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493 EpisodesProduced by Vish Khanna/ Entertainment One (eOne)Website

Thoughtful, funny, heartfelt interviews and in-depth documentaries about musicians, authors, comedians, and other cultural creators.

493 Episodes | 2013 - 2019

Ep. #492: I Remember Me and David Berman

August 14th, 2019


Mourning and remembering poet/musician David Berman of Silver Jews and Purple Mountains, as a fan, a journalist, and a friend. Featuring an archival CFRU radio interview with David and previously captured anecdotes by

Ep. #491: Young Guv

August 7th, 2019


Ben Cook talks about Young Guv and his new album GUV I, working as a young actor, his love of hip-hop and power-pop, future plans for Fucked Up and No Warning, and much more! Supported by CFRU 93.3 FM, Pizza Trokadero,

Ep. #490: Terry Fallis

July 31st, 2019


Award-winning Canadian novelist Terry Fallis on his new, fantastical, funny golf tale, Albatross, his life and career, and more! Supported by CFRU …

Ep. #489: Ronny Chieng

July 23rd, 2019


The Daily Show's Ronny Chieng talks about Canada, comedy, weirdo lawyers and comedians, rhetoric and the media, his personal rage issues, Just for Laughs, more! Supported by CFRU 93.3 FM, Pizza Trokadero, the Bookshelf,

Ep. #488: Yves Jarvis

July 17th, 2019


Montreal's Yves Jarvis on his musical impulses and influences, the all-ages music scene in Calgary and life on the road, his new album The Same But …

Ep. #487: Ian Blurton

July 10th, 2019


Underground Canadian music icon Ian Blurton discusses his new band, Ian Blurton's Future Now, and their killer new album, Signals Through the Flames. Supported by CFRU 93.3 FM, Pizza Trokadero, the Bookshelf, Planet …

Ep. #484: Bruce Cockburn

June 26th, 2019


Folk icon Bruce Cockburn talks about his life and times in music, his wanderlust, thoughts on the current political climate and ecological collapse, …

Ep. #483: American Football

June 20th, 2019


Steve, Mike, Steve, and Nate of American Football talk about their history together and musical influences, why they went away for 15 years and then …

Ep. #482: Jenn Grant

June 18th, 2019


Jenn Grant talks about her new album Love, Inevitable, working with Tucker Martine, balancing being a musician with being a new mom, navigating social media, and much more! Supported by CFRU 93.3 FM, Pizza Trokadero,

Ep. #481: David Berman

June 12th, 2019


David Berman talks about the end of Silver Jews, the rise of Purple Mountains, every song on their self-titled debut, which is out via Drag City on …

Ep. #480: Bill Callahan

June 5th, 2019


American songwriter, singer, and musician Bill Callahan discusses his new record, Shepherd in a Sheepskin Vest, his move to Austin, becoming a …

Ep. #479: Toronto Raptors DJ 4KORNERS

May 30th, 2019


Toronto Raptors DJ 4KORNERS on being the team's first and only DJ, how he interacts with players and fans with the music he plays, his perspectives on this historic season for the Raptors, his prediction for their NBA …

Ep. #478: Tanika Charles

May 29th, 2019


Tanika Charles on her time living in Edmonton and Vancouver, close encounters with J Dilla and Slum Village, her struggles with imposter syndrome, …

Ep. #477: Queer Songbook Orchestra at Kazoo! Fest

May 22nd, 2019


This episode was recorded before a live studio audience at Kazoo! HQ in Guelph, Ontario during Kazoo! Fest on Saturday April 13, 2019, and features an interview with Queer Songbook Orchestra's Shaun Brodie, Thom Gill, …

Ep. #476: Ford Pier live at CFRU!

May 15th, 2019


Ford Pier performs songs and talks about his life and times with D.O.A., Nomeansno, Rheostatics, Jr. Gone Wild, the Ford Pier Vengeance Trio, and more, all live at CFRU! Supported by CFRU 93.3 FM, Pizza Trokadero, the …

Ep. #475: Haviah Mighty

May 8th, 2019


Haviah Mighty talks Brampton and Toronto life, her musical family and hip-hop influences, sexism, racism, and her new album 13th Floor, and more! Supported by CFRU 93.3 FM, Pizza Trokadero, the Bookshelf, Planet Bean …

Ep. #474: Snotty Nose Rez Kids

May 1st, 2019


Snotty Nose Rez Kids and DJ Kookum discuss their origins, hip-hop, indigenous culture and the matriarchy, their new album Trapline, and more! …

Ep. #473: Kiwi Jr.

April 24th, 2019


Kiwi Jr. talk Charlottetown, Toronto, and the New Ho King restaurant, their new Mint Records LP. Football Money, Pavement, Alvvays, and Kanye West, making guitar rock in 2019, what's next, and more! Supported by CFRU …

Ep. #472: Kevin Nealon

April 17th, 2019


Kevin Nealon talks about a hike with actor Matthew Modine, which launched the idea for his Hiking with Kevin series, his time on and after Saturday Night Live, communicating with Norm Macdonald, his friendship with the …

Ep. #471: Steven Lambke

April 11th, 2019


Steven Lambke has Vish over to his house to talk about his amazing new album Dark Blue, his work for Sappyfest, You've Changed Records turning ten …

Ep. #470: John Southworth

April 9th, 2019


John Southworth invites Vish to Toronto's Skyline Restaurant for a chat about old times, the experimental work he did with electronic pop music tones …

Ep. #469: Baroness Von Sketch Show's Aurora Browne and Jennifer Whalen, Vintage Tech Hunters' Shaun Hatton on Long Night!

April 3rd, 2019


This episode of Long Night with Vish Khanna was recorded before a live studio audience at Workman Arts in Toronto, Ontario during Long Winter on …

Ep. #468: Sean Ono Lennon

March 27th, 2019


Sean Ono Lennon answers the Exclaim! Questionnaire, talks the Claypool Lennon Delirium's new album, South of Reality, cool stories about his parents …

Ep. #467: Susan Rogers

March 20th, 2019


Esteemed music producer and Prince collaborator Susan Rogers discusses her pioneering work as a music engineer/producer, her research in the field of …

Ep. #466: Gregg Turkington

March 13th, 2019


Gregg Turkington on his Australian origins, sentimental and sincere comedy, Neil Hamburger and Neil's new album for Drag City, Still Dwelling, his appreciation for KC and the Sunshine Band, his upcoming film with Tim …

Ep. #465: Jennifer Herrema of Royal Trux

March 6th, 2019


Jennifer Herrema recalls seeing Bad Brains when she was 12 years old, American racism and sexism, the return of Royal Trux, collaborating with Kool …

Ep. #464: City Fidelia, Erin Lowers, Jonathon Shamar on hip-hop at MEGAPHONO!

February 28th, 2019


This episode was recorded before a live audience at the Knot Project Space at SAW Video in Ottawa, Ontario during MEGAPHONO on Thursday February 7, 2019 Entitled Northern Touch: The Canadian Hip-Hop Landscape & …

Ep. #463: Esi Edugyan

February 21st, 2019


Distinguished author Esi Edugyan discusses her life, work, and Giller Prize-winning books, 2011's Half-Blood Blues and 2018's Washington Black

Ep. #462: Syrus Marcus Ware, Robyn Maynard, Desmond Cole on Long Night

February 19th, 2019


This episode of Long Night with Vish Khanna was recorded before a live studio audience at Workman Arts in Toronto, Ontario during Long Winter on …

Ep. #461: Shad

February 13th, 2019


Shad talks about hosting Hip-Hop Evolution and every single song on A Short Story About a War, which is out now via Secret City Records! Supported by

Ep. #460: Dulcé Sloan

February 6th, 2019


Comedian and Daily Show correspondent Dulcé Sloan on her stand-up ascent, racism, social media trolls, white people, Canadian cities and Drake, …

Ep. #459: Not Of's John Crossingham

January 31st, 2019


John Crossingham of Toronto's Not Of talks about his time in bands like Raising the Fawn and Broken Social Scene, making louder music in an uncertain time, Not Of and their latest album Hypocritic Oath, and more! …

Ep. #458: Paul F. Tompkins

January 29th, 2019


Paul F. Tompkins discusses the joy of improv, working with Marc Evan Jackson on their production, Mr. Jackson & Mr. Tompkins: A Two-Gentleman …

Ep. #457: Arkells' Max Kerman

January 28th, 2019


Arkells' singer/guitarist Max Kerman on the origins of the band, repping a changing Hamilton, learning from heroes, social activism, standing in …

Ep. #456: Lee Reed Live at CFRU!

January 23rd, 2019


Live at CFRU 93.3 FM, Lee Reed talks ecological collapse, indigenous resistance, conscious and mumble rap, the cons and possible pros of voting, Sage …

Ep. #455: FIDLAR

January 16th, 2019


FIDLAR talk about their band, addiction and sobriety, TSOL, Patti Smith and soundcloud rap, music journalism, the sound and intent of their new album Almost Free, and more! Supported by Pizza Trokadero, the Bookshelf,

Ep. #454: John Orpheus, Chanty Marostica, Joyful Joyful on Long Night

January 8th, 2019


This episode of Long Night with Vish Khanna was recorded before a live studio audience at the Gladstone Hotel in Toronto, Ontario during Long Winter

Ep. #453: Steve Albini

December 20th, 2018


Steve Albini on his busy 2018, guitar playing by St. Vincent and Malcolm Young, his big win at the World Series of Poker, the Democratic 'blue wave,' …

Ep. #452: Vivek Shraya

December 18th, 2018


Vivek Shraya discusses her life, work, her band Too Attached, and her powerful new book, I'm Afraid of Men, which is out now via Penguin Random …

Ep. #451: Anupa Mistry, Jeremy Dutcher, Lee Reed on Long Night!

December 13th, 2018


This episode of Long Night with Vish Khanna was recorded before a live studio audience at the Polish Combatants Hall in Toronto, Ontario during Long …

Ep. #450: Jeff Tweedy

December 11th, 2018


Jeff Tweedy answers the Exclaim! Questionnaire, talks Wilco, Bob Dylan, his new album WARM, his new memoir Let's Go (So We Can Get Back), and …

Ep. #448: Joseph Shabason

December 4th, 2018


Joseph Shabason talks about Diana, Destroyer, wanting to make it, making his moving new album Anne and interviewing his mom about having Parkinson's, and more. Supported by Pizza Trokadero, the Bookshelf, Planet Bean …

Ep. #447: Emily Heller

November 29th, 2018


Emmy-nominated writer and comedian Emily Heller talks about her 2018 stand-up album Pasta, why therapy is for everyone, working with Bill Hader on Barry, and more! Supported by Pizza Trokadero, the Bookshelf, Planet …

Ep. #446: Chippy Nonstop and Harrison on Long Night

November 27th, 2018


This episode of Long Night with Vish Khanna was recorded before a live studio audience at the Tranzac in Toronto, Ontario during Long Winter on …

Ep. #445: Christine Fellows

November 22nd, 2018


Christine Fellows on Roses on the Vine, Winnipeg, Guelph, budgies, dogs, John K. Samson, Vivat Virtute, future plans, and much more! Supported by Pizza Trokadero, the Bookshelf, Planet Bean Coffee, and Grandad's Donuts.

Ep. #444: Erica Rhodes

November 20th, 2018


Comedian Erica Rhodes on stand-up, working on A Prairie Home Companion, growing up with her father who has multiple sclerosis and a great sense of …

Ep. #443: Great Lake Swimmers

November 15th, 2018


Great Lake Swimmers' Tony Dekker on the new album, The Waves, The Wake, upping musical antes, touring as a family man, his band's unique trajectory, future plans, and more! Supported by Pizza Trokadero, the Bookshelf,

Ep. #442: Sam Prekop of the Sea and Cake

November 13th, 2018


The Sea and Cake's Sam Prekop on the band's shifting lineup, what inspired the gorgeous music and enigmatic lyrics on their new Thrill Jockey LP, Any Day, what's coming up next for him and the band, and more! Supported …


November 8th, 2018


JOYFULTALK's Jay Crocker and Shawn Dicey talk the South Shore, Calgary, musical freedom, lobster zones, Plurality Trip out via Constellation Records, …

Ep. #440: Ryan Hemsworth

November 6th, 2018


Ryan Hemsworth on making his excellent new album, Elsewhere, his days growing up and listening to music in Halifax, collaborating with others as a …

Ep. #438: Wax Mannequin

October 30th, 2018


Wax Mannequin on his new Coax Records album, Have a New Name, his origin story, Hamilton, Grandad's Donuts, basketball, the 2010 Hear Some Evil Tour, and much more! Supported by Pizza Trokadero, the Bookshelf, Planet …

Ep. #437: Isla Craig

October 23rd, 2018


Isla Craig talks about lending her voice to Jennifer Castle and Fucked Up, her beautiful, introspective, outspoken, 'psych soul' album, The Becoming, …

Ep, #434: Simon Rich

October 11th, 2018


Brilliant American humourist Simon Rich talks about his new short story book, Hits & Misses, missing Toronto, Adolf Hitler, the Kinks and the …

Ep. #433: Obuxum

October 9th, 2018


Inventive music producer Obuxum talks about her mother who fled war-torn Somalia for Canada, the racialized misperceptions of the Jane and Finch neighbourhood in Toronto, making non-rock music and working with …

Ep. #432: Jo Firestone

October 4th, 2018


Comedian Jo Firestone talks about crowd work, working with Arcade Fire's Will Butler, her new stand-up album, The Hits, which is out via Comedy Central, and much more! Supported by Pizza Trokadero, the Bookshelf, Planet …

Ep. #431: Mike Haliechuk of Fucked Up

October 2nd, 2018


Mike Haliechuk of Fucked Up talks about the band's incroyable new album, Dose Your Dreams, which is out via Merge Records, what inspired this …

Ep. #430: Sam Jay

September 27th, 2018


Comedian and Saturday Night Live writer Sam Jay on her life, her late mother’s guiding influence, hip-hop and Jay-Z, finding her lane in comedy, her new album Donna's Daughter, and much more! Supported by Pizza Trokadero

