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Ep. #172: Long Night with Scott Thompson, Damian Rogers, Don Pyle, and Overnight

This episode of Long Night with Vish Khanna was recorded at the Great Hall in Toronto during the Long Winter multi-disciplinary arts festival on Friday March 13, 2015. Aside from Long Night sidekick James Keast and house band the Bicycles, Vish’s guests were Don Pyle, Damian Rogers, Scott Thompson, and Overnight. Don Pyle is a punk rock historian whose photo book, Trouble in the Camera Club, documents the rise of underground music in Toronto in the 1970s. He’s also a busy musician and producer who has overseen records by Flesh World and TV Freaks and scored shows like Queer as Folk and films like the forthcoming Portrait of a Serial Monogamist. His band Shadowy Men on a Shadowy Planet is one of the most significant to ever call Canada home and, at some point in the future, the American label Yep Roc will be reissuing their three albums individually and in a box set. Damian Rogers is the poetry editor at both House of Anansi Press and The Walrus. She’s also a published poet herself and her new collection, Dear Leader, is celebrating its release on Coach House Books with a star-studded book launch at the Drake Underground at 7 PM on Tuesday March 24. Scott Thompson is an Emmy nominated actor, writer, and comedian who appears on the groundbreaking NBC hit, Hannibal, and was also a featured performer in my favourite television comedy program of all time, HBO’s The Larry Sanders Show. He is a member of the iconic comedy troupe, the Kids in the Hall, who are touring this spring, including shows at the Danforth Music Hall on April 23, 25, and 26. Overnight is a band from Toronto featuring two members of the influential and no longer functioning Halifax pop band Plumtree. Sisters Carla and Lynette Gillis have kept themselves busy since the end of Plumtree and here, they played a song called “It Gets You Down” from their brand new album, Carry Me Home.

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Ep. #50: Edward Keenan + Karen Houle + Geoff Berner

Edward Keenan is a senior editor at the Grid, a columnist at Spacing, and a lifelong resident of Toronto, Ontario. He has been writing about the city’s political and cultural landscape for over 10 years and has been nominated for prestigious writing awards. His new book is called Some Great Idea – Good Neighbourhoods, Crazy Politics and the Invention of Toronto, which was published by Coach House Books and prompted a lecture series tour of Toronto Libraries between Nov. 6 and Nov. 13, including stops in Etobicoke, Scarborough, downtown, and North York. Keenan is also appearing as a guest on my Long Night with Vish Khanna talk show for the Long Winter arts series on Friday Nov. 8 at the Great Hall. Here, we spend our time breaking down Mayor Rob Ford’s admission that he did in fact use crack cocaine and how his behaviour impacts the city of Toronto.

Karen Houle is an Associate Professor in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Guelph and an acclaimed poet, whose 2001 volume Ballast was shortlisted for the Gerald Lampert Award. Her latest volume of poetry is 2008’s During, which its publisher Gaspreau Press describes as a study in continuity and a depiction of friendships, siblings, marriage, parenting, breakups, work and loss through the oblique angles of biology, geology, forestry and philosophy. Houle appears at the River Run Centre on Friday Nov. 8 as part of the Guelph Lecture on Being Canadian. Here Karen and I discuss the Rob Ford controversy and the connection between poetry and philosophy.

Geoff Berner is a tremendously gifted songwriter and musician known for his outspoken work and 100% belief in the klezmer tradition. Based in Vancouver, he received a scholarship for being the top student in the University of British Columbia’s Creative Writing program and has gone on to write scripts for Sesame Street, make several acclaimed recordings, write a book about How to Be an Accordion Player, and he has toured across 18 countries. Dundurn Press has just published Berner’s hilarious new novel called Festival Man, a faux memoir about an unhinged music impresario named Campbell Ouiniette. It’s prompted Berner to go on an extensive book reading and music playing tour across Canada, which includes a 5 PM reading at the Bookshelf and an evening performance at the Ebar in Guelph on Sunday Nov. 11. It should also be noted that Berner just became a dad again within the last week. We discuss his surprising take on Mayor Rob Ford, the Canadian music biz, as it pertains to his new book, Festival Man‘s accompanying soundtrack, and more.

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