Posts tagged ‘canada’

November 23, 2017

ska party Montreal Ska Festival special menu!

we have a very special episode of the program dedicated to the Festival Ska de Montréal / Montreal Ska Festival that starts airing today and runs for the next week or so! tune in deats @ the end of this post. check on the festival lineup at!

features ♫’s from the likes of: The Kingpins, Vic Ruggiero, Chris Murray, Les Happycuriens, Sammy Kay, Kman and The 45s, The Beatdown, The Resojets and a few tunes from artists from past editions of the festival!

♫ Mondays the show airs 4-6pm ET on CKLU 96.7FM in Sudbury, ON plus various repeats (including Thursdays 9-11am ET).

♫ Tuesdays the show airs 11am-Noon ET on CILU – LU Radio 102.7FM in Thunder Bay, ON plus various repeats.

♫ Tuesdays the show airs 3-5pm ET on Bombshell Radio at plus various repeats.

♫ Wednesdays the show 5-6 pm MT on CKXU 88.3 FM in Lethbridge, AB plus a Sunday 5-6 MT repeat.

♫ Wednesdays the show airs 3-4pm PT on CJUC 92.5FM in Whitehorse, Yukon

♫ Fridays the show airs 10-11am AT on Local 107.3FM in Saint John, NB

♫ Fridays the show airs 9-11pm AT on Caper Radio CJBU 107.3 FM in Sydney, NS plus a weekend repeat

November 21, 2016

ska party end of November 2016 menu


Ska Party pre party FM Playlist
(hour 1 of the 2 hour version airs on CKLU, CKMS and Caper Radio)
for the week of November 21, 2016
 *denotes skanadian
dilip n the davs
mad bombers society*
the planet smashers*
king apparatus*
les happycuriens*
basskateers meet sticky joe
the indecision
the skints
flying vipers
the cabrians
Ska Party FM Playlist  
(hour 2 of the 2 hour show OR airing on the stations that ONLY air the 1 hour version.  basically everyone airs this hour!)
for the week of November 21, 2016
backyard superheroes
the baudelaires*
skata tones
the roberts creek saloon*
the upsttemians
little mister
aidid and friends
the responsables*
smooth beans
little roy
the screw ups

airing on these fine and dandy stations:

♫ Mondays the show airs 4-6pm ET on CKLU 96.7FM in Sudbury, ON plus various repeats.

♫ Mondays the show airs 10-11pm ET on Hunters Bay Radio 88.7FM in Huntsville & Muskoka ON

♫ Tuesdays the show airs 10am-Noon ET on CKMS 100.3FM in Waterloo, ON

♫ Tuesdays the show airs 11am-Noon ET on CILU – LU Radio 102.7FM in Thunder Bay, ON plus various repeats.

♫ Wednesdays the show 5-6 pm MT on CKXU 88.3 FM in Lethbridge, AB plus a Sunday 5-6 MT repeat.

♫ Wednesdays the show airs 3-4pm PT on CJUC 92.5FM in Whitehorse, Yukon

♫ Thursdays the show airs 8-9am AT on Local 107.3FM in Saint John, NB

♫ Thursdays the show airs alternating weeks 10-11pm PT on Kootenay Coop Radio 93.5FM in Nelson, BC

♫ Fridays the show airs 9-11pm AT on Caper Radio CJBU 107.3 FM in Sydney, NS plus a weekend repeat


June 26, 2014

Funkzilla Stomps on Board!

the funkzilla arrived!  its been played pretty much straight for the last 3 hrs & we love it!

at first, we were drawn to all the tap tempo options.  SO very addictive!
but second sober thought has us just using it as an envelope filter.
that will be the more practical (read: less annoying) use in a lot of the songs we play.
now the board is simple and clean.  tuner – beta – funkzilla
the next add might compression.  and we’ll stop there… ahahaaaa 😉 ahem… right!
a MASSIVE thanks to SOLID GOLD FX for not only making RAD pedals but great service too!
here’s a wee vid we did!

October 25, 2011

jason priestly strings story

tom lees on granville

so we guess the time is getting just about right to finally blog about our experience at Tom Lee’s Music store in Vancouver this past summer. the reason being that the GHS brite flats strings we bought that day are now in use.

we stopped at Tom Lee’s on Granville to check out the much ballyhoo’d store and perhaps buy a pedal (that ended up being the EHX bassballs that we dearly love). so as we are trying out the pedal in a soundproof room we spied none other than 90210(amongst many other roles) star, Jason Priestly(JP) shopping in the guitar section with his rather large body guard/personal assistant in tow. being much interested in the pedals we were trying out we didn’t give it much of a 2nd thought until we were ready to pay for our pedal at the one and only cash. there in the lineup right behind us was JP.

we had discussed with the store help that we needed strings as well as the pedal yet as we were ringing up the total the strings we had decided on were nowhere to be found. so a search for the strings ensued followed by a struggle to find out actually how much the strings actually cost. now the lineup had gone to 1 to about 6 ppl in this time. how much time had gone by was beyond us since we were in no hurry. no one was really bothering JP but the more and more a crowd developed around the cash, the more and more JP and his large ass. man were getting nervous. it was obvious they were in a hurry and wanted no part of an impromptu autogoof session.

the situation was out of our control. there were 2 sets of flat strings we wanted to purchase cuz according to the staff they were on sale. but what the actual sale price was proving difficult to locate. the tension in the lineup was building and building. the expression on JP and his ass. man were priceless.

finally the staff relented the cash to JP and the others so they could be served while we waited for the price. a few evil eyes were given by the large ass. man but really the situation was the result of the staff and not us. in our mind, we’re thinking yer not quite the big deal u still think u are. none of the tweens in the lineup had recognized him and in real physical life JP was actually super small. we doubt he reaches 5 ft. on a good hair day.

