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Published: Thu, 31 Aug 2017 14:02:36 +0000

Last Build Date: Fri, 02 Mar 2018 22:56:04 +0000

Copyright: 2005-2010, Mark Blevis

La Fin du Monde

Thu, 31 Aug 2017 14:02:36 +0000

Catching up while on the road between Edmonton and Calgary.

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Wagons east

Tue, 01 Aug 2017 21:44:58 +0000

Remember the days when you could get across Toronto in less than 90 minutes?

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Portrait - The best Bruschetta in the world

Mon, 08 May 2006 01:00:00 +0000

My absolute favourite restaurant is a small place, in the Glebe community of Ottawa, called Infusion Bistro. Besides having amazing food at very reasonable prices, they serve the best Bruschetta in the world.

  • Show ID and Intro
  • Interview with Michael Pickard

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One Year

Sun, 30 Apr 2006 23:00:00 +0000

I decided that I would celebrate my first anniversary as a Podcaster by giving myself a week off - deserved or not. Nevertheless, I couldn't leave you without something. So, here is a quick thank you for being a part of a fantastic first year and for the contribution you have made to my show, along with my most recent promo.

I wish I could thank everyone who made a contribution to Electric Sky. I can't. I'm afraid that I would leave names out. One person that must be singled out is my wife, Andrea, whose support, ideas and criticism has made Electric Sky a better program, and more fun and rewarding for me to produce.

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Portrait - Make a difference

Sun, 23 Apr 2006 23:00:00 +0000

Nothing is more rewarding than making a difference in someone else's life.

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Portrait - Nicole Horlor (Zeal Metal)

Sun, 16 Apr 2006 23:00:00 +0000

You can't beat downtown Kingston (Ontario) for locally owned and operated stores and shops that have real style. It's the only shopping district that draws me in. Zeal Metal is one of those great places.

(image) Download/Listen to Nicole Horlor [9 Mb, 10 mins]

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Portrait - Devin Service, the video store guy

Sun, 09 Apr 2006 21:00:00 +0000

How about a video store clerk who can actually recommend great movies from all genres!

(image) Download/Listen to Devin Service [9 Mb, 10 mins]

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Portrait - Dr. Bert Blevis

Mon, 03 Apr 2006 02:30:00 +0000

Many of the new communications technologies that we all take for granted are the direct result of Canada's contribution to communications and space research. I took my father, Dr. Bert Blevis, to the Canada Science and Technology Museum in Ottawa (Canada) to see the Space exhibit and talk about some of Canada's most notable success stories.

(image) Download/Listen to Dr. Bert Blevis [9 Mb, 10 mins]

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Portrait - Optical Excellence

Sun, 19 Mar 2006 23:00:00 +0000

I'm a nosey guy. When I ordered a new pair of glasses this week, I poked my head into the Optician's workshop. Fortunately he was more than happy to explain the process of making glasses - past and present.

(image) Download/Listen to Bruce Tobin [9 Mb, 10 mins]

  • Show ID and Intro
  • Interview with Bruce Tobin of Optical Excellence

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Portrait - Home Concerts

Sun, 12 Mar 2006 23:00:00 +0000

It's Chamber Music the way it was meant to be, in an intimate setting. I spoke with John Royle who hosts public performances in his home.

(image) Download/Listen to Home Concerts [9 Mb, 10 mins]

  • Show ID and Intro
  • Interview with John Royle
  • Interview with Anne Davison (Cello), Marc Weiser (Piano) and Ruston Vuori (Piano)
  • Music: Dvorak's Trio in F Minor

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Portrait - Friends for Patrick

Sun, 05 Mar 2006 23:00:00 +0000

Friends for Patrick is a community effort to raise funds for a young boy undergoing Cancer treatments. His friend, seven-year-old Sahara, donated her hair for a wig and raised $700 in the process.

Check out my episode on The Canadian Cancer Society's Relay for Life.

