Century Club

Sometimes the seed of an idea grows into a mighty oak – other times it just gets wedged in your gums causing residual pain and regret.
Almost two years ago Barber Shop Podcast launched as a long-form interview/live performance show and in that time we have been witness to a lot of talent and beauty. Not this episode.
One week shy of our epic 100th episode, we host four of our favorite beer loving guests to engage in the ancient rite of consuming 100 shots of beer in 100 minutes – The Century Club.
It takes a certain type of individual to allow themselves to go from sober to messy in such a short time, and an even more “special” individual to allow it to be documented and displayed for all to see.
No one said it was going to be easy, and for sure this one is a bit rough in spots. Seven guys, 70 beers, 100 minutes…. What can go wrong?
Never boring, always dangerous, celebrate #99 with us and join us for something a little different.



Laura Cole

Laura Cole is everywhere these days, what with the release of her debut album Dirty Cheat at the end of August and the buzz that her electrifying performances provide.
Only 25, Cole has the chops and sensibilities of someone steeped in the smokey jazz clubs of yesteryear while bringing her own style to the party.
Father Ron noted her precocious talent early on, but if was a fireside rendition of a Sheryl Crow song that got him thinking about just how to polish this diamond in the rough.
Building a band that could carry the freight meant that in addition to Ron Cole’s keys, the bass of Chris Chiarcos, Joe Gravina and the guitar of Steve Bigas were the perfect fit for this rising star.
Recording her record at Porcelain Records with no less than Dan Lanois  producing, you know the result would be nothing less than stellar.
Brave, beautiful and bursting with promise, everything Laura Cole touches is turning to pure gold, a shiny and pure reflection of the girl herself.
Big grins, big hearts and a real treat for your eyes and ears… only on Barber Shop Podcast.




Robin Benedict

You don’t get much for free in these parts, and Robin Benedict has earned a spot in the finals.
Black Irish soul, Hamilton sass and sensibilities, Robin Benedict makes every step in the right direction. Karaoke singer come rock Queen, she figured it out as she went along, all the time earning respect and followers on her journey.
Born from the fires of this very town, her original music, voice and style proved too much for even the most jaded in this tune soaked town.
Add to bye fact that she brought the likes of Brennan Burns and Duane Rutter on to  flesh out her stories but demonstrates the taste that us evident in every nite.
Truly blessed to have such a stunning beauty, such a charming woman, such a beautiful soul in Robin Benedict on this epic episode of Barber Shop Podcast




Scotty Bakalar

Scotty Bakalar has a lot to be thankful for these days. Making music as a way of life, fate ensured that his present would always serve his future. Fatherhood and heavy responsibilities made no room for the old model, but his decision to keep making music made sure that when he pursued film and journalism, the seeker in him was satiated while the techno geek was fulfilled.
Never one to refuse an opportunity,
Bakalar rose thru the commercial video word as his personal world bumped down life’s cart path. Trials and tribulations made for the tinder of creativity and as he raised his daughter Hannah, he began to record the many songs that would fill his creative mind in his bedroom studio in Selkirk. Those songs kept the process alive until a meeting on a beach with a spirit bear. Immediately accepted I to the family with genuine love, Scotty Bakalar sang and played his heart out in the company of kindred spirits.
This night we find Scotty dropping by with four brand new offerings, each one a heartfelt and honest tale from the very soul.
Never a bad show, this relaxed and spirited episode gives as good as it gets



Michael A.M.

In September there’s nothing better than some kid coming off the bench to hit the walk-off winning run, pulling victory from the jaws of defeat.
Last minute call up Michael A. Myszkowski has been holding fort as Link Andrews, bass player with Hamilton indie heavyweights 40 Sons for near half a decade and has started his journey as a songwriter, front-man and cryptic faker as a solo artist.
Bringing his long time friend and co-writer Brendan Whelan along, Michael.A.M. gives court to five originals that are as new as the morning dew. Beautifully crafted and bravely performed, each offing has it’s own perfect place in today.
Add to that five Easter eggs that is Exile On King Street, Mike’s bass playing is front and center on a sample from our July Hamilton music showcase. Tunes from Luke Bentham, JB Reed, Ginger St.James, Christa Bradbury and Duane Rutter will make you get a feel for just what we got going on here.




