The Wooden Stars, Tomi Swick, Tim's Myth

HTF is throwing a triple header tonight. We've been busy planning an awesome program for you. Check it out and join us at 5 p.m.

THE WOODEN STARS – It has been seven years since the Wooden Stars received a Juno for Best Alternative Album for their outstanding collaboration with Julie Doiron in 2000. At long last, this weekend, The Wooden Stars are celebrating the fruit of their long labour with the release of a brand new disc: People are Different. It was totally worth the wait. Find out why when we speak with them this evening. Then, catch them at Babylon on Saturday with special guests TUSKS, Samir Khan’s project (formerly of Kepler).
http://www.thewoodenstars.com/

TOMI SWICK – Here’s a tough guy from Hamilton whose angelic meanderings have just recently earned him a Juno for best new artist of 2007. Backed up by a major label, Tomi is enjoying the success of his slick new disc: Stalled Out in the Doorway. He’ll be performing at the Capital Music Hall tomorrow along with Jeremy Fisher and Simon Wilcox. But first he’ll be Hopping the Fence on CHUO.
http://www.tomiswickmusic.com/

TIM’S MYTH – What can a local independent band achieve with over $300,000 in support? We’ll find out when we speak with this Ottawa band who have recently been blessed by the money gods. They are releasing a new disc “Departure” this weekend at the Mercury Lounge.
http://tims-myth.com/

Anne-Marie

Hop The Fence
CHUO 89.1 FM Ottawa
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    woody stars

The Apostle of Hustle melting snow in Ottawa this weekend

I hope you're enjoying April so far. I'd like to start off by officially apologizing for causing this endless snow. I thought I was sooo clever a few weeks back. After a couple of warm, beautiful, sunny days, I laid down some bets with a few unwitting souls that we would get at least one more big snow dump. Oh, I won those bets alright. But at what cost? Snow is everywhere and it won't stop! Karma, I'm told, puts on a great poker face.

However, on today's Hop The Fence, we have just what you need to help you forget about snow and all winter-related troubles. We will be speaking with The Apostle of Hustle's Andrew Whiteman. Andrew, also a key member of Broken Social Scene has released a second fabulous disc with his Apostle of Hustle bandmates. It's called National Anthem of Nowhere. Guaranteed to give you the warm and fuzzies, this sophomore disc, with its underlying Latin feel, will rock the snow right out of the skies. Catch the band live at Zaphod's on Saturday.
http://www.arts-crafts.ca/apostleofhustle/index2.html

The next few weeks on HTF will be busy. There are a lot of new releases from local and other Canadian artists and everyone, it seems, is going on tour. So tonight we'll be listening to plenty of fine tunes including tracks from Jim Bryson's long awaited new disc, Where the Bungalows Roam (he's at the Blacksheep this weekend), The Acorn's Tin Fist (at Babylon tonight), and Do Make Say Think's You, You're A History In Rust (at Barrymore's on Saturday).

So in the words of PJ Harvey, "turn on your radioooooo-oh-oh" and tune it to CHUO FM at 89.1 on your FM dial in Ottawa. Or listen on-line at: www.chuo.fm

Anne-Marie
Hop The Fence
CHUO 89.1 FM Ottawa
Fridays @ 5
Studio # : 613.562.5967
Blog: http://ultra-drella.livejournal.com/
Now on MySpace: http://www.myspace.com/hopthefence

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    Apostle of Hustle

Last Chance to Dial and Donate!

This week on Hop The Fence: more great music and more great interviews! On today's show we are featuring 2 fine Canadians ladies:

- Marie-Josée Houle will be celebrating the release of new disc at Rasputin's Café tonight with her sultry, gyspy-style accordion tunes: http://www.myspace.com/mariejoseehoule

- Bad Flirt, from Montreal, brings her unique brand of pop to Zaphod's tonight: http://www.myspace.com/badflirt

You've been on this mailing list a long time now and I know you appreciate great music. We've been bringing you a wide variety of tunes for 5 years now. This is your last chance to contribute to CHUO to help us keep independent music alive and well on the airwaves. I'm really hoping you might e-mail and donate! Community radio relies on your generous donations to keep us going year after year. So if you're on this list, I truly hope you might go for it - send a reply e-mail now and make a pledge. Of course, you can also dial and donate during the show between 5 and 6 p.m. today. The number is 613-562-5968.

