GWNtertainment #18 by Jaimie Vernon

Did you miss us last week? Have no fear, we were spending the Victoria Day weekend soaking up the sun and prepping for another jam-packed round of new music we’ve curated and laid out for you right here. Have fun with the newest Canadiana.

* Kamloops, BC’s Tanner Dawson has released a sneak peak of his debut single “The Man You Make Me” recorded live off the floor in his brand new series “Shop Sessions.”

* Vancouver DJ/singer-songwriter, Chloé Morgan, is dedicating her upcoming live stream show – Celebration For Life – 80’s/90’s – in support of the BC Children’s Hospital Foundation. The kid-friendly show will feature Morgan’s original music, high energy electro-pop, and a 1980s/1990s theme. There will also be a donate link for the Children’s Hospitals that viewers can click on during the show. “My vision is that it will help transform lives especially our next generation and give amazing inspiration,” Chloé says. The show will live stream on June 5 at 12 PM PST.

* Cleopatra Records recently released an all-star compilation tribute album of Pink Floyd tracks entitled  Still Wish You Were Here – A Tribute To Pink Floyd. The first single/video has been released of “Have A Cigar” featuring Canadian James Labrie on lead vocals. He’s backed by Steve Stevens (Billy Idol), Rat Scabies (The Damned), Jah Wobble (PIL), and Patrick Moraz (Moody Blues, Yes).

* The Tragically Hip broke the internet this past week with the surprise release of a 6-song EP entitled Saskadelphia which features archived tracks recorded during their 1990/1991 Road Apples sessions. The previously unreleased tracks include the new song “Crack My Spine Like A Whip.”

* Last time out we talked about guitarist Sean Kelly’s involvement in the new Lee Aaron single “C’mon.” Now there’s an official video for the pop rock track.

* Artoffact Records have announced that Bill Leeb and Rhys Fulber of Front line Assembly will release their next Noise Unit album Deviator September 17, 2021. Pre-order the album here>>>

* Royal Canoe‘s new album Sidelining will be available on July 9 featuring the song “Butterfalls” as well as tracks featuring NNAMDÏ and Begonia. The vinyl album can be pre-ordered at Paper Bag Records.

* Canadian recording artist Andrea Ramolo –  2020 Canadian Folk Music Award nominee for ‘Contemporary Singer of the Year’ – will be releasing the single “Dust” from her new album Quarantine Dream June 23rd.

* Wise Youngblood from Vancouver Island will release their new single/video “Caroline” on July 2nd.

*Toronto-based alternative metal combo Valyear has signed a deal with Wormhole Death Records for the release of their album Revolution Fear. The band made the announcement on their YouTube page May 18.

* The re-issue of Ronney Abramson‘s Jukebox of Paris is now available on her Bandcamp page.

* The Killer Dwarfs will be part of the Monsters of Rock Cruise February 9 – 14, 2022. Joining them will be the likes of Alice Cooper, Queensryche, L. A. Guns, Skid Row, Pat Travers, Great White, and every classic metal and hair metal act still in existence that still fit into spandex.

* The Canadian Songwriter Hall of Fame has just announced the inclusion of Alannah Myles’ million selling song “Black Velvet” co-written by David Tyson and Christopher Ward. The virtual induction presentation will take place June 10th on Global TV’s ‘The Morning Show’ and will feature a rendition by Serena Ryder and Damhnait Doyle performing with Christopher Ward.

* Hamilton blues musician and music store owner Bob Kirkpatrick passed away unexpectedly last week. His son posted on social media, “My father Bob Kirkpatrick passed away this morning. Many of you knew him from the stores he used to own. Music was his passion and he loved to share that with with world. Although sometimes stubborn, he touched many lives for the better.” RIP Mr. Kirkpatrick.

* Canada also lost jazz flutist Kathryn Moses recently. Born in Wynwood, Oklahoma, Moses has been living in Toronto since the 1970s – performing in the groups the Ted Moses Quintet, the Rick Wilkins Orchestra, and The Concert Band. Along with two acclaimed solo albums, Kathryn Moses also worked with Tommy Graham, Tom Rush, Chuck Mangione, Bruce Cockburn, Hagood Hard, Murray McLauchlan, Leroy Sibbles, and Raffi among others. RIP Ms. Moses.

* Guitarist Ron Searles has released a new single called “Sisyphus vs. Ridley”

* Quebec’s Angie Lizotte is out with a new single/video “Again & Again”

* Canadian folk-country songstress Claire Whitehead whisks listeners on a journey with her latest project, Thelma: A Country Opera.  Whitehead has churned the famed film ‘Thelma & Louise’ into a nine-track release about the fearlessness of the human spirit — including the album closer and new single, “No Right Way, Louise.” “Thelma: A Country Opera is a ‘coming-of-agency’ story,” Whitehead explains. “It’s about the transformation of self and relationships when someone becomes disillusioned with the rules of our world.”

* Hello Fiasco™ is a new Canadian-American Pop Rock band from Winnipeg, Manitoba and Helena, Montana. “Trust” is an unreleased track being teased in advance of the band’s upcoming album release which just wrapped up recording last week.

* Allison Russell is a singer-songwriter from Montreal now based in Nashville, Tennessee. Her first solo album Outside Child was produced by Dan Knobler. The first single/video is “Nightflyer.”

* Reggae/roots rock fusion act, Baby Boy & The Earthly Delights, has just released their latest single “Day by Day.” The tune is a rocksteady summer jam – almost a decade in the making – and inspired by a Rastafarian guru that Baby Boy met when he was young. “His name is Mozzy and I met him in Jamaica,” Baby Boy says. “He taught me the history of reggae and told me to take life day by day.”

