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We have a busy, recreation-based, Royal City Rag planned for CFRU 99.3fm this Saturday morning, November 13 between 8-10 a.m.

In the first hour, we’ll be talking to Jack Frimeth about the Reel Paddling Film Festival. The Centre Wellington DHS Aboriginal Program presents the 5th Annual Reel Paddling Film Festival at the E.L. Fox Auditorium (JF Ross CVI), 22 Meyer Dr., on Saturday, November 13, 2010 at 7.30 p.m. (doors open at 7 p.m). Tickets: Advance from the Bookshelf – $10/ Door – $15.

With 37 inspiring paddling films short-listed for the World Tour, including the nine festival category winners, audiences can expect to see hairy whitewater action, sea kayakers exploring remote coastlines, coast-to-coast canoe expeditions, international river travel films, motivating environmental documentaries, grueling kayak fishing battles and hilarious short films capturing the lighter side of paddling life. The Guelph show will also include a segment devoted to family paddling as well as an hour long environmental segment focusing on waterways that are soon to be dammed.

Later in the hour, Carin Headrick from Guelph Barrier Free Committees will be joining us again with an update on the activities of the accessibility focused committee. One of their current projects is to find out what recreational activities are available to help people with disabilities participate in recreationwithin the community. Since the focus  of the committees is activities that are not run by the city, they are interested in recreation provided by gyms, churches and clubs, etc.

They plan to survey people with disabilities to find out what recreational activities they would like to get involved in. Are you looking for sledge hockey? What about wheelchair basketball, Goalball or curling?  They are also interested in knowing what barriers people with disabilities have encountered in participating in sports and other recreational activities. Feedback can be sent to headrick2001@rogers.com.

Company Blonde

In the second hour, we’ll be discussing the first Guelph Contemporary Dance Festival‘s first performance of the season, a free one-hour performance on November 16, 2010 at 12.00 noon in the University Centre courtyard at the University of Guelph featuring Toronto’s Company Blonde.

Company Blonde specializes in creating dance works that are accessible to audiences of all ages blending comedy and theatre with classical modern dance.  Company Blonde strives to tell stories and share experiences that speak to our community and our culture, while always keeping the audience at the forefront of their work.

To wrap up the show, we’ll have a studio visit from singer-songwriter Kevin Morse and storyteller Brad Woods. Kevin has a CD release show at The Roxy in Acton on November 27 that will also feature some stories from Brad.

And, as a special treat… we’ll also be giving away 3-pairs of tickets to twenty-two year-old Toronto singer and multi-instrumentalist Lights‘ all-ages show (with Windsor based folk-pop act Michou), at Cowboys Bar. 166 Wyndham St  in Guelph on November 26.

Phew! Promises to be a great show. You won’t want to miss it!

Royal City Rag, Saturdays 8-10 a.m. on CFRU93.3fm in Guelph. Remember if you don’t catch Royal City Rag live, you can always pick it up later that day via the CFRU archive or here, on the blog, a day or so later.

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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.

Music:
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)

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

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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

Music:
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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We started Royal City Rag on March 27 with a gorgeous three song set featuring two bluesgrass numbers from Del McCoury and a beautiful love song “That Time Of the Night” from English singer-songwriter, Michael Chapman.

In the first hour of the show we talked to Rachel Shoup and Catherine Norman from Storytelling For Social Change, a Guelph student group, who have a special event, “Roots of Change” on April 1 from 6 – 11 p.m. in the Ed Video Gallery, 40 Baker St, Downtown Guelph.

At the event, four local activists from the campus and local community will share their stories of change and activism, followed by a discussion period.

Opening the event will be acoustic guitarist/singer-songwriter David Scott. During his set he will be performing “Red and White on Rope”, a song he wrote as a creative response to reading Dr. Anne-Marie Zadjlik’s journals regarding the Bracelet of Hope campaign.

The evening is free by donation to support the “Roots of Change” project. Complimentary beverages and food will be provided.

