Here is last Friday’s episode, few days late but internet problems at work this week.
“Open up with David Myles, Duane Andrews and The Once. New music from Ria Mae, The Penny Blacks, Andrea Simms Karp and Ian Foster. Holidays coming up and a brand new song for this time of year with ‘Christmas by the Sea’ by Stephanie Beaumont. Followed by Natalie McMaster who will be on the show next week. Some of the remastered ‘Fogarty’s Cove’ album by Stan Rogers. End the show with Allison Crowe who is in the midst of some Christmas concerts.”
On Twitter I’ve linked to the Sea and Be Scene website before but time to do a write up as well. Stephanie Beaumont started it last year and she had a YouTube channel for the videos and did start a podcast too. Best source to keep track of music on the East Coast as she has interviewed a lot of them. She’s based in Nova Scotia so a little bit easier than me in Ontario. 🙂
All my interviews have been phoners so far. Does lead to interesting behind the scenes things. Tim Baker from Hey Rosetta! did an interview on his cell phone while walking around Toronto on a day off during a tour. Air Traffic Control stopped at a gas station pay-phone somewhere in Quebec to give me a call as they were driving back from Ontario to Nova Scotia.
She describes the site : “We are an entertainment based, magazine style website designed to celebrate the 4 Atlantic Provinces. Our goal is to profile all the people, places and things that make Nova Scotia, Newfoundland & Labrador, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island so very special.”
Sure readers will reconginze Stephanie from her music or TV work. When I lived in Ottawa Valley I was in a small place that had about 15 channels on cable. When some new stations popped up in mid 90s we somehow got Discovery Channel and a music one called NCN. Both those channels are still around, although anyone under 20 is wondering ‘What the heck was NCN?’. It stood for “New Country Network” which you know today as “CMT Canada”. We had no MuchMusic, MuchMoreMusic or any other music station on this small cable system. So on Saturdays they had something called Rock N Country where they would play a mix of Country Videos, Rock and Pop. Being as it was my only source of music videos I watched pretty much every week. Could have a song from Stephanie, Hootie and the Blowfish and Bob Seger in the same set.
From a site on Cape Breton called ‘What’s Going On’.
Beaumont is an award winning country singer who had a string of hits on the Canadian country music charts from 1995 to 2000. Her two albums, Love And Dreams and Way Over My Heart, delivered nine Top 40 hits for the Nova Scotia singer.
She won the Outstanding New Female Artist Award at the RPM Big Country Awards in 1999 on the strength of her 1998 album Way Over My Heart. She also received nominations for The Rising Star Award and The Top Female Vocalist Award from the Canadian Country Music Association.
Although she hasn’t released any new music since 2000, she did join Cape Breton musician Aaron Lewis this year in a duet on his new album. Aaron says, “She has such a pure voice and strong delivery, I knew she was the one for the duet of Separate Lives on my new CD.”
She does have some new music which is at the end of this post.
Few years later got satellite TV and I had all these channels from across Canada. After years of barely having 15 I would watch a tonne of shows just to see what they were like. Watching an entertainment show in Alberta called ‘Wired’ and who pops up as host? Stephanie. Goes back to what I’ve said before Canadian Media is a smaller group than you would imagine.
She was popular during her time in Edmonton as evidence by a message board I found through Google. A thread was started about the women on TV news in Edmonton, or as they put it the “Hotties”. [Not the most serious topic I know] This was after she had left the station;
“ohhhh yes Stephanie Beaumont has to be the best!”
“Stephanie Beaumont is another young lady that I have met…. very attractive.”
Somewhere in Nova Scotia she is turning red. With Christmas coming up RED is a holiday colour. Did show she left an impression in Alberta. Her bio from http://seaandbescene.com
“I was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia, so I guess you could say that I’m biased – but I’ve found an awful lot of people who’ll back me up – you’ll find them here on Sea and be Scene – waving the ‘fun flag’ where the 4 Atlantic Provinces are concerned – and I’m meeting more every day…locals, CFA’s, tourists, you name it – they love living here, moving here, visiting here and they want to share the love – as do I.
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!”
She has a Christmas song out for the holidays which I’ll play this week on the show and over the next few shows leading up to Christmas. You can get it through iTunes or Amazon.