(image) Download/Listen to Friends for Patrick [9 Mb, 10 mins]

  • Show ID and Intro
  • Interview with Sahara, Michel, Raquel and Sophie
  • Haircut donated by Bobbipin Hair Studio
  • Learn more at Angel Hair for Kids

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Portrait - Holistic World Expo

Mon, 27 Feb 2006 04:01:00 +0000

This show has been sitting in the can for quite a while now. This is a soundseeing tour of three exhibitors at the Holistic World Expo in Ottawa, October 2005. My guide is Markus, the Director of Media Relations for this event. The next expo will be in Toronto, March 17-19, 2006.

Incidentally, this is the same Expo at which I interviewed Patch Adams.

(image) Download/Listen to The Holistic World Expo [9 Mb, 10 mins]

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Portrait - Clive Doucet

Sun, 19 Feb 2006 23:00:00 +0000

(image) Is it possible to have a sustainable, vibrant and affluent downtown core in your city? Perhaps you already have one. Ottawa is struggling. In fact, downtown proper in Ottawa suffers from an extreme shortage of after hours attractions such as quality restaurants and theatres. I spoke with Clive Doucet, councillor of Ward 17 in the City of Ottawa to learn about the economics of downtown.

(image) Download/Listen to Clive Doucet [9 Mb, 10 mins]

Photo: City of Ottawa

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Portrait - Of Maple Syrup and Beavertails

Sun, 12 Feb 2006 23:00:00 +0000

I was able to get to the Rideau Canal in the evening, after most of the skaters had left the Winterlude festivities for the night. If you haven't been before, it's time!

(image) Download/Listen to Of Maple Syrup and Beavertails [9 Mb, 10 mins]

  • Show ID and Intro
  • Sounds of the Rideau Canal (on Wikipedia)
  • Maple Syrup with Andrew Mackie
  • Sounds of the Rideau Canal
  • Beavertails with Al
  • Sounds of the Rideau Canal

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Portrait - Lorne Elliott

Sun, 05 Feb 2006 23:00:00 +0000

(image) Lorne has been hosting CBC Radio's Madly Off In All Directions comedy show for ten of the last eleven years (sabbatical, in case you're wondering). He's about to wrap up his tenure with the CBC to focus on his own comedy career, and his unique life experiences.

(image) Download/Listen to Lorne Elliott [9 Mb, 10 mins]

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Portrait - Jim Bouton

Sun, 29 Jan 2006 23:00:00 +0000

I first read Ball Four in 1998. I bought it because I was a baseball fan. Unexpectedly, I enjoyed the book more for the personal reflections and how the events in the book seemed to trigger my own emotionally charged reactions. Jim Bouton's story is an amazing one and I encourage you to read Ball Four and check out Jim's website to learn more about his story.

(image) Download/Listen to Jim Bouton [9 Mb, 10 mins]

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Portrait - Brain Gym with Joan Barrett and Paul Hyman

Mon, 23 Jan 2006 00:00:00 +0000

Have you ever wanted to improve your neural capabilities? Brain Gym is one of the simplest and most effective ways to improve your concentration, memory, auditory skills, and more. I spoke with Joan Barrett and Paul Hyman of Excel-ability Learning to learn some of fundamentals.

(image) Download/Listen to Brain Gym [9 Mb, 10 mins]

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Portrait - Speed Dating and The Dating Field

Mon, 16 Jan 2006 00:00:00 +0000

Dating was hard enough in the 80s and 90s - the new millennium has brought about new rules and new ways to meet people. The idea of speed dating is 8 people, 8 minutes, 1 night (thanks Mostly Tunes for the inspiration). In this episode, I take you on a tour of a night of speed dating.

(image) Download/Listen to Speed Dating and The Dating Field [9 Mb, 10 mins]

  • Show ID and Intro
  • Interview with Catharine Veenstra of The Dating Field
  • Audio clips of Speed Dating participants

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Portrait - Ian Boyd on Independent Music Retailers

Sun, 08 Jan 2006 23:00:00 +0000

The record companies have been very clear on their position with respect to the Digital Music Revolution, musicians seem to be split on the issue, and consumers have made their voices heard as well. How about the independent retailers? I haven't heard anything from them. That's why I sat down with Ian Boyd of Compact Music to find out his thoughts on this subject.

