The Nothing Exists Radio Hour Ep. #13: Avem (Birdcore, Sing Every Day EP)

June 29 LIVE on Northumberland 89.7 FM Small Town Radio!
LISTEN HERE for the podcast version. 

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My guests, Julian Warme and Maury Core (with a special appearance from Mike Grove(s)(er)!) of Avem and I discuss things like:

 

  • Why Avem Started
  • Who Avem is
  • What birdcore is
  • Their songwriting process while living across the country from one another
  • The process of recording their new EP
  • The inspiration for their songs
  • Why birds are so darn cool
  • What we can learn from birds
  • Being yourself even if you were hatched from a rotten egg
  • The good ol’ days of Northumberland County Early 2000s Punk
  • What kind of show-goers we each are
  • Julian and Maury’s favourite birds

    Featured Music

    Teenage Bottlerocket

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    The Unlovables

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The Nothing Exists RadioHour Ep. #12: Matt Kowalyk, Northumberland Players and K-Shark Audio

June 8 LIVE on Northumberland 89.7 FM Small Town Radio!
LISTEN HERE if you missed it!

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My guest, Matt Kowalyk, and I discuss things like:

– Godhead and the other one-acts from The Northumberland Players
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– Recording processes
– Taking a break from acting and then coming back to it
– How each of us got involved with The Northumberland Players
– The Players as an organization and what we can expect from them
– Running a fast-growing not-for-profit organization
– Critiquing art
– Directing theatre
– Art and creativity as a means of being well
– Work-life balance
– Being a parent

 

Featured Music

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The Tragically Hip

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The Nothing Exists radio Hour Ep. #10: Harmony Page (relationship anarchy, volunteering as (self)care, and travelling)

June 8 LIVE on Northumberland 89.7 FM Small Town Radio!
LISTEN HERE if you missed it!


Tune in to hear me chat with Harmony Page about volunteering, Solstice Gathering, managing expectations, communication, relationship anarchy, and affordable travel planning!

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“Dogs, dinos, die hard, oming with great authority, force of nature, harmacist jedi starfleet ace, patriarchy slaying sage chef social worker, organizer but reality breaking party hike host bummer-fixer, world crosser.”

“Very personable, friendly and fun loving person. Loves everything dinosaur related and travelling!”

“Harmosaurus Rex, eats garlic. Wags tail. Is awesome in every way. Scientists are currently unable to find words to accurately describe!”

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Thanks, as always, to our sponsors, Medicine Wheel, who are doing amazing work!

Featured Music

Apparently I’m a PC Fascist  and Today’s Empires, Tomorrow’s Ashes by Propagandhi
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Real Mean
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Escarpment Blues by Sarah Harmer
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The Nothing Exists Radio Hour Ep. #9: Tyson Galloway, musician/music teacher

June 1 LIVE on Northumberland 89.7 FM Small Town Radio!

LISTEN HERE if you missed it!

Check out my interview with the wonderful Tyson Galloway !

We’re gonna chat about balancing priorities (like being a professional musician AND a dad AND a husband AND a music teacher), making music as a means of being well, teaching music, and being a man who is invested in learning about feminism.

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Born and raised in Cobourg, Tyson is a freelance musician, currently instructing at Long and McQuade. He is experienced in a variety of forms of music from jazz to country. On the side, he’s a husband and father, as well as a nature and history buff. Tyson can be seen, locally, with acts like Washboard Hank and Madman’s Window.

Featured Music

Sugar by Ellen Torrie

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Maxwell Murder by Rancid

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Autumn Leaves by Tyson, Julian, and Clayton

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The Nothing Exists Radio Hour Ep. #8: Cailey McCormack on minimalism

May 25 LIVE on Northumberland 89.7 FM Small Town Radio

LISTEN HERE if you missed it live!

Check out my interview with a woman who may as well be my twin (seriously! we were born 2 days apart!). She’s got a lot of good things to say, def worth the listen.

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Cailey McCormack is a young professional with a heart of gold from Port Hope. She is a lover of the outdoors, dogs, and wellness all while building a successful career. She’s passionate about social justice, and has a unique and compassionate approach to her activism, operating from the perspective that people come from good intentions and that it’s useful to meet them where they’re at. She says, “when creating positive change in any kind of community you can’t underestimate the power of effective and compassionate communication”.

Cailey is also a valuable thinker and world-builder when it comes to the concept of minimalism, connecting it to overall health and wellness in an accessible, practical way.

Cailey is a fixture at Turtle John’s Friday night karaoke in Port Hope, ranging in song choice from Sublime to Johnny Cash. When she’s not making change in her community, you can often find Cailey hanging out with her one year old dachshund, Reese, at her family’s cabin in the woods.

