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Cooking with Tank – Local Saxophone Laureate Always Comes Home to Play.


John Tank often plays Kitchener Waterloo.
John Tank is the most talented saxphone players in the country. He is originally from Kitchener, but now resides between New York City and New Mexico. He is back at The Jazz Room in December 2014

To many Canadians, tenor saxophonist  John Tank has been somewhat of a legendary figure in the world of live Jazz performance for the past fifty years.
His unique voice has evolved out of a  modern Jazz experience strongly rooted in tradition. His playing has been  described as “creative, smooth, strong, rhythmic, harmonic and melodic.”
Between  1961 and  1963 Tank travelled one hundred and forty miles weekly to study with  the late
concert saxophonist Paul Brodie, founder of the World Saxophone  Congress and to  date the most recorded concert saxophonist in history. From 1964 to 1969 he attended the Berklee School of Music in Boston. Besides majoring in  composition  and arranging, the Berklee experience provided him with the  opportunity to study Jazz improvisation both in the class room and especially at  after hours  jam sessions around town. Being in the company of so many players who also  loved the music was one of his most inspiring experiences during those years.
In 1970, Tank moved to Toronto and performed as a leader and  sideman  with many fine Canadian jazz greats such as Bernie Senensky, Don  Thompson,  Terry Clarke, Sonny Greenwich, Lenny Breau, Michel Donato, Claude  Ranger and  Freddie Stone.

In 1974 Tank moved to New York and worked as a  sideman  in groups led by Sam Rivers, Paul Jeffery, George Coleman, Joe Morello,  John Blair, Jack Walrath, Calvin Hill, Joe Lee Wilson, Monty Waters and others. He  played with the great Charles Mingus on two recordings: “Me, Myself, and Eye” and “Something Like A Bird.”
During the late 1970s and through the mid-1990s, he performed in England, France, Germany, Holland, Switzerland, and Spain. Live recordings were made for the BBC Radio, Canada House, the French  National Radio and Dutch television in the Netherlands.

Tank has  organized several tours of Ontario and Quebec over the decades and recorded for  CBC Radio Canada’s “Jazz Beat” in 2000. Between 2004 and 2007 he played and toured in and around New Mexico, performing with local players in Tucson,  Albuquerque, Santa Fe, Taos, and El Paso. Some of Tank’s stylistic influences include, Lester Young, Zoot Sims, Stan Getz, Paul Desmond, John Coltrane, Wayne Shorter, Sonny Rollins, Joe Henderson, Dexter Gordon, and Warne Marsh. Other major influences are Igor Stravinsky, Bella Bartok, Charles Ives and Krzysztof  Pendereki.

To many jazz music afficionados and music lovers in Kitchener Waterloo John Tank is a musical legend.
It is always my great pleasure to have him come to chat with me on the radio. In this wide ranging chat, John speaks about the actual technique of “circular breathing” which he teaches in his student workshops. He also speaks about his latest performances both in The States, and in Mexico. John also played some of his favorite jazz selections as well from bassist Ron Carter, and tenor saxophonists Joe Henderson (who John played with in Toronto!) as well as Sonny Rollins.

It’s great when John’s in town cuz things are always cookin, and I am very proud to call him my longtime pal.  These are a series of interviews I conducted for John’s shows at The Jazz Room and The Registry Theatre. Thanks to The Registry Theatre’s Lawrence McNaught and John’s  great fan and good pal Terry Pender,  John always has a great place to play when he comes home. And it cooks everytime!  Watch for him coming back to the The Jazz Room in December 2014.

Here is a series of interviews  conducted at the Sound FM studios recorded in the spring of 2012 and winter of 2013.

The first four segments are from Jan 2013. And the last two segments are taken from 2012 including a live performance in the Sound FM Studios.

John also performs live in the Sound FM studios. John speaks about the evolution of the jazz scene in Waterloo Region, The Jazz Room and latest CD – John Tank Live at The Registry Theatre taken from a fabulous live concert recorded live at Kitchener’s The Registry Theatre in April of 2010.

