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

June 11, 2013 - 9:28am

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

Barlow Book Publishing

New site launched for Barlow Book Publishing.

http://barlowbookpublishing.com

"We're a new kind of publisher for a revolutionary time in the book business. We help authors write and publish high-quality non-fiction books. Our experts will give you personal attention at every stage of your publishing journey, from mind to market. The doors to publishing are open. We'll help you to create a book in print and electronic formats that your audience will want to read."

Emm Gryner Sarnia Artwalk June 1, 2013

May 23, 2013 - 5:14pm

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.

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

The GridTO: Then & Now: The Edge

November 3, 2012 - 12:14am
Flyer credit: Don Pyle.

FRI NOV 2, 2012
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/

Up Close With Emm Gryner

April 8, 2011 - 10:51pm

Posted by Li Robbins on Apr- 8-11

She's a songwriter, a sometime actor, and a rock 'n' roller who played in David Bowie's band). And recently, the multitalented Emm Gryner turned her hand to blogging about her experiences as a new mom. But don't worry -- this isn't your typical yummy-mummy bloggery. Emm started her blog, mumhum, because, as she says, "I learned so much about pregnancy and baby's first year and I want to write it down before I forget everything." And she promises: "No ads, no sappy mom stuff, no boring crap." (As evidenced from a recent tweet @emmgryner too: "Dear sleepy infant, what do you mean you don't want to be read TS Eliot The Waste Land at nap time?") In between forthright non-sappy blog posts, Emm's been hard at work at music, with a new recording called Canticle coming out in the fall. Meanwhile, she's Up Close with Drive in a studio performance.

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