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The Gems Of Life Show with Sarah Shafiq

Sarah Shafiq joined me on a conversation this week, and shared how Coalition of Muslim Women in KW is gathering data on hate crimes incidents, and supporting  those who have been affected  due increasing numbers of hate crime against minorities, blacks and muslims in KW and surrounding areas.


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CKMS News – 2021-06-15 – Waterloo Region Weekly Roundup – A Better Tent City update

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Host: Melissa Bowman

Today’s Waterloo Region Weekly Roundup episode focuses on two weeks of discussions at Woolwich council regarding the possibility of A Better Tent City moving to a new proposed location on Spitzig Rd.

A Better Tent City is the community of residents currently housed in tiny homes at Lot 42 in Kitchener. They must find a new home by June 20th and have found a willing landlord through the Hamilton Diocese with their land on Spitzig Rd. Tune in to hear more about the proposal, thoughts from residents who support this and those who oppose it, and also the discussion among councillors.

This program is a part of the “Local Journalism Initiative” grant program and is funded by the Community Radio Fund of Canada, the Government of Canada, and the CKMS Newsroom.

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CKMS News -2021-06-14- Small business adapting during COVID restrictions

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Host: Namish Modi

This piece features interviews from early June with two small business owners in the Waterloo Region.

Bon Apatreat bakery owner Chantelle Villeneuve and The Branches  (formerly Queen Street Yoga) owner/director Leena Miller Cressman. Each of the businesses has adapted during a very tough time.

Villeneuve was forced to close her storefront in 2020, but developed a brand new website and delivered treats herself for the past few months. Bon Apatreat will be opening its new storefront location in the Driftwood Plaza in Kitchener. 

Queen Street Yoga, which has run online classes since the onset of the pandemic, rebranded and is now called The Branches. They plan to run outdoor classes, in their new location when permitted.

Villeneuve and Cressman discuss the challenges and tribulations of running businesses during COVID-19. 

This program is a part of the “Local Journalism Initiative” grant program and is funded by the Community Radio Fund of Canada, the Government of Canada, and the CKMS Newsroom.

Check out the archived versions of  this program and other episodes on, and other stories commissioned under the Local Journalism Initiative at

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So Old It’s New set list for Monday, June 14, 2021 – on air 8-10 pm ET

