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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.

Tom Stephen

Tom Stephen spent the better part of two decades playing drums in and co-managing one of Canada’s top musical trios, The Jeff Healey Band. Tom recently wrote the book, “Best Seat In The House. My Life In The Jeff Healey Band” published by ECW Press.

I sat down with Tom Stephen for almost 90 minutes in a downtown Toronto lobby to talk about his life as a musician and to find out more about one of Canada’s, if not the world’s, best guitarists, Jeff Healey.

This is Episode #153 of the Welcome! podcast. Tom Stephen and I discussed:

  • How Tom was introduced to drums and the first time he met Jeff Healey
  • The reasons Tom effectively became the lead business negotiator for The Jeff Healey Band
  • Tom shared some stories of Jeff Healey with people such as Keith Richards, President Bill Clinton, Mark Knopfler from Dire Straits, George Harrison from The Beatles and BB King
  • Tom described going to New York City to get Paul Shaffer’s (David Letterman’s long time band leader) help in breaking The Jeff Healey Band stateside
  • The Jeff Healey Band’s hit songs as well as Tom’s favourite songs
  • Working with the band and Patrick Swayze on the movie, Roadhouse.
  • Why Jeff Healey always stuck up for Jeff and Joe (bass guitarist) as the band’s rhythm section
  • The straw that finally broke the camel’s back and saw The Jeff Healey Band break up for good
  • Why Tom was told to not show up to Jeff Healey’s funeral
  • Tom’s current health
  • And do much more!

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Bree Taylor

Bree Taylor is a singer-songwriter based out of Streetsville, Mississauga.

This is Episode #149 of the Welcome! podcast.

  • Bree Taylor started singing at the age of 6 in a choir
  • Bree attended the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Music and then went to the Oakville Academy for the Arts
  • Her first single was called “Broken Dreams”
  • Bree Taylor and I also spoke about how the #MeToo movement impacted her life and work as a singer-songwriter
  • Her latest single is called “You Played It All” and is from the EP, “Unbreakable” which was released on October 19, 2018

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This episode was taped at Girth Radio studios inside the Pacific Junction Hotel bar in Toronto.

Please listen to Bree’s newest single, You Played It All, at the end of this episode!

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Sam Reid of Glass Tiger

Sam Reid is a founding member, songwriter and keyboardist with the award-winning band, Glass Tiger. Founded in Newmarket, Ontario Sam and the rest of the members of Glass Tiger have been making music and touring the world for the past 30+ years.

Listen to this exclusive Girth Radio podcast as Sam Reid and the band get ready to play the historic Massey Hall in Toronto.

This is episode #131 of the Welcome! podcast.

Here are some of the things we talked about:

  • How Sam Reid’s parents enrolled him in piano lessons in order for him to open up and develop his growing interest in music.
  • Why Sam Reid had to play “hidden” in his first bands.
  • Why the band’s first name was Tokyo and the circumstances that “forced” them to change it to Glass Tiger.
  • How Sam Reid and Glass Tiger came to open for Culture Club in the iconic Maple Leaf Gardens.
  • How Glass Tiger got hooked up with Jim Vallance during the recording of their first album.
  • How their first hits and success of their debut album changed Sam Reid and the band.
  • The value of a song.
  • Sam Reid’s relationship with the Snowbirds.
  • The importance of not sucking!
  • What is Willow Music and who are the indie band, Alpacas.
  • Why Glass Tiger is still playing music and recording after 30+ years.
  • The importance of playing at Toronto’s Massey Hall.

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Recorded live at Girth Radio.

Music by Glass Tiger.

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Bif Naked: Canada’s queen of punk rock

Bif Naked joined Karim Kanji inside the studio to chat about her music, her life, why she’s always so positive, if it’s true that she moved to Toronto to be close to Drake, and so much more!

This is Episode #129.

Here are some of the things we discussed:

  • Bif Naked was born to a Canadian teenage mom in India.
  • She was adopted by American parents who were in India doing Christian missionary work.
  • As a young adult, Bif Naked visited her mom (who was then living in Barrie, Ontario) and discovered that many of the character traits she had came from her birth mom!
  • Bif Naked’s real name is Beth Torbert. She explains how she got the name Bif and what she thinks of it.
  • Bif Naked is the most positive person I’ve ever met. She is most likely the most positive person you’ve ever met. She explains how she got this way.
  • Her battle with cancer and why she enjoyed it so much!
  • How a hole in Bif Naked’s heart most likely saved her life but gave her kidney failure.
  • How her dad’s dentistry profession and time in med school piqued her interest in all things health and medicine.
  • Why she doesn’t drink anymore.
  • Why a lot of punk rockers are also “straight-edge’d”.
  • Why she believes in God.
  • Why Bif Naked got into music and why she enjoys touring more than recording new material and putting out albums.
  • The circumstances that forced her to start her own record label and own her own music since the beginning.

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Recorded live at Girth Radio.

Music by Afraaz Mulji and Bif Naked. 

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