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Proudly Canadian: Full Tilt Boogie Band

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Full Tilt Boogie Band was a Canadian rock band originally headed by guitarist John Till and then by Janis Joplin until her death in 1970. The band was composed of Till, pianist Richard Bell, bassist Brad Campbell, drummer Clark Pierson, and organist Ken Pearson.

In its original late 1960s incarnation, the Full Tillt Boogie Band (the two "Ls" being a play on the spelling of Till's last name), Till fronted the group as a side project from his usual gigs as a New York City studio musician. Like Till, the other members of Full Tillt were Canadians, mostly hailing from Stratford and Woodstock, Ontario, Canada.

When Joplin's management convinced her to discard Big Brother and the Holding Company as her backing band, her record label put together a new group of musicians for her. This group, dubbed the Kozmic Blues Band, consisted of Till and several other Full Tillt Boogie Band members — all studio musicians whom her label was familiar with and felt were reliable — plus a horn section. Joplin was not happy touring with some of the group members, however, feeling them to be too "square", and the disappointing reviews of their 1969 album I Got Dem Ol' Kozmic Blues Again Mama! led her to scrap everyone in the group except Till.

Proudly Canadian: Teenage Head

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Teenage Head is a Canadian rock group from Hamilton, Ontario[1]and was a popular Canadian punk rock band during the early 1980s.
The group was formed in Hamilton by Frankie Venom (Frank Kerr), Gord Lewis, Steve Mahon and Nick Stipanitz. Stipanitz has since been replaced by Jack Pedler, and Venom died of cancer on October 15, 2008.

Teenage Head was formed in 1975 when the band members were students at Westdale High School in Hamilton. By May 1978, they released their first single "Picture My Face" on Epic Records, and their self-titled debut, Teenage Head, followed a year later.

The band's performance at the The Last Pogo concert on December 1, 1978 at The Horseshoe Tavern in Toronto, ended in a riot and was shut down by the police. The concert was made into a short film by Colin Brunton, The Last Pogo. In 2006, Brunton began a feature-length documentary film about the concert, including additional interviews and footage of Teenage Head. It was released on DVD in 2008 as a tribute to the late Frankie Venom.

Proudly Canadian Matthew Good Band

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Matthew Good Band was a Canadian alternative rock band formed by Matthew Good that existed from 1995 to 2002. The band consisted of Good (vocals, guitar), Dave Genn (lead guitar/keyboard), Ian Browne (drums) and Geoff Lloyd (bass) from 1995 to 1999 (replaced by Rich Priske from 1999 to 2001). The band would become one of Canada's most successful rock bands of the 1990s, being nominated for a Juno Award in 1998 for "Best New Group" and winning the award for "Group of the Year" in 2000. The band dissolved in 2002. Good has since pursued a successful solo career, while Genn joined the Canadian rock group 54-40 in 2005. Geoff Lloyd died in January 2010.

Good's early career in music involved a variety of folk demos and a stint as the lead singer of a folk band, the Rodchester Kings. Matthew Good and guitarist Simon Woodcock were discovered at an open mic at Simon Fraser University by manager Brent Christensen. Early Rodchester Kings demos were recorded at Fragrant Time Records in Burnaby by Greg Wasmuth and Steven Codling.


Proudly Canadian: Ed Preston

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Ed Preston, who was born in 1931 in Hamilton, had a very stable, long-lasting tenure in the early, developing days of Canadian music of the ’50s and ‘60s and through the ‘70s.

His first vocal group, The Count Four (Johnny MacDonald, piano; Roy Bueley, sax and clarinet, Johnny Bell, bass and Ed Preston, drums), was formed in 1951 at the urgency of legendary Canadian music promoter Harold Kudlets, himself the subject of one of my previous profiles.