There will also be an open mic portion of the program for people to share their own stories of activism through creative expression.

The event will be recorded for broadcast on CFRU93.3fm. RSVP to this event via Facebook here.

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In the second hour of the show, Royal City Rag went out on the road for an historic excursion to St Jacob’s Farmers Market with storytellers Sya Van Guest and Brad Woods and singer-songwriter Sam Turton

Our trip was made possible by CFRU 93.3fm’s super duper new mobile studio located in the back of a specially modified school bus.

Not only will this new technology allow us to do more outside broadcasts of the show but for today’s journey we were actually able to broadcast while we were driving along.

It’s well worth a listen, even if I’m clearly biased. Enjoy!

Listen to Hour 2:

Music:
Del McCoury, Get Down On Your Knees And Pray from The Best Of Del McCoury, The GrooveGrass Years
Del McCoury, I Feel The Blues Movin’ In from The Best Of Del McCoury, The GrooveGrass Years
Michael Chapman, That Time Of The Night from Time Past & Time Passing
Sam Cooke, A Change Is Gonna Come from 30 Greatest Hits
Eddie Vedder, Rise from Into The Wild (Original Soundtrack)
Lee Dorsey, Yes We Can from Saturday Night Fish Fry, New Orleans Funk & Soul
Sam Turton, What’s So Funny About Peace, Love And Understanding? (Nick Lowe, Live In The Studio)
Sam Turton, Country Road (James Taylor, Live In The Studio)
Sam Turton, Going Down the Road Feeling Bad (Traditional, Live In The Studio)
Sam Turton, Ol’ 55 (Tom Waits, Live In The Studio)
Sam Turton, Willin’ (Lowell George, Live In The Studio)
Mike Janzen Trio, Where It Goes from Mombacho
Sam Turton, April Fool (Sam Turton, Live In The Studio)

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Royal City Rag will be (literally) broadcasting from the road this coming Saturday, March 27 between 8-9 a.m. 

We’ll be the first CFRU show to make use of the radio station’s new mobile studio as we travel by road from Guelph to St Jacob’s for a storytelling event.

Not only will the studio allow us to be location much more from now on but with this new technology we can actually broadcast on route while we’re driving along.

We’ll be travelling in a specially equipped school bus with CFRU 93.3fm and Royal City Rag emblazoned on the side. We’ll be hard to miss so do look out for us as we travel down Victoria Road, through downtown, and out via Edinburgh Road North and Woodlawn Road to Hwy 7.

Joining us on this historic excursion will be storytellers Sya Van Guest and Brad Woods and singer-songwriter Sam Turton

In the first hour we’ll have our usual mix of cool music, events listing and an interview with the organisers of Roots of Change: Storytelling for Social Change taking place at Ed Video, 40 Baker St, Downtown Guelph on April 1.

It all promises to be lots of fun. You won’t want to miss it!

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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We had a very special 3-hour version of Royal City Rag on CFRU93.3fm on February 13 to celebrate St Valentine’s Day.

Garnet Rogers

We started out the show with a new single from Johnny Cash (really), “Ain’t No Grave”, the title song from American Recordings 6 to be released on February 23. I’m not sure how I feel about another posthumous Johnny Cash album. I’m a big fan, but he sounds very frail on this release. It will be interesting to see what the rest of the album sounds like. We followed that with Peter Gabriel and his version of Bon Iver’s Flume from the very interesting “Scratch My Back” covers album featuring songs by Radiohead, Randy Newman and Elbow alongside Bon Iver and others. A soon to be released companion album will have the ‘covered’ artists interpreting Gabriel’s work. You have to admit its a nice idea. The early reviews are very favourable so I guess I’ll be picking up this one too.

And finally, to round out the first set we listened to a gorgeous song by Garnet Rogers, “Summer Lightning” from the  live set, Get A Wtiness. Garnet is in Guelph on February 19 for a show at Dublin St United. Should be a great gig. All the details are here, if you need them.

