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.

Friday, 6 April 2012

Show #6: Chickens

This week's show we talk about chickens, just in time for Easter! (I guess chicks would have been more pertinent, but same thing!)

We start the show off with Steve and I meticulously drawing chickens, and really, I had no idea what I was drawing as I was already very sleep deprived from the perils of studying for finals. But it was fun! Chickens are pretty easy to draw and everyone (even those who claim they are not artistically inclined) can still enjoy doodlin' some birds every now and then.

Charlotte (right) with her hand chicken.

I first talk with some friends from my class at the vet college - Charlotte Kuk and Chanelle Taylor about their experiences with drawing chickens for the Aeroplan/Vets without Borders initiative project (more information found here: Then I talk with Adam Little, who talks about the more "serious" side of the initiative.

Chanelle's chicken doodles.

Steve talks to Gwyn and Zach, a couple who own a backyard flock right here in Guelph. Steve also records their chickens, so that made for an interesting segment!

Then we hear from Nathan Carey, a farmer as well as an animator from Smiley Guy Studios. Some works from SGS are here: and one of Nathan's video is here:

Happy Good Chicken Friday, everyone!

Thursday, 5 April 2012

Introducing: Bloaty Toady

He was supposed to be a prize, bought from Dis-A-Ray. Super petrified looking toad nailed to a unicycle (that rotates) = awesome!

There is talk to dress him up like Humpty Dumpty, or some sort of dignified looking gentlemanfrog. Anyway, we may do a show on him in time... For now, he shall remain on Christopher's desk.

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