Saturday, April 30, 2011

The Six Fifty Seven To St John's radio show set list 30 April

This radio show is so new it doesn't even have a podcast entry on Vancouver Coop Radio's archive page.

So if you want to find it head to

and then scroll for 30 April 7am and 8am for the show. You'd need to click on the Roots Reggae play buttons for 7am and 8am.

Here's the set list for the virgin show. The Six Fifty Seven To St John's plays music from the length and depth and breadth of Canada.

En la esquina - Dubin Hood
Sarah - Digits
Cold killer - Ben Sigston
Little angel - Scott Dunbar
Lit from within - The Paperbacks
Beware of the bees - Twin Library
In another year - Modern Boys Modern Girls
Jenny jitters - The Stance
The Queen is dead - The City Streets
God save the Queen - The Sex Pistols
The drugs - Billy The Kid
Just trying to get by - Billy The Kid
There she goes - Analog Bell Service
White light - The Torrent
Meet me in the basement - Broken Social Scene
English Bay - Blue Rodeo
Kansas - The Gertrudes
I think I'm terrified - Maria In The Shower
Of all the places - Steven McKay
Someday I won't - The Murder Plans
Tell a lie - The Murder Plans
Chocolove - La Patère Rose
Places to stay - Frends Electric
Good lives - The Paperbacks
Restore me - Steven McKay
My lover & I - Cam Penner
Coffee song - Matthew & The Birds

The Six Fifty Seven returns next Saturday morning at 6.57am (yeah really!) on 102.7FM or, joining Gary Jarvis in hosting will be Pam Carr, and a cast of thousands including Compelish Rawlins. Have a great week.

Tune in to Coop Radio at 7am Sat 30 April and you might hear

some of the following

Bryan Adams
Analog Bell Service
Arcade Fire
Jann Arden
Jill Barber
Barenaked Ladies
Bedouin Soundclash
The Be Good Tanyas
Bend Sinister
Barney Bentall
Art Bergmann
Jessica Beach
Geoff Berner
Big Cookie
Big Tall Garden
Black Mountain
Blue Rodeo
Bocephus King
Ana Bon-Bon
Bored Of Authority
Broken Social Scene
Chris Brown & Kate Fenner
Shelley Campbell
The Carnations
Joanna Chapman-Smith
Circus In Flames
Bruce Cockburn
Leonard Cohen
Ray Condo ( Hard Rock Goners/ & his Ricochets )
Coney Hatch
Cousin Harley
Cuff the Duke
Dark Blue World
Deep Dark Woods
Marq Desouza
The Dreadnoughts
Scott Dunbar
Kathleen Edwards
Elliot Brood
Fear Of Drinking
Fish & Bird
Frazey Ford
Ford Pier
Lily Frost
Nelly Furtado
Ingrid Gatin
Matt Good
Grapes Of Wrath
Great Big Sea
Great Lake Swimmers
Guess Who
Emily Haines
Hard Rock Miners
Jack Harlan
Sarah Harmer
Hawaiian Bibles
Henry & the Nightcrawlers
Hey Ocean
Hidden Cameras
Dan Hill
Veda Hille
Rich Hope
Hot Hot Heat
Hounds Of Buskerville
Chris Houston
Jets Overhead
k.d. lang
JT King
King Apparatus
Willy Kruger
Avril Lavigne
the Legendary Hearts
Gordon Lightfoot
Raghu Lokanathan
The Look People
Los Furios
Lowest Of The Low
Linda MacCrae
Maestro Fresh Wes
Raine Maida
Dan Mangan
The Manvils
The Marble Index
Carolyn Mark
Murray McLaughlin.
Sarah McLaughlin
Wendy McNeill
Camille Miller
Minimalist Jug Band
Mistress Jen
Joni Mitchell
Alannis Morisette
Mother Mother
Motion Soundtrack
Mountain Goats
Butch Murphy & the Bloody Miracles
My Idea Of Fun (2 Left Feet)
The New Deal
The Nines Circa
Herald Nix
Faith Nolan
No Means No
Jimmy Now's Blues Jam Band
The Odds
Olenka & the Autumn Lovers
The Orchid Highway
Our Lady Peace
The Pack AD
Parachute Club
Parlour Steps
The Payolas
Pied Pumpkin
Joel Plaskett
Pointed Sticks
Carole Pope and Rough Trade
Protest the Hero
Queen City Kids
The Real McKenzies
The Rheostatics
Stan Rogers
Roots Round-Up
Ruffled Feathers
The Sadies
Ron Sexsmith
Skinny Puppy
David P. Smith
Soukous Rhythms
Spirit of The West
The Stance
The Stills
Buffy St. Marie
The Swans
The Sweaters
The Tea Party
Tequila Mockingbird Orchestra
The Tragically Hip
Thomas Trio & The Red Albino
The Trews
The Unicorns
Micheal Van Eyes & Trespassers
Video Barbecue
The Wailin Jennys
Waltz Darling
The Weakerthans
Hawksley Workman
Neil Young
Zapato Negro
The Zolas

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Thank you Vancouver Canucks

As a very new fan to this beautiful and exciting game called hockey I want to say a big thank you for making so many Vancouver Canucks fans happy tonight. Had Chicago got the win this city would have been sounding very different tonight................

As it is I think there's going to be some extended partying. It's great. I loved listening to the last period on Team 1040. Commentator Shorthouse said "Time to exhale British Columbia". Very good.

So a 4-3 playoff series win. A nice stat. I achieved a nice stat today too - with 500 hits for this month on this blog. Thank you peeps.

And the panda says thanks too.

Voting strategically leads to disappointment

The suggestion that strategic voting is the method whereby Canada can elect Stephen Harper out of office makes no sense.

The only reason that folks are suggesting the need for strategic voting is because voter turnout continues to decline or to put it another way the right is successful at getting its vote out while apathy reigns on the left.

