Interview: Buffy Sainte Marie

by Michael Bell(2009) A career that spans decades Buffy Sainte Marie first started performing in the early 60’s, sharpening her craft along side other 60’s legends like Leonard Cohen, Joni Mitchell and Neil Young. By 24 she had toured around the world and was voted 1964 Billboard Best New Artist…

Interview: Alan Doyle of Great Big Sea

by Michael Bell(2009) According to their bio; Great Big Sea is a bastard. Forged from the loins of Figgy Duff and Ryan’s Fancy, GBS found its feet on the unforgiving streets of St. John’s, and stood their ground when others faltered. When asked about their unlikely success, founding member Bob…

Interview: Serena Ryder (2009)

Serena grew up in the quite surroundings of Millbrook Ontario and its forests. Inspired by the records of her parents, she listened to songs by Leonard Cohen, the Beatles, Neil Young and picked up a guitar at the age of 13. She’d been a singer and a writer for years…

Interview: Don Walsh of Downchild Blues Band (1998)

Canada’s premier blues band “the Downchild Blues band” has been entertaining audiences for decades now and have earned them a special place in the Canadian music scene. I got a chance to talk to Don walsh one day from his home in the country… MB: What’s up these days Don? DW:…

Interview: Jim Cuddy of Blue Rodeo (1999)

As Canada’s consummate songwriters, Greg Keelor and Jim Cuddy continue to weave the rural experience with the urban one, while applying just the right mix of sentiment and honesty. Their songs are about things that happen to people. With this new release, they open a chapter on a new song…

Interview: Ronnie Hawkins

(1996) Rock star, movie star, TV personality, guru, teacher, father, husband, diplomat, bad boy. These are all words one could use to described the exceptional personality that is Ronnie Hawkins. The man has appeared with everyone from Dick Clark to Bill Clinton, Carl Perkins to Bob Dylan, even John Lennon…

Interview: Gene Simmons

by Michael Bell(1994) I was especially excited to get this interview. I was a huge KISS fan as a youth. Of all the personalities I’ve interviewed, none was as successful and down to earth as Gene Simmons. I spoke to him by phone from his studio while he mixed some…