Glad the first Canadian Gold Medal went to someone that the media wasn’t expecting. 4th time the charm for Alexandre Bilodeau. Didn’t qualify for 1998, broken neck in 2002 and battling mono in 2006. 13 years on the team and his first Olympics.
As for the reaction I saw where I am in Kingston, one word “quiet”. Mainly because of timing. Here in Ontario, Monday is a holiday. Family Day. It was really quiet due to the holiday. Myself, I woke up after it had happened. I stayed up to watch some afternoon events but I work at 11pm so I did have to catch some shuteye. Men’s Nordic Combined had a great finish. Top 4 raced to the line and all finished within a second of each other and collapsed.
As for the Gold in the moguls a couple of people came by during work and asked about it. Both were from Quebec and had my reaction. Glad but more relieved that we I don’t have to hear all that talk.
Woman I spoke to said “I’m happy I don’t have to hear Canada has never won a gold medal at home anymore.” Not the reaction I think a Gold Medal is supposed to have. Thanks CTV/Rogers for running the ads so much you made us sick of the Gold Medal talk. Bravo. Relief is a strange emotion to have after someone winning something.
I bet if Canada gets a second Gold people will be more excited and happy around here. They’re going nuts in Vancouver but with the holiday it’s been subdued. Saturday night a lot people coming by asking about what medals were won. Sunday I spoke to two people.
Walking downtown after work and the majority of places are closed downtown. Even a convenience store and Indigo Books. Only thing I saw open was the fast food joints.
Wonder if the other sports today had anything to do with it. TSN wasn’t “Canada’s Sports Leader” Sunday. Olympic coverage? Not Sunday afternoon. TSN showed Daytona 500 which you could get on FOX. I change it to TSN2 and get the Pebble Beach Pro-Am which was on CBS. Huh? If I have TSN I have CBS and FOX.
Sunday Night TSN continued with non-Olympic programming with the NBA All Star Game. At least with the NBA case TNT is not available in Canada. But showing all that on Sunday during the Olympics seemed a bit much. I have TSN2 so the NBA could have been put there. I know not a lot of people have TSN2. Basketball fans should since Raptors get bumped to TSN2 a lot.
Some blogs about the weekend coverage. Chris Zelkovich from the Toronto Star, once a guest on CFRC Offsides with Tyler King. Julie Stewart-Binks who worked on our CFRC broadcasts. She’s currently in England. Finally William Houston with the same thoughts I had about the “choking” comment during the moguls on Saturday. See yesterday’s blog for that. I’m not the only one who used the “if NBC had done that Canadians would’ve went nuts” line. 🙂
Bad luck so far for these games. Weather causing headaches and they’ve canceled 4000 tickets for events at Cypress. Too bad if you had standing room general admission. Because you will get a refund but no chance to watch. Heavy rains have washed away so much snow they had to cancel tickets. That’s $400,000 in sales that will have to be paid back.
Not the only problems at Cypress. Buses running late and drivers getting lost. Not a shock because Kingston Whig-Standard had a story about Kingston Transit drivers going to Vancouver to drive buses. Drivers from across the country came there to be part of it. Great for those guys. However if you are not from an area and get their shortly before an event that is not a recipe for smooth transportation. You take a wrong turn you might not know how to get back.
Some quotes from Renee Smith-Valade of Vanoc about what’s been going on.
“Cypress is like your special child. Your special child that’s bright and talented and good-looking and causes you all kinds of worries, but they’re still your special child. So that’s what Cypress is.”
That’s strange enough I don’t need to make another comment.
Sounds like they might smarten up about one really silly thing. Having a fence around the Olympic Cauldron keeping people from getting to it. This is where I can blame that ugly design for part of it. Clearly someone who might be intoxicated might attempt to climb it. The way the logs [or whatever you want to call them] are at an angle makes it easy or at least inviting for troublemakers.
Fencing it off though has been bad P.R. The point of the cauldron outside is for the public. The IOC mandates it has to be outdoors. Which has never been an issue till this time. Decision to hold it indoors at a stadium that sucks like BC Place is still mind boggling. See Jody’s article I put up on Day 1. I thought too that Vancouver getting the games meant a new stadium. Wrong.
If you don’t know they are putting $200 Million worth of renovation into BC Place. After the Olympics. Don’t bother trying to figure that out. Call me crazy but I would want to put money into something before the world comes to visit. Not afterwards.
Leave to Atlantic Canada to bring a tonne of talent to the Olympics. Anyone in BC should visit Atlantic Canada house.
Amount of music there is huge. Tonne of people I’ve played on the show since I started. This is the list of ones that have been played on ‘Salt Water Music’ that are playing vancouver over the next 2 weeks. I must have a good memory.
Grand Theft Bus
Tim Chiasson and Morning Fold
In Flight Safety
The Irish Descendants
The Olympic Symphonium
Jim Payne & Fergus O’Byrne
Whew. And there are even more artists. That is a big list.
Luckily I have 3 days off from work so I can watch more of the events live. Saw many things but just replayed on overnights at work. Not quite the same but at least I get to see them.
DAWG FM finally was approved a few days before this episode. With that news I kicked off the show with some blues from the East Coast with GlamourPuss and John Campbelljohn.
Move on to brand new music from Teresa Ennis. Ahead of her new CD “Stars” which is coming out this fall.
Then a couple of tracks from Nova Scotia’s Emmy Alcorn’s CD “Unveil”.
End the hour with 3 covers from Allison Crowe’s CD “Tidings”. Which is primarily a Christmas CD but these are covers of The Beatles, Rolling Stones and Sarah Maclachlin.
Traditional music from Newfoundland starts the second hour with Jim Payne and Fergus O’Byrne.
