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LB Beer Tasting Competition on SoundFM

Although the podcast above is a tasting challenge you, the listener, can play along and submit your score
for your chance to win an exciting prize also.
wpid-20140715_221137.jpg1) Listen to the podcast.
2) Write down which lake of bays beer you think they are tasting based on the song that we play.
3) Keep your score and your answers
4) Submit to:

*) Any submission counts as an entry (not only the best score)

The masked competetors shown are DJ Merlyn (aka DJ Second Choice, aka DJ Plan B), DJ Dragon,  The 100 Beer Guy ( ), and Mattthew George ( )


They each taste tested their way through 7 rounds of various Lake of Bays Brewing Company Beers while DJ AdRock rocked out seemingly fitting rock tracks; giving the listeners a glimps at the struggles the contestants were having!wpid-20140715_205924.jpg

In the end it came down to a exciting tie for second place that could only be settled with a most difficult tie breaker! Check out the podcast for the complete details

When all the votes were in we had our winner! Mattthew George (The Lake of Bays representative) won by a landslide. Second place went to none other than! DJ Merlyn!!!! Congrats!!!





Big Music Festival in KW!

wpid-img_20140714_094150.jpgAs you can hear above initially we (Mano A Mano) boycotted Big Music Festival when they refused to allow the Mano A Mano show to have media passes. Organizers of the Festival said “You guys aren’t big enough to have media passes”. Things changed when Slash refused to perform until we (Mano A Mano) got our “All Access” media passes.

wpid-20140713_192430.jpgBoth Days the weather was just beautiful! First thing we did when we got in there was hit the food tent to see what the artists were eating. I believe that the “All Access” area was catered by The Waterloo Inn. There were many self-serve platters of various salads, breads to make sandwiches, etc.  Then the entree’s were a choice between a beef medallion seen here and a chicken breast and some mashed potatoes. Everything looked good and I went with the beef. There were an assortment of Gatorade, Poweraide, coffee, Bob Marley drinks, water, pop etc.

wpid-20140713_183054.jpgThe first day we got there just in time for Moist who in our opinion stole the Saturday show. Their new songs were great and the classics sounded even better this time around.

The second day we were a little braver, and had our camera’s ready. We got there just in time for Big Wreck and walked up and got backstage. This was the most exciting part of the entire weekend. Seeing things from the back of the stage with that many people there and then having the bands walk past was very cool! All the techie’s in the back were very nice! Big Wreck didn’t acknowledge any of us and just walked past but I’m sure they were just “in the zone”.

wpid-img_20140714_094541.jpgNext up this guy who was very unfriendly and seemingly like head of security started tightening things up. This was understandable since Slash was up next and then Aerosmith. The only problem I had with this was the way that he was going about doing it….threatening people with kicking them out and having them arrested – it seemed a bit excessive.  Anyways, suddenly our “All Access” passes didn’t get us “All Access” anymore…it was more limited to a small section.

wpid-img_20140714_093946.jpgI was particularly excited to see Slash, because The Age of Electric front man, Todd Kerns was going to be playing Bass for them. They didn’t want to talk to anyone before the show and their Van pulled up right to the side of the stage (where we were no longer allowed) They got out went right to the stage and put on the best performance of the Sunday night show. They played a bunch of new songs off Slash’s new album and then finished off the set with a few Guns & Roses songs which really got the crowd going. bigmusicfest3

We have a photo here of Todd Kerns (the guy who looks like he is terrified to go down the ramp) They decide to go the back way to walk past the “All Access” people so that they could snap a few shots. We were able to get close enough to take a shot of Slash

bigmusicfest2Then everyone jumped in the van. Todd Kerns noticed my Age of Electric T-shirt and came back, shook my hand and said “Nice Shirt” and then hopped in the van and they were gone. It was pretty exciting! I have met Todd Kerns many times and he is one of my favourite artists and his brief gesture just reinstated why.

wpid-20140713_212934.jpgI feel that the American bands create a separation between “celebrity” and “radio person” or “celebrity” and “listener” where they are guarded from us. They will allow you to enjoy their music but don’t want you to get too close. For me this makes the music less personal. Although Aerosmith played their stuff perfectly, it felt like a machine up there playing the music that I had no personal connection to. Todd Kerns reaching out (even just briefly) reminded me why I like Canadian music because I feel like the artists are more genuine towards their fans and will do things like sign an autograph or take time to not only perform but also take a photo etc. to make it more of an experience for the die hard fans.

wpid-20140713_214633.jpgAnyways, next up was Aerosmith. They were great! Equally great was the chocolate cake in the food tent that we were now allowed back into.

