A Goodbye to Candice – S08E36

Lenny & Candice - April 24th

It’s been a fun time having Candice on my radio show. Wednesday was her final show as she’s moving down to Toronto. I’m trying not to rehash what was said on the show but it’s been a great privilege to have someone on the show with enthusiasm towards Canadian independent music.
All I have to say that we had a great time interviewing bands, interacting with them and going to the venues prior to soundcheck. It seemed like an adventure. The last and funny part was having to be at Second Cup in downtown several time to go through the questions. It was almost like a daily routine.
Another thing I forgot to mention on the show was getting to meet some of the hosts at CKCU.
Lastly, as much as you’re a worrywart and kept “cattle-prodding” me, I’ve been very easy-going, calm and made sure things were fine.

Prior to Candice’s final show, she decided to bring her adidas track jacket to slightly match the style that I’m wearing. The photo shown above. Unfortunately, the Polaroid pics didn’t turn out so well.

Song played today had new tracks from Louise Burns and Aidan Knight. The Cantopop segment was on Sandy Lam as her birthday is on April 26.
The send-off songs to Candice at the end of the show were I Was A Fool by Tegan and Sara and Take Care by Beach House. Videos posted below.
Also on the radio show, we played Genesis by Grimes as she won for electronic album of the year at the 2013 Juno Awards. What I didn’t know was that she posted on her Tumblr page about sexism. It was trending on Facebook and Twitter, so we didn’t get a chance to mention on the air what was happening as it was very sudden.
In my opinion, I rarely watch Grimes’s music videos and when playing her song on Wednesday, I was dancing along to the song and not think the image or anything in particular. Call it an ironic day by playing a musician and not knowing the buzz surrounding it.

On the Wild 10 Countdown, Born Ruffians take the top spot as we end the month of April. The countdown entry is over at this link. If you’re listening on the blog, the songs played on the podcast is posted from the countdown blog and no longer on the CKCU playlist.

The playlist from the live show is over at this link via CKCU-FM.

So long and enjoy Toronto, Candice!
You’re the best!
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The Interview and Performance with Paterson Hall – S08E35

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Hey friends, Candice here bringing you a quick recap of April 17’s edition of WildWorks.

Today we decided to switch things up a little. Usually we like to chat with bands at venues and pre-record our interviews, but today we were lucky enough to get a band live and in-studio. Local band Paterson Hall joined us in CKCU Studio B today, and not only did we have a good talk, but we also got to hear some live music from them on-air at CKCU. Today we heard “On the Shoulders of Giants,” “Time Travel” and “I’m a Lion.”
Interesting little factoid – “I’m a Lion” is a reference to Tyrion Lannister, a character from HBO’s Game of Thrones.

Awesome!

Paterson Hall, a six-piece band based here in Ottawa, also has a very strong connection to Carleton University. All six members are Carleton students, and they juggle both school and the band on a regular basis. And while they’ve only been playing together since November 2012, they’ve already released three songs and were happy to say they have an EP in the works for this summer. They’re playing this Friday, April 19 at 9:00 p.m. at Avant-Garde Bar as part of a Showcase Your Band event. Thanks again to Paterson Hall for swinging by, especially in the midst of exams!

Elsewhere on the show, we also heard from some JUNO Award nominees, as the JUNO Awards are scheduled for this Sunday, April 21 in Regina, Saskatchewan. Michael Bublé will be hosting.

We played tracks from Yukon Blonde, Grimes and Japandroids, all of whom have got nods at the Junos.

And before we heard from Paterson Hall, as always, we started with the Wild 10 Countdown. This week saw Victoria artist Chris Ho take the top spot with “Story of the Flood,” from his album, City of Dust. The album has a great summer pop feel to it.
You can find the countdown here. (Note: Songs played in the first part of the show are listed in the countdown blog).

The playlist for the April 17 th show is over at this link (Note: Songs posted is from the live show).
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Interviews with Language Arts and FIRExFIRE / Chatting Hong Kong Films – S08E34

Language Arts FIRExFIRE Teal Grid

After several weeks of Candice writing on the blog, it’s nice to be back and writing. I decided to give her a break for this week.
On the April 10th edition of WildWorks on CKCU-FM, myself and Candice had the opportunity to interview with Toronto-based bands, Language Arts and FIRExFIRE. Both bands were in Ottawa last Friday as they were playing at venues. Language Arts was at Raw Sugar Cafe, opening up for Gianna Lauren. FIRExFIRE was playing at Cafe Dekcuf. It was definitely a busy Friday.
Overall, both were great and it was a privilege to see Kristen (of Language Arts) again and finally meet the members of FIRExFIRE. Thanks again to the two bands.

