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!