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Happy Canada Day from Royal City Rag!

On July 1 2009, Royal City Rag headed out to Riverside Park to celebrate Canada Day on location with storytellers Sya Van Geest and Brad Woods, and singer-songwriter Sam Turton. Despite the poor weather, all turned out sunny on a fun show.

Our storytellers were on fine form;  Sya explaining the origin of storytelling and Brad regaling us with his experiences in the cockpit during his first flying lesson.

Sam sang several songs on the show, including another new one, “You’re my home, Canada”, written especially for Royal City Rag. He also threw in a soulful version of O Canada to finish the show.

Unfortunately we had to beat a hasty retreat at the end of the show after Brad got a bit carried away helping out with the firework display.

Catch the show if you missed it. It was a great one!

We’ll be back with another live show, this Saturday from 8-10 a.m. on CFRU93.3fm.

Sam Turton, What’s So funny About Peace, Love And Understanding? (Live)
Sam Turton, Annapolis Farm (Live)
Sam Turton, Right Here (Live)
Sam Turton, You Are My Home, Canada (Live)
Sam Turton, O Canada (Live)

Sya Van Geest, The Birth Of Stories
Brad Woods, Flying Lessons

Listen to the show:

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Left to Right: Sya Van Geest, Brad Woods and Sam Turton

On April 1, 2009, Royal City Rag was broadcast live from an unlikely Guelph location. The show featured storytellers Sya Van Guest and Brad Woods, and singer-songwriter Sam Turton.

Special thanks are due to the management of the establishment for allowing us to broadcast the show and all the people who came by to listen and join in the fun. Thanks also to Bubble the Clown for joining us to keep the children entertained.

I strongly recommend you check out the show if you get the chance. Sya and Brad’s stories were wonderful, a joy to listen to.

Sam is well-known for preparing many different versions of our musical theme, Nick Lowe’s “What’s So Funny About Peace and Understanding?”; this time he used a lounge-style. He also composed a new song, “April Fool”, especially for the show!

I hope you enjoy listening to the show as much as we enjoyed putting it together. A perfect show for a very special day.

Jan Andrea Hall

Sam Turton, What’s So Funny About Peace, Love and Understanding? (Nick Lowe, Live)
Sam Turton, Fool On The Hill (Paul McCartney, Live)
Sam Turton, Everybody (John Prine, Live)
Sam Turton, April Fool (Sam Turton, Live)

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Catch Royal City Rag, Saturdays 7-9 a.m. on CFRU93.3fm, Guelph’s Campus-Community Radio Station.

Remember if you don’t catch Royal City Rag live on CFRU93.3fm, you can pick it up later that day via the CFRU archive or here, on the blog, the next day.

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On January 25, CBC Radio 1’s Ontario Today’s Gardening Phone-in with Ed Lawrence focused on the management of urban trees and the need for stronger by-laws to protect them.

Guelph activist Diane Hurst was not only able to call in to talk to Ed, she also managed to get us a copy of the audio to put up on the website.

Well done, Diane! 

Listen to the segment:

Large Elm Tree

Guelph citizens have now been waiting for a new stronger protective tree by-law for over 19 years. In the meantime we continue to lose canopy. Guelph’s urban forest canopy sits at 25%, while the desired level  is 40%.

Guelph Urban Forest Friends have been advocating for our urban trees, including a stronger protective tree bylaw and a separate urban forestry department with a certified forester to more effectively manage tree maintenance and coordinate public education on the value of our mature trees.

If you feel strongly about this issue, please contact Mayor and Council.

Tell them to get the Strategic Urban Forestry Management Plan completed and a strong protective bylaw passed. Let them know that the protection and management of our urban forest will be an election issue this October.

