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The Poppy Family · That's Where I Went Wrong / Shadows on My Wall - 7 The Poppy Family:
That's Where I Went Wrong / Shadows on My Wall - 7" - 1969

When 17-year-old Susan Pesklevits asked former Chessmen guitarist Terry Jacks to accompany her on CBC's mid-sixties TV show Music Hop, she probably had little idea of the great things to come...
The Churls · Send Me No Flowers The Churls:
Send Me No Flowers - 1969

The chord-crunching blues-rock on the Churls self-titled debut was hardly a million-seller for A & M. Still, that didn't stop Herb Alpert from issuing a second set of songs for the lads later that ...
The 49th Parallel · The 49th Parallel The 49th Parallel:
The 49th Parallel - 1969

Calgary's torch bearers in the great sixties rock sweepstakes were the 49th Parallel, whose 1969 chart success, 'Twilight Woman', garnered them a few deserved rays of limelight.

Shame Tree · Junior Saw It Happen b/w My Little Buttercup - 7 Shame Tree:
Junior Saw It Happen b/w My Little Buttercup - 7" - 1969

There is not a heck of lot out there in cyberland on Edmonton's Shame Tree. It appears that the group was most probably a five-piece consisting of singer Ed Kilbride, guitarist Al Mix and keyboardi...
The Lyme · Measles / I'm Only Dreaming - 7 The Lyme:
Measles / I'm Only Dreaming - 7" - 1969

The Lyme's only release, the superb double-sider 'Measles' b/w'I'm Only Dreaming', was purportedly the first stereo 45 released in Canada. And the record might even have scaled some local c...
J.K. & Co. · Suddenly One Summer J.K. & Co.:
Suddenly One Summer - 1969

Until its reissue onto CD (Beatrocket, 2001), J.K. & Co.'s Suddenly One Summer was one of those impossibly rare records that seemed to find its way onto every collector's want list, but which f...
La Revolution Francaise · Quebecois / Shoo-Doo-Bee-Do - 7 La Revolution Francaise:
Quebecois / Shoo-Doo-Bee-Do - 7" - 1969

After quitting Les Sinners in October of 1968, singer Francois Guy teamed up with Les Jaguars guitarist Jean-Guy Cossette to form the ominously titled La Revolution Francaise. With one-time Sinners...
Bent Wind · Sussex Bent Wind:
Sussex - 1969

Phenomenally rare, with those surviving copies fetching upwards of 3000 bucks a pop, the 1969 acid rock raver Sussex had its origins in a drug-addled house in Toronto's Annex neighbourhood. ...
Five Man Electrical Band · Five Man Electrical Band Five Man Electrical Band:
Five Man Electrical Band - 1969

With 1967 turning out to be a fruitful one for the Staccatos - their 'Half Past Midnight' had cracked the top ten in Canada - the band headed down to New Yo...
L' Infonie · Vol. 3 L' Infonie:
Vol. 3 - 1969

The Montreal-based electronic/free jazz/avant-garde collective L'Infonie formed in 1967 under the direction of Walter Boudreau and featured Quebecois singer/poet Raoul Duguay in his recording debut....
Rockadrome · Royal American 20th Century Blues Rockadrome:
Royal American 20th Century Blues - 1969

A near-mint copy of Rockadrome's lone 1969 LP will probably set you back at least a month's rent - and not a one-bedroom in Wawa (ON), either. Recorded in the early months of 1969 at Art Snider's S...
The British North-American Act · In the Beginning... The British North-American Act:
In the Beginning... - 1969

The soft-psych sounds on the British North-American Act's 1969 LP In the Beginning... now fetch upwards of a thousand bucks a pop, though this must be due more to the record's obscurity than ...
David · David David:
David - 1969

From the same label that gave us Rockadrome comes the six-man, one-woman David. Their sole album is one of those wonderful, flawed surprises from the era, an overreaching blend of orchestral pop wi...
Mother Tuckers Yellow Duck · One Ring Jane / Kill the Pig - 7 Mother Tuckers Yellow Duck:
One Ring Jane / Kill the Pig - 7" - 1969

Though Toronto may have gotten all the press back in the day (try googling these: the Yorkville scene, the Festival Express, the Toronto Rock and Roll Revival), it seems that by the late sixties the...
The Stone Circus · Stone Circus The Stone Circus:
Stone Circus - 1969

The Stone Circus LP has long been one of the holy grails to collectors of the legendary Mainstream label, but so little is known about it that the misconceptions have grown along with its monetary v...
The Churls · The Churls The Churls:
The Churls - 1969

Somewhere over the years the Churls ended up near the bottom of history's overcrowded dustbin, but back in late 1967 the heavy-hitting rockers had quite a presence on Toronto's Yorkville scene, at o...
Cargo · Front Side Back Side Cargo:
Front Side Back Side - 1969

Merv Buchanan originally started up his now-sought-after Trend label in 1965 in a crusty old studio out in the wilds of suburban east Toronto. The enterprising dee jay and producer half-flippantly ...
Cathy Young · A Spoonful of Cathy Young Cathy Young:
A Spoonful of Cathy Young - 1969

When local Diggers' David DePoe and Brian (Blues) Chapman organized the Queen's Park Love-In in May of 1967, the budding singer-songwriter Cathy Young was barely a busker on the streets of Toronto's...
Doomsday Machine · Ain't Nobody Else / Toe Nails - 7 Doomsday Machine:
Ain't Nobody Else / Toe Nails - 7" - 1969

Doomsday Machine put out a couple of professionally recorded singles for the Dot label in 1969. The five-piece from Kingsville, just to the south of Windsor (ON), consisted of guitarist Jerry Alice...
Merryweather · Merryweather Merryweather:
Merryweather - 1969

The mid-to-late 1960s California rock landscape was littered with Canadian expatriates jostling for a record deal and the allure of fame and fortune. By the end of the decade, Canadian musicians we...
Edward Bear · Bearings Edward Bear:
Bearings - 1969

Edward Bear had been knocking about the Toronto circuit since 1966, where they were the house band for a spell at the Night Owl coffee house in Yorkville. By 1969, the band's reputation for poundin...
 The Village S.T.O.P. · North Country / Vibration - 7 The Village S.T.O.P.:
North Country / Vibration - 7" - 1969

If we are to believe guitarist Paul Marcoux, the Village S.T.O.P. were pretty much the cutting edge of Canadian freakdom back in the day.

