GWNtertainment #17 by Jaimie Vernon

In the event that we’ll be free to do so, have you found your summer driving music yet? We’re hoping something in the upcoming issues of GWNtertainment will be added to your playlists. There’s a whole bunch of new releases this wee too. Check out the new sounds below.

* The Tragically Hip are re-uniting for a one-off pairing with singer Feist for an appearance on the 2021 JUNO Awards being broadcast from Toronto June 6. This is the 50th anniversary of the Awards and it’s expected to be a massive CanCon celebration.

* Canada Music Week goes virtual this year. The event will be held May 18-21. Keynote addresses, seminars, and live performances (including Caardia) will be part of this year’s event. Info here:

* Condolences to friends and family of Jamaican reggae pioneer Ronnie “Bop” Williams who recently passed. He was instrumental in helping create the international flavour of reggae originally from a base in England before settling in Canada. RIP Mr. Williams. 

* Congratulations to the 24 Canadian music industry builders who are being honored with the SOCAN Guardian Award and the 2021 SOCAN Award. Each of these people are being recognized for their significant contributions to creating the infrastructure of Canadian Content and the continued mentoring of Canadian music and performers.
> Terry Brown, Canadian Independent Record Production Association co-founder
> Paul Clinch, Canadian Independent Record Production Association co-founder
> Frank Davies, Love Productions / Canadian Independent Record Production Association co-founder
> Don DiNovo, Lighthouse
> Bob Ezrin, Nimbus 9 / Canadian Independent Record Production Association co-founder
> Bernie Finkelstein, True North Records / Canadian Independent Record Production Association co-founder
> Tommy Graham, Canadian Independent Record Production Association co-founder
> Walt Grealis, RPM Magazine
> Greg Hambleton, Canadian Independent Record Production Association co-founder
> Kelly Jay, Crowbar
> Pierre Juneau, CRTC chairman
> Stan Klees, RPM Magazine / Canadian Independent Record Production Association co-founder
> Betty Layton, SOCAN / BMI Canada
> Allan MacMillan, Nimbus 9 / Canadian Independent Record Production Association co-founder
> Alexander Mair, Early Morning Productions

> Ben McPeek, Nimbus 9 / Canadian Independent Record Production Association co-founder
> John Mills, SOCAN / CAPAC
> Harold Moon, SOCAN / BMI Canada
> Skip Prokop, Lighthouse
> Jack Richardson, Nimbus 9 / Canadian Independent Record Production Association co-founder
> Mel Shaw, music manager
> Art Snider, Canadian Independent Record Production Association co-founder
> Pierre Elliott Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada
> Ritchie Yorke, Billboard / The Globe & Mail journalist

* For those that remember Canadian indie band Rymes With Orange from Vancouver in the mid-1990s, the band has released two of three parts of a documentary about the band entitled ‘Unpeel.’ The segments cover their two studio albums Peel (featuring the hits “Marvin,” “Memory Fade,” and the cover of “Itchycoo Park”) and Trapped In The Machine (featuring the hits “I Believe,” She Forgot To Laugh,” and “Toy Train”). Part three coming soon. Road stories, TV appearances and even an appearance in the Tori Spelling TV thriller Mother, May I Sleep With Danger? We look forward to Part 3 when it’s released. The band’s full catalog of albums is available on digital streaming services. 
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Part 2:

* As a follow-up to last week’s review of The James Clark Institute‘s release of The Colour of Happy, James has let us know that the album is available on vinyl and CD, and can be found in the wild in Oakville, Ontario at PCV Records. Call to reserve a copy (905) 338-8858.

* Saga has announced a slew of international dates for their A Night To Remember 2022 Tour.
05.06.22 Koblenz
06.06.22 Dortmund
07.06.22 Mönchengladbach
09.06.22 Sweden Rock Festival
11.06.22 Verschoben: Foreigner, Saga & The New Roses
12.06.22 Wetzlar [Ausverkauft!]
13.06.22 Neu-Isenburg
14.06.22 Pratteln (CH)
15.06.22 Bierhübeli Bern (CH)
17.06.22 Bassum
09.07.22 Neuleiningen
10.07.22 Wertheim
16.07.22 Lieder am See
19.07.22 ZMF Freiburg verlegt
20.07.22 Tuttlingen

24.07.22 Esslingen: The Hooters & SAGA

* After a 38 year wait, Boys Brigade‘s self-titled debut from 1983 is finally available on digital platforms in its entirety. The hits “Passion of Love” and “Melody” had been available previously, but the full album has been re-mastered and made available by Anthem Records.

* NAC Popular Music & Variety will be presenting Celtic folk JUNO Award-winners The East Pointers for a live stream May 27 at 8PM EDT. Tickets can be purchased here:

* GWN has written about Len Mizzoni previously and he has released another track from this year’s self-titled album. The new tune is “I Can’t Breathe.” It’s a civil rights anthem inspired by George Floyd.–FZEO4E

* “Every Single Night” is the debut single from Radar Love Record’s latest signing: 15-year-old Portuguese-Canadian singer-songwriter Vicky Rai.

* Surrey, British Columbia’s Harinder Samra has a new album out called Underrated. In an unusual move, the album can be streamed in full on YouTube at:

* Ken Tizzard teased a cover of Tears For Fears’ “Mad World” last month and it comes from an upcoming album of cover tunes by Ken Tizzard And Friends entitled All Together Now. The album will feature Kirsty MacColl’s “A New England,” John Lennon’s “Working Class Hero,” Boomtown Rats’ “I Don’t Like Mondays,” and The Equals’ “Police On My Back.’ Thirteen classic covers in all. Pre-order here:

* Singer-songwriter Steve Schijns brings us a new power pop ditty called “MAP.”

