This is probably one of the most important podcasts I have ever done.
November is Woman Abuse Awareness Month and on Monday Nov 30, playwrights Dwight Storring and Gary Kirkham in conjunction with Women’s Crisis Services of Waterloo Region present “One Act – Rage Against Violence” in a theatrical performance featuring local leaders and artists.
Here is my conversation with Dwight and Gary and their process behind putting this collection of real life stories of abuse together for what will be a very powerful night.
To the women that have survived abuse, I salute your courage. To the men who support them and realize how serious this issue is, thank you. This will be a life-changing night. For someone in the audience who may have been silenced because of abuse, after seeing this performance, may it give you the bravery to finally speak out. – Coral
One Act, Rage Against Violence takes to the stage at Dunfield Theatre Cambridge on Monday, Nov. 30 at 6:15 p.m. Tickets cost $35. Call 1-855-372-9866 to buy tickets or purchase tickets online at Dunfield Theatre. For those who would to volunteer or help or donate to WCSWR please visit http://www.wcswr.org/
Listen to my podcast with playwrights Dwight Storring and Gary Kirkham on Coral FM
Rosedale is playing Maxwell’s Concerts and Events Sun Nov 8.
Have Hope Presents: Indie Night w/ Pin Up, ROSEDALE, Time&Distance, Hell, Goldfinch, and Josh Gaulton.
Here is a wee chat that I did Mike Liorti aka Rosedale on Coral FM. The podcast also includes Rosedale songs “Grey”, “To My Father”, “Taylor Shift” and his very clever You Tube BIO. Plus a request – “My Favorite Arcade” from former Francy band Hellokelly – Enjoy! – Coral FM
What fun was had by all. Tune in and find out what happens when one Jeese is late and three Jesses take over.Here is the Coral FM Halloween Aural Salon with very special guest musicians Cory Williams, with Mike McDonald, of The Beggar’s Banquet joined by Jack Pender and Jesse Webber of The Crazy Diamonds!
Check out The Crazy Diamonds at Elements Friday Oct 30 and The Beggar’s Banquet Sat Oct 31 at The Blue Moon! BOO!
Arts Writer Robert Reid recently retired from The Waterloo Region Record. He has transcended into Blogger Extraordinaire writing about all of his “creative passions and everything in between” be it the latest fly fishing antics through Armchair Fly Angler, Books and Literature, Visual Arts, Celtic Spirituality, Music (from preferred Blues, Roots, Folk) and of course, Theatre.
From Rob’s sumptuous take on a fine Single Malt to his insightful, informative theatre reviews, “Reid Between The Lines” – http://www.reidbetweenthelines.ca/ is a joyous read.
It was my great pleasure to invite Rob back as my co-host. During the program we discussed the 2015 Stratford Festival including season opener, “Hamlet” plus other Shakespearean plays “Taming of the Shrew,” “Pericles,” and “Love’s Labour’s Lost,” Musicals; “Sound of Music,” and “Carousel,” plus other Festival productions including “The Alchemist,” and “The Physicists.” We also discussed Rob’s latest fly fishing triumph, and played some of his fave folk artists including David Wiffen, Guy Clark, Jesse Winchester, John Gorka, and Willie B. Bennett.
Here is my chat with Robert Reid from The Coral FM All Theatre Extravaganza. Tune in soon for Part 2 in which Rob speaks about the 2015 Blyth Festival Season.
Sit back, grab your fave libation, and listen to us Wax Theatre in Abundance! Thanks again Rob – Slàinte!
JULY 31st IS A BLUE MOON!
It’s the perfect way to kick off a long weekend and to hold a fundraiser to help “Raise The Roof” At The Blue Moon!
Hosted By: Bernie Vandonk
Band Line Up And Times
Erick Traplin 3:00-4:00pm/Sandy MacDonald 4:30-6:00pm/Braydon Kains Band 7:30-8:00pm The Tree Room:
Silvia Dee and The Boyfriend 6-10pm The Cellar Room
Colin White Band 7:30-8:30pm
The Johnny Max Band 8:30-11:30pm The Wilmot Room
Kauffey Temple 7:00-8:15pm
Jack de Keyzer 8:00-11:00pm
The Beggars Banquet 11:00-1:00am
Clown, Raffles, 50/50 Draws
Garage Sale Noon-5:00pm
The Blue Moon is currently running a crowd-funding campaign to help with renovations of this Historic Heritage Building. For more info about this initiative please visit www.bluemoon.ca or call 519-634-5421.
