Published: Mon, 08 May 2006 01:00:00 +0000
Last Build Date: Thu, 12 Jan 2017 02:39:08 +0000Copyright: 2005-2010, Mark Blevis
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.
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.
Sun, 23 Apr 2006 23:00:00 +0000Nothing is more rewarding than making a difference in someone else's life.
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]
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]
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]
Mon, 27 Mar 2006 00:00:00 +0000
(image) The Learning Disabilities Association of Canada brought Barbara Coloroso to Ottawa this week. Barbara is travelling to promote her new book, Just Because It's Not Wrong, Doesn't Make It Right: Teaching kids, from toddlers to teens, to think and act ethically.
For a Podcast of adults and children discovering life, check out Growing Enthusiasm.
(image) Download/Listen to Barbara Coloroso [9 Mb, 10 mins]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
Sun, 12 Feb 2006 23:00:00 +0000
(image) Download/Listen to Of Maple Syrup and Beavertails [9 Mb, 10 mins]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
Sun, 25 Dec 2005 16:00:00 +0000The 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.
Sun, 18 Dec 2005 23:00:00 +0000I 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.
Sun, 11 Dec 2005 23:00:00 +0000This 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.
Sun, 11 Dec 2005 19:41:00 +0000This is a quick update on Electric Sky and other podcast related activities I have a hand in.
Mon, 05 Dec 2005 04:18:00 +0000For 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.
Mon, 28 Nov 2005 01:28:00 +0000Edmund 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 (yespublishing.com), is a great tool for a parent of any music student.
Mon, 14 Nov 2005 01:00:00 +0000Dr. 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.
Sat, 12 Nov 2005 04:59:00 +0000It 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.
Mon, 07 Nov 2005 02:56:00 +0000Harry 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.
Wed, 02 Nov 2005 02:46:00 +0000I 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.
Sun, 30 Oct 2005 22:00:00 +0000When 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.
Wed, 12 Oct 2005 00:15:00 +0000I'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!SHOW NOTES:
Sun, 25 Sep 2005 23:45:00 +0000I'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.
Mon, 19 Sep 2005 02:21:00 +0000Guitar 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.
Sun, 11 Sep 2005 17:04:00 +0000I 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.
Tue, 06 Sep 2005 04:19:00 +0000The 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!
Fri, 02 Sep 2005 19:01:00 +0000Please help the victims of Hurricane Katrina.
Fri, 26 Aug 2005 02:43:00 +0000I had no idea that Podcasting could be so demanding!SHOW NOTES:
Thu, 25 Aug 2005 02:00:00 +0000Did 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.
Wed, 24 Aug 2005 04:40:00 +0000On 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.
Tue, 23 Aug 2005 03:27:00 +0000Here'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.
Mon, 22 Aug 2005 10:00:00 +0000I 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!
Mon, 15 Aug 2005 12:14:00 +0000Heather 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.
Sun, 14 Aug 2005 22:00:00 +0000It'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.
Sat, 13 Aug 2005 21:19:00 +0000I'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.SHOW NOTES:
Thu, 11 Aug 2005 01:53:00 +0000Behold 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.
Sun, 07 Aug 2005 14:00:00 +0000What 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.
Fri, 05 Aug 2005 03:05:00 +0000Blues/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.
Sun, 31 Jul 2005 13:32:00 +0000There is just one week left before I do the draw for an autographed copy of Sonny Landreth's live CD, Grant StreetFor more information on the giveaway, check out Portrait - Sonny Landreth.
Sat, 30 Jul 2005 22:14:00 +0000High 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.
Mon, 25 Jul 2005 00:00:00 +0000Because 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.
Thu, 21 Jul 2005 04:43:00 +0000This 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!
Wed, 20 Jul 2005 21:04:00 +0000I 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.
Fri, 15 Jul 2005 09:28:00 +0000Sorry 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.
Tue, 12 Jul 2005 11:00:00 +0000A 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.
Wed, 06 Jul 2005 01:56:00 +0000What 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.
Tue, 28 Jun 2005 10:00:00 +0000The 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.
Mon, 27 Jun 2005 03:32:00 +0000This 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.
Thu, 23 Jun 2005 21:00:00 +0000Harry 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.
Mon, 20 Jun 2005 12:23:00 +0000Ottawa'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.
Mon, 13 Jun 2005 01:33:19 +0000I 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!SHOW NOTES:
Thu, 09 Jun 2005 02:51:25 +0000From 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.SHOW NOTES:
Thu, 02 Jun 2005 07:06:00 +0000I 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.
Wed, 01 Jun 2005 10:04:55 +0000I 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).
Thu, 26 May 2005 05:28:00 +0000I 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.
Wed, 25 May 2005 04:47:57 +0000Show 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. SHOW NOTES:
Thu, 19 May 2005 17:19:34 +0000My 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.SHOW NOTES:
Mon, 16 May 2005 19:47:33 +0000At 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. SHOW NOTES:
Wed, 11 May 2005 05:12:11 +0000My 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. SHOW NOTES:
Fri, 06 May 2005 22:05:37 +0000The 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. SHOW NOTES:
Wed, 04 May 2005 03:15:09 +0000Two 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. SHOW NOTES:
Sat, 30 Apr 2005 11:44:45 +0000
This is it! The first recorded Electric Sky Podcast.