Whether you are a starving artist, a local business owner, a label representative, a friend, a colleague or a member of my dear family, I look forward to hearing from you!! :-) I have lots of CDs to give away in return for your donations. Also, your name could be entered in a draw for a Pro-Ject Debut III Turntable. Check the website for details: http://www.chuo.fm/en/node/96

THANK YOU very much to those of you who have already donated. You are awesome!!

It’s all happening on CHUO FM at 89.1 on your FM dial in Ottawa. Or listen on-line at: http://www.chuo.fm

Anne-Marie
Hop The Fence
CHUO 89.1 FM Ottawa
Fridays @ 5
DIAL AND DONATE : 613.562.5968

Blog: http://ultra-drella.livejournal.com/
Now on MySpace: http://www.myspace.com/hopthefence


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    MarieJosee Houle and BadFlirt

f!ght f!ght f!ght and The Junction on CHUO

This week, Hop The Fence, interviews with super cool, textured pop rock, The Junction: http://www.thejunction.ca/
and Ottawa’s f!ghtf!ghtf!ight, a keyboard driven band that keep their fans dancing:
http://www.myspace.com/fight3

Please don’t forget to e-mail and donate! CHUO is a community radio station that relies on people like you to keep us alive and well. If you’re passionate about music and would like to support our organization and independent artists, please push the reply button and make a pledge. Don’t be shy, we accept donations of all shapes and sizes. There are lots prizes for your donations and your name could be entered in a draw for a Pro-Ject Debut III Turntable. Check the website for details: http://www.chuo.fm/en/node/96

Please help us continue to bring you a fun filled show every week and introduce you to all kinds of music you never knew existed - stuff you won’t hear on regular radio. That’s why CHUO is great ! You can also dial and donate during the program at 613.562-5968. THANK YOU to those of you who responded generously already.

We are proud that The Blacksheep Inn supports CHUO and Hop The Fence! http://www.theblacksheepinn.com/

It’s all happening on CHUO FM at 89.1 on your FM dial in Ottawa. Or listen on-line at: www.chuo.fm

Anne-Marie
Hop The Fence
CHUO 89.1 FM Ottawa
Fridays @ 5
Studio # : 613.562.5967

Blog: http://ultra-drella.livejournal.com/
Now on MySpace: http://www.myspace.com/hopthefence


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    f!ght f!ght f!ght & The Junction

CHUO Dial and Donate

Alright here’s the pitch. For 16 years, CHUO has been bringing you super cool programs in a wide variety of genres to please the most diverse palates. For my part, Hop The Fence has been supporting Canadian independent musicians for nearly 5 years. Plenty of award winners have appeared on Hop The Fence just as they were crossing the threshold to fame and fortune including K-OS, members of Broken Social Scene, Arcade Fire’s Jeremy Gara, Buck 65 and, more recently, Serena Ryder. It’s kinda like a good luck charm … once you’ve Hopped The Fence, the world is your oyster! More importantly many of Ottawa’s rising stars have joined us in the CHUO studios. And it is to you that I appeal this week. We’re always happy to support you in your time of need.

Today is the launch of CHUO’s funding drive. Yep… this is your big opportunity to help us continue to help you. If you’ve got any pocket change to spare, we would greatly appreciate your kind contribution to Ottawa’s community radio. Your generosity will help us keep the independent music scene bending airwaves across our fine city and around the world via the Internet. (We have regular listeners in Montreal, Calgary, Vancouver and even Florida!)

