Velvet Morning (Egg) EGGCD-9700
2001 20th Century Masters The Millennium Collection: The Best of Sue Medley (Mercury/Universal) 4400139572

Original line-up: Claude Patry
(guitar, vocals; 1962 – 1964) / Denis Champoux (guitar, vocals) / Ralph Angelillo (drums, percussion) / Jean Poiré (bass, saxophone; 1962 – 1964)
Additional musicians: Robert Selmer [aka Michel Roy] (guitar; added 1963) / Réjean Carreau (drums; replaced Angelillo 1964) / Guy Martineau (piano, organ, bass; 1964 – 1966) / Gilles Pouliot (bass; 1966 – 1969) / Michel Verreault (saxophone, vocals; 1963 – 1966)
Claude Patry formed his first band in February 1959 called Claude Patry & Ses Thunderbirds. Their first gigs were at Collège des Jésuites in Québec, where some of the band members were finishing their studies. Ther public debut was at Centre de loisirs Saint-Sacrement. Ove time the band was known as just Les Thunderbirds but after an appearance on CHRC’s’ Le Cabaret des jeunes’, show host Jacques Boulanger suggested the band rename themselves Les Mégatones. Engaged for a weekend at the Boîte aux chansons du Vieux-Québec, above the famous La Porte Saint-Jean cabaret, Les Mégatones performed there continuously from the end of July 1962 until the Christmas holidays. Yvan Dufresne, of Apex Records whose roster of stars performed on the Québec bar circuit, noticed the line-ups in front of the bar and went in to see the band. After witness Les Mégatones – driven by the rock guitar style of Denis Champoux and his famed Echolette guitar effects, Dufresne offered to pay for the recording of an entire album on the Apex label. The album was marketed in Quebec as ‘Voici Les Megatones,’ and in English Canada as ‘Introducing The Megatones.’ The album’s first single, “Mégatwist,” became a hit in Québec, while its B-side (“Diane”) became the musical theme of the Cabaret des jeunes. A follow-up in 1963, ‘Dansons!’ gave the band more success with the single “Chalala” and “Ski Bum.” At the invitation of a promoter passing through Montreal, they head to the US for month long soujourns to New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Minnesota. The group had expanded to a six-piece and their tour would last from the summer of 1964 to the following February of 1965. Though they had steady work they were overshadowed on radio charts and bigger venues by artists inspired by and from The British Invasion. The group decided to head home. Prior to their departure they had released a third album entitled ‘Vive Les Copains’ and its single/Scopitone video for the song “Guitar Limbo.” The band had missed the cultural and musical revolution of the new French Yé-Yé movement (artists performing French versions of British Invasion hits) and the album failed expectations. Apex Records, were quick to counter with a re-issue of the band’s instrumental track “”Rideau S.V.P.” as a single. The band, however, had to start from the beginning – building a following on the road in Quebec. Personnal changes would soon plague the act. With the break-up of their nearest instrumental rock competitors, Les Versatiles, it was apparent that their brand of music was terribly outdated. The band decides on a name change and call themselves Les Ook-Piks. They are signed to London Records and release two moderately played singles in 1966.The single “Ne Le Sais-Tu Pas” was a French adaptation of Huey “Piano” Smith’s “Don’t You Just Know It” but had zero impact. By the summer of 1966 they switched to Télédisc where they release the album ‘Rabotage.’ The title track is released a single but does little to lift the band or drive more success their way. An injunction prohibiting any use of the name and image of the ook-pik, a Nordic sacred bird during Canada’s Centennial celebration (and specifically at Expo 67) forced the group to call themselves Les Mégatones once more beginning with a single on Capitol Records called “C’est Ça Le Vrai Bonheur.” They did return to the studio and even recorded several vocal songs by 1969. The single “Waterloo” is soon followed by a final swan song called “Monsieur Armstrong;” Champoux would go on to run his own production company Productions Denis Champoux and Studio Denis Champoux which allowed him the freedom of a solo career; Carreau would go on to drum for artists such as Gilles Gosselin and Jeannine Savard; Angelillo would go to a career in graphic design for album covers; Patry died September 27, 1996; Champoux died March 3, 2017.

Megatwist/Diane (Apex) 13265
1963 Ski Bum/L’Amour Que J’Ai Pour Toi (Apex) 13288
1963 Chalala/Ruby Baby (Apex) 13299
1964 Guitar Limbo/L’Adventure (Apex) 13356
1964 Carnaval/Twist Des Copains (Apex) 13328
1965 Rideau S.V.P./Ruby Baby (Apex) 13423
1969 Waterloo/Le Bricoleur (DSP) DSP-8652
1969 Monsieur Armstrong/Vivre Intensément (DSP) DSP-8655

C’est Ça Le Vrai Bonheur/C’Est Pour Toi

Ne Le Sais-Tu Pas/Ils Ne Savent Pas (London) FC.731
1966 Plaisir D’Amour/Les Aventuriers (London) FC.735
1966 Rabotage/Beckenships (Télédisc) TD-33

Voici Les Megatones (Apex) ALF-1545
1962 Introducing The Megatones (Apex) AL-1624
1963 Dansons! (Apex) ALF-1557
1964 Vive Les Copains (Apex) ALF-1563
1966 Ebbtide (Lero/Apex) L-728
1969 Les Mégatones [re-issue of ‘Rabotage’] (Traditon) TR-259-34
1977 Le Fameux Son Des Mégatones (Champoux) CH-770523
2000 Les Mégatones 1962-1969 (Disques Mérite) 22-951
2000 Ook-Piks/Les Megatones – Volume 2 (Disques Mérite) 22-954

Rabotage Avec Les Ook-Piks (Télédisc/Trans-Canada) TD-366

Born: August 28, 1956 in Toronto, Ontario
Multi-faceted songwriter-composer Stan Meissner’s career includes hits internationally as well as in both English and French Canada. Meissner has been a staff songwriter for more than 25 years, under contracts with BMG Music Publishing, Warner-Chappell Music and Irving-Almo/Universal Music, and has written for many international acts including Céline Dion, Lara Fabian, LeeAnn Womack, Eddie Money, Farmer’s Daughter, Ricochet, Rita Coolidge, BJ Thomas, Ben Orr (The Cars), Alias, Triumph, Darby Mills, Toronto and Lee Aaron among many others. As a recording artist, Meissner released three solo albums: ‘Undertow’, ‘Dangerous Games’ and ‘Windows To Light’. ‘Undertow’ featured the Top-10 singles “River of Fire”, “Someone Like You” and “If It Takes All Night” and was re-released in 2008 on Highway 118 Records; ‘Windows To Light ‘featured the hit single and video “One Chance” which was the No.1 Adult Contemporary song of 1987 (according to ‘The Record Chart’). Meissner is also the creative force behind the duo Metropolis with Peter Fredette (Kim Mitchell Band, Butler). The self-titled Metropolis debut CD included the song “The Darkest Side of the Night” which was featured as the title track in the movie ‘Friday The 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan’; Meissner has written music for many TV shows and films, including A&E’s ‘Biography’, ‘Berenstain Bears’, ‘Timothy Goes To School’, ‘Hang Time’, ‘Cottage Life’, ‘Missing Children’, ‘Lighten Up’, ‘Cody’s Crew’ and ‘Sweating Bullets/Tropical Heat’, as well as contributing songs and source music to ‘Beverly Hills 90210’, ‘Forever Knight’, ‘My Secret Identity’, ‘Daydream Believers – The Monkees Story’, ‘Tekwar’, ‘Little Criminals’, ‘Odyssey’, ‘Phenom’, ‘Tales From The Crypt’, ‘Amy Fisher – My Story’, ‘Life Goes On’, ‘Shining Time Station’, ‘First Offender’, ‘Whispers’, ‘Fearless’, ‘Pilgrim’, ‘The Incredible Ida Early’, ‘Material World’, ‘It’s Only Rock and Roll’, ‘Family Reunion’, and ‘Ghoulies 3’; As treasurer of SOCAN (2003-2009), president of the SOCAN Foundation (2006-2009), president of the Songwriters Association of Canada (2000-2006) and a member of the board of directors of the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame (2000-2006), Meissner has been a songwriting community activist. with notes from Stan Meissner and Don Palmer. [also see METROPOLIS]

1984 I Need Your Love/Walking In the Dark (A & M) AM-644
1984 Hide the Night Away/Walk Out Of My Life (A & M) AM-656
1984 Once Over/[same] (A & M) AM-670
1985 One Chance/Coming Out of Nowhere (A & M) AM-689
1986 I Want Everything/Surrender To You (A & M) AM-705
1986 I Can’t Break Away From You/I Need Your Love (A & M) AM-717

Windows to Light (A & M) SP-9120
1986 Dangerous Games (A & M) SP-9100
1992 Undertow (Duke Street/MCA)

Matthew Cromarty
(vocals, guitar) / Michael Brennan (vocals, guitar) / Andrew Roberts (bass) / Harley Paul (drums) / Clay Jones (bass; Beneath Augusta) / Todd Knapp (drums; Beneath Augusta) / Searaig Hopgood (keyboards; Beneath August)
Mellonova was a Toronto Space Rock quartet that toured extensively throughout North America and the UK. They would released two EP’s and one full-length record through Aporia Records. They saw chart action on college and mainstream radio. Their songs were licensed to independent films and television, including an episode of ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’. The band fell apart in June of 2003 leaving Cromarty and Brennan to explore aspects of our songwriting that hadn¹t fit into the Mellonova aesthetic. Clay Jones was brought on as bass player and Todd Knapp (ex-Deepspace) filled the drummer position. They performed at the El Mocambo to test out the new line up and were approached by Searaig Hopgood who offered to play keyboards in the band. In 2004, they released what would have been Mellonova’s third album under the name Beneath Augusta called ‘Melloniva Oo-03’. They then headed to England and Scotland for a two-week tour, road testing new material to appreciative audiences, and securing a distribution deal in the UK with Shellshock Records. Upon their return to Canada, the band rehearsed for two months in 2007, and recorded ten songs that became their debut album ‘You Gotta Come Down Sometime’ with Rudy Rempel at Toronto’s Chemical Sound; Jones and Hopgood would go on to play bass for Indoor Voices; Jones was also a member of Mohawk Lodge. with notes from Searaig Hopgood.

The Hydromantic EP [7-song EP] (Mellonova) MN-001
2002 Mellonova EP [5-song EP] (Mellonova) MN-002
2002 Slightly Happy (Aporia) AP-007

Mellonova Oo-03 (Aporia) APCD-014
2007 You Gotta Come Down Sometime (Aporia) APCD-016

Don Xaliman [aka Xaliman]
(vocals, guitar, piano, gong, percussion, pipes) / Randy Raine-Reusch (dulcimer, khaen, gong, flute) / Del Dettmar (synths) / George McDonald (guitar, theremin) / Mark Franklin (bass) / Paul Franklin (percussion, tabla, glockenspiel, organ) / Thom Evans (percussion)
From Vancouver, British Columbia; Don Xaliman went on to a solo career. [also see XALIMAN]

Melody is Energy/Night Rhythm (Energy Discs) NRG-51

Stranger In Mystery (Energy) NRG-111
Migration of the Snails (Energy) NRG-121
M = e/c2 (Energy) NRG-137
Moon Sphase Compendium
This Is A Slippery Concept (Energy) NRG-31

Compilation Tracks
“Ramalite From Vega” on ‘Fluorescent Tunnelvision’ (Submergence) SUB-0047

Randy Cariveau (bass) / Jerry Cox (drums) / Richard Bjerke (guitar) / Mark Bohlman (keyboards) / Steve Kohorst (lead vocals)

Let Me Love You/Fields Of Glass (Franklin) QC-628

Compilation Tracks
“Let Me Love You” and “Fields Of Glass” on ‘The Best of Franklin Records” (Super Oldies) SOCD-6

Ivan Doroschuk (lead vocals, guitar, keyboards) / Stefan Doroschuk (bass) / Roman Martyn (guitars; 1980) / Tracy Howe (guitars; on “Freeways” 1980 only) / Alan McCarthy (Electronics, Percussion; 1984) / Colin Doroschuk (Electronics, Voices; 1982) / Jeremie Arrobas (drums) / Lysanne Thibodeau (backing vocals, electronics; 1980) / Bruce Murphy (guitar, keyboards) / Lenny Pinkas
In the late ’70’s Heaven Seventeen (not to be confused with the British band of the same name) were Montreal’s first self-proclaimed post-punk group – a sort of John Foxx-era Ultravox – who were one of the first generation punk conglomerations to use synths. The band’s lineup was quite unstable but the most solid configuration consisted of Scott Cameron (bass, vocals), Roman Martyn (guitars), Kim Duran (guitars), Lysanne Thibodeau (keyboards), and Tracy Howe (drums, vocals). Lysanne would be replaced by keyboardist Ivan Doroschuk at which time Howe stopped drumming and became their singer. In early 1980 Marc Durand (The Box, Luba) was managing the band and had landed them a gig opening for XTC at the St. Denis Theatre in Montreal. While playing their set, some punks became rowdy and narrowly missed Doroschuk with a beer bottle or two and after the gig he quit the band and took manager Marc Durand with him. By 1981 Heaven Seventeen had broken up and Doroschuk asked Howe to join his new band Men Without Hats as the guitar player. The band at that time was Ivan Dorochuk, his brother Stefan on bass, and Jeremie Arrobas on drums. They had all been to the same private schools together in Outremont and rehearsed at Arrobas’ parents’ house – a mini-mansion on Mount-Royal. His father had bought them all their musical equipment and paid for the production and manufacturing of their first record, the ‘Folk of the 80’s’ EP. Ivan Doroschuk was primarily leading the band and his vision of the future and Howe’s didn’t connect so he quit the band, but Doroschuk did turn Howe onto the electronic world and it inspired him to form Rational Youth in 1982. Men Without Hats became internationally successful with the release of “The Safety Dance” in 1982 which went Top-10 in 20 countries and landed them a Grammy nomination. A string of techno-pop singles featuring Doroschuk’s quirky vocal delivery made them stars for most of the 1980’s before the band finally called it quits in 1992. There have even been a good number of cover versions of MWH’s songs: “The Safety Dance” was covered by Bang Bang, Status Quo and parodied by Weird Al and Big Daddy; “Security” was covered by Necrophilistic Anodyne; “Where Do The Boys Go?” covered by Chinese Detectives. Doroschuk released a dance record under the name IVAN in 1997. The band released the new album ‘Love In The Age of War’ in May 2012 which was produced by Dave Ogilvie (Skinny Puppy, Marilyn Manson, 54.40).

1981 Antarctica/Modern Racing (Statik) STAT-13
I Got The Message/The Great Ones Remember (Reprise) (Sire/Statik/WEA) STAT-20
1982 I Got The Message (Special Extended Remix)// Freeways (Euromix)/Utter Space [12”] (Statik)  STAT-20/12
The Safety Dance/Security (Statik) STAT-24
1982 The Safety Dance/Cocoricci (Le Tango des Voleurs) (Statik/Sire/WEA)  25-99567
1982 The Safety Dance//Antarctica/I Got The Message [12″] (Statik) STAT-24/12
1982 The Safety Dance (Club Mix)//I Like/Security [12″] (Statik – Spain)
1982 Living In China/Cocoricci (Le Tango des Voleurs) (Statik Records – UK) TAK-3
1982 Living In China//Modern Dancing/Cocoricci (Le Tango des Voleurs) [12”]
 (Statik Records – UK) TAK-3/12
1983 The Safety Dance/Living In China (Backstreet/MCA – US) BSR-52232
1983 The Safety Dance (Club Mix)/Antarctica [12″] (Backstreet/MCA – US) BSR-1-13969
1983 I Like (Edit)/Things In My Life (Belgian Statik – BELGIUM) TAK-13
1984 Where Do the Boys Go?/Eurotheme (Statik – UK)  TAK-15
1984 Where Do the Boys Go? (Extended Version)/ Where Do The Boys Go? (LP Version)/ Eurotheme [12″] (MCA – US) MCA-23513
1984 Where Do the Boys Go?/Unsatisfaction (MCA – US)  MCA-52460
1984 Messiahs Die Young/No Dancing (Statik) TAK-16
1987 Pop Goes the World/ End of the World) (Mercury/Polygram) MS-76260
1987 Pop Goes the World (Dance Mix)//Pop Goes the World (Dub Mix)/The End (of the World) [12”] (Mercury/Polygram)
1987 Moonbeam/Jenny Wore Black (Mercury/Polygram) 870-153
1987 Moonbeam [5 song 12” EP] (Mercury/Polygran) 870-153-1
1987 O Sole Mio/Lose My Way (Mercury/Polygram) 870-266
1987 O Sole Mio (3:57)/[same] [12”] (Mercury/Polygram) DJM-266
1989 Hey Men (Edit)/Underneath The Rainbow (Mercury/Polygram) 876-162
1989 In The 21st Century/Everybody’s Selling Something (Mercury/Polygram) 876-696
1993 The Safety Dance (UK Remix) (Polygram – UK) 2305
1995 The Safety Dance (Biomix) (Priority) DPRO-30025
2012 Head Above Water [DigiFile] (Cobraside)

1980 Folk of the ’80s [10″ & 12″ formats] (Trend) HATS-001
1982 Rhythm Of Youth (Statik/Sire/WEA)  STAT-10
1984 Folk of the ’80s (Part III) (Statik/Sire) STAT-338331
1985 Freeways [EP] (Statik/Sire) 25-22261
1987 Pop Goes The World (Mercury/Polygram)  832-730
1989 The Adventures of Women & Men Without Hate In the 21st Century (Mercury/Polygram)
1991 Sideways (Mercury/Polygram)  848569
1996 Collection (Oglio/MCA – US)  OGL-81587
1996 Greatest Hats (Aquarius) Q2-579
1997 Men Without Hats: Rhythm of Youth/Folk of the ’80s Part III [2-fer-1 disc] (Oglio/MCA)  OGL-81588
1997 The Very Best of Men Without Hats (CMC International) 823166
2003 No Hats Beyond This Point
2006 My Hats Collection
2012 Love In The Age of War (Cobraside) CSDCD-1128

Compilation Tracks
“The Safety Dance” on ‘Hits 84, Volume II’ (Virgin)
1984 “The Safety Dance” on ‘Number One on the Streets’ (JCI)
1984 “The Safety Dance” on ‘Chartbreakers’ (K-Tel) TC-294
1988 “Pop Hace el Mundo [Pop Goes the World]” on ‘Maxi-Simple’ (Philips – ARGENTINA) 00557
1995 “The Safety Dance (club mix)” on ‘Hit That Perfect Beat Volume 2’ (Oglio/MCA – US)
199- “The Safety Dance” on ‘Rock of the ’80’s Volume II (Priority)
1995 “The Safety Dance (Biomix)” on ‘Biodome’
1999 “The Safety Dance” on ‘Pure Canadian: Retro 80’s Volume 6’ (EMI) 20023
2000 “The Safety Dance” on ‘Frosh Eighties’ (Universal) 456025
2000 “The Safety Dance” on ‘The Best 80’s Modern Rock Album…Ever! [2CD] (EMI) 72435-2687220
2001 “The Safety Dance” on ‘Oh What a Feeling 2: A Vital Collection of Canadian Music’ (CMC) 0885
2001 “The Safety Dance” on ‘The Mexican’ [Motion Picture Soundtrack] (Decca) 13757

Born: Birrel Josef Mendelson on July 30, 1944 in Toronto, Ontario
Died: February 7, 2023
Mendelson Joe (he changed his name in 1975 after continuously receiving mail addressed incorrectly to him) has been performing, writing and recording since 1964. In the late 1960’s he co-founded the band McKenna-Mendelson Mainline who had several albums and many years playing Canada and England (where they had been signed initially to Liberty Records). After leaving the group he went on to a career as an eccentric music artist and a well respected painter and political-minded provocateur.  His most popular and near-commercial solo release was ‘Not Homogenized’ which was engineered by Daniel Lanois and featured a guest appearance by Ben Mink on violin. Mendelson created his own label imprint for his 1986 ‘Fragile Man’ LP and was signed briefly to Anthem label in 1988 where he performed on occasion as opening act for Rush; Mendelson spent the last few decades retired from the music business in his secluded cabin in Muskoka painting iconic portraits of politicians and Canadian folk heroes. He died February 7, 2023 after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease. [also see MCKENNA-MENDELSON MAINLINE]

1975 They’ll Take Your Pants/Sophisto (Taurus) TR-003
1979 Everything Is Weird/Far Out To Lunch (Boot) BTX-279
I Need A Nurse/Dishwashing Man (Boot)
1981 Tweet, Tweet/Jack Frost (Boot)
1988 Alien/Cold One (Anthem) ANS-088
1988 Alien [12”] (Anthem) SPE-045
1989 Dance With Joe [12”] (Anthem) SPE-051
1991 Passion (Edit) (Anthem) PRO-7


1973 Oh Travene/Growing Pain (GRT) 1233-50
1973 No Trespassing/Canada Song (GRT) 1233-57

1973 Mr. Middle of the Road (GRT) 9230-1027
1975 Sophisto Joe (Taurus) TR-100
1979 Not Homogenized (Boot) BRP-2104
1980 Jack Frost (Boot) BRP-2109
1981 Let’s Party (Boot) BRP-2110
1984 The Name Of The Game Ain’t Schmaltz: Some of the Best of Mendelson Joe (Stony Plain) SPL-1079
1986 Fragile Man (Health) CSPS-2690
1988 Born To Cuddle (Anthem) A2-1056
1991 Addicted (Anthem) ANK-1063
1999 Everyone Needs a Pimp
2000 Humans Bug Me

Compilation Tracks
“Annie Smith” on ‘Live At the Nervous Breakdown’ (Nervous Breakdown/Phonodisc)

“True Love Is Hard To Find” on ‘Live At the Nervous Breakdown’ (Nervous Breakdown/Phonodisc)

Caren Cole
(vocals) / Charity Brown (vocals) / Cherrill Rae (vocals)Toronto, Ontario studio project featuring hit singers Charity Brown (Rain) and Cherrill Rae (The Raes). The 1983 self-titled EP was produced by Bob Segarini. The EP was expanded into a full-length album with additional production by Brian Ainsworth and Michael McCarty. The album managed to score four Top5 Adult Contemporary radio hits including “Sign of the Times” (also a hit for The Belle Stars) and “Best Years of Our Lives” (also a hit for Modern Romance). with notes from Bob Segarini.

1983 Sign of the Times/Best Years of Our Lives (Solid Gold) SGS-734
1984 Baby, I Love You/[same] (Solid Gold) SGS-750

Mens Room [4 song EP] (Solid Gold) SGM-1
1984 Mens Room (Solid Gold) SGR-1025

Compilation Tracks
“Best Years of Our Lives” on ‘Private School…for Girls [Motion Picture Soundtrack]’ (MCA – US) MCA-36005

Born: Eric Alexander Mercury on June 28, 1944
Died: March 14, 2022

Eric Mercury was born in Toronto and enjoyed a childhood learning and performing in a musical family. By the age of five he was singing in public school and doing double duty in the local church. In the late ‘50’s, he began to seriously pursue music whenever he could with local groups in the R & B and rock and roll vein. It wasn’t until he joined The Pharaohs with Jay Jackson (future vocalist for the Majestics) that Mercury knew he wanted to make singing his chosen profession. Following The Pharaohs, Mercury would begin gaining notoriety around Toronto for soul-jazz act called Diane Brooks, Eric Mercury And The Soul Searchers (featuring future members of Motherlode). This act was able to tour nationally across Canada and was able to make enough noise to be featured regularly on Canadian music dance shows. Mercury would supply backing vocals on Mandala’s 1968 ‘Soul Crusade’ album. That same year he left Toronto and began a solo career which saw him record a handful of LPs starting with 1969’s ‘Electric Black Man’, through ‘Funky Sounds Nurtured In The Fertile Soil of Memphis That Smell of Rock’ (1972), ‘Love Is Taking Over’ (1973), and finally ‘Eric Mercury’ (1975). Starting in 1972 he began writing material for others including Roberta Flack and Donny Hathaway whom he also produced. In Spring of 1975, Mercury signed, coincidentally, to Mercury Records. His first single for the label was “Pours When It Rains” which Mercury co-produced by Trevor Lawrence. In 1976 he sang on Free Creek’s album ‘Summit Meeting’. In 1978 he sang on an album by his old Toronto friends Brenda & Brian Russell’s ‘Supersonic Lovers’. In 1981 Mercury signed with Capitol-EMI stateside and released the album ‘Gimme a Call Sometime’. The title track and the song “Get It Right” were released as singles. Mercury would also perform in the stage production of ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’. Mercury returned to Toronto in 1986 and worked in a managerial and production capacity for the band Age Of Reason. Following the failure of the band to grab the attention of a major record label, Mercury returned to Chicago in May, 1988. Stints in radio jingles and continued writing jobs with the likes of Gerald Alston have kept him busy but out of the limelight; Eric Mercury died March 14, 2022 with notes from Trevor Hayes, Rob Bowman, and Howard Druckman.  

1969 Enter My Love/Hurdy Gurdy Man (Avco Embassy) AVE-4516
Everybody Has the Right to Love/You Bring Me to My Knees (Avco Embassy) AVE-4523
The Right To Love (Avco Embassy)
1971 I Can Smell That Funky Music/Listen With Your Eyes (Enterprise/Polydor)
1971 The Truth Will Set You Free/What’s Usual Seems Natr’l (Enterprise/Polydor)
1973 Love Is Taking Over/Take a Walk Down My Street (Enterprise/Polydor) ENA-9080
1973 Don’t Lose Faith In Me Lord/[same] (Enterprise) ENA-9087
1975 Pours When It Pains/Colour Yesterdays (Mercury/Phonogram) M-73679
1975 Down the Backstairs (of My Life)/Sweetie-Pie (Mercury/Phonogram) M-73699
1978 Take Me Girl I’m Ready (Columbia) 3-10729
1981 Gimme a Call Sometime/Include Me Out (Capitol-EMI) A-5020
1981 Get It Right/Kill ‘Em With Love (Capitol-EMI) A-5058

Our Love Will Stop the World/Only Heaven Can Wait For Love (Atlantic) 7-89931

Baby Face (Short Version)/Baby Face (LP Version) (Manhattan) PB-50003

1969 Electric Black Man [aka Everybody Has the Right To Love] (Avco Embassy) AVE-33001
1972 Funky Sounds Nurtured In The Fertile Soil of Memphis That Smell of Rock (Enterprise) ENS-1020
1973 Love Is Taking Over/ (Enterprise/Polydor) ENS-1033
1975 Eric Mercury (Mercury) SRM-1-1026
1981 Gimme a Call Sometime (Capitol) ST-12166

1985 Merc and Monk (Manhattan) 2403391

Compilation Tracks
“I Can Smell That Funky Music” on ‘The Complete Stax/Volt Soul Singles, Volume 2: 1968-1971 (Fantasy) 9SCD-4411-2
1994 “What’s Usual Seems Natur’l”, “Don’t Lose Faith In Me Lord” and “Love Is Taking Over” on ‘The Complete Stax/Volt Soul Singles, Volume 3: 1972-1975’ (Fantasy) 10SCD-4415-2

Wendy Marshall
(guitar, bass, vocals) / Scott Tupholme (guitar, bass, vocals) / Mike Calich (saxophone) / Jørn Anderson (drums)
From Toronto, Ontario; Anderson has had successful career as session and live drummer for some of Canada’s biggest names.

Expression/A Woman’s Past (Mere Mortals) WRC3-3342

Larry Breiland (lead guitar, vocals) / Rick Baran (bass) / Greg Dahl (bass, vocals, brass; replaced Baran 1968) / Aldon Norhaugen (keyboards, vocals, brass) / Orville Santa (guitar, harmonica, vocals) /  Dave Verrill (drums, percussion) / Bruce Anderson (keyboards, lead vocals; added 1969) / Ron Specht (lead vocals, percussion; added 1969)
Port Arthur [Thunder Bay], Ontario’s Merriday Park started as a dance and concert band called The Vandals in the city’s north end in 1966. It was a four-piece featuring Brieland, Baran, Norhaugen and Santa who played frequently around in Northwestern Ontario performing mostly Beatles cover tunes and infrequent original material. The Vandals then became the Vendells to avoid confusion with other acts by the same name and soon they struck up a relationship with producers Don Grashey and Chuck Williams at DMG Sound Studio. Baran left and was replaced by Greg Dahl (The Mindfeel) and so Grashey suggested the band change its name to something more memorable. They became Merriday Park in 1968. Their first studio work under this handle was recording Orville Santa’s “Bird Collector” and a version of the Paul Butterfield Blues Band’s “Get Outta My Life Woman” which were slated as the backing tracks for a lip-synched live appearance on the Waterloo, Ontario regional television show ‘Canadian Bandstand’ in the spring of 1968. With Grashey connected to many industry names, the band returned to the studio with sights on recording a proper single – “Went Home Today” b/w “Everybody Do Their Thing”. The record was released by Columbia Records in 1969, but never managed to do much outside of a few regional radio stations. With Grashey having insisted on Breiland singing lead vocals, personal conflicts within the band arose and so Santa and Norhaugen left the band just prior to the single’s release. For months the group continued as a power trio of Dahl, Verrill and Breiland. In late 1969 Merriday Park added two new members to the group in Bruce Anderson (Keyboards, Vocals) and Ron Specht (lead Vocals, percussion). By year’s end the band was back in DMG studios to record their second single for Columbia called “Witchcraft” b/w “My Shady Friend”. The record was released in mid-1970 and “Witchcraft” peaked at No.21 on the RPM Top 100 Singles chart in October of 1970. While “Witchcraft” was moving up and down the chart Merriday Park had already recorded the follow-up in early 1970 with “Take Me Back Home” b/w “It All Comes Back to Me”. By the summer they were at DMG once again recording their debut album for Columbia. Alas, the band was in disarray and was unprepared – often doing battle with producer Grashey. Only one track was completed to anyone’s satisfaction entitled “Magic Man” which would appear on the B-side to a single under their later incarnation as NRG. While never touring nationally, the band frequently played at Lakehead University, The Gardens, Finnegan’s, The Flamingo, and area high school. Merriday Park would often open local shows for touring bands like the Guess Who, Paul Revere and the Raiders, The Troggs, Edward Bear, and The Paupers among others. They even played a massive fundraiser for the Thunder Bay Dharma Centre alongside The Jarvis Street Revue and eight other local bands at the Exhibition Coliseum in early 1971. Even after a name change to NRG, the band fell apart in 1973. Merriday Park reunited for a one-off show in Thunder Bay in 1976; Breiland would go on to work with Full Sail, Tommy Horricks and Doc Tibbles; Greg Dahl has appeared on CDs by vocalists Karen Lahaise and Marc Coderre, and as a songwriter with Dave McDonald; Norhaugen joined Thunder Bay act Pillar.

1968 Everybody Do Their Thing/Went Home Today (Columbia) C4-2873
1970 Witchcraft/My Shady Friend (Columbia) C4-2942
1970 Take Me Back Home/It All Comes Back To Me (Columbia) C4-2966

Compilation Tracks
“Take Me Back Home” and “It All Comes Back To Me” on ‘The Gaiety Records Story’ (Pacemaker) PACE-020
2003 “Route 66″,”I Brought My Love With Me”, “Magic Man”, “Witchcraft”, “My Shady Friend”, “Towns And Villages” and “Take Me Back Home” on ‘The Gaiety Records Story II’ (Pacemaker) PACE-044

In the late ’70s, Brantford native Scott Merritt left his garage band started performing around London, Ontario coffee houses as an acoustic folk artist in the tradition of Tom Rush and Jackson Browne. By the ’80s the guitar/dulcimer/mandolin player was upstaging headliners at gigs, but commercial success was elusive as his first two indie albums, ‘Desperate Cosmetics’ (produced on a budget of $8,000 by Daniel Lanois) and ‘Serious Interference’, stalled at the cash register. Duke Street Records, however, took notice and re-issued the Greg Roberts produced ‘Serious Interference’ in early 1986 and launched the first single/video called “Transistor” to critical acclaim. Merritt’s second Duke Street release, the Roma Baran (Laurie Anderson) produced ‘Gravity Is Mutual’, placed at No.95 on Q107’s Top 107 Albums of 1986. The album produced the video/radio hit “Overworked and Underprivileged”. ‘Gravity’ featured a solid backing line-up of Bob Diselle (drums), Doug Wilde (keyboards), David Woodhead (bass) and Matt Zimbel (percussion). Special guest musicians included Adrian Belew and David Van Tiegham. In 1990 Merritt recorded ‘Violet & Black’ which was produced in Toronto, New York, and California by Frank Zappa bandmate Arthur Barrow. Following the release of the album Merritt did an opening slot on tour with Jane Siberry and the album was released in the UK on IRS Records. Merritt would later make a name for himself as a producer particularly for Fred Eaglesmith’s ’50 Odd Dollars’. He released ‘The Detour Home’ in 2004 and has made several live appearances in Toronto in recent years. Merritt is now based in Guelph, Ontario. with notes from Carl Gambacort.

1986 Transistor/Face To Fire (Duke Street) 71017
1986 Overworked and Underprivileged/Moving Day (Duke Street)  71026
1990 Are You Sending/Tears For Aladdin (Duke Street) DS-20X3463
1990 Burning Train (Duke Street)

1979 Desperate Cosmetics (Little Jona Music) LJM-100
1983 Serious Interference (Little Jona Music) LJM-200
1986 Serious Interference [re-issue] (Duke Street/MCA) DSR-31017
1986 Gravity Is Mutual (Duke Street/MCA) DSR-31026
1990 Violet and Black (Duke Street) DSR-31057
2004 The Detour Home (Maple/Universal)  MRCD-6403

Compilation Tracks
“Transistor” on ‘A Canadian Alternative’ (Second Wave) SWM-001

Born: Robert Neilson Lillie on December 27, 1945 in Winnipeg, Manitoba
Under his real name, Neil Lillie, Merryweather had been a member of The Mynah Birds (a group that had featured both Neil Young and Rick James during its run)  and has been a member of many successful international acts over the decades including Ivar Avenue Reunion, Mama Lion, Just Us, Lynn Carey & Neil Merryweather, The Tripp, and Heavy Cruiser; He has released many hard rock/AOR albums that are coveted by music fans.

1969 Curiosity/Feeling of Freedom (Capitol – US) P-2537
1970 You Must Live It/Are You Ready (Kent) K-4520
1974 Hollywood Blvd./ (Mercury)


1974 Space Rangers (Mercury) SRM1-1007
1975 Kryptonite (Mercury) SRM1-1024
1978 Differences (Dureco – Holland) GL444-130


1968 Merryweather (Capitol) SKAO-220
1969 Word of Mouth: A Two Record Super Jam (Capitol) STBB-278

1970 Neil Merryweather, John Richardson And The Boers (Kent) KST-546

Vacuum Cleaner (RCA) P8S-1643

Errol Blackwood
(vocals, bass) / Eric Walsh (guitar, vocals) / Hal Duggan (keyboards, bass, vocals) / Rupert “Ojiji” Harvey (vocals, guitar)  / Raymond Ruddock (drums, keyboards, vocals) / Charles Sinclair (bass; 1985) / Tony King (percussion) / Crash Morgan (drums) /  Haile Yates (percussion)
Kitchener, Ontario’s Messenjah was formed by Errol Blackwood and Rupert Harvey in 1980 after Blackwood was tired of playing in rock bands and Harvey, who had already left his 1970s act Crack of Dawn, was looking to do more than solo work under the name Ojiji. During their formative years, Messenjah relocated to Toronto but became quite popular in the United States and after a year of touring they recorded the independent album ‘Rock You High’ in their biggest market – California – with Harvey producing. They were signed by Canada’s WEA Records in 1982 who immediately re-issued ‘Rock You High’ and the band found themselves as opening act for British punk superstars The Clash on their ‘Combat Rock’ Tour that year. An interim EP of new tracks entitled ‘Roots Up’ in 1983 allowed Messenjah to spend time in the studio in San Diego to record their next release. Messenjah’s all-new album, ‘Session’, in 1984 introduced the newest member Tony King on percussion. The lead-off single, “Jam Session”, received major College and University airplay and won the group a CFNY-FM U-KNOW Award nomination for ‘Most Promising Group’ in 1985. Before they could record their 3rd record some major changes occurred including the loss of their WEA deal and the departure of founder Errol Blackwood who went on to a successful solo career starting in 1986. Messenjah carried on with the addition of several new members.  In 1986 they signed with Version Records and had a dance hall hit with the 12” single “Night Rider”. The song won them a JUNO Award nomination in 1986 for ‘Best Reggae/Calypso Recording’. The song would end up on their 1987 album ‘Cool Operator’. The album’s second single was “Crazy” which was released while they were on a world tour (which included an appearance at Reggae Sunsplash). Messenjah then landed a role as themselves in the Tom Cruise movie ‘Cocktail’ in 1988. In 1989 they were also featured on the soundtrack to the Canadian independent film ‘Milk and Honey’. By year’s end they had signed a new record deal with Kick Up Records. Their fourth album, ‘Rock & Sway’ (1990), was recorded at Prince’s Paisley Park Studio in Minneapolis and featured their first crossover radio hit “Could It Be I’m Falling In Love” (the old Spinners’ hit). An anthology collection entitled ‘Cool But Deadly’ was released in 1991 and included three newly recorded songs for the project.  The band took time off while Harvey pursued his personal pursuits as a Tai Master in the martial arts. When the group resumed it was 1997 and they released ‘Catch De Vibe’ which won the band a 1998 JUNO Award for ‘Best Reggae Recording’. They would then receive the honour of performing for Nelson Mandela at Toronto’s Skydome that year; the group split up in 2000 and Harvey has returned to working full-time in the martial arts. [also see OJIJI]

1981 Police Car (WEA)
1982 Living In a World/Sunrise (WEA) 25-93817
1984 Jam Session/Dub Session (WEA) 25-95587
1984 Jam Session (Extended Version)//Tickled Pink/Rastaman Dub [12″] (WEA) 25-95610
1987 Night Rider/Night Rider (Dub) [12”] (Version) VRI-00100
1987 Crazy/Crazy (Mix) [12”] (Version) VRI-00200
1990 Could It Be I’m Falling In Love (Kick Up)

1981 Rock You High (Phoenix) WRC1-2430
1982 Rock You High [re-issue] (WEA) 25-02021
1983 Root Up [4 song EP] (WEA) 25-97870
1984 Session (WEA) 25-04551
1987 Cool Operator (Version) VL-100
1990 Rock & Sway (Kick Up) KUCD-100
1991 Cool But Deadly (Kick Up)
1997 Catch De Vibe (Page/Trend)

Emily Haines (lead vocals, synth, keyboards) / Joules Scott-Key (drums, percussion) / James Shaw (guitars) / Joshua Winstead (bass)
Metric was formed in Toronto, Ontario in 1998 when James Shaw and Torquil Campbell met Emily Haines through mutual friends. Shaw moved to Montréal where Haines was still living and the two worked on a selection of each others’ partially complete studio recordings. The result was released under the name Mainstream. Haines then moved back to New York where she had been previously living and took Shaw, Campbell, and keyboardist Chris Seligman with her. By 1999 Warner Bros. showed interested in their songs and signed the group, now called Metric, to a development deal. In 2000 London producer Stephen Hague (Erasure, New Order, Pet Shop Boys) offered to work with them and after Haines and Shaw settled in London, England they were signed to a publishing deal with Chrysalis Records. However, the musicians felt restricted by the studio and were anxious to get back to New York to play live. They did manage to rescue an EP of material from their sessions and released it as ‘Static Anonymity’ in 2001. By this point they had added drummer Joules Scott-Key and bassist Joshua Winstead. Back in North America, they came to the attention of Restless Records. They recorded their debut album, ‘Grow Up and Blow Away’, later in 2001. Restless, unfortunately, went bankrupt but even after being resurrected by Rykodisc, the new parent company wasn’t interested in pursuing the release and it was scrapped. The band signed a new deal with Last Gang Records and their first official full-length album, ‘Old World Underground, Where Are You Now?’, was released in 2003 and earned a JUNO Award nomination for ‘Best Alternative Album’. The band’s follow-up, ‘Live It Out’ was released in October 2005 and was nominated for the 2006 Polaris Music Prize for ‘Canadian Album of The Year’ and another Juno Award nomination for ‘Best Alternative Album’. Following the band’s sudden success, Last Gang managed to free up the rights to Metric’s previously unreleased first album, ‘Grow Up and Blow Away, and finally released it in June 2007. Metric’s fourth studio album, ‘Fantasies’, was released in North America in April 2009. It, too, was shortlisted for the 2009 Polaris Music Prize for ‘Canadian Album of the Year’, and won the 2010 ‘Alternative Album of the Year’ at the JUNO Awards. Metric also won for ‘Group of the Year’. The band’s most recent album is 2012’s ‘Synthetica’; Haines and Shaw also perform with Broken Social Scene, and Haines has been a guest on albums by Stars, KC Accidental, The Stills, Jason Collett and Tiësto. Haines has released several solo projects under the name Emily Haines and the Soft Skeleton; Scott-Key and Winstead have their own side project called Bang Lime.

