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Music Buddy

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 music, community, work, passion and creativity. 

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Chris Wong - Journeys to the Bandstand
One city, two Cellars, seven decades, and thirty vibrant jazz personalities. Journeys to the Bandstand: Thirty Jazz Lives in Vancouver is the debut book by author and veteran music journalist Chris Wong (Vancouver Sun, Georgia Straight, Vancouver Courier). It is an in-depth and rich account of the remarkable life stories of several key protagonists in Vancouver’s jazz and improv scene. From lesser-known icons such as trumpeter John Dawe, to revolutionary shape shifters such as pianist Al Neil, to essential leaders in today's scene such as bassist Jodi Proznick, Wong chronicles this carefully-curated selection of intriguing lives with a gentle compassion, a steadfast respect for the truth, and a deep love and understanding of the art form itself. The book describes the inspiration, passion, and the lure of a life dedicated to music, but also the emotional, economic, and physical toll that can often accompany such a choice. While chronicling the professional trajectories of his chosen subjects, Wong also shines a light on a city with a rich jazz culture, a supportive community, and a fascinating musical history. Music samples in this episode:"Jordu" by Duke Jordan - The Al Neil Quintet (Al Neil - The Cellar Years: Archival Recordings from 1957)"Modal" - The Al Neil Trio (Retrospective 1965-68)"Sax Freeabin" - Hugh Fraser & VEJI (Canadian Stage Band Festival, 1981)"Listen" - Jodi Proznik (Sun Songs, 2017)"The Shoes of the Fisherman's Wife Are Some Jive Ass Slippers" - Charles Mingus (Let My Children Hear Music, 1972)"Home Cookin'" by Horace Silver - Cory Weeds (Home Cookin' , 2023)"Song for My Father" - The Horace Silver Quintet (Song for My Father, 1964)"The Key of Love" - Hugh Fraser (Bonehenge, 2005)LINKS:Chris Wong, AuthorA Trane with Nou Dadoun (Vancouver Coop Radio)Cellar Music Group (Cory Weeds)Live at The Cellar: Vancouver’s Iconic Jazz Club and the Canadian Co-operative Jazz Scene in the 1950s and ‘60s, by Marian Jago (UBC Press, 2018)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) Michael Deibert (admin & production assistant)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.caInstagram: @musicbuddypodcastFacebook: @musicbuddypodcastTwitter: @janegowanTikTok: @musicbuddypodThis podcast is brought to you by Morning Run Productions.
59:22 5/22/24
Festival Season, Pt. 3 - Tall Pines Music & Arts Festival
Is there anything better than listening to your favourite band while sitting outside in the sun with friends, family, and fellow music-lovers? Very few experiences can top the feeling you get from soaking up fresh air and soundwaves simultaneously. So, as summer approaches, we bring you "Festival Season" - a special 3-part series on music festivals.Music festivals appear to pop up out of nowhere - in a city park, in the green space beside a lake, or on a farm next to a river. All of a sudden, a field becomes a dance floor for a main stage; or a leafy forest grove transforms into an intimate music workshop. It seems instantaneous, but a festival takes months—and sometimes years—to plan and produce. Staff and volunteers work tirelessly to bring music fans the most entertaining, uplifting, safe, and memorable experience possible.In this series, we talk to a few of the wonderful people that work around the clock to bring us these magical events.Part 3 - KEVIN GOODMAN: Tall Pines Music & Arts Festival As the CEO of Front Row Centre Music & Entertainment Marketing, Kevin Goodman brings passion, enthusiasm and a boat load of experience to his current endeavours in the music world. He has a talent for facilitating the connections that allow the dream to become a reality, creating an unforgettable summer festival experience for musicians and fans alike. 15 bands, live art, food trucks, local vendors, kids' zone, beachfront, canoeing, and much more: that's what you'll find at the Tall Pines Music Festival,  July 19 & 20 in Gull Lake Park, Muskoka. Learn more: Tall Pines FestivalFront Row Centre MarketingBorn & Raised Concert Series Mind Aid Music Samples in this episode:"Take Your Time" - Chloë Doucet (Single, 2024)"Find New Ways" - Dan Mangan (Single, 2024)"Algonquin" - The Real Shade (Horizon Diaries, 2018)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) Michael Deibert (admin & production assistant)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.caInstagram: @musicbuddypodcastFacebook: @musicbuddypodcastTwitter: @janegowanTikTok: @musicbuddypodThis podcast is brought to you by Morning Run Productions.