And watch for more “Raise the Roof” nights to come! – Coral FM
The Peter Ulrich Collaboration – he has worked closely with City Canyons CEO Trebor Lloyd and a wide ranging group of artists including Sara Wendt, David Steele, Jen Elliott, Kingsley Sage of Anemo and Saskia Dommisse of Poets to their Beloved.
Tempus Fugitives is the second part of the trilogy, as the Collaboration continues to evolve featuring a collective of New York’s finest performing musicians and actors, with Ulrich as the ‘linchpin” for this sophomore release.
Singer/ harpist Erin Hill is featured on album single / music video “Dark Daddy.” The album also includes also includes Shane Chapman, (“Don Juan’s Lament”), Samara Dunn, Timothy Dark, (“Mr Johnson”), David Steele (“King of Fools”), Sunny Brooke Moriber, with Alain Rozan (“En Bleu’), Danny Cosgrove, and Dosia McKay (“Big Iron Gun”), Evi Steriou of Daemonia Nymphe (“Icarus”) I.V Webb, (“Beloved Suicide”), John Penwarden (‘Migrators” and “Zanzibar” featuring Timothy Dark, and Stephanie Linn. The first fruit of this collaboration is an album The Painted Caravan released on Market Square Records in March 2013 which has attracted positive reviews in national UK publications as diverse as Rock’n’Reel magazine and the Financial Times, as well as receiving radio airplay from Tom Robinson and Frank Skinner.
Ulrich continues to be heavily influenced by folk, world and early musics, and draws many elements of these into his distinctive style of songwriting and arranging. And this album which takes the listener on a fascinating journey through time in sound and story is no exception.
Peter Ulrich comes to New York to join the Collaboration for the world stage premiere of Tempus Fugitives to be performed on Saturday June 20 in The Marlin Room at Webster Hall NYC. The show also features Erin Hill and Euro-American folk punk cabaret duo Frenchy and The Punk.
Here is a chat with my pal Peter Ulrich via England for Coral FM.
Songs on this podcast include Tempus Fugitives trax “Dark Daddy,” “Mr. Johnson,” “Don Juan’s Lament,”and “Zanzibar”
Below is the music video for “Dark Daddy” on You Tube featuring Erin Hill.
New York here I come!!! I am going down to see the world premiere of The Peter Ulrich Collaboration’s Tempus Fugitives. – Coral FM.
Waylaid is a solo project by Matthew Ariaratnam. After four years of studying music at Wilfrid Laurier University, he had songs piling up in the ‘vault’ so he decided it was finally time to share them. Matthew Ariaratnam is a singer/songwriter, composer, improviser, teacher, and multi-instrumentalist studying classical guitar and composition at Wilfrid Laurier University. He has been nominated for two “Album of the Year” awards from CHRW (Western University’s Radio Station) and a Jack Richardson Award for folk/roots band. His music has been heard on CBC radio and college campuses across Canada. He is currently involved in Sweet Pieces (impromptu/electronic/loops) and his main project Waylaid. Through collaborating with chamber musicians at Wilfrid Laurier University, Matthew is crafting a selection of songs with cello, violin, guitar, bass, and drums. He is releasing a single and music video this winter. Recording with Simon Larochette (Olenka and the Autumn Lovers, Whipping Wind) at the Sugar Shack and Mastering with Andy Magoffin (Raised by Swans, Jim Guthrie, Two-Minute Miracles) at the House of Miracles. Members: Matthew Ariaratnam–Guitars and Vocals
JP–Violin and Whistles
Jon–Cello and Whistles
Jeff–Bass and Everything
Aneeq–Drums and Percussion
I had Waylaid in the studio to chat about their music. Here’s is another group of talented classically trained musicians who play in many
other local bands including Onion House, Sweet Pieces, and several more local music projects. For more info and upcoming shows go to http://www.waylaidmusic.com/ or Facebook https://www.facebook.com/thewaylaid?fref=ts. And congrats to Matt! Next year he’s headed to Simon Fraser University In B.C. to pursue his Masters of Fine Arts in Interdisciplinery Studies. Play on! Coral FM.
