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You know those songs, those really special ones? The ones that make your skin tingle? They may make you feel like you can throw a Dodge Dakota the length of a football field, or they may bring you to tears every time you hear them. Either way, those songs have your number. They have a certain power … read more

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NSTS Episode 249 - Rob Preuss Has a Surprise for Fans

September 15th, 2022


Former Spoons and Honeymoon Suite keyboardist Rob Preuss and I are working on a special and very exciting new project together, one that we …

NSTS Episode 248 - Metallica's Debut Record Impacts Two 14-Year-Olds, 39 Years Apart

August 29th, 2022


Something rather unexpected, highly improbable, and absolutely moving happened to me last week, and I was so inspired by it that I wanted to share it …

NSTS Episode 247 - What REALLY Happened to Jon Bon Jovi's Voice?

August 15th, 2022


You're likely familiar with a question that's been all over the internet lately - "what's up with Bon Jovi's singing voice?" 

There are a lot of theories and a lot of positions out there, but I personally think there's …

NSTS Episode 246 - Did Colonel Tom Parker Kill Elvis?

August 1st, 2022


The legend of Elvis Presley is tremendous, but his entire story arc is tragic. Towards the end of his career, the poor kid from Tupelo, Mississippi …

NSTS Episode 245 - Roger Waters Reminds Us 'This Is Not A Drill'

July 19th, 2022


Former Pink Floyd frontman Roger Waters caused a bit of a stir recently for speaking his mind.

This week on No Sleep 'til Sudbury I take a closer look at the man and all the things I've personally learned about him over …

NSTS Episode 244 - Metallica Guitarist and Singer James Hetfield

July 5th, 2022


I recently saw something on the internet involving one of my childhood heroes, Metallica's James Hetfield, that gave me pause. 

Over the years we’ve …

NSTS Episode 243 - The End of KISS

June 20th, 2022


Sometime next year, pop cultural icons KISS will play their final show after more than 50 years of fire, blood, and bombast. For the first time in …

NSTS Episode 242 - Big Sugar Frontman Gordie Johnson (previously unreleased)

June 6th, 2022


Something terrible happened. 

The derecho thunderstorms that left parts of southern Ontario without power for two days on May 20 also left me without a podcast episode. 

The file containing part two of my chat with Nick …

NSTS Episode 241 - Singer Nicholas Walsh

May 24th, 2022


It took a while, but former Slik Toxik and current Famous Underground and Classic Albums Live singer Nick Walsh finally sat down with NSTS to talk about a few of the songs that make his skin vibrate.

Because our chat …

NSTS Episode 240 - Singer Sandra Bouza

May 9th, 2022


There haven't been many times over the 240 odd episodes of the No Sleep 'til Sudbury podcast I've done where I've been lost for words. But I was …

NSTS Episode 239 - But What About Dave Grohl?

April 25th, 2022


In the last episode of No Sleep 'til Sudbury, we paid tribute to the memory of Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins. But what about Dave Grohl? 

We thought it was important to celebrate an individual who despite his …

NSTS Episode 238 - In Memory of Taylor Hawkins

April 11th, 2022


It's always difficult when artists we admire pass on, but it's a little more difficult when it happens so long before their time.  

This week on NSTS …

NSTS Episode 237 - Singer Songwriter Nelson Sobral

March 28th, 2022


The infinitely talented Nelson Sobral returns to the show this week, and I'm delighted to host him. 

His new record Second Arrow just dropped, …

NSTS Episode 236 - CHUM-FM Producer Tom Jokic

March 14th, 2022


Completely by coincidence, my guest on NSTS this week is none other than longtime CHUM-FM Morning Show producer Tom Jokic. He was scheduled to appear …

NSTS Episode 235 - Legendary Bassist Andy Curran

February 28th, 2022


Andy Curran's image occupied a space on my teenage bedroom wall. The guy is an icon. But he's also an extremely humble human being and a fantastic conversationalist. 

Andy joins me on NSTS this week to talk about the …

NSTS Episode 234 - Singer Songwriter Justine Giles

February 14th, 2022


Singer songwriter Justine Giles is an amazing talent. And she's a Sudbury girl! 

Justine joins me this week to talk about her upcoming new single "Save Myself" which drops Friday, February 18. We also chat about albums …

NSTS Episode 233 - Music Therapist and Author Jennifer Buchanan

January 31st, 2022


Music therapist, author and speaker Jennifer Buchanan joins me this week on NSTS to discuss her new book, entitled Wellness, Wellplayed: The Power of a Playlist. The book focuses on how music playlists can improve …

NSTS Episode 232 - Thursday Night Record Club Co-Host Alex Huard

January 17th, 2022


Last year Alex Huard, host of Release Day, and I created a video series called Thursday Night Record Club, where I introduce Alex, who is a rock fan but substantially younger than I am, to some records from my day he …

NSTS Episode 231 - Music Business Veteran Darryl Hurs

January 6th, 2022


Happy New Year! NSTS kicks off 2022 with music biz veteran and indie act champion Darryl Hurs. 

Darryl has been a massive supporter of independent artists for decades, and he provides some fascinating insights on …

NSTS Episode 230 - NSTS Host Brent Jensen's Xmas Playlist

December 13th, 2021


In this final No Sleep 'til Sudbury episode of 2021, I decided to share some of my favourites from the Christmas playlists heard in the Jensen house …

NSTS Episode 229 - Christina Martin

November 29th, 2021


This week marks the return of super awesome singer songwriter Christina Martin to the show. Christina's new single is called "Stay With Me", now available wherever you get your music.

Always a great chat with Miss …

NSTS Episode 228 - Martha & The Muffins

November 15th, 2021


Canadian 80s New Wave legends Martha Johnson and Mark Gane of Martha & The Muffins join me on No Sleep 'til Sudbury this week to chat about their …

NSTS Episode 227 - Singer Songwriter Evan Denley

November 1st, 2021


My guest on NSTS this week is Evan Denley, an up-and-coming Canadian folk rock singer-songwriter who's been described as Bob Dylan meeting Dallas …

NSTS Episode 226 - Rik Emmett Talks Reinvention Part II

October 18th, 2021


My pal Rik Emmett returns to NSTS this week for part two of our chat about his new poetry book Reinvention, and we cover a lot of ground indeed.   

As he did in part one, Rik shares some fascinating glimpses into his …

NSTS Episode 225 - Rik Emmett Talks Reinvention Part I

October 4th, 2021


He's back! Triumph frontman Rik Emmett, and now Rik Emmett poet, takes over the No Sleep 'til Sudbury podcast for the next two weeks to talk about his new book of poetry, called Reinvention. 

This isn't a rock star …

NSTS Episode 224 - Barney Bentall

September 20th, 2021


Back by popular demand! The great Barney Bentall returns to NSTS this week to talk about his new instrumental record called RanchWriters, a …

NSTS Episode 223 - W. Axl Rose Part II: The Feel

September 7th, 2021


Last week we looked at Guns N' Roses singer W. Axl Rose from a factual, historical viewpoint of his life and career. This week we go beyond that, and take a closer look at Rose from a more personal perspective. Not just …

NSTS Episode 222 - W. Axl Rose Part I: The Sound

August 30th, 2021


NSTS is back this week with part one of a two part series featuring Guns N' Roses frontman W. Axl Rose, one of the intriguing, beguiling, and …

NSTS Episode 221 - A Tribute to ZZ Top's Dusty Hill

August 9th, 2021


A few weeks back we lost one of the greats - ZZ Top bassist and singer Dusty Hill. 

This week on NSTS we pay tribute to Hill by looking back on his …

NSTS Episode 220 - Amy Winehouse

August 2nd, 2021


Ten years ago we lost Amy Winehouse, a shepherd of the pop culture past whom Bob Dylan called "the last real individualist".   

