Canadian Albums Turning 30 in 2017

1987 was the year that witnessed the city of Frobisher Bay change its name to Iqaluit. Rick Hansen returned home to Vancouver after his Man in Motion world tour. The one dollar coin was introduced, often called the loonie. Quebec City was the first municipality in North America to become a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Edmonton had a summer tornado that killed 27 while Montreal had a flood. Hockey player Sidney Crosby and actress Ellen Page were born. Actor Lorne Greene and author Margaret Laurence passed away. Stock markets around the world fell after the USA’s dropped 22.6%. An underground fire at King’s Cross Tube Station in London, UK killed 31 people.

In entertainment, the first Final Fantasy video game came out. Three Men and a Baby was tops at the cinema followed by Fatal Attraction. Television viewers tuned into The Cosby Show and its spinoff A Different World. “La Bamba” by Los Lobos was the most popular song of the year.

Seven albums by Canadian artists in 1987 eventually struck multiplatinum. Debut album Outskirts by Blue Rodeo, helped by hit single “Try”, was the highest at quadruple platinum followed by Bryan Adams’ Into the Fire at triple platinum. As there were no JUNO Awards held in 1988, Robbie Robertson’s self-titled LP, his first as a soloist, had to wait two years to win the Album of the Year trophy. Other double platinum works besides Robbie’s were Céline Dion’s Incognito, Michel Rivard’s Un Trou Dans Les Nuages, Rita MacNeil’s Flying on Your Own, and The Tragically Hip’s debut, eponymous mini-album. It’s interesting that the musical style on most (not all) of these is not what we normally think of as “80s music”.



Headlines and Footdots for 16 November 2016

Dallas Smith’s Autograph Inked at the Top


Dallas Smith’s hit single “Autograph” has hit #1 on the Country Airplay chart. It is the British Columbian’s second chart-topping song since “Wastin’ Gas” crowned country in January 2015. “Autograph” is the first #1 for a Canadian country artist since Brett Kissel’s “Airwaves” in September 2015. Dallas is the first Canadian Country artist to score multiple number one songs since Dean Brody picked up his second summit smasher in 2013.

C’est La Vingt


It is remarkable that Canadian soul singer Bobby Bazini has scored two platinum albums and four JUNO nominations without landing a hit single. Then again, that may be due his style not fitting into a radio climate ruled by EDM bangers, acoustic guitar ditties, warbled R&B, and ranting rap. As we have seen throughout the years, however, when an irresistibly delicious song comes out, the gate keepers succumb to its charms. Bobby Bazini’s “C’est La Vie”, not yet significantly airing on CHR radio, has made the Top 20 on AC and is threatening to on Hot AC. What is more eyebrow-raising is that it has vaulted itself up to #20 on iTunes. We will keep our eyes on its progress.

Red and Blue Angels


Artistic pop specialist Jane Siberry of Guelph, ON will be releasing new album Angels Bend Closer on Friday (November 18, 2016). Jane is best known for “One More Colour” a Top 40 hit in 1985. She was one of the artists who participated in the “Tears Are Not Enough”, Northern Lights project that same year.

Canadian EDM duo Adventure Club is set to release one of the slickest albums of 2016: Red // Blue. Due out on December 2, it will be the two-time JUNO nominee’s first full-length album. Adventure Club, from Montreal, scored Top 40 hit “Wonder” in 2014.

The Biebs’ Swiss Army Night


Justin Bieber will be performing at the American Music Awards, but not from Trumpland, rather from Schneider-Ammann territory. Yes, The Biebs will perform from his Purpose tour in Zurich, Switzerland, marking his sixth time performing at the AMAs. Two other Canadians will be performing at the gala on Sunday (November 20, 2016), namely Shawn Mendes and The Weeknd. Maple leaf artists are nominated for 23+ awards at the fan-voted show.

In a recent interview, Bieber’s manager Scooter Braun was asked what he anticipates for Justin with respect to the Grammy Awards. Scooter made the following reply:

My point of view on Justin’s album is very simple: It deserves all the accolades, and the reason is as follows: He was hated. There’s not a voter out there who was voting for Justin Bieber. Adele is phenomenal, but we all love Adele. Her latest album had 900k pre-orders before we even heard a song. It’s sacrilegious to say anything bad about Beyoncé; we love her. People didn’t love Justin Bieber. They trashed-talked him, despised him. Big executives who are supposed to be on his team told me his career was over. And his album changed all that, to the point where he’s had more number ones on his album than any of the other people we’re talking about, and sold more copies than anyone ever dreamed this album would do.

