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

June 29 LIVE on Northumberland 89.7 FM Small Town Radio!
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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

  • Old Wives 

     

    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. #11: Wayne Kennedy, DIY acoustic punk

LIVE June 15 at 8pm on Northumberland 89.7 FM Small Town Radio
LISTEN HERE if you missed it live.

Check out my chat with Wayne Kennedy!

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“Wayne Kennedy has all the defiant passion and mad vocal energy you would hear with a punk band but performed by strumming the ever-loving-sh*t out of an acoustic guitar. For 11 years, Wayne Kennedy has been heavily involved within the independent music scene of Southern Ontario. From performing in punk bands, The Red District, and Television Warfare, to being a well known music promoter. Most notably, he was behind the infamous $2 Punk Shows at The Spill in Peterborough, and the Moustache Club in Oshawa, from 2012 to 2016. Wayne Kennedy started performing as an acoustic punk songwriter in 2014. He has performed at various festivals across Ontario, such as KOI Fest, Broken Arts Fest, and Peterborough L.I.V.E. Wayne has also spoken at high-schools, colleges, and universities, about songwriting, and his experiences building music scenes from the ground up and adhering strongly to a D.I.Y. work ethic.”

 

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Against Me!

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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!
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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!

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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

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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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