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June 17th, 2017 – Live from the BC Shellfish Festival…

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LIVE from the 11th annual BC Shellfish festival in Courtney Comox 

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 The unique culinary event that promotes the region’s shellfish farmers and their delicacies to seafood lovers and chefs grows bigger every year.  This is Year 11.

Tasting Room Radio is covering both weekends.

 

What originally began as a one‐day event 11 years ago, has become the largest seafood festival in Western Canada, featuring popular local and international culinary celebrities and outstanding seafood.

Highlights for 2017 include the B.C. Seafood on Your Plate Restaurant Campaign, the B.C. Seafood Expo, a completely new Fresh Fest and the Fanny Bay Oyster Shucking Competition and OceanWise Chowder Challenge at the signature festival event, the Comox by the Sea Celebration,  Sunday, June 18th. For more information and tickets, visit bcshellfishfestival.com and bcseafoodexpo.com.

 WE ARE LIVE SATURDAY AT 10 AM!!

Our guests include:

 Culinary leader –  Don House Calgary http://www.idmg.ca/about-1/

Darren MacLean – Shokunin Calgary https://twitter.com/chefdmac?lang=en

Duncan Ly – Foreign Concept  Calgary  http://foreignconcept.ca/

JinnHee Lee – Foreign Concept Calgary  http://foreignconcept.ca/

Trevor Bird = Fable/Fable Diner  Vancouver www.fablekitchen.ca

Ned Bell – Ocean Wise. Van Aquarium  https://cookculture.com/blogs/chef-profiles/25079745-chef-ned-bell

Nick Nutting – The Wolf in the Fog.  Tofino  http://www.wolfinthefog.com/ 

Rod Butters – Raudz Kelowna  www.raudz.com 

Brock Bowes – Terra Fina  http://www.terrafinarestaurant.com/

 

Blue Moon

40 knots Winery  https://www.40knotswinery.com/

Blue Moon  https://www.bluemoonwinery.ca

Nathan Fong – Fong on Food www.fongonfood.com

 

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STORIES WE’RE WORKING ON

  • John Schreiner – Icon
  • Skitchine Lodge with Rhys Pender. John Weber & Chef Mark Filatow
  • Cider Special
  • Bloom – BC VQA wines pour in Vancouver.

 

 

 

 

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EP 208 | The Kids In the Hall

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Dave Foley, Bruce McCulloch, Kevin McDonald, Mark McKinney, and

Scott Thompson are Kids in the Hall.

Many people consider KITH the funniest sketch comedy show ever to appear on TV and Film. The other half are fans of the absurdist genius of  Monty Python etc.

The Kids mixed that absurdist humor with irony.

The winner is us – the audience.

 KITH are “older”!

The youngest kid is 59-year-old Dave Foley.

However, what keeps them funny and relevant is the high wire that they walk.

The Kids embrace risk and even make fun of that possible failure waiting to happen.

The guests this week are Bruce McCulloch and Scott Thompson 

One of the things we talk about in this Zoom Interview is how lucky they were to not only find each but discover that they all viewed the planet and the people on it as flawed and great subjects for funny. Why are they so good?  Well, they’ve been making us laugh – at ourselves – since 1984.

After 27 years of No Kids. No Hall. They’re back with a series on Prime Video/Amazon and a fascinating documentary “Kids in the Hall: Comedy Punks”

Mulligan Stew May 21st 2022- The Stew May 21-Scott Thompson-Bruce McCullough From Kids in the Hall Guest

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Scott Thompson and Bruce McCulloch  Guest on Saturdays Mulligan Stew.

After 27 years the KITH have come back. Like raccoons at the back door.

We talk about

Has funny changed?

Kiss?  Actually Gene Simmonds.

Keeping their characters in place.

And thoughts for the youth of the Nation.

The complete/unedited interview can be heard on Mulligan Stew Podcast

The video version can be seen on our YouTube channel.