I think that when we’re judging on the Grammys, we’re supposed to judge based on the music. If we do, this album is undeniable because it made us love Justin Bieber again—a feat that everyone thought was impossible. People told me it’s impossible to make a teenage act that’s hated become an adult. Justin Bieber is at the height of his career; he’s bigger than he was before, based on Purpose, and I hope that people recognize that, put their feelings about him aside and judge him based on the music. I think everyone can agree this was a great album and it deserves the appreciation.

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Bryan Adams bumped into Hollywood actress Julia Roberts on Monday (November 14, 2016) at the memorial for director Garry Marshall held in Los Angeles, USA. He shared this photo.

Ruth B Is In My Dreams


Alessia Cara may be the only female Canadian soloist receiving significant radio support these days, but Ruth B is attempting to squash the tokenism. Ruth who hails from the northern metropolis of Edmonton launched her career via the Shawn Mendes route of now defunct video platform Vine. Her 2015 single “Lost Boy” became a hit both domestically and internationally, now certified in Canada at triple platinum. She is following up with “In My Dreams” which heralds her debut full-length album. The track was produced by Joel Little who has worked with Ellie Goulding, Lorde, and Sam Smith. The song was featured in an episode of hit ABC series Once Upon a Time. We embed the lyric video below which in five days is well over 100k views.

2 and 2 in Britain; 4 and 4 in the States

Adams and Bieber 2 and 2 in Britain

On this week’s official UK charts, Canadians Bryan Adams and Justin Bieber both debut at #2. Last month, they played together in Germany (see it here). Justin Bieber’s “Sorry” debuts at #2 on the British Singles Chart behind “Hello” by England’s Adele. Bryan Adams, on the other hand, debuts at #2 on the British Albums Chart with Get Up behind Sounds Good Feels Good by Australia’s 5 Seconds of Summer.

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Bieber Performs on the Graham Norton Show

Justin Bieber performed “What Do You Mean” tonight on BBC’s The Graham Norton Show. In the cute interview that followed, the host commented, “That song, ‘What Do You Mean’, I like it. It’s your little cry from the heart to the women of the world, ’cause you don’t know what they mean. Is that the thing?” Justin replied, “I never know what they mean.” Norton returned, “But all boys don’t know what girls mean.” And Justin said, “Yeah, that’s why we needed an anthem.”

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Four Canadians in Top 4 U.S. Billboard Spots

For the first time in U.S. Billboard Hot 100 history, four Canadian artists own the top four spots on the chart. The Weeknd is at #1 with “The Hills”, Drake is #2 with “Hotline Bling”, Justin Bieber is at #3 with “What Do You Mean”, and Shawn Mendes is at #4 with “Stitches”.

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Mendes and Cara MAKE Billboard’s Hot PRE-21

Billboard magazine recently listed its picks for the 21 hottest stars under the age of 21. The list includes two Canadians: Shawn Mendes (ranked 4th) and Alessia Cara (ranked 11th). The latter’s hit “Here” entered the U.S. Hot 100’s Top 20 this week. She will be releasing her debut album Know It All November 13. You can view the article here.

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Come October Bryan Adams Shall Get Up

bryan adams - get upElectric Light Orchestra frontman Jeff Lynne and early collaborator Jim Vallance have teamed up with Bryan Adams on his upcoming studio album Get Up, set for an October 16 release. It will be the North Vancouver raised superstar’s 13th career album. While last year’s Tracks of My Years (gold) was replete with covers, this will be a disc of original material. The stats on Adams are more than impressive. He is the first homegrown artist to score a diamond album domestically (Reckless) and has sold some 60 million albums worldwide. Bryan has scored more Top 40, more Top 10, and more #1 hits than any other local artist, a total of 36, 18, and 10 respectively from 1982 to 2000. Below is a list of all Bryan Adams’ Top 40 hits in Canada with peak position and year. “What’s your favourite Bryan Adams song?” is always a good question to start a friendly conversation.

