Show #234 + Long-Play Wednesday

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Feels like it’s been forever since the last Long-Play Wednesday. I’ve been so wrapped up in Folk Fest and other live music that I almost forgot to pack nothing but vinyl for the show today.  Luckily, I did remember before hitting the door this morning.

I’ve got some brand new music, some steadfast favourites, and some dusty old classics – all on vinyl.

Tune in from 4:00 to 6:00 for the last Wednesday of the month all-vinyl special!

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Show #233: Regina Folk Festival Special, Part 2

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Royal Canoe

Finally! The post-Folk Fest show is here. It’s a little late, since I had to take last week off, but I’m still starry-eyed and enamoured by the whole thing, so I’ve lined up some great stuff for you, this afternoon.

Tune in from 4:00 to 6:00 and relive Folk Fest 2014 one last time.

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Regina Folk Festival 2014: Sunday

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The Dead South

My day: Got to the park at a respectable noonish. Got an obligatory coffee, met up with friends and just enjoyed some of the free Sunlit stages. This is the way Folk Fest should be enjoyed! Totally relaxed, big smiles, feeling great.

I did something different, this time: I did not bring all my Folk Fest gear. I did not have a little home base to crawl back to, occasionally, at the main stage. It was weird. But it was liberating.

Anyway, what else can I say ? Lots of mud, lots of fun! Had the best time with Folk Fest buddies.

Who I came to see: Naomi Shelton & The Gospel Queens

Who blew me away: Dakha Brakha was really cool! Didn’t expect that at all. But it was Matt Anderson who really amazed me. What a powerhouse!

Highlights: The workshop featuring The Harpoonist & The Axe Murderer, Saidah Baba Talibah, and Naomi Shelton was on fire! Throw all that talent together and BAM!

Seeing the super moon along with everyone, at the mainstage.

Best part of the day: Getting to spend the entire day with two really great ladies. Non-stop fun and lots of laughs.

Regrets: I really should have worn rubber boots. I basically wrecked my good sandals. Something to add to next year’s guide.

Overall: Some great moments and some so-so moments, but that’s to be expected. I always have such a good time and learn about so many new artists. I’m never quite ready for it to be over, but at the same time, I’m so ready for a break.

See you all next year.

Regina Folk Festival 2014: Saturday

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Ben and Chris, broadcasting live from the park

Now that’s the kind of Folk Fest I know and love!

My day: Man! What a day! Great live music, live interviews with Folk Fest artists for CJTR, Farmer’s Market, wine, friends…

I think this was the earliest I’d ever gotten out of bed on FF weekend. Got downtown around 9:30, had breakfast coffee, and bought lots of fresh goodies from the Farmer’s Market, met a friend for lunch, then did a three-hour live broadcast for CJTR where Ben and I interviewed Joel Plaskett, Elliott Brood, Mo Kenney, Saidah Baba Talibah, The Dead South, and maybe more?

After that, mainstage fun, friends in the sun. Great Folk Fest day! Also, my feet turned black from mud. Neat.

After party: Blitz The Ambassador!!! Loved it!

Who I came to see: No one, really. Just know Folk Fest is always good.

Who blew me away: Saidah Baba Talibah. Just wow!

Best part of the day: Live CJTR broadcast from the park. Can’t wait to do it again next year!

Regrets: None. Well, maybe staying up past my bedtime.

Overall: Loved it!

What Planet Is This?!, Live At Regina Folk Festival

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Me and my good pal Fred Penner, Regina Folk Fest 2011


It’s that wonderful time of year again: that time when friends gather in Victoria Park, hold hands, and sing songs of joy and peace. No – Stevie Wonder is not coming to town. It’s Regina Folk Festival!

On from August 8th to 10th, Folk Fest is one of my favourite events in the city. I’ve been lucky to witness so many fantastic artists, and luckier, still, to meet with many of them (and luckiest of all, to know a few of them).

This year, I will be broadcasting live from Folk Fest 2014 with Ben Valiaho for Regina Community Radio. If you can’t make it to the festival during the day, tune into 91.3 FM from noon to 3:00 as we talk Folk Fest, chat with some of the artists, and play some Folk Fest tracks.

Regina Folk Festival 2014: Friday

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Well, this evening had its up and down, but after all is said and done, you kind of have to take the good with the bad. Oh well.

My day: As has become my M.O., I packed my RFF Survival Kit before leaving the house for work, and set off by bike. After a long day of counting the minutes, I finally headed downtown, locked the bike, and got in line, earlier than usual. Chatted with a couple of friends, worked on my sunburn, and waited eagerly for the gates. Once in, I probably grinned like an idiot for the first hour, as I settled into my usual spot and refamiliarized myself with the surroundings. Man. I love this festival!

Who I came to see: Blitz The Ambassador

Who blew me away: Joel Plaskett. What a pro! Great songs, great style, clearly knows his way around an audience. Yeah. Knew exactly how to please the crowd!

Highlights: None, really. It was great visiting with friends, but that’s about it.

Best part of the night: Though terribly brief, spending a bit of time at a friend’s apartment after the rest of the show was cancelled. Could have easily stayed there, drinking wine and telling stories. I was out-voted 6 to 1 for O’Hanlon’s though.

Regrets: Everything was CANCELLED!!! Damn it! In the middle of  Blitz The Ambassador – the guy I’d been waiting months to see, an announcement is made that the weather is too bad to continue. I biked home, sulking, then it stormed like hell for an hour, then wine, then O’Hanlon’s (in which I did not partake).

Overall: The night started off fine, but sadly turned into a bit of a let down. Not the Folk Fest’s fault, of course. Just the was I crumbles, cookie-wise. Tomorrow will be better.