* Montreal’s Nova Rose has a new single and lyric video out called “Somebody Else.”

* Ex-Annihilator member Aaron Randall has a new act called Wreck-Defy. And they have a new single/video called “Powers That Be.”

* Long-time GWN friend Bob Bryden and band Long Day Journey (featuring Katie Iarocci) has emerged with a seminal work entitled Love In the Atomic Age as a 2LP vinyl release, single CD, or downloadable digital album.

* Toronto 4-piece hardcore act Choices Made are following up their 2020 EP Convince with a new 7″ EP entitled Reason For Conflict. Watch for the release soon on their Bandcamp page.

* The Cooper Brothers are back with a new  single entitled “Follow Your Heart” from their latest album Radio Silence. The pandemic has created some unique challenges over the last year, especially for many parents, who have been forced to work full-time from home and look after their kids 24/7. Songwriter Dick Cooper says, “I wrote this song for my daughter, but it’s for any parent out there and the special bond that grows between them and their children. Try to appreciate the extra time you have with your kids during these crazy days we’re living right now. It all goes by so quickly.” The song comes with a heart-warming video.

* Swedish-Canadian singer Jennifer Saxell has a new single/video called “Standing Still.”

The Brooks at Cafe Olimpico and St-Laurent / Van Horne underpass, Mile End Montreal.

* Quebec funkmeisters The Brooks have a new single/video out called “So Turned On” from their latest album ‘Any Day Now.’

*Glen Willows has released his latest single/video “All Over the World” as homage to Marvin Gaye and John Lennon.

* After two years in pre-production, The Tea Party is back, and have a new single and lyric video out called “Summertime.” The song will be featured on an upcoming EP.

* The recent digital re-issue of Scott B. Sympathy‘s back catalog has spawned a new video/single with “I Remember Again.”

* Saint John has Sonic Detour. And Sonic Detour has done it for the money. Check out the new single/video here.

* The tireless creativity of Douglas Von Irvin’s Carnival Sink brings the duo’s third single for 2021 from their Meet the Monsters EP. This one is a ballad called “Vampire Lovers.”

* Rachel-Ross Cambrin is a Canadian Folk Singer living and performing in Vancouver and the lower mainland of British Columbia. Working briefly as a songwriter for early children’s computer games, she made her way back to performing and recording. Her newest song is “Lucky Man.”

* DJ Digger Jonez is a Canadian rock/rap artist that merges hip hop beats with guitar driven rock. His music and high energy shows are full of fun, comedy and art. Studying music at University of Toronto and The Royal Conservatory of Music, Digger plays on the fringes of Jazz Rock. The new album is called Feeble Hands. It can be streamed here.

* Serafín LaRiviere returns following the release of her “Take On Me” cover tune with an original song entitled “Mom” from her Unravel.

* Canadian singer/songwriter, composer, and producer powerhouse Chris Birkett is back and, this time, he’s not alone: the multi-JUNO Award winner and Platinum-selling producer is out to save the world with his new collective, The Happy Campers — and an arsenal of songs that take the musician in a brand-new direction creatively. During a production session with Berber musician Madjid Chaoui in Paris, the pair collaborated on a powerful climate awareness track combining Chaoui’s already written melodies with new lyrics written by Birkett. The result was “Save Our Beautiful World”, a tale timelessly told as an urgent reminder to protect Mother Nature. Listening to the radio, Birkett heard a First Nations Elder describe the visible signs of melting permafrost in the Northwest Territories as “wavy roads everywhere.” He then used that very line in “Save Our Beautiful World.” Envisioning children’s voices, he wrote the rest of the lyrics from a child’s perspective. The sincerity of the children’s choir, and the innocence of each talented youngster who takes each verse to task, generates an entirely new perspective on the importance of recognizing our responsibility to the Earth.

* Martha Wainwright has quietly released a new single entitled “Love Will Be Reborn.” A new album is expected soon.

* Vancouver’s Jillian Lebeck has teamed up with Kia Kadiri on a new track called “Don’t Let Yourself Fall.” Get the tune here

* From St. John’s comes Down From Dublin – a blend of Newfoundland and Irish music – and they’ve released a new song timely in our world of COVID-19 called “Hold Fast (The Pandemic Song).”

* Toronto’s Henry Lees has released a new track called “Nothing Left To Lose.” Says Henry, “Nothing Left to Lose” is an emotional journey into the tragic moments of realization that you carelessly let go of the love of your life.

* Walk Off The Earth is back with a reggae spin on Survivor’s “Eye of the Tiger.”

* The salty old dogs of Toronto’s The Heymacs (think Tom Waits singing the blues) are back with a video for The Doors’ “Love Me Two Times.”

* Jesse Thomas Brown returns with a cover version of “Happy Trails” dedicated to a fellow guitarist who recently passed named Garry Hogan.

This issue was brought to you by Doctor Maggorical’s Intoxicatin’ Rubbing Alcohol. “Forget the lips. Forget the tongue. Through your skin the drinking comes!” Send us your news, views, and all manner of CANADIAN musical releases to promote and wave a flag for. Join the GWN Facebook page and drop us a message:

Keep up the fight!
Jaimie Vernon, 2021


Jaimie “Captain CanCon” Vernon has been president of the on again/off-again Bullseye Records of Canada since 1985. He wrote and published Great White Noise magazine in the ‘90s, has been a musician for 41 years, and recently discovered he’s been happily married for 24 years. He is also the author of The Canadian Pop Music Encyclopedia and editor of “Sunny Days: The Skip Prokop Story.” Available through Amazon.

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