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Johnny Max Terry Parsons Big Daddy Cool Howlin' Blues
Lee Evans James Doran Brant Zwicker Mark Stenzier
Scott Wilkenson Tanya Lovell Mako Funasaka


Johnny Max - Sunday Morning Soul

Johnny Max has been involved in the music industry for over 20 years, with stints as a record collector, Karaoke host ( yes, we now but you've gotta make a living), DJ and the last 17 years as lead singer for The Johnny Max Band & The Johnny Max Bigger Band…. He also has some other projects, namely The Heart Attacks, The 7 piece R&B based Regal Blues Band and the 3 lead singer 70’s soul of The Soul Reason Revue, along with The Jive Bombers. Johnny & his many bands have played all over the country from small bars to some of the finest Blues, Jazz & Roots Festivals across Canada & Europe

Johnny's love of radio started in grade school(as it always does) listening to Wolfman Jack, David Marsden, Don Daynard,Tom Rivers, Mike Cooper & Roger Ashby to name a few….. Johnny started his own show, as host of Sunday Night Soul on AM1430 and now, playing brand new Blues, Roots, Soul & R&B & "The Best Music You've Never Heard"……..He has now begun with his new Sunday Morning Soul on, 97.7 The Beach FM in Wasaga Beach as well as being syndicated on a number of other stations. Johnny has been going for almost 10 years now, and he loves every minute of it.

Johnny considers himself a bit of a promoter as well, from The Storytellers Nights to, The Annual Blues Year’s Eve with good friend Chuck Jackson, Canada Day at The Marina, The CNE Bandshell Blues Festival, The Canadian Blues Caravan and has now helped start The Mississauga Blues & Roots Association, which brings touring artists and local artists together in a bigger 250 seat venue

Johnny hosts his "Storytellers shows" which are a Singer/Songwriter Nights which are Organic, Original & Acoustic shows where the some of Canada's finest songwriters come out and tell stories about their songs they wrote, or songs that inspired them to an intimate audience of music lovers. Check for more information on where you can find these great music nights.

Sunday Morning Soul has now been on the air for 3+ years and loves bringing Brand new Music to his listeners. Sunday Morning Soul is "Where Good Music Lives!" Introducing our listeners to some greta new bands, artists in all sorts of genres and still "Playing The Best Music You've Never Heard!"

Johnny has a sense of humour (sometimes only he can figure it out!) & as a much sought after MC , he has shared his humour with audiences around Southern Ontario, Quebec and the rest of Canada, wherever he is on the stage. He brings his knowledge and love of music, camaraderie, humour and presence to the airwaves every Sunday morning.
Music is and will always be the focus of the shows, as it should be.

In radio, this is where the rubber hits the road, so to speak. Blues & Roots music is ever evolving and as such, you have to have new interpretations and that's what we play here on Sunday Morning Soul. This is "Where Good Music Lives!".

Terry Parsons - Blind Lemon Blues

Howlin' Blues
Dave 'Big Daddy' Cool - The Friday Night Blues Show

Born and raised in Yorkshire, England, Dave Booth emigrated to Canada in 1960. Three years later he debuted one of this country's first late night blues radio programs, "Big D. With R&B" on Kitchener's CKCR . In 1965, CKCR was sold & was renamed CHYM. For over a decade, Booth and his alter ego, "Daddy Cool" exposed CHYM-FM listeners to a heady mixture of blues, rock and soul music through his popular Sunday evening "Kaleidoscope" show.

In 1976, Dave was offered the 9 pm to 1 am on-air shift at, the then fledgling free form radio station, CFNY-FM. Booth happily accepted the position and moved his family to Toronto. The popular "Daddy Cool's Bluestime" remained on the Brampton airways until 1988 when the station adopted their "New Music" policy.

