Wednesday, November 02, 2016

Ethan Brosh at The Rockpile on Friday, November 18, 2016 
Doors at: 8:30 p.m. 
19+ and All Age Event 
Tickets at door: $15.00
5555a Dundas Street West, Toronto, ON M9B 1B8

Supported by: Chemical Burn 

Guitar virtuoso Ethan Brosh from Boston heads The Ethan Brosh Band. Music is described as complex, technical and melodic rock n roll. He is also a graduate of the Berklee College of Music. 

He has two amazing instrumental albums. The first was released by Magna Carta Records entitled Out of Oblivion. The album features Mike Mangini, George Lynch, Greg Howe and Joe Stump. The album was mixed and mastered by Chris Tsangarites (Judas Priest, Yngwie Malmsteen). The second is on Carmine Appice’s new label Rocker Records entitled Live The Dream, which also features Dave Ellison, mixed by world class producer Max Norman (Ozzy, Megadeth) and mastered by legendary Bob Ludwig (Hendrix, Megadeth, Metallica,…). Watch the video ’Space Invaders' from Live The Dream

Ethan has toured with a great number of acts such as Yngwie Malmsteen, Jake E. Lee's Red Dragon Cartel, Marty Friedman, Michael Schenker, Carmine and Vinnie Appice and the Scorpions, and also played with Steelheart and acoustic guitar for Eric Martin of Mr. Big. 

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Kat's Metal Litter Box ( Presents a Fort McMurray Fundraiser at The Rockpile Bar and Nightclub on July 6, 2016

Kat's Metal Litter Box ( Presents a Fort McMurray Fundraiser at The Rockpile Bar and Nightclub on July 6, 2016
Doors at: 6:30 p.m.
19+ and All Age Event
Advance tickets $10.00 at TicketScene:
Tickets at Door $15.00
5555a Dundas Street West, Toronto, ON M9B 1B8

Canadian Rock and Metal Bands show their support Social Strife, VileDriver, Death Perception, KlutchFoot, Engage The Threat and Polarity will be performing. All funds raised will be donated to the Red Cross Albert Fire Appeal.

Prizes donated by Too Metal For Church at Metal Nation Radio, RockPro Music Centre, Phear and Devin Richardson Multimedia

Facebook Event

Social Strife
Engage The Threat
Death Perception

There will be a 50/50 Draw and Raffles.

Raffle Prizes

  • An Electric Guitar from Too Metal For Church Collection by Metal Nation Radio.

  • A $200 dollar professional portrait session done outdoors by Devin Richardson Multimedia.

  • 4 1/2 Music Lessons from RockPro Music Centre.

  • Phear Package: t-shirt, toque, guitar picks, CD, stickers

  • Metal Queen Management t-shirts

Sponsored by Metal Queen Management 

Sunday, April 27, 2014

RGB - May 1, 2014

Velvet Underground
510 Queen St. W., Toronto, ON M5V 2B3
19+, 9 pm, $5

Canadian Rock band RGB releases their debut music entitled LUVRJAMwhich can be heard as part of the band’s powerful tight 1 hour set at the Velvet Underground on May 1 at 9:00 p.m. 

Kevin Hunter, Toronto's Rock drummer, songwriter, producer and indie music champ has launched a new Toronto Rock Band called “RGB”.  RGB is a combination of resurrected Hunter / Breeding Ground (CASBY Winner) music and the live musicianship styling’s of Toronto Punk legends Random Killing (Now Magazine Top 10 Punk Acts).  The band is influenced by The Cult, AC/DC and The Tragically Hip. 

RGB captures that vintage analogue Rock tone. Memorable tunes built upon a foundation of driving drums and bass, layered walls of guitars, with catchy licks and passionate vocals. The LUVRJAM songs were recorded at Toronto’s Canterbury Studio using a rare 1974 Neve console and classic tube mic’s and amps and are available to purchase on CD Baby. 

This production is 100% Canadian and is meant to be played loud and often! 

Kevin Hunter - Drums and Producer. (X Breeding Ground, John Sherriff Band, Goat Boy, Ministry of Love)
John Hajdu - Guitar and Lead Guitar on Soul Tsunami (of Random Killing)
Jim Moore - Bass Guitar, Master Mix and Producer (of Random Killing)
Tony Mastromatteo - Guitar and Lead Guitar on Pleasure Me (She Said) (X Random Killing)
James Alcock - Vocals 

RGB Official website and listen:
Buy on CDBaby:
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Monday, October 03, 2011

Halloween Fetish Ball

Halloween Dance Party, Decorations, Prizes, Halloween Photo Booth and VIP Torture Garden! + So much MORE!

Dance all night with DJ Paul Savage and Special Guest DJ Pulse Plant!

*Custumes a must*

COSTUME CONTEST - Torture Garden Montreal Weekend Passes!
(2) $200 Gift Certificates to HE & SHE Clothing

Stage Shows start at Midnight
Event is 19+

General Tickets: $25 Advance; at Door $30

VIP Ticket: $40 Advance; at Door $ 50, includes Access to Fully Equiped Dungeon play area, Seating Areas, Free Champaign and VIP Coat Check

Advance tickets available at:


425 Queen St W
Toronto, ON M5V 2A5
(416) 408-1780

201 Queen St E
Toronto, ON M5A 1S2
(416) 594-0171

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

My Affected Reality - Sat. Apr. 30 (Toronto)

at The Devil's Cellar, 2872 Dundas St. W. Toronto, ON M6P 1Y8
Doors at 8:00 pm


The core of the group is made up of musicians that have been in several bands that have made some impact in music both locally and internationally. Collectively they have been in groups that have featured members of internationally known groups such as Harem Scarem and current INXS singer JD Fortune. They have opened for various groups on large touring stages directly supporting bands such as Motley Crue, 3 Days Grace, and Paul Dianno (Of Iron Maiden fame). They have toured Canada extensively and The U.S. American high lights have included the Canyon club and the world famous Whiskey A Go Go in L.A. playing the same stage that has featured Van Halen, Guns and Roses, and every other band to hail from California.

