Skip to main content


By Roy Mitchell
Never underestimate the vibrancy and beauty of rural living - interviews with local people and non-local people about what matters and what they are doing about what matters.
Listen on
RATTLING THE CAGES: "So You Want to Have a Bylaw?"
RATTLING THE CAGES: "So You Want to Have a Bylaw?" GUEST: Councillor Bongo MUSIC: Italian Dub Community A roadside zoo has come to town, and it's as easy as pie if there is no bylaw to regulate it. Ontario is the only province without legislation around the ownership and care of exotic animals. In some municipalities in Ontario, owning a tiger is easier than having chickens. In fact, way easier. If there is no bylaw, you could keep a tiger, lion, zebra or any other exotic animal in your backyard with no regulations as to the height of the cage for example. You'd need a bylaw for that. So what is a bylaw and how do they happen? Councillor Bongo, from the municipality of South Algonquin breaks down how bylaws come to be and how to understand what they are - Councillor Bongo makes municipal politics sound fun, and if not fun, at least accessible with clear and plain English. We break it down, chat it up and Councillor Bongo takes the Hybla Minute "Is This a Real Bylaw Quiz" and does a great job.  With Hastings Highlands very own Tiger King of the North Drama unfolding before our eyes, knowing what a bylaw is and how it comes to be is helpful and useful information. This show is a great resource for people interested in municipal politics and how the system works. LINKS Citizens for a Safe and Humane Hastings Highlands Recent CBC article about the Roadside Zoo in Hastings Highlands  - Citizen's group calls for exotic animal laws in Ontario amid lion breeding controversy, Colin Butler  May 25, 2021 Recent CBC radio coverage of Roadside Zoo in Hastings Highlands  - Ontario Morning from CBC Radio with Julianne Hazlewood May 25,2021 Hastings Highlands Bylaws
June 3, 2021
A Brazilian in New York
A Brazilian in New York (Ep. 38) Guest: Glacuo Araujo Music: Roy and the Blue Dot Sessions Glauco Araujo left Brazil four years ago with plans to work in New York City as an actor and dancer. He’s building his career in one of the biggest cities in the world and "BANG" - Covid19 hits the world. In March of 2019 at the start of the pandemic, Covid19 hit Glauco too. We talk about what brought him to New York, what he loves and misses, how Covid19 is changing his business and what it was like to have and live through the virus. Glauco is Mr. Positive, and I don’t mean for covid19 – This is an inspiring and uplifting episode, just what the doctor ordered for these times. And, your host also does some acting too! LINKS Glauco Araujo Glauco on Instagram Blue Dot Sessions Blue Dot Sessions on Instagram
April 15, 2021
GOING BACK: What Home Means
GOING BACK: What Home Means (Episode 37) Guest: Kazim Ali, Author of Northern Light: Power, Land, and the Memory of Water. Music: Cullah The  child of South Asian migrants, Kazim Ali was born in London, England,  lived as a child in the cities and small towns of Manitoba, and made a  life in the United States. As a queer, Muslim man passing through  disparate homes, he has never felt he belonged to a place. And yet, one  day, the celebrated poet and essayist finds himself thinking of the  boreal forests and lush waterways of Jenpeg. After 40 years away from  the place, Kazim returned to Jenpeg where he lived as a child while his  father worked on Manitoba Hydro’s Jenpeg Generating Station. Kazim’s  return visit after those 40 some years away is documented in his book, Northern Light: Power, Land, and the Memory of Water. The book is  beautiful – layered and insightful, part memoir, part history, part  journalism and at the heart of it is the history of the dam and a  history of broken promises to the Pimicikamak Cree of Cross Lake and the dam’s environmental toll on the land and the people. LINKS Kazim Ali's Wikipedia Page His book, Northern Light: Power, Land, and the Memory of Water. ATPN's report on the Jenpeg Dam Generating Station and its impact on the Pimicikamak People Map of Cross Lake, Manitoba and area Cullah Music
April 8, 2021
Good Food and Good People: Opening a Restaurant in a Pandemic
Guests: Maya Septon and Owen Smith, SunRun Cafe & Bakery Music: Chico Trullijio After sitting empty for a year - the SunRun is back! The best way to a community's heart is through their stomachs. And the SunRun since it opened in Maynooth has been at the heart of the community - we are so glad to see it reopen under new ownership. Maya and Owen talk about what it's like to run the business and open one in a pandemic. They talk about their plans and yes there's a give-away! So this is a very happy Hybla Minute. And delicious too! LINKS SunRun Cafe & Bakery Facebook SunRun Cafe & Bakery Instagram Bancroft This Week Article about SunRun Cafe & Bakery
March 18, 2021
Accelerating Hate: The Ku Klux Klan in Canada
EPISODE 35 EXCERATING HATE Guest: Allan Bartley, author of The Ku Klux Klan in Canada: A Century of Promoting Racism and Hatred in the Peaceable Kingdom Music: Zap Momma Writer Allan Bartley talks about his book, The Ku Klux Klan in Canada. The Klan was an import from the USA and grew into an coast-to-coast organization that had influence and power in Canadian society. Bartley's compelling and important book that shows how racism and hatred is part of Canada's past and present. An eye opening book that helps bring to light something dark and evil from our past. LINKS Allan Bartley's book The Ku Klux Klan in Canada: A Century of Promoting Racism and Hatred in the Peaceable Kingdom That story I told about the KKK in Sault Ste. Marie Ontario. This collaborates it. Wikipedia page for D.W. Griffith's film, Birth of a Nation - the film that inspired the KKK.
