Tuesday, October 25, 2016

So Long, Pete Burns

Pete Burns [Pictorial Press/Alamy]

And yet another one leaves us far too early.  Pete Burns, lead singer for 80s goth new wavers Dead Or Alive, passed away yesterday after suffering cardiac arrest, according to his management.  He was 57.

“It is with the greatest sadness that we have to break the tragic news that our beloved Pete Burns of (Dead Or Alive), died suddenly yesterday of a massive cardiac arrest” was the message which appeared on Burns’ Facebook page.  “All of his family and friends are devastated by the loss of our special star,” the message read. “He was a true visionary, a beautiful talented soul, and he will be missed by all who loved and appreciated everything he was and all of the wonderful memories the has left is with.”

Burns gained notice in the late 70s as a member of the goth outfit Nightmares In Wax.  They released their only EP Birth Of A Nation in 1979, featuring the single Black Leather, before changing their name to Dead Or Alive.  After a series of singles, Dead Or Alive released their debut album Sophisticated Boom Boom in 1984, and one of the tracks, KC And The Sunshine Band‘s That’s The Way (I Like It) became a surprise hit.

That was followed by the Youthquake album, containing their biggest hit.  You Spin Me Round (Like A Record) went to number one on the UK charts and number eleven on the Billboard Hot 100.  It also returned to the UK charts at number five in 2006, after Burns’ infamous appearance on Celebrity Big Brother.

In later years, Burns was primarily known for his reality television work and his ever-changing appearance, rather than for his music.  He underwent numerous cosmetic surgeries, sometimes with less than optimal results.  “People redecorate their homes every few years and I see this as no different.  Changing my face is like buying a new sofa,” he said, after a series of surgeries left him almost unrecognizable.

Burns was the only constant member of Dead Or Alive, and had been touring under the band name right up until his death.

Love, Dr. Scott James
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Girl Scout Cookie Cereal

General Mills has announced plans for a Girl Scout cookie cereal.

It will come in two flavors, Thin Mints and Caramel Crunch. Thin Mints are one of the 12 Girl Scout cookie flavors. Caramel Crunch is not, but both cereals will carry the Girl Scouts brand.

General Mills said the cereal will go on sale in U.S. stores nationwide in January. No word yet if Canadian grocery stores will carry stock, or if you’ll have to do some cross-border shopping for the limited-edition cereal.



Must Have: Vintage Typewriter-Inspired Wireless Keyboard

It’s been decades since you packed up your Smith Corona, plugged-in your PC, and never looked back.

Meet Qwerkywriter, the typewriter-inspired wireless keyboard. Tap into your creativity with bluetooth connectivity to any device you write on (phone, computer or tablet including iPad, iMac, MacPro, Macbook, Android tablet, Windows tablet, etc.).

slide-1-imageIt captures the function of a mechanical keyboard and typing on a traditional typewriter, down to the click of the stunning retro-styled chrome keys and the solid metal return bar.

Qwerkywriter retails for $39 USD


Queen’s Brian May Cancels Rest of 2016 Tour Dates: ‘Persistent Illness’

Brian May at the Isle Of Wight Festival 2016. Rob Ball/WireImage

Brian May has cancelled the rest of his 2016 concerts, citing an unnamed medical condition.

“I managed to complete the recent Queen and Adam Lambert dates in Asia but I have been increasingly battling with a persistent illness which is destroying my energy and my will,” May reported on his official website.

“I’m gutted to have to pull out,” Queen’s guitarist continued. “I hate letting our loyal fans down. But the advice I have had is that I must take time off to heal, rather than go out on tour again and risk falling down on the job, which would be much worse.”

May’s last live performance was Sept. 30 in Thailand, with Queen and Lambert.

In other Queen news, Queen on Air, a two-disc compilation, featuring 24 songs from the band’s BBC sessions, is due out November 4th. The collection will feature a previously unreleased “fast” version on We Will Rock You.

Gord Downie: If Secret Path Is The Last Thing I Do, I’m Happy

Gord Downie -- Secret Path [Arts & Crafts]

Knowing what we know about Gord Downie, and what has been happening in his universe, the Tragically Hip‘s Man Machine Poem tour was at the same time a joyous and heart-wrenching experience.  What may be his final creative project is, for the most part, one of those things.

Some of Canada’s best musicians — Dave Hamelin, Kevin Drew and Charlie Spearin of Broken Social Scene, the Barenaked LadiesKevin Hearn and SkydiggersJosh Finlayson — joined Gord in Peterborough recently to rehearse Secret Path, ahead of its first performance at the National Arts Centre.  The collection of songs was written by Gord, Kevin and Dave, and is accompanied by an animated film based on Leff Lemire‘s graphic novel.  The project recounts the impossibly sad tale of Chanie Wenjack, a 12 year old Ojibwa boy who ran away from a residential school in 1966 and died of exposure and hunger beside the railroad tracks — fifty years ago yesterday.  He had been trying to walk back to his family, having no idea that his home was 600 kilometers away.

Chanie Wenjack [Wenjack Family]

Gord’s brother Mike stumbled across the Chanie Wenjack story in a documentary about three years ago, and was stunned by it.  He was aware of residential schools, but, like most Canadians, hardly knew anything about them, and after he began doing some more research, he came upon a MacLean’s story from 1967 dealing with Chanie’s death, and related it to his novelist friend Joseph Boyden, with the aim of collaborating on a screenplay.  In turn, Boyden talked about it to his friend Gord, and the ball was rolling.