Grow Up And Blow Away (Restless – US) UNGR203
2004 Combat Baby/Hustle Rose/ The List (Everloving – UK) EVE-006A
2004 Dead Disco [4 mixes] (Last Gang) MET-001
2005 Poster of a Girl [3 mixes] (Last Gang)
2006 Monster Hospital/Dead Disco (Kylie Kills Mix)/Monster Hospital (MSTRKRFT Remix) (Drowned In Sound – UK) DiS-0021
2007 Empty/The Police and the Private (Drowned In Sound – UK) DiS-0027
2009 Gimme Sympathy (Radio Edit) (Metric)
2009 Help, I’m Alive [7″] (Metric) MET-80018
2009 Gold Guns Girls (Metric) MET-80019
2009 Sick Muse (Radio Edit) (Metric)
2009 Waves [DigiFile] (Metric)
2009 Front Row [DigiFile] (Metric)
2010 Eclipse (All Yours) (Atlantic/Summit – UK)
2010 Black Sheep [DigiFile] (Metric)
2010 Big Orange Studios, Austin, TX [2 song DigiFile] (Daytrotter)
2011 Fantasies Flashback [10 x 7″ Boxed Set] (Mom + Pop – UK) MP032-A-T
2012 Youth Without Youth (Radio Edit)/Youth Without Youth (Album Version) (Metric)
2012 Breathing Underwater (Metric)
2014 Artificial Nocturne (Jacob van Hage Remix) [DigiFile] (Flashover – NETHERLANDS) FLASH-016
2015 The Shade [DigiFile] (Metric) MET-040006
2015 Cascades [DigiFile] (Metric) MET-040007
2015 Too Bad, So Sad [DigiFile] (Metric) MET-040008
2015 Fortunes [DigiFile] (Metric) MET-040009
2015 The Governess [DigiFile] (Metric) MET-040010
2018 Now Or Never [DigiFile] (Metric)
2018 Dressed To Suppress
2018 Dark Saturday [s/sided 7″ Flexidisc] (Metric/Crystal Math)
2019 Love You Back/Die Happy [7″] (Metric) MET-080021
2019 Empty (Dirt Road Version) [s/sided 7″] (Metric/Crystal Math) MET-80213
2019 Live It Out (Dirt Road Version) [s/sided 7″] (Metric/Crystal Math) MET-80214
2019 The Police And The Private (Dirt Road Version) [s/sided 7″] (Metric/Crystal Math) MET-80215
2019 Dark Saturday (Dirt Road Version) [s/sided 7″] (Metric/Crystal Math) MET-80194-1-7
2019 Risk/No Lights On The Horizon [10″] (Metric) MET-80194-RN10
2020 The Dirt Road Singles [6 x 7″ Box Set] (Metric/Crystal Math) V0772278A
2021 Now Or Never Now (Dirt Road Version) [s/sided 7″] (Metric/Crystal Math) MET-80216
2021 Cascades (Dirt Road Version) [s/sided 7″] (Metric/Crystal Math) MET-80217
2022 All Comes Crashing [s/sided 7″] (Metric) MET-80217
2022 Doomscroller Part 1/Doomscroller Part 2 [7″] (Metric) MET-80218
2022 What Feels Like Eternity [s/sided 7″] (Metric) MET-80219
2022 False Dichotomy [s/sided 7″] (Metric) MET-80220
2022 Paths In The Sky [s/sided 7″] (Metric) MET-80222
2022 The Formentera Singles [5 x 7″ Box Set] (Metric)

Dead Disco [3 mixes 12″]/[split w/SLAN] (Last Gang) LPPRO-Q2-6141

Together Again for the First Time Promo Split [7″] (Puma – GERMANY) MBM-705

Monster Hospital (MSTRKRFT Remix)/[split w/MSTRKRFT] [12″] (Last Gang) Q1-00915

Polaris Music Prize Split [7″] (Polaris Music Prize) 1012

Celebrate (Blood In The Pen Remix) [DigiFile] (Last Gang)

Static Anonymity [5-song EP] (Almost – UK) ARCD-0036
2003 Old World Underground, Where Are You Now? (Last Gang) Q2-0900
2005 Live It Out (Last Gang) Q2-0908
2007 Grow Up And Blow Away (Last Gang) Q2-0940
2007 Live At Metropolis [3-song EP DigiFile] (Last Gang)
2009 Fantasies (Last Gang) Q2-0871
2009 Plug In, Plug Out [7-song EP DigiFile] (Metric)
2011 iTunes Session [DigiFile] (Mom + Pop – UK)
2012 Synthetica (Metric) MP-064
2012 Synthetica Reflections [DigiFile] (Metric)
2012 Synthetica Deluxe (Acoustic Tracks) [5-song EP] (Mom + Pop -US)
2012 Radio Singles [3-song EP] (Mom + Pop – US)
2012 Cosmopolis (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) (Howe) HWR-1008
2015 The Shade EP [4-song cassette EP] (Metric) MET-050004
2015 Pagans In Vegas (Metric) MET-80143CD
2020 Live At The Funhouse: Volume 1 [2LP] (Liquor Donuts)
2020 Live At The Funhouse: Volume 2 [2LP] (Liquor Donuts)
2020 Live At The Funhouse: Volume 3 [2LP] (Liquor Donuts)
2020 Live At The Funhouse: Volume 4 [2LP] (Liquor Donuts)
2022 Formentera (Metric) MET-80221
2022 Greatest Hits Vol. 1 (Metric)

Mainstream EP [5-song EP] (Chrysalis)

Compilation Tracks
“Dead Disco” on ‘Clean [Motion Picture Soundtrack]’ (Silva Screen) SILCD-1180
2006 “Monster Hospital (MSTRKRFT Mix)” on ‘Annie Mac: A to Z’ (Sunday Best – EUR) SBEST-CD14
2006 “Monster Hospital” on ‘Grey’s Anatomy Volume 2 [Television Soundtrack]’ (Hollywood) 62630
2007 “The Police and the Private” on ‘Uncut: Wake Up! – 15-Track Guide to New North American Indie’ (Uncut – UK) UNCUT-2007-04
2007 “He Lied About Death” on ‘Do You Trust Your Friends?’ (Arts & Crafts) AC-024
2007 “Monster Hospital” on ‘Canadian Blast: The Sound of the New Canada Scene’ (NME – UK) CD07-02
2010 “Black Sheep” on ‘Scott Pilgrim vs. the World [Motion Picture Soundtrack]’ (ABKCO) 0343
2010 “Eclipse (All Yours)” on ‘The Twilight Saga: Eclipse’ (Atlantic) 523836-2
2012 “Long to Live”, “I Don’t Want To Wake Up”, and “Call Me Home” on ‘Cosmopolis’ (Howe) HWR-1008

Stan Meissner / Peter Fredette
Metropolis grew out of a relationship between Peter Fredette and Stan Meissner that started back in 1987 with the recording of the demo of the song “Wild And Blue”. Meissner was looking for the right dynamic rock vocalist to sing it and when he happened to see a video for ‘All We Are’ by Kim Mitchell featuring Fredette, he knew he had found the voice. Over the next few years the two worked together, on and off, on a few more songs but both were involved in different musical projects and the prospects of an entire album was left on the back burner. In 1998 German label, MTM Records, encouraged Meissner & Fredette to go back into the studio and complete a full album. ‘The Power of the Night’ CD includes reworkings of their original demos (including the song “The Darkest Side of the Night”’ from the movie ‘Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan’) and several new tracks specifically for the album. The result was the 1999 self-titled ‘Metropolis’ album. With notes from Stan Meissner. [also see PETER FREDETTE, STAN MEISSNER]

The Power of the Night (MTM – Germany) 0681-03

Steve Tuai
(bass, vocals) / Ian Noble (drums, vocals) / Dave Mincey (guitar, vocals)
From Vancouver, British Columbia

Compilation Tracks
“Don’t Like It At All” and “In With the Crowd” on ‘Vancouver Independence’ (Friends) FR-009
1984 “The Night Is Our” on ‘The Waterfront’ (Hyland) JM-8412

METZ, Belinda
Born: January 4, 1960, in Edmonton, Alberta
Belinda Metz began training as a dancer at the tender age of 8. She moved from her home town of Edmonton, Alberta via Toronto to train 40 hours a week in all forms of dance. Her passion for music and love for writing music was already stirring in her. She entered the North American Oktoberfest Pageant at 17. She sang and danced on the televised show and won the talent portion as well as the title. The Alberta government would give Belinda Metz a scholarship as a young achiever. She then continued her dance and singing studies in New York at Julliard. Metz turned professional at 18 and scored her first gig touring across Canada with The Canadian Designer’s Showcase Tour. She was profiled as a singer on the tour. Metz went on to being a lead dancer and singer on CBC’s ‘The Jeff Hyslop Dancing Man’. It was there that she met dancer Karen Kain who suggest she move to New York to meet Bob Fosse. Metz, however, landed another gig with the all-girl big band called Goldust performing live concerts, TV shows and Telethons. She soon attracted an acting agent and began to pursue film, TV, and on camera commercials. While also performing with Goldust an artist manager approached her about pursuing recording and being a solo artist. She was then sent to Europe to perform in a pop band and Robert Bartolucci who became her songwriting partner. During a two month stand in Norway in 1982 her manager flew in to see her. He brought a recording contract with him for Quantum Records.Upon returning to Toronto she folded the band so that she and Bartolucci could pursue songwriting and recording. Metz recorded her first single “Trouble At the End of the Line” along with her debut album ‘The Minx’ which was issued by Quantum Records later that year. The album was launched at The El Mocambo and the media responded favourably to the record and Belinda Metz. Film and TV offers soon followed. Quantum worked hard promoting her at the annual Midem Music Conference in Midem, France. They got her an album licensing deal with Epic/Sony in Japan. Meanwhile, Craven ‘A’ cigarettes sponsored ‘Talent Quest ’85’ in hopes that the acts that won could tour to an 18-24 year-old demographic and help promote their cigarette products. Two acts were discovered and did College and University events as part of their ‘win’ – Cats Can Fly (who would sign to CBS Records) and Belinda Metz. She then showcased the album at Studio 54 in New York in 1982. When she returned to continue the Craven ‘A’ tour Polygram Records came knocking with a three album deal but needed her to move to New York. However, promises turned into inactivity and Metz found herself looking for a new deal and career path. After showcasing for A & M Records and their distributed indie label, Attic, Metz signed on. Metz returned to the studio in 1985 with her collaborator, Bartolucci, and producer David Tyson. The result was 1985’s ‘Electric Splash’ which sported the hit single “What About Me” which allowed her to tour as the opening act for Gowan and garnered heavy rotation for the single on MuchMusic. All the media and sales earned her a nomination for ‘Most Promising Female Vocal’ at the 1985 CFNY-FM U-Know Awards. She was also nominated for a JUNO Award for ‘Most Promising Female Artist’. Ariola Records in Germany also picked up ‘Electric Splash’ for distribution for Europe. So much success was forming around her through TV, film, and commercials (she would be the ‘Spumante Bambino’ woman). But Attic was going through changes and more promises were not followed through via management and agents, etc. Not long after she was in a near fatal car accident. After a year of physio-therapy she decided she would only return to music for the love of music as it moved her. Metz would become one of the Top 10 voice over artists in Canada. Her commercials include: Coca Cola, the S.P.C.A., Telus, Folger’s, McDonalds, Tide, Secret, Lotto 6/49, Sears, Mastercard, Heinz, Presidents’ Choice, Kraft, Ford, Sony, Finesse, Labatt’s, Molson’s, Stouffer’s Lean Cuisine, Javex, Ferraro Roche, Mazda, GMC, Levi’s, and a three year stint for Drug Free America; Her acting career also blossomed on TV with projects that included ‘Charlie Grant’s War’, ‘Seeing Things’, ‘Night Heat’, ‘War Of The Worlds (The Series)’, ‘Friday The 13th (the series)’, ‘Kung Fu: The Legend Continues’ (three seasons as Detective Judy Powell), ‘Tek War’, ‘Goosebumps’, ‘Viper’, ‘E.N.G.’, ‘The Outer Limits’, ‘Dead Man’s Gun’, Disney’s ‘So Weird’, ‘Da Vinci’s Inquest’, ‘Mentors’, ‘Mysterious Ways’, ‘The Chris Isaak Show’, ‘Cold Squad’ and ‘The Collector’ and the Emmy Award nominated show ‘Traffic’; she has also landed many feature films such as ‘Tomorrow’s A Killer’, ‘The Right Connections’, ‘The Suspect’, ‘Going The Distance’ and  ‘Eight Below’ with Paul Walker and Bruce Greenwood; Metz also sings/voice-overs for sports specials, and various animated series.In 2023 she had a voice role in the animated series ‘Lego Dreamzzz’ notes from Belinda Metz and Doug Buchanan.

1982 Trouble (At the End of the Line)/Baby It’s Love (Quantum/Phonodisc) QRS-81009
1985 What About Me (Edit)/Body Clocks (Attic) AT-326
1985 Subway Dances/The Reason (Attic) AT-328

Inside/Inside (Tango Mix) [DigiFile] (independent)

1982 The Minx (Quantum/Phonodisc) QR-81004
1985 Electric Splash (Attic) LAT-1202
2004 Electric Splash [CD re-issue] (Unidisc) ATM-1202

Compilation Tracks
“What About Me?” on ‘Caught In the Attic’ [3CDs] (Attic) ATTIC-XX
2010 “Trouble (At the End Of The Line) on ‘Into the 80s: Great Toronto Bands’ (Sugar Moon) SM10-001

MEYER, Barbara Leah
Barbara Leah Meyer is a jazz/folk performer from Edmonton, Alberta who was initially a member of the Alley Scatz with Jaccee Dallyn and Kelly Collins before branching out on her own.

Cajun Walk/Break It To Me Easy [7″] (DMT) 90-007
1990 Darlin’ Would You Love Me Tonight/You’re My Saviour [7″] (DMT) 90-008
1994 Darlin’ Would You Love Me Tonight/Break It To Me Easy (Air – GERMANY) 10372

Barbara [cassette] (Bagan Sound) TM-65
1992 Out On A Limb (DMT) DMT-92-020
1992 By Request [cassette] (independent)
1997 Comes Love (independent) BLMO797
2003 Winter Child (Laika – GERMANY) 3510171.2

Alley Scatz [cassette] (independent)

Myles Hunter
(lead vocals, guitars) / Rob Kennedy (guitars, vocals) / Martyn Jones (bass, vocals) / Howard Helm (key, vocals) / Dave Mihal (drums) / Terry Martell (drums)
Principal founders Hunter (ex-Avalon), Kennedy and Jones initially formed Michael Fury (named after a character in James Joyce’s short story, “The Dead”) in 1979 with drummer Dave Mihal (who had worked with Montreal’s Oliver Jones and Toronto’s Shawne Jackson) and did the predictable round of club gigs throughout Canada with Mihal supporting them financially on many occasions. Personnel conflicts in 1983 suggested to the band that perhaps a break from the everyday was in order, so they split up and did various other work until reforming in 1984. They had pieces of songs lying about, written predominantly by principal songwriter Hunter, so they put a demo together, shopped it around and got signed by Passport Records (then distributed in Canada by A & M Records). The results of recording at Phase One in Toronto, with Gary Mischuk and Hunter producing and member additions of Howard Helm (keys) and Terry Martell (drums), was ‘Affairs In Babylon’. They toured constantly throughout the country and earned a reputation for being a top-notch live act, but they began getting an identity crisis as people mistook the name Michael Fury for Myles Hunter himself. To compound matters, Passport tried to push the band as a solo act. This didn’t sit well with the band (Hunter included) so when Chrysalis Records from New York came forward to dangle a deal at them, they bought back the rights to the album and signed a deal with Chrysalis. The album was remixed and modified with additional songs and ‘Affairs In Babylon’ was re-issued under the name Refugee with new drummer Brian Doerner (Helix,Saga, Ray Lyell); Terry Martell would go on to work with Walter Rossi and Talking Heads’ wingers Gerry Harrison and Buster Jones and was a member of Seventh Son. He would later join Zombo Zombo with Neil Chapman (ex-Pukka Orchestra, Neotone) under the pseudonym Jacques Cognac; Myles Hunter gave up music following a solo career to become an ordained minister.He died of liver failure December 20, 2017; notes from Rob Kennedy, Martyn Jones and Dave Mihal.  [also see REFUGEE, MYLES HUNTER]

1984 These Are the Good Times/White Wine and Roses (Passport/A&M) PB-6033 

1984 Affairs In Babylon (Passport/A&M) PS-517

Born: Michael-Jon Rosenberg
From Québec.

Games of Love/Rock ‘n’ Roll Record (Trinity) MJT-10180

Michael-Jon (Trend) T-1009

Born: 1961 in Toronto, Ontario

Toronto native Robert Michaels was born the son of Italian immigrants who were reluctant to allow their heavy metal influenced son to take up the guitar. His parents eventually relented and Michaels began emulating the likes of Carlos Santana and Jimmy Page initially, then jazz players Wes Montgomery and Joe Pass. Eventually, he started performing the music his parents played around the house when he was young like tangos – both Mexican and Brazilian. Despite being told at a young age by a door-to-door music lesson salesman that he had the fingers of an accordian player, Michaels has made a name for himself as a premiere Canadian flamenco guitarist. With no label backing, he turned his passion for the guitar into sales of 50,000 copies of his indie album ‘Paradiso’. His second album, ‘Arizona’, went on to sell even more and earned the guitarist a JUNO Award nomination for ‘Instrumental Artist of the Year’. This led to Warner Music Canada to sign the guitarist and release his third album, ‘Utopia’, in 1998.

Paradiso (Melaby) MP131-2
1996 Arizona (Melaby) MP132-2
1998 Utopia (Melaby) MP2-755
1998 Utopia [re-issue] (Warner) 2-24552
2002 Allegro (Melaby/Warner) 2-40053
2005 Robert Michaels [2CD] (Melaby/Warner) 2-62209
2006 Spanish Guitar Collection (Melaby) MM-28102
2009 Cubamenco (Melaby) MM-30962

Donald Côté (lead guitar) / Gaétan Latour (rhythm guitar) / Jeannot Gendron (drums) / Michel Barrette (vocals, bass)
From Montreal, Québec. Also known as Michel And The French Canadians.


Ne M’oublie Pas/Je Suis À Toi (Danco) D-200

1965 Cause I Believe/Comfort Him (Danco) MP-302

courtesy Tony Tobias

Michie Mee (boasting) / L.A. Luv (DJ)
In 1988, Jamaican émigré Michie Mee & L.A. Luv cut a 12″ single ‘On This Mic’. The release was soon followed by the full-length ‘Jamaican Funk’ album. After Michie Mee had publicized run-in with the law, the duo fell apart. Still, the album ‘Jamaican Funk’ was rated a classic in 1997 in ‘Front’, a glossy Japanese hip-hop mag. DJ L.A. Luv went on to join the Dream Warriors; Michie Mee went solo and opened shows opened for the likes of Salt ‘N Pepa, Sinead O’Connor and legendary reggae singer Judy Mowatt. She also became the founding member of Raggadeath and released the solo album ‘First Cut Is the Deepest’ in 2000.

1987 Elements Of Style/Elements Of Style (Instrumental)//Run For Cover/Run For Cover (Instrumental) [12″] (Justice – UK) JTT-001
1988 Victory Is Calling (LP Version)/Victory Is Calling (Dub Version)// On This Mic (LP Version)/On This Mic (Dub Version) [12″] (First Priority/Warner – US) 0-96593
1991 Jamaican Funk Canadian Style/Jamaican Funk Canadian Style (Instrumental)//We’re Goin’ Nova/Jamaican Funk [12″] (First Priority/Warner – US) 0-96356
1991 All Night Stand (Bobby Konder’s Remix)/All Night Stand (Version)//All Night Stand (Konder’s Kickin Mix)/Insecure Luva (Boy Meets Girl Remix)/Insecure Luva (LP Version) [12″] (First Priority/Warner – US) PR-4350

1991 Jamaican Funk – Canadian Style (WEA) 0-91654

Compilation Tracks
“Victory Is Calling” [w/MC Lyte] and “On This Mic” on ‘The First Priority Music Family: Basement Flavor’ (First Priority/Warner – US) 91046

Modest Sklepowich (aka Mickey Sheppard) was a pharmacist who also performed with a band called The Sons Of The Golden West around his home town of Ethelbert, Manitoba. He also worked as a disc jockey at radio station CKDM in Dauphin, Manitoba. His wife, Orissia Ewanchuk (aka Bunny Evans), was a school teacher. Their career as a duo – Mickey And Bunny – began when Winnipeg record producer Alex Groshak heard them performing their Country and Western act, and approached them to record some versions of their music in Ukrainian. Groshak created V Records specifically to issue their material and each of them as solo artists. [also see MICKEY SHEPPARD, ORISSIA EWANCHUK]


1964 This Land Is Our Land/The Maiden Love Song (V) V-117
1964 Beside The Woodlands/Toomba Toomba Toomba (V) V-118
1964 Heartbroken Lover/Ukrainian Love Song (V) V-119
1964 You Are My Sunshine/E-Shoomit E-Hoode (V) V-121
1965 Love Me Love Me/Farmer’s Daughter Waltz (V) V-130
1965 Are You Mine/Mountain Bird (V) V-133
1966 Homebrew/Cotton Fields (V) V-150
1966 Wedding Bells/Blue Skirt Waltz (V) V-152
1967 Somewhere My Love/The Wishing Well (V) V-168

Boys Will Be Boys/We Fell In Love (Jerden – US) 717
1964 Ma, He’s Making Eyes At Me/Test Of Love (Jerden – US) 723
1965 Blowing In The Wind/The Lovesick Polka (V) V-132
1965 The To Old Polka/Mockingbird Hill (V) V-134

Poison Love/Cheating Heart (V) V-151

Is This Really Me/Country Music – Saturday Nite (V) 11000

Sing This Land Is Your Land And Other Top Hit Songs In Ukrainian And English (V) VLP-3005
1965 Sing Traditional Ukrainian Carols (V) VLP-3019
1965 Sing English Xmas Carols In Ukrainian (V) VLP-3020
1965 Concert At Massey Hall (V) VLP-3026
1965 Sing Songs Of Inspiration (V) VLP-3031
1966 Mickey And Bunny At The Ford Auditorium (V) VLP-3044
1966 Award Winning Presentation (V) VLP-3045
1966 Volume 2 – Ukrainian Country Musc (V) VLP-3065
1966 Sing In Polish and English This Land Is Your Land And Other Top Hit Songs (V) VLP-3069
1967 Sing Mickey And Bunny (V) VLP-3086
1968 Mickey And Bunny Sing Their Ukrainian Hits For You (V) VLP-3100
1968 Country Roads (V) VLP-3105
1968 An Outstanding Performance “Faces From The Past” (V) VLP-3109
1978 24 Greatest Hits (Sunshine) SSBLP-410
2008 24 Ukrainian Christmas Carols (Baba’s) BRCD-2156

Ukrainian Country Music (V) VLP-3001

Farmer Songs Part 1 [cassette] (independent)

During his tenure as DJ for Toronto’s CHUM-AM, Mickie recorded a novelty tune called “Dear Mr. DJ” written by Bobby Dow. The record received significant airplay on the station but did not chart. Mickie’s career would then find him on several other Montreal and Toronto stations in the late 1960s and early 1970s under his real name David Marsden. He would come to revolutionize Canadian radio programming when he spearheaded the innovative free-form format of Toronto-area radio station CFNY-FM in the late 1970s. Marsden currently runs a CFNY-styled internet radio station called NYthespirit.

Dear Mr. DJ/Granny Kitch (Tamarac) TTM-604

Tom Middleton grew up in British Columbia and was a former member of Victoria, B.C. act The Marquis. Middleton went solo after the band’s demise and was managed by Howard Leese (Heart) in 1972. Through Leese and his Vancouver recording studio, Middleton recorded material that was produced by Mike Flicker (Heart) which was then shopped to Columbia Records. The debut album was based around the Todd Rundgren written title track ‘It Wouldn’t Have Made Any Difference’. The single went Top10 and spent 15 weeks weeks in the Top40 on the RPM Top100 Singles chart. The follow-up single, “One More Chance”, narrowly missed the Top40 in 1974 peaking at No.74. His sophomore album, ‘One Night Lovers’, was produced by Bob Gallo and released in 1975. The title track, written by Paul Davis, reached No.35 on the RPM Top100 singles chart. After a reunion with his old band, The Marquis, in 1990 Middleton continued occasionally performing at jazz and blues festivals before giving up music altogether for a day job with Canada Post. He is now retired and living in Victoria.[also see THE MARQUIS (2)]

1973 It Wouldn’t Have Made Any Difference/Lovelight (Columbia) C4-4002
1974 One More Chance/Name of the Game (Columbia) C4-4029
1975 One Night Lovers/ O’Rosey (Columbia) C4-4093
1975 Marie/[same] (Columbia) C4-4115
1976 I Need a Harbour For My Soul/I’ll Comfort You (Columbia) C4-4128

1973 It Wouldn’t Have Made Any Difference (Columbia) ES-90261
1975 One Night Lovers (Columbia) ES-90326

Compilation Tracks
“One Night Lovers” on ‘Canada’s Finest’ (K-Tel) TC-232

Donny Nabess (rhythm guitar, vocals) / Charles Nabess (lead guitar, vocals) / Billy Allard (drums) / Larry Haynes (bass)
Métis brothers Donny and Charles Nabess from The Pas, Manitoba began playing music together in 1962. After relocating to Winnipeg they eventually added drummer Billy Allard and bassist Larry Haynes to become The Midnight Angels in 1966. The band was signed to Apex Records in 1967 who sent them to Toronto to record their 1967 debut single, “I’m Sufferin'”, which was produced by Greg Hambleton. When Allard was replaced during one of their endless cross-Canada tours in 1968/1969, they renamed the band Three Penny Opera; Charles Nabess succumbed to cancer in May 2014. with notes from Andre Gibeault, Tracey Nabess, and Charles Nabess. [also see THREE PENNY OPERA (1)]

1967 I’m Sufferin’/(I Wish) In the Moonlight (Apex) 77073

Nathan Ferraro (vocals, piano, synths) / Daenen Bramberger (drums) / Adam Beamish (bass; 2002-2005) / Ryan Horning (guitar; 2002-2005) / Mike Wise (guitar; 2005-present) / Mike Kirsh (bass; 2005-present)
Collingwood, Ontario’s Nathan Ferraro started writing songs on piano at the age of 12 and by the time he hit high school in 2002 he and drummer friend Daenen Bramberger formed a band called The Midway State with Adam Beamish (bass) and Ryan Horning (guitar). They graduated high school, did a mini-tour through Southern Ontario and decided to move to Toronto together to live in a cramped single bedroom apartment. In 2004 Ferraro sent out demos and finally received a phone call from producer Gavin Brown who enjoyed the songs but advised Ferraro that the band was weak. After some soul-searching, Beamish and Horning were let go leaving Ferraro and Bramberger to rebuild the band. They hunted through music schools and eventually settled on Mike Kirsh (bass) and Michael Wise (guitar). They road tested the new line-up in 2005 and Gavin Brown would mentor them for over a year to build an original sound. In 2006 The Midway State released the independent EP ‘Eponymous’. Brown helped shop the EP to labels and eventually landed the group a deal with Interscope Records. Their debut major label release was the Gavin Brown produced EP ‘Met a Man on Top of the Hill’ in 2007.The song “Change for You” was released as the first single/video. Another song from the EP, “A Million Fireflies”, was given a profile spot as part of the ‘Canadian Blast: The Sound of the New Canada Scene’ CD distributed through England’s ‘New Music Express Magazine’. The Midway State released ‘Holes’ in 2008 and spawned the hit single “Never Again” which peaked at No.16 on Canadian Hot A/C charts and No.15 on CHR charts. In 2009 The Midway State received two JUNO Award nominations – ‘Best Pop Album’ (‘Holes’) and ‘Songwriter of the Year’ for Nathan Ferraro. They were voted ‘Favourite New Artist’ at the MMVA’s by MuchMusic viewers and ‘Best Independent Video’ (“Never Again”). A cover version of the 1986 Peter Gabriel/Kate Bush duet “Don’t Give Up” was recorded with Lady Gaga. Neither the recording nor the video have been officially released, though the song was leaked online. In May 2011 The Midway State opened for Third Eye Blind. Their second album, ‘Paris Or India’, was released in July 2011 and debuted on the Canadian Albums Chart at No.42. The band’s cover of Bryan Adams’ “Run To You” was used to promote CBC Television’s fall 2011 mini-series ‘Camelot’. They also recorded Spandau Ballet’s “True” which was featured in the movie ‘Texuality’ along with their original song “New York Sky.”

Change For You (Interscope)
2008 Never Again (Interscope)
2011 Atlantic (Interscope)
2012 All Anew (Interscope)
2012 St. Paul And The Wolf (Interscope)

Eponymous [5-song EP] (Remedy) REM-80004
2007 Met A Man On Top Of The Hill [4-song EP] (Remedy) REM-80009
2008 Holes (Remedy) REM-80012
2011 Paris or India (Remedy) REM-80085

Compilation Tracks
“A Million Fireflies” on ‘Canadian Blast: The Sound Of The New Canada Scene’ (NME – UK) CD07-02

“Don’t Give Up” on ‘The B-Sides Collection’ (EMMY) LH-3120

Christopher Dignan
(drums, vocals) / Dave Pauwels [aka Dave MacKinnon] (vocals, bass) / Johnny Martin (guitar, vocals) / Peter Chapman (organ, vocals)
Formed in 2001.

Get Out Now/Shake It Up//[split w/THE GLADS] [7”] (Music For Cats – US) MFC-011

Pay More And Get A Good Seat (Fuzzy Logic) FLR-001
2007 Manners, Manners (Screaming Apple – Germany) SCACD-170

Born: Earle Heedram, October 23, 1945 in Lucea, Jamaica
Earle Heedram performing with Byron Lee as well as other artists around Jamaica’s local talent show scene and became known of as Mighty Pope named after a Vatican shaped parcel of land his father owned. In 1965 he immigrated to Canada and wasted no time in establishing himself in the growing Jamaican music scene in Toronto, Ontario. He quickly became a rising R & B personality on Toronto’s Yonge Street strip performing at The Hawk’s Nest and Le C’oq D’or) and soon became the new frontman for Club Jamaica’s house band The Sheiks, the house band at Club Jamaica. The Sheiks had arrived from Jamaica in 1964 and with the addition of Mighty Pope they were in the studio recording their first single. “Eternal Love” b/w “Centennial Swing” was released on the short-lived independent Raymond Records in 1967. Mighty Pope was soon courted by Toronto’s transplanted American trumpeter Frank Motley to front his established band The Hitch-Hikers as a replacement for singer Jackie Shane. With The MIghty Pope fronting The Hitch-Hikers and frequently toured the racist fueled backwaters of Ontario and Québec. The group recorded their debut LP in 1970 with Paragon Records owner Jack Boswell. Alas, without a black R & B music industry to support such a record, the album fizzled. With a series of line-up changes, The Hitch-Hikers managed to release one more single entitled “Mr. Fortune” on Heart Records before splitting up. The Mighty Pope tried to keep the momentum going fronting short-live acts like Ram and the Wild Oats, but finally decided to take a chance on a solo career. With his endless touring and critically praised live shows he landed a management deal which resulted in a recording contract with RCA Records Canada in 1976. Mighty Pope was soon recognized as the first Afro-Canadian artist in Canada ever signed to a major label deal. His his self-titled soul abum was released in 1977 and was produced by Harry Hinde (Tundra, Charity Brown, Shania Twain) featuring arrangements by Eric Robertson (Moe Koffman, Klaatu, Roger Whittaker) and Motown’s David Van De Pitte (Marvin Gaye). The album spawned four singles including the Top20 Canadian hit “Heaven On the Seventh Floor”. With demos for the second album recorded by Van De Pitte in Detroit in 1978, RCA waived releasing a second album. Instead, Mighty Pope signed with Quality Records and began working on his next album with producer John Driscoll (Wednesday, Vehicle) with session players such as Gino Soccio adding musical backing. The album ‘Sway’ was released in 1979 and soon found a home on dance charts spurred on by the 12″ dance mix of the title track – a remake of a 1960s Bobby Rydell hit. This was followed by a remake of the Sweet Blindness song “Sweet Blindness”. Both songs were then remixed by Jim Burgess, released on RFC Records stateside and became Top40 hits on the US disco charts. Mighty Pope promoted the album with national TV appearances, performances at Studio 54 in New York and a cross-Canada tour. With disco slowly disappearing at the beginning of the 1980s, Mighty Pope returned to a steady diet of performing at bars and clubs across Canada until retiring from the music business in the early 1990s. In 2006 he was in demand again on the back of a large Jamaica-To-Toronto music archive reissue project which saw him back performing in Toronto, Montreal, Calgary, and Vancouver. A plan is in the works for a relaunch of his career, new recordings and back catalog re-issues. with notes from Michael Williams.

1976 Whatever Goes Around/Rescue Me (RCA) PB-50137
If You Want a Love Affair/Crossover (RCA) PB-50250
1977 Heaven On the Seventh Floor/Tower of Strength (RCA) PB-50380
1977 Can’t Get By Without You/Tower of Strength (Private Stock – US) PS-45-176
1979 Sweet Blindness/Because the Night [12”] (Quality) QDC-17
1979 Sweet Blindness/Because the Night (Quality) 2341X
1979 Sway/New Orleans [12″] (RFC/Warner Bros. – US) PRO-A-835

Eternal Love/Centennial Swing (Raymond)

1970 Smile Maria Smile/Memory Lane (Paragon) PA-1030
2018 Mr. Fortune/[split w/KING HERBERT & THE KNIGHTS] (Record Shack – AUSTRIA) RS-45-056

1971 Mr. Fortune/I May Have Been A Fool (Heart) H62442

1977 Mighty Pope (RCA) KKL1-0257
1978 Sway (Quality) SV-2023

1970 The Hitch-Hikers (Paragon) #20

Compilation Tracks
“Eternal Love” on ‘Jamaica To Toronto – Soul Funk & Reggae 1967 – 1974’ (Light In the Attic) LITA-019

“Mr. Fortune” on ‘Jamaica To Toronto – Soul Funk & Reggae 1967 – 1974’ (Light In the Attic) LITA-019

Keith Gallagher [aka Mike Biker] (guitar) / Ross Whitney / Drew Soltes / Stuart Zaltz / Kirby Ellis / Randy Dicknoether
Mike Biker And The Kickstands was formed in the early 1980’s by Keith Gallagher and Ross Whitney under the direction of William Seip Management Co. in Waterloo, Ontario as a touring 1950’s show band. They started to play original music in 1981 and soon charted with the single “Busted” released on Seip’s H & S Records. The band toured North America for over seven years and had a large following during the Rockabilly era. Mike Biker And The Kickstands was a feature act on CHCH-TV’s “The Music Store” show produced by Lionel Shankin. The show ran in syndication around the world for five years. The band reunited in 1991 to do a Canadian summer tour that lasted into 1993. All the members are still in the music business including Stuart Zaltz who went on to be in The Works/Wall Of Silence and Keith Gallagher who produced Cheryl Lescom. Zaltz and Soltes are currently working with Alexander Mishnaevski, the principal violist in the Detroit Symphony and plan to release their debut CD in summer of 2007. with notes from Drew Soltes.

1981 Busted/You’re Not the Same (H & S) HS-1003

Jay Miller
(vocals, guitar, percussion) / Terry Sawchuk (bass, guitar)
The Miller Stain Limit was formed by Arnyard Studio engineer Terry Sawchuk who was a graduate of Harris Institute. His credits included work on albums by Our Lady Peace and pre-production work with Glenn Ballard on Alanis Morissette’s album ‘Jagged Little Pill’ having co-written the song “Superstar Wonderful Weirdos” which was recorded and mixed but ultimately cut from the final version of the multi-Diamond selling album. In 1996 Sawchuk formed a songwriting partnership with Thornhill singer-songwriter Jay Miller called, The Miller Stain Limit (named after a book Miller was writing but never completed), who managed to land on the annual Q107-FM Homegrown compilation in Toronto. The attention was minor but following a showcase at CMW in 1997 and a barrage of unsolicited demo submissions to record labels, surprisingly, they landed a record deal with A & M Records. The band released one album ‘Radiate’ in 1998 and had a Top-20 Canadian radio hit “Cellophane” which was co-written, engineered and produced by Sawchuk. The group toured briefly on shows with Alanis Morissette but Sawchuk’s schedule of writing, producing and engineering material for Ron Sexsmith, Matt Dusk and Tomi Swick kept him from focusing on the project. The sophomore album demos were never completed but five of the songs ended up on a final EP in 2001 entitled ‘Character Beauty’ on Universal Records; Sawchuk would eventually go to Nashville and most recently wrote the Jake Owen hit “Barefoot Blue Jean Night” which made the Billboard Top-10 singles chart in March 2011.

Cellophane (A & M/Universal) AMCD-082498
1998 My Only Hope (Radio Edit)/My Only Hope (Album Version) (A & M/Universal) AMCD-012599

Radiate (A & M)/Universal) 314-540-986-2
2001 Character Beauty [5-song EP DigiFile] (The Miller Stain Limit)

Compilation Tracks
“So Familiar” on ‘Q107 Homegrown Album Volume 17’ (MCA) Q-9673
1998 “Cellophane” on ‘Big Wheelz 98’ [2CD] (Chart Magazine)

MILLER, Camille
Born in Germany, and raised on military bases all across Canada, Miller grew up on the sounds of Motown, Carly Simon, The Carpenters, Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, and the Rolling Stones among other ’60s and’70s staples. These artists shaped her musical tastes at an early age, and still provide a reference to her modern pop sound. Since the mid-90’s she has been based out of the Vancouver/Victoria area. She became the lead singer for Victoria band The Man With The Yellow Hat from 1994 through 1997. In 1998 Miller released her first solo album ‘Things People See’ with the help of producer Doug Elliott and Drummer Pat Steward (both members of The Odds), and the introduction to her co-writing partner Nick Haggar. Miller’s sophomore release ‘She Knows’ was released on Synergy Records in 2002 and garnered a Much Music Video grant for “I Always Will” and two soundtrack song placements on the popular TV series ‘Cold Squad’. After three tours across the United Kingdom, with some booking help from Bruce Allen (manager of Bryan Adams, Michael Buble), Miller caught the ear of Bristol-based Sugar Shack Records who released her third album ‘Carnarvon Street’ in the UK in 2005. The CD featured Colin Nairne (Barney Bentall) as the sound engineer and Todd Simko (Pure) as the mix engineer. Miller has also lent her talent to several other artists’ CDs including vocals on Dead Artist Syndrome’s 1990 song “Reach,” vocals on David Gogo’s 2001 song “I Got To Reach,” vocals on Baligomingo’s 2002 song “Lost,” and vocals on Robert Chojnacki’s 2006 song “Make It Right.” She also wrote and sang four songs on Robert Chojnacki’s latest album ‘Saxophonic’ in 2006 and did two national tours throughout Poland with him. In May 2007, Miller took part in an outdoor concert featuring Robert Chojnacki with The Baltic Symphony Orchestra which enabled her to build a fan base in Poland and secure a house gig twice a year in Warsaw. She released her 4th solo album ‘Somewhere Near the Truth’ featuring the single “I’ll Be Good” in October 2007. The record was eight months in the making with recording and engineering by Geraldo Dominelli (Loverboy, West End Girls) at Mushroom Studios in Vancouver. Miller has also done singing for the group Balligomingo. With notes from Camille Miller. [see THE MAN WITH THE YELLOW HAT]

I Always Will (Synergy)
2008 I’ll Be Good [DigiFile] (Sound of Pop)
2009 Artificial Joy [DigiFile] (Sound of Pop)
2010 Frustrated [DigiFile] (Sound of Pop)

Things People See
2002 She Knows (Synergy)
2005 Carnarvon Street (Sugar Shack – UK) FOD-056
2008 Somewhere Near the Truth (Sound of Pop)
2012 Parallel To The Sea [6-song 12”] (PTTS – BRAZIL)  VIN 01 S-91141
2016 Fight Or Flight (CaetanO Malta – BRAZIL) CM-1

MILLER, Carlyle
Carlyle Miller was soul singer from Montreal, Québec who started out playing saxophone and flute for French-Canadian band Contraction (1972-1975) as well as the Ville Emard Blues Band. Miller would go solo following the band’s demise and was signed to Leon Aronson, Gary Cape and producer Dixon Van Winkle’s Montreal W.A.M . label where he released several singles. Rumour has it that he is now a a Vice President advisor at TD Waterhouse in Montreal. [also see CONTRACTION]

Get Back On The Right Track/Cross My Heart And Hope To Die (WAM/Polydor)
1976 I’m Not A Fool To Love You/I’m Really Going To Miss You (WAM/Polydor) WAM-911
1977 Put Your Hand On My Heart/Night Light (WAM/London) WAM-103
1978 Anyone Who Wants (Can Play With My Heart)/Just No Turning Back (WAM) WAMX-106
1986 We Are All Heroes/[split w/NATHALIE CARSON] (WEA) PRO-550
1987 We Are All Heroes (Cogne Et Gagne)/We Are All Heroes (Instrumental) (WEA – France) 258-344-7

Paul Mc Cartney’s Medley (Short Excerpt)/Paul McCartney’s Medley (Long Excerpt) (Pro-Culture/Trans-Canada) PPC-2057


1981 Mirrors of Genius (Pro-Culture/Trans-Canada) PPC-6032

MILLER, Derek (1)
Derek Miller is a Toronto, Ontario singer/songwriter confined to a wheelchair as a result of a motorcycle accident. He donated 50% of the proceeds from his 1985 single “Our Love” to spinal cord research – money held in trust by Sunnybrook Medical Centre in Toronto. He manufactured 1000 copies of the original guitar-oriented Top 40 version, and created a synth version for airplay on adult contemporary radio.

1985 Our Love

MILLER, Derek (2)
Native Canadian guitarist from Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Music Is The Medicine (Warrior/Sound Of America – US) 621-CD
2006 The Dirty Looks (Arbor) AR-12632
2014 Rumble – A Tribute To Native Music Icons (Smithsonian Institution – US) AIR-201401

Compilation Tracks
“Mother” on ‘Future Classics ’94 (Y95 Future Classics) Y95
2004 “Someone Call An Angel Down” on ‘Indiani – The Platinum’ (EMI – Italy) 724356360822

“Let’s Have A Party” on ‘Sounds of Vancouver 2010 Closing Ceremony Commemorative Album’ (EMI) 5099962809825

Born: Diane Katherine Miller in April 1945
Died: December 11, 2017 in Toronto, Ontario

Miller has become a teen sensation initially as a solo artist on Columbia records with several singles in 1964 before teaming up with singers Rhona Silver and Stephanie Taylor in the all-female vocal group The Willows (aka The Girl Friends). Following the group splitting up, Miller and Silver were in the studio project Six People for a one-off album entitled ‘Gentle In The Wind’ in 1970. Miller continued on television singing solo on CBC’s ‘Let’s Go.’ By the 1980s she relocated to Calgary, Alberta and was a member of the Westcan Singers. By the 2000s she had returned to Toronto. Diane Miller died December 11, 2017. [also see THE WILLOWS, SIX PEOPLE, WESTCAN SINGERS]

Baby That’s The Way It Goes/Mr. Tepperman (Columbia) C4-2648
1964 How Do You Feel About Love/Hello, Young Lover (Columbia) C4-2653

MILLER, Paul Cameron
Paul Cameron Miller is from Winnipeg, Manitoba and started is career in the visual arts at an early age. His debut album was ‘Petit Mal’ produced by Miller on his own label with graphics and artwork by Miller.