Later in the hour, we dipped into the Valentine’s theme again, with one of my favourite love songs, Joan Armatrading’s “Willow” and followed that with the beautiful but sad “If love were the cure” from Guelph’s Detour. Detour are 16 year old Elivia Cazzola and her 14 year old sister, Anita. Detour were on last year’s yuletide Royal City Rag playing some traditional songs. We’re hoping to have them back on Royal City Rag fairly shortly, this time focusing on their own material. Stay tuned.

Guelph Symphony Orchestra

To wrap up the first hour Simon Irving, Artistic Director of the Guelph Symphony Orchestra joined us to chat about the GSO’s Valentine’s Day concert at the River Run Centre, Music Of Love and Romance. The performance features some of the most romantic music ever written including Mozart’s Elvira Madigan Concerto and the Warsaw Concerto, as well as favourite tunes from South Pacific, and songs by Sigmund Romberg. Interpretive dance to Prokoviev’s Romeo and Juliet featuring Clayton Scott makes this a concert not to be missed. Tickets are selling out fast, so if you still want to go, and, remember, it is Valentine’s… Call the River Run Box Office at 519-763-3000 or go Online to secure a Valentine’s Day to remember.

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In the second hour, we celebrated Valentine’s weekend in spokenword and music with storytellers Sya Van Geest and Brad Woods and singer-songwriter Sam Turton. We had planned to be on location in Niagara Falls, but after it turned out that, according to the Guelph Mercury, Guelph is the most romantic city in Ontario, we hastily recast our plans and headed down to the Farmers Market. Unfortunately no one told Brad so he ended up in Niagara Falls! Fortunately hs still managed to deliver his story. Good fun was had by all even if it was a bit on the chilly side in the Farmers market car park.

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And finally, to finish a bumper edition of Royal City Rag, we welcomed Sheila O’Reilly (host of CFRU’s A Dog’s Breakfast) and writer and educator Susan Wheeler into the studio for a Valentine’s Weekend song share. An opportunity to hear some great tunes, we very democratically shared some of our favourite love songs, some sad, some happy and some I’d not thought of playing to celebrate the holiday.

We finished up the hour with the Korgis (Stackridge’s Andy Davis and James Warren) beautiful “Everybody’s Got To Learn Sometime” followed by George Adams and Don Pullen’s “God Has Smiled At Me”.

A gorgeous way to finish the show, and, well worth listening to… just for that! I hope you enjoy it.

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All in all, a great show… and almost too much to have to tell you about! I’d suggest that you just take a listen yourselves. You’ll not be disappointed.

Music:
Johnny Cash, Ain’t No Grave from American 6: Ain’t No Grave
Peter Gabriel, Flume from Scratch My Back
Garnet Rogers, Summer Lightning from Get A Witness
Joan Armatrading, Willow from Gold
Detour, If Love Were The Cure from Detour E.P. (Demo)
Sam Turton, What’s So Funny About Peace, Love And Understanding (Live)
Sam Turton, I’d Rather Be With You (Live)
Sam Turton, Right Here (Live)
Sam Turton, Without Love (Live)
Sam Turton, I’ve Just Seen a Face (Live)
Sam Turton, Oh Susanna (Live)
Rosanne Cash, Long Black Veil from The List
KD Lang, Hallelujah from Recollection
Tomas McEoin & The Waterboys, Down By The Sally Gardens from Room To Roam (Collectors Edition)
Corries, Peggy Gordon from Traditions
Eddi Reader, The Shepherd’s Song from Peacetime
Ralph McTell, Streets Of London from Streets Of London And Other Stories
Beau Dommage, La complainte du phoque en Alaska from Beau Dommage (30 Anniversary Edition)
Martha Wainright, Dis quand reviendras tu? from I Will Internalize EP
Korgis. Everybody’s Got To Learn Sometime from Don’t Look Back, The Best Of The Korgis
Don Pullen and George Adams, God Has Smiled On Me from Melodic Excursions

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We have a ‘bumper’ edition of Royal City Rag planned for February 13.

