Feb. 8, 2012
-- Diamond Dust's self-titled debut album landed on the scene on the first day of Summer 2011. It was recorded at two of Vancouver, Canada's premier studios - The Factory Studios and Mushroom Studios, where artists such as Led Zeppelin, Aerosmith and AC/DC once walked the halls and magic fills the air. Backed up by Juno winning bassist Barry Muir (The Payolas, Barney Bentall, The Blue Shadows) and Juno/Grammy winning drummer Randall Stoll (K-OS, KD Lang), the duo set out to create a classic rock and roll album of today. The following is a glowing review of the band's debut, given this Summer by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation's National Director Mark Rheaume: "Jo St-Onge and Craig "Riffer" Hare, A.K.A. Diamond Dust remind one of peak period Led Zeppelin in their ability to dish out both blistering, full-bore rock, and lively, foot-stomping folk. More importantly, the songs are strong enough to keep fans of either style of music consistently - and highly - engaged. A very impressive debut."
Originating from Ontario, Canada, the duo has been a songwriting item since 2007. They relocated to Vancouver in 2008 to begin the recording of the album. Very much influenced by the classic rock era, the band's vision was to create a bridge between these classic sounds of the earlier days of Rock n' Roll and the perpetual evolution of the genre. Remaining true to the message that was originally ignited and was a voice for the generations of yesterday and is still of great relevance at current times, Diamond Dust's name is a statement in itself. Gathering images of magic and fantasy, the name also serves to remind the listener that even if we often put the value of money and precious stones above the value of life, you only need to reduce the diamond to dust so that it becomes worthless. "Life is more precious than any THING" is an important theme for the band but the record also puts great emphasis on living in the moment, loving life and the law of Karma.
With the wide acceptance of the album in radio stations across the country, including the coast to coast station the CBC, as well as charting on many College and University stations across their home land, Diamond Dust has decided to extend their fan base by touring in the USA from December 2011 to May 2012, spreading their message of peace, love and Rock n' Roll with no end in sight!