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Feb. 3 1973

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"No one could stand on stage with us because Jimi was the...(more) 
KING OF SOUL AND THE DEATH The year was 1966 if my mush of a brain recalls and excitement was in the air. My new band, The Death, was scheduled to open for none other ...(more) 

 I always thought Just Us was the perfect band name, until we came up with Captain Midnites Dirty Feat, a mouthful but well worth it. You know the story...and we became Abraham's Children. In retrospect AC was the true name. Promo photo when the band was signed to Sammy Joe's company Capricorn Music Agency. 

This means producing the kind of product that their programming requires, and not taking advantage of the fact that under present legislation, radio stations are required to play 30% Canadian content. I feel be one of those records. Abraham's Children; Brian Cotterill, drums: Ron Bartley, guitar: Bob McPherson, organ: and Jimi Bertucci, bass who penned their hit single, have been together in various, form, for more than five years. They, like so many of their contemporaries, have hung on, hoping their day would come, and knowing that when it did, they would be ready. Under the capable guidance of independent writer/producer, Paul Gross, the band finally came together. He believes that "Goodbye Farewell" and Abraham's Children are "a super combination that is only the beginning of what is destined to be the Canadian success story of the year." (more)

THE PLAYERS
SONG - Golden Bells
W&M - Jimi Bertucci
Drums - Mike Babbitt
Bass - Steve Lopez
Guitar - Bryn Anderson
Keys - Robert Hoelting
Vocals - Jimi Bertucci
BGV - Robert Hoelting, Jimi B
Studio - Studio9 Los Angeles
Engineer - Darrell Ashley 
Producer - Jimi Bertucci
 
Darrell Ashley - Owner of Studio 9. Engineer, guitarist.

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THE PIG AND THE ARTISTS The Bourgeois Pig, on Franklin Avenue, stands directly across the street from the Chateau Marmont look-alike, the Hubbard Celebrity Centre. The Pig makes a mediocre cup of coffee and the garage sale furniture that decorates the eclectic room blends well with the patrons, as they sit and read movie scripts that will never see the light of day. I would often visit this trendy java hole when my presence was needed in LaLa land. Today I was meeting up with my friend Nick. We sat outside on unbalanced wrought iron chairs, smoking cigarettes and looking like the starving artists that we were as we conversed about things soon forgotten. The waiter behind the bar was familiar with me and knew my order. I took my too-dark chai tea and started making my way back to my seat outside when I spotted a familiar face. He was sitting talking to someone with his back to me. I excused myself and told him that his friends back in TO send their regards. With a warm but curious smile he shook my hand and gave me a hug. I mentioned that my buddy and I were sitting outside and would love if he joined us. What are the chances three Italo-Canadians would wind up in Tinsel town chatting about their Toronto roots. Sounds like a potential sitcom. After about thirty minutes of laughter and conversation, which at times included the Calabrese dialect, my actor friends discovered that they had both worked on the same movie "ZOS: Zone of Separation" without ever meeting. The giant orange sun was calmly setting as the evening began to descend on us. We drank, we laughed and we became good friends that day, only to be brought together once again in celebration by the Italian Walk Of Fame. JB (photo by Mike Bellissomo) 
(cont'd) JOE PANTOLIANO - In Control - Yo Joe whaja got happin" . This is how I envision my relationship with Mr. Pantoliano had we been good paisano growing up together in Hoboken, playing ball hockey in the streets or splashing one another in the Hudson River on those hot summer days. Dreaming was a big part of our m.o. Yeah we would be buds for sure, popular with the girls and hanging out at the local joint. One day you're punching each other in the arm and the next …

I don't know if Joe is a vegetarian or likes peanuts, yeah google this. What I do know is he is one of the best actors out there. In a complex industry that recognizes your accomplishments by your current or last project, one can sometimes be intimidated pondering one's future.
Not Mr. Pantoliano. He's solid. This is a face that TV wants and for which the screen cries out. He acts, writes, produces, directs and finds time for Broadway…bada bing. This attractive Italo-American player has more than just cliché acting appeal. He commands. He feeds you with emotional powder that keeps you high during his performance. This is more than acting. This is an individual who draws from his inner soul with precise delivery. Perhaps his own personal struggles have helped fuel his determination to have a better understanding of his disorder, which in turn has led him to a path of recovery. The founder of No Kidding, Me Too (www.nkm2.org), a project which is very dear, gives him purpose in helping others understand and recognize the symptoms of mental illness. Mr. Pantoliano has come full circle. Artists have a certain need for controllable pain. That can be a good thing, if it's controlled. Joe uses it all to get to the best possible results whether in film or in life. by Jimi Bertucci
  