Ep. #429: Mark Arm of Mudhoney

September 25th, 2018


Mudhoney's Mark Arm talks about the band's furious, super-charged new Sub Pop album, Digital Garbage, protest music, news media, social media, anxiety, conspiracy theories, religious indoctrination, mass extinction, and …

Ep. #428: Hannibal Buress

September 20th, 2018


Prolific comedian Hannibal Buress talks comedy journalism, not drinking, his Handsome Rambler podcast, his love of music and thoughts on hip-hop, the …

Ep. #427: Maria Bamford

September 18th, 2018


Comedic force Maria Bamford tells Vish about ants, wedding DJs, hotdog suits at weddings, comedian solidarity and equality, and more! Supported by

Ep. #426: Sandro Perri

September 13th, 2018


Toronto musician Sandro Perri on his new Constellation Records release, In Another Life, working with Destroyer and Andre Ethier, the city of Paris, infinite songwriting, hip-hop, and more! Supported by Pizza Trokadero,

Ep. #425: Michael Hurley

September 11th, 2018


American folk legend Michael Hurley tells Vish about his life, his music, his love for CBC Radio, his artwork, his garden, his old cars, Monsanto, …

Ep. #424: Dave Bidini

September 6th, 2018


Dave Bidini discusses his compelling new book Midnight Light - A Personal Journey to the North, his respect for and interest in local reporting, what he discovered on this monumental trip through Canada’s Northwest …

Ep. #423: Claudia Dey

September 4th, 2018


Author Claudia Dey talks about her haunting new novel Heartbreaker, which is out now via Harper Collins, her interest in music and fashion design, …

Ep. #422: Sara Hennessey

August 30th, 2018


Comedian Sara Hennessey on her move to Brooklyn, the Kids in the Hall and how homegrown comedy is treated in Canada, her new album They Know Too Much, and more! Supported by Pizza Trokadero, the Bookshelf, Planet Bean …

Ep. #420: Brad Wenzel

August 23rd, 2018


Comedian Brad Wenzel tells Vish about his new Third Man Records stand-up album, Sweet Nothings, growing up in Michigan, the art of the one-liner, respecting Bob Seger, emails from Amy Schumer, and much more! Supported …

Ep. #419: Kim Fu

August 21st, 2018


Author Kim Fu tells Vish about her ambitious and chilling new Harper Collins novel, The Lost Girls of Camp Forevermore, her writing and science …

Ep. #418: Carla Bozulich

August 16th, 2018


Carla Bozulich discusses this precarious moment in history, the Divided States of America, her new Constellation Records collection, Quieter, and …

Ep. #417: Nick Reynoldson

August 14th, 2018


Comedian Nick Reynoldson tells Vish about life in Scarborough with interracial parents and a parrot, the Talking Raptors podcast, the votes he needs …

Ep. #416: Iain Reid

August 9th, 2018


Author Iain Reid tells Vish about his startlingly great new novel Foe (out via Simon & Schuster), coupling and confinement, farm life and …

Ep. #415: Eric Bachmann

August 7th, 2018


Eric Bachmann tells Vish about fear, expectations, and parenthood, his changing singing voice and modes of expression, his perspective on Archers of Loaf, his wondrous new Merge Records release, No Recover, and much …

Ep. #414: Nap Eyes

August 2nd, 2018


Nap Eyes' Nigel Chapman talks about science and the arts, self-love and hate, external affirmation, the new Nap Eyes album I'm Bad Now, and more! Supported by Pizza Trokadero, the Bookshelf, Planet Bean Coffee, and 

Ep. #413: John Orpheus

July 31st, 2018


John Orpheus, Sarah Jane Riegler and Chaenel Mattise, discuss the new John Orpheus EP, Goatlife, the African diaspora, Toronto's music community, and more. Supported by Pizza Trokadero, the Bookshelf, Planet Bean Coffee

Ep. #412: Alanis Obomsawin

July 26th, 2018


Esteemed documentary filmmaker and indigenous musician Alanis Obomsawin discusses the reissue of her 1988 album, Bush Lady, which is out now on Constellation Records, her work with the NFB, and more! Supported by Pizza …

Ep. #411: Chastity

July 24th, 2018


Brandon Williams talks about the new Chastity album, Death Lust, stigmas surrounding mental health and addiction, punk rock, and more! Supported by Pizza Trokadero, the Bookshelf, Planet Bean CoffeeGrandad's Donuts

Ep. #410: Chad VanGaalen

July 19th, 2018


Chad VanGaalen, Chris Dadge, and Ryan Bourne talk about Calgary, the Hillside Festival, R.E.M., David Letterman, Preoccupations, the future and more! Supported by Pizza Trokadero, the Bookshelf, Planet Bean Coffee

Ep. #409: David Cross

July 17th, 2018


David Cross talks about Canada, performing uncompromising comedy at a sensitive time, living with the fact that he was accused of racism, his Oh Come On tour, and more! Supported by Pizza Trokadero, the Bookshelf,

Ep. #408: Jeremy Dutcher

July 12th, 2018


Jeremy Dutcher discusses their working history, the past and current state of indigenous communities across Canada, their new album, Wolastoqiyik …

Ep. #406: Courtney Barnett

July 5th, 2018


Courtney Barnett discusses missing Australia, dealing with success, singing as pure communication, Toronto's Silver Dollar, her new album tell me how …

Ep. #405: Marisa Anderson

July 3rd, 2018


American guitarist Marisa Anderson returns to discuss their new album, Cloud Corner, which is out now via Thrill Jockey, and more. Supported by Pizza Trokadero, the Bookshelf, Planet Bean CoffeeGrandad's Donuts

Ep. #404: Jennifer Castle

June 27th, 2018


Elgin County resident Jennifer Castle discusses her life, work, and new album, Angels of Death. Supported by Pizza Trokadero, the Bookshelf, Planet …

Ep. #403: L CON Live at CFRU!

June 21st, 2018


Grey County's L CON discusses and plays songs from their new album, Insecurities in Being, live on CFRU 93.3 FM! Supported by Pizza Trokadero, the …

Ep. #402: Dave Itzkoff

June 19th, 2018


New York Times culture reporter Dave Itzkoff discusses Robin, his revelatory new biography about the late Robin Williams! Supported by Pizza Trokadero

Ep. #401: Dave Shumka

June 14th, 2018


Comedian Dave Shumka discusses his podcasts, the true crime parody, This Sounds Serious, and the conversational, Stop Podcasting Yourself, from his home in Vancouver! Supported by Pizza Trokadero, the Bookshelf, Planet …

Ep. #400: Guy Picciotto & Xylouris White

June 12th, 2018


Guy Picciotto and Xylouris White discuss their fruitful musical collaborations and Mother, the third record they've made together, which is out via

Ep. #399: Suuns

May 29th, 2018


Joe Yarmush and Liam O'Neill of Suuns discuss Montreal, mixtapes, their band, their new Secret City/Secretly Canadian album, Felt, and much more! Supported by Pizza Trokadero, the Bookshelf, Planet Bean Coffee

Ep. #398: Bonjay

May 22nd, 2018


Toronto's Bonjay discuss their trajectory, loving Feist, actual diversity, city stories, and their new album Lush Life! Supported by Pizza Trokadero,

Ep. #397: Witch Prophet Live at CFRU!

May 17th, 2018


Toronto's Witch Prophet discuss and play songs from their new album, The Golden Octave, live on CFRU 93.3 FM! Supported by Pizza Trokadero, the …

Ep. #396: Parquet Courts

May 15th, 2018


Parquet Courts guitarists, singers, and lyricists Andrew Savage and Austin Brown discuss their new album, Wide Awake!, which is out via Rough Trade. Supported by Pizza Trokadero, the Bookshelf, Planet Bean Coffee

Ep. #395: Robert Hilburn

May 10th, 2018


Esteemed American music writer Robert Hilburn discusses time spent with Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan, and his new, authorized biography, Paul Simon - The …

Ep. #394: Damon Stoudamire & Ryan Sidhoo on 'True North'

May 8th, 2018


Former Toronto Raptor Damon Stoudamire and filmmaker Ryan Sidhoo discuss the Toronto basketball docu-series, True North, which debuts on Red Bull TV

Ep. #393: Captain Sensible of The Damned

May 3rd, 2018


Captain Sensible of the Damned talks about his disdain for most music, cleaning bogs, touring with T. Rex, helping start British punk rock, Hans Zimmer's music, the Damned's eleventh album, Evil Spirits, and much …

Ep. #392: Stephen Malkmus

May 1st, 2018


Stephen Malkmus discusses the 2018 NBA playoffs, working with Sonic Youth's Kim Gordon, Pavement reunion rumours, the Jicks' new album Sparkle Hard, which is out via Matador Records, and more. Supported by Pizza …

Ep. #391: Kathy Griffin

April 25th, 2018


Award-winning comedian Kathy Griffin discusses her infamous Donald Trump photo, the change in Roseanne Barr, and her Laugh Your Head Off World Tour. Supported by Pizza Trokadero, the Bookshelf, Planet Bean Coffee

Ep. #390: Beverly Glenn- Copeland

April 19th, 2018


Recorded before a live audience in Guelph, Ontario during Kazoo! Fest on Saturday April 14, 2018, acclaimed musician, singer, and composer Beverly Glenn-Copeland in conversation! Mixed and recorded by nobody; repaired …

Ep. #389: Eric Chenaux

April 17th, 2018


Eric Chenaux discusses life in France, missing Toronto friends, love songs, his old band Phleg Camp, and his new album, Slowly Paradise, which is out …

Ep. #388: Clairmont the Second

April 11th, 2018


Clairmont the Second discusses his life, the state of hip-hop in Toronto, why he's moving out of town, his independently released album Lil Mont from the Ave, and more. Sponsored by Pizza Trokadero, the Bookshelf,

Ep. #387: The Dears' Natalie Yanchak

April 5th, 2018


Natalia Yanchak of The Dears discusses the band and their latest album, Times Infinity Volume 2, which is available via Dangerbird Records. Sponsored …

Ep. #386: Podcast Summit with Katie Jensen, James Hartnett, Michael Balazo, Michelle Parise, and Tyler Allen on Long Night

March 28th, 2018


This episode of Long Night with Vish Khanna was recorded before a live studio audience at the Tranzac in Toronto, Ontario during Long Winter on …

Ep. #385: The Messthetics

March 21st, 2018


The Messthetics, featuring Fugazi's Brendan Canty and Joe Lally, and Anthony Pirog of Janel & Anthony, discuss their excellent, self-titled debut album, which is available via Dischord Records. Sponsored by Pizza …

Ep. #384: The Weather Station

March 15th, 2018


Tamara Lindeman discusses the latest and critically-acclaimed self-titled album by the Weather Station, which is available via Paradise of Bachelors and Outside Music. Sponsored by Pizza Trokadero, the Bookshelf, Planet …

Ep. #383: Hot Snakes' Rick Froberg

March 12th, 2018


Rick Froberg discusses the return of Hot Snakes and the songs on their ripping new album, Jericho Sirens, which is available via Sub Pop Records. Sponsored by Pizza Trokadero, the Bookshelf, Planet Bean Coffee

Ep. #382: Esmerine

March 7th, 2018


Esmerine's Bruce Cawdron and Brian Sanderson discuss the making and intent of their latest album, Mechanics of Dominion, which is available via Constellation Records. Sponsored by Pizza Trokadero, the Bookshelf, Planet …

Ep. #380: Anti-Black Racism in Canadian Music MEGAPHONO Panel with Melissa Vincent, Rita Carter, Seiiizmikk, and Ali "Captain" Misana

February 21st, 2018


This episode was recorded before a live studio audience at The Origin Arts & Community Centre in Ottawa, Ontario during MEGAPHONO on Saturday February 10, 2018. Our topic was Black-Canadian music history and …

Ep. #378: Erin Ashley, DTS, Tia Gordon, Just John, Jwyze, James Keast on Long Night

February 7th, 2018


This episode of Long Night with Vish Khanna was recorded before a live studio audience at the Gladstone Hotel in Toronto, Ontario during Long Winter

Ep. #377: Land of Talk

January 25th, 2018


Land of Talk's Elizabeth Powell talks about her upbringing, rebelliousness, artistic influences, and latest album, Life After Youth, which is …

Ep. #374: Fiver

January 10th, 2018


Fiver, a.k.a. Simone Schmidt, discusses her excellent idée fixe records album, Audible Songs From Rockwood. Sponsored by Pizza Trokadero, the …

Ep. #372: Denise Donlon, Sandy Miranda, April Aliermo on Long Night

December 26th, 2017


This episode of Long Night with Vish Khanna was recorded before a live studio audience at Longboat Hall in the Great Hall in Toronto, Ontario, as an actual TV show for FibeTV1. Our topic was 'do women thrive in the …

Ep. #371: Faith Healer

December 20th, 2017


Faith Healer masterminds Jessica Jalbert and Renny Wilson discuss their grand new record, Try ;-), which is out now via Mint Records. Sponsored by

Ep. #370: Cadence Weapon, Aliya Pabani, Emma Hunter, and Miguel Rivas on Long Night

December 13th, 2017


This episode of Long Night with Vish Khanna was recorded before a live studio audience at Polish Combatants Hall in Toronto, Ontario during Long …

Ep. #369: Andrew Cohen & Light Coma

December 6th, 2017


Andrew Cohen discusses Jason Molina of Magnolia Electric Co., Michael Dahlquist of Silkworm, and his new Comedy Minus One release with Light Coma,

Ep. #368: Destroyer

November 29th, 2017


Destroyer's Dan Bejar discusses Suede, Shakespeare, Pavement, Silver Jews, and his new Merge Records release, ken. Sponsored by Pizza Trokadero, the …

Ep. #367: Lido Pimienta, Sara Hennessey, Friendly Rich, and James Keast on Long Night

November 21st, 2017


This episode of Long Night with Vish Khanna was recorded before a live studio audience at the Tranzac in Toronto, Ontario during Long Winter on …

Ep. #366: Gabriel Roth of Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings

November 16th, 2017


Gabriel Roth of the Dap-Kings remembers the late Sharon Jones and discusses the final Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings studio album, Soul of a Woman