In the first hour (7-8 a.m.) we’ll talk to Simon Irving, Artistic Director of the Guelph Symphony Orchestra about their Valentine’s Day concert at the River Run Centre, Music Of Love and Romance, featuring some of the most romantic music ever written – Mozart’s Elvira Madigan Concerto, the Warsaw Concerto, both works featuring their own Amy Wark as piano soloist, as well as favourite tunes from South Pacific, and songs by Sigmund Romberg, performed by soprano Mary DuQuesnay.

The timeless story of Romeo and Juliet will also be presented and interpreted by the magnetic Clayton Scott, with thrilling and emotional music by Prokofiev. Guest conductor for Romeo and Juliet will be Judith Yan of the National Ballet. 

Clayton Scott

The Details:
Concert: Music of Love and Romance
When: Sunday February 14 at 3.00 p.m.
Where: River Run Centre, Guelph

Tickets: Online or at the River Run Box Office, 519-763-3000
Adult/Senior: $30.00
Student: $15.00
Child: $10.00 (12 and under)
eyeGO: $5.00 (High School Student – valid ID required)

In the second hour (8-9 a.m.), we’ll be celebrating Valentine’s weekend in spokenword and music with our good friends, storytellers Sya Van Geest and Brad Woods and singer-songwriter Sam Turton. It promises to be great fun. You won’t want to miss it!

And finally, in this week’s extra hour (9-10 a.m.), while I’m filling in for my good friend Alden Hadwen, I will be joined by Sheila O’Reilly (host of CFRU’s A Dog’s Breakfast) and Susan Wheeler (former Royal City Rag Weather Pixie) for a song share with a distinct Valentine’s focus, but also a few twists. Tune it to hear some of the great songs we’ve chosen and, why!  It should be interesting…

Royal City Rag, Saturdays from 7-9 a.m. on CFRU 93.3 fm, Guelph’s Campus and Community Radio Station. Listen live on CFRU 93.3fm, or, after the fact, via the website. If it happens in Guelph you’ll hear about it on Royal City Rag!

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saybyetobuylocalWe devoted the whole of a special 3-hour Royal City Rag on October 17 to CFRU 93.3fm’s Raise Your Voice fundraising campaign. Thank you to everyone who helped the station reach our goal of $10,000 to support repairs to our transmitter. Here’s looking forward to being able to return to 250W of community power in the not to distant future!

During the first hour we chatted on the phone to both Annie O’Donoghue (from the Guelph Civic League )about Judy Rebick’s recent visit and Virginia Gilham (from Friends of the Guelph Public Library) about their giant book sale taking place October 24-25. Guelph guitarist extrordinaire Mike Mucci came in to play live during the second hour.

In the third hour, Guelph Storytellers Brad Woods and Sya Van Geest joined us to share a few tales and Norah Chaloner from the Guelph Chapter of the Council of Canadians popped in to remind us about the Say Bye to Buy Local speaking tour featuring Council of Canadians’ Maude Barlow and Sid Ryan from CUPE Ontario, visiting Kitchener on October 19 and Hamilton on November 19. Expect to hear more about this issue on Royal City Rag.

Finally, we squeezed in a phone interview with Simon Irving from the Guelph Symphony Orchestra. Catch their performance of autumn classics at the River Run on October 25.

Not quite a cast of thousands, but lots of fun nevertheless.

Thanks again to all the Royal City Rag listeners who pledged their support to CFRU93.3fm. A special thank you to Sheila O’Reilly and Sarah Mangle for all their help during the show.

