Guest: Martha Chaves
Music: The Salt Cellars
Martha Chaves is a dynamo - you can hear her on her regular guest appearances on the CBC's Because News and The Debaters. Despite the pain of a root canal, she brought it all to this Hybla Minute. We talk about comedy, breaking into the business and all the serendipity of her life in comedy. The conversation covers how Martha got into the business of comedy and how she is dealing with the pandemic. Martha is an activist, comedian and great story teller. Hybla Minute will refund your money if you don't laugh!
Episode 21 cover illustration of Martha by illustrator and comedian Kyle Brownrig
The Salt Cellars
The Salt Cellars are Virginia deCarle, Rob Bersan, Ron Kapitain, Richard Joudrey, Anne Wilde and Brendon Burgess
Music mixed music at Anax Junius studios by Richard Joudrey.
Links for Martha Chaves
Check out Martha's Podcast When Feminists Rule the World
And she has a Wikipedia page! Martha Chaves
and check out Martha's comedy album Chunky Salsa
Links for Salt Cellars
Video of Wanna Be With You (featured on this podcast)
Band's Debut Video You Don't Know Me
The Salt Cellars Bandcamp Page
This show's guest, Hannah Crawford is at the beginning of her career as an opera singer. She talks about why she decided to become an opera singer, people who inspire her, music she wants to perform and how things have changed for her now with the Covid19 Pandemic. Talking to Hanna was a wonderful way to spend some time - her optimism and beautiful voice are important to hear in times like these. And you will hear her sing some Mozart and even a little bit of rock opera too! Enjoy
Rallies in solidarity with Black people and the uprisings in the US, Canada and places that I didn't expect like Belleville, Ontario are sharpening the focus on police brutality and the systemic racism we live in. Bay of Quinte Society of Friends Against Racism's Fiona Dodsworth joins me to discuss the groups recent Belleville rally and vigil in to support the lives of Black people in the USA, Canada and Belleville. It was an enlighting conversation that covered a lot - allyship and how to be an ally; how to organize a rally in a pandemic and what a radically transformed world could look like. Big thanks to Fiona for the great interview and BQSFAR's other members for making this interview happen - hat tip to Kayla Koomans who connected me to Fiona who stressed how much this was a team effort to make the rally and vigil happen.
Added bonus! Local poet Serena Rykert shares her poem, Memory, The Handmaid from her 1995 book of poetry One Leaf One Place One Time. The poem is read by Ken Fraser.
Music: Dangerous System by Pad Anthony
Guest Bill Glisky, the editor and a reporter from Inquinte.ca writes about what's important in his community - in our communities. His recent article on why MP Derek Sloan exposes this politician as the right-wing, Trump-loving representative that he is - I guess you can tell I'm no fan of MP Derek Sloan and his regressive politics - his leadership campaign is a dogwhistle to an extremely dangerous group of people in our area. And we talk about that, we talk about what conversion therapy is and why Sloan supports it. We talk about journalism in rural areas, a confederate flag wearing cop in Belleville, BlackLivesMatter and how journalism can be a social justice tool to change people's minds.
Check out Bill's opinion piece on Sloan on Inquinte.ca: Sloan's Riding Deserves Another Vote
CT Rowe shares stories about what it was like to work for the National Ballet of Canada Orchestra, how she ended up playing what she did there and what she's playing now - CT is a remarkable person who tells me that she lived her whole live practicing how to live her life here in the country - from the glamorous concert halls of the world to a lovely home on Fraser Lake. We talk about it all. I love that she picketed Carnegie Hall. She'll tell you why. And an added treat, the music at the end is CT playing. Enjoy!
And last week was a hard week for many, especially people of colour who are exhausted from having to explain again and again how their lives are in peril by the police and the system of anti-black racism that is destroying lives. Give a listen to these podcasts - Black people talking about Black Lives. We've been told it will get better - it won't if we don't do anything. I am posting these links in the hope that they will amplify the voices of Black people at a time when we should all be listening. Things have to change.
I highly recommend Sandy and Nora Talk Politics Podcast. Sandy Hudson was one of the co-founders of Black LIves Matter Toronto and she and co-host Nora Loreto talk about important issues - they hold no punches and are a refreshing voice and reality check.
