Overlooked and Underrated: Art Bergmann, "Sexual Roulette"

July 15th, 2013  |  Published in Featured Articles, Overlooked & Underrated, Rock, Pop & Folk

By Jason Motz

“Some people take everything so goddamn literally. I’m in a really stupid business.”

“I just wanted to be good, like the Beatles in Hollywood.”

– Art Bergmann

The name Art Bergmann will never appear on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine. Neither will the counterculture zeitgeist ever acknowledge this Canadian wild man. The punk son of a Mennonite family, Art Bergmann earned his comparisons to Iggy Pop the hard way: drink, drug, and danger. As the frontman for The Young Canadians (Vancouver’s greatest, shortest-lived punk band), Los Popularos and Poisoned, Bergmann was frantic, frenetic and fanatical in his approach. In an era of Kenny Loggins’ stardom, Art Bergmann was the snotty rejoinder to MTV chic. Crass. Honest. Brutal. Real. Everything a pop star should not be. Most of all, Art being Art, he did not want to be anything other than himself.

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Can-punk rock icon Art Bergmann staging a comeback to a halted career

The ticking. It’s hard not to notice, harder still not to find extra meaning in.

It’s a frigid Friday morning and Art Bergmann is making some tea in the kitchen of the small, charming acreage abode just outside of Airdrie that he shares with his wife, Sherri, and their two rescue dogs. The veteran Canadian singer-songwriter has graciously agreed to a sit-down for a story to publicize his upcoming Alberta shows, his first in these parts for a good decade or more, and gigs that, hopefully, signal a welcome return to this country’s musical landscape.

Full Story:calgaryherald.com

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Unsung Heroes of Canadian Rock presents: Art Bergmann

- by Shawn Conner

At last!

I thought this one was going to kill me…

I’ve been working on it more or less off and on since seeing Art Bergmann perform at the WISE Hall on Canada Day a month ago. The more rumours I heard from the people there about the Vancouver singer the more interested I became.

I’ve been living in Vancouver since about the release of his first “solo” album, Crawl With Me, but what I remember most is Sexual Roulette, with the “Bound for Vegas” single and some really electrifying tunes (“Dirge #1″, for example). I didn’t follow Art’s career much after that though, and I’m not sure I ever did see him live. So the Canada Day show was a chance to rectify that situation.

The comic strip, meanwhile, was a way to try and separate the Man from the Myth.

For that, I am indebted to everyone who wrote about Art, including John Mackie and John Armstrong, as well as the curators of the Bergmann fansite, ArtBergmann.com, who posted a befuddling amount of press on the man.

Also thanks to Sherri Decembrini, Art’s wife, who answered some questions when I got stuck (i.e. “the missing years,” when Art was in Toronto).

And thanks to you for reading!

The Star: Chalk Circle, The xx, !!! deliver this week’s Reasons to Live

Chalk Circle all ripe for rediscovery with release of resurrected digital titles

Chalk Circle, The Great Lake, Mending Wall and As the Crow Flies (Deadbolt Music). Toronto’s Chalk Circle holds a very special place in my heart, as its first two releases, the 1986 EP The Great Lake — home to the indelible CanCon hits “April Fool” and “Me, Myself & I” — and 1987’s terrific Mending Wall, were two of the first records (actually cassettes) over which a certain New Brunswick teenager ever genuinely obsessed. As The Crow Flies, the band’s second and final album, is a goodie, too, but a little more muddled; Chalk Circle’s contradictory impulses towards stylish New Wave and the sort of earthier, activist-minded roots-rock embodied by the anti-Free Trade single “Sons and Daughters” were more polarized here than ever before, marking As the Crow Flies as a transitional record that, unfortunately, never transitioned to another. They’re all ripe for rediscovery right now, in any case, because the folks at Deadbolt Music have resurrected all three of Chalk Circle’s original Duke Street Record titles digitally so you can now delight anew in “This Mourning” and “N.I.M.B.Y.” and “Empty Park” and the band’s freak-hit cover of T. Rex’s “20th Century Boy” and all the other good stuff on your iPod.

Chalk Circle also plays one of its infrequent reunion gigs on Friday, June 7 at Lee’s Palace.

Full Story: The Star

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Emm Gryner Sarnia Artwalk June 1, 2013

I'll be playing guitar with Emm Gryner at this show:

Sarnia Art Attack set for April 5

Artwalk is bringing the noise, again.
Local singer-songwriter Emm Gryner will be taking the stage with her band June 1 for the second annual ticketed concert for the 11-year-old arts and culture festival.
Co-headlining with Gryner on stage at the downtown Scotiabank parking lot will be Toronto indie rockers Zeus.

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http://www.theobserver.ca/2013/03/23/sarnia-art-attack-set-for-april-5

The GridTO: Then & Now: The Edge

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Then & Now: The Edge

...The Garys saw the club as a springboard for emergent local acts. “We nurtured a lot of local groups who got signed from playing regularly at The Edge and from being promoted the same ways we would promote The Police or whoever,” says Topp. He namechecks more than a dozen Toronto acts of the time, including The Mods, Drastic Measures, The Sharks, The Curse, Spoons, Battered Wives, The Demics, The Dishes, Johnny and the G-Rays, Blue Peter, and The B-Girls."

Full Story: http://www.thegridto.com/culture/music/then-now-the-edge/

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