A Very Merry Christmas & The Top 50 of 2013, Part 2 – S09E16

WW Vinyl December 23

It was an epic day as I was on the airwaves from 7-10am and then the regular show at 11am on CKCU-FM. First, it was the Monday Special Blend and I was joined by Canadian Spaces host, Chris White as we had Shannon Rose & The Thorns. Rose has a new song which is fitting for Christmas and it’s called North Star. She performed three songs live on the airwaves. First was North Star, the second was Phoenix and lastly, a Bing Crosby cover song, I’ll Be Home For Christmas. Luckily, Ottawa didn’t bear brunt of the ice storm which hit Toronto on the weekend. Overall, it was a great morning to have guests like Chris White and Shannon Rose. From the image above, it was shot on a Polaroid.
The next show to help out was The Filibuster and we basically played Christmas songs ranging from the popular one to Metal to Canadian indie music. It was a nice mix of tunes to play as I was joined host, Ben James for the Filibuster.
To my own show, I played the favourites from Jill Barber, Basia Bulat and Nat Jay. It’s become a yearly tradition to play those wonderful festive songs. There were a few new tracks from Mounties, The Mountain and the Trees and a new Said The Whale.
You can check the playlist over at the this link. You can listen to the audio below. It will be a lengthy listen. Happy Holidays!
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The Christmas Edition and The Top 50 of 2013, Part 1 – S09E15

WW Vinyl December 16

It’s that time of festive season where I’ll be playing Christmas music. This year is a bit different in terms of music format as I decided to play J-POP Christmas songs on CKCU-FM. After a debacle from last year’s radio show where I played Christmas UK #1 songs, it’s a better way to play it safe by choosing Christmas tunes from the Far East.
Played were Cream, B’z, L’Arc~en~Ciel, BoA and KinKi Kids. For Cantopop, there was Lonely Christmas by Eason Chan as it’s become part of the yearly Christmas playlist.

As usual, I was joined by Lauren as we decided to play through the festive tunes and it’s her last live show for 2013. She will still be on the air for the year end countdown show.
We were joined by Erica who made a surprise appearance. We also had fun taking some instant film photos using The Impossible Project film to the Polaroid camera. It was two hours full of fun music and wearing Santa hats.
The playlist can be checked over at this link. You can also listen to the audio below.
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The 24 Days of Tea – S09E07

24 Days of Tea Grid Lens
I know it’s November and Christmas decorations are slowly being displayed at malls. I missed out last year as DAVIDsTEA released their 24 Days of Tea at their retail stores and online. This year is no exception as I decided to get a head start in purchasing this hot seller in time of the holiday season. I like the design and lovely colour to the 24 days of tea. There’s a magnetic to keep the box closed. I’m glad I got a chance to get it as I missed out on the 2012 edition advent calendar.
It’s definitely worth the $34.50 as it brings on the holiday spirit.

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The Christmas Program Guide for 2012 – S08E16

Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas to everyone.

Xmas 2012

It’s that festive time of the year where Christmas music is being played on the radio and television. The 2012 edition is a bit different as I try avoiding to play the usual Christmas pop tunes on the airwaves.
I shifted the modern and mainstream Christmas tunes for the blog part for the show (stay tuned for the update). I have noticed that a couple of CKCU shows have been playing tracks from the likes of Christmas In Hollis by Run DMC and countless versions of Fairytale of New York.
On the live radio show, what was played were more on the Canadian indie Christmas music and luckily got to play some of the tunes from the newly released Ho! Ho! Ho! Canada 4. There was also an extended edition as I tried to not play a lot of Christmas tunes but used more on the Ho! Ho! Ho! Canada 4 compilation as they were new. The local band, The Acorn are on the new holiday compilation.
The photo shown has the Charlie Brown Christmas tree, a Santa hat and a present as a prop.
As usual on Christmas day, the only thing I anticipate is the Doctor Who Christmas special. This year was pretty good and all I can say about the new companion just makes me melt my heart.