1986 Petit Mal (PCM Records) WRC1-4300

Brian “Slash Booze” Baird
/ Steve Marshall (bass) / Nick Stipanitz (drums) / Kevin
A Hamilton, Ontario side-project by Teenage Head members Marshall and Stipanitz [also see TEENAGE HEAD]

The Millionaires [4-song EP] (Warpt) WRC2-1716

MILLS, Frank
Born: June 27, 1942 in Montreal, Québec
Frank Mills came from a musically appreciative family growing up in Verdun, PQ. His mother was a piano player, and his dad, a businessman, loved to throw parties and sing in an Irish tenor. His sister also took piano lessons and so it seemed only fitting that Mills himself would be tapping out songs by ear on the family’s $200 piano by age 3. As his own abilities progressed he was soon entertaining the folks from nearby cottages and performing at dad’s parties. Formal training would come later, though, and even later still he would take up the trombone, playing in the school band and becoming perhaps even more proficient at this second instrument. Unfortunately, it was also during those teen years that his family life virtually disintegrated. Both his parents had been ill from the time of his earliest memories, and both would die of cancer by the time he was 17. Mills’ formal training in music would continue at McGill University in Montreal, while studying as a pre-med student, but he failed some important courses and was literally kicked out of McGill. While on his way to the local recruiting office to join the navy, he ran into a friend in the music faculty of McGill University, who talked him into taking the entrance exam to the university’s music department. He scored 98% on the exam. There he was required to master two instruments. It so happened he was proficient in trombone and piano which he received a diploma for at the Grade II conservatory level. By the late ’60’s Mills had a brush with early notoriety by signing to have several songs released as singled on Decca. The deal was short lived. However, his fortunes changed when he joined The Bells who began achieving success with several singles like “Fly Little White Dove, Fly” and the 1971 million selling hit “Stay Awhile”. The record went to No.1 in both the U.S. and Canada but friction within the group led Frank to exit in March of ’71, while the hit was still No.1 virtually everywhere in the world. Mills instead would get married. Having left the Bells, and also having a family to feed, he worked for a while as secretary- treasurer for a municipality. At the same time he also worked for CBC-TV as pianist on a weekly TV show called ‘Sunday Brunch’. During this time he recorded his first album through a deal with Polydor who had also handled The Bells. His first album, ‘Seven of My Songs’, went virtually unnoticed, but the sophomore effort in 1972, ‘Reflections of My Childhood’, produced the hit single “Love Me, Love Me, Love.” [which had initially appeared on the first album as an instrumental] and a remake of Ricky Nelson’s “Poor Little Fool”. The album sold over 100,000 copies in Canada on its way to No.1, and effectively launched Mills’ his solo career. But in 1974, Mills left Polydor and became the first artist signed to Son Studios’ Sonogram Records to record ‘Images d’un Bistro’, However, following the release of his self-titled fourth  album in 1974, Sonogram went bankrupt and in lieu of payment, Mills was given the remaining album inventory – about 800 pieces – and he trekked across Canadian promoting it by hand to radio stations. In 1978, Polydor, his old label, leased the now 5-year old album from Mills for distribution. For a single they chose two songs that had been showing a lot of airplay. The A-side would be a lush, romantic ballad called “The Poet and Me,” while the B-side was a quaint little piano song called “Music Box Dancer.” Enter David Watts, rock deejay in Ottawa, and friendly acquaintance of Mills’. The A-side of the record, “The Poet and I”, was not to Watts’ taste or that of his listeners, but for Mills’ sake he flipped the record over and played “Music Box Dancer” on the air. For a year the single visited the No.1 spot in some 26 countries and sold several million copies on its way. In a music business rarity, the tune shot to No.1 in Japan three times within one year: first by Mills, next by a Japanese artist, and finally by a Chinese act. The album eventually sold over two million copies and Mills still owned the master recordings making it a rather lucrative pay-off. The song’s phenomenal frolic is witnessed by more than two dozen gold albums it has won worldwide. It also earned a Million-Airs award from BMI for over one million radio plays, and sheet music sales for surpassing 3,000,000 copies. It also received a Grammy nomination in 1980 for ‘Best Instrumental’. To date the song has sold in excess of five million copies; In a 40 year career Mills composed and/or arranged 28 albums (20 of which sold gold and/or platinum in Canada); He also received a New York Film Festival Award for the sound track ‘Ski East’ (1976); an RPM Magazine Programmers Award (1976); three Juno Awards (1980, 1981, 1984); an ‘International Artist of the Year Award’ in Japan (1980); the ‘Top Instrumentalist’ for albums and singles from Cash Box Magazine (1980); the ‘Best Instrumental Single’ from Record World Magazine (1980); the ‘William Harold Moon Award’ presented by PROCAN (1981); and two SOCAN Classics Awards, for 100,000 air plays of “Love Me, Love Me, Love” and “Music Box Dancer”. He was also a noted television personality in Canada, hosting such TV specials as ‘Frank Mills’ Christmas Special’ on CTV (1982); ‘Rocky Mountain Christmas With Frank Mills’ on CBC (1984); ‘Harvest Moon, Frank Mills’ Thanksgiving Special’ on CBC (1986); ‘Frank Mills’ Christmas Concert’ on CTV (1988); ‘Concert In the Meadows, Stowe, Vermont’ on CFCF (1989); ‘An Evening With Frank Mills’ on Halifax’s ATV (1992); ‘Christmas With Frank Mills’ on Halifax’s ATV/ASN (1994); and ‘A Celebration of Christmas With Frank Mills” for ONTV (1996). Frank Mills was also been the subject of a book called ‘In the Key of “C” – The Life of Frank Mills” by Calgary journalist Elsie Rose in 1998; Mills continued to release albums on the MBD label until the early 1990s. In 2010 he embarked on a special Christmas holiday tour with singer Rita MacNeil. They plan on repeating the tour starting in November 2012 through Christmas. with notes from John Loweth (MBD & Mayfair Music) and Charles L. Maissoneuve.[also see THE BELLS]

1968 A Stitch In the Hand/Happy, Happy Songs (Decca) 32097
Louis Stout/Be-In (Decca) 40941
Love Me, Love Me, Love/Windsong (Polydor)  2065-076
1972 Poor Little Fool/What Do You Think of Love (Polydor) 2065-117
1972 Sunshine Morning/Reflections of My Childhood (Polydor) 2065-136
1973 How Can I Be Sure/Don’t Wanna Leave This Place (Polydor)  2065-175
1976 When Summer Is Gone/Thank God For You and Me (Attic/CTL)  AT-138
1978 The Poet And I/Music Box Dancer (Polydor) 2065-392
1979 Most People Are Nice/Piano Lesson #5 (Polydor) 2065-429
Peter Piper/Interlude (Polydor) PD-2002
1980 Wherever You Go/Ski Fever (Polydor) PD-2067
1980 Breakaway/On the Move (Polydor) PDS-2125
1980 Happy Song/On the Move (Polydor) PD-2148
1980 Wish I Weren’t Alone/Happy Song (Polydor) PDS-2153
1981 Anticipation /Plaisir d’amour (Capitol) 72869
1981 Prelude To Romance/Somewhere A Child Is Sleeping (Capitol) 72873
1982 Chickadee/He’s Alright (Capitol) 72892
1982 Rondo In America/A Mind of Her Own (Capitol) 72908
1983 A Song for Andromeda/A Classical Rock (Capitol) 72929
1985 Moving On/Rocky Mountain Sunrise (Capitol) 72964
1985 Traveller/Song For Maruko (Capitol) 72978
1986 A Special Radio [4 song EP] (Capitol) SPRO-241
1986 Heart of the City/Sketches of New England (Capitol) SPRO-323
1986 Seascapes/[same] (Capitol) SPRO-341
1987 Kitty on the Keys (Capitol) SPRO-383
1987 Together Through the Years [5 song EP] (Capitol) SPRO-437
1988 That Crazy Little Piano Song/Save It For Tomorrow (Capitol) 73067

1971 Seven of My Songs (Polydor) 2424-030
1972 Reflections of My Childhood (Polydor)  2424-060
1974 Images d’un Bistro (Sonogram) LSG-72001
1974 Frank Mills (Sonogram) LSG-72005
1976 Look At Me Real (Attic/CTL) LAT-1009
1978 The Poet And I [re-issue of ‘Reflections of My Childhood’] (Polydor) 2424-170
1979 Music Box Dancer (Polydor) PD-16192
1979 Sunday Morning Suite (Polydor) PD-16225
1980 The Frank Mills Album (Polydor – Germany) PD-16305
1981 Prelude To Romance (Capitol) ST-6488
1982 Best Collection (Polydor – Japan) 28MM-0137
1983 Rondo (Capitol) ST-6496
1983 Frank Mills – A Special Christmas (Capitol)  ST-6506
1984 Traveler (Capitol) ST-12421
1984 The Magic of Frank Mills (Silver Eagle) SE-1030
1985 Together Through the Years [2 LP] (Capitol) S1-80004
1986 Transitions (Capitol) ST-6548
1987 Over 60 Minutes With Frank Mills (Capitol) 746889
1988 My Piano (Capitol) 91077
1989 20th Anniversary (Capitol)
1990 Gather Round the Piano With Frank Mills & Friends (EMI)
1993 Homeward (MBD)
1994 Best of Frank Mills – Happy Music (MBD) MRC-1172
1994 A Traditional Christmas (MBD)
1996 Goodnight My Love (MBD)
1996 25 Years Of Piano Music (MBD) MB2-7010
1997 Frank Mills Goes To the Movies (EMI) 55749
1998 Canada! (MBD) 
1998 Christmas with Frank Mills and Friends (EMI)
2002 The Very Best of Frank Mills

Compilation Tracks
“Poor Little Fool” on ‘Maple Music Vol. 1’ (MMJ) MMJ-1
1973 “Poor Little Fool” on “Bright Side of Music’ (K-Tel) TC-209
1973 “Love Me Love Me, Love” on ‘Today’s Super Greats’ (K-Tel) TC-211
1979 “Music Box Dancer” on ‘High Speed Disco (Polystar – Austria) 9198-356
1981 “Peter Piper” on ‘Superstars Salute New Massey Hall’ (CRIA) CRIA-2
1996 “Music Box Dancer” on ‘Oh What a Feeling: A Vital Collection of Canadian Music (MCA) JUNO-25
2004 “The First Noel” on ‘A Canadian Christmas’ (Universal) 824386

Born: May 19, 1943 in Toronto, Ontario
John Mills-Cockell started his career with electronic experimentation in the act Intersystems who released three obscure albums. Upon the band’s demise, he was in the short-lived Hydro Electric Streetcar before joining Kensington Market for their second album ‘Aardvark’. When Kensington Market had run its course he was briefly part of Hydro Electric Streetcar before forming Syrinx with Doug Pringle who were signed to True North Records and released two albums. Mills-Cockell also released several eclectic sounding solo records under the name JMC Heartbeat and as John Mills-Cockell including ‘A Third Testament’ – the score to the CBC/Time-Life series of the same name. [also see INTERSYSTEMS, SYRINX, KENSINGTON MARKET]

Winter Escape/North African Gladiator (True North) TN4-122

Instant Replay/See Stop Shuffle (True North) TN4-114

A Third Testament (True North) TN-17
1976 Neon Acclerando (Anubis) ANX-1
1977 Gateway: A New Music Adventure

Intersystems Number 1 (Allied) IS-1S
1967 Peachy (Pentagon)  ALS-142
1968 Free Psychedelic Poster Inside

Heartbeat (True North) TN-12

Compilation Tracks
“I Realize” on ‘Cool Aid Benefit Album’ (Arthfor) ASP-4001D

Kenneth Peterson
(vocals, guitar, piano) / Keith Whitall (bass) / Luc Viau (guitar)
Viau would go on to join La Grande Fourche and do session work with Robert Payant.

Mill Supply (Crescent Street/Quality) CS-1860

Granny’s Kitchen/Ezmerelda (Crescent Street/Quality) CR-2017X

Mike Hanford
(keyboards, piano)
Solo project for the former The Shondels/The Main Line/Gettysbyrg Address keyboard player.

Nothing Better To Do/Someday Sunday (Franklin) QC-621

Compilation Tracks
“Nothing Better To Do” and “Someday Sunday” on ‘The Best of Franklin Records” (Super Oldies) SOCD-6

Travis Mitchell (vocals) / Al Rodgers (guitar)
A duo from Brandon, Manitoba, this metal act was signed to Aquarius Records in 1987 and released their self-titled album that year.The album featured musical assistance from Russell Boswell (bass), Bill Szawlowski (keyboards), Bruce Moffett (drums) and April Wine’s Gary Moffet (guitar). Mindstorm would release two more albums in the ‘90s before disappearing. with notes from Vince Mintuck.

Mindstorm (Aquarius) AQR-545
1991 Back to Reality (Barricade – NETHERLANDS) PRL-70-211
1996 Mindstorm III (Seagull International) 35643

Graham Thorpe (bass) / Jerry Doucette [aka Jerry Buxton] (guitars) / David Kastle [aka David Dickerson] (keyboards, vocals) / Mel Coburn (drums)
Doucette and Kastle would go on to form Buxton-Kastle and release another single on RCA; Doucette and Thorpe would team-up again as part of the Kasenetz-Katz Super Circus; Doucette would then go on to a prolific solo career; He died in hospice after a long battle with cancer on April 18, 2022; Kastle recorded a solo single following Buxton-Kastle under the name Dickens before relocating to Nashville in the mid-1970s to establish his own production company called Artists Independent Music Corporation and its label imprint Celebrity Records; Thorpe went on to promo and A&R jobs at Capitol Records-EMI 1973 to 1977. He then moved to Bigland Music Industry Public Relations briefly before joining CBS Records promodepartment in late 1977. He left the music business in 1980.

I’m Gonna Miss You/No Train Tonight (RCA) 74-0351

Matt Minglewood
(lead vocals, guitar, organ) / Paul “Muff” Dunn (piano, backing vocals) / Enver Sampson Jr. (lead vocals, harmonica) / Don Hann (bass, fiddle, vocals) / Mark “Fin” MacMillan (guitar) / Bob “Bobby” Woods (drums, percussion) / George Antoniuk (guitar; replaced MacMillan 1982)
The Minglewood Band was named after founding member Matt Minglewood who got his start in 1969 with the band Sam Moon And The New Moon which was later rechristened Moon, Minglewood And The Universal Power (and finally just Moon-Minglewood Band). With the break-up of the band Minglewood created his own band and released a self-titled independent album in 1976 after being rejected by every major label in the country. Persistence would finally pay off in the form of a major label deal in 1979 as they were signed to RCA. Cape Breton vocalist and guitarist Matt Minglewood got his first career boost in 1969 with the band Sam Moon And The New Moon which was later rechristened Moon, Minglewood And The Universal Power (and finally just Moon-Minglewood Band). With the break-up of the band, Minglewood created The Minglewood Band and released a self-titled independent album in 1976 after being rejected by every major label in the country. Persistence would finally pay off in the form of a major label deal in 1979 when they were signed to RCA. Their 1979 self-titled debut featured two singles – the Minglewood pennded “Ain’t What It Used To Be” and the Marshall Tucker tune “Can’t You See” which Minglewood would eventually make his signature tune. The album featured guest appearances by Chilliwack’s Claire Lawrence (saxophone), who also produced the album at Springfield Sound in London, Ontario; Terry Edmunds (guitar); plus Shari Ulrich and Nancy Nash on backing vocals. 1980 spawned the ‘Movin” album on RCA with a solid list of Minglewood compositions including the single “Rocket Fuel”, while two other radio singles were written by others – “Counting On You” by Minglewood Band keyboardist Paul Dunn and “Me And My Baby” by Roy “Bim” Forbes. Claire Lawrence was brought in to produce the album again (as well as add saxophone) at Morin Heights in Montreal, Québec. The Minglewood Band’s star was rising and RCA decided to bring in bigger production fire to try and move the band into the American eye. “Duck” Dunn was brought in to produce the third RCA release and the band recorded ‘Out On a Limb’ in Memphis, Tennessee at Daily Planet Studios in 1981. The album spawned two singles – “Highway To Your Heart” by Minglewood Band guitarist Mark MacMillan and “I’m Gonna Forgive You Again” by Larry Raspberry. Though their three RCA albums sold nearly 50,000 copies each, the band made a move in 1982 to Epic Records on the CBS roster. ‘Minglewood 5’ was a moderately successful album before despite lack of airplay. But it wasn’t long before CBS began to pressure the act to become more rock oriented. Minglewood knew the writing was on the wall for his brand of Maritime country and pulled the plug on the band, before the label did, in 1984. Minglewood went solo and assembled a new backing band featuring former Minglewood Band drummer Bobby Woods, piano player John Lee (ex-Dutch Mason), bassist Grant Leslie, and harmonica player Roly Platt and continues touring and recording to this day; founding member Enver Sampson Jr. would die in a motorcycle accident in 1985. with notes from Dick Rice. [also see MATT MINGLEWOOD]

1977 East Coast/Dan Willie (Solar) SAR-210
Stood Up/Caledonia (Solar) SAR-218
Ain’t What It Used To Be/Hook, Line & Sinker (RCA) PB-50528
1979 Whiz Kid/Rockin’ the Blues (RCA) PB-50545
1980 If You Really Need Me/Countin’ On You (RCA) PB-50573
1980 Me And My Baby/Price He Pays (RCA) PB-50585
1981 Rocket Fuel/Jed (RCA) PB-50626
1981 Highway To Your Heart/Nicholson Blues (RCA) PB-50634
1981 I’m Gonna Forgive You Again/The Drinker (RCA) PB-50645
1982 Crossfire/Till The Next Dream//Behind The Wheel/Runaway [12″] (Epic/CBS)
1982 Till The Next Dream/Rumour (Epic/CBS) E4-4313
1982 Can’t Live Without Your Love/Crossfire (Epic/CBS) E4-4325

1976 Minglewood [aka The Red Album] (Solar) SAR-2010
1979 Minglewood Band (RCA) KKL1-0325
1980 Movin’ (RCA)  KKL1-0370
1981 Out On a Limb (RCA) KKL1-0415
1982 Smokers – Best of (RCA)
1982 Minglewood 5 (Epic/CBS) PEC-80071
1992 One Caper After Another: Best of Minglewood Band (BMG) 211070

Compilation Tracks
“Rocket Fuel” on ‘Superstars Salute New Massey Hall’ (CRIA) CRIA-1
1982 “Highway To Your Heart” and “East Coast Blues” on ‘Eastern Alliance’ (CBS) ART-100

Born: Roy Alexander Batherson on January 31, 1947 in Moncton, New Brunswick

Cape Breton vocalist and guitarist Matt Minglewood got his first career boost in 1969 with the band Sam Moon And The New Moon which was later rechristened Moon, Minglewood And The Universal Power (and finally just Moon-Minglewood Band). With the break-up of the band, Minglewood created The Minglewood Band and released a self-titled independent album in 1976 after being rejected by every major label in the country. Persistence would finally pay off in the form of a major label deal in 1979 when they were signed to RCA. Their 1979 self-titled debut featured two singles – the Minglewood pennded “Ain’t What It Used to Be” and the Marshall Tucker tune “Can’t You See” which Minglewood would eventually make his signature tune. The album featured guest appearances by Chilliwack’s Claire Lawrence (saxophone), who also produced the album at Springfield Sound in London, Ontario; Terry Edmunds (guitar); plus Shari Ulrich and Nancy Nash on backing vocals. 1980 spawned the ‘Movin” album on RCA with a solid list of Minglewood compositions including the single “Rocket Fuel”, while two other radio singles were written by others – “Counting On You” by Minglewood Band keyboardist Paul Dunn and “Me And My Baby” by Roy “Bim” Forbes. Claire Lawrence was brought in to produce the album again (as well as add saxophone) at Morin Heights in Montreal, Québec. The Minglewood Band’s star was rising and RCA decided to bring in bigger production fire to try and move the band into the American eye. “Duck” Dunn was brought in to produce the third RCA release and the band recorded ‘Out On a Limb’ in Memphis, Tennessee at Daily Planet Studios in 1981. The album spawned two singles – “Highway to Your Heart” by Minglewood Band guitarist Mark MacMillan and “I’m Gonna Forgive You Again” by Larry Raspberry. Though their three RCA albums sold nearly 50,000 copies each, the band made a move in 1982 to Epic Records on the CBS roster. ‘Minglewood 5’ was a moderately successful album before despite lack of airplay. But it wasn’t long before CBS began to pressure the act to become more rock oriented. Minglewood knew the writing was on the wall for his brand of Maritime country and pulled the plug on the band, before the label did, in 1984. Minglewood went solo and assembled a new backing band featuring former Minglewood Band drummer Bobby Woods, piano player John Lee (ex-Dutch Mason), bassist Grant Leslie, and harmonica player Roly Platt. Minglewood signed to Savannah Records and released his debut album ‘Me and the Boys’ in 1985. The title track was the first single/video and with a cover version remade by American Charlie Daniels, Minglewood launched into the second phase of his music career. The second single was “Livin’ Outside the Law”. Minglewood’s career momentum continued through 1986 as it was fuelled by constant touring across Canada and the Top-20 success of his third single “Georgia On a Fast Train”. By August of 1986 he was nominated for a Country Music Award for ‘Album of the Year’. In the fall came single number four, “The Far Side of Town”, to unprecedented radio response. CARAS would soon nominate Minglewood as its ‘Country Male Vocalist of the Year’. Minglewood took some time from touring to write new material the result being ‘The Promise’ in 1988 and featured a guest appearances by drummer Jorn Anderson (Fludd, David Wilcox), Pete Cardinali (Boomers), guitarist Jeff Healey, and former Minglewood Band pedal steel guitarist Ron Dunn. Savannah took a unique marketing tactic and released two first singles for different radio formats – a remake of the Minglewood Band’s 1982 song “Runaway” to pop radio and the Hank Williams cover tune “You Win Again” for country stations. Eddie Schwartz contributed a blues rocker and Minglewood did a take on newly discovered Rita MacNeil’s “Working Man” and the third single, “Some Day I’m Gonna Ride In a Cadillac” by future Canadian country star Charlie Major. In 1998, Matt Minglewood participated in the Guitar Mania event in Calgary with such guitar greats as Amos Garrett, Jerry Donahue (The Helecastors), Gaye Delorme, Russ Broom, Ray Montana, Jack Semple and many other renowned guitarists. Matt Minglewood’s 8th studio album, ‘Drivin’ Wheel’, was released in 1999 on Norton Records featuring the title track written by David Wiffen. Over the course of his career, Minglewood has sold more than 350,000 records in Canada; has two JUNO Award nominations; two Canadian Country Music Award nominations; a Lifetime Achievement Award from the East Coast Music Association; and ‘Canadian Country Music Songwriter of the Year’ Award for “Me and the Boys”. A February 2000 readers poll in the ‘Halifax Coast’ of “The Twenty Best of Atlantic Canada Albums of All Time” chose Minglewood’s ‘Drivin’ Wheel’ and ‘Minglewood Red Album’ in the Top20. As a performer and songwriter Minglewood has made many guest appearances and produced other musician’s works including Wayne Nicholson and The Cape Breton Summertime Revue. with notes from Dick Rice. [also see MINGLEWOOD]

1985 Living Outside of the Law/Beg, Borrow And Steal (Savannah/WEA)  SRS-831
1985 Daughter of the Night/Living Outside of the Law (Savannah/WEA) SRS-832
1985 Me and the Boys/Cheri I Miss You (Savannah/WEA) SRS-835
1985 Me and the Boys/[same] (Savannah/WEA) SRS-836
1986 Georgia On a Fast Train/Sooner or Later (Savannah/WEA) SRS-838
1987 Cajun Stars/ The Far Side of Town (Savannah/WEA) SRS-861
1987 You Win Again/Cajun Stars (Savannah/WEA) SRS-872
1988 Some Day I’m Gonna Ride In A Cadillac/Country Boy Getting’ Ready to Rock (Savannah/WEA) PRO-529
1988 Runaway/[same] (Savannah/WEA)  PRO-612
1989 Some Day I’m Gonna Ride In A Cadillac/Country Boy Getting’ Ready to Rock (Savannah/WEA) PRO-628
1989 You’re Not Drinking Enough (Single Version)/You’re Not Drinking Enough (Album Version) (Savannah/WEA) PRO-645

1985 Me and the Boys (Savannah/WEA) SRL-9825
1988 The Promise (Savannah/WEA) SRL-9830
1999 Drivin’ Wheel (Norton) NORT99-1
2003 Live At Last (Norton) NOR-0803
2005 The Story (Norton) NOR-0905

Born: Benjamin Mink, January 22, 1951
During the band FM’s tenure on Passport Records, which was bogged down in legal issues, in the late 1970s the trio recorded a three song 12” EP of Ben Mink instrumental tracks and credited to Mink as a solo release. Mink would work as producer and writer with many artists including a lengthy, successful run with k.d.lang. [also see FM]

Foreign Exchange (Passport/Capitol) PB-2024

Dave Lachance (drums, percussion, vocals) / George Hadley Christian (bass, vocals) / Nic Jodoin (guitar) / Jason Montano (guitar) / Marc L’Esperance (guitar, keyboards, vocals) / Sophie Celine Guenan (vocals, tambourine) / Victor Michael (acoustic guitar) / Jennifer Stafford (guitar)
Jodoin, Lachance and Christian formed Les Minstrels in Québec City in 1986. They relocated to Vancouver in the early 1990s and later to San Francisco.

Sing Music From Dog Days of Love [2-song 7”] (Anaba) AP10001BAlbums

Les Minstrels [4-song EP] (Anaba) AM-10001A
1992 St. Laurent des pins (Anaba) AP-10002A

Ev’ry Which Way (Anaba) AP-10003A
1997 West Coast Time Trippers (Anaba) AP-10004A
1999 Psychotropic R & B (Contact – JAPAN) CR-004

Craig Bennicke (guitar, vocals) / David Stewart (drums, vocals) / George Bedoya (bass, vocals) / Victor M. Diaz (guitar, vocals)

Come Out To Play [6-song EP] (What Wave) WW-11

Compilation Tracks
“Can’t She Be Mine” on ‘Baloney Sandwiches: 30 Meaty Slices’ [cassette] (What Wave) WW-12

Lucasta Ross (lead vocals) / Graham Stairs (drums) / John Percy (keyboards, sax, vocals, guitar) / John McKellar (keyboards) / Gary Hynes (bass) / Tim White (guitar) / Ron Feather (percussion) / Lee Whelan (backing vocals)
Minutes From Downtown the ‘band’ was a seven member touring ensemble consisting of Lucasta Ross (ex- The B-Girls) and Graham Stairs & John Percy (ex-Popular Spies). Capitol Records signed the act and released the single “Heaven Street” in 1983. The strength of the song lead to a second single, “Wrapped In Velvet” from a 5-song EP called ‘Minutes From Downtown’. Following the demise of the act, Stairs and Percy formed a studio project called Go International , which gigged occasionally with hired musicians and received critical acclaim. Stairs went on to be A & R Rep for Intrepid Records and Latitude Records through the late ’80s/early ’90s. He also managed National Velvet and Chalk Circle during this period. Stairs now runs a music management/promotions firm called PopGuru Sound and Vision; Lucasta Ross inherited her late father Mort Ross’s catalogue of master tapes from late ’60s record label Revolver Records and now administers; Percy resides in Halifax and runs a company called Forward Digital Media which is an audio/video production company specializing in CD-Rom and web applications, and dabbles in television production; Hynes resides in Victoria, BC and is the founder and editor of EAT Magazine. with notes from John Percy, Gary Hynes and Graham Stairs.

1983 Heaven Street/24 Karat Gold (Capitol) 72932
1983 Wrapped In Velvet/I Wish I Had Stayed (Capitol) 72939

1983 Minutes From Downtown [5 song EP] (Capitol) MLP-3007

Compilation Tracks
“Me and the Boys” on ‘Prime Cuts – 100% Pure Canadian Country’ (Quality) RSP-108
1990 “Long Way From Texas” on ‘The Sounds of Nova Scotia (SMP) SMPCD-1001

Born: William Marion in Hamilton, Ontario
Died: June 26, 2014

Singer, songwriter and guitarist Bill Misener was born in Hamilton, Ontario and studied at the Royal Conservatory of Music before getting his start as part of Toronto band The Spats who were heavily influenced by the British Invasion so much so that they adopted a dress code and matching haircuts. After becoming a teen dance act called The Paupers they grew a huge fanbase with the release of several singles including “Never Send You Flowers”, “Free As A Bird”, “Sooner Than Soon”, “For What I Am”, and “If I Told My Baby” on the Red Leaf and Roman Records labels. Misener would soon leave and be replaced by Scottish folk singer Adam Mitchell. In the late 1960s he released a single called “What Do You Want” written and produced by Roy Smith on CB Records to little effect. However, his single “Lil Ol’ Rock ‘N’  Roll Band” released in November 1971 on Astra Records found some chart action peaking at #27 on the RPM Singles Chart. He released several unsuccessful singles on RCA shortly after. Misener did session work including singing on The Laurie Bower Singers’ album ‘Take Me Home Country Roads’ album (1972) Rick Neufeld’s ‘Hiway Child’ album (1973) and Alice Cooper’s ‘Goes To Hell’ (1976). Misener would go on to work at RCA Studio’s Sun Bar Productions on Mutual Street in Toronto producing acts like It’s All Meat, Morse Code Transmission and Keith Hampshire. Misener was called upon to sing on the 1976 Canada Cup Theme song and single “Come On Let’s Play” (PieRre Senecal sang the French version) produced by Terry Bush. Misener also released a solo album under the name Billy Misener in 1978 on Polydor entitled ‘Night Fire’. The single “Maybe You Better Run” found its way onto CHUM’s playlists in 1978. In 1981 Misener would appear on eight tracks as part of a multi-artist concept album called ‘In the Dawning: A Story of Canada’ featuring performances by Marc Jordan, The Laurie Bower Singers, Connie Kaldor, Kate & Anna McGarrigle and Christopher Plummer narrating alongside the London Symphony.  Misener would also arrange strings on Max Webster’s ‘Million Vacations’ album in 1979; Bill Misener died suddenly on June 26, 2014. with notes from Skip Prokop, James Rogers and Keith Hampshire. [also see THE PAUPERS]

What Do You Want/Funny (CB/Phonodisc) CB-5492
1972 New Day/Ebenezer (Kanata) KAN-1012
1976 Come On Let’s Play (…Let’s Play Hockey)/[split w/Piere Senecal] (Quality) TBP-02276

Lil Ol’ Rock ‘N’ Roll Band/Turned the Other Way (Astra) AS-45319
1972 Lil Ol’ Rock ‘N’ Roll Band/One Fine Sunshine Day (Polydor – UK) 2001-286
1972 Gone Too Long/One Becomes Two (RCA) 75-1099
Letting  You Be You/Shadow Song  (RCA) 75-1119
1973 On the Front Porch (Grit – US) 105

Maybe You Better Run/Want You So (Polydor) 2065-360
1978 Symphonies/You Got It (Polydor) 2065-385

Night Fire (Polydor) 2424-174

Billy Mysner (Grit – US) 2001

Compilation Tracks
“The Plains of Abraham”, “Mapmaker”, “A Hit or A Miss”, “Fiddle Playing Man”, “Klondike”, “Here In Flanders”, “The Great Depression Farmers Lament” and “Northland’s Destiny” (Denali)

Gerry Bribosia (guitar, vocals) / Jean-Marc Vanasse (saxophone, vocals) / Grégoire Buisson (bass) / Michel Cavuoto (guitar) / Aldo Marandola (drums)
From Montréal, Quebec. The group was signed to Jupiter Records in 1965. Their second single a French language version of The Rolling Stones’ “Tell Me” called “Elle Me Dit,” was released in December 1965 and would reach No.32 on the Quebec music charts in early January 1966. The January 1967 single “Chemises À Pois, Cravates À Fleurs” would reach No.26 on the Quebec music charts. Their final single in December 1967 “Une Lettre” reached No.28 on the Quebec music charts; Gerry Bribosia would go on to be a solo artist and successful session musician. [also see GERRY BRIBOSIA]

Ooh Poo Pah Doo/Pourquoi ‎(Jupiter) JP-1029
1965 Elle Me Dit/Vivre Avec Toi ‎(Jupiter) JP-1036
1966 Je Vous Salut Madame/Délaissé ‎(Jupiter) JP-1057
1966 Si Jamais/Toi Qui Est Jeune ‎(Jupiter) JP-1069
1967 Chemises À Pois, Cravates À Fleurs/C’Est L’Été ‎(Jupiter) JP-1074
1967 Western Union/Tu Peux Partir ‎(Jupiter) JP-1091
1967 Une Lettre/Misérablement Vôtre (Jupiter) JP-1109

Je Ne Peux Plus Rien Lui Dire/[split w/DONALD LAUTREC] (Jupiter) JP-1080

Les Miserables (Jupiter) JDY-7011
1999 Les Miserables [LP] (No Tyme) NTLP-002
2001 L’Intégrale (Disques Mérite) 22-963

From Victoria, British Columbia.

Nocturnal Serenade/Crypts of Darkness//[split w/FRATRICIDE] (Final Notice) 7001

Born: November 24, 1944 in Glasgow, Strathclyde, Scotland
Former member of The Paupers who would go on to produce records by an assortment of Canadian acts such as Fludd, James Leroy, Ian Thomas and McKenna-Mendelson Mainline. His production work with GRT Records and relationship with its president, Ross Reynolds, allowed him to release two singles on GRT including the single ‘French Waltz’ – which soon became hits for both Jane Oliver and Nicolette Larson. He would become part of Linda Ronstadt’s band alongside Andrew Gold in the mid-70s. Songwriter Van Dyke Parks was soon a champion of Mitchell’s songwriting and led the way to his being signed to Warner music where he managed the Top40 selling ‘Redhead In Trouble’ album and title track. In the 1980s Mitchell returned to production but it was his songwriting for the likes of KISS, Waylon Jennings, Johnny Cash, Peter Criss, Olivia Newton-John, Chicago, John Waite, Anne Murray, Paul Anka and others. He is currently working on a solo album from his home studio in Ojai, California. with notes from Adam Mitchell. [also see THE PAUPERS]

Jenner By the Sea/White Sox & Brown Shoes (GRT) 1230-68
1973 French Waltz/Plastic Bottle Blues (GRT) 1230-69
1979 Redhead In Trouble/Dancin’ Round And Round (Warner Bros.) FWB-0179
1979 Fool For Love/Out Among the Stars (Warner Bros.) WBS-49027

Redhead In Trouble (Warner Bros.) BSK-3325

Born: Roberta Joan Anderson on November 7, 1943 in Fort MacLeod, Alberta
Born in Fort MacLeod, Alberta a young Joan Anderson moved to North Battleford, Saskatchewan with her parents shortly after Word War II. Inspired by her older friend Frankie McKitrick, she begged her parents at age 7 to allow her to take piano lessons which lasted for a year and a half. She also took up drawing and after moving to Saskatoon at age 9, she contracted polio which she fortunately recovered from with the love of her family and art. While in Grade 7, a teacher at her school, Mr. Kratzman, encouraged her to craft the written word and she holds him as one of her many influences. By her teens she scraped together enough money to buy a ukulele and entertained at parties and coffeehouses in Saskatoon. Following high school, in 1964, she went to the Alberta College Of Art in Calgary for only one year. Instead, she preferred to be a regular performer at a coffeehouse called The Depression in Calgary. She abandoned her love for painting (at least as a career) and moved to Toronto in search of success as a folksinger. However, playing clubs in Toronto in the ’60’s required a union card, which she couldn’t afford immediately and she found herself working days for Simpsons-Sears. She was also pregnant with the child of her former boyfriend back home and gave birth to a girl in February 1965. Fellow folk-singer Chuck Mitchell offered to take the two in, marrying Anderson, but the allure of success and Anderson’s age convinced Mitchell to give the girl up for adoption. By the summer of ’65 The Mitchells had moved to Detroit. The new Joni Mitchell played the Newport Folk Festival in 1966 and her marriage to Chuck Mitchell fell apart by early 1967. With nothing to tie her down, she moved to Chelsea in New York to be closer to venues up and down the eastern seaboard. With the recording of “The Urge For Going” by Tom Rush and other cover versions by a variety of artists she was able to get bookings west to Chicago and south to Florida. New York was still quite elusive and with the help of manager Elliot Roberts she landed gigs in town. While performing in Florida she met David Crosby (The Byrds) who was impressed enough with her talent to convince Reprise Records to record and release the ‘Joni Mitchell’ album in 1968. By the time of the album’s release she was garnering favourable press and was now living in California with David Crosby. The remainder of 1968 saw her playing larger venues including the Miami Pop Festival with Graham Nash (The Hollies). Judy Collins also had a substantial hit with “Both Sides Now” which helped supplement Mitchell’s expanding salary. In 1969, Mitchell released ‘Clouds’ which included her versions of previous hit material she had donated to other artists. She recorded a live album (which was subsequently scrapped) and moved to Laurel Canyon with Graham Nash. She opened tours for Crosby, Stills & Nash and was invited to Woodstock that summer. But an appearance on the Dick Cavett show following the festival convinced her that she shouldn’t risk getting stuck in the massive traffic jams. Instead, she played the Equinox Festival in Big Sur that September which would be filmed for release. ‘Clouds’ won a Grammy in 1970 which dovetailed nicely into the Reprise release of her third album ‘Ladies of the Canyon’ which eventually sold gold. She decided to take some time off with one, ill-fated, appearance at the disastrous Isle Of Wight Festival. Throughout the remainder of the year she traveled, painted and wrote material for her next album ‘Blue’. The album was released in 1971 and became a critical and commercial success with a trip to Billboard’s Top-20. By then, she had moved back to British Columbia, Canada to seek solitude on a piece of forested property. With frequent commutes to visit friend David Geffen, Mitchell was able to go back to the stage opening for the likes of Geffen’s Asylum records success story Jackson Browne and onward to her own tours of Europe and playing benefit concerts for presidential hopeful George McGovern. 1972 saw the release of ‘For The Roses’ and her first legit radio hit “You Turn Me On (I’m A Radio)” making her a true commercial success in light of her stance as a pure ‘artiste’. Mitchell soon began seeking out musicians who could help her grow musically and speak the musical language that her odd guitar tunings and eccentric rhythms. She hooked up with Tom Scott & LA Express for her next album ‘Court And Spark’ and even recorded tunes for their albums as well. ‘Court and Spark’ was released in January 1974 hot on the heals of her pre-Xmas single “Raised On Robbery”. A second single, “Help Me”, followed pushing the album to #2 over the course of the first half of the year. She embarked on a 50 date tour with LA Express which resulted in ‘Miles of Aisles’ in November 1974. The live version of “Big Yellow Taxi” was also released as a single and again put Mitchell high on the charts. She bought a new house in Bel Air, California, moved in with LA Express drummer John Guerin and settled in as half a dozen year-end awards came her way including 4 Grammy nominations. Mitchell and Tom Scott would share one award for Best Arrangement Accompanying Vocals. Recording commenced in 1975 and after a series of successive demo sessions, Mitchell re-assembled most of the key players from ‘Court And Spark’ for the November release ‘The Hissing Of Summer Lawns’. Bad reviews followed based on some of Mitchell’s societal lyrics but the album still hit #4 on the Billboard charts. She hopped aboard Bob Dylan’s Rolling Thunder Revue to finish out the year with plans for a return tour featuring LA Express again. The tour began in January 1976 and took her all across the US and Canada. As the tour wound down, she split up with John Guerin and instead spent time hanging around with Neil Young. Some friends convinced her to take a cross country journey, which she did and returned from the road trip with a suitcase full of tunes for her next album ‘Hejira’. Mitchell’s made a guest appearance that November at The Band’s ‘Last Waltz’ concert and film for Martin Scorsese. Meanwhile, ‘Hejira’ was climbing the charts, went gold in December and lingered on the charts through the beginning of 1977; Mitchell has never slowed down and continues releasing solo album after solo album. She was asked in 1996 to go back through her extensive catalogue and choose the best of her repertoire according to their hit status and then assemble a second disc with tunes she felt were overlooked. The result was Reprise’s ‘Hits & Misses’ double disc collection; Mitchell was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame and the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame in 1997.

1968 Night in the City/I Had a King (Reprise) RS-20694
1969 Chelsea Morning/Both Sides, Now (Reprise) RS-23402
1970 Big Yellow Taxi/Woodstock (Reprise) RS-20906
1971 Carey/This Flight Tonight (Reprise) REP-14099
1971 California/A Case of You (Reprise) REP-1049
1972 Both Sides, Now/Chelsea Morning (Reprise) REP-1154
1972 You Turn Me On, I’m a Radio/Urge for Going (Asylum) AYM-511
1973 Cold Blue Steel and Sweet Fire/Blonde in the Bleachers (Asylum) AYM-515
1973 Raised on Robbery/Court and Spark (Asylum) AS-11029
1974 Help Me/Just Like This Train (Asylum) AS-11034
1974 Free Man in Paris/People’s Parties (Asylum) AS-11041
1974 Big Yellow Taxi [live]/Rainy Night House [live]
1976 In France They Kiss on Main Street/The Boho Dance (Asylum) K-13035
1977 Coyote/Blue Motel Room (Asylum) K-13072
1978 Off Night Backstreet/Jericho (Asylum) K-13110
1978 Jericho/Dreamland
1979 The Dry Cleaner From Des Moines/God Must Be a Boogie Man (Asylum) K-13154
1980 Why Do Fools Fall in Love [live]/Black Crow [live]
1982 (You’re So Square) Baby, I Don’t Care/Love (Geffen) 7-29849
1983 Be Cool/Underneath the Streetlight (Geffen)
1983 Chinese Cafe/Ladies Man (Geffen)
1985 Good Friends/Smokin’ (Empty, Try Another) (Geffen) GEFA-6740
1986 Shiny Toys/The Three Great Stimulants
1988 Cool Water (Geffen) PRO-CD-3262
1988 Snakes and Ladders (Geffen)
1988 My Secret Place/Lakota (Geffen) GEF-37T
1991 Come in From the Cold (Geffen) PRO-CD-4213
1991 Night Ride Home/Slouching Towards Bethlehem (Geffen) GFS-2
1991 Come in From the Cold/Ray’s Dad’s Cadillac
1994 How Do You Stop?/The Sire of Sorrow/Moon at the Window [live]
1998 The Crazy Cries of Love (Reprise) PRO-CD-9449 

1968 Joni Mitchell [aka Song To a Seagull] (Reprise) RS-6293
1969 Clouds (Reprise) RS-6341
1970 Ladies of the Canyon (Reprise) RS-6376
1971 Blue (Reprise) MS-2038
1971 The World of Joni Mitchell (Reprise) RS-5260
1972 For the Roses (Asylum) SD-5057
1974 Court and Spark (Asylum) 7E-1001
1974 Miles of Aisles [Live] (Asylum)  AB-202
1975 Hissing of Summer Lawns (Asylum) 7E-1051
1976 Hejira (Asylum) 7E-1087
1977 Don Juan’s Reckless Daughter (Asylum) AS-63003
1979 Mingus (Asylum) AS-53091
1980 Shadows And Light [Live] (Asylum) AS-62030
1982 Wild Things Run Fast (Geffen) GHS-2019
1985 Dog Eat Dog (Geffen) GHS-24074
1988 Chalk Mark In a Rainstorm (Geffen) GHS-24174
1991 Night Ride Home (Geffen) GEFD-24302
1994 Turbulent Indigo (Reprise) 9-45786
1994 Words & Music (Reprise) PRO-CD-100153
1995 Big Yellow Taxi (The Remixes) (Reprise) 9-43600
1996 Hits (Reprise) 9-46326
1996 Misses (Reprise) 9-46358
1998 Taming The Tiger (Reprise) 9-46451
2000 Both Sides Now (Reprise) 9-47620
2002 Travelogue (Nonesuch) 300987
2004 Dreamland (Warner) 22765
2005 Songs Chosen By Her Friends & Fellow Musicians (Hear) LMM-288
2005 Songs of a Prairie Girl (Rhino/Warner) R2-74634
2007 Shine (Hear) HMCD-30457

Compilation Tracks
“My American Skirt [Live]” and “Spoony’s Wonderful Adventure[Live]” on ‘The 1969 Warner-Reprise Record Show’ (Reprise) PRO-336
1978 “Coyote [Live]” on ‘The Last Waltz’ (Warner Bros.) 3WS-3146
1990 “Goodbye Blue Sky” on ‘The Wall: Live in Berlin’ (Mercury) 827300
1995 “Big Yellow Taxi” on ‘Friends’ (Reprise) 9-46008
1998 “How Do You Stop” on ‘MuchMoreMusic’ (Universal) UMDG2-81074
2001 “Help Me” on ‘Oh What a Feeling 2: A Vital Collection of Canadian Music’ (CMC) 0885
2001 “Amelia” on ‘Open All Night: In the Shadows’ (Rhino) R2-74373

Born: July 10, 1952, in Sarnia, Ontario
Sarnia in the 1960’s saw a young, ambitious, Kim Mitchell sweating it out locally in various bands beginning with The Quotations when he was 12. Along with members of Unit Four, they became The Grass Company, then Big Al’s Band, and finally ZOOOM, who wound up in Toronto where cover-tunes ruled and original material went unnoticed except for the occasional trip into Michigan where they managed to open for MC5 in Battleford, Michigan. Eventually all the members but Mitchell returned to Sarnia. He was starving but getting work doing studio sessions, beer commercials, and playing the hotel and airport lounge circuit. He set off to the Greek island of Rhodes backing up a Greek Tom Jones. Six months later Mitchell invited poet and childhood buddy Pye Dubois (real name: Paul Woods) to Greece to co-write some songs; they decided to make it a band project and set about recruiting musicians. The 1972 line-up consisted of Mitchell, Paul Kersey, Mike Tilka (an Indiana, USA, emigre), and Terry Watkinson (already a veteran of the Canadian music scene with The Yeomen and all its namesake permutations). Soon, Max Webster was born. By 1974 their live act was getting bites from management, production and record companies and in 1975 they signed with the Ray Danniels/Vic Wilson’s SRO Productions as their management company. Danniels had set up an independent label imprint for SRO band Rush called Moon Records and then set up Taurus Records to handle other artists on the roster including Liverpool, Mendelson Joe and Max Webster. The band’s debut single was “Blowing the Blues” in 1975 through Taurus’s distribution deal with London Records. Though the record gained little attention, a full self-titled album [aka ‘The Blockheads Album’] was recorded and released that year under producer Terry Brown (Rush, Klaatu). SRO would amalgamate both Moon and Taurus Records under the new name Anthem Records and Max Webster’s contract was carried along with it. The first album was re-issued in Canada in 1976 and stateside on the back of Anthem’s US distributor Mercury Records in 1977. The LP was issued with new artwork and renamed ‘Hangover’. 1977’s ‘High Class In Borrowed Shoes’ was also produced by Terry Brown. However, during the recording of ‘Mutiny Up My Sleeve’ (1978) he left over a dispute concerning the album’s musical direction. By this point Sarnia’s Gary McCracken (ex-Zing Dingo) had assumed the drum chores after Kersey had quit to co-found The Hunt after a falling out with Kim Mitchell. Meanwhile, former Zooom member David Myles had taken over bass duties for Tilka, who would turn to business aspects at SRO/Anthem. Yet, even with the changes, the band maintained its stance as a strong live draw, so much so that Rush asked them to open their 1977 tour. Slowly, Max Webster began to establish a massive cult following and acceptance, a fact that didn’t go unnoticed by ‘A Million Vacations’ producer John de Nottebeck. With that album he made the band more radio friendly and they finally cracked the charts with the Watkinson led single “Let Go The Line” in 1979 and followed by the band’s biggest commercial hit, the McCracken led title track. ‘Live Magnetic Air’ was also released that year but Watkinson left anyway to pursue a solo career. He eventually formed the band Antlers with Tilka in the early 1990’s. Despite a fabled team-up of Max Webster and Rush on the song “Battlescar”, 1980’s ‘Universal Juveniles’ had a noticeable absence of that trademark Watkinson keyboard sound and the band was falling apart from constant touring in towns where feverish fans were unable to purchase the band’s records – especially stateside. The lack of promotion and poor management organization is sited as the cause for Kim Mitchell’s resignation during a tour with Rush in April 1981. With this the band split up but they had actually been close to hitting the big time, so Anthem capitalized with a posthumous greatest hits package called ‘Diamonds, Diamonds’. Mitchell was quiet after leaving Max Webster and become almost reclusive apart from getting involved in some production work for the likes of Larry Gowan on his self-titled debut LP. Mitchell had also become increasingly respected as a studio session player (usually playing for anyone that would ask). He suddenly surfaced in 1982 with a five song EP called ‘Kids In Action’ – his last work on the SRO/ANTHEM label. Backing up Mitchell were Robert Sinclair Wilson (bass), Paul DeLong (drums) and Bernie LaBarge & Peter Fredette on backing vocals. “Miss Demeanour” was released successfully as a single to FM radio, thus rekindling interest in Mitchell’s party-rock. In 1983 he was given the ‘Most Promising Male Vocalist of the Year’ JUNO Award. In 1984, Anthem’s managing director, Tom Berry, left that company to set up his own Alert Records to which Mitchell became the first signing. That same year Mitchell’s ‘Akimbo Alogo’ was released featuring the same band line-up heard on the previous EP. In addition, Todd Booth was added on keyboards to augment the guitar-rock sound. With this record Mitchell, and songwriting partner Pye Dubois, got back to creating party anthems with crowd pleasing rockers like the FM favourite, “Lager & Ale”,  and “Go For Soda” which, ironically, became the theme song for the American lobby group MOTHERS AGAINST DRUNK DRIVING (which Mitchell hesitantly disassociated himself from on the US TV show ‘Good Morning America’). 1986’s ‘Shakin’ Like A Human Being’ was Mitchell’s most commercial and best selling album to date. It sold triple platinum, won two JUNO Awards (‘Album of the Year and ‘Male Vocalist of the Year’). Songs like “Patio Lanterns”, “Alana Loves Me” & “Easy To Tame” were beginning to put Mitchell on the Top-40 in AM radio. ‘Music Express’ magazine even called him the year’s favourite “Working Class Hero”. Mitchell continued his annual summertime outdoor gigs throughout southern Ontario and exhibitions across Canada. Kingswood Music Theatre, at Canada’s Wonderland, bestowed its first-ever Platinum Ticket Award for 100,000 tickets sold over a 5 year period. The same year he set another attendance record for selling-out 3 consecutive shows. After taking time out to rethink his next strategy and spend time with his family, Mitchell risked all by recording his next album ‘Rockland’ (1989) in Los Angeles with YES producer Paul Devilliers. However, Pye Dubois did not accompany him because he didn’t want to work in LA. Mitchel also changed his live band to include Lou Molino (drums), Greg Wells (keyboards), and Peter Fredette (bass). Guitarist Rik Emmett helped out on “Expedition Sailor” as well as opening shows on Mitchell’s tour. He won a JUNO for ‘Male Vocalist of the Year’ in 1990. As a career pause, Mitchell released ‘I Am A Wild Party’ (1990) – a live greatest hits featuring two previously unreleased live favourites “Deep Dive” & “I Am A Wild Party”. Greg Critchley had replaced Molino in the midst of the 1989 tour and appeared on the live album and the next studio record. Mitchell recruited help from outside writers Andy Curran (Coney Hatch), Moe Berg (TPOH) and Jim Chevalier (Zooom). Kim’s touring bassist for ‘Aural Fixations’, and the subsequent tour, was Rob Laidlaw (Lee Aaron) as Peter Fredette was already touring with Tom Cochrane. However, by mid-1993, Fredette had returned. 1994’s ‘Itch’ featured Streetheart’s Spider Sinnaeve (bass), Greg Morrow (drums), and Lou Pomanti (keyboards). With the public less than enthusiastic about Mitchell’s two previous albums, Alert president Tom Berry suggested cashing in on the southern Ontario cottage partiers by releasing a ‘Greatest Hits’ to coincide with Mitchell’s annual summer tours. Mitchell was reluctant but realized it spelled the end of his association with Alert. In March 1998, Mitchell added keyboardist Gary Breit to his touring band. The continued cult status of Max Webster, particularly in Ontario, prompted Mitchell, Watkinson, McCracken, and Tilka to reunite in 1990. Their first performance was a short set at the Toronto Music Awards that year to 3000 hysterical fans who refused to pay attention to the awards given out after their set, continuing to chant “Max! Max! Max!” for the rest of the night. Anthem capitalized on the new-found Max fervour by releasing another best of package that year. Delighted with this response, the four musicians continued to do one-off dates around Ontario as Max Webster well into the late 1990’s with Kim Mitchell Band bassist Peter Fredette filling in for Tilka. Mitchell returned in November of 1999 with a new solo album, “Kimosabe”, written largely with Andy Curran, and featuring Lisa Dalbello on several tracks. However, its fate was direct to the delete bins when his new label Oasis/Songcorp went bankrupt in 2000. This soured Mitchell’s resolve with the music business and aside from a guest appearance on a Charlie Major’s “Young At Heart” single in 2006, didn’t record again until 2007’s ‘Ain’t Life Amazing’ CDl Mitchell was the afternoon drive-time host of Q107-FM in Toronto from 2004 until August 2015 when he left to continue pursuing his solo career; On January 13, 2016 Mitchell had a heart attack but has since made a full recovery. [also see MAX WEBSTER]

