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Ray Whaling 2014 CD Release

March 18, 2014

Artist: Ray Whaling
Home: Chatham Kent Ontario Canada
Release: Honeybee Sessions
Year: 2014
Genre: Blues/Rock

Performers:
Ray Whaling – Vocals, guitars, harmonicas, percussion, keys
Andy Martin – Bass
Joel Laprise – Drums
Mark Tremblay – Keys
Jennifer Brace – Backing vocals
Kassya Kevany – Backing vocals

Notes: With over 25 years experience, there aren’t many songs Ray Whaling can’t play. No gimmicks, no cheat sheets, no music stands. If you’re looking for a one man jukebox for your next party or special event then Ray Whaling is your man. With an extensive repertoire of originals and an endless list of cover songs Ray will take your party up a notch.

Tracks:
01. Candy Rocker, 02. Strawberry Alice, 03. Little Angel, 04. Rock n Roll Station, 05. Rust, 06. Stardust, 07. Garden of Sun, 08. Summer Girl, 09. The Game, 10. Give Ya Something

Ray Whaling Discography
1994 – The Whaling Band – 3 Pieces
1999 – Ray Whaling – Party Train
2005 – That Whaling Band – Grateful
2008 – That Whaling Band – Live – Jacks Gallery
2014 – Ray Whaling – Honeybee Sessions

Links:
Download or preview this release on ITUNES here.
Ray Whaling online here.

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Van Loz 2013

January 6, 2014

Band: Van Loz
Home: Blenheim
Year: 2013
Formed: 2012 (Summer)
Genre: Rock/Folk (Acoustic)

Members:
Josh Hinch – Bass/Twelve String Guitar/Lead Vocals
Eric Dedrick - Percussion/Folk Strings/Backing Vocals
Kyle Dewdeny – Guitar/Baking Vocals

Internet song releases
01. Piece
02. Tonight (Feeling Kinda Bitter)
03. Life as We Know It.

Links:
* Facebook. www.facebook.com/Vanlozofficial
* Reverbnation.

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Bold Equation 2012

January 5, 2014

Artist: Bold Equation (AKA Chris Spafford)
Release: Momentum
Year: 2012
Genre: Dubstep
Home Town: Chatham Ontario

Note: Free download of this CD while available. click here.

Tracks:
01. Outside World (Intro)
02. Murderer
03. The Abyss
04. Headknocker VIP
05. Mind’s Eye
06. Bone Crushin
07. Impact
08. Set It Off
09. Ahhh Shit!
10. Massacre
11. You Want It
12. Give’m Guns Interlude
13. Empty The Clip
14. Wrath of Math
15. Momentum
16. Final Equation

Links:
* Bold Equation.
* Soundcloud.
* Facebook.
* Twitter.

 

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Blutonium Band Chatham 2014

January 5, 2014
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Scott, Jeff, Rick & Bob.

Band: Blutonium
Home: Chatham-Kent Ontario
Genre: Rhythm & Blues Covers
Year: 2014
Formed: 2009

Members
Scott Campbell – Vocals
Bob Wilson – Bass
Rick Chrysler – Drums
Jeff Mifflin – Guitar

Notes:
* Scott Campbell took over lead vocal duties in 2013 with the departure of Phil Caron.
* Blutonium is the most viewed band at the Chatham Music Archive website.
* The band plays locally (Jazzbah, Big Shots etc.) and often in Sarnia and Windsor at the Cosmos Lounge at the Casino.

Brief Members Band History:
* Bob Wilson has played bass for major acts such as Kim Mitchell, Troiano, & Black Market. He has played in popular local acts such as Tom Lockwood, Quadrant, Badge, & Friends.
* Scott Campbell – Beggers Operah, & Blueswraith, among others.
* Rick Chrysler – Hat Trick, Blues On The Rocks, Big House, The Why Nots, Stephanie McIlroy, True Blue Hoodoo, The New Love Family Band, Nexus, Quadrant , Rosco, Fifth Night, Red Herring, Chickoree, Rebel, Airtight, Route 66, Manpower, & Highwaze.
* Jeff Mifflin – Stephanie McIlroy, A Step Further Into The Blues, & O’Hara Brothers Band. He also is a recording engineer on his own time and has done several recordings for many bands & projects.

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Hoogie On The Road 2014

January 5, 2014

Name: Jeramy Donais (HooGie)
From: Tilbury Ontario
Resides: Chatham
Year: 2014

Note: Jeremy just happens to live across the street from me & is a good neighbour who cuts his own grass & takes the time to have a beer with us common folk when he is not out doing arena tours.lol

Currently:
*Guitar & Bass Tech for Lamb of God.
*Artist Relation and Outside Sales at WBGear.
* Also Tech for major acts on one off shows while he is between tours. (April Wine, Hedley etc.)

Recent Tours:
Australia, Thailand, South Africa, England, Scotland, Belgium, Switzerland, Italy, Austria, & tour across the U.S.A. & Canada.

History
The Airbrone Toxic Event – Stage Manager / Backline Tech.2013.
April Wine – Guitars & Bass tech. 2013.
Hatebreed - Guitars and Bass tech. 2012.
Gob – Stage Manager & Backline Tech.2012.
Staind – Johnny April’s bass tech. 2011.
Finger 11 - Stage Manager, Guitar & Bass Tech. 2011.
Black Stone Cherry – Stage Manager / Guitar & Bass Tech. 2011.
Justin Nozuka - Tour Manager / Backline Tech. 2011.
Filter – Stage Manager / Guitar & Bass Tech. 2009.
Shinedown - Guitars & Bass Tech. 2009.
Breaking Benjamin – Stage Manager / Guitars & Bass Tech. 2008.
Staind - Mike Mushok’s Guitar Tech. 2007.
Trapt - Guitar & Bass Tech. 2006.
Theory Of A Deadman - Stage Manager / Guitars & Bass Tech. 2006.
Sam Roberts Band – Stage Manager / Backline tech. 2004.
Treble Charger – Stage Manager / Backline Tech. November 2000 – September 2003
Simple Plan – Stage Manager / Guitar & Bass Tech. 2003.
Sum 41 - Stage Manager / Guitar & Bass Tech. 2001.
Noise Therapy – Stage Manager / Backline Tech. 1998 – 1999.
Gob – Stage Manager & Backline Tech. September 1998 – December 1999.
Jar. Aka Flybanger. Guitar & Bass Tech. 1997 – 1999

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 Links:
* WB Gear.

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Robin Banks 2013

December 26, 2013

 

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Artist: Robin Banks
Genre: Blues, Jazz
From: Chatham Ontario Canada
Resides: Toronto On Canada

Notes:
Clearly comfortable with Jazz, Classic R&B and Soul, even Reggae, she’s also known for her authentic electric Blues style. She has 4 independently released CDs to her credit and makes regular tours to Europe and the Caribbean, but recently made Toronto Canada her home. A master of tone and phrasing, ROBIN BANK$ has a vocal style, strength and clarity that has been compared to Etta James and Dinah Washington. She recently performed at Massey Hall in Toronto as part of the celebrated annual Women’s Blues Revue event.

A new Robin Banks Cd is in the works as we speak.

Discography
1997 – Permanent Record
2001 – Honestly
2002 – Live After Dark
2009 – Livin’ life (Christian Dozzler & Robin Banks)

Links:
* Reverbnation.
* CDBaby.
* Facebook.
* Youtube.

If you have info on local bands, visit our contact page.
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Allyson Morris 2013 Release

November 19, 2013

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Artist: Allyson Morris
Release: I Saw the Light
Year: 2013
Genre: Jazz
From: Chatham-Kent.
Resides: Toronto area.

Notes:
A statuesque blonde with small-town charm, Allyson was raised in Chatham Ontario and now calls Toronto her home. She was somewhat of a late bloomer, which of course can be a real plus for her style of music. Her depth of feeling, her rich musical vocabulary and her life experiences – all these combine to create the confident, unique style that is Allyson Morris.

Allyson has performed with many wonderful musicians over the last few years. Some of the notable Juno award-winning artists who have discovered Allyson and performed with her include:
Pianists Bernie Senensky and Bill King; Guitarists Reg Schwager and Bill Bridges; Percussionist Art Alvalos; Drummers Ben Riley and Jorn Andersen; Saxophonists Charlie Huntley and Sean O’Connor; Trumpeter Ray Podhornik.

