GWNtertainment #29 by Jaimie Vernon

Pumpkin spice is now the odour du jour and with it comes Canadian Thanksgiving. In the grand seem of things I think we can be thankful that the world has not ended and we are slowly on our way back to normal (and civility, hopefully). We here at GWN are thankful for the constant stream of great new music. We listen to everything we’re sent each week and watch all the videos. Expect new things in the blog coming soon including a weekly Spotify playlist and album reviews. For now enjoy this week’s makers and shakers.

* Beny Esguerra And New Tradition Music will follow up on their JUNO-nominated ‘A New Tradition Vol. 2: Return of the KUISi’ with ‘Northside KUISi’ through Lulaworld Records. The album will be released October 15, 2021 as an urgent call for justice, environmental healing, and respect for ancestors and land treaties. Esguerra has also just been nominated for a Community Arts Award from the Toronto Arts Foundation to be presented on October 27, 2021, at the Liberty Grand Entertainment Complex.

* Loreena McKennitt‘s ‘The Visit: The Definitive Edition’ 30th Anniversary release is out and looks at the defining moment in Loreena’s career. Comes in a deluxe, limited edition of four CDs, audio Blu-ray, and illustrated booklet filled with memories relived. 4CD/Digital/Streaming now available at

* Be on the lookout for Fergus Hambleton‘s upcoming ‘Jazz Lover’s Society Vol. 2’ album featuring a mix of originals and jazz standards. On board are Rob McBride and John Adames plus a host of Toronto jazz luminaries.

* Also celebrating its 30th anniversary is The Tragically Hip‘s ‘Road Apples’. There is a single red vinyl 180g re-mastered LP. There is also a 5LP vinyl boxed set or a 4CD boxed set containing a ‘Road Apples’ 2021 re-master, ‘Live At The Roxy May 3, 1991’, Hoof-Hearted (outtakes, demos, and alt versions), the ‘Saskadelphia’ EP, a Dolby Atmos Blu-Ray audio disc, a 1991 – 24 x 37″ poster, and a36 page booklet. You can pre-order now for the October 15th release date here.

* Author David Binks has gathered over a thousand story, photo & memorabilia moments to create a Massey Hall archive in the new book ‘That Night At Massey Hall.’ The book’s foreword was written by Grammy Award-winning musicologist Rob Bowman. The book can be pre-ordered here:

* Condolences to family and friends on the passing of Bobby Edwards who died peacefully September 15, 2021 at the age of 72. A masterful guitarist, Bobby was a legend in the Canadian music scene.

He began his career at 15, and became one of Canada’s most recorded studio guitarists. Composer, arranger, and performer, Bobby worked with artists including Norm Amadio, Gordon Lightfoot, Glen Campbell, Anne Murray, Kim Mitchell, Oscar Peterson, Henry Mancini, Kenny Rogers, and Ella Fitzgerald. In the 1970s and 80s he was the go-to guitarist for the CBC, and provided instrumentals for the beloved character “Rusty” on the Friendly Giant. Bobby was asked to perform twice for Queen Elizabeth II, acted as musical director for the Juno Awards, and performed with the Toronto Symphony and in stage shows including Patsy Cline and Al Jolson. He shared his love of music with his wife of 26 years, Maggie. Together they ran music schools in Toronto and Bolton, becoming the second part of Bobby’s legacy: passing on his music to his students.

*Universal Music Group, in co-operation with Gene MacLellan‘s daughter Catherine, will be re-issuing the legendary singer/songwriter’s self-titled deh8t album on white vinyl February 4, 2022. You can pre-order at 15% discount from The Music Vaultz before December 31.*/*/Gene-MacLellan-180-Gram-White-Vinyl/75YM0000000

* Winnipeg’s New Wales – featuring former members of Quinzy – has released a video for their song “The Get” in which their many children ruin a perfectly good video shoot.

* Fresh off her recent EP, ‘Gloom Patrol,‘ “Pick Yr Poison” sees Canadian indie rocker, Derby-enthusiast, and Roller Skating extraordinaire Siobamm wrestle with love lost, and a woman scorned. Hell hath no fury, they say, and for this music maven, revenge is a dish best served cold. “I wrote this song with the idea of a revenge fantasy in mind: a woman speaking to a man she knows wants to hurt her,” Siobamm reveals. “The woman turns the situation around and becomes the predator, hunting and taunting her male prey.”

* Toronto artist 12AM has a new 5-track EP out entitled ‘After Midnight.‘ Warning: explicit content.

* Edmonton-based artist JusJrdn has a magnetic zest for life alongside some equally infectious rhythms in his newest single, “Ur Luv.” The song is part of JusJrdn’s new ‘Olympus’ album.

* Toronto’s Delyn Grey boldly stakes claim to her passions and purpose on this, her new single, “Set Me Free.” “This song is a release; it is relief and empowerment,” she shares of the track. “It’s ‘moving forward’ and ‘getting it done’…despite having written this song several years ago, it holds a huge place in my heart, and comforts me every time I listen to it,” she reveals. “…when I was first starting pursue music, a lot of people told me I should make it my ‘plan b’ or my hobby because I didn’t ‘have anything unique to offer.’

* Newfoundland’s Ken Tizzard (The Watchmen/Thornley) continues his non-stop output. Currently he leads the band Music For Goats. Their latest single/video is for “End Of The World.”

* The Damn Truth continues to set the world on fire with European dates and TV appearances. They also have a great new retro video out for their single “Tomorrow” where the band recasts themselves as various 1960s pop, psych, and rock icons. Great fun!

