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Radio Free London Podcasts

Radio Free London is a late night radio show on CHRW, the campus radio station of Western University in London, Ontario, Canada.
Monday mornings, 2am til 6am ET

April 23rd

Celebrating the life of Roy McDonald.

Details:

Roy McDonald was a philosopher, writer, poet, busker and connector of souls, much loved in the London community for decades. He passed away in January at the age of 80,

On the afternoon of Sunday, March 18th, a celebration of his life was held upstairs in the Covent Garden Market. In true Roy McDonald fashion, we heard stories, poetry and music from those who knew Roy best.

Check out this facebook group to find more about this London icon:

Remembering Roy McDonald


April 16th

Commemorating the last 420 of cannabis prohibition!

Details:

Commemorating the last 420 (April 20th) of cannabis prohibition in song, word and humour!


April 9th

Friday Night Live at The London Brewing Co-operative!

Details:

Friday Night Live is a weekly musical showcase at London Brewing Co-operative. Run by Jim Sandy MacDonald, it starts early, ends early and is family friendly (as you'll hear). A great addition to the Old East Village community.

For part 2 of the show, we'll RE-revisit an acoustic open stage at the now defunct APK on Clarence St run by Jenny Rensby on Sunday afternoons during the summer of 2015.

Podcast link: http://justatinker.com/RFL/RFL-090418.html


April 2nd

Musical Chairs at St. Regis Tavern!

Details:

This week we visit a Saturday evening staple of the London music scene, Gigi Ramone's Musical Chairs! at the St. Regis Tavern.

For part 2 of the show, we'll revisit an acoustic open stage at the now defunct APK on Clarence St run by Jenny Rensby on Sunday afternoons during the summer of 2015.

Podcast link: http://justatinker.com/RFL/RFL-020418.html


March 26th

The Rowbust BCS Dragon Boat Racing Team Benefit concert held at The London Music Club.

Details:

This week's show will be a combined effort of Radio Free London and The DeRok and Roll Radio Road Show so tune in at midnight. We'll play all the performances from both stages. The event was held on February 17th, 2018.


March 19th

Revisiting and celebrating International Women's Day, 2017.

Details:

This week we'll revisit a celebration of women's music and voices from an event held at Bread and Roses Books, recorded on the evening of March 8th, 2017, International Women's Day.

You'll hear five musical performances as well as poetry and words celebrating women's rights and freedom.

To complete the show, two women poets from other events.

Podcast link: http://justatinker.com/RFL/RFL-190318.html


March 12th

On the fringes at East Village Arts Collective!

Details:

This was another short notice recording opportunity. Last Sunday, during the opening of Megan Arnold's 'Play Dead Radio' show, she played the artists from an EVAC event happening that Monday evening. It's been a li'le while since I'd captured some fringe indie stuff, so...

Performances by:

Gum Depot (Adam Gilkes)
Horses, Pass By
Kee Avil
Shhh

For part 2 of the show, I'll revisit the 'No London' festival held at EVAC from Sept. 30th to March 2nd of 2016.

Podcast link: http://justatinker.com/RFL/RFL-120318.html


March 5th

A benefit for Keeping Kids Warm - Helping Homeless Teens One Stitch At A Time on Mar. 3rd!

Details:

Here is how this one played out. I was asked by one of the bands on Friday whether I could record them at the Eastside Bar & Grill on Saturday afternoon, Mar. 3rd. They mentioned it was a benefit to raise money to clothe homeless youth so I jumped at the opportunity. I've recorded at the Eastside B&G before and the sound person, Mike Woroniuk, does a great job there.

It turned out that the benefit was about more than clothing homeless youth but also about youth mental heath, youth suicide and bullying as well. As a partially sight child going through a 'normal' school system, I know what it's like to be bullied by my peers. I was one of the lucky ones, with a loving family a few loyal friends to watch out for me. So, this event became personal for me and I stayed up all night after I got home to get it ready for this week's radio show.

Podcast link: http://justatinker.com/RFL/RFL-030318.html


February 26th

Crazy Beautiful People!

Details:

Crazy, Beautiful People is the name chosen for the Home County Folk Festival history project. The festival will have its 50th anniversary in 2023 and this group hopes to create a book, a documentary and web page to commemorate the event. In the tradition of Home County, they are creating music along the way! A fundraiser was held at London Music Club on February 10th, 2018

Performances where held in both the 'big' room and the 'front' room of the LMC. I had the opportunity to record in the big room while DeRok did sound and recorded in the front room.

