Monthly Archives: March 2015

David Usher’s Pink Elephants & Music

Let the Elephants RunDavid Usher is many things, a musician, artist, author, public speaker, entrepreneur and activist. David is a British-born Canadian, and CanadianMade Audio talks with David about his new best-selling book, Let The Elephants Run.  Listen to our interview here

More About His Book: Do you allow for creative play or outrageous creative thought anymore? Well, David’s new best-selling book is all about letting our creative pink elephants run wild. Let the Elephants Run shows us how to reignite creativity whether in the head office, the home office or the artist’s studio.  He says in our latest podcast interview with Rita Rich that in today’s world with the Internet, five people are working on the very same idea you are at the same time.  But, it’s not so important about being the first to come up with a creative idea anymore, but in fact, being able to deliver that creative idea.

Life tends to stifle all the creativity out of us. David believes creativity is in our DNA; it’s in everyone, not just the creative class. We all start our lives as very creative beings, but for many that spark becomes lost over time. How do we jump-start our creative process as adults? What does it means to be a creative person? How do we follow through with our ideas and turn them into tangible outcomes?

David will be doing a book signing March 29th. Montrealers! Get your copy of signed by on 03/29 @ 2pm. Info:

Interested in reading his book? Well it’s published by:House of Anansi Press (English) and Québec Amérique (French). To order the book in Canada go through   Indigo,  Amazon, or  Librairie Drawn & Quarterly (order by phone or drop by). To order the book in the US go through IndieBoundBarnes and Noble, or Amazon.

For any questions related to David’s book please contact:

About His Music: David UsSongs From The Last Day On Earthher is also musician he has sold more than 1.4 million albums and performed all over the world. He has had number one singles singing in English, French and Thai.  His band, Moist launched in Vancouver during late 1992; the alternative rock band played for the first time in January of the next year and recorded a self-titled cassette in February. Vocalist David Usher, guitarist Mark Makowy, keyboard player Kevin Young and bassist Jeff Pearce still needed a consistent drummer, though; they finally found Paul Wilcox, just in time for a date at Canada’s Music West Conference in April 1993. After several regional tours, t EMI April Music (Canada) signed the band in October and to Chrysalis (U.S.) in May 1994. Chrysalis reissued the band’s self-released album, Silver, in August of that year. Creature appeared in 1996. After a four-year hiatus, the band released Mercedes Five and Dime in 2000.

About His Business.  And, when David is not making music, he is equally passionate about using technology to build new and interesting businesses. His company, Cloudid Creativity Labs and projects brings together artists, designers and programmers to work on a vast range of pioneering projects, from building web platforms to creative consulting.  David sits on the advisory board of McGill University’s Institute for the Public Life of Art and Ideas and is the founding director of Amnesty International’s Artists for Amnesty.  You can explore more of David’s projects at:

David has a degree in political science from Simon Fraser University. When he’s not on the road he’s found in front of a computer dreaming up something new to create.

Fashion, Lux Oscar Soirees & Backstage

Producer Rita Rich of Canadian Made Audio chats with Canadian designer Lisa Drader-Murphy about some of the behind the scenes work that goes on before and during the Oscar parties, and some of her charity work as well.

Lisa Drader-Murphy has gone to the Oscars to get celebrity endorsements. And, this year she’s been asked to endorse the work of other fashion designers and artists!   For instance, American Radar Watches is on its way to Turbine shops.  Her fashions are a hit in Halifax and in Hollywood. She’s the total package when it comes to her innovative style, entrepreneurship, and of course, fashion design. Lisa is the president and owner of the Turbine and the Lisa Drader-Murphy labels.  Here’s a link to some of the famous celebs she’s hung out with, while in Hollywood.

From what we hear, she will be working with the Easter Seals of Nova Scotia, as a partner and presenter for its March 11th Evening with Easter Seals fundraising gala. Lisa Drader-Murphy will produce a fashion show for the gala. The program will include models who are clients of Easter Seals Nova Scotia’s programs that promote mobility and independence for Nova Scotians with disabilities. There will also be music and a silent auction. For more information and tickets please click here.

You can get in touch Lisa and follow the latest news and updates about Turbine Fashion via,           .      

Written by: Alice M. Fisher

He’s Not A Chinese-Canadian Lesbian!

“Ian Hamilton, Author image 2012” by Ian Hamilton

Canadian Made Audio producer, Rita Rich talks with 67 year old Canadian author Ian Hamilton, about his popular Ava Lee novels. Rita asks Ian in this interview how is it that he can write about a young Chinese-Canadian forensic accountant, who is also a lesbian?  Rich says, “Ian, you Don’t look like an Asian Lesbian.” You know, they may not resemble each other much in appearance. But, Ian writes from what he knows, and that’s the seafood business. He made his first business trip to Asia, in pursuit of seafood, in 1989. Most of his stories center around the scams and scandals, which he intimately knows a lot about.

In another related article, Brian Bethune asked Ian in 2013, how Ava’s character was developed? We have included a small snippet from his article. “I don’t even remember where her name came from,” the Burlington, Ont., writer says, shrugging. The sexual orientation, though, was a deliberate touch. “As I kept writing,” says Hamilton, “I realized she was going to need more of a background. I got to thinking that in any relationship with a man she’d probably be dominant or he’d be like her and maybe she’d then be not so dominant; either way, I didn’t think it would suit her character. Then I had the brilliant idea to make her gay. So I went back into the first novel and set that out.”