This week NSTS …

NSTS Episode 219 - Creem Magazine Writer Jeffrey Morgan Part II

July 26th, 2021


Creem magazine writer Jeffrey Morgan returns to the show this week to unveil his very unusual NSTS skin vibration playlist. When I express my lack of understanding in his choices, Jeffrey uses the movie "The Man Who …

NSTS Episode 218 - Creem Magazine Writer Jeffrey Morgan

July 19th, 2021


Remember Creem magazine? Remember Lester Bangs? This week's NSTS guest, author and rock critic Jeffrey Morgan, worked for both of them. His new book, Rock Critic Confidential, opens with the original handwritten letter …

NSTS Episode 217 - The Disappearance of Richey Edwards

July 12th, 2021


Dark and mysterious Manic Street Preachers guitarist Richey Edwards vanished on February 1, 1995, and was never heard from again.  

Was it a suicide, or was it staged to look like one? This week NSTS examines the life …

NSTS Episode 216 - The Legendary Murray McLauchlan

July 5th, 2021


It's my privilege this week to be joined once again by Canadian great Murray McLauchlan, who returns to the show to discuss his new record Hourglass, …

NSTS Episode 215 - Stone Temple Pilots Singer Scott Weiland

June 28th, 2021


This week on NSTS we look at the life and death of one of rock's most polarizing icons, singer Scott Weiland. 

Weiland has always been an intriguing …

NSTS Episode 214 - Release Day Series Host Alex Huard

June 21st, 2021


Alex Huard is the host of a great series called Release Day, a program that promotes new album releases by independent artists that don't have the marketing reach of a major label. 

Alex and I have been talking about …

NSTS Episode 213 - The Kings Guitarist Zero

June 14th, 2021


My old pal Zero from The Kings makes his return to the show this week to talk about what's going with the band lately - new videos, new records, and …

NSTS Episode 212 - The Most Mysterious Song on the Internet

June 7th, 2021


This is an absolutely fascinating story.

A song appeared on the internet in 2007, with no information surrounding its name, the artist responsible …

NSTS Episode 211 - The Awesome Music Project's Chris Stamper

May 31st, 2021


We could all use a little more 'happy', couldn't we? And this week, an infusion of musical happiness comes compliments of Chris Stamper. 

Chris and I …

NSTS Episode 210 - Dave Leto and The Story of the Hard Luck 5

May 24th, 2021


Rock documentary The Story of the Hard Luck 5 tells the fascinating tale of New Jersey band Rye Coalition, a group loved by Dave Grohl and signed by one of the world's largest record labels. They seemed destined to take …

NSTS Episode 209 - INXS Singer Michael Hutchence

May 17th, 2021


Shortly after it occurred, it was widely believed that the death of INXS singer Michael Hutchence was the result of autoerotic asphyxiation - a sex …

NSTS Episode 208 - Guitarist Sean Kelly

May 10th, 2021


The energy and enthusiasm that guitarist Sean Kelly brings to describing the songs that make his skin vibrate is unparalleled. Sean takes the notion of skin vibration very literally with his songs, and it was a joy for …

NSTS Episode 207 - Coney Hatch's Andy Curran Part II

May 3rd, 2021


Andy Curran is back on NSTS this week to talk about the five-ish songs that make his skin vibrate - he actually sneaks a few extra tunes in! Before that, we finish up last week's discussion detailing how Coney Hatch's …

NSTS Episode 206 - Coney Hatch Bassist and Singer Andy Curran

April 26th, 2021


As a Coney Hatch fan from waaaaay back, it was a privilege for me to host Coney singer and bassist Andy Curran this week. The band has released their new live record, Coney Hatch Live at the El Mocambo, recorded in …

NSTS Episode 205 - Life Imitates Art: Norwegian Black Metal

April 19th, 2021


Since its inception, Heavy Metal has spawned a countless number of subgenres. Black Metal is one of them, and in the early 1990s Norwegian Black Metal became more than just a musical subgenre. It developed into a …

NSTS Episode 204 - Singer Nelson Sobral

April 12th, 2021


Longtime NSTS listeners know that I love speaking with up-and-coming musical talent on the show. And I anticipate that country singer songwriter Nelson Sobral will be a well-known name fairly soon.   

Nelson's …

NSTS Episode 203 - The Legendary Blair Packham

April 6th, 2021


This week on NSTS I welcome back one of the industry's 'good guys', Jitters frontman Blair Packham. Blair is a friend and it's always a pleasure to have him on the show. 

In addition to chatting about the new record …

NSTS Episode 202 - Singer Emily Taylor Hudson

March 29th, 2021


This week on NSTS I speak with someone whose parents I watched on television as a kid - her mom is Cindy Williams, who played Shirley from Laverne & Shirley, and her dad is Bill Hudson of the Hudson Brothers. Her …

NSTS Episode 201 - The Mysterious Death of Jim Morrison

March 22nd, 2021


As he did in life, Doors frontman and rock icon Jim Morrison also commands mystique in death. The circumstances surrounding his death are mysterious and unclear - if he did in fact even die. 

This week No Sleep 'til …

NSTS Episode 200 - Great Moments in the History of NSTS

March 15th, 2021


It's here. NSTS episode number 200! While much has changed since the very first episodes of No Sleep 'til Sudbury were released in April 2017, the premise of the show remains the same - to celebrate music's power to …

NSTS Episode 199 - Rock Critic Jonathan Gross

March 8th, 2021


My guest this week is Jonathan Gross, a former rock critic, Rolling Stone contributor, and music promoter who brought Run DMC, The Beastie Boys and …

NSTS Episode 198 - The Artist Now Known as Ellis Meek

March 1st, 2021


Back in November when he was still known as Jordan Paul, Ellis Meek was scheduled to appear on the show as part of the NSTS Steam Whistle live on …

NSTS Episode 197 - Original Honeymoon Suite Keys Player Ray Coburn

February 22nd, 2021


Ray Coburn, original Honeymoon Suite keyboard player and current Roger Hodgson keys man, is my guest this week on NSTS, and we have a wonderfully …

NSTS Episode 196 - Goddo Frontman Greg Godovitz

February 15th, 2021


Goddo bassist, rock icon, and author Greg Godovitz is my guest this week on NSTS. His new book is called Up Close and Uncomfortable, reaching back to his earlier days before the musical career he describes in his first …

NSTS Episode 195 - Radio Personality Jeremy White

February 8th, 2021


If you want to have a great chat about music, Montreal-based radio personality, podcaster, and musician Jeremy White is your guy. He's my guest this week on NSTS, and it was a discussion I thoroughly enjoyed. 

Jeremy …

NSTS Episode 194 - Q104.3 New York City's Ian O'Malley

February 1st, 2021


I haven't seen my pal, former VH1 veejay and current Q104.3 New York on-air personality Ian O'Malley, for more than a year. We decided last week we'd catch up via the show and talk about the songs that have been making …

NSTS Episode 193 - The Spectre of Phil Spector

January 25th, 2021


Famed music producer Phil Spector died in jail a few days ago, and his legacy begs the question - was he a musical genius who committed murder, or a murderer who happened to be a musical genius? 

This week NSTS breaks …

NSTS Episode 192 - Turn Me On, Dead Man: The 'Paul is Dead' Conspiracy Theory

January 18th, 2021


Given the interest in NSTS Episode 171, "Bizarre Musical Conspiracy Theories", I elected to return to the territory this week and examine perhaps the …

NSTS Episode 191 - The Go-Go's Kathy Valentine

January 11th, 2021


It's my pleasure this week to host Kathy Valentine of The Go-Go's on NSTS from her home in Austin, Texas to chat about her fantastic memoir All I Ever Wanted, and of course, the songs that make her skin vibrate. 

Kathy …

NSTS Episode 190 - British Author Joel McIver

January 4th, 2021


Happy New Year everyone, good to be back. We're going to kick the year off with a chat I had with a good friend of mine from England, bestselling author and editor of Bass Player magazine, mister Joel McIver.

Joel's …

NSTS Episode 189 - Rik Emmett BONUS EPISODE Xmas 2020

December 17th, 2020


I had mentioned earlier that I left Rik's house after taping this year's NSTS Christmas special with almost four hours of material. After considering options, I decided to create THREE episodes, one more than the usual …

NSTS Episode 188 - Christmas 2020 with Rik Emmett Part II

December 14th, 2020


Welcome back to No Sleep 'til Sudbury's 2020 Christmas special, live from legendary Triumph frontman Rik Emmett's home studio.

