CONCERT REVIEW: From Jazz Club to Breakfast Club then back again; Molly Ringwald and her debut album Except Sometimes.

From night club to Breakfast Club and back again.  It all started in 1971, when Molly Ringwald was just 3 years of age.  With a highly recognizable father, Bob Ringwald, a professional Jazz pianist aficionado, you knew it wouldn't be long til you heard the infectious sounds of father and daughter performances.  At the ripe old age of 6, she recorded "I Wanna Be Loved by You," a music album of Dixieland Jazz with her father and his Fulton Street Jazz Band.  The photo to the left shows Molly Ringwald at 8 years of age sharing the stage with dad and the Disney Orchestra on "New Mickey Mouse Club" in the Spring of 1976.  

Show biz is not just in her DNA, it's her way of life.  Becoming an Icon over night, having a line of Hughes films like Sixteen Candles, The Breakfast Club, 

under her belt at a young age, certainly didn't hurt her career one bit, she sure was 
"Pretty in Pink!"  This Golden Globe-nominated actress and multi-gifted desirous personality is also a National Best Selling Author.
and mother of 3, Mathilda, 13 and six-year-old twins, Adele and Roman, with her
 husband Panio
Photo: Colin Finlay   

47 years into her very active and sensational career, she has come full circle back to where it all began, flowing back to her love of Jazz, now celebrating 5 years as one of the best sultry sounds on the music circuit today.  She engaged her Brampton Rose Theatre audience with perfected popular cabaret-style hits blended with smooth and sexy swing standards.  Molly's playful renditions were infectious as she entertained the anxious fans with her stellar 16 song, two set evening showcase.  You couldn't tell that she recently turned 50, as this beautiful Californian was sophisticatedly poised as she shared her gently flowing intimate soprano talents, celebrating her head spinning debut album, 2013's "Except Sometimes" that is filled with influential classical American jazz masterpieces from the early 20th century, spanning back 8 decades.  Her energized 4 piece consisted of LA's professional musician/arranger/director/composer pianist Peter Smith; the soft sounds of "brush master" the accomplished drummer Tony Jefferson from NY; the sexy stylings of Trev Wane on Bass who is the most in demand supportive bassists in LA.  They projected exceptional versions of hits from the American Songbook.  Molly stated, "I love to sing this next song this time of year, as it's about love and Spring" as they melted right into Bobby Haymes & Marty Clark's "They Say It's Spring" with a wonderful piano solo showcasing Peter Smith's range.  Molly included a WWII piece, singing French start to finish with Louise Brooks & Rina Ketty's "J'Attendrai" or in English, "I Will Wait."  Sticking with the love theme, she enhanced the mood with Ben Oakland & Oscar Hammerstein's  "I'll Take Romance."  Simply nailing the 1936 hit "Pick Yourself Up" written by Jerome Kern and Dorothy Field's from the film Swing Time.  Molly then introduced the greatest stalker song by Fredrick Loewe & Alan Jay Lerner, "On The Street Where You Live" from the 1956 Broadway production of My Fair Lady.  Molly interacted with her audience, educating them on song titles and the artists.  She introduced the best of songs! Molly said, "they're all about love gone wrong," just like Miles Davis's "It Never Entered My Mind " composed by Richard Rodgers and written by Lorenz Hart.  I simply adored her version of Canadian composer Rufus Wainwright 2003's "Vibrate" all about technology and the love connection.   

The next few songs I personally connected with especially Molly's rendition of the magical Elvis Costello and Bert Bacherach's "God Give Me Strength."    I really heard strong influences in her assured vocals, especially, strong hints of Billie Holiday in the song, "Mean To Me" as well as, Ella Fitzgerald's " Tisket a Tasket."    She got up close and personal, wearing her heart on her sleeve as she mentioned, while on the road a lot, she would call her kids and sing  " I Thought About You" a 1939 song that was composed by Jimmy Van Heusen with lyrics by Johnny Mercer.  Comfortable with where the evening was going, Molly removed her shoes, (reminding me of Peterborough's Missy Knott's barefoot confidence) as Molly stated, "I want my feet on the ground as I perform Fats Waller's "Your Feet's To Big." 

