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Episode: 40
  Sep 24, 2021   51:23

BKL Ep#40 (retired) Member of Parliament Alex Nuttall

It’s been two Federal elections since my friend Alex Nuttall decided to retire as MP of Barrie-Springwater-Oro-Medonte and what impresses me about him is that he’s still out there regularly working hard for the community with charities and other initiatives. We discuss the recent Canadian election and his take on what’s next for various leaders...

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Episode: 39
  Sep 20, 2021   57:56

BKL Ep#39 The old switcharoo

My podcast returns for a new season from a new studio.  Lew MacDonald joins me and we pull the old switcharoo, he turns the tables and interviews me on my career in radio, some of my favourite records and of course what to expect on this new season of Big Kris Live!

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Episode: 38
  Jun 10, 2021   55:48

BKL Ep#38 Indigenous Author & Story Teller, Rick Revelle

Rick Revelle is a novelist who’s series started with ‘I Am Algonquin’ and is now expecting his fourth instalment ‘Algonquin Legacy’ out this August.  We discuss Canada’s ugly history with Indigenous people, residential schools and touch on the ‘statue debate’ when it comes to figures like Sir John A MacDonald. 

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Episode: 37
  Jun 03, 2021   52:50

BKL Ep#37 That writer I like, James DiFiore

James just wrote an article calling for the invasion of the Vatican. He was serious about it, given the long standing history of abuse and outright murder by the Catholic Church. Are we Cancelling catholicism? We also discuss the anti statue movement, examples being Ryerson University and City Park in Kingston Ontario the home of...

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  May 27, 2021   01:06:33

BKL Ep#36 Kris vs Country Music

I’ve never understood country music. I just don’t get it. It all sounds like hillbilly banjo music to me. It’s been a battle brewing between my old pal Wendy Boomer and I for a long time and now it’s reached the podcast. She brought backup to this debate as well! a panel of top notch...

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Episode: 33
  May 20, 2021   50:46

BKL Ep 33 This little podcast vs The Leafs Game 1

It’s probably the biggest rivalry in professional hockey and the Leafs are meeting the Canadiens tonight for Game 1 of the playoffs and it’s on at the same time as we did the livestream of this podcast. Joined by comedians Ariana Pile, Jeff Faulkner and radio host Lew MacDonald to talk about hockey, Kevin Pillar...

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Episode: 33
  May 13, 2021   01:02:34

BKL Ep 33 Could it be? Oak Island roundtable

I’ve been obsessed with the story of Oak Island, Nova Scotia, since I was in sixth grade.  I had a map on my bedroom wall and did a class project on it.  It’s now a massive TV series on History channel ‘The Curse of Oak Island’ and some incredible discoveries have been and are being...

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  May 10, 2021   40:09

BKL Ep#32 A brush with fame Part II

Is it just me or are fans of 80s rock the best of all time? the tattoos, the tribute acts, the makeup.  You just don’t see dedication like that any more.  This podcast joined by Brian Vollmer from Helix along with one of his biggest fans Andrew Libby who’s got Brian’s signature tattooed on his...

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Episode: 31
  May 06, 2021   48:16

BKL Ep#31 When you have a brush with fame

Ken Tizzard and Dale Harrison have toured across Canada in multiple critically acclaimed acts. They join returning guest Mark Davis and Andrew Libby making his podcast debut to discuss fandom. Andrew has the signatures of every member of Motley Crue tattooed on his arm while Mark grew up as a wannabe Eminem white-boy rapper from...

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Episode: 30
  Apr 27, 2021   33:56

BKL Ep#30 John-Angus from The Trews!

John Angus and I play catch up and talk fatherhood and also about the time The Trews included me in their song ‘Highway of Heroes’ on bagpipes. They have a new song titled ‘I Wanna Play’ and JA describes the guitar solo in the song as a tribute to the late Eddie Van Halen.

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Episode: 29
  Apr 25, 2021   41:08

BKL Ep#29 Holy shit I’m a dad!

It’s been a wild week adjusting to fatherhood as a first time dad at 40 years old! Return of the ‘older dads’ roundtable discusses poop ‘code brown’ mishaps, vaccines and I almost dropped my baby on camera while showing her off to my pals.. like Michael Jackson at a hotel balcony. It was a close...

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Episode: 28
  Apr 12, 2021   37:14

BKL Ep#28 Reese and Pete help me review Jeff Woods’ erotica

Celebrated author and music story teller Jeff Woods has added erotic story telling to his oeuvre. My friends Reese Turner and Pete Smith join me to talk anti-lockdown flute protests, mimosa girl losing her front teeth and we experience some samples of Jeff’s erotica together. In was life changing.

Big Kris
Episode: 27
  Apr 08, 2021   54:47

BKL Ep#27 Trippin’ with Bondzee

Greg Bond is best known as ‘Bondzee’ and we get his origin story. He sold is house and bought a legit rockstar tour bus, joining the podcast from a Walmart parking lot in Texas.  He’s touring across the United States interviewing people, meeting people like ‘Nacho’ with a unique chest tattoo.  Sponsor: retrokat.ca/bigkrislive  

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Episode: 26
  Apr 03, 2021   59:48

BKL Ep#26 Lordy Lordy Kris turns 40

Friday April 1st, the eve of my 40th birthday joined by my inner circle to talk about the best Thai food in Ontario and it’s not in Toronto, Hamilton or in Ottawa. It’s in Kingston. Wendy surprises me with a present from my wife, a special cameo greeting from one Jerry Springer!! Lots of great...

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Episode: 25
  Mar 28, 2021   59:00

BKL Ep#25 Censorship and moving goal posts with James DiFiore

James DiFiore is a freelance writer who I’ve come to admire. He’s walking a centrist line which inevitable gets you despised by everybody on both the left and the right. He shares the journey and some of the stories which have brought negative and positive attention to him plus details a time where he witnessed...

