Milkwood

Milkwood, summer 1969. Left to right: Ron Frankel, Jack Geisinger, Louis McKelvey, Mary Lou Gauthier and Malcolm Tomlinson. Photo: Rosemary White   Mary Lou Gauthier (Lead vocals)  Louis McKelvey (Guitar, Vocals)  Malcolm Tomlinson (Guitar, Flute, Drums, Lead vocals)  Ron Frankel (Drums)  Ronnie Blackwell (Bass)  + Jack Geisinger (Bass, Vocals)  This fascinating Anglo-Canadian group was put […]

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The Magic Circus

James Houston (Guitar, Vocals)  Al Palmquist (Guitar, Vocals)  Al Spencer (Bass)  Roz Parks (Drums)  + Colin Walker (Drums)  The Magic Circus were best known for containing future Paupers’ members Roz Parks (b. 15 April 1945, Picton, Ontario) and James Houston (b. 25 May 1946, Belfast, Northern Ireland). Houston, Parks and Spencer (b. 7 March 1947, […]

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Jericho

Left to right: Gord Fleming, Frank De Felice, Fred Keeler and Denny Gerrard. Photo may be subject to copyright. Fred Keeler (Guitar, Vocals)  Gord Fleming (Keyboards, Accordion, Vocals)  Denny Gerrard (Bass, Vocals)  Frank Di Felice (Drums)  + Scott Cushnie (Keyboards)  Danny Marks (Guitar, Vocals)  Bob Yeomans (Drums)  This musically interesting band was formed in March […]

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David Clayton-Thomas Combine

David Clayton-Thomas (Vocals) Jack Mowbray (Guitar) Peter Hodgson (Bass) Pat Patterson (Drums) then Pat Little (Drums) David Clayton-Thomas formed this band in Toronto in February 1968 with former Bossmen guitarist Jack Mowbray, who had been playing in Italy for six months backing pop singer Nicola di Barri. He also brought in former Jon-Lee Group (aka […]

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The Power Project

Doug Stokes (Vocals) Greg Carducci (Bass)       Ray Rychlewski (Drums) + Josef Chirowski (Keyboards) Larry Leishman (Guitar) Singer Doug Stokes formed The Power Project in mid-1967 with former Roy Kenner & The Associates members Carducci and Rychlewski. Former Mandala member Josef Chirowski and ex-David Clayton-Thomas & The Phoenix and Jon-Lee Group guitarist Larry Leishman joined […]

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Jon & Lee and The Checkmates

Lee Jackson (Vocals)  Michael Fonfara (Keyboards)  Larry Leishman (Guitar, Vocals)   Dave Brown (Drums) Peter Hodgson (Bass)  Wes Morris (Drums)  John Finley (Vocals)  Jeff Cutler (Drums)  Toronto’s R&B favourites, Jon & Lee and The Checkmates were originally known as Lee Jackson & The Checkmates. The original band (formed at a local high school in 1962) […]

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McKenna Mendelson Mainline

Joe Mendelson (Guitar, Harmonica, Keyboards, Vocals) Mike McKenna (Guitar) Pat Little (Drums) Timothy Leary (Bass) Denny Gerrard (Bass) Tony Nolasco (Drums)  Mike Harrison (Bass)     Frank ”Zeke” Sheppard (Harmonica, Bass, Vocals) Ted Purdy (Bass, Guitar, Vocals) Larry Leishman (Guitar, Vocals) Bob Adams (Harmonica)   Following a brief spell in The Ugly Ducklings, former Luke […]

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Kensington Market

Kensington Market produced perhaps the most gentle, lyrical rock music to figure on the Toronto music scene during the 1960s. Fusing folk, classical and jazz elements with attractive melodic phrasings, and anecdotal lyrics, Kensington Market (named after a street market in the city’s west side) was formed initially to promote the song writing talents of […]

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