Monday, December 31, 2012

The year in rear view

HAPPY NEW YEAR to everyone that came out to rock with the band in.....Toronto, CN Tower; Victoria; Vancouver; Salmon Arm; Banff; Calgary; Edmonton; Saskatoon: Winnipeg; Montreal; Ottawa; St. Catherines; St. Thomas;Toronto, QE Theatre; Dartmouth, Ship Victory; Fort McMurray, Fredericton; Sudbury; Calgary; Yarmouth; London; Guelph; St.John's; New Glasgow Jubilee; Charlottetown, Chatham; Halifax, H.U.F.F.; Fredericton; Huntsville; North Bay; Barrie; Lindsay; Oshawa; Kingston; Coburg; Belleville; Waterloo; Hamilton; St.John's; Labrador City; Happy Valley-Goose Bay; Bonavista; Gander; Grand Falls; Corner Brook; Stephenville: Clarenville: St. John; Moncton; Windsor; Truro; Glace Bay; Toronto,5 Nights Horseshoe Tavern 65th; you made 2012 a year to remember. And to all the great acts we performed with. See you in 2013!

Friday, December 07, 2012

Savoy Theatre, Glace Bay,

The Savoy Theatre, Glace Bay, Nova Scotia.

Sunday, December 02, 2012

New Brunswick Rock

The Saint John Imperial Theatre and Moncton Capitol Theatre were two more stellar shows in beautiful settings with those rocking fans. Hard to top, but it's on to Nova Scotia and our first trip ( really? ) to Windsor, The Home of Hockey, and Truro, The Home of Hookey ( according to my trailer park heroes, Hip Club Groove ). Come say hello.
  And we haven't forgotten our final east coast gig of the year on Wednesday, Glace Bay! at the, also gorgeous, Savoy Theatre. All shows being ably opened by our pal and moral compass, Mo Kenney!Photo: Imperial Theatre, Saint John

Friday, November 09, 2012

Newfoundland Labrador and fish cakes

Breakfast in Gander was the fish cakes. Just like yesterday in Bonavista was the fishcakes. Only these fish cakes were a little different; fluffier, less compact, little more h'onion. Doesn't matter, the fish cakes in Newfoundland and Labrador are what fish cakes are all about.They're like Roy Orbison songs, they are awesome everywhere.
 One small downer has been the scarcity of caribou meat , but the hunts been off for a couple years so that makes sense. We 're still hopeful of some moose.Tonight, however, is Justin's mom's place in Grand Falls, and there, awaits us, is the full jiggs dinner. Can't wait. The show might get a little bluesy for the first while.

 St. John's, Lab City, Goose Bay, Bonavista,Gander; it's all been the tour I was looking forward to.
 You're next, Grand Falls, Cornerbrook, Stephenville, Clarenville!

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Newfoundland and Labrador

Tonight, Hurricane Sandy blows through the trees still full with the colours of a classic autumn. Somewhere, off Cape Hatteras, The Bounty settles in her own sandy grave, there with Blackbeard's ghost. But we --safe and snug?-- look to Newfoundland and Labrador, to old friends, and our next rocking road trip. Keep yer heads down and your spirits up!

Huntsville,North Bay,Barrie,Lindsay,Oshawa,Kingston, Coburg,Belleville,Kitchener/Waterloo,Hamilton

Huntsville,North Bay,Barrie,Lindsay,Oshawa,Kingston, Coburg,Belleville,Kitchener/Waterloo,Hamilton = a great way to spend October in Canada.

Wednesday, October 03, 2012

Scappy Ontario Tour Autumn 2012

The Emergency return to the road with shows in Ontario this month. See you in beautiful 

Huntsville this Saturday.


Wild turkeys flocking to Muskoka cause danger

LAKE OF BAYS – Beware the wild turkey.
Wild turkeys flocking to Muskoka cause dangerFine show to start the tour.Cool TomThompson satue and nice reception in pub afterwards. Many thanks to Bronwyn and Emery for the delicious thanksgiving dinner and conga jam. On to Lake Nippissing and North Bay.

Saturday, September 01, 2012

Planet earth

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

London, Ontario

Joel in the Budapest.

Joel meets Mike Love.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

London, Home County Folk Festival

The summer of Scrappy rolls on into the Home County Folk Festival, London, Ontario, this weekend for a Saturday night soiree. Will the saints come marching in? Hope to see you all there. 
Here's a photo of the Emergency with Paul Newman.

