Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Canadian Hip Hop gets it's due

Canada's Wordburglar is our answer to Eminem - wicked beats with a lot of fun thrown in. Who says hip hop can't be accessible? Who says hip hop has to be about gansta rap (OG - original gansta) and the objectification of woman? Hey don't get me wrong, I'm down with the scenery in some of the videos, but today the whole trip seems way over the top.

Burgie, as he's known to his peeps is keepin' it real in this clip. Check out Burgie as he raps about all things Canadian - what can be more real than a rapper who rhymes about Canadian Tire money and poutine!

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Sean Ashby on the Radio Show

With Rick Sargent manning the board, Rick Jones and Tom Beyer co-host singer songwriter Sean Ashby on the Radio Show.
Sean is the first guest of the 2010 season. The Radio Show is a monthly Radio show, featuring new Canadian independent musical acts, coming to you live from the studios of Radio Caledon.

Friday, September 25, 2009 Radio Show now a Pod Cast

There is a new Radio Show dedicated to Canadian Independent Artists - it's the Radio Show, live from the Caledon Radio studios. This new show is in conjunction with Songs From the Woods, the indie radio show bringing Radio-land new and upcoming recording artists.

Once a month (usually the last Wednesday of the month)the Radio Show will feature live guests in studio. Show hosts Rick Jones and Tom Beyer will talk about upcoming shows, chat about faves, and generally have a great time uncovering new and obscure Canadian independent recording artists.

What is an indie recording artist? This is an act that doesn't have a record deal with a major record company. This is a musical act that uses it's own financing to put out a CD and then goes out on the road to actively promote the record that they have put their heart and soul (and $$$) into.

We like these people! We think they need exposure to music lovers everywhere. That is what the show is all about - bringing you some wicked new artists who believe in what they are doing, and are not afraid to put their money where their mouth is.

So check the radio show out on Radio Caledon, or listen to the pod casts that are available for downloading on this blog. All of the shows will be stored and can be listened to at your request.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Sean Ashby live in Toronto & on the Radio

Sean Ashby is making a name for himself as a tremendous solo artist. His name may be familiar to Sarah McLachlan fans - he is her guitar player who has performed around the world with Sarah. Ashby performed at the Cadillac Lounge this past Friday night. He opened for teen geetar phenom Jimmy Boskill at this great venue on Queen Street West.

Be sure to check out Sean's unplugged performance on the Indie Radio Show from 8p.m.till 10 p.m. on Caledon Radio (B105.5 FM & at 102.7 FM in Bolton). Also this show will be streamed live online at

If you miss it - don't worry...we'll make the performance available right here on this blog.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Indie Bands - let your freak flag fly

Risks pay dividends. Turns out the audience is much more open to change, much more so than the record industry might realize. But you've got to have the public’s trust. Short term thinking not only killed our financial system, but our music distribution system too. You've got to be in it for the long haul, you've got to have staying power.
Once upon a time we respected radio, lived to listen. We are bringing those days back with the Radio Show. We will consistently play new and unique Canadian music you're not going to hear on many other private broadcasters.
Music used to be the foremost exponent of creativity. Those days are coming back in the indie scene. It's all about putting out great music, that sells itself, for a long time. An artist puts out something good and word will get out on the Internet.
When we find something that resonates today, we tell everybody we know about it. The key is to get hearts and minds. Convince us you're good first, then we'll decide whether we want to give you our money.
New Canadian Indie bands deserve our attention because most bands are in it for the long haul. Bands in Canada have an easier time learning their craft – and earning your trust by working at their music, perfecting their music. That’s why so many people around the world wonder what we put in the water. Bands in Canada don’t have to have a number one hit record right out of the box. And that’s because we have the social safety net in Canada. You’re not going to go broke if you land in the hospital. We still care about each of our citizens, so artistic types can take chances and can create music that is eclectic and quirky.
Let's celebrate and give major props to the indie music scene in Canada!

Friday, September 11, 2009

Cuff The Duke does CBC Radio

Cuff the Duke - or is that Duff the Kook? That was a line CBC host Brent Bambury used on the band last night at a pre-taping of the CBC Radio Show GO, airing this Saturday.
This indie band - a darling of the indie circuit is ready to break out into the mainstream with their new CD being released this week.
Check this clip out of the band performing live in the CBC studio.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

CBC Radio's GO goes live again this season

The best CBC Radio has to offer will be back on the air each and every Saturday morning from 10 till 12 EST. Host Brent Bambury, who used to be on late night on Brave New Waves returns with his wacky fun filled show. One of the best things about the show are the indie musical guests who perform live in studio. The cream of the crop of Canadian indie artists perfom on the show.
Check this performance out from last season...