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Ep. #328: Jessy Lanza

Jessy Lanza is an acclaimed and alluring electronic pop songwriter based in Hamilton, Ontario. Along with her frequent collaborator Jeremy Greenspan of Junior Boys, Lanza has released two stunning records: 2013’s Pull My Hair Back and 2016’s Oh No, which were both shortlisted for Canada’s prestigious Polaris Music Prize and are each available via the Hyperdub label. Lanza was in Guelph for the underground arts and music extravaganza known as Kazoo! Fest recently and we caught up in a reverb-rich church basement to discuss things like studying jazz, Jill Scott and Patrice Rushen, stress and anxiety, European spas and Canada’s place in the world, Grandad’s Donuts in Hamilton, and much more. Sponsored by Pizza Trokadero, the Bookshelf, and Planet Bean Coffee.

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Ep. #312: Elliott BROOD

Elliott BROOD is a well-established Canadian band whose unique form of enigmatic folk-rock has been captivating audiences for 15 years. Consisting of childhood friends Casey Laforet and Mark Sasso, and early adopter Steve Pitkin, the trio of multi-instrumentalists in Elliott BROOD have won awards and toured the world hard, releasing five acclaimed albums along the way, including their most recent LP, 2014’s Work and Love. Assigned to write an Exclaim! Magazine piece, I recently travelled to their new HQ in Hamilton, Ontario to check out their workspace, talk about Grandad’s Doughnuts, the time Mark and Casey saw Nirvana in Detroit, what they make of Hamilton, their work contributing songs to the new Anna Paquin show Bellevue, what their new album might be like, and more. All that, plus you can hear a yet-to-be-released song called “The Fall” from their next record, Ghost Gardens, at the end of our talk. Sponsored by the Bookshelf, Pizza Trokadero, and Planet Bean Coffee.

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Ep. #195: Terra Lightfoot

Terra Lightfoot is a mighty singer, songwriter, and guitarist based in Hamilton, Ontario. Somewhere between soulful folk and catchy rock ‘n’ roll, Lightfoot’s music is acclaimed and earning her a reputation, as a rising star in Canada. Her latest album is Every Time My Mind Runs Wild, it’s out now via Sonic Unyon Records, and she’s touring right across Canada this summer. Terra and I met for a chat recently and so here we discuss Sonic Unyon’s Silverado, home owning, the dead mice, down by the bay in Hamilton, a brewery and an arena and a park, driving to Ya Man! to meet Rita, touring around Hamilton, Lee Reed, Grandad’s Doughnuts, This Ain’t Hollywood, a plant from the Pepper Jack Cafe, Terra’s cousin and my friend Cheryl, meeting on a Go Train to see Weezer, gentrification, crawls, ordering some Ya Man! and not making a scene, The Princess Bride, forgettable journalists, Black Cabbage, Sheezer meets Weezer, getting into guitar where dudes are weird, teenage sexism, adult sexism, feeling othered, singing about Hamilton, a giant cross, classist perceptions of the Hammer, “our product is steel, our business is people,” buildings, cultural anthropology and ethnography, love songs, success, meeting Werner F’s expectations, Canned Heat and the Kinks, life happened, growing up a Lightfoot, duping profs, Scott Bakula’s niece, cornering Gordon Lightfoot, Sundown, Yellowknife and St. John’s, the Pan Am Games, the happy record, the song “Home to You,” and that was it man!

Related links: terralightfoot.com sonicunyon.com vishkhanna.com

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