The Hamilton quintet had just landed...
The Original Caste · One Tin Soldier / Highway - 7 The Original Caste:
One Tin Soldier / Highway - 7" - 1969

As a child, Bruce Innes was something of a prodigy in his native Calgary, performing professionally at the tender age of eleven, with his father chauffeuring him to and from gigs and making sure tha...
The Five Bells · Big City / Moody Manitoba Morning - 7 The Five Bells:
Big City / Moody Manitoba Morning - 7" - 1969

Anyone alive in the early seventies will no doubt remember - and not necessarily fondly - the Bells' 'Stay Awhile', perhaps the most syrupy love ballad ever to ooze from all those transistor ...
Strange Movies · (I Can) Feel It Coming / What a Drag - 7 Strange Movies:
(I Can) Feel It Coming / What a Drag - 7" - 1969

The origins of Strange Movies can actually be traced back to the mid-sixties and the sunny British Columbia interior. It was there that a couple of long-forgotten bands, Jimmy and the Rebounds and...
Suzanne · Suzanne Suzanne:
Suzanne - 1969

Like many a teenaged Toronto musician in the mid-sixties, Greg Hambleton could be found in Yorkville making the scene in the clubs and cafes of that city's buzzing enclave. The would-be singer-songw...
Reign Ghost · Reign Ghost Reign Ghost:
Reign Ghost - 1969

Bob Bryden was just twelve years old when his family shifted down the old Highway 7 from white-collar Ottawa to the gritty factory town of Oshawa, just outside Toronto. But after a brief spell of c...
Garry Garnette · Have You Heard the News / Sick and Tired - 7 Garry Garnette:
Have You Heard the News / Sick and Tired - 7" - 1969

Gary Garnette's 'Have You Heard the News' is about as tough-to-find as a record can get these days. Its silky supper club soul has found its way onto the UK dance floors and that of course h...
Sugar and Spice · Cruel War / Not to Return - 7 Sugar and Spice:
Cruel War / Not to Return - 7" - 1969

Sugar and Spice's 'Cruel War' was a cash cow of sorts for Frank Weiner and his tiny Franklin label. The Winnipeg band's hokey version of Peter Yarrow and Neil Stookey's love-in-a-time-of-war...
The Circle Widens · See About Dreamin' / Weird Understanding - 7 The Circle Widens:
See About Dreamin' / Weird Understanding - 7" - 1969

The Circle Widens' blistering b-side 'Weird Understanding' has been creating a bit of a stir amongst collectors of late. But what the cratediggers may not know is that the authors of that long-lost...
The Tiaras · Foolish Girl / Surprise - 7 The Tiaras:
Foolish Girl / Surprise - 7" - 1969

Brenda Russell was just 12 years old when her musical parents (her father Gus Gordon was once a member of the Ink Spots) left Brooklyn for the relatively colour-blind city of Hamilton, Ontario. And ...
The Folklords · Release the Sunshine The Folklords:
Release the Sunshine - 1968

The Folklords were a sort of tripped-out We Five. In their brief existence, the Toronto band issued just one LP, the vaguely psychedelic Release the Sunshine, which for what it's worth seems t...
Mandala · You Got Me / Help Me - 7 Mandala:
You Got Me / Help Me - 7" - 1968

Toronto's Mandala started things off as the Rogues in early 1965 when singer George Olliver teamed up with former Robbie Lane and the Disciples guitar whiz kid Dominic Troiano. A couple of years spen...
The Underworld · Bound b/w Go Away - 7 The Underworld:
Bound b/w Go Away - 7" - 1968

Toronto's Underworld were a garage band managed by Jed McKay (of It's All Meat) along with fellow Meatster Rick McKim. McKim's father was rather conveniently position...
Mock Duck · Do Re Mi / Playing Games - 7 Mock Duck:
Do Re Mi / Playing Games - 7" - 1968

Guitarist Joe Mock got his start fronting the folky Joe Mock and No Commercial Potential, but by 1967 the blossoming Vancouver scene was already starting to attract some of the more talked-about Cal...
The Mutual Understanding · In Wonderland The Mutual Understanding:
In Wonderland - 1968

"Welcome to Wonderland - momentary abode of the Mutual Understanding - a happy moment in time where all can share in the magic of a mighty and cheerful sound. And meet the Mutual Understanding - as...
 The Paupers · Ellis Island The Paupers:
Ellis Island - 1968

Following the tepid response to their 1967 debut LP Magic People, and the near-mythical meltdown at the Monterrey Pop Festival that followed it, the Paupers...
Kensington Market · Avenue Road Kensington Market:
Avenue Road - 1968

A late night jam with the Lovin' Spoonful's Zal Yanofsky in 1967 would prove to be the big break for Toronto's Kensington Market.

As Nicholas Jennings tells it ...
Expedition to Earth · Expedition to Earth / Time Time Time - 7 Expedition to Earth:
Expedition to Earth / Time Time Time - 7" - 1968

On the Garage Hangover site, Expedition to Earth's guitarist Dan Norton recounts how the band took small-town Canada by surprise, in this case the booming metropolis of Canora, Saskatchewan (pop. 22...
Mandala · Soul Crusade Mandala:
Soul Crusade - 1968

After the success of their top-ten corker 'Opportunity', the Mandala seemed destined for opportunities of their own. Their manager Rafael Markowitz (aka Ra...
The Plastic Cloud · The Plastic Cloud The Plastic Cloud:
The Plastic Cloud - 1968

In July of 1967, the Jefferson Airplane took up a week-long residence at the massive O'Keefe Centre in Toronto, and then played an additional outdoor freebie in front of some 20,000 souls in the sun...
The Adanac Reply · What Would It Be Like? / The Other One - 7 The Adanac Reply:
What Would It Be Like? / The Other One - 7" - 1968

Guitarist Thom Nelson originally formed the Nocturns in Calgary in 1960, and like many a budding rock star at the time, plied a Shadows-influenced brand of instrumental rock and roll. It wasn't unt...
The Rabble · Give Us Back Elaine! The Rabble:
Give Us Back Elaine! - 1968