  1. The Rolling Stones, Oh No Not You Again . . . Oh yes, I’m back with another show, with this opening rocker from the most recent studio album of original material by the Stones, A Bigger Bang in 2005. Originally, there was talk of this being the title of the album. I think they should have gone with it, but too late now. Speaking of late, or overdue, as a Stones’ fan, I just wish they’d release some new material. They keep talking about it, but all we’ve seen since is the blues cover album, Blue and Lonesome, in 2016. A fine record but I want some original, new, studio stuff!
  1. Booker T. and The MGs, Melting Pot . . . Some great, extended sould/funk/R & B from the band best known for Green Onions although they have so many great tunes.
  1. Little Feat, Let It Roll . . . Up-tempo title cut from the band’s 1988 album, the first one without founding member and chief songwriter Lowell George, who died in 1979. Like so many veteran bands, they’re still around, with various replacement members, carrying on even after the death in 2019 of guitarist/singer Paul Barrere, who joined Little Feat for their third album, Dixie Chicken, in 1973 and essentially assumed leadership of the reformed group after George’s passing. I saw them in 2004 in a club in Hamilton, Ont. Great show.
  1. UFO, Love Lost Love . . . Typically great guitar from Michael Schenker on this one from 1975’s Force It album.
  1. Ancient Relic, Via Maris … Another Iron Maiden-like track from Toronto artist/one-man band Jesse Feyen. Jesse contacted me some months ago to see whether I’d play some of his stuff which he figured fit into the type of material I play. And I do occasionally play metal, his stuff is Maiden-influenced so, why not? He’s working on an album and for now, his stuff is available on You Tube.
  1. James Gang, The Bomber … I’ve played a few Eagles’ tunes on the show in recent weeks,which got me thinking of Joe Walsh and the James Gang. This extended piece, great stuff, is from Rides Again, the band’s second album, in 1970.
  1. Chicago, Fancy Colours . . . I’ve always loved this tune, from the second album. Some have suggested it’s about a drug trip, who knows, who cares. Great guitar as always, including wah-wah, by Terry Kath. I remember getting this album via the Columbia Record Club my older brother and sister joined way back then, 1970, which led us to Chicago and other Columbia acts at the time, including Blood, Sweat & Tears and Santana.
  1. Marianne Faithfull, Sister Morphine (12” version, 1979) . . . Co-written by Faithfull with Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, it was originally released by Faithfull in 1969 and featured Jagger on acoustic guitar, Ry Cooder on slide guitar and bass and Charlie Watts on drums. The Stones released their own version, with slightly different lyrics and also featuring Cooder, in 1971 on the Sticky Fingers album. This version is from 1979, when Faithfull re-recorded it for her great comeback album, Broken English. It wasn’t on the original album but was released as 7- and 12-inch singles as the flip side to the song Broken English. It later came out on an expanded 2-CD re-release of the Broken English album and is available on some compilations, and online. Harrowing stuff, every version.
  1. John Lennon, Working Class Hero . . . From Plastic Ono Band, Lennon’s 1970 album which contains two songs, this one and Oh God, whose lyrics were hugely influential on my young, developing mind.
  1. Blind Faith, Sea Of Joy . . . Not a bad song on the one and only Blind Faith studio album. Sort of a combination of Cream (Eric Clapton and Ginger Baker), Traffic (Steve Winwood) and Family (Ric Grech). The result? A fabulous album I never tire of.
  1. David Wilcox, Somethin’s Shakin’ . . . Great tune from this outstanding Canadian artist who, repeating myself as I do every time I play him, I first saw while working as a doorman at a bar in Oakville, Ont., putting myself through college in the late 1970s. In walks Wilcox a few hours before he was on, just a regular guy in street clothes, asking me where the bands played as he was in for a sound check. And, later that night, still in those regular streets clothes, just a white spotlight as stage lighting for his trio, blew the roof off the joint.
  1. Garland Jeffreys, True Confessions . . . I bought 1981’s Escape Artist album for his cover of ? And The Mysterians’ 96 Tears and became a fan. Love when that happens. Some real heavyweights on the album including Springsteen’s E Street Band members Roy Bittan and the late Danny Federici.
  1. T-Bone Burnett, Primitives . . . Spooky track by Burnett, well-known as a producer with too many great album credits to count, Burnett first came to prominence as a member of Bob Dylan’s band during the 1970s. His resume is pretty much mind-blowing given his own music, production credits,music for film and TV. Just a brilliant artist.
  1. Carlos Santana and Buddy Miles, Marbles (live) . . . Blazing instrumental, a John McLaughlin tune released on the 1972 live album by Santana and Miles. It was recorded inside the Diamond Head volcano in Hawaii, which was a ‘thing’ bands did during the 1970s in collaboration with local artists, until the state canceled the deal due to noise and environmental impact concerns.
  1. The J. Geils Band, Detroit Breakdown . . . Got talking about The Who (they’re coming up later in the set) with some friends this week, concerts we had seen and who opened. One friend saw J. Geils (and Heart) open for The Who back in 1980 so the great blues-rock outfit Geils came to mind. Fantastic live outfit, this is the studio version. It might be the first time I’ve played a studio version of one of their songs on the show, actually, their live versions are so terrific. But so is the studio stuff.
  1. Talking Heads, The Overload . . . One of my younger brothers thought I had become a stoner when he heard me listening to this droning track from 1980’s Remain In Light. Well, I was experimenting a bit at the time.
  1. Bruce Cockburn, Radium Rain . . . Extended, self-explanatory piece from Cockburn’s 1986 Big Circumstance album, when things like acid rain were a hot topic. Whatever happened to that, anyway? Well, general talk about climate change is more widespread and acid rain itself, yes I looked this up, does not have as big an impact these days as it did in the 1970s and 80s, due to stronger air pollution regulations.
  1. Warren Zevon, Veracruz . . . I’ve always loved this track from Excitable Boy, great ballad about the battle for the city, between the United States and Mexico in 1914.
  1. Screaming Trees, Who Lies In Darkness . . . Just saw this one lying around in the station computer system, from a previous download of mine, and decided to play it. From one of the Seattle grunge bands like Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden and Alice In Chains which shook up the music world in the early 1990s.
  1. The Who, Music Must Change . . . I told you, a few songs ago, that I’d get to The Who in the show. This is a great one from 1978’s Who Are You album, drummer Keith Moon’s swan song. Love the coin drop intro.
  1. Led Zeppelin, Night Flight . . . So much great stuff on Physical Graffiti, can’t go wrong picking any song for the show but I do have to fly out of here soon so perhaps that’s why, subconsciously, went with this one and placed it here, near the end of the set.
  1. The Allman Brothers Band, In Memory Of Elizabeth Reed (live) . . . Typically great Allmans instrumental, one of their best. This version is from At Fillmore East, widely acknowledged as one of rock’s greatest live albums. Written by guitarist Dickey Betts, it’s about a woman he was involved with but Elizabeth Reed wasn’t her name; Betts took it from the name on a headstone in Macon, Georgia, where the band was largely based after forming in Jacksonville, Florida.
  1. Badfinger, It’s Over . . . And so it is, for another week. Great tune by the first band to be signed to The Beatles’ Apple Records. They had a string of hits in the early 1970s – Come And Get It (written and produced by Paul McCartney); No Matter What (produced by Beatles’ personal assistant Mal Evans); Day After Day (produced by George Harrison) and Baby Blue (produced by Todd Rundgren).

Ep 25: Tinder Talks (Ft Chase O’Donnell)

Chase O’Donnell is a comedian and actor who was born and raised in Los Angeles. Chase attended UC Santa Barbara and graduated with a BFA in acting. She studied improvisation at the Groundlings School, Annoyance Theater, and UCB which inspired her to create her own comedy content. Upon graduation, Chase wrote and starred in the comedic two person show, ‘Too Blondes’, which the New York Times compared to the Smothers Brothers and Broad City. Too Blondes ran off-broadway and won the Broadway World award for best duo in 2016. Chase has since moved back to Los Angeles and performs comedy through out the city. She currently works on Curb Your Enthusiasm.

CKMS News – 2021-06-10 – Discussing mental health and the pandemic

Host: Sherice Alishaw

During this global pandemic, stress levels in our communities has risen. Many Individuals in the community that are already struggling with their mental health, are now having a hard time coping with the added stress and anxiety. 

On this episode of CKMS News, we interview a community member, Kelly Maeve, who is diagnosed with Complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (C-PTSD) and discuss how the pandemic has affected our mental health.

Kelly also speaks about some of the strategies she has employed as the pandemic has progressed.

This program is a part of the “Local Journalism Initiative” grant project and is funded by the Community Radio Fund of Canada, the Government of Canada, and the CKMS Newsroom.

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CKMS News – 2021-06-09 – Speaking with Mike Schreiner about outdoor access equity, borders, and vaccine rollout in Ontario

Host: Namish Modi

In this piece, we spoke to Ontario Green Party leader Mike Schreiner about the importance of outdoor spaces amid COVID-19. This piece is a follow-up to our outdoor play piece from last week, featuring the importance of minor sport and outdoor play.