Music:
Cuff The Duke, Promises from Way Down Here
Hazel Dickens Busted from Hard-hitting Songs For Hard Hit People
Bonnie Raitt & Friends Something To Talk About from Bonnie Raitt And Friends Live
Ocote Soul Sounds, Vendende-Saude-Y-Fe from Coconut Rock
Mike Mucci, Sunnyside Of Guelph from Sunnyside E.P.
John Fahey, On Doing An Evil Deed Blues from The Legend Of Blind Joe Death
Mike Mucci, Nico! from M.Mucci (Live)
Mike Mucci, As Yet Untitled (Live)
Mike Mucci, As Yet Untitled (Live)
Mike Mucci, Eramosa from Under The Tulip Tree (Live)
Nick Lowe, What’s So Funny About Peace Love and Understanding from At Your Age (Bonus Tracks)
Fugitives, Broken Promises from Find Me EP
Flying Lizards, (I Want) Money from Flying Lizards

Listen to the show:
Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

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

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

There was no live show on July 15. Instead we replayed the great Live from Riverside Park Canada Day show featuring storytellers Sya Van Guest and Brad Woods and singer-songwriter Sam Turton.

Sya explaining the origin of storytelling and Brad regaling us with his experiences in the cockpit during his first flying lesson. Singer-songwriter Sam Turton 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 with his role helping out with the firework display.

Hopefully CFRU will still allow us to to go out on location in the future although I doubt Brad will get to play with matches again!

One of our best. Catch the show if you missed it.

Music:
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)

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

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Canada DayOn July 1 we headed out to Riverside Park to celebrate Canada Day on location. Despite the poor weather all turned out sunny on a fun Royal City Rag.

Storytellers Sya Van Guest and Brad Woods 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.

Singer-songwriter Sam Turton 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 with his role helping out with the firework display.

Hopefully CFRU will still allow us to to go out on location in the future although I doubt Brad will get to play with matches again!

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

Music:
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)

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

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o canadaWe’re celebrating Canada Day on Royal City Rag this Wednesday… and we’re going to be on location again. This time we’re heading out to the park, ready to enjoy the celebrations, rain or shine.

Storytellers Sya Van Guest and Brad Woods will be joining me on the show along with singer-songwriter Sam Turton. We’ll be telling stories about the birth of Canada with some appropriately festive music thrown in for good measure. Sam is even promising us another new song, especially for the occasion!

Join us live on CFRU 93.3fm from 6-7 p.m. If you miss us, you can always find us on the CFRU archive or this website.

Promises to be a great show. Don’t miss it!

Jan Andrea Hall

 

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

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

On June 17, we replayed the wonderful Tall Tales show from April 1 featuring storytellers Sya Van Guest and Brad Woods, and singer-songwriter Sam Turton.

For this special show we were out on location. Thanks to the management at the establishment for allowing us to broadcast from there 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.

Sya and Brad’s stories were wonderful. I strongly recommend you check them out when you get the chance. Sam’s songs were very appropriate to the occasion, and, as usual, highly enjoyable. This time he gave us his fourth different version of “What’s So Funny About Peace and Understanding?”; this time in lounge-style. He even 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.

Music:
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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We’re replaying one of our most successful Royal City Rag shows on June 17. It’s our show from April 1 featuring storytellers Sya Van Guest and Brad Woods, along with singer-songwriter Sam Turton. To celebrate April Fools Day we were broadcasting live from a mystery location. If you missed it the first time, definitely catch it this time. It’s really worth a listen!

To learn more about the storytelling of Sya Van Geest and Brad Woods along with the songs of Sam Turton, join us on Royal City Rag, Wednesday 6-7 p.m. on CFRU 93.3fm, Guelph’s Campus-Community Radio Station. Listen live or after the fact via the website.
 

Sya VanGeest

Sya Van Geest

Sya Van Geest is a retired teacher-librarian now devoting her energy and considerable gifts to storytelling. Sya is very active in many areas of Guelph life, including, as a regular volunteer in schools, senior homes and churches. As a founding member of Guelph GoGo GrandMothers, Sya has a special passion for African stories as part of the Stephen Lewis Foundation Grandmothers to Grandmothers campaign. Sya was recipient of the Ontario Library Association’s Distinguished Service Award in 2005 and Guelph Woman of Distinction for Voluntary Community Service 2007.