To listen to the interviews, the audio are posted below.
The interview with Language Arts has two versions. The one posted to Soundcloud is the entire version, while the one aired on CKCU-FM (and on their On-Demand) had a segment edited out.

On the Wild 10 Countdown, New Summer (Doldrums Remix) by Young Galaxy takes the top spot this week. The summary and playlist for the podcast can be seen here.

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Interviews with Purity Ring and The Matinée – S08E33

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Hi friends, this is Candice with a quick recap of today’s edition of WildWorks. It’s been a busy week for us – on today’s show, we brought you a double-dose of interviews from two great Canadian acts.

On April. 2nd, we spoke with electropop duo Purity Ring, made up of one part Megan James and the other part, Corin Roddick. The pair was in Ottawa to play a show at Ritual Nightclub as part of their North American tour. They’ll eventually go on to Coachella and Bonnaroo later this summer.

We also caught up with The Matinée, a five-piece roots-rock outfit out of Vancouver. They were in town on March 29 for a Good Friday show at Mavericks. After nearly five years of trying to make it as a band, they were finally signed to Light Organ Records, and the result was their debut album, We Swore We’d See the Sunrise. They also released a video for their song, “Young and Lazy,” on March 1st. The photo posted has Lenny with all of the band members.

Check the bottom of this post for the full interviews.

Also on the show, we played a track from The Costanzas, a garage/surf/rock n’roll band out of Toronto. We brought in even more Canadian offerings with songs from Fire X Fire (who are playing Friday night at Cafe Dekcuf), Kashka and Victoria-based singer-songwriter Chris Ho. (Note: The Costanzas are now called The Kostanzas)

On the Wild 10 Countdown for April 3rd, for the second week in a row, Gold & Youth was at number one with “Jewel.”

You can check the countdown blog here. (Note: Songs played in the first part of the show are listed in the countdown blog) 

And if you’re looking for the playlist from today’s show, you can find that here. (Another note: CKCU’s playlist has their on-demand audio for the second part of the show)

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Remembering Leslie Cheung, 10 Years On – S08E32

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Hi friends, this is Candice with a recap of today’s edition of WildWorks.

This week was an important one for Lenny – the 10th anniversary of the death of Hong Kong Cantopop legend Leslie Cheung. Cheung was one of HK’s biggest stars, releasing more than 30 albums and acting in over 60 movies.  Known affectionately as “Goh Goh,” translated as ‘older brother,’ he was also one of the first pop singers in Hong Kong to publicly acknowledge his bisexuality. However, on April 1, 2003, Cheung committed suicide by jumping from a hotel room balcony. He was 46.

To mark the occasion, Lenny put together a few medleys of classic Cheung standbys. It featured songs like “Silence is Golden,” “Black Midnight,” and “A Man of Intention.” We also played a live version of Sandy Lam’s song, “At Least I Still Have You,” taken from the Passion Tour in 2000, which was the last tour before his death. Being the tenth anniversary, there are several events happening in Hong Kong to mark the occasion.
The image chosen for this year’s tribute is the cover to his 1987 album, Summer Romance. It’s an iconic image as the album became critically acclaim and put Cheung into major stardom.

If you’re reading this entry after April 1st, 2013, some links to check out. A story over at AsiaOne/The Straits Times about the last phone call that Leslie Cheung made on the fateful day ten years ago.
Huffington Post on the exhibit paying tribute to Cheung. Over at AsiaOne – “Two million cranes for Leslie Cheung.”
At Yahoo! Singapore Entertainment – “Leslie’s memorial concert a success.”

Elsewhere on the show, we played some good ol’ CanCon, with folky tracks from artists like Octoberman and the Abramson Singers, both of whom are playing at Raw Sugar Café tonight. We also referenced a bit about the two pandas arriving to Toronto and decided to play a song called Slippery When Wet by The Acorn as it mentioned about the cuddly animal.
Scary Bear Soundtrack released a new track called Victoria Island, as it got revealed on Tuesday night.

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The Interview with Inlet Sound – S08E31

With Inlet Sound

Hey friends, Candice here bringing you a quick recap of the March 20th edition of WildWorks.

First, some sad news that we need to share. CKCU was greatly saddened to hear that Chopper McKinnon, the long-time host of the show Canadian Spaces, passed away last week. Chopper had been a fixture of the Ottawa folk scene and his show had been on-air for more than three decades. He will be truly missed.

Lenny went through some of the Canadian Spaces playlists and found a fair number of Dan Mangan tracks there, so he dedicated Dan Mangan’s song “Basket” to Chopper’s memory. Mangan had written the song about his grandfather.

