ROUTE69 Productions hosts a stellar production with a fantastic lineup once again.
See what's rockin' at (647) 468 7769  or
A deep collaboration of musical minds created a recording project entitled Trigger Syndrome, a 3 piece hard rockin' indie act.  They will refresh your appetite and blow your mind, as they showcase a plethora of originals come Dec. 22nd LIVE at The Rockpile West 9pm (doors open at 8 PM). 

HOWZAT, a 4 piece high energy Rock act from Forest City, London, Ontario. Their debut single and video "STORM" since release in Sept 2015 they haven't stopped getting rave reviews across Ontario and tons of airplay on college radio throughout Canada all from EP release in 2016 called, 'ROUGH CUTZ' .
Kevin Rudy ( Vocals), Greigg Fraser (Guitars), Dale Penny ( drums) and David Buland ( bass),, Howzat released there 2nd video “HOUSE OF LOVE” in April of 2016, gaining more fans across Ont Canada. 

Playing and touring consistently throughout 2016, doing opening slots for, One Bad Son, Killer Dwarfs, Sabbath Only Sabbath, and Canada's very own Destroyer, HOWZAT ended 2016 charting on numerous Canadian and American Indie year-end charts.  Howzat released their first single and video of 2017 in January titled “LUV DUST”, and were a regional finalist for 2017 CBC Searchlight, and nominated for a JRMA ( Jack Richardson Music Award). Recorded and produced by Juno award winner Siegfried Meier at Beach Road Studios. Big things are on the horizon for this Canadian rock act !!! Be Sure to follow all things Howzat

Indirect support, one of the hottest ACDC tribute bands going strong today,  
Maximum Overdrive, featuring the vocals of Bon Scott era and beyond

and headlining, nonother then Nickelbach-Canada's Best Tribute to Nickelback.

Dec. 9th, 9pm ROUTE 69 PRODUCTIONS presents - Whiskey Rose Tributes WHITESNAKE

 ROUTE 69 PRODUCTIONS presents - Whiskey Rose Tributes WHITESNAKE

A note-for-note high-energy show covering all the greatest hits of Whitesnake featuring Darren James Smith of Red Dragon Cartel and Harem Scarem also featuring:

● Battered Egos a rock alternative act from Niagara Falls,


E-transfers excepted as well for $15 in advance tickets. send to or contact the  The Addiction or Battered Egos or pay $20 at the door at the Rockpile West 
at 5555 Dundas Street W. Etobicoke.
647 468 7769

December 2nd - ROUTE69 PRODUCTIONS PRESENTS: AEROFORCE - The Ultimate Tribute to AEROSMITH -with special guests.
The AEROFORCE history dates back to the early 90s. “Tyler” Bob Gregory and Paul G. Kramer brought together an Aerosmith tribute band of true Aerosmith fans.
The AEROFORCE mission has always been to faithfully reproduce the spirit of Aerosmith in look, sound, and atmosphere. This has provided a fun and entertaining experience for every Aerosmith fan for over 2 decades.
AEROFORCE have toured across Canada and the Eastern United States many times and have amassed a number of career highlights. There have been many festivals and shows with the likes of Vince Neil (Mötley Crüe), Night Ranger, Kim Mitchell, April Wine and Blue Rodeo.
There have been a number of Aerosmith CD release parties over the years as well. Most recently for the 'Music From Another Dimention’ CD, where Aerosmith’s own record company hired the band. On their behalf, the band has given away hundreds of Aerosmith CDs, tour shirts, videos and even a few Gibson Les Paul guitars (autographed by Steven Tyler and Joe Perry).
The band has also played several Aerosmith after show parties, special guests such as Jackyl and Cheap Trick, that will never be forgotten by the people who were lucky enough to get in to see them. Steven Tyler himself described them as “those cool guys from Canada” Check them out for yourself at The Rockpile at 5555 Dundas Street West in Etobicoke for their ALL AGES SHOWCASE featuring special guests. started out as a recording project, a meeting of minds filled with creativity and sports a wide variety of influences. This unique sound has garnered legions of fans worldwide laced with creative musicians and an accumulated 2 albums Murder by Numbers and No Room For Silence, with a 3rd in the works.  The members of this band have a musical history having the pleasure of sharing stages with Iron Maiden, Motor Head, Dio, 3 Days Grace, I Mother Earth, Kim Mitchell, Slick Toxic, Lee Aaron, Famous Under Ground with Nick Walsh (formerly of Slick Toxic), ANVIL, Killer Dwarfs and have rocked Edge 102 Fest, Tweed Trudeau Park Festival, Ontario Place (Amphitheatre) and Peterborough L.I.V.E Music Festival just to name but a few.
Hurry don't delay get your $15 IN ADVANCE tickets today from artists on the bill; at
or $20 at the door. Doors open at 8pm
Wear your dancing shoes this guarantees to get you moving and a grooving.
647 468  7769

