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Songwriter Paul Cross, in his anthemic ballad “You Broke My Radio”, bewails the death of the medium that made the modern music industry possible, that, through the magic of the transistor radio and later FM band broadcasting, gave us Top 40 charts and made possible the 50+ years careers of artists as diverse as Bob Dylan, The Rolling Stones and Cher, to name a few.
Entire livelihoods were based on the “one-hit-wonder,” a phenomenon that saw novelty songs like “Yummy Yummy Yummy”, “They’re Coming To Take Me Away” or “Snoopy vs. The Red Baron” generate enough revenue and fame to pretty much guarantee the artist a worry-free life from that point on. (The mega popularity of such tunes, btw, is a phenomenon you’ll be able to relive yourself —or get a taste of if you’re under 50— this coming Sunday when Bazooka Joe and The Double Bubbles (aka Fernando Curcione and co. —including Robbie Rox!) perform a night of cult faves and chart hits from the transistor era at Black Swan Tavern.)
Balladeer Cross’s song waxes nostalgic about those days before corporatism infected the playlists and on-air personae, when radio mattered, when getting played on the radio was, more than any other signpost, the signal that an artist had “arrived”.
Teacher Paul Cross, however (the same guy as songwriter Cross, but in his “day job” as co-ordinator of the post-graduate Radio Broadcasting Graduate Certificate program at Humber College —the only one in Canada) is part of a movement that is reclaiming the medium as one of artistic expression thanks to the magic of the internet and satellite technology.
This ain’t your grandparents’ radio. Or actually, maybe it sort of is, in the sense that because today’s technology allows pretty much anyone to become a “broadcaster” by setting up a podcast, there’s a resurgence of on-air personality on non-commercial airwaves and online, where the individual taste of real live programmers once again has room for expression and can allow fame to take spark by the sharing of eclectic and occasionally esoteric playlists.
As a potential demonstration of that, for the next 15 evenings, Cross’s students (after an introductory program by the instructor which airs tonight at 9) in the Humber program will be spinning songs by and conducting interviews with an eclectic slew of local songwriters for 20-minute shows as part of an “Unsigned” series.
The guest schedule for the shows, which broadcast live on CKHC 96.9 FM as well as online and also repeat at 8 a.m. the morning following live broadcast, includes: 1: Isaak Bonk; 2: Corin Raymond; 3: Signe Miranda; 4: Craig Simon; 5: Connor Cheung; 6: Alex Harea; 7: Christian Apollo; 8: Holli Ward; 9: Jordan Hart; 10: Freeman Dre; 11: Clela Errington; 12: Lucas Stagg; 13: Bradley Barnham; 14: David Leask; 15: Nicole Coward; 16: Bryn McCutcheon.
Set your bookmark “radio dial” and enjoy!
-Gary 17, TorontoMoon.ca
SHOW LISTINGS for Monday, May 01, 2022
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7-8> “Acoustic Workshop” with host Heather Fielding @ CIUT 89.5 FM broadcast and online
9-9:20> Humber College Radio Broadcast Program’s “Unsigned” series live-to-air singer-songwriter profiles with host Paul Cross and guest songwriter Isaak Bonk @ Radio Humber, 96.9 FM and online (repeats 8 am following day)
416 – TORONTO CENTRAL
6:30> Rebecca Hennessy’s FOG Brass Band @ The Rex, 194 Queen St. W. ~Jazz; $
**7-1 (sign-up at 7, show starts 7:30)> open stage with host Glen Hornblast @ Free Times Café, 320 College St.
*7-10> open stage with Brad Scott @ Lola, 40 Kensington Ave.
7> “In Wonderland” @ Heliconian Hall, 35 Hazelton Ave. ~musical theatre; $
7> CupcakKe; K.I.D. @ Mod Club, 722 College St. ~contemporary original; $
7:30> Advocats Big Band @ Seven44, 744 Mount Pleasant Road ~R&B/Swing
8> Supersuckers @ Lee’s Palace, 529 Bloor St. W. ~contemporary original; $
8> Ukulele jam @ Tranzac Lounge (Main Hall), 292 Brunswick Ave.
8-12> Yoza & Oso with guest @ May Café, 876 Dundas St. W. ~Reggae/Soul/Hip Hop; $0
8:40> For the Future; ARAZA; Jake Sherk @ Horseshoe Tavern, 370 Queen St. W. ~indie; 0$
**9-1:30> jam with No Band Required @ Grossman’s, 379 Spadina Ave.
*9:30> open mic with host Mark Villamor at Amsterdam Bicycle Club, 54 The Esplanade
9:30> Mike Herriott & The Off Road Band @ The Rex, 194 Queen St. W. ~Jazz; $
10> Jordan John @ The Orbit Room, 580 College St. ~R&B/Blues; $
**10> open mic (2 songs; sign-up starts 8 p.m.) with host Chris Banks @ Tranzac Lounge (Southern Cross), 292 Brunswick Ave.