March 11, 2021
Glad Day Bookshop: The Magic of Surviving and Thriving for 50 or More Years
GUEST: Michael Erickson from Glad Day Bookshop and Glad Day Lit MUSIC: Darren Hanlon From up a Rickety Set of Stairs to the Accessible Glamour of Main Street, the history of Glad Day Bookshop is at the epicentre of queer history and plays an important role in shaping and creating an LGBTQ future.  Michael Erickson is part owner of Glad Day Bookshop, North America's oldest surviving book store - that through necessity and through vision and hard work has become much more than a bookstore. A restaurant, lounge, cafe, dance space, event space - it has everything from activist planning meetings to drag queen brunch. Michael talks about the challenges Glad Day faces and how the pandemic has created new challenges but also an opportunity to take care of the community it cares for and supports.  LINKS Glad Day Bookshop Website Glad Day Lit Glad Day Bookshop Wikipedia Page The Painting by William Blake that Inspired the Glad Day Logo Darren Hanlon Website
February 6, 2021
Winnipeg is GAY! GAY! GAY!
...From 1997 and GAY to 2021 and QUEER! Guests: Shawna Dempsey and Lorri Millan  Music: God is Gay Shawna and Lorri are Winnipeg-based performance artists whose work spans three plus decades. Their work is fuelled by the love of their community and their concern for social justice. In 1997, the art project they were working on, One Gay City, was banned! The mayor refused to proclaim Pride and homophobia was pushing back against the progress being made. Fast forward 23 years to 2021 and the posters that were too provocative in 1997 are up and proud and in the bus shelters they were originally meant to be exhibited in. Shawna and Lorri talk about their beloved Winnipeg and the climate in the 90s that played into that banning. They also talk about how their art and Winnipeg has changed, but one thing has remained clear throughout all this time. Winnipeg is one GAY city! Gay! Gay! Gay! LINKS Shawna Dempsey and Lorrie Millan Website CBC News: Banned Art Project Depicting Winnipeg as a Queer Paradise Revived 23 Years Later about the 1997 project being banned and its reemerging in 2021. Film: Lesbian National Parks and Services: A Force of Nature Film: One Gay City: A History of LGBT Life in Winnipeg Info on 2021 Art Project: One Queer City 2021 Art Project /School of Art / University of Manitoba
January 28, 2021
Cult Life: On the Other Side of Scientology
Scientology is a monster.   Los Angeles based actor Doug Kramer talks about how the cult was part of his life since childhood. Now being free from it, he is working to heal from the trauma it brought to his life and is helping others through his YouTube channel, Dazed but Not Confused. Doug's videos are raw, insightful and often times hilarious monologues about his life and the evil insanity of this monster of cults. LINKS Doug Kramer Youtube Channel, Dazed, but not Confused Steve Hassan's book Combatting Cult Mind Control MUSIC Cullah Instagram @cullahmusic Cullah Website Josh Woodward Website
January 22, 2021
The Holidays and the Pandemic: They Too Shall Pass
It's the HOLIDAYS and a PANDEMIC! GUEST: Dr. Greg Mendelson, Psychologist MUSIC: Will Heikoop, The HoHoHos and Maya Soloveg Christmas is an amazing time of year, but for some who don't celebrate it, don't want to celebrate it or have other things on their minds, this season sucks and Christmas really sucks. And throw a pandemic in there and there will obviously be some concerns. So what do we do about those concerns?  Guest, Dr. Greg Mendelson talks about how people, especially LGBTQ people, can find ways to navigate the holiday season. We talk about the anxiety and other heavy feelings that can come around this time of year. And we also talk about  this pandemic's impact on our lives and our communities' lives.  I invited Greg on Hybla Minute because I've been thinking about this a lot lately. A friend died by suicide this fall and I heard about other gay men who did the same. It seemed like a lot. I'm concerned. I'd be interested to know what you come away with after listening to this podcast. I'm hopeful.  Although things are pretty bad these days, the bottom line is they won't change if we don't take care of each other. I think some of "the how and why" are talked about in this podcast.  Whatever you do or don't celebrate, I'm writing this on a cold dark Solstice Night in Hybla. Here's to the coming sun and the year ahead.  And all the best of the Season. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year and Happy Solstice.  LINKS Dr. Greg Mendelson San Franscisco LGBTQ Centre's Guide to Surviving the Holidays
December 22, 2020