Watch for Waylaid and member Aneeq Kals at Sound FM Live – Locally Grown Summer Series coming Sat June 13 to The Button Factory – presented by Sound FM and Coral Concerts. – Cheers Coral FM
Sandra Bender is the CEO of Centre in the Square. I was chuffed to have her as a guest in the Sound FM studios. And we had a very wide ranging chat from recent sell out spectacular The Book of Mormon and the upcoming challenges and contraversy of presenting comedian Bill Cosby, to Sandra’s Centre Stage wish-list and the Centre audience of the future.
Sandra spoke about new programming initiatives for 2015, the Centre’s venerable children’s series, and its continuing On Stage Series which features three fine acts for the 2015 season. WE also featured music from Sandra’s personal play-list.
And kudos to Sandra for bringing “The Book of Mormon” to Centre in the Square because ….. this happened!
Out of 15,000 tickets !!! 14,437 people flocked to Centre In The Square to see the National Tour of The Book of Mormon which ran for eight performances December 9 to 14, 2014. Most performances were sold-out, with overall attendance for the one-week engagement at 97 percent. The show represents the highest attendance and financial impact from a week-long production at The Centre in over 10 years. In addition, more than 38% percent of the audience were first-time visitors to The Centre.
“We’re very pleased that The Book of Mormon was so enthusiastically received by the KW community and it was particularly exhilarating to welcome so many new visitors to The Centre,” said CEO Sandra Bender. “In the strategic plan we set some ambitious goals with respect to programming work that would raise the reputation of The Centre and attract a new audience. This record-breaking run of The Book of Mormon is a major step forward on our journey towards becoming an organization the public can rely on to present important and outstanding work of our time.”
About Centre In The Square
For more than 30 years, Centre In The Square has played a leading role in promoting the highest quality of local and international music and performing arts in southwestern Ontario. Located in Kitchener, Ontario, The Centre is dedicated to promoting performing arts that entertain, inspire, engage and create memorable experiences for the region. The venue’s main hall, a 2,047-seat state-of-the-art theatre boasts superior acoustics and is widely regarded as one the finest performance spaces in North America. Last year, The Centre welcomed nearly 200,000 visitors to a range of events including dance, comedy, musicals, theatre and music from classical to rock. A registered not-for-profit charitable organization, The Centre is governed by a 14-member board with a staff of 200 full-time and part-time employees.
I have been seeing, profiling and reviewing shows at Centre in the Square since 1980. This is the third Centre CEO I have had as a guest, as I also had former Centre managers Dan Donaldson, and Jamie Grant on the radio show as well. Years back, I made Jamie Grant promise that he would one day bring The Book of Mormon to the Centre, because I .. ahem… Believed (being such a huge South Park fan) that this show would take Broadway by storm. The rest is Broadway history, and now Centre in the Square history. It was Sandra Bender that made Mormon happen! Swwweeeeeet! – Coral FM.
Listen here for my special in depth chat with Sandra Bender!
The KW Youth Theatre Showcase is happening tonight at The Registry Theatre and I recently interviewed part of the cast and crew from Hamlet directed by Matt White. My other guests included Artistic Director Cody Burns, actor Suzanne Gignoux who plays Ophelia, and Jackson Doner who plays Hamlet in this 50 minute abridged version of Shakespeare’s timeless tragedy.
Beggars’s Banquet boy Mike “Keith Richards” McDonald, originally from out East, has been playing guitar for a long time.
In fact, Mike plays across North America and Europe as John Fogerty in Bayou Boys – an acclaimed collective that honours the songbook of Credence Clearwater Revival. Mike met Glenn “Mick Jagger” Pelletier when Glenn was doing a Sticky Fingers gig (the first incarnation of Beggar’s Banquet) in London.
But Glenn had a leg injury which prevented him from doing all out Jagger moves. Naturally Mike and his band stepped in to help Glenn “dance” by carrying him around the stage…. and the rest is Beggar’s Banquet history. This band lives The Rolling Stones songbook!
They began playing gigs around town including The Boathouse where live music impresario Kevin Doyle gave them a monthly gig. Band line up this Sat includes Don Featherstone, sax, Pat Rush, guitar (Jeff Healey, James Cotton, Johnny Winter), Cory Turnbull, bass/vocals, and Jimm Chefero, drums. Plus Glenn Pelletier, vocals, and Mike McDonald, guitar/vocals.
