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Join musician/songwriter Jane Gowan as she sits down with a variety of musical guests for casual and upbeat conversations about music and music-related adventures. From instrumentalists and songwriters, to teachers, authors, producers and fans, this is a podcast about giving and receiving the gift of music.

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Join musician/songwriter Jane Gowan as she sits down with a variety of musical guests for casual and upbeat conversations about music and music-related adventures. From instrumentalists and songwriters, to teachers, authors, producers and fans, this is a podcast about giving and receiving the gift of music.

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@janegowan

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English


Episodes

Yvonne Matsell - The Queen of Queen Street

2/27/2024
Yvonne Matsell is a celebrated music booker and long-time friend of the Canadian indie music scene. As the live music talent buyer for clubs like Ultrasound, Ted's Wrecking Yard, The Horseshoe Tavern and The Reverb Room, Yvonne gave countless indie bands their first decent gigs, and watched as many of them went on to become success stories and musical household names. Just a few of the bands and artists that flourished as a result of Yvonne's magic touch include: Skydiggers, Lowest of the Low, Rheostatics, Barenaked Ladies, Headstones, Matt Mays, Ron Sexsmith, Sarah Slean, Hawksley Workman, Feist, and Broken Social Scene. In a business that can often be tough, gritty and uber-competitive, Yvonne remains "one of the good ones". A deep love of music, good humour, generosity, and a willingness to work tirelessly on behalf of artists, has made her one of the most admired and respected people in the Canadian music landscape. Music samples in this episode: "Hey Darlene" - The Stephen Stanley Band (Before the Collapse of the Hive, 2023) "Muscle Cars and Sissy Bars" - Skydiggers (Hide Your Light, 2023) "Legal Age Life at Variety Store" - Rheostatics (Whale Music, 1992) "New Westminster Taxi Squad" - The Stephen Stanley Band (That Thin, Wild Mercury, 2003) "Journey" - The Cash Brothers (Phonebooth Tornado, 2000) "The Owl" - The Stephen Stanley Band (Before the Collapse of the Hive, 2023) "Lover You Should've Come Over" - Jeff Buckley (Live at Sin-é Legacy Edition, 1993) "All of Our Dreaming" - Skydiggers (Bittersweet Harmony, 2003) "P.I.N." - Rheostatics (The Night of the Shooting Stars, 2001) "Come to My Senses" - Skydiggers (Hide Your Light, 2023) Thank you for listening! If you enjoyed this episode, please consider supporting the pod with a donation. Any amount helps! MUSIC BUDDY IS: Jane Gowan (host, producer, editor) Tim Vesely (co-producer/co-host) The show's theme song, "Human Stuff," is written by Jane Gowan and Tim Vesely, and performed by Jane and Tim, with additional vocals by Steve Wright and Connie Kostiuk STAY IN TOUCH Email: jane@musicbuddy.ca Instagram: @musicbuddypodcast Facebook: @musicbuddypodcast Twitter: @janegowan TikTok: @musicbuddypod This podcast is brought to you by Morning Run Productions.

Duration:01:12:58

Ron Sexsmith at Sixty: Another Spin Around the Song

2/7/2024
Internationally-acclaimed and award-winning singer-songwriter Ron Sexsmith first sang and strummed his way into the hearts of music lovers in the early-mid 1990s. At that time, the distorted fuzz and raw angst of grunge bands dominated the airwaves, and most "folk" singers watched from the sidelines, clutching their acoustic guitars and cursing their lack of effects pedals - but not Ron. Amidst the dense and glorious swirl of guitar rock, Sexsmith offered up his self-titled debut album of simple, heartfelt songs. The melodically refined and gracefully sculpted nature of his music gradually won him fans around the world, including rock n roll dignitaries such as Elvis Costello, Nick Lowe, and Paul McCartney. 30-ish years and 17 albums later, Ron Sexsmith has become one of the most revered songwriters in the world, while continuing to create music that is essential, fresh, and timeless. In this conversation, Ron guides host Jane Gowan and co-host Tim Vesely through the storied travels and charmed encounters of his illustrious career to date. Sexsmith turned 60 this January. To celebrate this milestone, he and his band are performing a special one-night-only concert on Feb 29 at Toronto’s Massey Hall. The show is a career retrospective, highlighting songs from every release to date. Tickets are still available (see link below). Sexsmith at Sixty Feb 29 @ Massey Hall Get tickets here More about Ron ronsexsmith.com Rawnboy youtube channel THE MUSIC BUDDY SESSION: "Seem to Recall", by Ron Sexsmith Performed by Ron Sexsmith, Tim Vesely, and Jane Gowan Recorded and Mixed by Tim Vesely Music samples (all by Ron Sexsmith) in this episode: "What I Had in Mind" (The Vivian Line, 2023) "Diamond Wave" (The Vivian Line, 2023) "This, That and the Other Thing" (The Vivian Line, 2023) "Secret Heart" (Ron Sexsmith, 1995) "Thinking Out Loud" (Other Songs, 1997) "This Song" (Blue Boy, 2001) "Former Glory" (Cobblestone Runway, 2002) "Hard Bargain" (Retriever, 2004) "One Less Shadow" - Sexsmith & Kerr (Destination Unknown, 2005) "All in Good Time" (Time Being, 2006) "Brandy Alexander" (Exit Strategy of the Soul, 2008) "Believe It When I See It" (Long Player Late Bloomer, 2010) "The Morning Light" (Forever Endeavor, 2013) "Foolproof" (Blue Boy, 2001) "Getaway Car" (Carousel One, 2015) "Evergreen" (The Last Rider, 2017) "Lo and Behold" (Hermitage, Thank you for listening! If you enjoyed this episode, please consider supporting the pod with a donation. Any amount helps! MUSIC BUDDY IS: Jane Gowan (host, producer, editor) Tim Vesely (co-producer/co-host) The show's theme song, "Human Stuff," is written by Jane Gowan and Tim Vesely, and performed by Jane and Tim, with additional vocals by Steve Wright and Connie Kostiuk STAY IN TOUCH Email: jane@musicbuddy.ca Instagram: @musicbuddypodcast Facebook: @musicbuddypodcast Twitter: @janegowan TikTok: @musicbuddypod This podcast is brought to you by Morning Run Productions.

