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Canadian Homegrown Talent 2002

A great Canadan singer/songwriter Mantler is about to release his second cd on the German TomLab label. It’s part Bacharach, part early 70s blue-eyed soul, a fusion of all that is good about perfect pop, and all Chris Cummings. Your contact should watch out for it.

Also, veteran Toronto band Wayne Omaha¬†are almost finished their latest cd, recorded in London and on Toronto Island, at Dale Morningstar‘s studio the Gas Station. I can’t remember who is distributing them. They have a Velvet Underground/Luna/Byrds/Grateful Dead jangly twang-thing happening. They are Canadian bar tour warhorses as well.

Then there’s the multi-talented, multi-media musician, filmmaker, wizard, mister nobu, formerly of the now-defunct Halifax band Rick Of The Skins (Sloan called them the best live band in Canada when they were touring a couple of years back) and now the host of the upcoming CBC television game show Smart Ask, with his latest self-release, C’mon Wid Your C’mons. Think of a 21st century version of Smiley Smile, with great homespun harmonies and intelligent melodies with quirky but surprising “piecemeal” and off-the-cuff song construction. Lovely.

Gemini award-winning comedy writer (Kids In The Hall, This Hour Has 22 Minutes) Paul Bellini has recently released a new pop cd, called Put Paul First. Very diverse, sometimes funny, always interesting. Worth a listen.

Also: Peterborough’s The Silver Hearts, The Constantines, Rocket Tits, and The Hidden Cameras. And in the “where are they now” files: Brian Gravestock. One of the best songwriters this country doesn’t know about.

Short Shotgun Music Reviews, written for Elm Street Magazine