Tim Hicks: Giving Canadian Country the Shakes

By David DeRocco  When you hail from Niagara, you know that September is time for the harvest. So it makes sense that a country star like Tim Hicks would pick September to harvest the crop of songs he’d been tending too during five months of intensive writing and...

ZZ TOP: View From the Mountaintop

By David DeRocco There’s a rarified air that exists when you’re sitting on top of the mountain, viewing the world from a position of fame and fortune. As the lyricist, musical arranger, vocalist and de facto leader of Texas blues-rock superstars ZZ Top, Billy Gibbons...

Great Canadian Campout – CWF & Johnny Reid

CLIENT:   Canadian Wildlife Federation                                                                                                                                                                                WRITTEN BY: David DeRocco PSA:          GREAT CANADIAN...

Darlene Love: A Star is Reborn

By David DeRocco Darlene Love began her career while still in high school, recording for legendary producer Phil Spector in a little-known girl group called The Blossoms. It’s ironic then in 2015, over half a century into her hard-earned Rock and Roll Hall of Fame...

Peller Estates Goes Mobile

If you need any more proof of the concept of evolution, look no further than at these two seemingly disparate examples: the mobile food truck, and the Niagara winery. As two species often pegged for extinction in the 20th century, both the food truck and the Niagara...

THE SUPREME ART OF THE MUSIC TEACHER

Albert Einstein said “it is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.” He could have been writing the musical mission statement for the Cambridge Conservatory of Music (http://www.ccomusic.net), the number one choice for music...

LEARNING MUSIC – A FAMILY AFFAIR

An oft-quoted African proverb suggests “it takes a village to raise a child.” The inference is that it takes more than one person and many different life experiences to help a child reach his or her full potential as an adult. You could apply that same principle when...

YAMAHA MUSIC SCHOOL – CREATING MUSICAL AMBASSADORS

Enroll in Toronto’s Yamaha Music School (http://www.yamahamusicschool.ca) and you get more than a program of music lessons. You get the experience of history and the wisdom of a musical philosophy designed by school founders to spread the joy of music around the...

Getting the Shaft While Mining Sochi Hockey Gold

The biggest hockey shaft found at the Sochi Games isn’t the one carried by Slovakia captain Zdeno Chara. It’s the shaft perpetrated on nationalist hockey fans on both sides of the Atlantic who believe a gold medal confirms international hockey supremacy....

Ten Things to Know About Pizza

When you’re a pizza aficionado in the Kingston area then you should already know all about Bubba’s Poutine and Pizzeria (http://www.bubbaspizzeria.com). Bubba’s reputation for its in house homemade pizza sauce and dough recipe has made it a favourite of pizza lovers...