Here is a post about all the people who helped with the song as well.
Finally the YouTube page with 260 videos and counting.
Tomorrow on the show, might have an interview. If everything works out. Last minute changes so it’s up in the air. Tune it at 7pm EST tomorrow and find out. The interview would be taped Friday afternoon so it will be down to the wire.
Thought to have another hockey post during the 1st round, but this TV related. For those who read the blog during the Olympics remember I commented quite a bit then about TV coverage and the like.
News that NHL signed a new deal in the US. 10 years with Comcast/NBC worth $2 Billion. First thought, that is WAY too long of a deal. A decade at anytime is a fair chunk of time. With technology today it’s even moreso. 2001 I didn’t have HDTV. Facebook and Twitter hadn’t been created yet. Idea of being able to watch video on a cell phone was crazy. Even trying to watch video online was a chore.
Some articles saying it’s a big win in the first battle of ESPN vs Comcast. Guess they forgot the ‘right to match’ part. Then it’s not an even playing field. Which was a problem. Even if the NHL wanted to go to ESPN it was out of their hands. Not smart whoever let that in a TV contract. With the merger that has Comcast/NBC/Universal under one umbrella they were not going to let something get away that they could overpay for and keep. No matter what someone else offered they could match. So it’s a “win” on a technicality.
Being in Canada I did catch some of Versus’ coverage of the NHL at start of the season. For those overseas regular season games TSN just picked up the Versus feed. Quite bad. Not a channel that just got the NHL rights last year either. Years of doing it and still not good coverage? Insane. Those reading in Canada, Versus is what OLN [Outdoor Life Network] became in America. So NHL hockey along with fishing, yachting and bike racing. Not the most high profile sports.
Games aired on NBC are much better of course. Should be with the big guns they have on air and the production side. With the Comcast/NBC merger hopefully the Versus side will increase. Read they will change again to NBC Sports Network or something like that. They can’t get worse.
The ESPN side of things is where they suffer. Just watching Pardon the Interruption on Monday was proof of that. Entire first segment on the NBA playoffs. You’d think it was the only playoffs going on. 2nd segment they did talk one NHL story. Canucks’ Torres not getting suspended. Both agreed the NHL disciplinary is a joke. So the only NHL comment as of that time on the show was negative. Very end of the show as in the last few seconds they asked who was going to win that night`s game between Boston/Montreal. Since I recorded the show it got cut off because it was that late in the program.
The decade long deal really handcuffs the NHL. Since with a reasonable length of a contract ESPN could stay partly interested. A decade though kills that idea. No point at all for them to promote NHL on all it’s properties.
Some good news for US fans. All the Stanley Cup Finals games will be on NBC. I know, fact that is a selling point of the new deal is lame. Some Twitter comments about the deal.
Turnkey Intelligence VP & Group Dir Steve Seiferheld: “No surprise to me at all, Versus can’t be a sports network without at least one mainstream sport.”
CAP Sports Group Owner Curt Pires: “No surprise by the NBC Sports – NHL deal. Its an exciting time for sports rights. You have to keep what you own before you add anything new.
National Post’s Bruce Arthur: “Thank goodness the NHL’s going back to NBC. ESPN doesn’t even have a horse race they could cut away from overtime playoff hockey for.”
Yes, you might’ve forgotten about that. NBC scheduled playoff hockey on Sunday afternoon which ended up going to OT. Game cut into horse racing so they cut away from Sabres-Sens and pushed the game to Cable. Shows their priorites.
As for numbers, ESPN has over 100 Million subscribers. Versus ratings last year averaged 353,000 viewers. Drop in the bucket nationally speaking, even with that being 19% higher than last year. 353K is a number that would get a show on the CBC cancelled. From AdWeek some background on what happened years ago. NHL went to Versus because of an ESPN executive shooting his mouth off.
“Not only would it get hockey back on SportsCenter, but you know ESPN would go all out with their playoff coverage,” the exec said. “When you think about all the shoulder programming and feature packages they would have put together . . . it just feels like a lost opportunity.”
