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Acclaimed Manitoba-centric music interview podcast. Hosted by Winnipeg journalist and massive record nerd Sam Thompson. Music talk radio, broadcasting from 2012 'til forever. DIY or die.

Acclaimed Manitoba-centric music interview podcast. Hosted by Winnipeg journalist and massive record nerd Sam Thompson. Music talk radio, broadcasting from 2012 'til forever. DIY or die.

Location:

Winnipeg, Canada

Description:

Acclaimed Manitoba-centric music interview podcast. Hosted by Winnipeg journalist and massive record nerd Sam Thompson. Music talk radio, broadcasting from 2012 'til forever. DIY or die.

Language:

English


Episodes

WR471: mcenroe

7/3/2021
...so quarantine means I’m not doing in-person interviews for the next little while, but doing remotes DOES give me an opportunity to talk to people out-of-town that I’ve always wanted to have on the podcast. Here's a new one with Winnipeg rap icon and [Peanuts & Corn](http://peanutsandcorn.bandcamp.com/) boss man [mcenroe](http://peanutsandcorn.bandcamp.com/album/burnt-orange), live and direct from his home in BC. Stay tuned for a conversation about P&C’s past, present and future, and much...

WR505: Helfreya

7/3/2021
Talking to four people on the show is always tricky — even in the before-time when I interviewed people in person — but I think we pulled it off with this remote episode feat. alt-metal act [Helfreya](http://www.facebook.com/HelfreyaBand/)! We talked about their debut album, ‘[Shieldmaiden](http://helfreya.bandcamp.com/album/shieldmaiden)’, and the Norse/Celtic mythology therein, about taking advantage of the pandemic time to really hone their mixes, and more! Helfreya is playing its first...

WR552: 2 Baked Girls live from MBPodFest

7/3/2021
We'll be back to your regularly-scheduled music interviews next week! For now, enjoy a panel I moderated at this year’s [Manitoba Podcast Festival](https://www.facebook.com/mbpodfest/), which was held virtually due to the pandemic. It's a conversation with Cupcake and Rae Rae of the [2 Baked Girls Potcast](http://YouTube.com/2BakedGirlsPotcast), talking about the ins and outs of video podcasting, as well as their experience digging deep into the topic of their favourite plant. There’s a lot...

WR278: Ridley Bent

7/3/2021
Country storyteller [Ridley Bent](http://www.ridleybent.ca/) is back with his first new record in four years, and he sits down to talk about the new album, his band the Killer Tumbleweeds, his impressions on Winnipeg's music scene as an outsider (albeit one who has been living here for about a decade already), and much more! Head down to [the Park Theatre this Thursday (April 5)](http://www.facebook.com/events/2064772493805421/) for the release of the new album, featuring opener [Kevin...

WR339: Bryan Sveinson (UMFM's The Pity Party)

7/3/2021
UMFM's Bryan Sveinson, host of [The Pity Party](http://umfm.com/programming/shows/the-pity-party), is on the podcast to talk punk, emo, and the upcoming[ Nothing Under the Tree](http://umfm.bandcamp.com/releases) project – a collection of local punk bands performing Christmas songs recorded at UMFM's studio. The Xmas album drops Dec. 5th on Bandcamp (and elsewhere), and proceeds from the sale of downloads goes directly to the Winnipeg Humane Society. Big thanks to everyone who voted for...

WR474: Derek Kun

7/3/2021
One of the first local punk bands I ever got into, back in the ‘90s, was Guy Smiley – and I never really stopped listening to them ever since. This episode is an interview with [Guy Smiley](http://epitaph.com/artists/guy-smiley/bio) frontman [Derek Kun](http://soundcloud.com/user-972004597-129956681), who went on to front Burnthe8track and is currently working on new material of his own. …and Derek has lots of stories from his heavy-touring career. Don’t be surprised if I have him on the...

WR272: Gerrit Delaquis

7/3/2021
Folk singer and multi-instrumentalist [Gerrit Delaquis](http://www.facebook.com/pg/gerritdelaquis.strings) may seem like a new face in the local music scene, but he's spent the past four years quietly perfecting his debut album, 'Calm Cloud', which will be released March 10 at Le Garage. Gerrit talks about his obsession with stringed instruments, the development of the record, the punk aesthetic (or not) of his DIY music, and much more! This episode is brought to you by 2018's [Manitoba...

WR306: Northern Royals

7/3/2021
Post-grunge...from Arborg? Alt-rock five-piece [Northern Royals](http://northernroyals.com/) hang out for a backyard chat about (some of the members') rural roots, their newly refined lineup, the direction their music has taken since their previous incarnation (The Autopilots), and much more! Thanks to everyone who has supported the podcast thus far. Thanks to our supporters, we can keep churning out interviews twice a week! If you like the show, please head down to...

WR553: Providence

7/3/2021
Ben Rusch (drums) from long-running local prog trio [Providence](http://www.facebook.com/ProvidenceProgBand/) is on the show! It's a fun conversation about the band’s Carl Sagan-inspired [debut album](http://providence.bandcamp.com/releases), The Demon-Haunted World (decades in the making), falling in love with Rush, getting kicked in the balls by the pandemic and much more! This episode brought to you by [Devine Shirt Company](http://devineshirtcompany.ca/)! Huge thanks to everyone who...