New music from

The Stones at the ElMo

Delbert McClinton

Sheryl Crow and Sarah McLachlan

Barney Bentall

Bros. Landreth

Southern Culture on the Skids

Lord Huron

And that’s not all…

Tedeschi Trucks/Billy Preston/Ronettes/Mark Knopfler/Taj/Colin James/Chuck Berry/Los Lobos/Cocker/Black Pumas/Jerry Doucette

 

-TDM

PLAYLIST:

The Stew May 21 Scott Thompson-Bruce McCulloch From Kiids in the Hall Guest
Bird on a Wire (live) Tedeschi Trucks Band Let me get by (Deluxe)
That’s the way God planned it (1&2) Live Billy Preston (with Clapton-George Harrison) That’s the way God planned it
Ain’t that loving you Delbert McClinton Outdated Emotion
Crazy Mama (live) The Rolling Stones Live at the El Macombo
This is Mulligan Stew Scott Thompson-Bruce McCulloch From Kiids in the Hall Guest [email protected]
The Difficult Kind (live) Sheryl Crow and Sarah McLachlan Sheryl – Documentary soundtrack
Colours (acoustic) Black Pumas Black Pumas (expanded)
This is Mulligan Stew – [email protected]
Freeway Soul Tinsley Ellis Moment of Truth
Best Part of (Breaking up) The Ronettes Presenting The Ronettes
www.coyotesbanff.com Scott Thompson-Bruce McCulloch  From Kids in the Hall – Guest
Drive all night The Bros. Landreth Come Morning
Oh Foolish Me Barney Bentall Cosmic Dreamer
Feeling Alright Joe Cocker Classic (four)
The Stew with TDMulligan Scott Thompson and Bruce McCullough – Guest in hour two
Heavy Up Mark Knopfler Down the road wherever
VooDoo Cadillac Southern Culture on the Skids Dirt Track Date
Little Red Corvette Prince Best of
Further on up the road (live) Tay Mahal and Jack Johnson Best of Kokua Fest in Hawaii
Can’t you see what youre doing to me Colin James Open Road
Mabeline Chuck Berry Berry is on Top
www.mulliganstew.ca Coming UP – Scott and Bruce from Kids in the Hall
Angel Dance Los Lobos Just another Band from East LA
Harvest Moon Lord Huron Single
Scott Thompson & Bruce McCulloch -Kids in the Hall The Complete Interview on Mulligan Stew Podcast
Age like Wine Corb Lund Songs my friends wrote
Scott Thompson & Bruce McCulloch -Kids in the Hall Video Version on tdm YouTube Channel
Changes David Bowie Best of
Scott Thompson & Bruce McCulloch -Kids in the Hall Check out The Podcast and video on you tube
Mama let him play Jerry Doucette Mama let him play
Spare tire Ariel Posen and Cory Wong single

 

May 21st, 2021-The Return of Top Drop / 2022

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Proudly Sponsored by Harbour Air

The Return of Top Drop / 2022

 

THE SHOW

 Like all other events in our day-to-day lives, there was no Top Drop during the pandemic.

However, Top Drop wine fans are a very loyal bunch and I never thought for a minute that there might never be another Top Drop.

Why the loyalty?

“The one wine tasting  of the year you shouldn’t miss”

Western Living Magazine

  

Kurtis Kolt and his partners have dedicated themselves to finding and inviting wineries that display a sense of place and craft.

Kurtis Kolt

A great many are organic and all farm sustainably. Some are large but many are small and finding them is like finding a prize.

The participants are so thoroughly vetted, that it makes the invited list feel like an all-star game.

The two-day event took place May 10 & 11 in the very comfortable surroundings at The Roundhouse in Yaletown. 40 international wineries pouring!

As usual, I couldn’t get to everyone in the room. But I did stalk and talk to :

Bella Wines – Jay Drysdale (Naramata Bench) A stellar sparkling wine house focused on single-vineyard expressions. Especially Gamay.

Creek & Gully Cider – Annelise Simonsen and Alyssa Hubert (Naramata Bench) A family farm, 65 acres of Organic Apples. They use apples deemed “undesirable”

Ciders are proudly unfined, unfiltered, and ambiently fermented in the bottle and can. We also talk about saving Okanagan orchards.

Fitzpatrick Family Vineyards – Gordon Fitzpatrick. (Summerland) Focused on traditional method sparkling wine. From 40 acres of vines separated into 12 smaller blocks.

 

Hedges Family Estate –  Christophe Hedges (Red Mountain. Washington)  Farmers first, winemakers second, the Hedges Family were pioneers of the modern Washington Wine Industry. Christophe leads the next generation.

Lightning Rock Winery – Jordan Kubek Winemaker (Summerland) Creating electric, juicy wines. Jordan and Tyler desire to express each vineyard in the glass.