36:23 5/6/24
Festival Season, Pt. 2 - Four Winds Music Festival
Is there anything better than listening to your favourite band while sitting outside in the sun with friends, family, and fellow music-lovers? Very few experiences can top the feeling you get from soaking up fresh air and soundwaves simultaneously. So, as summer approaches, we bring you "Festival Season" - a special 3-part series on music festivals. Music festivals appear to pop up out of nowhere - in a city park, in the green space beside a lake, or on a farm next to a river. All of a sudden, a field becomes a dance floor for a main stage; or a leafy forest grove transforms into an intimate music workshop. It seems instantaneous, but a festival takes months—and sometimes years—to plan and produce. Staff and volunteers work tirelessly to bring music fans the most entertaining, uplifting, safe, and memorable experience possible.In this series, we talk to a few of the wonderful people that work around the clock to bring us these magical events. Part 2 - ARIANA DALIE & CRAIG SMITH: Four Winds Festival Ariana and Craig are "The Happiness Mafia", a live music event and production company, that—in addition to presenting concerts throughout the year—is responsible for creating the Four Winds Music Festival. Four Winds takes place July 12-14 at the Riverstone Retreat in Durham, Ontario. This is the festival’s second year, and the lineup is a lovingly-curated offering of roots-rock, folk, singer-songwriter, world music and bluegrass. In this episode Ariana and Craig talk about how a phone call home from Antarctica started them on their current path, and how their passion for music plus their individual strengths enable them to create a shared dream: presenting year-round concerts, plus a 3-day summer festival on 136 acres of green space in Southern Ontario. More info:Four Winds Music FestThe Happiness MafiaThe Ontarians Music samples in this episode:"Trippin'" - Ontarians (More How  It Is, upcoming release July 9, 2024)"Hey Moon (A Campfire Song)" - Joel Plaskett (Single, 2023)"Juan Charrasqueado" - Quique Escamilla (Encomienda, 2019)"Lucky To Find" - Jolie Smith (2024)"Time" - Ontarians (The Greatest Short Story Never Told, 2021)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) Michael Deibert (admin & production assistant)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.caInstagram: @musicbuddypodcastFacebook: @musicbuddypodcastTwitter: @janegowanTikTok: @musicbuddypodThis podcast is brought to you by Morning Run Productions.