At this point I  Facebooked Todd Kerns and told him about the great chocolate cake that was happening in the All Access food tent while we enjoyed Aerosmith! I was hoping he would make an appearance to get a photo opportunity. Perhaps the Slash entourage was already out of there or off enjoying Aerosmith somewhere, unfortunately he didn’t show up.

All together it was a great festival! Aerosmith closed things out playing “Dream on”, which I was especially excited to hear and it was a great version of the song. (at least this is how it ended for me as I rushed to beat the crowd to get out of there)

The most disappointing part of the night was how all the people parked (at least where we were) on a side road, all got $20 parking tickets for parking in the same spot for over 3 hours. Who knew! The city of Kitchener made out like bandits not only on Big Music Fest renting out the park but also on all the people attending who now have to pay an additional $20 on top of their possibly $130 tickets.  That by-law officer can take the rest of the year off because he probably went well beyond his yearly quota.



NEW MUSIC by Death From Above 1979 & The New Pornographers

This weeks feature is not just one band as it usually is….Last Gang Records sent us their new releases moments before the show and both of these bands are among our favourite Canadian bands so we had to release both of these as our feature at the same time!

To top that off….both of these tracks are AWESOME! Check it out in the podcast above.

Death From Above 1979



Above is our Beertown review Battle. Beertown is a great restaurant right in Waterloo Square. Although the above  mainly talks about our most recent visit, we also talk about a few other great things that have gone down at Beertown.

Firstly, Beertown is doing a special cask night on Thursdays. On various Thursdays they are featuring different craft brewery casks. If your like me you have no idea what a cask is….well as DJ AdRock explains: it is kinda like a keg but it is a more natural way to brew beer that uses yeast to carbonate the beer instead of artificial carbonation. (something like that at least)

Anyways, all the technical stuff aside, it has a very smooth taste. We headed down to Beertown because we heard that they were having a Lake of Bays Brewing Company Sparkhouse Red Ale Cask on tap. AdRock and I decided to split up, I went in at dinner time with my family to dine and DJ AdRock went with the university crowd at night.


During the dinner time Beertown session, the first thing I ordered was the Fish Taco’s. This is a picture of just one, but you get two of these bad boys! I have always heard great things about these fish taco’s and they did not disappoint!

wpid-20140703_182626.jpgBefore I ordered this I noticed it was right between the appetizers and the entrees so I thought that it wouldn’t be enough so I also ordered the Poutine. Food wise the portions were so good that I could have done with just one of the two of these but, I was glad that I did order the Poutine because it was soooooooo good also! I must be Canadian because I have been craving it! The food and the Lake of Bays Brewing Company Sparkhouse Red Ale Cask were both excellent. The dinner portion of the night was excellent! As DJ AdRock reports in the podcast, the evening was a great time as well; mainly spent drinking more of the cask. Make sure to follow @beertownph and @LB_Brewing to find out when Lake of Bays will have a feature cask at Beertown again!

wpid-20130811_210750.jpgIf your ever in the heart of Waterloo and looking for an exceptional place to eat and enjoy your favourite Lake of Bays Brewing Company beer stop into Beertown!

And there is always the chance that Neil Osborne and the 54-40 guys might be there rocking out!

Canada Day @ UW (and Netflix Day)

Most people didn’t know this but, it wasn’t just Canada Day yesterday – It was also Netflix Day! We celebrated both early on Mano A Mano so that we could spend the day at The University of Waterloo’s Canada Day Celebration!

The above podcast was recorded at the underground Mano A Mano headquarters, which is why it sounds slightly different from our usual podcasts. This was done so that we could spend the entire day, into the night, at the UW Canada Day Celebration.