And in the past week a huge story has really changed things. The biggest US Poker websites getting seized by the US Government. Reason it’s big is right away Poker Advertising is gone. I mean GONE. Dropped from all major sports channels and most poker shows were created and run by those same poker companies. They can’t be aired either. That is a lot of inventory that has now disappeared without any warning.
“ESPN will remove poker advertising and programming after the U.S. indicted gambling websites that sponsor televised tournaments and froze their bank accounts”
Hmmm, who thinks ESPN needs something to fill that void? Lost opportunity in more ways than one. Poker story could be an entire separate post. Fascinating part is that Poker websites in Canada are deemed OK. No worries here. So there is talk already from some poker players coming up and living in Canada to make money. Those who made a living playing online poker, they do exist, now can’t make that money in the US. Sounds like the plot to a bad sitcom. ‘American poker player moves to Winnpeg and has to deal with the locals.’
In 10 years could NBC Sports Channel [or whatever they call it] rival ESPN? No. Will be bigger than OLN/VERSUS, faint praise. Just compare the conglomerate. Off the top of my head there is ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN Classic, ESPN.com, ESPN Radio, ESPN Magazine, ESPN podcasts and ABC. That’s a lot of places to get the word out on a sport. As pointed out just look at soccer. ESPN gets MLS and the amount of stories increase. TSN gets Toronto FC/Vancouver Whitecaps and I saw a SportsCentre Top 10 entirely on soccer. Coincidence? Hardly.
SportsCenter in the US more likely to have Top 10 Playoff Hockey Goals or Top 10 Playoff Basketball Shots? We know the answer. And casual fans watch ESPN. Lot of casual fans. I have an example of how coverage or lack of coverage of a certain team can affect things.
Got to work a few days ago after Canucks/Blackhawks ended. Guy wanted Vancouver to win. Canucks won that game, which we didn’t see since we work midnights and it was an earlier start. He asked me “Are the Sedins Canadian?”…… yes a real question. The Sedins are twin brothers from Sweden. Informed him they weren’t from Canada. He is a Leafs fan however not a die hard who can name each player on the team or anything. That was a good example of ‘casual sports fans’. If you don’t hear much about a team or sport you don’t pay attention to it.
I’m sure I heard all people in Vancovuer hit their head against a wall when they read the Sedins question. Power of the media for you.
After all of that some radio news. Good Friday I will be live in studio doing a show. Interview with Allison Crowe that will air next week as well, for those listeners who will be out of town for the Easter Weekend. Those who are listening on Friday will get Hey Rosetta! ‘Seeds’ on Vinyl, in it’s entirety. Just found out ‘Seeds’ is currently Number 1 on the CFRC album charts. Was going to play 1 side of the album, with that news I will play the whole thing. And it’s Good Friday. Holiday for most people so you will enjoy something different.
Here is the full list of winners from the East Coast Music Awards. This year they gave them out during the entire 5 day event as opposed to holding them till the Sunday night gala. Last year’s telecast online ran over 4 hours. A bit on the long side as you can imagine. Kudos to them for trying new things. As a result the results trickled in over the last few days. Think I have them all together now.
David Myles who I’ve interviewed twice in the last year was an early winner for his CD ‘Turn Time Off’. Played here in Kingston with Joel Plaskett earlier in the month. Matt Anderson who has played Kingston twice in the last couple of years won for ‘Piggyback’. Also congratulation to Kimberly Sinclair. She won Industry Professional of the Year. Also Spincount won Independent Company of the year so congrats to Kim and Kevin for that. They’ve helped me out with my show in the last couple of years. Pointed me towards David Myles CD when it came out for example. Worked out well.
Full list of winners, both music and industry. This year I can look at the winners and say the show has played a vast majority of them.
Entertainer of the year: Chris Colepaugh and the Cosmic Crew
Recording of the year: Wintersleep, New Inheritors
Male solo recording: Matt Andersen, Piggyback
Female solo recording: Rose Cousins, The Send Off
Group recording: The Once, The Once
Rock recording: Chris Colepaugh and the Cosmic Crew, Missed a Page
Gospel recording: Chelsea Nisbett, Anchored Roots
Classical Recording: Measha Brueggergosman, Nights and Dreams
Folk recording: David Myles, Turn Time Off
Roots/traditional group: Ennis, Lessons Learned
Roots/traditional solo: Dave Gunning, A Tribute to John Allan Cameron
Instrumental recording: Gypsophilia, Sa-ba-daOw!
