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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

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.

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.

We all can make a difference there are many ways to help, click Here to Donate to MSF.

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