On The Beat ’80s nostalgia

By Kerry Doole
Originally Published: 2011-01-16

BLUE PETER/CHALK CIRCLE: Feeling nostalgic for the ’80s sounds of Toronto new wave? If so, do we have a double bill for you. Two of the best Canadian bands of that decade, Blue Peter and Chalk Circle, are reuniting to share a stage for the first time in 25 years. The show, set for The Mod Club on Jan. 21 (an early show), promises to be a real treat, for the music of both groups has stood the test of time better than that of many of their peers. Their careers ran somewhat consecutively, as Blue Peter formed in 1979 and split up in 1985, while Chalk Circle’s life spanned the 1985-90 period (both groups were smart enough to call it quits at the right time). Each scored national success with many of their singles, but their largest following remained that of their Toronto hometown (heavy airplay on CFNY helped). Perhaps you (or older siblings) remember such hits as “Radio Silence” and “Don’t Walk Past” (Blue Peter) and “April Fool” and “This Mourning” (Chalk Circle), while albums like Radio Silence and Falling (BP) and Mending Wall and As The Crow Flies (CC) were consistently strong. This gig is strongly recommended.

Reliving the '80s as part of Juno concert series

MSN Review Jan 8-2011
MSN Review Jan 8-2011

Blue Peter frontman Paul Humphrey looked almost identical to when I first saw the band when I was in high school (and got lucky after the gig when a girl unfathomably thought I was in the group, and I went along with it). Blue Peter's 1980 "Radio Silence" album ranks among my favourite Canadian new wave records, and the title track and "Video Verite" still resonated with me when they were performed on Saturday. The lovely and talented Emm Gryner joined the band to sing on what's probably its best known song, "Don't Walk Past."

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A 40th Anniversary Concert Series at The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern

This show is sold out. Tickets are available for the January 21, 2011 show with Chalk Circle at The Mod Club.
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A 40th Anniversary Concert Series at The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern
Presented by
Tickets: $20.00 Advance. Available at ticketmaster.ca or 416-870-8000, Horseshoe Front Bar, Soundscapes, Rotate This, and MapleMusic

Dates:
January 8, 2011: Songs of the ’80s – Produced by Last Gang Entertainment

Featuring:
9:00 – Modern Superstitions
9:30 – Andy Curran (Coney Hatch)
9:40 – Rik Emmett (Triumph)
10:10 – Platinum Blonde
10:40 – Chalk Circle
10:55 – Christopher Ward w/ Lindi Ortega
11:00 – Blue Peter
11:30 – Maestro Fresh Wes
12:00 – The Spoons
12:30 – San Sebastian
1:00 – Michael Williams – DJ Set

February 5, 2011: Songs of the ’90s – Produced by Dine Alone Records and Bedlam Music Management
March 5, 2011: Songs of the ’00s – Produced by Pheromone Recordings and MapleMusic Recordings

The Juno Awards 40TH Anniversary Concert Series @ The Horseshoe Tavern

Blue Peter will be performing as part of THE JUNO AWARDS 40TH ANNIVERSARY CONCERT SERIES @ THE HORSESHOE TAVERN on Saturday, January 8.

Artists include Chalk Circle, Maestro Fresh Wes, Platinum Blonde, and Rik Emmett of Triumph. They will be joined by Modern Superstitions and San Sebastian. Foremost past MuchMusic VJ Christopher Ward will host the event; one of four concerts in celebration of the JUNO Awards‟ 40th Anniversary. The Songs of the 80s, is produced by Last Gang Entertainment.

Tickets are now on sale for all JUNO Decades shows. Tickets ($20 each) can be purchased in advance at ticketmaster.ca or by phoning (416) 870-8000; or in person at The Horseshoe Tavern (370 Queen St. W), Soundscapes (572 College St. W) and Rotate This (801 Queen St. W); or online at Maplemusic.com. Proceeds will go to MusiCounts, Canada‟s music education charity associated with CARAS.

Performances start at 9:30pm

The Juno Awards 40TH Anniversary Concert Series @ The Horseshoe Tavern

Blue Peter will be performing as part of THE JUNO AWARDS 40TH ANNIVERSARY CONCERT SERIES @ THE HORSESHOE TAVERN on Saturday, January 8.

Artists include Chalk Circle, Maestro Fresh Wes, Platinum Blonde, and Rik Emmett of Triumph. They will be joined by Modern Superstitions and San Sebastian. Foremost past MuchMusic VJ Christopher Ward will host the event; one of four concerts in celebration of the JUNO Awards‟ 40th Anniversary. The Songs of the 80s, is produced by Last Gang Entertainment.

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