The Summer edition for 2012 brings you the interview with Nat & Marie. After avoiding and being negative towards Canada’s largest city known as Toronto. I had the opportunity and a change of heart for the city as I met up with the lovely ladies. I will admit that meeting Nat & Marie was the first priority over NXNE and I will leave it at that. Overall, they were great to chat with and I wasn’t overly nervous meeting them because I was in my comfort zone while interviewing them on the nice, warm June day (it was a Saturday) in Toronto.
The interview is in three parts and it mainly delves on social media and online culture. Aside from the interview, there’s the usual music and the top 10 being played on the Summer edition show.
Since it’s the Summer, the TV shows that I am watching are Hell’s Kitchen, Masterchef and Dallas. Big Brother is now added to the viewing list.
After some personal convincing and a schedule change to an event in Ottawa this year, I decided that it’s finally time to go to the big smoke, Toronto and attend NXNE. Although, I didn’t get a lot of time to spend in Toronto and the live music around various venues, I’ll admit to opening up positively to Canada’s biggest city (thanks to two people). Aside from that, I arrived on Friday and walked from the train station to NXNE headquarters to pick up the media pass, then checked in the hotel and then leave to go to CBC Toronto Broadcast Centre for a tour around CBC Radio. It was great to meet up with CBC Radio 3 fans. After the tour, the rest of the R3 gang went to a pub and Grant Lawrence showed up later. I had the opportunity to interview him for his thoughts on the music festival.
Afterwards, I had to take a long walk to Bathurst Street to interview Papermapsand Wendy Versus (a bonus interview).
This week’s radio show had interviews from Grant Lawrence and Papermaps.
On Saturday night, I had some time before going to the legendary Horseshoe Tavern, I stopped by the Cameron House because a singer I watched from an Internet show was performing there. The singer was Robyn Dell’Unto. From the one song I caught, all I can say that she has a lovely voice. I was like wow in my head. Afterwards, I rushed over to the Horseshoe Tavern for the CBC Radio 3 Showcase. It consisted of Poor Young Things, Yukon Blonde, Lumineers, Young Empires, and CATL. Some of the R3 fans were in attendance and it was great to see Craig Norris as well. I finally got a chance to see Yukon Blonde live because whenever they’re in Ottawa, I tend to miss out but it’s in Toronto that I got to see them. They totally rocked the Horseshoe Tavern and great singing along to their songs.
Overall, I definitely had a great time at NXNE in Toronto. You can listen to the radio show and interviews below.
Another part to check out is from Storify as I posted tweets, images and a video (not mine) at NXNE. [Link]
Meeting Nat & Marie (Not NXNE-related)
Lastly, another priority to going to Toronto was to meet with the lovely hosts of Nat & Marie. Let’s say they’ve been pretty influential in my approach in using social media for my radio show and other activities. After the CBC tour and music interviews, I got to meet up with Marie of Nat & Marie. Originally, her partner in crime (Nat) was supposed to join us for sushi but had family obligations.
The next day, they were kind enough to meet up again and finally do an interview. The funny story was Nat tweeting me that’s she’s at Starbucks and I left the NXNE headquarters to Queen St. West. I was rushing frantically back to the site to Starbucks to meet them. The rest is history as we got to chat and interview. Unfortunately, I missed out on the unofficial CBC Radio 3 picnic at Trinity Bellwoods Park. Still, I wanted to meet my new idols or social media darlings as I’ve been tuning to their Internet show. Expect the interview to be aired in July.
I didn’t realize I was mentioned in their Tumblr post from June 15, 2012 at this link. I’m on the final line of their entry.
Radio Show and Interviews
The playlist for the June 20th show is over at this link.
Radio show for June 20th – Press play to listen.
Grant Lawrence Interview
I will finally be making the trek to Toronto for NXNE. It’s been mentioned several times that I have not gone to Toronto for quite some time and a slight dislike of the city. I caved in and going to the music festival, which is modeled after SXSW. Due to the previous schedule conflict from Ottawa Dragon Boat Race Festival, it’s an opportunity this year to check what the Toronto music scene offers.
I am also hopeful I can meet the social media/Internet celebs in the form of Nat & Marie. Since they gave me a slight influence to what I do on Twitter and Facebook.
Aside from that, this week’s radio show consisted of bands and musicians attending NXNE and another festival not linked to NXNE. Also played were would be contenders for the 2012 Polaris Music Prize Long List. The Wild 10 Countdown had two new entries, they were Loon Choir and Young Galaxy. At number one for the second week, it’s still Cold Specks.
The live show had Erica joining again and played a bunch of bands who will be at NXNE and Luminato.
Due to some technical difficulties, the live part of the radio show is repaired as there were issues with the quality.
Lastly, don’t forget to check updates on Twitter and Instagram for my activities at NXNE.
The playlist for the June 13th radio show is over at this link.
The June 13th Radio Show – Press play to listen.
Update at NXNE – June 16, 2012
I finally made it to Toronto on Friday and it was definitely a great time as I went to CBC Toronto Broadcast Centre for a tour along with CBC Radio 3 fans. It was a surprise to see Jian Gomeshi from Q(If you have me on Instagram, you will know why). I had a chance to interview Grant Lawrence to be aired on Wednesday’s show. Then later on, I had a chance to interview Papermaps and Wendy Versus.
Last, but not least, I got to meet Marie from Nat & Marie as we went for sushi. Unfortunately, Nat wasn’t able to meet up.
After my radio show on Wednesday, I was inspired to go to DAVIDsTEA on Bank Street to check if they had the Kanpe tea. I didn’t realize it was unveiled last Thursday while being in Montreal for the Arcade Fire free outdoor show for Pop Montreal. DAVIDsTEA and Kanpe Foundationteamed up to contribute the rebuilding of Haiti since the earthquake.
