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The Bros Landreth

The Bros Landreth

2022-05-0101:25:07

I met The Bros Landreth years ago when we shared a workshop stage at the Winnipeg Folk Festival. They blew my mind. You could tell right away they were lifelong musicians. From their feel and ease, you could tell they had been playing for years and were fully engaged with the craft of extraordinary musicianship. I’ve been a big fan ever since. And they just keep getting better. It was a real pleasure to get to chat with Joey and Dave Landreth. We talked about their brand new record “Come Morning” (out May 13th), having written the lead the single off of Bonnie Raitt’s newest album, and the war of attrition that is maintaining a fulfilling and sustainable career in the music business. Loved it. They are hitting the road on tour staring June 3rd.  Check thebroslandreth.com for details.
Matt Andersen

Matt Andersen

2022-04-1501:00:29

Matt Andersen - If you’ve ever seen Matt live, you know. You know that he’s got one of the most incredible voices you’ll ever hear and leaves absolutely everything on the stage night after night. In fact over the past 20 years he’s toured more than almost any artist in Canada. And in so doing, has built up an insanely successful touring career selling out venues all over the world (often performing solo!).  He’s humble, super down to earth and extraordinarily hard working. He recently put out a stripped down album called “House to House” which is beautiful and has another full band album in the can! We chatted about all this and more. I loved every minute. Check out his site at www.stubbyfingers.ca.
Ria Mae

Ria Mae

2022-04-0101:12:34

Ria Mae has been a force to watch over the last number of years.  She’s jumped from being an independent solo singer songwriter to one of Canada’s most successful pop artists. And it’s been amazing to see. Especially because she has done it without ever compromising who she is. Throughout the journey she has remained honest and humble and it’s super inspiring. And she’s not stopping! Ria just put out a brand new record called “Therapy”. Super glad we got a chance to catch up and grateful for her openness. For all things Ria Mae, check out her instagram at @riaisawake.
Junia T

Junia T

2022-03-1550:23

Junia T - I was so excited for this conversation. We’d been planning it for a while and it totally lived up to my hopes. Junia is one of my favourite producers making music today. His record “Studio Monk” is one of my top 10 from the last 5 years. It’s an insanely musical and fun record. He’s got a gift of bringing the best out in people he collaborates with and I was so curious to know how he does that. We got into that and a whole lot more. You’ll see right away that Junia is a special guy, who shines light all around him (including being super generous and supportive of my own stuff) rather than taking it for himself. It’s a beautiful quality and I think you’re going love this one.  Get into Studio Monk right away if you haven’t listened yet. Junia-T.com for all things Junia T.
Tony Delgado

Tony Delgado

2022-03-0101:14:14

Antonio (Tony) Delgado  - Did you know that over 900 kids in New Brunswick get 15 hours of free music lessons a week?! It’s one of the coolest things going on in the province today and it is known as “Sistema”. Antonio Delgado is the music director of Sistema in NB and the conductor of the New Brunswick Youth Orchestra. He’s also one of the most energetic, passionate and committed musicians and educators I know. He has an amazing story. I’ve chatted with Tony many times over the last few years and every time I’ve thought to myself “everyone needs to hear this story”.  So, as you can imagine, I’m super thrilled to have gotten the opportunity to chat with Tony at length about his upbringing in Venezuela, his youth in the Sistema programme there, and his life now in New Brunswick. Can’t wait for you to hear this one. Enjoy!  And please visit Sistemnb.ca to learn more.
Mo Kenney

Mo Kenney

2022-02-1552:20

Mo Kenney - Mo’s one of the coolest people I know. In the original sense of the word. Like James Dean cool. I’ve been lucky to know them for a while now and I always dig our time together. Mostly cause of their honesty. It’s so refreshing and it puts everyone around them at ease, whether on the stage or in a personal conversation. This chat was no different. We talked about their upcoming US tour with the Crash Test Dummies, their wicked new single “With You” and we got into it about sobriety. I appreciated it so much. Big thanks to Mo for the time. Enjoy our conversation and go to mokenney.com for more info.
Julie Doiron

