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Wackers, The
Wade Brothers
Wainwright, Martha
Wainwright, Rufus
Waite, Michael
Waiting For God
Waiting, The
Waker Glass
Walk, The
Waltons, The
Wanka
Ward, Christopher
Ward, Nancy
Warpig
Warren, Cindy
Warriors
Washbrook, Rick
Washington, Jackie
Wasted Lives
Watchmen, The
Water Walk, The
Watertown
Wave
Wayne Omaha
Wayne, Johnny
Wayouts, The
Weakerthans
Weather Permitting
Wednesday (aka Wenzday)
Weed
Weeping Tile
West And The Meteors, Mel
West End Girls
West Montrose
Western, Phil
Wet!, The
Whinding
Whiskey Hollow
Whiskey Howl
Whitehead Trio, Oliver
White Heat
White Knights
White, Michael
Whitemail
White Wolf
Whitenoise
Whitney, Carla
Wicked Orange
Wide Mouth Mason
Wiffen, David
Wiggy Symphony
Wilcox, David
Wild “T” And The Spirit
Wild Strawberries
Wildroot Orchestra, The
Wilfred N And The Grownmen
Willapuss Wallapuss
Willi
William Tell & The Marksmen
Williams, Tim
Willie & The Walkers
Willie English
Wilson, Tom
Winchester, Jesse
Windom Warrior featuring Brian Tyrell
Winter Rose
Winter’s Green
Wintersleep
Wireless
Wiseman, Bob
Wishbone
Witchkiller
Witch Queen
Witness Inc.
Wizard
Wolf Parade
Wonderful Grand Band, The
Wood, Joe
Wood, Teak
Wooden Stars
Woods Are Full Of Cuckoos
Woods, Holly
Woods, Mike
Woodyard, Jim
Work Party
Workman, Hawksley
Workman, Nanette
Works, The
World On Edge
Wrabit
Wright, Michelle
Wright, Priscilla


WACKERS, The
Randy Bishop (guitar, vocals) / Bob Segarini (guitar, vocals) / William “Kootch” Trochim (bass, guitar) / Ernie Earnsaw (drums) / Mike Stull (guitar, bass) / J.P. Lauzon (guitar) / Jerry Mercer (drums; temporary 1973) / Norman Vosko (bass; replaced Trochim)
In 1971 Bob Segarini and Randy Bishop were on the way up with their California dream band, The Wackers, living a post-Beatle existence criss-crossing North American clubs in an attempt to capture the rock and roll brass ring. Elektra Records had already given them a one-album shot under the name Roxy and so label president Jac Holzman found their newly configured glam pop act an antidote to the pretense of label mates The Doors. As a tightly knit five-piece – which included Segarini’s former Family Tree band mate Bill “Kootch” Trochim (bass, guitar), Ernie Earnshaw (drums) and Mike Stull (guitar, bass) – The Wackers entered musical stage right with the Gary Usher produced ‘Wackering Heights’ in 1971. And on subsequent trips to Montréal –where they eventually decided to permanently stay – they recorded ‘Hot Wacks’ which was released in 1972. Mike Stull soon left and J.P. Lauzon joined the band in the summer of 1973.The Wackers’ future was up in the air and they returned to California to figure out their next move. While there, Bishop, Trochim, and Segarini were fooling around in Wally Heider’s San Francisco Studio and started to record an album as The Duck Brothers (as in Huey, Dewey, and Louie). Their label, Elektra, caught wind of the project and sent the band back to Montréal with producer Mark Abramson, (Judy Collins) to start a proper follow-up Wackers release. While Earnshaw continued his vacation in California, The Wackers begin recording ‘Shredder’ with Jerry Mercer on drums. Earnshaw returned near the end of recording and managed to appear on the song “Tonight” – breaking his wrist shortly after. The album gave the Wackers their only legitimate hit single in Canada with the tune “Day and Night” while the song charted in Cashbox Magazine in the US and peaked at No.79 the week of December 16, 1972. They decided not to leave Montréal and became the defacto house band at legendary club ‘The Mustache’ as foreign dignitaries. It allowed them to hold musical court. Meanwhile, they attempted a live recording at the Westport Country Playhouse in the spring of 1973 with songs from the performance being bootlegged for years after. But, eventually, Elektra rejected the demos for the band’s fourth album – ‘Wack N’ Roll’ – and because they had failed to crack Top40 radio stateside, they no longer had the backing of their musical power brokers. The last show as the original The Wackers was in Ottawa, Ontario in September 1973. Bishop went solo and by 1974, Kootch and Segarini were keeping the fire burning with a new single on Polydor featuring bassist Norman Vosko. By 1975, The Wackers was officially over. Segarini and Trochim next put together The Dudes with the founding members of April Wine (Ritchie and David Henman) and future April Wine guitarist Brian Greenway. Earnshaw returned to Eureka, California where he worked for KIEM-TV; Bishop eventually returned to the US as well and went on to become a top songwriter in Nashville. Mike Stull passed away of a heart attack in 2002 while riding his motorcycle. Though the band never received the recognition of other power pop contemporaries like The Raspberries, Big Star or Badfinger, The Wackers lived on in infamy through the retelling of their anecdotal mythology filtering out of Montréal for more than three decades. Segarini never gave up hope in seeing the recognition – if not the fortunes – they deserved. Affirmation came in 2006 when Elektra optioned the band’s catalog to Collector’s Choice for CD re-issue stateside. A final stamp of approval came from Elektra’s Jac Holzman who sang the band’s praises in his 2007 biography “Follow The Music”. On July 24th, 2011, Segarini’s old band The Wackers reunited after 38 years for one show at Cherry Cola’s in Toronto, Ontario. The demos and mixes for ‘Wack N’ Roll’ were dusted off and sold as CDR’s from the stage. An official release is still pending. With notes from Bob Segarini, Ernie Earnshaw, and Kootch Trochim.[also see BOB SEGARINI]

Singles
1971
I Don’t Want My Love Refused/I Like (Elektra/Kinney) EKS-45743
1971 Body Go Round/ (Elektra/Kinney) EKM-45758
1972 I Hardly Know Her Name/Do You Know The Reason (Elektra/Kinney) E-45783
1972 Day And Night/Last Dance (Elektra/Kinney) EK-45816
1972 Oh My Love/I Hardly Know Her Name (Elektra – Australia) EKM-46008
1973 Hey Lawdy Lawdy/I’m In Love (Elektra/WEA) E-45841
1974 All I Want to Do is Love You/I Gotta Feeling (Polydor) 2065-226
1975 Captain Nemo/Tonite (Bomp! – US) BOMP-102

Albums
1971
Wackering Heights (Elektra) EKS-74098
1972 Hot Wacks (Elektra) EKS-75025
1973 Shredder (Elektra) EKS-75046
2011 Wack N’ Roll (Wacks Trax)

Compilation Tracks
1979
“Captain Nemo” on ‘The Best of Bomp Vol. 1’ (Bomp!) BOMP-109
2004 “Captain Nemo” on ‘When CanCon Rocked Volume 1’ (Bullseye) BLR-CD-4015
2006 “I Hardly Know Her Name” on ‘Forever Changing: The Golden Age of Elektra Records 1963-1973 (Rhino Handmade) RHM2-74746
2007 “I’m In Love” on ‘Shake Some Action: The Ultimate Power Pop Guide (Not Lame – US)


WADE BROTHERS
After four years at the University of British Columbia School of Music in Vancouver, Brett Wade moved to Los Angeles, California to play bass with the second edition of the Electric Prunes for two years, returning to Canada in 1970 to form Stallion Thumrock with Basil Watson and Garry Bell. Brother Joel Wade started out playing trumpet, studying under Bobby Hales, then was later drawn to guitar. At the urging of his brother Brett, Joel took up bass and was soon recruited by Stallion Thumrock following the band’s first tour of the US. In early 1972, Bell and Brett Wade met with Claire Lawrence and Bill Henderson (The Collectors/ Chilliwack) to ask if they would consider producing Stallion Thumrock. Soon after, Keith Lawrence would become their manager and arrange the details for a recording contract. Time was scheduled in at the legendary A & M studio in Hollywood, California to record the band’s well rehearsed live repertoire of original songs. The tracks took only three days to record and an additional three days to overdub vocals and mix. The self-titled LP was released under the Haida Records label – distributed by A & M Canada. The single “Mayday” was released and the band launched two Trans-Canada concert tours to promote the album including a stop at the CBC in Toronto. Within six months following the tours they had disbanded. Brothers Brett and Joel Wade were signed to Epic Records and released the “Which Wade?” album in 1979. Following the CBS Records deal, Joel Wade signed an international songwriting deal with BMG. He has performed and produced numerous recording sessions with world renowned musicians Ringo Starr, Harry Neilson, Bob Rock, and Rik Emmett. Wade currently lives in Tulsa and records solo including his latest, 2005, CD ‘Don’t Look Back’. [also see STALLION THUMROCK]

Singles
1979 One Way Ticket/Rainbow Mountain (Epic/CBS) E4-4212
1979 In The Sky/Down And Dirty (Epic/CBS) E4-4223
1980
Smooth Sailing/Silver Seas (Prime Time) 3050

Albums
1979
Which Wade? (Epic/CBS) PEC-80024
1979
One Way Ticket – Special Edition [12″ EP](Epic/CBS) 12E4X-4212

Compilation Tracks
1979
“One Way Ticket,” “In the Sky,” and “Rainbow Mountain” on ‘Northern Stars’ [2LPs] (CBS) 2-CDN-12


WAINWRIGHT, Martha
Born: May 8, 1976 in Montréal, Québec
As the daughter of Kate McGarrigle and folk-singer Loudon Wainwright III, Martha Wainwright grew up around music. By the time she was 20 she had released an independent cassette entitled ‘Ground Floor’. The following year, she participated in her Mom & aunt’s family album Kate & Anna McGarrigle’s ‘The McGarrigle Hour’ performing the song “Year of the Dragon”. Following this project, she began singing backup vocals for her brother, Rufus Wainwright. In 1999 she released a six-song self-titled EP. Wainwright was also following her passion for acting and after completing her drama studies at Montréal’s Concordia University, she moved to New York City, where she pursued her priority as a singer-songwriter. Determined to create her own path, and not one as the daughter of two famous musicians, Wainwright struggled to establish herself and make her own way through the business. In 2001, Wainwright recorded “Star Crossed Lovers” with Propellerheads for the Red Hot Organization’s Duke Ellington tribute compilation ‘Red Hot + Indigo’ to raise AIDS awareness through various charities. Two more independent EPs followed – ‘Factory’ (2001) and ‘Bloody Mother Fucking Asshole’ (2004). In 2004 she’d met producer Brad Albetta, who worked with her in pre-production and finally the production of 2005’s self-titled full-length debut album on Rounder in the US and Maple Music Recordings in Canada.In 2006 she performed Leonard Cohen’s “Tower of Song” and “The Traitor” at the Cohen tribute concert, film and CD entitled ‘Leonard Cohen: I’m Your Man’. In May 2007 Wainwright, mother Kate McGarrigle and cousin Lily Lanken performed “Golden Hair” and “See Emily Play” at the Syd Barrett memorial concert at the Barbican Centre in London, England. She also appeared at Bonnaroo, Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival, V Festival (with Snow Patrol), Lollapalooza, and a performance at the Hollywood Bowl in September 2007 with Rufus Wainwright. She would also join Annie Lennox (Eurythmics) plus 22 other female artists to raise awareness about transmission of HIV to unborn children in Africa. The single “Sing”, featuring most of the same women’s ensemble singers, was released on World AIDS Day in December 2007. Wainwright would work with BRad Albetta again on her sophomore album, ‘I Know You’re Married But I’ve Got Feelings Too’, released in June 2008. The album’s guest musicians included Pete Townshend (The Who), Donald Fagen (Steely Dan), Garth Hudson (The Band), Kate & Anna McGarrigle as well as her brother Rufus. Wainwright’s latest is 2012’s ‘Come Home To Mama’.

Singles
2005
Factory/Pretty Good Day/Baby (Drowned In Sound – UK)
2005 When the Day Is Short/New York, New York/I Was In the House When the House Burned Down (Zöe – US) 1063-2-SI01
2005 Far Away (Drowned In Sound – UK) DiS-0015CDR
2008 Bleeding All Over You (Radio Mix)/Love Is a Stranger (Drowned In Sound – UK) DiS-0038
2008 Comin’ Tonight (Drowned in Sound – UK)
2008 You Cheated Me
2012 Proserpina

with LIAM FROST featuring MARTHA WAINWRIGHT
2010
Your Hand In Mind (Emperor – UK)

with SNOW PATROL featuring MARTHA WAINWRIGHT
2010
Set the Fire To the Third Bar/You’re All I Have (Fiction – UK) STF-1

Albums
1997
Ground Floor [cassette] (independent)
1999 Martha Wainwright [6 song EP] (Querbes Service/Nettwerk) 36384
2001 Factory [4 song EP] (Querbes Service/Nettwerk) 36385
2004 Bloody Mother Fucking Asshole [4 song EP] (Querbes)
2005 Martha Wainwright (Maple) MRCD-6445
2005 I Will Internalize [5 song EP] (Maple Music) MRCD-6452
2008 I Know You’re Married But I’ve Got Feelings Too (Maple) MRCD-6484
2009 Sans fusils, ni souliers, à Paris: Martha Wainwright’s Piaf Record (Drowned In Sound – EUROPE) VVR-723066
2012 Come Home To Mama

Compilation Tracks
with KATE & ANNA McGARRIGLE featuring RUFUS WAINWRIGHT
1998
“Allez-vous en” and “Year of the Dragon” on ‘The McGarrigle Hour'(Hannibal/Rykodisc) HNCD-1417


WAINWRIGHT, Rufus
Born: July 22, 1973 in Rhinebeck, New York, USA
The Montréal-based son of folk singer-songwriters Loudon Wainwright III and Kate McGarrigle, is a classically trained pianist who grew up loving opera. During his formative years he often toured with his mother (Kate) and aunt (Anna), The McGarrigle Sisters, and the at the ripe old age of 14 earned both a JUNO Award nomination and Genie Award nomination for his writing and performance of a song in the television film ‘Tommy Tricker And The Stamp Traveler’. Wainwright studied piano and composition at McGill University’s Faculty of Music which he never completed. He was signed to the fledgling Dreamworks label that was so new and understaffed that they gave Wainwright free reign over his artistic vision and nearly unlimited budget. 56 songs were recorded over two years in Los Angeles, the self-titled, 12-song, debut features the production work of Jon Brion (Fiona Apple) and Pierre Marchand (Sarah McLachlan), with string arrangements done by Van Dyke Parks (Randy Newman, Ry Cooder, Brian Wilson) and backing harmonies provided by sister Martha Wainwright. Rolling Stone Magazine would declare Wainwright “Best New Artist of the Year’. He would also be nominated by the Gay & Lesbian American Music Awards for ‘Album of the Year’, ‘Pop Recording of the Year’ and ‘Video of the Year’, while winning for ‘Best New Artist’. Wainwright won a GLAAD Media Award for ‘Outstanding Music Album’ and a JUNO Award for ‘Best Alternative Album’. Despite these accolades the album failed to chart anywhere in the world. He toured with Sean Lennon and then began his first headline tour in the fall of 1998. In March 1999, Wainwright would begin a house gig at Maxwell’s in Hoboken, New Jersey. Wainwright lived in the Chelsea Hotel in New York City for six months which allowed him to write material for his second album. Pierre Marchand returned to produce the sessions for the record, ‘Poses’, which was released in June 2001. Again the album was barely noticed on radio or the charts peaking at No.117 on the Billboard 200. Wainwright has continued to release albums of critical praise but cult-sized commercial success. His latest release is 2012’s ‘Out of the Game’.

Albums
1998
Rufus Wainwright (Dreamworks) DRMD-50039
2001 Poses (Dreamworks) DRMD-50237
2003 Want One (Dreamworks) DRMR-14237
2004 Want Two (Dreamworks) DRMW-32576
2004 Waiting For a Want [4 song EP] (Dreamworks)
2005 Alright, Already (Live In Montréal) [EP] (Dreamworks)
2007 Release the Stars (Geffen) 1733587
2007 Rufus Does Judy At Carnegie Hall (Geffen) 1755358
2009 Milwaukee At Last!!! (Decca) 2713497
2010 All Days Are Nights: Songs For Lulu (Decca) 2735558
2012 Out of the Game (Decca) 16580

Compilation Tracks
2003
“It’s Only a Paper Moon” and “I Wonder What Became of Me” on ‘Stormy Weather: The Music of Harold Arlen’ (Sony Classical – JAPAN) SICP-355
2006 “Cigarettes & Chocolate Milk” on ‘Oh What a Feeling 3 – Juno Awards: Celebrating 35 Years of the Best in Canadian Music’ (EMI) 59829

with KATE & ANNA McGARRIGLE featuring RUFUS WAINWRIGHT
1991
“Better Times Are Coming” on ‘Songs of the Civil War (Columbia) CK-48607
1998 “Heartburn” on ‘The McGarrigle Hour’ (Hannibal) HNCD-1417


WAITE, Michael
Born: Michael Gregtheodeg Waite
Toronto, Ontario’s Michael Waite was formerly in early 1970’s band Breathless with Nash the Slash. In the 1980’s he would co-write material with Nash the Slash for FM’s comeback releases. He also released a solo album on A & M entitled ‘Cosmic Wave’ featuring Nash the Slash and Kim Mitchell. He has been running a music retail store in Toronto for many years.

Singles
1983
Me and the Silver Surfer/The Machine Stops (A & M) AM-621

Albums
1982
Cosmic Wave (Eye-to-Ear) DZD-555
1983
Cosmic Wave [re-issue] (A & M) SP-9092

Compilation Tracks
with BREATHLESS
1973
“Slasher” on ‘Concept [Gold] (Arc) PRP-208


WAITING FOR GOD
Daemon Cadman (vocals) / Martin Meyers (keyboards, guitar, programming) / Greg Price (drums)
Industrial act from Vancouver, British Columbia.

Albums
1994
Waiting for God (KMG) KMG-001
1994 Rapture [6-song cassette]
1997 Desipramine (Re-Consriction – US) REC-040

Compilation Tracks
1994
“Red Light” on ‘Strawberry Girl – A Tribute To Siouxsie & The Banshees’ (Doppleganger) DOP-52
1994 “Quarter Inch Thick” on ‘Impact Music Volume Four’ (MMS) IM-004
1996 “1000 Pieces” on ‘Re-Constriction 10* Year Anniversary (*=5)’ (Re-Constriction) REC-400
1997 “Positive I.D.” on ‘Got Moose? Re-Constriction CD Sampler #2’ (Re-Constriction) REC-037
1997 “2 Extremes (Mix by Collide)” on ‘Industrial Mix Machine’ (Cleopatra) CLP-9969


WAITING, The
Julie Choquette
(lead vocals) / Ernest Leitch (guitar, vocals) / Stuart Leitch (guitars, vocals) / Michael Smit (bass, vocals) / Jonathan Davis (drums, marimbas, organ, glass mellotron, vocals) / Robert Menegoni (percussion, vocals)
A 6-piece act from London, Ontario. with notes from Julie Choquette.

Singles
1986 The Key of Love/Givin’ It Up (Waiting)

Albums
1985 The Waiting (Waiting) MP-0885


WAKER GLASS
Jake Dimmick (bass) / John Pilat (guitars, keyboards) / Robert Earl Stewart (vocals) / Terry Lusk (drums)
From Merseau Township on Lake Erie.

Singles
2013
Neighbourhood Party/Widow’s Walk (Mersea) MER-7-1001


WALK, The
Jason Frederick (guitar, vocals) / Dave Allan (vocals, guitar) / James Prudhomme (drums) / Eric Forget (bass) / Bill Bruhmuller (guitar, vocals)
Originally formed in Sudbury, Ontario, The Walk relocated to Ontario and became a part of the Hamilton, Ontario music scene. With notes from Jason Lomax.

Singles
1991
It’s Over (video single)
1995 Given It All Away (single)

Albums
1990
Hollow
1992 insomuch (Black Paint) RO-002
1993 Wellington Street [EP]
1995 Turbine (Gritty City/MCA) GRITD-6149

Compilation Tracks
1994
“Fine” on ‘Impact Music Volume One’ (MMS) IM-001
1995 “Given It All Away’ on ‘This One’s Worth Saving’ (MCA) MCAD-9562


WALTONS, The
Jason Plumb (vocals, guitar) / David Cooney (drums) / Keith Nakonechny (bass, vocals) / Todd Lumley (keyboards, accordion, vocals; 1992) / Steve Pitkin (drums; recorded Cock’s Crow 1994) / Sean Bryson (drums; replaced Cooney 1995)
Formed in Regina in 1987, The Waltons were part of the Saskatchewan and western club grind before deciding to make a break for it and risk everything for the chance to make it in Toronto in 1990. They were able to make fast friends and tour with the likes of The Pursuit Of Happiness, The Barenaked Ladies, Junkhouse, Andrew Cash, The Northern Pikes and The Tragically Hip. Two notable demo tapes made the rounds in clubs and on record company desks in 1989 and 1990 which got them nominations for two CFNY-FM CASBY Awards for ‘Most Promising Band’ and ‘Best Western Canadian Band’. With the help of producer John Switzer they were able to record their debut CD ‘Lik My Traktor’ and followed this up with two VideoFACT funded videos for “Old” and “Alone Again”. Like the Barenaked Ladies that same year, their independent release gained such widespread critical praise that it sold 7,000 copies word of mouth, club gigging and frequent exposure on College radio not to mention two cross-Canada tours. It was only a matter of time before Warner Music decided to move in and re-issue the disc to a Canada-wide audience in 1993. Then Warner stuck them back on their third cross Canada tour with labelmates The Barenaked Ladies. The band got a push in Australia from Crowded House’s co-manager who likened Plumb’s voice to that band’s Neil Finn and ‘Lik My Traktor’ was released Down Under to critical acclaim. Suddenly, laurels were thrown at them: a Juno Award as ‘Best New Group’ and a coveted Campus Entertainment award as “Best Contemporary Music Recording Artists”. They wrote and recorded “Simple Brain” for Martin Scorsese executive produced film “Naked In New York”, and released an EP of new songs in Canada for their insatiable fans. On October 1st, 1994, in London, England, 27 months after the initial indie release of ‘Lik My Traktor’, the Waltons performed their 350th and final date in its support. The album had reached gold by the time they returned to Canada to start the next record. In 1995 they released ‘Cock’s Crow’ with producer Michael Phillip Wojewoda (Barenaked Ladies, Shuffle Demons, Vital Sines, Spirit Of The West) and featured guest appearances by members of Spirit Of The West and the Rheostatics. Three years later The Waltons released ‘Empire Hotel’ and another three years before their live album ‘Liv’ on Maple Music. The band called it a day in 2002.

