Nick Gilder and Sweeney Todd brings a songbook full of hits to the Tidemark June 5.

Nick Gilder rides in from the 70s hit parade

Gilder is back with Sweeney Todd and rocking the festivals, casino showrooms, fairs, etc.

With his first band Sweeney Todd, Nick Gilder played in every conceivable  venue in  the seventies.

Now the prolific songwriter gets to play the Tidemark Theatre on June. 5

Earning multi Juno and #1 multi platinum status, their songs are still heard on the radio, reminding  us of  long hot summers,  the soundtrack of our lives.

These days Gilder is back with Sweeney Todd and  rocking the festivals, casino showrooms, fairs, etc. with classics like,  Hot Child in the City, Roxy Roller, Here Comes the Night, You Really Rock Me, Let Me In etc.

“It’s still a kick to sing the songs, and hearing a crowd sing along is truly motivating for me,” says Gilder in New Music Express Magazine.

Gilder earned more top 40 success with Shes A Star , You Really Rock Me,  Here Comes The Night, Wild Ones,  Catch 22,  and  Rated X  on the charts, but  it was Pat Benatar who scored with that one, as did the Mega #1 hit  he wrote for Patti Smythe The Warrior,.

Throughout his illustrious career, Gilder has written and recorded many Top 20 hits internationally having recent success with a song he penned,  When The Lights Go Down, remixed by Armand Vanhelden, who scored with Justin Timberlake’s Get Sexy Back, in Britain, Europe, and Australia.

The years  have seen Nick  work with some of the world’s most famous producers including the Beatles’ George Martin and Mike Chapman, Peter Coleman of Blondie, Pat Benatar, etc. fame.

Writing hits for some of the business’ top performers, including Bette Midler, Patty Smyth & Scandal, Pat Benatar and Joe Cocker, the variety of artists who have covered his songs testify to his diverse influences, totalling over 20 million copies sold worldwide.

Gilder will be joined by the Ray Materick Band.

Materick is the son of a preacher, who had previously played saxophone, trumpet and clarinet in his own dance band, during the 1940s and 1950s. Materick’s recording career commenced in 1972, with the release of Sidestreets on Kanata Records, considered to be one of Canada’s first independent record labels.

The label folded soon after Materick’s album was released. His major national breakthrough came with the release of Neon Rain in 1974 , featuring the hit single Linda Put The Coffee On.

Materick had been specifically signed by record executive Gary Muth as one of the first Canadian artists on the U.S. Asylum Records label, formed byDavid Geffen. A number of albums followed throughout the 1970s: Best Friend Overnight (1975) and Midnight Matinee (1976), both of which were produced by Don Potter and featured musical contributions from Daniel Lanois as well as Fever In Rio (1978).

During the 1980s, Materick withdrew from music for a period of approximately eight years, assuming employment in a Toronto woodworking company. He later relocated to Hamilton, Ontario.

Materick returned to recording in 2000, releasing seven albums of new material in two years, and has regularly released new material and compilations since that time.

The majority of Materick’s later releases have been on his own label, King Kong Records.

In 2012, Materick was subject to two tribute concerts, in Toronto and Hamilton, respectively, by “Honouring Our Own”, an organization dedicated to honouring musicians, while living, who have made a lifelong contribution to Canadian music.

Gilder and Materick will appear in Campbell River’s Tidemark Theatre June 5.

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