All you need to do is press the reply button on this e-mail and say “Yes, Anne-Marie, I’d love to donate!” It’s easy and pain free. How about if I say, “Pretty please with a cherry on top”?

On today’s program we’ll be spinning tunes from some great bands coming to town this weekend including folk singer-songwriter and activist, Ember Swift who is at the Rainbow Thursday next and Ottawa folk-jazz artist, Christine Graves, who is performing at the NAC Fourth Stage tomorrow evening. (I'm still firming up plans to speak with these two fine artists this evening.) We’ll also be cuing up some Ox for you (at the Blacksheep tonight) and lots of other good stuff.

It’s all happening on CHUO FM at 89.1 on your FM dial in Ottawa. Or listen on-line at: www.chuo.fm

Thanks for being part of this great community.

Anne-Marie
Dedicated CHUO Volunteer

Hop The Fence
CHUO 89.1 FM Ottawa
Fridays @ 5
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    Canadian indie music

Everything old is new again

Tonight on Hop The Fence, we're featuring two very different artists who believe everything old can be new again. Oddly enough, they're both covering Leonard Cohen songs on their latest discs. (Yeah, Leonard, that puts you in the "old" category.)

Klezmer music. What is it? According to, Canadian klezmer icon, GEOFF BERNER, it’s wedding music. So he set out to compose a modern-day wedding album: “Wedding Dance of the Widow Bride”. As the title suggests, this isn’t the merriest of occasions. Berner rejuvinates traditional klezmer with raw punk energy tinged with dark humour. Sometimes humour is the only way to escape a scary situation, and what could be more frightening than one’s nuptials! (Scary but fun, for all the soon-to-be-hitched readers!) Geoff is releasing his new disc tonight at the Blacksheep Inn. But first, he’ll be calling us in the studio at CHUO.
http://www.geoffberner.com/

While the rest of us spent our teen years listening to ear piercing punk rock, sticking safety pins in our lobes and donning blinding orange spikes for hair... (erhhh well, maybe that was just me, sorry)... SERENA RYDER was listening to gramma’s old favorites. At the tender age of 23, Toronto-based, SERENA RYDER has released her major label debut: “If Your Memory Serves You Well”. It’s a collection of timeless classics penned by Canadian artists, but popularized by non-Canadians, including “Good Morning Starshine” and “You Were Always On My Mind”. A gifted songwriter in her own right, Serena, breathes new life into these old classics. We’ll be speaking with her this evening before she makes her way to the capital on Monday at Barrymore’s.
http://www.serenaryder.com

It’s all happening on CHUO FM at 89.1 on your FM dial in Ottawa. Or listen on-line at: www.chuo.fm

Anne-Marie

Hop The Fence
CHUO 89.1 FM Ottawa
Fridays @ 5
Studio # : 613.562.5967

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Ottawa Music Coalition Concert Series

So I’ve finally emerged from the haze of codeine that shielded me from pain. My brain is regaining clarity and my spirit is lightening. No matter what they say, there’s no such thing as “routine” surgery. I’ve discovered that I am not a very good patient. And daytime TV sucks big time. I spent the last week with stitches protruding from my mouth. I gotta say, for a radio host, that’s pretty far from ideal. I feel like I have spiders weaving webs between my teeth. Errhhh alright well, enough about me… Let’s talk about Ottawa’s awesome musical talent.

Last fall, a number of Ottawa musicians, club owners, festival coordinators, local media peeps and other like-minded citizens banded together to help raise awareness of the vast amount of talent we have lurking in our neighborhoods. The Ottawa indie music scene is thriving but we don’t want it to be the capital’s best kept secret. With this in mind, 33 1st Productions, in conjunction with Gallery Studios & the Ottawa Music Coalition is presenting a concert to showcase some of the city’s talent. It’s on tonight and you’re invited. The show, which is expected to be the first of a series, will feature the delightfully talented Sarah Metzer, along with Once Past Silver and The Ethics. It’s all happening at Ottawa’s “rock’n’roll” church: The Ecclesiast Church in the Glebe. It’s on Fifth Avenue, 1/2 block East of Bank. Look for the blue doors, they’ll open at 8pm. Pay what you can.
If you’re interested in participating in the Ottawa Music Coalition, you can get more info on our myspace page:
http://www.myspace.com/ottawamusiccoalition