Ep. #363: Darlene Shrugg

November 7th, 2017


Darlene Shrugg representatives Simone TB and Max Turnbull discuss their band's new, self-titled debut record, which is out now via Upset the Rhythm

Ep. #360: Tough Age

October 26th, 2017


Tough Age play songs from their new Mint Records release, Shame, and talk to Vish for a live session at CFRU 93.3 FM. Sponsored by Pizza Trokadero,

Ep. #359: Jay Arner Live at CFRU

October 24th, 2017



Mint Records artist Jay Arner and his band play songs and talk to Vish for a live session at CFRU 93.3 FM. Sponsored by Pizza Trokadero, the …

Ep. #358: Wu-Tang's Mathematics

October 18th, 2017


Wu-Tang Clan producer/designer Mathematics discusses the new Wu record, Wu-Tang: The Saga Continues, which is out now via eOne. Sponsored by Pizza …

Ep. #357: Protomartyr's Joe Casey

October 17th, 2017


Protomartyr's Joe Casey discusses every song on Relatives in Descent, which is available everywhere via Domino Records. Sponsored by Pizza Trokadero,

Ep. #356: Damian Abraham, Casey Mecija, Tim Falconer, Micah Barnes on Long Night

October 12th, 2017


This episode of Long Night with Vish Khanna was recorded before a live studio audience at Longboat Hall in the Great Hall in Toronto, Ontario, as an actual TV show for FibeTV1. Our guests were Damian Abraham of Turned …

Ep. #355: Off World

October 10th, 2017


Off World's Sandro Perri and Craig Dunsmuir discuss every song on 2, which is available everywhere via Constellation Records. Sponsored by Pizza …

Ep. #354: Lee Ranaldo

October 4th, 2017


Lee Ranaldo of Sonic Youth discusses each and every song on his excellent new solo rock record, Electric Trim, which is available now via Mute Records

Ep. #353: Partner

September 29th, 2017


Partner discuss each and every song on their glorious rock 'n' roll album, In Search of Lost Time, which is available now via You've Changed Records. …

Ep. #352: Amy Goodman

September 26th, 2017


Renowned American journalist, author, and Democracy Now! host/executive producer Amy Goodman discusses events of the day, her work, her country, and her upcoming Canadian speaking tour. Sponsored by Pizza Trokadero, the …

Ep. #351: METZ

September 21st, 2017


Toronto's METZ join Vish to discuss each and every song on their 2017 record Strange Peace, which is available in Canada via Royal Mountain Records

Ep. #350: Lido Pimienta

September 19th, 2017


Toronto's Lido Pimienta joins Vish to discuss each and every song on her 2017 Polaris Music Prize-winning album, La Papessa, which is available …

Ep. #348: Matthew Shipp

September 13th, 2017


New York City's Matthew Shipp joins Vish to discuss each and every song on the 2017, Matthew Shipp Trio record, Piano Song, which is available everywhere via Thirsty Ear Recordings. Sponsored by Pizza Trokadero, the …

Ep. #347: A Tribe Called Red

September 11th, 2017


Ottawa's A Tribe Called Red join Vish to discuss each and every song on their Polaris Music Prize-nominated album, We Are the Halluci Nation, which …


September 8th, 2017


Toronto's BADBADNOTGOOD join Vish to discuss each and every song on their Polaris Music Prize-nominated album, IV, which is available everywhere via

Ep. #345: Michael Chaves on making Leonard Cohen’s ‘You Want it Darker’

August 31st, 2017


Los Angeles-based musician, engineer, and producer Michael Chaves joins Vish to discuss each and every song that he mixed and/or played on on Leonard …

Ep. #344: Leif Vollebekk

August 29th, 2017


Montreal's Leif Vollebekk joins Vish to discuss each and every song from his stirring, Polaris Music Prize-nominated album, Twin Solitude, which is …

Ep. #343: Lisa LeBlanc

August 25th, 2017


Lisa LeBlanc joins Vish to discuss each and every song from her powerful, Polaris Music Prize-nominated album, Why You Wanna Leave, Runaway Queen?, …

Ep. #342: Pete Holmes and Artie Lange

August 15th, 2017


Pete Holmes and Artie Lange are both respected and beloved stand-up comedians who appear on the HBO show Crashing. Created by Holmes and co-produced …

Ep. #341: Weaves

August 11th, 2017


Weaves is a fantastic, noisy, and infectious rock band based in Toronto, Ontario. In 2016, Buzz Records released Weaves’ self-titled debut album and it went on to be regarded as one of the finest records to ever come …

Ep. #340: Anne T. Donahue

August 8th, 2017


Anne T. Donahue is an esteemed journalist, columnist, and comedy writer based in Cambridge, Ontario. A bona fide social media superstar, Donahue …

Ep. #339: Why are indie-rock and indie gaming in love? Long Night with Mare Sheppard, Raigan Burns and Shaun Hatton

August 3rd, 2017


This episode of Long Night with Vish Khanna was recorded before a live studio audience at Longboat Hall in the Great Hall in Toronto, Ontario, as an actual TV show for FibeTV1. Our guests were game designers Mare …

Ep. #338: Harrison

August 1st, 2017


Harrison is a young music producer based in his hometown of Toronto, Ontario. Now in his early 20s, Harrison first turned heads when he began …

Ep. #337: Jonny Sun

July 28th, 2017


Jonny Sun is an architect, designer, engineer, artist, playwright, and comedy writer who originally calls Toronto home. Sun is currently a doctoral student at MIT, a fellow at the Berkman Klein Centre for Internet and …

Ep. #336: New Swears

July 25th, 2017


New Swears is a rock ‘n’ roll band from Ottawa, Ontario. Formed in 2012, the band consists of four men who claim their names are Scru Bar, Sammy J …

Ep. #335: The Sadies on Long Night

July 20th, 2017


This episode of Long Night with Vish Khanna was recorded before a live studio audience at Longboat Hall in the Great Hall in Toronto, Ontario, as an actual TV show for FibeTV1. Our guests were the world's greatest rock …

Ep. #334: Change of Heart

July 18th, 2017


Change of Heart is an iconic, underground Canadian rock ‘n’ roll band based in Toronto, Ontario. Formed in 1982, Change of Heart initially consisted …

Ep. #333: Kevin McDonald

July 13th, 2017


Kevin McDonald is an ingenious comedic performer and writer currently based in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Originally from Toronto, McDonald is best known as a member of the hugely influential Canadian sketch troupe, the Kids …

Ep. #332: Billy Bragg

July 11th, 2017


Billy Bragg is an iconic musician, songwriter, singer, and activist who lives in and hails from the United Kingdom. An active and outspoken artist for 40 years, Bragg has pledged his life and livelihood to making a …

Ep. #331: Kliph Nesteroff

July 7th, 2017


Kliph Nesteroff is a comedy historian and expert who currently calls Hollywood, California home. Originally from South Slocan, British Columbia, …

Ep. #330: Do Make Say Think

July 4th, 2017


Do Make Say Think is an instrumental band whose members all call Toronto, Ontario home. A functioning outfit for more than 20 years, Do Make Say Think’s core configuration consists of Justin Small, Charles Spearin, Ohad …

Ep. #329: Is social media making us desperate for fame? Long Night with Anne T. Donahue and Nirvanna the Band the Show

June 29th, 2017


This episode of Long Night with Vish Khanna was recorded before a live studio audience at Longboat Hall in the Great Hall in Toronto, Ontario, as an actual TV show for FibeTV1. The central theme and discussion point of …

Ep. #328: Jessy Lanza

June 27th, 2017


Jessy Lanza is an acclaimed and alluring electronic pop songwriter based in Hamilton, Ontario. Along with her frequent collaborator Jeremy Greenspan …

Ep. #327: Mac McCaughan

June 22nd, 2017


Mac McCaughan is a talented and influential songwriter, musician, and singer based in North Carolina. Renowned for his prolific output in bands like

Ep. #326: Alanna Gurr

June 21st, 2017


Alanna Gurr is a musician, singer, and songwriter who is based in her hometown of Guelph, ON. She and her band, the Greatest State, have just released a new EP on Missed Connection Records. It’s called Stand Still and …

Ep. #325: Is rock music dead? Long Night with Carl Wilson, Shad, and Weaves' Jasmyn Burke

June 16th, 2017


This episode of Long Night with Vish Khanna was recorded before a live studio audience at Longboat Hall in the Great Hall in Toronto, Ontario, as an actual TV show for FibeTV1. The central theme and discussion point of …

Ep. #324: Daniel Romano

June 14th, 2017


Daniel Romano is a multi-talented musician, producer, songwriter, and label co-owner, who currently calls Fenwick, Ontario home. Over the past 15 …

Ep. #323: Nick Cave and Warren Ellis

June 6th, 2017


Nick Cave and Warren Ellis are two of the world’s most iconic, influential, and inspiring musicians working today. Originally from Australia, Nick …

Ep. #322: John Mulaney

May 30th, 2017


John Mulaney is a comedian who originally hails from Chicago but currently calls Los Angeles home. One of the most gifted comedic voices of his …

Ep. #321: OUT

May 24th, 2017


OUT is a remarkable rock band based in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Comprised of close friends Chafe Hensley, TJ Larmee, Mark Larmee, and Ike Turner, OUT have just released a new record called Swim Buddies, which is out now via

Ep. #320: Long Night at Lawnya Vawnya with Chippy Nonstop, Jim Bryson, and Renee Sharpe

May 19th, 2017


This episode of Long Night with Vish Khanna was recorded at the Rocket Room in St. John's, Newfoundland, as part of the seventh annual Lawnya Vawnya festival on Saturday May 13, 2017. Our guests were community advocate, …

Ep. #319: Bruce McDonald & Nick Craine on Hard Core Logo

May 16th, 2017


Bruce McDonald is an award-winning Canadian filmmaker and director based in Toronto and Nick Craine is an acclaimed graphic artist who calls Guelph, Ontario home. McDonald’s fifth film was an adaptation of Michael …

Ep. #318: Jessica Moss

May 9th, 2017


Jessica Moss is a well-respected and talented musician currently based in Montreal, Quebec. Perhaps best known for her membership in Thee Silver Mt. …

Ep. #317: Bonnie 'Prince' Billy

May 4th, 2017


Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy is a moniker employed by Will Oldham, a truly gifted and idiosyncratic songwriter, singer, musician, producer, and actor based …

Ep. #316: Jesse Ruddock

May 2nd, 2017


Jesse Ruddock is a talented writer, photographer, and musician currently based in Brooklyn, New York. Originally from Guelph, Ontario, Ruddock graduated from Harvard cum laude, after attending the university on an ice …

Ep. #315: Maz Jobrani

April 28th, 2017


Maz Jobrani is an outspoken standup comedian and actor based in Los Angeles, California. A proud Iranian-American, Jobrani has made appearances on late night tv shows, taped comedy specials for Netflix, wrote the …

Ep. #314: Saltland

April 26th, 2017


Saltland is the moniker of composer and cellist Rebecca Foon who calls Montreal, Quebec home. A former member of A Silver Mt. Zion and currently in Esmerine, Foon has just released, A Common Truth, her second album as …

Ep. #313: Tim Darcy

April 18th, 2017


Tim Darcy is an exciting and provocative American poet, singer, songwriter, musician, and performer currently based in Montreal, Quebec. Well-respected for his work as a dynamic vocalist and intricate lyricist in the …

Ep. #312: Elliott BROOD

April 12th, 2017


Elliott BROOD is a well-established Canadian band whose unique form of enigmatic folk-rock has been captivating audiences for 15 years. Consisting of …

Ep. #311: Robbie Fulks

April 4th, 2017


Robbie Fulks is a brilliant singer and songwriter who is based just outside of Chicago, Illinois. His latest album is Upland Stories, which was …

Ep. #310: Century Egg

March 30th, 2017


Century Egg is an artful young pop-rock band based in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Featuring lyrics in Mandarin and English sung by a young woman named …

Ep. #309: Long Night with Pat Thornton, Leanne Betasamosake Simpson, and a Toronto Music Venue Panel

March 28th, 2017


This episode of Long Night with Vish Khanna was recorded at the Gladstone Hotel in Toronto, Ontario, as part of the Long Winter festival on Friday …

Ep. #308: Bonnie Trash

March 22nd, 2017


Bonnie Trash is a cool, arresting new rock duo consisting of twin sisters Emma and Sara BV. Based in their hometown of Guelph, Ontario, the BV …

Ep. #307: Derm Kean and An Incredible Woman

March 17th, 2017


Derm Kean and an Incredible Woman is a rock band that originally hails from St. John's, Newfoundland. Fronted by the wild, crazed, and compelling Derm Kean, the band recently released a new album called Incredible. They …

Ep. #306: Jon Mckiel

March 9th, 2017


Jon Mckiel is an excellent musician based in Sackville, New Brunswick. A masterful underground rock music maker, Mckiel and his killer band are about …

Ep. #305: Richard Laviolette

March 1st, 2017


Richard Laviolette is a very talented singer, songwriter, and musician from Guelph, Ontario. Originally from Tara, Ontario in Bruce County, …

Ep. #304: Tommy Stinson

February 24th, 2017


Tommy Stinson is a legendary musician who currently resides in upstate New York. Originally from Minneapolis, Stinson is a founding member of the …

Ep. #303: David Pajo

February 22nd, 2017


David Pajo is an esteemed musician who lives in Los Angeles, California. A truly great and distinctive guitarist, Pajo originally hails from …

Ep. #302: Tim Kingsbury of Sam Patch

February 14th, 2017


Tim Kingsbury is a musician based in Montreal, Quebec. His new band Sam Patch is about to release their debut record, a cool one called Yeah You, and …

Ep. #301: Long Night with Walied Khogali, L CON, Ali Hassan, Tina Hassannia & Mallory Andrews

February 7th, 2017


This episode of Long Night with Vish Khanna was recorded at the Theatre Centre in Toronto, Ontario, as part of the Long Winter festival on Saturday …

Ep. #300: Todd Glass

January 27th, 2017


Todd Glass is a gifted comedian who originally hails from Philadelphia. Now based in Los Angeles, Glass is the host of the award-winning podcast, The Todd Glass Show, the author of the best-selling memoir, The Todd …