What a show this was. It was so cool to have Mike McDonald in the studio and Glenn Pelletier call into the station live. This is going to be an aural feast – two mega brill bands – Katmandu and Beggar’s Banquet. Best of Bob Seger and the Best of the Rolling Stones with the both band’s personal spin. And Mike is also working on a new album with Pat Rush. Watch for it sometime next year. To the boys of Katamandu and Beggar’s Banquet. Thanks for coming into the studio and making live radio so much fun – Your pal Coral FM
Since 1989 vocalist Bob Young has been honoring the songs of Bob Seger with his band Katmandu.
Katmandu will be playing The Wax on Sat Nov 29th with their good pals Beggar’s Banquet who have also been showcasing the songbook of The Rolling Stones for many years.
This is going to be a great evening. For the next two weeks Coral FM is bringing in the members of both bands to do some live songs unplugged in the Sound FM studios.
Advance tickets for the show just $10!! are available at Encore Records, Guitar Corner, Tri-City Pawn Brokers, Bobby O’Brien’s and Far Out Flicks, in Kitchener plus Thirsty’s Bar in Waterloo. Plus Ticketweb.ca
A roller coaster ride of laughter and tears, moments of reflection and genuine friendship.
The hilarious and poignant musical comedy tells the story of four 50ish women who come together to stage a review for their 35th high school reunion. What unfolds is a rolicking and riveting explosion of music, revelations and gut-splitting humour.
Four women are rehearsing a musical for their 35th high school reunion and as they rehearse, they get to know each other, for better or for worse.. in this comedy/drama about growing old … and everything that comes with it whether we like it or not. There is a different bond between women friends than there between is male friends… but men can also relate to this show as well.
This is the story of four women going through the change Marnie, Cynthia, Kate and Zsuzsu… and they decide to get involved to their utter in a musical about menopause written by Kate ….but they do it anyway. Theatre creates unusual families.
Written by J.J. McColl. Directed by Mary Ann Kennedy. Music Director Paul Warder, Menopositive the Musical features ETC Veteran Deb Deckert, with Lindsay Quinn, Tracy Biggar, and Denise Gismondi.
Music by J.J. McColl and Reuben Gurr, Menopositive The Musical is An Out to See Production Originally produced by Musical TheatreWorks and Firehall Arts Centre
Some language and mature humour. Catered by The Stone Crock dinner theatre tickets are $50. Show only tickets are $20.
Veteran actor/choreographer/director Mary Ann Kennedy and I talked about this very funny and poignant look about four women going through The Change. Mary Ann also met Menopositive’s creator the late J.J. McColl, McColl’s good friend Moyra Rodger who workshopped the show with ETC.
Menopositive! The Musical runs from Nov. 14 to Nov. 29, with performances Thursday through Sunday. Tickets are available through Centre in the Square, 519-578-1570 or toll free at 1-800-265-8977. For more information or online tickets, visit www.elmiratheatre.com.
Here is my lovely and amazing chat with Mary Ann Kennedy featuring some of her favorite songs from Elmira Theatre Company’s latest production Menopositive the Musical on Coral FM. I have been to these shows and ETC continues to do a stellar job. Mary Ann and I also chat about the ETC’s 2015 Season. Break legs! – Coral FM.
~ Dylann Miller
~ Jeffrey Fleming
~ David Klassen
~ James Reesor
~ Stephanie Orlando
~ Mike Borkovic
~ Melanie Bakos Lang
~ Maria Kouznetsova
~ Andrew Hewitt
~ Stephen Schooley
~ Justin Sullivan
Kat was a guest on my show recently. Part two of the Student Composer’s Series is happening Wed Nov 19. Admission is free!
Kat is also the innovator of nine voice all female live improvised music collective Audax.
Jillian and Al actually premiered some new material which The Royal Streets will be singing this Sat Nov 15. And I got a Kings and Queen CD. I forgot to get it autographed! – Doh… next time. – Coral FM
“Ah, they will say of us – how brave, how adventuresome – to launch off on a brand new voyage of discovery at a time when most would have given up…” — Sprugg
Aggie Rose, a former actress, and Sprugg, a failed poet, are two elderly tramps who climb into the boiler room of an abandoned hotel on the Prairies to seek refuge from winter and from the world. Together in the shelter of their “suite,” they deflate the pompous and powerful, acting out their fantasies as they try to bring “a little warmth, a little human kindness to each other’s lives” until the outside world interrupts their reverie with the arrival of a mysterious stranger.
