TOTAL STRANGER Early Recordings On CD For First Time July 28 via MRC

MelodicRock Classics Label
For the 5th release in MelodicRock Classic’s 500 Series, we turn once again to Canada for another fine slice of Canuck melodic rock.
Total Stranger shouldn’t be too unfamiliar – the band released a self-titled album in Japan in 1997, reissued later as part of a double disc version of their 2002 album ‘Obsession’.
But before both of those record came the band’s initial recordings in the form of a 1990 cassette only release and a 1996 EP released on vinyl only.
Now in 2023, with remastering as per usual by the great JK Northrup, Total Stranger’s original output has found its way onto CD for the very first time.
This limited edition 500 unit only release, titled ‘Mean Season’ is due out on MRC July 28.
Total Stranger is:
Al Langlade (Lead Vocals, Keyboards, Rhythm Guitars)
Rolly Saulnier (Bass Guitar, Backing Vocals)
Peter Martin (Drums, Percussion)
Andre Pelletier (Lead Guitar, Spanish Guitar, Backing Vocals)
Steve ‘Pineapple’ McPhail (Guitars and Lead Vocals) 1986 Bonus Material
Jon Sampson (Drums) 1986 Bonus Material
Produced by: Jake Giacomelli and Total Stranger
The Remastered and Expanded Edition is Co-Produced by: Marcus Mason
Remastered by: JK Northrup
The new reworked cover art is from designer Arnaud Leger
Track Listing:
‘Mean Season’ (1990)
01. Mean Season
02. All Or Nothing
03. Soap Box
04. Easy In The Nite
05. Chance On Us
06. Take Me
07. Are You Alone
08. Experience
09. On The Outside
10. By Chance
‘Total Stranger’ EP (1986)
11. On The Outside
12. By Chance
13. Total Stranger
14. One Nite Stand
15. Things You’re Missin’
16. Reason Why

MOXY Signs With Escape Music For 40th Anniversary Release

Monday, March 2, 2015
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MOXY Signs With Escape Music
Canadian classic hard rockers MOXY signs with Escape Music to release the 40th Anniversary CD+DVD in Europe/UK. A release is scheduled for March 2015.

The MOXY 40th Anniversary package will include: Live DVD/CD from the Sound Academy in Toronto as well as a Re-Record of the best of from the first 3 albums: MOXY I, MOXY II and Riding High.
This is what founding member Earl Johnson had to say: It has been a long career for MOXY and what better way to celebrate the music for our 40th anniversary then with this unique package which will be made available through Escape Music in 2015. It gives me great pleasure to see these classic songs come to life with some fresh blood and a brand new recording. We didn’t just re-master the songs like a lot of people are doing today but instead we stripped them down, built them back up and re-recorded them to be more contemporary sonically with the recordings of today.’
MoxyBand MOXY Signs With Escape Music
MOXY current line-up:
Earl Johnson (Lead Guitar)
Nick Walsh (Lead Vocals) – Slik Toxik, Famous Underground
Alexis Von Kraven (Drums) – Metal Machine, Exorcism
Rob Robbins (Guitar, Background Vocals) – Steel Lily
Oscar Anasetti (Bass, Background Vocals) – Rabid Hole
The promo clip for ‘MOXY 1974-2014: 40 years and still RIDING HIGH‘ can be viewed below:
When MOXY first exploded onto the scene in 1974 with their hit song ‘Can’t You See I’m a Star’ They were destined to become part of the alumni of heavy hitting Canadians making a mark in the U.S.A. MOXY renegotiated a new contract with Polydor of Canada for distribution in affiliation with Mercury Records who reissued the self-titled debut album in North America and worldwide in 1976.
Just a year after the first album for Canadian fans, it was just three short months later that the reissued copy of the first MOXY album was released in the U.S., MOXY II received international press coverage for the band. Most reviews predicted success for the band and comparisons were made to AerosmithRush and Deep Purple.MOXY II was also highly acclaimed on its release by Geoff Barton of the UK music publication Sounds Magazine, who made the album available to its readers for the special price of only £1.50. Geoff Barton would later refer to MOXY as the Canadian Led Zeppelin.
MOXY saw success touring the U.S. with the likes of such artists as BostonStyxAC/DCBlack Sabbath and Rainbow just to name a few.
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DEF LEPPARD Announce 2015 Canadian Tour Dates

