August 2011

Running Stop Signs with Marshall Dane

Cover, Aug 26, 2011

By Sandy Graham

When you first speak to Marshall Dane you can actually feel the effervescent and mischievous personality coming through the phone, making you feel like you have known him all your life. Dane is that comfortable with himself, and he makes you feel that way too.

“I am one of seven children, the poor forgotten middle child’, he deadpans, then starts to laugh. The truth is Marshall Dane was born into a large musical family in St. Catharines, Ontario with a mother who played and taught piano (in between feeding her large brood) and every Sunday they all traipsed over to Grandma’s house for the weekly ‘jamboree’. ‘Everyone played an instrument; Dad on guitar, Grandpa on violin, my various sisters on piano, and I stood outside with my soccer ball, looking in the window. When I asked my Dad if I could join in, he said I could learn to play guitar. He was the one that showed me there are over 500 songs you can learn to play with only three chords.”

“My Grandma’s favourite singers were Bing Crosby, John Denver, and most of all Kenny Rogers. That is when I got hooked on songwriters and the stories they could tell. I would believe Kenny Rogers when he sang about being ‘The Gambler’, or Johnny Denver when he sang about ‘Rocky Mountain High’. I started writing songs when I was 15 years old and I haven’t stopped since.”

PSISA, new rules and how it affects the Entertainment business.


Story:Bill Delingat

The days of putting on a black T Shirt with bright yellow lettering on your back reading  “SECURITY” are over. With the Toronto International Film

Festival “coming to town what does this mean to all the events being held around the city in bars and facilities alike?
The Registrar (PSISA) as it is known to the over 3800 licensed security guards in the province has made some changes to the Private Security and Investigative Services Act ,2005 and have now started to enforce the changes with actual charges for those who are not complying to the new rules and regulations which are in fact enforced and monitored by the OPP.

In the past to become a security guard in the province of Ontario all one had to do was to fill out the on-line application and prove you were a Canadian citizen or a landed immigrant ,pay your fees and after a criminal background check clearance you were given a license for 1 year.
This became more prominent in the general public’s view with the G20 where 1000 of applicants were processed to fill the demand for the world event. Some reporters thought they would apply and saw how easy it was to become a licensed guard in the province. What they did not know was that the province was already making changes to the applications and the industries due to some unfortunate incidents where injury and or death may have been caused do to the lack of training in the field.

So what does this mean to bar owners and concert promoters?

Friends Of Jack: Friends Of Jack

Friends of Jack


Call it the revenge of Nashville but these days, if you’re serious about putting out a top-notch album and you’re from Canada, best thing is to bust ass to Nashville and cut it there. The end result coming out of this marriage of Canuck authenticity and Nashville breeding is a highly desirable, radio-friendly sound, one that fits the populist appeal of Friends of Jack like a tight black tee shirt.

Friends of Jack is brothers Darryl and Chad John, cousin Paul John, and long-time friends Kevin Connors and Steve Drake. They were all born in Newfoundland and are now residents of Fort McMurray, Alberta. A body might say they’re caught between a rock (Newfoundland) and a hard place (boomtown Fort Mac) and something of this sensibility gives the album its edge.

From the opening swampy, Keith Richards referencing riff of “Cool Me Down”, you get the sense this band has got serious honky tonk credentials. If that don't send the message, the very next track, “The Real Deal” lives up to its title with swaggering blues-rock guitars balanced nicely by plaintive country vocals

When the boys slow it down, it’s all about the vocals selling softer sentiments, as in the lovely “ I Owe You One”. and the close-order harmonisations peak on the gorgeously Gospel-inflected ‘Have You Really Thought It Through”.

As tight as the harmonies are, the beating heart of the songs depends on the close order interplay between guitarists Darryl and Chad John and the mix does both the acoustic and electric passages full justice.

Warrant back on the road and Rockaholic on the charts.

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Warrant back on the road and Rockaholic on the charts.
Jani Lane found dead in California Hotel.

Story: Bill Delingat

Jani Lane, 47, former lead singer (1986-1993, 1994-2004, 2008) of So Cal heavy rock band Warrant, was found dead Thursday evening, August 11, 2011. The Los Angeles Police Department reported. Lane was officially pronounced dead by fire department personnel who responded to a call shortly before 5:30 p.m. at a Comfort Inn hotel on the 20100 block of Ventura Boulevard in Woodland Hills, California.

No official cause of death has been released. Lane born John Kennedy Oswald joined the rock group, in 1986. It would, over the years, have a revolving lineup. Lane left the band in 2004, but rejoined briefly in 2008, before leaving again. Warrant's biggest hit was the double-entendre-fest "Cherry Pie" in 1990.Bret Michaels of the band Poison commented about Lane’s death late Thursday night. "We'd like to offer our deepest condolences to the family of Jani Lane regarding their loss. Respectfully: Bret and all at [Michaels Entertainment Group Inc.]."

Lane, who appeared on VH1's Celebrity Fit Club in 2005, had a history with alcohol-related arrests. In 2009 he pleaded no contests to misdemeanor DUI and was put on probation for three years. In 2010, he was arrested for another alcohol-related incident and jailed for 120 days.

: Poppies

Lamont James

Monster Records

Despite doing thousands of gigs as a touring sideman for most of his career, multi-instrumentalist Lamont James has settled down to create a debut album that harkens back to AM Radio’s Sunshine Pop era. The genre was defined by light, bouncy and almost naïve music whose acts – Vanity Fare, Edison Lighthouse, 1910 Fruitgum Company, and Ohio Express – were studio concoctions.

Lamont comes from the less contrived and more honest power pop fields farmed by the likes of The Association, Gilbert O’Sullivan, Big Star and even Burt Bacharach.

That isn’t to say the songs are complete throwbacks to the late ‘60s or early ‘70s, only that they recall a time when men wearing their hearts on their sleeves were considered sensitive poets and not some Metrosexual gender/genre bending marketing shill. The first six songs – “Today”, “Sorry”, “Beat Sauce”, “Sun Brings You Home”, “Song of You”, and “Maisie” could easily be a faultless Power/Sunshine Pop EP on its own. However, Lamont breaks out of the confines of straight up pop and begins experimenting with the genre on the description defying “Kauzendux” and the preciously short atmospheric guitar piece “Traveler” followed by the Pink Floydian “Sunday” featuring a speech from Sir Ralph Richardson called “Frost At Night” as counterpoint to Lamont’s psychedelic mantra “…what a wonderful world”.