He also plays some of personal favorites as well. It’s always great talking with John. I learn so much, from Jazz, to his culinary skills.

My good pal  from NYC is also a great cook! Hence our  interview Series “Cooking with Tank”

For more on John go to www.johntank.com 



Coral FM’s Tribute to New York

Me near Washington Square Nov 2012.
Me near Washington Square Nov 2012.

Here is my sonic salute to New York through the music and the artists that define it from coolomundo jazz and folk legends to its and rock and punk heroes.

My fave artists from New York include actor / lead singer David Johansen of The New York Dolls who I chatted with a few years back by phone, and Lauri Anderson who I had the pleasure of meeting when she played The Perimeter Institute! Plus I play Maggie Estep, The Ramones, The Cramps, Iggy Pop, Regina Spektor. Tom Waits and Lou Reed – All from NYC! – Coral FM


A very special thanks to my friends Lorca Peress, Steve McGraw, and John Tank for showing me the many sides of the City That Never Sleeps. – Coral FM



Michela Marino Lerman live from Small’s Jazz Club in New York on Coral FM

That’s Michela doin her Jazz Tappin thing at Small’s. Pic courtesy of The New York Times. Below Michela at Smalls. Pic by Coral

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 Michela first appeared on Sesame Street at the age of 5.  In February 2002 she was showcased on the cover of Dance Teacher magazine with Gregory Hines. In 2005, she was named by Dance Spirit magazine as one of the 20 hottest tap dancers under 20 and in 2008, Dance magazine named her as the only female tap dancer in its “25 to Watch in 2008.” Michela performs annual as part of Tap City (NYC Tap Dance Festival) and the Tap Extravaganza, and is the artistic director for Cobi Narita’s Tap Extravaganza Quens. She was born, raised, and continues to live in New York City.

She won first prize in the Harlem Jazz Dance Festival’s, “Hoofer’s Challenge” in both 2002 and 2003. In 2002, Michela performed with Jennifer Holliday on Broadway in Nothing Like A Dame and also in 21 Below at Town Hall. In 2003, she was inducted into the famed tap dance fraternity “The Copasetics” as their first and only female lifetime honorary member.  In 2004-2006, Michela toured Spain and Japan with Rafael Amargo’s Enramblao.  In the fall of 2005, her choreography was featured in the tap section of the opening number for the Bermuda Music Festival with UDP, starring Al Green, Angie Stone, and Patti LaBelle.

Michela began her touring career at the age of 14, when she travelled with the Cab Calloway Orchestra throughout the Northeast and Florida.  At the age of 19, she was commissioned by Dixon Place to create and direct her own show, entitled AM+bu$h+ED.2007 saw Michela tour Europe for 3 months as a lead dancer in the show Magic of the Dance.  In 2008-2009, she was featured in the show “Wonderland,” an all tap show set to Stevie Wonder’s music choreographed by Ayodele Casel and Sarah Savelli.

In 2008 she appeared on CBS’s Secret Talents of the Stars with Grammy award winning singer Mya, performing the choreography of Emmy award winner Jason Samuels Smith. From 2007-2008, Michela was a featured lead performer at NYC’s hottest nightclub, The Box. She also has performed with the Roy Hargrove Big Band and Quintet at the Jazz Gallery and the Village Vanguard.  Over the past several years, Michela has performed throughout the West Coast and in Germany, the Netherlands, Sweden, Greece, and Turkey in addition to tap festivals in Canada, New York, and Flint, Michigan.