I have heard the argument in favour of strategic voting in two Greater Vancouver ridings. Let's start with the easy one - Burnaby Douglas. Traditionally a NDP stronghold the Conservatives came very close to grabbing this seat in 2008. The SV camp is saying vote NDP and not Liberal to ensure that the Conservatives don't take this seat. The truth of the matter though is that the NDP failed to get out its vote at the last election. Not really a failing on the part of the NDP - it has more to do with people not bothering to vote.

Avaaz the organization and website talks of "hope" if voters galvanize around the NDP to the benefit of the Greens and the Liberals too by ensuring the Conservatives don't take Burnaby Douglas. All that Avaaz is doing is generating the NDP vote. SV is when people swap votes in separate ridings which could result in swings to a different party taking office in both of those ridings. So a SV in Burnaby Douglas would be Liberals voting Conservative. It's a terrible thought but not that far from reality when you consider how close these parties are in ideology. The Liberals might be talking left now but that would change once elected. It's the Liberals that scrapped the National Housing Program in 1993.

The true concept of SV is one that really is apparent in Vancouver Centre where voters are considering voting for Karen Shillington running for the NDP and ousting veteran Liberal MP Hedy Fry. This is really is an exciting riding to watch considering that Adriane Carr is also running for the Greens. The way things stand right now though Carr could come in a sorry fourth. The so called "Orange surge" could topple Fry and put the NDP in power in Vancouver Centre. It would be a fantastic result for Shillington and her party.

For any party to win Vancouver Centre however it is going to take a strong voter turnout for that party. The Conservatives don't appear to have a foothold in the riding so it could come down to just a battle between the Liberals and the NDP. If the left can get its vote out in large numbers strategic voting becomes redundant.

Left energies are better spent organizing working class action to get the vote out for the NDP at this election. Voting with your class and a clear conscious is the only way to avoid feeling upset at your voting choice once the results come in. Voting for the party that best represents your view of what society should look like be it a left or right outlook won't result in disappointment post election.

Should Harper get the majority government the time spent by the left organizing the working class vote can then be refocused to the general struggle. It's not as if a Harper majority equals Conservative victory and left collapse. It's a step towards increased polarization between the working class and capital.

Likewise a Liberal minority, looking unlikely, is more of the same. Coalition would be a positive step and surely the Governor General could not ignore the possibility of a coalition government this time round but again it's apathy outside of elections that lets the elite manoeuvre the system to suit their aims.

If you vote strategically you are voting on a hope that everyone else will also do so and there's no guarantee that the person you are vote swapping with will follow through and remember how will you know if they did or did not. The only safe vote is a vote with your beliefs.

Monday, April 25, 2011

Drop the burger n chips what about some Social Housing

It was that time - danger - in the Jarvis household. I need to eat, 7pm ish, and thinking there's nothing to eat in the fridge I started to think of burger and chips - but somehow convinced myself this would be a bad move.

The alternative which I cobbled together in about ten minutes was a lot healthier and actually pretty satisfying in the sense that I didn't need to go shed ten bucks or more in some diner or restaurant where I would feel like a total loser eating alone on Easter Monday.

I don't know what it is lately but I am feeling the need to be around people like all the time. So when I do get out to do my volunteer stints at Coop Radio and also for the federal election, I'm like, okay I've done my volunteer work but can I hang out for like an hour and just well hang out cos you people are really nice and I'm not wanting to go home just yet.

Shit, it's not all bad at home. I am totally digging some CDs from Vancouver Public Library that I got out for African Vibes - the show that I host normally on the last Sunday of the month but will be hosting again on May 15th. New discovery is the track "Khira" by Yazid Fentazi. It is definitely going to get a play or two. I'm browsing the sleeve notes as I write this and it makes reference to the fact that Fentazi honed some of his skills in London - ooh ooh - a Last Call connection, could sit well with The Streets.

Back to the alone thing - I think living in the hood - The DTES is beginning to rub off on me, in the positive sense of really understanding the street culture. Say what you like about the drug abuse and all the other kinds of abuses that go on in the hood but there is something that I really appreciate about this neighbourhood. It is that you can be yourself.
I see people walking through the DTES who are obviously ill at ease and not comfortable with what they are seeing around them. I can understand that. No one wants to see suffering or witness the humiliation of people who are obviously suffering through drug addiction, mental health problems, poverty or a combo of these.
At the same time I see people talking and living in community. Don't get me wrong. It's no Garden of Eden but I tell you something - it's a lot more real than some of the developments that I am seeing in the blocks immediately west of the DTES and this is where I start to talk about gentrification. "Cleaning up the dirty face of Hope Street" as the Levellers correctly noted in their ditty Hope St is not a solution to poverty. Homelessness is on the rise in Vancouver, the shelters are closing and City Hall is approving condo development in Chinatown. It's not right.

What would be right is some social housing. Today I had the pleasure of canvassing for one of the candidates in the federal election at a housing coop and wow, I was so impressed with what I saw. Here was community, a community where people were thriving. The Single Residency Occupancy buildings are for the most part in a continued state of decline. Their owners, not all, want to hold on to these sites in the hope of development. It is our society, a capitalist society that puts profit before people which lets the neglect happen and increases the divide between those who have and those who have not.

There needs to be a shift in thinking to foster the development of housing which is going to create community and provide a haven for people to be successful. The gentrification of the DTES is not going to rid society of the problems associated with poverty. Success is too often thought of in this world as making one's riches but success can also mean getting a job with good benefits, moving into a housing coop, and being part of that community. Not every one is going to want to eat a burger and chips.

Vancouver homeless shelters closing

I got this email today from supporters of the year round shelters in Vancouver which are set to close.

I really thought that the best thing I could was to pass on the message by blogging it.

So here it is,

"Hello dear network of supporters. We need your help.