Singles
1992
Colder Than You (Warner Music) WEA-18
1992 In The Meantime (Reprise/Warner Music) PR0-CD-6636
1993 The Naked Rain (Sire/Warner Music) 9633
1995 End Of The World (Sire/Warner Music) 9188
1995 Wascana (Warner Music)
1995 Michelangelo’s Tummy (Warner Music) WEA-49
1995 Wait For Me (Radio Edit) (Sire/Warner) PRCD-9292-2
1998 Beats The Hell Out Of Me (Warner Music)

Albums
1989
89 Demonstrations [cassette] (independent)
1990 Demo Sandwich [cassette] (independent) WAL-CD0001
1991 Lik My Traktor (independent) WAL-CD0002
1993 Lik My Traktor [re-issue](Warner Music) 093624544524
1994 Simple Brain [EP] (Warner Music) 96143
1995 Cock’s Crow (Warner Music) 99435
1998 Empire Hotel (Warner Music) 21388
2001 Liv (Maple Music/Universal) 075-005

Compilation Tracks
1994
“Simple Brain” on ‘Naked In New York City” (Warner Music)
1994 “Only Love Can Break Your Heart” on ‘Borrowed Tunes: A Tribute to Neil Young’ (Sony) 80199
1995 “Simple Brain” on ‘The Kumbaya Album 1995’ (Warner Music) CD-11719
1999 “Beats The Hell Out of Me” on ‘Friends Again’ (Reprise – US) 9-47100-2

with MOE BERG & THE WALTONS
1995
“Gretzky Rocks” on ‘The Kumbaya Album 1995’ (Warner) CD-11719


WANKA
Chris Gibb
(bass, vocals) / Mike McConnell (drums) / Mark Pickett (rhythm guitar, vocals)  / Howard Samuel (lead guitar) / Doug Paul Smith (keys)
The band’s debut album was produced by JUNO Award winning producer Terry Brown (Max Webster, Rush); Chris Gibb would later go on to be a member of the Suspects which evolved into The Deserters; Doug Smith released a solo CD called “Goodbye Carriage Road” in late 2004.

Albums
1977 The Orange Album (Axe) AXS-520


WARD, Christopher
Born: Christopher William Ward on July 28, 1949 in Toronto, Ontario
Christopher Ward began his musical career while attending college in Ontario, Canada. He sang and played guitar and wrote songs with Stephen Stohn. Ward was signed to Warner Brothers who brought in session musicians from the Brecker Brothers, the Average White Band and Moe Koffman himself to fabricate a studio record that didn’t even feature Ward’s own guitar playing – merely his voice. They released his debut ‘Spark of Desire’ in 1978 which spawned the commercial radio hit “Maybe Your Heart”. Unfortunately, a hit record in Canada does not necessarily mean a hit in the US and Warner stateside passed on the album and singles, leaving Ward with Canada as his sole market. His deal with Warner soured and Ward found himself, aside from writing more songs and touring sporadically, taking acting lessons and doing improv at Second City. He also wrote the Cover Girls song “The Boy Next Door”. In 1981 he signed with Edmonton-based House Of Lords Records who released his sophomore effort called, fittingly, ‘Time Stands Still’ which was produced by Jack Richardson (Guess Who). When MuchMusic launched its 24 hour video network (originally 8 hours repeated 3 times) Ward was recruited as one of the first on-air VeeJays who, between airing videos and interviewing rock stars would concoct ridiculous on-air skits utilizing many ‘characters’ in skit fashion and often accompanied by a rogues gallery of performers. One of these performers was his live-in girlfriend and aspiring vocalist Alannah Byles. She changed her name to Myles and did a backing vocals spot with Sheree Jeacocke and Shawne Jackson-Troiano on his Attic Records EP called ‘Christopher Ward’ in 1987. Their teaming would be fruitful as Ward developed her as an artist, writing most of the songs (or co-writing with David Tyson) that became the basis for her debut album. He initiated a meeting with Atlantic Records which led to a deal for Alannah. The self-titled debut album spawned the hits “Love Is” and the multi-million selling “Black Velvet” in 1989 and 1990. The song would also have an after life on country charts as a No.1 for Robin Lee. Ward quit his gig at MuchMusic and moved to LA after the success of Myles’ debut and also wrote several songs for the follow-up, ‘Rockinghorse’, which wasn’t quite as successful for Myles. In his early days, Ward was a member of Second City, along with a seventeen year old Mike Myers. Myers was a frequent guest on City Limits when Ward was the show’s host. In the ’90s Ward appeared in the ‘Austin Powers’ movies as a band member of the semi-fictional group Ming Tea, along with Mike Myers, Matthew Sweet, and Susannah Hoffs (The Bangles). Ward has written or co-written songs for Diana Ross, Wynonna Judd, Amanda Marshall, Tina Arena, Roch Voisine, Meredith Brooks, and Hilary Duff, among others. Ward moved to Paris, France in 2001 with his family to write a children’s novel, but has since returned to live in Toronto. with notes from James Crammond and Robin Ward.

Singles
1976
Lost In A Love Song/Play One For Your Mother (Warners) CW-4033
1977 Once In A Long Time/Dance Away (Warners) CW-4034
1978 Maybe Your Heart/Dreamboat (Warners) CW-4035
1978 Imagine a Song/Roll On Like a Wheel (Warners) CW-72000
1979 No Time To Cry/Sweet Rose (Warners) CW-5501
1981 So Long To Baby Jane/Mainstreet Kid (House Of Lords/Warners) HOL-2007
1981 Heart Breakin’ Beauty/Steal My Heart (House Of Lords/Warners)  HOL-2009
1981 Future Girl/Time Stands Still (House of Lords/Warners) HOL-2010
1981 Words On the Wire/Sonny Say You Will (House Of Lords/Warners) HOL-2014
1987 Boys And Girls/Just Like Me (Attic) ATT-356
1987 What Kind of Love/Two Can Play (Attic) ATT-362
1988 Twist Of Fate/Take A Chance (MCA) MCA-52284

Albums
1978 Spark of Desire (Warner) KWSC-92000
1981 Time Stands Still (House Of Lords) HLR-10004
1986 Christopher Ward [EP] (Attic) MIN-102

Compilation Tracks
1993
“Boys and Girls” on ‘Caught In the Attic’ [3CDs] (Attic) ATTIC-XX


WARD, Nancy
Hamilton, Ontario multi-instrumentalist who was in Tranquillity Base with Ian Thomas as their keyboardist. As a folk guitarist she has recorded several solo records and performed with the likes of Sylvia Tyson, the Ian Thomas Band and Jeff White and shared stages with Gordon Lightfoot and Liona Boyd. She now goes by the name of Nancy White-Bartlett. with notes from Jef White. [also see TRANQUILLITY BASE]

Singles
1980 The Lion Sleeps Tonight/It’s Real (Tiffany/Discotel/CBS) TY-1003
1980 Moi Je Suis Seule/Someone To Love Me (Tiffany/Discotel/CBS) TY-1004
1984 Niana/White Rose Of Athens (Columbia) C4-4801

Albums

1980 Someone To Love Me (Tiffany/Discotel/CBS) TF-4000


WARPIG
Rick Donmoyer
(lead vocals, guitar) / Dana Snitch (guitar, keyboards, vocals) / Terry Brett (bass) / Terry Hook (drums)
Warpig was originally formed in and operated out Woodstock Ontario under the leadership of Rick Donmoyer. Rick’s first introduction to guitar was one his father brought home in hopes of learning but the guitar quickly disappeared again. He then sang in music class in public and Jr. High School but had no instrumental training until a couple of years after the passing of his father. Donmoyer, as a young teenager learned lap steel guitar. Soon the kid was playing tunes by The Ventures, The Surfaris and other ‘Surf Bands’ of that era. Rock and pop guitar licks on a “Hawaiian style” guitar was unheard of and his guitar teacher Richard Crotty was intrigued to the point that Donmoyer was hired as a student teacher. By 1964, the bug had bit and Rick formed and joined several bands, his first paying gig was with The Turbines while still in high school. Crotty was later called on by soon-to-be friend and band-mate Jim Walker to follow a dream, quit their day jobs, and eventually form The Kingbees. Some time later with classical guitarist-turned-bassist Terry Brett, the band was re-named The Wot. Dana Snitch, meanwhile, had been floating in and out of bands but decided to go it alone as a folk-guitarist and singer. Rick Donmoyer and Jim Walker met Snitch in Toronto in the mid 60’s and together they proceeded to seek out more players to form an R&B group with Dana playing bass. The rehearsals were both difficult to stage and non-cohesive so things fell apart and Dana returned to enter college in North Bay later returning to form the 3 piece folk group Thomas Dana & Co. doing standards of the day and composing. He finished school and found himself as a guest artist doing warm-up gigs with Mass Destruction (featuring Donmoyer, Walker and Brett again) in Woodstock, Ontario, then was invited to play with the band as rhythm guitarist in its dying days. With the nucleus of Donmoyer on lead guitar and vocals, Terry Brett on bass, and Snitch on rhythm guitar and vocals, auditions were held for the percussion position. The obvious gem of the applicants was Terry Hook. Dana then expanded his roll to keyboardist and after many rehearsals in the Hook basement in 1968, the heavier Warpig was evolving. They released their self-titled debut with executive producer Robert Thomson and engineer Ken Fresian on Fonthill Records in 1972. With the popularity of the band increasing across Southern Ontario, London Records signed them and re-issued a re-mastered record the following year, re-recording “Rock Star” and “Flaggit” with engineer Terry Brown (Rush, Max Webster, Klaatu). Warpig charted for 7 weeks on the RPM charts peaking at No.52 with their single “Rock Star” in June and July of 1973. A second album, begun with engineer Tom Brennand of Deep Purple fame was never completed. With the departure of Terry Hook from Warpig in 1974, followed a year later by Snitch, there were several attempts to carry on, but the heart was gone as a group and the problems that drove the others away persisted. Donmoyer played and sang for many more years with various groups including the long surviving road-warrior band Ash Mountain until leaving the road and re-marrying. Employed in a music store and also as a “live sound” technician in Burlington Ontario for a few years, Donmoyer then landed a job in sales with Yorkville Sound where he is now District Sales Manager; 30 years after the band split up the original album is still selling on Ebay for record amounts and has been bootlegged on CD and vinyl in the US and Europe. After a Sunday afternoon internet name search in January 2004, Donmoyer phoned Snitch, now living in New Brunswick, and they decided after one get together in the spring of 2004 to collaborate on completion of their long un-released original material along with some new song ideas. An authorized re-release of the original Warpig album was issued in 2006 on Relapse Records. with notes from Rick Donmoyer.

Singles

1972 Rock Star/Flaggit (London) M-17452

Albums
1972 Warpig (Fonthill) F-103
1973 Warpig (London) NAS-13528
2006 Warpig [re-issue] (Relapse) RR-6591


WARREN, Cindy
Warren first worked as a cosmotologist for Lionel Richie who encouraged her to pursue a career in music. She worked in clubs and did session work in LA before moving to Calgary, Alberta. Warren now lives in San Diego, CA. with notes from Cindy Van.

Singles
1987 I’d Do It (My Doll)

Albums
1986 Roomful Of Strangers (Haute Rock)
1987 I’d Do It (My Doll) CW-0711


WARRIORS
Dusko Nikolic
(vocals) / Slobodan Svrdlan (bass) / Zoran Konjevic (guitar) / Douglass Platt (guitar) / Lawrence Gretsch (drums)
Nikolic, Svrdlan and Konjevic formed Warriors in 1983 in Kraljevo, Raški okrug, Serbia. Their self-titled Serbia/Croatia released debut album on RTB Records attracted the attention of Attic Records and so the band relocated to Canada where they added Platt and Gretsch (ex-Frank Soda & The Imps). With the new line-up they released their self-titled debut in 1984, performed about ten shows, then promptly split up; Gretsch went on to join The Carpet Frogs; Platt joined Bayb with Doug Baynam and Wayne Sebrey. with notes from Jamie Larsen.

Singles
1984 Try Again/Money Lover (Attic) AT-323

Albums
1983 Warriors (RTB – SERBIA) 2520079
1983 Love Machine [4 song 12″ EP] (RTB – SERBIA) 1520113
1984 Warriors (Attic) ATM-1206


WASHBROOK, Rick
Born: California, 1958
Rick Washbrook comes from an entertainment family. Washbrook’s two brothers were child stars in the late 1950s: Johnny Washbrook appeared in ‘My Friend Flicka’ and Donald Washbrook in ‘Petticoat Junction’. Meanwhile Rick, by age 10, found himself drawn to music where he was encouraged to sing at a Christian camp he attended on Big Bear Lake, in California. Washbrook would later sing as a mezzo soprano in Saint Michael’s Choir. With his voice eventually deepening into a baritone, by 1970 he realized he also wanted to accompany himself on guitar. In 1971, the Washbrook family moved to Canada where Washbrook seriously began to study music. He studied with Italian classical guitar teacher John Perone weekly at Toronto’s Royal Conservatory of Music. Following high school, Washbrook attended Fanshawe College and studied record production and engineering in 1979. After finishing his music education, Washbrook ventured west in 1981. He accepted odd jobs to earn money so he could travel the Alaska Highway with his guitar. He played gigs at roadhouses along the way. In 1982, Washbrook returned to Markham, Ontario where his folks lived and studied privately for 3 years from Paul Reid of Humber College. Between 1986 and 1987, Washbrook released his first album – ‘Summer Roads’ – from which the title track and three other singles were significant Adult Contemporary/Country hits on Canadian radio. “I Don’t Believe” went to No.9 on Adult Contemporary radio across Canada. In 1992, Washbrook co-wrote “Rescued by the Arms of Love”, released by the Canadian band Glass Tiger. The record went to No.1 in Canada and No.3 on the Billboard Charts in the United States which opened many career doors for Washbrook as a recording artist, teacher and producer including a a SOCAN Award for co-writing. Washbrook has traveled extensively to make a living from his craft between 1983 and 2004 doing everything from bar gigs to lounges to cruise ships, and traveled the world performing in Tahiti, Costa Rica, Switzerland as well as throughout Ontario. A career highlight was performing for Prince Philip. In 2000, Washbrook recorded a CD tribute to the legendary guitarist Lenny Breau called ‘A Gypsy’s Bed’ which received accolades in ‘Guitar Player’ magazine stateside. As well, when the cream of Nashville’s session players heard Washbrook’s guitar playing they invited him to perform and teach at the Chet Atkins Festival in 2004 and 2005. After the release of his tribute to Lenny Breau, Washbrook was going to promote and tour his new CD, but unfortunately contracted adult chicken pox. This resulted in him being bedridden for eight months and he lost almost all movement in his left arm from ulnar nerve damage. He had to stop performing live. It was more than two years before he played live again and did studio work. In 2006 Washbrook released ‘Roncesvailles Tango’ during a period of renewed recorded. Meanwhile, between 2001 and 2008, Washbrook studied with Toronto jazz piano player Bob Erlendson who appeared year “West Mystic” was released featuring Bob Erlendson. He is a dedicated teacher, loves doing studio session work, producing and is branching into writing music for films. Washbrook teaches privately and also by correspondence through the use of cassettes.

Singles
1986 I Don’t Believe
1986 Little Bit (CC) RW-8601
1986 Summer Roads/Little Road
1987 Burgundy Girl

Albums
1997 Live At Dines-eez
199? Tapestry of Soul
2000 A Gypsy’s Bed
2006 Roncesvailles Tango
2007 Christmas Guitar In the Village Roncesvailles
2008 Rick Washbrook
2009 West Mystic
2010 1906


WASHINGTON, Jackie 
Born: November 12, 1919 in Hamilton, Ontario;
Died: June 27, 2009 in Hamilton, Ontario
In 1919, Jackie Washington was born into a decidedly musical family, and was raised on a steady diet of the music his father, John Washington, brought into the home in the form of countless 78 RPM records and the songs he played on his button accordion and fiddle. By 1930, the younger Washington was performing regularly with his brothers Dickie, Reg and Ormsby in the Hamilton, Ontario area as The Four Washingtons. Their mother bought them a guitar, which went to Ormsby, the oldest of the four brothers. By the time they made it to their first gig with the guitar, it had gone terribly out of tune. Ormsby tried to play the instrument at the gig, but the results were disastrous. The guitar was then handed down to Jackie, who fell in love with the instrument. In the summer of 1938, tragedy struck the Washington family as Ormsby drowned in a swimming accident. A deeply saddened Jackie returned to Hamilton, where he found employment as a porter on Canadian Pacific Railroad’s sleeping cars. Developing a love for the steam trains and the Canadian landscape, Washington traveled across Central and Western Canada with his guitar slung across his shoulder. Among the country’s railroad workers, it soon became a known fact that when Jackie Washington would come to town, you could bet on a party happening that night. In the many years that followed, Washington’s accomplishments and experiences began to accumulate. He made the acquaintance of some of the most revered names in black music as they stopped by the Washington household on their way through town. Duke Ellington and Louis Armstrong were among the many who stopped by to trade tunes with Jackie and enjoy Mrs. Washington’s home cooking. In 1948 Washington became Canada’s first black DJ on CHML-AM spinning records, performing live, and featuring guest appearances by jazz stars of the day. Nat “King” Cole heard Washington perform his original tune “Alone In the Dark” and wanted to record the song. For whatever reason, Washington refused. From the 1960’s onward, Washington focused on performing his songs and traditional folk tunes on an acoustic guitar. As part of the burgeoning Canadian folk scene he shared stages with up and coming acts including Joni Mitchell and Gordon Lightfoot (both of whom he would record with on their albums). He performed at London’s Home County Festival every year since its inception in 1975, and was an annual favourite in Sudbury. He released his debut solo album ‘Blues and Sentimental’ in 1976 and played with saxophonist Freddie Purser at the Windsor and Royal Taverns in Hamilton, Ontario. In 1980 Washington played the part of the janitor in the film adaptation of the play ‘Hank Williams: The Show He Never Gave’. He also released two singles on Hamilton’s Roto-Noto Records including “Is You Or Is You Ain’t My Baby?” with King Biscuit guesting. Washington was nominated for a JUNO Award in 1993 for ‘Best Roots & Traditional Album’, along with Ken Whiteley and Mose Scarlett for their album ‘Where Old Friends Meet’. In 1995 he was inducted into Hamilton’s Gallery of Distinction and released three albums that year. He won The Toronto Blues Society’s Lifetime Achievement ‘Blues With A Feeling Award’ at the Maple Blues Awards in 1998. The Ontario Council of Folk Festivals gave him the ‘Estelle Klein Lifetime Achievement Award’ in 2001. In 2002 he was inducted into the Canadian Jazz & Blues Hall of Fame. In 2003 he received an honorary ‘Doctorate in Humanities’ from Hamilton’s McMaster University. The Jackie Washington Rotary Park in Hamilton was dedicated in his name in 2004. Washington performed alongside Mose Scarlett and Ken Whiteley until his death in June 2009. with notes from Erin Benjamin (OCFF).

Singles
with JACKIE WASHINGTON & THE MYSTERY BAND
198-
Day and Night Blues (Roto-Noto) RN-1014
198- Is You Or Is You Ain’t My Baby?/Day and Night Blues (Roto-Noto) RN-1015

Albums
1976
Blues and Sentimental (Knight) 11K-2001
1995 Jackie Washington and Friends in Concert on December 4, 1994 (Sound of Jazz Concerts)
1995
Keeping Out of Mischief (Pyramid) PD-014
1998 Midnight Choo-Choo (Borealis) BCD-112

with JACKIE WASHINGTON, KEN WHITELEY AND MOSE SCARLETT
1990
Where Old Friends Meet (Pyramid) BD-006
1995 Three by Three (Borealis)
1998 We’ll Meet Again (Borealis) BCD-120
2003 Sitting on a Rainbow (Borealis)

Compilation Tracks
1976
“In My Solitude” on ‘Mariposa Folk Festival 1976’ (Mariposa) M76-002


WASTED LIVES
Phil Smith
(vocals) / Brad Kent (guitar) / Colin Griffiths (guitar) / Mary Armstrong (bass) / Andy Graffiti (drums)Wasted Lives was formed by Brad Kent after being kicked out of his previous band DOA. It also featured Colin Griffiths of U-J3RK5 and Mary Armstrong of the Modernettes.

Singles
1979
Divorce/[split w/BIG BLACK PUPPETS] (Spoken) 3476

Compilation Tracks
1979
“Wirehead” on ‘Vancouver Complication’ (Pinned) PIN-79330001
1996 “Divorce” on ‘Smash The State – Volume Two – A Compilation of Canadian Punk Rock, 1979-81’ (No Exit) NO EXIT-003


WATCHMEN, The
Danny Greaves (vocals) / Joey Serlin (guitar) / Sammy Kohn (drums) / Peter Loewen (bass) / Ken Tizzard (bass; replaced Loewen 1993) / Ryan Ahoff (drums, 2001-03)
Formed in 1987, The Watchmen were named by Serlin who is a major comic book collector and suggested the name from one of his favourite books – The Watchmen. They became road warriors from their home base of Winnipeg playing 150 dates across Canada every year for 4 years. One show in particular, at Toronto’s legendary Horseshoe Tavern in 1991 attracted the attention of producer Chris Wardman’s girlfriend. She promised to put Wardman in touch with the band. Wardman eventually made it out to one of their shows and promised them a production commitment. He rushed them into Manta sound studio for some 2-track live off the floor demos and between other production chores, flew out to Winnipeg to properly produce a three song demo. Jake Gold’s The Management Trust (David GoGo, The Tragically Hip) also had their eye on the band and signed them to not only a management deal but to their music production outfit Sumo Productions. Using their clout with MCA Records, Sumo was able to release the band’s debut McLaren Furnace Room’ in 1992. Immediately compared to their label mates, The Tragically Hip, the band spent two more albums trying to make a mark for themselves with strong showings and rigorous touring of the albums In The Trees’ (1994) and Brand New Day’ (1996). After touring for Brand New Day’ they took a very short break before writing the next record. With the band living in different cities they wrote the album in Toronto and Winnipeg and after a year on the road they became quite homesick. In late 1997 the band went to Seattle to record their next album with producer Adam Kasper. The result was 1998’s Silent Radar’. The CD of the album included a CD-activated key’ to access multi-media material in a secret area of the band’s Internet website. The CD activated website was the first use of this technology for a major-label band. The band performed on April 2, 1998 as part of the Horseshoe Tavern’s 50th Anniversary and the performance was broadcast live on CFNY-FM. The band carried on without drummer Sammy Kohn in 2003. After the band fell apart in 2004, Ken Tizzard went on to join Thornley and Shadrak with Thornley drummer Sekou; The Watchmen reunited, with Kohn, in 2008. With notes from Lindsay Honeyman, Sammy Kohn, Kim Allison and Ken Tizzard.

Singles
1992
Run and Hide (Sumo/MCA)
1992 Cracked (Sumo/MCA)
1993 Must To Be Free (Sumo/MCA)
1994 Boneyard Tree (Sumo/MCA) MCADS-9450
1994 All Uncovered (Sumo/MCA) MCADS-9483
1996 Zoom/Boneyard Tree (Live) (Sumo/MCA) MCADS- 9688
1997 Stereo (EMI) DPRO-1678
1997 Stereo/Any Day Now [7”] (EMI) 72438-5880172438-58801
1998 Any Day Now (Radio Edit)/Stereo (Live Acoustic)/I’m Blind (EMI – Australia) 8867492
1998 Any Day Now (Radio Edit)/Any Day Now (Album Version) (EMI – Netherlands) DPRO-1768
1999 Brighter Hell (EMI)

Albums
1992
McLaren Furnace Room (Sumo/MCA) MCAMD-10697
1994 In The Trees (Sumo/MCA) MCASD-11105
1996 Brand New Day (Sumo/MCA) MCASD-81009
1996 Beach Tunes [3-song EP] MCADS- 9629
1997 Two Live Tracks & One Great Song [3-song EP] DPRO-7087
1998 Silent Radar (EMI)
1998 Live Radar [bonus with ‘Silent Radar’] (EMI) DPRO-1743
2001 Slowmotion (EMI) 52457
2017 Live and In Stereo (Fifth Kid) FKR-014

Compilation Tracks
1992
“Run & Hide” on ‘New Stuff’ (MMS) NSCD-001
1995 “34 Dead St.” on ‘The Kumbaya Album 1995’ (Warner) CD-11719
1998 “Say Something (Live)” on ‘Edgefest 98 Rarities & Collectables’ (EMI) DPRO-1738
1999 “I’m Blind” on ‘Much @ Edgefest 1999’ (MCA)


WATER WALK, The
Dale Darlington (vocals, guitar) / Ike Eidsness (drums, percussion) / David Kershaw (bass, horns, keyboards) / Lynne Kellman (vocals, keys, violin; 1989)
The Water Walk was formed in Vancouver, British Columbia in October of 1985. After rehearsing and perfecting their original material they played a series of local support spots and soon entered the studio to work on demoing their songs. In January 1987 the band signed with Nettwerk Records and re-entered the studio with producer Dave Ogilvie (54-40, Grapes Of Wrath, Skinny Puppy). The Water Walk released their self-titled debut album in 1987. They were well received by critics but they supplemented their time as the house band that played on Sarah McLachlan’s first album and then Lava Hay. Kershaw would leave Water Walk and stay on with Lava Hay (and, later, Mae Moore’s band). Eidness left soon after. Darlington brought in vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Lynne Kellman and returned to the studio with producer Greg Reely (Sarah McLachlan, Moev, Caterwaul). In August of 1990 The Water Walk released their second album ‘(Thingamajig)’ on Nettwerk through I.R.S Records. The album did well but the group lost momentum and finally split up in 1993; Darlington got into film and video work and currently lives in Vancouver, British Columbia; Kellman signed to RCA Records in 1995 and released ‘In the Galaxy’ under the name Another Girl in late 1996 which failed to sell, but was critically acclaimed. She is currently in a band with former members of The Matthew Good Band, Copyright, and others called CLIC; Eidsness went on to join Royal Grand Prix. with notes from Richard Rice and Ralph Alfonso.