42:35 5/3/24
Festival Season, Pt. 1 - Mariposa Folk Fest & Riverfest Elora
Is there anything better than listening to your favourite band while sitting outside in the sun with friends, family, and fellow music-lovers? Very few experiences can top the feeling you get from soaking up fresh air and soundwaves simultaneously. So, as summer approaches, we bring you "Festival Season" - a special 3-part series on music festivals.  Music festivals appear to pop up out of nowhere - in a city park, in the green space beside a lake, or on a farm next to a river. All of a sudden, a field becomes a dance floor for a main stage; or a leafy forest grove transforms into an intimate music workshop. It seems instantaneous, but a festival takes months—and sometimes years—to plan and produce. Staff and volunteers work tirelessly to bring music fans the most entertaining, uplifting, safe, and memorable experience possible. In this series, we talk to a few of the wonderful people that work around the clock to bring us these magical events.  Part 1 - SPENCER SHEWEN: Mariposa Folk Music Festival & Riverfest EloraSpencer is the Artistic Director of both the Mariposa Folk Festival and Riverfest Elora.  Throughout his many years working with music festivals, he's learned that producing a successful music festival is a juggling act, a game of strategy, and an endurance test. But the payoff is big and joyous and filled with amazing music and good times! In this conversation, Spencer talks about his experience with both festivals, some of the artists that he's excited about presenting this year, and how a cardboard Tony Danza ended up touring with The Beaches rock band. Festival Info:Mariposa Folk Festival (July 5-7, 2024): mariposafolkfestival.comRiverfest Elora (Aug 16-18, 2024): riverfestelora.comMusic samples in this episode:"My Heart is A Blinking Nintendo" - BA Johnston (My Heart is A Blinking Nintendo, 2010)"Summer Side of Life" - Gordon Lightfoot (Summer Side of Life, 1971)"40 Years in the Wilderness" - Bruce Cockburn (Bone on Bone, 2017)"Critterland" - Willi Carlisle (Critterland, 2024)"Traveller's Curse" - Ben Caplan (Old Stock, 2018)"Working on My Tan" - Alex Nicol (Been A Long Year, Vol. 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) Michael Deibert (admin & production assistant)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.caInstagram: @musicbuddypodcastFacebook: @musicbuddypodcastTwitter: @janegowanTikTok: @musicbuddypodThis podcast is brought to you by Morning Run Productions.
44:33 5/1/24
Craig Small - Making Music Look Amazing
Craig Small is an award-winning visual artist, director, and animator. A co-founder of The Juggernaut Productions, Craig is constantly inventing unique and striking ways to creatively present ideas. His work is  highly sought after by A-list corporate clients, broadcasters, and production houses.   Nominated for two Emmy Awards for his film title designs, Craig has worked with internationally-renowned design houses, animators, and filmmakers, in addition to bands such as The Sadies, the Tragically Hip, The Beaches, and the Barenaked Ladies, and musicians such as Ron Sexsmith, Michael Bublé, and Dan Mangan. Although not a musician by trade, Craig is officially the 4th member of Don Kerr’s indie band Communism, for which he conceives dynamic and compelling live visuals.  A self-proclaimed "retro-mechanical nerd",  Craig's work rides the line between the digital and mechanical realms. His creative outputs exist in a world that embraces both the past and future of imagery, machinery, music, and the written word - work that has gained the attention and admiration of people such as Jack White,  Margaret Atwood, Neil Gaiman, Mark Maron, and David  Byrne.More about Craig and his work:The Juggernaut ProductionsCraig Small - websiteCommunism promo videoCommunism Side Door LivestreamDan Mangan's Show to NobodyThe Dan Mangan ZoetropeJack White demos the LiterariumCarmine Street Guitars (Trailer) Bo Diddley Zoetrope David Byrne ZoetropeKenk a Graphic Portrait (Pop Sandbox)Inside Kenk: A TVO Original DocumentarySong samples in this episode:"Weakness is Strength" - Communism (Get Down Get Together, 2016)"These Days" - Ron Sexsmith (Cobblestone Runway, 2002)"Love in Your Heart" (Love Speech, 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) Michael Deibert (admin & production assistant)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.caInstagram: @musicbuddypodcastFacebook: @musicbuddypodcastTwitter: @janegowanTikTok: @musicbuddypodThis podcast is brought to you by Morning Run Productions.
