A fall of firsts! And our Sept. 5th show rundown

We’re back in our “second home” of Toronto, dear listeners — after an always-fun live show back in Ottawa at the end of August — and we’re thrilled to announce that the first of several NOW PLAYING RADIO Presents showcases kicks off next week! For our inaugural show, we’re featuring some terrific up-and-coming local talent, including Philip James, Carlo Meriano, Daniel Mager Band, and Michael Wexler (of great friends of the show Inlet Sound) playing a solo set. It all goes down at Rancho Relaxo next Wednesday, September 12th — doors are at 8:30pm and music starts at 9:20 — and only costs five bucks. Check out the Facebook event for more information, including links to tracks from each act (get a taste of what to expect, right?).

We also spun a couple of tracks from the above artists, plus new songs from some of our perennial faves:

Michael Rault – I Wanna Love You
Divine Fits – My Love Is Real
White Wires – Everywhere You Were
Jenn Grant – I Want You Back
John K. Samson – When I Write My Master’s Thesis
Hey Rosetta! – Yer Fall
Carlo Meriano – To Serve Man
Philip James – Mountain Limbs
Aidan Knight – A Mirror
Hooded Fang – Younger Days
Bahamas – Already Yours
Said the Whale – Curse of the Currents

Next week: more about our upcoming showcases and, as always, fresh tracks from some of your favourite Canadian artists. ‘Til then!

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April 11 show rundown

Almost a month has passed and yet it only just feels as if we’re getting out of our CMW coma. That’s what plenty of live music does to you. Have no fear, listeners: we’re still in action as always, and we’ll be posting some of our most recent interviews — including those with Toronto acts Paint and Adaline, plus our CMW chats with Kalle Mattson, Samantha Savage Smith, and Poor Young Things — as the week goes on, and we’ll be getting back into that lovely Song of the Week groove (pun intended!) too.

For now, a recap of what we spun last week:

Said the Whale – Loveless
J.J. Ipsen and the Paper Crown – DaDaDa
Eight and a Half – Scissors
Octoberman – Dressed Up
Library Voices – Regina I Don’t Want To Fight
Gold and Youth – Time To Kill
Great Bloomers – Something More
The Wooden Sky – Take Me Out
Kalle Mattson – The Shore
Wintersleep – Resuscitate
Sarah Hallman – Electricity
GSJF – Messages
Bahamas – Lost in the Light

And be sure to tune into tomorrow’s show — 1pm on CHUO.fm or 89.1 on the FM dial for those listening in Ottawa — for our chat with Toronto songstress Darrelle London, who will be hitting up the Centrepointe Theatre in the nation’s capital this Friday, April 20!

‘Til then!

“We have all these underlying issues: we all went to high school together…” Feb. 22nd show rundown with Poor Young Things

We had a great time chatting with Matt, Mike and Dave from Toronto alt-rock group Poor Young Things (originally from Thunder Bay, ON) late last week about their current tour, their brand-spanking-new EP, and, well, the trials and tribulations of high school. They also selected some sweet tracks to spin, including The Trews (with whom they’ll be touring soon), The Arkells, and Teenage Kicks. Check out the entire show’s playlist and the interview below:

Poor Young Things – Blame It On The Good Times
The Trews – Every Inambition
Yukon Blonde – Stairway
Bahamas – I Got You Babe
Teenage Kicks – Middle of the Night
Silkken Laumann – On The Mend
Dan Griffin – Age of Empires
Arkells – Agent Zero
Samantha Savage Smith – The Fight
The Darcys – Josie
Poor Young Things – The Low Road

Chat with Matt, Mike and Dave from Poor Young Things (right-click to save, stream below)

Best of all, they’re playing in Toronto TONIGHT at the Horseshoe Tavern, and they’ll be hitting up Zaphod’s in Ottawa tomorrow (Friday the 24th) — be sure to head out and get your weekly dose of rock.

So I really like The Mountains & The Trees and The Details, okay? Nov. 17 show rundown

I can’t help it. I just got my hands on the St. John’s, NL singer’s latest album “I Made This For You” and the Winnpeg group’s The Original Mark EP, which was just released yesterday. So, naturally, I had to play ’em again. Along with some other great acts:

Bravestation – Colour Us With Youth
Jenocide – Street Rhythm
The Coast – Heartbreak City
Bahamas – Already Yours
The Mountains & The Trees – The Times
Steven McKay – Restore Me
Belle & Sebastian – I Want The World To Stop [WEEKLY IMPORT]
Chris Artonik – Roll With It
Christina Maria – Carolina
The Details – Surface Breaks
Sarah Harmer – The Thief
David Vertesi – All Night, All Night, All Night
F&M – Bell’s Own Desire
The Wilderness of Manitoba – Golden Beets
Old Crowns – Hems

So, this week — if you’re looking for awesome upbeat electronic pop, definitely check out Jenocide. And as for more acoustic lovin’, head on over to our Local Listings page to find more details about this weekend’s Bahamas show.

‘Til next week!