Martin’s Lane Winery – Shane Munn Winemaker (East Kelowna) Pinot and Riesling only. Vineyards are farmed and certified organic. Gravity-fed winery. Outstanding wines and winery.

Okanagan Crush Pad – Darryl Brooker New CEO and Matt Dumayne.  Winemaker. (Summerland) What a success story is Okanagan Crush Pad. Creating their own wines Haywire, Narrative, and Free Form. Concrete tanks, native yeasts, and no messing with the wines.

Orofino – John and Virginia Weber. Winemaker & Co-owners (Similkameen Valley) Minimal intervention in the solar-powered, strawbale winery. Premium wines that John described as “gulp able”. From beautiful Rieslings to knockout Syrah plus  Outstanding vineyards in a spectacular valley. It all adds up to Orofino!

Terravista Vineyards – Nadine Allander Winemaker (Naramata Bench) Producers of small-lot specialty white wines including Spanish varietals: Albarino and Verdejo plus French beauties Marsanne, Roussanne, and Viognier.  A tribute to the vineyards and those who planted them.

Ursa Major Winery – Rajen Toor Owner/Principal. (South Okanagan. Black Sage Bench) Organically farmed vineyards on prime land. Working with many varietals but especially Bordeaux grapes to see if they can showcase a different side of the grape.  Much buzz about this winery.

Owen Knowlton – Stable House Award-winning Wine Director. Pouring Wines of Bordeaux

 

Kurtis Kolt – Co-Founder of Top Drop Vancouver and Wine Educator

 

www.bellawines.ca

www.creekandgully.com

www.fitzwine.com

www.hedgesfamilyestate.com

www.lightningrockwinery.com

www.martinslanewinery.com

www.okanagancrushpad.com

www.orofinovineyards.com

www.terravistavineyards.com

www.ursamajorwinery.com

www.bordeaux.com

www.tanninmanagement.ca

www.kurtiskolt.com

www.topdrop.ca

STORIES WE’RE WORKING ON

  • Cowichan Valley –  June is Wine Month
  • Point Noir  Blind Tasting
  • Two-Part Vancouver Wine Festival
  • Sponsor Special
  • Quails’ Gate partners with Martiniuk Family

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

EP 207 | The Bros. Landreth-New album ‘Come Morning’

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It’s amazing how life always seems to bring us full circle.

The Landreth Brothers just released their fourth album together called Come Morning.

They grew up in a completely musical household.

Father Wally was a true working musician. Their Mother would sometimes go with the boys in bassinets and kid chairs to watch over them and keep an eye on Wally.

They grew up listening to Bonnie Raitt, the many persona’s of Ry Cooder, Lyle Lovett, and most importantly Little Feat.

They were artists who could evoke Mississippi, Muscle Shoals, LA, NYC, and Texas in one album.

The Landreth family was based in Winnipeg but the music took them to all those places and beyond.

The music saved them. Gave them hope and promise.

So here comes their latest ‘Come Morning’ and it’s filled with ebb and flow, being away from home, being at home for 2 years,  songs of redemption, being in Love, not being in love, and dealing with the weight of sexual abuse.

This feels like the album that will change everything. Have a listen to the boys and their music. See if the hope and promise, ebb and flow hasn’t come full circle.

They bring an in-studio acoustic version of ‘What in the World’ with them.

Keep an ear out for ‘Corduroy’ and Joey’s painful story behind it. Joey opened his heart to all of us.

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TOUR DATES:

https://www.thebroslandreth.com/shows

 

Mulligan Stew May 14th 2022- Special guests The Bros. Landreth

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New album COME MORNING dropped  Friday

The Bros. Landreth guest on Saturdays Mulligan Stew (and Podcast)

 

Joey and David have created a collection of songs and subjects that will take them far and wide.

Pushing the buzz forward is the fact that Bonnie Raitt chose a Brothers song,  Made up Mind,  as the first single from her new album Just like that.

That’s what you call a true turning point.