 

 
Brad Woods

Brad Woods

Brad Woods is a former director of the Storytellers School of Toronto, the recipient of the 2002 Anne Smythe Travel Grant for Storytelling and in 2004 was the Storyteller in Residence at the Guelph Civic Museum. In 2005 he was featured at the Yukon International Storytelling Festival in White Horse and in 2006 he was the first Canadian featured at the Los Angeles Storytelling Festival. In 2007 Brad released his first CD full of stories and had a story in rotation on Talk Story Radio out of Hawaii. Brad is also a member of the Great Wooden Trio.

 

Sam Turton Live On Royal City Rag

Sam Turton

 

 

Sam Turton is a singer-songwriter, mentor/therapist, and social activist. Until the age of 45, because his voice was very restrained, he would find other performers to sing his songs. Ten years ago, while exploring and resolving emotional blocks, his original voice emerged. He now belts out soulful blues, gospel and classic R&B. Sam’s songs can be heard on his solo CD Feel and on the benefit CDs Not There and Afghanistan–On Guard For Thee?.

As well as his working on his own musical career, Sam also facilitates community singalongs and Rise up Singing voice workshops with his partner Jane Lewis.

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boathouse-courtesy-guelph-arts1April 8 marks the beginning of another season of Guelph Guild of Storytellers’ Storytelling at The Boathouse. Sessions start at 8.00 p.m. and take place on the second Wednesday of each month until December.

Come join us by the river for stories and ice cream – if the weather’s warm enough. Otherwise, we’ll have tea or cider, or even coffee.

This year’s theme is Incredibly Edible Stories. They have also lined up some great guest storytellers, starting off this month with Adwoa Badoe.

In  May, Toronto’s  Dan Yashinski will be the guest teller while Brad Woods will be featured in June.

As always, admission is free, but donations are graciously accepted.

Schedule for April 8
Sandy Schoen, Raj’s Tiger
Brian Holstein, The Thief & The Parrot
Tyler, 2 Wee Lads & The Apple Pie Surprise
Adwoa Badoe, 30 minutes of telling
Beve Matson and others, Two Mice
Joan Holland, Work Is Work
Beve  Matson, Lazy Jack
Sandy Schoen, The Question
Brian Holstein, Cockroach

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Jan and Sya at the checkout

Jan and Sya at the checkout

We were at a secret location last week (April 1) for our Tall Tales Royal City Rag.

As part of the show we ran a competition asking listeners where we were. 

Believe it or not, most thought we were at Wal-Mart. One even sent me these pics which seem to confirm that!

The winner of the competition is Patti Rainbow who correctly confirmed that we were probably only pretending to be at Wal-Mart.

She is, of course, quite right… we were actually at Zehrs.

Patti wins a CD from both Sam and Brad, and a book from Sya. Congratulations!

Royal City Rag, Wednesdays, 6-7 p.m. on CFRU 93.3 fm. Guelph’s Campus and Community Radio Station. Listen live on CFRU 93.3fm, or, after the fact, via the website. If it happens in Guelph you’ll hear about it on Royal City Rag!

Sam Turton taking a hard earned break from signing autographs

Sam Turton taking a hard earned break from signing autographs

Brad looking for his wonderful storytelling CD

Brad looking for his wonderful storytelling CD

 

And don’t forget…

TUESDAY, APRIL 7:  7.00 p.m.
BOOKSHELF SONG & STORY SERIES

The Bookshelf
41 Quebec St., Guelph
Stories by Brad Woods and songs by Sam Turton.
They push things aside in the store, Brad tells stories and Sam tries to find songs that match!

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

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

Storytellers Sya Van Guest and Brad Woods, and singer-songwriter Sam Turton, joined us on April 1 for a very special Tall Tales edition of Royal City Rag. To celebrate the occasion we decided to do an outside broadcast from a very surprising Guelph location!

Thanks to the management at the establishment for allowing us to be there 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.

We are running a competition to work out where we were broadcasting from. If you can work it out then send us an e-mail to info@royalcityrag.ca then you may win a very cool prize… a CD from both Sam and Brad, and a book from Sya. Listen and Win!

