Eh? No-Way! Well, maybe sometimes?

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Welcome aboard Air Canada and the CanadianMade podcast produced exclusively for this airliner by Flatlands Avenue Productions. For those listening via iTunes, PodBean, iOS or Android, thanks for flying with our sounds today. In this story, we’re talking the differences between Defence and defense, colour and color and why people in Western New York speak strikingly different from their cousins across the Peace Bride in southern Ontario province.  Torontonian linguist and author, James Harbeck loves to talk and write about English. We hope you listen and are entertained and informed.

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Thanks for listening.

Rita Rich

 

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Click Here to Hear Our Podcast with Cougar Boots!

Excuse me, While I Slip Into Something More Comfortable

 

Boots.

 

Just thinking about that word congers up that famous bass guitar riff devised by famous session musician Carol Kaye, of the internationally famous Wrecking Crew. You know Carol’s work. She created the most famous part of Nancy Sinatra’s pop tune, “These Boots Were Made for Walking.” You know, the chords that come after Nancy Sinatra  growls, “These boots are gonna walk over you.” I found the link to the short clip Ms. Sinatra posted on her website here. Ms. Daughter-of-the-Chairman-of-the -Board’s recording of her iconic song turns 50 this year. Ironically this birthday comes at the same time we are  uploading to Air Canada’s in-flight entertainment system (Search for CanadianMade)  our refreshed two-hour long podcast for Air Canada that includes our story about

 

Canada’s Cougar Shoe Companycanuck_sleeknylon_white_1

We had a wonderful conversation with Cougar’s President and CEO President Steve Sedlbauer. We talked via SKYPE while he was in his Burlington, Ontario offices.  He explained how his father and uncle created the company, after the company they worked for got them out of Czechoslovakia in 1948, shortly before the communist party took over the country.  He then told me about when the name Cougar was adopted by his company and why.

 

Sedlbauer says Cougar sells millions of pairs of boots to places all over the world, where there’s harsh icy-cold weather. He’s proud that Canada has that rugged terrain and weather reputation, and that people around the globe embrace what his company stands for.  To quote Cougar.com

 

” Freedom is imagination, aspiration, expectation and perspiration. It’s making
waves and never, ever backing down, especially from a little ill weather. Since
1948 our family has kicked heels, splashed puddles, stomped mud and never taken a step without recognizing just how small we are in this vast and great and
beautiful drift we call home.”

“As a Canadian company, every winter boot we design must conquer the harshest
elements. After all, it’s hard to feel fashionable if you can’t feel your toes. That’s why three generations of our family are still working hard to keep your
family warm, dry and always in style.”

 

So, listen to our story and enjoy learning more about Canada’s own Cougar Boots

 

Your comments are warmly welcomed on our Facebook Page, https://www.facebook.com/CanadianMadeproductions/.

 

 

 

FIRE ON THE MTN + Elvis & Kresse

Fire on the Mountain

Photo Credit: Stuart Palley, @stuartpalley

CanadianMade Audio sends our heartfelt empathy to those in the western Canadian provinces, as well as those in the western portions of the U.S. who’ve suffered from the effects of this summer’s wildfires. We acknowledge all the hard work of every North American fire fighter combating the arduous wildfires and recognize that for the residents of the western provinces the complications of these fires are an ongoing concern.

John Reischman & the Jay BirdsWe reflect on all who are fighting fires at this time, by offering an excerpt of the song “Fire On The Mountain.”  Just last week Canadian firefighting agencies were currently sharing 488 personnel, 505 power pumps, and 826 km of fire hose along with a variety of other equipment. In the United States, they’re fighting some very large fires burning in Alaska, Arizona, California, Montana, Oregon, Washington, and Wyoming.  hose_4_web_2__97627With all the fires, we thought our excerpt would be appropriate. And, Canadian Made Audio is in the process of preparing our next two hour program, which will be heard on board Air Canada this coming fall and winter. 

KressHere’s an excerpt of our interview with Kresse Wesling, who is a native of Alberta (a western province of Canada).  Kresse is one half of Elvis & Kresse, a fashion accessories company which she set up with her long time companion and best friend,Elvis. New Yellow Accessories

Elvis & Kresse are environmental designers whose social enterprise manufactures  beautiful red hot (or yellow) accessories, luggage, bags, wallets, and belts from recycled fire hoses.   

They prevent more than TEN TONS of hosing a year from being sent to a dump, or in the case of the city of London, England, coiled up by the thousands of the roofs of buildings.

Elvis & Kresse donate 50% of their profits to a firefighters charity as a social investment, by giving back to those who work hard to save lives, fighting fires.

