Category Archives: Canadian Shield

Coney Hatch – Coney Hatch

Coney Hatch – Coney Hatch

Back in the 70”s we had our share of great Hard Rocking outfits producing solid riffs for the fans with the taste for something concrete. There was no shortage of Rush, Triumph and BTO. With the 80’s ushering in the new sounds of New Wave and Pop, was there still room for a Hard Rock band?

In 1981, a young band from Toronto seems to grab us by the neck and shake us, telling us the is the new Hard Rock scene. Coney Hatch was fresh and brought for the ferocity  of an April Wine meets Foreigner. Coney Hatch hit the clubs scene pretty hard and it paid off with packed houses all over the place. The crowd would come out to either see Carl Dixon with his great rocking voice that appealed to both guys and girls. Then you had Andy Curran who knew how to keep the party going, especially with the fast drinking song, Monkey Bars and the song that would get the crowd in the mood, Stand Up.

Carl Dixon would keep the crowd satisfied with such hits like, Hey Operator and Devil’s Deck. These would be the days when Toronto had a steady diet of those songs. They seemed to fit radio very well. When you have a team like the fantastic talent of Kim Mitchell producing your album, and Ray Daniels managing your career, you are in great hands.

I recall seeing them at places like Rock and Roll Heaven, and Entex and the places were always packed. This was where Toronto went to party. These guys kept the torch blazing with sharp hard licks, classic rock attitudes and the notion to keep the party going for as long as possible.

Also, you could not look away from their album cover. It was unique, very detailed for a Hard Rock Cover but had a bizarre way of welcoming you into this world of Coney Hatch. This was Toronto’s band and we loved the time they spent with us. This album went on to grab a Gold Record and cement the world of Rocking Hard in the 80’s!

Here are some images of Coney Hatch:

Neil Young – Harvest

Neil Young – Harvest

With over 50 albums to his credit, it is really difficult to just choose one great Neil Young album. So instead of debating this endless topic with everyone, I am sure you will see other Neil Young postings in the Canadian Shield. Harvest is Neil’s fourth solo album, coming off the heels of another mega… Continue Reading

Spoons – Arias and Symphonies

Spoons – Arias and Symphonies

The year is 1982 and Toronto was in a swirl of young electronic pop bands that were jostling for attention to get into the bigger spotlight. I recall bands like Images in Vogue, Blue Peter, The Parachute Club, Martha and the Muffins, Platinum Blonde, and Rough Trade. They were all out to seize the new… Continue Reading

The Tea Party – Transmission

The Tea Party – Transmission

Back in 1991, a self titled album was making some noise on the airwaves and a song called, “Save Me”, began to grab the attention of Toronto. I was lucky enough to grab a tape of it, because this recording is a pretty rare find. A year later, the debut album came out called, “Splendor… Continue Reading

Voivod – War and Pain-1984

Voivod – War and Pain-1984

Here is a quick history lesson on Heavy Metal. 1980 saw the explosion of Heavy Metal and it was coming from the Uk. This period was called the New Wave of British Heavy Metal. Bands like Judas Priest, Iron Maiden and Motorhead engrained themselves in the North American Psyche as well as taking over the… Continue Reading

Blue Rodeo – Outskirts

Blue Rodeo – Outskirts

This little write up could have been about any Blue Rodeo record in their discography. The reason I chose this one was the fact that this was the first of many great recordings they would accomplish over their career. These boys are still going strong after 33 years since this record. Canada has a rich… Continue Reading

Klaatu – 3:47 EST

Klaatu – 3:47 EST

1976 – The Canadian Beatles Back in 1976 a colourful album was released which would soon spark conspiracy theories in the musical world. The world began to hear a beautifully embellished pop tune that would embrace alien life forms if they came to earth. This warm and heartfelt tune was called, “Calling Occupants on Interplanetary… Continue Reading

Nash The Slash – Decomposing

Nash The Slash – Decomposing

Decomposing was released in 1981 and was an EP released by Nash The Slash. Nash was known for wrapping himself in bandages and performing live, looking like the Invisible Man. Very few people had the privilege of knowing Nash without the bandages, but most fans were happy not to peek behind the Wizards curtain. His… Continue Reading