Cory Mercer

Like it or not, music is art. Some is fine art, some street, but in the end it is absolutely the product of the fertile mind and busy hands of an artist. Cory Mercer is the kind of guest we dig at the Barber Shop, possessing both the steady eye, deep thoughts and properly good songs. Throw in a solid, soulful voice and a bonafide degree in chops, Mercer stands comfortably in the genre, just hip enough to not be hip but cool, comfortable in his own shoes – if he’s even wearing them. 

This show in particular came about because our scheduled guest had to back out and Cory was totally into it. – and he got the slot. Undeterred that he had no current recorded material, the short-notice impetus had him book studio time and record three beauties just for our viewers and listeners.  Making it happen on a Wednesday night Gary takes control of the show for the first time while Ryan oversees the great hour of music and talk on this edition of Barber Shop Podcast.



We are all the sum of our parts, a product of genetics and environment. Nobody gets here alone, and the brief time we shine on this earth is finite, the marks we leave are testament to our worldly influences. Brian Andreas is such a wonderful amalgamation such heady influences born of his era, his fathers era and the random happen-chances that dot our collective landscapes. The music seemed at once familiar, giving voice to the words that would follow. Exploring possibilities and opportunities saw a few good mates and a few more lessons about the life in music he was now seeing appear. Being blessed with a voice that can carry a note to the mountaintop and soar above the electric cacophony was his ticket – the rare bird whose words become instrumental music in its own right. Sewing these seeds lead to the band ANDREAS, a five piece that were as big and bold as the space would allow, the pageantry served accordingly. 

Today ANDREAS consists of Brian and the sweet keys of fellow alum Jenny Lockwood, providing the masterful orchestration of the piano with his guitar, their voices playing just as well together in a unit that can play any room. Brian Andreas has the writing partner and the songs to make their new record a resounding message – delivered wonderfully and authentically, never straying near the hazardous ground of mimicry.

This is the kind of show we love around here, a lot of great music, great stories and brand new memories. 

Come and get it at Barber Shop Podcast.





Paul Sage

Paul “Sammy” Sage can’t quit music even if he tried. Something deep inside the man knew that music was more powerful than almost anything – and most of the anythings were often the demons that haunt us all. It’s important to step back and remember that this show, although on the surface about music, is really about souls. Your soul, my soul, our souls are both the grist and the mill for every memory and emotion that become forged weapons of enlightenment in song. To carry such a weight of bring, to feel and emote so readily is both a gift that rewards and a burden that overwhelms the beautiful ones. Being vulnerable   and brave in the face of afflictions and addictions means not only facing your fears, but settling in for a long protracted engagement with the darkness.

Music and words provide the personal universal truths and Paul Sage is no liar. Once the realization that music was the bridge that would carry both he and his message to those in need, the process of music became that of an agent of change. Many school auditoriums and church basements bore testament to the tenets of truth, perseverance, integrity and above all love. Intent on making a difference in this world, Pail shouldered the wheel and took the message far and wide, months and years bearing fruit with effect and change. 

It’s said a guitar player never stops playing, he/she just puts it down for awhile. It can be said the burdens grow heavy for the bearer of even the good news. After putting it down for awhile, the desire has returned and the faith in music is once again speaking up if not shouting from the rooftops quite yet. He is our guest on this night because the scheduled artist became ill and this friend of a friend who had every reason to say no – instead said yes. Bringing along his songs from his own lesson books, Paul Sage brought something else in studio with him tonight, a renewed faith in his place in music. 

This one is real as shit, as sweet as pie and a look into the great universal truth. 

Not bad for short notice.



Jacqui Brown

The journey from Northern Saskatchewan to the big smoke has been as interesting and enlightening as Jacqui Brown herself. Born with the spirit to perform and the unwavering support of her family, she was singing early and often with the ability that makes its case immediately when you hear it. Finding her place belting out all the great tunes of rock, metal and blues of the heroes and heroines, her star shone bright enough for her to have her pick of bands with the discipline and professionalism required to truly become schooled in rock science. Years of learning her strengths and the sage lessons required to advance in this game. Touring Western Canada meant putting the countless hours and untold miles to good use, sharpening the point on what had become a very effective weapon in the war against apathy.

