Congratulations to the "Raise a Little Swell" team who won Gold in the Nanaimo Dragon boat festival. The womens team uses a slightly modified version of Trooper's famous track as their team song and name.
We've received emails and tweets reporting that Terri Clarke opened the CBC's nationally televised "Canada Day on the Hill" concert at Parliament Hill in Ottawa on July 1st with her country cover of Trooper's "We're Here For a Good Time", and that she "nailed it"!
Trooper was on their way to perform in Calgary when the record-breaking 2013 flood hit and devastated the city and surrounding communities. Their thoughts are with their friends and neighbours in Alberta as recovery is underway, and the band shot this video
to send their support. (video
On January 26th, Ra McGuire co-hosted "The Grill" on TEAM 1410 Radio, with popular Vancouver radio personality Joe Leary and BC Lions star Angus Reid. Ra reports it was a spirited and fun hour. Joe reports that Ra now holds the record for 'earliest swear word in the show'. It will be aired on Vancouver radio (1410 AM) on Saturday at 11:00AM and repeats Sunday night at 11:00PM. The show can also be streamed and downloaded as a podcast at www.teamradio.ca.
Check it out! (photo
From all of us at Trooper -- Ra, Brian, Gogo, Scott, Clayton, Paul, Steve, Heather, Sean, Rob, Amanda, and Tom -- we wish you a magical and safe holiday season, and all the best in 2013!
Happy New Year!
Trooper's performance at the 85th Grey Cup in 1997 in Edmonton is named one of four BEST. "In addition to Trooper performing their awesome hit 'Raise A Little Hell' during this halftime show, we have to give lead singer Ra McGuire's jester style toque some major props." (article
Video of CBC News' Arts reporter Deana Sumanac talking with Trooper's Ra McGuire and Brian Smith on the red carpet at the SOCAN Awards gala. (link
Ra McGuire and Brian Smith received the National Achievement Award and three Classic Awards at the SOCAN 2012 gala.
"No Trooper song is more famous than the arena-ready rallying cry 'Raise a Little Hell' and, as it turns out, no Trooper song is much older, either.
As the Vancouver group claimed the national achievement award at an annual gala put on by the Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada on Monday, they reminisced on the origins of their most enduring hit..." (full article
For a second year in a row, "We're Here For A Good Time" was crowned "The Ultimate Summer Song of All Time" by up! 99.3 Radio.
Patrick Roberge, talent coordinator for the Pacific National Exhibition in Vancouver, talks about how they choose bands for the major Canadian fair.
"We can mix it up as much as we want every year, with soft seat acts like the Manhattan Transfer or heavy groups like Our Lady Peace. We couldn't do 17 days of those acts because we have to do Trooper. Seriously, any year they don't play we hear about it.
" (full article
In Pasadena NL, "Trooper the Band" finally met their namesake "Trooper the Cat", rescued in February by the kind hearted members of SCAPA in Stephenville NL, and now recovered enough to take a stretch limo ride to a rock show! With an entourage of radio and TV media, Trooper the Cat was the star of the show backstage. When interviewed by the CBC, Trooper the Band's Ra McGuire quipped: "He may be more famous than me but he's a lot shorter."
CBC TV News segment (starts at 5:19)
CBC News story
Congratulations to Canada's famous BBQ Chef Ted Reader on the release of his newest book, "Beerlicious: The Art of Grillin' & Chillin'". Ted names Trooper as his favourite Canadian rock band, and he's even been working on a "Raise a Little Hell" hot sauce that lives up to the name. So when it was time for this book, he reached out to Trooper, who happily reached back. It includes a note from Ra McGuire, and a recipe for General Hand Grenade Steaks with Kaboom Butter, the initial idea for which came from Trooper's Tour Manager, Paul Cloutier, who is a big fan of Ted's. "Beerlicious" can be found in stores and online. (link
A new docu-soap TV series called Grand Benders, filmed in Grand Bend ON, premieres May 8th and will use a remix of Trooper's "We're Here for a Good Time", done by Robby Riggs, for the theme. (website
Trooper would like to sincerely thank BC media superstars Red Robinson, Terry David Mulligan, Stirling Faux, Joe Leary, Tom Lucas, Dave Chesney, and Stu Ferguson for lobbying the powers-that-be to induct Trooper into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame (not to be confused with the Canadian *WALK* of Fame, for which voting ended a few days ago).
They've started a petition, which we invite all Trooper fans to sign. It can be found online here
Congratulations to our own Clayton Hill, whose solo album was chosen as CD of the Week by the Vancouver Province! (link
Congratulations to Trooper's Ra McGuire and his wife, Debbie, who have been recognized "for inspiring cultural harmony and championing the arts in education". The couple will receive the World Harmony Run Torch Bearer Award. Pretty impressive considering previous recipients include Nelson Mandela, Desmond Tutu, Mikhail Gorbachev and Mother Theresa! (White Rock hell-raiser inspires 'a little bit of peace' - Peace Arch News
Popular HGTV TV series "Decked Out", with host Paul Lafrance, is using a slightly revised version of Trooper's "Raise a Little Hell" for their show theme, with the lyrics changed to "Raise a little deck".
