Rock the Ribbon OCTOBER 4th At The Hard Rock Cafe!

 In honour of the pink ribbon and everything it stands for, “Pinktober” is among us next month. Toronto’s Hard Rock Cafe will be hosting “Rock The Ribbon”, a fundraising event for Breast Cancer – hard rock style! Join local Toronto bands Mary Rose Obsession, The Apollo Effect, and Hotel Royal on October 4th for a night of entertainment in support of a cause that has in some way touched us all. Don’t just wear it…Rock it!

Thursday, October 4 at 8:30pm
Hard Rock Cafe, 279 Yonge St
$10 at the door (All proceeds to breast cancer research)
Door prizes and Pinktober swag courtesy of Hard Rock Cafe


Mary Rose Obsession

Featuring silky smooth vocals atop edgy rock riffs combined with catchy lyrics, hardcore fans, and looks that could kill; two sets of brothers from Markham, Ontario known as Mary Rose Obsession have the “next big thing” written all over them…in red lipstick.


Hotel Royal

With their retro, funk, and blues inspired garage rock featuring just enough pop to keep you (and them)dancing – Hotel Royal plays clean, fun rock ‘n roll for all ages. Their philosophy is simple yet proven: they play what they want for those who want it, even if they don’t know it yet.


The Apollo Effect

Boasting UK-inspired Groove Rock in the vein of Kasabian and Muse, and having performed with peers such as Our Lady Peace, Finger Eleven, The Trews, and The Arkells, Toronto’s The Apollo Effect are sure to come out on top as one of the most exciting acts in town.

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Rendezvous With Madness October 19th For The Toronto PREMIER SCREENING of “William Kurelek’s – THE MAZE”

Workman Arts Celebrates 25 Years


The Toronto Premiere Screening of
“William Kurelek’s The Maze”
Followed by a panel discussion exploring art, mental health and faith

October 19, 2012 – 7 p.m./8 p.m. film screening
St. Anne’s Church, 270 Gladstone Avenue

On Friday, October 19, Workman Arts and their annual Rendezvous With Madness Film Festival honour milestone anniversaries with the Toronto premiere of the feature-length documentary William Kurelek’s The Maze – a film about the life and art of renowned Canadian artist William Kurelek.


Brothers Nick and Zack Young produced, restored and reimagined their father’s unseen 1969 film about Kurelek, who struggled with mental health issues and was institutionalized in hospitals that used artistic programming for his therapy. Kurelek described The Maze (an artwork from which the film draws its title) as “a painting of the inside of [his] skull which [he] painted while in England as a patient in Maudsley and Netherne psychiatric hospitals.”


To date confirmed as panel participants for the discussion on art, faith, and mental health are Dr. Kwame McKenzie, Rev. Gary van der Meer, visual artist Lisa Walter, filmmaker Nick Young and William’s son Stephen Kurelek.


This screening launches the 20th Anniversary of the Rendezvous with Madness Film Festival, running November 9 – 17, and is held in conjunction with the 150th Anniversary celebration of the founding of St. Anne’s Church.  As an added bonus, guests will be treated to a pre-screening talk about the art and architecture of St. Anne’s at 7 p.m. The film screening starts at 8 p.m.


Tickets for the general public are $15 and are available at online at or at the door subject to availability (cash only).
William Kurelek’s The Maze is a timeless film about an artist, his creations, his inner demons and the external influences – both good and bad – that shaped his work.


(Canada 2012, Toronto Premiere, 60 minutes)
Directed by: Robert M. Young & David Grubin
Cinematography: Robert M. Young
Editors: David Grubin, Zack Young, Nick Young, Roger Cohen
Produced & Reimagined by: Nick Young & Zack Young
Original Music & Animations by: Nick Young & Zack Young (A.i.)
Executive Producers: Irwin Young & Stanley Plotnick


About Nick and Zack Young
Brothers Nick and Zack Young, who comprise the Los Angeles based rock band A.i. (once signed to Dreamworks and now independent at are the founders of the visual fx company Machineyes. Along with restoring and completing their father’s film, they also wrote the song for the end credits entitled Someone With Me, named after Kurelek’s autobiography.


