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...

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...

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...

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...

AGREE TO AN AGREEMENT DURING SEPARATION

It’s a strange phenomenon exclusive to human relationships that two people who had trouble agreeing on things while married suddenly think they will agree on things as they head for divorce. After all, there’s a reason why civil wars are often the bloodiest battles:...

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....