Pacers, The
Pacific Salt
Packham, Blair
Pagliaro, Michel
Paige, Justin
Painted Ship
Paladins, The
Pallbearers, The
Palmer, Jerry
Palmer, Rae
Pantis, Denis S.
Papa Bear
Pape Gang
Par Four
Parachute Club
Partland Brothers
Parts Found In Sea
Party’s Over
Passing Fancy, A
Patmacs, The
Paul, Dave
Paul, Dennis
Paupers, The
Peaches, The
Pear Of Pied Pumkin
Pedestrians, The
Pelletier, Bruno
Penney, Roy
Penny Black
Pepper Sands
Pepper Tree
Percy & The Teardrops
Perfect Affair
Perfect World
Perks, The
Perpall, Pierre
Personality Crisis
Persuaders, The
Perth County Conspiracy [Does Not Exist]
Peterson, Colleen
Petrie, Blair
Petrie, Bunty
Petty, Joanna
Phantoms, The (1)
Phantoms, The (2)
Pharaohs, The
Philosopher Kings
Phleg Camp
Picture Comes To Life
Pieds Fous, Les
Pig Farm
Pimm, John
Pinecones, The
Pink Plumm
Pink Steel
Pirie, Jim
Plague, The
Planet Smashers
Plaskett, Joel
Plasterscene Replicas
Plastic Cloud
Platinum Blonde
Play, The
Please Feed The Animals
Plummer, Brian
Pocket Dwellers
Pointed Sticks
Poles, The
Poor Souls, The
Poor Young Things
Pope, Carole
Popiel, Joe
Pop, Kori
Pop Machine, The
Poppy Family, The
Poppy Seed & The Love Explosion
Pops Merrily
Popular Front
Popular Mechanix
Popular Spies
Porcelain Forehead
Porkbelly Futures
Porteous, Wyckham
Porter, Kalan
Portland Street South
Positively Stompin
Posner, Mickey
Pouls, Le
Pouvoir Des Fleurs, Le
Powder Blues
Power of Beckett
Powter, Daniel
Prairie Oyster
Preachers, The
Presence, The
Preston, J. Bradley
Pretty Rough
Price, Lisa
Priddle, The
Priest, Robert
Prime Tyme
Pringle, Doug
Pringle, Peter
Pritchard, David
Private Eye
Private School
Problem Children
Probst, Joe
Professor Fuddle’s Fantastic Fairy Tale Machine
Progressive Minstrels, The
Prokop, Skip
Prowlers, The
Pucks, Les
Pukka Orchestra
Pumps, The
Purple Haze (1)
Purple Haze (2)
Purple Joe
Purple Toads
Pursuit Of Happiness, The

Gary Danroth
(bass) / Pat Griffiths (guitar) / Brian Hilton (drums) / Carl Sande (guitar, organ) / David Wiffen (guitar, vocals)
The Pacers were formed in Prince George, British Columbia in 1964. After Wiffen had hitch-hiked as a solo performer from Toronto to British Columbia he was invited to perform at Vancouver’s Bunkhouse and other coffee houses. He was then invited to join The Pacers. Following a Battle of the Bands contest win in Vancouver in 1965, their prize was recording a 7″ single on RCA Victor International in Montreal. The Pacers headed to Québec to record at the label’s RCA Studios. The single “I Want You Back” was released but to little fanfare. When the label deal fell apart, and subsequently the band, Wiffen moved onto Ottawa where he joined the folk act The Children. Wiffen would then go on to join 3’s A Crowd in 1967 before embarking on a successful solo career; Hilton joined Skylark. He quit the music business in 1974 and worked for Delta Airlines for the next 25 years; Pat Griffiths is deceased. [also see DAVID WIFFEN]

1965 I Want You Back/Windjammer (RCA Victor Canada International)  57-3372

Compilation Tracks
“I Want You Back” on ‘The History of Vancouver Rock and Roll Volume 2’ (Neptoon) VRCA-002

Don Clark (trumpet) / Oliver Gannon (guitar) / Ron Johnston (piano) / George Ursan (drums) / Ian McDougall (trombone; 1970-1973) / Tony Clitheroe (bass; 1970-1975) / P.J. Perry (sax; 1972-1975) / Jack Stafford (sax; joined 1975) / Torben Oxbol (bass; 1975-1979) / Tom Haslett (bass; joined 1979)
A jazz co-operative formed in 1970 by Ian McDougall in Vancouver, British Columbia. McDougall moved to Toronto after leaving the band in 1973; Perry moved to Edmonton. Gannon, McDougall and Johnston reunited in 1976 to record the album ‘Three’.

Jazz Canadiana: Pacific Salt (CBC Radio Canada) LM-302
1973 Pacific Salt (Ramophone) G-1002
1975 Pacific Salt Live (Little Mountain) LMR-105
1976 Three (Energy) E-464

In cover bands right out of high school, Blair Packham had the urge to play and sing his own material, but this wasn’t encouraged in the Northern Ontario bar scene in the late 70s where he often had to play. Offered a job as an apprentice engineer at a Toronto recording studio, Packham opted to stay in the city and hone his studio chops as well as learn how to write songs. The time was well spent at Doug Clement’s Comfort Sound, where Packham engineered live (and some studio) recordings for the likes of Bryan Adams, Stevie Ray Vaughan, REM, Goddo and many others. He also began recording his own songs during evening downtimes and, along with high school pal Dan Levy, decided to form his own band as a vehicle for those songs. Influenced by the punk and New Wave sounds of Elvis Costello, the Clash and XTC, Packham and Levy called their band The Jitters, and in October of 1981 they played their first gigs. Attracting the attention of legendary producer Bob Ezrin (Pink Floyd’s ‘The Wall’, Alice Cooper, KISS, etc.) after a year’s slugging it out in bars, the band recorded demo after demo but failed to land a recording contract. Finally, with Ezrin having moved on, Capitol Records signed The Jitters in 1987. During The Jitters’ ten years together, Packham wrote several Canadian hits including “Last of the Red Hot Fools” and “’Til the Fever Breaks”. The band’s second album was co-produced and co-written by Jules Shear (“All Through The Night” for Cyndi Lauper; “If She Knew What She Wants” for The Bangles). The Jitters sold almost 80,000 copies of their two albums, won several local awards, were Juno Award-nominated for ‘Best New Group’ in 1988 and toured constantly until their split in 1991. Immediately upon the breakup of The Jitters, Packham began composing music for film and television. Via his production company, Blare! Music, he built a flourishing career creating music for four feature films as well as work for Global Television, Discovery Channel, MuchMusic, YTV, The Sports Network/ESPN, Oxygen, CBC and CTV. Still itching to have his songs heard, Packham released his solo debut entitled ‘Everything That’s Good’ in May 2001 and featured songs written over Packham’s post-Jitters years with friends like Ron Sexsmith helping out. Though not considered a commercial hit, songs from the collection appeared on TV soundtracks for shows such as ‘Dawson’s Creek’. In late 2003 Packham wrote and recorded the follow-up disc, ‘Could’ve Been King’, in Vancouver with members of The Odds – Craig Northey, Doug Elliott and Pat Steward. Together with ex-Doug and the Slugs’ Simon Kendall and engineer Colin Nairne, they created a “live band” album, which was released to critical acclaim in 2004. In 2005, he and Ron Sexsmith co-produced “What Ever Happened to Christmas” for Andy Kim (“Sugar, Sugar”, “Rock Me Gently”), and the song hit No.5 on the national AC charts in Canada. Finally, in addition to his other professional activities, Packham has been working for years with the Songwriters Association of Canada leading seminars, booking concerts and national tours. This passion led to his founding the Humber College Songwriting Summer Workshop with Rik Emmett (Triumph). At the end of the fourth summer session, Humber decided to not renew the program, despite its resounding success, so the duo decided to take it downtown, to the campus of Ryerson University. Re-named SongStudio, the 2009 workshop was a continuation of their work at Humber. Guests have included Ron Sexsmith, Murray McLauchlan, Ed Robertson (Barenaked Ladies), Steven Page (ex-Barenaked Ladies), Dan Hill, Emm Gryner, Ember Swift, Shari Ulrich, Grieg Nori (Sum 41), Jules Shear, Andy Kim and many other notables. In 2010 the animated TV series ‘Spliced!’ debuted on television with the Blair Packham written and performed theme song which has proven to be well received by children in Argentina where they are uploading their own versions of the opening theme to YouTube. Packham is currently beginning work writing and recording his third full-length solo CD, as well as co-hosting the music-related talk show ‘In the Studio’ with singer-songwriter Bob Reid Toronto radio station Newstalk 1010 CFRB. The Jitters reunited in 2009 and have played a number of Toronto reunion shows each year since then. With notes from Blair Packham. [also see THE JITTERS]

Everything That’s Good (Blare!/EMI) BM-001
2003 Could’ve Been King (Blare!) BM 72322 2 ECO
2017 Unpopular Pop (Blare!)
2023 The Impossible Dream (Blare!)

Compilation Tracks
“Other Side” on ‘Unsigned, Sealed & Delivered – In Pop We Trust: V2.2’ (Bullseye/Frontline) FL-804130

Born: November 9, 1948
Montreal’s Michel Pagliaro learned how to play guitar at age 11 and by 15 was playing in his first band – Les Stringmen followed by Les Bluebirds and Les Merseys and Les Rockers. At age 18 he was even the replacement bass player for the successful Les Chanceliers who managed to hit the charts with the 1966 single “Le P’tit Poppy”. But he soon grew tired of just being in bands and decided, with producer George Lagios, to go solo and release several singles in Québec including “Comme d’habitude” and “Avec la Tete”. In the summer of 1968 he also worked with Tony Roman and Denis LePage jamming and the superjams led to the albums ‘Freak Out Total’ (as OUBA) and ‘Reel Psychadeliques’ Volumes 1 and 2. It would be in 1971 that Pagliaro’s fortunes changed as he signed a deal through CHUM Ltd.’s CanCon fulfilling Much Records that provided him the opportunity to spread out into English speaking Canada with the hit “Give Us One More Chance”. That same year, the British sounding “Lovin’ You Ain’t Easy” made Pagliaro a household name along with other popular singles like “Some Sing, Some Dance”, and “Rainshowers.” He continued recording in French for RCA Records and released “J’entends frapper” which would become the biggest selling 7″ single in the history of Québec music at that time. The song even impacted English Canada where it went to No,1 at radio stations in the Kingston area. Pagliaro toured with his backing band, Moonquake, who would later have success of their own. Pagliaro would switch to Columbia Records in 1975 and would have a major hit with “What the Hell I Got” that same year. But, Pagliaro still found it difficult to keep his popularity in areas outside of Québec and realized he was more welcome in his native Province. Disenchanted, he moved to France where he spent a self-imposed exile in the early ’80’s producing French pop star Jacques Hagelin, Pagliaro returned to Québec and released two back-to-back French albums ‘Avant’, a ‘best of’ package, and ‘Sous Peine D’Amour’ featuring the hit single ‘L’espion’ which went Top10 in Québec. In the 1990s he would return to Québec and continues to enjoy his status as a revered and respected  French musical statesmen. notes from Marc Hohmann, Andre Perras, John Rhedey, Ken Smith, Glen Bourgeois, and Tony Carocchia. [also see OUBA, LES CHANCELIERS, ROCKERS]

1968 Comme d’habitude/Sunny (DSP) DSP-8625
1968 Spooky [avec François d’Assise] /Jojo le clown [avec François d’Assise]  (DSP) DSP-8628
1968 Comme d’habitude/Sunny//[split w/LES CHANCELIERS] (DSP) S4-139-31
1968 Spooky  [avec François d’Assise] /Jojo le clown [avec François d’Assise ]//Les vacances [avec Renée Martel]/Tout Les Arbres [avec Renée Martel] [EP] (DSP) S4-139-37
1968 Dum Dum Dum/Ton nom imprimé dans mon coeur (DSP) DSP-8636
Ton Nom Imprimé Dans Mon Coeur/Hey Jude/Ils dépensent tout/Dum Dum Dum [EP] (DSP) S4-139-46
1968 Saint Nicholas/Le petit enfant Saint (DSP) DSP-8644
1968 Que le monde est beau [one-sided] (DSP) DSP-1
1969 Que le monde est beau/Avec la tete avec le coeur (Spectrum) 1
1969 A t’aimer /Marguerite (Spectrum) 5
1969 C’est l’été/Vous (Spectrum) 7
1969 Mama River/Pour toi pour toi (Spectrum) 12
1970 Na Na Hey Hey Goodbye/Delta Lady (Spectrum) 14
L’amour est la/Toute la nuit (Spectrum) 21
1970 J’ai marché pour une Nation/Oui c’est bien Facile (Spectrum) 24
1970 Walking Across the Nation/Miami Roads (Hippopotamus) 87204
1970 Give Us One More Chance/Good Feeling All Over (Much/London) CH-1001
1971 M’lady/Dans le même ton (AMI) AM4-801
1971 Lovin’ You Ain’t Easy/She Moves Light (Much/London) CH-1010
1972 Mon coeur/Pagliaro (AMI) AM4-802
1972 Rainshowers/It Ain’t The Way (Much/London) CH-1013
1972 Revolution/Illusion (Much/London) CH-1015
1972 Some Sing Some Dance/Magic Moments (Much/London) CH-1017
1973 Run Along Baby/You Gotta Make It (Much/London) CH-1023
1973 Sure, Maybe/Northern Star (Much/London) CH-1027
1973 J’entends frapper/Chez moi (RCA) 75-5144
1973 Fou De Toi / Prisonnier D’enfer (RCA) 75-5154
1973 M’lady/Mon coeur (RCA) KPBO-5032
1974 Toute la nuit/Plus fort (Quinze cent trente quatre) QC-7608
1974 Ti-bedon/Fievre des Tropiques(RCA) PB-50040
1975 Ça va brasser/Comment (RCA) PB-50095
1975 What the Hell I Got/Get Down (Columbia) C4-4107
1975 Dans la Peau/El Chicano (Columbia) C5-4110
1975 I Don’t Believe It’s You/Walking the Dog (Columbia) C4-4116
1976 Nobody/Louise (Columbia) C4-4124
1976 Chateau d’espagne/Louise (Columbia) C5-4125
1976 Emeute dans la Prison (Riot In Cell Block 9)/Si tu voulais (Columbia) C5-4139
1976 Last Night/Cross Your Heart (Columbia) C4-4146
1977 Aujourd’hui/Harpo (Columbia) C5-4151
1977 (Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay/Laser Gypsy (Columbia) C4-4154
1977 Gloire a nous/C’est ma fete (Columbia) C5-4158
1977 Time Race/Tied On (Columbia) C4-4159
1977 Happy Together/Say You Will (Columbia) C4-4166
1977 Le Temps Presse [Time Race]/Rock’n Roll (CBS/Columbia) CBS-5018
1978 L’ennui cherche un amour/T’es pas tout seul a soir (Martin) M-10733
1978 C’est comme ca que ca roule dans L’nord/Le p’tit Train (Martin) M-10744
1978 Spider Woman/The Stripper (Plastic Poison) MRCX-5008
1981 Le soleil pour des Lunes/Travailler (Trans-Canada) TC-10
1981 Bamboo/Romantique (Trans-Canada) TC-11
1982 Quand on fait l’amour/Cinema (Trans-Canada) TC-13
1982 Cadillac/Palisades Boogie (Trans-Canada) TC-14
1982 Romantique/Cadillac (RCA – EUR) PB-8945
1983 Body Mind Soul/Poison In the Heart (Big Beat – France) BBR-1726
1983 Rock Billy Rock/Travailler (Big Beat – France) BBR-1801
1987 Dangereux/Les Bombes (Aquarius) AQS-6030
1988 L’espion/Insomnie (Alert) BDS-531
1988 Coup de Coeur (Alert) BDS-535
1988 Héros/Jukebox (Alert) BDS-536
1990 Sous peine d’amour (Audiogram) AD-5084
1990 Une Vie A Vivre/[same] (Audiogram) AD-5096

1968 Hey Jude [Pagliaro]/Ils depensent tout [Pagliaro & D’Assise] (DSP) DSP-8641

Tous les arbres sont en fleurs/Les vacances (Citation) CN-9053


1970 We’re Dancing (‘Til It Blows Over)/I Wanna Turn You On (Much) CH-1002

Safari/Ayala Red (Much) CH-1019

1968 Michel Pagliaro (DSP) INT-402
1970 Michel Pagliaro (Spectrum) SP-103
1970 15 Chansons: Première époque (Spectrum) SP-106
1970 Rock’n Roll (Citation) C-298-5
Michel Pagliaro (Trans-World) TWF-9012
Pagliaro (Much) CHLP-5001
1971 Pagliaro (Amber) ABR-300
1972 Pag (RCA) PCS-4019
1972 M’Lady (Trans-World) TWF-3502
1973 Pagliaro Live [2LP] (RCA/Victor) KXL2-5000/5001
1974 Pagliaro [French] (RCA/Victor) KPL1-0075
1974 21 disques d’or (Les Archives du Disques Québécois) AQ-21003
1975 17 grand success (Production Multi-Pop) MP-1
1975 Pagliaro I (CBS/Columbia) KC-33901
1976 Pagliaro [French] (CBS/Columbia) PFS-90320
1976 Aujourd’hui (CBS/Columbia)  PFS-90384
1977 Time Race (CBS/Columbia)  PES-90408
1978 Pagliaro Rock’n Roll (Martin) M-16208
1980 The Rockers (RCA) 37456
1981 Bamboo Cuisine Kung Fu (Trans-Canada)  TCM-1005
1982 Rock avec Pag (K-Tel) KF-200
1983 Pag (Big Beat – France) BBR-2001
1987 Avant (Aquarius) AQCD-547
1988 Sous peine d’Amour (Alert) Z-81009
1993 Au nom de l’amour (Au Nom de l’Amour) ANL-CD-666
1995 Hit Parade (Audiogram) ADCD-10087
1999 Goodbye Rain (Star) CD-9600
2000 Pag (Mediarock/DEP) MED2-1172
2011 Collection – Tonnes de Flashs (Musicor) MUPSCD-136432
2015 Greatest Hits (Mediarock) MED2-4913

Michael Pagliaro et Renee Martel (Trans-World) TWF-9013

Compilation Tracks
“Cry Baby” on ‘Hard Rock’ (CBS – France) CBS-81455
1976 “What the Hell I Got” on ‘Block Buster’ (K-Tel) TC-229
1976 “What The Hell I Got” on ‘Canada’s Finest’ (K-Tel) TC-232
1977 “Dock of the Bay” on ‘Stars’ (K-Tel) TC-248
2001 “Lovin’ You Ain’t Easy” on ‘Oh What a Feeling 2: A Vital Collection of Canadian Music’ (CMC) 0885

PAIGE, Justin
Born: 1948 in Montreal, Québec
Montreal’s Justin Paige wanted to be a singer from an early age and worked his way through the Québec nighclubs and building a solid following. In 1967 he played to a sold-out show at the Hullabaloo opening for the likes of Sam & Dave, Billy Stewart. and The Everly Brothers. This was followed by the opening of Place Bonaventure in Montreal opening for Jefferson Airplane and Tiny Tim. In 1968 he played at the Action House in Long Island, New York with the Young Rascals and the embryonic version of Vanilla Fudge. He then played the Cheetah Club in Manhattan with Brooklyn Bridge, Club Leone’s with The Chambers Brothers and then in 1971 toured the entire USA with Ten Years After – including a show at Disneyland in Annaheim, California. However, he wanted to kick his career into high gear and relocated to Toronto where he adopted an outrageous glam rock persona marrying R & B with rock and stage theatrics. He was soon given the moniker of “Canada’s King of Rock and Rouge”. Capitol Records in Toronto took notice and signed him in early 1973. He found himself working with Ben Kaye’s assembly-line hit record production company in Montreal and with several outside songwriters recorded Paige’s first single “Stompin’ On the Bayou” b/w “Who’s Been Messin’ With Sally?”. It was released in the summer of 1973 and failed to chart in North America. Oddly, the single’s B-side did manage to chart in France in early 1974. Capitol had faith in Paige and sent him back into the studio in Toronto in February 1974 with producer Lee De Carlo to record a full-length album at Manta Sound. Capitol took no chances and invested in songs written specifically for Paige by childhood friend and songwriter Joey Miller. De Carlo also brought in several top session players and members of Paige’s live band in to complete the record. These included Prakash John (bass), Dave Beckels (drums), John David Redmond (keyboards), Gene Martynec and Peter Rochon (synths, mellotron) and a young guitarist named Richard “Rik” Emmett. The self-titled album was released in October of 1974 – Paige having already performed major, sold-out, showcases in the summer in Montreal, Toronto and Halifax and appearing several times on the Norm Crosby hosted TV show “Everything Goes” (where his performance was initially banned because of lewd bumping and grinding). The Des Parton written “Rock And Roll Band” was released as the album’s only single which failed to chart. Ironically, Capitol dropped Paige in early 1975 almost at the same time he was nominated for ‘Most Promising Male Vocalist’ at the JUNO Awards (he would lose to Gino Vannelli). Paige would leave the music business shortly thereafter. with notes from Daniel Paige and Dan Brisebois.

1973 Stompin’ On the Bayou/Who’s Been Messin’ With Sally (Capitol) 72713
1974 Rock and Roll Band/Steam Queen (Capitol) 72743

1973 Justin Paige (Capitol) ST-6419†

Bill Hays
(vocals) / Bob Rowden (lead guitar) / Barry Rowden (drums) / Ken Wain (organ) / Gary Connor (bass) / Joe Conroy (guitar) / Brian Duff (drums) / Karen Edgar (keyboards) / Barry Forrester (guitar) / Chris Huntley (bass) / Tom Keeling (keyboards) / Brian Kelly (bass) / Larry Kovich (guitar) / Jim McGilvary (drums) / Grant Shankaruk (bass) / Barry Simpson (keyboards) / Gordy Smithers (drums) / Spenser Sutton (keyboards) / Danny Tapanella (guitar) / Lou Wade (drums) / Ken Warren (keyboards) / John Webber (drums) / Dave Whiting (drums)
Painted Ship were from Vancouver, British Columbia where Hays met Rob Rowden at the University of British Columbia. Hays was writing poetry at the time and thought it would be fun to see what might come out of a collaboration. They recruited Rob’s brother, Barry, to play drums and Ken Wain to play keyboards. They were initially called The Wee Beasties but later changed the name to The Painted Ship. After rehearsing for unappreciative neighbours during their summer break they began to play around Vancouver and eventually signed a record deal with London Records in 1966 for two singles. “Little White Lies” became a regional hit in B.C. but met with less success internationally despite U.S. airplay. The Rowden Brothers would later go on to be in The Look under the names Barry and Bob Warden. Barry Rowden passed away in 2010. [also see THE LOOK]

1966 Little White Lies/Frustration (London) M-17351
1966 And She Said Yes/Audience Reflections (Of Pollyanna’s Dream World) (London) M-17354

Compilation Tracks
“Frustration” on ‘Pebbles – Volume 7’ (BFD) BFD-5024
1983 “Little White Lie” and “Frustration” on ‘The History of Vancouver Rock and Roll Volume 3’ (Neptoon) VRCA-003
1987 “Frustration” on ‘The Best of Pebbles Vol. 2’ (Hit – UK) TAKE-2

Dan Lowe
(guitar) / Doran ‘Dorn’ Beattie (vocals) / Paul Burton (drums) / Bob ‘Herb’ Ego (drums; replaced Burton) / Royden ‘Wayne’ Morice (bass) / Barry Allen (guitar) / Jim Llewellyn (drums; replaced Ego)
As a member of 49th Parallel, Danny Lowe saw the band he founded with Dennis Abbott lose momentum following the release of its one and only album in 1969 and Abbott’s departure. Dorn Beattie replaced Abbott and with a new line-up of Beattie, Lowe, Jack Velker, Dave Downey and Terry Bare, they began working on another album which was never completed but the single “I Need You” did surface in 1970. Keyboardist Velker would quit and be replaced by Allen, while Downey and Bare were replaced by Royden Morice and Paul Burton at which time they changed their name to to Painter.  After signing with Randy Bachman’s Molten Records, they released the single “Daybreak” in August 1970 which scraped the lower reaches of RPM’s Top Singles charts. It would take until 1971 for the band to gel properly, with new drummer Bob Ego, and establish their identity. They signed with London Records in the spring of 1971 and the label sent them to San Francisco’s Wally Heider studio to record four songs: “Stone Hill”, “Slavedriver” and their next single “Country Man” b/w “Lost the Sun” in the summer of 1971. The record was released in early 1972, again, to no radio interest. Still determined to carry on, they signed with Elektra in 1973 and recorded their self-titled LP in Seattle, which spawned one Top20 charting single, “West Coast Woman”. Follow-up singles “Going Home to Rock and Roll” and “Song For Sunshine” failed to ignite the charts. Jim Llewellyn moved to Vancouver in February 1975 to replace Bob Ego on drums. After signing a new deal with Mercury Records in the Spring/Summer of 1975, the label asked for a name change. They became Hammersmith who released two albums for Mercury – ‘Hammersmith’ (1974) and ‘It’s For You’ (1976). Mercury dropped the band in 1977 and Beattie quit to join All The Rage In Paris (1978). In recent years, he has become a successful country singer; Lowe continued on with Hammersmith, 451 Degrees and Prototype before becoming a successful producer and inventor of Q Sound – a stereo enhancement process that has been used on albums by such artists as Madonna and Pink Floyd. with notes from Bill Munson, Bob Ego, Jim Llewellyn. Louis-Luc Le Guerrier and Norm Bright. [also see DORAN BEATTIE, 49th PARALLEL, HAMMERSMITH]

1970 Daybreak/I Do The Best I Can (Molten) MM-3
1972 Country Man/Lost In The Sun (London) M-17444
1973 West Coast Woman/Space Truck (Elektra) EK-45862
1974 Going Home To Rock And Roll/Tell Me Why (Elektra) EK-45873
1974 Song For Sunshine/Crazy Feeling (Elektra) EK-45886

1973 Painter (Elektra) EKS-75071

Jeff Merriam (drums, vocals) / Jim “Duane” McTaggart (guitars, vocals) / Stephen “Mean Steve Piano” Hocura (piano, acoustic guitar, vocals) / Major Mike Gardner (upright bass, acoustic guitar)
After leaving the Bopcats just prior to recording their Attic Records debut album, Duane Wayne (aka Jim “Duane” McTaggart) assembled a new rockabilly outfit called Paladins with Merriam, Hocura and Gardner. They found themselves playing in London, UK and at the Eindhaven Festival in 1983 before returning to Canada to record their debut album, ‘R & R’, for Oshawa’s Star Records label. with notes from Craig Morrison; Following the Paladins, Hocura was well known in rockabilly circles having played with The Randypeters, Handsome Ned, The Razorbacks, and Johnny Dee Fury. Following the death of Handsome Ned, Hocura inherited Ned’s radio show in 1987. He traveled often to Memphis and moved to Europe in the 1990s where he recorded several solo albums. Hocura passed away unexpectedly December 18, 2010 in Seoul, South Korea.

R & R (Star) SR-004

Keith Ira Larkin
(vocals) / James Yauk (guitar) / Mike Bates (bass) / Brendan McCabe (drums)
Paleface was formed in Vancouver, British Columbia in 1989. The band recorded their only album, ‘Backlash’ at Fiasco Brothers Studio between February and April 1990 with producer Michelle Garuik. The album was released on Final Notice Records in the summer of 1990.

1990 Backlash (Final Notice) FNH-12001

Dave Hyatt (bass) / Ken Burnett (drums) / Bing Wong (lead guitar) / Alan Hlady (lead vocals) / John J. Both (rhythm guitar) / Don Schick (saxophone)
Bing Wong is the brother of The Shondels’ Jack Wong.

Compilation Tracks
“(I’m Your) King Pin,” “Now We’re Through,” “Shop Around,”Walking With Memories,” and “Each Other’s Love” on ‘The Eagle Records Collection’ (Super Oldies) SOCD-1
2009 “(I’m Your) King Pin,” “Now We’re Through,” and “Each Other’s Love” on ‘Buried Treasures (Winnipeg Rock Gems 1958-1974)’ (Super Oldies) SOCD-9

Born: Jerry Godick in Vita, Manitoba.
Jerry Palmer was raised in Thunder Bay and became a teen sensation scoring several nationally charted singles. He toured extensively in the United States which were bolstered by appearances on Dick Clark’s ‘American Bandstand’ TV Show. His nickname was “Mr. Entertainer”. Palmer turned to country music at the dawn of the 1970’s where continued making a comfortable living.

Celebration Day/Got a Love (Quality) 1555X
Ooo Mama/She’s All Woman (Gaiety) G-757
1963 One More Song/She’s My Daughter (Gaiety) G-759
1964 One Way Ticket To a Lady/Are You Mine (Gaiety) G-762
1964 Mule Skinner Blues/Last Will And Testament (Gaiety) G-764
1964 Last Will and Testament/Blue Yodel #8 (Gaiety) G-765
1965 Oh, Lucky Me/Love’s Come to Me (Gaiety) G-101
1965 Travellin’ Shoes/Head Over Heels in Love (Gaiety) G-102
1965 Gotta Learn to Twist/Your Love (Gaiety) G-103
1965 Come Along With Me/Hey Sweet Baby (Gaiety) G-104
1965 Sweet Lorene/Walking Home (Gaiety) G-105
1965 Party Pooper/Sweet Lorene (Gaiety) G-108
1965 Don’t Ever Leave Me/On My Way to Old L.A. (Gaiety) G-109
1965 That’ll Be the Day/Together With Love (Gaiety) G-110
1966 Don’t Leave Me Baby/Walking the Dog (Gaiety) G-111
1966 Ice Cream Man/Cerina (Gaiety) G-113
1966 Don’t Avoid Me/The Heart You Break May Be Your Own (Gaiety) G-118
1966 Walking the Dog/Don’t Leave Me Baby (London) HL-10026
1976 Last Will and Testament/Mule Skinner Blues (RCA) PB-50220
1976 Dig I Forget To Tell You/Gift of a Lifetime (RCA) PB-50279
1982 And Then She Touched Me/One Way Ticket To a Lady (Golden Eagle) GE-101
1984 I Was Born a Loser/The Joke of It All (Citation) JP-03-84

String of Hits (Quality) V-1743
Country Sound (Birchmount) BM-521
1969 On My Way (Birchmount) BM-524
1975 Lovin’ Country (Gaiety) GLP-008
1978 Jerry Palmer (RCA) KKL1-0207
1982 The Hitman: 20 of His Best Hits (Golden Eagle) GE-1002
2003 Good Ole Buddies
2005 Jerry Palmer (Unidisc) UBK-4168
2005 String Of Hits (Unidisc) SPLK-7324
2005 The Hitman (Unidisc) SPLK-7349

Rae Palmer was born in Hearst, Ontario and lived in the surrounding areas of northern Ontario until the age of 8. During that time, she and her parents would perform at local events. In her teens, Palmer performed as a singer with groups around the area. In the 1970’s, she moved to Ottawa, Ontario and got married to the man who would become her manager. She began her recording career in 1981. Palmer would later be nominated as ‘Rising Star’ in the Canadian Country Music Awards and continued performing until 1995. Since retiring from the Public Service in 2006, Palmer began recording again and released a CD in 2008 dedicated to animal lovers and their pets to raise funds to help animal shelters who are in constant need of support. with notes from Rae Palmer.

1981 Kaw-liga/ Celui Que J’Aime (Icicle) IC-1024
1982 Corner of Walk And Dont Walk/[same] (Snocan) SC-195
1983 Everybody Gets Lonely /[same] (Snocan) SC-202
1984 Keep On Walking (Altair Four) WRC3-3467
1985 It’s Just a Matter of Time/[same] (Altair Four) WRC3-3952
1985 Stuck On Love/[same] (Altair Four) WRC3-3975
1986 Call Me Up/[same] (Altair Four) WRC3-4462
1986 Does Anybody Here Need a Broken Heart (Altair Four) WRC3-4946
1986 You Can Count Me Out (Altair Four) WRC3-5235
1986 Call Me Up/Stuck On Love (Comstock) COM-1830
1987 Broken Hearts/You’re a Dream Come True (Comstock) COM-1839 

1986 A Dream Come True (Altair Four) ALTAIR-4

PANTIS, Denis S.
Born: 1942 in Montreal, Québec
Denis Pantis is a Montreal singer-songwriter and producer who released many independent singles from 1960 to 1965 under the name Danté. His major label releases were under his given name, Denis Pantis. He also produced Montreal band Les Sultans in the late 1960s both for Télédisc Records and through his own label DSP. Pantis is now the president of Disques Mérite.

1963 Tu me possedes/Ecoutez la pluie (Columbia) C4-6877
Ton visage plein de larmes/Seul dans la nuit (RCA/Victor Canada International) 57-5608
Not My Kind/Foolish Boy (Blue Jean) BJ-2811
1971 Je t’entends frapper/Seul l’amour peut te blesser (Pax) PAX-3806
1971 Si tu voulais de moi/Theme de l’ile (Pax) PAX-3807
198- Anyway You Want Me / Lost In Your Love (TBI) TBI-2003

Tu parles trop/Je veux t’aimer (Trans-Canada) TC-3010
Où sont tes promesses/Mon porte bonheur (ABC) A-4507
1962 Je veux me promener/Qu’il est doux (Cavalier) C-2501
Écoutez la pluie/Tu me possèdes (Jeunesse-Franco) J-4002
1964 Jeunesse d’amour/Que fais-tu de mon amour (Jeunesse-Franco) J-4007
1964 Ne l’écoute pas/Ses baisers vous font rêver (Jeunesse-Franco) J-4012
1965 Scandale dans la famile/Les mauvais garçons (Jeunesse-Franco) J-4042
1965 Carousel/Viens danser (Teledisc) TD-7

Le Québec se cherche un chef/Fehc nu ehcrehc es cebéuQ el (DSP) DSP- 8653

Grand amour/Voilà ce qu’il faut (Jeunesse-Franco) J-4001

Ensemble/On est plus en vacances (Jeunesse-Franco) J-4010

Bonnie & Clyde / Comme un garçon (Trans-Canada) TC-3245
1969 Une place au soleil/Divorce (Trans-Canada) TC-4008

Chantons, dansons, célébrons avec Danté et ses invités (ABC) A-8
1964 Danté Chante Elvis (Jeunesse-Franco)
1964 Monsieur Rock & Roll (Jeunesse-Franco) JLP-3804

Danyell DeVille [aka Danielle Delottinville]
(vocals) / Izabelle Steele (guitar) / Amy Hell (bass) / Patty Rotten (drums) / Nick Tops (drums; replaced Rotten) / Cari Corpse (drums; replaced Tops) / Jen O’Cyde [aka Jen Brewer] (bass; replaced Hell) / Emma O (guitar, vocals; replaced Steele) / Lexxi LaRoux (bass; replaced Brewer) / Emma Sunstrum (drums; replaced Corpse) / Statia XII Ace (guitar; added)
Hardcore punk band from Hamilton, Ontario formed in 2003 when DeVille, Steele, Hell, and Rotten met in a woman’s bathroom. Hell and Rotten had previously been in The Bitter Ex’s while Deville had been in Kitchener, Ontario band Die Human Die. With a fast growing reputation as a hardcore live act, the band issued their demo CD ‘ShEPeed’ in early 2004. Live showcases at NXNE and Canada Music Week followed and an industry-only CD called ‘Demo-lition Dirty’ was given out to attendees. AMP Records responded to their promotional pitch by signing them and releasing the band’s debut album ‘Never Love Anything’ in 2005. It hit the #1 spot on Hamilton radio station CFMU’S playlist and made it to #157 on the nationwide radio airplay charts. In 2006, Pantychrist released a DVD entitled ‘Skirting With Disaster’ in March 2006 featuring performance and interview footage. However, around this time the harmonious relationship between band members was beginning to crack and in 2007 Rotten was replaced temporarily by ex G-Men drummer Nick Tops. Unable to find a suitable female drummer to replace Rotten, the band went on hiatus in June 2008. The band returned to action in 2010 with new drummer Cari Corpse. Following their appearance at Toronto’s ‘Terminal City Ricochet Urban Punkfest’ in 2011, Jen O’Cyde took over bass duties. The band then issued a retrospective CD featuring older tracks and new material entitled ‘Break It Down.’ The band then recorded six new songs for Suburban White Trash Records for a 7″ single release, but was put on hold when Izabelle Steele left the band in 2012. Her replacement was one-time Slander guitarist Emma-O and the decision was made to discard most of the previous material and focus on a new sound for the next album. Delottinville was sentenced to three years in prison in June 2012 over her involvement in a robbery that resulted in the death of antiques dealer Jessie Kovacs in December 2011. The first official release from the revitalized unit was the track “No Gods No Masters” which appeared in early 2014 on the ‘Assault & BATtery: A Benefit For Bat World Sanctuary’ compilation. Pantychrist played several festival shows including Toronto’s World Pride Festival. In 2015, Cari Corpse was replaced by Emma Sunstrum. The group also added guitarist Statia XII Ace and towards the end of the year released a version of “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas” for Cleopatra Records’ ‘Riot Grrrl Christmas’ compilation.

ShEPeed [EP] (independent)
2005 Demo-lition Dirty (independent)
2005 Never Love Anything (AMP) AMP-333
2007 Pantychrist (independent)
2011 Break It Down: A Cuntpilation [DigiFile] (independent)

“It’s Okay” on ‘Killed By Canada’ [2CD] (Fans Of Bad Productions) FOBP15
2015 “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas” on ‘Riot Grrrl Christmas’ (Cleopatra) CLO-0092
2022 “No Control” on ‘Girlz Disorder Volume 3 (An International Femipunk Compilation)’ (Mass/DIY Kolo/Fire And Flames) MASS-310/DIY-116/FFM-104

Harold Frizell
(lead vocals, guitars) / Gary Edwards (drums) / Denis Staples (lead guitar) / Jim Knapp (bass) / Greg Brooke (organ) / Rick Frizell (drums; replaced Edwards) / Claire Porter (bass; replaced Knapp)
Smith Falls, Ontario band The Purple Haze formed in late 1967 out of the remnants of Cobwebs And Strange and The Continentals. They managed to gain a certain amount of popularity as the house band at The Rideau Ferry Inn. Sir John A. Records’ John Pozer signed the act and they recorded a cover of The Small Faces’ “My Mind’s Eye” featuring added vocals by Don Norman. The flipside was a band original by Harold Frizell called “She’s No Good”. Following the sessions Knapp left the band and was replaced by Porter. Meanwhile, Pozer informed the group that they could not use the name Purple Haze as it was already being used by several bands including one from Edmonton and one from Montreal. They changed their name, instead, to The Paper Dream. Their single was the last released on the Sir John A. label in December 1968. It managed some airplay as far away as North Carolina where it became the ‘Pick of the Week’ at a station in Benson. With only a local following and very limited appearances around Southern Ontario, the act disappeared into obscurity in 1970. They would reunite in 1988 at their original stomping grounds at the Rideau Ferry Inn. with notes from Marc Coulavin and Alexander J. Taylor.