10> The Palominos @ Trinity Common, 303 Augusta Ave. ~original Roots-Rock
10> Lost In The Wilderness; guests @ Lost And Found, 577 King St. W. ~Hip Hop
7-9> Isabel and the Uncommons featuring Tony Quarrington @ Relish, 2152 Danforth Ave. ~songwriter; 0$
7:30> maybe a performer the club can’t be bothered to name on its website @ The Old Nick, 123 Danforth Ave. ~songwriters; 0$
8:30-10:30> Pressgang Mutiny @ Castro’s, 2116 Queen St. E. ~seafaring songs
*8:45-12> Riverboat Mondays acoustic open stage jam with Julian Taylor & Tyler Ellis @ Dora Keogh, 141 Danforth Ave.
*9-12> The Out of Towners @ Sauce on Danforth, 1376 Danforth Ave.
*9:30-2> Sebastian Agnello & friends @ Black Swan Tavern, 154 Danforth Ave.; 0$
416 – TORONTO ETOBICOKE
*8-12> Al Reilly’s Catalyst also featuring Rick Anderson host Rock jam @ Rockpile, 5555 Dundas St. W.
416 – TORONTO SCARBOROUGH
*8-11> open stage with Dan Walek @ McGradie’s, 2167 Victoria Park Ave.
*9-1> open jam with The Repairmen @ Newfoundlander Tavern, 472 Danforth
9> Uke jam/workshop @ Stone Cottage Pub, 3750 Kingston Rd.
416 – TORONTO WEST
5-8> Mike & Jill Daley Jazz Duo @ Gate 403, 403 Roncesvalles Ave. ~Jazz
7> The Hired Guns @ The Emmet Ray, 924 College St. ~Jazz; pwyc
9> “Songwriter Search” showcase & open stage with opening sets by The A Listers; David Park @ Cadillac Lounge, 1296 Queen ST. W. ~songwriters; 0$
8> Matthew Logan Vasquez @ Drake Hotel Lounge, 1150 Queen St. W.
8> “Rockin’ For The Cure” fundraiser Biblical Proportions; The Tonekeys @ Smiling Buddha Stage 1, 961 College St. ~indie; $
*8-11> Ken Yoshioka @ On Cue Billiards, 349 Jane St. ~Blues
*8> open jam with The Pumpkinheadz @ The Wicket Pub, 1671 Bloor St. W.
8:30> Cayley Thomas; Blunk Chunks @ Burdock, 1184 Bloor St. W. ~acoustic Pop covers & originals
9> Pat Robitaille @ Reposado, 136 Ossington Ave. ~songwriter; 0$
*9-1> Hamstrung Stringband @ The Local, 396 Roncesvalles Ave. ~Bluegrass
*9-1> eclectic open stage/jam with host Nelson Sobral @ The Painted Lady, 218 Ossington Ave.
9-1> Tim Hamel Trio & guest @ Gate 403, 403 Roncesvalles Ave. ~Jazz
9:30> Andrew Marzotto Quartet @ The Emmet Ray, 924 College St. ~Jazz; pwyc
*10> open mic with host Liam Kearney @ The Hole In The Wall, 2867 Dundas St. W.
*5> open mic @ Rhapsody Barrel Bar, 179 King St. W., Kitchener
7:30-12> open mic @ The Cornerstone, 1 Wyndham St. N., Guelph
*8-12> open stage @ The Boathouse, 97 Jubilee Drive, Kitchener
*8-2> Matt Weidinger @ Jimmy Jazz, 52 Macdonell St., Guelph ~acoustic originals & covers
9:30> Turk and the Hobbits @ Duke of Wellington, 33 Erb St. W., Waterloo
*7> Rick & Gailie @ Black Horse Pub, 452 George St. N., Peterborough
9?> jam night with Rob Drake @ Sticky Fingers Dunlop, 199 Essa Rd.
*8-11> open stage @ Simcoe Blues & Jazz, 926 Simcoe St. N., Oshawa
9:25-1:05> jam/open stage with backline @ Sneakers Uptown, 18025 Yonge St., Newmarket
*8> The New Rebel Westerners @ Cat ‘n’ Fiddle, 174 John St. S., Hamilton ~Country
8> Got Talent Challenge with various acts & host Steve Ruddick @ Pub Fiction, 1242 Garner Rd. W., Ancaster
*7-10> open mic with Chris Partland @ The Purple Heather, 3600 Dundas St. W., Burlington
**8-12> BBQ & jam night with Mimico Bill @ Moonshine Café, 137 Kerr St., Oakville; ($8.95 with BBQ dinner special starts at 6)
*9:30-1> jam with Tom Barlow @ Shore Grill, 71 Lakeshore Rd. E., Port Credit
Listings are organized by area in which the shows occur and within each area field shows are listed chronologically.
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