63 Monroe

By the summer of 1980, NFG (No Fucking Good) had caused enough trouble and mayhem and had gained such a bad reputation with club owners it was almost impossible for them to get gigs. So after a brief hiatus, frontman Steven R Stunning, guitarist Markii Burnaway (real name Marcus Scott), bassist Mark DeRoux, and Pete …

Agharta

Agharta was formed in 1978 by keyboardist Jacques Mignault and Pierre Veniot on brass and woodwinds. They’d previously played together in Main Street Funk at the very first Montreal International Jazz Festival, and soon added drummer Normand Cataford and bassist Normand Trudel. They began playing the coffee clubs throughout Montreal, mixing a jazz element into …

Alleviate

It’s getting pretty common to hear ‘rock ‘n roll is dead’, but in Northern Alberta there lies a band called Alleviate who proves that saying is nothing but untrue. After their shows it’s not unusual to hear comments about Alleviate helping rebirth rock and roll. Their fans appreciate their memorable sound and powerful lyrics. Since …

Amakudari

Translated from Japanese to mean ‘descent from Heaven,’ Amakudari was the brainchild of Winnipeg’s Greg Gardner, a multi-instrumentalist who began playing piano by the age of seven. He moved over to guitar and then drums by 13. His first professional gig was when he was still only 15. By 1985, his credits included The Love …

Backline Revival

From the ashes of what the band describes as “the burned down and out London, Ontario rock scene” rises the soulful and dynamic sound of Backline Revival. The group was formed in the late 2000s and consists of vocalist Nikki James, guitarists Houndog and Chuck Rocks, AJ on drums and bassist Rickie Lee. Combining a …

Big Daddy Shad

Big Daddy Shad Mark Macmillan: Lead Guitar, Organ,Vocals, Songwriter Gregory Siddall: Bass Guitar, BackupVocals Ron Sims: Lead Guitar Tom Cooke: Drums Big Daddy Shad was formed in early December 2000 in Amherst, NS. After playing some blues cover tunes at a few of the local bars, the membersrealized that Big Daddy Shad was indeed something …

Blind Ravage

Jean Charbonneau (guitars and vocals) and Bob Dufour (bass and vocals) grew up in Laval, Quebec with a lot of the same musical influences – generally the bulk of the heavy part of the British Invasion. They formed Blind Ravage in the fall of 1969 with drummer Danny Gorman, and began doing Deep Purple, Cream, …

Bridge

Performing together since 1964 in The Marcatos, brothers Francis and John Webster moved to Toronto in ’67 where they revamped the line-up into a seven-piece orchestrated pop ensemble. They released one album later that year on Sound Canada Records called DAVID, which featured covers of “Hey Jude” and “House of the Rising Sun.” It got …