1968 My Mind’s Eye/She’s No Good (Sir John A.) SJA-7

Compilation Tracks
“My Mind’s Eye” and “She’s No Good” on ‘Ottawa Rocks: The Sir John A. Years (1966 – 1968)’ (Sound Investment Enterprises) D-11101

Pete Patio [aka Pete Otis]
(vocals) / Bobby Blake (vocals) / Rick Morrison (saxophone) / Grant Fullerton (guitar) / David Moyles (guitar) / Steve Campbell (bass) / Rod Blacker (drums) / Ralph Dunlap (percussion) / Jerry Baird (vocals) / Jimmy Pechia (guitar) / Gary Latimer (bass) / Paul DeAngelis (drums) / Al Lerman (harmonica) / Greg Chadd (keyboards) / Sean Lynch (vocals) / Gary McCracken (drums, backing vocals) / David Wipper (guitar) / Charles Towers (bass) / John LeChasseur (drums) / Brad MacDonald (keyboards) / Calvin Sauro (o.b.x.) / Mike Crawford (guitars) / Mike Gingrich (bass) / Terry Watkinson (keyboards) / Glen Gratto (drums)
Consisting of 26 of Toronto’s most popular local players all performing in rotating combinations for a one-off jam album; Pete Otis died January 6, 2019; Glen Gratto died August 31, 2021.

1981 Living On the Fringes of Adultery/Take Your Pants Off (Freedom) FR-45-003
1982 Take Your Pants Off/[same]  [12”] (Freedom) FR12-0001


1982 The Pape Gang (Freedom) FR-011

Andy Dyment
(drums, vocals) / Brian McCarthy (guitar) / Brian Twaites (bass, acoustic guitar, vocals) / John Dustan (piano) / Kevin Kelly (acoustic guitar, vocals) / Stu Smith (vocals)
Short-lived blues rock band; Twaites would go on to join Shotgun; Dustan became a sideman for artists such as Al Brisco, Clayt Butt, and The Wiseman Brothers.

Nobody’s Perfect (Bronco) BR-6102008

Lorraine Segato (vocals, guitar, percussion) / Julie Masi (timbales, percussion, support vocals) / Dave Gray (guitar) / Lauri Conger (keyboards, synthesizers, support vocals) / Margo Davidson (congas, saxophone, percussion, support vocals) / Billy Bryans (drums, percussion, Sincussion) / Steve Webster (bass) / Russ Boswell (bass; replaced Webster) / Keir Brownstone (bass; replaced Boswell)
This Toronto politico-musical troupe had its beginnings back in 1977 when Lorraine Segato, Lauri Conger and Billy Bryans became fixtures on Toronto’s Queen Street circuit as part of a six-piece band called Mama Quilla II. The group released one 12″ EP, produced by yet-to-be legendary Daniel Lanois before evolving into V which was a reggae-pop-funk collective that played around Toronto in 1981-1982. The act was unable to fulfill an appearance at Toronto’s ‘Festival Of Festivals’ so Segato and Bryans quickly organized a band of musicians, including Lauri Conger, Steve Webster and Margo Davidson, under the name The Parachute Club. In short time they landed a deal with the newly created Gerry Young Management Co. and its offshoot label Current Records. Later that year Winnipeg native Julie Masi joined followed by guitarist Dave Gray who was added during the recording of The Parachute Club’s 1983 eponymous debut which was produced and engineered by Daniel Lanois. The first single/video “Rise Up” became a statement of sexual and racial harmony. Parachute Club wore their politically correct vision on their sleeves with hit singles like “Alienation” and “Boy’s Club” screaming out their message. “Rise Up” won a Juno Award for ‘Single of the Year’. Steve Webster departed to join Billy Idol’s touring band and was replaced temporarily by Russ Boswell. For their second album, “At the Feet of the Moon”, they added new bassist Keir Brownstone and charted with the title track that was bolstered by a 12” EP featuring a dance remix and several versions of their previous hit “Rise Up”. They were nominated in CFNY-FM’s U-KNOW Awards for ‘Album of the Year’, ‘Group Of The Year’, and ‘Female Vocalist of the Year’ (Lorraine Segato). That same year they won a JUNO Award for ‘Group of the Year’. With the production help of Hall & Oates’ John Oates, the group released ‘Small Victories’ in 1986 which featured a duet with the singer and Lorraine Segato on the album’s first single “Love Is Fire”. The song gave the band an international profile. Julie Masi left the band following their initial Canadian tour for the LP. In Mid-1987 Lauri Conger also left for registered massage training in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Parachute Club continued on with Manteca’s Aaron Davis through 1988 (with Conger filling in for an ailing Davis during an appearance at Ontario Place during the summer of 1988). The Parachute Club decided they’d achieved their collective goals and retired the act in 1989. Segato moved onto a solo career which continues today; Bryans began doing session work for other recording acts, producing and is currently running a music promotion company that helps international music from the Far-East, Africa and Europe gain exposure in North America; Conger, with the approval of a Canada Council “Arts B” grant application, returned to Canada in 1998 to pursue a musical focus in First Nations music/rhythms; Davidson had left the music industry to work with not-for-profit and advocacy groups before dying unexpectedly from undisclosed causes May 17, 2008; The Parachute Club’s “Rise Up” was used as the theme song to a 2-part CBC documentary series that focused on Canadian music of the 1980s; Billy Bryans died of cancer April 23, 2012; In 2018 Lorraine Segato assembled some of Canada’s leading country artists to issue a new version of “Rise Up” with proceeds going to various charities. with notes from Lorraine Segato, Lauri Conger, and Kevin Shea. [also see MAMA QUILLA II]

Rise Up (Extended Dance Version)/She Tell You [12”] (Current/RCA) WASH-2
1983 Rise Up/ Tobago Style (Current/RCA)  WAKE-3
1984 Alienation/Are You Hungry (Current/RCA)  WAKE-5
1984 Alienation (Extended Club Mix/Alienation (Version) [12″] (Current/RCA)  WASH-3
1984 Boy’s Club/Hot In Pursuit (Current/RCA)  WAKE-6
1984 At the Feet of the Moon [Edit]/Walls and Laws (Current/RCA)  PB-50801
1984 Sexual Intelligence/Equal-Equality (Current/RCA)  PB-50820
1984 Sexual Intelligence (Edit Remix)/Sexual Intelligence (DanceRemix) [12″] (RCA – US) JD-7095
1984 At the Feet of the Moon [12”] (RCA – US)  JD-14145
1985 Innuendo/Freedom Song (Current/RCA) PB-50839
1986 Love Is Fire/Waves (Current/RCA) WAKE-17/PB-50890
1986 Love and Compassion (Edit)/Secret Heart (Wild Zone) (Current/RCA)  PB-50912
1986 Walk To the Rhythm (of Your Heartbeat) (Extended Dance Remix)//Walk To the Rhythm (of Your Heartbeat) (Single Remix Edit)/Love Is Fire (Extended Dance Remix) [12″] (Current/RCA) WASH-9
1986 Walk To The Rhythm of Your Heartbeat (Edit)/The Journey (Current/RCA) PB-50927
1988 Introduction To The Big World/Big Big World [Edit]//Big Big World (Current/RCA)

The Parachute Club (Current/RCA)  WAVE-2
1984 At the Feet of the Moon (Current/RCA)  WAVE-4
1985 Moving Thru’ The Moonlight [5 song EP] (Current/RCA) WASH-6
1986 Small Victories (Current/RCA)  KKL1-0573
1992 Wild Zone: The Essential Parachute Club (BMG) 217284

Compilation Tracks
“Rise Up” on ‘Self Control And Other Smash Club Hits” (Polydor – GER) 819-146-2
1984 “Rise Up” on ‘Chart Hits’ (K-Tel) TC-292
1984 “Rise Up” on ‘Raiders of the Pop Charts’ [2LP] (K-Tel) TC-298
1984 “Rise Up” on “Mixando” (Sigla Quattro – ITAL) SIG-1017
1985 “Rise Up” on ‘Heart of Rock’ (Quality) QRSP-1002
1985 “At The Feet of the Moon” on ‘Chartbusters’ (Quality) QRSP-1010
1987 “Rise Up” on ‘Best Of The 60’s/70’s/80’s – The Yuppie Years’ (Technics/Polygram) CDP-001
1987 “Love Is Fire” on ‘This Is Music 2’ (Quality) QRSP-1056
1987 “Love Is Fire” on ‘Car Tunes – Volume Two Ready Cassette Go’ [cassette] (RCA) KJK1-7105
1994 “Rise Up” on ‘More Sun Jammin’’(Sony Direct) TVK-24011
1995 “Rise Up” on ‘Party Time Volume 2’ (SPG) SPG-5001
1996 “Rise Up” on ‘Oh What a Feeling: A Vital Collection of Canadian Music’ (MCA) JUNO-25
1997 “Rise Up (Album Version)” on ‘Hi-NRG Classics’ (SPG) SPG-6001
1999 “Love Is Fire” on ‘Poptronica Romance’ (Buddha) 7446599613 2
2000 “Rise Up” on ‘The Best 80’s Modern Rock Album…Ever! [2CDs] 72435-2687220
2000 “Rise Up” on ‘Allstar Contact: The Ultimate Hockey Album’ (Attic) ACD-1542
2002 “Rise Up” on ‘Women & Songs – The 80s’ (WEA) WTVD-49485

Sylvain Cossette
(lead vocals, guitar) / Jean-Francois Houle (bass, vocals) / Denis Lavigne (drums, vocals) / Francois Cossette Jr. (guitars, vocals) / Tony Rumolo (keyboards) / Jean-François Côté (keyboards; replaced Rumolo)
Formed in 1984 in Grand-Mere, Québec, the three piece Paradox (Sylvain Cossette, Houle, Lavigne) played mostly Beatles, U2, Frankie Goes To Hollywood, and Tears For Fears covers and gradually integrated original material. In 1986 they were discovered by manager Paul Levesque. In 1988 Paradox received a FACTOR grant to produce demos which, in turn, attracted MCA Records in the US. At this point Sylvain’s brother Francois joined the act. Their 1989 self-titled debut was produced by Pierre Bazinet (Luba, Sass Jordan) and featured co-writing credits by Jordan herself. To make sure that English Canada knew who these French-Canadians were, they flew executives into Toronto from all over the country to catch the act live at an MCA showcase. Their two albums of corporate rock (a rarity in Québec commercial music circles) landed them opening slots for some pretty prominent Canadian bands, but they failed to make a mark outside of Québec. with notes from Francois Gagnon.

1987 On ne peut vivre sans amour/Reviens-moi (Solar) S-614
1989 Waterline (Edit)/Freedom Calling (Artiste/MCA) 53670
1989 Another Day (Edit)/[same] (Artiste/MCA) 53745
1990 Catch Me In the Act (Artiste/MCA)
1991 Kiss Me On the Lips (Artiste/MCA)

1989 Paradox (Artiste/MCA) 42306
1991 Obvious Puzzle (Artiste/MCA) MCAD-10337

Alex Cooper
(vocals, keyboards) / Louis David Jackson (vocals, guitars) / Jeremy McCuish (drums)
Formed in Montreal, Québec in 2007. The band released its self-titled debut album in 2008 to positive response. This led to a deal with Dine Alone Records, who re-released the album along with a new EP entitled ‘Hell/Heaven/Big/Love’ in 2010. A tour of North America, Europe and China followed. During that time their song “All The World Is All That Is The Case” appeared in an episode of ‘Degrassi: The Next Generation.’ After a short break, Parlovr returned with its sophomore album ‘Kook Soul’. The band split up in 2013; Cooper formed the band Mori; Jackson and McCuish formed Nanimal.

You Only Want it ‘Cause You’re Lonely (Dine Alone)

Parlovr (Parlovr)
2010 Hell/Heaven/Big/Love [4-song 12″] (Dine Alone) DAV-028
2012 Kook Soul (Dine Alone) DA-045

Compilation Tracks
“Pen To Paper” on ‘Pop Montréal ’09’ (Insound) POP-2009
2011 “Little Fishies” on ‘A Free Summer Shit Show Split’ [s/sided 7″ flexi-disc] (Scion Music) scA/V-002
2011 “Little Fishies” on ‘Royal Mountain Records Presents – Ghostbusters 5 Soundtrack’ (Royal Mountain) RMR-005

Bob Bartolucci
(guitar, keyboards, vocals) / Marzia Bartolucci / Pasquale Cardone
From Montreal, Québec.

Crystallized Insanity/And On The Seventh Day, Destruction Was Created (London) M.17426

G.P. Partland
(vocals, guitars) / Chris Partland (vocals, guitars) / Robin Partland (drums) / Kelly Partland (vocals, bass, guitar) / Gord Arnold (guitar, vocals) / Daniel LeBlanc (keyboards) / Tom Lewis (bass) / Rod Blacker (drums)
The Partland Brothers are from the small community of Colgan, north of Toronto. They played in many area bands before moving their act to Toronto in 1979 and forming Oliver Heavyside, a Toronto bar staple for years. In 1982 they entered, and won, the annual Q107 Homegrown Contest. The compilation album for the contest was distributed by Basement Records – a subsidiary of Attic. It was the inclusion of their song “Level Crossing” that attracted the attention of Attic Records who released one single “Lots of Activity” b/w “Guts” that year. Following the collapse of Oliver Heavyside, they formed Kelly Partland & Fifth Avenue which landed them another showing on Volume 7 of the ‘Q107 Homegrown Album’ in 1985. Unable to make a go of it, Kelly Partland went solo while Chris and G.P. Partland began shopping demos. Capitol Records soon signed the two brothers to a deal as The Partland Brothers. Their first album was, ‘Electric Honey’, was released in 1986 and the first single, “Soul City”, went Top 10 in Canada and Top 30 in the US, earning them tours with the Moody Blues and the Beach Boys south of the border, and headline gigs of their own at home; their live band engaged seasoned live performers, including bassist Tom Lewis. They were also nominated for Most Promising Group at the 1987 Junos. Produced by Vini Poncia and featuring the talents of countless studio favourites, the album was reissued in 1987 with the Jim Vallance-produced song “One Chance”, which is still played on many adult radio stations today. Management struggles ensued and it took until 1990 for them to record and release their second album, ‘Between Worlds’, produced by Jon Goldsmith (Bruce Cockburn) and once again enlisting many of the city’s most admired session people, including Ken Greer, Hugh Marsh, Steve Webster, Jorn Anderson, and Lisa DalBello. The brothers played occasionally, highlighting the talent of, among others, Refugee’s lead guitarist Rob Kennedy. It was another three years and a label change before their last studio album, ‘Part Land, Part Water’, was released on Kinetic Records. Production was given over to Ken Greer (Red Rider guitarist, Tragically Hip producer) who also played lead guitars, pedal steel, mandolin, bass, and all keyboards on the album. Occasional dates ensued but the band chose to stay close to home rather than tackling an all-out tour. More recently, The Partland Brothers’ song “Fly Like a Hawk (aka Ronnie Boy)” was featured in the 2004 Rockumentary ‘Ronnie Hawkins Still Alive and Kicking’, which tells the story of Rockabilly legend Ronnie Hawkins who the Partlands had performed with as part of his band The Hawks. In 2006 the Partland Brothers began playing more frequent live shows and put together a new band. This work has inspired new material, some of which has been released online (Ronnie Boy, That’s My Home, Fields) over the past couple of years, and has created the foundation for their latest CD ‘This Is Who I Am’. Recent live engagements have included a number of special performances in support of the Military Families Fund, an appearance in Las Vegas in 2009, and invitations to play at many 2010 Calgary Stampede events. With the official release of This Is Who I Am, as well as a new compilation CD released by EMI in August 2010, brothers Chris & G.P. Partland have put together a new touring family.

1986 Soul City/Best Love (Capitol-EMI) B-73005
1987 Electric Honey/Heat Up The Feel (Capitol-EMI) B-73020
1987 One Chance/Outside The City (Capitol-EMI) B-73033
1987 Heat Up the Feel/One Chance (Manhattan/Capitol – US) B-50091
1989 Untouched (Capitol-EMI) CDPRO-490
1990 Honest Man/Keep That Spirit High (Capitol-EMI)
1992 Lift Me Up (Gekürzte Version) (No Bull – AUSTRALIA) 34248-2 PX01
1994 Christmas Day (independent) CGP-1

1982 Lots Of Activity/Guts (Attic) AT-270

1986 Electric Honey (Capitol) ST-6543
1990 Between Worlds (Capitol) C2-93394
1992 Part Land, Part Water (Kinetic)  KRD-912
2009 This Is Who I Am (independent) PBCD-1009
2010 Every Now & Again: The Best of the Partland Brothers (EMI)

Compilation Tracks
“Soul City” on ‘Canadian Gold’ (Quality) QRSP-1061
1993 “Fields (Edit)”, “Heal It (Edit)” and “Christmas Day” on ‘KOMP 1 Oktober ’93’ (Kinetic) KRK-1
1993 “Lift Me Up” on ‘New Stuff Four’ (MMS) NSCD-004
1994 “Under the Moonlight” on ‘KOMP 2 February ’94’ (Kinetic) KRK-2
1999 “Soul City” on ‘Pure Canadian: Retro 80’s Volume 6’ (EMI) 20023

“Level Crossing” on ‘Q107 Homegrown Album Volume 4’ (Basement/Attic) BASE-X6008

“All Fall Down” on ‘Q107 Homegrown Album Volume 7’ (MCA) MCA-37272

Steve Cowal
(vocals) / David Currie (guitar) / Eric (bass; 1983) / Dan Hill (drums; 1983) / Frank Lippai (bass, vocals; replaced Eric 1984) / Steve Biggs (drums; replaced Hill 1984)
Formed in Campbellville, Ontario as a duo of Cowal & Currie, they augmented the line-up for their self-titled EP in 1983. The band’s permanent line-up solidified in 1984 with the addition of Lippai and Biggs who would appear on the band’s second EP ‘Seat of the Writing Man’. The consolidated act finally released a full-length album, ‘Can See the Forest’, in 1986 after moving to Toronto. The band broke up in 1987 after Dave Currie was killed in a car accident. They re-formed for several concerts to raise completion funds for the live album ‘Every Soul’s House’ which would be David Currie’s final recordings from two 1987 gigs at Toronto’s Cameron House and Kitchener’s Level 21. Lippai’s brother took over guitar duties, joined by Steve Mub of Groovy Religion. During this period Parts were occasionally joined by Keith Whittaker (ex-Demics) for guest vocals. After the LP was released they broke up for good. Steve Cowal went on to form Swamp Baby. with notes from Tom Goode, Richard Rice, and Nick Marcilio.

1983 Parts Found In Sea [6-song EP] (Between) XX-101
1984 Seat of the Writing Man [6-song EP] (Between) XX-102
1986 Can See the Forest (Between) XX-103
1988 Every Soul’s House (Between) XX-104

Scott Kerr
(electronics, vocals) / Sean Leaning (keyboards, vocals) / Anita Smith (bass, vocals) / Bruce Wrighte (guitar, vocals)
From Toronto, Ontario.

Tissue Sample [cassette] (Some) SUM1-A

Compilation Tracks
“Face Down”, “Half Time Curve”, “Shiny”, “Black On The Farm”, “Big Swim”, “Uberfracht”, “Gangrene” on ‘Urban Scorch’ [cassette]
1981 “Lament (Barbie Comes Home)” in ‘NICE Magazine, Vol. 4’ [Flexi-Disc 7″] (Nice – US)

VERSION I (1965 – 1968): Jay Telfer
(guitar) / Phil Seon (guitar) / Brian Price (organ) / Greg Hershoff (drums) / Steve Wilson (drums; replaced Hershoff) / Richard Mann [nee Fruchtman] (bass) / Fergus Hambleton (lead vocals, piano);  VERSION II (1968 – 1969): Fergus Hambleton (lead vocals, piano) / Brian Smith (rhythm guitar) / Dan Troutman (bass) / Wally Cameron (drums) / Louis Pratile (drums; replaced Cameron) / Ron Forster (guitar)
Brian Price and Ian Telfer sat in the back of English class at Downsview High and quietly hummed and sang harmonies – thus, a new band was begun. Vocalist Price, Ian Telfer (bass) and friends Phil Seon (lead) and Gregory Hershoff (drums) got together in the Telfer family basement in the summer of 1965. Younger brother Jay Telfer soon joined them on acoustic guitar and everyone sang into the one Kent microphone they had and became The Dimensions. They rehearsed twice at the Telfer’s before Mrs. Telfer had them move out. After that, the group rehearsed about two to three times a week in Hershoff’s basement. Within a month they had their first audition at the North YMHA where they watched The Nomads with Tony Kosinec. As fate would have it, singer Brian Price never showed up leaving the vocal duties to Jay. And because of their outstanding audition, Tony And The Nomads lost their job and The Dimensions took over the Sunday afternoon North YMHA gigs. They soon went in search of a manager. So Ian Telfer and Price visited the El Patio Club in Yorkville and were re-acquainted with fellow Downsview-ite, Bernie Finkelstein, who was serving coffee. Within a few weeks, he was the band’s new manager and the group was immediately booked into the El Patio. At the end of 1965, Finkelstein moved on to manage The Paupers. The now rechristened A Passing Fancy would continue working by playing nearly every high school in Southern Ontario. The band’s Fan Club president, Barb Young, told them of her friends, record store owner Walter Honsberger and partner Dan Bartollini. The duo began shaping the band’s sound and image as Wal-Dan Management, eventually bringing A Passing Fancy to the doorstep of Columbia Records, where they were signed to a standard six-sides contract (i.e. three singles). They played at Expo ’67 where they jammed in a cultural exchange with Montreal band Les Tetes Blanches. Their popularity grew first with successful touring throughout Ontario and then out to Eastern Canada where radio also embraced them. Jay Telfer was the band’s songwriter (and later composed “Ten Pound Note” for Steel River) for their first Columbia single “I’m Losing Tonight”, released in February 1967 which reached No.22 on the charts by March. The second single, “You’re Going Out of My Mind”, only reached No.37 in June 1967, but they bounced back with the successful “I Believe In Sunshine” in August which had a short four week run at the charts, reaching No.28 in September of that year. When the record was released, A Passing Fancy played at the CHUM booth at the Canadian National Exhibition (with the record played over and over) and signed over 3,000 autographs. Columbia continued with one more single in late 1967 (“People In Me”). Price, Seon and Mann were in their second year of University and were unhappy with Jay’s direction. Price quit in March to go to dental school and was replaced by Fergus Hambleton. Another addition was Smith, playing third acoustic guitar. Smith only performed three shows with the group, including the first colour episode of CBC’s “Let’s Go” TV show. After a month, the rest of band had gone their ways. Undeterred, Wal-Dan management assembled a new version of the band featuring Fergus Hambleton and recorded additional tracks for the November 1968 self-titled release. The album would feature the Columbia singles (with an altered mix of “People In Me”). Boo Records attempted to squeeze a little more life out of the record with a new song – and fifth single — “Island” and send the new band out with the old band’s musical equipment and truck on the road. The tour and the track did poorly on radio and by early 1969 the second version of A Passing Fancy had disbanded. In the spring of 1969, after Bernie Finkelstein had stopped managing The Paupers and The Kensington Market, he produced Telfer’s first solo album. As an unreleased album, a host of noted musicians on it: Keith McKie, Malcolm Tomlinson, Louis McKelvie, Alex Dareau, Clive Smith, Murray McLaughlin, Kevin Staples, Fergus Hambleton, Colleen Peterson and it was the first time John Mills-Cockell (Syrinx) had used his synthesizer in a studio. In November 1969 Jay Telfer and Fergus Hambleton (who replaced Telfer in A Passing Fancy) recorded a studio album for Allied Records under the name Goody Two Shoes called “Come Together”. The album was primarily cover tunes and is also noteworthy for lead guitar work by former A Passing Fancy roadie Kevan Staples – better known as half of future shock rockers Rough Trade. In 1970 Steel River recorded Telfer’s song “Ten Pound Note” on the Tuesday label which became a regional hit in Ontario. Jay Telfer, who had a solo career simultaneously with A Passing Fancy (on the Sir John A. label) continued as guitarist with the Toronto stage production of “Hair” before signing to Axe Records (owned by Fergus Hambleton’s brother, Greg) in 1973 for a series of singles and one album through the 1973 and 1974. He dabbled in movie script writing (1977’s “Kid Vengeance” starring Jim Brown, Lee Van Cleef and Leif Garrett), and after surviving a stroke in 1984 he settled in as a script evaluator. In the early ’90s he moved to Wellington, Ontario to open “Jay’s Bed & Breakfast”. He eventually moved to Belleville, Ontario and became editor of an antique collector’s magazine called ‘The Wayback Times’; Hambleton would later go on to be in the band RAIN, then would launch a solo career as FERGUS for Capitol Records before becoming a member of The Ginger Group, The Basics and, finally, finding great success with Toronto reggae act The Sattalites; Fruchtman is still seen playing bass in Toronto; Seon relocated to Pickering, Ontario where he set up a dental practice; Brian Price also became a dentist; Wilson was a corporate executive head-hunter and also co-owned a nightclub in Toronto; Price became president of Tridont Ltd. The band reunited for a one-off date in Yorkville in 1988. Jay Telfer passed away on May 20, 2009 from heart failure. with notes from Jay Telfer, Brian Price, Fergus Hambleton and Brian Lindsay. [also see JAY TELFER, FERGUS HAMBLETON]

1967 I’m Losing Tonight/A Passing Fancy (Columbia) C4-2729
1967 You’re Going Out Of My Mind/Sounds Silly (Columbia) C4-2755
1967 I Believe In Sunshine/She Phoned (Columbia) C4-2767
1968 People In Me/Spread Out (Columbia) C4-2772
1968 Island/Your Trip (Boo) 684

1968 A Passing Fancy (Boo) BST 6801
1986 A Passing Fancy [re-issue] (Breeder) RPR0-01303C-570
1998 A Passing Fancy [re-issue] (Flashback) 11
2000 A Passing Fancy [re-issue] (Pacemaker/Timothy’s Brain) PACE-034

Compilation Tracks
“I’m Losing You Tonight” on ‘Made In Canada – Volume Three: Eclectic Avenue’ (BMG) KCD1-7158

Russ Crerar
(drums) / Doug Dixon (keyboards) / Fred Masson (bass) / Jim Pernokis (guitar) / Mike Pernokis (drums; replaced Crerar) / Ron Baumber (bass; replaced Masson)
Pastime was formed in 1988 by four of the members of the 1960’s Toronto group The Ardels (Dixon, Masson and Pernokis were original members of that group while Crerar had been the back-up drummer for the band). During the period 1988 – 2000 Pastime became one of Ontario’s most popular nostalgia groups, performing at hundreds of venues and on television as well as at Toronto’s SkyDome. The group disbanded on December 31, 1999 upon Crerar and Masson’s retirement. Dixon and Pernokis continued for the following two years as Pastime 2000 with the addition of Mike Pernokis (Jim’s son) on drums and Ron Baumber on bass. With notes from Fred Masson.

Coming Back To Getcha (independent)
1997 Not Dead Yet (Criminal) 1284

Compilation Tracks
“A Piece of Jewelry”, “I Should Have Known”, and “But I Love You” on ‘The Generation X Sessions – One’ (Criminal) CR-1101


Born: Patrizia Dioguardi in San Giovanni Teatino, Italy
Originally from Italy, at a young age Dioguardi’s family moved to Thunder Bay, Ontario where her father worked as a cleaner at the Thunder Bay International Airport. At age 18, Patrizia decided to move to Toronto to pursue a career in music. She performed in various rock bands before beginning classical voice lessons with Stephanie Bogle after hearing a recording of the legendary soprano Maria Callas for the first time. Patrizia appeared in several operatic productions such as ‘La Traviata’, ‘The Magic Flute’, ‘La bohème’, ‘The Abduction from the Serraglio’, ‘Lucia di Lammermoor’, and ‘The Impresario’. Dioguardi decided to appear professionally under the mononym Patrizia. In 2001 her first single, “Rage”, was produced by Kenny MacLean (Platinum Blonde) and was released at the Toronto Italian Film Festival. The song’s video charted at No.3 on the Bravo! National charts. In 2003 she released the ‘Defiance’ EP and her video, “Temptation” (a re-working of Carmen’s “Habanera”) charted at No.1 on Bravo!. She received a SOCAN award in 2004 recognizing this achievement. In 2005, she released her first full-length album ‘The Edge of Emotion’ which was a rock and opera hybrid. The album includes hard rock versions of “Der Hölle Rache” from ‘The Magic Flute’, “The Miserere” from ‘Il trovatore’, “Habanera” from ‘Carmen’, and “Ebben? Ne andrò lontana” from ‘La Wally’. In 2006 her third video, “Desperation”, (a remake of Puccini’s “Vissi d’arte” from ‘Tosca’) reached No.2 on Bravo!videos. Patrizia was featured in a special tribute to Canadian vocalists on ‘Bravo!FACT Presents’. In 2008, Patrizia released her second album, ‘My Beloved’, which was produced by Steve Thompson (Metallica). The album tackled pop songs including versions of Radiohead’s “Creep”, The Cranberries’ “Zombie” and several original tracks co-written with Thompson. In 2009, GWNtertainment Magazine named Patrizia one of their 10 “New Women of Canadiana”. Patrizia’s 4th album, 2011’s ‘I Am Patrizia’, features a remake of Queen’s ‘The Show Must Go On’. Patrizia released her ‘Rock The Throne’ album in 2014 and began a world tour. Shortly after returning to Canada from shows in Europe, she suffered a massive stroke paralyzing her left side. It did not affect her speech or memory. Therapy helped with some mobility. Today she works as a missionary for the Jehovah’s Witnesses.

2003 Temptation
2006 Desperation

Defiance [EP]
2005 The Edge of Emotion
2009 My Beloved
2011 I Won’t Stop Believin’ [EP]
2012 I Am Patrizia
2014 Rock The Throne

PAUL, Dave

It Ain’t Restin’ Easy/A Man Done Gone Away (Dyna-West) DW-7913

PAUL, Dennis
Dennis Paul was a renowned Edmonton, Alberta musician 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 (Roy Orbison, kd lang) 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. RPM Magazine voted Wes Dakus & The Rebels Canada’s “Top Instrumental Group” in 1964 and 1965. with notes from Shawn Nagy, Gord Baker, and Norm Bright. [also see WES DAKUS]

1965 Peggy Sue/See Saw (Capitol) 72469

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

Denny Gerrard
(bass) / Bill Marion [aka Bill Misener] (guitar) / Adam Mitchell (guitar; replaced Misener) / Chuck Beal (lead guitar) / Skip Prokop (drums) / Brad Campbell (bass; replaced Gerrard and was replaced by Gerrard) / Mel O’Brien (replaced Gerrard) / John Orde (keyboards) / Roz Park (drums; replaced Prokop) / Wally Cameron (drums; replaced Park) / Peter Sterback (organ; replaced Orde) / James Houston (drums) / Bill King (drums)
The Paupers were originally a four-piece called The Spats who were heavily influenced by the British Invasion so much so that they adopted a dress code and matching haircuts. As a teen dance act, The Paupers 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”. Bill Misener would soon leave and be replaced by Scottish folk singer Adam Mitchell. After moving from school dances and fairground fetes to nightclubs in Yorkville they also changed management to Bernie Finkelstein (who would go on to manage Kensington Market, Bruce Cockburn and found True North Records) and dumped the cutesy Beatles style in favour of a more psychedelic approach. With a move to New York and opening shows for acts like Jefferson Airplane, the critics were falling over themselves with praise for The Paupers. The band was then handled by super manager Albert Grossman (Bob Dylan, Peter Paul & Mary) who landed them a lucrative record deal with US label and they had a Top-10 hit with “If I Call You By Some Name” in 1966. The hit led to the recording of their debut album, ‘Magic People’, and major tours playing at such high profile venues as the Whiskey A Go Go and Fillmore’s West in California. They stayed on the road nearly a year at which time Gerrard left before the second album, ‘Ellis Island’, was released to be replaced by Brad Campbell (Five D/The Last Words). But the hits had run out. Gerrard returned to the band briefly after Campbell left to join The New Christy Minstrels but was, in turn, replaced by Mel O’Brien (of The Five Shy). Prokop left in 1968 to become a renowned studio musician with the likes of Peter, Paul & Mary, Mike Bloomfield, Al Kooper, Richie Havens, Mama Cass and Janis Joplin before forming Toronto supergroup Lighthouse in 1969 with Paul Hoffert. The Paupers carried on with Park replacing Prokop in the lineup of Mitchell, Beal, Orde, O’Brien and Wally Cameron (who replaced Park). One more drummer change occurred with the addition of Houston but Mitchell was fed-up and left the band. With no new songwriting to carry the band Orde and O’Brien bailed and a final version of The Paupers featured Bill King and Peter Sterback in the line-up; Misener would go on to work at RCA Studio on Mutual Street in Toronto producing acts like Morse Code Transmission, Keith Hampshire, and The Laurie Bower Singers. He also released a solo album in 1977 on Polydor. Misener died suddenly on June 26, 2014; Adam Mitchell produced other bands such as Fludd and continued his folk-singing career and had substantial hits with “Fool For Your Love” (1972) and “Dancing Round And Round” (1980); Brad Campbell went on to play with Janis Joplin’s Full Tilt Boogie Band, an early Rick James project called White Cane, and recently reunited with his former Last Words bandmates in eastern Ontario; Mel O’Brien went on to play with Chester, Bill Amesbury and Déja Vu; Bill King has had a lengthy solo career and was also a member of China with guitarist Danny McBride; Prokop had a successful 40 year run with Lighthouse before leaving the band in 2014 due to health concerns and died of congestive heart failure August 30, 2017.  with notes from Skip Prokop, Nicholas Jennings, Mel O’Brien, Bruce Partridge, Leonard Los, Cam Atkinson, Bernie Finkelstein, and Bill Dureen. [also see ADAM MITCHELL, SKIP PROKOP, BILL MISENER, JAMES HOUSTON, MEL O’BRIEN]

1965 Never Send You Flowers/Sooner Than Soon (Red Leaf) 65-002
1965 If I Told My Baby/Like You Like Me (Red Leaf) DG-65-003
1965 For What I Am (Roman) DR-1103
1966 Long Tall Sally/Sooner Than Soon (Roman) DR-1111
1966 If I Call You By Some Name/Copper Penny (Verve/Forecast) KF-5033
1967 Simple Deeds/Let Me Be (Verve/Forecast) KF-5043
1967 One Rainy Day/Tudor Impressions (Verve/Forecast) KF-5056
1967 Magic People/Black Thank You Package (Verve/Folkways) KF-5062
1967 Think I Care/White Song (Verve/Folkways) KF-5074
1968 Southdown Road/Numbers (Verve/Forecast) 518-908
1968 Another Man’s Hair On My Razor/Cairo Hotel (Verve/Forecast) KF-5094

1967 Magic People (Verve/Folkways) FTS-3026
1968 Ellis Island (Verve/Forecast) FTS-3051
1999 Dig Deep: 1966-1969 (Polygram)  314-538-839

Compilation Tracks
“Magic People” on ‘Bernie Finkelstein’s Greatest Hits’ (True North) TN-13X
1990 “If I Told My Baby” on “Made In Canada – Volume Three: Eclectic Avenue” (BMG) KCD1-7158
1991 “If I Call You By Some Name” on “Made in Canada, Our Rock ‘n’ Roll History – Volume Four: More Great Stuff’ (BMG) KCD1-7247

Paul Hyde
(guitar, vocals) / Robert “Bob” Rock (guitars, vocals) / Taylor Nelson Little (drums) / Gary Middleclass (bass, saxophone) / Larry Wilkins (bass; replaced Middleclass) / Chris Livingston (keyboards; replaced bassist Wilkins) / Lee Kelsey (keyboards, vocals; replaced Livingston) / Chris Taylor (drums; replaced Nelson Little) / Alex Boynton (bass; replaced Wilkins)
Langford, British Columbia’s Payola$ started life as a punk band after expatriate Brit Paul Hyde introduced fellow guitarist Bob Rock to the new musical genre emanating from the UK while they both attended Belmont High School. They recorded the singles “Money For Hype” and “China Boys” on two separate independent labels which led to a contract with A & M Records. A & M released a four song 12″ EP simply titled ‘Introducing Payola$’ in 1980. The full-length ‘In A Place Like This’ was released in 1981 featuring a remixed “China Boys” as a moderately successful radio hit in Canada on the heels of a national tour, though its follow-up, “I’m Sorry”, was mostly ignored. Wilkins soon left and was replaced by Bond keyboardist Chris Livingston who took up the slack of the vacant bass position. But it was the 1982 album ‘No Stranger To Danger’ that established the band as a force to reckon with. The album’s first single, “Eyes of a Stranger”, won ‘Single Of The Year’ at the 1983 JUNO Awards. Three other JUNO Awards followed that year – including one for ‘Most Promising New Group’. The award is considered the kiss of death and the band had a difficult time following up their immediate success with the non-LP single “Soldier” and “Romance” not achieving nearly the radio play the label expected. However, the first single from the follow-up LP, ‘Hammer On a Drum’, called “Never Said I Loved You” featured a duet with Rough Trade’s Carole Pope, which helped the band keep its radio fires burning. Two follow-up singles, “Where Is This Love” and “I’ll Find Another”, allowed the band to tour and push the album to moderate sales figures. Still, A & M Records were disappointed the album did not duplicate the ‘No Stranger To Danger’ album’s success stateside so they gave the band an ultimatum. They wanted a change in musical direction as well as their name; A & M in the US had a hard time trying to sell the name Payola$ to radio broadcasters who were still sensitive to the 1950’s Alan Freed scandal of the same name. The band became Paul Hyde And The Payolas and were put under the studio guard of multi-talented producer David Foster. Though the album delivered the goods and produced several radio hit singles like “Stuck In the Rain” and “You’re The Only Love”, the band was at its wits end having to compromise musically and with their identity. The Payolas were let go by A & M Records and subsequently split up in 1986. Paul Hyde and Bob Rock continued their long-term songwriting partnership and changed their name to Rock And Hyde releasing the album ‘Under The Volcano’ on Capitol Records in 1987. They toured with a reformed line-up of Payola$ members and had three hit singles released before going their separate ways. Hyde has continued on as a solo artist originally with EMI and currently on the Bongo Beat label while Bob Rock became a world renowned record producer for the likes of Motley Crue, Metallica, Aerosmith, The Cranberries and Rockhead (whom he was the guitarist for) among others. In 2007 The Payola$ reunited to tour a new 7 song EP called ‘Langford’. with notes from Wayne Baldwin. [also see PAUL HYDE, ROCK AND  HYDE]