Links:
Website link here.
Itunes preview/download link here.

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TimeGiant A Night To Remember 2013

November 6, 2013

Band: TimeGiant
Release: A Night To Remember
Year: 2013
Formed: 2006
Home: Chatham-Kent/Other
Genre: 70’s guitar Rock

Chatham-Kent Connection: Two members are from Erieau & Blenheim, the other two are from Ottawa & Hamilton.

Notes: The album is their third release & involves producers Greig Nori (Treble Charger, Sum 41, Marianas Trench) and Jon Drew (Alexisonfire, Arkells, Matt Mays).
The band is always on the road performing all over south western Ontario. Check em out.

Members:
Tyrone Buccione – lead guitar, vocals
Charlie McKittrick – drums, backing vocals
Ryan Watson – rhythm guitars (Erieau)
Pat Wilken - bass (Erieau)

Tracks:
1. I am the fire
2. We forgot the reason
3. Been here before
4. Candy from a feather
5. Blind
6. White window
7. Hard lovin’ woman

Links:
* This album on Itunes.
* Webpage.
* Youtube.
* Twitter.

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Brooklyn Roebuck 2013

November 6, 2013

Artist: Brooklyn Roebuck
Ep Release: Storyteller
Year: 2013
Genre: Country/Pop
Home: Chatham Ontario Canada.

Tracks
1. Storyteller
2. I Don’t Need You
3. Jacked Up Pickup
4. Hold My Hand

Notes: In September 2012, Brooklyn won the cross-country search “YTV’sThe Next Star Season 5”. Auditions were held across Canada with over 4,000 hopefuls vying to become “The Next Star”. The finale was held live at Canada’s Wonderland north of Toronto, where over 3 million viewers voted and ultimately crowned Brooklyn the winner! As part of the show, she released her first single and video “The Way I See You”.

In December 2012, Brooklyn entered into her first recording agreement with Corus Entertainment/Country Music Television and distribution through Sony Music. In January 2013, she released her first single and video “LEMON & LIME”, an infectious pop track.

In March 2013, she recorded her second single, “ONE OF THESE DAYS”, at Sony/ ATV studios in Toronto with producer Rob Wells.

Links:
* Website here.
* Itunes Download/Preview link here.

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Stephanie Rhodes 2013 Run For Cover

September 15, 2013

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Vocalist: Stephanie Rhodes
Band: Run For Cover (Cover band)
Year: 2013
Home: Formerly Chatham, now Salt Spring Island, B.C.
Current: Vocalist for the dance pop rock cover band ‘Run For Cover’.

Notes:
RUN FOR COVER is a pop dance rock cover band based out of Victoria, BC. You can usually find them playing some of Victoria’s best pubs including the Bard and Banker and the Irish Times.
The band is based on great singing and feel good music that makes you dance. The RUN FOR COVER repertoire ensures something for everyone playing music from the sixties to today’s hits.
RUN FOR COVER is Stephanie Rhodes on lead vocals, Matt Johnson (of 5440) on drums, Lane Arndt on guitar/vocals and Jeff Pawson on bass. Just try not to dance. We dare you. :)

Discography:
Stephanie Rhodes – 2010 – Rhodes to Somewhere.

Links for Stephanie Rhodes :
Website.
YouTube.

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The Apex 2013

September 15, 2013

Band: The Apex
Genre: Tech Metal
Home: Windsor based
Year: 2013
Formed: 2011

Chatham-Kent Connection: Darren Marchand (Vocals) is from Tilbury & was also a member of Dismata, Pit Bullgrin, Gates of Rage & a few more local metal bands.

Note: On September 14th 2013, The Apex released a new demo online of the track ‘You’re not dead yet?’.

Members:
Darren - Vox
Steve – Guitar
Brian – Guitar
Jer – Bass
Tyson – Drums

Bio: A collaboration of friends formed to push the envelope of technical music. These experienced musicians hail from such extreme acts as Closed Casket Funeral and The Coalition Design just to name a couple. Most of the members had moved to different parts of the country to pursue different things, but after a couple years they knew something was missing. After a discussion about forming this project, they all agreed to move back to our common ground of Windsor and create something much more mature that will continue to raise the bar as time goes on.

Links:
Facebook.
Reverbnation.

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Letterbomb 2012

September 14, 2013

 

Band: Letterbomb
Release: Bombs Away
Year: 2012
Genre: Rock
Home: Chatham Ontario

Band Members:
Brennan Dube – Vocals, guitar
Cameron Dubé - Drums (only member born in Chatham)
Dylan Pendleton – Guitar, backing vox
Josh Hinch – Bass, backing vox

Notes: Although a very young band by age, they have been a group for just over 3 years now & have been working hard to play as many shows as possible. Recently they backed Brooklyn Roebuck (another Chatham-Kent performer & winner of YTV’s 2012 season of The Next Star).

Tracks:
01. Bombs Away
02. Reject
03. Shout
04. Living on a Lie
05. Radio
06. Believe
07. East of Adelaide
08. Waiting
09. Deranged
10. Home
11. Bother
12. Elsewhere
13. The Key

Websites:
Home:    http://letterbombmusic.wordpress.com/
Itunes music store:    https://itunes.apple.com/ca/album/hollywoods-not-for-me/id419391563
Facebook:    http://www.facebook.com/letterbombofficial
Youtube:    http://www.youtube.com/user/LetterbombTV
Twitter:    http://twitter.com/LetterbombLive
Reverbnation:    http://www.reverbnation.com/letterbomblive

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Studio One in Chatham 2013

September 14, 2013

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Venue: Studio One
Where: Inside the Chatham Cultural Centre.
What: available to rent for events.
Address: 75 William Street North, Chatham, Ontario.
Phone: 519-360-1998
Year: 2013

Description
The Cultural Centre houses the Chatham-Kent Museum, the Thames Art Gallery, the Kiwanis Theatre & Studio One. Studio One is a cozy room that can be rented out for a variety of events including live bands, art classes & camps, performances, poetry slams etc.

Studio One is a multi-use room in a very unique setting. With its brick walls and intimate atmosphere, Studio One is suitable for a wide range of activities including reception, meetings, performances, marketplaces, lectures, films and more. It is equipped with many amenities to make your visit with us as enjoyable as possible.

Website:  Studio One weblink.

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Rick Neufeld Music 2013

September 9, 2013

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Artist: Rick Neufeld
Band: Pink Floyd Niagra (Tribute band)
Instruments: Vocals/Electric/Acoustic Guitars/Electronic Drums 
Local connection: Lived in Wallaceburg for many years playing in bands & running a recording studio there.

Bio:
Rick was born November 21, 1958. He grew up on a quaint greenhouse farm in Leamington, Ontario where he built his first drum set out of fertilizer barrels and plastic tablecloths at the age of 13. Creedence Clearwater Revival’s “Run Through The Jungle” was the first song he played on his innovative “kit”.

Rick’s career in music has included stints in many bands. From ’74 to ’79, he was the drummer and vocalist in Fortress. Rick had the same duties in Spectrum from ’80 to ’85. In ‘86, Rick had the lead vocal responsibilities in Centryx. Shoot First was Rick’s next band, doing drums and lead vocals from ’87 to ’89. He performed both drums and lead vocals from ’90 to ’92 with The Skinny Pigs. During the period of ’92 to ’02, Rick played a solo act; and did some lead vocals and rhythm guitar with Leave It To Beaver.

Spectrum was Rick’s next stop, from ’02 to ’07, taking on acoustic guitar and vocal positions in that group. From 1985 to 2000, Rick performed on and wrote for the following albums: Dr. Gloom 1; Dr. Gloom 2; Mercy Me; Zeus and Apollo; Sky Music; Zeus and Apollo Oracles; and Laid Back Leftovers.

Throughout this time, Rick also had an independent sound and lighting company and numerous demo-recording studios. He has teamed up once again with recording college colleagues Greg Johns and Larry Swiercz (both from Spectrum), and former band mate Rob Wells, also an alumnus of Spectrum to perform with Pink Floyd Niagara as rhythm guitarist, percussionist and vocalist.

