MQMusic Fest showcases local talent

Edwin is one of the musicians set to play MQMusic Fest this weekend.


MQMusic Fest 2007 is being hosted in our own backyard, and coming to Toronto’s Phoenix Concert Theatre this year.

What began last year as a three-day, three-night camping and music festival at Trudeau Park, Ont., has become a 12-hour rock music marathon, featuring bands like Mudmen (Rock n’ Roll, Beer & Bagpipes),

Revolver (featuring Nick Walsh from legendary Juno-winning Canadian rockers Slik Toxik), Crash Kelly (featuring guitarist Sean Kelly, who recently recorded with guitarist Gilby Clarke), Edwin (famous platinum-selling artist and former singer of I Mother Earth) and more.

“MQMusic Fest is an opportunity for bands to showcase their talents,” says Betty Dworatschek, president of Metal Queen Management. “Bands applied to play the festival through We chose the best 17 bands to play this year’s festival from over 60 band applications.”

For the former I Mother Earth lead singer, being a part of this festival is all about celebrating some of Toronto’s great music.

“We haven’t played in Toronto in a while, so I’m really excited — there’s going to be a lot of great music from a lot of great bands, a few of whom I’ve worked with in the past,” says Edwin. “I just hope no one’s ears are burnt out by the time we hit the stage though. We’ll just have to turn it up a little bit.”

Edwin recently released his third solo album, Better Days, produced in Toronto by Jeff Dalziel and engineered by Denis Tougas, written while the singer/songwriter took a four-year break from the spotlight without recording or performing live.

After obtaining multi-platinum success with I Mother Earth, releasing two albums — 1993’s Dig and 1996’s Scenery & Fish — Edwin decided to break away from the group and pursue a solo career. Nearly 10 years later, Edwin is back on his feet ready to get his music out there again, but it wasn’t an easy journey getting to where he is today.

“It was sort of like the feeling you get when you jump out of an airplane, and have never done it before. You never know what’s going to happen but you’re hoping for the best,” he says. “I really enjoyed being in I Mother Earth — but the time came to an end and we all had to go do our separate things for many reasons.”

Not only did Edwin get to write his own songs and build his own audience — he got the opportunity to work with Rolling Stones keyboardist Chuck Leavell and Rush Legend Alex Lifeson on Better Days.

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