1979 Money For Hype/Top Twenty (N.B. – UK) NB-10
1979 China Boys/Make Some Noise (Slophouse)
1980 Introducing Payola$ [4-song 7″ EP] (IRS – UK) IR-7701
1980 Jukebox/TNT (Faulty – UK) 0024
1980 China Boys/Rose (IRS – UK) PFP-1001
1980 China Boys/Jukebox (A & M) AM-494
1981 I’m Sorry (I Only Did It For The Money)/You Can’t Walk Away (A & M) AM-545
1982 Eyes Of A Stranger/Soldier (A & M) AM-576
1982 Eyes Of A Stranger/Soldier [12″] (A & M) SP-23502
1982 Soldier/Mystery To Me (A & M) AM-592
1982 Romance/Pennies In Gold (A & M) AM-597
1982 Romance/Mystery To Me (A & M – UK) AMS-8241
1983 Never Said I Loved You [w/Carole Pope]/Soldier (A & M) AM-623
1983 I’ll Find Another (Who Can Do It Right)/Christmas Is Coming (A & M) AM-627
1983 Christmas Is Coming/I’ll Find Another (Who Can Do It Right) [12″ Green vinyl]
(A & M) SP-12084
1983 Where Is This Love?/I Am A City (A & M) AM-635
1984 Wild West/Perhaps Some Day (A & M) AM-648
2006 The Bomb (EMI)
2008 Shark Attack [DigiFile]

1985 Stuck In The Rain/Rhythm Slaves (A & M) AM-677
1985 You’re The Only Love/Never Leave This Place (A & M) AM-682
1985 Here’s The World/Never Leave This Place (A & M) AM-692
1986 It Must Be Love/Little Boys (A & M) AM-2761

1980 Introducing Payola$ [4-song 12″EP; different cover] (A & M) SP-23500
1981 In A Place Like This (A & M) SP-9052
1982 No Stranger To Danger (A & M) SP-9070
1983 Hammer On A Drum (A & M) SP-4958
1998 Between A Rock And A Hyde Place: The Best Of Payola$ (A & M) SP-9134
2002 The Best Of The Payola$: The Millennium Collection (Universal) 846427
2007 Langford; Part 1 [7-song EP (EMI) 009463-94321-25

1985 Here’s The World For Ya (A & M) SP-5025

Compilation Tracks
“Eyes of a Stranger” on ‘Electric North’ (K-Tel) TC-277
1982 “Eyes of a Stranger” on ‘Blastoff’ (K-Tel) TC-284
1984 “Never Said I Loved You” [w/Carole Pope] on ‘Chart Hits’ (K-Tel) TC-292
1996 “Eyes of a Stranger” on ‘Oh What a Feeling: A Vital Collection of Canadian Music’ (MCA) JUNO-25

Born: Merrill Beth Nisker on November 11, 1966 in Toronto, Ontario
Merrill Nisker grew up in Toronto, Ontario and following her upbringing in a Hebrew school she became a music and drama teacher at Associated Hebrew Schools of Toronto. By the 1990s she began to perform around Toronto as one third of folk trio Mermaid Cafe. In 1995 she released her first solo CD entitled ‘Fancypants Hoodlum’. That same year she formed her band called The Shit along with Chilly Gonzales [aka Jason Beck], Sticky (Weeping Tile, Music Maul), and Dominique Salole. It was during this period that she adopted the name Peaches and was roomates with future superstar Leslie Feist. While visiting Chilly Gonzales in Berlin, Germany, a one-off showcase there landed her a record deal with German label Kitty-Yo Records. The financed the cost of recording a full length album back in Toronto entitled ‘The Teaches of Peaches’. A teaser EP, ‘Lovertits’, was released in the summer of 2000 while Peaches packed up and moved to Berlin where her brand of shock theatrics was welcomed. The full-length album was released in the fall of 2000. Through late 2000 and into 2001 she toured Europe with her old friend Fiest. Peaches was invited to appear on the BBC music show ‘Top of the Pops’, but her performance was deemed too racy to be aired. The incident got the attention of SONY Music in Europe who helped with wider distribution for ‘The Teaches of Peaches’ CD. A big budget video was made for the single “Set It Off” – where Peaches sings in a locker room while her pubic and armpit hair grow to grotesque lengths in time-lapse – causing SONY to drop her and demanding the money back. Peaches would find notoriety for her sexually explicit stage, video and lyrical content and was chosen by 1960’s SuperGroupie Cynthia Plaster Caster in 2001 to become one of the first rock stars to have her size 34AA breasts cast in plaster (and honour usually bestowed on well-endowed male Rock Stars). In 2002, Peaches appeared in the John Malcovich short film “Hideous Man” which was a promotional tool for fashion designer Bella Freud’s clothing line. In 2003, Peaches released her second album ‘Fatherfucker’ on XL/Kitty-Yo after years of touring and opening for artists like Marilyn Manson and Queens of the Stone Age. The album featured the hit single “Kick It” with Iggy Pop. The album was nominated in the ‘Outstanding Music Artist’ category at the 15th GLAAD Media Awards. After recording her previous records all on her own, 2006’s ‘Impeach My Bush’ featured contributions from Joan Jett, Greg Kurstin, Josh Homme, Samantha Maloney, Beth Ditto, Feist, Dave Catching, Brian O’Connor and Radio Sloan. To tour the album, Peaches formed The Herms (short for hermaphrodites) as her live backing band. Peaches & Herms (in a nod to 1970s soul act Peaches & Herb) was the opening act for Nine Inch Nails and Bauhaus’ 2006 summer US tour in August that year. The album was nominated in the ‘Outstanding Music Artist’ category at the 18th GLAAD Media Awards. IN 2008 Peaches toured Australia and played the Parklife Festival with German band Sweet Machine. She released her fourth album, ‘I Feel Cream’, in May 2009. The first single was the double A-sided “Talk to Me”/”More”. The album featured co-produced tracks by Simian Mobile Disco, Soulwax, Digitalism and Shapemod. She also collaborated with friend Gonzales. In 2010, Peaches returned to Australia with Sweet Machine and played the sold out ‘Big Day Out Festival’ and a number of more intimate smaller venues featuring opening acts Shunda K and Evil Beaver. In March of that year Peaches won the ‘Electronic Artist of the Year’ award at 10th Annual Toronto Independent Music Awards. That same month Peaches was denied permission to perform a one-woman version of the stage musical ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ in Berlin by representatives of Andrew Lloyd Webber. However, after significant media attention Peaches finally negotiated permission to do three performances March 25–27, 2010 at Berlin’s HAU1. Peaches next appeared in the movie ‘Ivory Tower’ (which was shot in Toronto over 13 days in April 2010) and had a limited theatrical release that August. At the end of August 2010 she released the single “Jonny” as a tribute to Alan Vega of the band Suicide. In 2011 Peaches appeared on R.E.M.’s album ‘Collapse into Now’ on the song “Alligator_Aviator_Autopilot_Antimatter”. She also collaborated as part of the duo Cazwell & Peaches in 2011 and was the featured vocalist on the Gomma All Stars’ ‘Casablanca Reworks’ EP in 2012. Also in 2012, Peaches premiered a documentary about herself entitled ‘Peaches Does Herself’ at the Toronto International Film Festival.

Red Leather [w/Chilly Gonzales] (Kitty-Yo) KY-00036MS
2002 Set It Off (Radio Mix) (Kitty-Yo/Epic) XPCD-2660
2003 Rock Show/[split w/ELECTRIC SIX] [7″] (XL – US) XLS- 159
2003 Operate/Shake Yer Dix [12″] (XL – US) XLS-169
2003 Kick It [w/IGGY POP]/Felix Partz Remake [w/GONZALES] [7″] (XL – UK) XLS-176
2004 Shake Yer Dix (Tiga Remixes) [3 mixes 12″] (XL – US) XLT-185
2006 Downtown/Damage [7″] (XL – UK) XLS-235
2006 Boys Wanna Be Her [4 mixes 12″] (XL – US) XLT-254
2007 Talk To Me/More (XL – US) XLS-424
2007 Lose You [3 mixes 12″] (XL – UK) XLT-434
2009 I Feel Cream [4 mixes DigiFile] (XL – UK) XL-466DL
2010 Jonny/[split w/EFFIE BRIEST/ALAN VEGA] [10″] (Blast First Petit – UK) PTYT-019
2012 Burst! [6 mixes 12″] (Boyznoise – Germany) BNR-086
2015 Bodyline [DigiFile] ([adultswim] – US)
2015 Close Up [w/KIM GORDON] (I U She Music – UK)
2015 Light In Places (Radio Edit)/Light In Places (Album Version) (I U She Music – UK)

Red Leather/We Want It/Hot Pink Hot Sex (Kitty-Yo – Germany) KY00036-CDM

with B-FLOOR Featuring PEACHES
I’ll Be There For You [4 mixes 12″] (Loud Bit) LB-021

2001 4th Sex Baby/4th Sex Baby (Instrumental) [10″] (Source – UK) PGVP 0024

Motor Inn (Felix Da Housecat’s High Octane Mix)/Motor Inn (Remix Clean Version) (Virgin – US)

Grab My Shaft (Richard X Radio Mix)/Amore/Grab My Shaft (Original Mix) (Instant Karma – UK) KARMA-69

Redneck Sex Remixes [5 mixes 12″] (Surfdog – US) 44062-1

with REMOVAL Featuring PEACHES
Drugs And Glamour/Left Song #9 [7″] (Remove All Music) 9 of 10

Fine As Fuck Remix [12″] (Rock Machine – France) RM-001

Kiss Kiss Kiss [12″] (Parlophone – Europe) ONO2

Unzip Me (Remixes) [12 remixes DigiFile] (Peace Bisquit)
2012 Unzip Me (Remixes Part 2) [10 remixes DigiFile] (Peace Bisquit)

Casablanca Reworks [8 mixes EP] (Gomma – Germany) GOMMA-161

Walk The Night/Walk The Night (Instrumental) [12″] (Common Folk – US) TTR-SI-5CF

Me, Myself And I (Part 1)/Me, Myself And I (Part 2) [12″] (Martin Hossbach – Germany) 12BACH2

Get Down (Spinefarm – Finland)

with MUMBAI featuring PEACHES
Whistleblower (N.E.W.S – Netherlands)

What You Want [s/sided 7″] (Columbia/Sony – Europe) 88985320797

with MR. OIZO Featuring PEACHES
Freezing Out (Clean Edit) (Ed Banger/Because – UK)

Peaches [6-song EP] (Teenage USA) TEEN-3017-2
2000 Lovertits [4-song 12″ EP] (Kitty-Yo) KY-00031
2000 The Teaches Of Peaches (Kitty-Yo) KY-00033
2002 The Teaches Of Peaches US Bonus Tracks [6-song EP] (XL – US)
2003 Fatherfucker (XL) XLCD-171
2006 Impeach My Bush (XL) XLCD-201
2009 I Feel Cream (XL) XLCD-415
2015 Rub (I U She) IUS001CD
2016 Rub Remixed (I U She) IUS003CD

Fancypants Hoodlum (Accudub Inc.)

Compilation Tracks
“Sucker” on ‘Confidence [Motion Picture Soundtrack]’ (Thrive – US) 90706-2
2003 “Lovertits” on ‘Bad Gurrlz’ (Gay) GRCD-02
2004 “Operate” on ‘Mean Girls [Motion Picture Soundtrack]’ (Bulletproof) RCD-10699
2008 “Sexy Dancer” [w/7 HURTZ] on ‘Controversy: A Tribute to Prince’ (Rapster – UK) RR-0076CD
2009 “Search and Destroy” on ‘War Child Presents: Heroes’ (Musicor) MQMCD-2401
2011 “Map Of Tasmania (Alt Mix)” on ‘Map Of Tasmania – The Remix Project Volume 1: This Shit Is Wax! [DigiFile] (Amanda Palmer Music)
2011 “Turn It On” on ‘Franz Ferdinand Covers EP’ (Domino) RUG-405CD
2020 “Solid Gold, Easy Action” on ‘AngelHeaded Hipster (The Songs Of Marc Bolan & T. Rex)’ [7″] (BMG – UK) 538639681
2021 Pussy Mask [s/sided etched 7″] (Third Man – US) TMR-734

“Grab My Shaft!” on ‘Only Tonight’

“We Don’t Play Guitars” on ’99 Cents’ (Chicks on Speed – GER) COSR-12PR

with P!NK
“Oh My God” on ‘Try This’ (Arista) 765461

“Kiss, Kiss, Kiss” on ‘Yes, I’m a Witch (Remixes)’ (Parlophone – UK) 389122

“My Girls” on ‘Bionic’ (RCA) 772679

with R.E.M.
“Alligator_Aviator_Autopilot_Antimatter” on ‘Collapse Into Now’ (Warner Bros.) 2-525611

Johanna Hartzema
(vocals) / Maria Hartzema (vocals) / Betty Hartzema (vocals)
From Toronto, Ontario.

1971 Don’t Twist My Mind/Facing Tomorrow (Montor) MS-002
1974 Dancin’ Again/Bring On The Music (Periwinkle – USA) 701
1974 Ready and Willing/My Number One (Periwinkle) PER-3708
1974 In My Diary/There’s the Door (Periwinkle) PER-3714
1974 We Care What You Hear/Ain’t a Girl Allowed To Cry (Realistic) 68-8000
1975 Christmas With the Peaches [6-song EP] (Realistic) 68-8100

The Peaches (Periwinkle) PER-7305
1974 Now, Then And Forever (Realistic) 50-8000

Shari Ulrich (vocals, sax) / Joe Mock (guitar) / Rick Scott (dulcimer)
Vancouver, British Columbia folk act Pear Of Pied Pumkin was the brainchild of former Lotus Eaters member and San Antonio, Texas native Scott. After relocating to British Columbia following the completion of his US Military service, he hooked up with Mock Duck member and former Regina native Joe Mock and expatriate and British Columbia resident Shari Ulrich. The trio also created their own Squash Records and released two back to back independent albums – ‘Pied Pumkin String Ensemble’ (1975) and ‘Pied Pumkin Allah Mode’ (1976) – which both sold a modest total of 30,000 copies each. Ulrich left at the request of Valdy to join his Hometown Band leaving Mock and Scott to continue on as a duo. They released two more albums – ‘Pear Of Pied Pumkin’ in 1977, and then ‘Pied Who? Pear, What?’ in 1979. Ulrich made a guest appearance on “Caught In The Rain” as did other noteworthy musicians such as Claire Lawrence, Robbie King, Rene Worst, and Duris Maxwell (Skylark, Powder Blues).The duo went their separate ways in the mid-80’s – Mock as a musician in Tokyo and Southern France; and Scott as an actor and family entertainer performing around the world. They reunited for the first time with Ulrich in 1989 to tour their album of rarities called ‘The Lost Squash Tapes’. The three have kept in touch over the years and Pied Pumkin reunited in 1998 for a 20 date tour of Western Canada for the promotion of their compilation CD ‘Plucking DeVine’. The album made CBC’s Jurgen Gothe’s ‘Top Ten Album’ list and was nominated as ‘Best Folk/Roots Album’ in the Pacific Music Industry Awards.At midnight on New Year’s Eve 1999 the Pumkin played for 15,000 people headlining Vancouver’s Millennium celebration. In 2000 they released ‘Pied Alive’, recorded live during their 1999 tour. In 2006 they released the children’s CD, ‘Pumkids’, which won both the Canadian Folk Music and Western Canadian Music Awards. In April 2011 Rick Scott and Joe Mock reunited for a Pied Pear tour of acoustic shows in British Columbia and Alberta. They also combined ‘Pear Of Pied Pumkin’ and ‘Pied Who? Pear What?’ onto a single Collectors Edition CD re-issue that was released that year. A 2012 tour was also planned; Joe Mock lives in France and has been performing in Europe. He released the ‘Jozu’ CD from his adventures in Tokyo and recently ‘Capgun Cowboy’; Ulrich has continued her lengthy career as a solo artist; Rick Scott has created seven CDs for children. Three have been nominated for JUNO Awards. He has won ‘NAPPA Gold’, ‘Parents’ Choice Silver Honor’ and ‘Parenting Awards’ in the US. ‘The Great Gazzoon’, a musical audio novel on 4 CDS written by Rick Scott and Valley Hennell with illustrations by Linda Sanborn will be released in the fall of 2012. with notes from Valley Hennell. [also see SHARI ULRICH]

1976 Pied Pumkin Allah Mode (Squash) Y4UR2B
1977 The Pear Of Pied Pumkin (Squash) U2R1
1980 Pied Pear (Squash)
1989 The Lost Squash Tapes (Squash)
2006 Pumkids: Tuneful Tales for Kids and Kin (Squash)  651014

1975 Pied Pumkin String Ensemble (Squash) IRC-2344
1998 Plucking DeVine : Selected Recordings 1974-1980 (Squash) 131007
2000 Pied Alive (Squash) 650195

Compilation Tracks
“Lotus Eater Blues” on ‘Collage’ (Bytown) BFFTF-1

Greg Baker

Before Suicide/Suicide (World Is Round) WRC5-1369

Bill Borda
(guitar) / Rob Borda (drums) / Mike Tutt (synths)
From Toronto, Ontario; Bill Borda was briefly the bass player for The First Time in 2005.

Pelicans/New Wave (Shotgun) SGR-726

Born:  August 7, 1962
Bruno Pelletier started his professional music career in Québec in 1989 as a singer-songwriter, cutting his teeth with several Anglophone acts. Soon he realizes that his heart and music lies in his native tongue, French, and he disbands his group Pell. He decides to pursue his love for French-speaking rock & roll and in 1992 lands a roll in the Plamondon-Shepherd musical opera ‘The Legend of Jimmy’ in Montréal. The play lasts only a few months. He releases a debut solo album and his musical work brings him back to the attention of Luc Plamondon. Pelletier lands the role of Johnny Rockfort in Plamondon’s ‘Starmania’ which plays in Paris, France from 1993 through 1995 at Théatre Mogador. Following his run in the musical, Pelletier releases his second solo CD ‘Defaire L’amour’ to critical acclaim. But it was his 1997 album ‘Miserere’ that would make him a star in Québec. Pelletier won the ADISQ Felix Award for ‘Male Singer Of The Year’ in 1997 in Québec and the album went platinum in sales. Not satisfied to merely sit on his laurels and rest with the success, Pelletier stars in the Québec television series ‘Omerta’ which beats all audience records for a Canadian television show. ‘Miserere’ was also nominated for ‘Best Selling Francophone Album’ at the 1998 Juno Awards. Pelletier, himself, was nominated as ‘Male Vocalist of rhe Year’. Pelletier was one of many new performers to play at the March 1999 JUNO Awards at Copps’ Coliseum in Hamilton between stints as Gringoire in the Paris production of ‘Notre Dame de Paris’.

S.O.S. D’un Terrien En Détresse (WEA – France) 4509-98195-2
1997 Aime (Les Disques Artiste) AR-CD45-033
1997 J’Oublie Ma Folie (Les Disques Artiste) AR-CD45-035
1997 Le Temps Des Cathédrales (Chandelle) CHANCD-8015
1999 Vivre Sa Vie (Pomme – France) 997-061
1999 Loin De Chez Moi (Pomme – France) 997-141
2000 Seul À Deux/Que Tu M’aimes (Pomme – France) 997-221
2000 La Manic (Disques SNB Ltée)
2002 Ma Jalousie (Les Disques Artiste) PRO-3333
2003 Entre L’amour Et La Mort (Extrait Du Spectacle Musical “Dracula”) (Les Disques Artiste) AR-CD-124-1

Quand On N’a Plus Rien À Perdre (Mogador 94)/split w/LUCE DUFALT (Gilbert Coullier Productions) 4509-95711-2

À Travers Toi (Disques Signature) RECD-2002

Vivo Per Lei (Live) (EastWest/PG – France) PR02756
2008 La Moitié De Nous (Mercury – France) 5306398

Bruno Pelletier (Musicor/Gam/Select)
1995 Defaire L’amour (Musicor/Gam/Select)
1997 Miserere (Artiste) AR-CD-116
1999 D’Autres rives (Artiste) AR-CD-117
2002 Un monde a L’envers (Artiste) AR-CD-121
2003 Concert de Noël (Les Disques Artiste) AR-CD-122
2007 Bruno Pelletier Et Le GrosZorchestre (Les Disques Artiste) AR-CD-128
2007 Microphonium (Les Disques Artiste) AR-CD-133
2012 Rendus Là (Musicor) MQMCD-2443
2016 Regarde Autour (Musicor) MQMCD-2488
2022 Car Le Temps Est Venu (Les Disques Artiste) AR-CD-2201

Musique & Cinéma (Musicor) MQMCD-2470

Soirée Intime Au Théatre Petit Champlain (Les Disques Artiste) AR-CD135

Sous Influences (Musicor) MQMCD-2527

Guitarist and songwriter from Cornerbrook, Newfoundland. After relocating to Toronto in the early 1960s, Penney teamed up with Bunty Petrie, Dick Nolan, and Johnny Burke in the band The Blue Valley Boys – who backed other recording acts on the Arc Record label. Penney would later join Mickey Andrews’ The Good, The Bad & The Ugly in the 1970s, and Shotgun in the 1980s. [also see THE BLUE VALLEY BOYS, THE GOOD, THE BAD, AND THE UGLY]

Twistin’ The Pick/White Silver Sands (Arc) A-1057

Twistin’ The Pick (Arc) A-589
1965 Boss Guitar In Teensville (Arc) A-662

Russell Graham (vocals, guitar) / Dave Reaume (bass, vocals) / Gino Scarpelli (guitar) / Fred Duvall (drums, percussion, vocals)
Richmond Hill, Ontario supergroup formed in 1996 featuring Graham (Killer Dwarfs), Scarpelli (Brutus, Goddo), Duvall (Wenzday) and Reaume (Gus). The band initially attempted recording their debut album in 1997 at The Killer Dwarfs’ old Toronto, Ontario rehearsal spot, The Bunker, but abandoned the recordings soon after. After writing new material and focusing clearly on a unifying hard rock sound, they recorded in Richmond Hill and produced their self-titled debut in 2000 on their own Cardoozle imprint. Bullseye Records picked up distribution in 2001 but promotion was derailed after Graham re-united with his old band The Killer Dwarfs for a North American tour and live album; Scarpelli has continued on with Goddo. Graham has fronted both Moxy and hard rock supergroup Hard Road. [also see KILLER DWARFS, GODDO]

Penny Black (Cardoozle) CM10-12001

Citizen A (bass, vocals) / Adam (drums) / Derek MacDonald (keyboards) / Jay Slye (guitar)
Pepper Sands was formed in Vancouver, British Columbia in 2000. Their self-titled debut album was released by Universal in July 2002. It took five years before the band found a home for their sophomore album ‘Forest Strays’.

Pepper Sands (Universal) 974222
2007 Forest Strays

Compilation Tracks
“So Fine” on ‘The Good Jacket Presents…Vancouver Special (Mint) MRD-038

Tim Garagan
(drums, lead vocals) / Tony Argent (guitar, vocals) / Lenny Brennan (guitar) / Ritchie Richmond (bass) / Bonnie Oulton (lead vocals) / Bob Quinn (keyboards, vocals) / Doug Billard (lead vocals); Added : Jim White (guitar, vocals; replaced Brennan) / Chris Brockway (bass, vocals; replaced Richmond) / Matt Minglewood (lead vocals; added ) / Joel Zemel (guitar; replaced White) / Terry Hatty (lead vocals; replaced Minglewood) / Rick Edgett (guitar) / Brian MacLeod (drums; replaced Garagan) / Ralph Parker (keyboards; replaced Quinn) / Paul Butler (guitar; replaced Edgett)
Pepper Tree was formed in 1967 by Garagan (Friends Of The Family), former Lost Children members Brennan and Richmond, Argent (Outcasts) and Oulton. They played their first gig at the Shore Club in Hubbards, Nova Scotia. Oulton left and the band continued as a quartet. Keyboardist Bob Quinn was brought in to replace Argent. After Doug Billard (Central Nervous System, Five Sounds) joined, the band was spotted by a talent scout in the summer of 1969 and suggested they make a demo tape. This led to them being signed to Capitol Records. Their first two singles were recorded in Toronto with Jack Richardson producing. Capitol wanted only original material and the band supplied “Everywhere” and “Mr. Pride” which both charted. Pepper Tree was encouraged to move closer to the record label and soon relocated to Toronto. Billard, Brennan and Richmond all left for various reasons. The band met and drafted Jim White (Central Nervous System, Five Sounds) in Toronto while Cornerbrook, Newfoundland native Brockway was found after placing newspaper advertisement. Garagan assumed lead vocal chores. This line-up moved to a farmhouse in Alliston, Ontario in October of 1970 to prepare for recording of their debut album. ‘You’re My People’ was recorded at RCA’s Toronto Studio and produced by Jack Richardson. Keith Jollimore supplied the horn and string arrangements. Capitol felt that the band should have a proper front man and Matt Minglewood (Moon – Minglewood and The Universal Power) was brought in to sing. When White finally left, Pepper Tree brought in Halifax guitarist Zemel who packed up and joined the band in Ontario. After six months with the group, Minglewood left to form Cold Duck and was replaced by Terry Hatty who stayed for a short 3 months in 1971. After the departure of Minglewood and Hatty, Garagan once again assumed lead vocals. Zemel would soon leave. The band needed another guitarist and soon found Halifax guitarist, Edgett, who played on this line-up’s last two singles. Garagan finally left the band in 1972 and Quinn left the following year. The final lineup of Pepper Tree featured all Newfoundlanders when Brockway brought in MacLeod (Garrison Hill), Parker (Garrison Hill) and Butler. The band’s last recording was a single released in 1974 on Aquarius Records. They disbanded shortly after; Brockway went on to play with Rhinegold, Telemann (which later became Wrabit), Hanover (aka Hanover Fist), Lee Aaron and Big Smile; Garagan and Quinn both joined Molly Oliver for several years. Garagan still plays occasional gigs. Quinn wrote songs for Roger Whittaker among others and formed Quincepts Productions Ltd; Brennan passed away in the late 1970’s; Richmond went on to play with Truro, Nova Scotia band Horse before leaving music and becoming a minister; Billard had a hit single with the song “I’ve Lost My Place” on United Artists in 1975 and became a postal worker in Richmond Hill, Ontario; Zemel is still playing and is involved in CD production and graphic design for SVP Productions; Edgett would do session work for the likes of  Ken Tobias, Doobie Brothers, and Chuck Berry. He would pass away of esophageal cancer on July 21, 2013; Brian “Too Loud” MacLeod went on to play with Chilliwack and The Headpins before succumbing to cancer in April 1992. with notes from Tim Garagan, Bob Quinn, Joel Zemel, Chris Brockway, Jim Rice, and M.Skinner.

1970 Everywhere/Mr. Pride (Capitol) 72612
Shine Light Shine/Hometown Girl (Capitol) 72627
Try/How Many Times (Capitol) 72640
You’re My People/From a Candle (Capitol) 72650
Love Is A Railroad/Workin’ (Capitol) 72666
Midnight Lady/Teach Me How To Fly (Capitol) 72690
Put A Smile Upon Your Face/Funky Music (Capitol) 72708
Take My Love Back/Love Is a Railroad (Aquarius) AQS-5049

1971 You’re My People (Capitol) ST-6364

Compilation Tracks
“Workin'” on ‘Concept’ [Silver] (Concept 376/Arc) PRP-206
1972 “Love Is A Railroad” on ‘Maple Music Vol. 1 (MMJ) MMJ-1

Percy Moran
/ Simon J. Lemox / B.J. Boomer / Smitty Gilles / Ike “Fingers” Taylor
Kingston, Ontario’s Percy And The Teardrops were formed in 1971 and performed a steady repertoire of 1950’s and 1960’s rock and roll classics. With the revival of nostalgic 1950’s era fashion and music the band gained its biggest audience during the late ’70’s with TV shows like ‘Happy Days’, ‘Laverne And Shirley’ and the release of ‘Grease’ in 1978. By 1980 only leader Moran and Lemox were left from the original line-up. They finally released an album of their show called ‘Almost Live’. The band split up in 1986.

1980 Almost Live (Drop) BWS-1001

as LENNEX: Ricki Rose (bass, vocals) / Tony DeVal (bass) / Freddie Taylor (keyboards, vocals) / Franky J. Fox (rhythm guitar) / John Dee (lead guitar, vocals) / Pat Cass (drums)
as PERFECT AFFAIR: Rick Rose (vocals) / Fred Rose (keyboards, vocals) / Brian Brackstone (bass, vocals) / Franki Reach (drums)
Niagara Falls band Lennex released a Motown cover of “Where Did Our Love Go” on Dave Rave’s Hamilton-based Warpt Records label. The band were lucky enough to tour throughout Canada, the U.S., and Japan. While performing in the eastern U.S., Rose was introduced to legendary rock producer and guitarist Mick Ronson (David Bowie, John Mellencamp, Lou Reed, Mott The Hoople). Ronson was so taken with Rose’s vocal and songwriting abilities that he offered Rose a development deal as a recording artist. Toronto demo sessions for an album – tentatively titled ‘Midnight In Niagara’ – with Ronson stirred some excitement within the Canadian music industry followed by Lennex’s Rick Rose/Pat Cass composition “She’s Got It” landing not only a spot on Toronto radio station Q107’s annual ‘Homegrown’ LP, but giving the band a recording contract with Attic Records. Following a line-up change (where John Dee would leave to form Honeymoon Suite) and musical makeover, the act became known as Perfect Affair. Their self-titled debut LP was produced by Walter Zwol with basic tracks by Mick Ronson (who also played guitar on the record) and produced two Top20 singles in Canada – a remake of “She’s Got It” & “On The Edge.” The album achieved great commercial and critical success in Europe and the UK. Soon, however, career objectives within the act lead Rose to leave in pursuit of a solo career; the Perfect Affair album was re-issued with Lennex-related bonus tracks by Pacemaker Entertainment in 2001. With notes from Rick Rose, and Weird & Gilly. [also see RICK ROSE]

On the Edge/Visions (Attic) AT-303
1984 She’s Got It/Crazy (Attic) AT-304

Crying For More/Where Did Our Love Go (Warpt) WRC3-1581
1982 Struggle [7” one-sided flexi-disc through Music Express Magazine] (Evatone) 81382XS

Perfect Affair (Attic) LAT-1182
2001 Visions (Pacemaker) PACE-036

Compilation Tracks
1982 “She’s Got It” on ‘Q107 Homegrown – Volume IV’ (Basement/Attic) BASE-X6008
2004 “She’s Got It” on “When CanCon Rocked – Volume 1” (Bullseye) BLR-CD-4015

Dianne Bos
(keyboards, vocals)  / Brian Skol (drums) / Andrew Zealley (synthesizer, vocals) / Cameron MacInnes (guitar) / Rob Preuss (added keyboards)
Dianne Bos, Brian Skol and Andrew Zealley were originally members of Glenn Schellenberg’s Toronto synth band T.B.A. After it fell apart in 1983, they formed Rhythm Method. By 1985 they were being managed by Toronto’s The Garys who managed to get to parlay the local success of their ‘Have a Good Look’ EP in 1985 into a deal with Epic Records. They released the 1986 radio single “Vacation In Black” which gained a lot of airplay traction on Toronto radio station CFNY. Bos won the ‘Most Promising Female Vocalist’ Award at the 1986 CASBY Awards. Perfect World released three videos and a half hour film between 1984 and 1989; Bos began displaying her photography done in the ‘pinhole’ style starting in 1986 and has gone on to international success with her exhibitions. She is now based in Calgary, Alberta; Zealley followed a more experimental path under the pseudonyms GC1693 and Eden3000. In 1997, Zealley began a 7-year audio partnership with Don Pyle (Shadowy Men On a Shadowy Planet), producing a series of releases under the name Greek Buck.

1986 Vacation In Black [12″]  (Tower Town Tunes/Epic/CBS) 12EXP-7173
1986 Vacation In Black/Vacation In Black (Instrumental) (Tower Town Tunes/Epic/CBS) E4-7174


1985 Have a Good Look [10” 5-song EP]  (Tower Town Tunes)  TTD-551


The Perks [3-song 7”] (Awes) BETTG-264

Born: 1948 in Montréal
Singer Pierre Perpall got his career start in 1965 with Montréal R & B/Soul band Les Beethovens who were discovered by producer Denis Pantis and released two singles and made numerous TV appearances in Québec before splitting up in the summer of 1966. Perpall was signed to a solo deal with Citation records the same year and his first single was “Stop il faut arrêter.” An appearance on the TV show “Jeunesse d’aujourd’hui” brought him a new audience after performing moves like American soul singer James Brown. In 1967, he won the award for “Best Rhythm and Blues Singer” in Québec. More singles followed and his audience grew. His biggest success, however, came in the 1970s and 1980s producing and recording disco and dance records under the names Perpall (“Them Changes”), Purple Flash (“”We Can Make It” and “Crême Souflée”), and Pluton & The Humanoids (“Space Invaders”). with notes from Michel Charbonneau.

Stop il faut arrêter/Ma Lili hello (Citation) CN-9012
1967 Shotgun/J’ai tant d’amour (Citation) CN-9019
1968 Le Tiboulé/Je ne peux te laisser partir (Citation) CN-9036
1968 Jambalaya/Satisfaction (Télédisc) TD-60
1968 Ma Lili Hello/Shotgun//Le Tiboulé/Jambalaya (Super4/DSP) S4-139-12
1969 Do-Ré-Mi-Fa-Soul/Jambalaya (Trans-Canada) TC-3428
1969 Do-Ré-Mi-Fa-Soul/C’est ma faute (Action) AN-7203
1978 J’aime Danser Avec Toi/Quand Tu Penses Pouvoir M’aimer (Tembo) KB-50436
1979 J’aime La Musique, Party Down/J’aime La Musique, Party Down, (2e Partie) (Solo) SO-11428
1979 J’aime La Musique, Party Down (4:44)/J’aime La Musique, Party Down (Version Instrumentale) [12″] (Solo) SO-80
1980 Leading Lover (Part I)/Leading Lover (Part II) (Uniwave) WN-346
1980 Leading Lover (6:29)/U-Turn [12″] (Uniwave) W-12039
1982 Da Da Da (Version Français)/Da Da Da (English Version) (Matra) MT-006
1982 Da Da Da (Vocal)/Da Da Da (Dub Version) [12″] (Matra) MA-013

Spacing Out With You Baby/Sha-La-La Loving You (Tembo) KB-50362
1977 Ca Depend De Qui/Je N’peux M’en Passer (Tembo) KB-50363
1977 Pour Moi, C’est Toi/Pour Moi, C’est Toi (Instrumental) (Tembo) KB-50397

Them Changes (Vocal)/Them Changes (Instrumental) (Solo) SO-9503
1978 Them Changes/Them Changes (Instrumental) [12″] (Solo) SO-51

Roller Dancer/[same] [12″] (V.S./Rio) SV-3005

Crême Souflée/[same] (PBI/Uniwave) PS-1
1981 Crême Souflée (5:00)/[same] [12″] (Uniwave) PBI-6
1984 We Can Make It/Do You Like Me (Ovni) MRP-105
1984 We Can Make It (7:15)/Do You Like Me (6:20) [12″] (Ovni) MRP-102
1984 We Can Make It (Vocal)/We Can Make It (Instrumental) [12″] (JDC) JDC-0042
2008 Love Is Alive (Love Will Survive) (Radio Mix)/Freedom Now (Radio Mix)//Love Is Alive (Love Will Survive) (DJ Club Mix)/Freedom Now (Radio Mix) (DJ Club Mix) [CDR] (Permont) PER-555

World Invaders/World Invaders (Instrumental) (V.S./RIO) SV-3002

Danser(Solo) SO-25520
1998 Mes Grands Succès – Vol 1 (Permont) PER-5001
2008 Secret Love (Permont) PER-560

Greatest Hits – 1978-1984 (Disques Foug) FOUGCD-6804

Electro Friends (Permont) PER-1201

Mitch Funk
(vocals) / Duane Eddy (bass) / Jon Card (drums) / Richard Duguay (guitar) / Jimmy Green (guitar) / Walter Kot (guitar)
Originally from Calgary, Alberta, Personality Crisis eventually relocated to Winnipeg, Manitoba.

1990 Twilight’s Last Gleaming/The Jam (Live) (Overground – UK) OVER-09

1983 Creatures For Awhile (Risky – US) 10,005
1990 Creatures For Awhile [remixed; re-issue] (Overground – UK) OVER-08

Compilation Tracks
“Piss On You” on ‘Something To Believe In’ (Fringe Product) FPL-3015
1984 “Case History” on ‘Rat Music For Rat People Vol. 2’ (CD Presents) CD-009
1992 “Piss On You” on ‘Someone’s Gonna Get Their Head To Believe In Something’ (B.Y.O.) BYO-026CD
1996 “Twilight’s Last Gleaming” on ‘Brainkiller (U.S. Punk ’77-’83)’ (Ripper – SPAIN)

Denis LePage

Formed in Montreal in the early 1960s, originally as André Rheault Et Ses Nobles (Les Nobles). Following the release of their first single “Joyeux Géant Vert” in 1965 – a French language version of The Kingsmen’s “The Jolly Green Giant” – Rheault would leave and the band rebranded itself as The Persuaders. Their next single, under the new name, was “I Found A Love” on Jet Records. Their final release was “Burn” – produced by Michel Pagliaro; Denis LePage would go on to be a multi-faceted singer, songwriters, and producer in his own right under dozens of pseudonyms. [also see DENIS LEPAGE]

I Found A Love/Don’t Fight It (Jet) JET-4004
1969 Burn/Groovin’ On The Milky Way (Spectrum) ES-6901

Joyeux Géant Vert/Un Peu Têtu (Choc!) C-0044

Cedric Smith (vocals, guitar) / Richard Keelan (guitar, vocals) / Michael Butler (bass) / Terry Jones (guitar, vocals) / George Taros (piano, vocals) / Bob Burchill (guitar, vocals, fiddle; 1973-1975)
Formed in Stratford, Ontario’s Perth County in 1969 by Smith and American Keelan (ex-Spikedrivers), The Perth County Conspiracy [Does Not Exist] released ‘Mushroom Music’ on Rumour Records before being signed to Columbia Records and releasing their self-titled album ‘Perth County Conspiracy Does Not Exist’ in 1970. Their third release, in 1971, was the double live album ‘Perth County Conspiracy…Alive’ (recorded in the Bathurst Street United Church in Toronto) featuring “You Ain’t Got Nothing” which was edited for radio. Bob Burchill joined permanently in 1973 and another live album, ‘What School Bus Tour’ was recorded from performances in Ottawa, Sudbury, and Winnipeg in February of that year. Because the band made rare and infrequent stage appearances, another live album followed in 1976 called ‘Break Out To Berlin’. After the album the band split up leaving Cedric Smith to carry on. Smith collaborated with Terry Jones on 1977’s ‘Ten Lost Years – And Then Some’. The album did nothing and Smith moved into a career as an actor where his most memorable role was that of Alec King on CBC-TV’s ‘Road to Avonlea’. In recent years he has narrated documentaries on Canada’s The History Channel. He was formerly married to actress Catherine Disher; ‘Rumour II (aka What School Bus Tour)’ and ‘Ten Lost Years And Then Some’ were re-issued on CD in 2008; Richard Keelen went on to join Bob Bryden’s band Benzene Jag. with notes from Bob Burchill, David Woodhead, Ellen Martin.