Canadian Playwright Rex Deverell’s Boiler Room Suite won the 1977 Canadian Authors Association Award for Drama.
Directed by Richard Quesnel, Boiler Room Suite features three stage veterans, Kathleen Sheehy, Alan K. Sapp, and George Joyce making his Lost and Found Theatre debut.
Boiler Room Suite is running through November 5-15 @ Kitchener-Waterloo Little Theatre. On Nov 8, playwright Rex Deverell is in attendance for a Q and A after the show.
Sunday Nov 9 – @ 2pm – Gael Gilbert from Supportive Housing of Waterloo and Christine Stevanus from House of Friendship will be in attendance for Q and A after the show.
In a candid chat, on location at Imbibe in downtown Kitchener, I spoke with Lost and Found producer/ actor Christy Ziss about Boiler Room Suite, the concept of Radical Hospitality, and the continuing passion of Lost and Found’s mandate to present theatre that resonates long after the curtain call… (As I live in Kitchener’s downtown core, I look forward to seeing this show for many reasons …. Coral)
Andrew is the only Canadian actor in this production!
ANDREW DI ROSA is thrilled to join the company of Evil Dead – The Musical! Andrew hails from Toronto, Ontario, where he graduated from the University of Toronto and Sheridan College Specialized Bachelor of Arts Joint Program. Andrew’s past performances include Danny Zuko in Grease, Gaston in Beauty and the Beast, Laurie in Little Women, the Scarecrow in Wizard of Oz and most recently the title role in Shrek: The Musical. He also stars in the feature film “Fragile Minds” which is slated for release next summer.
Created by George Reinblatt, Frank Cipolla, Melissa Morris and Bond, Evil Dead – The Musical is a home-grown success story. The original production, based on Sam Raimi‘s Evil Dead film franchise, opened at Toronto’s Tranzac Club in 2003 and has been covering audiences in blood ever since. Playing to sold out audiences around the world, Evil Dead – The Musical is a proven critic and fan favourite. Starvox introduced Evil Dead – The Musical to Philadelphia in 2013 before heading back to Toronto for a limited run that was repeatedly extended after sold-out success. The current North American tour includes stops in Toronto and Hamilton, with stateside stops in Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Tennessee, New York, Connecticut, North Carolina, Florida, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Arizona.
Not to be missed is the infamous “Splatter Zone”. Better than a 3D movie, audience members sitting in this designated area (the first 4 rows of the centre orchestra) get doused in fake blood, incorporating fun real-life effects for the ultimate Evil Dead experience. In addition to bloody seats, the show’s bloody jokes and bloody tunes (“All the Men in My Life Keep Getting Killed by Candarian Demons”, “What the F@#k Was That”) keep audiences laughing out loud, and screaming for more. The North American tour, produced by Starvox in association with original producer Jeffrey Latimer Entertainment, features a brand new touring cast: Julie Baird, Demi Zaino, Callie Johnson, David Sajewich, Creg Sclavi, Ryan McBride, Andrew Di Rosa, and Ryan Czerwonko.
Dine Her returns for a Limited Halloween Engagement at The Harmony Lunch. Coral FM welcomes actors Joyce Domingo and Jennifer Cornish, plus a special on location chat with Dine Her creator Bruce Hunter.
Since it opened way back in 1930, the legendary Harmony Lunch restaurant in Waterloo has survived the Great Depression, a global war and a growing fast-food chain frenzy. This summer, the iconic eatery takes on show business for ten performances of DINE HER, a romantic comedy with a meal and a zombie apocalypse on the side.
Written and directed by veteran Second City comedian Bruce Hunter, DINE HER offers a frighteningly funny twist on the traditional dinner theatre concept. The 60-minute show premiered last year in Toronto earning rave reviews from critics and audience alike.
“Diner theatre is similar to dinner theatre, only it’s faster, cheaper and you still get a belly full of laughs,” says Hunter, who performed in the original show. “It’s more like casual, comfort food, up close and personal in a cozy old diner, and then the show starts and all hell breaks loose.”
