(Those) Rogues
13 Engines
39 Steps
3’s A Crowd
25ième Régiment, Le
T.B.A. (1)
T.B.A. (2)
Tacoy Ryde
Tall New Buildings
Tallmud, Les
Tamblyn, Ian
Tame And Talking
Tame Apes
Tarris, Donn
Tarry, Michael
Tassi, Madonna
Taste of Joy
Tau Ceti
Taxi Chain
Taylor And The Vancouvers, Bobby
Taylor, Bobby
Taylor, Lydia
Taylor, R. Dean
Taylor, Stephanie
Tea For The Voyage
Tea Party
Teddy Boys
Teenage Dance Band
Teenage Head
Teenyboppers, The
Tegan & Sara
Telfer, Jay
Ten Commandments, The
Terminal Sunglasses
Terraced Garden
Theory Of A Deadman
Thicke, Alan
Thin Line
This “Blue Piano”
This Fear
Thomas Trio And The Red Albino
Thomas, Ian
Thorney, Tim
Thornley, Ian
Those Naughty Boys
THP Orchestra
Threads Of Fybre
Three Days Grace
Three O’Clock Train
Three Penny Opera (1)
Three Penny Opera (2)
Three Quarter Stone
Three To One
Throbbin Hoods
Throbbing Purple, The
Thrush Hermit
Tiaras, The
Tic Toc
Time Twins
Timoon, Adam
Tin Angel
Tin Foil Phoenix
Tinker’s Moon
Titans, Les
Titcomb, Brent
Titcomb, Liam
Tobias, Ken
Tom & Judy
Tokyo Police Club
Tomlinson, Malcolm
Too Many Cooks
Torn & Frayed
Tote Family
Townsmen, The
Tracy Kane
Tragically Hip, The
Tranquillity Base
Trans X
Transistor Sound & Lighting Co.
Travellers, The
Travers, Pat
Treble Charger
Treehouse Beggars
Tribal Earth
Tricky Woo
Trigger Happy
Tristan Psionic
Trixie Goes Hollywood
Troiano, Domenic
Trouble Boys
True Confessions
True Myth
Truths & Rights
Twain, Shania
Twice Shy
Twilight Rituals
Twitch (1)
Twitch (2)
Two Feathers, Shannon
Tyler, Jessica
Tyme And A Half

Bryan Primeau (organ, vocals) / Rick Rogers (guitar) / Terry Davey (sax) / Harvey Bell (bass) / Mike Jargan (drums) / Debbie Lori Kaye ( vocals)
Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, band (Those) Rogues began their career in the early ’60s with regular shows at the Moose Hall in Thessalon, Ontario. They then began playing at The Peppermint Hall filling in for the Fireflies who were taking a trip. They then moved over to the former Knights of Columbus Hall. In 1964, the band recorded a ten song LP with local producer John Holt and a few acetates were given to each of the band members. A copy was sent to CKCY and received some moderate airplay. A disc jockey at CKCY asked the band if his daughter, Debbie Lori Kaye could sing with them. She auditioned and joined the band after which they toured for nearly a year before she left to be on ‘The Tommy Hunter Show’. This encouraged the band and producer Holt to journey to Toronto and record in a proper studio. Davey didn’t want to risk losing his job at Algoma Steel and stayed behind (he would later form another band called The Bishop’s Court Trio). (Those) Rogues went to Arc Studios in Toronto on February 26, 1967 with Marshall Shapiro engineering two songs. “(Wish I Could) See You Again” b/w “Girl” was released on Holt’s Algoma Records and the band achieved some notoriety when they came back home. They would even be the backing band for Bobby Curtola at the Sault Ste. Marie Memorial Garden. After the Rogues, Primeau would join many touring bands and artists back in the Soo including Cal McQuiggan And The Changes, Louis Cormier And The Acadians, The Sound of Evolution (1970), The Flipside (1972), Black Dirt Road and, finally, Seafox. Primeau continued playing part time until about 2003. A copy of the singles sold on Ebay for $2300 in 2007. with notes from Linnea Primeau and Terry Davey.


1967 (Wish I Could) See You Again/Girl (Algoma) ST-53

John Critchley
(guitar, vocals) / Grant Ethier (drums, vocals) / Jim Hughes (bass, vocals) / Mike Robbins (guitar)
Formed in the mid-80s as The Ikons, the members were York University students trying to get by on rock and roll and beer. The released a self-titled cassette in 1986 before making waves on Detroit radio where they would straddle the border town nightclubs between the Motor City and Windsor with a new name in honour of the motor trade – 13 Engines. While in Detroit they recorded two independent albums for Nocturnal Records – ‘Before Our Time’ (1987) and ‘Byram Lake Blues’ (1989). The latter spawning a college radio hit single in the song “Beached”. They soon came to the attention of SBK Records and their major label debut, ‘Blur To Me Now’, was produced by the late David Briggs (Neil Young, Alice Cooper). The album spawned two medium rotation singles with “Big Surprise” and “King of Saturday Night” allowing them the freedom to tour across the country. However, they would soon lost their US distribution deal with SBK and a disappointing promotional push in light of such label mates as Vanilla Ice making 13 Engines a low priority. EMI Canada kept the band on the high profile list and made a legitimate bubbling under hit of their next album ‘Perpetual Motion Machine’ in 1993 – which landed them a coveted spot on the first annual Tragically Hip ‘Another Roadside Attraction’ tour. The CD launched two heavily played singles/videos in “More” and “Smoke & Ashes”. As the alternative scene became more mainstream it seemed that 13 Engines’ time had come. They released  ‘Conquistador’ in 1995 and called it a day.

1989 Beached (Nocturnal)
1991 Big Surprise (SBK/Capitol)
1991 King Of Saturday Night (SBK/Capitol)
1993 More (EMI)  CDPRO-710
1993 Ignition (EMI) CDPRO-711
1993 Smoke & Ashes (EMI)
1993 Bred In The Bone (EMI)  CDPRO-809
1995 Slow [2 song EP] (Nettwerk/EMI) CDPRO-9606
1995 Beneath My Hand [FlexiDisc] (Evatone/Sunsheets/EMI)
1995 Personal Golem/Waterfall [7”] (EMI) SPRO-1131
1995 Tailpipe Blues (EMI) CDPRO-1160

1987 Before Our Time (Nocturnal)  NOT-1
1989 Byram Lake Blues (Nocturnal)  NOT-2
1991 Blur To Me Now (SBK/Capitol)  CDP-96207
1993 Perpetual Motion Machine (EMI)  C2-80043
1995 Conquistador (Nettwerk/EMI) 32349
1996 Perfect Largeness – The Nocturnal Years (1987-1990) (Nocturnal) 466810
2017 Brave  New Waves Session [LP] (Artoffact) AOF-308


1986 The Ikons [cassette] (independent)

Chris Barry (vocals) / Pierre Major (guitar) / Joe Cerratto (bass) / Louie “Louie” Rondeau (drums)
At age 15, and still in Junior High School, singer Chris Barry started his music career by launching the Montreal punk band 222’s (named after a pain reliever). After the release of two singles and the recording of an aborted LP for a Montreal drug lord (who wanted the band to release a pop record), 222’s high tailed it out of Montreal to Toronto where they weren’t able to sustain themselves and dissolved. Chris Barry headed to England where he would team up with ex-Sex Pistols bassist Glen Matlock, then onto the Southern Death Cult before Ian Astbury laid claim to the name and Barry found himself broke and without a band. Barry returned to North America and reformed the 222’s in Montreal with former members Pierre Major and Joe Cerratto. Later, with the addition of Andre Gagne and Richard Paul, they became 39 Steps and released several albums as well as playing themselves in the Woody Allen movie ‘Hannah And Her Sisters’. A collection of archived material was released in 2007. The group reformed in 2012 and released a new vinyl LP on Rave-Up Records called ‘She Wants Revenge’.with notes from Mary Lou and Chris Barry. [also see 39 STEPS]

1979 I Love Susan/The 1st Studio Bomb (Rebel) RB-7901
1981 La poupee qui fait non/La poupee qui fait non (instrumentale) (Gamma) AA-1703

Montreal Punk ’78 -‘81
2012 She Wants Revenge (Rave-UP) RURLP-67

Chris Barry (vocals) / Pierre Major (guitar) / Richard Paul (guitar) / Joe Cerratto (bass) / Andre Gagne (drums)
39 Steps – named after the classic Hollywood movie of he same name – evolved out of the ashes of Barry, Paul, and Cerratto’s Montreal punk band 222’s. In 1984, six months after their formation, they recorded and released a self-titled EP on Line Records. With a move to New York City instigated by ex-Montreal patriot and manager Steven Shipp (Bootsauce, Cycle Sluts From Hell), they answered a cattle call in 1985 for a band to appear in Woody Allen’s movie ‘Hannah And Her Sisters’. They sent a tape and photo, auditioned for Allen and ended up performing their song “Slip Into The Crowd” at CBGB’s in the film. After touring the EP and gaining MTV exposure, a full length album called ‘Slip Into The Crowd’ followed in 1987 on RCA Records out of New York. They were soon dropped by RCA and then signed to Chrysalis in 1989, but Chrysalis wanted another Slaughter to add to their roster and 39 Steps took exception to the insult. Despite recording a new record with Blondie’s Chris Stein, no album was released and a protracted two year battle ensued. 39 Steps decided to wait out the length of the contract. In 1991, Joan Jett saw the band and became a fan. The group still had control over the Chris Stein material and headed back into the studio with Jett’s producer John Alosa and engineer Glen Robinson (13 Engines, GWAR, VoiVod) to produce their long awaited follow up entitled ‘Neon Bible’ in 1993. The record was released on Joan Jett and Kenny Laguna’s Blackheart Records. “(All Roads Lead To) Babylon” was released as the single/video which received moderate rotation on MTV, but it seemed that 39 Steps aggro-rock had passed its prime with the onslaught of the grunge movement which effectively buried their final output – 1995’s ‘Nude In the City’ EP; Chris Barry would go on to form Pillbox in New York City before heading back to Montreal for new music project called Acrylic. In 2006 he formed The Throbbing Purple with drummer John Lalley (Bootsauce, Groovy Religion, Rusty) for one album. He also reformed the 222’s in 2012. with notes from Mary Lou and Chris Barry. [also see 222’s, THE THROBBING PURPLE]

1986 Stay Faithless (Line)
1987 Slip Into The Crowd/She (TGO/RCA) TGS-1030
1993 (All Roads Lead To) Babylon (Blackheart/Cargo)


1984 39 Steps (Line)  L-222
1987 Slip Into The Crowd (TGO/RCA) TGLP-006
1993 Neon Bible (Blackheart/Cargo) JJ-0008
1995 Nude In the City [5 song EP] (Real Good Dave) 101

Brent Titcomb
(vocals, guitar) / Trevor Veitch (vocals, guitar) / Donna Warner (vocals) / Colleen Peterson (vocals, guitar; replaced Warner) / David Wiffen (vocals, guitar)  / Ken Koblun (bass; replaced Smith) / Comerie Smith (bass; replaced Koblun three times) / Wayne Davis (bass; replaced Smith) / Sandy Crawley (vocals, guitar) / Bruce Cockburn (vocals, guitar) / Dennis Pendrith (bass; replaced Davis) / Richard Patterson (drums)
3’s A Crowd was formed in August 1964 in Vancouver by folk musician and comedian Brent Titcomb and singer/comedian DonnaWarner after she had moved to Vancouver to check out the local folk scene. Shortly afterwards, local guitarist Trevor Veitch, who had joined in on a number of occasions during the pair’s many ‘kitchen jams’, made it a trio. By January 1965, the trio made their debut at Vancouver’s Bunkhouse coffeehouse under the name The Bill Schwartz Quartet. By May 1965 the trio became 3’s A Crowd as suggested by Titcomb’s friend King Anderson. In June they appeared on the cover of the ‘TV Times’. The group then sent a demo tape to Sid Dolgay (ex-The Travellers) who had become a manager for his own company Universal Performing Artists (UPA). Dolgay invited the trio to Toronto to perform in Yorkville and soon became their manager. Through the remainder of 1965 the trio toured with occasional help of bassist Brian Ahern (ex-The Bad Seeds). By January 1966 they had found their way out to the Maritimes and were then joined by bassist Koblun (ex-Neil Young & The Squires). Koblun would leave for Los Angeles after receiving a call from Stephen Stills to join his new group Buffalo Springfield; The gig lasted a week (during which time Comrie Smith would fill in) and Koblun returned in time for a stint at Yorkville’s famed Riverboat Coffeehouse in Toronto. The final night’s performance was taped for CBC -TV’s ‘The Juliette Show’. Following an April 1966 run in Detroit, Michigan, Koblun left the band again from an apparent drug related problem and 3’s A Crowd had to re-hire Comrie Smith. By September the band won a JUNO Award for ‘Best Folk Group of 1966’ and soon received a recording contract from Epic Records in New York to record eight songs. A trip to New York ensued, and with a session drummer in tow, they proceed to record their debut single “Bound To Fly”. By the Fall of 1966 Koblun had regained his capacities as a musician and rejoined the group in time for “Bound To Fly” to become chart bound. In January 1967, the single was released in the UK at the same time Koblun left to re-join Buffalo Springfield. Smith is asked to replace Koblun for a third time. While playing in Ottawa in March of 1967 the band runs into singer/songwriter David Wiffen during his stint with Ottawa folk-act The Children. Both Wiffen and The Children’s drummer, Richard Patterson, climbed aboard 3’s A Crowd. With a new, invigorated line-up, the act toured and appeared on television several times with their second Epic single, “Honey Machine”, which profiles the act as a comedy troupe which caused a furor within the band. 3’s A Crowd soon ended their association with Epic Records. A summer tour took them across Canada and in August they appeared at the Mariposa Folk Festival with the likes of The Kensington Market, Buddy Guy and others. By fall of 1967 Koblun once again rejoined the band (having been kicked out of Buffalo Springfield and several other acts during the interim). 3’s A Crowd appeared at Expo ’67 in Montreal, Québec as representatives of the Ontario Pavillion. As luck would have it, Warner’s boyfriend, who was chaperoning Denny Doherty and Cass Elliott of The Mamas & The Papas, convinced the duo to stop by during the 3’s a Crowd’s performance. Cass Elliott fell in love with the act, telephoned ABC-Dunhill Records president Jay Lasker, and a demo session was quickly arranged in New York. While in New York, the band recorded three songs at Bell Studios with producer Rick Shorter and managed to squeeze in several gigs including one at the legendary Bitter End club. In October, 1967, 3’s A Crowd returned to Montreal to appear at the Canadian Pavilion Feature Stage at Expo ’67. However, Warner’s health had taken a turn for the worse and singer Colleen Peterson, a close friend of the group, substituted for her on this and later occasions. Dunhill signed 3’s A Crowd and, by mid-October, the band was whisked off to Los Angeles with their road manager, David McLeod, as sessions began in Studio 3 at Western Recorders with engineer Chuck Britz and Dunhill staff producer Steve Barri. Recording continued for nearly four weeks and shortly thereafter, the group returned to Toronto to appear on their own national CBC-TV special called ‘Our Kind of Crowd’ with guest spots by comedian Richard Pryor and, then, unknown folk singer Joni Mitchell. With another residency at Toronto’s Riverboat Coffeehouse, Koblun left the band for what would be the last time and was replaced by local bassist Wayne Davis. The preview single for their Dunhill debut LP – a two sided cover tune folk-fest with Murray McLauchlan’s “Coat of Colours” backed by Bruce Cockburn’s “Bird Without Wings” – entered the RPM charts shortly before year’s end. In February 1968 3’s A Crowd’s debut album, ‘Christopher’s Movie Matinee’, was released in Canada on RCA/Victor Records. With “Coat Of Colours” still charting, the group embarked on a tour of Western Canada. As the tour moved on through Vancouver and down the west coast into California, group members Patterson, Titcomb and Warner, along with Jim & Jean narrowly avoided being arrested at Buffalo Springfield’s famous Topanga Canyon drug bust. The next single was a cover of Dino Valenti’s “Get Together” and backed by David Wiffen’s “Drive You Away”. 3’s A Crowd then performed at Massey Hall with members of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. By late April the band had taped another TV show while “Get Together” would finally chart on RPM. Alas, by May, Warner had dropped out of the group permanently due to her continual health problems. With Colleen Peterson unable to join on a permanent basis, Veitch and Titcomb decided to pursue other career interests. With two concerned investors hoping to reap a return on their investment, the band’s manager Sid Dolgay then decided to create a new version of 3’s A Crowd. So, in July 1968 Wiffen and Patterson returned to Ottawa, where they were joined by the now available Peterson and guitarist Sandy Crawley (ex-The Children). The new line-up was made complete with the addition of guitarist/vocalist Bruce Cockburn (ex-Olivus) and bassist Dennis Pendrith. 3’s A Crowd returned to the road as opening act for The Turtles and Gary Puckett & The Union Gap, as well as a one-off engagement supporting The Grand Funk Railroad. During this period, investor Harvey Glatt produced a music video of the group performing Cockburn’s “Electrocution of The Word”, which was shown at the Youth Pavilion of Ottawa’s Central Canadian Exhibition. The band would also appear on investor Sid Banks’ CBC variety show entitled ‘One More Time’, as a means of recouping his investment. In early 1969, and the TV series behind them, Glatt booked the group on a spring tour of US Universities and Colleges. Unfortunately, Crawley had already been offered some acting work and dropped out. The remainder of the band took the gig and toured for two months through the Southern US. 3’s A Crowd’s final performance would be in April 1969 in Columbia, South Carolina; Colleen Peterson would remain there on an extended holiday, while the others returned to Canada to pursue separate projects. She would later move to Nashville and finally back to Canada for a mildly successful solo career before passing away from complications due to cancer in October 1996; Veitch was part of Tom Rush’s band but is best known for writing the English translation of Laura Branigan’s international hit “Gloria”. He would also do soundtrack work including music for children’s TV shows ‘Clifford the Dog’ and ‘The Care Bears’; Cockburn would sign a solo deal with True North Records and has gone on to record over 30 solo albums; Pendrith joined Toronto funk band Simon Caine for one album and then became an integral member of both Cockburn and Murray McLauchlan’s backing bands; Patterson rejoined several ex-Esquires in Ottawa as Canada Goose before freelancing for many Canadian name acts as well as managing the reformed Five Man Electrical Band. He died after a long illness on April 3, 2011; Wiffen moved briefly to Oakland, California to record his second solo album, ‘David Wiffen’, and has continued to this day as a successful solo artist; In August 1997 3’s A Crowd members Cockburn, Crawley, Patterson and Wiffen re-united at the Ottawa Folk Festival for a special reunion concert that included all the members of their previous band The Children. Adapted from notes by Nicholas Warburton and John Eirnason, with permission from Richard Patterson.

1966 Bound To Fly/Steel Rail Blues (Epic/Columbia) 5-10073
1967 Honey Machine/When The Sun Goes Down (Epic/Columbia) 5-10151
1968 Bird Without Wings/Coat of Colours (RCA/Victor) 4120
1968 Let’s Get Together (RCA/Victor) 4131

1968 Christopher’s Movie Matinee (RCA/Victor) DS-50030

Robert Métayer
(bass) / Réjean Ruel (vocals, organ) / Michel Desjardins (drums; 1966-1967) / Guy Limoges (guitar; 1966-1967) / Jean-Louis Leclerc (drums; 1966-1967) / Yves Ladouceur (guitar; 1966-1967) / Maurice Métayer (drums; 1967-1971) / Karol Dicaire (guitar; 1967-1970) / Réal Latendresse (guitar; 1967) / Georges Thurston (vocals; 1969-1971) / Réjean Légaré (piano; 1969) / Pierre Martin (drums; 1969) / Raynald Chaumont (guitar; 1970-1971) / Richard Gendreau (bass; 1971)
Formed in St-Jérôme, Québec in 1966

Lucie sous un ciel de diamants/Mammy (Apex) 13489
1968 C’est le temps d’aimer/C’est bon signe (Apex) 13499
1968 Un petit bonhomme avec le nez pointu/Roulez-roulez  (Apex) 13511
1968 Les fraises et les framboises/Chin chin (Apex) 13517
1969 Le petit toutou/Ma guitare d’amour (Apex) 13523
1969 Respectachin/Cupidon (Pop Apex) P-1007
1970 Le temps de l’amour/Super man (Canusa) C-410
1970 Venus/Aimez-vous les uns les autres (Révolution) R-2019
1970 Ballade/Toute all-dress (Révolution) R-2029
1970 Trop mélangé/L’ange de Los Angeles (Révolution) R-2032
1971 Crescent Street/Au ciel (Élite) EL-7034
1971 Le temps de l’amour/Hello hello! (Denon) CD-1004

Le 25ième Régiment (Lero) LS-767
1970 Ecology (Trans-Canada) TC-779

T.B.A (1)
Doug Riley
(keyboards, vocals)
Following the break up of Doug Riley’s band Dr. Music,  he released a one-off solo single under the moniker T.B.A. in 1975.

Summer In Canada (Vocal)/Summer In Canada (Instrumental) (Polydor)  2065-262††

T.B.A. (2)
Glenn Schellenberg
(keys, vocals) / Dianne Bos (keys, vocals) / Glen Binmore (guitar) / Brian Skol (drums) / Andrew Zealley (synthesizer) / Danny Colomby (bass; added)
Toronto, Ontario’s Glenn Schellenberg (The Dishes) and Andrew Zealley (The Biffs) formed this short-lived synth-pop act in Toronto who were managed by Martha & The Muffins’ Carl Finkle. Their self-titled EP on Fringe Product received plenty of airplay for its single “Love Across the Nation” in 1982. Bos, Skol and Zealley would go on to form Rhythm Method which evolved into Perfect World in 1984.

1982 Love Across the Nation/Treat Me Like That (Fringe Product) FPS-3005

1982 TBA [4 song 12″] (Fringe Product) FPE-3005

Jian “Jean” Gomeshi (vocals) / Murray Foster (bass) / Tracy Jones (guitar) / Reno Manfredi (keyboards) / John Ruttle (drums) / Steve Lance [aka Steve Cohen] (drums; replaced Ruttle)
Tall New Buildings started as a high-school project in 1983 in Toronto, Ontario. The group soon split up during the first year of University and re-assembled when Ruttle took a year off so they could pursue their craft seriously. The performed on the Queen Street circuit and caught the attention of Main Man Productions who helped them cut a 12″ single for the song “Fashion In Your Eye’. It was released on High Rise Records and produced by Gordon Deppe (Spoons) at Sound Path Studio in Oakville, Ontario. The song received airplay on CFNY-FM and a rough video got attention from MuchMusic. Ruttle soon returned to University to complete his studies and was replaced by Lance. After struggling for another year, they were picked up by manager Jeff Rogers who got them signed to Sommersault Records (Candi & The Backbeat) where they released the 4 song EP ‘Breaking Her Walls’ in 1987. The EP broke through commercially on CFNY-FM and the video on MuchMusic reached No.5. Gomeshi and Foster would go on to form a cappella comedy group Moxy Früvous; Gomeshi would later be caught up in a national scandal in 2014. [also see MOXY FRÜVOUS]

1986 Fashion In Your Eye/Swimming Pool of Crisis [12”] (High Rise)
1987 Breaking Her Walls (Somersault) SOM7-105


1987 Breaking Her Walls [4 song EP] (Somersault) SOM12-05

Jean-Pierre Armand / Brian Pilon / Norman Sauriol / Guy Cinq-Mars
Les Tallmud formed in high school at the end of 1964 and their name was chosen randomly out of the dictionary – Talmud – which means a book of Jewish law. Armand suggested adding an additional “L” to the name to make it unique and Les Tallmud was born.After months of rehearsals playing British Invasion standards from the likes of The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, and the Animals, they performed at their first gig at their high school, École St-Jean de Laval, in December 1965. After making the usually rounds at school dances, youth centres and other venues suitable for musicians their age they attract a manager in Jean-Claude Brosseau from the Association of Montreal Musicians. In 1966 they began getting professional booking through Pierre Gravel of the PG Granby Agency who soon became their new manager. The band released four singles between 1967 and 1968 but never quite hit the big time.

Avoir Raison/Un Autre Ami (Sonore) S-8007
1967 J’ai cru a mon rêve/On est heureux (RCA Victor International Canada) 57-5737
1968 As-Tu vu ma fille Mr. Jones/Nous sommes des rêveurs (Carrousel) CR-36
1968 Prends ma guitare/À l’école (Carrousel) CR-51

Born: Ian Gordon Tamblyn on December 2, 1947 in Fort William, Ontario
Ian Tamblyn grew up in Fort William, Ontario and then studied at Trent University where he graduated in 1971 before deciding to settle in Chelsea, Québec. Through his school years he played the coffee houses as a folk singer-songwriter. He decided to take his act ‘pro’ and released his first album, ‘Moose Tracks’, in 1972. The album was recorded in only one take at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education in Toronto, Ontario and limited to 200 copies on independent label Barge Records. After signing a deal with Ottawa’s Posterity records he released his self-titled, full-length, debut album in 1976. The record would win a JUNO Award for ‘Best Folk Music Recording’ in 1977. ‘Closer To Home’ followed in 1978 before Tamblyn decided to start his own North Track label imprint. The first album for his own label was ‘When Will I See You Again’ in 1980 which Tamblyn affectionately considers to be his real ‘first album’. ‘Dance Me Outside’ followed in 1983 and was recorded with the short-lived Ian Tamblyn Band featuring Brian Rading on bass, Dave Binder on guitar and Bruce Wittet on drums. In the late fall of 1986, Tamblyn received a commission from the Canadian Museum of Nature to present a concert celebrating their forthcoming bird exposition. Bird enthusiast and recorder, Monty Brigham, provided field recordings of birds while others were purchased through the sound library at Crawley films. The album based on this material, ‘Over My Head’, was recorded in less than a week, and has since sold over 100,000 copies. ‘Ghost Parade’ was released in 1987 and only on cassette as the industry began shifting to the more expensive medium of compact discs. In 1989 Tamblyn released his second album in a planned ‘environmental’ series called ‘Magnetic North’. Work began on it in 1984 when Tamblyn was asked to be an artistic observer on a scientific expedition to the Chukchi Sea – north of the Bering Strait – to study the feeding habits of gray whales and walrus. Tamblyn earned his diving license and worked with the scientists collecting samples. In off hours he collected audio sounds from the north and incorporated them into the album’s songs. The record was nominated for a JUNO Award for ‘Best Instrumental Album’ in 1990. In 1992 ‘Through the Years: ’76 – ’92” was released as a collection of Tamblyn’s first 15 years of commercial recordings and included five new songs. Tamblyn has continued on a steady path of recording instrumental music albums inspired by the environment and his further travel adventures to remote places such as the north shore of Lake Superior and the Nahanni River. In 2008 Tamblyn, along with other folk artists such as Bruce Cockburn released a 2CD tribute CD to Canadian songwriter and poet William Hawkins entitled ‘Dancing Alone’ which Tamblyn produced. He is currently finishing up his fourth album in the ‘Four Coast’ Project which has so far featured ‘Superior: Spirit & Light – Four Coast Project Vol. 1’ (2007), ‘Raincoast – The Four Coast Project  Vol.2’ (2008) and ‘Walking the Bones – The Four Coast Project Vol. 3’ (2010) which is Tamblyn’s 34th album; Tamblyn is also a noted playwright. His works include: ‘Dream Children’ (1976), ‘Northern Affairs’ (1984), ‘Somebody Get Me a Job’ (1987), ‘Legends of the Northern Swamp’ (1990), ‘Land of Trash (1991), and ‘Day in the Night of Zephyr Fallutyn’ (1995). with notes from Ian Tamblyn.