 ACROSS 999

I think there should be some kind of recognition hoopla for Cottingham Sound. There was a throbbing need for a studio that did not run with the status quo. Tom Atom head engineer fellow friend and artist stood around 9 feet tall with flowing blond hair down to his ass. His ears were golden, always allowing the musician to find what he/she was searching for never stressing about time. Queen Street had become the new old Yorkville catering to Indie thinking characters that struggle to maintain an acoustic guitar and street preaching vendors that would sell you the sky. The tattered designer shops were aimed at Forest Hill goo goo dolls and Bayview brats, thirsty for a little concrete jungle and thirteen dollar burgers. Cottingham became the mystical quintessential hangout, whether you were doing a session or just dropping by to see what was up. The loose décor was a humble reminder that it was all about the music. Forty years later I find myself FBing and listening to the relic recordings, reminiscing with digital toys in hand. The passing clunky trolleys reveal an aging city and the colorful characters that reside at 999 are never without conversation. Their world is uncalculated, unlisted, and without desperation of need. I can't recall how many times I shared a cigarette with the local stranger never knowing if he was a visitor from across the street. The music that flowed from this dark cave was big and unrefined, almost raw with precise results. Ye Ole Cottingham embedded a significant page of Canadiana pop culture for all that were fortunate enough to lounge and be creative in the living room on Queen Street across 999. JB

We all want to send out a big congrats to Gary Craig. Gary picked up Record of the Year and Producer(s) of the Year honors last night (January 18 2016 ) at the Maple Blues Awards with Colin Linden and John Dymond for Colin Linden "Rich in Love". Such an honor to a part of such a great cast of nominees, peers and friends! Thank you. Toronto Blues Society." Jimi and Gary worked together in the late 70's. We have a few tracks that were recorded at Cottingham Sound with Rob Guseve, Peter Follet and a few more players that we can't seem to remember who they were...Help us find these lost players please.
 
 The late Kelvin Womack and Jimi B rockin Newport Beach, California
FATHER GREGORY BOTTE - 1940 - 2012 As a young boy I was shackled under the gothic stones of this mystical Catholic temple for a good portion of my youth. The sunlight penetrated the stained glass art through the bodies of the immortal characters, as the hooded monks waved their incense back and forth, chanting words that would often send chills to my being. These are not the comforts that a six year old feels sitting on the hard wooden piers, clutching at his mother's dress. The voices of the ancient priests echoed throughout the room, and the coldness of its wisdom would sometimes bounce off the walls, leaving my mouth dry with thirst.
I was in the habit of entering the parish with a smile, dipping my small fingers in the cement pedestal fixture filled with holy water and forming the sign of the cross on my forehead, never really catching onto the meaning of this ritual. I was a little follower, standing among giants and faces dedicated to a movement. The words that were spoken were far beyond my comprehension. At times, they appeared to be in a foreign language, inflicting more misunderstood fear within my undeveloped mind. I recall asking questions that were sometimes answered with unsentimental concern, and my thoughts would often drift to a safe, common ground, allowing me to be the person I was.
In the closing ceremonies the exiting was the blessing for me, as I would run outside to breathe the familiar air and cleanse myself from the dungeons and the endless height of monuments that appeared wretched. No sooner would I open my eyes, only to feel imprudent under an ungracious figure pointing satirically, as it looked down on me from the perfectly manicured lawns of the church of St. Francis of Assisi.
Father Gregory was a funny man and a kind priest. I first approached the comedic friar years ago when some heavy decisions needed to be explored in my adult life. The neglected spiritual messages can, at times, be intimidating to the layman believer. This Boston mediatory agent was gentle, as he explained my clouded perspective with an understanding I could follow. I periscoped the room and noticed the cold, grey, walls of his bleak office, a reflection of simpler times. A detailed wood and ivory crucifix hung on the lonely stones.of the rectory over the Father's head. His artful replies touched the core of my soul. As I took a deep breath, my head felt light and somewhat disconnected from my body. The engulfing energy swept through me like a blanket of serious realization. He reminded me that the search for the Trinity is a challenged parallel of sacrament. His thoughts were clear as he described John the Baptist's meeting with the Almighty at the river Jordan. It was comforting knowing that others had faced the same experience of amazement.
Father Gregory lived to be a spiritual provider and enjoyed bending a risqué joke on occasion. He devoted his entire priestly existence providing ministry in the Archdiocese of Toronto and touched countless lives until his last days. We will miss him.
MURDER IN THE OFFICE - By Vincenzo D. Bertucci - For years I had been working out of my house and was quite content being close to all of the amenities that I desired. As my business began expanding, the comforts of my in-house paradise was turning into a crowded store room for files, lay-outs, accounting, and whatever else was part of my growing empire. My wife, a strong supporter of my endeavors, suggested I look in town for some space; It was that time. I had turned a small business into a company that would require your typical environment, an office, maybe a secretary, and a marketing individual that could handle some of my overflow accounts. I decided I would check out the old part of the city...order the audiobook read by award winning actor Nick Mancuso.

