Witchpolice LIVE!

11865157_822232517896799_8665678578962589590_oGarbage Hill Podcast Network presents Witchpolice Radio Live and Direct! It’s a live podcast!

With guests: MONA MOUSA, NESTOR WYNRUSH, ROB CROOKS, and members of RASTAMILS!

Witchpolice Radio, one of Winnipeg’s best-loved and longest-running music podcasts, is hitting the stage for the first time in 140+ episodes! Sam and Ryan will be interviewing musicians as usual, but our guests will be performing songs live as wel!

FREE ADMISSION!

GUESTS:


***MONA MOUSA***
https://www.facebook.com/mfmpoetry
http://www.monamousa.com/

in 2007 an eighteen year old Toronto girl got on a greyhound to figure out what this poetry thing is all about.

Seven years later as a spoken word artist, motivational speaker, and jill of all trades, Mona Mousa is rooted in the theory that we can all turn our scars into stories. Moving audiences, and calling them to action for important causes, Mona has never been one for small talk in turn she works everyday to start dialogue and challenge societies norms.

Performing all over North America, she aims to use poetry to inspires people who haven’t found their voices yet. Her poetry sheds light on the struggles of mental health, sexual abuse and racial discrimination and she shares her personal experiences through poetry to encourage and empower others to be themselves and remain strong in the face of adversity.

***NESTOR WYNRUSH***
http://marathonofdope.com/portfolio/nestor-wynrush/

Elliott Walsh is Nestor Wynrush. Born in Winnipeg, raised in Mississauga, this first-generation Canadian taps his West Indian roots to cook up an authentic pot-au-feu that can aptly be described as rap-soul, black & roll.

With a hustle unsurpassed on the Canadian Prairies, Wynrush is closing in on ten years of recording and performing his charismatic style of rap music.

Wynrush’s music is personal, sincere and unvarnished. It’s storytelling music informed by love, sorrow, and the overall immigrant experience in Canada. Never does he eschew his roots in favour of appealing to a wider market. Truth be told, without his roots, Nestor Wynrush’s music wouldn’t exist.

***ROB CROOKS***
http://www.robcrooks.com/
https://www.facebook.com/RobCrooksMusic

My name is Rob Crooks. I’m from Winnipeg. I make unconventional forms of hip-hop music. This is my bio.

I write songs. By the time I was 24 years old, I was selling CDs and traveling all across Canada performing them, from Victoria to Montreal. Eventually people started to notice the songs I wrote. Within a few years I had written songs for people like Canadian hip-hop veterans Ismaila Alfa (fka Mocean of Frek Sho) and Pip Skid. I’ve also written the bulk of Magnum KI’s material, including half of their 2010 self-titled album, which was nominated for a Western Canadian Music Award.

Nowadays, I’d just as soon take my sampler up on stage with me and pound out beats from the pads, and rap my own songs – or sing them – by myself.

***RASTAMILS***
https://www.facebook.com/RasTamils
http://rastamils1.bandcamp.com/

RasTamils offer a beautifully layered and tasteful take on classic reggae rhythms while also weaving in some jam-band influence, the hooky pop components of simple ‘60s rock, and a vocal style that pays homage to heralded East Indian pop singers in a wonderfully harmonious package.

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Witchpolice Radio

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A few years ago, my old friend Sam Thompson and I started a website called Witchpolice. Named after a song by our band Dynamo, the impetus for creating Witchpolice was originally a very simple and practical one: We needed a place to host our new album. Once the website was launched however, it almost immediately became something larger, serving simultaneously as a digital archive for all the music we and our friends had recorded over the years.

This was really nothing novel for us at the time. Sam and I have been friends since junior high, when we started our first band and even produced a (very) short run of a zine together. Since we both share music as our first love, most of our activities since meeting have centred around that passion. We’ve been creating music and music-themed things together and apart since we’ve met, making videos and even participating in one or two websites along the way.

As time went on, Witchpolice.com began to grow into something much larger than either of us had imagined. It has since transformed from a place where only we and our friends contributed content to a place that hosts music, prints interviews and showcases videos by musicians and artists from all over Winnipeg, North America and even the world. Today the website boasts a huge collection of exclusive content available for free download, in addition to the ever growing archive of lost demos, basement recordings and other such cultural waste waiting to be sifted through.

However, these days it’s not quite the joint venture that it was originally meant to be. As we grow older, our priorities switch from hanging out with our friends to focusing on our careers and families. More recently I’ve devoted more and more time to my music while Sam has been devoting more and more time to his family, running Witchpolice from his basement between the hours of putting his kid to bed and going to bed himself.

When we sort-of off the cuff decided to make a Witchpolice podcast, more than anything else it was an excuse for Sam and I, along with our other old friend Jon (the Mouth-Boat, Shoshaku Jushaku) to sit around, play music for each other and just generally hang out. Since then Witchpolice Radio has grown into something we’re all much more proud of and devoted to.

After the first couple of episodes we decided that for the sake of structure it would make more sense to pick a theme every week, rather than playing songs willy-nilly. We decided a random word generator, like anyone that can be found from a quick google search, would be a good way to pick a theme. Past themes have included drugs, trauma and Chicago.

Another way we try to make the show more interesting to potential listeners is by having guests as often as possible. Sam, Jon and I have known each other for almost twenty years, and it’s quite easy for us to slip back into our old inside jokes, which are neither interesting nor funny to most people. So by adding a guest each week it keeps both the conversation and the music choices fresh. Some past guests have included, Nestor Wynrush, Greg Arcade, JD Ormand of Ultra Mega, Birdapres and former editor of Uptown Magazine John Kendle.

Our twentieth episode was made available for download last week and the listenership is steadily growing. Our show has also been picked up by the University of Manitoba’s radio station, CJUM 101.5 for air every Monday night at 11pm. But the best part of it is that Sam, Jon and I have an excuse to make time to hang out each and every week and talk about the things that made us friends in the first place: music.

For more information or to find out about new episodes follow Witchpolice Radio on Twitter, like Witchpolice on Facebook or keep up-to-date straight from the website.

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The Foultone Crew on The Dope Joints

        On December 21st, 2o11, the Foultone Crew (Dj Kutdown, Ismaila Alfa, Influence, Mikel Rondeau and myself, Rob Crooks) took to the University of Manitoba’s campus radio airwaves as guests of Winnipeg’s longest running hip-hop mix show, the Dope Joints. A huge thank you goes out to Dj Kinteik, Dj @Large and Dj Stress for their hospitality and good humour. It was the second Foultone Christmas special that we’ve done in three years, and I for one, would like it to become an annual tradition. So hopefully next December we’ll be back on the air at 101.5 fm, to wish everybody a happy holidays. Just like the 2009 edition, the 2011 Foultone Christmas special included live on-air performances and freestyles by all the emcees, and mixing and scratching from Dj Kutdown. Download or stream the podcast here and tune in to the Dope Joints every Wednesday night, 10pm-12am, 101.5 UMFM.

 

 

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