Duration:01:57:45

Stephen Stanley - Before the Collapse of the Hive

1/17/2024
Stephen Stanley is not just a gifted musician and singer/songwriter, but also a wonderful storyteller. His song introductions are almost legendary, and for anyone who witnessed his facebook live shows during the height of the pandemic, you'll know how skilled he is at not just playing and singing, but also communicating with an audience, even when the audience is invisible. Stephen honed his craft through the 90s and early 00s as co-founder of the much-loved alt-rock band Lowest of the Low, and continues now to perform and record with his own group, The Stephen Stanley Band. Stephen's new album—Before the Collapse of the Hive—is a musically rich and dynamic album from which springs a myriad of stories, memories, and perspectives. Partly truth and partly interpretation, each song is delivered with humanity, heart, and vibrancy. Produced by Hugh Christopher Brown (Wolfe Island Records), the album is dedicated to Stephen's dear friend Dave Bookman, a much-loved Toronto-based radio personality, who passed away in 2019. In this conversation, Stephen and Jane delve into the album track by track, story by story. THE MUSIC BUDDY SESSION: NO LOVE LOST, by Stephen Stanley Performed by Stephen Stanley, Jane Gowan and Tim Vesely Recorded by Tim Vesely and Jane Gowan Mixed/Mastered by Tim Vesely Learn more about Stephen at stephenstanleyband.com Listen to Stephen’s radio show Northern Wish All the song samples in this episode are from Before the Collapse of the Hive. Thank you for listening! If you enjoyed this episode, please consider supporting the pod with a donation. Any amount helps! MUSIC BUDDY IS: Jane Gowan (host, producer, editor) Tim Vesely (co-producer/co-host) The show's theme song, "Human Stuff," is written by Jane Gowan and Tim Vesely, and performed by Jane and Tim, with additional vocals by Steve Wright and Connie Kostiuk STAY IN TOUCH Email: jane@musicbuddy.ca Instagram: @musicbuddypodcast Facebook: @musicbuddypodcast Twitter: @janegowan TikTok: @musicbuddypod This podcast is brought to you by Morning Run Productions.

Duration:01:45:32

Happy SOLSTIMAS!

12/21/2023
It's the most Buddy-ful time of the year! Welcome to the 2nd Annual Solstimas episode. Once again, we asked friends of the podcast to send us their thoughts on winter and the holidays, and to suggest a favourite seasonal song. A huge thank you to all our guests, whose talents and kindnesses continue to warm our hearts and blow our minds. A big shoutout to our "Music Buddy Christmas Office Party" guest, Dave Ullrich (The Inbreds, Zunior.com, Lemonade Dave, Salad Days), who dropped by in person to join in the fun, talk about the special Salad Days xmas day episode, and offer up an indie holiday gem that’s fun for the whole family. The Solstimas Buddies, in order of appearance: Monique Barry Ansley Simpson Dave Ullrich Jerry Leger Sofy Castro John Borra Rich Aucoin Kelly Crowe Eduardo Ottoni Annelise Noronha Andrew Rucklidge Music in this episode: "Mele Kalikimaka" by Alex Anderson - performed by Bing Crosby and the Andrews Sisters, White Christmas (1945) —— "Silent Night" - The Jingle Cats, Meowy Christmas (1994) —— "Wild as the Wind" - Nick Ferrio, Ho! Ho! Ho! Canada XI (2019) —— "Hark, The Herals Angels Sing" - performed by The Violet Archers (feat. Reudi, Sadie and Oliver), A Peanuts Christmas, the 2009 Zunior Holiday Album —— "Oh Holy Night" - performed by Jerry Butler, White Christmas, Pt. 1 (2014) —— "El Burrito de Belén" by Hugo Blanco - performed by Calexico (feat. Gaby Moreno), Seasonal Shift (2020) —— "Christmas in Prison" - John Prine, Sweet Revenge (1973) —— "White Christmas" by Irving Berlin - performed by The Drifters, Let The Boogie-Woogie Roll: Greatest Hits 1953-1958 (1988) —— "February" - Dar Williams, Mortal City (1996) —— "Oh Come, All Ye Faithful" - performed by Eduardo Ottoni —— "Every Flake of Snow", Annelise Noronha, Christmas in the County (2019) —— "You Slightly Care", Andrew Rucklidge, Unreleased —— "In the Bleak Mid Winter" by Gustav Holst - performed by Andrew Rucklidge —— Thank you for listening! If you enjoyed this episode, please consider supporting the pod with a donation. Any amount helps! MUSIC BUDDY IS: Jane Gowan (host, producer, editor) Tim Vesely (co-producer/co-host) The show's theme song, "Human Stuff," is written by Jane Gowan and Tim Vesely, and performed by Jane and Tim, with additional vocals by Steve Wright and Connie Kostiuk STAY IN TOUCH Email: jane@musicbuddy.ca Instagram: @musicbuddypodcast Facebook: @musicbuddypodcast Twitter: @janegowan TikTok: @musicbuddypod This podcast is brought to you by Morning Run Productions.

