The End of November’s Radio Show Came With Glitches – S06E11

Due to a slight delay on not posting up Wednesday’s radio show right away for the blog. The reason was that the playlist for the November 24th edition was being incomplete. It was the on-air studio’s computer causing itself to restart and I had my entries from the top 4 songs and the second hour to be gone. You can check the countdown at this link and the playlist is now posted up at this link (via CKCU-FM’s website).

On the show itself, I had a surprise guest on the show as I predicted of hosting on my own and almost having a trainwreck. My co-host was unavailable due to being sick and tons of assignments.
In the second hour of the show, I finally decided to play Hallelujah for the fourth time as I was slightly pressured to play the original version of the song.
The interview I aired was Nat Baldwin in the band, The Dirty Projectors. This was considered my second music interview who’s not from Canada. With Baldwin, what interested me to interview him was that he collaborated with a well-known band, Vampire Weekend. For Baldwin, he was on tour for his solo music. It was a great opportunity to interview him and I should thank, Adam Saikaley (host of CBC’s Bandwidth) for putting on the show at Raw Sugar Cafe.
Unfortunately, I couldn’t find a photo of Nat Baldwin for this blog entry.

Without further ado, you can listen to the November 24th edition of WildWorks on CKCU-FM.
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The interview with Nat Baldwin
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An Awesome November Weekend With Grant Lawrence & CKCU’s 35th – S06E10

This weekend was totally fun because it started with CKCU‘s 35th Anniversary weekend. It was the concert on Friday night and then the anniversary party on Saturday. The Friday concert consisted of The Steve Adamyk Band, The Flaps, The White Wires, Mike Essoudry’s Mash Potato Masher & The Mighty Popo. I was unfortunate to miss out on The Mighty Popo due to time. Then the party was held the day after (Saturday) and there was excellent food as I just loved the grilled chicken. It was an entertaining night as there were panels consisting of each time period (the 1970s, 1980s, 1990s & 2000s/noughties).
Both events were at Porter Hall in Carleton University. It’s been awhile that Porter Hall was used for live music.
It was great to see the usual hosts and staff at the events. There are photos that I posted but it’s on Facebook, go to the public link. The link should work if you not logged on Facebook.

Onto the nice and warm Sunday afternoon, I went to Raw Sugar Cafe for Grant Lawrence’s book reading event. I finally got to meet Lawrence as I was unable to go to events in Toronto with my brother. As you see the photo on top of the entry shows proof that I finally got to see him.
Overall, he was there to promote his book, Adventures in Solitude. It’s not about music if anyone thinks that Grant Lawrence is all about music (actually, Canadian music0. Adventures in Solitude deals about his childhood going to his parent’s cottage in Desolation Sound. Lawrence read a few chapters in the book and his experience being in Desolation Sound brings a lot of humour. Andy Swan performed a couple of songs as a break in between Lawrence’s book reading.
I also did an audio interview Mr. Lawrence and expect it to be aired for Wednesday’s radio show.

Last thing, how can I not forget Arcade Fire’s second appearance on SNL. Good thing I got back home right after CKCU’s 35 Anniversary Party. I was surprised that the band performed Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains).

The November 17th Radio Show and The Grant Lawrence Interview
I was solo hosting and I made it through the 2 hours. Starting the 2nd hour, I played a 3rd Hallelujah and it’s from the 2008 winner of Britain’s The X Factor, Alexandra Burke. I had a few tweets that they prefer Jeff Buckley’s Hallelujah and to burst your bubble, I played it two weeks on the Funding Drive Show #2.
You can listen to the radio show by pressing play. The playlist is at this link.