1982 Miss Demeanour/Big Best Summer (Anthem)  ANS-049
1984 Go For Soda/Caroline (Alert) BDS-502
1984 All We Are/Lager & Ale (Alert) BDS-503
1984 Feel It Burn/Diary For Rock ‘n’ Roll Men (Alert) BDS-505
1985 Lager & Ale/Called Off (Alert) BDS-508
1986 Patio Lanterns/Get Lucky (Boys & Girls) (Alert) BDS-514
1986 Alana Loves Me/That’s The Hold (Alert) BDS-515
1986 Easy To Tame/City Girl (Alert) BDS-516
1986 Go For Soda/Love Lies (Bronze – AU) K-9759
1987 Cameo Spirit/In Your Arms (Alert) BDS-520
1989 Rock And Roll Duty/Mood Street (Alert) BDS-537
1989 Rocklandwonderland/O Mercy Louise (Alert) BDS-538
1989 Expedition Sailor/This Dream (Alert) BDS-542
1990 I Am A Wild Party (Alert)
1990 Lost Lovers Found (Alert)
1992 Find the Will (Alert)
1992 Pure As Gold (Alert)
1992 America (Alert)
1993 Some Folks (Alert)
1994 Acrimony (Alert)
1994 U.S. of Ache (Alert)
1994 Wonder Where and Why (Alert)
1994 Lick Yer Finger (Alert)
1995 Expedition Sailor (live) (Alert)
1995 All We Are (live) (Alert)
1995 Patio Lanterns (acoustic) (Alert)


1968 Once a Child/Once A Days (Sound) S1-181

1982 Kids In Action (Anthem) ANM-1-5001
1984 Akimbo Alogo (Alert)  BD-1001
1986 Akimbo Alogo (Bronze – AU) 90257
1986 Shakin’ Like A Human Being (Alert/Polygram)  BD-1004
1989 Rockland (Alert) Z-81010
1990 I Am A Wild Party (Alert) Z-81017
1992 Aural Fixations (Alert)  Z-81019
1994 Itch (Alert) Z-81024
1995 Kim Mitchell Greatest Hits (Alert) Z-81027
1999 Kimosabe (Chinook/Oasis/Songcorp) 9905700012
2007 Ain’t Life Amazing (Koch/E1)  625712996627

Compilation Tracks
“Patio Lanterns” on ‘Big Hits ‘86’ (PolyTel) 819-733
1987 “Easy To Tame” on ‘Canadian Gold’ (Quality) QRSP-1061
1987 “Patio Lanterns” on ‘Best Of The 60’s/70’s/80’s – The Yuppie Years’ (Technics/Polygram) CDP-001
1993 “Patio Lanterns” on ‘Sun Jammin’ 3′ (Sony Music Direct) TVK-24007
1995 “Cheer On” on ‘The Kumbaya Album 1995’ (Warner) CD-11719
1996 “Patio Lanterns” on ‘Oh What a Feeling: A Vital Collection of Canadian Music (MCA) JUNO-25
2001 “Go For Soda” on ‘Oh What a Feeling 2: A Vital Collection of Canadian Music’ (CMC) 0885
2002 “Go For Soda” on ‘Dock Rock’ (BMG) 9376329

Born: Neville Stewart “Stu” Mitchell on December 4, 1942
Died: September 14, 2022

Stu Mitchell made a name for himself as a renowned Edmonton, Alberta drummer who was a member of several Wes Dakus led bands. Wes Dakus & The Club 93 Rebels formed in 1958 and often interchanged personnel with Edmonton’s Nomads. They were signed to Quality Records in 1960 and released “El Ringo” that year. Touring as the backing act for several other prominent artists, including Buddy Knox, which established the band as seasoned professionals allowing them to record material as Wes Dakus & The Rebels with famed producer Norm Petty (Buddy Holly & The Crickets, The Fireballs) starting in 1962. Later sessions in 1964 also produced recordings for Dakus himself and erstwhile member Barry Allen’s side project as a solo artist. There were also singles released under the name The Dundeeville Players featuring guitarist George Tomsco. In 1965 ‘The Wes Dakus Album – With The Rebels’ was released on Capitol and spawned several singles including “Hobo” and “Come On Down”. In 1966 an album of additional tracks was issued on KAPP in the US as “Wes Dakus’s Rebels”. In Canada the album was not released but split into several individual singles as solo recordings for the band’s various members including Wes Dakus, Stu Mitchell, Barry Allen and Dennis Paul. Stu Mitchell would do session work for the band Privilege; Stu Mitchell passed away September 14, 2022. with notes from Gord Baker, Shawn Nagy, Bill Harvie and Norm Bright. [also see WES DAKUS, PRIVILEGE]

Wildcat/Drumfolk (Capitol) 72307
1966 What I Am/Bo Diddley (Capitol) 72361
1967 We Once Had It All/Just A Doggone Fool (Capitol) 72647
1967 Acid/Casting My Spell (KAPP – US) K-829
1967 Nice Girl From Houston/Without You (Capitol – US) 2937

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

Martine Gautier / Suzy

Formed in Montreal, Quebec in 1963, the duo was signed to Bel Air Records out of France and released several singles and EPs before splitting up in 1964; Martine Gautier would then team up with Liz Brady in 1968 for another duo called Les Scarabees. They were signed to RCA Records and had several successful singles before the two women went off to have solo careers. Gautier’s solo released were released under the pseudonym Martine Bee. [also see MARTINE BEE]

Je Veux T’aimer Encore/Tu Dis N’importe Quoi//Tout Cet Amour/Garde Ton Coeur (Bel Air/CPI – France) 211-117
1964 Méfie-Toi/Trois Gifles Et Un Baiser//Tu Es Là/Dans Ma Rue (Bel Air/CPI – France) 211-134
1964 C’est Toi Mon Idole = My Boy Lollipop/Tant De Bleu = Popsicles And Icicles//120 À L’Heure/Tu Voudrais Danser Avec Moi (Bel Air/CPI – France) 211-181
1964 Dans Ma Rue/Trois Gifles Et Un Baiser (Bel Air/CPI – France) 111112B
1964 120 à L’Heure/Tu Voudrais Danser Avec Moi (Bel Air/CPI – France) 111132
1964 C’est Toi Mon Idole (My Boy Lollilop)/Tant De Bleu (Popsicles And Icicles) (Bel Air/CPI – France) 111133

Compilation Tracks
“C’est Toi Mon Idole (My Boy Lollilop)” on ‘Nous “Les Filles” Vol. 6’ (Bar – Belgium) BAR-148

Born: Mitsou-Miel Rioux-Gélinas on September 1, 1970 in Loretteville, Québec
Mitsou (Japanese for ‘honey’) of Montreal, is the third generation of French Canadian Gelinas actors following in the footsteps of her grandfather Gratien and father Alain. She began acting at age 5 and modelling at age 12. As a teenager she acted in TV series’ and commercials on Québec TV as well as several theatrical productions. Her interests shifted from acting as her interest in modern dance music increased. She was discovered and groomed by ISBA Records honcho Nick Carbone. In 1989 she released “Bye Bye Mon Cowboy” independently on ‘Indie-Can ’89’ – a showcase CD for acts wanting to gain exposure at the annual New Music Seminar in New York City – and was soon being courted by record labels around the world. By year end the song had made her a Canadian and European superstar and her debut album ‘El Mundo’ would go on to sell 100,000 copies. She continued her stance as dance diva and released the controversial video of “Dis-Moi, Dis Moi” which featured nude models and a naked Mitsou which found itself censored or banned on various video programs. The controversy helped spark sales of the record. A multi-million dollar record from Disney label Hollywood Records was soon signed. Her first English language album was ‘Heading West’ featuring remakes of French songs from her first two albums plus material written specifically for the American market like the first single “Deep Kiss”. The title song was a co-write with New York songstress Cyndi Lauper. The album did well overseas but Mitsou’s popularity was not duplicated in the English language charts. Also in 1992, she starred in the Québec movie ‘Coyote’. Her second English language album was 1993’s ‘Tempted’, but not even the lead-off single “Everybody Say Love” could break new ground for the singer. Mitsou went on to have her own TV show in Québec and currently runs an online magazine called “Mitsou.”

1988 Bye Bye Mon Cowboy/Bye Bye My Cowboy (isba) IS-45-530
1988 La Corrida/[same] (isba) IS-45-545
1988 Les Chinois/Les Chinois (Instrumental) (isba) IS-45-550
1988 Bye Bye Mon Cowboy/Bye Bye My Cowboy (Instrumental) (isba) IS-45-555
1988 Bye Bye Mon Cowboy [3 mixes] (isba) IS-12-530
1989 Los Amigos/same (isba/CBS) 7CDN-83
1989 Tourne La Nuit/[same] (isba/CBS) 7CDN-91
1990 Mlle. Anne/[same] (isba/SONY) IS-45-558
1990 Dis-Moi, Dis-Moi/Dis-Moi, Dis-Moi (Version Remix) (isba/Les Productions Pierre Gendron/SONY) CDNK-602
1990 Dis-Moi, Dis-Moi/Bye Bye Mon Cowboy [cassingle] (isba/SONY) OS45T-1203
1990 Dis-Mois, Dis-Moi (Version Remix)/Dis-Mois, Dis-Moi (Remix Instrumental) 12″ (isba/SONY) 12CDN-595
1991 A Funny Place (The World Is) 3 mixes] (Isba/SONY) CDNK-626
1991 Lettre À Un Cowboy (Isba/SONY) CDNK-636
1992 Deep Kiss [5 mixes] (Tox/isba/Sony) CDNK-724
1992 Heading West [3 mixes] (isba/SONY) CDNK-768
1992 À L’Autre Bout Du Monde (Isba/SONY) CDNK-769
1993 Everybody Say Love [3 mixes] (isba/SONY) CDNK-891
1994 Yaya (Version Guitare Rock)/Yaya (Version Guitar Soft) (Tox) TOXCD5-305
1994 Comme j’ai toujours envie d’aimer
1999 Ouvre-Moi (Génération/Dazmo Musique) GENS-4501
1999 Les Ronces (Version Radio) (Génération/Dazmo Musique/Dep) GEN2-4502
2002 Mon Roi (Version Radio)/Mon Roi (Dionysia Remix) (Dazmo Musique) DAZ2-4503
2002 À Toi (You And I) Medley (Radio Mix)/À Toi (You And I) Medley (Club Mix) (Dazmo Musique)
2011 On Vole [DigiFile] (Les Editions Marie-Claire/Universal – France)

1988 El Mundo (ISBA/Select)  ISCD-2015
1990 El Mundo [remixed re-issue] (BMG International)
1990 Terre Des Hommes (ISBA/CBS)  ISCD-2025
1992 Heading West (Tox) TIS-CD-001
1992 Mitsou (Hollywood – US) HR-612264
1993 Tempted (Tox) TOXK-3004
1994 Ya Ya (Tox) TOXCD-3006
1994 Demand Speciale (Tox)
1996 Noël (Tox/Select) TOXCD-3018
1999 Mitsou (Génération/DEP) GEN2-1135
2002 Vibe [5-song EP] (Dazmo Musique) DAZ2-4540
2006 La Collection (Unidisc) SPLK-7303

Compilation Tracks
“Bye Bye Mon Cowboy” on ‘Indie-Can ’89’ (Intrepid) CD-2

MITTOO, Jackie
Born: Donat Roy Mittoo on March 3, 1948 in Browns Town, Saint Ann Parish, Jamaica
Died:  December 16, 1990
Jamaica’s Jackie Mittoo was a member of The Skatalites, The Sheiks (who later moved to Toronto and featured both Jackie Shane and The Mighty Pope as vocalists there), The Soul Brothers, The Soul Vendors and Sound Dimension. He also became music director at the legendary Studio One recording studio. He released a live album on the Coxsone label entitled ‘Jackie Mittoo in London’ in 1967. Mittoo performed with the Soul Vendors and they released ‘Evening Time’ on Coxsone in 1968. He also played for Lloyd “Matador” Daley through 1968 and 1969. In 1969 he also squeezed in another album entitled ‘Keep On Dancing’ before packing up and moving to Canada where the Jamaican music scene was quickly booming in Toronto. In 1971 he released the album ‘Wishbone’ on Summus Records. The title track charted on the RPM Top100 Singles chart in June 1971.He follow up album, ‘Reggae Magic’, was released through the Canadian Talent Library in 1972. It is generally recognized as the first reggae album ever released in Canada. His third Canadian album was ‘Let’s Put It All Together’ on United Artists in 1975. Mittoo kept his music connections with Jamaica and continued performing and recording there over the years especially with producer Bunny Lee. Mittoo also set up his own Stine-Jac record label and ran a record store. In the 1980s, worked Sugar Minott and after releasing the album ‘Wild Jockey’ in 1989 he reunited with the Skatalites but health issued caused him to back out. Mittoo was admitted to hospital suffering from late stage cancer and died December 16, 1990. His funeral was held at the National Arena in Kingston, Jamaica, on January 2, 1991.

Woman of the World/[split w/KEN BOOTHE & STRANGER COLE] (Wincox – JAMAICA)
1967 Somebody Help Me/[split w/THE GAYLADS] (Coxsone – UK) CS-7002
1968 Evening Time/[split w/THE BASES] (Coxsone – JAMAICA) CS-1971
1969 Black Onion/[split w/LARRY & ALVIN] (Coxsone – JAMAICA) CS-0154
1969 Our Thing/[split w/C. Marshall] (Bamboo – UK) BAM-6
1969 Clean Up/Springtime (Bamboo – UK) BAM-15
1970 Holy Version/[split w/LARRY MARSHALL] (Banana – UK) BA-315
1970 Peenie Wallie/[split w/ROY RICHARDS] (Banana – UK) – BA-320
1970 Gold Dust/Real Gone Loser (Bamboo – UK) BAM-20
1970 Soul Stew/[split w/WINSTON FRANCIS] (Bamboo – UK) BAM-48
1970 Dancing Groove/[split w/BLACK & GEORGE] (Bamboo – UK) BAM-51
1971 Wishbone/Soul Bird (Summus) SR-2502
1976 The Thriller/[split w/JAH STITTCH] (Third World – UK) TW-48
1977 Death Trap/[split w/THE AGGREVATORS] (Weed Beat – JAMAICA) WB-054
1978 Instrumanic/[split w/NORMA WHITE] [12″] (Manic – UK) PFUL-1103
1979 Armagideon Rock/Mash Down Babylon (Stine-Jac) SJ-001
1979 Come Along/Repatriation Song [w/Willie Williams] (Stine-Jac) SJ-002
1979 Ayatollah/Mash Down Babylon [12″] (Stine-Jac) SJ-003
1979 Yagga Yagga Style (O.K. Fred)/[split w/JACKIE EDWARDS] (United Artists – UK) BP-331
1980 Do You Love Me (Version/[split w/JACKIE EDWARDS] [12″] (Third World – UK) TWDIS-33
1981 You Bring the Sun Out (Version)/[split w/JANET KAY] [12″] (Black Roots) BR-033
1981 These Eyes//Wall Street/Killer Thriller [12″] (Black Roots – UK) BR-20

Devil’s Bug/[split w/JACKIE OPEL] (Rio – UK)
1967 Ram Jam/[split w/THE SUMMERTAIRS] (Coxsone – JAMAICA) CS-7019

Ba-Ba-Boom (Jamaica 1967 Festival Tune)/[split w/SLIM SMITH & THE FREEDOM SINGERS] (Coxsone – UK) CS-7009
1968 Sure Shot/[split w/THE OCTAVES] (Coxsone – UK) CS-7042

Dark of the Moon/Man Pon Spot (Bamboo – UK) BAM-17
1970 Hot Milk/[split w/SLIM SMITH & THE FREEDOM SINGERS] (Banana – UK) BA-304

Reggae Magic/Reggae Magic (Studio One – JAMAICA)
Choice of Music/Choice of Music Pt. 2 (Studio One – JAMAICA)

Jackie Mittoo in London (Coxsone – JAMAICA) CSL-8009
1968 Evening Time [w/The Sould Vendors] (Coxsone – JAMAICA) CSL-8012
1969 Keep on Dancing (Coxsone – JAMAICA) CSL-8020
1970 Now (Studio One – JAMAICA)  SOL-9016
1971 Macka Fat (Studio One – JAMAICA) SOL-1120
1971 Wishbone (Summus – US) SUS-50002
1972 Reggae Magic (CTL) 477-5164
1975 Let’s Put It All Together (United Artists) UA-LA-442G
1976 In Cold Blood (Basement) BSMT-0010
1977 The Keyboard King (Third World – UK) TWS-501
1977 Hot Blood (Third World – JAMAICA) TWS-912
1978 Jackie Mittoo – Anthology Of Reggae Collectors Series Vol. 4 (United Artists) UA-LA804-H
1978 Showcase (Sonic Sounds – JAMAICA) SSR-002
1978 The Original (Third World – UK) TDWD-5
1979 Moneymakers (JMP) PRP-250
1990 Wild Jockey (Wackies – US) WACKIES-2749
1997 In Africa (Quartz – US) QRLP-004
2008 Rides On (Jamaican Recordings) JRLP-031
2009 The Peacemaker’s Chauffeur (Wheel)

Compilation Tracks
“Grand Funk” on ‘Jamaica To Toronto – Soul Funk & Reggae 1967 – 1974’ (Light In the Attic) LITA-019

Mathieu Joly (vocals) / Christian Brais (guitar) / Frank Williamson (guitar) / Dominic Viola (bass) / Pierre-Marc Hamelin (drums)
Formed in Montréal, Québec in 2003 and disbanded in March 2011.

Montréal Calling (Interscope)
2006 Out of My Head [9 mixes] (Interscope/Universal) UMCR-05603-2
2006 See Right Through Me (Interscope)
2007 Dustin Down the Stars
2008 The Killer

Tomorrow Starts Today (Interscope) 0249885050
2006 Tomorrow Starts Today [4-song EP] (Interscope) O249885166
2006 Pepsi Access Bundle [3-song EP DigiFile] (Universal)
2008 Tales From the City (Universal) 0251776673

Joe Mock (guitar, vocals; 1966-1970) / Steve Barrett (drums; 1966) / Spense Sutton (1966) / Tom Hazelitt (bass; 1966) / David Sinclair (guitar; 1966) / Glen Hendrickson (drums; 1967-1969) / Lee Stevens (bass; 1967-1968) / Rick Enns (bass; 1968-1969) / Ross Barrett (saxophone, flute, keys;1968-1969)
Originally known as Joe Mock & No Commercial Potential when they formed in 1966, Vancouver, British Columbia’s Mock Duck played at the Village Bistro in Vancouver in October 1968 where they recorded a live album. Acetate copies were pressed and given away to at least 14 fans. The band also recorded three proper singles for Baroka Records that year – “Groundhog”, “Do Re Mi” and “Easterdog”. The band would also record an abandoned album’s worth of material at R & D Studios in Vancouver during the sessions for the singles between  1968 and 1969. It would take Gear Fab Records out of the US in 2000 to gather all these recordings together and release them as a full CD entitled ‘Test Record’. Mock Dock opened for groups such as Fleetwood Mac, B.B. King, Country Joe & The Fish, and Steve Miller. They developed a large local following by playing regular gigs at The Village Bistro, Retinal Circus, and Big Mothers. They also played on bills with local Vancouver talent including Spring, Papa Bears Medicine Show, The Seeds Of Time, and Hydroelectric Streetcar. Mock Duck also took part in the Cool-Aid Benefit album project and the Aldergrove Rock Festival; Sinclair would go on to form Straight Lines and Body Electric as well as produce and do session work – including playing guitar on the international superstar song “Tears Are Not Enough” in 1985; Joe Mock would form several other band amalgamations and produce many Vancouver and Washington State acts and was an ongoing member of Pied Pumkin. He currently lives in France.

Groundhog/Hurt On Me (Baroka) Q-7457M
Do Re Mi/Playing Games (Baroka) Q-9457M
1969 Easterdog/Funky Song (Baroka) Q-11457S

Test Record (independent)
2000 Test Record [CD] (Gear Fab – US) GF-154

Compilation Tracks
“Do Re Mi”, “Pontilistic Scherzo” and “As the Bullet Enters Anton” on ‘Cool Aid Benefit Album’ (Arthfor) ASP-4001D
1994 “Do Re Mi” on on ‘The History of Vancouver Rock and Roll Volume 4’ (Neptoon) VRCA-004

Jon Weaver
(acoustic guitar, vocals, flute, percussion, organ) / Michael Doyle (vocals) / Darrell Garnet Grant (vocals, acoustic guitar)
From New Brunswick. Aside from their own releases, Modabo also made an appearance on Oliver Schroer & The Stewed Tomatoes song “The Travellers And The Spirits Of Love” in 1996.

Modabo [cassette] (Madabo Promotions/Atlantica) 04-50439
1997 The Many And The One (Turn Up That Music)

Compilation Tracks
“Boomerang” on ‘FACTOR – A New Compilation Of Canadian Talent’ (FACTOR) FACT-111
1999 “Christmas Is The Time” on ‘ An East Coast Christmas’ (Quality) QCD-2128
2000 “Let’s Find A Way” on ‘Canadian Roots 2000’ (Vogue) VRI-002

Brent McNab (lead guitar, vocals) / Peter Bodman (guitar, lead vocals) / Paul Cottle (bass, vocals) / David Stahl (keyboards) / Mark Kosman (drums)
Formed in 1975 in Edmonton, Alberta, the quintet was originally called Archer, then Targets, before settling on The Models. From day one they bucked the Top40 cover tune trend and decided to live and die by their original material. This attitude got them nothing but the ire of club owners and the band was even fired on for putting original tunes in their sets. They rallied against the conventional club scene and created their own working environment by taking over the Riviera Hotel’s Rock Room and promoting their own gigs. They booked themselves into the hotel, pocket the door receipts and the hotel keeps the money from liquor sales. While out of town doing gigs elsewhere, the band would book high calibre acts to replace them. This led to a western home for the likes of Bob Segarini, One Horse Blue, The Smarties, Moxy, and Crowcuss. With live simulcasts from the club on Edmonton’s K97, the band came to the attention of Wes Dakus and his label Vera Cruz who signed the band in 1979 and released their self-titled debut later that year. Their first single, “Janie, You’re Wrong”, received substantial airplay in Alberta as did the follow-up “Heart Like a Wheel”. The second album ‘Remodeling’ was released on Stony Plain (after the demise of Vera Cruz) and continued to build their reputation as a hot new wave/straight ahead rock and roll band. The band eventually went their separate ways in 1983; Brent McNab died of a heart attack in July 2012.

1979 Janie, You’re Wrong/Look At Me (Vera Cruz) VCR-115
1980 Get a Hold of Your Life/Gina (Vera Cruz) VCR-123
1980 Heart Like A Wheel/You Gave Up On Love (Vera Cruz)  VCR-127
1982 Marianne/Broxton Boy (Stony Plain) SPS-1024
1982 Getaway/Kicks (Stony Plain) SPS-1027

1979 The Models (Vera Cruz) VCR-1004
1982 Remodeling (Stony Plain) SPL-1049

Moe Berg (guitar, vocals) / Kim Upright (bass) / Bob Drysdale (drums)
From Edmonton, Alberta who were the second act to release product on Larry Wanagas’ fledgling Bumstead label in 1980; Moe Berg would go on to form the highly successful The Pursuit of Happiness; an eponymous compilation of the band’s demos and 1980 single was issued on Base Records out of Japan in 2007; Ugly Pop Records did a vinyl issue similar to the Japan release titled “Go” in 2018.

1980 Theresa’s World//Bungalow Minds/It’s Gone (Bumstead) BUM-801

The Modern Minds [CD] (Base) BASE-012
2018 Go [LP] (Ugly Pop) UP-067

John Martin (vocals)  / Doug Orr (bass) / Peter Jermyn (organ) / Robert Coulthart (drums) / Bob Blyth (vocals; replaced Martin) / Brian Lewicki (vocals; replaced Blyth) / Pat Karwin [aka Pat Karwan] (guitar)
After leaving his gig with Toronto’s Luke & The Apostles, Peter Jermyn joined Ottawa band The Heart. However, the band soon found themselves faltering and Jermyn formed The Modern Rock Quartet with fellow band member John Martin and former Esquires members Coulthart and Orr along as an experiment in contemporary music without a guitarist. Their first professional show was the inauguration of Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau. This was followed by an opening slot for Paul Butterfield in Kingston, Ontario. They became residents for several months at New York’s Cafe Au Go Go and also The Scene. Their hit single was Jermyn’s “Plastic Street” backed with a song by aspiring folky Bruce Cockburn called “Games”. As the band stumbled they even tried adding a guitarist, Pat Karwin, plus experiments with David Wiffen. Former Esquires member Brian “Lewis” Lewicki replaced Karwin, but they soon resumed their guitarless format shortly thereafter until finally packing it in during the early ’70’s. Peter Jermyn and his wife owned Yorkville bar Blues On Bel-Air where some of Toronto’s Yorkville veterans make regular appearances with Jermyn’s reformed house band ‘Luke And The Apostles’; Pat Karwin lives in New Jersey. with notes from Peter Jermyn, Larry Impellizeri and Richard Patterson.

1968 Plastic Street/Games [mislabeled ‘MQR’] (RCA/Victor) 75-1002
1968 Plastic Street [French]/Games [French] (RCA/Victor) RCA 57-5839
1976 Bus Driver/Woman (Aquarius) AQ-5053

Buck Cherry (guitar, vocals) / Mary Jo Kopechne (bass, vocals) / John McAdams (drums, vocals)
Punk band from Vancouver, British Columbia.

1980 Teen City [6-song 12″] (Quintessence) QEP-1204
1981 Gone…But Not Forgiven (Challenger Sound) CSC-8107
1982 View From The Bottom [5-song 12″] (Vox Desperatum) VDR-1301
1995 Get It Straight (Zulu) ZULU 13-2
2007 Get Modern or Get Fucked: 1980-1983 (Lady Kinky Karr) LKKK-7
2022 Eighty Eighty Two (Projectile Platters – US) PP-12

Greg Trinier
(lead vocals) / Mark Dixon (bass, vocals) / Scott Marks (guitar, vocals, harmonica) / David Quinton (drums, vocals, piano)
While rehearsing with his band, The Androids, in an abandoned Philips Electronics factory building (an infamous Toronto punk rehearsal space also used by The Diodes and The Ugly), Quinton first met The Mods in the summer of 1978. He soon left The Androids and became their drummer. For twenty-two months from 1978 thru 1979, The Mods played throughout Canada and toured the east coast and mid-western United States (sometimes with Teenage Head from Hamilton, Ontario).  Aside from being a regular headliner at clubs like The Horseshoe and The Edge, they also opened for The Police, Ultravox, Squeeze and The Specials at larger venues. The Mods released one single in 1978 (“Step Out Tonight”) and during that same year appeared in Colin Brunton’s movie ‘The Last Pogo’ – a filmed document of the Toronto punk scene. Although the band recorded a full-length album in 1979, the release became mired in a haze of failed expectations and legal difficulties involving a major record label.  Their final gig was at The Music Hall in Toronto and simulcast live on CFNY-FM. Dead Boys’ lead singer Stiv Bators discovered Quinton while he was playing with The Mods and in the summer of 1979, Bator invited the 18 year old to Los Angeles to play on some of his solo recordings. Following that summer, The Mods disintegrated and Quinton moved to the U.S. to join The Stiv Bators Band on a permanent basis; Quinton would go on to a brief solo career and then join The Jitters and Strange Advance. He also did recording sessions with Rational Youth and Lost & Profound. Most recently he’s enjoyed a reunion of The Jitters and is the full-time drummer for reunited punk act Arson. Quinton’s full-time job is entertainment lawyer in downtown Toronto; Scott Marks went on to play with Popular Spies before becoming a fireman, a Chief and eventually head of the Toronto Firefighters union; Greg Trinier joined The Numbers – who played at the Ontario Place Forum. He is a graphic artist and has worked in the advertising business; Mark Dixon stopped performing and owns a music instrument store in Sarnia called Pickers’ Alley; The Mods have reunited several times for one-off gigs in Toronto; Ugly Pop Records issued a vinyl LP compilation called “Reactions” in 2018. with notes from David Quinton-Steinberg. [also see DAVID QUINTON]

1978 Step Out Tonight/You Use Me (MOD) MOD-001

1995 Twenty-Two Months (Other People’s Music) OPM-2106
2018 Reactions (Ugly Pop) UP-065

Compilation Tracks
“Between Four Walls” and “Step Out Tonight” on ‘And Now Live From Toronto – The Last Pogo’ (Bomb) BOMB-7029

Version I (1981-83): Tom Ferris (synthesizers) / Cal Stephenson (keyboards, vocals) / Mark Jowett (guitar, vocals) / Madelaine Morris (lead vocals; left 1983) ; Version II (1983-86): Tom Ferris (synthesizers) / Cal Stephenson (keyboards, lead vocals; left 1986) / Mark Jowett (guitar, vocals; left 1986) / Christine Jones (lead vocals; 1984) / Michella Arrichiello (lead vocals; replaced Morris; 1985-1986); Version III (1986-1990): Tom Ferris (keyboards, programming) / Anthony Valcic (keyboards, percussion; 1988) / Kelly Cook (bass, guitars, drum programming) / Dean Russell (vocals) ; Version IV (2000): Tom Ferris (keyboards) / Cal Stephenson (keyboards, vocals) / Julie Ferris (vocals) / Drew Maxwell (guitar, bass, vocals) / Kelly Cook (bass; left 1999)
Moev formed in early 1981 when Tom Ferris and Cal Stephenson decided to expand on improvisational electronic music they had been manipulating with the use of early and homemade synth technology. In the spring of 1981 they added Madeleine Morris (vocals) and Mark Jowett (guitar). By October 1981 they were able to release their first self-financed and limited edition Vancouver-area 12″ single called ‘Cracked Mirror’ on their own Noetix label. By the spring of 1982 they were signed to San Francisco-based label Go! Records. The label were good to the task of kick starting the band’s career with a new 12″ called ‘Rotting Geraniums’ followed in quick succession with the first LP ‘Zimmerkampf’. By the Fall of 1982 Moev toured Canada and both American coasts. But it seemed the West coast wasn’t ready for Moev’s brand of electronic music just yet. With the bankruptcy of Go! in 1983 the band decided they needed to find a label dedicated to cutting edge contemporary underground music was necessary. As the search began, vocalist Madelaine Morris left to be temporarily replaced by Cal Stephenson. By 1984, and with another EP in the can featuring new vocalist Christine Jones (“Toulyev”), Moev member Mark Jowett and Moev manager Terry McBride formed Nettwerk Records solely as a vehicle for this release. Moev continued writing and recording and in 1986 released their first full length album ‘Dusk And Desire’. Two successful twelve inchers, ‘Wanting’ and ‘Capital Heaven’, filled the gap between the first and the second full length release ‘Yeah, Whatever’. It sparked the interest of the majors and was eventually released through Atlantic in the U.S. In the early part of 1990, Moev began recording with producer John Fryer (Love and Rockets, Cocteau Twins, Shriekback) and engineer Michael Ahearn (Consolidated) on their third album, ‘Head Down’. Background vocals were supplied by Sarah McLachlan. It soon became apparent that Moev’s musical direction and Nettwerk’s corporate needs were polar opposites. In the mid-90’s Tom Ferris abandoned Moev and formed Econoline Crush with Chris Meyers. In 1994 ter Moev vocalist Dean Russell died from a long debilitating disease. While working with Econoline Crush, Moev’s contract with Nettwerk Records expired. Ferris and former Moev member Cal Stephenson would soon find themselves embroiled in a lawsuit with Nettwerk Records over the partnership of the company. All was not well with Econoline Crush either having taken on a life of its own under the re-direction of the lead vocalist. Ferris eventually left Econoline Crush in pursuit of other projects, having all but abandoned Moev. He produced other acts (including Canada’s Waiting For God) and also collaborated with Michael Balch (ex-Front Line Assembly, ex-Ministry) in a recording project called Blackland in the early ’90s. This project is mostly undefined recordings and, to date, only one song has appeared commercially (“I To The Third Power” on the German ‘Co-ordinate 001’ compilation), though there have been two tracks played on the ‘La Femme Nikita’ TV show (“B & D” and “PlastXXX”). While surfing the Internet, Ferris stumbled across a band he felt embodied the sound and vision he had wanted to give Econoline Crush called Redshifted – a single-manned outfit run by Drew Maxwell. Soon Ferris began co-writing with Maxwell for what would become the reformed Moev and the ‘Suffer’ EP. Ferris’s longtime musical collaborator and wife, Julie Ferris [who had previously worked with Darryl Kromm of Strange Advance], was brought in as vocalist. Also added to the line-up was Tom Ferris’s former musical cohort Kelly Cook plus Cal Stephenson who was brought in for the song “Crossfire”. In 2004 Tom and Julie Ferris plus Kelly Cook re-teamed for a short-lived project called Lazarazu with Grapes of Wrath’s Kevin Kane. with notes from Julie Ferris and Dave Rout.

1982 In Your Head/ [split w/THE POOL] (Trouser Press – US) FLEXI #18
1986 Took Out The Lace/Sea-Missile Hotel (Nettwerk) NT7-301
1988 Capital Heaven (Extended Mix)/Capitol Heaven (Speaky Dub Mix) (Nettwerk) NT12-3012
1988 Yeah, Whatever (Extended Mix)/(Instrumental Mix) (Rebel – Germany) 50-7329
1990 Head Down (Extended Mix)/Head Down (Radio Mix) (Atlantic – US) DMD-1570
1990 In & Out (Rebel – Germany) 001-30936

1983 Zimmerkampf (Go! – US) GO-004
1986 Dusk and Desire (Nettwerk/Profile) NTL-30001
1987 The Early Years (CD Presents) CD-047CD
1988 Yeah, Whatever (Nettwerk) W2-40
1990 Head Down (Rebel – Germany) SPV084-30852
1991 Obituary Column (Ha) (Nettwerk) W2-30049
2010 Ventilation

1981 Cracked Mirror [4-song EP] (Noetix)
1982 Rotting Geraniums [3-song EP] (Go!) GO 002
1984 Toulyev [3 song EP] (Nettwerk) 12 NETT 10
1984 Alibis [3-song EP] (Nettwerk) 12 NTWK 11
1986 Took Out The Lace [3-song EP] (Nettwerk) NT12-3001
1987 Wanting [3-song EP] (Nettwerk) NT12-3006
1989 Crucify Me [3-song EP] (Atlantic – US) 86454
1990 In & Out [4-song EP] (Rebel – Germany) 050-30935
2000 Suffer [5-song EP] (Cop International) COP-CD054

Compilation Tracks
“Wanting” on ‘Nettwerk Sound Sampler: Food For Thought’ (Nettwerk) NTL-30007
1988 “Open Mind” on ‘Nettwerk Sound Sampler: Food For Thought Two’ (Nettwerk) NTL-30025
1990 “Head Down” on ‘Nettwerk Sound Sampler Vol. III’ (Nettwerk)
1991 “Capital Heaven (Remix)” on ‘Dead Time’s Exploding Dream’ (Nettwerk)
1995 “Alibis” & “Yeah, Whatever” on ‘Decadence’ (Nettwerk)
1996 “Wanting” on ‘New Life: 13 Years Of Electronic Lust’ (COP International)
2005 “Wanting (Remix)” on ‘Retro:Active 3 – Rare & Remixed’ (Hi-Bias) HIB-10262
2010 “Cracked Mirror” on ‘Bustin’ Out: New Wave to New Beat: The Post Punk Era 1979-1981′ (Year Zero – UK) YZLCD-002

Scott Moffatt
(guitar) / Clint Moffatt (bass) / Dave Moffatt (keyboards) / Robert “Bob” Moffatt (drums)
Victoria, British Columbia’s The Moffatts featured triplets Clint, Bob and Dave and older sibling Scott (guitar). Often compared to American brother act Hanson, the Moffatts have been making music longer (starting when the brothers were 3 and 4 respectively) and have actually been cited as an influence on the Hansons. Their first music experience was recording the Wynonna Judd song “Grandpa” for their grandfather as a Christmas present. By 1987 they began planning for a musical career, they soon convinced their father, Frank, to grab his guitar and help them busk at the Victoria ferry to raise money for a trip to Disneyland. They started as a professional Country act in 1994 after a move with their father and stepmother to Nashville while tutoring at home instead of going to public school. They became the youngest country performers ever to be signed to a major label deal and gained 15 minutes of instant fame by developing the Caterpillar Crawl line-dance craze. Their first gig was at the West Edmonton Mall and although they performed very seldom in Canada, they did make more than 200 national TV appearances in the U.S., played over a 1000 live dates over four years and sold a quarter-million copies of its last album. Soon they were injecting their live sets with liberal doses of rock material and soon decided to make a switch to the pop genre because it was the music they were growing up listening to with influences ranging from Van Halen to Bryan Adams to Bush. The Moffatts debut album ‘Chapter 1: A New Beginning” featured the 1998 Top 40 single “I’ll Be There For You” which was co-written and co-produced by the Berman Brothers, who also mixed, not co-incidentally, Hanson’s hit single “MMMBop”. The album has currently sold nearly half a million copies worldwide. A promotional and performance tour begun at the beginning of 1998 has taken them to Europe and the Pacific Rim and back and has made their second single “Miss You Like Crazy” No.1 in Asia. In 1999, the brothers were brought together with hugely successful producer Glen Ballard (Alanis Morissette, Aerosmith, Michael Jackson), with whom they recorded four new songs. Those, along with one additional track, were featured on a new version of ‘Chapter 1’, which was re-released worldwide on June 1, 1999. The group’s final album was a more mature release called ‘Submodalities’ in 2000. It spawned three singles but The Moffatts were no longer attracting the teen audience they once had, and the band called it a day. The group re-convened in 2018 and have released a handful of digital singles since then.

The Caterpillar Crawl (Polydor/Polygram) CDP-1443
1998 I’ll Be There For You [4 songs] (EMI)
1998 Miss You Like Crazy/ Say’n I Love You/Girls Of The World (EMI) 885296
1998 If Life Is So Short (EMI) 886018
1999 Girl of My Dreams (EMI) 886821
1999 Until You Loved Me (EMI) 887098
1999 Misery (EMI/Chrysalis – UK) CDEMS-551
2000 Bang Bang Boom/All The Answers (Live)/Two Beat (Live) (EMI) 889155
2000 Just Another Phase/In My Dreams (Live)/Why (Live) (EMI) 89433
2001 Walking Behind/Why Hallucinating (EMI) 879029
2018 So In Love [DigiFile] (BEC-TERO)
2018 Like I Love U [DigiFile] (BEC-TERO)
2018 Secrets [DigiFile] (BEC-TERO)

The Moffatts [10 songs] (Polydor/Polygram) 314-527-373
1995 The Moffatts [alternate 15 song release] (Home Shopping Network)
1996 It’s a Wonderful World [10 song re-issue] (Polydor/Polygram)
1996 A Moffatt Christmas
1998 Chapter 1: A New Beginning (EMI) 495102
1998 Tour Souvenir Package (EMI Electrola – Indonesia) 7243 4 99011 2 4
1999 Chapter 1: A New Beginning [alternate 15 song release] (EMI) 521156
2000 Submodalities (EMI) 072435-28569-2-3
2000 JC Penney Sampler [4-song EP] (Capitol – US) DPRO 7087 6 15164 2 5
2006 Wild At Heart: The Best Of The Moffatts (EMI – Philippines) 0094637745823

It’s A Wonderful World [11 songs] (independent)

2009 The Essential Hits [2CD] (Warner Music – Thailand) 5099968699826

Compilation Tracks
“I’ll Be There For You” on ‘Bravo The Hits 97’ (Electrola – EUR) 823984
1998 “I’ll Be There For You” on ‘Absolute Music 28’ (Eva – SWEDEN) AMCD-1028
1998 “Miss You Like Crazy” on ‘Bravo The Hits 98’ (Polystar – EUR) 565-267
1999 “Miss You Like Crazy” on ‘All Stars 2000’ (Popular) 982000
1999 “Until You Loved Me” on ‘Never Been Kissed: Music From the Motion Picture (EMI) 349850
1999 “Misery” on ‘Teaching Mrs. Tingle [Motion Picture Soundtrack]’ (EMI) 497430
1999 “Girl of My Dreams” on ‘Now! 4’ (Universal) 974013
1999 “I’ll Be There For You” on ‘Planet Pop 2000’ (BMG)
2000 “Bang Bang Boom” on ‘Boom 2000’ (Odeon – SPAIN) 531076
2000 “Bang Bang Boom” on ‘Music World Presents: Pop'(EMI) MWS-POP2000 “Misery” on ‘Now! 5’ (Warner) WTVD-38986
2001 “Misery” on ‘Oh What a Feeling 2: A Vital Collection of Canadian Music’ (CMC) 0885
2001 “Miss You Like Crazy” on ‘Original Hits 1998’ (EMI – EUR) 57641425
2002 “Bang Bang Boom” on ‘YTV Big Fun Party Mix 3’ (Universal)

MOIR, Robin
Born: Robin Joy Moir
Bilingual singer from Ottawa, Ontario, Robin Moir had her first brush with the big leagues when she released the single “Magical Clock” on London Records in 1971. She was then signed in 1974 to John Turner’s Creative Artists where she produced demos with Andre Perry at Le Studio. Though those sessions didn’t yield a release, she was then signed to Rubber Bullet Records in 1975 and released four singles. 1976’s “In My Dreams” charted in the RPM Top30. This led to a profile on the CTV-TV show ‘Caught In The Act’ in January 1977. Aside from releasing a number of independent singles on Ottawa’s Isle of Skye label, Moir was also in recording act Fizz. Moir also did session work for artists like Rae Palmer in the 1980s, and came back with a full-length album – ‘Heart’s Desire’ – in 1995.

