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WR275: Raine Hamilton

It’s a quick conversation in a mall food court this week with singer-songwriter Raine Hamilton, right on time for this weekend’s release of “Night Sky”, her fantastic new record of lush, ethereal chamber-folk ballads with cosmic overtones. We talk about the new record – which, honestly, is at the top of my list for best local albums in this relatively young 2018 – and this Saturday’s release show, Raine’s interest in including sign-language interpreters into the way her music is presented,...


WR274: Girls With Guitars

March 31 marks the premiere of the film Girls With Guitars, a documentary that focuses on the women who make up a vital part of Winnipeg’s music scene, specifically its punk community. On this episode, we hang out at a Robin’s Donuts with first-time filmmakers (and musicians in their own right) Kalyn Hanuschuk, Cindy Fouillard and Jennifer Norris Wuckert! The screening of the film also includes an after-party featuring live performances by Slattern, Guilt-Trip, Silence Kit, and Katie and...


WR273: Ronnie Ladobruk

Manitoba’s very own guitar virtuoso, Ronnie Ladobruk, joins us for an interview over coffee and doughnuts on the latest episode of the podcast. Ronnie talks about his dedication to his craft, his surreal experience competing on reality TV, and the new band he’s fronting, Ronnie Ladobruk and the Electric. Ronnie has a number of shows coming up, both as a member of Southern rock outfit Wreckin’ So and as leader of the Electric, including a headlining St. Patrick’s Day gig as part of the...


WR272: Gerrit Delaquis

Folk singer and multi-instrumentalist Gerrit Delaquis 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 Metalfest, March 16 and 17 at the Park Theatre, feat....


WR271: Young Media

Although I’m usually heard in audio-only form on this podcast, I’ve had a couple of opportunities to appear on-camera as part of the Mom’s House YouTube show, which combines interviews with local musicians with exclusive live performances. For this episode of Witchpolice Radio, I returned the favour and interviewed the filmmakers and music fans behind Mom’s House: Young Media. Throughout this episode, you’ll hear live performances from past (and future) Mom’s House guests, including...


WR270: Chuck Copenace

A conversation with jazz trumpeter Chuck Copenace in a busy mall food court (so forgive some of the background sounds). Chuck has been making a name for himself in the local community for his groove-heavy instrumental sounds as well as his outreach to indigenous youth in Manitoba. He’s also headed to a jazz festival in Guatemala to bring his music to an entirely new audience, but before he goes, he’s playing a set this Friday at Urban Shaman Contemporary Aboriginal Art Gallery. This...


WR269: 15th Anniversary Tribute to Joe Strummer and The Clash

Public service announcement (with guitar): today is International Clash Day, so I can’t think of a better time to release this week’s episode, which focuses on Saturday’s 15th Anniversary Tribute to Joe Strummer and The Clash! We hung out at a doughnut shop with event organizers Ian Lodewyks and Ben Rodecker, both of whom have long been involved with the Strummer tribute events – Ian as a member of Sub City and Ben as a member of The Crackdown. They’re both performing at the tribute this...


WR268: Stacey James

We dive into the R&B/funk/soul/blues/rock/pop amalgam that is local singer-songwriter Stacey James! Stacey talks about her roots in Winnipeg’s hip-hop scene, her involvement with the annual Women Helping Women fundraiser, her upcoming album, and much more! This week’s episode brought to you by Romes at the Park Theatre with the Wild Homes and Robojom, Feb. 11. If you like this podcast, please support it at patreon.com/witchpolice. Thanks to all of our patrons so far, including our most...


WR267: Quoth the Sun

This week’s a heavy episode, as we sit down with all five members of groove-metal act Quoth the Sun. We dig into their take on the local metal scene, plus their origins (including the name), their upcoming album, and the slow-burn in between. This week’s episode is brought to you by our friends at the Park Theatre, who are hosting the second and final fundraiser for Manitoba Metalfest 2018 on Friday, Jan. 26. The show features acts like Serrated Scalpel, Flash Out, Exuvium, Inhumed and...


WR266: Panicland

They may be one of the youngest acts we’ve ever had on the podcast, but they’re already one of the most popular. Up-and-coming pop foursome Panicland have leveraged an innate understanding of 21st century music consumption, a busy social media regimen, and sweet, sweet hooks into huge success so far… and they’re only getting started. The fellas talk about their punk rock roots (and you can hear some early tracks on this episode, along with recent hits), their take on DIY, the new album...