Councillor Bongo: Good Times and Good Politics in South Algonquin
Guest: Councillor Bongo Music: Bongo Pix Band (also known as The Whitney Black Fly Band) Bongo ran and inspired campaign when he put his name forward to run for councillor in the northern municipality of South Algonquin. He's the only councillor I know from these parts that goes by a single name like celebrities Bjork or Sting. Bongo is unique and brings a fresh and enthusiastic energy to northern rural municipal politics.  We talk about what he's concerned about, what he wants to change and what makes him proud to be a councillor. It's an upbeat interview with an upbeat ;guy. A man of many talents, the music on the show is from Bongo Pix Band, a band Bongo and his partner Andrea bring to the internet every Saturday night for a Jam Night. Enjoy the interview, the music and obey your bylaws! LINKS South Algonquin Council Bios Bongo Blog Camp Bongopix Councillor Bongo Facebook Page Camp Bongopix Facebook Page - go here for links to Jam Night!
December 16, 2020
The Kind of Revolution We Need: Rebuilding Democracy
"Sometimes you have to kick down the door."  - Dave Meslin Guest: Dave Meslin Music: Gentleman Reg Dave Meslin is wonderful. In times as bleak as these, Dave offers ideas on how we can rebuild democracy and create governments that are welcoming and accessible to all. Dave inspires engagement between governments and citizens. His TED Talk about apathy has more than 1.7 million views and 90-second video about how our voting system sucks has been seen by a lot of people. People you know!   Centered around Dave's 2019 Best Selling book, Teardown: Rebuilding Democracy from the Ground Up, the conversation covers many ways on how to engage in community and government and how to deal with the roadblocks along the way. And the pencil story is unbelievable. Music:  'To Some It Comes Easy' from Gentleman Reg's album Jet Black Podcast Cover Art Illustration: Marlena Zuber - it's the image from Dave's book! LINKS for Dave Meslin Dave's Bio and about his book Teardown: Rebuilding Democracy from the Ground Up Dave's TEDTALK Twitter @meslin MUSIC Regina Gentle Bandcamp Gentleman Reg Bandcamp
December 12, 2020
Deputations, Questions and Emails: How to Talk to Council
Highlights of Highlights!  Hastings Highland Council Meeting Highlights!  Hybla Minute's Hot Minute! HASTINGS HIGHLANDS December 3, 2020 Council Meeting has all the drama as if Jaws and Tiger King had a baby. I swear. It's exciting to see people engage in municipal politics because municipal politics can be an exciting place when it's a good thing we're working toward - a world  that is based in kindness and justice. I'm all in. Addressing racism and  homophobia in our community and dealing with the possibility of a tiger  attack. This council meeting has it all! When I started this podcast, I was depressed. It seems a no-brainer: creating a  bylaw to stop the ownership of exotic animals in our municipality.  There are no provincial laws that regulate ownership of exotic animals. Right now only municipal bylaws regulate exotic animals. Exotic animal  businesses like the one in the podcast are catalysts for community organizing across Ontario. I  wish we didn't have to go through all this, but seriously it'd suck to be the last municipality to create a bylaw for this. Maynooth is the fourth community that this business has settled in.  More and more municipalities are writing bylaws making there fewer and fewer places for these businesses to set up This podcast actually cheered me up in the end - People are involved.  People sent letters, people sent in questions, people did deputations.  It was democracy working on a community level. So sit back, get ready for some real Tiger King of the North  Realness! If not for the love of my friends and this great community,  I'd be crying. LINKS Hastings Highlands "Communicating with Council and Committees of Council" Page Hastings Highlands December 3, 2020 Municipal Council AGENDA - letters can be found under Item 21 Zoocheck
December 8, 2020
HOLY, HOLY Snark! - Christian Fundamentism on Fundie Fridays
Guests: Jen and James from Fundie Fridays  with music by Anthony Wilkerson Living in a rural community, people can't but notice the impact of fundamental Christianity in their communities and politics. Fundie Fridays is a Youtube Channel that examines various fundamental Christian organizations and movements in the USA. The Fundie Friday Youtube Channel was started by Jen to better understand how these organizations work and the scandals and controversies around them. She looks amazing while doing it too - putting on make-up and talking about holy rollers isn't easy, but Jen does it all with style, compassion and a wonderful sense of humour. Jen is joined by her partner James who helps out and appears on the channel as well.  The two have a great connection and that comes out in the interview and the Fundie Friday Youtube Channel. This is the first time Hybla Minute has crossed the border! Happy to bring you this latest Hybla Minute all the way from the Missouri Bible Belt! Hallelujah! FUNDIE FRIDAY LINKS Patreon  Facebook  Instagram  Tik Tok  Twitter  MUSIC LINK  Anthony Wilkerson Bandcamp 
