Terra Hazelton and Her Easy Answers
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"Terra is the perfect vocalist"

Terra is the perfect vocalist for Jeff Healey and his Jazz Wizards' approach to '20's and '30's jazz...A totally convincing singer whose personality is efforlessly projected...with the title track, 'Anybody's Baby' she brings a larger focus to her cd showing she can also write great, timeless, original material. - Holger Petersen, C.M. CBC Radio - Saturday Night Blues Galaxie Bluestime Channet

"Dr. Healey starts jazz label"

She did one chorus and the whole place just fell to pieces, screaming and stamping and clapping," recalls Jeff Healey. I knew she had a great singing voice, but I had no idea the impression she could make on an audience with everything she can do. I've worked with a few good vocalists in the past, but where she has it hands down over them is that she is able to entertain the audience" he says. "She has the charisma and the magnetism unlike anything I've ever seen. She can come onto a stage where nobody knows her in a room and whole place will love her by the time she's finished. And that's rare." - Karen Bliss, JAM! Music

"Bang on!"

Bang on!
The foul-mouthed, fun-loving hosers of Fubar return for a witty, poignant sequel.
Last Updated: Thursday, September 30, 2010 | 11:41 AM ET
By Matthew Hays, CBC News
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Dean (Paul Spence) and Terry (Dave Lawrence) return for more headbanging mayhem in Fubar 2.Dean (Paul Spence) and Terry (Dave Lawrence) return for more headbanging mayhem in Fubar 2. (TIFF)

This article originally appeared during the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival.

One of the most delicate and complex acts in cinema is that of creating a successful sequel. Audiences want more of the same, but also something new and different. Calgary-bred, Montreal-based director Michael Dowse knew the stakes were high heading into FUBAR 2, the sequel to his 2002 cult hit, FUBAR.

'I had to do a sequel, because the Deaner was taking over my dreams. He was really cramping my subconscious.'
— Paul Spence, who plays Deaner in Fubar and Fubar 2

“Yes, there was a lot of pressure,” he says. “But it was good pressure. We knew we wanted to make something funny and we wanted to deliver something excellent for fans of the original.”

The original, of course, introduced us to Dean (Paul Spence) and Terry (Dave Lawrence), two hapless Calgarians who smash furniture, listen to heavy metal and drink beer until they collapse. Beyond being a crazy comedy, FUBAR was in fact an incredibly accurate depiction of a very real milieu, a representation of headbangers that was uncanny. In Dean and Terry, audiences recognized themselves or people they knew, and brand loyalty grew from there.

“The first film wasn’t actually a breakout hit,” notes Dowse. “But people got more into it over time.”

It also represented a key point in the evolution of two classic protagonists in Canadian culture. Dean and Terry were not-so-distant relatives of Pete and Joey from the landmark 1970 Canadian film Goin’ Down the Road, as well as SCTV’s Bob and Doug McKenzie — not to mention Wayne and Garth from Wayne’s World’s. (Dowse laughs when I tell him that a sequel to Goin’ Down the Road is now in the works. “I thought we’d already made it,” he says.)

According to Dowse, there had long been talk of a sequel, but it took a while for the idea to gel for the three creative forces behind the concept.

“It was a fine line for us to find,” says Lawrence, who lives in Calgary. “So many [people] are fans of the first film. We wanted to be truthful to the characters, but also make it funny. We thought to ourselves, ‘Where would Dean and Terry be now?’ And that was easy to answer, because of course they wouldn’t have gone anywhere. So we thought we’d revisit their stunted adolescence and see what was happening to them.”

“I had to do a sequel, because the Deaner was taking over my dreams,” says Spence. “He was really cramping my subconscious. Like, I’d wake up in the morning and he’d be there in the evaporating ether of my sleep, saying things like, ‘Punch your boss and shotgun a beer, you pussy!’”

The result is an often hilarious, sometimes surprisingly poignant film, one that joins the very rare ranks of sequels that match the creativity of the original. Arguably, the FUBAR features are precisely what Canadian cinema desperately needs — they are honest films, remarkably well acted, done on very low budgets but successful because they’re full of funny ideas. Unlike the prestige films Canadian filmmakers occasionally attempt in the name of nation-building, the FUBAR films are unpretentious. Sadly, they’ve sometimes been dismissed because they’re comedies. (“It’s true,” Dowse says. “Comedies often don’t get the same props as other genres.”)

Lawrence says fan input influenced the ideas in the sequel. “Many people would say, ‘Dean and Terry were so real, but you left something out.’ This included a duplex, so we made sure we had one in this film. Also, people asked why they never dropped acid in the first film. So we included them using hallucinogenic drugs. Terry flips out early in the film while having a bad trip.”