We’re hoping that as autumn rolls into winter, Kresse will be on board Air Canada, as she flies back to Canada from England.

You can follow Elvis & Kresse on Twitter @elvisandkresse. And, here’s a link explaining their great social enterprise and how they got started. People are on fire about social enterprise,and also talking about Elvis & KresseYou can also read another recent article written about their business by the Telegraph.

[The music for our podcast excerpt features Trisha Gagnon from British Columbia. She performs with a Blue Grass group, John Reischman and the Jay Birds, from the album Stellar Jays, and the song is called “Fire On The Mountain. If you like the music please tell John Reischman that Rita Rich sent you. You can write him via www.thejaybirds.com or www.johnreischman.com.  

And, our feature photo is of a current fire on the mountain, which was taken by Stuart Palley, @stuartpalley, a Los Angeles photographer covering the CA droughts, wildfires, back-roads, night sky]

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Written by: Alice M. Fisher

Special Olympian Wants To Meet Will Smith!

Listen to our latest interview with Tess Trojan.  She’s coming to Los Angeles, along with thousands of other athletes from 177 countries, to compete in the Special Olympics World Games, which runs from July 25th through August 2nd.  This 26 year old from St. Catherines, Ontario has the passion to win a medal or two for her country. But, if she cannot win, she’s proud to be able to say she was in L.A. She might even take in a studio tour or two to see where her favorite TV shows are made.  But, even better, she’d love to say hello to Will Smith. She adores in his character as played the Fresh Prince of Bel Air.  Tess Trojan is a seasoned Olympian, having played women’s Ice Hockey for Canada in the Special Olympics. She’s coming to Los Angeles, along with thousands of other athletes from 177 countries, to compete in the Special Olympics World Games, which run from July 25th through August 2nd.  www.la2015.org

Special Olympics Ontario is proud to announce a new addition to the Special Olympics Board of Directors. Ms. Tessa Kathleen Trojan (Tess) will serve as a member of the Board of Directors as the Athlete Representative (2013-2014, 2014-2017, 2017-2021 respectively).

More About Tess
Tess Trojan is an inspiration and is the essence of all that is Special Olympics. The St. Catharines, Ontario native won the 2012 inaugural Special Olympics National Golf Tournament (Division 1, Women). A true champion with an infectious enthusiasm for Special Olympics and sport, 24-year-old Tess has been involved with Special Olympics programs for the past 13 years. She began her journey with Special Olympics in 2000 as a 5 pin bowling athlete and now participates in more than 5 sports. In addition to her golf title, Tess is an award-winning swimmer and powerlifter. 

Tess is More Than an Athlete
Tess is a trained Athlete Speaker and Ambassador for Special Olympics. Tess is very passionate about Special Olympics and in a recent a presentation to the Niagara Down Syndrome Caring Parents, she said, “I am grateful to Special Olympics for so many things. I have met many friends. We share a common bond, we all want to do our very best and support our friends to do the same.  Special Olympics offers us the opportunity to participate in sports which might not be possible if the organization wasn’t there. I’ve been lucky to have many great coaches and volunteers to help me with my sporting activities.”

Tess is a part-time student at Niagara College and graduated in May from the College Path Program (General Arts & Science). She is currently a student in the school’s Pre-Community Services Program, and her career goals are to work with children or seniors in recreation.

At the 2013 Special Olympics Ontario Provincial Games in York Region, Tess was a silver medalist. Tess was fortunate to be one of six Ontario Golfers who competed at the Special Olympics North America Invitational Tournament in Atlantic City this past October.

Special Olympian @ LA World Games

Canadian Made’s producer Rita Rich caught up with Canada’s power-lifter JACKIE BARRETT.  Jackie’s interview can be accessed here. He is a Special Olympics Veteran who set’s big goals and accomplishes them!  We encourage everyone in Canada and the USA  to cheer him on this summer!  #JackieBarrett, #TheMooseWay

“He says, “The only way is “The Moose’ way.”  He joined the Special Olympics in 1987, when he was just 13 years old.   He’s North America’s fifth High Functioning Autistic person to get a university degree. Jackie graduated from Saint Mary’s University on May 11, 1998.

Jackie is one of nine athletes in Special Olympics Canadian History to compete in the Special Olympics World Games three times for a particular sport.

He’s got some real tenur with Special Olympics Canada.  So much so that Special Olympics Canada and their Marketing Partner, Grey Canada, recently launched “There Is No Special Treatment” campaign aimed at raising awareness for Special Olympics Canada, and also to recruit volunteers, coaches, and athletes.  The messages sent from this campaign are that sport is an equalizer, sport doesn’t discriminate, and sport doesn’t care whom does that performance. To put it in perspective, 600 lbs. is 600 lbs., and a 100 metre Sprint in 11 seconds is a 100 metre sprint in 11 seconds.  

