GWNtertainment #31 by Jaimie Vernon

I got the music in me. Yeah, it’s self promotion time. Aside from a day gig, updating The Canadian Pop  Music Encyclopedia frequently, and writing this blog, I’m also an active musician. This week my band Mr! Mouray reconvened for the first time since July of 2020 to lay out a battle plan for completing our second full-length album. We had literally finished laying down 7 songs in early March 2019 when the pandemic shut everything down. We’ve been virtually working on another 7 songs and will finally head back into the studio the weekend of December 1 (Hooray!!).

Meanwhile, I’ve been putting together a re-mastered version of my 2nd solo album ‘Time Enough At Last‘  entitled ‘The Complete Sessions (2004 – 2006)’ that will appear on digital platforms sometime around my birthday in mid-November. The original album of 22 tunes has been upgraded to 56 tracks! Also keep an eye out for the 25th anniversary edition of my old band Sharon’SISTER’s (aka Spare Parts) debut EP ‘Steeped’. It’s been ramped up from its original 8 tunes to 21 songs – including live performances of some of the tunes from The Horseshoe Tavern in 1997. On top of all that, I released my first solo tune in 13 years on October 22 called “Daft As Funk.” It’s a one-off that will eventually end up on an album of instrumentals I’m compiling from my entire catalog over the last 40 years. It’s on all digital platforms. Also check it out here:

* Blue Rodeo has been touring again, but for those unable to attend or still shy in doing so, they’ve released a special online performance called ‘Songs From The Woodshed’ you can now check out.

* The Trews new single is “Permission” from their forthcoming album ‘The Wanderer.’

* Aside from Todd Kerns’ (Age of Electric) work in CanCon tribute band Toque, he is also the bassist  in Slash’s band called The Conspirators (featuring singer Myles Kennedy.) They’ve released a new single/video called “The River Is Rising.”

* With 34 previous releases, 13 JUNO wins, two Hall of Fame inductions, countless honorary Doctorates, Officer of The Order of Canada — and new inductee into Canada’s Walk of Fame this year — all spanning a 50+ year career — it’s no small task to encapsulate Bruce Cockburn’s inimitable imprint when it comes to Canadian music and culture. But his newly announced double-album release, Bruce Cockburn Greatest Hits (1970 – 2020), is a good place to start. The package is curated by Bruce Cockburn, and set for release December 3rd, 2021 via True North Records. Pre-order here:

* Canada’s favourite stand-up comedian “That Canadian Guy” Glen Foster has put his frustrations into song in a new video called “Rich A-holes (Did This To Us).” Music by Bowser & Blue, lyrics by Glen Foster.

* Bryan Adams‘ 15th studio album will be ‘So Happy It Hurts‘ to be released March 9, 2022. Pre-orders for a limited edition boxed set are being taken already. The package includes the Deluxe 12-song CD, the Vinyl album, a signed photo by Bryan Adams and a 48 page hardbound book with exclusive photos.

* The Tea Party has new 30th anniversary re-issue coming just in time for Christmas. It’s their self-titled debut independent album from 1991. The 2CD/2 LP package will include the original independent release plus a 2021 re-mastered version – CD and digital versions include 2 bonus demos.*/*/The-Tea-Party-The-Tea-Party-Deluxe-Edition-2CD/767Z0000000

* After 5 years, a new pressing of Ottawa’s The Staccatos/Five Man Electrical Band‘s 2CD set ‘First Sparks: The Anthology (1965 – 1969)’ is once again available from Mousehole Music.

* Friend of GWN, Sarah Smith, snuck a new video out for her song “Your Name (God)” in advance of her recent European tour.

* “Raised strict Catholics, children of immigrant parents, and sent away to live in rural Portugal with their grandmother — who had previously been a nun — The Manic Boys and Girls Club is more than a band,” co-fronts Bela and Fernando Ferrieira explain. “It is an escape from the submissive existence that was reality, an escape from the disposable music packaged for the masses, and an escape for any misfit looking to join the club. (The new single) “Blacked Out” is a cry for help disguised as an upbeat dance floor banger,” The Manic Boys and Girls Club admits. “We’re lost, overmedicated, depressed, and hiding behind bathroom selfies, late nights, and lip gloss.

* JUNO Nominated artist Julian Taylor is back with a cover of Tyler Ellis’ song “100 Proof.”

* Montreal Hardcore act Total Waste has a new single/video ” Black & Blue.” A link to their Bandcamp page can be found in the video description.

* Award-winning Canadian female vocal group ViVA Trio is back again with their second new single for 2021 entitled “Wild and Free.” Multi-Platinum Producer Ryan Louder (Dua Lipa, Dido) co-wrote and produced “Wild and Free” with ViVA Trio members Anna Bateman, Erin Fisher, and Katya Tchoubar. “This song is an expression of our new direction, and is such an exciting collaboration,” Anna shares.

* While we anticipate Terry Draper‘s forthcoming solo album ‘The Other Side’, he just released a reworked version of “Away” from his 2018 album ‘Once Upon A Memory.’

* The new Big Wreck single is “Bombs Away” from their upcoming EP ‘7.1’ due on November 19.

* Toronto-based Marito Marques –  drummer, composer, and producer for several Grammy, JUNO, and Latin Grammy-nominated albums – has released his own new track “Manjerico” (pronounced: Mun-Juh-rEE-co), bridging cultural gaps through collaboration with traditional Portuguese cante alentejano group “Os Vocalistas,” and MARO (from Jacob Collier). The song comes from Marques’ new album ‘A Ponte.’