Albums
1987 The Water Walk (Nettwerk) NTL-30013
1990
(Thingamajig) (I.R.S./Nettwerk) X2-13038

Compilation Tracks
1987
“Colours” on ‘Nettwerk Sound Sampler: Food For Thought’ (Nettwerk) NTL-30007
1988 “Never Leaving Eden Again” on ‘Nettwerk Sound Sampler: Food For Thought Volume 2’ (Nettwerk) NTL-30025


WAVE
Dave Thomson
(vocals, guitar) / Paul Gigliotti (vocals, guitar)
The duo, Wave, was formed in Niagara Falls in 1999. They were signed to WEA Records Canada in 2000 and released the albums ‘Nothing as It Seems’ (2001) which featured the Canadian radio hit “California” and ‘State of Mind’ (2002) before being dropped by WEA.

Singles
2001
California (WEA)
2002 Don’t Say Sarah/State of Mind (WEA) 2-49494

Albums
2001
Nothing As It Seems (WEA) 2-87515
2002 State of Mind (WEA) 2-47399

Compilation Tracks
2002
“Think It Over” on ‘YTV Big Fun Party Mix 3’ (Universal)
2003 “Don’t Say Sarah” on ‘Planet Pop 5’ (BMG) 651274


WAYNE OMAHA
Kirk Hudson / Matt James /Aaron MacPherson / Yawd Sylvester / Daniel Pacquett
Aaron MacPherson and Yawd Sylvester would go on to form the The Violet Archers; Sylvester, Pacquett, James and Hudson would go on to form the Très Bien Ensemble. With notes from Yawd Sylvester.

Albums
1998
Wayne Omaha
2000 Doubleride EP
2001 Can The Maps Go For The Beauty (Bobby Dazzler)
2004 Let It Mellow (Transsiberian/Scratch)

Compilation Tracks
2001
“There You Go’ on ‘Changed: A Tribute To Change of Heart’
2002 “Moonlight” on ‘Dust Off Your Hat and Come Dawn Your Instrument’ (Black Mountain) BMM-CD003

WATERTOWN [see SCOTT DIBBLE]


WAYNE, Johnny
Born: Louis Weingarten on May 28, 1918;
Died: July 18, 1990
Johnny Wayne was one half of legendary Canadian comedy duo Wayne & Shuster. Aside from his comic talents, he was also a successful songwriter in the 1950s. One of his more success songs was a co-write with Bobby Gimby on the 1958 hit “Jimbo”. Occasionally he took a stab at recording as a solo artist in the 1960s on the Allied and Dale labels.

Singles
196? Waltzing Is Hip/Charlottetown (Allied) AR-6336
196? Forget It/Montreal (Allied) AR-6343
196? Slow Down/Mine All Mine (Dale) 106


WAYOUTS
Mike Andrechuk (guitar, vocals) / Gerry Smith (bass, vocals) / Warren Young (drums)
Formed in Toronto in 1979 and featuring former Tyranna bassist Gerry Smith and Movers member Mike Andrechuk. Their debut 7” EP was recorded at Basement Studio in Hamilton with Cleave Anderson on drums before Warren Young became a full-time member for their live shows. The band played the usual Queen Street haunts before calling it a day. They played a few reunion shows in the 1990s and again in 2008 with Cleave Anderson drumming. A live performance was also broadcast by CIUT on the Equalizing-x-Distort radio show. 

Singles
1979
The Wayouts [4 song EP] 01-X


WEAKERTHANS
John K. Samson (guitar, lead vocals) / Stephen Carroll (guitar) / John P. Sutton (bass; 1997–2004) / Jason Tait (drums) / Greg Smith (bass; 2004)
The Weakerthans was formed in Winnipeg, Manitoba in 1997 by John K. Samson following his departure from the band Propaghandi. The group featured members of competing Winnipeg punk act Red Fisher John P. Sutton and Jason Tait so that they might create something more commercially accessible. Through a deal with indie label G7 Welcoming Committee The Weakerthans released their debut album, ‘Fallow’, in 1997 to positive reviews. Guitarist Stephen Carroll (ex-Painted Thin), joined the band and appeared on their sophomore album ‘Left and Leaving’ in 2000 which was produced by Ian Blurton [In 2005 the album placed in the Top10 ‘Best Canadian Albums of All Time’ readers’ poll in Chart Magazine].In 2003, the band moved to Epitaph Records and recorded their third album with Ian Blurton producing once more. ‘Reconstruction Site’ was released in 2003 and became a critical and commercial success garnering them plenty of Canadian radio play. By August of 2004 Sutton left the group and was replaced by Greg Smith. The album ‘Reunion Tour’ was released in September 2007. Their label, Epitaph, also re-issued the band’s first two indie albums in November that year. Following The Weakerthans’ appearance at the Barenaked Ladies’ annual ‘Ships and Dip’ sea cruise, the band went on hiatus while Samson released a series of novelty 7″ singles (and a subsequent solo album). The Mahones resumed with a live record entitled ‘Live at the Burton Cummings Theatre’ in March 2010. They then went to work on a collaboration with Jim Bryson entitled ‘The Falcon Lake Incident’ which was released in October 2010.

Singles
2001
Watermark (G7 Welcoming Committee) G7-018
2002 Fallow (G7 Welcoming Committee)
2007 Civil Twilight (Epitaph) 86877-251

Albums
1997
Fallow (G7 Welcoming Committee) G7-003
2000 Left and Leaving (G7 Welcoming Committee) G7-013
2003 Reconstruction Site (Epitaph) 86682
2007 Reunion Tour (Epitaph) 86877

with JIM BRYSON & THE WEAKERTHANS
2010
The Falcon Lake Incident


WEATHER PERMITTING
Andrew Steinmetz
(guitar, vocals) / Peter Steinmetz (guitar, vocals) / Bruno Steiner (bass, vocals) / Gary McGirr (drums)
Weather Permitting was formed in Montreal in 1985 by the brothers Steinmetz and Steiner who had been the bass player in Montreal’s hyper-ska band The Ethnic Drivers. They recorded demos and included one song, “I Needed You”, on the VOT Records compilation ‘Listen’ in 1985. “Almost Happy” followed on ‘Listen 2’ the next year. By the summer of 1987 VOT Records released their debut album ‘Into the Ground’. After touring the record North Bay native and former figure skater McGirr joined the band in 1988. Their follow-up album was ‘Code Of Life’ in 1989.

Albums
1987 Into The Ground (VOT)
1989 Code of Life (Amok) HLP-524

Compilation Tracks
1985 “I Needed You” on ‘Listen’ (VOT) VOT-85-04
1986 “Almost Happy” on ‘Listen 2 – A Faze Compilation’  (VOT) VOT-86-09


WEDNESDAY (aka WENZDAY)
Mike O’Neil
(lead vocals, acoustic & electric guitars) / Paul Andrew Smith (guitar, keyboards, vocals) / John (Jose) Dufek (bass, vocals) / Randy Begg (drums, percussion, vocals) / Fred Duvall (drums;1980’s version)
Paul Andrew Smith moved to Oshawa, Ontario from England  and  met drummer Randy Begg. They hung around the city playing guitar and singing to anyone that would listen. They later met up with Mike O’Neil and asked him to join. Soon after the trio connected with John Dufek who played bass guitar. In 1971 Wednesday was born. They began to play the Ontario circuit performing covers of contemporary hits and 1950’s standards. With some recording at Manta Studios in Toronto they put together their first single “Hang On Girl” with producer John Driscoll. The record came out on the Toronto offshoot label of the Ampex tape company but the label couldn’t get the record significant airplay. By the time they’d honed their live chops in 1973 they had remade the Wayne Cochran song “Last Kiss”. This time Driscoll hand delivered the single to radio stations where CFTR-AM played it immediately and indefinitely. Influential 1050 CHUM-AM jumped on the track and the song went to No.2, giving way to an avalanche of Canadian radio support. This buzz spilled over into the US market and the record made Billboard’s ‘Hot 100’. The song would go on to sell well over 200,000 copies. The band was awarded a ‘RPM Maple Leaf Award’ for outstanding sales (1973) and were nominated for several JUNOS as well. A debut album was cut in 1974 with a second hit, “Teen Angel” (1974) making it to No.15. Performing around Canada, and a few dates in the US, led to massive fan support followed by some time off to record a follow-up record. A new single in 1975, “Fly Away” made it to No. 21 on the charts and was followed by a cover of the Beatles classic “She’s A Woman”. But Ampex was having problems and the next single “Here Today, Gone Tomorrow” (originally intended as Ampex #AC-1375) became the first single on Driscoll’s newly formed Skyline Records. In 1976 Wednesday released their sophomore album ‘Loving You Baby’. The title track, an Elton John/Bernie Taupin composition reached No.17. By 1977 the band had started pushing for more of its own compositions. They wanted to break away from cover tunes and into more power pop/glam material a la Sweet. To that extent, they rechristened the band ‘Wenzday’ and released ‘Nearly Made It’ that year. Still, songs like Les Emmerson’s “I Was Built For Comfort”, Dion’s “Ruby Baby” and the Martin-Coulter (Bay City Rollers) song “Fancy Pants” were added to appease Skyline execs who wanted a repeat of their two previous gold records. The singles and the album faired poorly and Beggs left in 1978. Wednesday carried on with drummer Fred Duvall, but after a single featuring their versions of The Turtles’ “Elenore” and Tommy Roe’s “Sheila, the band called it quits. A reformed Wednesday still perform frequently in the Oshawa area. Their three albums have been re-released on CD through Unidisc Records. with notes from Kelly Devoe, John Driscoll, Mark Riley, Dan Brisebois, Paul Andrew Smith, and Randy Begg.

Singles
1971 Hang On Girl/Velvet Colours (Ampex) AC-1304
1973 Last Kiss/Without You (Ampex) AC-1325
1974 Teen Angel/Taking Me Home (Ampex) AC-1355
1974 Roses Are Red/Ride (Ampex) AC-1362
1975 Fly Away/Good Time Girl (Ampex) AC-1365
1975 She’s A Woman/Good Time Girl (Ampex) AC-1370
1975 Last Kiss/Sunday (Sussex – UK) SR-507
1975 Last Kiss/Teen Angel (Skyline/Quality) SLGT-194X
1975 Here Today, Gone Tomorrow/What’s On My Mind (Skyline) SKY-001
1976 Loving You Baby/Don’t Let Me Wait Too Long (Skyline/Quality) SKY-003
1976 Doin’ The Best I Can/Could You Refuse Her (Skyline) SKY-006
1981 Elenore/Sheila (Quality) 2397

as WENZDAY
1976 Ruby Baby/Melody Moon (Skyline/Quality) SKY-011
1977 Fancy Pants/Through Your Head (Skyline/Quality) SKY-012
1977 Ride Me/Nearly Made It (Skyline/Quality) SKY-014
1977 Now You’re A Lady/Dream Queen (Skyline/Quality) SKY-016

Albums
1974 Last Kiss (Ampex) AC-10152
1976 Loving You Baby (Skyline) SKY-10160

as WENZDAY
1977 Nearly Made It (Skyline/Quality) SKY-10164

Compilation Tracks
1973
“Last Kiss” on ‘Concept’ [Gold] (Concept 376/Arc) PRP-208
1973 “Last Kiss” on ‘Sound Explosion’ (K-Tel) TC-213
1973 “Teen Angel” on ‘Canadian Mint’ (K-Tel) TC-215
1974 “Fly Away” on ‘Sounds Spectacular’ (K-Tel) TC-222
1975 “Last Kiss” on ‘Canada Gold – 22 Karat Hits’ (K-Tel) TC-225
1975 “Fly Away” on ‘Music Express’ (K-Tel) TC-228
1976 “Loving You Baby” on ‘Mindbender’ (K-Tel) TC-231
1976 “Loving You Baby” on ‘Canada’s Finest’ (K-Tel) TC-232


WEED
Cristina Handrabur (vocals) / Dan Handrabur (keyboards, violins, guitars, turntables, vocals)
Experimental duo from Vancouver, British Columbia featuring former Off And Gone member Dan Handrabur. He would later join Shakur Collective.

Albums
1999
Hard to Kill (Nettwerk – America) 301312


WEEPING TILE
Sarah Harmer (vocals, guitar; 1993-1998) / Joe Chithalen (bass; 1993-1995) / Gord Tough (guitar; 1993-1995) / Chris Smirnios (drums; 1993-1995) / “Sister” Mary Harmer (bass; 1995-1996) / Rebecca “Sticky” Henderson (bass; 1997-1998) / Luther Wright (guitar, vocals; 1995-1998) / Camille Giroux (drums, vocals; 1995-1998)
Following the break-up of Sarah Harmer’s 1980s band The Saddletramps, she was asked to fill in at a Thomas Trio And Red Albino show in Kingston, Ontario in 1993. With bass player Joe Chithalen they performed under the name Weeping Tile. They eventually added Gord Tough and Smirnios to round out the line-up later that year. In 1994 they recorded a seven 7 cassette. In 1995 they re-issued the cassette on CD under the name ‘eePee’ but Harmer sound found herself having to rebuild the act from scratch with her sister, Mary, Luther Wright, and Camille Giroux coming on board. It was this line-up that was signed to WEA Records where they released several successful albums including 1997’s ‘Valentino’ which featured the addition of new bassist Sticky Henderson. Following national touring to support the album – where Weeping Tile’s members switched instruments after their performances and played as The Wadds – the band lost their deal with WEA. They managed to record another independent cassette in 1998 entitled ‘This Great Black Night’ before splitting up; Harmer would go on to a successful solo career starting with her first album on Universal in 2000; Henderson would join Merrill Nisker (aka Peaches) in The Shits and later played in Ass Machine. Her most recent projects have been Music Maul and Velvet Claws; Wright formed his own band Luther Wright & The Wrongs and made headlines in recent years by recording a note-for-note Country recreation of Pink Floyd’s album ‘The Wall’; between Harmer’s solo projects the band occasionally reunites in Kingston, Ontario to play for fun. In 2007 they recorded “Public Square” for a Rheostatics tribute album. [also see SARAH HARMER]

Singles
1995
Cold Snap (WEA) CDN-68
1996 Good Fortune (WEA) CDN-81
1997 South of Me (WEA) CDN-108
1998 Can’t Get Off (WEA) CDN-119

Albums
1994
Weeping Tile [7-song cassette EP]
1995 eePee [7-song EP] (WEA) CD-11279
1996 Cold Snap (WEA) CD-12383
1997 Valentino (WEA) CD-19928
1998 This Great Black Night [cassette EP] (independent)

Compilation Tracks
1997
“Dogs And Thunder” on ‘Women & Songs’ (WEA) WTVD-36116
2007 “Public Square” on ‘Rheostatics Tribute: The Secret Sessions (Zune) ZUN-020


WEST AND THE METEORS, Mel
Mel West (bass, vocals) / Harvey Frasz (drums) / Bobby Edwards (keyboards, vocals / Jim McLennan (lead guitar) / Bruce Molleken (lead vocals, rhythm guitar)
From Regina, Saskatchewan. Frasz and Edwards would go on to be in the Checkerlads.

Singles
1967
The Seventh Saint/Marilyn (Red Leaf) TTM-630
1967 Sad And Blue/When You Hear Me Knockin’ (Soundaround International) B-6614
1969 Saskatchewan/The Banana Boat Song (Soundaround International) E-7116

as CHAMBER OF COMMERCE NORTH POLE, CANADA
1966
Silent Night/Jingle Bells (Red Leaf) TTM-628

Albums
1970
Mel West And The Meteors (Soundaround International) SSC-6927


WEST END GIRLS
Camille Henderson
(vocals) / Aimee MacKenzie (vocals) / Silvana Petrozzi (vocals) / Janele Woodley (vocals) / Celia-Louise Martin (vocals)
The West End Girls came together in their late teens as Henderson (19), MacKenzie (16) and Petrozzi (17) [previously with Big Bottom Swing] were groomed by songwriters John Dexter (Alias, Chicago), and John Livingston. The duo owned Johnny Jet Records and like all impresario’s decided to create a group in the classic Hollywood tradition – by manufacturing them. Dexter hand-picked the Girls in 1990 and groomed them as the trio Anne, Marie & Lisa. After the trio began taking vocal, dance and image lessons under the supervision of co-manager Mark Sterling, their chemistry was such that it was no longer three separate strangers but a vocal group. Dexter soon changed their name to the West End Girls and wrote the majority of their material with music assistance from keyboardist John Webster. The band was also managed by Vancouver heavy weight Lou Blair. . Their self-titled debut was released in 1991on Johnny Jet/A & M. The act became teen sensations with the hits “Not Like Kissing You” and a remake of the Jackson 5 classic “I Want You Back”. Petrozzi left shortly after the first album and was replaced by Janele Woodley and shortly before the release of the second album Henderson left for a solo career. Her replacement was Celia-Louse Martin. By the summer of 1993, their second album We Belong Together’ was released and featured the hits “R U Sexin’ Me”, “State Of The Heart” and “Pure (You’re Touching Me)”. The group split up in 1994.

Singles
1991 I Want You Back (Johnny Jet/A & M)
1991 Not Like Kissing You (Johnny Jet/A & M)
1991 Say You’ll Be Mine (Johnny Jet/A & M)
1992 Show Me The Way (Johnny Jet/A & M)
1993 R U Sexin’ Me (Johnny Jet/A & M)
1993 State Of The Heart (Johnny Jet/A & M)
1994 Pure (You’re Touching Me) (Johnny Jet/A & M)

Albums
1991 West End Girls (Johnny Jet/A & M)
1993 We Belong Together (Johnny Jet/A & M)
1994 The Best Of The West End Girls – Remixes (Dexter)

Compilation Tracks
1991
“Not Like Kissin’ You” on ‘Mega Hits’ (PolyTel/Polygram) 845-609-2
1991 “Not Like Kissin’ You” on ‘Rock ‘91’ (Quality) QRSPD-1148
1991 “I Want You Back” on ‘Big Hits ‘91’ (PolyTel) 845-832-2
1992 “Say You’ll Be Mine” on ‘This Is Music ‘92’ (Quality) QRSPD-1152
1994 Pure (You’re Touching Me) (English House Mix) (PolyTel) 516-749-2


WEST MONTROSE
Andy Maize
(vocals) / Josh Finlayson (guitars)
After quitting Direktive 17 and playing with The Andrew Cash Band in late 1986, Andy Maize would hook up with Josh Finlayson to form acoustic duo West Montrose to record some plaintiff acoustic tracks at Umbrella Sound in Toronto. A 3-song EP called “Wherever You Go” was released on their own independent label called Humble Records. The title track featured Jim Edigar on fiddle and “Well…Alright” featured Chris Chambers on saxophone. Eventually the addition of other members to their live performances spawned the idea to create a full band which ultimately became The Skydiggers. In 2002, “Wherever You Go” was recorded by The Skydiggers’ for their  ‘Bitter Sweet Harmony’ album. [also see ANDY MAIZE, THE SKIYDIGGERS]

Singles
1987 Wherever You Go//Shimmy Up Those Words/Well…Alright [3 song 7″] (Humble) WRC5-5481


WESTERN, Phil
Born: Phillip C. Western on August 12, 1971 in Vancouver, British Columbia
Multi-instrumentalist industrial/Trance & Dance technician from Vancouver, British Columbia who was a member of Off And Gone and its side-project Floatpoint (1994-1996) with Dan Handrabur, replaced the late Dwayne Goettel in Download (as “DJ Philth”), Kone, PlatEAU with Skinny Puppy’s cEvin key, Frozen Rabbit with Tim Hill, played drums in A Spectre Is Haunting Europe, and Beehatch with Download’s Mark Spybey. He has also mixed tracks for Mere Mortals and Dead Voices on Air. [see OFF AND GONE, PlatEAU, A SPECTRE IS HAUNTING EUROPE]

Singles
as PHILTH
1993
My Heart is Being Touched By Christ/[split w/DUCK] [12”] (sub-Conscious) SUB-001

with PHIL WESTERN & TIM HILL
2001
Untitled (The Record Company) RECX-001

with FROZEN RABBIT
2004
Untitled

Albums
1998
The Escapist (MAP) MAP-204
2003 The World’s End (The Record Company) RECD-002
2007 4 A.M. (The Record Company) RECD-003
2008 1221 (The Record Company) RECD-004
2008 DAT Hell – A Collection of Mental Breakdowns From Behind the Yellow Door (The Record Company) RECD-007
2009 Red Eyed Stalker EP 3 song EP IFM-008
2009 Treatment (The Record Company) RECD-010
2010 Laborandum

with DOWNLOAD
1996
The Eyes Of Stanley Pain (Sub-CONSCIOUS) SUB-007
1996 Sidewinder 8 song EP SUB-010
1997 III (Nettwerk) 30118
2000 Effector (Nettwerk) 30159

with PHIL WESTERN & TIM HILL
2001
Dark Features (The Record Company) RECD-001

with FROZEN RABBIT
2005
26,000 (The Record Company)
2008 26,000 [re-issue] (The Record Company) RECD-009

with KONE
2008
Cirrhotic Psychotic (The Record Company) RECD-005
2008 On Daddy’s Farm (The Record Company) RECD-008

with BEEHATCH
2008
Brood (Lens) LENS-0101
2008 Beehatch (Lens) LENS-109
2009 Bratislava (Lens) LENS-113

Compilation Tracks
as PHILTH
1993
“Sub-Aqua” on ‘Coordinate 01’ (Dossier)
1997 “Touched” on ‘Paradigm Shift’ (sub-Conscious/Nettwerk)
2000 “Sanity Shovel” on ‘Wild Planet’ (Sub-Conscious) SUB-17

with KONE
1997
“Beflepia” on ‘Paradigm Shift’ (sub-Conscious/Nettwerk)
2007 “Mound” on ‘Rare’ (sub-Conscious) SUB-444


WET!, The
Donn Tarris (bass) / Greg Kelly (guitar, vocals) / Lorne Fiedler [aka Id Guinness] (keyboards) / Brian Black (vocals) / Jamie Black (bass; replaced Tarris) / Rick Clark (drums) / Bill Phillips (drums; replaced Clark) / Glen Henderson (drums; replaced Phillips) / Eric Annabelle (drums; replaced Henderson)
After North Vancouver progressive rock band Arrival split up in 1978, members Donn Tarris, Greg Kelly, and Lorne Fiedler. After recruiting singer Brian Black, the band headed into CBC’s Vancouver studio to record several songs as The Names. After developing more original material they recorded a four song EP with drummer Rick Clark and released it under the name The Wet! Two songs, “Deborah” and “It’s Up To You” received airplay nationally and the EP received favourable reviews. The hand went through a series of drummer while promoting the record live in 1980 and 1981. Eric Annabelle eventually came on board to drum. Tarris left in 1981 and was replaced by Brian Black’s brother Jamie Black. The band split-up in 1982. A project of unreleased recordings from 1980-1981 is in the works. [also see DONN TARRIS]

