The Boiling Point, Feb 16
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The Boiling Point, Feb 16

First off, let me apologize for not airing an audio show last night.

Lots of topics were covered in this week’s episode, and some of them were covered in a Facebook Live stream.  From the handshake felt around the world to the ongoing investigation into the Trump administration, there was no shortage of compelling material from this past week to cover.  Not only were there hot headlines, but there were historic events as well: Prime Minister Trudeau was officially received in Strasbourg for the passing of CETA by the European Parliament- the first of its kind- as an alternative to protectionist politics.  The PM had strong words for critics of the deal and a message of encouragement for supporters: “We can’t understate how important it was to get this deal right,” and “The anxiety people have towards the economy and trade — the worry that our kids won’t have access to the same jobs and opportunities that we had — can be addressed only if we ensure that trade is inclusive, so that everyone benefits.  This agreement … delivers just that.”

As well, the topic of autonomous weapons was looked at, and one Harvard student’s efforts to work with like-minded people to ban them altogether.  For any further updates, tweet to @BoilingPointRL.

Next show will be back to normal, regular audio, and most likely live stream.  Apologies for the mixup!

News Unplugged- Friday, January 15
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News Unplugged- Friday, January 15

TWO OF HOLLYWOOD’S NOTABLE FIGURES PASS AWAY FROM CANCER

This week has been one of many sad deaths as yet another two of entertainments most notable figures has passed away from cancer.

English actor, Alan Rickman, passed away on Thursday from cancer at the age of 69. The actor is most well known for playing Professor Snape in the Harry Potter film series and Hans Gruber in Die Hard(1988).

Rickman began his career on stage before taking his talents to the screen in his first major role in Die Hard at the age of 41.
Although Rickman took a late start to his on screen career, he has created a large influences as a talented actor and artist of our time.

Another sad death also took many by surprise as Celine Dion’s husband, René Angélil, also passed away on Thursday from a long battle with throat cancer Angélil passed away at the age of 73. As confirmed by the Clark County Office of the CoronerAngélil died of natural causes while under the care of a physician. Rene Angélil was also notably Celine Dions former manager.

These two deaths come only four days after the legendary David Bowies passing from cancer on Sunday.


CANADIAN MAN ARRESTED AFTER SMUGGLING ACROSS BORDER ON SLED 

Authorities have reported that a 21 year old male has been arrested as he was transporting a sled holding 82kg of prescription pills across the Canadian border into the United States.

The US Attorney’s Office has identified the man as Cedrik Bourgault-Morin. Bourgault-Morin was arrested early Wednesday after attempting to cross the border from Quebec into Vermont.

After triggering a sensor authorities were alerted and quickly arrived onsite to find Bourgault-Morin with pills valued at $1.6 million.

The 21 year old was being held in a Vermont prison on Thursday.

Bourgault-Morin faces a $250,000 in fines and a jail sentence of 5 years in U.S prison.
No further comments have been made by Bourgault-Morin representatives.


EOS FACES LAWSUIT DUE TO ALLEGED HEALTH CONCERNS 

Lawsuits have been launched against one of the most popular lip balms in cosmetics.

EOS faces lawsuits from a consumer who claims the lip balm contains health concerns that EOS has not disclosed on its packaging.

The woman, Rachael Cronin, filed a class action lawsuit against the well known brand, stating that the product caused her lips to crack, blister and bleed.

Cronin claimed that her lips felt like “sandpaper” and when she went ahead to re-apply the balm her lips became irritated with blisters and bleeding. Her condition supposedly lasting for 10 days.

EOS released a statement with the following message,

Some of you may have seen reports of a lawsuit filed against our company. We wanted to be sure that you, our valued…

Posted by eos on Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Cronin’s attorney, Mark Geragos, has represented the likes of many celebrities such as Micheal Jackson, Chris Brown, Nicole Ritchie, and Usher to name a few.

Laurier Students Meet Their Federal Candidates
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Laurier Students Meet Their Federal Candidates

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On Wednesday, October 7th, Waterloo candidates gathered in Laurier’s concourse to debate and discuss their platforms for the upcoming federal election.

Representatives from all four parties were present: Conservative’s Peter Braid, New Democratic Party’s Diane Freeman, Liberal’s Bardish Chagger, and Green Party’s Richard Walsh.

The debate was primarily focused on student issues, with the concern of student debt playing a key role in each of the candidates’ discussion points.

 

Each party came forward with a plan of action to combat student debt. The individual candidates’ main points were as follows:

1. Chagger stated that the Liberal Party would not only increase access to student loans, but also absorb interest in the repayment time until students are earning a minimum salary of $25,000 a year.

2. In Braid’s plan, the Conservative Party would use Canada’s current Student Loans and Grants program to eliminate in-study income from loans, for students who are balancing a job while attending post-secondary education.

3. Walsh projected that by 2020, the Green Party would be able to eliminate tuition fees altogether. The party would also forgive any student debt over $10,000, contribute annually to local municipalities to hire young people, and have a guaranteed annual income.