The Grant Lawrence interview was light-hearted at best and hope you will enjoy it.
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The Post Funding Drive Edition with The Diamond Rings & Sheezer Interviews – S06E09

It’s great to finally resume regular programming as the Funding Drive for 2010 was a successful one. The station reached its goal of $110,105. I would like say thanks to the people who pledged on my radio show as I was pretty nervous that I wouldn’t get any as my show is still new. At least my radio is making progress. How can I not forget about CKCU’s 35 Anniversary, that will be explained in a future entry.
The November 10th edition of WildWorks on CKCU-FM had songs leaning towards the Techno/Electronica realm. Overall, my co-host, Marzia did a good job helping me out after being absent for one show. It was an entertaining show. The first hour as usual was The Wild 10 Countdown and yes, Arcade Fire is still #1 on the countdown. The Wild 10 Countdown entry is at this link.
In the second hour, I played another version of Hallelujah and it’s by Rufus Wainwright. I am totally hooked on Communion by Maximum Balloon & Karen O. (of Yeah Yeah Yeahs). There was a blast from the past song I played and it was due in part to The X Factor in the UK. One of the contestant sang Stay by Shakespears Sister on the show and it got some buzz from the UK singles chart.
The interviews aired on the radio show were Diamond Rings and the all girl Weezer cover band, Sheezer. Just good timing for Diamond Rings as he’s the X3 Artist of the Month.

Don’t forget to check the playlist by going to this link.

Radio Show and Interviews
The November 10th radio show – press play to listen.

The Diamond Rings Interview
It was recorded on October 29, 2010, outside of Raw Sugar Cafe. Press play to listen or download it.

The Sheezer Interview
It was recorded at Zaphod Beeblebrox with two of the members. Press play to listen or download it.

October/November Happenings – S06E08

Since I couldn’t find an image for this entry, I decided to use this image as October 20th was wear purple for Spirit Day. I mentioned it on my radio show because the day is to show support among the teen LGBT who took their lives due to bullying. I will apologize for not explaining clearly on the air due to slight time constraints and it was the spur of the moment having to read from the website.
On Wednesday’s show, I aired two interviews from Radio Radio and Ania Ziemirska. Both were good interviews and the Radio Radio interview had a humourous tone because there were questions about the listening and cultural preference.
In the final half hour of the show, I played a couple of electronica music. One is by Red Lights by Holy Fuck and I mentioned on-air that it’s a cute and funny music video. Oh, those cats.

Another thing, I forgot to mention on the radio but I was happy to get a Polkaroo t-shirt on Tuesday afternoon. Here’s the link of the photo. It’s funny how Polkaroo has made a comeback for 2010. Thanks TVO.
Without further ado, here’s the October 20th edition of the radio show.
Here’s the October 20th playlist – click here. The countdown entry is at this link.

Radio Show for October 20th, 2010 – press play to listen.

Radio Show for October 27, 2010 – It’s the 2010 edition of CKCU’s Funding Drive. The show was totally hilarious because I kept messing up with the phone numbers and luckily had two people helping me out. It was all fun and laughter. At least I got some donation for my radio show. Here’s the playlist to check out [Link].
The Wild 10 Countdown for October 27 is at this link.
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Another Radio Show
I had a voice cameo of sorts and was mentioned during parts of The New Midnight Jamz on October 23rd, 2010.
Press play to listen to the silliness.

Radio Show for November 3, 2010 – The 2nd & Final Funding Drive Show for 2010
Unfortunately, I had to go solo for my radio show as my co-host and guest had other things happening. Overall, I did a good funding drive show and it’s my 2nd year doing it. I am please with the donations compared to last year. The only pressing part is the funding drive itself as it is a bit behind from 2009’s expectations.
I may or may not be posting the first 15 mins of the pre-show and the 2nd hour part of the show because of the songs being played. It may be posted temporary.
Here’s the playlist at this link.
You can listen to the first hour of the show by pressing play.
Hour 1

Hour 2 (Be sure to listen to it as soon as possible)

Feature Interviews
Radio Radio – Press play to listen or download it.

Ania Ziemirska – Press play to listen or download it.

Late October Entry – From Ottawa Fashion Week
Here are a few silly photos I took from the iPod touch. As you sort of see that I had to wear nice clothing. Luckily, I got to hang out with the Apartment 613 crew for awhile. I should give a shoutout to Twenty York Street as I was given a mention on one of the blog entry. Unfortunately, I didn’t take any photos of the runway itself but I had a good time attending Ottawa Fashion Week. Nothing beats getting some free food at an event.

