Tagged: The Olympic Symphonium

December 3rd Episode

Uploaded this show and forgot to post it. Show from 2 weeks ago, will upload last week’s show later on.

http://www.archive.org/details/SaltWaterMusicDecember3rd2010Hour1

Tonight’s episode was brand new music for the entire 2 hours. Kendra Gale, Tom Terrell, Shannay Smith, Andrew Doyle, Ben Caplan & The Casual Smokers all in this first hour of the show.

http://www.archive.org/details/SaltWaterMusicDecember3rd2010Hour2

Continue the 2 hours of brand new music. Matchstick Mike and the Chain Smoking Alter Boys, Ian Foster, Scott Parsons Band, John Connolly, Ashley Condon, The Olympic Symphonium and wrap it up with Kelly Sloan.

If you missed the show a week ago, I’ll be in doing new shows over the holidays.  Christmas Eve, live as usual.  New Year’s Eve a new show as well.  That might be taped.  I work that night so depending on things I might tape that ahead of time.  Last year I worked Christmas and was off for New Year’s.  This year the opposite.  Either way new content over the holiday season.

Olympic-esque Blog Day 3

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. 🙂

http://olympics.thestar.com/2010/article/765675–ctv-cheats-viewers-of-full-olympic-experience

http://abgy292.portfolios.cutlines.org/2010/02/1st-weekend-update/

http://www.truthandrumours.net/2010/02/14/ctv-over-hyped-jenn-heil-and-the-telecast-suffered/

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.

http://www.atlanticcanadahouse.com/en/daily-schedule.php

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.

Amelia Curran

http://www.ameliacurran.com

Grand Theft Bus

http://www.myspace.com/grandtheftbus

Tim Chiasson and Morning Fold

http://www.timchaisson.com/

Sloan

http://www.sloanmusic.com

Lennie Gallant

http://www.lenniegallant.com

The Trews

http://www.thetrewsmusic.com

Vishten

http://www.vishten.net

Jimmy Rankin

http://www.jimmyrankin.com

Meaghan Blanchard

http://www.myspace.com/meaghanelizabethblanchard

Sherman Downey

http://www.myspace.com/shurmann

In Flight Safety

http://www.inflightsafety.ca/

Hey Rosetta

http://www.heyrosetta.com

Jessica Rhaye

http://www.jessicarhaye.com

The Irish Descendants

http://www.irishdescendants.com

Matt Andersen

http://www.stubbyfingers.ca

Rawlins Cross

http://www.rawlinscross.com

Jill Barber

http://www.jillbarber.com

Ron Hynes

http://www.hynesite.org

Catherine MacLellan

http://www.catherinemaclellan.com

Chris Kirby

http://www.chriskirbyonline.com/

Wintersleep

http://www.wintersleep.com

Shanneyganock

http://www.shanneyganock.ca

Rose Cousins

http://www.rosecousins.com

The Olympic Symphonium

http://www.myspace.com/theolympicsymphonium

Matt Mays

http://www.mattmays.com

The Navigators

http://www.thenavigators.com/

Jim Payne & Fergus O’Byrne

http://www.singsonginc.ca/bios/biofergus.html

http://www.singsonginc.ca/bios/biojimpayne.html

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.

Sunday ECMA Update

edit: “Smothered In Hugs”, thanks to Kell for pointing that out.  Smothered by Hugs was close but not right. 🙂

ECMA Radio back up with musicians dropping by this morning, well technically afternoon now in Corner Brook.  Got up and heard the end of a set from The Olympic Symphonium.  And The Abrams Brothers just finished.

I thought I heard that wrong.   The guys from Kingston are at the ECMA’s?  Yes, and they performed on The Discovery Stage Saturday.  Their family is from the East Coast, 5 generations back apparently.  Learned something new.  I recorded their entire 30 minutes on the radio so I can use that for a future show.  Going to have a back log of audio by tonight.

Last night heard a good mix.  The following acts stopped by the little station. Stone Richards and the Devil Folk, Paisley Jura, West Moon, Smothered In Hugs, Catcher and Sharona Clark.  Recorded a bit of each them being interviewed which should work well when I play their music on the show.  Which might be April with everything I have going on.

Next week the interview with Fergus O’Byrne, and his music for the entire show.  Another interview is done with Ray Johnson of Buddy Wasisname.  This past Friday I spoke to Andrea Wittgens, singer/songwriter from Antigonish, NS who lives in Seattle.  She’s the first Queen’s alumni I’ve interviewed on the show.  Brought back some university memories for her.  Like a lot of Queen’s students she recalls “Alfie’s”. 🙂

ECMA weekend is winding down, with the awards tonight at 7pm EST/8:30pm NT.  You can only catch it live online or on CBC Bold.  Tape delayed for everyone else who has regular CBC.  Which is pretty much everyone.

Bad timing with the CBC funding shortfall story last week.  CBC want more government money but they can’t be bothered to air the ECMA’s live.  Hmmm.  Tape delayed till 11pm on a Sunday.  This means people on the West Coast won’t see the awards till 7 hours after it would’ve aired live.  That long in this day in age is crazy.

And what great Canadian programming is on CBC TV tonight instead?  Wait for it….

“The Devil Wears Prada”…… oh I wish I was kidding.  Our tax money at work.

This rant is against CBC TV.  CBC Radio has done a great job promoting the ECMA’s.  Heard Performance Hour yesterday, and the local CBC affiliates in Newfoundland have done a bang up job.  Even CBC.ca is doing it’s best with showing it live on the web, and on demand afterwards.

But when TV is showing The Devil Wears Prada instead of promoting Canadian music you know something is messed up.  TV is where most people’s view of the CBC comes from.  Showing that instead of the ECMA’s doesn’t make any sense if it is a “public broadcaster”.

Feb. 6th Show

Bit later than usual but here is the show from Friday.

http://www.archive.org/details/SaltWaterMusicFeb6th2009Hour1

Second funding drive show. So if you’re wondering why I mention the pledge line a lot, that’s why.

The music of Figgy Duff, Allison Crowe, Buddy Wasisname and the Other Fellers, Don Brownrigg, Dana Parsons, Dayliner and The Slate Pacific.

http://www.archive.org/details/SaltWaterMusicFeb6thHour2

End of the Funding Drive shows with a mix of music.

Glamourpuss, Great Big Sea, Jessica Rhaye, Haines/Leighton, Share, The Olympic Symphonium, The Lever Pulled and Allison Crowe.