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Merry Christmas

Wrote a long post with NFL picks and hit publish and the entire post disappeared.  What a nice way to start Christmas Day. Skip NFL picks today, write that later on the weekend.

Tonight at 6pm I’ll be on CFRC for 2 hours with the show.  Christmas music from Jenn Grant, Christa Borden, Great Big Sea and Andrea Gauster.

Merry Christmas to all readers.  I’m working tonight so if you have the day off enjoy it.

Torch Footage from St. John’s

Strange that I’m putting this up after it’s come through Kingston.  But footage from YouTube of the Torch when it hit Newfoundland.

First up from RetroWinnipeg reports from NTV News the day before it came to St. John’s.  Included is Toni Marie anchoring at noon, Glen Carter at 5:30pm and Fred Hutton & Lynn Burry at 6pm.  Later you’ll see Toni chat with Seamus O’Regan from Canada AM as he was also a torchbearer in the area.

NTV News – Vancouver 2010 Olympic Torch Relay – Newfoundland (November 12, 2009)

Now this is what we call a WINDY day.  Toni at Cabot Tower with the torch before her run as a speech was wrapping up.  Bit of a laugh as you can hear 2 guys saying “we love you” as she starts the walk.  I told you she’s popular.

Toni Marie Wiseman at Cabot Tower Olympic Torch Relay 2010 St. John’s

I missed seeing this next clip before, not sure how.  The flame with all that wind, did go out for a few seconds.  Which does happen along the way.  You won’t see that on the news though. So a chance to see how it really is.

“This is just after the ceremony was held at the top of Signal Hill at Cabot Tower, as Toni Marie Wiseman started walking down the hill at the very top, the torch with all the wind went out for a few seconds and was relit again – here. It was very windy at the top and impossible to avoid, but as Toni Marie moved her way down the hill, the wind was calmer. ”

Another one I missed before, probably because there wasn’t a description on the video.  But the file says “Toni with Horses” so it’s easy to figure out.  With the high winds they had extra people around her and even police on horseback.  Large crowd.

Apparently the handoff is called “the kissing of the torches” as you have your torch light up the next one.  Luckily it worked even in this extreme weather.

Move on to NTV News again with reports from that Friday’s news.

Vancouver 2010 Olympic Torch Relay – Newfoundland (November 13, 2009, Part 1)

Vancouver 2010 Olympic Torch Relay – Newfoundland (November 13, 2009, Part 2)

Finally Sunday’s news with Toni Marie and Larry Jay as the relay left the province.  And you get to see her torch at the end on the set.  It’s now residing at her parents’ house as a gift.  Quite nice of her.

NTV News – Vancouver 2010 Olympic Torch Relay – Newfoundland (November 15, 2009)

I typed Kingston and Torch into YouTube and only got 3 results.  Part of that is we got lucky with someone from Winnipeg grabbing the NTV clips from satellite.  Manitoba and Newfoundland aren’t two places thought of being together very often. 🙂

Dec. 11th Show

Some Christmas music and a Curling song from R.J. Lautenschlager.

Songs from Teresa Ennis’ latest CD “Stars” and go back to 2004 with The Irish Descendants as they’re coming to Kingston in March.

Start off with a chat with two Olympic torchbearers from the Kingston area, Laurie Walker and Rev. Gerry Moore. Then with Kirsten Mihailides from the Coca-Cola side of the Torch organizers.

Couple of songs from Kenny Butler then tracks from Ian Foster’s ECMA nominated instrumental album. Almost 30 minutes worth of that.

December 4th Episode

Both hours from Friday night are now online.

Hour 1 with brand new music from Teresa Ennis’ CD Stars.  Then Amelia Curran’s album which is up for some ECMA awards.  Including a song called The Mistress, which made for an obvious Tiger Woods reference.  End the hour with some songs from Jenn Grant’s recent concert in Kingston.

Hour 2 we move to pop/rock side of things with In Flight Safety and Hey Rosetta!.  End the hour with a chat with Neate Sager about the Queen’s Golden Gaels Vanier Cup winning season.