The Rich Aucoin Interview and Enjoying The New Co-Host – S06E07

On the (Canadian) Thanksgiving weekend, I had an opportunity to check out Rich Aucoin and Hey Rosetta! over at Capital Music Hall. Hot Hot Heat was the headlining band but decided to leave because bus service on Sunday night in Ottawa is not the best. I had the opportunity to interview Rich Aucoin as he was available to interviews and I was totally fine with it. Aucoin is one of those up and coming musicians who’s making interesting sounds to the Canadian music scene. You can say he blends a mix of Daft Punk and other techno bands from his music. For the live shows, it is very interactive as I got to experience the confetti, balloons, 3-D glasses and a parachute. His set was the most energetic. I hope you will enjoy the interview.

Wednesday’s radio show continues to be fun as I am very comfortable with the new co-host, Marzia. She is giving me more of a perspective on the alternative bands that she likes and the ones not getting a lot of airplay on mainstream stations. This week, we talked about OK Go as they are coming to Ottawa later this week. Overall, she is getting comfortable being on-air in Ottawa, Canada and she told me it was chaotic at the radio station in her hometown of Italy.
I began a new opening music as CKCU-FM will be celebrating their 35th anniversary and it’s fitting to use Anniversaries by The Love Machine as they are one of the bands that will be performing for CKCU’s 35th anniversary.
I also aired the 2nd part to the Grand Analog interview from Montreal. What was dealt in the second part were mentioning the Winnipeg music scene (in a humourous fashion), being friends with Shad, the Polaris Music Prize and the use of social media/network site.
I started the show with something nostalgic from the 1990s. Got to love music from England at that time period. Here’s the music video.

Don’t forget to check the playlist by clicking on the link. The top 10 countdown is at this link.

Audio: Radio Show and Interviews
The October 13 edition of the radio show. Press play to listen.

The Rich Aucoin Interview – Press play to listen or download it.

The 2nd Part of the Grand Analog Interview – Press play to listen or download it.

Got Featured
I participated in this website project about everyday people in Ottawa. Thanks to Hello Ottawa, you can read about myself at this link.

The Post POP Montreal With Grand Analog, Think About Life & PKG – S06E06

Wednesday’s radio show was the post POP Montreal edition as the top 10 countdown had some bands that attended the music festival and then later on, I aired two interviews by Grand Analog and Think About Life.
What’s new on the radio show is that I got a new co-host. Her name is Marzia and she’s an exchange student from Italy. So, be kind to her. She’s been a great addition to my show as she’s enjoying the music that I am playing.
I started off the show with a couple of Anita Mui songs because October 10th, would of been her birthday if she was still alive. It was another tribute to the “Madonna of Asia.” First song was her rendition of Stand By Me because a good friend has been fond of the original version by Ben E. King. I decided to play it again for her.
As I explained in the previous blog post about the various activities I did at POP Montreal like hanging out with two members of The Balconies and The Golden Dogs for poutine in Montreal. In the second hour, I made the new co-host happy by playing The Hundred In The Hands, Delphic and The Temper Trap. I attended Saturday’s show by checking them out. They were pretty good.

The PKG Giveaway

One thing I forgot to mention on air was who are PKG? They are a Canadian company and they make electronic accessories like laptop sleeves/bags, iPhone cases and other tech carry-on.
The fine folks from PKG had me do a giveaway for the radio show. It was grateful of them to do another one after POP Montreal. It was pretty tempting to not get hooked the messenger bag I gave away.
Congratulations to Tom Burns (of Ottawa) for winning the awesome messenger bag. Kudos to last week’s winner, Tanya Poirier (also of Ottawa) for winning the PKG/POP Montreal VIP giveaway bag.
Thanks to PKG for displaying an excellent room at the POP Montreal headquarters (Notman House) and for the giveaways.

Don’t forget to check the playlist by going to this link. The countdown entry is at this link.
You can listen to the radio show by pressing play.

The Interviews at POP Montreal
Grand Analog – Part 1.
It’s in part 1 because the length of the interview was long. Press play to listen or download it.

Think About Life
Press play to listen or download it.