On Sunday night, 7 of us from Carnegie Centre Action Project, Downtown Eastside Neighbourhood Council, Vanact and Council of Senior Citizens visited 3 shelters that are closing:

Cardero - 27 April
Howe - 28 April
Fraser - 29 April

These shelters are slowly emptying out and now there are about 20-30 people remaining in each. Shelter residents have no options once they close. Many can’t rent apartments because of stigma from landlords. No social housing is available. Many will fail and be back on the street if they go back to an infested, unsafe Single Resident Occupancy in areas where they used to use drugs or have been “red zoned” by police.

As Marta from the Howe shelter said, “I’m going to stay right here in the alley. We are here because we don’t want to be alone. We got nobody. Everyone else has a family, we don’t. This is our family.” Marta said she doesn’t buy the excuse that governments don’t have money. She explained that each person in her shelter is eligible for $375 a month for rent on welfare and if you multiply this by 40 people per shelter that means BC Housing already has $15,000 a month to spend to keep her shelter open.

“I can’t go to an SRO”, said Chase from the Cardero Shelter. “I’ll go crazy and just end up back on the street. If this shelter closes, I guess I’ll head to the Super Value parking lot. That’s where we came from before they opened this place up.”

“If I lose this place, these regular meals and my guaranteed spot here, then I’ll go back to selling drugs to survive,” said Deanna, also from the Cardero Shelter.

Don from the Fraser shelter who is about 65 years old said: “Two women near IGA on Broadway got me to come here about a month ago. I’ve been outside a long time. I guess if they close this, I’ll be in the doorways, back laneways and
behind restaurants.”

Kerry from Howe said: If this closes I’ll find an abandoned house. I have my Coleman stove. I hope nobody will notice me. If this shuts down, the government will spend more money on corrections. People here will be panhandling, living in the allies. You would think they would rather we stay in the shelter.”

Please help us stop these people from losing their ground, their networks of support and these makeshift homes. And call on governments to fund these shelters, build homes etc.

We are planning a vigil at these sites with the shelter residents starting on Wednesday morning at 10 a.m. at the Cardero Shelter. How much we can accomplish will depend on what support people on this list can provide.

Here are the things we need:

Sleeping bags
Placards and banners
Legal advice

Please be in touch with Wendy at 604-839-0379 to strategize about how you can support. Financial support is welcomed if you can’t volunteer time or provide donated goods. Ignore this appeal if you are under financial and social stress as many of us are --

In solidarity,

Don and Wendy from CCAP

Fraser and Dave from DNC

Nate and Tristan from Vanact!

Gail from Council of Senior Citizens of BC

PS, show your support and attend the media conference at the Cardero shelter on Tuesday at 10:30.

Address of shelters:




** Fir and 4th Street Shelter, run by MPA (???), closed already. The Stanley New Fountain, run by Portland Hotel Society, is rumoured to have a one month funding extension plus is already working on a separate campaign to keep that shelter open.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Just don't mention the wedding

Thankfully, thankfully - I'm in Canada, a long way from the hype surrounding the wedding of a young lad called William Windsor. As a son of England it is one of those happy moments for me at least when I am far far away from Blighty. Willi - what a great name, Willi Windsor. Of course he's better known as, well you know what he's better known as. Really seeing his mug and that of his bride to be on front of the glossies really makes me want to take a holiday in a land that time forgot. Well I always want to take a holiday there.

There's recession in Europe, war in north Africa, nuclear calamity following an earthquake in Japan and closer to home we are seeing Vancouverites suffer because of the collapse of their beloved hockey team to Chicago in the play-offs and are we interested in some tat from a bygone era, no we are not.

Everyone knows what the royals are about and it became explicitly clear following the death of Willi's mother Diana. This extreme wealth is part of the problem in this world. I'm thankful I'm here in Vancouver where the whole sorry affair can be easily avoided. Oh and Willi during your Canuck honeymoon please leave us alone in peace in Vancouver.

What the Canucks

What the Canucks indeed. The Vancouver Canucks look set to repeat a statistic that they'd rather not - taking a 3-0 lead in a play-off series only to give it up and go out 4-3. They haven't given up completely and the replacement of goal tender Roberto Luongo by Cory Schneider hasn't come a moment too soon. Of course there's a lot else wrong with the team - but don't ask me - what the Canucks do I know about hockey.

Great Easter Sunday, I did a Schneider - sub that is, Victor Obossi out of action tonight on African Vibes. Yet Victor is on top of his game. Let's leave it there, before the Luongo massive rises up.

I should have compiled a set list to post on here. Never mind I will be back at Coop Radio hosting African Vibes for the last Sunday of May. Started the day out on Hollyburn snow shoeing, what a great mountain, so beautiful up there. Thinking seriously about investing in a pair of snow shoes - makes the mountain so much more accessible even if the snow banks are beginning to collapse aaarrrghhh.....

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Everything ever played on Last Call

This is a straight cut and paste from the word doc on my computer.

There's no formatting folks!

But this is everything ever played on the show

Last Call is every Tuesday night at midnight on Vancouver Cooperative Radio,
CFRO - 102.7FM

#pos Artist plays Nation City/Town
1 Supergrass 73 E Oxford
2 Manics 66 W Blackwood
3 James 50 E Manchester
4 The Clash 32 E London
5 Stone Roses 25 E Manchester
6 The Beatles 23 E Liverpool
7 The Charlatans 23 E Northwich
10 Joy Division 22 E Manchester

29 The XX 20 E Putney
8 The Smiths 20 E Manchester

33 Ian Brown 20 E Manchester
9 Jack Penate 19 E London
11 Billy Bragg 18 E Barking, Essex
64 Belle & Sebastian 18 S Glasgow