Notes:
Discography
Rick Neufeld – 1993 – Mercy Me
Zeus ‘N’ Apollo – 1997 – Sky Music

Link: http://www.pinkfloydniagara.com/

(Editors Note: Rick recorded our very first demo for Foster Child in 1991 at his garage studio in Wallaceburg. A great guy to meet & I am sure a few locals are wondering what Rick is up to since moving away. Well, he is still very involved in music. best wishes to him.)

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The Boxcars Folk Trio 2013

August 22, 2013
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Band: The Boxcars
Year: 2013
From: Chatham-Kent
Genre: 60’s folk (covers)
Formed: Circa 2010

Members:
Brenda Kent – vocals
Glen Burk - acoustic guitar & harmonica
Noel Marentette – vocals & songwriter.

Notes: The Boxcars are Chatham-Kent’s newest Folk Trio

Website: http://www.noelmarentette.com/

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South Paw 2012 Shine On

August 4, 2013

Artist: South Paw
Release: Shine On
Released: 2012 (Nov 23)
Genre: Dance
Home: Chatham
CD download on itunes:  here.

Notes: Released his first CD (S/T) in 2008. This current release is a compilation of recordings from the past few years.

Tracks:
01. Dance Out Loud
02. Smile @ U
03. Write My Way
04. Lean On Me
05. Canadian Way
06. Shine On
07. One of a Kind
08. Whole World Needs Love
09.More Than a Girlfriend
10.Keep Your Eyes On the Sparrow

Watch the video preview here.

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Pub Crawlers – 2013 – Chatham Ontario

August 4, 2013

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Band: Pub Crawlers
Year: 2013
Home: Chatham Kent

Notes:
PUB CRAWLERS BAND 2011– CHATHAM-KENT – This band is one that is extremely active and kept busy all of the time. They play on a monthly basis at the Chatham Retirement Resort, but also at various Nursing Homes and Retirement Homes in the Chatham-Kent area, as well as at the hospital. Entertainment is their middle name. The following members are actively involved in the Pub Crawlers Band – Pat Day, Dorothy Dhaen Jim Eberle, Wayne Edwards, Junior Lucier, Joe Sheppherd,John Tew, Hugh Thomas, Dave Tricker, Cheryl Trinca, Sandra VanRaay, Ron Wade, Gerry Wagter, Bill Weaver, and the leader of the Band – Chris Masterson.

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Email your info & pics to: chatham_music_archive@hotmail.com

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Hundred Proof EP Sampler 2011

August 3, 2013

Band: Hundred Proof
Release: 3 Song EP Sampler
Released: 2011
Formed: March 2008
Style: Hardcore
Home: Chatham Kent Ontario Canada

Tracks: 1. Breaking Point, 2. Runnin’, 3. Two Faced.

Band Members:
Adam LeDrew – Vox
Troy Fraser – Guitar
Lee Resistant – Bass (Fletcher, the Rucks)
Alex Hill – drums (davis block)

Free download link: http://hundredproof.bandcamp.com/

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Jerseys Sports Bar Chatham

July 30, 2013
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Venue: Jerseys Sports Bar.
Year: 2007
City: Chatham Ontario
Opened: circa 2006.
Closed: January 2010.
Address: 125 Keil Drive South Chatham

Note: During its run, it was one of the top two choices for live music (mainly cover bands) in Chatham. It was also popular for being decked out with out door volleyball courts.

* The venue would later re-open under the name of “The Players Club” for a short while until it eventually closed. The world & local economy took a dive from 2008-2012.

* Before becoming Jerseys, it was was named Chappies.

The final party night musical entertainment was by local duo ‘Toast and Jam’ (Jan. 2010)

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Email your pics & info to:  chatham_music_archive@hotmail.com
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The Relation

September 24, 2012

Band: Relation (The)
Year: 1979
Home: Wallaceburg
Circa: 1978 – 1983 (Picture taken 1979)
Style: Country; 50’s 60’s, and Rock

Members: (From left to Right)
Rob Segaert – Drums & Vocals
George Segaert – Lead Guitar & Vocals
Aggie Murphy – Rhythm Guitar & Keyboard
Jack Murphy – Bass Guitar

Notes: Brothers, George and Rob Segaert teamed up with aunt & uncle, Aggie Murphy and Jack Murphy, to form the band in late 1978. The group was well versed in all kinds of music and quite popular at local pubs as well as weddings and parties.

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2nd Nature

September 22, 2012

Band: 2nd Nature
Home: Wallaceburg
Circa: 1963 – 1978 (Picture taken 1967)
Style: Country; Pop; Polka

Members: (From left to Right)
George Segaert – Lead Guitar and Vocals
Armand Schepens – Cordovox
Rene Schepens – Saxophone
Gene Schepens – Drums

Notes: Armand Schepens formed the band in the late 50’s under the name “Moonlighters”. The band at that time consisted of Armand Schepens, Rene Schepens, John Kazook (drummer) and Jack Murphy (Rhythm Guitar). George Segaert and Gene Schepens joined the group in 1963 when the band became “2nd Nature”.

Prior to 1963, George Segaert played with a group called “The Mondells” of which was formed with high school buddies, Steve VanMeenen on rhythm guitar, Dave Carroll on bass and Cliff Roy on drums, playing at high school dances, special events, etc.
2nd Nature played at local venues, such as The Chec Hall in Dresden, CBD Club Wallaceburg; Kent Belgium Dutch Club in Chatham; Moose Hall Blenheim. This was the era of live music and the band played for numerous Weddings and parties. The band played up until 1978 when George Segaert joined up with brother Rob to form the band “The Relation”.

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Things to do in Chatham Ontario Canada

September 18, 2012

  If you’re a go getter, you will find there is a million things to do in this little wee town of ours. So here it is, The most complete list ever made so far. The purpose is to help friends find things to do that they may not even be aware of.

Things to do in Chatham -Kent

Random Things to do:
* Go see a movie in the brand new state of the art theatre. Galaxy Cinema.
* Catch a Chatham Maroons Game Live (Jr. B Hockey) Website.
* Dresden Raceway. 100 slot machines, horse-racing etc.
* Take someone to go play bingo.
* Visit Spanky’s Adult Entertainment. 182 King St W.

Summer Events.
WAMBO (Wallaceburg Antique Motor & Boat Outing)
Rib Fest (annual summer event with entertainment for everyone).
* Retro Fest (Our community is known as the Classic Car Capital.
* Blenheim Cherry Fest – Live entertainment, rides, performers etc.
* The Caribbean-Canadian festival.
* Thamesville Threshing Festival.
* Pain Court Annual Truck & Tractor Pull.
* Tilbury Puddle Jump Event. Mud Bog, live entertainment. (Usually in August).
* Mitchell’s Bay Singing Contest. On site camping.
Kinsmen Fair. June 6-9 2013.
Culture Factory. Live bands, poetry, theatre etc.
* Get invloved with the “amazing race“.

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For kids & Sometimes Adults.
Skate Board Park (Opened in 2007).
* Kingston Park & splash pad. (new) Toboggan on the huge hill in winter.
Greenview Averies. All Day fun.
Early Years Drop In Centre. Complete play area & programs. Gym with tons of stuff for kids.
* Join gymnastics classes & competitive teams. Link.
* Horse Back Riding, all ages, camps, competitive, lessons etc. @ TJ Stables.
* New Pottery Painting Studio Crock a Doodle.
* Swimming in over 10 public pools available to you. Click for list.
* Take your children Ice skating. Over 8 Arena’s to choose from.
Colasanti’s Tropical Gardens. Petting farm, mini golf, kids rides, bumper cars.
* Sign your child up for dance lessons with: All That JazzDebbie McGonigle School of Dance,  Cornell School Of Irish DanceErin’s Dance Club, or Pure Academy.
CK Youth Festival: Held annually @ Tecumseh Park.
* Library: Bring your kids to read & play & see special events.  Events schedule.
* Kids Fishing Derby – Ages 2-17.
* Also,  see music lessons listed further down. Put your kids in music.
CK Hallowe’en Fest! (Fun for Kids) Saturday, October 27, 2012.
Spooktacular: Haunted hay ride, corn maze, kids zip line, petting barn etc.
* Popular Corn Maze: cow train, mini maze etc.  Aug 31- Oct 28th.

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Youth Clubs:
Scouts CanadaCadetsGirl Guides Of Canada.