(image) Download/Listen to Ian Boyd [9 Mb, 10 mins]

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Portrait - Stuart McLean

Sun, 25 Dec 2005 16:00:00 +0000

The Vinyl Cafe is a CBC radio program which features the funny and all-to-real stories of a ficticious family; Dave, Morley, Stephanie and Sam. I was fortunate to be granted an interview with Stuart McLean during his two-night, sold-out Christmas Concert Tour stop in Ottawa.
  • Show ID and Intro
  • Interview with Stuart McLean
  • Vinyl Cafe CDs and books
  • Audio clips used with permission of Vinyl Cafe
    • The Jock Strap from the CD Vinyl Cafe Stories
    • Morley's Birthday Bash from the CD Vinyl Cafe Coast to Coast Story Service
    • Morley's Book Club from the CD Story-Gram From Vinyl Cafe Inc.
    • Dave Cooks the Turkey from the CD Vinyl Cafe: A Christmas Collection
    • Holland from the CD Vinyl Cafe Stories
  • Send Feedback - click here
  • Email:

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Portrait - Loris Lesynski

Sun, 18 Dec 2005 23:00:00 +0000

I recorded this interview with children's author and illustrator, Loris Lesysnki, back in July. Don't ask me why it took me so long to finally publish it. Loris offers some incredible insight on the creative process, and performing versus reading children's books.

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Portrait - Dysfunctional Behaviour

Sun, 11 Dec 2005 23:00:00 +0000

This one could be personal... We've all had to deal with dysfunctional behaviour at one time or another. I sat down with a long time friend of mine, Dale Arseneault, to improve my understanding of this phenomenon and to learn some strategies to deal with it.

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Electric Sky Update

Sun, 11 Dec 2005 19:41:00 +0000

This is a quick update on Electric Sky and other podcast related activities I have a hand in.

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Portrait - Type 1 Diabetes

Mon, 05 Dec 2005 04:18:00 +0000

For the most part, the subjects of my podcasts cater to my personal interests. This episode is part of my research into Type 1 Diabetes (formerly known as Juvenile Diabetes), something a close relative was diagnosed with recently.

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Portrait - Edmund Sprunger

Mon, 28 Nov 2005 01:28:00 +0000

Edmund Sprunger is a violin teacher and Registered Teacher Trainer with the Suzuki Association (Suzuki School in Ottawa). His new book, Helping Parents Practice: Ideas for Making it Easier, Volume 1 (, is a great tool for a parent of any music student.

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Portrait - Dr. Peter Chen

Mon, 14 Nov 2005 01:00:00 +0000

Dr. Peter Chen of Monash University, Melbourne, Australia, has release a "For Comment Draft" of his report Podcasting and Videoblogging: A Production-Side Analysis. Dr. Chen also contributed to my Remembrance Day Tribute show.

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Portrait - Remembrance Day

Sat, 12 Nov 2005 04:59:00 +0000

It was an incredible experience to speak with Canadian veterans of World War II and the Korean War today, before and after the Remembrance Day ceremonies at the Cenotaph in Ottawa. Some of the highlights are included in this show - many are not because the interviews were too emotional and personal for those with whom I spoke. Special thanks to Bruce Murray, Bob Goyetche and Peter Chen for fulfilling last minute contribution requests.

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Portrait - Mantras from Manx

Mon, 07 Nov 2005 02:56:00 +0000

Harry Manx was featured in a two part Portrait series (part 1, part 2) at the beginning of the summer. At the time, he was working on a new CD. That CD, Mantras for Madmen, is available in stores this week.

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Portrait - Dame Edna

Wed, 02 Nov 2005 02:46:00 +0000

I was fortunate to do an interview with the amazing Dame Edna, who will be making her first appearance in Ottawa at the National Arts Centre, November 8 through 13. Photo: Greg Gorman

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Portrait - Patch Adams

Sun, 30 Oct 2005 22:00:00 +0000

When we think of Patch Adams, we think of the movie starring Robin Williams. Very few of us know about the real Patch Adams and his story. I was fortunate enough to be granted an interview with Patch when he was in Ottawa to speak at the Holistic World Expo on October 22. Patch will be appearing at Holistic World Expo in Toronto (Metro Toronto Convention Centre, March 17-19, 2006). NOTE: This show contains two uncensored profanities.

