Category: Podcast

Stephanie Beaumont Interview

A week before I head to Moncton did an email interview with Stephanie Beaumont from “Sea and Be Scene” which I’ve highlighted before on the blog.

For a bio I’ll use some of Stephanie’s own words from the site. She was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

“I should tell you too – that I love what I do – creating and producing this site (together with family, friends, and one rockin’ website team) – is a dream come true. My career path through corporate marketing in Toronto, to singing on stages around the world, to broadcasting on TV and radio stations across the country has lead me back to the province of my birth and this web-site.

Sea and be Scene has allowed me to reunite with many friends I had met along the way and back in the day…and it will allow me the chance to meet new and wonderful folk in the future.

For a people person like me these are exciting times!”

Onto our chat, Stephanie had a good idea of writing the answers in pink text to stand out. So I’m using that for the blog.  It should read well, if not I can always change the colour.  Great thing about a blog is you can always go back and edit.

Rob: Heard an interview that you got went from the corporate world into the music scene from slipping a tape to someone in Toronto and it rolled from there.

Stephanie: That’s true. I was working on an attraction launch for my client the CN Tower…Cliff Dumas was working mornings on KISS (TO Country station from back in the day) I had recorded “Love Can Build A Bridge” in one of those ‘sing your heart out production’ booths where you sing to the band track – at the time I carried it with me where ever I went because you just never know and sure enough he liked what he heard.

He had me in to the station do some parady hits – the Leafs were in the Playoffs that year and instead of Passionate Kisses (Mary Chapin Carpenter) they had me do a version called “Stanley Cup Wishes”…anyhoo…as the story goes Cliff Dumas introduced me to my first producer Randall Prescott – I met him on a Friday and the following Saturday I was in his studio cutting the title track to my first album “Love and Dreams”.

Rob: Things have changed quickly in music since nowadays you can release a song on your own on the internet like the “Christmas by the Sea”. Must be nice to be able to do things on your own at your own pace.

Stephanie: You’re not kidding – it’s a completely different game. I had the idea to write that song after getting so many comments from visitors to the site – wishing they could be “home”…I worked on the lyrics and the tune then got together with award winning songwriter and producer Fred Lavery – someone who I’d always wanted to work with – we crafted the song to it’s finished state then recorded it as his studio Lakewind on Cape Breton Island with some spectacular musicians from the area. It was mixed, mastered and ‘shipped/uploaded’ – all in – the process from concept to finished tune took less than a month – wild!

Rob: Any more plans for a few songs here and there. I’d say you are plenty busy as it is.

Stephanie: Oh I would love to. I had recorded a duet with my friend Aaron C. Lewis and I think he’ll be releasing it to radio soon – it’s that Phil Collins Marilyn Martin tune “Separate Lives”…that’s really what got me hooked on the feeling again.

Christmas by the Sea – I’m hoping – will be on the next project – which if all goes well will be a Christmas album. Who knows though – you’re quite right when you say I’m busy….but maybe one day.

Rob: With East Coast Music Awards coming up what was it like when you were nominated for a music award for the first time.

Stephanie: First let me say – I LOVE AWARD SHOWS!!! So to be nominated and perform on the broadcast was beyond wonderful. I was fortunate to be nominated for CCMA’s a number of times and lucky as well to be doing back stage specials for CMT too. It made for crazy busy Canadian Country Music Weeks but I was never one to just go and hang out. As far as the nomination goes – I’ve always believed it really is an honour to be nominated – to be celebrated by your peers and the industry and folks that really love the music – it doesn’t get better than that….well then again maybe winning would have made it better 😉

Rob: I went to high school in Pembroke, ON and college in Ottawa. Since you worked at A Channel in Ottawa describe what the first winter was like. I recall the first few times feeling -40 Windchill. After almost 9 years there other winters seem easy.

Stephanie: I’m not sure I have ever been colder than the morning of my first remote on the canal. It was minus 43 with the windchill and even the mast on the live truck had trouble extending that morning. In between hits my camera guy and I would climb into the truck – but at that point even truck heat couldn’t warm us up….Lord it was cold. I did however live in Edmonton for 2 plus years and I’ve always believed that any city that gets so cold you need to plug your vehicle in at night is WAY TO COLD for me.

That’s why I love the Atlantic Provinces – our winters really are way more pleasant!

Rob: Since I work midnights I see you stay up late sometimes with your Tweets. 🙂 For us night owls it is much easier today than it was years ago with Twitter, Facebook and YouTube.