The Rabble, a criminally obscure assortment of hippies from Montreal's western suburbs, were riding a wave of popularity in 1968 after having scored locally with their fetching 'Golden Girl' ...
Evolution Expantion · Blow Up / Blues Finding - 7 Evolution Expantion:
Blow Up / Blues Finding - 7" - 1968

The orthographically challenged Evolution Expantion unleashed this devilishly rare seven-inch on Art Young's hip Montreal-based Trans-World label, home to local faves the Haunted and the Rabble, som...
Intersystems · Free Psychedelic Poster Inside Intersystems:
Free Psychedelic Poster Inside - 1968

As the experimental electronic duo Intersystems, synthesizer pioneer John Mills-Cockell and performance poet Blake Parker put out three records in the late 1960s: the relatively acoust...
Witness Inc. · Harlem Lady / I Put a Spell on You - 7 Witness Inc.:
Harlem Lady / I Put a Spell on You - 7" - 1968

Saskatoon's Witness Inc were no doubt riding high after the success of their second single, the Frankie Laine classic 'Jezebel' - that one sold a surprising 50,000 ...
The Nihilist Spasm Band · No Record The Nihilist Spasm Band:
No Record - 1968

Taking their cue from the "spasm bands" of early New Orleans, essentially motley collections of musicians performing on found objects, London, Ontario's Nihilist Spasm Band are a fine example of bot...
 The Fringe · Plastic People / Nancy Brown - 7 The Fringe:
Plastic People / Nancy Brown - 7" - 1968

The Toronto-based Fringe were one of the most celebrated and exciting Canadian psych acts to emerge in Canada in the late sixties, so much so that Quality Records at the time hailed them as "Canada'...
The Grass Company · Once a Days / Once a Child - 7 The Grass Company:
Once a Days / Once a Child - 7" - 1968

Kim Mitchell was just sixteen years old when Sarnia (ON) natives the Grass Company crossed the border and headed down to nearby Detroit to record this long-forgotten psych seven-incher. Of course, ...
Les Loups Blancs · Je sais que tu mens b/w Sylvianne - 7 Les Loups Blancs:
Je sais que tu mens b/w Sylvianne - 7" - 1968

Les Loups Blancs were so far behind the times that they almost seem like trailblazers. The Montreal band used to deck themselves out in matching Beatles suits and bleached-blond coiffures (hence t...
Influence · Influence Influence:
Influence - 1968

Montreal, in French-speaking Quebec, is not the obvious place you would find British musicians at the height of the 1960s rock explosion. But that's exactly where two expatriates reunited by chance ...
Sweet Somethings · He's My Soul Baby / Pot of Gold - 7 Sweet Somethings:
He's My Soul Baby / Pot of Gold - 7" - 1968

It may not be widely known, but one of the first all-female rock and roll acts - anywhere in the world - was a group of five Montrealers called Les Beatlettes. That band formed in February 1964, iss...
The Valhallla · Witch Doctor b/w Mister Fantasy - 7 The Valhallla:
Witch Doctor b/w Mister Fantasy - 7" - 1968

The Valhalla got their start in Toronto back in 1967 and issued this hyper-rare single the following year for Merv Buchanan's now-sought-after Trend label. The band were a five-piece consisting of ...
The Mongrels · My Woman / Sitting in the Station - 7 The Mongrels:
My Woman / Sitting in the Station - 7" - 1968

Most people who know Winnipeg at all probably know it for the Guess Who, or perhaps as the place where a teenaged Neil Young cut his first record. But the prairie capital famous for its bitterly co...
United Empire Loyalists · No, No, No / Afraid of the Dark - 7 United Empire Loyalists:
No, No, No / Afraid of the Dark - 7" - 1968

By the time the United Empire Loyalists got around to releasing this deliciously rare seven-inch - the only piece of wax they would ever make - they were already fixtures on the west coast undergrou...
Gordon Lightfoot · Black Day in July / Pussywillows, Cat-Tails - 7 Gordon Lightfoot:
Black Day in July / Pussywillows, Cat-Tails - 7" - 1968

It was actually more of a black night in July.

The Detroit riots of 1967 were certainly not the first there - the city had previously erupted in the summer of 1943 leaving 34 dead a...
Bobby Taylor and the Vancouvers · Does Your Mama Know About Me / Fading Away - 7 Bobby Taylor and the Vancouvers:
Does Your Mama Know About Me / Fading Away - 7" - 1968

In his autobiography, Tommy Chong described the Calgary of his childhood as "more like Mississippi than California in the way that black people were treated." It was precisely in such an environmen...
The Poppy Family · Beyond the Clouds / Free from the City - 7 The Poppy Family:
Beyond the Clouds / Free from the City - 7" - 1968

Susan Jacks (nee Pesklevits) started out young - at the age of seven to be precise - and by fifteen was singing regularly on TV. But the cherubic singer with the most beguiling of voices had to be ...
Sandi Shore · Like A Madness / Until You're Home Again - 7 Sandi Shore:
Like A Madness / Until You're Home Again - 7" - 1968

If not for a brief obituary in the weekly Vancouver Courier, Sandi Shore might have died a completely forgotten woman.

The Vancouver singer (who was actually born as Sandra Loranger...
Le Pouvoir des Fleurs · Je Ne Sais Pas Pourquoi / Va T'en Chez Toi - 7 Le Pouvoir des Fleurs:
Je Ne Sais Pas Pourquoi / Va T'en Chez Toi - 7" - 1968

It is probably to no one's surprise that a band with a name like Le Pouvoir des Fleurs came into existence in 1967. But what many may not know is that the roots of this Quebec group actually go bac...
 Grant Smith and the Power · Thinkin' About You / You Got What I Want - 7 Grant Smith and the Power:
Thinkin' About You / You Got What I Want - 7" - 1968

Grant Smith and the Power are barely a footnote these days in the annals of Canuckistani scholarship, but in their time they were a popular group plying rock and soul up and down Toronto's Yonge Str...
Guido Basso · Christmas Today Guido Basso:
Christmas Today - 1968

For people of a certain vintage, Yuletide used to mean Yukon Cornelius battling the abominable snowman, Andy Williams in turtlenecks, and the wholesome music of Henry Mancini, the Swingle Sisters or...
The Five Shy · Try to Be Happy / Saints and Angels - 7 The Five Shy:
Try to Be Happy / Saints and Angels - 7" - 1968