Duration:01:09:44

Andrew Rucklidge - The Fine Art of Bobbe Ruck

11/29/2023
Andrew Rucklidge is an award-winning Canadian visual artist, whose paintings have shown all over the world, and can be found in collections from Toronto, to London, to Dharemshala, India. Andrew is also a multi-instrumentalist and songwriter, who has played in several bands, including Farmer in the City (Martin Tielli), John Southworth, The New Romantic Portal, The Linoleum Falcon, Cactus Club, and—currently—Dopamine Dream. He also records as a solo artist under the name Bobbe Ruck. This conversation delves into the nuanced and wondrous overlap between the worlds of music and art: creating layered and textured sounds with a "painterly" approach, or conjuring fantastical abstracts inspired by albums played on repeat. You'll also learn the definition of "Gnome Rock", why an "eggy bridge" breaks the rules, and how making your own paint from scratch is like working with a Moog synthesizer. Learn more about Andrew at andrewrucklidge.com Stream or download Bobbe Ruck: https://ffm.to/bobberuck Get a dose of Dopamine Dream at dopaminedreamband.com THE MUSIC BUDDY SESSION: "Too Little To Lose", by Andrew Rucklidge Performed by Andrew Rucklidge, Tim Vesely, and Jane Gowan Recorded by Tim Vesely and Jane Gowan; Mixed by Tim Vesely Music samples in this episode: "All County Holdings" - Bobbe Ruck (All County Holdings, 2020) "Unknown" - Dopamine Dream (Unknown, 2023) "Banner G" - Bobbe Ruck (All County Holdings, 2020) "Astro Jet" - Bobbe Ruck (All County Holdings, 2020) "Someone's Looking At You" - The Boomtown Rats (The Fine Art of Surfacing, 1979) "Message to a Friend" - Bobbe Ruck (All County Holdings, 2020) Thank you for listening! If you enjoyed this episode, please consider supporting the pod with a donation. Any amount helps! MUSIC BUDDY IS: Jane Gowan (host, producer, editor) Tim Vesely (co-producer/co-host) The show's theme song, "Human Stuff," is written by Jane Gowan and Tim Vesely, and performed by Jane and Tim, with additional vocals by Steve Wright and Connie Kostiuk STAY IN TOUCH Email: jane@musicbuddy.ca Instagram: @musicbuddypodcast Facebook: @musicbuddypodcast Twitter: @janegowan TikTok: @musicbuddypod This podcast is brought to you by Morning Run Productions.

Duration:01:11:31

Annelise Noronha - Engineering a Life in Music

11/8/2023
Annelise Noronha is an award-winning audio engineer, producer, composer, musician, singer/songwriter, and actor. In the early days of her career, Annelise found herself honing her production skills at Manta Sound—her first big studio job—where she worked on studio recordings for the likes of Oscar Peterson, James Brown, and Jennifer Lopez. Since that time she has gone on to work with music professionals at the top of their game, such as Producer John Whynot (Blue Rodeo, Bruce Cockburn, Kathleen Edwards), and Oscar-winning composer. Annelise currently lives in Prince Edward County, Ontario, where she works from her home studio. More about Annelise at annelisenoronha.com THE MUSIC BUDDY SESSION: "Little Bird", by Annelise Noronha Performed by Annelise Noronha, Tim Vesely, and Jane Gowan Recorded at the Woodshed Studio by Tim Vesely; Mixed and mastered by Tim Vesely Music samples in this episode: "Lake Ontario" - Annelise Noronha (In the Headlights, 2020) "Slip Away (feat. The Life Au Lait Project and County Artists)" - Annelise Noronha (single, 2019) "Saviour" - Annelise Noronha (My Dog is You, 2001) "Not The Girl" - Annelise Noronha (In the Headlights, 2020) "Lemonade Dave Theme Song" - Annelise Noronha (jingle) "Constellations (feat. Lisa Bozikovic) - Annelise Noronha (single, 2020) Thank you for listening! If you enjoyed this episode, please consider supporting the pod with a donation. Any amount helps! MUSIC BUDDY IS: Jane Gowan (host, producer, editor) Tim Vesely (co-producer/co-host) The show's theme song, "Human Stuff," is written by Jane Gowan and Tim Vesely, and performed by Jane and Tim, with additional vocals by Steve Wright and Connie Kostiuk STAY IN TOUCH Email: jane@musicbuddy.ca Instagram: @musicbuddypodcast Facebook: @musicbuddypodcast Twitter: @janegowan TikTok: @musicbuddypod This podcast is brought to you by Morning Run Productions.

Duration:01:18:00

Lori Yates - It's Good To Be Alive

10/18/2023
Lori Yates is an award-winning musician, singer-songwriter, photographer and writer. Her bands—The Last Resorts (late 70s), Rang Tango (80s), and Hey Stella (current)— each attracted a dedicated fan base, and Lori's raw talent and endless dedication have resulted in her working with some of the Industry's best. From Queen Street's cow punks to Nashville's country music bigwigs, Lori has shared stages and studios with a vibrant, sometimes dizzying array of music-makers and hand-shakers. Along the way, there have been awards, victories, and adoring fans, but also frustrations and challenges. Despite the ups and downs, Lori has continued to forge her own path with steadfast determination, unique creative insight, and a deep love of music and performing. Lori's 6th solo album—Matador—is due out in Fall, 2023. It was recorded at Blue Rodeo's Woodshed Studios, and co-produced by Tim Vesely. The first single—"Alive"—will be available on October 29. More about Lori at loriyates.com THE MUSIC BUDDY SESSION: "Alive", by Lori Yates Performed by Lori Yates, Tim Vesely, and Jane Gowan Recorded at the Woodshed Studio by Tim Vesely; Mixed and mastered by Tim Vesely Music samples in this episode: "What Keeps You Loving Me" - Lori Yates (Book of Minerva, 2007) "Any Way You Want It" - The Last Resorts (Cassette release, 1981) "Sweetheart Ave" - Rang Tango (Live at the Diamond Club, Squash Hunger Benefit, Oct 15, 1987) "Trouble in the Country" - Lori Yates (Sweetheart of the Valley, 2015) "Time After Time" - Lori Yates (Matador, Fall 2023) "Rebel Angel" - Lori Yates (Breaking Point, 1994) "The Future is Here" - Lori Yates (Untogether, 1997) "Angels with Bloody Knees" - Lori Yates (Sweetheart of the Valley, 2015) Thank you for listening! If you enjoyed this episode, please consider supporting the pod with a donation. Any amount helps! MUSIC BUDDY IS: Jane Gowan (host, producer, editor) Tim Vesely (co-producer/co-host) The show's theme song, "Human Stuff," is written by Jane Gowan and Tim Vesely, and performed by Jane and Tim, with additional vocals by Steve Wright and Connie Kostiuk STAY IN TOUCH Email: jane@musicbuddy.ca Instagram: @musicbuddypodcast Facebook: @musicbuddypodcast Twitter: @janegowan TikTok: @musicbuddypod This podcast is brought to you by Morning Run Productions.