Fits Ya Good 30 1982
Cuts Like a Knife 12 1983
Straight form the Heart 20 1983
This Time 32 1983
Run to You 4 1985
Summer of ’69 11 1985
Heaven 11 1985
Somebody 13 1985
It’s Only Love 14 1985
One Night Love Affair 19 1985
Heat of the Night 7 1987
Hearts on Fire 25 1987
(Everything I Do) I Do It For You 1 1991
Can’t Stop This Thing We Started 1 1991
Thought I’d Died and Gone to Heaven 1 1992
There Will Never Be Another 2 1992
Do I Have to Say the Words? 2 1992
Touch the Hand 38 1992
Please Forgive Me 1 1993
Is Your Mama Gonna Miss Ya 36 1993
All For Love (with Sting and Rod Stewart) 1 1994
Have You Ever Really Loved a Woman? 1 1995
Low Life 13 1995
Let’s Make It a Night To Remember 1 1996
The Only Thing That Looks Good On Me Is You 1 1996
Rock Steady 12 1996
18 Til I Die 21 1996
Do to You 6 1997
I’ll Always Be Right There 15 1997
I Finally Found Someone 18 1997
Back to You 1 1998
On a Day Like Today 1 1998
I’m Ready 11 1998
When You’re Gone 5 1999
Cloud #9 7 1999
Best of Me 10 2000

Ice Conduit to the 2015 JUNOs: Artist/Group of the Year Nominees

Nominees for these two categories are determined by an equal weighting of sales, CARAS Academy Delegate votes and Next Big Sound Data.

Up for Artist of the Year are Kingston, ON’s Bryan Adams, Niagara Falls’ deadmau5, Montreal’s Leonard Cohen, Halifax’s Sarah McLachlan, and Toronto’s The Weeknd.

For Group of the Year, we have Hamilton’s Arkells, Montreal’s Chromeo, Quadra Island, BC’s Mother Mother, Hanna, AB’s Nickelback, and half Canadian duo You+Me.

The Artists

Bryan Adams released a gold-certified covers album last year, Tracks of My Years. He has won 19 JUNO Awards placing him in third place after Anne Murray and Celine Dion. Deadmau5 released his album While One Is Less Than Two which placed three tracks on the charts, the most successful being “Seeya”, a gold, Top 20 hit. He’s won four JUNOs to date. Leonard Cohen gave us platinum certified album Popular Problems. His JUNO count stands at six. Sarah McLachlan, winner of eight JUNOs heartened 2014 with her gold album Shine On. The Weeknd’s last album was Kiss Land back in September 2013. Four of his songs made the Hot 100 in 2014 including his Top 10 collaboration with Ariana Grande. Newer on the playing field, The Weeknd has had two JUNOs to date.

We have a feeling The Weeknd will win this one, with his recent international superstardom and thus momentum, but it’s a tough call. Interestingly, none of the artists scored both a Hot 100 charting single and a gold/platinum certified album in 2014.

The Groups

Regarding the groups, two-time JUNO winner Arkells released album High Noon and single “Come to Light” peaked at #81 on the charts. Chromeo had one of the year’s biggest Canadian hits; “Jealous” from album White Women peaked at #12 and became a platinum single. The duo has not yet won a JUNO. Mother Mother graced 2014 with album Very Good Bad Thing. While no certifications or hit singles resulted, the band was signed to a major label, a mark of growth. The band has not yet won a JUNO. Nicelback’s 2014 album was No Fixed Address, recently certified platinum. Three singles made the charts, two landing in the Top 40. The band has won a dozen JUNOs. You+Me scored gold album Rose Ave, three tracks making the Hot 100. The duo was new on the scene in 2014.

Prediction? The JUNOs will probably want to reward Chromeo for its new level of success and finally give the duo an award.