Contacting Guelph City Council

Mayor Farbridge: mayor@guelph.ca

Ward 1: Bob Bell bob.bell@guelph.ca, Kathleen Farrelly kathleen.farrelly@guelph.ca
Ward 2: Vicki Beard vicki.beard@guelph.ca, Ian Findlay ian.findlay@guelph.ca
Ward 3: Maggie Laidlaw maggie.laidlaw@guelph.ca, June Hofland june.hofland@guelph.ca
Ward 4: Gloria Kovach gloria.kovach@guelph.ca, Mike Salisbury mike.salisbury@guelph.ca
Ward 5: Lise Burcher lise.burcher@guelph.ca, Leanne Piper leanne.piper@guelph.ca
Ward 6: Christine Billings christine.billings@guelph.ca, Karl Wettstein karl.wettstein@guelph.ca

Don’t know your ward? Click here to see the map

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Dancehall Free For All have a show at the E-Bar with The Monster Show on February 25 at 10.00 p.m. They are a fabulous live band.

Dancehall Free For All came together in 2006, while they were all at high school. Their music features an infectious mix of ska, rock, pop dance and soul that practically forces you out on to the dancefloor.

They released their first full length album, 9 to 5 lives in the fall of 2008.

Dancehall Free For All are Michael Boyd, Zack Leighton, Sebastian Bevlander, Xandre Valli, Sean Hayes and Scott Fitzpatrick.

I had a chance to interview the 2007 incarnation of the band at the old Salsateria on McDonnell Street in October that year at a Guelph Civic League fundraiser.  

Listen to the interview:

You can catch both Zack Leighton from Dancehall Free For All and Kerry Mullen from The Monster Show on CFRU 93.3fm‘s Royal City Rag  on February 20 at 8.00 a.m.

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panic_peak_oilFollowing on from the great show with Sally Ludwig from Transition Guelph, no discussion of transition or sustainability can be complete without mention of formidable social commentator James Howard Kunstler.

James is a renowned author and speaker who has written a great deal about the peak oil crisis and the serious impact it will have on our society and way of life. 

His best known works are The Geography of Nowhere and The Long Emergency. Both are an essential read for anyone concerned about our current predicament.

You should also try and catch James in Gregory Greene’s documentaries, The End Of Suburbia and Escape From Suburbia. Again, they are essential viewing  to understand how we got in this mess and what we need to do to get out of it.

James Howard Kunstler said that he wrote The Geography of Nowhere, “Because I believe a lot of people share my feelings about the tragic landscape of highway strips, parking lots, housing tracts, mega-malls, junked cities, and ravaged countryside that makes up the everyday environment where most Americans live and work.”

long-emergencyHis most recent non-fiction work, The Long Emergency, published by the Atlantic Monthly Press in 2005, focused on the challenges posed by the coming permanent global oil crisis, climate change, and other “converging catastrophes of the 21st Century.”

James was in Guelph for the Guelph Civic League Amazing Possibilities conference in May 2006. His presentation has to be one of the best I have ever heard.

If ever there was the time when  we need to heed the words of James Howard Kunstler it is now.

We are already very late in starting to deal with these issues… we will not do future generations any favours to wait any longer.

Listen to the presentation:

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Mike Nickerson’s name came up during last week’s great show with Sally Ludwig from Transition Guelph.

life-money-and-illusion1Mike coordinates the Sustainability Project as well as an initiative to establish a Genuine Progress Index for Canada. He has written several books including “Life, Money and Illusion: Living on Earth as If We Want to Stay” focusing on how climate change, gas prices and the current economic crisis all relate to Earth’s limits and how this awareness offers opportunities to plan for a fulfilling, just and sustainable future. Its definitely worth a read.

I had the opportunity to interview Mike around the time of the launch of Life, Money and Illusion.  It’s well worth repeating. Enjoy!

Listen to the interview:

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Author and University of Guelph professor a-grave-in-the-air2Stephen Henighan will be on Royal City Rag on Wednesday February 4.

Stephen will be joining Jane Hastings from the Eden Mills Writers Festival, Dan Evans from The Bookshelf to talk about the Eden Mills Writers Festival fundraiser at the E-Bar on February 13 from 7.00 – 9.00 p.m. entitled “Unlucky in Love”. Tickets are $13.00 at the door.

I had the opportunity to interview Stephen at the 2007 Eden Mills Writers Festival where he read from his short story anthology, A Grave In The Air (Thistledown Press, 2007)

Listen to the interview:

Promises to be lots of fun.

Listen live, Wednesday 6-7 p.m., or after the fact via the website or CFRU archive.

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