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CAST YOUR FUNROD - Do not, I repeat, do not sit and try and have coffee or any kind of drink for that matter with Vito Rezza or Michael Sarracini. We decided to hook up and met at Aromas, the new chain of trendy wi-fi latte mocha plugged-in kind of place. The brew is ok and the design is modern with touches of who cares.
Vito is a burly Italian with an operatic voice that can be heard as far as Kapuskasing. Michael, on the other hand, is more reserved and not as excitable as Mr. Rezza . They are two of the members of the comedy troupe known as The Impalites, a team of humornoids who walk all over the face of comedy. Boundaries?... Come on, "we laugh at the world and the world laughs back." Modern day humor has no limitations and the true comic fans have come to accept it.
We spoke about their creative characters that take on a personality of their own, one in particular, Rocco Rompamuro, the Calabrese boxer, part time philosopher and all around Jethro. The authenticity of each of these characters is a true labour of discipline and craft interwoven into the human spectrum of life. Reality is a good stream into which to cast your funrod and come up with something worth laughing at. Comedy is big business as we well know. Jay, Jimmy, Conan, Letterman and now Falon have created empires within the laugh machine. "We push buttons at times because human nature allows us to," offered Michael. "You can be serious and funny at the same time," Vito added.
Mr Rezza is not only a barrel of humor, he is probably one of the most sought out drummer percussionists of our time, now celebrating 50 years as a musician.
It takes a certain amount of thought to produce a really valid piece of comedy without reverting to basic grunting (ala Tim Allen) or genuine filth. Most stand-up material used on the circuit of big-city night clubs is inappropriate for the ears of anyone either impressionable or easily offended. "Would you say your show is x-rated," I asked. "X-rated? Come on, at least xxx-rated," Vito answered laughing. "I grew up with such greats as Dick Van Dyke who made me laugh in a very different way. Humor has taken many leaps forward if you can call it forward. The landscape now is broader," added Michael. Whether the boys are burning up the stage with their Picasso comedy or making music, one thing is for sure, they promote a common spirit with laughter.
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Building Futures - There's a big bronze statue of a man holding a young boy on his shoulders as one approaches the entrance to the LiUNA office in Oakville. I imagine this monument represents life and labor. Then again the artist, Gino Cavicchioli, could well have felt that the art piece was symbolic of relationships in general. Whatever the intended theme, pride is obviously present in the piece. I have a lot of respect for creative accomplishment.

