Harlequin

Harlequin

BandRockClassic Rock

The finest in Canadian Classic Rock. Inductees to the Western Canadian Hall Of Fame, with hits such as Innocence, Superstitious Feeling, Thinking of You and I Did it for Love.

Biography

In 2006 Harlequin was inducted into the Western Canadian Hall of Fame.
Unlike many bands of their era, Harlequin is still a staple of rock radio in Canada and many parts of the world, where the band's hits still receive remarkable amounts of airplay. Fueled by this continued success the band still tours, playing arenas, festivals, theatres and other venues gaining new fans all the time.
Harlequin was initially discovered playing in a tiny bar in Toronto by representatives of Jack Douglas, legendary producer of Aerosmith, Patti Smith and John Lennon. Ironically, the scouts for Douglas' company had actually intended to see the band playing downstairs, but were turned away due to a sold old show. Instead they retired upstairs to a much smaller bar - only to be blown away by the band, playing a high-energy set of strong original songs for only a handful of people. This chance meeting led to a production deal with Douglas.
With Douglas’ help, Harlequin signed a deal with CBS/Epic (home to Cheap Trick and Eddie Money) in 1979. The band proceeded to amaze everyone at the label by pushing the first release "Victim of a Song"(1979) to gold status through sheer hard-work, incessant touring, word of mouth and solid songwriting. Songs like “Sweet Things in Life”, “You are the Light” and “Survive” introduced the band to radio.
The second release, Love Crimes (1980), came with a bigger push from the label, and went on to go Platinum, powered in part by Harlequin's biggest hit to date 'Innocence." Another track, "Thinking of You" became a staple of rock radio, and a highlight of the live show.
One False Move (1982) cemented the band's radio success with tunes like "I Did it for Love,” “Superstitious Feeling” and "Heart Gone Cold." The fourth and final album, eponymously titled, featured a change of direction as well as producer - Alfie Agius, former bassist with The Fixx, replaced Jack Douglas. This album produced one single "Take this Heart" and the band's only video, filmed at the abandoned Don Jail in Toronto, by Juno-winning Champagne Productions.
Harlequin was always something of a work-horse, soldiering through multiple grueling Cross-Canada and US tours, and even to Puerto Rico, where Innocence had been a huge hit single. To capitalize on the song's success, the band played in Caracas Venezuela, headlining two nights at the city's biggest arena. The Radio Romances greatest hits package, which also featured a new tune (written by Tom Cochrane) entitled "No Mystery."
Early in the new millennium Derrick Gottfried and Darren Moore joined Harlequin, supported by long time bass player Nick Rivers with George Belanger. Prompted by the resurgence of Classic Rock radio, Darren and Derrick began writing classic rock songs for several classic artists. George quickly jumped on the bandwagon as a writing partner and it was not long until the trio focused on writing the “Waking The Jester” CD. Darren and Derrick also stepped out on the album, sharing the vocal spotlight with George, each performing a track adding their distinct flavor to the CD.

Lyrics

Shine On

Written By: Belanger, Gottfried, Moore

Shine On

When I’m feelin’ lonely, feelin’ down,I just pick up my guitar.
And I don’t have to worry, ain’t no hurry
I play it soft, I play it hard.
Come time to tell the truth,I’m gonna play some blues.
Might even do some jazz, play it slow, play it fast.
But what it’s all about,when I need to let it out.
Pick up my guitar, and play like a rock star.

Let me, shine on, shine on
Let me, shine on, shine on!

Trouble, comes a callin’, in many guises,
Like wine and women and cocaine.
But I, I’m not fallin’
Done that too often, and I refuse to be a slave.
I shake those demons out.
That’s what it’s all about.
Strap on that guitar, and play like a rock star.

Rise

Written By: Belanger, Gottfried, Moore

Rise

We’re all looking for something, for a reason, for a clue.
Some people just help themselves, while others think it through.
Be a mover and a shaker, see the future open wide.
Don’t be wishin’ til all’s taken. You could be missin’ one sweet ride.

Come on! Rise, rise … don’t let the moment pass you by.
Come on! Rise, rise … get off the fence and just decide.