Toronto's Five Shy were a rare example of sunshine pop in a city much better known at the time for sweaty, driving r'n'b and guitar-heavy garage-psych. Though the Five Shy are about as close to the...
Andy Kim · How'd We Ever Get This Way / Are You Ever Coming Home - 7 Andy Kim:
How'd We Ever Get This Way / Are You Ever Coming Home - 7" - 1968

The world can probably be divided into two camps: those who will and those who will not admit to secretly loving Andy Kim's jubilant sing-along 'Rock Me Gently', which topped charts on both s...
The Willapuss Wallapuss · To Jone / Sacrificial Virgin - 7 The Willapuss Wallapuss:
To Jone / Sacrificial Virgin - 7" - 1968

Singer/keyboardist Bruce Ley had his fingers in a number of pies back in the day, from Hamilton garagesters the Gentle Touch and their scorchi...
Mary Saxton · Sad Eyes / Take My Heart - 7 Mary Saxton:
Sad Eyes / Take My Heart - 7" - 1968

She may have been as white as the snow that blanketed her hometown of Edmonton for much of the year, but Mary Saxton could belt out blistering northern soul with the best of them.

T...
The Fringe · Flower Generation / Token for My Mind - 7 The Fringe:
Flower Generation / Token for My Mind - 7" - 1968

The Fringe formed in 1967 and are mostly remembered, if at all, for having as a founding member the late Chuck Cadman, a thrice-elected Member of Parliament who died of cancer in 2005. They also ha...
Les Items · Foxy Lady / J'aimerais Tant Te Revoir - 7 Les Items:
Foxy Lady / J'aimerais Tant Te Revoir - 7" - 1968

Throughout the 1960s in Quebec, Denis Pantis was the Man...well, sort of.

Pantis was actually one of three erstwhile pop idols from the early sixties who had turned their attentions a...
Tyme and a Half · It's Been a Long Time / Magic Island - 7 Tyme and a Half:
It's Been a Long Time / Magic Island - 7" - 1968

There must have been a bit of a Netherlands connection up in Trenton, Ontario. It was in that tiny military town some two hours to the east of Toronto that Dutch-born Barry 'Buzz' Vandersel hooked ...
The Sound Box · Warm Your Mind and Soul / I'm Learning - 7 The Sound Box:
Warm Your Mind and Soul / I'm Learning - 7" - 1968

The Sound Box issued a couple of decent psych singles on the Regency label at the tail end of the sixties. The Montreal quintet was formed in 1968 by drummer Brian Redmond, along with guitarist M...
The Rabble · The Rabble The Rabble:
The Rabble - 1967

The Rabble were five boho lads from Pointe Claire on Montreal's west island who played a nominally funky, oddly eccentric alternative to the Haunted's straight-on garage rock. Their first album is ...
The Rabble · You Come On Too Strong / Golden Girl - 7 The Rabble:
You Come On Too Strong / Golden Girl - 7" - 1967

The Rabble got their start in 1966 when guitarist Mike Harris teamed up with singer John Pimm and guitarist Rick Metcalfe in Pointe Claire over on Montreal's west island. However, despite releasing...
Les Sinners · Sinerisme Les Sinners:
Sinerisme - 1967

Les Sinners flitted between English and French-speaking Montreal, a place where the stone structures along Rue St.-Jacques, once the storehouse of stolid anglo wealth, sat just around the corner from ...
The Haunted · The Haunted The Haunted:
The Haunted - 1967

Mid-sixties fuzzbox-driven garage rock was ubiquitous across North America in 1966 and the Montreal area was no exception. Local legends the Haunted, with guitarists Jurgen Peter and Al Birmingham at...
The Media · Girl, I Want You / Endless Dream - 7 The Media:
Girl, I Want You / Endless Dream - 7" - 1967

A mint copy of this insanely obscure psych nugget would probably set you back a few thousand bucks if you managed to track one down. What little is known about the record comes from a YouTube post ...
The Ugly Ducklings · Postman's Fancy  /  Not for Long - 7 The Ugly Ducklings:
Postman's Fancy / Not for Long - 7" - 1967

The Ugly Ducklings' fourth single saw them dabbling in psychedelia to limited success. The b-side, 'Not for Long', is the better of the two tracks here, a summery slice of pop existentialism, languor...
The Amen · Carnivals and Cotton Candy  /  Peter Zeus  - 7 The Amen:
Carnivals and Cotton Candy / Peter Zeus - 7" - 1967

The Sault Ste. Marie-based Amen - weekly regulars at their local Teen Centre - spent much of 1966 toiling about northern Ontario, venturing as far as Lakehead University in Thunder Bay as well as to ...
(Those) Rogues · Wish I Could See You Again / Girl - 7 (Those) Rogues:
Wish I Could See You Again / Girl - 7" - 1967

Like the Amen, (Those) Rogues came out of the tiny, though curiously fertile, Sault Ste Marie (Ontario) scene. The five-piece is known to have played at a place called the Sundown Room as well as i...
Les Miserables · Les Miserables Les Miserables:
Les Miserables - 1967

In the early sixties as the instrumental combo Les Coronets, these Montreal high school buddies belted out covers of all those trendy Ventures and Shadows tunes at local high school dances, sometime...
M.G. and the Escorts · A Someday Fool / It's Too Late - 7 M.G. and the Escorts:
A Someday Fool / It's Too Late - 7" - 1967

From suburban Pointe-Claire, on Montreal's west island, M.G. and the Escorts saw some chart action at local radio station CFCF with their 1966 debut seven-incher, the rather lame merseybeat of 'Plea...
Inferno 5 Plus 1 · I Can Take It / Fay's Gig - 7 Inferno 5 Plus 1:
I Can Take It / Fay's Gig - 7" - 1967

As Inferno 5, guitarist Lance Whitman, singer John Bell, bassist Wayne Wallace, drummer Leslie Maki and Dave Powers on keyboards, were in charge of keeping the locals entertained at the Inferno club...
Witness Inc. · Jezebel / Not You Girl - 7 Witness Inc.:
Jezebel / Not You Girl - 7" - 1967

Out of the prairies - Saskatoon to be exact - came local heroes the Witness Inc., who got their 15 minutes' worth with their second seven-incher for Apex, a cover of the Frankie Laine hit 'Jezebel' th...
The Quiet Jungle · Ship of Dreams / Everything - 7 The Quiet Jungle:
Ship of Dreams / Everything - 7" - 1967