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Episode: 24
  Mar 26, 2021   43:05

BKL Ep#24 Dank Delights

I no longer know if something is or isn’t offensive anymore but I would definitely say that this podcast is not for the ‘easily offended’ or maybe even the “regular offended” .  Topics in a nutshell: Little people who race camels, a twerking influencer who had a tampon string hanging out the backdoor and the...

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Episode: 23
  Mar 18, 2021   53:01

BKL Ep#23 Gamers Roundtable

What video game, no matter how old, can you still play over and over again? The panel talks classic games they can’t get enough of along with contemporary classics like Red Dead Redemption 2.  PC vs. Console gaming debate continues.  Welcoming our new partners a Retrokat Gaming to BKL Podcast with a Gamers Roundtable! visit...

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Episode: 22
  Mar 16, 2021   58:06

BKL Ep#22 Dean Blundell and the island of misfit toys

People love to focus on the spectacular ending of Dean’s time at 102.1 The Edge in Toronto but it what people fail to recognize is how hard you have to work to achieve an elongated and popular run as a morning radio host in Toronto. Dean worked his ass off to build an audience which has...

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Episode: 21
  Mar 09, 2021   36:46

BKL Ep#21 Melanie Martin Strikes Back!

Melanie and I aren’t strangers. In fact she’s been a guest on the podcast three times now and we see each other every day while hosting the BIG101 morning show. Often we chat about stuff that we think is funny but maybe not appropriate for our FM radio audience.  This is where we take those...

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Episode: 20
  Mar 06, 2021   56:54

BKL Ep#20 Ashley MacIsaac, hi how are you today?

I was about 15 years old when Ashley MacIsaac had a fiddle tune in the top 10 popular music charts in Canada. He shot to fame with a previously unseen look in the roots music community – combat boots and sunglasses.  While his ride has been rocky at times, at heart he’s a charismatic Cape...

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Episode: 19
  Mar 03, 2021   43:33

BKL Ep#19 The Older Dads Club

A mixture of ‘older dads’. Joe just had twins at 41, Patrick is a first time dad at 40, Ozz just fathered his third in middle age and Pat Young is 41 and recently had a vasectomy reversal; currently trying for child number three.  Will Pat lose his brand new import car? he blames me...

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Episode: 18
  Mar 02, 2021   28:55

BKL Ep#18 Moonlight Graham

Graham Greer was the songwriter and frontman for The Barstool Prophets who released a string of major label records and toured heavily in Canada during the mid 1990’s. We talk about the bands legacy, the songs still hold up! plus one of Graham’s bandmates, Glen, has a unique skill.. some would call it a super...

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Episode: 16
  Feb 22, 2021   30:23

BKL Ep#16 Rob Baker, Craig Northey : Strippers Union

Excited to have this pair on the podcast. We chat about fatherhood, as it’s now 6 weeks and counting until my daughters due date. On this episode hear the Poutine-themed story behind Tragically Hip’s ‘Live Between Us’ album. Rob Baker and Craig Northey started Strippers Union in 2005 well before the final tour for the...

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Episode: 15
  Feb 18, 2021   58:59

BKL Ep#15 Jesse Modz, Modz & Bawdz

Jesse Modz and I did radio battle as competitors in Kingston a few years ago and since then he’s made his way to Calgary Alberta to host the morning program at legendary station CJAY92. We talk about fatherhood, Jesse has two young boys that he had in his early 20’s. In comparison I’m having my...

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Episode: 14
  Feb 08, 2021   39:58

BKL Ep#14 Wendy Boomer, we did some great shit together

Quick hits on what we talk about: Weird artwork, phony nursing clinics, getting ripped off by a drunk accountant, all 3D ultrasounds are creepy, except my daughter’s.  Wendy Boomer and I did a morning radio show together for 3.5 years at K-Rock in Kingston with our friend Tony Orr. We catch up and share some...

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  Jan 21, 2021   59:37

BKL Ep#12 Jeff Woods, Records & Rockstars

Like so many others my internal rock n’ roll encyclopedia has come from years of listening to Jeff Woods’ voice via his nationally syndicated radio program. He’s written a book which shares the title of his podcast name ‘Records & Rockstars’ and details some intimate relationships big name stars often at the heigh of their...

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Episode: 11
  Jan 19, 2021   50:32

BKL Ep#11 Is America headed for an insurgency post Trump?

14% of Americans are all-in on QAnon compared to 14% of Afghans who identify as sympathetic to the Taliban. Is the United States headed for an insurgency after Inauguration Day? Will we see Donald Trump wearing a military outfit, calling himself colonel and announcing a shadow cabinet tomorrow? (retired Capt.) Professor David Harmes and (retired...

Big Kris
Episode: 10
  Jan 11, 2021   40:12

BKL Ep#10 Melanie Martin breaks up the sausage party

Back so soon? The last time Melanie Martin was on the podcast we had our live-stream pulled and since then I’ve received strike two from Facebook, we discuss. Ontario education minister Stephen Lecce’s package made an appearance in the background of a Doug Ford press conference, Melanie is finally interested in politics. Plus we both...

Big Kris
Episode: 9
  Jan 08, 2021   01:00:35

BKL Ep#9 Seriously, what’s the deal with wrestling??

I’ve never understood Wrestling. I can’t believe how many adults in my circle of friends absolutely love ‘sports-entertainment’. Seriously, what’s up with Wrestling?? somebody explain it to me. The Panel: Eric Johnson – Bullwhip Productions, Mark Davis – CFRB 1010 Toronto, Shawn Gibson – Barrie Today & Barrie Wrestling, Matt McLean Fresh Radio Barrie. These...

