BILLY TALENT: Reaching New Heights

By David DeRocco  With no disrespect intended to any group of musicians who have, through the consequence of recent events related to their lead singer, been branded as “Canada’s band,”  I present to you a set of empirical facts for your consideration. Since the...

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...

The Trews: Homeward Bound

By David DeRocco Colin MacDonald probably wasn’t thinking about his music when he originally sat down with his bandmates in THE TREWS to write the single “Man of Two Minds” for their 2008 album No Time For Later. Yet 14 years and five albums into their amazing career,...

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...

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...

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 Perfectly Presented Poutine

Is it time we voted poutine in as the official national food of Canada? As a purveyor of the most popular poutine in the Kingston area, Bubba’s Poutine and Pizzeria (http://www.bubbaspizzeria.com) would support that campaign. Times have certainly changed for...