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It's Been a Long Time / Magic Island - 7
Tyme and a Half
It's Been a Long Time / Magic Island - 7"

There must have been a bit of a Netherlands connection up in Trenton, Ontario. It was in that tiny military town some two hours to the east of Toronto that Dutch-born Barry 'Buzz' Vandersel hooked up with his cousins Marinus and Peter Vandertogt way back in the mid-1960s. The three of them - the 14-year-old Vandersel on bass with Marinus on guitar and his brother Peter on drums - then added Paul Clapper on vocals, dubbing themselves Buzzy and the Belvederes and no doubt keeping the locals e...more

Flood - Dean Drouillard
Dean Drouillard

Though hardly a household name, Dean Drouillard is well known to insiders as one of Canuckistan's quintessential sidemen. As musician and producer, his name can be found in the liner notes of numerous recordings by the likes of Sarah Harmer, Royal Wood and Justin Rutledge to name but a few.

The Windsor-raised Drouillard has also managed a half-dozen or so recordings of his own in the last couple of decades, ranging from the mid-fi musings of 2003's Dust to the more ru...more

Solo Flight / We're All in This Together - 7
Solo Flight / We're All in This Together - 7"

Cat evolved out of a band called the Spasstiks, a Toronto-based combo who issued a criminally overlooked slab of blue-eyed soul called 'Love's Got a Hold on Me' way back in the late summer of 1967. Though it came out on the relatively hefty Apex imprint and was sheathed in an eye-catching black and white picture sleeve (certainly a rarity at the time), the record - excellent as it was - failed to make much of a dent in the charts.


She's A Dog / I Can Change My Mind - 7
Simply Saucer
She's A Dog / I Can Change My Mind - 7"

Punk rock turned out to be a saviour of sorts for Simply Saucer.

After three-odd years of equal parts practising and partying with the occasional gig thrown in for good measure, the Hamilton proto-punks still had no vinyl to their credit. Of course, Edgar Breau and Kevin Christoff (the group's guitarist and bassist, respectively) were record nerds of the highest degree. And so it should come as no surprise that Breau could be found in the front row of the February 18th, 19...more

Like A Madness / Until You're Home Again - 7
Sandi Shore
Like A Madness / Until You're Home Again - 7"

If not for a brief obituary in the weekly Vancouver Courier, Sandi Shore might have died a completely forgotten woman.

The Vancouver singer (who was actually born as Sandra Loranger and died as Sandra Wilson) was a familiar figure on the stages of the lower mainland clubs throughout the 1950s and 1960s. After winning a talent contest for local radio station CKNW when she was just thirteen years old, Shore found herself booked - chaperoned by her mother, naturally - at place...more

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