I would normally hesitate to endorse any band that delays recording a great album because they’re too busy playing ultimate Frisbee, but Toronto’s The Fires Of are good enough to get past that point. Founding members Chris Hayward (vocals, guitar, bass) and Graeme Donnelly (vocals) have assembled a fantastic group of musicians, including Lisa Di Diodato, Steve Canning, Peyton Leung, and Greg Heard
CM Issue: March/April 1998 Canadian Musician Showcase The Ennis Sisters –With the commercial breakthrough of Celtic groups Great Big Sea and Leahy, A reps are swooping down on these young Atlantic Canadian lasses with voices bright and clear. The album, Red Is The Rose, named after a traditional song of the same title, includes gentle and the sprightly material, mainly written by Maureen Ennis with arrangements credited to all three siblings.
Static In The Stars blast right out of the garage and into your stereo at a ferocity best experienced with your volume knob cranked. The Vancouver-based quintet plays loud stadium-ready rock n’ roll with huge guitars and soaring vocals.
CM Issue: November – December 2012 Boasting a list of influences which includes Gang of Four, Soft Cell, Killing Joke, Death From Above 1979, Phil Collins, U2, and Metallica, Girlfriends and Boyfriends (GFBF) are well worth a listen.
Halifax’s Classified might be trying to establish himself as the preeminent writer of hip-hop songs tied to our national identity, but Winnipeg’s Abstract Artform might just give him a run for his money. The group, fronted by MC and producer Shea “Kid A” Malcolmson, fuses live jazz and soul-like music with vocal delivery familiar to fans of groups like Jurassic 5.
CM Issue May/June 2014 - Gypsy Chief Goliath...Gypsy Chief Goliath might call Windsor, ON home, but their impact is beginning to be felt around the globe. The group is currently promoting their sophomore record, New Machines Of The Night, released this past October via Cyprus-based imprint Pitch Black Records.
CM Issue: November/December 1998 Canadian Musician Showcase Women Ah Run Tings – Music doesn’t get much groovier than Women Ah Run Tings, a charismatic soul/R/hip-hop band of five women from Chilean, Guyanese, Jamaican and Nigerian backgrounds.
CM Issue: May/June 1996 Canadian Musician Showcase Fiona Blackburn – She’ll be meeting you at the pearly gates, taking your hand and guiding you softly over the clouds to wherever it is you hang out when you’re in the heavens. Fiona Blackburn has a voice that angels must possess — clear, soothing and majestic.
CM Issue: July/August 2006 Sonic City – Just 13 years old, guitarist Danny Sveinson has been performing steadily since he was nine, even sitting in with the legendary Les Paul at the Iridium Jazz Club in New York. Now, this kid, influenced by everyone from Jimi Hendrix to Alex Lifeson, is the centre of the rock band Sonic City.
CM Issue: July/August 2000 Canadian Musician Showcase Nathan’s Flat – Nathan’s Flat is that most elusive of creatures: a fresh-sounding alternative rock band. Formed in Halifax four years ago by Nova Scotians Bill Dean (guitar), Kevin MacDonald (guitar) and Jeff Kinsman (bass), along with Newfoundlander Art House....