My Affected Reality’s sound is a mix of their influences ; Trevor's dance and dark synthesizer laden, beat oriented groove. Ron's powerful, heavy, guitar driven riffs. Patt’s eclectic blend of goth, pop, and power rock melodies. All of this makes for a powerful blend of melodic rock with huge, instantly memorable choruses and catchy dark verses all wrapped up in a stylish, eclectic pop format with messages of hope, loss, and redemption.


My Space:

Saturday, February 05, 2011

CONFLICTED Sign With Nightmare Records

Metal Queen Management is pleased to announce the addition of CONFLICTED to the family of internationally renowned, prog/power metal label Nightmare Records.

CONFLICTED's much anticipated debut album, entitled NEVER BE TAMED (Nightmare/Sony/Red), will be released internationally, in CD and digital formats, on April 12, 2011.

Formed in Toronto, Canada in 2008, CONFLICTED produce a truly unique, category-defying, genre-expanding modern progressive/power metal sound via a combination of seasoned technical ability, a fervency for volume and a passion for power.

CONFLICTED is fronted by the astounding four-octave vocals of singer JASON ORTON, who consistently delivers pitch-perfect tones rich with both ferocity and emotion. In perfect contrast, neo-classically influenced guitarist MARK OWEN possesses a fiery, virtuosic stranglehold on the fretboard. Rounding out CONFLICTED are the symphonic atmospheres created by RON DE COSTE’s masterful keyboard work, the complimentary melodic undertones of bassist JOHN KOLODZIEJ, and the precision percussive onslaught of Drummer COREY STOLL.

CONFLICTED are best known for delivering stunning must-see live performances. Their rising popularity and reputation culminated in them being named Best Metal Band at the 2010 Toronto Independent Music Awards (TIMAs), as well as earning three prominent awards at ImageFM Radio's 2010 Annual Independent Music Awards (Male Vocalist of the Year, Guitarist of the Year and Progressive Single of the Year).

CONFLICTED will be touring throughout 2011 in support of NEVER BE TAMED.

Current tour dates include:

Mar. 19 – The Hardball Cafe, 8750 Hwy. 25N, Milton, ON
Apr. 16 – Rockpile Bar and Night Club, 5555 Dundas St. W., Etobicoke, ON - CD Release Party

More information on the release of NEVER BE TAMED, including audio samples and pre-order info, can be found at

For all things CONFLICTED, visit:
Official Website
My Space

For bookings, interviews, press materials, please contact:

Metal Queen Management

Sunday, December 12, 2010

CONFLICTED Press Release announced their 2010 annual awards winners! CONFLICTED walk away with the following three awards:

CONFLICTED’s Song Victor Victoria – WINS Best Progressive Metal Single of the Year
CONFLICTED’s Lead Vocalist Jason Orton – WINS Best Male Vocalist of the Year
CONFLICTED’s Guitarist Mark Owen – WINS Best Guitarist of the Year 2010 Awards will be presented during an online party on January 8, 2011 starting at 7:30 p.m.

CONFLICTED were also named "Best Metal Band" at the 2010 The Toronto Independent Music Awards (TIMAs).

CONFLICTED have risen to become one of the most revered and “must see” live acts in their region, having headlined many of their own shows, plus having opened for international touring artists, all to stellar audience reception. The responses from music insiders have been emphatically and overwhelmingly positive.

Fronted by the gifted and talented Jason Orton -- a professionally trained, 4-octave range vocalist -- he brings what one would consider a Halford-esque tonality, intensity, and vibrancy to CONFLICTED, with vocal and stage performances that have been widely critically acclaimed.

Orton, in the opinion of many, is poised to become the next metallic singing superstar hailing from Toronto to achieve world recognition, in league with Sebastian Bach (Skid Row) and James LaBrie (Dream Theatre), the latter of which Orton is often favourably compared to.

CONFLICTED's epically orchestrated and powerful, theatre/arena rock -- one that expertly blends modern and classic elements to create a musicality distinctively their own -- is skillfully and dynamically delivered by ROBERT MARK OWEN (guitar), JOHN KOLODZIEJ (bass), COREY STOLL (drums), and RON DE COSTE (keys), all of whom themselves are skilled virtuosos with years of experience which resonates both live and in the studio.

CONFLICTED are currently playing live shows in support the forthcoming release entitled “Never Be Tamed”.

Please join CONFLICTED at Rockpile this Thursday, December 16, 2010 on at 8:30 p.m. with Warmachine and Mind Mechanics. 5555 Dundas Street West (at 427), Etobicoke. $10. All Ages and 19+ Show. Doors at 7:00 p.m. Please respond and circulate this event on Facebook:!/event.php?eid=135357563187821

Below is a link to CONFLICTED’s video of the song “Fallen”:

My Space:
Official Website:

Media & Booking Inquiries, please contact:

Metal Queen Management

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Toronto Metal Prog-Rockers CONFLICTED Nominees for “Best Metal” & Full-Length CD being Recorded & more news!

Toronto, ON (July 21, 2010) - Groove, impact and amazement is what Toronto’s CONFLICTED bring to the table and to the stage. Having been named “Toronto’s Premier Progressive Metal Band”, CONFLICTED have no problem living up to this title.

CONFLICTED is currently recording their debut full length CD in Hamilton at Platinum Entertainment with executive producer Mark Brewer. The band is focusing on a full-length power-loaded CD of 10 songs entitled “Never Be Tamed”. The CD will feature fan favourites, and some songs that have yet to be heard! CONFLICTED fans are eagerly awaiting this newest piece of the catalogue.

Read Mark Brewer’s review of the band & recording process on Facebook:!/note.php?note_id=133622900006110&id=829478605&ref=mf
or read the text here:

Track Listing:
1. Never Be Tamed
2. Victor(ia)
3. Fallen
4. Hand of God
5. Stay
6. Alive
7. Heat Me Up
8. I Wish. I Remember
9. Torment
10. Release

CONFLICTED have been nominated in the “Best Metal” category of The Toronto Independent Music Awards and are featured on The Toronto Independent Music’s Compilation CD. The compilation CD will be distributed FREE to all attendees of The Toronto Independent Music Awards being held on Friday, July 23 at The Phoenix Concert Theatre. Please come out and support this event. Doors at 6:30. 19+ Tickets at
$10 in advance $15 at door

CONFLICTED is very excited to be featured on Rockband Network! Their song “Victor(ia)” will be the first song CONFLICTED will be releasing for XBOX 360. Other systems and songs will follow. Once “Never Be Tamed” is complete, CONFLICTED will be shipping off Victor(ia) to Rockband Network.
The band is also pleased to announce the addition of John “Bone” Scheffel on bass. Bone adds a whole new dimension to CONFLICTED’s live sound with his subsonic sound and musicality.