In this episode, Rik continues to deconstruct the songs that make our skin vibrate, this …

NSTS Episode 187 - Christmas 2020 with Rik Emmett Part I

December 7th, 2020


I am SO excited to share this with you. Legendary Triumph guitarist Rik Emmett is back for his annual NSTS Christmas episodes, but in planning this …

NSTS Episode 186 - Stephen Stanley Live at Steam Whistle

November 30th, 2020


What better way to wrap up the Steam Whistle live on location sessions than with my dear pal, the incredibly gifted Stephen Stanley? In this finale episode, Stephen and I cover a lot of ground - his new record, his new …

NSTS Episode 185 - Suzi Kory and Jeff Brown Perform Live

November 23rd, 2020


Friend of the show and one-woman hurricane Suzi Kory drops in this week for episode four of the No Sleep 'til Sudbury Steam Whistle live on location series recorded at the Steam Whistle Roundhouse in downtown Toronto.

NSTS Episode 184 - Sandra Bouza Live

November 16th, 2020


Back by popular demand, R&B songstress Sandra Bouza returns to the show as my guest for part three of the NSTS Steam Whistle live on location …

NSTS Episode 183 - Sandy AND Gord from The Spoons

November 9th, 2020


Sandy Horne and Gord Deppe of The Spoons join me this week for Episode II of the No Sleep 'til Sudbury multi-show series live on location from the …

NSTS Episode 182 - NSTS Live From Steam Whistle Brewery

November 2nd, 2020


Welcome to the special NSTS five-episode series created in partnership with the Steam Whistle Brewery, recorded live on location at their Roundhouse …

NSTS Episode 181 - Glass Tiger's Samuel Reid

October 26th, 2020


This coming Friday, October 30, Glass Tiger will be doing something they've been waiting to do for more than three decades. And in what I believe is a global exclusive(!), Glass Tiger keyboard player Samuel Reid is on …

NSTS Episode 180 - R&B Singer Sandra Bouza

October 19th, 2020


If you're a regular No Sleep 'til Sudbury listener, you know that I love hosting up-and-coming artists whom I think are special. And this week, I …

NSTS Episode 179 - A Tribute To Edward Van Halen

October 12th, 2020


As an Edward Van Halen fan from the age of twelve, it was necessary for me to commemorate him on NSTS upon learning of his passing last week. I feel fortunate to have a platform to offer this tribute.      

Even though …

NSTS Episode 178 - MuchMusic VJ Christopher Ward Part II

October 5th, 2020


Hey! This is part two of my chat with author and MuchMusic veteran Christopher Ward. We finally get to the songs that make his skin vibrate, and hearing Christopher's take on them was a great experience for me.

NSTS Episode 177 - MuchMusic VJ Christopher Ward Part I

September 28th, 2020


Yes, original MuchMusic VJ, author, and songwriter Christopher Ward and I geeked out gleefully over little-known music facts this week on NSTS. And …

NSTS Episode 176 - Wide Mouth Mason Drummer Safwan Javed

September 21st, 2020


Remember Wide Mouth Mason? I never forgot 'em - always loved the band, and I listen to them regularly. In November they're celebrating the 20th …

NSTS Episode 175 - Johnnie AND Derry from Honeymoon Suite

September 14th, 2020


It's here! The third and final part of the special No Sleep 'til Sudbury Honeymoon Suite series featuring HMS singer Johnnie Dee and guitarist Derry Grehan. It was a real pleasure to be a part of this very laid-back …

NSTS Episode 174 - Honeymoon Suite Guitarist Derry Grehan

September 7th, 2020


Welcome back to No Sleep 'til Sudbury's three-part Honeymoon Suite musical discussion series. This week is part two, in which fleet-fingered HMS guitarist Derry Grehan joins me to chat about the new single and the songs …

NSTS Episode 173 - Honeymoon Suite Singer Johnnie Dee

August 31st, 2020


In the first of a three-part Honeymoon Suite series, HMS singer Johnnie Dee joins me this week on No Sleep 'til Sudbury to talk about the band's new single, "Find What You're Looking For", and also of course, the songs …

NSTS Episode 172 - CHUM-FM Morning Show Producer Tom Jokic

August 24th, 2020


CHUM-FM Morning Show producer and Famous Lost Words cohost Tom Jokic is my guest this week on NSTS. Tom's been in the music industry for decades, and has some great stories from his time spent interviewing some of the …

NSTS Episode 171 - Bizarre Musical Conspiracy Theories

August 17th, 2020


Following our examination of the conspiracy theory surrounding Kurt Cobain's death, this week on NSTS we look at other music-related conspiracy …

NSTS Episode 170 - Erica Ehm Part II

August 10th, 2020


It's here! The second half of my chat with the lovely Erica Ehm is now live, complete with the songs that make her skin vibrate (and that John 'JD' Roberts cliffhanger conclusion).

Erica's playlist was compiled as a …

NSTS Episode 169 - Erica Ehm Part I

August 3rd, 2020


It's a wonderful thing when you find out someone you've admired as a younger person is actually worthy of that admiration. And Erica Ehm certainly …

NSTS Episode 168 - What Happened to Nirvana's Kurt Cobain?

July 27th, 2020


This week on NSTS we examine the events leading up to the unfortunate death of Nirvana singer and guitarist Kurt Cobain, considered by many to be the primary architect of a musical movement that changed the face of …

NSTS Episode 167 - Spoons Frontman Gordon Deppe

July 20th, 2020


When music fans share the songs that really mean something to them and the reasons why, they're sharing a part of themselves in doing so. And Spoons …

NSTS Episode 166 - Ex-Lowest of the Low Guitarist Stephen Stanley

July 13th, 2020


My pal Stephen Stanley just released an incredible live record, and he joins me to talk about it this week on NSTS. The record is called Live Static Roots, recorded in Oberhausen, Germany during his 2018 European tour. …

NSTS Episode 165 - Kim Mitchell

July 6th, 2020


The great Kim Mitchell joins me this week on No Sleep 'til Sudbury for an incredibly enjoyable chat about the songs that make his skin vibrate, and his new single 'Wishes'. Kim is easily one of Canada's most …

NSTS Episode 164 - Motley Crue and the Matthew Trippe Mystery

June 29th, 2020


Last week on NSTS we talked about how Metallica formed in 1981. This week we look at another band that formed a few months earlier in the same year - …

NSTS Episode 163 - The Origins of Metallica

June 22nd, 2020


As mentioned in earlier episodes, some significant musical events took place in the year 1981. One of those events was the formation of Metallica. …

NSTS Episode 162 - Spoons Bassist Sandy Horne

June 11th, 2020


This week it was my privilege to host Spoons bassist Sandy Horne on the show. I've been a fan since the early 80s, and it was great to chat with …

NSTS Episode 161 - Men's Health and Metal Hammer Writer Joe Daly

June 8th, 2020


Men's Health and Metal Hammer writer Joe Daly joins me from Southern California this week on No Sleep Til Sudbury, and it's great to catch up - Joe …

NSTS Episode 160 - Singer Leon Harrison

June 1st, 2020


The Lazys singer Leon Harrison is my guest on NSTS this week, and he interviews the same way he performs - without reservation.

Transplanted from Australia, The Lazys is one of Canada's hottest rock acts. Leon and I …

NSTS Episode 159 - Rob Preuss' Special Covid NSTS Playlist

May 25th, 2020


This week it's my pleasure to welcome my pal, ex-Spoons and Honeymoon Suite keys player Rob Preuss back to the show. Rob called in from his home in Queens, NY with a playlist that has a special meaning to him.

As …

NSTS Episode 158 - Amazing Details Behind Rush's Moving Pictures Record

May 18th, 2020


Lots of musical things happened in 1981. One of those things was Rush's release of their most popular record, Moving Pictures. Just a few years …

NSTS Episode 157 - Ozzy, Blondie, and MTV

May 11th, 2020


So much great stuff happened at the beginning of the 80s that I just had to continue going through it this week on NSTS.

In 1981 MTV changed the musical landscape forever, Blondie helped to bring rap into the mainstream …

NSTS Episode 156 - Losing John, Bon, and Bonzo in 1980

May 4th, 2020


John, Bon, and Bonzo: we lost three rock icons in the year 1980. Former Beatle John Lennon, AC/DC singer Bon Scott, and Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham all departed in the same year. 