Sya and Brad’s stories were wonderful, a joy to listen to. I strongly recommend you check them out when you get the chance. Sam’s songs were, as usual, highly enjoyable. He gave us his fourth different version of “What’s So Funny About Peace and Understanding?”; this time in lounge-style and even composed a new song, “April Fool”, especially for the show!

Sam has some fun dates coming up. Please check them out:

  • Friday, April 3 at 8:00 p.m.
    KATHERINE WHEATLEY IN CONCERT
    with cameos by Tannis Slimmon, Jane Lewis, and Sam Turton
    River Run Centre
    35 Woolwich Street, Guelph
  • Saturday, April 4  at 9:00 p.m.
    MOLLY BLOOMS – Sam Turton with Jane Lewis

    91 Wyndham St. N., Guelph
  • Tuesday, April 7 at 7:00 p.m.
    BOOKSHELF SONG & STORY SERIES

    The Bookshelf
    41 Quebec St., Guelph
    Stories by Brad Woods and songs by Sam Turton. They push things aside in the store, Brad tells stories then Sam find songs that match! We’re planning to tape the event for CFRU93.3fm.
  • Friday, April 17  from 7-9 p.m.
    SINGALONG at the BON APPETIT RESTAURANT (Licensed)
    259 Grange Road, Unit 6, Guelph
    (Plaza at Victoria & Grange by Planet Bean)
    519-515-0522
    Hosted by Sam Turton & Jane Lewis with songbooks so you can join in!. Singalong website: www.all-together-now.ca

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

Music:
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)

Listen to the show:

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Sya VanGeest

Sya Van Geest

Storytellers Sya Van Guest and Brad Woods, along with singer-songwriter Sam Turton, will be joining us for a very special Tall Tales edition on April 1. We will also be broadcasting live from a surprise Guelph location!

Sya Van Geest is a retired teacher-librarian now devoting her energy and considerable gifts to storytelling. Sya is very active in many areas of Guelph life, including, as a regular volunteer in schools, senior homes and churches. As a founding member of Guelph GoGo GrandMothers, Sya has a special passion for African stories as part of the Stephen Lewis Foundation Grandmothers to Grandmothers campaign. Sya was recipient of the Ontario Library Association’s Distinguished Service Award in 2005 and Guelph Woman of Distinction  for Voluntary Community Service 2007.

Brad Woods

Brad Woods

Brad Woods is a former director of the Storytellers School of Toronto, the recipient of the 2002 Anne Smythe Travel Grant for Storytelling and in 2004 was the Storyteller in Residence at the Guelph Civic Museum. In 2005 he was featured at the Yukon International Storytelling Festival in White Horse and in 2006 he was the first Canadian featured at the Los Angeles Storytelling Festival. In 2007 Brad released his first CD full of stories and had a story in rotation on Talk Story Radio out of Hawaii. Brad is also a member of the Great Wooden Trio.

Sam Turton Live On Royal City Rag

Sam Turton

Sam Turton is a singer-songwriter, mentor/therapist, and social activist. Until the age of 45, because his voice was very restrained, he would find other performers to sing his songs. Ten years ago, while exploring and resolving emotional blocks, his original voice emerged. He now belts out soulful blues, gospel and classic R&B. Sam’s songs can be heard on his solo CD Feel and on the benefit CDs Not There and Afghanistan–On Guard For Thee?.

As well as his working on his own musical career, Sam also facilitates community singalongs and Rise up Singing voice workshops with his partner Jane Lewis. 

To learn more about the storytelling of Sya Van Geest and Brad Woods along with the songs of Sam Turton, join us on Royal City Rag, Wednesday 6-7 p.m. on CFRU 93.3fm, Guelph’s Campus-Community Radio Station. Listen live or after the fact via the website.

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A special show focusing on storytelling in spokenword and song featuring Storyteller Brad Woods and Singer-Songwriter Sam Turton. Lots of fun. I hope you enjoy it.