December 4, 2020
LESBIAN SANTA: A Joy to the World
Hybla Minute Holiday Exclusive LESBIAN SANTA CLAUS is coming to Town and Hybla Minute!  Before the season gets tedious, or if the season is already tedious, nothing illustrates the real meaning of the holidays than LESBIAN SANTA. Taking a break from the prep and commitments of the holiday season, Lesbian Santa joined Hybla Minute to talk about the magic of the season, the pandemic, Bobby Orr and animal advocacy and support among other things - a show full of love and joy and music too. This show is dedicated to all the queers out there who might find this time of the year rough. Hybla Minute loves you, Lesbian Santa loves you and we will all make it to the other side of the season in this  Music: in this Hybla Minute Episode A Song for a Winter's Night - The Nancies My Itty Bitty Christmas Ditty - Kathleen Martin Santa Claus Forgot about Me - Rene Wilson For Absent Friends at Christmas - Squire Tuck O Tannenbaum - Dan Lerch
November 26, 2020
I Feel a Song Coming On! MUSIC and MUSICALS
Guests: Joey Shulman and Ian Russell We're Back! With Season Three and a CONTEST TOO! You'll have to listen to the podcast to find out how you can win a Hybla Minute Scarf, and you'll want to listen to the podcast, because it's got two stellar guests. Music is important and especially now during the pandemic. Music plays a role in helping us live in this pandemic - by helping us through most things - it unifies like a musical and soothes like a lone guitar. And that's what we're talking about.   Joey Shulman has lived in Maynooth for over three decades and created five big ass musicals with plans for more. Joey talks about his love of musicals and the magic it can bring to a community. Ian Russell is a musician who has just released his first solo album IN LIGHT. We talk about what went into creating this, how rural life has effected how he creates and listens to music. And we talk about his playlist for a car drive to Hybla. And a treat - we play his songs. You'll be humming along, LINKS for Ian Russell Ian Russell's FB Page Order IN LIGHT on Bandcamp LINKS for Joey Shulman WildeWood Gallery FB Page Article about Wildewood Gallery, Joey and Barry MUSIC One Day More! - Les Miserables Money, Money, Money - Cabaret Erbarm dich mein, O Herre Gott - J.S. Bach Tiny Dancer - Elton John Living in the Country - Pete Seeger
November 19, 2020
HOT MINUTE! Tigers and Lions in Rural Ontario
TIGERS and LIONS in RURAL ONTARIO GUEST: Rob Laidlaw You can own a tiger in Ontario.  You can even have a zoo.  But more and more people are finding fewer and fewer places to set up the business. Maynooth is finding out that Exotic Animals: lions, tigers and lemurs are coming to town and there is nothing stopping them. What are the concerns and what can people do? This podcast tries to answer some of those questions. Rob Laidlaw, Executive Director at ZooCheck, a Canadian-based international wildlife protection charity in 1984 to promote and protect the interests  and well-being of wild animals. Zoocheck works with a broad range of  collaborating partners around the world.   ZooCheck Hastings Highlands Council and Mayor's Contact Info
November 17, 2020
HYBLA READS! Books, Lyrics and Inspiration for the Writing Life
Hybla Reads is here! This show features writers of books and lyrics. The panel has assembled. We discuss books and music and the writing life. No rules, no losers - everyone is a winner. You'll be inspired! Christine McRae is a writer and 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.  