Archives for the year 2005 - inaugural post on April 7, 2005

December 9, 2005
Neural Mass at the P'tit Buck in Montreal
Neural Mass will be at the Bar Le P'tit Buck (901 St-Zotique Street, in Montreal) on
Friday, December 16 2005. A great 2-and-a-half hour show not to be missed! The trio, composed of Mark Tremblay (also of Spaced Out) on guitar, Sylvain Rodrigue on drums and Fred Thompson on bass. The group plays an excellent mix of progressive rock and metal, inspired by Rush, Steve Vai and Dream Theater. The concert begins at 9:00 PM with an intermission mid-show and admission is free!

December 3, 2005
La Villa Strangiato radio show
If you live near Ottawa, listen to the La Villa Strangiato radio show on CHUO 89.1 FM, Thursdays from 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM. For nostalgia buffs and adventurous people, the show covers music from Genesis to Dream Theater, from Harmonium to Porcupine Tree. Gary Lauzon and Gilles Potvin are the hosts for La Villa Strangiato. You can also listen to the show live on the internet at www.yantz.com/lavilla/

December 3, 2005
A new supergroup is born, NEO!
This year at the Rites of Spring Festival (ROSFest), another great band has been added to their impressive roster... imagine a group composed of Andy Edwards (of IQ) on drums, John Jowitt (of IQ) on bass, Clive Nolan (of Arena/Pendragon) on keyboards, Mark Westwood on guitars... how better can this get! The new supergroup, in the tradition of Transatlantic, Asia, Kino and GTR, is called
NEO. The aim for the band is to combine their talents with different guest artists in order to reach more ears with the music of British progressive rock than each band might otherwise be able to do individually. This will make each performance a truly unique event. The band will be making its debut appearance in America at ROSFest in Phoenixville PA on Friday, April 28th 2006. As well as music by IQ, Arena and Clive Nolan’s solo career, the band will be joined by Nick Barrett to perform material by Pendragon, Alan Reed, lead singer of Pallas and Peter Banks to perform songs by Yes. But wait, there's more! A further guest artist is likely to be announced shortly. With music from Shadowlands, Peter Banks, Jadis, Pendragon, Pallas, Yes... this is going to be a party not to be missed.

December 3, 2005
Hamadryad at Bistro Monte-Cristo
Hamadryad will be at the Café Bistro Monte-Cristo (25, Blainville Street West, Ste-Thérèse, 450-419-6765) on
Wednesday, December 14 2005. A great pre-Christmas gift and a fun show to end the year with a bang! The group, featuring Jean-François Désilets on bass, Yves Jalbert on drums, Denis Jalbert on guitars and Sébastien Cloutier on keyboards will play selections from their two albums, as well as a few classic covers! A great two-hour show and an excellent preview of their performance at RoSFest 2006! the show begins at 9:00 PM.

December 3, 2005
The Australian Pink Floyd show at the Bell Center
The Australian Pink Floyd show, Floyd's best known tribute band, will be in Montreal on
Thursday, December 8 2005 at the Bell Center (1260 De La Gauchetière West). The show is a phenomenon. What started out over ten years ago in Adelaide, Australia, has evolved into a truly magnificent sound and light spectacle performing to hundreds of thousands of people at major venues around the globe. David Gilmour, Pink Floyd’s guitarist, is a fan himself, having witnessed the Australian Pink Floyd Show three times. In November, he joined thousands of Pink Floyd fans in London’s famous Royal Albert Hall for what was described as a show that truly embraced the Floyd legacy. It’s a tantalizing voyage, from the trippy Barrett era to the mystery of Dark Side of The Moon, from the majesty of Wish You Were Here to the twisted intensity of Animals, from the relentless power of The Wall through to the lush grandeur of The Final Cut and The Division Bell. Floyd fans who haven’t yet witnessed the show are seriously missing out. Believe the hype, it’s as good as everyone says. Here are some reviews: "The best tribute show in the world" – London Times "I never thought I would hear this music live again, you must go and see this show" – Los Angeles Times. The show begins at 7:30 PM, tickets are $42.50 plus taxes and fees, and are available through Admission by phone at (514) 790-1245 or online at www.admission.com. A Gillett Entertainment Group presentation.

