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.”

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

Cashbox: Ruthless Ones

March 19, 2015 - 10:45am

Cashbox Canada:

Not so much with East side power punks Ruthless Ones, whose new EP That Static (produced by Chris Wardman), hits you over the head and beats you about the chest and body with no regrets. This is straight from the shoulder, hard hitting stuff so you know the song, ‘The Boardwalk. Tonight’ isn’t an invitation for a stroll in the moonlight. Ruthless Ones cross the bridge to play Cherry Cola’s and The Horseshoe later this month. More on Joe Strummer’s kids later. Music by the Ruthless Ones is available with worldwide distribution on Believe Digital, For more info visit 

Ruthless Ones ‘Pitiful Power Trip’ Live at Johnny Land Presents: The Opera House, Toronto

Wavelength 15: controller.controller, Art Bergmann and tribute sets

February 17, 2015 - 5:47pm

Picture: Chris Wardman, Art Bergmann, Jason Sniderman, Glenn Milchem (on drums)

The tribute sets went by quickly, and a little past 11:30 it was time to switch formats. Out came the Canadian punk icon and his backing band, still packing a wallop. At 62, Bergmann still has plenty of fire in him, throwing out sarcastic remarks between songs and even asking the audience to insult him. His set was long, and it noticeably made some audience members restless, but Art Bergmann did not and does not give a shit. His rambling vocal style, a la Lou Reed, helped bring his highly political lyrics to life, and his backing band helped bring the noise. Later in the set he inspired some audience participation on “Company Store,” and he concluded his set after 80 minutes with “Drones of Democracy.”

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Art Bergmann Live and Alive – Review and Interview

November 8, 2014 - 6:23pm

[“Dirge #1” sounded great thanks to his fantastic band which included producer/guitarist Chris Wardman and Blue Rodeo skin man Glenn Milchem.]

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Who: Art Bergmann
From: Vancouver, BC
Where: This Ain’t Hollywood, Hamilton ON
When: Thursday, October 23, 2014

We all have a musical bucket list – except I terrorize myself with artists that the probability of seeing are slim to nothing. But, every now and then, I get a treat and this week it came in the form of one of the most prolific songwriters in Canadian history, Art Bergmann. I traveled down to Hamilton to see him play an intimate performance at Hamilton’s hub of underground music – This Ain’t Hollywood. TAH are known throughout the world for bringing in some really rare acts like Roky Erickson, Johnny Winter and members of the New York Dolls just to name a few past performers. I know that owner (and long time punk supporter) Lou Molinario was happy to be able to add Art to that list, and the city of Hamilton was lucky to have such an artist in their city.