Singles
1980
The Wet! [4 song EP] (Awesome) MC-001


WHINDING
A studio project by singer-songwriter/producer Ralph Murphy using the same session players found on his solo releases and Roadhouse: Elliot Randell, Jimmy Young, Bhen Lanzarone, and Tony Levine. The act had one single on Aquarius entitled “We Shall Dance”. The B-side, Murphy’s “Love Is A Good Foundation”, would be covered by both Brotherhood of Man and Leslie Uggams. [also see RALPH MURPHY]

Singles
1973
We Shall Dance/Love Is a Foundation (Aquarius) AQ-5028


WHISKEY HOLLOW

Singles
1982
What You Have To Offer/I Need Some Lovin’ (Shotgun) SGR-725C
1983 We Know Better/The Heart of Dixie (Shotgun) SMC-743
1983 Old Train/Keep On Tryin’ (Shotgun) SMC-747


WHISKEY HOWL
1969 LINE-UP: John Witmer
(vocals, harmonica) / Peter Boyko (guitar) / Ron Sullivan (drums) / John Bjarnason (harmonica) / Gary Penner (bass) ; 1972 LINE-UP: John Witmer (vocals) / Richard Fruchtman (bass, vocals) / Dave Morrison (guitar, vocals) / Michael Pickett (harmonica, vocals) / Wayne Wilson (drums) / Phil Alperson (saxophone); 1981 LINE-UP: John Witmer (vocals, harmonica) / Michael Pickett (harmonica, vocals) / John Tilden (guitar) / Rick Burkett (bass) / Ed White (drums) / John Johnson (tenor saxophone) / Simon Wallis (baritone saxophone) / Dave Dunlop (trumpet)
Toronto, Ontario blues band Whiskey Howl was formed in early July 1969. They were signed immediately by the Fredrick Lewis Agency in Toronto. Their first gig was three weeks later at the Night Owl Café on July 28, 1969. Their second gig was opening for Edward Bear and future rock legends Led Zeppelin at The Rockpile (aka The Masonic Temple). This was followed by opening slots for McKenna-Mendelson Mainline, Screaming Lord Sutch, Paul Butterfield and then Johnny Winter at Massey Hall. In November 1969 they taped a performance of their own song for a ‘Rock 1’ TV special on CBC-TV. They also backed up Big Mama Thornton for her segment of the show. I was broadcast in January 1970. That same month Whiskey Howl opened shows for Jazz drummer Elvin Jones, followed by two late-month performances with Chuck Berry U of T’s Convocation Hall. In February they performed at promoter Richard Flohil’s ‘Blue Monday’ concert show at Massey Hall opening for Bobby Blue Bland, Buddy Guy and Lonnie Johnson. The Toronto Rock Festival at Varsity Arena was held March 26, 1970 and Whiskey Howl would share the spotlight with the likes of Canned Heat, Small Faces, The Amboy Dukes, and The Zombies among others. Finally, in April 1970 the band went into Toronto Sound recording studio to capture material for a demo. By the summer they were back on the road in Southern Ontario with BB King. After a shift in personnel through 1971, Whiskey Howl would eventually be signed to Warner Brothers Records in 1972. The self-titled debut was produced by Johnny Sandlin (The Allman Brothers Band) and featured Allman Brothers keyboardist Chuck Leavell. The band would split up within months of its release. Sporadic reunions would come and go but a new line-up featuring Witmer and Pickett was captured for posterity when they recorded their May 8, 1981 show at Toronto’s El Mocambo; vocalist John Witmer later moved on to Downchild Blues Band, then relocated to the west coast and formed The Belairs, followed by The Fabricators. He passed away in July 2004; Wilson went on to be in Mike McKenna And The Assassins and Downchild Blues Band. with notes from Brock Gillis and Wayne Wilson.

Singles
1972
Early In The Morning/Rock Island Line (Warner Bros.) CW-4013

Albums
1972
Whiskey Howl (Warner Bros.) WSC-9012

as THE ORIGINAL WHISKEY HOWL
1974 Family Reunion ’74 (independent) WRC-1261

as THE WHISKEY HOWL BIG BAND
1981 Live At the El Mocambo (Solid Gold)


WHITE HEAT
J. Galloway / A. Hunnie / W. Young / M. Berry

Singles
1989
Crazy For You (Radio Edit)/[same] (CBS) 7CDN-99

Albums
1989
We Never Heard of You Either (CBS Associated) BFZK-80138


WHITE KNIGHTS
Barry Keating
(vocals) / Art Zimmerman (guitar) / Richard Gettle (drums) / Vern Hoffert (bass)
Regina, Saskatchewan’s White Knights had a gimmick of wearing white suits and white hear. They recorded two singles for Gaeity Records before changing image and their name to Tomorrow’s Keepsake who released several more singles under their new handle. Their songs “High & Mighty” and “Elevator Operator” were licensed to RCA and released as a single.

Singles
1966 Love That’s True/Run, Run, Baby (Gaiety) G-117
1966 Promise Her Love/There She Goes (Gaiety) G-121

as TOMORROW’S KEEPSAKES
1966 High And Mighty/Elevator Operator (RCA Victor Canada International) 57-3442

Compilation Tracks
1990
“Run, Run, Baby” on ‘Garage Zone Volume 4’ (Moxie International) MLP-21
2002 “Love That’s True”, “Run, Run, Baby”, “Promise Her Love” and “There She Goes” on ‘The Gaiety Records Story’ (Pacemaker) PACE-020

as TOMORROW’S KEEPSAKES
1969
“Eat Your Hot Dog Boy” on ‘Strictly Canadian’ (Birchmount) BM-523
2002 “High And Mighty” and “Eat Your Hotdog Boy” on ‘The Gaiety Records Story’ (Pacemaker) PACE-020
2003 “Elevator Operator” on ‘The Gaiety Records Story II’ (Pacemaker) PACE-044


WHITE WOLF
Don Wolf [aka Don Wilk] (vocals; keyboards) / Cam MacLeod (guitar, vocals) / Rick Nelson (guitar) / Scott Webb (guitar) / Les Schwartz (bass) / Eric Young (drums);
2007 Line-up: Don Wolf [aka Don Wilk] (vocals; keyboards) / Cam MacLeod (guitar, vocals) / Rikard Quist (bass) / Martin Kronlund (guitar) / Imre Daun (drums)
2008 Line-up: Don Wolf [aka Don Wilk] (vocals; keyboards) / Cam MacLeod (guitar, vocals) / Russell Bergquist (bass, backing vocals) / Brendan Ostrander (drums, backing vocals) / David J. Petovar (keyboards, backing Vocals) / Scott Webb (lead guitar, rhythm guitar, backing vocals)
White Wolf formed in Edmonton, Albert in 1982 and began playing the local bar scene around town. They expanded west, touring British Columbia and other Alberta cities. By 1983 they’d signed with RCA Victor. Their 1984 debut on RCA Records, ‘Standing Alone’, was recorded in Calgary with legendary Guess Who producer Jack Richardson along with Dan Lowe (Hammersmith, Prototype, Qwest). The band was able to tour the East Coast of Canada and into the USA on the strength of FM airplay of the album’s title track. They also opened tours for fellow Canadian acts Kick Axe and Lee Aaron while the single “Shadows In the Night” extended the life of the album in North America and overseas. The second album was recorded their follow up album, ‘Endangered Species,’ in Holland at Bullet Sound Studio with producer Shell Schellikens (Golden Earring) in 1986. Shortly after the release of the album RCA merged with BMG Records and label support stopped with the album stalling out at #114 on the Billboard album chart. The band wrapped up its North American tour in 1987 and split up in the spring of 1988. Wilk went on to work with Point Of Power, Project X, and released the solo album ‘Making Changes’ in 1993. By 2004 he’d teamed up with Kick Axe’s George Criston in a band called Bitter Suite. They released one album called ‘Crimes of Love’ in 2005. MacLeod would join Edmonton’s China White. Their self-titled debut album was released in 2004; Wilk and MacLeod reformed White Wolf in 2007 with members of Swedish band Gypsy Rose. They signed to Europe’s Escape Music and released ‘Victim of the Spotlight’ in 2007 which featured the single “She.” A live album followed in 2008 entitled ‘Live In Germany.’ It featured a third line-up of the band. With notes from Dan Brisebois and Brian Bingham.

Singles
1984 Shadows In the Night/Metal Thunder (RCA) PB-50809
1984 Standing Alone/Homeward Bound (RCA) PB-50813
1984 Standing Alone (Re-recorded New Version)/Metal Thunder (Special Re-recorded Metal Shop Version) [12”] (RCA – USA) JD-14029
1986 She /All Alone (RCA) PB-50863
1986 Just Like An Arrow/Ride the Storm (RCA) PB-50883

Albums
1984
Standing Alone (RCA Victor) KKL1-0554
1986 Endangered Species (RCA Victor) KKL1- 0567
2007 Victim of the Spotlight (Escape) ESM-155
2008 Live In Germany (Escape) ESM-169

Compilation Tracks
1986
“Crying In the Wind” on ‘Let Them Eat Rock’ (RCA) KZL1-7191


WHITE, Michael
In 1976 Michael White was the lead singer for L.A. band The Boyz alongside future Dokken members George Lynch and Mick Brown. They were managed by music impresario Kim Fowley and often opened shows for Fowley’s other star act The Runaways. In short order The Boyz amassed a significant following of their own in the L.A. music scene. Both Van Halen and Quiet Riot were opening acts for them. On one occasion KISS’ Gene Simmons brought a rep from Casablanca Records to see the Boyz (but ended up helping Van Halen land their deal with Warner Brothers instead). Meanwhile The Boyz were getting reviews in the ‘L.A. Times’ pointing out the similarities between lead singer Michael White’s performing style/sound and that of Led Zeppelin singer Robert Plant. Alas, labels weren’t looking for another Led Zeppelin and in the wake of the punk explosion The Boyz split up. In 1977 White started a new band called LA Fox with future W.A.S.P. member Randy Piper but this band, too, was cited for their heavy Zeppelin similarities and a record deal eluded them. By late 1977, White started another band called The White with guitarist Lanny Cordola (Guiffria, House of Lords) and battled the same demons unwilling to move past White’s Robert Plant vocals. Eventually White was approached by Nikki Sixx to front his band London. White played with them for about 6 months before returning full-time to The White. (London would evolve into Motley Crue). Frustrated by the record companies’ rejection of the band, Michael decided if he sounded like Robert Plant and the music he wrote sounded too much like Led Zeppelin, he might as well try playing Led Zeppelin. The strategy succeeded and within a matter of weeks the band was selling out clubs all over Southern California. In 1979 The White played a string of Six Flag amusement parks across the United States resulting in their first taste of touring. In 1980, manager Tim Heyne (Canned Heat, Nickelback) helped The White launch a prolific period of touring that would extend over two decades. In 1983, White finally met Robert Plant in Denver, Colorado while Plant was on his ‘Principal of Moments’ tour. Plant was familiar with The White and actually wore the band’s T-shirt on stage at one of his shows and wore it in a picture printed in Cream Magazine. Plant made a call to Atlantic Records’ West Coast office to give them a heads up about White. Meanwhile White had already been busy recording demos with producer Andy Johns (Led Zeppelin, Rolling Stones) which finally sealed White a deal with Atlantic in 1985. Simultaneously, The White’s popularity was gaining momentum. They played 3 sold out performances in one night at the Rainbow Music Theatre in Denver, where attendance exceeded 4500 people and surpassed Aerosmith’s attendance at Red Rocks Amphitheatre the same night. In 1986 Atlantic flew the band to Germany to record at Musicland Studios with producer Mack (Led Zeppelin, Queen, ELO, Billy Squier). Recorded over a period of eight months, ‘Michael White’ was released in the spring of 1987. The album garnered reviews and interviews with Billboard Magazine and Kerrang Magazine amongst a litany of newspapers and other music periodicals throughout North America and Europe. Still, White couldn’t shake the the Led Zeppelin comparisons. Nonetheless, the band garnered a top ten hit on Q107-FM in Toronto, Ontario with the song “Psychometry”. In another twist, White was asked to record with the German band Accept who were briefly auditioning new vocalists. During this period White met with Carmine Appice (Vanilla Fudge, Rod Stewart) and recorded with John Sykes’ (Thin Lizzy, Whitesnake) band Blue Murder. White was in demand and nearly joined Vinnie Vincent’s (KISS) solo band. White also managed to find time do some incidental music for the 1987 film ‘The Lost Boys’ by request of WEA Records. In 1988, White moved to Toronto, Ontario and in 1989 was signed to Griffin Records out of Chicago to record another album called ‘Michael White/The White’. This album had regional success across the United States and Canada, but would also enjoy success in Europe and Asia. In 1993, The White traveled to England to perform the Led Zeppelin tribute at the Capital Radio Music Festival, then the biggest music festival in the world. While there, they shared the stage with Eric Clapton, Elton John, Prince and James Brown. In 1994 another album was released on Griffin Records entitled ‘Michael White Plays the Music of Led Zeppelin’. In the summer of 2003, Q107 radio in Toronto began playing “Psychometry” again from the Atlantic album that had been out of print since 1988. It worked its way into rotation and started getting requests. On the merit of the airplay and response, Atlantic Records re-mastered the album under White’s supervision and re-released the album on CD in Sept 2003. It was carried by all of the major CD stores in Canada including Wal-Mart and hit the Canadian SoundScan sales charts on December 07, 2003 in the Top200. In 2004 White contributed lead vocals to an incomplete bed-track by late singer/songwriter Andrew Gold’s rendition of The Beatles ‘Got To Get You Into My Life’ for the Bullseye CD ‘It Was 40 Years Ago Today: A Tribute to the Beatles’. In August of that year Michael White would form a band specifically to host the CD release party of this triple disc set at The Hard Rock Cafe in Toronto. During the last few years White has re-envisioned his Led Zeppelin tribute with The White and toured successfully with the stage show ‘The Orchestral Zeppelin’ as well as spearheading Q107 FM’s ‘Discography Series’ where Michael White & The White would play complete versions of Led Zeppelin albums. While not performing with The White or his all-purpose Q107-FM house band called Animal House, Michael White is busy with the operation his Toronto recording studio (Under the White House), producing and arranging for many top US and Canadian recording artists such as Cats & Dogs, ‘Mars: The NASA Mission Reports – Volume 2’, Robert LePage’s ‘Far Side of the Moon’ soundtrack’, music for Showtime Network’s ‘Ruby’s Bucket of Blood’, conducted radio edits on the ‘Eileen Shania Twain’ archive album for Limelight Records, produced the Top20 Canadian hit “What’cha Got” by Carlos Morgan, and has produced six soundtrack albums for Griffin Records. with notes from Michael White.

Albums
1987
Michael White (Atlantic) 78-17531
1989 Michael White & The White (Griffin – US) GNCD-1290
1995 Plays the Music of Led Zeppelin (Griffin – US) CASH-100
2003 A Tribute to Led Zeppelin – Studio Sessions Volume 1 (Behind the Beat/Bullseye) BLR-CD-4103

Compilation Tracks
2004
“The Stroll” on ‘When CanCon Rocked Volume 1’ (Bullseye) BLR-CD-4015

with ANDREW GOLD featuring MICHAEL WHITE
2004
“Got To Get You Into My Life” on ‘It Was 40 Years Ago Today: A Tribute To the Beatles’ (Bullseye) BLR-CD-4060


WHITEHEAD TRIO, Oliver
Oliver Whitehead (guitar) / Patrick Dubois (keyboards) / Chris Robinson (saxophone)
A jazz trio from London, Ontario.

Albums
1985
Free For Now (Just In Time Records/Fusion III)


WHITEMAIL
John Woloschuk (guitar, vocals) / Dino Tome (bass) / Terry Draper (drums, vocals)
Short-lived band from Toronto featuring future Klaatu members John Woloschuk and Terry Draper.

Singles
1971
(I’m) Dreamdaying/Lonely Lover (Prawn/London) P-715


WHITENOISE
Ross Halpin
(guitar) / Bill Grove (vocals, saxophone) / Glenn Milchem (drums) / Bryant Didier (bass) / Howie Moscovitch (guitar)
Whitenoise was a popular Toronto, Ontario Queen Street alternative jazz act that formed in 1981. They released two albums on Didier’s B-Fish Records – ‘The Importance of Breath’ (1985) and ‘Heavy Meta’ (1987). The band split up in 1988; Milchem would go on to play in The Garbagemen (with Moscovitch), Vital Sines, Soho 69, Blue Rodeo, The Swallows and Holy Fuck; Didier continued to record and produce from his B-Fish Recording Studio in Toronto and performed as sideman for dozens of Toronto artists like Bratty & The Babysitters.

Albums
1985 The Importance of Breath (B-Fish) WRC1-4105
1987 Heavy Meta (B-Fish) BF-0032


WHITNEY, Carla
American landed immigrant soul singer Carla Whitney was ‘discovered’ by Motown producer Choker Campbell who produced her only album in Canada for Attic Records in 1975 following which she became a citizen. The lone single from the album, “I’ve Been Hurt So Many Times”, was released in June of that year and lingered in the RPM Top100 Singles chart all summer. Her album is very in-demand from Northern Soul music collectors. The album was re-issued on Unidisc in the 2000s and a single of her 1975 track “War” was re-issued through Jazzman Records in the UK.

Singles
as CARLA WHITNEY WITH CHOKER CAMPBELL AND THE SUPER SOUNDS
1975 I’ve Been Hurt (So Many Times)/It’s You For Me (Attic) AT-113
2006 War/It’s You for Me (Jazzman – UK) JM-047

Albums
as CARLA WHITNEY WITH CHOKER CAMPBELL AND THE SUPER SOUNDS
1975 Carla Whitney (with Chocker Campbell And The Super Sounds) (Attic) LAT-1005


WICKED ORANGE
Alex Deeth (guitar, vocals) / George Greenwell (guitar) / Brian Hjelmeland (drums) / Laurence Knight (bass) / Victor Moore (bass) / Steve “Pucky” Pellman (bass) / Grant Phillips (guitar)
Formed in 1968 in Vancouver, British Columbia. In 1970 Wicked Orange were signed to Columbia Records Canada and were the first West Coast group to join the label. Alex Deeth wrote all the original songs, including the single release “Roll On.” The band played throughout Canada as far as Montréal headlining and opening for many major acts of the day. The band lasted until 1976 and split while in the middle of recording their debut album for Columbia; Deeth went on to join NQR and Rusty Creek; Greenwell died October 30, 2009. With notes from Alex Deeth and Grant Phillips.

Singles
1971
Roll On/Windy Day (Columbia) C4-2996


WIDE MOUTH MASON
Shaun Verreault
(guitar, vocals) / Earl Pereira (bass, backing vocals) / Safwan Javed (drums, backing vocals) / Gordie Johnson (bass, vocals)
Hailing from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Wide Mouth Mason’s three band mates began playing together in various incarnations starting when Safwan Javed and Shaun Verreault were in a grade school jazz band. They jammed regularly at Verrault’s house, using make-shift home-made instruments. Pereira joined the duo after meeting Verreault in high school, and following a brief interruption where Javed and Verreault attended college, the trio began gigging as often as they could. They played cover songs just to get gigs and the adversity of being in crappy bars for little pay taught the trio how to play to just about any type of audience and hone their chops. In early 1996, the trio took the name Wide Mouth Mason and began injecting more and more original material into their repertoire. Their fanbase began to grow and so they decided to release an independent CD entitled ‘The Nazerene’ in late 1996. The band was signed to WEA Records in 1997 and they recorded their sophomore album with co-producer Joel Van Dyke at Vancouver’s Greenhouse Studios. The singles “My Old Self “ and “Midnight Rain” were both Top10 hits on Rock radio and a third single, “This Mourning”, landed in the Top20. Their energetic live show landed them tours opening shows for Collective Soul, ZZTop and earning a main stage honour at the Montreaux Jazz Festival. Their hard work earned them a gold record and a 1998 JUNO Award nomination for ‘Best New Group’. In 1999, the band returned to Greenhouse Studios where they would record and mix their next album ‘Where I Started’. The album featured the first single “Why” which became a major radio hit in Canada. The follow-up singles – “Companion (Lay Me Down)” and “Sugarcane” – helped propel the album to gold status in Canada. Following a year of touring, the band returned in July 2000 with the album ‘Stew’ featured the singles “Smile” and “Change”. They were also nominated for ‘Best Rock Album’ at the 2001 JUNO Awards. 2002 saw the release of the blues oriented ‘Rained Out Parade’ which garnered a 2003 JUNO nomination for ‘Rock Album of the Year’. A ‘Greatest Hits’ package was also released exclusively for the Chinese market. Following the end of their contract with Warner Music Canada Wide Mouth Mason signed a licensing agreement with Curve Music in 2004. In 2005 the band released the album ‘Shot Down Satellites’ co-produced by former band manager Ross Damude and featured the single “I Love Not Loving You”. A proper domestic greatest hits package was also released simultaneously by Warner Music as part of their ‘Essentials’ line of CD re-issues. The band’s future was soon in question as Verrault announced he wanted to focus on solo material. He would release two albums between 2006 and 2009. Pereira decided to leave the band at this point and formed the short-lived Mobadass. He has since become bassist/frontman for The Steadies who released their debut EP in 2012. In 2010, Wide Mouth Mason supported ZZ Top utilizing help from Grady/Big Sugar front-man Gordie Johnson on bass. Johnson would produce their next album ‘No Bad Days’ in 2010 and became a full-time member of Wide Mouth Mason in March 2011. Following Johnson’s return full-time to his own band Big Sugar, Wide Mouth Mason went on hiatus not returning until October 2019 with the album ‘I Wanna Go With You.’