We’ll be previewing some tunes from the featured artists on Hop The Fence this evening starting at 5 p.m. Joining us in the studio will be members of Once Past Silver, an Ottawa-based folk trio.
http://www.myspace.com/oncepastsilver

I hope you can tune in either on your FM dial at 89.1 or on-line at http://www.chuo.fm

anne-marie
Hop The Fence
CHUO 89.1 FM Ottawa
http://www.chuo.fm .

Fridays @ 5
Studio # : 613.562.5967
e-mail: hopthefence [at] hotmail.com
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    Once Past Silver

Yay - Winter's here! It's time for Winterlude

I never thought I'd hear myself say that I'm glad to see snow and relieved that the weather has cooled considerably. I'm a sun worshipper. I love those exceedinly hot, humid summer days when everyone else is melting and complaining. I bask in that heat. In fact, I have a rule - you can't complain about the heat if you're going to complain about the cold in winter. pick one. So I choose to hate cold winter days.

But this year, all of us here in Ottawa thought winter would never come. We had a green Xmas, and a green New Year's day. I thought I might have to mow the lawn in mid-December! It just wasn't right.

All that to say, I can't wait to strap on my skates and head out on the canal. Winterlude festivities start tonight with a concert series at the Snowbowl. The bowl is located on the ice in front of the NAC. (http://www.canadascapital.gc.ca/winterlude/)

I spoke with the artistic coordinator at NCC about the events and how he manages the enterntainment for Winterlude. In his 10th year, Joel DeLaquis, who also coordinates artistic programming for Canada Day, sounds like he loves his job. Listen to Hop The Fence tonight for details about upcoming events and how local talent can get in on the action too.

www.chuo.fm - Fridays at 5 p.m.

anne-marie

radio goddess
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    Apostle of Hustle and Amy Millan

Selina Martin and Lily Frost

This week on Hop The Fence:

We’ll be welcoming Selina Martin to the program. She is in Ottawa this weekend with a few friends who will be taking part in a “song circle”. It’s the Bluebird North Tour 2007 making a stop at the Library and Archives Canada Auditorium (395 Wellington St.) on Saturday night. Selina Martin is a Toronto-based singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. Featuring the likes of Martin Tielli and co-produced by Michael Phillip Wojewoda, her latest CD, Life Drawing Without Instruction, showcases her witty wordsmithing and incomparable style.
http://www.selinamartin.com

Last week, I told you about Montreal’s Patrick Watson getting one of his songs aired on Grey’s Anatomy – (the prime time soap opera about sex-obsessed medical doctors and interns.) Due to the sheer number of North Americans who watch the show, one song could easily catapult the sales of our beloved Canadian indie artist. This week, Toronto’s Lily Frost had the honour of having her song ‘Enchantment’ (from her Cine-Magique album) played on the show. She’ll be joining us today to talk about how this came about and why television is becoming an increasingly attractive medium for Canadian musicians. To hear more of Lily’s sultry vocals, take a jaunt to the Blacksheep Inn in Wakefield tonight where she is appearing.
http://lilyfrost.com

On a final note, Hop The Fence top picks for 2006 are published on !earshot on-line, the national campus and community radio report: http://www.earshot-online.com/features/2007/January/picks_hopthefence.cfm

In the words of P.J. Harvey “Turn up the radio” and in my words “tune that dial to 89.1 fm or listen on-line at http://www.chuo.fm

Anne-Marie
Hop The Fence
CHUO 89.1 FM Ottawa
Fridays @ 5
Studio # : 613.562.5967