Diana Krall Woos The Wallflower

Diana Krall - WallflowerAfter being delayed twice, Diana Krall’s 12th studio album Wallflower has finally arrived. This is a covers album of mainly pop songs converted to jazz with some bossa nova rhythms. Wallflower was produced by Canada’s David Foster. Nanaimo, BC’s Diana Krall OC has won 8 JUNO awards, scored seven multiplatinum albums, and sold over 15 million records worldwide. Her most successful work was 2001’s The Look of Love at 7xPlatinum. Wallflower contains duets with two of Canada’s leading men: Diana’s jazz counterpart Michael Bublé as well as Bryan Adams.

As most are already familiar with Diana’s style, and therefore what can be expected on the new album, we will provide the origins of its songs, most of which are from the 1970s with a few from the 60s and 80s. “California Dreamin'” from 1965 was originally performed by The Mamas & The Papas, a band that included Canadian artist Denny Doherty. Both “Desperado” (1973) and track #7 “I Can’t Tell You Why” (1980) were first recorded by American country rock band The Eagles. 1969’s “Superstar”, written by Bramlett and Russell, has been covered many times, the most famous version being The Carpenters’.

“Alone Again (Naturally)” is the much anticipated duet with Michael Bublé, a song by Irish singer-songwriter Gilbert O’Sullivan from 1972. Diana’s duet with Bryan Adams is for track #11, “Feels Like Home” by Randy Newman made famous by Chantal Kreviazuk in The Notebook soundtrack. The album’s title-track, “Wallflower”, was written and recorded by Bob Dylan in 1971. “If I Take You Home Tonight” is a previously unreleased composition by Paul McCartney. “Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word” is Elton John’s from 1976. Jim Croce’s “Operator” is from 1972, 10CC’s “I’m Not In Love” from 1975, and “Don’t Dream It’s Over” was a hit in 1986 for Australia’s Crowded House. A deluxe version of the album contains a couple more songs and a couple of live versions.  iTunes

Selected New Releases 25 November 2014

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Platinum country-rocker Dallas Smith releases his second studio album, Lifted. Gold-certified Dumas launches his latest, a self-titled LP. Barenaked Ladies’ keyboardist Kevin Hearn contributes Days In Frames. Album X celebrates 10 years in music from rock band Jonas & The Massive Attraction. In The Hardest Part Is You May Never Know, Paul Cargnello continues his adeptness at mashing up punk rock, reggae, blues and folk. Noem is a five-piece alternative / electronic rock band from Sherbrooke and turns out fine new album Le grand Mensonge. Snowday, a new chillout electronica outfit based in Toronto with members from Ottawa, gives us the exquisite debut, As We Travel. Rap lovers can enjoy new album Sale sud by Saye.

Cristóbal Cortes, operating under the name Das Mörtal, fires off his third 2014 EP, Never Forgotten. He does instrumental electronica on the darker side fit for horror movie soundtracks (which he has done). Molitor is a progressive pop/rock male soloist from Niagara Falls and #lonelypeople_Music is his second EP.

As we get into the busiest retail season of the year, greatest hit packages, holiday albums, and reissues hit the shops. We have previously featured Bryan Adams’ Reckless deluxe reissue and Garou‘s Xmas Blues. Kingston’s Headstones release a fan-selected greatest hits performed on acoustic instruments. EDM wizard deadmau5 celebrates five years with a greatest hits double album which contains remixes and extended versions of his most popular tracks. Finally comes a greatest hits from Jacksoul, a successful Toronto R&B band whose lead singer passed away from cancer in 2009.

Mid November 2014 News

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Bryan Adams To Be Honoured

Canadian Music Week has announced that Bryan Adams OC will be the 2015 recipient of the Allan Slaight Humanitarian Spirit Award. Alongside a successful music career which saw sales of 65 million records worldwide, Bryan has been involved in a number of humanitarian pursuits. He helped write and organize Canadian charity single “Tears Are Not Enough” and participated in many fund-raising concerts like Live Aid, A Conspiracy of Hope, and Rock for Amnesty, dedicated to human rights causes that tackled issues of poverty and famine. Bryan has also supported Greenpeace in its efforts to protect and conserve the environment and rainforests. Adams has helped raise funds for disadvantaged youth in the UK, assisted American farmers, supported victims of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, and raised funds to rebuild schools in Pakistan damaged by the 2005 earthquake.