Magical Clock/Christian Gunther (London) M-17422
1975 You Could Do Magic/Little Pony (Rubber Bullet) RB-103X
1976 All I Ask/Conversations (Rubber Bullet) RB-105X
1976 Taking It All In Stride/Rock Myself To Sleep (Rubber Bullet) RB-108X
1976 In My Dreams (I Was Never In Omaha)/Good Friends (Rubber Bullet) RB-110X
1981 I Will Grow Stronger/[same] (Isle of Skye) R-600
1984 Love-Shy/The Clown (Isle of Skye) R-603

Heart’s Desire (Isle Of Skye) ISO-001

with FIZZ
Fizz Sings The Popzz (Isle of Skye) R-606

David Usher
(vocals) / Mark Makoway (guitar) / Kevin Young (keyboards) / Jeff Pearce (bass) / Paul Wilcox (drums) / Frances Fillion / Jonathan Gallivan / Louis Lalancette /
Moist was the result of the breakup of two other Vancouver bands in the early 1990s. They began writing songs together in November 1992 and played their first live shows in January 1993. Deciding to release their new material right away, the band recorded and mixed their independent nine song cassette over two days in February 1993. The cassette received a strong positive response from critics and public alike, and the band toured across the country four times between August 1993 and April 1994, earning even more positive reviews for their live shows. In October 1993 Moist signed a publishing deal with EMI April Music (Canada) and released their first full-length CD, ‘Silver’, in February 1994. With veteran producers Terry Brown (Rush, Klaatu) and Chris Waddell (Doughboys) brought in to mix and master the album and co-produced by Kevin Hamilton and the band, it seemed that Moist were poised for success. With the singles/videos “Push” and the title track propelling the band’s momentum, the album went on to sell over 400,000 copies in Canada and reached No.14 on the national charts. They signed a world-wide deal with EMI Music Canada in April 1994. In late 1996 the band released their second album, ‘Creature’, and toured yet again, opening four sold-out shows in Toronto for I, Mother Earth in February 1997, and then returning in July to headline a show at the Molson Amphitheatre as the four album singles resulted in 300,000 units sold and a chart position of No.9 nationally. In the Arpil of 1998 the band took a hiatus while lead singer David Usher released his first solo CD ‘Little Songs’. Moist reconvened shortly after to work on the 12-song ‘Mercedes Five And Dime’. Produced, engineered, and mixed by David Leonard, the album was released in June 29, 1999 and featured the hit singles/videos “Breathe”, “Underground”, and “Come Across”. The album only sold 100,000 copies but was their highest charted album at No.4 nationally. The band split in 2001; Usher carried on with his solo career and has been quite active with humanitarian work; Jeff Pearce went on to form the band RYE; Mark Makoway published a book entitled ‘The Indie Band Bible’. [also see DAVID USHER]

Push (EMI) CDPRO-899
1994 Silver (EMI) CDPRO-910
1994 Believe Me (EMI) CDPRO-933
1994 Machine Punch Through [3 mixes] (EMI) DPRO-1018
1995 Freaky By Beautiful/Kill For You/Push (GLR Session) (Chrysalis/EMI – UK) CDCHS-5022
1997 Leave It Alone/Leave It Alone (Edit) (EMI) CDPRO-1385
1997 Resurrection/Leave It Alone (EMI) CDPRO-1435
1997 Theme From Cola/Tangerine (Remix) (EMI) CDPRO-1561
1997 Tangerine/Tangerine (Remix) (EMI) CDPRO-1637
1997 Gasoline (Radio Mix/Tangerine (Video Edit)/Tangerine (Extended Remix) (EMI) CDPRO-1641
1999 Breathe Remix EP1 [3- song EP] (EMI) CDPRO-1883
1999 Breathe Remix EP2 [3- song EP] (EMI) CDPRO-1884
1999 Underground (TLA Mix Edit Version)/Underground (Edited Version) (EMI) CDPRO-1902
2000 Comes And Goes [3 mixes] (EMI) CDPRO-1950
2014 Mechanical [DigiFile] (Universal)

Moist [4-song cassette] (independent)
1994 Silver (EMI) 829608
1996 Special Release For Fan Club [5-song EP] (EMI) 0-6700-39628-2-7
1996 Creature [5-song EP] (EMI) CDPRO-1450
1996 Creature (EMI) 836188
1998 Special Release For Fan Club Vol. 2 [5-song EP] (Nettwerk/EMI) MFCD-002
1999 Moist Unreleased [6-song EP] (Nettwerk/EMI)
1999 Unreleased And Remixed [6-song EP] (EMI – US)
1999 Mercedes Five And Dime (EMI) 496295
1999 The Mercedes Sessions [6-song EP] (EMI – US)
1999 Fish [5-song EP] (EMI – US) 773500A9
1999 Special Release For Fan Club Volume 03 [4-song EP] (Nettwerk/EMI) MFCD-003
1999 Moist Creatures [6 song EP] (EMI – US)
1999 Damp [6-song EP] (EMI – US) 7734C3B1
1999 And My Life Goes Underground… [4-song EP] (EMI – US) 7734C401
2000 Special Release For Fan Club Volume 4 [5-song EP] (Nettwerk/EMI) MFCD-004
2000 Moist [3-song EP] (EMI – US) DPRO-7087
2001 Machine Punch Through: The Singles Collection (EMI) 536903
2014 Glory Under Dangerous Skies (Universal) 0253794310
2022 End Of The Ocean (Known Accomplice) KACD-007

Compilation Tracks
“Ophelia” on ‘Big Shiny Tunes’ (MCA) MCASD-81026
1996 “Push” on ‘Oh What a Feeling: A Vital Collection of Canadian Music (MCA) JUNO-25
1998 “Leave It Alone” on ’30 Hour Famine’ (Nettwerk) W2-30126
1998 “Tangerine (Extended Remix)” on ‘Edgefest 98 Rarities & Collectables’ (EMI) DPRO-1738
1999 “Breathe (TLA mix)” on ‘Big Shiny Tunes 4’ (EMI) 523067
1999 “Breathe” on ‘Stir of Echoes [Motion Picture Soundtrack]’ (Nettwerk) W2-30145
1999 “Morphine” on ‘Much @ Edgefest 1999’ (MCA)

Ross Hamilton
(drums) / John Cirone (guitar) / Myra Fried (vocals) / John Merchant (bass, vocals) / Lee Warren (guitar, vocals)

Compilation Tracks
“You’re On M Way” and “Alienation” on ‘Toronto Calling’ (El Mocambo) ELMO-759

Born: Lloyd Benn

Born in Trinidad, raised in Toronto, Mojah had a direct influence on The Parachute Club and many other Canadian musicians’ styles and sounds. He was the founder of the group Compass and a member, at one time, of group Truths & Rights. His 1986 album was produced by Harlequin founder and manager John White. [also see TRUTHS & RIGHTS]

1981 Songs Of Freedom/Songs Of Freedom Dub//[split w/JUNIOR CLAIR] [12″] (Rhythm Force Inc.) WB-002
1983 We/Bob Marley (Alkebulan – JAMAICA)
1984 Jovert (Breakaway)/Jovert (Breakaway) (Dub)//Zion Gates/Zion Gates (Dub) [12″] (Coach House) CH-12-84-007
1985 Rosana//Camboulay (You An’ Me)/Camboulay (Dub Version) [12″] (Coach House) CH85-12010

1987 Broken Arrow (Verse To Vinyl) VV-104
2000 On Moruga Road (Indiepool) SBPO-30100


Bruce Wheaton (lead vocals, guitar) / Bob Quinn (keyboards, vocals) / Carson Richards (bass, vocals) / Bob Biggs (drums) / Tim Garagan (drums, vocals) / Ken “Dutch” Schultz (drums; replaced Garagan) / Tony Quinn (guitar, vocals; added) / Mike Leggat (keyboards, vocals; replaced B.Quinn) / Larry Maillet (guitar, harmonica, vocals: replaced T.Quinn) / Ian MacMillan (drums; replaced Schultz) / Peter Jackson (keyboards, vocals; replaced Leggat) / Don Rodgers (keyboards, vocals; replaced Jackson 1984-86) / Terry Hopkins (drums; replaced MacMillan) / Mike Gaudet (bass; replaced Richards) / Ian MacDougall (bass; replaced Gaudet) / Neil Robertson (drums; replaced Hopkins); Reunion Line-up (1999-2000): Bruce Wheaton (guitar, lead vocals) / Larry Maillet (guitar, harmonica, vocals) / Mike Gaudet (bass) / Andre Leblanc (keyboards) / Doug MacKay (drums) ; Donnie Morris
During the final days of the band Everyday People’s tour in 1974, Wheaton and Richards moved to Nova Scotia and hooked up with Garagan and Bob Quinn from Pepper Tree to form Molly Oliver. Legend would have us believe that the name Molly Oliver came from a grieving 18th Century female pirate who plundered the Atlantic seashores following the death of her husband in the War of 1812. The truth of the matter is that “Molly” and “Oliver” were actually two neighbourhood dogs that lived near the rehearsal space in Duncan’s Cove where members of the band practiced. In 1975 Garagan left the new group and was replaced by Schultz. Similarly Moon-Minglewood member Tony Quinn (no relation to Bob) was soon brought in to augment their sound. And when Bob Quinn left months later to attend Berklee in Boston, Massachusetts to study music, he was replaced by Dutch Mason member Leggat. Through the indie label Big Harold’s Records, the solidified line-up released the single “Straight To My Head”. Despite the inclusion of the Tony Quinn composition “Rainbow Woman” on the B-side, he was replaced by Aquafuge’s Maillet in the fall of 1976. After struggling in bars for another two years, the band finally attracted the attention of London Records who committed to three singles before encouraging the band to record a full album. But during the recording process Schultz was replaced by MacMillan. The self-titled album was released in 1979 consisting of the two previous singles and a re-issue of “You Didn’t Listen To Me” which finally charted making it to No. 72 on the national chart and pushing the album into the Top 100. During the recording of the second record with Paul Northfield at Le Studio in Québec, London Records collapsed. The band was left drifting with several more years of road work and line-up changes. Frustrated with not having any label interest, Wheaton decided to dust off the four tracks recorded for the second album with the help of original engineer/producer Paul Northfield and released an independent EP in 1982. A single called “Apology” was released to radio and garnered them enough interest for a gig opening for The Beach Boys at the Halifax Metro Centre. Leggat left in 1983, Maillet in 1986. The band finally called it quits in 1987. Wheaton spearheaded a reformation of the band in July 1999 with Maillet, Gaudet, keyboardist Andre Leblanc, and former Oakley drummer Doug MacKay to do occasional gigs, including a sold out concert performing with Matt Minglewood. They also rang in the millennium performing at Greenwood Air Force Base. Molly Oliver also performed at the Classic Rock Concert in the Halifax Forum on October 4, 2003; Robert “Bob” Biggs died August 30, 2014. with notes from Jim Rice and Bruce Wheaton.

1976 Straight In My Head/Rainbow Woman (Big Harold’s) BH-1110
1978 You Didn’t Listen To Me/Open Up (London) LX-2681
1978 Greet Your Neighbor/Living A Dream (London) LX-2684
1978 Somebody New In My Eyes/Hey There (London) LX-2693
1979 You Didn’t Listen To Me/Open Up [re-issue] (London) LX-2681

1979 Molly Oliver (London) DL-3023
1982 Molly Oliver [4song EP] (No Name Brand) WRC2-2498
2003 In The Studio –  (independent)

Compilation Tracks
“Somebody New In My Eyes” on ‘Eastern Alliance’ (CBS) ART-100

Lyle Bell
(vocals, guitar) / Dave Luxton (bass) / Steve Derpack (drums) / Randy Diachuck (guitar, vocals) / Sean Rivalin (vocals)

Persephone (Molly’s Reach)
1996 Hi-Fi And Stereo (Passion) 62071-50196-2
1999 Vertigogo (Green Pepper) GP-97617

Compilation Tracks
“867-5309” on ‘From The Ladle, To The Gravy – An Alberta Covers’ (Green Pepper) GP-97610
1996 “Poppysong” on ‘Summer Sizzlers’ (BMG) KCDP-51373
1997 “Teenage Robot Love” on ‘Edmonton Reproduce – Another Crop Of Twenty One Bands From The City Of Perpetual Frost’ (Green Pepper) GP-97615
1998 “Poppysong” on ‘The 1998 New Rock Search’ (102.1 The Edge) 1998-EDGE3

Joey Gregorash (lead vocals) / Alan Schick (lead vocals) / Duncan Wilson (lead guitar, organ) / Garth Noseworthy (bass) / Larry Rasmussen (drums) / John Nykon (guitar)
Gregorash and Schick formed The Mongrels in 1967. At only age 16 Gregorash would host his own dance TV show called ‘Young As You Are’ during which time the band became the first white musicians to record at the infamous Stax Volt studios in Memphis, Tennessee. Guess Who member Randy Bachman became an instant fan who offered them not only songs to record but produced their material as well. They were successful in Winnipeg but their Franklin Records releases met with little success in the rest of the country. Throat problems forced Gregorash to leave the band in 1969. He would go on to a successful JUNO Award winning solo career. The band carried on with Schick taking up the slack and after switching to RCA in 1970 they had a hit single with “Ivy In Her Eyes” which peaked at No.77 on the RPM Top 100 Singles chart. Following the demise of the band Schick would have his own charting single called “Lucy Lucy Lucy” in 1973; after a brief battle with cancer Duncan Wilson passed on May 27, 2012. with notes from Joey Gregorash. [also see ALAN SCHICK, JOEY GREGORASH]

1968 Death of a Salesman/Sitting in the Station (Franklin) FR-307
1968 My Woman/Sitting In The Station (Franklin) QC-619
1969 Funny Day/Good, Good Man (Franklin) QC-624
1969 Do You Know Your Mother/Heartaches (Franklin) QC-632
1970 Ivy In Her Eyes/It’s The Last Time (RCA/Victor) PB-571036

Compilation Tracks
“Good Good Man” on ‘Heavy Dose of Lyte Psych’ (Arf! Arf!) AA-062
2008 “Heartaches”, “My Woman”, “Sitting In The Station”, “Funny Day”, and “Good Good Man [aka “Death of a Salesman”] on ‘The Best of Franklin Records 1967-1972’ (Super Oldies) SOCD-6
2013 “Sitting In the Station,” “Hold Them Bells,” “Marna,” “When I Get Up” on ‘The Rest of Franklin Records’ [DigiFile] (Super Oldies) SOD-2

Don Breithaupt
Toronto’s Monkey House (named after the 1970 Kurt Vonnegut book) was created by Emmy Award winning songwriter/producer Breithaupt in 1992 as a vehicle for material he’d written that were less pop-oriented and more eclectic. The 2012 album, ‘Headquarters’, features guest appearances by Kim Mitchell, Rik Emmett, and two members of Steely Dan.

Welcome To the Club (Aquarius) Q2-569
1999 True Winter (Marigold)
2011 Headquarters (Green Dolphin) GDM-168040
2016 Left (Alma) ACD-52762
2019 Friday (Alma/Universal) ACD-72692
2022 Remember The Audio (Alma/Universal) ACD-62422

Compilation Tracks
“Welcome To The Club” on ‘New Stuff Two’ (MMS) NSCD-002

David Rusland (lead vocals) / Bill Lamont (keyboards, backing vocals) / Dave O’Leary (bass, backing vocals) / Ted Lamont (guitars, backing vocals) / Bob Roy (drums, percussion)
From London, Ontario.

Life’s A Beach/Pressure (On Our Love) (Auto) AUTO-004
1988 Living In Twilight/[same] (Auto) AUTO-007


Four Long Seasons (Squirtgun) SQUIRT-CD62

Compilation Tracks
“The St. John’s Road Melody” on ‘CFNY 1992 New Music Search (CFNY-FM) NYNMS-92
1993 “Stop The Voices” on ‘Unsigned, Sealed & Delivered, Vol. 4’ (Bullseye) BLP-CD-4006
1994 “#62” on ‘HMV Fresh Blood Indie Culture Compilation’ (HMV) FB0894-2

Andrew Frank (bass) / Bil Ringgenberg (vocals)
Montreal baritone vocalist Bil Ringgenberg and bassist Andrew Frank played in the funk band Seven Sisters from 1982 to 1987. They were growing tired of the British funk sound they’d been playing and moved towards a more R & B feel as Monkeywalk. In 1992, the duo released their self-titled debut album which featured the addition of dozens of musicians to flush out their sound by including ex-Triumph guitarist Rik Emmett and Ellen McIlwaine. A tour featuring the duo with three sidemen followed. 1995’s ‘More’ repeated the groove formula with Rik Emmett and Randy Cooke among others adding their veteran faculties, but the disc failed to gain the duo any notoriety or airplay. In 1996 they re-invented themselves again as a ’90’s version of Bourgeois-Tagg under the name Driving Blind. Rik Emmett returned once again to help the duo recreate their vision. [also see SEVEN SISTERS]

1992 Tear It All Down (Duke Street/MCA)
1992 Will It Ever Come To Pass (Duke Street/MCA)

Fly/Anything Can Happen/Love Dies Laughing (Vanguard)
1996 Crown/Anything Can Happen/Love Dies Laughing (XYZ – Germany) ZYX-8517-8

1992 Monkeywalk (Duke Street/MCA) DSRD-31074
1995 More (Duke Street) DSRSD-31091

Driving Blind (Vanguard – US) 79490-2

Steve Hickox
(lead vocals, rhythm guitar) / PJ Dunphy (bass) / Derek Robichaud (lead guitar) / Ken Kelley (drums)
The Monoxides were formed in 1988 by Hickox and Kelley at the ages of 13 and 12 respectively. The current line up has been together since 1991. The band had 4 indie releases from 1991-1994 before signing with Handsome Boy/BMG Music Canada in 1995. 1995 saw the release of their first EP ‘Out of the Marsh’, released on Toronto-based indie label Handsome Boy. 1997 had the band release their first full-length album ‘Galaxy Of Stooges’ via BMG Music Canada. 1997 was also the busiest year for the band, being on the road from March until December of that year, supporting such acts as Rusty, Change of Heart, The Headstones, ZZ Top, The Pursuit of Happiness and Our Lady Peace. The start of 1998 saw the band part ways with BMG Music Canada and that August brought about ‘Hints and Shortcuts’, a live EP that was released on the band’s own Superbob Records imprint. The EP was compiled with songs recorded at shows from across Canada the previous year. 2000 brought the band’s latest full-length ‘The Free Release of Energy’, also released on the band’s Superbob Records label, with distribution by Maritime-based Tidemark/Riptide Distribution.

Bloyt [4-song 7″] (Superbob) SB-001

Handsome Boy / Chemical Sound Compilation [7″] (Handsome Boy) HB-001

Dust [cassette] (independent)
1993 Slobber [6-song s/sided EP cassette] (independent)
1994 Stuck In the Basement 3 [4-song s/sided EP cassette] (Superbob) SBC-005
1995 Out Of The Marsh [5-song EP] (Handsome Boy) HBCD-005
1997 Galaxy of Stooges (ViK/BMG) 214628
1998 Live [cassette] (Sam The Record Man/The Chart)
1998 Hints and Shortcuts (Superbob) SB-010
2000 The Free Release Of Energy (Superbob/Tidemark) SBCD-003
2008 Rarities: 1991-1999 (Superbob) SB-035

Jon Harvey (bass) / Jeremy Widerman (lead guitar) / Steve Kiely (drums) / Brandon Bliss (keyboards)
From Hamilton, Ontario. A side project by Widerman and Kiely who were in alt-rock hit makers The Reason, Bliss who was in Saint Alvia, and Harvey who was in Eaglefight. They’ve released several EPs and toured with Deep Purple. When a tour came up to open for The Sheepdogs, each member quit their respective bands and committed to Monster Truck full-time. They are now signed to Dine Alone Records and have since released several albums.

Split 7” [w/DZ DEATHRAYS] [7”] (Dine Alone) DAV-052
2013 The Lion (Dine Alone – UK)
2013 Sweet Mountain River (Radio)/Sweet Mountain River (Album) (Dine Alone – Europe)
2013 Sweet Mountain River/The Giant/My Love Is True (Dine Alone – Sweden)
2016 Don’t Tell Me How To Love (Mascot – UK) M74853-1
2016 Things Get Better (Mascot – UK) M74853-2
2016 For the People (Mascot – UK) M74853-3

Don’t Tell Me How To Live [DigiFile] (Top Dog – US)

Monster Truck [4-song EP] (Monster Truck)
2011 The Brown EP [5-song EP] (Dine Alone) DA-052
2012 The Don’t Fuck With The Truck Collection [LP] (Dine Alone) DAV-054
2013 Monster Truck [4-song EP] (Dine Alone)
2013 Furiosity (Dine Alone) DA-070
2015 Sittin’ Heavy (Dine Alone) DA-152
2018 True Rockers (Dine Alone) DA-215
2022 Warriors (BMG) 538836762

Adam “Doom” Sewell (vocals, production, design) / Stacey Hoskins (1992-1995) / Jason Cuddy (guitar; 1997) / Dean Bentley (drums; 1997) / Christopher Harris (guitar; 1998) / Nick Sagias (vocals; 1998) / Darren Quinn (guitar, vocals) / Terry Landry (bass)
Originally a hardcore trash band assembled in the dawn of the 1990’s, Monster Voodoo Machine found themselves picked up by Malhavoc’s record label Epidemic. Their first release was the critically praised ‘Burn’ EP which seemed to catch the world of Guns ‘n’ Roses followers completely by surprise. Praise, constant gigging and the national support of Drew Masters’ M.E.A.T. magazine on the heels of their full-length debut, ‘State Voodoo/State Control’, put MVM on the underground front-lines. Soon the music began to take on the increased use of keyboards and samples on 1994’s ‘Suffersystem’ which helped them land tours with such acts as Marilyn Manson, Pigface, and Fear Factory. They won a Juno for ‘Best Hard Rock Album’ in 1995 but this failed to gain them an accessible place in the music world. Sewell pushed for the ever increasing use of electronics and following extensive touring for the ‘Pirate Radio’ EP in 1996, the band played their ‘final’ show to at The Volcano in Kitchener, Ontario. The members agreed to go their separate ways amicably to pursue other musical interests and the members splintered with Sewell forming Def.Con.Sound.System while Darren Quinn, Jason Cuddy, Chris Harris, and Dean Bentley, together with local tattoo artist Shane Faulkner, began writing, recording and touring in 1996. Nearly a year later, a reformed version of the band (featuring Soulstorm’s Nick Sagias), calling itself Planet Voodoo, began its tour in the same city based on their first demo. As the band worked its way back into their original drums/guitar/bass thrash configuration and sound, the demo led to the recording of a new album – ‘Direct Reaction Now!’ – on an indie budget of about $10,000. Touring continued throughout 1998, but the music industry had left metal behind and MVM split up for good in 1999. Harris, Quinn and Landry went on to continue with Semi-Auto Reflex while Sewell helped Sagias re-assemble Soulstorm. Then, in late ’99, Sewell, ex-MVM drummer Bentley, and guitarist Paul Meyers put out ‘Dynamite Gospel’, a four-song EP under the moniker Damn 13. With notes from Stacey Hoskins.

Burn [EP] (Epidemic) EPCD-92-10
1992 State Voodoo/State Control (Epidemic)
1994 Suffersystem (Epidemic)
1994 Defense Mechanism [EP] (BMG) 636292
1996 Pirate Radio [EP] (45 Revolution Groove)
1998 Direct Reaction Now! (Dr. Dream) 668013

as DAMN 13
The Dynamite Gospel (Sweet Tooth)
2005 Black Heart Northern Soul (Distort) DE-05

Compilation Tracks
“Born Guilty” on ‘Thrifty’s Access (Access) ACD-001

Marc Hamilton (vocals) / Réal Brousseau [aka Sam Lloyd] (guitar) / François Carel (organ) / Normand Bouchard (bass) / Michel Bourgon (drums) / Martin Zizek (guitar) / Serge Blouin (bass)
In the summer of 1965 following several unsuccessful 7″ singles, Montréal band Les Shadols members Hamilton and Bouchard formed a side project called Les
Monstres, and adopted horror character personalities and costumes on stage. In the fall of the same year, the group was featured at Auberge Rivière-Sauvage in Lambton, in the musical review “Horreur à gogo.” After releasing a French version of “The Monster Mash,” they headed out on tour of clubs, including Le Coronet in Québec. They would do shows with groups like Batman and Gerry Bribosia’s Les Misérables. Another single followed entitled “Je veux une réponse” in 1966. The band split up in 1967; Brousseau would change his name to Sam Lloyd and release several solo records; Carel also had a short solo career before writing and producing for others; Blouin had a very lengthy solo run; Bouchard would go on to produce records for Sam Lloyd, Marc Hamilton, Octopus, Cloudy Sky, and Real V. Benoit among others on his own label imprint, Chart On; Hamilton would join Les Caïds until their demise in 1969. He would pursue a solo career starting with an international hit in 1970 with the song “Comme j’ai toujours envie d’aimer.” With notes from Michel Charbonneau and Serge Gingras. [also see LES SHADOLS, MARC HAMILTON, REAL BROUSSEAU]

Thème du cimetière/Le monstre Mash (Blue Jean) BJ-2804
1966 Je veux une réponse/Pourquoi madame (Miracles) MIR-1301

Montgomery Lashman

Never Again/Marilyn Avenue (6th Avenue) AV-604
1969 Same Old Way/Right Now (Rumble) – R-2361

Gerry Bribosia
(vocals, guitar backing vocals) / Robert Alary (bass, backing vocals) / Renee Amesse (lead vocals, drums, percussion, backing vocals, cowbell) / Denis Fréchette (piano, clavinet, trumpet, flugelhorn, backing vocals) / Jacques Champoux (piano, mellotron, clavinet, vocals, backing vocals) / Joey Armando (timbales, congas, bongos, percussion)
Studio project produced by Gerry Bribosia and Jerry De Villiers; Fréchette died June 19, 2008. [also see GERRY BRIBOSIA]

Music (Very Special Disco Mix By PAJ)/Music (Original Version) [12″] (Smash Disco) SS-5700
1977 Music/[split w/SAINT TROPEZ] [7″] (Baby Records – Italy) JB-8
1979 Music/Express [7″] (Baby Records – Italy) BR-076
1979 One More Time/Keep On Dreaming (Totem) TOX-4764
1979 One More Time/One More Time [LP] Version) [12″
(Totem) 30C-4765
1996 Music/[split w/T-CONNECTION [12″] (12 Inch Stars) TIX-049
2019 Music (Jack To The Sound Mix) [DigiFile] (FaboLous Barker – UK)

Noël Disco (Promo Son) JPA-7510
1979 One More Time (Totem) TO-9250

Kevin Mears (vocals) / Brad Hrushka (guitars, vocals) / Eric Loewen (guitars, vocals) / Mark Zoske (bass) / Doug Dobson (drums) / Arthur Pearson (bass; replaced Zoske) / Brian Wallace (guitar; replaced Hrushka in 2000) / Mark Hollderson (drums; replaced Dobson in 2000)
Winnipeg, Manitoba’s Monuments Galore were a critically acclaimed live act and won 1986 CASBY Award for ‘Best Non-Recording Act’ despite having only played Toronto once before the Awards itself. The band quickly recorded and released the ‘Young Girl Generation’ EP. 1987 saw the release of an independent 7″ single called “Peace And Harmony” featuring hand-painted picture sleeves. The band finally released an album in 1989 on the Eureka Records label which launched several videos played regularly on MuchMusic including “Sometimes I Wander” and “Always On My Mind”. The band split up in 1991 but reformed with Wallace and Hollderson as new members in 2000. with notes from Arthur Pearson.

1987 Peace And Harmony (Relapso Escondido) NL-913
1989 Always On My Mind/Always On My Mind [Extended Mix] [12″] (Eureka/BMG)
1989 Sometimes I Wander [Extended Version]/[LP Version] [12″] (Eureka/BMG)

1986 Young Girl Generation [5-song EP] (Relapso Escondito) RE-257
1989 Always On My Mind (Eureka/BMG)

Greg Leskiw
(guitar, vocals) / Herman Fruhm (guitar) / Bill Merritt (bass) / Gord Osland (drums)
A decade after being in Winnipeg, Manitoba band The Shags together, Leskiw (who replaced Randy Bachman in the Guess Who for three years) and Merritt reunited to form Mood Jga Jga in 1974. They were signed to Warner Brothers in Los Angeles and their self-titled debut album was produced in New York City by Phil Ramone (Paul Simon, Billy Joel). The band split up in late 1975. To make ends meet, Leskiw created Les Q in Winnipeg and two years later signed a record deal under the new name of Kilowatt with Dallcorte Records. The group, having never officially disbanded, regrouped to release a jazz-based EP called ‘Boys Will Be Boys’ in 1997; Fruhm and Leskiw would go on to form Crowcuss. In recent years Fruhm has been in the industrial tool manufacturing and distribution business; Leskiw performs with ex-Mood Jga Jga members in a group called SwingSoniq. with notes from Lola Bee. [also see THE SHAGS, CROWCUSS]

1974 Queen Jealousy/Only A Fool In Love (Warner Bros.) WB-6301
1975 Turn Around (Bare Rocks/Warner Bros.)

1975 Mood Jga Jga (Bare Rocks/Warner Bros.) BS-2772
1997 Boys Will Be Boys (Mood Jga Jga)

Compilation Tracks
“Turn Around” on ‘Canada Gold – 22 Karat Hits’ (K-Tel) TC-225

Dave Pine / Rick Gauthier / Mike Weaver
From Port Colborne, Ontario.

Train’s Late/Who Do You Love (Cove) QC-467

MOON, Betty
Born to a musical family in Toronto, Margaret Elizabeth was in her teens when she was discovered by the Judy Welch Modeling Agency and International Top Models. She played piano and was enrolled in a Royal Academy of Dance program until popular music caught her ear and she formed her first band. Following high school she went to George Brown College and earned a diploma in Theatre Arts. Next, Elizabeth auditioned and was accepted into the Humber College jazz music program. It was at this point she connected with moog player Angel Lopez and together they formed minimalist punk duo Bambi. A cover version of David Essex’s “Rock On” became the title track to their 1986 seven song independent debut. The act made a big splash on CFNY-FM and MuchMusic which propelled off stage sales (and the few local retail outlets such as Sam the Record Man who supported indie product) to the neighbourhood of 5,000 units. The sales figures alone attracted the attention of A & M Records who offered her a record deal. It was a new venture for her and a new name was chosen to represent the next chapter in her career. Margaret Elizabeth soon became hard rock artist Betty Moon. In 1991 she released her self-titled debut album on A & M Records. With the battle between hard rock and Grunge raging in the mid-1990s, Moon didn’t give up and continued a path that was dominated by her gritty vocals and driving guitar songs. Of course, Los Angeles was the most suited city for getting noticed and she’s continued releasing album after album – ‘Stir’ (1997), ‘Doll Machine’ (2003), ‘Demon Flowers’ (2006), and ‘Rollin’ Revolution’ (2012) featuring the KROQ-FM hit single “My Stupid Dream”; Moon’s 2014 album ‘Amourphous featured the single/video “Valentine” mixed by Chris Lord-Alge. She has continued with a torrent of single and album releases to present. [also see BAMBI]

One Kiss (A & M)
2012 My Stupid Dream (Evolver)
2014 Valentine (Evolver)
2014 Time To Move On (Evolver)
2015 No Good (Evolver)
2015 Drink Your Fears Away (Evolver)
2016 Inner City Blues (Evolver)
2016 Busy Earnin’ (Evolver)
2016 These Boots Are Made For Walkin’ (Evolver)
2016 Thunder (Evolver)
2016 No Ordinary Love (Evolver)
2016 Who You Talkin’ To Man (Evolver)
2016 Get Up I Feel Like Being A Sex Machine (Evolver)
2017 Sound (Evolver) EVR-0007 (Evolver)
2017 Sound (4-Remixes) (Evolver) EVR-0008
2017 Life Is But A Dream (Evolver) EVR-0009
2017 Natural Disaster (Evolver)
2018 Waste Your Time (Evolver)
2019 Save My Soul (Evolver)
2019 Save My Soul (Club Mix) (Evolver)
2019 Save My Soul (The Dance Mix) (Evolver)
2019 Crazy (Evolver)
2020 Little Mis Hollywood (Evolver)

Betty Moon (A & M) 703019170
1997 Stir (Violet) 00429
2003 Doll Machine (Sextant/EMI) SXT-CD-0027
2006 Demon Flowers (Evolver)
2010 Rollin’ Revolution (Evolver) EVR-004
2014 Amourphous (Evolver) EVR-005
2015 Pantomania (Evolver) EVR-006
2017 Chrome (Evolver) EVR-0010
2019 Hellucination [5-song EP] (Evolver)
2019 Hellucination (Evolver)
2020 Little Miss Hollywood (Evolver)
2020 Translucent [6-song EP]

MOON, Jacob
Raised in Kitchener-Waterloo and a graduate of Wilfred Laurier University, Jacob
Moon is a Hamilton singer-songwriter folk artist that specializes in unique arrangements of cover songs backed by looping musical arrangements performed live and spontaneously. Following his YouTube viral video of Rush’s “Subdivisions,” the band asked Moon to perform the song live during their 2010 induction into the Canadian Songwriter’s Hall of Fame. This also led to a performance at the 2010 Rush convention and at the premiere screening of the Rush documentary ‘Beyond the Lighted Stage.’ In November 2013, he toured Europe opening for Marillion in the UK and Europe.

On the Trail (Moonbeam) JMCD-001
1997 Among Thieves (Moonbeam) JMCD-002
2000 The World I Left Behind (Moonbeam/Maple Music) JMCD-003
2002 Landing (Signpost) JMCD-004
2005 Eventide (Signpost) JMCD-005
2007 The Loop (Signpost) JMCD-006
2007 This Christmas (Signpost) JMCD-007
2009 Maybe Sunshine [6-song EP] (Signpost) JMCD-008
2012 Landing 2: The 10th Anniversary Concert (Moonbeam) JMCD-009
2013 Fascination (Moonbeam)
2015 20 Years: The Best of Jacob Moon 1994-2015 (Moonbeam) JMV-001

Born: Richard Boudreau in, Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia
Cape Breton showman and vocalist – who often performs barefooted and dressed in a Moo Moo – has fronted some of the East Coast’s most popular acts such Universal Power, Moon-Minglewood, Sun Machine, The Power Unit with Ritchie Oakley, as well as his own Sam Moon Band. They released one single in 1978 – “Another Man” – on the Solar Records label. When the band split up Moon went solo and the remaining members formed The Battery. Moon’s first solo album was ‘New Moon’ in 1982 featuring the members of Sun Machine as his backing band on the album. The album would spawn four singles and Moon became the first Maritime artist to crack the Top20. The Halifax Herald named him ‘Entertainer of the Year’ for 1982. In 1983 he won the Shure Mic Award for outstanding vocals. Moon has shared stages and opened shows for the likes of ZZ Top, The Guess Who, The Doobie Brothers, Sass Jordan, The Band, The Atlantic Rhythm Section, Delbert McClinton, and The Beach Boys.

1982 Hostage/Crowded Main (Nova) NS-0071
1982 Eclipse/Satisfaction Guarantee (Nova) NS-0072
1982 See You Tonight/Dr. Rock & Roll (Nova) NS-0073
1984 Don’t Let It Fool You/ (Nova) NS-0081

Another Man/It’s Not My Day (Solar) SAR-227

New Moon (Nova) N689-007
Never Let Me Go (independent)

The Wingnuts Live at Finbar’s Irish Pub

Compilation Tracks
“Eclipse” on ‘Eastern Alliance’ (CBS) ART-100

Jack August [aka Jack Geisinger] (bass, lead vocals) / Hovaness “John” Hagopian (guitar, vocals) / Derek Kendrick (drums, percussion, vocals)
This Montreal trio came together as backing band for Michel Pagliaro in the early 1970’s before striking out on their own under the name Earthquake. They signed Gamma Records in 1973 and released their self-titled debut album as Moonquake the same year. Several singles received radio play with their most popular tune being “Remember”. In 1975 they signed with Aquarius Records and released their sophomore effort ‘Star Struck’. They would have minor success in Eastern Canada with the album’s single “Wild Little Story” which made it to No.69 in the Canadian charts in the fall of 1975. In 1976 they disbanded. Jack August – who had been in Influence with Walter Rossi in the late ’60s – teamed up with Rossi again in Charlee. [also see EARTHQUAKE]

1973 Remember/This Winter (Gamma) GA-5038
1974 It’s My Life/Pack Up My Fender (Gamma) GA-5044
1974 Don’t You Try To Be My Baby/Seasons (Gamma) GA-5048)
1974 Tomorrow/Pack Up My Fender (Nova/Telefunken/Decca – GERMANY) DL-26010
1975 Star Struck/War Baby (Aquarius) AQ-5039
1975 Wild Little Story/Nothing At All (Aquarius) AQ-5042
1975 Bang, Bang Baby (Aquarius) AQ-5054


1973 Moonquake (Gamma) GS-510
1974 Remember (NOVA – Germany)
1975 Star Struck (Aquarius) AQR-507
1997 Moonquake (Unidisc) AGEK-2353
1997 Star Struck (Unidisc) AGEK-2354

Mae Moore was born in Brandon, Manitoba but relocated in her twenties to southwestern Ontario to pursue art school. It was there that she realized that she would probably starve as an artist and instead moved to Vancouver as part of an acoustic trio – Moore played acoustic guitar and dulcimer. She later joined the rock group Foreign Legion on electric guitar. While working at Vancouver’s Railway Club she met future West End Girls sven gali John Dexter. They teamed up as song writers and were able to strike it rich with “Heaven In Your Eyes” which Loverboy recorded for the 1986 ‘Top Gun’ soundtrack. Through an association with Barney Bentall, and his guitarist Colin Nairn, she landed a recording contract with CBS Records. Her debut album, ‘Oceanview Motel’, was assisted by the duo and Spirit Of The West’s Geoff Kelly. Her second album was called ‘Bohemia’ and released in 1992. With ex-Odds drummer Paul Brennan and two members of Spirit Of The West and a member of Ginger, Moore released her third album, ‘Dragonfly’, in 1995. After parting with Sony music, she took four years off and returned with her self-titled fourth album on Big Hip Records.

1990 I’ll Watch Over You (Epic/CBS)
1991 Where Loneliness Lives (Epic/CBS)
1991 Red Clay Hills (Epic/CBS)
1992 Bohemia (Epic/Sony) CDNK-732
1993 Because of Love (Epic/Sony)
1993 Coat of Shame (Epic/Sony)
1993 The Wish (Epic/Sony)
1995 Genuine (Epic/Sony)
1995 Watermark (Epic/Sony)
1999 Free To Love Me (Warm Song) (Big Hip)
2002 Funny World (Paras) PRO-1122

1990 Oceanview Motel (Epic/CBS) BEK-80155
1992 Bohemia (Epic/Sony) EK-80174
1995 Dragonfly (Epic/Sony) EK-80222
1999 Mae Moore (Big Hip)
2000 Collected Works: 1989 – 1999 (Epic/Sony) EK-80562

Compilation Tracks
“Bohemia” on ‘New Stuff’ (MMS) NSCD-001
1995 “Pieces of Clay’ on ‘Lit From Within’ (Nettwerk)
1997 “Deep Water” on ‘The Hanging Garden [Motion Picture Soundtrack]’ (Virgin) 844908

John Moorhouse’s interest in music was sparked by his Grandmother Muriel who taught classical piano in Euphemia Township, Ontario.  In the 1960s he joined
St.Thomas/London, Ontario’s The Comic Opera (with the late Paul Hackman of Helix) who toured around Ontario through the summer of love. Meanwhile, he’d begun thinking of heading out on his own for a solo career and formed his own Bovine Records label putting out honky tonk and country records. Moorhouse has since spent the last 40 years recording his brand of country lounge piano-bar music and currently entertains at senior citizen homes using sing-a-long DVDs of popular songs as therapy for those with dementia and Alzheimers.

1966 Little Honky Tonk Angel/Mama Tried (Bovine)
1968 Let Me Try/Foolishly I Foolishly Try (Bovine)
1969 I Love How You Love Me/Just Because (Bovine)
1973 It’s Time to Go/The Way You Do (Bovine)
1974 Keep It In Mind/I Ain’t Crowdin’ Around Your Door No More (Bovine)
1975 Blue Christmas/San Antonio Trucker’s Christmas (Bovine) BR-007
1976 Canadian East Coast Jail Disaster/Northbound (Bovine)
1978 Reconsider Me/The Same Sweet Tune (Bovine)
1981 Keep It In Mind/I Ain’t Crowdin’ Around Your Door No More [reissue] (Bovine) PB-10598
1982 Let Me Try/Foolishly I Foolishly Try [re-issue] (Bovine)  PB-10600
1982 I Love How You Love Me/Just Because [re-issue]  (Bovine) PB-10601
1983 Otis The Jazzman/Hands of Time (Bovine) PB-10603
1984 It’s Time To Go/The Way You Do [re-issue] (Bovine) PB-10605
1985 The Way You Do It/It’s Time To Go (Bovine)

1974 Rockin’ Country (Bovine)
1982 Originals (Bovine)

Michael Lewis (horns, vocals, keyboards, percussion) / John Morton (bass, vocals) / Tommy Graham (guitar, vocals) / “Brother” Josh Collins (drums, percussion, vocals)
The Big Town Boys were a successful pop act in Toronto during the early-to-mid 1960s. Michael Lewis, who had left the line-up in 1966, relocated to Munich, Germany for school and joined an avante-garde improvisational project by Karl-Heinz Böttner entitled ‘Wired.’ By 1970 Lewis had formed the band Wuschel (meaning “something fuzzy”) who released one album on Philips in 1971 produced by Conny Plank. In 1972 he and Plank worked on a new project, and Lewis called on his old bandmates, Graham, Morton, and Collins from Big Town Boys to record a self-titled progressive rock album for the German music market under the name Mooseknukkl Groovband in 1972; Producer Conny Plank would also tap Collins to appear on the 1973 Andy Marx album “Circle” in Germany as well; Lewis remains in Germany and collaborated with Plank and American Michael Ranta (who Lewis had met in 1969 for the ‘Wired’ project) under the name Ranta/Lewis/Plank for a 2010 album entitled ‘Mu.’ [also see THE BIG TOWN BOYS]

Mooseknukkl Groovband (Spiegelei/Aamok -GERMANY) 28-516-3 U

Pat Pelletier
(vocals, percussion) / James Gautier (guitar) / Glen Brown (drums) / Tayce McAvity (bass)
Formed in Fredericton, New Brunswick, as a cover band called Schizophrenia in October 1997. The next phase saw them writing original material in the summer of 1998. They then changed their name to Full Circle. After playing live as an original act to rave reviews, the band began recording in November 1998 at Reel North Recording Studios in Fredericton. For copyright reasons they had to change their name once again – this time to Morahambi. Their self-titled debut CD was released in April of 1999.