4. Freeman proposed that the New Democratic Party would eliminate all interest on student loans over the next 7 years, help establish 40,000 new permanent internship and co-op opportunities for students, and build affordable housing for new graduates.

 

Another hot-button topic that arose during the debate was the lack of Aboriginal students entering the post-secondary sector.

All four candidates agreed that the government must work alongside Aboriginal communities to invest further in their education.

Walsh, Freeman, and Chagger noted that the current Conservative government’s cuts to Aboriginal communities must be restored in order for Aboriginal students to thrive. Braid stated that the Conservative government is prepared to assist each Indigenous community on a nation-by-nation basis.

 

To close off the debate, candidates gave a final statement to summarize their arguments.

1. In Braid’s closing statement, he emphasized that the Conservative Party is “the only choice to keep our economy strong, and taxes low”.

2. Walsh argued that the Green Party has “the vision to get our economy on track for an environmentally sustainable future”.

3. Freeman stated that her background in engineering has prepared her to invest in Waterloo with “stable funding for roads, bridges, affordable housing, and transit”.

4. Chagger closed by stressing the Liberal government’s values “compassion, inclusion, and respect for the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms”.

Each candidate brought on strong tactics to entice students and delivered key messages as to how they would deliver change within the community.

 

As the debate came to a close, students took the time to get to know the candidates before they will be placing their ballots in the upcoming voting days.

 

Radio Laurier Mid-Week Update 3.0 (ON A THURSDAY?!?!?)
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Radio Laurier Mid-Week Update 3.0 (ON A THURSDAY?!?!?)

Boujour, Allô, Salut!

(Little Téléfrançais Throw Back For Yea!)

I need to start out todays posting with a quick apology for having it come out a day late. You know when you think that it’s a Tuesday when it’s really a Wednesday? That was me yesterday, it also doesn’t help that my first day of work is a Tuesday so everything feels like I’m a day behind and this week it caught up to me! Did any of that make sense? Probably not and it doesn’t matter WE’RE BACK BABY!

 

I’ve got lots of content that needs to be throw out at you so please be patient and stick with me because I promise it’s all exciting, it’s all important and it’s all…good? I was hoping I’d find a cliché to throw in there but I got nothing. So instead here, to make it up to you watch this baby jam out to Katy Perry’s “Dark Horse”

 

ANYWAYS ONWARD!

 

We have a Radio Laurier exclusive update! As mentioned in last weeks Update Local artist (the answer to the trivia question from last week was 8 bajillion) Richard Garvey who had his latest album release show on June 7th for his album “Where Fools Gather” will be on Radio Laurier’s The Morning Show NEXT MONDAY JUNE 22ND! Tune in from 10am to 12pm to find out what Garvey has got to say! You can also submit questions for the interview in the comments below or tweet them to us @RadioLaurier!

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Solo garage-rock artist Grace Vonderkuhm released a video for her single “Nowhere to Go” from her self-titled EP on June 11th. It’s been released on Exclaim! and is the perfect song to showcase her different musical abilities and genres.

 

 

 

Another exciting thing happened this week. Have you heard of the Polaris Music Prize? WELL it’s a pretty awesome prize as it’s a not-for-profit organization, which annually honors creativity and diversity within the Canadian recording industry. Genre doesn’t matter, affiliations don’t matter, sales don’t’ matter and history doesn’t matter. Past winners include Tanya Tagaq, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Feist, Arcade Fire, and many more. The contest is released in stages. It’s all about rewarding authentic Canadian talent! This past Tuesday, June 16th, the long list made up of 40 Canadian artists was released. Click Here to view the Long List. The next stage, the short list will be announced on July 16th. Check out their website to see how you could be future winner of the Polaris Music Prize, how you can sponsor or just to check out all the fantastic music that was considered both this and in past years!

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Digging Roots is the band who took home the JUNO in 2015 for Aboriginal Album of the Year for their latest album “ For The Light”. Husband and wife duo wrote and produced this album during the Idle No More Movement and released it this past year. The band is touring this summer with their kick-off show TOMORROW June 19th in Albert. They will be making quite a few Toronto appearances however so keep your calendar open to head down to one of their inspiring shows and check out their album too!

Here are their tour dates!:

June 19 – Lesser Slave Lake, AB (Edmonton, AB) – North Country Fair

June 20 – Toronto, ON – Freedom March and Concert – Queen’s Park

June 24 – Toronto, ON – Yonge & Dundas Square (Aboriginal History Month Celebration)

June 27 – Somerset, England – Glastonbury Festival

July 11 – Porquis, ON – Porquis Rock ‘N’ Blues Festival

July 17 – Temagami, ON – Deep Water Music Festival – Bunny Miller Theatre

July 18-19 – Field, ON – River & Sky Music Festival

July 21 – Toronto, ON – Pan AM Games

July 24-26 – Brandon, MB – Brandon Folk Festival

July 30 – Toronto, ON – Planet IndigenUS

July 31 – Sharbot Lake, ON – Blue Skies Festival

August 19 – Owen Sound, ON – Tobermory Chi-Cheemaun Ferry Cruise

August 21-23 – Owen Sound, ON – Summerfolk Music Festival – Kelso Beach Park

September 4-6 – Grafton, ON – Shelter Valley Folk Festival

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That’s all I got for this week! Sorry again for this coming out late, but I am determined to be on time next week!