One of These Days/Guitar Truck Drivin’ Man (Posterity) PT-101

Moosetracks (Barge)
1976 Ian Tamblyn (Posterity) PTR-13002
1978 Closer to Home (Posterity) PTR-13005
1980 When Will I See You Again (North Track) NT-05
1983 Dance Me Outside (North Track) NT-07
1986 Over My Head (North Track)
1987 Ghost Parade [cassette] (North Track)
1989 Magnetic North (North Track)
1991 Days Of Sun & Wind (North Track)
1992 Through the Years: ’76 – ’92 (North Track) CD NT-14
1994 Antarctica (North Track) NTCD-3
1995 The Middle Distance (North Track) NT-17
1996 Lost Visions & Forgotten Dreams (North Track)
1997 The Body Needs to Travel (North Track) NT-20
2000 Voice in the Wilderness (North Track)
2002 Like the Way You’re Tinkin’ (North Track)
2002 When Will I See You Again/Ghost Parade (North Track)
2005 Machine Works (North Track)
2006 Angels Share (North Track)
2007 Superior: Spirit and Light – The Four Coast Project: Vol.1 (North Track) NT-27
2008 Raincoast – The Four Coast Project: Vol. 2 (North Track)
2009 Gyre (North Track)
2010 Walking the Bones – The Four Coast Project: Vol. 3 (North Track)

Jonathan Clark
(bass) / Rob Greenway (drums) / Robin Brooks (guitar)
A three-piece post-punk act from Toronto, Ontario that released one EP; Greenway has kept busy in the intervening years as vocalist, drummer, and CD graphic artist. He has released ten CD’s since 1995 under the studio pseudonym Brilliantfish. with notes from Rob Best.

1985 Tame And Talking [5 song EP] (Surn) SURN-001

Robert Swanson / Vic Couture
From Vancouver, British Columbia. Robert E. Swanson was a logger and railway safety inspector for the British Columbia government for many years. With his love of steam trains he invented the train horn that is now in standard use on locomotives all over the world. He was also responsible for Vancouver’s O Canada Horns including those on the British Columbia ferries and at NHL hockey games. He was also a poet and nicknamed ‘Bard of the Woods’ by those who knew him. During the 1930s he began writing down the stories and the balladry of those in the BC logging camps. He wrote four chapbooks of folk verse and ballads in the 1940’s and 1950’s. In 1969 he teamed up with Vic Couture to set a number of these works to music and under the name Tame Apes (which was an old loggers’ expression) they released an album called ‘Songs of the West Coast Logger’ in 1970. By the 1980s he did regular tours reading he poetry and singing as part of a performing troupe. Swanson died in 1994 at the age of 89. Currently Swanson’s works carry on as part of a musical revue by the Other Guys Theatre Company under the title “Good Timber: Songs & Stories of the Western Logger”.  with notes from the Other Guys Theatre Company.
Songs of the West Coast Logger (MCA) 7011

Stephen Hamm (bass) / Terry Russell (drums) /  David Mawhinney (guitar) / Shane Davis (guitar) / Bruce Kane (vocals)
Following the dissolution of Vancouver, British Columbia band Slow, half the band became © [aka Copyright] while Stephen Hamm and Terry Russell formed Tankhog. The band’s debut album, ‘House of Beauty’ was produced by Dave Ogilvie (54.40, Skinny Puppy) and Ken “HiWatt” Marshall. [also see SLOW]

1991 So What/[split w/WINDWALKER] (Mint) MRS-001
1992 The Freight Train Song/Jealous Trains (Mint) MRS-002

House of Beauty (Zulu) ZULU 4-2

Judy Harmon
/ Jack Winters / Heather Woodburn
Montreal-based Tapestry was led by writer/composer Jack Winters. The trio was signed to Polydor Records in the early 1970’s. Their first single, “Love Me Brother”, from their self-titled debut was produced by The Bells’ Cliff Edwards. A second album, ‘Country Music’, found the trio in the storm of the Maple Music Junket of 1972 and they showcased at the legendary Playboy Club. By 1973 the trio became the duo of Winters and Woodburn with the assistance of studio musicians for their full-length album ‘Down By The Maple River’. Several singles were released but with no major success and Tapestry called it quits.

1971 Love Me Brother/Coming Into Los Angeles (Polydor) 2065-091
1972 Begin With You And Me/Country Music (Polydor) 2065-120
1972 The Music Doesn’t Seem To Be Going Anywhere/I Believe In Loving You (Polydor) 2065-152
1973 Down By The Maple River/Cowboy Song (Polydor)  2065-192
1973 Everything Is Bringin’ Me Down (Runnin’ From the Years)/[same] (Polydor) 2065-177
1973 California/[same] (Polydor) 2065-204


1971 Tapestry (Polydor)
1972 Country Music (Polydor)
1973 Down By The Maple River (Polydor) 2424-078

Former member of 1970’s Vancouver, British Columbia act Airborne who released one album, ‘Songs For the City’, in 1977. Tarris would leave the group and release his first solo album later that year. He has since become an in-demand multi-instrumentalist and producer from his homebase on Salt Spring Island, British Columbia.

Party (Remembering) RR-001
2002 Twilight (independent)
2003 When Night Has Fallen (independent)

TARRY, Michael
Born: Michael Terry McDermott in Manchester, England;
Died: April 15, 2013 in Marmora, Ontario
Michael Terry McDermott came to Canada in the late ’60’s and was soon signed to Columbia Records. The first single in late 1968 entitled “All That I Love” managed to barely scrape RPM’s Top100 singles chart with a peak position of No.92.  The follow-up, “If You Believe”, never made the Top100 but managed a decent 6 week run in the summer of 1969 on RPM’s Weekly CanCon chart. The next three singles had no showing on the RPM charts. Tarry was soon without a label. By 1973 he had signed to Reprise Records and soon had a charted hit with the song “Rosalie” which peaked at No.8 on The RPM Top100 singles chart in the summer of 1973 and managed a modest showing on the Country Chart as well. The follow-up, “Forgotten Man”, managed to reach No.52 on the RPM Top100 chart. The third single, “Memories”, became Tarry’s second biggest hit peaking at No.13 on the RPM Top50 Pop Playlist Chart in early January 1974. Tarry passed away in his home town of Marmora, Ontario on April 15, 2013. with notes from Paul Weber.

1968 All That I Love/You’re Young You’ll Forget (Columbia) C4-2848
If You Believe/Such A Long Time (Columbia) C4-2863
Neighbours At the Zoo/A Dime’s Worth (Columbia) C4-2877
What’s Your Name/Earth Ran Away With The Spoon (Columbia) C4-2878
Sometimes You’re Up/Silent People (Columbia) C4-2922
1973 Rosalie/Just a Feeling (Reprise/WEA) CR-4017
1973 Forgotten Man (Reprise/WEA) CR-4020
1974 Memories/Grow Back the Roots (Reprise/WEA) CR-4024

1973 Michael Tarry (Reprise/WEA) RSC-8007

TASSI, Madonna
Madonna Tassi is a dance artist from Toronto, Ontario who released several singles in the 1980s through Spin Records. She also did backing vocals for solo artist Johnny D. in 1984.

Needing A Night Like This/No Chains (Spin) HBP-345
1985 You Can Break My Heart Anytime/[same] (Spin) HPB-845
1987 Forever After/[same] (Spin) HPB-1345

Man of My Dream (Spin)

Dan Klauss
(guitar) / Alice Gauthier (keyboards) / Barry Calnan (drums).
Tau Ceti was formed in 1984 from the ashes of the Calgary, Alberta garage band Chronological Order. The band worked to write original songs with the intent of recording, playing many Calgary landmarks along the way: The Long Bar, Ten Foot Henry’s, The National Hotel, and moving on to play bigger venues like Mac Hall Ballroom at the University of Calgary. Tau Ceti was the first Calgary band to headline at The Center for the Performing Arts. Along with vinyl output, they had two videos that received airplay on MuchMusic entitled “Radiation” and “San Francisco” which was added to regular rotation for several weeks. The band had some commercial airplay on CBC Brave New Waves and Calgary FM stations with the song “And I Wonder”. The group split up in 1987. Calnan currently lives in Houston, Texas working as an engineering designer, still playing with an original project, and is an endorsee for Pintech Electronic Drums; Gauthier has her own Internet company based in Montreal and has continued as a visual artist creating with oil and charcoal. Klauss lives in L.A.

1985 And I Wonder/San Francisco (Small Horse, Big Apple) SHBA-7-1
1986 Radiation/Bathed In Dark Light[12″] (Small Horse, Big Apple) SHBA-12-001
So Far [5 song 12” EP]  (Tau Ceti) TAU-MINI-12

Jim Norris (drums, vocals) / Fred Cacciotti  (guitar) / Steve Malison / Ray Chaput
Originally known as The Beasties, Taxi hailed from Sudbury, Ontario. After relocating to Toronto to try and catch a break they changed their name to The Tote Family and were signed to Yorkville Records. Following an unsuccessful set of singles they went through a line-up shuffle, changed their name to SeaDog and signed with the MUCH label. with notes from Doug Varty. [see TOTE FAMILY, SEADOG]

1968 Grampa Frisby/Next Exit – Finch Avenue (Boo)  BOO-1

Thomas “Tommy” Chong (guitar, vocals) / Robert “Bobby” Taylor (lead vocals) / Edward Patterson (guitar) / Wes Henderson (bass) / Robbie King (keyboards) / Ted Lewis (drums)
Originally known as Little Daddie And The Bachelors with a regional Vancouver hit called “Too Much Monkey Business” before renaming themselves Four Niggers And A Chink. Needless to say they lost any fans they may have had. They regrouped as Bobby Taylor And The Vancouvers and were discovered at the Elegant Parlour by Diana Ross during an appearance in the city with The Supremes. She contacted her Motown Records label boss, Barry Gordy Jr., who immediately signed them to his fledgling Gordy imprint. He was so impressed he produced their first album personally. The album featured the American hit single “Does Your Mama Know About Me” which stayed on the Billboard Charts for ten weeks. The album also spawned two lesser selling singles in “Malinda” and “I Am Your Man”. The band split up in 1969 and Tommy Chong would go on to international fame as half of the comedy duo Cheech And Chong. Bobby Taylor, meanwhile, did a brief solo stint and would eventually end up working for Motown to discover a family act from Gary, Indiana called The Jackson 5; Taylor died  of Leukemia in a Hong Kong hospital July 22, 2017.  [also see BOBBY TAYLOR, LITTLE DADDIE & THE BACHELORS]

1968 Does Your Mama Know About Me/Fading Away (Gordy/Motown – US)  G-7069
1968 I Am Your Man/If You Love Her (Gordy/Motown – US)  G-7073
1968 Malinda/It’s Growing (Gordy/Motown – US)  G-7079
1989 Do Unto Others/Do Unto Others (Instrumental) (Nightmare – UK) MARE-82


1968 Bobby Taylor And The Vancouvers (Gordy/Motown – US)  GLPS-930
1990 Find My Way Back (Motorcity) CDMOTCLP-46

Born: 1934 in Washington, DC;
Died: July  22, 2017 in Hong Kong]
Former member of Bobby Taylor And The Vancouvers who would release a solo album post-break up and continue releasing intermittent singles. His biggest claim to fame would be to discover a family singing quintet from Gary, Indiana called The Jackson 5; Taylor died  of Leukemia in a Hong Kong hospital July 22, 2017. [also see BOBBY TAYLOR & THE VANCOUVERS]

My Girl Has Gone/It Should Have Been Me Loving Her (Gordy) G-7092
1970 Oh, I’ve Been Bless’d/Blackmail (V.I.P./Motown) VIP-25053
1971 Hey Lordy/[same] (Mowest) MW-5006F
1972 There Are Roses Somewhere in This World/It Was a Good Time (Sunflower – US) SUN-126
1973 I Can’t Quit Your Love/Queen of the Ghetto (Tommy – US) ZS7-1751
1974 A Stop Along the Way/[same] (Integra) 103
1974 Walk Walk Walk/It’s Funny (KaJo) 2201
1975 Don’t Wonder Why/Why Play Games (Playboy) 6046
1976 Gypsy Woman/[same] (Ultra – US) 100
1977 I’ll Be Moving On/A Stranger (Chytowns – US)  104
1977 Uh-huh Sometimes/You’re Just What I Need (Chytowns – US) 108
2000 You Can’t Hide from Love/You Can’t Hide from Love (Instrumental)
2004 Ooo Baby, Baby/Ooo Baby, Baby (Instrumental)
2005 Clouds Without Rain
2005 Sexy Lady

I Can’t Quit Your Love/Queen of the Ghetto (Philadelphia International – US)

Seven Steps To An Angel/Ubangi Stomp (Astra) A-1016

1969 Taylor Made Soul (Gordy/Motown – US) GLPS-942
2003 Together
2006 Bobby Taylor: The Motown Anthology (Motown – UK) 983-851

Vocalist Lydia Taylor’s musical career began while singing in various high school bands while growing up in Mississauga, Ontario. She was initially signed to a publishing demo deal with RCA Records in 1976 but after the lone single “Love a Little Harder” failed to make waves at radio she was back to pounding the pavement in search of a record deal. Then, while performing in Toronto in 1978 she was spotted by Cliff Hunt and signed to Hunt Management as well as Hunt’s label Falcon Records (which also featured Zon). She continued playing live while she and guitarist Richard Zwicewicz began writing songs. With a guest appearance on Helix’s song “You’re a Woman Now”, the duo entered Phase One studio in North Scarborough, Ontario where Zwicewicz and Robert Leth co-produced her self-titled debut for Falcon in 1979. A touring band was assembled that included Zwicewicz (guitars), Dan Donovan (bass), Andy Artfield (keyboards) and The Stampeders’ Gibby Lacasse (drums) and they hit the road to promote the album. Taylor was then nominated for a ‘Top Female Vocalist of the Year’ at the JUNO Awards and eventually won. Next, the road tested Lydia Taylor Band returned to Phase One studio in 1980 to record a new album which was produced by Bob Gott and Don Larusso. 1981’s ‘Lydia Taylor Band’ album was released on Passport Records and spawned two singles – “Some Guys” and then “Miracles”. The band’s sophomore release would be the Phase One recorded ‘Bitch’ EP in 1983 which also spawned two singles before Passport Records went bankrupt. A third cross-Canada tour followed and Taylor found herself opening for heavier female-fronted rock acts like Lee Aaron, Toronto and The Headpins. But as new wave and synth-rock took over commercial radio Taylor’s brand of hard rock fell out of favour and she wasn’t able to secure another record deal. Eventually, she left the music business.

Love A Little Harder/Love A Little Harder (Instrumental) (RCA) PB-50226
I’m A Woman/Do Wah Diddy (Falcon) FAL-1001
Dreamer/He’s A Rebel (Falcon) WRC3-919
1980 You’ll Like It/Tuff Stuff (Falcon) FAL-1004

Some Guys/Cut-Throat (Passport/A & M) PS-501
1981 Miracles/Leave Me Alone (Passport/A & M) PS-503
1983 Bitch (Short Version)/Bitch (Long Version) (Passport/A & M) PS-507
1983 You Talk Tough/Modern Lies (Passport/A & M) PS-509


1979 Lydia Taylor (Falcon) FAL-80001

The Lydia Taylor Band (Passport/A & M) PL-5001
1983 Bitch (Passport/A & M) PL-3007

TAYLOR, R. Dean [Born: May 11, 1939 in Toronto, Ontario]
R. Dean Taylor started his career in his home of Toronto in 1961 playing piano and singing with various groups at all the big Toronto clubs as well as recording several singles for the Audiomaster label that were poor quality and received little if no airplay. In 1962 he recorded the single/demo “At the High School Dance” for Amy-Mala Records which gained him a bit of attention to which Taylor took the advice of a friend and pursued his dreams in Detroit. Motown’s Brian Holland offered him a position as a ghostwriter for the label and later he would finally be recognized for this talent on such songs as “I’ll Turn To Stone” (The Four Tops), “Love Child” and “I’m Livin’ In Shame” (The Supremes), and “All I Need” (The Temptations). While developing his production techniques, Taylor recorded “Gotta See Jane” on his own which hit the Top 20 in England. Motown Records owner Berry Gordy Jr. decided to take a chance with Taylor on his newly established white artist’s label Rare Earth from which they released “Indiana Wants Me” in 1970. The song went to No.1 in Canada and peaked at No.5 on the Billboard Top40 September 19, 1970. Following the release of his debut album, “Gotta See Jane” was re-released and went Top 10 in Canada. R. Dean Taylor continued writing and producing for various artists throughout the ’70’s. He also had a U.K. hit single in 1974 (No.36) with “Window Shopping”. Taylor made a brief, unsuccessful comeback attempt in 1981/82. with notes from Brian Salmons.

1961 At The High School Dance/How Wrong Can You Be? (Barry) B-3023X
1962 I’ll Remember/It’s A Long Way To St. Louis (Barry) B-3099X
1962 We Fell In Love As We Tangoed/Beautiful Dreamer (Barry) B-3140X
1965 Let’s Go Somewhere/Poor Girl (VIP/Tamla Motown) V-25027
1967 There’s A Ghost In My House/Don’t Fool Around (VIP/Tamla Motown) VIP-25042
1970 Gotta See Jane/Don’t Fool Around (Rare Earth) R-5004
1970 Indiana Wants Me/Love’s Your Name (Rare Earth/Phonodisc) R-5013
1971 Ain’t It A Sad Thing/Backstreet (Rare Earth/Ampex) R-5023
1971 Gotta See Jane/Back Street (Rare Earth) R-5026
1971 Candy Apple Red/Woman Alive (Rare Earth) R-5030
1972 Taos, New Mexico/Shadow (Rare Earth) R-5041
1973 Reservation of Education/Shadow (Rare Earth – UK) RES-111
1973 Bonnie/Sweet Flowers (Jane/GRT) 1212-1001
1974 There’s A Ghost In My House/Let’s Go Somewhere (Tamla Motown) TMG-896
1974 Who Will Wipe My Tears Away (The Ragdoll Song) /Mandy (Jane/GRT)
1974 Window Shopping/Bonnie (Polydor – Germany) 2058-502
1974 Don’t Fool Around/Poor Girl (Tamla Motown – UK) TMG-909
1975 Walkin’ In the Sun/Who Will Wipe My Tears Away (The Ragdoll Song) (Jane/GRT) 1212-1004
1975 Let’s Talk It Over/Mama I Will (Jane/GRT) 1212-1005
1976 We’ll Show Them All/Magdelena (Jane/Polydor)  2065-288
1976 Bonnie/Hannah (Jane/Polydor) 2065-309
1976 Closer My Love/Daddy’s Got a Gun (Jane/Polydor) 2065-328
1977 Dixie’s Hands/Bonnie (Jane) JR-2058
1979 Raggamuffin
1981 Let’s Talk It Over /Add Up the Score (20th Century Fox) TC-2510
1982 Out In the Alley/Bonnie

1970 I Think, Therefore I Am (Rare Earth) RS-522
1971 Indiana Wants Me (Rare Earth/Tamla Motown) STML-11185
1974 R. Dean Taylor (Sounds Superb – UK) SPR-90007
1975 L.A. Sunset (Polydor – UK) 2383-339
2001 The Essential Collection (Spectrum – UK)  544 515-2

TAYLOR, Stephanie
Stephanie Taylor was a singer whose first taste of the limelight began as one third of vocal group The Girlfriends with Diane Miller and Rhonda Silver to cover hit songs of the day and back guests on the daily after school show ‘Music Hop’ hosted by Alex Trebek. The Girlfriends were a hit, recording for MGM Records in New York. When a similarly-named group saw them they changed their moniker to The Willows and scored big with “My Kinda Guy”. The Willows then opened several Canadian shows for The Beach Boys. Just before turning 18, the group sang their first national commercial for a popular teen beauty treatment. When the show (and subsequently The Willows) came to the end of its run, Taylor became a choral singer for the likes of The Laurie Bower Singers and the Sycamore Street Singers. Following an appearance with Hagood Hardy’s Montage in 1969 Taylor was able to release a solo album in 1970 produced by Doug Riley entitled ‘I Don’t Know Where I Stand’. Stephanie Taylor would go on to do back-up vocal session work for a number of other Canadian artists including Larry Mattson, Cliff Edwards, and Eric Robertson (who she would marry). She also made regular TV appearances on ‘Keith Hampshire’s Music Machine’, ‘The Bobby Vinton Show’, and hosted ‘Canadian Express’ in 1978. In later years she returned to choral singing with both Hampton Avenue and The Canadian Singers; Stephanie Taylor died in 2009.

Standing Room Only/Play With Me and Talk With Me (RCA Victor) PB-50143
1976 Satisfying Love/After the Thrill Is Gone (RCA Victor) PB-50204

My Kind of Guy/Hurtin’ All Over (MGM) K-13484X
1967 Outside the City/The Snow Song (MGM) K-13714X

I Don’t Know Where I Stand (CBC Radio) LM-84

Warren “Slim” Williams / Kathleen Dyson-Oliver / Harold Fischer / Ingrid Stitt / Eric Roberts
Tchukon was a soul act featuring some of Montreal’s best voices (including Kat Dyson of Kat Mandu) formed in 1984. After releasing several regional singles on Six A.M. Records, Tchukon worked their way through the ranks to become finalists in the 1986 season of American talent contest TV show ‘Star Search’ hosted by Ed McMahon. Tchukon released one album on Aquarius Records and managed modest airplay with the song “Fatal Attraction” and “Let’s Talk”; Kat Dyson would continue as a session singer before gaining international success as a guitarist for the likes of Cyndi Lauper, Prince & The New Power Generation, Donny Osmond, Michael Jackson and Colin James among others.

Plastic People/Love’s Gonna Get Cha (Six A.M.) GHX-002
1984 Plastic People/Love’s Gonna Get Cha [12″] (Six A.M.) GHX-12002
1984 Love’s Gonna Get Cha (6:20)/Love’s Gonna Get Cha (4:35) [12″] (Six A.M.)
1987 Fatal Attraction/Don’t Matter To Me (Aquarius) AQ-6029
1987 Don’t Matter To Me (Dance Version)/Fatal Attraction (3:46) [12″] (Aquarius)
1987 Let’s Talk/Principle of Emotion (Aquarius) AQ-6031
1988 I Live Inside Your Heart/[same] (Aquarius) AQ-6034

Here and Now (Aquarius) AQR-546

Jeff Martin (vocals, guitar) / Jeff Burrows (drums) / Stuart Chatwood (bass)
The three members of Windsor-based Tea Party have been friends for most of their lives, playing in bands through high school together and apart. In July of 1990 Jeff Martin and Stuart Chatwood were coming from yet another failed Toronto band, and called their friend Jeff Burrows (who had just been fired from a band himself) to come and be part of a gig they had coming up back in Windsor. The Stickmen was born from that gig. Deciding from the beginning to do as much as possible for their career, they recorded and released an independent CD which got them a publishing deal with Warner/Chappell Music Canada, and eventually landed them a recording deal with EMI Music Canada. This was due partly to the fact that the CD stayed on Sam The Record Man’s independent charts for over a year, and partly to a series of showcase gigs for A&R reps from most of the major labels. Continuing with their conviction of doing things for themselves, Martin insisted that he be allowed to produce the first album but the label waffled, so he took the band to Vermont to record and produce four tracks to prove to the label executives he could do it. He came back with six completed tracks, and those combined with six from the independent release resulted in Splendor Solis, released in 1993. The hype about the band before the CD was released was quite vast, and the album did not disappoint; it received rave critical and public acceptance and eventually went platinum (100,000 copies) in Canada. Tea Party toured Canada constantly, headlining and as special guests of such luminaries as British psychedelic folk artist Roy Harper. Complications with the release in the US made manager Michael White rethink his strategy and he opted for exposure in Australia. The band played half a dozen gigs Down Under right after Christmas in 1993, helping to push the album to #33 on the Australian charts and warranting a return visit in April 1994; that trip saw seven of their eight gigs selling out. They used a similar approach in Europe, creating a buzz in select markets and then returning to play key gigs that helped build on the momentum; in this way they gained release in more than 20 countries, performing extensively all over the continent. Touring for the band ceased in 1994, and they returned to the studio to flesh out ideas that had popped up while on the road with producer Ed Stasium (Ramones, Living Colour). The results of absorbing different musical styles from their travels was 1995’s The Edges Of Twilight, which features some 31 different instrument sounds and outside help only in the form of a spoken intro to one track by Roy Harper. While some critics jumped on the band’s sound, comparing them to the Doors and Led Zeppelin, others offered even more rave reviews, and the album became an even bigger hit than the first. 1996 saw the band on the road extensively, all across North America, Australia and Europe, selling out everywhere and once again earning rave reviews for their live performance. At the end of 1996, EMI released a six-song, multi-media enhanced CD that featured four acoustic versions of songs from ‘The Edges of Twilight’, a remixed version of “Sister Awake” from the first album, a new song, and full-length videos for two songs, acoustic performances, interviews, and more. To promote this release, the band did a club tour where they brought computers into the room to allow people to view the multimedia track from the CD. In 1997 the band released its latest album, Transmission, featuring the hit single “Temptation”. The band continued to tour extensively to support the material. After the tour ended, Martin and his Australian wife moved out of their three-century-old gothic home in Montreal and into the anonymous hills of Los Angeles. For its fifth full-length album, ‘TRIPtych’, the band made a conscious decision to lighten up without losing its hard edge. The first single, “The Messenger”, followed by “Heaven Coming Down” managed to get them favourable airplay on Rock radio stations. Two more album followed in the 2000s – ‘The Interzone Mantras’ (2001) and ‘Seven Circles’ (2004) – before Martin announced in a press release in 2005 that Tea Party had split up and he would be pursuing a solo career. This was news to Burrows and Chatwood who were expecting to begin work another Tea Party album; Martin did indeed release solo material over the next five years (relocating his family to the UK); Burrows went on to work with Alex Lifeson and Geddy Lee in The Big Dirty Band for the ‘Trailer Park Boys’ movie soundtrack before forming super group Crash Karma with members of Our Lady Peace and I Mother Earth; Chatwood did production and session work including music for Ubisoft Industries’ ‘Prince of Persia’ video console game; In April 2011 the trio announced they had patched things up and subsequently reunited for tour dates in 2011. The US right wing political group, meanwhile, had added confusion in the world market by naming themselves The Tea Party. The band briefly entertained the idea of selling off their website domain name but instead added a disclaimer: ‘No politics…Just Rock And Roll’. The band released its reunion album, their first in 10 years, ‘The Ocean At The End’ in September 2014.

1991 Let Me Show You The Door (independent)
1993 The River (EMI)
1993 Save Me (EMI)
1994 A Certain Slant of Light (EMI)
1994 In This Time (EMI)
1994 Midsummer Day (EMI) CDPRO-790
1995 Fire In the Head (EMI)
1997 Touch (EMI)
1997 Temptation (EMI) 884161
1997 Babylon (EMI) CDPRO-1611
1998 Release (EMI) PRCD-8451
1999 The Messenger (EMI) DPRO-1904
2000 Heaven Coming Down/Psychopomp (Live) (EMI) 887521
2000 Walking Wounded (EMI) DPRO-2044
2001 Soul Breaking (EMI)
2004 The Writing’s On the Wall


1991 The Tea Party (independent)
1993 Splendor Solis (EMI) 789419
1995 The Edges of Twilight (EMI) 832350
1996 Alhambra [EP] (EMI) 837240
1997 Transmission (EMI) 855308
1999 TRIPtych (EMI) 496545
2001 The Interzone Mantras (EMI) 529721
2004 Seven Circles (EMI) 595477
2014 The Ocean At The End (Anthem/Universal)

Brian Danter
(vocals, guitar) / Chuck Price (guitar) / Mark Bradac (bass) / Mike Zozak (drums) / Lynne Serridge (vocals)
Teaze was formed in Windsor, Ontario in 1975. After a lengthy career and four albums on Aquarius – which included a minor AM Radio hit “Sweet Misery” – the original line-up of the band split up in 1981 but revised versions of the group led by Bradac continued into the mid-80s. One version featured new lead vocalist Lynne Serridge. They would land a track on the annual Toronto Q107 Homegrown album Volume 6; Zozak went on to play in a band called Rude; Bradac owns a collector’s guitar store in Windsor, Ontario and has appeared on Canadian auction TV show ‘Pawnathon Canada’; Danter would go on to produce artists such as Legion.