You can’t look on with envy to your brother, that’s just wrong.
Maybe you should just take a step outside your comfort zone.
There’s a winner and a loser think it’s time you picked a side.
Won’t be sorry or mistaken. You could be missin’ one sweet ride.

Inbound Train

Written By: Belanger, Gottfried, Moore

Inbound Train

Piss poor behavior craves a fight.
The truth comes out later.
Shake hands and unite.

See the light at the end isn’t all the same.
See the light at the end is an inbound train.
So come on and tread carefully and we’ll get there right on time.

Did ya learn to speak from a sailor.
Mouth full of dynamite.
Is this the modern behavior.
Show us all wrong from right.
So take it from the beginning.
Retrace an elder mile and see who ended up winning.
Let’s make this trip worthwhile.

And enjoy the ride.
Join the ride.
See the other side.

40 Days In Your Car

Written By: Belanger, Gottfried, Moore

Forty Days in Your Car

Does it seem like you can never find the time.
For all those precious moments you hoped for?
Deep in the jungle, thinking of the ones you love.
Loneliness weighs like an anchor.

Starting today, I’m raising the bar.
Don’t care what you say.
Gonna follow my heart.
I’m not working so hard.
Spending forty days in your car.

Inside this cubicle the minutes pass like hours.
You count the days, put up the numbers.
Blood, sweat and tears are the gauges you are measured by.
You wanted it all, more than you asked for.

Hell Or High Water

Written By: Belanger, Gottfried, Moore

Hell or High Water

It’s hard to keep your head above the water
Standing in a ten foot wave
Keep cool even though it’s gettin’ hotter
Sweat pouring down your face
You’ve been hittin’ it hard
Wore out your shoes to the soles of your feet
But the beat doesn’t stop, hits you like a rock
Pulls you off of your knees

Come hell or high water
Hell or high water, move on

Stand up, if you only get it started
You can make it through another day
Chin up, push a little harder
Trouble can always wait
Let the music go on, write your own song
Pick a sweet melody
Opportunity knocks reality shocks
Be what you what you want to be

Take It Or Leave It

Written By: Belanger, Gottfried, Moore, Peter

Take It Or Leave It

I see you ain’t comin around no more.
You don’t find me quite as friendly.
Well I hope there’s somebody else you call, when the world’s a little crazy.
Spin me around, my neck at the end of the rope.
I’m up and you’re down without the skills to cope.

Well I don’t understand.
I don’t really care, take it or leave it.
And I want you to know.
I don’t really care, take it or leave it.

The sky might fall to the ground before I get feeling sentimental.
And you just can’t push me around no more, cause I’m comin to my senses.
Spin me around, my neck at the end of the rope.
I’m up and you’re down without the skills to cope.

Oh spinning around, oh spinning around, oh turning it upside down.

Black Out The Sun

Written By: Belanger, Gottfried, Moore

Black Out The Sun

Hey baby, don’t ya feel better today?
Ain’t ya got nothing to say?
Kept the wolves at bay.
Kick back, I can pick up the slack.
Nothing good ever lasts.
Gimme those good times back.
Don’t you hesitate any longer.
The feeling is strong girl.

You are the only one.
But you live within the shadows of your doubt.
These illusions you believe black out the sun.

Who wins?
Wages of our sins.
The tug of war begins.
The sun will rise again.
Relax, opposites do attract.
Simply just stating facts.
Keeping it on the tracks.
Don’t you hesitate any longer.
The feeling is strong girl.

I hang around cause I want to.
You’ll always have me to hold on to.
You’ll always be the only one.

How Long

Written By: Belanger, Gottfried, Moore

How Long

She’s been gone so long.
One more day to wonder how.
Across the miles, a far off smile, could it be?
World apart from here to there.
Remember how you used to swear, you wouldn’t wait not another day just to see.

How long gone love, how long?
I could not stand to face another day.

Flash back, look behind, think about another time.
You wouldn’t face the uneven space in your mind.
I can’t hear a word you say.
Fall behind another day.
Open up and breath the uneasy feeling inside.