And BONUS – the boys pick up their guitars and bring an acoustic version of What would I do

The complete interview can be heard on Mulligan Stew Podcast

The Zoom video on our YouTube Channel terrydavidmulligan

STEW includes…

New music from

Ariel Posen

Keb Mo

Waterboys

Steve Dawson

Stones

Plus

Boz Scaggs

Tom Petty Live

Faces

Erykah Badu

And a Texas-set from

Steve Ray

Lyle Lovett

ZZ Top

Texas Tornados

Duke Robillard

An unplugged session

PLAYLIST:

The Stew May 14 – Bros. Landreth Interview & New album www.mulliganstew.ca TDMulligan
clawhammer Ariel Posen Mile End
The Medicine Man Keb Mo (with Old Crow Med Show) Good to be
Take it easy (live) The Eagles Hell Freezes Over
Readiator 110 Boz Scaggs Out of the blue
Try a little tenderness Floremce and the Machine Mtv Unplugged
www.mulliganstew.ca Our guests are Joey and David Landreth – New Album Come Morniong
Refugee (live) Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers A Live Anthology
Ooh La La Faces Ooh La La
www.deanehouse.com www.river-café.com
Ooh La La Steve Dawson Gone. Long Gone
Once were brothers The Waterboys All souls hill
Rimshot (live) Erykah Badu Live at Jaz café London
Tumbling Dice (live) The Rolling Stones Live at El Mocambo
Little wing Stevie Ray Vaughn Couldn’t stand the weather
Mulligan Stew – with TDMulligan Year 26 COMING UP – Bros. Landreth and a Texas Tribute www.mulliganstew.ca
That’s right (you’re not from Texas) Lyle Lovett Live in Texas
Wasted Days and Wasted Nights Texas Tornados A little better than nada
Blue Jean Blues (live) ZZ Top Live from Texas
This is Mulligan Stew – with TDM www.mulliganstew.ca
Eat where you slept last night Duke Robillard They called it Rhythm and Blues
The Bros. Landreth Interview David and Joey Landreth – New album Come Morning
Made up Mind Bonnie Raitt Just like that
David and Joey Landreth – Bros. Landreth New Album – Come Morning
Stay Bros. Landreth Come Morning
Landreth Brothers Interview Complete interview on Mulligan Stew Podcast and You Tube Channel
Corduroy Bros. Landreth Come Morning
David and Joey Landreth – Bros. Landreth Complete interview on Mulligan Stew Podcast and You Tube Channel
What in The World (live in studio) Bros. Landreth
Complete Interview on Mulligan Stew Podcast & You Tube Channel www.mulliganstew.ca
Hiding Place Govt Mule Heavy Load Blues

May 14th 2022-Your chance to “Meet the Makers” in Victoria

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Sara Park and  Cam Duke,  the co-founders of Coastal Craft Beverages in Victoria always throw a great pour.

As in previous years, they head for the 8th-floor skyline suites at the top of Parkside Hotel in downtown Victoria.

They work exclusively with producers who are independent and family-owned. Artisans who focus on sustainability and care for the Planet and its people.

Best of all, they partnered with Vintage West Wine and Spirits. Owners of an amazing portfolio.

“I have a real passion for working with local, BC, Craft Producers and helping them grow their businesses. We have some of the most talented Winemakers, Distillers, Craft Brewers & Cidermakers in North America – right here! I’ve met and worked with incredibly knowledgeable and passionate people in this business. I feel very lucky to do what I do, and work on the west coast.”  Sara Park.

“Working with like-minded, passionate people who take such incredible pride in their workmanship and crafts is a privilege to be a part of. I’m excited to continue growing these relationships and contribute to each of their success stories.”  Cameron Duke

Jacqueline Downey Photography

Meet the Makers

 

Provincial Spirits –Jesse Bannister Founder, Owner

Jesse Bannister-Provincial Spirits

Winemaker’s Cut –Michal Mosny, Winemaker and Owner

Mike Mosny – Wine Makers Cut

Sheringham Distillery and Lumette –Jason MacIsaac, Master Distiller, and Owner

Sheringham Distillery and Lumette –Jason MacIsaac, Master Distiller, and Owner

Junction Cider –Cody Brown (Owner),

Junction Cider –Cody Brown (Owner),

Fitzpatrick Family Vineyards –Gordon Fitzpatrick, Owner/VP

Fitzpatrick Family Vineyards –Gordon Fitzpatrick, Owner/VP

Blue Grouse –Michael Abbott (Vineyard Manager)

Blue Grouse –Michael Abbott (Vineyard Manager)

Tightrope Winery –Lyndsay O’Rourke, Owner/Winemaker

Tightrope Winery –Lyndsay O’Rourke, Owner/Winemaker

Vintage West Wine & Spirits –Matt Thirlwell (Partner)

Vintage West Wine & Spirits –Matt Thirlwell (Partner)

 

STORIES WE’RE WORKING ON

  • Top Drop 2022
  • VanWineFest
  • Cowichan Wine Month
  • Sponsor Love in

EP 206 | Mike Scott of The Waterboys

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I’ve waited a long time to finally talk to Scott from The Waterboys.

