O

…OF TANZ VICTIMS
Robert de la Carignan [aka Robert Mailloux]
(guitar, bass, vocals) / Denis Wooty / Roy Batty (synthesizers, drum machine, vocals) / Sat W. Ford [aka Stefan Figiel or Stephan Faulkner] (sampling, percussion, vocals)
Formed in Montreal, Québec in 1984.

Singles
1985
Fighting False Gods (O.T.V.) 003-85
2015 Fighting False Gods [7” re-issue] (Artoffact) AOF-218

Albums
1986
Haunting the Empire (Bunker/O.T.V.) 001-86
1986
1876: Scanning Elle Dementia (Bunker) 003-86
1987
Ostrova Novo Sibirski (Bunker/OTV) 004-87


102.1 BAND, The
Studio novelty act created by CFNY-FM with vocals by DJ Scruff Connors and featuring musical accompaniment by Nash The Slash.

Singles
1979
Working On the Radio/[same] (Ready) RR-004


1001 EST CRÉMAZIE
Alain Demontigny (bass, guitar) / Mireille Falardeau (vocals) / Evelyne Lamonde (vocals) / Luc Archambault (piano) / Benout Sarrazin (piano, xylophone) / Pierre Lachance (bass) / Vincent Leclerc (drums) / Daniel Neveu (piano) / Farid Risk (guitar) / Jean-Luc Nadeau (drums) / Gérald Filion (percussion) / Chantal Renaud (piano) / Luc Wiseman (bongos) / Denis Bélanger (guitar) / Colette Sigouin (backing vocals) / Jacques Legault (backing vocals) / Louis Demers (backing vocals) / Lucie Nadeau (backing vocals)French Canadian group named after the street address of Montreal school Collège André-Grasset where the band members studied.

Albums
1975
1001 est Crémazie (Phonograss)


OAKLEY
Ritchie Oakley
(guitar) / Wayne Nicholson (vocals, flute) / Doug MacKay (drums) / Bruce Dixon (bass) / John Lee (keyboards; left 1977) / Bill McCauley (keyboards; joined 1978) / Donnie Morris (bass; replaced Dixon) / Dave Gallant (guitar; joined 1981)
The Oakley Band was formed in Halifax, Nova Scotia by Ritchie Oakley after the demise of the popular Maritime group Soma. Oakley attracted an ensemble of “the best of the best” Maritime players: Wayne Nicholson and Doug MacKay (ex-Horse); 17 year-old bassist Bruce Dixon, from the band Sandy Road and keyboardist John Lee. In very little time The Oakley Band firmly established itself as the hardest rocking group in the area performing southern rock & blues through a blend of original material and classic covers tunes. Lee left the band in 1977 and was replaced by ex-Redeye member Bill McCauley. With Oakley and Nicholson the two principle writers in the band, they set about writing and recording a self-titled debut in 1980. The album shipped gold (50,000 copies). Three singles were extracted from the album for radio – “Ride ‘Em Cowboy”, “Stickin’ With You”, and “She’s Gone”. “She’s Gone” also appeared on the 1982 Eastern Alliance along with the “I Almost Call Your Name.” The Oakley Band worked continuously touring across the country and playing the summer festival circuit. With a reputation for being bad boys-working hard and playing hard, they shared stages with such heavyweights as The Doobie Brothers, Blue Rodeo and April Wine. When Dixon moved on to other opportunities, former Soma member Donnie Morris came on board. A second guitarist, Dave Gallant, was added in 1981. Despite their strong following the band broke up in 1982. Since then Ritchie Oakley has partnered with Sam Moon to form Sam Moon/Ritchie Oakley Power Unit – still playing occasional gigs together to this day. Oakley also has a long term stint with popular East Coast Country band Fandango. In 1995 Oakley was honoured by the Nova Scotia Country Music Association as both “Songwriter of the Year” and “Instrumentalist Of The Year”. The Music Industry Association of Nova Scotia named him ‘Producer of the Year” in 1998. He is currently under contract in the role of Music Director for John Curtis Sampson, ECMA 2000 winner for “Best New Artist” and Country Artist of the Year.” After 1982 Wayne Nicholson joined the New Glasgow band Granfalloon and recorded the single, “Cheater” which became a local hit. After a stint in Calgary, he returned to Halifax and launched his solo career. After releasing his first project, he signed with Loggerhead records and has recorded a total of 3 CD’s, which garnered multiple ECMA nominations. His most recent success has been producing the critically acclaimed debut by The Carson Downey Band. Dixon and McCauley went on to work with Cape Breton’s Rita MacNeil. Dixon is currently touring with Roch Voisine. He is sought after for music director positions and is currently working with Ian Janes on his next project. Doug MacKay has played with Sam Moon, Dutch Mason, Sharon B., and most recently, with Joe Murphy and The Water Street Blues Band; Gallant played with Cheryl Lescom for several years and pursues another passion – guitar repair; Morris is the long time bassist for country artist Louisa Manuel. Oakley, Nicholson, MacKay, Dixon, McCauley and Gallant reunited on three occasions since officially disbanding; Sadly, Ritchie Oakley died unexpectedly April 6, 2013; Donnie Morris died March 9, 2019.
with notes from Anne Oakley, Jim Rice and Peter Crowe.

Singles
1980 Ride ‘Em Cowboy/Guitar Man (Nova) NS-0061
1980 Stickin’ With You/Don’t Kick a Man (Nova) NS-0062
1982 She’s Gone/I Almost Call Your Name (Nova) NS-063

Albums
1980 Oakley (Nova) N689-006


OCEAN
Dave Tamblyn
(guitar) / Janice Morgan (vocals) / Greg Brown (keyboards, vocals) / Jeff Jones (bass, vocals) / Chuck Slater (drums)  / Skip Layton (drums; replaced Slater) / Will “Wayne” Cardinal (bass; replaced Jones)
Greg Brown and Dave Tamblyn had played together in weekend bands in London, Ontario through the mid-60’s. For several years Brown led a group called Leather And Lace, a very successful club band that toured extensively and featured vocalists Janice Morgan and Marilyn Holland, Barry Edwards (guitar) and Bill Turnbull (drums). In early 1970, Edwards was replaced by George Attrill and bassist Jim Chapman was added to the group. In the summer of 1970 Brown decided to take the band in a new direction so Holland, Attrill, Turnbull and Chapman left the group. With the addition of Chuck Slater and Jeff Jones (ex-The Rush) they were quickly signed to ARC Records after only a few months of rehearsals. Ocean’s first single was “Put Your Hand In the Hand” which was written for Anne Murray by Gene MacLellan (who had also given her the monster smash “Snowbird”). The song was buried on one of Murray’s albums and it wasn’t until Ocean sold two million copies did Capitol Records and Anne Murray kick themselves. When the song began to chart in 1971 the group was still playing high school dances in the Toronto area. The record eventually hit No.2 in the US and No.1 in Canada and the band was able to successfully tour the world. Several songs followed and helped maintain the band’s momentum as they did television appearances and wrote material for their follow-up. They were never able to duplicate their success south of the border despite have another sizable hit in Canada with “One More Chance” in 1972. Many member changes occurred and the band was never able to fully reconcile their religious beliefs with their monetary gains and obligations. Ultimately they were ripped off and finally succumbed in 1975; Because of Ocean’s harrowing business experiences, Brown became adept at the business side of the music industry and lobbied to change legislation that would protect Canadian artists from signing contracts without a lawyer. Brown would also play in bands right through the 1990’s with the likes of Second Line Fever and Now And Then (two decidedly different musical styled acts featuring the same band members); Morgan also worked with other acts like Network until retiring from music in 1986. She now lives in Lindsay, Ontario; Jones would go on to continued fame with stints in Red Rider, Ronnie Hawkins Band, Infidels, and The Carpet Frogs; Tamblyn retired from music; Slater committed suicide; Layton would join The Bells and then re-connect with Jones in a new band with Bernie LaBarge and Brian “Too Loud” MacLeod called Stingaree. When MacLeod left to join Chilliwack in Vancouver, Layton went with him. Layton would end up in a country band called Ambush in the 1990s; Cardinal moved to Nanaimo, British Columbia he plays more casual gigs, repairs speakers and helps build PA systems for the pleasure of better sound. with notes from Jeff Jones, Skip Layton, Phillip David and Jim Chapman.[also see JEFF JONES]