Schreiner, an MPP in Guelph, argues that campsites should be open, and should have been open all the time. He says that if people are allowed to travel to cottages, families should be able to travel to campsites and pitch a tent. 

Schreiner says that the Ontario Government hasn’t listened to advice from the science table in terms of their restrictions. 

In addition, the piece involves topics such as the country’s borders, as well as the national and provincial vaccine rollout. 

This program is a part of the “Local Journalism Initiative” grant program and is funded by the Community Radio Fund of Canada, the Government of Canada, and the CKMS Newsroom.

Check out the archived versions of  this program and other episodes on, and other stories commissioned under the Local Journalism Initiative at

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So Old It’s New set list for Monday, June 7, 2021 – on air 8-10 pm ET

  1. Atomic Rooster, Head In The Sky . . . Up tempo tune from the UK progressive rock band originally formed by  Crazy World Of Arthur Brown alumni Vincent Crane and Carl Palmer, the drummer who is not featured on this track from the third album, In Hearing Of Atomic Rooster. Palmer had departed by then to join Emerson, Lake & Palmer.
  1. Romantics, Rock You Up . . . I dug this one up while sorting my CDs, another band from my college days. Perhaps best known for their first hit, What I Like About You, in 1980, they released this track in 1983. It was the second single from the In Heat album, which yielded the top 5 single Talking In Your Sleep.
  1. The Rolling Stones, Stray Cat Blues . . . One of my favorite Stones’ tunes, for the lascivious opening alone but just a great track throughout. I was undecided as to whether to play this or Sister Morphine, from Sticky Fingers (perhaps next week; I always play a song from my favorite band). So I ran it by a buddy of mine and, not surprisingly since he loves the Beggars Banquet album, he suggested I go with Stray Cat.
  1. Bruce Springsteen, Candy’s Room . . . I’ve been in a Springsteen phase of late. This great rocker comes from the brilliant Darkness On The Edge Of Town album, so good it could be a greatest hits album.
  1. Collective Soul, Love Lifted Me . . . I’ve loved this Georgia band’s sound, gritty, grungy guitars, since their debut album Hints, Allegations and Things Left Unsaid in 1993. Like most people, perhaps, got into them via their debut No. 1 single, Shine, from that album. Love Lifted Me is a nice deep cut from the same record, up tempo, typically hypnotic Collective Soul riff.
  1. Eagles, The Greeks Don’t Want No Freaks . . . Fun little ditty from The Long Run, the followup to the monster Hotel California album which, to me, gets unfairly panned. I think it’s a terrific album, The Long Run, full of great songs and what do the rock critics know, anyway? Sales aren’t necessarily the barometer of great art, but it’s a great album and has sold more than eight million copies in the USA alone.
  1. Elton John, Madman Across The Water . . . I love this somewhat spooky title track from EJ’s 1971 album. It was originally scheduled for the previous album, Tumbleweed Connection, but was held back and came out as the title cut to the next record. I didn’t know this until a while ago but apparently when it came out, some thought the lyrics were about then-US President Richard Nixon and maybe they were, although lyricist Bernie Taupin said no: “I thought, that is genius. I could never have thought of that.” I never thought of it, either, and reading the lyrics well, maybe, but, doubtful, to me. It matters not. Great song.
  1. Carole King, Smackwater Jack . . . I mentioned earlier in the set how Springsteen’s Darkness On The Edge Of Town could be a greatest hits album. If any album could be seen that way, it’s King’s Tapestry, from which I pulled this relative deep cut. What a ridiculously great album Tapestry is.
  1. Headstones, Leave It All Behind . . . Active from their great debut, Picture Of Health in 1993 until 2003, these hard-rocking Canadian boys got back together in 2011 and picked up as if they never left. This typical blistering track is from their most recent release, 2019’s PeopleSkills.
  1. AC/DC, Burnin’ Alive . . . Great, slow-building track from the, I think, underappreciated Ballbreaker album in 1995. AC/DC generally isn’t a political band in terms of lyrics, but there are various theories as to what this one’s about. Many think it’s about the Waco, Texas siege in 1993 and I tend to subscribe to that notion, but I just read another view, that it could be about Centralia, Pennsylvania, where a coal mine fire has been burning beneath the almost-completely abandoned town since 1962. That’s a fascinating story in itself, well worth researching.
  1. Creedence Clearwater Revival, Graveyard Train . . . CCR has so many great singles but when you dig deeper they are so much more in terms of album tracks, including this extended, hypnotic, bluesy excursion from Bayou Country, 1969.
  1. Janis Joplin, Mercedes Benz . . . Fun little tune from Joplin’s last, posthumously-released album, Pearl. This was the last song she ever recorded. Love her spoken word intro, and cackle at the end.
  2. John Lee Hooker, John L’s House Rent Boogie (1950 version) . . . George Thorogood later famously took this tune and combined it with the next one I’m playing by Hooker, into his own extended version of One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer that appeared on Thorogood’s 1977 debut album. Great blues by an original master, Hooker.
  1. John Lee Hooker, One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer . . . From Hooker’s 1966 release, The Real Folk Blues. Great stuff.
  2. Bobbie Gentry, Mississippi Delta . . . Best known for her 1967 smash Ode To Billie Joe, Gentry has many great tunes and was one of the first female artists to compose and produce her own material. This great track featuring Gentry’s gritty vocals, different than her singing on Ode To Billie Joe, was the B-side to that hit and then later released as a single on its own. In Japan, Mississippi Delta was the A-side and Billie Joe the flip.