 

Peace Easy Friendships!

Radio Laurier Mid-Week Update 2.0
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Radio Laurier Mid-Week Update 2.0

Hola Tanneritos!

Yes, I have in fact been watching WAY too much Full House lately.

 

So we’re back again with our Radio Laurier Mid-Week Update, it’s only been 7 days but I’ve missed you, have you missed me? Probably not…ANYWAY we’re keeping up our end of the bargain and coming at you once again for another update, can you believe it! I know it’s just crazy, but we’re throwing caution to the wind and doing it again!

 

Without further adieu, LETS GET INTO IT!

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LOCAL UPDATE! Let’s start with a local update! Local artist and incredibly talented Richard Garvey had the release show last Sunday June 7th at the Queens St Commons in KW for his latest album “Where Fools Gather”, did you get a chance to be at the show? Voted “ Best Local Musician” in our WLSUP’s Brother from another Mother The Community Edition’s “The Best of Waterloo Region”  The album is just incredible, and to prove it we have a review for this album, stay tuned for more info and update on this amazing local talent! (How many times was the word local said in this update? Submit your answer for a chance to win a hardy high-five!)

 

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Windy City Slaughter is a new deathcore band coming out of Grade Prairie, Alberta. Their music draws upon dark imagery to get their messages across found in their lyrics focusing on facing fears and overcoming them. They are a four piece band comprised of vocals, bass, drums and guitar, as well as interesting additions like their signature Pig Squeals! Oink! WCS is currently touring across Canada this June with their last show THIS SATURDAY at Dstrct (19+) in Guelph promoting their newest 6 track demo “Alpha”! If you’re a fan of Protest the Hero, Suicide Silence, Bring Me The Horizon or any others like that then you’ll love these guys! If you have a chance to make it out to the show let us know your thoughts!

 

OKAY SO this isn’t directly music related BUT I think it’s actually pretty cool, remember k-os? No not Kris-Kross! The Canadian rapper, K-OS! WELL he has hooked up with Beau’s All Natural Brewing Company to make a new beer called “Golden Vox” which is set to be release at the Session Toronto Craft Beer Festival on June 13th.

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NEXT! Bad Channels is a Toronto based electronic duo made up of Nick Grottick and Jess Gierusz who meet as teeners and morphed into what is now Bad Channels in 2012! Originally producers, they have now released their first single “Sad Channels” with Buzz Records. It is said that this release is a “high point” for Bad Channel, but since it’s sad and bad should it be considered a low point, I’m not sure how this all works! BUT what I do know is that it is a great single and really showcases their producing talent as well as their artistic side. Next Saturday, June 20th is their first show for this single in Toronto at the Horseshoe Tavern BUT they will also being in Guelph at Jimmy Jazz on July 18th so if you miss them downtown head to Guelph!

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A new single was released on Friday June 5th from the three piece band Young Empires! The newest single “Sunshine” is a track that will be found on their debut album being released later this year. You can listen to the track via Soundcloud or Spotify.

 

 

 

Well that’s all I’ve got for you this week! If YOU have something important that you want to be featured in our weekly updates please e-mail us at publicrelations@radiolaurier.com. If you’ve got any questions, message us on any of our platforms, on this post or go to our Contact page to find who is best to contact! You’ll notice we have quite a few vacant positions up there and that is because WE ARE STILL HIRING! Apply today but e-mailing Meghan at station.manager@radiolaurier.com! See I even saved you a full 5 seconds by telling you her name so you wouldn’t have to look it up yourself! (You’re welcome!)

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Peace Easy Friendships!

 

 

Bands To Watch – January 13th 2015
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Bands To Watch – January 13th 2015

There was a whole bunch of amazing bands to keep your eye out for this year that I played this week, hopefully you enjoyed them!

 

First I played The Weakerthans from Winnipeg, Manitoba and their two songs One Great City! and Left and Leaving

Second was John K. Samson also from Winnipeg, Manitoba and his two songs When I Write My Master’s Thesis and Longitudinal Centre

Third was Dan Mangan from Vancouver, British Columbia and his two songs Vessel and Road Regrets

Fourth was Shred Kelly from Fernie, British Columbia and their two songs Family Oh Family and The Bear

Fifth was The Elwins from Newmarket, Ontario and their song So Down Low

Sixth was Purity Ring from Edmonton, Alberta and their song Fineshrine

Seventh was Dear Rouge from Red Deer, Albert and their song Best Look Lately

Eighth was Bear Mountain from Vancouver, British Columbia and their song Faded