Gord began writing poems about Chanie’s long and ultimately doomed walk along the tracks.  Eventually they morphed into songs, were recorded by Kevin Drew and the band, and later were accompanied by Lemire’s graphic novel.  The whole package then led to an animated film version of the book.

Says Gord, “I didn’t know there were residential schools up there until 12 years ago.” As he dug deeper into the history, he began to question the fact that he didn’t know more about them, and why they weren’t part of school curricula.  As he puts it, one would think that a 10,000 year old indigenous culture would make Canada unique.  But rather, “we decided to put them away in a third-floor bedroom and lock it.  It’s just baffling to me. You start looking at all this stuff, and it does start putting a damper on all the stuff we’re doing to celebrate 150 years of nationhood.”

Secret Path is Gord’s effort to make a difference during the indeterminate time he has left.  “If this is the last thing I do,” he says, “then I’m happy.”  At this point, there appears to be light at the end of the tunnel:  the path collected $3 million in major donations upon opening, and since the film’s premiere, it’s raised a further $100,000, with the average donation running around $8.

You can read more about Secret Path, hear and see some of it, and order it in various configurations, over here.  All proceeds will be directed to The Gord Downie Secret Path Fund for Truth and Reconciliation via The National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation at The University of Manitoba.

Love, Dr. Scott James
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Oct 24 – The Golden Beer Can.

Oct 20 – Wait…. Who Invented The Nacho?

Oct 13 – Ed Goes For A Walk One Fine Fall Day.

October 12 – Old Timer Forecasting.

October 06 – Phil, Mike And Our Mule “Nigel” Are Off To Oldchella!

October 05 – What A Great Wild-Card Game… Other Than That Meathead Who Threw The Beer.

October 04 – Rick Mercer On The Show.


Hey there!!! you could use an extra a $2,387.64 right? The Q!’s Budget Blowout is into the final week. Here are full contest details.


Win B.T.B.O tickets to Blue Rodeo from Monday, October 24th – Friday, October 28th by being caller #25 to 250-745-1003 when we play a Blue Rodeo song each morning between 5:30AM – 9:00AM.
blue-rodeo-band-3-dustin-rabin_2000x1333Fridays at 8:40am, get into our pool to win the lottery.  Sorry, no win on the Friday, October 21st draw :(


The new Bobble Eds are here!

 Luckiest diver ever!


100.3 The Q! Welcomes: Blue Rodeo.

With special guests: Ron Hawkins and the Do Good Assasins.
Thursday, January 26th 2017 at Save on Foods Memorial Centre.
•Tickets on sale on Friday, October 28th at 10 AM via LiveNation.com.
•Tickets are: $33.50 | $63.50 | $83.50 plus applicable service charges.
In the thirty years since forming, Blue Rodeo has sold over 4 million albums, won countless Juno awards, been inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame, received a star on Canada’s Walk of Fame, been named to the Order of Canada and have been honoured with the Governor General’s Performing Arts Award.
Blue Rodeo will release their 14th studio album, 1000 Arms on Friday, October 28th. The group also announced that they will head back out on the road in 2017 performing news songs for fans with 30 concerts scheduled in 23 cities.
Here is the first release from “1000 Arms” called “Superstar”:

Win B.T.B.O tickets from Ed Bain and The Q! Morning Show from Monday, October 24th – Friday, October 28th by being caller #25 to 250-745-1003 when we play a Blue Rodeo song each morning between 5:30AM – 9:00AM.

Win beat-the-box-office tickets to Blue Rodeo at SOFMC in January!

They’re back! Well, they are coming back… Iconic Canadian rockers “Blue Rodeo” with special guests “Ron Hawkins” and “The Do Good Assassins” will be hosting a spectacular evening of music in support of their new album “1000 Arms” at Save On Foods Memorial Center on Thursday, January 26, 2017!

All this week ( October 24 – 28 ) on the Q Morning Show with Ed and Cliff, you can win a pair of beat-the-box-office tickets before they go on sale!

Tickets for the tour, and the album itself, will be available starting Friday October 28. As an added bonus, with every ticket purchase you can get a free digital download of their latest album! Find the details here.

The Q!’s 80s Weekend: Inside The Early Wild Years Of MuchMusic

On October 25, original Much VJ Christopher Ward will release his new book Is This Live? Inside the Wild Early Years of MuchMusic: The Nation’s Music Station.

For many Q! listeners, watching a new band’s video or catching an off-the-cuff “in the environment” interview was enough was enough to pique your interest to get you down to A&B Sound to buy their latest cassette or cd.

Today MuchMusic shows South Park episodes, teen dramas, and game shows. In it’s heyday, the 24 hour music station was the perfect companion to radio for millions of music fans in Canada.

o-muchmusic-vjs-facebookThe station launched in 1984 and on-air hosts (VJs) over the years included Christopher Ward, Steve Anthony, Laurie Brown, Jeanne Beker, Dan Gallagher, J.D. Roberts, Terry David Mulligan, Kim Clarke Champniss, Sook-Yin Lee and Erica Ehm and dozens of others.

Is This Live? by Christopher Ward is about the legacy of early music television and MuchMusic’s impact on music fans across Canada.

Check out the book’s video hub to watch some highlights from the glory days of MuchMusic.