There eventually came a time where the calling to create from a deeply personal place grew too strong to ignore and at the same time her senses were telling her to head east – to the musical milieux that is Southern Ontario – and Toronto in particular. Now, there is a lot of great music when you combine the transplants and the home grown down this way and it’s easy to get drowned out in all the noise. One could be forgiven in thinking that stretching your wings as a songwriter and learning an instrument would be too much to bear under the circumstances. Those people don’t know Jacqui Brown. 

This night she arrived full of the positivity and confidence she depends on – but also with the trepidation and insecurities every artist feels when showing their creations to an often indifferent world. Showing faith in us – and herself, she won us over with authenticity and charisma, her 1,000 watt smile lighting up the studio and our hearts all at once.

Kick back and relax as we get to know and get to hear the indomitable Jacqui Brown on your #1 source for new real music – Barber Shop Podcast.


Will Gillespie

It was a bittersweet Wednesday last year when yours truly was nursing a broken heart and flagging hopes when we first featured Will Gillespie on our little show. The north Ontario troubadour delivered a sage and steady presence along with some beautifully reflective sings that hinted at the artist behind them. Gently relentless in his pursuits, both that episode and the year since have seen Gillespie continue to evolve, continue to develop his craft and his fan base at the same time. 

Being an artist comfortable in many genres means you get to play with a lot of different kids and have more tools at your disposal to flesh out an idea. The shapes and colours of his thoughts and memories became the groundwork for “Kings Of Summer” a bona fide snapshot from a bygone time in history, a personal postcard from the past when youth and beauty ran the dirt roads and played all night for awhile. Eschewing the plaintive chord progressions and thought rendering word play, “Kings Of Summer” hits the nail on the head with the drive of bop rock and tight phrasing all around. 

This fine night on the eve of his CD release, Will brings the guns out in the form of David and Craig Nicoloff on guitar and bass respectively and the silky Doug Smith on the skins along for this ride as we reminisce and recount, relax and relive the golden days of The Kings Of Summer – with Will Gillespie on Barber Shop Podcast


Jay Pollmann

You can take the boy from The Hammer but that patina never fades once it’s in your blood.

Jay Pollmann was born in Steel City to a musical family, the healing and community aspects of the arts re-enforced on a daily basis. Learning by ear and hungry for knowledge, his teen years and young adulthood featuring all the ingredients necessary to build a career in music. Joining forces with like minded fellows out Cayuga way to make original music is always a pretty heavy commitment – doubly so when rural considerations are factored in. Forming the group GRUVE with Brad Jackson and Eric Pollmann in 2014, enjoying the rocking ride the entire trip.

The writer in Jay continued to work and churn out more and more music that had its own unique voice, his voice. Dedicated to forging something solid, the wise man continued to wood-shed and play his compositions out, building a story that was destined to become his new record, destined to be the sharpest point on his favorite pencil – destined for another solid brick in his house.

Driving in this night from Haldimand County, the affable Pollmann showed up full of the pride and prejudice of a new daddy showing off his new baby. Delivering the goods via a sneak peak at his pride and joy as well as the live performances we capture so well, you too can get a good look and listen into the psyche and chops of this very talented dude.

There’s a whole wack of talent out there, and we strive to bring you a new taste – every week – on Barber Shop Podcast.


Laura Cole & Harvey Summers

Laura Cole has the world by the tail these days – and rightfully so.

Riding the commercial and critical success if 2014’s “Dirty Cheat”, Cole has parlayed her success into a bona fide career in music. Many awards and accolades, guest appearances and tours later, she is very much in the cat bird seat, a Cheshire cat’s smile spread across the most beautiful of faces. Emerging as predator and not prey in this business means making your own decisions about what you do, when you do them and with who.

This business is a mine field for a pretty thing, and one develops a strong sense on who is predatory and who is legitimate in their reverence. When a total stranger from England by the name of Harvey Summers called her up and asked her to make a music baby – well, you could excuse her and beau/bassist Chris Chaircos for bring somewhat skeptical. Surprisingly enough, the dude checked out as completely legit and so they flew to the great island and hopped right into bed – musically speaking.

