A CBC Radio 3 Christmas Carol

xmas-blogHey now,

So, my CBC Radio 3 show, the Wrath of Khanna has a weekly literary gathering called the What’cha Readin’ Book Club. Basically we spend a month devoted to a single book and we read and discuss it together every Friday morning from 7-10 AM EST on the R3 blog.
In December we’re doing something pretty special. Aside from spending our time with the late Mordecai Richler‘s Barney’s Version, I have written and produced a satiric, radio play adaptation of the Charles Dickens classic, A Christmas Carol. On December 24th, the entire CBC Radio 3 Christmas Carol will be available as a podcast that people can download at or on iTunes. But starting Friday December 3rd, I’ll be airing two or three scenes a week on my Wrath of Khanna show, which simulcasts on and Sirius 86.
The cast can be viewed below and, based on its Canadian indie-rock pedigree, this is definitely not your grandparent’s Christmas Carol. It might be a tad “inside” in many respects but the classic story is there.
So yeah, I hope you enjoy it. It’s supposed to be funny.

Happy holidays!
Ebenezer Vish Khanna

The Wrath of Khanna & The What’cha Readin’ Book Club Present:

A CBC Radio 3 Christmas Carol!

An adaptation of the Charles Dickens classic


Legendary East Coast Musician, Al Tuck

Dallas Wehrle of Constantines

Stuart Duncan of Out of this Spark Records

Magali Meagher of Sheezer and the Phonemes

With CBC Radio 3 Staff Members:

Vish Khanna

Pedro Mendes

Craig Norris

Tariq Hussain

Andrea Gin

John Paolozzi

Lisa Christiansen

Lana Gay

and Chris Kelly

Plus Radio 3 listener Michael Vasiliauskas

With special appearances by Scott Russell of CBC Sports

And Jim Guthrie, as Tiny Jim Guthrie

And our narrator is Buck 65

On-air schedule at and Sirius 86 (Fridays, 7-10 AM EST):

December 3: Scenes 1-2
December 10: Scenes 3-5
December 17: Scenes 6-8
December 24: Scenes 9-11 + Podcast Launch



Thursday June 24, 2010

KYEO Presents:


Jim Guthrie

Jim Guthrie is a Canadian singer, songwriter, and home rock super hero. He has recorded both as a solo artist and as a member of the bands Islands, Royal City and Human Highway. He was born and raised in Guelph, Ontario, and currently lives in Toronto. Guthrie first made a name for himself by releasing a series of self-produced cassettes, and subsequently released albums on his namesake label, Three Gut Records. He was nominated for a Juno Award for his 2003 album Now, More Than Ever, which was recently released on vinyl for the first time. After a long hiatus, Guthrie has returned to live performance with a killer eight-piece band, known as his Litter. Jim is not unlike a cat in many ways.

The Minotaurs

Spearheaded by Nathan Lawr, the Minotaurs consists of current or ex-members of Rheostatics, Constantines, Holy Fuck and Royal City, among others. While Lawr is best known for working with artists like Constantines, Royal City, Jim Guthrie, FemBots and Feist, the Minotaurs have served as his solo songwriting outlet in recent years and he’s released some great records, such as 2007’s wonderful folk-pop affair, A Sea of Tiny Lights. It’s fair to say that his latest album, The Thing, speaks to his true musical passion and is unlike anything Lawr has ever explored publicly. In addition to Lawr, the Minotaurs are now made up of ex-Rheostatic and former Ron Sexsmith collaborator, Don Kerr, Holy Fuck/King Cobb Steelie’s Kevin Lynn, Jeremy Strachan of Canaille, Paul Aucoin of Hylozoists, and guitar-wielding brothers Dan and Ryan Levecque. Also lending a hand on the new record is Bry Webb of Constantines, who shows up for some guest guitar and vocals, and the Wooden Sky’s Gavin Gardiner, who lays down some guest vocals. On The Thing, the Minotaurs explore the sound of Fela Kuti’s funky Afrobeat, delivered from a heartfelt, indie sensibility. The result is a vibrant, spirited new turn for the gifted and adventurous music of Nathan Lawr. The Minotaurs’ The Thing is out August 17th on Static Clang Records.

Special Guest:

DJ Charless

Thursday June 24, 2010
The Ebar 41 Quebec St. Guelph
Doors at 10:00 PM

$8 with non-perishable food item
$10 without

Tickets Available at the Door
(non-perishable food items will be accepted at the door)

All proceeds benefit Out on the Shelf
All food items collected will benefit the Guelph Food Bank.

musicprogramming [at] gmail [dot] com



New Jim Guthrie Song on When We Were Boys Soundtrack!

Jim Guthrie

Just in time for Halloween, Toronto’s Jim Guthrie has unveiled a previously unreleased song about the perils of sitting down on bears. The playfully catchy “If Chairs Were Bears” is due to appear on the official soundtrack for the new film, When We Were Boys. The soundtrack won’t be out until February 2010 but the song is already available as a stream/mp3 download right here.

A documentary set at Royal St. Georges College, an elite prep school for young men, When We Were Boys is a film directed by Toronto-based filmmaker Sarah Goodman, and will open on Friday November 6th at the Royal Cinema (608 College St.) in her hometown. The film was received well after its world premiere at the 2009 Hot Docs Festival, and has garnered more attention thanks to its score, which was composed by Guthrie.

So yeah, check out this movie and Jim’s new song everybody.