The American Tap Dance Foundation commissioned Michela to produce and direct her second show, entitled Tapsploitation, which was presented a second time by HarlemStage. Recently she has been co-creator in forming the tap dance company The Tap Messengers who performed at the CareFusion Jazz Festival with Talib Kweli and Nicholas Payton with the Revive Da Live Big Band, Joe’s Pub, and HarlemStage opening for Marcus Strickland.  Her newest group is Sole Society, which has just debuted at Matthew Garrison’s ShapeShifter Lab in Brooklyn, collaborating with the Marcus Strickland Quartet, and appeared at the Harlem Jazz Shrines Festival with Revive Da Live. For the past 4 years, Michela has hosted the only weekly tap jam in NYC at Smalls Jazz Club, collaborating some of today’s most gifted young jazz musicians including Joe Sanders, Ben Williams, Justin Brown, Harold O’Neal, Sullivan Fortner, and Burniss Earl Travis, to name just a few.  Michela also hosts monthly tap jams at Fat Cat.

 Michela is grateful for the mentoring and guidance given to her by Buster Brown, Gregory Hines, and Leroy Myers. She has taught in numerous schools, studios, programs, and festivals throughout the globe. As a performer, teacher, director, and choreographer Michela is dedicated to spreading the art of tap around the world.

Michela was the first interview I did when I went down to New York. I met her at the legendary jazz club Smalls! in Greenwich Village.  Tap Jazz is cooolomundo! – Coral FM.



Coral FM at The Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute on location in New York with MultiStages Artistic Director Lorca Peress

Lee Strasberg Institute New York. Pic by Coral
Lee Strasberg Institute New York. Pic by Coral


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LORCA PERESS (President) is the Founder and Artistic Director of MultiStages, and an across-the-boards theatre artist specializing in new works. Ms. Peress’ diverse artistic background (primarily theatre, visual arts, dance, music and writing) led her to create MultiStages, a theatre company where artists from different disciplines would work together to produce extraordinary theatre. In her role as MultiStages Artistic Director, she has developed and produced all productions, readings and festivals, and supervised four New Works Contests. Ms. Peress has also conceived and directed the majority of MultiStages’ productions, and has acted in and designed puppets and masks for several. She is a native New Yorker, a Bennington College graduate, and did her professional study at the Lee Strasberg and Eugene O’Neill National Theatre Institutes (NTI). Her formative training was through several internships with Missouri Repertory and Stage West in Massachusetts, where she assisted directors Rae Allen (former Artistic Director of Stage West), Vincent Dowling (former Artistic Director of Alley Theatre, Dublin), and Harold Scott (Broadway and Regional director). At NTI, she also assisted writer Dale Wasserman in the O’Neill Playwriting Conference and worked with Theatre for the Deaf. In addition to her work with MultiStages, Ms. Peress has appeared or directed at Missouri Repertory, Stage West, The Walnut Street Theatre, Orlando Opera Co., The Century Theatre, Puerto Rican Traveling Theatre, Repertorio Español, Lambs Theatre, Dixon Place, Theatre for the New City, HERE, The Colleagues Theatre, La MaMa E.T.C., The Sackett Group’s Women’s Work Festivals, NYU Tisch, Teatro La Tea, Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute, Hudson Guild Theatre, Access Theatre, the Players Club, and Latino Playwrights (Raul Julia founder). Ms. Peress has been a playwriting contest judge for Repertorio Español’s Nueces Voces I and II, the Ohio State Council on the Arts, La Mia Ink, Lee Strasberg One Act Contests, and the MultiStages New Works Contests. Ms. Peress has received an Inky Award from La MaMa Experimental Theatre Co. through the Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust, numerous MultiStages producing grants, and several La Mia Ink! playwriting awards. She has served on the NYU Tisch School of the Arts Production Committee, Curator for NYU hotINK Festivals for Strasberg (2002–2010). She teaches in the NYU Strasberg Studio and at the Lee Strasberg Institute, and is a member of numerous theatrical Unions, and is the Co-President of the League of Professional Theatre Women. 

MultiStages website – http://www.eljallartsannex.com/multistages.htm

Lorca Peress from MultiStages at The Lee Strasberg Institute in New York City


An Interview with Dan Geddes from Vancouver’s Peace on Coral FM

Peace is Dan Geddes band located in Vancouver.
Peace is Dan Geddes band located in Vancouver.