November 28, 2005
Neural Mass in Much Music's The Battle of the Bands!
Don't miss this one! Montreal's own Neural Mass will be at the Dôme (32, Ste-Catherine Street West, 875-5757) this
Friday, December 2 2005 to compete in Much Music's "Battle of The Bands", a Canada-wide event. Should they win this leg of the contest, they will go to Toronto for the finals for a chance to win the grand prize, consisting of studio time at the reknown Metalworks Studio in Mississauga, ON. Come and support them, your help will be needed, since the public's reaction and enthusiasm will determine the judge's decision! Neural Mass is composed of Mark Tremblay (also of Spaced Out) on guitar, Sylvain Rodrigue on drums and Fred Thompson on bass. The group plays an excellent mix of progressive rock and metal, inspired by Rush, Steve Vai and Dream Theater. Tickets are $10 at the door and as a bonus, you will receive a great-looking Neural Mass color t-shirt!

November 23, 2005
Mangrove at La Place à Côté
Montreal band
Mangrove will be at La Place à Côté (4571 Papineau street, near Mont-Royal) on Thursday, December 1st 2005. Mangrove is composed of Thomas Brodeur (Karcius) on drums, Simon L'Espérance (Karcius) on guitars and Carlo Birri on bass and will feature special guest Pierre Bélisle (La Bottine Souriante) on keyboards. This great ensemble plays a cool mix of funk/prog/jazz, covering classics from Jean-Luc Ponty, John Scofield, Mahavishnu Orchestra, Pat Metheny and some terrific home-brewed compositions. Admission price is $5 and the show begins at 9:00 PM.

November 23, 2005
SANN at Casa Del Popolo
SANN will be at Casa Del Popolo (4873 St-Laurent Street) on
Sunday November 27 2005. SANN is a new, amplified strings duo, playing original, atmospheric, ambient creations and highly imaginary visual music and is composed of Sylvain Auclair (Heaven's Cry) on bass and Chapman Stick and Norman Nawrocki (Rhythm Activism) on violin/alto/viola. You will also be able to pick up SANN's new CD, a 10 song, 50 minute, self-titled instrumental album (also available directly from Les Pages Noires for $15, you can listen to an excerpt of the new album by clicking here). The show begins at 8:00 PM.

November 23, 2005
Neural Mass at Bistro de Paris
Montreal group Neural Mass will be at the Bistro de Paris, (4536 rue St-Denis, Montréal)
Saturday, November 26 2005. The trio, composed of Mark Tremblay (also of Spaced Out) on guitar, Sylvain Rodrigue on drums and Fred Thompson on bass. The group plays an excellent mix of progressive rock and metal, inspired by Rush, Steve Vai and Dream Theater. The show begins at 9:00 PM. Free admission!

November 23, 2005
The Musical Box at the Bell Center
The big event of the weekend, aside from U2,
Friday, November 25, 2005 at the Bell Center (1260 de la Gauchetière Street West, Montreal), The Musical Box, Montreal's most prestigious tribute band will perform their incredible hommage to Genesis' Lamb Lies Down On Broadway. Their spectacular show on the stage of the Bell center is sure to make this event even more glorious and unforgettable! Denis Gagné's spot-on interpretation of Peter Gabriel along with Francois (Hackett) Gagnon on guitars, Sébastien (Rutherford) Lamothe on bass, David (Banks) Myers on keys, and the incredible Martin (Collins) Levac on drums will have the crowd catapulted back in time to the mid-seventies, in a majestic way! The show begins at 8:00 PM, tickets are between $39 and $49 plus taxes and fees, and are available through Admission by phone at (514) 790-1245 or online at www.admission.com. A Gillett Entertainment Group presentation. LAST UPDATE!: The show is sold out!!!

November 17, 2005
Jérôme Langlois presents, De Maneige à Molignak!
After Jérôme Langlois' amazing performance last October 24th at the Gesù, the founding member of Maneige will present "Les 5 à 7 - en duo - en trio - en rafiot...". An evening of great music at bistro La Kémia (4115a, St-Denis Street, between Duluth and Rachel)
Wednesday, November 30 2005, featuring Bernard Cormier and François Richard. The trio will present tracks from Jérôme's latest album "Molignak" as well as classic tracks from Maneige in the intimate and relaxing settings of Bistro La Kémia. The beautiful music of Jérôme will carry you, a brilliant mix of contemporary chamber music, progressive, tango, jazz and classical music, resulting in some of the most original and refreshing material in recent times! A must-have CD! Jérôme's show will actually be from 6:00 to 8:00. Don't miss it! Admission is $10. See an excerpt of the track "Tango 2000" from the album Molignak by clicking here. A ProgQuébec production.