Podcast link: http://justatinker.com/RFL/RFL-260218.html


February 19th

Fitzrays Indie Wednesday visited and revisited!

Details:

From Valentine's Day, Feb. 14th:

Duane Lauzon
Walkin' Stick

Event page: Walkin' Stick and Duane Lauzon - Indie Night

For part 2 of the show, we revisit a Fitzray's Indie Wednesday from Feb. 2, 2017 featuring:

Black Savanna
Canadian Celtic Choir

Podcast link: http://justatinker.com/RFL/RFL-190218.html


February 12th

Tonight, three musical events recorded within 26 hours!

Details:

A couple of weekend's ago, I had to the opportunity to do a lot of recording!

From Saturday afternoon, January 27th, the Yess Woah CD release event at The ARTS Project,

From Sunday afternoon, January 28th, The Wood Shed Concert Series event at London Brewing Co-operative, a Children Mental Health fundraiser.

From Saturday evening, January 27th, Gigi Ramone's Musical Chairs! at St. Regis Tavern.

Podcast link: http://justatinker.com/RFL/RFL-120218.html

February 5th

Promoting the Home County Folk Festival Fundraiser at The London Music Club on February 10th.

Details:

This week we'll have a listen to two Home County fundraisers from years past, from Nov. 29th, 2015 and Sept. 24th, 2016

Podcast link: http://justatinker.com/RFL/RFL-050218.html


A Radio Free London Special Feature!

The (Almost) Complete Winter Spectacular Recordings!

Details:

I have compiled all six radio shows of Winter Spectacular recordings that aired before and after the holidays onto one convenient podcast page. There you will find (almost) all the recording I made over three years and four Winter Spectaculars.

Cheers and enjoy:

John the nitebat

January 29th

Part 3 of the Winter Spectacular V recordings!

Details:

This week continues the Winter Spectacular V recordings. with the Fri., Dec. 22nd and Sat. 23rd, 2017 events at 121 Studios.

As with last week, I'll continue revisiting the Spirit of Winter Spectacular's Past for the remainder of the show. This week, more performances from Winter Spectacular II.
Vibrafusionlab - London on Sat., Dec. 17th, 2014:

Podcast link: http://justatinker.com/RFL/RFL-290118.html

January  22nd

Part 2 of the Winter Spectacular V recordings!

Details:

This week continues the Winter Spectacular V recordings. with the Fri., Dec. 22nd, 2017 event at 121 Studios:

As with last week, I'll continue revisiting the Spirit of Winter Spectacular's Past for the remainder of the show. This week, more performances from Winter Spectacular III.

January 15th

Part 1 of the Winter Spectacular V recordings!

Details:

Tonight's show will be first week of my Winter Spectacular V recordings from N+1 Cycle and the Forest City Gallery on on the evening of Thursday, December 21st, 2017.

For the remainder of the show, I'll continue revisiting the Spirit of Winter Spectacular's Past. This time it's the Thursday, December 17th, 2015 open stage at Vibrafusionlab - London, not really an official WS III event but adopted nonetheless.

January 8th

A hybrid show: A new live recording and revisiting a Techno New Year's Eve!

Details:

First off, a live recording from December 9th in the intimate Cellar Lounge of the London Music Club. Tonight's recording is Charles (Chuck) Zurbrigg and Jim Benoit'x first event of their own, and both with accompaniment.

For the remainder of the show, we'll revisit the Techno New Year's Eve 2016 dance party held at the London Ukrainian Centre. There was wonderful art, great light show and amazing beats. A good time was had by all!

January 1st

An Indie New Years Recap!

Details:

It's been a great year for recording live music in London!

For this first show of 2018, I wanted to give as broad a cross section as possible of the 2017 music scene. I started by looking at my shortest recordings first. It soon became apparent the mercurial, nova bright energy of the indie scene would be the narrative thread for tonight's show.

I also did my best to record at new venues this year so I picked recordings from as many different places as possible.

Happy new year!

2017

December 25th

A tribute to spaceflight, both human and robotic... and to Carl Sagan, it taught us to look up... and dream!

Details:

On the human side of my tribute, you'll here the wake up music from two Space Shuttle missions to the International Space Station. In a long standing tradition of NASA, family members or loved ones would pick a couple of songs for each crew member as wake up music for each day of the mission. Also, Walter Cronkite announcing during the landing of Apollo 11.

