GWNtertainment #19 by Jaimie Vernon

Summer is upon us and the patios will open soon enough as the curse of the lockdown is lifted. The music keeps pouring and we wanted to say thanks to the people that contributed their material to GWN’s first 6 months. A special shout-out to the tireless efforts of publicists, and promoters who’ve trusted us in delivering the news about their clients. Thank you for giving us access to your promotional materials and ‘first listens.’ To that end, we never have enough space to promote everything that comes our way. So, here dear readers and voracious listeners, is a batch of stuff that fell between the cracks over the last few months – either because the release dates were months away or videos/download/streaming links had yet to be created. Check out the videos and support the many artists who continue honing their craft while the world’s been sleeping. We’ll be back next week with the all new GWN Summes Collection.

* Watch for Ottawa-based solo artist Steve Marriner‘s second solo release, ‘Hope Dies Last’ on Stony Plain Records July 2, 2021.

* Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame inductee, Order of Canada recipient, and 11-time JUNO Award-winning artist Murray McLauchlan will return July 9 with his new album ‘Hourglass’ on True North Records.

* As the first Canadian artists to release a single and video via NFT, classic rockers Blu Bones from London, Ontario cinch the next chapter in their legacy and conquer cryptocurrency.  Recently reunited after more than 25 years, Blu Bones (Gord Prior, Boris Novosel, Barry Donaghy, Steve Thomas, and Ray Coburn) minted a unique non-fungible token for their single, “She’s Got a Way with Love.”

Currently on auction via Rariable — the digital marketplace for creator-based NFTs — Blu Bones’ token includes the full mp4 of the animated song and video. “My 20-year-old has been piquing my interest in Dogecoin recently,” front man Gord Prior says. “I bought some, and have been following it closely. When you have your son, and Gene Simmons, and Elon Musk talking about the same thing, I figured it was worth paying attention to.” With an opening bid of five Ethereum — $7,770.29 for the ‘dollars and cents’ types — “this is a new frontier, and it’s really exciting,” Prior adds. View the auction here:

* A wonderful fan-made video has appeared paying tribute to Blue Peter’s late vocalist Paul Humphrey for the band’s 1980 song “Take Me To War.” Paul appears as a papier mache figure against the stark historic footage of WWII.

* Welland, Ontario 5-piece The Mandevilles‘ (Serena Pryne, Nick Lesyk,Taylor Laslo, Dan Risi, Brett Bendo) new single “Fading Colors in the Northern Lights.”

* Montreal-born/Toronto-based roots singer-songwriter Michael Menegon has released his second full-length album ‘Time is Now’ (produced by brilliantfish and Menegon). The first single is called “Connected…not the same.”

* Nobleton, Ontario-born country singer Matt Morson has just released his latest single called “Take a Chance.”

* Halifax, Nova Scotia country crooner Lisa Richard spins a tale of good vibes, good company, and good times on her new single “Together.” “The song was written a few years ago with my co-writers Rick Tiger and Jeff Wanex in Nashville,” Richard says of creating the track. “We wrote it after one of my trips to Europe where I got to perform in Budapest. I remember thinking that, although the majority of the audience didn’t understand English, they could fully understand the music I was playing. It’s true what they say…music is a universal language!”

* Guelph EDM artist Mikalyn Hay has collaborated with producer Chris Grey (88Glam, K. Forest) for the new single “I Love You Too.

* Multi-GRAMMY and JUNO Award-winning artist Chin Injeti (ex-Bass Is Base) recently releases a rallying cry of self-love and reliance on the single “For The Love of Life” featuring fellow Vancouverite Teon Gibbs. Now he’s back with “Golden” featuring Thieves Like Us.

* Windsor, Ontario Folk singer/songwriter Brendan Scott Friel has released his new album ‘Summer Moons’ along with the first video single called “All In.”

* Melodic pop-trap beats and inspiring stories bring blind music producer and recording artist Mattmac together in collaboration with contemporary artist River Waterhen for this, his newest single and video for “Break Me Down.” Known for using his platform to inspire others, the song serves as an intersectional moment celebrating two young individuals passionately pursuing their brightest futures — and is the latest to land from Mattmac’s recently released debut album, ’20/20′.

* Multi-JUNO Award winning and platinum-selling producer, composer, songwriter & multi-instrumentalist Chris Birkett has released his new single “Precious Love” about his his wife, documentary filmmaker Joan Prowse. The video/track features Bill King on keyboards, Gene Hardy on sax, Paul DeLong on drums, and background vocals by Taylor Abrahamse.

* In anticipation of the release of their upcoming debut album, ‘Day, Now,’ Toronto-based rock back Cigar Club released not one, but two brand-new singles: “…Aliens” and “Swimmin’ in Gold” back in March. Now they’ve followed up with a third single, “Like White Flats In Winter.”

* Brandon Child – the Toronto-raised alt-rock/pop musician – has a brand-new single all about getting over an ex-lover. It’s called “Time.”