* Study after study has shown that women have borne the brunt of stresses related to the COVID-19 pandemic, and Yellowknife singer-songwriter Carmen Braden’s new single “Menu” captures the sentiment.

* Montreal’s The Izzo Blues Coalition (Tino Izzo and Bob Telaro) has a new bluesy guitar driven single with “Take It Or Leave It” from the album of the same name. “…(the) track deals with the notion that we have no choice but to get up every morning and make the best of it,” band co-lead Tino Izzo says. “It’s a theme that resonates throughout the album and speaks to our pandemic experiences.

* Back in June Rosita Stone released a new video for her track “Love To The World” but the song has now officially gone to radio so we thought we’d remind everyone to keep an ear open on the airwaves. The video already has over 100,000 views.

* Halifax’s Hot Mondy has enlisted the help of some acclaimed talent for their sophomore single “Desert Moonlight” including Wintersleep’s Loel Campbell on drums and Grammy-nominated strings arranger Drew Jureka. Multi-JUNO Award winning producer Michael Phillip Wojewoda rounds out the help for the song and the accompanying EP ‘Pale Embers.’

* In the afterglow of the Top 30 success of the single, “Adrenaline,” Nanaimo’s Joel Lee returns with a tongue-in-cheek glimpse into the summertime routines of country folks living on the west coast, complete with their ‘warm breeze and tall trees’ and ‘cold ones’ on “This Party Ain’t Over.”

* Multi-award winning, and internationally acclaimed guitarist, composer & producer Jesse Cook will release his 11th studio album, ‘Libre‘, on December 3. The title-track features multi-instrumentalist Fethi Nadjem.

* same as me is a rapper, producer, singer and songwriter originally hailing from Edmonton who relocated to Toronto to pursue her music career. Her latest single is “Just Right.” “I wrote and produced the track during the pandemic because I knew an uplifting fun song is what the world needed,” same as me said.

* After the success of their Rock radio hit “Bye Baby Gone,” W3APONS returns with “I Am The Horizon.”

* Great Big Sea co-founder, and Celtic folk-rocker, Séan McCann sings of a “Shantyman’s Life” on his latest single and album – ‘Shantyman.’  “I spent the last six months making Shantyman to keep myself from going slowly insane in the absence of any live in-person concert interaction,” McCann says. McCann enlisted the help of Hawksley Workman, Gordie (Big Sugar) Johnson, Jeremy Fisher, and fiddler J.P. Cormier to record themselves remotely to bring his passion project to fruition.

* Canadian actor Keifer Sutherland has announced a new album, ‘Bloor St.’, coming January 21, 2022. The title track features a Toronto-centric video of growing up in the city.

* Following his 2020 EP ‘First.’, Toronto singer/songwriter/producer Brandon Glazer has released the title track from his new album ‘Because of You.’ The album features Brandon on vocals and keyboards, with Poliedric Simo on bass and guitars, and Danyal Ince on percussion and drums.

* “It’s Fine” is the latest musical effort from Toronto alt-rock duo Blackout Orchestra’s primary songwriter, Ben VanBuskirk, and singer Morgan Thompson-Reid — on whom the song is based. “It’s Fine” examines themes of jealousy and insecurity in open relationships. The song celebrates self-reflection and personal growth in a relatable way while acknowledging seemingly insurmountable internal challenges.

* Toronto rock band Imperial Ashes are shining a light on the darkness of Neocolonialism and Indigenous injustice through their new single “A Toxic Life” produced by Grammy-winning producer David Bottrill (Muse, Rush, Tool).

* Tipsy Records has released “One By One” from Canadian singer Rachel Woznow and South Korean producer Little Rain.  “One By One” is also co-written by Canadian songwriter Kelly Alaina Nall with Little Rain.

Three time JUNO Award nominees and CFMA winners Sultans of String have released their new single, “Mi Santuario” featuring Juan Carlos Medrano. The track is a sneak peek from their forthcoming album, ‘Sanctuary.’–jVMximsgk

* The song “Crying Bones” was inspired and co-written by Shy-Anne Hovorka‘s 5 year old son, Rex. After hearing her previous single “Warrior’s Lullaby” (written in response to the Indigenous children found buried at former Residential Schools) he said, “Mom, that song makes my bones cry. I have crying bones!”. Shy-Anne started playing her guitar, and Rex came up with the chorus completely on his own. Artwork for the video was added by Vanessa Willow Giiniw-Ikwe.

* Canadian singer, actress, and voice of a beloved animated character, Michelle Creber’s new single “Like It Never Happened” relates the tale of a fraught, and almost-forgotten, relationship. “At its thematic core, ‘Like It Never Happened’ is a song about coming to terms with, and realizing some things are best left in the past,” Creber shares. The song is featured on her album ‘Storm.’

* When is a cover tune not a cover tune? When the original artist re-records it for charity. Alannah Myles has remade “Black Velvet” to raise awareness for The American Wild Horse Campaign (AWHC) – a nonprofit organization fighting to ensure the future of America’s iconic wild horses and burros and the Western public lands where they roam. The organization works to reform the cruel and costly federal wild horse and burro roundup program.

* Dan Davidson‘s new one is a cover of Teddy Robb’s “Really Shouldn’t Drink Around You” featuring Australian country star Hayley Jensen.

* Canadian Brass have unveiled the first peek at their forthcoming, and first ever, all-Canadian album with the release of “Hallelujah.” The Leonard Cohen cover is first to arrive from the iconic ensemble’s upcoming album ‘Canadiana.’ The 11-song collection is due November 12 through Linus Entertainment.

This issue was brought to you by Hasbro’s Pumpkin Spice Factory & Latte Farm For Kids. 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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