October 30, 2005
Eclipse at the Medley
Back by popular demand, Pink Floyd tribute band
Eclipse will be playing on Friday, November 25 2005 at the Medley, (1170 St-Denis Street, corner René Lévesque). An amazing performance and a visual extravaganza. Doors open at 8:30 PM and the show begins at 10:30 PM. Tickets are $17 for VIP seats and $12 for general admission – all taxes included, and are available at any TicketPro outlet, online at www.ticketpro.ca or by phone at (514) 908-9090. A Medley Production.

October 30, 2005
The Acoustic Strawbs at Café Campus
Legendary British band The Strawbs will be in Montreal on
Monday, November 7 2005 at 8:30 PM at the Café Campus (57 Prince Arthur East, Sherbrooke metro station). The Strawbs' acoustic trio, composed of David Cousins, Dave Lambert and Chas Cronk, will play their splendid mix of prog rock/folk. You will be swept away by the simple poetry and power of their music from classic albums like Grave New World, Ghosts and Hero and Heroine. Formed in the mid sixties by David Cousins, the band is nearing their 40th anniversary! Tickets are $25.00 plus taxes, (18 years and over) and are available at Café Campus, also through Admission by phone at (514) 790-1245 or online at www.admission.com.

October 30, 2005
Arena back in Montreal with Sense and Hamadryad!
The British progressive rock band Arena is back in town,
Thursday, November 3, 2005 at the Medley, in Montreal. Opening act will be presented by Quebec band Sense, and for the Montreal show only, none other than montreal's own Hamadryad will also be part of this incredible evening! We are privileged to have prog legends Clive Nolan and Mick Pointer conclude their 10th anniversary world tour right here, in support for their incredible album, Pepper's Ghost, a brilliant blend of melodic progressive metal, probably their crowning achievement. A must-see show with three incredible bands! Tickets are $30.00 plus taxes and are available at any TicketPro outlet, online at www.ticketpro.ca or by phone at (514) 908-9090. Tickets also available at Cheap Thrills, 2044 Metcalfe Street, 2nd Floor in Montreal. You can also get tickets (and save on transaction fees) by calling (514) 262-4574. A Unicorn Digital/ProgMontreal production.

October 10, 2005
Jérôme Langlois (of Maneige) with guests!
This is a unique event, imagine Jérôme Langlois, co-founder of Maneige, one of Quebec's best known instrumental progressive band, along with Gilles Schetagne (ex-Maneige), Bernard Cormier (ex-Conventum), Mario Légaré (ex-Octobre), François Richard (ex-Orchestre Sympathique) and Romie De Guise-Langlois together for one sensational, unforgettable show! Jérome will be launching his latest album
Molignak and along with his old friends play some great new music and of course, some Maneige classics too! Mark this date on your calendar, Monday, October 24, 2005 at 8:00 PM at the Gesù (1200 Bleury Street – Place Des Arts metro). Tickets are $25.00 plus taxes, and are available on the ProgQuébec website and through the Gesù, also through Admission by phone at (514) 790-1245 or online at www.admission.com. A ProgQuébec presentation.

October 10, 2005
Liva at Café Campus
Liva will be playing on
Saturday, October 15 2005, 8:30 PM, at Le Petit Café Campus (57 Prince Arthur east, Sherbrooke metro station). Liva is a brilliant heavy prog metal band with a classical operatic edge, giving them a unique, original sound. Their live performances are unforgettable, powerful and majestic. They will be playing music from their album Requiem, al well as classic tracks from their first album and new unreleased material. The band is composed of Pier Carlo Liva on guitars & vocals, Catherine Elvira Cartier on electric viola and vocals, Sébastien Breton on drums, and Simon Roy-Boucher on bass. Tickets are $15.00 plus taxes, (18 years and over) and are available at Café Campus, also through Admission by phone at (514) 790-1245 or online at www.admission.com.

September 30, 2005
Maneige releases "Live à L'Évêché"
ProgresSon Music Inc is pleased to announce the 7th CD release on its ProgQuebec label, “
Live à l’Evêché” (1975), by Maneige, the legendary 1970’s progressive instrumental group. Maneige was one of Quebec’s most popular and longest-lived progressive groups, having produced 7 albums during 10 years. Maneige was formed in 1972 by classically trained musicians including pianist/clarinetist Jérôme Langlois, saxophonist/flutist Alain Bergeron, drummer Gilles Schetagne, bassist Yves Léonard, percussionist Paul Picard (currently Céline Dion’s percussionist), guitarist Denis Lapierre, and pianist/percussionist Vincent Langlois. “Live à l’Evêché” contains over 77 minutes of live material, most of which was previously unreleased, featuring a show at the Hotel Nelson in 1975, and a live in-studio recording from 1974 as a bonus. This album is currently the only music available on CD from Maneige.

