Friday, 19 October 2012

Pottery & Lego Elephants

Tune in to Hands and Tails this morning at 10AM We share stories from Guelph potter Chris Hierlihy and Toronto painter Jacub Gagnon.

Thursday, 24 May 2012

Sorry, sorry!

Due to some unforeseen circumstances, I have ostensibly been missing out on Hands & Tails. My sincere apologies! Tomorrow, we will air a repeat show with Sean (Burn Planetarium) and Harri Palm about his 'WHALESCAPES' album.

In other news, we were interviewed by Teresa Pitman from AtGuelph:

In other news, I'm working at Bloorcourt vet clinic (Bloor St W. & Dufferin) this summer. Great clinic with great people! I'm sure I'll be crossing some interesting stories with the owners and furry critters there. We will also have a booth set up at Woofstock (more details to come later!)

Also, please send us emails! We love emails. And hearing from you. It's
Photos of your pets or non-pet-animals are welcomed!

Friday, 4 May 2012

Show #10: Pigs (In There)

Today's show we talk to Anita and Gabriel form the Toronto Pig save, with Anita sharing her story with how she started the group, and its mission to provide glass walls in processing plants, and to "free all animals from the daily horrors of slaughterhouses". Anita invited me to attend a vigil that is held several times each week to bear witness to the pigs that are shipped to be slaughtered at Quality Meat Packing plant by Lakeshore and Strachan. Anita and I sit down to talk about the importance of art and how it can generate dialog as well as education/awareness about issues, particularly those around the production of meat from food animals. Their website can be found 

Volunteers of the Toronto Pig Save "bear witness" to the pigs being shipped to Quality Meat Packers plant in Toronto.


In our interview, Anita also talks about Sue Coe's works, which can be found at

Saturday, 28 April 2012

Show #9: Whalescapes & Giant Squids

Today we had a live phone interview with a friend Sean Mckee, former member of the Guelph/Bradford band Burn Planetarium He talks about his love for science and music, and playing a song about giant squids, undoubtedly influenced from his interest in sea creatures (he is a UoG grad from the Marine & Freshwater program). 

We also talk to Harri Palm, a radio programmer at CFRU as well - his music show "All Over the Map" which airs every Monday evening 7 to 8. Aside from being involved with radio, Harri is an avid and competitive sail boat racer, and additionally collaborated on the album "Whalescapes" with music group Interspecies at the Music Gallery back in 1977, in Toronto.


Friday, 27 April 2012

Show #8: Animals and People

Today's show was primarily hosted by Steve as I was busy writing my last final for the year. Steve talks to the Guelph Humane Society on the adoption process, aka the match-making process to make sure the right animal goes to the right family and home. Their website is here:

I talk to Dr. Michelle Lem who is the founder of the Community Veterinary Outreach program in downtown Ottawa. Dr. Lem and her team help to provide free preventative veterinary care to the street youth there. This is a very interesting and insightful interview, and will definitely allow listeners to visit the concept of homeless, street youth and pet owning in a completely new light. A must listen! Their website is here:


Wednesday, 18 April 2012

Show #7: Birds (of the city sort and of prey)

Last Friday we had quite an interesting interview! Of birds and building collisions, raptor birds and a pigeon.

Firstly, I had a lovely conversation with Christine Walker, a teacher as well as MFA student at OCADU (Ontario College of Art and Design). She talks to me about her "Fenestration" thesis project, and the importance of generating conversation with her works, and also educating the public mass about the effect of buildings have on bird collisions. If you are like me (prior to the interview, anyway), you'd think these things don't happen too often now - WRONG! A lot of buildings in Toronto still have large panes of clear glass windows, and this offers an optical illusion to the birds that fly right into them. FLAP, the organization Christine is involved with, documents these collisions and tries to save the birds if they are not dead from the collision. Their volunteer drivers would send them to the Toronto Wildlife Centre (incidentally, two shows back, we interviewed Nathalie Karvonen of the TWC - check it out!). Christine's works are below, and there are more on her website,

"Across Lake Ontario"

We also talk to Amy Fennell of the work that's done in the Mountsberg Conservation Centre, their website is here

Lastly, Steve chats up with David Caesar, with works here at Cornerstone in Guelph and is also represented in Toronto. David provides interesting insight on a few of his bird/animal related works, many of which are inspired from comics/cartoon representation, such as "We Burned the Forest Down", seen here. His website is

Monday, 9 April 2012

New layout soon!

I have ideas for a banner and it will truly be lovely! Coming soon! With hands and doodles and animals and such.

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