On the robotic side, two Mars landing. A rare documentary of the Viking 1 landing in 1976 from Jet Propulsion Labs in California including words from some of the greatest SF authors of all time. The other landing is of Mars Curiosity Rover which landed a few years ago.

To finish the show, a set of space themed music of my choice and an excerpt from the Voyager Golden Record which Carl Sagan produced to be placed on the Voyager 1 and 2 spacecraft which explored the outer planets of the Solar System.

Podcast link: http://justatinker.com/RFL/RFL-251217.html

December 18th

Winter Spectacular Retrospective - Week 3!

Details:

It's Winter Spectacular season again! This years festival will be held from December 21st to 23rd. For more information, visit:

http://winterspectacular.ca

Tonight's retrospective will be from Winter Spectacular IV 2016. The music events were from December 15th til the 18th, in various venues. This week, like the last two, we'll touch upon each event in part.

December 11th

Winter Spectacular Retrospective - Week 2!

Details:

It's Winter Spectacular season again! As far as I can tell, there WILL be a Winter Spectacular V this year from December 21st to 23rd. For more information, vi

http://winterspectacular.ca

This week will be from Winter Spectacular 2015. To my... dismay, when I looked at that year's recordings, I had over 10 hours worth! The music events happened over four nights, December 16th til the 19th, in half a dozen venues. So, this week, we'll touch upon each event with just one or two performances. It was a hard show to arrange but, hopefully will give you some idea of the range of the music you can expect from this year's Winter Spectacular for 2017.

December 4th

A Winter Spectacular Retrospective!

Details:

It's Winter Spectacular season again! As far as I can tell, there WILL be a Winter Spectacular V this year from December 21st to 23rd. For more information, visit:

http://winterspectacular.ca

Do, for the next three weeks, I will be revisiting the spirits of Winter Spectaculars past! This week will be from Winter Spectacular 2014. All performances were recorded at Vibrafusion Labs between December 17th and 20th, 2014.

November 27th

This week, the fourth Woodfield Porch Concert Series held on June 29th of this year.

Performing that night were:

Jenny Berkel
Thom Coombes
EONS

For the remainder of the show, we'll revisit the second Woodfield Porch Concert from June of 2016 with performances by:

The River Valley Stringband
My Father's Son

November 20th

The 'F' word!

November 13th

A Woodfield Community Porch Concert and honouring Remembrance Day in music.

First off, a recording I made of the third Woodfield Community Porch Concert Series held on June 15th of this year.

The rest of the show will be part II of honouring Remembrance Day in music. This week it'll be songs centered around the First and Second World Wars.

November 6th

The 94.9 CHRW Radio Western Fundraiser and some bluegrass!

The first part of the show will be the CHRW fundraiser held at Call The Office on October 28th.

The rest of the show is devoted to a bluegrass concert held at the Parkwood Veterans Hospital a couple of years ago in commemoration of Remembrance Day. Featuring:

Rhyme and Reason

Podcast link: http://justatinker.com/RFL/RFL-061117.html

October 30th

'Just Folk' revisited!

On tonight's show, three rather folksy performances, two recorded recently and one from a couple of years ago.

From October, Friday the 13th, performing in the intimate 'Front Room' of the London Music Club:

Mike Hagarty and Andy Hayes
Black Savanna

From August 1st, Allison Brown's CD Release held at Shangrila Yoga Studio.

October 23rd

A hybrid show tonight!

The first hour will be devoted to an indie gig I recorded last Monday at The Richmond Tavern.

Event page: Radiation Risks/Klazo/Manager at the Richmond Early Show! 8pm

For the rest of the show, I'll continue my series of themed music arrangements. This weeks topic of interest is 'contrasts'.

As you may have guessed, I enjoy a wide range of music. I also like performers and bands that cover a lot of musical range in their own repertoire.

So, tonight, two songs from each performer or band to show their diversity!

October 9th

Just a 'regular' good ol' music show!

Tonight, I'm going to take a li'le holiday from the recordings and give you the kind of radio show I've done for most of my thirty plus years here at 94.9 CHRW Radio Western.

The musical theme tonight is one appropriate for a Thanksgiving holiday weekend... Home!

What I like to do with theme shows like this is to cover as many aspects and genres of a given topic as I can find.

October 2nd

Two recent recording for your listening pleasure!