Corner Brook Vikings Powerlifter, Jackie Barrett, is one of the three feature athletes in this campaign.

The Los Angeles Games will also provide a venue for global discussions and action on the impact Special Olympics can have on the lives of people with intellectual disabilities. More than 200 million people worldwide have an intellectual disability, making it the largest disability group worldwide. Intellectual disability crosses racial, ethnic, educational, social and economic lines, and can occur in any family.

Volunteers and supporters are also essential to make the World Games a success. To apply to be one of the 30,000 volunteers for the World Games please visit: www.LA2015.org/volunteer. To help raise funds to cover costs associated with the visiting athletes, please visit support.la2015.org. For more information about the World Games, please visit www.LA2015.org/ and on social with #ReachUpLA on Facebook, Twitter orInstagram.

FACTS, AWARDS & BIO INFO ABOUT “The MOOSE” Barrett

  • National Games Appearances:1994 – Halifax, Nova Scotia (Swimming)
    1998 – Sudbury, Ontario (Powerlifting)
    2002 – Prince Albert, Saskatchewan (Powerlifting)
    2006 – Brandon, Manitoba (Powerlifting)
    2010 – London, Ontario (Powerlifting)
    2014 – Vancouver, British Columbia (Powerlifting)
    World Games Appearances:1999 – Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina, USA (Powerlifting)
    2007 – Shanghai, China (Powerlifting)
    2011 – Athens, Greece (Powerlifting)

    Special Olympics Sports:

    Swimming – 1987-1996
    Powerlifting – 1995 – Present
    5 Pin Bowling – 2008 – Present
    28 Year Special Olympics Veteran

  • Awards
    Special Olympics Medals:Provincial Games (Nova Scotia) – 33 Medals (27 Gold, 2 Silver, 4 Bronze)
    Provincial Games (Newfoundland and Labrador) – 10 (7 Gold, 1, Silver, 2 Bronze)
    National Games – 25 Medals (22 Gold, 2 Silver, 1 Bronze)
    World Games – 11 Medals (10 Gold, 1 Silver, 0 Bronze)
    Awards and Honours:1991 Special Olympics Nova Scotia Summer Games “Oath Reader”
    1994 Special Olympics Canada Summer Games “Torch Bearer”
    1999 Special Olympics Nova Scotia Summer Games “Oath Reader”
    2000 Special Olympics Nova Scotia “Male Athlete of the Year”
    2000 Sport Nova Scotia “Male Athlete of the Year” Runner-up
    2000 Special Olympics Canada – “Male Athlete of the Year”
    2007 “The Chronicle Herald” – Top Ten Sports Story
    2007 “The Daily News” – Top Ten Sports Story
    2007 Sport Nova Scotia – “Individual Male Athlete of the Month – October 2007”
    2008 Sport Nova Scotia – “Individual Male Athlete of the Year” Runner-up
    2009 Vancouver 2010 “Torch Bearer” – Corner Brook Leg
    2011 The City of Corner Brook declared November 28, 2011 “Jackie Barrett Day”. First time in Special Olympics Canada history that an athlete has a day declared for him/her.
    2011 “The Wester Star” – Top Ten Sports “Highlights of 2011”.
    2012 City of Corner Brook “Achievement in Community Excellence – Male Athlete of the Year” Award Winner
    2012 Jackie Barrett’s 25th anniversary year in the Special Olympics. He joined Special Olympics in 1987 at only 13 years of age.

    Powerlifting Competition Personal Bests:
    Squat – 275.5 Kilograms
    Bench Press (Raw and Post Injury) – 137.5 Kilograms
    Bench Press (Raw and Pre Injury) – 153 Kilograms
    Deadlift – 300 Kilograms
    Overall – 697.5 Kilograms

     Powerlifting Milestones:
    Youngest Canadian Special Olympian to Deadlift 500 lbs.+ at 23.
    First Canadian Special Olympian to Bench Press 300 lbs.+ raw.
    First Canadian Special Olympian to Squat 500 lbs.+
    First Canadian Special Olympian to Squat 550 lbs.+
    First Canadian Special Olympian to Squat 600 lbs.+
    First Canadian Special Olympian to Deadlift 550 lbs.+
    First Canadian Special Olympian to Deadlift 600 lbs. +
    First Canadian Special Olympian to Deadlift 300 KGs.+
    Former Nova Scotia Powerlifting Association Men’s Open Super-
    Heavyweight Deadlift record holder at the 2006 Truro Fall Classic. Record was held for 28 years by Frank Yakimchuk.
    Set the Special Olympics World Squat Record with a 590 lb. lift at the 2011 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Athens.
    Only Special Olympian to set Special Olympics provincial generic records in Junior, Open (Senior), and Master’s age categories.