Legendary Music Biz Photographer John Rowlands captivates with stories behind his iconic photos from the last 60 years!

For 6 decades, Oshawa born photographer, John Rowlands, has been one of the best-kept secrets in the music business.  Over the years he has been commissioned to take photos of popular music personalities and other celebrities, by their record labels, management or the press.  Rowlands has traveled the world and accomplished things many photographers could only dream of. Through it all he has amassed a unique collection of negatives, slides and digital files all the while becoming known as a Photographer to the Stars.   It began in Ottawa on September 26, 1960, when Rowlands’ ‘hobby’ turned into a ‘career’ in the blink of an eye and the zap of a flash bulb!  At 13, he’d bought a ticket to popular singer Brenda Lee’s touring road show, and knew as a fan, that the only chance he’d have in taking her home was on the film in his camera. Shooting a full roll of film of the show, he met her, chatted with her backstage, carried her suitcase to her station wagon, and got an autograph, her address in Nashville and a kiss on the cheek!  Without knowing it, his life changed on that day. Two weeks later after mailing the snapshots to Nashville, he received a call from her manager who requested the negatives.  John forwarded them. Three weeks later the mail contained his first photographic pay cheque of $35.  Soon, thereafter, he was photographing Sam Cooke.  As time passed the offers became more frequent and contained substantial increases in compensation. By 1963 Rowlands was known by several working editors of International fan magazines.  SIXTEEN magazine, in New York City, had become his first steady account.  By the eleventh grade, he was earning $80 an 8×10 and banked more than $10,000.  At sixteen he approached Capitol Records who had just signed an Ottawa band, The Esquires, and showed them photos he’d done of them before they signed with the label.  This venture brought forth a career shift and a key to the door of the record industry was at hand!  The rest they say is MUSIC HISTORY.  
 November 16th, 2017, was inspirational filled with magic.  Engaging music fans, creating a one-of-a-kind night to remember.  
 Legendary John Rowlands with lifelong friend and music industry's Michael Watson, brought John's up close and personal 
ROCK & ROLL MEMORIES - live and interactive slideshow 
presentation to Toronto's Balmy Beach Club at 360 Lake Front Street.  John Rowlands shared his photo collections with several hundred eager fans in the full house audience while narrating the stories behind these music legends, spanning almost 60 years.  I had the honor to view first hand and attempt to capture this icon's essence live.  Here is a short list of entertainers that Rowlands has had in his viewfinder:  David Bowie, Elvis, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Frankie Avalon, Annette Funicello, Jimi Hendrix, Bob Marley, Slash, Alice Cooper, Sting, Michael Jackson, KISS, Willie Nelson, Dylan & Springsteen, just to name a few.  
                              that John included in his photographic slide show November 16th. His website can embellish those mentioned & many many more, stop in for a visit at:                                        

To Book a special evening of magical Rock N Roll Memories with John Rowlands, you can reach him online at 

I wish to thank the amazing John Rowlands, Michael Watson, Catherine Doyle, Terry Mason and The Balmy Beach Club for a fantastic evening of top quality entertainment and  hospitality.


