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The Essence of Cool S2 w/ Doug Hempstead

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Listeners in Canada’s Ottawa area will know Doug Hempstead as the CBC Traffic Reporter who has a long history as a TV and print journalist around the Province of Ontario. But in the world of music, he is better known as the force behind Indie rock project Area Resident.

Since 2016, he has cranked out 7 albums, including 2022’s Polycanard, a collection of unreleased demos dating back to 2003.

In this episode, we discuss the real-life stories behind such Area Resident songs as Six Domestic Calls and In Your Pepper, his new deal with Surkeus Records, Doug’s longtime friendship and collaborations with Blinker The Star’s Jordon Zadorozny, and his Essence of Cool picks: Chrissie Hynde and Wayne Coyne.

WARNING: This episode contains foul language.


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IG: @arearesident


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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.

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