This week on NSTS we continue our …

NSTS Episode 155 - Joy Division, David Bowie, and the Walkman

April 27th, 2020


The 80s marked a time when music and commerce would become indelibly intertwined - record companies did away with old artist development models in …

NSTS Episode 154 - Blood Sweat & Tears singer David Clayton Thomas

April 20th, 2020


Legendary Blood Sweat & Tears frontman and Grammy winner David Clayton Thomas joins me from his home this week to chat about his new record Say Somethin'.

We also talk about the songs that make his skin vibrate, and …

NSTS Episode 153 - The Rolling Stones and Altamont

April 14th, 2020


In late 1969, The Rolling Stones gave fans a free concert in response to criticism that their concert tickets had been too expensive. They were …

NSTS Episode 152 - The Peace & Love of Woodstock

April 6th, 2020


A lot of important things happened in 1969, and one of those things was the Woodstock music festival.

This week on NSTS we take a close look at Woodstock's three days of 'peace and love' - the chaos it faced in hosting …

NSTS Episode 151 - Goodbye Beatles, Hello Led Zeppelin

March 30th, 2020


1969 was a crazy year. Led Zeppelin scared the hell out of people with their heavy rock debut(s), and Charles Manson scared people in a much different way. And The Beatles broke up, which may have scared one or two …

NSTS Episode 150 - NSTS 150: Rik Emmett, Jay Jay French, The Black Crowes, and more

March 23rd, 2020


There have been times when I wasn't sure we would hit this milestone. But here we are, almost three years after the very first episode of No Sleep …

NSTS Episode 149 - COVID-19 Isolation with Amy Davies

March 16th, 2020


With the COVID-19 pandemic forcing social distancing and isolation, cancellations and schedule alterations are a must. But fear not, listeners - …

NSTS Episode 148 - Country Sensation Kelsi Mayne

March 9th, 2020


I was happy to welcome country sensation and friend of the show Kelsi Mayne back to the Sirius XM studios this week to chat about music and perform her new single "As I Go".   

Kelsi is one of the hottest young country …

NSTS Episode 147 - Black Crowes Drummer Steve Gorman

March 2nd, 2020


Black Crowes drummer and author of the new book, "Hard To Handle - The Life and Death of The Black Crowes", Steve Gorman calls in to the show from Nashville this week.

Steve is funny, gracious, and unflinchingly honest …

NSTS Episode 146 - Legendary Promoter Gary Topp

February 25th, 2020


Not many people can say they changed the cultural landscape of a city. This guy can. Legendary concert promoter Gary Topp is my guest this week on …

NSTS Episode 145 - Wargasm's Bob Mayo

February 18th, 2020


Former Wargasm bassist, writer, and friend of the show Bob Mayo joins me this week on NSTS to chat about more songs I've never heard.   

Regular …

NSTS Episode 144 - GN'R, Metallica, and Freddie Mercury

February 10th, 2020


As discussed last week on NSTS, 1991 was the year that grunge exploded. However, the scene was still very much in its infancy - hard rock and heavy metal were still the most dominant version of rock.

So this week, in …

NSTS Episode 143 - 1991: Nirvana, Pearl Jam, and the Rise of Grunge

February 3rd, 2020


I'm pretty stoked about this week's episode, which focuses on the rise of the Grunge movement of 1991 - the stories behind how Nirvana, Pearl Jam, and other acts came to found this musical movement.  

The most …

NSTS Episode 142 - Storm Force Guitarist Greg Fraser

January 27th, 2020


Guitarist and friend of the show Greg Fraser calls in to NSTS this week. He's got a brand new band called Storm Force, with a brand new record, Age of Fear - and it's been getting a lot of attention around the world …

NSTS Episode 141 - KISS and Johnny Rotten + DEVO

January 21st, 2020


This week on No Sleep 'til Sudbury, I examine the year of 1978 through some of the most bizarre and fascinating events that shaped it musically, …

NSTS Episode 140 - The Irrepressible Suzi Kory

January 13th, 2020


Singer songwriter and friend of the show Suzi Kory drops by the NSTS studios this week to talk about her recent gig at the Horseshoe. Her new single "Settle of the Dust" just dropped, and you can check it out wherever …

NSTS Episode 139 - Jon McMurray, The Man With No Memory

January 7th, 2020


Happy New Year, everyone! To kick off 2020 I welcome a very special and unique guest to the show. Jon McMurray has been described as the man with no …

NSTS Episode 138 - Xmas 2019 with Triumph's Rik Emmett Part II

December 16th, 2019


Welcome back to the 2019 No Sleep 'til Sudbury Christmas special, featuring none other than the legendary Rik Emmett. In Part II of this year's special, Rik and I return to his home studio to chat about the controversy …

NSTS Episode 137 - Xmas 2019 with Triumph's Rik Emmett Part I

December 9th, 2019


He's back! My pal Rik Emmett has joined me once again this year on No Sleep 'til Sudbury for two special Christmas episodes of the show, live from Rik's home.  

I love working with Rik on this stuff, because he's so …

NSTS Episode 136 - Sergio Navarretta and Alessandra Piccione

December 2nd, 2019


Film director Sergio Navarretta and screenwriter Alessandra Piccione are the founders of SNAP Films, and they are also my guests on NSTS this week. They're here to talk about The Cuban, their new movie starring Lou …

NSTS Episode 135 - Chris Birkett and Shari Tallon

November 26th, 2019


Flute! We have flute!

British producer, guitarist, and Grammy & Juno winner Chris Birkett makes his return to the show, bringing with him Free …

NSTS Episode 134 - Physiology Scientist Dr. Greg Wells

November 19th, 2019


His story began with a broken neck.

Joining me this week is performance physiologist, author, speaker, and music fan Dr. Greg Wells, and he shares …

NSTS Episode 133 - Broadcasting Legend Mark Hebscher

November 12th, 2019


This week I host someone I used to stay up late to watch as a teenage sports fan - broadcast legend Mark Hebscher. Since his days hosting the innovative Sportsline, Mark has done a number of other things including …

NSTS Episode 132 - Ethnomusicologist Rob Bowman

November 5th, 2019


Sometimes people just blow your mind with their depth of musical knowledge. Professor and author Rob Bowman did that to me this week on the show. 

NSTS Episode 131 - Tragically Hip Manager Jake Gold

October 29th, 2019


I finally talked former Tragically Hip manager Jake Gold into coming to the studio to do a NSTS episode. 

As you can imagine, he told some terrific …

NSTS Episode 130 - Author, Speaker, and Stingray Exec Steve Jones

October 22nd, 2019


I have so much in common with Steve Jones. We both grew up in small towns in Northern Ontario, used music to cope through our small town isolation, …

NSTS Episode 129 - Jessica Rhaye and the Ramshackle Parade

October 15th, 2019


This week marks the first time I've ever hosted a full band in the NSTS studios, and that band was the very talented Jessica Rhaye and the Ramshackle …

NSTS Episode 128 - Crown Lands Guitarist Kevin Comeau

October 7th, 2019


My pal Kevin Comeau, guitarist of Crown Lands, drops in this week for an impromptu chat on the latest with the band and what it's been like opening up for Jack White and Rival Sons across North America.He came up with …

NSTS Episode 127 - The Awesome Music Project's Rob Carli

September 30th, 2019


I've been talking forever about music's ability to elicit an emotional response. My guest this week is musician Rob Carli, and he's created a special campaign that embodies this very idea - The Awesome Music Project. 

NSTS Episode 126 - Garage Rock Duo Queens & Kings

September 23rd, 2019


Garage rockers Alissa Klug and Brendan Albert of Queens & Kings join me on the show this week, celebrating the release of their hot new single and video "You Got Me".    

We play a snippet from the single and talk …

NSTS Episode 125 - Julian Taylor

September 16th, 2019


Julian Taylor drops by the NSTS studios this week to talk skin-vibrating tunes. His new record Avalanche is a funk and soul tour de force, and if you …

NSTS Episode 124 - Bif Naked

September 9th, 2019


No Sleep 'til Sudbury is back with Canada's Queen of Punk, Bif Naked! 