14 Hot Chip 17 E Putney
15 The Kooks 17 E Brighton
13 Franz Ferdinand 17 S Glasgow
12 Asian Dub Foundation 16 E London

48 Jamie T 16 E London
16 Pulp 15 E Sheffield
165 PJ Harvey 15 E Bridport
243 Esben and The Witch 14 E Brighton

24 The 1990s 13 S Glasgow
17 60 ft Dolls 13 W Newport
18 Digits 12 C Toronto
19 New Order 12 E Manchester
20 Gang of Four 12 E Leeds
21 The Fall 12 E Manchester

35 The Morning Benders 12 A San Francisco

27 Pete Doherty 12 E Hexham
105 Glasser 12 A San Fransisco
22 Oromocto Diamond 11 C Montreal
23 The Rapture 11 A New York
28 The Levellers 11 E Brighton

63 The Winks 11 A?
25 Happy Mondays 10 E Manchester

26 Old World Vulture 10 C Toronto
30 Egyptian Hip Hop 10 E Manchester
41 Julian Plenti 10 A New York
34 The Big Pink 10 E London

38 Efterklang 10 Denmark
32 Dodgy 10 E London
49 Nitzer Ebb 10 E Chelmsford

240 Broken Records 10 S Edinburgh
235 Stornoway 10 E Oxford
31 Mathematique 9 C Quebec City

42 Portishead 9 E Bristol
37 Cold Cave 9 A Philadelphia

43 Morrissey 9 E Manchester

40 King Tubby 9 Jamaica Kingston
47 Stereolab 9 E London

36 Andy Williams 8 A Wall Lake, Iowa
39 Kraftwerk 8 G Dusseldorf

250 The Streets 8 E

138 Radiohead 8 E Oxford
44 Miss Massive Snowflake 7 A Portland
45 The Torrent 7 C Toronto?
46 The Shagbots 7 C Calgary
50 Beth Orton 7 E East Dereham

54 Esser 7 E where in Essex?
60 The Beach Boys 7 A Hawthorne.California

106 The Maccabees 7 E London
51 Oasis 7 E Manchester
52 John Lennon 6 E Liverpool
53 Transparent Source 6 S Edinburgh
57 Beta Band 6 S Edinburgh

229 Madness 6 E London
76 Four Tet 6 E Putney

181 Underworld 6 E Romford
55 Steve Reich 5 A New York
56 MBMG 5 C Toronto
58 Rep By Pop 5 C Toronto
59 My Bloody Valentine 5 I Dublin

61 Bob Davenport 5 E
62 Snuff 5 E London
74 The Cocteau Twins 5 S Grangemouth
86 Frank Black 5 A Boston
71 The Stance 5 C Halifax, NS
81 Harlem 5 A Austin
77 Primal Scream 5 S Glasgow
225 Blur 5 E Colchester

95 The Specials 5 E Coventry

65 Dominic Alldis 4 E London
66 Stephanie Braganza 4 C Toronto
67 The Zolas 4 C Vancouver
68 Summer 5000 4 C Montreal
69 Everything but the Girl 4 E Hull
70 Vitamins For You 4 C Toronto

72 Elastica 4 E London

73 Sinead O’Connor 4 I Glenageary

75 The Enemy 4 E Coventry

78 Arab Strap 4 S Falkirk

104 Graham Coxon 4 E Colchester
92 U2 4 I Dublin

140 Rory McLeod 4 E London
84 Murder Ford Monument 4 C Montreal
129 Interpol 4 A New York
83 Cat Power 4 A Atlanta
93 Public Enemy 4 A New York
148 Gossip 4 A Portland
79 Nico Vega 3 A Los Angeles
80 Guided By Voices 3 A Dayton.Ohio
82 Aerosol 3 G Berlin
85 McCarthy 3 E London
87 Blue States 3 E London
88 Pine Tarts 3 C Calgary
89 The Rolling Stones 3 E London

90 Pleasure Bridge 3 C
91 Bettie Serveert 3 N Amsterdam

94 Ron Kavana
& The Alias Acoustic Band 3 I
96 Tim Buckley 3 A Washington DC
97 Bjork 3 Iceland Reykjavik

98 The Sundays 3 E London
99 Echo & The Bunnymen 3 E Liverpool
100 Coldplay 3 E London
101 They Came From The Stars, I Saw Them 3

102 White Lies 3 E London

103 Everything Everything 3 E Manchester
117 Spacemen 3 3 E Rugby
123 Bob Dylan 3 A Duluth, Minnesota
135 The Cure 3 E Crawley

144 Maximo Park 3 E London

152 Dutch Uncles 3 E Manchester

147 Marmaduke Duke 3

251 Seefeel 3 E London

143 Islet 3
107 The Dead Letters 2 C Winnipeg
108 The Flaming Lips 2 A Oklahoma City
109 David Guetta (DJ) 2 F Paris
110 The Jam 2 E Woking
111 The Killers 2 A Las Vegas
112 The Moody Blues 2 E Birmingham
113 Jeremy Nischuk 2 C Edmonton
114 Rhythm is Rhythm 2 E Detroit
115 Joy Williams 2 A Santa Cruz
116 Ride 2 E Oxford
118 We Were Promised Jetpacks 2 Edinburgh
119 Crystal Castles 2 C Toronto
120 The Buzzcocks 2 E Bolton
121 Bocce 2 C Waterloo
122 Robert Wyatt 2 E Bristol