Winner of two Gemini awards and two Canadian Comedy Awards, Hunter has been featured in dozens of TV shows and films, including Atomic Betty, Kid’s CBC, Degrassi, Good Will Hunting, Mean Girls and Puppets Who Kill. Hunter’s company, RealSpace Theatre, expands the performance space beyond the stage to explore how audiences and performers interact with their environment to create a unique theatre experience.
DINE HER was written specifically for diners just like Harmony Lunch. “Not only is it a local landmark with a long, rich history,” says Hunter, “it also offers the perfect setting for this particular style of in-your‐lap comedy.”
DINE HER is co-produced in Waterloo with PrACTical TheACTrics and stars prominent local actors Jennifer Cornish, Trevor Smith Diggins, and Lisa MacNeil. The show continues at The Harmony Lunch to Oct 31 for a limited Halloween engagement!
It includes a themed menu with three meal options for $40. 00. Dinner at 7:00 pm. Showtime 8:00 pm. Tickets available online at
Apparitions. Hidden Stories in Public Space. John Macdonald Architect and MT Space
NIGHT\SHIFT 2014 is downtown Kitchener’s second annual nuit blanche-style festival of art, culture and nocturnal adventure.
NIGHT\SHIFT attractions are spread throughout various indoor and outdoor locations in downtown Kitchener, based around a central event hub on Duke Street (closed between Frederick and Queen), and spreading out in both directions along Queen both North and South (as well as into the two downtown laneways – Halls and Goudies).
NIGHT\SHIFT is a project of locally-produced environmental magazine with Alternatives Journal and involvement from local artists, businesses and other community builders.
In addition to publishing a national magazine, A\J is a registered charity engaged in environmental education and community-building activities. Envisioning a better future is a central goal at A\J, and exploring or reimagining the built spaces around us is integral to achieving that goal.
I spoke to NIGHT/SHIFT’s Artistic Director Eric Rumble who discussed the difference between this year’s and last year’s event. This year NIGHT/SHIFT is offering 40 different events and Eric also spoke about the highlights. Don’t miss this one of a kind nocturnal adventure!
Night/Shift Jack-O-Lantern Flash Mob!
For more info, maps, lineups, and places to Sup and Sip – go to www.nightshiftwr.ca. Check NS out on twitter and Facebook as well.
Here is my chat with Eric Rumble from Night/Shift. See ya on the Night/Shift! – Coral FM.
Idea Exchange (formerly the Cambridge libraries) is a very successful Art + Design initiative which has flourished in the city of Cambridge.
Tamara Neill, of Idea Exchange speaks about how this innovative re-branding has fosters relationships with other arts organizations in Waterloo Region, and beyond, in visual arts, cultural activities for all ages, film and music.
LA based singer/songwriter Michael Gabriel is a great example of Idea Exchange’s mandate.
He contacted them from his home base in LA regarding his traveling orchestral series “Strings Attached.”
Thanks to Idea Exchange who provided the facilities, (and also hosted these events) Michael was able to conduct a youth song writing workshop, and “Strings Attached” preview concert with cellist Trina Nadeau. He also worked with St. Benedict’s High School choral ensemble and Cambridge based adult choir The Hoot.
On Friday October 17 Michael Gabriel’s “Strings Attached” will be performed at Cambridge Arts Centre featuring these two choirs, and his mini-orchestra which includes core members Trina Nadeau, cello, and Sandy Ludwig, piano, in addition to Karen Spithoff, violin, and newest member Joy Schuster who on viola.
Rita AuBenseiter aka the Lovely and Talented Theresa Noon is back with her cast of the usual suspects! in A Very AuBenseiter Thanksgiving.
Nan is growing older and has summoned the entire AuBenseiter clan for an important Thanksgiving Dinner. When this misfit extended family gets together for a meal, they’re sure to serve up a menu of hilarity, hijinks and Nan’s special Murder Pie. Be part of the family and enjoy a Traditional Thanksgiving Dinner. Invite your family and friends.
Mystery Dinner and Show: $54.00 (inc. tax and grats)
When: September 27th & October 4,11,&12th, 2014
Guests Arrive: Starting at 6:30pm
*October 12th is a matinee performance at 12:30pm
Still tickets available for this Saturday’s Murder Mystery Dinner: A Very AuBenseiter Thanksgiving. Bring your dysfunctional family to have a Traditional Thanksgiving Dinner in a very untraditional way with this dysfunctional family!