Boys Night Out/Dirty Sweet Loving (Force One) FO-1001
On the Loose/I Want You (Aquarius) AQ-5066
1977 Sweet Misery/On the Loose (Aquarius) AQ-5071
1978 Rockin’ With the Music/Dirty Sweet Loving (Overseas – JAPAN) MA-89-V
1979 Heartless World/Back In Action (Aquarius) AQ-5082
1979 Loose Change/Young and Reckless (Aquarius) AQ-5086
1979 Boys Night Out/Roses and Chrome (Aquarius) AQ-5091
1979 Stay Here/Reach Out (Capitol – US) 4737

Teaze (Eurodisc – France) 913138
1977 On the Loose (Aquarius) AQS-516
1978 Tour of Japan (Aquarius) AQS-520
1979 One Night Stands (Aquarius) AQS-523
1980 Body Shots (Aquarius) AQS-528
1984 A Taste of Teaze (Heavy Metal America) HMUSA-4
1990 The Best of Teaze (Aquarius)

Paul Asgeirson (guitar, vocals) / Steve Marian (guitar, vocals) / George Marian (keyboards, vocals) / Steve Ostick (bass) / Julian Bernas (drums)
The Teddy Boys were a short-lived New Wave act from Winnipeg, Manitoba who had one album on WEA Records, ‘On Air’, which spawned the hit single “He Only Goes Out With The Boys” and the less successful “1,2,3,4 (Love Affair)” before changing their name to Berlin. Following the release of Berlin’s ‘Young Warrior’ LP in 1982, the band wound up embroiled and a well publicized lawsuit with the American act of the same name. After years of wrangling, the Canadian act folded due to their heavy legal debt.

1980 He Only Goes Out With the Boys/Valentino (WEA) BOY-1
1981 1,2,3,4 (Love Affair) (WEA) BOY-2
1981 Things That You Do (WEA) BOY-3

1982 My World Is Empty Without You/Walking With the Shadows (Freedom) FR-45-028

1980 On Air (WEA) XWEA-92006

1982 Young Warrior (Freedom) FR-012

Clint Ryan (vocals, bass) / Dave Wood (guitar) / Bob Scott (guitar) / Steve ‘Butch’ Vasileff (drums) / Sebastian Agnello (piano)
Formed in 1969, the group released one single on Quality Records called “The Ballad Of Bruce T. Higgins”. They continued recording demos into 1970 and eventually became Subway Elvis’s first rhythm section. with notes from Sebastian Agnello.


1970 Rip It Up/Ballad Of Bruce T. Higgins (Quality) 1955X

Frankie Venom [aka Frank Kerr] (vocals) / Gord Lewis (guitar) / Steve Park (bass) / Steve Marshall [aka Steve Mahon] (bass; replaced Park) / Nick Stipinitz (drums) / Mark Lockerbie (drums; replaced Stipinitz; replaced Harrison) / Blair “Mojo” Martin (drums; replaced Lockerbie) / Jack Pedler (drums; replaced Martin) / Dale Harrison (drums; replaced Pedler) / David Bendeth (guitar; replaced Lewis temporarily in 1980) / Jim Huff (guitar; replaced Bendeth in 1981) / Dave Rave [aka Dave Desroches] (guitar, vocals; replaced Venom)
The members of Teenage Head initially met while attending Westdale High School in Hamilton. They would hang around Star Records in Hamilton listening to the newest punk imports and by 1975 decided to put a band together. They named themselves after the title of a Flaming Groovies song. Star Records owner Paul Kobak saw the band’s enthusiasm and potential and offered to manage them (leaving the store in the hands of musician Bob Bryden). Kobak would shuttle the band around in his car, acted as roadie and helped finance their road trips and early demos. As the band became busier and more popular, co-managers Jack Morrow John Brower helped with finding Teenage Head places to play – mainly in Toronto – and wanting the band to make money, the plan was to get a record out. Demos for “Picture My Face” and “Tearin’ Me Apart” were cut and they soon had a deal with Inter Global Music who shopped the band to CBS Records affiliate Epic. The songs were polished and released on Epic in May 1978. “Top Down” soon followed and the band found themselves the centre of attention at the ‘The Last Pogo’ in 1978 at The Horseshoe Tavern in Toronto, Ontario. Teenage Head had barely taken the stage when the police showed up to break up the over-capacity crowd. The entire event was captured by Colin Brunton and Head were immortalized without having played a note. In 1979, their self-titled debut, which was poorly recorded, distributed and released by Inter Global, failed to stir any attention and the record company soon folded. But the band’s frenetic live shows – including a memorable performance at the Heatwave Festival (a recording of which became 1984’s ‘Endless Party’) – drew capacity crowds everywhere they played, and the moderate radio exposure raised eyebrows at Attic Records. Their follow-up, produced by David Bowie alumnus Stacy Heydon, was ‘Frantic City’ which spawned the double-sided hit single “Somethin’ On My Mind” and “Let’s Shake” (though Attic had them re-record the latter with less offensive lyrics for radio ears). The album became a multi-platinum seller and was a battle cry for beer swilling, cottage hopping college students across Canada. A riot on June 2, 1980 during their performance at Toronto’s Ontario Place Forum made front page news across the country and prompted Ontario Place management to ban ‘rock acts’ permanently. Attic Records set up a series of showcase gigs in New York City, hoping to attract a US record deal but days before they were to leave Lewis broke his back in a near fatal car accident and the showcase was cancelled. He was temporarily replaced by David Bendeth and, then, Jim Huff but the band decided to wait for Lewis to recover before carrying on. They needed a strong comeback and so, following Lewis’ rehabilitation they headed back into the studio for a new album. Their third album was a repeat of their patented 2 minute Rockabilly-On-Speed vendettas entitled ‘Some Kinda Fun’ which extended the plethora of puking and passing out singles “Let’s Go To Hawaii” and “Teenage Beer Drinking Party” which went on to Gold record status. Manager Jack Morrow convinced the band that they needed a simultaneous US release, which Attic was not able to arrange. After some heated discussions between the label, management and the band, Attic allowed Teenage Head to leave. MCA picked up the band’s option and attempted to market the group as a nifty College pub-rock act and had the band water down their next record – a 5 song EP called ‘Tornado’ — with rockabilly jangly guitar ditties produced by Bendeth. To really put the band in its place, the US arm of MCA refused to release the record unless the band changed its name from Teenage Head to Teenage HEADS so as to not offend the US Parents Music Resource Center who were gunning for anyone deemed to be making unsavoury music. The album failed to launch in the US and MCA soon cut the band loose. A live album, ‘Endless Party’ was released in 1984 on Ready Records but the band was no longer attracting the attention of radio or media (except in the negative). Frankie Venom was living the subject matter of his lyrics and was told by outsiders that he should become a solo artist. He would soon take Mark Lockerbie and form Frankie And The Vipers. The band carried on with Dave Rave (The Shakers) who had been utility member of Teenage Head during recordings and tours and Blair Martin was recruited on drums. However, Martin soon departed and was replaced by Jack Pedler on drums shortly before recording the ‘Can’t Stop Shakin’ EP and their full-length album ‘Electric Guitar’. The band finally imploded in late 1988 after Rave moved to New York to start what would become a successful solo career with The Dave Rave Conspiracy and later Agnelli & Rave. By early 1989 Venom was convinced to comeback and the original version of Teenage Head with Lewis, Marshall and Stipinitz resumed. Mark Lockerbie rejoined Teenage Head following the second departure of Stipinitz but Head continued doing what they did best – performing live. When Lockerbie broke his arm in 1993 Doug Ingles (Goddo) and Hayden Vialva (The Dice) covered for him while he recovered. Following the re-issue of Teenage Head’s debut album on Other People’s Music in 1996, Teenage Head’s popularity briefly spiked and so they decided to record a new album. ‘Head Disorder’ as released in 1998 but was quickly derailed when lack of proper promotion sank it – and the label that released it. In 2003, without a permanent drummer the band recorded a new ‘best of’ package with surviving Ramones drummer Marky Ramone with producer Daniel Rey. With a potential for great punk-rock marketing, the band launched its own CD release program and licensed the new ‘best of’ and a re-issue of the original production mix of their debut to Sonic Unyon Records in 2006. Tragedy struck on the eve of the band’s digital revival when Frankie Venom died of cancer on October 15, 2008. A version of Teenage Head with guest vocalists – including Pete MacAuley – performed occasionally around Southern Ontario after Frankie’s death. Dave Rave was officially asked to return to the band in 2016 leading to a full-time return for Teenage Head. A new double LP ‘best of’ package was released in 2017 called ‘Fun Comes Fast’ with notes from Robert Gronfors, Dave DesRoches, Gary Pig Gold, Paul Kobak, Al Mair, Tim Haffey, Rob Frost and Mark White.


1978 Picture My Face/Tearin’ Me Apart (IGM/Epic/CBS) E4-8273
1978 Top Down (New Version)/Kissin’ the Carpet (IGM/Epic/CBS) E4-8337
1980 Somethin’ On My Mind/Let’s Shake (Attic) AT-220
1980 Let’s Shake (New Version)/I Wanna Love You (Live) (Attic) AT-229
1982 Some Kinda Fun/Teenage Beer Drinkin’ Party (Attic) AT-249
1982 Let’s Go To Hawaii/Don’t Toy With Me (Attic) AT-271
1984 Top Down (New Version)/Picture My Face (Live) (Ready) SR-451
1985 Frantic Romantic/I Can’t Pretend (Warpt) WRC3-4037
1986 Frantic Romantic/Get Down (Warpt/Ahed) RC-21-1
1988 Everybody Needs Somebody/Little Girl Don’t You Understand (Fringe) FPS-1784

1983 Tornado/Luv For Sale (MCA) MCA-52220
1983 Blood Boogie (remixed)/(I’m Just) Too True (MCA) MCA-52265

1979 Teenage Head (IGM/Epic) PEC-90534
1980 Frantic City (Attic) LAT-1081
1981 Teenage Head [remixed album re-issue] (Goon Island/OPM) JJ-3255
1982 Some Kinda Fun (Attic) LAT-1124
1984 Live In An Endless Party (Ready) LR-046
1986 Trouble In The Jungle (Warpt/Ahed) WR-924
1987 Can’t Stop Shakin'[4 song 12″] (Warpt/Ahed) WRC2-5080
1988 Electric Guitar (Fringe) FPL-3064
1988 Frantic City/Some Kinda Fun [2-fer-1 CD re-issue] (Attic)
1996 Teenage Head [remixed album CD re-issue] (OPM/EMI)
1998 Head Disorder (Loud Rock) 5011-2
2005 Teenage Head [original album mix CD re-issue] (Lobotronic/Sonic Unyon)
2008 Teenage Head With Marky Ramone (Sonic Unyon) SNUN-70119

1983 Tornado [5 song EP] (MCA) MCA-36001

Born: December 22, 1947; Died: May 20, 2009
Jay Telfer’s mother, Isabel, was Scottish and moved to Moose Jaw in 1913. She became a teacher and met Telfer’s father on a blind date in 1943. The couple soon went to England to aid in the Second World War. They returned to Moose Jaw in 1946. The family moved to Toronto in 1951. Mrs. Telfer returned to teaching in 1953. She also loved to sing, encouraging her three children to do so including an impressionable Jay. Telfer’s first significant singing performance was on the ‘Miss Rose Music Hour’ at age 4 with his brother playing piano in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan. By the time he was twelve Telfer was already banging away on a bass drum, and waking the neighbours in Downsview, Ontario at midnight while welcoming 1959 during New Year’s Eve celebrations. Telfer began taking singing seriously alongside the baritone voice of Allan Beattie at a Boy Scout Camp in Algonquin Park. When Telfer moved up from Beverly Hills Jr. High to Downsview High School, Beattie asked if he wanted to join a folk group. Scoot Irwin, Paul Ryan, Beattie and Telfer called themselves The Voyageurs. They even managed to perform some of Irwin’s original songs along with standards of the day. It was those songs that inspired Telfer to start writing songs of his own. They performed at all the Downsview gigs, Folk gigs, and Church gigs. Before long Bernie Finkelstein (Grade 11), Peter Simpson (Grade 12), and a third partner formed Triumverate Management began booking and managing the act. They attempted some recordings, produced by a Toronto folk artist, but after listening to them, passed on the group. Telfer was 14. Their first professional gig was playing the Village Corner Club where they mistakenly only rehearsed one set of material for a three-set performance over the course of the night. Still, the act earned $35 for the show – nearly 1/2 going to Triumverate. The management “contract” deal never worked to everyone’s satisfaction and, so, both the management company and the Voyageurs split up. Later on, Brian Price and and Jay Telfer’s brother Ian sat in the back of English class 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 while Jay was off teaching guitar. Jay 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 Dimenstions took over the Sunday afternoon North York gigs. They soon went in search of a new 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, “People In Me”, in 1967. Price, Seon and Mann were in their second year of University and were unhappy with Jay’s direction. Price quit in March 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 separate ways. Undeterred, Wal-Dan management assembled a new version of A Passing Fancy featuring Fergus Hambleton on lead vocals and recorded additional tracks for the November 1968 self-titled release featuring new tracks and the Jay Telfer Columbia singles (with an altered mix of “People In Me”). Meanwhile, Telfer had been offered a role to star in a stage play called ‘Watch the Birdie’. Sir John A. Records owner John Pozer had relocated to Toronto as his label was in its death throes and he took a gamble licensing two of Telfer’s performances from the play for a single on the label. Alas, the release proved to not sell or even cross promote the play – which had been the intention – and both evaporated into obscurity. 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; in 1971 Telfer drummed on Murray McLauchlan’s debut album ‘Songs From the Street’. 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’ and wrote the music and acted/performed in the music revue, ‘Watch the Birdie’. He worked in Vancouver from 1971 to 1973 and wrote and produced jingles for the Social Credit Party, the Liberals and the Conservatives, as well as producing John Laughlin’s album, ‘Morning Moon’ and The Irish Rover’s ‘Live’ album. He also wrote and produced several film scores (including ‘Away the Lines’ with Burl Ives). Telfer signed with Axe Records (owned by Fergus Hambleton’s brother, Greg) in 1973 for a series of singles and one album released in 1974. He completed a cross country tour with duo Gary & Dave to promote the album. During the tour Axe Records lost distribution, and promotion, for the album from London Records. After meeting his first wife, Bonnie Bedelia (from the movies ‘Die Hard’, ‘Heart Like a Wheel’), he moved to Los Angeles. He became a movie script writer for Cannon Films, which included 1977’s ‘Kid Vengeance’ starring Jim Brown, Lee Van Cleef and Leif Garrett and the first draft of ‘Hanna’s War’. He wrote for CTV’s ‘Search & Rescue’ and wrote the novel ‘Business As Usual’. Moving back to Toronto, he was nominated for writing CBC’s 3-part teledrama, ‘You’ve Come a Long Way, Katie’ – a piece on cross-addiction in 1981. After writing for CBC, both radio and TV, he survived a massive stroke in 1984. Following a full year of rehabilitation, he worked his way back up again as a script evaluator for Norstar, Telefilm, FUND and the Ontario Film Development Corp. A Passing Fancy reunited for a one-off date in Yorkville in 1988. In 1990, Telfer moved to Wellington, Ontario to open Jay’s Bed & Breakfast located in a home built in 1885. He hosted and performed at the Prince Edward County Folk Festival in 1992. He re-released many of the ‘Time Has Tied Me’ songs, along with some live performances under the title ‘Heart of Aluminum Foil – Jay’s Greatest Hit and 15 Other Songs’. Telfer returned to school and earned his Social Service Degree and lived with his wife near Belleville, Ontario where he was publisher/editor of an antique collector’s magazine called ‘The Wayback Times’; Telfer had angioplasty surgery to repair his heart in the Spring of 2000, however, his heart eventually failed and he passed away on May 20, 2009. with notes from Jay Telfer and Brian Lindsay. [also see A PASSING FANCY]

1968 Life, Love and the Pursuit of Happiness/Watch the Birdie (Sir John A./RCA) SJA-6
1970 High Falootin’/Okuzidoo (Celebration) CEL. 1988X
1973 Time Has Tied To Me/Suite One (Axe) AXE-15
1974 Anything More Than You Smile/10 Pound Note (Axe) AXE 18
1974 I Write Your Name/Yellow Hair (Axe) AXE- 21

1974 Time Has Tied Me (Axe) AXS-505
1993 Heart of Aluminum Foil – Jay Telfer’s Greatest Hit and 15 Other Songs

James “Lord” Booth (lead vocals) / Dave Dysart (guitar) / Bash Gordon (guitar; replaced Dysart) / Bob Gould (keyboards) / A.J. Burton (bass) / John Deslaurier (guitar; added) / Ronnie Daytona (drums) / Byron Pickles (guitar; replaced Gordon) / Vincent James (bass; replaced Burton) / Jim Irwin (bass; replaced James) / Bob Ridley (drums; replaced Daytona) / Derek Raby (bass; replaced Irwin)  / Tony Jenkinson (drums; replaced Ridley) / Vash Mochoruk (drums; replaced Jenkinson) / Michele Gould (pedal steel)
In Memphis in 1978 transplanted Torontion Bash Gordon was performing an acoustic Elvis shtick outside the gates of Graceland during the first anniversary of Presley’s death for fans. One of those fans was an auto-mechanic named A.J. Burton who teamed up with Gordon to tour the US as an acoustic Everly Brothers tribute. They discovered drummer Ronnie Daytona who had been in Steve Cameron’s band Doomed Youth and was playing with James Lord, Dave Dysart and Bob Gould (L’etranger) in a garage act called The Ten Commandments. With Burton and Gordon a new Ten Commandments was born in Scarborough, Ontario. Along with Jolly Tambourine Man (ex-Blibber And The Ratcrushers member Stuart Black), they co-hosted Pagan Strudel-Fest Pit nights at Toronto area clubs. The band began getting favourable press around town for their blend of ’60’s garage, punk, and country blues material. Following a career highlight gig opening for LA’s The Gun Club, Gordon and second guitarist John Deslaurier (Doughboys) left and Byron Pickles was brought in on guitar. Immediately the songwriting began to change and the departure of Daytona (who went on to join Change Of Heart) brought about the new rhythm section of James and Ridley. It was this line-up that recorded a three song cassette. They would follow this well received tape with the full-blown album ‘Weird Out’ in 1987 on the band’s own Sensible Records label. During the recording of the 1988 7″ single “Wherever I Go” they lost drummer Ridley so the band turned to another drummer, Tony Jenkinson, to record their follow-up album ‘Home Fires Burning’ in 1989. The Ten Commandments struggled throughout the early 1990’s before calling it quits and released one more album shortly after disbanding; Dysart went on to form The Supreme Bagg Team. with notes from James Booth.

1988 Wherever I Go/Suddenly (Sensible) TEN-006
1988 Far Too Far/She Ain’t No Use To Me (Kavern – Australia)
1992 Revolution Man/Dark Angel (Sensible)

1986 Pagan Fest A Gogo [cassette] (Sensible)
1987 Weird Out (Sensible) TEN-005
1989 Home Fires Burning (Sensible) TEN-007
1992 Miracle Mile (Sensible)

Andy McLean (guitar) / Gary Brown (vocals, guitar) / Fraser MacDougall (keys) / Derek Gassyt (drums) / Lewis Mele (bass) / Michael Beer (bass) Tenants formed in Scarborough in 1981 after the chance meeting of Gary Brown and Manchester, England native Andy McLean at a party during Mclean’s holiday in Canada. With MacDougall, Gassyt and Mele they began playing the Toronto Queen Street circuit packing clubs like the Cabana Room. In no time, CBS Records was beating a path to their door and signed the band to their subsidiary, Epic, after having only played 20 gigs as a band. Unfortunately, CBS misread the exuberance of the band’s dance crowd at their dynamic shows and insisted the band record the first album live-off-the-floor for a very small budget. Without the confidence of a seasoned live act, the material suffered and the label was forced to pick the ‘best’ of the sessions to salvage the album under budget. Before the record could be released Mele left and Beer was added to the line-up. Despite the bumpy start, however, the 1982 release of ‘The Tenants’ led to the Top-40 hit “Sheriff” and with a reduced retail cost for the album it went on to sell 250,000 copies. Critics ignored the popularity of the track and instead made an issue of their style which was suspiciously like The Police. Despite such criticisms, the band toured Canada throughout 1983, including opening for Rush at the Montreal Forum and playing a three day festival in Caracas, Venezuela. In 1984, CBS Records doubled the band’s budget for the second album, ‘Visions Of Our Future’, which was produced by Paul Gross and featured Linn drum programming by Lou Pomanti. The record once again sold 250,000 copies and the band came in well under budget. However, the band’s management company had walked away with the money they’d saved back to Australia where the more pressing matter of their other stable act, Men At Work, took precedence. Broke and accountable for the missing funds, the band found itself pressed by CBS to sell more albums to cover the shortfall. In November 1984, Tenants officially disbanded. Gassyt, Beer and MacDougall went on to form a short-lived act called Moving Pictures. Gassyt then formed Anyhowtown with Daphne Diamant in February 1989. McLean and Brown were offered a publishing development deal with Gerry Young of Current Records & Management. Brown however, decided to retire from the performing side of music and opened his own recording studio, Certain Circles. He would also act as manager for 1986 Homegrown finalists Thief. At the end of the ’80’s, Brown attempted to resurrect the Tenants but the other members only agreed under the condition that a record deal could be secured first. Brown and Brian Gagnon (The Hunt) recorded an album’s worth of material to shop to labels and got nibbles from CBS Records once more. However, no concrete deal was tabled and the idea was soon abandoned. Those tapes remain unreleased. Brown became a real estate agent and was, at one time, business partners with Andy Ryan (Eye Eye). He eventually moved to the Peterborough, Ontario area, built a new recording studio and now records and performs country music under the stage name Teek Rivers; McLean would take Young up on his publishing contract offer and form Double Dare with Wendy Lands. After one album he too retired from performing and went on to work at the (now defunct) Intrepid Records. He is one of the founders of the annual Toronto music conference North By North East (NXNE). with notes from Gary Brown and Daphne Diamant.

1982 Sheriff/What’s In It For Me (Epic/CBS) E4-4333
1982 Sheriff (Short Version)/Sheriff (Long Version) [12”] (Epic/CBS) E4-4334
1983 Look the Other Way/Forget About Forgetting (Epic/CBS) E4-4342
1983 How Do You Sleep At Night/You Don’t Know What I’ve Been Thru (Epic/CBS)
1984 Something Else/Reach Out (Epic/CBS) E4-7005


1982 The Tenants (CBS) FE-38671
1984 Visions of Our Future (CBS) PC-80094

Carl Tafel
(guitars, keyboards, bass, glockenspiel, marimba, percussion, vocals) / Darrel Flint (bass, pedals, vocals) / Gary Flint (drums) / Simon Jacobs (violin) / Scott Weber (drums) / Jody Mitchell (guitar) / Mark McLay (guitar) / John Doheny (saxophone) / Michael Fitzgerald (French horn) / Peter Weeks (drums) / Phil Dewhurst (drums) / Ian Colvin (flute) / Don Dingwall (piano)
Well received progressive rock band from Toronto that started as a solo project for leader Carl Tafel. After bringing in many players to complete his ‘Melody & Menace’ album 1982, Tafel created a touring band to capitalize on the album’s popularity at college radio. The follow-up album, ‘Braille’ featured a poem etched in braille on the inner sleeve and Scarboro College Radio (CSCR) picked the album as No.16 on the Top Albums of 1984. Both albums eventually went into second pressings after increased demand in Europe and Japan caused initial runs to sell out; Gary Flint would go on to found National Velvet; Jody Mitchell worked for Capitol-EMI in the 1990s. with notes from Steve Haynes and William C. Smith.

1982 Blobo/Empty Garden (Melody & Menace)

1982 Melody & Menace (Melody & Menace) CT-1956
1984 Braille (Melody & Menace) CT-1958
1988 Within (Melody & Menace) CT-1960

Chris Burns
(drums) / Lawrence Joseph (guitars, percussion) / Foster Grant (electronic bass, harmonica, narrator, backing vocals) / George Agetees (drums, cowbell, harmonica, vocals) 

Re-Discover Your Mind [4-song cassette] (independent)
Wrap Around Cool (Og) OG-6
Wrap Around Cool [LP re-issue] (Artoffact) AOF-226

Born: Alan Willis Jefferey on March 1, 1947 in Kirkland Lake, Ontario;
Died: December 13, 2016 in Los Angeles, California
Singer, songwriter, actor Alan Thicke began his career as a Canadian TV host but was also a recording artist. He diversified his talents by writing the theme song for the hit TV game show “Jeopardy”. He also starred on his own short-lived talk show “Thicke of the Night” and became a pop icon as the father on the TV show “Growing Pains.” Thicke died of an aortic dissection while playing ice hockey with his son in Los Angeles. Thicke was the father of singer Robin Thicke.

(Hey Little) Girl (Sound Canada) SC-704
1984 Thicke of the Night/Grandma (Atlantic) 7-89701

Wondrous Bobby Orr/That Boston Dandy (RCA) 74-0328

Alan Thicke (Birchmount) BM-547

Andrew McPherson
(vocals, keyboards, flute) / Rolf Dinsdale (guitar) / Tim Crease (bass) / Rick Fry (bass; 1988) / Mario Circelli (drums)
From London, Ontario.

Clear At Dawn [5 song cassette]
Thin Line [4 song EP]
1988 The Dabin Sessions [6 song EP]

Colin Cahill
(drums) / Ken Ashdown (bass) / Stephen Lamont (guitar, vocals) / Norman MacKay (keyboards, guitar)
This ‘Blue Piano’ were an independent act from Montreal’s West Island formed in 1981. They forged material in crude demo form at home and had Cemental Health Records release their first experiments on cassette under the title ‘Exhibit A’ in 1982. In 1983 the band released their first proper album called ‘Dick And Jane Eat God’ for Cemental Health Records. In 1984, a 4 song demo EP on cassette called ‘NHL Suitcase’ was released. Eventually they were able perform enough to make money to record another proper studio release which resulted in 1985’s ‘The John the Baptiste EP’. Lamont still plays with some law firm work colleagues under the name The Gavelheds playing cover songs and raising money for various charities; Ken Ashdown is the Managing Director of Komrad Communications is an associate of Action Dialogue Inc., a leading conflict management and organization development firm based in Ottawa. Ashdown is also working on the release of a This “Blue Piano” ‘best of’ called ‘Only The Good Live On’ for the revived Waste Island Records label.

1982 Exhibit A/Live At ‘The Cat’s Paw’ (Cemental Health)
1983 Dick And Jane Eat God (Cemental Health)
1984 NHL Suitcase [cassette] (Waste Island)
1985 The John The Baptist EP (Waste Island)
2004 Exhibit A/Exhibit B – The Sabrina Tapes [CD re-issue] (Cemental Health) EEG-06
2005 Dick And Jane Eat God [CD re-issue] (Cemental Health) EEG-11

John Parker-Jervis
(vocals, violin) / Grant Beattie (synthesizers) / Fred Patterson (drums) / Brian Repka (bass) / Mark Wasarab (guitars)
This Fear was a 5-Piece from Edmonton, Alberta formed in 1985 and who split up in 1987. with notes from Mark Z. Wasarab.