Dan Geddes is a force, plain and simple. And despite the heaps of hella-high-praise references Peace receives — to Neu!, or Orange Juice, or Edwyn Collins, or whatever — there’s no substitute for experiencing their work via headphones. Peace shines not in virtuosity or violence (despite their ties to Vancouver’s explosive Emergency Room scene), but in their command of tone: The World Is Too Much With Us swaps the verbosity of Peace’s earlier work in favour of emotional dexterity, ranging from bombastic romancers (“Your Hand in Mine”), to menacing creepers (“Free Time”), to gleefully detached absurdist romps (“Kissed Dust”). It’s subtle, eloquent and direct — all of which is why I’m so obsessed. – Mark Teo. 

Dan has recently opened his own record store called Horse Records in Vancouver.  And Dan’s dad CBC Producer Ash Geddes is a good pal of mine and I saw Peace when they played in TO at The Magpie  a couple of years back.  That was fun!

Peace plays at The Magpie in Toronto. Pic by Coral
Peace plays at The Magpie in Toronto. Pic by Coral


Paddy Gillard Bentley and Katharine Mills from Unhinged Festival of Disturbing Theatre on Coral FM


At midnight on Friday, November 16, these brave playwrights were taken to disturbing locations to write a disturbing 10-minute play in 24 hours. Isolated. Haunted. Creepy. Uneasy. Frightening. Paddy wants me to do this …. Gulp. Maybe someday….

Write of Flight Response
Write of Flight Response


Katharine Mills from Unhinged
Katharine Mills from Unhinged

KATHARINE MILLS is an actor, designer, writer and visual artist. She has appeared in multiple roles in KW’s annual site-specific urban theatre production, Asphalt Jungle Shorts. She is a partner in local experimental theatre company What!sInThere?! Productions; she performed in their productions of Copy Protection and Children’s Crusade, and acted as facilitator and stage manager for their recent Fringe production of Psy Co.’s Cross. Other recent appearances include JM Drama’s Tales of the Grimm, and Galt Little Theatre’s Queen Milli of Galt and, A Clean Breast, in UnHinged 12.


Paddy Gillard Bentley Artistic Director of Flush Ink Productions
Paddy Gillard Bentley Artistic Director of Flush Ink Productions

PADDY GILLARD-BENTLEY- playwright,director, producer & poet has had over 60 of her plays produced in USA, Canada, England & Ireland. Two of her plays are published. PGB is the founder and Artistic Director of Flush Ink Productions, past President of The International Centre for Women Playwrights and the Chair of The Coalition of Performing Artists (COPA).Paddy has also worked with MT Space, KW Youth Theatre & The Studio Players. PGB has been involved in theatre one way or another since her mother performed in Time Out for Ginger when four months pregnant with Paddy.

 For more (if you dare) – http://www.flushink.net/index.html




Cast Members of KWMP’s Hairspray Visit Coral FM


The cast from KWMP's Hairspray
The cast from KWMP’s Hairspray

Kitchener • Centre in the Square • November 2012

Director: David Atkins
Music Director: Michael Brown
Choreographer: Janet Kubik

itchener Waterloo Musical Productionswas founded in 1948 as the Twin City Operatic Society. The early productions were performed in the auditorium at The Church of the Good Shepherd. As the performances grew and a larger space was needed, the stages at KCI and WCI fit the bill. In 1968, the group found a permanent home for rehearsing, set building and storage at its current location on Shaftsbury Drive and became Kitchener Waterloo Musical Productions.

Since then the group has been performing on stages around the Region.The highlight of each year is hitting the stage at Kitchener’s 2,200-seat, state-of-the-art theatre – the Centre in the Square. While many people in the region enjoy the shows presented at the theatre, KWMP is the only non-professional theatre company that provides performers the opportunity to “strut their stuff” on this glorious stage year after year. Behind the scenes, our Board of Directors – made up of dedicated multi-talented volunteers – is committed to our organization and the excellent productions that we give our community.