Elise Estrada Pens Tune For Sarah Geronimo

Canadian pop star Elise Estrada co-wrote the title track on Sarah Geronimo’s latest album, Perfectly Imperfect. Geronimo is a diamond-selling music superstar in The Philippines. The team at Elise’s record label XOXO Entertainment in Vancouver had a big hand in the writing and production on the album which recently hit #1 in SE Asia.

Chantal Kreviazuk Featured on SNL

Multiplatinum Winnipegger Chantal Kreviazuk recently performed on U.S. variety show Saturday Night Live which was created by Torontonian Lorne Michaels. A while back, Chantal wrote song “Pay For It” which she shelved. It was later dusted off by American rappers Jay Rock and Kendrick Lamar who liked it and recorded a finalized version keeping Chantal’s vocal bits and crediting her as a featured artist. The three performed the song on SNL. It was Kreviazuk’s first time on the show, and having grown up as a fan of Gilda Radner, she was honoured to take its stage.

Reckless Turns 30

Reckless Bryan Adams 30th Anniversary Deluxe Edition

This month, November 2014, we celebrate the 30th anniversary of the release of Bryan Adams’ Reckless, the first album by a homegrown artist to sell a million copies in Canada (diamond certification). It was the North Vancouver singer’s 4th studio album and won the JUNO for Album of the Year. The album was a huge international success peaking at #1 in the United States and #7 in the United Kingdom. Reckless spawned six Top 40 hits in 1985: “Run to You” (#4), “Summer of ’69” (#11), “Heaven” (#11), “Somebody” (#13), “It’s Only Love” (#14), and “One Night Love Affair” (#19). “It’s Only Love” featured American singer Tina Turner. Adams co-produced the album with Bob Clearmountain, and it was recorded at Vancouver’s Little Mountain Sound Studios. All 10 album tracks were composed by Bryan Adams and Jim Vallance.

Something that cannot be quantified was the impact Reckless had on the Canadian public. It bolstered pride in Canadian music and support for homegrown artists as a whole. Reckless and Corey Hart’s Boy in the Box were the twin Canadian diamond sellers of the mid-80s. Hart had the #1 song of 1985 – “Never Surrender” – and Adams was one of the key figures who arranged the charity single for African famine relief “Tears Are Not Enough” with supergroup Northern Lights. It was also the year that saw Canadian actor Michael J. Fox star in Hollywood blockbuster Back to the Future. As far as entertainment goes, 1985 was one of the coolest years ever to be Canadian.

In celebration of Reckless’ 30th anniversary, a special multiple disc edition of the album will be released on November 24: a deluxe version and a super deluxe version. The set will feature previously unreleased songs associated with the original album, re-mastering of the original tracks, live versions, and high definition music videos.

Gold/Platinum Certifications July – August 2014

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For both albums and digital singles released from May 1, 2008 onwards, definitions are: Gold = 40,000 units sold, Platinum = 80,000 units sold, Double Platinum = 160,000 units, Triple Platinum = 240,000 units, etc.

Canadians Who Topped the British Singles Chart

Canada-UKTopping the UK Singles Chart has proven to be one of the most challenging feats for a Canadian recording artist over the years. Less Canadians than you would think have crowned the chart and many you would assume have done so have not. From the 1950s until the present, only eight Canadians have scored a #1 hit in Britain: four women and four men. No bands have made the grade. There were a few who were able to hit the top as a featured artist (Drake), a group with a Canadian member (The Archies), or a collaboration (DVBBS with Borgeous and Tinie Tempah) but for the purposes of this list, we will count these simply as honourable mentions.

Paul AnkaThe first Canadian recording artist to score a number one hit in Britain was Ottawa’s rock and roll pioneer Paul Anka. He charted a total of 15 songs in the UK from 1957 until 1974 but it was only his first that hit the top: “Diana”. The song spent a total of 25 weeks on the chart including nine weeks at #1. It sold over a million copies in the land of Buckingham.

Terry JacksWinnipeg’s Terry Jacks scored two hits in the UK. “Seasons in the Sun” reached number one there in 1974 as it did just about everywhere else. It had been 17 years since a Canuck was on top.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERANorth Vancouver’s Bryan Adams has landed 36 songs on the UK charts. Only one of them hit the top, and that was “(Everything I Do) I Do It For You” in 1991. The blockbuster smash which remained on top for 16 weeks also propelled his album Waking Up the Neighbours to the top of the British Albums chart, something that hadn’t happened since Neil Young’s Harvest in 1972.