Toronto's Doug Rankine and the Secrets scored huge in early 1966 with a rather goofy novelty hit, a quintessentially Canadian ode to the burly Toronto Maple Leaf forward Eddie Shack call...
Threads of Fybre · Mama / Believe Me - 7 Threads of Fybre:
Mama / Believe Me - 7" - 1967

From the tiny village of St. Clement's near Kitchener, Ontario, Threads of Fybre were a rather fleeting concern, allegedly performing not more than ten times in their entire career. Nonetheless, in t...
The Staccatos · Half Past Midnight / Weatherman - 7 The Staccatos:
Half Past Midnight / Weatherman - 7" - 1967

Following on the success of early rock 'n' rollers the Esquires, Ottawa's most successful sixties group got their start in 1963 as the backing band for local DJ and singer Dean Hagopian, releasing a...
The Northwest Company · Hard to Cry b/w Get Away from It All - 7 The Northwest Company:
Hard to Cry b/w Get Away from It All - 7" - 1967

Things were happening big time on the west coast in 1967, not just in California, but all the way up the Pacific to places like Vancouver. Bands like the Painted Ship and the Collectors had their r...
The Eyes of Dawn · Little by Little / Kaleidoscope - 7 The Eyes of Dawn:
Little by Little / Kaleidoscope - 7" - 1967

After the modest success of their debut seven-inch 'Time to Be Going', which had seen some local chart action earlier in the year, the Eyes of Dawn lost the...
The Mike Jones Group · Each and Every Day / Funny Feeling - 7 The Mike Jones Group:
Each and Every Day / Funny Feeling - 7" - 1967

The Mike Jones Group was originally formed in the early months of 1966 by a couple of high school buddies, singer Michel Lachance (a.k.a. Mike Jones) and guitarist Bob Panetta. The Montreal five-pie...
The Mandala · Opportunity / Lost Love - 7 The Mandala:
Opportunity / Lost Love - 7" - 1967

As the Rogues, and then later as the Five Rogues, keyboard player Josef Chirowski, bassist Don Elliot and drummer Whitey Glan cut their soul teeth in the clubs around Toronto's Yorkville and Yonge Str...
The Stonemen · In the Evening / Faded Colors - 7 The Stonemen:
In the Evening / Faded Colors - 7" - 1967

The Stonemen's lone single is criminally obscure, with only a handful of copies known to have survived the sixties, and with such a paucity of information about the band out there in cyberland that ...
The Nocturnals · Do What You Want / Detroit - 7 The Nocturnals:
Do What You Want / Detroit - 7" - 1967

The Nocturnals were actually part-owners of the cleverly named Grooveyard, a happening nightclub over in New Westminster, B.C. that played host to r'n'b acts from 1965 to 1968. The band had been ki...
The Painted Ship · Audience Reflections / And She Said Yes - 7 The Painted Ship:
Audience Reflections / And She Said Yes - 7" - 1967

After the regional success of their fantastic double-sider Little White Lies / Frustration, William (the Captain) Hay and his Painted Ship sailed into the s...
Les Lutins · Je cherche / Elle n'a rien compris - 7 Les Lutins:
Je cherche / Elle n'a rien compris - 7" - 1967

Back in the early 1960s, Saint-Hyacinthe was sort of Quebec's version of Liverpool. The charming city of 50,000 just east of Montreal punched way above its weight, giving birth to a number of cool ...
 The Paupers · Magic People The Paupers:
Magic People - 1967

For someone giving Magic People a spin for the first time, there is a point midway through the track 'It's Your Mind', precisely when the blithe rhythms segue into the sort of sunshiny chorus...
The Eyes of Dawn · Time to Be Going / Ignorance and Hardship - 7 The Eyes of Dawn:
Time to Be Going / Ignorance and Hardship - 7" - 1967

Formed in Ottawa in 1966, the five-piece Eyes of Dawn won a Big 9 battle of the bands contest across the river in Hull, Quebec, leading to a six-month stint as the house band at the La Petite Souris...
R. Dean Taylor · There's a Ghost in My House / Don't Fool Around - 7 R. Dean Taylor:
There's a Ghost in My House / Don't Fool Around - 7" - 1967

R. Dean Taylor started singing at various open-air country and western shows when he was just 12 years old, and by 21 the Toronto native had already issued his first record, the pop/rockabilly floor...
Our Generation · I'm a Man / Run Down Every Street - 7 Our Generation:
I'm a Man / Run Down Every Street - 7" - 1967

In the mid sixties Montreal's anglo suburbs on the western part of the island were a hotbed of garage rock, with bands like the Haunted and M.G. and the Escorts kicking up quite a storm locally. Th...
Our Generation · Out to Get Light / Cool Summer - 7 Our Generation:
Out to Get Light / Cool Summer - 7" - 1967

Right about the time that Montreal's Our Generation were enjoying their first quarter hour of fame, courtesy of their version of Muddy Waters' 'I'm a Man' o...
The Footprints · Never Say Die / Mama Rand's - 7 The Footprints:
Never Say Die / Mama Rand's - 7" - 1967

This totally forgotten Montreal band released a few singles in the 1960s on the Columbia and Capitol labels, the best of which is probably this cool double-sider, which according to Billboard magazi...
The Collectors · Looking at a Baby / Old Man - 7 The Collectors:
Looking at a Baby / Old Man - 7" - 1967

The Collectors were probably Vancouver's premier psychedelic band and the only one at the time, aside from the Poppy Family, to have the bulk of their records also released south of the border. The...
Christine et Ses Copains · Mon mini-croulant / Parce que je suis petite - 7 Christine et Ses Copains:
Mon mini-croulant / Parce que je suis petite - 7" - 1967

The very short-lived Christine et Ses Copains recorded at least three groovy singles on the Elysee label in Quebec before seemingly vanishing into thin air. The Montreal five-piece was fronted by t...
Les Talmud · Avoir raison / Un autre ami - 7 Les Talmud:
Avoir raison / Un autre ami - 7" - 1967

In the summer of 1967, while Expo '67 was drawing in hordes of visitors over on Montreal's Ile Ste-Helene and anglophone bands like the Rabble and the Haunted pushed envelopes over on the west islan...
The New Wing · The Thinking Animal / My Petite - 7 The New Wing:
The Thinking Animal / My Petite - 7" - 1967

