Mb Speaks: Dec 2019

Mb Speaks

December… 1989. The first copy of The Wire rolls off the press and my life would never be the same. Allow me to describe it’s origins. It starts in 1984, the year I won the Q107 Homegrown Contest fronting a band called EyeEye. It was the same year I’d meet my wife and partner Michelle and decide to return to Peterborough. Thinking to put my musical career on hold, I opened an after-hours café featuring late night entertainment (1-3am) with the likes of a young Dennis O’toole or Rick Fines gracing the stage. With promoting the talent in mind, I approached the local station CKPT AM and pitched a plan to Jack Roe, then station manager, to create a homegrown album, just like Q107 did. CKPT agreed and sent 10 acts to Northumberland 29’s Studio to record, what for some, would be their first studio recording. So we had the vinyl, now to promote it. A street party on Simcoe and a showcase at The Holiday Inn garnered the project a bit of under-inspired media coverage and we were faced with boxes of LP’s to get out. One way we’d hoped to spread the word was by distributing a small program during the shows. It was a paste up photocopy job with PMT pics and Letraset, (you might have to Google that one.) Rick Kemp, the bassist from my old band Strobic Axe, helped me out with the showcases, while I sold the ads and his friend PJ Thomas helped us with paste up and editorial. Thanks to Mike Taveroff, we sold a few copies out of Moondance (also the first store to buy an ad) but other than that it was obvious something bigger was needed to get the music out. As the story goes, it was after an Alice Cooper concert at the Memorial Centre that Rick and I, while sharing a beer, quipped “We should have sold them an ad! What if we had a newspaper for the local music scene…”
The rest, is as you say, mystory…

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