Singles
1997
Midnight Rain (Warner) PR-8195
1997 My Old Self (Warner) PR-8337
1998 This Mourning (Warner)
1998 The Game (Warner)
1999 Why (Warner) SPCD-4444
1999 Companion (Lay Me Down) (Warner)
2000 Smile (Warner)
2000 Change (Warner)
2001 Ease Your Mind (Warner)
2002 Rained Out Parade (Warner)
2005 I Love Not Loving You (Warner)

Albums
1996
The Nazarene (Pighead) PNBS-1075
1997 Wide Mouth Mason (Warner) CD-17328
1999 Where I Started (Warner) 2-26739
2000 Stew (Warner) 2-83774
2002 Rained Out Parade (Warner) 2-40933
2002 Greatest Hits (WEA – China)
2005 The Essentials (Warner) 462482
2005 Shot Down Satellites (Curve/Universal) 742372
2011 No Bad Days (Bread & Water) BWCD-0711
2019 I Wanna Go With You (We Are Busy Bodies) WABB-056

Compilation Tracks
1997
“My Old Self” on ‘Big Shiny Tunes 2’ (WEA) WTVD-36034
1999 “King of Poison (Live)” on ‘Much @ Edgefest 1999’ (MCA)


WIFFEN, David
Born: March 11, 1942 in Surrey, England
English singer/songwriter Wiffen moved to Canada at age 16. He started his music career with appearances at the Village Corner club in Toronto. He then hitch-hiked across Canada where he became manager of the Calgary coffeehouse The Depression. In 1965 he was invited to perform at Vancouver’s Bunkhouse with an ensemble of other musicians for a live album and when none of the other acts showed up the recording was continued. The result was Wiffen’s first solo album ‘David Wiffen Live At the Bunkhouse’. He then joined The Pacers who were soon offered a recording contract in Montreal. Wiffen joined the group as they headed to Québec but when the deal fell apart after one release, Wiffen moved on to Ottawa where he joined the folk act The Children. The act featured several of Canada’s most prominent future artists such as Bruce Cockburn, Sneezy Waters (aka Peter Hodgkinson), and Richard Patterson (The Esquires) among others. In 1966 another Vancouver folk trio, 3’s A Crowd, played the Le Hibou Coffee House in Ottawa where Wiffen met them and was subsequently asked to join the band along with Children drummer Richard Patterson and bassist Comerie Smith from Toronto. With the new line-up of Brent Titcomb, Trevor Veitch, Donna Warner, Wiffen, Patterson, and Smith they moved to Toronto but Warner dropped out and was replaced by Colleen Peterson who took over lead vocal chores. They began playing throughout North America and played at Expo ’67. Members of the Mamas And Papas soon discovered the act and convinced them to record a demo tape which got them signed to Dunhill Records where they recorded the singles “Bird Without Wings” and “Let’s Get Together” which led to the full length album ‘Christopher’s Movie Matinee’. They would disband in 1968, but in 1969 TV producer Sid Banks asked the members to appear on a CBC variety show called ‘One More Time’ and the band reformed with a new line-up. After Bruce Cockburn was plucked from the band to begin a solo career with True North Records, the band split up once more. Meanwhile, Wiffen had been spotted by executives of Fantasy Records during a 3’s A Crowd gig at The Bitter End in New York and was signed to a solo recording deal. His eponymous debut was released in 1971 and produced two hit singles. In 1973 he would shift to United Artists who released his ‘Coast To Coast Fever’ which gave Wiffen a JUNO Award nomination. Later, a devastating back injury forced Wiffen to pursue other interests such as painting and writing poetry. He has since become a published poet and in 1991 displayed his paintings and sculptures. In 1997 the original members of The Children reunited for their 25th anniversary in Ottawa with Bruce Cockburn making a rare appearance with his old friends. In September 1999, True North Records released ‘South of Somewhere’, a 13-song album of new material and re-recordings of old material (“Skybound Station”, “Coast To Coast Fever”, “Lost My Driving Wheel”, and “Climb the Stairs”, among them). with notes from Richard Patterson.[also see 3’s A CROWD]

Singles
1971 One Step/More Often Than Not (Fantasy) 656-R
1973 Coast to Coast Fever/Full Circle (United Artists) UAXW-356W

Albums

1965 David Wiffen Live At The Bunkhouse (International) STB-2334
1971 David Wiffen (Fantasy) 8411
1973 Coast To Coast Fever (United Artists) UAS-29558
1974 Camp Fortune [split LP with Tex Lecor) (Radio Canada International) RCI-RM226
1981 David Wiffen (Phonodisque) PHE-6015
1994 Coast To Coast Fever [re-issue] (EMI Canada) S2-26707
1999 South Of Somewhere (True North) TND-0186


WIGGY SYMPHONY
Don Thompson (guitar) / Ray Thompson (vocals)
Originally from Winnipeg, Manitoba, the band relocated to Vancouver, British Columbia where they released one single on 6th Avenue Records. Made appearances on the teen dance show ‘Where It’s At’. Don Thompson, a former student of jazz legend Lenny Breau, now runs a recording studio in Langley, British Columbia called Studio 56.

Singles
1970
Four Days From Monday/The Chosen Life (6th Avenue) AV-609

Compilation Tracks
2009
“Four Days From Monday” and “The Chosen Life” on ‘Buried Treasures: Winnipeg Rock Gems 1958-1974’ (SuperOldies) SOCD-9


WILCOX, David
Born: David Karl William Wilcox on July 13, 1949 in Montreal, Québec
Legendary Canadian guitarist David Wilcox got his start as a full-fledged member of the Great Speckled Bird with Ian and Sylvia Tyson. He replaced Amos Garrett in that band on his 21st birthday to stand alongside N.D. Smart, Buddy Cage, and Jim Colegrove in the fall of 1970 and stayed through the second Ian & Sylvia And The Great Speckled Bird album titled ‘You Were On My Mind’ (1972). Wilcox would also appear on the Columbia album titled, simply, ‘Ian & Sylvia’. By the mid-70s Wilcox struck out on his own and was signed as a solo artist with Capitol Records in the early ‘80s. His unique boogie-woogie guitar playing style has made him a club and concert favourite. In the 1980s and 1990s he recorded for Capitol-EMI and in recent years for Stony Plain Records. with notes from John Einarson, Wayne Diamond, and James Chattery.

Singles

1982 Hot Hot Papa/That Hypnotizin’ Boogie (Freedom) FR-45-023
1983 Bad Apple/Cheap Beer Joint
1984 Just This Side of Heaven/Shake It Baby (Capitol-EMI) B-72924
1984 Downtown Came Uptown/Freeze To Me (Capitol-EMI) B-72930
1984 My Eyes Keep Me In Trouble/Mow ’em Down (Capitol-EMI) B-72936
1984 The Grind/Ting Tong (Capitol-EMI) B-72957
1985 Can’t Take It Anymore (Capitol-EMI) B-72965
1985 When You Mistreat Her/Do The Bearcat (Capitol-EMI) B-72975
1987 Breakfast At The Circus/Let It Flow (Capitol-EMI – UK) B-73050
1987 Layin’ Pipe/ Fire In My Bones (Capitol-EMI) B-73055
1987 Between The Lines (Single Version)/Invisible Shield (Capitol-EMI) B-73061
1989 The Natural Edge/Tear Out Your Heart (Capitol-EMI) B-73087
1989 Our Town/Kiss You When You Go (Capitol-EMI) B-73097
1989 O Freedom (EMI – UK) 1295

Albums
1983 Out of the Woods (Freedom) FR-010
1983 My Eyes Keep Me In Trouble (Capitol-EMI) ST-6503
1984 Bad Reputation (Capitol-EMI) ST-6513
1985 The Best Of David Wilcox (Capitol-EMI) ST-6522
1987 Breakfast At The Circus (Capitol-EMI) 48551
1989 The Natural Edge (Capitol-EMI) 92464
1993 Over 60 Minutes With David Wilcox (EMI) CDP-7-46888
1993 David Wilcox: The Collected Works 1977-1993 (EMI)
1996 Thirteen Songs (EMI) 834633
1997 Greatest Hits Too (EMI)
2001 Rhythm of Love (Stony Plain) 1271
2003 Rockin’ The Boogie: Best Blues & Boogie (Stony Plain) 1283
2007 Boy in the Boat (Stony Plain) 1325

Compilation Tracks
1988
“Cabin Fever” on ‘The Great Outdoors – Motion Picture Soundtrack’ (Atlantic) 81859
1994 “Transformer Man” on ‘Borrowed Tunes: A Tribute to Neil Young’ (Sony) 80199
1998 “Do the Bearcat” on ‘Frosh’ (PolyGram) 565014
2002 “Do the Bearcat’ on ‘Dock Rock’ (BMG) 9376329
2003 “Riverboat Fantasy” on ‘Dock Rock 2’ (BMG) 50603
2005 “The Hypnotizin’ Boogie’ on ‘Dock Rock 4’ (Sony-BMG) 66594


WILD ‘T’ AND THE SPIRIT
Toney ‘Wild T’ Springer (guitar, vocals) / Danny Bilan (drums; 1990-1997) / Brian Dickie (bass; 1990) / Nazem Lakay (bass; 1990-1997) / Chas Laurie (bass) / John Bouvette (drums) / Guenther Kapelle (bass; 2002-2021) / Brian Lass (drums; 2002-2005) / Peter Nunn (keyboards; 2002-2006) / Chris Lesso (drums; 2006)
Trinidad born Toney “Wild T” Springer moved to Toronto in his early teens and earned his nickname from his hometown that subsequently became the name of his band – Tunapuna. In 1982 he was honoured by the Canadian Black Musicians’ Association as Best Guitarist’. He toured intermittently with Rough Trade and appeared on new tracks on their ‘Birds of A Feather: The Best of Rough Trade’ collection. He became a legendary guitarist in North America as a Jimi Hendrix impersonator in the tribute act Fire. By 1985 Springer was getting burnt out and pigeonholed as a Hendrix clone and in mid-career dropped his band and began writing original material. Bilan (ex-Moxy) joined Springer in 1986 as drummer. They started playing jam nights around Toronto under the name The Tony Springer Band and became a finalist in the 1989 annual Q107 Homegrown Contest. In 1990 Springer changed the band’s name to Wild ‘T’ And The Spirit with the addition of Brian Dickie on bass. With the help of producer Arnold Lanni (Sheriff, Frozen Ghost), Wild T And The Spirit began recording what would become their debut album. Lanni would also help them score a recording deal with Warner Music. Their debut album, ‘Love Crazy,’ was released in 1991 to critical acclaim and featured the single “Yvonne” (heard initially on the 1989 Q107 Homegrown album). Also in 1991 David Bowie was performing in Montreal with his band Tin Machine when he caught a glimpse of Wild T And The Spirit’s “Midnight Blue” on Québec’s MusiquePlus video station. Bowie contacted Springer and promised that at some point he would like to work with Springer. Springer and the band continued promoting the album with Nazeem Lakay replaced Dickie in 1992. By Fall of 1992 this wish had become reality as Bowie flew Springer to New York to record guitar tracks on Bowie’s ‘Black Tie White Noise’ album. In early 1993 David Bowie recruited Springer as his touring guitarist for the talk show circuit. Springer performed with the legendary British vocalist on ‘The Tonight Show’, ‘Late Night With David Letterman’ and ‘The Arsenio Hall Show’. In late 1993 Wild T & The Spirit were finally able to release their sophomore album “Givin’ Blood’ with the hit “Freedom Train”. A new version of Wild T & The Spirit returned to the studio in 2003 for the CD ‘True Bliss’ on Bullseye Records of Canada featuring guest appearances by Carole Pop (Rough Trade) on a remake of “High School Confidential” and Jeff Healey on the original song “Can’t Get You Outta My Mind”. Both songs were released to radio and allowed the band to tour for nearly two years on the success of the album. The group makes regular North American and European jaunts. With notes from Lisa Millar and Toney Springer.

Singles
1991
Love Crazy (WEA)
1991 Midnight Blue (WEA)
1991 Yvonne (WEA)
1993 Freedom Train (Warner)
1993 I’ve Got The Rhythm (Warner) PRO 1957-2
2004 High School Confidential [w/Carole Pope] (Bullseye) BLR-CD-0076
2004 Can’t Get You Out of My Mind [w/Jeff Healey] (Bullseye) BLR-CD-0176

Albums
1991
Love Crazy (WEA) 73287
1993 Givin’ Blood (Warner) 93522
2000 Strange Modern [EP] (independent)
2004 True Bliss (Bullseye) BLR-CD-4076
2005 I’ve Got the Rhythm (independent)
2008 Fender Bender (Jazzhaus) JHR-013

Compilation Tracks
1993
“Freedom Train” on ‘New Stuff Five’ (MMS) NSCD-005
1994 “Down By the River” on ‘Borrowed Tunes: A Tribute to Neil Young’ (Sony) 80199
2004 “Cant Get You Outta My Mind” [w/Jeff Healey] on ‘When CanCon Rocked – Volume 1’ (Bullseye) BLR-CD-4015
2005 “High School Confidential” [w/Carole Pope] on ‘CD Plus Presents: Bullseye Records’ 20th Anniversary Archives Canadian Classic Rock Sampler’ (Bullseye) BLR-CD-2030

as THE TONY SPRINGER BAND
1989
“Yvonne” on ‘Q107 Homegrown – Volume 11’ (MCA) MCA-37331


WILD STRAWBERRIES
Roberta Carter-Harrison (vocals) / Ken Harrison (guitars, keyboards, backing vocals)
Wild Strawberries was a husband and wife musical team formed in Toronto, Ontario in 1989.

Singles
1994
Life-Sized Marilyn Monroe (Strawberry/A & M) STRAWPRO-01
1994 Crying Shame (Strawberry/A & M) STRAWPRO-02
1995 Fall (Nettwerk) NTCDPRO-9510
1996 I Don’t Want to Think About It (Nettwerk) NTCDPRO-9610
1997 Trampoline (Nettwerk) W2-39715
1998 Pretty Lip [3 mixes] (Nettwerk) 6700-39804
1998 Mirror Mirror [4 mixes] (Festival – Australia) D-1794
2000 Wish (Universal)
2000 Lucky Day (Universal) UMCR-4267-2

Albums
1989
Carving Wooden Spectacles (independent)
1991 Grace (Blue Guitar) BGMD-002
1993 Life Sized [5 song EP] (independent) MHCD-993
1993 Bet You Think I’m Lonely (independent) WSCD-100
1994 Bet You Think I’m Lonely [re-issue] (Strawberry/A & M) 70055-5009
1996 Heroine (Nettwerk) W2-30099
1998 Quiver (Nettwerk) W2-30119
2000 Twist (Universal) 76974-2201
2005 Deformative Years (Maple Music) 4937
2013 Go Project (independent) B00FU2WER0
2017 Vesper 50 (independent) 82998-2181046

Compilation Tracks
1992
“Crying Shame” on ‘New Stuff’ (MMS) NSCD-001
1992 “Crying Shame” on ‘Indie-Can ‘92’ (Intrepid) CD-5
1993 “Life Sized Marilyn Monroe” on ‘New Stuff Seven’ (MMS) NSCD-007
1994 “Bet You Think I’m Lonely” on ‘Thrifty’s Access (Access) ACD-001
1995 “I Don’t Want To Think About It” on ‘Decadence’ [5CDs] (Nettwerk) W2-30100
1997 “I Don’t Want To Think About It” on ‘Now! 2’ (WEA) WTVD-35296
1998 “Heroine” on ‘Women & Songs 2’ (WEA) WTVD-37040
1998 “I Don’t Want To Think About It (Live)” on ‘Lilith Fair: A Celebration of Women in Music’ (Nettwerk) W2-30125
1999 “Trampoline (Live)” on ‘Lilith Fair: A Celebration of Women in Music, Volume 2’ (Nettwerk)
1999 “Mirror Mirror” on ‘Stir of Echoes [Motion Picture Soundtrack]’ (Nettwerk) W2-30145

as WILD STRAWBERRIES | ROBERT MICHAELS
1999
“Wrong To Let You Go” on ‘Women & Songs 3′(WEA) WTVD-38141

Collaboration Tracks
with ATB

2000 “Let U Go” on ‘Two Worlds’ (Popular) 833632


WILDROOT ORCHESTRA, The
Jim McGilliveray / Doug Edwards
A Vancouver, British Columbia recording project by McGilliveray (Sad Café) and Edwards (Skylark)

Singles
1982 In the Mood/Subterranean Homesick Blues (Attic) AT-252
1982 Hurricane Freda Town Without Pity (Attic) AT-256
1982 Real Contender/Peter Gunn (Attic) AT-262

Albums
1982 The Wildroot Orchestra (Attic) LAT-1115


WILFRED N AND THE GROWNMEN
Wilfred Kozub / Jamie Philp / Nik Kozub / Clint Frazier
Formed in Edmonton in 1981 by Wilfred Kozub and Jamie Philp, the band has released seven albums. Material from their 2003 album ‘Waiting For Luck To Come’ gave them exposure on the TV show ‘Joan of Arcadia’. with notes from Wilfred Kozub.

Singles
1985 I Could Get Closer To You/I Can’t Get The Nerve (Zönik) ZNK-18501
1987 Indian Summer/News from Venezuela (Zönik) ZNK-18702
1988 Knockadoor Ginger/Wishes Come True (Zönik)
1989 Oh, Honey/Thunder On The Tundra (Zönik) ZNK-18901

Albums
1984 Riding Double (Zönik) ZNK-08401
1987 Thunder On The Tundra (Zönik) ZNK-08701
2003 Waiting For Luck To Come (Zönik)
2008 Stop Go Romeo (Zönik)
2010 Take Out Menu (Zönik)

Compilation Tracks
1981
“We Fell In Love” and “Avoidance” on ‘Alberta Crude’ (CHED 630AM)


WILLAPUSS WALLAPUSS [see RISING SONS (2)]


WILLI
Nom de plume for Canadian music producer Willi Morrison of Three Hats Productions.

Singles
1975 Things That Go Bump In the Night/Take My Hand (RCA/Victor) PB-50096


WILLIAM TELL & THE MARKSMEN
Bill Dunlaw (keyboards) / Geoff Eddington (vocals) / Morris Hillan (bass) / Lindsay Mitchell (guitar) / Dave Wilson (drums)
Formed in 1965 in Vancouver, British. The band lasted until 1967; Mitchell would go on to join Seeds of Time and then Prism.

Compilation Tracks
1994
“Mary Jane” on ‘The History of Vancouver Rock and Roll Volume 4’ (Neptoon) VRCA-004


WILLIAMS, Tim
Folk singer who released several independent singles and one album for Maple Haze in the early ‘70s was signed to Dyna West (distributed by Quality) in 1977 to give him national exposure. His 1976 Maple Haze album ‘Writin’ On the Wall’ was re-issued as the first album by Dyna West in late 1977.

Singles
1974
Careful Mountain Pony/Leaving You (Houka) RWP-194
1975 Summertime Man [Mono]/Summertime Man [Stereo] (Rope Dancer) RD-375
1977 Still Sings Country/[same] (Dyna-West) DW-7704
1977 Lean On Me/[same] (Dyna-West) DW-7706
1977 Cariboo Blues/[same] (Dyna West) DW-7707
1977 Alberta Winds/Good Advice Blues (Dyna-West) DW-7708
1977 County Line/Hills Of West Virginia (Maple Haze) MH-7628
1977 Leaving You [Mono]/Leaving You [Stereo] (Maple Haze) MH- 7640
1978 Harvest Ball/Leavin’ You (Maple Haze) MH-7680
1983 It’s Enough To Be Remembered/Lean On Me (Dyna-West) DW-8344

Albums
1976
Writin’ This Song (Maple Haze) MH-7637
1977 Writin’ This Song (Dyna-West) DWLP-77103
1983 It’s Enough To Be Remembered (Dyna-West/AHED)  DWLP-83124


WILLIE & THE WALKERS
Willie MacCalder (vocals, keyboards) / Dennis Petruk (guitar) / Bill Hardie (guitar) / Roland Hardie (drums) / Nick Petruck (drums; replaced Hardie 1988) / Rick Francis (vocals; replaced MacCalder 1988) / R. J. Smarton (keyboards; 1988)
Formed in Edmonton in 1963, Willie And The Walkers were known for their visual stage presence which focused on their two identical guitars. As their popularity grew in the Prairies they were able to do opening slots for the likes of Paul Revere & The Raiders, Cream, and The Guess Who. In 1967 they were signed to Capitol Records and released several singles recorded by Buddy Holly producer Norm Petty. The most successful of these was “(Alone) In My Room” which reached number one nationally across Canada in January 1968. Without successive chart action, the band called it quits by the early ’70’s and Willie MacCalder went on to join the Powder Blues Band. In 1988 the original members reunited for the first annual Edmonton Rock And Roll Reunion where the response was so encouraging the band decided to reform. However, several member changes occurred as with Nick Petruk replacing Hardie on drums, Francis replacing MacCalder, and Smarton was added on keyboards. They toured again in the ’90’s as The Walkers. with notes from Elle Wilson, Norm Bright.

Singles
1967 Diamonds And Gold/Baby, Do You Need Me (Capitol) 72456
1967 My Friend/Is It Easy To See (Lovin’ Me) (Capitol) 72485
1967 (Alone) In My Room/Poor Janie (Capitol) 72516
1972 All About You/Hotels And Wishing Wells (London) M-17445

Albums
1996 30th Anniversary Collection (Jay-El)


WILLIE ENGLISH
Kenny Stewart
(lead vocals; 1977) / Thommy Stukko [aka Tommy Greaves] (lead vocals; 1978) / Leo Ulmer (drums) / Zeke Sunoco [aka Gary O’Bireck] (bass, lead vocals) / Richard “Rocko” DesLauriers (guitars) / Robert Fraser (guitar) / Pat Flynn (bass; replaced Sunoco) / Grayden Nichols (guitar) / Steven Cohen (drums)
Willie English began in 1976 in a basement recreation room in the Bayview/Lawrence Avenue area of Toronto, Ontario, Canada as the band Arlington, an existing band of high schoolers who had a singer named Kenny Stewart – a first-year residence student at York University. Drummer Leo Ulmer and bassist Zeke Sunoco had lived on the same residence floor and were Kenny’s wingers on the Winters College hockey team. They soon realized that they had the makings of a Rock band. By mid-1978, Richard “Rocko” DesLaurier was added on guitar, Kenny Stewart returned to his native Ottawa, and Thommy Stukko (the original drummer for Arlington) was installed as lead singer. With the line-up established and a pocket full of original songs, the band needed a name. They recalled dialogue from their favourite movie, ‘A Clockwork Orange’, that referenced an off-screen rogue known as Will the English. But as the band grew in popularity fans mentioned how misleading it was with none of the band members actually being from England, so they shortened it to the only slightly less confusing Willie English. The band rented the basement of an auto parts store on Dundas Street West in Toronto where they could rehearse. Then they put themselves on a rigorous schedule of strict practicing with Friday night the only day for partying. In a few months, the new Willie English shifted their focus from glam rock to new wave and punk. Near the end of 1978, the band road tested their new look and sound at Toronto’s Turning Point opening for acts like The Viletones. Soon the club’s owners asked the band to headline at the venue where bands like The Numbers, Blue Peter, The Mods, and the Sophisticatos opened their shows. Next Teenage Head’s management asked them to open Head’s live shows elsewhere. That year Willie English recorded the single “I Could Care About You” b/w “Can’t Have You” produced by Garth Richardson. It received moderate airplay. By early 1979, Willie English had acquired a loyal fan base and the shows became higher profile with opening slots for both The Ramones and The Romantics at Toronto’s El Mocambo. Headlining shows at other venues followed such as Larry’s Hideaway, The Piccadilly Tube, El Mocambo and The Horseshoe Tavern. Often the shows were live simulcasted by local radio stations such as Q107, CHUM-FM, and CFNY. ADC Entertainment began managing them and Bob Segarini offered to produce their first album. Then they went out on tour where they played Barrymore’s (Ottawa), Club David’s (Montreal), The Blue Boot (London), Dollar Bill’s (Kingston), The Riverside (Oakville) and dozens of venues in between. Willie English even won a “Battle of the Bands” competition sponsored by Records on Wheels in Niagara Falls. In August 1979 they traveled to New York City to headline legendary punk club CBGB’s. The audience and owner Hilly Krystal inquired about recordings but the band had none. Upon returning to Toronto they ventured into the studio to attempt to capture their sound live off the floor through a self-produced set of demos but they were disappointed in the final results. They decided to take Segarini up on his offer to produce them and upgraded from 8-track to 16-tracks at Captain Audio to record three original tunes and one cover song. A few weeks later, they returned to Captain Audio to record three more original songs with Garth Richardson providing the production. They immediately headed back out on the road. But by 1980 rock and punk were dwindling in popularity and Willie English’s transitioned reluctantly to New Wave. Ulmer, originally a metal drummer, took a bow to join Black and Blue, and was replaced by Steve Cohen. Record labels also weren’t biting. This antipathy led to Sunoco leaving for the Bopcats under his new stage name Zeke Rivers (given to him by lead singer Sonny Baker) as well as the departure of DesLaurier. Stukko and Cohen attempted to keep the band going with former Bopcats bassist Pat Flynn and guitarist Robert Fraser (Backroads) but in less than a month it was over. A new version of the band assembled in 1982 featuring as a quasi rockabilly/swing band with this new lineup: Tommy Stukko (vocals), Graydon Nichols (guitar), Rick Deslauriers (moving from guitar to bass), and Steve Cohen (drums). This version of the band played live throughout Southern Ontario and recorded one four-song EP for Showtime Records; Sunoco [Gary O’Bireck] went on to get his PhD; Stukko is now in the band Tommy Greaves and the Belairs. with notes from Robert Fraser (Morritt) and Gary O’Bireck (Zeke Rivers).

