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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/.

 

 

 

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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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.

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.

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“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.