Ed Preston with John DenverEd Preston with John Denver“There was a high demand for local groups during this time because bars started opening to entertainment -- The Flamingo, Jockey Club, Duffy’s, Fisher’s Hotel and The Golden Rail,” Preston explains. “We first performed at the Congo Room of the Stafford Hotel, Main and Charles Street in Hamilton, guided by Harold Kudlets. When I arrived home from my honeymoon in July 1952, a note was left on our front door telling me we (The Count Four), were booked again there for the next two weeks. We were held over for six -- what a way to start a marriage. Fortunately, it lasted 61 years.”

Proudly Canadian: I Mother Earth (IME)

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I Mother Earth, or IME, is a Canadian alternative rock band. The band was at the peak of its popularity in the mid-to-late 1990s. On January 24, 2012, the band ended an eight-year hiatus with an announcement on their official website.

The brother duo of drummer Christian and guitarist Jagori Tanna met vocalist Edwin at their shared rehearsal space in 1990. Edwin asked the brothers to form a band with him, and the three came together in 1991, taking on Franz Masini as a bass player. The band came up with the name IME, as in "I Am Me", but later decided the letters should stand for something. Jag Tanna ad-libbed the name I Mother Earth and has always insisted it has no special meaning. The band, represented by a professionally-recorded five-song demo, played a mere thirteen shows over the next year. These were noted for their jam sessions, poetry readings, and murals painted in the background during the songs. At the end of the year, the band was in the middle of a bidding war between labels. IME ended up being signed to EMI in Canada, and Capitol for the U.S. and internationally.

Proudly Canadian Terry Bush

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Terry Bush started his career as a professional musician back in 1964. “I was part of a group called Robbie Lane and the Disciples,” says Bush, who’s now in his 70s and divides his time between teaching guitar to children in Ajax, Ont., and managing the estate of his father, famed Canadian painter Jack Bush.

“While I was attending Ryerson, I joined up with other musicians and we used to hang out at the original ‘Blue Note’ on Yonge Street. We used to go and listen to the bands that played there. The house band was called ‘The Silhouettes’ with Doug Riley on organ. I loved the band and asked if I could try out. I did, I was hired and that’s how I met my friend, Doug Riley. Later, Robbie Lane approached me about joining his band, which at the time was backing Ronnie Hawkins. (after the Band left) I jumped at the chance because I always wanted to play with “THE HAWK”. We played with “THE HAWK” until June of 1965. By 1966 we were hired as the house band for a CTV-TV Show, called “It’s Happening”.

In 1968, mostly by chance, Bush started exploring the world of advertising, writing a jingle for Baby Ruth chocolate bars with his friend Doug Riley. Riley would go on to form Doctor Music and work with the likes of Ray Charles and  Placido Domingo.

Proudly Canadian: Our Lady Peace

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Our Lady Peace (sometimes shortened to OLP  are a Canadian alternative rock/post-grunge band that formed in Toronto, Ontario in 1992.  Headed by lead vocalist Raine Maida since its formation, the band additionally consists of Duncan Coutts on bass, and Steve Mazur as lead guitarist. Longtime drummer Jeremy Taggart left the band in 2014, and a replacement drummer has not yet been announced. The band has sold millions of albums worldwide, won four Juno Awards, and won ten MuchMusic Video Awards — the most MMVAs ever awarded to any artist or group.

Our Lady Peace has released eight studio albums, one live album, and two compilation albums to date, with their 1997 album Clumsy often being considered their signature and most widely recognized work. They have enjoyed many hit singles, ranging from "Starseed" in 1994, to "Somewhere Out There" in 2002.

The band's earlier albums are often praised for their unique sound and style, with lead singer Maida being called "erratic" and "truly unrivaled" as a vocalist. Their fifth album, Gravity (2002), is sometimes noted to have been a "radical departure"  from this distinctive style. Lead singer Maida has confirmed the difference, calling Gravity "vastly different" from their previous records.  The coincidental 2002 departures of both co-founding member Mike Turner and longtime-producer Arnold Lanni, in combination with influence from then-new producer Bob Rock are sometimes credited as main factors in the style evolution.

