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

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!

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