As I looked through the tall glass windows of Mr. Mancinelli's office and past highway 403 at the Ford plant, it struck me that this is not exactly the view you would expect from a room designed and decorated with a modern yet conservative flair. Joe, as he likes to be called, welcomed us into his humble abode with espressos. Framed photographs filled the top of a long credenza consisting mostly of his children and family. His desk was neat and the odd artifact added a touch of museum flavor. Written accolades and awards lined what appeared to be teak walls. ( read more )
 
King Of Toons - Toronto - Picture this, in a cartoon kind of way...palm trees, white powdery sand, the sounds of Calypso music massaging your ears and a sensual ocean whispering your name while dancing barefoot in the waves. That's what I envisioned when Andy Donato called me from the Bahamas and left a message on my phone "Hi Jimi, Andy here. I'll leave you a number I can be reached at. Best to call me after six." I listened while munching on a cappicollo and ciabatta sandwich, hypnotized by snowflakes the size of oreos coming down outside my window. Mr. Donato is an icon, not an app, but an icon. How does a kid go from bagging 5 and 10 lb potatoes sacks in his papa Louie's grocery store to a distinguished brush-stroking genius. "I hated cleaning the pop cooler, Andy confessed." At the age of six he was already dabbling and creating cars, people and structures with a distinct style. "I was 12 and I knew that I wanted to be an artist" he said. This young and ambitious soul...(read more) 
REMEMBER (Cont'd from U-Tubio) at the festival and "Honoree", actor/director/writer Vincent Spano. This veteran of stage and screen has enjoyed an impressive career, beginning with his acting debut on stage at the age of 14 in the Tony award winning play, "Shadow Box" - which later won a Pulitzer Prize. At 18 he began working with Francis Ford Coppola, in such films as Black Staliion Returns and Rumblefish. Spano's film and T.V. credits are too numerous to list here and have brought him to a point in his career where he relishes work behind the lens as a director. He made his directorial debut in 2002. While speaking to the various filmmakers in the room, Vincent Spano was laudatory about the spirit of film festivals in general, saying that they are an integral component in
supporting creative growth in the indie film world. These festivals are the wave of the future and help to multiply venues: enabling every independent film-maker the means by which to gain a wider distribution. Simply put, Spano said "I encourage all the story-tellers to continue telling stories." I began to reflect on what Mr. Spano had expressed and came to the conclusion that this man is dedicated not only to his art but to his beliefs of what art should be. (
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Salvatore Guarangna - One of the most prolific song-writers of the twentieth century was a Brooklyn-born kid to Italian immigrants. This self-taught musician learned how to play drums, the accordian, and later the piano. He left high school at the age of sixteen and joined a traveling circus, playing the drums. This talented individual would take on many different jobs. He served as a prop man, an assistant director on several films, and also acted in a few. He served in the Navy for a short time, where he wrote his first song "How Would You Like To Be A Sailor."
It was during one of his earlier performances, in a Brooklyn saloon, where he was noticed by a couple of guys that worked for Stark & Cowan, a New York based music publisher. Ruby Cowan, one of the partners, offered him a job as a "song-plugger" (one that would get artists to sing the publishers' songs). This was a short lived career. In 1922, this persistent writer would pen his first hit, "Rose Of The Rio Grande," with lyrics by Edgar Leslie. That was the beginning of a continuous string of hits for Salvatore Anthony Guaragna. Over the course of his life (1893-1981) he wrote many songs, but at first nobody wanted to publish them because they did not think his lyrics were very good. 'Ironic, since his writing and arrangements led many a musician into stardom, like Frankie Blue Eyes, Judy Garland and Bing Crosby, to name a few. His style took on an unlimited quality, ranging from rumbas and waltzes, to Dixieland and pseudo-rock, to polkas, lullabies, country/western, and even romantic, Italian ballads. We can all appreciate and thank this man for the common incantation: "When the moon, hits your eye, like a big pizza pie. That's Amore." With 21 Number One hits, who's going to argue with words like "Jeepers, Creepers" and "Chatanooga Choo Choo?" Hundreds of songs he collaborated on fill the soundtracks of various movies, including the classic, "Forty-Second Street", a true ancestor to the Hollywood musicals, who was also known as Harry Warren.
 

 

 

 

WHO WAS CAPTAIN MIDNITES DIRTY FEAT ?

