ALAN FREW OF GLASS TIGER
Born in Glasgow, Scotland, Toronto-based Alan Frew is a founding member and driving force behind the legendary Canadian rock icons,Glass Tiger. Alan Frew is a multi-platinum selling songwriter, performer, public speaker and author. His work with Glass Tiger has garnered him five Juno Awards, a Grammy nomination and five Canadian Classic Awards in recognition of songs that have been played in excess of 100,000 times on radio. Additionally, Frew co-wrote ‘I Believe’ (the theme song for CTV’s coverage of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games) with Stephan Moccio, He also co-wrote the title track from Johnny Reid’s Juno-Nominated album “Fire it Up”, which was coincidentally also has been recording by the legendary Joe Cocker. Classic videos of My Home Town (ft. Rod Stewart) capture Alan’s love of Scotland while Thin Red Line is a historically moving tribute as well. Glass Tiger is celebrating 30 years of making music together and has toured with artists including Rod Stewart, Tina Turner. Fleetwood Mac to name a few and performed for the Canadian Armed Forces and their allies in Bosnia, Israel, Egypt and Afghanistan.
Alan Frew’s contribution to the Heal The Earth project is an acoustic version of Glass Tiger’s “This is Your Life” in celebration of Earth Day 2021.
Andy Kim is an international superstar known globally for hits such as Sugar, Sugar as a songwriter and as a sing/songwriter for classics like Baby How’d We Ever Get This Way, Baby I Love You and Rock Me Gently. Andy has never stopped performing or writing since the late 1960s. As a songwriter, his song Sugar, Sugar has been recorded by such diverse artists as Tina Turner, Tom Jones, Wilson Pickett and Bob Marley. A true humanitarian, Andy has produced the show, Andy Kim’s Christmas for the past 15 years, raising hundreds of thousands of dollars for CAMH to benefit mental wellness. Considered one of Canada’s treasures who has found success globally, Andy Kim has been awarded the country’s top industry honours including the Canadian Music Industry Hall of Fame and a star on Canada’s Walk Of Fame. Andy is a member of Songwriters Hall of Fame, was inducted into Billboard’s Hit Parade Hall of Fame, and in 2017, For the 2nd time in their 70-year history, SOCAN honoured Andy with their Cultural Impact Award. Over his epic career, Andy has sold over 30 million records, and has over half a billion streams on Spotify. and YouTube.
Andy Kim hopes to spread the message through his song “Who Has the Answers?” debuting on April 22 to Heal the Earth and to help save our planet.
Folk/Roots songwriter and artist Barry Stagg has been making records and writing songs since the late 1970’s in his hometown of Montreal, Quebec Canada. After 29 years Stagg relocated to North Carolina where he continues to hone his craft as a songwriter and performer. Never slowing down, pre-pandemic in 2019, Barry Stagg appeared as a Featured Showcase Artist in Cannes, France at the prestigious MIDEM Conference, Live at Heart Sweden and a Cashbox Canada Event at Indie Week in Toronto, Ontario, Canada and will be returning to Sweden in September 2021 for the new Future Echoes Festival. Barry continues to perform and write with new announcements coming soon.
Barry Stagg’s song invites everyone to “Shine a Little Light” on every day so we can find a way to Heal the Earth on Earth Day and every day.
Described by Billboard Magazine as “…one of our finer voices“, David Pomeranz’s recording and songwriting projects have earned him a total of 22 platinum and 18 gold albums – selling over 40 million records internationally. He has achieved success in virtually every entertainment medium and his concert performances have delighted and inspired audiences all over the world. David Pomeranz solo albums include the classics, “It’s In Everyone of Us”, The Truth of Us“ Time To Fly” and “Born For You – HIs Best And More” which reached over 10 times Platinum status in the Philippines alone, making it the largest selling International Pop album in the history of that country. Pomeranz songs include the classics “Trying to Get The Feeling Again”” and “The Old Songs”, both recorded by Barry Manilow and “It’s in Every One of Us”, which was featured in the TV special John Denver Muppet Movie. He has recently been working on a new album release and other projects with new announcements coming soon.
David Pomeranz has kindly contributed his classic song “It’s In Everyone of Us” with the poignant message we can all Heal The Earth because it’s in everyone of us if we all just do our part.
Don Graham is a true veteran of the Canadian music scene. He has had a career as a performer, songwriter, publisher, record producer and music journalist. His start in the recording industry was as a member of pioneer Canadian country rock act Graham County signed a U.S. deal with MCA records and had a Pick Hit in the trusted U.S. publication Cashbox Magazine in 1972. As a songwriter he was signed to Irving Almo Publishing in Toronto at the same time as Bryan Adams and Eddie Schwartz and has written for Canadian teen idol Bobby Curtola amongst others. His last record release “I Just Called Him Dad” was recorded in Muscle Shoals Alabama with the legendary Norbert Putnam he and is currently writing with Grand Ole Opry star Michael Peterson.
Invited to be on a new Americana compilation soon to be released and another project soon to be announced, with further plans to tour Europe again on the horizon, Don continues to write songs and live his hometown in Toronto, Ontario in the Beach Area.