Also, ProgresSon is proud to present Jérôme Langlois performing live in concert at 8pm on Monday, October 24, at Le Gesù (1200 de Bleury) accompagnied by Gilles Schetagne (percussions), Bernard Cormier (violin), Francois Richard (flute), and Mario Légaré (bass). The show, entitled “de Maneige à Molignak” features a career retrospective and will include early Maneige classics as well as new compositions from Jérôme Langlois’ upcoming album “
Molignak”, which will be launched that same evening. Tickets can be purchased on our website at www.progquebec.com at Le Gesù or at www.admission.com.

Maneige’s “Live à l’Evêché”, as well as ProgresSon’s first six releases, which include reissues of the musical works of Ville Emard Blues Band, Toubabou, Contraction, L’Orchestre Sympathique, and Pollen, are being distributed in Canada by DEP, one of the country’s largest independent music distributors, and are available in music stores across Quebec. The CDs can also be bought directly through our website at www.progquebec.com.

September 30, 2005
A tribute to Harmonium by Premier Ciel at the Medley
Friday, October 14, 2005 at the Medley (1170 St-Denis Street, corner of René Lévesque), Premier Ciel will present their magnificent hommage to Harmonium. The tribute band, officially sanctioned by Serge Fiori, is composed of Bob St-Laurent on drums and vocals, Julie Valois on keys, accordeon and vocals, Sylvain de Carufel on guitars, mandolin and vocals, Richard Lanthier on bass and vocals, Denis Faucher on keys and vocals, Michel Dubeau on sax, clarinet and flute, and of course, Francis Gagnon on guitars and vocals, whose admirable vocals and appearance are eerily similar to Serge's. Doors open at 8:30 PM and the show begins at 10:00 PM. Your chance to get the latest ProgQuebec releases too, including Maneige's Live à L'Évêché! Tickets are $17 for VIP seats and $12 for general admission – all taxes included, and are available at any TicketPro outlet, online at www.ticketpro.ca or by phone at (514) 908-9090. A Medley Production.

September 24, 2005
A progressive music festival in Quebec City,
the Terra Incognita convention.

Get your tickets now... they're going fast! The Terra Incognita progressive magazine will present on
Saturday, October 8 2005, an entire day devoted to progressive music. Six Quebec-based prog bands will step onto the stage of the Impérial de Québec (240, St-Joseph Street East, Quebec) for this unique one-day event. Each band represents a particular genre of prog music.

The members of Quartik, a group from the South shore, use various labels to describe the music on their latest album "
Hecho A Mano". They mention nu jazz, eclectic jazz, which provides a good idea of the style of this band, which incorporates elements from progressive music right up to funk! Somewhere between Brand X, Uzeb and Pierre Moerlen's Gong. And in honor of the event, the band will introduce new tracks from their soon-to-be-released second album.

For many years, Karcius has been making a name for itself on the Montreal scene, notably opening for New York band Frogg Café last May 29, and being invited at the Prog In The Park festival in Rochester, NY next September 10. They will be visiting Quebec City for the first time. Their first album, entitled "
Sphère" was well received in the prog community in the States. Their brilliant mixture of prog rock and fusion had them compared to bands like Liquid Tension Experiment and Dream Theater. Not a bad point of reference at all!

Originating from Trois-Rivières, Unisphère have a more classical prog approach. Composed of five tracks clocking between 11 and 23 minutes, their first album "
Le Voyage de l'enfant lune" is inspired of 70's prog rock. Names like Peter Gabriel, Genesis and Pink Floyd are among their influences.

Jupiter 9, is maily bass player Mathieu Gosselin's (Sense, Red Sand) creature, counting on his trusty old pal, drummer Danny Robertson (Sense). From one composition to the other, the duo invites various musicians to contribute during studio sessions. Balancing between prog rock and fusion, Jupiter 9 offers a type of instrumental music that could very well be used as a movie soundtrack. The group will take advantage of the convention to launch their new CD, simply entitled "
Jupiter 9".

