Parade – the musical

Don’t think of this as a review because, as I’ve pointed out, I’m not really a reviewer. Think of it as the words of a person who went to a show and wants to tell you how she enjoyed it in case you are looking for something to do over the next week or so….

DJ Roulette… again.

I’m a little late coming into this news. During my commute each morning this week, I heard Stu Jeffries’ sweet voice and assumed that Humble & Colleen were on vacation again. I love Stu Jeffries. My problem is that his show is on in the evenings and it’s really an inconvenient time to listen to…

Gerry Rafferty Dead at 63

Comedian Billy Connolly and former band mates gathered yesterday to pay tribute to their friend, Gerry Rafferty, who died on Tuesday of complications due to liver failure. Each spoke of their desire and efforts to help Rafferty get past the dangerous addiction to alcohol that would eventually kill him. With monstrous hits such as “Baker…

Imagining: The Death of John Lennon

Thirty years have passed since Mark David Chapman fatally shot John Lennon outside of his New York City apartment, the Dakota. “And while Lennon read a book of Marx,The quartet practiced in the park, And we sang dirges in the dark The day the music died.” ~ American Pie, Don McLean Mark David Chapman got…

Canadian Musician Profile: Gordon Lightfoot

With a career spanning more than five decades, 71-year-old Gordon Lightfoot has influenced the likes of Bob Dylan, Robbie Robertson and Sarah McLachlan. A national treasure Considered a national treasure by artists like Robbie Robertson of The Band, Gordon Lightfoot has been awarded the Companion of the Order of Canada, Canada’s highest civilian honour. He…

Martin Streek and the Death of Toronto Radio

One year after the death of one of Toronto’s most influential radio personalities, Toronto’s music scene is hungry for an advocate, ready for a party. In the mid-eighties Toronto had begun to emerge from the indulgence of Disco dance parties and the Punk revolution. A lighter side of punk music began to emerge, but it…

Christina Maria’s Straight Line: Album Review

Seven soulful songs, five different producers, one amazing singer and songwriter: Christina Maria delivers an album worth several listens. Christina Maria may have been born in Vancouver, but she spends a great deal of time traveling from city to city and often country to country. According to her website bio, the creation of Straight Line…