This Saturday It’s a special Stew – “Just in time for Christmas” featuring four music personalities who’ve spent the past couple of years writing words instead of music.
Alan Doyle – A Newfoundlander in Canada. The follow-up to his very popular first book Where I belong. About Great Big Sea’s first tour of Canada and the discovery that they were part of a much bigger country than they could have imagined.
Jann Arden – Feeding My Mother. Yes, it’s a Cook Book but the pages in between recipes are heartfelt and very personal dealing with her parents and their memory loss. Amazing read.
Tom Wilson – Beautiful Scars. Very much like the man. Blunt. Cutting honesty. Taking us through his discovery in his 50’s that he wasn’t who he thought he was.
He was adopted. He was Mohawk. He had brothers and sisters he never knew about. A great read.
Kim Clarke Champniss – Skinheads, Fur traders, and DJ’s. The title says it all. My pal from MuchMusic days spins tales of leaving England and the punk movement and ending up in a very frozen North as a “Bay Boy”.
Then becoming a DJ when disco and dance were all the rage. Quite a tale.
FYI – Here’s the lineup for Christmas in the Round 2017 (An hour of stories and songs on our Lobby Stage)
Bill Henderson – (Chilliwack)
Craig Northey – Odds
Kirby Barber – Cariboo Express
Geoff Hicks – Rob Becker – Bass and drums.(Play with everybody)
5-7PM on CKUA RADIO (Mtn) And 8-10PM (Pacific) on RoundHouse Radio 983 Vancouver
Sunday Nov 19th The friends and fans of John Mann gathered at The Commodore Ballroom for a music tribute to John and Spirit of the West.
For over 30 years they left their mark and became one of Canada’s most popular bands..even though they weren’t churning out pop hits.
They were a wicked combination of punk, folk, Celtic and roots.
Over the past number of years John Mann, lead singer and co-founder succumbed to early on-set Alzheimer’s. It robbed him of his memory but not his strength and drive.
It was my pleasure to host the evening, more like a traffic cop, as bodies were flying in and out.
Raising funds and paying honour to John (and Jill) his wonderful wife and love were there Jim Cuddy Sarah McLachlan Alan Doyle Vince Ditrich Geoff Kelly Tobin Frank Barney Bentall Dustin Bentall Jim Byrnes Colin James Ed Robertson
BareNaked Ladies Shari Ulrich Sprit – The next generation Kendel Carson Odds Spirit of the West Daniel Lapp Shaun Verreault And musicians from Odds, BareNaked Ladies and Spirit of the West (and Next Gen)
The video is from my iphone at the side of the stage for the finale..
A rousing all-star cast version of Home for a Rest.
I swear it’s taken on a life of its own.
Alan “freaking” Doyle took all cast into the men’s Washroom at the Commodore and had them sing and play the song.
So coming soon is a single of the song and a video..I heard the music..its KILLER!!!!!!
You can HELP. A GoFundMe page has been set up in John Manns name.
Have you got some coin you can sent his way??
He needs care and that’s where the money is going.
Grant Lawrence co-founded the band The Smugglers in his parents basement in West Vancouver.
They blazed through the 90’s..starting with church gigs arranged by friend Nardwuar, the human serviette.
Grant went on to become a freaking BROADCASTER of all things – at CBC..still to this very day and a national figure.
Bangs out books plays goalie, has a wonderful family and has released the book Dirty Windshields.
It’s about The Smugglers journey through the 90’s and how they somehow not only survived but carved out a career around the World.
Grant brings stories of he and a Python meeting in at pay phone while being live on air.
Stories of he and Nardwuar knocking on my door in West Van on Halloween night..not for treats but advice on the music and radio business.
And I didn’t slam the door.
He reminds me that I’m in two Smugglers videos etc.
How does he remember all this?
Because he kept a diary. Ingenious! Corey Wood, webmaster, has placed The RAW interview Here. Enjoy!!
Dirty Windshields is the long-awaited memoir from CBC host and award-winning author Grant Lawrence, baring all the salacious and hilarious details from his touring days as the lead singer of Vancouver-based rock and roll band The Smugglers. Formed when most of the members were still in high school, The Smugglers came of age during the height of the grunge explosion in the early 1990s, when Grant, working as a concert promoter, put on shows for Nirvana, Green Day and Bad Religion, among many others.
In Dirty Windshields, Grant chronicles the band’s booze-fueled, sweaty, broke and wayward attempts at rock and roll glory as they trekked across Canada, the United States, and eventually, Europe and the Pacific Rim. In their sixteen years of touring, the Smugglers experienced all the highs and lows the road can offer, from playing a gig at New York’s legendary CBGB club to starting a riot in a Denver nightclub to having their performance tuxes stolen in Australia.
Through the fights, sexual misadventures, new friendships, dance contests and mayhem, the band grew up together on the road. Told with Grant’s signature self-deprecating wit, the anecdotes develop into a compelling story of the growth of an independent, do-it-yourself touring band, a community, and a musical movement. So crack open a semi-cold can of Black Label beer, stick a Smugglers tape into the cassette deck and let the good times roll. http://thesmugglers.com/ http://grantlawrence.ca/
As Chevy Chase told Dan Aykroyd and Gilda Radner on SNL years ago..”New Shimmer is a floor wax AND a desert topping”
Today’s Mulligan Stew is New Shimmer in music form.
Yes its 2 hours of boogie, soul, rock, and blues
BUT it’s also an interview stage…I get to interview Barney Bentall under an apple tree at this summer’s Filberg Festival in Courtney/Comox. On Friday Barney released The Drifter and The Preacher, his first solo album in 5 years and it’s a beauty. Strong songs with appearances by son Dustin, by pal Jim Cuddy and a song for a dear friend John Mann from Spirit of the West. There’s also news about a John Mann night at the Commodore Nov 19 with a true all-star cast.
We also hope to find Terra Lightfoot in a car on her way to The Winspear in Edmonton. She’s opening for WhiteHorse tonight and all across the country. Wednesday in Mission BC and Thursday at The Vogue in Vancouver.
In between all of this chat we’re also doing a guitar special. Not your wanking, string bending, watch my fingers guitar playing but people who actually changed music and were copied by all who followed.
Such as Clapton, Jimi, SRV, BB, Ry, Steve Cropper, Sister Rosetta Tharpe and all the guys who backed up James Brown.
Lots of pickers on this show.
Let me leave you with a thought for the day…
New Shimmer ”for the greatest shine you ever tasted”