1986 Darkness Shapes Imagination [5 song EP] (Canada Music Technologies Group)  ST-13-1

Jody Richardson (throat, lungs, diaphragm) / Lil Thomas (guitars, vocals) / Linda Kronbergs (keyboards, vocals) / Louis Thomas (drums, grunts and screams) / Danny Thomas (bass, screams)
From St.Johns, Newfoundland

Jam It In Ya [cassette] (Red) RED-8901
1992 Thomas Trio & The Red Albino (Duckworth) TTRACD-1142

Born: July 23, 1950 in Hamilton, Ontario
Raised in Dundas, Ontario as the son of a Baptist minister, Thomas first got his musical start at age six after taking piano lessons. By the age of 14 he had graduated to guitar and a year after that he wrote his first original tune. In the mid’60’s he formed the folk trio Ian, Oliver and Nora featuring Oliver McLeod and Nora Hutchinson. By the end of the ’60’s they were joined by Bob Doidge (bass) and Nancy Ward (keyboards, recorder) and called themselves Tranquillity Bass. The band would record two singles for RCA and often performed with the Edmonton Symphony and The Hamilton Philharmonic. They split up in the early ’70’s after an album they recorded failed to impress RCA and remains unreleased. Thomas got a day job as a theatre manager in Hamilton. In April 1973, Thomas signed to GRT Records and immediately released “Painted Ladies” which became a monster hit across North American; the song reached No.4 in Canada and No.34 in the United States. He won a JUNO Award for ‘Most Promising Male Vocalist’ that year. During this period he also produced a two-hour CBC Radio show called “The National Rock Works” which also featured comedy and became a showcase for the talents of his brother Dave Thomas – future SCTV alumnus. Over the years Thomas has produced some classic albums including ‘Calabash’ (1976), which was followed by a U.S. tour with his band at that time: Mike Oberle (drums), Juno Award winning graphic artist Hugh Syme (keyboards), Josh Onderisin (guitar), and David Sawyer (bass). His fourth LP for GRT was ‘Still Here’ (1978) and included the hit single “Coming Home”. Thomas’ final album for GRT was ‘Glider’ in 1979 containing the hits “Pilot” and “Time Is The Keeper”. In 1980 Thomas had been picked up by Anthem Records after the demise of GRT and took a run at several more gold albums – ‘The Runner’ (1981) (they same year he also made a guest appearance on the SCTV TV show), ‘Riders On Dark Horses’ (1984) and ‘Add Water’ (1985). It was from these albums that a number of acts would take Ian Thomas songs to the top, including “Hold On” (Santana), “The Runner” (Manfred Mann), “Right Before Your Eyes” (America), and “Chains” (Chicago). In 1991 Thomas joined forces with three other veteran Canadian musicians – guitarist Bill Dillon (Daniel Lanois, Joni Mitchell), drummer Rick Gratton (Rough Trade, Marc Jordan) and bassist Peter Cardinali (Rick James, Oscar Peterson) – to form the Boomers. They’ve become successful in Europe, especially in Germany and have several gold albums under their belts. with notes from Nan Bendall. [also see THE BOOMERS, TRANQUILLITY BASE, BOB & DOUG McKENZIE, LUNCH AT ALLEN’S]

1973 Painted Ladies/Will You Still Love Me (GRT)  1230-058
1974 Come The Son/Evil In Your Eyes (GRT) 1230-074
1974 Long Long Way/Count Your Blessings (GRT) 1230-076
1974 Mother Earth/it’s Over (GRT) 1230-089
1974 Top of the World/Wheels On Fire (DJM – UK )  DJS-382
1975 Julie/Star (GRT) 1230-095
1975 The Good Life/Delight From Demoon (GRT)  1230-103
1976 Liars/See Us When You Can (GRT) 1230-112
1976 Mary Jane/Everyday (GRT) 1230-118
1977 Right Before Your Eyes (Rudolph Valentino)/Don’t Want To Love You (GRT)
1978 Coming Home/Clear Sailing (GRT) 1230-143
1978 Sally [stereo]/Sally [mono] (GRT) 1230-160
1979 Time Is The Keeper/Beast of Phobia (GRT) 1230-169
1979 Pilot/Voices of the Children (GRT) 1230-177
1980 Tear Down The Walls/I Really Love You (Anthem) ANS-018
1981 The Runner (Anthem)  ANS-028
1981 Hold On/Freefall & Stardust (Anthem)  ANS-032
1981 Borrowed Time/Embers From The Fire (Anthem) ANS-035
1981 Chains/Stringin’ A Line (Anthem) ANS-036
1984 I’ll Do It Right/Riders On Dark Horse (Anthem) ANS-058
1984 Picking Up The Pieces/She Don’t Like You (Anthem) ANS-061
1985 Endless Emotion/Tuck Position (Anthem) ANS-066
1985 Harmony/Video Club (Anthem) ANS-068
1985 Touch Me/Same Colour Eyes (Anthem) ANS-070
1988 Back To Square One (Move On)/Losing Control (WEA)  25-77387
1988 Levity/Let The Stone Roll (WEA) 25-79447
1988 Modern Man/[same] (WEA) PRO-644

1991 Love You Too Much (WEA)
1992 Wishes (single edit)//The One/Wishes (Album Version) 9031-77401-2
1993 The Art Of Living/To Comfort You (WEA)  PRO-814
1993 You’ve Got To Know (Edit)//Dirty Love (Live)/Wishes (Live) (WEA) 4509-92328-2


1973 Ian Thomas (GRT) 9230-1037
1974 Long Long Way (GRT) 9230-1044
1975 Delights (GRT)  9230-1054
1976 Calabash (GRT) 9230-1063
1978 Still Here (GRT) 9230-1067
1979 Glider (GRT) 9230-1082
1980 The Best Of… (Anthem)  ANR-1-1024
1981 The Runner (Anthem) ANR-1-1032
1984 Riders On Dark Horses (Anthem)  ANR-1-1044
1985 Add Water (Anthem) ANR-1-1047
1988 Levity (WEA)  25-55561
1995 Looking Back (Anthem/Sony) ANMD-1068
2013 Little Dreams (Alma) ACD-11612
2016 A Life In Song (Alma) ACD-61762

1991 What We Do (Alma/WEA) ACD-14252
1993 The Art Of Living (WEA)  ACD-14262
1996 25,000 Days (Alma/Mighty Big)  76974-2105-2
2002 Midway (Alma/Universal) ACD-10372

courtesy Bob Hainer

Born: Jon Mikl Thor in 1953 in Vancouver, British Columbia
Jon Mikl Thor was first known as a body-builder – he was the first Canadian to win both the Mr. Canada and Mr. USA muscle man titles. He soon became interested in rock and roll and decided to combine the showmanship of body building with the excitement of live rock music in his first band Mikl Body Rock in 1973. With Vancouver guitarist Frank Soda accompanying him the group changed their name to Thor & The Imps who released the album ‘Muscle Rock’ in 1976. Using props and costumes, the highlight of the band’s live shows was having Thor bend steel bars with his teeth and having concrete cinder blocks smashed with hammers on his chest. Following a performance on the ‘Merv Griffin Show’ on North American television, Thor landed a recording contract with RCA Records. Thor’s debut album, ‘Keep the Dogs Away’, was released in 1977 with the title track receiving prominant radio play. The success of his debut plus the albums ‘Gladiator’ (1979) and ‘Striking Viking’ (1980) allowed him to tour Canada and the USA throught the remainder of the late ’70s and into the early ’80s. With an appearance at the Marquee Club in London, England in February 1984 he sufficiently impressed Albion Records who signed him to a new record deal. In 1985 he released the new album ‘Only the Strong’ and had success with the songs “Thunder On the Tundra” and “Let The Blood Run Red”. Thor then toured throughout the UK at clubs and festivals including The Great Yarmouth Festival. Several more albums followed – ‘Live In Detroit’ (1985) and “Recruits: Wild In The Streets” (1986). Thor retired from live performances in 1987 and focused, instead, on writing and producing for film. With his own record label up and running, Thor returned to making records in 1997 with the album ‘Ride of the Chariots’. He then hit the road and began performing live again. Thor has continued semi-annual album releases (12 CDs since 1998) and resumed touring several years ago with his guitar cohort Frank Soda; Thor, an avid sports enthusiast, revived the copyrights on the Vancouver Millionaires hockey franchise – who won the Stanley Cup in 1915. He controls the team’s rights and licensed their logo and historical memorabilia to the Vancouver Canucks to preserve the team’s history; In 2011 Thor wrote the film musical ‘Thor – The Rock Opera’ and released the movie’s soundtrack.

1977 Keep the Dogs Away/Wasted (RCA) PB-50442
1984 Let the Blood Run Red/When Gods Collide (Ultra! Noise/Albion) ION-165
1984 Thunder On the Tundra/Hot Flames (Ultra! Noise/Albion) ION-168
1985 Knock ‘Em Down/Lightning/Anger (Roadrunner – HOLLAND) RR-5513
1986 Search and Destroy (Rock Warrior)

Odin Speaks [4 song EP] (TPOS – US) TPOS-123

1977 Keep the Dogs Away (RCA) KKL1-0250
1979 Gladiator
1980 Striking Viking
1983 Unchained (Ultra! Noise – UK) NOISE-102
1985 Only the Strong (Viper) VPR-101
1985 Live in Detroit (Raw Power – UK) RAWLP-008
1997 Ride of the Chariots
1997 AnTHORology (Star – US)
1998 Thunderstruck: Tales from the Equinox (Star – US)
2002 Triumphant (Scratch) SCRATCH #43
2003 Mutant (Outlaw) OLR-021
2004 Beastwomen From the Center of the Earth (Antimatter)
2005 Thor Against the World (Smog Veil)
2006 Devastation of Musculation (Smog Veil)
2008 Into the Noise (SDM)
2009 Steam Clock
2009 Keep The Dogs Away: 30th Anniversary (Scratch) SCRATCH-60
2009 Sign of the V (Vulcan Sky) VSR-1915
2010 The Guardian
2011 Thor-The Rock Opera Soundtrack

1986 Recruits: Wild In the Streets (GWR/RCA – UK) 24704

2000 Dogz II (Igroove) CONCEPT-001


1976 Muscle Rock

The Edge of Hell (GWR/RCA) GWLP-13
2006 Soundtrack: Rock ‘n’ Roll Nightmare (La-La-Land) LLLCD-1048

Odin Speaks (Igroove)

with D.O.A. & THOR
Are U Ready (Scratch) TTSDR-0101

Bobby Gauthier (lead vocals, organ) / Ron Chenier (lead guitar) / Jim Bilodeau (guitar, vocals) / Ted Saucier (bass) / Brian Ferguson (drums) / Jack Ranger (lead guitar; replaced Chenier) / Wayne McQuaid (lead vocals; replaced Gauthier)
Gauthier assembled a rag-tag batch of his Ottawa, Ontario high school friends who had no musical experience in 1965 to create Those Naughty Boys. After only a few rehearsals, the garage band entered H.H. Bloom Studios to cut a demo of two songs – “Can’t Tell You” and “Gone Away” (which would not see the light of day until 1995). Following this, Esquires roadie Don Nicholson became their manager and landed them a record deal with Montreal’s Fantastic Records. Their single “Baby” was released in April 1966 which led to a grueling winter tour of north-east Ontario and Québec. On a trip to Maniwaki, their van flipped on the highway which rattled the band members, but they escaped uninjured. With the money they earned on the road they opened their own nightclub called Club 400 in Cornwall, Ontario where they could play whenever they want and book touring acts traveling the Ottawa to Montreal corridor. By the time their second single, a cover of the Ivy League’s “Somebody Told My Girl”, came out on the Sir John A. label exactly a year after their first, Gauthier had strained his voice and Wayne McQuaid (ex-Eyes of Dawn) was brought in temporarily to fill in for their commitments over the next three months. The song did manage to crack the Top 30 in June 1967. The band was on its last legs at this point and once the shows were done, Gauthier became the new singer for The Eastern Passage; Chenier would go on to a success career in the ’70s and ’80s as the founding member/frontman for heavy metal act Fist.  with notes from Marc Coulavin and Alexander J. Taylor.

1966 Heart/Baby (Fantastic) 3665
1967 Somebody Told My Girl/Tell Me Why (Sir John A.) RG-1020

THP #1: Billy Bumpp
(vocals) / Debbie Discoe (vocals) / Paul Zaza (bass) / Barry Keane (drums) / Bob Mann (guitar) / Brian Russell (guitar) / Terry Bush (guitar) / Eric Robertson (keyboards) / Brian Leonard (percussion) / Dan Reddick (percussion) / Dave Brown (percussion) / Gary Morgan (saxophone) / Jack Zaza (saxophone) / Roy Smith (saxophone) / Bob Lucier (steel guitar) / Matt McCauley (synth);
THP #2:  Helen Duncan (vocals) / Phyllis Duncan (vocals) / Errol Thomas (bass) / Dick Smith (congas, percussion) / Barry Keane (drums, percussion) / Brian Russell (guitar) / Michael Toles (guitar) / Carl Marsh (keyboards);
One of many studio creations from Ian Guenther and Willi Morrison’s Three Hats Productions. THP’s biggest claim to fame was a Canadian-only recreation of the theme song for the TV show ‘S.W.A.T.’ from their debut album ‘Easy Riser’ in 1976. The song spent a week at No.1 on the CHUM Chart  in February 1976. The follow-up album, ‘Two Hot For Love’ in 1977, produced the hit “Fighting On the Side of Love” featuring singer Wayne St. John. The song peaked at No.11 on the CHUM Chart in January 1977. By album three – ‘Tender Is the Night’ – Guenther and Morrison had created a new version of THP that gelled so well together they were used for later studio ‘bands’ Southern Exposure and Sticky Fingers.

Theme From S.W.A.T. (Part I)/ Theme From S.W.A.T. (Part II) (RCA/Victor) PB-50179
1976 Dawn Patrol (Instrumental)/[split w/BECKET BROWN] [12”] (RCA/Victor) KPN1-7059
1976 Sugar Sugar/Early Riser (Power Exchange – UK) PX-216
1977 Fighting On the Side of Love [w/Wayne St. John]/Fighting On the Side of Love (Instrumental) (RCA/Victor) PB-50289
1977 Two Hot For Love/Dawn Patrol [12″] (RCA/Victor) KPN1-0232
1978 Black Orpheus (Manha De Carnival)/Crazy, Crazy (Butterfly – US) CM-1204
1978 Two Hot For Love/Dawn Patrol (Butterfly – US) CM-1206
1978 Weekend Two-Step/[same] (RCA/Victor) PB-50503
1978 Tender Is the Night/Main Dance (RCA/Victor) PB-50636
1979 Tender Is the Night/Two Hot For Love (Rocket – UK) XPRES-11
1979 Two Hearts, One Love/Dancin’ Is Alright (Atlantic – US) 3646
1979 Music Is All You Need/Early Riser [12″] (Butterfly/EMI Electrola – GERMANY) 1C-052-62-858-YZ
1979 Good To Me/[split w/VISAGE] [12″] (Atlantic – France) PRO-512
1979 Weekend Two Step/Tender Is the Night (Pathé Marconi EMI – FRANCE) 2C-052-52827
1984 Dancin’ Forever (Long Version)/Dancin’ Is Alright [12″] (Atlantic – EUROPE) 786-952-0

Early Riser (RCA) KPL1-0154
1977 Two Hot For Love (Butterfly) FLY-005
1978 Tender Is the Night (RCA) KKL1-0291
1979 Good To Me (Atlantic) SD-19257

Tim Meyer (drums, vocals) /  Wayne Diebold (rhythm guitar) / Gary Brenner (lead guitar) / Harold Scheffner (bass)
Threads of Fybre were from from St. Clements near Kitchener, Ontario. Their lone single was recorded in June 1967 and managed to get local airplay on CHYM.

1967 Mama/Believe Me (Cen-Trend) ST-45

Mack MacKenzie
(vocals, guitar) / Stuart MacKenzie (guitar) / Dave Hill (bass) / Pierre Perron (drums) / Stefan Doroschuck (keyboards; 1984-85)
Formed in Montreal, Québec in May 1984, the band began playing small clubs in and around the city before getting to play at the ’84 First Annual Country And Western Jamboree at Wig Wam Beach in Kanawake – the Indian Reservation located across the river from Montreal. They took the name of the gig and applied it to their 1986 debut EP on Pipeline Records. An LP soon followed after their eastern Canadian and US tour called ‘Muscle In’ which was also released on Pipeline. The original band fell apart around 1988, but the MacKenzie brothers reformed Three O’Clock Train in 1989 and released a third album which was recorded at the CBC and released by Justin Time Records in 1991; Just A Memory Records re-issued ‘Wig Wam Beach’ and ‘Muscle In’ as a 2-fer-1 CD in 1996; Mack MacKenzie released a solo album the same year. with notes from Robert Melanson.

1986 Wig Wam Beach (Pipeline)
1987 Muscle In (Pipeline) PEDREAM-003
1991 Mack MacKenzie And Three O’Clock Train (CBC/Justin Time)
1996 Anthology: Wig Wam Beach/Muscle In (Just A Memory) JAM-9126

Donny Nabess
(rhythm guitar, vocals) / Charles Nabess (guitar, fiddle)
Originally playing music together in The Pas, Manitoba starting in 1962, the brothers Nabess relocated to Winnipeg and formed Midnight Angels. The were signed to Apex Records and released one single in 1967 before hitting the road. Following the end of their Apex deal in 1968 members Donny and Charles Nabess renamed the band Three Penny Opera. The group lasted until 1992 in various incarnations. with notes from Tracey Nabess and Charles Nabess.[also see MIDNIGHT ANGELS]

198- Three Penny Opera (World) WRC1-2103

Matt Deline (vocals) / Adam Menzies (guitar, vocals) / Hayden Menzies (drums) / Shawn Stapleton (guitar) / Brian Martin (bass)
A post-hardcore band from Ottawa, Ontario who formed in early spring of 1997 in the basement of Adam and Hayden Menzies house. Rounding out the band was Shawn Stapleton and Brian Martin.They ran into Matt Deline at a basement punk show and asked him to sing. Deline’s band 30 Second Motion Picture was in its dying days and he soon joined Three Penny Opera. The band’s first show was May 24, 1997 in Québec City with Fifth Hour Hero. Back in Ottawa they then played with Braid. Three Penny Opera’s 1986 GMC Vandura 2500 tour van would travel over 40,000 kilometres covering 82 shows and three bass players. Brian Martin returned to the band in 1998 draft. Three Penny Opera released two albums on Spectrasonic Sound, one on Troubleman Unlimited and placed two songs on District Skateboards ‘No Time To Heal’ video; Deline went on to play in Slow Parker and makeshift and currently plays with Hayden in The Grey. They released a CD entitled Open Credit on Spectrasonic Sound; Brian Martin played in Slow Parker and urrently plays in a new band with Okara’s Andy Cant.

2GTEG25H2G4503344 [4 song EP] (Spectra Sonic) SS-008
1999 Three Penny Opera (Troubleman Unlimited)
2000 Countless Trips From Here To There (Spectra Sonic) SS-009

John Renton (guitar, vocals) / Derek Norris (bass) / Brian Russell (guitar) / Claudette Skrypnyk (drums)
After leaving The Classics, guitarist Brian Russell formed Three To One in Vancouver in 1966. The band soon relocated to Yorkville in Toronto to try and catch a break. They soon got signed to Arc Records for one single – a cover of Pink Floyd’s “See Emily Play”. The also performed on CTV’s ‘After Four’ TV show and appeared on Yorkville’s tie-in compilation album to the show. They would later change their name to Raja and released one single on Goodgroove Records before calling it quits. Renton would go on to be a successful pop/folk artist signed to Reprise Records; Russell would go on to perform in Doug Riley’s band Dr. Music where he met and married Brenda Gordon – later known as international singing star Brenda Russell. The duo briefly hosted the TV show ‘Music Machine’ before they both headed to Los Angeles to do session work. Brian Russell would become a top session player doing work for Charity Brown, Roger Whittaker, THP Orchestra, Sticky Fingers, Southern Exposure and others. He is now retired and living in Penticton, British Columbia.

1967 See Emily Play/Give Me Love (Arc) A-1183

1968 Drifting in the Wind/Realize (Goodgroove) G-5004

Joel Plaskett
(guitar, vocals) / Rob Benvie (vocals, guitar) / Ian McGettigan (vocals, bass) / Michael Catano (drums; 1992-1994) / Cliff Gibb (drums; 1994-1999) / Benn Ross (drums; 1999)
Halifax-based band were originally inspired by fellow Haligonians Sloan who signed the young act to their own label – Murderecords – in 1994. Their first EP, ‘Smart Bomb’, firmly entrenched the act as part of the, then, trendy Cod-Rock movement (which featured Sloan, Hardship Post, Eric’s Trip et al). Thrush Hermit’s love for ’70s rock supergroups like Led Zeppelin and The Band led to their gradual but steady change in direction, which was hinted at during the Edgefest ’95 festival in Toronto when they played an entire set of Steve Miller songs. So, with a bit more experience under their belts, they recorded ‘Great Pacific Ocean’ EP with Steve Albini (Nirvana, Bush) in 1995 in Chicago. With Albini’s knowledge of Canadian rock and significant pull with US major labels, Elektra signed the band in 1996 and backed their first full-length CD ‘Sweet Homewrecker’ in 1997. With reluctance, the label released the single “North Dakota” from the album and after it did no chart action the label set Thrush Hermit into limbo while it focused on other priority acts. Meanwhile, the single did gain nominal success in Canada so the band had to scramble to raise money for a video which helped the album sell respectable numbers for a Canadian debut. However, Elektra paid the band for their troubles and cut them loose in early 1998. Since then, the group has been working with Dale Morningstar (The Dinner Is Ruined) on an independent follow-up. Plaskett has gone on to a successful solo career. with notes from Fred Lajoie. [also see JOEL PLASKETT]

Ammo (Cinnamon Toast) CT-006
1993 Marya/Simple Universal Leader/Cott (Genius) GENI-JR016
1995 French Inhale/Hated It/Glum Boy (Genius) GENI-JR018
1995 Take Another Drag/Came And Went (Bong Load) BL-23
1997 Giddy With the Drugs/The Ugly Details (Murderecords) MUR-026
1997 Rock and Roll Detective [4 song EP] (Elektra) PRCD-9724
1997 North Dakota (Elektra)

1992 Nobody Famous [4 song EP cassette] (independent)
John Boomer [cassette] (independent)
1994 Smart Bomb [7 song EP] (Murderecords) MUR-004
1995 The Great Pacific Ocean [6 song EP] (Murderecords) MUR-016
1997 Sweet Homewrecker (Elektra) 61986
1998 Clayton Park (Sonic Unyon) SUNCD-049
2010 The Complete Recordings (New Scotland) NSRCD-003

Joe de Angelis (guitar, vocals) / James Corbett (bass) / Bill Durst (keyboards, guitar, vocals) / Ed Pranskus (drums) / Corey Thompson (drums; 1995) / Justin Burgess (drums; replaced Thompson 1997; bass in 2001)
Formed in London, Ontario, originally as Pink Orange, but eventually changed their name to Thundermug and picked up manager Wyn Anderson. Anderson rallied their cause and was able to secure the band a record deal with Greg Hambleton’s Axe Records in 1972. Their debut album, ‘Thundermug Strikes’, was produced by Greg Hambleton (with engineering by a young Terry Brown) and included the 1972 hit “Africa” reaching the Canadian Top40. 1973’s ‘Orbit’album featured the title track as a single which reached the Top50 that year. It too was produced by Greg Hambleton. With the band’s touring schedule keeping them extremely busy they managed several non-album singles before returning to the studio with producer Greg Hambleton to complete 1974’s Ta-Daa!!. de Angelis quit after the third record and the group continued on as a trio to tour. The group split up shortly after their last charting single, 1975’s “Clap Your Hands And Stomp Your Feet”, made the Top50 in Canada. Durst would perform in ZZTop tribute act Tres Hombres with Gary McCracken (Max Webster) and recorded with another original act called The Brains while Corbett joined Cheryl Lescom’s band. Though Wyn Anderson and the band had parted company during the intervening years, a reunion around the end of the 1980’s was instigated by Anderson and it was this seed that sparked the desire in the band members for a full-fledged reunion. Several years later Anderson put his own money on the line and paid for some recording sessions, as well as everything else necessary for Thundermug to return with a reunited band in 1995 – Durst and Corbett — for a new album (‘Who’s Running My World’) which featured the title track as its first single and video. Successful exposure on radio and television helped the band regain a foothold in the Canadian club scene and the CD went on to have three Top-40 hits at rock radio. The band returned to the studio for the follow-up CD ‘Bang The Love Drum’ in 1997 on the Raven Records label. The band toured as a trio for at least two shows a week with Bill Durst, James Corbett and returning original member Ed Pranskus. With Corbette leaving in 2000 over health reasons and Burgess re-joining on bass followed by a trail of new drummers, the band officially retired its name in 2000 and became Big On Venus. Thundermug were nominated into the London Music Hall of Fame in 2006. Manager Wyn Anderson died in September 1999 after a long illness; Corbett has re-joined Cheryl Lescom’s band; Bill Durst continues his successful solo career. He still regularly performs in and around London, Ontario and environs. with notes from D. Wilding, Nick Bajada, James Mark, Erik Pierik and Greg Simpson.

1972 You Really Got Me/Will They Ever (Axe) AXE-3
1972 Africa/Help Father Sun (Axe) AXE-4
1972 Page 125/Jane “J” James (Axe)
1972 Orbit/Mickey Mouse Club (Axe) AXE-8
1972 Help Father Sun/You Really Got Me (Ariola – HOLLAND) 12714-AT
1973 Breaking Up Is Hard To Do/I Wanna Be With You (Axe) AXE-16
1974 Let’s Live Together/Penny Baby (Axe) AXE-20
1974 I Feel Lonely/Banga Banga Humpa Humpa (Axe) AXE-28
1974 I Wanna Be With You/[same] (Epic – US) 5-11126
1974 Long Tall Sally (AVCO – US) 4557
1975 Clap Your Hands And Stomp Your Feet/Duckworth Stomp (Axe) AXE-33
1975 Old Songs/Love Is (Axe) AXE-39
1977 Jeanine/Duckworth Stomp (Papillon/Basart – HOLLAND) S-912
1995 Who’s Running My World (Raven)
1995 She Said (Raven)
1995 Blue Water (Raven)

1972 Thundermug Strikes (Axe) AXS-502
1973 Orbit (Axe) AXS-504
1975 Ta-Daa (Axe) AXS-507
1975 Ta-Daa [re-issue with altered track list] (Axe) AXS-509
1995 Who’s Running My World (Raven) 94712
1997 Bang The Love Drum (Raven)

Brenda Russell [nee Gordon]
(vocals) / Jackie Richardson (vocals) / Colina Philips (vocals) / Arlene Trotman (vocals)
All female vocal group from Toronto assembled as a studio project by Sound Canada Studio producer Art Snider and performed live with the Luv-Lites as their backing band. The Tiaras would back up other artists like Pat Hervey and Grant Power on studio recordings before releasing their first single in 1968 on the Barry label entitled “Where Does All the Time Go”. Though it barely charted it was mentioned in Billboard magazine stateside. A follow-up single on the obscure Op-Art label in 1969 was entitled “Foolish Girl”; Brenda Russell and husband Brian Russell would go on to be in the Canadian production of Hair as well as being sessions musicians for Doug Riley’s production company at Toronto Sound. They would also become members of Riley’s group Dr. Music; Brenda would later have a massive international solo hit with the song “Piano In the Dark” in 1988; Jackie Richardson would have a substantial solo career; Colina Philips is still an in-demand back-up singer.

Where Does All the Time Go/All I Ever Need Is You (Barry) B-3491X        
1969 Foolish Girl/Surprise! (Op-Art) OPA-1003

Tevan Kaplan
(vocals, drums, percussion) / Ray Borg (vocals, synthesizer, percussion) / Serge Porretta (bass, keyboards) / John DeFino (guitar)
Short-lived act signed to the short-lived Dallcorte Records in 1983. Their debut album, ‘Where the Picnic Was’ was recorded at Studio 306 in Toronto between June and July 1983 and produced by Terry Brown (Rush, Max Webster, Cutting Crew). The album yielded a Top40 hit in the synth-pop song “20 Questions”. However, Dallcorte ran into financial problems and folded, leaving Tic Toc in limbo. The group disbanded shortly after.

1983 20 Questions/The Village (Dallcorte/RCA)  DL-107
1983 20 Questions (Extended Version/20 Questions//The Village/One For My Baby (and One For the Road) [12”] (Dallcorte/RCA) DEP-1001


1983 Where The Picnic Was (Dallcorte/RCA ) DLP-0704

Folk singer/guitarist Adam Timoon’s career began in Toronto at the Concerto Cafe in 1957. Spotted by a CBC-TV talent scout, he was signed to a 20 week engagement on the show ‘Cross Canada Hit Parade’. Following a tour of the United States with a quartet he named The Spotlights, Timoon returned to Toronto where, after a lengthy illness, he resumed his career as a solo act. He also wrote and starred in a touring show with his wife, Carol, sponsored by General Motors. For many years he headlined the Seaway Hotel in Toronto, where the Las Vegas Room was renamed Adam’s Inn. His 1990s album “Greatest Hits & Comedy Favourites” featured Robin Hawkins, Terry Danko, Gerry Baird, David Murphy, and Rick Morrison as backing musicians. In recent years he’s been playing retirement homes and corporate events doing music and comedy.

