Archive for the ‘The Alder Fork Podcast’ Category

Love, I Don’t Like To See So Much Pain

October 16, 2009

No reason for the Peter Gabriel quote.  In Your Eyes is one of my favourite songs of all time.  Beautiful.

New podcast today.  You can click on it over on the side there–>.  Today’s show features The Alder Fork performing at my recent festival. Here are two more video clips from the show (thanks to Martin!):

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A Twin Engine Beechcraft

August 17, 2009

New episode of the podcast is up and as always can be reached over there –>. It’s been a long summer off and it’s nice to be back into the swing of things.  Music by The James Clark Institute, The Alder Fork, and Urban Moon.

As promised I discuss a bit about other benefit concerts.  Live Aid actually came up as a topic of discussion when I was on Random Green Dots (a Sound FM show) the other night.  I was only 3 on that memorable day, so I’ve only seen clips from that day.  It was such an outlandish idea, yet it achieved its stated goals.

Please Please Please

May 22, 2009

Wild flowers grow in the park
Summertime and it melts into dark
Dancing together at night until two
You’re cheering me up and I’m thanking you

New Buffalo

Cheer Me Up Thank You

A brand new podcast is up today. As always you can find it over there or subscribe on iTunes. This one is mostly music as I squeezed in 5 songs.  Featured artists:

1) The sublime New Buffalo.

2) Canadian roots all-star Colin Linden.

3) Soundtrack-esque The Flaps.

4) Talented Torontonian Amer Diab.

5) Star of tv and film (music) Mujaji.



Ten Days Too Late

May 12, 2009

I’ve proven who I am so many times
The magnetic strip’s worn thin
And each time I was someone else
And every one was taken in
Powers chatter in high places
Stir up eddies in the dust of rage
Set me to pacing the cage

Bruce Cockburn

Pacing the Cage

Finally a new episode of the podcast is up today. In it I continue the discussion of Slice O Life by Bruce Cockburn and even play a song from the album.  I also talk about baseball and play a song by the very talented Andy Mckee. Expect to hear more of his work on upcoming episodes of the show. As always you can find the podcast on iTunes, here, or over there–>

We All Live

May 1, 2009

Brand new podcast up tonight. As always you can find it over there –> or here. I talk about community, which was inspired by Jean Vanier’s Becoming Human.  The music is provided by Madison Violet and The Mighty Blue Ford. These two Canadian acts are quite enjoyable.  Madison Violet has been around for awhile, but they are putting out their first new album in 3 years.  They have a number of upcoming shows in southern Ontario (and one in Scotland) and I definitely recommend checking out their sweet folky charm.  The Mighty Blue Ford is a side project with a definite nod to the music of Bruce Cockburn (intentional or not).  The Winnipeg-based artist has certainly caught my ear.

Do You Have Some Time?

April 21, 2009

New podcast up tonight.  It’s National Volunteer Week here in Canada and I have Jen Grebeldinger from Timeraiser Hamilton. The May 9th event is an art auction where volunteer hours act as currency.  This unique event began in Toronto and has grown to many communities across the country.  This is the first Hamilton edition and you can get ticket information at the website. I also expand on the topic of volunteerism and my involvement with the Change the World Ontario Youth Challenge.

Over 12 million Canadians volunteer every year.  Advocates, like myself, point out to anyone who will listen that volunteerism is an integral part of this country.  It is strange to think that in many countries people aren’t giving as much of their free time to improve their society.  It is perhaps even more impressive because of the diverse nature of Canada. People from all over the world come here and many find themselves sharing in the spirit of volunteerism.

Music by two Canadian groups that need little introduction,  Great Lake Swimmers and The Stills.

Tell Me, Tell Me

April 14, 2009

I’ve got stories galore and a few moves in store

Doug Folkins

King Henry’s Good Times

New episode of The Alder Fork Podcast is available here, on iTunes or over there–>.

It features a fun interview with Amanda Putz of the CBC.  She has been a host on CBC Radio’s Bandwith and Fuse.  She can be heard hosting on CBC Radio 3, and is involved in B.C. Scene in Ottawa.  For more about Amanda check out her bio on the ever reliable Wikipedia.

Featured music is by Doug Folkins and The Mass Romantics.  You can read my review of Doug’s latest album here, and hear Max’s visit to the podcast here.

I asked Amanda for 5 Canadian indie bands we should be listening to right now, and she gave me 6. Here they are with links to their websites:

Said the Whale

Dan Mangan

Justin Rutledge

Meredith Luce

NQ Arbuckle

Jill Zmud

Jenn Grant

This is a great list. Take some time and check these acts out.

It’s The Rhythm Of The Sea

April 7, 2009

Sleeping in my favourite shirt.

The Clark Institute

Sleeping in my favourite shirt

New podcast is up today.  It is a very special 25th episode.  I announce the details for The 2009 Alder Fork Festival.  I also talk a little bit about the history of the event and the chosen charity, Eating Disorder Awareness Coalition of Waterloo Region.  I will probably devote an entire blog post to the organization, and am planning to set up a separate page for the festival.  The rest of the details are:

The Alder Fork Festival
In support of:
Eating Disorder Awareness Coalition of Waterloo Region
Saturday September 12, 2009
Featuring the music of:
Dave Fallis
The Clark Institute
Matthew Blacquiere
The Alder Fork
The Registry Theatre
122 Fredrick St., Kitchener, Ontario
Doors at 6:30pm, Show starts at 7pm
$10 available from the acts, by emailing thealderfork@gmail.com or at the door

I Wish I Was Special

April 1, 2009

I’m not here, this isn’t happening.

Radiohead

How To Disappear Completely

New podcast is up tonight. The link can be found over there–>. On today’s show I review Meeting People is Easy a film about Radiohead.  Music by New Buffalo and Young Galaxy is featured.

One further story that didn’t make it onto the podcast.  I saw Radiohead in concert on a summer night in 2001 at Molson Park in Barrie Ontario.  It was a fantastic show (Kid Koala was the opener) and I distinctly remember two things from that night.  The first is the amazing full moon.  Thom Yorke commented on it at least once during the show, and it hung over us for most of their set like an extra big spotlight on the crowd.

The second memory of that night is of a twenty-something man who was standing near me. All night he did two things. The first was to yell out Creep before every song. The second was to yell out the name of every song as soon as he figured out which it was.  He was the single most annoying person I have ever been near at a concert.  Memories.

But I’ll Be Close Behind

March 26, 2009

If heaven and hell decide that they both are satisfied and illuminate the nos on their vacancy signs.

Death Cab For Cutie

I Will Follow You Into The Dark

A new podcast will be up tomorrow (as my internet is having upload issues). I will be talking a bit about the military and the CBC.  Music by Dual, F & M, and Amy Millan. The first act technically together anymore and some of their members are in Leisure Co. and F & M.

I don’t want to write much on account of the podcast (I assume you’ll get enough of me there) but I want to give the link for the Maple Leaf Legacy Project.  This site aims to “The aim of the Maple Leaf Legacy Project is to photograph or obtain a photograph of every Canadian War Grave of the 20th Century.”  I think it’s a highly worthwhile project.  I found my great uncles record and may be requesting the photo.  This is a great way to connect with the past and to appreciate those who gave their lives in the name of Canada.