Media Link:

CONFLICTED Official Website

Preview CONFLICTED music at


Join CONFLICTED Facebook Fan Forum

For further information, please contact:
Metal Queen Management

Conflicted in the Studio - Report by Mark Brewer, Executive Producer

Written by Mark Brewer, Platinum Entertainment

If you like metal and prog mixed together, you are going to love Conflicted. This Toronto based band is currently recording their first full length CD with me. The association came about after the band played a show on recently. I must say that I was pleasantly surprised during the webcast, so much that I offered to record their CD. I am the Executive Producer on this project.

The current line-up consists of Jason Orton on Vox (studio bass-studio keys), Mark Owen on Guitar (studio keys), Corey Stoll on the skins, coupled with their new bass player Bone doing live shows. The band is currently seeking a new keyboard player. If you like Saga, Judas Priest and other prog/metal tunes you will be into these guys bigtime. The music is for a better word, brilliant! Tight, catchy and dramatic. Every song tells a story, unlike some other bands of today. Jason Orton is a 4 octive singer. Actually the term 4 octive might be an understatement. I am not talking about the piercing screamer. This is a guy that can bring the goods in the higher ranges, inserting emotion and precision in his vocal delivery. This is a rare comodity. Anyone can scream on stage. Jason can sing! Hide those precious crystal glasses near this guy as they would shatter from his vocal delivery. Corey Stoll whom affectionatley I call the human metronome is one hell of a drummer. With many years of experience behind his Pearl Masters kit. He is facinating to watch both in the studio and on stage. Hey you...have you ever seen a band that is great but has a crappy drummer? It really drags the rest of the band down into abyss. Corey on the other hand really amps up the energy with his tight, hard hitting playing. Mark Owen, the guitarist from Conflicted (I call him the axe master) which might be a major under-rating. If you know Conflicted, you will know that the guitar licks and riffs in their music is precise, methotical and a real treat to listen to. Mark puts his all into the music and it shows in the live stage showsand in the up-coming recording. He just doesnt stand there like some players. He's into his craft. Mark has been called one of the best indie guitar players in Canada. I tend to agree with that statement, as I have seen the evidence first hand both in the studio and live.

Some of you might be curious about how the recording is going here at Pro is the only word that comes to mind! Pictured here is Corey Stoll on the last day of drum tracking. Corey and I spent a few weeks in sporatic sessions laying down the drum tracks to this long awaited 10 song CD. Corey is a great guy with a firm attention to detail. When you hear this recording, you will know exactly what I am talking about.

Corey's kit is pristine sounding. It is pictured here in the tracking studio.

Jason Orton is not only a killer vocalist, he is also a very talented bass player. He is pictured here with Mark Owen in the master control room. Jason has a unique taste for Rickenbacker basses. This is his third Rickenbacker. Jason has tracked all of the bass tracks for the upcoming CD. A little inside scoop folks......Most of the bass tracks laid down by Jason were either the first or second take! The bass sounds are incredible and will cut through nicely. For those that know what a Rickenbacker sounds like, you will definately notice this in the recording. I love it!

Mark Owen digs great guitar gear, namely Marshall cabs, heads and his life long love for Fender Stratocaster axes, for which he has done his own mods on. Pictured is his recording setup in the studio. if you have a chance to actually get close enough to his strats you will notice that the necks on all of his axes are custom. If you can see them at a show take a good look!

One of many of Mark Owen's Stratocaster's....To date the Conflicted CD directory on our recording pc has 50 gigabytes contained in it! This is going to be one killer CD! Please stay tuned for further updates on this remarkable recording.

Mark Brewer
Executive Producer for,
Platinum Entertainment Production Inc. (SOCAN member)
Direct email
Booking email

Monday, November 23, 2009

CONFLICTED - Release New Songs


Toronto Metal Prog-Rockers CONFLICTED Announce 4 New Songs!

Toronto, ON (November 23, 2009) – Toronto based progressive metal band CONFLICTED announce release of 4 new songs. CONFLICTED are moving ahead quickly. Not only has the band recently unveiled a new stage show and held a showcase at the Bovine Sex Club (Toronto) on November 19th, they opened for Italy’s Lacuna Coil on a surprise announced show on November 20 in Toronto. Also in the last two weeks, CONFLICTED has been featured on Imagefm, Toronto Rock Radio Show on, Hard Beyond Driven and Michael Burns Show on - twice!

The band brings to the table 4 new songs:
“Never Be Tamed” – a powerful statement made through lyrics, music and performance. Some features in this song include the incredible 4-octave range of front man and lead vocalist Jason Orton, and the guitar excellence of Mark Owen.

“Victor(ia)” – a definite crowd favourite that you will be humming along with and remembering for quite some time. With great lyrics sung by Jason Orton and featuring not only the incredible guitar work of Mark Owen, but also the amazing keyboard soloing of Jason Long. Other memorables include the kick ass rhythmic pulse created Corey Stoll’s drums and James Long on bass guitar.

“Alive” – the newest song of the bunch that is quickly becoming a fan favourite. “Alive” sets itself apart from the other songs with its sweet and sour vocal approach sung by front man Jason Orton. It too features not only guitar solo work by Mark Owen but also Jason Long’s well-crafted keyboard input.

“Torment” – Arguably CONFLICTED’s showcase song! Jason Orton displays his 4-octave range with masterful execution and Jason Long on keyboards and Mark Owen on guitar display their virtuosic talents. Both melodically and harmonically luring the listener into a world of arpeggios and tonal bliss. Also noting the incredibly staccato rhythmic locking of both James Long’s bass and Corey Stoll’s drumming and double bass footwork.