Ep. #299: Jay Ryan

January 20th, 2017


Jay Ryan is a respected and prolific screenprint poster artist who is based in Chicago, Illinois. He has been making screenprinted concert posters …

Ep. #298: TIP ‘T.I.’ Harris

January 12th, 2017


T.I. is an American hip-hop artist and actor who originally hails from Atlanta, Georgia. A popular rapper who also goes by TIP Harris, he’s known for …

Ep. #297: Long Night with The Magic, Jhanelle Dennis, & Mitch Fillion

January 10th, 2017


This episode of Long Night with Vish Khanna was recorded at the Gladstone Hotel in Toronto, Ontario, as part of the Long Winter festival on Friday January 6, 2017. Our guests were Evan and Geordie Gordon of The Magic, …

Ep. #296: Christopher Ward

December 20th, 2016


Christopher Ward is a songwriter and author who currently splits his time between Los Angeles and Toronto. Renowned for writing the hit single “Black Velvet” by Allanah Myles, Ward bears the distinction of being one of …

Ep. #295: Lido Pimienta

December 15th, 2016


Lido Pimienta is a gifted, outspoken musician and artist who originally hails from Barranquilla, Colombia but has lived in Canada for a decade now. …

Ep. #294: Don Kerr of Communism

December 13th, 2016


Communism is a remarkable three-piece pop-rock band from Toronto, Ontario. Featuring Paul Linklater and Kevin Lacroix, the band’s the brainchild of …

Ep. #293: Marisa Anderson

December 9th, 2016


Marisa Anderson is a gifted musician who hails from Sonoma, California but currently calls Portland, Oregon home. Though somewhat under the radar, Anderson is renowned as one of the finest guitarists in the world. …

Ep. #292: Nick Flanagan

December 7th, 2016


Nick Flanagan is a very funny comedian, writer, and actor who hails from Toronto, Ontario but currently calls California home. Known for his endearingly dark stand-up and for fronting bands like Brutal Knights and Wrong …

Ep. #291: Long Night Reviews 2016 with Aliya Pabani, Freddie Rivas, Jill Krajewski, John Semley, & Laura Hermiston

December 5th, 2016


This episode of Long Night with Vish Khanna was recorded at the Polish Combatants Hall in Toronto, Ontario, as part of the Long Winter festival on …

Ep. #290: John Semley on The Kids in the Hall

December 1st, 2016


John Semley is a prolific journalist and cultural critic based in Toronto who regularly contributes to the Globe and Mail and Macleans magazine. His …

Ep. #289: Lonely Parade

November 29th, 2016


Lonely Parade is a fantastic band from Peterborough, Ontario consisting of Augusta Veno on guitar, Anwyn Climenhage on drums, and Charlotte Dempsey on bass. Formed around five years ago, Lonely Parade are childhood …

Ep. #288: DIANA

November 22nd, 2016


DIANA is an electronically inclined pop band from Toronto whose primary members are Kieran Adams, Carmen Elle, and Joseph Shabason. After their 2013 …

Ep. #287: Fake Limbs

November 16th, 2016


Fake Limbs are a noisy rock band who hail from the west side of Chicago, Illinois. Known for creating a kind of “social justice street rock” that’s exhilarating and outspoken, the band formed in 2011 and have released …

Ep. #286: Voivod

November 8th, 2016


Voivod is a pioneering rock ‘n’ roll band who originally hail from Jonquière, Quebec. Formed in 1982, Voivod have never been afraid to challenge …

Ep. #285: Chicago Underground Duo

October 26th, 2016


Chicago Underground Duo consists of two very notable musicians: Rob Mazurek (also of Exploding Star Orchestra, Starlicker, Pulsar Quartet, Rob …

Ep. #284: Vic Berger

October 19th, 2016


Vic Berger is a talented video editor and satirist based in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Currently employed by the online video and production company Super Deluxe, Berger has made a name for himself with his surreal video …

Ep. #283: Dylan Moran

October 11th, 2016


Dylan Moran is a highly esteemed and award-winning Irish comedian, writer, author, actor, and filmmaker whose work has been compared to that of William Shakespear and Oscar Wilde. In a four-star review, The Guardian …

Ep. #282: The Rutabega

October 6th, 2016


The Rutabega is a two-piece pop-infused rock band consisting of Joshua Wayne Hensley and Garth Mason. Based in South Bend, Indiana, the Rutabega …

Ep. #281: Fake Palms

September 28th, 2016


Michael le Riche is a musician, singer, and songwriter based in Toronto, Ontario. Formerly a member of the band the Darcys, le Riche struck out on his own to find an outlet for his own darker rock and punk leanings, …

Ep. #280: Hasan Minhaj

September 20th, 2016


Hasan Minhaj is a talented comedian and writer currently based in New York City. Having gained acclaim for his web series The Truth with Hasan Minhaj, and his work as a stand-up comedian and actor, Minhaj earned a spot …

Ep. #279: U.S. Girls

September 15th, 2016


U.S. Girls is the moniker of Meghan Remy who currently calls Toronto, Ontario home. Since moving there from Chicago in 2010, Remy has become a vital part of the city’s music scene and, along with her husband Slim Twig, …

Ep. #278: Jane Bunnett

September 13th, 2016


Jane Bunnett is a world-renowned jazz musician and composer who lives in Toronto, Ontario. A Juno award winner and Grammy award nominee, Bunnett is a highly accomplished saxophonist and piano player well known for her …

Ep. #277: Rob Benvie of Bankruptcy

September 6th, 2016


Rob Benvie is a novelist, writer, musician, songwriter, and singer currently based in Toronto, Ontario. Raised in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Benvie has published two acclaimed novels, 2004’s Safety of War, and 2011’s …

Ep. #276: Katie Monks of Dilly Dally

August 17th, 2016


Katie Monks and Liz Ball are members of an explosive Toronto-based rock band called Dilly Dally. High school friends, Monks and Ball grew up loving …

Ep. #275: Incredible Love – Alan Vega & Suicide Remembered by Steve Albini, Jehnny Beth, Brendan Canty, Kid Millions, Robyn Phillips, Priya Thomas, & Mike Watt

August 10th, 2016


On July 16, 2016, Alan Vega died peacefully in his sleep at the age of 78. In a statement, Vega’s family said, “With profound sadness and a stillness …

Ep. #274: Hari Kondabolu

July 28th, 2016


Hari Kondabolu is a very funny and incisive stand-up comedian who lives in Brooklyn, New York. He has written for shows like Totally Biased with W. …

Ep. #273: Mary Lynn Rajskub

July 26th, 2016


Mary Lynn Rajskub is a talented comedien and actress who originally hails from Detroit, Michigan. Though she’s likely best known for her portrayal of data analyst Chloe O’Brian on the hit Fox drama 24, for comedy fans …

Ep. #272: Gord Downie [Archival; May 2010]

July 22nd, 2016


Gord Downie is a genuine hero of mine who has redefined rock ‘n’ roll music in Canada. Over the past 30 years, he’s led Kingston, Ontario’s the …

Ep. #271: Andy Shauf

July 21st, 2016


Andy Shauf is a talented songwriter, singer, and multi-instrumentalist who originally hails from Saskatchewan. Over the past four years, Shauf has …

Ep. #270: TUNS

July 19th, 2016


TUNS is the mighty new Halifax/Toronto supergroup featuring Chris Murphy, Matt Murphy, and Mike O’Neill. Chris Murphy has ushered some excellent music into this world, both as the co-curator/co-founder of the …

Ep. #269: Baroness von Sketch Show

July 14th, 2016


Baroness von Sketch Show is a very funny sketch comedy TV program that airs on CBC. This edgy yet grounded show is written by and stars four very …

Ep. #268: PUP

July 12th, 2016


PUP is a young, hard rock band based in Toronto, Ontario. Known for touring hard and putting on riotous shows, PUP recently released their second album, The Dream is Over, via Side One Dummy and Royal Mountain Records …

Ep. #267: Adrian Teacher

July 7th, 2016


Adrian Teacher is a talented and award-winning musician who lives in Vancouver, British Columbia. Best known for his work in Apollo Ghosts and COOL …

Ep. #266: William Tyler

July 5th, 2016


William Tyler is a talented musician based in Nashville, Tennessee. Known for his work in the bands Lambchop and Silver Jews, Tyler is also an …

Ep. #265: David Cross

June 30th, 2016


David Cross is a gifted comedian, actor, author, and writer who originally hails from Atlanta, Georgia. For almost 30 years now, he’s been at the vanguard of comedy, writing and/or performing on influential and …

Ep. #264: Choir! Choir! Choir!

June 21st, 2016


Choir! Choir! Choir! is a Toronto-based community music project spearheaded by Daveed Goldman and Nobu Adilman. Founded in 2011, Choir! Choir! Choir! …

Ep. #263: Jay Arner (& Jessica Delisle)

June 16th, 2016


Jay Arner is a gifted rock and pop songwriter and musician based in Vancouver, British Columbia. Over the past five years or so, Arner has garnered …

Ep. #262: Mare Sheppard, Jim Guthrie, & Shaw-Han Liem

June 14th, 2016


The overlap between independent gaming and independent music is one of the most fascinating cultural intersections I’ve come across in recent years. …

Ep. #261: Hooded Fang

June 9th, 2016


Hooded Fang is an excellent and adventurous rock ‘n’ roll band from Toronto. Over the past decade, the band has toured the world and released a …

Ep. #260: Long Night with BRAIDS, Dan Meades, Freyja & Zamudio, and Eastern Owl

June 2nd, 2016


This episode of Long Night with Vish Khanna was recorded at the Rocket Room in St. John’s, Newfoundland, as part of the Lawnya Vawnya Arts …

Ep. #259: Savak’s Sohrab Habibion

May 27th, 2016


Sohrab Habibion is a talented guitarist, singer, graphic designer, and engineer based in Brooklyn, New York. He has played in wonderful punk rock …

Ep. #258: Shotgun Jimmie

May 25th, 2016


Shotgun Jimmie is a prolific and talented singer, songwriter, and musician who currently lives in Brandon, Manitoba. Over the past 10 years, Shotgun …

Ep. #257: Piya Chattopadhyay & MINOTAURS’ Nathan Lawr

May 19th, 2016


Piya Chattopadhyay is a respected broadcaster and journalist currently based in Toronto. She has appeared as a guest host on TVO’s The Agenda and has contributed to BBC, PRI, and once served as the Middle East …

Ep. #256: Daniel Romano

May 17th, 2016


Daniel Romano is a multi-talented musician, producer, label co-owner, and fashion entrepreneur who lives in Fenwick, Ontario. Over the past 15 years, …

Ep. #255: Shehzaad Jiwani of Greys

May 11th, 2016


Shehzaad Jiwani is the lead singer and lyricist in the Toronto punk rock band Greys. Formed in 2011, they’ve released a handful of singles and two …

Ep. #254: Scott Aukerman

May 5th, 2016


Scott Aukerman is a very talented comedy writer, producer, director, and actor who’s currently based in California. Aukerman is a key figure behind …

Ep. #253: Several Futures

May 5th, 2016


Several Futures is a post-punk band from Toronto consisting of Jonny Dovercourt, Matt Nish-Lapidus, and Evan Davies. Dovercourt is the driving force behind Toronto’s celebrated Wavelength concert series and he and …

Ep. #252: Bob Mehr on The Replacements

May 3rd, 2016


Bob Mehr is an award-winning music critic who currently resides in Memphis, Tennessee. He’s the chief music critic for The Commercial Appeal and has written for MOJO and the Chicago Reader among others and he has …

Ep. #251: The Burning Hell

April 28th, 2016


The Burning Hell is one of the best and smartest pop, rock, folk bands in the world. Led by founder Mathias Kom and his partner Ariel Sharratt, the …

Ep. #250: Long Night with Dr. Carys Massarella, Hadani Ditmars, and Omar Musa

April 21st, 2016


This episode of Long Night with Vish Khanna was recorded at the TRANZAC in Toronto, as part of the Spur Festival on Friday April 8, 2016. My guests were Emergency Physician and a leading expert on transgender care, Dr. …

Ep. #249: Puff Pieces

April 19th, 2016


Amanda Huron and Mike Andre are two-thirds of a wonderfully sharp band called Puff Pieces. Based in Washington, D.C., Puff Pieces write very catchy, …

Ep. #248: Ray Robertson

April 13th, 2016


Ray Robertson is a noted author and novelist based in Toronto. Originally from Chatham, Ontario, Robertson has written 10 acclaimed books, including …

Ep. #247: Cupcake Ductape

April 7th, 2016


Cupcake Ductape is a very cool noise-infused pop band consisting of Steph Yates of the band Esther Grey and a folk-oriented singer and songwriter …

Ep. #246: Mauno

April 5th, 2016


Mauno is a wonderfully inventive pop band that hails from Halifax, Nova Scotia. Founded by singer/guitarist Nicholas Everett and singer/bassist Eliza …

Ep. #245: Joe Casey of Protomartyr

March 30th, 2016


Joe Casey is the lead singer and songwriter in an acclaimed American rock band called Protomartyr. Formed in Detroit in 2008, Protomartyr have …

Ep. #244: Long Night with Shad, Sloan’s Jay Ferguson & Patrick Pentland, Caitlin Durlak, So Long Seven, & Bobby Ruin

March 24th, 2016


This episode of Long Night with Vish Khanna was recorded at the Great Hall in Toronto, as part of the Long Winter festival on Saturday March 19, 2016. My guests were, security expert Bobby Ruin, filmmaker Caitlin …

Ep. #243: Toronto Blue Jays Panel with Stacey May Fowles, Desmond Cole, Drew Fairservice, & Josh Zucker

March 22nd, 2016


This episode was recorded at the Great Hall in Toronto, as part of the Long Winter festival on Friday March 18, 2016. I moderated a panel about the Toronto Blue Jays featuring experts such as Baseball Life …

Ep. #242: Josh Gondelman

March 17th, 2016


Josh Gondelman is a Peabody winning and Emmy nominated comedy writer, author, and stand-up comedian who currently lives in New York City, where he works as a writer on HBO’s Last Week Tonight with John Oliver. Raised in …

Ep. #241: Rangda

March 15th, 2016


Rangda is a powerful, American instrumental trio featuring guitarists Sir Richard Bishop and Ben Chasny and drummer Chris Corsano. Their new album is …

Ep. #240: A Way That’s Clear – Tortoise & The Making of ‘The Catastrophist’

March 8th, 2016


Over the past 20 years, Tortoise has honed a distinctive sound, spurred on by strange, synthetic tones, stunning guitar interplay, and an utterly unique and highly influential approach to playing and recording drums. …

Ep. #239: Long Night with Jordan Ferguson, STACEY, Sam Sutherland, and Carol Zoccoli

March 2nd, 2016


This episode of Long Night with Vish Khanna was recorded at the Great Hall in Toronto, as part of the Long Winter festival on Friday February 19, 2016. My guests were writer Jordan Ferguson who discussed his 33 1/3 book …

Ep. #238: Stuck in Your Head – Idée Fixe is 5!

