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The Essence of Cool S2 w/ Ivan Doroschuk (Men Without Hats)

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Ivan Doroschuk is best known as the leader of Canada’s premier synthpop band, Men Without Hats. Their enduring classics “Safety Dance” and “Pop Goes the World” have been radio favourites for 40 years.

This year, the ‘Hats’ celebrate the 40th anniversary of their breakout album “Rhythm of Youth”. They recently released their latest album, “Again, Part 2” and continue to tour the world.

On this episode, Ivan tells us how the band morphed from a Cramps cover band, into one of the world’s most celebrated electropop acts. He fills us in on the making of their latest releases, and talks about how the great Howard Jones taught him how to not just endure but revel in life on the road.


IG/FB: @IvanDoroschuk


Bernard Frazer is a Canadian songwriter/musician whose synth pop band Church of Trees has topped independent charts around the world. He is also a former television producer/writer of such shows as Real Life with Erica Ehm (Life Network), The Dini Petty Show (CTV), Miracle at Niagara, and New Year’s Eve Niagara Falls

In Season 2, we’ve scheduled episodes with the great Phil Thornalley (The Cure, Duran Duran, etc), Kevin Hearn (Lou Reed, Barenaked Ladies), Men without Hats’ Ivan Doroschuk, legendary rocker June Millington (Fanny, Earl Slick, Bonnie Raitt), the great Jay Semko of 5-time Juno nominated Northern Pikes, indie star Vicki Brittle, and more.

We’ve also scheduled a series of episodes discussing the life and musical impact of Canadian producer, and songwriter, Tim Thorney (Alanis Morrisette, Cassandra Vasik, etc). For this very special series, we’ll be joined by former Much Music VJ Erica Ehm, Juno award-winner Hill Kourkoutis, ‘drummer to the stars’ Randy Cooke, Tim’s brother Tom, and Tim’s longtime engineer and friend, Adam Fair.

Stay Tuned!



The Essence of Cool