2010 ECMA Nominations

Post will be a bit long since the 2010 ECMA nominations came out today.  Friend of the show Ian Foster is up for Instrumental Recording so that’s great news.  Singer I’ve been in contact with since the first summer of the program, Jessica Rhaye’s up for a couple of awards as well.

Getting plans co-ordinated to interview Jenn Grant in the new year so is another nominee.  Will be playing some songs from her Kingston concert in the upcoming weeks.

One category was fun to read.  Broadcast of the Year in the Industry category. 4 of the 6 titles have EAST COAST in them.  One of those times I have to try and remember which show is which.


Entertainer of the Year

Classified (NS)
Dave Carroll (NS)
David Myles (NB)
Gypsophilia (NS)
In-Flight Safety (NS)
Joel Plaskett (NS)
The Divorcees (NB)

Female Solo Recording of the Year

Amelia Curran (NL) – Hunter, Hunter
Catherine MacLellan (PE) – Water In The Ground
Coco Love Alcorn (NS) – Joyful
Erin Costelo (NS) – Fire and Fuss
Jenn Grant (NS) – Echoes
Jessica Rhaye (NB) – Good Things
Kim Wempe (NS) – Where I Need to Be

Group Recording of the Year

Caledonia (NS) – We Are America
In-Flight Safety (NS) – we are an empire, my dear
Madison Violet (CB) – No Fool for Trying
The Motorleague (NB) – Black Noise
The Novaks (NL) – Things Fall Apart
Two Hours Traffic (PE) – Territory

Konica Minolta Male Solo Recording of the Year

Chris Kirby (NL) – Vampire Hotel
Classified (NS) – Self-Explanatory
Dave Gunning (NS) – We’re All Leaving
Dave Marsh (NS) – The True Love Rules
Joel Plaskett (NS) – Three
Lennie Gallant (PE) – If We Had A Fire
Pascal Lejeune (NB) – Adélaïde

FACTOR Recording of the Year

Amelia Curran (NL) – Hunter, Hunter
Classified (NS) – Self-Explanatory
Chris Kirby (NL) – Vampire Hotel
Dave Gunning (NS) – We’re All Leaving
Duane Andrews (NL) – Raindrops
Jenn Grant (NS) – Echoes
Joel Plaskett (NS) – Three

Rising Star Recording of the Year

Caledonia (NS) – We Are America
Haunted Hearts (PE) – Thank You, Goodnight
Kim Wempe (NS) – Where I Need To Be
Share (NS) – Slumping in Your Murals
Sleepy Driver (NB) – Steady Now
The Danks (PE) – Are You Afraid Of The Danks

Vibe Creative Group Single of the Year

Alert the Medic (NS) – Atlas
Caledonia (NS) – Scott’s House
Classified (NS) – Anybody Listening
In-Flight Safety (NS) – Model Homes
Joel Plaskett (NS) – Through & Through & Through
Joel Plaskett (NS) – You Let Me Down

SOCAN Songwriter of the Year

Amelia Curran (NL) – “The Mistress” (Performed by: Amelia Curran)
Brenley MacEachern & Lisa MacIsaac (CB) – “Small of My Heart” (Performed by: Madison Violet)
Catherine MacLellan (PE) – “Take A Break” (Performed by: Catherine MacLellan)
Coco Love Alcorn/Chris Hockey (NS) – “Revolution” (Performed by: Coco Love Alcorn)
Dave Gunning/Jamie Robinson (NS) – “Made On A Monday” (Performed by: Dave Gunning)
Joel Plaskett (NS) – “Through & Through & Through” (Performed by: Joel Plaskett)
Mullane, Goodsell, Nicholson, Ledwell (NS) –“Model Homes” (Performed by: In-Flight Safety)

Video of the Year

Classified (NS) – Anybody Listening (Directed by: Harv)
Down with the Butterfly (NS) – Tanks (Directed by: Aram Kouyoumdjian)
George Canyon (NS) – Just Like You (Directed by: Colin Minihan)
In-Flight Safety (NS) – Model Homes (Directed by: Drew Lightfoot)
Joel Plaskett (NS) – Through & Through & Through (Directed by: RT!)
The Motorleague (NB) – Hymn For the Newly Departed (Directed by: Marc Savoie)
The Tom Fun Orchestra (CB) – Throw Me to the Rats (Directed by: Alasdair Brotherston & Jock Mooney)