Wednesday, December 10, 2014
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Happy to announce our 2015 tour of ‪#‎Canada‬ For all details, including pre-sale, general on-sale, and VIP packages go to:
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15 April - Penticton, BC (South Okanagan Events Centre)
17 April - Victoria, BC (Save on Foods Memorial Centre)
18 April - Vancouver, BC (Pepsi Live at Rogers Arena)
20 April - Dawson Creek, BC (EnCana Events Centre)
22 April - Calgary, AB (Scotiabank Saddledome)
23 April - Edmonton, AB (Rexall Place)
25 April - Lethbridge, AB (Enmax Centre)
26 April - Regina, SK (Brandt Centre)
28 April - Saskatoon, SK (SaskTel Centre)
29 April - Winnipeg, MB (MTS Centre)
2 May - Montreal, QC (Bell Centre)
4 May - Ottawa ON (TD Place Arena)
5 May - London, ON (Budweiser Gardens)

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Tuesday, June 10, 2014
New Anti-Spam Law Will Impact Thousands of Musical Acts
Canada Spam
Moses Avalon
Let’s say you’re a music group with Canadian fans. Recently you emailed them announcing that you’re coming to town. But when you arrive, the local sheriff is waiting to seize your gear and fine you $1 million.
This might sound like a chapter out of Kafka or Orwell’s 1984, but it’s actually the not-too-distant future as proposed by the CRTC: Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission (Canada’s variant of the FCC.)
Starting July 1, 2014 a new Canadian Anti-Spam Law called CASL will go into effect that is intent on fining all businesses, large and small, $1 million if they send even one email to a Canadian that was not double opted in with “express permission,” as vaguely defined by CASL.
CASL (pronounced “castle”) will infect and affect every touring artist in the US and Canadian music industry in severely negative ways.
For artists who have been using web-based form-mail as an opt-in method to convert subscribers, (pretty much every artist with a website) sending an email blast could result in millions in fines if any Canadians are on the list.
While it’s true that the Canadian Mounties will not likely be charging over the border too soon, the law will carry “territorial jurisdiction.”  Put simply, the CRTC could ask a United States Attorney General to enforce the law or, in the alternative, wait until the offending artist crosses the Canadian border and then seize assets which could include musical equipment.
The law calls for a $1 million fine for each individual piece of email–not each individual campaign. Which means a mailing list with even 10 Canadian recipients could result in $10 million in fines.
What’s more disheartening is that this law gives the CRTC authority to go to SOCAN, Canada’s performing rights society and seize royalties that are due the offenders.
In practical terms, it’s not likely that the CRTC will have the budget to go after small independent recording artists.  At first. Their initial  targets will be large institutions, such as  banks who spam predatory lending offers. However, after a few hearty fines are collected, it is not unreasonable, according to one Canadian legal expert, Barry Sookman, for them to set their sights on some of the more aggressive concert promoters. (Is there another kind?)
Sookman says, “The law carries with it ‘vicarious liability.’ This means that one person can be liable for the actions of somebody else.” In this case, the CRTC could go after the promoter and the venue if one of them was “spamming” Canadians, as that term is broadly defined by CASL.
Expect promoters and venues to begin scrutinizing acts carefully for compliance before accepting a booking.
The CRTC demands that every recording artist get “express consent” from each Canadian member of their mailing list before July 1, 2014. This requires figuring out who on a mailing list of potentially hundreds or thousands of opt-ins are Canadian, extracting their names, and then sending them another double opt-in permission email before proceeding to email them further. A task that experts on the subject agree will be impossible to do by the deadline.  For the most part there is no way to tell which emails on a list belong to Canadians without expensive tracking services.
In other words, there will be examples made, fines levied and assets seized. The only question is, who will be first?
According to Sookman, “Bands are in a worse position than many big businesses because there is a three-year transition period to get consent after you have sold something to someone from whom you may have assumed you had implied consent [to email].”
But, a band rarely has implied consent. When dealing with a live show there is rarely a physical sale or receipt from the venue for a door-charge.  “And so the law would treat a band less kindly than a large bank,” and act as if there was never any implied consent, said Sookman.  His firm offers a toolbox for people trying to comply with CASL.
Hard to say.  If your group relies heavily on revenue from a Canadian audience you might have to rethink your marketing strategy or hire from the growing community of consultants that are specializing in CASL compliance. (Not me. Please no emails, but Sookman’s website has  resources as well as articles analyzing the law.)
Or, or for the poor-man’s approach, if you’re a US band, you could simply stay out of Canada.  And if you’re a Canadian band, you could move to the US.
I cannot think of a more bone-headed move on the part of our sister country.   And all this time I thought they were supposed to be the kinder more polite America.
Mo Out.
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