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The Life Chaotic

Wed, 12 Oct 2005 00:15:00 +0000

I've fallen behind, again! This podcast is a quick update to let you know what's coming and to announce the winners of the End of Lockout Surprise Giveaway!


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Portrait - Tea and Ginseng

Sun, 25 Sep 2005 23:45:00 +0000

I've long wondered if being into fine wines and tea and makes you sophistocated. Regardless, there is no denying the centuries of proven health benefits of tea. Edward An opened a small shop called Tea and Ginseng in Ottawa after being laid-off by Nortel Networks.

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Portrait - Dr. Bob Singer, Neurosurgeon and Guitar Maker

Mon, 19 Sep 2005 02:21:00 +0000

Guitar making is not brain surgery, and brain surgery is not guitar making. One person who knows this well is Dr. Bob Singer, a Neurosurgeon and the designer of Waterstone Guitars. His guitars and basses are played by an impressive list of musicians.

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Portrait - Harmony Trowbridge

Sun, 11 Sep 2005 17:04:00 +0000

I first learned about Harmony Trowbridge when I attended the evening performance of Stuart McLean's Vinyl Cafe 2004 Christmas Tour in Ottawa. I hooked up with Harmony at the Ottawa Folk Festival.

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Landscape - Locked Out Idol (part 1)

Tue, 06 Sep 2005 04:19:00 +0000

The much anticipated Locked Out Idol competition has finally arrived. Hear some of your favourite Ottawa voices go head-to-head in this cut-throat and hillarious competition for the ultimate prize... to be crowned the idol of all locked out CBC workers. Brace yourself for this trainwreck!

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Electric Sky Update

Fri, 26 Aug 2005 02:43:00 +0000

I had no idea that Podcasting could be so demanding!


Landscape - Forgive me Podfather

Thu, 25 Aug 2005 02:00:00 +0000

Did you catch them? I made two incredibly bad, and embarrassing, mistakes on the I Want My CBC I produced yesterday. On this show, I seek forgiveness for my sins... my penance-cast.

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Landscape - I Want My CBC

Wed, 24 Aug 2005 04:40:00 +0000

On this, the inaugural edition of Landscape, I stop in on the locked out CBC talent to see if I can sign up a co-host.
  • Show ID and Intro
  • Interviews with locked out CBC talent
    • Alan Neal
    • Laurence Wall
    • Rita Celli
    • Alistair Steele
    • Julie Delaney
    • Michael Munnik
    • Lucy van Oldenbarneveld
    • Andy Clarke
    • Diane Duthie
  • Song (posts and stings): The Elf Hunter from the CD Chicken Scratch, by Zubot and Dawson
  • Web portal of the locked out CBC talent, (Not affiliated with the CBC)
  • Send Feedback - click here
  • Email:

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Portrait - The Value of Irony: The story of Andrew Watters

Tue, 23 Aug 2005 03:27:00 +0000

Here's a show with two stories in one... Andrew Watters is trying to make the Value Tales books available to the public again, and I was able to bring this story back to the attention of the books' author, Dr. Spencer Johnson, and his lawyer, Mr. Joseph Darby.

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I want my CBC!

Mon, 22 Aug 2005 10:00:00 +0000

I feel badly for the managers at CBC who are doing their best to fill the very big, and now empty, shoes of the extremely talented and creative technical staff, producers, and on-air personalities who have been locked out by the brass.

Holy crap! I can't wait until the lockout ends and the talent is back!

Great article on the challenges of the indie podcasters

Mon, 15 Aug 2005 12:14:00 +0000

Heather Green of Business Week Magazine has a published an article called Podcast: David vs. Goliath. It is a great discussion on how the indie voice has been impacted by iTunes and the proliferation of podcasting media giants.

Portrait - Chris Patterson of The Arrogant Worms

Sun, 14 Aug 2005 22:00:00 +0000

It's time for some levity on Electric Sky. I present to you, Chris Patterson of the comedy singing group, The Arrogant Worms. They are performing at the Ottawa Folk Festival on Sunday, August 21.

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The Administravia-cast

Sat, 13 Aug 2005 21:19:00 +0000

I've made some mistakes and have fallen behind on some housekeeping matters with the Electric Sky. I took this opportunity to get things back on track.