February 24th, 2016


The excellent Toronto record label Idée Fixe celebrates its fifth anniversary this week with two hometown shows. On Thursday February 25, established and gifted artists like Jennifer Castle, Bry Webb, Alex Lukashevsky, …

Ep. #237: Geoff Berner

February 11th, 2016


Geoff Berner is a tremendously gifted songwriter and musician known for his outspoken work and 100% belief in the klezmer tradition. Based in …

Ep. #236: Junior Boys

February 2nd, 2016


Junior Boys is the long-standing electronic pop moniker for the work of Jeremy Greenspan, a talented musician based in Hamilton, Ontario. Over the past 17 years, he has written some very sophisticated music, most …

Ep. #235: Long Night with Tom Power, Deadpan Powerpoint, TUNS, & Michelle McAdorey

January 21st, 2016


This episode of Long Night with Vish Khanna was recorded at the Great Hall in Toronto, as part of the Long Winter festival on Saturday January 16, 2016. My guests were CBC Radio’s Tom Power, life gurus Deadpan …

Ep. #234: Michelle McAdorey

January 15th, 2016


Michelle McAdorey is a gifted and iconic Canadian singer, songwriter, and musician based in Toronto. Well known for her role as the lead vocalist of …

Ep. #233: Steven Lambke

January 12th, 2016


Steven Lambke is a gifted musician, songwriter, and singer based in Toronto, Ontario. A member of the Constantines, over the past decade, Lambke has …

Ep. #232: Long Night with Casey Mecija, Denise Benson & Matt O’Brien

December 17th, 2015


This episode of Long Night with Vish Khanna was recorded at the Great Hall in Toronto, as part of the Long Winter festival on Saturday December 12, 2015. My guests were Casey Mecija, the host of the CBC Radio show The …

Ep. #231: Evan Gordon

December 15th, 2015


Evan Gordon is a gifted musician from Guelph who is a member of Islands and the band formerly known as the Magic. He’s also the leader of the Sad …

Ep. #230: Peter Demakos of Blimp Rock

December 10th, 2015


Peter Demakos is the songwriter and spokesman for Blimp Rock Enterprises. Ostensibly a clever indie-rock band based in Toronto, Blimp Rock is also a …

Ep. #229: Willie Thrasher

December 8th, 2015


Willie Thrasher is a gifted Inuk singer and songwriter who lives in Nanaimo, British Columbia. In 2014, three of Thrasher’s earliest songs, appeared …

Ep. #228: Long Night with Desmond Cole, Matt Collins, & Elaquent

December 2nd, 2015


This episode of Long Night with Vish Khanna was recorded at the Great Hall in Toronto, as part of the Long Winter festival on Friday November 13, …

Ep. #227: John Wright & Frank Barnes of Compressorhead

November 26th, 2015


John Wright is a founding member, singer, songwriter and drummer in British Columbia’s Nomeansno, one of the greatest rock and roll bands in the …

Ep. #226: Scharpling & Wurster

November 24th, 2015


Scharpling & Wurster is a beloved and very funny comedy duo consisting of Tom Scharpling and Jon Wurster. While they mainly work together on The Best Show radio program and podcast, which airs every Tuesday from 9 …

Ep. #225: Tony Levin of King Crimson

November 19th, 2015


Tony Levin is an accomplished musician who originally hails from Massachusetts. A noted bassist and master of a polyphonic chordal guitar called the …

Ep. #224: Ian MacKaye & Steve Albini (Part II)

November 17th, 2015


Ian MacKaye is known for being in bands like Minor Threat, Embrace, Fugazi, and the Evens and he co-founded the Washington D.C. based label, Dischord Records. Steve Albini has sung and played guitar in bands like Big …

Ep. #223: Ian MacKaye & Steve Albini (Part I)

November 12th, 2015


Ian MacKaye was once in bands like Minor Threat and Embrace and is currently in the bands Fugazi and the Evens. He also co-founded and continues to oversee the excellent label Dischord Records, which is based in his …

Ep. #222: Peter Guralnick

November 10th, 2015


Peter Guralnick is a music writer of the highest order who splits his time living between Tennessee and Massachusetts. Over the past 40 years, he has written definitive books about American music, including Dream …

Ep. #221: Ryan Nelson of Soccer Team

November 5th, 2015


Ryan Nelson is a musician and visual artist who resides in the Washington D.C. area. Formerly in the bands the Most Secret Method and Beauty Pill, Nelson currently plays in Michigan’s Minutes and the D.C. group Soccer …

Ep. #220: Esmerine

October 28th, 2015


Rebecca Foon and Bruce Cawdron are the founding members of a superb chamber rock ensemble from Montreal called Esmerine. Founded in 2001, Esmerine was an exploratory outlet for Cawdron, a marimba player and …

Ep. #219: Eugene Mirman

October 21st, 2015


Eugene Mirman is a very brilliant person, actor, author, festival organizer, husband, and stand-up comedian who lives in the United States of America. He’s a star of the hit animated Fox Television show Bob’s Burgers, …

Ep. #218: I am Robot and Proud

October 15th, 2015


I am Robot and Proud is the moniker of Shaw-Han Liem, a gifted musician and computer scientist who calls Toronto home. Liem co-designed and composed the music for the award-winning 2012 Playstation game Sound Shapes, …

Ep. #217: Do You Compute – The Story of Drive Like Jehu

October 8th, 2015


Drive Like Jehu is a rock ‘n’ roll band from San Diego, California consisting of guitarist and vocalist John Reis, drummer Mark Trombino, bassist …

Ep. #216: Russell Mael & Alex Kapranos of FFS

September 30th, 2015


Russell Mael and Alex Kapranos are talented musicians who are part of a new band called FFS. Mael originally hails from Culver City, California. …

Ep. #215: Destroyer

September 23rd, 2015


Destroyer is the music-making moniker of Dan Bejar, a very gifted lyricist and musician who originally hails from Vancouver, British Columbia. He has …

Ep. #214: Ani DiFranco

September 10th, 2015


Ani DiFranco is an iconic singer, songwriter, musician, poet, activist, and entrepreneur who currently calls New Orleans home. Born and raised in Buffalo, New York, DiFranco started her own record label, Righteous Babe, …

Ep. #213: Cameron Esposito

September 8th, 2015


Cameron Esposito is a gifted and hilarious comedian and actress who originally hails from Chicago, Illinois. She’s a beloved figure who reveals much about her personal life in her stand-up, often discussing the fact …

Ep. #212: Ike Turner of MINUTES & Brown Company

September 3rd, 2015


Ike Turner is a musician and professor based in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Primarily a drummer, Turner is best known for playing in amazing bands like MINUTES, Brown Company, and the Book-Burners. He recently went on a very …

Ep. #211: Julie Fader & Graham Walsh of Etiquette

August 26th, 2015


Etiquette is a wonderfully haunting, groove and ambient-rich pop band started by real-life couple Julie Fader and Holy Fuck’s Graham Walsh in their …

Ep. #210: Mick Jenkins

August 20th, 2015


Mick Jenkins is a powerful, uncompromising young hip-hop artist who has spent most of his life as a citizen of Chicago, Illinois. Born in Alabama in …

Ep. #209: Justin Small of Do Make Say Think

August 18th, 2015


Justin Small is an accomplished multi-instrumentalist who lives in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Small is well-known for playing in bands like Lullabye …

Ep. #208: Gary Taxali

August 13th, 2015


Gary Taxali is a gifted and renowned visual artist, author, and illustrator who lives in Toronto. He has exhibited his work in galleries around the world and his images have appeared in many major magazines and …

Ep. #207: Slim Twig

August 6th, 2015


Slim Twig is the moniker for a young man from Toronto named Max Turnbull who’s a noted actor and musician. Over the past 10 years, he has released a …

Ep. #206: Faith No More’s Billy Gould

August 4th, 2015


Billy Gould is a musician, songwriter, and producer who originally hails from the state of California. Throughout his life, Gould has played in bands …

Ep. #205: Nick Ferrio

July 24th, 2015


Nick Ferrio is a heartfelt singer and songwriter based in Peterborough, Ontario. A member of the humourous and wise folk-rock band the Burning Hell, …

Ep. #204: Michael Franti

July 23rd, 2015


Michael Franti is a musician, filmmaker, and humanitarian currently based in California. Emerging as a founding member of Disposable Heroes of …

Ep. #203: Elaquent

July 23rd, 2015


Elaquent is a hip-hop artist and producer based in Guelph, Ontario. An underground hero among beatmakers and rabid fans, Elaquent is renowned for his …

Ep. #202: Doldrums

July 22nd, 2015


Doldrums is the electro-punk moniker of Airick Woodhead who currently lives in Montreal. Woodhead has been making music publicly since he was 13 …

Ep. #201: LIDS

July 21st, 2015


LIDS is a Toronto-based trio consisting of Brian Borcherdt (Holy Fuck, Dusted), Doug MacGregor (Constantines, City and Colour), and Alex Edkins …

Ep. #200: Daniel Lanois

July 20th, 2015


Daniel Lanois is a world-renowned musician, songwriter, and producer who splits his time living between Ontario and California. A multi-Grammy …

Ep. #199: Rhys Darby

July 18th, 2015


Rhys Darby is a talented stand-up comedian, actor, writer, and ex-soldier in the New Zealand Army who currently lives in Los Angeles. Best known for …

Ep. #198: Nigel Chapman of Nap Eyes

July 14th, 2015


Nigel Chapman is the visionary singer and songwriter for a Halifax band called Nap Eyes. Featuring members of the neato band Monomyth, Nap Eyes released their debut album this past March and it was recently reissued in …

Ep. #197: Nels Cline

July 7th, 2015


Nels Cline is an American multi-instrumentalist and one of the world’s most renowned and inventive guitar players. Best known these days as a member …

Ep. #196: José Miguel Contreras of By Divine Right

June 30th, 2015


José Miguel Contreras is a multi-instrumentalist, producer, actor, film composer, and amazing songwriter currently based in Toronto. Contreras is …

Ep. #195: Terra Lightfoot

June 25th, 2015


Terra Lightfoot is a mighty singer, songwriter, and guitarist based in Hamilton, Ontario. Somewhere between soulful folk and catchy rock ‘n’ roll, …

Ep. #194: Will Currie & The Country French

June 18th, 2015


Will Currie & The Country French are a well-respected pop band from Waterloo, Ontario. Together since 2008, their latest album is a relatively sombre one called They Killed Us, which is available via File Under: …

Ep. #193: Angel Olsen

June 16th, 2015


Angel Olsen is an evocative and true singer and songwriter who originally hails from Missouri but now calls North Carolina home. A frequent …

Ep. #192: Marker Starling

June 11th, 2015


Marker Starling is the moniker of Chris A. Cummings, an ambitious and gifted pop songwriter based in Toronto. Previously working under the name Mantler, Cummings has created a distinct body of work that treads the line …

Ep. #191: Buffy Sainte-Marie

June 9th, 2015


Buffy Sainte-Marie is an iconic multi-faceted artist and socio-political force of nature who originally hails from Piapot Cree First Nations Reserve …

Ep. #190: Lee Reed

June 2nd, 2015


Lee Reed is a riveting and uncompromising hip-hop artist from Hamilton, Ontario. Once a member of the powerful group Warsawpack, Reed has released …

Ep. #189: Raekwon

May 26th, 2015


Raekwon the Chef is one of the fiercest MCs and hip-hop storytellers of all time. The Staten Island-bred artist is a member of the Wu-Tang Clan and has released classic albums on his own. His latest is Fly International …

Ep. #: 188: Chad VanGaalen on doing Stupid Human Tricks on David Letterman

May 20th, 2015


Chad VanGaalen is a talented musician and award-winning filmmaker/visual artist based in Calgary Alberta whose latest album Shrink Dust, was released in 2014 via both Flemish Eye and Sub Pop Records. He is playing …

Ep. #187: Mike Sacks on David Letterman

May 18th, 2015


Mike Sacks is a respected journalist and humour writer whose work has appeared in many of America’s top periodicals. He’s a member of the editorial staff at Vanity Fair and has written three books including two …

Ep. #186: Socalled

May 13th, 2015


Socalled is the moniker of a talented musical mastermind named Josh Dolgin who calls Montreal home. As someone who truly embraces the open-ended and …

Ep. #185: Steven Kado of Blocks Recording Club

May 8th, 2015


Steven Kado is a Toronto-based musician and a co-founder of the Blocks Recording Club label in Toronto. Founded in 2003, the Blocks slogan “Don’t try, do!” led them to put out 70 releases by then-fledgling artists like …

Ep. #184: METZ

May 5th, 2015


METZ is one of the best hard rock bands in the whole wide world and their members, singer/guitarist Alex Edkins, bassist/singer Chris Slorach, and …

Ep. #183: Long Night with the Burning Hell, Amery Sandford, Elisabeth de Mariaffi, Eva Ísleifs, Rakel McMahon, Erin Turcke, & Suds

May 1st, 2015


This episode of Long Night with Vish Khanna was recorded at the Eastern Edge Gallery in St. John’s Newfoundland during the Lawnya Vawnya festival on Friday April 24, 2015. For this edition of Long Night, my sidekick was …