Big Kris
Episode: 8
  Dec 20, 2020   01:13:12

BKL Ep#8 Mark Davis & Matt McLean

Mark Davis is a retired white boy wannabe rapper from Windsor-Detroit who was once in a viral meme. His girlfriend left him because of the meme. Davis worked in broadcasting but then quit to become a professional axe-thrower. He shares his origin story with us. Matt McLean joins us via satellite and is on-air at...

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Episode: 7
  Dec 14, 2020   35:12

BKL Ep#7 Humble Howard

Always some big laughs and dirty jokes with Humble Howard Glassman from Humble & Fred. Pandemic and 2020 catch-up. Blow-up doll sales have jumped 25% during the past year. Pornhub has eliminated all non-verified auteurs. Howard offers advice on fatherhood, porn site preferences & fetish consolidation.

Big Kris
Episode: 6
  Dec 13, 2020   27:20

BKL Ep#6 Josie The Christmas Saving Cat

I’ve known Chris Quigley best for his headshot on Comedy Club walls across Canada. He’s been a Stand-Up Comic since he was a teenager and has toured relentlessly until recently when the entertainment industry was ground to a halt by the pandemic.  He’s teamed up with illustrator Jon Ljungberg to release a children’s book titled...

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  Nov 27, 2020   34:43

BKL Ep#5 Throuplecast

I had a feeling that things were going to get wild on this podcast.  Our livestream was cut off 48 minutes into the episode because we began analyzing the cornucopia of dick pics in Melanie’s DMs… and well, one or two of them might have showed up on camera.  It’s a daily assault she has...

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  Nov 24, 2020   30:04

BKL Ep#4 It’s Kim friggin’ Mitchell!!

Surely every Canadian has a copy of Akimbo Alogo in their collection or at the very least in a milk crate somewhere in storage.  Kim Mitchell has been the soundtrack to multiple generations of music fans through his work with Max Webster and then as a solo artist with hits like ‘Patio Lanterns’ and ‘I...

Big Kris
Episode: 2
  Nov 09, 2020   01:17:26

BKL Ep#2 What the heck is a Trichome?

Calyx & Trichomes is a Cannabis storefront in Kingston, Ontario and my friends Jennawae and Lorenzo have been activists for the legalization, turned entrepreneurs for as long as I’ve known them.  We chat about the road to legalization and the Canadian politicians and governments that helped make it happen (plus an incredible painting that was...

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Episode: 1
  Nov 05, 2020   30:50

BKL Ep#1 My wiiiiife

Guest number 1 was the number 1 person in my life, Lisa. We took a break from Biden vs Trump and decided to drop some big news on Episode 1 of my new-look podcast. We’re having a baby girl! further more I’ll be 40 years old by the time she’s born.

Big Kris
Episode: 18
  Feb 15, 2019   17:07

Ep#84 Ian Anderson

Ian Anderson joined me by telephone to chat about his 50 years on the road as a solo artist and frontman of Jethro Tull (June 2018)

Big Kris
Episode: 17
  Jun 22, 2018   21:12

Ep#83 Jeremy Piven

Jeremy Piven is fired up on stand-up comedy and he tells me all about it in this new podcast episode!  See him THIS weekend in Toronto headlining at Yuk Yuk’s (Thursday June 21st to Saturday June 23rd).  He shares his love of Toronto and talks about how he feels it’s a cousin to his hometown...

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Episode: 16
  Apr 06, 2018   30:13

Ep#82 Slamboni

A big thanks to Trouble Town Records on Polson st. in Toronto for hosting a live off the floor performance by Ska-Punk outfit Slamboni who gave us a sneak peak of some new music and invited me into their jam space for a fun interview and hang out.  We get the origin story of the...

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Episode: 15
  Apr 03, 2018   28:37

Ep#81 The Radio Window

I invited my co-worker Aron Marion on the podcast.  He’s new to radio and trying to make his mark on a shrinking business; has the window already closed on new personalities trying to break into the radio business? We discuss long distance love and moving around to move up and the current trend of discovering...

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Episode: 14
  Feb 07, 2018   25:30

Ep#80 Band Of Rascals

Band Of Rascals are back in Toronto from the left coast and playing The Horseshoe Tavern tomorrow night (Thursday, Feb 8th 2018) and in this podcast episode they perform three songs from their catalogue and quickly get into ‘who farts the most in the van while on tour’.   The lads admit that they spend too...

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Episode: 13
  Nov 21, 2017   14:03

Ep#79 One Bad Son at The Phoenix

I had the chance to reunite with pals in One Bad Son after their soundcheck at The Phoenix in Toronto.  How have they not sued other ‘sons’ bands? especially with a lawyer for a drummer? Kurt explains. We chat about the tour thus far and upcoming holiday plans.  What would you pick number 1 overall...

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Episode: 12
  Oct 25, 2017   36:30

Ep#78 Jasper from In My Coma

Jasper and I first met maybe five years ago in a garage in Hamilton.  It’s not as sketchy as it sounds.  He updates me on what he’s been up to since and the evolution of his band ‘In My Coma’ which is celebrating the release of their new record tomorrow (Oct 26th) at the Horseshoe...

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Episode: 11
  Oct 14, 2017   24:07

Ep#77 The Boulevardier

Thanks to those who sent me some messages regarding the last episode.  I read a few notes that came in after publishing Ep#76 in this new podcast and delve into the term ‘Boulevardier’ which I first heard used to describe Montreal writer and politician Nick Auf der Maur.  His approach to community, commentary and well,...

Big Kris
Episode: 10
  Sep 29, 2017   23:50

Ep#76 Homesick

I’ve reached a bit of a crossroads with this podcast.  After a hiatus for the summer I was inspired by my pal Mark Davis over a lunch conversation where he encouraged me to rally and produce more episodes and re-invent my approach to the little project of mine.  I tackle some recent news that the...

