The GridTO: Then & Now: The Edge

Flyer credit: Don Pyle
Flyer credit: Don Pyle

FRI NOV 2, 2012
Then & Now: The Edge

...The Garys saw the club as a springboard for emergent local acts. “We nurtured a lot of local groups who got signed from playing regularly at The Edge and from being promoted the same ways we would promote The Police or whoever,” says Topp. He namechecks more than a dozen Toronto acts of the time, including The Mods, Drastic Measures, The Sharks, The Curse, Spoons, Battered Wives, The Demics, The Dishes, Johnny and the G-Rays, Blue Peter, and The B-Girls."

Full Story: http://www.thegridto.com/culture/music/then-now-the-edge/

This Week's Forgotten Gem of the '80s - Blue Peter - "Chinese Graffiti"

Chinese Graffiti 45 Cover
Chinese Graffiti 45 Cover 1981

From About.com 80s Music ORIGINAL STORY:
80music.about.com/b/2012/07/30/this-weeks-forgotten-gem-of-the-80s-blue-peter-chinese-graffiti.htm Monday July 30, 2012
By Steve Peake, About.com Guide

Canadian new wave/synth pop band Blue Peter created an elegant keyboard-based sound during the early '80s that also benefited from well-timed injections of guitar. Led by composer/guitarist Chris Wardman and fronted by lead singer Paul Humphrey, the group didn't stay together long enough to become an outright fixture on the pop music scene. Nevertheless, Blue Peter earned a place among '80s Canadian artists with its melodic intensity. The band's versatility also allowed for impressive slots opening for punk rock and new wave legends The Jam and The Police.

Phoenix Concert Theatre

City: 
Toronto
Location: 
PHOENIX CONCERT THEATRE
Date: 
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 1ST, 2011

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North of the Border Radio's Weblog

The Canadiana Classic:

If I had to choose one Canadian band to laud from the aftermath of punk’s first generation it would be Blue Peter. Most of the material on their three full length albums and three E.P.’s sound like they could have been released yesterday. The two mainstays of Blue Peter have always been Paul Humphreys and Chris Wardman. Both have remained active as musicians and producers on the Canadian music scene, but their subsequent work hasn’t garnered the kind of attention still given to their first band. (An interesting side note: Humphrey’s brother John, also a musician, was once a member of Jean Luc Ponty’s touring band.) Although Blue Peter is no longer actively making music, all of their recordings have been reissued and they continue to play a couple of shows a year. I recommend you investigate.

http://northoftheborderradio.wordpress.com/2011/01/15/week-eleven-words/

Tandem Magazine Review of Mod Club Show

By Kerry Doole

January 21, 2011

BLUE PETER/CHALK CIRCLE:
Despite minimal media attention and coldest night of the winter to date, a capacity crowd showed up at The Mod Club recently to support two heroes of the ‘80s rock scene in Toronto. That was gratifying, and even moreso was the fact that both bands sounded great at a show that marked the first time they shared a bill in 25 years. It was unfortunate that the club’s entrance policy meant some of the crowd shivered outside as Chalk Circle started their set. The group’s melodic and intelligent brand of modern rock was showcased nicely, and virtuoso violinist HUGH MARSH contributed effectively to some songs.

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