Morahambi (Morahambi) ScFc-731

moral hazard
General de Noregard (vocals) / Ken Vermin (guitar, vocals) / Krist (guitar) / Sarah Bellum (bass) / Barney Rebel (bass; 2001) / Benny Violence (drums)
moral hazard was formed in Ottawa in the fall of 1999. In early 2000 they recorded a number of songs, and got tracks on the compilation ‘Don’t Eat the Crust’ (Crusty Records) and ‘Kick ‘Em When They’re Down’ (Goblin Records). In 2000 and 2001 moral hazard played many shows in Toronto and Ottawa with bands such as the Dayglo Abortions, The Liquor Pigs, The Discords, The Ripcordz, Bunchofuckingoofs, The Riptides, Mouthpiece, and others. In 2001 moral hazard recorded again, and released ‘…All Witnesses Eventually Die…’, a 5 track ep. moral hazard’s cover of ‘I Got Erection’ by Turbonegro was chosen for the bonus disc of ‘Alpha Motherfuckers: A Tribute To Turbonegro’ released by Bitzcore Records in 2001. moral hazard’s first full length album ‘…Another Chance To Practice Wasting Your Time…’ was released in June of 2002. Since then moral hazard has continued to bring their blend of old school punk rock and hardcore to audiences in Ottawa, Toronto, and Montréal, as well as a performance for the troops at CFB Petawawa. moral hazard spilt up after a pair of final shows February 12th, 2005. Members of moral hazard are still performing in various bands such as Four-Stroke, Blackball, and The Weapons of Mass Seduction.

with CHUPACABRA / moral hazard
The Festering/[split w/CHUPACABRA] [7″] (Catchphraze) 001

All Witnesses Eventually Die (Pesticide) PEST-001
2002 Another Chance To Practice Wasting Your Time (Pesticide) PEST-002

Compilation Tracks
“Answering Machine” on ‘Don’t Eat The Crust’ (Crusty)
2000 “Total Breakdown” on ‘Kick ‘Em While They’re Down’ (Goblin)
2001 “I Got Erection” on ‘Alpha Motherfuckers: A Tribute To Turbonegro’ (Bitzcore)
2003 “Intro/Come Here to Die” on ‘Kick ‘Em While They’re Down Vol. II’ (Goblin)

Sandro Durante / Richard Cranford (keyboards, electronics)
Moral Support was a Canadian group formed when Sandro Durante met experimental keyboardist Richard Cranford in 1982. After jamming together, they decided to get serious about putting a studio act together and began writing tunes. However, Cranford’s keyboard and electronics set-up was so complicated that no one could capture their sound properly to tape so they decided to produce themselves. Their first single for Tony Green’s TGO label was ‘Living With Passion’ which got them recognized outside of Québec. Their follow-up single and video, “Strange Day for Dancing”, was nominated for a 1984 CFNY-FM Single of the Year” CASBY Award. They released a full-length album in 1985 entitled ‘Insanity’ which spawned a single in the title track and “Closer To You”. The response was less effective and the duo split up in 1986; Durante went on to become the president of Tandem Records. [also see SANDRO DURANTE]

Living With Passion/Rising (TGO) TGS-1007
Living With Passion (Dance Mix vocal) / Living With Passion (Bonus Beats) // Rising / Living With Passion (Short Version) [12″] (TGO) TGO-107
1984 Strange Day for Dancing/Strange Day For Dancing (Instrumental) (TGO) TGS-1011
1984 Strange Day for Dancing/Strange Day For Dancing (Short Mix)//Strange Day For Dancing (Dub Version) [12”] (TGO) TGO-111
1985 Insanity/Heart of Gold (TGO) TGS-1016
1985 Insanity (Extended Mix)//Insanity (Single Mix)/Heart of Gold [12”] (TGO) TGO-116
1985 Closer To You/Whatever Turns You On (TGO) TGS-1021
1985 Living With Passion (Give Up Your Job – Now)/Living With Passion (Soundtrack For Your Own Escape) [12”] (ARS – BELGIUM) ARS-3645

Insanity (TGO) TGLP-002

Compilation Tracks
“Living With Passion (Dance Mix)” on ‘The New World Beat’ (NWB – BELGIUM) LP.01
1992 “Strange Day For Dancing” on ‘A Canadian Alternative’ (Second Wave) SW-001
2002 “Strange Day for Dancing” on ‘I Love Disco Diamonds Collection Vol. 15’ (Blanco y Negro) MXCD-1234

Moran was originally from Dundee, Scotland and fronted The Poor Souls under the name Johnny Hudson who released at least two singles between 1965 and 1966 before he moved to Toronto, Ontario to carry on his career in Canada. He assembled a new Poor Souls and had three singles on Quality Records. Following the death of Moran’s wife in 1972, the band split up. Moran eventually signed a solo deal with Columbia for several singles including “The Beatles’ Thing” which reached No.24 on the RPM Singles chart in 1973 as did its B-side “Lady Loves Me”. Following the release of his debut album, ‘Come Join Me’, two more singles followed which were produced by Paul Gross. Moran was last known to be living in Vancouver, British Columbia. with notes from Peter Needham, Ron Ray and William C. Smith. [also see THE POOR SOULS]


1973 The Beatles’ Thing/Lady Loves Me (Epic) 5-10987
1973 Come Join Me/Little Boys (Epic – UK) S-EPC-1918
1974 Falling In Love Again/Sit Yourself Down (Columbia) C4-4051

Come Join Me (Columbia) ES-90231

Bob Onyskiw
(drums, percussion) / Darren Schwarz (bass) / Christopher Bunt (vocals) / Ken Davies (guitars)
From Toronto, Ontario. The band would become Quad (without Bunt) in 1985. [also see QUAD]

C.R.D.K./See Our Day [5-song cassette EP] (Morbidox)
1991 Strange But False [6-song cassette EP] (Rabid Cow) OX002
1993 Pull [4-song EP] (Morbidox/P.A.M.)

Compilation Tracks
“I.S.T.H.” on ‘CFNY 1992 New Music Search’ (CFNY-FM) NYNMS-92

Derek Emerson (guitar) / Glenn Salter (guitar) / Johnny Rankin (vocals) / Paul Morris (bass) / Timothy Alchin (drums)
Hardcore punk band from Mississauga, Ontario featuring former Death of Gods members Salter and Alchin; Morris would go on to join Sons of Ishmael.

More Stupid Initials [9-song 7″ EP] (Bring Your Own Bands)
1989 An Amazing Feat [6-song 7″ EP] (Bucko-05) BR-1

9 Out Of 10 Doctors Recommend More Stupid Initials (Schizophrenic) SCHIZ-95

More Stupid Initials/[split w/ SONS OF ISHMAEL] [cassette] (independent)

MORGAN, Lindsay
Born: Lindsay Thomas Morgan in Cardiff, Wales.

Morgan is the son of a Lay Preacher-Merchant Navy Sea Captain, who took the family on six cross-Atlantic journeys to North America when he was quite young. Morgan started playing guitar and writing songs at the age of eleven. When Morgan was 17 he met Jacqueline Clifton – who was just 14 – when they began dating. When she was finally of age they emigrated to Canada only a few months after being married and arrived in Canada on February 28, 1967 with nothing more than $50 and a steamer trunk full of hopes and dreams. After a year in Toronto, they turned a singing and performing hobby into a full time professional career in May 1968 when Toronto talent agent Paul Simmons booked them a show at The Nor-Shore Hotel in Thunder Bay (Port Arthur). Their old-world Welsh folk and light pop approach was an instant success. The engagement allowed the duo to work 48 weeks straight, six days a week for the next year. Soon Paul Anka’s father, Andy, offered to manage them and helped the duo land performances on CBC radio and Television shows with some of Toronto’s top studio musicians of that time: Moe Koffman, Guido Bass, Rob McConnell, Peter Appleyard, Ed Bickert, and Doug Riley among them. They also appeared on television in shows with Dr. Music, Gene MacLellan, Catherine McKinnon, and many other popular Canadian performers of that time. In 1969 they were the first entertainers at the opening ot Toronto’s Jarvis House. They played numerous return engagements to overflow crowds. During that time they were offered a recording deal with Art Snider, owner of a Toronto recording studio called Sound Canada. Lindsay and Jacqueline were then living in Burlington, close to Toronto. They asked Ron Knappett, their next door neighbour’s son, and an experienced jazz drummer to drum on their recording session. Through Knappett they were introduced to two young musicians, just out of school, Daniel Lanois and his school mate Bob Doidge. Doidge had played bass in Ian Thomas’s band Tranquility Base and Lanois had been performing with Ray Materick and other Hamilton groups when he was still in school. The team of musicians – which also included Kyle Pacey on lead guitar and Paul Benton on Hammond B3 – recorded the duo’s debut album ‘Jacqueline & Lindsay’ which was released in 1972 on Vintage Records. Following the release of the album Jacqueline and Lindsay Morgan added other musicians to their stage line-up so they could reproduce the songs authentically live. Also, in 1971, they bought a 125 year old stone farmhouse on 200 acres of beautiful rolling land, just outside of the southern Ontario farming community of Mount Forest. The duo – with a rotating band in tow, renamed themselves Morgan and released several singles produced by Bob Gallo and were released on Columbia between 1976 and 1978 without much radio traction. The band would include during its many incarnation drummer John Scott Bruyea, guitarist Bill Dillon, the late keyboardist Ed Roth, plus future CANO members Bill Cymbala, John Dorr, Dave Burt and Rachel Paiement. While CANO was off and running, Jacqueline and Morgan did some recording at the Lanois brothers’ newly opened Grant Avenue Studio and recorded the single “Mennonite Man”. It gained enough radio play to get the duo signed to Phonodisc where they finally released a full-length studio album which featured the previous single and two new singles – “Another California Song” (1979) and “Ride In the Sunshine” (1980). Eventually, the band and the duo stopped performing and recording and the couple were divorced in 1985. In 1987 Lindsay Morgan would work on music with a very young singer/lyricist Alanis Morissette on her debut 7” single called “Fate Stay With Me” which was co-produced by Morgan and Rich Dodson (Stampeders). Morgan is still active as a solo folk act and has released half-a-dozen solo CDs. with notes from Lindsay Morgan and John Scott Bruyea.

Tara/Casablanca (Sink) SKR-269
1987 Out Of The Blue/[same] (Sink) SKR-270

1976 Leaving the World Outside/[same] (Columbia) C4-4122
1977 Mystical Magical Lover/More Than A Lover (Columbia) C4-4148
1978 Keep the Fire Burning/Fly Away (Columbia) C4-4175
1979 Mennonite Man/[same] (Captain Tom’s) WRC3-666
1979 Another California Song/Where Would We Be Without Love (Phonodisc) P-405
1980 Ride In the Sunshine/Sail On Riverboat (Phonodisc) P-406

Nineteen Stories HighRun With The Hare (CBC Radio Canada) LM-134
1972 Night Spinner/Take Me (CBC Radio Canada) LM-136

Lindsay Thomas Morgan [cassette] (Spider) SPR-270
2001 The Shore (Lindar) CD LDR-275

1979 Morgan (Phonodisc) PHE-6005

Jacqueline & Lindsay (Vintage) SCV-108

MORGAN, Carlos
Inspired by legends such as Donny Hathaway, Stevie Wonder and Nat King Cole, Morgan began captivating his audiences at the age of 12 as the lead singer of The Pape Avenue Brass Band from The Church of God Of Prophecy. From there Morgan hooked up with various local R&B groups (including Lypstick, The Realm and Blue Zone) before deciding to go out on his own. It was while working with Blue Zone that Morgan met Tony and Darrin, who went on to form D-Tone Records, Morgan’s independent record label. Tony and Darrin co-wrote several songs with Morgan as well as producing the 1996 D-Tone Records independently released CD ‘Feelin’ Alright’. He soon gained recognition amongst fans of R & B because of his insightful lyrical content and soul-filled vocals. The disc became one of Canada’s hottest selling indie albums, topping the charts at Sam The Record Man in Toronto and HMV in Vancouver. The album garnered him a Juno Award for ‘Best R&B Recording’ in ’97. This was followed by a major label record deal with Universal Canada who immediately re-issued the disc. The first single, “Baby C’Mon”, received considerable airplay in Vancouver, Edmonton and Toronto. “Forever For You” was the second single/video to radio in December 1997. Morgan followed that up with an appearance at the annual New Year’s Eve bash in Toronto at Nathan Philips Square.

Baby C’Mon [6 mixes 12”] (D-Tone/Universal) DTNLP-0121
1997 Give It To You [6 mixes 12”] (D-Tone/Universal) UM-1297148
1997 Forever For You (D-Tone/Universal)

Feelin’ Alright (D-Tone)
1997 Feelin’ Alright [re-issue] (D-Tone/Universal) UMSD-81054

MORGAN, Pamela
Born: November 25, 1957

Along with Noel Dinn, Pamela Morgan was one of the founding members of Figgy Duff (a traditional Newfoundland white pudding) were the progenitors of the Celtic maritime sound – a folk/rock hybrid incorporating traditional jigs and reels. In the early years, Figgy Duff criss-crossed the island seeking the songs and music of the people, learning in the oral tradition as generations did before – gauging their success by the joy it brought to those who taught them the songs. In a short time Figgy Duff became famous for their folk/rock fusion and original arrangements and it was not long after that those outside of Newfoundland discovered the band as something new and exotic. Despite an early deal with Island Records that resulted in as-yet unreleased album, and an early indie album called ‘After The Tempest’ in 1984 (featuring two original songs), their eponymous debut, featuring a 4-member raw ensemble, was produced by Tom Treumuth and Gary Furniss and released through Phonodisc in 1981. For the next 12 years Noel Dinn and singer/songwriter/producer Pamela Morgan led Figgy Duff (in its several incarnations) through the production of three more studio albums and countless tours of North America and Europe; taking the band from local innovators to a powerful and critically lauded international presence in the burgeoning worldwide Folk/Celtic scene. 1990’s ‘Weather Out The Storm’ was again produced by Tom Tremeuth and Gary Furniss as the first act on Tremeuth’s newly resurrected Hypnotic Records. The writing skills become more evident, yet rooted in the bandÕs traditional background. It featured five highly original songs, and the traditional music sparkles with even more innovative arrangements. With a reconfigured line-up, Figgy Duff embarked on a full-scale tour of Canada in the winter of 1991. The album itself was nominated for a Juno Award 1991. 1993’s ‘Downstream’ became their first all original offering with songs by band leaders Noel Dinn and Pamela Morgan and featured special guest appearance by guitarist Ken Greer (Red Rider, Gowan). Shortly after the completion of the album, ‘Downstream’, bandleader Noel Dinn died of cancer at the age of 45 on June 26, 1993. Pamela Morgan disbanded Figgy Duff shortly thereafter and would compile a “best of” called ‘A Retrospective: 1974-1993’ in 1995. The single “Inside A Circle – 1999”, from the ‘Weather The Storm’ album, will be released in June 1999 to coincide with the 25th Anniversary Reunion tour this summer. Before Dinn’s untimely death, he worked with Morgan to produce the exquisite ‘The Colour Of Amber’ with Anita Best. Through “Colour…” Morgan continued her musical journey, redefining some of the most haunting traditional material, that ultimately landed the album on several “Year’s Best” lists throughout the world. With the release of her first true solo album, ‘On A Wing And A Prayer’, Morgan carried the legacy of Figgy Duff through her own highly innovative, self-produced original music, which earned critical acclaim and a place on various international compilations. She has also recently completed an album of seasonal old-world favourites, ‘Amber Christmas’. Pamela Morgan has spent the past several years working tirelessly to gather all her former recordings under her own label, Amber Music. With her impressive body of work, as well as releases by Anita Best and the late Emile Benoit, Morgan’s Amber Music is bringing the past togther with the present and passing the musical legacy on. Morgan has also co-produced music for others including Emile Benoit’s ‘Vive La Rose’ alongside Noel Dinn and Gary Furniss, and Anita Best’s ‘Crosshanded’. with notes from Francis Fagan of Amber Music.[also see FIGGY DUFF]

1996 The Game (A & M)
1996 Backseat (A & M)
1996 Wish You Could Stay (A & M)
1998 The Holly And the Ivy (Amber)
1998 The Cherry Tree Carol (Amber)
2002 7 Years (Amber)
2006 Ancestral Songs (Amber)

Súil A Grá (Amber)


1996 On a Wing and a Prayer (Sleeping Giant/A & M) 777771-7001-2
1998 Amber Christmas (Amber)
1999 Collection (Amber)
2002 7 Years (Amber) 4289-2
2005 Ancestral Songs (Amber) 6550-2
200? Collection (Amber) 9807-2

The Colour of Amber (Amber) ACD-9008

Born: June 1, 1974 as Alanis Nadine Morissette in Ottawa, Ontario
Ottawa, Ontario’s Morissette began her music career as a singer and performer but was first a regular on the kids’ TV show ‘You Can’t Do That On Television’. Her family had become long-time friends with the Canadian singing duo Lindsay and Jacqueline Morgan. By 1985, the Morissettes were vacationing around Southern Ontario and would frequently stay at the Morgans’ 125 year old stone home in Mount Forest, Ontario. There, Lindsay Morgan had built an 8-track studio and helped Alanis realize her early interest in writing songs and singing. Morgan helped her secure a FACTOR grant to pay for bigger production than what he was able to offer in his home studio. Morgan and Alanis went to Rich Dodson’s Marigold studio in Toronto and recorded Morissette’s self-penned songs “Find the Right Man” and “Fate Stay With Me” which was released as a 7” single in 1987.  The pressing was limited to 1300 and was sent to radio stations nationally. Morgan hired a stylist and a law firm to try and get the, then, twelve-year old a recording contract. No one was biting. Back in Ottawa, she caught her big musical break at Major’s Hill Park during the 1987 springtime Tulip Festival run by local entertainment whiz Stephan Klovan. She had impressed Klovan by singing “Find The Right Man” and so Klovan made her a feature attraction in the show. Recognizing a talent in the making, Klovan searched out opportunities to showcase the singer. Klovan then found a way of profiling the young singer by getting her to sing the National Anthem at high-profile events.Her first job was at the 1988 World Figure Skating Championships in Ottawa during Klovan’s work on Olympic skating medalist Elizabeth Manley’s TV special. Producers asked him to supply the anthem so he got Morissette and two Ottawa musicians to record a rollicking version of the song which was well received. One of the musicians was Leslie Howe, an Ottawa writer/producer/musician who was half of synth-pop duo One To One. Starting in 1988 and over the course of five years, Morissette worked in Howe’s home studio collaborating on what would become the making of her career. Klovan’s original motive for working with Howe was to record material for Morissette to to land a slot on ‘Star Search’. Morissette did an updated remake of The Osmond’s “One Bad Apple” for the ‘Star Search’ audition (which she never appeared on). Howe, Morissette and keyboardist Serge Cote put together her dance tunes while Klovan groomed her looks with assistance from clothing retailers. Morissette would end up modelling for a Dalmy’s catalogue and made in-store appearances. Howe and Klovan then set their sights on a record deal for the singer. They produced a an expensive and self-financed video for one of the Howe demos called “Walk Away” filmed around the Eiffel Tower in France. Howe managed to convince MCA’s A & R director John Alexander to audition the video. While waiting for her big break she was under great pressure as she was still attending Glebe Collegiate, recording, and still performing in cover band The New York Fries as a means to hone her live chops. Something had to give and it was her work with the New York Fries. Shortly after, MCA signed the young singer and in April, 1991, the label issued ‘Alanis’. As Alanis, Morissette was compared to other teen sensations of the time like Debbie Gibson and Tiffany. Detractors, however, couldn’t stop Alanis’ turn on radio which jumped all over the first single “Too Hot”. By July 1991, “Too Hot” had edged into contemporary hit radio Top 10. The second single/video “Feel Your Love” followed. Also that summer, Morissette sang at the Ottawa Rough Riders’ half-time show and execs from MCA flew in from Toronto to present her with a gold record (50,000 copies in Canada). In March 1992, she was went to the Juno Awards after being nominated for three categories: ‘Single Of The Year’, ‘Best Dance Record’ and ‘Most Promising Female Vocalist’ (the latter award she won). Her debut album eventually sold 200,000 which made it a tough act to follow. Harder still was Morissette’s return to school after becoming a Canadian personality. Morissette conquered the awkwardness by burying herself in the recording studio. With a more mature take on the groove between the grooves, Morissette returned with ‘Now Is The Time’ in October 1992. The first single/video (filmed in Rome) was “An Emotion Away”, which found itself at the top of the pop charts. The sales of ‘Now Is the Time’ were moderate compared to her debut and the album slipped out of sight. Despite the impressive sales, Morissette’s career had not been lucrative for the singer or Leslie how who, despite receiving a recording budget for each album was still in debt from his initial investment in the singer’s career. Enter agent/manager Scott Welch (who had made the career of Los Angeles Lakers cheerleader Paul Abdul as a singer). MCA’s John Alexander approached Welch in 1993 to try and secure a stateside release for Alanis’ two albums. Welch thought she was an okay pop singer but put the records aside not thinking much of the material. Alexander insisted that Welch should meet Morissette and get to know the mature-for-her age young singer. Welch was impressed with her and suggested she look at a career change and develop her as an adult. The first step for Morissette was to relocate to Toronto and gain some new experiences and rub elbows with the industry. Alexander fronted her some cash to work on new demo tapes and live on. Over two years she worked with an estimated 100 songwriters with little useable material because Morissette was exercising her creativity and the songwriters were merely hired guns trying to fill spaces on her next album. Her time in Toronto was a valuable life experience, as was a trip to Nashville but produced no concrete material. She began making trips to Los Angeles to write with people there, too, but it provided its own set of stresses including getting robbed at gunpoint. After several false starts, Morissette hooked up with a strong musical force in Glen Ballard who was originally a keyboardist and staff producer for Quincy Jones whose resume read like the Who’s Who of modern music including Michael Jackson, Aretha Franklin, Natalie Cole and dozens of other big names. In February, 1994, during a brief trip to Los Angeles, Morissette arrived at Ballard’s studio ready to write and fifteen minutes later they were deep in the middle of their first tune, “The Bottom Line”, and had clicked immediately. The song never saw a release nor did the first half dozen or so. But a connection had been made and Morissette relocated to LA so that the two could work consistently over extended periods of time. While writing they decided to take advantage of Ballards home studio set up and what initially were intended as demos became the core of her third album ‘Jagged Little Pill’. Because of the speed and quality of their output, Ballard suggested Welch hold off on searching for a new record deal. The duo didn’t want a label tampering with the creative process and instead aimed to finish the new album and sell it complete – as a single vision. Once the team finished the record, Welch set up meetings with several labels but Morissette found her artistic outlook clashing with the corporate agenda of many of the labels. Several labels showed mild interest but it was Madonna’ vanity label Maverick which showed they were truly willing to go the distance provided Morissette had the live chops to back up her cutting edge material. Ballard and Morissette did an acoustic showcase for execs at the label and she was signed immediately. “You Oughta Know” was issued on a compilation CD issued with a music magazine. An influential L.A. radio station picked up the track and controversy followed with the inclusion of the word ‘f*ck’ in one of the song’s verses. The audience reaction was instant and the song was soon added to stations right across the US. But instead of jumping on the hype band wagon, Welch and Morissette agreed to limit the singer’s over exposure factor by not appearing on too many TV shows or granting too many interviews and instead she hit the road to test her band and the reaction of her material with live audiences. Touring like a real struggling rock act in a cramped van for months on end finally paid off when the group was featured on the MTV Awards in New York performing “You Oughta Know”. That appearance was followed up another on ‘Saturday Night Live.’ Her conquering of Canada however, would be tougher given the industry and public perception of Alanis The Dance Queen. Morissette showcased for label reps in Banff, Alberta and no one told them who she was – just let the music speak – and the reps were blown away. Not wanting a repeat of her previous monetary fiasco with MCA, Morissette took no advance royalties and instead negotiated a percentage based on future sales. Figuring her album would do a standard 200,000 to 250,000 units, Warner Music agreed. ‘Jagged Little Pill’ raced up the charts and critics slammed it as Morissette’s opportunistic attempt at riding the ‘alternative’ music bandwagon. The album would go on to have 5 Top-10 singles and sell over 15 million copies worldwide. Grammy Awards, JUNO Awards and video awards followed with Morissette touring to record audiences and ticket sales. A final statement on the album’s success was released in 1997 in the form of a full-length live video also called “Jagged Little Pill” and Morissette retired to the pressure of writing her born-again sophomore effort. So far only the song “Uninvited” has emerged from the soundtrack to the Nicholas Cage movie “City of Angels”. In the interim she’s also launched her ‘Can’t Not Tour’ Tour which saw her perform at the 1998 Tibetan Freedom concert in the US. With the much anticipated follow-up album ‘Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie’, featuring the single “Thank U”, being released for the pre-Christmas 1998 rush, Morissette has eased herself back into the limelight with 12 low-key promotional concerts at clubs not concert venues. Morissette is married to US rap artist MC Souleye (Mario Treadway). Morissette continues to release albums at her own pace on her own terms.

1987 Fate Stay With Me/Find The Right Man (Lamor) LMR-10-12
1991 Walk Away (MCA)  MCAD-9110
1991 Too Hot (MCA)  MCAD-9124
1991 Feel Your Love (MCA) MCAD-9179
1992 An Emotion Away/When We Meet Again (MCA)
1992 Plastic (MCA)
1993 (Change Is) Never a Waste of Time (MCA)
1993 No Apologies (MCA) MCAD-9326
1993 Real World (MCA)
1995 You Oughta Know (album version)/You Oughta Know (Jimmy the Saint Blend)/Perfect (Acoustic version)/Wake Up (Maverick/Reprise/Warner)  243575
1996 Hand In My Pocket/Head Over Feet (Live Acoustic)/Not The Doctor (Live Acoustic) (Maverick/Reprise/Warner) 243596
1996 Hand In My Pocket/Right Through You (Live Acoustic)/Forgiven (Live Acoustic) (Maverick/Reprise/Warner)  243604
1996 Ironic (Album Version)/Forgiven (Live)/Not The Doctor (Live Acoustic)/Wake Up (Live Acoustic) (Maverick/Reprise/Warner) 243650
1996 You Learn/Your House (Live In Tokyo)/Wake Up (Modern Rock Live)/Hand In My Pocket (Maverick/Reprise/Warner) 243655
1996 Ironic/You Oughta Know (Live Acoustic At The Grammys)/Mary Jane (Live)/All I Really Want (Live) (Maverick/Reprise/Warner) 243700
1996 Head Over Feet (Maverick/Reprise/Warner) 243719
1996 All I Really Want (Maverick/Reprise/Warner)
1997 Uninvited (Maverick/Reprise/Warner)
1998 Thank U/Pollyanna Flower/Uninvited (Demo) (Maverick/Reprise/Warner)  244572
1998 Unsent/Are You Still Mad/London (Maverick/Reprise/Warner) 244633
1999 So Pure (Maverick/Reprise/Warner) 244727
1999 That I Would Be Good (Maverick/Reprise/Warner) 244780
1999 Joining You (Melancholy Mix)/These Are the Thoughts/Thank U (BBC/Radio One Live)  (Maverick/Warner – UK) W472-CD1
1999 Joining You (Album Version)/Your House (BBC/Radio One Version)/London (Bridge School Benefit Live) (Maverick/Warner – UK) W472-CD2
2000 King of Pain (Maverick/Warner – Japan) WPCR-10706
2002 Simple Together (Maverick/Reprise/Warner) PRO-3711
2002 Hands Clean/Unprodigal Daughter/Symptoms (Maverick/Warner – UK) W574-CD1
2002 Hands Clean/Awakening Americans/Unprodigal Daughter/Symptoms (Maverick/Warner) W574-CD2
2002 Precious Illusions/Hands Clean (Acoustic Version)/Sorry 2 Myself  (Maverick/Warner – UK) W582-CD1
2002 Precious Illusions/Offer/Bent 4 U (Maverick/Warner – UK)  W582-CD2
2002 Flinch (Maverick)
2002 Surrendering (Maverick)
2002 21 Things I Want In a Lover (Maverick)
2003 Utopia (Maverick)
2003 So Unsexy (Maverick)
2004 Everything (Radio Edit)/So Unsexy (Vancouver Sessions 2004)/Everything (Vancouver Sessions 2004) (Maverick/Warner – UK) W641-CD1
2004 Everything (Radio Edit)/Precious Illusions (Vancouver Sessions 2004) (Maverick/Warner – UK) W641-CD2
2004 Out Is Through/Spineless (Vancouver Sessions 2004) (Maverick/Warner – UK) W647-CD1
2004 Out Is Through/Eight Easy Steps (Vancouver Sessions 2004)/This Grudge (Vancouver Sessions 2004) (Maverick/Warner – UK)  W647-CD2
2004 Eight Easy Steps (Maverick) 42765
2005 Crazy (Maverick) 42855
2006 Wunderkind (Maverick)
2008 Not As We (Maverick)
2008 Underneath (Maverick) 249864
2008 In Praise of the Vulnerable Man (Maverick)
2010 I Remain
2012 Guardian

1991 Alanis (MCA) MCAD-10253
1992 Now is the Time (Ghetto/MCA) MCAD-10731
1995 Jagged Little Pill (Maverick/Reprise) 245901
1996 Space Cakes (Live 1995) [EP] (Maverick/Reprise/Warner – Japan) WPCR-455
1996 The Singles Box (Maverick/Warner – Australasia) 243786
1998 Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie (Maverick/Reprise/Warner) 247094
1999 MTV Unplugged (Maverick/Reprise/Warner) 247589
2002 Under Rug Swept (Maverick/Reprise/Warner) 247988
2002 Feast On Scraps [EP] (Maverick/Reprise/Warner)
2004 So-Called Chaos (Maverick/Reprise/Warner) 248773
2005 Jagged Little Pill Acoustic (Maverick/Reprise/Warner) 249344
2005 The Collection (Maverick/Reprise/Warner) 249490
2008 Flavors Of Entanglement (Maverick) 249935
2012 Havoc And Bright Lights (Collective Sounds – US) CS018-2
2012 The Original Album Series (Maverick)  249523
2013 Live At Montreux 2012 (Eagle) EAGCD-499
2020 Such Pretty Forks In The Road [LP] (Crush) 68794LP
2020 Live At London’s O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire, 2020 [2LP] (Rhino) R1-643536
2022 The Storm Before The Calm [2CD] (RCA/Sony) 19658716342

Compilation Tracks
“You Oughta Know” on ‘New Voices Vol. 1’ (Rolling Stone – GER) 06/1995
1996 “You Oughta Know” on ‘Oh What a Feeling: A Vital Collection of Canadian Music (MCA) JUNO-25
1996 “You Oughta Know” on ‘1996 Grammy Nominees’ (Columbia – US) CK-67565
1997 “Wake Up” on ‘Tibetan Freedom Concert’ (Grand Royal – US) 859110
1997 “Ironic” on ‘1997 Grammy Nominees’
1998 “Uninvited” on ‘City of Angels’ [Original Soundtrack]’ (Warner) 246867
1999 “Unsent” on ‘Live X 5: Shimmer and Shine’
1999 “So Pure” on ‘Woodstock 99’ (Epic) 496182
1999 “Baba (Live 1999)” on ‘No Boundaries [Album For Kosovo]’ (Epic/Sony) EK-65653
1999 “Still” on ‘Dogma’ (Maverick/Reprise/Warner) 247597
1999 “Hand In My Pocket” on ‘SNL 25: The Musical Performances, Volume 2’ (Dreamworks) 450206
1999 “Thank U” on ‘Women & Songs 3′(WEA) WTVD-38141
2001 “That I Would Be Good (Unplugged)” on ‘Women & Songs 5’ (WEA) WTVD-40379
2001 “You Oughta Know” on ‘MTV 20 Years of Pop Music’ (Maverick) 481442
2001 “Thank U” on ‘Oh What a Feeling 2: A Vital Collection of Canadian Music’ (CMC) 0885
2001 “Uninvited” on ‘Simply the Best Movie Album’ (WSM) 741382
2002 “Hands Clean” on ‘Women & Songs 6’ (Warner) WTVD-48036
2002 “Offer” on ‘Voices of Hope (Sabera Foundation)’ (Ark 21) 810082
2002 “Awakening Americans” on ‘The Laramie Project’ (Reprise)
2002 “Ironic” on ‘The Very Best of MTV Unplugged’ (Universal) 583545
2003 “Surrendering” on ‘Women & Songs 7’ (WEA) WTVD-61047
2004 “Let’s Do It (Let’s Fall In Love)” on ‘De-Lovely [Motion Picture Soundtrack]’ (Columbia) EK-90640
2005 “Ironic (Acoustic Version)” on ‘Women & Songs 9’ (WEA) WTVD-62800
2005 “Crazy” on ‘Gap: Favorite Songs’ (Rhino) OPCD-7816A
2005 “Wunderkind” on ‘The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe’ [Motion Picture Soundtrack]’ (Walt Disney) 61374
2006 “Ironic (Unplugged)” on ‘Broken Dreams II’ (WSM) 112290
2006 “Crazy” on ‘The Devil Wears Prada [Motion Picture Soundtrack]’
2006 “Everything” on ‘Clerks II [Motion Picture Soundtrack]’ (Bulletproof) BPF-1006
2008 “Versions of Violence (Live)” on ‘Songs for Tibet – The Art of Peace’ (Voiceprint) SFTCD-101
2010 “I Remain” on ‘Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time [Motion Picture Soundtrack]’ (Walt Disney) D000-469902

Born: August 28, 1956
Morissette began singing at the of 14 and began competition in amateur singing contests. In 1975 she performed at the Jean Simon singing competition and was discovered by Guy Cloutier who signs her to Nobel Records in late 1975. Morissette does a promo tour to radio stations to promote the single “J’aimerais qu’il soit malheureux” but Petula Clark’s English language version ends up taking the wind out of the release. Meanwhile, Morissette is added to the Photo Stars Tour in 28 cities starting in May 1976 alongside Martin Stevens, Renée Martel among others. By March 1977 the next single, “Je Sais,” tops 25,000 in sales. An album is in the planning stages as Morissette makes appearances on television and performs around Quebec at various nightclubs. A third single, “Harmonie,” is released on the Concorde label in 1977, and Morissette would open for Rene Simard on a Pepsi Cola sponsored Quebec tour. Another single, “Tu Me Manques” is released in 1978 and Morissette performs at a number of prestigious Quebec piano bars with Pierre Lalonde (including La Ronde). In May of 1979 all of her engagements are cancelled as she needed treatment for breast cancer. Within a month she is back out performing weekend shows. In 1980 she moved to the Losange label and released the single “L’Appartement.” A planned album never materialized and Morissette remains a staple of Quebec piano bars.

J’aimerais qu’il soit malheureux/J’aimerais qu’il soit malheureux (Version Instrumentale) (Nobel) NL-5725
1976 Je Sais/Je Sais (Version Instrumentale) ‎(Nobel) NL-5730
1977 Harmonie/Seule Dans La Ville (Les Disques Concorde) CCD.11
1978 Tu Me Manques/Tu Me Manques (Instrumental) ‎(Les Disques Concorde) CCD.24
1980 L’appartement/L’appartement (Instrumental) ‎(Disques Losange) PL-002

Born: October 6, 1983 in Bas-du-Fleuve, Québec
A multi-instrumentalist at the age of 11, by age 13 she played publicly for the first time and would regularly play festivals on bills with Michel Pagliaro and Les Respectables. She was signed to Montreal’s Justin Time label in 2004 and released her self-titled debut that year. Miranie is Alanis Morissette’s cousin.

Sans Compromis (Justin Time) MIRANIESINGLE12
2005 Ne m’attend pas
2005 Pas de compromis

Miranie Morissette (Justin Time) JTR-8507

Christian Simard
(keyboards, vocals) / Michel Vallée (guitar) / Jocelyn Julien (guitar) / Raymond Roy (drums)
Québec’s Morse Code Transmission had its roots in 1967 as Les Maîtres which was founded by Vallee and Roy. They became quite popular playing cover tunes in both French (Robert Charlebois, Claude Leveillee) and English (Bee Gees, Tom Jones, Peter And Gordon). They recorded three unsuccessful singles before changing their name to, simply, Morse Code in the mid-70s after signing a recording contract with RCA Records. Their self-titled debut, featuring phonetically learned songs in English by the likes of Stan Rogers, Bill Misener and others, was released in 1971 and had success with the single “Oh Lord”. The band performed and recorded intermittently throughout the next decade and even managed a few gigs into the ’90’s before calling it quits in October 1990. [also see LES MAÎTRES]

1968 Oh Lord/Fire Sign (RCA) 75-1066
1972 Cold Society/Satan’s Song (RCA) SPCS-45-116

Cocktail/Cocktail (Long Version) (Capitol) 72760
1975 Cocktail/Cocktail (Disco Mix) (Capitol) 85111
1976 Qu’est-ce que t’as compris?/Une goutte de pluie (Capitol) 85116
1976 Punch/Image (Capitol) 72770
1976 L’eau tone/Nuage (Capitol) 85127
1976 Qu’est-ce que t’es venu faire ici?/Procréation III (finale) (Capitol) 85128
1977 Piccadilly Circus/Chevalier d’un règne (Capitol) 85139
1978 Je suis le temps/Magie de musique (Capitol) 85147
1978 Demain tout va Changer/Prends ton temps (Morse Code/Trans-Canada) MC-7801
1980 La Course/Le Prisonnier (12E ART) 12A-01
1982 How Could I Ever Reach You Now/Superstar (Celsius) CLS-728
1983 Still On My Mind/Tough Times (Aquarius) AQ-6006

1971 Morse Code Transmission (RCA) LSP-4575
1972 II (RCA) VPS-6092

Cocktail (Gamma) GA-8525
La marche des hommes (Capitol) ST-70038
1976 Procréation (Capitol) SKAO-70046
1977 Je Suis le Temps (Capitol) ST-70051
1978 Le grands succès de Morse Code (Capitol) ST-70063
1983 Code Breaker (Aquarius) AQR-536
1995 D’un autre monde

Compilation Tracks
“Précréation” on ‘L’Ultime rock progressif du Québec’ (Gala) GAL-113

Born: November 30, 1947 in Durban, South Africa
Born in South Africa, Mortifee left for Canada when her father, a politician against apartheid, decided it was best to move his family elsewhere. In Vancouver, she began performing in coffeehouses at the age of 16, and was discovered by the legendary Josh White Sr., who became her mentor/advisor. From there, Mortifee went on to compose the score, and star in, ‘The Ecstasy of Rita Joe’ featuring Chief Dan George and Paul Horn. She co-hosted the TV Show ‘Both Sides Now’ and starred in the record-setting play ‘Jacques Brel Is Alive and Well and Living in Paris’ where she was discovered by EMI producer Norman Newell at the New York shows. Meanwhile she was composing for BBC-TV, The National Film Board Of Canada, and various ballet companies including the North Carolina Dance Company. Her first solo album, ‘Baptism’ (1975), was recorded at Abbey Road Studios and released worldwide by Capitol-EMI. Her albums have been on EMI, United Artists, Warner, and her own Jabula label. At the height of her first flush of success, she put everything on hold for three years to travel into the heart of Beirut and Calcutta – where she worked with Mother Teresa. These life experiences became the album ‘Journey to Kairos’, a stage show/album/award wining TV special. It was media personality Robert Conrad who created a following for Mortifee in Cleveland with TV specials, concerts and plays at the Cleveland Playhouse to showcase ‘An Arabian Knight’ and ‘Jacques and Maddly’. Her career changed with the CD ‘Serenade at the Doorway’ where Mortifee decided to dedicate her time and her music to the cause of healing and comfort. With no publicity, the CD quietly sold over 50,000 copies, mostly by mail order. 2005’s ‘Into The Heart of The Sangoma’ brought Mortifee back to the recording scene and was released by Bongo Beat Records; Mortifee is the older sister to actress/singer Jane Mortifee. She is also married to musician Paul Horn.

1973 Dark Young Man/Wake Up Jesus//Ordinary Feeling/Funny (CBC Radio) LM-193
1973 Blueberries/Birch And Willow (United Artists) UA-XW275-W
1983 Are You Lonely Tonight/Goodbye My Love (WEA) 25-96257
1983 Born To Live/Never Ending Search (WEA) 25-97227
1984 Bright Encounter/Take Me Back (WEA) 25-90617
1984 Sadness Of The Tribe/He’s Missing You (WEA) 25-91807
1984 Mystery/Magdalene(WEA) 25-92937

1971 Blueberries/[same] (Kerygma) KRM-102
1973 Jesus God/Nobody Gets My Child (United Artists) UAXW-364W

1975 Baptism (Capitol) ST-6437
1980 Journey To Kairos (Jabula) JB-33
1982 Reflections On Crooked Walking (Jabula) JB-35
1983 Born To Live (Jabula/WEA) 25-03361
1984 Bright Encounter (Jabula/WEA) 25-14121
1991 Serenade at the Doorway (Jabula) JR-043
1994 Healing Journey (Jabula) JR-046
2005 Into The Heart Of Sangoma (Bongo Beat) BB-1974-2

1973 The Ecstasy of Rita Joe (United Artists) UALA-126F

Ryan Guldemond (guitar, vocals) / Molly Guldemond (vocals, keyboards) / Debra-Jean Creelman / Jasmin Parkin (keyboards, vocals) / Kenton Loewen / Ali Siadat (drums) / Jeremy Page (bass)
Mother Mother was originally called, simply, Mother and formed on Quadra Island, British Columbia in January 2005 when Ryan Guldemond was at music school and recruited his sister Molly along with College friend Debra-Jean Creelman. The group has played as an acoustic trio before adding Kenton Loewen (drums) and Jeremy Page (bass). In 2006 they released their self-titled debut album on their own which was produced by Howard Redekopp (New Pornographers, Tegan And Sara). The ‘Vancouver Province’ newspaper rated Mother as one of the Top Five British Columbia bands to keep an eye on in 2007 and soon they began receiving additional recognition from the media. Mother then played a nationally broadcasted concert opening for K’naan and The Wailin’ Jennys. In the summer of 2006, they opened for The Cat Empire from Australia at the Vancouver International Jazz Festival. They then play the Montréal International Jazz Festival in late June followed by a Canada Day performance in Toronto at the Harbourfront Centre. Following an appearance at the Pop Montréal Festival, Mother signed a four-album recording contract with Last Gang Records. They soon changed their name to the less generic Mother Mother. In early 2007, the band’s debut album was remixed, had two bonus tracks added and re-released under the new title ‘Touch Up’. Mother Mother released their sophomore album, ‘O My Heart’, in 2008. Soon after, Creelman left the band and was replaced in early 2009 by Jasmin Parkin. The band’s third album, ‘Eureka’, was released a year later. The lead single, “The Stand”, entered the Canada Top100 Singles chart in May 2011 and peaked at No.76. The album spawned two more singles in “Baby Don’t Dance” and “Simple Simple”. In January, 2012 Kraft Foods used Mother Mother’s song ‘Bright Idea’ in a television ad campaign. The advance single for their fourth album, ‘The Sticks’, was released launched in July 2012. The album followed in September 2012.

O My Heart (Last Gang)
2009 Body of Years (Last Gang)
2009 Hayloft (Last Gang)
2011 The Stand (Last Gang)
2011 Baby Don’t Dance (Last Gang)
2011 Simply Simple (Last Gang)
2012 Let’s Fall In Love (Last Gang)
2012 Bright Idea (Last Gang)

Touch Up [re-issue of ‘Mother’] (Last Gang) Q2-00939
2008 O My Heart (Last Gang) Q2-00821
2011 Eureka (Last Gang) Q2-01287
2012 The Sticks (Last Gang) Q2-01400
2014 Very Good Bad Thing (Island/Universal) 0254703119
2017 No Culture (Universal) 0255728607
2018 Dance And Cry (Universal)  0257702207
2021 Inside (Warner) 2 786907

Mother (independent)  M-0003

John Patrick Caldwell (vocals, harmonica)  / Roger Law (guitar) / Charles Faulkner (bass) / Hugh Lockhead (drums) / Donnie McDougall (guitar, vocals) / Les Law (guitar, replaced Roger)
West Coast quintet Mother Tucker’s Yellow Duck was formed in 1967 – not as a group of musicians but as a collective consisting of Kathy Kay from Boston who was the original Mother Tucker, John Patrick Caldwell as The Yellow Duck (aka Raphael Red The Village Idiot), Bob O’Connor (aka Dogan Pink Foot/Sheldon O’Dogan), and Michael Goldman (aka Garnet Crystalman). The only working musician at the time was O’Connor who got a job working with Hughie Lockhead and Charlie Faulkner in a group called Medusa. When Bob O’Connor left the group – Lockhead and Faulkner join Caldwell to form the band actual musical group Mother Tucker’s Yellow Duck. By 1968 they were signed to London Records and had little success with their first single, “I”, but did have minor success with “One Ring Jane” in 1969. Later that year they would form their own Duck Records distributed by Capitol Records where they released several more singles through 1970. Roger Law would eventually be replaced by his brother Les and the band managed to tour with the likes of Deep Purple, Alice Cooper, Cream, and The Yardbirds. Alas, fame eluded them and they split up in 1971. Donnie McDougall would go on to join The Guess Who in 1972 and recorded several albums with them. He wound up a truck driver living in White Rock, BC. In the mid-90’s he would revive his career as member of The Best Of The Guess Who — a touring tribute to his former band and eventually joined the reformed Guess Who in 2000; Caldwell left the music business; Roger Law died in a car accident; Faulkner joined the Wild Root Orchestra before leaving music to become a handyman only to return in recent years with the Kelowna, BC band Dog Skin Suit. with notes from John Sinclair, Bob O’Connor and Sebastian Agnello.