1970 Fantasia/Listen To the Kids (Columbia) C4-2962
1970 You’ve Got To Know/Keeper of the Key (Columbia) C4-2963
1971 You Ain’t Got Nothin’/Uncle Jed (Columbia) C4-3010
1974 Black Creek/At One (Rumour) S-1

1969 Mushroom Music (Rumour) RUMOUR-I
1970 Perth County Conspiracy Does Not Exist (Columbia) EKL-375
1971 Alive (Columbia) GES-90037
1973 What School Bus Tour (Rumour/Mushroom) RUMOUR-II
1975 Kanada (Rumour) RUMOUR-IV
1976 Breakout To Berlin (Rumour) RUMOUR-V
1977 Ten Lost Years – And Then Some (Rumour)

Compilation Tracks
“Keeper of the Sky” on ‘Maple Music Vol. 1 (MMJ) MMJ-1

Born: November 14, 1950 in Peterborough, Ontario;
Died: October 9, 1996 in Lakefield, Ontario
Peterborough native Colleen Peterson bought her first guitar using green stamps she had saved at the age of 13. Adept at guitar she moved to Toronto and began playing coffeehouse gigs like the Riverboat where she met Vancouver act 3’s A Crowd and replaced their singer Donna Warner in 1966. She began singing for them at the Mariposa Folk Festival the same year and Montreal’s Expo ’67. Following her stint with the band in 1968, she worked with two other acts – Five D and St. Patrick Street Rooming House – followed by a JUNO Award for ‘Most Promising Female Vocalist’. In the summer of 1968 she joined a reformed Three’s A Crowd with Bruce Cockburn and David Wiffen until March 1969 at which time she joined TCB, a ten piece ensemble from New York City who recorded one album before Peterson landed a roll in the Toronto production of ‘Hair’ leading to a move back to Canada. In April 1970 she relocated to Kingston, Ontario to sing and act in the musical road production of ‘Love and Maple Syrup’. By February 1971 she hooked up with Mark Haines and they began working as the duo Spriggs And Bringle. For 4 years they toured North America before Peterson decided to go solo and did some touring of her own with the likes of Waylon Jennings, Roger Miller and Charlie Daniels. She signed a record deal with Capitol in 1974 and released her first album ‘Beginning To Feel Like Home’ containing the hit single “Souvenirs” in 1976. Anne Murray would record one of Peterson’s songs, “Carolina Sun”, that same year giving her inspiration and security for the formation of her own publishing company Swofford Music. In 1977 she returned to Toronto and co-hosted the CBC-TV replacement show to ‘The Tommy Hunter Show’ entitled ‘The Road Show’ with Rick Neufeld. More albums followed through to the end of the ’70’s and in the 1980’s Peterson was performing at prestigious outings such as the Mariposa Folk Festival and Expo ’86. She moved to Nashville and continued a long string of hit singles and recorded several duets with French rocker Gilles Godard. Peterson spent the remainder of the ’80’s back in Toronto where she worked in the Songwriters Association of Canada. During the ’90s she was founding member of the all-female vocal group Quartette who recorded three albums. By the mid-90s she had returned to her home in Lakefield to teach and support music in the Peterborough/Lakefield region. She formed a trio called Cool3 in 1995 with Laurie Corrigan and Paul MacKay. They released one CD entitled ‘Pablo And the Usual Suspects’. Colleen Peterson died of cancer in October 1996. [also see 3’s A CROWD, QUARTETTE]

Don’t It Make You Wanna Dance/Sad Songs And Waltzes (Capitol) P-4314
1976 Six Days On the Road/[same] (Capitol) P-4349
1977 Dim Light, Thick Smoke/Beginning To Feel Like Home (Capitol) 72793
1978 Goin’ Goin’ Gone/I Got To Pieces (Capitol – UK) CL-16035DJ
1986 I Had It All (Cardinal)
1987 What a Fool I’d Be
1987 Basic Fact of Love
1988 Gently Lay Me Down/Ghost of Maggie’s Sailor (Bookshop) BSR-45771
1988 Mr. Conductor/[same] (Bookshop) BSR-45785
1989 Weather the Storm/[same] (Bookshop) BSR-45800
1990 If You Let Me Down Easy

1976 Beginning To Feel Like Home (Capitol) ST-11567
1977 Colleen (Capitol) ST-11714
1978 Takin’ My Boots Off  (Capitol) ST-11835
1981 Christmas Jam (RCI)
1988 Basic Facts (Bookshop)
1991 Let Me Down Easy (Pro Arte)
2004 Postcards From California (Souvenir) 205843

with TCB
Open For Business (Traffic) CS-2001

with COOL3
Pablo and the Usual Suspects (independent)

Blair Petrie is a west coast artist who started his solo career in 1980. He had been a member of The Shriek and The Sexbeat. [also see THE SHRIEK, COVER BOYS]

1983 NRBP [7-song EP] (Obfuscate Perimeter) OBFU-120001
1983 Interference [cassette] (Interference) INTAPE-8831
1984 Noise [cassette] (Interference) INTAPE-1842
1985 The Meaning of Love [cassette] (Interference) INTAPE-CR-4853
1985 Requested Music [5-song cassette] (Interference) EP INTAP-CR-6854
2019 Metempsychosis …the unheard music [4LP] (Obfuscate Perimeter) OBFU-120002

Gorgons and Gargoyles [cassette] (Generations Unlimited/Dramatic Electronic) ST-1

Fiddle from New Brunswick who performed with The Blue Valley Boys. [also see THE BLUE VALLEY BOYS]

Old-Tyme Fiddle Favourites (Arc) A-602
196? Maple Sugar (Paragon) ALS-299

PETTY, Joanna
From Edmonton, Alberta. Former member of Cheatin’ ‘N’ Hurtin’, Petty would go solo after the band’s demise and released on CD called ‘Silouettes & Shadows’ in 1991. [also see CHEATIN’ ‘N’ HURTIN’]

Silouettes & Shadows (Homestead) HD3-9110

The Phantoms were an early 1960s amalgam of studio musicians that made knock-off cover tune albums for Toronto, Ontario’s ARC Records. The musicians have been rumoured to be members of Doug Rankine & The Secrets/Quiet Jungle.

Wheels and Other Guitar Hits! (Arc) AS-555  
1965 Great Guitar Hits Vol.2 (Arc) AS-585

Jerome Godboo
(vocals, harmonica) / “Big” Ben Richardson (bass) / Joe Toole (guitar, vocals) / Gregory Ray (drums, vocals)
The Phantoms were formed in Ottawa, Ontario in 1987. They relocated to Toronto and became a fixture as Queen Street’s swamp-rock/Blues maestros on the allure of singer/harp player Jerome Godboo. A sold out show at Toronto’s Diamond Club was recorded and released on cassette in 1988 which acted as a demo when shopping themselves to record labels. The group was signed to Steve Propas’ Spy Records in 1989. Their debut album, ‘Pleasure Puppets’, was produced by Kevin Doyle (Alannah Myles) and Billy Bryans (The Government, Parachute Club). Having left Spy Records in 1991, The Phantoms were added to Jeff Healey’s newly launched Forte Records and released their sophomore album ‘Raw’ in 1992; Godboo has gone on to a successful career as both a solo artist (especially for European fans) and as a session player; Richardson would go on to join Big Sugar.

Alive At the Diamond [cassette] (TNC) TNC-0188
1990 Pleasure Puppets (Spy/A & M) SPY-1006
1992 Raw (Forte)

Compilation Tracks
“Things I’ve Been” on ‘New Stuff Two’ (MMS) NSCD-002

Ed Attfield
(lead guitar) / Ron Attfield (rhythm guitar, bass) / Doug Brown (saxophone) / Terry Budd (drums) / Doug Casey (drums) / Rich England (guitar, saxophone) / Mike Kersey (keyboards) / Bernie Maggiora (keyboards)
The Pharaohs were an instrumental guitar band formed in 1961 and are credited with being the first band from Victoria, British Columbia to record a single back in 1964. The song “The Friendly Martian” was written by Peter Kelch – who they would later back on his own singles. The flip side was “Unknown Planet” written by the brothers Ed and Ron Attfield. It and the follow-up record, “Green Werewolf were released on Iona Records. The Friendly Martian” was also released on Chattahoochee Records stateside. Ron Attfield passed away in Victoria, BC, on January 13, 2009, at the age of 64.

1964 The Friendly Martian/Unknown Planet (Iona) 1001 
1964 Green Werewolf (Iona) 1002

Gerald Eaton (vocals) / Jason Levine (bass) / Jon Levine (piano) / Brian West (synths) / James McCollum (guitar) / Denton Whited (percussion) / Marc Rogers (bass)
Toronto, Ontario soul act The Philosopher Kings was formed in the early 1990s. After doing the usual Queen Street grind in Toronto briefly, the band was picked as one of the first new Canadian signings by the re-grouped Sony Music Corporation. Their eponymous debut album hit the streets in late 1994 and spawned the hit “Charms” which went Top10 on Canadian Hit Radio and was Top 40 on U.S. radio. The band toured with ’70’s legends Kool And The Gang, a reconstituted Terence Trent D’Arby and soul rocker Ben Harper. 1997 saw the release of their sophomore ‘Famous, Rich and Beautiful’ with the radio and chart hit “Hurts To Love You” whose  video was filmed at the Hugh Hefner mansion. The second single was a soul-based remake of Godley & Creme’s “Cry” and the third single was “You Don’t Love Me”. Both songs also charted well in Canada. While on tour, the band was threatened at knife-point by a female hitchhiker who was talked into abandoning her quest to hijack their tour bus and instead sold T-shirts for them during the remainder of the tour. A live album, ‘One Night Stand’, was released in November 1999 which also featured two new studio recordings including the radio hit “You Stepped On My Life”; Eaton left the band to pursue a solo career under the name Jarvis Church; James McCollum [aka Simon] and Jason Levine [aka Milo] would form techno pop duo Prozzäk; The Philosopher Kings reunited in 2005 and released one more album, ‘Castles’, in 2006. [also see PROZZÄK, JARVIS CHURCH]

1995 Charms [5 remixes 12”] (Sony) 44-3227
1995 Turn My Head Around/Lay My Body Down/Do You Swear (Sony) CSK-7537
1996 Lay Your Body Down (Sony) CSK-8484
1997 I Am the Man (Sony) CDNK-1285
1998 Hurts To Love You (No Pain No Gain Mixes) [5 remixes 12”] (Sony) 44-3285
1998 Cry (Sony)
1998 You Don’t Love Me (Sony)
1998 Tu n’m’aimes plus (comme tu m’as déjà aimé)/You Don’t Love Me (Like You Used To Do) (Sony) CDNK-1400
1999 You Stepped On My Life (Sony)
1999 Supersex 69 [5 remixes 12”] (Sony) 44-3292


1994 Philosopher Kings (Sony) CK-80192
1997 Famous, Rich And Beautiful (Columbia/Sony) CK-80291
1999 One Night Stand (Columbia/Sony)  CK-80472
2006 Castles (BMG) 673435

Compilation Tracks
“Coupe de Ville” on ‘Borrowed Tunes: A Tribute To Neil Young’ (Sony) 80199
1998 “Work” on ’30 Hour Famine’ (Nettwerk) W2-30126
1999 “Wide Awake” on ‘Connected’ (Sony Special Products) BDK-85340
2000 “If I Ever Lose This Heaven” on ‘Face the Music (Sony) TVK-24068
2006 “Hurts To Love You (Radio Edit)” on ‘Oh What a Feeling 3 – Juno Awards: Celebrating 35 Years of the Best in Canadian Music’ (EMI) 59829

Eric Chenuax
(vocals, guitar) / Gavin Brown (drums) / Sean Dean (bass)
Phleg Camp were formed in Toronto, Ontario in 1989 and became popular around the Canadian College and University circuit; Chenaux went solo and has released half-a-dozen albums on the Constellation label; Brown went on to join become a JUNO Award winning producer and session player. Sean Dean went on to join The Sadies.

1990 Clarify/Arrest// [split/w FUEL] (Allied – US) No.2
1991 Bully My Pushy [5 song/2 x 7″] (Allied – US) No.8
1991 Beaker//Decision/Argentina (Final Notice) FN-7003
1992 Twilight Pink/Hog Bottom (Allied – US) No.18

Phleg Camp [cassette] (independent)
1992 Ya’red Fair Scratch (Cargo) CAR-016CD
2017 Brave New Waves Session [LP] (Artoffact) AOF-323

Compilation Tracks
“Feeling Gravity’s Pull” on ‘Surprise Your Pig – A Tribute To R.E.M.’ (Staple Gun) SG-001
1995 “Twilight Pink”, “Hog Bottom”, “Clarify”, “Arrest”, “Cut the Robe Shit”, “Dig”, “Switch”, “Whole G”, and “Rent” on ‘The Making of Allied One Two Three’ (Allied) No.50CD

Jad Fair (guitar, vocals) / Reid Diamond (guitar, bass) / Don Pyle (drums) / Dallas Good (guitar) / Beverly Breckenridge (bass)
A one-off act featuring Don Pyle and Reid Diamond of Shadowy Men On A Shadowy Planet and American singer-songwriter Jad Fair. The trio performed on the CBC Radio show ‘Brave New Waves’ and used the sessions for the basis of their 1996 CD ‘Monsters, Lullabies and the Occasional Flying Saucer’. A proper studio album was recorded later that year with the addition of Dallas Good on guitar and Beverly Breckenridge of Fifth Column.

The Crass and the Switchblade (Quarterstick) QS-41

In A Haunted House/WARNING! DO NOT PLAY THIS SIDE (Derivative) DUH-020

Fresh Gasoline (Quarterstick) QS-43

Monsters, Lullabies and the Occasional Flying Saucer (Shake)

Andy Forgie
(vocals) / Mark Rashotte (guitar) / Mark Wilkins (bass, vocals) / John Paul Murphy (drums)
Belleville’s Photograph began in 1969 as Creed. Signed to Buddah Records, they weren’t able to break in North America. A name change to The Elevators did nothing to change their status, but in 1979 they managed to land a record deal with Capitol Records at which time they changed their name to Photograph. Three successful singles were released from their self-titled debut produced by Stacy Hayden and Gene Martynec in 1981.  The band split up in 1984.

1981 The Last Dance/She Makes Me (Capitol) 72835
1981 Blow Away/Runnin’ Home (Capitol) 72854
1981 Sarah/Piece of My Heart (Capitol) 72862

1981 The Photograph Album (Capitol) ST-6487

Ron Proulx [aka Ron Fifteen]
(keyboards) / Kathryn Manx (vocals)  / Greg Hohn (stand-up percussion; 1985) / Russ Ardito (guitar; 1985) / Graham Stairs (guitar; 1986)  / Eli Eis (bass; 1986) / Steve Sampson (percussion; 1986)
Featuring former Popular Spies/Minutes From Downtown member Graham Stairs. He would go on to work at a number of Canadian record labels and management companies and now heads PopGuru Sound and Vision; Proulx would go on to work for Nettwerk Records and is currently a music supervisor for film and television.

1986 Cross My Heart/Slow and Steady (Cesspool Of Lust) CPOS-01
1987 Imperfection [12″ single]  (Cesspool Of Lust) CPOS-03
1989 Do Wot We Want To/Map Our Way (Cesspool Of Lust/BMG) CJCD-04

1987 Picture Comes To Life (Cesspool Of Lust/BMG) CPOL-02

Compilation Tracks
“Cross My Heart” on ‘Great Ontario Modern Rock’ (CFNY) FM102-88
1989 “Cross My Heart” on ‘Indie-Can ‘89’ (Intrepid) CD-2
1992 “North America” on ‘Unsigned, Sealed & Delivered – Volume 5: The Sonic Explosion’ (Bullseye) BLP-CD-4007

Maurice Bélanger (vocals) / Diane Lavoie (vocals) / Roger Bureau (guitar) / Doug Marshall (guitar) / Joe Scawsky (guitar) / Claude Franche (bass)
Formed in Montréal, Québec by former Cesar Et Kes Romains member Maurice Bélanger in 1966. Following the release of their first single, “Stagger Lee,” the band changed their name to Les Pieds Fous after Bélanger and Lavoie left the group to form their own duo Cléo et Mo. with notes from Michel Charbonneau and Serge Gingras. [also see CLÉO ET MO]

Stagger Lee/Toi mon amour (Beaumont) BF-75008

Ma Vie/Pres de toi (Sonore) S-8006
1968 Reviens Reviens Vers Moi/Fleur de mon coeur (Carrousel) CR-42

Adam Faux (vocals, guitar) / John Deslauriers (bass, vocals) / Leslie Becker (drums) / Dave Clark (drums, vocals) / Michael Phillip Wojewoda (drums, vocals)
From Toronto, Ontario; Faux would go on to be a solo artist and sound man in Toronto; Deslaurier would go on to join The Doughboys.

I Think It’s Raining [one-sided cassette] (independent)

Pig Farm [cassette] (independent)
1988 Hold Your Nose (X) 88005
1989 Demo [cassette] (independent)
1990 Pig Farm [4-Song one-sided cassette] (independent)

Plug (Peermusic) PIG-002

Compilation Tracks
“I Think It’s Raining” on ‘For No Apparent Reason’ (X) XR-87001
1989 “Runnin’ Outta Green” on ‘Indie-Can ’89 Sampler (A Compilation Of Canadian New Music)’ [2CDs] (Intrepid) CD-2
1994 “Lipsync” on ‘Making Waves’ (Music West) CDNK-953
1995 “Midas I’d Be” on ‘Page One’ (Page) PP-005
1997 “Fireman” on ‘Snuff 2000’ (Subterfuge – SPN) 21-118

PIMM, John
Former lead vocalist/guitarist for The Rabble. Following the group’s demise in 1971, Pimm moved to Toronto and recorded one single for Warner Brothers (produced by Rabble keyboardist Tim Forsythe), and then worked with Lighthouse’s Bob McBride, Deja Vu, and John Moran. He also did studio session work as a guitarist. With a relocation to Sooke, British Columbia, Pimm has been producing music at Canadian Concept Studios in Victoria, British Columbia, and has played in Hawaii (5 times), Bangkok, Palm Springs, CA. He has recorded two Jazz instrumental albums and is working on a third one. [also see THE RABBLE]

Oh! Gilda/Watch Him Grow (Warner Bros) W-5027

Paul Linklater (guitar, vocals, keyboards, production) / Brent Randall (bass, vocals) / Doug Friesen (brass) / Marshall Bureau (drums) / David Christensen (saxophone)
Guitarist Paul Linklater’s solo project in between stints with Bidiniband (also featuring Friesen) and Communism. The Pinecones released ‘Ooh!’ in 2014.

Ooh! (Reel Cod) COD-012

C.F. Turner
(lead vocals, bass) / Brian Long (drums) / Ralph Watts (lead guitar, keyboards) / Ron Risko (vocals, rhythm guitar) / Dave Carbert (keyboards)
Short-lived Winnipeg band from the late 1960s who released one single; C.F. Turner would go on to joining Randy Bachman’s Brave Belt and then co-found Bachman-Turner Overdrive; Watts would join Next…, then Graham Shaw & The Sincere Serenaders, and The Cheer. He has since passed away; Risko would became a sideman for Joey Gregorash.

Along Came Pride/You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling (TCP/London) TCP-101

Compilation Tracks
2009 “Along Came Pride” on ‘Buried Treasures (Winnipeg Rock Gems 1958-1974)’ (Super Oldies) SOCD-9

John Robbins
(vocals) / Peter Campbell (vocals) / Tim Russell (bass) / Dean Shea (guitar) / Jim Mazerolle (guitar) / Dave Robbins (drums) / Jeff Carter (piano)
Punk band from Victoria, British Columbia who recorded and released two singles in 1981.

1981 A Taste of Pink Steel [4-song EP] (Alandhiscar) AL-102
1981 Won’t Come In Your Hand/Some of the Things That You Do (Alandhiscar) AL-103
2020 Here We Go Again [6-song EP] (Super Echo) SE-32

Born: James Gary Pirie in 1941
Died: November 22, 2011 in Hamilton, Ontario
Long time guitarist, banjo, and pedal steel session player and singer Jim Pirie was a versatile jazz, blues, country and folk performer appearing as a solo artist and working with some of the biggest players in Canada including Stu Davis, Guido Basso, Moe Koffman, Peter Schenkman, Hagood Hardy, Pat Hervey, Brian Russell, Anne Murray, American Roger Whittaker, and even the London Symphony Orchestra.

Another Side of Young/The Conquistadors (Capitol) 72333

This Country In the Morning/[w/Terry Bush] (CBC Radio Canada) LM-144

Songs For Young At Heart (CBC Radio Canada) LM-42
1981 Love The World Away (Intercan) IC-1016
1984 Up Where We Belong (Canadian Talent Library) CTL-S5257

Stu Davis Presents Jimmie Pirie’s Guitarama (London) EB.35

Play Soulero (Capitol) SN-6288

Compilation Tracks
“We’ll Walk Together” on ‘1967 CBC Song Market’ (RCA/Victor) PCS-1175

Donald Brown
(guitar, vocals) / Tommy Horricks (saxophone, vocals) / Lyn McEachern (drums, vocals) / Joey Stapansky (keyboards, vocals) / George Stevenson (bass, vocals)
Thunder Bay, Ontario garage band The Plague started life in 1963 as The Bonnevilles before changing their name when they signed a record deal with Crusader Records. They released two singles recorded with producer Gary Paxton in California and distributed by REO/Quality – “Face of Time” and “Love and Obey”; Brown, Horricks and Stapansky would later form Lexington Avenue.; following Lexington Avenue, Horricks would then move on to the Jarvis Street Revue; in the 1990s Horricks revived The Bonnevilles as The New Bonnevilles with Larry Breiland (ex-Merriday Park) and later changed their name to Cool Change for a 6 month engagement at The Seashell Inn in Dubai, United Arab Emirates; McEachern went solo. [also see LEXINGTON AVENUE, LYN MCEACHERN]

1966 Face of Time/We Were Meant To Be (Crusader/REO/Quality) 8962
1967 Love and Obey/High Flyin’ Bird (REO/Quality) 8981

Compilation Tracks
“Love And Obey” and “High Flyin’ Bird” on ‘Strictly Canadian’ (Birchmount) BM-523
1983 “Love And Obey” on ‘The Midwest Vs. The Rest Vol.1’ (Unlimited Productions) UPLP-1001
2002 “Face of Time”, “We Were Meant To Be”, “Love And Obey”, and “High Flyin’ Bird” on ‘The Gaiety Records Story’ (Pacemaker) PACE-020
2003 “Only In America” on ‘The Gaiety Records Story II’ (Pacemaker) PACE-044

1992 – 1993 LINE-UP: Matt Collyer (guitar, lead vocals) / Ceco Munaretto (bass) / Andrew Conway / Dave Jones
1994 – 1996 LINE-UP: Matt Collyer (guitar, lead vocals) / Ceco Munaretto (bass) / Dave Cooper (drums) / Andrew Skowronski (saxophone) / Travis Wilkinson (trombone, toasting)
1997 – 1998 LINE-UP: Matt Collyer (guitar, lead vocals) / Dave Cooper (bass, vocals) / Tim Doyle (drums) / Kurt Rushiensky (trombone, vocals) / Leon Kingstone (saxophone)
1999 – 2000 LINE-UP: Matt Collyer (guitar, lead vocals) / Dave Cooper (bass, vocals) / Tim Doyle (drums) / Kurt Rushiensky (trombone, vocals) / Aaron Mathiers (saxophone, vocals)
2001 – 2002 LINE-UP: Matt Collyer (guitar, lead vocals) / Dave Cooper (bass, guitar, vocals) / Tim Doyle (drums) / Kurt Rushiensky (trombone, vocals) / John Jordan (saxophone, vocals) / Leon Kingstone (saxophone)
2003 – 2004 LINE-UP: Matt Collyer (guitar, lead vocals) / Dave Cooper (bass, guitar, vocals) / Scott Russell (drums) / Bob Stagg (keyboards) / Leon Kingstone (saxophone, vocals) / Jo Begin (trombone, vocals)
2005 LINE-UP: Matt Collyer (guitar, lead vocals) / Dave Cooper (bass, guitar, vocals) / Scott Russell (drums) / Neil Johnson (saxophone, vocals) / Andrew Lattoni (trombone) / Liam O’Neill (organ)
2011 – 2014 LINE-UP: Matt Collyer (guitar, lead vocals) / Dave Cooper (bass, guitar, vocals) / Scott Russell (drums) / Jo Begin (trombone, vocals) / Alexandre Fecteau (saxophone)
2015 LINE-UP: Matt Collyer (guitar, lead vocals) / Dave Cooper (bass, guitar, vocals) / Scott Russell (drums) / Alexandre Fecteau (saxophone) / Patrizio McLelland (keyboards) / Patrick Taylor (trombone, melodica, backing vocals)
Formed in Montréal, Québec in 1992. Founding member Matt Collyer helped establish ska label Stomp Records in 1994 featuring The Kingpins, The Flatliners, The Know How, and Bedouin Soundclash. Planet Stompers’ music has been used in the Japanese flash series ‘Catman,’ Canadian show ‘Radio Free Roscoe,’ and MTV’s ‘Undergrads.’

Inflate to 45RPM [3-song 7”] (Just Start) JST-001
2019 Break My Neck (A Love Song) [one-side 7” flexi-disc] (Stomp)

Meet the Planet Smashers [cassette] (Cut the Crap)
1995 The Planet Smashers (Stomp) STOMP-002
1997 Attack of the Planet Smashers (Stomp)
1999 Life Of The Party (Stomp) STOMP-020
1999 Smash Hits (NOCO – FRA) CR-34
2001 No Self Control (Stomp) [no cat#]
2002 Fabricated (Sky – JPN) SKYR-0050
2003 Mighty (Stomp) STOMP-040
2005 Unstoppable (Stomp) STOMP-050
2008 Catman (Canyon International – JPN) PCCY-01899
2011 Descent Into The Valley Of… (Stomp) STOMP-080
2015 Mixed Messages (Stomp) STOMP-100
2019 Too Much Information (Stomp) STOMP-150

Ten (1994 – 2004) (Stomp) STOMP-042

Born: April 18, 1975 in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia
In 1992, singer and lead guitarist Joel Plaskett started Nova Scotia Alt-Rock act Thrush Hermit with Rob Benvie (vocals, guitar), Ian McGettigan (vocals, bass), and Michael Catano (drums). The released two self-produced cassettes then two EPs on Murderecords and finally a major label deal with Elektra for 1997’s ‘Homes Wrecker’ before moving to Sonic Unyon for their final album in 1998. The band split up shortly after. Plaskett then formed Neuseiland which featured members of popular Halifax bands The Super Friendz and Coyote The Euphonic. The band put their self-titled album in 1999 before promptly splitting up. Plaskett decided at this point to focus on a solo career. His first release was ‘In Need of Medical Attention’ featuring holdover songs he had written before Thrush Hermit folded. Plaskett then formed his own band called The Joel Plaskett Emergency with drummer Dave Marsh and bass player Tim Brennan. Their debut album was ‘Down at the Khyber’ and Plaskett began attracting his old fans to gigs. The band’s sophomore effort was ‘Truthfully, Truthfully’ on MapleMusic who agreed to distribute the band albums and Plaskett’s solo released. The Joel Plaskett Emergency was been nominated for two JUNO Awards for the album and won ‘Rock Recording of the Year’ at the 2005 ECMA’s. Plaskett’s next solo album was ‘La De Da’ which helped him with two ECMA nominations in 2005 – ‘Male Artist of the Year’ and ‘Songwriter of the Year’ (“Happen Now”). Plaskett would also be nominated for a ‘Songwriter of the Year’ JUNO Award, but lost to Arcade Fire. The album was released in Australia in April 2006 allowing Plaskett to tour Australia east coast for the first time. Prior to Plaskett’s Australian tour The Joel Plaskett Emergency released the DVD ‘Make a Little Noise’ which included a bonus audio EP. The single “Nowhere With You” was gleaned from the project and received substantial radio play. The song would then be used in a Zellers television commercial campaign. The DVD won three 2007 ECMA awards for ‘DVD of the Year’, ‘Single of the Year’ (“Nowhere with You”), and ‘Songwriter of the Year’. On the back of an Australian-only compilation album of material from their previous releases (including the DVD), the band toured that country from March through April 2007 doing an opening slot with Australian act Augie March. Upon returning home, in April they released the concept album ‘Ashtray Rock’ featuring new bassist Chris Pennell. The single, “Fashionable People”, was nominated for the 8th Annual Independent Music Awards for ‘Pop/Rock Song of the Year. The album was shortlisted for the 2007 Polaris Music Prize. In December 2007 the band did six sold-out nights at Toronto’s Horseshoe Tavern and performed a different album from their catalog each night. The Joel Plaskett Emergency was nominated for seven ECMA’s in 2008 and netted six. Plaskett then released his next studio album on indie label New Scotland Records entitled ‘Three’ which was issued as a triple CD and triple vinyl set of 27 songs. The lead-off single was “Through and Through and Through”. The triple album package was shortlisted for the 2009 Polaris Music Prize short list. Plaskett was then chosen by Paul McCartney to open his July 11, 1999 show (along with Wintersleep) in Halifax. In May 2011, Plaskett was recognized as having achieved over one million plays on CBC Radio 3’s music streaming website. To mark the occasion Plaskett recorded an acoustic version of “Nowhere With You” exclusively for play on the CBC Radio 3. In June of 2011 Plaskett released a rarities compilation entitled ‘Emergencys, False Alarms, Shipwrecks, Castaways, Fragile Creatures, Special Features, Demons and Demonstrations: 1999-2010’. In 2012 Plaskett created a marketing campaign where he released one song per week as a sneak preview on iTunes and upon releasing 10 tracks, compiled them into the full album ‘Scrappy Happiness’ as The Joel Plaskett Emergency. [also see THRUSH HERMIT]

Three More [3-song 7”] (New Scotland) NSR-45005
2009 Through and Through and Through (Radio Edit) (New Scotland – UK)
2010 Just Because (For Gord Downie) [10” one-sided] (New Scotland) NSR-1001
2011 Jimmie’s Still Jimmie/[split w/SHOTGUN JIMMIE] (New Scotland) NSR-45009
2011 Nowhere With You (Acoustic)
2015 Park Avenue Sobriety Test Extras [DigiFiles] (Pheromone)
2020 Frontlines of the Hard Times [DigiFile] (Pheromone)

When You Come Around/Paper Crown (New Scotland) NSR-45011

Clueless Wonder [3-song 7”] (Multiball – UK) MB-003
2006 Nowhere With You (MapleMusic)
2007 Fashionable People (MapleMusic)

In Need of Medical Attention (Murderecords) MRCD-6431
2005 La De Da (MapleMusic) MRCD-6430
2009 Three [3CDs] (MapleMusic) MRCD-6509
2010 Three to One (New Scotland/Blue Grace – UK) BGM-NS1
2011 Emergencys, False Alarms, Shipwrecks, Castaways, Fragile Creatures, Special Features, Demons and Demonstrations: 1999-2010 (New Scotland) NSRLP-004
2015 Joel Plaskett & The Park Avenue Sobriety Test (New Scotland/Pheromone) PHER-CD-1035
2020 44 [4CDs] (Pheromone) PHER-CD-1144

Solidarity (Pheromone) PHER-CD-1048

Down at the Khyber (Brobdingnagian) BROB-007
2003 Truthfully Truthfully (MapleMusic) MRCD-6417
2003 Truthfully Truthfully [2CDs] (MapleMusic) MRCD-6418
2006 Make a Little Noise [3-song EP]
2007 Ashtray Rock (MapleMusic) MRCD-6470
2012 Scrappy Happiness (MapleMusic) MRCD-6539

Make a Little Noise [CD + DVD] MRDV-7403

Brenden Cavin
(bass, vocals) / Charlie Salmon (guitar, vocals) / Stephen Stewart (guitar, vocals) / Rob McCartney (drums) / Rob Christie (drums; replaced McCartney) / Roddy Cohen (percussion)
Formed in the early 80’s by Salmon, Brenden Cavin, and McCartney, the Plasterscene Replicas played a few Queen Street shows in Toronto then “merged” with 3rd Man In members Stewart and Christie. Cohen was also added on percussion. This line-up produced a self-titled 4 song E.P on the Voicespondence label with engineer/producer Clive Robertson and assistant engineer Michael Philip Wojewoda in 1984. The EP enjoyed some critical success in addition to widespread college airplay while selling out its initial pressing of 500 copies. The band played the usual Queen Street venues as well as the Ontario College and university circuit. Due to various tensions, the band broke up circa 1985; Salmon went on with a solo project, One of One, while Stewart played in Rongwrong with Christie and Marc DeGuerre. Cavin worked on recording projects with Janet Martin of 5th Column; Reforming with the core writing members of Cavin, Salmon and Stewart in 1987, the band decided to employ many drummers such as Wayne Stokes (Skydiggers), Ambrose Pottie (Crash Vegas), Glenn Milchem (Vital Sines, Blue Rodeo, The Garbagemen), Michael Philip Wojewoda (Rheostatics, Barenaked Ladies), and Mike Duggan (The Lawn, Station Twang). The band released a 12 song LP entitled ‘Glow’ in 1988 on the Raining Records label which was produced by Michael Philip Wojewoda. The efforts of Jamie & Annabelle Stanley, Brian Fitzgerald and many others were essential in the production of this album and its associated videos. Two videos/singles – “We Can Walk” and “All I See” — enjoyed widespread airplay on CFNY, Q107 and Muchmusic as well as on college radio. The band toured extensively in Canada and was signed to a management deal with Jake Gold and Allan Gregg (whose stable included The Tragically Hip). A demo deal with MCA produced several unreleased songs during this time as well as a host of unreleased “demos for the demo deal” recordings. The Replicas were NERVE magazine favourites and were nominated for CASBY and Toronto Music Awards during this time. Major label indifference and internal pressures caused the band to split, for good, in late 1989; Cavin went on to play with The Mistle Birds, Fiberglass Granny, Station Twang and others while producing interesting recordings in his home studio; Salmon played with 5th Column among others; Stewart played with The Mistle Birds and Sleeps Six; Charlie Salmon fought a long battle with leukemia which he beat but his quality of life suffered and he committed suicide November 20, 2013.  with notes from Stephen Stewart.

1988 We Can Walk (Raining)
1988 All I See (Raining)

1984 Plasterscene Replicas [4 song EP] (Voicespondence) VSP-015
1988 Glow (Raining) RA-101

Don Brewer
(guitar, vocals) / Brian Madill (bass) / Michael Cadieux (guitar) / Randy Umphrey (drums)
This 4-piece act formed as The Ridge Men (who had a fifth member, Peter Parker) in Bay Ridges, Ontario in 1965. As they graduated high school and continued growing musically with the times, they changed their name to Plastic Cloud –adapting a mysterious blend of psychedelia and Tolkien mythology. The band played the same clubs and dance halls in Durham, Ontario as Reign Ghost and both acts were signed to Allied Records. Plastic Cloud’s self-titled debut was produced by Bill Bessy and Jack Boswell (Folklords, Spirit of Christmas, Reign Ghost) and released in 1968. The album also included the 7” single “Shadows of Your Mind” which failed to chart.  There have been several re-issues of their material on CD.

