We May Not Be Big But We're Small!
We celebrate (or perhaps, protest) Valentine’s Day by playing nothing but break-up songs today on the Vinyl Cafe.
For Remembrance Day, Stuart told the life story of his friend, Holocaust survivor David Kilberg. The soundtrack was provided by Winnipeg band Finjan and their album Dancing on Water.
Click the link below to stream or download the podcast.
Stuart talked about a very cool website put together by Collections Canada called 'The Virtual Gramophone: Canadian Historical Sound Recordings'.
You can check it out for yourself here:
A while ago on The Vinyl Cafe, Stuart talked to the owners/operators of some about his favourite Canadian record stores.
Here is a list of his favourites:
Fred's in St. John's, NFLD
Back Alley Music in Charlottetown, PEI
Backstreet Records in Saint John, NB
Criminal Records in Toronto, ON
Soundscapes in Toronto, ON
Dr. Disc in Hamilton, ON
Fascinating Rhythm in Nanaimo, BC
Blackbyrd Myoozik in Edmonton, AB
Megatunes in Calgary, AB
Zulu Records in Vancouver, BC
Recently on the show we talked about a book club in Abbotsford, BC that has been meeting for 27 consecutive years.
They have kept a list of every book they've ever read. You can check it out here (just click on the 'book list' link below).
You can also read their 'guidelines for a successful book club'.
Here is one of our favourite moments from the Vinyl Cafe: The incredible story of Roger Woodward and Niagara Falls.
On a past Vinyl Cafe show, Stuart was joined by Chef Michael Smith. Michael came up with the 'Official Potato Recipe of the Vinyl Cafe'. Here it is...enjoy!
Vinyl Cafe Brown Butter Mashed Potatoes
-Two pounds or so of unpeeled potatoes (about four large)
-A stick of salted butter (four ounces)
-A few pinches of nutmeg
-A sprinkle or two of salt and pepper
Cut the potatoes into large chunks then steam, boil or microwave them until they’re tender. Drain well.
Meanwhile, toss the butter into a small saucepot and heat it until it melts over medium heat. Because butter contains as much as twenty percent water it will then begin to steam and foam. Once the water has evaporated the foam will subside and the butter’s temperature will begin to rise. The milk fat solids that are one or two percent of the butter will then begin to brown. Continue watching as it begins foaming a second time. Swirl it gently, watching the colour, until it turns golden brown and releases the aroma of toasting nuts. Immediately pour the browned butter into a bowl to stop it from browning further.
When the potatoes are tender mash in the butter, nutmeg and seasonings. Taste and season a bit more if needed. Then watch the bowl empty!
We often have people asking us about some of our favourite things: Where we like to get coffee in Montreal? Where do we like to stop for lunch in St. John's? Who do we think makes the best cinnamon buns in the country (there is no clear winner in this category!)
So, we've decided to keep an ongoing list here on this website. We'll be adding to this constantly, so be sure to check back.
A Few Of Our Favourite Things…
1) We loved the coffee in Montreal. Some of our favourite places were Cafe Olympico on St. Viateur (also known to locals as 'Open Da Night'...in reference to an old sign that used to say 'Open Day & Night').
2) Kaizen Sushi Bar & Restaurant
3) Sala Rosa Restaurant Espanol
4) Dante’s Hardware: where you can buy everything you need to make a meal: everything from a gourmet frying pan to a 12 gauge shotgun
1) The Black Sheep Inn is one of our favourite music venues in the country. It is a great place to see a show because the audience is respectful (meaning they listen to the music) but not so respectful that they don’t know how to enjoy themselves!
2) Soupcon (next door to the Black Sheep) is a great place to catch a pre-show meal.
1) Mum's Bakery in Mindemoya has amazing homemade apple fritters and cinnamon buns.
2) Also in Mindemoya - the Manitoulin Coffee Shop makes a pretty decent latte. As far as we could tell, it's the only espresso on the Island. They have a Rancillio machine (for those of you who care)
3) The School House Restaurant in Providence Bay is fantastic. Good service, great food and a nice atmosphere (the restaurant is in, you guessed it, an old schoolhouse that is tucked underneath a stand of tall pine trees). Stuart had a wonderful piece of beef tenderloin when we were there and Jess had oysters and shrimp.
1) We love the Whalesbone. They have the best oysters in town, and we like to catch a meal there too…fresh oysters, fantastic fish and tunes on vinyl – a perfect night.
2) For lunch we love to pick up a sandwich at La Bottega in the Byward Market. This is a little Italian grocery store (also a good place to pick up supplies to make dinner). They have a deli in the back, and you can go back and choose your meat, cheese and veggies and they will throw them together for you in a sandwich. Delicious and cheap.
3) Another great Italian grocer and sandwich joint (can you tell we like sandwiches?) is DiRienzo’s Grocery. Great sandwich for less than $5.
1) The Fish Store on College Street in Toronto makes one of the best sandwiches we've ever had. Their fresh fish is pretty great too.
2) Manic Coffee on College Street. We love Manic. We are manic about Manic. And they use our favourite espresso beans: Intelligencia
3) Sanagan’s Meat Market in Kensington Market is a great butcher: locally sourced meats
1) The Banff Centre in Banff is one of our favourite places in Canada. We love what they do to support artists. But we also like it because it is a great place to stay, a great place to perform and a great place to eat! The recently renovated Three Ravens Restaurant & Wine Bar has to be one of the most beautiful rooms in the country
1) We had a pretty great meal at Rouge in Calgary recently
1) Victoria, BC has to have the best collection of bookstores. A few of our favourites? The Chapters on Douglas, Munro’s books, Bolen Books and Russell Books
2) We always eat at Rebar at least once while we are in town.
1) Vijs Indian Fusion in South Granville is amazing
2) Tojos Sushi is pretty great for high end sushi and Shiro on Cambie is good for an inexpensive meal.
1) We love the market in Saint John. A few of our favourite things? The smoked salmon, the salmon jerky, the dulse they sell in little brown paper bags and the fresh squeezed grapefruit juice
1) The coffee at Java Johnny's is pretty great...this is a little coffee bar in the back of Paradise Imports
NEWFOUNDLAND & LABRADOR
1) Fred’s Records
2) Georgetown Bakery makes some of the best baguette we’ve ever had. It is darker than you’re used to … but more flavourful because of that.
3) The Ship Inn is a great place to go watch live music
1) The breakfast at Steve-o-Reno’s is pretty hard to beat
2) The hummus at The Economy Shoe Shop is one of our favourite dishes
3) Stop and hang out in the public gardens
4) Have a drink at the bar in the Lord Nelson
1) The Tall Grass Prairie Bakery. They have two locations: one in Wolseley and one in The Forks. Everything is good at this lovely bakery - the sandwiches, the bread, the cinnamon buns..but perhaps the best thing about it is the story. Ask to hear how the bakery got going.