Summer Camps:
Kenesserie Camp: Christian campSt. Vincent de Paul Camp,  St. Clair College – Camps for Kids, Horse Camp @ TJ Stables,  Theme camps at the Wish Centre & YMCA & Cultural Centre, Pottery Creative Camps @ Crock A Doodle,

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Music Lessons (Guitar, voice, piano, drums, etc).
* Frank’s Music Centre: 519-352-7370
* Musical Strings ‘N’ Things Ltd: (519) 354-0111
* Tony’s One Stop Music Shoppe: (519) 351-4885
* The Chatham Concert Band Junior Program (Free)
If you can’t find a teacher for your instrument of choice, ask the people at the above stores & they will pass you on to private instructors.

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Outdoors.
Rondeau Provincial Park: 262 Camp sites, beaches, swimming, six hiking trails, bird watching, canoeing, fishing.
* July & August: Parks Blueberries. 20 minutes from Chatham, a good time picking the best berries with your kids & visit the shop & great food.
* Visit CM Wilson’s Conservation Area & Safety Village.
* Visit Wheatley Provincial Park.
Mitchell’s Bay: Swimming, beach, splash pad, camping, cabins etc.
* Erieau Beach: Park & playground, sand volleyball, BBQ grills. Swimming, rent boats & equipment for water sports.
* Indian Creek walking path. (Mud Creek) Popular jogging path with ducks, geese, cranes & creek life.
* Take a walk through Paxton’s Bush. At 18 acres, it’s the largest standing woodlot in Chatham.
Smith & Wilson Estate Wines. A beautiful Winery, that hosts outdoor concerts often. Live Blues, jazz & motown.
* Outdoor touring? Click the list of many places.
* John Waddell Off Leash Dog Park (New).
* Ghost Walks (annual).
* Spend your day at the park. Over 130 parks in Chathamm-Kent. here is the list.

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Sports.
* Brand New YMCA Building. Gym, pool, youth programs, group fitness, lessons, play zone, sports etc.
* Golfing:  Nine courses located across the municipality. List.
* Fishing: We got the best lakes in the world. Lake Erie & Lake St. Clair. Info.
* Hunting: Check it out.
* Kenpo Karate: Kung Fu fighting. Lessons offered from various groups. here & here.
* Ice skating: There are 10 arenas in Chatham. Click here for 2012-2012 skating schedule.
*  Get buddies together to play ice hockey or ball hockey, you can rent the arena. Call 519.360.1998.
* Brand new skating rink in front of the downtown mall.
Leagues: Click here to join a team or league like baseball, Hockey, Figure Skating, Lacrosse, Soccer, Tennis or Curling.
* Water Sports: Kite Surfing, Wakeboarding & Scuba Diving all available. View list.
* Racing: South Buxton Raceway – If you enjoy live car racing.
Wolfe Creek BMX: A non-profit BMX race track.
* Rugby League: Founded in 2001, Chatham has a rugby team in the Southwest Rugby Union.
Gun Club: Facilities for rifle, pistol, shotgun and archery.
Hunters Club: Est, 1964. Trap & skeet  fields, indoor &  outdoor pistol, outdoor centerfire rifle, blackpowder rifle and archery.
Dover Rod and Gun Club.
* Bowling: Links to all.
* Curling: Links to all clubs.
* Fitness Clubs: Join one of the many listed here.

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Seniors.
Sports and Hobbie Clubs: links to Antique, Classic Car, Canoe, Cycling, Racquet Squash, Badminton, Astronauts, Camera, Tennis, Conservation, Archer, Horseshoe, Dance, Fishing, Swim, Snowmobile Clubs.
* Seniors’ Programs and Resources.
* Horticultural Societ: Many to choose from.
* Lawn Bowling: Many places to join.
* Become a member of one of the many Legions in Chatham-Kent.
* Get involved with a service club. Too many to choose from.
Active Lifestyle Centre: 50+. Mon-Fri. Participate in activities to enhance  lifestyle and needs.
* Visit any of the Senior centres that offer to you.

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Theatre, Art & Culture.
The Capitol Theatre – One of the most beautiful Theatres in Canada. Catch great live shows.
Cultural Centre. Tons of shows, camps for kids, plays, comedy, programs, concerts.
* Catch a movie at The Drive In. (Tilbury). Website.
Art Space.
* Boomtown Players.
Chatham-Kent Film Group.
Ridge Players Inc.
Take a Bow Productions.
Theatre Kent.
* Wallaceburg Little Theatre.
Ursuline Theatre.
* Kiwanis Theatre.
Pure Dance Academy.
*  Thames Art Gallery.
* Rhythm of the Night Dance Studio.
* Chatham-Kent Museums (many).
* Dinner & dance events at the Filipino Club.
* Performances by the Portuguese dance ensemble
* Chinese New Year Celebrations.
* Visit the Black Historical Society ,The Heritage Room.
* Get connected with our Cultural Communities & clubs. List of them.
Pride-CK (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgendered, Transsexual etc.) hosts several events.
* Oktoberfest! (Rotary Club) First ever @ the new Bradley Convention Centre Oct 6th 2012.

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Other Bars & Venues with live music.
Encore – Live bands every weekend. Special Events.
Big Shots – Live music often.
Elephant’s Nest – Every weekend. Tuesdays Open Mic Night.
Jazzbah – bands most weekends. Karaoke Nights Thurdays.
* St. Philippes Music Hall in Grande Pointe. Country Jamborees – last Sunday of every month.
* Central Tavern in Pain Court. Live bands every weekend.
* William Street Cafe – odd live show, poetry slams etc.
Frendz Tapas & Martini Lounge – sometimes live music. (Beside the Capitol Theatre).
River Rock – Ocassionally hosts live music.
Rossini’s Restaurant – Classical guitar etc. sometimes.
Royal Tavern – live music time to time.
* Churrascaria Steak House – 525 Grand Ave E, Chatham. The odd acoustic performance.
* Coffee Culture (Down town) – Acoustic patio performances during the summer.
* Band Shell – Tecumseh Park: Chatham Concert Band: Live every Wednesday, all summer, outdoors.

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If that is not enough, you have a zillion choices of things to do that are within an one hour drive time. Here is a small sample of idea’s for you.
* Detroit U.S.A. – Major concerts, Zoo, major league sports teams, shopping etc.
* (Dresden) Uncle Tom’s Cabin.
* (London) Children’s Museum.
* (London) Story Book Gardens.
* (London) Ski @ Boler Mountain.
* (London) Western Fair. Events, rides, concerts etc.
* (London) John Labatt Centre. Major concerts, sports etc.
* (Sarnia) Blue Water Fun Park: Water slides etc.
* (Windsor) Casino.
* (Windsor) WFCU Centre. Major concerts, sports, theatre etc.
* (Windsor) Devonshire Mall. Shopping.

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Dining.
Overview of many spots. Link here.
Famous Sunday Brunch @ Club Lentina’s.  Open Every Sunday 10 am until 2 pm.

Events listings:
Chatham Music Archive (musical performances)
* CK Tickets.
Chatham-Kent Events Calendar.
* Chatham Events (Canada’s Rock Station)
Music Event listings (by Strings & Things)
Chatham Concert Band.
Arts & Culture.
Smith & Wilson Estate Wines.
Encore Bar (Chatham)
Mary Webb Centre.
Leamington Events.

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Just Country Boys

September 5, 2012

Band: “Just Country Boys”
Home: Chatham-Kent
Year: 2012
Formed: 2008
Style: Country & 50s, 60’s

Members:
Larry Flynn – Rhythm & Vocals
Allan Flynn – Bass & Vocals
George Segaert – Lead Guiitar
Jim Deyo – Steel Guitar
Carl - Drums (2008 – 2010)
Len Lucier - Drums (2010)

Notes: Larry Flynn and son Allan Flynn contacted old friends George Segaert and Jim Deyo to join the group in late 2008. They started playing at parties and a few bars and decided to try a Sunday Jamboree at the Moose Hall in Wallaceburg. It was quite successful and the group today still enjoys playing a Jamboree at Branch 628 Legion in Chatham. Regulars such as Vic & Betty Tetreault, Mike & Melanie Shepley, Richard Tetreault and Ivan Firlotte can be enjoyed as well as many other local talents.