The World Games will take place on July 25 – August 2, 2015 in Los Angeles, California.   Every two years, Special Olympics athletes come together to compete at the Special Olympics World Games. This summer, over 7,000 athletes from 177 countries will descend upon LA to show the true meaning of courage, joy and determination.  Athletes will be competing in 25 different sports at venues throughout Los Angeles, including USC and UCLA.

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: www.cloudid.co

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 www.mint.ca/canada150 (limited to Canada only).

To further commemorate this milestone anniversary, related numismatic coins are also available to order now on www.mint.ca/canada150 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.

Nikki W Slept With a Towel

Nikki W WritingThis is a final segment of our four part series of podcasts featuring the 16 year old London, Ontario recording artist Nikki W.  Nikki reveals to CanadianMade’s Rita Rich about a poor decision she made not too long ago, and lived to tell about it, in a high crime area of London, Ontario, Canada.  Listen to our latest podcast about her here. All parents should be aware of this sort of story and the potential decisions their own teens could be making while at a party, when staying overnight somewhere else.   Nikki’s songs reflect the youthful decisions many teens make, who are finding their way in the world, and in hindsight they could have or should have made a different decision. This is life. This is the life of being a teenager. This is learning and Nikki’s songs reflect all of this and more.

Our many thanks to Nikki W for letting us dip our pens and our voices into your world and for the great music you are making.  Good luck and we hope to hear more great music from you in the next few years to come.

If you visit her Facebook page you can see she is starting to get some traction and pick up from others.  So, where can you find Nikki W and her music?

 

 

Nikki W (Part 3)

Embedded image permalinkThis is our third in a four part series of personal interviews with Nikki W.  Listen to our latest podcast about her here.  Nikki explains to CanadianMade Audio producer Rita Rich how the song ” Superman” came about.  Superman is quite amazing and we love the words. It’s  relevant and timely for all young teens, and more importantly it seems to be able to transcend generations of listeners ranging from those who are juggling their day to day insanity of doing it all…like work, school, commuting, relationships and/or family and the kids.

Nikki has toured southern Ontario and select cities in the U.S. Learn more about how she’s experienced some dark days and is now enjoying being in the limelight.  Nikki is full of stories, like how she can’t even get into any clubs because she is so young.

Nikki Spaced  She has had some gigs, and tells CanadianMade Audio that she even got to play at Disney!

If you visit her Facebook page you can see she is starting to get some traction and pick up from others. For example,

  1. She was nominated for 2014’s CHRW 94.9 FM / chrwradio.com Local EP of the Year.
  2. Sleepingbagstudios also commented about her song Superman.  “I bet if you sat down with the creators of Superman and asked if they thought their superhero icon would become a literal metaphor for strength in our pop-culture they’d say ‘no way.’ Yet, here we are countless years later with countless artists & bands, speakers and writers referring to the man in the red-cape in comparison to our strongest moments…and our weakest as well. In “Superman,” from Nikki W., I was shocked to find that even here at this point in the EP she was able to heavily impress me and my eardrums; this is another absolute standout for her performance and delivery”
  3. And, she is noted in another podcast series called, Women of Substance Radio & Podcast, along with some great female musicians! Episode 59, @ 22 minutes in!
  4. Canadian Beats Blog also interviewed her last summer, where she explains some of the things she likes best

So, where can you find Nikki W and her music?

Soulful Sweet 16-Nikki W (Part 2)

nikki w2Nikki Whitehead (NIKKI W) is a London, Ontario based singer, songwriter and pop recording artist. This is Canadian Made Audio’s second podcast of a four part series about Nikki W, Take a few minutes to hear the perspective of a very honest sweet 16 year-old, right here.  This London, Ontario high school student explains in this personal interview about the trials of coping with the stresses of being at the bottom of the food chain, when she entered eight grade. Her powerful, yet vulnerable voice touches on love, doubt, sex, self-harm, and alienation – all themes common to Nikki and her peers.

“Transparent Hands” is her impressive debut single. Her songwriting is strong, with lyrics like, “Don’t know who to trust and who to doubt” and “Someone like you is much too wonderful, lovely for someone as sad as me.”  She voices her generation’s anxiety with honesty and poignancy, as can be seen in her video “Transparent Hands.”

This 16 year-old Canadian artist’s full length Extended Play (EP) album is called “Sad Generation,”, (produced by Gavin Brow) and it is out now.