71:09 4/11/24
Lucy Rose Cash - The Windswept Perfectionist
Lucy Rose Cash is a Toronto-based singer-songwriter. Her debut album— Windswept Perfectionist—is a 7-song outpouring of tender emotion and compassionate insight. Produced by José Miguel Contreras (By Divine Right), the songs capture beautifully the rawness of a budding self-awareness and the fragility of relationships. Lucy has been surrounded by creativity from birth. Her father (Andrew Cash) is a musician/songwriter, and her mother (Michelle Shook) is a visual artist. As a result, Lucy has explored many art forms, including art, drama, and dance. But it is music that appears to capture her imagination and win her attention on a daily basis. In this interview, Lucy talks about how the album came to be, her love of music, and how songwriting can often be a distraction from math homework.  More about Lucy:Lucy Rose Cash (Bandcamp)Andrew Cash (CIMA) (Lucy's Dad)Michelle Shook Fine Art (Lucy's Mom)Sameer Cash (Lucy's brother)The Visit : March 21-23 at Etobicoke School of the Arts. Tickets here.THE MUSIC BUDDY SESSION: "YES PLEASE" by Lucy Rose CashPerformed by Lucy Rose Cash, Jane Gowan and Tim VeselyRecorded by Tim Vesely and Jane GowanMixed by Tim VeselyMusic samples in this episode:"Windswept Perfectionist" - Lucy Rose Cash (Windswept Perfectionist, 2023)"Forced Wisdsom" - Lucy Rose Cash (Windswept Perfectionist, 2023)"Laugh it Off" - Lucy Rose Cash (Windswept Perfectionist, 2023)"Soft Spoken Kid" - Lucy Rose Cash (Windswept Perfectionist, 2023)"Breathe Easy" - Lucy Rose Cash (Windswept Perfectionist, 2023)"Early Morning Rain" - Gordon Lightfoot (Gord's Gold, 1975)"Raceway" - The Cash Brothers (How Was Tomorrow, 2001)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) Michael Deibert (admin & production assistant)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.caInstagram: @musicbuddypodcastFacebook: @musicbuddypodcastTwitter: @janegowanTikTok: @musicbuddypodThis podcast is brought to you by Morning Run Productions.
51:13 3/22/24
Yvonne Matsell - The Queen of Queen Street
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) Michael Deibert (admin & production assistant)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.caInstagram: @musicbuddypodcastFacebook: @musicbuddypodcastTwitter: @janegowanTikTok: @musicbuddypodThis podcast is brought to you by Morning Run Productions.
72:58 2/28/24
Ron Sexsmith at Sixty: Another Spin Around the Song
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 HallGet tickets hereMore about Ronronsexsmith.comRawnboy youtube channelTHE MUSIC BUDDY SESSION:"Seem to Recall", by Ron SexsmithPerformed by Ron Sexsmith, Tim Vesely, and Jane GowanRecorded and Mixed by Tim VeselyMusic 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, 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) Michael Deibert (admin & production assistant)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.caInstagram: @musicbuddypodcastFacebook: @musicbuddypodcastTwitter: @janegowanTikTok: @musicbuddypodThis podcast is brought to you by Morning Run Productions.
117:45 2/7/24
Stephen Stanley - Before the Collapse of the Hive
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 StanleyPerformed by Stephen Stanley, Jane Gowan and Tim VeselyRecorded by Tim Vesely and Jane GowanMixed/Mastered by Tim VeselyLearn more about Stephen at stephenstanleyband.comListen to Stephen’s radio show Northern WishAll 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) Michael Deibert (admin & production assistant)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.caInstagram: @musicbuddypodcastFacebook: @musicbuddypodcastTwitter: @janegowanTikTok: @musicbuddypodThis podcast is brought to you by Morning Run Productions.
105:32 1/17/24
Happy SOLSTIMAS!
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 BarryAnsley SimpsonDave UllrichJerry LegerSofy CastroJohn BorraRich AucoinKelly CroweEduardo OttoniAnnelise NoronhaAndrew RucklidgeMusic 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) Michael Deibert (admin & production assistant)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.caInstagram: @musicbuddypodcastFacebook: @musicbuddypodcastTwitter: @janegowanTikTok: @musicbuddypodThis podcast is brought to you by Morning Run Productions.
69:44 12/21/23
Andrew Rucklidge - The Fine Art of Bobbe Ruck
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 RucklidgePerformed by Andrew Rucklidge, Tim Vesely, and Jane GowanRecorded by Tim Vesely and Jane Gowan; Mixed by Tim VeselyMusic 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) Michael Deibert (admin & production assistant)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.caInstagram: @musicbuddypodcastFacebook: @musicbuddypodcastTwitter: @janegowanTikTok: @musicbuddypodThis podcast is brought to you by Morning Run Productions.
