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A TRIBUTE TO MY FRIEND AND MENTOR

DOMENIC TROIANO

by Bernie LaBarge

About

Before the implementation of Canadian content regulations, homegrown music was naturally very much segregated by region without the help of radio to expand a group’s listening audience. One of Toronto’s hottest new sounds in the mid 60’s was a ‘Blue-Eyed Soul’ groove. Ironically, many of the leaders of the new soul-jazz fusion were immigrants from various parts of Europe, bringing a wide array of foreign spices to the mix. Mandala’s origins began in 1965. Italian-born Domenic Troiano left to form his own group, The Five Rogues, in Toronto. Along with vocalist George Olliver, they basically assimilated The Belltones. Previously known as Whitey and The Roulettes, they were comprised of Finnish-born Pentti ‘Whitey’ Glan on drums, bassist Don Elliot, and German-born Josef Chirowski on keyboards and trumpet. They quickly became a popular local draw and worked with David Clayton-Thomas, then landed the gig as the regular house band at Toronto’s Club Bluenote.

videos

Domenic Troiano - Interview

Domenic Troiano - Tower of Song

Domenic Troiano - Concert: Canadien (1975)

Donnie & Bernie LaBarge

“My life changed forever when I first saw Donnie play with The Mandala. He offered a completely different slant on guitar playing, and his sound and his soul were laid bare for anyone who wanted to let them in. It certainly worked on me!”

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      01. Burnin' At The Stake
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      02. Peace Of Mind
      The Domenic Troiano Band

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      03. Savour The Flavour
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      04. Lonely Girl
      The Domenic Troiano Band

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      05. Willpower
      The Domenic Troiano Band

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      06. Master Of Concealment
      The Domenic Troiano Band

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      07. I'd Rather Be Your Lover
      The Domenic Troiano Band

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      08. Rock & Roll Maddness
      The Domenic Troiano Band

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      09. The Outer Limits Of My Soul
      The Domenic Troiano Band

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