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A native of Toronto Canada, Juno Award winner Suzie McNeil was born into a musical family. She was practically raised singing with her mother and sister, learning to collaborate from a very early age.

Suzie is a musical Jack-of-all-trades. These have ranged from live shows beside some of North America’s top artists, to becoming a multi-instrumentalist in her own Nashville based country / rock band, to consummate professionalism in the studio, to Broadway level musical theatre, to commercial jingles, to performing in front of crowds of up to 200,000 people.

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Men Without Hats formed in 1977 amid the Montreal punk scene. They became pioneers of electro-pop in Canada after adopting a New Wave sound that made extensive use of keyboard and drum synthesizers. Their sound is characterized by infectiously simple melodies, socially and politically idealistic lyrics, and the distinctive baritone voice of lead singer, principle songwriter and chief member Ivan Doroschuk.
The band enjoyed phenomenal success in the 1980s with the worldwide hits “Safety Dance” and “Pop Goes the World.” Both songs were inducted into the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame in September 2020.

Ivan’s in the studio recording new material, and will take some time to join us for an update on Men Without Hats!

We opened Ivan’s fortune at the end of today’s episode:

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After nearly three decades with Saga – including 18 albums with worldwide sales over 8 million – Michael Sadler has an impressive track record to fall back on. From his beginnings as the lead singer of the Canadian rock outfit in 1977, through his many guest appearances (Justin Hayward, Bobby Kimball, Ozzy Osbourne, Chain and many others), and in his long awaited solo career; Michael Sadler consistently proves his knack for crafting high quality songs that combine irresistible melodies with great lyrical detail. It has earned him respect from his peers, praise from critics and admiration from his devoted fan base.

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Darby Mills began singing back-up vocals for Canadian bands in the late 1970s, most notably the British Columbia-based band Steelback.

After signing on with the Headpins in 1981, the group began a three-album run at the top of the Canadian charts. Their debut album “Turn It Loud”, quickly went platinum and topped the charts for six weeks. It spawned the hit single “Don’t It Make Ya Feel”. Their follow-up, “Line of Fire”, produced the hits “Celebration” and “Just One More Time”. The Headpins toured Europe and North America while opening for bands such as KISS, Whitesnake, ZZ Top and Aerosmith, among others.

Darby released her debut solo LP, Never Look Back, backed by the Unsung Heroes. She returned to re-form the Headpins with Bernie Aubin and Ab Bryant a year or so later, without guitarist Brian MacLeod. In 2005, Mills was nominated for a star on Canada’s Walk of Fame.

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Formed in 1980, an intrepid young band from Burlington Ontario would soon make “Spoons” a different kind of household word. Together with Derrick Ross and Rob Preuss, Gord Deppe and Sandy Horne would help define the sound of pop and New Wave in the 80’s, with hits including “Nova Heart”, “Romantic Traffic”, “Old Emotions” and “Tell No Lies”.

Their album “Arias & Symphonies” would go on to be named one of the 20 Most Influential Albums of The 80’s by “the Chart” Magazine, and their song “Nova Heart” was recently included in Bob Mersereau’s book “the Top 100 Canadian Singles of All Time”. Not bad for a bunch of kids from Burlington, Ontario!

Their first album, “Stick Figure Neighbourhood”, was recorded in 1981 at Grant Avenue Studios in Hamilton, Ontario, with a then unknown engineer by the name of Daniel Lanois. The album garnered rave press reviews and reached the #1 slot on college radio. But it wouldn’t be until the release of their song “Nova Heart”, produced by John Punter of Roxy Music and Bryan Ferry fame, that the Spoons became a household name. The Arias & Symphonies album, recorded at George Martin’s famous Air Studios in London, England, solidified the Spoons’ presence on the new wave music front.

With the commercial radio success that followed, the band saw themselves opening for such acts as the Police, Culture Club, and Simple Minds. A little TV show called MuchMusic had also just been launched, and the young Spoons were tailor-made for a whole new video-driven generation. In fact, the very first episode of the show began with, “Welcome to MuchMusic. Coming up we have brand new videos by Duran Duran, Howard Jones and the Spoons.” A new era was launched with those words.

A special 30th Anniversary edition of the “Arias and Symphonies” album followed, released by Sparks/Ready Records/Universal Music, complete with extensive liner notes, historical photos, and live tracks. It also saw the reunion, after twenty-six years, of the original band line-up, for an incredible sold-out release party in Toronto.

In 2019, Spoons Released a bold new album, “New Day New World”, the first studio project to be released by the Spoons in over eight years, once again Produced by Jeff Carter. Their new album plays on the band’s earlier edgy electro-80s sound and evokes the fun, pop sounds of their biggest hits while transporting them firmly into 2019. Four video singles have been released so far: For the First & Last Time, All the Wrong Things (In the Right Places), Landing Lights, and the title track, New Day New World. Three of these videos have been directed by Peter Sacco, winning multiple awards worldwide.

The retro 80s movement, now almost a decade old, shows no signs of slowing down. Not one bit. And as far as Sandy, Gord, and a lot of fans are concerned, that is a very good thing indeed.

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One of the primary VJs in Canada’s “Much Music” channel, Michael has been a pioneer in band discovery and a champion for worthy causes in the Great White North. We’ll talk music television, radio and the current state of the industry. Join us Wednesday at 3pm Pacific!

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Founder of Flirt Factor, Barb Katz is a professional facilitator, dedicated to helping people gain confidence and have better connections with others in their lives. She has developed several events over the years, pairing people together and mastering the art of being a wing (wo)man.

Murray is one of those tireless dynamos that can handle anything thrown at him in the music world. A booking agent/manager with more bands in his arsenal than would seem possible, Murray Mcvay and Jason Fellman have joined forces in music booking with Mur-Man Productions and J-Fell Presents, and now Sterling Talent. Murray also actively runs the Your-NewLife-Recovery program that has inspired many rock stars on- and offstage to find a new way to live without the influence of drugs and alcohol.

Your-New-Life Recovery Center "One Day at a Time" by Joe Walsh & Friends

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Donna’s birthday is today, ladies and gentlemen! We will do an All Access Live conversation to celebrate the wonder that is Mrs. McVay. I’ve adored this fierce singer with the warmest heart since the day we first met. Please celebrate with us as we discuss her musical history, and how she manages to front SEVERAL tributes to Heart, Pat Benatar, Linda Ronstadt, Fleetwood Mac and more!

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My Canadian Brethren! The greatest Canadian soundman and Tour Manager, Johnny has worked with all of the greats in the Great White North. We’ve shared many remarkable experiences on- and off-stage together, and we plan to laugh about them with you!

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