Show #155 (I think) Playlist, etc.

Stevie Wonder

Stevie Wonder

I’m feeling like a decent funk today. How about you? I still want to change it up a bit, playing some folk, pop, jazz, electronic, etc., but allow me to drop some names on you: Stevie Wonder, Fela Kuti, James Brown, The Jackson 5, Greyboy Allstars and a bunch more are coming to you tonight.

Be sure to tune in from 4:00 to 6:00 and test the limits of that home or car stereo. If you’re wearing headphones, like I am, though, don’t go overboard. You want to be able to continue to listen to music after today!
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Show #137 (I think) Playlist, etc. REGINA FOLK FESTIVAL EDITION (pt. 1)

I don’t know about you, but I am officially really excited for Folk Fest this year. I know, I get excited about it every year…

Regina Folk Festival Night One
Regina Folk Festival Night Two
Regina Folk Festival Night Three
Regina Folk Festival – Storytime with Chris!

…but I just can’t help it, man. It’s my favourite Regina festival because it’s just such a good time. There’s so much to like about it: you’ve got virtually non-stop live music – usually varying greatly in styles and backgrounds, a huge arts market, loads of good people there in high spirits, good food…

Well, I’m starting my Folk Fest Fest effective immediately. Tune in tonight for What Planet Is This?! Special Folk Fest Edition Part One.
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Show #135 (I think) Playlist, etc.

Fela Kuti

Man! Is summer ever here. I won’t say anything bad. I won’t. I’m not going to do it. I love heat. I love humidity! I love rain! I love it! LOVE IT!!

While you’re out there sweating in places you wish couldn’t sweat I want you to remember that the CJTR studio has air conditioning.

It’s okay though. Just remember that things could always be worse. For example, the current temperature in Dubai is 40°C (and it’s getting higher throughout the rest of the week).

Chill out and listen to some good music with me from 4:00 to 6:00.
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Show #114 (I think) Playlist, etc.

Shugo Tokumaru

One question: Does music affect quality of life?

I know people who spend an average of 0 (zero) minutes listening to music each week. To someone like me who spends, say… 50 – 60 hours listening to music each week, this seems unfathomable, but indeed it happens.

This got me thinking: how the hell do these people live?

I think music deeply affects the quality of life. I’d even go so far as to say it can change the course of a person’s life, easily. Yet there are people who seem to live normal lives without recorded or live-performance music in their lives.

What say you?

Does music affect the quality of life?
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Show #93 (I think) Playlist, etc.

Sarah Slean

Sarah Slean

It’s cold outside.

There. Now that I’ve gotten that out of the way, let’s stop whining and get into some good music.

Sarah Slean has a new album coming out and that got me thinking about how I came to know about her. I’ll play some of what made me fall hopelessly in love with her and perhaps even mention where and when she’ll be playing in Regina in the very near future. I’ve also got a nice big dose of other fantastic music on CD and on my portable media player: some jazz, some pop, some folk…

Tune in tonight from 4:00 to 6:00 and for the love of good music, shut up about the weather. I mean… don’t forget to check back here for a playlist, later.
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Regina Folk Festival – Storytime with Chris!

Regina Folk Festival Finale

Regina Folk Festival Finale

Edmonton, Alberta is host to dozens of annual festivals. There are so many festivals going on year-round that you often have to pick which one you want to go to while you miss two others. A small number of these festivals can be tossed into the “Yeah, Whatever” category, but the majority of them are world-class, attracting huge name performers and massive crowds of people. When I moved from Edmonton back to Regina in 2004, I knew I was coming back to a smaller pond. Less to do, overall, and definitely fewer festivals than Edmonton. I decided not to look at this as a bad thing, though. Rather, I decided I’d make it to as many of the few festivals Regina has to offer as possible. Before I left Regina area in 2001, the Regina Folk Festival was pretty cool, but not really a huge deal in my eyes. When I came back, I didn’t realize it had transformed into an amazing, big and very fun event attracting big-name stars from across the country and the world.

I’ve been going to the Regina Folk Festival every year, since moving back – at times even skipping out on work to catch a performance in the park – and I’ve loved every minute of it. Even when getting rained on.

Here’s a quick look at this year’s festival, through my eyes…

Night One

My day: Rushed home after work, cleaned up, loaded up my festival gear (camera bag, small blanket) and headed out. Only had to wait in line for 10-15 minutes, then found myself a sweet little spot sitting front and center!

Who I came to see: Andrew Bird, Fred Penner

Who blew me away: Shotgun Jimmie – great fun; Etran Finatawa – sounded totally unlike anything else at the festival

Highlights: So many people with smiles on their faces. Bumped into a few people I know. Andrew Bird was just about as strange as I’d pictured him. Overall, it was a great night and perfect way to end the work week.

Best part of the night: Getting my picture taken with Fred Penner!


Night Two

My day: Got to the park around 12:15 and bummed around the market for a while, window-shopping before meeting up with a friend at 1:00. Got some delicious food from Spices of Punjab, sat near Sunlit Stage 1 where Jeffery Straker, Shotgun Jimmie and others were having a blast playing and sharing stories. Things were going fine until it rained – a lot. My friend got called in to work (at Copper Kettle, right beside the park), so I continued about the day, underneath my umbrella, wandering around the market some more, listening to more performances and workshops. Bumped into Dan Mangan and said “Hi.” He was just checking out one of the performances. From 4:00 to 5:00, I hung out at the CJTR tent, where we wrapped up our first ever live broadcast by interviewing Secret Sisters. I didn’t do the interviewing, but I still got them to sign my copy of their record afterward. 🙂 After that, I lined up and hit the main stage for an unforgettable night – including the downpour of rain.

Who I came to see: Taj Mahal, Dan Mangan

Who blew me away: Shakura S’Aida – what a powerhouse performer! She was incredible!

Highlights: Taj Mahal was performing just a few meters in front of me!!! Secret Sisters were a great unexpected treat.

Best part of the night: Northern lights dancing over the stage with shooting stars right before legend Taj Mahal takes the stage. Absolutely incredible experience!


Night Three

My day: I got downtown late (close to 1:00). Met up with some friends, caught some performances together before they had to leave, then hung out at another friend’s tent in the arts market for a while. Topped of the day with some shopping in the market. Bought some gifts and some treats, then hit the enormous line for the main stage, got in, planted myself at front and center again and prepared to be wowed for the final night.

Who I came to see: Coeur de Pirate

Who blew me away: The Sojourners, Aurelio Martinez, Hawksley Workman

Highlights: I had to run to the Cornall Centre for film from Shopper’s Drug Mart and on the way, I caught some of a high-energy performance by Hey Ocean!. What a fantastically fun band!

Best part of the night: Fred Penner hosted on Sunday. He captivates the audience and brings smiles to so many faces while being authoritative, telling us to make sure and clean up the site before we leave because “Uncle Fred says.” I heard more than one person say he stole the show.