Duration:01:10:34

Lillian Allen - Revolutionary Dub Poet Laureate

9/27/2023
Lillian Allen is a Jamaican-born, Toronto-based writer, performer and activist. She is a 2-time Juno Award winner, and is considered the godmother of Canadian rap/hiphop, dub, and spoken word. Lillian was recently appointed as the city of Toronto’s 7th Poet Laureate - a position she’ll hold for 3-years. A trailblazer, ambassador, professor, and creative force of nature, Lillian's insights into music, literature, society, and culture come from a lifetime of experience, observation, and unique artistic expression. Learn more about Lillian at lillianallen.ca Other references: Make The World New: The Poetry of Lillian Allen (2021) Jamaica Labrish (Louise Bennett-Coverly) THE MUSIC BUDDY SESSION: "To a Jazz Musician (Contemplating Suicide)", by Lillian Allen Performed by Lillian Allen, Tim Vesely, and Jane Gowan Recorded at the Woodshed Studio by Tim Vesely; Mixed and mastered by Tim Vesely Music samples in this episode: "The Subversives" (Revolutionary Tea Party, 1986) "My Toronto" (Anxiety, 2012) "Revolutionary Tea Party" (Revolutionary Tea Party, 1986) "Limbo Dancer" (Word Up, 1994)* "Woken and Unbroken" (Single, 2018) "Conditions Critical" (Conditions Critical, 1994) "Birth Poem" (Revolutionary Tea Party, 1986) *Thank you to musician and performance poet John Sobol for sharing the audio file for "Limbo Dancer". The song was recorded at the Banff Centre for the Arts, and recorded by poet Kedrick James. For more information on John or his work, head to youareyourmedia.org. Thank you for listening! If you enjoyed this episode, please consider supporting the pod with a donation. Any amount helps! MUSIC BUDDY IS: Jane Gowan (host, producer, editor) Tim Vesely (co-producer/co-host) The show's theme song, "Human Stuff," is written by Jane Gowan and Tim Vesely, and performed by Jane and Tim, with additional vocals by Steve Wright and Connie Kostiuk STAY IN TOUCH Email: jane@musicbuddy.ca Instagram: @musicbuddypodcast Facebook: @musicbuddypodcast Twitter: @janegowan TikTok: @musicbuddypod This podcast is brought to you by Morning Run Productions.

Duration:01:09:39

Dave Bidini - Writer, Rocker, Rheostatic

9/5/2023
Dave Bidini is a musician, songwriter, author, journalist, publisher, and sports enthusiast. Most people know Dave as the beloved front man of Canada's art rock darlings, Rheostatics. His super-fuelled stage presence is a wondrous thing to behold, and his ability to deliver a song with focused fervour—in addition to the superb musicianship of the band—has captivated fans since the late 80s. But, take a closer look at Bidini's overall creative output, and you'll find that the music of Rheostatics provides a rich sonic backdrop to a life jam-packed with all manner of artistic, intellectual, and community-based pursuits. In this conversation, Dave and Jane are joined by Music Buddy co-producer (and Dave's oldest friend and Rheos' bandmate), Tim Vesely. Plus, Dave fields some "phone-in" questions from friends (and previous Music Buddy guests) Stephen Stanley, Mike Downie, Lisa Sabino and Ryan Myshrall. THE MUSIC BUDDY SESSION: "The Aftermath", by Dave Bidini Performed by Dave Bidini, Tim Vesely, Jane Gowan, and Martin Tielli Recorded at the Woodshed Studio by Tim Vesely; Mixed and mastered by Tim Vesely Music in this episode: "Legal Age Life at Variety Store" - Rheostatics (Whale Music, 1992) "Queer" - Rheostatics (Whale Music, 1992) "Dope Fiends and Boozehounds" - Rheostatics (Whale Music, 1992) "Vancouver" - Rheostatics (Here Come the Wolves, 2019) "P.I.N." - Rheostatics (Night of the Shooting Stars, 2001) "The Ballad of Wendel Clark, Pt. 1 & 2" (Greatest Hits, 1987) More about Rheostatics More about West End Phoenix Thank you for listening! If you enjoyed this episode, please consider supporting the pod with a donation. Any amount helps! MUSIC BUDDY IS: Jane Gowan (host, producer, editor) Tim Vesely (co-producer/co-host) The show's theme song, "Human Stuff," is written by Jane Gowan and Tim Vesely, and performed by Jane and Tim, with additional vocals by Steve Wright and Connie Kostiuk STAY IN TOUCH Email: jane@musicbuddy.ca Instagram: @musicbuddypodcast Facebook: @musicbuddypodcast Twitter: @janegowan TikTok: @musicbuddypod This podcast is brought to you by Morning Run Productions.

Duration:01:36:00

Eduardo Ottoni & James Ong - The Event-repreneurs

8/16/2023
Starting in the mid nineties, Eduardo Ottoni and James Ong were the drummer and keyboardist in the band Spygirl, a group that was founded by singer Koralee Tonack and (Music Buddy host) Jane Gowan. The group embodied the spirit of collaboration, and the members developed a deep bond that created a safety net of creative and personal freedoms. Over time, Eduardo and James’ focus turned from being bandmates to being business partners. Working together mostly in the context of festival production, they became trusted and much-loved members of the arts and cultural community in Vancouver, BC. Their understanding of each others' work styles, and their ability to play to each others’ strengths grew over time, and in 2020, they co-founded Event Lab, a live event production company with a focus on sustainability, community, inclusivity and economic viability. Their client list includes The Vancouver Jazz Festival, The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Pride, The City of Burnaby Deer Lake Concerts, the Vancouver Chamber Choir, The Elektra Women’s Choir, Push Performing Arts, Cellar Jazz, the West Vancouver Community Arts council, and the Coalition for Music Education in BC, to name just a few. Eduardo and James have gracefully turned a creative and joyous musical relationship into a thriving and lucrative business partnership. Their story is one of friendship, shared values, trust, and hard work. Enjoy this conversation with three old friends as they simultaneously celebrate the past, present, and future. Thank you for listening! If you enjoyed this episode, please consider supporting the pod with a donation. Any amount helps! MUSIC BUDDY IS: Jane Gowan (host, producer, editor) Tim Vesely (co-producer/co-host) The show's theme song, "Human Stuff," is written by Jane Gowan and Tim Vesely, and performed by Jane and Tim, with additional vocals by Steve Wright and Connie Kostiuk STAY IN TOUCH Email: jane@musicbuddy.ca Instagram: @musicbuddypodcast Facebook: @musicbuddypodcast Twitter: @janegowan TikTok: @musicbuddypod This podcast is brought to you by Morning Run Productions.