Alternative Recording of the Year

Caledonia (NS) – We Are America
In-Flight Safety (NS) – we are an empire, my dear
Sleepy Driver (NB) – Steady Now
The Danks (PE) – Are You Afraid Of The Danks
The Easy Bleeders (CB) – The Easy Bleeders
The Slate Pacific (NB) – Safe Passage

Bluegrass Recording of the Year

Catherine Lawrence (NS) – Sweet Memories
Cousin Cletus and the Six-Fingered Stringband (PE) – DISCOGRASS
Ryan Roberts (NS) – Ryan Roberts
Smokin’ Contra Band (NS) – Slim Pickins
The Grass Mountain Hobos (PE) – ZOOT!
The Spinney Brothers (NS) – When The Golden Leaves Begin To Fall

Blues Recording of the Year

Chris Kirby (NL) – Vampire Hotel
Easley Stevenson Arsenault (NS) – Nine Steps
Rick Jeffery (NS) – 13 Vultures
The Hupman Brothers (NS) – Countin’ Quarters
The Terry Whalen Band (NB) – A Wicked Driving Rain

Country Recording of the Year

George Canyon (NS) – What I Do
JD Clarke (NS) – Satisfied
Karla Pilgrim (NL) – I’ll Think of You
Melanie Morgan (NB) – Goodbye Birmingham
Rik Reese & Neon Highway (NB) – Mama Raised a Good Boy
The Divorcees (NB) – Last of the Free Men
The Keats (NL) – Good to be Home

Folk Recording of the Year

Amelia Curran (NL) – Hunter, Hunter
Andrew White (NS) – Walk in Light
Catherine MacLellan (PE) – Water In The Ground
Jessica Rhaye (NB) – Good Things
Joey Kitson (PE) – STAN
JP Cormier (CB) – The Messenger

Instrumental Recording of the Year

Andrea Beaton (CB) – Branches
Curtis Andrews (NL) – The Offering of Curtis Andrews
Darren McMullen (NS) – Decade
Ian Foster (NL) – Found: Music from the Unmade Film
Spanner (NL) – Dark Boat
The Dardanelles (NL) – The Dardanelles

Jazz Recording of the Year

Bill Brennan (NL) – After Hours
Gypsophilia (NS) – Sa-ba-da-OW!
Jeff Torbert (NS) – This Weather Honest
Les Paiens (NB) – PYRAMYD
Paul Tynan (NS) – BiCoastal Collective: Chapter One
Swingology (NS) – Swingology

Loud Recording of the Year

Big Game Hunt (NS) – Goliath
Black Moor (NS) – The Conquering
Shelter with Thieves (NS) – Confessions of a Toxic Generation
The Motorleague (NB) – Black Noise
Uncooperative Death (NS) – Uncooperative Death
We, the Undersigned (NB) – Bleed the Constants

Pop Recording of the Year

Jenn Grant (NS) – Echoes
Joel Plaskett (NS) – Three
Mel Keith & The Strombachs (NB) – Mel Keith & The Strombachs
Stephanie Mainville (NB) – Out of Nowhere
Tim Chaisson and Morning Fold (PE) – Broken Hearted Beat
Two Hours Traffic (PE) – Territory

Sirius Satellite Radio Rock Recording of the Year

Alert the Medic (NS) – We, The Weapon
Andrew Hunter & The Gatherers (NS) – Andrew Hunter & The Gatherers
Carleton Stone Drives The Big Wheel (CB) – Carleton Stone Drives The Big Wheel
Dave Marsh (NS) – The True Loves Rules
Smothered in Hugs (PE) – The Healing Power Of Injury
The Novaks (NL) – Things Fall Apart

Roots / Traditional Solo Recording of the Year

Allan Ricketts (NL) – Rivers
Anna Ludlow (NS) – Reel To Reel
Colette Cheverie (PE) – Hours Before Dawn
Gillian Boucher (CB) – Elemental
Lennie Gallant (PE) – If We Had a Fire
Samantha Robichaud (NB) – Collected

