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WR326: Sebastian Owl

After eight years and six albums, '70s pop-inspired folk-rockers Sebastian Owl are packing it in... but not before one last hurrah. The band is releasing 'The Ties That Bind', its final album at a pair of farewell shows Nov. 2-3 at Times Change(d). We talk about everything from the band's folk roots in Brandon to the upcoming end of an era and beyond. This episode brought to you by our friends at the Park Theatre. Thanks to everyone who has supported the podcast thus far. Thanks to...


WR325: Podcasts vs. Radio panel at MBPodFest 2018

On Sept. 30, we held the first annual Manitoba Podcast Festival at the Park Theatre. This is the audio from one of the panels (which I moderated), entitled "Podcasts vs. Radio". The panelists included Jared McKetiak (UMFM 101.5), Kent Davies (CKUW 95.9, Manitoba Food History Project), Adeline Bird (Soul Unexpected Podcast, NCI FM), and Stefan Richard (Ever Sick Podcast, NCI FM). Stay tuned for more MBPodFest events throughout the year. Huge thanks to everyone who came out to the event and to...


WR324: Lana Winterhalt

Singer-songwriter Lana Winterhalt just released an EP in the summer, but she's on the verge of releasing a full-length as well. Her excellent 'If and When' drops Oct. 12, with a release show at the Park Theatre Oct. 14. We talk about Lana's indie-pop sound, her 'mom rock' appeal, finding emotion in lyrics, and much more. This episode brought to you by our friends at the Park Theatre. Thanks to everyone who has supported the podcast thus far. Thanks to supporters like you, we can keep...


WR323: Mobina Galore

Occasional co-host Ryan is back for this episode, taking over the main hosting duties alongside Tony Beaudoin of Union Stockyards. Together, they interviewed punk rock power duo Mobina Galore a few months back, presented here in podcast form.


WR322: House Handshake

It's a conversation about soul, folk, boisterous lyrics and much more with three core members of musical collective House Handshake.


WR321: The Boy + The Sea

Steinbach indie rockers The Boy + The Sea hang out on a coffee shop patio to talk about the music scene in Steinbach (and its appetite for rock despite its reputation), making inroads into the Winnipeg scene, their new album, Common Ghosts, guilty pleasures, and much more!


WR320: Harley James Flett

Singer-songwriter Harley James Flett may have packed up and moved to Toronto, but he maintains his Winnipeg DIY sensibilities. Best known as a folk-punk artist, he's working on new material for a November release that leans more toward alt-country territory. We talk hockey (a lot), starting fresh in a new city, an entire album of songs Harley scrapped and has never released, and much more. Thanks to everyone who has supported the podcast thus far. Thanks to supporters like you, we can keep...


WR319: Ceilings

It's a trip to a terrifying murder warehouse with 'consumer math rock' trio Ceilings. We talk about their punk rock influences, juggling being in close to a dozen bands between them, working with a European label, and much more! Thanks to everyone who has supported the podcast thus far. Thanks to supporters like you, we can keep churning out interviews twice a week! If you like the show, please head down to patreon.com/witchpolice and for as little as $1 a month (less than 12 cents an...


WR318: Silence Kit

Silence Kit is (are?) back! The local grungy foursome are about to release a powerhouse new record, "Kitty Kitty" (seriously, it's great, I've heard it), on Oct. 5. We sat down to talk about the new music, about what's changed for the band since their previous release, appealing to drunk "bros", and much more! Thanks to everyone who has supported the podcast thus far. Thanks to supporters like you, we can keep churning out interviews twice a week! If you like the show, please head down to...


WR317: A Rebel Named Riel

It's a quick lunch-hour chat with singer-songwriter Daniel Emerson, frontman of A Rebel Named Riel. We talk about his artistic roots in the Thompson, MB, hip-hop community, the way his Metis cultural background influences his music, that big-ass Louis Riel hand tattoo, and much more! We also discuss the new material he's working on, but since that's still being created, the songs on this episode are A Rebel Named Riel demos from a few years back.


