Tag Archives: Mayor Rob Ford

Ep. #60: Joel Gibb of the Hidden Cameras

Joel Gibb is the founder and visionary behind the Hidden Cameras, one of the most provocative and significant bands to ever emerge from Canada. For the last few years, Gibb has been bouncing between Berlin and Toronto but seems to be back in Ontario for the foreseeable future, just in time to celebrate the release of a new Hidden Cameras album. It’s called Age and it’s out Jan. 21 on Gibb’s own Evil Evil imprint. The Hidden Cameras play Toronto at the Great Hall (1087 Queen St. W.) for Long Winter on Friday Jan. 10 (Joel also appears as a guest on Long Night with Vish Khanna at Long Winter at 10 PM) and a proper record release show at Lee’s Palace on Feb. 15. Here, Joel and I discuss living in Germany, growing up in Mississauga, weird roommates in Toronto, Mayor Rob Ford, how his own life is reflected on Age, the recent controversies surrounding homosexuality at the Sochi Olympic Games and Duck Dynasty, the next Hidden Cameras album, which is already in production, the song “Year of the Spawn,” and more.

Related links: thehiddencameras.com torontolongwinter.com vishkhanna.com

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Ep. #54: Brendan Canning

Brendan Canning is a founding member of Broken Social Scene and has been a prominent and prolific figure in Canada’s underground music community for over two decades. Since Broken Social Scene went on their most recent hiatus, Canning has kept busy, resurrecting his old pop project Cookie Duster, scoring major Hollywood films like this year’s controversial The Canyons, DJing at the Drake, and, he recently began collaborating on a video game project with David Cronenberg. In October, Canning released You Gots 2 Chill, his second proper solo album on his own Draper Street Records and it’s prompted him to tour across Canada and the U.S. in November and December. Here Brendan and I discuss who has gots 2 chill, EPMD, Beastie Boys, Toronto and Ford Nation, recording mellow songs onto your own voicemail, scoring movies, video games, Lindsay Lohan, the song “However Long,” and more.

Related links: brendancanning.com vishkhanna.com

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Ep. #53: Casey Mecija on #ProjectLiftPH + Jonathan Goldsbie on Mayor Rob Ford

Casey Mecija is a musician and artist originally from Brantford, Ontario but currently based in Toronto, where she gained renown as the lead vocalist in a band called Ohbijou. Mecija is also of Filipino descent and has been raising awareness about the devastation in the Philippines, wrought by typhoons Haiyan and Yolanda. On December 4, she and her sister Jenny, also of Ohibjou, are taking part in #ProjectLiftPH, a benefit concert at the Great Hall to raise funds for the stricken region.

Jonathan Goldsbie is a staff writer at NOW magazine in Toronto where he writes about politics, media, local news, and more. As the situation with Mayor Rob Ford and Toronto City Council becomes increasingly surreal and disturbing, Goldsbie’s twitter feed has been indispensable, as he provides biting, insightful coverage of virtually every aspect of “the Mayor” and his brother Doug have been up to.

Related links: canadahelps.org twitter.com/goldsbie globalmedic.ca vishkhanna.com

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