She’s been compared to British pop singer Adele, with the soulful way she sings her own compositions.  Her big voice also harkens back to the day of women with guitars like Joni Mitchell, Stevie Nicks or Patti Smith.

She speaks on behalf of “gypsies, wallflowers, and those without a voice” about love, doubt, sex, self-harm, and alienation. Nikki describes her music as “pop music with cuts, tattoos, and honesty. Nikki projects an emotional honesty and wisdom beyond her years.

If by some small chance you missed Part I of this series of interview series with Nikki W, the following is a link to that first interview.

Author Nina Berkhout

CanadianMade Audio Producer, Rita Rich, explores the real life influences behind novelist Nina Berkhout’s debut novel, The Gallery of Lost Species.  Rich says, “Reading the novel from this award winning poet, is like taking a trip in the families station wagon.  You feel as if you’re looking out the window across the rich Canadian landscapes; traversing rich forests, plains, and mountains, as your family deals with the struggles of addiction, overbearing parents trying to live their dreams through their children, and sisterhood.”   Click here to listen to the podcast story.

Within the opening pages of Nina Berkhout’s first novel, The Gallery of Lost Species, a 13-year-old girl named Edith Walker spots “a white fleck on green that caused the hairs to rise along [her] spine” on a mountainside while vacationing with her family in the Rockies. It is, she believes, a unicorn – a sighting playfully confirmed by her kindly father, Henry, when he looks at the creature through his binoculars.  This moment, which she describes is “probably the last of my innocent imagination as I left childhood behind,” and it shapes Edith’s life. The Gallery of Lost Species: Author Nina Berkhout and the persistence ...

As the novel winds down Berkhout writes ,“When would the past let up?” “Like the small bodies of birds Viv (her sister) once drew, memories burrowed inside me without disintegrating. She existed in my mind as an abstraction now, as imprecise as her paintings and as lost to the present day as the unicorn.”  But, Berkhout does not let Edith off the hook – or the reader. Loss, she seems to infer in The Gallery of Lost Species, cannot be the end point, it cannot rule a life. Near the end of the novel, she quotes the famous real-life cryptozoologist Bernard Heuvelmans: “There are lost worlds everywhere.” Everyone has lost worlds. The trick is in learning to live again, after they have died.

Originally from Calgary, poet Nina Berkhout has lived in Ottawa for more than a decade, and is the author of five poetry collections: >Letters from Deadman’s Cay (NeWest Press, 2003), This Way the Road (NeWest Press, 2005), Pas de Deux (Turnstone Press, 2006), Arrivals and Departures (BuschekBooks, 2010) and Elseworlds (Seraphim Editions, 2012), the most recent of which received the 2013 Archibald Lampman Award for the best poetry collection by a writer living in the National Capital Region. As well as appearing on a prior Archibald Lampman Award shortlist, her work has been shortlisted for THIS magazine’s Great Canadian Literary Hunt and the John Hirsch Award for most promising Manitoba writer. She holds a degree in Classical Studies from the University of Calgary and a Master’s Degree in Museum Studies from the University of Toronto.

Diana Panton is Worth Knowing!

At the 57th annual Grammy Awards on Sunday night was all eyes and ears via the U.S. music industry, and the night belonged to Londoner Sam Smith. But, we want to let you know there’s s another soulful music mover that the larger international music world is noticing! Do you know Diana Panton? CanadianMade Audio interviews, Diana Panton, a superb Canadian jazz vocalist who has quietly become one of the brightest lights on the jazz scene today. Listen here to our interview. Her work has been consistently praised by listeners and music critics alike for her ethereal vocals, exceptional song selection and heartfelt renditions. “Her diaphanous vocal sound never insists and her high speed vibrato is like the beat of a hummingbird’s heart – natural, untainted and pure.” (Lesley Mitchell-Clarke, Wholenote Magazine.

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Diana Panton Photo by Keith Penner

Her keen aesthetic sense has attracted the attention of some of the jazz world’s most respected masters. When Order of Canada and legendary multi-instrumentalist Don Thompson first heard Panton sing at age 19, he recommended she audition for the reputed jazz workshop at the Banff Center for the Arts (Canada). There, she studied under Norma Winstone (and in subsequent visits, Jay Clayton and Sheila Jordan). “When the great singer Sheila Jordan said Diana Panton ‘sounds like the sweetest bird you’ll ever hear’, she helped define some of the ephemeral delicacy that marks Panton as unique.” (Stuart Broomer, Toronto Life).