I found him at his home in Dublin.

Mike is a founding member, lead singer, and songwriter of The Waterboys.

I was truly looking forward to his new album All Souls Hill which was released Friday.

Because Mike grew up studying English literature and philosophy so you know his lyrics and song structure are always going to be different.

Mike moved through the brit punk scene and finally found himself forming The Waterboys.

Almost 25 albums later..he’s writing,  composing, and singing better than ever.

As always, Mike and Waterboys music cannot be pinned down. Round peg. Square hole.

Check out the track Passing Through..a very old gospel/folk song that he’s re-written the lyrics to – to reflect our lives today. It took him 10 years to write and it’s 9 minutes long.

Here’s Mike talking about it…

Watch for his Canadian tour in The Fall

Mulligan Stew May 7th 2022-Special Guest Mike Scott of the Waterboys

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Hello ALL

The Stew is back . After 10 days of fundraising for donor supported  CKUA.

(you did donate, right?)

This first Stew will be a celebration of NOT having to talk.

New music from Lyle Lovett/Bonnie Raitt/Govt Mule/Norah Jones/Barney Bentall/Willie and more.

A tonne of tracks and a special guest

Mike Scott – Founder and leader of The Waterboys.

They have a just released their  album All Souls Hill which includes a 9 minute version of the folk /gospel classic Passing Through..that Mike added lyrics to – to reflect current history.

He tells the story on todays Stew and then we play it for you. It ends with a reference to George Floyd.

The much longer complete interview with great storytelling  can be heard on The Mulligan Stew Podcast.

(subscribe on Spotify .Apple Podcasts)

 

The ZOOM video of our interview from Dublin can be seen on our You Tube Channel (terrydavidmulligan)

Details at mulliganstew.ca

 

 

PLAYLIST:

The Stew – TDMulligan May 7 Special Guest – Mike Scott The Waterboys www.mulliganstew.ca
Stagger Lee Delbert McClinton Single
Pants is overrated Lyle Lovett single
Love so strong Bonnie Raitt Just like that
You know my love Govt Mule Heavy load blues
Hallelujah, I love him so Norah Jones Come away with me
www.mulliganstew.ca Special Guest – Mike Scott The Waterboys
Atlantic City The Band Jericho
I wish I knew how it would feel to be free Mavis Staples and Levon Helm single
You’re going to make me lonesome when you go Barney Bentall and Valentino Trapini Cosmic Dreamer
Free Fallin (live) John Mayer Live in LA
We’re not happy (til you’re not happy) Willie Nelson A beautiful Time
Have a memorable Mother’s Day www.mulliganstew.ca
I wish (live) Bruce Springsteen Live at Walter Kerr July 2018
Mama William Prince Earthly Days
Mama said The Shirelles Best of
www.coyotesbanff.com Coming UP – Mike Scott The Waterboys
Busted Ray Charles True Genius
This is The Stew with TDMulligan www.mulliganstew.ca
Wrapped around your finger The Police Every breath you take
Love and Happiness Etta James The Right Time
The Weight Aretha Franklin This girls in locve with you
Water from a stone Marc Jordan and Amy Sky he sang. she sang
www.mulliganstew.ca
Have a memorable Mother’s Day. Full Heart to mine – Joyce Mulligan
Whiter shade of pale Santana with Steve Winwood Blessings and Miracles
Complete Interview can be found at Mulligan Stew Podcast www.mulliganstew.ca
Mike Scott Interview New Album All Souls Hill
Here we go again The Waterboys All Souls Hill
Mike Scott Interview
Complete interview on Podcast and Youtube channel
Blackberry girl The Waterboys All Souls Hill
Mike Scott Interview
Complete interview on Podcast and Youtube channel
Passing Through The Waterboys All Souls Hill
Mike Scott Interview
Complete interview on Podcast and Youtube channel
Whole of the Moon The Waterboys Best of
Have a memorable Mother’s Day For Mothers EVERYWHERE
Into the Mystic (remaster) Van Morrison Moondance (Deluxe)

May 7th, 2021-“ TOP DROP: THE ONE WINE TASTING OF THE YEAR YOU SHOULDN’T MISS.”

