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Good-bye Bandwidth!

On Friday, May 30th, 2014 I packaged my last Bandwidth. I took a little trip down memory lane to revisit my first episode, in 2004. Come along with me as Jim Bryson introduces me to The Acorn, Lynn Miles, and Kelp Records. Plus some of my faves will make an appearance: Lyndon's Frozen Lake, Lynne Hanson, Illusion...


During June, July, and August you will hear some of the best that Bandwidth aired in the recent past. Thanks to Jessa Runciman for her help packaging those.


If you want to communicate your thoughts about the losses at CBC Radio and Television, please visit one of the following web pages:


Over the course of the past decade it's been an absolute pleasure and honour to bring you the best Ontario's music scene has to offer. May the blanket of the music always keep us warm!


With love from The Netherlands (eventually),


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May 10th: The Royal Streets, Zoo Legacy, Elton Adams

RoyalStreets_houseconcert lg.jpgI met THE ROYAL STREETS on my street when they played my neighbour's backyard Canada Day 2013. I've followed them all year and called them up this week to chat about their new LP Kings & Queen.


ELTON ADAMS is a Canadian Forces army sergeant and a card-carrying guitar-slinger. Music has been the salve that helps him cope with two tours in Afghanistan and one in Bosnia.


A Sprinterview with Cap City hip hop band ZOO LEGACY.




  • If you'd like to have your say about what should be represented in Bandwidth's timeslot come the Fall, please click here.





May 3rd: Faraway Neighbours, Blak Denim,

  • North Bay's answer to Great Lake Swimmers chat from the home the three bandmates share: FARAWAY NEIGHBOURS is the feature interview this week.
  • A Sprinterview with Ottawa's jazz-hip-hop-rock 10 piece band BLAK DENIM. (We couldn't fit them all in the little Bandwidth studio booth so just Karl the bassist came by!)

April 26th: Early Winters, Light Fires / Gentleman Reg

April 19th: Kalle Mattson & other Northerners


  • Kalle Mattson Moon Will Be Gold.jpgSault Ste Marie's KALLE MATTSON on his new album Someday the Moon Will Be Gold. The painting on the cover art is by his Mom, who passed away when he was just 16 years old. It was that teenage experience that's at the forefront of the songs on the album.  
  • The second part of Meg Wilcox's two documentaries on Women of the North. This time she speaks to the new generation of 20-something songwriters: BINAESHEE-QUAE, ROSE-ERIN STOKES, and MARIE-CLAIRE ET LES HULA HOOPS.
  • CBC Music Searchlight contenders: SCARY BEAR SOUNDTRACK (from Cambridge Bay, Nunavut) and THE ALMIGHTY RHOMBUS (Sudbury).
  • Plus tunes from just a few of the kind musicians who got their first radio play on Bandwidth, and lamented the news this week that the show will be cancelled at the end of this season: DOG IS BLUE, KOOL KRYS, and MASIA ONE.

All Searchlight! An Ontario survey so far...

Thumbnail image for searchlight-logo-yamaha.jpgThe entire show (produced by the wonderful Jessa Runciman this week) is devoted to Searchlight entries / discoveries from the great province of Ontario. You'll hear:

Searchlight, Cole Fournier, The Split, & Celtic music

  • searchlight-logo-yamaha.jpgIt's that time of year again, when CBC Music hunts down the hottest act poised to break out on the scene. Up until next Sunday March 23rd bands and soloists can get their names into SEARCHLIGHT. Today on Bandwidth I'll feature some Ontarians who have already done that:

  • This isn't the first Canadian music contest COLE FOURNIER has entered. When he was just 19 the North Bay boy gave Canadian Idol a whirl, which, he jokes may affect his credibility as a manly singer-songwriter now. One listen to Cole's heartbreaking debut, and you know it hasn't.

  • Ottawa's Curtis Chaffey has entered his soul band of brothers: THE SPLIT, into the Searchlight ring. I nabbed him for a Sprinterview, in which he disses my beloved Canadian prairie!

  • Intrepid music reporter Dave Brown digs into whether Celtic bands like THE SHERIDAN BAND and THE AMERICAN ROGUES feel there is a feast and famine effect around St. Patrick's Day.

  • Plus music from other Searchlight contenders SUNDAY WILDE and THE KNACKERS.


March 8th: Kids Rock!

  • Feature interview with HEY BUSTER. The Ottawa-based kids-country quartet makes music that is simultaneously broccoli and candy for your ears! Dave Brown spoke to the band in their basement rehearsal space.
  • The Sprinterview this week features Kingston rap duo HEY KIDS! "Hey" seems to be a popular band name word with children's entertainers.

The Playlist for Saturday (in order):

  1. Different Kind of Rhythm by JENNIFER GASOI (Grammy winning kids' jazz)
  2. Oh My My (Mamma Yamma version) by JILL BARBER
  3. Itches by HEY BUSTER
  4. Eat the Alphabet by KATHLEEN EDWARDS (Mamma Yamma version)
  5. ABCs of You by FRED PENNER
  6. High Five by HEY KIDS!
  7. Cool It by RAFFI & DAVID SUZUKI
  8. Les Voyageurs by MIKE FORD
  9. The Gift by CITY & COLOUR (Mamma Yamma version)
  10. I Love the Mountains by CHARLIE HOPE
  11. Carwash by KRIS ABBOTT of KRIS + DEE
  12. Dinosaurs in my Kitchen by SPLASH 'N BOOTS
  13. My Bonny by LAURA SMITH (very little was played, non children's music) 

The Acorn, The Marrieds, Sam Cash...

Oh! The beauty. On today's show at 5pm: a Bandwidth Stripped-Down Session with The Acorn. Rolf Klausener sings sexy bedroom jams, Adam Saikaley plays gorgeous piano lines, and Pat Johnson's deft snare skills keep it all in-time. Plus Sam Cash & The Romantic Dogs in conversation and The Marrieds get Sprinterviewed! All that and a new tune from Charlie Angus too!

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Listen to The Acorn session again here.

Artificially Intelligent Folk Songs of Canada: the Dr. Svec interview

IMG_2392_edited_small_0203015615398.pngLast year Henry Adam Svec became Dr. Svec, after successfully defending his thesis in media studies at the University of Western Ontario.

In the years he's laboured in academia publishing papers, he's also managed to combine his interests and studies in media history and theory, stardom, celebrity culture, pop music, tactical and alternative media--not to mention acting--into six musical releases.

I was thrilled to be able to once again speak to Henry, this time about his new project called Artificially Intelligent Folk Songs of Canada Vol. 1.

Dr. Svec joined me in the Bandwidth studio via Skype from his home in London, Ontario.


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