Although he was born and raised in North Bay, Ontario, David Dino White first discovered music while attending high school in Bolton, Ontario. Frequenting heavy metal and high energy ska-punk shows was the cool thing to do at that point in time, so it only made sense in David’s mind, to start playing guitar and form a band. By grade 12 David’s dream of being in a band had come true, but it was cut short when high school ended and David had to move back to North Bay for university. In spite of the break up, David never stopped playing his guitar, and now, nearly a decade later, his unique blend of northern Ontario folk and southern Ontario rock has found itself a new band and a new band! David’s debut CD ‘Alone Together’ was released this passed July, is available on iTunes, bandcamp, spotify, and nearly every other internet source for music you can think of!
Jeff Alan Greenway, backed by Cheryl Beatty on guitar and vocals, rocked our little studio with some powerful piano chops and heartfelt sounds. With a background in piano, jazz improvisation, cover and original bands, Jeff draws on his relationships to inspire his song writing. Whether it’s a call for closeness (Open These Doors), an on-again, off-again affair (No More Hellos), or a bitter missive to a friendship that always ends up in conflict (Eye for an Eye), Jeff’s songs grab you by the heart and won’t let go. Have a listen!
Michael Cooper, raised in Stony Plain, Alberta, now living in Toronto, calls his music “country re-defined” and we agree. He’s been writing heart-felt tunes for over 20 years! His goal is to make the mundane extra-ordinary. His influences include Hank Snow.
Singer songwriter Jules delivers three powerful tunes live in the studio. She’s just 14 and yet is well on her way along the road as a professional. Jules has been writing songs since she was 10. Some stuff we talked about:
Bruce, Neel, and Phil overcome many obstacles to present a song each, and then glorify each other with mountainous heaps of unqualified praise.
Neel presents a song inspired by a songwriting webinar held by songwriting coach Alex Forbes, Bruce plays his classic hit “Survivor” live in the studio, and Phil talks about writing on bass and what it means when you’re writing to a 1-3-5 chord pattern for his first song with the Parkdale Hookers.
Brian was outstanding as he demonstrated his song writing and vocal virtuosity. He throat sang, he yodelled, and he entertained with songs about pigeons on windowsills and the man in the moon. A hint of Jimmy Rogers, Tom Lehrer, and Rahsaan Roland Kirk! Check them out!
The God No!s bandmembers Peter, Sandy, Alon, Subhayu, and Rachel talk about their collaborative approach to songwriting, where each member brings a song to the band and together they refine and finish it off, in a “no-free” zone. See, democracy works after all.
Tim Stead with his band The Scenic Sound talks about how melody drives his songs, and how repetition of the lyrics helps to get their message across to their young audience. Download 5 of their songs for free.