Don Graham is proud to share his song in efforts to the Heal The Earth on Earth Day and every day with his message of “You Can Count On Me”.
One of those legendary artists that can be identified simply by one word – Gowan. A Glasgow born and Canadian raised, Gowan has both been a successful solo artist as well as vocalist and keyboardist in the American band Styx. With 10 Juno nominations as Gowan to date and 2 wins for Best Album Graphics and Best Video in 1985. Gowan continues with Styx to the present and is featured on many live releases from the band. The band released studio recordings of older Styx songs with the new line-up, titled Regeneration (released in two volumes in 2010 and 2011), and Gowan sings lead vocals on several tracks that were originally recorded by Dennis DeYoung. In 1998, Gowan was the recipient of the National Achievement Award at the annual SOCAN Awards in Toronto, Ontario. In 2018, Gowan’s song “A Criminal Mind” was certified as a Platinum Single in Canada, surpassing a combined 80,000 physical 7″ and digital downloaded units sold. Gowan was presented with the plaque on stage at his show in Windsor, Ontario at The Colosseum at Caesars Windsor. Gowan has also been presented with the SOCAN award (along with three other musicians) for songs that have surpassed the 100,000 radio-airplay mark for his song, “Moonlight Desires” and was given a star on the Scarborough Walk of Fame.
Gowan also presented with the SOCAN Award for songs that have won major airplay in 1995 for his song, “Dancing on My Own Ground” which he has recorded for us with a live version from his home along with his son Dylan Gowan.
Toronto-based singer-songwriter Julian Taylor has been nominated for his first two JUNO Awards, in the Contemporary Roots Album of the Year and Indigenous Artist or Group of the Year categories. The JUNO Awards and was recently voted the winner of Solo Artist of the Year at the Canadian Folk Music Awards. Taylor, of combined Mohawk and Caribbean ancestry, is a Toronto music scene staple, and musical chameleon. His versatility as a songwriter is signature; one minute he’s onstage playing with his band spilling out electrified rhythm and blues glory, and the next he’s featured at a folk festival delivering a captivating solo singer-songwriter set. Julian Taylor is as an explosive and captivating a live performer as you’ll ever see.
JulianTaylor and Aporia have graciously self-penned song “Just a Little Bit” because that is how he feels – if we can all give “Just a Little Bit” to Heal the Earth then it is a message for all to celebrate Earth Day.
THE KINGSTOWN EXPERIMENT
The Kingstown Experiment is exactly that. In 2020 founding member Doug Falconer found himself writing a tribute song (“Who Is”) to his Ottawa U alumnus and friend Alex Trebek. He enjoyed the process so much that he continued writing songs throughout the COVID 19 pandemic. Along the way he recruited the best musicians and vocalist he could find in the Ottawa/Kingston region of Ontario, Canada. The “Experiment” was underway. The Kingstown Experiment band members include international recording artist and Barbados/Kingston Ontario native Ryan Lewis, Multi-Juno winner Steve Marriner, NBC Voice contestant Anders Drerup, and Canada Voice contestant Rebecca Noelle. Two debut albums were released in November 2020; an 11 track progressive/adult contemporary LP and a 5 song classic R&B Soul EP. The Kingstown Experiment pays no attention to genre and instead has chosen to write songs with strong roots bedded into the band’s influences during the great folk-rock and classic R&B/Soul era. Five lead singers and soaring harmonies are what the Experiment is all about. With one song after another, you’re not quite sure what’s coming next but one thing’s for sure, they’re all good.”
The Kingstown Experiment has given their song “Letter To Mother” to let the world know we must Heal the Earth on all levels.
Marshall Potts is a singer-songwriter from Kamloops B.C. Living just outside of town, writing, and recording in a picturesque remote valley near what many, including the Dali Lama, consider to be the centre of the universe.
His crossover writing style has found acceptance in the Americana, Country Rock and Rock formats. Marshall not only writes inspiring music and lyrics, he mixes in ringing, interwoven guitar lines and buoyant arena-rock beats. Combine Potts’ powerful, yet tender insistent vocals that share the experience of saving himself deliver a universal message of positivity and optimism — while rocking out like a supergroup reminiscent of Tom Petty, Bryan Adams and Lindsey Buckingham. Marshall is establishing himself as an international Canadian recording artist, performing in France, Spain and Sweden, gaining notoriety on the European global stage while earning himself a nomination as Emerging Artist – National at Indie Week 2019.
With the new release of his single “Free and Easy” through Brandy Records Canada/MC1 Nashville distributed by Sony Music/The Orchard. Marshall Potts is heading in the right direction for the next steps in his already successful career.
Marshall Potts has given his hit song “That’s How It Starts” to provide a sense of direction for us to Heal The Earth video in celebration of Earth Day.