Upcoming Events:

Thursday November 26, 2009
CONFLICTED with Pyramid Theorem & Something Less Offensive
Where: Rock & Roll Heaven, 1660 OConnor Road, Toronto (at Victoria Park/Eglinton)
Time: 9pm doors
Cost: $5.00 at the door
CONFLICTED is on at 10:30 p.m.

Friday December 4, 2009
Where: Foxx Lounge, 46 Dunlop Street East, Barrie, ON
Time: 9pm doors
Cost: $5.00 at the door

CONFLICTED (official website)


Preview CONFLICTED music at

CONFLICTED on Myspace -

Join CONFLICTED Facebook fan forum -

For further information, please contact:
Metal Queen Management

Tuesday, January 27, 2009


Toronto Metal Prog-Rockers CONFLICTED Announce Video Shoot!

Toronto, ON (January 26, 2009) - Pull out your leathers, denims, chains, spikes & bullet belts! Rob Halford wants to see you rock!! CONFLICTED’s Video Shoot takes place on Friday February 13th at Toronto’s Kathedral. The video is being shipped out a week later to the Metal God’s Production Company in Arizona.

Be a part of this great show! Please show up for 10:00 p.m.

Date: February Friday the 13th 2009
Where: the KATHEDRAL, 651 Queen Street West, Toronto (at Bathurst)
Time: 8pm doors open with special opening guest Toothless Pirhanas
Cost: $5.00 at the door
19+ event

Please join CONFLICTED Facebook page -

Preview CONFLICTED music at -

For further information, please contact:

Media Contact:
Metal Queen Management

Thursday, July 24, 2008

#1 Afro Worldbeat - SHEGO BAND Scheduled to Play MQMusicFest On Sunday August 17 2008

Metal Queen Management adds #1 Worldbeat Afro band, SHEGOBAND, to its third annual festival, MQMusicFest 2008, held at The Phoenix Concert Theatre on August 17, 2008.

Diversity plays a part of MQMusicfest. ShegoBand is a Somali arts group who resides in Toronto, Canada. Established in 1991, ShegoBand has performed in many countries in Europe and North America, was sponsored by the BBC and has 12 albums that sold over 500,000 copies! ShegoBand appears on more than 30 albums.

ShegoBand is known for their support of cultural and educational events and has played a significant role narrowing the cultural gap between the Canadian multicultural communities. The group has won awards numerous times and helped raise funds for different charity events.

Official Website:

Saturday, July 12, 2008


Just added to the already great lineup of EXCITER headlining MQMusicFest – Series 2 – August 17, 2008 at The Phoenix Concert Theatre - BOBNOXIOUS, MINORITY, INTERIAS COURSE and STONE ANGEL join the festivities!

BOBNOXIOUS, the party rock band featuring RAZOR frontman Bob J. Reid, just released a new album on June 24, 2008 entitled, Superscar!! They are currently featured on line at Brave Words & Bloody Knuckles at and in BW&BK’s Issue 112 of the print magazine.
Listen and buy SuperScar here:

Official BOBNOXIOUS Website:

MINORITY: Metal! Son of Gordon Lightfoot on Drums

INERTIAS COURSE: Heavy Progressive Rockers


Sunday, July 06, 2008

EXCITER Plays MQMusicfest! August 17 2008 (Toronto)

Press Release 1:

EXCITER Plays MQMusicfest! on August 17 2008 (Toronto)

For three years running, MQMusicfest has brought together some of the best rock and metal acts in Canada. This year, to accommodate the abundance of talent, the festival was split into two series, the first of which was held in June.

Metal Queen Management is pleased to announce that Canadian Speed Metal Legends EXCITER are to headline the second series on August 17, 2008.

Since invading the scene in 1983 with the appropriately named album, Heavy Metal Maniac, EXCITER have redefined the limits of Heavy Metal speed and intensity, upping the ante with this year’s new CD entitled, Thrash, Speed, Burn, released on Massacre Records.

MQMusicfest 2008 Series 2 will take place at The Phoenix Concert Theatre in Toronto, is a 19+ event and doors open at 3:00 p.m. for 10-hours of music mayhem.

Bands also scheduled to play include:

SIN DEALER: Pure Rock the way it was meant to be: stripped down and raw

FIDGET: 5 Punkin’ gals who love to rock-out

MAN THE DESTROYER: Aggressive social criticism set to eclectic, sounds

There are more bands to be confirmed, and updates and information can be found at the official MQMusicFest website

The Phoenix Concert Theatre is located at:
410 Sherbourne Street
Toronto Ontario

Advance tickets are $25.00, available at


Press Release 3:

Toronto’s FIDGET Play Rocklahoma on July 12, 2008

Toronto’s 5 piece all girl pop-punk/alternative sensation is confirmed to play ROCKLAHOMA on July 12, 2008!

ROCKLAHOMA is a rockin five day rock n roll fantasy camp music festival held in Pryer, Oklahoma featuring a plethora of 80’s rock and metal acts and dozens of up and coming acts from around the world, including Fidget! Running from July 9 to 12, 125,000 campers are expected to attend, as well as press & publications, MTV Rolling Stone Magazine, Playboy, Metal Edge, Entertainment Weekly, All Access and many more. Other notable gal-acts performing include Lita Ford, Jaded, Cockpit, Lipstick Magazine and Shadow Side.

More info at

Fidget Official Website
Fidget on My Space


Press Release 4:

The Toronto Independent Music Award Show on July 31, 2008

The Toronto Independent Music Awards are an indie awards ceremony, showcase series and music seminars founded in 2004. The concept evolved out of a desire to truly support independent musicians and bring together the music community. The TIMAs serve as a platform to award and acknowledge up-and-coming independent artists regionally and locally. Our ultimate aim is to create an infrastructure to give independent artists a hand in ways that are actually useful by providing industry connected prizes and community support! All of the organizers of the TIMAs volunteer their time and efforts for this cause.

On July 31, the music community gives back by celebrating and awarding the brightest of ground breaking artists both nationally and internationally. Over 17+ performances, celebrity guests, representatives from all aspects of the music industry, goodies and giveaways from our sponsors, and one hell of a good night!