Duration:01:13:08

Blair Deptuck - New Driver, Old Friend

7/27/2023
Blair Deptuck is a guitarist, singer, and songwriter. His band New Driver is a group of all-star musicians based in Nanaimo, BC. Blair's passion for music and commitment to his craft is admirable, and he has managed to balance music-making with raising a family and running his own contracting company. Despite a full and busy life that pulls him in all directions, Blair's desire to rock out is ever-present, and is a constant guiding force. As we all know, life has a way of throwing curveballs at you, and Blair experienced that first hand. In 2016, his world was turned upside down by a brain aneurysm that resulted in an intense surgical process and a long recovery. Some might be wary of returning to their regular schedule after such an ordeal, but Blair's sense of responsibility to his family and his intense desire to play music found him returning to the job site, the stage, and the recording studio. Despite the traumatic and life-changing event that Blair experienced, his desire to make music has never waned, and his sense of humour and appreciation of those around him remain firmly in tact. THE MUSIC BUDDY SESSION: "Plans", by Blair Deptuck Performed by Blair Deptuck (guitar, vocals), Tim Vesely (bass, guitar, percussion), and Jane Gowan (vocals, Hammond B3) Recorded at the Woodshed Studio by Tim Vesely; Mixed and mastered by Tim Vesely For more about Blair and his band, check out New Driver Band Music samples in this episode: "Pieces" - New Driver (Signs, 2020) "The People Below" - New Driver (Signs, 2020) "Run So Steady" - New Driver (Single, 2022) "New God" - New Driver (Single, 2022) Thank you for listening! If you enjoyed this episode, please consider supporting the pod with a donation. Any amount helps! MUSIC BUDDY IS: Jane Gowan (host, producer, editor) Tim Vesely (co-producer/co-host) The show's theme song, "Human Stuff," is written by Jane Gowan and Tim Vesely, and performed by Jane and Tim, with additional vocals by Steve Wright and Connie Kostiuk STAY IN TOUCH Email: jane@musicbuddy.ca Instagram: @musicbuddypodcast Facebook: @musicbuddypodcast Twitter: @janegowan TikTok: @musicbuddypod This podcast is brought to you by Morning Run Productions.

Duration:00:44:43

Dave Ullrich - These are the Daves

7/6/2023
Musician/entrepreneur Dave Ullrich is someone whose independent spirit and DIY talents have forged him a fruitful and fascinating career in and around music and the arts. Dave started the much-loved indie rock duo The Inbreds with his high school friend Mike O'Neill (Trailer Park Boys, Tuns). Much revered for their originality and minimalist approach, the Inbreds became Canadian indie rock favourites in the 90s. The band's popularity grew even more, after being asked to join the Tragically Hip's legendary Another Roadside Attraction tour in 1995. Later, they were also invited by Dave Grohl to open for the Foo Fighters on tour - an invitation that they famously turned down. Their 1994 album Kombinator was nominated for a Juno Award (Best Alternative Album), and a Much Music Video Award (for the song "Any Sense of Time"). After the Inbreds' breakup, Ullrich went on to start the online music store and label Zunior, and produce two indie music festivals in Prince Edward County: Sandbanks Music Festival and County Pop. From his time in The County sprung another enterprise - his craft lemonade business, called Lemonade Dave. And as if that's not enough, he’s now joined the ranks of the podcaster realm. Check out his wonderful podcast Salad Days for some great and insightful conversations with Canadian musicians. Dave possesses a true gift for storytelling, and in this 2-parter conversation, you'll hear his enlightened perspectives on music, life and—of course—lemonade. THE MUSIC BUDDY SESSION: "Any Sense of Time", by The Inbreds Performed by Dave Ullrich (drums), Tim Vesely (lead vocals, bass), and Jane Gowan (vocals, Fender Rhodes) Recorded at the Woodshed Studio by Tim Vesely; Mixed and mastered by Tim Vesely Music samples in this episode: "Attitude" - The Inbreds (Winning Hearts, 1997) "Prince" - The Inbreds (Hilario, 1993) "Dope Fiends and Booze Hounds" - The Inbreds (Rheostatics Tribute - The Secret Sessions, 2007) "Loving Arms" - Golden Seals (Rheostatics Tribute - The Secret Sessions, 2007) "Any Sense of Time" - The Inbreds (Live in Calgary, 1997 - w guest Tim Vesely) "You Will Know" - The Inbreds (Kombinator, 1994) "Drag Us Down" - The Inbreds (It's Sydney or the Bush, 1997) "Lemonade Dave Theme Song" by Peter Elkas "Lemonade Dave Theme Song" by Annelise Noronha Thank you for listening! If you enjoyed this episode, please consider supporting the pod with a donation. Any amount helps! MUSIC BUDDY IS: Jane Gowan (host, producer, editor) Tim Vesely (co-producer/co-host) The show's theme song, "Human Stuff," is written by Jane Gowan and Tim Vesely, and performed by Jane and Tim, with additional vocals by Steve Wright and Connie Kostiuk STAY IN TOUCH Email: jane@musicbuddy.ca Instagram: @musicbuddypodcast Facebook: @musicbuddypodcast Twitter: @janegowan TikTok: @musicbuddypod This podcast is brought to you by Morning Run Productions.

