Thursday, July 14, 2016

MEDIAFRENZY FRIDAY - 16-07-08 #BlackLivesMatter Edition 2016

On this edition I discuss the #BlackLivesMatter movement, the reasons the #AllLivesMatter hashtag is problematic, the recent deaths at the hands of police along with other injustices that the black community has faced, and both current and historical social movements involving racial issues within the last century.  I paired the spoken information with radical, revolutionary songs from those movements or with songs with lyrics that address social issues regarding racism, slavery, discrimination, immigrants, refugees, poverty, police brutality and the prison industrial complex. 


This edition of mediafrenzy fridays was extremely difficult for me, for a few different reasons: 

On one hand, I have some strong opinions and I felt a desire and need to bring up some of these issues, to make sure they are discussed in the media and that the stories are not silenced.  However, I do wish that I had organized this show with enough time to invite people from the #BlackLivesMatter movement to join me in the studio.  I realize perhaps it shouldn't have been my voice in the spotlight, but I had only decided on the morning of the show that I absolutely had to focus on #BLM and through the radio, I have the avenue to broadcast ideas, so I did just that.

The other difficulty I had was personally not letting my emotions overtake me during the broadcast. Usually I can keep my composure but I, like many of you, have been feeling grief, sadness, anger and guilt for the tragic events happening in the streets and in our communities.  These emotions are detectable in the dialogue portion of this program.  I'm not apologizing for that.  Things are messed up around the world and I spoke from the heart, be it stuttered and awkward in parts.

My goal of this program was to share the words of these musicians, because music always has a role in sparking positive change. Music tells stories.  Music speaks to the beat of our souls and that's universal.  Thanks to Jason, Ando and Al for the requests.  Also thanks to everyone who called in and congrats to those who got their name entered for the Way Home Fest tickets.

Much love and appreciation for Toronto Black Lives Matter.

This show aired on July 8th, 2016 on CHRW 94.9FM


Ana Tijoux - Somos Sur
Nina Simone - Mississippi Goddamn
Sly & The Family Stone - Everyday People
Gil Scott Heron - Whitey on the Moon
Eugene McDaniels - Supermarket Blues
Irma Thomas - Anyone Who Knows What Love Is
Shad - FamJam
John Coltrane - Blue Train
Shabazz Palaces - New Black Wave
Janelle Monae - Hell You Talmbout
CQuel - The Death of Me
Taina Asili - Freedom
Invincible & Waajeed - Detroit Summer
Lauren Hill - Time Moves Slow
BadBadNotGood - Time Moves Slow
Neil Young - Southern Man
Radiohead - Burn The Witch
Factor - Factoria

Friday, July 1, 2016

MEDIAFRENZY FRIDAY - 16-06-24 Éire Edition 2016

Come with me on a musical journey across Ireland, featuring trad seisiúns, indie rock, live shows, songs, poetry and stories.   


Aired JUNE 24th, 2016 on CHRW 94.9 FM

Part 1
Thin Lizzy - Boys Are Back in Town
Pogues - Down All The Days
Trad Session
Le Vent Du Nord - Le Vigneron
Trad Session
Neil Young - Heart of Gold
Trad Session - Working Man
Carlos Del Junco - Just Your Fool
Robbie Antone - Red Road Blues
Urges - Passing Us By
Trad Session - Ferryman
Altered Hours - Dig Early

Part 2
Hard Chargers - Live
My Bloody Valentine - Sometimes
Golden Death Music - Into the Ocean
Sean Keane - Nature’s Little Symphony
Smashing Pumpkins - Drown
Double Clutch Blues Band - Someone To Talk To

Live from the Brazenhead - Dublin
Massive Attack - Setting Sun Dub 2
Caribou - Back Home
Reading of W.B. Yeats - Lake Isle of Innisfree
Cranberries - Dreams
Great Big Sea - The Night Pat Murphy Died
Reading by WB Yeats - The Fiddler of Dooney 
Sufjan Stevens - Chicago
Emmett O’Brien - Untitled Poetry
Listener - Failing Isn’t Just For Failures
Dropkick Murphys - Finnegans Wake

Part 4
Planxty - Taimse Im’ Chodladh
Olenka & The Autumn Lovers - Sweet Little Road
Del Barber & The No Regretzkys - Hockey Song
Del Barber & The No Regretzkys - Mon Chandail de Hockey
Irish Mythen - The Auld Triangle
Sissy - Gave Birth to a Mom
Bob Log III - Live in Cork
Patrick Kelleher - Adrenal Insolvent
Patsy Watchorn - Molly Malone
Mary Jane Lamond - Dómhnall Mac 'Ic Iain
Magic Pockets - Now You’re Clondalkan
Uisce Beatha - Drinking with the Lord
Trad Session - Eileen Og
Here are the download links (can be downloaded anytime before Friday July 8th). 