PASSION & THE ARTIST - Joseph Capicotto is a self-taught painter. As a child, his artistic abilities were evident at a young age. With pencil in hand he would search for any surface to draw upon. He could quickly sketch a picture with remarkable precision based solely on the photograph in his memory.
He is well known for his wide variety of subjects and his proficiency in various painting techniques. Joe's wealth of experience in light, colour, form and dimension is seen in the natural transition he brings to the canvas.
His still life works resonate with carefree passion. His figurative paintings embrace the elegant features of the human figure with a romantic flowing style.
Many of his pieces express a sense of reality and dream at the same time. They evoke feelings of mystery, passion and intrique. Joe is a professional artist, currently residing in Canada. His artistic productions have recently been flourishing throughout the country. They may be found in private and public collections, as well as, art galleries throughout North America.
He has enjoyed much media exposure, receiving recognition for his art at charity events and many other public and private venues. He has been commissioned by many well-known establishments within his area of residency for murals and paintings. Joe's inspiration has come from the beauty in life, nature, people, living. He considers himself extremely fortunate to have been able to continue with his chosen vocation in the arts for over thirty-five years. Joe feels that the time taken to convey his impression, is no longer an issue but a marvelous time consuming process of experimentation.
His true love and enthusiasm is for painting. To learn more about Joe Capicotto visit joesartstudio.com

Woodbridge ON - Woa, a rare photo of la mama schmoozing with movie star Gianncarlo Giannini. Jimi introduced his mom to the co-star of the new James Bond movies, "Quantum of Solice" and "Casino Royale". Mr. G was in town for his induction into the Italian Walk Of Fame. The actor was the first male to be honored in the category of entertainment. Also recognized that evening were hockey legend Phil Esposito, singer and actress Connie Francis, Commissioner of the OPP Julian Fantino, business mogul Ruddy Bratty and Mr. Little Italy himself, Johnny Lombardi. These talented individuals now have stars placed in the sidewalk of Toronto's famous Italian district of Littly Italy. Toronto has the largest community of Italians outside of Italy. (photo by George O.)  

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There's an old saying, "If you want to know…just ask". The SoHo Hotel in downtown Toronto is what they call a boutique hotel. I've never really understood what that meant until my partner and I spent a couple of days hanging out with our inductees, which included Armand Assante. Yes, that Armand. The staff at the SoHo (more)

 

NHL superstar Phil Esposito, hot dog, Jimi and Marisa at the Italian Walk Of Fame in Toronto Canada. Yes Phil got a star.

I can't believe it's not butter fame Fabio himself, with the lovely Marisa Lang in Washington DC at the NIAF conference.
Through The Eyes Of Vincenzo - Words and Music by Jimi Bertucci - I don't suppose the title gave it away. My youth was unique, in many ways it was an actor's dream. I was able to manipulate the hand-me-down system and, at times, my parents. Being thrown into a culture where it was the norm to be bullied by territorial mangia cakes, my reactions to certain comments or gestures had to be quick. At first a smile was sufficient to diffuse the situation, but that eventually wore thin with the leaders of recess control. Sooner or later I knew my swords would have to be drawn and my stand made clear. That day had come. It was lunchtime, my favorite period in what was usually a long tedious school day. I was sitting on the steps with a couple of new friends when suddenly my capicollo and pepper sandwich on a panino went flying into the air, landing on the dirty grounds of the schoolyard. As I stood up to confront my assailant, he attempted to throw a punch my way, I ducked and landed a right on his nose making it bleed profusely. His English profanity was difficult to make out as he cupped his nose trying to get the bleeding to stop. At that moment the huge wooden doors flung open. "Both of you in my office!", boomed the commanding voice. It was an awkward moment for me as I tried to explain to the principal that this rude, freckled-faced, red-haired boy deliberately knocked my sandwich out of my hands. There were many great times as well. I found that my most impressionable years were in elementary school. By the time I went to junior high discovering new things became more like serious work, thus my musical wants began to kick in more and more. I started to understand the new ways of my social surroundings and took in what the scene had to offer. My ideals, some of which have remained with me, developed through my observations. Life is a continous journey revealing, at times, the hidden mysteries locked deep within our souls, only to discover we hold the key. JB (passion and innocence) 