Celine DionCéline Dion (Charlemagne, QC) is the only Canadian to score more than one chart-topper in Britain. “Think Twice” was her first in 1994. The second was of course “My Heart Will Go On” in 1998. Surprisingly, though, the former was a bigger hit than the latter. “Think Twice” remained on the charts for 31 weeks and spent seven of them on top. Celine has enjoyed 30 charting singles in the UK.

Nelly FurtadoWith 18 hits in Britain, Victoria’s Nelly Furtado was fortunate to have one of them crown the chart, and that one was 2006’s “Maneater”. Nelly was the only Canadian artist to receive a BRIT award during the noughties decade.

Carly Rae Jepsen1Six years after Nelly topped the British charts, her BC sister, Mission’s Carly Rae Jepsen did the same with “Call Me Maybe,” the best-selling international single of the year. The song remained on the UK charts for 48 weeks, four of them at #1. Carly has seen four charting singles in Britain so far.

Robin Thicke2Though he’s from California, Robin Thicke is a Canadian citizen (he has dual citizenship). His “Blurred Lines” reached #1 in 2013 and is still on the UK charts having spent 51 weeks thus far.

KieszaThe most recent Canadian to hit #1 in the United Kingdom is Calgary’s Kiesza. “Hideaway” is her 2014 debut single, and she became a household name in Britain before most Canucks had heard of her. With the seven names above, Kiesza is in pretty blessed company.

Bryan Adams in Concert

The king of heartland rock is in the middle of his cross-Canada tour which began in St. John’s on April 11; tonight he is in Toronto.  After Thunder Bay, May 9th, he is off to Portugal and will return to do western Canada in June.  Bryan Adams released his first hit single in 1979, “Let Me Take You Dancing” which received extensive airplay on Vancouver’s “LG73”.  After two albums that saw modest sales, he unleashed his triple platinum Cuts Like a Knife in 1983 which spawned 3 Top 40 hits. This album was basically the setup for his hydrogen bomb, Reckless, the first Canadian album in history to go diamond at home with a million copies sold and 6 Top 20 hits, including “Run to You” which made the Top 5.

In 1991, Adams released his second diamond album, Waking up the Neighbours, which saw one of the biggest hit singles in history top the charts around the globe and was featured in the Hollywood blockbuster motion picture Robin Hood:  Prince of Thieves.  The song was “(Everything I Do) I Do It For You”.  Waking Up the Neighbours became the first Canadian album since Neil Young’s Harvest in 1972 to top the album charts in the United Kingdom.  Although the 90s saw Adam’s greatest success on the singles charts (9 number ones), most think of him as an 80s sensation. His achievements brought unsurpassed Canadian pride to those who spent their youth in that decade.

Check out the tour dates on Bryan Adams’ website.

What is Bryan Adams up to, “Tonight in Babylon”?

Bryan Adams was the very first Canadian recording artist to score a diamond album when he released Reckless in 1984. In 1991, he scored his second diamond album, Waking Up the Neighbours. It became the first Canadian album to top the British charts since Neil Young’s Harvest way back in 1972. Waking Up the Neighbours included Adams’ biggest international hit, “(Everything I Do) I Do It For You“. The song, featured in the Hollywood movie Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, not only topped the singles charts in a number of countries around the world, it became the biggest song of the year in many of them. Adams has scored some 37 Top 40 singles and won 17 JUNO awards. Simply put, he is perhaps the most successful Canadian male solo artist of all-time.

Bryan will be touring Canada in a few months. Today he put up a good quality music video for “Tonight in Babylon”, a collaboration with DJ trance group Loverush UK. For your convenience, we’ve embedded the video below.  And, my gosh it’s good!

Cool News Items

1.  Ottawa’s emerging CRMA-nominated country star Kira Isabella sang the national anthem to open the Sens vs. Leafs game last night.  I don’t think I’ve ever heard a better performance.  Given the cheers of the crowd, I think most would agree that it was absolutely sensational.  You can watch Kira’s performance HERE.