1968 Shadows of Your Mind/Dainty General Rides (Allied) 6357

1969 Plastic Cloud (Allied) No. 10
1991 Plastic Cloud [re-issue] (Laser’s Edge – US) LE-002
2005 Plastic Cloud [re-issue] (Pacemaker) PACE-046

cEvin key
[aka Kevin Crompton] / Phil Western
Industrial side-project from Vancouver, British Columbia featuring key (Skinny Puppy, Download) and Western (Off And Again, Download). [also see PHIL WESTERN]

Dutch Flowers (Hypnotic) SUB-011B

Music for Grass Bars (Hypnotic) CLP-9966-2
1999 Spacecake (Metropolis) MET-135
2002 Iceolator (sub-Conscious) SUB-24
2007 Kushbush + Music for Grass Bars Special Edition (sub-Conscious) SUB-32
2009 Gort Spacebar (sub-Conscious) SUB-41

Compilation Tracks
“The Grasshopper” on ‘Paradigm Shift’ (sub-Conscious/Nettwerk)
2000 “Three Years” on ‘Wild Planet’ (Sub-Conscious) SUB-17

Mark Holmes
(vocals, bass) / Joey Ciotti (guitar, vocals; 1979 – 1982) / Ray Bailey (drums; 1979 – 1982) / Sergio Gali (guitar; replaced Ciotti) / Chris Steffler (drums) / Kenny MacLean (keyboards, bass) / Sascha Tukatsch (drums; replaced Steffler) / Rob Laidlaw (bass) / Dan Todd (drums)
Toronto’s Platinum Blonde chose their name as a sneer at the Hollywood glitter and pretentious images immortalized in the 1931 Columbia Pictures movie of the same name featuring Jean Harlow. The band was conceived by Mansfield, England émigré Mark Holmes who dabbled in commercial art in college, worked as an apprentice hairstylist, but was playing guitar in Version One of Platinum Blonde as a Police tribute act in 1979 with Joey Ciotti and Ray Bailery. After an attempt at trying to release their own original material with an indie single called “No Regrets”, Holmes decided to get serious. He had agent Bruce Barrow line up several university engagements, including a showcase at a downtown Toronto nightclub, owned by Tony Tsavdaris. Both Barrow and Tsavdaris (who later became management company TBA) would begin the process of getting Holmes to where he wanted to go with his career. Holmes fired his band, dumped the cover tunes and placed advertisements for new musicians. Drummer Chris Steffler (ex-The Next, Suspects) was the first to answer, followed by mutual friend and architecture student Sergio Gali, who was also a guitarist. Within a week they stepped on stage as the new Platinum Blonde. After recording a seven song demo in a friend’s living room, the band’s management sent the tape off to English producer David Tickle (Split Enz, Peter Gabriel, Red Rider). He called back saying he’d love to do the record but his schedule would mean starting immediately. On the following Monday, David Tickle flew to Toronto to begin recording. The project immediately gained the commitment of CBS Records. The resulting mini-LP, ‘Platinum Blonde’, was finished in 16 days and was instantly added to radio across Canada in 1983. An additional four songs were added to the first six songs and became Platinum Blonde’s debut album, ‘Standing In the Dark’, in 1984. Platinum Blonde’s rapid rise to stardom throughout Canada was fuelled by cross-country tours with Bryan Adams and Billy Idol and a pair of state-of-the-art videos by award-winning director, Robert Quartly. The group skyrocketed from small clubs to headlining large arenas, climaxing with a summer celebration outdoors at Toronto’s City Hall for 25,000 hysterical fans. The band became cover-story material and led a fashion revolution. In February of 1985 it was time to record a follow up and so the band enlisted the help of British producer Eddy Offord (Yes, ELP, 10CC). ‘Alien Shores’ represented a change in musical direction for both parties involved. They also expanded the line-up from a three-piece to a four-piece with the addition of transplanted Scottish musician Kenny MacLean (The Deserters). MacLean was an old friend of Steffler’s and the two had played in high school together in The Suspects. Originally a guitar player, MacLean was hired to play keyboards with Platinum Blonde for a special New Year’s Eve show but was recruited to play bass, back-up vocals and keys as a permanent member starting with ‘Alien Shore’. This freed up Holmes to focus on lead vocals. ‘Alien Shore’, featuring guest appearances by Dalbello and Alex Lifeson (Rush), witnessed the release of several singles including the No.1 hit “Crying Over You” which in turn sent the album to #1 for a week of its 11-week run on the Canadian charts. The album went on to sell 400,000 copies. After the mania of touring to thousands of screaming teenage girls, the band wished to get away from their teeny-bopper roots. The departure of  Steffler precipitated a change. The next album would find Tony Thompson (Power Station) filling in as drummer on the decidedly funkier outing ‘Contact’. Drummer Sascha was brought in to fill in full-time for the subsequent tour as the album began its ascent up the charts from singles like the title track and a remake of The Ohio Players’ “Fire”, complete with several Players on back-up vocals. It soon became apparent, however, that Platinum Blonde was in contractual and financial trouble from its label and management. The band begged out of renewing their record contract, changed their name to continue distancing themselves from their former image, and signed to Jeff Burns’ Justin Records as The Blondes. The new album, ‘Yeah, Yeah, Yeah’ and ‘Best of Live’ did nothing in the shadows of the Grunge invasion and the band soon folded; Mark Holmes would eventually sue Sony (formerly CBS) and won the right to own his compositions. He formed the band Breed in 1992 and went on to a new band, Vertigo, then later No. 9 in 1996 with former Blondes drummer Sascha. The band eventually evolved into Platinum Blonde Mach III before Holmes’ interest turned to co-managing the Mod Club in Toronto; Kenny MacLean continued on as a solo act with Justin Entertainment with his own solo album, ‘Don’t Look Back’, in the early ’90’s. His second album, ‘Clear’, in 1995 was produced by Terry Brown and featured an all-star cast of musicians; Sergio Gali returned to his studies as architect and has become a success as an interior decorator; In 1999 SONY Music released a Platinum Blonde ‘best of’ package on CD accompanied by an extensive promotional tour by Holmes. The classic version of the band reunited in 2003 for a charity event and then again in 2008 at a tribute following the death of member Kenny MacLean. They resumed performing with a new line-up in 2010 and released the ‘Now & Never’ album in 2012. The first single was “Beautiful”. with note from Kenny MacLean. [also see KENNY MacLEAN]

1982 No Regrets/Hey Hey You (independent)  WRC3-1215
1984 Doesn’t Really Matter (Edit)/Doesn’t Really Matter (Long Version) (Columbia/CBS)  C4-4351
1984 Standing In The Dark/All Fall Down (Columbia/CBS) E4-7000
1984 Sad Sad Rain/Cast A Shadow (Columbia/CBS) E4-7026
1985 Take It From Me/Standing In The Dark (Live) (Columbia/CBS)  E4-7029
1985 Take It From Me (Extended Remix)/Standing In The Dark (Live) [12″] (Columbia/CBS)  12CXP-7029
1985 Not In Love/Video Disease (Columbia/CBS) C4-7044
1985 Crying Over You/It Ain’t Love Anyway (Columbia/CBS)  C4-7085
1986 Hungry Eyes/Hungry Eyes [Alternative Mix] (Columbia/CBS) C4-7149
1986 Situation Critical/Out Of Time (Columbia/CBS) C4-7120
1986 Somebody Somewhere/Crying Over You [Radical Mix] (Columbia/CBS) C4-7127
1986 Father Christmas/Pere Noel (Columbia/CBS) C4-7195
1987 Contact/Tough Enough (Epic/CBS)  E4-3017
1988 Connect Me/Automatic Drive (Epic/CBS) E4-3025
1988 Fire/System (Epic/CBS) 07717
1988 If You Go This Time/Chaperone Sally (Epic/CBS)  E4-3048
2012 Beautiful (Fontana North/UMG)

1990 Yeah, Yeah, Yeah/Hold On Me (Justin/MCA) JEC-35002

1983 Platinum Blonde [aka Six Pack Attack EP] (Columbia/CBS) CEP-80074
1984 Standing In The Dark (Columbia/CBS) PCC-80090
1985 Alien Shores (Columbia/CBS) PCC-80105
1985 Crying Over You [4 song EP] (Columbia/CBS) 12EXP-7115
Contact (Epic/CBS)  FE-40949
1987 4 Play [cassette only] (Epic/CBS) 4TST-22016
1987 Contact [4 song EP] (Epic/CBS) 12EXP-3023
1988 Fire (Smokin’ Mix)//Fire (5 Alarm Mix)/Fire (Epic/CBS) 12EXP-3031
1999 Seven Year Itch: 1982-1989 (Columbia/Sony)
2006 Collections (SONY/BMG – Europe)
2012 Now & Never (Fontana North/UMG)

1993 Best of Live (BEI/A & M/Polygram) 70055-5004
1990 Yeah, Yeah, Yeah (Justin/MCA)  JED-0002

Compilation Tracks
“Doesn’t Really Matter” on ‘Humpty Dumpty Rock Music Album’ (Columbia Special Products) CSPS-2342
1986 “Crying Over You” on ‘Hits In Overdrive’ (PolyTel) 816-276
1987 “Connect Me” on ‘Coca Cola Classic Presents: Hot Tops’ (CBS Special Products) CSPS-3196
2000 “Contact” on ‘Allstar Contact: The Ultimate Hockey Album’ (Attic) ACD-1542
2001 “Crying Over You” on ‘Oh What a Feeling 2: A Vital Collection of Canadian Music’ (CMC) 0885

Timothy Chipman (guitars, keyboards, vocals)
Following his stint in Darkstar and its alter-ego The Foxrun Band, Chipman created several pseudonyms to write and record music on his indie label Ariel Records. One was Sierra Blue, the other was The Play. [also see SIERRA BLUE]

Midnight Dreams/Atlantic City (Ariel) AR-128
1984 Line of Fire/Whispers In the Air (Ariel) AR-132
1988 Running Out of Time/Whatever It Takes (Ariel) AR-135
1988 Love Can Be A Friend/Waiting For Nancy Drew (Ariel) AR-139
1988 Dream Street/Love Can Be A Friend (Ariel) AR-142

Please Feed The Animals was a studio concoction of session players which focused on cover tunes including The Animals and the Rolling Stones. They initially recorded for Paragon under their own name. Both their albums were then re-released anonymously on Arc Records. It is believed the same musicians recorded as Soulful Bowlful and released the album ‘Sweet Soul Music’ in 1967.

1967 Let’s Spend The Night Together (Paragon) PGS-568
1968 Please Feed the Animals (Paragon) PGS-572
1968 Let’s Spend the Night Together (Arc) AS-728
1969 San Franciscan Nights (Arc) A-755

Born: Tisdale, Saskatchewan
Died: April 30, 2008
Saskatoon’s Brian Plummer began his recording career with ‘No Questions’ on the Change Records label. The album, featuring guitar work by future famed producer Stacy Heydon, became popular and notorious in Canada, Sweden, Germany, South Africa, and England, where it was promptly banned, then reinstated. Plummer moved to the French Sefel label and was fast out of the gate with the 1981 follow-up album ‘I’m As Guilty As You’ produced by Stacy Heydon and featuring additional help from guitarist Dave Cooper (Ian Thomas/Klaatu) and Walter Zwol (Brutus). Sefel agreed to allow Heydon to remix ‘No Questions’ and re-packaged it in 1981. Noted Juno Award winning graphic designer Dean Motter supplied the new cover art. In 1984 Plummer moved to the newly formed Duke Street Records and released two albums including “…Without A Mark” and the band project ‘Brian Plummer And The Suspects’ (featuring Jorn Andersen, Tom Szczesniak, and Gary Nichol). 2007 would see the release of Plummer’s seventh solo album ‘Perfect World’. After a lengthy battle with cancer, Plummer passed away April 30, 2008 in Nanaimo, British Columbia. with notes from William C. Smith.

1980 Money Talks/Hole In The Wall (Change/MCA) CH-45028
1980 Wizards Have Come/ (Change/MCA)
1981 Lisa/The King Of The Jungle (Sefel/Almada) 45-006
1984 Dull Razor/Looking Glass Street (Duke Street) DSR-71003
1984 Dream Research/A Good Lie (Always Works) (Duke Street) DSR-81002


1985 Stop Running/Might Makes Right (Duke Street) DSR-71012
1985 All Day, All Night/Anxiety (Duke Street) DSR-81012


1980 No Questions (Change/MCA) CLP-8010
1981 I’m As Guilty As You (Sefel/Almada) SEF-1002
1981 No Questions [remixed] (Sefel/Almada) SEF-1005
1984 …Without A Mark (Duke Street) DSR-31002
1999 Plums (ABCD Company) ABCD 32848-1
2007 Perfect World

1985 Brian Plummer And The Suspects (Duke Street) DSR-31012

Amanda Braden
(vocals, guitar) / Carla Gillis (vocals, guitar) / Lynette Gillis (drums) / Nina Martin (bass; 1993-1996) / Catriona Sturton (bass; 1996)
Plumtree were formed in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1993 after meeting through their music teachers in school. As Plumtree they played their first show at Halifax’s all-ages Cafe Ole in June 1993. With the song “Follow You” on the No Records compilation cassette ‘No Class’, the band were able to do opening slots for Jale, Thrush Hermit, Velocity Girl and the Spinanes. Cinnamon Toast Records teamed the young girls with Prince Edward Island act Strawberry for a 4 song 7” single entitled ‘Green Mittens’. Plumtree then wrote and recorded six songs for their debut cassette ‘Flutterboard’ in 1995. They then retired to Sound of One Hand Studios in Ottawa and recorded 1995’s ‘Mass Teen Fainting’ with producer Paul Hogan. College radio gave the album a great reception. Nina Martin would leave in September 1995 to go to McGill University. She was replaced in 1996 by Ottawa’s Catriona Sturton in 1996. Plumtree won the ‘Best Canadian Band Under Twenty’ Award at the YTV Achievement Awards. Plumtree set about recording their sophomore album at Idea of East studios in Halifax with producer Laurie Currie. The CD ‘Predicts the Future’ was released in 1998. The album shot up College charts where they hit No.1. Meanwhile, the videos for the singles “Scott Pilgrim”, “Go”, and “You Just Don’t Exist” received rotation airplay on MuchMusic. The song “Scott Pilgrim” would eventually inspire Bryan Lee O’Malley to create the Scott Pilgrim graphic novel series. The album was nominated for an East Coast Music Award. For the next six years Plumtree did summer national tours (as they were all still in school) sharing stages with The Local Rabbits, Thrush Hermit, The Inbreds, Super Friendz, Julie Doiron, The Weakerthans and Duotang. Album No.3, ‘This Day Won’t Last at All’ was produced by Justin Deneau at Electromagnetic Studios in 1999. The video for the song “Regret” received modest rotation on MuchMusic. After a west coast tour with The Salteens in the spring of 2000 the band finally called it quits that summer. The Gillis sisters moved to Toronto and front a trio called Pete Johnston called SISTER. They also perform in Bells Clanging with Jason Starnes; Braden is pursuing a PhD in Boston, Massachusetts; Catriona Sturton lives in Ottawa, Ontario, teaches harmonica and works for Dolly Parton; Nina Martin is a professor of Geography at the Chapel Hill campus of the University of North Carolina; In July 2010 Sturton joined SISTER on stage to perform the song “Scott Pilgrim” at the launch party for the ‘Scott Pilgrim Volume 6’ graphic novel. The theatrical movie release ‘Scott Pilgrim vs. The World’ was released on August 13, 2010. In the film and comic book, Scott Pilgrim wears a Plumtree t-shirt. The song appears in the film along with another Plumtree song “Go!”.

Green Mittens/[split w/STRAWBERRY] (Cinnamon Toast)  CT-009
1995 Water Had Leaked Into My Suit (Cinnamon Toast) CT-015
1996 Preserving Wildlife (Mustard) MUST-002
1997 Scott Pilgrim/[split w/INBREDS] (PF)
1999 Plumtree/Salteens [split]

Flutterboard [6 song EP cassette] (Follow You Home) FUH-001
Mass Teen Fainting (Cinnamon Toast)
1997 Predicts the Future (Cinnamon Toast) CT-20
2000 This Day Won’t Last At All (Cinnamon Toast) CT-18
2010 Best of Plumtree

Compilation Tracks
“Follow You” on ‘No Class’ [cassette] (No Records)
1994 “Dog Gone Crazy” on ‘Trim Crusts If Desired (Cinnamon Toast) CTO-13B
1996 “Tropical” on ‘Impact Mucic Vol.12’ (Impact) IMV-012
1997 “Hung Up Baby” on ‘The Girls are Square: LD&K Girls (Japan) 33-LDKCD
1997 “You Got Me Runnin'” on ‘Super Secret Songs: A Benefit for Kitchener’s Korova Cafe’
1999 “I Love You When You’re Walking Away” on ‘Moshi Mosh: Pop International Style’
1999 “Latitude” on ‘Syrup & Gasoline: 20 Great Bands Vol. 1’ (Grenadine)
2010 “Scott Pilgrim” on ‘Scott Pilgrim vs. the World [Motion Picture Soundtrack]’ (ABKCO) 0343

Ian Jones
(guitar, vocals)  / John Ounpuu (bass, vocals) / Rolf Hetherington (guitar) / Justin Leigh (drums)
Formed in Vancouver, British Columbia in 1993, Pluto began making a name for themselves 20 days after their first rehearsal. With two songs written in the first get together, they recorded them and released a 7″ single on their own Popgun Records. Having run out of cash to release a follow-up, they approached the people at Mint Records who released the “Deathstar” single in 1994 and while touring the two records, the band was in-turn approached by Shake Records of Montreal for single #3 – “Failure”. This led to the Mint Records full-length release ‘Cool Way To Feel’ in spring 1995. From there, the band recorded an album and an EP in December 1995 with producer Neill King (Buzzcocks, Undertones) and mixed by The Butcher Brothers (Urge Overkill, Anthrax). The EP, ‘Cut and Paste’, came in early 1996 featuring one non-album track (“#17”) which was soon followed by their Virgin Records eponymous debut. The label also re-released their Mint Records debut album in 1997, this time with a bigger radio push. 1998 sees their third full-length album on Virgin – ‘Shake Hands With the Future’. The band has just recently completed an appearance in the pilot episode of the new Alliance/Polygram TV show ‘The Crow’ (based on the comic book and Brandon Lee movie of the same name).

1993 Pretty Little Jacket /Rock Candy (Popgun)
1994 Deathstar/Million And Two (Mint) MRS-008
1995 Failure/It’s Only Love (Shake)  SAL-216
1996 Paste/#17 (Virgin) 36883
1996 When She Was Happy (Virgin) DPRO-11552

1995 Cool Way To Feel (Mint)  MRD-006
1996 Cut And Paste [4 song EP] (Virgin) 38555
1996 Pluto (Virgin) 368883
1997 Cool Way To Feel [CD re-issue] (Virgin)
1998 Shake Hands With The Future (Virgin) 382370

Compilation Tracks
“Tubular Detox” on ‘Rock For Choice’ [cassette] (independent)
1994 cut(s) on ‘Dare To Be Aware’ (WOT Productions)
1995 “Rock Candy” on ‘ On Guard For Thee. A Collection of Canada’s Youth Gone Bad’ (Rock ‘n’ Roll Inc.) R&R-INC006
1996 “Girls Don’t Like It” on ‘ Here Comes The Summer: The Undertones Tribute’ (Square Target – USA) STD-05
1996 “Pluto” on ‘Big Shiny Tunes’ (MCA) MCASD-81026
2006 “Failure” on ‘Mint Records Presents: The CBC Radio 3 Sessions’ (Mint) MRD-098

Nigel “N.I.Gel” Williams (lead vocals) / Dennis “Deknow” Passley (tenor saxophone) / John “Quest” Griffith (alto saxophone, soprano saxophone, flute) / Gord “Jupiter” Shields (bass) / Christian “Holy C” McKibbin (guitar) / Sheldon “S-luv” Moore (turntables) / Marco “Red” Raposo (drums)
Formed in Toronto, Ontario in 1996 originally as the Mighty Mighty Pocket Dwellers the group released an independent EP in 1999 before being signed to Song Corp. However, following the release of their debut album ‘Digitally Organic’ in 2000, Song Corp. went bankrupt. The album was mired in legalities and the band had to wait until 2003 to release their follow-up, ‘Lifecheck’. A third and final album, ‘PD-Atrics’, followed in 2005. Pocket Dwellers split in 2006.

Limited Edition EP [8-song EP] (Pocket Dwellers) PDS-001
2000 Digitally Organic (Song Corp.) 20032
2003 Lifecheck
2005 PD-Atrics (Blue Note/EMI) 339941

Compilation Tracks
“Ain’t No Christmas” on ‘Sounds of the Season’ (CBC) TRCD-3018

Nick Jones (vocals) / Bill Napier-Hemy (guitar) / Gord Nicholl (keyboards) / Tony Bardach (bass) / Ian Tiles (drums) / Ken “Dimwit” Montgomery (drums; replaced Tiles) / Scott Watson (bass; replaced Bardach) / John Farano (sax)
The Pointed Sticks (named after a line in the Monty Python skit ‘Self-Defense Against Fresh Fruit’) came together in 1978 in Vancouver. They won a Battle of the Bands contest and started releasing singles like “Real Thing”, “Out of Luck” and “I’m Numb” on the tiny local independent Quintessence label. The band then signed to British label Stiff Records at the same time as Madness, and recorded an album with Police producer Nigel Gray. But Stiff was having financial problems, didn’t hear a hit and never released the album. Instead, they recorded Perfect Youth for Quintessence. They also made a cameo appearance in the 1981 Canadian/US cult film “Out Of The Blue” starring Dennis Hopper and Linda Manz. The band split up in 1981 with Nicholl moving on to Los Popularos (with Art Bergmann); Ken Montgomery (aka Dimwit) would become the drummer for The Four Horsemen; Jones would join Buddy Selfish & His Saviours with Ian Tiles (aka Johnny Dee Fury) and ex-members of U-J3RK5. Several attempts to bootleg the band’s material was made during the ’80’s with ‘Waiting For The Real Thing’ actually making it to the test pressing stage. The band’s material was finally re-issued on CD in 1995 by Zulu Records. Joey Keithley (of DOA) took another stab at re-issues in 2005 on his own Sudden Death Records. Jones runs merchandise for elite touring acts like the Rolling Stones and Pink Floyd; Napier-Hemy is a music teacher; Nicholl owns a recording studio; Tiles works for Radical Entertainment; Bardach has been finishing a degree at UBC. The band reunited after the re-issues began selling extremely well in Japan leading to the five original members performing in Japan in July 2006. Two shows in Vancouver occurred in January 2007 and others are planned. with notes from Dale Wiese, Alex Waterhouse-Hayward and Jen Wold.

1978 What Do You Want Me To Do?/Somebody’s Mom (Quintessence) QS-101
1979 The Real Thing/Out Of Luck (Quintessence) QS-103
1979 Lies!/I’m Numb (Quintessence) QS-104
1979 Out Of Luck/What Do You Want Me To Do?/Somebody’s Mom (Stiff – UK) BUY-59
1981 American Song/American Song [promo remix] (Quintessence) QS-002
2007 My Japanese Fan/Found Another Boy [7”] (Sudden Death) SDEP-75
2012 Power Pop Santa/Xmastime Again (La-Ti-Da) LTDR-013

1979 Out of Luck/Out of Luck Again//What Do You Want Me To Do?/Somebody’s Mom [12″] (Stiff – UK) BUYIT-59
1980 Perfect Youth (Quintessence) QLP-002
1995 Part Of The Noise (Zulu) ZULU-15-2
2006 Waiting For The Real Thing (Sudden Death) SDRCD-65
2008 Raw Power Pop (Sudden Death)
2008 The Stiff Sessions  (Base – Japan) BASE-016
2009 Three Lefts Make A Right (Northern Electric) NES-020
2015 Pointed Sticks (Northern Electric/Sudden Death) SDR-0111
2022 Beautiful Future (Northern Electric)

Compilation Tracks
“The Marching Song” on ‘Vancouver Complication’ (Pinned) PIN-79330001
1980 “Apologies” on ‘Waves: An Anthology of New Music, Vol. 2 – Spring (Bomp!) BOMP-124
1991 “Real Thing” on ‘Last Call: Vancouver Independent Music 1977-1988’ (Zulu) ZULU 5-2
1996 “Apologies” on ‘The Roots of Powerpop!’ (Bomp!) BCD-4060

Art Bergmann (vocals, guitar) / Murray Andrishak (bass) / Taylor Nelson Little (drums) / Tom Upex (keyboards)
Following his stint with The K-Tels/Young Canadians, Art Bergmann assembled Poisoned in Vancouver, British Columbia for a self-titled 6 song EP engineered by Greg Reely and mixed by Bob Rock. The band self-destructed in 1986 and Bergmann would embark on a solo career. [also see ART BERGMANN]

Yeah, I Guess [cassette] (East Ray)
1986 Poisoned [6 song EP] (East Ray) WRC2-3946

Compilation Tracks
“To Tell The Truth” on ‘Last Call: Vancouver Independent Music 1977-1988’ (Zulu) ZULU 5-2

Mitch Roth (guitar, vocals) / Joshua Malinsky [aka Kid Lunch] (bass, vocals) / Dave Capogna (drums)
Poledo was formed in Thornhill, Ontario in 1994. Within their first year together they released two independent cassettes entitled ‘Buzz Muffin’ and ‘Let Up’. They would sign to Sonic Unyon in 1995 and immediately released their debut album entitled ‘There, You’. In 1996 they would appear on a split 7″ single called ‘Lunar Landing Confirmed’ with TOronto artist Hayden. The CD and the single would chart on Canadian campus radio charts. The band called it quits on December 17, 1997 after which Malinsky and Roth joined Hayden’s touring band. A cassette of material from their incomplete second album was released in 1998 entitled ‘The Poledo Demos’; Malinsky would later create his own solo project under the name Kid Lunch.

Buzz Muffin [cassette] (independent)
1994 Let Up [cassette] (independent)
1995 There, You (Sonic Unyon) SUNCD-026
1998 The Poledo Demos [cassette] (independent)

Compilation Tracks
“Gold” on ‘Rock Hits’ (Sonic Unyon) SUNCD-024
1996 “Herskin” on ‘More of Our Stupid Noise’ (Squirtgun) SQUIRT-CD74
1998 “Helicopter” on ‘Now We Are 5’ (Sonic Unyon)

Michaele Jordana (vocals) / Douglas Pringle (keyboards) / Calvin Greenwood [Luce Wildesbeest] (drums) / Ricky Swede (guitar) / Stevie B. Goode (bass)
In 1977, Michaele Jordana accompanied musician and producer Doug Pringle to the wilds of the Polar Arctic to research whales and to see for themselves if interspecies communication was possible. They found themselves following whales while being followed by polar bears and it was a matter of survival for all. After returning to Toronto Jordana produced two solo shows of visual art – “Oceans of Blood” & “Carnivore” while Pringle produced “Brine”. Performance art came next – first with “The Rites of Nuliajuk” then with the band The Poles – named after the Arctic journey. Poetry turned to singing and a pop punk band was born. They then headed to New York City where The Poles performed at CBGB’s and recorded (as Yet) unreleased material with John Cale for Spy Records. After returning to Toronto they played at art galleries, clubs, and developed a following on the heels of their debut single “CN Tower” while some of their unfinished demos were picked up by local radio stations. The release of the single led the band to perform at venues such as The Crash ‘n’ Burn in Toronto, plus a return to CBGB’s and Max Kansas City in New York City with acts like Devo, The Ramones, and Patti Smith. Following the demise of The Poles, Jordana was hailed as the ‘It Girl” by writer Peter Goddard in the Toronto Star. She would win the first CASBY Award from CFNY and a JUNO Award nomination for her debut album ‘Romance at the Roxy’.  The album was produced at Nimbus 9 and yielded the single “I’m Eighteen” (a cover of the classic Alice Cooper hit). After leaving the spotlight when her daughter was born, Michaele re-emerged a few years later with a series of television documentaries. Michaele and Doug’s daughter is actress Ramona Pringle; Goode went on to form Rex Chainbelt. notes from Michaele Berman and Ricky Swede. [also see MICHAELE JORDANA]

CN Tower/ Prime Time (Nimbus 9) NN-313

David Keyes
(lead vocals, drums, maracas, baliphone, talking drum, backing vocals) / Soon Harper (bass, clarinet, high vocals, kazoo) / Dick (guitar, slide guitar, $3 acoustic, kazoo, xylophone, Jew harp, low vocals, melodica, harmonica) / Mike (trombone, trumpet, vocals, chimes, bubbles, lead vocals)
Formed in Toronto, Ontario in 1982.

Polkaholics EP (Utility Grade) UG-1
1985 Zap the Universe (Utility Grade) UG-2

Jacques Tom Rivest (vocals, bass, guitar, keyboards) / Richard Lemoyne (guitar, keyboards, bass) / Serge Courchesne (drums, vibraphone, flute, bass; 1973-1974) / Claude “Mego” Lemay (keyboards, flute, vibraphone, bass, vocals; 1973-1976) / Sylvain Coutu (drums, vibraphone, percussion; 1975-1976)
Formed in Québec in 1973. Pollen released one, self-titled, album in 1976 before splitting up; Coutu went on to join Uzeb; Lemay went on to join Maneige; Rivest enjoyed a solo career into the early 1980s.

Pollen (Kébec-Disc) KD-908

UK Line-Up: John Moran [aka Johnny Hudson]
(guitar, vocals) / Doug Martin (bass, vocals) / Chick Taylor (guitar, keyboards) / John Casey (drums, vocals) ;
CANADA Line-Up: John Moran (guitar, vocals) / Mike McDonald (guitar) / Martin Soldat (keyboards) / John Slorach (bass) / Tommy Frew (drums) / Ron Ray (drums; replaced Frew)
Formed in Dundee, Scotland in 1964 as The Johnny Hudson Hi-Four (and The Hi-Four), they changed their name to The Poor Soul with the addition of Chick Taylor. The band signed with Decca in 1965 and went to London to record their debut single “When My Baby Cries” at Olympic Studio which was released in June 1965. Both sides of the single were written by Moran and concert promoter/manager Andy Lothian who ran the Top Ten Club at the Palais in Tay, Scotland where the band often performed. The band opened for The Beatles at Caird Hall and appeared on the TV show ‘Stramash’. In 1966 the band had moved to Lothian’s own ALP Records and released the modest hit “Love Me” in July of that year. They spent time performing at US Air Force bases in East Anglia. With ALP going bankrupt in late 1966 the band tried another residency in Rome before splitting up in 1967. Moran, Taylor and Casey eventually relocated to Toronto, Ontario and assembled a new version of The Poor Souls. The act released several singles on Quality Records. “Lookin’ Around” went to No.5 on the RPM Singles chart in July 1970. Eventually only Moran remained from the original line-up and the band was supplemented by Canadians Mike McDonald and Ron Ray. Following the death of John Moran’s wife in a car crash the group disbanded. Moran eventually embarked on a solo career and signed with Columbia Records. He was last known to be living in Vancouver, British Columbia; Casey died in April 2009; Taylor still lives in Canada; Martin wrote The Vikings 1966 B-side “Put Your Tears Away”. He still performs around Dundee, Scotland; Tommy Frew would join the Grease Ball Boogie Band/Shooter; Martin Soldat became a music promoter; Mike McDonald still performs. with notes from Peter Needham, Martin Soldat, Mike McDonald and Ron Ray.


1965 When My Baby Cries/My Baby’s Not There (Decca – UK) F-12183
Love Me/Please Don’t Change Your Mind (ALP/Polydor – UK) 595004

Lookin’ Round/Scarecrow (Quality) 1959X
1970 Comin’ Round/Workin’ Man (Quality) 1980X
1971 Land of the Few/No More (Quality) 1998X

Matt Fratpietro (lead vocals, guitar) / Michael Kondakow (guitar) / Dave Grant (guitar) / Scott Burke (bass) / Konrad Commisso (drums)
Formed in Thunder Bay, Ontario in 2009, the Poor Young Things were friends with Trews touring keyboardist Jeff Heisholt who told them they need to move to Toronto if they were serious about a music career. After the band relocated to North York (a suburb of Toronto), they began working with producer Jon Drew and assembled the EP ‘Let It Sleep’. They were soon signed to Bumstead Management and then its imprint label. The first single/video off the album, “Blame It On The Good Times”, was filmed around Toronto and was added to MuchMusic.

Blame It On the Good Times (Bumstead)

Let It Sleep [EP] (Bumstead)

POPE, Carole
Born: August 6, 1950 in Manchester, England
British-born Carole Pope grew up in the Scarborough suburb of Toronto, Ontario attending Cedarbrae Collegiate high-school where she and musician Kevan Staples began working together musically under different names which eventually morphed into the band Rough Trade by 1975. The group pounded away at various clubs for the next five years as a rock and roll version of S & M cabaret. In 1976 they cut an album ‘live-off-the-floor’ as part of the Umbrella “Direct To Disc” series. The record would act as a demo for the next four years. Meanwhile pop sang back-up vocals on the Steve Hunter ‘Swept Away’ album. With a solidified Rough Trade line-up they managed to sign with Bernie Finkelstein’s True North Record label where they released five studio albums between 1980 and 1984 and touring internationally which included an opening slot on David Bowie’s ‘Let’s Dance Tour’. Pope would win a JUNO Award for ‘Most Promising Female Vocalist’ in 1981 and ‘Best Female Vocalist’ in 1983. She also appeared on The Payolas’ single “Never Said I Loved You” in a sparring duet with lead singer Paul Hyde that became a Top40 radio hit in 1983. Pope and Staples wrote the 1983 hit single “Transformation” for Nona Hendryx. Pope also contributed backing vocals to Dalbello’s song “Animal” from the ‘Whomanfoursays’ album in 1984 and several songs on Bruce Cockburn’s 1984 ‘Stealing Fire’ album including the hit single “Making Contact”. In 1985 Pope would join a musical ensemble to record the Northern Lights African Famine Relief single “Tears Are Not Enough”. By 1986 Rough Trade finally called it quits as the music industry, and the music, began to lean to more ‘Corporate Rock’. Pope soon used her new found freedom to explore her sexual politics in music and in life to full effect. She moved to Los Angeles and recorded her first solo album was ‘Silencer’ in 1987 which was widely received especially in the less uptight discos of Europe. As means of tapping that market, Pope returned to many of the album’s tracks in 1988 and remixed “Heartache” and “I’m Not Blind” with Lenny DeRose and Steve Webster. In 1989 Pope did backing vocals on Nona Hendryx’s ‘Skin Diver’ album and in 1990 did a duet with Kon Kan on their song “Victim”. Having done production work behind the scenes in the early 1990s, Pope returned to recording first with the song “Life’s Rich Tapestry” in 1992, and the EP ‘Radiate’ in 1995. In 1997, she would provide the schoolteacher voice in the animated series ‘Pippi Longstocking’. In 2000, Random House published Pope’s autobiography ‘Anti Diva’ which went on to become a best seller. With her public profile renewed Pope re-recorded the Rough Trade song “High School Confidential” for Season 1 of TV show ‘Queer as Folk’. In 2001 she appeared in the Toronto stage production of ‘The Vagina Monologues’ and soon moved to New York City to continue writing and recording. In 2003 she did remixes of the Rough Trade song “All Touch” plus a new song “Transcend”. After returning to Los Angeles the new song became the title track to her next full-length solo album in 2005. Pope’s latest album, ‘Landfall’, was released in 2011 and features a duet with Rufus Wainwright on the title track. Guest musicians include singer-songwriter Hawksley Workman, Randy Cooke drums, Lyris Hung violin, Rob Pruess keyboards, bass, vocals, and Sean Kelly bass. The album was co-produced by Pope and Tim Welch who also contributed guitar and programming. The album was mixed by Grammy award winner John Whynot and mastered by Grammy nominee Adrian Carr ; Throughout her career, Carole Pope has blazed a trail sharing her thoughts on sexuality, AIDS and sexual politics; Pope has performed at ‘Fashion Cares 25’ with Elton John, The Brooklyn Museum of Art, Luminato, Joes Pub, The Global Cabaret Festival, The Frostbite Festival; The Reykjavik, Toronto, Los Angeles, Montreal, San Diego, and San Francisco Pride celebrations, and the Michigan Womyn’s Music Festival. She recently appeared in the vampure movie ‘SUCK’ with guest stars Moby, Iggy Pop, Alice Cooper and Henry Rollins; Pope’s other contributions to film and television include ‘The L Word’, General Idea Art AIDs, and the fin de siecle ‘The Trailer Park Boys Movie’, ‘This Revolution’, ‘The Five Senses’, ‘The Silencer’, ‘Cruising’, plus cable networks A&E, The History Channel, MTV, and VH1; A movie based on Pope’s autobiography, ‘Anti Diva’, is slated to start film production in 2012. with notes from Carole Pope. [also see ROUGH TRADE]

Nothing But a Heartache/I’m Not Blind [5 remixes 12″] (RPM) RPM-001
2003 All Touch/Transcend [4 remixes 12″] (BugEyed) FIX-013
2007 Johnny Marr (Le Petite Mort)
2010 Shining Path/Tell Me (Le Petite Mort)
2010 Viral 01/Viral 02 (Le Petite Mort)

The Silencer [EP]
1995 Radiate [EP] (Le Petite Mort) PROCD-50122
2005 Transcend (True North) TN-498
2005 Transcend: The Remixes [CD/DigiFile mixed media] (Play) PRCD-08
2011 Landfall (Le Petite Mort) 864399

Swept Away (Atco) SD36-148

1983 Never Said I Loved You (A & M) AM-623
1983 “Never Said I Loved You” on ‘Hammer On a Drum’ (A & M) SP-4958
1998 “Never Said I Loved You” on ‘Between a Rock and a Hyde Place: The Best Of Payola$’ (A & M) SP-9134
2003 “Never Said I Loved You” on ‘The Best of The Payola$: The Millennium Collection’ (Universal) 846427

“Animal” on ‘Whomanfoursays’ (Capitol) C2-48991

“Maybe the Poet” and “Making Contact” on ‘Stealing Fire’ (True North) TN-57
1987 “Making Contact” on ‘Waiting For A Miracle, Singles 1970-1987’ (True North Records) TN2K-67

“No Emotion” on ‘SkinDiver’ (Private Music) 2055-2-P

with KON KAN
“Victim” on ‘Syntonic’ (Atlantic) CD-82163

“My Brilliant Career” on ‘Living Off the Radar’ (EMI)

“High School Confidential” on ‘True Bliss’ (Bullseye) BLR-CD-4076

Born in Saskatchewan, Popiel was represented by manager Bob Stone. He recorded at Norm Petty’s studio in New Mexico and the single “I Can’t Live Without You” appeared on the charts the first week of 1965 at CKYC Peace River,CKOM Saskatoon, CHST St.John, and CKLB in Oshawa. He was billed as the next Buddy Holly. Popiel passed away in February 2018. with notes from Tom Stone.

I Can’t Live Without You/I’m Crying Again (Quality) 1677X
1977 Imagine Me Loving You/Wrong Side of Your Mind (Westmount) WSTM-457711

POP, Kori
Multi-Instrumentalist and former member of Don Vail [also see DON VAIL

From The Outskirts ‎(Kori Pop) 001
2012 Songs For Little Bean (Kori Pop) 002

Compilation Tracks
“To My Winter Child” on ‘Love Is Everything – Design Hope Volume 4’ (Design Hope) DH-2009

Ontario band discovered by Merv Buchanan of Trend Records. He would produce the session for the cover tunes “Gimme Gimme Good Lovin'” (Crazy Elephant) and “To Love Somebody” (The Bee Gees).