I had lots of fun chatting with Hairspray cast members Amber, Michela, and Reuben from the show. Brava you three.


Kive our community.


Jesse Webber and Jack Pender of The Crazy Diamonds on Coral FM

Jeese Webber and Jack Drysdale Pender have become regulars on Coral FM – and we like to have Wild and Crazy Excellent Musical Adventures from Ja ck and Jesse Unplugged to playing all of our fave songs.

Jesse Webber and Jack Drysdale Pender dropped by the Sound FM studio to play some Pink Floyd Unplugged.

The Crazy Diamonds are a sparkling nine piece ensemble who (in addition to their eclectic choice of funkadelic, sweet soul song renditions and original works) also do The Pink Floyd Songbook proud every single time they have ventured to The Dark Side.


The Crazy Diamonds
The Crazy Diamonds

Special Thanx to J and J for Super Big Fun on the show this week. 
Shine on Boyos! – Coral FM.        

And the Crazy Diamonds are playing Elements Friday Aug 22. Jack and Jesse will be here once again Aug 20 for another Excellent Adventure.  Here is the complete series of interviews with my pals Jack and Jeese.





Bodacious Lovelies Miss Sassy Ray and Miss Imogen Quest on Coral FM

Sassy Ray
Sassy Ray of Sassy Ray Burlesque

Burlesque performer, vocalist, comedian, teacher, motivational speaker,producer, hostess, bombshell.

Founder of Sassy Ray Burlesque and Cabaret (Kitchener) and affliate of Great Canadian Burlesque (Toronto), Miss Ray has been bringing Burlesque Revival to the masses since 2006.  Known as “The Voice That Makes Ya Moist”, Sassy Ray emerged on the Toronto scene in early 2011 and her brand of music, comedy and tease quickly became a crowd favorite. She has been featured in The Record, Spin, The Spoke and Burlesque Beat publications, and was recently viewed nation wide on Global TV News Toronto.  She has been fortunate enough to share the stage with such burlesque legends as Roxi D’Lite (Miss Exotic World 2010), Minnie Tonka (NYC Royalty), Burlesque Hall of Fame members Tanya Cheex and Mitzy Cream, Burlesque legends Tiffany Carter and Tempest Storm, and Toronto’s own international super star Coco Framboise.


With a lifelong passion for theatrical performance and strong 25+ year dance background under her belt, Miss Ray now focuses her creative energies on teaching and performing Classic  Revival Burlesque, honoring and authentically recreating the lost Art of Tease so popular in the 1930s-through the end of the 1960s. 

This chat was …  very VO DEE OH DOH….. OO!  – Coral FM


Femme Fatale Comedy Pioneer Phyllis Diller – Coral FM Archives

Phyllis Diller. Yes I interviewed her one day while I was on lunch at Maple Leaf Foods.
Phyllis Diller. Yes I interviewed her one day while I was on lunch at Maple Leaf Foods.


Phyllis Diller was the first of her kind opening the doors to many a female comic from Roseanne Barr, Ellen, and Whoopi, to Judy Greer and Kathy Griffin. But unlike her garish stage comic personna, Diller was also the quintessential creator – a visual artist and concert pianist and gourmet cook with a killer recipe for chicken chili. But no one will never forget The Big As Life GUFFAW…
In 1999, I was lucky enough to chat with Diller by phone in advance of her show at Centre in the Square just before the tragic event at Langdon Hall when she lost her chauffuer and good friend Patricia Marcella . When I met her briefly backstage after her Centre show, Diller was very sweet and remembered me because of my name. Later that year she had a heart attack, and in 2002, she retired from the road for good to pursue more of visual artwork in mixed media acrylics.
Phyllis Diller was an original – one of the classiest women I have ever met. She loved jazz and the great jazz pianist Bill Evans so the music of Evans is also interspersed in this chat. I aired part of the interview but to honour her wishes – did not air anything she said Off The Record and there was plenty. Hence this radio excerpt. This is still one of my all time favorite chats in my vast archive of interviews. Goodbye Phyllis. So long and thanks for The Guffaws.. – Coral FM.