October 7th Update: Thursday Show Guest Hosting and Ottawa Chinatown Gateway
It was totally last minute as I decided to do some guest hosting for 12pm on Thursday at CKCU-FM. Instead of 30 mins, it went to 2 hours. As I ended the show, I decided to sneak in Imagine by John Lennon. What I didn’t realize was his birthday would be on October 9th and he would be 70 years old. Talk about ironic timing.
Press play to listen and the playlist for the show is at this link.

Following the guest stint at CKCU-FM, I had to go to Ottawa Chinatown for the official opening of the Gateway. The official opening had dignitaries and politicians for the unveiling.  Here are a few photos I took. The Gateway looks lovely.

Having Fun at Pop Montreal – S06E05

Coming to Montreal to attend Pop Montreal was fun. Pop Montreal is an annual music festival that showcases International and local music through various venues. Being my first time, it’s quite enjoyable. Although, I didn’t get a chance to see some of the acts I wanted to see, it was mainly due to walking and taking public transit around to various places. I seem to have gone to Le Divan Orange several times because there were free shows happening in the afternoon. My own problem was not preparing on who to check out as everything I did was on the fly and unexpected.

Friday night, I went to The Jukebox to see Grand Analog. Odario Williams and his band members (minus one) were surprised to see me and I haven’t seen them in awhile. They had a great set and it’s been awhile I heard their music. Before getting inside to The Jukebox, I finally tried Schwartz’s smoked meat sandwich. Luckily, it was across from the venue and had time to waste as I arrived early.

Saturday’s lineup was a lot to check out but I chose a few to attend.
The Notman House (Pop Montreal headquarters) had a Pop BBQ Show featuring The Whitsundays, Hot Panda, Maylee Todd, Forest City Lovers and others. I went for the food as I only checked The Whitsundays perform. Afterwards, I took the bus to Le Divan Orange to see Think About Life. It was a packed show as they couldn’t let any more people in. They rocked out a energetic half an hour set. I did the interview with the lead singer of the band and expect to be aired soon on CKCU.
After Le Divan Orange, I had to go further up to Ubisoft Montreal. Yes, it’s the videogame company. They are one of the sponsors and that event was called Pop The Roof. The photo above was Malajube performing at Ubisoft Rooftop. That was probably one of my favourites because being at the rooftop felt nice. Seeing the backdrop of Mont-Royal and downtown Montreal made it felt surreal. The secret party for Pop The Roof had good crowds and there were free food being served.
The next one was going further down to St-Catherine to go to Le National as I was recommended by a new volunteer at CKCU. She told me to check The Temper Trap and having a media pass, I didn’t need to pay. The opening acts at the show were The Hundred in the Hands (New York) and Delphic (from UK). Those two bands were electro-rock based and they had catchy tunes. Then came The Temper Trap. Their music is alternative music with grand sounds. Their first tune, it seemed epic with the drumming. I know it’s Montreal as the show was packed, but I never knew the band has a good fan following.
The unfortunate part is that the same lineup will be in Ottawa for Sunday night.
After checking out the fabulous show, I headed over to 3 Minots to find The Balconies and Laurent Bourque (along the Old Crowns gang minus their lead member) to pay them a visit. They were surprised to see me in Montreal. It was tough to get in 3 Minots as it was at capacity. I did hang out with Jacquie, Liam, their friend and The Golden Dogs for poutine.
Overall, it was an amazing Saturday I had at Pop Montreal.
Not sure what to check out on the final day of Pop Montreal.
Note: One of the proud sponsors of Pop Montreal, PKG, were kind enough to give me another giveaway for my radio show on CKCU. Keep tuned to it.

Here are a few photos that I took from the iPod touch.