7 songs in 7 days made HUMAN – a testament to all that is real and pure. Harvey produced the record featuring some greats like Liam Genockey (steeleye span, peter gabriel, john martyn) and Danny Thompson who played double bass on the record (John Martyn, Peter Gabriel, The Who) and Harvey even played the drums – not just for economics as you’ll hear.

Well, this night Laura Cole Harvey Summers, Chris Chiarcos, Ron Cole

and Joe Gravina on drums come by just before Harvey had to return home to tell you some stories and sing you some songs….and shine like stars.

Sweet little thing we have here, a honey trap that captures the life blood you don’t even realize you need. This one has it all, and you’ve got it forever here at Barber Shop Podcast.


Jim Dan Dee

There exists both a fine line and a huge chasm between The Hammer and Hogtown, the grit and the polish, the slick and the greasy. Musically speaking, both Hamilton and Toronto share so many common roots and spurs born from the TH&B railroad of yesteryear. So many great blues, jazz, country, soul and rock n roll icons visited the clubs and venues between Stoney Creek and Streetsville that the Golden Horseshoe became an incubator for some truly great home-grown music with these genetic markers. Growing up in Southern Ontario, guys like Jason Sewerynem saw first hand the mojo that filtered down to the British Invasion icons and traced back the lineage to arrive in Toronto fronting a completely honest evolution for the blues in the form of The Jim Dan Dee band. 

Now, we don’t get cats from T.O. Calling us up to book an appointment very often, so after insuring it wasn’t a trick, we looked up these guys and were duly impressed by the sheer professionalism of this unit – sharply dressed and tight as a drum head. Their style of smokey, dangerously sage storytelling is set in a combination of blues styles by hooking up with mates Shawn Royal on drums, Jim Stefanuk on guitar and Scott Morris on keys to put together a sweet package indeed. Marked by the tight syncopation and sly musicianship, the message is one of hazards and good fortune, deceit and redemption set to a rhythm that you can drink to. 

Dropping in on a Wednesday evening in June, these finely attired lads drove all the way down the mighty QEW from the 416 to pay their respects and inhale a little bit of that Steel Town spirit while at BOXO Studio, telling tales and hitting the right note all night long. Spinning tunes from their latest CD “Five Stiff Shots”, the Jim Dan Dee Band made some sweet music and some new friends.

Barber Shop Podcast – your home for the originals.



Michael A.M. is a fave around The Barber Shop, a rare breed who can hang with the old dudes as easily as the young turks and tattooed poseurs you find all around the scene. Born of good Polish stock and Canadian street schooling, the role of the cock-sure introvert drafted by music began to develop.

Playing bass for the highly acclaimed 40 Sons led to many gigs and opportunities to prove his mettle in all genres.

A while back he began fleshing out a series of songs that paint a very artistic cornucopia of a tapestry, the originality and burgeoning songwriter was now fronting. Using some great friends and musicians to craft his debut here at BOXO Studio, the project FÜNYBOHT is an homage to, but not limited to, an inside wink that everyone can get.

He’s brutally and hilariously honest and a hell of a player in a world of insipid music, he’s a worthy ambassador of millennial music for the century.

Going solo tonight, the heart of this sonic voyage is helming a great trip on the FÜNYBOHT express.

We couldn’t be happier.



Julian Paul Band

Blues music is remarkable because it’s humble roots in the call-and-response cotton fields have grown to an omnipresent worldwide phenomenon. From the wood and steel basics to the classic rock, metal, roots and kid pop you hear on AM radio, the patterns and modes are everywhere. We’ve had a bunch of good ones on this show over the years, and no one ever complains about what it does or doesn’t sound like, for every blues player is putting his own stamp on the tradition. Playing and paying homage to the greats while still writing original music is what Julian Pail Band do so very well.

Take some old friends reacquainted with and mix in some Texas boogie ala’ Stevie, smooth blues like Robert Cray and the Banasamanian groove and you’re getting there. The trio of Julian Paul, Kevin Voutour, and Armand Faguy show the chops and discipline that years together produce, yet still have the youthful enthusiasm and unity of long trusted friends that you don’t often see. They play a style that people can relate to, providing material for a whole demographic that already loves what they’re cooking.

As fate would have it, these boys grew up in and around this neighbourhood so the quick trip from Brantford was just like coming home – and having a blast at Barber Shop Podcast