WR316: Podcasts for Artists (live panel)

On Sept. 7, I moderated a panel discussion for Creative Manitoba about podcasting for artists. The event, presented in conjunction with the Manitoba Podcast Festival (Sept. 30, Park Theatre) featured hosts and/or producers Stefan Richard (Ever Sick!, Digital Drum podcast), Stephanie Cram (CBC Radio's Unreserved), Kammer Kinnarath (Gay Lunch Podcast), and Adeline Bird (Soul Unexpected). We talked about the podcast biz for an hour to a packed house and fielded some great questions from the...


WR315: Big Foot Yeti

This episode was actually scheduled to be released much later, but all the stars aligned (or something) and you're getting it now! ...but rejoice, friends! It's an interview with up-and-coming alt/indie-rock trio Big Foot Yeti (the space is intentional)! We talk about the band's origins (in the demise of indie-pop outfit Futurekids), cryptozoology, finding bassists on the Internet, their upcoming debut EP (Oct. 20) and much, much more!


WR314: Kakagi

Folk-rockers Kakagi (well, half of them, anyway) sit down for a conversation about fitting in with the local scene, touring anxiety, their fantastic new EP, and much more!


WR313: Joe Curtis

It seems strange that singer-songwriter Joe Curtis hasn't formally been on the podcast until now. I interviewed him for an episode of 'Mom's House', plus he performed an acoustic set at a recent show in my backyard, but this marks his first sit-down Witchpolice interview. We talk about his long career as a sideman, his inspirations as a solo artist, some of the new music he's working on, and much more. Joe is a fantastic local talent and a guy with a lot to say, so make sure you check this...


WR312: Aphelion

Creative exploration, space cats and more, with instrumental tech-metal trio Aphelion! We talk about their new (but also kind of old) EP, the challenges of playing such complex music with such a small lineup, and their upcoming gig at Chadstock, which happens TODAY (assuming you're listening to the episode the day of its release).


WR311: Ex Omerta

A patio hangout with two members of alt-rock power trio Ex Omerta! We talk about blending in (or not) with the rock mainstream, releasing singles vs. albums, and of course, those trademark suspenders! Watch for their new single "Sink In", which drops this coming Friday!


WR310: Vic Ruggiero live!

This isn't a normal episode of the podcast. There's no interview, no format... it's almost two unedited hours of live music recorded in my backyard. New York singer-songwriter (and frontman of the legendary Slackers) Vic Ruggiero earlier this month, and he stopped by the house for an intimate solo set on my deck. This 'episode' is a relatively lo-fi recording of the full show.


WR309: Ticketmomster

This episode's guest is a bit of mystery. The writer known as Ticketmomster has been penning anonymous, fly-on-the-wall style pieces about a wide range of Winnipeg concerts for some time now, and she's thus far managed to hold on to her secret identity. We don't drop any big hints during this interview, but we do discuss Ticketmomster's choice of remaining anonymous, her unique -- and untrained -- writing style, her favourite local artists, and much more!


WR308: JayWood

Last time Jeremy Haywood-Smith was on the podcast, he was covering songs by other local artists at a live event we were hosting. Now we're sitting down (in the food court) to talk about his own music and the part-band/part-solo project/all-encompassing moniker JayWood. Having returned from Sled Island and unexpectedly finding himself bandless, Jeremy has refocused his efforts on the experimental, dreamy indie-pop of his solo work, with a full-length LP on the way in the not-so-distant future.


WR307: Crabskull

Local superproducer Crabskull is someone I've wanted to talk to on the podcast for a long time. Between his work with Winnipeg hip-hop luminaries like 3Peat and Charlie Fettah, his cassette label (Fab Itch Tapes), and his psychedelic, sci-fi solo productions, he's behind some of the most original music the city has heard in years.