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Episode: 9
  Jun 16, 2017   07:37

Ep#75 The Lazy’s ride again!! 7 minutes backstage

The Lazy’s kicked off their ‘Summer Ontario Fun Tour’ at Oshawa Music Hall this week and I had a chance to hang with them for a quick 7 minutes in between opening acts.  See The Lazy’s over the next few weeks across Ontario (dates listed at bigkrisradio.com) plus a NXNE showcase at the Horseshoe Thursday...

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Episode: 8
  May 11, 2017   20:51

Ep#74 Chantal Preston, Savage AF

She just got back from Nashville and shares some of her experience and drops a hint about a potential future project outside of the country genre.  Chantal Preston performs two songs from her current record Call You Later, which you can find at chantalpreston.com and through most streaming services.  See her this Friday (May 12th)...

Big Kris
Episode: 7
  May 02, 2017   25:22

Ep#73 The Pornographic Rabbit Hole

Greg Enwright is a comedian from Bradford, Ontario.  What the hell is in Bradford? houses & a shoppers drug mart surrounded by farm land.. and one sketchy strip club, which Greg fills us in on.  We chat about how as we’ve gotten older we’ve gone from being deathly afraid of having children to wanting them,...

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Episode: 6
  Apr 24, 2017   15:34

Ep#72 The Horseshoe Diaries Part 2: One Bad Son

One Bad Son were in Toronto playing the legendary Horseshoe Tavern during Canadian Music Week.  I set up shop in the front area by the window and chatted with Kurt & Adam from the band about their new single ‘Raging Bull’ which just hit #2 on the Canadian Rock chart today (April 24).  We also...

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Episode: 5
  Apr 22, 2017   23:31

Ep#71 The Horseshoe Diaries Part 1: The Dead Love

Canadian Music Week is wrapping up in Toronto and I missed most of it due to my local charity commitments.  I did however get a chance to hang with friends from Australia ‘The Dead Love’ at the Horseshoe Tavern before their gig.  We discuss the progress on a new album, collaborations and the current Toronto...

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Episode: 4
  Apr 19, 2017   40:40

Ep#70 Training Chipmunks & Tossing Little People

One of the first dudes I connected with in Barrie was KJ Preston and since then we’ve teamed up for several successful comedy endeavors and other projects like the BIG FM Comedy Garage Tour.  We talk about the momentum that we feel my radio program now has and analyze whether or not I’m an a-hole. ...

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Episode: 3
  Apr 07, 2017   36:03

Ep#69 First World Problem PTSD

They say change is good but possibly all the life changes have left me with some sort of PTSD.  Shopping for a new co-host for my morning radio program, death of a friend and mentor, living in the suburbs getting old.  I unload my anxieties on this episode with guest Bakker from Bakkersound.com who is...

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Episode: 2
  Feb 28, 2017   14:59

Ep#68 Hillsburn

Hillsburn christened the new ‘Green Garage’ jam space with a song (Sun Oughta Shine) from their upcoming album which they say will be available ‘sometime this year’.  Big shout out to David Myles, host of East Coast Music Hour on CBC, who is responsible for getting me laid.  Their new music video for ‘Low Light’...

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Episode: 1
  Dec 01, 2016   26:13

Ep#67 The Lazy’s @ Billy Talent’s Studio

Always a riot hanging out with Matty and Leon from Australian band ‘The Lazy’s’ although, maybe one day they might be Canadian as Leon shares his love for Canada and Toronto plus his desires to live here full-time.  This episode was recorded mobile at Billy Talent’s recording studio where the band had been working on...

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Episode: 32
  Nov 28, 2016   14:49

Ep#66 Surrounded By Boxes & Uptrack Music

It’s time to move again.  It’s been a slice living at Yonge and Eglinton but we’re heading north to Newmarket.  In this episode I discuss the pending move and we needed how many boxes? plus the final podcast episode of 2016 gets teased, part 2 in my ‘Aussie Invasion’ series featuring pals in The Lazy’s. ...

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Episode: 31
  Nov 20, 2016   17:10

Ep#65 The Dead Love

Aussie Invasion pt1. Clint, Miles & Stevie from The Dead Love stopped by two days after landing from Australia.  They talk about their introduction to Canada from fellow podcast alum. The Lazy’s and loving Rickard’s Red – the first beer they tried.  Who are some great bands from down under that maybe we haven’t heard...

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Episode: 30
  Nov 01, 2016   18:23

Ep#64 Lukas Rossi

Lukas Rossi made a rare visit home to Toronto from Los Angeles and did me the honour of stopping by for a podcast. He brings us up to speed on his passion for producing, singing the praises of Nashville which is where he’s headed post visit. We talk about his cover of Adele’s ‘Hello’, continued...

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Episode: 29
  Oct 24, 2016   17:47

Ep#63 Rain Over St. Ambrose

“Is this the first time you’ve slept in a van in a Walmart parking lot?” Lots of laughs with the great guys in Rain Over St. Ambrose who stopped by for a sesh, live jam and chat about East Coast Canadian rock, their friendships with podcast album. The Motorleague and fellow Nova Scotia band Wintersleep.

Big Kris
Episode: 28
  Oct 19, 2016   19:38

Ep#62 Return Of Uforia

Weren’t they just here? yes but it’s been an exciting couple of months for this up and coming band from Toronto.  The band picks their favourite records from my shelf and share great stories of how they discovered the album.  We talk about their recent gig on a K-Rock party cruise with Finger Eleven, new...

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Episode: 27
  Oct 01, 2016   14:24

Ep#61 The Pack A.D

Maya and Becky from Vancouver duo The Pack A.D stopped by for a chat and performance after working on a mystery project with George Stroumboulopoulos.  Live from my dining room they perform ‘Yes I Know’ which (as they share on this episode) had a relatively short music video shoot.  We talk about road/tour diets and...