1956 Repeat After Me/Too Bad (Columbia) 4-40735

1969 Live (Birchmount) BM-668
1971 Adam Timoon Live! (Celebration/Quality) CEL-1859
1995 Greatest Hits & Comedy Favourites (independent)


Lori Zee
(vocals) / Karen Atta (guitars, vocals) / Cindy Dell (bass, keyboards, percussion, vocals) / Julie Last (keyboards, guitars, percussion, vocals) / Sherri Waggoner (drums, percussion)
All female band based in New York signed to Atlantic Records. Their self-titled debut was produced by Jack Douglas at Criteria Studios, Florida. 

Keep Love Burning (Atlantic) 7-89765

Tin Angel (Atlantic) 78-00971

Tinker’s Moon was a studio project created by legendary Montreal producer/manager Ben Kaye and engineer Hubert Liesker who signed a long-term production deal with Polydor Records in the Spring of 1974. With the Bay City Rollers version of “Shang-A-Lang” running up the UK charts, they scooped radio in North America by releasing it in July of 1974 and reached No.23 on the CHUM chart during August of 1974. A second single – “Now That Summer Is Over” – failed to chart at all but 1975’s remake of “Ooh Baby, Baby” managed to reach No.65 on the RPM Top Singles chart in May 1975. Kaye was also key in the careers of Ginette Reno, Patsy Gallant, Michel Pagliaro, Aldo Nova and Roger Doucet as well as an early band of Celine Dion’s husband René Angélil. He died of cancer in 2007.

1974 Shang-A-Lang/I’m Sad (Polydor) 2065-234
1974 Now That Summer Is Over/Ting A Ling Ding (Polydor) 2065-247
1975 Ooh Baby, Baby/Lover Girl (Polydor) 2065-256

Born: Arthur Brent Titcomb on August 10, 1940 in Vancouver, British Columbia
He began his career in Vancouver in 1963, combining traditional folk material with a flair for comedy. He soon began working as a duo with singer Donna Warner. By late 1964 they had added Trevor Veitch with vocals and second guitar then made their debut at Vancouver’s Bunkhouse in 1965. The trio then became a full band under the name 3’s A Crowd by adding Ken Koblun (bass) and Richard Patterson (drums). The group released two singles for Columbia Records, appeared at Expo 67, and released one album and two singles for RCA in 1968. The group split up in April 1969 allowing Titcomb to pursue a solo career as a folk singer performing on his own and writing material covered by others. The songs “Sing High, Sing Low” and “I Wish the Very Best for You” were both recorded by Anne Murray plus “Bring Back the Love” with Murray and Glen Campbell. Throughout the 1970s he performed with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra and began working occasionally in the mid-1970s as an actor in radio and TV dramas and commercials. In 1976 he began making annual appearances at Hamilton, Ontario’s Festival of Friends. In 1977 he released the folk album ‘May All Beings Be Happy’ for the Manohar label. He would tour throughout Canada and the United States at the beginning of the 1980s to promote his 1982 album ‘Time Traveller’ plus a stint in Mexico in 1983. At this time he started doing voice-over work in commercials and TV which included voices for characters on children’s TV shows ‘Clifford the Dog’ and ‘The Care Bears’. He also supplied the voice of Sleazy in the animated adult rock film ‘Rock & Rule’. This work led him to start his own work shops to help others with voice ‘toning’ as a therapeutic tool for self-healing. He also created the character Bumble Bill for a children’s concert series at Roy Thomson Hall in 1989. Titcomb songs have also been recorded by The Osmonds, Andy Williams, Ed Bruce, Lyn Dee, Tommy Graham, Bill Hughes, and Karen Jones. He has also appeared on record as a percussion for the likes of Anne Murray (and in her live band), John Allan Cameron, Bruce Cockburn, George Hamilton IV, Noel Harrison, Gene MacLellan, and supplied vocals on recordings by Bruce Cockburn, Don Ross, Oliver Schroer and Daisy Debolt. He is currently a member of LeE HARVeY OsMOND with Tom Wilson (Blackie & The Rodeo Kings). Brent Titcomb is the father of singer-songwriter Liam Titcomb [also see 3’s A CROWD]

Sahajiya/Roll Away The Grey//A Falling Star (CBC Radio Canada) LM-295
1977 Flow On the River/I Still Wish the Very Best (Manohar) M-10
1982 No Walls At All/Only Your Heart (Stony Plain) SPS-1020

May All Beings Be Happy (Manohar) MR-100
1982 Time Traveller (Stony Plain) SPL-1039
1993 Healing of Her Heart (Manohar) MR-102
2002 Beyond Appearances (independent) MR-103

Born: August 16, 1987 in Toronto, Ontario
Liam Titcomb was raised in Toronto and Hamilton, Ontario while growing. He is the son of folk singer-songwriter Brent Titcomb who saw to it that Liam was surrounded by music. His first public performance was at the age of two playing ukulele on stage with his father. By the age of five, Liam was gigging with Brent as backing vocalist and percussionist. After also learning fiddle Liam became an apprentice of Oliver Schroer. By the age of twelve he was already a veteran of folk festivals and would play steel pan with the award-winning Afropan Steelband at the annual Caribana Festival in Toronto. Opening slots for other artists followed and he soon began getting solo engagements as a singer/multi-instrumentalist. His first commercial recording was the song “War” on War Child Canada’s benefit album ‘Peace Songs’. By February 2005, Titcomb had released his self-titled debut album which was produced by Grammy winner Bill Bottrell (Sheryl Crowe, Michael Jackson, Elton John) and Pierre Marchand (Sarah McLachlan). Guest appearances included performances from Kathleen Edwards and Chantal Kreviazuk.The album’s two singles – “Sad Eyes” and “Counting Headlights” – reached the Top20 on Canadian Hot A/C radio charts with “Sad Eyes” peaking at No.9. As an 18 year-old he was touring alongside established artists such as Great Big Sea, Tom Cochrane, David Usher & Colin James. At the 2004 JUNO Awards, Titcomb performed in the (CARAS) Songwriters’ Circle. In 2006, he was nominated for ‘Best New Group Or Solo Artist’ (Hot A/C) at the 9th Annual Canadian Radio Music Awards. After months of hard work Liam released his second album entitled ‘Can’t Let Go’in June 2007. The album was recorded in Nashville, Tennessee in the fall of 2006 and produced by Grammy Award winner Jay Joyce (Patty Griffin, Tim Finn, Chantal Kreviazuk, Dixie Chicks, Wallflowers), the album features the song “Love Can” co-written with Andy Stochansky and musical cameos by singer/songwriter Damhnait Doyle (Shaye) and harmonica player Mickey Raphael(The Willie Nelson Band). In 2010, shortly after ending an intense relationship, Titcomb stole away to London for a month-long songwriting retreat. Exploring the UK and forging new friendships, he began writing the material that would eventually become his next album. Among those songs was a demo for the song “Landslide” which landed on the desk of Nettwerk Records C.E.O. Terry McBride. He contacted Titcomb and quickly signed him to the label. Titcomb then spent the next year composing between London and Nashville. He returned to the Nashville studio of producer Jay Joyce in December 2011 and the result was Titcomb’s third album ‘Cicada’ released in 2012. The first single was “Love Don’t Let Me Down”. Titcomb has been touring Canada relentlessly promoting the album through 2012. Titcomb is also an actor who appeared in the Discovery Kids Network TV show ‘Black Hole High’ and the CBC drama ‘Wild Roses’. with notes from Cheryl Russell.

Sad Eyes (independent)
2004 Counting Headlights (independent)
2004 Cover of Seventeen (independent)
2007 11:30 (Double Dorje/Maple)
2011 Silver Bells (Nettwerk)
2012 Love Don’t Let Me Down (Nettwerk)
2012 Into the Mystic (Nettwerk)

Liam Titcomb (independent)
Can’t Let Go (Double Dorje/Maple)
Cicada (Nettwerk)

Courtesy Tony Tobias

Born: Kenneth Wayne Paul Tobias on July 25, 1945 in Saint John, New Brunswick
Tobias worked as a draftsman after finishing school in the early 1960’s and played local venues in Saint John as a guitarist. He even joined a folk group called the Ramblers in 1961. After moving to Halifax in 1965, he became a regular performer on CBC’s ‘Music Hop’ where he met Brian Ahern who formed a band with brother Michael called The Badd Cedes in 1966. They played the usual sock-hops, dance parties and socials locally and were one of three projects Ahern was playing in while performing on the summer replacement TV show ‘Singalong Jubilee’. Ahern’s connections got the band signed to Verve/Folkways where they recorded a number of demos at the CBC in Halifax and later relocated to Toronto to record several sessions for the label. There was an existing band called The Bad Seeds so it was at this point they changed their name to Chapter V and released their only single, “Dolly’s Magic” in 1967. Tobias moved up front – and drummer Calp was added – and sang the flip side. Touring and TV appearances followed – including a stop on CBC-TV’s ‘Music Hop’. As the ’60s wore on Tobias went solo and made his own appearances on ‘Singalong Jubilee’, often in duets with the yet-to-be-famous Anne Murray. He moved back and forth between Halifax and Montreal for three years while living in Montreal. He performed at the legendary Cafe Andre and toured Québec as a member of the group The Crystal Staircase. Having met Righteous Brother Bill Medley during his three years at CBC’s ‘Music Hop’, Tobias was invited to move to Los Angeles where he was hired as a salaried staff writer for Medley’s company. Tobias’s first record, “You’re Not Even Going to the Fair”, was written and produced by Medley. The song earned Tobias his first BMI award for ‘Outstanding Airplay in Canada’. While living in North Hollywood he met legendary songwriter Sharon Sheeley (“Poor Little Fool” for Ricky Nelson; “Dum Dum” for Brenda Lee). Sheeley introduced Tobias to the The Everly Brothers and Ricky Nelson among others. His material began getting placed in the hands of other recording artists starting in 1970. Soon he had several songs generating revenue including “Keep On Changing” for The King Sisters in the UK, “Some Birds” for Anne Murray, “My Songs Are Sleeping” and “Get Yourself Some Sunshine” by the Bells’ Cliff Edwards. It was The Bells’ recording of his song “Stay Awhile” in 1971 which sold over one million copies and reached No. 7 on the Billboard Magazine charts that brought Tobias international attention as a songwriter and led to a record deal. In 1972 Tobias recorded his first album, ‘Tobias/Dream No.2, for MGM/Verve at the MGM Studios in Los Angeles. The title track quickly became a Canadian classic and was followed by the Top10 hit “I Just Want to Make Music” peaking at #13 on the CHUM Chart in Canada. Some of the musicians who contributed to the album included Hal Blaine on drums (Sinatra, Beach Boys, et al), Joe Osborne on bass, Larry Knechtel (Bread) on keyboards, and Larry Carlton (Jazz Crusaders) on guitar. On tour for the album, Tobias appeared in concert with The Everly Brothers not long before they split up. In 1973, Tobias recorded his second album, ‘The Magic’s In The Music’ in London, England at George Martin’s Air Studios. This recording included songs he had written on a recent stay at Neil Young’s ranch in California. The album featured drummer Mike Giles (King Crimson) and bassist Bruce Lynch (Cat Stevens). This album produced the Canadian hit “Fly Me High”.
A year later he recorded his third album, ‘Every Bit of Love’, for Attic Records. Produced by Tobias and John Capek, the project harvested four hit singles: “Every Bit of Love”, “Give a Little Love”, “Run Away With Me”, and “Lady Luck”. In December 1975, “Every Bit of Love” peaked in the Canadian Top20. Tobias would be showered with several songwriting awards relating to the success of the album. In the summer of 1976 Universal Studios included his song “Good To Be Alive in the Country” in the hit TV series ‘The Bionic Woman’. The show’s lead, Lindsay Wagner, would sing the song in the episode “Road To Nashville”. In that same year Tobias produced ‘Siren Spell’, his fourth album, which was followed in 1977 by ‘Street Ballet’. In 1978 Ken expanded his music work to Rome, Italy where he collaborated in the writing of the Italian spaghetti western ‘Sella d’Argento’ (aka ‘Silver Saddle/They Died with Their Boots On’), directed by Lucio Fulci. Two successful singles taken from ‘Street Ballet’ had increased the demand for a compilation of Ken Tobias hits and ‘The Ken Tobias Collection – So Far…So Good’ was the result and included “Silver Saddle” which had been released as a single in Europe by Cinevox to promote the movie. In 1983 Ken released “Here You Are Today”, his tribute to his home town of Saint John, New Brunswick for Canada’s first city’s bicentennial. In that same year his Tourism New Brunswick commercial won the prestigious CLIO Award. As primarily an exhibition of his work as a songwriter, in 1984 Ken recorded ten of his most recently penned songs under the album title ‘Gallery’, a co-production with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. A second album that year was a venture into music for children via his album ‘Ken Tobias – Friends’. CBS Records added the album to their new children’s label, Kiddin’ Round Records. The title song “Friends” was featured in the 2004 film ‘Chicks with Sticks’. Tobias continued throughout the eighties to be a prolific and all-around creative artist. In recent years his talents have expanded to painting. Over two hundred of his paintings have been sold and are hanging in private homes throughout Canada and the USA. He has written and produced the music for several film and television programs including the 1987 award winning Shelley Saywell documentary ‘Shahira’ and the 1988 award winning film ‘Toronto: Struggle For Neighbourhood’. Also in 1988 Tobias was one of the first Canadian songwriters to be awarded the special Crystal Award by the performing rights society PROCAN in celebration of one hundred thousand performances of his song “Every Bit of Love” on radio. In 1989, he was commissioned by Ballet Jorgen to create music for a feature segment of their new ballet. The result was a work entitled ‘Dreams of a Subtle World’. In 1991, Tobias completed the score for the two-hour television documentary ‘The Greenpeace Years’ which aired nationally on CBC and distributed worldwide. In the fall of 1992 Tobias started production at Toronto’s Reaction Studios for six new songs. The songs were released to Canadian radio in the Spring of 1993 by Pangaea Music. 1993 and 1994 included television and live performances. Also in 1994, he was awarded the SOCAN Classics Award for one hundred thousand performances of his hit “Every Bit of Love” followed in 1995 with the same prestigious award for two more of his songwriting hits: “Stay Awhile” and “I Just Want to Make Music”. In 1998 the book ‘On A Cold Road: Tales of Adventure in Canadian Rock’ written by Rheostatics’ guitarist and music journalist Dave Bidini was released with several pages dedicated to the music adventures of Greg Godovitz, Bob Segarini and Ken Tobias among others. In 2002 Tobias performed at the East Coast Music Award’s Songwriters Circle in Saint John, New Brunswick. That same year, he also produced and arranged the self-titled debut CD for Toronto singer-songwriter Kim Jarrett. Tobias hosted a song circle in 2004 for the Saint John “Festival By The Sea” and later performed with Terry Kelly for the Canadian National Institute for the Blind. At the 2004 East Coast Music Awards in Newfoundland, he performed at his friend Rylee Madison’s “Behind The Song Cafe”. In the fall of 2007 Ken began recording his first album project in 15 years. The result was 2008’s “From A Distance” album on the Pangea label. He now lives in Saint John, New Brunswick and often plays to packed houses when he performs at the Blue Olive. He has most recently been collaborating with east coast songwriter Jessica Rhaye. with notes from Greg Simpson and Ken Tobias.

1969 You’re Not Even Going To The Fair/This Kind of Feeling (Bell) 810
1971 Now I’m In Love/I Love Ya (MGM/Verve Forecast) 14273
1971 I’d Like To Know/Swallow Swallow (MGM/Verve Forecast)
1972 Dream No.2/I’m Goin’ Home (MGM/Verve Forecast) 10681
1972 I Just Want To Make Music/Double Cross Woman (MGM/Verve Forecast) MV-10692
1973 Fly Me High/My My (MGM) K-14634
1973 Fly Me High/Clouded Blue (MGM – Holland) K-14634
1974 On The Other Side/[same] (MGM) 14702
1974 Lover Come Quickly/Keep On Changing (MGM) M-14723
1975 Lady Luck/Whatever You Want (Attic) AT-106
1975 Run Away With Me/Whatever You Want (Attic) AT-111
1975 Every Bit Of Love/Dance On The Water (Attic) AT-118
1976 Give A Little Love/If I Could Talk To You (Attic) AT-124
1976 Oh Linda/Nature’s Song (Attic) AT-136
1976 Lovin’ Forever/Nature’s Song (Attic) AT-148
1977 Dancer/Lovelight (Attic) AT-162
1977 Siren Spell (Da Do)/Oh Linda (Cinevox – Europe) SC-1102
1978 I Don’t Wanna Be Alone/Old Timer (Attic) AT-174
1978 New York City/Blackbird (Attic) AT-184
1978 Silver Saddle/Two Hearts (Cinevox – Europe) MDF-119
1983 Here You Are Today/[same] (Glooscap)

1967 Dolly’s Magic/The Sun Is Green (Verve/Folkways) 5046
1967 Dolly’s Magic/Headshrinker (Verve/Folkways) 5057

1972 Tobias/Dream No.2 (MGM/Verve Forecast) MGMV-5085
1973 Magic’s In The Music (MGM/Verve Forecast) SE-4917
1975 Every Bit Of Love (Attic) LAT-1006
1976 Siren Spell (Attic) LAT-1013
1977 Street Ballet (Attic) LAC-1033
1978 The Ken Tobias Collection – So Far So Good (Attic) LAT-1050
1984 Friends: A Kid’s Album of Pop Songs (Kiddin’ ‘Round/CBS) KR-79806
1984 Gallery (CBC) LM-483
1993 Pangea Radio Sampler (Pangea) PMH CD-1001
2008 From A Distance (Pangea) PMH-1002
2011 Secrets EP

Tommy Banks and Judy Singh were a jazz duo from Edmonton, Alberta. Singh had made aname for herself with her debut CBC radio album ‘A Time For Love’ with Banks as her accompaniest. Their next project was as duo and they became the first act to release an album on the Canadian GRT Records imprint in 1970. Their debut album, ‘Make Someone Happy’, was released later that year. They also managed radio play in 1971 with the single “It’s Gonna Be Better”.

It’s Gonna Be Better/Chelsea Morning (GRT) 1230-03

A Time For Love (CBC) LM-91

Make Someone Happy (GRT) 9230-1000

Born: June 16, 1946 in Isleworth, Middlesex, England;
Died: April 3, 2016 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada]
Singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Malcolm Tomlinson got his professional feet wet in music as the drummer for West London band The Panthers. In 1962 Tomlinson joined Jeff Curtis & The Flames who became the house band at the famous Ealing Jazz Club. The band recorded a five-track acetate with the legendary Joe Meek but Tomlinson left in late 1963 to join The Del Mar Trio. In February 1965, the Del Mar Trio recorded 4 songs for EMI at Abbey Road and two months later they changed their name to James Deane & The London Cats and headed to Germany for a year’s worth of engagements. In June 1966, Tomlinson and James Deane (singer Jimmy Marsh) teamed-up with two members of The Noblemen (Bryan Stevens and Mike Ketley) as The Motivation. The band opened for touring US soul acts like Lee Dorsey and The Coasters. They also did slots with British bands such as The Herd, Cream and The Tremeloes. From April to May 1967 The Motivation  spent six weeks in Rome playing at the Piper Club. By early June there was a line-up change and the band re-named itself The Penny Peeps in August 1967. The band soon signed to Liberty Records and recorded two singles in 1968. Another line-up change occurred and the remaining members began using the name Gethsemane. This blues-rock act would then share stages with Jethro Tull, Fleetwood Mac and David Bowie among others. When lead guitarist Martin Barre joined Jethro Tull in mid-December 1968 Gethsemane broke up. Tomlinson made the decision to move to Canada in March 1969 with Jeff Curtis & The Flames member Louis McKelvey where the were founding members of the band Milkwood. The band performed at the legendary Toronto Rock and Roll Revival concert in September 1969 and recorded an album for Polydor Records which was scuttled and never released. Some of the members, including Tomlinson, were tapped to perform on a Jay Telfer (A Passing Fancy) solo album that was also never released. Tomlinson and McKelvey then formed a short-lived act called Damage before parting ways. Tomlinson would do studio work for Montreal, Québec musician/producer Neil Sheppard by appearing on recordings by Sheppard’s band LIFE. In the early 1970s he would also do a brief stint playing drums with Rhinoceros and appeared on unreleased sessions by Rick James & The Stone City Band and would briefly play with Dwayne Ford’s band Bearfoot. Tomlinson decided at that point to take his own path and signed to A & M Records in 1976 as a solo artist. While with the label he released two critically acclaimed (but commercially lukewarm) albums – ‘Coming Outta Nowhere’ (1977) and ‘Rock and Roll Hermit’ (1979) – and toured them with his own Malcolm Tomlinson Band. In June 2007, Tomlinson was included as part of the Summer of Love Yorkville Revival event in Toronto and sat in on drums for both Kensington Market and Luke & The Apostles. His current version of the Malcolm Tomlinson Band includes Gerry Markman (The Sensations) on guitar, Steve Hunter (Music Director for ‘Hair’ & ‘The Rocky Horror Picture Show’) on keyboards and session player Glenn Olive on bass; Tomlinson died April 3, 2016.

Fiddler’s Green/[same] (A & M) AM-1997
1977 Knockin’ My Head/Erica Leigh (A & M) AM-448
1977 Celebrate It/Erica Leigh (A & M) AM-458
1979 Carry the Heart Well/My Kind of Grandma (A & M) AM-476
1979 Rock and Roll Hermit/My Kind of Grandma (A & M) AM-479

Coming Outta Nowhere (A & M) SP-4649
1979 Rock and Roll Hermit (A & M) SP-4765

Little Man With A Stick/Model Village (Liberty – UK) LBF-15053
1968 I See the Morning/Curly, The Knight of the Road (Liberty – UK) LBF-15114

Richard D’Anjou
(lead vocals, harmonica, guitar) / Dan Georgesco (guitar, backing vocals, keyboards) / Benoit Clément (drums) / J.F. Lemieux (bass) / Catherine Russell (backing vocals)
Too Many Cooks was formed by musical duo Richard D’Anjou and Dan Georgesco in Côte-des-Neiges, Montreal, Québec in 1988. Shortly after writing a dozen songs the band was signed to Main Street Records and released their self-titled debut which spawned three singles – “Rita”, “Believe Me Sister” and “Don’t Take Me Away”. After assembling a live act Too Many Cooks began making noises around the Montreal club scene and eventually attracted the attention of A & M Records who had the band re-record portions of their independent album and some newly written numbers for their major label debut, ‘Food Fight’, in 1991. The band launched an east coast tour including Ontario dates opening for Gowan and received substantial airplay on Québec radio. Alas, A & M dropped them after the one album and the group drifted until being picked up by Les Disques Star in 1993. The associated spawned two albums – ‘Turning To Stone’ (1993) and ‘Decadence’ (1995). Another shift over to DEP Records in 1998 led to the release of the ‘Hungry?’ album. By 2000 the band had all but packed it in. They never officially split up, they just stopped playing. D’Anjou left the music business to focus on family life and beating a drug habit while Georgesco joined Les Porn Flakes. It was at a casual performance of that band in 2011 that D’Anjou was asked to jump on stage and sing along to Too Many Cooks songs. The idea was ignited for a reunion and so the duo recorded five new songs and re-mastered the best of their old material for a new album entitled ‘Munchies’ in 2011.  They have been performing live throughout Québec ever since.

Rita/No Place In Haven (Main Street) MS45-001
1988 Believe Me Sister/Tell Me (Main Street) MS45-002
1988 Don’t Take Me Away/The Other Night (Main Street) MS45-003
1991 Where Have You Been (A & M) AM-10191
1991 Refuse To Die (A & M) AM-10812
1995 When The Gates Come Down/Stop Being a Fool (Star)
1998 Raise Your Glass (DEP) DDM2-4501
2000 All I Want [5 mixes] (A45)
2011 Rev It Up (Wellington/Universal)

Too Many Cooks (Main Street) MS-33001
1991 Food Fight (A & M) 9173
1993 Turning To Stone (Star) STR-8055
1995 Decadence (Star) STR-8071
1998 Hungry? (DEP) DDM2-1090
2011 Munchies (Wellington/Universal)  614088

Geoff Shaw (lead vocal, guitars, harmonica) / Barry Gibson (drums) / “Nick Danger” Tilman (lead guitar, vocals) / Tom Bruce (bass, vocals) / Lisa Brazeau (backing vocals, percussion) / Jimmy Green (guitar; replaced Tilman)
From Winnipeg, Manitoba, Torn & Frayed – named after the Stones song – were a solid club act who released their own independent three song single in 1980. A debut album, ‘First Legg’, was recorded at Roades Studio after this and they were soon able to license the album to Boot Records and the album was renamed ‘Not Frayed of Nothin’. Tilman soon left the act and was replaced by guitarist Jimmy Green; Green would go on to play in Winnipeg punk at Personality Crisis.

Sweet Baby J.R./And You Show Well//Through the Past Darkly (Rabid) R.I.P.-86

First Legg (Rabid Records)
1980 Not Frayed of Nothin’ [aka ‘First Legg’ re-issued] (Boot) BRP-2108

Ron Grace (guitar, bass, vocals) / Jeff Surtees (guitar, lap steel, vocals) / Kevin Barrett (keyboards, vocals) / Ron Clemens (guitar, vocals) / Terry Thorsteinson (bass) / Jim Walker (drums) / Brent Burlingham (drums) / Wayne Pearson (drums) / Dave Cummine (drums) / Danny Fehr (bass) / Mike Kraus (bass) / Glen Hollingshead (bass) / Tom Liska (vocals)
Tornado Warning (also called “The Warning”) was a Saskatoon based rock band that existed from 1979 to 1990. The band played clubs from Saskatoon to Vancouver.  The band recorded five songs for radio station CHAB’s ‘Saskatchewan Seeds’ compilation in 1981. Sessions were produced by Tim Thorney. Engineered by Gerry Golla at Studio West. with notes from Jeff Surtees.