The Winter Gloves & Megan Bonnell Interviews – S06E04


I’ve overcome the cupcake craziness from Sunday. This week’s radio show had two interviews, one was the Winter Gloves of Montreal and the other with Megan Bonnell of Toronto.
The interview with Bonnell was done a few weeks back and it was more unexpected because I didn’t prepare but the interview went pretty well.
The Winter Gloves interview went well but I did not get a chance to see them live as I had to attend an event called GenYOtt. I was meeting up with various Twitter users in Ottawa.
The summary of the top 10 countdown is on the other page.
Being a supporter of Shad’s music, I was thrilled that there was a remix version of Rose Garden. It’s available at this link. Even though Summer is done, I am still hooked on the song.
In the 2nd hour of the show, I played the local acts who will be playing at Pop Montreal. I did a giveaway and then I had a few guests on the show. It will be a nice experiment to have a discussion type segment for final half-hour of the show.
This weekend, I am off to Pop Montreal and hoping to check out some live music and do some audio interviews.
You can check the playlist at this link.

Without further ado, you can listen to the full radio show by pressing play.

The Music Interviews
Winter Gloves – press play to listen or download it.

Megan Bonnell – press play to listen or download it.

The Return of the Ever Yummy Cupcakes in The Capital – S06E03


Oh my! The ever popular Capital Cupcake Camp made it’s 2nd year and this time, at a bigger venue in Ottawa City Hall. It was marvelous to see several unique cupcakes ranging from the amateurs and professionals. The bigger space wasn’t as chaotic as last year and made it easier for anyone to walk around. To my own surprise, I didn’t expect to see CBC All In A Day’s Alan Neal to be at the event as a judge. I joked to him if he survived his bout of sugar rush from the cupcakes. The judging of the cupcakes in various categories would make anyone pass out after chowing down at least 4-5 cupcakes.
Overall, it was all in great fun and also for a good cause towards The Youth Services Bureau of Ottawa and the City of Ottawa program, Women Alive. I would give kudos to the organizer of the event, Ian Capstick, for doing an awesome job and also the volunteers who helped set it up.
During the event, it was great to see some of the Oyster Friday (minus the lead organizer) crew and also several friends I know, from Apartment 613 to friends of my brother.

Without further ado, here are several photos I took and apologies as it was taken on the iPod touch. Oh! My favorite cupcake would have to be the Cherry Cherry cupcake. I think that’s the name of it.
Last thing, for anyone who missed it, I did wear a pink shirt. Thanks goes out to Jennifer Lee Promotions for designing the t-shirt.

The Forest City Lovers Interview and the Mooncake – S06E02

Summer has come and gone as Fall has arrived. That’s right, a new season has approached and cold weather won’t be as fun. Today’s also the start of Mid-Autumn Festival (in China and various places in Asia). As the image shown on top is a mooncake. I did eat a bit during the second hour of the radio show.
The second hour of the show was in celebration of the festival as I decided to play moon songs. The songs ranged from the 1960s (Moon River), 1980s (New Moon On Monday by Duran Duran) and the 1990s (Savage Garden). I forgot to mention to the friends and people who gave me suggestions on the moon songs, I would like to say, thank you. Apologies on some of the “famous” moon songs but due to time, I was not able to fit it in within the 2nd hour timeframe.
You can check the playlist by going to this link.
To check this week’s entry on the countdown, go to this link.

Going a bit from the 90s past, from one of the moon songs I played, I still like To The Moon and Back by Savage Garden. It’s been a second week that I have played Savage Garden.

Radio Show for September 22, 2010
You can listen to the show by pressing play. The duration of the radio show is 2 hours. On the show were the Top 10 countdown, the interview with Kat Burns of Forest City Lovers and moon songs. Enjoy!

The Second Hour – Moon Songs for Mid-Autumn Festival
If you want to listen to the second hour on the moon songs, you can press play to listen.

Polaris Music Prize Fallout
On Wednesday’s show, I did want to get into the Polaris Music Prize aftermath as countless of radio & tv shows would be talking about it. I decided to congratulate Karkwa on their win and played Marie tu pleures.

The Forest City Lovers Interview
Last Friday night, I had an opportunity to chat with Kat Burns of Forest City Lovers. Overall, she was pretty nice and it was also the first time to use the new iPod touch in recording the interview. I forgot to mention on the show that their gig at Raw Sugar Cafe was at capacity. Aside from that, I had to walk around to various places in downtown Ottawa.
You can listen to the show by pressing play or download it.