About Workman Arts
Workman Arts (WA) facilitates aspiring, emerging and established artists with mental illness and addiction issues to develop and refine their art form through its arts training programs, public performance/ exhibit opportunities and partnering with other art organizations. As well, WA promotes a greater public understanding of mental illness and addiction through the creation, presentation and discussion of artistic media.

Workman Arts is a proud partner of the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health.
For more information, please go to or


“SUCK” OCTOBER 22, 2012


Toronto, ON – Multitalented Canadian ska/punk band The Johnstones are gearing up for the release of their fifth studio album SUCK (Stomp Records/Warner Music Canada) on October 22, 2012. In conjunction with the album, they have created and produced a half-hour mock/reality comedy TV series, Crown The Town with Ryan Long, premiering on Rogers TV Toronto Cable 10/63 in Toronto/Scarborough October 3, 2012 at 11:00 p.m. To celebrate the series’ launch, The Johnstones are hosting a premiere party at Toronto’s Comedy Bar on September 30, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. The event is free to the public. The Ajax-born, Toronto-based sextet is comprised of Ryan Long (lead vocals), Jarek Hardy (guitar/vocals), Rene Gillezeau (guitar/trumpet/MC), Brent Marks (bass guitar), Julian Warmé (keyboards/trombone) and Mike Murphy (drums).
SUCK is of a mix of musical styles and attitudes; combining ska, punk and hip hop, delivered in true rock and roll fashion. The Johnstones have one of the wildest live shows in music today, and this album, recorded at Chilleville Studios in Mississauga and produced by James Robertson (Down With Webster, Esthero, Classified), has been able to capture the essence of that energy.
Greig Nori, frontman of Treble Charger, once asked ‘Why don’t The Johnstones have a TV show yet?” Now, finally the answer is ‘they do.’ Crown The Town with Ryan Long, airing on Rogers TV Toronto on Wednesday nights at 11:00 p.m., is ‘Bringing cool back to TV.’ Reminiscent of shows like The Tom Green Show, Jackass and The Ali G Show, the series finds a way to deliver a bizarre combination of sketches, music videos, interviews, stunts, special guests and more. Every episode features The Gang on a quest to find the best in categories like the ‘Best Place to Dig Through Garbage,’ ‘Best Pole Dance Teacher’ and the ‘Best University Campus to Pick Up Girls At.’ It is like nothing else on television right now and has already received praise from such television legends as Tom Green, Kenny Hotz (Kenny vs. Spenny) and Jackass alumni, Steve-O, who will be featured on the show for its inaugural season.
The Johnstones started as a band of high school troublemakers, creating their own off-the-wall music videos, now they have become a multimedia force. Aside from garnering over five million combined plays on YouTube and MySpace, The Johnstones have charted on the MuchMusic countdown and toured the world with bands such as Hedley, Gob, Reel Big Fish and The Mad Caddies. They have also been featured in various movies, TV shows, cartoons, commercials and comedy shows, opening for acts like Jackass’ Steve-O. The Johnstones are currently rehearsing for their 2013 tour. Dates to be announced.

SUCK – Track Listing
1. Bad, Bad Dream
2. The Wanderer
3. Jennifer’s Jacket
4. Bottom Of The Ocean
5. Mic In Hand
6. Million Dollars
7. S.O.S.
8. Mr. Gillezeau’s Opus
9. These Are The Times
10. Live Forever
11. Come Out With Me Tonight
12. Locomotion
13. The Menu


Twitter: @TheJohnstones
Crown The Town with Ryan Long
Twitter: @CrownTheTown


Corb Lund announces coast-to-coast Canadian tour 

World tour dates include Australia, USA and the UK 

EDMONTON – This November, award-winning singer Corb Lund kicks of a coast-to-coast Canadian tour in Halifax. His most recent release on New West Records – Cabin Fever – was Lund’s highest Canadian Billboard top 200 debut, hitting #1 in its first week. Lund is currently on a four week American tour following dates launching his record in Australia.

