Symphonically Hip — NSO Gets Strictly Hip

By David DeRocco     The musical roots of The Tragically Hip have always been deeply planted in Canadian soil, a badge of honour for patriotic fans who like the fact the Hip have always been Canada’s best kept secret. However, the seeds of the idea for an upcoming...

Chubby Checker: Still Twistin’

By David DeRocco   It’s kind of ironic, but if you’re someone who stays in shape attending fitness classes that involve any form of dance or rhythmic movement, you might owe some thanks to a guy nicknamed Chubby. You see, in the annals of rock and roll history, the...

Emilio Castillo: Tower of Power’s Head Horn

By David DeRocco    As an aspiring 17 year old musician living in Oakland TOWER OF POWER founder Emilio Castillo had a rather modest dream for his career. “When I started out in 1968 there was a band called The Spiders we used to go see that got a gig in Sacramento,”...

Eddie Money: Paradise Found

By David DeRocco   If you’re heading to Fallsview Casino this weekend chances are you’re going to leave with less money than you walked in with – unless you’ve got two tickets to the musical paradise called the Avalon Ballroom. In that case, you’ll be leaving with...

Martin Barre: Taking Roads Less Travelled

BY DAVID DeROCCO  It’s a funny thing. You won’t find his name on the list of Top 100 Guitarists compiled by such supposedly learned rock mags as Rolling Stone, Spin or Kerrang!. Nor will you find it on similar lists assembled by musician trade mags like Guitar World...

Jay Leno: Still A Stand Up Guy

Jay Leno: Still A Stand Up Guy By: David DeRocco By David DeRocco“I’m always happy to talk to the enemy, Canada,” laughs legendary late night host and comedian, Jay Leno, acknowledging the fact he’s being interviewed by a citizen from a rogue nation at war with his...

Rosanne Cash: A 40 Year Hall of Fame Career Continues

By David DeRocco  When it comes to describing music, there’s a funny thing about applying labels; they’re so very easy to defy. Take Rosanne Cash, for example, an artist many people would be quick to label a country artist. That would be a truly narrow definition of...

TPOH’s Moe Berg: Finding Happiness

By David DeRocco As an insightful young songwriter, Moe Berg managed – in one perfectly crafted song – to  capture the inherent frustrations and stark realities involved in accepting the responsibilities of adulthood.  Now, as he sits halfway through his life as a...

Taylor Dayne: Beauty and the Beat

By David DeRocco The late 80s and early 90s were a breeding ground for big, mega-selling, larger than life female recording artists who ruled the charts in multiple genres. Madonna, Janet, Whitney, Celine, Mariah, Britney, Alanis and Shania are all names quickly...

Tim Hicks: Homegrown Country Comes Back Home

By David DeRocco At the time of our conversation, Tim Hicks and his band are rolling toward Vancouver, three weeks into a rollicking road trip dubbed the “Get A Little Crazy Tour 2015.” Does the “crazy” in the tour name reflect the fact this Canadian country music...

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...

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....