Gimme Gimme Good Lovin’/To Love Somebody (Trend) T-1011

Susan Jacks
(vocals) / Terry Jacks (guitar) / Bob Nelson (guitars) / Craig McCaw (guitars; replaced Nelson) / Satwan Singh (drums) / Ron Johnson (piano)  / Doug Edwards (bass) / Jim Chivers (drums; replaced Singh)
The oldest of five sons, Jacks was pressured by his family to be an architect. However, the allure to music was too strong. His first real professional exposure in music was as singer and guitarist for The Chessmen who had a modicum of success in the Vancouver region with two singles on London Records and two singles on Mercury 1964 thru 1966. Three of these tunes charted in the Top10 on CFUN in Vancouver. During one of The Chessmen’s many appearances on CBC-TV’s Music Hop, Jacks would meet his future wife, Saskatoon native Susan Pesklevits. Susan and Terry started performing together when, quite a while after that meeting, Susan was asked to sing in Hope, B.C. and needed a guitar player to accompany her. She was unable to locate one who was free for that night but she remembered meeting Terry and had heard that his group had broken up. She called Jacks and he agreed to accompany her, after which they began playing several small clubs as a duo. They would eventually add a guitar player, Craig McCaw, and began trying out group names (Powerline and Winkin’ Blinkin’ and Nob among them). With the addition of a tabla player, Satwan Singh, they settled on the name The Poppy Family. Initially, their repertoire was mostly cover tunes and, as Terry Jacks began writing more, they would add these original compositions to the stage show. Signed to London Records, the first two Poppy Family singles slid by unnoticed (“Beyond The Clouds” and “What Can The Matter Be”), but it gave the act the opportunity to travel outside the Vancouver city limits. In 1969 the band would hit gold with “Which Way You Goin’ Billy?” which had been recorded on a shoe-string budget. The single would become a No.1 in Canada and No.2 on Billboard in the USA. Eventually worldwide sales would total over 2 1/2 million copies [unverified]. The song won four Junos in 1969 for ‘Best Produced Single’ (Terry Jacks), ‘Best Produced MOR Album’, ‘Best Group Performance’ and ‘Outstanding Sales’. Terry Jack’s dislike for playing live led him to let McCaw and Singh go from the Poppy Family fold in 1970. Two more hits followed in “That’s Where I Went Wrong” and “Where Evil Grows” which saw Jacks under great pressure to put a touring version of the Poppy Family together. While working with Valdy on a studio project in Vancouver, Jacks came across the guitar work of Norman MacPherson who he brought on board to replace not only McCaw as a live guitarist, but to help in the studio on the ‘Poppy Seeds’ album. MacPherson left the live roster on good terms in the Fall of 1971. Terry Jacks would then call Bob Nelson to replace MacPherson on guitarist. At first, it was Terry Jacks, Susan Jacks, Bob Nelson & Satwant Singh. They played quite a few gigs across Canada and in the United States. But Nelson eventually left the group and the Poppy’s returned to studio life. Later, in 1973 Nelson teamed up again with Terry & Susan Jacks. Nelson was asked to recruit Ron Johnson (who played piano on “Where Evil Grows”), bassist Doug Edwards, and The Fifth Dimension drummer Jim Chivers. They rehearsed quite a bit, but only played a few gigs together in that incarnation – notably, Disney World on the 4th of July. The intensity of the band’s stardom and the stress of producing and having to perform live led Terry Jacks to make some new managerial decisions for the act. He decided that groups were becoming passé and it was time for the duo to drop the “Poppy Family” name. His plan had been to revitalize their image — as solo recording acts – thereby yielding twice the impact than a single group. To that end, Susan recorded a self-titled solo album (aka ‘I Thought Of You Again’) in 1973 which was produced by Terry Jacks on Goldfish Records for Poppy Family Productions Ltd. Singles released from this album were the Juno-nominated track “I Thought Of You Again” (written by Terry Jacks) as well as “I Want You To Love Me”. Alas, the career decisions and other aspects of the duo’s life together drove them farther apart as a couple and in 1973 Susan decided to leave their marriage and the act. Terry Jacks had some minor hits before he’d have the biggest hit of his career: Jacques Brel’s “Seasons In The Sun” in late 1973 which sold 11.5 million copies worldwide and stayed on the charts for 17 weeks in Canada and 15 in the US. The recording won Jacks another four Juno Awards. Terry Jacks continued writing and producing over the years and released albums sporadically. He fronted a new band called Hood who charted with their only single “‘Cause We’re In Love” in 1974; Jacks would produce such diverse Canadian acts as Chilliwack and DOA’s 1990 Restless Records album ‘Murder’ which featured the remake of Jacks’ “Where Evil Grows”; He released his final studio album in 1987 and then retired sighting his lack of desire to go through the grind of touring. He stayed in the public eye by becoming a staunch Environmentalist and has often made headlines as head of Environmental Watch who is dedicated to fighting pollution; he is married to his second wife Maggi and has a daughter. After the duo parted ways, Susan Jacks began touring solo and dubbed one congregation of backing musicians Cheese. She had success with such singles as “All the Tea in China”, “Anna Marie” and “Tall Dark Stranger”, all of which produced a Juno nomination. She would have a litany of record label and managerial problems highlighted by her feud with Casino Records president Ray Pettinger who had withheld her 1975 recorded album ‘Dreams’; In 1980 she recorded ‘Ghosts’ for CBS Records and was reunited with her first husband Terry Jacks as producer. Not long after she hooked up with Bruce Allen Management who brought in Prism’s Tom Lavin to produce the ‘Forever’ album in 1982; She moved to Nashville in 1983 after signing a recording contract with a Nashville record label with second husband, CFL player Ted Dushinski, and her son. Since then, she’s managed a publishing company and was Vice President of Operations for a computer consulting company as well as part owner in, and Executive Vice President of, a successful telecommunications company in Nashville. In recent years she has returned to Vancouver and resumed her performing and recording career; Susan Jacks died April 25, 2022 from kidney disease. with notes from Andre Skrastin, Susan Jacks, Sabrina Whyte, Bob Nelson, Norman MacPherson, and Jan Hindriks. [also see SUSAN JACKS, TERRY JACKS]

1968 Beyond The Clouds/Free From The City (London) M-17364
1969 What Can The Matter Be/Evil Overshadows Joe (London) M-17369
1969 Which Way You Goin’, Billy?/Endless Sleep (London) M-17373
1970 That’s Where I Went Wrong/Shadows On My Wall (London) M-17375
1970 Endless Sleep [promo re-issue] (London) L-129
1971 Where Evil Grows/I Was Wondering (London) L-148
1971 No Good To Cry/I’ll See You There(London) L-164
1972 Good Friends/Tryin’ (London) L-172

1969 Which Way You Goin’ Billy? (London) PS-568
1971 Poppy Seeds (London) PS-599
1976 Terry Jacks & The Poppy Family featuring Susan Jacks (K-Tel) TC-230
1989 The Poppy Family’s Greatest Hits
1996 A Good Thing Lost: 1968-1973 (What Are Records?) WTA-60017

Compilation Tracks
“Good Friends” on ‘Maple Music Vol.1’ (MMJ)  MMJ-1
1973 “Where Evil Grows” on ‘Canadian Mint’ (K-Tel) TC-215
1990 “Which Way You Goin’, Billy?” on ‘Made In Canada – Volume One: The Early Years’ (BMG) KCD1-7156
1996 “Which Way You Goin’, Billy?” on ‘Oh What a Feeling: A Vital Collection of Canadian Music’ (MCA) JUNO-25
1998 “Where Evil Grows” on ‘Losing Money & Losing Friends: The March Records Story (1992-1998)’ (March) MAR-026
2006 “Which Way You Goin’, Billy?” on ‘Oh What a Feeling 3 – Juno Awards: Celebrating 35 Years of the Best in Canadian Music’ (EMI) 59829

Jeff Burke
(bassoon) / Anthony Seaburg (drums) / Steve Bromstein (vocals, guitar, bass)

Days Dream Of You (independent) PSCD-001
2014 Beyond The Seventh Sun (independent)

Gary Moffet
(guitar) / Peter Sutherland / Lee Scouten / Peter Clark
Québec act featuring Gary Moffet who left the band in 1972 and would later join April Wine. with notes from Dave Buerster.

Help Me Down/Legge’s Lurk (Aquarius) AQ-5004
1971 Turned On To Living / Girl There’s A Better Life (Montor) MS-007
1973 Hail to the King/Boy In Jail (Columbia) C4-4016

Mike Hillis (vocals) / Chris McLellan (guitar) / Bruce Stevenson (bass) / Ian Seabrook (drums; returned in 2009) / Geordie Allen (drums; 1984) / Janine Frenken (bass; replaced Stevenson 2009)
Formed in Barrhaven near Nepean outside Ottawa, Ontario in August 1982, Porcelain Forehead released a 6 song 7″ single in 1983. They became quite popular in Ottawa and Montreal. In 1984 Georgie Allen was added on drums and the band began work on a full-length album for Alternative Tentacles in 1985 but the band split up before it could be released. It would eventually see a release in 1993 as part of author/historian Frank Manley’s effort to re-issue classic Canadian punk on his No Exit label. In 2010 the band reunited with Seabrook back on drums and Frenken filling in for Stevenson on bass for a show on March 20, 2010 in Ottawa to promote the re-issue of ‘Right Now’ on CD (with bonus tracks). with notes from Cat Beland.

1983 Right Now! The World Needs a Clear Head [6 song EP] (Corpus Callosum) 001

1993 Frogboy Lives! (No Exit)
2010 Right Now! The World Needs A Clear Head [CD re-issue]

Compilation Tracks
“The Gameshow Riff” and “Keepsake” on ‘Blender Mix’ (No Pigs) NP-001
1984 “Will Amerika” on ‘International P.E.A.CE./War’ (R Radical) RRR-1984
1984 “Cold Steak” on ‘Primitive Air-Raid’ (Psyche Industry) MPAS-01
1985 “Mary Tie Your Mutant Down” on ‘Ottawa Cassettera Vol. 1’ [cassette] (CKCU/Sony)
1997 “Will Amerika” on ‘International P.E.A.CE. Benefit Compilation’ (New Red Archives) NRA-68CD

Paul Quarrington
(bass) / Martin Worthy (drums)
A band that evolved out of the Quarrington-Worthy group. [also see PAUL QUARRINGTON, QUARRINGTON-WORTHY]

Way Past Midnight (Wildflower) WFL-1307
2008 Porkbelly Futures (Cordova Bay) CBR-0572
2010 The Crooked Road (Cordova Bay/Fontana North)

Born: Victoria, British Columbia
Singer-songwriter, poet and playwright Wyckham Porteous cut his musical teeth around the Vancouver club scene in the late 1980s/early 1990s. He released two independent albums before working with Bohemia Beat to release ‘Looking For Ground’ which was recorded in Austin, Texas, and released in September 1995. It was greeted with rave reviews in Canada, the United States and a number of European countries and was hailed as “a roots rock masterpiece” by the Associated Press. That year he signed with Ragged Pup Records and released ‘In This World’ where he decided to move away from the roots-oriented folk/rock of his earlier albums, and explore new musical ground. Los Angeles-based guitarist Morris Tepper (Captain Beefheart, Tom Waits, Frank Black, P.J Harvey) produced the album’s new musical direction. The album was recorded at Nomad studio on Salt Spring Island, British Columbia with drummer Pat Steward (Odds) and bassist Rob Becker (Patricia Conroy). In five days they had finished the basic tracks for ten new songs. As sessions progressed in Vancouver, Victoria and on Salt Spring, both Tepper and Porteous realized they needed a third party to mix the songs properly and so they enlisted Joe Chiccarelli (Beck, Frank Zappa, U2) to do the final mixes. 2008’s ‘3 A.M.’ was produced by Andrew Loog Oldham (Rolling Stones) who insisted Porteous add a cover of the Beatles’ “Please Please Me” to Porteous’ usual roster of storytelling originals. The idea paid off as the track gained Porteous some commercial airplay on the BBC in the UK of all places. Porteous would be nominated for awards at both the West Coast Music Awards and the Canadian Folk Music Awards in 2008. In 2009 he was working on a new project with Bill Bourne. With notes from Michael Burke.

Please Please Me (Cordova Bay) CBR-0372SAlbums
1992 Could It Be My Road? (Arpeggio) 7232
1995 Looking For Ground (Bohemia Beat) BBEA-6
1997 In This World (Ragged Pup/Oasis) 52
2001 Sexanddrinking (Cordova Bay) CBR-0242
2008 3 A.M. (Cordova Bay) CBR-0542

Compilation Tracks
“Disappearing Baby Blues” on ‘Great Canadian Blues Revue’

Born: Richard Kalan Porter on November 11, 1985 in Medicine Hat, Alberta
Porter rose from classically trained local Medicine Hat, Alberta singer/violinist to become the winner of Season 2 of TV talent show ‘Canadian Idol’ beating out Theresa Sokyrka in September 2004. His debut album, ‘219 Days’, was released by Vik. Recordings that year and the album peaked at No.4 on the Canadian album charts on the back of the single “Awake In a Dream” which became the biggest selling Canadian debut single of all time (topping out at 8x platinum). Sokyrka also made a guest appearance on the remake of the Cyndi Lauper song “True Colours”. In 2005 he went on tour to play 65 dates across Canada with mainly SRO crowds. He would win MuchMusic’s People’s Choice Award for the ‘Favourite Canadian Artist’ in 2005. In 2006, he and the album were nominated for three JUNO Awards for ‘Artist of the Year’, ‘Album of the Year’, and ‘Pop Album of the Year’. Porter followed up with his sophomore effort in 2007 entitled ‘Wake Up Living’ which debuted at No.7 on the Canadian album charts. The first single, “Down In Heaven”, peaked at No25 on the Canadian Hot 100 singles chart. There were two follow-up singles – “Destination (Where I Belong)” and “Hurry”. “Hurray” would earn Porter and co-writer Gregory Johnstone a SOCAN No.1 Song Award and the track would reach No.1 on the MuchMusic Countdown chart in May 2008.

Awake In a Dream/Awake In a Dream (Instrumental) (Vik./BMG) 664987
2007 Down In Heaven (Sony/BMG)
2007 Destination (Where I Belong) (Sony/BMG)
2008 Hurry (Sony/BMG)

219 Days (Vik./BMG) 664632
2007 Wake Up Living (Sony/BMG) 674417

John Jordan / James Howard Taylor
From Winnipeg, Manitoba

Set Me Free/You’ve Been Running For So Long (REO) 9022X
1969 Baby Get Out/Love (I’ll Never Let You Go) (REO) 9028X

Compilation Tracks
“Baby Get Out,” “You’ve Been Running For So Long.” “Set Me Free,” “Love (I’ll Never Let You Go)” on ‘The Gaiety Records Story II’ (Pacemaker) PACE-044

Chris Mittelholtz
(guitar, banjo, backing vocals) / Jeph Mittelholtz (bass) / Murray Heywood (drums) / Ted Triebner (vocals, guitar, mandolin)
London, Ontario band created by former Legend Killers guitarist Chris Mittelholtz and former U.I.C members Triebner and Heywood. [also see U.I.C.]

Junk Drawer (Swamp Song/Vertigo)

Compilation Tracks
“Tonight” on ‘Moose Lodge’ (Moose/Vertigo/Polygram) 314514-2252

POSNER, Mickey
Montreal singer who was signed briefly to Elektra Records

Lost/Love Is Making Me Smile (Elektra) CE-3050
1973 I’m Gonna Get Out/Simone (Elektra) CE-3052
1974 Sweet Potato/Together Now (With You) (Elektra) CE-3053

Andy Shorter
(drums) / Denis Lepage (vocals, most instruments / Denyse Lepage (congas, percussion, vocals) / Richard Beaudet (flute, sax, vocals) / Richard Patry (drums) / Robert Alary (bass) / Robert Goulet (guitar) / Tony Golia (congas, percussion, vocals) A one-off studio project for production team Denis and Denyse Lepage (together known as LIME). [also see DENIS LEPAGE, LIME]

The Miracle Of Music/You’re Much Too Young (Pacha) PAC-4434
1976 L’amour L’amour/Hymne Au Soleil (Pacha) PAC-4444

Le Pouls (Pacha) PAC-11202

Jean-Marc LaHaye (vocals) / Évasio Massignanie (rhythm guitar) / Fernand Pagé (lead guitar) / René Labelle (bass) / Mario Landry (organ) / Pierre Beauregard (drums)
The group formed in St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Québec in the mid-1960s. Landry left after two years and became a successful session musician. Their manager, Pierre Gravel, had them playing every Saturday in dance halls across Québec. In 1967 they changed management to Maurice Bélanger (ex-César et Les Romains) who gets them a recording deal with Sonore under their new name Le Pouvoir des Fleurs. The single “Va t’en chez toi” is released in 1968 and while promoting the record with several other groups on a tour of Québec for six weeks, the band fell into discord eventually leading to a break-up; Pagé would go on to write for artists such as Suzanne Faidherbe and Roland Delcourt. With notes from Michel Charbonneau and René Labelle.

Va t’en chez toi/Je ne sais pas pourquoi (Sonore) S-8010

Tom Lavin
(guitar, vocals) / Jack Lavin (bass, vocals) / Willie MacCalder (piano, organ, vocals) / Duris Maxwell (drums) / David Woodward (tenor sax, vocals) / Mark Hasselbach (trumpet) / Gord Bertram (baritone sax; 1979-1981) / Wayne Kozak (tenor sax; 1979-1981) / Bill Runge (baritone sax; 1981-2001) / Don Cummings (bass; replaced Jack Lavin 1983) / Bill Clark (trumpet; 2001) / Adam Drake (drums; 2001) / Jerry Cook (tenor saxophone) / Daryl Bennett (drums) / Robbie King (keyboards, vocals) / Pat Caird (tenor saxophone) / Lou Hoover (drums)
In May of 1978 The Powder Blues band is formed by Chicago-born Tom Lavin as a house band in Vancouver’s Gastown. All the members came from other groups: Tom Lavin with Prism/Uproar; Jack Lavin with Teen Angel & The Rockin’ Rebels; MacCalder with Willie And The Walkers; Maxwell with Doucette and Skylark; Woodward with Downchild; Kozak with Cobra, Prism and Denise McCann; Bertram with Foreman Byrnes; and Hasselbach with Airbrush. They played the local Vancouver club scene for the next 18 months.  By 1979 the band had recorded their debut album, ‘Uncut’, and released it on their own Blue Wave label after being turned down by all the major record labels. But the band generated enough buzz on their own causing RCA to re-release the album and the band toured Canada and U.S. on strength of four Top-10 singles. ‘Uncut’ was certified double platinum (200,000 copies) in February 1981. The band won ‘Best New Group’ at the JUNO Awards. Album exports began helping ‘Uncut’ receive significant airplay on the BBC and Europe. In June of 1981 The Powder Blues released their second album ‘Thirsty Ears’. It shipped platinum and the first single reached Top 5 nationally. Their touring schedule continued at a pace of over 300 shows per year. By May of 1982 work began on their third album ‘Party Line’. Following its release, the first single received heavy national airplay. The band played 65 dates in the U.S. to promote the release. April 1983 saw a European tour garnering spectacular reviews at the prestigious Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland (which was recorded for a live album release) and North Sea Jazz Festival in Holland. ‘Red Hot, True Blue’, a double album with 18 tunes, cut live in the studio, was issued on RCA records in Canada in September 1983. In September 1984 ‘Live At Montreux’ was released to critical acclaim and by December of that year CBC aired an hour-long national TV special, ‘Powder Blues Live at Montreux’. Powder Blues would play 112 dates that year. 1985 saw The Powder Blues perform 175 dates in U.S. and Canada and in November 1986 they received the coveted W.C. Handy Award for Blues is presented to the band in Memphis, Tennessee for ‘Best Foreign Band’. In July of 1988 they celebrated their 10th Anniversary with continuous, non-stop touring of over 100 dates that year. ‘First Decade/Greatest Hits’, album number six, was released in August of 1990 featuring 19 cuts available for the first time ever on CD. In November 1990 The Powder Blues performed 12 concerts in the Soviet Union and released product on Melodiya Records (the second Western act following The Dave Rave Conspiracy to do so). Throughout 1991 and 1992 touring continued and the band began work on a new studio album. In April of 1993 the band’s seventh LP, ‘Let’s Get Loose’, was released on WEA Records. A steady tour ensued. Throughout 1994-1996 a revitalized version of the band continued to tour by playing an average of 50 shows a year including major blues and jazz festivals in Vancouver, Victoria, Calgary, Edmonton, Saskatoon, Regina, Winnipeg, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal and Québec City. In 1997 the band’s much acclaimed ‘Live at Montreux’ LP was restored to it’s original concert length, re-mastered digitally and released worldwide on Peerless. Meanwhile, Powder Blues’ ‘First Decade/Greatest Hits’ on WEA achieved gold record status (50,000 copies). Through the late ’90s The Powder Blues played another 100 live shows from the Atlantic to the Pacific. They began working on a new studio album in 2000 which was entitled ‘Swingin’ The Blues’ and released in 2001. Leader, Tom Lavin has written many of the band’s best-known songs, including “Doin’ It Right (On the Wrong Side of Town)” and “Boppin’ With the Blues”. He moved to Vancouver in the late ’60s to study film-making. By night he made his living working as a musician in the thriving downtown nightclub scene. This eventually lead to his career as a studio musician and subsequently, to his role as record producer and studio owner. Lavin has been singing and playing guitar for a living for over 35 years. At various times during this period he has been presented with a number of awards. These include B.C. Music Industry Association awards for Guitarist, Singer, Songwriter and Producer of the Year, a Canadian Music Industry Association Juno Award for ‘Best New Band’ and the American W.C. Handy Award for ‘Best Foreign Blues Band’. He has over a dozen Gold, Platinum and Double Platinum record awards for playing in, writing for or producing such bands as Powder Blues, Prism, April Wine, Long John Baldry, Amos Garrett, Susan Jacks, The Good Brothers and P.J. Jackson. He has produced albums for many international labels including RCA, WEA, Capitol, Columbia, EMI, BMG, Polygram and Stoney Plain Records and has produced albums or written songs for such notables as Long John Baldry, Amos Garrett, Lowell Fulson, Susan Jacks and Jim Byrnes. His four storey, 20,000 square foot recording complex, Blue Wave Studios, has not only produced gold records for Powder Blues and numerous other artists, it has recorded sound for film (including the Dennis Hopper movie ‘Out Of The Blue’), TV and radio. It is also home to Teddy Bear Productions, an advertising company that Lavin is partner in, which has produced themes, scores and jingles for countless movies, TV shows and international products including Ford, Toyota and Bell Telephone. Founding member, Willie MacCalder, was born in Victoria and raised in Edmonton where he developed his craft by playing in a number of teen bands, until, in the mid sixties, he found great success with his own band, Willie and the Walkers. They signed with Capitol Records and enjoyed a number of pop hits on rock radio, touring extensively through out the U.S. and Canada. He and Lavin met in Vancouver in the mid seventies where they discovered their mutual love of the blues. MacCalder’s trademark piano stylings have won him a number of music poll awards and contribute greatly to the Powder Blues instantly identifiable sound. MacCalder released a solo album entitled ‘Broken Down Piano’ on Jay-El Records. Dave Woodward, tenor saxophone, was born and raised in Arlington, Virginia and joined the Powder Blues right at the band’s outset in the spring of 1978. Previous to his involvement with Powder Blues, he found commercial success appearing and performing for many years with the Downchild Blues Band of Toronto. Lavin first saw Woodward play when Downchild came to Vancouver on a cross Canada tour and he made a mental note to ask Woodward to play with him if the opportunity ever arose. Coincidentally, Woodward left Downchild and migrated to the West Coast at about the same time that Powder Blues was being formed and looking for a horn section. Lavin asked him to join the band on the very first night he ever played with them and he has been an indispensable member ever since. Bassist, Bill Runge, born in Edmonton, joined the band in 1981. He has appeared on many Powder Blues albums playing baritone, tenor and alto saxophones and on some cuts, the electric bass. This gifted multi-instrumentalist has also written, arranged and performed with the Jim Byrnes Band and his been a jazz ensemble leader in his own right, winning the coveted ‘Alcan National Jazz Award’. He has played, written and arranged sessions for countless commercials, movie and television scores and albums over the past two decades. He is also on the governing board of directors of the Vancouver Musicians Union Local 145. Bill Clark, trumpet, was born and raised in Surrey, B.C. and joined the Powder Blues in 1985, touring with the band at a pace of over 200 shows per year. As a ‘first call’ session man, he has also led jazz ensembles that have toured across Canada and in the U.S. and Europe. For a number of years previous to his involvement with the band, he traveled the world as a well-known musician and bandleader for a number of popular cruise ship companies. Drummer Adam Drake was born in Los Angeles and raised in the Slocan Valley near Nelson, B.C. He first studied drums as a young boy with the famous L.A. session drummer Nick Cirrolli. Before long he was playing in a number of local bands, working hard at developing his unique percussion style. Previous to joining Powder Blues, he toured with such well-known International acts as Grapes of Wrath, Art Bergmann and Holly McNarland and in 1997 won the prestigious Canadian JUNO Award for ‘Best Alternative Drummer’. with notes from Tom Lavin and Steve Wind.

1979 Doin’ It Right/The Rockchopper (RCA) PB-50562
1979 Boppin’ With The Blues/Just A Little (RCA) PB-50580
1980 What’ve I Been Drinking (RCA) PB-50589
1980 Buzzard Luck/Hear That Guitar Ring (RCA) PB-50613
1980 What’ve I Been Drinking (RCA)
1981 Lovin’ Kissin’ & Huggin’/Willpower (Liberty/Capitol-EMI) 77003
1981 Joy Ridin’/Undercover Blues (Liberty/Capitol-EMI) 77005
1981 First Fight/Jump Up (Liberty/Capitol-EMI) 77010
1981 Thirsty Ears/Nothing But A Tease (Liberty/Capitol-EMI) LT-1423
1983 Farmer John/Pushy (RCA) PB-50754
1983 Roll Over Beethoven/Your Daddy (RCA) PB-50765
1985 I’m On The Road Again/Shiftless (Blue Wave) BWR-007

1979 Uncut (Blue Wave) 11791
1980 Uncut [re-issue] (RCA/Victor) KKLI-0365
1981 Thirsty Ears (Liberty/Capitol-EMI) LT-1105
1982 Party Line (Liberty/Capitol-EMI) LT-51136
1983 Powder Blues (Liberty/Capitol-EMI) LT-1078
1983 Red Hot/True Blue [2LPs] (RCA/Victor) APL-0518
1983 Red Hot/True Blues [1 LP] (Flying Fish) FF-343
1984 Live At Montreux (Blue Wave)
1990 First Decade/Greatest Hits (WEA)
1993 Let’s Get Loose (WEA)
1997 Live At Montreux [CD re-issue] (Peerless)
1997 Lowell Fulson With The Powder Blues Band (Stony Plain)
2001 Swingin’ the Blues (Blue Wave) BWRCD-12001
2004 Blues + Jazz = BLAZZ!

Compilation Tracks
“Doin’ It Right” on ‘Full Tilt’ (K-Tel) TC-269
1981 “Doin’ It Right” on ‘Bubble Yum Pink Flash (CBS) CSPS-1794
1982 “Thirsty Ears” on ‘Night Flight’ (K-Tel – US) NC-552
1985 “I’m On the Road Again” on ‘Open Your Heart – West Coast Musicians Aid for Africa’ (OXFAM) OXFAM-002
1996 “Doin’ It Right” on ‘Oh What a Feeling: A Vital Collection of Canadian Music’ (MCA) JUNO-25

Malcolm Smith
(vocals) / Cliff Randall (guitar) / Greg Tomlinson (drums)
Power of Beckett was formed in Montreal, Québec in 1967. Through a chance meeting with transplanted US disc jockey Bob Stoehr who was working at Montreal radio station CHOM (under the name Bob Baker), the group co-wrote the song “Lost Soul In Disillusion” with him. Quality Records signed the group and released the song as a single in November 1967 which did little more than get some local airplay. Quality records took a chance on a second single and released “Shake Me, Wake Me” in early 1968. It also failed to set the charts on fire. with notes from Bob Stoehr.

1967 Lost Soul In Disillusion/Back To Me (Quality) 1895X 
1968 Shake Me, Wake Me/Just We Two (Quality) 1911X

Brian Rading
(bass, vocals) / Doug Inglis (drums) / Louis McKelvey (keyboards)
Ottawa, Ontario band was a side project for Five Man Electrical Band’s Brian Rading featuring future Goddo drummer Doug Inglis, and former Our Generation and Influence guitarist Louis McKelvey; Rading would play in Face Dancer in the early 1980s. Rading passed away June 8, 2016.

Dance Of The Swamp Woman/Rocking And Relaxing (London) M-17467

POWTER, Daniel
Born: Daniel Richard Powter on February 25, 1971 in Vernon, British Columbia
Growing up in Vernon, British Columbia, Powter initially played the violin as a child but switched to piano after his violin was destroyed by bullies. He wrote his first songs at the age of 14 years old. As a dyslexic, Powter dropped out of a music studies course at University and instead pursued his love of music by continuing to develop his own style by learning by ear. In 2000 Powter released the independent EP,’ I’m Your Betty’, in 2000. The release contained the songs “More Than I” and “Negative Fashion” which were featured in the TV ‘Higher Ground’. He was signed to Warner music on the strength of these original tunes and his debut album, ‘DP’, was released in August 2005. The album’s first single, “Bad Day”, was licensed to Coca-Cola as the theme song for an ad campaign in Europe where the single had done well earlier in 2005 and peaked at No.3 on the European charts, No.2 in the UK and No.3 in Australia; It went to No.1 in Canada, Germany, Ireland and Italy, and the United States – the first Canadian to to Top the Billboard Hot100 singles chart since Bryan Adams in 1995. Powter would perform at Live 8 in Berlin in July 2005 and “Bad Day” landed fifth on that year’s countdown of the top songs in Britain. In 2006, “Bad Day” became the theme song to Season 5 of the ‘American Idol’ TV show. Powter would win the ‘New Artist of the Year’ JUNO Award and was nominated for ‘Best International Breakthrough Act’ at the BRIT Awards. “Bad Day” was nominated at the 2006 Billboard Music Awards for ‘Hot 100 Single of the Year’and ‘Song of the year’. He would also be nominated at the 2007 Grammy Awards in the category of ‘Best Male Pop Vocal Performance’. Following “Bad Day” the debut album would yield three more singles internationally – “Jimmy Gets High”, “Free Loop”, and “Lie to Me” – none of which achieved the chart recognition of “Bad Day”. In an effort to prop up the album stateside, the album was slated to be re-issued with a newly recorded single “Love You Lately” but its failure to chart precipitated the cancellation of the album’s re-release. In March 2008, “Find My Way” by Japanese singer Haru featured Daniel Powter as special guest. In September of that year, Powter released his third album, ‘Under the Radar’ featuring a duet with Linda Parry (4 Non Blondes) on the song “Am I Still The One?”. He toured the album’s first two singles in a package that included the acts Alphabeat and Lil Chris. Powter also played piano on the Marcy Playground album ‘Leaving Wonderland…In A Fit of Rage’ on the songs “Gin and Money” in 2009 and in December of that year Powter was named as the decade’s top One-Hit Wonder by Billboard Magazine. On January 1, 2010, he performed “O Canada” at the NHL Winter Classic hockey game. His ‘best of’ album, ‘Best of Me’, was released later that year and included three new songs and a new version of the title track. On April 10, 2012, Daniel Powter’s digital single “Cupid” was released through iTunes and came from his 2012 album ‘Turn on the Lights’. “Cupid” would be revived as “Christmas Cupid” as a holiday song in December of that year. There would be two additional singles from that album – “Stay Away” (2012) and “Crazy all My life” (spring of 2013).

Bad Day (Warner)
2005 Free Loop (One Night Stand) (Warner)
2005 Jimmy Gets High (Warner)
2006 Lie To Me (Warner)
2006 Love You Lately (Warner)
2008 Next Plane Home (Warner)
2008 Best of Me (Warner)
2009 Whole World Around (Warner)
2010 Lose To Win (Warner)
2010 Happy Xmas (War Is Over) (Warner)
2012 Cupid [DigiFile] (EMI)
2012 Christmas Cupid [DigiFile] (EMI)
2013 Crazy All My Life [DigiFile] (Avex/EMI)

I’m Your Betty [EP] (Outside)
2005 DP (Warner) 49332-2
2008 Under the Radar (Warner) 49842-6
2012 Best of Me (EMI) 1793532
2013 Turn On the Lights [DigiFile] (Avex/EMI) IS 0001-11

Russell DeCarle
(vocals) / Keith Glass (guitar) / Dennis Delorme (pedal-steel) / Joan Besen (vocals, keyboards) / John P. Allen (fiddle, mandolin) / John Adames (drums; 1982 – 1986; 2006) / Bruce Moffet (drums; replaced Adames 1986) / Bohdan Hluszko (drums; replaced Moffet 1996) / Charlie Cooley (drums; replaced Hluszko 1998)
Prairie Oyster formed in Toronto in 1974 as a trio consisting of DeCarle, Glass (ex-King City Slickers), and Delorme. This lineup toured extensively but released no commercial recordings. They broke up in 1978. In 1982 the trio reunited and expanded the line-up to include Besen, Allen, and Adames. In 1986, Moffet (ex-Corey Hart Band) replaced Adames. That same year they finally released their debut album, ‘Oyster Tracks,’ after signing with Holger Peterson’s Stony Plain Records. Prairie Oyster was named Country Group or Duo of the Year at the JUNO Awards back-to-back in 1986 and 1987. Their sudden shot to notoriety brought them to the attention of RCA Records executive Joe Galante, who signed the group after seeing them perform. Initially, RCA wanted the band to change their name (the term Prairie Oyster meaning ‘bull testicles’), but the group was already well established. Their first release for RCA in North America was the album ‘Different Kind of Fire,’ in 1990 and spawning four singles, all reaching the Top 20 on Canada’s country charts while in the U.S. their highest charting single was held up at No. 62. “Goodbye, So Long, Hello” was named the CCMA ‘Single of the Year’ in 1990 and “Lonely You, Lonely Me” was the CCMA ‘Song of the Year’ in 1991. The album itself earned them a CCMA ‘Group or Duo of the Year’ award in 1990 and 1991. They would also take home the JUNO Award for ‘Country Group or Duo of the Year’ in 1991, and in March 1991, the band received a nomination from the Academy of Country Music for ‘Top New Group or Duo.’ 1991 also saw the release of their third album, ‘Everybody Knows,’ which contained four Top-10 Canadian singles in “Did You Fall In Love with Me,” “One Precious Love,” “Will I Do (Till the Real Thing Comes Along)” and “Everybody Knows.” Only “One Precious Love” made the US charts, stalling at No. 51. Prairie Oyster would win more CCMA Awards in 1992 which included ‘Album of the Year,’ ‘Song of the Year’ for “Did You Fall In Love with Me,” and ‘Group or Duo of the Year.’ At the JUNO Awards they won ‘Country Group or Duo of the Year.’ In 1993, Prairie Oyster moved to Arista Records. They released their fourth album, ‘Only One Moon’, in 1994. The first single, “Such a Lonely One,” hit No. 1 on the Canadian country charts followed by “Don’t Cry Little Angel,” “Only One Moon,” “Louisiette,” “Black-Eyed Susan” and “Ancient History” all reaching the Canadian Top-10. They were feted with accolades and awards again: ‘Group or Duo of the Year’ by the CCMA in 1994, 1995 and 1996; the Bud Country ‘Fans’ Choice Award’ in 1994; ‘Country Group or Duo of the Year’ in both 1995 and 1996 at the JUNO Awards. 1996 saw the release of the Prairie Oyster album ‘Blue Plate Special’ featuring new drummer Bohdan Hluszko, and the first single, “Unbelievable Love,” went straight to No. 1 in Canada with the second single, “One Way Track,” hitting Top-5. The band found itself in a bit of controversy in 1997 after firing Hluszko following gender re-assignment surgery. Bohdan had become Michelle Josef and the band worried that it would be too controversial for their fanbase. The fanbase, however, pushed back saying they supported Josef. Regardless, Charlie Cooley (ex-Manteca) became Prairie Oyster’s new drummer. The album ‘What Is This Country?’ was released in 1998 and the single releases put them back in the Canadian country charts Top10 with “Canadian Sunrise” at No.5 and “Keep On Dreaming No.9. The group went on hiatus following the release of ‘String of Pearls: A Greatest Hits Collection’ in 2000. Prairie Oyster returned with drummer John Adames once more in 2006 with a new album, ‘One Kiss’, and a new record deal with Open Road Recordings. The CD spawned the singles, “Sweet Sweet Girl to Me,” “Too Bad For Me,” and Bob Dylan’s “I Threw It All Away.” In 2008, Prairie Oyster was inducted into the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame. In 2011, they received a SOCAN National Achievement Award.

Give It A Little More Time/Juke Joint Johnny ‎(16th Avenue) AVE-1608
1984 Rain Rain/[same](16th Avenue) AVE-1613
1986 (Will I Do) Till The Real Thing Comes Along/I’m Learning ‎(Stony Plain) SPS-1040
1986 Man In The Moon/Tom Cat ‎(Stony Plain) SPS-1042
1986 Play Me Some Honky Tonk Music/Other Side Of Town ‎(Stony Plain) SPS-1047
1987 You Got Away/Other Side of Town ‎(Stony Plain) SPSDJ-1054
1990 I Don’t Hurt Anymore/But You Said (RCA) 2510-7-R
1990 Goodbye, So Long, Hello/If I Could Take My Own Advice (RCA) 2569-7-R
1990 Meet Me On The Corner (Rock Mix)/Meet Me On The Corner [12″] (RCA) JD-10035
1991 One Precious Love/Goodbye Lonesome (Hello, Baby Doll) ‎(RCA) 07863 62108-7
1992 Will I Do/Am I That Easy To Forget ‎(RCA) 07863-62218-7
1995 Such A Lonely One/Oyster Bites ‎(Arista) KCDP-51210
1995 Only One Moon/Everybody Knows/Did You Fall In Love With Me ‎(Arista) 74321-28609 2
1996 Unbelievable Love ‎(Arista) KCDP-51381
1996 One Way Track (Arista) KCDP-51417
1997 She Won’t Be Lonely Long ‎(Arista) KCDP-51462
1998 Canadian Sunrise ‎(ViK) KCDP-51639

Oyster Tracks (Stony Plain) SPL-1093
1990 Different Kind Of Fire (RCA/BMG) 2049-2-R
1991 Everybody Knows (RCA/BMG) 07863-61013-2
1992 Oyster Tracks [9 song re-issue] (RCA/BMG) 74321-10233-2
1994 Only One Moon (Arista/BMG) 74321-19427-2
1996 Blue Plate Special (Arista/BMG) 74321-40042-2
1998 What Is This Country? (ViK/BMG) 74321-62408-2
1998 Past & Present (Vik/BMG) KCDP 51654
2000 String Of Pearls – A Greatest Hits Collection (Vik/BMG) 74321-75639-2
2006 One Kiss (Open Road) ORCD-7210

Stu Mitchell
(drums) / Dennis Ferby (bass, vocals) / Gerry Dere (organ)
Formed in Edmonton, Alberta featuring Mitchell and Dere from Wes Dakus’ Rebels, and Ferby from James And The Bondsmen.

Hey Girl/Thoughts Of You (Barry) B3469X

Rob Hayter / Grant S. / Brad Poffe / K.G. Higgins

From Calgary, Alberta.