Metal Queen Management has been added to the judging panel and also sponsors the Best Metal Band category, with prizes from the following sponsors:

$10.00 advance tickets for the event can be purchased at

Friday, May 30, 2008

3rd Annual MQMusicFest 2008 - Series 1

Metal Queen Management Holds Two-Part Festival

In 2007, the second MQMusicFest was a day long marathon that brought together some of the best bands in the local rock scene. This summer, Metal Queen Management is doubling the stakes with MQMusicfest 2008, a two-part series of festivals, starting in June and finishing in August. Because one just isn’t enough…

The first series is to be held on Saturday June 21 at the Grand Prix Kartways in Toronto.

Bands confirmed for the first series include:

FRAZE GANG – Featuring members of Toronto hair-metal legends Brighton Rock
BLIND RACE – Tough minded Stoner-Rock.
GROUND LEVEL – Eclectic Toronto Rockers
MAN THE DESTROYER – Aggressive social critics
HARM – Tool inspired Hardcore
ARAPACIS – Female fronted Gothic Metal
EASY WAY OUT – Innovative Rock/Hip-hop hybrid
CHASING SAM – Featuring 12 year old Drum protégé from the Mazda commercial

The GRAND PRIX KARTWAYS is located at:

75 Carl Hall Road
Bay 3, Unit #9
Downsview Park
Toronto, ON
Canada M3K 2B9

The event will be All Ages and19+. Half-price go-cart rides will be honoured for the day.

For further information, please contact:

Metal Queen Management
P.O. Box 47038, RPO 425 • 220 Yonge Street • Toronto, ON • M5B 2P9

Sunday, May 11, 2008


TORONTO, ON.– May 6th, 2008 — “If you were to take a can of Sabbath, a can of AC/DC, crack a couple Motorhead records, and stir them in a pot, you'd get Sin Dealer – they play hard rock with balls, the way it's meant to be, and it definitely comes through on ‘Dying to Live,’” – Greg Harris

2 albums into Sin Dealer’s career, singer Eric Kuthe, guitarist Ron Bechard, bassist Frank Sargeant and drummer Jeff Zurba are generating the kind of hype that it takes most bands a decade to get going: the last year has seen a new kick-ass CD entitled "Dying To Live" (reviews, playing shows with legends like Prong, W.A.S.P.and Teenage Head, and it only gets better…

On May 19, 2008, Joey Belladonna takes over the Reverb to rip through a classic Anthrax set, and he’s got Sin Dealer leading the local support! Tickets are $23 from
Ticketweb. com, Rotate This and the Big Bop Box Office.

Comprised of members of Edwin, Sea of Green, Sons of Otis and Plasma Blast, Sin Dealer are a straight-up hard rock band with a blue collar work ethic and a classic rock atmosphere. They play windows down, pedal to the metal highway cruising music full of big riffs and sing along choruses. Rock n’ roll the way it was meant to be played, stripped down and raw!

Joey Belladonna not enough for you? After holding themselves in London, Ontario's top 10 radio metal charts for 2 months, check the guys out on June 20th at London’s The Embassy opening for Drowning Pool and again with Drowning Pool in Toronto at the Annex WreckRoom on June 21st!

With new songs for their fans, they’re gearing up for a busy summer, Sin Dealer style…

“Dealers are purveyors of what you really desire. Pushers, on the other hand, force you to take what they have. In a music industry accused of pushing the latest trend and focusing on replicating the current fad there is at least one band focused on dealing in their own niche. Sin Dealer are providing real rock fans what they truly desire, their sophomore opus Dying To Live.” – Eric Peltier

Get your tickets NOW and be there early for merch giveaways and to catch all the bands: Blackened, Caym, Redeemer, Sin Dealer and Joey Belladonna.

Contact MQM for a limited number of discount tickets

Sin Dealer Official Website:

Wednesday, February 27, 2008


SIN DEALER Canadian Music Week Showcase
March 6th, 2008
10:30 pm
Rok Boutique
200 Bathurst Street

TORONTO, ON. – February 27, 2008 — Sin Dealer, comprised of members of Edwin, Sea of Green, Sons of Otis and Plasma Blast, are a straight-up hard rock band with a blue collar work ethic and a classic rock atmosphere. They play windows down, pedal to the metal highway cruising music full of big riffs and sing along choruses. Rock and roll the way it was meant to be played: stripped down and raw!

Now, in homage of Queen and Bathurst, the neighbourhood where they write their tunes and jam, and that saw them play their first gigs in its clubs, Sin Dealer are using their Canadian Music Week showcase to aid in the Queen St. W Revival! In lieu of cover, the band, joining forces with Metal Queen Management and Rok Boutique, encourage everyone to contribute monetary donations, or clothes, food and other household items for the 60+ victims who lost everything in last Wednesday’s fire.

If that’s not incentive enough to make it out, singer Eric Kuthe and drummer Jeff Zurba will be celebrating their birthdays! Fresh off their gig with W.A.S.P. at The Phoenix on February 28, 2008, you know the guys will be pumped and ready to rock!

“Dealers are purveyors of what you really desire. Pushers, on the other hand, force you to take what they have. In a music industry accused of pushing the latest trend and focusing on replicating the current fad there is at least one band focused on dealing in their own niche. Sin Dealer are providing real rock fans what they truly desire, their sophomore opus Dying To Live.”

After a yearlong hiatus, Sin Dealer re-emerged last year to record “Dying to Live,” the follow up to 2004’s self-titled album, which diehard fans affectionately dubbed “13.” Playing gigs with Prong and Teenage Head, as well as W.A.S.P. is just the tip of the iceberg for these guys! Keep an eye out for more big announcements in the coming weeks!

Sin Dealer hits the stage at 10:30 pm. Come out and party for a worthy cause at a wicked bar – there will be CD and merch giveaways!

Sin Dealer Official Websites:

Sunday, January 20, 2008


Thursday January 24, 2008
@ Rock & Roll Heaven
1660 OConnor Road
Toronto ON

$12, 19+, Doors at 9 pm

The Mudmen are a Canadian rock band based out of Ontario. The band was formed in 1998 by vocalist Zoy Nicoles and bagpipe brothers Sandy Campbell and Robby Campbell.

