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Screaming Kings Tour 2000
Friday March 24th, 2000 @ Commodore
Ballroom - Vancouver, BC

Photo: Katy Jackson


Edwin

Many years ago, lived a young man so interested in singing, he knew the words to every song on the radio.  He grew up in the rough streets of Jane and Finch in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, where his childhood went wild.  Edwin worked a handful of various intriguing job positions before entering the music industry (including a job at McDonalds, bartending, and being a waiter at Chippendale's).

With his experience of singing from before, he would get together with people and jam.  Around 1990, Edwin got together with a then unknown guitarist by the name of Jagori Tanna.  They jammed off and on and eventually lost contact for a short while.  Months later, they came back into contact and established I Mother Earth with Jagori's brother, Christian, who was most conviently enough, a drummer; along with bassist Franz Masini.  Shortly before Dig was recorded, Franz was kicked from the band for several personal reasons and was replaced by Bruce Gordon, who used to play in the band that rehearsed across the hall, which was now defunct. 

During these 7 years with IME, Edwin built a strong following across North America & Europe.  His recordings during this time included Dig, and Scenery and Fish (w/IME).  During a show IME was opening for the legendary band Rush on the Dig tour, Alex Lifeson (Rush's guitarist), happened to catch IME's set.  He was so impressed that he asked Edwin if he would be up for tackling the duties of vocalist on Alex's upcoming solo album entitled "Victor".  Most obviously Edwin was astonished and accepted the offer with open arms.  Victor was recorded during the time that Scenery & Fish was being recorded, being that he'd record vocals /w IME in the day, and record Victor in the evening.

Almost a year after the release of S&F, Edwin announced his departure from IME.  He says now, since it's behind him, it was the appropriate decision and he's happy with the way things turned out. 

For two years Edwin got together with various producers and songwriters such as Matt DeMatteo (who would produce ASATS), Ben Dunk and Jack Blades in Toronto, Vancouver and LA respectively.  As an experienced vocalist/songwriter, writing songs for his anticipated solo album "Another Spin Around The Sun"(originally to be called "Breathe") was fun, and a challenge all thrown into one.  Matt DeMatteo's "Presence Sound" Studio in Toronto is where Edwin decided to record ASATS at. 

Then April 27th, 1999 - 2 years and 6 days after his official departure, "Another Spin Around the Sun" is released across Canada and invited by live engagements by Edwin in key cities.  A little more than a year later, ASATS was released in the overseas on Columbia Records in countries such as Italy, Greece, Austria, Germany etc..  With 6 singles out (Trippin', Hang Ten, And You, Alive, Rush, and Theories), the CD is still glued to stereos all across the globe.

Currently Edwin is writing for his new as of yet untitled record, to be released sometime around early summer.  Rumors have it that Edwin is writing with the likes of his own Ron Bechard, Jeff Martin of Tea Party fame, and Jack Blades.

Kyle McDonald & Katy Jackson
 

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