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Monday, 26 February 2018 10:44

Cooper Brothers

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The Cooper Brothers first gained international attention with their hit singles “The Dream Never Dies”, "Rock and Roll Cowboys" and “I’ll Know Her When I See Her” all charted on The Billboard Hot 100.

In 1980, “The Dream Never Dies” earned an A.S.C.A.P Award as one of the most performed songs on U.S radio.

At the height of their career, the band toured extensively with such diverse artists as The Doobie Brothers, Joe Cocker, Charlie Daniels and the Atlanta Rhythm Section.

Friday, 23 February 2018 11:47

Terry Tufts

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Terry Tufts is a finger-style guitarist living off-grid with his wife and daughter in the bush in North Frontenac, Ontario.
He has been playing music for enjoyment since 1963 and as a profession since 1974 upon completing high school and moving to Fredericton, New Brunswick pursuing his own musical career as a singer-songwriter, guitarist, session musician and sideman for a variety of artists including Susan Aglukark, George Fox, Colleen Peterson, Laura Smith, Ian Tamblyn, Tracey Brown, Wayne Rostad, Tom Paxton, Kathryn Briggs, Marie Lynn Hammond, David Francey, Steel Rail, Melwood Cutlery, Lynn Miles, Bill Garrett & Sue Lothrop, The Arrogant Worms.

He is currently, along with pianist Kathryn Briggs, and double bassist John Geggie, writing and performing music inspired by the life story and canvases of Group of Seven inspiration Tom Thomson as part of The Algonquin Ensemble, a sextet consisting of Kathryn, John, Lisa Moody - Viola, Laura Nerenberg - Violin, Margaret Tobolowska - Cello, Terry on various fretted instruments. Their sold out premiere performance was July 9th, 2017 in Kleinburg, Ontario at The McMichael Canadian Art Collection.

Tuesday, 13 February 2018 09:46

The Commotions

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Some people let adages and axioms slide off their shoulders. Others recognize their essential wisdom and run with them. A sterling example of the latter is the Commotions, for whom the sage chestnut, “Go big or go home” acts as a kind of roadmap for navigating the way forward.

It’s not just that the dapper Ottawa-based combo— 11 members plus a touring vocalist — has two lead singers, three songwriters, and a five-piece horn section featuring tenor and baritone sax, a pair of trumpets, and a trombone. Or that the guest line-up on their vibrant new album Volume II includes another 15 souls, among them some of the best musicians on the planet.

“I feel like soul music is the music of the people,” Asselin says. “If you look at all the iconic soul performers like Marvin Gaye or even the Temptations or the Supremes, they were documenting what was happening in the world. Soul music spoke to that. We are trying to do that today.

The Commotions features Rebecca Noelle. Her dazzling Soulstice album features co-writes with Asselin. She was a winner of Quebec TV ‘s La Voix. Noelle’s resume also lists performances on stages alongside Bonnie Raitt, B.B. King, and Buddy Guy, to name a few.

And there is co-lead vocalist Jeff Rogers (the Cooper Brothers), guitarist and co-songwriter David Gaw, bassist Ken Seeley, keyboardist Steve Boudreau, drummer Jeff Asselin, trumpeters Fred Paci and Ed Lister, trombonist Steve Berndt and baritone saxophonist Richard Page.

Volume II’s guest list is just as starry, including (but not limited to) Philosopher King Jarvis Church, MonkeyJunk’s Steve Marriner, Juno-nominated saxophonist Petr Cancura, and Ottawa jazz great Mark Ferguson, who handled the album’s string arrangements.

The Commotions’ personnel may be head-spinning but the convergence of all that talent is pure, rump-shaking sonic joy.

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Friday, 09 February 2018 20:23

The Beach Boys

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You can capsulize most pop music acts by reciting how many hits they’ve had and how many millions of albums they’ve sold. But these conventional measurements fall short when you’re assessing the impact of The Beach Boys. This band has birthed a torrent of hit singles and sold albums by the tens of millions. But its greater significance lies in the fact that it changed the musical landscape so profoundly that every pop act since has been in its debt.

The Beach Boys are led by Mike Love and Bruce Johnston, who along with Jeffrey Foskett, Brian Eichenburger, Tim Bonhomme, John Cowsill and Scott Totten continue the legacy of the iconic American band. Grammy-winning songwriter Bruce Johnston, joined The Beach Boys in 1965, replacing Glenn Campbell, who filled-in for Brian Wilson, on vocals/bass, when he retired from touring. Highly regarded in his field, Johnston’s vocal work with such legendary artists as Elton John and Pink Floyd firmly established him among rock’s elite artists.