* 1960s Montreal sensations J. B. & The Playboys are alive and well and recording during COVID. The Playboys 2.0 features Allan ‘Al’ Nicholls, Robert ‘Bobby’ Stagg, William ‘Billy’ Hill, Stuart ‘Stu’ Patterson, and Robert ‘r.d.’ Harris who have returned with an upbeat look at the “Good Old Days.”

* Friend of GWN, Alison Solo, has informed us that the debut album she released in 2009 as Alison Jane entitled Sakaita is available digitally on Bandcamp with new artwork. You can also purchase the original CD with soon-to-be out of print older artwork.

* Toronto’s Sean Pinchin has released his new track “Gonna Be Okay” as a lyric video.

* Alberta’s Dylan Ella has a new track out called “Burnt Out.”

* The 4-song EP INSTRAMENTALZ is a remixed, re-mastered, renewed compilation of jazz and blues featuring The Maple Blues Band, Chris Murphy, and The Gary Kendall Band putting them into the musical ranks of iconic groups like The Meters, Trombone Shorty, and The Crusaders.

* PACKS – who we mentioned a few issues ago – is wasting no time and have another single out called “Hold My Hand.”

* Atomic Spies have a new single/video out entitled “The Signs.”

* Suzie McNeil returns with a fun summer single called “Mirror Mirror.”

* Manitoba’s The Faps present their second single “Deja Vu” from their New Daft Punk EP out June 4, 2021 on Transistor 66 Records. Check out the hilarious video here.

* The much anticipated Art Bergmann album Late Stage Empire Dementia was released May 21. It can now be downloaded at his Bandcamp page.

* Blue Rodeo’s Greg Keelor has a new solo album out entitled Share The Love. The title track is the first single and lyric video.

[* Toronto producer Taabu and singer/songwriter Omega Mighty serve up a bubblegum-sweet EDM-pop treat in the form of new single, “Ooey Gooey.” Their third collaboration — which includes “Wishy Washy” featured on Haviah Mighty’s 2019 Polaris Music Prize winning release, 13th Floor — Taabu (Spencer Heaslip) created the track’s firm-footed foundation first, before sending it over to Omega Mighty for lyrics. “The inspiration for the lyrics came to me when thinking about my relationship with my hubby. He always reminds me just how special I am…the lyrics reference a reciprocal love like melted ice cream on a hot fudge brownie, the very definition of Ooey Gooey.”

* Edmonton, Alberta’s Calvin Buckler (vocalist), Trev Fury (guitar), Shane Vaness (bass), and Dean Gallant are Buckler & Fury. They’ve got a new single called “Rock And Roll Will Never Die (Sister Love)” – an homage to rock’s fallen superstars past and present.

* The title track from Craig Cardiff‘s new album All This Time Running has been released as a single/video.

* The latest single from Canadian four-piece Ravenscode is “Fire” from their recent album, Fire and Storm. According to the Windsor-based band, the song is an inferno of heavy electric guitars, pulsating percussion, pounding bass, and an explosion of melodic vocals.

* With true grit, hillbilly guitars, and an unmistakable country twang, Sudbury’s JC Brae‘s new single “Savin’ It Up For Saturday Night” dares you to line dance with your sweetheart until you’ve worn the souls down on your Justins before you stumble back to sleep it off till next weekend. “From sundown to the morning light,” Brae promises on the track, “We’re gonna find us a hardwood floor and dance like we’ve never danced before!”

* Former Big Wreck drummer Donald Forrest Williams is in a new project with Scott Maybee called Retro Wreck. Their new tune “Left Behind” will be out this week on streaming platforms. Download it here a few days early.

* Former Crash Test Dummies member Son of Dave (Benjamin Darvill) – who now called London, England home – offers up 11 golden songs on a hundred dollar piano for his 9th album entitled Call Me A Cab. Fans of Randy Newman, Tom Waits, and Dr. John will enjoy the album’s lead-off single “End of Days.”

* Toronto’s Pascal Dennis and David Logan, who worked together decades ago, have re-teamed remotely from their homes outside of Canada during the pandemic for Pascal’s new EP Crazy Angels

* Rogue Proxy have released their Stone Temple Pilots-meets-The Chemical Brothers new single entitled “Solitary Confinement.”

* On the back of the teaser single “My Only One,” comes Betty Moon’s 10th studio album Cosmicoma. The album is a mix of groove rock as in the slow boiler “Give You Up” or the trance-like “I’m A Mean Girl.”  There’s also a taste of Moon’s perfected dance aesthetic on “Are You Ready For Me?”

* Penticton, BC-based singer/songwriter Howard Lee Naylor has been enjoying success with his latest album Songs From Isolation, but his latest single is a remix of the song “Those Summer Days,” from his 2017 album Possibilities. The song serves as homage to the comforting and reminiscent sounds of The Beach Boys. He even references them in the bridge of the song: “Take me back to a Beach Boys song / Wendy, nothing went that wrong.”

* Montreal, Quebec’s The Brie Face is back with a new single called “Mirror.” The band – who have been around since 2005 – promise a new EP by summer.

* Lighthouse’s Doug Moore and John Dell (alumni member) were recently featured on James Taylor’s official website for their involvement in a cover version of his “Shower The People.” The recording was part of Tiny Living Room Covid’eo Concert Series in Toronto.

* Dean Irvine brings us a cover of “I’m Awake” from Interval’s 2013 album The Shape of Colour. He plays all the instruments.

This issue was brought to you by Manly Mosquito Killer & Skin Bracer – “Don’t Be Afraid To Slap Yourself All Summer!” 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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