after they departed, the tension eased and we discovered our strings only cost $10 a set. worth making JP wait any day! what a bargain! we left the store and there was no sight of JP anywhere. a trail of dust was all he left.

now its a been a few months since we bought those strings and they’ve been on our gibson bass for about 2 months. the review is that we don’t like them and will likely not use the 2nd set. the tone and feel is just not suited to us. no matter how we tweak things we just can’t seem to get a sound we like out of them. the best way we can describe it in words is that it sounds as if the tone is being choked. we’ve been using the bass/strings set up for jams just so they get some use b4 we replace them. but nonetheless, we’ll never forget the day we made a hollywood star wait so we could get bargain strings for 10 bux!

in a totally unrelated note, here’s a pic we took of a streetfight later that same day. the suit actually kept talking on the cell as he tried to break up the fight. the fight started when the 2 guys on the ground bumped each other and then it just escalated from there. some nasty punches were thrown and then it got broken up by onlookers and every1 went their separate ways. stay classy vancouver!

even wks after the canucks playoff loss there was still fighting in the streets!

June 20, 2011

The Heat in Sudz

just putting the wraps to a great weekend with TooNice.  we played a billiards hall on the friday in Toronto then hit the road for our longest road trip yet… to Sudbury for an afternoon matinee at a coffee shop and an evening show at a pub.  all 3 shows were great but for different reasons.  friday night was not so busy so as a result, we got to try out a lot of the new material we’ve been working hard on the past few weeks in a live setting without much at stake.  some were rougher than others and a lot was learnt about which songs still need more attention and which are stage-ready perfect. btw, the home-made perogies at ONCUE were to die for! highly recommended!

saturday in sudbury was a heckuva lotta fun!  the matinee was ridonkulous as the kids in attendance were in non-stop dancing mode, the customers were more boisterous than u’d think and we sold out of our cd’s!  we’ll not soon forget the applause we got at the finish of the show.  that was off the charts!

the evening show was well attended and we got a fair shake of ppl up on the dancefloor.  we even lent out our bass amp to one of the bands playing(our first time doing that).  they were a decent original rock outfit with a great lead singer.  anyways, we get the 200w amp back afterwards and all the dials were turned all the way up!  its no worse for wear (they only played 30mins) but we’ll defo be thinking twice next time we lend her out. our thx to dj bookshelf for keeping the vibe up inbetween sets!  so sweet! also sweet were the tunes that we played for the 3rd time in under 24hrs.  by far, the best sets of the weekend!

as for our playing, we made some minor mistakes at all 3 shows but we didn’t repeat any.  and that was our goal heading into the weekend… not repeating mistakes and learning from them.  we were also trying hard to stay concentrated at the job at hand while playing and not get caught up in any day dreaming, thinking about the next song or crowd watching. we’ve also started to incorporate some thumb playing on the bass with mixed results.  we haven’t practiced that style enough to be wholly comfortable with it yet but there is definitely a time when it is needed and we’ll be counting on that style of playing in the shows ahead for sure.  we are lovin’ the deep sound we get with the thumb!

below are a few pics from the downtown blues fest for the local food bank that we stumbled upon inbetween satuday gigs.  the band playing was called “mississippi heat” from chicago and they were playing some wicked tight blues!  each member was spot on and the sound for an outdoor event was excellent.  it was the best sonic suprise of the day for us and we wish we coulda stayed longer.

April 19, 2011

Review: Pixies Toronto

Lucky for us we got to see the Pixies Doolittle Tour last night at Massey Hall in Toronto.  We’ve included the video we took of the first Doolittle track “debaser” and some pics.  Our gallery seats were sooooo sweet!

The Pixies were always one of those bands we liked but never loved.  Doolittle and the material they produced around that time, came out when we were discovering so many different sounds.  It stood out at the time for “not standing out” (if that makes any sense) and we think Doolittle endures because of that.  Its a catchy mix of grace and grit that gave it broad appeal and as time has wore on, we’ve become huge fans.   We’ve seen them once before and that show ranks in our top 10 of best shows ever.  They blew us away on that night and last night was no different except for its raison d’etre.

The show last night was different because its focus is on playing and celebrating the anniversary of the pivotal “Doolittle” release.

The Pixies first entertained us with some B sides and then jumped right into the Doolittle tracks as they were in order of the lp.   One can only marvel at their understated cohesion and how all the little parts each member brings to every track combines into something utterly fantastic to behold.  That in essence is the beauty the Pixies and of Doolittle.  Doolittle was never quite duplicated in the same manner by the band either by choice or by group evolution since its release.  But as fans, would we even want them to duplicate it?  That is also a part of Doolittle’s charm, aura and attraction.  Its a shinning, warm and beautiful sonic gem in a sea of sorta similar gems but it stands out as the best of them all.

We spent most of the night watching Kim play the bass of course.  The first show many moons ago, the drumming of David Lovering had us mesmorized as that was our personal musical focus of the time.  We learnt a lot from watching their interaction during the course of this show.  If Kim was not singing a song, she essentially would play facing David the entire time.

While we enjoyed Kim’s banter with the audience during the show and we know she speaks for the entire band, but it would be nice if they all would share a thought now and then. The end when they all finally did speak was hilarious so maybe that is the point or result they are seeking.

Looking forward to seeing the show again in a day from now in Hammyland!  Perhaps a post about that too so stay tuned!  Til then, this monkey’s gone to heaven!

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April 8, 2011


Our reggaeriffic band, TooNice has just released 2 songs from our debut cd for free download!  Check ’em out at Soundcloud!  Sweet!