Graham Wright and Josh Hook sat down with me immediately following my wasted interview with Jon Hembrey from The Strumbellas, which got erased. Yup. You read that shit right. We commiserate on the unfortunate event and move on to stellar stories these bandmates riff off each other. Jon, I'm sorry we didn't get to sit down again where I press RECORD and THEN LISTEN TO MAKE SURE ITS WORKING LIKE A PRO MIGHT. But I appreciate the time you took to tell me about getting lost running in Paris, how strange it is to have curly hair and what Lindsay, Ontario has to offer to the world, besides the Fitsells.
Sam Roberts is a Canadian rock singer-songwriter, whose 2001 debut release, The Inhuman Condition, became one of the bestselling independent releases in Quebec and Canadian music history.
Sam Roberts and I sat down. This interview was a year in the making. Like for me, not him. I suspect he has all kinds of better things to be doing but he sat down w/ me at Koi Festival in the Parking Lot ahead of his stellar performance. I'm keeping the notes to a minimum here because below is all about Sam:
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Okay NOW Sam:
Davey & Bianca Morrison Dillard are the creative forces behind a new web series I have recently become obsessed with: Adam & Eve.
Davey stars in the show w/ Becca Morales as Adam and Eve, a new take on a biblical classic that even non-believers like me enjoy. The writing and directing are incredibly well crafted, which has not gone unnoticed. Among the independent film awards this group has garnered high accolades and its just the beginning. This kind of film making goes far beyond the subject matter, the character studies are subtly brilliant and the slow-burn we are all falling into these days w/ the Netflix binge genre (anyone for a 7.5 hour movie? YES, as it turns out) means shows like this will continue to be made and we are all the happier for it.
Thank you Davey and Bianca for the incredible interview, and for sharing some of what its takes to produce a show of this quality. I'm already a big fan.
Support direct HERE for Adam & Eve Web Series donations.
Vanessa, David, Paul and Pedro are Goodnight, Sunrise. A Toronto based band that sometimes dresses as Ninja Turtles and plays ONE HELL of an entertaining show. I sat down with David and Vanessa, whom I loved immediately, and we talk about a festival gone WRONG, all the dick jokes I've ever thought possible and what its like to save the day through sheer determination.
I heart these guys.
Paul was in the USA that day, Pedro was in Brazil where NO ONE feels bad for him at all.
Follow them on snapchat now: gnsrband and see me with them on a patio in downtown Toronto laughing the night away :)
I am a private person, you know this about me. Oh wait, you don't. Because I am a private person. haha.. but tonight I release an interview I did with my husband and partner in crime, Darryl. Please enjoy our inside jokes and non stop laughter, pretty much representative of our entire life together. He's an absolute doll and my greatest supporter. I hope you like this wee glimpse into my life, and a bit about what its like to support someone so fully obsessed with podcasting! Heehee...
Anita and Liv (Elivia) Cazzola from Guelph, Ontario, Canada are The Lifers and for the life of me I don't know its its possible I haven't seen them perform before this week! I caught up them riverside after their set the Boathouse in Kitchener/Waterloo (quickly becoming my top spot to catch indie bands on the rise and established acts playing to an intimate crowd, also the creme brulee here is incredible) and they told me about writing, Facebook, learning to perform and how to build an absolutely STELLAR ensemble.
Marlena has been a musician from the time she was a child in New York. Her career has seen her take on the likes of opening for Madonna to Studio 54, and everywhere in between. She's got a killer voice and has built one hell of a career outta this. Join me in listening to her incredible stories and get a taste for the places music comes from.