  3. John Cougar Mellencamp, You’ve Got To Stand For Somethin’ . . . Love this tune, good lyrics, from the standout Scarecrow album. Not a bad song on it.
  4. Peter Tosh, Downpressor Man . . . Somewhat all over the map on today’s show, accidentally on purpose I suppose. Part of the creative fun. So, here we go with some reggae from the late great Tosh. I got into him way back, sort of via Bob Marley who, perhaps like many, I was introduced to via Eric Clapton’s version of I Shot The Sheriff in 1974. After that, it seemed all the big rock acts starting delving into reggae, at least a bit, including The Rolling Stones, who signed Tosh to their Rolling Stones Records label and with whom Mick Jagger did the hit duet (You Gotta Walk) Don’t Look Back on Tosh’s Bush Doctor album in 1978. But by that time, I was already well into Tosh via albums/songs like Legalize It – which I’ve played before on the show and almost certainly will again. Great artists, both he and Marley.
  1. The Moody Blues, Melancholy Man . . . Another sort of random selection I came across while loading tracks into the station’s computer system. I threw this one into the system some time back, saw it, realized I had not played the Moodies in some time so, no time like the present. Beautiful, somewhat sad lyrically, tune from A Question Of Balance, in 1970.
  1. Bob Dylan, Man In The Long Black Coat . . . 1989 was a pretty good year for veteran acts in terms of albums released. Eric Clapton’s Journeyman, Neil Young’s Freedom and The Rolling Stones’ Steel Wheels are among the notable ones I like. And Oh Mercy, from Dylan from which I pulled this great track, one of my all-time favorites from him.
  1. Cowboy Junkies, Southern Rain . . . Wonderful up-tempo track featuring the ethereal vocals of Margo Timmins. Just an amazing singer, great band I saw at a recent Kitchener Blues Festival.
  2. Dishwalla, Moisture . . . Great tune that starts slow, almost electronic, then rocks out. It’s from the band that gave us the 1996 hit Counting Blue Cars, from the same album I pulled this one from, Pet Your Friends. One of those albums you buy (or at least did, back then) for the hit single and then are rewarded by the depth of quality on the record.
  1. U2, Numb . . . This was the first single from the somewhat experimental album, Zooropa, produced in part by Brian Eno, who had done similar pushing-the-envelope work with David Bowie during the latter’s Berlin period in the late 1970s. The spoken-word, droning vocals are by guitarist The Edge on a track that was a leftover from the previous album, Achtung Baby.
  1. Elvis Costello, Green Shirt . . . From the Armed Forces album in 1979, it wasn’t released as a single until 1985 on a compilation. It got to No. 68 in the UK. Nice tune, perhaps somewhat unknown and underappreciated.
  1. Pearl Jam, Nothing As It Seems . . . I was really into Pearl Jam’s first two albums but I confess they’ve lost me as time passes, nothing compelling enough to prompt me to purchase or listen to any of their more recent releases. Out of loyalty, I kept up until a few years ago but decided time is too precious than to keep trying to like stuff I just can’t get into even after repeated listens, although I certainly don’t begrudge the band’s dedicated, loyal and passionate fan base. That said, I just checked out a few tracks from their most recent release, Gigaton, and, not bad. So maybe worth a revisit of the most recent stuff. Until then, I’m left with the first two albums and a fine 2-CD compilation, from which I pulled this great single from the Binaural album in 2000.
  1. Paul McCartney/Wings, Name And Address . . . Nice boogie/rockabilly type shuffle from London Town in 1978. McCartney, like most great artists, has so many lesser-known gems.
  1. Pink Floyd, Summer ’68 . . . From Atom Heart Mother, the album with the cow on the cover. One of the few Floyd tracks written and sung by the late keyboardist Richard Wright, it’s a catchy pop tune, apparently about an encounter Wright had with a groupie in 1968.
  1. Bad Company, Passing Time . . . A jaunty little tune from Bad Co’s Burnin’ Sky album, 1977. There’s not a bad tune, really, by this band – when fronted by Paul Rodgers. I can do without the Brian Howe version of the band, except for the Holy Water single. Too overproduced, 80s-type sound for me, other than that tune. I will say they did a non-Rodgers album, Company Of Strangers, in 1995 with Robert Hart on lead vocals, that I like because it harkens back to the Rodgers-era sound and Hart sounds much like Rodgers, to me. I played the title cut from the album ages ago on the show and now that I’m talking to myself about it, I will revisit. The prime stuff is, of course, the Rodgers era but Company Of Strangers is pretty good. So why didn’t I play it today? Well, I didn’t think of it until I started rambling on about it here.
  1. Doug And The Slugs, Drifting Away . . . And so we drift away for another week, taking our leave with this breakup song by Doug And The Slugs, one of my favorites by that band. I was inspired to play them by a friend who texted me about some foible he saw in policy from Ontario Premier Doug Ford’s government, referring to him and his government as Doug and the slugs.

Handpicked: Stories from the Field

The Laurier Centre for Sustainable Food Systems’ (LCSFS) podcast Handpicked (letter I replaced by a carrot about to be picked)Handpicked: Stories from the Field showcases the excellent and varied research happening at the LCSFS with a focus on how the work creates meaningful changes to the ways we produce, get, eat and understand our food.

Handpicked: Stories from the Field is hosted by Amanda Di Battista, the LCSFS Project Coordinator, and Laine Young, PhD Candidate in Geography and Environmental Studies at Wilfrid Laurier University.

The first season of the Handpicked podcast launched on Sept. 30, 2019

Handpicked: Stories from the Field airs every other Wednesday at 12:01pm to 1:00pm from 16 June 2021 to 25 August 2021.