Duration:01:25:07

Kelly Crowe - An Old Piano and a Pickup Truck

6/21/2023
Why are there so many pianos being given away, or—worse—sent to the dump? One day, while searching for vintage finds online, journalist, podcaster, and multi-media artist Kelly Crowe discovered that there are hundreds of unwanted pianos out there, many of which end up in landfills, keeping company with old carpets and mattresses and all the other discarded items of human consumption. Kelly's discoveries about the complex fate of the unwanted piano is now the subject of the first episode in her new audio documentary, entitled The Possession Project. Kelly is fascinated by all manner of things: science, health, music, technology, visual art, politics, and—most importantly—STUFF! Her natural curiosity and journalistic skill has led her down some fascinating paths. In this conversation, she talks about The Possession Project, and how her love of stuff started her on a journey exploring the many worlds of treasured personal possessions. Music samples in this episode: "Adieu to the Piano" - performed by Victor Gowan (2000) "The Reasons" - The Weakerthans (Reconstruction Site, 2003) "American Pie" - Don McLean (American Pie, 1971) "Adios" - Benjamin Clementine (At Least for Now, 2015) "Carey" - Joni Mitchell (Blue, 1971) "Aria", from The Goldberg Variations, by J.S. Bach - performed by Glenn Gould (1955) "I Want To Sing That Rock And Roll" - Gillian Welch (Time The Revelator, 2001) "The Piano Has Been Drinking (Not Me)" - Tom Waits (Small Change, 1976) "Write To Me (The Music Buddy Sessions, Season 1)" - Steve Wright (Single, 2022) "With A Little Help From My Friends" - Joe Cocker (Live at Woodstock, 1969) "Improvisation" - Kelly Crowe (at home on her piano) Resources: The Possession Project Shane Lyon (Shane Man TV) Paul Hahn Pianos Radio Paradise Thank you for listening! If you enjoyed this episode, please consider supporting the pod with a donation. Any amount helps! MUSIC BUDDY IS: Jane Gowan (host, producer, editor) Tim Vesely (co-producer/co-host) The show's theme song, "Human Stuff," is written by Jane Gowan and Tim Vesely, and performed by Jane and Tim, with additional vocals by Steve Wright and Connie Kostiuk STAY IN TOUCH Email: jane@musicbuddy.ca Instagram: @musicbuddypodcast Facebook: @musicbuddypodcast Twitter: @janegowan TikTok: @musicbuddypod This podcast is brought to you by Morning Run Productions.

Duration:01:04:50

Rich Aucoin - Seasons in the Synth

5/31/2023
Rich Aucoin is a Halifax-based multi-instrumentalist, composer, and actor. His live shows are legendary as being multi-media dance and sing-along extravaganzas, and he's well-loved for his ability to connect with his audience in ways that create a feeling of community and also mutual trust and respect. Rich's most recent project is an ambitious undertaking of massive scope: a quadruple album entitled Synthetic: A Synth Odyssey. It is being released over 2 years. Synthetic Season 1 (2022) was recently awarded "Electronic Recording of the Year" at the East Coast Music Awards (ECMAs). The album employs 37 synths (all played by Rich), many of them legendary vintage instruments made famous by people such as Brian de Palma and Stevie Wonder. Rich is currently on tour for the release of Synthetic, Season 2. For more information on Rich and his amazing adventures, go to richaucoin.ca. MUSIC SAMPLES IN THIS EPISODE: "Pure" - Synthetic Season 2 (2023) "Algorithm" - Synthetic Season 1 (2022) "How it Breaks" - United States (2020) "Future" - Synthetic Season 1 (2022) "Return" - Synthetic Season 1 (2022) "Want to Believe" - Ephemeral (2014) "The Dream" - Release (2019) "Tonto" - Synthetic Season 1 (2022) "It" - We’re All Dying to Live (2007) "Space" - Synthetic, Season 2 (2023) "Space Western" - Synthetic Season 1 (2022) "Liminal" - Synthetic, Season 2 (2023) Thank you for listening! If you enjoyed this episode, please consider supporting the pod with a donation. Any amount helps! MUSIC BUDDY IS: Jane Gowan (host, producer, editor) Tim Vesely (co-producer/co-host) The show's theme song, "Human Stuff," is written by Jane Gowan and Tim Vesely, and performed by Jane and Tim, with additional vocals by Steve Wright and Connie Kostiuk STAY IN TOUCH Email: jane@musicbuddy.ca Instagram: @musicbuddypodcast Facebook: @musicbuddypodcast Twitter: @janegowan TikTok: @musicbuddypod This podcast is brought to you by Morning Run Productions.

Duration:01:02:54

John Borra - Keeping the Songs Alive

5/17/2023
From punk to rock to roots; from the gritty and exhilarating Queen Street scene of the 1980s, to the intrigue of European street culture; from Toronto Subway stations, to a US tour opening for the Tragically Hip...musician/songwriter/producer John Borra has lived the poetic and storied existence of a true artist - a journey rich with good music, loyal friends, and unforgettable experiences. John's latest album—Cassettes in Common—is 10 songs written by fellow singer-songwriters: cherished musical allies such as Ron Sexsmith, Art Bergmann, Frank Nevada, and Bob Snider. Some of the songs are from albums that John heard for the first time on cassette. He would play them on repeat, believing firmly that they were some of the best songs ever written. Others are songs that were never recorded or released, penned by friends who may not have received the recognition they deserved. Now many years later, John is carrying on the folk tradition by keeping these extraordinary songs alive. In this conversation, you will—through John's storytelling—meet many unique characters and creative souls, all of whom have contributed to the vibrancy of the Canadian music culture and sound. Learn more about John at johnborra.com THE MUSIC BUDDY SESSION: "Did What I Could", by John Borra Performed by John Borra, Tim Vesely, and Jane Gowan. Recorded at the Woodshed Studio by Tim Vesely. Mixed and mastered by Tim Vesely. MUSIC SAMPLES IN THIS EPISODE: “The Wars” - John Borra, with words by Eva H.D. (Blue Wine, 2020) "The Wind Loves The Rain" - Rattlesnake Choir (Live Music, 2008) "The Last Sexy City on Earth" - John Borra (John Borra, 1997) "Society Rag" - A Neon Rome (A New Heroin, 1987) "There You Go" - Change of Heart (Smile, 1992) From Cassettes in Common (John Borra, 2022): "October Night" (Frank Nevada) "Honestly Ed" (Keith Whittaker/Steven Davey) "Wedding Bell" (Pat Madden) "Marie" (Sam Larkin) "Old Nova Scotian" (Bob Snider) "Crying Heartache Misery" (Ronny Azzopardi/Jim Masyk) "Sleep" (Art Bergmann) "Old Grey House" (Kyp Harness) "Sunk In Glue" (Sandy Fateau) "Trains" (Ron Sexsmith) Thank you for listening! If you enjoyed this episode, please consider supporting the pod with a donation. Any amount helps! MUSIC BUDDY IS: Jane Gowan (host, producer, editor) Tim Vesely (co-producer/co-host) The show's theme song, "Human Stuff," is written by Jane Gowan and Tim Vesely, and performed by Jane and Tim, with additional vocals by Steve Wright and Connie Kostiuk STAY IN TOUCH Email: jane@musicbuddy.ca Instagram: @musicbuddypodcast Facebook: @musicbuddypodcast Twitter: @janegowan TikTok: @musicbuddypod This podcast is brought to you by Morning Run Productions.