Today’s episode of WildWorks also featured an interview with Toronto band Inlet Sound. They were in Ottawa March 16 for a show, so Lenny had a chance to catch up with them and find out about more about their folk-styled album, The Romantics. Inlet Sound recorded that album in several interesting locales, including an old church and a cabin.

(And although I wasn’t able to make it to the interview, Inlet Sound was awesome enough to give me an autographed CD! : ) Thanks Inlet Sound and Lenny for the surprise – it really made my day!)

Later on the show, we played some tracks from Rah Rah, Whitehorse and former Ottawa resident Gianna Lauren. Rah Rah and Whitehorse will both be in town March 23, with Rah Rah opening for Two Hours Traffic at Zaphods and Whitehorse taking one of the stages at the National Arts Centre.

Today was the first day of Spring but there is still snow on the ground in Ottawa and no warmer weather. We played Cantopop songs that use one of the seasons (aka spring). Spring Wind, Fall Rain by Sally Yeh and Spring, Summer, Fall Winter by the late Leslie Cheung.
Next week’s show will have a tribute to Leslie Cheung as this year is the tenth anniversary of his tragic death.

This week’s Wild 10 Countdown found The Matinée in the top spot, with their track “Let Her Go.” It’s from the album, We Swore We’d See the Sunrise.

You can find the countdown here. (Note: Songs played in the first part of the show are listed in the countdown blog).

The playlist for the March 20th show is over at this link.
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The Interview with Cai.ro – S08E30

Credit: Caitlin Laura Photography

Credit: Caitlin Laura Photography

Hi friends, Candice again. I took a short break last week, but I’m back again and as usual, I co-hosted on today’s edition of WildWorks. And now for a quick recap!

This week, we brought you an interview from Toronto-based band, Cai.ro. The “orchestral-folk”-styled band was in Ottawa on March 8 for a show at Avant-Garde Bar.

And while their six-song EP garnered a fair amount of attention since its August 2011 release, Cai.ro has announced that it’s planning on heading back into the studio to record some new material later this year. Check the bottom of this post for the full interview and Cai.ro’s track, “Addict.” (The track is played on the radio show) Continue reading

The Interview with Finding Chuck – S08E29

Finding Chuck
It’s been awhile that I have written a blog entry as Candice has been writing for the past couple of recent entries. This week’s radio show had the interview feature with Finding Chuck and had to solo host since Candice was away for this week. She will be back next week.
About Finding Chuck, it’s basically five guys from Ottawa who love music. The band recently entered the CBC Music Searchlight competition to choose Canada’s next great musical act. They got to the second round as the third round got released on Monday and they did not make to the top 5. Overall, they had a good outing getting to the top 20 for the Ottawa region of Searchlight.
Last week, Candice and I had the opportunity to interview two of the members. The audio for the interview is posted below. Hope you will like the interview with Finding Chuck as well with the radio show for this week.

As usual, the playlist from the radio show is over at this link.

This week’s Wild 10 Countdown post is over at this link. Number one for this week is Suuns as Images Du Futur got released.
Lastly, after all the teasing from Candice and a bit from Nat & Marie, I have a Tumblr. It’s at wildworks.tumblr.com.
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Ottawa = Winterfell – S08E28

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We know, we know – there are enough jokes out there about Snowmageddon and Snowpocalypse and …Winterfell.

But seriously, this snow though…It would give even the Night’s Watch a run for its money.

Still, we did our darnedest to pull together a good show yesterday. This post is a little delayed, since Lenny and I were stuck shovelling our driveways all afternoon, but here it is – our recap of this week’s edition of WildWorks.

Some pretty exciting news to start things off – The RBC Royal Bank Bluesfest lineup was announced yesterday, and we were reaaaal keen when we saw some of our favourites on the list. Big acts include Björk, BB King, the Dixie Chicks, Rush and Wu-Tang Clan. Personally I’m excited to see Passion Pit, Mother Mother, Zeds Dead, Camera Obscura and Bahamas.

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The Birthday Edition: Interviews with Young Rival and The Elwins – S08E27.5

with The Elwins

Hey friends, this is Candice writing a quick recap of today’s edition of WildWorks.

So busy, busy show today – not only did we have a double dose of interviews with bands Young Rival and The Elwins, but today was also Lenny’s birthday! Happy birthday, friend! Here’s to another amazing year ahead and all the DAVIDsTEA your heart desires. : )
The photo shown is Lenny with The Elwins, after the interview.

On today’s show, we played a few tracks from artists and bands that are competing in CBC Music’s Searchlight contest. CBC is looking for Canada’s next big thing, and the winning artist/band will get a sweet $20,000 in music-related equipment from Yamaha. The list of the top 20 acts is slated to be released Feb. 25.

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