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The Gems Of Life Show

On today’s show we speak with Kelly-Sue , with Food4Kids Waterloo.

Kelly-Sue shares the work she does, the struggles young kids face and how you can you help.

Food4Kids Waterloo Region provides packages of healthy food for kids aged 14 years and under, with limited or no access to food each weekend, and daily during Summer, Winter and Spring Breaks. ​

Packages of healthy food are prepared by volunteers and delivered to schools each Friday to ensure children have nourishment over the weekend, and directly to their homes over school breaks.

There are thousands of children throughout Waterloo Region, who live with severe food insecurity. ​ Help make a significant and positive impact in our community by supporting these vulnerable children.

You too have the capacity to help and support such great cause

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CKMS News – 2021-06-03 – Community engagement process on prime ministers statue project

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Host: Namish Modi

This piece features an interview on May 26, with Guy Freedman, president of the First People’s Group, an Indigenous advisory firm based out of Ottawa.

The First People’s Group is in the midst of conducting a community engagement process in regards to the Prime Ministers Path in Baden and steps forward.

Debate around the need for the path began when the Sir John A. Macdonald statue was painted red in June 2020. The painting off a heated debate within the community of whether the statue should remain. After much deliberation, Wilmot council temporarily  removed the SJAM statue later in 2020.

Earlier in 2021, council hired the First People’s Group to conduct a consultation process and conduct community engagement for the path. 

“These are Wilmot recommendations,” said Freedman, highlighting the need for community engagement on the future of the path.

The community engagement process launched earlier in May. The next official update from the First People’s Group is on June 5 while people can input their opinions right now on the Township of Wilmot website.

This program is a part of the “Local Journalism Initiative” grant program and is funded by the Community Radio Fund of Canada, the Government of Canada, and the CKMS Newsroom.

Check out the archived versions of  this program and other episodes on, and other stories commissioned under the Local Journalism Initiative at

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CKMS News – 2021-06-03 – The 519 Community Collective gifted a large donation and a permanent kitchen space

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Host: Trish Holmes

The 519 Community Collective, an example of mutual aid that this show examined back in March, has been gifted $15,000 worth of a fridge and freezer from Shopify.

In addition the Collective has been invited to set up kitchen at the Immanuel Pentecostal Church, giving them a dedicated work space, storage facilities, and out of Julie Savatsky’s kitchen.

In this edition of CKMS News, I talk to Julie Sawatsky of the 519 Community Collective and Pastor David Wilkinson of Immanuel Pentecostal Church.

This program is a part of the “Local Journalism Initiative” grant program and is funded by the Community Radio Fund of Canada, the Government of Canada, and the CKMS Newsroom.

Check out the archived versions of  this program and other episodes on, and other stories commissioned under the Local Journalism Initiative at

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CKMS News – 2021-05-31 – Outdoor play, team sports, and the pandemic

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Host: Namish Modi

Our piece features interviews with Kitchener Minor Baseball president Ron Moiebrook and research manager from Outdoor Play Canada Louise de’Lannoy. 

Moiebrook shared his plans for a return to play for its leagues. The league ran both its rep and house leagues in 2020 with a shortened season. The interview took place on May 19, prior to the Ontario provincial government’s reopening announcement on May 20. 

Moiebrook said that he’s hoping for a much more complete season in 2021. Under Ontario’s reopening plans, outdoor sports could return in June. Safety protocols will be in place, while smaller leagues and a lower amount of travel are probably as players take the field again. Thus far, registration for the summer season is a bit slower, but Moiebrook expects that could pick up when there is more certainty on plans.

de Lannoy says that outdoor spaces are more important than ever, amid the pandemic. She is pleased that the outdoor spaces were slated to reopen as Victoria Day weekend began but believes most of those spaces shouldn’t have closed in the first place. 

Those outdoor spaces are supremely important, especially for those who may not have access to green space. 

This program is a part of the “Local Journalism Initiative” grant program and is funded by the Community Radio Fund of Canada, the Government of Canada, and the CKMS Newsroom.

Check out the archived versions of  this program and other episodes on, and other stories commissioned under the Local Journalism Initiative at

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So Old It’s New set list for Monday, May 31, 2021 – airing 8-10 pm ET