Stephanie: My medium is 24 hours a day – 7 days a week…so all the social media is on when I’m in front of my computer. It makes the world very small and very immediate. I like Twitter for the fact that you can connect with folks you wouldn’t otherwise ‘meet’….and it was my working all hours that allowed for me to break the Russell Crowe guest starring on Republic of Doyle story….here’s the link if you want to see how that shook down – great fun

Rob: [I work midnights and I was on Twitter that Sunday night/Monday morning as Stephanie got that scoop.  Fun to see that happen live on the web as it happened.]  Let readers know about Sea and be Scene, has a lot of variety with YouTube videos, articles, interviews and podcasts. Where I got a shoutout in the last episode.

Stephanie: My site Sea and be Scene is an entertainment based magazine style website designed to celebrate the Atlantic Provinces with the world. Stories, profiles, original video – on the people, places and things that make this part of the world so special. I post something new everyday – so days upwards of 5 & 6 posts depending….crazy busy but on the East Coast there are so many reasons to wave the fun flag…and I love having the opportunity!

Thanks to Stephanie for taking the time out for the interview, to end things I had to do something a bit different. One of the more popular things that she started on the site was ‘INsights IN 10’ where she asks 10 set questions to people ranging from Allan Hawco to Damhnait Doyle to Shannon Tweed. So I came up with a list of my own to end the interview. Although the movie one I just stole and changed it from ‘favorite’ movie to ‘top 3’.  I came up with the list at 3am so after 9 questions I drew a blank so I gave myself a break with that one 🙂

1. Saturday or Sunday?
I’m going to say Saturday – although it varies

2. Favorite Junk food
PC Kettle Corn and red licorice

3. TV show you watched over and over again in reruns when you were younger
hmmm….I can tell you now I watch episodes of the “The Gilmore Girls” over and over again – I have all 7 season on DVD and I’ll put one on when I’m cooking or crafting or just want to take a break and there’s nothing on…it’s such a breath of fresh air – funny and smart and no DNA or caution tape….my kind of show!

4. Sport you don’t understand the appeal of watching on TV
I cannot for the life of me understand why UFC is necessary…. I know lots of people love it – but it’s way too violent for me on TV or otherwise – I just don’t get it!

5. Favorite 3 movies
It’s a Wonderful Life
When Harry Met Sally
Mr. Blandings Builds a Dream House
(I have about 90 more to add to the list….I LOVE MOVIES)

6. Movie you hate but did sit through
That’s a tough one – maybe Magnolia

Rob: I won’t alert friend of Sea and Be Scene, Krystin Pellerin about that particular answer….. for those who haven’t seen that “INsights IN 10” you’ll understand at the 1 minute mark. And makes Stephanie’s follow up a bit funny. 😉

I’ve played the Gramercy Riffs on Salt Water Music, which is mentioned in that video.  Mara Pellerin, Krystin’s younger sister is a singer in that band.  And since I read the liner notes once I know Krystin and another sister Beth Ann sing backing vocals on a track. The CD is at the station so I can’t recall the exact song. Anyway, back to the regularly scheduled Q&A.

7. Film you still haven’t seen yet that lot of people would go ‘Really? You never saw it’
I have never seen any of the LORD OF THE RINGS movies…and that’s terrible because my best friend’s husband works for Weta Digital and worked on all of them and every all of Peter Jackson’s movies as a matter of fact….please don’t tell anyone 😉

8. Favorite drink [Alchohol]
I enjoy a great ceasar or champagne….clearly – depends on the circumstances

9. Favorite drink [Non-alchohol]
TEA!!!!! I am a tea-a-holic and since I’m half coffee – I’ll put that on the list too.

10. Purchase or a gift you asked for, but hardly ended up using. If at all
Well…for the longest time I thought my life would be so much better if I had a food processor – so I bought a food processor and I still have spectacular plans for it…just need to find the time….ugh

My answers to those same questions.
1. Sunday
2. Chips/Doritos
3. Cheers. When a show has 11 seasons there are a lot of episodes to watch.
4. Poker, if that counts to you as a sport. If not, pool/billiards. At least that has a physical aspect other than sitting around.
5. Fight Club, Pulp Fiction, The Good the Bad and The Ugly. A tad violent trio. However each with humour.
6. Grease, sister watched it and it was like water torture. Not one redeeming thing in that flick.
7. Schindler’s List, I even taped it once on my VCR then misplaced the tape
8. Beer, quick and easy.
9. Chocolate Milk or Egg Nog around Christmas.  No alcohol in it, just straight Egg Nog.
10. A Marvel Comics, “Dungeon & Dragon like” role playing game. Don’t think I even used it once

Next blog entry might be as I leave for Moncton or possibly I’ll try and type a short one on the train. That be unique.  Thanks again to Stephanie for the interview.  Following is her Twitter feed, Facebook page for the site and where to hear the podcasts.!/pages/Sea-And-Be-Scene-Dot-Com/296089308206

I use Libsyn as well for my podcast, didn’t realize that till writing this.  For quick updates keep an eye on my Twitter feed where it’s easy for me to update during my trek to New Brunswick.