Compilation Tracks
“Take It While You Can,” “Better Days To Come,” “Moving On,” “Weekend Cowboys,” and “Sundog” on ‘Saskatchewan Seeds’ (CHAB) CHAB-800

Holly Woods (lead vocals) / Brian Allen (guitar, vocals) / Sheron Alton (guitar; vocals) / Nick Costello (bass) / Scott Kreyer (keyboards) / Jimmy Fox (drums) / Gary Lalonde (bass; replaced Costello) / Barry Connors (drums; replaced Fox) / Mike Gingrich (bass; replaced Lalonde)
North Carolina’s Anne Elizabeth Woods fronted the band Sass before moving to Toronto from San Francisco in the mid-70’s. While in the band Gambler, Woods met Brian Allen of the band Rose in 1977 and did a vocal appearance on the Rose single “Johnny Law” as Annie Woods. Fast forward a year and Woods, now calling herself Holly Woods, teamed up with Allen and his former Rose bandmate Jimmy Fox (drums), Scott Kreyer (keboards) and ex-Centaurus member Nick Costello (bass) who were all originally natives of New York and had played with Woods in different bands over the years. The final addition was guitarist Sheron Alton (Allen’s then-girlfriend). They dubbed the outfit Sass (after Woods’ previous band), but a bar manager changed it to Toronto minutes before the band went on stage. On the recommendation of Brian “Too Loud” McLeod, the Headpins/Chilliwack manager Steve Propas signed them to his fledgling Solid Gold Records label in 1979. Their debut album for Solid Gold in 1980 was ‘Lookin’ For Trouble’ produced by Chilliwack members McLeod and Bill Henderson. Nearly every track on the album was released as a single and the band achieved heavy airplay for “Even The Score”, “Don’t Stop Me” and the title track. A cover of the Young Rascals’ penned “You Better Run” failed to make the impact that the Pat Benatar version would later achieve. Following a national tour the band retired to Rush’s homebase Le Studio in Morin Heights, Québec for their 1981 follow-up album, ‘Head On’, which was equally as strong at the hands of producer Terry Brown. It spawned the singles “Silver Screen” and “Enough Is Enough”. For economic and practical reasons Toronto was paired down to a 4-piece operation with the loss of Costello and Fox. Connors replaced Fox and former Rose bassist Gary Lalonde replaced Costello for the ‘Get It On Credit’ album in 1982. And the hits kept coming with the title track, “Start Tellin’ The Truth”, “Don’t Walk Away” and their breakaway Top-40 hit “Your Daddy Don’t Know”.  1983’s gimmicky 3-D LP ‘Girls Night Out’ (complete with 3-D glasses and different album cover variations) featured ex-Nightwinds bassist Mike Gingrich and additional drum programming and song arrangements by Jim Vallance. The album spawned the hits “All I Need” and “Ready To Make Up”. The Toronto camp split in two in 1984. Alton and Allen left as did Connors (who joined Coney Hatch). Woods carried on as Holly Woods And Toronto featuring new guitarist Marty Walsh and drummer Paul Hanna and released the album ‘Assault & Flattery’. Produced by Mike Flicker (Heart, Al Stewart) with additional production by Brian “Too Loud” McLeod, the album contained another hit with the Holly Knight/Anton Fig penned “New Romance” (originally recorded by Widow) and a solid duet with Headpins singer Darby Mills on “Cats And Dogs (Stealin’)”. With collapse of Solid Gold Records and its sizeable advance from distributor CBS Records already spent, CBS immediately voided their recording deal and recalled 30,000 copies of ‘Assault And Flattery’ from retail. The band’s tour was was cancelled after only the three shows forcing Holly Woods And Toronto to fold. Woods and Kreyer relocated to Atlanta, Georgia to record with producer Sonny Limbo. But Limbo died during the sessions and the material languished in the vaults. The album was remixed and tweaked and released as a Holly Woods solo project in 2007 called ‘Live It Up’ on Cyclone Records. As a bittersweet footnote Alton and Allen’s demo of the Toronto song “What About Love”, originally cut from the ‘Get It On Credit’ sessions, was re-recorded by Heart and went Top-10 in North America in 1985. It was the failure to place this and other songs on Toronto albums that caused them to leave the band in 1984. Brian Allen became head of A & R for Attic Records and now has his own production company; Alton is mostly retired from the music business and is now an home designer; Lalonde would go on to be a founding member of Honeymoon Suite; Kreyer, Fox and Costello relocated to just outside of Rochester, NY in the small community of Canandaigua, New York. Kreyer would return to Canada to work with Holly Woods again on 2007’s ‘Live It Up’ CD which was the completion of an unfinished Toronto album from 1985; in 2003 Costello and Fox collaborated on contemporary Christian music projects and have their own production company. They write and produce music for various Christian recording acts in the US such as Upper Room” among others; In 2011, Holly Woods and a new Toronto line-up has been assembled by former Coney Hatch drummer Barry Connors to tour Canada once more. The All Star band features guitarist Steve Shelski (Coney Hatch), keyboardist Ray Coburn (Honeymoon Suite), and bassist Daryl Gray (Helix). with notes from Brian Allen, Sheron Alton, George Thatcher, Holly Woods, Gary Lalonde, Jim Fox, Susan Kreyer, Scott Kreyer, and Brad Trew. [also see ROSE]

1980 Even The Score/Tie Me Down (Solid Gold/A & M) SGS-700
1980 Lookin’ For Trouble/Shot Down (Solid Gold/A & M) SGS-701
1980 5035/Delirious (Solid Gold/A & M) SGS-702
1980 Still Talkin’ About Love/Someone Will Play The Blues (Solid Gold/A & M) SGS-708
1980 Enough Is Enough/[same] (Solid Gold/A & M) SGS-713
1981 Silver Screen/Head On (Solid Gold/A & M) SGS-715
1982 Your Daddy Don’t Know/Run For Your Life (Solid Gold/A & M) SGS-719
1982 Start Tellin’ The Truth/Ya Love Ta Love (Solid Gold/A & M) SGS-724
1982 Don’t Walk Away/Why Can’t We Talk? (Solid Gold/A & M) SGS-728
1982 Get It On Credit/Why Can’t We Talk? (Solid Gold/A & M) SGS-732
1983 Girls’ Night Out/Andrea (Solid Gold/A & M) SGS-737
1983 All I Need/The Me Generation (Solid Gold/A & M) SGS-742
1983 Ready To Make Up/Standing In (Solid Gold/A & M) SGS-743

1984 New Romance (It’s A Mystery)/No More Cliches (Solid Gold/CBS) SGS-753

1980 Lookin’ For Trouble (Solid Gold/A & M) SGR-1000
1981 Head On (Solid Gold/A & M) SGR-1005
1982 Get It On Credit (Solid Gold/A & M) SGR-1011
1983 Girls Night Out (Solid Gold/A & M) SGR-1016
1984 Greatest Hits (Solid Gold/CBS) SGR-1021

1984 Assault & Flattery (Solid Gold/CBS) SGR-1024

Jim Norris (drums, vocals) / Fred Cacciotti  (guitar) / Steve Malison / Ray Chaput / Doug Varty (keyboards, vocals) / Mike Argue (guitar, vocals) / Mark Corbin (bass, vocals) 
Originally known as Taxi, this Sudbury-based band moved to Toronto in 1968 and were signed to the Apex label later that year where they changed their name to The Tote Family. They released the single “Alright Mama” in 1969, but failure to chart led to a change in labels, this time with Yorkville where they released “Right Girl” later that year. Success eluded the band and members began leaving for greener pastures – Cacciotti went on to join Homestead, Malison became a digital engineering instructor at Fanshawe College. The final version of the group featuring Norris, Varty, Argue and Corbin would rename themselves SeaDog where they had much greater success. with notes from Doug Varty. [also see TAXI, SEA DOG]

1969 Alright Mama/Leave Me Be (Apex) 77103  
1969 Right Girl/Miles Miles Miles (Yorkville) YVS-45024

Michel Seguin
(percussion) / Lise Cousineau (vocals) / Robert Stanley (guitar; 1974-1975) / Michel Dion (bass; 1974-1975) / Yvan Ouellet (keyboards; 1974-1975) / Denis Farmer (drums; 1974-1975) / George Rodriguez (drums; 1975-1977) / Gerry Labelle (flute, saxophone; 1975) / Peter Kisilenko (bass; 1975-1977) / Fred Henke (piano, saxophone; 1975-1977) / Rawn Bankley (guitar; 1975-1977); Marcel Huot (drums; 1975-1977)
Toubabou was formed in 1974. They released two albums and split up in 1977; Seguin, Cousinea and Ouellet all went on to solo careers.

Le blé et le mil (Kot’ai) KOT-3305
1975 Attente (Barclay) 80222

Nancy Nash (vocals) / Rosalind Keene (vocals) / Mary Saxton (vocals)
West Coast disco studio ‘supergroup’; Nash and Saxton would go on to have successful solo careers. [also see NANCY NASH, MARY SEXTON]

1979 Take a Look (But Don’t Touch)/ Nightrider (Magnum) 1242-8801

1979 Touché (Magnum) 9242-2002

Mary Lou Gauthier (vocals; 1976) / Heather Gauthier (vocals) / Judi Richards (vocals) / Lorri Zimmerman (vocals; replaced Mary Lou Gauthier) / Liette Lomez (vocals; 1979-1986)
Montreal’s Toulouse were a trio of studio backing vocalists who decided to team up as a group in 1975. Following the release of their self-titled debut in 1976, Mary Lou Gauthier was replaced by Zimmerman Their first single, the French hit “It Always Happens This Way (C’est toujours à recommencer)”, only contained two lines in English but managed to chart outside of Québec. In April 1977 it reached No.39 on RPM Top Singles Chart and No.29 on the CHUM Chart. They were the first bilingual disco who comfortably sang in English and French. With the cross-over potential of the debut, the act re-released the LP in 1977 with all the vocals re-recorded in English for the American market. This move proved successful as the act had subsequent hits in the US including “A.P.B” which also managed to chart on the Canadian east – reaching No.1 on several radio stations. Lomez was added in 1979 when the group signed with CBS Records. Their next, and final, album was ‘Trois Dimensions’ in 1981.

1977 It Always Happens This Way (C’est toujours à recommencer)/On A Rien A Perdre (Magique/Umbrella) MAG-10
1977 A.P.B./Tonight I Feel Like Dancin’ (Magique/Parapluie) MAG-11
1977 What Would My Mama Say/Tonite I Feel Like Dancin’ (Magique) MAG-12
1977 What Would My Mama Say/Tonite I Feel Like Dancin’ [12″] (Magique) DS-45102
1978 Lindbergh II/Lindbergh II (Instrumental) (Magique) M-3803
1978 365 Jours D’amour/Ca Peut Arriver (Magique) M-3806
1978 Prends-moi Je Veux T’aimer/Trop Tard (Magique) M-3811
1978 Don’t Play With My Heart/Catch The First Thing Smoking (Magique) M-3813
1978 Comme La Lumiere/Tetes En Amour (Magique) M-3814
1979 Funkystation/Je Suis Libre (Magique) M-3815
1979 Je N’ai Jamais Pense/Sans Toi (Magique) MX-3817
1979 Hotesse De L’air/Tout Bas Tout Doux (CBS) C5-4236
1980 Rock My Love/Boogieman (CBS) C5-4242
1980 11 A.M. ‘n Rainin’/Dancin’ Shoes (CBS) C5-4251
1981 Tendre Doux/Trois Dimensions (CBS) C5-4278

1981 Que c’est, que c’est ?/Au bout de mes rêves (CBS) C5-4287

1976 Toulouse (Magique) M-7601
1977 Export (Magique) M-7603
1978 Taxi pour une nuit blanche (Magique) M-7605
1980 Dangerous Ladies (CBS) PFC-80036
1981 Trois dimensions (CBS) PFC-80053
1993 Best of Toulouse (Unidisc) AGEK-2018

Potion Magique (Magique) M-7604

Frank Morrison (vocals) / Andy Legault (guitar, vocals) / Wayne Leslie (bass, vocals) / David Milliken (guitar) / Paul Huot (drums, vocals) / Gary Comeau (guitar) / John Baccho (guitar, vocals) / Buddy Stanton (keyboards) / Greg McGhee (drums, replaced Huot) / Scott Cushnie (keyboards, replaced Stanton) / Jack Arsenault (keyboards, replaced Cushnie) / Jim McIntyre (guitar, vocals) / Lachlan MacFadyen (guitar, vocals)
The Townsmen came together in a twist of happenstance following the break-up of Ottawa’s Esquires. Dave Milliken of burgeoning Ottawa dance hall act The Darnels received a call from The Esquires’ drummer Paul Huot wondering if he, or other members of the Darnels, would care to join Huot and Esquires guitarist Andy Legault in a new band. Darnels’ guitarist Milliken, bassist Wayne Leslie and vocalist Frank Morrison jumped at the chance and The Townsmen were born.  The group went into seclusion and rehearsed for 3 months solid – taking a 5-night a week gig at The Coral Reef Club until emerging with manager Sandy Gardner (The Esquires, The Staccatos) and a record deal with Regency Records. Gardner searched for repertoire that the band could record — mainly picking British records that had not made the charts in Canada. He also tapped Les Emmerson and Vern Craig (The Staccatos, Five Man Electrical Band) to write exclusive material for Frank Morrison and Andy Legault’s voices. To that end, the duo wrote the band’s first single “I’m Such A Dreamer” while the B-side (“Take A Heart”) was taken from a 1965 single by The Sorrows. Their first gig was opening for The Staccatos and M.G. And The Escorts at the Ottawa Coliseum for 3,000 people. The band’s first single, “I’m A Dreamer” (1966), was on its way to No. 18 on the national chart at the time. A national tour followed opening for many of America’s top acts at the time – The McCoys, Gary Lewis And The Playboys and The Young Rascals. By the end of 1966 there was a line-up change with the addition of Bacho and Stanton and the band released more singles. The band had a succession of moderately received singles from 1967 thru 1969 before the band finally packed it in. The band reunited in 1987 for a one-off Ottawa charity gig; Most of the members went on to careers outside of music. Legault unfortunately, passed away; Mouse Hole Music in Ottawa released a comprehensive 2-CD set of all the band’s recordings in 2006 called ‘We’re Doing Fine’; David Milliken died August 3, 2017.  with notes from Frank Morrison, Gary Comeau, Ian McLeish, and David Sampson.

1966 I’m Such A Dreamer/Take A Heart (Regency) R-963
1966 Funny How Love Can Be/Heaven In The Middle of Town (Regency) R-970
1967 The Lion Sleeps Tonight/We’re Doing Fine (Regency) R-973
1967 He’s In Town/Back Yards (Regency) R-975
1968 Rocking Chair/The Jar (Polydor) 540-008
1987 Wind’s Blowin’ Diamonds Tonight/I Can’t Find My Way Home (Ottawa)

2006 We’re Doing Fine – The Anthology (Mouse Hole)

Darryl Gray
(bass, keyboards, vocals) / Alton “LT” Lawson (guitar,  vocals) / Kevin McDowell (guitar,  vocals) / Mario Musso (drums, vocals) / Paula Tessaro (co-lead vocals) / Ray Lyell (bass, vocals; replaced Gray 1983) / Dave Kristanovic (guitar; replaced Lawson 1983) / Mike McDowell (drums; replaced Musso 1983) / Leo Neibudek (drums; replaced M.McDowell 1984) / Dave Kristan (guitar; 1984)
Tracy Kane was formed in St. Catharines, Ontario in 1979 out of the ashes of the band Anthym. They chose their name from a misprint of the names ‘Spencer Tracey’ and ‘Carol Kane’ in a TV Guide magazine. The group spent the next few years honing their skills coast to coast on the Canadian bar circuit. Tracy Kane was signed to William Seip Management, the home of fellow indie act Helix, and in the fall of 1982 their self titled 12″ EP was released on H & S Records. After a successful tour of Texas, Musso was replaced on drums in early 1983 by Michael McDowell (Kevin McDowell’s younger brother) and Hamilton vocalist Paula Tessaro was added to the group in a co-fronting position. In July 1983 Gray and Lawson also departed the group and were replaced by Ray Lyell (bass) and Dave Kristanovic (guitar). After a short stint with his own band Nightline, Gray filled the empty bass position in Helix in January 1984. In early 1984 Michael McDowell was replaced on drums by Leo Neibudek (formerly of Helix, Robbie Roxx and Nightline) and after several months with this line-up the group split up;  Lyell began a solo and writing career. Tessaro and Kristanovic started the band Ta-She. Tessaro would later resurface in Ray Lyell’s backing group The Storm along with Dave Kristan; The McDowell brothers went on to work with Niagara songwriter and performer Rick Rose and would later form an acoustic based rock duo called McRhea which would release their debut CD ‘Smoking Can Kill You’ in 1997 which was co-produced by Daryl Gray; Gray would also co-produce and play on “Take This Heart” by Ray Lyell along with fellow Helix member Brent Doerner and frequently played in Lyell’s live band in the 1990’s.  with notes from Darryl Gray.


1982 Tracy Kane [5 song EP] (H & S) HS-111

Gordon Downie
(lead vocals) / Paul Langlois (rhythm guitar) / Bobby Baker (lead guitar) / Gord Sinclair (bass) / Johnny Fay (drums)
Originally from the penitentiary town of Kingston,Ontario, The Tragically Hip started playing together with the current, unchanged line-up, in 1983. They chose their name from a skit in the cult classic ‘Elephant Parts’ movie by Michael Nesmith (ex-The Monkees). They toured the rigorous southern Ontario club scene before coming to the attention of MCA Records’ then president Bruce Dickinson who was sufficiently impressed with their performance at the legendary Horseshoe Tavern to sign them to a long-term record deal. Their 1987 eponymous debut EP went completely unnoticed despite the airplay of their first single “Smalltown Bringdown”, but their 1989 follow-up ‘Up To Here’ featured their first breakthrough with two hit singles “Blow At High Dough” and “New Orleans Is Sinking” firmly establishing The Tragically Hips presence on the Canadian music scene. 1991’s ‘Road Apples’ made The Hip a household name with its Don Smith produced slick and jangly catchiness. Three hit singles put the band on the map and they were able to tour Australia where they released a special single for that market with “Twist My Arm”. 1992 saw a quick follow up with the solid ‘Fully Completely’ and the radio/video staples “Locked In The Trunk of a Car” at which time they launched the first of their annual ‘Another Roadside Attraction’ touring sideshows. The festival attracts thousands per city appearance and features the added bonus of dozens of additional acts both from Canada and abroad. Two more singles kept their live momentum rolling with “Courage” and “At the 100th Meridian” at which time they slowed down to record the next album – ‘Day For Night’. Despite all their success, the American market was an elusive dream. The band did sign a US deal through Atlantic to see their album released south of the border, but supporting tours were merely hit and run affairs with the label unwilling to invest in a definitive marketing plan to get the Hip known to the American public. During their tour for ‘Trouble At The Henhouse”, they recorded their show at Cobo Hall Arena-Detroit, Michigan in 1996, the result being “Live Between Us”. The album came out in 1997 and was released, as usual, on Universal in Canada, but their previous distributor, Atlantic US weren’t interested in handling the USA, so the band has been handling their own distribution stateside. The summer of 1998 saw the release of their 8th full-length album called ‘Phantom Power’ which produced five singles including the hit “Bobcaygeon”. It won two JUNO Awards for ‘Best Rock Album’ and ‘Best Album Design’ in 1999. In 2000 the band released ‘Music @ Work’ which reached No. 2 of the Canadian Billboard album chart. It went on to win the 2001 JUNO Award for ‘Best Rock Album. ‘Violet Light’ followed in 2001 and spawned three singles eventually selling platinum in Canada. The Tragically Hip were part of the Queen Elizabeth II Command Performance in October 2002. Their 2004 album release was ‘In Between Evolution’ which reached No. 1 in Canada and sold over 100,000 copies. They also performed at the 92nd Grey Cup halftime show at Frank Clair Stadium in Ottawa, Ontario. Following the devastating effects of Hurricane Katrina across the United States Gulf Coast in September 2005, radio stations temporarily stopped playing “New Orleans Is Sinking” in respect to those who lost their lives. Later that year The Tragically Hip released a double CD, double DVD box set entitled ‘Hipeponymous’ which included singles, music videos, the backstage documentary ‘Macroscopic’, the animated film entitled ‘The Right Whale’, two new songs, a live concert entitled ‘That Night in Toronto’, and a 2-CD greatest hits collection entitled ‘Yer Favourites’. The concert and hits collection were also released individually. Grammy Award winning producer Bob Rock produced 2006’s ‘World Container’ which produced four singles, and peaked at No. 1 on the Canadian Rock Music charts. The band opened select tour dates for The Who in the US and they then toured Eastern Canada, Europe, and several more cities in the US. In 2009, Bob Rock returned to the production chair for ‘We Are the Same’. It spawned three singles. George Stroumboulopoulos of CBC-TV’s ‘The Hour’ interviewed the band at their Bath, Ontario recording studio. The interview and a performance of 12 songs were broadcast live in more than eighty movie theatres across Canada. In January 2010, the band performed at the ‘Canada for Haiti Telethon’ to aid Haitian earthquake victims. For their 2012 Gavin Brown produced album release ‘Now For Plan A’, The Tragically Hip played 4 days of street-front matinee shows in Toronto’s Kensington Market in the front window of the Supermarket Club; on May 24, 2016 the Tragically Hip announced they would be playing one last tour as singer Gord Downie had been diagnosed with terminal brain cancer in December of 2015. The band’s final show was in their hometown of Kingston, Ontario August 20, 2016. Gord Downie passed away October 17, 2017.

1987 Last American Exit/I’m A Werewolf Baby (RCA) PB-50994
1987 Smalltown Bringdown/Last American Exit (MCA) MCA-1363
1989 Blow At High Dough (MCA)
1989 New Orleans Is Sinking/Trickle Down (MCA)
1990 Boots or Hearts (MCA)
1990 38 Years Old (MCA)
1991 Little Bones (MCA)
1991 Three Pistols (MCA)
1991 Twist My Arm/Cordelia (MCA – Germany)
1991 Twist My Arm/Three Pistols (MCA – Australia)
1991 Long Time Running (MCA)
1991 On the Verge (MCA)
1992 Locked In the Trunk of a Car (MCA)
1993 Courage (MCA)
1993 At the Hundredth Meridian (MCA) MCD-30307
1993 Looking For a Place To Happen (MCA)
1994 50 Mission Cap (MCA)
1994 Grace, Too (MCA)
1994 Greasy Jungle (MCA)
1995 Scared (MCA) MCD-32513
1995 Nautical Disaster (MCA) MCD-32837
1995 Ahead By a Century/Put It Off (MCA) MCD-81014
1996 Gift Shop (MCA)
1996 Thugs (MCA)
1997 Flamenco (MCA)
1997 Springtime in Vienna (MCA) 
1998 Fireworks (Universal)
1998 Something On (Universal)
1998 Poets (Universal)
1999 Bobcaygeon (Universal)
1999 Thompson Girl (Universal)
2000 Lake Fever (Universal)
2000 The Completists (Universal)
2000 My Music @ Work (Universal)
2001 Freak Turbulence (Universal)
2002 It’s a Good Life If You Don’t Weaken (Universal)
2002 Silver Jet (Universal)
2002 The Darkest One (Universal)
2003 Labatt Blue Music (Universal)
2004 It Can’t Be Nashville Every Night (Universal)
2004 Summer’s Killing Us (Universal)
2004 Vaccination Scar (Universal)
2005 No Threat (Universal)
2006 In View (Universal)
2006 The Lonely End of the Rink (Universal)
2006 Yer Not the Ocean (Universal)
2007 Family Band (Universal)
2009 Morning Moon (Universal)
2009 Speed River (Universal)
2009 Love Is a First (Universal)
2012 At Transformation (MapleMusic/Universal)
2012 Streets Ahead (MapleMusic/Universal)
2012 Take Forever (MapleMusic/Universal)

1987 The Tragically Hip (MCA)  MCA-39116
1989 Up To Here (MCA)  MCA-6310
1991 Road Apples (MCA) MCAD-10173
1992 Fully Completely (MCA) MCAD-10700
1994 Day For Night (Universal) MCD-11140
1996 Trouble At the Henhouse (Universal) MCD-81011
1997 Live Between Us (Universal) UMD-81055
1998 Phantom Power (Universal) UMD-81083
2000 Music @ Work (Universal) 215900
2002 In Violet Light (Universal) 182572
2004 In Between Evolution (Universal) 143106
2004 Beautiful Things (Peermusic – US) 4030883
2006 World Container (Universal) 170558
2009 We Are the Same (Universal) 179899
2012 And Now For Plan A (MapleMusic/Universal)
2016 Man Machine Poem (Universal)

Ian Thomas (guitar, vocals) / Oliver McLeod (guitar, vocals) / Nora Hutchinson (vocals) / Bob Doidge (bass) / Nancy Ward  (recorder, keyboards)
In the mid’60’s Ian Thomas formed the Dundas, Ontario, folk trio Ian, Oliver and Nora, featuring Oliver McLeod and Nora Hutchinson. By the end of the ’60’s they were joined by Doidge and Ward and called themselves Tranquillity Base. The band would record two singles for RCA — “If You’re Lookin'” (produced by Bill Misener) which went Top30 in Canada, and “In the Rain”, which did not fair as well. The band was best remembered for their phenomenal vocal abilities and often performed with the Edmonton Symphony and The Hamilton Philharmonic. They split up in the early ’70’s after an album they recorded failed to impress RCA and remains unreleased to this day. Ian Thomas would go on to have a lucrative solo career and become a prominent songwriter for such acts a Santana, America, and Manfred Mann. He joined critically acclaimed The Boomers in the 1990’s and is currently president of the Songwriter’s Association of Canada. His brother is actor and comedian Dave Thomas, a.k.a. Doug McKenzie; Bob Doidge would become a primary engineer/producer at Daniel and Bob Lanois’ Hamilton recording studio Grant Avenue; Ward would have a brief solo career; Nancy Ward has continued on as a solo artist. [also see IAN THOMAS, NANCY WARD]

1970 If You’re Lookin’/Fun (RCA) 74-0330   
1970 In The Rain (RCA) [unconfirmed]

Pascal Languirand
(all instruments) / Laurie Gill (vocals;  studio 1983-1986) / Lady D (“vocals”; TV 1987-1994) / Lali (vocals; live 1994-2008) / Cerstin “Cessy” Strecker (vocals; studio 2006) / Corina Lawrence (vocals; 2008-present)
Trans-X is a studio project created by Montreal, Québec’s Pascal Languirand who has used various vocalists to sing his synth-dance productions. Laurie Gill sang lead on the first few Trans-X albums ‘Message On the Radio’ (1983) and ‘Living On Video’ (1986). In 1987 Languirand and his wife, Denise (aka Lady D) relocated to Los Angeles where she lip-synced to Gill’s voice on TV shows. In 1994, Languirand then moved to Barcelona, Spain where he met a Catalan model/vocalist named Lali who performed in a live version of Trans-X starting in 1994. In 2006, Cerstin “Cessy” Strecker was brought in to sing on a remake of “Living On Video” but did not perform live. Languirand began using singer Corina Lawrence in a revamped live/studio version of Trans-X in 2008.

Message On The Radio/Nitelife [12″] (Matra) 12MA-038
1983 Vivre Sur Vidéo/Digital World (Illusion) ILL-705
1983 Vivre Sur Vidéo/Living On Video [12″] (Illusion) 12IL-1301
1983 3-D Dance/3-D Dance (Instrumental) [12″] (Matra) 12MA-034
1983 3-D Dance/Message On the Radio [4 song 12″] (Matra) CDN-124
1985 Living On Video/Digital World (Image/Matra) 7MAG-704
1985 Living On Video (’85 Mix)/Living On Video (Dub Mix) [12″] (Image/Matra) 12MA-052
1986 Ich Liebe Dich (I Love You)//Ich Liebe Dich (I Love You) (Radio Version)/Ich Liebe Dich (I Love You) (Instrumental) [12″] (Matra) 12MA-1200
1986 Ich Liebe Dich (I Love You)/Something’s In The Air (Image/Matra) 7MAG-705
1986 Monkey Dance/Hey Boy Get It Right [12″] (Image/Matra) 12MA-1202
1986 Monkey Dance/Hey Boy Get It Right (Image/Matra) 7MAG-708
1988 Maria/Dreams I Have Had (Image/Matra) 7MAG-711
1995 To Be…Or Not To Be (Extended Mix)/To Be…Or Not To Be (Instrumental)/To Be… Or Not To Be (Radio Version) [12″] (Picap – SPAIN) 50-0027
1995 A New Life On Video (The Remixes) [5 song 12″] (Quality Madrid – SPAIN) QR-168
2001 I Feel The Passion (Remix) [5 remixes] (Dee-Jay – SPAIN) CDS-172
2010 I Want To Be With You Tonight (Extended Version)/How Long Last Love (Extended Version) (Energy Level – ITALY) EL-005

Message On the Radio (Matra) MLP-010
1986 Living On Video (Image/Matra/Epic) MLP-016
1988 On My Own (Image/Unidisc) AGE-2006
1995 Trans-X’Xcess (Picap – SPAIN) 90-0063
2001 010101 (Dee-Jay – SPAIN) CD-8142
2003 The Drag-Matic Album (EQ Music/Blanco Y Negro – SINGAPORE) EA-70296
2010 V.S.O.P – The Genuine Recordings From 1994 To 2004 (Oniria International – US) 769076
2012 HI-NRG [DigiFile] (LOV/RECS – MEXICO)

Jerry Gray (lead vocals, banjo) / Sid Dolgay (mandolin, cello; 1953-1964) / Helen Gray (vocals; 1953-1954) / Jerry Goodis (vocals; 1953-1969) / Ray Woodley (guitar; 1961) / Oscar Ross (vocals; 1953-1955) / Simone Cook [aka Johnston] (vocals; 1954-1968) / Marty Meslin (vocals; 1955-1957) / Jack Lander (bass; 1958-1963) / Joe Hampson (bass; replaced Dolgay in 1964) / Ted Roberts (guitar; 1964-1971) / Don Vickery (drums; 1972) / Pam Fernie (vocals; 1969-1974) / Aileen Ahearn (vocals; 1974)
The Travellers are a Canadian institution and have been together in one form or another since 1952. The founding members were originally singers in the United Jewish Peoples Order and were encouraged to become a folk act by the legendary Pete Seeger himself. Their auspicious debut was a performance at the Chelsea Club in Toronto and by 1954 were making television appearances on CBC’s ‘Haunted Studio’. In 1956 they were finalists in CBC-TV’s ‘Pick The Stars’ and recorded their first album, ‘Across Canada With The Travellers’, in 1957 1961 saw them appearing at the very first Mariposa Folk Festival and touring with the likes of Jacques Labrecque. In 1962 they performed 19 concerts called ‘A Musical Tour Of Canada’ in the former Soviet Union. A 1963 tour also followed with a Royal Command Performance in Charlottetown. The British Royalty visiting were so impressed that the UK had them go over in 1964. Around this time Sid Dolgay was replaced by American Joe Lawrence (husband of Sharon, Lois & Bram’s Sharon Hampson) who reverted back to his real name of Hampson upon joining the band. Ted Roberts, guitar and vocals joined shortly after as accompanist, then musical director, then an equal and important front line member after Ray Woodley’s departure. 1967 was quite prolific with two albums under their belts including a memorial album for Expo ’67. They also toured 100 dates across Canada including jaunts into the Northwest Territories and The Peace River District of Alberta. As the ’60’s progressed they began adding more children’s material and concerts to their agenda. 1970 was particularly notable in that they went to Japan for Expo ’70 in Osaka, Japan and entertained Japan’s Royal Family. They recorded their last album at this point as the band’s membership began to change 1971 saw tours for Canadian peacekeepers in Germany and Cyprus with a return visit in 1972 but began reducing their appearances gradually with occasional conventions and children’s shows in the late ’70’. In 1974 Aileen Ahearn (sister of Brian and Nancy), joined the group to replace Pam Fernie and the act has remained unchanged since that time with the occasional return of Sid Dolgay on mandocello. In 1979, the act recorded a new album – ‘Merry-Go-Round’ – for Sharon, Lois & Bram’s Elephant label and produced by Bill Usher. It was nominated for a JUNO Award in 1980. with notes from Joe Hampson, James Allen Gray and Molten Core.