Giveaways, giveaways!

Thu, 11 Aug 2005 01:53:00 +0000

Behold the winner of the autographed Sonny Landreth CD, Grant Street. That's not all... find out how you can win a copy of the Harry Manx CD, West Eats Meet, autographed by Harry, Steve Marriner and Niel Golden. UPDATE (050811) because he knows now - the winner of the giveaway is Bruce Murray of the Zedcast. Honourable mention to my good buddy, Alan MacKenzie, who was the first respondent to the giveaway.

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Portrait - Creating your day with Dr. Dov Baron

Sun, 07 Aug 2005 14:00:00 +0000

What was the worst day you've ever had? Was it one bad event after another? Did the day control you, or did you control your day? In this edition, Dr. Dov Baron, a leading expert on quantum resonant fields, helps us understand our bad days and how to create good ones.

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Robert Farrell Band at Barrymore's

Fri, 05 Aug 2005 03:05:00 +0000

Blues/rock guitar player Robert Farrell is performing at Barrymore's (in Ottawa) with special guest, Livinsin, on Friday, August 5th.

Robert's music was featured on the first ever Electric Sky Podcast.

Just one week left!

Sun, 31 Jul 2005 13:32:00 +0000

There is just one week left before I do the draw for an autographed copy of Sonny Landreth's live CD, Grant Street

For more information on the giveaway, check out Portrait - Sonny Landreth.

Portrait - Coming out with Michael Ain

Sat, 30 Jul 2005 22:14:00 +0000

High School is part of the difficult process of growing up. Imagine how much more difficult it would be if you made the realization that you were gay at a time when being gay was anything but socially acceptable. Michael Ain was stronger, and more selfless, than that.

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Portrait - Media coverage with Madelaine Drohan

Mon, 25 Jul 2005 00:00:00 +0000

Because of a hole I dug for myself in a conversation with my wife, I needed to find a media expert to make sense of my argument. I found a Journalist in Residence in the School of Journalism and Communications at Carleton Univeristy, Madelaine Drohan. Madelaine is an award-winning author and journalist who has covered business and politics in Canada, Europe and Africa during a twenty-five-year career.

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Electric Sky Promo

Thu, 21 Jul 2005 04:43:00 +0000

This promo is a sequence of audio clips from all of the shows published under the "Electric Sky" banner, since April 29th of this year. I tried to capture as many interesting sound bites as possible and still stay inside of 1 minute. Enjoy!

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Portrait - Sonny Landreth

Wed, 20 Jul 2005 21:04:00 +0000

I was introduced to the music of Sonny Landreth when South of I10 came out in 1995. I played that CD with stunning regularity that year and I will always remember that the hosts of a Christmas party I was at had it in their collection. Oddly, I ran into one of that party's hosts just a few hours before Sonny's performance at this year's Ottawa Bluesfest.

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Shows coming

Fri, 15 Jul 2005 09:28:00 +0000

Sorry about the delay in putting out a show. I have been busier than I expected to be, and my week was centered around ZZ Top at the Ottawa Bluesfest. More on that festival when I publish a show next week.

Forums now online

Tue, 12 Jul 2005 11:00:00 +0000

A new discussion forums area has been launched today. Anonymous posts are welcome. Posters who identify themselves and provide contact information (either by providing their info in their post, or by registering on the site) will be eligible for occassional giveaways.

Portrait - Canadian Copyright Law with Michael Geist

Wed, 06 Jul 2005 01:56:00 +0000

What is the Canadian take on Copyright Law? Can you duplicate copyrighted material for your personal use so long as you own an original copy? Can you break copyright protection mechanisms? I sat down with Michael Geist to help us all understand a bit more.

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Portrait - Salute to the Relay for Life

Tue, 28 Jun 2005 10:00:00 +0000

The Relay for Life is an annual, 12-hour relay to raise funds for Cancer Research. Congratulations to all of the volunteers and participants of this year's event.

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Portrait - Harry Manx (part 2 of 2)

Mon, 27 Jun 2005 03:32:00 +0000

This is part two of my interview with Harry Manx. I'm hoping to have a chance to sit down with Harry when he is in town for the Ottawa Bluesfest.