Loud recording: Fed Pennies, Brain Disaster
Rap/hip hop single: Gettosocks, Don’t Turn Around
Rock recording: Chris Colepaugh & The Cosmic Crew, Missed a Page
Alternative recording: Slowcoaster, The Darkest of Discos
Country recording: Meaghan Blanchard, Chasin’ Lonely Again
Jazz recording: Dwayne Côté & Duane Andrews, Dwayne Côté & Duane Andrews
Pop recording: Meaghan Smith, The Crickets Orchestra
Blues recording: Matt Andersen, Piggyback
Francophone recording: Lennie Gallant, Le Coeur Hanté
Stompin’ Tom Award: Elliot Wight
Musicians Achievement Award: Chas Guay
Blues Recording of the Year: Matt Andersen – Piggyback
DVD of the Year: The Trews – The Trews Acoustic – Friends & Total
R&B/Soul Single Track Recording of the Year presented by BMO: Chelsea Nisbett – Anchored Roots
World Recording of the Year: The Idlers – Keep Out
ECMA 2011 Industry Award Winners
Broadcast of the Year: Atlantic Airwaves
Event of the Year: Halifax Pop Explosion
Independent Company of the Year presented by Nessya’s Gems & Jewels: SpinCount
Industry Professional of the Year presented by Midland: Kimberly Sinclair
Live Sound Technician of the Year: Carl Gosine
Manager of the Year presented by Delta Hotels Atlantic: Shelley Chase
Media Person of the Year presented by Metro Credit Union: Doug Gallant
Producer of the Year presented by Shoppers Drug Mart – Dave Gunning
Radio Station of the Year: The Coast 89.7
Record Company/Distributor/ Independent Label of the Year: Sonic Records
Studio Engineer of the Year presented by OIART: Jamie Foulds
Venue of the Year: The Company House
Studio of the Year: The Sonic Temple
Visual Artist of the Year: Chr!s Sm!th
A few weeks from the 4th anniversary of the show as well. No plan as of yet. Maybe just cram as many artists into one show as I can.
Next week an interview with Allison Crowe will air. Just taped it last week. She’s doing some dates out east in the coming weeks. Hitting Fredericton, Halifax and St. John’s. As I spoke to her it was snowing in Corner Brook. The interview will air this Friday and I will replay it the following week. Main reason since it’s Good Friday coming up. So I’m sure some regular listeners will be away from the radios [or computers] and enjoying a long weekend. Therefore told Allison I would play it twice. Just made sense.
I will make a podcast episode out of the interview as well. Can pass along the stats I now can see from the Libsyn website about the podcast downloads. A big chunk of downloads lately in Texas of all places. Few transplanted Canadians there? That’s my guess.
New music for the entire first hour. Open up with Allison Crowe from her disc ‘Spiral’. David Myles with his CD ‘Turn Time Off’. Joe Belly’s ‘Nickels and Dimes’ and Wintersleep’s ‘New Inheritors’ keep the new music going.
Wrap up the first hour with a brand new song from Ian Foster called ‘Sparrow’. Taken from a live radio appearance he made in the Netherlands. Interview from that show and his entire 6 song set is played during the second hour.
A chat with Stephane Racle about RCW 139 in the second hour. A fan convention being held in Toronto from August 13th-15th for the show Due South. Before the interview I play Holly Cole Trio ‘Que Sera Sera’. She was in an episode of the show and that song was used. After the interview I play Stan Rogers ‘Northwest Passage’ which was also used in Due South.
End the show with a set Ian Foster did in Holland. Found this from his Facebook page. Contacted the host Thomas and asked if I could use it and he graciously agreed. Ian being interviewed on Blueprint then he plays a 6 song live set.
Some more information on Blueprint.
“Since 1998 Thomas Kaldijk is hosting his roots show ‘Blueprint’ at the Dutch local station Radio Parkstad. Since late 2003 it is also broadcast by another northern Dutch radiostation: Radio LOK. In ‘Blueprint’ you can listen to honest and genuine musicstyles like southern soul, blues, country and rock and roll: rootsmusic from past and present with heart and soul.”
