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On today’s show, we talk to Gerry Young, owner of the Canadian independent
record label and managament company, Current Records. Gerry’s journey in the
music business started as a promoter when he hired master bluesman Johnny
Winter and legendary rockers The Kinks to play his university.
Later hired by iconic record label Polygram, he acted as Promotions Manager and
A&R consultant, and became the Candian liason for such monster acts as Frank
Zappa, Kiss, Peter Gabriel, and the BeeGees. Under his own label, Current
Records, he signed two Juno-award winning artists: Martha & the Muffins and The
Parachute Club. He also signed Vancouver’s Strange Advance, Molly Johnson and
Alta Moda, and Boomtown Rats guitarist Gerry Cott.
Gerry Young also manages several Canadian artists, authored his memoir, Pop
Goes The Weasel: Rock And Roll Off The Record, and he writes for Toronto’s Spill
Magazine. On today’s show, he makes a case for why Frank Zappa and The Kinks
are the essence of cool.
Bernard Frazer is a Canadian songwriter/musician whose synth pop band Church of Trees has topped independent charts around the world. He is also a former television producer/writer of such shows as Real Life with Erica Ehm (Life Network), The Dini Petty Show (CTV), Miracle at Niagara, and New Year’s Eve Niagara Falls
In Season 2, we’ve scheduled episodes with the great Phil Thornalley (The Cure, Duran Duran, etc), Kevin Hearn (Lou Reed, Barenaked Ladies), Men without Hats’ Ivan Doroschuk, legendary rocker June Millington (Fanny, Earl Slick, Bonnie Raitt), the great Jay Semko of 5-time Juno nominated Northern Pikes, indie star Vicki Brittle, and more.
We’ve also scheduled a series of episodes discussing the life and musical impact of Canadian producer, and songwriter, Tim Thorney (Alanis Morrisette, Cassandra Vasik, etc). For this very special series, we’ll be joined by former Much Music VJ Erica Ehm, Juno award-winner Hill Kourkoutis, ‘drummer to the stars’ Randy Cooke, Tim’s brother Tom, and Tim’s longtime engineer and friend, Adam Fair.
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