Bif's achieved a lot of things - topping charts with hit singles, beating cancer, and performing in Lilith Fair to name a few. We talk about the …

NSTS Episode 123 - Brainsights CEO Kevin Keane

August 26th, 2019


My guest this week is Brainsights CEO Kevin Keane, whose organization measures brain activity and more specifically, emotional and physiological …

NSTS Episode 122 - Twisted Sister's Jay Jay French

August 20th, 2019


The conclusion of my discussion with Twisted Sister founder and guitarist John 'Jay Jay' French airs this week, and what a discussion it was. His playlist is centred around John's summer spent in London in 1972 and the …

NSTS Episode 121 - Twisted Sister Guitarist John Jay Jay French Part I

August 13th, 2019


He's back! Twisted Sister founder and guitarist John Jay Jay French joins me via Skype this week for part one of a very lengthy chat about all manner of musical things.

In part one, John and I talk about the recording …

NSTS Episode 120 - Charles Leech is a Wizard

August 6th, 2019


Back by popular demand this week is insights guru, semiotician, and NSTS listener favourite Charles Leech!   

This time around Charles uses the …

NSTS Episode 119 - Legendary Producer Chris Birkett

July 30th, 2019


Want to hear some incredible rock and roll stories from a guy who was right there, collaborating with The Pogues, Led Zeppelin, Talking Heads, and …

NSTS Episode 118 - Iconic Guitarist Kevin Breit

July 23rd, 2019


I'm thrilled to host the great Kevin Breit this week on NSTS. Kevin has played guitar alongside the likes of Celine Dion, Norah Jones, Marc Jordan, …

NSTS Episode 117 - Rising Star Jordan Paul

July 16th, 2019


Indie singer songwriter Jordan Paul is an exciting young talent with an awesome voice and smart songs, and he drops by the NSTS studios this week …

NSTS Episode 116 - Singer Songwriter Laura Repo

July 9th, 2019


Singer songwriter Laura Repo drops by the NSTS studios this week with a vinyl copy of her new record This Is My Room. She also brought her guitar, and she treats us to a song from the album, "Too Soon To Miss You". …

NSTS Episode 115 - Drummer David Quinton Steinberg Part II

July 2nd, 2019


Welcome back to my chat with storied drummer David Quinton Steinberg. Last week we didn't get to his songs, and so this week we get right into his playlist. 

The insights continue, as David recounts his fondness for his …

NSTS Episode 114 - Drummer David Quinton Steinberg

June 25th, 2019


This week's NSTS guest has played drums with The Mods, punk legends Stiv Bators and the Dead Boys, and then Strange Advance and The Jitters. Now, he's Rush's lawyer. His name is David Quinton Steinberg, and he obviously …

NSTS Episode 113 - Singer Songwriter Heather Nova

June 18th, 2019


Bermudian songstress Heather Nova is my guest this week on NSTS. She grew up on a sailboat in the Caribbean, and her songs appear on the soundtracks of The Crow and I Am Sam, and on shows like Dawson's Creek. Her new …

NSTS Episode 112 - Singer Blair Packham

June 11th, 2019


This week on NSTS, the great Blair Packham returns to the show for his third time, and he brings his guitar with him. We have a lengthy chat about all sorts of things, including No Sleep 'til Sudbury's upcoming …

NSTS Episode 111 - Singer Lily Frost

June 4th, 2019


Singer songwriter Lily Frost is one in a million. She's funny, super talented, insightful, and an absolute blast to have on the show. 

Lily's new …

NSTS Episode 110 - Music Historian Bob Mayo

May 28th, 2019


You won't meet many people more genuinely passionate about music than my pal and friend of the show Bob Mayo. He joins me from Massachusetts this week with a new batch of songs that make his skin vibrate, and as always, …

NSTS Episode 109 - Chalk Circle Frontman Chris Tait

May 23rd, 2019


I was delighted to be joined in studio this week by Chalk Circle vocalist and guitarist Chris Tait. I listened to him a lot as a teen (still do), so it was great to have him in for a conversation about his playlist AND …

NSTS Episode 108 - Producer and Songwriter Marc Jordan

May 14th, 2019


Juno award-winning musician, producer, songwriter, and actor Marc Jordan joins me this week to talk about the songs that make his skin vibrate. 

Marc has written songs for Rod Stewart, Diana Ross, Bette Midler, Cher, …

NSTS Episode 107 - The Kings' Guitarist Mister Zero

May 7th, 2019


Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome The Kings' guitarist and founder, Mister Zero! 

Everybody knows The Kings megahit "This Beat Goes On/Switchin' To Glide". This week, band founder Mister Zero drops by to talk about …

NSTS Episode 106 - The Return of Audra Santa

April 30th, 2019


In episode 106, international woman of mystery Audra Santa makes her return to No Sleep 'til Sudbury. And, she brought an electric guitar and an amp with her!

This time around, Ms. Santa and I chat about her upcoming …

NSTS Episode 105 - Canadian Music Legend Murray McLauchlan

April 23rd, 2019


It was my privilege to welcome legendary Canadian musician Murray McLauchlan to the show this week. I grew up listening to his music, and he's an engaging conversationalist with some pretty terrific stories. 

Join us as …

NSTS Episode 104 - Author Dr. Gillian Turnbull

April 16th, 2019


Dr. Gillian Turnbull, professor and author of Sonic Booms: Making Music in an Oil Town, returns to the NSTS studios this week with a whole new batch …

NSTS Episode 103 - 97.7 HTZ-FM's Siobhan Woodrow

April 9th, 2019


97.7 HTZ-FM music director and on-air personality Siobhan Woodrow joins me this week to chat about a most impressive list of skin-vibrating tunes. 

The HTZ-FM website says she loves punk rock, and she clearly does - L7, …

NSTS Episode 102 - Singer Stacey Kay

April 2nd, 2019


My guest on NSTS this week, singer Stacey Kay, is no stranger to the spotlight. She's advanced to the final rounds of America's Got Talent, performed live at Massey Hall with k.d. lang, and has been praised by the likes …

NSTS Episode 101 - Jazz Singer Barbra Lica

March 26th, 2019


Juno-nominated jazz songstress Barbra Lica joins me in the NSTS studios this week for show number 101. CBC Radio 2 recently called Barbra one of Canada's top female jazz singers, and you'll see why after listening to …

NSTS Episode 100 - Celebrating 100 Episodes of No Sleep 'til Sudbury

March 12th, 2019


I thought it would be prescient to celebrate the one hundred episode milestone with a look back at some of the great moments that took place on the …

NSTS Episode 099 - Folk Pop Duo In The City

March 5th, 2019


NSTS episode 99 features Ashley Jane and Timor Wientzek of folk pop duo In The City. It's always a treat to have organic musicians on the show, and …

NSTS Episode 098 - Singer Suzi Kory

February 26th, 2019


The happiest person on planet Earth, singer Suzi Kory, returns to the NSTS studios this week to chat about all sorts of fun things. 

It's always a pleasure to host Suzi, and during this episode she catches us up on …

NSTS Episode 097 - Barsuk Records' Barry Gordon

February 19th, 2019


This episode is definitely for the low-fi indie rock crowd. I travelled to Seattle late last year and chatted with co-founder of premier indie label Barsuk Records Barry Gordon at the Starbucks Center. My good pal Kevin …

NSTS Episode 096 - Songstress Andrea Ramolo

February 12th, 2019


This week on No Sleep 'til Sudbury we welcome Canadian Folk Music nominee and super cool lady Andrea Ramolo. She's currently touring her newest …

NSTS Episode 095 - The Return of Brighton Rock Guitarist Greg Fraser

February 5th, 2019


Friend of the show and Brighton Rock guitar slinger Greg Fraser returns to NSTS this week, with quite a different batch of songs - this time around, it's all rock. 

