Imagine how the world will appear in ten years? Imagine there is no safe zone at all? Homes and schools – the two places where kids should feel safe. A pair of sacred turfs now affected more and more by gun violence in the United States of America.
One of the co – founders of April Wine, Jim Henman , has been affected by the senseless shootings south of the border. He was so profoundly moved by the acts of violence – he wrote a song.
The song ‘Some of These Children’ is a poignant and stirring take on events that have affected everyone. Parents, teachers, relatives and the entire world.
Uncomfortable numb as they walk and continue their lives in shock and disbelief.
Jim Henman is donating fifty percent of all sales from the song to The Boys And Girls Club of Greater Halifax.This is a start to not only help the kids in Nova Scotia – to also send a message globally that us humans have had enough.
Please listen below to my chat with Jim and hear the song ‘Some of These Children’. Please share this as much as possible …
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Making a difference and sending a message can do something.
Starting with Mashmakhan , guitarist Brian Greenway has had a very colorful and fruitful musical career. The Wackers , The Dudes , April Wine and now two new entities to keep Brian’s musical chops fresh and alive .
Brian Greenway’s Blues Bus and Brian’s Attic Dust Solo Show.
Please listen belowto my chat with Brian about all the above and discover where you can go see and hear the music live for charity!
Brian? What’s Up?
Correction *The West island Blues Festival is June 16th – apologies.
For guitarist Paolo Stante– the less he thinks – the more he feels the music.
Just prior to the release of his third disc; At It Again – that is the essence of Paolo’s music. Experience through gigging and writing has brought less panic to Stante’s craft and in turn, At It Again is his most complete album thus far.
Please have a listen below to my chat with Paolo and discover some very good tunes and masterful guitar work.
Without Jim Henman – April Wine may have never been the same. Without The Henman Family, East Coast music may not have been the same.
Jim Henman ( bass) along with cousins David (Guitar) and Ritchie (Drums) started the band April Wine. Jim grabbed his old mate from a band called Woody’s Termites and recruited him to join April Wine. That fellow, Myles Goodwyn, along with April Wine – went on to unimaginable heights including an induction into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame.
Long before the April Wine ‘family’ began, Jim was a member of another clan. This unit were named The Henmans and it contained ten kids.
These ‘kids’ have all gotten together and put out an album. It is the first time the family of musical ‘students’ have recorded together and for some – the first time writing songs.
Please listen below as the eldest brother Jim explains the family, the songs and the thoughts behind the Henman Family Album.
Up and coming local musicians require all the help they can get. Live venues are closing, CD sales are slumping and the money that comes in from iTunes and other streaming services is barely enough to buy guitar strings for most bands.
When out of town musicians arrive in Montreal, people that have toured most of the world – sometimes they look to support local talent by having local talent support them.
Carvin Jones is from Phoenix and he has chosen the band East of Sundayas his opening act on June 21st. The group was chosen from a very long list of original Montreal musicians.
Thanks to a collaboration between The League of Rock Montrealand Rick Keene Music Scene – Carvin Jones’ ‘The Ultimate Guitar Experience of the Year’ show promises to be a huge and exciting event with East of Sunday as the opener.
The show is a show of firsts. Carvin Jonesand The Carvin Jones Bandare in Montreal for the first time in their career and East of Sunday are virgins entering the grand room known as Club Soda.
Hold on to your hats to witness a guitar show unlike any you have seen !
Combining intense musicianship with an even more intense performance – Carvin Jones must be seen live to understand the energy. Videos and recordings do not serve justice.
Some artists require an audience and some audiences require Carvin Jones !
Lawrence Gowan, Larry or Gowan are interesting guys …
Always open about music, Lawrence Gowan (Styx) enjoys exploring the past with Gowan and Larry. After all – those two alter egos made him into the front-man for Styx, arguably the most popular American band in history.
Please enjoy my chat below with Lawrence as we discuss his influences as well as Styx’ upcoming show in Montreal on
If that is the case, then no-one is perfect because even guys like April Wine’s guitarist Brian Greenway keep practicing ….
Greenway is the first ‘Rock Star’ coach to participate in The League of Rock Montreal’s first rehearsal which took place this past Wednesday at Studio Musico Practik in Verdun.
An initial meeting of the instruments ( and minds) …
Under the watchful eyes of Montreal President Gary Johnston, the boys and woman – were locked away inside four beautiful studio rooms on de L’eglise Avenue for a night of hard work.
