Curated Playlist: The Town Heroes

Curated Playlists

This week’s curated playlist was put together by Mike and Bruce of The Town Heroes! These two Cape Breton rockers have been nominated for Music Video Of The Year & Entertainer Of The Year for this year’s East Coast Music Awards. Fans can vote daily until March 16th, so if you have a minute… follow this link here and show your support ! 🙂 The winners will be announced on April 9th in St. John’s, NL at the ECMAs.

But if this is your first time being introduced to The Town Heroes, you should check out my podcast from last March when I had the lovely opportunity to interview them! You can check it out here.

And here’s their video for “Holdin’ Up Grants” with footage shot all over beautiful Cape Breton Island! (It’s no wonder they were nominted for that ECMA, makes me want to take a summer trip over to the island).

And now without further ado, here’s the playlist specially curated by The Town Heroes. It features many classic American and Canadian alt-rock tunes. 🙂

Track List:

1. The Tragically Hip – “She Didn’t Know”

2. Nirvana – “Molly’s Lips”

3. WATERS – “Take Me Out To The Coast”

4. Wintersleep – “Dead Letter And The Infinite Yes”

5. The Fly’s – “Got You Where I Want You”

Episode 35: “Hey, I Like Your Music” feat. Abby and Sarah

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Me with Abby & Sarah Ginsburg and the personalized guitars given to them by the lovely Ellen DeGeneres (and autographed by the one and only Sam Smith)!

Me with Abby & Sarah Ginsburg and the personalized guitars given to them by the lovely Ellen DeGeneres (and autographed by the one and only Sam Smith)!

Remember being a little kid and dreaming of meeting your favourite celebrity? May have been a rockstar, a basketball player, an Olympic champion, a movie star, an author, a singer…

Back in 1999 when I was about 10 years old I would have loved to meet the Backstreet Boys. I had the CDs, the posters, the biographies bought at the Scholastic school book fairs…but while I was a mega fan, I missed every chance of seeing them in concert. Maybe when they have another reunion tour in the future I’ll go see them to make my 10-year-old self happy. Or maybe I’ll eventually reach such great journalistic heights that I’ll be able to meet them and interview them.

But sometimes dreams do come true and kids do get to meet their idols! For 10-year-old twins Abby & Sarah Ginsburg, they were happily surprised a few weeks ago when they got a call from The Ellen DeGeneres Show inviting them for an interview with Ellen herself and to meet one of their favourite celebrities.

Now, you may have already heard of Abby & Sarah and you may have already seen the video of them on The Ellen Show (it already has over 1 million views!!!). But if you haven’t–rather than jumping ahead with the story–you should first watch the video below. 🙂

So as you can see from the video, Abby & Sarah were invited on The Ellen DeGeneres show to perform their beautiful cover mashup of Sam Smith’s “Stay With Me” and “I’m Not The Only One”. Now, how many 10-year-olds have been interviewed by Ellen DeGeneres, performed on national television and been watched by millions? Not many! So already that is pretty darn impressive!

And as you’ve probably guessed, the twins are big fans of Sam Smith and they got to meet him thanks to Ellen! While meeting Ellen DeGeneres and being on her show was amazing in and of itself, the girls later got to meet Sam Smith and were given front row seats at his special performance on Ellen DeGeneres’ special birthday show the day after their interview (not to mention that Ellen gave them a couple lovely acoustic guitars autographed by Sam). 🙂

So after I watched Abby & Sarah’s performance on Ellen, I was so amazed by their talent that I wanted to interview them for the final episode of my radio show! And after a few emails were exchanged, I was fortunate enough to be granted the chance to chat with the girls and hear all about their experience on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, meeting Ellen and Sam, performing on live TV, how they got involved with music, their musical inspirations and the YouTube channel they’re working on. 🙂

And I must say, I have interviewed MANY amazing musicians/bands but my interview with Abby & Sarah may be my all-time favourite…or at least within my top 3!

So without further ado, here’s the podcast featuring my full interview with Abby & Sarah for your listening pleasure (note: it aired live on February 13th which is why you’ll hear a few Valentine’s  Day references). Enjoy! 🙂

To further support Abby & Sarah so they’ll continue to amaze us with their talents, here’s a link to their new YouTube channel which you can subscribe to so you can keep up with the new music they’ll be sharing. Right now you can check out their cover of Jason Mraz’s “I’m Yours” !

And who did YOU dream of meeting when you were a little kid? And did you ever get to meet them? Comment with your story below! 🙂

Curated Playlist: LYON

Curated Playlists

The first of my series of curated playlists was kindly put together by Lauren Malyon of Toronto’s synth-pop band LYON.