Sandy and Nora Talk Politics
The Globe and Mail's Podcast Colour Code
Podcasts from the USA
1. Still Processing Podcast about Colin Kaepernick
2. The Daily Podcast Systems that Protect the Police
3. Code Switch Podcast A Decade of Watching Black People Die
Christine McCrae is an Algonquin Woman who has a deep commitment to this land and the Algonquin people - she is a young and important voice that is part of the movement to rebuild and relearn who her people are. It's hard work that she loves. Her passion and vision for this is evident in the interview - we talk about starting her new business, Waaseyaa Consulting in the middle of a pandemic, her work as Executive Director at NativeLand.ca Digital, effective land acknowledgments, colonialism and the future. Waaseyee is an Algonquin word that translates to "bright light". And it's clear, and you'll see that in this interview, that people like Christine are making indigenous and non-indigenous people's lives brighter with the knowledge she shares.
LINKS TO CHECK OUT
Waaseyaa Consulting on Instagram @waaseyaaconsulting
and Kalliopeioa Organization
MUSIC: Digging Roots
FILM: Indian Horse
Lee Maracle, Robin Wall Kimmerer and Leanne Betasamosake Simpson
Guests Barb Lindenberg and Shaun Sellers are the minds and bodies behind Long Talks in the Woods, a monthly speaker and conversation series that grew out of the work Shaun is doing as a PhD student in the Leadership for the Ecozoic program at McGill University and a common their common interest in understanding the world and how it works. They talk about what "economy" really means and what are the things they value. We talk about how this pandemic has shone a light on how the economy works and how what seemed sure is no longer inevitable. It's an engaging discussion. We even discuss that toilet paper shortage.
Music: local musician, Ian Russell
Vicki Fraser is on this podcast, as a guest and as a performer. This is a two-song Hybla Minute. And that's great because it's about music and how Vicki organized a cabaret that spans three Ontario cities and 15 singer-songwriters. The Cabaret to Support Artists was Vicki's way to gather some friends and create something to support musicians in light of what this pandemic is doing to their livelihoods and lives. It's a feel good story. And Regina Gently performs her new single Whole Wide World. Jam packed show!
Writer and frequent contributor to CBC Radio on all things parenting, Ann Douglas is this Hybla Minute Guest. Ann talks about her beginnings and inspiration. Her strong sense of justice fuels her work as a writer and citizen. We talk about parenting, now especially in this pandemic, and what concerns she is hearing from parents. Ann believes writing can change the world, and Hybla Minute is totally onside. We also talk about erotic fan fiction. You'll have to listen.
Eden Standing, Rick Joudrey and Anne Wilde
This inter-provincial project features Eden Standing from BC and two local residents, Rick Joudrey and Anne Wilde. People around here may have heard Rick and Anne more recently in the band The Salt Cellars which was featured on the very first Hybla Minute.
Local Hastings Highlands High School Music Teacher, Dianne Winmill talks about what got her on the road to becoming a music teacher, her enthusiasm for her students, the profession and love of her job is evident in this exuberant and heartwarming interview. Even with the restrictions that this pandemic has brought us, Dianne although concerned about what it will mean for education and her students, sees there is some silver lining to it. That's just the way she is. Hybla Minute thinks that Dianne's positivity is just what we need right now. Give it a listen.
Music: Local Quinte Band - Kliq
Ian Hendry joins Hybla Minute to talk about Hastings Community Fish Hatchery - its beginnings, what it does and what challenges it faces with the pandemic. While Ian doesn't convince me that fishing is not boring, he gives a spirited and informative interview about the hatchery where he has volunteered for six years and is now volunteering as a director for the not-for-profit organization.
We can't talk about spring without preparing for it too! So tuck your pants into your socks and listen to Hybla Minute's guide to Avoiding Black Flies.
Music: Barefoot McCoy
Libraries are social hubs and for many in rural communities, libraries are vital for the well-being of the community. Hastings Highlands Public Library is in the centre of Maynooth and is the heart of Maynooth. Jessica O'Reilly, HHPL's Info Tech Librarian talks about libraries, her work at the library and how the library is dealing with the pandemic.
