Episode 33: John Orpheus

John Orpheus is a Trini Troubadour and Pan-African poet whose musical journey has taken him from the Trinidad bush, to blues and folk festivals across Canada, to some of the biggest rock and roll stages in the world. Born and raised in the town of New Grant, South-Central Trinidad, J.O. grew up singing in Pentecostal and Shango Baptist churches. After attending the famed Presentation College in the same year as legendary soca singer Machel Montano, he immigrated to Canada where he soon became fully immersed in the music life.

His current musical iteration with his musical soulmate, DJ/drummer Sarah Jane Riegler, and singer/dancer Chaenel Mattise combines hip-hop swagger, afrobeats energy and dancehall charisma to create a sound built on big catchy hooks, African rhythms and Caribbean twang. The trio is known for rabble-rousing live showsfilled with audience participation, chanting and impromptu dance offs that feel more like Caribana road parties than concerts. As J.O. likes to declare: “SO WE DO IT!”  


Episode 32: Thompson Egbo-Egbo

Thompson Egbo-Egbo’s latest album, A New Standard, was released on January 19

A New Standard is Thompson Egbo-Egbo’s inaugural release as a new signee to Entertainment One, and the first recorded with his group consisting of drummer, Jeff Halischuk, and bassist, Randall Hall. Great tracks to start with include My Favourite Things (from The Sound Of Music), Radiohead’s Exit Music and Lo Baiom Velo Balyla, a Hebrew love song The album is a collection of traditional and contemporary compositions from artists such as Bob Dylan and Radiohead, while deftly transforming old favourites.

Born in Nigeria, Thompson moved to Toronto with his family when he was four, and began his piano journey at age six. He developed his talents through a local music school before studying Jazz Performance at Toronto’s Humber College, and attended Berklee College of Music in Boston, where he lived for three years. He has composed music for Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre, performed with the London production of the popular Canadian stage play, Da Kink In My Hair, and played for Quincy Jones, along with Prince Charles, Prince Edward and Prince Phillip. He has also toured and recorded with Toronto artists, SATE and Merna. In 2007, he produced a medley for the year’s Canadian Songwriter’s Hall of Fame induction ceremony, a class that included Joni Mitchell. A lover of fashion and travel (he is fond of Greece, and lived there for a period while studding at Berklee), food, and sports as an avid soccer and basketball player, Thompson is not only a Renaissance man, but possesses a truly philanthropic soul. Growing up in Regent Park, the Dixon Hall Music School helped him excel in his art form, so he is motivated to help a new generation of Toronto kids transcend their social and economic circumstances through music. He runs a program through the Thompson T. Egbo-Egbo Arts Foundation in the Jane/Finch neighbourhood teaching composition to children, and has also collaborated with fellow Regent artist, Mustafa The Poet on a video honouring the community, and its revitalization, called Spectrum of Hope.

Episode 31: Tiny Moving Parts

Tiny Moving Parts is a self-described family band consisting of brothers William Chevalier and Matthew Chevalier, and their cousin Dylan Mattheisen. The trio started playing together in junior high and have been together since then.



Quick update on the state of the podcast

Episode 29: The Maladies of Adam Stokes

The Maladies of Adam Stokes is a band that our co-host Kohji is a member of. If you want to hear that band that he won't shut up about, this episode is for you. We were also joined by Ted and Josh. It's really just a bunch of good friends hanging out.


Episode 28: The Celebration Army

The Celebration Army is a band digging intro the golden ages of classic rock but with a contemporary edge.    

2018 will see tour dates across Canada and beyond following their debut full length release last March.


Youtube - https://www.youtube.com/user/TheCelebrationArmy

Website - https://www.thecelebrationarmy.com/

Spotify - https://open.spotify.com/user/thecelebrationarmy

Twitter - https://twitter.com/CelebrationArmy

Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/TheCelebrationArmy

Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/the_celebration_army/

Episode 27: rIVerse

Throwback feel good 90s pop for 2017, rIVerse is a four piece from Toronto focusing on positive energy messages and feel good performance experiences.  This week all four members, Dizz, Khadija, Zak and Monroe join us in studio to get their cards read!


