The data contained herein was compiled over the period of January 1986 through to December 2011 during which time some of the preliminary research appeared in GREAT WHITE NOISE Magazine from August 1989 to September 1993. A good portion of the material was extracted from over 3,000 LPs, 2500 7” singles and hundreds of cassettes, 8-track tapes and compact discs in Jaimie Vernon’s personal record collection. In terms of hard research, where possible, at least one principle player in all the acts indexed were approached and interviewed for facts and anecdotes about what really went on during the life cycle of the act – many times supplied by the act’s agent, promoter or manager. Augmenting these “insiders reports” was major and independent record labels’ standard biographical and news release tear-sheets which served as sanitized “official” versions of dates, places, people and events. However, we’ve chosen other “unofficial” routes to round out the portraits of the artists through personal record collections, disc jockey and club owner anecdotes, chart listings, text books, fan input and fanclub output, and of course, the almighty Internet. Aside from these references, the remaining material was extracted from the following sources, cross-referenced, triple-checked and otherwise held up to the ‘sniff test’:
NEWSPAPERS: The Bay News, The Financial Post, The Georgia Straight, The Globe & Mail, The Hamilton Spectator, The Independent, L.A. Times, Markham-Economist Sun, New York Times, The News Advertiser, Oshawa Times, Oshawa-Whitby This Week, Ottawa Citizen, The Scarborough Mirror, The Toronto Star, The Toronto Sun, Metro News.
PERIODICALS: Aargh! Absolutely Indie (P.A.M./Bullseye), Access, After Four, All Access Pass, Alter Ego, Alternative Press, Amplifier, Arena, Around Toronto Today, Backbeat, Banger (EMI), Bark!, Beetle, Billboard including the archives through Google Books, Blah Blah Blah (S.L. Feldman & Assoc.), The Bridge (Songwriter’s Association Of Canada), Bridgewater Billboard, Broadcast Week, Bullet, Bulletin Board, Canadian Composer (CAPAC), Canadian Musician, Cashbox, Catalogue For Independent Music Trade, CERCAN (Campus Entertainment Report), Chaos Review, Chart, Chatelaine, Cheap Thrills, Circus, CMJ New Music Report, Country Music News, Cover Story, Creative Edge, Cutting Edge, Details, Discorder, Discoveries, Drum, Drums Etc., Ears, Edge, Enrage, Entertainment Link, Entertainment Weekly, Exclaim, Exposure, Extreme, Eyeopener, Eye Weekly, Fan Club, Faxlines (CIRPA), Focus Top Forty, For The Records, Free Music, Free Trade, Friday Morning Quarterback, Fringe Benefits, The Georgia Straight, Goldmine, Graffiti, Grid, Hard Rock Reporter, Head Magazine, Hit Parader, HMV Magazine, Hot Nuts, Hot Sounds, ID Magazine, Impact, Imprint, Infogram (Polygram), Inside Track, Jam, Kerrang!, L.A. Weekly, London Music News, MacLeans, The Magazine, Maximum Rock ‘N’ Roll, Marquee, MC Magazine, M.E.A.T., Metal K.O., Metallion, Metropolis, Metro Word, Le Monde Du Rock, Mojo, Music Express, Musician Classified, Music Notes (Music Manufacturing Services), Music Scene (PROCAN), Music West Backstage Newsletter, National Chart, Network, The New Hamilton Recorder, New Musical Express, New Music Magazine, The Newspaper, Newsweek, Nerve, Northern Metal, Now, Off The Beaten Track, Oh!, The Ontarion, On The Verge, Option, OUI, Peace, People, Performer, Playback, Playboy, Positive Vibrations, Post Live Bands, Probe (SOCAN), Pulse [Los Angeles], Pulse Niagara, Pylon, Q Magazine, Real Image, Rear Garde, The Record, Record Collector, Record Week, Record World, RHiG, Rock Express, Rock Trade, Rolling Stone, RPM, Saturday Night Magazine, Scene, Scoop This! (EMI), Sh-Boom, Sindiecat (RDR Music Group), Smash, Song Hits, The Sound, SoundCan, The Source, Spin, Spotlight, Starweek, Surly, Time, T.O. Teen, Toronto Blues Society Newsletter, Toronto Life, Traditions Country, Tribe, Tribute, TV Guide, The Underground, Vinyl Performance, Wayfare, What? Wave, Wire, Wooly Toque, The Word.