Julie Doiron

2022-02-0101:12:19

Julie Doiron - Entering her fourth decade in Canadian Indie Rock, Julie is in the company of very few. Since joining Eric’s Trip in 1990, she has been a creative force putting out records in English, French and Spanish, doing two Tiny Desk Concerts (one with musician Mount Eerie) and winning a Juno for her collaboration with the Wooden Stars. Julie’s down to earth nature and honesty are at the core of both her songwriting and her personality. That’s what makes her so fun to listen to and to hang out with. This conversation was no exception. It was awesome. Big thanks to the Shivering Songs Festival in Fredericton for presenting this chat (which is also available on YouTube).  Go to Julie-Doiron.com to learn more and check out her new brilliant album “I Thought Of You”.
Jonathan Torrens

Jonathan Torrens

2022-01-1501:15:30

PODCAST EXCLUSIVE - Jonathan Torrens - I was super stoked to chat with Jonathan. I grew up watching him on television (Street Cents, Jonovision, Trailer Park Boys, etc.) and in the few times we’ve hung out in the past, he’s been one of the funniest people I’ve ever encountered.  He’s had a career in entertainment for over 3 decades, and he keeps taking risks and reinventing himself. It’s incredibly inspiring. This chat lived up to my high expectations in every way. It was both hilarious and insightful. Grateful to Jonathan for taking the time to hang out. Hope you enjoy it. Check out his own podcast (with Jeremy Taggart) at www.taggartntorrens.ca.  
Begonia

Begonia

2022-01-0101:22:43

PODCAST EXCLUSIVE - Begonia - Begonia has got one of my favourite voices in Canada. She can sing like crazy. I’m lucky to have a radio show on CKUA where I play Canadian music, and I find myself playing Begonia’s music a ton. It’s inventive, fun and performed at a super high level. We didn’t know each other at all before this chat so this was a real treat. She was hilarious, super insightful and had an awesome perspective on where she’s at in terms of making music, and making a home in Winnipeg. For more info on Begonia, you can go to www.hellobegonia.com. Also, check out her latest acoustic video for “Heaven”, it’s insanely good.  
Sarah Harmer

Sarah Harmer

2021-12-1559:10

PODCAST EXCLUSIVE - Sarah Harmer - When I finished this interview, I walked into my kitchen and my wife Nina said, “how’s my favourite songwriter doing?”.  I answered “I’m doing great, the interview went really well” to which she responded “I don’t mean you, I mean Sarah Harmer!” Ha!! I should have known. We are giant fans of Sarah Harmer in our house. Have been for years. She’s a Juno winner, a dedicated environmentalist, and a super down to earth, cool person to chat with. I really enjoyed this conversation. We got to talk about her albums, where she lives, our shared deep appreciation of nature and her upcoming tour! She’s going all over the country in 2022. Check www.sarahharmer.com for details. 
Steve Poltz

Steve Poltz

2021-12-0101:23:44

PODCAST EXCLUSIVE - Steve Poltz - The only thing you can predict when you’re hanging with Steve Poltz is that it is gonna be a wild ride. He’s one of the most energetic, engaged people I know. And certainly one the best performers I’ve ever seen. We talked about his 40 year career, co-writing one of the biggest songs of the 90s, addiction, having a stroke on stage, and so much more. It was full on and I loved it. He even turned the mic on me, which I didn’t expect. For all things Steve Poltz, check out http://poltz.com. 
Terra Lightfoot

Terra Lightfoot

2021-11-1501:18:59

PODCAST EXCLUSIVE - Terra Lightfoot - is a musician’s musician; an awesome guitar player, singer and songwriter who has been making consistently great records (Juno nominated) for over a decade. This was the first time I’ve ever chatted with Terra and I loved it! I was really looking forward to it and it went in directions I didn’t expect. We talked about her honky tonk piano playing grandmother, her guitar “Veronica” and meditation.  It was a blast.  For more on Terra, check out her website at www.terralightfoot.com. 
Shad

Shad

2021-11-0101:22:10

PODCAST EXCLUSIVE - Shad - The Guardian newspaper referred to him as “Canada’s nicest MC”. I’d agree, cause he is a darn nice dude, but I’d also add that he is one of Canada’s best MCs ever. His new record “TAO” is insanely good. It’s thoughtful, original and super profound! And you know what, chatting with Shad is the same. He’s not afraid to dig in to really big topics, with humour and humility. I love that. We get into it about God, connectedness and our shared passion for Basketball. This is one of my favourite chats yet. He’s a Juno award winner and a Peabody award winning host of Hip Hop Evolution. I’m grateful he took to the time to come on the show. Check out all things Shad at www.shadk.com.  
Joel Plaskett

