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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Reunited with live radio, and it feels so good. May 25th show rundown.

Lovely listeners, it was such a thrill to return to live radio today. And boy oh boy did we celebrate this return with some pretty excellent spins:

Austra – Lose It (Diamond Rings remix)
Winchester Warm – Surf’s Up
White Wires – Summer Girl
The Guilty Minds – Sand and Glass
Graham Wright – Soviet Race
David Myles – Gone for Long
Handsome Furs – What About Us
Handsome Furs – Repatriated
Zachary Lucky – Coming Back Home
Purple Ghosts – Can’t Dance
Sarah Hallman – Electricity
Cornwall – Snow Weather
Kathryn Calder – Slip Away

Don’t forget, folks: many of these fabulous acts are making their way through town soon — be sure to check out the Local Listings section so you don’t miss ’em! Join us next Wednesday at 1pm when we’ll continue our live radio rollercoaster of awesome — and keep your eyes peeled to this space to see when we’ll be bringing some more terrific live music to live radio!

May 11th show rundown [and don’t forget about the funding drive!]

Once again, some fabulous spins (pretty crazy that Sloan and Sam Roberts both had new releases this week):

Sloan – The Answer Was You
The Albertans – Megan
The White Wires – Outta My Mind
Sam Roberts Band feat. Liz Powell – Longitude
Chromeo – Don’t Turn The Lights On
Pat LePoidevin – Mary
Jesse Dangerously – Bring Your Girlfriend to Rap Day
Kate Maki – Lose My Mind
Woodpigeon – Songbook/The Sound of Us Playing Together
Good Lovelies – Kingston
J.J. Ipsen and The Paper Crown – Helium Balloons
Miracle Fortress – Raw Spectacle

And you bet, that Woodpigeon track is off our SUB-BASEMENT SESSIONS a digital compilation of five fantastic tracks recorded by five fantastic bands/artists from Ottawa and across the country — it only costs FIVE BUCKS but if you can donate more, we’d love you for it! Money raised will go straight to CHUO 89.1 FM, in support of their 2011 Funding Drive. Please help us reach our goal of $200 — donate!