BELINDA NACcARATO - TAKING IT ALL THE WAY April 15th 2013

It was a drizzling grey Sunday afternoon, a perfect setting for a Medaglia D'oro espresso and a long- distance interview with a rising young star. I've connected with the You Tube generation and I've had to "like" so many. I use it as a valuable tool to decipher the good from the not so good, Belinda Naccarato being the former. Her nona quickly recognized her talent and introduced Belinda to the Italian choir at a very early age. Her love for the Italian language was discovered upon her trip to Italy at the age of 10. Like so many artistically enthused young bloods Belinda found her way towards acting, dancing and gymnastics. I suppose all these pursuits can be seen as prerequisites to becoming a dynamic entertainer.Ms. Naccarato has studied and designed all the right moves to achieve her mindset goals. But is this enough? Is Belinda prepared to be that naked mannequin in the store window as the world gawks and points its fingers? "You know, music is such a big part of me that I can't picture my life without it" explains the pop crooner. In a bleary industry that has lost focus, the journey can be a long zig zag one. The phrase "you have to pay your dues" has become Jurassic with the "now" generation disposing of it like a dated cell phone. "I want to embrace this gift I've been given and allow it to come to fruition," says Belinda. I asked her if she was thrilled to share the stage with Italian superstar Albano. "It felt like one of the most sumptuous moments that will remain with me throughout my life." Her music has purpose and her conviction is pure. There is plenty of room in the international arena for this dedicated talent willing to take it all the way.JB Belinda will be performing at the 5th Annual Italian Walk Of Fame gala on June 15th at Riviera Parque Dining, Banquet & Convention Centre. Located in the heart of Vaughan at 2800 Hwy #7 West, minutes from highways 400 and 407. To learn more about Belinda visit http://www.belindanaccarato.com/

  Michael Sloski began his professional career in the Toronto Music Scene in 1971. Through the years he has performed with such legendary artists as Etta James, Martha Reeves, Ben E. King, John Baldry and Dusty Springfield. Michael has recorded and toured extensivley around the world with Bruce Cockburn and Mary Margaret O'Hara. He is an accomplished Jazz drummer and has played with, among others, Holly Cole and Moe Koffman. A favouite of other drummers, Michael is the master of the groove and has performed his unique shuffle on countless pop, rock and blues recording sessions featuring such artists as Alannah Myles, Jimi Bertucci, Marc Jordan and Martha and the Muffins and many more. IF YOU ARE SERIOUS ABOUT DRUMMING EMAIL MICHAEL TODAY msloski@sympatico.ca  

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As a child her best friends were not Barbies, but an Etch-a-Sketch, and a big box of crayons (with a sharpener of course)...and then the Beatles came along.The artwork took a back-burner, and she became an avid fan of music from that instant to this day. She has been an art director, an illustrator and a designer, but music has always ran a close second.She sings in the car, but not the shower, and is an advocate for animals, be they wild or domestic.
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HAMILTON, ONT. This question always comes up in interviews so, as a dedicated journalist, I wanted to get the scoop for our records. My question to Canada's Fab 4, as they were sometimes labeled, was this. "What was the largest venue in which you ever performed and why was it so special?" It didn't take much thought for the Canuck rocker, Jimi Bertucci, to dive in and paint a very visual picture for my anticipated pen and paper. "I would have to say, Ivor Wynne Stadium in Hamilton, Canada. It was an unforgettable night of events that stayed with us throughout the years. "My ears perked up as Jimi explained that, prior to that historic concert, they had performed at Center Island in Toronto to a crowd of about 30-thousand hungry pop fans who proudly displayed many of the t-shirts and posters that were available for them at the show. "The Ivor show was a trip, I recall. The dj from the local radio station, I believe it was CKOC, came on stage and started doing his thing, reminding the crowd to stay back from the stage for safety reasons. Well, that was a lost cause. After about 5 minutes of ranting about community efforts and other related things, the show began. We were in our rented trailer, parked at the side of the 40-foot stage. The lights were flashing like a storm of colors from the dark skies...our cue to get ready. I was sitting back, sipping on my Canada Dry ginger ale, when the dj made his annoucement." "Ladies and gentlemen, please give a welcoming round of applause to one of the greatest bands to come out of Canada....Abraham's Children." "The roar of the crowd was like a constant sound of white noise hissing in the air. We were escorted on stage by three security guards. The stage was flooded by a million watts of lights that blinded our vision of the crowd. I plugged in and approached my microphone. Good evening Hamilton, are you ready to rock? The screams got louder. We opened with one of our hits, Goodbye Farewell. As soon as the crowd heard that trademark intro with the bass, they began rushing the stage in herds. Still blinded by the overwhelming lights, we could see the playing field of the stadium begin to fill up with young fans rushing towards the stage. There must have been thousands. The security guards jumped on stage and asked us to stop, unplug and move to the side of stage left near our trailer. The crowd was frantic. The dj came back on stage and announced that, if the crowd did not move back, the concert would not continue. After about 10 minutes of reorganizing the excited stampede of fans, the dj announced once again, "Ok, let's try this again...Abraham's Children." Ok, here we are again. Are you having a good time, I asked. The crowd yelled out a big YES of approval. We began with another one of our hit records, Gypsy. Once again, the over-enthused fans began approaching the stage. This time, it seemed the numbers had doubled. They pushed and shoved their way closer and closer, crossing the fence that separated the stage and the field. Hundreds managed to knock down the barricade and climb onto the stage. We jumped off the stage with our instruments into the long stretch limo waiting for us. We began driving away on the field, being chased by teens. It was a weird experience, almost frightening. As I looked back through the limo window, I could see people on stage trying to take cymbals, microphones and whatever else they could get before the guards got to them. We drove back to the hotel where we were staying and were greeted by fans in the lobby. After signing a bunch of autographs, we headed to our rooms where we remained until the next day." JB - Bubblegum Underground  