Thanks to everyone for the requests, the venues and musicians for the opportunity to record the music and to everyone who called in during the show!  So much gratitude to: Joe Lyons, Suzanne Scully, Sebastian Turres, John Brennan, Martin Sadlier, Michael Jeckel, Helen Hyeran Park. Shout outs to The HardChargers, Emmet O'Brien, Catherine Maynes, Hadar Frachtenberg, Sarah Elizabeth O Leary, Amber Rose & Michael Kirby. Thanks for making my trip so memorable. Next show will be July 8th, 2016. 

go raibh maith agat

dj mediafrenzy

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

MEDIAFRENZY FRIDAY - 15-09-04 Euro Edition 2015


Aired SEPTEMBER 4th, 2015 on CHRW 94.9 FM
Arsenal (Bruxelles, Belgium) - High Venus
Arsenal (Bruxelles, Belgium) - Lotuk
Innershades (Aalst, Belgium) - Volksverheffing
Zita Swoon (Antwerpen, Belgium) - The Bananaqueen
The Stephanies (Brugge, Belgium) - About Time
The Stephanies (Brugge, Belgium) - The Highest Mountain
The Weakerthans (Winnipeg, Canada) - Night Windows
Vismets (Brussels, Belgium) - Abacadabra
The Stone Age Queens (Halle, Belgium) - Sampler
Yukon Blonde (Kelowna, Canada) - Favourite People
PHX (Brugge, Belgium) - Sky Anxiety
Wormwood (London, Canada) - Sunrise
Doldrums (Toronto, Canada) - Industry City
Chemical Brothers (Manchester, UK) - Born in the Echoes
Culcha Candela (Berlin, Germany) - Scheisse aber happy
Morgenrot (Berlin, Germany) - Nice und Easy
Aura Dione (Denmark) - I will love you Monday
Culcha Candela (Berlin, Germany) - Monsta
Rombo (Barcelona, Spain) - Rendicio
Justi & Gon (Barcelona, Spain) - Petite blonde aux yeux bleus
Rumbason (Barcelona, Spain) - Soc del Poblenou

On this edition of Mediafrenzy Fridays I share with the listeners music I discovered on my recent adventure to Europe. From live shows, to friends' bands, record stores, on the radio or recommended at the estaminets, I have a whole bunch of new tunes to share! It will be quite the mix of Belgium rock roll, European DJs, German Kraut rock and Barcelona Rumbas! Big hello to the folks in Brussels, Gent, Brugge, Antwerpen, Berlin & Barcelona who exposed me to such great tunes, spun the records, shared their music or suggested artists. Hugs and thanks!

Congratulations to Ron for phoning in to win a copy of the brand new Yukon Blonde CD, On Blonde.
Thanks to those who phoned in and thanks to Andrew and Tim for helping with some of the technical bits so that the show would go smoothly.  

I think this show might be re-run next Friday September 11 2-4pm.  You can stream and download it here until Sept 18th.
Select 'Previous Shows' tab (below my name) and 'Aired Sept 4th' 2pm -
Next new show will September 18th, 2015. It will be an intro to London for the new students, including venue descriptions and concert calendar review.

go rumba,

dj mediafrenzy

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

MEDIAFRENZY FRIDAY - 15-05-29 Festival Edition 2015


Aired May 29th, 2015 on CHRW 94.9FM

Vogue Dots - Skinny Thing
Westminster Park - Girl in the Navy Blue Cardigan
WHOOP-Szo - Track 2 from Niizhwaaswo
Zeus - Where is my Love?
Ivory Hours - Dreamer
Ivory Hours - I Won’t
Courtney Barnett - Pedestrian at Best
Babes in Toyland - He’s My Thing
So Young - Set You On Fire
Elwins - Show Me How To Move
Petra Glynt - Sour Paradise
The Acorn - Rapids
Sloan - You’ve Got A Lot On Your Mind
Carly Thomas - Sink or Swim
Die Roten Punkte - Ich Bin Nicht Een Roboten
Die Roten Punkte - Burgerstore Dinosaur
Lido Pimenta - Agua
Modest Mouse - Be Brave
Doom Squad - Waka Waka
Neil Young - Welcome to Chicago
Ian Kelly - Do You Love The Rain?

Festival Season has begun!  DJ Mediafrenzy tells you all about what is in store for local festivals in May/June and plays some of the musicians scheduled to perform at these events which include The Grickle Grass Festival (May 29th), Dundas Street Festival (June 13th), Nuit Blanche (June 13th) and the London Fringe Festival.  

On this show, listeners had three chances to call in and have their name entered into a draw to win ‘Way Home Music Festival’ tickets!  Congrats to James, Joel and Greg for being the first callers in when Way Home performers were played on the show. Thanks to everyone who called in!

The show is available to stream, until June 12th, 2015, here (select ‘previous shows’ tab and the date):, select May 29th 2pm onward (it goes into the Londonindie Undergrounds previous show tab too, 3:30pm, under Fridays schedule)

Here are the direct links to make it easier for you!