* Originally from London, Ontario, Joseph Brooks Organ has been a long-lauded fixture of the Toronto scene for nearly two decades by way of many music projects and collaborations (including his live act Moves). His new album ‘Lovelorn’ features Damian Dobrowolski (Re:Verse, Tribe Called Red). The release also showcases includes help from Zach Bines (Weaves, Tim Baker, Sarah Harmer), Michael Tobin (L’Dor V’Dor, I Lost My Mind), Anh Phung (Hairbrain, Tullstars), Daniel Pencer (Andy Shauf), Taylor McGee (Musica Reflecta), Andrea Stewart (Collectif 9), and Spencer Cole (Weaves). Check out a live version of the album’s opening track “Make Sure You Know” here:

*Saskathewan’s Multi-award nominated Canadian alt-pop, electro-synth and velvet-voiced artist velours [lower case emphasized] follows up her 2020 single “Summer Haze” with the follow-up single “Your Sweater” from the EP ‘Identity.’

* While Shannon Dooks is known for writing her own songs, “Doubts” was penned by Toronto-based internationally-renowned songwriter, Rosanne Baker Thornley. However, Shannon voice was the perfect vessel for the tone of the single and so “Doubts” was adopted as the lead single from her new album ‘Do It Again’ — a follow-up to her 2014 self-titled debut EP.

* Kamloops, British Columbia country rocker Marshall Potts has a new album (his third) coming in July entitled ‘Free and Easy’ but has teased us with the title track as the first single.

*  French/Australian Montreal-based singer Joji Redback has released a new EP entitled ‘A Stranger Everywhere’ which featured the lead-off hit single “Puerto” and the second single “Sa Mère” now has a third release in as many months entitled “Good.”

* Vancouver-born, Victoria-based Kele Fleming has a new COVID-inspired anti-technology addiction song out entitled “Compassion Machine.” It’s the second single (following “Vanishing Bees”) from her fourth album ‘The Song I’ll Write For My Whole Life.’

* Canadian Alt-Grunge trio Sunlust has a new single called “Action Figure.” The song is part of a collection of songs written by guitarist-front woman, Stephanie Woulfe, from her adolescent experiences growing up. Initially, intended to be a five-song EP, Woulfe and fellow band mates Dan Wiktor (drums) and Stefano Signorile (bass) decided to incorporate those tunes into a 10-song soon-to-be-released debut LP, ‘Geek Confessions.’

* Freshly sliced from their 7-song album, ‘Little Dreams’, folk-rock duo Robinson Kirby‘s “Find A Way” is now available.

* Award-winning reggae rock-pop duo Black Creek Reign has released their latest single, “Run Away.”  The track features Black Creek Reign members Darren Armoogam and Lex Stultz alongside collaborations with fellow Toronto-based crossover group, The Band Destiny, and Caribbean artist, Logun.

* Toronto Tabla Ensemble have a new video for “Maryem’s Here” from their most recent release ‘Unexpected Guests.’ The track and video bring diverse musical traditions together — from Indian classical dance, to Japanese drumming, to Arabic singing, and Western classical instrumentation.

* New Brunswick’s The Divorcees – two-time Country Album of the Year winners – have marked their 16th anniversary with the release the album ‘Drop of Blood’ and an upcoming documentary. The newest single from the album is “Must Be Nice.”

* All-female Blind River, Ontario-based singer/songwriter trio Women In Song reflect on the hopes and dreams of their parents who have suffered from, and eventually and sadly succumbed to Alzheimer’s Disease in their new single ”But I Knew Her When.” The song is from the trio’s debut album ‘Life of a Woman.’ Singers Lois O’Hanley-Jones, Debbie Rivard, and Patty Dunlop explain, “[The LP] speaks to women having a career and a family, having arguments with their children, having our children leave home and ultimately that we are good enough,” the trio revealed. “Our album is a perfect homage to women — to the Life of a Woman — as the title suggests.”

* Charlottetown, PEI multi-award nominated East Coast rockers Arsenal Mills (Brad Milligan, Griffen Arsenault, Josh MacNeil, André Uyterlinde) have a new EP, ‘Lovesick & Broke’ along with an 80’s inspired single called “Cry No More.” Think Prism meets Haywire meets Def Leppard.

* Canadian pop dynamo Andrew Cassara has released his latest music video for “Gimme More Bass.” The video lands on the heels of Cassara’s not one, but two 2021 Ottawa Music Industry Coalition Capital City Music Award nominations — Artist of the Year, and Album of the Year for 2020’s ‘Freak on Repeat (Deluxe Version).’

* Saskatoon prairie singer/songwriter sisters Cameron & Crawford have a new single out called “Sometimes In September.”


* Bowden, Alberta-based and MC1 Nashville/Brandy Records Canada artist Myranda Christi has released her new single “Pure.” The track was written by J.C. Veaudry, Jacqueline Burke, and Corey Lee Barker.

*Saskatchewan’s Country singer/songwriter Tommy John Ehman has covered Bruce Springsteen’s “Hungry Heart.”

This issue was brought to you by Paddy’s Lawn Chair And Banana Hammock Centre. 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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