Farzana Doctor is a writer, activist, and psychotherapist. Her ancestry is Indian, and  she was born in Zambia while her family was based there for five years,  before immigrating to Canada in 1971. Her new novel is Seven (Sept. 2020) Lisa Myers is a musician, independent curator and artist with a keen interest in  interdisciplinary collaboration. Myers has a Master of Fine Arts in  Criticism and Curatorial practice. She is currently an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Environmental  and Urban Change (formerly Faculty of Environmental Studies) at York  University. Myers is a member of Beausoleil First Nation and she is  based in Port Severn and Toronto, Ontario. LINKS TO CHECK OUT Christine McRae on Instagram @@waaseyaaconsulting for information about her work Farzana Doctor's Website for info about the release of her fourth novel Seven's release and tour dates and  Lisa Meyer's Website for more about her art/writing/music Christine's Picks Natalie Babbit's Tuck Everlasting (1975), Lee Maracle's My Conversations with Canadians (2017), Jesse Thistle's From The Ashes (2019) Robin W. Kimmerer's Braiding Sweetgrass (2013) Farzana's PIcs Zadie Smith's White Teeth (2000), Cherie Dimaline's Empire of the Wild (2019), Shaukat Ajmeri's Keepers of the Faith (2020) Check out the film adaption of White Teeth on Youtube! Lisa's Picks Fleetwood Mac's Go Your Own Way Patsy Cline Greatest Hits Slints Spiderland  Long Branch Facebook  Get Long Branch's Music HERE ROAM Lyrics by Lisa Meyers Come for your empty ties Spent just to roam Come for your unpacked lies Finding your way home Threads they’re sewn so tight Edges frayed and worn Gather them up together I watch them unravel on their own Pulling nails from the wall Dust falls to the floor Stains and wash colliding I guess I always want more Bup-ah I leave it all behind I leave it all behind Bup ah I leave it all behind I leave it all behind
August 13, 2020
RISE UP! Sharing Power in a Song
GUEST: Lynne Fernie MUSIC: The Parachute Club Toronto in 1983 was a small, button down and conservative town - which made fighting to change it exhilarating and important. Rise Up grew out of that bubbling up of voices, many voices that weren't being heard at the time. Songs like The Parachute Club's Rise Up brought us to the dance floors and the streets.  And Lynne Fernie who co-wrote the song with the band talks about the times and how the song came to be.  In 2020, Rise Up resonates and always has. It unites progressive politics, feminism, queerness and marginalized voices in a groove that is timeless. Lynne is an activist, filmmaker and cultural leader who had no idea she'd write a song - and look what happened!  LINKS Rise Up Video (required viewing!) Common Cause Collective - Rise Up Redux Country (35th Anniversary Edition) Rise Up - New Parachute Collective (Anniversary Version) The Parachute Club podcast episode cover image still from video by Robert Fresco
July 30, 2020
Count Klassy is Black, Gold, Queer and Hip Hop
Guest and Music: Count Klassy What's it like to be at the beginning of your career in music and there's a pandemic? Hip Hop artist, Count Klassy talks about what that is like, what inspires him and gives some sound advice for how to approach these days or any days whether you're an artist or just trying to make some sense of these times. Count Klassy is ambitious, positive, political and fun. And you'll like his music too.  This may even be the summer anthem you've been looking for. Some Good Vibes from Count Klassy LINKS for Count Klassy Website Instagram Facebook Twitter Youtube  Linkin
July 23, 2020
Anti-Racism North Hastings is Taking On Anti-Blackness in Rural Ontario
GUESTS Marlena Zuber and Sheila Wilmot from Anti-Racism North Hastings MUSIC: LAL Marlena Zuber is a community arts builder, and an illustrator based in  Maynooth. Marlena inspired by the groundswell of activism against  anti-Black Racism following the murder of George Floyd found a group of  amazing local people and started Anti-Racism North Hastings. She is joined by Sheila Wilmot is a Toronto-based educator and  organizer who has been working with people in the North Hastings area on  anti-racism and other social justice issues. We talk about Anti-Black and anti-Indigenous racism  and how it is a Canadian social problem; a white supremacy problem. We talk about organizing in a pandemic and in a rural area and how people can stand  in solidarity with Black and Indigenous people. We talk about defunding the police and what that means and we talk about how to move forward in our communities for a better world. Many of us in this area are no stranger to LAL - many of us have danced  on dance floors here and in Toronto to their music and been inspired by  their lyrics that demand justice and inspire some ass-shaking. Thanks  to Rosina Kazi, the band's lead singer for the generosity of this music. Contact Anti-Racism North Hastings at LINKS Video: "Defund the Police" Explained Sheila Wilmot's book Taking Responsibility Taking Direction: White Anti-Racism in Canada Printable Black Lives Matter + Anti-Racist Signs and Posters Find Out More and Support the podcast's Musical Guest: LAL Dark Beings Lyrics by LAL We have always destroyed what we have To create something new If you add fire to the equation And then