Ep. #182: Scott Thompson answers Exclaim!’s Questionnaire

April 29th, 2015


Scott Thompson is an Emmy-nominated actor, writer and comedian who appears on the NBC crime show, Hannibal, and was also a featured performer on the groundbreaking HBO sitcom The Larry Sanders Show. Though he’s …

Ep. #181: Andrea Warner

April 21st, 2015


Andrea Warner is a talented and well-respected music writer based in Vancouver, British Columbia. Her new book is called We Oughta Know: How Four …

Ep. #180: Phosphorescent

April 17th, 2015


Phosphorescent is the moniker of Matthew Houck, a prolific and well-loved singer and songwriter who calls Nashville, Tennessee home. Initially based …

Ep. #179: Long Night with Rachel Giese, Sabrina Ramnanan, Daniel Schulman, Lee Reed

April 15th, 2015


This episode of Long Night with Vish Khanna was recorded at the Tranzac in Toronto during the Spur Festival, Canada’s first national festival of …

Ep. #178: Shary Boyle

April 9th, 2015


Shary Boyle is a tremendously gifted and world-renowned Canadian visual artist who calls Toronto home. While it isn’t easy to describe the full …

Ep. #177: Sohrab Habibion on Obits calling it quits

April 2nd, 2015


Yesterday, the great American rock ‘n’ roll band Obits announced that they were breaking up after 10 years together. Today, I spoke to …

Ep. #176: Rob Lind of The Sonics

March 31st, 2015


Rob Lind is a well-regarded saxophone player currently based in the state of North Carolina. In the 1960s, Lind co-founded the Tacoma, …

Ep. #175: Sir Richard Bishop

March 27th, 2015


Sir Richard Bishop is a tremendous and well-respected guitarist based in the state of Oregon. For close to 30 years, Bishop was a member of the renowned rock band Sun City Girls but in 1998, John Fahey’s Revenant …

Ep. #174: Andy Kindler

March 24th, 2015


Andy Kindler is a stand-up comedian from New York City who is currently based in Los Angeles. Best known for frequent appearances as himself on the …

Ep. #173: Will Butler

March 19th, 2015


Will Butler is an American musician whom many people assume is Canadian because he’s a member of the Montreal band Arcade Fire. On his first solo …

Ep. #172: Long Night with Scott Thompson, Damian Rogers, Don Pyle, and Overnight

March 17th, 2015


This episode of Long Night with Vish Khanna was recorded at the Great Hall in Toronto during the Long Winter multi-disciplinary arts festival on …

Ep. #171: Dan Mangan + Blacksmith

March 11th, 2015


Dan Mangan + Blacksmith is a Vancouver-based band whose latest album, the acclaimed Club Meds, is available now via Arts & Crafts, and has prompted them to tour all over the world. At their recent Guelph stop, Dan …

Ep. #170: Andy Gill of Gang of Four

March 6th, 2015


Andy Gill is a legendary musician, songwriter, and producer who lives in the United Kingdom. Towards the end of the 1970s, Gill co-founded the …

Ep. #169: Matt Braunger

March 3rd, 2015


Matt Braunger is a gifted stand-up comedian and performer who spent a good chunk of his life living in Portland, Oregon but now calls Los Angeles home. He was a cast member on MADtv during that show’s final season, he …

Ep. #168: Dan Boeckner of Operators

February 26th, 2015


Dan Boeckner is a multi-talented musician and singer who originally hails from British Columbia. After forming a short-lived band called Atlas …

Ep. #167: THEESatisfaction

February 24th, 2015


THEESatisfaction is a remarkable multi-genre duo based in Seattle, Washington. Cat and Stas are two fearless and visionary young women steeped in …

Ep. #166: Tom McCaffrey

February 19th, 2015


Tom McCaffrey is a renowned comedian, writer, director, and performer based in New York City. Over the last two decades, McCaffrey’s work has appeared on Comedy Central, VH1, Funny or Die and he’s written for the Onion …

Ep. #165: Bob Nastanovich of Silver Jews

February 18th, 2015


Bob Nastanovich is an American musician who currently lives in Des Moines, Iowa. Though best known for playing keyboards, auxiliary drums, and shouting in the hugely significant and influential rock band Pavement, …

Ep. #164: Long Night with Jesse Brown, David Heti, and L CON

February 17th, 2015


Here’s another live episode of Long Night with Vish Khanna recorded before an audience at the Great Hall on Friday February 13, 2015, as part of Long Winter in Toronto. Listen to hear the talk show band stylings of the …

Ep. #163: Tim Heidecker and Gregg Turkington

February 16th, 2015


Tim Heidecker is the host of the highly esteemed film criticism web series, On Cinema at the Cinema, and also the star of the action show Decker, …

Ep. #162: Janet Weiss of Sleater-Kinney

February 12th, 2015


Janet Weiss is a tremendously powerful drummer based in Portland, Oregon. Weiss is originally from California and, over the past 20 years, has played …

Ep. #161: Siskiyou

February 4th, 2015


Siskiyou is the musical moniker of Colin Huebert, a gifted and evocative songwriter who lives in British Columbia. With his previous two albums, …

Ep. #160: PS I Love You

January 29th, 2015


PS I Love You are a tremendous, melodic noise-rock two-piece band originally from Kingston, Ontario. This past October, Benjamin Nelson and Paul …

Ep. #159: Carl Newman of the New Pornographers

January 25th, 2015


Carl Newman is a well-respected and gifted pop songwriter who originally hails from Vancouver, British Columbia. Over the past 20 years, he has …

Ep. #158: Bruce McCulloch

January 20th, 2015


Bruce McCulloch is a tremendously influential and iconic comedic writer, performer, and director from Alberta who currently lives in the Hollywood …

Ep. #157: Long Night with Me, Aisha Alfa, Freddie Rivas, Anne Kingston, and the Weather Station

January 15th, 2015


As some of you know I host a live talk show called Long Night with Vish Khanna every month (between November and March) at the Great Hall, as part of Long Winter in Toronto. The most recent episode on January 9, 2015 …

Ep. #156: Owen Pallett

January 9th, 2015


Owen Pallett is a tremendously gifted multi-instrumentalist, composer, and singer who currently lives in Montreal. Pallett was initially acclaimed …

Ep. #155: The Weather Station

January 7th, 2015


Tamara Lindeman is a captivating singer and vivid lyricist who operates under the moniker the Weather Station. Currently based in Toronto, Lindeman …

Ep. #154: Tom Scharpling

December 11th, 2014


Tom Scharpling is a comedic writer, performer, and personality who hails from the state of New Jersey. He founded a fanzine and record label called 18 Wheeler in the early 1990s, he was a writer and executive producer …

Ep. #153: Jasmyn Burke of Weaves

December 9th, 2014


Jasmyn Burke is the lead singer and co-founder of a great young band from Toronto called Weaves. If electronic, synthesizer-driven bands might be called computer music, Weaves make Internet rock—an open-minded, …

Ep. #152: Kevin “Sipreano” Howes & Duke Redbird

December 4th, 2014


Kevin “Sipreano” Howes and Duke Redbird are both involved in a lovely and vital new compilation called Native North America (Vol. 1) – Aboriginal …

Ep. #151: Hari Kondabolu

December 2nd, 2014


Hari Kondabolu is a very funny and incisive stand-up comedian who hails from Queens, New York. He has written for shows like Totally Biased with W. …

Ep. #150: Avec le soleil sortant de sa bouche

November 27th, 2014


Avec le soleil sortant de sa bouche is a really cool, mostly instrumental band from Montreal who formed in 2011. The brainchild of Fly Pan Am’s …

Ep. #149: Run the Jewels

November 25th, 2014


Run the Jewels is a tremendous hip-hop duo consisting of inventive New York MC and producer El-P and one of the world’s wisest and best rappers, …

Ep. #148: Slim Twig

November 20th, 2014


Slim Twig is the moniker for a young man from Toronto named Max Turnbull who is a noted actor and musician. Over the past 10 years, he has released a …

Ep. #147: TEEN Live at the Halifax Pop Explosion

November 18th, 2014


TEEN is an inventive pop band from Brooklyn, New York consisting of sisters Teeny, Lizzie, and Katherine Lieberson and Boshra AlSaadi. Their latest …

Ep. #146: Lee Paradise

November 13th, 2014


Lee Paradise is the stage name of an endlessly creative young man from Toronto named Daniel Lee. Over the past few years he’s been a key figure in unique bands like Hooded Fang and Phèdre and he co-founded the Daps …

Ep. #145: Cousins

November 11th, 2014


Cousins is an excellent two-piece band from Halifax, Nova Scotia featuring Leigh Dotey and Aaron Mangle. They make an impassioned, fun kind of indie-rock and their latest album, The Halls of Wickwire, is rad and out now …

Ep. #144: Man Forever

November 7th, 2014


John Colpitts is a prolific and skilled percussionist based in New York City. Also known as Kid Millions, he’s a founding member of the …

Ep. #143: Cold Specks

November 4th, 2014


Cold Specks is Al Spx, a talented and fearless singer, musician, and songwriter who calls Montreal home. Originally from a Toronto suburb called …

Ep. #142: Ryan Hemsworth & BADBADNOTGOOD Live at the Halifax Pop Explosion

October 30th, 2014


Ryan Hemsworth and BADBADNOTGOOD each appeared at the 2014 Halifax Pop Explosion last week and we took part in a live, panel interview together at the Museum of Natural History. Ryan’s a talented electronic artist who …

Ep. #141: Lights

October 28th, 2014


Lights is a pop artist from Toronto with legions of fans around the world. Born in Timmins, Ontario, Lights was discovered by Jian Ghomeshi when she …

Ep. #140: John Darnielle

October 23rd, 2014


John Darnielle is one of the most esteemed songwriters working today. Currently based in Durham, North Carolina, he is the founder and leader of a …

Ep. #139: Greg Cartwright of the Reigning Sound

October 21st, 2014


Greg Cartwright is a prolific and influential musician who originally hails from Memphis, Tennessee. Over the past 20 years, Cartwright has …

Please Support Kreative Kontrol on Patreon

October 20th, 2014


I’m wading into crowdfunding to keep my own show sustainable. If you enjoy the Kreative Kontrol podcast and want to support it with a monthly pledge, …

Ep. #138: Palaceer Lazaro of Shabazz Palaces

October 16th, 2014


Palaceer Lazaro is the founder and frontman of the excellent and inventive Seattle hip-hop group Shabazz Palaces. Once known as Butterfly, one of three MCs in the pioneering group Digable Planets, Lazaro was born …

Ep. #137: Xylouris White

October 14th, 2014


Xylouris White is an extraordinary music pairing featuring George Xylouris, a renowned lute player in the Cretan folk tradition, and Jim White, a …

Ep. #136: Absolutely Free

October 9th, 2014


Absolutely Free is a powerful and ambitious three-piece band from Toronto, Ontario. For years, Matt King, Moshe Rozenberg, and Mike Claxton used to …

Ep. #135: The Wilderness of Manitoba

October 8th, 2014


The Wilderness of Manitoba is a band from Toronto and were in Guelph last week touring in support of their new album Between Colours, which is out …

Ep. #134: Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy

October 2nd, 2014


Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy is the long-held moniker of the esteemed and uncompromising songwriter, singer, actor, producer, and musician Will Oldham who hails from Louisville, Kentucky. Over the past twenty years, he has …

Ep. #133: John Southworth

September 30th, 2014


John Southworth is a remarkable songwriter, musician, filmmaker, theatrical performer, and author who splits his time between Toronto and Montreal. Over the past 20 years, Southworth has established himself as one of …

Ep. #132: Christine Fellows

September 25th, 2014


Christine Fellows lives in Winnipeg, MB and is one of the world’s best songwriters. She is an adventurous and compelling storyteller and a gifted …

Ep. #131: Ronnie Spector

September 16th, 2014


Ronnie Spector is one of the most influential vocalists and performers in all of pop music. Her work with the Ronettes in the 1960s was legendary, …

Ep. #130: Elisabeth de Mariaffi

September 11th, 2014


Elisabeth de Mariaffi is a gifted writer and poet who lives in St. John’s, Newfoundland. Her 2012 short story collection How to Get Along with Women …

Ep. #129: Scott Merritt

September 9th, 2014


Scott Merritt is a very talented songwriter, musician, singer, and producer who lives in Guelph, Ontario. He has been creating and occasionally …

Ep. #128: Nicholas Ruddock

September 4th, 2014


Nicholas Ruddock is a Guelph-based doctor and a critically acclaimed poet and author whose 2010 novel, The Parabolist, was short-listed for the …

Ep. #127: “Weird Al” Yankovic

September 2nd, 2014


“Weird Al” Yankovic is the most successful, astute, and wickedly funny song parodist of our time. On his latest album Mandatory Fun, Yankovic …

Ep. #126: Carrie Snyder

August 29th, 2014


Carrie Snyder lives in Waterloo, Ontario and is the author of two story collections, including The Juliet Stories, which was a finalist for Canada’s …

Ep. #125: John Reis of Drive Like Jehu

August 22nd, 2014


John Reis is a fantastic guitarist and songwriter based in San Diego California. Over the past 25 years he has played in remarkable and influential …

Ep. #124: Claire Cameron

August 21st, 2014


Claire Cameron is an acclaimed writer from Toronto whose first novel, The Line Painter, won the Northern Lit Award from the Ontario Library Service and was nominated for an Arthur Ellis Crime Writing Award for ‘best …

Ep. #123: Bahamas

August 19th, 2014


Afie Jurvanen is a gifted musician and songwriter who works under the tropical moniker Bahamas. Jurvanen has been an in-demand guitarist who has worked with Feist, the Weather Station, and Zeus among others. He has …

Ep. #122: Heather O’Neill

August 14th, 2014


Heather O’Neill is a talented and provocative novelist based in Montreal. Her first book was the celebrated Lullabies for Little Criminals, which won …

Ep. #121: Dave Ullrich of Zunior & The Inbreds

August 12th, 2014


Dave Ullrich is the founder of, one of the world’s first digital distribution services for independent music, which celebrates its tenth anniversary with various enterprises, including a new tribute album by …