Terry David Mulligan (mentioned here only days ago) has stepped up in support of Trooper's induction into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame with a tweet this morning referencing the impassioned White Rock Sun story below. @TDMulligan "Hey! Canadian Music Hall of Fame - why is Trooper NOT in the Hall. Come ON" (follow TDMulligan on Twitter
The White Rock Sun, the digital 'paper of record' in Ra McGuire's beloved hometown, has made a compelling case
for Trooper's induction into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame
CBC's Jian Ghomeshi Takes Issue With Trooper Cat Headline
"It may have been the headline of the day, or the week, or... ever. Here's the headline, ready? 'Rock Band Trooper Sends Care Package to Injured Cat.' Admit it, you love it. Ya know, before we get to the story, just a little nitpick. 'Rock band Trooper'? C'mon. Little too descriptive. Because in the minds of any Canadian, there's only one 'Trooper' - Ra McGuire, Brian Smith and the boys - those giants of late '70s Canrock that just keep rocking. 'Trooper' is all you really need to say."
Listen to Jian's very entertaining opening "Q" essay here
, including his advice to the cats of Canada.
"Rock band Trooper sends care package to injured cat". That was the headline that caught the eye of CTV's Canada AM national news. Host (and Trooper fan) Jeff Hutcheson spoke on-air with Gwen Samms, the president of SCAPA (the Society for the Care and Protection of Animals) via phone to learn about "Trooper the Cat's" new relationship with "Trooper the Band". (read more)
"Vancouver's Most Awesome: Terry David Mulligan" is a very fitting title for this interview/article about the legendary music journalist (and really good pal).
In it, Mulligan is quoted, "You know one of my favourite bands, absolutely flat out one of my favourite bands, was Trooper. 'Cuz they knew how to write a rock 'n' roll hook. And they nailed it every time. All those hits that they've got, you hear them in any NHL rink all across the country? Cool, very cool." Thanks, TDM! (full article
The Wrecking Crew
was a group of west coast studio musicians who played on hits for many of the top acts of the '60s. A documentary tells their story in a "wonderful, touching and hilarious film" (Elvis Costello). Trooper's Ra McGuire was asked to host a Q&A with filmmaker Denny Tedesco at an upcoming fundraiser screening of the documentary on Sunday April 15th. Sadly Ra won't be able to host, but he encourages Vancouver area folks to attend the event and support the film, and fans everywhere to check it out when the opportunity comes to their local. (more info
CBC TV series Arctic Air used Trooper's "Raise A Little Hell" several times throughout episode 107 - VANCOUVER IS SUCH A SCREWED-UP CITY. (watch
Airborne 11 mashes-up Trooper's 'We're Here for a Good Time' with Bedouin Sound Clash's 'When the Night Hears My Song' ... live, in-flight, on a plane. (Video here
Congratulations to band brother Clayton Hill who has just launched his new website for his new album! Go check it out: claytonhillmusic.com
Edmonton's up! 99.3 hosted a musical tournament all summer "to determine the ultimate feel good song" based entirely on listeners' votes by phone and online. Trooper's 'Here For A Good Time' was declared the winner after beating out finalist 'Summer of 69' (Bryan Adams). HFAGT defeated 'Walk of Life' (Dire Straits), 'Beat It' (Michael Jackson), and 'Twist & Shout' (Beatles), among other popular songs, to get into the final. (link
While in Moncton, NB, Trooper was surprised by fan and wood-burning artist Wanda MacKenzie when she and her friends presented the band with a very unique gift. Click + to see it. (read more)
Trooper's 2011 touring season saw sold out and record crowds across the country. Here's a news clip about their Surrey BC Canada Day show:
Surrey celebrates in 'phenomenal' fashion
Surrey Mayor Dianne Watts raised a little hell at the city's Canada Day party.
"I've found a new career as a backup singer for Trooper," Watts quipped... (read more)
John The Rock Doctor interviewed Ra McGuire about the "Hits From 10 Albums" release, band history, lesser known album tracks, and much more. The resulting excellent, in-depth interview has been posted in its entirety at Gonzo Online. Go read it here
While in Halifax, Ra McGuire had fun geeking-out on music, Apple and the tech world in general with tech savant, writer, and musician Jim Dalrymple, also Editor in Chief of LoopInsight. Here
is Jim's article about two nights hanging with the Trooper boys. "New and old bands could learn a lot from Trooper on how to put on a successful concert." (link
Elvis Costello, Don Cherry and now... Trooper's Ra McGuire sings at the Stanley Cup 2011 Game One (link)
"If i was in charge of debates there would be red carpet & kleig lights. Also Ron James would warm up the crowd and Trooper would close (To ensure the audience stays)" ~ Rick Mercer (@rickmercer) tweets during April 12th Federal Election debate
"The Boys in the Bright White Sports Car" has been named one of the Top 10 Canadian car tunes by The Globe & Mail. (article
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