NEXT SHOW IS June 12th, 2015!  TUNE IN, CALL IN! 94.9FM - 519-661-3600

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

MEDIAFRENZY FRIDAY - 15-05-15 EVAC Edition 2015


Aired May 15th, 2015 on CHRW 94.9FM

Steve Gunn - End of the City
Ma Petite - Two Big Thick Duffel Coats
Chris Altmann - Who Knows Where
Allison Brown - All the Birds
The DGB - Atlantic Ocean
Sean Nicholas Savage - Grandson
Buttonfly - Easier
Snaggle - Fissure
Shearing Pinx - No Core Hard Wave
Oromocto Diamond - Opononi
Anamanaguchi - Black Out City
Benefit of the Freeman - Duckets
Richard Garvey - I Deserve It
Carolyn Mark - All Time Low
Jean Paul DeRoover - Hope
Lab Coast - Walking on Ayr
Pick A Piper - Once Were Leaves (Caribou remix)
Bent By Elephants - Can’t Have You

On this episode of Mediafrenzy Fridays, dj mediafrenzy is joined by guest Benjamin Vazquez to discuss and celebrate the musicians and bands who have performed over the years, at the East Village Arts Collective. EVAC is a volunteer-run community arts and music space, located at 757 Dundas Street.  EVAC is looking to expand it’s membership base and is calling out for artists, musicians and community members who want to get involved. Contact or visit evac on the web or on Facebook.

Congrats to Adam who won the Shearing Pinx CD giveaway.

The show is available to stream, until May 29th, 2015, here (select ‘previous shows’ tab and the date):, select May 15th 2pm onward (it goes into the Londonindie Undergrounds previous show tab too, 3:30pm)

Here are the direct links to make it easier for you!
Part 1: (file issue, only 3min long will try and revise soon!)

NEXT SHOW IS May 15th, 2015!  TUNE IN, CALL IN! 94.9FM - 519-661-3600

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

MEDIAFRENZY FRIDAY - 15-05-01 Beltane/May Day Edition 2015


Absolutely Free - Burred Lens
Temples - Move with the Season
The Doors - Light My Fire
Chromatics - I’m on Fire
Loreena McKennitt - Beltane Fire Dance
High Dials - Flower on the Vine
Jimi Hendrix - Fire
Waxahatchee - Bonfire
Doldrums - Hotfoot
Gracious Collective - Me & My Bike
Buttonfly - Be In The Now
Snaggle - Other Fascination
Little Sons - Sunboat
Arkells - Oh, The Boss Is Coming
Lisa Simpson - Protest Song
Panic is Perfect - The Mailman
Rage Against The Machine - Maggies Farm
Ani DiFranco - Which Side Are You On
Arlo Guthrie & Pete Seeger - If I had a Hammer
Frank Risdale - Bread & Roses

Todays show falls on another celebratory date.  Beltane, an ancient pagan day of importance, with festivities and rituals ranging from feasting to fires, the blessing of the crops, recently sowed and the celebration of the sun’s light getting stronger.   DJ Mediafrenzy discusses some of the ancient rites and practices and plays songs related to seasons, flowers and fire.

It’s also May Day.  In London, over the past few years May Day has meant some kind of bicycle related event.  This year, EVAC organized a DIY bike kitchen tune up day.  The event is mentioned a few local bicycle songs are played.

May Day is significant because of the struggles and successes of the Workers’ Rights Movement, including establishing a 8 hour work day.  DJ Mediafrenzy delves into the history of the movement and the victories, while playing some fantastic labour related tunes and protest anthems.

Congrats to Don who won the Little Sons CD giveaway.

The show is available to stream, until May 15th, 2015, here (select ‘previous shows’ tab and the date):, select May1st 2pm onward (it goes into the Londonindie Undergrounds previous show tab too, 3:30pm)

Here are the direct links to make it easier for you!
Part 1:
Part 2:
Part 3:
Part 4:

NEXT SHOW IS May 15th, 2015!  TUNE IN, CALL IN! 94.9FM - 519-661-3600

MEDIAFRENZY FRIDAY - 15-04-17 Record Store Day Edition 2015


Goldfrapp - Lovely Head
Timber Timbre - Woman
Melaza - Estas a Tiempo
WHOOP-Szo - hiizhaaswo
Cousins - Jules
Modest Mouse - Strangers to Ourselves
’63 Monroe - Bad Bad Rock n Roll
So Young - Bad Kids
Great Lake Swimmers - Shaking All Over
Absolutely Free - Visions
Daniel, Fred & Julie - No One Knew My Name
Temples - Mesmerize
Carly Thomas - Montreal Train Song

Extra special show today as I tag-team with my alternate Friday timeslot host DJ Joy!  We spin tracks related to Record Store Day and talk about this worldwide celebration of independent record stores and the events happening locally.  DJ Joy takes over in the last 3rd of the show, so I can leave to set up to spin at the London Poetry Slam Finals!  Big thanks to DJ Joy for filling in and co-hosting, it’s always a blast having company in the studio!

The show was available to stream, until May 1st, 2015, here (select ‘previous shows’ tab and the date):, select April 17th 2pm onward (it goes into the Londonindie Undergrounds previous show tab too, 3:30pm)

NEXT SHOW IS May 1st, 2015!  TUNE IN, CALL IN! 94.9FM - 519-661-3600