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Roland Lozon 2012 CD

July 17, 2012

Artist: Roland Lozon
CD: Move that Mountain
Released: 2012
Genre : Country/ Instrumental Varieties
Home: Chatham-Kent

Available in Chatham at:
Frank’s Music Centre
Musical Strings & Things
Tony’s One Stop Music Shoppe

Notes: This CD contains twelve originals.  Although the root of the music is finger style country guitar playing,  Rolands  talents can be heard with his use of fiddle, 5-string banjo, mandolin, & a track with hammer dulcimer.
At age 72, Roland carries on his passion for music & knowledge. I have met him a few times through work on the archive for his previous works in bands, most notably the Jubilaires. Without getting too much into how nice this guy is in person, let’s just say his sharing of musical knowledge & human kindness was extremely impressive, often only found in small towns like ours.

Tracks:
1. Move That Mountain, 2. Camptown Races/Wheels, 3. Alone On Your Star, 4. Remington Ride, 5. Seahorse Bounce, 6. Bello Carosello, 7. Gail’s Theme, 8. Wind That Clock, 9. Mont Royal Swing, 10. Bewildered Butterfly, 11. Up & Down, 12. Scottish Sky, 13. Shortbread Special, 14. Une Femme (Going Home), 15. Are You Teasing Me?, 16. Home Sweet Home, 17. Look Up, 18. Orange Blossom Special.

History:
Jubilaires (1956-1961)
Myers Bros & the Jubilaires (1961-1979)
Weekly radio show on CFCO (8 Years)
Warm up band for Opry shows such as Marty Robbins & the Hank Snow show.
Played for such stars as Ronnie Robbins, Minnie Pearl, Don Gibson, Charlie Walker, Wilf Carter, Skeeter Davis, Jan Howard, & more.
Later bands included Jubilaires II, Front Page News, Vic & the Conchords, Country Drifters.
Current bands include the Dover Red Necks & the Foggy Mountain Boys.

Additional Musicians:
Ron Jubenville – Bass (Track 16)
Eric Trachy – Cello (Track 14)

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Demo Kid Volume 5 CD Free Download

April 30, 2012

 

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Artist:
Demo Kid
Release: Home Demo Recordings Volume 5
Year: 2012
Home: Chatham Ontario
Demo Kid is: Shawn B. (Home recording enthusiast)
Discography: photo of all releases.

Note: All music performed, written, recorded by Shawn B. except where noted. See above inlay for complete credits.
Recorded @ home using an Imac & Logic Pro.

Free download below. (Right click  on each song & choose ‘save as’.)
Tracks:
01 I’ll Make Mistakes
02 Will You Forgive Me In The End?
03 Pieces
04 Don’t Stop The Party
05 123
06 With Someone Else Now
07 Beautiful Day
08 Camp Fire Songs
09 Kiss Your Halo Good-Bye
10 Occupy Religion
11 Tell You Twice
12 Sick With Me
13 I Don’t Wanna Grow Up

Previous Bands: Foster Child (2 CDs),  The MadThe Janet Theory (4 CDs), Dead Girls Union (1 CD) & Infinite Arms.
Links:
Demo Kid videos on You tube: http://www.youtube.com/user/shawnbeaulieu

CD Video preview

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Chatham Police Boys 1958

April 4, 2012

Group: Chatham Police Boy’s Band
Year: 1958 (photo)
Home: Chatham Ontario Canada
Formed: 1945 by Chief Constable C. E. Bagnall
Original Band Master: S. G. Chamberlain
Band Master (Last ten years): Edward J. Carney
Current members: 86

More info provided in the above photos.
Thanks to Mr. B. French for the submission.

Send your pics & info to the Chatham Music Archive
Email us:
chatham_music_archive@hotmail.com

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The Janet Theory Reunion 2011

March 25, 2012

Band: The Janet Theory
Year: 2011
What: Reunion show
Genre: Rock/Punk
Home: Chatham Ontario

Note: Complete details (article) in pictures above.
Current projects:  Members have went on to form other bands such as Dead Girls Union, Sound of Static, Face4Radio, Demo Kid, Nikki Nine Doors, & Infinite Arms. (As of 2012)

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CFCO Radio 2012

March 25, 2012

Radio Station: CFCO 92.9FM & 630 AM
Home: Chatham – Kent Ontario
Year: 2012
First Aired: 1926 (AM Station)
Format: Country Music
Website: http://country929.com/

Location: 117 Keil Drive South, Chatham, ON, N7M 3H3
Phone: 519-354-2200

Notes: Country 92.9 & AM 630
On March 3, 2008 at 9AM, after sixteen years as an oldies station, “Classic Gold 630” came to an end with the song “The Beat Goes On” by Sonny and Cher, after which CFCO signed on the new country format with “Play Something Country” by Brooks & Dunn. Opening the station was thirty two year CFCO vet George Brooks. This is the first time Chatham-Kent has had its own country music station, although now-sister station CHYR in nearby Leamington was a country station for most of the 1990s and sister station CJSP, also in Leamington, debuted its own country format prior to CFCO’s change. Besides CFCO and CJSP, other country stations owned by Blackburn Radio are CHOK in Sarnia-Lambton, CJWF-FM in Windsor, and CKNX in Wingham.

In March 2011 CFCO began referring the station as “Country 92-9 FM CFCO” with no mention of 630AM.

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CKSY FM Radio in Chatham

March 25, 2012


Radio Station:
CKSY FM
Home: Chatham – Kent Ontario
Year: 2012
First Aired: July 1 1986
Format: Mainstream Adult Contemporary
Website: http://www.cksyfm.com

Personalities:
Morning Show: Robyn Brady, Chris Mcleod, Katy Uher
Weekdays 10am-2pm: Jay Poole
Weekdays 2-7pm: George Brooks
Sundays – Songs For the Heart: Walter Ploegman
Ben Cummings

Location: 117 Keil Drive South, Chatham, ON, N7M 3H3
Phone: 519-354-2200

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Zeke and the Moonshiners 1964

January 31, 2012


Band: Zeke and the Moonshiners
Genre: Comedy rock ‘n roll lounge act
Circa: 1964-1966
Home: Chatham Ontario Canada

Notes:Ole & Waide were performing in this band in their teen years. The group later morphed into the popular “Missing Links” which you can read about in full under that band name.
George and Waide left the group around 1966 when they decided to tour extensively. The Moonshiners added Grant Smith as their new drummer for about 2 years.
When starting the tour, they changed the name of the group to “The Missing Links” and entertained in Ontario for about 10 years.  At one point, the hottest recording/lounge act in Toronto.
In 1968, Waide started a popular local dance band known as “The Satin Highlight”.  This group played locally from 1969 to 1979.

(left to right) 
Fred Larsen – organ
John Larsen – bass
Ole Larsen (Eddy) – Guitar (rear-center)
Waide Holland – guitar
George Stoner – drums

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Tom Lockwood Band 2010

November 22, 2011

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Band: Tom Lockwood Band
Year: Circa 2010
Home: Chatham Ontario
Genre: Blues focused

Members:
Dan Taylor – Vocals
Tom Lockwood – Guitar
Mark Wolfe – Drums
Brent Hunter – Bass
Mark Tremblay – Keyboards

Website: http://www.tomlockwoodguitar.ca/

Note: Live performance is at the heart of Tom’s musical career. Over the years, he has played thousands of gigs at clubs, concerts, festivals and corporate events.
He has a concert series in his home town of Chatham and hosts the annual CK Guitar Summit.
Among the many highlights are two that stand out: Being among the musicians who represented Canada at the Organization of American States conference in 2000 and playing live on a nationwide broadcast on CBC’s Disc Drive on Canada Day 2005.

Songwriter/teacher/guitarist Tom Lockwood has been playing guitar for more than 40 years. Lockwood works every conceivable genre especially blues with The Tom Lockwood Band. He has been a mainstay on the south-western Ontario music scene since relocating to Chatham, Ontario from Detroit, Michigan in 1977. Lockwoods music spans a diverse spectrum and has been used in television and radio productions in 22 countries worldwide.