With a discography composed of three CDs, "
Madness", "Out Of Range" and their latest "Stone In The Sky" (a CD/DVD combo), the members of Sense are almost veterans of the Quebec progressive scene. Theu are also well-known outside of Quebec, as was shown by the warm welcome of the album "Out Of Range" by European music critics. Lead by guitarist/director Stéphane Desbiens (Mélia, Qwaarn), Sense plays a style of prog rock inspired by the 70's (in particular Genesis) adding touches of celtic and folk. Listening to some tracks, you might recognize bits that are borrowed from one of their key inspirations; guitarist Allan Holdsworth. The arrival of drummer Danny Robertson in Sense has given a new energy to the group. A band that is absolutely superb to see live.

Flying Adventure will have the honor of concluding this convention. A brilliant Pink Floyd tribute band, the group will perform an abridged version of their usual stunning 3-hour concerts! And although they sacrifice a part of their show, the visual aspect will be untouched. Their performance will bridge generations!

Doors will open at 1:30 PM. All six shows will be presented in the order above. Many concession stands and vendors will also be there, including record shops, audio gear vendors, record labels, music shops... and many more!

Admission price is $25 for the entire day. Tickets are available through the Impérial de Québec box-office at (418) 523-2227, on the Billetech network (a $4 service fee is added in both cases) or through Terra Incognita and also at Musique du Faubourg, in Quebec City, at (418) 529-4848 and CD Mélomane at (418) 525-1020 (a $1 service fee is added in both cases). A Terra Incognita production.

September 24, 2005
The Necromancers at La Place à Côté
The Necromancers, a great Rush tribute band, will play in Montreal on
Friday, October 21 2005 at La Place à Côté (4571 Papineau Street). This young talented trio will cover many eras of the band, playing the classic Rush tracks, as well as some long forgotten tunes that haven't been performed live in ages! The show will begin at 9:00 PM. Admission price is $12.00 at the door.

September 24, 2005
Porcupine Tree in Montreal!
For the second time this year, British prog band Porcupine Tree will perform in Montreal, at the Club Soda (1225 St-Laurent Street, corner Ste-Catherine) on
Monday, October 3, 2005 . The next leg of PT's Deadwing will include substantially different material to the tours earlier this year, including songs new to the live repertoire. There will be several new films by Lasse Hoile, and PT now also have their own full time dedicated lighting designer. Dave Dickinson will be working closely alongside Lasse in creating a new and stronger visual aspect to the band's shows. Dave has previously worked as LD for artists as diverse as Jimmy Eat World, Kasabian, D12, The Wildhearts, 50 Cent, and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra! Tickets are $26.75 tax included and are available at any TicketPro outlet, online at www.ticketpro.ca or by phone at (514) 908-9090.

September 24, 2005
A new Circus Brimstone Live CD!
The Flower Kings Instrumental offspring "Circus Brimstone" have released Live CD named
BrimStoned In Europe in the tradition of recent "Live Official Bootlegs". It has been released as a Official bootleg and is now available on the TFK website shop (merch section), at live shows and assorted mailorders and through the regular sources. The CD was recorded by soundman Petrus Konigsson on the European tour April 2005 and has a good quality multitrack "boardfeed" recording that was later mixed in Cosmic Lodge Studio, and sounds as good as any "professional" live recording and on par with for example Alive On Planet Earth. Stay tuned on how to get the new CD locally.

September 24, 2005
Steve Hackett at the Medley
Legendary Genesis guitarist Steve Hackett will be in Montreal on
Thursday, September 29, 2005 at the Medley (1170 St-Denis Street, corner of René Lévesque). as part of the Acoustic Trio shows 2005 - North America tour that will also see him play in Toronto, Ottawa, Hamilton and Quebec City. Accompanied by his brother John Hackett on flute and by Roger King on keyboards, Steve will take to the stage for an ‘unplugged’ show of beautifully crafted pieces for acoustic guitar, flute and keyboards. He will be playing selections from his great solo albums, some classical pieces and of course, a couple of Genesis tunes too! Doors open at 7:00 PM and the show begins at 8:30 PM. Tickets are $34.50 plus taxes and are available at any TicketPro outlet, online at www.ticketpro.ca or by phone at (514) 908-9090. An M & E Production

September 22, 2005
Virtual Max at La Place à Côté
Percussion virtuosos Virtual Max will be playing on
Friday, September 23 2005 at La Place à Côté (4571 Papineau Street). First show since their triumphant opening act for The Flower Kings last June 2nd, Danny Pancaldi on Mallet KATs and Chapman stick, Pierre Dragon on drums and Patrice Charbonneau on Mallet KATs, marimbas and vibraphone, will simply mesmerize you with their brilliant experimental progressive percussive music with elements of classical, jazz and rock. The show will begin at 9:00 PM. Admission price is $10.00 at the door.