When you spend a long weekend working that tends to delay my radio stuff. But here is the 3rd anniversary show from last Friday.
3rd anniversary show kicks off with Mari-Mac by Great Big Sea. First song I played in May 2007.
Then some rare Blue Rodeo tracks. Live version of ‘Florida’, recorded in Saskatoon by a band formed in Toronto with Greg Keelor who was born in Nova Scotia. 2 songs from ‘Tremolo’ which I’m sure aren’t played on the radio much. ‘Brother Andre’s Heart’ and ‘Frog’s Lullaby’.
New Brunswick’s Grand Theft Bus continues the hour followed by Allison Crowe. Hour 1 ends with a duo from PEI Mark Haines and Tom Leighton. Tom has a link with the second hour’s music which I didn’t know about at the time.
Wrote a blog post about the 3rd anniversary show and got a response from Naming the Twins. So played them that night on the show. Tom Leighton plays on one of the tracks, just happened to grab that CD before I left my place so good luck with that.
Back to back with artists from my home province of Newfoundland to end the program. The Irish Descendants, Great Big Sea, Hey Rosetta and Ian Foster.
Catching up with the last 2 episodes, lots of new music on these ones. People still finding the blog from looking up news on Toni Marie in the last week. Maybe people visiting St. John’s for the Junos and catching her on the news. She’s on vacation this week for those wondering where she is on the news.
Bruins pulled off an upset, I picked Buffalo in 7. Glad Boston won. If you’re wondering Bruins-Habs can’t happen till the Conference finals. Boston gets either the Flyers or Penguins in Round 2. Either way not much traveling for the Bruins. Both teams in Pennsylvania.
Back to the music.
Joel Plaskett solo CD from a few years back before he opened for Barenaked Ladies that Tuesday in Kingston.
More music from Price Edward Island. First time on the show for The Danks, Carmen Townshend, The Cashmere Disciples and Racoon Bandit. Meaghan Blanchard to end the first hour.
Open up with a band from PEI, Haunted Hearts. Instrumental track called “The GST Cheques are here” which I had to play just for the title.
Followed by Juno nominee, and eventual winner Amelia Curran from Newfoundland. Stay with the Rock with Chris Picco.
End the show with Nathan Wiley, an unreleased Hey Rosetta! song and Teresa Ennis.
Open the show with brand the new CD from Air Traffic Control. Then back to the mid 90’s with a Greg Keelor solo effort. More new music to end the first hour with a duo from out east called Lazy Bones. Couple of tracks from Allison Crowe too.
Allison Crowe to start the hour then back to a Joel Plaskett CD from a few years back. New music from a female duo, Madison Violet along with some blues from New Brunswick with Ross Neilsen. End the show with Hey Rosetta! who are in the midst of putting together a new album.
Starting to catch up on episodes. If you’ve checked recently the CFRC website recently you’ll see the archive isn’t working. So right now this will be the only way to listen to shows. Catching up first with the most recent show from last Friday. Some more news about the show this week. But that will be saved for another post.
Start off the show with some blues from New Brunswick with tracks from ‘Piggyback’ a disc that has Matt Anderson teaming up with Mike Stevens.
Followed by The Irish Descendants who were in the news with a change in the band’s lineup.
End the first hour with Allison Crowe’s new CD ‘Spiral’ as I just got in the mail a few days earlier. Also throw in a live cover of a Jewel song she did a few years ago
Start off the second hour with some more from Allison Crowe’s CD ‘Spiral’. Also end the hour with what I believe is a fan recording of her doing Radiohead’s ‘Creep’ live in concert.
Some indie bands from PEI as well. One song each from English Words, Solid Gold Workout & Milks and Rectangles.
Continue with PEI artists with some tracks from Nathan Wiley. New CFRC volunteer Laura who was shadowing the broadcast enjoyed Nathan’s CD a lot. I think this hour you might hear a cell phone ring in the background. That was Laura’s but I made the same mistake starting off as well. 🙂
Mix of Ian Foster’s two releases from 2009 towards the end of the program this week.