WR598: Ponemah

7/3/2021
All four members of post-psych-shoegaze-y rawkers [Ponemah](https://ponemahband.com/) are on the show! We talk about balancing pop influences with more experimental psych vibes, about their [new record](http://ponemah-wpg.bandcamp.com/album/s-t-2) on [Transistor 66](http://www.transistor66.com/), being musical weirdos, and much more. This episode brought to you by our pals at [Devine Shirt Company](http://devineshirtcompany.ca/). Huge thanks to everyone who supports the podcast on...

WR546: Mattmac

7/3/2021
Matthew Monias, a/k/a [Mattmac](http://mattmacmusic.com/), is a blind vocalist/producer out of remote Garden Hill First Nation. We talked about his gospel roots, the challenges of being from a fly-in community in northern Manitoba, the crazy success he’s seeing with his debut release, the melodic pop/trap ‘20/20'... and much more. Inspirational dude making big moves in Manitoba music! This episode brought to you by [Rob Crooks](http://robcrooks.bandcamp.com/) and [Saskatoon Folk Rap...

WR569: Blunderspublik

7/3/2021
It's an interview with longtime “computer music” artist [Blunderspublik](http://blunderspublik.bandcamp.com)! We talked about [his new record](http://blunderspublik.bandcamp.com/album/trackers-trails) and its emotional swings, his love for Winnipeg (despite now living in Guelph, Ont.), and a whole heckuva lot more! (Apologies for the extraordinarily squeaky chair you occasionally hear in the background). This episode brought to you by [Devine Shirt Company](http://devineshirtcompany.ca/)....

WR360: Lounge FM

7/3/2021
Welcome to a weird experiment! This isn't a typical episode of Witchpolice Radio. For this one, we hosted a secret show, featuring a live interview and performance with local Friday night bath music quartet [Lounge FM](http://loungefm.bandcamp.com/). The whole thing played out in front of an audience of about 10 people in an intimate little room (shoutout [Giant Skellies](http://soundcloud.com/giant-skellies)!) and it was a blast. As noted in the intro, the interview portion of this episode...

WR551: Ryan McMahon / Unscripted Moments live from MBPodFest

7/3/2021
We're almost at the end (mercifully) of 2020, so here's something fun to close out the year. It's a panel I moderated at this year's [Manitoba Podcast Festival](https://www.facebook.com/mbpodfest/), which was held virtually due to the pandemic. The panel featured [Ryan McMahon](http://www.rmcomedy.com/) ([Thunder Bay](https://www.canadaland.com/shows/thunder-bay/),[ Red Man Laughing](https://www.indianandcowboy.com/red-man-laughing-podcast)), alongside Keith and Greg from Unscripted Moments:...

WR555: Humous

7/3/2021
Here's an interview with all three members of local Filipino-Canadian lo-fi rockers [Humous](http://www.facebook.com/Humousmusic/)! It’s a fun conversation about their excellent new record, the origins of the trio’s current lineup, frontman Julius’ [Raw x Rare Podcast](http://www.facebook.com/rawnrare2020/), and much more. This episode brought to you by [Devine Shirt Company](http://devineshirtcompany.ca/)! Huge thanks to everyone who supports the podcast on...

WR556: Rickson Makwe

7/3/2021
[Rickson Makwe](https://ricksonmakwe.com/) is a singer, songwriter and keyboard player, who blends pop, reggae, rumba and funk to create a sound uniquely his own. We talked about his background as a refugee and his eventual arrival in Canada, his goal of creating music with a universal message, his impressions of Winnipeg’s music community, and much more. This episode brought to you by [Devine Shirt Company](http://devineshirtcompany.ca/)! Huge thanks to everyone who supports the podcast on...

WR378: Nick Friesen

7/3/2021
You may know bassist, songwriter, journalist, animator, etc. Nick Friesen from his role in [Futurekids](http://witchpolice.podiant.co/e/3534bd1f0c4824L/) or from his [Jaded & Elated](http://jadedandelated.bandcamp.com/) radio show, but his latest project is something altogether different. Nick is the creator and driving force behind [Olivia Sea](http://oliviasea.net/) – a fictional, animated indie-pop artist with a new EP (think Prozaak or Gorillaz) out now, and a lot more content on the...

WR485: Ayden Lambert

7/3/2021
A card-carrying member of the 'Internet weirdos club', Portage la Prairie’s [Ayden Lambert](http://aydenlambert.bandcamp.com/) is on the show to talk about his industrial/hip-hop/spoken word tinged experimental music, and much more! We talk about his experience growing up in a country town playing music that is anything but, his dreams of a visual-heavy live show, post-quarantine, of course, and plenty of other topics. This episode is brought to you by our friends at [the Park...

WR351: Velodrome

7/3/2021
They don't play a ton of shows, and they keep a relatively low profile on the local music scene, but progressive instrumental trio [Velodrome](http://thebandvelodrome.bandcamp.com/) is a force to be reckoned with. We talk about their long history, their dedication to dense, structured musical chaos, their past high-profile projects in the local scene, and much more. If you're listening to this podcast on the day it comes out, Velodrome is playing a rare show TONIGHT, opening up (along with...

WR380: Merin

7/3/2021
Melancholy power-pop foursome [Merin](http://merinmusic.bandcamp.com/) are on the show to talk about their excellent new EP, their first tour – which runs until May 24 – and a lot more. It's a fun conversation with a band set to do big things in Winnipeg and beyond. This episode brought to you by our pals at [The Park Theatre](http://myparktheatre.com/)! Thanks to everyone who has supported the podcast thus far. Thanks to supporters like you, we can keep churning out interviews twice a week!...