Ep. #120: Steve Albini

July 31st, 2014


Steve Albini is a world-renowned recording engineer and the owner and one operator of the stellar Electrical Audio recording facility in Chicago, Illinois. He is also one of three singers and one of one electric …

Ep. #119: Constantines

July 29th, 2014


Constantines are a powerful and influential band who originally formed in Guelph, Ontario in 1999. After releasing four acclaimed and inspiring …

Ep. #118: Steve Sladkowski of PUP

July 24th, 2014


Steve Sladkowski plays guitar and sings in a Toronto punk-infused pop band called PUP. Originally called Topanga, PUP changed their name ahead of releasing their first, self-titled debut album, which is out now via …

Ep. #117: Charles Austin of the Super Friendz

July 22nd, 2014


Charles Austin lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia and is one of the best musicians, producers, and people that I know. Austin has played in bands and projects like Neuseiland, the Lodge, Lost Wax Guild, Aqua Alta, and …

Ep. #116: Matt Andersen

July 17th, 2014


Matt Andersen has earned a reputation for being one of the most powerful live soul and rock performers of his generation. The New Brunswick native …

Ep. #115: Jeremy Gara & Samir Khan of Kepler

July 15th, 2014


Jeremy Gara and Samir Khan are accomplished musicians who once played together in an Ottawa-based band called Kepler. For a good chunk of their time together, they were associated with a kind of slow-building …

Ep. #114: Nat Baldwin of Dirty Projectors

July 8th, 2014


Nat Baldwin is a talented double-bassist, singer, and songwriter who originally hails from the state of New Hampshire but lives in Maine. Baldwin is a skilled musician who studied with jazz and improvised music giant …

Ep. #113: Julie Doiron

July 3rd, 2014


Julie Doiron is a talented and prolific singer, musician, and songwriter based in Sackville, New Brunswick. She first gained attention in the …

Ep. #112: Britt Walford of Slint and Watter

July 1st, 2014


Britt Walford is a world-renowned drummer who lives in Louisville, Kentucky. In the 1980s he played in notable bands like Squirrel Bait, Maurice, and, for a spell, in the Breeders. Walford is best-known though as a …

Ep. #111: Hamilton Leithauser

June 24th, 2014


Hamilton Leithauser is a very talented singer and songwriter who is best known for fronting the acclaimed New York City band, the Walkmen. Last year, the Walkmen announced they’d be taking an extended hiatus after …

Ep. #110: Josh Salter & Matt Peters of Monomyth

June 17th, 2014


Monomyth is a really cool band from Halifax that make a hazy, gritty kind of pop music. Their washed out, psych-rock-tinged new album is called …

Ep. #109: Jello Biafra

June 13th, 2014


Jello Biafra was the lead singer of the influential punk band Dead Kennedys and has since gone on to do significant work as an actor, spoken word artist, and vocalist, as well as being the head honcho at the still busy …

Ep. #108: Born Ruffians

June 12th, 2014


Born Ruffians are a terrifically sharp indie-rock band whose latest album is called Birthmarks. Released in 2013 via Paper Bag Records, it’s the …

Ep. #107: Friendly Rich

June 10th, 2014


Friendly Rich is a strange but great man who originally hails from Brampton just outside of Toronto, Ontario. He is a singer, songwriter, educator, impresario, and instigator who has released 10 albums to date, …

Ep. #106: Brad McInerney & Mike Deane of Kazoo!

June 5th, 2014


Brad McInerney is a founding member of the Kazoo! concert series in Guelph. which is celebrating its eighth anniversary with two shows in town this week. On Thursday June 5, the Salt Lick Kids are reuniting to play the …

Ep. #105: Zaki Ibrahim

June 3rd, 2014


Zaki Ibrahim is a very creative singer and songwriter who splits her time between Toronto and Johannesburg. Over the past decade, she has established herself as one of the most daring and fascinating R&B/electro-pop …

Ep. #104: Fucked Up

May 29th, 2014


Fucked Up are a really awesome and prolific band from Toronto who make great, smart rock records and do remarkable, community-minded things for …

Ep. #103: Culture Reject

May 27th, 2014


Culture Reject is the moniker of Michael O’Connell, a talented singer, songwriter, and musician who calls Toronto home. After years in the Guelph …

Ep. #102: Alison Wearing

May 22nd, 2014


Alison Wearing is an author, musician, and theatrical actress based in Stratford Ontario whose first book was the internationally acclaimed travel memoir Honeymoon in Purdah: An Iranian Journey. Her latest book is …

Ep. #101: Steven Lambke

May 20th, 2014


Steven Lambke is a very talented songwriter, singer, and guitar player who often performs under the name Baby Eagle. A founding member of Constantines, Lambke was raised in Cambridge, Ontario and currently lives in …

Ep. #100: Andrew Nathan Hood Interviews Me about Jim Guthrie

May 15th, 2014


Andrew Nathan Hood is a published author who lives in Guelph. He wanted to interview me because he’s working on a book about Jim Guthrie for Invisible Publishing’s Bibliophonic series and so I said “sure.” For this …

Ep. #99: Brian McMahan of Slint

May 13th, 2014


Brian McMahan is a singer and guitarist from Louisville, Kentucky who has played with Squirrel Bait, Palace Brothers, the For Carnation, and perhaps most notably in Slint. This past April, Touch and Go Records reissued …

Ep. #98: Owen Pallett

May 8th, 2014


Owen Pallett is a tremendously gifted multi-instrumentalist, composer, and singer who currently lives in Montreal. Pallett was initially acclaimed …

Ep. #97: Braids

May 6th, 2014


Braids is an excellent, art-y rock band from Montreal featuring Raphaelle Standell-Preston, Austin Tufts, and Taylor Smith. Originally from Calgary, Braids is a close-knit group whose first album, Native Speaker, was …

Ep. #96: Nathan Lawr

May 1st, 2014


Nathan Lawr is a talented songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who lives in Guelph. Over the past 20 years, Lawr has been a go-to drummer for people …

Ep. #95: São Paulo Underground

April 29th, 2014


São Paulo Underground is a cultural and stylistic collision between electronica, tropicalia, avant garde jazz, and punk, featuring Chicago …

Ep. #94: David Heti

April 24th, 2014


David Heti is a very funny comedian who once lived in Toronto and New York City and has just released his very first stand-up special, the …

Ep. #93: Ought

April 22nd, 2014


Ought is a young punk band based in Montreal that consists of keyboardist Matt May, bassist Ben Stidworthy, drummer and violinist Tim Keen, and …

Ep. #92: The Jesus Lizard Week with David Wm. Sims

April 18th, 2014


The Jesus Lizard Week celebrating the release of Akashic Books’ BOOK concludes with the band’s ace bassist and principal archivist David Wm. Sims. Here, David and I discuss how BOOK was Johnny Temple of Akashic Books’ …

Ep. #91: The Jesus Lizard Week with Duane Denison

April 17th, 2014


The Jesus Lizard Week celebrating the release of Akashic Books’ BOOK continues with graceful, eclectic, and powerful guitarist Duane Denison. Here, …

Ep. #90: The Jesus Lizard Week with Mac McNeilly

April 16th, 2014


The Jesus Lizard Week celebrating the release of BOOK continues with drummer Mac McNeilly. Here, Mac and I discuss some background on how BOOK came together, how it taught him more about his bandmates, the bond forged …

Ep. #89: The Jesus Lizard Week with David Yow

April 15th, 2014


It’s a very special week on this show because I’m dedicating four episodes to interviews with every founding member of one of the world’s greatest …

Ep. #88: Vanessa Dunn of Vag Halen

April 11th, 2014


Vanessa Dunn is the lead singer of Vag Halen, one of Toronto’s most exciting and confrontational rock bands. On Facebook, they describe themselves as “Toronto’s feminist art rock band that brings the bad with a dash of …

Ep. #87: Bry Webb

April 10th, 2014


Bry Webb is one of Canada’s most distinctive singers, songwriters, and musicians. Based in Guelph, Webb emerged from London, Ontario’s post-hardcore …

Ep. #86: Destroyer

April 9th, 2014


Destroyer is the music-making moniker of Dan Bejar, a very gifted lyricist and musician who originally hails from Vancouver, British Columbia. He has …

Ep. #85: Carl Wilson + Sean Michaels

April 8th, 2014


Carl Wilson and Sean Michaels are two of Canada’s most esteemed music writers. Based in Toronto, Carl Wilson is the music critic at Slate and has contributed to the Globe and Mail, the New York Times, and many other …

Ep. #84: Charles R. Cross

April 3rd, 2014


Charles R. Cross is a Seattle-based music writer and author who has written nine books, including the award-winning and definitive Heavier Than Heaven: The Biography of Kurt Cobain. He was the editor-in-chief of the …

Ep. #83: Keith Morris of OFF!

April 2nd, 2014


Keith Morris is the lead singer and songwriter in the Los Angeles-based supergroup, OFF! An original member of influential punk bands Black Flag and Circle Jerks, Morris started OFF! with guitarist Dimitri Coats, …

Ep. #82: Peter Elkas

April 2nd, 2014


Peter Elkas is a talented rock and soul singer, songwriter, and musician based in Toronto. In the early 90s, he was in an inventive Montreal band …

Ep. #81: Doug Paisley

March 29th, 2014


Doug Paisley is a very gifted singer, songwriter, and musician based in Toronto and specializing in country and western tunes. His latest album is called Strong Feelings and beyond containing some lovely love songs, it …

Ep. #80: Mac DeMarco

March 25th, 2014


Mac DeMarco is a Brooklyn-based musician, songwriter, and multimedia artist who is quite popular among people who enjoy cool songs that sound …

Ep. #79: Nick Sewell of Biblical

March 20th, 2014


Nick Sewell sings and plays bass in a mighty rock band from Toronto called Biblical. Formed in 2010, Biblical features members of the Illuminati, the …

Ep. #78: John Carter Cash

March 18th, 2014


John Carter Cash is an accomplished American record producer, novelist, children’s author, and musician. He is the only child of the late, legendary couple June Carter and Johnny Cash, whom he often worked with both in …

Ep. #77: Maica Mia

March 6th, 2014


Maica Mia is a three-piece band from Montreal featuring Maica Armata, Jonny Paradise, and, most recently, bassist, Mauro Pezzente who is also a member of Godspeed You! Black Emperor. Together they create a compelling, …

Ep. #76: Jessy Bell Smith

March 4th, 2014


Jessy Bell Smith is a Guelph-based musician with one of the most remarkable singing voices I’ve ever heard. She’s been playing her own songs live for …

Ep. #75: Michael Feuerstack

February 25th, 2014


Michael Feuerstack is a well-respected, sophisticated and possibly underrated singer, songwriter, and musician who is based in Montreal. For many years he played in a Ottawa band called Wooden Stars and also nurtured …

Ep. #74: Stephen Malkmus

February 20th, 2014


Stephen Malkmus is the lead singer and songwriter in a great band from Portland, Oregon called the Jicks. Since he dissolved his highly influential …

Ep. #73: Ame Henderson + Jennifer Castle

February 18th, 2014


Ame Henderson is a world-renowned Toronto-based dance artist and Jennifer Castle is a very compelling, gifted singer, songwriter, and musician who also calls Toronto home. Together they’ve created a new work for the …

Ep. #72: Marie LeBlanc Flanagan of Weird Canada

February 13th, 2014


Marie LeBlanc Flanagan is the executive director of Weird Canada, a music site, whose mission statement is “to encourage, connect, and document creative expression across Canada.” It has earned renown for its curatorial …

Ep. #71: Alden Penner

February 12th, 2014


Alden Penner is a respected and idiosyncratic singer, songwriter, and musician based in Montreal. Penner was a key figure in the influential bands the Unicorns and Clues and went on to make heartfelt, enigmatic, and …

Ep. #70: Joel RL Phelps

February 11th, 2014


Joel RL Phelps is an American musician and songwriter who once played in the now-defunct band Silkworm. Upon leaving Silkworm, Phelps began …

Ep. #69: Katie Ewald

February 6th, 2014


Katie Ewald is a powerful contemporary dancer based in Guelph, Ontario. She’s performing at Hillside Inside’s Fab 5 Cabaret on Friday Feb. 7 as part …

Ep. #68: Bear Witness from A Tribe Called Red

February 4th, 2014


Bear Witness is a co-founder of the inventive Ottawa-based trio A Tribe Called Red. Renowned for making a sophisticated kind of dance music dubbed “Electric Pow Wow,” A Tribe Called Red’s live show is a sensory …

Ep. #67: Lido Pimienta

January 30th, 2014


Lido Pimienta is a remarkable musician who hails from Barranquilla, Colombia but currently resides in Toronto. Known for making challenging …

Ep. #66: Wes Marskell + Jason Couse of the Darcys

January 28th, 2014


Wes Marskell and Jason Couse are childhood friends who play together in a Toronto band called the Darcys. Known for an enigmatic kind of powerful pop …

Ep. #65: Tanya Tagaq

January 23rd, 2014


Tanya Tagaq is a truly singular artist who hails from the Nunavut territory in northern Canada. Though renowned as an Inuit throat singer who has …

Ep. #64: Sharon Jones

January 22nd, 2014


Sharon Jones is a powerful, distinctive, and compelling American singer and performer who fronts one of the world’s greatest bands, Sharon Jones and …

Ep. #63: Pat Sansone + John Stirratt of The Autumn Defense + Wilco

January 21st, 2014


Pat Sansone and John Stirratt play together in the bands Wilco and the Autumn Defense. The pair met in New Orleans and began working together in 1999, when the Autumn Defense was formed. Sansone eventually joined Wilco …

Ep. #62: Efrim Menuck of Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra + Godspeed You! Black Emperor

January 15th, 2014


Efrim Menuck is a founding member of Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra, and the esteemed Hotel2Tango recording …

Ep. #61: Tony Dekker

January 14th, 2014


Tony Dekker is the well-respected singer, songwriter, and founder of the celebrated Canadian band Great Lake Swimmers. This past fall, Dekker …