Singles
1971 Put Your Hand In the Hand/Tear Down the Fences (Yorkville/ARC) YVM-45033
1971 Deep Enough For Me/No Other Woman(Yorkville/ARC) YVM-45035
1971 (I’ve) We’ve Got a Dream/Will the Circle Be Unbroken (Yorkville/ARC) YVM-45039
1972 Make the Sun Shine/Wild Country (Yorkville/ARC) YVM-45057
1972 One More Chance/Funnier Man (Yorkville/ARC) YVS-45062
1973 I Have a Following/[same] (Yorkville/ARC) YVS-45078

Albums
1971 Put Your Hand In the Hand (Yorkville/ARC) YV-33005
1972 Give Tomorrow’s Children Another Chance (Kama Sutra) KSBS-2064
1998 Greatest Hits (Unidisc)

Compilation Tracks
1971
“Put Your Hand In the Hand” on ’20 Solid Hits – Volume 2’ (K-Tel) TC-203
1971 ”We Got A Dream” on ’20 Power Hits – Volume 2’ (K-Tel) TC-204
1971 “Put Your Hand In the Hand” on ’20 Power Hits – Volume 2’ (K-Tel – US) TU-222
1972 “One More Chance” on ‘Concept’ [Silver] (Concept 376/Arc) PRP-206
1973 “Put Your Hand In The Hand” on ‘Today’s Super Greats’ (K-Tel) TC-211
1974 “One More Chance” on ’Hot Hits’ (Jukebox International) 74001
1996 “Put Your Hand In The Hand” on ‘Oh What a Feeling: A Vital Collection of Canadian Music’ (MCA) JUNO-25
1991 “Put Your Hand In The Hand” on ‘Made in Canada, Our Rock ‘n’ Roll History – Volume Four: More Great Stuff (BMG) KCD1-7247


O’CONNOR, Gary (aka GARY O’)
Gary O’Connor is the son of the late big band leader Billy O’Connor (who was one of the first Canadians to have their own television show). O’Connor’s musical career started with his interest in drums, but after trading another kid a tuna sandwich in exchange for guitar lessons he developed a love for rock music. As a teen in the 1960s he was first a member of the group The Synics, and then later the Spasstiks who would have commercial success after changing their name to Cat in 1968. “Doin’ The Best We Can” was their first single on Apex and helped them land impressive opening slots for the likes of The Guess Who, Lighthouse, Neil Diamond and Janis Joplin. The group was soon discovered by Jack Richardson and was signed to a development deal with Richardson’s Nimbus 9 Productions which, in turn, led to a record deal with RCA in New York. The first single, “Light of Love”, failed to make any noise, but the next – “We’re All In This Together” – featuring Richardson’s fledgling engineer, Bob Ezrin on keyboards, helped the band land some chart action. A Festival Express train that took entertainers across Canada from town to town took Cat on tour in 1970 which followed hot on the heels of the single and self-titled debut album. Soon creative differences would eat away at the members and they recorded briefly as Fast Eddie before finally calling it quits in 1972. O’Connor’s next band was as replacement guitarist/vocalist in the self-proclaimed first tribute band to the Beatles called Liverpool in the Fall of 1976. O’Connor was with them for their final two singles of original material on Taurus Records, but the label soon experienced financial troubles and Liverpool found itself without a home. O’Connor briefly formed his own band called Kid Rainbow before re-forming with members of Liverpool as Aerial. Ray Danniels re-signed the band to his next label Anthem Records. The band’s debut album, “In The Middle of the Night” was released in 1978 and featured the radio hit “Easy Love” written by O’Connor. Friction in the band over getting more representation for his songs caused O’Connor to pursue a solo career and in 1979 he was signed to a development deal with Capitol Records in the US under the moniker GARY O’. Over the next two years he worked honing his songwriting chops and spent time on the executive board of the Toronto Musicians’ Association. In early 1981 his self-titled debut album was released on Capitol and featured several radio hits including “All the Young Heroes”, a cover of the Hollies’ “Pay You Back With Interest” and “I Believe In You” which was originally released by Cat back in 1968 as the B-side to “Doin’ The Best I Can”. With manager Stephen Glass at the helm, O’Connor moved to RCA Records for his sophomore LP ‘Strange Behaviour’ in 1984. The record was completely performed by O’Connor with the help of some friends like Klaatu’s Dee Long at ESP Studios and engineer Brian Bell. This album also produced three singles: “Get It While You Can”, “Call of the Wild” and the Top40 single/video “Shades of ’45”. It wasn’t long before other artists came knocking looking for O’Connor’s songwriting talents. The list includes .38 Special (“One Time For Old Times”, “Back Where You Belong”, “Just A Little Love”), Molly Hatchet (“What’s It Gonna Take”), and Eddie Money (“Maybe Tomorrow”). O’Connor also wrote two movie themes: “Pretty Boy” featured in ‘Thunder Alley’ and performed Leif Garrett, and “Jungle Out There” from ‘Zoo Gang’. In recent years O’Connor has been writing material in Nashville for Lace and Tia McGraff, and for Canadians such as Kim Stockwood, Jamie Warren, Beverly Mahood and Chris Aris. with notes from Gary O’Connor and Rick Pearson. [also see AERIAL, CAT, LIVERPOOL]

Singles
as GARY O’
1981 Pay You Back With Interest/Just A Little Love (Capitol) A-5018
1981 All The Young Heroes/(same) (Capitol – USA) 5041
1981 I Believe In You/Suzanne (Capitol) 72859
1984 Get It While You Can/Young Love (RCA) PB-13870
1984 Shades of ’45/Watching You (Edit) (RCA) PB-13985
1984 Shades of ’45 (Edit)/(same) (RCA – USA) JR-13986
1984 Call of the Wild/What Are Friends For (RCA) PB-50824
1984 Call of the Wild/(same) [12″] (RCA -USA) JR-14113
1985 Watching You/Young Love (Arista – UK) 636

Albums
as GARY O’
1981 Gary O’ (Capitol) ST-12157
1984 Strange Behaviour (RCA) AFL1-5304


OCTAVIAN
John Pulkkinen [aka John Alexander]
(lead vocals) / Rob McDonald (keyboards) / Darryl Alguire (vocals) / Warren Barbour (drums, guitars, vocals) / Ray Lessard (bass, vocals) / Kirk Dorrow (drums) / Gerry Sampson (drums, replaced Dorrow 1976) / Bill Gauvreau (lead guitar) / Bob Deeks (guitar, vocals; replaced Gauvreau & Alguire) / Michael Hicks (keyboards, vocals) / John Livingston (drums; replaced Sampson 1977)
Ottawa’s eight-piece band, Octavian, was formed as Octavius during the members’ formative years in high school in 1969. Because the band’s focus was on complex vocal harmony, eight singers allowed them the luxury of doing cover versions of complex Beach Boys, CSNY, and Queen material. Their first professional gigs were at the Chaudiere Club in Aylmer, Québec, where they regularly entertained members of Satan’s Choice. The band’s name achieved a metamorphosis during a gig at The Rock Club in Woodstock, Ontario when their name appeared as ‘Octavian’ on the marquee. Six years of touring and beating a path around Ontario and Québec finally landed them a deal with MCA Records in Toronto. Their 1974 debut single, “Good Feeling (To Know)” made the Top10 in many major markets in Canada (Ottawa, Vancouver, Winnipeg), was No. 8 in the Steed Report’s Top100 for the year and received a ‘Pick Of The Week’ in Billboard Magazine in the US, but failed to climb the Billboard chart. 1975 saw the release of their only album, ‘Simple Kinda People’, and launched two other singles, “Round and Round” and another single “Hold Me, Touch Me” which did slightly better but still didn’t put the band firmly on the music map. They sold out large stadium shows all over the country including Ontario Place and Ottawa’s Central Canada Exhibition. Shortly after their cross-Canada tour opening shows for Tanya Tucker (1977) in support of their single “Can’t Stop Myself From Loving You” , Bob Deeks replaced both Bill Gauvreau (guitar) & Darryl Alguire (vocals). After their deal with MCA expired, and when it seemed no other label would sign them, the band moved to Toronto and went on to form Chain Reaction; Lead singer John Pulkkinen changed his name to John Alexander and went to work for MCA Records. He signed Alanis Morissette to the label in the early ’90s as a dance artist and later brought her to the attention of producer Glen Ballard to make the multi-million selling ‘Jagged Little Pill’. Alexander is the Senior Vice President of Membership for ASCAP in the United States; Lessard is now a broker; Mike Hicks is partner in HyperActive Productions, a video production house in Ottawa; Bob Deeks has done session work and helped develop other artists in his home recording studio. He is a professor at Algonquin College (Ottawa); Kirk Dorrow and Gerry Sampson passed away after leaving the band; Warren Barbour and Bill Gauvreau have been working since 2011 on a new Octavian project that will combine unreleased and new material. with notes from Michael Hicks, Roy Morrison, Ralph Alfonso, Lisa Millar and Bob Deeks. [also see CHAIN REACTION]

Singles
1974 Good Feeling (To Know)/Tell Me Why (MCA) MCA-40319
1975 Round and Round/Desperate Man (MCA) MCA-40399
1975 Hold Me, Touch Me/Work It Out Together (MCA) MCA-40454
1976 You Can’t Do That/Simple Kinda People (MCA) MCA-40530
1977 Can’t Stop Myself From Lovin’ You/Magic (MCA) MCA-40704

Albums
1975 Simple Kinda People (MCA) MCA-2168


OCTOBER CRISIS
Darsea Scot
(lead vocals) / Johnny O. (bass) / Rick Barnes (rhythm guitar) / Dave Clark (back-up vocals) / Jamie McLean (drums)
London, Ontario’s October Crisis formed in 1984 and was signed to Psyche Industry in 1985 on the basis of their independent cassette, but left almost immediately after Psyche had rejected their 1986 studio offering as being “too polished”. The band, instead, signed to Fringe Product but a release never materialized.