Her top five features many dreamy synth-laden tunes much similar to her own style 🙂

Enjoy!

Track List:

1. Big Data – “Dangerous” (Oliver Remix)

2. Citizens! – “Lighten Up”

3. Brave Shores – “Never Come Down”

4. St. Vincent – “Digital Witness”

5. The Killers – “Shot at the Night”

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Hey lovelies,

Tomorrow, February 13th, will be the final episode of “Hey, I Like Your Music”! It’s been a fun run and I’ll be sad to bid farewell to my radio show (many great memories over the past year as I’ve been able to interview so many talented Canadian artists). But while I will no longer be hosting my show on air at CFRE, I’ll continue posting to my blog and might even do the odd interview/podcast from time to time.

But for now, what you can expect from me is a new section to my blog that will feature a weekly playlist curated by a surprise artist! Yep, you heard me right! Every week I’ll share a playlist with songs handpicked by a Canadian artist—a few of their favourite tunes, old or new, that they never get tired of listening to. 🙂

So if you’re free tomorrow from 1-2pm EST, I’d love if you can tune in to the final episode of “Hey, I Like Your Music” ! Keep me company as I bid adieu to my show while also celebrating its one year anniversary (already been a year since my first show aired in February 2014!). And hey, it’s Valentine’s Day this Saturday, so show me some love and listen in if you can. 🙂

Thanks friends for all your continued support and look forward to the weekly curated playlists that I’ll be sharing with you.

Cheers,

Celina xox

Episode 34: “Hey, I Like Your Music” feat. Del Bel

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Lisa performing a couple of her own original tunes (you can find them on SoundCloud under the name L CON) in the CFRE studio.

Lisa performing a couple of her own original tunes (you can find them on SoundCloud under the name L CON) in the CFRE studio.

From beginning to end I could close my eyes and listen to the album and I’d be taken away to some cinematic soundscape of memories, dreams, haunts and fears. Their music conjures up the subconscious…things we aren’t even fully aware of. It would be the perfect soundtrack for an edgy show like True Detective.

If I were a music critic (and I guess, in a way, I am), that would be my own personal review of the self-titled sophomore album by Toronto’s experimental trip-hop group, Del Bel (or as they like to describe themselves: cinematic/film score with vocals). At the helm is Tyler Belluz who is the lead composer and singer Lisa Conway who adds her lyrical touch.

The album was released this week (on Feb 10 via Missed Connection Records) and it follows their 2011 debut, Oneiric, which received stellar reviews from music critics everywhere (Ben Raynar of the Toronto Star named it “one of the best Canadian albums of the year”).

And now it looks like their sophomore album will be receiving just as much praise.  Their single, “In My Solitude”, has already been widely played on CBC with shows like The Signal, Q and The Strombo Show including it in their playlists. And the album itself has already received grand reviews from Exclaim! and Ride The Tempo.

Described by Wavelength Music Festival’s Artistic Director Jonathan Bunce as “the next iconic Canadian indie band”, if you haven’t listened to Del Bel yet… now is the time you do! You can even catch them live at their album release party this coming Valentine’s Day in Toronto as part of this year’s Wavelength Music Festival. You can find more info here.

And to get to know Del Bel a little bit better, why not listen to my interview with the band’s lead vocalist and lyricist, Lisa Conway. You’ll hear about Lisa’s musical studies in Ireland, some of the inspiration behind songs like “In My Solitude”  and towards the end of the interview you’ll hear Lisa play a couple of her own original tunes live in studio.

And for your viewing pleasure, check out the spooky video for “In My Solitude” which  stars trumpet player Ira Zingraff and local Burlesque performer Ruby Moon.

 

Episode 33: “Hey, I Like Your Music” feat. Juno nominees

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On March 15th, the 2015 Juno Awards will take place at FirstOntario Centre in Hamilton, Ontario (tickets can be purchased here). Arkells along with Magic!, Hedley, Kiesza and Shawn Mendes will be performing—so sounds like a night not to be missed.

Toronto’s pop-reggae group Magic!, who are well-known for their popular hits “Rude” and “Let Your Hair Down”, lead the way with 5 nominations. They are followed closely by Leonard Cohen and Kiesza who both have 4 nominations. Other artists in the running include Arkells, Chromeo, Drake, Alvvays, and Sam Roberts Band. You can check out the full list right here.

And I’ve actually gone ahead to make a few predictions on who the winners will be…here are just a few that I’m betting on (highlighted in red).