Captained by Mike Love, The Beach Boys play an astoundingly busy schedule of concerts, averaging 150 shows a year, ranging from sundrenched summer festivals to gala New Year’s celebrations and special events across the globe.

Most recently, The Beach Boys celebrated the 50th anniversary of the hit “Good Vibrations,” which is widely considered one of the greatest masterpieces in the history of rock and roll. The band commemorated this prolific time in the life of the Beach Boys with a 50 Years of Good Vibrations tour. Additionally, front man Mike Love released his highly-anticipated memoir titled GOOD VIBRATIONS: My Life as a Beach Boy, in September 2016.

The Beach Boys have continued to create and perform with the same bold imagination and style that marked their explosive debut over 50 years ago. In 2013, their Capitol Records release, Sounds of Summer (RIAA certified triple platinum with over three million in sales and climbing), and its companion The Warmth of the Sun marked a resurgence in Beach Boys interest that again rocked the world.

Even more than the Beatles, The Beach Boys found through their music the key to unfading youth— and they made copies for everyone. To these guys, the beach isn’t just a place where the surf comes to play— it’s where life is renewed and made whole again.

Had this remarkable band been less committed to its art and its fans, it could have retired from the field with honor at dozens of points along the way, confident that it had made a lasting contribution to world culture. It could have rested on the success of the epoch-shifting Pet Sounds masterpiece in 1966… or after Mike Love’s concept album Endless Summer ignited a second generation of Beach Boys fans and stirred a tempest that rocked the music world… or after recording Love’s co-written Golden Globe nominated “Kokomo” in 1988 and seeing it become its best selling single ever… or after being inducted that same year into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame… or after watching its worldwide album sales blow past l00 million… or after winning the NARAS Lifetime Achievement Award in 2001 [along with The Who, Bob Marley, Tony Bennett, Sammy Davis Jr. and Les Paul]. And still, The Beach Boys continue to have fun, fun, fun, with no end in sight. In 2012, The Beach Boys scheduled a 74 concert date limited 50th

Anniversary Reunion Tour which was scheduled as a limited run reunion tour and ended in the U.S. July 15th and internationally on Sept 28th in which the original members reunited and released "That's Why God Made the Radio." The album debuted at #3 on the Billboard charts, their highest chart position in 37 years and an unprecedented milestone.

Few, if any, acts can match The Beach Boys’ concert presence, spirit and performance. They were center-stage at Live Aid, multiple Farm Aids, the Statue of Liberty’s 100th Anniversary Salute, the Super Bowl and the White House. On one day alone—
July 4, 1985— they played to nearly 2 million fans at shows in Philadelphia and Washington, D. C.

Love’s role as the band’s front man sometimes overshadows his stature as one of rock’s foremost songwriters. “Surfin’,” The Beach Boys’ first hit came from his pen. With his cousin, Brian Wilson, Love wrote the classics “Fun, Fun, Fun,” “I Get Around,” “Help Me Rhonda,” “California Girls” and the Grammy nominated “Good Vibrations.” Years later, he showed he still had the lyrical chops by co-writing the irresistible and chart-topping “Kokomo.”

On The Beach Boys’ horizon is a continued national/world tour and charity activities through Mike Love’s Love Foundation, which supports national environmental and educational initiatives. Love and The Beach Boys’ recent efforts raised over a quarter of a million dollars for the Red Cross to benefit victims of Hurricane Katrina and made additional contributions to the disaster relief in Haiti.

The band has appeared on countless worldwide TV shows throughout the years including: The Ed Sullivan Show, Dick Clark’s American Bandstand and The Tonight Show. Other television appearances include performances on Don Imus’ MSNBC show Imus In The Morning, TNT’s NBA All-Star Game, NBC’s Macy’s Day Parade, The Today Show, PBS’ A Capitol Fourth, Good Morning America, Weekend Today, The O’Reilly Factor.

 

Monday, 05 February 2018 11:31

Rod Baird & The Agency

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Kemptville native Rod Baird, has been a singer/songwriter for over three decades.
He has recorded under various band names & contributed to compilation cds though the 90's.
His first original release Wound (pronounced Wow-nd) was in 2000.
He released an acoustic album digitally in 2012 entitled 'live at studio 106', and he has continued to write & record to this day.