The fertile late-sixties Alberta scene saw a number of bands head south to record at recognized American studios. That list would include Wes Dakus and the Rebels, Barry Allen, Happy Feeling and th...
Les Chanceliers · Le p'tit popy / La generation d'aujourd'hui - 7 Les Chanceliers:
Le p'tit popy / La generation d'aujourd'hui - 7" - 1967

The seeds of Les Chanceliers started to germinate in Montreal as far back as 1963 when guitarist Gilles Briere formed an instrumental quartet and dubbed it Les Chancellords. But it wasn't until 196...
Luke and the Apostles · Been Burnt / Don't Know Why - 7 Luke and the Apostles:
Been Burnt / Don't Know Why - 7" - 1967

Mike McKenna had found fleeting fame fronting a blues band called Mike's Trio, playing regular nights at the Cellar Club in Toronto's rapidly changing Yorkville neighbourhood. But sometime in 1964,...
Jerry Toth · A Place to Stand b/w A Place to Stand - 7 Jerry Toth:
A Place to Stand b/w A Place to Stand - 7" - 1967

Had it not been for Ontario's one-time unofficial provincial anthem, the talented musician, composer and arranger Jerry Toth would be even more forgotten than he already is. The Windsor (ON) native...
Jack  Hennig and the Breaking Point Group · Busy People / Maybe Tomorrow - 7 Jack Hennig and the Breaking Point Group:
Busy People / Maybe Tomorrow - 7" - 1967

Edmontonian Jack Hennig, a blond hunk of a singer who kept good ol' Albertans hopping throughout the seventies with his country and western sounds, actually had a secret psychedelic past that few kn...
Lucio Agostini · Once Upon a Hundred Years Lucio Agostini:
Once Upon a Hundred Years - 1967

It is doubtful whether Giuseppe Agostini spoke much English or French when he arrived in Montreal in 1915 with his wife and one-year-old son Lucio, but one thing is for sure. As a former bandleader...
The Fifth · Yesterdays Today / Something You've Got - 7 The Fifth:
Yesterdays Today / Something You've Got - 7" - 1967

Though one of the most popular groups in the Winnipeg area throughout the late sixties, the Fifth were actually formed about fifty kilometres to the north in the old summer resort town of Winnipeg B...
The One Way Street · Listen to Me (Bring It on Home) / Tears - 7 The One Way Street:
Listen to Me (Bring It on Home) / Tears - 7" - 1967

The One Way Street got started in 1966, which for those few keeping track was the year Vancouver lost its innocence. The once-sleepy burg got its first whiff of the Haight-Ashbury freakfest in Janu...
Michele Richard · Un Jour, Un Jour / Hey Friend, Say Friend - 7 Michele Richard:
Un Jour, Un Jour / Hey Friend, Say Friend - 7" - 1967

Michelle Richard started her recording career as a young teenager, and from the late fifties to the mid-sixties had managed to tweak the Quebec charts under a plethora of musical guises, from romant...
For Keeps · Morning Town / Highest Degree- 7 For Keeps:
Morning Town / Highest Degree- 7" - 1967

Doug Hutton may be a forgotten man these days, but at one point in the 1960s, he had his fingers in a number of pies. The northern Saskatchewan native ran successful Calgary nightspots The Haunted H...
The Power of Beckett · Lost Soul in Disillusion / Back to Me - 7 The Power of Beckett:
Lost Soul in Disillusion / Back to Me - 7" - 1967

There is not much out there in cyberland on the Power of Beckett, but what we do know for certain is that this Montreal garage band issued a couple of singles in the late sixties on Quality that are...
The Spasstiks · Love's Got a Hold on Me  / If That's What She Wants - 7 The Spasstiks:
Love's Got a Hold on Me / If That's What She Wants - 7" - 1967

The Spasstiks' big moment came at precisely ten in the morning on September 24, 1966, when they opened the Toronto Sound revue at Maple Leaf Gardens. That massive show ("14 Hours - 14 Big Groups in...
The Shags · Smiling Fenceposts / Dr. Feel-Good - 7 The Shags:
Smiling Fenceposts / Dr. Feel-Good - 7" - 1967

The Shags were part of the hopping mid-to-late-sixties rock and roll scene in southern Manitoba that included, in addition to the obvious Guess Who, groups like the Quid, the Deverons, the Jury, the...
The Ugly Ducklings · Somewhere Outside The Ugly Ducklings:
Somewhere Outside - 1966

Nineteen sixty-six was the year pop's voice cracked, when its squeaky clean Beatles complexion broke out in the pimply scruff of garage rock all over North America. From the Chocolate Watchband out i...
David  Clayton Thomas and the Bossmen · Brainwashed / Barbie-Lee - 7 David Clayton Thomas and the Bossmen:
Brainwashed / Barbie-Lee - 7" - 1966

Even back in the day, when David Clayton-Thomas was riding high as the frontman for Blood Sweat and Tears with their string of top-ten international hits, few knew that the golden-throated singer wa...
Douglas  Rankine with the Secrets · Clear the Track Here Comes Shack / Warming the Bench - 7 Douglas Rankine with the Secrets:
Clear the Track Here Comes Shack / Warming the Bench - 7" - 1966

The Secrets were just a bunch of teenagers playing at the Toronto Pressmen's Club sometime in late 1965 or early '66 when the CBC's Brian MacFarlane approached them with an idea he had. Singer and ...
The Ugly Ducklings · Just in Case You Wonder  b/w  That's Just a Thought That I Had in My Mind - 7 The Ugly Ducklings:
Just in Case You Wonder b/w That's Just a Thought That I Had in My Mind - 7" - 1966

By late 1966, the Ugly Ducklings were ascending the throne of Toronto's Yorkville scene, with their debut single 'Nothin'' having shot to #18 on the CHUM radi...
The Painted Ship · Little White Lies / Frustration - 7 The Painted Ship:
Little White Lies / Frustration - 7" - 1966

Vancouver's Painted Ship first hit the water as the Wee Beasties when budding poet/vocalist William "The Captain" Hay teamed up with guitarist Rob Rowden out at the University of British Columbia in...
The Sparrow · Tomorrow's Ship / Isn't It Strange - 7 The Sparrow:
Tomorrow's Ship / Isn't It Strange - 7" - 1966