  • Group of the year: Arkells​, Chromeo, Mother Mother, ​Nickelback and You+Me.
  • Breakthrough group of the year: Adventure Club, Alvvays, Magic!, USS, Zeds Dead
  • Artist: Bryan Adams, Deadmau5, Leonard Cohen, Sarah McLachlan, The Weeknd.
  • International album: PRISM – Katy Perry​, Pure Heroine – Lorde,Midnight Memories – One Direction, In the Lonely Hour – Sam Smith, 1989 – Taylor Swift.
  • Rock album: High Noon – Arkells, Ghost – Big Wreck, Lo-Fantasy – Sam Roberts Band, The Union – The Glorious Sons, Between Illness and Migration – Your Favourite Enemies
  • Pop album: Avril Lavigne, Down with Webster, Lights, Magic!, Nikki Yanofsky.
  • Fan choice award: Arcade Fire,Bobby Bazini, Drake, Hedley, Leonard Cohen, Magic!, Michael Bublé, Nickelback, Serge Fiori, You+Me.
  • Single: “Hold On, We’re Going Home” – Drake ft. Majid Jordan, “Crazy for You” – Hedley, “Hideaway” – Kiesza, “Rude” – Magic!, “We’re All in This Together” – Sam Roberts Band.
  • Album: Where I Belong – Bobby Bazini, Wild Life – Hedley, Popular Problems – Leonard Cohen, No Fixed Address – Nickelback, Serge Fiori – Serge Fiori.
  • ​Aboriginal album: The Whole World’s Got the Blues – Crystal Shawanda, For The Light – Digging Roots, Heart of the People – Leela Gilday, Animism – Tanya Tagaq, The (Post) Mistress – Tomson Highway.

And for your listening pleasure, I put together a podcast featuring tunes by a few of the 2015 Juno nominees. You’ll hear some Alvvays, Drake, Arkells, deadmau5, Taylor Swift, Magic!, Chromeo, Sam Roberts Band, Hedley and Mac DeMarco. 🙂

 

 

 

Episode 32: “Hey, I Like Your Music” feat. Spookey Ruben

Spookey Ruben

 

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Chatting with Spookey at a lovely lil joint in Liberty Village.

 

Toronto’s adventure-pop king Spookey Ruben just finished playing his first show in a long while this past Saturday at The Garrison. And while we hadn’t heard much from Spookey until that show, last week I sat down with him for a lovely chat and I must say that 2015 is gearing up to be a busy and exciting year for Spookey.

His first album, Modes of Transportation Vol. 1, delivered memorable hits like “These Days Are Old” and “Wendy McDonald” and ever since then Spookey has been entertaining his fans with his unique songwriting style that features Spanish and electric guitars, sampled beats, analogue keyboards and contrasts high and low vocals as Spookey sings about a variety of themes: childhood/growing up, crushes/love, his favourite movies, fast food, sleep and having a déjà vu. Since that first release, Spookey now has 7 full-length albums and he’s currently working on his 8th! You heard me right, Spookey is currently working on an album called Modes III which is to be a continuation and a celebration of his Modes of Transportation series but he emphasized that this album is going to be fresh and original so it won’t be called Modes of Transportation Vol III, but rather, Modes III.

But why is Spookey bringing back the Modes? Well, 2015 actually marks the 20th anniversary of Modes Vol. 1 and Spookey also believes that things are best done in 3s (when you think of trios, trilogies, triangles…all that jazz) . But for all you Spookaholics out there,  Spookey Ruben has started an Indiegogo campaign to raise funds in order to help make Modes III a reality. He started the campaign on November 23rd with a goal of $15,000 and has already raised over $10,000 (as of today, Jan 30). The campaign only ends on February 15th so you still have a couple weeks to support the making of this exciting project. For $20 you’ll be able to pre-order the album and other perks include—just to name a few—starring in a Spookey Ruben music video or having Spookey write a special song for you. Further details of the campaign can be found on Spookey’s Indiegogo page at this link here.

But without further ado, here is my full interview with Spookey Ruben, for your listening pleasure:

And for your viewing pleasure, why not kick it old school and revisit one of Spookey’s early hits, “Shauna” 🙂

 

Episode 31: “Hey, I Like Your Music” feat. LYON

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Lauren Malyon (of Toronto’s synth-pop band LYON) in the CFRE studios.

Synth-pop seems to be taking over the Toronto music scene lately and I couldn’t be any more happy. I’ve always been a big fan of that nostalgic ’80s-sounding groove which can be so synthetically pleasing (if done right) and lately my iTunes library and record shelf have been growing in volume by this particular genre. From Brave Shores to Lowell to Lights to Parallels and now, LYON—the synthesizers are making a comeback.