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“ TOP DROP: THE ONE WINE TASTING OF THE YEAR YOU SHOULDN’T MISS.”

– WESTERN LIVING MAGAZINE

THE SHOW

 

 

This weeks guest is Kurtis Kolt co-founder of  Top Drop.

The co-founder of Top Drop,  dubbed “the nerdiest, most awesome wine festival in Canada.”

Received the ‘Sommelier of the Year’ award at the 2010 Vancouver International Wine Festival. Kurtis has run the wine program for a couple evenings at James Beard House, had bylines in local and international publications, such as Decanter and Maclean’s, plus I occasionally sit in on tasting panels at Wine & Spirits Magazine on semi-regular visits New York.

KK has various certifications and credits through London’s Wine & Spirit Education Trust, the Court of Master Sommeliers & the Winemaking Program at UC Davis.

On May 10th and 11th, Top Drop Vancouver returns, with a continued focus on sustainably-farmed, handcrafted wines offering a distinct sense of place, without heavy-handed winemaking trickery to get in the way.

Top Drop is now  in its seventh year.


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Over  two days, Top Drop offers Vancouver’s wine professionals and enthusiasts unique events and opportunities. As Top Drop’s flagship experience, The Main Event is a walk-around, grazing-style tasting where attendees can enjoy sips and stories from the principals of 40 participating international wineries.

The Main Event will take place from 7:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday, May 10 and 11, at Yaletown’s Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre (181 Roundhouse Mews). A full list of event participants follows, and can be found at TopDrop.ca.   Tickets are  $125 until they’re sold out, and available online at TopDrop.ca.

Event proceeds go to the BC Hospitality foundation, an organization providing financial support to individuals from the hospitality industry facing a major medical crisis.

Top Drop’s  annual grand tasting features dozens of international, terroir-focused wineries and the people behind the wines.

Kurtis  will  be talking about the wines that are starred ***

 

Aldegheri, Valpolicella, Italy     
w/ Jane Glees, Export Director

Anselmi, Soave, Veneto, Italy   
w/ Lisa Anselmi, Family Proprietor

***Ashes & Diamonds, Napa Valley, California, USA  
w/ Kashy Khaledi, Proprietor + Owner

Averill Creek Vineyard, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada  
w/ Brent Rowland, Winemaker

***Azienda Agricola Bruna Grimaldi , Piedmont, Italy    
w/ Martina Fiorino, Family Proprietor + Sales Manager

***Bella Wines, Okanagan Valley, BC, Canada      
w/ Jay Drysdale, Owner + Winemaker

***Benjamin Bridge, Gaspereau Valley, Nova Scotia, Canada   
w/ Jean-Benoit Deslauriers, Winemaker

Bisol Desiderio & Figli Societa’ Agricola, Valdobbiadene, Italy         
w/ Stefano Marangon, Export Manager

Bruno Paillard, Champagne, France  
w/ Pierre-Jules Peyrat, Export Manager

Champagne Gardet, Champagne, France
w/ Maude Autran, Export Manager

Chappellet Vineyard, Napa Valley, California, USA   
w/ Mitch Boyd, National Sales Manager

Chateau De Pommard, Pommard, Burgundy, France     
w/ Victor Goichon, Export Manager

Chateau Dereszla, Tokaji, Hungary    
w/ Gábor Weiner, Sales & Export Manager

***Chiorri Perugia, Umbria, Italy
w/ Francesco Strangis, Proprietor + Winemaker

***Creek & Gully Cider, Okanagan Valley, BC, Canada  
w/ Annelise Simonsen, Proprietor + Director

Elk Cove, Gaston, Oregon, USA   
w/ Cam Christie, Director Of Distribution & Sales