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Episode: 26
  Sep 15, 2016   29:47

Ep#60 Jason Rouse

While back in Canada touring with Yuk Yuk’s Jason Rouse stopped to hang and shares stories about opening for black metal festivals in Scandinavia, the weirdest places he’s taken a shit, our mutual friend Dave Hudson’s secret fetish’s, the time his package brushed past my former boss’s face, his lack of hits on fetish dating...

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Episode: 25
  Sep 11, 2016   30:38

Ep#59 Dave Hudson in Toronto

Great pal and super funny guy Dave Hudson stopped by the Green Room while he was in Toronto hosting at Absolute Comedy.  We talk about my pending move to north of the city, his love of the Tragically Hip with an awesome story about how he got tickets to a show on their final tour,...

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Episode: 24
  Jul 26, 2016   18:57

Ep#58 The Road Heavy @ Metal Works Studio

Podcast alum The Road Heavy have hit the studio to record a new EP and they have a notable producer, one Jeff Martin! I sat down around the pool table at Metal Works Studio with Pat James and Jeff Cox and talked about the aspirations for this release, the dynamics of the band, how ‘the...

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Episode: 23
  Jul 26, 2016   11:08

Prologue: Engaged To Be Buried

I share the big news about getting engaged in Central Park New York a few weeks ago and talk about being a ‘late bloomer’ in the commitment department and why I finally decided that I was ‘ok’ with marriage.  The next guest episode of the podcast features pals in The Road Heavy who are in...

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Episode: 22
  Jun 27, 2016   23:21

Ep#56 Uforia

The gang from Uforia stopped in to the Green Room right in the middle of a judging sesh for the ‘Lift Cup’ sponsored by our friends 420 Kingston.  I was in the middle of sampling and judging over 52 types of cannabis and they were happy to hang out and be part of the process...

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Episode: 21
  Jun 21, 2016   14:10

Ep#55 No Sinner

Colleen Rennison talks about the closing of a legendary music venue in Vancouver and her budding romance in Los Angeles plus her affinity for riding a motorbike.  Collen and her band No Sinner were in Toronto and stopped by the Green Room for an acoustic performance of single ‘Leadfoot’

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Episode: 20
  Jun 21, 2016   08:15

Prologue: Industry Mentors

I recap my chat with pal Shadoe Davis in this prologue and talk about another mentor in broadcast from my earliest years in the business along with some of the legendary stories he share with me from his time in the radio business!

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Episode: 19
  Jun 06, 2016   17:30

Ep#53 Shadoe Davis (Part 2)

Part 2 of my chat with longtime pal Shadoe Davis who was in Toronto for a rare visit east of his hometown of Winnipeg.  Did Burton Cummings of The Guess Who tell Shadoe to F— off at Canadian Music Week 2016? he elaborates on the long relationship he’s had with Burton dating back to 1992...

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Episode: 18
  Jun 06, 2016   33:47

Ep#52 Shadoe Davis (Part 1)

Shadoe Davis sits on the Green Room sofa and the first thing he notices? the room isn’t even green!  My friend, mentor & long time radio broadcaster Shadoe and I get caught up after 6 years since our last face-to-face encounter we talk about some of the popular stunts we did on his show during...

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Episode: 17
  Jun 05, 2016   28:52

Prologue: The Gord Downie of it all

If you did a poll of my friends and family on who my favourite band is, they would probably say Oasis or Noel Gallagher but in reality I own more Tragically Hip albums and rarities than any other artist in my record collection.  I’ve spent the last two weeks evaluating exactly what The Tragically Hip...

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Episode: 16
  May 15, 2016   24:53

Ep#50 A.A Wallace

Toronto’s A.A Wallace stopped by the sofa for a chat and since the sun was shining he performed song ‘Shake it Out’ acoustic on the patio.  We talk about his EP ‘In Alpha Zones’ and his evolution from stripped down synth pop to ‘something resembling a psychedelic disco orchestra’ plus his various rock oriented projects...

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Episode: 15
  May 15, 2016   10:20

Prologue: Excitement of Music

A certain part of me is desensitized to the excitement or hype behind new music.  It’s part of working in rock radio for most of my adult life.  This week however, that magic returned.  The excitement that I felt as a teenager waiting for a new song to come on the radio arrived when The...

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Episode: 14
  May 08, 2016   32:26

Ep#48 Dean Young

Toronto comedian and podcaster Dean Young sat on the sofa and talked about imminent plans to quit his day job and go full time into stand-up and work on his ‘Talk Hole Podcast Network’ which has secured sponsorship from the infamous Fleshlight sex toy.  Does he get advance sample products? What do his roommates and...

Big Kris
Episode: 13
  May 08, 2016   06:54

Prologue: Moms

I’m fortunate enough to have had two great ladies in my life.  My mother Kathy and step-mother Leta who both, in very different ways, have helped shape my life and made me the man I am today.  Surely there were times that it was difficult especially between two teenage boys with eclectic interests and integrating...

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Episode: 12
  May 01, 2016   16:40

Ep#46 The Motorleague

The Motorleague on tour behind ‘Holding Patters’ stopped in Toronto and the Green Room Podcast to jam single ‘All The Words’ acoustic, a song that’s currently blowing up on Canadian Rock radio. The band share the experience of producing the new record with Eric Ratz and some of his unique sayings. The Motorleague hail from...

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  May 01, 2016   05:11

Prologue: See You At Canadian Music Week!

I wrap up my final thoughts on last week’s two-part episode ‘Radio Family’ with some additional stories from my times living in Hamilton, Ontario.  This week in Toronto is Canadian Music week and The Green Room Podcast will be there! I tease some of the upcoming episodes and guests from CMW.