Lee Evans - Bluewater Blues

James Doran - Inside the Blues
James first got involved in the Blues business in 1993 when he organized the Blues At The Glen Festival in Knowlton, Quebec. The next year he and his partner Trent Wilde (Wild Door Productions) produced the first ever Blues festival at Mont Tremblant, Quebec which has gone on to become the largest annual summer event at that resort attracting over 100,000 visitors every year. In 2005 James produced the Smiths Falls Blues Festival in eastern Ontario. That same year he formed Choose The Blues Productions and started Blues On The Rideau at the Cove Inn in Westport ON - a monthly Dinner & Show Fundraiser Series featuring some of Canada’s best Blues artists (and a few American ones) in the small, intimate setting of this classic country inn. BOTR enters its 11th season in 2015/16. To date it has raised over $55K for local Westport charities and has come to be recognized as one of the premier Blues Series in the country. Choose The Blues Productions also organizes other larger Blues concerts from time to time. You can find out more at and see photos and You Tube videos of many of the fabulous artists who have played BOTR @ The Cove over the years at

James’ interest in radio goes back to his university days at Glendon College in Toronto in the 1970’s where he hosted his own show on the campus station. He started his professional radio career in 2011 when he launched INSIDE THE BLUES on CIDG 101.9 DAWG FM in Ottawa, Ontario where it continues to run every Sunday evening from 7 to 8 pm ET with a repeat Wednesday nights from 10-11 pm. The show is independently produced and hosted by James and features a wide range of great Blues, Soul and R&B - both classic and contemporary - with interesting background information on the artists and a strong focus on Canadian talent. All ITB shows are also archived after broadcast at where they can be listened to at any time. INSIDE THE BLUES has developed a loyal listening audience over the years not just in the Ottawa area but across the country and globally through the Internet and website.

James is a proud member of the Ottawa, Kingston and Toronto Blues Societies, sits on the Maple Blues Award nominating committee and is a past recipient of the Ottawa Blues Society’s Blues Heart Award. He is pleased to have INSIDE THE BLUES on Blues Radio Canada joining Johnny Max and the other great hosts and their shows to help “bring you the best music you’ve never heard”!

Brant Zwicker - At The Crossroads

ATC is a weekly 60-minute program, hosted by 30-year radio veteran Brant Zwicker and launched in 2003, that focuses upon the irresistible earthiness of blues music and the various genres - soul, R&B, swing, delta, zydeco and many others - that fit under its umbrella. The show is music-intensive, averaging a dozen songs in each episode, and features include the Classic Cut and also a two-song spotlight on a brand-new blues release. Check out the website at for more info and for additional details about the songs in every program.

Mark Stenzier - Blues Zeppelin
Mark Stenzler, native NYer and former radio pirate (Radio Free Ithaca), has been an avid radio broadcaster on both sides of the Atlantic since 1978. He came to Switzerland in the 1980s as a physics researcher at CERN. Check out Canadian Blues Spotlight, a regular feature hosted by James Doran on Blues Zeppelin. Each 15-minute episode shines the spotlight on one of Canada’s best blues musicians.

Scott Wilkenson - Scott and Tanya's The Blues Never Die

For 8 years, Scott Wilkinson has been the host of the award nominated blues radio program, “The Blues Never Die” on CHRW radio 94.9fm. Music has been his passion since an early age, collecting vinyl and many rare recordings, an obsession  over 4 decades. Scott’s love for the blues came through his love of rock & roll. He wanted to hear what influenced many of the rock artists that he listened to, and most of the time it was blues. This led him down a lifelong road of loving the blues. Scott is a founding member, and has sat on the executive committee of the ‘Great Lakes Blues Society’. He has spent multiple years on the selection committee for the ‘Jack Richardson Music Awards’ and also multiple years as a judge for the Great Lakes Blues Society’s, “Road To Memphis” competition. As a radio host, Scott has had the pleasure of interviewing scores of artists, and helping produce several live-to-air recording sessions. Mid-July finds Scott as MC of the ‘Lighthouse Blues Festival’, in beautiful Kincardine, and when not immersed in music, he can be found on the golf course.

Tanya Lovell- Scott and Tanya's The Blues Never Die

Tanya's life has been immersed in music from a very young age. First joining her parents in their band at age 3 to now leading her own 6 piece Blues band. For the past four years, Tanya has been Scott's partner on the Blues Never Die, and the transition from stage to DJ has been a natural one. With her love of entertaining and sharing her favourite blues music with everyone, being a DJ is one of her favourite jobs.

Mako Funaska's Talkin' Blues