The funny thing when I went to the tea shop, I didn’t realize that they were suppose to sell it on Thursday. Luckily, the nice employee was keen enough to let me buy it and not let anyone know about it. I kind of sweet talked my way about attending the Arcade Fire show in Montreal last week.
As seen from the photo above (apology on an object being shown. It’s not the iPad, it’s something else). The 40g gift can and the labelling looks lovely. As for the ingredients, it consists of organic hibiscus, mango, coconut, banana, papaya, cinnamon, stevia and natural flavouring.
Onto tasting the tea, it had a tart and tangy taste. I pretty much liked it because it was just flavourful. I never expected a red colour (photo below). It reminded me of previous teas I drank that had a fruity and tangy taste. I just can’t remember what kind.
All in all, getting the Kanpe tea was worth it because it goes for a good cause to the Kanpe Foundation and being an avid tea drinker, I go for any kind of flavours. As the website says, it’s to “celebrate Haiti.” I don’t know if the tea is for limited time but just check up them up if they have any available.
Last thing, the photos were taken while watching Nat & Marieover from the iPad. Continue reading →
Summer has arrived in the Nation’s Capital and the nice, warm weather has been either positive to the sun lovers or negative for anyone not liking the heat. I don’t need to mention about the fashion shows again as you go back to the last entry. Aside from that, Wednesday’s show returned to the usual format of the first hour being pre-recorded and the second hour being live on the airwaves. Due to last week’s post holiday hangover, the segment I wanted to play got aired for the first of June’s edition of the radio show. It’s a leftover from May to say the least. I found out a friend went to sleep when I started to play the sad love songs in Chinese. Before that, I decided to play a track by Crissi Cochrane and I think my friend liked the song I played. As usual, the new Arcade Fire tracks, Speaking In Tongues and Culture War has been garnering a lot of buzz and for this week, the new single from Library Voices came out. Forgot to mention that the start of the first hour (podcast) of the show had a tribute to Gil Scott-Heron as he passed away last week. He was known as the Godfather of Rap. I wished I had known some of his musical works.
I couldn’t forget about giving a shoutout to Nat & Marie again as I have been enjoying their Wednesday night Internet show.
The Wild 10 Countdown for June 1, 2011 summary. In case I may not update the sister blog, there’s a new number one song to kick off June’s countdown. It’s Kill Count by The Balconies. Even though they are now in Toronto but good for Ottawa’s own The Balconies for grabbing the top spot. The biggest gainer for this week happens to be Austra as the band is getting a lot of praise for the release of the debut album, Feel It Break. It is also iTunes Canada’s Free Single of the Week.
Since there will be a lot of events coming up for June. Season six for the blog will be winding down soon. There will be a few entries left before it goes into Summer break, just like the TV season as it finished in May.
The New Midnight Jamz Preshow – June 4, 2011 and Cupcakes
I finally returned to The New Midnight Jamz and the preshow podcast. It’s a lengthy one as the host, DJ Daddy Rich and myself went through the Top 10 US chart from Billboard’s Hot 100 Singles Chart. As usual, we discussed on Doctor Who since the midseason finale aired in the UK.
As we ended off the podcast, we decided to play the mini-mix from The Strombo Show’s The Blend. The mini-mix is at this link.
It’s been awhile that I brought cupcakes to CKCU-FM and this time, I went to Auntie Loo’s Treats as I’ve heard it has one of the best cupcakes.
Here’s the mini-playlist from the preshow.
Praise Da Lord (featuring Shad) – Maestro
Rolling In The Deep – Adele
Alright OK! – Masia One (apology for not mentioning her on the podcast)
The Blend – Coco Fresh and Lissa Monet
The photos posted from below shows Strawberry Lemonade, Chocolate Peanut Butter, Mint Chocolate and Earl Grey with Lemonade. Overall, they were pretty good but the bad part was that I putted it in the fridge and it was kind of solid. The icing tasted good and wasn’t overly sweet.
The playlist for the June 1st radio show is at this link.
The Wild 10 Countdown entry for June 1st is at this link.
The June 1st Radio Show – Press play to listen.
The New Midnight Jamz for June 4, 2011 (includes the preshow podcast)
The Preshow Podcast – is posted from PodOmatic at this link.
Wednesday’s show was fun and interesting. I was luckily joined by occasional co-host, DJ Digs as I was slightly nervous having to host on my own to interviewing a model from Angie’s Models and Talent International. The model, Herieth, came on the radio show to help promote the showcase at the Canadian War Museum for May 28, 2011. Aside from the hi-jinx, the special two hour edition came off very well.
Aside from the guests, the Wild 10 Countdown returned to the airwaves for only two weeks. Since the Wild 10 Countdown blog is not being updated, there were two new song debuting on the countdown. They are Northern Air by Elliott Brood and Kill Count by Ottawa’s own The Balconies. Unfortunately, they are now living in Toronto and another sad part being that I missed their concert last Friday at Mavericks.
Number one for the 3rd week happens to be Sam Roberts Bands and the song chosen was Longitude.
There was a shoutout to a particular glamorous duo from Toronto and it’s none other than Nat & Marie. If it wasn’t for Strombo discovering or tweeting about them, I wouldn’t join him on the bandwagon. They talk about online pop culture, Internet trends and picking viral videos. Since I usually forget to mention them, the song I chose for them was Sadness Is a Blessing by Lykke Li.
That’s the summary for Wednesday’s show, the May 18th edition of WildWorks on CKCU-FM. You can listen to the show below.
The radio show playlist is posted at this link. Added below are photos.
The May 18th edition of WildWorks. Press play to listen.