Meeting the Demands of Society Is No Excuse [5-song EP] (independent) DWM-4514
1982 Blown Away/Mechanoid (independent) WRC3-2173

PRESTON, Bradley J.

You Gave Me A Mountain/In the Spring the Roses Always Turn Red (Maple City) WRC3-2542

Tim Peterson (vocals) / Terry Reeves (guitar) / Jack Murray (guitar, vocals) / Curtis Ruptash (bass) / Dave Hiebert (drums, vocals) / Ken Yurchuk (guitar) / Randy Lloyd (bass, vocals)
Pretty Rough formed in Edmonton, Alberta in 1981 and were soon signed to RCA Records. Their self-titled debut was produced by Dan Lowe (Qwest). It spawned one moderately played single “Tonight Tonight”. The follow-up album, ‘Got the Fire’, was produced by Brian “Too Loud” MacLeod (Heapins, Chilliwack) and spawned the hit single “Don’t Bite (the Hand that Feeds You)”. Two additional singles managed airplay stateside. After the second album the band’s line-up changed but they continued to lose momentum (and their deal with RCA) and split up in 1986; Ruptash went on to form Subtle Hints and, later, Guerilla Welfare.  with notes from Doug Bowles.

1982 Tonight Tonight (RCA)
1982 Tonight Tonight//Johnny/Sailor [12”] (RCA)
1982 Heart to Heart/Johnny (RCA) PB-50709
1984 Don’t Bite (The Hand That Feeds You)/Action (RCA) PB-50762
1984 Movin’ Along/Can’t You See (RCA) PB-50771
1985 You’ve Got the Fire/Trouble Boys (RCA) PB-50789

1982 Pretty Rough (RCA) NKL1-0456
1984 Got the Fire (RCA) KKL1-0536

Born: July 18, 1960 in Montreal, Quebec
After plugging away on the club circuit between Quebec and Ontario in the late 1970s/early 1980s with her band (featuring Goddo’s Marty Morin and future Wall of Silence/The Works guitarist Jim Huff), Price was able to secure a production deal with producer Paul Gross and several prominent Canadian musicians (Derry Grehan, Bernie LaBarge, Gary McCracken, Gerald O’Brien, and John Albani) contributed to her debut mini-EP in 1983 entitled ‘Priceless.’ Cleveland, Ohio indie imprint Mirus, released the first single “Can’t Hold On Forever.” A  6-song EP followed on Mercury Records. The label launched a second single “Everywhere I Go” Price currently lives in Montreal, Quebec.

Can’t Hold On Forever/[same] [12”] (Mercury) DJM-122
1983 Can’t Hold On Forever/[same] (Mirus – US)  MR-1018
1983 Everywhere I Go/Empty Heart (Mercury) MS-76214

Priceless (Mirus/Mercury) MEP-321 

Bill Priddle
(lead guitar) / David Dunham (drums) / Mitch Bowden (vocals, guitar) / Scott Remila (bass)
Featuring former Chore members David Dunham and Mitch Bowden, former Treble Charger/Broken Social Scene member Bill Priddle, and former Raising the Fawn member Scott Remila; Priddle, Dunham, and Bowden would carry on as Don Vail in 2009. [also see DON VAIL]

Concern (Sparks) SK2006

PRIEST, Robert
Born: July 10, 1951 in Walton-On-Thames, England
Robert Priest and his family emigrated to Canada when he was 4 years old. Priest grew up in Scarborough, Ontario, and by the age of 8 had already decided he wanted to be a writer. In 1970 he attended the University of Waterloo for mathematics but soon dropped out to focus exclusively on writing poetry. His first book of poetry, ‘The Visible Man’, was released in 1979.  During this same period he began to immerse himself in Toronto’s Queen Street music scene. His 1982 debut EP was produced by Keith Elshaw and features The Jitters as his backing band with additional guitar work from Neil Chapman (Pukka Orchestra, Neotones, Sattalites). Priest had his own radio show on the CBC and he has even ventured into kids entertainment through books and song including musical collaborations with Neil Chapman and Eric Rosser under the guise of The Boinks. His children’s books also earned him an appearance on ‘Sesame Street’. Priest co-wrote the international hit song by Alannah Myles “A Song Instead of a Kiss”. His fifteenth book of verse, ‘Reading the Bible Backwards’, was released in 2012 as was a new album entitled ‘Feeling the Pinch’. [also see THE BOINKS]

1986 Congo Toronto/I Think We Better Rock Awhile (Robot) BD3-1122
Broken Star/Can’t Say Goobye (A Major Label) 45-MAJ-758

EP [5-song EP] (Airwave) AW-30450
1990 Rottweiler Pacifist
1998 Tongue ‘n’ Groove (EMI)
2012 Feeling the Pinch

Mikey Heppner (lead vocals, lead guitar) / Dan Watchorn (rhythm guitar, backing vocals) / Mike Dyball (bass) / Vince Nudo (drums, backing vocals)
While playing in the band The Dropouts, three of its members headed to New York to form The Stills leaving Mikey Heppner to recruit Watchorn, Dyball, and Nudo to form Priestess. In 2005, the band released their debut album, ‘Hello Master’ on Indica in Canada. RCA Records stepped up and offered Priestess a recording contract in January 2006. With major distribution in place, North American tour dates opening for Dinosaur Jr. followed in the spring of 2006. They would also tour with The Sword, Early Man and Diamond Nights.’Hello Master’ was re-issued in June with more tour days alongside Riverboat Gamblers and the Bronx. With satellite radio stations giving airtime to the band’s material, Priestess parlayed their new popularity into dates playing with Black Label Society and Black Stone Cherry’s from October until mid-December 2006. In late January 2007 the band toured for three weeks with Converge and Mastodon. This was followed by their first tour of Europe in June 2007 opening for Megadeth. North American tours followed from late 2007 through early 2009 with the likes of Murder By Death, Clutch, GWAR and Cattle Decapitation. Recording was attempted sporadically during this period and when they finally handed the album ‘Prior to the Fire’ to RCA for release, the label demanded changes be made to it. The band refused to alter the production and RCA let Priestess go. Fortunately, the band was allowed to keep the recording and issued it, instead, on TeePee Records in October 2009. The band would tour relentlessly in North America an Europe through the summer of 2010.

Run Home (RCA)
2006 Lay Down” (RCA)
2006 Talk to Her (RCA) 970120
2007 Blood (RCA)
2007 I Am the Night, Colour Me Black/Living Like a Dog (Lime – UK) CV7-006
2010 Lady Killer” (TeePee)

Hello Master (Indica) INDCD-062
2006 Hello Master [re-issue] (RCA) 83212
2009 Prior to the Fire (TeePee) TPE-113

Doug Knowles
(bass) / Gary Lintner / Gary Hood / Scotty Thompson
Doug Knowles had been a member of the Great Rufus Road Show and decided to form his own showband under the management of Pizazz Productions. They released one live album as a showcase for their comedy/skits/musical act.

Live (Pizazz Presents) PPA-001

Doug Pringle was a Montreal radio announcer (not to be confused with the Doug Pringle of Syrinx/The Poles fame) who dabbled in songwriting and recording.

1974 C’est pas le jeu/La nuit (Gamma) AA-1217

Born: September 7, 1945 in Halifax, Nova Scotia
Singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Pringle’s first musical love was the piano. He also enjoyed singing, and joined the children’s chorus of The Canadian Opera Company in 1954 and began to sing professionally. In the 1960’s Pringle moved from Toronto to New York City where, among his other activities, he began studying the classical lute with Theremin cellist Leonid Bolotine. He quickly discovered that he could finance his exotic musical interests through mainstream popular songwriting. Pringle then went to India to study an instrument called the Surbahar. Pringle resided in several different countries over the next few years, financing his travels through songwriting and film scoring. Because of his love/hate relationship with the spotlight, he would often work under assumed names. At that time, he collaborated with some of the most famous and successful songwriters in the business. He moved to L.A. in 1975, signed a deal with Warner Brothers Records and released his self-titled debut album in 1976. Pringle remained in L.A. for five years but felt creatively stifled so in 1980 he moved to Montreal, signed a deal with A & M Records and continued putting out LP’s. He also signed to a television deal for several specials while in Québec. After singing with everyone from (a young) Celine Dion to Nana Mouskouri to Petula Clark, Pringle grew tired of singing pop music, so he changed direction by writing a one-man show based on the life and work of the late British playwright, actor and singer Sir Noel Coward. This play, starring Pringle, called ‘Noel Coward: A Portrait’ occupied the next few years of his life. He performed hundreds of shows all over the world including an exclusive engagement at the White House for US President George Bush Sr. and Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney as well as a Royal Engagement for the Royal Family in England. Next Pringle did another one-man show, this time in French based on the “Song Of Songs” (Le Cantique Des Cantiques or “Shir haShirim”) of the Old Testament. The work was based on the interpretations of the late Alexandrian-born French cabalist Carlo Suares. The texts were by the French lyricist Laurence Musy. Pringle accompanied himself on a variety of different instruments including lute and the harp. In 1996 Pringle decided to retire from public performing, but after taking up the Theremin, found himself back on the concert stage many times accompanied by symphony orchestras. with notes from Peter Pringle, Eva Johnson.

1976 Gonna Get a Lady/Please Don’t Sell Nova Scotia (Reprise/Warner Bros./WEA) RPS-1359
1977 The Songs Sound Different To Me/[same] (Warner Bros.) WBS-8376
1977 You Really Got Me Needing You Now/Too Long In The Cold (Warner Bros.) WBS-8456
1978 Let Me Love You/If This Is Love (Curb/Warner Bros.) FWB-0021
1980 I Could Have Been A Sailor/Uptown (Penthouse #3) (A & M) AM-506
1981 It Just Occurred To Me/Sweet Lightning (A & M) AM-524
1981 Je viens de decouvrir/[Instrumental] (A & M) AM-525
1981 Hold On To The Night/[same] (A & M) AM-532
1981 Si j’etais magicien/Dis-Moi (A & M) AM-540
1981 Stranger/Lead Me Home (A & M) AM-544
1982 Tant de jours, tant de nuits/Madame (A & M) AM-555
1982 Deeper Than Love/Closing Time (A & M) AM-566
1982 Pour une femme/Le Dragon (A & M) AM-572
1982 Outta My Sight/Why We Do What We Do (A & M) AM-575
1983 Fantasies In Your Eyes/Angeline (A & M) AM-632
1983 Elle est belle/Deux etrangers (A & M) AM-649
1983 Always On the Line/Living It Up (A & M) AM-653
1985 Outside and Inside/Sweet Lightnin’ (Phonodisc) PH-403
198- Lucky Star [w/Pierre Berland] (Morin) 13005


1976 Peter Pringle (Reprise/Warner Bros./WEA) MS-2243
1981 Rain Upon The Sea (A & M) SP-9051
1981 Magicien (A & M) SP-9058
1982 Fifth Avenue Blue (A & M) SP-9072
1982 Pour Une Femme (A & M) SP-9073
1984 Souris-Moi (A & M) SP-9098
1984 Fantasies (A & M) SP-9101
1984 Chansons d’Amour (A & M) SP-9121
1985 Pauvre Casanova (Kebec Disc) 631
1987 Noel Coward: A Portrait (Aquarius) AQR-543
1991 Le Jeu De L’Amour (Morin) PGMCD-1303
1992 Le secret du Cantique des Cantiques (De Montagne) D-710
2003 Les Voix Du Thérémin (Les Productions d’Our Inc.) PDO-1002

1977 LINE-UP: Ron Tabak (lead vocals) / Lindsay Mitchell (guitar, vocals) / John Hall (keyboards) / Rodney Higgs [aka Jim Vallance] (drums) / Ab Bryant (bass) / Tom Lavin (guitars, vocals)
1978 LINE-UP: Ron Tabak (lead vocals) / Lindsay Mitchell (guitar, vocals) / John Hall (keyboards) / Rodney Higgs [aka Jim Vallance] (drums) / Al Harlow [aka Allen Hawirko] (bass);
1979 LINE-UP: Ron Tabak (lead vocals) / Lindsay Mitchell (guitar, vocals) / John Hall (keyboards) / Rocket Norton (drums) / Al Harlow [aka Allen Hawirko] (bass)
1981 LINE-UP: Henry Small (keyboards, vocals) / Lindsay Mitchell (guitars, vocals) / Rocket Norton (drums) / Al Harlow [aka Allen Hawirko] (bass) / Jimmy Phillips (keyboards) / David Stone (keyboards; tour) / Jamie Bowers (guitar, keyboards; tour)
1983 LINE-UP: Henry Small (keyboards, vocals) / Dennis Bellfield (bass) / Paul Warren (guitars) / Mike Baird (drums) / Jimmy Phillips (keyboards)
1993 LINE-UP: Lindsay Mitchell (guitars, vocals) / Darcy Deutsch (lead vocals) / Andy Lorimer (keyboards, vocals)
The idea of Prism got its start in the early 1970’s when Jim Vallance and Bruce Fairbairn met at the University of British Columbia in the school’s music program; they decided to join forces and formed a project called Sunshyne. The band initially played horn-band standards, highbrow jazz and funk, and some originals which were jazz oriented. While known as Sunshyne, Fairbairn got a government grant to perform street concerts, so they doubled as a clown band playing parks and city streets. The members became well known in Vancouver over the next few years and got lots of collective and individual studio work. In the local industry Vallance became known for writing and arranging commercials, and eventually Sunshyne disbanded. Fairbairn and Vallance contacted guitarist Lindsay Mitchell, of local band Seeds Of Time, and he agreed to work with them on a new project. He also brought in Tom Lavin, and suggested Ron Tabak from another local band. Fairbairn took the musicians into the studio and they recorded some of Vallance’s songs that had been demoed at home. They called themselves Under Construction and did some dates around town (and Vallance changed his stage name to Rodney Higgs so that his friends and family wouldn’t know he was playing in a pop group), then changed the name to Prism and went back in to the studio. This time they did seven songs of Vallance’s and Fairbairn produced. Fairbairn got Bruce Allen to manage based on the material they did and the two together got the band signed in 1976 with GRT/Capitol in Canada and Ariola/Capitol in the US; theirs was the most lucrative record deal a Canadian band had ever signed up to that time in Canadian music history. While recording the first album, Prism did some dates down west coast of North America and Lavin left during this time. John Hall and Al Harlow joined and continued the work in the studio as well as live. Vallance finally left during this time because he disliked touring and Rocket Norton joined. However, Vallance ended up playing drums, bass, keys, and some guitar on the first album. Their eponymous debut was released in 1977 and the first single, “Spaceship Superstar”, became a radio hit in Canada peaking at No.21 in November 1977 on the CHUM Chart. Vallance, meanwhile, had fallen out with the band when two of his songs – “No-No-No” and “You’re Like the Wind” – appeared on the sophomore album ‘See Forever Eyes’ without his permission. But after the band had made amends he agreed to write material for their third, and biggest selling, LP ‘Armageddon’ in 1979.  Over the next three years, Prism released an album a year and toured extensively across Canada. But after years on the road, fatigue and burnout were beginning to put a strain on the group especially in dealing with lead singer Ron Tabak. Soon Tabak was asked to leave the group and manager Bruce Allen helped them bring in new vocalist Henry Small (Small Wonder, Scrubbaloe Caine). Alas, Small had his own vision of Prism’s direction. Within months of recording their 1981 album, ‘Small Change’, band members were abandoning ship. By the end of the tour to support the album, the only remaining member was Norton. Prism as an entity recorded one more album in 1983 and then officially split up; The various members went their separate ways – Norton put a band together for Vancouver’s CKVU television, wrote music for TV, produced some TV specials, and played in bands on weekends; Harlow lectured on the history of contemporary music at Capilano College and put together an R&B house band for Expo ’86; Mitchell joined singer Billy Cowsill (Cowsills, Blue Northern) in a local band and did some television production work, editing the Powder Blues’ ‘Live At Montreaux’ concert for the CBC; Tabak and Hall joined local bands and maintained profiles on the Vancouver club scene – until discussion began in 1984 about a possible Prism reunion. Those talks ended abruptly when Tabak was involved in a bicycle accident and died of a brain hemorrhage while in police custody. The other members of the band decided that continuing to pursue a Prism reunion at that point would have been in bad taste and dropped the idea. By 1987 Harlow was hearing more of Prism’s old songs on the radio, and with Norton and Mitchell both managing baseball teams in the same neighbourhood league, the trio began discussing a Prism reunion though they had no lead singer. A few weeks later Mitchell saw Vancouver club band Simon Kaos doing “Spaceship Superstar” as their encore and so he approached lead singer Darcy Deutsch about joining Prism. Mitchell was disappointed to learn that Deutsch’s band were shopping a demo and didn’t want to interfere in the band’s future plans. However, Deutsch soon phoned Mitchell to say he’d quit Simon Kaos, was willing to sing for Prism and he’d bring that band’s keyboardist Andy Lorimer with him. As a newly invigorated quintet, Prism went into the studio to record two new songs specifically for a Capitol Records ‘best of’ package called “Over Sixty Minutes With…”. One of the tracks was a Jim Vallance/Bryan Adams song called “Good To Be Back”. The band toured constantly on the west coast between 1988 and 1993, and finally released a new album in 1993 entitled ‘Jericho’. Reviews were lukewarm from the media and they received no airplay including the single/video “Good To Be Back”, but Prism was determined and went back on tour through 1993/1994. The album did do well in parts of Europe and the group planned a European tour in 1994 to capitalize on those positive reviews. However, Prism’s members drifted apart once again until another reunion in 2000 where Prism toured in the Western provinces on a triple bill with Helix and The Headpins after which Prism retired once more; Fairbairn was found dead in his Vancouver home on May 17, 1999; Rocket Norton is a concert promoter in Vancouver; Lindsay Mitchell received his Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of British Columbia (UBC) in 1999 and graduated with his Master’s Degree in Adult Education in 2001; Tom Lavin is the owner of Blue Wave Recording Studios and still leads Powder Blues Band; Jim Vallance still produces and writes and has been a guest performer on the ‘Bluebird North’ showcase presentations by the Songwriters’ Association of Canada; Small went on to write material for Eddie Money and was a member of Who bassist John Entwhistle’s band The Rock. In 2000 Small was the morning radio voice for CIFM in Kamloops and was playing in a band called The Shift who released a CD entitled ‘Out Of The Darkness’ in 1999. A proper Henry Small solo album called ‘Time’ was released in the spring of 2002. In recent years Small launched an advertising/jingle company with Gary Fridell called Small World Studios; Al Harlow was teaching in North Vancouver at Capilano College before reviving another version of Prism in 2006. They released a brand new album in 2008 called ‘Big Black Sky’. with notes from Al Harlow, Kate Polsky, R. Brownlee, Nick Popravsky, John Reynolds, Greg Simpson, Bruce Atkinson, and Sue Markowski.

1977 Spaceship Superstar/Julie (GRT) 1230-138
1978 Take Me To the Kaptin/I Ain’t Lookin’ Anymore (GRT) 1230-141
1978 It’s Over/Julie (GRT) 1230-146
1978 Flyin’/Just Like Me (GRT) 1230-156
1978 Take Me Away/Crime Wave (GRT) 1230-157
1978 You’re Like The Wind/Hello (GRT) 1230-165
1978 See Forever Eyes/You’re My Reason (GRT) 1230-174
1979 Armageddon (Edit)/Take It Or Leave It (Magnum/GRT) 1242-8802
1979 Virginia/Mirror Man (GRT) 1242-8804
1979 Night To Remember/N-N-N-No! (Capitol-EMI) 72822
1979 You Walked Away Again/N-N-N-No! (Capitol-EMI/UK) Cl-16132
1980 Young and Restless/Deception (Capitol-EMI) 72829
1980 American Music/Hideaway (Capitol-EMI) 72834
1980 Cover Girl/Another World (Capitol-EMI) 72840
1981 Don’t Let Him Know/Hole In Paradise (Capitol-EMI) 72867
1981 Don’t Let Him Know/Wings Of Your Love (Capitol-EMI – US) B-5082
1981 Turn On Your Radar/When Love Goes Wrong (Capitol-EMI) B-5106
1981 Rain/Hole In Paradise (Capitol-EMI) B-5137
1983 Beat Street/Blue Collar (Capitol-EMI) B-5244
1983 Is He Better Than Me?/State of the Heart (Capitol-EMI) B-5266
1983 Modern Times (Capitol-EMI)
1988 Good To Be Back (KMB) KMB-1002


1977 Prism (GRT) 9230-1068
1978 See Forever Eyes (GRT) 9230-1075
1978 Prism [re-issue] (Capitol-EMI) ST-6464
1978 See Forever Eyes [re-issue] (Capitol) ST-6465
1978 Live Tonite! [blue vinyl] (Ariola – US) PRO-50034
1979 Armageddon (Capitol-EMI) ST-6466
1980 Young And Restless (Capitol-EMI) ST-12072
1980 All The Best of Prism (Capitol-EMI) ST-6477
1981 Small Change (Capitol-EMI) ST-12184
1983 Beat Street [ala Hotel] (Capitol-EMI) ST-12266
1988 Over 60 Minutes With…(Capitol-EMI) C79117321
1993 Jericho (Spinner) SPJC0-612-2
1995 Best of Prism (Renaissance – US)
1997 From The Vaults (Renaissance – US)
2008 Big Black Sky (independent)

Compilation Tracks
“Spaceship Superstar” on ‘Star Power’ (K-Tel) TC-245
1978 “Take Me Away” on ‘Starburst’ (K-Tel) TC-250
1979 “Spaceship Superstar” on ‘Hit Action’ (TeeVee) TA3-2030
1980 “Armageddon” on ‘Rock 80’ (K-Tel) TC-265
1980 “Young and Restless” on ‘Sound Waves’ (K-Tel) TC-267
1980 “Armageddon” on ‘America Strikes Back (Sounds Album 5)’ (Capitol – US) SS-5
1981 “Spaceship Superstar” on ‘Superstars Salute New Massey Hall’ (CBS/CRIA) CRIA-1
1981 “Cover Girl” on ‘High Voltage’ (K-Tel) TC-275
1982 “Turn On Your Radar” on ‘Rock ‘82’ (K-Tel) TC-273
2001 “Spaceship Superstar” on ‘Oh What a Feeling 2: A Vital Collection of Canadian Music’ (CMC) 0885

Born: October 18, 1944 in London, England
Died: February 27, 2005 in Toronto, Ontario
Pritchard was born in England during the Second World War but his family emigrated to Canada and settled in North York, Ontario in 1952. As a teen he started his own pirate radio station called CBIG where he broadcast in his Willowdale neighbourhood. He learned to paint and play music but would gain notoriety as one of the first DJs when CHUM launched their FM station in the late 1960s where he would regale the listener with esoteric stories and exotic music from all over the world including electronic experimental music he’d composed himself. He would often claim the material was demo tapes sent in from a listener named Fred. Pritchard was also the first North American artist ever signed to Island Records where his album ‘Nocturnal Earthworm Stew (Bouillabaisse Nocturne Aux Vers De Terre)’ was released 1976. In 1977 he would become the first program director when CFNY-FM launched in Toronto. For over 30 years David’s studio, Sonic Workshop produced audio projects and won numerous awards citations including the Gabriel prize for excellence in radio documentaries covering such artists as The Beatles and Rolling Stones.  David died of cancer in February 2005. with notes from the Ambient Ping.

Nocturnal Earthworm Stew (Bouillabaisse Nocturne Aux Vers De Terre) (Island) ILPS-9422
2017 Nocturnal Earthworm Stew (Bouillabaisse Nocturne Aux Vers De Terre) [2LP re-issue] (Artoffact) AOF-262

Gord Leggat (guitar) / Hughie Leggat (guitar, vocals) / Edward Leonetti (piano) / Paul Stamp (drums) / Howard Warden (bass) / Ray Harrison (piano)
Following Hughie Leggat’s (Lords of London/Nucleus) departure from A Foot In Coldwater in 1978, he formed Thunder Road. After bringing in brother Gord Leggat they renamed the band Private Eye and landed a record deal with Capitol-EMI Canada. Their self-titled debut Album Oriented Rock album spawned the radio hit “Your Place Or Mine”. Following the collapse of the band in 1980, the Leggat Brothers continued on under the name Leggat. [also see LEGGAT]

1979 Your Place Or Mine/Good Girl Gone Bad (Capitol-EMI) 72813
1979 Changes/Everybody Knows (Capitol-EMI) 72819
1979 Beneath the Wheels/I Hate To Tell You (Capitol-EMI) 72826

Private Eye (Capitol-EMI) ST-11980

From Vancouver, British Columbia.

Lost In Action [4-song EP] (Full Friction) QD-207

Compilation Tracks
“Rock ‘n’ Roll Radio” on ‘Vancouver Complication’ (Pinned) PIN-79330001
1991 “Science Fiction” on ‘Last Call: Vancouver Independent Music 1977-1988’ (Zulu) ZULU 5-2
1996 “Money, Guns and Power”, “Fuck You”, “I Wanna Know” and “Sci-Fi” on ‘Smash The State – Volume Two – A Compilation Of Canadian Punk Rock, 1979-81’ (No Exit) NO EXIT-003

Andy Krawchuk
(guitar) / Harry Krawchuk (bass) / Mel Degan (vocals) / Gerry Dere (organ) / Al McGee (piano) / Barry Allen (vocals) / Stu Mitchell (drums)  / Bob Ego (drums; replaced Mitchell) / Bob Walker (bass; replaced Harry Krawchuk) / Whitey Glan (drums; replaced Bob Ego) / John Hannah (drums; replaced Glan 1973) / Randy Broadhead (vocals; replaced Degan 1973) / Peter Elias (bass; replaced Krawchuck 1973) / Ken Boychuck (organ; 1973) / Steve Perry (vocals)
Edmonton, Alberta’s Privilege started their career in the late ’60’s as The Lords and released several singles on Pace Records and were also the backing band for Mary Saxton. The Lords, Barry Allen, Saxton and members of Southern Freeway also recorded as Rising Sun. When Allen was searching for a backing band to tour solo he brought on members of The Lords. It was this act that became Privilege after drummer Stu Mitchell watched the Paul Jones movie of the same name. Though they released several singles on Capitol Records, great fortunes were not immediately forthcoming and the group struggled. Allen left to pursue other studio and solo projects and the band called on their old Lords vocalist Mel Degan. A reconstituted Privilege, minus Mitchell, recorded an album based on a stage production called ‘Cantata Canada’ in 1973 for Edmonton’s Century II record label. Songs were written by Marc Jordan, Paul Hann, Rick Neufeld and the band’s Gerry Dere among others. Having relocated from the mid-west to Toronto by this time Whitey Glan left to become a session drummer (on projects by Terry Brown and Doug Riley) and was replaced by Burlington, Ontario’s John Hannah. They also changed lead singers and added Randy Broadhead and a young American backing vocalist named Steve Perry. Late in 1973 Krawchuck died from leukemia and was replaced by Peter Elias. Gerry Dere was replaced by Ken Boychuck. Finally, they recorded another album in 1978 called ‘It’s Been a Privilege’. The final version of the band toured the Middle East entertaining NATO troops. In 1989 Privilege reformed for the Rock & Roll Reunion in Edmonton. It was a 14 piece band with different eras of alumni included. With only three rehearsals, and never with the entire band at once, the show was well played. Bob Walker went on to work with Reveen The Impossibilist, was Operations Manager of Promotions at West Edmonton Mall for seven years and is currently with The Lance Burton show in Las Vegas; Degan is still singing and sang with The Classics who closed the ‘Rock And Roll Reunion’ in October 2006; Steve Perry went on to join American band Journey; Al McGee passed away February 24, 2018; Stu Mitchell passed away September 14, 2022. with notes from Bob Walker, Gerry Dere, Lenore Michetti and Brian Moore and the Steve Perry Fan Club. [see THE LORDS(1)]

1968 Highly Successful Young Rupert White/Rovin’ Heart (Capitol) 72530
1969 Savin’/Happy Loving Time (Capitol) 72548
1971 Louie Louie/When A Man Loves A Woman (Capitol) 72673
1972 Proper Stranger/Oh I Don’t Know (MCA) MCA-2002
1973 The Hired Man/[same] (Century II) 1503
1973 Rock And Roll/Feel Good (Century II) 1516

1973 Cantata Canada – Part One (Century II/Capitol) SPAL-17000
1978 It’s A Privilege (Century) LPC-1401

Steve Jack
(vocals) / Greg Manuck (guitar) / Wes Lawrie (drums) / Brian Morrison (bass)
Probe was formed in Surrey, British Columbia in 1984. They released one four song EP in 1985 and split up in 1986. Morrison went on to perform in Hobbit (1987-1988), House Of Frustration (1992-1095) and Eventide (1995-1997); Manuck went on to be a music technician. with notes from Brian Morrison.


1985 We Come In Peace [4-song EP] (Probe)

Barney Rebel [aka Bill Culp]
(bass) / Gary Indiana [aka Gary Cozacar] (drums, percussion) /  Jamie Problem [aka Jamie Stowe] (guitar, vocals)
DIY punk from Dunnville, Ontario; Culp would go on to play bass with an incarnation of the Dave Rave group and has released several independent albums.

1987 On the Air [5 song EP] (Problem Children Wrekords) PCW-A001

1986 The Future of the World Is Up To Us (Irate Faction) IFR-002
1988 Long Weekend: 1985-1988 (Double A – Germany) AA-018
1991 More Noize From The Playpen
1993 The Kids Next Door

Compilation Tracks
“Thrashing With Your Parents” on ‘It Came From the Pit’ (Psyche Industry) PIR-05

Born: Joachim Wolfgang Probst
Joe Probst was a folk singer/songwriter discovered in Toronto by the late print music publisher Ralph Cruickshank. Cruickshank introduced him to Daffodil Records president Frank Davies who soon signed the singer to the label on the strength of his demos. Rather than re-record the demos, they were augmented with Toronto session players and the song were released as the album ‘Lion & The Lady’ which was the name of a painting hanging in Ed Mirvish’s Ed’s Warehouse. The painting also became the album cover and inspired two poems by Brian Purdy that opened each side of the album. Three singles were released – “Loving You, “Kingston” and “Love”. Shortly after the release Probst left Canada for Europe to become a minister. with notes from Francis W. Davies.

1972 Love/Sad, Sad Story (Daffodil) DFS-1027
1972 Loving You/Just Like a Story (Daffodil) DFS-1035
1973 Kingston/I Ain’t No Angel (Daffodil) DFS-1041

The Lion and the Lady (Daffodil) SBA-16018

Compilation Tracks
“(Isn’t It) Just Like a Story” on ‘Proven Blooms’ (Daffodil) SBAO-16009

Mickey Andrews (dobro, guitar) / Paul Bradbury (vocals) / Bruce Ley (Moog synthesizer, piano) / Don Paveling (bass) / Jim Pecchia (guitar) / Gary Tiller (vocals, drums, percussion)
Formed in Toronto, Ontario in 1973. Bradbury had previously been in the band Borealis.

Professor Fuddle’s Fantastic Fairy Tale Machine (Periwinkle) PER-7314

Robin Aubé (bass) / Norm Divinski (drums) / Dave Evans (lead guitar, vocals) / Paul Reynolds (acoustic guitar, vocals)
From Hamilton, Ontario.

I Can Turn My Head Myself [4-song EP] (World) WRC2-5833
1990 Progressive Minstrels [cassette] (independent)

Compilation Tracks
“Golden Touch” on ‘What’s All the Fuzz About’ (What Wave/CHRW)
1991 “Before the Fall” on ‘Indie-Can ‘91’ (Intrepid) CD-4

Born: Ronald Harry Prokop on December 13, 1943 in Hamilton, Ontario;
Died: August 30, 2017 in London, Ontario
As a young boy, Skip Prokop served in RCSCC LION Sea Cadets Corps in Hamilton, Ontario. At the age of fourteen he became Leading Seaman/1st Class as well as Lead Drummer and Instructor in the Corps. Prokop was also one of two cadets chosen nation-wide to serve in the Royal Canadian Naval Band. His leadership qualities won him an offer of scholarship to the Royal British Naval Academy which he turned down to pursue his love of music. He moved to Preston, Ontario (now Cambridge) and played in the Preston Scout House Drum Corps. One year later, he was accepted by the Toronto Optimist Drum Corps – the world famous Canadian National Champions. Prokop was encouraged to pursue a career in music and perfected his skill as a drummer. He won the prestigious ‘Canadian National Individual Rudimental Drumming Championship’ at the age of seventeen and later that year, placed in the top three (losing within tenths of a point below 1st and 2nd place) for the same title in the United States. A scholarship from prestigious Westpoint Military Academy was offered to him as the first Canadian to be sponsored by a U.S. Senator but turned it down. While in Toronto, Ontario he graduated from Lakeshore Business College and took a position with the Metropolitan Toronto Police force in the Identification Bureau. Prokop was offered a position with the United States Air Force Blue Angels Presidential Drum Corps at the age of nineteen. At the same time he was perfecting his guitar and piano skills and had started to write his first musical compositions. He left the Drum Corps to establish his first group The Paupers. They became the first Canadian group to sign a major US record deal. After successfully touring internationally for 4 years the group broke up and Prokop stayed in the US and became one of the most sought after studio musicians. He would work with Peter Paul & Mary, Alvin Bishop, Carlos Santana, Steve Miller, Mama Cass Elliot, and The Super Session with Al Kooper and Michael Bloomfield and was handed the unenviable task of putting a band together for Janis Joplin (which found him face-to-face with the Hell’s Angels ‘welcoming committee’). Upon returning to Canada Prokop was personally selected by Prime Minister Pierre Elliot Trudeau to address Parliament at the ‘Parliamentary Inquiry into Canadian Music’. He was the first rock musician in Canadian history to address parliament.  He spoke about what it was like to be a Canadian musician/recording artist during a time when Canadian radio stations would not play or recognize Canadian Recording Artists. This inquiry resulted in the formation of the Canadian Radio and Television Commission. Prokop was recognized by the late honourable Pierre Juno that his personal testimony was one of the key elements to the successful establishment of the CRTC. In 1969, Prokop founded the rock group Lighthouse – the world’s first 13-piece rock orchestra who went on to achieve international success as a live act and Top40 hit makers. Prokop would play with Lighthouse until 1974 after which he delved into producing – working for several months in New York on Déjà Vu’s second studio album, ‘Get It Up For Love’, and had them re-record his Lighthouse hit “Pretty Lady”. In 1977 he took the plunge and released a solo album, ‘All Growed Up’, featuring the single “Gotta Hear You Say It Too”. In the 1980s he hosted his own Christian Contemporary Rock program on CFNY-FM. Prokop would organize and promote the 1987 ‘Greenfest Christian Music Rock Festival’. In 1988 and 1989 he was the President and owner of PROMOTUR Inc. – a full service communications and commercial production organization. Prokop would reunite Lighthouse in 1990 for the Variety Club Telethon. The band has remained together ever since and continues perform regularly around Canada. Also in 1990 Prokop was employed as Promotions Manager/Sales Representative at CHLO Radio in St. Thomas, Ontario. In May of 1992 he joined BX93 and CJBK as a Regional Account Representative. In 2005 he formed a brand new smooth jazz group and began recording and co-producing a CD tentatively titled ‘In the Center Of…’ with Georgie Fab at his A Cellar Full of Noise studio. [Due to budget constraints the album was never mixed properly but is expected to see light of day as ‘The Valecrest Sessions’.]  Also in 2005 Prokop and his son Jamie formed a brand new Christian Rock “ministry” band called Mercy Train. They were given free session time totaling $15,000 to complete their first EP which they believed should never be sold, but given away for free to anyone who might find encouragement in their music. Unfortunately Mercy Train disbanded in late 2010 in the middle of their first full length recording.  Two singles were released to Canadian Radio despite the breakup. Prokop’s second smooth jazz release, ‘Smoothside’, was recorded between 2010 and 2012 and was mixed and co-produced by Jamie Prokop. Jamie also played on the record and is co-owner of IAM Studios in Brantford, Ontario where the CD was recorded. Prokop has written eleven North American and international Top40 hits along with four gold and one platinum album with Lighthouse, composed music for film, radio and TV commercials and has had his own radio show in London, Ontario in recent years; Prokop left Lighthouse in 2014 due to health concerns and died of congestive heart failure August 30, 2017.  with notes from Skip Prokop and Greg Simpson. [also see LIGHTHOUSE, THE PAUPERS]

1977 Sunny New Orleans/McKenzie Mansion (Quality) 2248X
Gotta Hear You Say It/Cassandra December (Quality) 2286X

All Growed Up (Quality) SV-1948
2012 Smoothsides (IAM/Movie Hunter)
TBA The Valecrest Sessions

Mark Kennedy
(guitar) / Russ Kelley (bass) / Serge Bougie (drums)
Proof’s only single, “(Love) a Bitta Memory” b/w “Old Town” was produced by Don Graham and recorded at RCA Records’ Montreal Studio B where April Wine, Freedom North and SOMA recorded. Gaten Desbiens engineered the tracks.  There was a deal in the works with Island Records and RCA Canada for an album but the deal was never finalized and the band split up. with notes from Don Graham.


1976 (Love) a Bitta Memory/Old Town (RCA/Victor) PB-50263

Doug Riley
(lead vocals) / Dan Lowe (guitar) / Jerry Adolphe (drums) / Brian Island (bass, vocals) / Brad Steckler (guitar, bass, vocals) / Ted Alexander (keyboards, vocals)
Following stints with the likes of Painter, Hammersmith, 451° and then production duties on albums by Pretty Rough, White Wolf and Qwest, Dan Lowe decided once again to try another stab at a recording career. Envisioned as a studio project, Lowe brought back Steckler from 451° and built the act around consummate Canadian keyboardist/arranger Doug Riley (Dr. Music) as lead vocalist. Lowe produced their solitary with assistance from the band. Lowe would later go on to create an innovative studio sound technique called Q-Sound in 1998; Island released a self-titled CD in 1989; Riley died August 27, 2007.