Beans, Bacon and Gravy/Something to Sing About (Columbia) C4-2642
1963 Black & White/Wild Goose (Columbia) C4-2646
1964 Times Are Getting Hard/Take Your Sins to the River (Columbia) C4-2651
1965 Goin’ Down the Track/Fare Thee Well (Columbia) C4-2667
1965 I Can’t Help But Wonder Where I’m Bound/Goin’ Down the Track (Columbia) C4-2677
1971 Talk About Peace/Goin’ to the Country (Kanata) KAN-1002
1975 Something I Love About This Land/Muk-Tuk Annie (CBC Radio Canada) LM-311

The Maple Leaf Forever

1957 Across Canada With The Travellers (Hallmark)  CS-7
1959 Sing Songs of North America (Hallmark) CS-9
1960 Quilting Bee (Columbia) FL-266
1961 Introducing The Travellers (Epic/Columbia)  LN-24013
1962 On Tour (Columbia)  FL-299
1963 Something To Sing About (Columbia) FL-310
1964 We’re On Our Way Again (Columbia) ELS-103
1965 Making Hay With The Travellers (Columbia) FL-288
1966 Still Travelling (Harmony)
1967 This Land: The Travellers Centennial Album (ARC) AS-250
1967 A Century of Song (ARC)  AS-261
1968 Sea To Sea, The Iron Miracle (CNE)
1968 Applaud Canada (ARC)  AS-268
1969 Blowing In the Wind (Hallmark) CHM-632
1970 The Travellers Sing For Kids (Caedmon/DC Heath) ML-7001
1970 The Travellers (CBC/Kanata)  LM-82
1971 Talk About Peace (Kanata) KAN-3
1980 Merry-Go-Round (Elephant) LFN-8003

Born: Patrick Henry Travers on April 12, 1954 in Toronto, Ontario
Pat Travers was raised in Toronto, Ontario and took an interest in guitar at the age of 12. After seeing Jimi Hendrix perform in Ottawa, Ontario, Travers decided to join a band. His first act was Music Machine in his teens followed later by Red Hot, and then Merge who became club favourites around Québec. During this period with Merge he was spotted by Ronnie Hawkins who asked him to play guitar for Ronnie Hawkins & The Hawks. His stay was short-lived, however, as Polydor Records in London, England noticed his talents and signed him to a solo recording deal. His self-titled debut album was released in 1976 and in November he appeared on the prestigious German television show ‘Rockpalast’. He toured with a lose group of musicians throughout the next year (which included Nicko McBrain) in support of the two 1977 back-to-back releases ‘Makin’ Magic’ and ‘Putting It Straight’. By the time he released album four, ‘Heat In the Street’, The Pat Travers Band had been born. The line-up included Travers (vocals, guitar), Pat Thrall (second guitar), Mars Cowling (bass), and Tommy Aldridge (drums). The Pat Travers Band toured heavily – particularly as openers for Rush on their ‘A Farewell to Kings’ tour. Then Travers, with band, released a live album entitled ‘Live! Go for What You Know’, which charted in the Top40 on the Billboard 200 which spawned the single “Boom Boom (Out Go The Lights)” which scratched the Top20 in the US. With the band on the music industry radar, the 1980 follow-up album ‘Crash and Burn’ yielded the commercial radio hit “Snortin’ Whiskey”. However, with a world tour behind them the band’s final show would be at the Reading Music Festival in England after which both Thrall and Aldridge left the band. Travers and Cowling continued as a trio featuring new drummer Sandy Gennaro and released the album ‘Radio Active’ later in 1981. With a North American co-headlining tour featuring Rainbow the record managed to peak at No.37 on the Billboard 200. However, Polydor Records cited poor sales and dropped Travers. Travers, in turn, sued the label based on a contractual obligation for two more albums and won. 1982’s ‘Black Pearl’ album was the first album owed to the label resulted in vindication for Travers when the record yielded the hit single “I La La La Love You”. Longtime bassist Mars Cowling left the band but Travers brought in second guitarist Jerry Riggs. The follow-up was ‘Hot Shot’ in 1983 and featured the single “Killer”. As a promotion for the record Travers released the 30-minute sci-fi musical video album ‘Just Another Killer Day’. In 1984, Travers went back on tour with Rush. Polydor issued a greatest package that year and then parted company with Travers. By 1986 Travers was without a record contract and returned to playing nightclubs to earn a living. Cowling returned to The Pat Travers Band in 1989 and by 1990, Travers signed licensing deals in several European territories for his album ‘School of Hard Knocks’. An appearance at The Diamond Club in Toronto, Ontario was filmed and a CD was extracted from the audio portion entitled ‘Boom Boom’ in 1991. Travers also appeared on Boston, Massachusetts band Extreme’s 1990 hit single “Get the Funk Out’. Travers then landed a new record deal with American-based Blues Bureau International Records and his debut was 1992’s ‘Blues Tracks’ released in 1992; Travers would record half a dozen albums for the label over the next decade. By 1993, Travers had dissolved the band and began touring as a solo act using local musicians in various cities to back him including gigs around Southern Ontario with The Carpet Frogs in 1995. By the turn of the century Travers was still plying his trade doing regular tours in the US and has ventured to Europe on short club tours. In 2001 he was included in the ‘Voices of Classic Rock Tour’. He also had a minor hit with Leslie West (Mountain) entitled “Rock Forever”. In 2004 he co-launched a new musical project with Carmine Appice (Rod Stewart, Vanilla Fudge, Jeff Beck) and toured the US. The duo has released three albums to date. Travers then assembled The Power Trio playing Classic Rock cover tunes. The band released the album ‘P.T. Power Trio’ in 2003, then Travers released a new solo album entitled ‘PT=MC2’ before reconvening with the Power Trio for a European tour in 2006 and a follow-up album entitled, simply, ‘P.T. Power Trio 2’. The most recent version of The Pat Travers Band features Kirk McKim (guitars, vocals), Sandy Gennaro (drums), and Rodney O’Quinn (bass).

Makes No Difference/Rock ‘n’ Roll Susie (Polydor – UK) 2058-877
1977 Stevie/What You Mean To Me (Polydor – US) PD-14416
1978 I Tried To Believe/[same] (Polydor) DJ-17
1979 Boom! Boom! (Out Go the Lights) (Live)/Statesboro Blues (Live) (Polydor – UK) POSP-77
1979 Boom Boom (Out Go The Lights) [Edit]/Go All Night (Polydor) PD-2003
1979 Hammerhead/Go All Night (Polydor – US) PD-14529
1980 Love Will Make You Strong/Is This Love (Polydor) PD-2080
1980 Is This Love/Snortin’ Whiskey (Polydor – UK) POSP-144
1980 Snortin’ Whiskey/Your Love Can’t Be Right (Polydor – UK) POSP-164
1980 Snortin’ Whiskey/Statesboro Blues (Live) (Polydor) PD-2107
1981 New Age Music/Untitled (Polydor)
1981 I Can Love You/Untitled (Polydor) PD-2168
1981 My Life Is On the Line/Electric Detective (Polydor) PD-2169
1982 I La La La Love You/Amgwanna Kick Booty (Polydor) PD-2206
1982 I La La La Love You/ I’d Rather See You Dead [12”] (Polydor) PRO-189
1982 I’d Rather See You Dead/[same] (Polydor – US) PD-2223
1984 Killer/[same] (Polydor) PRO-270
1984 Hot Shot/Women On the Edge of Love [12″] (Polydor) PRO-292
1990 Only Man/Chevrolet (Intercord – GERMANY) INT-192.701

Pat Travers (Polydor) PD-1-6079
1977 Makin’ Magic (Polydor) PD-1-6103
1977 Putting It Straight (Polydor) PD-1-6121
1978 Heat in the Street (Polydor) PD-1-6170
1978 The Pat Travers You Missed Mini-Album [EP] (Polydor) PRO-046
1979 Live! Go for What You Know (Polydor) PD-1-6202
1980 Crash and Burn (Polydor) PD-1-6262
1981 Radio Active (Polydor) PD-1-6313
1982 Black Pearl (Polydor) PD-1-6361
1984 Hot Shot (Polydor) PDS-1-6388
1985 The Best of Pat Travers: Boom Boom (Polydor)  825-581
1990 School of Hard Knocks (Intercord – GERMANY) INT-145.155
1990 An Anthology Vol. 1 (Polydor) 841-208
1990 An Anthology Vol. 2 (Polydor) 841-209
1991 Boom Boom (Essential – EU) ESSCD-140
1991 The Best of Pat Travers (Polydor) 849-374
1992 BBC Radio 1 Live In Concert (Windsong International) WINCD-017
1992 Blues Tracks (Blues Bureau International) BB-2002
1993 Just A Touch (Blues Bureau International) BB-2014
1994 Blues Magnet (Blues Bureau International) BB-2022
1995 Halfway To Somewhere (Blues Bureau International) BB-2028
1996 Lookin’ Up (Blues Bureau International) BB-2034
1997 King Biscuit Flower Hour (King Biscuit Flour Hour) 108802
1997 Whiskey Blues (Purple Pyramid) CLP-0160
1997 Best of the Blues Plus Live! (Blues Bureau International) BB-2037
1998 Blues Tracks 2 (Blues Bureau International) BB-2038
1998 Born Under a Bad Sign (Dressed To Kill) PATT-33
2000 Don’t Feed The Alligators (Blues Bureau International) BB-2042
2003 20th Century Masters – The Millennium Collection: The Best of Pat Travers (Universal)
2005 PT=MC2 (AAO) AAO-40481
2008 Stick With What You Know – Live In Europe (Provogue – EU) PRD-7227
2009 Travelin’ Blues (Blues Bureau International) BB-2067
2010 Fidelis
2012 Blues On Fire (Purple Pyramid/Cleopatra) CLP-8991

P.T. Power Trio (Blues Bureau International) BB-2046
2006 P.T. Power Trio 2 (Blues Bureau International) BB-2052

It Takes a Lot of Balls (SPV) SPV-085-69932
2005 Live At the House of Blues (Escapi) NMS-032
2006 Bazooka (Music Avenue) 250140

Michael Bennett
(vocals, synths) / Leo Valvassori (bass) / Jerry Mercer (drum programming) / Mike Hicks (guitar) / George Yuri Gorbachow (keyboards) /  Geoff Bennett (percussion) / Ron Wetzlauff (synths) / Wayne O’Brien (synths)
7-piece Toronto, Ontario electro-dance act; Mercer would continue as a member of April; Valvassori would join The Carpet Frogs briefly in the 1990s.

Interaction/Reaction [3 song EP]  (Shape) SHAPE-001


Gil Moore (drums, vocals)  / Mike Levine (bass) / Rik Emmett (guitars, vocals) / Rick Santers (guitars, keyboards, vocals; added in 1986)  / Phil X [ala Phil Xenidis] (guitars, vocals; replaced Emmett 1992)
Gil Moore (ex-Underworld) and Mike Levine had a plan to build the perfect power trio. They approached Al Mair at Attic Records and told him that if they had a record deal they could successfully lure guitarist Rik Emmett away from his regular music gig as part of the Justin Paige sextet. With contract in hand, Emmett jumped ship and the group Triumph became official in 1975. Their self-titled debut on Attic received little attention in Canada, but journalist David Farrell sent a copy to deejay Joe (“The Godfather of Rock and Roll”) Anthony in San Antonio, Texas, who was so impressed that he helped to get the band a small tour of San Antonio, Corpus Christi and Austin. The resulting fervor for the band’s album caught the attention of RCA Records in the US, and they subsequently signed the band to a world-wide deal excluding Canada. Thus began the nightmare of label entanglements that marks Triumph’s history – all the albums that were released on Attic in Canada were also released on RCA in the rest of the world, and then when the Attic deal ended, RCA re-released all the albums in Canada as well. When the RCA deal ended, MCA picked up the band and once again re-released all the albums to date. In 1992, they signed with Virgin Records for one album, and now Triumph has their own record label which has also re-released the entire back catalogue with original artwork and liner notes. The second album in Canada, Rock And Roll Machine, was actually the first US release on RCA (1978) and was released a year after the Canadian Attic release (1977). It featured their first hit single, a remake of Joe Walsh’s “Rocky Mountain Way”, and concert favourites “Rock And Roll Machine” and “Blinding Light Show”. Triumph hit the road and quickly gained a reputation for being a tight bunch of musicians with a pyrotechnic light show that rivaled anything else on the road in those days. After the second album, Triumph had a string of successful releases, all of which went at least platinum in Canada and gold in the US. They continued to tour and sell out everywhere they went, and were one of the featured artists on the US Festival bill in 1983 in the US (from which a commercial video package was released). They’ve been nominated for four Juno Awards and have been inducted into the Toronto Music Awards Hall of Fame. In 1986, to help beef up the sound both on studio releases and in concert, the trio added a fourth hired hand in veteran Toronto guitarist Rick Santers who filled in on guitar and keyboards. In 1988, however, internal differences of opinion resulted in Emmett opting to leave the band to pursue a solo career. Moore and Levine insisted that it was not the end of the band, but put the group’s ventures on hold while they attempted to sort out the business end of things. Around the same time that Emmett chose to depart, the band invested in the building of a state-of-the-art recording facility in Mississauga, Ontario, a suburb of Toronto; called the Metalworks, they recorded all subsequent studio albums there and today it is one of the most widely respected and busiest studios in Canada. Coming out of the ashes of Emmett’s departure, Moore and Levine held auditions for guitarists in an attempt to go in a different direction with the band. Their first choice, John Sykes, was working with Blue Murder at the time and was not available, so they went with choice #2, Phil X (Frozen Ghost, Aldo Nova, Sidinex). As it turned out, this was a particularly smart move on their part as X fit right in with what they were trying to accomplish. In 1992 they were signed to a new deal with Virgin Records, which released their critically acclaimed ‘Edge of Excess’ album. A live album was released in 1996 on the King Biscuit Boy Flour Hour label. In April 2008 the band was inducted into Canada’s Music Hall of Fame. The original line-up of Emmett, Levine and Moore attempted a reconciliation – even going as far as playing two shows at the Oklahoma Music Festival and the Sweden Rock Festival in Europe which featured second guitarist Dave Dunlop. The crash of the world economy put a crimp in their plans to lunch a full-fledged North American tour and the band returned to their previous commitments. with notes from Bruce Campbell and Al Mair.[also see RIK EMMETT]

1975 Hobo/Get You Back Into My Life (Attic) AT-115
1976 What’s Another Day of Rock and Roll/Let Me Get Next To You (Attic) AT-149
1977 Rocky Mountain Way/Bringing It On Home (Attic) AT-173
1977 Bringing It On Home/24 Hours A Day (Attic) AT-186
1978 Hold On/Just a Game (Attic) AT-203
1979 Lay It On The Line/American Girls (Attic) AT-213
1980 I Can Survive/Nature’s Child (Attic) AT-222
1980 I Live For The Weekend/Lay It On the Line (RCA – UK) RCA-13
1981 Magic Power/Hot Time (In This City Tonight) (Attic) AT-248
1981 Allied Forces/Hot Time (In This City Tonight) (RCA – UK) RCA-135
1981 Allied Forces/Say Goodbye (RCA – UK) 13035
1982 A World of Fantasy/Too Much Thinking (Attic) AT-281
1983 All The Way/Battle Cry (Polydor) PDS-2225
1984 Spellbound/Cooldown (MCA) 52520
1984 Follow Your Heart/Stranger In A Strange Land (MCA) 52540
1984 Rock Out, Roll On/Killing Time (MCA) 52635
1986 Hold On/Mind Games (MCA) 52718
1986 Mind Games/[same] (MCA) 52744
1986 Somebody’s Out There/What Rules My Heart (MCA) 52898
1987 Just One Night/Hooked on You (MCA) 53014
1987 Let the Light (Shine On Me)/Long Time Gone (MCA) 53227
1988 Never Say Never/Headed For Nowhere (MCA) 53241
1992 Troublemaker (Virgin)
1992 Child of The City (Virgin)
1993 Somewhere Tonight (Virgin)

1976 Triumph (Attic) LAT-1012
1977 Rock and Roll Machine  (Attic) LAT-1036
1979 Just a Game (Attic) LAT-1061
1980 Progressions of Power (Attic) LAT-1083
1981 Allied Forces (Attic) LAT-1122
1983 Never Surrender (Attic) LAT-1150
1984 Thunder Seven (MCA) MCA-5537
1985 Stages (MCA) MCA2-8020
1986 The Sport of Kings (MCA) MCA-5786
1987 Surveillance (MCA) MCA-42083
1989 Classics (MCA) MCA-42283
1992 Edge of Excess (Virgin) TCD-00120
1996 In Concert (King Biscuit Boy Flower Hour/Sony) 908014
2003 Live At the US Festival (TML) TML-79201
2005 Livin’ For the Weekend: The Anthology (Castle) CMEDD-1089
2010 Greatest Hits Remixed [CD/DVD] (Frontiers – EU) FRCD-461
2010 Diamond Collection (Frontiers – EU) FRCD-502
2012 Live at Sweden Rock Festival (Universal)

TROIANO, Domenic
Born: Domenic Michele Antonio Troiano on January 17, 1946 in Modugno, Puglia, Italy;

Died: May 25, 2005 in Toronto, Ontario
Troiano was born in Italy but moved to Canada with his family and became a naturalized Canadian in 1955. Growing up in East York, Ontario and began playing guitar at age 15. His guitar playing was soon in demand after making a name for himself as a member of Robbie Lane & The Disciples who became the new Hawks for singer Ronnie Hawkins when the previous Hawks became Bob Dylan’s backing musicians under the their new name – The Band. Following his stint with Ronnie Hawkins & The Hawks, Troiano joined The Rogues (later The Five Rogues) featuring George Olliver (vocals), Don Elliot (bass), Josef Chirowski (keyboards) and Penty “Whitey” Glan (drums). In September 1966, the band changed its name to Mandala and would record two singles in 1967 including the Top10 hit “Opportunity”. With a line-up change later that year that brought singer Roy Kenner into the fold, the group scored a second hit with “Love-itis” in 1968 from their debut album ‘Soul Crusade. Mandala played their final gig at The Hawk’s Nest in January 1969 after which Troiano, drummer Whitey Glan and singer Roy Kenner made a musical shift. They added Prakash John on bass and Hugh Sullivan (Mandala) on keyboards and changed their name to Bush. The band released their self-titled album in 1970 on RCA in Canada and Dunhill in the USA. They toured with label mates Steppenwolf and Three Dog Night leading to Three Dog Night’s recording of “I Can Hear You Calling” as the B-side of their successful single “Joy to the World”. The song was co-written by Troiano, Kenner, Glan and Sullivan. Following the break-up of Bush, Kenner and Troiano joined The James Gang as a means to replace Joe Walsh. Troiano simultaneously recorded a self-titled album for Mercury as well as two albums with The James Gang – ‘Passin’ Thru’ and ‘Straight Shooter’ – all in 1972. Troiano recorded his sophomore album ‘Tricky’ in 1973 before getting a call to replace Kurt Winter in The Guess Who. Troiano would appear on the Guess Who albums ‘Flavours’ – which included the hits ‘Star Baby’, ‘Clap For the Wolfman’ and ‘Dancin’ Fool’ – and the band’s final official release ‘Power In the Music’. With the collapse of the Guess Who, Troiano assembled The Domenic Troiano band who were signed to Capitol Records in 1976. Two albums followed – ‘Burnin’ At the Stake’ (1977) and ‘The Joke’s On Me’ (1978). Capitol released eight singles off the two albums including the chart topping disco hit “We All Need Love” in 1979. By 1980 Troiano had formed yet another new band, Black Market, who released one album on El Mocambo Records entitled ‘Changing of the Guard’. He soon moved behind the scenes as both a session player and producer. His guitar work can be heard on recordings by Moe Koffman, Joe Cocker, James Cotton, Long John Baldry and ex-wife Shawne Jackson.  His production work included albums by Kilowatt, David Gibson, Shawne Jackson, John Rutledge and Patria among others. He was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame in 1996.  Troiano also wrote music for television including the series ‘Night Heat’ and ‘Robocop’. Domenic Troiano died of prostate cancer in 2005. In 2006, the Domenic Troiano Guitar Scholarship was founded and offers financial aid to young musicians. [also see BUSH, GUESS WHO, MANDALA]

The Writings On the Wall/The Wear and Tear On My Mind (Mercury) 73312
1987 Night Heat/Thema Uit De T.V. Serie – In Het Holst Van De Nacht [12″] (Ariola – NETHER) 609.090


1972 Looking For My Lady/Hairy Hypocondriac (ABC) 11325
1972 Had Enough/Kick Back Man (ABC) 11336

1977 Master of Concealment/Lonely Girl (Capitol) 72789
1977 Savour the Flavour/[same] (Capitol) 72792
1977 Here Before My Time/Spud (Capitol) 72795
1978 Road To Hell/Maybe the Next Time (Capitol) 72800
1979 We All Need Love/Ambush (Capitol) 72804
1979 We All Need Love/Ambush [12”] (Capitol) 75017
1979 Achilles/Your Past (Capitol) 72810
1979 It’s You/Achilles (Capitol) 72816

Turn Back/The Shooter (El Mocambo) ESMO-524

1972 Domenic Troiano (Mercury) SRM-1-639
1973 Tricky (Mercury) SRM-1-670
1979 Fret Fever (Capitol) ST-11932
1996 Troiano Triple Play (1976-1980) (EMI) 383735
1999 The Toronto Sound (Polygram) 453856
2003 20th Century Masters – The Millennium Collection: The Best of Domenic Troiano (Universal)

1972 Straight Shooter (ABC) 741
1972 Passin’ Thru (ABC) 760

Burnin’ At the Stake (Capitol) ST-11665
1978 The Joke’s On Me [4 song EP] (Capitol) ST-1172

Changing of the Guard (El Mocambo) ELMO-762

Ra McGuire (lead vocals, harmonica) / Brian Smith (guitar, backing vocals) / Frank Ludwig (piano, keyboards) / Harry Kalensky (bass; backing vocals) / Tommy Stewart (drums; backing vocals) / Doni Underhill (bass; replaced Kalensky 1976) / Rob Deans (piano, keyboards; replaced Ludwig 1979) / Mike Schmidt (drums; replaced Stewart 1987) / Blaine Smith (keyboards; replaced Deans 1987) / Larry Church (bass; replaced Underhill 1987) / Lance Chalmers (drums; 1990’s)
This Vancouver-based group was founded by Ra McGuire and Brian Smith in the late ’60s under the name Winter’s Green who specialized in Doors cover tunes. They released one single on Rumble Records called “Are You a Monkey?” in 1972. An evolved line-up was re-named Applejack in 1972. In September of that year Bruce Allen and Sam Feldman of the Bruce Allen Talent Promotion Agency heard the group and began to book dates for them. Later that year, drummer Tommy Stewart made it a trio, and in 1974 bassist Harry Kalensky was added. In September 1974 Randy Bachman asked the band to play at a dance at the Mormon Church where he was a youth coordinator. He was impressed by their sound and signed them to his Legend label, distributed by MCA. By the time the label released their first hit single, “Baby Woncha Please Come Home” in 1975, they had changed their name to Trooper which would become the name of their first album. For the 1976 follow-up album ‘Two For The Show’, also produced by Bachman, Frank Ludwig was added on piano. The album spawned four singles including two of their biggest hits “Boys In The Bright White Sportscar” and the title track. Bassist Doni Underhill replaced Kalensky in 1976 and appeared on the band’s 1977 LP ‘Knock ‘Em Dead Kid’. Two more chart topping hits followed with “We’re Here For A Good Time” and “Oh, Pretty Lady”. Randy Bachman produced their fourth consecutive album with 1978’s ‘Thick As Thieves’ and produced two more charting singles: “Raise A Little Hell” and the Frank Ludwig sung “Round, Round We Go”. MCA rush released a ‘best of’ in 1979 called “Hot Shots” which would become one of the biggest selling greatest hits packages in Canadian history. But Trooper was unstoppable and released the Howard Steele produced ‘Flying Colors’ that same year featuring two more chart hits “3 Dressed Up As A 9” and “Janine”. In 1979, Ludwig jumped ship to join Randy Bachman’s band Ironhorse and was replaced by Rob Deans. The band’s self-titled album in 1980 launched three singles, but all failed to chart and it would be Trooper’s last release with MCA. Under the auspices of producer Mike Flicker and his Flicker Records, Trooper’s 1982 LP ‘Money Talks’ was distributed by RCA Records. The album spawned four singles but failed to catch fire and the band was soon without a recording contract. The also retired from touring and recording for five years. Trooper had not split up, but McGuire and Smith spent the time writing and assessing the future. In 1987 they returned to a small club in Victoria, BC to overwhelming approval and it led to the band hitting the road again where the majority of a new album would be written. With the help of former MCA president Scott Richards, a loan from FACTOR and Sam Feldman and the use of Tom Lavin’s Blue Wave Studio, Trooper started their own label, Great Pacific Records, and released ‘The Last Of the Gypsies’ in 1989. In 1991, Warner Music released ‘Ten’, their last album. Trooper is still touring across Canada every year. with notes from Roger Stomperud and Al Clarke. [also see WINTER’S GREEN]

1975 Baby Woncha Please Come Home/Roller Rink (Legend/MCA) MCA-40447
1975 General Hand Grenade/Don’t Stop Now (Legend/MCA) MCA-40480
1976 Ready/I Miss You Already (Legend/MCA) MCA-40659
1976 Santa Maria/Whatcha Gonna About Me (Legend/MCA) MCA-40685
1976 The Boys In the Bright White Sportscar/Waitin’ On Your Love (Legend/MCA) MCA-40999
1976 Two For The Show/Gypsy Wheeler (MCA) MCA-40583
1977 We’re Here For a Good Time (Not A Long Time)/Loretta (MCA) MCA-40738
1978 Oh Pretty Lady/(It’s Been A) Long Time (MCA) MCA-40799
1978 Raise A Little Hell/A Fine Mess (You’ve Gotten Us Into) (MCA) MCA-40924
1978 Round, Round We Go/Raise A Little Hell (MCA) MCA-40940
1978 The Moment That It Takes/Live From The Moon (MCA) MCA-40968
1979 3 Dressed Up As A 9/Mr. Big (MCA) MCA-41115
1979 Janine/Live From The Moon (MCA) MCA-41172
1979 Good Clean Fun/(It’s Been A) Long Time (MCA) MCA-41239
1980 Real Canadians/Go Ahead And Sue Me (MCA) MCA-41301
1980 Are You Still My Baby/Legend (MCA) MCA-51010
1980 Laura/I Don’t Wanna Be Here (MCA) MCA-51063
1982 Only A Fool/lookin’ For Trouble (Flicker/RCA) PB-13085
1982 Money Talks/Any Minute Now (Flicker/RCA) PB-50689
1982 Ready For The Nite/It Comes And It Goes (Flicker/RCA) PB-50712
1982 Could’ve Been Me/Dig A Little Deeper (Flicker/RCA) PB-13312
1989 Boy With A Beat/$100,000.00 (Great Pacific/WEA) 25-75157
1989 The Best Way (To Hold A Man) (Great Pacific/WEA)
1991 American Dream (Great Pacific/WEA)

1975 Trooper (Legend/MCA) MCA-2149
1976 Two For The Show (MCA) MCA-2214
1977 Knock ‘Em Dead Kid (MCA) MCA-2275
1978 Thick As Thieves (MCA) MCA-2377
1979 Flying Colours (MCA) MCA-3173
1979 Hot Shots (MCA) MCA-5101
1980 Trooper (MCA) MCA-5151
1982 Money Talks (Flicker/RCA) AFL1-4318
1982 This Must Be The Place/Money Talks [12″] (Flicker/RCA) DJL1-4325
1989 The Last Of The Gypsies (Great Pacific/WEA) 25-64431
1991 Ten (Warner Music)
2010 Hits From 10 Albums (Universal)

Tim Gibbons
(guitar) / Ray Curse [aka Ray Farrugia] (drums) / Mike Williams (bass) / Pat Gibbons (vocals, guitar)In 1982 guitarist Tim Gibbons left Hamilton, Ontario band The Shakers to form his own group The Trouble Boys with ex-Slander drummer Ray Farrugia and bass player Mike Williams. The band was short-lived and recorded their only album, ‘Pass the Bottle, Baby’ in a single 13-hour recording session. It was released on their own Booze Records label in 1985; Gibbons went on to be a session player of some renown including work on the Billy-Bob Thornton movie ‘Slingblade’) and occasionally reunites with his former band The Shakers and sits in with The Dave Rave Group. He released a solo album on the Cowboy Junkies’ Latent Recordings label entitled ‘Trail of Smoke’ in 2011; Williams would go on to work with Tom Wilson and Cadillac Bill. He now plays in the Hellbent Rockers.