you throw in the truth We’ve been doing this for a while We remember we’re proof And as the sky comes falling down around Some still don’t know what to do Some still don’t know what to do Some still don’t know what to do Maybe its time we felt and we listened To vibrations in depths of the system of Dark Beings We are We are Dark Beings We are We are Dark Beings We are We are Dark Beings Grown to cultivate all around us Despite all the scars We have seen for centuries lined up Are we with the stars We are planted seeds in the ground Inside us is goddess, I feel free in the presence of it all Bow down to what we have lost I Bow to what we have lost yeah Pray pray for what we got I said maybe it’s time felt and we listened To vibrations in depths of the system of Dark Beings We are We are Dark Beings We are We are Dark Beings We are We are Dark Beings photo credit: Marlena Zuber
July 16, 2020
Nunavut Day! A Life in the Arctic
HYBLA MINUTE is BACK! Guest: Jason Rochon Music: Dave Walker And the BIG ANNOUNCEMENT of who won the Hybla Minute Coffee Mug! A draw to kick off Season 2! On Thursday June 9th, it's Nunavut Day and Hybla Minute will take you there. We're having a heat wave and what better way to cool off than bring  Nunavuut to  Hybla!  Jason Rochon is a activist and community worker in  Iqaluit. He moved there almost two decades ago from his hometown of  Pembroke. He served as the first LGBTQ city councilor, helped campaign  for Nunavut's current MP - Mumilaaq Qaqqaq  (Inuktitut: ᒧᒥᓛᖅ ᖃᖅᑲᖅ) and is engaged in his community and helping to build and make it better.  We  talk about we talked about how hard the new MP is working for Nunavut, the beauty of Nunavuut, the activism, the raising of the Pride Flag in Iqaluit and how he got chased by a polar bear!
July 9, 2020
Martha Chaves - Behind the Red Velvet Curtain of Comedy
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
June 23, 2020
To the Stages of the World: A Young Woman's Start as an Opera Singer
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
June 18, 2020
Transforming the World - Solidarity with Black Lives Matter in Rural Ontario
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
June 16, 2020
Rural Journalism and Social Justice
Guest Bill Glisky, the editor and a reporter from 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 Sloan's Riding Deserves Another Vote
June 11, 2020
A Life in Music: Playing for the National Ballet of Canada Orchestra
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! #BLACKLIVESMATTER 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. Canadian Podcasts 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
June 9, 2020
A Beautiful Thing: Bringing the Knowledge Back
Christine McRae 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 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 Native Land and Kalliopeioa Organization Christine's Recommendations        MUSIC: Digging Roots       FILM: Indian Horse      WRITING :     Lee Maracle,  Robin Wall Kimmerer and Leanne Betasamosake Simpson
May 28, 2020
In the Forest, to see the Trees: Long Talks in the Woods
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
May 26, 2020
Putting on a Show in a Pandemic, A Cabaret Even!
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!
May 21, 2020
Parenting and Writing in a Pandemic
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. Music: 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.
May 19, 2020
Loving Music, Teaching and Talking to Shania Twain
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
May 14, 2020
Is Fishing Boring? Fish Hatcheries Aren't!
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
May 12, 2020
Rural Library in a Pandemic
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.  Music: Semme
May 7, 2020
Dogs and Cats in a 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
May 5, 2020
Rural Medical Centre in a Pandemic
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
April 30, 2020
Comedy in a Pandemic
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.
April 28, 2020
Putting Out Fires in Rural Ontario
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.
April 23, 2020
Rural Radio Gaga
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!
April 21, 2020
Nothing About Us Without Us Is For US
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
April 16, 2020
Community Centres in Crisis
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!
April 14, 2020
Dealing with a Pandemic in Rural Ontario ll
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.  
April 9, 2020
Dealing with a Pandemic in Rural Ontario
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.
April 7, 2020