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Don’t Be Weird, It’s Just Toronto’s Raina

Earlier this month, Indie 88 afternoon drive host Raina Douris was voted the best radio broadcaster in Toronto by NOW Magazine readers. For those of us in TO and who have been around the radio biz (which I have for quite a few years now), it’s a pretty awesome accolade. In my mind, it’s well-deserved. If we’re not listening to SiriusXM in our car on the ride home (and hey, we often are, since they pay the bills and satellite radio rules), we’ve got Indie 88 going. Though it’s only been broadcasting for a little over a year, the station is a fresh coat of paint on the alternative terrestrial radio format, and Raina’s a huge part of it. Plus, I like her as a person. We’ve met a handful of times, my favourite being a fun discussion about Talking Heads at a Toronto bar a few years ago. Oh, and did I mention she’s my daughter’s favourite DJ to boot.

Along with her day gig, Raina’s also a visual artist, and currently has a show going on at Fountain in downtown Toronto. I looked at her work at her website, liked what I saw, and sent her a message to see if she wanted to chat about her art, radio and more. She did, we did, and here’s what came out of our email conversation.

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So, you’re the Queen of Indie Rock broadcasting in Toronto AND a visual artist – how’d that wind up happening?

Oooh! You flatter me! Thank you! Art was my first love. I’ve been drawing since I was old enough to hold a crayon. In grade one, we had to do a project on what we wanted to be when we grew up – I said “an artist.” I drew myself in a beret, holding a paint palette. But when it came time to choose a direction after I graduated from high school, and it came down to illustration vs. radio, I chose radio… partly because I knew that I would never stop making visual art on my own. And I haven’t.

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Steampunk Granny’s Interview with Dawn Noel, Part Two

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In part one of my interview with actress and dancer, Dawn Noel, we talked about our hometown South Philly and left off with a short film she produced and starred in with Chad Coleman… yes, my little walkers, that Chad Coleman better known to all us fans as Tyreese on “The Walking Dead.” Dawn is now working on another short film called Twenty Two Years. Does South Philly produce more than its share of talented stars? Find out after the jump.

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Steampunk Granny Interviews Actress, Dancer and Producer Dawn Noel, Part One

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I really enjoy interviewing people. The other week, my niece, Anna Nicole Moses, mentioned that she was friends with actress Dawn Noel. After checking out Dawn’s IMDb and her website, I was hooked. After learning that Dawn hails from my old neighborhood; I was ecstatic. Check out the first part of the interview, after the jump.

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31 Days of Horror 2014 with Drew Nelson of “The Strain,” Part Two

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I love being one of the senior writers on Biff Bam Pop!, I get to interview such interesting people. I left off on Part One of my interview with Drew Nelson, who played Matt Sayles on FX’s hit vampire show, asking him what it was like to live and die on “The Strain.” We’ll pick up from there. Read the rest of this entry

31 Days of Horror 2014 with Drew Nelson of “The Strain”

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I’ve been doing the weekly recaps for “The Strain” and when Biff Bam Pop’s fearless leader, Andy Burns, asked if I would interview Drew Nelson who played Matt Sayles on the show. My reply was, “Holy Strigoi!” Meet me after the jump. Read the rest of this entry

The GAR! Podcast: The Interviews

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Usually every Friday at this time Biff Bam Pop! presents the newest episode of The GAR! Podcast, the Glenn Walker and Ray Cornwall weekly podcast where they talk unrehearsed about whatever happens to come to mind, an audio-zine for your mind, a nerd exploration of a nerd world. This week however, GAR! is on a short hiatus. In its place we’re featuring some of the interviews that you might have missed before GAR! came to Biff Bam Pop!. Stay tuned for some of the previous guests of The GAR! Podcast, after the jump.

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Steampunk Granny Interviews Actor Stephen Hill

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Atlantic City was the place to go for fun on the beach and for its famous boardwalk, but this strip of beach has a rich history that goes way beyond the Miss America Pageants and its famous diving horse. When a good friend and fellow writer Uriah Young asked if I would be interested in interviewing an actor who would be in the fifth and final season of HBO’s hit series “Boardwalk Empire,” which is loosely based the book written by Nelson Johnson, my reply was, “Holy salt water taffy!”  I would love to introduce the talented actor, Stephen Hill, to our followers of Biff Bam Pop!. Read the rest of this entry

TIFF 2014: Interview with Day 40’s Sol Friedman

So Darren Aronofsky’s Noah with Russell Crowe was a huge hit, grossing over $350 million so far this year. Seems like people respond to the story of God pressing the reset button on a wicked old civilization, drowning every living thing on Earth in a forty-day deluge save for a faithful family and the animals they take aboard their ark. Clearly, Mr. Biblical God has no sense of proportion. Sol Friedman has his own take on the classic Noah story, in his scabrous animated short Day 40. Appearing at the Toronto International Film Festival in the Short Cuts Canada Programme 5, it’s a laugh-out-loud reimagining of the story loosely told from the animals’ perspective. Darkly comedic, Day 40 is sort of a pencil-sketch Animal Farm meets Robot Chicken, and boy does it go to some crazy places in its brief 6-minute runtime. Catch the sort-of-not-safe-for-work-but-not-really trailer and my interview with Friedman, after the jump.

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