  1. Fleetwood Mac, These Strange Times . . . Appropriate song title for these times we’re living in but aside from that an interesting spoken word track – with Mick Fleetwood handling lead vocals – from the Mac’s 1995 album, Time. The album, without Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks, bombed commercially and I confess I don’t listen to it much, but I do like this cut, one of the rare Mac songs written by Fleetwood, who also plays guitar on it. Good lyrics, including references to former Mac leader Peter Green: ”these strange times, I think of a friend they said was a man of the world. . . . ”. The record featured ex-Traffic guitarist Dave Mason and singer Bekka Bramlett, the daughter of Delaney and Bonnie, who worked with Eric Clapton, among others.
  1. Genesis, In The Cage . . . Another fitting title for current circumstances, and just a tour de force extended piece from 1974’s The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway album, Peter Gabriel’s last with Genesis before going solo.
  1. Eagles, Journey Of The Sorcerer . . . Great instrumental from One Of These Nights, featuring Bernie Leadon on banjo in his last album with the band. The music was used as the theme music for Douglas Adams’ Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy BBC radio series in 1978 and ’79.
  1. Wishbone Ash, Throw Down The Sword . . .  Progressive rock featuring the twin guitars of Andy Powell and Ted Turner. The album was produced by Martin Birch, well-known for his work with Deep Purple, Ronnie James Dio-period Black Sabbath and Iron Maiden, who in their early days at least, acknowledged that they were heavily influenced by Wishbone Ash’s work.
  1. Link Wray, The Shadow Knows . . . From one of the, if not the, acknowledged fathers of distortion and power chords. Love his diabolical laugh on what is otherwise, like most of his work, an instrumental.
  1. Family, See Through Windows . . . I first heard of Family via my older brother’s copy of Blind Faith’s one and only album, which featured Ric Grech who was the bass, violin and cello player in Family. This is from the Music In A Doll’s House album in 1968. The Beatles apparently wanted to title the album they were working on at the time A Doll’s House, but Family released their album so The Beatles went with the self-titled album that quickly came to be better known as the White Album.
  1. Izzy Stradlin, Somebody Knockin’ . . . Great Stones/Keith Richards/Ron Wood-ish track from Stradlin’s first album after he left Guns N’ Roses in 1991. The album, Izzy Stradlin and The Ju Ju Hounds, came out in 1993, around the time the individual Rolling Stones were doing lots of solo work. Wood plays guitar on one track on the album, his own Take A Look At The Guy, while sometimes-Stones session players Nicky Hopkins and former Face Ian McLagan contribute on piano and organ, respectively.
  1. Chicago, Movin’ In . . . Great jazz-rock fusion from the second Chicago album. I love early Chicago, particularly the first three albums and on up until guitarist Terry Kath died, after which the band was never the same, albeit commercially more successful with schlock.
  1. The Doors, The WASP (Texas Radio And The Big Beat) . . . Great track from perhaps my favorite Doors album, L.A. Woman, arguably the band’s grittiest and bluesiest. I’m in a bit of a Doors phase after a discussion with a friend about our favorite albums of theirs, so you might see some stuff from their debut and Morrison Hotel, the two others we talked about, in the coming weeks.
  1. The Rolling Stones, Tops . . . From 1981’s Tattoo You, the album the band cobbled together from various outtakes and unfinished tracks from over the years as they wanted something to tour behind that year. This one goes all the way back to 1972 and features Mick Taylor, who left the band in 1974, on guitar. He wasn’t credited on the album and sued the band for royalties.
  1. Dire Straits, The Man’s Too Strong . . . From Brothers In Arms, which featured the big hit Money For Nothing, an obviously great if overplayed tune, as so many hits are. I first heard this one while browsing in Sam The Record Man on Yonge St. in Toronto. I was already a big fan of the band so would have bought the album anyway, but hearing the track clinched an instant purchase that day.
  1. Rush, Cinderella Man . . . One of my favorite songs from perhaps my favorite Rush album, A Farewell To Kings. I remember getting it for the hit single, Closer To The Heart, first Rush album I ever bought, to great reward. Cinderella Man’s lyrics were written by bass player Geddy Lee, one of the few Rush songs whose words were not written by drummer Neil Peart.
  1. Neil Young, Motorcycle Mama . . . Something of an outlier rock track on the otherwise more folky Comes A Time album, released in 1978. The late Nicolette Larson shares lead vocals with Young on the song.
  1. The Mamas & The Papas, Straight Shooter . . . Great tune from the debut, If You Can Believe Your Eyes And Ears, another album I got into via my older sister and the one with the cover of the band in a bathtub. Wasn’t a single, but easily could have been from an album whose singles were Go Where You Wanna Go, California Dreamin’, Monday Monday and Do You Wanna Dance?
  1. Heart, Love Alive . . . Early, and my preferred version of Heart, before the big production (and big hits) mid-1980s to 1990s version. I like that stuff, but much prefer the earlier, more earthy version of the band. This is a great example of that period which also of course featured great rockers like Barracuda, etc.
  1. Johnny Winter, Memory Pain . . . Blues-rock from Second Winter, the first Johnny Winter studio album I bought way back when, likely if memory serves for his great cover of Bob Dylan’s Highway 61 Revisited.
  1. David Lee Roth, Ladies Nite In Buffalo? . . . From Roth’s first post-Van Halen album, Eat ‘Em And Smile. A bluesy, funky kind of shuffle, it’s easily the best solo song he’s ever done, in my opinion.
  1. Bruce Springsteen, She’s The One . . . I was going to play this for old friends who recently celebrated their 27th wedding anniversary, but it was suggested that I play Thunder Road instead, since it was more applicable, lyrically, to their story. But, I promised I’d play this one eventually, so here you go.
  1. The Cars, Dangerous Type . . . The second Cars album, Candy-O, had a hard act to follow after the classic debut. But it’s still a decent album, and this might be my favorite from it, perhaps tied with the title track.
  1. Elton John, Amy . . . One of my favorite EJ deep cuts, from the terrific Honky Chateau album. Jean-Luc Ponty plays electric violin.
  1. The Grateful Dead, Easy Wind . . . From the rootsy Workingman’s Dead album. Lead vocals by keyboardist/harmonica player Pigpen (Ron McKernan). With a nice harmonica solo.
  1. Deep Purple, No One Came . . . Always difficult for me to pick a Purple track, since I like all of the band’s work, all lineups. This propulsive song is from the Fireball album.
  1. Steve Winwood, Night Train . . . Such a great album, Arc of A Diver, my favorite of Winwood’s solo stuff. And it’s truly a solo album, as Winwood plays every instrument on it.
  1. The Beach Boys, Sail On Sailor . . . One of my favorite Beach Boys tunes, from 1973’s Holland album. It’s sung by Blondie Chaplin, perhaps best known in recent times thanks to his work as a backup musician/singer on Rolling Stones’ tours and sessions. Released, twice, as a single, it made No. 79 in 1973 and No. 49 on a reissue in 1975. Ridiculous. Great song.
  1. Ian Hunter, Old Records Never Die . . . Could be the theme song for my show. This one from Short Back ‘n’ Sides in 1981. Mick Jones (guitar) and Topper Headon (drums) of The Clash contribute to the album along with then-regular Hunter guitarist, the late great Mick Ronson. 