 

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The Nothing Exists Radio Hour Ep. #7: Interview with Jeff Wheeldon, Green Party Candidate in Northumberland Peterborough South

May 18 LIVE on Northumberland 89.7.

LISTEN HERE if you missed it live!

Check out my interview with Jeff Wheeldon on Northumberland 89.7 FM Small Town Radio! We’re gonna talk about things like:
– Democratic deficits
– Strategic voting
– Why he’s into the Green Party
– Balancing his campaign with parenting
– His social media prescence
– Affordable housing
– Basic income guarentees
– Making mental health services part of OHIP+
– The Green vision for legalizing cannabis
– The interconnection of everything

*BONUS* Jeff tells a dad joke.

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Jeff Wheeldon is a real estate agent in Brighton, where his family has been building community since 2016. Jeff chose to enter politics as a way of serving others, and feels at home in the Green Party where service is prioritized over self and constituents take priority over party. He is inspired by the core values of the Global Greens movement, and the way that elected Greens conduct themselves with integrity and openness to working across party lines.

He was originally drawn to the Green Party after reading Elizabeth May’s book Losing Confidence in 2009. In 2014 he was the founding CEO of the Green Party Provencher Electoral District Association, and ran in that riding in the 2015 federal election. In 2016 he joined the Green Party of Canada’s Shadow Cabinet as International Affairs Critic, a role he still serves in today.

Jeff holds a Master of Arts degree in Theology, specializing in ethics. He has travelled widely, and has worked in trucks and factories as well as higher education administration and real estate. Jeff joined the Rotary Club of Brighton in early 2018, and volunteers with St. Paul’s Anglican Church whenever he can. In 2016-17 he initiated and engaged with a committee of church leaders in another denomination to develop policies and programs promoting environmental stewardship as church practice across the country. Jeff is an avid reader and writer, and devoted father of two beautiful boys.”

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Featured Music

 Exorcise by City Mouse

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Broken Brain by The Murderburgers

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Adventures in Zoochosis by Propagandhi

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The Nothing Exists Radio Hour Ep #6: Deviants and the Odd Man Out, Port Hope trans punk

May 11 LIVE on Northumberland 89.7.

LISTEN HERE if you missed it live!

Join Lyss and guests, Jesse, Zoe, and Olivia of Deviants and the Odd Man Out to discuss things like:

  • Their new album, Sink or Swim

  • The process behind the album

  • Songwriting process, reoccuring themes lyrically

  • The progression of the band (how and why it started)

  • Music Series: A Place for Deviants

  • Upcoming shows (lots of local shows coming up!)

  • The local music scene

  • Making a living as a musician

  • Being a transgender musician

  • Parenting when you’re when a trans punk band

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    Deviants and the Odd Man Out are a three-piece, ear-influenced grunge band who writes original songs, plays locally often, and loves to have fun and get their message out. 

    Their brand new album, “Sink or Swim”, is officially being released June 2, but you can buy it starting NOW. Contact the band via social media to get a copy!

    From Gareth Vieira’s interview with Zoey on Dispatches From a Small Town: “If we can even show 1, 2, 3 people it’s okay to be who you are and that you can do normal things, maybe we can have some influence on the next generation behind us. Honestly, at the end of the day, we just love playing music.”

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  • Featured Music

 

“Oh Oh Oh” and “Don’t Wanna Know” by Deviants and the Odd Man Outdeviants

 

 

Searching For a Former Clarity” by Against Me!

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“One fan wanted to know which older Against Me! songs referenced Grace’s wish to transition before she did. She said, “‘Searching for a Former Clarity’ with the line, ‘Confessing childhood secrets of dressing up in women’s clothes. Compulsions I never knew the reasons to.’ Both ‘The Disco Before the Breakdown’ and ‘Tonight We’re Gonna Give It 35%’ are about gender dysphoria. ‘Pretty Girls,’ pretty much all of [Against Me!’s 2005 album] Searching for a Former Clarity is about it, I guess, except for the obvious anti-war songs. At the time, the band was facing intense scrutiny from the punk scene about the politics of what label we were or weren’t on. That album was me saying, ‘I don’t even care about these things. Do you really want to know how it feels on the inside right now and what I’m really thinking about?'” – Rolling Stone

 

I’m a Transvest-lite” by NOFX

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“We have a song on the album called I’m a Transvest-lite where I talk about crossdressing and how I secretly did it when I was a teenager. And now I’m open about it.

After this record, pretty much all my secrets are out there, so I’ve lost all pride and shame, which are two things no one really should have.”  – Fat Mike via CBC