Before recording her first album, Panton completed an Honours Master’s degree in French literature from McMaster University, and fulfilled a teaching engagement at the University of Paris (France), followed by a position as a French Sessional Lecturer at McMaster University (Canada). She teaches French and Art at Westdale Secondary School in Hamilton, Ontario. (Canada).

Panton started her music career as a member of the Hamilton All Star Jazz Band, until 2002After hearing her perform with this band, veteran multi-instrumentalist Don Thompson invited her to attend the Banff Centre, where he was a faculty member. This led to Thompson’s collaboration on Panton’s albums, a decade later. When the time finally arrived to go into the studio, national award-winning guitarist Reg Schwager was invited to join Don Thompson for some stellar accompaniment behind Panton’s pure vocals.

The late great Montreal jazz critic Len Dobbin called “…yesterday perhaps” one of the finest debut CDs he had heard in years! It landed Diana on the covers of VIEW and NOW Magazine and the album made NOW’s TOP 10 Discs of the Year. The album was also awarded a Silver Disc Award upon its release in Japan in 2011. 

Her impressive catalog of internationally acclaimed albums have garnered numerous honors, including a second Silver Disc Award in Japan, three JUNO nominations, seven Hamilton Music Awards, a host of National Jazz Award nominations, Canadian and American Independent Music Award nominations.

Her sophomore album, “if the moon turns green …” was the first place jury-selection to perform at the Jazz à Juan Revelations where she was voted Première Dauphine by the Juan public. Most recently, she was named one of Canada’s TOP 5 Jazz Vocalists by CBC radio host Tim Tamashiro.
Her second album, If the Moon Turns Green, received a nomination for the Juno Awards of 2009 in the category of Vocal Jazz Album of the Year. Her fourth and fifth albums, To Brazil With Love and Christmas Kiss, were nominated in the same category for the Juno Awards of 2012 and 2013, respectively.

Photo of Diana Panton by Jose Crespo

On all six albums, Panton is accompanied by Don Thompson on piano and bass and Reg Schwager on guitar. Thompson also plays vibraphone on Pink, To Brazil With Love, and Christmas Kiss. On Pink and Christmas Kiss, she is also accompanied by Guido Basso on flugelhorn, trumpet and cornet. On To Brazil With Love, she is also accompanied by Maninho Costa on vocals, drums and percussion, Bill McBirnie on flute, Kiki Misumi on cello and Silas Silva on drums and percussion. Harrison Kennedy sings on one track of Christmas Kiss and one on Red.

The version of Pink released in Japan includes one bonus track not found on the Canadian version of this album.  In addition to the above albums issued under her name, Panton sings on the 2012 Peter Appleyard album, Sophisticated Ladies.

Visit her website at http://dianapanton.com and if you have any Canadian Made stories please contact us at canmadeprod@gmail.com

Nikki Whitehead Shares Her Soul & Music (Part 1)

In our latest podcast, Canadian Made Audio interviews sixteen year-old London, Ontario based singer, songwriter and pop recording artist Nikki Whitehead (NIKKI W).  She’s been reviewed by music press here and abroad and shares her insights, in this 4 part interview series. She explains to Canadian Made Audio’s Producer Rita Rich why she named her first EP (extended play) collection of songs, “Sad Generation.”

Rich say, “It’s not all doom and gloom.  But, if you’ve ever wondered what’s up with some of your friends take a listen and click here and tune into this latest podcast story,  plus you will love Nikki’s voice. She is quickly being compared to the likes of Lana Del Ray and Metric. Canadians have much to be proud of when it comes to the creativity of its young adults. But, growing up in Canada, like everyplace else, requires bravery and a willingness to embrace the truth. She also has a big voice that harkens back to the day of women with guitars like Joni Mitchell, Stevie Nicks or Patti Smith. Nikki projects an emotional honesty and wisdom beyond her years. Like every preceding generation, hers is filled with distinct loneliness and fear. Her powerful, yet vulnerable voice touches on love, doubt, sex, self-harm, and alienation – all themes common to Nikki and her peers.

Nikki W

“I think I’m an old soul,” she says. “I’ve always been mature for my age. And I get what it’s like to be the wallflower. I know what all that stuff feels like, so with this album I’m trying to show people that it’s okay to be different.” “I was eleven when I joined my first band” she continues. “I was really into Joan Jett and AC/DC and Metallica. Then I got into punk, like The Sex Pistols and The Ramones.  And then it all kinda just morphed from there, and I found my own sound.” She co-wrote her self-titled EP with producer Gavin Brown, who has worked with Barenaked Ladies, Metric, and Lady Gaga. Although working with someone with Brown’s credentials was at first intimidating, Nikki credits him with allowing her to grow through the songwriting and recording process. “I’ve been in and out of studios since I was 12,” says Nikki.  “It’s kind of like a second home to me”. Her booking agent can be reached via an email to Jeff Rogers at jeff@rraammpp.com. She is on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and has a website.

