The Plain Steel

The mix of Celtic and Canadiana with a stiff shot of punk make The Plain Steel not only marketable, but also magical. Formed a decade ago, the current line up of Ross Lizotte (guitar/vocals), Tim Friezen (stand up bass), Louis Waters (drums), Jason Sanislo (banjo), and Geoff Ball (cello) make wonderful, evocative music that smacks of early Genesis one second and a St. Paddy’s day bender the next. Fast and furious, the intricate interplay between these accomplished players paints a unique tapestry that sets the hook early and deep. Dropping in on a gorgeous spring night, the boys play a few cuts off their 2012 LP “Folk ‘n’ Roll” and their beautiful 7 inch “Navigators Song” as well as blessing BOXO Studio with a slew of live tunes.
A nicer bunch of guys you will not meet, true to their craft with an ear to the street. Sweet.
Great stuff, every week, at Barber Shop Podcast.


Doug Feaver

Some guys don’t make it to the Barber Shop very often, if ever. Maintaining a youthful outlook, let alone the locks is a hard gig for most of us, but Doug Feaver has been writing, singing, and playing the kind of music that defines both this city and this country. Musically gifted, relentlessly curious, the Grimsby born, Montreal raised Feaver has developed a sound and a performance level that never seems to get old. Born from the ashes of Dixieland and George Martin, the kid in the man remains in his every note, always a bit beyond expectations.
Cold and rainy a sad day might begin, not forgotten the stories that unfolded in the lives as the sun travels the sky. As forlorn a start it was, the gift of music, and truth, rang true this very evening, as serendipitous alignments transpire right before your eyes. Lives that touched briefly for years came full cycle, proving that, as ever, that things that are meant to be, become real.
Tune in, turn on, and drop what you’re doing because you and this April 8th episode makes beautiful music together.


Alabama Clam Hash

Being fearless and finding your own voice is crucial if a young band is to get noticed in this mean ol’ town.
Keegan Early (drums) and Clive Dickson (bass) had an early and passionate affair with music, robbing their parents record collections of all the Sabbath and Stones they could carry. Clive has always been a disciple of the four string, playing in outfits throughout high school and taking the highly regarded Mohawk music program for almost three years. Keegan on the other hand, found the need for drummers paramount in his musical direction, eventually playing his way through the course, becoming increasingly proficient in the styles of many genres.
Founding a band and playing out as a three piece, the two lads found themselves staying late after rehearsals, the freewheeling bass and drum arrangements growing in complexity and eccentricity. Always groove conscious, the seemingly inflexibility of these two instruments soon sprouted wings and as songs were formed, so was the DNA of Alabama Clam Hash.
These boys are quietly fierce and their knowledge and respect of music as a life force sustains the growing pains that something so uniquely special warrants. It’s not always that Ryan raises his eyebrow of approval, but from the first note of sound check, their sheer will of aural audacity made him smile.
We’re going to know them for a long time, they liked it here and we love a good regular as much as the next guys.
Alabama Clam Hash, right here, right now, at Barber Shop Podcast.


Shameless Subversion

You’ve arrived here either by direction or accident, but either way it’s going to change your life. BOXO Studio is the mother ship of Barber Shop Podcast, and like the carrier you take flight from, there is precious little to hang your toothbrush on if it’s gone.
BOXO Studio is not like other places, it’s mission is always to show faith and support to those who might never see their just due.
Existing strictly as a recording space for over a decade, BOXO Studio crafts musical missiles of insight and change, providing voices for those so often judged and excluded. Brainchild of Kevin Barber and executed by chief engineer Ryan Cannon along with Alek Bromke and Quentin Brillinger, BOXO Studio has carved a niche for itself through vision and execution.
This episode sees Gary at the desk and Kevin providing both an insight, and an offering, of the greatest mental health playlist ever devised.
If you believe that music is salvation, you need to listen, if you think that this is bunk, then you need to listen even more.
Just when you think that Kanye has won, something like this comes along and screws you up. It’s more precious than dollars, more special than gold – it’s 12 stories culled and fired to perfection.


Brad Hails – Expand
Dave Pomfret – Funeral for a Girl
Jessica Blake – Falling
Duane Rutter – Glory
George C.W. Douglas – Living on the Moment
Maggie Ciere – Reformation
Cindy Dell – The Trouble With Alvin
Jamie Shea – No Place To Go
Kevin Barber – Crazy Pay
Roxanne Flett Campell – Mr. Hoot Owl
Grace Darlin – Scarlet Skies
Hannah Bakalar – Stay in the Light



Sammi Morelli

A natural performer from the get-go, Sammi Morelli was singing and dancing her way up the ladder until she recorded her first record while still a pre-teen. Hailing from the Vancouver suburb of Langley, the friends and family members who joined her on stage and in studio helped flesh out her songs into a cohesive collection, never settling in one place too long. Elements of jazz, pop, dance, and indie folk find their way into her substantial body of work over the subsequent years, each take a personal and singular vision come to life. Possessing killer pipes and an electric stage presence, this vivacious and engaging chanteuse came to Ontario a bit over a year ago and set up shop in St. Catharines. Writing and recording music and doing her gig as a weekend radio jock brought her to the attention of more than a few folks, and one of those people were pretty sure we’d want to have her on Barber Shop Podcast – and they were right on the money.
Fun, fresh and friendly is the only way to go through life, and with a lite help from Jeff Craig on guitar, Sammi Morelli makes the most of her time in the chair.