As many may know (or not), the main character, Ava Lee, specializes in recovering massive debts that aren’t likely recovered through traditional methods.  And, Ian says he writes what he knows about,

In Ian’s first book about Ava Lee, The Water Rat of Wanchai, her character takes shape by learning about her traditional Chinese upbringing, her family dynamic and the people that are most important to Ava.  The Ava Lee series began after a life-threatening health scare in 2009, which prompted Ian to write his first in this series of novels. Just two days out of the hospital and recovering from surgery, Ian sat down at his computer and simply began writing. A few short weeks later, the first Ava Lee novel was completed. His inspiration for the Ava Lee series didn’t end when the first book was finished.  Half way through writing the first book, an idea for the second book came to Ian and he built it into the plot of the first.

He began writing the second book the day after the first book was finished. The same is true for the third and fourth books. Within eight months, all four books were complete. Ian secured a four-book deal from his publisher before the last two books were even read by the publisher. International rights have been sold into the UK, Australia, New Zealand, Holland, Germany and worldwide Spanish and French rights.  Ian is currently working on the continuation of the Ava Lee series and has already completed book number seven.

The seventh novel in the Ava Lee series finds Ava getting caught up in the election for the chairmanship of the Triad Societies.  Ava steps into her new business with May Ling Wong and her sister-in-law, Amanda. On a trip to Shanghai, Ava meets with Xu, a young man Uncle had been mentoring and who is also the head of the Triad in Shanghai. Xu makes a business proposal that she and May must consider but I do not want to give to much away for those who have not read it.

Before we end this blog article there are some news and updates from Ian, which he wrote about on his Facebook wall, “as the weather veered towards an unbelievably balmy plus 3 degrees…..”

1. Barry Award: It was announced yesterday that the US edition of The Water Rat has made the short list (5 books) for the award as Best Thriller published in the US in 2014. A great honor.

2. Hamilton Book Club – March 18, 7 p.m., at the Freeway Coffee House, 333 King Street East. Hope to see some of you there. It is an open kind of event. Lots of talk.

3. March 29 – Blue Heron Books, Uxbridge, is hosting a brunch at the Wooden Sticks Golf Course, 11 a.m. He’ll be reading and chatting at that location.

4. Gritlit in Hamilton and Blue Metropolis in Montreal have set dates and times…………Gritlit, April 19, 3 p.m., Hamilton Public Library with David Rotenberg………..and Blue Metropolis, April 25, 6 p.m., Le Petit Salon in Hotel 10 – a one on one interview.

5. Ian says he has started to work on the Couturier of Milan

6. And, Ava Lee is now available in audio format, in the US. They are narrated by the talented Jennifer Ikeda, The Disciple of Las Vegas and The Wild Beasts of Wuhan can be downloaded and enjoyed on your smartphone, tablet or computer. The audio was produced as a digital only title and is sold through various online retailers, including Audible, Barnes and NobleDownpour and iTunes. Want to hear a snippet of the audiobook? Head over to Audible and click “Play Audio Sample”.

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Tale of the Toonie Tails

Did you see the news?  A new 2015 Canadian Toonie was released in January, it’s a new two dollar coin. Have you gotten it yet in any change you’ve received?  The commemorative two-dollar coin features the 200th anniversary of the birth of Canada’s first Prime Minister, Sir John A. Macdonald on one side, and, as always, Queen Elizabeth II on the other. Is anyone else wondering what “heads” and “tails” is on this coin which features two heads? Which side do you think is the head or tails?  And, would you look at Queen Elizabeth? She’s resembling actress and Dame Helen Mirren more and more these days!  Sir MacDonald still looks like his colonial self.  Well, to be sure the Queen is not the backside of anything. So, heads you get the beer and tails I’ll get the chips.

You can obtain these coins at the Canadian Mint.

So what is “heads” and what is “tails” then? The Mint has the answer.  “The side which features the effigy of Her Majesty is called the ‘obverse’ in technical terms and has always been considered the ‘heads’ side of a coin,” a Mint spokesperson wrote in an email.  “The opposite side, officially called the ‘reverse,’ is always considered the tails side as it features a design different from the bust of the Canadian sovereign.”

The coin’s reverse image was designed by Canadian artist Glen Green and is inspired by archival photographs of Sir John A. Macdonald. Limited to a mintage of five million coins, Canadians can start looking for this coin in their change, attend coin exchanges at special events in select locations across Canada and at the Mint’s Ottawa, Winnipeg and Vancouver boutiques, or obtain limited quantities through an online coin exchange at (limited to Canada only).

To further commemorate this milestone anniversary, related numismatic coins are also available to order now on and will be available at Mint boutiques as of January 13th:

•  A $10 silver coin with selective gold plating featuring an original
portrait of Sir John A. Macdonald by Canadian artist Joel Kimmel ($69.95);
•  A $20 ‎silver coin featuring a striking portrait of Sir John A. Macdonald
    by Canadian artist William Lazos, against the backdrop of the original
Parliament Buildings ($89.95); and
•  A $100 14-karat gold coin featuring an original portrait of Sir John A. Macdonald
by Glen Green along with one of Macdonald’s achievements,
the completion of the Canadian Pacific railway ($599.95).

So there you have it.