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CKMS News – 2021-05-26 – The Mapping Displacement project and the loss of affordable housing in Kitchener and Waterloo

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Host: Melissa Bowman

In today’s episode, we will hear from Faryal Diwan and William Turman who have been involved with a recent report highlighting issues around displacement locally. The Mapping Displacement project was conducted in collaboration with the Social Development Centre Waterloo Region and the University of Waterloo. The project explored lived experiences of displacement due to gentrification and development in the core areas of Kitchener and Waterloo.

Through their work, the Social Development Centre is helping highlight what can often be invisible to many of us – residents being displaced through demolitions of buildings, renovations and renovictions. Their latest report shares stories from those in our community who have been displaced and offers recommendations on how that data can help shape our community as we grow.

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CKMS Community Connections for 24 May 2021 with Jake Feeney

Show Notes

Jake Feeney playing guitar in the CKMS-FM studio
Jake Feeney in 2020

Jake Feeney comes back to chat about his new single Sunrise and many other things…

Jake was last on CKMS Community Connections on 16 March 2020.

The interview starts at 2m33s.



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Podcast Index

Time Title Artist Album
0m00s Theme for CKMS Community Connections ccc Steve Todd
CKMS Community Connections
1m06s MO AS 03 Jairus Sharif Mega Optics | Jairus Sharif (illustration of an eye)
Mega Optics
2m33s Bob and Jake talk about the production of Sunrise; discussing the lyrics, which mean different things to different people;
13m26s Sunrise Jake Feeney Sunrise | Jake Feeney (silhouette of a couple holding each other in front of the sun over water)
16m54s Technical troubles at CKMS-FM; a pitch for the Spring 2021 Fundraiser (yes the station phone number is +1‑519‑884‑2567); Concentrating on songs, not albums. Jake explains “Fingerstyle” or “Travis Picking”, and introducing Growing Pains.
27m32s Growing Pains Jake Feeney Sunflower logo
CKMS-FM Live, On-air, In-Studio
30m40s Birthday greetings to Chrystal Koehler, who turns 90 years old next Sunday; introducing Dancing Queen.
32m44s Dancing Queen (Fingerstyle guitar cover) Zsolt Homonnai (Zsolt Homonnai playing guitar)
33m40s Dancing Queen (Live at Wembley, 1979) ABBA ABBA | Live At Wembley Arena (four ABBA performers on stage holding microphones)
Live at Wembley Arena
37m25s Introducing Leo Moracchioli’s heavy metal Dancing Queen cover.
37m49s Dancing Queen (Metal Cover) Leo Moracchioli (caricature of Leo Moracchioli)
38m50s Enjoying heavy metal music. Doing things online (or not), concerts, teaching; cat videos and the #LugaLuga cat.
46m08s Soulful Singing Cat Live Looping Remix Alugalug Cat X The Kiffness Alugalug Cat | The Kiffness (split image with the #LugaLugaCat on the left and The Kiffness on the right)
48m19s I Don’t Wanna Be Touched Meredith Bull (illustration of Meredith Bull and the #LugaLugaCat)
50m23s Bob & Jake make their goodbyes; Bob promotes Musician’s FAQ and the Andy Klaehn special next week; Bob gives the credits.
52m25s Spiderman Keith Murch and Andy Klaehn (headshot of Andy Klaehn playing saxophone)

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So Old It’s New set list for Monday, May 24, 2021 – on air 8-10 pm ET

  1. The Kinks, Victoria . . . I don’t tend to do ‘just what they’d be expecting’ but in this case, here’s the obvious opener for today, Victoria Day. A well-known Kinks’ track from the Arthur (Or The Decline And Fall Of The British Empire) album. Like so much of their great output from ‘concept’ albums in the latter part of the 1960s, it didn’t do so well on the charts, aside from No. 9 in the Toronto area. It made No. 33 in the UK and No. 62 in the US.
  1. The Monkees, The Door Into Summer . . . Victoria Day in Canada, while not quite yet summer, is looked upon at least somewhat as the door into summer, so I figured this would be another appropriate song to play. And it’s a good one, as are so many Monkees’ tunes. Mike Nesmith sings lead vocals on this one.
  1. Jethro Tull, Singing All Day . . . Early Tull, from 1969. First appeared on the Living In The Past quasi-compilation that came out in 1972 and featured non-album singles, album tracks and previously unreleased songs, like this nice little ditty.
  1. Patti Smith Group, Because The Night . . . Co-written with Bruce Springsteen, I first heard this while working as a doorman/bouncer at the old Riverside pub in Oakville, ON during my college days. As mentioned a couple weeks ago when I played Smith’s song Kimberly, I got into her music via this song, introduced to it by the bar band Oliver Heavyside (later the Partland Brothers) who were rocking the joint one weekend. So, out I went the next week to buy Smith’s Easter album and the rest is history.

  2. J.J. Cale, Don’t Cry Sister . . . Typically consistent stuff from this late great artist. I’ve said it before, but JJ could mine essentially the same vein for his entire career yet never sound boring or anything but fresh and interesting.
  1. Mick Jagger, Memo From Turner . . . This is the Jagger solo version from the 1970 movie Performance and features Ry Cooder on slide guitar. Another, shorter version recorded in 1968 featuring either Keith Richards or Brian Jones on guitar, depending upon your source, appeared on the Metamorphosis compilation released in 1975 by the band’s former manager Allen Klein on ABCKO Records. Klein had taken over Decca’s Stones’ catalogue after the band acrimoniously left that label, then had more trouble with Klein. He released the Metamorphosis album of various odds and ends, often written for other artists to cover and mostly just featuring Jagger and a host of session players and musical friends, all recorded between 1964 and 1970.