Actor Shayne Coffin on Coral FM

Actor Shayne Coffin
Actor Shayne Coffin

Special Guest actor Shayne Coffin drops by to chat about upcoming roles in Elora Community Theatre’s Tom Sawyer this November and his debut in Galt Little Theatre’s Joyful Noise happening in December as part of A Christmas in Cambridge. Shane also speaks about some of his favorite roles, including Rainman in Guelph Little Theatre’s Frozen Dreams, by Ontario playwright Robert Ainsworth, and his future goals which include studying in New York!

He is currently The Elora Town Crier. But watch for him in many shows to come. – Coral FM.

Kaufman Arts Artistic Director Rachel Kaufman Behling on Coral FM

Kaufman Arts Initiative

Rachel Kaufman Behling – Visionary

This is an older chat but Rachel has taken the concept of Kaufman Arts Studio to the next level through the Kaufman Arts Initiative. 

We have decided to take a ‘leap of faith,’ shifting our focus from a physical studio space to an incentive and vision beyond four walls. 

The Kaufman Arts Studio will now be the Kaufman Arts Initiative; an incentive to promote and support both Professional and Emerging Artists. One of the fundamental principles for the Initiative will be working within the community, acting as a bridge between corporate, academic and artistic enterprises. We wish to mentor, support and fund artists, with a strong emphasis on training and development.
This will be an ever-evolving Project, as we still stand by our mandate to support this Community wholeheartedly with creative collaboration, support and yes- FUNDING! We want to hear your ideas for new, innovative study and creation, and will support all Artists and members of the Community who seek to become part of projects within a healthy, happy and creative spirit.
I would be happy to hear from you about collaboration or any ideas you have that would benefit our Community as we move forward with this amazing Project. Our Facebook page and Twitter address have not changed, so please follow us for all the exciting news!  – Rachel.

On the show rachel speaks about the Robertson Davies play that the collective did as well.



Waterloo Region Record Arts Writer Robert Reid on Stratford and Blyth Festivals 2012

The Stratford Festival's 60the Season Playbill
The Stratford Festival’s 60the Season Playbill

Special Guest Waterloo Region Record Arts Writer Robert Reid, fresh from reviewing opening week productions at Stratford Shakespeare Festival’s 60th Anniversary Season! joins me to wax theatre from Stratford to the Blyth Festival.
In Part 1 we discuss Bard’s productions Much Ado About Nothing, Cymbeline, and three count them THREE opening week musicals 42nd Street, You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown, and Pirates of Penzance, plus The Matchmaker, and new Canadian production, The War of 1812. We also discuss late season openings Shakespeare’s Henry V, Christopher Plummer’s new one man show A Word or Two, in addition to other Canadian theatre debuts MacHomer, Wanderlust, Hirsch, and The Best Brothers. Rob also brings in Grand River Blues Society CD Got Mojo 2, plus music from Fred Eaglesmith and MacHomer’s Rick Miller. We also speak about The Blyth Festival’s Season as well.

For those wanting to see Stratford shows here is Rob’s invaluable insight from his venerable Aisle Seat.

Hilary Abel drops by Coral FM to chat about Steel Rails 2012

Steel Rail Sessions


Steel Rail Sessions is Waterloo Region’s annual art party on a train. 

Featuring local artists, musicians, art installations, interactive activities, great local food and craft beer on a historical train as it travels from Uptown Waterloo to Elmira and back. Each year we surprise our guest with a new and exciting experience that will entertain and push limits, all aboard the beautiful and rustic Waterloo Central Railway.
I have done this and it was a lot of fun. Hilary drops by to chat about KW’s coolest Party in Motion. – Coral FM


KWLT Listen Leslie cast on Coral FM

Listen Leslie

Listen, Leslie

Director: Trisha Villanueva

A show from the entire ensemble, Listen, Leslie is anybody’s story. 

