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My Favourite Song Part Two

We continue our summer series that features music some of our guests really like.  And maybe, just maybe, you’ll discover some new artists and music, too!

As many of you (and Gregg. Especially Gregg!) enjoy local, live music this summer we thought we’d also ask some of your favourite guests what their favourite song is.

This week’s guests include:

Actress, Director and Producer Samantha Wan

Singer Patricia O’Callaghan

Singer LU KALA

Writer, Director and Producer Rama Rau

This is Episode #184 of the Welcome! podcast.

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Mark Howard

“Listen Up! Recording Music with Bob Dylan, Neil Young, U2, REM, The Tragically Hip, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Tom Waits…” is an album-by-album account of my next guest’s work with these iconic artists and others.

He has spent more than two decades recording, mixing, engineering and producing some of my favourite albums and concerts.

It is both an honour and a pleasure to welcome to the show Grammy award-winning producer, Mark Howard.

This is Episode #182 of the Welcome! podcast.

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Tom Wilson

When my next guest walked on stage the crowd at The Great Hall in Toronto popped. A giant of a man with long, dark, wavy hair and wearing a dark, long coat came on stage and read from his book. This was March 29, 2018.

I had no clue who this person was. Why did he read from a book?

My next guest was raised in Hamilton, ON. He is an award-winning musician, singer, songwriter, an author, painter and visual artist.

The liner notes in his book, “Beautiful Scars”, reads, “Along the way he became a father and a grandfather, battled demons and addiction, and he waited, hoping for the truth to emerge. and when it did, it would sweep across the St. Lawrence River to the Mohawk reserve of Kahnawake in Quebec , on to the heights of the Manhattan skyline.” I now understood why he read from his book.

Please Welcome to the show, Tom Wilson.

This is Episode #179 of the Welcome! podcast.

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Song: Out Of My Head, Junkhouse

Patricia O’Callaghan

Vivascene has called my next guest “one of the best singers ever to come out of Canada.” The National Post said, “This Toronto soprano can sing a 100-year old German tune so lustily that you almost don’t need a translation to know that someone’s about to get his throat cut, or get laid, or both.”

My next guest is an award-winning classical singer who grew up in Northern Ontario wanting to be a rockstar. Or a nun.

Please Welcome to the show, Patricia O’Callaghan!

This is Episode #178 of the Welcome! podcast.

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Parvaaz – India’s most exciting band

Rolling Stone magazine have hailed my next guest as “India’s most exciting band.”

After a successful Canadian tour in 2017 they came back to Toronto for another go around. Please welcome to the show:

Lead singer and guitarist Khalid Ahmed
Guitarist – Kashif Iqbal
Drummer – Sachin Banandur
Bass guitarist – Fidel D’Souza

Parvaaz.

This is Episode #174 of the Welcome! podcast.

Music courtesy of Parvaaz.

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SATE

SATE (meaning): satisfy a desire to the full.

MusicForLunch.com said her music leaves you exhausted but leaves a fire burning in your soil that wasn’t there before. NOW magazine calls her a tornado of a stage presence.

When I saw her earlier this year headlining the Horseshoe Tavern she blew the roof off the historic venue.

I am thrilled to welcome to the show, SATE.

This is Episode #172 of the Welcome! podcast.

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Farley Flex

My next guest was an early manager of Canadian hip hop legend, Maestro Fresh Wes.

He also spent a dozen years convincing the CRTC to give him and his partners a licence for Canada’s first urban radio station, FLOW 93.5.

He spent 6 seasons as a judge with Canadian Idol alongside one of my favourite rock voices, Sass Jordan.

Today he spends a lot of his time executing intercultural conflict management workshops and seminars as well as programs focused on community capacity building as well as youth and community engagement.

Please welcome to the show, Farley Flex.

This is Episode #169 of the Welcome! podcast.

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Jade Hassouné

This Lebanese-Canadian artist has been acting since the age of 10.

He trained at George Brown’s cartooning program and is also an alumnus of the Actor’s Conservatory.

In 2016 he was chosen as a cast member of the award-winning and fav favourite NETFLIX show, SHADOWHUNTERS.

He has also starred and co-produced the award-winning online show, That’s My DJ.

His latest project is an EP, Love Letter To A Fandom.

Please welcome to the show, Jade Hassouné!

This is Episode #168 of the Welcome! podcast.

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Ajay Massey of U.N. Jefferson

Ajay Massey of U.N. Jefferson is not a newcomer in the local music scene.

This is Episode #157 of the Welcome! podcast.

Not many people can boast that legendary wrestler The Iron Sheik once opened for their band. Or that, in turn, they’ve opened for USS, The Weeknd and The Arkells – all on the same tour! Nevermind being inducted into their hometown’s Music Hall of Fame.

Ajay Massey would never say that he’s led a Forest Gump-style life of being inthe right place at the right time. Why? Well, he’ll tell you he’s been in the music industry ever since his parents built a dance floor in the basement of the family home in Mississauga, Ontario.

I’m honoured to Welcome my next guest, lead singer and songwriter for U.N. Jefferson, Ajay Massey.

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Music by:

Zuul’s Evil Disco – Slap Me Some Skin
Two Crown King – Please Believe Me
U.N. Jefferson – Testify

LU KALA

Singer-songwriter LU KALA’s unique approach to pop music lead her to co-writing a song with DVSN and Stephen Kozmeniuk (Shawn Hook, Dua Lipa, Nicki Minaj) that appeared on Jennifer Hudson’s third studio album. Since then, LU has worked tirelessly at building her career as an artist. Her distinct sound, inventive songwriting and vivacity have landed her in rooms with industry vets such as BabyFace.

This is Episode #156 of the Welcome! podcast.

2018 has been one of LU KALA’s busiest years yet. She was featured in Afro-Punk Magazine, performed at TD Celebrates the Junos, Canada’s Walk Of Fame 20th Anniversary Gala and attended a writing workshop with BabyFace, James Fauntleroy (Bruno Mars) and MarcLo.

LU KALA was also selected as the RBC Emerging Musicians Program’s grand prize winner for 2018.

LU KALA’s debut single DCMO (Don’t Count Me Out) was released in September and has gained over 100K streams. The single was added to several official playlists including Spotify’s It’s a Bop, Indie Pop Chillout and New Music Friday Canada. It is also featured on Apple Music’s Breaking Pop playlist, Pure Pop and Pop Deluxe Radio. Shortly after its release, DCMO (Don’t Count Me Out) was selected as Newcap’s (now Stingray) Trending Track for October and November. As the Trending Track, DCMO(Don’t Count Me Out) was played on all of Newcap’s Top 40 stations in Canada. DCMO (Don’t Count Me Out) was also played on Stingray’s Hit List, CBC Radio Radio 2’s After Dark and Corus’ 91.5 The Beat in Kitchener and has so far peaked at #45 on the Mediabase Canada Top-40 chart.

DCMO is a song that demonstrates LU’s remarkable musical ability and solidifies her presence among those to watch in 2019    

“I never realized that I was doing anything different as far as creating music goes until someone pointed out that I had a gift. I find myself writing about the things that I was afraid to say out loud for so long…music has given me a voice.”

With a focus on self-love and inclusivity, LU states, “it’s important to me that all women know there is room for them no matter what career or life path they choose. As a black pop Canadian artist with Congolese roots, I’d like to continue to release music my way, and kick down the doors for all girls and women to follow.”

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Introduction music in this podcast episode is by my cousin, Afraaz Mulji. 

You can listen to LU KALA’s single on her website HERE.