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Eric Welton 2011

November 13, 2011

Artist: Eric Welton
Release: Kill Them with Kindness”
Genre: Indie Rock/Folk
Year: 2011
Resides: Windsor
From: Chatham Ontario

Live band:
Eric Welton - Vox, guitar
Luke Pelotte – Drums
Josh Zalev – Bass
Erik Myskow - Guitar

Notes:
Eric grew up in Chatham, where his step Father (at the time) owned Sound Trax as well as the fleamarket inspired store below it. After high school,   Eric went to Toronto to study Media Arts. He moved to Windsor between 2002-2004.
Eric hosts the Open Stage at a local pub named “Villains” every Tuesday night, along with members of his band.
Eric is also the newest member of Square Root Of Margaret, The Chatham band just released a record in 2010 entitled “WYSiWYG”.

Tracks: 1. Kooler, 2. Kill Them with Kindness, 3. Gone, 4. the Evil in Your Violence, 5. Hazel Eyes, 6. Every Day, 7. Spherikal, 8. I Know I’m Dying,  9. LC/DC, 10. unOther.

Preview & download the CD online @
http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/ericwelton
or
http://itunes.apple.com/ca/artist/eric-welton/id477878718

More links
http://www.spurofthemoment.ca/edub.htm
http://www.myspace.com/ericwelton
http://radio3.cbc.ca/#/bands/Eric-Welton

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The Bob Jacks Band

October 23, 2011

Band: The Bob Jacks Band
Year: 1941
Genre: Big Band

Bob was born in Chatham Ontario and passed away in Wallaceburg Ontario January 2 1972 at the age of 57. Bob taught music in the schools of Wallaceburg  and his mother Mary Jacks also taught music.
Bob formed his first band while attending Chatham Collegiate High School in 1935. He quickly established a reputation for good dancable music and became house band at the Primrose Gardens in Wallacburg from 1941 to 1953.. Over the years he had more than 50 musicians and 12
vocalists.

Bob started at the Gardens working in the coat check room. In 1940 he moved to Wallaceburg to work at Schults Die in the office. The band normally had 10 – 12 members plus girl singers and was so popular that Friday nights at the Gardens was always full. They also played at the high school dances service clubs as well as many dance halls in Chatham, Rondeau Park, Sarnia and Erie Beach. The band had a reunion in 1969 and in 1995 and both were well attended. Bob was also a very good pianist

Source: http://www.londonbigbands.ca/chathamJacks.html
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Sal Piamonte 2011 CD

October 17, 2011

Band: Sal Piamonte
Release: Lives in Devil City
Year: 2011
Genre: Rock
Website: here.
Download from Itunes: here.
YouTube page: here.

Chatham Connection: Former Chatham resident now living in the Ottawa area.

Band
Sal Piamonte – Vox, guitar
Eric Disero (who also mixed and mastered the album)
Dan Stadnicki (Serial Joe, Liam Titcomb)
Mike Goyette (Artificial Joy Club, Save Ferris)
Dan Joseph

Notes: Breaking into the American market with songs “Humble Heart,” and “Moments They Pass,” from his 2008 “Rogue EP” release, Sal then proceeded to write, record, and self-produce 2010’s “Free Money LP,” which not only demonstrated Sal’s versatility as a world-class songwriter and producer, but got him signed to a worldwide publishing deal with 2850 Music (Lionel Ritchie, GroupLove, John Waite, etc) in Santa Monica, California in the process.

Tracks
01 Big Sleazy
02 Take Me Home
03 Devil Woman
04 Get Up, Get Up
05 Just a Little Bit
06 Tonight
07 Shining Star
08 Nasty Girl
09 Whatcha Say
10 High Road
11 Go All Night
12 Big Sleazy Outro
13 Take Me Home (Radio Edit)
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Go Man Go 2011

August 11, 2011


Band: Go Man Go
EP Release: Self Titled
Year: 2011
Genre: Metal
Home: Chatham Ontario
Formed: 2011
Contact: Face Book group

Members
Jordan Ginty- Guitar/Vox (Punish Them)
J-Rad Sterling- Drums/Samples/Vox (Full Frontal)
Danny Wright- Vox (S.U.D.S.)
Matt Broadbent – Bass (All Business)
Cody Woods - Guitar (newest member added after the recording)

Notes: Produced by Brady Krzemiem at BK Studios.
Go man Go started as just Sterling & Ginty jamming in the basement. They wrote 5 songs in roughly 2 months then decided to go to BK studious and record an Ep, that way it would be easier to find members. In the process of recording they brought in Danny Wright to add some Vocal tracks. At the time of print, Go Man Go is looking for a second guitarist.

Tracks:
01 Wasted Night
02 New Best Friend
03 Troubuffalo
04 Of Epic Proportions
05 My Fault
06 Not The Same

Watch the Preview below:

If above video does not appear, watch it here.
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Email us:
chatham_music_archive@hotmail.com
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REMANISIN RECORDS

July 26, 2011

Group: REMANISIN RECORDS
Genre: Hip Hop
Home: Chatham Ontario
Year: 2011

Members:
TRU-ENT, INFLUENTIAL, TY IT DOWN, NEW ERA, TNB, LAY-Z-BOY

visit them online here.
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Observatory 2011 CD

June 26, 2011

Band: Observatory
Release: Secrets of Memory Man
Genre: Alternative Indie Rock
Year: 2011
Email Contact: matt@itacomputer.com
Free CDdownload  (while it lasts): Download CD.

Members: Not listed

Tracks:
01 Silver Veins
02 Mr Grey
03 Astral Grenades
04 Clayton
05 A Windmill Made of Iron
06 Curious Flyer
07 It’s Textbook
08 Downer’s Grove
09 Cobra Commander
10 Sams hotel
11 Love and Money
12 Last Shine
13 Happy Exo Skeleton Days

Watch the Video CD preview below.

If video does not appear, watch it here.

Email us your pics & info to:
chatham_music_archive@hotmail.com

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Infinite Arms Band of Horses Tribute Band

June 7, 2011

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Band: Infinite Arms

Type: Began as a ‘Band of Horses’ Tribute Band
Formed: 2011
Home:  Chatham Ontario Canada.

This is a project band put together by Jesse for the enjoyment of fans (like themselves) of the band ‘Band of Horses’. The band has been writing original music. The members may change as availability, styles, and different instrumentation calls.

Members:
Jesse Verleye – Vocals, guitar (Face for Radio, Janet Theory)
Kyle Jubenville – Vocals, guitar
Dave Richie – Guitar (Face for Radio, ’57 Chevy, Janet Theory)
Shawn Beaulieu – Bass (Demo Kid, Janet Theory)
Glenn Smith – Keyboards (’57 Chevy)
Charles (Chuck) Young – Drums (Face For Radio, Janet Theory)


If above video does not appear, watch it here.

The band will begin playing live in June 2011.
June 10 – Private Party
June 24 – Elephant’s Nest opening for The Long Lots.
July 1 – Canada Day in Tecumseh Park, Chatham.
Aug 26 – @ Encore w/ JD Bixby (Canadian Idol) & Aaron Allen.
Aug 27 – Private Party.
Dec 30 – @ Encore W. The Long Lots & Time Is A Hymn.

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The Vinyl Room in Chatham

May 24, 2011

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Store: The Vinyl Room
City: Chatham Ontario Canada
Location:  325 Queen St. Chatham
Phone: 519-351-2727

The Vinyl Room is a brand new store in Chatham that carries records, nostalgia items, and collectables. Go check it out.

Opened May 2011

Email your info on bands & events to:
chatham_music_archive@hotmail.com

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Sarah Hiltz Letters 2010

May 13, 2011

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Artist:
Sarah Hiltz
EP Release: Letters
Year: 2010 (July)
Genre: Folk, Jazz
Home: Chatham Ontario

Notes: The “Letters” EP was created as a pilot project in July, 2010 as an accompaniment product for a show combining music and spoken word. The intention was to extend it into a full length, fully produced album in the future.
All the original package contents (credits, information, handwritten letters) are included in PDF format when you purchase the entire album.

Tracks
01. We Are Gods
02. I am for sound
03. First Nail Hammered
04. Brother
05. Small Town Blues
06. What I Thought
07. I Won’t Cry

Click on the video below to listen to the CD Preview below.

If video does not show, watch it here.

