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The first picture captures a youthful Joey Vendetta, during his Q107 days, chumming with Keith Richards who had stopped in town to plug one of his early solo albums and hang with the best.

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By David Farrell

The first picture captures a youthful Joey Vendetta, during his Q107 days, chumming with Keith Richards who had stopped in town to plug one of his early solo albums and hang with the best.


In the 2nd picture, Trooper poses backstage at Vancouver's Coliseum on the night of Oct. 25, 1980, with the Universal gang that included MCA National Promo exec Lesley Soldat, label VP & GM George Burns, and on the far right is the band's manager Sam Feldman. It was an auspicious night as it was the first of many SRO concerts in Trooper's hometown.

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And our 3rd picture today has Parachute Club receiving Gold for their 1986 album, Small Victories. For those with sharp eyes, yes, that's Jim Campbell squeezing in between Lorraine Segato and Lauri Conger.

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DIVINE (L) and Karan Aujla
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DIVINE (L) and Karan Aujla

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Karan Aujla & DIVINE Debut in Top 25 on Billboard Canadian Albums Chart

B.C.-based Punjabi artist Karan Aujla and Indian rapper DIVINE land the No. 22 spot on this week's Canadian Albums chart with their new collaborative release, 'Street Dreams.' On the Canadian Hot 100, Beyoncé's "Texas Hold 'Em" ascends to No. 1, while Canadian pop artist Preston Pablo makes a debut.

B.C.-based Punjabi artist Karan Aujla and Indian rapper DIVINE are making moves together on Billboard's Canadian Albums chart this week, with their collaborative project, Street Dreams, debuting in the No. 22 spot.

The seven-track album, released Feb. 16, blends harder hip-hop and smooth R&B pop, the latter shining through especially on the Jonita Gandhi-assisted "Yaad." It's not Aujla's highest spot on the Albums chart — he reached No. 5 in 2023 with Making Memories, his collaboration with Canadian Punjabi artist Ikky — but it gives him some momentum going into his upcoming performance at the Juno Awards on Mar. 24, where he's nominated for TikTok Juno fan choice and breakthrough artist.

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