It's always fun chatting with Fraze, he's a great guy …

NSTS Episode 094 - Singer Songwriter Audra Santa

January 29th, 2019


Audra Santa caused something of a sensation on the internet recently. The video for her latest single "Afterglow" was censored by Facebook for …

NSTS Episode 093 - Best Of NSTS Live Performances

January 22nd, 2019


Here's something different for you this week. Something I've thought about doing for a while now. It's a privilege for me to have guests of No Sleep 'til Sudbury play their music on the show, and there have been some …

NSTS Episode 092 - Troubadour Barney Bentall

January 15th, 2019


Barney Bentall is an incredible songwriter and a terrific man. It was a real pleasure hanging out with him, capped with an unplugged performance of a song of his I've loved since my teens, "Something To Live For". Talk …

NSTS Episode 091 - Sting Guitarist Jeffrey Lee Campbell

January 8th, 2019


Happy New Year, NSTS is back! 

We kick off the year by hosting former Sting guitarist Jeffrey Lee Campbell. Jeff toured the world with Sting in 1987 on his Nothing Like The Sun tour, and he details that whirlwind …

NSTS Episode 090 - Xmas with Triumph Guitarist Rik Emmett Part II

December 18th, 2018


Here's the second and final portion of my time spent with the great Rik Emmett, going over the Christmas songs most special to him. Our first episode from last week was a massive success, earning the most downloads of …

NSTS Episode 089 - Xmas with Triumph Guitarist Rik Emmett Part I

December 11th, 2018


Time to get into the Christmas spirit, friends. And who better to help us do that than Triumph guitar wiz and Christmas music guru Rik Emmett? 

Rik has once again graciously invited me into his home, this time to record …

NSTS Episode 088 - Sportscaster Barry Davis

December 4th, 2018


This week on No Sleep 'til Sudbury I'm joined by former Sportsnet sportscaster and current Outta The Park podcast host Barry Davis. Barry's a big music fan (and the frontman of a Tom Petty cover band!), and we had a …

NSTS Episode 087 - Meteorologist and Author Amy Sweezey

November 27th, 2018


She's a meteorologist. She's an author. And she's a big music fan. This week it's my pleasure to welcome my pal Amy Sweezey to the show to talk about …

NSTS Episode 086 - Alan Cross Returns

November 20th, 2018


This week's NSTS guest needs no introduction. Canadian broadcaster Alan Cross returns to the show to talk tunes!

As always, Alan and I have a great musical chat. Highlights include the future of rock, his new gig with …

NSTS Episode 085 - Broadcaster Todd Miller

November 13th, 2018


Radio and television broadcaster Todd Miller is my guest on NSTS this week, and he brings with him songs from a wide array of musical genres. I do love when that happens.

In this episode Todd and I chat about the career …

NSTS Episode 084 - Conductor Ritesh Das

November 6th, 2018


This week we're doing something a little different. 

My guest is Toronto Tabla Ensemble artistic director Ritesh Das, in to talk about his new album Bhumika that launches November 9. Ritesh has performed with The Tea …

NSTS Episode 083 - Halloween Episode with Rob Preuss

October 30th, 2018


This year's Halloween episode guest is former Spoons and Honeymoon Suite keyboardist Rob Preuss. Rob took me to a studio on 72nd Street in New York …

NSTS Episode 082 - Country Singer Kelsi Mayne

October 23rd, 2018


Country singer songwriter Kelsi Mayne drops by the NSTS studios this week, and she brings guitar player Annette Haas along to play her latest single "Woman Waiting" live. 

Kelsi and I chat about her favourite place to …

NSTS Episode 081 - The Incredible Stephen Stanley

October 16th, 2018


My pal Stephen Stanley is with me in studio this week, and I always love having him in. He was gracious enough to bring his guitar with him to play two songs from his excellent Jimmy & The Moon album - if you …

NSTS Episode 080 - Singer Christina Martin

October 9th, 2018


The very talented Christina Martin drops by the NSTS studios with her guitar player Dale Murray this week to play tunes and talk music. 

Christina's …

NSTS Episode 079 - Broadcaster and Educator Stephen Hurley

October 2nd, 2018


This week on the show I welcome broadcaster and former educator Stephen Hurley to the NSTS studios. In addition to going through Stephen's skin-vibrating songs, our chat is centred around music education, and the fact …

NSTS Episode 078 - Coney Hatch's Carl Dixon (with Ron MacLean!)

September 25th, 2018


It doesn't get much better than this, folks. Coney Hatch frontman Carl Dixon comes back for his second episode, and who should turn up to sit in but …

NSTS Episode 077 - Brighton Rock Guitarist Greg Fraser

September 18th, 2018


Fleet-fingered Brighton Rock lead guitarist Greg Fraser calls into the show this week to talk tunes. Greg is an incredible player and a great dude, and our conversation was a lot of fun. 

Topics of interest include …

NSTS Episode 076 - Singer Molly Johnson

September 11th, 2018


The No Sleep 'til Sudbury podcast is back with the incredible and irrepressible Molly Johnson. She's got fire, she's got insight, and the lady has …

NSTS Episode 075 - Singer and Vocal Coach Teresa Cirillo

August 28th, 2018


If you're a fan of the show, this will be one of your favourite episodes. Singer and vocal coach Teresa Cirillo drops by the No Sleep 'til Sudbury studios for a very honest and personal chat about the music that makes …

NSTS Episode 074 - Ryerson Professor Dr. Gillian Turnbull

August 21st, 2018


Ethnomusicologist, professor, and writer Gillian Turnbull is my guest on the show this week. Gillian is a fascinating woman with a powerful social …

NSTS Episode 073 - Canadian Broadcasting Icon Ron MacLean

August 14th, 2018


My pal Ron MacLean comes back to the No Sleep ‘til Sudbury studios again this week to chat about ten more songs that make his skin vibrate. It’s an …

NSTS Episode 072 - Hockey Night in Canada's Ron MacLean

August 7th, 2018


One of Canada's greatest ambassadors, broadcasting icon and massive music fan Ron MacLean joins me on No Sleep 'til Sudbury this week. Like most Canadian sports fans I've been a fan of Ron's for decades, and it was my …

NSTS Episode 071 - Entrepreneurial Collosus Terry Moshenberg

July 31st, 2018


This week, friend of the show and entrepreneurial juggernaut Terry Moshenberg drops by the studio for his second kick at the NSTS can with an all-new batch of great tunes.   

Over the course of our chat, Mosh and I talk …

NSTS Episode 070 - Triumph Frontman Rik Emmett

July 24th, 2018


This week on No Sleep 'til Sudbury we did things a little differently - we taped the episode live from former Triumph frontman Rik Emmett's home. Yep …

NSTS Episode 069 - Singer Suzi Kory Returns!

July 17th, 2018


Back by popular demand, singer Suzi Kory returns to the studio for Episode 069 of the No Sleep 'til Sudbury podcast with a new batch of songs that …

NSTS Episode 068 - Former Wargasm bassist Bob Mayo

July 10th, 2018


Talking with this week's NSTS guest Bob Mayo was a genuine pleasure. In this episode, Bob speaks honestly and courageously about his upbringing, and I commend him for that. He brings in the songs that helped him get …

NSTS Episode 067 - Dr. Malcolm Galloway

July 1st, 2018


This week I'm joined by Dr. Malcolm Galloway, a neuropathologist, musician, and actor from London, England. 

I invited Malcolm on the show to expand …

NSTS Episode 066 - Entrepreneurial Juggernaut Terry Moshenberg

June 26th, 2018


I'm joined this week by entrepreneurial juggernaut Terry Moshenberg, founder of The League of Rock. 

Terry's a true blue old school rock and roll …

NSTS Episode 065 - Coney Hatch Singer Carl Dixon

June 19th, 2018


Coney Hatch's Carl Dixon is one of Canada's most respected musicians, and he's also my guest this week on No Sleep 'til Sudbury. Carl is funny, …

NSTS Episode 064 - NYC Artist Christopher John Campion

June 12th, 2018


New York City author and singer/songwriter Chris Campion joins me on the show this week. Chris gets what we're doing on the show and he welcomes the …

NSTS Episode 063 - Songstress Suzi Kory

June 5th, 2018


Canadian rock singer Suzi Kory is a woman who goes after what she wants. And in NSTS Episode 62, you'll see that she gets it.