September 16, 2005
Eclipse at the Medley
Pink Floyd tribute band
Eclipse will be playing on Saturday, September 17 2005 at the Medley, (1170 St-Denis Street, corner René Lévesque). An amazing performance and a visual extravaganza. Doors open at 8:30 PM and the show begins at 10:00 PM. Tickets are $17 for VIP seats and $12 for general admission – all taxes included, and are available at any TicketPro outlet, online at www.ticketpro.ca or by phone at (514) 908-9090. A Medley Production.

September 14, 2005
Acid Mothers Temple at Sala Rossa
Get ready for an mind altering experience! Famous japanese space/psychedelic band Acid Mothers Temple will be in Montreal on
Thursday, September 15, 2005 at La Sala Rossa (4848, St-Laurent street) as part of their 10th anniversary tour. The eclectic band is composed of Tabata Mitsuru on bass and vocals, Higashi Hiroshi taking care of synths and guitars, Shimura Koji on drums, Okano Futoshi on drums and Kawabata Makoto on guitars, bouzouki and tambura. The opening act will be performed by Aqui. Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 on the day of the show, and are available at Casa Del Popolo at 4873 St-Laurent Street (514) 284-3804 info@casadelpopolo.com. You can also get tickets at Cheap Thrills (2044 Metcalfe Street, 2nd Floor) and at L'OBLIQUE at 4333 Rivard, Metro Mont-Royal (514) 499-1323

September 7, 2005
Relayers at La Place à Côté
Yes tribute band
Relayers will be playing on Tuesday, September 13 2005 at La Place à Côté (4571 Papineau Street). The group is composed of Charles Fortin on bass/vocals, Simon Mercure on keys/vocals, Jean-Philippe Fortin on drums/vocals and Clément Larose on Guitars. Great evening of classic Yes from these talented, passionate musicians. The show will begin at 9:00 PM. Admission price is $12.00 at the door.

September 7, 2005
Slippermen plays Genesis at Cabaret du Vieux St-Jean
Genesis tribute band Slippermen will be in St-Jean-sur-Richelieu on
Saturday, October 22, 2005 at the Cabaret du Vieux St-Jean (190 Laurier Street in St-Jean-sur-Richelieu) and will present a stunning performance, covering the Trespass through Duke eras. Doors open at 7:00 PM and the show begins at 8:00 PM. Tickets are $15 and are available through Admission by phone at (514) 790-1245 or online at www.admission.com. A presentation of Productions Farouche.

August 25, 2005
Dave Mason comes to Montreal!
Dave Mason is coming to Montreal, on
Friday, August 26, 2005 at La Tulipe (4530, Papineau Street, corner Mont-Royal). Dave Mason's legendary career spans over 37 years.  A founding member of Traffic, Mason penned "Feelin' Alright" at 19. This song became a rock anthem, recorded by over 48 artists including the classic version by Joe Cocker. Dave went on to play with such greats as Jimi Hendrix on Electric Ladyland , Paul McCartney on Venus and Mars, Rolling Stones on Beggar's Banquet and George Harrison on All Things Must Pass, to name but a few.  Dave has also played and toured with Fleetwood Mac. He was recently inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and just launched a new electric guitar company, RKS. The opening act will be performed by none other than Frogg Café. Tickets for this unique event are $36.00 plus taxes and are available through Admission by phone at (514) 790-1245 or online at www.admission.com. A M&E Productions presentation.

August 23, 2005
Electronic Music Pioneer Bob Moog Dies At 71
article from Billboard.com, August 22, 2005
Bob Moog, inventor of his namesake range of synthesizers and one of the most significant figures in the evolution of electronic music, died yesterday (Aug. 21) at his home in Asheville, N.C. He was 71. A native of N.Y., Moog was diagnosed with brain cancer in late April and had since undergone radiation treatment and chemotherapy.

After a decade of building theremins with his father, Moog created his prototype, the Moog Modular Synthesizer, in 1963 and unveiled it the following year at the Audio Engineering Society Convention.

Among the first popular recorded music albums to feature the instrument was Wendy Carlos' 1968 release "Switched-On Bach," which sold more than one million copies and earned the artist three Grammys. Moog himself received a Grammy Trustees Award for lifetime achievement in 1970.

