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Ep. #424: Dave Bidini

Dave Bidini discusses his compelling new book Midnight Light – A Personal Journey to the North, his respect for and interest in local reporting, what he discovered on this monumental trip through Canada’s Northwest Territories, a forthcoming album by Rheostatics, and much more! Supported by Pizza Trokadero, the Bookshelf, Planet Bean Coffee, and Grandad’s Donuts.

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Ep. #294: Don Kerr of Communism

Communism is a remarkable three-piece pop-rock band from Toronto, Ontario. Featuring Paul Linklater and Kevin Lacroix, the band’s the brainchild of well-respected producer, drummer, singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist Don Kerr, who has worked with Ron Sexsmith, Rheostatics, Gord Downie, Leslie Feist, and many, many other people. Communism’s new record, Get Down Get Together came out this past fall and I visited Don and his son Austin, who was home sick from school, for a pancake breakfast to discuss Lego Ninjago characters and Austin, Don makes us blueberry pancakes, a gluten free pioneer, the walking, talking inspiration behind the song “Pocket Sunrise,” Queen’s “We Will Rock You” and Freddie Mercury, authentic dad rock, empathy and hope and inspiration in the world, a time to be blunt, the mockery of righteousness, embracing communism, feminism and communism, capitalism feeds on divisiveness, sharing is caring, The CBC Radio 3 Breakfast Club podcast and more pancakes, keeping up with our elders, producing records by others, collaborators and influencers, what to say, Ron Sexsmith, when time gets more valuable, we’re boring, sick kids have more fun, playing hooky, traumatic grade school events, Ferris Bueller, partying instead of lecturing, substance and style, musical balancing acts, punk rock, Claudia Dey at a farm, back to school, a tour with Bahamas filling in for Jason Tait on drums, a drummer’s good fortune, communal feelings in music, how he got in Rheostatics for being a cool guy, giving, Paul Linklater and Kevin Lacroix, the future of Communism, the Rooster and Revolution, real hippies, one of a kind vinyl sleeves, “Pocket Sunrise,” and then it was time for lunch.

Related links: communism.band vishkhanna.com

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Ep. #246: Mauno

Mauno is a wonderfully inventive pop band that hails from Halifax, Nova Scotia. Founded by singer/guitarist Nicholas Everett and singer/bassist Eliza Niemi, Mauno have toured the country but have yet to release their second record, which they’re currently working on and will eventually be dispatched by the Idée Fixe label in Toronto. Mauno are playing some shows in the near future, including an appearance at Kazoo! Fest at a boxing gym on Saturday April 9, as well as shows in Montreal and Toronto on April 7 and 10 respectively. Here, Niemi and Everett discuss a traditional East Coast big ass smoothie, strange weather, a German exam that is paralyzing the city of Halifax, Mauno’s upcoming hiatus, Eliza heads to Germany, European studies, Nick of all trades, Nick is from London and Eliza is from Toronto, looking for a boat, Andy Magoffin and the House of Miracles, the Etobicoke School of the Arts, cello and prog-rock, Eliza is very good at music, bass is bass, Mike O’Neill of the Inbreds, Mauno’s discography, the late former Toronto Mayor Rob Ford and the Ford family, Rheostatics, Emily Haines, Cold Specks, Nick’s four high schools, loving Rush, the Embassy in London, learning things from each other, a botched, rain-soaked marriage, Bryn was involved in theatre, the origin of Mauno’s idiosyncratic sound, influences, seeing Weaves in Newfoundland, driving without listening to music, silence, Mauno’s songs and their new record, Mauno’s new four-piece configuration, long distance musical collaboration, Mauno’s upcoming shows in Montreal on April 7, Guelph on April 9, and Toronto on April 10, their barren bandcamp page and weird stuff @grampamauno on instagram, the song “Nothing,” and nothing else.

Related links: mauno.bandcamp.com vishkhanna.com

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