Jeremy and Brent of the Florida is Sinking Podcast join me to tell me about getting lost in the deep south and the brilliant, albeit not beautiful, rescue team who brought more heart than teeth to their aid :)
Craig Cardiff, a Canadian singer/songwriter sat down with me for stories. Then he made me cry. Then he called me a crybaby. I loved every moment of it. I imagine you will too :)
Blaine and Sarah are Pretty Gritty, a Soulful Americana band based in Portland, Oregon. They join me to tell a story of Roger's jam shed and the night they spent there, it is hilarious and heartwarming and includes a goat. Not in that way. This incredible duo are truly talented and really funny as all get out, please check them out on Reverbnation, Soundcloud, Facebook/prettygritty and their awesome website www.prettygrittymusic.com. #JamShed #Smoke&Dust&Weirdos I also sample two of their songs: Country; This Heart of Mine.
You are going to love them.
Here is a good life lesson kids: when absolutely er'thing goes to shit and all your plans fall through - take a chance. That's what I did one Friday night recently and I ended up getting to sit knee to knee with one of my favourite artists, getting to know him and his incredible producer while telling stories together and commiserating on being 35. Grant Davidson is Slow Leaves; Rusty Matyas is producing with him but is also known for The Sheepdogs, The Weakerthans and Imaginary Cities (all brilliant bands btw if you haven't heard by now, and I assume you already trust my every word :)
Thank you guys for an incredible night, live music in a hotel room and of course, telling me stories.
You can find Grant at www.slowleaves.com or on Twitter @SlowLeaves.
Listen in for this year's Riverfest Elora's lineup and some highlights from 2015 interviews with the bands. This August 19, 20 and 21 is going to blow your mind people. Get your tickets now at www.riverfestelora.com and listen to the 2015 episodes at www.tellmestoriespodcast.com. Yay! Also available on Itunes, Stitcher and anypleace else you might look for a stellar podcast filled with the best combo of music and stories, ever.
Ohhh man you guys, Queens of the Stone Age bowed down and the Rolling Stones live up to the legend according to the stories I heard backstage with The Sadies and 54.40 LIVE BACKSTAGE at Ice Jam!
Seriously, this was such fun. I can't thank the organizers enough for bringing me back for the next round of bands! Woohoo!!
www.riverfestelora.com for tickets to the summer show babies! I hope to see you there :)
Did you know Elora, Ontario is only 1 hour from Toronto? If you know where you are in relation to Toronto - do the math and I will see you there. Did I mention they have microbreweries and the best food trucks on earth? Oh and just like 45 of the best bands possible gathered for a single weekend of sheer musical summer bliss.
Oh I am kind of a fan. See you there!
Odario G Williams can tell a story you guys. So much so that after I sat down with the frontman of Grand Analog following their set at Ice Jam Music Festival, he was telling me about heading to Toronto to literally tell a story on stage at the Toronto Sketch Comedy Festival. Like, I mean among professional comedians, that should put into perspective the ease with which this kid can talk about anything, anywhere. We caught up backstage with him and the rest of the group: Warren Bray, Ofield K. Williams and TJ Garcia and touched on Montreal's party-city status; what being on time means; and coincidences that create stories all on their own. This episode also features Grand Analog's music, so get ready to dance.
Ice Jam music festival 2016: I jump backstage with Safe As Houses, a 5 piece ensemble from Kitchener/Waterloo, Ontario. Enjoy their stories and learning a bit more about this up and coming band and then take a FIRST LISTEN to their new single Heat In Our Lungs from their upcoming album. The band: Elliott Anton, Benson Carter, Andrew & Thomas Laughton and Lauren Taylor.
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Ice Jam is the winter music festival brought to you by the lovely Riverfest group who produce the summer festival my first three episodes were taped at. They know their music, they know how to put a great show together and they let THIS little podcaster backstage to capture it all!
Episode ONE: Madison Galloway is a local performer and was the opening act. Read all about this little musical wonder at www.madisongalloway.com and enjoy her telling a story about lost passports and the hilarity that ensues when putting a band together at the last possible moment.