1968 I/Funny Feeling (Duck) DR-1
1968 I/Funny Feeling (London) M-17363
1969 One Ring Jane/Kill The Pig (Duck/London) DR-2
1969 One Ring Jane/Funny Feeling (Duck/Capitol) 72583
1969 One Ring Jane/Times Are Changing [promo] (Capitol – USA) 2707
1969 Little Pony (Duck/Capitol)
1970 Starting A New Day/No One In Particular (Duck/Capitol) 72614


1969 Homegrown Stuff (Duck/Capitol) ST-6304
1970 Starting A New Day (Duck/Capitol) ST-6352
2001 Homegrown Stuff [CD re-issue] (EMI Canada) 72435 32330 2 0

Compilation Tracks
“Kill The Pig” on ‘Yee-Haw: The Other Side of Country’ (QDK Media – GERMANY)  801670977827

Version I: Ken Marco (guitar; 1969-1970) / Steve Kennedy (tenor sax, harmonica; 1969-1970) / William “Smitty” Smith (keyboards) / Wayne “Stoney” Stone (drums; 1969-1970);
Version II: William “Smitty” Smith (keyboards; 1969-1970) / Philip Wilson (drums) / Anthony Shinault (guitar) Doug Richardson (saxophone) ;
Version III: Breen LeBeouf (vocals; 1971) / Gord Waszek (guitar) / Mike Levine (bass) / Wally Cameron (drums) / Newton Garwood (keyboards);
Version IV: Mike Levine (bass) / Wayne St. John (vocals; 1971) / Kieran Overs (guitar: 1971) / Wally Cameron (drums; 1971) / Newton Garwood (keyboards; 1971) ; Version V: Dave Berman (saxophone; 1971) / Brian Wray (keyboards; 1971) / Joey Roberts [aka Miquelon] (guitar; 1971) / Brian Dewhurst (drums; 1971) / Gerry Legault (bass, vocals; 1971)
Kennedy and Smith had been playing together in Toronto with the Soul Searchers, a four-piece band fronted by Eric Mercury and Diane Brooks. Following the break-up of that group, Kennedy, and then Smitty, joined Grant Smith And The Power, the quartet of Marco (Bar-Kays, Upset), Smith (Belltones, David Clayton-Thomas), Kennedy (Silhouetes, The Soul Searchers) and Stone splintered from the nine-piece showband having grown tired of performing material by others. They formed Motherlode in 1969 and moved to the isolation of London, Ontario so they could pursue their own original tunes. They starved and stayed with friends but finally caught a break after their debut at Thee Image Club when Mort Ross signed them to Revolver/Compo Records that year. Their first single, “When I Die”, was produced by Doug Riley and Terry Brown and failed to make a splash on radio. However, the band’s reciprocal deal in the US with Neil Bogart’s Buddah Records made the song a No.18 hit. With the song selling upwards of 500, 000 copies it eventually made it to Canadian charts (reaching No.5) and causing RPM magazine to declare them Canada’s first Supergroup. Their debut album, also called “When I Die” also featured the Top30 hit “Memories of a Broken Promise”. With the second album progressing slowly, Revolver continued culling material from the debut. The band split up in January 1970 and second album, “Tapped Out”, was released posthumously in the US only. Kennedy, Stone and Marco moved on right away to Doug Riley’s band Dr. Music. Revolver Records owned the name Motherlode and decided to flog a dead horse. Smith brought in they had Smitty replenish the ranks with three new musicians – drummer Philip Wilson, guitarist Anthony Shinault and sax player Doug Richardson. As the second version of Motherlode they released one 7″ single in the fall of 1970, “I’m So Glad You’re You (And Not Me)” backed with Shinault’s instrumental “Whipoorwill”. The new record flopped and the group split almost immediately. Revolver president Mort Ross brought in Gord Waszek (Leigh Ashford) to begin writing for the next version of Motherlode which turned out to be “All That’s Necessary” and was recorded by the third Motherlode incarnation – vocalist Breen Leboeuf (Chimot) and bassist Mike Levine (later of Triumph) plus Waszek and several other members of the flagging Leigh Ashford ensemble. The B-side was a renamed version of “Hiro Smothek” from 1970’s ‘Tapped Out’ LP called “The Chant”. To promote the record, yet another version of Motherlode was born — Levine, singer Wayne St. John (THP Orchestra, Domenic Troiano Band), guitarist Kieran Overs (Stringband), and two former members of Leigh Ashford Wally Cameron (drums) and Newton Garwood (keyboards). Despite a major promotion push the record flopped and the band split. By March 1971, the remnants of Montreal-based Natural Gas (which would feature George Olliver among its members) were given the dubious distinction of becoming version five of Motherlode: Dave Berman (saxophone), Brian Wray (keyboards), Joey Roberts [Miquelon] (guitar), Brian Dewhurst (drums) and Gerry Legault (bass, vocals). They didn’t even manage a recording before ditching the name and becoming Truck (with drummer Graham Lear). The original Motherlode actually reunited to record in 1976 for the song”Happy People” but the name was still tied up in red tape and it had to be released as a Kenny Marco solo project. The name was used, in November 1989, for a live reunion during a week of performances at the Club Bluenote in Toronto. They even managed to write and tape eight new songs in 1990 but those sessions have yet to be released. with notes from Bill Munson, Breen LeBoeuf, Wally Cameron and Gord Waszek.

1969 When I Die/Hard Life (Revolver) REVS-002
1969 Memories of a Broken Promise/What Does It Take (To Win Your Love) (Revolver) REVS-004
1970 Dear Old Daddy Bill/Living Life (Revolver) REVS-005
1970 I’m So Glad You’re You (And Not Me)/Whipoorwill (Revolver) REVS-008
1971 All That’s Necessary/Chant (Revolver/RCA) 75-1046

1969 When I Die (Revolver) RLPS-501
1970 Tapped Out (Buddah – US) BDS-5108
1996 When I Die/Tapped Out [2-fer-1 CD re-issue] (Pacemaker) PACE-007

Compilation Tracks
“When I Die” on ’24 Dynamic Hits’ (Syndicate/K-Tel) SH-920
1973 “When I Die” on ‘Canadian Mint’ (K-Tel) TC-215
1990 “When I Die” on ‘Made In Canada – Volume One: The Early Years’ (BMG) KCD1-7156
1996 “When I Die” on ‘Oh What a Feeling: A Vital Collection of Canadian Music (MCA) JUNO-25

Hawksley Workman
/ Ryan Dahle / Steve Bays
Indie rock group featuring Workman, Dahle (Limblifter), and Bays (Hot Hot Heat) that came together after the three met during the 2009 JUNO Awards. Their first single was “Headphones” in January 2013 followed by their full-length debut album, ‘Thrash Rock Legacy,’ in March 2014. The album was a nominee for the 2014 Polaris Music Prize. The Mounties was named SIRIUS-XM’s ‘Emerging Artist of the Year’ in 2014. The group took a hiatus to work on their priority projects and reconvened in 2019 for their sophomore release ‘Heavy Meta.’

Headphones (Light Organ)

Thrash Rock Legacy (Light Organ) 25396 -0581
2019 Heavy Meta (Light Organ/Fontana North) 25396 -1151

Brian Higgins
(vocals, drums) / Barry Pierotti (vocals, guitar) / Ronnie Stutz (vocals, guitar) / Jack Pierotti (vocals, bass) / Don Beauchamp (vocals, keyboards)
From Montréal, Québec featuring Don Beauchamp (ex-Cruiser/Ian Cognito)

Christine/Outta Town Boogie Man (Elevator) L-458403

Trevor Duce (vocals; 1983) / Jaimie Vernon (bass, guitar, vocals; 1983-1992) / Simon Bedford-James (guitar, bass, keyboards, vocals; 1983-1985) / Austin So (bass; 1983-1984)  / Gord Jones (drums; 1983-1984) / Gord Giblin (bass; replaced So 1984; and 1988) / Jason Clarke (drums; replaced Jones 1984; replaced Tedd 1985-1988) / Ivan Judd (vocals; 1984; 1988-1992) / James ‘Oz’ Greeley (drums; replaced Clarke 1984) / Tom Siebenga (guitar, vocals; 1984)  / Ray Williams (bass; 1984) / Brian X (drums; replaced Greeley 1984) / Mark Sale (drums; replaced Brian X 1984) / Anders Andersen (bass; replaced Williams 1984) / Darren McDonald (saxophone; 1984) / Saverio Schembri (bass, guitar; replaced Andersen 1984) / Dave Tedd (drums, keyboards; replaced Sale 1984-1986) / Allen Gavigan (bass; replaced Bedford-James 1985) / Anton Evans (bass; replaced Gavigan 1985) / Vic Kennedy (bass; replaced Evans 1985) / Garry McDougall (guitar; 1987) / Rodney Maltais (keyboards; 1987) / Chris Walmsley (drums; replaced Clarke 1988) / John Barr (drums; replaced Walmsley 1988-1989) / Glenn Belcher (guitar; replaced McDougall 1988-1990; 1991-1992) / Sharon Judd (vocals, keyboards; 1988-1992) / Sean Hovington (guitar; replaced Belcher 1990-1991) / Marc Worne (drums; replaced Barr 1989) /  Mike Thorne (drums; replaced Worne 1989) / Duanne Welsh (drums; replaced Thorne 1989-90; 1992) / Stacey Washington (drums; replaced Welsh 1990-91) / Kim Blackmore (guitar; 1991)
When Swindled bassist Tim James quit that band in 1982 to join Flaming Apostles, remaining members Vernon, Clarke and Judd carried on with Gord Giblin (bass), Nick Clarke (Jason Clarke’s brother on guitar) and Paul O’Connor (second drums) as Youth In Asia. Nine months later the line-up went through a change before finally self-destructing at their only gig – a Scarborough, Ontario High School Battle Of The Bands contest. Vernon parted with the band and took up as manager of another act on the same bill – Appalling Taste. During initial meetings of the band various members objected to the management decision and promptly quit leaving the guitar spot open. Vernon switched from management duties to guitar duties and the band changed its name to Moving Targetz was born in May 1983. After several false starts and one ill-conceived gig at the St. Michael’s Boys school the band finally gelled in late 1984 with Vernon (guitar), Bedford-James (bass), Schembri (guitar, keyboards, saxophone) and Tedd (drums), Targetz managed its first tour of Ontario in 1985. The reaction was positive enough to prompt the four-piece to head into Rhythms In Dark Studio with Rick Winkle (Vital Sines) to record their debut EP ‘The Wonderful World Of…Moving Targetz’ which met with divided response. Tedd soon grew tired of his roll as drummer and preferred to pursue his first love, keyboards, leaving the drum stool vacant. Swindled/Youth In Asia alumnus Clarke was recruited (having tried unsuccessfully to launch Targetz earlier) and the band became a five piece. With a step up in style they also attracted a manager who suggested another line-up change. Bedford-James and Schembri were at odds with the new manager and promptly quit. They would form Swedish Fish in the Fall of 1985. Targetz carried on as a three-piece until a bassist could be found — Vic Kennedy — and the band returned to the bar circuit. This was short lived as Kennedy soon quit to pursue an English doctorate in England. Targetz dumped their manager and decided to concentrate on recording as a three piece. Demos were recorded in September 1985 with Frank Watt (Klaatu) at Certain Circles studio and the members decided on their next move. A full album was decided on and the trio began recording in January 1986 first with studio owner Gary Brown at the helm and when his time was tied up managing Thief, Carey Gurden (Spoons, Strange Advance) was brought in. Not long after Tedd disappeared and recording was suspended. Vernon temporarily took up bass with Swedish Fish for the fall of 1986 until he and Clarke realized that Tedd was not coming back to the band. A new engineer was brought in, Brian Gagnon (The Hunt), to salvage the tapes and more material was recorded with the addition of guitarist Garry McDougall and keyboardist Rodney Maltais. Finally, after two years of work, the album ‘Bulletproof’ was released on the band’s own label, Bullseye Records, in February 1988. Reaction was immediate and well received but there was only a studio act and not a touring act so the record lived and died based on its ability to gain momentum in the media. Vernon decided that he would put a new act together and brought in his old pal Ivan Judd (from Swindled and Youth In Asia) and try a whole new tact for Moving Targetz. By the summer of 1988 the duo were in the studio with bassist Giblin (Youth In Asia) and drummer Walmsley for three new songs. This line-up didn’t work out and former Holly Rose members Barr (drums) and Belcher (guitar) were added along with Judd’s wife Sharon on backing vocals to make Targetz a quintet. The band debuted live at Toronto’s El Mocambo in January 1989. More tour dates followed and the band headed into the studio to record the EP ‘Not Just For Those Who Believe In God’ on Bullseye. In March 1989 Barr bailed. Targetz pressed on using the momentum from good reviews; and continued gigging with occasional drummer Marc Worne through the summer of 1989. “Do You Believe” began a modest rotation on Canadian radio. The band headed to New York City with their 4-song EP to the annual New Music Seminar. “Do You Believe?” was already in circulation on the NMS Indie-Can ’89 CD and interest had begun brewing weeks before from places like Germany. One of these contacts, Jerry Love of Famous Music Publishing, fell over himself gushing about “Do You Believe?” and the EP. He suggested that a showcase in Toronto could put the final stamp on a publishing deal, but the band, instead spent the remainder of 1989 looking for a new drummer. The opportunity was lost. Eventually drummer Duane Welsh (Blindside) was added and the band launched into the “Bigger Than Bowling Tour 1990” which raised money for the act to return to the studio to start the long awaited second album. However, a full-year would pass and Welsh became restless and quit before the album could be completed. Stacey Washington was added on the skins and he continued with the band’s second full blown Canadian tour – “Deadlier Than Darts ’91’. Soon they launched the second album, ‘eMpTy’D’, and began stepping up their profile doing opening slots for such acts as Trooper, Haywire, and the Killer Dwarfs. Alas, the year-long trek amounted to little more than frustration. A second guitarist was added in Ritchie Blackmore’s cousin Kim Blackmore but that line-up would be the last as Targetz played its last show in November 1991 at the late lamented Rock And Roll Heaven in Toronto. Posthumously, Moving Targetz has continued generating noise. In 1992, an HBO documentary called Trilogy featured two – “Do You Believe In the Fantastic?” and “Guns Are Cocked”. Also in 1992, “Drugstore Roulette” was reissued on the compilation CD ‘Unsigned, Sealed And Delivered, Vol.3′ and there was a short-lived reunion in the summer of 1992 featuring The Judds, Vernon, Welsh and Belcher. Vernon eventually teamed up with former drummer Duanne Welsh (Dr. Rock & The Wild Bunch) to join Oshawa’s The Hounds from 1991 to 1993. The duo would later form Top-40 act Spare Parts with singer Maureen Leeson (The Life) and guitarist Geoff Wilson who toured regularly as original act Sharon’SISTER. Belcher became their soundman and recording engineer from 1995-1997. In the fall of 1995, a Canadian Talk Radio station (which has never been identified) began using Moving Targetz’ “Living In Danger”; Ivan Judd would go on to form Cheaper Than Therapy; Stacey Washington continued drumming with various projects like Strawman, Spills Manor, Terry & The Twilight Zone, and The Richmond Hillbillies before joining Bullseye Recording artists Soap Opera and co-founding The First Time; Simon Bedford-James went to the big leagues after landing a major label recording contract with Universal/MCA for his band MadE. He revived his band Swedish Fish in 2006 and now fronts Mr! Mouray with Moving Targetz co-founder Jaimie Vernon; Mike Thorne would go on to join Beach Boys tribute act Endless Summer and is currently drumming for Saga; In 2017 Vernon, Judd, Welsh and Sharon’SISTER guitarist Geoff Wilson performed as Moving Targetz at This Ain’t Hollywood in Hamilton, Ontario as part of the Toronto International Pop Overthrow Festival.

1985 The Wonderful World of…Moving Targetz [12″ EP](Bullseye) MTEP-001
1988 Bulletproof (Bullseye) BLP-4001
1989 Not Just For Those Who Believe In God [cassette] (Bullseye) NOVA-005
1989 Takes Manhattan [cassette] (Bullseye) NMS-10
1990 Takes Manhattan, Too [cassette] (Bullseye) NMS-11
1990 Cocked & Loaded: Live! [cassette] (Bullseye) NOVA-009
1991 1/2 eMpTy’D [cassette] (Bullseye) NOVA-015
1991 eMpTy’D [cassette] (Bullseye) CAS-4002
2012 Bulletproof: Full Coverage (1986 – 1988) [DigiFile] (Bullseye) MTLP-003
2015 Evolver: The Early Adventures Of… (1984-1985) [DigiFile] (Bullseye) MTLP-001
2016 Demolition: Missing In Action Sessions (1985) [DigiFile] MTLP-002
2019 Recoils – The EP Collection Volume 1 (1988 – 1989) [DigiFile] (Bullseye) MTLP-004a
2020 Recoils – The EP Collection Volume 2 (1990) [DigiFile] (Bullseye) MTLP-004b
2020 Detonator: Live At The El Mocambo 1989 [DigiFile] (Bullseye) MTLP-005
2021 eMpTy’d: 30th Anniversary Deluxe Edition (1990 – 1991) [DigiFile] (Bullseye) MTLP-006
2021 Aftershock: Shakin’ The Walls (1991 – 2007) [DigiFile] (Bullseye) MTLP-006X

Compilation Tracks
“Do You Believe In The Fantastic?” on ‘Indie-Can ’89’ (Intrepid) CD-2
1990 “Creation” on ‘Canada: Tune Into The Future’ (CIRPA)
1990 “Here As Now” and “Nothin’ In Particular” on ‘Yo! Sample Dis’ [cassette] (Bullseye) SAMP-01
1991 “Guns Are Cocked (edit)” on ‘Indie-Can ’91’ (Intrepid) CD-4
1991 “Do You Believe In The Fantastic (remix)” on ‘Unsigned, Sealed & Delivered, Volume 1’ (Bullseye) BLP-CD-4003
1992 “Drugstore Roulette” on ‘Unsigned, Sealed & Delivered, Volume 3’ (Bullseye) BLP-CD-4005
1996 “Roadhouse Blues (live)” and “School Of Fear (live)” on ‘Four Wedding Bands And A Flannel’ [cassette] (Bullseye) NOVA-100
2001 “Hear Us Now (Our Christmas Song)” on ‘Takin’ Care of Christmas’ (Bullseye) BLR-CD-4019
2010 “Private Life” on ‘Into the 80s: Great Toronto Bands’ (Sugar Moon) SM10-001

LINE-UP I (1974-1977): Buzz Shearman (vocals) / Earl Johnson (lead guitar) / Buddy Caine (rhythm guitar) / Terry Juric (bass) / Bill Wade (drums); LINE-UP II (1978):  Michael Rynoski [aka Mike Reno] (vocals) / Earl Johnson (lead guitar) / Buddy Caine (rhythm guitar) / Terry Juric (bass) / Danny Bilan (drums); LINE-UP III (1980s): Buzz Shearman (vocals) / Woody West (guitar; replaced Earl Johnson) / Doug MacAskill (guitar; replaced West) / Terry Juric (bass) / Buddy Caine (guitar) / Danny Bilan (drums); LINE-UP IV (2000): Brian Maxim (vocals) / Earl Johnson (lead guitar) / Buddy Caine (rhythm guitar) / Bill Wade (drums); LINE-UP V (2001-2003): Brian Maxim (vocals) / Earl Johnson (lead guitar) / Buddy Caine (rhythm guitar) / Kim Hunt (drums) / Jim Sampson (bass); LINE-UP VI (2004 – 2010): Alex Machin (vocals) / Earl Johnson (lead guitar) / Buddy Caine (rhythm guitar) / Kim Hunt (drums) / Jim Sampson (bass) / Russell Graham (vocals; replaced Alex Machin in 2006); LINE-UP VII (2013) Earl Johnson (lead guitar) / Russell Graham (vocals) / Alexis Von Kraven (drums) / Andy Narsingh (bass)
From his previous act, Leigh Ashford, Shearman had inherited the name of the long running band and had scooped up members of non-recording act Outlaw Music to reconstitute Leigh Ashford’s line-up; Earl Johnson, Terry Juric and Billy Wade. So it was in 1974, at Scarborough’s notorious rock pit The Knob Hill Hotel, that the newest incarnation of Leigh Ashford made its unnoticed debuted. But, because there was new blood and a new sound the 5-piece changed its handle to Moxy for the label copy on their Yorkville Records debut single “Can’t You See I’m A Star”. The promising sounds on that trial run led to a signing with Polydor Records. The band’s first album was recorded at Sound City in Van Nuys, California with co-producer Mark Smith. As luck would have it, legendary guitarist Tommy Bolin was recording next door and added his trademark licks to the LP. When the band returned from LA, they enlisted guitarist Buddy Caine to round out the line-up and fill in the parts Bolin had injected. Moxy was able to generate a strong following in America, specifically in Texas. Two more albums — ‘Moxy II’ featuring their radio hit “Take It Or Leave It” (1976) and ‘Ridin’ High’ (1977) – and the constant grind of road life gave Shearman vocal chord problems. He quit Moxy to rest his throat and later formed Buzz Saw (with ex-Christmas guitarist Bob Bulger and drummer Frank Russell) which couldn’t rise above the bar scene. His vocal problems persisted and he had to pass on an opportunity to replace the late Bon Scott in AC/DC. Shearman’s replacement was Mike Rynoski for the album ‘Under the Lights’ (1978). But it wasn’t the same old Moxy and before long Shearman was back fronting the band and a new line-up featuring Doug MacAskill (guitar) and Danny Bilan (drums) carried on to little fanfare. Caine, Juric, and Bilan created Voodoo while Bill Wade formed Bongo Fury with Goddo’s Gino Scarpelli. Both acts had songs featured on the El Mocambo Records compilation ‘Toronto Calling’. Mike Rynoski changed his name to Mike Reno and had massive success with 1980’s pop act Loverboy. Shearman quit music and took up a day job. He died at the age of 33 in a motorcycle accident on June 16, 1983. He was survived by country singer wife Valerie Shearman and son Jesse. Through Valerie’s job as executive of Precision/Ahed Records, the former band members put together one more Moxy album – a retrospective tribute in 1984. In the mid’90’s Valerie Shearman oversaw the release of all of Moxy’s back catalogue on CD through Pacemaker Records including a ‘best of’ package called ‘Self-Destruction’. In 1999 Moxy drummer Bill Wade called Moxy members Earl Johnson and Buddy Caine after a 20 year recording gap to produce Moxy’s fifth studio album appropriately titled ‘Moxy V’. New vocalist Brian Maxim (former member of Stumbling Blind and The Passing Fancy), who was considered a true member of Moxy, as Brian sang back-ups for “Buzz” on tour back in 1977, worked with Buddy Caine and Terry Juric in the band Voodoo and worked with “Buzz” at Shaw Industries in the early 80s . Bill Wade grew very ill shortly after Moxy V was released. Unable to continue, a replacement for Bill became necessary and a bass player was also needed to replace Terry Juric who couldn’t play live. Drummer Kim Hunt and bassist Jim Samson, both former members of Zon, were added/ For their 25 anniversary Moxy played in San Antonio (alongside fellow special guests Saxon) in 2000 and performed again in 2004 with Budgie and Michael Schenker (Scorpions & UFO) at the annual Legs Diamond Bash in the Sunken Garden Theater to the delight of 6,000 fans. The popularity that Moxy still holds in Europe prompted the band’s first tour outside North America in 2001. Later that year Moxy found a home at Bullseye Records of Canada and released the ‘best of’ live album ‘Raw’ which was recorded in Pickering, Ontario ‘live’ off the floor in a secret warehouse location to an invitation-only audience. Bullseye Records of Canada also re-released Moxy V in North America with remastered and re-edited songs and new a track sequence supervised by Earl Johnson at Soho Studios in Toronto with engineer Glenn Belcher. Brian Maxim was later replaced by former A Foot In Coldwater/Champion vocalist Alex Machin before Moxy ground to a halt. Later, Johnson would form a supergroup side project called Hard Road with Rick Lazaroff (Santers) and Russell Graham (Killer Dwarfs). Inspired, Johnson reformed Moxy again without Buddy Caine and with Russell Graham on lead vocals. By the time of Moxy’s 40th anniversary in 2016,Johnson had shuffled the line-up once more to included Nick Walsh (Slik Toxik) on lead vocals; Johnson is now guitarist for Hamilton band Long Black Cadillacs; Bill Wade succumbed to cancer July 27, 2001 at the age of 53. with notes from Bill Munson, Peter Burnside, Cam Atkinson, and Wayne Diamond.

1974 Can’t You See I’m A Star/Out of the Darkness Into The Fire (Yorkville) YVM-45105
1975 Sail On, Sail Away (Edit)/Time To Move On (Polydor) 2065-291
1976 Take It Or Leave It/Wet Suit (Polydor) 2065-318
1977 Cause There’s Another (Edit)/Slippin’ Out (Polydor) 2065-340
1977 Ridin’ High/I’ll Set You On Fire (Polydor) 2065-353
1977 Rock ‘N’ Roll Volume 1 [4-song 7″ EP] (Polydor – BRAZIL) 2229-203
1978 Sing To Me/Livin’ And Learnin’ (Polydor) 2065-387
1978 Maybe I Can See You/Sailor’s Delight (Polydor) 2065-394
1984 Ridin’ High/Change In My Life [7″] (Ahed) AH-1010
1984 Ridin’ High/Change In My Life [12”] (Ahed) A12-1
2009 You Can’t Stop the Music In Me [Digi-File]

1975 Moxy (Polydor) 2480-132
1976 Moxy II (Polydor)  2480-372
1977 Ridin’ High (Polydor) 2480-402
1978 Under The Lights (Polydor) 2480-460
1984 Moxy: A Tribute To Buzz Shearman (Ahed) AS-8227
1995 Self-Destruction: The Best of Moxy (Pacemaker) PACE-001
2000 Moxy V (Pacemaker) MAKE-1
2001 Moxy V [re-issue] (Bullseye) BLR-CD-4057
2002 Raw (Bullseye) BLR-CD-4059
2014 Live In Toronto (Perris – US)
2015 40 Years And Still Riding High [2CD + DVD] (Escape – EUR)

Thinking About You [re-issue of ‘Under The Lights’] (Ahed) AS-8228

Compilation Tracks
“Take It Or Leave It” on ‘Right On’ (K-Tel) TC-236
1977 “Cause There’s Another” on ‘Stars’ (K-Tel) TC-248
1977 “Nothin’ Comes Easy” on ‘Mercury Sampler’ (Phonogram) MK-35
1984 “Another Time, Another Place” on ‘Striktly for Konnoisseurs’ (Music for Nations – US) MFN-32

Michael Ford (vocals, guitar, percussion) / David Matheson (vocals, guitar, accordion) / Murray Foster (vocals, guitar, bass) / Jian “Jean” Ghomeshi (vocals, percussion, drums)
Four-part a cappella/instrumental act from Toronto who met on an unlikely school trip that featured, among other things a hog-calling contest in Flesherton, Ontario. After splitting the prize for winning ‘Most Promising Pig-Caller’ the members met for the first time on the winners podium — legend has it that the winning pigs were named “Moxy” and “Früvous” (but the members of the band are just as likely to give a different definition of the band’s name when asked). Back at school they found common musical interests and began hanging out and writing material together. Two of the future members wrote 3 full length musicals for a nearby School Of The Arts and the other two future members created pop-funk act Tall New Buildings. TNB were signed to Sommersault Records and released the seminal MuchMusic hit “Breaking Down Her Walls”. Later the four would re-convene as neighbourhood buskers and eventually made their way down to Toronto’s Harbourfront in 1990. In the fall of 1990 a CBC radio executive spotted them and brought them into the studio to appear on the prime-time drive show ‘Later The Same Day’. The CBC brass were impressed with their penchant for political satire and commissioned the act to write 25 satirical tunes for such shows as ‘Sunday Morning’, Gzowski’s ‘Morningside’ and CBC-TV’s ‘The Journal’. By 1991 the four singers decided to make this comedy/satire routine a legitimate act. Their eponymous debut release was an independent 6 song cassette featuring the indie video “King Of Spain” in 1992. With their cassette topping the independent charts at HMV stores across Canada on a trend created by successful indie act The Barenaked Ladies (who signed to Warner) the band began getting interest from major labels who were impressed with the sale of 15,000 cassettes without the benefit of promotion. The cassette stayed on the national charts for over a year and by mid 1992 the band was opening for such acts as Bryan Adams and Bob Dylan. By the fall they won a CFNY-FM CASBY Award for ‘Best New Central Canadian Group’ and began a cross Canada tour. By the end of the year the tape had sold gold (50,000 copies) almost half of which were sold from the stage. Warners soon signed Früvous and their debut album for the label, ‘Bargainville’, contained remakes of the act’s best live favourites and 5 songs from the cassette including “King of Spain”. The first single from the album was the slice-of-life “Stuck In The ’90’s” which put Moxy Früvous on radio stations nationwide. Their sophomore effort, ‘Wood’, was released in 1995. Moxy Früvous released six more albums before the group folded in 2001; Ghomeshi has gone on to some prominence as a TV journalist on CBC Newsworld and CBC TV and CBC Radio show ‘Q.’ He was caught up in a national scandal in 2014 and acquitted of all charges.

King of Spain (East-West/Warner)
1993 My Baby Loves A Bunch of Authors (East- West/Warner)
1993 Stuck In The ’90’s (East- West/Warner) YZ-816CD
1993 Fell In Love (East- West/Warner)
1995 Down From Above (Warner)
1995 Fly (Warner)
1997 Get In the Car (Warner)
1999 I Will Hold On (True North)
1999 Splatter (True North)

Moxy Früvous [cassette] (independent)
1993 Bargainville (Warner) W2-93134
1995 Wood (Warner) W2-10616
1996 The ‘b’ Album (Warner Music) W2-15223
1997 You Will Go To The Moon (Bottom Line – US) VEL-97301
1998 Live Noise (Warner) W2-23269
1999 Thornhill (True North) TND-182
2000 The ‘c’ Album (Moxy Früvous) MF-500

Compilation Tracks
“King of Spain” on ‘New Stuff’ (MMS) NSCD-001
1992 “King of Spain” on ‘Indie-Can ‘92’ (Intrepid) CD-5
1993 “River Valley” on ‘New Stuff Seven’ (MMS) NSCD-007
1995 “Drinking Song/Goodnight Irene” on ‘The Kumbaya Album 1995’ (Warner) CD-11719
2001 “King of Spain” on ‘Oh What a Feeling 2: A Vital Collection of Canadian Music’ (CMC) 0885

The brainchild of Gerry Mosby (ex-Bond/Hunt/Rhinegold) who was signed to Mesa/Blue Moon (a joint venture with Rhino Records) out of the US. Mosby wrote, performed, and produced all 9 songs on his 1989 debut album ‘Mystique & Identity’. Alas, because he was the entire ‘band’ he could not cost effectively tour the record stateside despite getting significant airplay for the first single “The End of the Beginning.” With notes from Gerry Mosby.

The End of the Beginning (Mesa/Blue Moon)
199? Mad Money (Master Club Mix)/Mad Money (Underground Dub Mix)//Mad Money (Ragamettal Stylee Mix)/ Mad Money (Raga Freestyle Mix) [12”] (Virgin) MOZZ-001

Mystique & Identity (Mesa/Blue Moon) R2-79018

Simon Bedford-James (lead vocals, guitar) / Jaimie Vernon (bass, vocals) / Nelson Pereira (guitar, vocals) / Domenic Whelan (drums, vocals) / David Otanez (drums; replaced Whelan 2019) / Craig Adams (drums; replaced Otanez 2022)
After leaving his former band The Snows, Simon Bedford-James formed Mr! Mouray in 2018 with drummer Domenic Whelan (ex-Mahones) and Jaimie Vernon (ex-Moving Targetz). The would produce their first digital-only LP ‘Bats In Disguise’ later in 2018. This was followed by a stand-alone Christmas single called ‘Christmas Belles/Christmas Bells’ in December 2019. Nelson Pereira (ex-The Last Band/Swedish Fish) joined for their EP ‘Atlantic’ in early 2019. Whelan abruptly left the band without explanation following the EP’s release. A former bandmaster of Pereira’s, David Otanez, was brought in as new drummer. The band released two more EPs in 2019 – ‘Joy Luck Division’ and ‘Spares.’ Their 2nd full-length album ‘What’s The Stouray…Mr! Mouray’ was co-produced by JUNO Award winning producer John Critchley and released in November 2022.

Bats In Disguise [Digi-File] (Bullseye)
2018 Christmas Belles/Christmas Bells [Digi-File] (Bullseye) BELLS2
2019 Sunshine Supermarket [Digi-File] (Bullseye) SHINE3
2019 Hey! [Digi-File] (Bullseye)
2019 Joy Luck Division [Digi-File] (Bullseye) JOYUS5
2019 Diamond Wheels [Digi-File] (Bullseye) WHEELS7
2019 Wild Woman From Oshawa [Digi-File] (Bullseye)
2019 Spares [Digi-File] (Bullseye)
2020 Sick Day [Digi-File] (Bullseye)
2020 Happy Ever Over [Digi-File] (Bullseye)
2022 Cats Can’t Fly [Digi-File] (Bullseye)

Bats In Disguise [Digi-File] (Bullseye) GUANO1
2019 Atlantic [Digi-File] (Bullseye) LZOSO4
2019 Joy Luck Division [Digi-File] (Bullseye) JLUCK6
2019 Joy Luck Division – Double The Luck Edition [Digi-File] (Bullseye)
2019 Spares [Digi-File] (Bullseye) SPARE8
2019 Spare Luck [12” vinyl] (Bullseye)
2022 What’s The Stouray [CD] (Bullseye) BLP-6000

Tamara Williamson (vocals, guitar, piano) / Chris Waller (bass, vocals) / Steve Pitkin (drums, percussion, vocals) / Simon Nixon (guitar)

Rich, Beautiful and Mine/[w/RHEOSTATICS] (Godspeed) GSR-002
1997 3 Wishes (ViK/BMG) KCDP-51555
1997 Porn (Ariola) 42981-2

Why The Sky (Third Leg) TL1
1997 I’m the Bird (ViK/BMG) 41752-2


Love Me Tonite/Running (The Great Eastern Production Co.) SR-59

Rene Boileau (keyboards) / Tagg Hindsgaul (lead guitar) / Rick St.Jean (rhythm guitar) / Del Desrosiers (bass)  / Eddie Kaye (drums)
The Munks hailed from Montreal, Québec. In 1964 (and prior to Desrosier joining), they were known as Exit 4 and released one single on the Regency label in 1965 called “Please Come Back Marie” which was quite popular in Montreal. After changing their name to The Munks in 1966 and adopting monks habits as their stage persona, they were signed to Columbia Records. They released “Long Time Waiting” on Columbia to little fanfare. Subsequent singles followed on Phonodisc and London Records with a modicum of local success. In 1969, the band (minus Hindsgaul) teamed up with Franki Hart (using her original stage name) and Bill Hill (of J.B. and the Playboys) to form Freedom North. Kaye, St. Jean and Leroux all ended up as part of Don Graham’s band Graham County in 1971. with notes from Frankie Hart.

1966 Long Time Waiting/Heartaches Over My Head (Columbia) C4-2688
1967 O-O Je T’aime/Avancez En Arrière (Phonodisc) 312
1968 Make It Or Break It/Fancy Free (London) M-17357

as EXIT 4

1965 Please Come Back Marie/Hold Me Close (Regency) R-961

MUNSEY, Terence
From Richmond Hill, Ontario.

1977 Already Stranded/Patricia (Of The Hills) (Munsey) TJPM-01
1978 Ted Went To See/Take Me (Munsey) 471238
1979 Song For Lydia/Dancin’ (Quality) 2336X
1980 Dancin/Wishing You Could Be With Me (Lotos) 4717
Come Back/Breakin’ Me Down (Lotos) 2531
1982 Baby Don’t Go/[same] (Lotos) LTS-59015
1982 Living Without You/Baby Blue Bikini (Lotos) LTS-648X
1986 Angel/Don’t Take Your Love Away (Lotos) LTS-27014

Born: Ralph Murphy in 1944 in Saffron Walden, Essex, England
Died: May 28, 2019
British-born Murphy moved to Wallaceburg, Ontario, Canada with his mother when he was six and over time taught himself how to play guitar. He relocated later to Salt Spring Island on the West Coast and at the age of 17 was playing gigs between Los Angeles – living on Manhattan Beach and playing coffeehouses – and New York. He formed a duo with Jack Klaeysen back in Wallaceburg (while working a day job dredging the St. Lawrence Seaway). After hearing the Beatles, they knew they had to go to England. They bought one-way tickets on a ship from New York and arrived in Liverpool on February 14, 1965. They were bunked in steerage on board the ship and began playing for the other passengers. They met the brother of agent Joe Collins (father of actress Joan Collins) and he invited them to meet in London at his talent agency offices. Murphy didn’t believe him, and the duo continued on to Liverpool. The British Invasion had already blown through the town and so gigs and audiences were sparse. They eventually met Gerry & The Pacemakers who told them to head to London where the music scene was thriving. As The Guardsmen, they began playing at the New Oxford Theatre opening for The Ivy Leagues, The Pretty Things, The Byrds, Martha and the Vandellas, and within four months had a record deal brokered by the agent they’d met on the ship – Joe Collins – on Petula Clark producer Tony Hatch’s Pye Records. Eventually, they renamed themselves the Slade Brothers and released four singles on Pye including the Roger Greenway/Roger Cook song called “What a Crazy Life” which became a hit in early 1966 with airplay on European station Radio Luxembourg. The act would do opening gigs around the UK for The Walker Brothers, The Kinks, The Troggs, The Byrds and others. In 1965 Murphy and Klaeyson signed his first publishing deal with Mills Music (later known as Belwin Mills) in England after which his first hit song was “Call My Name” by James Royal in 1966. The same year Murphy started producing records for Parlophone, Decca, CBS, Fontana, Phillips, and Carnaby where he would also write hit singles for Billy Fury (“Beyond a Shadow of a Doubt”), and The Casuals (“Touched”). Murphy formed Harper and Rowe in 1967 (he was Harper) who put out several singles and a full-length LP in 1968. At the end of the Israeli War in 1968 a touring Hebrew act called The High Windows had Murphy translate their songs into English to try and find success in the UK and Europe. After the departure of one of the band members, he joined the act under the name Raffi Murphy. Murphy’s next move was to head to New York as Director of Production for Belwin/Mills Publishing, where he produced demos for Broadway musicals such as ‘Pippin’ and ‘The Magic Show’. Through his CBS production deal he recorded under the name Pendleton Brown and released the 1971 single “Morning Glory” (b/w Leonard Cohen’s “Suzanne”). He also started two successful record labels – Double M Records (distributed by London Records), and Hard Core Records (distributed by GRT Records) where he continued releasing singles as Pendleton Brown. Among the many dozens of acts he produced during that time were Magnificent Men, Chris Bartley, The Alibis, Sea Dog, Mashmakhan, Rock Garden, Studebaker Hawk, New City Jam Band, Shooter, and April Wine who Murphy produced two gold albums for. Under his Double M Records he released a number of solo singles and had a successful run with a country song called “Genevieve” as well as two pop acts under the pseudonyms of Whinding and Roadhouse – which featured some of New York’s finest session players including Tony Levin (bass), Jimmy Young (drums), and Elliott Randall fresh off recording his iconic solo on Steely Dan’s “Reeling In The Years”. Roadhouse would have a Canadian hit with the song “Good Times (and Loving You).” Having a country hit in 1972 by Jeanie C. Riley “Good Enough To Be Your Wife” under his belt, Ralph went to Nashville to pick up his award and eventually moved there in 1976 after producing Walter Zwol’s band Brutus for GRT Records. He often flew back to Canada to continue producing acts including both Shooter albums (where he brought two Leo Sayer songs to them, and revived his Pendleton Brown tune “Morning Glory”). With partner Roger Cook – who he’d met the day the Guardsmen had auditioned for Pye Records back in England – he formed the Picalic Group & Pic-A-Lic Music Publishing and has had more than twenty number one records including hits by Mickey Gilley, Travis Tritt, Shania Twain, Ray Price, and the ‘Song of the Year’ award winning song “Talking In Your Sleep” by Crystal Gayle. Pic-A-Lic became one of the most successful independent publishers in Nashville and was eventually sold to EMI. Murphy started a new company Kersha Music with Richard Perna of Hamstein Music and then in 1994 joined ASCAP as part of Connie Bradley’s Nashville staff. He is a past president of NSAI and past president of The Nashville Chapter of NARAS and currently serves on the board for Canadian Country Music Association. He now resides as ASCAP Vice President International & Domestic, Membership Group and works on many committees and teaches seminars held throughout North America; Ralph Murphy passed away May 28, 2019. with notes from Ralph Murphy, Don Graham, Breen LeBeouf, Dave Buerster, Fred Hinnegan and Dave Sampson.[also see ROADHOUSE, WHINDING

1972 And I Just Danced Along/Heaven Bound (Double M/London) DM-502
1972 Genevieve/Country Preacher (Double M/London) DM-505
1973 Sing Me One/Elijah Stone (Double M/London) DM-508
1973 Pick ‘Em Up Easy/Riverboat Man (Double M/London) DM-510
1976 Star Born Every Minute/Rocking Train (GRT) 1230-130
1986 Thank You For The Nights/They Only Come Out At Night (Attic) PUB-1

1965 Love And Comfort/Clearly I See (Pye – UK)

1965 Love and Comfort/Clearly I See (Pye – UK) 7N-15877
1965 Don’t You Cry Over Me/Don’t Be Gone Too Long (Pye – UK) 7N-15966
1966 Peace In My Mind/Life’s Great Race (Pye – UK) 7N-1708
1966 What A Crazy Life/For A Rainy Day (Pye – UK) 7N-17176


1967 Keep On Dancin’/On The Rooftop (White Whale – UK) WW-258
1968 Picture Me High/Where She Is (Liberty – France) 2C-006-90-268

1976 Star Born Every Minute (GRT) 9230-1062
2008 Ralph Murphy (independent)

1968 Harper And Rowe (World Pacific – UK) WPS-21882

Compilation Tracks
“Here Comes Yesterday Again” on ‘Soft Sounds for Gentle People’ (Pet) PET-001

Born: Morna Anne Murray on June 20, 1945 in Springhill, Nova Scotia
Murray grew up with five brothers and the only daughter of a physician James Carson Murray and his wife Marion Margaret, a trained nurse. She enjoyed pop and folk music while in high school and in 1964, when in her second year at the University of New Brunswick (where she received a degree in physical education), she auditioned for the CBC-TV show Singalong Jubilee. She didn’t get the job, since there were enough altos in the cast, but co-host and associate producer Bill Langstroth tracked her down two years later and convinced her to join the show. Giving up her brief career as a physical education teacher, Murray has never looked back. Her first album was ‘What About Me’, released in 1968 on the little Canadian Arc label. Following her signing to the larger Capitol Records in Canada, her first big hit in the US was a version of Gene McLellan’s “Snowbird” which peaked at No. 8 in August of 1970 and No.13 in Canada. She would hit Top20 with “Talk It Over In the Morning” (1971) and “Cotton Jenny” (1972) in Canada but failed to land the songs on US charts. However, she would best her US chart success of “Snowbird” with the Kenny Loggins penned “Danny’s Song” which peaked at No.7 on the Billboard charts and No.5 on the CHUM Chart in February 1973. The follow-up single, “What About Me”, barely scratched the Top30 in Canada and was a disappointing non-starter stateside.  In 1974 Murray would release two albums. First she released the pop album ‘Love Song’ whose title track went to No.12 in the US and No.11 in Canada in mid-January 1974 followed immediately by the Top10 remake of Lennon & McCartney’s “You Won’t See Me” in May 1974 on both sides of the border. Another Lennon & McCartney single, “Day Tripper”, was also released but didn’t meet with the same success. The second album she released, later in 1974, was the first of three country albums entitled simply ‘Country’. This was followed by ‘Together’ in 1975 and ‘Keeping In Touch’ in 1976 spawning a total of nine singles all of which charted to varying degrees on Canadian and US country charts. During this period she married Bill Langstroth and settled permanently in Toronto, Ontario. In 1977 she released the highly acclaimed children’s record ‘There’s A Hippo In My Tub’. With music tastes and styles changing on the back of the disco craze, Murray decided to try her hand at what she did best – another Adult Contemporary Pop album. ‘Let’s Keep It That Way’ was released in the spring of 1978 and the first single, “You Needed Me”, skyrocketed to No.1 on the Billboard singles chart and No.4 in Canada. It was a certified international smash hit with a run at No. 1 in Malaysia for 10 straight weeks. The follow-up single, “I Just Fall In Love Again”, closed the year out in the Top20 peaking at No.12 in February 1979 in the US and No.6 in April on the CHUM Chart. The album, the singles, TV appearances and relentless touring paid off with Murray winning a Grammy Award. She did not rest on her laurels, however, and Capitol Records  fired out two new album in 1979 – “New Kind of Feeling” featuring the Top25 US hit “Shadows In the Moonlight” which became Murray last big hit in Canada at No. 13 and ‘I’ll Always Love You’ which failed to chart any singles in Canada but spawned the No.12 hit “Broken Hearted Me” in the US in October 1979 and the former Monkees No.1 hit “Daydream Believer” which Murray saw go to No.12 in January 1980. She would have only two more hits in the US – 1980’s “Could I Have This Dance” from the ‘Urban Cowboy’ movie soundtrack, and 1981’s “Blessed Are the Believers”. Both scratched the Top40 of the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart. As all of the 1970s iconic pop stars struggled to find their legs in the post-punk/new wave era, Murray released half a dozen more albums before giving herself a contemporary makeover as a contending pop singer by the end of 1985. In 1986 Murray released the album ‘Something To Talk About’ LP and its first single was “Now and Forever” which went to No. 11 on the CHUM Chart. The album spawned several more singles in “Who’s Leaving Who”, “Reach For Me” and “My Life’s a Dance” before the Jerry Buckner written”On and On” was released in the fall of 1986 and reached the Top15 on the Adult Contemporary Charts. Murray, by this time, was perfectly comfortable switching genres not only from album to album but within a single LP release. 1987’s ‘Harmony’ found her crooning and singing country. Her duet with Doug Mallory on the song “Perfect Strangers” helped push the album to No.9 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart. As the 1990s and 2000s came along Murray began taking her time picking and choosing projects that stretched her influence and personal tastes with Pop and Country crooner albums, Standards, Gospel, Christmas seasonal releases and her highly successful ‘Duets: Friend & Legends’ CD in 2007. The disc featured Murray singing with the likes of  Martina McBride, Jann Arden, Dusty Springfield, Emmylou Harris, Carol King, Olivia Newton-John, k.d. lang, Shania Twain, Shelby Lynne, Amy Grant, Indigo Girls, Céline Dion, Sarah Brightman and her daughter Dawn Langstroth.Anne Murray has won four Grammy Awards, three American Music Awards, three Country Music Association Awards, three Canadian Country Music Association Awards, 25 JUNO Awards, and she was inducted into the JUNO Hall of Fame in 1993. In November of 1995, Murray was presented with the prestigious Governor General’s Award, which is given to Canadians of “extraordinary talent and accomplishment.” She is a Companion of the Order of Canada, has been inducted into Nashville’s ‘Walkway of Stars’, has her own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and in 1989 the Anne Murray Centre opened in her hometown of Springhill, N.S. She’s performed for capacity crowds at venues such as Carnegie Hall and Radio City Music Hall in New York City, The Palladium in London, England, and the Royal Alexandra Theatre in Toronto, Ontario. Murray once opened a show in Las Vegas to a full house while Frank Sinatra played across the street. Over the years her many CBS and CBC television specials have reached millions of fans the world over. EMI Canada re-released Murray’s entire back catalogue as of a remastered albums as a 2-fer-1 Signature Series of CDs in 1998. Her worldwide album sales are in excess of 24 million and her records have attained multi-platinum status in North America and Australia, and silver status in the UK. with notes from Jerry Buckner and Greg Simpson.