We are now on iTunes!

Canadian Made Audio Productions PodcastThis is just a brief announcement to all of our wonderful Canadian Made Audio followers, subscribers and friends everywhere. We are proud to announce that our Podcasts are now listed on iTunes for you to listen to from your Apple iPhone, iPod or iPad or iTunes from your desktop.  Here is the iTunes direct link pointing to our podcast about Canadian Made products and services.

We appreciate all our followers and friends and look forward to bringing you more great Canadian Made Audio stories in 2015! We simply love the Canadian entrepreneurial spirit of survival, hard work and endurance to make a difference in peoples lives. Give us a call or you can even text us if you have or know of a great story to help market Canadian businesses at (301) 404-9609 or (323) 939-08254. Emails can be sent to ritafrich (AT) gmail (DOT) com  &  dgcreative (AT) mindspring (DOT) com

 

Jazz Pianist David Braid

David Braid-Improvisation Artist-Pianist-CanadianJuno Award winning Jazz Pianist David Braid chatted with CanadianMade Audio Productions about growing up in Hamilton and when he became obsessed with music and composition.  You can simple click the link below and listen to the entire story we produced as part of our CanadianMade Productions podcast which is heard on board 80% of Air Canada’s flights, right here.

Hailed by the Canadian press as “A jazz genius to call our own” (Macleans Magazine), two-time Juno Award winning pianist David Braid has performed concerts of his original music and improvisations across The United States, Europe, Scandinavia, Asia, Australia, Brazil and Canada.  Combining harmonies fundamental to European classical music and the spontaneity of American jazz, Braid’s fusion of art music engages audiences with a style that has been described as “refreshingly uncategorizable” (Paris Transatlantic), “brilliant” (Montreal Gazette), “wide-ranging, exploratory” (South China Morning Post), “une force poétique” (Le Soleil) and “hauntingly beautiful” (The Globe & Mail.)

Recently awarded Jazz Pianist of the Year in Canada, Braid is also a recipient of SOCAN Composer of the Year, recognizing his output of over one hundred works including compositions for solo piano, jazz ensembles chamber groups, and symphony orchestras. He has released nine recordings, garnering six Juno nominations and two Juno awards; he is also a multi-National Jazz Award Winner and a recipient of the Canada Council for the Arts’ “JazzID Award”.

 

Steven Cornish, Exec. Dir. of Doctors Without Borders

Group Medcins Sans FrontieresAn ebola podcast interview with Steven Cornish, Exec. Dir. of Doctors Without Borders [Médecins Sans Frontières Canada]. A much more extensive interview will be available on board Air Canada. But, you do not have to fly very far to listen to Mr. Cornish as he reacts to recent news about the World Health Organization’s (WHO) decision for West African sufferers of Ebola to be treated with experimental pharmaceuticals and treatment protocols.

As most people are aware, the Ebola epidemic currently sweeping through West Africa has proven to be the most devastating single outbreak in history. Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is working to help contain the outbreak. However, the organization has warned that it had reached the limits of what its teams can do, and has called for a coordinated international effort to help fight the epidemic.

Mr Cornish weighs in with his thoughts on the most recent decisions to not run any blind trials for treatment. Cornish indicated “they have joined the conversation, and are moving to treat patients without any placebo trials. A consortium including European universities and medical groups plans to give experimental drugs to West African Ebola patients without assigning some to a placebo group, touching off an intense trans-Atlantic quarrel over what is ethical and effective in treating the virus.

Academics and medical groups in the U.K. and France, such as Oxford University, the Welcome Trust, Doctors Without Borders and Institut Pasteur of France, have decided to give the drugs to sick African patients without randomly assigning other patients to a control group not getting the medicines. They say that in a ghastly such as this current epidemic, it is unethical to hold back treatment from anyone.

MORE ABOUT MSF

Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is an international humanitarian aid organization that provides emergency medical assistance to populations in danger in more than 70 countries. MSF provides independent, impartial assistance to those most in need. Some 30,000 Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) from all over the world provide assistance to people in crisis. They are doctors, nurses, midwives, surgeons, anaesthetists, epidemiologists, psychiatrists, psychologists, pharmacists, laboratory technicians, logistics experts, water and sanitation engineers, administrators and other support staff.

MSF reserves the right to speak out to bring attention to neglected crises, to challenge inadequacies or abuse of the aid system, and to advocate for improved medical treatments and protocols.

