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Ep. #244: Long Night with Shad, Sloan’s Jay Ferguson & Patrick Pentland, Caitlin Durlak, So Long Seven, & Bobby Ruin

This episode of Long Night with Vish Khanna was recorded at the Great Hall in Toronto, as part of the Long Winter festival on Saturday March 19, 2016. My guests were, security expert Bobby Ruin, filmmaker Caitlin Durlak, a band called So Long Seven, Jay Ferguson and Patrick Pentland of Sloan, hip-hop artist and the host of CBC Radio’s q, Shad, plus a live cooking demo by Zane CaplanksyDue to technical difficulties, Zane’s delicious segment could not be salvaged for this program. We hope to have Zane back on the show soon. My sidekick is James Keast and the Long Night house band is the Bicycles. Recorded by Dave MacKinnon. Photos by Shane Parent. Produced by Long Winter, Vish Khanna, and Joel Garcia.

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Ep. #141: Lights

Lights is a pop artist from Toronto with legions of fans around the world. Born in Timmins, Ontario, Lights was discovered by Jian Ghomeshi when she was 15 years old and is now one of Canada’s most internationally recognized artists. Her latest album is Little Machines and it was released this past September, prompting her to tour and last week, she and I spoke before she played a set at the Halifax Pop Explosion. Here, Lights tells me about performing at the Polaris Music Prize Gala with Shad at the last minute, how Canadian music critics and fans receive Lights, pop music credibility, working with different people in different genres, the Beatles and Supertramp, her connection to Timmins and North Bay and Jamaica and the Philippines and Toronto, home schooling and learning how to play music, being discovered by Jian Ghomeshi at 15 years old, shooting a Wal-Mart ad as a kid, “Hero” by Mariah Carey, signing a management deal with Jian and sending all of her song ideas to him first, writer’s block, the song “Don’t Go Home Without Me” and temporal perspectives, having her daughter in February, re-living life through your kids, the notion of Little Machines and energetic kids, ambient sounds and a classic electronic sound, slapping your pregnant belly for a rhythm track, parental and public life, changing her legal name to Lights, #Pinktober and a breast cancer awareness campaign, an acoustic counterpart to Little Machines and the future, constant writing, lost Lights songs, the song “Muscle Memory,” Kate Bush, Björk and Tanya Tagaq, and then it’s lights out.

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Ep. #44: Shad

Shad is one of North America’s most thoughtful and skilled hip-hop artists and we here in Canada are proud to call him one of our own. The gifted MC has won a Juno and been nominated for the Polaris Music Prize twice, most recently for his record TSOL. Its stunning follow-up is Flying Colours, which is out now via Black Box and brings Shad to a city near you on his extensive North American tour. Here he discusses his recent stint co-hosting the Polaris Music Prize, his new album and why we’re all doing ok, stepping up his skills, Jay Z’s recent output, hip-hop’s fascination with guest stars, Canadian politics and multiculturalism, the song “Yall Know Me” and more.

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