Anybody who has ever struggled with control over their life.

Anybody who has ever doubted their fate.

Anybody who has ever forgotten to have fun.

Anybody who has ever been afraid to live.

Leslie, a young, strong-willed woman who has got her entire life planned out for her fails to realize that sometimes life is not that simple. Fate interferes with Leslie’s well planned life as she unravels into a maddening journey of acceptance and self-discovery.

Cast members Steph, Hailey, and Steve of Listen Leslie spoke about this collaborative theatre piece on Coral FM.

Flush Ink Productions Artistic Director Paddy Gillard Bentley chats about Asphalt Jungle Shorts VIII on Coral FM

Asphalt Jungle Shorts
Asphalt Jungle Shorts Players

Asphalt Jungle Shorts is defined as The Intersection of Theatre and Reality. AND beginning tonight!! actors will lead the unsuspecting audience on an intriguing sojourn through the streets of downtown Kitchener – both physically and literally.
Flush Ink Productions Artistic Director Paddy Gillard Bentley speaks about Asphalt Jungle Shorts VIII, and its evolution. This includes the recent inaugural staging of AJS in Waterloo as the troupe performed through the nooks and cool little crannies, restos and pubs of the Uptown core. Paddy also spoke about Flush Ink’s Urban Theatre Festival Unhinged and intoxicating new novel The Unexploded Boer written by Erich Rautenbach.
For more info on AJS VIII and other Flush Ink shows including Unhinged, and She Speaks, go to Flush Ink.  And because Flush Ink is “Theatre That Thinks Outside the Theater” I think it’s rather apropos that this chat was recorded live in the studio from my Edirol recorder’s digital mic, hence the edgier sound quality. So pump up the volume! – Cheers Coral FM



Coral FM MINI Podcast – The Many Voices of McHomer’s Rick Miller – DOH! And a Special Shout Out!

My niece Princess Alecia

Rick Miller’s McHomer – a mash up of 50 Simpsons voices versus The Scottish Play – aka Macbeth! has audiences of all ages laughing from start to finish.
McHomer is currently playing at The Studio Theatre as part of the Stratford Shakespeare Festival’s 60th Anniversary Season!
It’s there until Saturday May 26! It is fabulous! Go and see it!

And now … From his (recently autographed CD – heh heh) Rick Miller – Songs from My Shows, here is feature song Tragedy from McHomer and Queen’s Petrified Rock Anthem Bohemian Rhapsody – (also From McHomer) featuring 25 of the Most Annoying Voices in the Music Industry. AND … a special shout out to my nephew Michael, his wife Andrea, and daughter Princess Alecia – Three Beautiful People – Coral FM


This week on Coral FM – Waterloo Region Record Arts and Culture columnist Martin De Groot speaks about Animating the Trail

People along Kitchener's Iron Horse Trail for a number of Arts Events and Activites,
People along Kitchener’s Iron Horse Trail for a number of Arts Events and Activites


The Iron Horse Trail, which connects UW with downtown Kitchener, will be the site of much conviviality with the Animate the Trailfestival Sunday, May 27 1-5 p.m. At either end of the Iron Horse Trail are two large, beautiful parks. Waterloo Park, located in between the city’s two universities, just south of University Ave. features sports field, picnic tables, a splash park, a duck pond, and a small zoo with llamas and peacocks and stuff. See that antique train? Yep, that’s where you catch it to go to the market. See that futuristic black building? Yes, that’s the Perimeter Institute. Sometimes, Stephen Hawking hangs out there. Cool, huh? Kitchener’s corresponding park is Victoria Park, a lovely expanse of gardens, water and bridges, with a really, really good playground (just in case you have a small philosopher with you). It’s yer classic Commonwealth park, complete with statue of Queen Victoria and cannons to play on.


I spoke with Waterloo Region Record columnist Martin De Groot about this new event.