As members of Jack London and the Sparrows, bassist Nick St. Nicholas and the fraternal drum/guitar duo of Jerry and Dennis Edmonton enjoyed a string of Canadian hits on Capitol in the years 1964 and ...
Les Sultans · La poupee qui fait non / Il n'y a rien au monde que... - 7 Les Sultans:
La poupee qui fait non / Il n'y a rien au monde que... - 7" - 1966

Like most francophone pop bands in Quebec during the 1960s, Les Sultans were busy churning out French-language versions of all those popular anglo hits, starting with 'Toujours devant moi' (a cover ...
Gilles Vigneault · Mon Pays Gilles Vigneault:
Mon Pays - 1966

Singer-songwriter, poet and Quebecois icon Gilles Vigneault got his first break in 1958 when folk singer Jacques Labrecque agreed to record his song 'Jos Monferrand', written in 1957 and marking the y...
The Haunted · 1-2-5 / Eight O'Clock in the Morning - 7 The Haunted:
1-2-5 / Eight O'Clock in the Morning - 7" - 1966

As Haunted guitarist Jurgen Peter tells it, the Beatles-era Montreal music scene in the mid-1960s was not much different from the rest of Canada at the time, rife with garage bands of varying talent, ...
The Mynah Birds · It's My Time / Go On and Cry - 7 The Mynah Birds:
It's My Time / Go On and Cry - 7" - 1966

Though they were never actually released at the time, these obscure Mynah Birds sides are probably two of the most important unreleased songs in the entire history of pop music. And if that sounds...
The Ugly Ducklings · Nothin' / I Can Tell - 7 The Ugly Ducklings:
Nothin' / I Can Tell - 7" - 1966

Under the droll moniker the Strolling Bones, Dave Bingham, Roger Mayne and company weren't getting very far as a local Rolling Stones cover band. So the guys changed their name to the grittier soundi...
The Plague · The Face of Time / We Were Meant to Be - 7 The Plague:
The Face of Time / We Were Meant to Be - 7" - 1966

Thunder Bay's Plague were a quintet consisting of guitarist Donald Brown, singer/saxophonist Tom Horricks, bass player George Stevenson, keyboardist Joel Stapansky and drummer Lynn McEachern. The b...
Gilles Vigneault · Enregistre a Paris Gilles Vigneault:
Enregistre a Paris - 1966

Released the same year as Gilles Vigneault's iconic Mons Pays LP, Enregistre a Paris finds the Quebecois chansonnier in the City of Lights, where he...
Thee Deuces · You Gotta Try / Hung Up on You - 7 Thee Deuces:
You Gotta Try / Hung Up on You - 7" - 1966

Originally from the small town of Almonte (about 40 km southwest of Ottawa), Thee Deuces started out as an instrumental combo in 1964. A forty-seven-week residence at the Inter-Provincial Hotel acro...
Les Loups · Pour tout dire / De toi - 7 Les Loups:
Pour tout dire / De toi - 7" - 1966

During their brief existence, Les Loups put out four singles between the years 1965 and 1967. But for the Quebec five-piece of singer Maurice Paquin, guitarists Robert Paradis and Daniel Giroux, ba...
The Checkerlads · Baby Send for Me / Shake Yourself Down - 7 The Checkerlads:
Baby Send for Me / Shake Yourself Down - 7" - 1966

In their brief existence, the Checkerlads released just three singles, the best of which has got to be this scorching piece of garage punk. The Regina quintet of Arnold Rippliner, Robert Frei, Rob...
The Gentle Touch · Visitors Parking Only / One Way Ride - 7 The Gentle Touch:
Visitors Parking Only / One Way Ride - 7" - 1966

The Gentle Touch were formed in the Hammer - that's Hamilton to the tourists - roundabout 1965. The quartet of Jeff Snider, Alex Harrington, Ron Boyes and Bruce Ley were originally known as the Ph...
Les Fleaux · Gloria / Ma Lili Hello - 7 Les Fleaux:
Gloria / Ma Lili Hello - 7" - 1966

These barely pubescent youngsters from Lachute, just to the west of Montreal, would likely never have committed any music to wax had it not been for a fortuitous hook-up with the fledgling music mog...
Sandi Shore · I'll Know Better (Next Time) / Roses and Heartaches - 7 Sandi Shore:
I'll Know Better (Next Time) / Roses and Heartaches - 7" - 1966

Brian Wilson once admired him and Phil Spector was allegedly scared of him, but these days no one really remembers Gary Paxton. The erstwhile svengali behind such early hits as 'Alley Oop' b...
Mike Campbell · Remorse / One Girl - 7 Mike Campbell:
Remorse / One Girl - 7" - 1966

This is one record that was definitely well worth all the cyber-research. A little digging reveals that Mike Campbell was once a bit of a teen idol on the west coast, making upwards of one hundred ...
The Big Town Boys · August 32nd / My Babe - 7 The Big Town Boys:
August 32nd / My Babe - 7" - 1966

Tommy Goodings joined his first band way back in 1958, and with a bit of perseverance, had managed to work his way up the Toronto club scene, eventually gigging regularly at Toronto's legendary Club...
The Tom Northcott Trio · Just Don't / Let Me Know - 7 The Tom Northcott Trio:
Just Don't / Let Me Know - 7" - 1966

Tom Northcott had already been a fixture for several years in the Kitsilano clubs when he decided to join the Vancouver Playboys in 1965. Around the same time he was also busy establishing his own ...
The Quid · Crazy Things / Mersey Side - 7 The Quid:
Crazy Things / Mersey Side - 7" - 1966

The Quid's lead singer Ron Rene was allegedly such a stage dynamo that the Guess Who name-checked him in their acid stormer 'Friends of Mine' (with Burton Cummings belting out "...and fade away / li...
Les Dabsters · J'en Ai Assez / Tu Le Sais Bien - 7 Les Dabsters:
J'en Ai Assez / Tu Le Sais Bien - 7" - 1966

Les Dabsters hailed from the hardscrabble neighbourhoods of St-Henri and Verdun in the southwest corners of Montreal. In a rather tough-to-find promo piece from the January 1967 issue of Photo Vede...
The Last Words · I Symbolize You / It Made Me Cry - 7 The Last Words:
I Symbolize You / It Made Me Cry - 7" - 1966