Visit her online at http://www.sarahhiltz.com/.
Preview or buy the album @
http://sarahhiltz.bandcamp.com/album/letters

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Tom Lockwood CD 2011

April 14, 2011

Artist: Tom Lockwood
CD Release: Common Ground (Tom Lockwood with Jaimee Paul)
Year: 2011
Genre: Blues
Home: Chatham Ontario Canada.

  This is a 13 track CD featuring a couple of original compositions from guitarist Tom Lockwood, his first electric guitar release.

Notes:  Tom performed in many bands through the early 1970’s before moving to Chatham (from Detroit) in 1977.
Through the 1980’s, Tom’s focus was on composing music on Classical and steel string guitar. During the nineties, Tom released 2 CD’s. 2011 marks 34 years of private guitar teaching for Mr. Lockwood. He can also be seen performing solo or with his band at Blues festivals, corporate events, or special entertainment for various functions.

Band:
Vocals – Jaimee Paul
Guitar – Tom Lockwood
Trumpet – Leif Shires
Bass – Bob Hiltz & Bob Wilson
Keyboards – Mark Tremblay
Drums – Mark Wolfe

Photography & graphic design by Aaron Summerfield
http://www.remedyfordesign.com/

You can purchase this CD at
Frank’s Music Centre, Strings n’ Things, Tony’s One Stop, The Book Brothers, Aug’s Video(Blenheim), Smith & Wilson (Cedar Springs)

Watch the CD video preview below:

If video does not appear, watch it here.

Tom Lockwood Discography
Passion Flower – 1989
Streamline – 1991
Ascension – 1996
Hands On – 2003
Point Of View – 2007
Common Ground (with Jaimee Paul) – 2011

Website: http://www.tomlockwoodguitar.ca/

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Diego de Oro 2011

February 19, 2011

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Guitarist: Diego de Oro
Home: Chatham Ontario
Year: 2011
Current: Guitar Teacher at Franks Music Centre.
Genre: Rock, Blues, Flamenco & Classical guitar
Credits: Bachelor’s degree in classical guitar performance. 25 years experience.
Real name: Darryl Orr

Darryl has made a living playing guitar for over 20 years. This has taken him around the world except the Pacific rim countries. He also performed for the Duchess of York.

Darryl moved back to Chatham recently and is a regular in the CK Guitar Summit. He just finished a show as a feature performer for Tom Lockwood’s Saturday Night Music Series at the Cultural Centre.

On other notes, Darryl created a product for guitarists called the “GUITAREST”. It holds the guitar in position so your body maintains a healthy, ergonomic position.  It is a must for every steel-string and nylon player. You can order this and his DVD at his home page listed below

Homepage: http://www.deoromusic.com
You tube website: http://www.youtube.com/DiegoDeOro1

Video Below

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Letterbomb band 2011

January 29, 2011

Band: Letterbomb
Release: Hollywood’s Not For Me
Year: 2011
Genre: Rock, pop, punk
Format: Original Music
Home: Chatham Ontario
Buy this CD online @ ITUNES here.

Members
Brennan Dube – Vocals, Guitar
Nick Grand – Guitar
Dylan Pendleton – Bass
Cameron Dube – Drums

Bio: This young band is the dream of guitarist and lead singer Brennan Dubé. He always wanted a life on the stage, but he never had anyone to perform with. He joined up with other friends to create bands such as That One Band and Kore 17 but they didn’t last. But not all hope was lost when his 11-year old brother Cameron began to show motivation and passion for playing drums. Once Cameron and Brennan kick started the band, they went looking for a bass player. It wasn’t long before their third member and current bass player, Dylan Pendleton joined the group and Endless Sorrow was born. Guitarist Nick Grand joined the band in April of 2010 they began to perform with great results. The band changed their name in May from Endless Sorrow toLetterbomb and haven’t looked back since. In August of 2010, Letterbomb took a trip to Toronto and recorded there first full length album Hollywoods Not For Me. The album consists of 11 tracks is planned for a late 2010 release.

Tracks
1 Implicit
2 Hollywood’s Not For Me
3 Wipeout
4 Rock It
5 Endless Sorrow
6 Tell Ya What
7 Last Letter
8 Fire In The Rain
9 Backflips and Barrelrolls
10 All I Ask
11 Until The End

 

Visit Letterbomb online here, here, and here.

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Lou Hooper Piano

October 24, 2010

Name: Lou Hooper (Louis Stanley)
Release: Piano
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album
Year: 1973
Genre: Jazz
Label: Radio Canada International
Catalog#: RCI 380

Role:  Pianist, composer
Home: Chatham Kent (North Buxton)
Life: May 18th 1894 – Sept 17th 1977

Album Track List
A1   Blame It On The Blues 
A2   In A Mist  
A3   Canadian Capers  
A4   South Sea Strut   
A5   Russian Rag   
A6   Scene From An Imaginary Ballet (SC. 4) 
B1   Scene From An Imaginary Ballet (SC. 2)  
B2   Black Cat Blues  
B3   Spring Fever 
B4   Cakewalk 
B5   Alaskan Rag 
B6   Uncle Remus Stomp

  His father took him at three to Ypsilanti, Mich, where he sang solos in church and at 12 played the trombone in the Hooper Brothers Orchestra.
  While he was studying piano 1911-21 at the Detroit Cons, he played in various local dance and theatre orchestras.

  He lived 1921-7 in Harlem (New York), studying 1923-4 at the Martin-Smith Music School (a subsidiary of the Damrosch Institute – later the Juilliard School). He recorded with Elmer Snowden (banjo) and Bob Fuller (clarinet) under several names, eg, the Three Jolly Miners, the Three Monkey Chasers, for Vocalion, Columbia, etc and also backed the trumpeters Johnny Dunn and Louis Metcalf, the singers Ethel Waters, Ma Rainey, Mamie Smith, and other leading jazz and blues performers of the day. Hooper accompanied Paul Robeson on tour in 1926 and travelled as a member of Lew Leslie’s Blackbirds of 1928.

Hooper returned to Canada in 1932, living first in Toronto – he performed at the 1932 CNE – and then, as of 1933, in Montreal, where he joined Myron Sutton’s Canadian Ambassadors, an all-black dance band active in Quebec and Ontario. Hooper formed and conducted a male choir, the Hooper Southern Singers, in concerts and on CKAC radio. He also played in local dance and jazz bands and taught piano. Oscar Peterson was one of his pupils. After a term in Europe during World War II with the Royal Canadian Artillery in which he served mainly as a pianist and entertainer in charge of Canadian concert parties, Hooper returned to Montreal, playing and teaching in increasing obscurity.

In 1962 he was rediscovered by Montreal jazz enthusiasts and subsequently celebrated as a surviving link to the early history of recorded jazz. He was honored by the International Association of Record Collectors in 1973 and by the Canadian Congress of Collectors in 1977. A new recording, the LP Lou Hooper (1973, RCI 380), a collection of ragtime pieces, included his own Black Cat Blues, The Cakewalk, South Sea Strut, and Uncle Remus Stomp. According to Tex Wyndam in Coda (March 1976): ‘Although slightly on the academic and restrained side, the solos have a firm, bright rhythm, are cleanly executed, and generate a mood of confidence and good cheer’. Other Hooper rags date to as late as 1975, the year in which he joined the faculty of the University of Prince Edward Island. He also wrote a ballet, Congo, staged in 1976. In the summer before his death he was a regular performer on CBC (Halifax) TV’s ‘The Old-Fashioned New-Fangled Vaudeville Show’.
Source.

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Singing Sisters 1971

October 12, 2010

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Duo: Singing Sisters
Circa: 1971
Genre: Gospel Music
Home: Chatham Ontario

Members:
Ann Mae (26)
Virginia (20)

Their first LP was released in 1967. They also recorded a 7” record.
1971 marks their second LP release.

Notes from 1971 article in The CDN:
They toured to Halifax this past summer (1971), as well as London, Kingsville, Dresden, Lucan, Toronto and a stop in Pennsylvania.

The Singing Sisters have played many performances including over 22 states and seven provinces.

Circa 2010 – Visit Anna Mae McPhail on You Tube here.