Singles
1979 I Could Care/Can’t Have You (World Records) WRC3-1034

Albums
1983
Careful Baby [4 song EP] (Showtime) STEP-002


WILSON, Tom
Hamilton, Ontario’s Tom Wilson began playing and performing in high school bands. One of these, The Florida Razors would prove to be a popular local act that was able to escalate to recording several albums and singles as well as touring Canada (usually with Hamilton’s The Shakers). With The Florida Razors’ demise in 1987 Wilson felt completely ready to give up music altogether. A visit to his friends, and fellow Hamiltonians, Daniel Lanois and Malcolm Burn in New Orleans convinced him otherwise; while in the Big Easy the trio wrote together and worked with the Neville Brothers. The feedback he received from his time in the south propelled him to return to Ontario and try again. In 1989 Wilson founded Junkhouse with Dan Achen, Ray Farrugia and Russ Wilson (no relation) – with help from his friend Colin Cripps (Crash Vegas). An independent cassette, ‘Here Lies Happiness’, was released in 1991. The band’s earthy pre-grunge sound landed them a deal with SONY Music and three albums, several national tours, JUNO Award nominations and several radio hits followed. The band split up in 1998. At this point, Wilson had already been part of a pick-up act called Blackie & The Rodeo Kings alongside Colin Linden and Stephen since 1996. With the demise of Junkouse, Wilson was able to focus on B.A.R.K. full-time. The act has gone on to international success on the back of seven commercial and critically acclaimed albums. During his years with the trio, Wilson has maintained his independence as a solo artist as well, releasing two solo albums, ‘Planet Love’ (2001) and ‘Dog Days’ (2006), plus an album of acoustic blues songs with Bob Lanois entitled ‘The Shack Recordings Volume 1’. Wilson reunited with his first band The Florida Razors to promote their ‘best of’ called ‘Beat Music’ on Bullseye Records in 2001 and has done several one-off charity gigs with the band since. In recent years, between his B.A.R.K. commitments Wilson has re-invented himself under the pseudonym Lee Harvey Osmond with members of The Skydiggers featuring studio help from The Cowboy Junkies. Wilson has worked with and written songs for including Mavis Staples, Colin James, Stephen Fearing, Adam Gregory, Billy Ray Cyrus, Craig Northey, David Ricketts and Edwin. Wilson has also done one-off projects such as The Buried Hearts Project in 2002 as well as joining Mike Smith (‘Trailor Park Boys’), Alex Lifeson & Geddy Lee (Rush) and Andy Curran (SOHO 69) as part of the band Bubbles & The Shitrockers for the the ‘Trailor Park Boys’ movie soundtrack. [also see BLACKIE & THE RODEO KINGS, FLORIDA RAZORS, JUNKHOUSE]

Albums
2001
Planet Love (Sony)
2006 Dog Years (True North) TND-402
2009 Live @ The Acoustic Grill

with TOM WILSON/BOB LANOIS
2005
The Shack Recordings Vol. 1

Compilation Tracks
2002
“Sleep” on ‘Driving in the Rain 3am: Songs to Get Lost With’ (Bongo Beat) BB-1960
2006 “The Harvest Dance” on ‘Alberta: Wild Roses, Northern Lights (Smithsonian Folkways) SFW-40538
2007 “Expecting To Fly” on ‘Borrowed Tunes II: A Tribute to Neil Young’ (Universal)


WINCHESTER, Jesse
Born: May 17, 1944 in Bossier City, Louisiana, USA;
Died April 11, 2014
American guitarist, keyboardist, vocalist Jesse Winchester spent his formative years in Memphis. He worked on a music scholarship at Williams College in Massachusetts where he eventually switched his major to German language. The new studies led to an opportunity to go to Munich, Germany before returning a year later to the US. With a personal distaste for the US Government policies on the Vietnam War he moved to Montreal, Québec in 1967 as a draft dodger. In a little over a month Winchester found himself playing guitar in the band Les Astronauts before going solo as a regular at coffeehouses around Montreal. During one such foray to Toronto, he was spotted by Robbie Robertson of The Band and was enticed into recording an album that Robertson would produce. His self-titled debut on Ampex Records featured guest performances by David Rea, Al Cherney, Ken Pearson, Bob Boucher, David Lewis, Gary Black, and Garth Hudson (The Band). After releasing 1972’s ‘Third Down, 110 To Go’ Winchester began getting noticed for his songwriting with hits such as “Isn’t That So”. He became a Canadian citizen in 1973 and released his most successful album ‘Learn To Love It’ in 1974 featuring the nominal hit “Third Rate Romance” (which was a major hit in the US the following year by the Amazing Rhythm Aces). With inconsistent gaps between albums, Winchester found fame behind the scenes writing material that was being made into hits for others – The Everly Brothers, The Weather Girls, Jimmy Buffett, Joan Baez, and The New Grass Revival to name but a few. In 1976 US President Jimmy Carter granted amnesty to Vietnam draft dodgers except those that had become citizens of another country. Winchester’s manager at the time convinced Carter to extend exemptions for certain circumstances and Winchester was able to return home to the US to promote his LP ‘Nothing But a Breeze’. His first appearance in the US was a sold out performance on April 21, 1976 in Burlington, Vermont. He retreated from the spotlight after 1988’s ‘Humour Me’ LP following a nomination for ‘Best Country Male Vocalist’ at the 1990 JUNO Awards. In 1999, after an 11-year absence from recording, he returned in typically low-key fashion with the album ‘Gentleman of Leisure’. In 2002, Winchester moved back to the United States and now lives in Virginia. He received a ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’ from ASCAP in 2007. He continued recording and performing throughout the United States and Canada and released his tenth studio album, ‘Love Filling Station’, in 2009. Winchester was diagnosed with cancer of the esophagus in 2011 but has since been treated and given a clear bill of health from his doctor and has resumed touring. He eventually succumbed to the disease on April 11, 2014 shortly before completing his final album ‘A Reasonable Amount of Trouble’ which was released post-humously in the summer of 2014.

Singles
1970 Yankee Lady/That’s The Touch I Like (Ampex – US) X11004
1971 Quiet About It/[same] (Ampex) 11018
1971 Isn’t That So/Lullaby For the First Born (Bearsville/Warner Bros.) BSV-3601
1971 Snow/Yankee Lady (Bearsville/Warner Bros.) BSV-3619
1973 L’aire De La Louisiane/laisse Les Bons Temps Rouler (Bearsville/Warner Bros.)
BSV-3635
1974 Third Rate Romance/Mississippi You’re On My Mind (Bearsville/Warner Bros.) BSV-3645
1976 Let The Rough Side Drag/The Only Show in Town (Bearsville/Warner Bros.)
BSV-3814
1976 Let The Rough Side Drag/ The Brand New Tennessee Waltz (Reprise) (Bearsville/Warner Bros.) BSS-0311
1976 Everybody Knows But Me/Damned If I Do (Bearsville/Warner Bros. – US)
BSS-0314
1977 Nothing But A Breeze/Twigs and Seeds (Bearsville/Warner Bros.) BSS-0318
1977 Rhumba Man/Twigs and Seeds (Bearsville/Warner Bros.) BSS-0320
1977 Pourquoi pas? (Pourquoi m’aimes-tu pas?)/Twigs and Seeds (Bearsville/Warner Bros. – HOL) BEA-15534
1978 Sassy/Wintery Feeling (Bearsville/Warner Bros.) BSS-0332
1978 A Touch on the Rainy Side/Holly (Bearsville/Warner Bros.) BSS-3888
1981 Say What/If Only (Bearsville/Warner Bros.) BSS-49711
1981 Baby Blue/Sure Enough (Bearsville/Warner Bros.) BSS-49781
1989 I Want to Mean Something to You/If I Were Free (Attic)
1989 Well-A-Wiggy/If I Were Free (Attic) AT-386

Albums
1970 Jesse Winchester (Ampex) A-10104
1972 Third Down, 110 To Go (Bearsville/Warner Bros.) BR-2101
1974 Learn To Love It (Bearsville/Warner Bros.) BR-6953
1976 Let the Rough Side Drag (Bearsville/Warner Bros.) BR-6964
1977 Nothing But a Breeze (Bearsville/Warner Bros.) BR-6968
1977 Live At the Bijou Cafe
1978 Touch On The Rainy Side (Bearsville/Warner Bros.) BR-2217
1981 Talk Memphis (Bearsville) BRK-6989
1988 Humour Me (Attic) LAT-1252
1989 The Best of Jesse Winchester (WEA)
1999 Gentleman of Leisure (Sugar Hill) SHCD-1062
2001 Live From Mountain Stage
2003 In Concert (Country Stars)
2005 Jessie Winchester Live
2009 Love Filling Station (Appleseed – US) APRCD-1116
2014 A Reasonable Amount of Trouble (Appleseed – US)

Compilation Tracks
1974
“Wake Me” on ‘Deep Ear’ (Warner Bros.) PRO-591
1993 “I Want To Mean Something To You” on ‘Caught In the Attic’ [3CDs] (Attic) ATTIC-XX
2003 “Sundown” on ‘Beautiful – A Tribute to Gordon Lightfoot’ (Borealis) BCDN-BM500


WINDOM WARRIOR featuring Brian Tyrell
A Toronto rap artist who released the charity single “Save the Children” which was produced by Rich Dodson (Stampeders, Debbie Johnson) and released on Dodson’s Marigold label.

Singles
1988
Save the Children/[same] (Marigold) MPL-743


WINDSOR TUNNEL
Clayton Moore (vocals) / Dan Thibodeau (guitar, vocals) / Ron Patrick (keyboards) / Merrill Mills (bass) / John Dominas (drums)
Formed in the early 1960s in Springhill, Nova Scotia as the Viscounts, the band soon moved to Amherst, Nova Scotia and became The Vibratones. They yearned for a bigger chance at stardom and on the suggestion of Clayton Moore’s brother to come to Windsor, Ontario they did in 1966. After slogging it out on both sides of the Detroit River under the name The Sound Track, their manager landed them a recording deal with Avco Embassy Records and their self-titled debut was released in 1970.  The band received radio play with the song “Love Is A Word” from CKLW in Windsor and several US radio stations but never really broke out beyond the local club circuit. The band split up shortly after and Clayton Moore went on to be popular as a solo act through the next few decades. He passed away at the age of 70 in July 2014.

Albums
1970
Windsor Tunnel (Avco Embassy) AVE-33014


WINTER ROSE
Sebastian Bach (vocals) / James LaBrie (vocals; replaced Bach) / Richard Chycki (guitar) / Rob Laidlaw (bass) / Randy Cooke (drums)
Following the collapse of Canadian metal singer Sebastian Bach’s early 1980’s band Kidd Wikkid, he formed Hope. This band mutated into Sebastian. When he was called up to join New Jersey band Skid Row, the members of Sebastian brought in Penetanguishene, Ontario singer James LaBrie – who had been helping a reformed Coney Hatch do the club circuit – and changed the band’s name to Winter Rose. Their independently produced and released  self-titled album in 1989 brought them to the attention of Atlantic Records but the deal never materialized and Winter Rose fell apart. Then Pierre Paradis, who managed the band Voivod, approached LaBrie about recording a solo album with Aquarius Records and another open door with an American band, Dream Theater out of New York. LaBrie eventually joined Dream Theater and and continues to record and tour with them around the world. In recent years he has worked on Henning Pauly’s Frameshift release and fronted a new band side project called Mullmuzzler; Richard Chycki has gone on to become an in-demand studio engineer at Metalworks Studios in Mississauga, Ontario and has worked on many projects for Rush with Alex Lifeson, including mixing the audio portions of (among others) the JUNO award-winning ‘Rush in Rio’ DVD; Laidlaw has been a hired-gun touring bassist for the likes of Alannah Myles, Honeymoon Suite, The Kings and, most recently, a reformed Platinum Blonde. He has also produced albums for Johnny Dee (Honeymoon Suite) and Barb Baumann’s Random Robbery; Randy Cooke has made a career as one of the busiest session drummers in North America and was even a touring member of Ringo Starr’s band several years ago.

Albums
1990
Winter Rose (Warner)

Compilation Tracks
1990
I’ll Never Fall In Love Again” on ‘Q107 Homegrown Album – Volume 12’ (Warner) CDQ-10712


WINTER’S GREEN
R.A. McGuire (vocals) / Wayne Gibson (organ) / Bruce Rutherford (bass) / Brian Smith (guitar) / Stu Wilson (drums)
From Vancouver, British Columbia. Winter’s Green was formed in 1967 and released one single, “Are You a Monkey?”, on Vancouver’s Rumble Records. An evolved version of the band became Applejack in 1972 before McGuire and Smith went on to form Trooper. [also see TROOPER]

Singles
1968
Are You A Monkey/Jump In the River (Rumble) R-2358

Compilation Tracks
1983
“Are You a Monkey?” on ‘The History of Vancouver Rock and Roll Volume 3’ (Neptoon) VRCA-003


WINTERSLEEP
Paul Murphy (guitar, vocals) / Tim D’eon (guitar, keyboards) / Loel Campbell (drums) / Jud Haynes (bass, 2002–07) / Jon Samuel (keyboards, vocals, guitar; 2006–present) / Mike Bigelow (bass; 2005–present)
Wintersleep was formed in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 2001. The band’s first two independent albums were released through the Dependent Records artist collective out of Yarmouth, Nova Scotia. Following a signing with Sonic Unyon imprint, Labworks, in 2006, the first two Wintersleep albums were distributed through EMI in North America. The new CDs contained bonus material and were remastered. By October 2007, the band finally released their third album ‘Welcome to the Night Sky’ which won Wintersleep a 2008 JUNO Award for ‘New Group of the Year’. Also in 2008, the single “Weighty Ghost” was used in the Joshua Jackson (‘Dawson’s Creek’, ‘Fringe’) film ‘One Week’. Wintersleep was selected, along with Joel Plaskett, as one of the opening acts for Paul McCartney’s July 11, 2009 concert at Halifax Common. The band’s ‘New Inheritors’ album was released in September of that year. In 2010, “Weighty Ghost” was chosen as #100 in the book ‘The Top 100 Canadian Singles’ by Bob Mersereau. The performed the song on ‘Late Show with David Letterman’ in January 2011.Later that month it appeared on an episode of ‘Being Human’. Throughout the year it was used to promote Molson Canadian’s ‘Red Leaf Project’ in TV commercials. in 2011. Wintersleep’s fifth album, ‘Hello Hum’, was released in 2012. The band members also moonlight in other acts as well. Murphy plays in Kary and Postdata; D’eon plays in Kary and Holy Fuck; Campbell plays in Kary, Contrived, Holy Fuck, Hayden, Chikita Violenta, Land of Talk, The Holy Shroud, and The Remains of Brian Borcherdt; Bigelow plays in Contrived, Holy Fuck, and The Holy Shroud; Samuel plays in Contrived and Slight Return.

Singles
2007
Weighty Ghost
2008 Archaeologists
2008 Oblivion
2010 Black Camera
2010 New Inheritors
2010 Trace Decay
2010 Preservation
2012 In Came the Flood
2012 Nothing Is Anything (Without You)
2012 Resuscitate

Albums
2003
Wintersleep (Dependent) DP-014
2005 Untitled (Dependent) DP-023
2007 Welcome To the Sky (Labwork) LWM-003
2010 New Inheritors (Redeye) CD-TKC-002
2001 Trace Decay/Preservation [EP]
2012 Hello Hum

Compilation Tracks
2007
“Jaws of Life” on ‘Canadian Blast: The Sound of the New Canada Scene’ (NME – UK) CD07-02
2008 “Weighty Ghost” on ‘Big Shiny Tunes 13’ (EMI)


WIRELESS
Michael Lalonde
[aka Mike Langford] (vocals) / Allan Marshall (bass, vocals) / Steve McMurray (guitar, vocals) / Mike Crawford (guitar, vocals) / Glenn Beatson (drums) / Marty Morin (drums; replaced Beatson)
After the collapse of their long-running band Autumn in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, Marshall, McMurray and Beatson formed Wireless and released one self-titled album for Atlantic Records. Following a tour of Canada they decided to stay and were signed to Anthem Records. Their sophomore album, ‘Postively Human Relatively Sane’ in 1979 was produced by Max Webster’s Mike Tilka. Beatson eventually grew homesick and was replaced by former Goddo drummer Marty Morin. They released one more album – the Geddy Lee (Rush) produced  ‘No Static’ –  before disbanding in 1981; Langford would go on to form Bamboo in the 1980s; Morin rejoined Goddo in the 2000’s as percussionist and has been a member of the Classic Albums Live band for many years; McMurray passed away March 4, 2014 in his native Australia.

Singles
1978 Spend the Night With Me/Love the Way You Feel (Atlantic) CAT-4007
1978 Where We Ought To Be/Lovin’ In Return (Atlantic) CAT-4008
1979 I Know You Know/No Way Out (Anthem) ANS-010
1980 Pay To Ride/Journey Of A Possible Hero (Anthem) ANS-023

Albums

1978 Wireless (Atlantic) CA-9502
1979 Postively Human Relatively Sane (Anthem) ANR-1-1016
1980 No Static (Anthem) ANR-1-1025


WISEMAN, Bob
Born: Robert Neil Wiseman
Bob Wiseman, who tinkered with bands Hidden Cameras and Dick Duck & The Dorks in the early 1980s, played at open stages all over Toronto, Ontario from 1982 through 1989. During this time he joined Blue Rodeo and released an independent cassette entitled ‘Wet Water’ which peaked at No.4 on radio station CKLN. He was signed to a solo deal with Blue Rodeo’s own label Risque Disque in 1989 with distribution through WEA in Canada. He released his debut solo album ‘Sings Wrench Tuttle: In Her Dream’ but immediately ran into trouble with executives at Warner’s US imprint, Atlantic Records, when one of the album’s songs – “Rock and Tree” – was deemed potentially libelous. The song name checked many public figures including Richard Nixon, Henry Kissinger, Donald M. Kendall, and the president of Pepsi Cola in relation to the murder of Salvador Allendre. The remaining print run of the album was destroyed and re-issued without the offending song.  Wiseman’s 1992 release ‘Presented By Lake Michigan Soda’ featured additional instrumentation by Andy Stochansky and vocal contributions by Edie Brickell, Jane Siberry and Michelle McAdorey (Crash Vegas). Wiseman left Blue Rodeo in 1992 following their fourth album to pursue writing, recording, and producing his own records and others plus material for film, TV and theatre. Wiseman is also a JUNO Award winner. [also see BLUE RODEO]

Singles
1989
Airplane On the Highway//Ship At Sea/Older Brother [12”] (Warner) PR-3395
1989 We Got Time (Warner)

Albums
1984
Wet Water [cassette] (Independent)
1989
Sings Wrench Tuttle: In Her Dream (Risque Disque/WEA) 25-69131
1991 Hits of the ‘60s and ‘70s [cassette] (independent)
1992 Presented By Lake Michigan Soda (Warner) CD-75782
1993 City of Wood (Glitterhouse) GRCD-324
1994 In By Of (Bar None – US)
1994 Beware of Bob (Sabre Toque)
1995 Accidentally Acquired Beliefs (GFC)  11474
1996 More Work Songs From the Planet of the Apes (GFC) 9708
2004 It’s True! (Blocks Recording Club) 0092
2006 Theme and Variations (Blocks Recording Club) 036
2008 The Legend (Blocks Recording Club) 047
2013 Giulietta Masina At the Oscars Crying


WISHBONE
Graham “Dee” Dunnet (lead guitar) / Len “Lennie” Lytwyn (drums) / Ian P. Mutch [aka Monk] (organ) / John Moran (guitar, vocals)
Quality announced in Billboard magazine that they’d signed Wishbone – featuring members of The Yeomen, Daybreak, and Poor Souls – in early 1971. Their debut single, “You’re Gonna Miss Me”, peaked at No.22 on the CHUM Chart in June of 1971. The record was produced by Gordon Lightfoot drummer Barry Keane with arrangements by Peter Rochon. [also see DEE AND THE YEOMEN, MYSTICAL MEADOW, DAYBREAK]

Singles
1971 You’re Gonna Miss Me/Riverboat (Celebration/Quality) CEL-2005
1971 First Sign Of Love/Make Me Believe In You (Celebration/Quality) CEL-2015
1974 One Way Ticket/I Love The Way You Love Me (Celebration/Quality) CEL-2090

Albums
1973 Wishbone (Celebration/Quality)

Compilation Tracks
2011
“You’re Gonna Miss Me” on ‘Still Chewy After All These Years’ (Gumball) GB-1001


WITCH QUEEN
Gino Soccio / Peter Alves
Studio project out of Montréal from two masters of disco attempting a dance spin on several rock classics. [also see GINO SOCCIO]

Singles
1979
Bang A Gong (Part 1)/Bang A Gong (Part 2) [7”] (Unison/Trans Canada) UN-3907-X
1979 Bang A Gong/Witch Queen [12”] (RCA Victor – France) PD-1489
1979 All Right Now/Got the Time [7”] (Unison/Trans Canada) UN-3909-X
1979 All Right Now (Special Disco Remix)/Got the Time [12”] (Unison/Trans Canada) UN-6901

Album
1979
Witch Queen [4 song EP] (Unison/Trans Canada) UN-7903


WITCHKILLER
Douglas Lang Adams (vocals) / Kurt Phillips (guitars) / Todd Pilon (bass) / Steve Batky (drums)
Witchkiller was formed in Ottawa, Ontario in 1981 by Adams and Pilon who had left the band Reckless following the band losing their deal with Capitol Records. Their one and only release was the EP ‘Day of the Saxons’ in 1984 which was recorded at Phase One Studio in North Scarborough, Ontario

Albums
1984
Day of the Saxons [4 song EP] (Metal Blade) MBR-1011
1985 Who Are We? [cassette]

Compilation Tracks
1984
“Day of the Saxons” on ‘Total Destruction’ (Metal Blade) MBR-1022
1985 “Who Are We?” on ‘Moose Molten Metal’ (Heavy Metal America – US) HM-USA-55
1997 “Day of the Saxons” on ‘Metal Blade Records: 15 Years 1982-1997 (Metal Blade)
1999 “Beg For Mercy” on ‘Goldmine’s Taste of Metal’ (Metal Blade) 803-2
2002 “Day of the Saxons” on ‘Metal Blade Records 20th Anniversary Box Set (Metal Blade) 414404


WITNESS INC.
1967 to 1971: Kenny Shields
(lead vocals) / Allan Ayers (bass) / Ed Clynton (guitar) / Bob Walker (bass; replaced Ayers) / Derry Stewart (guitar; replaced Clynton) / Les Bateman (organ, electric piano) / Dave Tupper (drums) / Craig Kaleal (drums; replaced Tupper) / Bob Ego (drums; replaced Kaleal) / Bruce Degenhart (bass; replaced and was replaced by Walker) / Steve Boddington (guitar; replaced and was replaced by Stewart) / Greg DeLaronde (vocals; replaced Shields in 1970) / Arnie Guzyk (vocals; replaced DeLaronde in 1970) / Don Johnson (guitar) / Terry Thomas (guitar; replaced Stewart in 1970) / Ed Kilbride (vocals; replaced Guzyk in 1970) / Larry Chalmers / Bill Hardie (guitar; replaced Thomas in 1970);
WITNESS INC. 1975: Kenny Shields (vocals) / Ken “Spider” Sinnaeve (bass) / Craig Kaleal (drums) / George Martin (guitar) / Bob Deutscher (guitar) / Daryl Gutheil (keyboards) / Bob Ego (drums; replaced Kaleal)
Saskatoon, Sasketchewan’s Witness Inc. was formed in 1966. The band had an exciting stage show that helped them build a large following and attract the interest of Apex Records. With the strength of their first single, “I’ll Forget Her Tomorrow”, the band steam rolled across the Western Provinces where they became very successful. However, the follow-up single, “Jezebel”, failed to gain a foothold in Ontario. The Eastern seaboard would take three more singles to conquer. Walker and Stewart were added in 1969 while the band was touring Edmonton on the recommendation of legendary producer/musician Wes Dakus. The two new members hit it off well and the group spent two months working on new, original material at which time Craig Kaleal left the band due to intense pressure from his family. With little momentum forward over another two months, Walker quit in frustration and was replaced by Bob Ego’s boyhood friend Bruce Degenhart. Stewart left briefly to be replaced by Steve Boddington but soon returned. Then Kenny Shields nearly died in a devastating car accident at the end of 1969 and needed extensive surgery/therapy. The band decided to carry on without him in April 1970 with Walker returning for the departed Degenhart and Greg DeLaronde replacing Shields. However, Shields was a near celebrity and his fans (nearly all female) never warmed to DeLaronde who would quit in frustration. He was replaced by Arnie Guzyk after a failed succession of local and imported singers. Don Johnson was added in June 1970. Stewart left, again, shortly after and was replaced by his old friend Terry Thomas. Johnson left in September 1970 while Thomas and Guzyk bailed out in November 1970 to form their own band. Bateman, Ego and Walker moved to Edmonton and teamed up with Ed Kilbride, Larry Chalmers, and Bill Hardie as the new Witness Inc in late 1970. They played around Edmonton and did a short tour across the prairies including several appearances on Barry Allen’s TV show from Calgary. However, the steady work had dried up and in February, 1971 this chapter of the band called it quits. It took Kenny Shields until 1975 to fully recover from his accident and regain the confidence to return to centre stage. He attempted to reform Witness Inc. with former drummer Craig Kaleal, bassist Kenny Sinneave, keyboardist Daryl Gutheil, guitarists George Martin and Bob Deutscher. Bob Ego soon returned to the fold and replaced Kaleal once more. Soon Shields and Sinneave left to join Canadian River Race members Paul Dean (also of Scrubbaloe Caine) and Matt Frenette to create Streetheart in 1976; Daryl Gutheil would go on to form industrial band Skinny Puppy in the ’80s; Bob Deutscher would hook up with Hermann Fruhm and Greg Leskiw from Mood Jga Jga to form Crowcuss; Kaleal  went to Downchild; Kenny Shields passed away after a long illness on July 21, 2017. with notes from Bob Ego and Bob Walker.