Suzy drops by the studio to talk about the songs that make her skin vibrate, and she shares …

NSTS Episode 062 - Joydrop Singer Tara Slone

May 29th, 2018


It's my distinct pleasure to introduce this week's No Sleep 'til Sudbury guest, former Joydrop lead singer and current Sportsnet Hometown Hockey co-host Tara Slone. Tara joins me in person to talk about the songs that …

NSTS Episode 061 - The KISS Solo Albums (with The Pink Chief)

May 22nd, 2018


On the 40th anniversary of the release of the KISS solo records, friend of the show and KISS lunatic Chris 'The Pink Chief' Long joins me this week …

NSTS Episode 060 - The Jitters Frontman Blair Packham

May 15th, 2018


Returning to the studio for NSTS episode #60 is former Jitters frontman Blair Packham, to cover off the songs we didn't get to during his first appearance in episode #58.

Blair is a compelling guest for a lot of …

NSTS Episode 059 - Autograph Guitarist Steve Lynch

May 7th, 2018


This week on No Sleep 'til Sudbury I'm thrilled to host one of my favourite guitar players from my early teen years, Autograph's Steve Lynch. Steve was one of the earliest innovators of fretboard tapping. After hearing …

NSTS Episode 058 - Singer Songwriter Blair Packham

May 1st, 2018


Canadian veteran singer songwriter and former lead singer of The Jitters Blair Packham joins me live in the studio this week to talk about the …

NSTS Episode 057 - Sean Beaudoin Returns!

April 23rd, 2018


Seattle novelist and friend of the show Sean Beaudoin returns with more cool tunes in episode 57 of No Sleep 'til Sudbury. Sean consistently brings …

NSTS Episode 056 - Grapes of Wrath Founder Kevin Kane

April 17th, 2018


It was my pleasure to host Grapes of Wrath vocalist/guitarist Kevin Kane in the studio for Episode 56 of NSTS. I really admired this band during my university years, as a lot of their songs really resonated with me and …

NSTS Episode 055 - Bassist and Blogger Bob Mayo

April 10th, 2018


Bob Mayo joins me via Skype from the Boston area for this week's episode of No Sleep 'til Sudbury. Bob is the former bassist of thrash metal act …

NSTS Episode 054 - Church + State's Ron Tite

April 3rd, 2018


My guest this week touches on all the aspects that make for a really great show - engagement, keen insight, great stories, interesting little known facts, honesty, and humour. CEO of content marketing agency Church + …

NSTS Episode 053 - Melody Maker Journalist Chris Charlesworth Part II

March 27th, 2018


NSTS episode 53 is part two of my chat with former Melody Maker journalist Chris Charlesworth. Chris has so many personal stories about rock stars like David Bowie that I just sit back and let him lay them all out.

NSTS Episode 052 - Melody Maker journalist Chris Charlesworth Part I

March 20th, 2018


If you want to hear some absolutely fascinating stories about Elvis, John Lennon, and the guys from Led Zeppelin and The Who, listen to this episode. …

NSTS Episode 051 - An All-Canadian Playlist with Rob Preuss

March 13th, 2018


Former Spoons and Honeymoon Suite keyboardist Rob Preuss is a great man and a great Canadian. And he makes his return to the No Sleep 'til Sudbury podcast with a fun Canuck twist!

Rob brings in five songs that make his …

NSTS Episode 050 - Lee Eckley and Crown Lands

March 5th, 2018


We made it to 50! Joining me to celebrate are legendary Toronto on-air personality Lee Eckley and rising stars Cody J.R. Bowles and Kevin Comeau of Crown Lands.

We figured we'd do something a little different for the …

NSTS Episode 049 - Horseshoe Tavern Author David McPherson

February 27th, 2018


Author of the new book The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern: A Complete History David McPherson joins me for a chat in Episode 49 of No Sleep 'til Sudbury. The book is an excellent testament to one of Canada's greatest …

NSTS Episode 048 - Guitar God Zakk Wylde

February 19th, 2018


Brother Zakk Wylde talks to me from his tour bus in Akron, Ohio about two lists of songs that make his skin vibrate - the first one is the 'exclusive' list best not shared beyond the tour bus, and the second being the …

NSTS Episode 047 - Rheostatics' Dave Bidini Part II

February 13th, 2018


In episode 47 of No Sleep 'til Sudbury, Rheostatics guitarist and prolific author Dave Bidini returns to the studio with a few more songs to discuss. 

NSTS Episode 046 - Rheostatics Frontman Dave Bidini

February 6th, 2018


Dave Bidini is a very interesting individual and one hell of a storyteller. Despite having a cold, Dave drops by the Spoke Club studio for Episode 46 …

NSTS Episode 045 - Indie Songwriter Shawn William Clarke

January 30th, 2018


Up-and-coming indie singer songwriter Shawn William Clarke joins me in downtown Toronto for No Sleep 'til Sudbury episode 45 with the songs that make his skin vibrate.

Shawn and I talk about the subtle eeriness of …

NSTS Episode 044 - British Writer Joel McIver

January 23rd, 2018


Back for his No Sleep 'til Sudbury sophomore turn from the UK is my pal Joel McIver, one of my favourite writers and one hell of a good man. Joel proposed an idea for his second episode which I instantly liked - songs …

NSTS Episode 043 - Stephen Stanley Returns!

January 16th, 2018


Former Lowest of the Low guitarist Stephen Stanley returns to the studio following his NSTS Xmas episode with a whole new batch of songs.

We talk …

NSTS Episode 042 - Drum Legend Mike Portnoy

January 9th, 2018


Happy New Year, friends. We're back at it with none other than drum colossus Mike Portnoy, formerly of Dream Theater and now playing with rock …

NSTS Episode 041 - My Illustrious Neighbour, Mister John Belton

December 19th, 2017


Alright, we're doing something a little different tonight. Episode 41 is a previously unreleased, impromptu episode recorded during a night of drinking with my neighbour and close friend, mister Johnny Belton. The …

NSTS Episode 040 - Stephen Stanley Christmas Episode

December 12th, 2017


Former Lowest of the Low frontman Stephen Stanley joins me on episode 40 to do a Christmas edition of No Sleep 'til Sudbury. We chat about his new group The Stephen Stanley Band and their excellent new record, Jimmy …

NSTS Episode 039 - Lisa McDonald

December 5th, 2017


Joining me on the show this week is author and radio & television host of Living Fearlessly Lisa McDonald, who brings in all manner of musical genres with her No Sleep 'til Sudbury skin vibration playlist.   We …

NSTS Episode 038 - The Pink Chief Returns (Again)

November 28th, 2017


Everyone's favourite curmudgeon Chris 'The Pink Chief' Long calls into the show - not to talk about songs that make his skin vibrate, but to share his view of the world from the DJ booth. He gets a pass for flouting …

NSTS Episode 037 - Honeymoon Suite's Rob Preuss

November 21st, 2017


If you're a Canadian music fan of my vintage, you'll surely remember The Spoons and Honeymoon Suite. Rob Preuss played keyboards in both those bands, and he tells some great stories from those days in Episode 37 of No …

NSTS Episode 036 - Ian O'Malley Fireside Chat

November 14th, 2017


Episode 36 of No Sleep Til Sudbury takes place in Wilton, Connecticut, conducted from two comfy chairs inside the home belonging to my pally from the valley, mister Ian O'Malley.

I'd heard a lot of the hilarious stories …

NSTS Episode 035 - Semiotic Researcher Charles Leech

November 7th, 2017


Want your mind blown? Listen to this episode.

Semiotic researcher Charles Leech drops by to explain how and why we get goosebumps when we hear certain songs, and how rock music almost didn't exist if not for a guy …

NSTS Episode 034 - Halloween with Jamie Blaine

October 30th, 2017


Jamie Blaine is a guy I could talk music with for days and days. In Episode 34, Jamie and I contemplate Halloween and talk about some Halloween-ish …

NSTS Episode 033 - Hunters Bay Radio Personality Sarah Coombs

October 24th, 2017


Hunters Bay Radio 88.7FM's on-air personality and afternoon drive host Sarah Coombs joins me for Episode 33 of the No Sleep 'til Sudbury episode …

NSTS Episode 032 - Twisted Sister guitarist Jay Jay French

October 17th, 2017


Making his triumphant return to the No Sleep 'til Sudbury show for episode 32 is mister Jay Jay French, back to talk about Lou Reed, David Bowie, The Beatles, and loads of other things.