With Brian Greenway making the rounds and spending time with each group,’ lessons learned’ and ‘lessons earned’ became the catchphrase for the night.
Local guys such as Ed Booth, a player who just past middle age, decided to live his dream and start playing music. Suddenly, he is knocking elbows with Greenway and loving the learning of it.
Josh Van Sprang, Martin Jaz, Murray Rappel, Gregory Gallagher and Jordan Gosselin – just a few of the musicians from various backgrounds, playing levels and ages, together at The League of Rock Montreal. All with one common goal. To become one with their band-mates whom they met for the first time last week.
Greenway, upon completion of the last session, exited the studio room with a smile larger than Lasalle. The April Wine guitarist clearly energized by the vibes taking place among virtual strangers a week ago.
“The beauty of the League of Rock is not knowing what will arrive from the nine weeks of rehearsing and a couple of gigs leading to the final showcase. ” Says League President and CEO Gary Johnston. ” That’s why it is important to focus on a couple of songs right away. Too many choices will not allow for any song to be performed and developed properly.”
Heavy Metal could be heard from one studio. A cover of a Rolling Stones’ tune from another. The only thing not heard in the first ten minutes may have been ‘Smoke on the Water’. Surprisingly ( or not) – Deep Purple’s iconic song, too simple for the bands (?)
An indication this batch of musicians are advanced in their playing or not fans of Deep Purple. Either way, nothing caught fire.
The second rehearsals are taking place this coming Wednesday. The guys and gal have no excuses left to not put their fingers to the chords and their feet to the bass pedals. All intros are over. All nerves should be settled and not ‘torn and frayed’.
It is time to get down to some serious business at …
The League of Rock Montreal !
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Both – possessing very solid solo careers on their own but face it, family is family …
All these years later, the pair of siblings have finally recorded an album together and it is a feel good story. ‘The Family Album’ combines folk music with sentimental values – the album is an open door to heartwarming lyrics and melodies.
Please listen below as Mathew explains the album and his relationship with his younger sister.
Following successful ongoing stints in Ottawa and Toronto, The League of Rock is underway in Montreal.
Following a very intense marketing and promotional campaign, Montreal chapter president Gary Johnston has finally got his men(and woman).
The number of musicians required to place four bands ‘in tune’ has been obtained (with two contest winners added to the mix). These artists, met for the first time on Wednesday evening at The Bier Markt in downtown Montreal. The stage is set and all that is needed now – is for the bands to start playing!
The League of Rock is quite the concept.
Musicians who do not have an opportunity to play regularly yet think or know they are very talented, have an opportunity to make something of themselves ( OR BANDS).
Tossed together quicker than a salad – to – go, it is make or break time.
Starting next week, when they re-converge at Musico Pratik Studios for their first rehearsals and continuing until the Grande Finale on November 30th – Steve, Andy and Nick have no time to screw around ( alright fellas … let’s go )!
All in all, there are four rehearsals before the bands have an opportunity to display their talents at Showcase Number One on November 2nd. If the first showcase does not go as planned, no worries, there are two more chances left to tune the guitars and light the drummer on fire (kidding). A pair of rehearsals interwoven with two more showcases to come.
The beauty of The League of Rock?
Professional musicians such as Brian Greenway(April Wine) and Nanette Workman( back-up singer on the Stones’ Honky Tonk Woman and Brown Sugar) a star in French music in Montreal and Quebec.
Both will be on hand to advise the bands.
Seasoned coaches – passing their years of experience on to a bunch of ‘raw’ musicians looking to record a CD and ultimately – a DVD of their final performance on November 30th.
There is no time to fool around. Literally no time to joke and laugh outside of the context of music. After all – these musicians have met for the first time and exchanging recipes for Mom’s Apple Pie – not a very good idea if they wish to compete with the other three bands and enhance their skills.
Concentration and songs chosen will be the two tools which place band ‘A’ over band ‘C’.
Young and old, the participants of The League of Rockhave one common ground. A love for music no matter their favorite genre . Music will be the ultimate factor in deciding the songs chosen to sculpt and form into individual masterpieces.
As in any group, whether it be family, the workplace or on the playground – egos must be checked in order for a cohesive unit to create and aspire to the greatest heights possible. Egos must be checked in order for creativity and pleasure to soar.
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Everything required, including fantastic photos by James St. Laurent , will be provided in mapping out the progress taking place.
The League of Rock, Montreal Chapter – has begun …