Eric Charles is a Canadian Singer/Songwriter and former front man for successful indie band, the Road Poets: a hardworking roots rock act with a devoted following. This seasoned and passionate live performer has stayed true to his indie pop rocker pedigree with his new full length solo studio album, Another Trip. Studded with catchy melodies, ear pleasing rock n’ rock hooks and artful lyrics that repay a close listen. Charles credits some of the following musical influences: Neil Young, Cold Play, The Killers, Radiohead, The Tragically Hip, Son Volt, Oasis, Sloan, Gin Blossoms, City & Colour, Jim Cuddy, Death Cab for Cutie, 55-40, The Rolling Stones, Nirvana, U2, The Jayhawks, REM, Crosby, Stills & Nash and America.
The Eric Charles Band was recently chosen to compete at Kitchener’s Big Music Fest and over the summer Eric and his band’s guitarist / vocalist Nick Maldonado went on a Radio Station Road Trip throughout parts of Ontario and Quebec in support of Another Trip remix – In for The Ride. The single was produced by Gavin Brown (Billy Talent, Big Sugar, Tragically Hip and Sarah Harmer to name a few!) Gavin Brown recently received the prestigious Jack Richardson Producer of the Year Award. So Eric and the band were super excited to go down to Toronto’s Noble Studios to work with Brown on the In for the Ride rock remix. And the radio stations have embraced In for the Ride, which is now receiving mainstream airplay.
As the last stop of his radio station tour, Eric Charles returned to Sound FM as my very special guest. We had a wide ranging chat from the first time he picked up a guitar, to Eric’s latest big news. The band just finished playing a highly successful concert at Kitchener’s Eidelweiss Tavern, with musical guests Jessie Treneer, and Henry Taylor. And now The Eric Charles Band has been invited to perform at Toronto’s legendary live concert venue The Horseshoe Tavern this Tuesday night Sept 30! For more on Eric go to http://eric-charles.com/ and here is the link to the piece I wrote for Waterloo Region Record’s Nightlife. http://www.therecord.com/whatson-story/4626653-big-music-fest-s-shot-at-the-big-time/
You heard it here first. I think Eric is another musician destined for the Toppermost of the Poppermost! – Coral FM.
Listen here for my chat with Eric Charles of The Eric Charles Band. The interview also features select tracks from Another Trip, and Eric’s In for the Ride remix, plus a live acoustic performance in the studio.
An authenticity runs through Canadian singer-songwriter Lynn Jackson’s music that reflects a deep commitment to telling stories that ring true with listeners. Combine this with her gentle voice, rich instrumentation and sweet melodies and you get a sound that is roots-Americana with a hint of folk-pop.
Having shared stages with Ron Sexsmith, Fred Eaglesmith and Jay Semko (The Northern Pikes), Jackson just finished her 7th studio album. The Acoustic Sessions is a stripped-down rootsy retrospective of her writing since 2002 and follows up 2012’s critically acclaimed Down in the Dust (Busted Flat Records, Fall 2012). Jackson take her cues from Lucinda Williams, Kathleen Edwards and Eliza Gilkyson, using her ‘whiskey and honey’ voice to mix her timeless melodies while spinning tales about love, loss and everyday people. Having toured Down in the Dust through the dusty Prairies to Vancouver Island in 2013, Jackson is about to hit the road again with a coast-to-coast tour to support Acoustic Sessions. As audiences warm to her soulful storytelling style, Jackson is solidifying her place as one of the most original and compelling voices on the Canadian folk music scene.
I love the fact that the record showcases the powerhouse talents of Lynn and her good pal Chris Boyne, who is in the band Sexdwarf. Lynn and Chris share an aural intuition and together their voices create the perfect vocal meld. The Acoustic Sessions is another fine testament to Lynn’s strength as a songwriter. It matters not what music genre she chooses. And the reviews are just beginning to roll in …. Coral
The Acoustic Sessions” boasts a live, off-the-floor vibe and the vocals are front and centre. Jackson has never sounded stronger and more self-assured as a vocalist. Whether you call it folk, country, introspective songwriter or roots, “The Acoustic Sessions” is, hands down, my favourite of her albums.”– Robert Reid, Waterloo Region Record.
“The Acoustic Sessions” is perhaps the cleanest and sharpest representation of Jackson’s strengths as a singer, songwriter, and guitarist. Unencumbered by careful, dense arrangements and studio sheen, her listeners are provided with the chance to hear her words and melodies as if for the first time. It’s also her first record to share billing with her frequent collaborator, tour-mate, and pal, Chris Boyne.” – Patrick Finch – Nightlife, The Waterloo Region Record.