The first event I'll be playing is from The Wood Shed Concert Series held at The London Brewing Co-operative on Sunday, September 19th

For the rest of the show, I'll play a recording I made in an Old East Village apartment during an afternoon music creation session held every week. Everyone attending was a multi-instrumentalist, changing instruments between songs. I was the only 'audience' there so I thought I air this one to give you an idea what a crucible of music is like when it's done by pros!

️ A late addition to fill in til the end of the show is a recording I made at the Hippy Cafe back in 2004 of local jam band, The Riderless!

Podcast link: http://justatinker.com/RFL/RFL-021017.html

September 25th

The TURBINE Tapes!

The biggest techno event in many months was held on Saturday, September 16th at Justin Bardawill's new space, The Alchemy Junk Warehouse. Justin invited me to record the mix and I gladly accepted!

September 18th

The first part of the show is from a benefit event at @Forbidden City for The Native Women's Association of Canada held on August 26th!

The second half will be devoted to the Our Friends Electric experimental electronic event held at The SoHo Bar and Grill on September 14th.

September 11th

  I promised myself this year that I'd concentrate on recording at new venues to try to cut a wider swath through the London music scene. So back on June 17th, I recorded for the first time at Life of Leisure Surf + Social Club in Old East Village.

To end the show for this week, a retrospective dive with a recording I made at The London Music Club on October 22nd, 2005 featuring The Robbie Antone Band!

September 4th

Last week and this, Radio Free London has teamed up with The DeRok and Roll Radio Road Show to bring you the complete Back To The Garden 2017!

August 28th

On tonight's show, Part 1 of Back To The Garden 2017

August 21st

On tonight's show, another recording from Fitzrays Indie Wednesday, featuring:

For the second part of the show, we revisit a recording I made about two years ago at the APK Live. Jenny Rensby was hosting an acoustic open stage on the patio (weather permitting) on Sunday afternoon's that summer. Tonight I'll feature Yessica Woahneil doing her first full length sets in front of the public.

Podcast link: http://juatink.com/RFL/RFL-210817.html

August 14th

The first half of tonight's show is a recording from East Village Arts Collective's Collectively Speaking Saturday evening performance of electronic artists:

As part of my 'retro summer project' I have two recordings that aren't mine but are certainly worth some airtime:

Red Fishy Wins - Take Down The Borders:
This six song cassette was recorded in 1992.

Erin Clarke at the Home County Folk Festival in (approx.) 2005.

Last but certainly not least, a musical tribute to my cat, Lazarus Long, who passed away in my arms a couple of weeks ago. He was 17 years old and had a good life.

August 7th

We srt the show with a quick turnaround in the 'new' department, recorded at Forbidden City this last Saturday, August 5th:

In the 'old' department, two recordings that I made in 2004 at the infamous Hippy Cafe:

July 31st

  Starting off the show is a new recording I made at Call The Office on Wednesday, July 19th featuring two bands.

  Ne up is an It's Trash record label special recorded at Vibrafusion Labs in 2014.

Finally, continuing my retro Radio Free London 'summer project', a mix tape made by the 17 year old son of a friend of mine to celebrate 1997, the 'Year of the Punk', originally aired on December 29th, 1997.

July  17th

️ To open up the show, I have a special retrospective treat... from the early 1940s!

My father was a gadget freak much like me. In the early 1940s, he bought a Wilox-Gay Recordio (pictured below), a combination radio, record player and record CUTTER as well! The record player had two arms. One was on a worm gear and was spring loaded so it would press down on the blank record's surface that was used to record with. The other arm was used to play the records you made back.

So the first set of music on tonight's show will be my parents, relatives and friends making music... 75 years ago!

️ The rest of tonight's show will be yet another Radio Free London retrospective, this time from (only) 20 years ago in the late nineties.

July  10th

Tonight's show is a mixed bag, a recent live recording, a recording that got turned into an album ad another Radio Free London retrospective, this time from the late 90s.

DeRoK (of the The DeRok and Roll Radio Road Show) took a recording that I made of his performance at Fitzray's Restaurant & Lounge a few months ago and made an album out it! Not just a digital one but a actual CD with a printed label! I think it's great that artists can do stuff like this with my recordings.

The tale end this week's show will be another Radio Free London retrospective, which I recorded to cassette in the late 90's (as close as I could date it). The cassette was labeled 'Noise 'R' Us'. I was going through a hard core phase back then, musically speaking... (more on that next week. )