124 Gotan Project 2 F Paris
125 The KLF 2 S/E London

126 Cast 2 E Liverpool

127 Pink Floyd 2 E
128 The Who 2 E London
130 The Paperbacks 2 C Winnipeg

131 The Book of Lists 2

132 Dubin Hood 2 C Dubwood Forest, B.C
133 Cornershop 2

134 Cut Copy 2

136 The Virgins 2 A

137 Wolf & Cub 2 Aus

139 Warpaint 2

141 Bombay Bicycle Club 2

142 Bis 2
145 Rubicks 2

146 The View 2

149 Enter Shikari 2

150 The Foals 2

151 Pugs and Crows 2

183 Pavement 2 A Stockton, California
205 Jon Hopkins 2

203 Temper Trap 2

245 Seething Akira 2 E Portsmouth

244 Beirut 2

193 The Woodentops 2 E London
172 World Domination Enterprises 2 E London

242 Loop 2

153 DJ Carne 1 C Toronto
154 John Fahey 1 A Washington DC
155 Fast Eddie 1 A Chicago
156 Gene 1 E London
157 Gomez 1 E Southport
158 Hardfloor 1 G Dusseldorf
159 Inspiral Carpets 1 E Oldham
160 Jesus & Mary Chain 1 S East Kilbride
161 The Luge Sessions 1 C Toronto
162 Mates Of State 1 A Lawrence.Kansas
163 Natalie Merchant 1 A Jamestown.New York
164 Moby 1 A Harlem
166 The Primitives 1 E Coventry
167 Gerry Rafferty 1 S Paisley
168 The Sex Pistols 1 E London
169 Shearwater 1 A Austin
170 Stockhausen 1 G Cologne
171 Verve 1 E Wigan
173 Depeche Mode 1 E Basildon
174 Taken By Trees 1 Sweden
175 Chuck D 1 A New York

176 The Wind Up Radio Sessions 1 C/E Ottawa/Montreal

177 Was Not Was 1 A Detroit

178 Descendents 1 A Hermosa Beach, California

179 The Orb 1 E London

180 M83 1 F Antibes

182 Lavice & Company 1 A

184 Imogen Heap 1 E London

185 Smokekiller 1 C Saskatoon

186 Julian Cope 1 W Tamworth, Staffs

187 VIM 1 E

188 Trip The Off 1 C Montreal

189 Ege Bam Yasi 1 S

190 Steve Earle 1 A

191 Linda Thompson 1 E

192 Gerry & The Pacemakers 1 E Liverpool

194 Buffalo Tom 1 A

195 Jose Gonzales 1

196 Teenage Fan Club 1 S Glasgow

197 The La’s 1 E Liverpool

198 Hot Chip w Robert Wyatt & Ceese 1

199 Magneta Lane 1

200 LCD Soundsystem 1

201 Mercury Rev 1

202 Muse 1

204 Jello Biafra 1

206 Shotgun Jimmie 1

207 Matt Costa 1

208 St Etienne 1

209 Miramichi 1

210 The Prodigy 1

211 Willi Williams 1

212 Cake 1

213 John Mayall & His Bluesbreakers 1

214 Naum Gabo 1

215 Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel 1

216 DJ Dan 1

217 A Guy Called Gerald 1

218 Scott Dunbar 1

219 Easy Star All Stars 1

220 Nina Simone 1

221 The Proclaimers 1

222 Lucky 1

223 David Bowie 1

224 Mike Scott 1

226 Passion Pit 1

227 The Alarm 1

228 Tracey Thorn 1

230 Chumbawamba 1

231 The Auteurs 1

232 The Creatures 1

233 Jo & Danny 1

234 Neu 1

236 Spiritualized 1

237 Joey Beltram 1

238 Sleeper 1

239 Pete Lawrie 1

241 The Killers 1

243 The Pack A.D. 1

246 Glasvegas 1

247 Chapel Club 1

248 The Moldy Peaches 1

249 Elvis Costello 1

252 Stereophonics 1 W

253 Elvis Presley 1 A

254 Decades In The Fall 1 ?

255 Karen Dalton 1 A

Last Call Top 30

Last Call Top 30

Last Call Top 29 (20-26 April)
# (LW) Weeks on chart

1 (1) PJ Harvey 4
2 (2) The Streets 4
3 (4) Esben and The Witch 10
4 (5) Ian Brown 23
5 (9) Glasser 18
6 (11) Seefeel 4
7 (20) Broken Records 10
8 (23) The Winks 16
9 (6) James 29
10 (8) Nitzer Ebb 7
11 (re) Radiohead 12
12 (14) Stornoway 10
13 (–) Decades In The Fall 1
14 (–) Islet 1
15 (3) Manic Street Preachers 31
16 (7) Belle & Sebastian 18
17 (10) Stereolab 9
18 (12) The Woodentops 2
19 (13) Stereophonics 2
20 (15) Gossip 8
21 (16) Primal Scream 7
22 (17) The Charlatans 9
23 (18) Marmaduke Duke 2
24 (19) Madness 7
25 (21) Jamie T 19
26 (22) Franz Ferdinand 15
27 (24) The Kooks 19
28 (25) The Maccabees 12
29 (26) Underworld 8
30 (27) Four Tet 7


Last Call is every Tuesday night at midnight on Vancouver Cooperative Radio, CFRO, 102.7FM

The chart is based on song plays by each artist over the last four Last Call radio shows. Each artist gets a point for a song played, and then once four weeks have passed points get deducted from the show from five weeks ago. Clear as mud right?

So what are you looking at.

Well the figure on the far left is the number that the artist holds in the chart; 1, 2, 3 that’s easy right.

Then the figure in brackets is last week’s position, (re) is re-entry to the chart, and (–) is a new entry.

The figure after the artist name is the total number of weeks on the chart.

Last Call set list 20 april 2011

Time - Supergrass
Hexagons IV - Esben & The Witch
Mirrorage - Glasser
It's happening - The Winks
Let England shake - PJ Harvey
Morning Mr. Magpie - Radiohead
Dead guitars - Seefeel
Essex dogs - Blur
Heaven for the weather - The Streets
We can never be friends - The Streets
In the year 2525 - Ian Brown
Ringerz - Islet
Hotsy girl - World Domination Enterprises
Marching song - Esben & The Witch
The nail will burn - Loop
The words that maketh murder - PJ Harvey
Interzone - Joy Division
You know you're not dead - Broken Records
The Coldharbour Road - Stornoway
Burning love - Elvis Presley
We'll have everything and realize it's nothing - Decades In The Fall
Too much too young - The Specials
Rub 'til it bleeds - PJ Harvey
Take me - Karen Dalton
Man-size - PJ Harvey
Lotus flower - Radiohead

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Dix – new leader BC NDP | Radio is Radio

Dix – new leader BC NDP | Radio is Radio

Top day for Vancouver

The sun shone, the wind gusted, and a full moon appeared as Steve Bowell made us all laugh with his Ragbag show on Vancouver Cooperative Radio.