Photo above:
 is Molly Ringwald's quintet, this show featured a quartet, minus Allen Mezquida on Sax.

I think what grabbed my soul the most during this outstanding show was the shouts of "We Love you Molly" and her responsive " I love you too" which led her to expressing, "my show should be entitled "An Evening of Love" instead of "An Evening with Molly Ringwald."  Her encore was nothing short of awe-inspiring, as she proudly delivered a heart grabbing version of a song she never thought she would ever sing live.  Molly tearfully expressed that already into the 21st week of 2018, and have already been 23 USA school shootings where someone was hurt or killed. She dedicated her last piece to the victims and the many families affected by these devastating occurrences.  " I will always sing this song in my shows until someone does something about this," Molly stated.   She burst into an exhilarating acapella display of Harold Arlen's "Somewhere Over The Rainbow."  

“People always ask me why I sing songs from the Great American Songbook,” Ringwald said. “Besides the fact that it’s one of our national treasures,” Ringwald said, "it's songs had everything she could want to express!"  

The greatest music of all time doesn't have an expiration date, since her debut album release in 2013 Molly has toured her band to over 7 countries with over 160 shows.  Molly truly knows how to engage all your senses!!!  Click on over to 
and add "Except Sometimes" to your music collection and grab a ticket for a show nearest you, she delivers, you won't be disappointed.

She was not allowing photographs at this show, however, granted the 2 media reps, myself included, to utilize one of the shots found inside the beautiful accreditation kit with necessary information and a program guide showing Rose Theatre's huge lineup for 
2018-2019.  This magnificent theatre opened it's doors September 29, 2006 and includes a main performance hall with seating for 880 and a smaller multi purpose hall for 130-160. It is truly a cultural and tourist destination. Check it out at 



REVIEW: Toronto RISEUP TV Performance on the 2018 CANADA TOUR with Rosner Management's Mark Rosner of B.C

RiseUp TV - 2018 Canada Tour

Mark Rosner, Manager of Rosner Management Services​
out of BC, packed up and drove his artists cross Canada on the 2018 RISEUP TV Tour  & Toronto's showcase at Rockpile Bar & Nightclub at 5555 Dundas Street West, featured 12 of Mark's artists from across Globe.
Including MC & professional Magician Roger Boucher of  Boucher Entertainment.
Truly a seasoned veteran in the realm of entertaining, you have to witness his genius magical tricks & his professional showmanship, surely not shy as he engaged the audience.

Guest speaker & event sponsor Jay Stoyan,
president & manager of The Disability Channel.
mingled with the audience & stage assisted host Roger while he educated the room on his company TDC, and that it is an international leader in the world of disability/ability issues and solutions. They realized the Canadian & global market desperately needed original programming for &/or by persons with disabilities to be included on the TV programming schedule. TDC, with the proper components in place, including disability employment programs courtesy our partner OWLware.  They are prepared to become the leading force on both the domestic & international stages for persons with disabilities & the workforce.  Who are leading the way in the world of technology with HD Digital ROKU TV, Regional & National Broadcast platforms who's missions are simple: to bridge the society’s gap regarding persons with disabilities & disability issues; to produce Broadcast Television & online content for persons with disabilities by person’s with disabilities and finally to employ, educate & support persons with disabilities through various employment & workshop programs.
Artists rode RiseUp Tour bus, drove their on car or flew in to meet the tour bus from across Canada, New York, Carolina & Greece.  2nd up, singer, song-writer, instrumentalist, a multi award winner & Minto Country Music Wall of Famer hailed from Riverview New Brunswick.  
Her deep & rich alto tones on her original hit "The Last Train" from her album 
 "The Liberator " reminded me of the talented vocalist Sylvia- of Canadian Country Folk legends Ian and Sylvia Tyson.  Closing her set accompanied by the next artist Simon Henley, she played us a little bluesy country flavoured ditty, reminding me of the old fashioned jam sessions in the kitchen growing up.  Keep up to date on her music at
Coming all the way from Quebec was Veteran RideUp Tour's Simon Henley.  Projecting  2 originals "Oh Pia" & " Dear Bipolar" from his full length album " Inside Out" man can he make his guitar sing in any style from folk to rock to classical.  His voice resembles 2 of my favorite musical influences that of Ben Folds & Marcus Mumford of Mumford & Sons stay in touch with Simon at