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Portrait - Harry Manx (part 1 of 2)

Thu, 23 Jun 2005 21:00:00 +0000

Harry Manx plays roots music that has been spiced up with the influence of music from the far east. My apologies for the audio quality of the phone recording. My bad! In this show, I said "the Salt Spring Islands" when I should have said "Salt Spring Island".

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Portrait - A Company of Fools

Mon, 20 Jun 2005 12:23:00 +0000

Ottawa's Company of Fools launches its 2005 Torchlight Season at Strathcona Park in Ottawa on June 29 with this year's presentation, Taming of the Shrew.

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Electric Sky, Show 11 (2005-06-12)

Mon, 13 Jun 2005 01:33:19 +0000

I don't know how I survived putting this show together... editing three and a half hours of soundseeing audio that I recorded at the Ottawa/Montreal Podcasters meetup that took place last Thursday. Tod, have a seat!


Electric Sky, Show 10 (2005-06-08)

Thu, 09 Jun 2005 02:51:25 +0000

From my hotel room in beautiful Montreal, Quebec... I am here for a training course on British Standard 7799, an information security audit specification.

Sorry, there is no music in this show! I have homework to do for my course.

  • From my hotel room
  • Montreal's Formula 1 Grand Prix this weekend (Ferrari and Maclaren teams in my hotel!)
  • Ottawa/Montreal Podcaster meetup in Ottawa tomorrow night
  • Tod Maffin is going to bat on the issue of music licensing for Canadian Podcasters
  • CBC has launched a new Podcast called The Feed
  • Dinner at Commensal with Tom Gordon and Neil Philp
  • Send feedback

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Electric Sky, Show 09 (2005-06-01)

Thu, 02 Jun 2005 07:06:00 +0000

I delayed the release of this show until I could connect with Ian Copeland, who is the feature guest of this show. Thanks for your patience.


Ian happened into the role of booking agent in the 1970's, following two tours of duty in Vietnam. Among the many artists he booked tours for are The Police, Sting, Squeeze, Ultravox, Gang of Four, The Go-Go's and Joan Jett. He now runs The Backstage Cafe in Beverly Hills, California, after retiring from Frontier Booking International, a booking agency he set up. His book, Wild Thing, is a great read!


I'm still learning the ropes of putting a show together. My inexperience and lack of planning means that I end up putting my shows together until the wee hours of the morning. I hope to get better at this over time. Feedback is always appreciated.


  • Electric Sky show ID by Ian Copeland
  • Request for audio comments on honesty and dishonesty for an upcoming show
    • Limit submissions to 1 minute or less
    • MP3 format, 22kHz, 64 bit
  • Interview with Ian Copeland
  • Interview with Peter Voith
    • official website: (works only with Internet Explorer)
    • song: Skipping Stones
    • song: A New Direction
  • Send feedback

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Show 9 coming

Wed, 01 Jun 2005 10:04:55 +0000

I had hoped to publish Show 9 last night (May 31). Unfortunately, there was a delay with my guest so I wasn't able to get the interview done. Show 9 will get posted tonight (June 1).

Electric Sky, Show 08 (2005-05-26)

Thu, 26 May 2005 05:28:00 +0000

I wasn't planning on putting another Podcast out so soon. However, the circumstances demanded it. In response to a request I made to interview CBC's All In A Day host, Brent Bambury, on interview techniques and show preparation for the Electric Sky, I was invited to be a guest on the show - to interview and be interviewed. This Podcast follows my final preparations to appear on the show, nerves and all, through a soundseeing tour.


  • Show intro from an elevator
  • Segment of the All In A Day intro
  • Soundseeing tour
    • Final preparations including a stop at the Terry Fox statue
    • CBC building including the waiting area
    • Meeting Brent in the studio
  • Podcasting vs. Broadcasting segment (broadcast live on CBC)
  • Feedback from family and friends
  • Song: Sitting on Top of the World performed by Harry Manx
Thanks a million to Brent Bambury and Sarah MacFadyen for their support and hospitality, and Tracey Page of Dog My Cat Records for permission to play music by Harry Manx on the show.