Friday, July 06, 2012

Sudbury and Calgary

Yet another rockin' weekend across this great land (although 6 flights and a massive head cold don't mix too well, it was worth every seat belt clicking minute ). A SUDBURY Saturday night at the Northern Lights Festival Boreal and our first STAGE INVASION since the Pavilion stage mini-collapse of 06. No one was hurt and a good time had by all. Great shows from Canailles and Yukon Blonde, too. Sunday was CALGARY and the Wildhorse Saloon tent during Stampede week, love them boots and shorts fashions! 


See you in September, Freddy!                                        pic Charles Barry

Tuesday, July 03, 2012

Ft McMurray to Fredericton

Not exactly a weekend at the lake...
 Rockin' the midnight sun up in friendly Fort McMurray.
 Happy Canada Day in Fredericton. Thanks Charles!

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

A busy July

We're looking forward to our first trip to Ft. MacMurray for the Friday gig. Hear there are a few east coasters out there we'll have to meet. Also, this coming Sunday we'll be in beautiful Fredericton, NB, for Canada Day! True patriot love, indeed. It's a busy month for the JPE with shows all across this big country. So come say Hey, kid. See you in Sudbury, Calgary, Yarmouth, London, Guelph, Huntsville and St.John's. What cha wanna hear?

Thursday, June 21, 2012


It's the first day of summer! Here in Nova Scotland it was hot and sunny, and funny. At least funny in the Hades-like confines of the Echo Chamber studio, where Marsh was mixing the tracks for the long awaited True Love Rules follow up, with studio honcho Charles Austin. Quote of the day," A little construction in the background isn't necessarily a bad thing, right?". Joel is possibly out west with the family and the Elk was at the salon clipping like a scrapbook Sweeney Todd. Happy summer to you all and look for more Scrappy Happiness out there this summer, starting in Fort McMurray on June 29th!

Monday, June 18, 2012

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

The True Love Rules open the show tonight for our buds,
Laura Merrimen and The Hard Tickets, ALBUM RELEASE.
 9pm, The Carelton, Halifax.$12 

Thursday, June 07, 2012

A return to the Ship Victory

It's not often the band you're in plays the tavern where the old man spent your college fund, but this is the case with the JPE gig this Saturday at the Ship Victory in Dartmouth. A mere beer bottle's throw from the Navy yard called Shannon Park where we grew up and threw down and then threw back up again. Guests include Bar B Q buddies Scoop Outs and Mo Kenney. Who needs college, anyway? Having one useless BA in Johnston is enough.  The ship was rocking and the night victorious. Great crowd in a unique venue. Hopefully we've opened up a new side of town for some more gigs. Mo Kenney, with Chris Colepaugh, was a real charmer. The kid stays in the pict cha ! And the Scoop Outs were all fidgety fringes rock and roll at it's best and partied with us later and drank all the beer. A great night had by all.

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Willie Nile, the Carleton, joel plaskett emergency

WILLIE NILE meets the EMERGENCY, again. For the third year running NY based rocker extraordinaire,Willie Nile ( One Guitar, Vagabond Moon, The House of a Thousand Guitars) returns to Halifax and Mike Campbell and Mike Rhodes', Carleton Bar and Grill, for a night of Backstreet running and gunning. And again, Chris and Dave, The Emergency, will back him up, with our pal Jay Smith ruling the axe. It's always been one of the highlights of the season, baby.
 Below is a post from Willie's first visit and my jet lagged jump straight from the airport into rock and roll cruise control.
pS. Willie's been doing Nowhere With You in his shows sometimes and looks like Joel will be up for a tune ce soir, Also, young punks Gloryhound, soon to be found all over the new True Love Rules album , will rock out a few they've been working on with the Jewel of the Nile himself.

Monday, July 20, 2009

Willie Nile played the Carleton in Halifax last night and he was flippin' amazing . Great songwriter . I know because we made it to the show ; straight from the 7 am lobby call in Surrey to the 8 pm arrival at Stanfield International . Wasn't a whole lot left in the gas tank after the weekend and a great show at the Surrey festival but Willie summoned the reserve out of us with two highly entertaining sets . Bit of rockin' guitar , bit of piano , whole lotta talent , it was fab . Nice work from Robbie Crowell too . Big props to Mike Campbell for his inspired booking .