FUBAR 2 does take a strikingly similar route as Goin’ Down the Road, as Terry and Dean head to Fort McMurray (“The Mac”) to work on the tarsands project. “We decided to send them up north with delusions of grandeur,” says Lawrence. The shots of the tarsands are haunting, given their epic scale and the smoke stacks lining the horizon. “It does look eerie, kind of like Blade Runner,” he says.

While there, they do what many oil-rig workers do in their off-hours: head for the strip club. There, they are caught drinking smuggled-in beer by a stern waitress (Terra Hazelton) who captures the romantic imagination of Terry. This leads to complications for Dean, who doesn’t quite know how to handle competing for his best friend’s attention.

The principal actors met while doing live improv at Calgary’s Loose Moose Theatre Company in the 1990s, and that’s where their banger personas were born. Dowse says that for the second film, they worked from a 30-page treatment, deciding what they wanted each scene to accomplish, and then simply turning on the camera.

For her part, Hazelton gives one of the breakout performances at TIFF 2010.

“Terra is amazing in the film,” says Dowse. “That she could come into this with two already established, well-known characters like Terry and Dean and hold her own was incredible. She’s hilarious in it.”

Some of the most ridiculously funny scenes unfold when Terry and his crazy girlfriend end up fighting. “We would just start screaming at each other, and she would fly off the handle, screaming so loudly you just wanted to do anything to shut her up. The improvising is really fun, but very intense. After a scene, you’d be out of breath because you’re so pumped up.”

In addition to the tarsands, FUBAR 2 features a visit to the legendary West Edmonton Mall, including a swim in the massive wave pool and a stay at the Mall’s hotel (where the trio sleep in a bed shaped as a truck). As a result, FUBAR 2 feels like a strange tribute to the entire province of Alberta.

“I love Alberta,” Dowse says without irony. “I live in Montreal now. Of course, Montreal is more liberal and Alberta is more right-wing, but there’s more of a connection between Quebec and Alberta than people think. Both places have a strong independent streak in them.”

Given the anticipation for FUBAR 2 and the intriguing plotline, it prompts the question: is FUBAR 3 coming soon? Spence sees the duo heading into the realm of sci-fi. “The only logical end to a FUBAR trilogy would be set 5,000 years from now, where a robot Terry is hired to assassinate Dean, who was forced into working for CSIS on a top-secret weapon of mass destruction!”

FUBAR 2 opens Oct. 1.

Matthew Hays is a writer based in Montreal.

According to Dowse, there had long been talk of a sequel, but it took a while for the idea to gel for the three creative forces behind the concept. - CBC.ca

""Terra is one of the most unique and passionate singers I've ever heard in any genre""

"Terra is one of the most unique and passionate singers I've ever heard in any genre" - Dan Hill

"Review of Anybody's Baby, Healeyophonic Records"

Pikaba - social shopping Terra Hazelton, until a few weeks ago I never heard of this lady! But I did hear the rumours of her live performances. So last nite I took the trip to Healey's for the dual CD release party of Jeff Healey's new label HealeyOphonic to see for myself what this excitement was all about. When Terra hit the stage you could feel how thrilled she was about having out her first recording, especially on Jeff's label. Backed by some of Jeff's 'Jazz Wizards' and a few other quite notable Jazz musicians started to belt out some of the tunes on "Anybody's Baby". Man, her beauty, stage presents, and vocals hit me like an iron fist. Terra's voice, with this band, reminded so much of the classic Blues and Jazz records by women that I've listened to from the 20's through to the early 50's. I was mesmerized and left in a state ah-ness.

The same can be said about Terra's debut album. Seventeen tracks, and over sixty-seven minutes of music, that will take you effortlessly into the past. One press of a button and I was kicked in the pants right away, as the CD starts of with the rockin' "I'm Gonna Lock My Heart". A couple of the hi-lites for me is Terra singin' her own compositions, the title track "Anybody's Baby", a slow Blues, accompanied by Jeff on the electric guitar and "Now & Then". Loved the up-tempo mood - "On Revival Day". Terra's version of Dinah Washington's 1947 risqué song "Long John Blues" does the original more than justice.

I'll tell you, I could write so much more about this release, about the band and the other songs, but I've said enough, just get this CD and enjoy it as much as I did.

Terra may say in her title track that she's "Nobody's Baby", but after one listen to this recording, she's now the world's musical 'Baby". Eddy B - Eddy B., Blue Heart Archive


Gimme Whatcha Got (2009)
Featuring: Michael Kaeshammer, Alex Pangman, Russel DeCarle and The Polyjesters.