Duration:01:12:53

Don Kerr - Love Speech

5/3/2023
Don Kerr is a drummer, singer, songwriter, cellist, composer, and producer. He's also a pacifist/activist, who believes strongly in the power of positivity and the value of community. A much-sought-after sideman and bandmate since the 1990s, he has performed with Rheostatics, Ron Sexsmith, Bahamas, Dan Mangan, The Weather Station, and many others. Don's own band—Communism—is a super-charged power trio, renowned for their "dance-your-face-off" live shows, for which Don performs using a DIY stand-up drum kit, fashioned to create a more dynamic presentation. The result (in combination with video, lights, and lasers) is a visually arresting, sonically exhilarating, and uplifting experience.. Despite our differences as humans, Don Kerr believes that we're all good at heart, and capable of love, change, and...dancing up a storm. Don looks for the up sides, and talks about how the pandemic allowed his band—at home with no tours planned—the time to create a sonically rich, layered, and exploratory album. The result is Love Speech : 10 tracks dedicated to "...dancing with love in your heart." Don also shares his thoughts on being a "pacifist at war", balancing family and work, composing the soundtrack for The Colour of Ink documentary, and what "communism" means to him. Later in the episode, musician, engineer and Music Buddy Sessions producer Tim Vesely joins the conversation. Don and Tim compare notes about drums and bass, and the early days playing with Ron Sexsmith and Rheostatics. More about Don and Communism Communism.band Communism on Bandcamp Communism on YouTube Communism on Spotify Communism on Apple Music MUSIC IN THIS EPISODE: All song samples are from the album Love Speech, by Communism (2023) THE MUSIC BUDDY SESSION: "One of Everyone", by Don Kerr Performed by Don Kerr, Jane Gowan and Tim Vesely Mixed and mastered by Tim Vesely Thank you for listening! If you enjoyed this episode, please consider supporting the pod with a donation. Any amount helps! MUSIC BUDDY IS: Jane Gowan (host, producer, editor) Tim Vesely (co-producer/co-host) The show's theme song, "Human Stuff," is written by Jane Gowan and Tim Vesely, and performed by Jane and Tim, with additional vocals by Steve Wright and Connie Kostiuk STAY IN TOUCH Email: jane@musicbuddy.ca Instagram: @musicbuddypodcast Facebook: @musicbuddypodcast Twitter: @janegowan TikTok: @musicbuddypod This podcast is brought to you by Morning Run Productions.

Duration:01:16:57

Seth Akira Feldman - To The Fields

4/19/2023
Seth Akira Feldman is a Toronto-based singer-songwriter, who works tirelessly on many aspects of his craft. His primary musical project is called To The Fields. He released the album Distance in 2021, which he recorded entirely on his own in his home studio, working around his day job work hours. Seth also creates and records with his father, Steve Alan Feldman. Together, the father-son team have released 2 full studio albums, working alongside long-time collaborator Vezi Tayyeb at Kensington Sound in Toronto. In this episode, Seth and Jane sit down for a good ol' kitchen table chat at Music Buddy "HQ", i.e. Jane's house. They talk about melody, sound, lyrics, bands, options for creating a career in music, and how it felt to listen to Chris Cornell sing "Black Hole Sun" live, in a thunderstorm. They also receive a surprise telephone call-in from a fan! MUSIC BUDDY SESSION: "Morning Sky", by Seth Feldman Performed by Seth Feldman, Jane Gowan and Tim Vesely Mixed and Mastered by Tim Vesely MUSIC SAMPLES: "No Substitute" - To The Fields (Distance, 2021) "In the Morning" - To The Fields (Distance, 2021) "Yahoos and Triangles" - The Refreshments (King of the Hill theme song) "Dominoes" - Philip Glass (Fog of War, 2003) "It's Timeless" - Steven Alan Feldman (It's Timeless, 2017) "Open Road" - Steven Alan Feldman (to be released) "6,000 Miles" - To The Fields (Distance, 2021) "Selfish Love" - To The Fields (Distance, 2021) "Pinball Wizard" - The Who (Tommy, 1969) "Black Hole Sun" - Soundgarden (Live from the Artists Den, 2013) LINKS To The Fields Music Kensington Sound Thank you for listening! If you enjoyed this episode, please consider supporting the pod with a donation. Any amount helps! MUSIC BUDDY IS: Jane Gowan (host, producer, editor) Tim Vesely (co-producer/co-host) The show's theme song, "Human Stuff," is written by Jane Gowan and Tim Vesely, and performed by Jane and Tim, with additional vocals by Steve Wright and Connie Kostiuk STAY IN TOUCH Email: jane@musicbuddy.ca Instagram: @musicbuddypodcast Facebook: @musicbuddypodcast Twitter: @janegowan TikTok: @musicbuddypod This podcast is brought to you by Morning Run Productions.