Singles
1985 October Crisis [cassette] (October Crisis)


OCTOBRE
Eric Lanz
(vocals) / Pierre Flynn (keyboards) / Mario Legare (bass) / Jean Dorais (guitar) / Pierre Hebert (drums; 1977-1979) / Gerard Leduc (saxophone, keyboards; 1979) / Richard Pelletier (drums; replaced Hebert 1979) / Franck Darcel (guitar) / Thierry Alexandre (bass) / Eric Morinière (drums)
Octobre was formed in Québec by four childhood in 1971 by four childhood friends: Peter Flynn (words and music, vocals, piano, keyboards), Jean Dorais (guitar), Mario Légaré (bass) and Pierre Hébert (drums). With only $3,000 between the four of them, they decided to record their self-titled debut first album in 1972 and was released on Pressage Records in 1973. Their interpretation of Québec Progressive Rock brings them critical and commercial success and led to opening slots on tour with British band King Crimson. Two more albums followed in quick succession – ‘Les nouvelles terres’ (1974) and ‘Survivance’ (1975) – which led to Octobre’s appearance at la Fête Nationale du Québec (St. Jean Baptiste Day) on a bill with Harmonium, Beau Dommage, Ginette Reno and Gilles Vigneault.Two albums followed on CBS Records and in 1979 Octobre brought in fifth member Gerry Leduc as saxophonist for the 1980 album release ‘Clandestins’ (on Kébec-Discs). By 1982 the band members were moving into more solo oriented projects and they decided to fold the band. The group has reunited twice – at the Montreal International Jazz Festival in 1989 and the Festival d’été de Québec in 1996 to promote the launch of Audiogram Records’ ‘best of’ package ‘1972-1989’; Flynn has released four solo albums. In 2005 and 2006 he played the role of Abraham Van Helsing in the musical ‘Dracula’ alongside Bruno Pelletier, Daniel Boucher, Sylvain Cossette and Andrée Watters; Dorais released the album ‘Radioactive’ in collaboration with Marc Desjardins on CBS Records in 1986 with contributions by Octobre’s Peter Flynn (keyboards) and Marc Gabriel (vocals). He is now working in the computer programming business; Légaré has played with many artists such as Lhasa De Sela, Paul Piché, Edgar Bori and is part of Flybin Band with Rick Haworth (guitar), Sylvain Key (drums) and Jean-Sébastien Fournier (keyboards) as Michel Rivard’s studio and touring band; Hébert still shows up regularly at Québec galas and on TV.

Singles
1972 Si on partait/Viens vivre (Pressage/Trans-World) GPI-3007
1974 Il est deja tard/Quand la nuit se reveille (Zodiaque/Trans-World) Z09-343
1976 Bapteme de l’air/Tu t’en vas encore ce soir (Trans-World) TI-9920
1978 Le vent se leve/La prochaine decennie (Columbia/CBS) C5-4178
1978 Dans ma ville/Le chant du souterrain (Columbia/CBS) C5-4199
1980 Cladestiins/Le bout de la ligne (Fade-out a Soleil) (Kébec-Discs) KD-9090
1983 Acteur/Nastassja (Pathé Marconi/EMI – FRANCE) FR82-SP1175
1983 Masculin Feminin/Nos amis d’Europe (Pathé Marconi/EMI – FRANCE) 2C008-72718

Albums
1973 Octobre (Pressage/Trans-World) PGP-13001
1974 Les nouvelles terres (Zodiaque/Trans-World) Z0X-6015
1975 Survivance (Disques Total) DT-22015
1976 Survivance [re-issue] (Trans-World) TI-6023
1977 L’Autoroute des rêves (CBS) PFS-90439
1978 Live’ chants dans la nuit [2LPs] (CBS) GFC-80006
1978 Le Meilleur d’Octobre S.V.P. (Disques Total) DT-22020/21
1980 Clandéstins (Kébec-Discs) KD-502
1982 Metropolitan Opera [EP] (Pathé Marconi/EMI – France) A-030-724812
1982 Next Year In Asia – 1972 [EP] (Pathé Marconi/EMI – France) 2C-030-724812
1983 Paolino Parc (Pathé Marconi/EMI -France) 2C-07072718
1995 1972-1989 (Audiogram) ADCD-10088


ODDS
Steven Drake
(vocals, guitar, piano) / Doug Elliot (bass, vocals, piano, Casio) / Craig Northey (vocals, guitar, mini-moog, sax, Casio, harmonica) / Paul Brennan (drums) / Pat Steward (drums; replaced Brennan 1994)
Drake (ex-Nerve Tubes, 20th Century), Elliot (ex-Rubber Biscuit), Northey (ex-Hoi Polloi) and Brennan (Animal Slaves) formed The Odds in October of 1987 and their first gig was at the Savoy nightclub in Vancouver later that November. The members of The Odds met in the Vancouver music scene, playing in various bands. Northey and Drake (originally from California) met through a battle of the bands contest and Drake’s act, 20th Century, won. Paul Brennan was a drinking buddy of Northey’s. When Drake and Elliot later hooked up with Brennan, he suggested a worthy fourth member would be Northey and they became Dawn Patrol – a ’60’s and ’70’s cover band. They did this 4 nights a week waiting for that big break to come for their alter egos on weekends, The Odds. Disappointed with the reaction from the Vancouver music scene, the band relocated to Los Angeles where they were spotted by legendary rocker Warren Zevon who adopted them as his band for one tour and an album and also helped them secure a record deal with Zoo/BMG. The Odds first came to the public’s attention through the song “Wendy Under The Stars” from their debut album ‘Neopolitan’. Some controversy erupted as the chorus’s preceding line contains the ‘f’ word, but the band anticipated such resistance at radio and video by substituting the line ‘made love to’ in the offending areas of the song. Momentum grew after the second release, ‘Bedbugs’, in 1993 with its two hit singles “It Falls Apart” and “Heterosexual Man” which, despite being banned or ignored by every radio station in Canada, made for one of the funniest Canadian videos of all time: The Odds in drag with guest ‘actors’ Kids In The Hall (who were dressed, not so ironically, in ‘heterosexual’ roles). Their similarity in style to American Matthew Sweet led to an opening slot on Sweet’s North American tour. Drummer Brennan left in 1994 during the making of ‘Good Weird Feeling’ and has since toured with Mae Moore. Brennan would make one final appearance with Northey and Elliot on the Taste Of Joy album ‘Trigger Fables’ in 1995. His replacement was Pat Steward (Bryan Adams) who had previously played with Doug Elliot in Rubber Biscuit. It was at this point that the band switched from Zoo/BMG to Warner Music. ‘Good Weird Feeling’ became the band’s breakout album with the hits “Truth Untold” and “Eat My Brain” – the latter used in the Steven Drake produced soundtrack of Kids In The Hall’s ‘Brain Candy’ movie. The song’s humorous video featured a chase sequence starring members of TPOH and Junkhouse. The Odds would also appear as the backing musicians on two Bruce McCulloch tunes also in the movie – “Some Days It’s Dark” and “Happiness Pie”. Despite this homegrown success, the band were never able to headline their own tour and were instead relegated to double bills with the likes of 54.40 and The Killjoys. The association to 54.40 afforded Steven Drake the opportunity to produce that band’s ‘Trusted By Millions’, followed by mixing work for The Tragically Hip on their ‘Trouble In The Henhouse’ CD. 1996’s ‘Nest’ continued in the band’s power-pop approach and featured the hits “Someone Who’s Cool” and “Nothing Beautiful”, but despite the advent of continuous touring, the band found itself more involved in outside projects (like being Murray McLaughlin’s backing band on his album ‘Gulliver’s Taxi’ and Kim Stockwood’s ‘Bona Vista’), leaving The Odds without a direction. 1997 was full of disjointed tour dates and completion for the soundtrack to ‘Dog’s Park’. But the band did manage to salvage 1998 with some larger festival gigs. Following the backing band position with George Martin on his 1999 ‘In My Life’ tour, the Odds went gone on permanent hiatus (this was amicable as per an internet message on March 15, 1999 from Craig Northey confirming that he’d left the band). Later that year the members of The Odds, minus Steven Drake reformed as Sharkskin, an all-instrumental band, with the addition of Simon Kendall (keyboards). Craig Northey has also been busy as a songwriter for hire with a new publishing deal. He has written material with the likes of Jesse Valenzuela (ex-Gin Blossoms) among others and has released his own solo projects. In early 2006 The Odds’ song “Someone Who’s Cool” was used as the theme song to the short-lived CBS music industry comedy ‘Love Monkey’ starring fellow Canadians Tom Kavanagh and Jason Priestly; The Odds reconvened as The New Odds in 2007 with Murray Atkinson filling the chair left empty by Steven Drake (who continues his busy production career. Odds released a new album in 2008 entitled ‘Cheerleader’ and toured to support it. with additional notes from Nicole Amadio, Kevin Gandel and Paul Myers. [also see CRAIG NORTHEY]