John Kirby was born in Burlington, but we forgive him for that. Musical and inquisitive from an early age, Kirby was playing and writing original music, building and blowing up a series of projects before going solo in 2006. Writing and recording with First Time Fallen prepared him to rely on beauties like Vince Sciara, Graham Peaceful and Joey Balducci to learn the business of music from top to bottom.
Boasting a strong sweet tenor, sharp soprano and rich overtones, Kirby possesses a voice for the ages, tender and expressive, dripping with the kind of honesty that belies his word play and sharp lyrics.
It’s a rainy Wednesday in September, the bedroom folk rock of Kirby is the tonic, his stories and songs providing a perfect backdrop for the first night of a new era at BOXO Studio with a sound like you’ve never heard before.
There’s lots to love about Kirby, and there’s lots to love about Barber Shop Podcast.



TG and the Swampbusters

We got up to some Shennanigans at Barber Shop Podcast with a new sponsor and a couple of old friends.

Tim Gibbons has been on before, back in the pre- video days, and tonight he stopped by with long time bassist and cohort Mike Williams. Joining together to form The Trouble Boys with the great Ray Farrugia in the earliest 80’s, Gibbons has been around since the good old days, music man, actor, resonance man about town, his Irish eyes are smiling on this episode for sure.

A little crooked, a little messy, and a lot of fun, this snapshot of Tim and Mike having a party with the gruesome crewsome, is one that will make you laugh till you cry, cry till you laugh, and forgive a little bit harder.

Sometimes it ain’t pretty, but it’s always beautiful at Barber Shop Podcast



The Vaudevillian

Growing up in the Southwestern Ontario tri-city area, Brendan Stephens was a quick study who had stubborn streak, and a knack for anything musical. Picking up the guitar at 12, gigging around town at 14, there was no lack of moxy in this kid. Upon informing his mother he was quitting school, his mom in turn informed him he was now paying rent.  When he took his strengths to market, the result was a nice busking payday of $80, and the world welcomed another professional musician to the fold.
Finding his sound somewhere between the roaring twenties and the White Stripes, an honest-to-goodness perfect hybrid was born in the guise of The Vaudevillian.
Like a desert bowl dream, this sepia-toned music draws from the very roots of roots, the jump and hop of a bygone era meshing wonderfully with today’s own stark realities.
Recording RAGGED with a lusty vengeance, the debut album has all the hallmarks of a great fly on the wall recording. Serving as a revenue source and calling card, it soon led to more stops along an uncharted and unrehearsed destiny.
Meeting a sweet thing named Willow Walker soon after, the couple became partners in this life of music and mayhem. Encouraged to play the tricky rhythm patterns of the washboard, Willow got very good pretty quickly and delivers signature snap and rattle to their distinct sound. Follow up record Beedl Am Bam last year, and re-releasing the seminal edition this Friday, The Vaudevillian are here in The Hammer for just awhile – but long enough to be marked forever.
Live and in person – playing some  new tunes and spinning some yarns, we present The Vaudevillian – on Barber Shop Podcast




Danny Medakovic

A musical city the likes of Hamilton is heavy with singer songwriters, great players and talented recording engineers.  Danny Medakovic happens to be all those things, having cut his teeth early and often from the earliest days in a very cohesive family environment.
Not happy to grind out the same covers in the same beer joints, Medakovic set about writing and recording often, playing frequently and building his book.  Developing into a triple threat over time, you can catch him in local alt-country/roots outfit Frytruck, or as a solo performer whose socially conscious lyrics marry effortlessly with the feel of a top shelf musician.
Danny’s a smart guy, he’s got a lot to say, and we’re always happy to have him.  Thrilled he could stop in with the pre-release of his new album JOLLEY CUT on a sticky summers night, we get to listen to six fresh tracks and a couple live numbers from the heart.
Danny Medakovic in the flesh… on Barber Shop Podcast




Radio Free Universe

Great original music from the Steel City is what we do here and there is all kinds to be found. Brewed and crewed right here, singer/songwriter George Panagoulos saw the chops and presence of guitarist Marcus Starr and bassist Ryan Davie in another outfit and knew they were tailor made for his latest project that would become Radio Free Universe. When the crack of Ashton Normans whip is added to the mix, the end result is superlative groove rock that is fiercely original yet hearkens to so many of the legends in style and substance. Radio Free Universe has carver out a worldwide following by always being front runners in the shifting sands of digital promotion and distribution. Displaying a determination to succeed, the band continues to record and tour, preparing for the release of their yet unnamed upcoming album.

Live, in studio, we have all the guys on hand to debut a few brand new numbers that you’re sure to love. Always bringing the good stuff, Radio Free Universe kicks back and tells us their stories in word and song – and they’re goodies!