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
June 8 LIVE on Northumberland 89.7 FM Small Town Radio!
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My guest, Matt Kowalyk, and I discuss things like:
– Godhead and the other one-acts from The Northumberland Players
– K-Shark Audio
– 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
The Tragically Hip
LIVE June 15 at 8pm on Northumberland 89.7 FM Small Town Radio
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Check out my chat with Wayne Kennedy!
“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.”
Tune in to hear me chat with Harmony Page about volunteering, Solstice Gathering, managing expectations, communication, relationship anarchy, and affordable travel planning!
“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!”
Thanks, as always, to our sponsors, Medicine Wheel, who are doing amazing work!
Apparently I’m a PC Fascist and Today’s Empires, Tomorrow’s Ashes by Propagandhi
Real Mean by RVIVR
Escarpment Blues by Sarah Harmer
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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)
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
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.”
“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
“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
May 4 LIVE @8pm on Northumberland 89.7: Truly local radio:
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Join Lyss and guests, Hailiah and Joel Wesley, to discuss topics including:
– What each of them contributed to the new track “Hunters”?
– The story behind “Hunters”
– The collaborative process behind “Hunters”
– Working at Long & McQuade – Cobourg
– The benefits of music lessons
– Music as therapy/self-care
– Hailiah’s volunteer work with Sounds of the Next Generation
– What makes Northumberland County a good place to be a musician
– The best kind of gigs to play
– What we can expect from each of these talented folks
“Hailiah is a musician who grew up in Cobourg. She’s been involved in music her whole life. Her music style has been compared to the likes of Peter Gabriel, Kate Bush, and Lana Del Rey.
She’s released her new single Hunters featuring Joel Wesley and Brizzy Beats earlier this week. Currently working on a new performance project, you will be able to find her performing live this summer around Northumberland county!”
“DJ, Producer, engineer, and drummer, Joel Wesley, graduated with honours in Audio Engineering from the Trebas Institute. He moved from the city to Cobourg last year and loves the small town vibe. Joel is an avid dog lover, and fish keeper, and Long and Mcquade staffer of 5 years. He plays snare in Cobourg Legion Pipe Band and Djs all over Durham, Northumberland, and the GTA!”
Featuring the NEW single, “Hunters” by Hailiah feat. Joel Wesley and Brizzy Beats!
Ellen is a recent graduate from Acadia University’s Music Therapy program, but grew up in Cobourg. An outstanding classical vocalist and multi-instrumentalist, Ellen is releasing new music in a couple short weeks. Her collaborative album “Like Coming Home” will be released on May 12 and will be available on Apple Music, Spotify, and all the other places you usually find your music. A review of the album states, “impeccable production, an award winning band for support and harmonies to warm your heart. Yes, it’s one of those musical experiences that every human being deserves”.
“Coming to the world from the hills of Alderville First Nation in Ontario, Canada, Cale was fuelled by music since he could tie his shoes and has been taking audiences on a turbulent journey since he first picked up a guitar at 13. Cale himself describes the songs that make up “Stars & Promises”, his debut EP, and the sophomore EP “Til You Let Me Go”, as different stages of his own life, each telling a different chapter of the same story.
Aside from the record, Cale’s unique performances uses little more than an acoustic guitar and a few effects pedals and has given him the opportunity to perform across central and southern Ontario alongside acts like Ron Sexsmith, Scott Helman, Gentlemen Husbands, Jimmy Bowskill, SarahMark,2016 SOCAN Songwriting Prize Winners Fast
Romantics, and countless others.”
When it began, Cale’s journey into music was an escape from the trials and tribulations of a socially awkward teenager. Now it’s a chance to connect with like-minded people worldwide and share his experiences through the power of an acoustic guitar and a loop station.
Sometimes you have to stand as one in order to reach the many.”