Working at the Beach Foundry

My first full time job was at the Beach Foundry in 1970. My father had worked there for 20 years at the time and he got me in. I lasted one year but he eventually worked there for 28 years, leaving just before the plant closed permanently. It was one of the last industrial employers in the old west end, which along with Sperry Gyroscope and Capital Wire in the two blocks north and west of the Parkdale market, provided employment for general and skilled labour for the local menfolk (the only woman ever to enter the production area of the plant was the nurse, and I don't know how she summoned the courage to do it.)  The building was torn down in the early 1980s and replaced by a condo and office complex, Holland Cross. Every time I walk through there, I feel the ghosts of the old Beach Foundry.  



Bunkin' on Ladouceur

OK, here is everything you need to know about bunking. Imagine a cold, snowy night in the narrow streets of the old west end, say a street like Ladouceur. It might look like this.


A Band on Every Corner

In the old west end in the 1960s, there were LOTS of garage bands. This song tells a story about being in a local band at the time, based on my own experience. Musical highlights like the guitar lick in Johnny B. Good or the drumming in Wipeout inspired kids to get into music, even before the British Invasion. When I was around 12, I met this bunch of guys a little older than me, who had a band. I would hang out with them whenever I could. The band leader was Ronnie H. and he had this fabulous sunburst Fender JazzMaster guitar. They are the "Ronnie, Bob and Casey and their drummer Jim" in the first verse of the song. I don't what happened with them but according to The Canadian Pop Encyclopedia, Jim, who was Jimmy Pagliaro, went on to join the 5D, who were a really big band in Ottawa then.

Have you ever been for a walk down Wellington Street?

Exotic, mystical, scary, exciting, interesting. Taking a walk down Wellington Street can be  all of those things. Everything happens on Wellington Street. It is an old street, full of stories, full of lfe. Fifty years ago, and still today, it is a bustling and lively place. Running from the railway tracks to the east, to where it turns into Richmond Road to the west, it is the commercial artery of the old west end, drawing people from all over the neighbourhood, and further afield.  

Track listing for Living in the Old West End

Just over one month left before the release of the CD on May 27. I am still waiting for the actual CDs to be delivered from the manufacturers. It should be this week some time. I am getting 300 produced for local sale and distribution.

Jonesey website launched!

Big milestone today! After getting on MySpace, setting up a YouTube account, a Facebook page, a Twitter account, and going all social media, turns out you still need a proper website if you want to get everything out there. So here it is,, where you can find out everything you want to know about Jonesey and his music but were afraid to ask. You can even ask!


On Jonesey101, you will find information on upcoming events, a biography, song lyrics and the story behind them, photos, videos, audio clips, CDs and mp3 for sale, contact information, this blog, the works. I am pretty 101 about all this stuff so if there are improvements you would like to see, areas that are not covered, more of something, less of something else, let me know. 


So take a look around, and come back often.  



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