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August 1999
August 30, 1999
Flashing Lights to play York University on Wednesday
The following appeared in Chart Attack's D.A.M.N. on Monday, August 30, 1999.


In addition to their forthcoming appearance at Prairie Music Week, Winnipeg's Seven are in Toronto this week to play some shows and promote the lauch of their new album Y.... Seven (Curtis Nolan, Jeff Driedger, Anthony Tordiffe and Rusty Matyas) knocked 'em dead over the weekend during an acoustic performance at Graffiti's in Kensington Market, and have two more shows before heading home at the end of the week. You can catch their infectious and accomplished set of pop (described as a cross between Our Lady Peace and the Goo Goo Dolls when they still had sack) tomorrow night (August 31) at the legendary Horseshoe Tavern. They'll be on the bill for this week's instalment of Nü Music Night, alongside Sid Six, The Candy Butchers and Howie Beck. The next night, Seven will be opening act for the red-hot Flashing Lights at York University's Absinthe Pub. It's a free, closed show intended for students only, so hit up your pals who are enrolled at York (each student can sign in a guest); the Absinthe is a small, ultra-cool place, so get there early if you're going!

August 30, 1999
The Flashing Lights were on Live In Toronto
Apparently The Flashing Lights were on Live In Toronto on August 25. Live In Toronto is a radio show in, where else, Toronto, on the ever supportive Edge 102.1 radio station. Other guests that night were Moby on the phone and Treble Charger.
August 12, 1999
The Flashing Lights to play Ottawa again in September
I found the following info at under 'For Immediate Release'. I might remind you that they will also be playing at NHL Breakout '99 at The Corel Centre on August 29.

August 11, 1999

Featuring former SUPER FRIENDZ guitarist, MATT MURPHY 

Saturday, September 25

Combining the spirit of sixties freak-outs with a devotion to crystal-clear melodies, THE FLASHING LIGHTS answer the prayers of many a wayward rock 'n roll fan and will surely win over even the most jaded rock proponent. The Toronto-based band is led by MATT MURPHY (Super Friendz) and his cataclysmic guitar playing. Rounding out the band are drumming legend STEVE PITKIN, the always-intuitive HENRI SANGALANG and the charming ingenue, GAVEN DIANDA, on organ. 

After the SUPER FRIENDZ broke up in 1997, Murphy wasted little time assembling a new band. From their beginning in the fall of 1997, THE FLASHING LIGHTS have been catching people's attention. Recent highlights include shows supporting SLOAN and a CHART / CBC showcase for Canadian Music Week. 

THE FLASHING LIGHTS have just released a fantastic new album, "Where The Change Is", recorded at Chemical Sound and co-produced by Daryl Smith (SLOAN, BLUE RODEO). The record moves from straight-to-the-heart pop hooks to darling flirtations with country-folk and flies headfirst into millenial psychedelia. 

Publicity / Interviews: Stephanie Hardman / Outside Music: (416) 461-0655 or 
Tickets: $8.00 at the door.

August 12, 1999
Flashing Lights To Close Rock The Mill With A Bang!
The following was taken from the Rock The Mill website:

This year's headlining act is Toronto's own Rock the Mill veterans, the Flashing Lights. They promise to close the show as only they can - with flair, so why don't you come down to see them... they might even have a few copies of their first album Where the Change Is on sale.

August 12, 1999
Flashing Lights Added To CNE Series
The following was taken from ChartAttack's D.A.M.N. today:


As you may recall, DAMN ran a listing of the scheduled performers at this summer's Canadian National Exhibition Bandshell (see July 23 DAMN) late last month. There has been one addition and one substitution since then, so here's a quick heads-up for those of you planning to attend. First, the Flashing Lights have been added to the "New Rock at the Ex" bill on Friday, August 27 the show also features Econoline Crush, treble charger and Made. One week later (September 30, Choclair has had to step away from the show with Maestro and Temeperance; he has been replaced by the Do Dat Dancers. Showtime for the New Rock night is 7:00pm, and 7:30 for the hip-hop/dance evening. For more information, check out

August 9, 1999
Highschool Video Info
The following is what I can recall from when I spoke with Matt Murphy in Ottawa about the recently filmed 'Highschool' video:

- It was directed by Mark Cutler who did Sloan's 'Money City Maniacs' video
- something about being in a box 
- conceptual
- about the claustrophobia of Highschool?

August 9, 1999
While talking with Matt Murphy before his Ottawa gig on July 30th, he mentioned to me that The Flashing Lights would be playing The Corel Centre at the end of August for some kids hockey thing. At first I thought he was joking but here it is... NHL Breakout '99.

August 28 & 29, 1999
The Corel Centre
Kanata, Ontario (just outside Ottawa)

Skate off the ice and onto the blacktop ... In 1999, the world's premier street and in-line hockey tour will stop in 22 NHL North American cities and conclude with a National Championship event. NHL BREAKOUT - The Championships will be held in January, 2000 at a TBD location.

The event features tournament play on NHL COOLAir inflatable rinks open to players of all ages and skill levels, as well as a festival with interactive hockey activities, NHL player and coach appearances; plus food, music and fun. Rev It Up! Check back soon to see when NHL BREAKOUT rolls into a city nearest you or for more information, please call (972)392-5740.

Taken from:

For more info:
The Corel Centre

August 5, 1999
Peterborough Review
Apparently The Flashing Lights played a show last Saturday (July 31, 1999) in Peterborough.
The following was posted by Robert Page on Sloannet on August 1, 1999.

i somehow doubt that anyone on this list was at the FL peterborough show on saturday night...and that's your collective loss.  there were only 30 or so people there (the crowd peaked at about 50 - most of whom were the opening act "hot piss's" close personal friends) but flashing lights failed to disappoined.  at one point matt said that they'd play one more song...and they proceeded to play at least 10 more covers...2 hours of rock.  if you get a chance to see them play, don't miss out.


August 5, 1999
Ottawa Review
The following Random Quote was taken from if i were godzilla, i'd stomp on alanis.

"We wait patiently for crappy local opening band to take apart and get lost so the Flashing Lights can set up...but it's alright, I informed Luke of my plan...for taking pictures."
-Jen in her written review of the F.L. concert in Ottawa on July 30.

NOTE: I will be posting a review of the soundcheck of that show, and maybe some pictures.

August 5, 1999
Rock The Mill Info
The following was posted by Ryan Merkley on Sloannet on August 1, 1999.

Rock the Mill Festival 1999
A free live music festival, featuring over 15 bands from Cambridge, ON to
Boston, MA.  This year's lineup includes:

The Flashing Lights
Shannon Lyon
The Candidates
Matt Osborne Band
The Hassle
The Meligrove Band
The Damn Personals
Nelson Lavers Band
A Vertical Mosiac
...and more!!!!

Email me at for directions or other info.

Ryan Merkley
Organizer, Rock the Mill Festival