Ontario Power Generation(s)

Ontario Power Generation vs. Ontario Power Generation

Last week Toronto math-rockers Al Mousseau, Jon Fedorsen and Michael Kolk of the band Ontario Power Generation were each served with a cease and desist. I'll give you one guess as to why. While the letter came as no surprise to the band, who had been anticipating a heavy-handed move by the power company for some time, the real shocker was that the letter was so...nice?

As posted on the band's myspace, the power company made no forceful mention or threat of any kind, ending the letter as follows: "We do wish you every success with your musical endeavors but please just find a different name." And while some have encouraged the band to fight for the name, citing there can be no confusion between a power company and a musical act, the artists formerly known as OPG have decided to abide.

Formed in 2005, the band has been performing in the Toronto scene since 2006 with sets at Wavelength, The First Quinquennial Trekzac FestiCon as well as the Drake Underground. It makes one wonder what took Ontario Power Generation (the power company) so long to catch on? And while this isn't the first time this has happened to Toronto artists, as most remember the Death from Above 1979 controversy, it does make me wonder what's next. Will the TTC take aim at the French musicians of the same name?

The band has plans to record with Josh Sadlier-Brown in February, so here's hoping they are renamed by then. If you have any suggestions for a new name, add them to the list, but I've asked and Ontario Power Generation 1979 isn't an option.

To see what you may have been missing, check out their fantastic Star Trek Suite which I had the pleasure of seeing at the The First Quinquennial Trekzac FestiCon. Or make it out to their next gig at the Reverb on February 21st at 10:30pm


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