Archive for the Canadian Music Category

Pat Blythe – Will we ever learn? Kensington punks……and music

Posted in Books, Canadian Music, COVID 19, life, music, Opinion, Review with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 22, 2021 by segarini

As I write this, today is the 21st day of September in the year 2021…..twenty-one years into the 21st century already! If we take a hard look back in the history books, has humankind really and truly changed? Are we more civilized, more intelligent, more advanced, more knowledgeable (or better at using the knowledge we have accumulated); more accepting, more just…..? I’m not so sure. Appearances can be deceiving!

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GWNtertainment #28 by Jaimie Vernon

Posted in Books, Canadian Music, life, music, Opinion, Review with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 20, 2021 by segarini

Lots of new music this week as post-summer tuneage is in full swing. Just ask Drake who now occupies half of the Top10 on the Billboard magazine charts. It’s also drawn battle lines between old pop music fans and new because Drake’s positioning on the charts breaks a handful of records previously set by The Beatles. Vitriol has been flying around social media dismissing Drake and his accomplishments. GWN celebrates any Canadian artist who has managed to raise the ire of a generation of music lovers who refuse to acknowledge that time has passed, and that a new generation also makes music that people love. We are here three times a month extolling the virtues of those new artists and that new music. Other music exists in the same universe as The Beatles…resistance is fertile.

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Pat Blythe – It’s a Love Revolution Down on Main Street…..and music

Posted in Canadian Music, COVID 19, life, music, Opinion, Review, Work with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 15, 2021 by segarini

I’m loving September. Warm(ish) days with cool nights are just perfect. Grape jelly made, herbs harvested, spaghetti sauce jarred (soup is next), podcast published and now it’s column time! In between all that is photo editing, cross stitching and a few telecom projects. Running around at Mariposa and Summerfolk; meeting new people and listening to new music during Canadian Music Week and Indie Week; dodging bodies, running into my friends and hearing more new music at the clubs…..I’ve missed it all. Fingers crossed we have some semblance of normal next year.

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GWNtertainment #27 by Jaimie Vernon

Posted in Canadian Music, music, Opinion, Review with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 13, 2021 by segarini


The collision of tornados, hurricanes and wild fires on both coasts tells us that summer’s now officially over. How was yours? Did you manage to see any live music with the start-stop-start live music scene? It’s back to school time and with it comes more moderate weather, and a chance to catch what we hope is the restorative powers of a healthy, re-activated live music scene. Remember to wear protection and never share beer bongs with total strangers. GWN is back from a well needed break and we present to you the remnants of August’s new releases and a peak at what’s coming up.

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Pat Blythe – Hello September…..music news…..and music

Posted in Canadian Music, COVID 19, life, music, Opinion, Review with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 8, 2021 by segarini

September…..the beginning of my favourite time of year. There’s something so crisp and refreshing…..a newness spring doesn’t possess. New jobs, new schools, new grades, new homes, new lives…..September to me has always meant “beginning”. Maybe because it’s the month of my birth, or maybe it’s all the fall colours and brightness of the air, but I always feel inspired and invigorated in the comfortable cool months of fall. Of course, all things pumpkin spice doesn’t hurt either!

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GWNtertainment #26 by Jaimie Vernon

Posted in Canadian Music, life, music, Opinion, Review on August 16, 2021 by segarini

As the Alan Parsons Project song title commands – let’s talk about ME for a minute. My love for Canadian music stems back to my youngest childhood memories with the early 1970s a proving ground for all things CanCon – Lighthouse, The Guess Who, April Wine, Edward Bear, Andy Kim, Michael Pagliaro, Chilliwack, and The Stampeders as some of our ambassador’s to the world. I was inspired to become a musician not because of my favourite act The Beatles, but a local Scarborough piano player named Lawrence Gowan. I’ve nattered on endlessly on Facebook about him, so I’ll save my salivating for the rotisserie chicken that is social media.

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Roxanne Tellier – The Run Down and the Wrap Up

Posted in Canadian Music, COVID 19, Family, Health, life, music, Opinion, politics, Review with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 15, 2021 by segarini

Ah, dang it. Like death and taxes, unwanted summer electoral politics are inescapable.  Rumour has it that our PM Justin Trudeau is determined to call a snap election, reportedly to be held on September 20th. Why? Because he believes that doing so at this time will ensure his party can win a majority government, allowing him to avoid what he has been calling “opposition obstruction.” 

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Pat Blythe – Smile, you’re on….and music

Posted in Canadian Music, COVID 19, life, music, Opinion, Review, Work with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 11, 2021 by segarini

I’ve actually remembered how to use that contraption they call a camera and now I have two! I used them both for the first time last night photographing the Forever Seger band at their rehearsals. What a joy to have two cameras set up with different lenses…..sort of a “grab-and-go” scenario. Just pop the lens cover, make sure the camera is “on” (this is always helpful), point, focus and shoot. So good to be back!

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GWNtertainment #25 by Jaimie Vernon

Posted in Canadian Music, life, music, Opinion, Review with tags , on August 9, 2021 by segarini

Music is in the air. Music is everywhere. Concerts are resuming and a limited number of clubs are readying for a return to entertainment. Large tours are back on the docket – including the Rolling Stones who will be traveling for the first time since the band’s formation in 1962 without its timekeeper Charlie Watts (who is recovering from surgery). It has sparked debate about what constitutes value for money in these economic hard times. Are Mick Jagger and Keith Richards (and late bloomer Ron Wood) enough to constitute a real Rolling Stones experience? Fans are divided.

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Pat Blythe – On your mark…..book report……and music (of course)

Posted in Books, Canadian Music, COVID 19, life, music, Opinion, Review with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 4, 2021 by segarini

…..and so it has begun. Music is starting to break out everywhere and many artists are “quietly rushing” to bust through the starting gate. With fewer venues, and so far, slightly smaller audiences, (which is going to mean a slightly lower pay day in the short term). I think the gates are going to get so jammed you won’t be able to slip a blade of grass through (among other things). It’s going to be quality over quantity so I hope all those drumsticks, keyboards and guitars are “sharpened”, tuned and at the ready. There’s been roughly 18 months of “practice” time.

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