Blue Peter's Paul Humphrey & Chris Wardman are appearing on Boom 97.3's Behind The Vinyl tomorrow at 1pm as part of Turntable Tuesday, playing tunes and chatting.
Recording: Art Bergmann
Artist: Art Bergmann
Songs: My Empty House + Drones of Democracy
Recorded at Sneaky Dee's ("Wavelength FIFTEEN - Night 1"), February 13, 2015.
After a short intermission, Art Bergmann took to the stage. A key figure in Canadian punk rock, the 62-year-old Calgary native has likely seen livelier days. That said, he still puts on a strong-sounding show (albeit a far too long show, given the circumstances.) He’s very much all snarled, near-spoken word lyrics while his band backs him up with aggressive, bordering-jazz instrumentals. Bergmann teeters around on stage, but he knows what he’s doing. Though crowd reception was slightly tepid, his stream of consciousness lyricism was transfixing and bewildering, even referencing Beyonce, Jay Z, and Kanye West.
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.”
The Horseshoe Tavern Presents:
with LITTLE JUNIOR & CROW TOWN
Celebrating the 20th Anniversary of "Fluke"!
Doors: 9 PM / $17.50 ADV
Advance tickets available at Rotate This, Soundscapes and the front bar of the Horseshoe Tavern.
“The album is produced by Chris Wardman, who brought a lot of elements we wouldn't have thought to bring into our sound, while we recorded at the Lincoln County Social Club.
I'm playing guitar again for Art Bergmann at Sneaky Dee's:
Wavelength: Art Bergmann
February 13, 2015 at 7:30PM
with Controller Controller and Brides
Buy Tickets Online
ART BERGMANN (Calgary - Canadian punk pioneer & living legend - former member of The Young Canadians, Poisoned & long-time solo artists - playing songs from across his entire career w/ Toronto all-star backing band - Weewerk Recordings)
CONTROLLER.CONTROLLER (Toronto / REUNION SHOW for iconic mid-'00s dance-punk band - Paper Bag Records)
BRIDES (Guelph/Toronto - REUNION SHOW for skronky late-'00s no-wave crew)
Plus Classic Wavelength/Toronto Song Tribute Sets:
MOST PEOPLE Plays Broken Social Scene
DELTA WILL Plays Caribou
HERVANA Plays Constantines
MORE OR LES Plays Toronto Hip-Hop Classics
LOCKBOX (LAURA BARRETT) Plays Owen Pallett
THE SKELETONES FOUR Plays Jim Guthrie
One of the most influential pop musicians to emerge from Britain is making a rare solo appearance at Toronto's Phoenix Concert Theatre on March 4. Midge Ure, leader of the groundbreaking UK band Ultravox — and the man who co-founded Live 8 and Band Aid (and co-wrote "Don't They Know It's Christmas") — has been a successful solo artists since the mid-80s, but has continued his relationship with his former band. After working on live albums, the latest Ultravox record, and the updated version of “Do They Know it’s Christmas” in support of the 2014 Ebola outbreak relief efforts, he has also found time to present his newest studio album Fragile.
Who: Midge Ure, with special guests Blue Peter What: A rare Toronto appearance of the influential British pop star, Live Aid and Band Aid co-founder, one-time member of Thin Lizzy, and front man of Ultravox; Midge Ure's successful solo career has been ongoing since 1985.
Why: Because this is classic new wave music, and too few artists play it any more
When: Wednesday, March 4th — Doors 7:30 p.m Show 8:00 p.m.
Here's a video for a new track I produced for Toronto's Ruthless Ones.
[“Dirge #1” sounded great thanks to his fantastic band which included producer/guitarist Chris Wardman and Blue Rodeo skin man Glenn Milchem.]
Full Story Here:
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.