Singles
1991 Love Is the Subject (Zoo/BMG) ZP-17028
1991 King of the Heap (Zoo/BMG) ZP-17055
1992 Wendy Under the Stars (Zoo/BMG)
1993 Heterosexual Man/The Best Things (Zoo/BMG) ZP-17127
1993 It Falls Apart/Fan Letter/Tara Says (Zoo/BMG)  ZP-18090
1993 Yes (Means It’s Hard to Say No) [remix]/Do You Know (Zoo/BMG) ZP-18105
1994 Jackhammer (Zoo/BMG)
1995 Truth Untold (Warner) PRCD-9282
1995 Eat My Brain/Family Cauldron/Someone I’m Not (Warner) PRCD-9525
1996 I Would Be Your Man (Warner)
1996 Someone Who’s Cool (Warner) PRCD-9714
1997 Nothing Beautiful (Warner)

Albums
1991 Neopolitan (Zoo/BMG) 451101
1993 Bedbugs (Zoo/BMG) 451105
1995 Good Weird Feeling (Warner) W2-98980
1996 Nest (Warner) W2-16618
2000 Singles: Individually Wrapped (Warner)
2005 The Essentials (Warner) WSM-2-62512

as THE NEW ODDS
2008 Cheerleader (Pheromone) PHER-CD1001


OFFENBACH
Gerald ‘Gerry’ Boulet (vocals, keyboards) / Michel ‘Willie’ Lamothe Jr. (bass; 1969-1977) / Roger “Wezo” Belval (drums; 1972-1977) / Jean ‘Johnny’ Gravel (guitar) / Jean Millaire (guitar; 1977) / Norman Kerr (bass; replaced Lamonthe Jr. 1977) / Pierre Lavoie (drums; replaced Belval 1977) / Robert Harrison (drums; replaced Lavoie) / Paul Martel (drums; replaced Harrison 1982) / Denis Boulet (drums; 1969-1972) / John McGale (guitar) / Breen LeBoeuf (bass) / Pierre Harel (vocals, keyboards 1969-1973)
Offenbach was originally called Les Gants Blancs and was formed by Boulet, Lamothe Jr. and Belval in 1969. After “Sainte-Chrone de Neant” during its ‘Mass For the Dead’ was recorded November 30, 1972 at St. Joseph’s Oratory, Montreal, Barclay Records showed interest and released an album in 1972 called ‘Offenbach Soap Opera’ followed by the Mass recording a year later. Lamothe and Belval quit in 1977 and Kerr and Millaire left in 1978. The 1979 line-up consisted of Boulet, Gravel, McGale, LeBoeuf, and Harrison. 1980 saw a break from touring as the band spent time recording two albums for Spectra-Scene. By 1982 they returned to touring their hard rocking progressive rock in Québec. At this time Harrison left and was replaced by Martel. Offenbach disbanded in 1985 which was followed by Kebec-Disc’s release of their live album ‘Le Dernier Show’ recorded at the Montreal Forum. Boulet went solo and his material was more introspective than the hard driving rock of Offenbach. After a 4-year battle with cancer, Gerry Boulet died July 16, 1990; McGale formed McGale’s Navy and along with bassist Breen Lebeouf and April Wine drummer Jerry Mercer also played in a group called The Buzz Band. with notes from Pascal Vallieres, Serge Bellerose and Mike Turner.

Singles
1972 Québec Rock b/w Ma patrie est à terre (Deram) DF-571
1973 Caline de doux blues/Faut que j’me pousse (Barclay – France) 61821
1976 Never Too Tender/Running Away (A & M) AM-434
1976 High Down/Running Away (A & M) AM-438
1977 Chu un Rocker/La Jeune Lune (A & M) AM-444
1977 Sad Song/Running Away (A & M) AM-449
1977 La Voix que J’ai/La Jeune Lune (A & M) AM-451
1979 Je chante comme un coyote/Mes Blues passent pu Dans’ porte (Kebec-Disc) KDM-9050
1979 Ayoye/Bye Bye (Kebec-Disc) KDM-9060
1980 Le Blues me Guette/Caline de Blues (Spectra-Scene – France) SS-6001
1980 Ride Ride Ride/Someone On the Line (Spectra-Scene – France) SS-6003
1980 Strange Time/Georgia On My Mind (Spectra-Scene – France) SS-6004
1981 Pourquoi mourir d’amour/Rock de v’lours (CBS) SS-6005
1981 Le bar salon des deux toxons/Palace des Glaces (Spectra-Scene)  SS-6006
1985 Coeur en frimas/Seulement qu’une aventure (CBS) C5-7078
1985 La louve/Diable vert (CBS) C5-7107

Albums

1972 Soap Opera (Barclay) 80137
1973 Saint-Chrone de Neánt (Barclay) 80153
1973 Bulldozer [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack] (Barclay – France) 80182
1974 Les grands succès Barclay – Volume 20: Offenbach (Barclay – France) 75020
1975 Tabarnac [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack] (Deram) ADEF-1178
1976 Never Too Tender (A & M) SP-9025
1977 Offenbach (A & M) SP-9027
1979 Traversion (Kebec-Disc) KD-L963
1979 Offenbach en fusion avec le Vic Vogel Big Band (Spectra-Scene) SS-1701
1980 Rock Bottom (Spectra-Scene) SS-1702
1981 Coup de foudre (Spectra-Scene) SS-1704
1983 Tonnedebrick (Kebec-Disc/CBS) PFC-80077
1984 Offenbach et Plume: Live A Fond d’Train (Kebec-Disc/CBS) GFC-80086
1985 Rockorama (Kebec-Disc/CBS) PFC-80103
1986 Le Dernier Show (Kebec-Disc/CBS) GFC-80109
1989 C’était plus qu’une aventure, 1972 – 1985 (Disques Double) DO-CD-30004
1992 1-3-5 [Box Set] (BMG Québec) 10293
1992 2-4-6 [Box Set] (BMG Québec) 10247
1995 Les incontournables: Rock de v’lours (BMG Québec) 32565
1996 Les incontournables: Blues (BMG Québec) 38040
1997 Les incontournables: Rock (BMG Québec) 45380
1998 Les incontournables: En fusion avec Vic Vogel (BMG Québec) 56569
1999 Les 20 Plus Grands Succes
2002 Les Grandes Succes, Volume 2
2005 Nature
2007 L’ultime Offenbach†


OFFICE
Malcolm Swann
(vocals, guitar, saxophone) / Ken MacKay (bass; 1980) / Jeff Sawatzky (bass, Moog Taurus; replaced MacKay) / Vincent Evans (guitar, aural fixations)  / Jeff Young (drums) / Brian Letourneau (added keyboards)
Office was formed in Edmonton, Alberta in 1980. They became quite popular in the Edmonton and Calgary music scenes due to their bizarre stage shows and excellent musicianship. They played many renowned gigs which included an opening slot for Duran Duran at the University of Calgary in 1982. After recording at Mo Marshall’s Woodbend Studio near Devon, Alberta in July 1982, the band released a 7” single on its own Switch Records. Their cheeky cover of Olivia Newton-John’s hit “Physical” made it onto the charts on Canadian college radio. Office disbanded in 1983. Swann and Sawatzky would go on to found the band Voice with Edmonton guitarist Maury Duchamp. with notes from Jeff Sawatzky.