Fans in Canada are also invited to purchase VIP passes to select tour stops for exclusive access to acoustic performances and limited edition signed merchandise. Complete details are located at

The Juno-award winner and seven time Roots Artist of the Year winner at the Canadian Country Music Awards delighted audiences at the Americana Music Awards & Conference in Nashville last week. In front of this packed and boisterous audience, Lund brought up songwriter Hayes Carll for a Texas/Alberta “Bible on the Dash” duet. A CMT special featuring Hayes Carll and Corb Lund was also filmed.


HALIFAX, NS – November 16, 2012, Casino Nova Scotia
CHARLOTTETOWN, PEI – November 17, 2012, The Wave (UPEI)
FREDERICTON, NB – November 18, 2012, Playhouse Theatre
MONTREAL, QC – November 19, 2012, Petit Campus
PETERBOROUGH, ON – November 21, 2012, The Venue
LONDON, ON – November 22, 2012, London Concert Theatre
TORONTO, ON – November 23, 2012, Danforth Music Hall
HAMILTON, ON – November 27, 2012, The Studio at Hamilton Place
GUELPH, ON – November 28, 2012, Guelph Concert Theatre
THUNDER BAY, ON – November 29, 2012, Outpost
DAUPHIN, MB – November 30, 2012, Dauphin Rotary Arena
BRANDON, MB – December 2, 2012, Westman Place
WINNIPEG, MB – December 3, 2012, Burton Cummings Theatre
SASKATOON, SK – December 4, 2012, Odeon Events Centre
EDMONTON, AB – December 7, 2012, EXPO Centre, Hall C
CALGARY, AB – December 8, 2012, Flames Central
VANCOUVER, AB – December 12, Commodore Ballroom

Goth girls to survivalists, bovines to bibles, antique pistols to vintage motorcycles: Alberta-born honky-tonker Corb Lund’s songcraft covers it all. Cabin Fever – Corb Lund’s enthralling sixth record – had its worldwide release on New West Records on August 14, 2012. This follows on the boot heels of Corb’s 2009 New West Records debut, the critically acclaimed Losin’ Lately Gambler.
The JUNO Award-winner and seven-time Roots Artist of the Year winner at the Canadian Country Music Awards wrote most of the twelve track album whilst hunkered down in a remote cabin an hour outside Edmonton, inspired by crude life events – a broken relationship and the death of his uncle. Backed by his longtime band, The Hurtin’ Albertans (guitarist/multi-instrumentalist Grant Siemens, upright bassist Kurt Ciesla, and drummer Brady Valgardson), the band recorded loose and live, with almost no overdubs.

Cabin Fever offers a portrait of a survivalist preparing for the apocalypse (“Gettin’ Down On The Mountain”); a tale of a rural man losing a woman to the allure of New York City life (“September”); an ode to his vintage BMW motorcycles (“Mein Deutsches Motorrad”); the broken-hearted anthem “(You Ain’t A Cowboy) If You Ain’t Been Bucked Off”; new drinking songs such as “Drink It Like You Mean It” and “Pour ‘Em Kinda Strong”; the yodelling introduction and physicality of “Priceless Antique Pistol Shoots Startled Owner”; and another throwback to his punk days (when he claimed membership in the speed-metal band The Smalls), the desire to date “The Gothest Girl I Can.”
Just like Corb’s subjects run the gamut, so do the sonics on the long-player, ranging from rockabilly to Western swing, cowboy balladry to country-rock. And, of course, the occasional yodel… It’s this sort of versatility that brings out a raft of audiences to his shows; from field and urban sidewalk, alike.