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SPACE PATROL - From left Jimi B, Peter Verity , Glen Wilson and "Ruddy Fab" As Jimi continued his relationship with United Artists Records he began to grow immensely. His writing could be tailored to the needs of the project he was developing or producing. One of these projects was Space Patrol. A group of musicians from the Ajax area just east of Toronto. Although the members had very little recording experience Jimi would do his best to make all involved to feel comfortable and at ease. The band recorded 4 songs at Eastern Sound, Toronto......but only "Burning Love" and the B side "We Can Fly" would be released on the United Artists label. The band would go on the road and do some scattered dates in the Ontario, and Eastern Canada. Jimi did not want to tour or travel. He recommended the group seek another singer bass player to replace him....he had other projects to produce and wanted to spend more time closer to home and in the studio. The band would eventually find a replacement and would continue to tour across Canada. Peter Verity continues to write and perform . He recently returned from Nashville where he played to full houses. Space Patrol released only one song and the rest are in some vault at EMI...to bad. Want an 8X10 promotional copy for your collection email us. 
 
Variations on Gould Toronto - CBC Radio "I have an extra ticket and you have to come!!!" My mind was racing like a Guinea pig in an annoying spinner. Everything I ever thought about the CBC would soon become clearer to me. We arrived at the Glen Gould Studio, in the heart of Toronto . A fair portion of this lustrous real-estate is dedicated to a man, a musician, a genius, that played piano. I can hear them all in unison, PLAYED PIANO. And while the kind folks of the great white north continue to invest their tax dollars in support of the arts programs in Canada , the CBC was looking pretty good. The reception for this monumental celebration convinced me that class still finds its way around town. Had it not been for that annoying buzzer that begins way too soon like a last call for snooting....this would have been a perfect cultural evening, well at least for me. I forgot to mention that this Mardi gras was a ten-day affair. I was thrust into the pits of fortune for but one of these tux and running shoes eventful evenings. When Andre LaPlante hit the stage, I can honestly say I did not have a clue who this gentleman was....he appeared to look like a classical pianist and I expected just that. Before I tell you how awesome this artist was, let me explain the importance of this gala. Glen is a Canadian icon, a local boy who became one of the great musicians of the twentieth century. I would always hear his name, not in an Elvis or Beatle way but more like in an I'm cool, I know who he is way. He broke international musical grounds and continues to deeply provoke the listening ear. During this festival of back-patting, many performers paid tribute to this legend in their own musical way. Mr. LaPlante, I later found out, was named an Officer of the Order of Canada .....dah..I could list all his achievements but that would only reveal that I read his bio in the program. I want to write about what I heard from this genius ivory tickler. I know I will probably sound so cliché, he was a virtuoso boy, do I need piano lessons.....The less said of this man the more. When the string quartet, which was made up of Erika Raum (violin), Aisslinn Nosky (violin), Steven Dann (viola), and David Hetherington (cello), joined Mr. La Plante I was taken to a mystic place feeling the passion of each string as it resonated through my head. How wonderful to be treated to a natural high. If the CBC continues to display this kind of adventure I will stop saying they are a foo foo organization.  JB Bubblegum Underground 
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