It's taken 47 years, but Ensign Broderick's debut album is here

March 9, 2018 - 1:29am

Jason Sniderman started dreaming of rock stardom when he was eight and invented his musical alter ego, Ensign Broderick, when he was 12. Now, 47 years later, he’s finally ready to release his debut record.

Feast Of Panthers (out March 9 on Six Shooter) combines recently written material with songs Sniderman wrote over four decades ago but which haven’t seen the light of day until now.

Seated in a booth at a Vietnamese restaurant on Dundas West, Sniderman explains the origin story of his new wave persona. 

“It’s conceived and cultivated with a certain amount of innocence,” he says

Even the name bears the imprint of youth: “It just was a cooler-sounding name [than my own],” he smiles. “Ensign” rhymed with “Jensen,” the manufacturer of his favourite car.

There are a few contributing factors for the decades-long chasm between writing and releasing the music. One, he says, was that, when he played it for his friends in the 70s, reception was lukewarm at best. “Some of this music was just too weird for people back then.” 

The muted response was discouraging. “Dealing with indifference or negative responses for a long time, you build up some scar tissue,” he says. “That scar tissue isn’t easily worn away.”

'Northern Touch' at 20: An oral history of the most important rap collaboration in Canadian history

February 1, 2018 - 2:05am

Proud to have been part of the mix team on this iconic recording.

"Every Canadian rap fan will remember hearing this for the first time: "We notorious; ain't nobody can hang with us: Rascalz, Checkmate, Kardinal and Thrust, Choclair coming down with that Northern touch." One of the most iconic rap songs in Canada, there was no escaping the power of "Northern Touch," a cross-country posse cut that would cement the careers of the artists who had the wherewithal to shout themselves out in the chorus....."

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Emm Gryner and her band performing Nov. 23 in Forest

November 12, 2017 - 1:26am


Musicians in the band playing with Gryner that evening were among those involved in her upcoming album, Only of Earth.

The concept album is the first of a trilogy and based on an original sci-fi story, a style Gryner said she long been interested in.

“It stems back from long boring days in Camlachie, just looking at the space atlas,” she said.

Years later, Gryner began working with now retired Sarnia astronaut Chris Hadfield on musical projects, plus she said there has long been a connection between space and classic rock.

“I really wanted to explore this on this album,” she said.

The story is “semi-autobiographical” but the personal details are disguised in the characters and situations.

“I feel like when you come up with a story in sci-fi or fantasy, it gives you the licence to really be bizarre,” she said.

The project is a new approach for Gryner who has had a long career as a solo artist, recently as a founding member of the folk trio Trent Severn, and work she has done with other artists, including touring years ago as a member of the late David Bowie’s band.

“When Bowie passed away, I felt very compelled to look at why we do anything,” she said.

“It made you think about art and music, and his bravery and curiosity.”

Gryner said the new project also came out of the experience of becoming a mom.

The Spirit of John Mann

May 16, 2016 - 3:45pm
The Spirit of John Mann

I'm again playing guitar in the house band at this great event.

The Horseshoe Tavern & Alzheimer Society Present THE SPIRIT OF JOHN FT. JOHN MANN, MOLLY JOHNSON, TOM WILSON & MORE!
Thu, June 2, 2016 Doors: 8:30 pm
The Horseshoe Tavern Toronto, ON
$40.00 TICKETS

This event is 19 and over In early September of 2014, John Mann, lead singer of Spirit of the West, was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease. On June 2nd, John has once again decided to take the stage at the famous Horseshoe Tavern for a charity concert The Spirt of John. The concert which supports the Alzheimer Society's Music Project, raises money to help bring music into the lives Canadians living with dementia. The Spirit of John, sponsored by TD Canada and Slaight Music, is an incredible night of music and revelry that celebrates John Mann, his music, and the powerful effect melody can have on memory. John will be joined on stage by Molly Johnson, Chris Tait from Chalk Circle, Tom Wilson, and many, many more. All proceeds of the concert go to support the Alzheimer Society's Music Project which provides personalized playlists and iPods for people living with dementia in Toronto. Please bring any new or used iPod Shuffles as well as cash to donate to the cause.

Art Bergmann Ontario Shows

May 16, 2016 - 3:41pm
Art Bergmann

Art's Toronto band includes Chris Wardman (guitar) and Jason Sniderman (keyboards), John Dinsmore (bass) and Sammy Kohn (drums).

Saturday, June 25, 2016 from 6:00 PM to 9:30 PM
The Casbah
Hamilton, ON
'THE APOSTATE' - Official Album Release Show at The Casbah in Hamilton ON
Tickets $40 (DINNER & CONCERT) online: The Casbah

Tickets $15 (CONCERT ONLY) online: The Casbah
Tickets $15 (CONCERT ONLY) retailers: Dr. Disc, Strathcona, Dundurn Market, and Picks And Sticks Music

Friday, June 24, 2016 at 9:00 PM (doors 9:00 PM; 19+ event)
Call the Office London, ON
'THE APOSTATE' - Official Album Release Show at Call The Office in London ON
Tickets $10 - $12 online: Call the Office

ART BERGMANN plus special guests Ron Hawkins and the Do Good Assassins, and Luxury Bob
Thursday, June 23, 2016 (doors 8:30 PM; 19+ event)
The Horseshoe Tavern Toronto, ON
'THE APOSTATE' - Official Album Release Show at The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern in Toronto ON!!
Tickets $15 online: Ticketfly Ticket retailers: Rotate This and Soundscapes