71:31 11/29/23
Annelise Noronha - Engineering a Life in Music
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.comTHE MUSIC BUDDY SESSION:"Little Bird", by Annelise NoronhaPerformed by Annelise Noronha, Tim Vesely, and Jane GowanRecorded at the Woodshed Studio by Tim Vesely; Mixed and mastered by Tim VeselyMusic 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) Michael Deibert (admin & production assistant)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.caInstagram: @musicbuddypodcastFacebook: @musicbuddypodcastTwitter: @janegowanTikTok: @musicbuddypodThis podcast is brought to you by Morning Run Productions.
78:00 11/8/23
Lori Yates - It's Good To Be Alive
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.comTHE MUSIC BUDDY SESSION:"Alive", by Lori YatesPerformed by Lori Yates, Tim Vesely, and Jane GowanRecorded at the Woodshed Studio by Tim Vesely; Mixed and mastered by Tim VeselyMusic 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) Michael Deibert (admin & production assistant)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.caInstagram: @musicbuddypodcastFacebook: @musicbuddypodcastTwitter: @janegowanTikTok: @musicbuddypodThis podcast is brought to you by Morning Run Productions.
70:34 10/18/23
Lillian Allen - Revolutionary Dub Poet Laureate
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.caOther 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 AllenPerformed by Lillian Allen, Tim Vesely, and Jane GowanRecorded at the Woodshed Studio by Tim Vesely; Mixed and mastered by Tim VeselyMusic 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) Michael Deibert (admin & production assistant)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.caInstagram: @musicbuddypodcastFacebook: @musicbuddypodcastTwitter: @janegowanTikTok: @musicbuddypodThis podcast is brought to you by Morning Run Productions.
69:39 9/27/23
Dave Bidini - Writer, Rocker, Rheostatic
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 BidiniPerformed by Dave Bidini, Tim Vesely, Jane Gowan, and Martin TielliRecorded at the Woodshed Studio by Tim Vesely; Mixed and mastered by Tim VeselyMusic 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 RheostaticsMore about West End PhoenixThank 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) Michael Deibert (admin & production assistant)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.caInstagram: @musicbuddypodcastFacebook: @musicbuddypodcastTwitter: @janegowanTikTok: @musicbuddypodThis podcast is brought to you by Morning Run Productions.
96:00 9/5/23
Eduardo Ottoni & James Ong - The Event-repreneurs
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) Michael Deibert (admin & production assistant)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.caInstagram: @musicbuddypodcastFacebook: @musicbuddypodcastTwitter: @janegowanTikTok: @musicbuddypodThis podcast is brought to you by Morning Run Productions.
73:08 8/16/23
Blair Deptuck - New Driver, Old Friend
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 DeptuckPerformed 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 VeselyFor more about Blair and his band, check out New Driver BandMusic 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) Michael Deibert (admin & production assistant)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.caInstagram: @musicbuddypodcastFacebook: @musicbuddypodcastTwitter: @janegowanTikTok: @musicbuddypodThis podcast is brought to you by Morning Run Productions.
44:43 7/27/23
Dave Ullrich - These are the Daves
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 InbredsPerformed 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 VeselyMusic 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 NoronhaThank 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) Michael Deibert (admin & production assistant)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.caInstagram: @musicbuddypodcastFacebook: @musicbuddypodcastTwitter: @janegowanTikTok: @musicbuddypodThis podcast is brought to you by Morning Run Productions.
85:07 7/6/23
Kelly Crowe - An Old Piano and a Pickup Truck
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 ProjectShane Lyon (Shane Man TV)Paul Hahn Pianos Radio ParadiseThank 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) Michael Deibert (admin & production assistant)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.caInstagram: @musicbuddypodcastFacebook: @musicbuddypodcastTwitter: @janegowanTikTok: @musicbuddypodThis podcast is brought to you by Morning Run Productions.