Pass the Bottle, Baby (Booze) TB-85

Robert “Bob” Edwards
(guitar) / Michael Richards (guitar, vocals; later drums) / Ron Lukawitski (bass) / Bob Styrna (guitar)
Michael Richards’ family relocated to Edmonton, Alberta from England when he was quite young. His first band was The Rock Creatures in 1964 where he began writing original songs. This was sometime in 1964. In 1965 Richards went to see Gerry and The Pacemakers, and Billy J. Kramer and The Dakotas at the Edmonton Garden. The opening act was a local group called The Strangers. Some time later The Strangers were playing at a small club and Richards went to see them. Richards met their drummer and him his desire to form a group that played original material. Not long after, The Royal Family was born and featured Richards (guitar and vocals), Larry Reese (drums), and Ortegas members Ron Lukawitski (bass) and Bob Edwards (lead guitar). Their first public gig was at the Muk-Luk Mardi Gras in February of 1965. With a fistful of original songs, the band was soon signed to Apex Records who released two singles – “I Told a Lie” b/w “Don’t You Even Want To Know” and “Sometimes” b/w “Solitude”. The Royal Family headlined at the Hullaballo-A-Go-Go at the Jubilee Auditorium in Edmonton. In Fall of 1966, the band decided to leave Edmonton and head east if they were going to hit the ‘Big Time’. With their sights set on landing a major US record deal they headed to Montreal. They played at Expo 67 at the Garden of Stars venue and made soujourns to New York City on a regular basis. While there they recorded with Teddy Randazzo and rubbed elbows with industry heavies but they were never able to attract the attention of a label. The band decided to head back to Edmonton at the end of 1967. After losing their drummer, Richards decided to play drums and they changed their name to Troyka. In 1968, the re-invigorated trio began recording new demos. Richards and his father (the band’s manager) headed down to New York in the fall of 1968 to shop the songs. The material was met with positive reviews but no record deal was forthcoming. Back in Edmonton it was decided that they should build a professional calibre recording studio called Round Sound which Richards’ father built on his own from the ground up. By 1969 they were able to start recording new material. One song, “Natural” was sent to Atlantic Records in New York but didn’t get a response. With a full album complete, Richards went back to New York in August 1969 and began making the rounds at the various labels. As luck would have it, Atlantic’s A & R man Shel Kagan remembered the earlier song submission – but had lost the band’s contact info. After a short meeting Kagan announced he wanted to sign the band. Soon after, Kagan and Gene Paul (Les Paul’s son) fly up to Edmonton and spent time with the band discussing a deal, plotting out marketing for the album and taking the album cover photos. The self-titled debut album was finally released at the beginning of 1970. Troyka played at Fillmore East and Ungano’s in New York and opened for Rare Earth in Washington, D.C. Back in Edmonton they shared bills with Canned Heat and The Byrds. They then headed out on a major tour of US Colleges with Savoy Brown and Family. They played the Eastown Theater in Detroit, Michigan with Blue Cheer and finished up at the Electric Circus in Toronto sharing the bill with Leslie West & Mountain. While Troyka was in Toronto Edwards announced he was leaving the band. Without missing a beat they grabbed guitar player Bob Styrna in Toronto and accompanied them back to Edmonton where they headlined a major concert with the new line-up. By then the band already had a second album in the can but Atlantic passed on the option to release it. Styrna and Richards headed to Los Angeles in the summer of 1970 to shop the album. However, they returned from L.A. empty handed. Undaunted, they recorded a new album with the new line-up. In January of 1971 Richards took another shot at L.A. but was rejected again. Upon his return, Troyka called it quits; Richards spent the next 10 years in Vancouver trying to keep the music going but eventually moved to L.A. in 1984 to seek out a more enlightened spiritual path. He eventually relocated to New Mexico where he still works for the US Postal Service. After discovering a Troyka website online, Richards reconnected with his ex-bandmates 20 years later; Edwards went on to play with Paul Hann, Spiney Norman’s Whoopee Band (with Royal Family drummer Larry Reese and future Stony Plain Records president Holger Peterson), and The Katzenjammers featuring Dixie Lee Innis (Original Caste) before embarking on a solo career where he has released several solo albums including ‘Gigging’, a Rock Musical. He now lives in Victoria, British Columbia; Ron Lukawitski went on to play with The Chris Millinton Big Band, Steve Palmer and is a regular performer on Princess Cruise Lines ships. He currently lives in British Columbia; Troyka reunited  in 2006 and performed for the first time in 35 years October 6 in Edmonton at the Winspear Centre. with notes by Dan Brisebois.

Natural/Berry Picking (Cotillion/Atlantic) 44062

1965 I Told a Lie/Don’t You Even Want To Know (Apex) 76971
1966 Sometimes/Solitude (Apex) 76981

Troyka (Cotillion/Atlantic) SD-9020

Bruce Fleming (keyboards) / David Borland (trumpet) / Rob Oliver (saxophone) / Bill Caldwell (guitar) / Sandy MacKay (drums) / Joe Edmonds (saxophone, trombone) / Michael Curtis (lead vocals, flute, percussion, acoustic guitar) / Larry Ernewein (bass, backing vocals) / David VanDuzen (guitar) / Graham Lear (drums) / James Roberts (saxophone) / Joey Miquelon (guitar) / Brian Wray (keyboards, flute, backing vocals) / Gord McKinnon (keyboards, vocals; replaced Wray) / Mike Langford (vocals; replaced Curtis) / Jim Crichton (bass; replaced Larry Ernewin 1972) / Marty Morin (drums; replaced Graham Lear 1973) / Todd Booth (keyboards; replaced McKinnon 1973) / Neil Chapman (guitar; replaced Miquelon 1973) / Paul DeLong (drums; replaced Marty Morin 1974) / Michael Sadler (vocals; replaced Langford 1974)
The band Sound Spectrum featuring Bill Caldwell, Sandy MacKay, Dave Borland, Rob Oliver and Bruce Fleming was formed in 1966 in the tiny Ontario community of Ingersoll. By 1969 they had changed their name and moved to a city with a larger music scene – London, Ontario. With a slow and steady stream of performances in southern Ontario, the band began to gain notoriety for its “Keep On Truckin'” posters and bumper stickers. Soon, they began to push their boundaries into Québec. Their biggest gig was the Rockwood Music Festival in Orangeville, Ontario before a crowd of 20,000 people. Other notable gigs included opening slots for ELP, Deep Purple and Fleetwood Mac. They released one album which spawned several singles and even managed to land a track on the ARC Records compilation disc promoting CanCon called ‘Concept’. The group split up after a myriad of line-up changes; VanDuzen went on to perform with Looking Glass, Sea Dog, Ronnie Hawkins, Chuck Berry and other international artists; Lear went on to play with Santana and REO Speedwagon and is currently touring with the Paul Anka Big Band; Morin joined Goddo, and then Wireless with Langford and appeared briefly with the touring version of Klaatu in 1982. He is currently a member of Classic Albums Live; Jim Crichton and Michael Sadler ended up in Saga; MacKay played with The London Set; Hawthorne and moved into jazz where he was nominated for a JUNO Award in 1985 for work with jazz legend Oliver Whitehead and most recently has been in a band called After Four And More with bassist Larry Ernewein in London, Ontario; Chapman went on to co-found Pukka Orchestra and was a member of The Sattalites; DeLong worked with Kim Mitchell and Gowan and in 2015 joined a new version of FM; Fleming ran a music store for awhile and is now a Teacher’s Assistant and church organist in Woodstock, Ontario; Caldwell sells real estate in Ingersoll and is also a concert promoter; Oliver is British Columbia Coast Pilot; Borland went into the graphics business in London, Ontario; Booth owns Little Whirled Records Inc. and has worked as producer, arranger and engineer for artists like Kim Mitchell; Chapman co-founded Pukka Orchestra; Roberts is a session player and sax for hire and has toured with the likes of Rod Stewart; Miquelon joined Bob Seger’s Silver Bullet Band; Edmonds went on to a long professional music career which included a stint with the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra in New York City and three years in Las Vegas freelancing and in showbands. with notes from Sandy MacKay, Todd Booth, Gordon McKinnon. David VanDuzen and Joe Edmonds.

1972 Canada/Rain (Capitol) 72679
1972 Get It Together/Can’t Wait Until Tomorrow (Capitol) 72687


1972 Truck (Capitol) ST-6388

LINE-UP 1: Anna Bourque (bass) / Ruby T’s (vocals) / Alina Solina (keyboards) / Julia Bourque (guitar, vocals) ; LINE-UP 2: Julia Bourque (vocals, bass) / Blanche Beube (keyboards, vocals) / Glen Binmore (guitar) / Bryant Didier (bass, vocals) / John Hamilton (drums); LINE-UP 3: Julia Bourque (guitar, vocals) / Blanche Beube (keyboards, vocals) / Glen Binmore (guitar, vocals) / Mark Fournier (bass) / Terry McCubbin (drums)
Formed in Toronto, Ontario in 1979, this femme alternative act became quite popular on Toronto’s Queen Street circuit. The group featured future Jane Siberry/Drastic Measures bassist Bryant Didier and former Diodes drummer John Hamilton. They released a single on Bomb Records in 1979, and after several line-up changes they managed a self-titled album which was produced by Greg Warren (Twitch, G.A.S.). with notes from Mark Fournier.

1979 Give Him A Great Big Kiss/Jimmy’s Fast (Bomb) BOMB-5019
1980 Smokey’s Gonna Twist/Mating Games (Bomb) BOMB-5030

1981 True Confessions (Bomb) BOMB-7033

Malcolm McGuigan
(vocals) / Tony Cook (guitar) / Bob Stirajs (guitar) / Steve McKenna (bass) / Tom Treumuth (keyboards) / Kirk Devereaux (drums)
True Myth was formed in London, Ontario as an offshoot of a class project by students at Fanshawe College. Tom Treumuth was the brainchild and keyboardist who helped the band secure a deal with Warner Bros. Records in 1979. Their debut album was the first digital album recorded in Canada and the second in the world (the first being Stevie Wonders’ ‘Secret Life of Plants’). Treumuth soon opened his own record label, Hypnotic, and the band switched for their follow-up album ‘Telegram’ in 1981. In the meantime, Treumuth had been moonlighting with another Toronto studio project The Fictions on their debut album in 1980. Treumuth would go on to produce the likes of Honeymoon Suite and dozens of other Canadian acts during the 1980’s many of them on his surviving indie label Hypnotic.

1981 Give It Up/Thunderchild (Hypnotic/Intercan/Pickwick) CAN-10022
1981 Try A Little Harder/[same] (Hypnotic/Intercan/Pickwick) CANP-10024

1979 True Myth (True Myth/Warner Bros.)  TMD-2020
1981 Telegram (Hypnotic/Intercan/Pickwick) IC-1015

1980s Line-Up: Mojah Mohjah (guitar, vocals) / Vance Tynes / Rudi Quammie Williams / Ovid / Abnadengel / Chico / Ras Ishaka;
2000s Line-Up: Mojah Mohjah (guitar, vocals) / Friendlyness (keyboards, vocals) / Garry Lowe (bass, vocals) / Bernie Pitters (keyboards) / Nigel Murray (drums)Recognized as one of Toronto, Ontario’s premiere Reggae bands; Mojah and Lowe became members of Gordie Johnson’s rock act Big Sugar during the 1990s before reforming a modern version of Truths & Rights.

Acid Rain/Live-Up (Bucktu)  BT-45-1001
Metro’s No.1 Problem/Black Plight (Rhythm) RD-500

Acid Rain [4 song 12” EP] (Bucktu)

Amanda DiBlasi
(lead vocals, backing vocals, keyboards, timbales) / Cassandra DiBlasi (lead vocals, backing vocals, keyboards, timbales)
Tú featured twin sisters Amanda and Cassandra DiBlaisi who were discovered by Platinum Blonde’s management team of Tony Tsavdaris and Bruce Barrow and did backing vocals for Platinum Blonde and Paris Black among others. They were signed to RCA Records and their self-titled debut was released in 1987. The album was produced by Bruce Barrow & Blackwell at Phase One Studios and mixed by Mark S. Berry. Guest musicians included Sascha (drummer for Platinum Blonde), Claude Desjardins (drums), David Bendeth (guitar), Rich Chycki (guitar), Lou Pomanti (keyboards), Paul Markel (keyboards), Bruce Barrow (bass), Dave McLaughlin (bass). All the songs were written or co-written by the sisters except the cover version of Chic’s “Le Freak”. The album spawned a sizeable dance hit with the song “Stay With Me”. The group moved to CBS for the 1989 follow-up album ‘Secrets In The Dark’ produced at Metalworks by the TBA management team with Claude Desjardin. Guests included Rich Chycki, Sergio Galli (Platinum Blonde), Lou Pomanti, and Steve Sexton (Exchange).

1987 Last Embrace/Office Party (RCA/BMG) PB-50933
1987 Stay With Me/Time Will Tell (RCA/BMG) PB-50944
1987 Stay With Me (Duble Truble Mix)/Stay With Me (Dub Mix) (RCA/Victor) KD-10018
1987 The Language Of Love/Remote Control (RCA/BMG) PB-50976
1989 Stop Breaking My Heart/time Will Tell (CBS Associated/CBS) E4-3016
1989 I Used To Cry/First Things First (CBS Associated/CBS) ZS4-3090

1987 Tú (RCA/Victor/BMG) KKL1-0585
1988 Secrets In The Dark (CBS Associated/CBS) BFZ-81035

John Bottomley (guitar) / Chris Bottomley (bass) / Mike Severin [aka Sev Micron] (drums) / Glenn Milchem (drums) / Great Bob Scott (drums)
Chris Bottomley met Severin around 1982 through a mutual friend (Ian Thomson) and they soon started jamming together in Thomson’s bedroom rehearsal spot. John Bottomley was at Fanshawe College studying recording production. When he came back to Toronto, the three started jamming together and developed their sound through a rigorous rehearsal regimen. They officially became a performing unit in 1984 as Private Lives. Their first gig was at Toronto’s Turning Point. After discovering there was already a band from the U.S. with the same name they changed theirs to Tulpä. They perfected their chops at house parties and Toronto live venues like Larry’s Hideaway, The Rivoli, Cabana Room, The Beverly Tavern and Lee’s Palace. Tulpa shot to national prominence with a CITY-TV ‘New Music’ expose hosted by Daniel Richler. The band was producing their own videos including the breakout “Initiation Rites” which were crazy theatrical metaphors influenced by their stage show The Tulpä Circus. When they released their first full length record ‘Mosaic Fish’ on England’s Midnight Records in 1984, the ‘Globe and Mail’ took notice and started writing about them. Soon Tulpä was opening for major acts like The Payolas and The Tragically Hip, garnering rare opening act encores. They decided to launch their own national tour. Not content to sit on their laurels, the band headed to New York City in 1986 and played historic punk-rock venue CBGBs. Owner Hilly Krystal liked the band and placed them on some good bills, most notably with Michelle Shocked and Living Colour. They released a live record, “Off the Board – Live at CBGBs” and returned to New York many times as a staple of the CBGBs scene. Tulpä returned to Toronto and had another hugely successful show with Living Colour at The Diamond Club, who was touring with The Rolling Stones at the time. Severin left the band in 1987 for personal reasons and drummer Glen Milchem (Vital Sines, Blue Rodeo) stepped in for a year followed closely by exhibitionist/drummer Great Bob Scott (The Look People). At the apex of their success, infighting and personal rivalry splintered the group and brothers John and Chris Bottomley went on to solo careers. The band reunited for a 25th anniversary show in Toronto in 2010. John Bottomley died unexpectedly April 6, 2011. [also see CHRIS BOTTOMLEY, JOHN BOTTOMLEY]

Apologize to Your Mother/Mystical Dreams (World) WRC3-2719

1985 Mosaic Fish (Midnight – UK) CHIME-00.10S
1986 Off The Board – Live At CBGB’s (Off The Board – US)

Al Manning (guitar) / Lisa Garber (vocals) / Scott Cushnie (piano) / Glen LeCompte (drums) / Bruce Manning (bass)
Following the break-up of his recording act Sugar Shoppe, Manning formed a quartet bearing his name in Toronto during 1970. The band played show tunes and crooner songs by the likes of Tom Jones, Tony Bennett and Engelbert Humperdinck. With the addition of a fifth member, Manning changed its name to Tundra and signed with A & M as their first ever domestic act in 1970. They had several radio singles, the most successful being “Band Bandit” which was co-written by John Rutter (…And Many Others, Crowbar). The song would be revived and recorded by Paul Clinch as a single on Attic Records in 1979; Cushnie continues to play, sometimes as Professor Piano; Garber spent time in a duo with Noel & The Redwedge singer Pat Noel who appeared on CBC Radio & TV. Garber left for NYC to try and land a recording contract which did not pan out. She is now a professor at the University of Toronto; Manning joined a later version of the band Noah in 1972 and, later, Coyote with Gary Comeau who released one single on Capitol in 1976. with notes from Greg Simpson, Richard Patterson and Francis W. Davies.

1970 Band Bandit/Lord Pity Us All (A & M) AMX-307
1970 Fit to Kill/It’s All Over (A & M) AMX-315
1971 Need Our Love/Travel Days (A & M) AM-318

1971 Let Me Know / Song For You (A & M) AMX-314

Steve Revington
(vocals, keyboards) / Scott Revington (vocals, guitars)
A brother duo from London, Ontario who released one single “Take Me Dancing” b/w “Heart and Soul”. The recording featured the additional music accompaniment of Auto Records president Paul Brennan (backing vocals), Ian Stewart (bass), Jeff Stevens (drums), Derek Black (Emulator samples), and Duncan Grant (keyboards).

Tame Me Dancing/Heart and Soul (independent) SR-8802

Grant Davidson Ford
(lead vocals) / Thomas Payne (guitar, vocals) / Howie Beck (drums, percussion, vocals) / Dennis Mohammed (bass)
From Toronto, Ontario; Beck would go on to join The Bourbon Tabernacle Choir.

Nazca Runway (Twilight Rituals) TWR-1540

Rick Laing (vocals, percussion, tambourine) / Ian Steeksma (guitar) / Steven Perry (guitar) / Mike Brown (drums) / Colin Steeksma (vocals) / Dan Reiland (bass) / Bernie Mulatz (drums)
A hard-rock quartet formed in Port Coquitlam, British Columbia out of the ashes of The Cry For Justice in 1971. The original line-up began playing around schools and clubs wearing theatrical make-up and planned stage shows. In late March and early April 1973 the band finished two recording sessions of four songs. Their first single, “Things”, was released in May 1973. A follow-up single, “Sweet Thursday”, was released on the band’s own Bird Records (an acronym for Bernie, Ian, Rick, Dan) in August 1973. Only 100 copies of each were pressed. Laing left in 1973 and was replaced by Ian Steeksma brother Colin. From 1974 through 1978 they changed their line-up several times as well as their style and performed harder edge dark metal and became progressively more theatrical. In 1976 they managed another single called “Mr. Spunk” on Astro Records. Their first two singles were eventually compiled and re-release as a deluxe 7” EP package in 2012 on Supreme Echo Records.

Sweet Thursday/Country Tune (Bird)
1973 Things/Pick Up Is Illegal On 401 (Hitchhiker’s Blues) (Demo)
1976 Mr. Spunk/Mess’n With the Bull Gets the Horn (Astro) 100-H
2012 Twitch [4 song EP] (Supreme Echo)

Garwood Wallace (vocal, guitar) / Bryan Pratt (bass, vocal) / Stephano Leroux (drums; 1979-1980) / Steve Feldman (drums; replaced Leroux 1980-1982)
In 1970, Garwood Wallace put together a London, Ontario based folk-rock group called Breadfeather featuring himself (guitar, vocal), Valerie Hudson (guitar, vocal), Bryan Pratt (bass), and Stan Mitchell (drums). Their regional claim to fame was playing the first ever rock concert at the Ontario Place Forum in June, 1971 produced by singer/songwriter Terry McManus. In the Fall of ’71 Wallace and Hudson joined Terry McManus’s studio band along with bassist John Woloschuk (later of Klaatu). The result was three single releases for A & M Records and an unreleased album. Wallace would later move on to various bands and solo acoustic work as did Hudson (whose song “Stormy Grey” was recorded by Karl Erickson and produced by McManus). Pratt played bass in various pick-up acts with Wallace in the ’70s (and later in the band Kids.) Twitch was formed in 1979 consisting of Wallace, Pratt and Stephano Leroux (drums). Leroux was from North Bay and like Pratt and Wallace, had recently moved to Toronto. The idea was to create a simple, direct, pop/rockabilly trio to play Wallace’s songs. Having long been an admirer of Bob Segarini, Wallace sought him out for guidance after hearing his 1978 Bomb Records release ‘Gotta Have Pop’. Segarini became something of a mentor to Wallace resulting in Wallace playing guitar and singing on the sessions for Segarini’s second solo album ‘Goodbye L.A.’ At one point, Wallace asked Segarini to attend a Twitch showcase at the Nickelodeon on Yonge Street in Toronto. Segarini was impressed enough with the energetic band that he had them open a show for him and his band that same night across town at the El Mocombo. Thus, the very first Twitch gig in front of a live audience was on June 2, 1979 to a packed house. This resulted in a lot of attention from local promoters and the media and Twitch quickly established themselves on the Toronto music scene as a fast, loud power-pop band specializing in nervous rock’n roll. They became the “house opening act” at the El Mocombo for much of the summer of ’79, doing shows with the Ramones, Link Wray, John Lee Hooker, and the Tourists, among others. Segarini also recorded a Garwood Wallace song, “Rock ‘N Roll Moment” for the ‘Goodbye L.A.’ album. In 1980, Steve Feldman, who had played with Pratt in Kids, replaced Leroux as drummer. By the Fall of 1980, Twitch recorded and released “Sad Girl”, their first single and video for Bomb Records. In February 1981, they began the sessions for the Bomb Records album ‘Twitch And Shout’, which was produced by Greg Warren and released in June of that year. ‘Twitch And Shout’ and its first single, “Take It Back”, received a lot of airplay and Twitch played extensively across Ontario, Québec, and the Maritimes. Various factors typical of the music scene in the early eighties contributed to the band’s demise and they played their final show together at Larry’s Hideaway on March 11, 1982. Bryan Pratt currently lives in Stratford; Wallace was the Customer Service Manager for Sam the Record Man’s flagship store in Toronto and is now retired. notes from Garwood Wallace.

1980 Sad Girl/What Do You Say (Bomb) BOMB-5034
1981 Take It Back/[same] (Bomb) BOMB-5035
1981 Up To You/[same] (Bomb) BOMB-5036


1981 Twitch And Shout (Bomb) BOMB-7034

Born: Fred Shannon Roulette on September 16, 1936 – Sandy Bay, Manitoba
Freddy Shannon Roulette was a Canadian Aboriginal (Anishnabe) singer/songwriter came to the attention of Manitobans, and then all of Canada, after being signed to the Kanata label in 1972 where he released his first single “The Only Way To Keep It”.  The follow-up was “Separation Blue” on IMI Records – the title track from a highly sought-after independent album by the same name in 1973. From that album was a song called “The Prisoner” which received enough radio play that RCA Records issued is a single. It charted nationally and peaked at No.20 on the RPM Top 100 Singles chart in 1973. RCA failed to follow the record up and Shannon Two Feathers moved to the Maple Haze label in 1975 where he released the single “One Step Outside.” A move to WSM Records came next where he was finally able to record another full-length album called ‘Dreams That Feed A Gypsy’ with producer Wes Dakus at Edmonton’s Sundown Studios. There were several singles released including the title track and “Maria” in 1978 followed by “Listen to the Children” in 1979. Fellow Aboriginal artist Don Stonechild would record Two Feather’s “Child Of Stone” also on the WSM label. Shannon Two Feathers appeared in the National Film Board movie “The Red Dress”, and he wrote soundrack music for the movie “Poundmaker’s Lounge – A Healing Place” in 1988.  He also illustrated his wife Maria Campbell’s book “People Of The Buffalo”. He was finally inducted into the Manitoba Aboriginal Music Hall Of Fame in 2008. It is believed that he passed away around 2011. No confirmation has been available.

1973 The Prisoner/Sweet Gypsy Hair (RCA) KPBO-0005
One Step Outside/Smile (Maple Haze) MH-7505
1978 Dreams That Feed a Gypsy/Smile (WSM) CCL 45-507
1978 Maria/ Daddy Doesn’t Live Here Anymore (WSM) CCL 45-510
1979 Listen to the Children/The Singer (WSM) CCL 45-516

Separation Blue (IMI)
1978 Dreams That Feed A Gypsy (WSM) CCL-33-107


Pete Tahan
(vocals, bass) / John Tahan (guitars) / Frank Tahan (guitars) / Guy Morin [aka Ludwig van Guy] (drums)
Tzar was formed in 1983 by the brothers Tahan in Orleans, Ontario; the band split up in 1986

Players of the Game (Tzar) TZ-1493

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