UCanNow 004: In conversation with Ted Bezaire

thebirderOk so we’re back…

I took a bit of time off to restructure my life and get my shit together but the podcast is back! And what a great episode! I had the opportunity to sit down with Ted Bezaire at Christie Pitts in Toronto and talk about filmmaking. Ted was such an awesome guy and had some really great stories detailing his journey through film school, making short films, doing festivals and finally completing not one but two feature films.

Ted’s newest film is called The Birder and here is the IMDB plot summary: A mild mannered birder seeks revenge on a younger rival, after losing the highly coveted Head of Ornithology position at the National Park.

The film was written by Ted and Michael Stasko and stars Tom Cavanagh, Graham Greene and Fred Willard.

You can download it here on itunes or stop by your local Walmart and pick it up!

Check out some of these cool links below:

The Birder on IMDB
The Birder website

UCanNow 003: In conversation with John Power

John Power UCanNow 2Wow, here we are in 2015 and kicking off the year with another great episode of UCanNow. This time I sit down with John Power, a true music lover, who has spent the last half century embedded in the music industry. From drummer, to sound man, to road manager, to finally, filmmaker, John has embraced music and all its glory. With a resume that includes working with the likes of Moxy, Red Ryder, The Models, Bill Wyman, 54-40, Mike Reno and more, John Power continues to push the envelope. Check out some of these cool links below:

Ken Greer
Tom Cochrane & Red Rider
Gene Pool (Gene Scarpelli’s band)
Famous Underground
Eyes of Alice (Robby and I first formed this Alice Cooper tribute called Second Coming which John mentions on the podcast. After some band disruption of our own, Robby now has a different tribute called Eyes of Alice.)
John Power – All Access Productions

New shows coming Jan 5th!

Ok folks, we’re kicking things off with some more podcasts starting January 5th, 2015! Wow, I cant believe it’s 2015 already… I remember sitting behind the high school with some buddies talking about how OLD were were going to be when the millennium hit – never mind 2015!

This is going to be a great year for the podcast – our first official year. Both the previous Mendelson Joe and Rude van Steenes shows continue to get lots of downloads and I want to thank everyone for listening.

There’s a ton of fascinating Canadians and I hope to introduce you to many – and the fun part is – I’m learning about so many I had no concept of… so it’s a win-win as far as I am concerned.

Let’s rock this joint!

UCanNow 002: In conversation with Mendelson Joe

Mendelson JoeWas a bit of a crazy week the show is done. I have to say this was really enjoyable. First interview I did via Skype so I had this worry of a disconnect but I think it went pretty well. Joe is a really interesting character and he had plenty of stories to tell. He’s also a very intelligent man and a man set in his ways. He has found what works for him and I have to respect that. Not many people can defy the hypocrisy of daily life on a regular basis and Joe does his best to do so. As he states it’s not always possible but you gotta try. We discuss a lot of things and I’ll post some links here for you to check out ….

Karen Robinson Gallery
Mendelson Joe Artwork and CD’s (hardcopies)
For Mendelson Joe music downloads, check out either iTunes or CDBaby.com.
Family Embolism – by Mendelson Joe (M. Joe’s fictional novella)
Mckenna Mendelson Mainline – Stink
Little Richard
Ray Charles
Muddy Waters
Bob Dylan – Gotta Serve Somebody
Willie Dixon – Spoonful
Scott Merritt
Bob Wiseman
The Shuffle Demons
King Biscuit Boy
Neil Young on climate change
Artists Against Racism
The Agenda w/ Steve Paikin
Tom Mulcair
Elizabeth May

And of course Mendelson Joe and Karen Robinson Gallery are available on Facebook!


troy hurtubiseTroy Hurtubise is a Maverick for sure. He’s also a friend. I met Troy about 15 years ago when I was still publishing Razor magazine. I was intrigued by this crazy outdoors man / inventor I had seen in the National Film Board documentary, Project Grizzly. But Troy proved to be much more than just some guy in a Robocop style suit chasing bears in northern Alberta.  He was more genius than goofball and certainly more passionate about so many different projects that were all designed to better Canada and the planet.

I’ve lost touch with Troy but I am endeavoring to track him down and get him on the show – it will be well worth the effort.

UCanNow 001: In conversation with Rude van Steenes of Arson

arson2Well here we are folks. This is episode #1 of the UCanNow podcast.

I’m going to attempt to introduce you to as many unique Canadians as I can, and hope that you can take away something that might make you want to show your support beyond this podcast. Canada is rich in talent of all kinds – actors, directors, writers, musicians, businessmen, inventors… and the list goes on. The unfortunate thing is we are lax in our recognition of this talent until it goes away and finds success somewhere else.

In this episode, I talk about about punk rock music in the 1970s… the formation of the iconic band Arson, and get into the mind of singer/songwriter Rude van Steenes.

You can visit Arson online at http://arson-rock.com/

And you can find Rude on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/rudenoises


Bob Lefsetz on Sarah Polley

Stories We TellI’m not a big fan of Bob Lefsetz – I do read his posts now and again and I am a subscriber to his newsletter so I get them.. all of them. Many times I agree with Bob, many times I don’t… but it was refreshing to get his latest newsletter and a piece that extolls the virtues of Sarah Polley’s film Stories We Tell which is currently available on Netflix.

Sarah is one of our great talents and I personally have enjoyed watching her grow from a young waif to mature filmmaker and create truisms that are sometimes painful to watch.

Bob has a very large mailing list and I hope that his readers tune in…  you can read his post here.


Studio gearI thought I’d kick things off by saying thank you for dropping by. I’m currently prepping the show and gathering gear and hope to launch in the coming weeks. Next week I will showcase the start-up gear for anyone interested… not going to be doing in-studio interviews right now but rather going out on-location. I’m putting together a mobile podcast rig that I can take out to interviews so I can capture some cool photos of the locale to let you in on how things unfolded.

So stay tuned… I think this is going to be fun!