1983 Video Kids/Communique (Mercury) MS-76203
1983 Behind Your Eyes/Money Talks (Mercury) MS-76207
1983 I’m Sorry/Money Talks (Mercury) MS-76211


1983 Prototype (Mercury) SMM-1-4080

Carl Ashley (drums) / Laurie Bader (drums) / Fred Bennett (guitar) / Irene Butler (vocals) / Wayne Dinwoodie / Johnny Faas (guitar) / Eric Olson (accordion) / Carl Ries (saxophone)/ Larry Tillyer (guitar, bass, vocals) / Les Vogt (guitar, vocals)
From Vancouver, British Columbia. [also see LES VOGT]

Rock Me Baby/Most of All (Aragon) 45AR-302
1958 Get a Move On/I’m Feelin’ Sorry (Aragon) 45AR-303

Compilation Tracks
“Rock Me Baby” and “Get A Move On” on ‘The History of Vancouver Rock and Roll Volume 1 – The Early Years’ (Neptoon) VRCA-001
2003 “Honey Strollin’” and “Rock Me Baby” on ‘Real Gone Aragon: Roots Rockers & Rockabillies’ (Bear Family) BCD-16348-AH

Simon [aka James Bryan/McCollum]
/ Milo [aka Jason “Jay” Levine]
A cartoon techno-funk project concocted by Jason Levine and James Bryan – bassist and guitarist, respectively, of The Philosopher Kings – Prozzäk benefitted greatly from saturation airplay of the cheeky animated video for their second single “Sucks To Be You”. At one point, the duo was actually going to “tour” – on video only, of course (a la Gorillaz) – with Sky and The Moffatts, but those plans were cancelled at the last minute due to “production difficulties”. The follow-up single, “Strange Disease”, also popped up on MuchMusic, hitting No.1. The duo managed a fourth single “Wild Thing” from the album. Their sophomore album ‘Saturday People’ was released in 2000. The duo would spend the next few years producing other projects and waging a copyright battle over the name Prozzäk (with makers of the similar sounding prescription drug). They briefly changed their name to Simon & Milo for their third album ‘Ready Ready Go’ in 2002 so it could be released stateside. Their final album, once again under the name Prozzak, was ‘Cruel Cruel World’ in 2005. Levine and Bryan assumed their traditional music roles as part of the Philosopher Kings reunion album in 2006. [also see PHILOSOPHER KINGS]

Omabolasire (Sony)
1998 Sucks To Be You (Radio Edit)/Sucks To Be You (DJBJ Mix) [12″] (Epic/Sony) 49-3289
1998 Sucks To Be You/Strange Disease (Columbia/Sony) COL-66835
1998 Strange Disease (Epic/Sony) CDNK-1420
1998 Wild Thing/Poor Boy (Medley) (Epic/Sony) CDNK-1429
1999 Europa (Epic/Sony) CDNK-1459
2000 Never Get Over You
2000 Be As
2005 When I Think of You
2006 Just Friends

Hotshow (Sony) EK-80367
2000 Saturday People (Epic/Sony) 234562
2002 Simon and Milo: Ready Ready Set Go (Hollywood) 2061-62313
2005 Cruel Cruel World (MapleMusic) MRCD-6453

Compilation Tracks
“Omobolasire” on ‘Connected’ (Sony Special Products) BDK-85340
2000 “Wild Thing/Poor Booy (Medley)” on ‘Face the Music (Sony) TVK-24068
2001 “Be As” on ‘Planet Pop 3’ (SONY/BMG)

Darrin Huss [aka Andy Belmont, Darryn Carnage, Evan Panic]
(vocals, lyrics) / Stephen Huss [aka Anthony Red, Antoine Rouge] (music) / David Kristian (on ‘The Influence’) / Per-Anders Kurenbach (replaced Stephen Huss 2000) / Remi Szyszka (synths) / Dwayne R. Goettel (keyboards)
Psyche is a Canadian dark synth-pop band, now based in Germany, originally founded by brothers Darrin Huss and Stephen Huss in Edmonton, Alberta in 1982. By the time of their highlight performance (with future Skinny Puppy member Dwayne Goettel) as support to Britain’s Alien Sex Fiend in 1984, the duo already had several songs written. When the Huss family moved to Waterloo, Ontario, Darrin Huss and Stephen took time out from their school work to record. These songs became their self-produced debut album ‘Insomnia Theatre’. The brothers used the pseudonyms Evan Panic (Darrin Huss) and Anthony Red (Stephen) under the banner Psyche. Psyche found a loyal audience in Québec. And in 1985, Psyche secured a record deal with the Paris, France label New Rose Records. With the addition of “Mr. Eyeball Ooze” and “Wrench” to a newly updated mix of their self produced debut, the European audience was about to get their own special taste of Psyche ‘s “Insomnia Theatre”. Rave reviews in the English press (NME and Melody Maker), plus overseas record sales persuaded Psyche to head to Europe. After releasing the the 4-song ‘Contorting The Image’ EP and the 12″ ‘Thundershowers’, Psyche arrived in Paris to record their follow up album called ‘Unveiling The Secret’. Psyche premiered their new recordings in front of 2,000 electro fans at Paris’ Elysee Montmarte as the support act for the legendary duo Suicide. The album’s title track became a legitimate dance hit and Psyche achieved the European breakthrough they needed to go on a proper tour performing throughout France, Belgium, Sweden, Holland, and eventually Germany. They toured with such acts as Neon Judgement, Clan Of Xymox, The Weathermen, and once again with Alien Sex Fiend. Psyche then released their third album, ‘Mystery Hotel’ in Europe in 1988. The album garnered attention on radio from two singles, “Uncivilized” and “Eternal”, and received video play on several programs in Germany and France with “Eternal”. After moving briefly to Montreal, Canada, Darrin Huss began delving into other musical areas creating such diverse entities as the more industrial Vanishing Heat (with Rational Youth’s Kevin Komoda). Darrin Huss then teamed up with David Kristian to record a Psyche LP, ‘The Influence’. Psyche also began a long term relationship with the German label SPV Records. While Darrin Huss decided to live on in Germany, David left for Montreal. A visit home to Waterloo in 1991 reunited the Huss brothers and produced ‘Daydream Avenue’. While Stephen stayed in Canada, Darrin Huss returned to tour Europe with German keyboardist Johannes Haeusler in support of British poetic artist Anne Clark. This tour brought Psyche to an even larger audience where they presented fans with a mix of new songs and their well known dance hits. After experimenting with various techno mixes on the Psyche single “Angel Lies Sleeping” (with renouned remixer Mousse T), Darrin Huss then made a single under the project name Our Heaven. The song “Heaven In Pain” was written with the hope of reaching the dance charts, and establishing Darrin Huss as a solo singer in his own right. Despite the focus on electronic dance, a cross-over into the pop charts was not in the cards, and Darrin Huss Huss took a creative pause to re-team with brother Stephen to re-evaluate the future of Psyche. In 1993 SPV re-released the first two Psyche albums together a limited edition 2-fer-1 CD, and a “best of” package called ’69 Minutes Of History’ collecting Psyche’s most popular songs from 1987-1991. With 1994’s ‘Intimacy’ Psyche returned to release a masterful mix of short dramatic pieces under the productive eye of U.S. mixer Joseph Watt (Razormaid). Feeling that there was no real powerful dance numbers on ‘Intimacy’ Darrin Huss decided to cover Soft Cell’s song “Sex Dwarf”. After castle party concert in Poland to promote the group’s releases there, Psyche did another small tour through Germany, and appeared at various events. This was then the end of an era for Darrin Huss, and after several collaborations with other artists for various label compilations, it was uncertain what might follow. Darrin Huss was in search of a new collaborator as it was clear that he would continue his career in Germany while Stephen Huss remained in Canada. It was at this point that Darrin Huss was approached to be the vocalist for Inside (featuring former members of The Eternal Fire) and released it’s debut ‘Room Full Of Mirrors’ in late 1995. With several songs receiving notoriety in the German electro music scene, Inside appeared at several festivals. And although Inside released a second album, ‘Beware’, the band dissolved in early 1999. With Darrin Huss Huss’s return to Psyche as a full-time concern, the band was transformed into a German/Canadian partnership between keyboardist Per-Anders Kurenbach, and Huss. The new duo released the single “You Ran Away” backed with a cover version of the hard to find Q LAZZARUS song “Goodbye Horses” from the movie ‘Silence of the Lambs’. Together with the release of the CD ‘Strange Romance’ at the end of 1996, the latest incarnation of Psyche found an appreciative audience and a new found energy. After playing for the first time in Oslo, Norway and a return to Sweden, Psyche released a live video featuring highlights from their ‘Strange Romance’ Tour. 1998 saw the beginning of a new record label partnership, and in June of that year Psyche released their eighth official album on the Strange Ways label out of Hamburg, Germany. The album ‘Love Among The Ruined’ added a few more experimental touches to the pop side of Psyche’s style, and solidified their following with the hits “Murder In Your Love” and “Land of Broken Promises”. Later that same year, Psyche was approached by Synthetic Symphony/SPV to re-release the band’s first two albums allowing for the chance to remaster the material, add historical early recordings, and update the design for the legendary ‘Insomnia Theatre’ and ‘Unveiling the Secret’ albums. A tour entitled “Back To the Eighties” followed in June 1998 with guests Equatronic and Zoon Politicon. Winter of 1999 also saw a return to Göteborg, Sweden and Oslo, Norway for Psyche. Ending the year was a Pluswelt festival concert with the groups Mesh, Beborn Beton and Second Decay in Krefeld, Germany. This reunited Second Decay and Psyche on stage together for the first time in 10 years! Despite their long time in the music business, Psyche proved once again with some newer selections “Assassin” and “Misguided Angels” that they remain unique and inspiring to both new and old generations of synth-pop fans. At the beginning of 2000, Psyche signed to Art Of Fact Records for North America. The specially compiled release of ‘Misguided Angels’ contained material all the way from 1983-2000 as a re-introduction of Psyche back on their original continent. It contained the last material from Per-Anders Kurenbach, and Darrin Huss as well as some rare mixes. In the meantime, Psyche 2000 had become Darrin Huss Huss (Vocals, Sampling) and Remi Szyszka (Synths and Sound Design). This line-up presented itself throughout the year with new versions of old favourites and the song “Sanctuary”. Together with Invisible Limits on four occasions under the theme of Legends United, and several concerts later Psyche found itself supporting Sparks on three of their German dates. Finally however, the “new” Psyche made its debut on Accession Records with their ‘Sanctuary’ CD Single released in April 2001. Psyche experienced a return to Paris where a performance was made at La Locomotive, 13 years after the original Psyche duo of Darrin Huss and his brother Stephen stood on the same stage. Another highlight for the new Psyche was a concert in Olten, Switzerland. Psyche was only once in Switzerland as guests of Anne Clark in 1991, and this lead to further surprises for Psyche as the year went on. To present the 9th official Psyche album the band appeared in concert in Bochum’s Matrix and performed nearly all the new songs as well as some old favourites. The next day, Psyche was on flight to Barcelona in order to perform for the first time in Spain at the renowned KGB. By the end of the year more debuts were to follow resulting in PSYCHE’s first performances in the USA, as well as a return to Darrin Huss’s hometown Waterloo, and a great concert at Toronto’s Dare Rave. Finally “The Hiding Place” charted 4th in the year end Top 100 of the German Alternative Charts. Just under Depeche Mode and New Order’s latest. Since no further single was released Psyche began working on remixes of some of their favourite tracks for ‘The Hiding Place’ as well as new material. By the time “Endangered Species” was unleashed in April 2002, Psyche was already booked to be halfway around the world again with two more “first times”. The Hague, Netherlands, and in the UK at INFEST! Also returning to Montreal, Canada, and Copenhagen, Denmark for the first concert in 10 years! When PSYCHE began 2003, they found themselves in concert for another debut in the country of Finland. An amazing reception was had at Tampere’s Ground Zero, and then it was off to a special performance for the Electronic Music lover’s society in Lund, Sweden with members of bands such as S.P.O.C.K. and Covenant coming to check out the performance. The year continued with several appearances leading up to the single release of “The Quickening”. It was a massive 74 minute affair including remixes from Negative Format, and Technoir, as well as Per-Anders Kurenbach returning with his version of “Anonymous Skin” as an added bonus. Psyche topped off their summer with another first, their appearance at Germany’s illustrious Wave-Gothic Festival! ‘Babylon Deluxe’ was released in September and found its way in the German Alternative Top ten once again as Psyche found themselves on stages in Athens, Greece, London, UK, and 3 dates in Spain! By the end of the year Psyche had also returned to Norway where they met Spektralized, and joined these Accession Records label mates with Diary Of Dreams, and Lights Of Euphoria for an 11 date Tour through Germany, and a stop in the Netherlands as well. By year’s end “Babylon Deluxe” had spawned further favourites in “X-Rated”, “Gods And Monsters”, “Edge Of 17” and “Final Destination” which all were performed to the delight of the audience at Top Act in Zapfendorf on New Year’s Eve. In 2004, it turned out that “Babylon Deluxe” was to be the last album with Remi Szyszka in Psyche’s line-up. After releasing 2 singles from this album, one of which came out as a CD single and 12″ vinyl, Darrin Huss had finally achieved 20 years of music as the singer and lyricist for Psyche. In between he had also appeared as a guest vocalist with several other artists’ releases, among those, Fading Colour, Aiboforcen, Sara Noxx, Sphere, Lorenzo, Parallel Project as well as his side project Lounge which was created with Niels Hesse and Marco Drewes. Metropolis Records approached Darrin Huss with the intention to license Psyche for the North American market. Expanding on the achievements of his Canadian label Artoffact Records, Darrin Huss compiled ‘Legacy’ to re-introduce the years 1991-2003 to a new generation of fans. This CD was marketed worldwide after Psyche performed again in Canada with Ayria in the summer of 2004. ‘The 11th Hour’, Psyche’s new album of 2005 was recorded mainly with Darrin Huss’s previous collaborator Per-Anders Kurenbach, but including a farewell track with Remi Szyszka, and a guest appearance by Christian Wirsig, “The 11th Hour” finds Psyche rejuvenating all the elements that made them unique in the first place garnering new fans and a No.1 position in the German Alternative Charts (DAC). Psyche appeared internationally on stage the rest of 2005, ending up in Australia for the first time ever in December. Darrin Huss’ side project, Lounge, also released an EP containing mixes of “Everyday” that won the Acidplanet.com contest on Novatune Records, and Darrin Huss has also found the time to begin a new electronic project that goes by the name of Jetlag; Stephen Huss died August 2, 2015.

1985 Thundershowers (In Ivory Towers)/Lead Me Astray (Psyche) 001T
1986 Unveiling the Secret (New Rose – FRANCE) NEW-84
1987 Prisoner to Desire/Black Panther (Psyche) PSYCHE-1
1987 Unveiling the Secret (New Rose – FRANCE) NEW-90
1988 Uncivilized (New Rose – FRANCE) NEW-109
1989 Eternal (Amok) 628
1989 Suspicion/What Sorrow (Artoffact) ART-3
1991 Angel Lies Sleeping (SPV – GER) SPV-001-13306
1991 If You Believe (Radio Remix) (Psyche) PSY-2000
1993 The Saint Became a Lush (Bol) BOL-22.20
1996 You Ran Away/Good-Bye Horses (SPV – GER) SPV-055-61343
2001 Sanctuary (Artoffact) A-027
2003 The Quickening (Accession) EFA-23462-2
2008 Disorder/Eternal (Live) (Psyche Enterprises – GER)
2014 [split w/RATIONAL YOUTH]/Underrated [7”] (Artoffact) AOF-188
2015 [split w/LUMINANCE]/Passenger Seat [7”] (Artoffact] AOF-204

1985 Insomnia Theatre (Malignant) PSY-08
1986 Contorting The Image [12″ EP] (New Rose – FRANCE)  NEW-74
1986 Unveiling The Secret (New Rose – FRANCE) NEW-108
1987 Uncivilized [12” EP] (New Rose – FRANCE) NEW-99
1988 Unleashed (Rarities) (For All And None) ALL-2
1988 Eternal/Insatiable [12” EP] (New Rose -FRANCE) NEW-115
1988 Mystery Hotel (Amok) LP-519
1988 Live EP (New Rose) PSYCHE-2
1989 The Influence (SPV – GER) SPV-84-1340
1990 Tales from the Darkside: 1982-1987 (Animalized/SPV – GER) SPV-084-1336
1991 Daydream Avenue (SPV – GER) SPV-008-88551
1993 69 Minutes of History (SPV – GER) SPV-84-9372
1994 Intimacy (SPV – GER) SPV-85-6135
1994 Private Desires EP (SPV -GER) SPV-060-6168
1996 Strange Romance (Synthetic Symphony/SPV – GER) SPV-085-6132
1998 Love Among the Ruined (StrangeWays/Dark Star)  SPARK-81
2000 Live 2K (Psyche Enterprises)
2000 Misguided Angels (Artoffact) AOF-005
2001 Sanctuary EP (Artoffact) AOF-008
2001 The Hiding Place (Artoffact) AOF-011
2002 Endangered Species (Artoffact) AOF-014
2003 Babylon Deluxe (Artoffact) AOF-019
2004 Legacy (Metropolis) MET-341
2004 X-Rated [EP] (Psyche) PSY-001
2005 The 11th Hour (Metropolis) MET-359
2006 Unveiling the Secret [EP] (Remixes) (Electronic Corporation) ELCO-15.0
2006 Unveiling the Secret 2.0 [EP] (Electronic Corporation) END-015
2007 Club Salvation (Rivetting) RIVET-03
2009 Until the Shadows (Metropolis) MET-602
2009 Noche Oscura (Live In Mexico) (Psyche Enterprises – Mexico)
2010 Re-Membering Dwayne (Artoffact) AOF-097
2011 Halloween Party EP [EP]
2011 We Are Bradley Manning [EP]
2011 Unknown Treasures (Psyche Enterprises – GER)
2012 All Things Pass Into the Night [EP] (Optimo) OM-16
2012 As the Brain Collapses (Infacted) FACT-3208
2016 Insomnia Theatre [2LP re-issue] (Artoffact) AOF-231
2016 Unveiling the Secret [2LP re-issue] (Artoffact) AOF-232
2016 Mystery Hotel [2LP re-issue] (Artoffact) AOF-233
2018 Brave New Waves Session (Artoffact) AOF-304

Duncan Wilson (vocals, rhythm guitar) / Jim Creasey (lead guitar) / Randy Booth (bass) / Bob Brett (drums)
Les Pucks were formed in Winnipeg, Manitoba in 1978. They toured extensively in Ontario and Manitoba and cut one direct-to-disc album in 1979; Booth went on to play in First Nations band Eagle & Hawke form 1994-1999 and appeared on Khem Kharan’s ‘Language of the Heart’ album in 2002.. He has since passed away. Duncan Wilson died in a house fire on May 27, 2012.

Les Pucks: Direct-to-Disc Limited Edition (Tube) WRC1-1011

Neil Chapman
(guitar) / Tony Duggan-Smith (guitar) / Graeme Williamson (vocals)
The Pukka Orchestra (a Hindu term meaning “first rate”, “permanent”, “genuine”) was formed in Toronto during 1979. They were christened by Tony Duggan-Smith’s uncled Edward Roderick – the Harbor Master of Calcutta who would later work for Marconi during the advent of radio. Their first release was a humorous independent single “Rubber Girl” in 1981. They signed to Solid Gold Records shortly after with their self-titled debut in 1984 and featured the radio hit “Listen To The Radio” which was written by Tom Robinson and Peter Gabriel under its original title “Atmospherics”. Two other well received singles followed. Their live shows featured the core line-up of Chapman, Duggan-Smith and Williamson with a rotating base of Queen Street musicians sometimes numbering 10 or 11 on stage at a time. What appeared to be a promising future was cut short when Williamson developed kidney problems and moved to Scotland to be with his family. Lightening dealt a second blow when their record label, Solid Gold, went bankrupt. In 1984 members of the Toronto community like Robert Priest, Colin Linden and Gwen Swick rallied to Williamson’s aid for emergency living expenses by holding a benefit concert at The BamBoo club which raised $5000. Williamson eventually received a kidney transplant and was well enough for The Pukka Orchestra to carry on to release a 4 song EP on A Major Label in 1987. Williamson’s health was still fragile and he was unable to continue with the band and the Pukkas disbanded officially in 1988. In 1992, with a FACTOR grant in hand, The Pukka Orchestra was able to record again for A Major Record label and release a new 10 song album in 1992 which they self-produced. Graeme Williamson moved to Glasgow where he completed his first novel ‘Strange Faith’ in 2001; Duggan-Smith, Chapman and Glenn Olive (bass) assembled a new band called Neotone in 1996 and the CD ‘Oh My’. In November 2000, the Pukka Orchestra’s 1984 album debut finally made it to CD on Solid Gold. In 2008 Duggan-Smith and Chapman formed another new group called Autocondo; Williamson died on June 25, 2020 of undisclosed causes. with notes from Graeme Williamson and Tony Duggan-Smith.

1981 Rubber Girl/Do the Slither (Rubber)
1984 Listen To The Radio (Single Mix)/Spies Of the Heart (Solid Gold) SGS-751
1984 Cherry Beach Express/A Wonderful Time To Be Young (Solid Gold) SGS-756
1984 Might As Well Be On Mars/A Wonderful Time To Be Young (Solid Gold)
1986 Weekend (Come Alive)/Knocking on Open Doors (A Major Label)
1987 Goldmine In The Sky[same] (A Major Label) 7-PUK-11

1984 The Pukka Orchestra (Solid Gold) SGR-1022
1987 The Palace of Memory (A Major Label) 12-PUK-0108
1992 Dear Harry (A Major Label) PUKCD-100

Compilation Tracks
“Every Man And Woman Is A Star” on ‘A Canadian Alternative ’92’ (Second Wave)
1997 “Listen To The Radio” on ‘The Ongoing History Of New Music, Vol 2’ (Warner).

Chris Burke-Gaffney
(bass, lead vocals) / Lou Petrovich (guitar) / Brent Diamond (keyboards) / Terry Norman Taylor (drums)
From Winnipeg, Manitoba. This punk act would re-emerge as AOR band Orphan in the mid-80s and again as The Deadbeat Honeymooners in the early ’90s. Burke-Gaffney would play a role in the development/discovery of singer-songwriter Chantal Kreviazuk. [also see ORPHAN, DEADBEAT HONEYMOONERS]

1980 Bust the TV/You’re the One (Polydor) 2065-421
1980 Success/Out of Control (Polydor) 2065-428
1980 Think It Over/Coffee With the Queen (Polydor) 2065-434

1979 The Pumps (Polydor) 2424-205
2006 It’s a Miracle…They’re Still Alive: The Very Best of The Pumps & Orphan (Vatikan)

Andrew Kieran (vocals, guitar) / Darren Hore (bass, vocals) / Adam Luedicke (drums, vocals) / Ian Macdonald (keyboards, vocals) / Jim Bryson (guitar; 1994-1996) / Frank Viciana (guitar, vocals; 1999-2001)
Punchbuggy was formed in Ottawa, Ontario in 1994; Punchbuggy split up in 2002.

Dressed For Success/My Voice Is Weak (Mag Wheel) MAG-07.5

All Nite Christian Rollerskate (Shake The Record Label) SALD-221
1996 Grand Opening Going Out of Business Sale (Shake The Record Label) SALD-227
1998 My Norwegian Cousin (Sour) SOUR-1361
2001 The Great Divide (Boss Tuneage) BOSTAGE-575

Compilation Tracks
“Swimming Pool” on ‘On Guard for Thee: A Collection of Canada’s Youth Gone Bad’ (Rock ‘n’ Roll Inc.) R&R-INC006
1996 “Chief” and “Before I Think of You” on ‘Ottawa City Speedway!’ (Cargo) CARD-1038
1997 “Karen” on ‘Popcan: A Taste of Pure Canadian Pop’ (Alert) Z-81033
2001 “Lucky Me, Lucky You” on ‘Freddy Got Fingered [Motion Picture Soundtrack]’ (Restless) REST-73746
2010 “Daylight” on ‘Too Much Music, Too Many Bands: 20 Years of Boss Tuneage’ (Boss Tuneage)

Jordy Birch (lead vocals) / Todd Simko (guitar) / Mark Henning (keyboards) / Leigh Grant (drums) / Dave Hadley (bass)
Nettwerk Records recording act After All was formed in 1987 and released one album before deciding on a style and image change. With the departure of that band’s singer Scott Acomba, Birch, Simko and Grant added Mark Henning on drums and became Grin Factory. With the addition of Dave Hadley on bass to take over for Birch who became the lead vocalist for the 1990 the incarnation became Pure. With a visit to Vancouver’s Music West Conference in 1991 to have their demo reviewed by a panel of A & R types, an executive from Restless Records was so impressed with the tape that he announced to the attendees that Pure would be signed within 48 hours. And they were. As their first matter of business after being signed to Warner/Reprise, the band’s song “Greedy” was used in the Ralph Bakshi animated movie (which ended up flopping) ‘Cool World’. The song would later appear on their debut EP ‘Greed’. Their 1992 debut album, ‘Pureafunalia’, was produced by Talking Heads’ Jerry Harrison who recorded the record in California and Vancouver where it was mixed Tom Lord-Alge at Little Mountain Sound. With the single “Greed”, from a mini-LP, by December 1992, Pure had already toured Canada extensively, won a CASBY award for ‘Best New Canadian Band’, been nominated for a Juno Award, and were also nominated for a MuchMusic video award which they won. The band celebrated the New Year with the news of their American release date, and by February of 1993 ‘Pureafunalia’ was released in the US. They toured the United States until the end of summer ’93 and returned to Vancouver to start writing the next album. ‘Generation 6 Pack’ was released in August and led off with the single “Denial” and was followed up by tours in the fall and winter of 1994, as well as the release of the song “Anna Is A Speed Freak”. The band was hailed by the media as the Next Big Thing. The band hit Australian soil in January of 1995 and gained the favour of the fans and the press by playing large outdoor festivals, including the Big Day Out – Australian for “LOLLAPALOOZA”. While still riding a high from a very successful tour, Warner/Reprise dropped the act from its roster. Undaunted, Pure instead took a page from the D.I.Y. school of rock and started their own record label – Shag Records – released the song “The Hammock” to radio that summer and then hit the road reborn with a fistful of new material. With that, they released 1995’s ‘Extra Purestrial’ EP to great response on college radio. “Lemonade”, the first single, charted at No.6 on the National Chart. In May of 1997, when it came time to begin writing new songs, Birch and Simko went to Saturna Island, right next door to Washington’s San Juan Islands, on the US/Canadian border to write new songs. Then the band returned to the studio and ‘Feverish’ was produced by the duo. While the bulk of the record was mixed in Vancouver, the band travelled south to Los Angeles to mix several tracks with Ben Grosse (Filter, Crystal Method) and to mix “Chocolate Bar” with David Holman (No Doubt, Olivia Newton-John); Todd Simko died April 25, 2012. with notes from John Lucas. [also see AFTER ALL]

1992 Blast (Warner/Reprise) PRO-CD-5947
1992 Greedy (The Morphine Mix)/Laughing Like a Fiend (The Mammoth Version) (Warner/Reprise)
1993 Spiritual Pollution (Warner/Reprise)
1993 Blissful Kiss (Warner/Reprise)
1993 Pure (Warner/Reprise)
1994 Denial (Warner/Reprise)
1994 Anna Is a Speed Freak (Warner/Reprise)
1995 The Hammock (Warner/Reprise)
1995 Lemonade (Shag/Outside)
1995 Baba O’Riley (Shag/Outside)
1998 Chocolate Bar/Elvis Hooker (Mammoth – US) MRPR-1009-7
1998 Feverish (Mammoth – US)
1998 Swinger (Mammoth – US)

1992 Pureafunalia (Warner/Reprise) 9-45038
1992 Greed [4 song EP] (Warner/Reprise) 39445
1994 Generation 6 Pack (Warner/Reprise) CDW-45747
1995 Extra Purestrial [EP] (Shag /Outside) SHAG-2001-2
1996 Generation 6 Pack [6 song EP; different track list] (Mammoth/Atlantic – US)
1998 Feverish (Attic) MR-181-2

Compilation Tracks
“Greedy” on ‘Songs From The Cool World (Music From And Inspired By The Motion Picture)’ (Warner) CDW-45009
1997 “Denial” on ‘Music From The Motion Picture Hurricane Streets’ (Mammoth – US) 980174
1998 “Feverish” on ‘Attic Records Limited Twenty5’ [4CDs] (Attic) ATTIC-25

An early instrumental act out of Edmonton, Alberta.

The Old Man/Love Is Mine (Memphis Sound) 4002

Barry Allen
Late ’60’s indie act out of Montreal, Québec who released at least one single called “I Don’t Live Today” featuring Edmonton’s Barry Allen (Wed Dakus and the Rebels). with notes from Andre Gibeault.


1968 I Don’t Live Today/Ticket to Ride (Apex) 77090

Kirk Griessen

Treehouse/Granny (KGB) WRC3-6201

Compilation Tracks
“A Chair That Fits” on ‘Moose Lodge’ (Moose/Vertigo/Polygram) 314514-2252

Rob Sweeney
(guitar, vocals) / Roger Branton (bass) / Mark Keigan (drums) / Paul MacNeil (guitar, vocals)
From Oshawa, Ontario. When their band Durango 95 split up, Sweeney, Branton, and MacNeil brought in drummer Mark Keigan to form The Purple Toads; Keigan died December 16, 2017.

1986 Purple Toads (Star) SR-005
1987 Love Songs For The Hard Of Hearing (Star) SR-009

Compilation Tracks
“Gonna Have a Good Time” and “40 Pounder Blues” on ‘Wave From The Grave’ (What Wave) #1
1987 “Never Met a Girl Like You” on ‘Garunge’ (What Wave)
1987 “Ain’t Nothing Shaking” on ‘Live In London’ (What Wave)
1987 “All I Want” on ‘Wave From The Grave 2’ (What Wave) #2
1988 “Gotta Move” on ‘Disgraceland’ (What Wave) #3

Moe Berg (lead vocals, lead guitar) / Dave Gilby (drums) / Johnny Sinclair (bass, vocals) / Tam Amabile (vocals) / Tasha Amabile (vocals) / Kris Abbott (vocals, guitars; 1988) / Leslie Stanwyck (vocals; 1989- 1990) / Brad Barker (bass, vocals;  replaced Sinclair 1990) / Susan Murumets (vocals;  replaced Stanwyck 1990) / Rachel Oldfield (vocals; 1992-1995) / Jennifer Foster (vocals; 1995-1996)  / Renee Suchy (vocals; replaced Foster 1996)
Edmonton native Moe Berg, songwriter and lead singer for the Pursuit Of Happiness (TPOH), watched his father play in country bands while he grew up, and spent his time admiring guitarists like Eddie Van Halen, Jeff Beck and Johnny Winter. In his teens and early 20’s he pursued his musical ambitions with area bands like the Modern Minds (who released one record on Bumstead), Troc ’59 and Facecrime. It was in Troc ’59 that he hooked up with drummer Dave Gilby and in 1985, they agreed that the only way to keep going musically was to move to Toronto and try things out there. Berg arrived first and promptly began a solo acoustic act that he took to any bar that would have him. It was while he was doing this that he met Saskatoon native Johnny Sinclair and the idea of TPOH began to take shape. By 1986 they had added Winnipeg-born twins Tam and Tasha Amabile for backing vocals, and the band began playing the Toronto area. A song that Berg had written in the summer of 1985, “I’m An Adult Now”, was a constant audience favourite, so Berg’s director friend Nelu Ghiran made a low-budget video of the song, which was promptly picked up by Much Music and Toronto Rocks, and suddenly the independent 12″ single the band had pressed was totally sold out. Sensing the burgeoning interest in the band, WEA Canada picked up the single, repressed and repackaged it, and distributed it across the country. Now the band had a cross-country hit. Such was the band’s independent success that they received Juno nominations in 1987 for Most Promising Group and Best Video. WEA did not exercise its option to sign the band to a full deal, so in 1988 the band put out another 12″ single called “Killed By Love” which was also a regional hit in the Toronto area. Constant playing anywhere and everywhere earned the band a reputation as being one of the strongest and loudest acts in the area, and all this activity caught the interest of Chrysalis Records. At this point the Amabile sisters decided to pursue their own musical interests (with their band Femme Fatale) and guitarist Kris Abbott and Leslie Stanwyck were brought on board for backing vocals. The label got the idea to use mega-producer Todd Rundgren to produce the band and flew him up to Toronto in 1987 to see the band live at the Diamond Club. TPOH went into the studio with Rundgren soon after and the result was 1988’s full-length debut, ‘Love Junk’. Completely re-recording “I’m An Adult Now”, it was the album’s first single, once again garnering considerable critical and public praise, and the new video once again became a MuchMusic staple, although MTV in the US initially banned it, citing lyrical references to sex, alcohol and drugs; it was later added to rotation and the band even did a live spot on the famous music station. The album eventually went platinum in Canada (100,000 copies) and over 100,000 copies in the States. The group returned to the studio with Rundgren for their second Chrysalis offering, ‘One-Sided Story’ (1990). Another lineup change occurred after recording had been completed as Stanwyck and Sinclair left to do their own musical things, so Halifax native Brad Barker (bass) and Susan Murumets (backing vocals) Berg’s reputation for being a funny, intelligent, masterful songwriter was solidified. Although not selling quite as well as ‘Love Junk’, the album still went gold in Canada (50,000 copies) and their constant touring continued to draw sell-out crowds and enthusiastic reviews from the media. Label troubles forced the band to take an unexpected three-year hiatus, but they eventually signed with Mercury, hooked up with producer Ed Stasium (Smithereens, Living Colour, the Ramones) and added Rachel Oldfield for backing vocals in the interim. Their next release, 1993’s ‘The Downward Road’, featured a musical collaboration with veteran songwriter Jules Shear, guitar solo by Rundgren, and a continuation in TPOH’s blistering pop vein. Although not selling as well as the previous two releases, it nonetheless garnered just as much critical praise, and live TPOH still sold out venue after venue based on their reputation as being one of Canada’s best performing units. The last two band albums, 1995’s ‘Where’s the Bone?’ (which featured another lineup change – Oldfield was replaced by Jennifer Foster) and 1996’s ‘The Wonderful World Of…’ were both released on independent Toronto label, Iron Music Group, and were both accompanied by tours and enthusiasm from their league of hard-core followers. Though the band has never officially announced its demise, in 1997, Berg released the solo album ‘Summer’s Over’ and is currently working on a book; Stanwyck and Sinclair have continued on as successful musical duo Universal Honey; Jennifer Foster released a solo CD called ‘Speedyhead’ which was produced by Moe Berg and Paul Myers (Gravelberrys); Moe Berg has also revived TPOH’s cover-band alter-ego called Monteforte in March 2000; Kris Abbott is now part of acoustic duo Kris + Dee; TPOH re-issued ‘Love Junk’ on vinyl and CD and embarked on a Canadian tour in the fall of 2018.

1986 I’m An Adult Now/She’s So Young [12”] (TPOH) TPOH-009
1988 Killed By Love/Ten Fingers [12”] (Swell Records/Electric Distribution) SLXD-001
1988 I’m An Adult Now (New Version)/She’s So Young [12”] (WEA) 25-83870
1988 She’s So Young/Let My People Go (Chrysalis) 43315
1988 She’s So Young/Let My People Go/Looking For Girls [12”] (Chrysalis) POH-1
1988 I’m An Adult Now (New Version)/Ten Fingers (Chrysalis) 43316
1988 Hard To Laugh/Looking For Girls (Chrysalis) 45015
1988 Beautiful White/Killed By Love (Chrysalis) 45018
1990 Two Girls In One/Food (Chrysalis) RPS-42
1990 New Language (Chrysalis)
1993 Cigarette Dangles (Mercury) CDP-840
1993 Ashamed of Myself (Mercury)
1993 Pressing Lips (Mercury) CDP-898
1996 Kalendar/In Praise Of /Gretzky Rocks (T.W.A.-The World’s Address – AUS) TWAS-006
1996 She’s the Devil (Iron Music/BMG) 51024-CDP
1997 I Like You (Iron Music/BMG) IRNDJ-103

1988 Love Junk (Chrysalis) CHS-41675
1990 One-Sided Story (Chrysalis)  CHS-41757
1993 The Downward Road (Mercury) 512-972
1995 Where’s The Bone? (Iron Music/BMG) 51003
1996 The Wonderful World of… (Iron Music/BMG) 51010
2000 Sex & Food: The Best of The Pursuit of Happiness (Razor & Tie – US) 18221
2005 When We Ruled: The Best of The Pursuit of Happiness (EMI) 38210
2017 Brave  New Waves Session [LP] (Artoffact) AOF-307

Compilation Tracks
“I’m An Adult Now” on ‘Canadian Gold’ (Quality) QRPS-1061
1987 “I’m An Adult Now” on ‘This Is Music 2’ (Quality) QRSP-1056
1992 “I’m An Adult Now” on ‘An Elpee’s Worth of Productions’ (Rhino) R2-70519
1993 “Nobody But Me” on ‘New Stuff Three’ (MMS) NSCD-003
1996 “I’m An Adult Now” on ‘Oh What a Feeling: A Vital Collection of Canadian Music’ (MCA) JUNO-25
1996 “Edmonton Block Heater” on ‘A Tribute To Hard Core Logo’ (BMG) 42086
1997 “She’s So Young” on ‘Poptopia! Power Pop Classics of the ’80s’ (Rhino) R2-72729
1999 “I’m An Adult Now” on ‘Pure Canadian: Retro 80’s Volume 6’ (EMI) 20023

Emerson “Ron” Jhon [aka The Skinny]
(vocals, guitar) / Bobby Marquis (bass) / David Shouldice (rhythm guitar) / Doug Lillico (lead guitar) / John Churchill (keyboards) / Keith Lillico (drums)
The Pushkins were formed in Ottawa, Ontario in 1982. They placed a song on the annual CHEZ-FM talent album in 1983 and followed it up with 3 song EP the same year. The energetic ska act became popular around Ontario and so they released a 6 song EP in 1985 entitled ‘Inviting and Invading’. The band split up shortly after that; Jhon went on to work with producer Matt Dematteo and was a member of Random Order briefly. He currently has a touring solo project; Marquis formed his own European metal act called Dollhouse and now resides in Germany where the band has had moderate success.

1983 Pushkins [3-song EP] (Pure Dirt) PDM-1
1985 Inviting & Invading… [6-song EP] (Pure Dirt) WRC1-3893

Compilation Tracks
“I Dig A Hole” on ‘Sharechez ‘83’ (CHEZ) 106/83

Chris Raines
(guitar, vocals) / David West (guitar) / Warren Cann (drums) / Dave “Tex” Pemberton (bass)
Formed in Vancouver, British Columbia in 1970 featuring former 5 Man Cargo member Warren Cann. The group would perform at clubs and high schools through to 1971. They released one independent single; Raines would go on to join Sixty-Six Six; Cann would move to England and become the drummer for Tiger Lily/Ultravox, and later Hans Zimmer’s Helden; Pemberton would join 80s punk act The Droogs.

Shock Treatment/Pink Ladies (Foot) [no cat.#]

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