"[Moog] contributed to a new soundscape -- a legacy that we will continue in his honor," comments Mike Adams, president of N.C.-based Moog Music. "He was a musical pioneer for the love of it and musicians everywhere have had the opportunity to expand their own creative horizons with Bob's inventions."

An icon in electronic music circles, Moog was the focus of a Hans Fjellestad-directed documentary, "Moog," which was issued last year by Plexifilm. He was due to deliver the keynote speech at the upcoming Amsterdam Dance Event, to be held Oct. 27-29, but was forced to cancel his appearance shortly after his diagnosis.

Moog's family has established the Bob Moog Foundation, a charity dedicated to the advancement of electronic music. A host of his collaborators, including Carlos and Yes' Rick Wakeman, will sit on its board.

He is survived by his wife, Ileana, and five children. A public Memorial Celebration is planned for The Orange Peel for noon, Wednesday, August 24th. Fans and friends can also direct their sympathies or remembrances to Caring Bridge.

August 8, 2005
DrumFest and Music Show in Montréal
Finally the schedule for the Montreal DrumFest 2005, this
November 11, 12 and 13, 2005 at the Centre Pierre Péladeau (salle Pierre Mercure, 300 De Maisonneuve Blvd. East) has been announced! In this year's edition, the festival will present among the best percussionists and drummers, including the Nathaniel Townsley trio, Keith Carlock, John Blackwell, Dafnis Prieto, Shane Gaalaas, Michel Bernard and Prince Franklin Vanderbilt. This coming November, the Montreal Drum Fest celebrates its 13th year. Check out their program section for the complete line-up. And new this year, the "Drums & Percussion Friday" at the Montreal Music Show, Friday November 11th at Place Bonaventure. Our Drum & Percussion workshops and master classes are back! See all the new products exhibitors will be showing, see them demonstrated on the big stage, participate in activities at the agora, etc. Tickets are $60 for one day (Sat. or Sun.) or $100 for the weekend and are available at the box-office of the Salle Pierre Mercure and also available through Admission by phone at (514) 790-1245 or online at www.admission.com, and as a bonus, the purchase of any Drum Fest ticket (day or weekend) gives you one courtesy ticket for the Montreal Music Show at Place Bonaventure, also this November 11, 12 and 13, 2005, where you'll see master classes, demonstrations, conferences and a ton of new products at your fingertips. The festival is a Montreal DrumFest production in association with Musi-Technic.

August 1st, 2005
Howe-Squire-White, the More Drama tour Cancelled!
The More Drama Tour has been cancelled (not postponed). Below is the press release with details. Watch for information on obtaining refunds through Ticketpro.

Yes guitarist Steve Howe, bassist Chris Squire, and drummer Alan White have cancelled their scheduled More Drama Tour, which was scheduled to begin August 2 in Seattle, presented by VH1 Classic and by Groupe Gillett in Montreal.

The cancellation was prompted by immigration issues in the wake of heightened security brought on by the recent terrorist attacks in London. The tour will be rescheduled at a later date. All those who purchased advance tickets should contact their local box office or Ticketmaster for refund information.

“We’re frustrated as much as the fans are but we understand the importance of the heightened security and hope we can reschedule the tour at some point,” said the bassist for Yes and The Syn, Chris Squire.

The tour was to have spotlighted performances by three different bands, including the legendary pre-Yes prog-rock pioneers the Syn, featuring Yes bassist Chris Squire and original vocalist Stephen Nardelli; Yes drummer Alan White’s recently formed side project WHITE with keyboardist Geoff Downes, and Steve Howe’s solo set. The three principals then planned to perform their own set of Drama-era Yes songs.

Information on getting a refund for tickets to the
Sunday, August 21, 2005 concert at the Metropolis are available at the Spectrum and at all TicketPro outlets, online at ticketpro.ca, or by phone at (514) 908-9090.

June 19, 2005
Present with Miriodor at the Lion D’Or!
Belgium's legendary "Rock in Opposition" group Present is coming at the Lion D’Or in Montreal on Wednesday July 13. To commemorate their 25th anniversary as a band, Present will be on tour in Europe, USA and Canada. They will be performing with their 7-member lineup, led by the angular compositions and blistering guitar work of Roger Trigaux (formerly of Univers Zero) and percussion maestro Dave Kerman (Thinking Plague, 5uu's, Ahvak), Present is well known for their dynamic and emotionally intense live performances. Present's dark and energetic music, at times reminiscent of a mutant Red-era King Crimson-gone-Bartok, has attracted legions of fans around the world during their illustrious and boundary-pushing career. The opening act will be provided by Montreal's own Miriodor, who will perform new music from their album
Parade. Tickets are $30.00 + tx available at Ticketpro.ca. Tickets also available at Cheap Thrills, 2044 Metcalfe Street, 2nd Floor in Montreal. A ProgLands presentation.