Move over to rock/pop side of things with two bands I’ve had a chance to chat with. Talked to one member of each band on the phone for interviews last year. Grand Theft Bus and Air Traffic Control.
End the hour with Ian Foster as he was doing his last tour date in New Brunswick that night. After that back on the way to St. John’s. His cross country tour has come to an end for this summer. Mix of stuff from some of his MySpace page to end the show.
Lots of Nova Scotia artists in this hour. Faded Blue who were playing their second Kingston concert of the month. Follow that with sets from Ryan Neilson, Neil Dobson and the Fabulous Hats and Christine Crawford.
Traditional Newfoundland music with Jim Payne/Fergus O’Byrne and Gulliver’s Spree. Then 2 songs from R.A. Lautenschlager including a brand new one called the ‘Canadian Beer Song’.
End the show with about 25 minutes of Allison Crowe. Decided to visit her site while I was playing the first 2 songs. And got the news of her and 2 bandmates being detained in the UK for 11 hours that week on some crazy thing. Brand new legislation that even the venues didn’t know about. More details about it as I read it on air.
So I played a few songs of Allison’s newest CD ‘Little Light’.
Got a comment on the blog from Adrian, Allison’s manager so thought I’d pass it along.
Hi Rob, everyone ~
This year has been busy already, now it’s in overdrive. I should be able to confirm for you what’s happening with Allison Crowe and band in Europe by this Monday or so…
If there’s any silver lining to the situation – it’s that we now understand the realities of what until now has been a protest moving growing mostly from within the UK.
Check out the Visiting Artists and Academics Petition @
Link to the anniversary show from Friday night. Which might not have been heard by as many outside of Kingston as usual. My Mom had problems listening online, and she’s in Kingston! Just tried it right now and it says the stream is “unavailable”. iTunes, Windows Media Player and Winamp. None of them worked. Damn.
So some bad timing for the big show on Friday night. But here it is for those who missed it. Which might be a lot of you. 🙂
2 year anniversary show starts off with Faded Blue. And the first ever LIVE interview with Bryan from Faded Blue.
Also have music of Ian Foster for the rest of Hour 1. Since I’ve interviewed Ian twice since the show started and saw him in Toronto last summer.
Start off the hour with the start of Episode 1 from 2 years earlier. With the first two songs I ever played on the show, by Great Big Sea.
Then some new music from Coco Love Alcorn, as my sleep deprivation kicks in. Listen and you’ll hear what I mean.
A song by Cody Allen who was opening up for Faded Blue on some of their Ontario tour dates.
Some songs by Jim Payne and Fergus O’Byrne. And end the hour with Teresa Ennis.
I know those links work OK. I’ll try and see about the online stream for Friday Night. Enjoy your long weekend, if you have one.
Little after 11pm but got the show uploaded.
Show starts off with some Teresa Ennis as I got settled in. Mentioned Alan Doyle and Gordon Pinsent being in the new Robin Hood movie. Quick reminder of Out There with Melissa DiMarco airing tonight.
Then the interview with Fergus O’Byrne. First hour also has music from Jim Payne/Fergus O’Byrne and Ryan’s Fancy.
Second hour starts off with the Dardanelles then conclude the interview with Fergus. This hour contains the part where we talked about Tacks Beach. 🙂
Played Fergus’ musical works for the rest of the program. I end the show with an entire side of the last album from Ryan’s Fancy in 1982. I chose the second side since that marked the end of their recordings. And the albums were never released on CD so it’s rare to hear them on the radio. Here is the fan site for the band. Lots of good information.
But there is a place you can get a CD. This one is of recordings from their CBC TV shows. Of the fifteen re-mastered tracks, thirteen songs have never previously been available. I’ll have to get my hands on this one.
And here is the website for Sing Song Inc. where you can get Fergus’ work with Jim Payne along with many other artists.
Thanks to Fergus O’Byrne for doing the interview. And to Toni Marie for really being the reason for it in the first place. I mentioned how it happened in a previous blog but wanted to save that story for a different episode of the radio show.
By the way had a bad headache during the first hour. Really glad this week that I don’t script my show a lot. LOL.
Thanks to Jennie in Cape Breton and Julie in Australia for sending me messages during the show. Yes, during the show. Pretty cool.
Tomorrow night the interview with Fergus O’Byrne. Music of Ryan’s Fancy from the CFRC record collection. Also some tracks from Jim Payne and Fergus O’Byrne.
Today an older episode of the show, from 1 year ago. Interview with Krissy Holmes from ‘Out of the Fog’ in St. John’s. I asked her for some bands in the province she liked and played some of that for the hour.
The old Saturday at 10pm timeslot. The shows were only an hour then. Krissy is a fellow Algonquin College alumni. We talked about the ECMA’s in Corner Brook, which was a year away. So technically this counts as more ECMA coverage. Kind of.
Show for Feb. 27th is up. I’ll have a new post on Sunday. Maybe before the ECMA’s or after I watch them online. Visit the CBC page for the live stream tomorrow at 7pm EST/8pm Atlantic/8:30pm Newfoundland.
Regular CBC has it tape delayed at 11pm in whatever time zone you’re reading this, unless you’re in Newfoundland where it’s 11:30pm. Yep, even tape delayed for the province where the awards show is taking place.
Weekend of the ECMA’s so I talk about that on this week’s show.
This hour included the music of Don Brownrigg, Jim Payne and Fergus O’Byrne, Matthew Magee and In Flight Safety.
Lead off the second hour with lots of ECMA talk. Have a new name for the segment where I talk about news, music, sports or anything on my mind. It’s called “Carnell Knowledge”. Listener named Cat came up with that, so credit goes to her. 🙂
Two artists for the hour, folkartlullaby in the first half. The Lever Pulled for the end of the show, with their new CD Wooden People.