The Last Words got their start in Clarkson, Ontario, in what is now Mississauga, just as the fifties rock and roll of Bill Haley, Elvis Presley and Little Richard was about to give way to the Beatle...
The Canadian Squires · Uh Uh Uh / Leave Me Alone - 7 The Canadian Squires:
Uh Uh Uh / Leave Me Alone - 7" - 1965

In 1963 Ronnie Hawkins was the unofficial mayor of Toronto's Yonge Street strip. He and his backing band the Hawks belted out their southern r'n'b, like the thunderous 'Who Do You Love?', nightly at ...
Race Marbles · Like a Dribbling Fram / Someday (the World Will Be as Lovely as Before) - 7 Race Marbles:
Like a Dribbling Fram / Someday (the World Will Be as Lovely as Before) - 7" - 1965

The mid-1950s to the early seventies were not only the heyday of the forty-five but also the time of hit novelty records, from Buchanan and Goodman's 'Flying Saucer' all the way through to Ri...
 David  Clayton Thomas and the Shays · Take Me Back / Send Her Home - 7 David Clayton Thomas and the Shays:
Take Me Back / Send Her Home - 7" - 1965

David Clayton-Thomas spent the better part of his childhood either on the receiving end of a physically abusive father or mired in Ontario's rough-and-tumble penal system. So when the 20-year-old T...
The Guess Who · Till We Kissed / Shakin' All Over - 7 The Guess Who:
Till We Kissed / Shakin' All Over - 7" - 1965

Though it was a number one smash for Johnny Kidd and the Pirates in England in 1960, 'Shakin' All Over' was really not well known outside Europe until a bunch of lads from the Canadian prairies deci...
Roy Kenner and the Associates · Without My Sweet Baby / Baby You're What I Need - 7 Roy Kenner and the Associates:
Without My Sweet Baby / Baby You're What I Need - 7" - 1965

This was the first release on Merv Buchanon's Trend label. Roy Kenner was a charismatic soul singer who wowed crowds - the ladies especially - with his good looks, boundless energy and James Brown ...
King-Beezz · Gloria / She Belongs to Me - 7 King-Beezz:
Gloria / She Belongs to Me - 7" - 1965

Northern Alberta in the mid-sixties is not the first place that comes to mind as a hotbed of garage rock. But it was there in Edmonton, a city that registered just shy of 360,000 souls in its 1964 ...
The Berries · Night Winds / Valley of Three Tears - 7 The Berries:
Night Winds / Valley of Three Tears - 7" - 1965

This Toronto band may not have exactly been 'the berries', but they did manage to bequeath one curious garage seven-inch. The quirky, flute-flecked 'Night Winds' seems to have died without a...
Shirley  Matthews · (He Makes Me) Feel So Pretty / Is He Really Mine? - 7 Shirley Matthews:
(He Makes Me) Feel So Pretty / Is He Really Mine? - 7" - 1964

After the success of her floor-stomping 'Big Town Boy' - a top-ten single in Canada around Christmas 1963 - Shirley Matthews certainly must have felt like...
The Squires · The Sultan / Aurora - 7 The Squires:
The Sultan / Aurora - 7" - 1963

Boasting a 17-year-old tyke by the name of Neil Young on guitar, this seven-inch of plucky guitar instrumentals by Winnipeg's Squires is perhaps the rarest and most sought-after of all Canadian record...
Shirley  Matthews · Big Town Boy / (You Can) Count On That - 7 Shirley Matthews:
Big Town Boy / (You Can) Count On That - 7" - 1963

Shirley Matthews was born in shadow of Motown, in Harrow, Ontario, just south of Windsor, but eventually made her way up to r'n'b-obsessed Toronto, where she found herself gigging at the venerable o...
Neil Sheppard · In My Imagination / Beyond the Shadow of a Doubt - 7 Neil Sheppard:
In My Imagination / Beyond the Shadow of a Doubt - 7" - 1963

Neil Ship knew from an early age that he wanted to be in the music business. The Montreal lad attended his first audition at the early age of thirteen. But as he recounts on his LinkedIn page, livi...
Jackie Shane · Any Other Way / Sticks and Stones - 7 Jackie Shane:
Any Other Way / Sticks and Stones - 7" - 1963

"Is he or isn't she?"

That is precisely how one writer summed up what must have been the question on everyone's mind. You see, in the staid old Toronto of the 1960s, Jackie Shane w...
Chad Allan and the Reflections · Tribute to Buddy Holly / Back and Forth -  7 Chad Allan and the Reflections:
Tribute to Buddy Holly / Back and Forth - 7" - 1962

As the Silvertones, and then as Al and the Silvertones, singer-guitarist Chad Allan had assembled an early rock and roll band that included fellow Winnipeggers Randy Bachman, Jim Kale, Gary Peterson a...
Bonnie Dobson · At Folk City Bonnie Dobson:
At Folk City - 1962

For Bonnie Dobson, protest singing must have run deep in her veins. The Toronto-born singer-songwriter was the daughter of a trade unionist who would send her to socialist camps when she was barely...
Hank Snow · I've Been Everywhere / Ancient History - 7 Hank Snow:
I've Been Everywhere / Ancient History - 7" - 1962

Given his wretched childhood, it's a wonder Hank Snow ever sang at all, let alone became Canada's most important country music performer ever.

Born in tiny Brooklyn, Nova Scotia into...
Dorothy Collins · Experiment Songs Dorothy Collins:
Experiment Songs - 1961

In the late fifties, songwriters Lou Singer and Hy Zaret conceived of a series of educational LPs to teach curious kids about the wonders of modern science. The six recordings were sheathed in fasc...
The Hi-Fives · Fujikami the Warrior / Mo-Shun - 7 The Hi-Fives:
Fujikami the Warrior / Mo-Shun - 7" - 1961

Some fifteen years before John Belushi and his Samurai Futaba character terrorized the set of Saturday Night Live, the Hi-Fives were at it on the local Vancouver airwaves with their totally o...
Jack Bailey and the Naturals · Oh What Love Is / Beneath the Moonlight - 7 Jack Bailey and the Naturals:
Oh What Love Is / Beneath the Moonlight - 7" - 1961

During his short lifetime, Jack Bailey rarely ventured from his home in Peterborough, Ontario. He was perhaps the most talented musician ever to come out of the Kawartha Lakes region, but a relucta...
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