So here the deal. I've stumbled across lots of great Canadian bands/musicians either at live shows or on that crazy little thing called the internet (they have it on computers now). What sets them apart is that they suck me in and leave me wanting more. They might be veteran touring acts, major label rockers, an indie act just finding their following or some kids in their parents basement. Inspiration and Innovation seem to be my keywords these days and again that's what I'm looking for.
Lets begin, shall we?
Jimmy Bowskill - jimmybowskill.com Location: Bethany, Ontario Status: Unsigned. Two independently released albums with another on the way. Style: Blues Releases:
Old Soul (2003)
Soap Bars and Dog Ears (2004)
Awards and Nomintions:
2005 Juno Nomination - Blues Album of the Year
2005 Canadian Indie Award - Favourite Blues Artist
2004 Canadian Indie Award - Favourite Blues Artist
2004 Canadian Maple Blues Award - Best New Artist
2004 Canadian Broadcasting Corporation - Galaxie Rising Star Award
2004 DareArts - Children For Peace Leadership Award
Why he doesn't suck: Jimmy may only be 16 years old but in him dwells the soul of an old blues man. His initial break came when, at the age of eleven, he was invited to sit in with Jeff Healey. Since then Jimmy has surrounded himself with other talented blues musicians (Jerome Godboo and Jack DeKeyser for example), maintained a fairly rigorous touring schedule (especially true considering he's still in highschool) and shared the stage with the likes of Dicky Betts.
Friday, October 13, 2006 - Algonquin Theatre, Huntsville, ON
Saturday, October 14, 2006 - McKeck's Place, Haliburton, ON
Saturday, October 21, 2006 - Uxbridge Music Hall, Uxbridge, ON
Saturday, October 28, 2006 - The Orangeville Opera House, Orangeville, ON
Friday, November 10, 2006 - Aylmer Old Town Hall, Aylmer, ON
Saturday, November 11, 2006 - Victoria Jubilee Hall, Walkerton, ON
Friday, November 24, 2006 - Showplace Performing Arts Centre, Peterborough, ON
Saturday, November 25, 2006 - The Academy Theatre, Lindsay, ON
Protest The Hero - protestthehero.com Location: Whitby, Ontario Status: Signed to Underground Operations Style: Heavy Metal Releases:
Search for the truth EP (2002)
A Calculated Use of Sound EP (2003)
Why they don't suck: I was immediately impressed when I listened to the songs featured on their MySpace page. Heretics and Killers is a hell of an introduction to this band. These kids can play. This is fast articulate metal with soaring vocals and flawless guitar work. Iron Maiden Evolved!
10.01.06 Lake Buena Vista, FL - House Of Blues (Orlando)