Animal Shelters are seeing an uptake in adoption applications because of this pandemic. People wanting to deal with the isolation by having a pet to keep them company. But is it a good idea? Hybla Minute's guest is Vice President of local Pet Rescue Home Again. She's part of a committed team of volunteers that help find unwanted dogs and cats homes. The road from being without a home to finding that forever home is a long one and Christine explains how it's done and how Home Again is dealing with the pandemic and putting the animals first. There is also a poignant reading of Stan Rawlinson's 1993 The Ten Commandments of Dog Ownership by Ken Fraser.
Music: Alien Threat
Hybla Minute spoke with Sandra McGrath, the Executive Director of Bancroft Community Health Team. She heads a group of dedicated health care workers and talks about how she ended up in this position, how the Centre works and how it's rising to the challenge of the pandemic in our rural community. Sandra has some insight and sound advice on how to deal with our new reality - and Gray's Anatomy is not a suitable comparison.
Music: The Polish Ambassador
Paul Bellini, writer, comedian - known for wearing on a towel on Canadian comedy show Kids in the Hall, is this episode's guest. He talks about comedy, death and other timely things. He also is debuting a soon-to-be hit single Tactile by Mouth Congress, the band he and comedian Scott Thompson began in Paul's basement.
I've also got a story about how going to the laundry in rural Ontario...I'm a big fan of laundromats but not in a pandemic. The story has a happy ending.
What does it take to be a volunteer firefighter in Northern Ontario? Svinda Heinricks talks about what inspired her to became a firefighter in the rural community of Hastings Highlands. She makes the links between her faith and her service and talks about how the Covid19 pandemic is having an impact here. You may consider signing up. Svinda tells us why you should and why you shouldn't. Your host is a pretty good candidate.
Hybla Minute spoke with Matthew Reisler about journalism and what lengths he would go to for pancakes. To be starting your career as a reporter in rural Ontario in a pandemic is going to get you some new skills pretty fast. Our conversation touches on aspects of life up here and advice on how to comsume media....especially when so much is at stake now. The Mayor of Essonville, Albert Saxby is our musical guest. Enjoy and always remember to fact check!
Hybla Minute welcomes Spring!
Guest: Shannon O'Keefe, Support Worker and HouseShare Coordinator at North Hastings Community Trust in Bancroft, Ontario.
Spring is very welcome right now - but away your winter boots and no worries about getting the firewood now - at least for this year. The Hybla Minute will be talking with Shannon about the programs she's involved in at the Trust. Housing for people in precarious situations and Harm Reduction share some unique approaches in a rural setting - While we talk the seriousness of what's happening here, the conversation is hopeful and insightful. She and North Hastings Community Trust are changing things for the better in our communities. Shannon because of her strength and smarts give me hope. I know listening to what she has to say will do the same for you. In these dark times, as Harvey Milk said, "You got to give them hope." Shannon gives us hope.
Music: California Kilowatt, a music project by singer, songwriter and record producer Matt Leger
Across rural communities, community centres are being torn down or condemned. Public spaces are important spaces and who better to tell us how important they are than our guest Tammy Lin Foreman tells stories about the important role the community centres in the area played throughout her life, and makes a strong case for recognizing how community centres are the heart of a place. Also a singer-songwriter, Tammy recorded two songs for the Hybla Minute. The lyrics are the late poet Pete Jones and the music written by TammyOne song is Hybla Hollow! Sweet!
Rural Ontario has to deal with the Covid19 like the rest of the world, although rural life brings specific challenges and benefits. Hybla Minute talks to Bancroft Mayor Paul Jenkins about what his municipalities and others are doing at this time. There are bears to consider! And musical guest singer-songwriter Donna Leclair sings one of the most beautiful songs - her song Red-Winged Blackbird.
Rural communities are grappling with how to adjust our lives to the new normal. The Hybla Minute will be talking with rural mayors about their preparedness and plans for what's ahead. Host Roy Mitchell talks to Hastings Highlands Mayor Vic Bodnar about how he and the municipality re dealing with the Covid 9 Pandemic and how the community is responding. Musical Guest: Local band The Salt Cellars are featured with a song from their recent CD The Crooked Tree.