Regina Community Radio Garage Sale 2011

It’s that most glorious time of year for music lovers in Regina again! The Garage Sale is happening this Saturday, the 4th of June from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM at CJTR Headquarters (click for map).

We’ve been collecting music-related stuff from others over the past few weeks and it’s now time to get some deals on some great items and support Community Radio.

CDs, LPs, 45s, cassette tapes, stereo equipment, musical instruments, music magazines and way more music gear – all for dirty cheap!

Be sure to get there early, as this popular event attracts dozens of early birds and hundreds of visitors throughout the day!

2011 Cathedral Village Arts Festival is on RIGHT NOW!

A young busker stays dry with help from mom.

It’s that time of year again! If you haven’t been out to the performances yet, this week, check out the music schedule and head out for some fun! If you can’t make it out during the week, that’s okay. Saturday’s street fair runs from 9:00 to 5:00 and features arts and crafts from all over, live music everywhere, great promotions at all the Cathedral area shops and so much fun! I catch it every year and always have a good time!

Don’t forget swing by the CJTR table and pick up a lottery ticket, if you haven’t already. The grand prize is a home theatre package (3-D plazma TV, 3-D blu-ray player, surround sound, theatre seating) worth more than $10,000. Second prize is a 50-inch plasma TV worth $1100. Third prize is Monster Beats by Dr. Dre ($550 boombox/ipod dock).

If you stop by the CJTR table between 10:00 and 11:00 AM, come say “Hi” to yours truly! I’ll be there with trusty coffee in hand!

Show #79 (I think) Playlist, etc. + LONG-PLAY WEDNESDAY!

Signed by Sharon and the Dapettes

This past Sunday, I had the pleasure of seeing the incredible Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings; a Brooklyn-based soul/funk ensemble comprised of a bad-ass horn section, a tight-as-hell rhythm section, a soulful backup vocal section and one of the baddest vocalists keeping soul alive today! The 55-year-old Sharon had more energy than the mostly-university-aged crowd that made it out to see her – dancing up a storm, getting the audience involved and pulling people up on stage. At only around 5 feet high, she is a commanding presence!

Wow! What a show!

Since it’s only been a few days since this immaculate performance, and since it happens to be Long-Play Wednesday, it only makes sense that I make a huge dedication to this impressive band. Tonight, for the first hour of WPIT?!, I’ve got a tastey dose of usual suspects, mixed with some new stuff (Oscar Peterson to Buck 65), and for the second hour: ALL Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings.

Once again, it’s all on vinyl record tonight. Tune in for what I promise will be a more-fantastic-than-usual show, from 4:00 to 6:00 on Regina Community Radio – 91.3 FM in Regina or
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What Planet Is This?! Guest Appearance Tonight

It’s Bob Dylan‘s 70th birthday today. To celebrate, Al from Mouth Radio has invited yours truly to make a guest appearance. No, I’m not going to pull out my famed Bob Dylan impression for an hour – I swear. He’s put together a solid Bob-heavy playlist including the usual suspects surrounding the 70-year-old artist (Niel Young, Leonard Cohen, Joni Mitchell, etc.).

Tune into 91.3 FM in Regina (or anywhere at at 7:00 to catch the show! It’ll be a riot!

Canadian Soul Music?

Jully Black

I just stumbled across an interesting article from 2006 about soul/r&b music in Canada…

There was a recent flurry of media activity surrounding the release of Jamaica To Toronto, a compilation that exposes the “lost” history of R&B and soul music in Canada. The CD, released on American indie label Light in the Attic, collects recordings by Canadian-based R&B singers in the ’60s and ’70s. Toronto had experienced a wave of Caribbean and West Indian immigration that resulted in a highly charged music scene, and straight-up soul was the order of the day. Current press has marvelled at the fact that these soul artists even existed and how much they influenced the contemporary Canadian sound.

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Show #78 (I think) Playlist, etc.

Man! It has been a hell of a long week! Getting lots of work done, but not a lot of sleep. I feel perpetually hungover. Ah well. C’est la vie.

To make myself feel better, I’ve put together some music that will not just lift my spirits, but will actually spiritually transport you to to another plane – really. I guarantee it, or your money back! For the record, I won’t be getting all preachy on you. All I have to do it play some great music: some jammy jazz, some laid-back folk, some soulful pop, etc. You know – the usual ingredients. All you have to do is sit back and let yourself be moved inter-dimensionally, soulfully, mentally and groovily!

Tune in from 4:00 to 6:00 and come on back for a playlist (sooner of later, I promise).
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Show #77 (I think) Playlist, etc.

If ever there were a time that I needed some good music, this is it.

Wednesday marks a weird time of the week. It leaves people in limbo between weekends. Last weekend wasn’t so long ago that it isn’t still vividly remembered and this coming weekend it still too far away to realize.

That’s where What Planet Is This?! comes in.

Allow me to take you into a dream-like wonderland for a while. Pour yourself a glass of something warming. Light up your fireplace. It’s okay, it’s still cold out there. Put on your old slippers and those big old headphones. Curl up on your favourite spot on the couch or in your favourite chair with that blanket that usually only makes it out when there’s company staying over. Set the dial to 91.3 FM, close your eyes and enjoy.

Tune in at 4:00 PM for two solid hours of good music including a special but brief tribute to Bob Marley, as today marks the 30th anniversary of his death.

As always, come on back to this page for a full playlist of tonight’s show.

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Show #76 (I think) Playlist, etc.

May already, eh? Wait a minute… it’s the 4th of May!

May the Fourth be with you.

Now that I got that out of my system (well, I’ll probably have to continue to say it repeatedly throughout the day, but whatever), I’d like to take a moment to tell you that tonight is going to involve some seriously good music. There’s a lot of jazz in the bag, but just to keep things interesting, I’ve got some pop, hip hop, folky stuff… you know the drill.

Just to drop a few names: Jazz Jamaica, Wynton Marsalis & Ellis Marsalis, Shirley Eikhard, TV On The Radio and Leonard Cohen are all very likely candidates for tonight.

Tune in from 4:00 to 6:00 and let me guide you on your journey home or wherever life leads you.
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