Singles
1982
Matricide/Physical//King’s Road (Switch) OFF-666


OHAMA
Tona Walker Ohama is an electronic minimal wave ‘soundscape’ artist from Calgary, Alberta. He grew up on his parents’ potato farm in Rainier, Alberta where he spent his early years delving into electronic sound a la Brian Eno, Laurie Anderson and Thomas Dolby. with notes from James G. Cyr.

Singles
1983 Julie Is a T.V. Set/T.V. (Ohama) DWM-4544
1984 Midnite News [4 song EP] (Midnite News) MN-0484
1994 You Came Into My Life (Ohama) OMAHA-1TDJ

Albums
1981 Untitled [cassette] (Ohama)
1982 Midnite News [cassette] (Ohama)
1984 I Fear What I Might Hear (Midnite News)  MN-1184
1985 Midway/Thin Lines/Without A Word [3 song EP] [12”] (Midnite News)  MN-1185
1986 Ohama (Divine – France) MAD-1030
1986 Ohama Meets Dania [w/Darlene George aka Dania] (Ohama)
1994 …On the Edge of the Dream

with OHAMA MEETS DANIA  [Darlene George]
1986 Love Only Lasts Awhile (Midnite News) MN-0486


O’HARA, Mary Margaret
Mary Margaret O’Hara (sister of SCTV actress Catherine O’Hara) was a student of The Ontario College of Art and dabbled in the music world during the early 1970’s as vocalist for Toronto’s Songship with Raymond Gassi (guitarist on Klaatu’s “California Jam”). From there she moved onto the Go Deo Chorus until they disbanded in 1983. In 1984 she signed a recording contract with Virgin Records, but it was another four years before the debut of her first album ‘Miss America’. The first single, “Body In Trouble”, was released in early 1989. Critics fell over themselves trying to out ‘adjective’ each other in heaping praise the singer-songwriter. Alas, sales didn’t live up to the critical praise and she all but vanished following an EP of Christmas songs. O’Hara showed up occasionally on other artists’ works such as This Mortal Coil and Everything But the Girl. In 2002 she finally released ‘Apartment Hunting’ – the soundtrack to the independent Canadian film of the same name by Bill Robertson. O’Hara once again received critical praise from ‘The Globe and Mail’, ‘Now Magazine’ and  ‘Goldmine Magazine’ in the U.S. with notes from Bill Robertson and Paul Barkin.

Singles
1988 Anew Day/Not Be Alright (Virgin) VS-1225
1988 Blue Christmas (Virgin) VS-1395
1989 Body In Trouble/Year In Song (Virgin) VS-1479
1989 Anew Day (Remix)/Not Be Alright (Virgin) VS-1513

Albums
1988 Miss America (Virgin) V-2559
1991 Christmas [4 song EP] (Virgin) CD-51563
2002 Apartment Hunting (Outside)


OHM AND THE SECRET SOURCES
Pete Morrison / Astrid Young (bass, backing vocals)
5-piece Toronto, Ontario band. Their 1984 EP was co-produced by Pete Morrison and Ben McPeek at Captain Audio Studios. Astrid Young played on/co-produced one song on the EP.

Singles
1984 Exit From a Dream (Sabotage Promotions)


OJIJI
Born: Rupert Harvey on February 9, 1955 in Clarendon Parish, Jamaica
Rupert “Ojiji” Harvey is a Jamaican solo artist who relocated to Canada and formed Crack of Dawn back in the mid’70s. Rupert Harvey was born in Jamaica, but his family moved to Canada when he was eleven years old. While still in his teens, he co-founded the Canadian band Crack Of Dawn – the first all black band in Canada to be signed to a major label (CBS Records) in 1975. They released their self-titled debt album in 1976 and had several successful radio hits particularly the single “It’s Alright (This Feeling I’m Feeling)”. In the late 1970s, he embarked on a solo career. His 1979 solo album ‘The Shadow’ (known as ‘Ojiji’ in Swahili and a name he adopted) was mostly instrumentals featuring Harvey and assists from Crack of Dawn members Andre King, Carl Harvey, Carl Otway, and Paul Douglas among others.In the early 1980’s Harvey co-founded Canadian reggae act Messenjah with Errol Blackwood. A major break came in 1982 when Joe Strummer of The Clash picked the act to open Canadian dates on The Clash’s ‘Combat Rock’ tour. Messenjah was signed to Warner Bros. Records and went on to win many awards including a JUNO Award. After Messenjah disbanded, Harvey released the album ‘Once a Lion’ in 2000 and was briefly in the band The Redeem Team. In recent years he has become head of the Tai Mantis Kung Fu Association in Toronto, Ontario. He was also elected the only non-Chinese president of the 400-year old Praying Mantis Kung Fu School from China. [also see CRACK OF DAWN, MESSENJAH]

Singles
1979 Gerima/O Ji Ji (Ultra) URN1-103

Albums
1979 The Shadow (Ultra) URN2-101
1980
Half Way Home (Ultra) URN2-102
2000
Once a Lion: Rupert “Ojiji” Harvey


OLLIVER, George
Born: January 25, 1946 in Toronto, Ontario
Toronto, Ontario’s George Olliver – nicknamed ‘The Blue-Eyed Prince of Soul’ – started his singing career in the early 1960s with a group called The Roulettes. After joining the Five Rogues (along with Domenic Troiano) in the mid-60s, the group became The Mandala and had a modicum of success in Canada and the US. Olliver left Mandala to form George Olliver And The Soul Children in late 1967. By 1970 he’d formed Natural Gas whose debut album charted Top10 in Canada and Top50 in the United States. Olliver was also briefly signed to CHUM Ltd.’s record label Much Records before going on to become co-owner of Club Bluenote from 1982 to 1992. He had the honour of booking and performing with such legends as Wilson Pickett, Martha Reeves, Etta James and newcomer Whitney Houston before recording the George Olliver & Gangbuster (featuring Shawne Jackson, Roy Kenner, Jayson King, and Wayne St. John) album ‘Live At Club Bluenote’ which garnered a JUNO Award nomination for ‘Best R & B Album’ in 1985. He would also release his first full solo album, ‘Dream Girl’, in 1987. In recent years Olliver has recorded several Gospel albums.

Singles
1973
I May Never Get To See You Again/Shine (Much) CH-1024
1987
Dream Girl/Please Don’t Call (Slott) C-644

Albums
1987
Dream Girl (Slott)

with GEORGE OLLIVER
1985
Live At the Blue Note (Quality) SV-2127

with GEORGE OLLIVER’S GOSPEL SOUL
200-
Look Up (Hunter-Hughes)

with CAUGHT AWAY featuring GEORGE OLLIVER
200-
Live At The Unionville Alliance (Hunter-Hughes)


ONE FREE FALL
Ken MacNeil
(vocals) / Jim Moore (bass) / Bob Vespaziani (drums) / Sandy Graham (guitar)
One Free Fall was formed in Toronto, Ontario in 1986 and often played the Toronto Queen Street circuit. The spent much of their time at the Quoc-Te Club in Kensington Market – even naming an EP after the venue when they were signed to BMG Records in 1991. Following their Handsome Boy release, ‘Mud Creek’ in 1993, the band split up. MacNeil, Moore and Vespaziani would go on to found the band Rusty with the Doughboys’ Scott McCullough. [also see RUSTY]

Albums
1986 Where Did Ricky Work? [cassette]
1991 Quoc-Te [5 song EP) (BMG) 9650026
1993 Mud Creek (Handsome Boy) HB-001