So for all the babies born today in Vancouver this 17 April, history will record the Canucks going 3-0 up in the playoff series v Chicago and the BC NDP reclaiming the political stage from the Liberals. At the 3rd ballot Adrian Dix became the new leader of the NDP.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

In support of Vancouver Cooperative Radio

A letter to the CRTC in support of Vancouver Cooperative Radio

Dear Commission

I am writing in support of Vancouver Cooperative Radio for its scheduled appearance at a Notice of Hearing.

I have been a volunteer programmer with Coop Radio for five years and have participated in both music and current affairs programming at the station. I am currently pursuing a career in commercial and public radio and maintain strong links with community radio. I graduated the radio program at the British Columbia Institute of Technology in 2010.

Caroline Samorodin and Amanda Panes now working in private sector radio also graduated from BCIT in 2010. Both have also been Coop Radio programmers. Jenna Chow of the CBC also volunteered at Coop Radio. These are just a few of the programmers that I know of. I am sure there are more. Not only does Coop Radio provide programming not heard on commercial or public radio but as you can see from the names above is a place of learning for Canadian broadcasters just as important as BCIT.

I am proud of my involvement with Coop Radio. Radio is the medium that lets everyone learn. You don't need to pay cable fees, you don't have to make a purchase every day like a newspaper and you don't need a computer to access it. Radio is the medium that continues to survive. All sectors of Over The Air radio provide informative programming. Commercial radio can create a greater understanding of the music that it plays but it won't provide increase my knowledge of my immediate world or of issues overseas. That role falls to community and public radio.

Coop Radio has programs dedicated to feminist issues and animal rights in the F Word and Animal Voices respectively. Along with It Takes a Village (a show about parenting), The Story Telling Show (a show produced and hosted by women talking about womens' stories), local music shows Radio Bandcouver and Into the Pit demonstrate Coop Radio's diversity and original programming.

The news that Coop Radio is at risk of losing its licence for infractions of the radio regulations for the late filing of its annual returns is sad. Before I started writing this submission it was important for me to ask some questions of the Board at Coop Radio. It's public knowledge that there has been some disruption in the staffing of the finance department at Coop Radio and that it missed deadlines in the submitting of the annual returns in line with the radio regulations. Knowing this I put two questions to the board in an email dated 27 March 2011. Below are those questions and the responses.
1) Is the turnover of staff in the finance dept connected to the late returns for 2009 and 2010?
Yes. The Financial Administrator each year is responsible for sending in the Annual Returns. As you know we had two different, each new, Financial Admins for these years and each failed to get these in on time. Now that this has been brought to the attention of the board and staff we have put in place accountability mechanisms to ensure this oversight does not occur again.
2) Did the board know that the annual return for 2009 was filed late, prior to receiving notice from the CRTC that Coop Radio needs to attend a hearing in May?
No. The first the CFRO board heard about this issue was from the CRTC on March 16th, 2011.

It's puzzling to read that the Commission took more than one year to notify Coop Radio that it had submitted a late 2009 annual return. I completely understand that it is the responsibility of a radio station to meet the legal requirements of the Broadcasting Act. Coop Radio, a not for profit organization has acted to make good on its past failings. The station now has a logger mechanism and has educated its Coop Radio programmers to ensure correct levels of Canadian content is played. I have personally gone to great lengths to explain and to educate my fellow programmers of the law pertaining to Can Con. As Coop Radio says on its website in relation to the Notice of Hearing, "We take our regulatory requirements seriously and we do our best with the limited resources that we have."

I want to emphasize that quote. Coop Radio is a station with limited resources. I know from my industry training at BCIT that Coop Radio is, to use a boxing analogy punching above its weight. We don't get advertising revenue and our income is derived from donations and membership subscriptions of our listeners. Evolution1079, the radio station at BCIT has a computerized music system and its programmers are radio and broadcast journalist students. The BCIT students typically do three hour stints on air. At the same time other students are pre-producing content while others are doing live news reads and longer interviews.
At Coop Radio priorities are different. Programmers need to work to pay the rent. There's no student loans or grant revenue for its programmers. In addition many programmers have family commitments caring for elders or children. The staff are equally limited in what they can do with the limited hours that Coop Radio can afford to pay them to work.

The Radio Regulations show that Coop Radio was in breach of the regulation 9 (2), "On or before November 30 of each year, a licensee shall submit to the Commission a statement of accounts, on the annual return of broadcasting licensee form, for the year ending on the previous August 31."
As a programmer like most other programmers at Coop Radio I had no knowledge of this requirement or other business details of the station. Many programmers, myself included are now paying closer attention to these details.
Personally I felt that if I had known that Coop Radio was going to file late I would have volunteered to help so that this would not have happened. Unfortunately not even the staff outside of the finance department were aware that the station had submitted a late return for 2009.

That fact is most unfortunate and I hope will be taken into consideration by the Commission. A lot of people connected to the station have a lot to lose because of this failing that they have no control over.
Again Coop Radio, in learning of this failing has rectified its procedures to eliminate repetition of this oversight. The staff and board are doing a great job. The loss of the Coop Radio licence would not only impact listeners and programmers but it would also impact the staff at Coop Radio.