Singles
1967 I’ll Forget Her Tomorrow/Girl Before You Go (Apex) 77044
1967 Jezebel/Not You Girl (Apex) 77063
1968 Harlem Lady/I Put a Spell On You (Apex) 77077
1968 Visions Of Vanessa/Another Side Of Her (Apex) 77087
1969 So Come With Me/I’ve Got To Go (Apex) 77093

Albums

2009 The Singles (Pacemaker) PACE-072


WIZARD
George Bowser
(guitar) / Mike Driscoll (drums) / Harry Marks (bass)
Montreal based Wizard was formed in 1970 by classically trained Harry Marks while working on the CBC-TV show ‘Crackers’. At the end of the TV show’s run, he hooked up with Driscoll and Bowser to create Wizard. The band lasted two years with several personnel changes and only managed one single before self-destructing in 1972; Harry Marks went onto a solo career with such songs as “Sad And Simple Man”, “Every Reason To Be Proud” and “Sou’ Western Morning”; George Bowser would gain international success as half of the duo Bowser & Blue (with Rick Blue) who do a bawdy, Canadian political duet. In 1997 they had their own Xmas TV special on the CBC. They’re best known for their single “Polka Dot Undies”.

Singles
1970 A Familiar Story/Come Away (MCA) 2001


WOLF PARADE
Dan Boeckner (guitar, vocals) / Spencer Krug (keyboard, piano, vocals) / Hadji Bakara (keyboard, electronics, 2004-present) / Arlen Thompson (drums) / Dante DeCaro (guitar, percussion, 2005-present)
Wolf Parade was formed in Victoria, British Columbia in 2003 when Spencer Krug (ex-Frog Eyes) was offered a show from Grenadine Records’ Alex Megelas. On a tight three-week deadline to form a band, Krug contacted guitarist Dan Boeckner (ex-Atlas Strategic) and they began writing songs. The duo graduated from using a drum machine to adding drummer Arlen Thompson. The newly formed trio rehearsed for first the first time as a full band the day before the Megelas show. The line-up decided to stick together under the name Wolf Parade and began performing other shows. By 2003 they had released their first self-titled EP. In September of that year Hadji Bakara joined the band as keyboardist. A second self-titled EP followed in the summer of 2004. In the fall of 2004, the band was signed to American label, Sub-Pop and Wolf Parade soon traveled to Portland, Oregon to record with Modest Mouse’s Isaac Brock. The band spent two and a half weeks working on recording the album in Portland and returned to Montréal to finish additional recording. A May 2004 release for the album was pushed back so Sup Pop could release a teaser EP in July 2005. By September of 2005, Wolf Parade’s debut album, ‘Apologies to the Queen Mary’ was released to critical acclaim and was added to the 2006 Polaris Music Prize nomination. Dante DeCaro (Hot Hot Heat) also joined the band as second guitarist. The band toured relentlessly before settling in to write their follow-up record during 2007. Their sophomore album, ‘At Mount Zoomer’, was released in June 2008. Bakara left the band in 2008 to pursue an academic career and is currently a student at the University of Chicago. Wolf Parade began work on their next album in November 2009 and was produced by Howard Bilerman. The album was called ‘Expo ’86’and was released in June 2010. The band announced their demise on August 30, 2012.

Singles
2005
Secret Knives/Killing Armies/Modern World
2006 Modern World (SubPop)
2006 Shine a Light (SubPop)
2006 I’ll Believe In Anything (SubPop)
2008 Call It a Ritual (SubPop)
2010 Cloud Shadow on the Mountain/Yulia (SubPop)
2010 Semi-Precious Stone/Agents of Love (SubPop)

Albums
2003
Wolf Parade [aka “4 Song EP”] (independent)
2004 Wolf Parade [aka “6 song EP”] (independent)
2005 Wolf Parade [EP] (SubPop) SPCD-678
2005 Apologies To the Queen Mary (SubPop) SPCD-655
2008 At Mount Zoomer (SubPop) SPCD-720
2008 Kissing the Beehive [Live Compilation]
2010 Expo 86 (SubPop) SPCD-870

Compilation Tracks
2005
“You Are a Runner, and I Am My Father’s Son” on ‘Songbook of Songs’ (Sub Pop) SP-676
2006 “Shine a Light” on ‘Rescue Me [Television Soundtrack]’ (Nettwerk America – US) 305652
2008 “Call It a Ritual” on ‘Terminal Sales Vol. 3: Happy Birthday to Me’ (Sub Pop) SPCD-779


WONDERFUL GRAND BAND
Glenn Simmons
(vocals, guitars) / Ron Hynes (vocals, acoustic guitar, mandolin, banjo) / Jamie Snider (vocals, guitars, mandolin, fiddle) / Sandy Morris (guitars, backing vocals) / Ian Perry (bass, backing vocals) / Paul “Boomer” Stamp (drums, percussion, backing vocals) / Kelly Russell (fiddle; 1978-1980) / Rocky Wiseman (drums; 1978-1981) / Brian Hennessey (bass; 1978) / “Captain” Luke Strotz (harmonica; 1983) / Kevin MacNeil (drums; 1982) / Howie Warden (bass; 1982-83) / Steve Annan (guitar; 1982-83)
Formed in St. John’s, Newfoundland in 1978, Ron Hynes – who had been solo artist – was a founding member. Their self-titled debut would be released that year. The Wonderful Grand Band would star in 40 half-hour television episodes for CBC television between 1980 and 1983. In 1981 they released their second studio album ‘Living In A Fog’. The band eventually went their separate ways and Hynes returned to solo performing and recording releasing six more solo albums over the next 30 years; Hynes announced that he was unwell during a solo performance in July 2012 and confirmed a few weeks later that he had been diagnosed with throat cancer. Before undergoing treatment in 2012, Hynes performed before a sold-out crowd at Mile One Centre, joined by the reunited Wonderful Grand Band, plus an all-star cast of Newfoundland musicians to a sold-out show of 3,000; Hynes would succumb to his cancer November 19, 2015.

Singles
1978
Sonny’s Dream/Budgell’s Jigs (Quay) CS-014
1981 Babylon Mall/Hard Times (Grand East) GE-101
1981 Suzie/Livin’ In A Fog (Grand East) GE-102
1981 Go For Love/Dancin’ In the Street (Grand East) GE-103

Albums
1978
The Wonderful Grand Band (Quay) CS78-014
1981 Living In A Fog (Grand East) GE-1001


WOOD, Joe
Before becoming the owner of RDR Music (Rosedale Records)  duplicating independent CDs, cassettes and promoting digital music to radio, he was a singer-songwriter/guitarist that recorded and released his own records. Most of his singles were produced by Rich Dodson (Stampeders)

Singles
1979
Bright Eyes/Bitter Blue (Black Bear) BBR-2007
1979 The Memory/Confidence (Black Bear) BBR-2009
1981 State of Mind/The Memory (Black Bear)  BBR-2011
1982 Love In Your Blue Eyes/State of Mind (Rosedale) RDR-2007
1982 The Boy Loves You/[same] (Rosedale) RDR-2008
1983 Oh Girl/Love In Your Blue Eyes (Rosedale) RDR-2009
1983 Mona Lisa Smile/[same] (Rosedale) RDR-2012
1984 Won’t You Dance With Me/Mona Lisa Smile (Rosedale) RDR-2016
1984 You Need A Friend/Won’t You Dance With Me (Rosedale) RDR-2018
1986 Lost Love/[same] (Rosedale) RDR-800

Album
1982
Joe Wood (RDR)


WOODS, Mike
Folk singer Mike Woods is originally from Brooks, Alberta but now lives in Southern Ontario.

Singles
1982 Working Together/Alberta (Scottwood) SW-101
198- Since You’ve Been Gone (Roto-Noto) RN-1017

Albums
1983
It’s You [4 song EP] (Scottwood) SW-102


WOOD, Teak
The musical alias for musician Philip Englishman. He was signed to Arc Records in the mid-1960s. The label sent him to England to record “See My Girl” and “In His Hands” with Beatles producer George Martin. “See My Girl” charted in 1967. His next single was The Supremes’ “You Keep Me Hangin’ On” before Vanilla Fudge re-did it as a heavy blues track later that year. In fact, Englishman sold them his arrangement for the song for $500. His backing band, The Chips, consisted of Madison Cassis (bass), Robert Burr (guitar), George Pliakes (guitar), Roman Huzar (drums), George Waters (saxophone), and Micky Kay (trumpet). Englishman would land the lead in the Toronto musical production of “You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown.” He would became the first performer named ‘Mr. Music’ on the long running ‘Uncle Bobby Show’ on CTV. Englishman left the music business to raise a family by the mid-1970s. Daughter Jenny-Bea Englishman is better known as singer-songwriter Esthero. Son Jason Englishman, known commercially as J. Englishman, had a brief run at the music charts in the 1990s. With notes from Jason Englishman.

Singles
1967
See My Girl/In His Hands (Arc) A-1166
1967 You Keep Me Hangin’ On/Okay (Arc) A-1191

Compilation Tracks
1968
“You Keep Me Hangin’ On” on ‘CTV’s After Four’ (Yorkville) YVM-33003


WOODEN STARS
Julien Beillard (guitar, vocals) / Mathieu Beillard (bass) / Mike Feuerstack (guitar) / Josh Latour (bass) / Andrew McCormack (drums)
From Ottawa, Ontario.

Singles
1996
Farewell To the Yellow Jacket Avenger/Donkeys (Lunamoth) NR-19769

Albums
1995
The Very Same
1997 Mardi Gras (Sappy/Sonic Unyon)
1998 Rise Up & Get Down (Rhythm of Sickness) ROS-004
1999 The Moon (Matlock) MAO-006-CD
2007 People Are Different (Sonic Unyon) SUNCD-116

with JULIE DOIRON & THE WOODEN STARS
2002
Julie Doiron & The Wooden Stars (Jagjaguwar)

Compilation Tracks
1996
“Agonies of Hell” and “Schoolyard” on ‘Ottawa City Speedway’ (Cargo) CARD-1038
2007 “Saskatchewan” on ‘Rheostatics Tribute: The Secret Sessions’ (Zune) ZUN-020


WOODS ARE FULL OF CUCKOOS, The
Gord Cumming (guitar) / Patrick Gregory (guitar) / Richard Gregory
From the East End of Toronto. Morphed into The Lawn. [also see THE LAWN]

Albums
1982
The Smile That Wins [6-song cassette] (independent)Compilation Tracks
1983 “Standard Toy” and “I’m Apart” on ‘Smash ‘83’ (Smash)
1987 “Lake” and “Poe Song” on ‘Lake Toronto Compilation’ [cassette] (Sound of Pig) SOP-117


WOODS, Holly
A native of Durham, North Carolina, Anne “Holly” Woods moved from San Francisco to Toronto in the mid 70’s after fronting Sass, and then Gambler. She was introduced to Brian Allen in 1977, and with the addition of Scott Kreyer, Nick Costello and Jimmy Fox (all native New Yorkers) and Sheron Alton, Toronto was formed. After a string of Top 40 hits and nearly 700,000 albums sold, Toronto disbanded in 1985. Holly Woods and Scott Kreyer relocated to Atlanta, Georgia and began recording at Lowery Studios with producer Sonny Limbo but the sessions were cut short when Sonny passed away. The “lost” masters were resurrected as a Holly Woods solo CD called ‘Live It Up’ on Cyclone Records in 2007. With notes from Brad Trew. [also see TORONTO]

Albums
2007
Live It Up (Cyclone)


WOODS, Mike
Folk singer Mike Woods is originally from Brooks, Alberta but now lives in Southern Ontario.

Singles
1982
Working Together/Alberta (Scottwood) SW-101
198- Since You’ve Been Gone (Roto-Noto) RN-1017

Albums
1983
It’s You [4 song EP] (Scottwood) SW-102

Compilation Tracks
1992
“Life In a Song” on ‘Unsigned, Sealed & Delivered, Vol. 3’ (Bullseye) BLP-CD-4005


WOODYARD, Jim
Born: James David Woodyard
Singer-songwriter Jim Woodyard found national exposure in 1977 after the label he was on, Maple Haze, was restructured under the name Dyna-West and distributed nationally by Quality Records. He moved to the new imprint along with label-mate Tim Williams. He would release the album “Basement Suite’ in 1977 which gave birth to several singles. He would move to Sloth Records in 1981 for his “Playing With Fire” single.

Singles
1976
Pennsylvania Flower/In Her Arms To Stay (Hiway) H-1001
1977 She Loves Me Like A Baby/Circle Of Friends (Maple Haze) MH-7630
1977 She Loves Me Like A Baby/Circle Of Friends (Dyna-West) DW-7701
1977 Lioness In Sheeps Clothing/Sail Away (Dyna-West) DW-7702
1977 Movin’ On/[same] (Dyna-West) DW-7705
1978 Heaven Only Knows/Hello April (Dyna-West) DW-7811
1981 Playing With Fire/Resting In the Arms of Amazing Grace (Sloth) SS-105

Albums
1977
Basement Suite (Dyna-West) DWLP-77102


WORK PARTY
Annie Moss (vocals) / Alvin Collis (guitar, vocals) / Pat Robertson (guitar) / Connie Nowe (drums) / Bryan James (bass)
From Vancouver, British Columbia

Singles
1984 The Work Song/Come On Over (MoDaMu) MDM-11

Compilation Tracks
1991
“Work Song” on ‘Last Call: Vancouver Independent Music 1977-1988’ (Zulu) ZULU 5-2


WORKMAN, Hawksley
Born: Ryan Corrigan in March 4, 1975
Corrigan was born in Huntsville, Ontario, and after graduating from Huntsville High School, he moved to Toronto, to pursue music. In a basement studio on Hillsdale Avenue Workman recorded and released his first album, ‘For Him and the Girls’ in 1999 on his own Isadora Records imprint. In 2000, Workman and his live band collaborated on on the album ‘Chrome Reflection’ with Jason Collett and Andrew Cash under the sobriquet Bird. Workman then went to work on his sophomore effort, ‘(Last Night We Were) The Delicious Wolves’ in 2001 which was distributed by Universal Music and became his international calling card on the back of the singles “Striptease” and “Jealous of Your Cigarette”. In December 2001 he released an EP of original Christmas songs entitled ‘Almost a Full Moon’. Workman won a JUNO Award for ‘Best New Solo Artist’ and ‘Best Video’ for “Jealous of Your Cigarette”. His next release, 2003’s ‘Lover/Fighter’, was recorded in an old schoolhouse in Muskoka and yielded the singles “We Will Still Need a Song”, “Smoke Baby”, “Anger as Beauty”, “Even an Ugly Man” and “No Reason to Cry Out Your Eyes (On the Highway Tonight)”. Workman was then featured alongside Jully Black and Sam Roberts in the MuchMusic documentary ‘Inside Your Threads’ which showed the living and working conditions of garment workers in Bangladesh making clothes for the North American market. Live in Lille, released in 2004, is a DVD of a live performance performed in Lille, France that showcases his live musicianship. In 2004 Workman also released the online album, ‘Before We Were Security Guards’ of material originally recorded in 1998 but previously unreleased. He also released the DVD ‘Live in Lille’ from his performance in Lille, France. In 2006, Workman released three new albums – the freshly recorded ‘Treeful of Starling’, ‘Puppy’ which was a holdover of material recorded between his first two albums and ‘My Little Toothless Beauties’ which had been recorded after ‘Lover/Fighter’. The Doc McKinney produced album ‘Between the Beautifuls’ was released in early 2008 and spawned the single “Piano Blink”. Another album for the European market, ‘Los Manlicious’, was released in May 2008 (and in Canada later that summer). It featured a different producer on almost every song including Doc McKinney, Andre Wahl, Bob Ezrin, John Southworth, Ken Friesen, Matt DeMatteo, James Paul. The first single from the album was “When You Gonna Flower?”. Workman filmed 8 videos for 13 of the album’s tracks while touring Europe. In 2010 he released another two albums – ‘Meat’ (in January) and ‘Milk’ (August). The following November, Workman, issued a re-recorded version of his Christmas EP ‘Almost a Full Moon’ as a full-length CD called ‘Full Moon Eleven’. Between album projects Workman has also been a member of the band The Mounties with Steve Bays (Hot Hot Heat) and Ryan Dahle (Limblifter). [also see THE MOUNTIES]

Singles
2001
Jealous of Your Cigarette/No More Named Johnny (Live Version) (Isadora/Universal) UMCR-4463
2001 Striptease (Isadora/Universal) HAWK-2
2003 Smoke Baby (Isadora/Universal)
2003 Anger As Beauty/Love Will Tear Us Apart (Isadora/Universal) 809585
2003 Even an Ugly Man (Isadora/Universal)
2003 We Will Still Need a Song [4 song EP] (Isadora/Universal)
2004 No Reason to Cry Out Your Eyes (On the Highway Tonight) (Isadora/Universal)
2008 Piano Blink (Isadora)
2008 When You Gonna Flower? (Isadora)
2010 Not Your Parent’s Music/Where Do the Dead Bird’s Go? (Isadora) ISALP-014
2010 The Ground We Stand On (Isadora)
2010 (The Happiest Day I Know Is a) Tokyo Bicycle (Isadora – UK) ISA13-TBADV

Albums
1999
For Him and the Girls (Isadora) ISA-65
2001 (Last Night We Were) the Delicious Wolves (Isadora/Universal) 201624
2001 Almost a Full Moon [EP] (Isadora/Universal) 167872
2002 Almost a Full Moon [re-issue, new track list] (Isadora/Universal) 422322
2003 Lover/Fighter (Isadora/Universal) 986063
2003 We Will Still Need a Song [EP] (Isadora/Universal) 986161
2004 Before We Were Security Guards (Isadora)
2006 Treeful of Starling (Isadora/Universal) 851177
2006 My Little Toothless Beauties (Isadora/Universal)
2006 Puppy (A Boy’s Truly Rough) (Isadora/Universal)
2008 Between the Beautifuls (Isadora/Universal) 750562
2008 Between the B-Sides [EP] (Isadora/Universal)
2008 Los Manlicious (Isadora/Universal) 750563
2010 Meat (Isadora) ISA-11
2010 Milk (Isadora) ISA-12
2011 Full Moon Eleven (Isadora) ISA-0015
2013 Songs From the Gods That Come (Isadora) ISA-0016
2015 Old Cheetah (Six Shooter) SIX-093
2019 Median Age Wasteland (Isadora) 19348-33828
2020 Less Rage, More Tears

with BIRD
2000
Chrome Reflection

Compilation Tracks
2003
“The World On a String” on ‘Stormy Weather: The Music of Harold Arlen’ (Sony Classical – JAPAN) SICP-355
2005 “Revolution” on ‘With A Little Help From My Fans’ (Les Inrockuptibles – FRANCE) CD-LI-05-114
2006 “Jealous of Your Cigarette” on ‘Oh What a Feeling 3 – Juno Awards: Celebrating 35 Years of the Best in Canadian Music’ (EMI) 59829
2008 “Merry Christmas (I Love You)” on ‘Now! Christmas 3’ (Warner) 931514
2010 “I Loved You Too Much” on ‘Garth Hudson Presents a Canadian Celebration of The Band’ (Sony)


WORKMAN, Nanette
Born: Nanette Joan Workman on November 20, 1945 in Brooklyn, New York, USA
Her mother, Beatryce Kreisman, was in the New York City Opera Company, while her father, Ernest Workman, was a trumpeter in Tommy Dorsey’s Orchestra. As a child growing up in Jackson, Mississippli, she studied piano. Her first public performance was at the age of 11 when she appeared in the local WLBT television show ‘Mr. Magic’ (aka ‘Junior Time’). She would the graduate to become the star of her own weekly TV show ‘Teen Tempos’. After graduating from highschool she attended the University of Southern Mississippi before leaving at the age of 18 for the bright lights of Broadway. She initially understudied for ‘How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying’ before taking the role of Rosemary in 1964 and eventually the lead in summer stock. In 1966 Workman met Canadian music producer Tony Roman and recorded her first single – the French language song “Et Maintenant”. The song charted in Québec for fifteen weeks and eventually peaked at No.1. After relocating to Montreal she spent the next two years as a Canadian recording and television star as host of ‘Fleurs D’Amours et Fleurs d’Amitie’. In 1969 Workman moved to England where she had a weekly recurring role on Peter Cook and Dudley Moore’s BBC-TV series ‘Not Only… But Also’. Workman also took studio session jobs under the name Nanette Newman singing backup vocals on The Rolling Stones’ “You Can’t Always Get What You Want” and “Country Honk” on the band’s ‘Let it Bleed’ album (1969), as well as their 1969 single “Honky Tonk Woman”. In addition, she appeared on ‘The Benny Hill Show’ singing “Everybody’s Singing Like Now” in February 1971. Workman toured France as opening act for Johnny Hallyday in 1973 and made three albums with Yves Martin which led to tours of Africa, Polynesia and Europe. She would finally settle back in Québec in 1974 where she continued recording more French language albums. She had successive chart-topping singles with “Lady Marmalade”, “Danser Danser”, and the Luc Plomondon song “Call Girl” which went to No.1. Workman returned to France in 1978 to star in Plumondon’s ‘Starmania’ Rock opera. In 1979 she sang backup vocals on the Frank Marino and Mahogany Rush song “Sister Change” from the album ‘Tales of the Unexpected’. In 1980 she recorded the album ‘Chaude’ with her brother Bill Workman and Luc Plamondon and toured Québec with the show ‘Du gramophone au laser’. In 1990 she returned to Paris, France to play La Diva in Plamondon-Berger’s James Dean-themed Rock opera, ‘La Légende de Jimmy’. In April 2000 Nanette Workman was inducted into the Mississippi Musicians Hall of Fame. IN May 2001 she released the English language album ‘Roots ‘N Blues’ and appeared in the Radio-Canada television series ‘Rivière-des-Jérémie’ as well as hosting thirteen episodes of ‘Generation 70’. In 2007, she was honored with the opening of The Nanette Workman French (Francophone) House on the Mississippi State University campus. The facility houses American and French-speaking students from around the world.  Workman has also done session work on recordings by John Lennon, Elton John, The Bombers, Boule Noir, Gary Wright, Johnny Hallyday, Jim Zeller and many duets with Michel Pagliaro.