Joni NehRita was born in Toronto and now lives in Guelph and GIRL CAN SING man, like woah. Read all about her here: www.joninehrita.com and hear here on the podcast telling me about what it was like growing up Jamaican-Canadian in Toronto and making the move to smaller city life :)
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Casey Martin and Rob Williams are Kamakaze Fireflies and they kicked royal ass on America's Got Talent. So much so they have been touring non stop every since. Rob came from Broadway (not Off Broadway and not Off Off Broadway which is my friend Sal's basement but like REAL Broadway); Casey toured with Williams Shatner's comedy group. They have appeared in films, tv, commercials and music videos and are cute as hell. They also write and perform out of Dustin's Dojo in LA. Where cool things happen: www.dustinsdojo.com. Please enjoy the fruits of their labour :)
Dwayne Perkins and I chat about what it takes to be a good friend. And sometimes that means getting hit in the face man, that's just how good a friend this dude is. When he's done helping his friends he appears and writes for television; did his standup on Conan, Comedy Central gave him his own half hour special and Rolling Stone Magazine (yup, that one) named him one of the top comedians to watch. He also did a three year stint on Tosh.0 and still made time for me. ME YOU GUYS!!! yay!!!
Dwayne Perkins literally does it all. With culdesac coolness.
Emily Galati and I sit down to talk basketball. Like, in a way. So calm the hell down you guys. She's been a semi-finalist on The Last Comic Standing and guested on Fox's "Laughs" and "Comics Unleashed" which makes me immediately picture them at a hotel mini bar... Also she represented Chicago (full of funny people, in a good way) at the flipping Gilda's Laughfest. For anyone unfamiliar with my love of Gilda Radner, know now I completely geeked out meeting Emily and learning this about her. She handled it real cool. And was pulling off hot red pants. So she's my new hero, obviously.
Scoot Herring joins me for this round of comics, filled with nerd rage and tallness. He has his own nerdy podcast called Press Scoot to Continue and after you hear him here, you will my lovelies. You will press it until it hurts. Too much? He talks Star Wars with me and you nerds are gonna love this.
Sean Cullen joins me backstage to laugh our butts off about handling your shit on stage when everything goes to, well - shit. Did I mention this would be explicit? Haha... Sean Cullen is a Canadian comedian, entertainer, actor, musician and freaking author. Feel bad about yourself yet? Wait til you hear how funny he is. Yeah, hit to the old self-esteem bag there my friends. Oh, right and he has his own Podcast called The Seanpod. Like, obviously.
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JJ Whitehead, or Whitesnake, sits down with me to connect before his set at the KW Comedy Festival. We talk about Los Angeles life versus Ontario; how 7 continuously successful sets makes one over confident; how some Scottish FireFighters made JJ permanently polite; and why passive aggressively talking to your plants may, indeed, say something about your mental health :). I had so much fun with this one guys, we could have likely talked all night long but you know, he had a set to do and stuff. Please take time to really dig into his accent: I feel this is one of the only Nova Scotia cross Los Angeles accents I have heard and its now in my top 5. Yay!
Shout outs to: @podcaster101 @GrilFMcast @Awkward_Podcast @FacesAndAcesLV
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Steve Patterson from CBC Radio One's The Debaters sits down with me after headlining the Kitchener/Waterloo Comedy Festival to Tell Me Stories! And he does, a plenty :)
Mr. Patterson is the host of CBC's The Debaters and is has performed at such incredible events as Just For Laughs Festival, Edinburgh Festival, and only like a billion others. Oh and as if he weren't awesome enough, he also wrote a flipping book you guys. The Book of Letters, true story. Check out all his stuff here: http://stevepatterson.ca/
Music for Tell Me Stories Podcast provided by www.bensound.com.
Deanne Smith is funny. Like, for reals. I caught up with her at the KW Comedy Festival following her headlining set at the Huether Hotel in downtown Waterloo. She killed it. Clearly. This lady has been on Last Comic Standing, The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, The Comedy Network and basically every Just For Laughs Festival possible. She told me a harrowing tale about life in Mexico, why a Columbian lawyer is useless, how to become a Canadian and how many tattoos are ON that little frame! Man alive! Thank you again Deanne Smith, it was an absolute pleasure. Music: www.bensound.com