Podcast Episode 16 with Sora

New podcast is up, re-air of part of the radio show from Friday night.  But I added some new voiceover at the start and some interview outtakes.

At the end of the podcast I talked about the ECMA’s which are on CBC next weekend.  Few minutes about that and last year’s stupid idea where the 20th anniversary awards show wasn’t televised.  Bit of a long story but I explain it.

Podcast Update

Quick update on the podcast/iTunes issues.  Be a new episode of that coming soon.  Maybe by Monday.  I put this up on the podcast site.

Might be closer to fixing the iTunes issue.  If not I might have to remove the podcast from iTunes then submit it again.  Yes, that’s annoying.  But the emails from Apple haven’t helped much.  Last one just tried sending me back to the forums.  Hello iTunes, if I’m contacting you that means the boards didn’t help. LOL.

On the radio show I’ll be playing an interview with Sora this week.  And playing her music.  There will be a podcast of that.  Probably similar to the DawgFM show by airing what was on the radio, but I’ll add some things to it.

Finished an interview with Fergus O’Byrne which will air on the radio at a later date then in podcast form.  And taping another interview Friday night with Ray Johnson of Buddy Wasisname and the Other Fellers.

Who says February is a slow month?

Podcast Episode 15 : Blues

Edited the radio show down to a podcast this week, planned on doing an hour of all blues but went much longer.  So these are some highlights from the show on Friday.  No intro to Episode 15, goes straight into the show.

Blues Music from the East Coast with Garrett Mason, Terry Whalen Band, Hot Toddy and Matt Anderson.

Show was in support of DAWG FM in Ottawa.  A blues station trying to get off the ground, but dealing with some CRTC headaches.  I mentioned the problems in December, before I knew one of guys from DAWG FM is a listener of Salt Water Music.  So all the more reason to put the word out.

Podcast Episode 14 : Christmas

Start is part of the failed daily November experiment.  Then clips from the radio show of Christmas related music.  Running around like crazy the past few days so this was the easiest way to get a new episode out before the year is out. LOL.

Clip of me talking about the Great Big Sea concert from November, then
some parts of the radio show with Christmas music.  Clips include me
talking about certain dates, commercial breaks and CFRC.  But I thought
I’d leave all that in.

Music from Kenny Butler, GBS and Allison Crowe.

Podcast Episode 13

Read about National Podcast Post Month or ‘Napodpomo’ which is an idea of having people podcast every day for the month of November.  So I’m doing something similar.  Recording every day, but not uploading.  Or else you might have a 2 minute podcast which seems a bit silly.  Instead a 43 minute podcast with some songs as well.

Beginning was recorded at the station and the rest at home. You can obviously hear the difference but a heads up.

First up I have 3 songs by Allison Crowe.  Her covers of Let it Be, Imagine and In My Life.

Allison is playing a bunch of dates in November and December.  Closest to Kingston is Toronto on Friday, November 28th.  And an afternoon show in Ottawa on Sunday, November 30th.  Check the tour part of Allison’s page for details.  She’s also hitting Philadelphia, Massachusetts, New York City and 5 dates in British Columbia.

Also play some music from Andrea Wittgens.  She has a new CD coming out soon called “In The Skyline”.  These three tracks are from her last album. Alibi was just an Afterthough, Did You Go Too Far and Aquarium.  Going to do an interview with Andrea soon, we’re just waiting for the CD to be available for purchase online.  Good to get all the things in order so you can check out her music after I talk to her.

With grabbing a bunch of different audio files for this episode I’ll cross my fingers there wasn’t too many mistakes.  I even forgot a couple of things I talked about until I put it together.  So another episode or two this month, whenever I have enough for a good length.

Return of the Podcast

First podcast episode since late August.  Fell behind with the radio show being 2 hours and Queen’s Football.  Not to mention working on 2 other sports shows during the week.  But enough about excuses.  New podcast is up.

The full interview with Ian Foster from this past summer.  With mistakes, why not. 🙂  You can compare it with the radio show episode with the songs in it.

This Week’s Show

This week more new music I haven’t played before.  Erin Costelo from Halifax. John Jerome and the Great 88 from New Brunswick.

Working on a new podcast episode, on my trip to Toronto.  35 minutes or so on stuff that happened. 🙂

PAB podcast coming this week

Thought I saved the 1 hour file that was broadcast on CFRC but I have the file without my voiceover.  Oops.  So will be a bit of a delay putting up the podcast while I get the complete show.

It’s the coverage of Podcasters Across Borders as I did some interviews there last month here in Kingston.  I put in clips from some of guests’ podcasts and some voiceover from me to set it up.  Show will go up this week over at: