August 10, 2021
The Peptides are an Ottawa-based, nine-member band…..five vocalists and four instrumentalists, producing a distinctive larger-than-life pop sound. The Peptides are known for their high energy, extravagant and colourful, live performances…..their music an eclectic mix of funk, soul, folk, gospel, Latin and new wave sound.
A snapshot of Canadian diversity, The PepTides is a community of girls and guys, LGBTQ and straight, English and French; black, white and in between, Ukrainian, Mexican, Guyanese, Cree, Acadian, Armenian and Scottish. I had the opportunity to see them during Indie Week in Toronto a few years back. If I had the chance, I’d go back to see them again in a heartbeat.
August 5, 2021
The Trews, formed in Antigonish, Nova Scotia by brothers Colin and John-Angus with good friend, bassist Jack Syperek, are now based in Hamilton, Ontario and are the cusp of celebrating 25 years together. I was joined in the studio by John-Angus, who drove into Toronto from Hamilton to chat about the pandemic and future of music, how he and the band have coped, lessons learned and looking forward to their new album to be released in the fall of 2022.
The band perform their own distinctive, hard driving rock with a whisper here and there of their Celtic roots and on occasion, the hint of reggae or the plaintive cry of the bagpipes, all reflecting their time growing up in Nova Scotia, Newfoundland, Jamaica and Barbados. The Trews have released six full length albums, one compilation, five EPs, three live albums and one video album. Also during that time they’ve have been nominated for six Juno awards, and seventeen nominations with seven wins at the East Coast Music Awards. They’ve also won twice at the U.S. Independent Music awards. It’s been a busy and very fruitful almost 25 years. Happy (almost) 25th Birthday!
July 20, 2021
TOM WILSON is the bestselling author of Beautiful Scars as well as a five-time Juno winning Canadian musician. His band Junkhouse scored eleven top-ten hits in the 90's, and his iconic, Americana-fuelled Blackie and the Rodeo Kings has performed on stages from The Grand Ol Opry to Massey Hall.
Tom’s most recent incarnation, Lee Harvey Osmond, has received extensive praise and airplay throughout the United States and Europe. His art has shown in galleries from New York City to Vancouver. He still lives in Hamilton, Ontario and is currently working on his second book BLOOD MEMORY for Penguin Random House books.
“I have unchained all the prisoners from my basement and freed the ghosts from my attic. I was the guy who ended up holding the keys to their freedom. It was me who let them out. It’s a job that no one else could do and one that comes with great consequence because these ghosts and prisoners are standing around me now all day, all night long.”
I told my truth the way I heard it and the way I remembered it and that’s all I have. Everything else is bullshit.” Tom Wilson
July 13, 2021
Tom Wilson is a singer/songwriter/bestselling author/story teller/visual artist and 5x Juno award winner, the most recent Juno win was in 2020 for his latest release Mohawk. His bands Junkhouse, Lee Harvey Osmond and Blackie and The Rodeo Kings; the discovery of his Mohawk heritage; writing his autobiography Beautiful Scars; his recognition as an artist, and the many projects in between, Tom has been on a voyage of discovery his entire life. An extremely busy man, it took us seven months of calendar co-ordination to get to this conversation.
Tom is one of the greatest storytellers out there today, so rather than leave too much on the cutting room floor, I’ve decided to make this a two-part conversation. Today you’ll hear Part One.
June 29, 2021
Singer/songwriter Steve York started singing and playing in a blues band in Toronto as a teen. He began songwriting and fronting a grunge rock band in his twenties. At the same time that Nirvana and Pearl Jam were popularizing grunge music in Seattle, Steve and his band SST were pioneering grunge in Toronto. Steve’s band Mercy Flight is his soul child and an ongoing collaboration with fellow musicians Katey Morley, Dan Miller, Tony Rabalao and Tom McKay.
June 22, 2021
Originally from Guelph, Ontario, Davide Di Renzo is a musician’s musician and has had the good fortune to play with damn near everybody. One of the most versatile and in-demand drummers in Canada, Davide has equally strong profiles in jazz, rock, pop and R&B.
An alumnus of U of T’s Jazz Studies program, Davide was nominated as Jazz Drummer of the year at the National Jazz Awards in 2008. He won a Juno in 2007 as a member of Jacksoul for R&B Soul Recording of the Year. Davide has performed/toured or recorded with slew of Canadian and internationl artists including Holly Cole, Ashley McIssac, Dione Taylor, Richard Underhill, Molly Johnson, David Wilcox, Sarah Slean...and the list goes on. He also performs and tours with Tom Cochrane and Red Rider as well as electronic band New Deal.
June 15, 2021
Today’s podcast conversation is with David Michael Moote, a multifaceted performer originally from my home town of London, ON. I first met David six years ago as cast member in the production Oh Canada, What A Feeling, based on the book, Oh What A Feeling: A Vital History of Canadian Music, by author Martin Melhuish.
David studied voice and piano from age six and performed professionally in the theatre as a child and teen, studied classical Voice Performance at McGill University and has a Bachelors Education from the University of Ottawa. David performs in theatres across the country as well as in film and TV productions. David is also the lead singer and front man of the Toronto-based symphonic heavy metal band Operus. A passionate singer, actor, musician and lyricist, David connects to the world around him and to his audiences through music and the arts.
June 8, 2021
Marco Argiro is a multi-instrumentalist, vocalist, songwriter, producer and owns his own label, Outright Rock Records. Originally from Florida, then New York City and now residing Nashville since 2017, Marco is a former member of the NYC power-pop trio Le Mood, is lead singer and guitarist for the transatlantic band The Killing Floor and is a member of a Nashville group called The Tenders (currently on hiatus). He began his solo act, Marco With Love, while still living in New York and now performs with a rotating collective of Nashville musicians.
Marco With Love’s Cosmic American Rock ‘N’ Roll music gives a nod to The Beatles, The Flying Burrito Brothers, Tom Petty, The Byrds and The Traveling Wilburys calling to mind a psychedelic era of rock, infused with harmonies reminiscent of the West Coast sounds of the 70s.
June 1, 2021
Gigging in cover bands part-time since 1968 and writing his own songs, one of them called You’re on the Radio was the start of it all. Frank formed the band Zero-One, signed a deal with Anthem Records and recorded one album. The band was nominated for a Juno in 1981 for Best New Group before disbanding in 1982. Frank went on to form Hanover Fist in 1984 and his song, Metal of the NIght, was chosen by Eddie Van Halen as the lead song for a new movie.
Now writer, producer and director of ONES, a multi-media theatre presentation of The Beatles number one hits from 1964-1969, it's his dream and his personal tribute to a band that's had the biggest impact on his musical career. Building the production from the ground up with the late Don MacLean and graphic designer Jain McMillan, ONES has grown from small theatres to a major production with a 22 piece orchestra.
May 25, 2021
Patricia Silver has combined her passion for music and performance, her sharp entrepreneurial skills, her commitment to community service, and her dedication to her family into a successful career and busy, but happy, lifestyle. She is considered a pioneer and a leader in the music industry. She founded the Sphere Entertainment Agency, is the author of two best-selling children’s books and is one of the founders of Canada's biggest a cappella festival, SING! Toronto Vocal Arts Festival, which is about to celebrate it's 10th year beginning this Thursday, May 27, 2021.