Brad Hopkins shares his always-timely observations through insightful songwriting and pure rock performances rooted in 20 years on the Canadian music scene. Remember the 80’s? Best known as a founding member and bassist of Chalk Circle, Hopkins and his band-mates grew from their roots as a committed garage band in Newcastle, Ontario to achieve prominence as an alternative act in the ‘80s. The band stayed the course from 1983 until 1990 and enjoyed success with such releases as The Great Lake (1986), platinum-selling Mending Wall (1987) and As the Crow Flies (1989). Chalk Circle toured North America and Europe and opened for such acts as Crowded House, Rush and Tears for Fears. Hopkins began work on his first-ever solo release, World’s Biggest Fan (2003). The record was recorded over a two-year period in Toronto. The album features a wide variety of influences that lyrically address a reflection of the times and personal experience.

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From Eye Weekly-Toronto Oct 2/03

The Anti-Hit List
8. BRAD HOPKINS, "You & Me & New York City": The bassist for Toronto-based '80s band Chalk Circle so convincingly conveys the exhilaration of a first visit to NYC that he can get away with rhyming "city" and "pretty" (not to mention "girl" and "world"). The result is an exuberant paradox: an almost child-like enthrallment with the world's most proudly cynical city. (From World's Biggest Fan, www.bradhopkins.com)

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Brad Hopkins shares his always-timely observations through insightful songwriting and pure rock performances rooted in 20 years on the Canadian music scene. Hopkins’ honest approach to songwriting and his endearing passion for straightforward guitar-centered rock, combine to offer a timely alternative to musical hype. With his roots in the punk scene of his early days, Hopkins never strays too far from his rock and roll foundation and always delivers from the heart. Remember the 80’s? Best known as a founding member and bassist of Chalk Circle, Hopkins and his band-mates grew from their roots as a committed garage band in Newcastle, Ontario to achieve prominence as an alternative act in the ‘80s. The band stayed the course from 1983 until 1990 and enjoyed success with such releases as The Great Lake (1986), platinum-selling Mending Wall (1987) and As the Crow Flies (1989). In a band renowned for its high-energy live performances and stellar songwriting, Chalk Circle toured North America and Europe and opened for such acts as Crowded House, Rush and Tears for Fears. The band enjoyed a diverse following that crossed boundaries of musical trends and styles.
Hopkins began work on his first-ever solo release, World’s Biggest Fan (2003). The record was recorded over a two-year period in Toronto. The album features a wide variety of influences that lyrically address a reflection of the times and personal experience. Catchy pop hooks shine through.

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