Joel Plaskett

2021-10-1557:10

PODCAST EXCLUSIVE - Joel Plaskett - For over 20 years, Joel has been on the forefront of Canadian music. He’s an inspiration to spend time with. We made a record together over ten years ago and have been close friends ever since. I know very few people who work as hard and are as focussed on art as Joel is. He’s won Juno awards, been nominated for the Polaris prize, and runs one of the coolest studios on the east coast (Fang Recording). He also released a quadruple album in 2020 called “44”.  I love hanging with Joel. You can keep up on what he’s doing at www.joelplaskett.com
Lisa LeBlanc

Lisa LeBlanc

2021-10-0156:58

Lisa LeBlanc -  is one of New Brunswick’s biggest selling artists ever! Her debut self titled record went platinum. It was in French. Then, right after, she made an English record that was nominated for a Polaris Prize. Insanely impressive. Her voice is like no other I know, she plays a wicked banjo, writes deadly songs in two languages and absolutely crushes the live show. This was a really fun conversation that first aired on YouTube live. We talk about her rise to fame in Quebec, being from the boonies of NB and her alter ego Belinda; a disco loving bingo fanatic. To find out more about Lisa, you can go to www.lisaleblanc.ca.  
My Best Friend Jacob

My Best Friend Jacob

2021-09-1556:56

PODCAST EXCLUSIVE - My Best Friend Jacob - From the first time I met Jacob Smith (ie. My Best Friend Jacob) I liked him. Everyone does. His enthusiastic spirit is totally contagious.  He’s an optimist, who works like crazy and is always way ahead in how he thinks about the music industry. He’s worked with Kanye West, Travis Scott and Bryson Tiller. Jacob is a super inspiring guy I always love catching up with. Go to https://genius.com/artists/My-best-friend-jacob to hear stuff he’s made. And go to https://www.octaveplugin.com to learn about the plugin he designed.  
Alan Syliboy

Alan Syliboy

2021-09-0101:03:31

Alan Syliboy - Every time I get to chat with Alan Syliboy I feel like I learn so much. About substantial parts of life- big stuff, and I love that. I’ve been a huge fan of his art for many years (If you’ve watched the YouTube Live show, you’ve seen a drum or two of his on the wall). It’s magical art. Both completely contemporary feeling and rooted in a long deep sense of time.  He’s an author, musician and visual artist. A true creative whose spirit never ceases to amaze me. Always working on something cool. This chat was great. Hope you enjoy it. Be sure to check out Alan’s work at www.alansyliboy.ca.  
The Sheepdogs

The Sheepdogs

2021-08-1501:12:33

PODCAST EXCLUSIVE - The Sheepdogs - Having the chance to sit down with Ewan Currie and Ryan Gullen of The Sheepdogs was a total blast. They’ve been going hard for over a decade. Now, they're one of the biggest touring bands in the country and it’s well deserved. They rule live. One of the best true rock n roll bands out there. I was pumped to catch up with them and talk about what it’s been like not to tour (for the first time in the band’s existence), tapping into that live energy when making their latest studio record and the importance emulating the greatness and efficiency of Michael Jordan. Check out their latest record “No Simple Thing” and for everything else Sheepdogs go to www.thesheepdogs.com.
Alex Cuba

Alex Cuba

2021-08-0101:05:14

Alex Cuba - Alex Cuba is one of my favourite artists in Canada. Honestly, I’d say I listen to Alex’s music likely more than I listen to anyone else. I’m a huge fan. Plus, he’s a friend and I’m grateful for that. This conversation was a true delight.  We talked about his Cuban upbringing and musical education, meeting his wife, making music from home and exporting it around the world from Smithers, BC (a town of just over 5,000 people). It’s a pretty remarkable story and I was honoured to have had this conversation with him.  https://mendo.alexcuba.com/
Quake Matthews

Quake Matthews

2021-07-1554:56

PODCAST EXCLUSIVE - Quake Matthews - I love that I never know where these conversations are going to take me. Quake Matthews, one of the most respected hip hop artists in Canada, was awesome to chat with for exactly that reason. We chatted about his early days, the importance of rap music in his life but mostly we got into it about visualization, self actualization and all that great stuff. It was fascinating. Quake recently put out a wicked new record called The Myth X, check it out and everything else at www.quakematthews.com. 
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