Recorded live at Riverfest 2015 on Sunday night with Bruce Cockburn playing in the background, comes two incredible stories of the same friendship. Ben and Meg met as kids, their parents were friends and they all lived in downtown Guelph, Ontario. They grew up, Meg moved away, growing up happened and they lost touch a bit. Ben and Meg now share the incredible true story of how they became friends again as adults in a little story I like to call the New Year's Pumpkin. Ben Doerkson performed at the after parties held by Riverfest and let me tell you - he was stunningly good, like not even super fair to other people who own guitars level good. Kind of awesome sauce, if you will.
Labour Day weekend was brilliant and shining and I miss it now that it's dark and ugly and raining ice on my face. I spent some time in Muskoka and was lucky enough to chat with Rah Rah, capturing two incredible stories. Erin Passmore from Rah Rah tells me about being 17 on the road in Thunder Bay in what became the Stab Alley story; Kristina Hedlund then confesses to being a bit of a bad ass in Gondola Wedding Crashers; we then hear two stories from Meg Whitton told from her front lawn whilst sitting in Muskoka chairs, the first one about these very chairs and the next one we will just call Brother Milk Down and you will understand why. Enjoy.
Sunday at Riverfest 2015 in Elora Ontario, featuring incredible stories from Sarah Harmer, sharing her experience with Students on Ice; Amelia Curran brings the best east coast vibe I could have hoped for; The River and the Road share their road-warrior story in what I will call the Blue Jay's Snooze; I manage to corner Alec from Clap Your Hands Say Yeah and I think, by the end of it, we did a little bit become friends? You be the judge. We also hear from some saucy Texan patrons, a volunteer leader, and a very talented artist from Jenna's Doodles. Enjoy the closing of Riverfest but tune in for Episode 4, also recorded live during the festival weekend and I invite you to guess who is on stage in the background while the New Year's Pumpkin is told and retold...
Saturday at Riverfest in Elora, Ontario we talk with Tim Kingsbury from Arcade Fire about Google It; The Planet Smashers come alive with many stories, most notably the term Vomipella may have been coined during the taping of this podcast; Ambre McLean tell us about Singing for her Supper; we also speak with volunteers, patrons and food vendors from the festival, all of whom contributed to the incredible atmosphere and awesome energy of this event!
Backstage Day 1 of the Riverfest Music Festival from Elora, Ontario. Featuring stories from the festivals managers as well as many of the performers. The New Pornographers tell us about Hijacking Scrabble; Mike O'Brien from Zeus tells us about life on the road in what we decided to call The Goose Alarm Clock story; Alan Doyle, I think, tells me I have an awesome nose (you be the judge when you take a listen) and reminds us just HOW big Ontario really is; and last but certainly not least we hear a truly unique story from Shakey Graves we are calling the Haunted Guitar story. So settle in, listen up and enjoy the show.