Emily Burgess was born in 1987 into a family that truly appreciated music and she graduated with honors in music, alongside a major in guitar from the prestigious Humber College Music Program 8 years ago, in 2009.  She is highly regarded as 1 of Canada’s finest emerging guitarists and has worked with the best in the business, including the Juno nominated 24th Street Wailers.  She continuously writes and performs having shared the stage with guitar legends Jimmie Vaughan, Kevin Breit, Garrett Mason, Suzie Vinnick, Sam Weber, just to name a few.  Though only 30 years young, she is a seasoned musical veteran who currently performs as the youngest and newest edition of The Weber Brothers.
Nov. 4th, 2017,  Emily released her 1st Solo CD entitled Are We In Love? featuring her unique signature guitar approach and style, along side “The Baddest Band in the Land” – The Weber Brothers. Her originals: Are We in Love, I Wanna Make You Mine, All I Wanna Do Is Love You, Ain't That a Woman, What Has Been Is All Within, Stand Up For Your Love, Could You Watch Me Walk and Arrested charmed her legion of fans in that full house, 83 seat Cadillac Lounge, back hall release concert.  They blended both her current and past musical tastes together, projecting many flavors.  I can only compare it to that of a steak; anyone who knows me, knows I adore steak.  Her tones were just what you would expect off her musical menu, hearty, meaty, and juicy.  All the bases were covered from a light and jazzy feel to the bold and sexiness of the blues, to a saucy rockabilly trait, to a dash of a country sense, with a splash of punky garage rock overtone for good measure.  She included cover versions of Candy Man by Mississippi John Hurt which was laced with the sounds of The Rolling Stones; Rock This House original by Jimmy Rogers,  she managed to make a super classic jump jive sound all her own, Work Song by Nina Simone was stellar as was their version of Stevie Ray Vaughan's blues staple, Honey Bee.  A Weber Brothers perfected original, Only One in Your Dreams, was included (Emily co-wrote with Ryan and Sam Weber).  My favorite would have to be Til I Get to Call You My Own, as it has an infectious bluesy grind that was harmonized beautifully with Ryan Weber.  Her audience wanted more which encouraged them to add in an encore of Okie Dokie Stomp which was a mesmerizing version of  Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown's.

Emily is also a regular guitarist for the Women’s Blues Revue Band since 2014 allowing Emily the opportunity to take her place alongside many of Canada’s top musicians in the annual event held at Massey Hall in Toronto each November. This showcase brings blues lovers together for an evening honoring the contributions to this genre with some of Canada’s finest musicians. Now, in its 31st year, this magical night is co-presented by The Toronto Blues Society, starting at 8 pm on Nov. 18th; featuring Rebecca Hennessy as the bandleader on trumpet featuring Colleen Allen on Sax, Carrie Chesnutt on Sax, Morgan Doctor on Drums with Carlie Howell on Bass, Lily Sazz on Keys and Emily Burgess on Guitar.  Also shining a light on vocalists Dawn Tyler WatsonJenie ThaiAndria SimoneKellylee Evans, host/vocalist Shakura S’Aida and "Sue Foley- one of the finest guitarists in Canada," says Emily!
                                  Hurry don't delay get your $25-$65 tickets at

contact Massey Hall/Roy Thomson Hall Box Office at 416-872-4255.

ALL PHOTOS are copyright to Deb Draper
Stay in tune with this next music icon on the horizon, Emily Burgess at  
As well, stop by iTunes and pick up her newest hits.  
Don't forget to purchase your event tickets today, to catch her live as part of The Weber Brothers Patches CD Release events coming to a city nearest you, 
BY visiting and 
stay in tune at 

Remembering Jan Schoute.

Sunday, Nov. 12th, The Red Dog played host to toast our fallen musical soul, Jan Schoute. This weekend marked 20 years since I first met Terry Guiel, Robin Hawkins and Jan Schoute in this very space, through my prior long-term relationship with Jerry Janke. I got to appreciate a different, more personal and passionate side of live music and the bar scene thanks to Jerry.  I would frequent Sat nights at the Red Dog to capture the musical stylings of Jerichos Wall, whom Jan was a member of.  Over the years I fondly referred to him as my philosopher king, he knew what needed to be said, at the right time every time. He knew what your heart needed and that was laughter, song, compassion, a hug, a kiss and lots of "I Love Ya Man," not necessarily in that order.  It was a pleasure knowing Jan's genuine nature.  I not only enjoyed listening to his wisdom but to his soothing voice on stage and on Trent Radio.  Peterborough's finest musicians entertained for 7 hours including The Weber Brothers, Tami J Wilde with Jamie Henderson and Brent Bailey, Rick Fines, Buzz Thompson, Terry Guiel, Terry's daughter Jasher Guiel, Jeanne Thompson, 3 acts that Jan was well known as guitarist and vocalist for -Tony Silvestri Band, Jericho's Wall & Bailen to name but only a few.  They lined up to grace that infamous RD stage and as the night grew on, the talent list grew to 50 deep. 

My gal pals and I arrived a few minutes behind and missed our dear friend, The Patio Daddio - Mr. Wylie Harold's performance, but, we caught up with him for a quick snuggle and hug hello.   100's of music lovers, (just like in the good old days) came from miles around.  Fans from as far away as Vancouver like dear friend-Gregory Ryan came to pay tribute to this musical heart who we so knew as 
Jan the Man and Jano.  
One song stood forward in my mind; unique as the songwriter, Jeanne L.Thompson.  She wrote and performed a song, on acoustic guitar, just for Jan entitled, 
"Behind Glass"
Where did you go?
I'd like to know
Where did you go?
loved you so

It's like I'm behind glass
It's like I'm behind glass
Do you see me anymore?
Do you hear me anymore?
Do you feel me anymore?
Where did you go?
I'd like to know
Where did you go?
I loved you so.

It's like I'm behind glass
It's like I'm behind glass
Do you see me anymore?
Do you hear me anymore?
Do you feel me anymore?

Where did you go?
I'd like to know
Where did you go?
I loved you so

It's like I'm behind glass
It's like I'm behind glass
Where did you go?
I miss you so.

His sudden passing left behind his son Isaac, daughter Olivia, wife Allison, sister Arin Blok, best friend Bruce Francis and many extended family members.   Jan's passing has left a void and inner darkness as we all mourn together the loss of our friend and kindred soul.   Jan’s funeral was held on Tuesday, November 14th, 1 p.m. at Living Hope Church.  Pictures of Jan, his family, his musical friends were on display as you walked into the center hall, which was filled with love, pure love and plenty of it.  Paul Rellinger & family members all shared emotional memorials, including a live musical version of the Beatles "In My Life" by Terry Guiel and The Weber Brothers.

Jan was deep, he was kind, he was passionate, he was raw, he always wore his heart upon his sleeves. He was generous, inviting, funny, talented, intelligent, dedicated and he was the medicine that you required when you had sore feet, an aching heart or you needed a jump start, that re-boost when you were lost, sad or just frustrated.  Peterborough not only lost a musician that was larger than life, we lost a treasure, a rare gem, that NO ONE can ever replace. Life is precious and extremely short, LOVE ONE ANOTHER, don't be afraid to tell those, that you care about, that you LOVE THEM, embrace your inner Jan.  

I reflect back to a memorable moment, I got to experience with Jan at the Peterborough United Church on George Street, Nov. 2nd, 2014.  We honorably gathered together to sing with the amazing Weber Brothers, regarding their hit, "I Still Believe."  As you will see to the right or in the video, Jan, is standing tall in the center, upon the highest position on that pulpit, with his tambourine in hand, singing loud and proud.  I will forever, remember your humor that day, as you recited  "Romper Room's Magic Mirror" routine with your tambourine. I share this particular magical moment with Jan and 1 other gal, my best friend Reina.  I can still hear him now, ""Romper, stomper, bomper boo. Tell me, tell me, tell me, do. Magic Mirror, tell me today, did all my friends here have fun at play?" further saying as he peered through his tambourine/make shift mirror, "I see Reina and Debbie," thanks Jan for the memories.