Archive for Jaimie Vernon

GRAN’S CANADA HIGHWAY – EPISODE 2: THE FIR TREES AND BEYOND by Jaimie Vernon

Posted in Family, life, Opinion, Review with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 6, 2020 by segarini


Historic, and hysterically stereotypical, visions of Canada usually consist of Eskimos, dog sleds, igloos, Mounties, and clear tracts of land filled with snow-capped mountains and evergreen forests. Oh, and people going over Niagara Falls in barrels. Monty Python also made a huge deal out of our lumberjacks as well.

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GREG SIMPSON – RADIO MAN EXTRAORDINAIRE by Jaimie Vernon

Posted in life, music, Opinion, Review with tags , , , , , , , , on June 8, 2020 by segarini

I type this through tears. At this moment my old pal Greg Simpson is on life support in a London hospital. And I fear for his life. Suddenly a flood of memories come back to a 20 year friendship all of which involved good times.

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SUNNY DAYS: THE SKIP PROKOP STORY (PART 9) by Jaimie Vernon

Posted in Interview, music, Opinion, Review, Serialized Book with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 25, 2020 by segarini

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SUNNY DAYS: THE SKIP PROKOP STORY (PART 8) by Jaimie Vernon

Posted in Interview, music, Opinion, Serialized Book with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 18, 2020 by segarini

Through most of 1968, Skip Prokop’s band  The Paupers had been touring with new bass player Brad Campbell as they were making their way through recording and releasing their second album for MGM Records called “Ellis Island.” But Skip was getting a taste for session work and expanding his musical horizons beyond a 4-piece rock and roll ensemble.  It was leading him to decisions that would change his life and Canadian music forever…

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SUNNY DAYS: THE SKIP PROKOP STORY (PART 7 by Jaimie Vernon

Posted in music, Opinion, Serialized Book with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 4, 2020 by segarini

Skip Prokop and his band The Paupers were on their way to the ‘big game’ when they had two back-to-back blows. Their appearance at the Monterey Pop Festival in the summer of 1967 was an unmitigated disaster and the band’s long-time Canadian manager, Bernie Finkelstein, left the group in the hands of U.S. Uber-manager Albert Grossman. Grossman wasn’t going to let these setbacks slow the band down. In fact, he had the guys become surrogate backing musicians for several artists in his illustrious music stable. This would prove to be the undoing of The Paupers as Skip found himself attracted to working with big name acts:

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SUNNY DAYS: THE SKIP PROKOP STORY (PART 6) by Jaimie Vernon

Posted in Interview, music, Opinion, Serialized Book with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 27, 2020 by segarini

In our previous installment, Yorkville Village heroes The Paupers had effectively ambushed New York City and taken the American music business by storm following their gigs at the Café Au-Go-Go. It landed them both a U.S. record deal with MGM/Verve-Folkways and a deal with Uber-manager Albert Grossman (Bob Dylan, The Band, Odetta, Peter Paul & Mary, Paul Butterfield, Janis Joplin). The wheels were in motion for The Paupers to conquer America. The band did a promotional tour across the U.S. to radio stations in preparation for the release of their debut album ‘Magic People’ and live dates to follow. Skip Prokop continues the story…

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SUNNY DAYS: THE SKIP PROKOP STORY (PART 5) by Jaimie Vernon

Posted in Interview, music, Opinion, Serialized Book with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 20, 2020 by segarini

Adam Mitchell was an integral new addition to The Paupers on lead vocals and rhythm guitar. Bernie Finkelstein had come on board as manager and wasted no time getting the band signed to MGM Records stateside. It was a springboard for what was to come. Bernie wanted to showcase the band to their new American label. It meant heading to the USA.

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SUNNY DAYS: THE SKIP PROKOP STORY (PART 4) by Jaimie Vernon

Posted in Interview, music, Opinion, Serialized Book with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 6, 2020 by segarini

Skip Prokop and The Paupers were well on their way with a record deal on Red Leaf Records, songs on the radio, and a foot in the Yorkville coffee houses. It wouldn’t be long before the band was highly in demand and craving bigger and better rewards.

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SUNNY DAYS: THE SKIP PROKOP STORY (PART 3) by Jaimie Vernon

Posted in music, Serialized Book with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 30, 2020 by segarini

Skip Prokop (drums), Bill Misener (guitar vocals), Chuck Beal (guitar), and Denny Gerrard (bass)  formed The Paupers on December 10, 1964. Skip picks up the story from here.

Bill moved to our house in Alderwood (south of the QEW near Browns Line) to stay with us, and he went home on the weekends. We would drive from Alderwood, New Toronto, over to Scarborough and we would practice in Chuck Beal’s basement because we could set up our equipment there. That’s where we really began to put the band together.

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SUNNY DAYS: THE SKIP PROKOP STORY (PART 2) by Jaimie Vernon

Posted in life, music, Serialized Book with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 23, 2020 by segarini

In last week’s installment of “Sunny Days: The Skip Prokop Story” our young drummer, Ronn Prokop (he had yet to adopt his nickname), was heading to the Preston Scout House to hone his drum corps chops. Suffice to say Skip would not only become quite adept at marching band drum skills, but became a reigning SIX time champion in Canada and the United States with the Optimists Drum & Bugle Corp.

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