img_2048I started working on this cool little project this week. It was actually conceptualized quite some time ago – but there’s no time like the present for getting things done!

Coolhandz is a nifty little animated Youtube project I am developing with my son Christian and has some ol’ school animation techniques blended with some pretty cool technology. Was funny how it came to be… just playing with a pair of shades and somehow started to envision characters… the fun part was building the character around the glasses. Not sure how long it will be before we debut this but was excited to share!

Setting Up The New Studio

Well we’re back on the rails… I’ve been setting up a new studio in my place for guests that want to come in and I’m adding some video to that so that will add another element to musical guests… also taking things on the road and geared up for mobile recording as well.

Things have been busy and while it meant I wasn’t recording any new shows, it has given me much more to talk about and expanded the types of guests that I will host. As some of you might know, I have been developing a couple of documentary projects… one on seniors called Don’t Forget Me When I’m Gone and another on adoption entitled Love Me Not… both share similar themes and I will have guests along the way that reflect those films…

I’m also relaunching my Rock The Violence campaign and we will be touching on that as well.

Thanks for dropping by and look for new shows starting next week.


Thanks Al

Screen Shot 2015-11-23 at 1.04.43 PMCool little testimonial/post Al Runt posted on Facebook re our show. Was really great to kick things off again with Al and so many great new shows coming together. We have a tremendous surplus of talent in this country and I hope I can do my part to help introduce them to you.

Stay tuned! Hmmmm I need a better sign off….

UCanNow 005: In conversation with Al Runt

Al_Runt_UCanNowHey folks,

We’re back! And I promise this time we’re going to keep this Ex-lax regular!

Had a great afternoon with Toronto visual artist Al Runt and we talked about his journey to becoming a notable and recognizable name in the art community, his take on that, and what he thinks about the art community, charging for his work and more.

Al has a really cool studio in the east end of Toronto and we spent the later part of an afternoon hanging out and getting to know one another a bit. I think you’ll enjoy the results

Check out some of these cool links below:

Al Runt’s Website
Runt – The Movie
The Silver Snail
Pabst Blue Ribbon
The Putting Edge
Indie 88
Indie 88
Electric Mud
Lee’s Palace
The Cameron
Super Wonder Gallery
Plywood Collective
The Flying Pony

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
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.