Murray McLauchlan is a singer, songwriter, guitarist, pianist, and harmonica player. He is best known for his Canadian hits “Farmer’s Song,” “Whispering Rain,” and “Down by the Henry Moore”. McLauchlan was born in Paisley,Scotland, he immigrated to Canada with his family when he was five years old. He grew up in suburban Toronto and at 17, he began playing at coffeehouses in Toronto’s Yorkville area. This artist is a pure Canadian treasure. In a career spanning 48 years Murray McLauchlan has put out 19 albums and has earned 11 JUNO Awards, (nominated for a total of 23 Junos), The Governor General’s Performing Arts Award, has been appointed to a Member of The Order of Canada. McLauchlan is also the recipient of the SOCAN National Achievement Award and was inducted into the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame.
Murray graciously agreed to lend his classic, “Farmer’s Song” to the Heal The Earth concert because as his lyrics say “These days when everyone’s taking so much, there’s somebody putting back in”.
Paul Saunders is an actor, producer, songwriter, entertainer and a solo artist. Paul has had an active career as an actor in both television, film and commercials and as an entertainer as he has fronted the long term successful show band Pauly and The Goodfellas aka Pauly and The Greaseballs and The History Of Rock and Soul, performing to sold out crowds in Canada and the USA. Paul’s true passion is songwriting and the Toronto native has a brand new soon to be released album “It’s About Time” a CD offering of all original songs with a stellar line-up of musicians on the recording.
Paul Saunders has contributing a track from his new album called “Courage” because he feels that we all have to have “Courage” to do what needs to be done on Earth Day and every other day.
Spoons was formed in 1979 in Burlington, Ontario and they had serious chart hit in the 80’s which got them the Nomination for Most Promising Group of the Year at the 1983 Juno Awards. Their most popular songs include “Romantic Traffic”, “Nova Heart”, “Old Emotions”, and “Tell No Lies”. Spoons have recorded 7 albums and 19 singles and returned big time in 2019 with the album, New Day New World, on CD, vinyl, and digital release via iTunes and Spotify. New Day New World was the first studio project to be released by the Spoons in over eight years and is an incredible recording. Gord Deppe has also been performing as a guitarist with Flock of Seagulls.
Sandy Horne, Gord Deppe and Spoons have generously contributed their hit song “New Day, New World” to help spread the word to Heal The Earth on Earth Day.
This Magnettes were founded in Pajala, Sweden and has crafted their own blend of electro-pop and riot girl punk. In 2015 they performed at SXSW in Austin, TX and signed with the label Digsin, where their debut album “Ugly Youth” was released in 2017. Their single “Young & Wild” premiered on prime time TV and became the 10 most played Swedish song on Swedish radio. The Magnettes have been praised by sites and tastemakers like Earmilk, Perez Hilton, Popcrush and Elle Sweden and played on festivals like Eurosonic Noorderslag, Tallin Music Week, Golden Melody Awards and the world largest festival Summerfest in Wisconsin, USA.
The Magnettes’ founders and co-vocalists Rebecka Digervall and Sanna Kallahave generously contributed their song “Indifferent” to the Heal The Earth project. Indifference got us it this global mess we’re in and we can’t be “indifferent” if we want things to change.
TOM JACKSON C.C.
There are entertainment legends, and then there is Tom Jackson, a triple-threat actor, musician, and activist whose achievements in each discipline are downright head-spinning. His career is unparalleled, not to mention wildly acclaimed, abundantly decorated, and almost ridiculously interesting. Tom thrives as a people whisperer, a thoughtful collaborator in all facets of his work, and a force for positivity.
Awards and recognition bestowed to Tom Jackson have been to name a few:
CCMA Humanitarian Award 1996
Companion of the Order of Canada 2020
Queen’s Jubilee Medals 2002 and 2012
Order of Canada Advisory Committee Member 2004-2007
AB and SK Centennial Medals 2005
Juno Humanitarian Award 2007
Gemini Humanitarian Award 2007
Chancellor Trent University 2009-2013
Honorary Degree recipient – 10 universities – 1998 to 2017
Governor General’s Performing Arts Award for Lifetime Artistic Achievement 2014
Generated approximately $230 million in combined cash/in-kind value for food banks and disaster relief
Ballads Not Bullets campaign launches coinciding with single & music video release in aid of Canadian Red Cross
August Schellenberg Award of Excellence
As host and producer of Heal the Earth, Tom Jackson has given his incredible talent and huge heart to this project and invites you all to celebrate Earth Day 2021 with his interwoven message as The Bear to his beautiful video offering of his own song “Blue Waters”.
Crystal Blue Persuasion, Crimson and Clover, Mony Mony, I think We’re Alone Now, Draggin’ the Line, Hanky Panky and so many more songs make up the legendary success of Tommy James. 23 Gold Records, 9 Platinum Albums, 32 Billboard Top 100 Chart Hits, 38 Top Chart Hits in Cashbox an and over 100 Million Records sold worldwide, Heal the Earth is honoured to have Tommy James with us to celebrate Earth Day 2021.
Tommy James has given us a beautiful electric/acoustic version of the classic song Crystal Blue Persuasion, courtesy of The New Jersey Hall of Fame.
“Look over yonder
What do you see?
The sun is a-rising
A new day is coming
People are changing
Ain’t it beautiful?
Crystal Blue Persuasion”