The band are best known for their singles 5 O'Clock and Saturday, and for their covers of Spirit of the West's Home For a Rest and AC/DC's Long Way to the Top. In addition, the band recently hit it big with the single Lost, which was featured in the promos for the NBC television show The Black Donnelly's. Their single Animal was featured on the soundtrack of the hit video games Burnout 3 and MX vs. ATV Unleashed.

The band's name comes from the occupation of the Campbell brothers prior to forming the band; they were mixing mortar and carrying bricks for bricklayers. The band was influenced by traditional Scottish music as well as hard rock groups like AC/DC. The Mudmen have opened for many bands, including ZZ Top, Tool, Dropkick Murphys and Bowling for Soup as well as fellow Canadians Nickelback, Sum 41 and The Guess Who.

The Mudmen have toured in Canada, the United States and Great Britain. The band has three albums, Mudmen (2000), Overrated (2003) and Defending the Kingdom (2005). Six Mudmen videos have been produced and shown on MuchMusic.

The band currently can be found in Don Cherry's "19"featuring The Mudmen's, How Do You Like Me Now from the band's third CD, Defending the Kingdom and Bob & Doug McKenzie's "Two-Four Anniversary" with guest apperance by the Campbell Brothers/Mudpipers. Both DVD's are available in stores.

Tuesday, November 06, 2007

SUM THIN UGLY - Thursday December 8

TORONTO: November 8 2007– Sum Thin Ugly & Dead But Dreaming at Rock N Roll Heaven, Toronto

Sum Thin Ugly, Facebook Group: Sum Thin Ugly
Dead But Dreaming

Eddy Keaney ~ vocals/guitar
Dean Neron ~ drums/vocals
Randy Cooke ~ guitar
Steve Ubdegrove ~ bass/vocals

"Rock 'n' roll ain't pretty"!! Since coming together in 2002, the boys in SUM THIN UGLY have been actively doing their part to add truth to the rumor!
And rock they do!! From the "Town of Kings" (Kingston), SUM THIN UGLY is influenced by many, from The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix and Alice Cooper to Stone Temple Pilots, Guns ‘n’ Roses and Alice In Chains. A recent self-titled debut of 12 ‘in your face’ tracks showcases the band’s musical diversity. From the bluesy, hard rockin’ opening track “S.T.U.” to the soulful closing ballad “Freedom”, these four longhaired rockers know how to play the game.

Members of SUM THIN UGLY are featured regularly in OLN’S “CRASH ADDICTS” as the pit crew. CRASH ADDICTS also features 5 songs of SUM THIN UGLY.

Check em’ out!

Sunday, October 28, 2007

Fraze Gang Press Release

Monday, October 22, 2007

Basia Lyjak Plays “Rock for the Troops - November 11th, 2007

Basia Lyjak Plays “Rock for the Troops”
November 11th, 2007
Downsview Park

TORONTO, ON. – October 21, 2007 — Toronto-based singer-songwriter, Basia Lyjak, is proud to announce her participation in Rock for the Troops on November 11th in Downsview Park, an event put together to raise money for the Canadian Military Wounded Warriors fund.

The event, held at Grand Prix Kartways, will boast a 50x30x5 foot stage and is expected to be sold out, with MuchMusic, Long&McQuade’s and Q107 behind promoting the cause. The ball gets rolling at 12pm, with bands like Fidget, Mamakin, Rock of Ages, Guns n’f’n Rosez, Hot Rocks and Practically Hip keeping the party going all day! Basia hits the stage at 3pm! Tickets are $10, and it all goes to the troops! The show is AGCO licensed, but all ages are welcome to join us to rock out and ride some go karts!

This event will come on the heels of another important gig lined up for Basia in the next month: The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern, Toronto beacon for up and coming music talent, is hosting Basia Lyjak on Thursday, November 1st, 2007, with tickets at $4! With this gig, she takes one more notch off her tour belt in her trek to show us what she’s made of – a straight up rock chick attitude with catchy, well crafted tunes and the vocals to back it up.

“Basia Lyjak has arrived at a time when we all thought stage and studio 'magic,' 'presence,' and 'charisma' had long since fallen off the pages! Rewriting the A&R chapters is easy but I really do feel sorry for the label execs that ran out of ink!" – Colin Lynch, Jimmy Stilettos Magazine

With Toronto institutions like The Phoenix, The Rivoli and The ElMo having already seen her rock their stages for her ever expanding audience, Basia is excited to play a venue like the ‘Shoe, where “indie” and “major” artists alike showcase their talents.

Fans can also look forward to hearing a brand new Basia song, one of several she wrote with the prodigious Kyle Riabko, which she plans to record two weeks before the gig with producer Brian Moncarz, of Whirlwind Sound Studios.

As always, her all-star band will accompany her, featuring guitarist Ron Bechard, of Sin Dealer and formerly of Edwin, Three Days Grace and Rosita Stone, as well as bassist Dave Carreiro, of Nigel’s 11. New additions, Diana DiGiovanni of Left of the Sun and Glenn Nash of Ozonebaby, also join the band onstage on rhythm guitars/backup vocals and drums, respectively.

With a new website in the works, as well as a John Holosko-filmed video in post-production stages, Basia is determined to finish the year with a bang and start the new one with new songs and a whole tour in place!

Monday, September 03, 2007

SIN DEALER – CD Release Party on September 8, 2007 at The Funhaus, Toronto

Recently appearing at MQMusicFest on August 19, 2007, Toronto’s Sin Dealer are back full force!

Sin Dealer debut their second full-length CD “Dying To Live” with special guests Retna Burn and In The Wake on Saturday, September 8, 2007 at The Funhaus, 526 Queen Street West, Toronto. $15. Free CD at the door, giveaways and more!

Listen to samples at

SIN DEALER's “Dying To Live” will be available through Indie Pool Canada at HMV, Chapters/Indigo,, as well as iTunes and Napster.

Industry and media, please contact


SIN DEALER's “Dying To Live”, Independent (Sept. 2007)
Dealers are purveyors of what you really desire. Pushers, on the other hand, force you to take what they have. In a music industry accused of pushing the latest trend and focusing on replicating the current fad there is at least one band focused on dealing in their own niche. Sin Dealer are providing real rock fans what they truly desire, their sophomore opus Dying To Live.

