Author Archives: Nick Schofield

About Nick Schofield

Nick Schofield is a Montreal musician, radio host, and audio producer.

Art Not Love hosts The Montreal Sessions (#4)

Today marks the last session of the month with Art Not Love records. Their radio residency highlights include an interview with costume designer/film-maker Jenn Wade, a performance by Ari Swan and engaging conversations with Peggy Hogan and Charlie Twitch. Here’s what’s scheduled for their grand finale!

Jef Barbara will be raising the quality of all of our lives on CKUT tomorrow for our last ANL Takeover! We’ll also be playing a lot of unfinished, unreleased, and potentially unlistenable material, giving you all a preview of things to come over the next few months!”

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Klondike // Underground Sounds

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Monday’s episode on March 23 was one for the books! Two smooth hours of Canadian independent music with a local focus, brought to you by host Nick Schofield. Have a listen to an  electrified performance by Klondike, or take in the whole episode, featuring new and exciting tunes by Petra Glynt, Adam Basanta, Kara-Lis Coverdale and Tamara Filyavich.

Art Not Love hosts The Montreal Sessions (#4)

For their fourth instalment, Art Not Love is spending today’s episode speaking with their artists and friends,  exploring deeper dimensions of what goes into their practice and approach. In the first hour, tune in for an interview and performance with L.A. Foster, a powerful yet soulful local force, one you may recognize from CKUT’s Venus collective. For the latter half of the program, Toronto-based Dirty Organs is in the 514 to unveil a live set over the radio waves. Be sure to check out what Art Not Love is keeping busy with when not revelling in radio.

CKUT + Green Room Radio

Check it out! You may have heard about Montreal’s new resto/bar Maison Sociale and the associated Green Room Radio channel that broadcasts for patrons and online-streamers alike. CKUT is pleased to host a weekly slot every Thursday from 7-8pm, directly after our good buds Cult MTL wrap up their 5-7 slot. The first transmission is today, so tune in to catch Nick Schofield, host of Underground Sounds, kick it off with an hour of local music selections. Stream it live right HERE.

Concert Review: Taking Back Sunday at Metropolis

By: Chris Teti

This winter has been a long one; halfway through March, and we are still seeing snowfall. After a promising week filled with warm weather and sunshine, a few hundred Montrealers piled into Metropolis this past weekend, as yet another snow storm covered the streets with a fresh coat of the fluffy white stuff. Inside the venue’s doors were high spirits and an unmistakable sense of excitement, as the much anticipated performance of alternative rockers Taking Back Sunday was only a few short hours away.

Opening the show was letlive, a post hardcore band reigning from Los Angeles, California. Following their performance was Pennsylvania’s own The Menzingers, whose musical style is much more reminiscent to that of early Taking Back Sunday, consisting mostly of emotionally charged, gang vocal style lyrical melodies and pop punk driven power chords. By the end of their performance, it was obvious that the crowd, a variety of young and old, was having a great time and was genuinely enjoying the acts leading up to the main performance. Despite the balcony being occupied by an older crowd, including myself, the area closest to the stage was filled with young (or the young at heart) fans who set the tone early by starting a mosh pit,  however tamed.

Eventually, the lights went out, and the main attraction took the stage, opening up their set with “Flicker, Fade“, one of the title tracks of their newest album “Happiness Is”, followed by one of their biggest mainstream hits, “What’s it Feel Like to be a Ghost?” The stage allowed plenty of space for lead singer, Adam Lazzara, to perform his signature move; throwing and spinning his microphone through the air while holding onto the XLR cable, although he might have misjudged the size of the venue early on in the show, as I’m pretty sure he hit the ceiling with the microphone. Drummer Mark O’Connell was set up at center stage on top of a huge television screen, surrounded by another two large screens, which displayed video clips and colorful montages throughout the show. Rounding out the remainder of the band’s lineup was John Nolan at front stage right on lead guitar, backup vocals and keyboards as well as Eddie Reyes at front stage left on rhythm guitar. Rocking out behind Eddie Reyes was bassist Shaun Cooper and keeping things interesting was touring group member Nathan Cogen, providing additional guitar, keyboards and back up vocals.