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Ending The 2012 Interview Segment with Diamond Rings and Holiday Tunes – S08E15

With Diamond Rings (2012)

To cap off another year with great Canadian indie music. Ending the interview segment for 2012 happened to be Diamond Rings. It was quite the last minute as I encountered a problem from last week’s radio show. It was the second time to interview John O. aka Diamond Rings as he’s currently touring to promote his second album, Free Dimensional. I forgot how laid back and easy-going when I chatted with Diamond Rings. He was in Ottawa on Friday, December 7th and heard the show at Ritual Nightclub was sold out. Aside from the funny photo shown on top, I got a lot of “likes” when I posted the photo.
The audio of the interview will be posted below.

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The Sodas, Christmas Programs and Year-End Countdown Guide – S07E18

Updated on December 31, 2011

It’s the yearly festive time as I play a lot of Christmas songs on my radio show at CKCU-FM. Aside from the tunes, I decided to get these unique holiday flavoured sodas by Jones Soda. The flavours were Candy Cane, Gingerbread, Pear Tree and Sugar Plum.
One of the CKCU shows I hung out, we tried the Candy Cane Soda. The host’s verdict was that it tasted like something out of the dentist. It’s not in a bad way but he didn’t mind the taste of it.
This will be the 2011 edition holiday guide to the shows I hosted at CKCU-FM.
I was on the air for Christmas Eve and just played a bunch of Christmas songs and then a few past Christmas #1 UK songs. It was great to play the Christmas tunes everytime. There were a few requests through Twitter and hopefully some were pleased.

The full Top 50 of 2011 is over at this link or on the top right of the blog.
The playlist for the December 21st show is at this link.
I want to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Finishing Up The Top 50 of 2011 for December 28, 2011
The third part of my Top 50 of 2011 is completed. Instead of playing the top 10, I’ve decided to play the top 11 as it’s fitting that 2011 is ending. This week’s show is slightly different as the first hour would usually be podcasted on this blog. It’s a bit of a flip-flop as the first hour was live and the second hour is for the blog. Both are splitter up for your listening convenience.
The playlist for December 28th’s show is at this link.

A New Year’s Eve Update
I had the opportunity to do a fill in for a Friday night radio show. I wasn’t expecting to have another final show of 2011. Thanks to the guys from Friday Night Derailment for the last minute fill in.
The playlist from the December 30th show is at this link.
Happy New Year!

Audio/Radio Show
The December 14th Radio Show – Press play to listen.

The December 21st Radio Show – Press play to listen.

From Both Kinds of Music’s Both Kind of Xmas Show – press play to listen.

The December 24th (Christmas Eve) Radio Show. The playlist is at this link. Press play to listen.

The December 28th radio show.
Hour 1  – press play to listen.

Hour 2 – press play to listen.

The December 30th radio show.  Press play to listen.


Photo

Here’s a photo of cupcakes I got at The Cupcake Lounge on Christmas Eve.

The Top 50 Songs of 2010 & The Holiday Shows – S06E17


Merry Christmas to all!
In case you can’t check all of the four entries, I have decided to post up the four Christmas editions from my radio show. Plus, the guest co-host from Christmas Eve.

Audio from December’s Radio Show
December 1st – press play to listen. View playlist.

December 8th – press play to listen. View playlist.

December 15th with guests, Digory, Hilary and Tiffany – press play to listen from the two parts. View playlist.
Part 1 – Christmas songs and past Christmas number one songs in the UK.

Part 2 – The final Wild 10 Countdown of 2010

December 22nd with guests, Erica and Marzia – press play to listen. View playlist.

December 24th – Guest co-host on The Friday Special Blend, Christmas Eve edition. Press play to listen. View playlist.

Happy Holidays!

The Year End Show – My Top 50 Canadian Songs of 2010
As we end 2010, I had a special extended show for my radio show on CKCU-FM. It was 3 in a half hour as I counted down my year end countdown in Canadian music for 2010. Even though, I didn’t play the whole 50 songs as I played forty out of the fifty Canadian songs. It was due to time but saving it for January 5th, 2011. Saving the best for last.
To check out the forty Canadian songs of 2010, go to this link. Also included on the playlist and the audio were my non-Canadian music picks of 2010. Various radio shows have been playing Beach House and Vampire Weekend for their year end picks.
Near the end of the radio show, it’s this time of year to play Anita Mui songs as December 30, 2003 was when she passed away.

Audio/Radio Show – The Year End Countdown Aired on December 29, 2010
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Happy New Year! See you in 2011