Man on the mirror sees right through me.
Reflected images don’t lie.
And face to face it’s too revealing.
I couldn’t watch the day go by.

This Limbo

Written By: Belanger, Gottfried, Moore

This Limbo


Way above the darkness, a sky of deeper blue.
My soul is there forsaken, all because of you.
I’m picking up the pieces; I’m reaching for the door.
You preyed upon my weakness but I don’t shake no more.

And I feel like a prisoner.
Aah! Within my skin.
And I can’t stand this limbo I’m in.

I’m putting on a brave face, searching for my way.
Too cold and I’m not staying here for yet another day.

I’ll give up my possessions. Here…take it all it’s yours.
I know it’s all you’ve ever wanted from me …
I’ll keep this broken word.

And all I can hope for is that at least you would wish me well.
Starting all over, between heaven and living hell.

Lolita

Written By: Belanger, Gottfried, Moore, Cote

Lolita

Finding love was easy, she came walking through my heart.
The ways she’d use to tease me, as she pulled the strings apart.
She smiled and made it bitter.
Spun me round again.
You can’t avoid the weather, when you’re dripping wet.

Lolita, I can’t resist the storm.
Longing to please ya.
Forbidden Shangri-La.
Lolita

I hoped some day she’d leave me.
She’s my designer drug.
A lust induced amnesia, forgotten who I was.
With absence of reason and physically pleasing so willing and so young.
I tell myself I don’t need her, as her name rolls off my tongue.

Oh Lolita now the damage is done, it’s too late.

Little White Lies

Written By: Belanger, Gottfried, Moore

Little White Lies

Seeming strange becomes familiar
You know that street, you’ve walked it oh so many times
You’re not insane, maybe peculiar
Masquerading as an ordinary guy

You try to defend your side of the story
Nobody listens
So in the end you tell ‘em a little white lie

Would you rather be safer than sorry?
No guts, no glory
It might seem crazy from the outside
You’ve got to take your chances
Danger only enhances
Life in the moment, mind in the now.

Who is to judge, who is the juror?
Out there naked, seen by far too many eyes
Who’s to blame? It’s just a rumor
Just like the moon, they’ll never see the other side

You Can't Go Back

Written By: Belanger, Gottfried, Moore

You Can’t Go Back

You still follow that same old crowd
It’s true, they mumble those same old worn out lines
Your days are numbered, like their lies
They break their promise as they smile

Seems the only ones who care
Make no difference being there
Everyone is running scared

But you can’t go back, no, you can’t go back
You can try until they fade the lights
But you can’t go back

This is the moment you decide
If you should follow or leave your pride
Seems the only ones who care
Make no difference being there
Everyone is running scared

Taste It

Written By: Belanger, Gottfried, Moore

Taste It

Well I don’t need no reason to let the old shoe drop
A double engine train couldn’t make me stop
Wheels are greased and rollin’
Ready off the hop
Just for what I’m thinkin’, you could call the cops

Oh! Babe don’t you waste it
Don’t throw it all away
Wouldn’t you love a taste?
I just couldn’t stand it
Throwin’ it all away
Let’s do it all today

Got a sneaky feelin’I know what you want
Get out the Kama Sutra, take it from the top
There’s a plane that’s leavin’
Meet ya’ six o’clock
Won’t need no suitcase or even socks

Discography

Albums:
Victim of A Song, Love Crimes, One False Move, Harlequin, Radio Romances and Waking The Jester.

Tracks streamed and receiving airplay:
Survive, Thinking of You, Sweet Things In Life, Take This Heart, You Are The Light, Innocence, Can't Hold Back, I Did It For Love, Superstitious Feeling, What`s Your Name, It`s No Mystery, It`s All Over Now, Shine On, Rise and Inbound Train.

Set List

Survive, Thinking of You, Sweet Things In Life, Take This Heart, You Are The Light, Innocence, Can't Hold Back, I Did It For Love, Superstitious Feeling, Shine On, Rise, What`s Your Name,Inbound Train, How Long, She`s My Girl, It`s All Over Now, It`s No Mystery, Shame Shame, Saying Good byre To The Boys .

We typically do 1 set ranging between 1 to 1.5 hours.