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A free-ranging, magazine-style podcast series featuring slice-of-life stories, characters and culture from one of the alt-living/hippy Gulf Islands on Canada’s West Coast. Interviews, soundscapes, music, walks along the beaches, rambles into the forests. A new episode every 3 weeks or so. If you're island curious, this show is for you.
 
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A look at the folks and challenges of farming and food security on Gabriola. Special thanks to: Graham Bradley, Stephen Levesque, Talyn Martin * Support and check out Gabriola’s Agricultural Co-operative Music credit and thanks: “Let it Rain” by the fabulous Sarah Osborne from her 2021 Seasons EP Series Volume One - Heat . See Sarah Osborne Music S…
 
It’s Saturday at the island’s recycling depot. Music Credits in order: Accidental background: “Do Ya Think I’m sexy” by Rod Stewart – MP3 track being played by others in an open air recording. Don’t sue! Excerpt: “Arctic Orchestral Cue” by Graham Makes Courtesy: creativecommons.org Excerpt: “Indigo” by Vincent Augustus from the album Nightlife for …
 
On this episode we’re going deep into the island’s geology with Nick Doe. Nick is one of Gabriola’s go-to sources for the island’s geological history. For almost two decades he wrote and edited Shale, a journal of all things historical for the Gabriola Museum. Naturally with a slight editorial tilt towards articles about rocks. On this episode Nick…
 
On this episode, I’m in conversation with Gabriola artist Tammy Hudgeon talking about what she’s learned about creativity, and how she got out of the box of what she thought her life would be. See Tammy Hudgeon Art Link to her new bookTender Brave Spirit See Gabriola Artists Studios Guide Thanks & Music Credits Used with express permission for this…
 
In Chapter 2, Bert shares stories of incredible bird life, his thoughts on what alone means, the philosophy of why, and what truly defines extraordinary. You can retrace his journey and read all of his blog entries and see photos at https://www.the5capes.com/ Music credits and thanks in order heard: "Rain" by Meydan, from the album Havor. Creative …
 
Gabriolan Bert terHart sailed around the world solo, non-stop, using only celestial navigation: the first North American to do so. He made it home in July 2020 after nine months not touching land or a dock. Recorded after being back home on the island for four months, Bert reflects on the why's and the what's of his Epic Voyage in the southern ocea…
 
There are so many clubs and people clubbing on Gabriola. Music credits and thanks, in order played: Beats from August 29th live event, part 1 of 2 -- NBD Events (Esmi Villa, Tim Gambrill, Luke Kyd) – See their Facebook page “Pushing Forward” by Segue, from the album Pacifica (SSCD13). Thank you to Silent Season Records for permission to use. Suppor…
 
In this episode, I’m in conversation with Jen Demler-Lindsay and Becky Furnell who were born and raised here. We talk all about life growing up, the island culture, some of their favourite childhood and teen-hood memories, and now today as young women who’ve moved back here and all the challenges of buying and setting up their own homes ,with crazy…
 
Perhaps one of Gabriola’s more renowned workshops is Georgi Georgiev's. Why? Well, in this unassuming workshop it just so happened that Georgi designed and built the world’s fastest human powered vehicles (HPVs) -- aka fairing cloaked bicycles -- that dominated world contests in several categories for years. Some of those records from the 1990s and…
 
An interview and featured songs with islander Gary Fjellgaard, a Canadian icon of country-roots music with 15 albums and over 30 hit songs. As a songwriter and performer, he’s received a mitt-full of awards from the Canadian Country Music Association, plus a Juno Award for Best Country Male Vocalist and in 2005 was inducted into Canada’s Country Mu…
 
Judith Plant, together with her late partner Kip, was the longtime publisher of New Society Publishers. Headquartered here on Gabriola for three decades now, NSP is a leader in publishing books about social change. (Episode 6 (“Groundswell”) of this podcast series featured Gabriolan, Fay Weller – a New Society author.) Physically distanced by the R…
 
In this episode we talk with islanders who have encountered big beasts roaming Gabriola's forests. How is it possible? Surely these people are spinning yarns! But when you think that this island is about the size of New York’s Manhattan Island – and all the people and goings on that can exist in the concrete jungle, why couldn’t some mysterious cri…
 
We take an end-of-summer tour of the facilities at Camp Miriam and talk with camp leaders Marina, Kaela, Josh and Benji about programs and activities and the perfect moments of their times there. And, maybe somehow, we manage to pull together a phone convo with a certain famous alum from years gone by?! Check out our show's blog page @ Straight Out…
 
On a hot afternoon at Folklife Village Mall, we share beers out back with "Gabriola George", B.S.ing and solving problems. The illustration on the label of Steamworks' Pilsner tall-cans starts us off. There are always some stories and great insights with George. Cheers! On our show's website and Facebook page, the Portrait of George is by dear Lesl…
 
Listen to music selections and insights from Leah Hokanson ‑ Gabriola musician, singer, conductor, teacher and vocal soundings explorer. CD tracks and improvisational voice recordings used with express permission by Leah for this podcast episode. (All songs copyright Leah Hokanson.) More information about Leah’s workshops and music is at https://le…
 
Cannabis is deeply woven into the cultural fabric and lifestyle on Gabriola. It’s here and on other B.C. Gulf Islands where the hippies and draft dodgers settled in and carved out a beautiful life close to the land, and weed. Here are just a few of the stories. Music credit: Paul Gellman “On This Island” (Used with express permission for this podca…
 
I snuck into a rehearsal of the talented cast of Gabriola’s Twilight Radio Theatre: Kathy McIntyre, Chris Jans, David Botten and Adam Kerby, along with guest cast member Jocelyn Hallett. Musicians and voice actors extraordinaire, Twilight Radio Theatre shows are a fabulous trip back to the radio play soundstage of the 1940s and 50s – mystery, murde…
 
It’s a beautiful May day, the robins and song sparrows are singing, and I take a tour of “Just Another Weed Patch” farm with Jeff Reitkerk. We bomb around in his converted golf buggy, and take a deep dive into the gardening world of mulching, manuring, permaculture techniques and chicken care. If you're thinking about getting serious with the idea …
 
The antidote to fear and despair is hope and action. With all the pressures on society and the climate, I talk with Gabriola-changemaker, Fay Weller about the rays of hope she sees in the grassroots of community activism. We dive into the work of Sustainable Gabriola and pull out the common threads of what makes this island so good at environmental…
 
Islander, Enid Halldorson turns 100 years old in May 2019. The kindergarten class of Gabriola Elementary School had Enid as a special guest and they peppered her with questions. Inquiring minds want to know! Special thanks to: Lynette Jackson (Enid’s daughter) Kathy Gurr, Kindergarten Teacher All the students of the K class of 2018-19 Song credits …
 
Recommended for sleepy time with your headphones on! Inspired by Laurie Brown’s Pondercast series, you take a meditative walk alone on Namaste Beach, sit still, and be present for the moment the tide turns. Recorded in real time. ASMR, ambient beach sounds. Music credit and thanks: “Story” by Meydän, from the album Havor. Copyright attribution: htt…
 
In this premiere episode, we visit Dinah D., long-time islander and leader/co-founder of the multi-award winning children’s entertainment group, The Kerplunks. We drop by her studio, play some new tunes, and chat about the music industry, Dinah’s creative origins, and The Kerplunks’ new, masterful, all ages’ opus for sleeping and meditation: “Lulla…
 
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