Roots / Traditional Group Recording of the Year

Dawn and Margie Beaton (CB) – Taste of Gaelic
Lazy Jacks (PE) – East Coast Live
Shanneyganock (NL) – Volume VII
The Navigators (NL) – Sea Miner
The Once (NL) – The Once

Aboriginal Recording of the Year

Forever (CB) – Reborn
Gary Sappier Experience (NB) – Project III
Lone Cloud (NS) – Live at North Street Church
Richard Poulette (CB) – Let Go, Let God

Francophone Recording of the Year

BLOU (NS) – Noël Blou
George Belliveau (NB) – Prise 2
Joseph Edgar (NS) – Y’a un train qui s’en vient…
Nathalie Renault (NB) – La chance
Pascal Lejeune (NB) – Adélaïde
Soleil (NS) – Soleil

Gospel Recording of the Year

David John Hensman (NL) – Find Me
Elizabeth and Scott Rhyno (NS) – Something Beautiful
Evangeline Inman & Women Who Worship (NB) – Evangeline Inman and Women Who Worship
Matt Brouwer (NS) – Where’s Our Revolution
The Ascensions (NB) – No Greater Love
Tim Milner (NS) – Kiss the Son

Rap / Hip-Hop Single Track Recording of the Year

Classified (NS) – Anybody Listening
Hotbox (NB) – Knowledge is Wealth feat. Radar
Mischif (CB) – C.B. Summer
Mista Mack (CB) – Gone with the Breeze feat. Mischif
Shiest (NL) – Nuttin New
Three Street (NS) – How it Goes

R&B/Soul Single Track Recoding of the Year
Chris Kirby (NL) – Come Clean
Gary Beals (NS) – Jump Off feat. Blessed
Jamie Sparks (NS) – All I Need – Remix
Mark Duggan (NS) – Sambaiosis

Industry Awards:

Broadcast of the Year

Atlantic Airwaves
Cape Breton Christmas Daddies
East Coast Countdown
East Coast Music Show
East Coast Road Trip
That East Coast Show

Event of the Year

24th Annual Lunenburg Folk Harbour Festival
Celtic Colours International Festival
Festival acadien de Caraquet
Halifax Pop Explosion
Harvest Jazz & Blues Festival
New Glasgow Riverfront Jubilee

Independent Company of the Year

Malkin Music
Marcato Digital Solutions
Music Marketing International
Sonic Entertainment Group
The Joseph Scott Entertainment Agency

Industry Professional of the Year presented by CARAS – The Junos

Bruce Morel
Darren Gallop
Eirinn Fraser
John Poirier
Lyle Drake
Tony Murray

Manager of the Year

Bruce Morel
Christopher K Daw
Heather Gibson
Jeff Liberty

Media Person of the Year

Doug Gallant
Kurt Fawthrop
Jeff Liberty
Jimmie Inch
Marc Xavier LeBlanc
Tom Bedell

Record Company/Distributor/Independent Label of the Year

Avondale Music
Diminished Fifth Records
Forward Music Group
Sonic Records
Sound of Pop Records
Warner Music Canada

Studio of the Year

Big Grey Sound Studio
Denmark Productions
Ferguson Music Productions
Lakewind Sound Studios
Soundpark Studios
The Sonic Temple

Studio Engineer of the Year

Dennis G. Field
Jamie Foulds
Jon Matthews
Mike “Sheppy” Shepherd
Scott Ferguson
Tim Feswick

Venue of the Year

Fredericton Playhouse
Harmony House Theatre
Membertou Trade & Convention Centre
St. Mary’s Church, Indian River
The Company House
The Oxygen Complex

Visual Artist of the Year

Cheryl Smith
Chr!s Sm!th
Jessica Rhaye Design
Jocelyne Vautour
Kelly Clark
Mat Dunlap

Schooners, Manatees and a Posse

Glad to find the Atlantic Schooners group got to the Grey Cup this year after a 1 year absence.  Found out about them a year ago or so.