Next to hit the stage, all the way from NEW YORK and CAROLINA!!!!!

Poetically Contagious took to the stage all the way from New York City & Carolina sharing 2 of their rap originals that were heavily mixed with R & B with a huge dose of Michael Jackson style vocals, stellar set!! Follow them on Facebook

Following was non other then classic crossover singer songwriter & Princess Cruise Line's Tiffany Desrosiers.  All the way from Vancouver, Tiffany has been the only artist on this tour to receive a Standing Ovation, as well, requested encores.  She has stunning vocals comparative to Celine Dion yes, however, I also heard multi Grammy award winning Whitney Houston too.  Tiffany's angelic nature gave her an extremely calm stage presence, that of a seasoned professional. Not afraid to take her craft to stratospheric dimensions like she did on her original song "Fearless" from her "Fearless" Album. Her songs span quite a bit of vocal territory, from alto to the highest soprano & expressed this theory well, as she projected a cover version of "All By Myself" by well known artist Eric Carmen.   Got the crowd dancing with her addictive EDM Pop, stay in tune at

Next up was another amazing SOLO performer, FACTOR CANADA recipient Julie Curly who sang her Flower Power (The Freedom Song) off her newly released 4th album entitled Flower Power Soul who sang strongly with the flare of Janis Joplin. To my surprise & pleasure, sure enough, she blew me away with the sweetest rendition of Janis Joplin's Bobby McGee.  She then sang a beautiful French original "Comme in zebra dans le desert"  from her 1st album 2014 Confessions, totally mind blowing.  She is a Rosner Management's Quebec artist & her band has shared much success on the radio locally in Montreal, thru Ontario to the Eastern Canadian Coast to Belgium.  You will surely what to keep tabs on Miss Curly, visit her at

Next solo artist needs no introduction to our Wire Megazine musical realm, as she is well known in the Peterborough area the last few years performing on Peterborough Live Music Festival, local pubs, fundraisers & 2017's CanCon event hosted by The Wire Megazine's Michael Bell & Wire Awarded Missy Knott.  That's right, she is non other then multi instrumentalist Taylor Merrick.  She surprised me as she engaged us with a perfectly paired cover to match her vocal magic, love love love her fragile butterfly flutter that female artists are perfecting more & more, a sound I adore & audiences are mesmerized by it.   She nailed a luxurious rendition of Billie Eilish's hit "I Don't Wanna Be Here Anymore" with absolutely no instrument in her hands.  She presented a very smooth & sexy R & B version of the Daniel Ceasar's hit "Best Part" while she made those piano keys dance showing her true musical ranges, typical sound I was hoping for from Taylor; however, I was sad that she didn't play guitar as I love her strumming technique too.  Keep in tune with Taylor at
While the next full band loaded up, I participated in tightening the reigns if you will by placing a straight jacket on the host & professional Magician Roger Boucher of Boucher Entertainment as he instructing me to place the straps as tight as can be & it got real warm as my peers cheered me on while I gingerly reached between his legs for the final strap.  In under 1 minute, he escaped to the cheer of the crowd, & let me tell you, I pulled them reigns reallllllll tight.  
Wow that was incredible!!  
Next up, was Bree Taylor, the ONLY gal on the 2018 RiseUp TV Tour start to finish & she gave her hometown crowd in T.O her full band's outstanding 10th performance with only 2 more shows to go, was very emotional near the end as her mom, family & close friends were front & centre.  The Rockpile dance floor filled up as she engaged us with her dance pop hits "Broken Dreams", "What You're Looking For" & her NEW single "The Feeling" all blended in with 2 popular covers "I'm Not Ready To Make Nice" by the Dixie Chicks & Joan Jett & the Blackhearts "I Love Rock n Roll."   She revved the audience as she invited her best friend & well known artist Nicole Rayy
to the stage for an awesome high energy version of Joan Jett. You would not even know she experienced vocal fatique the night before & was not able to appear in Hamilton, truly a stellar set, I am confident your will wanna keep an eye on her, she is going places, get your autographs while you can  
Next duo was so unique, better make that a trio if you include their Mannequin.  They played a style of art not quite rap but not quite psychedelic blended in with what I call industrial pop welded together with strong political rock poetry that oozed that 80s techno beat you would hear in any nightclub.  Louis Cyphier & Jason Norwood collaborated to propel their art of deep song.  There 1st original truly reached my soul, I could feel the pain, related easily to the lyrics of their recently released 2018 single "Let Me Die" from their album "Cerebral Warfare."  They exposed a cover of the 70's German act Kraftwerk (who were the 1st successful act of it's kind to popularize electronic music, known today as the innovators & pioneers of this genre).  The Kraftwerk hit that London's Cyphier perfected was The "Wall of Mirrors" a sound so familiar to me, but I couldn't put my finger on it and than bam, yes, I knew it sounded like an early 80s act YAZ together with Marillion.  I want to see them live again, rare that you can connect instantly to an artists magic, click on over to
 Last act of the night for me was the band I was dying to witness, all the way from GREECE, that's right Maple Run.  This fun 4 piece explosive energy communicated well with the full room, knew how to entertain.  Constantly moving & to their metal pop grind & never missing a beat. This tight act fed us addictive originals from their "House on Fire", "Tour EP 2010", "Live in Belgium", "Restless" & "Partykrasher" albums.  This is a wickedly brilliant act that was accepted into the 2018 Rocklahoma days before the RiseUP TV Tour, but, some glitch in paper work they were not able to attend & yet, their USA loss & our Canadian gain.  Their sound wafts Metallica, meets Stone Temple Pilots amalgamated with the heavy laddened guitar of Bullet For My Valetine.  I wish they were local as I would definately spend the ticket price to see these amiable stage engulfers over & over again, man there was a lot of hair flying & they were not the only ones head spinning.  Their 1st impression was well dealt, you got a new Canadian fan now.  Much success Maple Run & congrats on being Orange Amplification Endorsees, trip on over loud & proud to 
 I was truly sad to go as I missed the last 3 performers of the night, Canadian Hip-Hop Artist McClin and His Flow, 3-piece Hard Rock Band GROOOVE from North Bay and a band I know, non other than headliners, Toronto's heavy hitters Down The Void. 

Over all, this night spoke volumes to me.  It was a fabulous showcase of Indie up and comers and veterans destined to be the next music Icon on the horizon.  Not many artists will get the chance to travel the world let alone their own country expressing their essence, let alone with a group of like minded Indie music makers on a trip across Canada making a reality show.  Stay tuned for Rosner Management's release of the compilation CD and the made for TV video release.

A globally distributed TV show, introducing the world to the personalities, sights and sounds of artists from around the world! Coming in the fall of 2018!

Another flawless sound and lights execution Jake Disman​, and great food Dom and the staff at Rockpile Bar and Nightclub, the hottest live rock music venue in Toronto not a simple feet by any stretch to balance a 14 solo, duo and full band evening, impeccable job making artists look and sound their best. 
Keep on keeping on.  Thanks for having The Wire Megazine​ once again as a media source,
great talent, fantastic memories.