Youtube - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCDpsIpLA8hAguHdHrprC-sA

Soundcloud - https://soundcloud.com/rIVerseLive

Twitter - https://twitter.com/riverselive

Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/rIVerseLive/

Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/rIVerseLive/


Episode 24: The Darcys Return

The Darcys are a two-piece art-rock group born and raised in the GTA.  We got em in studio with us to talk about all sorts of shit.  Including actual shit.   

Hole In One: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hole_in_one

Bristol Stool Chart: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bristol_stool_scale


You can find the song we played today, “Arizona Hwy”  on their 2016 album Centrefold


Soundcloud - https://soundcloud.com/the-darcys
Website -  www.thedarcys.ca
Facebook - www.fb.me/itsthedarcys
Twitter - www.twitter.com/itsthedarcys
Instagram - www.instagram.com/thedarcys

Episode 23: Kaia Kater

This week we sat down with Kaia Kater. Its the last of our interviews from Hillside. Remeber that? Kaia was amazing to speak to. Don't forget to check out her song Saint Elizabeth


Episode 22: First Ghost

First ghost:
Website -  http://www.firstghost.com/
Bandcamp - https://firstghost.bandcamp.com/
Twitter - https://twitter.com/firstghostband
Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/firstghostband
Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/firstghostca/


Sorry guys

Episode 21: Absolutely Free

this week we chat with an old friend of mine, Matt from the band Absolutely Free.  We talk about history, new new metal, and get deep and spooky.

Episode 20: Feltworth

Following a long run on the children's music circuit, Feltworth, the fuzzy quartet of brothers Dezi and Manny Feltworth, Morris Katzenburd, and Cozy Balboa have just issued their first 7-inch single made for an older audience.  Taking influence from a wide range, including but not limited to the Beach Boys, Joy Divison, Cheap Trick, and 90s indie rock, Feltworth’s new, mature work is reaching out to the parents of the kids they used to play to (or maybe even the grown up kids themselves). 

Check out the first release from Feltworth, a limited edition 7” vinyl featuring “Forget This Feeling” and “You Turn Me On”

Website -  http://feltworth.com/
Bandcamp - https://feltworth.bandcamp.com/
Twitter - https://twitter.com/feltworth
Facebook - http://www.facebook.com/feltworth/
Instagram - hhttps://www.instagram.com/feltworth/

Episode 19: Shaun William Clarke

Shawn William Clarke is an indie folk songwriter, twice nominated as Songwriter of the Year in NOW magazine's Best of Toronto poll. His recent release, TOPAZ, was inspired by 80's Gordon Lightfoot, Kenny Buttrey's drumming on Neil Young's "Harvest"; and the existential dilemma's we faced in 2016.


Check out his various southern Ontario concerts coming up in the next few weeks, including his September 16th show at Burdock here in Toronto!


Website -  https://http://www.shawnwilliamclarke.com/

Twitter - https://twitter.com/shawnclarke/

Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/ShawnWClarke/

Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/shawnwclarke/

Episode 18: Jordan Alexander

Pop music with depth and sincerity is the name of Jordan Alexander’s game.  Quickly coming into the Toronto music scene, her 2016 debut album released to positive reviews, being lauded as an up and comer, in the music scene.  

Hopefully you got to check her out recently at the Hamilton Renaissance Music Festival in McClaren Park, and keep an eye out for more performances and videos coming soon.  You can also check out her newest release “I Don’t Think About You” with 10Digits!


Website -  https://www.jordanalexandermusic.com/

Twitter - https://twitter.com/jordan4music

Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/jordanalexandermusicxx/

Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/jordanalexandermusic/

Sunday Funday Crystal Ballroom Live at WayHome /w Flakes

Staying true to his namesake, Flakes comes from the small ski town of Park City, Utah. He got his start in music as a jazz pianist, performing in various ensembles, culminating in performances at Telluride Jazz Fest and Carnigie Hall. In 2014, Flakes began his studies at Berklee College of Music in Boston as an Electronic Production and Design major. Since then his style developed into an eclectic and organic, yet uncompromising electronic sound.
(Jazz) playlist - Thelonious Monk, Bill Evans, Snarky Puppy, Dirty Loops, Jacon Colyer, Badbadnotgood, Anomalie (producer),  

Twitter: https://twitter.com/flakesmakes  
Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/flakesmakes