64:50 6/21/23
Rich Aucoin - Seasons in the Synth
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) Michael Deibert (admin & production assistant)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.caInstagram: @musicbuddypodcastFacebook: @musicbuddypodcastTwitter: @janegowanTikTok: @musicbuddypodThis podcast is brought to you by Morning Run Productions.
62:54 5/31/23
John Borra - Keeping the Songs Alive
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 BorraPerformed 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) Michael Deibert (admin & production assistant)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.caInstagram: @musicbuddypodcastFacebook: @musicbuddypodcastTwitter: @janegowanTikTok: @musicbuddypodThis podcast is brought to you by Morning Run Productions.
72:53 5/17/23
Don Kerr - Love Speech
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 CommunismCommunism.bandCommunism on BandcampCommunism on YouTubeCommunism on SpotifyCommunism 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 KerrPerformed by Don Kerr, Jane Gowan and Tim VeselyMixed and mastered by Tim VeselyThank 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) Michael Deibert (admin & production assistant)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.caInstagram: @musicbuddypodcastFacebook: @musicbuddypodcastTwitter: @janegowanTikTok: @musicbuddypodThis podcast is brought to you by Morning Run Productions.
76:57 5/3/23
Seth Akira Feldman - To The Fields
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 FeldmanPerformed by Seth Feldman, Jane Gowan and Tim VeselyMixed and Mastered by Tim VeselyMUSIC 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)LINKSTo The Fields MusicKensington 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) Michael Deibert (admin & production assistant)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.caInstagram: @musicbuddypodcastFacebook: @musicbuddypodcastTwitter: @janegowanTikTok: @musicbuddypodThis podcast is brought to you by Morning Run Productions.
57:30 4/19/23
Jerry Leger - The Rock and Roll Poet
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.comSONG 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 LegerPerformed by Jerry Leger, Jane Gowan and Tim VeselyRecorded 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) Michael Deibert (admin & production assistant)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.caInstagram: @musicbuddypodcastFacebook: @musicbuddypodcastTwitter: @janegowanTikTok: @musicbuddypodThis podcast is brought to you by Morning Run Productions.
90:25 4/5/23
Ansley Simpson - Sky Woman
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.comThank 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) Michael Deibert (admin & production assistant)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.caInstagram: @musicbuddypodcastFacebook: @musicbuddypodcastTwitter: @janegowanTikTok: @musicbuddypodThis podcast is brought to you by Morning Run Productions.
75:51 2/15/23
Monique Barry - Sing or Swim
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 BarryPerformed 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) Michael Deibert (admin & production assistant)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.caInstagram: @musicbuddypodcastFacebook: @musicbuddypodcastTwitter: @janegowanTikTok: @musicbuddypodThis podcast is brought to you by Morning Run Productions.