Co produced by Lynn Jackson and Chris Boyne, Acoustic Sessions also showcases the creme de la creme of local players from guitarists, Joe Dunn of Sexdrarf, Scott Fitzpatrick, and pedal steel master Steve Wood, plus violinist Wendy Wright, cellist Nick Storring and very special guest performer /co-producer Teenage Fanclub’s Norman Blake!
I am so proud of Lynn and it was an honour to have her as a guest. During the show Lynn premiered specially chosen tracks from the Acoustic Sessions including Mark The Spot, Maria, Wintersong, and Scarecrow. Lynn’s also played her favorite songs Ham and Eggs and Trans-Canada Highway Go! from her special guest Slo’ Tom – ex frontfunman from Ottawa’s ultimate alt punkrockster trinity Furnaceface!
Lynn Jackson is having a CD release party for her 7th studio album The Acoustic Sessions at the Jane Bond in uptown Waterloo – with special guests, Ottawa’s Slo’ Tom plus a lot of local talent, including: Chris Boyne, Joe Dunn, Scott Fitzpatrick, Andy Miller, Steve Wood, Wendy Wright!
The admission price is $10 for the show and the CD! And that CD price is One Night Only folks! Because it will only be available for $15 after the Jane Bond gig.
Hailing from Waterloo, Ontario, The Royal Streets featuring Sam Keating, drums, Eric Stirtzinger, guitar, Algeron Friolet, Guitar/Vocals, Jillian Dowding, vocals, and Michael Demsey, guitar, have already begun to make their mark on the Canadian folk-rock music scene. Following a year and half of consisting Eastern Canada touring, The Royal Streets released their debut studio effort, Kings & Queen, on March 6th 2014 with the help of Catherine North Studios and producer Dan Hosh whose credits include Canadian acts like City & Colour, Whitehorse, and Rose Cousins.
Although the four of us have gone to school and been friends with each other for the majority of our lives, it was not until recently that we decided combine our efforts musically. The Royal Streets is our way of demonstrating hours and hours of hard work mixed with a variety of musical influences and our own life experiences. We are based out of Waterloo, Ontario and hope to share these sounds with all of you. Have a listen and join the riot, we are The Royal Streets.
They are now on the verge of their first Western tour and I am sure it will not be their last.
**This is strange mix for this podcast – part of it is phone chat, and part of it is in studio. The reason for this – my recorder did not properly record the live broadcast, (with Jillian, Michael, and Al who also sang a new song Sour Diesel) so I salvaged what I could of it and then mixed in the phone chat that I did with Jillian and Michael the day before. And then I mixed in some of the great tunes from their latest CD Kings and Queen. Ah, technology… ain’t it great when it works? – Coral.**
Catch The Royal Streets at The Wax (beside Bobby O’Brien’s in downtown Kitchener) with special guests Amberwood and very special guests 1951 featuring their good pal / producer Dan Hosh from Hamilton’s Catherine North Studios.
Rob Deyman is the executive director of The TD Kitchener Bluesfest now in its fourteenth year.
I sat with Rob live on location at City Hall Rotunda and we had ourselves a wide ranging chat from the festival economic impact within Waterloo Region, to this year’s Festival highlight headliners!
Like Blackie and the Rodeo Kings, Tom Wilson’s Junkhouse now 20 years old!, Lee Harvey Osmond, plus solo perfomances from the supertalents Colin Linden, and Stephen Fearing.
We also speak about the Sunday’s BIA Stage Cajun/Zydeko/Acadien showcases featuring naughty and fabulous Rosie Ledet and The Zydeko Playboys, Beausoleil avec Michael Doucet, and special guest Festival fave Otis Taylor. Think of this as a mini Treme! Magnifique!
We cover the workshop stages, for music lovers and musicians alike who like to know the history of the Blues, and we talk about The Youth Legacy Showcase. This year The Suns open the Festival mainstage with what is sure to be an electrifying performance. Buddy Guy is being awarded The Mel Brown Award this year. So apropos!
And then we talk about Bluesfests to come….. Is music visionary Jack White in the running? And who is one of Rob’s all time fave blues players? Tune in and find out.