1968 Snowbird – For Baby/Paths of Victory (Yorkville) YVM-45021
1968 It’s All Over/Paths of Victory (Yorkville) YVM-45023
1969 Thirsty Boots/Hard As I Try (Capitol) 72592
1970 Bidin’ My Time/I Wonder How the Old Folks Are At Home (Capitol) 72604
1970 Snowbird/Rain (Capitol) 72623
1970 Sing Hi, Sing Low/Days of the Looking Glass (Capitol) 72631
1971 A Stranger In My Place/Sycamore Slick (Capitol) 72637
1971 Put Your Hand In the Hand/It Takes Time (Capitol) 72642
1971 Talk It Over In The Morning/Head Above Water (Capitol) 72649
1972 Cotton Jenny/Destiny (Capitol) 72657
1972 Robbie’s Song For Jesus/You Can’t Have a Hand On Me (Capitol) 72668
1973 Danny’s Song/Drown Me (Capitol) 72682
1973 What About Me/Let Sunshine Have It’s Day (Capitol) 72700
1973 Send A Little Love My Way/Head Above Water (Capitol) 72704
1973 Children of My Mind (Capitol – UK) Cl-15750
1974 Love Song/You Can’t Go Back (Capitol) 72714
1974 You Won’t See Me/He Thinks I Still Care (Capitol) 72727
1974 Just One Look/Son of a Rotten Gambler (Capitol) 72737
1974 Day Tripper/Lullaby (Capitol) 4000
1974 Uproar/Lift Your Hearts To the Sun (Capitol) 4025
1974 Dream Lover/Stranger In My Place (Capitol) 4072
1975 Hey Daddy/Sleepy Time (Capitol) 72801
1975 Sunday Sunrise/Out On the Road Again (Capitol) 4142
1975 The Call/Lady Bug (Capitol) 4207
1975 Together/Golden Oldie (Capitol) 4265
1975 Together/Blue Finger Lou (Capitol – New Zealand) CP-597
1976 Things/Caress My Pretty Music (Capitol) 4329
1976 Dancin’ All Night Long/Sunday School to Broadway (Capitol) 4375
1976 Walk Right Back/A Million More (Capitol) 4527
1978 You Needed Me/I Still Wish the Very Best For You (Capitol) 4574
1979 I Just Fall In Love Again/Just To Feel This Love From You (Capitol) 4675
1979 Shadows In The Moonlight/Yucatan Café (Capitol) 4716
1979 Why Don’t You Stick Around/Broken Hearted Me (Capitol) 4773
1979 Let Me Be Your Woman/Trying To Get To You (Capitol) 4786
1979 Daydream Believer/Do You Think of Me (Capitol) 4813
1980 Lucky Me/Somebody’s Waiting (Capitol) 4848
1980 I’m Happy Just To Dance With You/What’s Forever For (Capitol) 4878
1980 Could I Have This Dance/ (Capitol) 4920
1980 Blessed Are The Believers/Only Love (Capitol-EMI) 4987
1981 We Don’t Have To Hold Out/Call Me With the News (Capitol-EMI) 5013
1981 It’s All I Can Do/If A Heart Must Be Broken (Capitol-EMI) A-5023
1981 Another Sleepless Night/It Should Have Been Me (Capitol-EMI) A-5083
1981 Where Do You Go When You Dream/Only Love (Capitol – UK) Cl-16192
1982 Song For the Mira/Fallin’ In Love (Fallin’ Apart) (Capitol-EMI) 72910
1982 Hey! Baby!/Song For the Mira (Capitol-EMI) B-5145
1982 A Little Good News/Not Afraid Anymore (Capitol-EMI) B-5264
1983 That’s Not The Way It’s Supposed To Be/The More We Try (Capitol-EMI) B-5305
1983 Just Another Woman In Love/Heart Stealer (Capitol-EMI) B-5344
1984 Nobody Loves Me Like You Do [w/Dave Loggins]/Love You Out of Your Mind (Capitol-EMI) B-5401
1984 Time Don’t Run Out On Me/Let Your Heart Do the Talking (Capitol-EMI) B-5436
1985 I Don’t Think I’m Ready For You/Take Good Care (Capitol-EMI) B-5472
1985 Go Tell It To the Mountain/O Holy Night (Capitol-EMI) B-5536
1986 Now And Forever (You And Me)/I Don’t Wanna Spend Another Night Without You (Capitol-EMI) B-5547
1986 On and On/Gotcha (Capitol-EMI) B-5655
1986 Who’s Leaving Who/Reach For Me (Capitol-EMI)  B-5575
1986 Reach For Me/Who’s Leaving Who (Capitol-EMI)  B-5576
1986 My Life’s a Dance/Heartaches (Capitol-EMI) 73002
1987 Are You Still In Love With Me/Give Me Your Love (Capitol-EMI) B-44005
1987 Anyone Can Do The Heartbreak/Without You (Capitol-EMI) B-44053
1987 Perfect Strangers [with Doug Mallory] /It Happens All the Time (Capitol-EMI) B-44134
1988 Flying On Your Own/Slow All Night (Capitol-EMI) B-44219
1988 Slow Passin’ Time/Flying On Your Own (Capitol-EMI) B-44272
1988 Who But You (Remix)/You Make Me Curious (Capitol-EMI) B-44341
1988 Winter Wonderland/Little Drummer Boy (SBK – US) 18912
1989 If I Ever Fall In Love Again [w/Kenny Rogers]/Just Another Woman (Capitol-EMI) B-44432
1989 I’d Fall In Love Tonight (Capitol-EMI) B-44495
1990 Feed This Fire (Capitol-EMI)
1991 Si jamais je te revois/If I Ever See You Again (Capitol) CDPRO-592
1991 Everyday (Capitol – Nashville) 79877
1992 I Can See Arkansas
1992 New Way Out (Capitol Country – US) PR-9600
1992 You Will (Capitol Country – US) PR-9760
1992 Are You Still In Love With Me
1993 Make Love To Me [3 song EP]
1994 The Wayward Wind
1996 What Would It Take [4 song EP] 883208
1996 That’s What My Love Is For [w/Aaron Neville] [4 song EP] (Capitol) 883479

1971 I Say A Little Prayer/By The Time I Get To Phoenix (Capitol)

1968 What About Me (Arc) A-782
1969 Reason To Believe (Ahed) 8101
1969 This Way Is My Way (Capitol) ST-6330
1970 Snowbird (Capitol) ST-579
1970 Anne Murray (Capitol) ST-667
1970 Honey, Wheat & Laughter (Capitol) ST-6350
1971 Straight, Clean & Simple (Capitol) ST-6359
1971 Talk It Over In The Morning (Capitol) ST-6366
1972 Annie (Capitol) ST-6376
1973 Danny’s Song (Capitol) ST-6393
1974 Love Song (Capitol) ST-6409
1974 Country (Capitol) ST-6425
1974 Highly Prized Possession (Capitol) ST-6428
1975 Together (Capitol) ST-11433
1976 Keeping In Touch (Capitol) ST-11559
1977 There’s A Hippo In My Tub (Capitol) ST-6454
1978 Let’s Keep It That Way (Capitol) ST-11743
1979 New Kind of Feeling (Capitol) SW-11849
1979 I’ll Always Love You (Capitol) SOO-12012
1980 A Country Collection (Capitol) SOO-12039
1980 Somebody’s Waiting (Capitol) SOO-12064
1980 Greatest Hits (Capitol) SOO-12110
1981 Where Do You Go When You Dream? (Capitol) SOO-12144
1981 Christmas Wishes (Capitol) SN-16232
1981 The Very Best of Anne Murray (Capitol) EMTV-31
1982 Hottest Night of The Year (Capitol) ST-12225
1983 A Little Good News (Capitol) ST-12301
1984 Heart Over Mind (Capitol) ST-12363
1986 Something To Talk About (Capitol) ST-12446
1987 Harmony (Capitol) ST-12562
1987 Songs of the Heart (Capitol – US) CDP7-4648
1987 Anne Murray’s Country Hits (Capitol) C1-46487
1988 As I Am (Capitol) C1-48764
1988 Christmas (Capitol) C1-90886
1989 Greatest Hits Volume II (Liberty/EMI) 792072
1990 You Will (Capitol) CDP7-94101
1990 Special Collection (Capitol – UK) EST-2112
1992 Fifteen of the Best (Liberty/EMI) 164657
1993 Croonin’ (SBK/EMI) 827012
1994 The Best…So Far (EMI) E2-7-243831158
1996 Anne Murray (SBK/EMI) 836501
1999 What A Wonderful World – 26 Inspirational Classics [2 CD] (EMI) G2-72438-20231
1999 There Goes My Everything & Other Favourites
2002 Country Croonin’ [2CD] (EMI) 38568
2004 I’ll Be Seeing You Again (EMI) 566637
2007 Duets: Friends and Legends (EMI) 386278
2008 Anne Murray’s Christmas Album (EMI) 5-09992-27642-25

Anne Murray/Glen Campbell (Capitol) SW-869

Compilation Tracks
“The Last Thing On My Mind” on ‘Singalong Jubilee Volume III’ (ARC) A-700
1968 “Reason To Believe” and “Railroad Bill” [w/Bill Langstroth & Jim Bennet] on ‘Our Family Album – The Singalong Jubilee Cast’ (ARC) AS-785
1972 “Robbie’s Song For Jesus” on ‘Maple Music Vol. 2’ (MMJ) MMJ-2
1974 “It’s All Over” on ’Hot Hits’ (Jukebox International) 74001
1974 “What About Me” on ’20 Top Hits’ (Jukebox International) 74002
1975 “What About Me” on ‘Canada Gold – 22 Karat Hits’ (K-Tel) TC-225
1978 “You Won’t See Me” on ‘Superstar Collection’ (K-Tel) TC-248
1979 “You Needed Me” on ‘Starflight’ (K-Tel) TC-259
1979 “You Needed Me” on ‘Together’ (K-Tel/Capitol Special Markets) NC-509
1980 “Shadows In the Moonlight” on ‘Expressions’ (K-Tel – US) NC-520
1980 “I Just Fall In Love Again”, “Love Song”, “Danny’s Song”, and “Snowbird” on ‘Special Ladies’ (K-Tel) NC-523
1980 “I Just Fall In Love Again” on ‘Beautiful Music’ (Arc/Precision/Ahed) TVLP-80001
1981 “Lucky Me” on ‘Full Tilt’ (K-Tel) TC-269
1981 “Could I Have This Dance” on ‘High Voltage’ (K-Tel) TC-275
1981 “Could I Have This Dance” on ‘Images’ (K-Tel – US) NC-550
1982 “Blessed Are the Believers” on ‘Night Flight’ (K-Tel – US) NC-552
1982 “Another Sleepless Night” on ‘Sound Explosion’ (K-Tel) TC-281
1982 “It’s All I Can Do” on ‘The Hit List’ (K-Tel) TC-290
1990 “Snowbird” on ‘AM Gold – 1970 (Time-Life – US) AM1-02
1996 “Snowbird” and “You Needed Me” on ‘Oh What a Feeling: A Vital Collection of Canadian Music’ (MCA) JUNO-25
1998 “What Would It Take” on ‘MuchMoreMusic’ (Universal) UMDG2-81074
2001 “Danny’s Song” on ‘Oh What a Feeling 2: A Vital Collection of Canadian Music’ (CMC) 0885
2006 “Snowbird” on ‘Oh What a Feeling 3 – Juno Awards: Celebrating 35 Years of the Best in Canadian Music’ (EMI) 59829

Died: September 15, 2020
Murray, who grew up in the mining town of Springhill, Nova Scotia, was the youngest of six kids which included famous musical sibling Anne Murray. He took piano at an early age and was a church organist by the age of 11. His education was spent at St. Xavier’s University, and after graduating, tried unsuccessfully to follow in his sister’s footsteps by auditioning for the TV show ‘Singalong Jubilee.’ Murray did more studying at the University of British Columbia which led to a final move to Toronto where he signed on with publishing reps Balmur Music (Frank Mills, John Allan Cameron). Following the release of his self-titled debut on Quality Records in 1976, he toured with Olivia Newton-John. His follow-up album, ‘There’s Always a Goodbye,’ was released on Columbia. His final album, ‘Two Hearts,’ was released on Capitol Records; He would return to teaching and became an author. He finally teamed up with his sister and made an appearance on Anne Murray’s 1993 ‘Croonin’ album. Bruce Murray passed away September 15, 2020.

1975 Belle of the Ball/Daniel (Quality) Q-2188
1976 We’re All Alone/Player In the Band (Quality) Q-2223
1977 Could It Be Love I Found Tonight/[same] (Columbia) C4-4172
1978 Who, What, When, Where, Why (Columbia) C4-4182
1979 Foggy Night On The Road/I’ll Never Stop Singing My Song (Columbia) C4-4203
1979 In The Still Of The Night/Livin’ In Love (Columbia) C4-4216
1982 Mixed Emotion/From Now On (Capitol) 72885
1984 Don’t Ya Say It/Heart Stop Beating In Time (Capitol) 72955
1985 Hiding From Love/We Dreamers Dream (Capitol) 72961

1976 Bruce Murray (Quality) SV-1920
1979 There’s Always A Goodbye (Columbia) PCC-80015
1984 Two Hearts (Capitol) ST-6512

Graham Shaw
(vocals, guitar, organ) / Harry Crowder / Kerry Kulbaba / Pat Cullen / Bill Quinn
Graham Shaw co-founded The Mushroom Band in Winnipeg, Manitoba in 1968 who recorded several songs at radio station CKRC’s two-track studio. The songs were released on Winnipeg label Syntax Records owned by businessman Peter Stone. The record received modest airplay on CKRC’s Top5 Canadian records in 1969; Shaw would go on to have success with Graham Shaw & The Sincere Serenaders and writing jingles; Kerry Kulbaba died September 23, 1997. with notes from Graham Shaw and John Einarson. [also see GRAHAM SHAW]

Don’t Come Down/Nobody (Syntax) PS-101

Paul D’eath (lead vocals) / Paul Gillespie / Mike Ottoson / Jon Hartline / Russ Hawkes
Mushroom Trail were from Vancouver, British Columbia; following Mushroom Trail one of lead singer Paul D’eath’s many projects was the recent act Devils ‘n’ Angels.

Psilocybic Taste of Things To Come [5-song cassette] (London Smith) C20H25N30-1
1993 My Medicine (LSD/A & M) 279301

Compilation Tracks
“Pine Valley” on ‘New Stuff Six’ (MMS) NSCD-006
1993 “Pigs” on ‘New Stuff Seven’ (MMS) NSCD-007

Ben McPeek
/ Jimmy Dale / Jerry Toth / The Laurie Bower Singers
Mutual Understanding was a late 1960’s Toronto studio experiment in conjunction with Nimbus 9 Studio and CBC Radio that was a cross between Psychedelic and Sunshine Pop (a la The Association, Harper’s Bizarre). They released one album and a single that did not chart. with notes from Timo Vuorisalmi.

In Wonderland/Pretty People (Nimbus) 9-9003

In Wonderland (Nimbus) 9-101

Christmas With Rick Wilkins And The Mutual Understanding (CBC Radio Canada)
2005 In Wonderland [re-issue] (Beatball) BEAT-48

Julia Galios
(vocals) / Byron Kent Wong (noise, programming, sampler) / Jonathan Gallivan (guitar, programming)
Formed in Toronto, Ontario in 1993.

My Brilliant Beast [6-song EP] (Random Sound) RCD-72P1
1995 My Brilliant Beast [LP] (Random Sound) RSEP-8800
1997 Nervous [5-song EP] (Random Sound) RSEP-8806

Compilation Tracks
“If You Tolerate This” on ‘Peace Songs’ (BMG) 491772

Matt Walst
(lead vocals, rhythm guitar) / Chris McMillan (lead guitar, vocals; 2005–2009) / Brendan McMillan (bass, backing vocals) / Doug Oliver (drums, percussion) / Paulo Neta (lead guitar, vocals; 2009) / Sal Costa (lead guitar, vocals; 2009–present) / Reid Henry (keys, vocals, rhythm guitar; 2010)
My Darkest Days was formed in Norwood, Ontario in 2005 by Matt Walst whose older brother was already in Three Days Grace. Walst wanted a band of his own and soon recruited brothers Chris and Brendan McMillan and Doug Oliver. After working their way around Southern Ontario trying to get noticed, Chris MacMillan quit. He was replaced by Paul Neta who left almost immediately to join Thornley. The band finally settled on lead guitarist Sal Costa later in 2009 which stabilized the band. The group would win the 97.7 HTZ-FM annual Rock Search contest and with their prize money they recorded a demo. The band began opening shows for the likes of Three Days Grace and two bands tied to Chad Kroeger’s 604 Records – Default and Theory of a Deadman. After getting their demo into the hands of Kroeger, while they opened for his band Nickelback, he was quick to sign My Darkest Days to his 604 label. Kroeger began writing with the group and their self-titled debut was released in September 2010. The lead-off single featured Kroeger and Black Label Society guitarist Zakk Wylde on both the recording and in the video which received heavy rotation in Canada and the United States. The song went to No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks as well as FMQB’s Active Rock list. The song would eventually be certified gold in Canada. The follow-up single, “The World Belongs To Me”, was released in October and was featured in the ‘Saw 3D’ movie soundtrack. My Darkest Days began recording their sophomore album in October 2011 and released a teaser entitled “Casual Sex”, on iTunes in January 2012 which was added to major rock radio stations in Canada immediately. Their second album, ‘Sick and Twisted Affair’, was produced by Joey Moi and was released in March 2012. The band then headed out on tour with Nickelback, Bush, and Seether that spring.

Porn Star Dancing [w/Zakk Wylde & Chad Kroeger] (604/Road Runner)
2010 The World Belongs To Me (604/Roadrunner)
2011 Move Your Body (604/Roadrunner)
2011 Every Lie (604/Roadrunner)
2012 Casual Sex (604/Roadrunner)
2012 Sicka and Twisted (604/Roadrunner)

My Darkest Days (604/Roadrunner)
2012 Sick and Twisted (604/Roadrunner)

Brian Kassian (guitar) / Colleen McIntyre (bass) / Shecky Neon Beef (bass) / Dave Rees (drums) / Eric Gregor Pierce (vocals) / Steve Kravac [aka Steve Bradley] (drums) / Cristian Reyes [aka Stump aka Droid] (guitar) / Robert Porter (guitar) / Gerry Ouellette (guitar) / Stubags (bass) / Andrew: Roachbasher (guitar)
From Montréal, Québec.

668: The Neighbour Of The Beast (Patois/Cargo) PAT-01
1991 Buenos Dias Jesus (Patois/Cargo) PAT-02
1996 Fifi (My Dog Popper) Popper-000
2010 The Early Beers (My Dog Popper)

Compilation Tracks
1985 “Rock Stars Are Assholes” and “Equal Time” on ‘It Came From The Pit’ (Psyche Industry) PIR-05
1989 “Sex Death” on ‘Reargarde Presents The En Garde Compilation’ (En Guard) ENG-001

Myles Cohen
(lead vocals, guitar) / Lenny Solomon (violins, viola, mandolin)
Montreal’s Myles Cohen began writing music at age 13 and taught himself guitar which he used to his advantage in several bands around Toronto while in his teens. Toronto’s Lenny Solomon is the son of Toronto Symphony violinist Stanley Solomon. He studied piano at age 6 and violin at age 7. Later he studied music at McGill University, performed with the National Youth Orchestra and was the featured soloist on releases by Flying Circus and Luke Gibson. Myles and Lenny first teamed up in a Toronto high school where they decided to make the leap to professional musicians in 1969. Their first appearance in public was at the Mariposa Songwriters Conference the same year. They struggled along as a folk act performing sporadically across Canada before landing a record deal with GRT in 1972. They released the single “Time To Know Your Friends” that year. They toured with The Beach Boys and Savoy Brown and performed at the Mariposa Folk Festival two years running. Success was not forthcoming, but after switching to Columbia in 1974 they found their audience with the hit song “Can You Give It All To Me” featuring Solomon’s haunting violin attack. The song was featured on the full-length, self-titled CBS records release featuring their stage cohorts Saul Keshen (bass) and Brian Leonard (drums). The cream of the Toronto music crop also helped out: Micky Erbe (bass, arrangements), Brian Russell (guitar), Ollie Strong (pedal steel), Maribeth Solomon (keyboards, flute, synth), and a multitude of backing singers – Lee Harris, Laurie Hood, Colina Phillips, Judy Tate, and Laurel Ward. A tour ensued featuring the line-up of Cohen, Solomon, Ivan Boudreau (bass), Bill MacKay (drums), and Rick Doyle (guitar). Their hard work paid off with a Juno in 1975 for ‘Most Promising Group’. 1975’s ‘It Isn’t The Same’ followed with another solid line-up of studio help: Bob Mann (guitar), Doug Riley (piano, organ, calvinet), Micky Erbe (bass), Brian Leonard (bass), Hagood Hardy (vibes), Dick Smith (congas), Patrick McNeilly (steel drum), Maribeth Solomon (piano, synths), David Bromberg (dobro, guitar), Paul Blaney (bass), Charlie McCoy (harmonica), Dick Berg (french horn) and a large backing vocal ensemble in Rhonda Silver, Sharon Lee Williams, Laurel Ward, Judy Tate and Laurie Hood. But, the album’s lack of success convinced Cohen to dissolve the partnership and go solo. He released a self-title solo album on Polydor in 1978. Cohen now lives in California. Solomon went on to form a jazz quintet called Quintessence and also his own Lenny Solomon Trio. He is currently directing the ‘Spamalot Orchestra’ as part of the Toronto musical version of Monty Python’s ‘Spamalot’.

1972 Time To Know Your Friends/Believe Me (GRT) 1230-28
1974 Can You Give It All To Me/Don’t Come Crying To Me (Columbia) C4-4069
1975 Can You Give It All To Me/In The Sky (CBS – France) 3088
1975 Hold On Lovers/Take Me Back (Columbia) C4-4091
1975 I Care Enough/[same] (Columbia) C4-4114

1975 Myles and Lenny (Columbia) KC-3336
1975 It Isn’t the Same (Columbia) KC-3393

Compilation Tracks
“Can You Give It All To Me” on ‘Canada Gold – 22 Karat Hits’ (K-Tel) TC-225
1976 “Hold On Lovers” on ‘Canada’s Finest’ (K-Tel) TC-232

MYLES, Alannah
Born: December 25, 1955 in Toronto, Ontario
Alannah Myles knew she wanted to be a singer and a star by the age of 5. Her father produced Canada’s first radio show (‘The Happy Gang’) and her mother played piano and sang, but they tried to discourage Myles’s interest in music. She listened to classical, opera and jazz growing up, but by age 15 she was writing her own songs and emulating her favourite country and folk artists, Leonard Cohen, Donovan and Joni Mitchell. She studied to become a graphic artist, splitting her time between Buckhorn and Toronto where she trained to compete as an equestrian on the Ontario ‘A’ Circuit showing her horse ‘Special Delivery’ in Canada’s prestigious Royal Winter Fair prior to deciding that music would be her true calling. At 19 she found an agent and played mostly original material all over Toronto, but it was difficult to support herself doing that, so to supplement her income she started doing television work, appearing in ads. By the time she was ready to settle down and pursue music seriously, she had a hard time overcoming the Canadian media’s perception of her as a TV personality. Still, she persisted with her musical endeavours and landed herself a gig opening for recording artist Christopher Ward on a Canadian tour using his band to back her up. The two would begin crafting songs together, demos were recorded and soon they were shopping songs to the major labels. Bob Roper at WEA Canada was so impressed with her demo that he sent a copy of it to Atlantic Records in the US. Within 48 hours a call came back and a deal was signed shortly thereafter. Going into the studio with Ward and veteran producer David Tyson, Myles set about creating a self-titled debut album that, ultimately, shocked the Canadian industry into submission. Released in 1990, the first single, “Love Is”, was picked up at rock radio across the country and sparked the listening audience’s interest, but it wasn’t until the release of “Black Velvet”, an ode to Elvis, that the US public sat up and took notice. The song would climb to No.1 in Canada, it also went to No.1 on the Billboard charts, and the album sold a record 1,000,000 copies in Canada (receiving diamond status). It sold over 600,000 copies in the US, and eventually sold over 6 million the world over, something no other debut by a Canadian artist had ever done. She won three JUNO Awards and a Grammy for ‘Best Rock Female Vocal’. Myles recruited veteran Canadian musicians Steve Webster (bass), Jorn Anderson (drums) and Kurt Schefter (guitar) to be her band and hit the road. Touring helped to sell the record especially when opening shows for the likes of Robert Plant, Tina Turner and Simple Minds. Riding high on the success of her first album, Myles went back into the studio with Ward and Tyson and tried to recreate the magic. The second album, ‘Rockinghorse’,  sold double platinum in Canada and was nominated for a Grammy Award. At about this time Myles got a call from Miles Copeland, manager of the Police and Sting, and president of IRS Records. He had liked “Black Velvet” and wanted to get in touch with the artist who’d sung it, and by the time he contacted her she had no manager and virtually no label, so Copeland took on the management of her career himself. Putting her into the studio with Pat Moran to produce material written by Myles, Ward and Tyson as well as some songs written by others, the end result was ‘A-Lan-Nah’, which Copeland convinced Atlantic to release in 1995. The label released it but didn’t promote it (only managing to sell a rumoured 160,000 copies worldwide), so Copeland bought the masters back from Atlantic and signed Myles to a recording contract with his new label, Ark 21. Copeland gave Myles free reign over production for her next release, and 1997 saw ‘A Rival’ hit the stores and airwaves. The album spawned the Top40 hit single “Bad 4r You”. Alas, financial problems at Ark 21 left Myles without a recording contract. After an eight year songwriting hiatus Myles executive and co-produced her fifth studio album, ‘Black Velvet’, with Mike Borkosky (Soho 69, John Boswell) and Parisian Veronica Ferraro. The album, featuring new versions of her biggest hit, was released in 2011 by True North/Linus Entertainment. Myles is planning a new album, ‘A Work in Blue’, in the very near future; after acquiring the rights back to her album ‘A Rival,’ Myles and producer Mike Borkosky remixed the album and released it in 2022 as ‘A. Rived.’ with notes from Alannah Myles.

1989 Kick Start My Heart/Lover of Mine (Atlantic/WEA) 78-79437
1989 Still Got This Thing/Kick Start My Heart (Atlantic/WEA) 78-87497
1989 Black Velvet/Hurry Make Love (Atlantic/WEA) 78-88387
1989 If You Want To/Black Velvet (Atlantic/WEA) 78-88742
1989 Love Is/Rock This Joint (Atlantic/WEA) 78-89187
1989 Lover Of Mine/Just One Kiss (Atlantic/WEA) 7-87872
1989 Rock This Joint/Love Is (Atlantic/WEA) 7-87945
1992 Song Instead of A Kiss (Atlantic/WEA) 7-87421
1993 Our World Our Times (Edit)/Our World Our Times (LP version (Atlantic)
1993 Living On A Memory (Atlantic) 7-85768
1993 Sonny Say You Will
1995 Family Secret (Atlantic) PRCD-6409
1995 Mistress of Erzulie
1996 You Love Who You Love
1997 Bad 4 U (Ark21 – EUROPE) ARKDJ-101
1998 Break the Silence/Black Velvet (Ark21 – EUROPE) ARKDJ-102
2000 Like Flames (Radio Version)/Like Flames (Album Version) (Ark21 – EUROPE) AMCD-P1
2008 Black Velvet (New Version)
2011 Trouble (True North/Linus/UMG)

1989 Alannah Myles (Atlantic/WEA) 789561
1992 Rockinghorse (Atlantic/WEA) 782402
1995 Ă-LĂN-NĂH (Atlantic) A2-82842
1997 A Rival (Ark21/Virgin) 382300
1998 The Very Best of Alannah Myles (Ark21) A2-80925
2001 Myles & More: The Very Best of Alannah Myles (Ark21/Atlantic – GERMANY) 013-515-2
2011 Black Velvet (True North/Linus/UMG) 2-70082
2014 85 BPM (Fascinate – US)
2022 A.Rived (Tunecore)

Compilation Tracks
“Black Velvet” on ‘Leather & Lace – The Second Chapter’ (Dino – UK) DINCD-12
1993 “Black Velvet” on ‘Drift Away (Time-Life) SDC697/04
1995 “Sir James Baird” on ‘In Between Dances (Canadian Artists In Aid Of Breast Cancer Research)’ (Attic) ACD-1431
1996 “Black Velvet” on ‘Oh What a Feeling: A Vital Collection of Canadian Music (MCA) JUNO-25
1998 “Black Velvet” on ‘Ready To Go – Women of the 90’s’ (BMG) 215697
1999 “Black Velvet” on ‘Time 100 Vol. 2: The Music of Our Lives 1980-1999’ (WEA) 38066
2001 “Still Got This Thing” on ‘Ultimate Rock 2’ (Sony) 91480

Ricky Matthews [aka James Johnson, aka Rick James] (vocals) / Jimmy Livingston (vocals) / Goldy McJohn (organ) / Nick St. Nicholas (bass) / Bruce Palmer (bass) / Frank Arnel (guitar) / Kent Daubney (drums) / Richie Grand (drums) / Rick Cameron (drums) / Ian Gobel (guitar) / Tom Morgan (guitar) / John Yachimak (guitar) / John Taylor (rhythm guitar) / Rickman Mason (drums) / Mark Smith (vocals) / Robert Benedict (guitar) / John Klasen (bass)
The Mynah Birds was a short-lived, but storied group from Yorkville in the 1960s. The first line-up featured Jimmy Livingston and Ricky Matthews on lead vocals. Matthews was an American running from the law in the US named James Johnson. Having landed in Toronto and finding himself without connections, he friended Levon Helm and Garth Hudson of Ronnie Hawkins and The Hawks who introduced him to singer Shirley Matthews. She, in turn, suggested an identity change and renamed him Ricky Matthews. Legend has it that Matthews walked into Yorkville’s El Patio where Nick St. Nicholas was performing with his own band and recruited Matthews where they became The Sailor Boys. The rest of the Mynah Birds featured Frank Arnel (guitar), and Kent Daubney (drums). The band caught the eye of ex-pro golfer Colin Kerr ran a pet store in Toronto featuring mynah birds. One such bird was the mascot for his Yorkville club The Mynah Bird named Raja. Kerr had taught the bird to say “Hello, Ed Sullivan” in the hopes that the bird would appear on the Ed Sullivan Show and make him rich. Kerr decided that Raja needed a theme song and that a band could record and help promote it. He decided to manage The Sailor Boys and Raja became their mascot. Colin Kerr provided the lyrics and narration and brother Ben Kerr wrote the music for both “The Mynah Bird Hop” and “The Mynah Bird Song” which was recorded and released on Columbia Records C4-2660) in January 1965. Promoting the record, the bird, and his club meant dressing like mynah birds and doing a number of publicity stunts – including Kerr hiring the Toronto actor’s guild to send people to roadside “emergencies” where they would chase the band following their limo breaking down. Despite the record not being a success, the club was very successful and The Mynah Birds were hot. Nick St. Nicholas, however, decided to join The Sparrows in exchange for their bassist Bruce Palmer. The band also brought in organist Goldy McJohn. New drummer Richie Grand arrived (later to be replaced by Rick Cameron). The line-up continued to rotate guitarists initially with Ian Gobel, Tom Morgan, and finally John Yachimak. Livingston had had enough and would leave to join Just Us. Kerr continued to manage the band until the arrival of John Craig Eaton (of the Eaton’s Department Store legacy) who was looking for a hobby. He decided he wanted to manage a musical group and chose The Mynah Birds. The band was more than happy to oblige him as Eaton had deep pockets and offered them a place to live and bought them music gear including a new electric guitar for the latest guitarist to join the Mynah Birds – folk-singer Neil Young. With Young in the fold, the band landed a record deal with Tamla-Motown and headed to Detroit in early 1966 to cut an album’s worth of material including the first single “I’ve Got You In My Soul.” But Ricky Matthews was arrested by the FBI on an outstanding warrant dating back to 1964 when he went AWOL from the US Navy by not reporting for duty on the USS Enterprise. Motown immediately cancelled the band’s recording contract and the album and single were shelved. The single would eventually be released by Motown as part of a boxed set 40 years later. Several other tracks that were mostly complete have also materialized from the unreleased album; Neil Young would sell his music gear to pay for a trip to L.A. with Bruce Palmer (John Eaton later sued Young for the cost of the equipment). The trip became the launch point for the creation of Buffalo Springfield; Goldy McJohn and Nick St. Nicholas both ended up as members of Steppenwolf; Ricky Matthew would emerge after a stint in jail with the band Great White Cane and later as world renowned funk star Rick James; Mason and Taylor kept the Mynah Birds going with Mark Smith (vocals), Robert Benedict (guitar), and John Klasen (bass) They carried on for several years but never recorded; Mason joined Station Road; Taylor passed away in 2003; With notes from Scott Livingston, Bill Munson, and Nick Warburton [also see GREAT WHITE CANE, NEIL YOUNG]

The Mynah Bird Hop/The Mynah Bird Song (Columbia) C4-2660
2012 It’s My Time/Go On and Cry [7” single] (V.I.P./Motown/Universal) B0016650-21

Compilation Tracks
“It’s My Time” and “Go On And Cry” on ‘The Complete Motown Singles – Vol.6: 1966’ (Hip-O-Select) B0007872-02
2009 “It’s My Time” on ‘You Heard Them Here First’ (ACE – UK) CDCHD-1219
2016 “I Got You (In My Soul)” and “I’ll Wait Forever” on ‘Motown Unreleased 1966’ (Motown/Universal) B0027684-02


One Step Beyond/Rainmaker (Sotan) S-1002
1963 Southern Tradewinds/River Side Twist (Sotan) S-1003

Luke Rogalsky (vocals, guitars, keyboards) / Bean (guitar, backing vocals) / Shane Ward (bass) / Jordan Pratt (drums, backing vocals) / Josh Pratt (guitar; 1998) / Dean Young (guitar; 1998) / Cozy Pines (keyboards; 2000) / Mario (drums; 2000).
Mystery Machine formed in 1990 in Chilliwack, British Columbia. They released three albums and one EP on Nettwerk Records: ‘Stain’ (1992), ‘Glazed’(1993), ‘Ten Speed’(1995), and ‘Headfirst Into Everything’(1998). They made an appearance at the West Coast Music Conference in May 1999 where Josh Pratt had replaced Bean and they had added Dean Young as third guitarist. They announced at the time that there were plans to record at Mushroom Studios with Darryl Neudorf, but Neudorf was caught in a copyright lawsuit with former band member Sarah McLachlan and Mystery Machine’s next album didn’t materialize. In 2000 they changed line-ups again with the return of Bean on guitar, a new drummer and the additional of keyboard player Cozy Pines. Over their tenure they played shows with Pearl Jam, Moby, Ozzy Osbourne, Polvo, Firehose and Sebadoh; Rogalsky went on to set up home-based recording project Western Magnetics. During the early years of Mystery Machine he also did double duty in the band Joanie Loves Chachi thru 1994. In 2012 Mystery Machine reunited and released the album ‘Western Magnetics’ on Sonic Unyon Records.

Heart of Glass/Brand New Song (Nettwerk) NTCDPRO-951
1995 Brand New Song (Nettwerk) NTCDPRO-954
1995 Pound For Pound (Nettwerk)
1998 What I Want [4 song EP] (Nettwerk) 38805
1998 Wake Up Pill (Nettwerk) 39717

Stain [EP] (Nettwerk) NET-041
1993 Glazed (Nettwerk) W2-30079
1996 Tenspeed (Nettwerk) W2-30098
1998 Headfirst Into Everything (Nettwerk) W2-30122
2012 Western Magnetics (Sonic Unyon)

Compilation Tracks
“Southern Man” on ‘Borrowed Tunes: A Tribute to Neil Young’ (Sony) 80199
1995 “Pound For Pound” on ‘Access III’ (Access Magazine) ACD-003
1995 “Ride” and “Pound For Pound” on ‘Decadence’ [5 CDs] (Nettwerk) W2-30100
1998 “What I Want” on ‘More of Our Stupid Noise’ (Nettwerk)

Mike Scullion
(lead vocals, keyboards) / Stewart McCullagh (lead vocals) / Rich Crooks (guitar, bass, backing vocals) / Leroi Keiller [aka Leroi Fox] (vocals) / Rhys Green / John Lapsley
From Calgary, Alberta. Signed to Current Records in the 1980s. They briefly became Trinity Square with new singer Leroi Keiller in the 1990s. With the addition of Green and Lapsley in the 2000s, the band returned to calling themselves Mystery Romance; Scullion became an award winning documentary film maker for Diamond Rock Films; In 2023 the band released a new album, ‘Flying Through The Moon,’ with the lead off single “Story Of We.”

Reason For Love (Current/A & M)
1990 So Far Away (Current/A & M)
1990 All Alone (Current/A & M)
2023 Story Of We (Current)

Human Sexuality (Current/A & M) CRL-1000
2023 Flying Through The Moon (Current)

Compilation Tracks
“Mr. Christmas” on ‘A & Merry Christmas: A&M/Virgin Christmas Radio Sampler 1989’ (A & M)
1990 “So Far Away” on ‘Solid Gold 80’z’ (Attic/A & M) CLUB-801
1990 “All Alone” on ‘That’s Line 2’ (Line – GERMANY) LICD-9.00842 J
1991 “Now That She’s Gone Away” on ‘Pop Patterns – Line’s Greatest Popsters’ (Viva – GERMANY) VVCD-9.01126 L

Dave Dragos (guitar) / Jay Dee [aka John Davies] (drums) / Vic Barreira (keyboards) / Ray Dauria (vocals) / Mark Arbour (bass) / Eric Nicolas (guitar, vocals; replaced Dragos) / Les Wheeler (bass; replaced Arbour)
From Hamilton, Ontario.
With notes from Sharry Budd.

Rock N Roll Party Tonite/Stone Cold Crazy (Mystique) WRC3-6030

Black Rider [5 song EP] (Torch) ROK-007
1987 I Am the King [5 song cassette] (Mystique) M4S-847-83
2017 Black Rider 30th Year Anniversary (Eat Metal – GREECE) EMR-021

Allan Duffy (bass) / Peter Rochon (keyboards) / Wayne Derby (lead vocals) / Cris Saunders (guitar) / Jon Shank (guitar). 
Ottawa, Ontario act formed in 1967 that had their cover of The Beatles’ “Oh Darling” crack the RPM Top100 Singles chart in April 1970 under the truncated name The Meadow. They would truncate it again to Meadow for their final release “Fighting Today.”; Duffy would go on to join Downchild Blues Band and then become a successful record producer in Toronto; Rochon would join Saga; Derby would also release a solo single on Quality in 1970. With notes from Michael Watson.

You’ve Got That Lovin’ Look/I Am the Sun (RCA Victor) 57-1008

The Day Has Come/Follow Me (Quality) GL-1945X

Oh Darling/Reverie (Quality) 1960X

Fighting Today (Must Be A Better Way) / Whirlpool (Quality) 1991X

Jennifer Scott
(vocals) / Christine Duncan (vocals) / Annette Ducharme (vocals) / Paul Schmidt (guitar) / Bob D’Eith (piano, keyboards, programming) / Rene Worst (bass) / Frank Baker (percussion) / Jennifer Scott (vocals)
Vancouver, British Columbia’s Mythos began as the brainchild of keyboardist Bob D’Eith (Rymes with Orange) and guitarist Paul Schmidt (Liona Boyd). Their first release was ‘Introspection’ in 1996 followed by “Iridescence” (1997) with guest vocalists Jennifer Scott, Christine Duncan and Annette Ducharme. Mythos charted No.2 on New Age Voice Top 50 in the U.S and stayed on the chart for 5 months as well as charting No.8 on Rhythm Music MuseLine Top 10 Charts in April 1997. ‘Introspection’ was the number one selling independent album in Vancouver in 1996. Mythos has since become a hot national seller, distributed by Page Music. With their debut single “November Remix”, Mythos had a huge radio hit which spent over 15 weeks in the Top 30 at Vancouver’s Z95.3 FM, and reaching Top 10 status. Vancouver’s BCTV took interest in the band and hooked up with the two artists for an interview while film & television placements in 1996 include the TV series Madison, CBC’s Big Brother project, and the upcoming feature ‘Wounded’. Shortly after, Mythos signed a U.S. licensing deal with the San Francisco label XDOT25 Productions. With notes from Earl Sutton and Geoff Gibbons.

November (Remix)
2021 Legacy [DigiFile] (Adagio)

Introspection (Spark) 77521-11502
1997 Iridescence (Spark) CA-1291
1997 Angels Weep [5-song EP] (Spark) MYS-1248
1998 Mythos (Higher Octave) HOMCD-46572
2000 The Reality Of A Dreamer (Higher Octave) HOMCD-49807
2002 Eternity (Pacific/Spark/Warner) SPK-10442
2002 New Day / Ascent [5-song EP] (Pacific/Spark) SPK-10672
2002 Interactive CD-Rom (Spark)
2006 Purity (Pacific/Warner) PM-14252
2006 Mythos (Adagio)
2013 Journey (Adagio) CDADA-MYT06
2014 The Best of Mythos [CD] (Adagio) 91265
2015 The Best of Mythos [LP] (Adagio) 29824
2018 Eros (Adagio) CDADA-MYT07
2021 XXV (Adagio)

Josh Leonard
(vocals) / Christian Donaldson (guitar) / Marc Rybicki (bass) / Steve Burns (drums) / Smith “Brandon” Osis (sampler, keyboards)
Formed in Montréal, Québec in 2004.

Mythosis [3-song] (Mythosis) EP B-3281
2007 Counter Fate Illusions (Big Metal) BMR-66610
2011 Mind Built Prison [4-song EP] MV-C0-14228-01-G2

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