Duration:00:57:30

Jerry Leger - The Rock and Roll Poet

4/5/2023
Singer Songwriter Jerry Leger is the real deal. His combination of authentic humility and spirited self confidence is a rare thing to witness. He possesses a deep understanding and respect for the great songwriters and performers of our time, while forging ahead with his own style and delivery. Since his teenage years, Jerry has worked relentlessly on his craft - releasing at least one album a year, always with another gig or a new project on the horizon. On any given night, you can find him performing with his band The Situation, his rock and roll outfit The Del Fi's, or holding the crowd on his own - just him and a guitar. In this conversation, Jerry talks about life, influences, the art of the song, honing his craft, and what it takes to keep the lights on. Learn more at jerryleger.com SONG SAMPLES IN THIS EPISODE: “Johnny B Goode” - Chuck Berry (Hail! Hail! Rock “n” Roll Documentary, 1987) “Cold Cold Heart” - Hank Williams (A-Side, 1951) “Ragged Rag” - Jerry Leger (The Good Old Days Are Back in Drag, 2011) “Nobody’s Angel” - Jerry Leger (Early Riser, 2014) “All Over Again ft. Serena Ryder” - Jerry Leger and the Situation (Some Folks Know, 2012) “Too Broke to Die” - Jerry Leger and the Situation (Farewell Ghost Town, 2006) “Things Are Changin’ Round Here” - Jerry Leger (Nonsense and Heartache, 2017) “Still Patience” - Jerry Leger (Nothing Pressing, 2022) “That Ain’t Here” - Jerry Leger (Time Out for Tomorrow, 2019) “Have You Ever Been Happy” - Jerry Leger (Nothing Pressing, 2022) “Corner Light” - Jerry Leger (Live From Paradise, 2023) “Blue Boy” - Ron Sexsmith (Blue Boy, 2001) “Brigitte Bardot” - The Del Fi’s (Crowd Pleaser, 2015) THE MUSIC BUDDY SESSION: "Nothing Pressing", by Jerry Leger Performed by Jerry Leger, Jane Gowan and Tim Vesely Recorded and mixed by Tim Vesely (listen at 1:25) Thank you for listening! If you enjoyed this episode, please consider supporting the pod with a donation. Any amount helps! MUSIC BUDDY IS: Jane Gowan (host, producer, editor) Tim Vesely (co-producer/co-host) The show's theme song, "Human Stuff," is written by Jane Gowan and Tim Vesely, and performed by Jane and Tim, with additional vocals by Steve Wright and Connie Kostiuk STAY IN TOUCH Email: jane@musicbuddy.ca Instagram: @musicbuddypodcast Facebook: @musicbuddypodcast Twitter: @janegowan TikTok: @musicbuddypod This podcast is brought to you by Morning Run Productions.

Duration:01:30:25

Ansley Simpson - Sky Woman

2/15/2023
Ansley Simpson is a Toronto-based Michi Saagiig Nishnaabe singer, songwriter, and composer. Her enchanting and powerful sophomore album She Fell From the Sky embraces the origin story of Gizhiigokwe (Sky Woman), who embarks upon an emotional and brave journey on earth in an attempt to repair and restore humanity and the planet. Ansley's musical continuation of the story is filled with compassion, humour, mystery, and a healthy blend of dark and light. In this—the finale episode of Season 1—Ansley talks about the making of the album, and guides us through the meaning behind each song. Ansley also talks about other aspects of life as a working musician, such as : developing her singing voice (with the help of vocal coach Micah Barnes), touring with her sister Leanne Betasamosake Simpson for the [Polaris Short-listed] album Theory of Ice, composing the soundtrack for the Amplify TV series on APTN (watch the making of Ansley's song "Firewater" on Season 1), and scoring the documentary Spirit to Soar based on Tanya Talaga's book Seven Fallen Feathers. All songs in this episode are from the 2022 album She From the Sky, by Ansley Simpson MUSIC BUDDY SESSION: "Without Warning" by Ansley Simpson Performed by Ansley Simpson, Jane Gowan, and Tim Vesely. Recorded and mixed by Tim Vesely (listen at 1:10:37). More about Ansley at ansleysimpon.com Thank you for listening! If you enjoyed this episode, please consider supporting the pod with a donation. Any amount helps! MUSIC BUDDY IS: Jane Gowan (host, producer, editor) Tim Vesely (co-producer/co-host) The show's theme song, "Human Stuff," is written by Jane Gowan and Tim Vesely, and performed by Jane and Tim, with additional vocals by Steve Wright and Connie Kostiuk STAY IN TOUCH Email: jane@musicbuddy.ca Instagram: @musicbuddypodcast Facebook: @musicbuddypodcast Twitter: @janegowan TikTok: @musicbuddypod This podcast is brought to you by Morning Run Productions.

Duration:01:15:51

Monique Barry - Sing or Swim

2/1/2023
Monique Barry is a classically-trained singer, songwriter, composer, and music educator. Her music is unique, ethereal, dreamlike, and emotional, and ranges from techno pop to ambient folk. Monique's latest album—HAAK—is being released one single at a time - a slow drip of elegant melodies and intricate beats. The latest single—"Time"—is a spellbinding exploration of what Tennessee Williams called "the longest distance between two places". Monique possesses a truly independent spirit, dedicating her passion and skills to every aspect of music-making: from nurturing an initial song idea and creating a demo, to arranging, producing, packaging and promoting a full album. In this conversation, she and Jane discuss the intricacies, joys, and challenges of life in the indie lane: gigs, bands, travel, funding, reviews, airplay, and the inevitable...TikTok. Plus, Monique talks about her most recent adventure - cold water swimming. Learn more about Monique at moniquebarry.com MUSIC IN THIS EPISODE: "High as a Kite" - Monique Barry, HAAK (2017) "Stranger Strange" - Augie March, Moo Yoo Bloody Choir (2006) "Dance" - Monique Barry, HAAK, (2018) "Gone/Eagles" - Monique Barry, HAAK, (2019) "Time" - Monique Barry, HAAK, (2022) "Freedom" - Monique Barry, HAAK, (2016) "New Eyes" - Monique Barry, HAAK, (2018) "Real Life (Angel)" - Elbow, The Take Off and Landing of Everything (2014) MUSIC BUDDY SESSION: "Better Times" Written by Monique Barry Performed by Monique Barry, Tim Vesely, and Jane Gowan (listen at 57:41). --------------------- Thank you for listening! If you enjoyed this episode, please consider supporting the pod with a donation. Any amount helps! MUSIC BUDDY IS: Jane Gowan (host, producer, editor) Tim Vesely (co-producer/co-host) The show's theme song, "Human Stuff," is written by Jane Gowan and Tim Vesely, and performed by Jane and Tim, with additional vocals by Steve Wright and Connie Kostiuk STAY IN TOUCH Email: jane@musicbuddy.ca Instagram: @musicbuddypodcast Facebook: @musicbuddypodcast Twitter: @janegowan TikTok: @musicbuddypod This podcast is brought to you by Morning Run Productions.

Duration:01:02:26