The Canadian hard-rock power trio Triumph stands out as a visionary, uniquely influential entity among their fellow brethren. Virtuoso musicianship, soaring melodies and exceptional songs with a positive perspective and outstanding live shows made vocalist / guitarist Rik Emmett, bass guitarist / keyboardist Mike Levine and vocalist / drummer Gil Moore destined for stardom. They defined and epitomized arena rock. Individually, Emmett, Levine, and Moore received countless accolades for their instrumental abilities. Their creative prowess manifested itself in other outlets as well.
Levine co-produced some of the band’s early work. Emmett became a cartoonist for Hit Parader magazine. Moore designed Triumph’s phenomenal live show, which consistently evolved over the years and always utilized state-of-the-art lighting, laser and pyrotechnic effects. In fact, Triumph received the influential Performance Magazine’s “Innovators of the Year” award in 1981 for the unique way they changed the arena rock landscape.
Rock & Roll Machine Triumph formed in Toronto, Ontario, in 1975 after a chance meeting led Emmett, Levine, and Moore to embark on a marathon jam session. They immediately decided to form a band and the debut ‘Triumph‘ was released in 1976 on Attic Records. Triumph’s gift for delicate, intricate pieces and blistering rave-ups was evident on this first album. “Blinding Light Show” and “Street Fighter” are full-bore rockers.
D.O.A. is a hardcore punk band from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. They are often referred to as the "founders" of hardcore punk, along with Black Flag, The Germs, Negative Trend, and Middle Class. Their second album Hardcore '81 was thought by many to have been the first actual reference to the second wave of the American punk sound as hardcore. Singer/guitarist Joey "Shithead" Keithley is the only founding member to have stayed in the band throughout its entire history. However, original bassist Randy Rampage has been active in the band in recent years and has played on one of the band's last three albums, although he is not in the current lineup. D.O.A. has often released music on Jello Biafra's Alternative Tentacles Records, and they have released an album with Jello Biafra titled Last Scream of the Missing Neighbors.
D.O.A. has always maintained an uncompromising leftist political stance. The band is known for its outspoken political opinions and has a history of performing for many causes and benefits. Its slogan is "Talk minus Action equals Zero." The band has been active on many issues, including anti-racism, anti-globalization, freedom of speech, and the environment.
Founder Joe Keithley now spends a great deal of time working with his record company Sudden Death Records which has branched off into many areas of music.
Diane Dufresne, CQ, is a singer, actress, writer and painter who was born September 30, 1944 in Montréal, QC. The first female “rocker” of the francophone world, Diane Dufresne is a popular singer whose dramatic manner and highly distinctive, provocative vocal style have been strongly identified with Québec. Often compared to Édith Piaf for her sensitive and powerful performances, she was one of the most popular performers in France in the 1980s. Nicknamed "La Diva" and "La Dufresne," her performances in Québec are synonymous with sold-out houses. She has won the Governor General's Performing Arts Award and several Félix Awards, including one for lifetime achievement. She is a Knight of the National Order of Québec as well as France’s Ordre des arts et des lettres and Legion of Honour.
As a teenager, Dufresne began singing in Montréal and took lessons in 1957 with Simone Quesnel. From 1965 to 1967, she studied voice with Jean Lumière and dramatic art with Françoise Rosay in Paris; and sang in such boîtes à chansons as l'Écluse, l'Échelle de Jacob and le Caveau de la Bolée. Returning to Montréal, she appeared inClémence Desrochers' revue Les Girls (1969), and began a collaboration with the composer François Cousineau and the lyricistLuc Plamondon, who later wrote many of her most popular songs.
The legacy of MIDEM is still going strong. From a Canadian stand point we are one of the strongest contingents on site and have a long history of success with business deals on an international level.
Brian Chater was a major force at MIDEM so we thought it would be appropriate to re-run his story from September 9, 2013. If you are at MIDEM and you see a shadow at the Canada Stand, it might just be Chater checking in on us.
The Canadian music industry has lost one of the pillars of the business, a true champion of the artists and songwriters of his adopted country, Canada. Brian Chater will be missed and never replaced.
Brian Chater arrived from his native England in the late sixties just when the Canadian music scene was getting ready to explode into the global market. With the introduction of CanCon in 1970 the stage was set from the Canadian industry rose to bloom. And bloom it did!
Fludd was a Canadian rock band in the 1970s, best known for their 1973 hit "Cousin Mary"
Fludd its roots in a band called The Pretty Ones, formed by Ed Pilling and Greg Godovitz. The band was briefly part of Toronto's Yorkville scene in the 1960s, but broke up before achieving much commercial success. Pilling and his brother Brian then moved to Birmingham, England, where they formed a band called Wages of Sin and spent some time touring as a backing band for Cat Stevens in 1970, but returned to Toronto by the end of that year. Inspired by the then-emerging psychedelic blues rock sound of British acts such as Small Faces, they then reunited with Godovitz, and recruited drummer John Andersen and guitarist Mick Walsh to create Fludd.