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Electric Sky, Show 07 (2005-05-25)

Wed, 25 May 2005 04:47:57 +0000

Show 7, complete with some didge, is dedicated to the memory of a good friend, Rick, who drowned while fishing on May 21, 2000. I miss you!

I managed to pull this show off while battling a head cold, sneaking sips of tea as I went. What a relief, particularly since I had the opportunity to get some pointers from Tod Maffin for my Podcast - pointers that we can all learn from.

  • Highlights of my long weekend
    • I celebrated my 35th birthday
    • My sister-in-law's wedding at Wolfe Manor on Wolfe Island near Kingston, ON
    • Remembering Rick
  • Song: Timber and Wood by Xavier Rudd (Thanks, Alexis!!!)
  • Conversation with Tod Maffin
  • Send feedback to MARK AT ELECTRICSKY DOT NET
  • Sign off

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Electric Sky, Show 06 (2005-05-19)

Thu, 19 May 2005 17:19:34 +0000

My guest in Show 06 is TMC, who, along with Dark, started New Artist Radio (NAR) four years ago to promote independent music over the Internet by producing a weekly MP3 streamed radio show. They have grown from their beginnings with just ten artists, to about four thousand today.

  • Electric Sky Promo by TMC
  • Song: Coolsurface by Kirk Starkey
  • Interview with TMC
  • Phone call with my dad
  • Song: North Wall of Treviso by Kirk Starkey
  • Send feedback to MARK AT ELECTRICSKY DOT NET
  • Sign off

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Electric Sky, Show 05 (2005-05-16)

Mon, 16 May 2005 19:47:33 +0000

At long last, the Art Turner interview I did, as the first ever interview for the Electric Sky Podcast, about three weeks ago. Art Turner is a fingerstyle guitar player from Winnipeg, Manitoba who I first learned about at last year's Ottawa Folk Festival when he performed with Shane Simpson and Paul Bourdeau.


Electric Sky, Show 04 (2005-05-11)

Wed, 11 May 2005 05:12:11 +0000

My guest in this show is Charlie Cheney. Charlie has created a tool called Indie Band Manager, which is the must-have software for anyone who is managing their own independent music career, or the independent music careers of others as a manager or agent.

  • Tobias' CDs arrived today, one week after I ordered them!
  • Information Security law and technology conversation with Andy in future show
  • Podcasts I'm listening to
  • Summer of great concerts in Ottawa
    • ZZ Top
    • Joan Armatrading
    • Rolling Stones (first time in 40 years!)
  • Featured guest, Charlie Cheney
  • Upcoming show guests
    • Mary Cox - children's literature expert
    • Little Ray of Little Ray's Reptile Adventure
    • Andy - the information security law student
  • Sign off

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Electric Sky, Show 03 (2005-05-06)

Fri, 06 May 2005 22:05:37 +0000

The story of Philip Toshio Sudo is an interesting and inspirational one. He introduced the music world to Zen in his book Zen Guitar, a CD by the same name, and three other Zen books. Phil passed away at the very young age of 42, leaving behind a wife, children, and unfinished work. Phil's wife, Tracy, put me in touch with a friend and collaborator who has completed Phil's vision of a follow-up to Zen Guitar. In this show, I have the pleasure of sharing a conversation I had with Tobias Hurwitz.


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Electric Sky Podcast show 02, May 3, 2005

Wed, 04 May 2005 03:15:09 +0000

Two days ago, I sent an email requesting permission to play the music of Philip Toshio Sudo on my Podcast. I was thrilled when I received an email back granting me permission and thanking me for helping to promote Philip's work. It is a priviledge for me to include a song from Philip's CD, Zen Guitar; One Sound One Song, in this show.


  • I don't have a show theme; submissions welcome to WEBMASTER AT ELECTRICSKY DOT NET
  • I just don't get it...record companies and music licensing
  • Song: Raise the Spirit by Philip Toshio Sudo
  • Travelling for work
  • Highlander vs. Braveheart
  • Signoff

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  • Electric Sky Podcast show 01, April 29, 2005

    Sat, 30 Apr 2005 11:44:45 +0000

    This is it! The first recorded Electric Sky Podcast.


  • Discussion of show ideas
  • Song: Woolly Mammoth by Robert Farrell
  • Signoff

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