If you own this LP, or have info on it, please email us at:
chatham_music_archive@hotmail.com 

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Melody Ramblers 1979

October 1, 2010

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Band: Melody Ramblers
Home: Chatham Ontario
Year: 1979
Band: 1953-1994
Style: Country Music Covers

Members:
(Left to right)
Dan St.Pierre – Guitar
Rene Brosseau – Bass
Dennis Smith – Pedal Steel
Michelle Wright – Vocals
Bradley J. Preston – Vocals, Acoustic
Larry St. Pierre – Drums

  If you are from Chatham-Kent Ontario, then chances are you know that country music star MICHELLE WRIGHT got her start with the Melody Ramblers.
  A very young Michelle was added to the band to help diversify the band, giving them the ability to perform songs by female country artists and relieve Brad Preston of the long nights of solid vocal duties. Michelle was new to the scene but developed quickly, later leaving to join a band an hour away, across the Canadian border in Detroit.

The group’s original line-up formed in 1953, and has included the top players from the area for the better part of 40 years. This 1979 line-up was interesting because it included many members who’s talents caught the eye of the international country music scene.

You can read up on individual members  or the bands history through the years, by going to our home page and scrolling down to the list of bands/artists from Chatham.

Photo: Given to the Chatham Music Archive with permission for the Chatham Music Archive, from the St. Pierre family. Thank you to the St. Pierre family for helping us present the rich deep history of the Melody Ramblers in our community.

Demo Kid note 2010: While doing the research on the group, it was interesting to find out that my Uncle Eugene played in this band later on. In 2009, I was introduced to Rene (was the bass player for the band at the time) who is now one of the most popular pedal steel players in Canada. He played on our home demos (with Jesse V) and was just simply so pro and friendly that I was amazed I got the chance to record with a musician with such a love and experience of music. 

Email your pics & info to: chatham_music_archive@hotmail.com

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Golden Tap and Grill in Chatham Ontario

August 23, 2010

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Venue: Golden Tap and Grill
City: Chatham Ontario
Genre: Country Music Bar
Bands: Live bands on weekends
Phone: (519) 351-1907
Address: 429 Grand Avenue East

The Golden Tap has remained the only true country music bar in Chatham Ontario since the early nineties. But it did not begin there. The venue was previously known as the ‘Kingsway Hotel’, which had a good run through the 1970’s to the early 1990’s. Bands from around the continent (big and small) performed here in the 1970’s when live music was the main and only source of weekly entertainment.

Today, you can still enjoy country music bands performing every weekend at the Golden Tap.

Anyone with info or pictures, please email:
chatham_music_archive@hotmail.com

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Mike Francis Bio 2010

August 23, 2010

 

 

Musician: Mike Francis” (Pepe)
Year: 2010
Home: Chatham-Kent Ontario (Grande Pointe)
Resides:  Moved away to pursue carreer choice in the Toronto area.
Son of the late Ray Francis (Ray Francis and the Whippoorwills etc)

MIKE FRANCIS – Biography
Extraordinary Anonymous Guitarist
Mike Francis has been a professional musician since the age of 17. The first several years of his professional career was spent playing the regular club circuit before Mike discovered his ability to perform well under the pressure that is the recording studio. The past 22 years he has worked as a first call studio guitarist in the Toronto recording scene, as well as being a musician first an foremost, he is also a writer and producer.

He is mostly known for his commercial jingle or session work.

  Versatility is key to a session musician and his session credits include most of the commercial jingles heard regularly on TV and radio. Mike’s clients include some of the busiest advertising agencies and jingle writer / producers working. Some of his more identifiable performances are heard commonly on O/V, Budweiser, McDonalds, Pepsi, Coca-Cola and Harvey’s commercials. He’s also the guitar player on any Miller, Molson Ex, Labatt’s, 7-Up, Coors, Blacks Cameras, GM Trucks, Esso, Ford Trucks, Pontiac, Pizza Pizza, Chrysler, Toyota, Canadian Tire, Taco Bell, Kentucky Fried Chicken, Swiss Chalet, The Bay, Canadian Pacific or Sears commercial you may have heard.

  Also as a session player, Mike has performed on and / or written material for a number of television shows and movie soundtracks over the years. Some of the more visible projects he’s been involved with include Beverly Hills 90210, Street Legal, Due South, Beetlejuice, Fraggle Rock, Sesame Street, The Muppet Show, and the Jim Henson Hour.

Canadian productions such as Traders, E.N.G, Legacy, Black Harbour, The City, Nothing too Good for a Cowboy, Scales of Justice, Rita & Friends, Corey Hart Special, Elvis Stoyko Special, Canadian Country Music Association Awards Show and the Juno Awards have also used Mike as the first call guitarist.

Album projects are all in a day’s work for a session veteran, and the list of recording artists and album projects Mike has been involved with is a testament to his skill and versatility as a guitarist. He has recorded with artists like Alanis Morissette, Shirley Eikhard, Liona Boyd, Dan Hill, Anne Murray, Gordon Lightfoot, Enrique Iglesias, Kim Mitchell and George Massenberg. He’s also been on albums with Harem Scarem, World On Edge, Rita McNeil, the Rankin Family, Terry Kelly, Ron Hynes, and Roger Whittaker, Cassandra Vasick, Susan Aglukark, Natalie McMaster, Michelle Wright, John McDermott, Bruce Gruthro and Tim Thorney.

In addition to playing on sessions, he has also been active as a producer in the studio. The Mavericks, Jeff Healey, Dallas Harms, Dick Damron, Terry Carisse, Carroll Baker, Matt Minglewood, Joan Kennedy, Anita Perras, The Good Brothers, Joel Feeney, Don Neilson, Robert Armes and Ken Harnden.

Mike does get out of the studio on a regular basis, and over the years his involvement with live radio and live television broadcasts has meant that he has played with some of the best and brightest stars the industry. Versatility as a player is a key to his success as a session player, so he has been called to support a diverse group of artists on stage. His live performance credits include performing with Shania Twain, Terri Clark, Chet Atkins, Buddy Emmons, Jesse Winchester, and Ronnie Hawkins. He’s also performed with Ronnie Milsap, Liza Minelli, Harry Connick Jr., Dr. John, kd lang, Smokey Robinson, Paul Schaffer, David Clayton Thomas, Jeff Healey, Hiram Bullock, Chris DeBurgh, Hal Linden, Michael Burgess, Dr. Music, Ricky Skaggs, Rodney Crowell, Rosanne Cash, Paul Brandt, Ronnie Milsap, Charlie Pride, Dolly Parton, Roy Clarke, Jerry Reed and Charlie McCoy.

Anyone with info or pictures, please email:
chatham_music_archive@hotmail.com

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Jade Lester CD 2010

August 23, 2010

Singer: Jade Lester
CD Release: Love’s Funny That Way
Year: 2010
Home: Chatham Ontario
Genre: Country/Pop

Notes: Jade Lester (19) Just released her first album in April 2010. She performs with the local crew ‘The O’Hara Brothers Band’. Material for this album was written by top songwriters from Ontario, to Nashville to LA. Jade is currently attending high school at Chatham-Kent Secondary School.
 Jade began singing country music at age six, winning many awards through out the years since then. She has also become active as an actress in many local theatre productions in the past few years.

Produced by Will Haas at Willyboy recording studios in London.

Visit her website here or here.

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Free Ride Band from Chatham Ontario 2010

August 14, 2010

Band: Free Ride
Genre: Classic Rock & Roll
Home: Chatham, Wallaceburg
Year: 2010
Formed: 2001
Contact: 519-351-4959

Members:
Jeff Emerson
– Guitars, Vocals
Ken Allgate – Bass, Vocals
Grayling Church – Drums, Vocals

Notes: All three members sing lead vocals, which creates a lot of variety. The band plays mostly classic rock, but adds a bit of country, 50’s & 60’s, and modern rock, to try and please even the toughest audience.

Set list includes The Rolling Stones, Trooper, Tom Petty, Kid Rock, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Wilson Picket, C.C.R., Bob Seger, Wild Cherry, Eric Clapton, The Zack Brown Band, The Tragically Hip, Van Morrison, Steve Miller band, Steppenwolf, Grand Funk Railroad, Aerosmith, The Proclaimers, Nazareth, Kiss, Poison, Weezer, David Wilcox, ZZ Top, The Beatles, Kenny Chesney, Keith Urban, Led Zepplin, Free, Johnny Cash, Neil Young, Jason Maraz,  & much more.

The band just finished a weekend at the Golden Tap in Chatham.

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