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Is River A Christmas Song?

Last night, my wife started streaming Sisters, a new Canadian-Irish co-production. The first episode features The Pogues's version of Dirty Old Town. That got me thinking about The Pogues, and I started singing Fairytale of New York. I thought to myself, "this is the only Christmas song I can enjoy
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From Joni to Heart

Joni Mitchell recorded "This Flight Tonight" for her 1971 album Blue. She wrote the song, she sings it, and she produced it. In 1973, Nazereth covered the song for their album Loud 'n' Proud. They really rocked it up, and Canadian rock radio play it all the time. So we
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Stewball Was a Racehorse

When Peter Gross dropped by the other day to kick out the horse racing jams, one of the songs we played was Stewball. I wasn't familiar with Stewball, but I did some digging and learned this folk song has quite the history. Firstly, Stewball was an actual horse, an 18th-century
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Paul Carrack: 3 Times a Charm

What if I told you the same man sang these three hit songs. How Long - AceTempted - SqueezeThe Living Years - Mike + The MechanicsThat's right, Paul Carrack is performing lead vocals on all three hits for three different bands. Here's his biggest solo hit, another banger.
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I'm Tired Playlist

When the alarm went off this morning to get up for my son's 7:30am hockey game, I felt awfully tired. Maybe it's the punishing cold we've had the past few days, maybe it's because I like to bite off more than I can chew (and then chew it!), or
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Elvis Was A Hero to Lowe

"(What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love, and Understanding" is one of my favourite songs of all-time, but it's the cover I dig. That's right, Elvis Costello's "(What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love, and Understanding" is a cover. "(What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love, and Understanding" is a Nick Lowe song,
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Eve of Destruction

Last week's toast was all about Girl Groups, so I spent a lot of time in the 1960s. That got me listening to bonafide one-hit-wonder Barry McGuire and his #1 Billboard Hot 100 smash Eve of Destruction. That jam still sounds great and resonates in 2022 as much as it
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Shakin' All Over

In 1987, I was obsessed with Billy Idol's live version of Mony Mony, originally recorded by Tommy James and the Shondells. But it had to be the live version, not the version on Vital Idol. I actually bought the 45 single and played the mess out of it. This is
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Move It On Over

When Six Feet Under first aired in the early 2000s, it was appointment viewing for me. Sunday night at 10pm I was there. I loved that show. My wife had never seen the show that currently ranks as my second favourite series of all-time, so last month we started watching
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George Pasher

On Thursday night, we held #TMLXX at Great Lakes Brewery in south Etobicoke. In addition to tasty craft beer we enjoyed delicious Italian food, courtesy of Palma Pasta, and fantastic music, courtesy of Meredith Lazowski, Rob Preuss, Blair Packham and Daniel Greaves. We were on the GLB lawn, leaving the
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All Canadian Northstars

Tomorrow night at HISTORY, Drake is offering "A celebration of the music that paved the way for all of us…" He's calling this lineup "All Canadian Northstars" and it includes: ChoclairKeshia ShantéK-OSGlenn LewisMaestro Fresh WesIn EssenceRascalzJully BlackSaukratesKardinal OffishallShawn DesmanThat's a solid all-Canadian line-up. Frank-N-Dank are also on the bill, but
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2022 CNE Concert Lineup

Friday, August 19 – Comedy Night featuring Howie Mandel, Ali Hassan, Nour Hadidi, Neil Seguin, Courtney Gilmour Saturday, August 20 – Bruce Cockburn with Hawksley Workman* Sunday, August 21 – Marianas Trench* with Jocelyn Alice Monday, August 22 – DSL Dire Straits Legacy with Jake Clemons* Tuesday, August 23 – Iskwē and Monowhales* Wednesday, August
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The Tea Party v. Moist

As I wrote earlier today, last night I saw Moist and The Tea Party in concert. Moist was the opening band and The Tea Party headlined. I suppose this makes sense, but it sure wasn't a slam dunk in my head. I owned Moist CDs, yet I never owned a
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La Bamba and the Edmonton Oilers

Joey Moss, beloved Edmonton Oilers locker room attendant, passed away in 2020. La Bamba was his favourite song, but not the original by Ritchie Valens. Joey loved the 1987 cover by East L.A. band Los Lobos that was recorded for the film La Bamba, starring Lou Diamond Phillips. In
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September 24, 1991

On this day in 1991, thirty years ago, four seminal albums were released. Nirvana released "Nevermind," Soundgarden released "Badmotorfinger," the Red Hot Chilli Peppers released "Blood Sugar Sex Magik" and A Tribe Called Quest released "The Low End Theory." I owned and adored all four of these albums. I still
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