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Episode: 11
  Apr 24, 2016   30:23

Ep#44 Radio Family Part 2

Part 2 on my dirty life and times working in Hamilton and shenanigans revolving around Kerry Gray and his ‘Loft’ (aka. Loft FM) that was fumigated multiple times and became the club house for on-air staff at Y108.  Ben recounts trying to jerk off with his ankles live on a graveyard radio show in his...

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Episode: 10
  Apr 24, 2016   28:01

Ep#43 Radio Family Part 1

Part 1 of my dirty life and times in Hamilton.  The first guy I met and hung out with after moving to the city was Scott Penfold from metal site loadedradio.com we sit down in my Toronto studio and re-hash inside jokes and leaving the resort in Jamaica plus talk about my tiny apartment on...

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Episode: 9
  Apr 24, 2016   10:12

Prologue: 1 Year 120lbs

This week marks one year since I started a new regime, that some friends said was ‘extreme’ but when pushing 400lbs it felt like it was time for something radical.  It turns out that I’ve adopted a new lifestyle and have never been healthier, literally in better shape now than I was in high school. ...

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Episode: 8
  Apr 11, 2016   28:23

Ep#41 Listen Up Kid

The gang from Listen Up Kid stopped by the Kingston studio to talk about their recent radio air-play, upcoming performance at Canadian Music Week in Toronto at the Hideout plus drummer Will’s departure from ‘Metal’ and smiling in band photo’s.  Who knew twitter and snapchat were useful? Kris shares a snapchat mis-hap that involves a...

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Episode: 7
  Apr 10, 2016   13:59

Prologue: Industry Indie

Kris explores the definition of ‘Indie’ and all it’s related sub-genre’s.  Coffee, Music, Art, Festivals.  Is a war being waged on the creative class? Virginia Clark from the Wolfe Island Music festival joined Kris on the phone to discuss plus talks about her recent cancellation of the festival for 2016.

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Episode: 6
  Mar 28, 2016   17:40

Ep#39 Sam Cash

Sam and Kris bond over Joe Strummer and discuss the neighborhoods of Toronto and where “North of the Wall” is in the city, Sam elaborates on his young start in the music business and how his creative mindset is changing as he ages, ‘Tongue and Cheek Vows’, the tough crowds in city and his dad...

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Episode: 5
  Mar 27, 2016   06:25

Prologue: Awkward Family Gatherings & Turning 35

In this prologue Kris talks about Easter, awkward family get gatherings, tackles the Jian Ghomeshi news, turning 35 and no longer able to say ‘early thirties’, legendary bathroom’s at The Toucan pub in Kingston, Sam Cash playing The Rivoli in Toronto and upcoming guests on the podcast

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Episode: 4
  Mar 14, 2016   32:43

Ep#37 K. Trevor Wilson

K. Trevor Wilson ‘glad I could break the cherry’ on the new studio in Toronto.  Award winning story teller, stand-up comedian and ‘Dan’ from the new Crave TV original series Letterkenny! hot off the heels of the recent announcement that Letterkenny was renewed for a second season. Was he always an award winning story teller?...

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Episode: 3
  Mar 13, 2016   09:36

Prologue: A Tale of Two Cities

Kris discusses his current living situation openly, long distance love, career aspirations of working full-time in Toronto in broadcasting, the ups and down plus his efforts to move the podcast studio to the city.  All-new episodes coming from Toronto studios and Kris teases some of the guests in this personalized episode.

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Episode: 2
  Jan 27, 2016   22:55

Ep#35 The Mahones

The Green Room hits the road! we had a tight window to meet and chat with Finny McConnell and Dom Whelan from The Mahones before soundcheck of their CD release party in Kingston at The Mansion!  The Hunger and the Fight pt.2 is out now make sure you grab a copy and support this legendary...

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Episode: 1
  Jan 13, 2016   23:37

Ep#34 2015 Wrap-up with Brett Emmons

It’s no secret, our number one guests from 2015 was Brett Emmons frontman from The Glorious Sons.  Most listens but also the most feedback so thank you to those who reached out.  Brett joins us and talks about the fall tour for the band as well as recent addition of Green Room alum Chris Koster...

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Episode: 22
  Dec 22, 2015   23:59

Ep#33 The Lazy’s

Leon and Matt from The Lazy’s dropped by for the final recording in the Green Room on Princess st. in Kingston (new location coming soon!)  They perform ‘Black Rebel’ the new single and talk about Australia’s rivalry with England for Cricket and do they get upset when somebody mistakes their accent for a New Zealand...

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Episode: 21
  Dec 09, 2015   23:06

Ep#32 Indie & The Factory

The Factory is a group of musicians from Kingston Ontario who, as Indie describes it, is  an ‘orgy of music love-making’.  Justin Holland, Justin ‘Juice’ Andre, Denise Clarke & Sean Tomalty stopped by the Green Room for three separate performances and details behind an upcoming music video that could cost Denise a deposit on his...

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Episode: 20
  Nov 14, 2015   27:02

Ep#31 The Standstills

One week after recording this episode our friends in the Standstills had their song ‘Orleans’ reach #4 on the Canadian Rock Charts.  Listen to the performance and hear the story of the unique guitar that Jon Fox uses while on the Green Room sofa! Rennee from the band is a huge foodie and we discuss...

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Episode: 19
  Oct 25, 2015   28:44

Ep#30 The Road Heavy

It’s a small world, Jules from The Road Heavy and Kris both graced the hallways of radio station Y108 after her experience interning for metal program Loaded Radio.  Ryan and Pat talk about the evolution of the band and how Jules ended up in the mix.  Ryan loves the vibe of the Green Room! They...