The audience showed their enthusiasm and appreciation for Taking Back Sunday throughout the evening, chanting and cheering at any given opportunity. The best example of this was when Adam Lazzara described the upcoming song on their set list as an homage to a difficult and troubling time in his life and the crowd roared in affirmation. Adam Lazzara even jokingly passed a comment on how ridiculous it was to have people cheering for such an odd reason, but who could blame us? TBS has been a fan favorite of emo kids and alternative pop rock enthusiasts since the early 2000’s. I’m sure many of us never thought that we would still be seeing them in concert over ten years after their inception. The audience was more than willing to show their love for the band that provided the soundtrack of their youth whenever the opportunity presented itself. It was such a nostalgic atmosphere for me personally, running into old friends from high school whom I haven’t seen since Taking Back Sunday had just released their album Where You Want to Be. The lyrics to their songs were still on the tip of our tongues, as it felt like just yesterday that I’ve listened to their music, when it reality, it has been years.

After an hour or so of a whirlwind of classic songs mixed lightly with newer music, Taking Back Sunday walked off the stage, only to come back a few short minutes later in order to finish their show off in style. They did not disappoint, as they closed out the show with a performance of Make Damn Sure, but not without first playing an all-time fan favorite song, Cute Without the “E”, which was the ultimate crowd pleaser. In the midst of a surprisingly large mosh pit and array of crowd surfers, it seemed as though everyone in the audience was singing along to the lyrics “why can’t I feel anything for anyone other than you?,” putting a smile on Adam Lazzara’s face so big that I could see it all the way from the top of the balcony. At this point in time, it was clear that the audience had gotten their money’s worth, and that the members of Taking Back Sunday had been reminded of how much their music has touched the hearts of so many people.

When the show ended, the crowd dispersed and made their way out onto the cold Montreal streets, but maybe this time, feeling a little bit warmer.

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Ellwood Epps hosts If You Got Ears (#3)

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On today’s episode of If You Got Ears, Epps recapped some of the action from this years edition of FONT (Festival of New Trumpet Music), which just happened this past weekend at venues around the city. We also heard from Raphael Foisy-Couture, a local bassist/improviser who books concerts at La Passe and runs Small Scale Music, a local imprint label. Listen to the archive here for an interview and performance with Raphael and Epps (shredding).

Art Not Love host The Montreal Sessions (#3)

After a scintillating second week on CKUT’s airwaves, Art Not Love returns with more local gold. Straight from the horse’s mouth: “We’re back on CKUT Tuesday, March 17th with a live performance from musical maverick, Ari Swan, and a back and forth between ¡FLIST!‘s Charlie Twitch, and Hua Li‘s Peggy Hogan!”

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Kara-Lis Coverdale + International Women’s Day // Underground Sounds

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To celebrate International Women’s Day, tonight’s show will feature some shining examples of ladies-leading-the-way in Montreal’s music community. To help highlight what Montreal  is doing well, and what we can improve on, we’ll hear from guests Démi Begin of Push & Shove, Peggy Hogan of Hua Li and Rachel Weldon of Debaser/Weird Canada.

To start off the program, Kara-Lis Coverdale is our in-studio guest! We’ll be digging into an interview, live performance and a preview of new material from a forthcoming album on Sacred Phrases.

On  air from 20h-22h ~

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VENUS RADIO with L.A. Foster

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CKUT’s Venus Radio collective is presenting a two hour program on women working in music, hosted by local artist L.A. Foster, today from 12h-14h. Lesley has invited a cross-section of Montreal music purveyors to the studio to openly discuss what goes on behind-the-scenes in the music world, and how this terrain is navigated by women. On the panel is Sarah Shoucri from Pop Montreal, Demi Bégin from Push & Shove, Bizou Delanaudiere from Lawless Productions. Listen close for some music biz lessons and sonic selections from a whole cast of forward thinking aficionados. Tune in at 90.3 FM or online at CKUT.ca ~

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Ellwood Epps hosts If You Got Ears

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Montreal’s maddest-hatter, Ellwood Epps, is picking up where Xarah Dion left off… The improvising trumpeter is hosting If You Got Ears for the month of March. In this role, Epps will be highlighting some of the best improvisers in our city, as well as giving us a sneak peak to what’s hip at this years Festival of New Trumpet Music. Catch him, while you can, every Wednesday from noon to 14h on thee mighty CKUT! ‘To whet your appetite, here’s a recent release by Epps himself.