The Park Early in the Day
Free Canada Day Turbans

There was lots to do this year. We were especially excited to go because the musical groups were acts that we have featured on the show and/or are featured in The Electrifying Adventures of DJ Jeff E Jeff. To Start the day off we took the kiddies to the bouncy castles. They were great fun! We got there at 3:30 and there were no line ups. Tickets were a bit expensive: $2 for one “ride”. The “rides” lasted, at the very most, 30 seconds too. Toward the end of the day, these line-ups took about 20-30 minutes before getting your 30 seconds of fun. Even though this aspect of the Canada Day celebration was expensive there we a lot of free things and give-aways at Columbia Lake – one really cool thing that was put on was Canada Day Turbans.

People could go and get a free Turban in Canada Day colours!

The Water Boys

To Start things off on the Main Stage, “The Water Boys”, The University of Waterloo’s expert singing group took the stage. (The University of Waterloo is not known for their music program) They beat-boxed us through a compelling version of the fitting Green Day Song – 21 Guns, something else, and then an alternative version of “Oh Canada”. This set the stage for the TVO Kids content that was to follow.

Splash and Boots

My daughter was soooo excited to see “Princess P” From TVO Kids. Apparently she was the stage announcer. All she really did was read from a clip-board and introduce the acts but for some reason my daughter just loved it and I could not figure out why.

Splash and Boots (as seen in the photo) were great! They had all the kids engaged and were dancing and singing along. They took a little break for an Aboriginal Hoop dancing and Drum circle which was amazing! I was in such awe that I forgot to pull out my camera. I would have to say that, for me, this was the best show of the entire TVO Kids set. When they finished, Splash and Boots returned and got right back to where they left on – captivating the kids. Next they played a few commercials, where an Canadian Olympian, Heather Moyse, told us about how she was an Olympic medalist “but more importantly, (she was) a University of Waterloo Grad”. I believe she was implying that ALL UW Grads are more important than Olympic Medalists.

Born Ruffians

Next up the “Silly People” started showing off their stuff. I think that people were starting to get hot, thirsty and hungry because their stuff was cool but the Silly People kept telling the crowd “Its ok to clap” and “We must have shocked you all into silence”. Anyways, the constant patronizing got to be too much, so we left and tried some of the food trucks. I had heard of SWAT so I got a Sandwich With An Twist and it was great! We played some tag, got some freebies and then the HUGE monitors told us that the Mano A Mano past feature band Born Ruffians were going on! In True UW Federation of the Students fashion (the people who fought to stop funding to CKMS and tried to shut us down) the President of the UW Feds took the stage and introduced the Born Ruffians saying “I’m excited to hear what they sound like”. Obviously she booked them because of their stylish good looks. Born Ruffians sounded great, I hope that the president of the UW Feds was happy with what she was able to book. The only criticism I have of their set is that they dropped a few F-bombs with lots of children still around. But in their defense – why are kids allowed to be awake after 7pm, even on Canada Day?

Steven Page

The almost main event was Steven Page ex-Barenaked Lady. His set went back and forth between new stuff and Barenaked ladies classics. His new stuff was quite good! At one point after one of his originals, I thought “they should finish there, that was darn good”. But I was wrong. After that they performed Brian Wilson which elevated it even higher. The night was topped with a great firework display.

Overall I thought that it was a great Canada Day! I cannot fully compare to previous years because this is the first year that my kids have been old enough to stay at the park from 3:30 until 11:00. They had a great time – so I rate this Canada Day an overall success!

Tokyo Requests from NXNE

Now to start things off we were discussing on twitter with the Wet Gay90stweetsSecrets and the Gay Nineties to have them in the Mano A Mano environment for an interview or live to air. It turned out that they were watching Mounties bandmate Hawksley Workman’s play “The God that comes”. So we took a request from the Gay Nineties here is that twitter discussion.

The Gay Nineties requested the Hawksley Workman song “Tokyo Bicycle” which got us thinking on Air. The Mounties have a song “Tokyo Summer” and Hot Hot Heat (which includes Mounties member Steve Bays) has a song “Tokyo Vogue”. So the other official member of the Mounties is Ryan Dahle and he has no “Tokyo” song. BUT, he is releasing a new Limblifter album sometime soon…we tweeted him about his possibility….and it looks promising!