62:26 2/1/23
Tim Vesely - Part 2: All Ears
Tim Vesely is a bassist, guitarist, songwriter, composer, and sound engineer. Best-known as a co-founder of the Canadian art-rock band Rheostatics, Tim also performs with his own band The Violet Archers.  When not performing and writing songs, Tim is the house engineer at Blue Rodeo's Woodshed Studio,  which he refers to as his "dream job". In that role, he has engineered and mixed albums with artists such as Blue Rodeo, Jim Cuddy Band, Serena Ryder, The Sadies and Gord Downie, Bobby Dove, Kathleen Edwards, Whitehorse, and The Strumbellas.Tim and Jane pick up from their previous conversation (EP 15: Tim Vesely - The Songwriter). In this session, they turn to the art of recording: techniques methods, and tricks; creating a good studio vibe, and capturing the magic of the sound. In between, Tim talks about some of his favourite songs of all time, why he loves them, and how they influenced him. MUSIC BUDDY SESSION: "Rearview" Written by Tim Vesely Performed by Tim Vesely and Jane Gowan. Listen at 54:50LINKS:Tim's "Formative Tracks" playlistMore about Tim at timveselymusic.comLIST OF SONG SAMPLES (in order of appearance):"I Will Wait for You" - Blue Rodeo, Many a Mile (2021)"Mean to Me" - Chris Houston, Hazards of Glitter (2019)"Introducing Happiness" - Rheostatics, Introducing Happiness (1995)"The Big Country" - Talking Heads, More Songs About Buildings and Food (1978)"Steppin' Out" - Joe Jackson, Night and Day (1982)"Path of Least" - The Violet Archers, The End of Part One (2007)"Bring It On Home to Me" - Sam Cooke, (Single, 1962)"Little Voice" - Great Aunt Ida, How They Fly (2006)"Gravity of the Situation" - Vic Chesnutt, Is The Actor Happy? (1995)"The Light of Day" - Oliver Schroer, Camino (2006)"Smith and Jones Forever" - Silver Jews, American Water (1998)"Hopeless Romantic" - Bobby Dove, Hopeless Romantic (2021)"Living For the City" - Stevie Wonder, Innervisions (1973)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) Michael Deibert (admin & production assistant)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.caInstagram: @musicbuddypodcastFacebook: @musicbuddypodcastTwitter: @janegowanTikTok: @musicbuddypodThis podcast is brought to you by Morning Run Productions.
60:02 1/18/23
Laurie Brown - The Ponderer
Laurie Brown is a much-admired Canadian music journalist, writer, TV & radio host, and podcaster. Her remarkable career began in the 1980s at City TV's The New Music, and continued to thrive at Much Music (Pepsi Power Hour), CBC Television (The Journal, The National, and Newsworld's On The Arts), and CBC Radio (The Signal).  She is now the creator, writer, producer and host of two independent podcasts: Pondercast  and Ground Level.In this conversation, Laurie talks about seeking creative satisfaction, being a true artist, and what makes a great interview. She reveals how she encouraged a reluctant Miles Davis to talk about music, and how she made David Byrne LoL. She recalls lovingly her Grandparents' radio show, her Dad's piano talents, and how her family bestowed her with the gift of curiosity.  Laurie also shares her memory of a very special evening at the kitchen table with Gord Downie and Gordon Lightfoot.   MUSIC BUDDY SESSION: "Tabula Rasa"Words by by Laurie Brown; Music by Jane Gowan and Tim Vesely A special creation for the first episode of 2023.  Performed by Laurie Brown, Jane Gowan and Tim Vesely (Listen at 1:04:05).Music samples used throughout the body of the interview are from the 2022 album Synthetic: Season 1, by Rich Aucoin. Used with kind permission of the artist. Learn more about Rich at richaucoin.ca Stream on Apple Music or SpotifyDownload lossless/FLAC on BandcampThank 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) Michael Deibert (admin & production assistant)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.caInstagram: @musicbuddypodcastFacebook: @musicbuddypodcastTwitter: @janegowanTikTok: @musicbuddypodThis podcast is brought to you by Morning Run Productions.