June 19, 2005
Willy Porter at the Lion D'Or
Willy Porter is coming for the very first time in Montreal on Sarturday, July 16 at the Lion D’Or (1676, Ontario Street East). Willy Porter is a seasoned solo performer who honed his songs and his chops traveling across America and Europe playing to captive audiences everywhere. His songs are equal parts muscle and intimacy, and reveal a rarely achieved relationship between an artist and his craft. Hailing from the swamps of Milwaukee, WI, he forged a connection to his fans from his earliest performing experiences that would continue to reverberate even when opening for the audiences of artists like Jethro Tull, Tori Amos and Paul Simon. On one legendary night in Nashville, in front of a room full of some of the world's best guitarists, Porter, with just his voice and an acoustic guitar, earned a standing ovation from an audience primed to see electric guitar-hero Jeff Beck. Porter has long been known for his innovative and expressive guitar playing which the press have called everything from "startling," to "dazzling" to "killer." The Boston Globe compares his playing to speed picker Leo Kottke. Tickets are $12 + taxes through Ticketpro.ca or $14 at the door. A M&E Productions presentation.

April 20, 2005
IQ has a new drummer!
LET'S WELCOME
ANDY EDWARDS !
Last February, Paul Cook, IQ's drummer for the past 23 years, announced that he is leaving the band to pursue other interests and spend more time with his family. It will be a pleasure and a privilege for us to present the very first live gig of IQ with Andy Edwards on drums. Following Paul Cook's announcement, the quest for a new drummer reached its conclusion in April, as you can read on IQ's official website:

"We are pleased to announce that IQ's new drummer will be 37-year-old Andy Edwards.

After the success of last year's critically acclaimed album, ‘Dark Matter', which was voted Album of the Year by, among others, the DPRP in Holland , 'Eclipsed' magazine in Germany and the Classic Rock Society in England , IQ were very saddened by the news that Paul Cook had decided to call it a day after 23 years with the band.

Andy has proved himself to be a more than capable replacement for Cookie, with a wealth of musical experience behind him. Born in Kidderminster, UK, on 21st April 1968, he began playing drums in 1979, encouraged by his father who was also a drummer. Among his other bands, Andy formed an experimental fusion band with Paul Wetton (no relation) called Sinister Footwear and he also recorded an album with Sir Nigel Hawthorne (star of 'Yes, Minister')!

In 1997 Andy was asked to play a local gig with Robert Plant which led to the formation of The Priory of Brion and around 100 gigs all over Europe alongside B B King, Skunk Anansie and Billy Cobham at some of the great music festivals. In 2000 Andy became an endorsee of Tama drums, Meinl cymbals and Aquarian drum heads, and he is a regular clinician, playing alongside such drumming luminaries as Simon Phillips, Steve Smith and Thomas Lang. After touring with Thomas Lang on his UK clinic tour, Andy set up his own drum school in Cradley Heath, West Midlands .

He can be seen playing at Drumfest 2005 on 31 st July and 7 th August, as well as on a week-long UK tour with Kenny Aronoff (drummer with The Rolling Stones, Elton John, The Smashing Pumpkins, Alanis Morissette, Jon Bon Jovi, Bob Dylan and Avril Lavigne ) in early August.

In February 2005 Andy was invited by Tama to undertake a clinic tour to promote their new Superstar kit. From this, Tama designed a signature kit for Andy which he will be playing at live dates with IQ later this year in England and mainland Europe .

Andy's first appearance with IQ will be at the Robin 2 in Bilston on 17th September so please come along and support this exciting new phase of the band's career. We'll carry out an interview with Andy soon (on IQ's official website) but in the meantime, visit his website at: www.andyedwardsmusic.com"


April 7, 2005
PFM at the Spectrum
Legendary italian progressive group Premiata Forniera Marconi, is coming at the Spectrum on July 12, 2005. The group, still amazing and spectacular after their illustrious 33 year career, will be playing their classics and we understand things are in the works for a special appearance onstage by a well-known Montreal musician. Expect a formidable show full of surprises! The show beging at 8:00 P.M. and tickets are $34.34 + tx available at Ticketpro.ca.


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