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

My April Wine Riot

Busted ! Here's an article on the anniversary ( 32 years...Jeez zus ) of the Halifax/Dartmouth April Wine Cross Harbour Ferry Melt Down Riot. Twas not my first brush-cut with John Law... but a very rock and roll one; the usual stuff... Rock and Roll show, poor planning, poor judgement, paddy wagons, nite in jail, meet yer brother inside...y'know, everything 16 was cracked up to be.An April Wine promotional photo, circa 1982, at the height of the band's popularity.
An April Wine promotional photo, circa 1982, at the height of the band's popularity.
IMAGINE letting 1,000 or so rock fans stampede onto a boat that only holds 395 passengers.
Not exactly Crowd Control 101, but this is what happened after an April Wine concert in Halifax 32 years ago.
Trouble was already in the offing as packs of rowdy fans headed downtown on April 22, 1980.
Bus windows were smashed and trash cans were tossed overboard from the ferry. On Citadel Hill, police rounded up a battalion described in the Halifax Daily News as “dope smokers and liquor drinkers” and marched them into the Metro Centre.
Hours beforehand, promoter Donald K. Donald warned the show would set an attendance record for Halifax.
The riled-up crowd roared when April Wine took the stage following a short set by opening act Red Rider. Most of the audience had watched a TV special featuring a Le Studio performance of the latest April Wine single I Like to Rock.
The testosterone-fueled rendition, now one of the loudest videos on YouTube, was enough to make a teenaged boy want to smash his fists into a pile of broken glass. And indeed, within the first few bars of the tune the Metro Centre erupted into what one reporter labeled “bouts of fisticuffs.”
All the numbers from the band’s new record Harder … Faster brought down the house, especially Brian Greenway’s masterpiece Before the Dawn.
But Halifax concert reviewer Pauline MacDonald hated April Wine’s shift to hard rock. “April Wine is certainly a changed band – and not for the better,” she huffed of the band that had formed in Nova Scotia ten years earlier.
After griping about “mobs of screaming, rampaging youths” at the Metro Centre, she scoffed at the group’s global ambitions. “For a group that hopes to make it internationally, April Wine severely lacks quality in its music.”
However, Harder … Faster turned gold in America, and their next album hit platinum with over a million U.S. sales.
On this night in Halifax, April Wine’s final encore was shrouded by a haze from the evening’s supply of smuggled smoke bombs, bottle rockets and hash oil.
As fans hit the exits, the houselights revealed a floor strewn with liquor bottles and blood.
A large crowd raced for the new Halifax ferry terminal, which was still under construction. Dartmouth electrician Mike Mader recalls the scene: “It was pouring buckets, everyone was running. The terminal was packed, there was no ferry waiting. We had to stand around and wait.”
Incredibly, most of the teens were locked out in the rain for over half an hour. In retaliation, someone cracked open the temporary panel and briefly killed power to the terminal.
When the doors finally opened, the jean-jacketed mob surged forward, overpowering the ferry staff. The unstoppable mass, largely decked out in Greb Kodiaks, rumbled down the concrete ramp and stormed the Dartmouth III.
At least 100 passengers were forced off the overloaded boat by the crew and two Dartmouth cops. The ferry, still treacherously crammed with soaked teenagers, started its crossing with many standing on the chairs, clutching the steel ceiling for support.
Mike Mader was downstairs and describes what he saw: “There was no room for your feet. They were standing on seats and everywhere. I didn’t see any police. The ferry kind of lurched. A guy was off balance and the ceiling came down with him. Someone else saw him and did the same thing on purpose. Once he tore down a piece, it went nuts. There was no stopping it once it started.”
David Dumaresq, 15 at the time, had found refuge in the center stairwell. “It was a safe place to stand. It was chaotic downstairs. I don’t remember police or anyone from the ferry staff. I was worried we were going to sink.”
Dumaresq, who now lives in Beaver Bank, described what happened when the ceiling came down.
“I remember the pieces going from downstairs to upstairs to the outside deck. It was like a firemen’s line. We had no choice, it was coming at us.”
Meanwhile, the youths up on deck tried to escape the rain. “Everybody tried to jam into downstairs,” said Mader. But the kids on the packed stairs fought back when the crush began.
And then all hell broke loose.
Ninety orange life-jackets stored under the seats flew over the gunwales. Next, a large lifeboat was inflated and heaved into the harbour.
With the two policemen nowhere to be seen, some of the passengers trapped below began demolishing the interior of the new ferry by ripping down fixtures and more ceiling panels.
Girls screamed as some of the passengers began to throw up.
By the time the ferry docked in Dartmouth, the ten-minute rebellion had wreaked $20,000 in damage.
Well after midnight, those still waiting in Halifax got word the ferry wouldn’t be coming back for them. Police dispersed the Dartmouth teens, forcing them to walk across the bridge in the rain or call for rides from pay phones.
The next day, city officials scrambled to explain what went wrong. Dartmouth police inspector Phil Malcolm admitted the police were unprepared.
“We didn’t anticipate that much of a crowd. There must have been twice as many coming back as went over.”
While discussing the ferry riot with a reporter, Dartmouth police chief Rob Smith grossly underestimated the true number of culprits when he claimed there were only three who were responsible for the damage to the ferry.
When asked about the police aboard the ferry, Dartmouth city administrator C.A. Moir simply replied, “There obviously weren’t enough.”
The authorities had good reason to downplay the bungled crowd control.
Only four months earlier, 11 fans were trampled to death at a Cincinnati concert given by The Who.
The following year April Wine returned to Halifax.
This time, guitarist Myles Goodwyn sent the fans home with an order that bounced off the Metro Centre roof and echoed all the way down to where an army of policemen waited at the foot of George Street: “Don’t wreck the ferries!”
New Ross resident Bruce MacNab was aboard the ill-fated 11:15 ferry on April 22, 1980. Bruce’s non-fiction book The Metamorphosis: The Apprenticeship of Harry Houdini is being published by Goose Lane Editions in 2012.