There is a bigger picture I think to this - the fact that Coop Radio occupies a valuable place on the FM dial in the Vancouver radio market.
I have been reading up on the radio industry and have read parts of the report Navigating Convergence: Charting Canadian Communications Change and Regulatory Implications, dated February 2010.
Of particular interest to Vancouver Cooperative Radio in relation to the Notice of Hearing is Appendix 2 - FM Radio Spectrum allocation under Community Radio policy. It is there that the report references the CRTC Public Notice 2000 - 13 which reads,
"Section 3(1)(b) of the Broadcasting Act provides for a Canadian broadcasting system composed of public, private and community elements and further confirms that community radio stations are an important element of the Canadian broadcasting system. In Community radio policy, Public Notice 2000-13, 28 January 2000, the Commission stated that community stations should add diversity to the broadcasting system by increasing program choice in both music and spoken word. They should contribute to diversity at three levels:
* community stations should offer programming that is different from and complements the programming of other stations in their market. Their not-for-profit nature and community access policies should assist them in contributing to the achievement of this objective;
* community stations should be different from other elements of the broadcasting system, including commercial stations and stations operated by the CBC; and
* the programming broadcast by individual community stations should be varied and provide a wide diversity of music and spoken word."

This is everything that Vancouver Cooperative Radio stands for.

I can understand the Commission wanting to discuss the filing of late Annual Returns by Coop Radio but what I can't understand is why the Commission would even be considering revoking the licence of such a successful community radio station.

It is well known in the radio industry in all sectors - community, public and private that the Commission is paying close attention to ensure that stations adhere to the regulations. My concern is deeper than the Commission's close attention to detail.

I fear that the Commission is going to make the process to obtain a private sector licence easier to the detriment of community radio. Having read the Technical Considerations of the Commission’s Broadcasting Regulatory Policy CRTC 2010 – 499 I believe I am right to be nervous as to the future of community radio programming in Canada and worry now that the lobbying powers of the private radio sector is influencing the Commission to act to remove community radio stations from the crowded FM radio spectrum.

Paragraph 126 outlines the Commission’s current position or rather what it has been in the past, ‘The Commission does not reserve frequencies or portions of the radio spectrum for future use by classes of radio undertakings.’ As noted previously in my submission in support of Coop Radio I referred to the Commission’s policy Public Notice 2000-13 which states community radio programming should contain diversity. It is this diversity in programming that the Commission should go one step further in recognizing by reserving frequencies or portions of the radio spectrum for future and existing use of community radio undertakings.

The National Campus and Community Radio Association is in favour of this as detailed under paragraph 127 of the Broadcasting Regulatory Policy CRTC 2010 – 499, ‘Most parties, including the NCRA, expressed a strong desire for the Commission to reserve frequencies or a portion of the FM spectrum for use by campus and community radio stations.’

Opposition to this view comes from the Canadian Association of Broadcasters, representing the interests of the private radio sector. It’s my opinion that the CAB should recognize that the FM spectrum has room enough for public, private, community and campus radio. Listeners to community radio do not listen only to community radio like listeners to private radio do not only listen to private radio. People listen to the radio and they tune in at different times to match their mood or activity or even what kind of work they are doing at that time.

Radio fans need community radio as much as they need private sector radio. The majority of the FM dial in large urban areas is filled with private sector radio. Private sector radio is commercial radio and exists to make a profit with its entertainment and information service. It’s a service that I appreciate, respect and admire but when that desire to make money means stifling community radio from the airwaves then I have to speak out.

As a child I was taught to share. I believe that the FM spectrum is there for all of us, and it is to be shared and not to be manipulated as the CAB have suggested it should be, paragraph 129, ‘Opposing parties, such as the CAB, noted that the Commission has limited jurisdiction with regard to spectrum management. The CAB submitted that it would be inappropriate for the Commission to manage spectrum in the manner suggested by the NCRA and others, given that it is a limited public asset.’

It is true that the Governor-in-Council is the one person that can reserve frequencies as noted under paragraph 130, but it is worrying to the community radio sector when just four paragraphs on from the stated views of the CAB, we read that the Commission holds the same opinion. Paragraph 133, ‘Given these different responsibilities'(detailed in 130-132), 'the Commission considers that it is inappropriate to reserve frequencies or portions of the radio spectrum for use by specific classes of licences, such as campus or community stations.’

The Regulatory Policy CRTC 2010 – 499 document of July 2010 follows on from comments made by Pierre-Louis Smith, the Vice-President, Policy and Chief Regulatory Officer of the CAB in October 2009. Then Smith wrote to Robert A. Morin, the Secretary General of the CRTC in response to a request for submissions regarding Broadcasting Notice of Consultation 2009-418 – Review of campus and community radio.

This is what Smith had to say, "The Canadian Association of Broadcasters is the national voice of Canada’s private broadcasters". He went on to detail the difficulties faced by the private radio sector due to the economic down turn. He did not mention that advertising revenue for private sector radio has continued to grow since the year 2000, with the exception of 2009. After reporting at length these difficulties he wrote,
“It is therefore against this backdrop that the CAB is intervening in the context of the current proceeding. As stated at the outset of this submission, the CAB will limit its comments and recommendations to: (i) the role of community/campus radio in the broadcasting system; (ii) licensing mechanisms for community/campus stations; (iii) approaches to funding; and (iv) spectrum issues."

The CAB doesn’t want to share the radio spectrum – it wants it all and Smith said as much in October 2009, ‘that, in accordance with its jurisdiction, the Commission should refrain from setting aside spectrum for the expansion of the campus/community radio sector’.

Yes Vancouver Coop Radio filed late Annual Returns for the years 2009 and 2010. There wouldn’t have been a late return for 2010 if the Commission had notified the station sooner than March 2011. If two late Annual Returns necessitates an appearance at a Notice of Hearing I would have thought that one late Annual Return would be worth a letter indicating that fact to Coop Radio.