The Toronto, Ontario based quartet was born out of the ashes of the likes of Sea Of Green, Sons of Otis, Edwin & The Pressure & Plasma Blast in 2005. Eric Kuthe, vocals, Jeff Zurba, drums, Frank Sergeant, bass and Ron Bechard, guitar, came together with a true sense of musical duty in an effort to make the music they loved without the expectation of a label. With over 100 different releases under their collective belts, one might surmise the veteran atmosphere allows for some unique interplay. As Kuthe explains “This is a collection of all we’ve seen, tasted, smelled and felt over the years,… and ended up being a collaboration between a bunch of buddies that just ‘get’ the music together.”

The range of influences expresses itself from the big riff rock to the underpinned blues vibe. “We aren’t pegged as any one genre, it is windows down, peddle to the metal cruising music” explains Kuthe. That shows forth from the opening guitar lines through the closing notes as the album pumps out a blue-collar work ethic and a classic vibe. From AC/DC to Elvis, from KISS to Johnny Cash, from James Brown to Motorhead, Sin Dealer draws from the influences of those paramount artists that understood what being a true entertainer really was.

“Bands used to be these untouchable entities and that is what we aspire to,” tells Kuthe. “The atmosphere of a bygone day of pure rock and roll the way it was meant to be, stripped down and raw.” The unmitigated power of what Sin Dealer aspire to shines forth on their latest offering.

“Dying To Live” is an evolution from the band's first CD entitled “13”. “This is a collection of all we’ve seen, tasted, smelled and felt over the years,” explains Kuthe. It's metal, hard and classic rock, even a little country and all around heavy, but as Bechard explains, “We aren’t pegged as any one genre, it's windows down, peddle to the metal cruising music.”

The record encompasses that timeless feel right down to the way it was laid down as Kuthe tells, “We recorded in a 110-year-old converted farmhouse in a small town 1 1/2 hours outside of Toronto. The one memory in particular was when we were all in the main tracking room with the 60-foot cathedral ceiling and views out over the farm fields. This fog had drifted in; it was winter - January - so the trees were bare and it was reminiscent of the music we envisioned in our youth and how classics like Zep and Sabbath probably recorded.”

Recording at Escarment Sound was not the only throwback Sin Dealer undertook. “There was no pressure on us to accomplish anything, we just went in and jammed,” Kuthe imparts. “We weren’t afraid to just try things… to just be spontaneous as a bunch of friends sharing ideas with one another and find a common ground to make us happy.” This element allows for the band to accomplish a pure sound out of their efforts

Sin Dealers “Dying To Live” is a balance of the heavy and the melodic, the raunchy and the passionate, the reality of life and the roots of rock and roll.

Go to to see a video of SIN DEALER covering AC/DC's "Walk All Over You" recorded live at The Phoenix, during their set at MQMusicfest, on August 19th in Toronto.

Release written by Eric doormouse Peltier, 2007 & MQM


Basia Lyjak at The Rivoli (Toronto) on September 6, 2007

Not even a week gone by since she played MQMusicFest at The Phoenix Concert Theatre, and Basia already has a new show booked! She's been asked to play at The Rivoli, 334 Queen Street West, Toronto on September 6, 2007 @ 9:00pm. RCD Music returns to the Rivoli for another "Thursday Night Live At The Riv" showcase, featuring London's "Best Rock Band" winners, The Joys, as well as Emergenza runners up, Fidget.


Basia will take the stage at 9:30 p.m. and Fidget will close the show at 12:00pm.

Cost is $6 at the door when you say you're there to see Basia Lyjak.

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Sunday, July 22, 2007


MQMusicFest 2007 is on its way!

Metal Queen Management is pleased to announce the completion of its festival line-up with the addition of three new bands:

• Crackpuppy – Band motto “Everything we are and nothing we should be” sums up this bands approach. These Toronto based hard rockers like it loud and heavy. Drummer Johnny Rude is the co-owner of Rok Boutique, 200 Bathurst Street, Toronto, where MQMusicFest is holding its pre-festival party, on Saturday, August 18.

Recently described by as “New and Trendy”, the Rok Boutique is a stylish throwback to the glitzy eighties scene where hairspray ruled the day and real men wore pink. This downtown shrine to the likes of Motley Crue and G’n’R is the perfect place to get things underway!

• Mudmen – Bringing bagpipes and Marshall stacks together at last, the Mudmen have been fusing Celtic folk with beer soaked rock since 2000. The Mudmen’s song “Lost” can be heard on NBC's television commercials for The Black Donnellys.

• Edwin – After finding international success as the singer for I Mother Earth, Edwin embarked on a solo career in 1997. His hit single “Alive” sold platinum copies in Canada, and was used by the CBC for its coverage of the Olympic games. His latest release “Better Days” features a who’s who of Canadian and International talent, including Rush legend Alex Lifeson.

Other confirmed acts include:

• Revolver (featuring Nick Walsh from legendary Juno-winning Canadian rockers
Slik Toxik)
• Crash Kelly (featuring guitarist Sean Kelly, who recently recorded with
guitarist Gilby Clarke)
• (featuring Darrell "Dwarf" Millar from metal legends Killer
• Automatic (one Canada’s best upcoming rock bands)
• Ash Lee Blade (featuring members of local metal legends Tchort and Clovenblade)
• Crazy Babies (one of Canada's top tributes to Ozzy Osbourne)
• High Voltage (Y108’s Breakout Band Contest Winner)
• Sixes & Sevens (Toronto’s female-fronted Progressive Rock band)
• Basia Lyjak (‘Chick Rock’ with an all-star band)
• Fidget (5 punkin’ gals who love to rock out)
• Zone of Resistance

MQMusicFest also confirms appearances by Q107 and Uncle D - The Canadian Assman.

MQMusicfest takes place Sunday, August 19, 2007 at The Phoenix Concert Theatre, 410 Sherbourne Street, Toronto. Starting at 12:00 noon and lasting non-stop until 12:00 midnight. Tickets are available at, The Phoenix Concert Theatre and from any band playing the festival.

Link to MQMusicFest Press Release 1:

Thursday, July 19, 2007


Metal Queen Management (MQM) is pleased to announce that MQMusicFest 2007 is being held on Sunday, August 19, 2007 at The Phoenix Concert Theatre, 410 Sherbourne Street, Toronto. This year’s festival — the 2nd annual, following up 2006's successful debut — is a 12-hour rock music marathon, kicking off at 12:00 noon and lasting non-stop until 12:00 midnight.