Anybody's Baby (Healeyophonic, 2004)
Produced by and featuring the late, great Jeff Healey

Terra has been featured on the following albums:

It's Tight Like That - Jeff Healey and The Jazz Wizards
S'Cat Got My Tongue - Ori Dagan
Christmas Gift - Alex Pangman & Her Alleycats
Canadian Dance Hall - The Bebop Cowboys
G Marks the Spot - The Grafenberg All-Stars



"She did one chorus and the whole place fell to pieces, screaming, stamping and clapping. I knew she had a great singing voice, but I had no idea the impression she could make on an audience with everything she can do."
- Jeff Healey

Described by some as a "Renaissance Woman", the multi-talented Terra Hazelton is a Canadian singer, actor, and radio personality. Best known for her years touring as the front-woman of Jeff Healey's Jazz Wizards and most recently, for her 2010 Genie nomination, Terra is now diverting the attention with her unique throw-back sound and her stellar band, Her Easy Answers.

Originally from B.C., Terra grew up mostly in Calgary. Terra became involved in professional theatre and comedy at the ripe age of 14, studying with Keith Johnstone (Theatresports™) and Dennis Cahill at the Internationally acclaimed Loose Moose Theatre Company. She went on to study at the American Muscial and Dramatic Academy in New York.

At 20 Hazelton moved to Toronto in pursuit of a career in improv and theatre. One night she was handed a guitar and asked to fulfill the show's musical component by writing and performing three funny songs. Three chords later, she was on a career path she had never anticipated. Terra moved from performing silly songs in a cabaret setting to forming her own band, leaning towards being a rock chick extraordinaire. She began sitting in with the long-running Melody Ranch afternoon matinee at the Brunswick House in Toronto, where famed singer/guitarist Jeff Healey happened to hear her sing one lucky Saturday. Healey himself was moving into new musical territory after opening a night club and following his love of traditional jazz with his own Saturday matinée band, the Jazz Wizards, with whom he played trumpet as well as guitar. He hired Terra to be the group's permanent featured vocalist which gave her the opportunity to tour nationally and promote her debut record "Anybody's Baby" (Healeyophonic, 2004) which Healey produced himself.

Now a staple on the Toronto Jazz Scene, Terra Hazelton leads her own band, 'Terra Hazelton & Her Easy Answers', and is also a member of other notable ensembles. These include The Hogtown Syncopators where she sings and plays snare drum along with violinist Drew Jurecka, bassist James Thomson, guitarist Jay Danley and pianist Richard Whiteman. The Hogtown Syncopators are the only band that can be found every week at Toronto's premier jazz venue, The Rex, appearing Fridays from 4-6pm. You can also catch Terra singing with the fabulous Royal Jelly Orchestra of Jaymz Bee (Jazz.Fm) fame, and with the 10-Piece Jivebombers featuring Alex Dean and Chuck Jackson. In February of 2009, Terra joined and toured with with Juno Award winner (2008) Brandi Disterheft's band. The tour was across Canada including up to the glorious Yukon; Terra was pleased to tour more with Brandi in the summer of 2009, hitting just about every major Jazz Festival across Canada, including opening for Dave Brubeck in Toronto.

Terra's latest solo jazz album "Gimme Whatcha Got" was released on May 30th 2009. Devoted to the jazz and blues material she loves so dearly the album was produced by veteran John Sheard and features a host of Canadian jazz luminaries including George Koller, Michael Kaeshammer, William Sperandei, Drew Jurecka and special guests Alex Pangman, Russell DeCarle  and the Polyjesters.  Music from this album and "Anybody's Baby" can be heard on the new digital comedy series "Crazy/Sexy/Awkward".  Co-created, written, and directed by Jerome Sable who's latest credit is "Legend of Beaver Dam" a short film screening at TIFF this year, starring Sean Cullen.
In 2010, Terra was thrilled to be given a voice on Canada's Premier Jazz Station, JAZZ.FM91. Along with being an occasional guest host, she was given her own program as inspired by mentor Jeff Healey. Terra's "Timeless" program was devoted to celebrating classic compositions from the 1920's, 30's and 40's. Many of the tracks selected for this program were transferred directly from her 3000+ collection of 78rpm jazz records from this era.

Terra's feature film debut, FUBAR 2, made its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 9, 2010. Directed by Michael Dowse, the long-awaited sequel to the Canadian headbanger mock-umentary finds Terra in the role of local waitress ‘Trish’, the film's principal female role which rounds out the classic headbanger duo of Terry and Dean. Terra has since been nominated for a Genie for the role.