The Commission is under pressure from the CAB. I recognize that but it appears as if the Commission, the federal regulatory body for radio is pandering to the CAB. Yet I am sure that private radio stations would not appreciate the stance of its lobby group in its pressure via the Commission of community radio. Indeed I am sure that many private radio stations value the place of community radio on FM radio. Let's work together and share the FM radio spectrum.

Yours sincerely
Gary Jarvis
Volunteer Programmer, Vancouver Cooperative Radio.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Last Call set list 13 april 2011

End of an Era show

Time - Supergrass
Tales of endurance - Supergrass
Sweet & tender hooligan - The Smiths
Modern world - The Jam
Under the boardwalk - The Undertones
Birthday - The Sugarcubes
Delicious demon - The Sugarcubes
Shadow - The Primitives
My perfect cousin - The Undertones
Boys will be boys - The Undertones
Heaven - Psychedelic Furs
Use a bank i'd rather die - McCarthy
I worked myself up from nothing - McCarthy
Across the universe - Phosphorescent
I me mine/Dig it - Beth Orton
Can't be sure - The Sundays
Tears - The Stone Roses
Polar bear - The Charlatans
You're so great - Blur
Cebe and me - Cold Cave
Vaseline - Elastica
London calling - The Clash
Insight - Joy Division
Gone - The Beta Band

Sunday, April 10, 2011

CAB says CRTC does

Who would have thought that submissions to the Canadian Radio Television and Telecommunications Commission or the CRTC for short to the uninitiated could be so interesting.

It's funny to read suggestions by the Canadian Association of Broadcasters on the subject of campus and community radio stations. Funny in a not a ha ha funny way given that the CAB represents the private radio industry in Canada.

Even funnier and again not in a ha ha type of funny when the CRTC make recommendations and decisions to the campus and community radio sector, less than a year after the CAB submissions.

Pierre-Louis Smith, the Vice-President, Policy and Chief Regulatory Officer of the Canadian Association of Broadcasters in October 2009 wrote to Robert A. Morin, the Secretary General of the CRTC in response to a request for submissions regarding Broadcasting Notice of Consultation 2009-418 – Review of campus and community radio.

Just to give you an idea of who the CAB are, this is what Pierre-Louis Smith wrote in his opening paragraph,
"The Canadian Association of Broadcasters is the national voice of Canada’s private broadcasters" and after writing about the woes affecting the commercial radio sector due to the recent global economic down turn and the ongoing problems this presents Smith gets to the crux of the matter,
"It is therefore against this backdrop that the CAB is intervening in the context of the current proceeding. As stated at the outset of this submission, the CAB will limit its comments and recommendations to: (i) the role of community/campus radio in the broadcasting system; (ii) licensing mechanisms for community/campus stations; (iii) approaches to funding; and (iv) spectrum issues."

Take note of those last two words - spectrum issues, which in plain English is the competition relating for control of the radio frequencies.

The National Campus and Community Radio Association, the organization representing campus and community radio stations in Canada has been lobbying the CRTC to ensure that part of the radio spectrum be maintained for non-commercial radio operations. The CAB is opposed to this, "that, in accordance with its jurisdiction, the Commission refrain from setting aside spectrum for the expansion of the campus/community radio sector", writes Smith.

And so in July 2010 in its Summary of Determinations the CRTC recommended under the heading Technical matters in Appendix 1 to Broadcasting Regulatory Policy CRTC 2010-499.
"The Commission considers that it is inappropriate to reserve frequencies or portions of the radio spectrum for use by specific classes of licensees, such as campus or community stations."

So there we have it - there's competition for the airwaves, and campus station CKLN out of Toronto and now community station CFRO out of Vancouver are fighting for survival. Both have now been called in for infractions under the radio regulations.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

This is Spring

This really is spring. You know how I know. Cos today I experienced all the seasons in one day. Well with the exception of Fall I had it all. I stood in the cold at a bus station in Abbotsford waiting for the bus to Vancouver. Occasionally the sun would appear from behind the clouds. I experienced spring at the pool table with my good friend N. Had a few beers and it felt like summer. Saw a lad getting beaten up and intervened by calling the cops well - flagged them down! That felt like deep winter but summer when I leapt into Hastings!

What a strange life - strange day. Got all the way to Chilliwack and talked to the lovely people at a radio station there. Awesome. And then it was time to get to A where I met my good friend K and her lovely H. We had T with an ea and it was splendid.

I love spring.......

Friday, April 1, 2011

The Courier's greatest ever Vancouver April Fools Day Joke

I've got to take my hat off to the Vancouver Courier for their April Fools Day joke. I read the headline of the proposed bike tunnel - The Funnel linking False Creek to Downtown and promptly said to myself 'that's just mad.'

It's not an AFD joke - you are fuddin kicking me. A tunnel for bikes - if Gregor wants out of office this will do it. How on earth is a tunnel for bikes a good idea. We are not talking the Dartford Tunnel - the London tunnel that stretches beneath one of the widest parts of the River Thames.

The new barricaded routes don't sit well with all cyclists. Although vehicle traffic is behind a concrete foot high wall - great on the bridges but not so appealing in the downtown core. I know I for one prefer the option of taking a right turn or a left turn or a left turn and another left turn and another left turn just because I feel like it. Yes I like the freedom of cycling. The freedom of popping into a coffee shop or a store. The barricaded routes are meant to keep you moving; not nice.

A tunnel for bikes then would be for me a nightmare. Once you enter you are stuck - no turning and almost certainly no turning back. In addition riding a bike through a tunnel is against the rationale of cycling - there are no views. There's nothing constructive to say about this proposed idea. It is definitely not green. Cyclists don't want tunnels - they want views. They don't need shortcuts beneath water, they need shortcuts over water - a bridge.

It was a great April Fools Day joke - perhaps the best that Vancouver has ever known.