WR265: Possessed Records

We delve into the world of DIY tape labels with Sean Kaye of hardcore imprint Possessed Records and its softer off-shoot Little Cowboy Records. Sean talks about being in 15,000 bands at once while running a label on his own, venturing into vinyl, and much more! Plus, hear songs by Possessed bands Nice Cops, Occvlt Hand, Locked In… plus an unreleased track by Ceilings! This episode brought to you by the first Record Sundaze of 2018, taking place Jan. 21 at PEG Beer Co. and featuring Eye...


WR264: Gold Mountain

After a long hiatus, folk-rockers Gold Mountain (a/k/a your mom’s favourite band) are back with a new-and-improved lineup. This sprawling interview with Kris (vocals/guitar), Tabitha (keyboard) and Lindsey (guitar) covers the changes in their look and sound since their last (2014) appearance on the show, as well as much, much more. Since the new Gold Mountain has yet to record, the songs on this episode are from their previous EP and frontman Kris Rendina’s solo work. This episode...


WR263: Gentleman Ghost

Our final episode to be released in 2017 features folk singer Troy S. Rayner, a/k/a/ Gentleman Ghost (although he hadn’t yet officially moved to the stage name when this was recorded. Troy performed a number of exclusive live songs, talked about his ambitious future tour plans, and a lot more. This episode also features longtime friend of the show Shena filling in as co-host! Brought to you by our friends at the Park Theatre, who are hosting Desi Sub Culture on Jan. 20, presented by the...


WR259: E.GG and Rayny

3Peat rapper E.GG is back again, seemingly out of nowhere, with the release of his masterful new record, Est. 1873. We talk with E.GG and producer Rayny about the making of the record, its heavy Winnipeg focus, and the album’s ‘winter’ vibe when contrasted with E.GG’s Alverstone. Est. 1873 is seeing an official release Dec. 8 at X-Cues Cafe and Lounge. This episode is brought to you by an upcoming event presented by FanQuest. Come out to Dinos and Drinks with Nyco Rudolph, Dec. 4 at PEG...


WR255: Live at Torque Brewing w/Laura Artus, Nic Dyson and JayWood

On Oct. 1, Witchpolice Radio took to the stage at Torque Brewing for our first live podcast in almost a year. This episode was called Mutual Appreciation Society, and the premise was that we had three local musicians on the show to talk about songwriting and (more importantly) cover each other’s songs! Because the sound equipment for this event was kind of MacGyvered together (huge thanks to UMFM for the mics!), the audio quality is (to be honest) not great, but that kind of goes with the...


WR251: Odder than the Otters

We’re in a pool room* this week with folk-rock foursome Odder Than the Otters, who have a debut EP, ‘The Port of Lopez’ slated for release in early 2018. We talk about the band’s roots, the concept that loosely connects the songs on the upcoming EP, and more! This episode brought to you by the new line of beer soap by local punks The Uglies and Little Tree Hugger Soap! *A garage with a pool table in it.


WR250: Skylar Bouchard

We avoided being murdered when we met up with singer-songwriter Skylar Bouchard in a terrifying, pitch-black park to record this episode. Skylar is on the verge of releasing his debut EP (Thursday, Sept. 28), so he talks about the recording process, his work as a member of Two Socks, and much more. Hear a few advance cuts from the EP throughout the episode!

WR248: Fawnchopper

We’re in the back of a van this week with progressive metal outfit Fawnchopper. The three-piece, which has a new album in the works, talks about its origins as a solo “being a spaz in an apartment” project, its current solidified lineup, and much more. You can catch Fawnchopper live Sept. 15 at the Merch in Selkirk and Sept. 17 at the Good Will here in Winnipeg. We’re also doing a FREE live podcast Oct.1 at Torque Brewing, featuring interviews with and performances by JayWood, Nic Dyson...


WR247: Mira Black

This week’s episode features Winnipeg expat Mira Black, back in town to present her epic Fearless show Sept. 10 at the Centre Culturel Franco-Manitobain. Mira talks about the story behind the ambitious project, her history in the local music scene (as frontwoman for ‘90s roots outfit Acoustically Inclined), her collaborations with some of Winnipeg’s finest jazz artists and much, much more! We’re also doing a FREE live podcast Oct.1 at Torque Brewing, featuring interviews with and...


WR246: field////

On this episode, experimental/improvisational art collective field//// invited us to the Graffiti Gallery to witness their creation first-hand. While rotating through a pile of instruments – from horns to found objects to feedback – field//// works on a timed grid system rather than any traditional songwriting structure. We’re also doing a FREE live podcast Oct.1 at Torque Brewing, featuring interviews with and performances by JayWood, Nic Dyson and Laura Artus! Check out more info on our...


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