Tell Me Stories Podcast with Paula Allen

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Aug 29, 2016

Paul Murphy's dad likes Buddy Holly and Wintersleep. The latter works out well since Paul is the lead singer for this band, now topping the charts with their hit Amerika. You can hear this little ditty playing on my phone roughly every hour :)

I sat down backstage with Paul, cracked open a few Elora Brewing Company cold ones (look how smooth I sound here, like I wasn't so flipping nervous to meet Paul I had to audibly calm myself before walking up to him backstage) and talked music, growing up in a big family and how sibling rivalry is something most of us don't grow out of, no matter how far from home we get. 

Weighty Ghost is one of the longest standing songs on my personal playlist and has popped up in my life at incredibly poignant times. I was beyond thrilled to get to talk to this band, I hope you enjoy it.

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Aug 25, 2016

The Sheepdogs are one of Canada's most loved bands - formed in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan in 2006. Lead singer and guitarist Ewan Currie, bass guitarist Ryan Gullen, drummer Sam Corbett, guitarist Jimmy Bowskill, and Shamus Currie, brother of lead singer Ewan Currie, playing trombone, keyboards, and tambourine - AND occasionaly but sadl not on this round of seeing them live: Rusty Matyas, Rusty, you were missed man and I can't wait to have you on the show! Some of you may recall The Sheepdogs became the first unsigned band to make the cover of  ROLLING STONE MAGAZINE back in 2011 and have since blown the hells up all over North America. Cause, hot damn - they good.

I sat down after their set w/ Ryan Gullen to talk backstage parties, working for a living and dressing for the part. Ryan - I loved every minute man and thanks for being the host with the most style at an after-after party :)

Tell Me Stories available on Itunes, GooglePlay, PlayerFM and anywhere else good pods are found. 

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Aug 9, 2016

In 2014 Hannah Georgas was touring with City & Colour in Europe, kind of a big deal. That same winter one of her songs was used on HBO's incredibly loved series Girls, and Hannah hit the map beyond the Polaris long list. One of Canada's most incredible song writers and singers, Hannah brings it hard on stage, killing it across venues big and eclectic. I sat down with her backstage before her Koi Festival performance where she knocked the audience straight down with her electro-indy vibes and stunning vocals. 

Hannah shared a story with me about getting lost on Baffin island with her then crush and how finding her way back cured that puppy love dead!

2016 Album For Evelyn available on ITUnes


Aug 1, 2016

Doug Haynes walked backstage after HIGHS performed at Koi Festival this summer and sat down with me for stories. The voice on this kid is something else, the tone is one of my favourites in music right now. He looks like Justin Timberlake and Brad Pitt has a secret love child in an alternate universe - but sings much better. Then he proceeded to tell me a story about having his face destroyed before one of the biggest gigs of the bands life. 

An unstoppable optimist and a true storyteller of the best degree, Doug was a doll. Listen to us delve into Dazzle Camouflage's making and the writing behind the first single "I do, do you?" from its 2016 release.

You can hear them live August 19, 2016 at Riverfest in Elora if you have a weekend pass. If you don't, get one here:


Twitter: @highsmusic

On Soundcloud and Bandcamp as HighsMusic



Jul 18, 2016

Ivory Hours is a sassy alt-pop trio from London, Ontario. The band was formed by Luke Roes (Vocals/Guitar) in 2012 and features Chris Levesque (Bass) and Thomas Perquin (Drums). 

It’s been a big year for Ivory Hours. Amidst constant touring, the London, Ontario natives hit the studio to record their debut full-length album ‘Morning Light’ - a collection of infectious pop tunes co-produced by Dan Brodbeck (The Cranberries, Dolores O'Riordan) and mastered by Joao Carvalho (Lights, Stars). 

After releasing the album on June 9th 2015 the band went on to win 102.1 The Edge’s ‘Next Big Thing’, garnering their first commercial airplay for the single ‘Warpaint’. Within weeks they announced their grand prize win of the Canada’s Walk of Fame Emerging Artist Mentorship Program. Shortly after the band announced a national tour for spring 2016. 

With ‘Warpaint’ spreading on radio and online with the help of a clever stop-motion video, a new album and acoustic release in the works, a MuchFACT funded video for ‘Dreamer’ just released and a hometown brimming with support, it’s safe to say Ivory Hours is riding an upward spiral.  

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Jul 13, 2016

I love Canadian Music. I love all music really, but I have a special place in my quiet heart for Canadian bands. This is combined with my lifelong addiction to storytelling in my little Indie Podcast that could to bring you a unique view of what music is doing, as a living, breathing thing - today. Take a listen as I reflect with Sam Roberts, AC Newman of The New Pornographers, Alan Doyle and Hannah Georgas. Each full length interview is available as well. I hope you like it. Thank you for being part of the journey so far. 

Jul 11, 2016

I sat down backstage at Koi Festival in Waterloo in June and talked to Sam Cash. He explored where the Romantic Dogs came from but we focused much more on the love of music that brought us to where we are in life. The simplicity of vinyl and the beauty of poetry set to sound. Sam, you are an old soul. Thank you.

Sam Cash’s new album Tongue-In-Cheek Vows perfectly captures that moment when a young artist and his cohorts find their collective voice and suddenly realize that there are no limits to what they can accomplish together. The explosive opening track “Cast Away” serves notice that this isn’t just another singer/songwriter-fronted band. With Cash’s unflinching poetry riding atop The Romantic Dogs taut exuberance, Tongue-In-Cheek Vows is a gimmick-free, melodic masterpiece—tipping its hat to an era when conviction was measured by the amount of sweat and blood exuded on stage, and in the studio.

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Jul 4, 2016

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.

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Jun 27, 2016

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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Jun 21, 2016

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. 

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Twitter: @AdamAndEveNow

Support direct HERE for Adam & Eve Web Series donations.


Jun 13, 2016

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 :)

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Jun 11, 2016

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...

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xo Paula

Jun 7, 2016

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.

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May 30, 2016

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. 

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May 27, 2016

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 :)

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May 23, 2016

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 :)

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May 16, 2016

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 #JamShed #Smoke&Dust&Weirdos I also sample two of their songs: Country; This Heart of Mine. 

You are going to love them.

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May 10, 2016

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 or on Twitter @SlowLeaves.

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Apr 28, 2016

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 and listen to the 2015 episodes at 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.

xo Paula

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Apr 25, 2016

A geek, a hot mess, and a goldfish named Duck.

The new web series “You Again” follows the toxic & hilarious relationship between recent exes, but now roommates, Audra (Andrea Kile Peterson) and Zander (Zachari Michael Reynolds). Yep, this junk just got real. Real real. Audra, is a dark alluring hot mess, free spirited & attractive, but what would a character be without baggage? She can’t hold a job, or a relationship & has questionable food cravings. Zander is a gaming geek, with boy-next-door good looks, who’d rather spend his evenings showcasing his avatar manliness via virtual sword play, but unfortunately he fails to conquer the real world as triumphantly. Now they have joint custody of a helpless goldfish.



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Apr 19, 2016

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!! 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!

xo Paula

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Apr 11, 2016

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.

Enjoy :)

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Apr 4, 2016

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. for backgrounds on my intros/outros

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Apr 1, 2016

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 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: 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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Mar 25, 2016

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: Please enjoy the fruits of their labour :)


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