CATALOGUES: Duke Street Records Catalogue (1987), A & M Records Catalogue (1985/86), CD Plus Catalogue (1992-1998), Polygram Popular Music Catalogue (1994), Nettwerk (1986), EMI (1993), Amatish Music Mail Order Catalogue (1994), Death of Vinyl, Waves!, Kops’ Kollectibles Catalog Of Canadian Hits, The JUNO Awards Official Programs (1978-1992), CarTunes! Catalogue, Record Peddler Independent Catalogue (1987), RPM Weekly Special Maple Music Junket Edition (1972), BMG Music Club, Columbia House Music Club.
FANZINES: What’s The Poop? (’63 Monroe), Smash It Up (The Rent Boys), Whores Rag (The Absolute Whores), Pig Paper , C.L.E.M., Dorthospeak (Surrender Dorothy), CERTO (Random Killing), Pickering Punk, Pull My Wire, PzKW (Kwasong Music), Rogue Review, The Mole, Feline Frenzy.
RECORD STORES: The Pickering Flea Market, The Oshawa Record Show, The Toronto Record Show, Record Peddler (Toronto), Star Records (Scarborough/Oshawa/Hamilton), Vortex (Toronto), Music World (Ontario/Québec), A & A’s (Ontario), Sam The Record Man (Ontario), Vinyl Museum (Toronto), Records On Wheels (Toronto/Guelph), Second Wave (Guelph), Mario’s Compact Discovery (RIP), Looney Tunes (Burlington/Guelph), Record World (Hamilton), Cheapies (Toronto/Hamilton), Discounts (Toronto), The CD Bar (Toronto), Kop’s Kollectibles (Toronto), Rotate This (Toronto), Driftwood Records (Toronto), All That Rocks (Toronto/London), Discovery (Toronto), Eastside Records (Toronto), Open City (Toronto), MO-CD (Pickering), Hits (Cobourg), HMV (Ontario), The Record Attic (Toronto), Sonic Temple (North York), CD Plus (Ontario), Dr. Disc (Ontario), Discs ‘N Dats (Whitby), Rob’s Records (Whitby), Castle Records (Port Hope), In Your Ear (London, ON), CB’s Canteen (New York), Axis (Guelph), Backbeat (Toronto), Bad Bob’s (Hamilton), Compact Discovery (Ajax), Discworks (Toronto), Edward’s Record World, Encore Records (Kitchener), Incredible Records (Toronto), Kennedy Record Sales (Willowdale), Zounds (Scarborough), Ed’s Book Store (Toronto), Open City (Toronto), Rotate This! (Toronto), Sonic Boom (Toronto), Rave Records (Hamilton), Records On Wheels (Ontario), Ear To Ear (Waterloo), The Beat Goes On (Kitchener), Station To Station (London), Tower Records (Toronto/New York City/Los Angeles), CBGB’s (New York), Déjà Vu Discs (Toronto), Beat Goes On (Ontario), Ric’s Collectibles (Toronto), Neptoon Records (Vancouver), Music Trader (Winnipeg), Legend Records (Ottawa), Brian’s Record Option (Kingston)
RADIO AND CHARTS: CBC Radio 3, CHRW, ENERGY 108, COUNTRY 59, THE HOG (AM 640), CHFI, CHUM LTD., Q107, CSCR, CIUT, CKLN, CFNY-FM/THE EDGE, CFFF, HITZ-FM, THE WOLF (Peterborough), CISS-FM, Y95, THE BEAR (Ottawa)
TELEVISION: CBC (“Switchback”, “Good Rockin’ Tonight”, “Ear To The Ground”, “The Ralph Benmurgai Show”, “Video Hits”); CITY-TV (“Toronto Rocks”, “Breakfast Television”, “The New Music”, “The CHUM 30”); MUCHMUSIC; BRAVO; WTN; GLOBAL TELEVISION (“News At Noon”); CFTO-TV (“Eye On Toronto”), NCN, TNN.
– RPM Magazine
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