* Sticks N’ Stones‘ new single is “Don’t Know How To Love You” from their debut album ‘Rev It Up.’  Produced by Dave Langguth & Vic Branco from Iguana Studios.

* Karl Wyssen is a singer-songwriter from Northern British Columbia. Previously playing as a backup musician with multiple bands from Prince George, Wyssen has a new EP out entitled ‘Grandpa’s Hat’. He has released a video for the track “The Way You’re Wired.”

 GWN is excited to hear a new track from long-time contributor Betty Moon. “Fear Takes Control” is the latest stand-alone track following her May 2021 album ‘Cosmicoma.’

* The Wayward Saints‘ new one is “In The Wild.” They’ve created a performance video for the track.

* F-105 (aka Din Skysinger) returns with “Finally Found A Way” from the EP ‘F-105 II: Side B.’

* Errol Starr Francis returns with some funky new music in the single “Digital Is The Word.”

* Jordon Zadorozny’s Blinker The Star is diligently putting the finishing touches on a new album. The as-yet untitled new release will showcase the song “Siren” featuring John Fields on harp, and Emmanuelle Boies on backing vocals.

* Belleville’s Eugene Deline‘s new single is “Rock The World” from his album ‘Confessions To Strangers.’

* Canadian artist Cmagic5 has a new dance-pop single and video entitled “Dancing on My Heart.”
Landing hot on the heels of her highly acclaimed 2021 breakthrough debut album, ‘Ready To Run’, the new song underscores the emotional precariousness of the “moving on” phase following a relationship break-up. “In a fun and playful way, it’s about holding your ex responsible for your inability to move on,” Cmagic5 explains. “It’s about that part after falling out of a relationship, and the frustration that develops when you’re avoiding falling in love with the same person all over again because you know they’re not the one for you. But, hey! It happens!” she winks. “Have you ever been in love? It’s almost as if your ex is your guilty pleasure. That’s why it’s summed up in the line ‘I keep giving in and that’s my crime.’”

* Wine Lips‘ second single/video from the album ‘Mushroom Death Sex Bummer Party’ is “In The Clear.” WARNING: Gore and violence.

* R!OT is new Montreal punk supergroup composed of Sean Ryan (The Mahones, Irish Nails) on vocals and guitar; Danny Duke (The Ataris, The Queers, RipCordz, Tailgunner) on Bass and Vocals;  Guillaume Lauzon (The Brains, The Mahones, Gutter Demons, People and Space). Their debut is the single/video “Hit ‘Em Where It Hurts.”

* The final single off Astral Gates‘ highly anticipated ‘EP II’, is entitled “Behave.” The song is about a woman who always gets what she wants. Using her charms, she takes complete control of every aspect of her mind and body in an expression of pure feministic freedom. There is nothing this femme fatale won’t do in this tale of female empowerment.

* Canadian Folk Troubadour James Gordon highlights growing gaps in humanity with his second single in as many months entitled “The Great Divide” from his self-produced 40th album, ‘When I Stayed Home.’

* Hot on the heels of her collaboration with Church Of Trees earlier this year, Carole Pope has teamed up with Clara Venice for the single  “Speaking In Code.”

* Neil Young And Crazy Horse is back with the song “Song Of The Seasons.” As Young says on his website, “This is the first track off ‘Barn,’ our new album with Crazy Horse. It’s the oldest song on the record, written about this time last year.”

* Erika Lamon has been patiently writing and recording her debut album ‘Hues’ (due May 27,  2022) and releasing the single “Catch the Light” now marks Lamon’s reemergence from two years of performing and touring from Toronto to Charlottetown following the 2017 release of her debut EP. In 2020, the much anticipated, one-off single and video “Omen” garnered attention from FACTOR, and earned Lamon financial support for recording her first album and releasing “Catch the Light” this year.

* The 4th single from long-time Canadian duo Mychael Danna & Tim Clément‘s re-mastered release of their seminal album, North Of Niagara is “Mount Nemo” which dramatically pays homage to the grandeur and beauty of the ancient and majestic Niagara Escarpment along Ontario’s Bruce Trail. The full album is now available on Bandcamp.

* This missive just came in from Sonny Keyes (The Kings): “Super Optimistic is a dance music project that produces covers of songs that would be unlikely to be considered for dance covers. I’m pleased to debut the first ORIGINAL Super Optimistic song.” And here it is…

* Vancouver music teacher and vocalist Laura Dawes has released a masterful version of Dua Lipa’s “Don’t Start Over.”

This issue was brought to you by: John Wayne Gacy’s Hallowe’en Haunted House – You’ll Be Floored At How Scary This Is.
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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.

2 Responses to “GWNtertainment #31 by Jaimie Vernon”

  1. Mel O'Brien Says:

    Glad to see you still in action. I’ve released two CDs here in Ireland, and managed to donate over €20,000 to the Children’s Hospital. Was leader of the house band at Connolly’s of Leap, voted Ireland’s best music venue, for over four years, till the other three dudes in the band died in quick succession. Been teaching Piano to advanced students on SKYPE during the Scamdemic. Have some new stuff coming out in the next few months. Saw mention of Joe Chirowski today; we were in the same class at the Choir School; and Peter Sterback was in my class at Brebeuf College; he used to give me lifts home, but never once mentioned that he was a keyboard player. Chanced to see him at the Night Owl one night playing with the Big Town Boys, or BTB 4, as they were calling themselves at the time. Anyway, if you ever need some info about Trono in the late sixites and seventies, let me know; I might be able to help. Keep up the excellent work, dude.

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