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Storyteller Brad Woods

Brad Woods is a former director of the Storytellers School of Toronto, the recipient of the 2002 Anne Smythe Travel Grant for Storytelling and in 2004 was the Storyteller in Residence at the Guelph Civic Museum. In 2005 he was featured at the Yukon International Storytelling Festival in White Horse and in 2006 he was the first Canadian featured at the Los Angeles Storytelling Festival. In 2007 Brad released his first CD full of stories and had a story in rotation on Talk Story Radio out of Hawaii. Brad is also a member of the Great Wooden Trio.

Upcoming dates for Brad:
March 3 @ The Bookshelf with Tim Alberts and Phil Cottrell
March 29 Toronto Storytelling Festival
April 7 @ The Bookshelf with Sam Turton

 

 

sam-turton-cdSam Turton is no stranger to Royal City Rag.  Sam is a singer-songwriter, mentor/therapist, and social activist with a history of Zen and Earth-centred spirituality. Until the age of 45, because his voice was very restrained, he would find other performers to sing his songs. Ten years ago, while exploring and resolving emotional blocks, his original voice emerged. He now belts out soulful blues, gospel and classic R&B. Sam’s songs can be heard on his solo CD Feel and on the benefit CDs Not There and Afghanistan–On Guard For Thee?

As well as his working on his own musical career, Sam also facilitates community singalongs and Rise up Singing voice workshops with his partner Jane Lewis. 

Sam has a house concert and singalong with Chris MacLean coming up on February 28. For information, take a look at this post.

Stories:
Dan Yashinsky, How Heart Came Into The World from Story Gifts 2001
David Francey, Torn Screen Door Introduction from Live Set (CD)
Adwoa Badoe, The Hen and Dove from The Griot’s Journey (DVD)
Brad Woods, Now and Never (Live)

Songs:
Sam Turton, What’s so funny about peace, love and understanding? (Live)
Sam Turton, I’d rather be with you (Live)
David Francey, Torn Screen Door (song) from Live Set
Chris McLean, Old Friends (Digital)
Sam Turton, That’s When Life Interferes (Live)

Listen to the show:

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Storyteller Brad Woods

Storyteller Brad Woods and Singer-Songwriter Sam Turton will be joining us on Royal City Rag for a very special storytelling show on Wednesday February 25.

Brad Woods is a former director of the Storytellers School of Toronto, the recipient of the 2002 Anne Smythe Travel Grant for Storytelling and in 2004 was the Storyteller in Residence at the Guelph Civic Museum. In 2005 he was featured at the Yukon International Storytelling Festival in White Horse and in 2006 he was the first Canadian featured at the Los Angeles Storytelling Festival. In 2007 Brad released his first CD full of stories and had a story in rotation on Talk Story Radio out of Hawaii. Brad is also a member of the Great Wooden Trio.

As a taster for the show, here is Brad telling the story of “A Moosebone” from his CD collection “Brad Woods – Storyteller”.

Listen to the story:

Sam Turton

Sam Turton

Sam Turton is no stranger to Royal City Rag.  Sam is a singer-songwriter, mentor/therapist, and social activist with a history of Zen and Earth-centred spirituality. Until the age of 45, because his voice was very restrained, he would find other performers to sing his songs. Ten years ago, while exploring and resolving emotional blocks, his original voice emerged. He now belts out soulful blues, gospel and classic R&B. Sam’s songs can be heard on his solo CD Feel and on the benefit CDs Not There and Afghanistan–On Guard For Thee?

As well as his working on his own musical career, Sam also facilitates community singalongs and Rise up Singing voice workshops with his partner Jane Lewis. 

Sam has a house concert and singalong with Chris MacLean coming up on February 28. For information, take a look at this post.

Listen to Sam Turton, Without Love from Feel

To learn more about the storytelling of Brad Woods and the songs of Sam Turton, join us on Royal City Rag, Wednesday 6-7 p.m. on CFRU 93.3fm, Guelph’s Campus-Community Radio Station. Listen live or after the fact via the website.

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