Ken Stowar began volunteering with CIUT 89.5 FM in Toronto in 1988 as host and producer of the long running world music show, "Global Rhythms." In 1994, he was hired as the first PD for the new dance radio station CIDC-FM, better known as Hot 103.5 at the time. From there, Stowar transitioned from Hot to Hits 103.5 when the FM evolved to a Top 40 format in 1996. After that, he moved to the Z103.5 identification in 2000, which the station retains to this day. *From fyimusicnews.ca (photo and article)
So Dirty the Flamingos is an original band based in Etobicoke, Ontario. Veteran songwriters and musicians have sequestered themselves to basements and dark rooms for years are now cranking out Americana based, alt- country original tunes that come straight from the heart. On the debut album, the band displays its worth in songs that go cut straight to the heart. Real musicians and real lives lived.
Wilson & The Cast Aways is a indie folk band hailing from Ontario, Canada (primarily based in Mississauga the band has members from the surrounding cities of Toronto, Waterloo and Georgetown). Led by story-telling singer/songwriter Andrew Wilson backed by a rotating 'cast' of talented performers he's lucky enough to call friends, The Cast Aways are always searching for the melodies and stories that catch in their hearts and set their souls vibrating.
Hamilton-based RootBone is led by Juno Award winning guitarist Darran Poole, formerly part of the acclaimed Canadian blues band Fathead, and percussionist Bobbi Richards. The band’s rhythm section is powered by veteran musicians from both Fathead and the Downchild Blues Band. Their debut album “The Long Road Home” charted at #36 on the Roots Music Report’s ‘Best Blues Rock Albums of 2016’. Additionally, the release remained in the Roots Music Report Top 10 Canadian Albums for over 3 consecutive months, reaching the #2 position in October of 2016. Live, the band tackles originals as well as covers that span classic rock, blues, funk and soul.
3 Piece Toronto Power Pop and Post Hipster Rock 'N' Roll genres. From a Historical Novelist W.B. McBurney: Finally heard Cleave Anderson and his pocket-battleship of a band (The Beat Club) yesterday. I will not dwell on how they effortlessly handed me my overwhelmed, wanna-be-dancing backside all night, and instead will note how I am running out of superlatives for Toronto's popular (nowhere near popular enough -- and that's on us to right?) musicians. The spontaneous velocity, razor-sharp playfulness, the sheer excellence of that 3-man band, blew me repeatedly out of the water. I barely made it home. ALL GOOD.
The Memberz are a collection of Toronto's finest musicians who have chosen reggae as the genre in which they prefer to express themselves musically, lyrically, socially and politically. They draw upon the energy of the Jamaican-Canadian cross-cultural experience, supported by a throbbing bass, polished rhythm and powerful vocal harmony, to break the boundaries of traditional genre-fication. Their live shows are a fast-paced exchange of deep grooves with rotating singers, energetic musicianship and positive social messages.
After a long stint in juvenile detention, rock and roll legend Tony Day is celebrating his freedom with a return to the stage at the 2019 Grilled Cheese Challenge. Tony’s retro rock and roll music will take you back to simpler times of wild dance parties, fast cars, first dates, dream girls and bad boys from the wrong side of town. Pull up your bobby socks, rev up the hot rod, grab your leather jacket, settle in with a grilled cheese sandwich and enjoy the ride!
The Slidewinder Blues Band is a group of experienced and passionate blues musicians who are currently appearing at multiple venues and festivals, playing the music of McKenna - Mendelson Mainline featuring songs from Mainlineand the classic STINKalbum, as well as many of Mike’s original songs.
CANADA ROCKZ is a premier Classic Rock tribute to the best of Canadian Rock over the past 40 years from APRIL WINE to BTO - BRYAN ADAMS to TRAGICALLY HIP - GUESS WHO to LOVER BOY - COLIN JAMES - JEFF HEALEY - CHILLIWACK - LIGHTHOUSE - and many others are represented.