Core intensification, oh my!
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Core intensification, oh my!

This week on GS&CT we’re going to turn up the heat a bit and talk about a few issues that are pretty near and dear to my heart. You won’t be hearing much from me but, my three guests certainly have some things to say.

Andrew Dodds is the chair of Open Streets Uptown Waterloo. Open Streets is kicking off their 2013 event season this coming Sunday, June 16. He’ll be with me in the studio talking all about Open Streets and what we can expect this year in comparison to the last two. Michelle Sullivan and I sat down earlier this week to talk about local food and the core, and an organization that she volunteers for called Food Link. Finally, you’ll hear a chat I had with Mike Morrice, the executive director of Sustainable Waterloo Region. Mike and I got down to the nitty gritty about the Ontario Municipal Board’s decision to side with developers in the ruling that could see up to 1,053 additional hectares (2,593 acres) of land opened to development by 2031 from, 80 hectares (197 acres). Mike will weigh in on why intensifying the core not only helps prevent urban sprawl but also helps support a sustainable local economy.

On top of those heavy hitters, there’ll be a gorgeous mix of tunes from Vampire Weekend, Local Natives, Cults, Chvrches, and a whole lot more.

It’s going to get a little toasty kids. Be sure to bring some sunscreen. No need to turn into a beet like I did at Field Trip on Saturday.

New Favourite Local(ish) Bands
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New Favourite Local(ish) Bands

Hello friendly friends,

Yesterday on As Big As Something Small – Radio Laurier’s local music show – you heard music by two of my new favourite artists.

First, Olenka and the Autumn Lovers have quickly made their way into my top-played playlist – and with good reason. They combine country and folk with a little Eastern-European influences thrown in. I recently reviewed their EP Hard Times  – you can check it out HERE! As well, make sure to check out Olenka at the Autumn Lovers at the Grist Mill in Waterloo Park next Saturday (April 6) at 6:30pm for a night of beautiful music.

Second, The Bends have been racking up the accolades and recently came in 3rd place at the Ontario College/University Last Band Standing Competition. Check out their new video for “Heavy Set Weight” HERE!

That’s all for now folks. Make sure to tune into my last show of the semester for my top tunes and an interview with Daybreak Gentlemen!

Hilary

Olenka and the Autumn Lovers’ Hard Times
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Olenka and the Autumn Lovers’ Hard Times

For Fans of: The Decemberists // Beirut // Hinindar

London, Ontario based Olenka and the Autumn Lovers have been compared to some heavy weight musicians such as Arcade Fire, The Decemberists, and Wilco. So what do they all have in common? A slight case of melancholy. Olenka and the Autumn Lovers’ 2012 release Hard Times – a seven-song EP – takes a couple of stare-at-the-ceiling-listens to fully appreciate. But once you do, you’ll have the perfect music to accompany your excessive tea consumption. Album standout “Misaligned” delivers beautiful arrangements and a variety of instruments. Other tracks “Don’t Make Sense” and “Hard Times” showcase country sensibilities that are brought out further by Olenka Krakus’ stunning vocals. Hard Times exhibits a depth not always heard in music today, so here’s hoping Olenka and the Autumn Lovers never stop performing music about the human experience.

Purchase Hard Times here: http://olenkalovers.bandcamp.com/

Daybreak Gentlemen’s “The Beachwood Demos” Review
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Daybreak Gentlemen’s “The Beachwood Demos” Review

For fans of: The Strokes // The Black Keys // Dinosaur Bones

The Toronto / Waterloo based Daybreak Gentlemen take a different approach to their second release The Beachwood Demos. Although the album is still laden with guitar and synth driven rock, it is extremely unpolished – in the best way possible. The low-key recording provides an authenticity and energy present in every song. Standouts “Izzy Strut” and “Dead Teenagers” are toe-tappin’ tracks that highlight the band’s dance-rock style. With The Beachwood Demos, Daybreak Gentlemen resisted the need to spend a lot of time and money to produce a ‘radio-ready’ album – and it definitely paid off.

Download The Beachwood Demos for free: daybreakgentlemen.bandcamp.com

 

Top 10 KW Artists of 2012
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Top 10 KW Artists of 2012

Hello radioland!

With 2013 in full force, I decided to count down the top 10 Kitchener-Waterloo artists of 2012 that I’ve featured this semester on As Big As Something Small. Below you can see my picks and I highly recommend you check out ALL of these phenomenal bands!

To end of the packed hour I featured juno-nominated musician Danny Michel. Not only is he a David Suzuki approved green strummer, but he founded the DM Ocean Academy fund to provide scholarship money for students of the Caye Culker Ocean Academy (off the coast of Belize). Talk about good things coming out of Waterloo!

Top 10 KW Artists of 2012:
10. Brendan J Stephens
9. Jesse Maranger
8. Jack McNairn
7. The Blackwood Two
6. Sam Coffey and the Iron Lungs
5. Love Banshee
4. Daybreak Gentlemen
3. From East to Exit
2. Will Currie & the Country French
1. Teen Violence

Make sure to tune in every week during my new time slot: Thursday 6-7pm.

Until then…

As Big As Something Small