You gotta love it.


Ginger St. James

Hamilton is full of killer acts, and to stand tall amongst your peers is a sure sign of greatness in this crucible of music. Glowing red hot, the burlesque Queen turned country blues rock goddess has made hay with the gifts bestowed upon her and worked like the devil at all the little things to make even the winks mean something real. Honest songs of the people, laid down with an infectious beat that will please those 10 to 110.
It’s never easy, it’s never boring, the job of building a legend is not for the faint of heart. From the sticks to the dirty streets of Steel town and beyond, those lucky enough to experience the sensation of passion and attitude unbridled will surely not regret or forget the experience.
The first beautiful day in a very long time saw Ginger and The Grinders (Tom LaMontange, Greg Briscoe and Snow Heel Slim) burst into BOXO Studio with all the verve and aplomb of a proper fresh breeze.
Judge for yourself, with 4 live tunes and 3 from her new CD, “Diesel and Peas” plus a video of her and Slim, there’s so much a love about Ginger and Barber Shop Podcast




There exists in every classic song, the nuanced assassin of a great songwriter. Finding his voice with a father re-connecting to a sacred healing river, Steve Vincent DePiante has carried his destiny as much as it’s carried him since he was 16. Not lost on the jaded, not slave to the system, the words of a poet grew alongside the chops of a road warrior.
University bands and kindred souls brought these songs to life as the finite core of the man was brought to bear.
Solid heart strings and sandpaper whisps tell tales without reservation, truths without regret.
It’s the pleasure we strive to provide, beating the bushes and finding those dusky diamonds that might escape the casual observer.
It’s all right here, the absence of ego, fear or judgement,to kneel at the alter of originality.
Great stuff, this and every week at Barber Shop Podcast.



Paul Anthony & CASH

Johnny Cash is without a doubt the cornerstone of popular music and if you don’t agree you can go fuck yourself.
Ok, let me rephrase that. If you don’t realize that only one man made both Elvis and The Beatles sit pretty you are the valedictorian for Stupid U.
Paul Anthony has been dedicated to bringing the life and music of Johnny Cash to the unwashed for three years, bringing the creases and lines of an honest outlaw to life with both lore and legitimate musicality. Sounding like a legend is hard, but when you manage to record The Man in Black’s songs in his cabin with his band – there’s something here to behold.
Playing Johnny’s hits live and from the CD Classic Johnny Cash, Paul Anthony delivers the real deal with guitarist Steve Petrie and Kurk Bernard in studio with the stories and music of many genres and many generations.
You gotta love Johnny Cash
Or else….


The Zilis

Low and behold, the three of them give life to the thought that rock is not dead, life blood flows, and there is more to the picture than meets the eye. The Zilis are a power pop trio that oozes TH&B sensibilities while managing to tickle the chin of the fickle listening audience. Stepped in the Hamilton tradition of smart, brutal fun, this trio of Sean Royle, Zander Lamonthe and Justin Bozzo have managed the near-impossible feat of bringing home the bacon in a tight, evocative package whole maintaining a strict code of emotional conduct. Not lost on these lads is the urgent need to stay relevant in the topsy- turvey world of independent music with constant aural stimulation and some sweet videos that convey the true essence of this outfit.

It’s hard not to like it, it’s harder to forget it, lost as you are in the swirling mix of colors. Three against the world, understood by few but loved by many – The Zilis are something to behold. Spinning tales, videos and a cut from their most recent offering, Sketches II, the lads of The Zilis give you a damn good reason to believe the future of rock n roll is in very good hands indeed.


Drew Leith

Keeping bit real is never a problem here at the shop, the silk and grit of real, original, Canadian music. This part of this great land contains a number of storied counties, each bearing the fruit of it’s native soil.

Drew Leith was nurtured as a child on the good music and joy a kitchen party can evoke. Waterloo County and the hotspots of London, Cambridge, Kitchener have always been a mixture of the well heeled and the rural blanket that warms their cold hearts. Writing and playing their own histories, Drew Leith and his songs came to call on his brother Ryan’s band, and with the choice of drummer Daryl Ralph and then Scott Chandler on banjo/harp, Drew Leith & the Foundation was born. Part folk, southern rock and country, it’s immediately likeable, music of the people. Never shooing too high or low, the smart lyrics and infectious hooks preaches from the pulpit with all the might of a bayou preacher.
Hamilton has been kind to Drew and tonight is no different. Playing four live numbers with Scott, we hear four cuts from their first CD and some pre releases from the upcoming offering, With You – out later this year.
Add to that their new video, a lot of cheer and smart, lively banter, and you’ve got yet another great episode of Barber Shop Podcast.