2.  Vancouver’s emerging rock ‘n roll star Stef Lang has released a new single, “Paper Doll” and has generously offered it as a FREE download HERE.  She has announced  a nation-wide tour that will commence at the end of March.  You can view a tentative list of dates HERE.

3.  Avril Lavigne has completed two nights of performances at Tokyo’s Saitama Super Arena as she launches the final leg of her Black Star Tour.  Japan is the second largest music market in the world and the Japanese are among her most avid fans.  Three of Avril’s albums have been certified DIAMOND in Japan.  She has released a snippet video of her concert, a tour-de-force a capella performance.  You can watch it HERE. While in Tokyo, the pop punk princess tried her hand at taiko drumming:  video HERE.

4.  Bryan Adams will be on tour in Japan soon. He’ll tour Europe in March and Canada starting in April.  We’ll post more info on his Canadian concert tour later on.

5.  Mia Martina, the sultry voice behind “Stereo Love”, “Latin Moon”, and “Burning” will be touring the major cities in western Canada very soon:

Feb 14:  Fortune Sound Club, Vancouver
Feb 15:  Back Alley, Calgary
Feb 16:  Treasury Vodka Bar & Eatery, Edmonton
Feb 17:  Fame Night Club, Winnipeg

ATF Tunes: And when you find me there you’ll search no more

Early February 1993, I had been in Guyana for nearly a year helping out with a literacy project and became extremely ill with typhoid fever. I travelled from New Amsterdam to Georgetown to see a doctor. While waiting to cross the coastal highway, a truck stopped, pulling over slightly towards the curb. I began to cross. Delirious with the illness, the sound of a horn did not seem to be real. The truck had pulled over: why would it be honking at me? But the volume of the horn increased. As it turned out, the large truck had stopped to allow a smaller, faster truck to pass it, and this smaller vehicle was now but several metres away from me refusing to put on the brakes. I had seconds to dart out of the way and was so weak with the typhoid that I didn’t know if I could. It was like a moment when you are given a choice: let it end now or carry on with life. Obviously I chose the second option and managed to leap forward out of the way.

After picking up some chloramphenicol, in a miserable state, and very homesick, I hopped onto a so-called mini-bus (15-seater van used like a taxi). These vans are notorious for having the latest car stereo system. The drivers usually crank up the volume ignoring complaints from the passengers and play the raunchiest reggae music imaginable. But this time something magical happened. As the mini-bus pulled out of the car park, a song came over the speakers that was sung by someone from my hometown of North Vancouver, BC. I had to fight back the tears. That song was Bryan Adams “(Everything I Do) I Do It for You“. I think it was a more effective cure than the chloramphenicol.

Adams co-wrote the song with Michael Kamen and Robert John “Mutt” Lange and it was featured on the soundtrack of the film Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves. “I Do It for You” was a #1 single all over the world, selling 10 million copies, making it one of the best-selling singles of all-time. In Canada it was the biggest song of the year. A Canadian artist scoring the #1 song of the year had not happened since Corey Hart’s “Never Surrender” in 1985. It’s one of the Canadian Music Blog’s favourite songs of all-time by a Canadian artist.

By the way, thank you Bryan for saving me.


Look into my eyes – you will see
What you mean to me
Search your heart – search your soul
And when you find me there you’ll search no more

Don’t tell me it’s not worth tryin’ for
You can’t tell me it’s not worth dyin’ for
You know it’s true
Everything I do – I do it for you

Look into your heart – you will find
There’s nothin’ there to hide
Take me as I am – take my life
I would give it all – I would sacrifice

Don’t tell me it’s not worth fightin’ for
I can’t help it – there’s nothin’ I want more
Ya know it’s true
Everything I do – I do it for you

There’s no love – like your love
And no other – could give more love
There’s nowhere – unless you’re there
All the time – all the way

Oh – you can’t tell me it’s not worth tryin’ for
I can’t help it – there’s nothin’ I want more
I would fight for you – I’d lie for you
Walk the wire for you – ya I’d die for you

Ya know it’s true
Everything I do – I do it for you


Song: “(Everything I Do) I Do It for You”
Album: Waking Up the Neighbours
Year: 1991
Artist: Bryan Adams
Origin: North Vancouver

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