Starbucks Closing 200 locations in Canada.

The popular global chain is set to close 400 locations in North America. This includes 200 in Canada. The company attributes the move as a necessary response to economic conditions resulting from COVID-19. As I understand it, there was already a planned move for restructuring in the works prior to the pandemic. While I feel […]

Black Sabbath, The Tony Martin Era.

It is a chapter of heavy metal that is misunderstood musically. It started in the mid 1980’s when Tony Iommi was still working to continue his platform for his masterful riff compositions. Vocalist Tony Martin joined the Sabbath camp during the process for recording The Eternal Idol. Ray Gillen had already recorded vocal tracks and […]

Writing Fundamentals – Resolution.

A recent instructional clip from one of my favourite bassists offered a brilliant tie-in to writing. He spoke about how resolution and music go together. A bass line has to have some sort of resolution. The greatest classic rock songs with great bass parts are about answering something. It’s the guitar chords, it’s the few […]

Remember Columbia House?

Most of us over a certain age know this company. We all had memberships. Sometimes multiple memberships per house under different names. I treasured looking for my new tapes to come in. One day getting the mail the there was days worth of new music to listen to. You know who you are. You remember […]

Kim’s Convenience. From Stage to Screen.

Canadian comedy is enjoying an unprecedented global resurgence. This Hour Has 22 Minutes continues a long-standing tradition of combining politics and humour. The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation has a decorated history of making that mix work. Wayne and Shuster and the earlier years of Codco were among the best examples of politics and humour. While not political in nature, CTV’s […]

Stories for People – Blue Rodeo

Greg Keelor and Jim Cuddy have been referred to as the Lennon and McCartney of Canada. It would be more proper to refer to them as the Keelor and Cuddy of the universe.are When Blue Rodeo’s first album “Outskirts” was released in 1987, no one including the band themselves could predict the impact they would have. […]

Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. The Outtakes.

Image from Wikipedia Page The week that I write this saw Actor Will Smith and his Fresh Prince cast-mates reunite from the safety of their home screens. The clip I viewed included a moving tribute to the late James Avery, who made Uncle Phil a famous TV patriarch. The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air was the […]

What If?

  When will this be over? When will physical distancing start to be a thing of the past? These questions are two of many that everyone is asking. We don’t know the answers. We can speculate all we want. The reality is, we do not know. Once people started to get wind of how serious […]

10 Great Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) Games.

With contributions from David Alexander and Chad Mitchell.  The NES remains one of the most popular video game systems ever produced. The brisk sales of the re-booted mini are proof of its’ enduring popularity. During the heyday, the NES won consistent praise from critics around the globe. Calling it revolutionary may be an understatement. Much […]