The Headstones’ Hugh Dillon on great Canadian rock bands and having a gun to his head

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, NOV. 28, 2002 By Steve Newton There are a ton of rowdy, punk-edged rock tunes on the latest Headstones CD, The Oracle of Hi-Fi, but the one that really stands out on first listen is “Tiny Teddy”. A rollicking, three-minute tale of shady characters, cocaine, and revenge, it’s reminiscent … Continue reading The Headstones’ Hugh Dillon on great Canadian rock bands and having a gun to his head

Carnivals and bar fights inspire Junkhouse’s Fuzz

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, NOV. 20, 1997 On the Saturday afternoon when Junkhouse leader Tom Wilson calls from his Hamilton home, he’s still buzzing from a wild gig the previous night in Quebec City. It was the band’s first experience with the concert-in-the-round format, and it left the singer-songwriter-guitarist somewhat numbed. “It was … Continue reading Carnivals and bar fights inspire Junkhouse’s Fuzz

Country grrrl Kathleen Edwards on Back to Me

ORIGINALLY POSTED ON STRAIGHT.COM, MAY 26, 2005 By Steve Newton When Toronto roots-pop sensation Kathleen Edwards calls the Straight from a Tennessee tour stop, she's strolling the streets of Nashville en route to a yoga class. "It's what you need when you sit on a bus all day," she points out. Along the way, she's … Continue reading Country grrrl Kathleen Edwards on Back to Me

Colin James shines bright on the talent-packed Limelight

ORIGINALLY POSTED ON STRAIGHT.COM, NOV. 24, 2005 By Steve Newton On Limelight, his new, Juno Award-worthy CD, Colin James pulls off a sharp cover of Bob Dylan's "Watchin' the River Flow", but the coolest thing about that track is what happens at the end of it. Just as the final strains of the 12-bar-blues number … Continue reading Colin James shines bright on the talent-packed Limelight

Blue Rodeo’s Jim Cuddy broadens his solo scope

ORIGINALLY POSTED ON STRAIGHT.COM, NOV. 9, 2006 By Steve Newton When you think of Blue Rodeo frontmen Jim Cuddy and Greg Keelor, it’s easy to picture Cuddy as the Paul McCartney to Keelor’s John Lennon. Cuddy is best known as the sentimental crooner of the pretty hit ballad “Try”, whereas Keelor is most recognized as … Continue reading Blue Rodeo’s Jim Cuddy broadens his solo scope