BC’s Coast Kids HipHop take their words it to the Streets. Check It!

Coast Kids Hip Hop  4 guys from the suburban streets in the lower mainland spreading their words and beliefs about life through hip hop music. With all members sharing a strong work ethic and the drive to succeed. Expect big things in the future from the " Coast Kids "
Coast Kids Hip Hop. 4 guys from the suburban streets in the lower mainland spreading their words and beliefs about life through hip hop music. With all members sharing a strong work ethic and the drive to succeed. Expect big things in the future from the ” Coast Kids “

This is a little feature on Coast Kids HipHop featuring vocalists Live to See Livsey and Grizz G. It’s a little wonky in vocal levels, but hell, turn it up! Check them out on Facebook under Coast Kids HipHop.

ColinMPhoto, GrizzG, Live To See Livsey, Young Casanova

I have been playing their music for a while now starting with Live to See Livsey’s Gwaddafalla, and Wise Wondering under their former moniker Byg Country. Now as the Coast Kids Live to See Livsey and Grizz G have more new trax including Today’s The Day, Stomping Grounds, and I Say What Up.

Here are more of their latest tracks via Soundcloud – Check It! Coral FM.



Best Selling Author Lauren B. Davis and Wordsworth Books David Worsley on Coral FM

Wordsworth Books Co-Owner David Worsley with acclaimed author Lauren B. Davis at the old Sound FM Studios.
Wordsworth Books Co-Owner David Worsley with acclaimed author Lauren B. Davis at the old Sound FM Studios.

Our Daily Bread written by Canadian born author Lauren B Davis was named one of the “Best of 2011” by The Globe and Mail and The Boston Globe. Thanks to Wordsworth Books, Lauren B Davis and WW’s co owner Dave Worsley, who came to Sound FM for a chat on Coral FM

I was thrilled to have award wining author Lauren B Davis here at Sound FM. Like page turner Our Daily Bread, Lauren’s latest book The Empty Room has garnered rave reviews. Yu can find more info about Lauren at her website  http://laurenbdavis.com/books/

This is Lauren’s latest book.

This is Lauren's latest book.
This is Lauren’s latest book.

In this unforgettable work, acclaimed novelist Lauren B. Davis has created as searing, raw and powerful a portrayal of the chaos and pain of alcoholism as we have encountered in fiction. Told with compassion, insight and an irresistible gallows humour, The Empty Room takes us to the depths of addiction, only to find a revelation at its heart: the importance and grace of one person reaching out to another.

Coral, Dave Worsley, and Lauren B. Davis at the old Sound FM Studios
Coral, Dave Worsley, and Lauren B. Davis at the old Sound FM Studios


Here is my interview with Lauren B Davis at the old Sound FM Studios on Waterloo Street. Special thanks to Dave at Woodsworth Books. (Coral the Producer’s note – the vocals are a smidge distorted. Apologies).




Featuring a revolutionary themed playlist with music from Germany, Ireland, U.K., Italy, Spain, Catalunya, Basque, Russia, & North America. We also play both songs from the new Rebel Time release “Treason 45” by The Class Assassins and chat about Occupy Movement, the Oakland General Strike and finish off with an interesting mix of tunes going from hip-hop, to dub then to some grind/crust!

For full details and playlist, click the title above.


For a complete playlist along with full details/images from the show, visit: http://www.rebeltimerecords.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=119:rtradionov022011&catid=42:podcasts&Itemid=65


Featuring a revolutionary themed playlist with music from Germany, Ireland, U.K., Italy, Spain, Catalunya, Basque, Russia, & North America. We also play both songs from the new Rebel Time release “Treason 45” by The Class Assassins and chat about Occupy Movement, the Oakland General Strike and finish off with an interesting mix of tunes going from hip-hop, to dub then to some grind/crust!

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PART TWO (1:06:25)

For a complete playlist along with full details/images from the show, visit: http://www.rebeltimerecords.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=119:rtradionov022011&catid=42:podcasts&Itemid=65