Is Paul Figueiras, leader of the Vegan Environmental Party of Ontario a “crazy hippy” or a future Premier? Paul joins us to talk about his party since its 2011 inception and some of the challenges an outspoken vegan and environmentalist faces in Ontario provincial politics. Is coal soot a blessing in disguise? Would you prefer genetically modified super-salmon? Or steak grown in petri-dish? Kevin Farmer joins us to discuss this weeks news in between clips from the fantastic Story of Stuff Project with Annie Leonard.
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Ruby Dog – The Ruby Spirit
Imagine, if you will, that Debbie Harry was born in 1985 and grew up feeding on the Seattle grunge scene and The Jesus and Mary Chain, among other tasty treats of the 90s rock vibe. Imagine next that The Killers fired Brandon Flowers and recruited this incarnation of Debbie and tossed her in the hands of Ann Wilson and Karen O for a little tutelage. Are you feeling the awesome of Toronto band The Ruby Spirit yet? This track’s a free download off their 2010 EP Born Under A Veil, which is solid straight through.
Strange Feeling – The City and the Sea
Live, loud, melodic and fiercer than ever, Hamilton’s City and The Sea are sporting a new lineup, new songs and a fresh attitude. Their sound is that delicious place where old school rock and roll meets indie rock sensibility, with vocal harmony work that flushes out the blues-tinged guitars and pleasantly abused drum kit. In anticipation of their forthcoming 2013 EP Action Figures, you can snag Strange Feeling for free and blast it as loud as you want (I prefer fully cranked).
60 Minutes – Ohio
Despite the moniker, Ohio hails from Toronto, where they deliver a retro-rock punch in their tunes. Heavy influences of The Cure and The Talking Heads play out on free download track 60 Minutes, but the song feels as fresh as the first time my youthful ears ever spun classic Depeche Mode. There’s also a dash of the folk-rock vibe of early Springsteen peeking out from beneath the synth surface. Their sonic complexity and masterful command of melodic rock’s essentials makes them a band to watch in 2013.