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Episode: 18
  Oct 17, 2015   34:15

Ep#29 Politicast

Comedian Dave Hudson gets semi-serious in our pre-election podcast “Politicast”.  Kris ‘tries’ to play the role of right wing conservative in this episode, but fails.  He does however seem to agree with some Conservative Party foreign policy.  The issue of the Niqab sparks debate between Dave and Kris while Craig is more focused on the...

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Episode: 17
  Oct 13, 2015   22:04

Ep#28 The New Electric

Catch The New Electric and their single ‘Life is What You Make It’ here in the Green Room! We discuss the pitfalls of 80’s Rock, The Big Shiny Tunes nostalgia of Canadian Rock, A connection with the band Age of Electric, The Blue Jays.. of course! remember “Toonie Tuesday” ? Kevin Costner’s mullet, baseball and...

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Episode: 16
  Oct 02, 2015   18:09

Ep#27 Clifford Myers (Part 2)

Return of Clifford Myers! we kept the mics rolling for a continued chat about romance, Blink 182’s recent breakup (again), $60 V-Neck shirts at the Big & Tall Store, meeting your Big & Tall doppleganger.  Did you know that people mistake K. Trevor Wilson for Clifford and Vice Versa? we hear about some of the...

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Episode: 15
  Sep 24, 2015   44:44

Ep#26 Clifford Myers (Part 1)

Season 2 of the Green Room Podcast kicks off with a Clifford Myers take-over! the hilarious comedian from Hamilton joins the sofa for part one of his talk including the eulogy of his automobile ‘Sea Biscuit’, his petite wife Lindsay, getting expelled from Bible College (Let’s just say there was 12 individual male members involved)...

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Episode: 14
  Aug 17, 2015   24:55

Ep#25 Brett from The Glorious Sons

Brett Emmons vocalist and songwriter in The Glorious Sons joined Big Kris for a one-on-one chat following an awesome performance for K-Rock Party Cruise the night before.  Brett shares his passsion for songwriting, and particularly simple three chord songs while Kris share his passion for Quinoa.   The talk about his brother Jay ‘the rock’...

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Episode: 13
  Aug 04, 2015   17:15

Ep#24 Greg Ball

Greg Ball joined the sofa after his recent tour with Rueben Degroot which made them best buds and shares the story of the controversial facebook post that got him in shit.. literally; There’s a bar somewhere in Winnipeg with a bathroom stall that has no door, catch the full story in this episode.  His nickname...

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Episode: 12
  Jul 28, 2015   17:48

Ep#23 Daniel Wesley

Daniel Wesley brought his upbeat west coast music to Kingston from Vancouver and we couldn’t have been more thrilled! at the tail end of his mini-Eastern tour he stopped in to the Green Room to talk broken legs, his pre-dates Dave Grohl’s by the way, being a daddy and touring musician plus his chance encounter...

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Episode: 11
  Jul 11, 2015   20:46

Ep#22 Hill and the Sky Heroes

Meet Hill and the Sky Heroes! Hill stopped by the Green Room on a promotional tour.. but where were the Sky Heroes? turns out it’s a solo project with a clever name! She tells stories about playing music in bars at 14, talks about touring with Serena Ryder and some of her favourite collaborators.  Enjoy...

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Episode: 10
  Jun 24, 2015   30:14

Ep#21 Eric St Cyr

College cast! a reuinion of former Algonquin College Ottawa radio graduates, Big Kris joined by musician and former radio host Eric St. Cyr discuss the problem with Canadian broadcasting regulations and the relationship with Canadian musicians.  Eric talks his Acadamy of music and the ‘Cover Band Epidemic’ that plagues so many music scenes plus recount...

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Episode: 9
  Jun 13, 2015   26:11

Ep#20 Miss Emily

Emily Fennell joined the podcast for some laughs about the time she and Big Kris broke up while on a honeymoon in Jamaica, sort of.  We chat about her new married life, raising a daughter in a community of musicians, crowdsourcing her previous album and what’s in store for the next one.  Did you know...

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Episode: 8
  May 21, 2015   22:24

Ep#19 Eric Johnston

Actor/Comedian Eric Johnston joined the podcast while in Kingston for ‘Hero fest’ (basically a comic-con).  He talks about his character ‘Vane’ on the YTV show Splatalot, the hockey tournament booked in the same hotel room as most of the Hero fest fans, His work in Stand-Up comedy in Hamilton and the success of ‘Comedy in...

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Episode: 7
  Apr 21, 2015   16:00

Ep#18 420 Session

We took the Green Room mobile studio for a tour and stopped at 420 Session Lounge during 420 celebrations!  Hear the countdown and symphony of coughs at 4:20pm discussion with Jen & Lorezno, owners of 420 Kingston & 420 Session Loung and Microshop, on legalization.  Why does it feel like America is moving closer to...

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Episode: 6
  Apr 19, 2015   19:46

Ep#17 Ryan Dennee

Comedian Ryan Dennee talks about his plans to bring a comedy festival to Kingston, 7-years doing stand-up and working with comedians like K. Trevor Wilson and Dave Merheje, how do you think you would do in the Japanese Hand Job Karaoke Game Show ‘Sing what happens’ ?  Ryan thinks he’d be a champ.  Also we...

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Episode: 5
  Apr 10, 2015   19:59

Ep#16 The Mohrs

The Mohrs joined the Green Room for two live performances from their record ‘Kings Of Nowhere’.  We talk the genesis of the band through a CBC contest, recording with Hawksley Workman, Jackie’s effort to quit drinking while on tour (on tour stop #2) and nipple tape vs penis tape.

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Episode: 4
  Mar 27, 2015   26:03

Ep#15 Chris Koster

Chris Koster teases a tonne of upcoming projects including one that cannot be named.  Sounds big right? we pressed him for details.  Koster shares the influence that legendary Bob Ezrin had on him, a train ride from Montreal that question his sanity, his brother’s Dave’s role in the Tragically Hip and how ‘Sweet Child of...