70:18 1/4/23
Solstimas! The Most Buddy-ful Time of the Year
It's that time of the year again! Festive bells, sparkly lights, caroling, visiting with friends and family, walking in the snow (or maybe on the beach?), and dreaming of good things to come. For this special episode, we're embracing as much of the season as possible. Let's call it "Solstimas".  You’ll hear from a plethora of festive musical guests, who generously offer up their seasonal favourites.GUESTS: (2:56) Andy Maize - The Grinch That Stole Christmas………………..(5:14)  Lisa Sabino - "2,000 Miles" (performed by Skydiggers) / "Same Old Lang Syne" (Dan Folgelberg), "Happy Xmas (War is Over)" (John Lennon & Yoko Ono)……………….(8:57) Stephen Stanley - "Holly Leaves and Christmas Trees" (Elvis Presley)……………….(15:37) Ethan Deibert - "Run, Run Rudolph" (Chuck Berry)……………….(16:45) Koralee Tonack  - "25th of December" (Everything But the Girl)……………….(18:34) Alan Matheson - "Silent Night, Lonely Night" (Ron Collier)……………….(21:18) Emily Deibert - "Baby, It's Cold Outside" (performed by Zoey Deschanel and Leon Redbone)……………….(23:00) Steve Wright - "Fairytale of New York" (The Pogues)……………….(24:49) Simon Paradis - "Christmas is Coming" (The Payolas)……………….(26:30) Tim Vesely - "Es ist ein ros entsprungen" (performed by Daniel Taylor)……………….(29:00) Seth Feldman -"O Holy Night" (performed by David Phelps)……………….(31:34) Ryan Myshrall - "Christmas Time" (Salsoul Orchestra)……………….(36:58) Josh Finlayson - "If We Make it Through December" (Merle Haggard)……………….(38:51) Connie Kostiuk - "Shchedryk" (Performed by Pink Martini)……………….(41:37) Richard Wolfe - "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" (performed by Cat Power)……………….(43:44) Tomás Cassanelli - "Cancion de Navidad "(Silvio Rodriguez)……………….(45:17) David Kitching - "Song for a Winter's Night" (Gordon Lightfoot)……………….(48:23) Julian Taylor - "That Spirit of Christmas" (Ray Charles)……………….(50:50) Tim Falconer - "Tournament of Hearts" (The Weakerthans)……………….(54:44) Marnie Grey - "Tshekuan Mak Tshetutamak" (Groupe Folklorique Montagne). Marnie also chose "Friday I'm in Love" (The Cure), "Moon and Tree" (Blue Rodeo), "Take Me Home Country Roads" (performed by Mountain Man), and anything by the Killers :)……………….(58:24) Mike Downie - "A Penny More" (Skydiggers) / "The Lonely End of the Rink" (The Tragically Hip)……………….(1:05:44) Ron Deibert - "Winter" (The Rolling Stones)……………….(1:08:15) Michael Deibert - "Linus & Lucy" (Vince Guaraldi Trio)  / "All My LiThank 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) Michael Deibert (admin & production assistant)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.caInstagram: @musicbuddypodcastFacebook: @musicbuddypodcastTwitter: @janegowanTikTok: @musicbuddypodThis podcast is brought to you by Morning Run Productions.
75:45 12/21/22
Julian Taylor - Beyond the Reservoir
Julian Taylor is a Toronto-based singer-songwriter with a truly independent success story. He has been honing his special blend of timeless roots rock since the 1990s, steadily growing followers while weaving his way into the fabric of Canada's indie music culture and sound. His 2020 album The Ridge earned him 2 Juno Award nominations (Indigenous Artist or Group of the Year and Contemporary Roots Album of the Year), a Canadian Folk Music Award, five Native American Music Award nominations, and a Polaris Music Prize nomination. In this interview, Julian talks about embracing uncomfortable subjects on his compelling new album Beyond the Reservoir, and why that made him nervous. He shares gritty stories from his adolescence and sweet memories of cherished elders, while emphasizing the importance of family, nature, and speaking truth about history. Julian also tells Jane about working with producer and friend Saam Hashemi, his friendship with the late Jay Bennett (previously of Wilco), and his eclectic collection of 45s.  All the song segments in this episode are from Julian's album Beyond the Reservoir (2022, Howling Turtle Inc.)MUSIC BUDDY SESSION: "It's Not Enough" Written by Julian TaylorPerformed by Julian Taylor, Tim Vesely, and Jane Gowan.Learn more about Julian at juliantaylormusic.caThank 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) Michael Deibert (admin & production assistant)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.caInstagram: @musicbuddypodcastFacebook: @musicbuddypodcastTwitter: @janegowanTikTok: @musicbuddypodThis podcast is brought to you by Morning Run Productions.
63:09 12/7/22

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