Ep. #60: Joel Gibb of the Hidden Cameras

January 9th, 2014


Joel Gibb is the founder and visionary behind the Hidden Cameras, one of the most provocative and significant bands to ever emerge from Canada. For the last few years, Gibb has been bouncing between Berlin and Toronto …

Ep. #59: Ben Johnson

December 18th, 2013


Ben Johnson is a former sprinter and Olympic champion who lives in Toronto, Ontario. 25 years ago at the summer Olympics in Seoul, South Korea, …

Ep. #58: Charles Bradley

December 10th, 2013


Charles Bradley is a powerful American singer and performer steeped in the traditions of funk, soul, and R&B. After a hard knock life spent in …

Ep. #57: Steph Yates of Esther Grey

December 5th, 2013


Steph Yates is a talented singer, guitarist, and songwriter who plays in a Guelph-based band called Esther Grey. The scrappy, artful rock band has …

Ep. #56: Dallas Good

December 4th, 2013


Dallas Good is a tremendously gifted multi-instrumentalist from Toronto, Ontario who is best known for singing and playing guitar in the world’s …

Ep. #55: Jace Lasek of the Besnard Lakes

November 28th, 2013


Jace Lasek is the co-founder and primary instrumentalist in the mighty Montreal rock band, the Besnard Lakes. Originally from Regina, Saskatchewan, Lasek made his way to Montreal some time ago and now co-owns the state …

Ep. #54: Brendan Canning

November 25th, 2013


Brendan Canning is a founding member of Broken Social Scene and has been a prominent and prolific figure in Canada’s underground music community for …

Ep. #53: Casey Mecija on #ProjectLiftPH + Jonathan Goldsbie on Mayor Rob Ford

November 20th, 2013


Casey Mecija is a musician and artist originally from Brantford, Ontario but currently based in Toronto, where she gained renown as the lead vocalist in a band called Ohbijou. Mecija is also of Filipino descent and has …

Ep. #52: Tim Midyett of Bottomless Pit

November 14th, 2013


Tim Midyett is a man and musician currently based in Chicago, Illinois. For 18 years he played in a beloved and prolific rock band called Silkworm. …

Ep. #51: Tim Heidecker

November 12th, 2013


Tim Heidecker is a talented musician and singer who is one-half of the rock and roll songwriting duo Heidecker and Wood. Along with Davin Wood, …

Ep. #50: Edward Keenan + Karen Houle + Geoff Berner

November 6th, 2013


Edward Keenan is a senior editor at the Grid, a columnist at Spacing, and a lifelong resident of Toronto, Ontario. He has been writing about the …

Ep. #49: Howe Gelb

November 5th, 2013


Howe Gelb is an immensely prolific and well-respected musician, singer, songwriter, and producer based in Tucson, Arizona. In the mid-1980s, Gelb …

Ep. #48: Ben Blackwell of Third Man Records

October 31st, 2013


Ben Blackwell works at Third Man Records, a multi-platform label, record store, venue, and studio in Nashville, Tennessee and he once claimed his …

Ep. #47: AroarA

October 29th, 2013


AroarA is a unique two-piece band that hails from Montreal and consists of married musical couple, Ariel Engle and Andrew Whiteman. You might recognize Whiteman’s name from his work in Broken Social Scene, Apostle of …

Ep. #46: Al Tuck

October 24th, 2013


Al Tuck hails from Charlottetown on beautiful Prince Edward Island in Canada. Over the past 20 years, Tuck has established himself as one of the …

Ep. #45: Nick Thorburn of Islands

October 22nd, 2013


Nick Thorburn is a gifted musician, singer, and songwriter who fronts an American-based Canadian band called Islands. The new Islands record is called Ski Mask and it was released Sept. 17 via the band’s own Manqué …

Ep. #44: Shad

October 18th, 2013


Shad is one of North America’s most thoughtful and skilled hip-hop artists and we here in Canada are proud to call him one of our own. The gifted MC …

Ep. #43: Del the Funky Homosapien + Kid Koala + Dan the Automator of Deltron 3030

October 16th, 2013


Dan the Automator Nakamura, Kid Koala, and Del the Funky Homsapien make up the legendary hip-hop supergroup Deltron 3030 who just released their long-awaited second album, Deltron 3030: Event II. After making landmark …

Ep. #42: Basia Bulat

October 10th, 2013


Basia Bulat is a distinctive singer and musician based in Toronto, ON. Over the past decade, she’s released three acclaimed albums and won praise for …

Ep. #41: Mike O’Neill

October 8th, 2013


Mike O’Neill is a very talented singer, songwriter, and musician who currently lives in Halifax, NS. He first came to prominence in the esteemed two-piece indie-rock band the Inbreds and has gone on to make some really …

Ep. #40: Sarah Harmer + Graham White of Enbridge

October 3rd, 2013


Sarah Harmer is a very gifted Canadian singer-songwriter who originally hails from Burlington, Ontario and is one of this country’s most successful …

Ep. #39: Anne T. Donahue on Breaking Bad

September 30th, 2013


Anne T. Donahue is a comedic writer and journalist who hails from Cambridge, ON. She once interviewed me for a music blog and is a regular …

Ep. #38: Krist Novoselic

September 24th, 2013


Krist Novoselic is an American musician. filmmaker, author, columnist, and political advocate who has played in bands like Sweet 75, Eyes Adrift, …

Ep. #37: Doug Tielli

September 19th, 2013


Doug Tielli is one of the most captivating and talented musicians in Toronto’s underground music community. His work is both innocent and searching yet completely deliberate and confident in its uncertainty. A …

Ep. #36: Lou Barlow

September 17th, 2013


Lou Barlow is one of the most influential and inspiring figures in American underground rock music. A co-founder of the ever-vital Dinosaur Jr., …

Ep. #35: Thurston Moore

September 13th, 2013


Thurston Moore is one of America’s most influential and notable musicians, best known for playing guitar, writing songs, and singing in New York City’s Sonic Youth. Since that band formed in 1981, Moore has taken on …

Ep. #34: Joseph Boyden, Sarah Elton, Thomas King

September 12th, 2013


Joseph Boyden, Sarah Elton, and Thomas King are three of Canada’s most acclaimed authors. Boyden splits his time between Ontario and New Orleans and …

Ep. #33: Dirty Beaches

September 11th, 2013


Dirty Beaches is the alter-ego of a gifted and prolific artist named Alex Zhang Hungtai. Originally from Taiwan, Hungtai has spent some time living …

Ep. #32: Joel Plaskett

September 10th, 2013


Joel Plaskett is one of the most accomplished, prolific musicians, songwriters, and producers to ever call Halifax home. 20 years ago he made his …

Ep. #31: Jesse Stewart and Hamid Drake

September 5th, 2013


Jesse Stewart and Hamid Drake are world-renowned percussionists and no strangers to the Guelph Jazz Festival, which celebrates its 20th anniversary from Sept. 4-8. Stewart is a Juno Award winner who once called Guelph …

Ep. #30: Superhumanoids

September 4th, 2013


Superhumanoids are a trio from Los Angeles who make dreamy, R&B infused, electronic pop songs that are deceptively airy. With their hazy vocals and melodies, the band are definitely working within a mysterious …

Ep. #29: Sohrab Habibion of Obits

September 3rd, 2013


Sohrab Habibion is a multi-talented musician, graphic artist, recording engineer, and generally great person who currently lives in Brooklyn, NY. For …

Ep. #28: Mark Arm of Mudhoney

August 29th, 2013


Mark Arm is a singer and guitarist based in Seattle, Washington. 25 years ago he co-founded Mudhoney, one of America’s best and most influential underground rock bands. They were profiled in a great documentary called …

Ep. #27: Greil Marcus

August 27th, 2013


Greil Marcus is one of the most revered writers and cultural historians in the world. Since the late 60s, the California-based Marcus has …

Ep. #26: James Williamson of Iggy and the Stooges

August 23rd, 2013


James Williamson is a legendary guitarist, best known for his role in the hugely influential proto-punk band, Iggy and the Stooges from Detroit, …

Ep. #25: Jon Wurster

August 20th, 2013


Jon Wurster is one of the best drummers in rock music and he has proven this to be true by filling that role for people like Bob Mould, Rocket From …

Ep. #24: Steve Albini

August 16th, 2013


Steve Albini is a man who lives in Chicago, Illinois and owns and operates the really remarkable Electrical Audio Recording facility. He is the guitar player and primary singer in the band Shellac and he makes a mean …

Ep. #23: Glenn Jones

August 13th, 2013


Glenn Jones is a respected figure in the world of guitars and American Primitivism. He lives in Boston and became a friend and collaborated with his …

Ep. #22: Kumail Nanjiani

August 8th, 2013


Kumail Nanjiani is a very funny person who hails from Karachi, Pakistan, but currently lives somewhere in the vicinity of Los Angeles, California. He has worked on numerous television shows as a writer and/or actor, …

Ep. #21: The Blow + Jonny Dovercourt & Ryan McLaren

August 6th, 2013


Acclaimed, artful electro-pop duo the Blow moved to Brooklyn and are about to release their new, self-titled LP this October, which is their first …

Ep. #20: Chad VanGaalen + Slim Cessna

August 1st, 2013


Chad VanGaalen is a very talented and strange musician, visual artist, animator, filmmaker, father and resident of the good city of Calgary, Alberta. Though ostensibly a homebody, he will occasionally leave the house to …

Ep. #19: Ian F. Svenonius

July 30th, 2013


Ian F. Svenonius is one of underground culture’s most provocative singers and thinkers. From leading impassioned Washington D.C. bands like Nation of …

Ep. #18: Colin Stetson & Sarah Neufeld

July 25th, 2013


Colin Stetson and Sarah Neufeld are partners in life and some times play music together in bands like Arcade Fire and Bell Orchestre. They also …

Ep. #17: Lee Ranaldo

July 23rd, 2013


New York City’s Lee Ranaldo is a founding member of Sonic Youth and, as such, is one of the most gifted and revered guitarists, singers, and songwriters in the history of rock music. When Sonic Youth began a hiatus in …

Ep. #16: Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy

July 18th, 2013


I always love speaking to Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy a.k.a. Will Oldham. This past February, Dawn McCarthy and Bonny Billy released an LP called What the …

Ep. #15: Jon Spencer Blues Explosion + catl.

July 15th, 2013


A chat with Judah Bauer, Jon Spencer, and Russell Simins at Call the Office in London, ON about the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion‘s adventures in the …

Ep. #14: Tiësto

July 11th, 2013


International electronic music superstar Tiësto and I have a frank, open chat about why EDM has exploded over the last few years, his new release, …

Ep. #13: Sloan’s Jay Ferguson & Chris Murphy & Photographer Catherine Stockhausen

July 10th, 2013


In celebration of the new murderecords 7″ singles 1993-1998 photo/music book, Sloan’s Chris Murphy and Jay Ferguson and photographer Catherine Stockhausen discuss murderecords and Halifax music history. For more info …

Ep. #12: WondaGurl + Simone Schmidt of the Highest Order

July 5th, 2013


16 year-old Brampton, Ontario producer WondaGurl talks about being on Jay-Z’s new album and the Highest Order’s Simone Schmidt discusses music …

Ep. #11: Maestro Fresh Wes + Diamond Rings

July 3rd, 2013


Canada’s king of hip-hop (sorry Drake), Maestro Fresh Wes and I have a chat about the 25th anniversary of his colossal hit single, “Let Your Backbone …

Ep. #10: Sled Island & Calgary’s flood + Houndmouth + Derek Christoff on James Gandolfini + Mike Belitsky of the Sadies

June 27th, 2013


Weird tone to this one. Drew Marshall of the Sled Island music festival gives a firsthand account of the flooding that has devastated Calgary and forced Sled Island to cancel its plans, Matt Myers of the U.S. band …

Ep. #9: David Yow

June 25th, 2013


Today you can hear my conversation with David Yow about his new solo LP, Tonight You Look Like a  Spider. David is an amazing man who used to sing in …

Ep. #8: Joshua Kloke on the Tragically Hip and ‘Escape is at Hand’

June 23rd, 2013


Ah, the Sunday evening podcast launch. Social media suicide! It’ll be worth it though. On this episode, I head down to the Speed River in Guelph to speak to Tragically Hip superfan, Joshua Kloke, who is celebrating the …

Ep. #7: Jon Spencer Blues Explosion

June 19th, 2013


One of my favourite bands ever is the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion and they’ve got a few Canadian tour dates coming up soon (including Sled Island this week and Ontario shows next month). I called up Jon Spencer for a …

Ep. #6: Mark Andersen on the Clash + Kid Koala on Space Cadet

June 14th, 2013


On this episode, I take a closer look at the final years of one of the best rock band of all time, the Clash. While some fans and critics dismiss them, a new book called We Are the Clash: The Last Stand of The Only Band …

Ep. #5: Exclaim! Editor James Keast at a Blue Jays game

June 11th, 2013


My friend and colleague James Keast invited me to a Jays game on Sunday and it seemed like a great place for us to talk about jocks vs. music nerds, …

Ep. #4: Jim Guthrie band D.C. road trip featuring NPR’s Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton

June 6th, 2013


I drove down to Washington D.C. with Jim Guthrie and his band (Samir Khan, Jordan Howard, Randy Lee, Marshall Bureau, and J. J. Ipsen) so they could …

Ep. #3: Graham Wright of Tokyo Police Club

May 30th, 2013


Surprise surprise, another podcast this week. Even I’m surprised, surprised. I speak to Graham Wright about Tokyo Police Club playing the Red Bull …

Ep #2: Dave Bidini on Rob Ford, Bruce and Travis Good of the Good Family, Carly Lewis on summer fests, Sam Baijal on the Rolling Stones

May 29th, 2013


This week:   Is Mayor Rob Ford beyond sympathy? Have these allegations of substance abuse humanized him in some way? Musician, author, and Toronto citizen Dave Bidini says no and pretty much no.         A new supergroup …

Kreative Kontrol with Vish Khanna Podcast #1: John Cook, Tyler Francks

May 22nd, 2013


On the first episode of the Kreative Kontrol podcast, Gawker‘s John Cook joins me to discuss breaking the ‘Rob Ford smokes crack cocaine on video‘ …

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