Jay Jay also concedes that the …

NSTS Episode 031 - Stephanie Riley

October 9th, 2017


Stephanie Riley drops by the show in NSTS Episode 31 to discuss some very personal sentiments related to her having read All My Favourite People Are Broken. I'm fascinated that her stories actually lend validation to …

NSTS Episode 030 - DJ Josh Duncan

October 3rd, 2017


The Dock 104.1FM on-air personality Josh Duncan joins me in Episode 30 to talk Motorhead, Sabbath, Nirvana, and a little Simon & Garfunkel.

Josh and I have a great chat, including the strange emotional dichotomy of …

NSTS Episode 029 - Punk Rocker Colin Lumsden

September 26th, 2017


In Episode 029 of No Sleep Til Sudbury, my pal and massive punk rock fan Colin Lumsden returns to the studio to further discuss the songs that stir …

NSTS Episode 028 - Def Leppard guitarist Phil Collen

September 19th, 2017


It's my distinct pleasure to host one of the nicest guys in rock and roll in Episode 28 of NSTS, Def Leppard guitarist extraordinaire Phil Collen.

NSTS Episode 027 - The Golden Age of Hip Hop Part IV (Finale)

September 10th, 2017


In Episode 27 of NSTS, Brad Jemmett and Kent Bailey both return to the studio for the fourth and final installment of their Golden Age of Hip Hop …

NSTS Episode 026 - The Golden Age of Hip Hop Part III

September 5th, 2017


My jackass friends Brad 'Jammer' Jemmett and Kent 'Blaze' Bailey are back for the third installment of their little hip hop exercise, and after we …

NSTS Episode 025 - Punk Historian Colin Lumsden

August 29th, 2017


Colin Lumsden is a personal friend, a highly intelligent business executive currently working in the field of higher education, and a massive music …

NSTS Episode 024 - Podcast Host Mitch Lafon

August 22nd, 2017


Canadian rock journalist Mitch Lafon joins me in NSTS episode 24 with a classic hair metal playlist that brings me back to my high school days.

Join …

NSTS Episode 023 - Twisted Sister guitarist Jay Jay French

August 15th, 2017


Twisted Sister founder and guitarist Jay Jay French joins me in episode 23 to discuss Sister, his slew of new and intriguing projects, and of course, his playlist.

Jay Jay and I talk about my first ever concert (Twisted …

NSTS Episode 022 - Seattle Writer Sean Beaudoin

August 8th, 2017


Seattle editor and author of Welcome Thieves Sean Beaudoin joins me via Skype to talk about one of the most unique and compelling playlists ever submitted to the No Sleep Til Sudbury podcast series.

Sean supports his …

NSTS Episode 021 - Comedian Allison Dore

August 1st, 2017


In the most candid episode of No Sleep Til Sudbury to date, comedian and Sirius XM on-air personality Allison Dore shares some very honest and personal insights from her formative years as reflected through the playlist …

NSTS Episode 020 - NYC Director Chris Cassidy

July 25th, 2017


In NSTS episode 020, I'm joined by New York filmmaker Chris Cassidy to talk about his upcoming documentary Dennis and Lois, which chronicles the …

NSTS Episode 019 - Killer Dwarfs lead singer Russ Dwarf

July 18th, 2017


Killer Dwarfs singer Russ Dwarf and I get his birthday festivities started a day early in Episode 019 of No Sleep Til Sudbury, as Russ takes me through the playlist of songs that make his skin vibrate over a few …

NSTS Episode 018 - The Return of Christopher Long

July 11th, 2017


Look who's back! The Pink Chief, Chris Long, makes his triumphant return to the No Sleep Til Sudbury podcast.

In this episode, The Chief completely flouts my format and does something completely different - no playlist …

NSTS Episode 017 - Crown Lands guitarist Kevin Comeau

July 1st, 2017


Canadian kid and fleet-fingered guitarist for hot new heavy blues band Crown Lands Kevin Comeau brings his guitar into the studio for Canada Day, replacing my usual intro music with some tasty slide guitar. He even …

NSTS Episode 016 - MuchMusic's Bill Welychka

June 27th, 2017


Canadian TV personality and MuchMusic alum Bill Welychka finally gets his invite to guest on NSTS Episode 16, fresh off of my appearance on his morning show on CKWS TV.

During our chat Bill touches on The Hip's take …

NSTS Episode 015 - Brad Jemmett

June 20th, 2017


Following in the footsteps of his childhood Scarborough bestie, my old dorm brother Brad 'Jammer' Jemmett drops by with his own hip hop playlist, and …

NSTS Episode 014 - Jo Watson

June 12th, 2017


In Episode 14 my homegirl from the South, Jo Watson, joins me to discuss the songs that make her skin vibrate, and to hack on each other a bit as we always do.

Listen as Watson confesses her love for sexy women and her …

NSTS Episode 013 - Eric Alper

June 6th, 2017


In Episode 13 leading Canadian music correspondent, public relations wizard, and Sirius XM radio host Eric Alper joins me via Skype.

Among other things, we discuss the Genesis gateway between Peter Gabriel and Phil …

NSTS Episode 012 - Music Historian Alan Cross

June 1st, 2017


It was my privilege to host the legendary Alan Cross in Episode 12, voice of that iconic Canadian music doc we've all listened to at some point in our lives - The Ongoing History of New Music.

As Alan and I talk about …

NSTS Episode 011 - NSTS Host Brent Jensen

May 29th, 2017


Whoa!!! My man Jamie Blaine takes over the show all the way from Nashville and plays the role of host, allowing me to get in on the fun and talk a …

NSTS Episode 010 - Kent Bailey

May 23rd, 2017


No Sleep Til Sudbury takes a complete left turn in Episode 10 as my close pal Kent Bailey drops by to give me a tutorial on the history of Hip Hop. Even if he was a suburban white kid, dude knows his stuff.   Listen …

NSTS Episode 009 - Writer Christopher Long

May 16th, 2017


My old promo tour buddy from Florida Chris Long, also known as The Pink Chief, joins me in Episode 9 to riff on music like no one else can. This dude …

NSTS Episode 008 - Nashville Author Jamie Blaine

May 15th, 2017


My brother from Tennessee, Jamie Blaine, writes for like 70 different magazines and still has time to drop by the show for a few laughs, bless his …

NSTS Episode 007 - Rachel Sumner

May 8th, 2017


Learning design specialist and close friend Rachel Sumner drops by in Episode 7 with a highly inspiring and very interesting spin on the No Sleep Til …

NSTS Episode 006 - Robin Washington

May 8th, 2017


In Episode 6, Robin Washington's love of music is only slightly eclipsed by her gift for being a wisecracking smartass. Listen as she discusses her grandfather's pimp tendencies, her hilarious account of listening to …

NSTS Episode 005 - UK Author Joel McIver

May 1st, 2017


Prolific UK author, respected music journalist, and all-around great guy Joel McIver joins me via Skype from across the pond to discuss all manner of …

NSTS Episode 004 - Psychologist Dr. Liam Ennis

April 27th, 2017


Psychologist and distinguished music freak Dr. Liam Ennis joins me via Skype to chat about things like the goings-on inside Al Green's crazy church …

NSTS Episode 003 - Q104.3 NYC's Ian O'Malley

April 27th, 2017


In episode 3 my pally from the valley, longtime New York radio and entertainment personality Ian O'Malley, joins me over Skype from Connecticut to talk about the songs that represent the incredible adventures he's …

NSTS Episode 002 - 94.9 On-Air Personality Lee Eckley

April 27th, 2017


My favourite on-air personality in the Greater Toronto Area, Lee Eckley from 94.9 The Rock, brings over some beers and a great list of classic rock and jazz songs to discuss. 

And you're gonna love the Rick James story …

NSTS Episode 001 - The No Sleep 'til Sudbury Podcast Series Introduction

April 27th, 2017


A brief introduction of the series with clips from upcoming episodes.  

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