Pimp my drive

Roche Uhntraal breaks out his chequebook.

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CKDU’s annual fundraising initiative gets underway this week with a variety of events happening across the city. The extensive range of cultural activities was chosen because it is a reflection of the distinct nature of the station, says funding drive coordinator Adam Binet.

“With about 17 live events happening during the nine days, we are utilizing about 10 different venues and putting on everything from rock shows to yoga classes,” he says. “So, at the end of the day, we hope that the funding drive can best represent what the station is all about. We’re pretty confident we’ll succeed in doing that.”

Among the unique events he speaks of are the popular Rock & Roll Brunch on October 23 at Gus’s Pub hosted by Gilbert Switzer, and performances of pre-1950 era songs on October 26 at Tribeca with guests including Jon Epworth, Matt Grimson and City Fielders Brent Randall, Mitchell Wiebe and Dave Ewenson. Also in keeping with the theme of live music will be Thursday’s Fiesta 97.5 hosted by The Latin Connection’s Yoanis Roche at the Grawood, and sets by Immaculate Machine, Windom Earle and HotShotRobot on October 28 at Stage Nine. All of this was made possible through a collaborative effort between volunteers and programmers.

“Many of the programmers are themselves musicians or friends of musicians and performers,” says Binet. “So all it took was for people to come forward with their idea.” As per the funding drive committee’s expectations for the outcome of their efforts, they are hopeful. “We are aiming to raise a large proportion of our operating budget,” he says. “Hopefully we will achieve these things and CKDU can prosper even more. Especially as we move into high-power in November.”

Can’t get enough of that wonderful Duff

The Halifax concert landscape has gotten even more Monet-like this week with the announcement that pop tartlet Hilary Duff will make a stop in town in support of her greatest hits record. (You can’t make it up, people.) Take your little sister to the Metro Centre on January 30 for, we’re sure, stirring live renditions of “Come Clean,” “Wake Up” and our personal favourite, “So Yesterday.”

Sea big change

It would be easy to draw the conclusion that Great Big Sea’s stripped-down performance at Live 8 this summer was a precursor to the Atlantic Canadian party band’s new Newfoundland roots album, The Hard and the Easy.

“That wasn’t intentional actually. We missed our slot,” says GBS’s Bob Hallet, of the event the band paid 10 grand out of their own pockets to do. “We missed the flight and had to buy tickets on another airline at a great expense at the last minute. And we were supposed to be on at two, and we got to Toronto at two, and our gear never made it.”

Upon their arrival in the Ontario capital, the band was informed they would not be permitted to play. “We were like fuck, we’re going up anyway. I remember telling someone on the way up if they didn’t let us go on I was going to go out there and moon someone,” he says.

Although the group has done traditional songs before, the sound on Hard is more comparable to the Live 8 set, and there is an absence of the pop stylings usually associated with the group.

“Folk songs we have recorded in the past like ‘Merimac’ and ‘I’m a Rover,’ songs that were very popular with the fans. We worked very hard to make them seamless with the pop stuff,” he says. “So we added bridges, hooks and choruses that didn’t necessarily exist on the original songs in the first place. The one thing that distinguishes these songs is none of them would have worked like that.”

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