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Episode: 3
  Mar 16, 2015   21:14

Ep#14 Wildlife

The guys from Wildlife stopped by the Green Room for some shop talk, did you know Nickelback have been popular longer than the Beatles were together? We talk movies you can only watch once, example: The Road, Is Homeland still on? Sons of Anarchy spoiler alert, plus the odd numbered Star Trek movies curse

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Episode: 2
  Feb 23, 2015   17:26

Ep#13 The Stronghold

Brent Nurse and Steven Spencer co-Directors of a horror film called ‘The Stronghold’ joined the sofa in the Green Room to talk about the best John Carpenter movies, success of the Kingston based ‘Out for a Rip’ viral video and the most expensive part of filming an independant movie? catering!  The film ‘The Stronghold’ premiers...

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Episode: 1
  Jan 11, 2015   24:14

Ep#12 IllScarlett

We were treated to two live performances in the Green Room from IllScarlett off of their new record, which makes album number 5 for them! What’s it like to tour in Japan? they recount the experience; everything from “crushin’ bitches” to tasty fish snacks.  Plus, the band shares the story behind their big break when...

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Episode: 11
  Dec 18, 2014   22:48

Ep#11 Christmas is for Boys & Girls

Producer Aaron Holmberg, Vocalist Matt Hanlon and Exec. Producer Chris O’Connor joined the Green Room to discuss their holiday project album ‘Christmas is for Boys & Girls’ in support of the Boys & Girls club of Kingston!  The album, featuring the who’s who of the Kingston music scene; Paul Langlois, Chris Koster, Greg Ball, Miss...

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Episode: 10
  Dec 11, 2014   30:05

Ep#10 Comedians Roundtable

Kate Davis, Matt Carter and Barry Taylor stopped in the Green Room on the heels of a rowdy show the night before at Absolute Comedy.  Kris and Barry recount working together at Y108 in Hamilton and his current project Comedy Records, Kate offers up advice on Kris moving in with his girlfriend, Matt is contemplating...

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Episode: 9
  Dec 08, 2014   06:15

Ep#9 On the road with Head of the Herd

A quick phone chat with Neu from Head of the Herd while on the move in their tour van heading to a gig in Winnipeg.  From his eyes, the rock genre is still alive at clubs and live venues no matter what way the current pop induced wind blows.  Plus an SUV in flames!

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Episode: 8
  Dec 03, 2014   25:15

Ep#8 Live How You Live

Carm, John & Dylan from Hamilton Ontario band Live How You Live stopped by the Green Room while on tour to talk Carm’s love affair with the Gibson Les Paul Gold Top, Slash, the music scene in Hamilton vs Ottawa and we play their new single ‘Young Blood’ they have a CD release party at...

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Episode: 7
  Nov 28, 2014   23:50

Ep#7 The Stay at Home Dad’s Club

Comedian Dave Hudson and Musician John Torres joined the Green Room for our most outrageous episode yet! Anal Evangelists, a German WWII spiked Helmet… as a Condom, What if Johnny Carson did a monologue about Bill Cosby, WTF!?

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Episode: 6
  Nov 21, 2014   24:22

Ep#6 Joey Shithead from D.O.A and The Beta 58’s

It was so awesome to meet Joe from D.O.A and have him into the Green Room! due to technical problems we only got 9 minutes with him but his and our pals The Beta 58’s sat down and talked about the changes in the punk genre over the years, their love of Joey Shithead and...

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Episode: 5
  Nov 16, 2014   27:55

Ep#5 Puckcast

Longtime pals and sports junkies Double J (Jordan Jackson) and Cole Nayler sat down in the Green Room to talk some hockey!  Pretenders and Contenders from around the league, Team Rivalry’s, Fat contracts for 3rd line players and does Pittsburgh really need an elite goalie?

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Episode: 4
  Nov 11, 2014   15:27

Ep#4 John Angus from The Trews

John Angus MacDonald talks the Trews current tour and the final date Dec 11 at Massey Hall, the bands first headlining show at the legendary venue and is Exile on Main St. the best Stones album? we discuss.

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Episode: 3
  Nov 06, 2014   26:47

Ep#3 What’s the deal with ISIS?

One of the leading stories of 2014 has been the emergence of ISIS.  Could they actually succeed in developing an ‘Islamic State’ what would the borders look like?  who wants to live in the state?  Prof. David Harmes joins us for discussion.

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Episode: 2
  Nov 01, 2014   06:48

Ep#2 Launch Party, After Party

While Gunner and Brett went uptown to K-Rock HQ for the FM radio interview.  Jay and Packer hung back to drink gin and eat pizza, we kept the mics rolling!  Catering provided by Tata’s Amherstview!

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Episode: 1
  Nov 01, 2014   14:02

Ep#1 Launch party with The Glorious Sons!

We kick off our first ever podcast with The Glorious sons and a live audience feat. Craig McEwen!  Back home in Kingston at the tail end of a tour with Airbourne, The Glorious Sons sit down on the sofa in the Green Room and discuss stories from the road in a candid hangout.  Catering provided...

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  Oct 22, 2014   03:21

Early Interview with Jer from Monster Truck

Before the critically acclaimed ‘Furiosity’ and the Juno Award they released their first EP and scored a spot opening for Slash on a leg of his tour.  His endoresment was the first of many for Monster Truck.  Proud to say I was part of this early rise for the band!

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  Oct 18, 2014   12:57

Big Wreck in their dressing room

Ian Thornley and Brian Doherty invited Big Kris into the dressing room at Hamilton Place theatre to discuss a highly successful year and album for the band (archived from 2012)