MQMusicFest will showcase the very best of Canada’s up-and-coming, as well as established, musical talents. This year saw over 60 bands apply through Sonicbids to play MQMusicFest, yet only a select few were chosen. Artists confirmed to date include:

• Revolver (featuring Nick Walsh from legendary Juno-winning Canadian rockers Slik Toxik)
• Crash Kelly (featuring guitarist Sean Kelly, who recently recorded with guitarist Gilby Clarke)
• (featuring Darrell "DWaRf" Millar from metal legends Killer Dwarfs)
• Crack Puppy (Toronto rockers featuring Johnny Rude, co-owner of Rok Boutique)

• Ash Lee Blade (featuring members of local metal legends Tchort and Clovenblade)
• Crazy Babies (one of Canada's top tributes to Ozzy Osbourne)
• High Voltage (Y108’s Breakout Band Contest Winner)
• Automatic (one Canada’s best upcoming rock bands)
• Sixes & Sevens (Toronto’s female-fronted Progressive Rock band)
• Basia Lyjak (‘Chick Rock’ with an all-star band)
• Fidget (5 punkin’ gals who love to rockout)• Zeroscape (described as the melting pot of music and forever touring Europe/UK)
• Zone of Resistance

This year’s MQMusicFest — being held on one of Toronto's best live music stages, with venue capacity of 1,350 — is being proudly sponsored by Long & McQuade Musical Instruments, 97.7 HTZ FM, and Jäger Music. VIP’s in attendance will include announcer Steve A.J.D., DJ Mike “The Fly”, legendary rock personality Drew Masters (M.E.A.T), Brave Words & Bloody Knuckles writer Carl Begai from Germany and an appearance by the Jägermeister Girls. More sponsors and special guests/surprises are to be announced.

Tickets for MQMusicFest are just $20 in advance / $25 at the door. Pre-sale tickets can be obtained from the various artists playing MQMusicFest. Tickets will also be available via Ticketmaster shortly, as the MQMusicFest website This event is fully licenced (19+). Doors open at 12:00 noon.

Currently celebrating its 5th successful year, Metal Queen Management (MQM) — owned and operated by Betty Dworatschek — is the promoter of MQMusicFest. Respected worldwide, MQM is a Toronto-based full-service music entertainment company specializing in the development and promotion of Canadian rock and metal music. Having earned an all-important “street cred” respectability, MQM and has evolved to become a “one-stop shop” for the aspiring independent artists/bands, providing such services as artist management, performance bookings, promotional campaigns, public relations and legal consulting. MQM also involves itself in a wide range of activities, from judging/hosting radio competitions, to securing worldwide distribution deals.

In addition to the festival, a pre-party for participating sponsors, artists and fans will be held on the evening of Saturday, August 18, 2007 at the Rok Boutique, 200 Bathurst Street, Toronto.

Monday, June 11, 2007

Chris Caffery on Tour (Toronto show June 13) and New Release Available

Chris Caffery of Savatage/Trans-Siberian Orchestra is currently on tour with Doro. Catch him in Toronto on Wednesday June 13 at the Fun Haus.

It’s been over two years since Hard Rock guitarist Chris Caffery put out a solo album. Locomotive Records will release Caffery’s eclectic Pins And Needles on June 5, 2007.

The busy musician, despite continuing his key roles in Savatage and Trans-Siberian Orchestra, was hellbent to finish in the studio and get back out on the road where he belongs, this time with Doro. Not only is he in her band, but he will be showcasing the new material from Pins And Needles when he opens for the metal queen. His legion of international fans couldn’t be more excited.

Caffery was halfway through the production of Pins And Needles when the record label that signed him, Black Lotus, out of Greece, ceased to exist. Ever the metal warrior, Caffery, though, forged on, and feels it’s his strongest musical statement to date.

The dictionary definition of Pins And Needles is “a tingling sensation in a limb recovering from numbness.” For those who need a jolt in their musical selections, here’s the movement that will flush feeling back into the hard rock soul. Caffery expresses his thoughts and frustrations with a variant of topics. From dealing with death to impact of the Internet on society to his hatred of Taco Bell, the listener fully extrapolates the vast mind of this experienced musician. “Life has much adversity, tragedy, and emotional challenges”, he says.

Track Listing
1. Pins and Needles
2. 66
3. Reach Out and Torment Again
4. Walls
5. It’s SAD
6. Y.G.B.F.K.M.
7. Chained
9. The Sign Of The Crossed
10. The Time
11. Mettle Eastern
12. In The Midst
13. Quaaludio
14. The Temple
15. Once Upon A Time

For more information, please contact:
Carol Kaye/Mike G
Kayos Productions, Inc.

Sunday, June 03, 2007



651 Queen Street West
Toronto, ON
on at 1:00 a.m.

Over the past five years, AUTOMATIC has worked hard to get their blend of old rock n’ roll with a modern twist heard. Some describe Automatic as a hybrid of all great rocks acts mutilated into the unique AUTOMATIC sound.

The band delivers an enormous live performance never disappointing. Jon Doe on vocals, Cracker on Bass, Fuser and Lenny Money on guitars and just Jones on the drums. These guys are creatiung rock anthems that are sure to have you signing along. Even the most discerning critic would agree that these musicians excel at making new fans and playing the best new original rock music.

They have conquered their home-Province of Ontario in Canada by relentlessly playing all the clubs, all the time, everywhere…, from the Horseshoe Tavern in Toronto to the Underground in Hamilton, to the popular Chubby Pickle in Windsor. AUTOMATIC leaves audiences everywhere wanting more.

Thanks to some leaks of live performances on popular websites like Utube and My Space where AUTOMATIC has over 100,000 plays and counting, their fan base has spread across North America and into the rest of the world.

With the recent release of their EP “Certified For Murder”, Automatic is sure to steamroller the competition in 2007 and leave you begging for more.

See AUTOMATIC play a NXNE Showcase at The Kathedral on Thursday, June 7, 2007, on at 1:00 a.m.


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