MSF teams in West Africa are still seeing critical gaps in all aspects of the response, including medical care, training of health staff, infection control, contact tracing, epidemiological surveillance, alert and referral systems, community education and mobilization. MSF has been responding to the outbreak since March, and currently has a total of 3,340 staff working in Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Mali, treating an increasing number of patients. Since the response began, 24 MSF staff have been infected with Ebola, nine of whom have recovered. The vast majority of these infections were found to have occurred in the community.

MSF’s West Africa Ebola response started back in March of 2014, and counts activities in Guinea, Liberia, Mali and Sierra Leone. MSF currently employs 263 international and around 3,077 locally hired staff in the region.

The organization operates six Ebola case management centres (CMCs), providing approximately 600 beds in isolation, and two transit centres. Since the beginning of the outbreak, MSF has sent more than 700 international staff to the region and admitted more than 5,600 patients, among whom around 3,500 were confirmed as having Ebola. More than 1,400 patients have survived.

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Laura Robinson Releases A New Holiday Song

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Put another log in the fireplace and think about keeping things warm, cozy, and simple this holiday season with some new music!
We have a news update, regarding Laura Robinson, the producer of TV’s Celebrity Name Game with Craig Ferguson just released a recording of a new song she composed, “Let’s Stay Home For Christmas.”   Take a listen, it can be seen via YouTube right here.

“Celebrity Name Game” Inventor Laura Robinson

Laura-Robinson-headshotEnjoy Laura Robinson’s chat with us via our latest CanadianMade Audio interview   Laura launched a new game, called ‘Identity Crisis: The Funniest Game About Famous Names’, in 2008.  She recently sold the 1-hour prime-time television game show based on her game “Identity Crises” to a major U.S. television network.  “The game show is based on the board game Identity Crisis, where Celebrities are teamed with contestants.

Thom Beers, CEO, FremantleMedia North America, commented, “Celebrity Name Game’ is a hilarious and innovative rapid-fire game show. It combines the best of pop culture with the best of comedy. We’ve had incredible success bringing world-class comedians to the world’s most successful game shows with talents such as Drew Carey, Steve Harvey and Wayne Brady. We are delighted to add the ultra-talented and witty Craig Ferguson to our family as he drives the competition and brings nonstop laughter to viewers at home…”

As further noted by Hollywood Reporter Article,  “Celebrity Name Game” was developed by Courteney Cox and David Arquette’s Coquette Productions along with showrunner Scott St. John, Laura Robinson and Richard Gerrits. Robinson and Gerrits, who will serve as producers on the series, run North 44 Productions. Executive producers are St. John, Thom Beers, Jennifer Mullin, Cox and Arquette…”

In 2009, Laura was a guest author for the bestselling book Chicken Soup for the Soul: Count Your Blessings, all about the transformational power of gratitude, and co-created an inspiring family board game of the same name. She was featured in the book Women Invent, and has been a keynote speaker at numerous events.

In 2008,  She invented of the popular parlor game Balderdash which is CanadianMade!  By the way, that single board game ‘Balderdash’ has sold more than twenty-five million copies, worldwide.

Laura also consults and advises inventors on the trademark/copyright process and on creating cohesive brand strategies.

Laura Robinson is a Canadian actress, inventor, producer and mother of two. She has enjoyed a successful and varied career as an actress with many roles in film and television, both in Los Angeles and Toronto. She was a regular on the long-running CBS show Night Heat (1985), played the title character in Lifetime Television’s original detective drama Veronica Clare (1991), and guest-starred on many hit shows like Frasier (1993) and Cheers (1982). She has appeared as a guest on Entertainment Tonight Canada (2005), The Gill Deacon Show (2006) and “Rogers Ottawa Daytime”, on CBC TV.

You can follow Ms. Robinson via Twitter @balderdashgirl

Blackberry’s Passport Design Inspired by TD Building

The New Visually Pleasing Blackberry Passport

The New Visually Pleasing Blackberry Passport

The Toronto-Dominion Centre, (TD Building) is one of the  inspirations behind the Blackberry Passport’s design. Listen to our Canadian Made audio report about the BlackBerry to learn what else inspired this new device, with the classic push button QWERTY keyboard.

BlackBerry Limited, formerly known as Research In Motion Limited (RIM),is a Canadian telecommunication and wireless BlackBerry Logoequipment company best known to the general public as the developer of the BlackBerry brand of smartphones and tablets, but also well known worldwide as a provider of secure & high reliability software for industrial applications and Mobile Device Management (MDM).

See Our Big Canadian Made Product List

October 2, 2014 – This newly revised Canadian Made Product List can be downloaded as a PDF document. Please share this link with your friends in advance of their holiday shopping.