If there is a 14th song on the new Limblifter album you can thank the Mano A Mano show for that! If there isn’t…..we might have another collaboration project for Ryan!



The Lancaster Smokehouse Battle

As part of Season 8 of the Mano A Mano show we are going to visit and review various local establishments that serve Lake of Bays Brewing Company beverages. This will then be used as our Mano A Mano battle theme every other week.

wpid-20140607_182610.jpgThe Podcast kinda does the best job in describing the experience but I will add here a few photo’s and a brief description.

Upon getting there I was surprised at how packed the restaurant was – which is always a great sign!

And then the food! ooh my goodness! It was excellent! I have never had wings this good before…it was a different style wpid-1402187990143.jpgfrom what I am used to, but it was excellent. Not battered, not deep fried – BBQ’d!! I also had some ribs, beer battered onion rings, some weird jalapeno bread ball things all topped off nicely with a refreshing Lake of Bays Beverage – Spark House red ale.
This Restaurant is a hidden gem in the KW area and I am very lucky that it is right near my house! I am definitely going to have to make a few extra stops here! Check out the podcast for some bands such as the local band The Gary Cain Band who play here and other songs we felt are great SmokeHouse Tunes!

Check out their website and menu here:

Season 8 of Mano A Mano is Here!

Season 8 of Mano A Mano began last weekend with the Season 8 battle! In it we discuss:

  • Our new Lake of Bays Brewing Company Contest!
  • Our new Restaurant review segment
  • Sweet new Rock Cut Features
  • Great Season 8 themed songs!
  • Our new Website at:
  • Season 2 of “The Electrifying Adventures of DJ Jeff E Jef

Make sure to tune in next #TDIT for the first restaurant review!

Rock Cut Feature: The Gay 90’s and the Wet Secrets

The Wet Secrets have been one of my favourite bands for a long while. We recently got the chance to see the Wet Secrets and their live show is just awesome! They are definitely a band you want to check out at NXNE. But not only are the Wet Secrets playing that show…..

… just recently two other bands have entered my top ten fav bands, those being The Mounties and Fur Trade. A common element to those two bands is Parker Bossley who is guitarist and singer of a band called The Gay Nineties – who is on tour right now with the Wet Secrets.  Their music is awesome! I have seen the Mounties a few times now and Parker Bossley is an amazing musician so I anticipate these Gay Nineties sets to be awesome as well!

Omino City
The Gay Nineties

There are two local-ish shows coming up, one being a NXNE showcase:
Sat June 14 – Hamilton, ON at Club Absinthe
Thu June 19 – Toronto, ON at The Rivoli (CoPilot AM showcase)

This is guaranteed to be a great show!!!!

Feature Band

Rob Zombie desecrated!

It is hard to believe but there are some among us that dislike music and dislike our right to arts and culture! This painting of Rob Zombie was brutally desecrated by one such individual. It is quite sad because the artist “RGM” as signed on the back clearly spent a lot of time painting it to get such a great likeness to Rob Zombie. In this podcast we pour one out (one fine Rock Cut) and then drink to artist while rocking out some Rob Zombie greats.20140527_200347


Mano A Mano

Mano A Mano (medallion with the CN Tower logo for NCRC38 superimposed on crossed revolvers)Mano A Mano is not currently on the CKMS-FM schedule.


During the Pre-Mano Battle DJ Adrock and DJ Steel alternate songs to prime the listeners for the battle that ensues.

The Mano A Mano Battle

Each battle DJ Steel and DJ AdRock choose 4 songs based upon a theme chosen specifically for that week. DJ Steel and DJ AdRock alternate their song selection throughout the battle. Once the show is over the listeners along with Mano A Mano’s expert listener can vote for which DJ had the superior music selection for the week. This head-to-head combat style of radio programming is sure to bring you superior song choices each week!

Feature Band

Each Week the Dj’s choose a feature band to play while the listeners are voting. These bands will range from local bands playing nearby shows to major label bands doing some new and interesting.


Listeners can write in on the Sound FM Chat or call in on the Sound FM request line to request a song that they feel was over looked in the battle that fits with the weeks theme. Only songs that fit the theme will be played.

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