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Ep. #234: Michelle McAdorey

Michelle McAdorey is a gifted and iconic Canadian singer, songwriter, and musician based in Toronto. Well known for her role as the lead vocalist of Crash Vegas, McAdorey has cultivated an intriguing solo discography. Her latest record is a lovely collection of folk-oriented rock called Into Her Future, it’s out now via the DWR label, and she’s been playing shows in support of it, including an appearance at Long Winter on Saturday January 16 at the Great Hall in Toronto. Here, Michelle and I discuss a CSI Holiday Pop-Up Market and Social, pop-up culture, our attention spans and substance hunger, the return of the horse, growing up in Toronto’s Beaches area, Lake Ontario, adoption, eating and interviewing, the adoption registry, bastards and Game of Thrones, meeting her birth mother, becoming a mother herself, Patti Smith and Joni Mitchell, bias against working people who have children, artistic impulses are difficult to turn off, singing to your kids is good for your singing, the impact of motherhood on the songs for Into Her Future, a singular love, communication, a CSI sandwich, seeing Crash Vegas on TV, as a kid, the video for “Inside Out,” Another Roadside Attraction, Greg Keelor of Blue Rodeo, Phleg Camp, Eric Chenaux and Gavin Brown, post-punk, business time, major label musical chairs, money is a drag, inoffensive analysis within a small country, Rat-Drifting, full circle, payola, leaving Crash Vegas to experiment, working with Greg Keelor again, playing with James McKenty and Chris Altmann, hitting the road again, reservoir of songs, it’s exciting to always be writing, it gets sketchy, how music is and isn’t valued, doomed to do it, the song “Culvert Jack,” son of a stranger, and then we left the pop-up shop.

Related links: michellemcadorey.com vishkhanna.com

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Ep. #81: Doug Paisley

Doug Paisley is a very gifted singer, songwriter, and musician based in Toronto and specializing in country and western tunes. His latest album is called Strong Feelings and beyond containing some lovely love songs, it features a glorious guest list, including Mary Margaret O’Hara, Garth Hudson (The Band), Emmett Kelly, Colin Stetson, and members of Blue Rodeo, Zeus, Bahamas, the Weather Station, One Hundred Dollars, and many more. Strong Feelings is available now via No Quarter Records and Doug is playing select shows over the next few months. Here Doug and I discuss parental hair pressure, FaceTime and non-electronic electronic issues with technology, self-absorption, metrics, and social media, @RingoStarrMusic, why Doug won’t be listening to this interview, challenging people’s perceptions of him and his music, being self-aware but also insulating oneself from external considerations, the fine art of banter and avoiding self-effacement, stand-up comedy, home renovations, Gord and Dave Tough, Strong Feelings’ stacked guest list, Mary Margaret O’Hara and filmmaker Jem Cohen, working with visual artist Shary Boyle, the saga of recording music using Glenn Gould’s piano with the Band’s Garth Hudson, naming your kids, music that is timeless but of a time, being a teenaged reggae musician and country fan, Kenny Chesney in Jamaica, growing up in Toronto in a musical family, writing love songs in a world full of love songs, how Hamilton might be the new Toronto and the divisiveness of municipal politics, Stompin’ Tom Connors as a Canadian role model, working on new songs, an upcoming Record Store Day 7” with an outtake from Strong Feelings featuring the Weather Station called “Lies Lead to Lies,” the song “Old Times” and more.

Related links: dougpaisley.com noquarter.net vishkhanna.com

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