Saturday, October 7, 2017
Change of Heart was an integral and iconic force in the so-called Can-rock renaissance of the 80s and 90s. Formed in 1982, the band held to life for almost two decades before calling an end to the ride. Along the way, members of the group included lead vocalist Ian Blurton (the group’s sole consistent member), drummers Ron Duffy and John Richardson, bassists Rob Taylor and John Borra, percussionist Mike Armstrong, and keyboardist Bernard Maiezza. The band officially disbanded in 1997.
Although Change of Heart recorded numerous noteworthy albums over those years, amassing a strong following in Canada, and then crossing into the United States, 1992’s “Smile” is generally considered their magnum opus. Named after The Beach Boys’ legendary lost record, the album was a unique statement at the height of the grunge era (Chart Magazine has since named it among the best Canadian albums of all time). Since we love a good reunion show at UP+DT, don’t miss your chance to catch these Canadian icons!