Friday, 02 February 2018 14:09

Wicked Grin

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Reviewers have described Wicked Grin as stripped-down blues-rockers with the distinctive and winning voice of Murray Kinsley, biting guitar-work, awesome harmonica, and a rhythm section that swings with reckless, casual precision. On the road roughly 200 days a year, the band brings their “hellaciously rockin’ set of get-up-off-your-butt-and-dance blues” to venues and festivals across Canada, the US, England, and Germany.

Based in Ottawa, Canada, this multi-Maple Blues Award-winning band has recorded three discs since 2011, two of which were named Blues Rock Album of the Year by Western Canada’s Blues Underground Network (2013’s Shame On Me and 2015’s Stormy Water).

On top of their packed touring schedule, in 2018 Wicked Grin will be recording a new album, with renowned engineer/producer Nick Blagona (Cat Stevens, Deep Purple, The Sheepdogs). Look for it in late summer!
To the journey

Friday, 26 January 2018 10:34

Trooper

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Trooper's ten studio albums have earned multiple gold and platinum awards and their 6 X Platinum greatest hits, Hot Shots, continues to be one of Universal Music Canada's best selling catalog CDs and one of the country's most enduring party soundtracks. Their most recent release,"Hits From 10 Albums", an updated and re-mastered collection of hit songs spanning the entirety of their recording career was dubbed, by John Kereiff, writing in Gonzo Magazine, the summer album of the year. Trooper songwriters Ra McGuire and Brian Smith have recently been awarded SOCAN's prestigious 'National Achievement Award' to acknowledge their significant and lasting contribution to Canada's songwriting legacy. "We're Here for a Good Time (Not a Long Time)", "Raise a Little Hell", "The Boys in the Bright White Sportscar", "Two For the Show", "Pretty Lady" "Good Ol' General Hand Grenade", "Round, Round We Go", "Santa Maria", "Janine" - just a few of the Trooper hits that, according to writer Ryan Sparks, "have woven their way into the fabric of this country like no other bands have been able to do. Tune into any radio station from Vancouver to St John's and you're bound to encounter one of their dozen hit radio anthems that are still featured in heavy rotation to this day."

It goes like this: millions of records, a couple dozen hits, a Juno Award (Canada's Grammy) for Band of the Year and ongoing sold-out shows across Canada. Universal Music acknowledges them as "one of Canada's top five selling bands of all time" and the Vancouver Sun has called them "Canadian rock heroes of the first order ... the best performing band in Canada".

Friday, 17 March 2017 11:52

Angel Forrest

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Double Maple Blues award winner Angel Forrest will be joining our Thursday lineup. Angel won female vocalist of the year and songwriter of the year at the 2014 Maple Blues awards!

With a career spanning 27 years, nine albums and the winner of the Maple Blues Award for Female Vocalist of the Year in 2013, 2014 and 2015, Quebec blues belter Angel Forrest releases her new album, Angel’s 11 on March 11th, 2016.

Ambitious and original, this project demonstrates the friendship shared between Angel and the 11 guitarists who are featured on this new album. Combining masterful song writing with her partner Denis Coulombe, Angel has written eleven songs imagining the guitarist who would put their own musical touch and expertise to each track. Angel Forrest offers a rich album with various sounds ranging from blues to rock to jazz.

Well known in the Canadian blues scene, Angel has been performed at major festivals in Canada and Europe (International Jazz Festival of Montreal, Tremblant Blues Festival, Blues sur Seine, Blues Festival of Edmunston, Victoriaville, of Trois-Rivières and Kuujjuaq). She also had the chance to share the stage with many artists including Jarvis Church Burton Cummings, Shawn Phillips, Thornetta Davis, Larry McCray, Eric Burdon and more.

In 1996, she began her musical career with her first album Secondhand Blues, which featured several blues classics. Forrest’s work gained positive attention from critics as well as fans. It was her tribute show to the legendary Janis Joplin that brought Angel Forrest to the public. Her spot on tribute to Janis Joplin was a no-brainer amongst festival attendees and club’s patrons, her unique signature on blues takes us a step beyond. She decided to immortalize her interpretations of the songs on an album called Angel Sings Janis Live. Then, she recorded her first album with her own compositions in English, Here For You, which has sold over 30,000 copies, followed by three other albums including her Christmas album called Wonderland, the award-winning Come Alive and Mother Tongue Blues, which won blues album of the year in Quebec and nominated for Recording of the Year at the 2014 Maple Blues Awards.

There is no question that Angel Forrest is one of the most powerful singers on the contemporary blues scene today. The strength of her performances, her distinctive voice and fiery personality has allowed her to conquer the hearts of thousands of fans around the world.

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