Last Friday I had the pleasure of chatting with Lauren Malyon a.k.a. LYON. She released her EP Indian Summer back in 2013 which became a huge hit with the title track “Indian Summer” charting at #3 on CBC Radio 3 and #1 on the M3 Top 20. Since then Lauren and her band have been working on their first full-length album for which two singles just premiered this month.

Lauren chatted with me about those two singles,”Cut Me Loose” and “Catch Me If I Fall”, and about the stories behind the songs and the whole process behind the making of the music video for “Catch Me If I Fall” which you can watch below.

And listen to the podcast to hear my full interview with Lauren along with great tunes by LYON  (including her cover of The Strokes’ “You Only Live Once”), Big Data, Brave Shores and Citizens!

Enjoy (:

 

 

 

 

Top 10 albums to be released this Winter

Top 10

Each new year brings forth new albums, new artists and new shows to look forward to! And what am I looking forward to in 2015? Well, I’ve compiled a list of albums  that I am eagerly awaiting and hungrily anticipating to be released. From Vancouver’s piano-man Tobias Jesso Jr. (reminiscent of a young John Lennon) to Toronto’s latest synth-pop duo Prince Innocence to America’s  folk-king Father John Misty—I have an eclectic list ready and waiting for you along with YouTube links for pre-released tunes from these exciting new albums.

The list goes in accordance with the release dates—so beginning with January dates and up until March. (I’ll likely compile a second list once further albums are announced later on in the year).

So get your ears ready for some tasty sounds that will have you craving for more. (:

January 13th: 

1. Dan Mangan + Blacksmith – Club Meds

“Kitsch”

2. Teen Daze – A World Away (EP)

“Another Night”

January 20th:

3. The Decemberists – What A Terrible World, What A Beautiful World

“Make You Better”

January 26th:

4. Emmy The Great – S (EP)

“Swimming Pool”

February 3rd:

5. Prince Innocence – Easy Life (EP)

“I Don’t Care”

February 10th:

6. Father John Misty – I Love You, Honeybear

“Bored in the USA” (Live on The Late Show with David Letterman)

February 17th:

7. Whitehorse – Leave No Bridge Unburned

“Sweet Disaster”

March 10th:

8. Will Butler – Policy

“Take My Side”

March 17th:

9. Tobias Jesso Jr. – Goon

“Hollywood”

March 24th:

10. Big Data – 2.0

“The Business of Emotion”

Episode 30: “Hey, I Like Your Music” — A Very Merry Christmas Special

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Festive stylin’ ! Sam with her “12 Days of Christmas” sweater and me with my fake ugly Christmas sweater (I just put those tacky pins on my Urban Outfitters sweater, haha).

 

Hey friends,

Last Friday was a very special episode of the show dedicated to this particular time of year… the holidays! I invited my good friend Sam (a.k.a Samantha Claus) to co-host with me and we had a great time spreading holiday cheer over the airwaves. We spun some holiday classics by great artists like Trans-Siberian Orchestra, that ridiculous but nonetheless entertaining song that Bill Nighy sings in Love, Actually (I feel it in my fingers, I feel it in my toes! Yep–that’d be the one), a cover of “Let It Go” by the acapella group Pentatonix, and modern Christmas hits by The Killers, The Barr Brothers, Adaline & Frederick and Hey Rosetta!

As well, Sam and I shared our modern 12 Days of Christmas List of things that we would love a special someone to get for us for Christmas (forget those partridges in pear trees, lords leaping or ladies dancing… we want cocktails, mixtapes and cuddling by the fireplace). Feel free to steal any of our ideas. Here’s our complete list:

  1. small & sentimental: a mixtape or an album of ticket subs
  2. fashionable & functional: pair of shoes (or any kind of footwear…slippers are good too!)
  3. romantic: 3 day long weekend getaway or something to represent past/present/future of the relationship
  4. sweet: a song written about us or homemade sweets
  5. extravagantly ridiculous: custom ugly Christmas sweater
  6. warm & cozy: a 6 pack (of any kind of alcoholic beverage: wine, cocktails, beer…)
  7. from the heart: a photo album of times we’ve shared together
  8. cute & cuddly: stuffed animal or cuddling by the fireplace
  9. fun & festive: decorating together
  10. adventurous: skating/tobogganing/snowboarding/snow-shoeing
  11. friends & family: a party/dinner with all our close friends and family
  12. relaxation: quality time together 🙂

 

If you heard us live, I hope you enjoyed the show and I hope it amped you up for the holidays! If you missed it, you may re-live our ridiculous holiday banter and hear these great Christmas tunes by listening to the podcast right here. Cheers xo