Singles
1966 Et maintenant/Chez-moi (Canusa) C-302
1966 La merveille de tout ça /Peint en noir (Canusa) C-306
1966 J’y parviens avec toi/Guantanamera (Canusa) C-309
1967 Alfie/Je me retracte (Canusa) C-332
1968 Je t’aimerai toujours/Je rentre chez nous (Canusa) C-346
1968 Tu t’en Iras/Parce que je t’aime (Canusa) C-365
1968 Rien d’autre/J’entends cette mélodie (Canusa) C-378
1969 Boom bang a bang/Lorsque je m’couche (Canusa) C-389
1969 Je t’applaudis/Ici, ailleurs ou n’impote où (Canusa) C-400
1970 Flying Machine/You’re Wasting Your Time (Columbia – France) 2C-006-91144-M
1970 Every Night When I Cry Myself to Sleep/Jamie (Columbia – France) 2C-006-91515
1971 Everybody’s Singing Like Now/Could I Forget [as Nanette] (Columbia – France) 2C-006-92254
1972 Fleur déracinée (Parade – France) 6061-300
1972 The Look of Love/I’m Going Out (Canusa) C-502
197- Arrivee de Barbara/Une petite femme de Calgary (Deram) DF-565
197- Guatanamera/Petit homme
197- Let Me Be The One/To Be Loved (Columbia – UK) 8733
1975 Crying Crying/If It Wasn’t For The Money (Atco) 7034
1975 The Queen/Save Me (Big Tree/Atlantic/WEA) BTS-16065
1975 Lady Marmalade/Lady Marmalade (Instrumentale) (Pacha) PAC-4420
1976 Baby Boom/Danser Danser (Pacha) PAC-4428
1976 J’ai le gout de baiser/Rappelle-toi (Pacha) PAC-4431
1976 C’est platte/Donne Donne (Pacha) PAC-4441
1976 Compte sur moi/Toutes mes journees defoncee (Pacha) PAC-4445
1976 Ce soir on m’invite/Quelqu’un qui m’excite (Pacha) PAC-4448
1977 Ce n’etait qu’un reve/Je suis tannee (Pacha) PAC-4452
1977 Dis-moi tout/Excuse-moi (Pacha) PAC-4453
1977 Kiss Me Goodbye (Pacha) PAC-4455
1977 Billy/There’s a Man (Telson/Discotel) AF-501
1978 Docteur/Ils m’ont tous quittee (Solo) SOL-11416
1979 Ce soir on danse a Naziland/Travesti (Solo) SOL-11423
1981 Femme a Musiciens/[same] (RCA/Victor) PB-8687
1982 Call Girl/Instrumental (Kebec-Disc) KD-9123
1982 Dracula/S.O.S. D’la Tendresse (Kebec-Disc) KD-9162
1984 Comme Un Gigolo/[same] (Laser) L-1502
1996 Jesse (EMI)
1996 Le temps de m’y faire (EMI)
1997 Dans mes yeux noirs (EMI)

with TONY ROMAN & NANETTE WORKMAN
1967
Petit homme/T’es ma vie (Canusa) C-311
1967 Hey Joe/Où t’en vas-tu (Canusa) C-320
1967 Mercy Mercy Mercy/Ann Koran (Canusa) C-333
1967 C’est l’amour qui nous a conduit à l’autel/Tu peux t’en aller (Canusa) C-334
1967 Le bonhomme hiver/Joyeux Noël (Canusa) C-338
1968 Les petites choses/Rien d’autre (Canusa) C-355
1969 Reviens/Une raison pour te croire (Canusa) C-392
1969 Attends-moi je reviens (Canusa) CT-35048

with NANETTE WORKMAN & JOHNNY HALLYDAY
1972 Fleur deracinee/Apprendre à vivre ensemble (Phonodisque) PH-6061300

Albums
1966 Le Palmares de Nanette (Trans-Canada) TCM-913
1967 Je me rétracte (Canusa) CLJ-33-105
1975 Lady Marmalade (Pacha) PAC-11201
1976 Nanette Workman (Pacha) PAC-11203
1977 Nanette Workman (Pacha) PAC-11205
1977 Grits & Cornbread (Telson) AF-2500
1980 Chaude (RCA/Victor) KPL1-0381
1983 Nanette Workman (Kébec-Disc) KD-570
1990 Les Grands Succes (???) CSCD-6122
1994 Rock & Romance (Double) DOCD-30027
1996 Une à une (Double) DOCD-30039
1999 Danser Danser (Mérite) 22-7712
2000 Call Girl (Mérite) 22-2424
2001 Roots ‘n’ Blues (Bros) BROS-11001
2003 Vanilla Blues Café (Bros) BROS-13001
2003 Honky Tonk Woman (Mérite) 22-2427
2005 Mississippi Rolling Stone (Bros) BROS-15002

Compilation Tracks
1975
“Lady Marmalade (French Version)” on ‘Discomania’ (Jukebox International) 74004


WORKS, The
Brian Maloney
(lead vocals) / Jim Huff (guitars) / Stuart Zaltz (keyboards) / Klyph Black (bass; session w/The Works) / Paul Managoni (drums; session w/The Works) / Scott Lucas (drums; added to Wall of Silence) / Tim Harrington (bass; added to Wall of Silence)
Maloney and Huff were originally members of Mannequin. With Zaltz they became The Works, the band released an album called ‘From Out Of Nowhere’, produced by Tom Allom, also featured musical contributions by Paul Marangoni (drums), Klyph Black (bass) and Ed Calle (saxophone). With little momentum as a studio outfit the band became a live entity and mutated into Wall Of Silence featuring drummer Scott Lucas and bassist Tim Harrington. They released one album called ‘Shock To The System’ in 1992 on A & M. Zaltz would record under the name Any Day Now with Al Langlade; Harrington would do a stint with Honeymoon Suite in the mid-90s. Jim Huff now lives in Los Angeles, and has over 20 years experience as a producer, songwriter and composer who is now signed to OLE Publishing; his songs can be heard on top-selling albums by Edwin (“And You”) and The Mudmen (co-writer and arranger of 4 songs with EMI’s Celtic rockers, including the single “Five O’Clock”). He has recently co-written and produced songs for Holly Brook (Linkin Park’s Machine Shop Recordings signing) and BMG publishing development signing, Oliver; Huff also writes for film and television, having arranged and composed music for ‘Monster House’ (Discovery Channel), Days Of Our Lives (NBC), the Goldie Hawn produced movie of the week, ‘The Matthew Shepard Story’ (NBC) and the title track for the feature film ‘Under Heavy Fire’ (HBO); Jim Huff died in 2019. With notes from Jim Huff. [Not to be confused with the 2005 Wall of Silence who released an album entitled ‘Over the Edge’]. with notes from Jim Huff.

Singles
1989 Dancing On A Wing/Miss Perfection (A & M) AM-798

as WALL OF SILENCE
1992 Addicted (A & M) 90715

Albums
1989 From Out Of Nowhere (A & M) SP-9160

as WALL OF SILENCE
1992 Shock To The System (A & M) 828397-205-2


WORLD ON EDGE
Rob Meyer / Stephe Thompson / Peter Hopkins / Jon Daniels
World On Edge were a four piece band from Québec in the 1990’s. They co-wrote and recorded their self-titled debut album with Christian Schudde which was released in 1990. The album produced 7 (seven) singles – six of which reached the Top 40 charts in Canada. “Still Beating”, “Only The Lonely” and “Wash the Rain” all hit Top20. They opened for Roxette on the Canadian leg of that group’s 1992 tour. They also received a Juno Award nomination for ‘Most Promising New Group’ that year. The 1993 follow-up album ‘Against All Gods’ produced three singles which all charted poorly. The band broke up shortly thereafter.

Singles
1990
Still Beating (Virgin) PRCD-013
1990 Only The Lonely (Virgin)
1991 Wash The Rain/Burning Bridges (Virgin)
1991 Stand, Push And Fall (Virgin)
1991 Love Like Candy (Virgin) WORLD-5
1991 Goodbye (Virgin) WORLD-3106
1992 Little Lack of Love (Virgin)
1993 Big Sky (Virgin) AAG-01
1993 Who Shot Harry (Virgin) AAG-02
1991 Things I Never Did (Virgin) AAG-03

Albums
1990
World On Edge (Virgin) V1-43106
1993 Against All Gods (Virgin) V2-87851


WRABIT
Lou Nadeau
(vocals) / John Albani (guitar) / David Aplin (guitar) / David Kirby (keyboards) / Les Paulhus (keyboards, vocals; replaced Kirby 1981) / Gerald O’Brien (keyboards; replaced Paulhus 1982) / Lou Pomanti (keyboards; replaced O’Brien 1983) / Ron Smith (bass) / Chris Brockway (bass, vocals; replaced Smith 1981) / Scott “Jeff” Steck (drums) / Gary McCracken (drums; replaced Steck 1981)
An AOR band from the Ottawa region who formed as Telemann 1977. After moving to Toronto and leaving Kirby and Smith behind (recruiting Les Paulhus and Chris Brockway) to play predominantly Kansas and Journey covers mixed with some originals. They were noticed by indie label Attitude Records chief Michael Rosen and changed their name to Wrabit. Initially the label was to be distributed by CBS but by the time the band’s ‘Wrough & Wready’ album was completed at Phase One in Toronto in early 1981, it would be released on MCA. With their first single, “Anyway Anytime” garnering some radio play, Wrabit did an opening slot on an American leg of Black Sabbath’s 1981 ‘Mob Rules’ tour in March and April of that year. Upon returning Gary McCracken, fresh off his tour as Klaatu’s live drummer, replaced Steck and Surrender/Klaatu’s live keyboardist Gerald O’Brien replaced Paulhus. The revised line-up headed back into Phase One studio with producer Paul Gross to complete their next album, ‘Tracks’, in 1982. More touring ensued with nominal radio play nationally for the single “Don’t Lose That Feeling” while they were on tour in Canada with Rush. News that their album was booming in Japan led to a second single, “Don’t Stop Me Now”, and a shotgun tour of the Pacific Rim was assembled. McCracken was replaced by another Gary (Craig), and Gerald O’Brien was replaced by Lou Pomanti before the band went to Metalworks Studio for their third album. In February 1983, with producer David Bendeth, they recorded ‘West Side Kid’. Still, after considerable struggle and little recognition (except for Japan) the band called it a day. With their MCA connections already in place, Chris Brockway recruited former Wrabit guitarist David Aplin to form Hanover and were signed to MCA in 1984 for one album; Aplin would later do cover tune work in club bands such as The Hitmen (with singer Rob Louden) and the ViCE LoRDS; John Albani took Aplin’s place in the newly formed Lee Aaron Project and would go on to be Aaron’s songwriting partner for most the 1980s and eventually set up a recording facility in Nashville; Lou Nadeau started his own Tom Jones clone act under the name of Lou Nelson; David Kirby became a prominent talent agent in Toronto and New York; Ron Smith retired from music; Gerald O’Brien is a successful songwriter and session player in the US; Gary McCracken performed for many years in ZZTop cover band Tres Hombres and now owns a music store in his home town of Sarnia; Jeff Steck works for The Canada Customs And Revenue Agency and plays part time in Nepean (Ottawa), Ontario; Lou Pomanti is still an in-demand session player. with notes from Jeff Steck, Erik McIlhinney,

Singles
1981 Back Home/How Does She Do It (MCA) MCA-51208
1981 Anyway, Anytime/Don’t Say Goodnite To Rock And Roll (MCA) MCA-52010
1981 Too Many Years/Just Go Away (MCA – UK) MCA-767
1982 Don’t Lose That Feeling/Don’t Lose That Feeling (MCA) MCA-52117
1982 Don’t Stop Me Now/ (MCA)
1983 Say Lady Say/Sing Boy (MCA) MCA-52277

Albums
1981 Wrough & Wready (Attitude/MCA) MCA-5268
1982 Tracks (Attitude/MCA) MCA-5359
1983 West Side Kid (Attitude/MCA) MCA-39005

Compilation Tracks
1984
“Just Go Away” on ‘Striktly for Konnoisseurs’ (Music for Nations – US) MFN-32


WRIGHT, Michelle
Born: July 1, 1961 in Chatham, Ontario
Born in Chatham, Ontario, Wright grew up in Merlin, Ontario where her musical parents were local performers. While in college studying counseling for the mentally disadvantaged, she joined a local band starting in 1980. By 1983 she decided to form her own group and by 1985 she was signed to Savannah Records as a solo performer. In 1986 her debut single, “I Want to Count on You”, was released, peakeding on the RPM Country Tracks chart at No.48. The song “New Fool At An Old Game” followed in 1987 as well as a duet with Terry Carisse called “None of the Feeling Is Gone.” Her debut album,’Do Right By Me,’ followed in 1988 and produced another six charting singles. Her cover of Andy Kim’s “Rock Me Gently reached No.7 of the RPM Country Tracks chart. The album’s Canadian success convinced Arista Nashville to take a chance on Wright stateside. In April 1990, Wright’s first single for the label was “New Kind of Love” which reached No.32 on Billboard Hot Country singles chart and a Top-5 hit in Canada. This was followed in July with her eponymous sophomore release in July. She won ‘Female Artist of the Year’ by the Canadian Country Music Association and ‘Album of the Year’ for ‘Michelle Wright’, ‘Single of the Year’ for “New Kind of Love,” and ‘Female Artist of the Year’ again in 1991 by the Canadian Country Music Association. The roller coaster success led Wright to relocate to Nashville, Tennessee. She was also added to Kenny Rogers’ 1991 tour as opening act. Her third album, ‘Now & Then,’ was released in May 1992 and the first single, “Take It Like a Man”, reached No.1 in Canada and No.10 in the United States on the Country music charts. She also had a Canadian adult contemporary crossover hit with the song peaking at No. 18. The tune would win the 1992 ‘Single of the Year’ award from the Canadian Country Music Association. As 1993 opened she won ‘Top New Female Vocalist’ from the Academy of Country Music. Wright would also appear on the CBS television special, ‘Women of Country.’ The ‘Now & Then’ album, like its predecessor, would produce six more singles, two more No.1 hits in “One Time Around” and “Guitar Talk” in Canada. The single “He Would Be Sixteen” reached No. 31 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart and No. 3 on the Canadian RPM Country Tracks chart. It won ‘Single of the Year’ by the Canadian Country Music Association in 1993. Wright also won the Fans’ Choice Award from Canadian Country Music Association that year. 1994’s “One Good Man” single became her fourth No.1 single in Canada, but did not reach the Billboard Top-40 in the U.S. The failure to have a successful lead single in America caused her fourth album, ‘The Reasons Why,’ to be cancelled in the United States. It was released in Canada in September 1994 in Canada and in Europe after a Wright completed a successful tour overseas in mid-1994. In early 1995, she embarked on a 40-city cross-Canada tour.Wright also won the Fans’ Choice Award from Canadian Country Music Association again in 1995. In August 1996, Wright released her fifth album, ‘For Me It’s You,’ and her next No.1 single in Canada entitled “Nobody’s Girl.” Though the song peaked at No. 57 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart, the album did see a U.S. release. Wright would sing the song on an episode of the Canadian TV show “Due South” in which she also acted. In Canada, three more singles reached Top-5 with “Crank My Tractor,” “The Answer Is Yes,” and “What Love Looks Like.” The album was not as successful in the United States. The following year, Wright received an award from the C.F. Martin Humanitarian Award by the Canadian Country Music Association for her international work with the Special Olympics. In 1999, Wright’s duet with pianist Jim Brickman entitled “Your Love” from 1997 was released to radio in the U.S. gave Wright her only American adult contemporary hit peaking at No. 19 on the Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks chart. It would be Wright’s last hit in the U.S. Wright also released ‘The Greatest Hits Collection’ in October 1999, which included two new songs, “I Surrender” and “When I Found You” – both becoming Top-10 hits on Canadian Country radio. In 2000, Arista Nashville released the hits package with a different track listing. It was her last album with the label. In 2002, Wright secured a new label deal with RCA Records/ViK. Recordings and in June that year released ‘Shut Up and Kiss Me.’She co-wrote eight of the album’s twelve songs. In 2004, Wright launched her first Christmas tour entitled ‘Dreaming of a Wright Christmas.’ Following another new record deal with Icon Records, Wright released the Christmas album, ‘A Wright Christmas,’ in Canada (with digital releases in the U.S. in 2007, and Europe in 2008). The Patricia Conroy-written song “I Know Santa’s Been Here” was released as the album’s first single in December 2005. In June 2008, Wright released ‘Everything and More’ in Canada (and digitally in the U.S. in 2007) on her old label, Savannah. 2011 saw the release of Wright’s first live album, ‘The Wright Songs: An Acoustic Evening with Michelle Wright’ on Savannah Records. She was also inducted in the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame that year. In April 2012 Wright released a new single, “Another Good Day,” to Canadian country radio on April 24, 2012. Exactly a year later she released another new single entitled “Strong” – the title track of her next studio album. A change in management came in 2015 as Wright signed with Nashville-based Chuck Thompson. Another label change in 2018 produced a two-song single in “Lovin’ This Day” and “Attitude Is Everything” for digital platforms. For Wright’s 2019 Christmas concert dates in Alberta and Ontario, she advanced the Christmas Classic “Silver Bells.”

Singles
1987
New Fool At An Old Game/I Want To Count On You (Savannah) SRS-851
1988 The Rhythm Of Romance/Reaching For the Stars (Savannah) SRS-873
1988 Rock Me Gently/Reaching For the Stars (Savannah – NETH) SVSI-1114
1988 Do Right By Me [CD] (Savannah) PRO-633
1988 I Wish I Were Only Lonely/[same] (WEA) PRO-646
1990 New Kind Of Love/As Far As Lonely Goes (Arista – US) AS-2002
1990 Woman’s Intuition/As Far As Lonely Goes (Arista – US) AS-2090
1990 A Heartbeat Away/[same] (Arista – US) AS-2152
1991 All You Really Wanna Do/The Longest Night (Arista – US) AS-2208
1992 Take It Like A Man/Guitar Talk (Arista – US) 12406-7
1992 One Time Around/A Little More Comfortable (Arista – US) 12444-7
1992 He Would Be Sixteen (Arista) KCDP-51108
1992 He Would Be Sixteen/The Change (Arista – US) 12480-7
1993 The Change/If I’m Ever Over You (Arista – US) 12528-7
1994 One Good Man/Where Do We Go From Here (Arista – US) 12727-7
1996 Nobody’s Girl/I’m Not Afraid (Arista Nashville – US) 13023-7SA
1996 The Answer Is Yes/Cold Kisses (Arista Nashville – US) 13053-7
1999 When I Found You (BMG) KCDP-51748
2000 Broken (Album Version) (BMG) KCDP-52019

as TERRY CARISSE & MICHELLE WRIGHT
1987
None Of The Feeling Is Gone/New Fool At An Old Game (Savannah) SRS-860

as JIM BRICKMAN featuring MICHELLE WRIGHT
1999
Your Love (Holiday Version) (Windham Hill – US) WD99-82

Albums
1988
Do Right By Me (Savannah) SRL-9831
1990 Michelle Wright (Arista) ARCD-8627
1992 Now & Then (Arista) CARCD-8685
1994 The Reasons Why (Arista) 0782218753
1996 For Me It’s You (Arista) ARCD-8815
2002 Shut Up and Kiss Me (RCA/Vik.) 7432192733
2005 A Wright Christmas (Icon) BX-1093
2008 Everything And More (Savannah) SAV-8123
2011 The Wright Songs (Savannah) SAV-8126
2013 Strong (Savannah) SAV-8127


WRIGHT, Priscilla
Born: August 14, 1940 in London, Ontario
Granddaughter of former Conservative Prime Minister Arthur Meighen, Priscilla Wright’s first public appearance came as the vocalist in a Bromo Seltzer commercial. A record exec at Unique Records heard her and signed her. At the age of 14 and still living at home, Wright had a North American hit with her song “Man In The Raincoat” which gave her the opportunity to appear on the Ed Sullivan Show, Perry Como, Soupy Sales, and CBC-TV as well has having her face on the cover of Cashbox music magazine in the US. The record sold a million copies and led to a US acting and recording contract. Part of this deal was appearing beside Elvis Presley, Pat Boone and fellow Canadians The Four Lads in a music documentary. Her second single, “Me and My Bestest Feller” went Top-10 in Canada. Her career soon hit a brick wall as her parents objected to her rising fame. In the ’60’s she studied Geophysics at the University Of Toronto, and worked in the field before moving to Ottawa as the wife of Conservative MP Geoff Scott. Later in her career Wright would join band leader Moxie Whitney for a 14 year vocal stint. She also did time with The National Press and Allied Jazz Band. In 1985 Wright recorded the Michael Bolton song “Heartbeat” which reached No. 8 on the Canadian National Chart of ‘The Record’ magazine. This was followed by the John Jones penned “Say You’ll Stay Forever” which received high recommendations from Billboard magazine. But it was the 1988 remake of her own ‘Man In the Raincoat’ which wound up hitting No. 8 and spending 18 weeks on the RPM magazine music chart. In 1991 Attic Records president Al Mair contacted her about reviving her career and in 1992 she was promoting her first album ‘When You Love Somebody’ which spawned two singles. The resulting resurgence led to Wright’s nomination for a 1993 JUNO Award for ‘Most Promising Female Vocalist’. 1995 saw the follow-up album ‘The Singer and the Song’ on Radioland/Polygram and received critical acclaim for its tasteful interpretation of timeless jazz standards. In recent years Wright has been performing with several Big Bands and symphony orchestras including the Toronto Pops Symphony Orchestra at Toronto’s Massey Hall and has performed on the main stage of jazz festivals including the Montreal Jazz Festival. with notes from Bob Van Dyke.

Singles

1955 Man In The Raincoat/I Wanna Dance To a Mambo Combo (Unique) 303
1955 Could It Be/Midnight Train (Unique) 317
1957 My Sweet Sixteen/Kissing Is Fun (Unique) 335
1957 Teenager Sings The Blues/Don’t Call Me (Unique) 351
1957 Me And My Bestest Feller/I Need You (Unique) 400
1959 Coming Of Age/Sweetest Years (20 Cent) 144
198? Pure Love (Broadland) BR-10
1985 Heartbeat/Say You Love Me Now (Paylode) PL-1990
1985 Say You’ll Stay Forever/If You Say Goodbye (Paylode) PL-1993
1986 Hungry (Paylode) PL-2003
1988 Did You Ever Think/Man In A Raincoat [re-issue] (Tembo) TS-8802
1989 Words On The Wire/[same] (Comstock) COM-1801
1990 God Bless You Baby/[same] (Comstock) COM-1993
1993 Midnight Man (Attic)
1993 Woman’s Intuition (Attic)

Albums
1992 When You Love Somebody (Attic)
1995 The Singer and Her Song (Radioland/Polygram)


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