***Fitzpatrick Family Vineyards, Okanagan Valley, BC, Canada
w/ Gordon Fitzpatrick, President
 
***Free Form by Okanagan Crush Pad, Okanagan Valley, Canada

w/ Matt Dumayne, Chief Winemaker

***Gekkeikan, Folsom, California, USA   
w/ Koichi Murakami, VP of Sales & Marketing

***Hedges Family Estate, Red Mountain, Washington, USA     
w/ Christophe Hedges, General Manager

***Lightning Rock Winery, Okanagan Valley, BC, Canada   
w/ Jordan Kubek, Winegrower

***Long Shadows, Columbia Valley, Washington, USA  
w/ Dane Narbaitz, Director of Sales & Marketing

***Marchesi Di Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
w/ Valentina Abbona, Family Member + Ambassador

***Martin’s Lane Winery, Okanagan Valley, BC, Canada
w/ Shane Munn, Winemaker

Medici Ermete, Reggio Emilia, Italy    
w/ Ermes Scardova, Export Director

Mirafiore, Piedmont, Italy 
w/ Chiara Destefanis, Export Area Manager

Montes, Colchagua, Chile
w/ Bryan Steinsapir, Export Manager

***Orofino, Similkameen Valley, BC Canada      
w/ John Weber, Proprietor + Winemaker

Pere Ventura, Penedès, Spain 
w/ Hortense Capelle, Export Sales Manager

Salcheto, Tuscany, Italy     
w/ Michele Manelli, Winemaker

Susana Balbo Wines, Mendoza, Argentina
w/ German Pungitore, General Manager
 
***Synchromesh Wines, Okanagan Falls, BC, Canada    

w/ Alan Dickinson, Proprietor + Winemaker + Farmer

Tenuta Di Trinoro + Passopisciaro, Tuscany + Sicily, Italy    
w/ Letizia Patane, Export Manager
 
Tenuta Valdipiatta, Montepulciano, Italy

***Terravista Vineyards, Naramata Bench, BC, Canada  
w/ Nadine Allander, Winemaker

Troupis Winery, Mantinia, Greece

***Ursa Major Winery  Okanagan, Canada      
w/ Rajen Toor, Winemaker + Grower + Proprietor

***Weingut Thörle, Rheinhessen, Germany   
w/ Christoph Thörle, Proprietor

***Xanadu Winery, Margaret River, Australia   
w/ Douglas Elliott, North American Manager
 

For Main Event tickets, along with more information and news, visit TopDrop.ca

 

STORIES WE’RE WORKING ON

 

Meet the Makers – Victoria

Michael Bartier – Project B

VanWineFest

Sponsor Fest

Cowichan June Winefest

EP 205 | Alex Cuba

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Born in Cuba,  Alex fell in love with a Canadian beauty & immigrated to Canada.  Alex packed into his belonging’s his many songs and sharp knowledge of the history of Cuban music.

Mendo is his 9th album.

With those 9 albums, Alex has won 2 Juno awards and is up for another this month.  He’s also won four Latin Grammy Awards and at the recent 2022 event, he won his first Grammy Award.

Alex is a completely self-contained artist. Put an instrument in front of him and very likely he can play it.

During the Covid pandemic, he decided to collaborate with other players, singers and songwriters. The songs came alive and Mendo became yet another turning point in his career.

Alex has been on Mulligan Stew before. On the Juno couch in Calgary with Jim and Devin Cuddy and again on Zoom.

So happy to welcome back a Spanish-speaking, English riffing star on the rise.

Alex Cuba brings Mendo. (The essence of the soul)

Biography:

Though raised in Artemisa, an hour outside of Havana, Alex Cuba’s artistry is as far-flung as the place he has settled and lived for over fifteen years: Smithers, BC, 14 hours north of Vancouver. His music at once incorporates his roots and is a unique amalgam of styles, having collaborated with artists ranging from Jason Mraz to Ron Sexsmith and Nelly Furtado; and bringing together melodies, popsoul hooks and rock chords in songs that may seem to bear little resemblance to traditional Cuban form.

A forward-thinking, indie-minded artist, Alex has amassed a steadily growing following among critics and fans. With over 20 awards and nominations to his name, including 4 Latin Grammys and two Junos Awards and three Grammy nominations.

Alex carries his Cuba within, incorporating subtle jazz influences, gained from his early years as a bass player in Cuba, and tasteful, sophisticated chords and lyrics expressing his poetry in an undeniably Cuban way. His growing body of work defines a unique musical place in the Latin diaspora.

Building on the 2017 Grammy nominated release Lo Unico Constante with its back to roots introspection, his latest collection of songs was released in September 2019 on the full length album “Sublime”, featuring six songs with Latin American singers and songwriters. Alex joined with Toronto based engineer, John Bailey to record in Gibson’s BC at The Farm Studio.

The decision to record all the instruments came to Alex Cuba years ago when making demos for new songs and wanting to share that undeniable personal sound.