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Jun 29, 2017

Operatic tenor Jeremy Dutcher takes turn-of-the-century field recordings out of the museum and back to their original community by fusing them with new, avant-garde compositions.


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Jun 29, 2017

A DJ goes crate digging unearths a trove of rare Indigenous music folk, rock and country music. The re-issue Native North America Volume 1 turns the spotlight back on trailblazing musicians from across the continent. But it also raises questions about when music is considered art and when it becomes an artifact.


This episode featured contributions by Maya-Roisin Slater and Katie Jensen.


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Jun 22, 2017

In the new season of The Heart podcast, Kaitlin Prest gets men to open up about that time when they didn't get consent, but did it anyway. We ask how she pulled it off.


TRIGGER WARNING: This episode contains discussions and depictions of sexual abuse


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Jun 7, 2017

From experimental DJs to punk bands and soul singers, a surge of artists are creating modern, groundbreaking Indigenous music.


Ziibiwan is an experimental electronic producer living in Toronto. He breaks down his Time Limits EP.


Jarrett Martineau talks about how Revolutions Per Minute (RPM) evolved from an online community to a cutting-edge record label. He and his skeleton crew are working to bring modern, experimental Indigenous music to a wide audience. Go to RPM's website for news, interviews, podcasts and more information about the label. Jarrett will be hosting the show Reclaimed on CBC starting July 4th.


This show also featured clips from the songs:

"If Only" by Teeks, "Stadium Pow Wow" by A Tribe Called Red, feat. Black Bear, "The Carny" by William Prince, "How to Steal a Canoe" by Leanne Betasamosake Simpson, "Glenn" by Uyarakq and "Don't Tell Me" by WEEDRAT

May 31, 2017

Charles Officer has been chronicling Black Canadian stories in documentaries like The Skin We're In and Unarmed Verses, which just won the best Canadian Feature Documentary award at Hot Docs. But when he started out, he just wanted to make fiction. And he still can't get those projects funded.

May 24, 2017

For two weeks in 1974, the CBC broadcast ten hours of field recordings from across the country on their flagship documentary show, Ideas. The recordings were collected by a group of twentysomething composers and a famous avant-garde acoustic ecologist. They were trying to capture Canada through sound. On this episode, composer and scholar Mitchell Akiyama asks whether that’s even possible.


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May 17, 2017

Guy Delisle's new comic Hostage isn't the typical kidnapping story, full of torture and guns. The book uses minimal colour and slow, repetitive action to pull you into the psychology of Christophe André, who spends most of the 400+ pages alone in a room.


Artists at the Toronto Comic Arts Festival talk about the charged experience of trading work. The artists recommended in the piece are:


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May 10, 2017

Darcy Spidle uses a jaw harp to play his insides. Aisha Sasha John studied clown to become a poet.


Music on this episode:
Selections from malform by Chik White
"Tired Ariadne" by Old Girl


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May 3, 2017

This episode initially aired on October 19th, 2016.

We blur the line between reality and fiction with this homage to WireTap.

Jonathan Goldstein is the former host of CBC's WireTap. He now hosts the podcast Heavyweight on Gimlet Media.

Rap Master Maurice will revenge rap Jonathan Goldstein or any of your other enemies for $17. If you want a friendly rap, it'll cost you more.

Joshua Karpati didn't want us to tell you anything about him.

Howard Chackowicz is a cartoonist and musician in Montreal. He wants you to know more about The Ren & Stimpy Show's creator John Kricsfalusi. 

Billy Mavreas makes comics and poetry. He runs a curiosity shop in Montreal called Monastiraki

Additional music on this show came from WFMU's Free Music Archive:
Proton Beat by Gangi
Kosmiche Slop by Anenon

Apr 26, 2017

On last week's episode, we featured Jonathan Rotsztain, a comic artist who makes idiosyncratic comics about his job handing out Metro newspapers at subway stations. His goal was to get them printed in Toronto's Metro, so that he could get paid to distribute his own work to commuters. We asked for your help, and although he didn't get into Metro Toronto, something even stranger happened.

You can still support Jonathan by tweeting @metrotoronto with the hashtag #hurtjae demanding that they publish Jonathan’s metro comics. Follow jrotszta on Instagram and tag @metronewsca in the comments.


This interview originally aired on January 11th, 2017

Cassils is a performance artist living in Los Angeles. Watch a video about their performance Inextinguishable Fire, in which they set themselves on fire. Here's the 1969 Harun Farocki film about napalm that influenced the work.

Here are some images from "Cuts: A Traditional Sculpture" featuring the image that was banned in Germany.

Watch the video for "Telephone", where Cassils is seen making out with Gaga. Read the article about it in Out Magazine, "Heather Cassils: Lady Gaga's Prison Yard Girlfriend."


Music on this episode:

"Move Like a Mystic" by A l l i e. Listen to more of her work on Soundcloud.

"Slipping Away" by Diana (Bad Channels remix). Listen to more of Diana's work here and more by Bad Channels here.


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