Submitted Courtesy of Jaimie Vernon Canadian Pop Encylopedia
Born in Nelson, British Columbia, Patricia Dahlquist studied Theatre and Education at University of British Columbia for five years, ballet for nine years, violin for ten years, singing for twelve years and has been singing professionally for thirty-five years. She was in her Master’s program in Theatre when she decided to go professional. Dahlquist traveled with Hagood Hardy and The Montage in 1970/71, including an appearance in New York City's Playboy Club and the National Arts Centre as a warm-up act for Carmen MacCrae. She recorded disco songs for Columbia Records and Epic which were released as part of the 'This is Patricia Dahlquist' album in 1975 winning Most Promising Female Vocalist of the Year 1976 at the Junos.
Robbie Robertson is born on July 5th in Toronto, Canada. Robertson was born Jaime Royal Robertson, in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. His mother Rosemarie Myke Chrysler, was Mohawk, born and raised on the Six Nations Reservation. His father was Jewish. Robertson has said that both traditions have influenced his religious outlook. His father, Alexander David Klegerman, died when he was a child, and his mother remarried to James Patrick Robertson, who adopted Robbie and whose surname Robbie took. He had his earliest exposure to music at Six Nations of the Grand River First Nation, where he spent summers with his mother's family.
By 1958, Robertson was performing in various groups around Toronto, including Robbie and the Robots, and Thumper and the Trambones. By 1959 he had met singer Ronnie Hawkins, who led a band called The Hawks. In 1960 Hawkins recorded two early Robertson songs, "Hey Boba Lu" and "Someone Like You" on his Mr. Dynamo LP. Robertson then took over lead guitar with The Hawks and toured often, before splitting from Hawkins in 1963. Robertson's skill on his instrument continued to increase, leading Howard Sounes to write, "By twenty-two, he was a guitar virtuoso.
Mike Flicker’s career began at age sixteen in Los Angeles, when his band The Zoo was given a contract by Bell Records (now Arista Records) and became one of the youngest groups ever signed to a major label in the early 1960’s. Over the next four years Mike transitioned into publishing, A&R, and record producer roles for companies including White Whale Records, United Artists Publishing Co. (now EMI America) and Imperial Records (a division of United Artists). After relocating to Vancouver B.C. in 1971, Mike designed and built Mushroom Studios, the premiere state-of-the-art studio in Western Canada. He also founded Mushroom Records and Publishing of Canada, the most successful independent record company in Canada during his tenure. Mike engineered and/or produced renowned Canadian artists such as Chilliwack, Tom Middleton, Songbird, Ian Matthews, Paul Horn, and Terry Jacks, including the Terry Jacks’ hit, “Seasons In The Sun,” which to this day remains one of the top international selling singles of all time.
1975 proved to be a fateful year for Mike with his discovery, signing, and production of the Seattle-based band, Heart. Mike received the coveted Canadian Juno Award for Producer of the Year for his production on Heart’s debut album, “Dreamboat Annie.” He relocated to the U.S. the following year, established Mushroom Records of the U.S., Inc., and became CEO of both Mushroom labels.
Tom Middleton was a West Coast Canadian artist from Victoria, BC who first got a taste of the rock life while with The Marquis in 1967, which featured Jerry Adophe (later of Chilliwack and Jim Byrnes), Len Knoke, Norm Piercy, and Gary Garraway. They toured BC while playing the popular covers of the day and graduated to the 'B' circuit across western Canada until they broke up in '69.
Middleton struck out on his own, becoming a mainstay on the Vancouver circuit while writing material. He continued on the road across BC and the prairies when he hooked up with manager Howard Leese in '72. After signing a deal with Columbia Records, they went into the studio with producer Mike Flicker, who later went on to be founder of Mushroom Records with the late Shelley Siegel. The first single was a Todd Rundgren song “It Wouldn't Have Made Any Difference” released in 1973.
None of his singles were ever released Stateside, but the title track, backed with "Lovelight Suite," made a decent impression on the charts at home, cracking the top 40 for a month. Like the title track, "Just One Victory," was written by Todd Rundgren, but didn't make it past # 65 . A third single was cut, "One More Chance," backed with "Name of the Game," which also reached just short of the top 40.
Thor started out as a concept band from Vancouver, British Columbia in 1973. They were first called "Centaur" and then "Mikl Body Rock". These entities were the brainchild of Jon Mikl, a vocalist, musician and body building champion who won titles such as Mr. USA and Mr. Canada. He decided to combine Muscle with Music.