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...

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...

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:...

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....

Bubba’s – A Slice of History

When you place an order with Bubba’s Poutine and Pizzeria you’re not just getting a meal: you’re getting a slice of Doulas family history.  That’s the name behind one of Kingston’s favourite pizza restaurants, and their story is a typical immigrant tale of...

Custom Windows – The Right Fit

The term “one size fits all” is a cookie cutter approach to design. That may be a fine approach if the product you’re making is ladies hosiery, but it is a near impossibility to manufacturer quality windows using a “one size fits all” mentality. No one knows that more...