Quick history lesson.  Atlantic Canada did get a CFL expansion team, once upon a time.  Halifax was awarded a franchise in 1984.  When cell phones were the size of a shoe box.

Years before the failed US expansion which didn’t make sense then and still doesn’t.  If you’re going to expand to the US, go to states near the border.  Baltimore worked out.  But picking places like Sacramento and Memphis was head scratching.

Team didn’t start up because financing couldn’t be found for a new stadium in Halifax.  You’d think between 1984 and today the league would look at the east coast instead of Ottawa, again.

In case you’re wondering if that’s the only CFL team to fold before they began, you forget the Miami Manatees.  Don’t laugh that was a real name.

The Las Vegas Posse had ceased operations and a group from Miami wanted to start it up again.  One of the stranger ideas since the team’s players had already been dispersed in a draft a year earlier.  Then what were they buying exactly? Not sure but the price was less than an expansion team.  Go figure.

The Miami story has one link to this Sunday’s Grey Cup.  Starting QB for the Las Vegas Posse was Anthony Cavillo.  The Posse was his first CFL team.

You can use that trivia at a Grey Cup party if you like.

Back to the Schooners, they have some places on the web to keep track of them this Grey Cup weekend.  And more information in general.

One of the “urban legends” of the team I had heard before.  Story goes the owner in preparing for the expansion team bought the old scoreboard from Foxboro Stadium.  It would’ve been used in the new stadium.  That never was built so the legend is that scoreboard still sits in a warehouse in the Halifax/Dartmouth area.

The other one is that the owner had also bought turf for the new facility.  He didn’t keep that.  Rumour is he dumped the turf into the Atlantic Ocean….. OK then.

Can we believe these stories? They’re not any stranger than before the playoffs the league saying it wanted to reduce the amount of Canadians on each team.  Nice timing on that guys.

“It’s OUR League”, except for the East Coast and the fact we want less Canucks on the teams….. other than that it’s Canada all the way.

They are having a regular season game in Moncton next year which is a good step in the right direction.  If they can take their eyes off the Ottawa obsession.

I lived in Ottawa for 3 years [1998-2001] when there was no CFL team.  I honestly cannot remember anyone complaining about not having a team. The previous ownership was a big reason for that. Went to high school in Pembroke and the Red Riders were covered more for their wacky owners than any on the field success.

Less said about the Renegades the better.  Any franchise that had to be taken over by the Gliebermans deserved to be eliminated. [I won’t go into those guys, it would take too long.]

Back to present day.  Usually I watch some of the Grey Cup, but after the long day with the Vanier Cup broadcast and work I’ll have to skip it this year.  Might catch the tail end.

Queen’s Win the 2009 Vanier Cup

The Golden Gaels are the 2009 Vanier Cup champions after erasing a 25-7 deficit at halftime to beat Calgary 33-31.  First win since 1992 and Queen’s fans on Twitter exploded at the end of the game.  Searched “GAELS” and there was a tonne of messages.

CFRC hit the maximum amount of online listeners within a few minutes of kickoff.  If we could have had more listeners we would have since TSN’s technical difficulties caused a lot of headaches.  Their feed wasn’t working at the start of the game and it went out 2 more times in the 1st quarter.  Little embarrassing for “Canada’s Sports Leader”.

Glad the refs didn’t decide the ending because that was a bad officiating crew.  At halftime on CFRC we had someone from the Calgary broadcast drop by and he also agreed about the blown calls by the refs.

But back to the positives, congratulations to the team on the victory.  It looked a little bleak at halftime.  I did say to someone at the station “holding Calgary to some field goals in the first half is a good thing”.  Queen’s took over the second half and holding Calgary to less points in the 1st half was a big difference in the game.  Made the deficit a manageable one.

In my 4th season of working on the Queen’s broadcasts they win the entire thing.  That means I can’t put the win in in perspective as Alumni or fans can.  But you can search on Google for those who have been fans for a long time.  They can put the victory in words better than I can.

I’m glad the season is over since I can get a regular amount of sleep on Saturdays before work again.  Whew.

Another post coming up, thought I’d separate them.