ONE HORSE BLUE
Ian Oscar (vocals, guitar) / Michael Shelland (vocals, guitar) / Winston Quelch (guitars) / Bob Burghardt (pedal steel; 1978) /Randy Lloyd (bass, vocals) / Ron Vaugeois (vocals, drums) / Mavis McCauley (keyboards; 1980) / Steve Pugsley (bass; replaced Lloyd 1980) / Brent Macnab (guitar; replaced Quelch1980) / Greg Dunstan (bass; replaced Pugsley 1981) / James Wright (guitar; replaced Macnab 1981) / Dennis Vaugeois (guitar; 1981) / Gordon Maxwell (lead vocals, bass; 1993-current) / Larry Pink (keyboards; current) / Jim Foster (electric guitar; 1993)The origins of One Horse Blue can be traced to Alberta act Pickins featuring Michael Shellard, Winston Quelch, Bob Burghardt, Fred Larose, Karen Sunderland and Doug Johnston. Meanwhile, in Drayton Valley, Alberta, in 1975, Ian Oscar hooked up with high school friends David Brisebois (bass) and his brother Dennis (guitar), Derrick Henningsmoan (drums) and Drayton Carl (guitar) as Stonehenge. They pursued a heavy rock sound influenced by the likes of Deep Purple, Steppenwolf and Iron Butterfly. By 1977 the band had transformed so many times with so many different incarnations that Oscar decided to look for greener pastures. As it happened, Sunderland had quit Pickens and Oscar replaced her. The band recorded and released a single at Sundown Recording Studio. Doug Johnston and Fred Larose left the band shortly after the first single was produced and Ron Vaugeois and Randy Lloyd replaced them on drums and bass.  The new act featured Shelland, Quelch, Burghardt, Lloyd and Vaugeois and started performing under the handle One Horse Blue — named after a horse owned by Oscar’s sister and based on the Paul Cotton song by Poco. Under the production tutelage of Wes Daskus the band recorded their self-titled debut album in 1978 for the Vera Cruz label which spawned the Canadian charting hit “Cry Out For The Sun”. During this period they were also enlisted as the backing band for Dakus’s other production project Shannon Two Feathers on the album ‘Dreams That Feed A Gypsy’. More member changes, including the departure of Oscar and Quelch (who formed The Victory Group) preceded the recording of the follow-up, ‘Bite The Bullet’, in 1980. The production chores (and vocal duties) were handled by Shelland and Vaugeios. By 1981’s ‘Livin’ On The Edge’, the band was under the guidance of the only member left — Ron Vaugeois. A version of One Horse Blue featuring Shelland, Gordon Maxwell (bass, vocals) and Shuld recorded the album ‘One Horse Blue’ for Savannah in 1993. Shuld left the band before touring began to raise his daughter. He was replaced by Jim Foster (ex-Fosterchild). The original 1978 version of One Horse Blue reunited for The Edmonton Chamber’s CFR Week “Cowboy Cabaret” on November 10, 2005 at the Shaw Conference Centre with their heroes Poco and Pure Prairie League; Quelch still lives, performs and teaches music in Edmonton and is in the Cathy Kowalski Band; Ron Vaugeois appeared on Tim Feehan’s 1983 album ‘Carmalita’, was a member of the blues act Big Dreamer, and has done engineering work for the likes of R. Harlan Smith.; Michael Shelland kept the One Horse Blue name alive in the 1990’s and also wrote material for Stewart MacDougall and Michael Carey among others. with notes from Doug Johnston and Mavis McCauley.

Singles
1978
Cry Out For The Sun/Hold All Your Happiness (Vera Cruz) VCR-102
1978 You And I/For Reasons (Vera Cruz) VCR-110
1978 Deliver Me/Words To Me (Vera Cruz) VCR-113
1979 Bring My Love Around/Mr. Soul (Vera Cruz) VCR-119
1980 Some Women/Blue Room (Vera Cruz) VCR-122
1980 Mr. Soul/Crazy Fool (Vera Cruz) VCR-126
1980 Lost And Found/Sarah (Vera Cruz) VCR-132
1981 Some Night/Piece Of The Sky (Vera Cruz) VCR-137
1981 Runaways/We All Have Our Heroes (Vera Cruz) VCR-142
1981 Livin’ On The Edge/Hey, Boy (Vera Cruz) VCR-145
1982 Breakdown/Love Or Desperation (Vera Cruz) VCR-157
1993 Hopeless Love (Savannah) SVCD-17
1993 Bring Back Your Love (Savannah) SVCD-20

Albums
1978
One Horse Blue (Vera Cruz) VCR-1002
1980 Bite The Bullet (Vera Cruz) VCR-1005
1981 Livin’ On The Edge (Vera Cruz) VCR-1015
1982 On The Street (Vera Cruz) VCR-1022
1993 One Horse Blue (Savannah) SRK-9844


ONE OF YOU
One of You is the work of a Prague, Czechoslovakian woman who escaped to Toronto, Ontario during the Czechoslovakia uprising in 1968. Eventually she moved to Ottawa and began recording her own music in the early 1980s and releasing singles on her own Scarab Records. Her specific identity is not known.

Singles
1981 Life Is So Hard/Faded Flowers (Scarab) WRC3-1526
1982 When the Sun Comes Up/Don’t Be Desperate (Scarab) WRC3-2105

as THE TRIFIDS
1983
Brainbroom/Invincible (Scarab) WRC3-2669


ONE TO ONE
Louise Reny
(vocals) / Leslie Howe (guitar, bass, keyboards)
Ottawa’s One To One was a duo which evolved out of Ottawa Valley cover band Mainstream (1975-1983). When Reny and Howe decided to break out on their own they sent out demos from Howe’s home production facility. Howe played all the instruments and produced the recordings with Reny singing a la Eurythmics. In 1984, through their manager Clive Corcoran, they landed a deal with Saga’s label, Bonaire in England who flew them to West Germany to record. Their first album, ‘Forward Your Emotions’, took the Canadian charts by storm in 1985. They had three successful singles – “There Was A Time”, “Angel In My Pocket” and “Black On White” before returning back to the studio to work on the album’s follow-up. The act scored three Juno Award nominations in 1986 for ‘Most Promising Group of the Year’, ‘Producer of the Year (Leslie Howe)’, and ‘Recording Engineer of the Year’ (Leslie Howe). The next album, entitled ‘1-2-1’, repeated their initial success with the more guitar driven songs like the chart successful “Hold Me Now” and “Do You Believe” (co-written with Lisa Erskine). With their two album deal finished with the financially troubled Bonaire Records, One 2 One (as they were now called) were hand picked by Herb Alpert for his label A & M Records. 1992’s ‘Imagine It’ was a little more Adult Contemporary and New Country feeling giving the act a cross-over hit with “Peace of Mind”. The follow-up single, “Memory Lane”, achieved subtle recognition as incidental music in an episode of the Hollywood TV soap ‘Melrose Place’. As a non-touring studio act, One 2 One finally ran out of steam as the market would no longer support their brand of pop music. The duo took a break as Howe filled his Distortion Studios with paying production work particularly Alanis (better known as Alanis Morissette). Howe, along with MCA Records’ John Alexander was instrumental in developing Morissette as a teen dance idol early in her career. By the mid-90’s Reny and Howe decided to form a real recording and touring band called Sal’s Birdland featuring Reny, Howe, Michael Goyette (guitar), Tim Dupont (bass) and Andrew Lamarche (drums) who released the CD ‘So Very Happy’ on Howe’s own Ghetto Records and distributed by MCA. The band garnered some national interest on college radio which led to a second disc in 1995 entitled ‘Nude Photos Inside’ on Discovery Records in the US. The band was getting misnamed Salzbergland and decided to change their name once more – this time as Artificial Joy Club and released their hard-edged grunge CD ‘Melt’ in Canada independently. By summer of 1997 Jimmy Iovine’s Interscope label re-issued the CD stateside.

Singles
1985 Angel In My Pocket/Where’s The Answer (Bonaire/WEA) 92-87397
1985 Angel In My Pocket (Remix – 8:14)//There Was A Time (Remix)/Angel In My Pocket (Dub) [12”] (Bonaire/WEA) 25-25811
1985 There Was A Time (Dance Mix)/where’s the Answer [12″] (Bonaire/WEA) 25-88570
1985 There Was a Time/Where’s The Answer (Bonaire/WEA) 25-88577
1985 Black On White/Tell Me Straight (Bonaire/WEA) 25-85787
1987 Hold Me Now (Album Version)/Hold Me Now (Edit) (Bonaire/WEA) PRO-625
1987 Hold Me Now (Album Version)/Hold Me Now (Extended Dance Mix) [12”] (Bonaire/WEA) BON-12120
1988 Love Child (Remix Edit)/Love Child (Album Version)  (Bonaire/WEA) BON-22127
1988 Love Child (New York Mix)// Love Child (L.A. Version)/ Love Child (Album Version) [12″] (Bonaire/WEA) PRO-641
1988 Do You Believe/Inside These Eyes (Bonaire/WEA) BON-22137
1989
We’ve Got the Power (Bonaire/WEA)
1992 Peace of Mind (Love Goes On)/Love And Rockets/Preview From Album ‘Imagine It’ (A & M) 390855
1992 Memory Lane/Gypsy Girl/Excerpts From The Album ‘Imagine It’ (A & M) 390876
1992
Friends (A & M)

as SAL’S BIRDLAND
1995
Love Is Groovy (Discovery – US) PR-74512

as ARTIFICIAL JOY CLUB
1997 Spaceman/Spaceman (Acoustic Mix)/Spaceman (Remix) (Crunchy – EUR)
1997
Sick and Beautiful (Radio Edit)/Sick and Beautiful (Quick Fix Mix)/My Heaven (Interscope)  IND-95546
1998 Spaceman (Interscope)

Albums
1985 Forward Your Emotions (Bonaire/WEA) 25-25390
1988 1-2-1 (Bonaire/WEA) BON-12121
1992 Imagine It (A & M)  215364

as SALS’S BIRDLAND
1994 So Very Happy (Ghetto/MCA)
1995 Naked Photos Inside (Discovery – US) 77026

as ARTIFICIAL JOY CLUB
1996 Melt (Crunchy – EUR) 90125
1997 Melt (Interscope) INTD-90125


ONITS, The
Pete Wilkins (vocals, guitar) / Tom Wilkins (vocals, bass) / Stan Hilborn (drums, vocals) / Robb Wildman (vocals, guitar)
Formed in Cambridge in September 1980. The band  played in around their home town. Guitarist Robb Wildman  joined in May 1981. The band  recorded  two original tunes in October 1981 at Wax Works Studio in St. Jacobs. The songs were released as a single. Tom Wilkins would leave at the end of that month.  The band would play in Toronto and on the eve of shows in Quebec in March, 1982 the band’s van spun out in a snow storm in Cambridge and the band decided to call it a day after the gig commitment could not be fulfilled.

Singles
1981
Weekend Wrestler/Gamma Ray (Vinyl Dreams) VDR-001


ORGANIZED RHYME
MC Bones [aka Tom Green] / Pin the Chameleon [aka Greg Campbell, Mr. Bigstuff] / DJ Signal [aka Geordie Ferguson]
Formed in Ottawa in 1990 as one of Canada’s earliest Hip Hop acts, the group made a big splash in a short period of time with their debut album ‘Huh? Stiffenin Against the Wall’ featuring the break-out hit “Check the O.R.” before splitting up in 1992. They would reunite and release their sophomore album ‘Too Young To Die’ in 2008; Tom Green would go on to have success on cable access TV with ‘The Tom Green Show’ in Ottawa, Ontario before finding fame in Hollywood as an actor/comedian – and being married, briefly, to Drew Barrymore. [see TOM GREEN]

Singles
1992
Check the O.R (Armadillo Mix)/Check the O.R. (Rosebud Daddy Mix) (Beat Factory/A & M – US)

Albums
1990
Huh? Stiffenin Against the Wall (Beat Factory/A & M – US)
2008 Too Young To Die


ORGANIZATION, The
Doug Roche (lead guitar, gazzoo, tambourine, vocals) / Harry Melvin (drums, gazzoo, tambourine, marrocas, vocals) / Allan Misener (bass, gazzoo, tambourine, percussion, vocals)
From Dartmouth, Nova Scotia

Album
1970
The Organization (Music Stop) MSLPS-100


ORIGINAL CASTE, The
Dixie Lee Innes [nee Stone] (vocals) / Bruce Innes (lead guitar) / Bliss Mackie (rhythm guitar, vocals) / Graham Bruce (bass) / Peter Brown (drums) / Joseph Cavender (drums; replaced Brown 1970) / Gary Carlson (bass; replaced Bruce 1972) / Dennis Coats (rhythm guitar; replaced Mackie 1972) / Tom Doran (drums; replaced Cavender) / Richard Harrow (later addition) / Glenn Mundy (later addition) / Julian Kerr (vocals; later addition) / John Dunn (later addition) / Cheryl Morrell (vocals; 2005) / Jilla Web (vocals; 2006)
Following some musical work in the US, and the completion of his formal education at the University of Montana, Bruce Innes finally returned to Calgary, and began performing in a small renowned coffee house called The Pig’s Eye at the same time as undiscovered performers like Joni Anderson (later to be Joni Mitchell) and David Wiffen. Using this as a performance base, he formed The North Country Singers with Graham Bruce (bass) and Joseph Cavender (drums). Innes saw Sotan Recording artist Dixie Lee Stone performing there as well and soon asked her to join the ensemble. The group headed out on a cross s Canada tour, swinging down into the US where they picked up Portland, Oregon native Bliss Mackie as second guitarist eventually landing in Los Angeles and changing their name to The Original Caste. Through Innes’s former label, Dot Records, they recorded two singles including “I Can’t Make It Anymore” (1968) which was less than a blip on the music industry radar. However, after signing with TA Records, a label distributed by Bell Records (Columbia), in 1969, Innes met writers Dennis Lambert and Brian Potter, who would produce The Original Caste’s first album. They struck pay dirt after releasing the duo’s “One Tin Soldier” that same year. The song made No. 6 on RPM Weekly chart and No. 34 on the Billboard Top40 and went to No.1 on the CHUM Chart. They charted even higher with “Mr. Monday” which hit No. 4 on RPM Weekly’s chart and No. 3 on the CHUM Chart in Canada. The two singles combined, worldwide, sold over three million copies. Despite the failure of “Mr. Monday” to chart in the US, they landed opening slots for the likes of BB King and Glen Campbell south of the border and made numerous TV appearances. “One Tin Soldier” had a revival of sorts in 1972 when it was featured in the movie ‘Billy Jack’, however it was not the Original Caste on the soundtrack but rather American band Coven featuring singer Jinx Dawson. The singles made another round at radio and had significant sales after being re-issued. The husband and wife team of Dixie Lee and Bruce Innes would record together and as solo artists as a continued extension of their Original Caste recording contract through Bell. With switch to Century II Records out of Canada, the new four-piece version of the group (now with Gary Carlson on bass and Tom Doran on drums) released the ‘Back Home’ album in 1974. The new version of Original Caste toured into the late 1970’s. When the band made its final split in 1980 so did the Innes’; Dixie remarried and became a social worker; Bruce began jingle and film score work, remarried and moved to Washington. He currently lives in Idaho. In 2000 Bruce Innes produced country artist Brenn Hill utilizing the help of veteran country/folk singer Ian Tyson; Mackie died in 2004; Joe Cavender now resides in Seattle, Washington; Carlson now resides in Bellevue, Idaho; Coats now resides in Sandpoint, Idaho. With the release of ‘The Best Of The Original Caste’ in Japan in 2005, another revival of the act returned with a line-up headed by Bruce Innes and Cheryl Morrel on vocals. In 2008 Innes, with new vocalist Jilla Web, a featured artist with Las Vegas show “Superstars Live In Concert,” re-recorded “One Tin Soldier” with the Nashville Children’s Choir. A new CD is planned. Innes and Web) can be seen in concert in theaters across the US performing their highly acclaimed traveling show ‘One Tin Soldier Rides Again’. with notes from Bruce Innes.[also see BRUCE INNES]

Singles
1968 I Can’t Make It Anymore/Just Like Tom Thumb Blues (DOT) 17071
1968 Snakes & Ladders/I’m So Much In Love With You (DOT)
1969 One Tin Soldier/Live For Tomorrow (TA/Bell) TA-165
1970 One Tin Soldier/Live For Tomorrow [p/s re-print](TA/Bell) TA-186
1970 Mr. Monday/Highway (TA/Bell) TA-192
1970 Nothing Can Touch Me/Country Song (TA/Bell) TA-197
1970 Ain’t That Tellin’ You People/Sweet Chicago (TA/Bell) TA-204
1971 When Love Is Near/Sault Ste. Marie (TA/Bell) TA-211
1972 Come Together/Come Together (live) (Japan?)
1973 Don’t Stop Now/Overdose Of The Blues (Century II/Capitol) 1501

Albums
1970 One Tin Soldier (TA/Bell) TA-5003
1971 Live In Japan – Volume 1
1971 Greatest Hits
1971 Live In Japan – Volume 2
1974 Back Home (Century II/Capitol) ST-17001
2005 The Best of The Original Caste (Universal – JAPAN) N8AUG24-402905


ORIGINAL SLOTH BAND
Ken Whiteley
(guitar, mandolin, washboard, jug, accordion, vocals) / Chris Whiteley (trumpet, harmonica, guitar, bass harmonica, vocals) / Tom Evans (mandolin, clarinet, tenor saxophone, soprano saxophone, vocals, triangle)
Brothers Ken and Chris Whiteley began playing together in a Don Mills, Ontario high school with friends Tom Evans and brothers Michael Lee & Patrick Lee under the name Tubby Fats Original All-Star Downtown Syncopated Big Rock Jug Band. By the end of high school on the Whiteley’s and Tom Evans remained, focusing on folk music and changing their name to The Original Slot Band where they got their professional start playing Yorkville Village coffee houses in Toronto such as The Riverboat Coffee House and the Bohemian Embassy. The trio would work their way up to playing Mariposa and other large folk festivals. The Original Sloth band were tireless workers and took time to record their self-financed debut album, ‘Whoopee After Midnight’, in 1973. In 1976 they’d managed a distribution deal with Posterity for their second album, ‘Hustlin’ and Bustlin’. By 1978 their self-titled third album (aka ‘1978’) was made slick at the hands of upcoming Hamilton engineer Daniel Lanois who brought in the rhythm section of future Parachute Club alumni Billy Bryans and Mike Gardner to give the band some help. With a move to Stompin’ Tom’s Boot Records in 1979 Ken Whiteley was the focal point and the group brought in guest artists The Honolulu Heartbreakers and Blind John Davis to assist on the ‘Up Above My Head’ album. In 1980 Whiteley officially went solo and the Original Sloth Band moniker was retired; The band reunited in 2000 for a special 35th anniversary event for the Flying Cloud Festival; Ken and Chris would continue as session players and released their own solo records as well as delving into children’s entertainment; Ken Whiteley is the co-founder of Borealis Records; Evans left the music business in the early 1980s to be an optometrist in his father’s business practice in Toronto. Evans died of cancer on May 1, 2009.

Singles
1979
634-5789 [w/THE HONOLULU HEARTBREAKERS]/The St. Louis Blues [w/BLIND JOHN DAVIS] (Troubadour) TRS-3

Albums
1973
Whoopee After Midnight (Sloth) SL-1
1976
Hustlin’ And Bustlin’ (Woodshed/Posterity) PWS-005
1977 Whoopee After Midnight [re-issue] (Woodshed) WS-003
1978 Original Sloth Band (Troubadour) TR-006

as KEN WHITELEY WITH THE ORIGINAL SLOTH BAND AND THE HONOLULU HEARTBREAKERS
1979 Up Above My Head (Boot) BRP-2106


ORPHAN
Chris Burke-Gaffney
(vocals, bass) / Steve McGovern (guitar) / Brent Diamond (keyboards) /  Terry Norman Taylor (drums) / Ron Boisvenue (drums; replaced Taylor)
From Winnipeg, Manitoba. When their punk-tinged act The Pumps lost their record deal with Polydor in 1981, Burke-Gaffney, Diamond and Taylor brought in new guitarist Steve McGovern and re-invented themselves as an Album Oriented Rock act. The landed a new deal with Portrait Records and managed two albums and several singles before calling it a day in 1986. Burke-Gaffney and Taylor would give it one more shot as Deadbeat Honeymooners in the early 1990s; Burke-Gaffney then became a producer and was instrumental in discovering and developing Chantal Kreviazuk’s early career.

Singles
1983
Saved By The Bell/Night Parade (Portrait/CBS) E4-4348
1983 Miracle/Any Time At All (Portrait/CBS) E4-4353
1985 Lyin’ To Me/Steel & Iron (Portrait/CBS) E4-7086
1985 Open Up The Skies/The Way It Should Be (Portrait/CBS) E4-7112
1985 Open Up the Skies/(same) [12”] (Portrait/CBS) 12-CDN-210

Albums

1983 Lonely At Night (Portrait/CBS) 38873
1985 Salute (Portrait/CBS) 40059
2006 It’s a Miracle…They’re Still Alive: The Very Best of The Pumps & Orphan (Vatikan)


ORVILLE DORP
Smilin’ Jack Smith (guitar, lead vocals) / Glen Hendrickson (drums) / Al Jacobs (piano, vocals) / Shelly Kantrow (guitar) / Tom Lavin (bass, vocals)
Formed in Vancouver, British Columbia in 1969, the band released one independent single, “Jesus Marijuana”, and split up in 1970; Lavin would go on to join Prism briefly and then form The Powder Blues Band.

Singles
1969
Jesus Marijuana/Gutter Rat Man (O.D.)


OTHER GUYS, The
Howard Stacey (guitar) / Garfield Ferguson (drums) / Greg Charuk (guitar) / Peter Pawlenchuck (guitar/vocals)
From Oshawa, Ontario. Released one independent 10” EP; Charuk is deceased. With notes from Tony Sloggett

10” vinyl
1982  The Other Guys (Night Sound Productions) NSP-1003


OUBA
Tony Roman / Michel Pagliaro (guitar, vocals) / Denis LePage / Andy Shorter (drums)
Following the demise of Pagliaro’s band Les Chanceliers, he was hanging out with producer/musician Tony Roman, Denis LePage and Andy Shorter (brother of Weather Report’s Wayne Shorter) where they made some experimental recordings of a jam session one night in the summer of 1968 at the Stereo Sound Studio in Montreal, Québec. The most progressive of these were released on Roman’s Révolution label anonymously under the titles ‘Reels Psychadéliques’ volumes 1 and 2. One longer jam was split into two parts and released as the album ‘Freak Out Total’ under the band name Ouba (an album title later expropriated by France’s L’experience 9/Les Maledictus Sound). Though none of the three albums was credited at the time, Gear Fab Records re-issued the Ouba album on CD in 2001 and managed to piece together the identities of the players and the circumstances; Pagliaro would go on to success as a solo artist; Tony Roman would release half a dozen solo records and a nearly a dozen singles on the CanUSA label before producing music for movies as well as other artists such as Nanette Workman; Denis LePage would have success creating Québec and European dance music under different pseudonyms – the most successful of these being Lime; Shorter still lives in Montreal and frequently plays in the local jazz clubs. with notes from Tony Roman [also seeMICHEL PAGLIARO, TONY ROMAN]

Albums
1968 Ouba (A1) LI-33-213
1968 Reels Psychadéliques Volume 1 (Révolution) RE-8002
1968 Reels Psychadéliques Volume 2 (Révolution) RE-8003


OUR GENERATION
Bob Burgess
(lead vocals) / Tim Forsythe / Louis Campbell McKelvey (guitar)
Our Generation was from Montreal and featured members who had played with The Rabble (Forsythe), The Haunted (Burgess), and The A-Cads (McKelvey); McElvey would go on to be in the band Influence with Walter Rossi. He passed away November 24, 2017.

Singles
1966 I’m A Man/Run Down Every Street (Barry) B-3461X      
1967 Out to Get Light/Cool Summer (Trans-World) TW-1678


OVERHOLT, Elaine
Elaine Overholt has an extensive performing career which has allowed her the opportunity to work with titans of music such as Ray Charles, Tina Turner, opera star Richard Margison, Dionne Warwick, Anne Murray and Chubby Checker amongst them. She has performed as a soloist on world stages, major network television, albums, films, thousands of jingles and has recorded two albums Overholt has been a consultant and teacher in Hollywood and Broadway in recent years, having coached stars such as John Travolta and Michelle Pfeiffer for ‘Hairspray’ the movie as well as music directing its star Nikki Blonksy in concert performances throughout North America. She also coached Richard Gere, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Renee Zellweger, and Queen Latifah for the Oscar-winning ‘Chicago’. She started a YouTube viral sensation when she taught Ellen Degeneres to sing in a live segment on her hit talk show ‘The Ellen Degeneres Show’. As a Broadway coach Overholt trained the singers in the lead roles of Broadway hits ‘Hairspray‘, ‘The Producers’ and ‘Mamma Mia’. Major labels also hire her to refine the talents of upcoming singers. She runs Big Voice Studio with other teachers for vocal training.

Singles
1976
Searching For Two (Jomark)
1977
Run To Me/Run To Me (Instrumental) (RCA) PB-50387
1978
Silver Wings/Breakin’ Our Hearts Forever (Attic) AT-193

with ALLAN J. RYAN & ELAINE OVERHOLT
1982
Thoughts of You (Haida Moon) HM-4506

Albums
1977
Elaine Overholt (Canadian Talent Library) CTL-5217
1978
Elaine Overholt (Attic) LAT-1046


OVERSOUL SEVEN
Adam Gejdos
(vocals, guitar) / Len Morgan (bass) / Darryl Shibley (drums)
From Vancouver, British Columbia. Named after the Jane Roberts book trilogy, Oversoul Seven played a Battle of the Bands contest at the Railway Club in Vancouver in 1987. The prize was recording time – which they used to record their first EP entitled ‘Fool Revelation’. A full, self-titled, album followed in 1988; Morgan died in 1993 at the age of 27; Gejdos works in the film and television production business in Vancouver, having done sound production for TV shows such as ‘Stargate: SG-1’ and ‘Poltergeist – The Legacy’. He’s also worked on the sound design for several video games; Shibley has moonlighted in Vancouver cover band The Mt. Pleasant Racket Club.

Albums
1987
Fool Revelation [EP] (Edge) EDG-001                                                       
1988 Oversoul Seven (Edge) EDG-004


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