  2. Python Lee Jackson/Rod Stewart, In A Broken Dream . . . Great track by the Australian band, who in 1968 brought in Rod Stewart to sing on it because the band’s own singer, Dave Bentley, felt his voice didn’t suit the material. Released in 1970, it didn’t chart until it was re-released in 1972, riding the star power of Stewart’s by-then burgeoning solo/Faces career.

  3. The Doobie Brothers, Eyes Of Silver . . . One of a few tracks for tonight’s show I just happened upon while searching the station computer for other material I’ve fed into the machine over time, for these pandemic-prompted programmed shows I’ve been doing. Early Doobies, from the What Were Once Vices Are Now Habits album in 1974. Similar, to my ears, to the Doobies’ hit Listen To The Music which was released two years earlier.
  1. Deep Purple, Soldier Of Fortune . . . Beautiful ballad sung by David Coverdale from 1974’s Stormbringer album. One of my favorite Purple tracks, by any version of the band.
  1. Santana, Taboo . . . I like most of Santana’s work but my go-to albums remain the first three, by the original band. This track is from the third album and features typically great guitar from Carlos Santana and Neil Schon with Schon, apparently, handling the final, stirring solo.
  1. Traffic, (Sometimes I Feel So) Uninspired . . . Not really much I can think to say about Traffic that I have not said before. Fantastic band, can’t really go wrong with any of their songs. Great album cover, too, on Shoot Out At The Fantasy Factory, the source for this song.
  1. Van Morrison, And It Stoned Me . . . It’s difficult to find a deep cut on the amazing Moodance album since they’re all pretty well known, but this has always been one of my favorites. I love how the vocals come in right at the start. Oh, the water…This wasn’t a single, amazingly.
  1. Mountain, Nantucket Sleighride (To Owen Coffin) . . . Sounds crazy maybe but I give this a slight edge over Mississippi Queen as my favorite Mountain song. The title is a reference to an old term describing a whaling boat being dragged by a harpooned whale. Owen Coffin was a young seaman whose ship was rammed and sunk by a sperm whale in 1820. Good for the whale, I say.
  1. Led Zeppelin, Misty Mountain Hop . . . This was the B-side to Black Dog, from the fourth Zep album. I always think of my older sister dancing to it at home way back when.
  1. The Who, In A Hand Or A Face . . . I was looking for a Guess Who tune (I get to them later in the set) among the many songs I’ve loaded into our computer system, so naturally The Who came up and I decided to play this great rocker from The Who By Numbers, an album I visited some weeks back via Slip Kid. It remains one of my favorite Who albums, since I grew up with it. But I’ve bored you with that story before.
  1. Nazareth, Hard Living . . . This great riff rocker was the B-side to the Bad Bad Boy single, from the Razamanaz album, in the UK. I like it better than the A-side.
  1. Queen, The Prophet’s Song . . . Great extended cut from A Night At The Opera, really displays all the amazing assets Queen had in their musical arsenal, particularly in the earlier days.
  1. Fleetwood Mac, Oh Well Pts. 1 and 2 . . . One of the signature tunes from the Peter Green era, on the last album, Then Play On, he did with the band, released in 1969. It remains my favorite of all albums, all eras, by Fleetwood Mac.
  1. The Butterfield Blues Band, Work Song . . . Something of a random selection show, this great instrumental another track that came up while I was searching for other things I’ve input into our station’s computer system. From East-West, the second album by the band, in 1966.
  2. Lynyrd Skynyrd, Tuesday’s Gone . . . I’ve been remiss. Have not played Skynyrd in a long, long time, rectifying that today. Beautiful extended track from their first album.
  1. Free, Travelling In Style . . . I love this jaunty track by one of my favorite bands. Kiki Dee, best known for I’ve Got The Music In Me and Don’t Go Breaking My Heart with Elton John, covered the Free track to great rocking effect in 1973.
  1. The Guess Who, Road Food . . . What a great, perhaps relatively unknown song, title cut from the 1974 album. It was the B-side to the hit Clap For The Wolfman but I’d say is the better song. Just terrific stuff and, yes, a good road tune driven by Burton Cummings’ always great vocals and nice guitar work by Kurt Winter and Don McDougall.
  1. Warren Zevon, My Ride’s Here . . . Title cut from his next-to-last album, in 2002. Great lyrics, which is no surprise given it’s Zevon but still. “I was staying at the Marriott with Jesus and John Wayne, I was waiting for a chariot they were waiting for a train.” Then he goes on to bring in Shelley, Keats, Byron and Charlton Heston as Moses in a tour-de-force of wordplay, in my opinion. Great music, too.
  1. Rory Gallagher, Cruise On Out . . . Great toe-tapper from the late great Gallagher. Relentless. The guy could do it all. Fast, slow, blues, rock . . . this one’s fast.
  1. Aerosmith, No More No More . . . And, I have no more for tonight, out of time for this week and wrapping up with this kick butt tune from Toys In The Attic. Thanks, all, for listening and/or following along with my shows/set lists.

I AM EVERYTHING – Ep 23: New Fugees (Ft Kayo)

Kayo Guevarra was born and raised in the Caribbean island of St. Lucia. Kayo describes his sound as ‘Future meets Fugees’. It’s a lush blend of hip-hop, R&B and Reggae; a raspy delivery mixed with unique cadence, catchy melodies and a certain rhythm that could only stem from his island upbringing.