Proudly Canadian: Sloan

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Sloan is a Canadian, Toronto-based rock/power pop quartet, from Halifax, Nova Scotia. Throughout their 20+ year tenure, Sloan has released 11LPs, two EPs, a live album, a Greatest hits album and more than thirtysingles. The band has received nine Juno Award nominations, winning one. The band is known for their sharing of songwriting from each member of the group and their unaltered line-up throughout their career.

Sloan was formed in 1991 when Chris Murphy and Andrew Scott met at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (NSCAD) in Halifax; Patrick Pentland and Jay Ferguson joined soon after. According to Sloan's official website, the band is named after the nickname of their friend, Jason Larsen. Larsen was originally called Slow One by his French-speaking boss which, with the French accent, sounded more like "Sloan". The original agreement was that they could name the band after Larsen as long as he was on the cover of their first album. As a result, it is Larsen who appears on the cover of the Peppermint EP, which was released on the band's own label, Murderecords.

Later in 1992, Sloan released their full-length album Smeared on Geffen Records. In 1994 Geffen did not promote their second album, Twice Removed, due to artistic disputes, although it sold well in Canada. Spin named it one of the "Best Albums You Didn't Hear" in 1994. A 1996 reader poll by Canadian music magazine Chart! ranked it as the best Canadian album of all time, only two years after its release. The same poll in 2000 ranked the album third, behind Joni Mitchell's Blue and Neil Young's Harvest. However, the 2005 poll once again ranked the album first.

Proudly Canadian: Lisa Brokop

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It’s not often – in fact, some might say very rare – for an artist to have an enduring musical career.  In a day and age when most artists barely flicker for a moment before fading out of the spotlight, Lisa Brokop is set to celebrate 20 remarkable years of singing, songwriting and performing.

What’s the secret to her success?  “I love what I do,” says Brokop.  “Every note I sing, whether in the studio or from the stage, is true.  It hasn’t always been an easy road. There have been many curves, bumps and detours.  But really, it is the love of the music that motivates each step I take in the business. It keeps me moving forward.  And I think fans feel and appreciate that love.”  Lisa’s love affair with performing began in suburban Vancouver, British Columbia. As a baby, it was clear to her parents that she was special - She was singing before she could talk! By the age of 7, she was on stage with her musical mother and brother, performing everything from polkas to Kenny Rogers' classics. 
By age 12, she was sitting in with other Vancouver bands, and went professional at age 15 when she joined a touring band. A year later she began a solo career and released "Daddy Sing To Me", the first of a string of successful singles from her independent debut album My Love.

Proudly Canadian: Alanis Morissette

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Alanis Nadine Morissette is a Canadian-American alternative rock singer-songwriter, guitarist, record producer, and actress. She has won 16 Juno Awards and seven Grammy Awards, was nominated for two Golden Globe Awards. Morissette began her career in Canada, and as a teenager recorded two dance-pop albums, Alanis and Now Is the Time, under MCA Records Canada. Her first international album was the rock-influenced Jagged Little Pill, released in 1995. Jagged has sold more than 33 million units globally. Her following album, Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie, was released in 1998. Morissette took up producing duties for her subsequent albums, which include Under Rug Swept, So-Called Chaos and Flavors of Entanglement. Her eighth studio album, Havoc and Bright Lights, was released on August 28, 2012. Morissette has sold more than 60 million albums worldwide. Morissette is also known for her powerful and emotive mezzo-soprano voice. She has been dubbed by Rolling Stone Magazine as the "Queen of alt-rock angst".

Morissette was born June 1, 1974, in Ottawa, Ontario, to teacher Georgia Mary Ann (née Feuerstein) and high-school principal Alan Richard Morissette. She has two siblings, a big brother Chad and a twin brother (12 minutes younger) and fellow musician Wade Morissette. Her father was of French and Irish descent and her mother had Hungarian ancestry. Morissette had a Catholic upbringing.  She attended Holy Family Catholic School for elementary school and Immaculata High School for Grades 7 and 8  before completing the rest of her high school at Glebe Collegiate Institute (Ottawa, Canada). She appeared on the children's television show You Can't Do That on Television for five episodes when she was in elementary school.

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