This story is dedicated to the memory of five teenagers who died in a car accident following an April Wine concert in Sydney, Cape Breton on April 23, 1980: Raymond Fraser, Joseph Robert MacLellan, Diane Baxter, John MacNeil and Norbert Preuss.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Granville St. Vancouver

Granville St., Vancouver

We lucked out with a good Mexican place just down the street from the gig at the Vogue Theatre. Here, on the stroll back, we stopped at a light and the natural light was just right for a mugging.

Friday, May 11, 2012

Laura Merriman

Here's a great new song by my friend Laura Merriman and her band ,The Hard Tickets, produced by Brian Murray. We'll be playing together at her cd release in June at the Carleton in Halifax.

Sunday, May 06, 2012

Joel's New Wheels

Joel bought a wicked Japanese German car. It's now on a train, heading to Nova Scotia...where the rust licks everyone's lips.

Thursday, May 03, 2012

Scrappy Tour-ists out west

The Elk in natural habitat
Scrappy scrapes out west.

Steve 'Snickers' Smith


Sunday, April 29, 2012

The last night of the tour and here we are in St.Thomas,Ont. Promises to be a grand finale in the Princess Avenue Playhouse. However, it will have it's work cut out for itself, topping the Avening Community Hall rock and roll party last night.
 The work was cut... and so were we by the end of it.

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Scrappyhappiness Touring

The Scrappyhappiness tour, first leg, is rocking to a triumphant victory lap here in Ontario. Tonight's show in St.Catharines at the Brock Centre was typically off the chain and a good time was had by all. In fact it can be verifiably stated that ALL the shows have been terrific, suitably scrappy and harmoniously happy.From Victoria and The Vogue in Vancouver,through the charm of Salmon Arm, to the guaranteed kitchen partiness of Banff, Calgary,Edmonton and Saskatoon.Winnipeg was a winner and three days in Montreal did everyone a favour.Ottawa held their hearts high even though we knew game 7 was the end of the season for the Sens. Not even a 10 hour day of traffic jams on the 401 could dampen our jams.rock on Canada,we deserve each other. Xo
Being introduced in Salmon Arm, BC.

Saturday, March 31, 2012

Thursday, March 22, 2012

The CN Tower gig was very atmospheric. Good to see so many friends in TO.

Saturday, February 04, 2012

For those in Halifax, and abounds, this evening( Sat.Feb4) there is going to be a Ska-Rockin'-Blues Jamming- Silent Auction ... viewing... for Lisa and Rey, whose house burned down unexpectedly last month. Quality tunes for a good cause!