Witchpolice Radio

Hosted ByRyan & Sam

Music talk radio. Interviews and live shows with local independent artists since 2012. Selected as Winnipeg’s “favourite local radio show or podcast” by readers of The Uniter for the third consecutive year. Nominated for a 2019 Canadian Podcast Award.

Here are our latest podcasts.

WR462: Cantor Dust

“Avant-prog” outfit Cantor Dust is about to release a fantastic new album, Too Many Stars. Here's my conversation with singer-pianist Mark Klassen about the record’s entrancing, almost cinematic journey through the cosmos, and much more. The new record drops March 7 with a release show at the Handsome Daughter, alongside Tansy and Ghost Twin. Hear the new single on the podcast, as well as a few songs from throughout the Cantor Dust catalogue! This episode is brought to you by our pals at the Park Theatre. It’s also brought to you by Trevor Fisher of Way2Wealth Management, a local Certified Financial Planner who can help you start planning your financial independence. Call him at 204-471-3011 or email him at trevor@way2wealth.ca to get your finances on the right track today! Huge thanks to everyone who supports the podcast on Patreon (which you can do for as little as $1 a month)!

WR461: Nineteen

It's a conversation with Violet Vopni, singer/songwriter of Nineteen – a folk/jazz/pop duo that is only a few months in the making, but with songs going back decades, just waiting to be performed. We talked about the duo’s upcoming record, vulnerability in songwriting, unexpected recognition, swearing in jazz, and much more. Nineteen's debut album, Unacknowledged, drops Thursday, March 5 at a release show at Le Garage. This episode is brought to you by our pals at the Park Theatre, as well as the Beer Boutique, managed by Winnipeg punk mainstay StevO Nelson. Huge thanks to everyone who supports the podcast on Patreon – which you can do for as little as $1 a month if you like the show and want to throw some change in the guitar case!

WR460: Sean Burns

Country singer Sean Burns has just released his passion project, ‘A Bakersfield Half-Dozen’, with his band Lost Country. The record is a tribute to the iconic, electric honky-tonk Bakersfield Sound, and features a who’s who of local players. We talk about the album, about Sean's career, about his love for that particular subgenre of country music, and much more. This episode is brought to you by our pals at the Park Theatre. It’s also brought to you by Trevor Fisher of Way2Wealth Management, a local Certified Financial Planner who can help you start planning your financial independence. Call him at 204-471-3011 or email him at trevor@way2wealth.ca to get your finances on the right track today! ..and don’t forget to check out Manitoba country singer (and past Witchpolice guest) Brian Jacobs, Feb. 29 at the Kenmor Theatre in Morden! Huge thanks to everyone who supports the podcast on Patreon (which you can do for as little as $1 a month), including latest patron Keith Price!

WR459: Hearing Trees

It’s been years since Graham Hnatiuk of thought-provoking indie rockers Hearing Trees was on the show, but they have an excellent new single and video (“Bones”) out now and are about to head back out on tour... so it seemed like a good time. Here's a conversation with Graham about the band’s lineup changes, making music for people who take the time to listen, getting heard in our nightmarish techno-dystopia, and much more! This episode is brought to you by our pals at the Park Theatre. ..and don’t forget to check out Manitoba country singer (and past Witchpolice guest) Brian Jacobs, Feb. 29 at the Kenmor Theatre in Morden!

WR458: Ian Lodewyks

It's a quick chat with Ian Lodewyks about Friday’s #internationalclashday tribute to Joe Strummer and The Clash at the West End Cultural Centre. The show features Ian’s Clash tribute band, Guns of Wolseley (with a lot of other familiar faces), plus a Crackdown reunion, Death Cassette and MOSA. It’s a deep dive into the long history of the Strummer tribute gigs, as well as the continued importance of “the only band that matters”, especially in times of unrest in the world. The music on this episode comes from live UMFM sessions by both Guns of Wolseley and Death Cassette. This episode is brought to you by our pals at the Park Theatre. It’s also brought to you by Trevor Fisher of Way2Wealth Management, a local Certified Financial Planner who can help you start planning your financial independence. Call him at 204-471-3011 or email him at trevor@way2wealth.ca to get your finances on the right track today! ..and don't forget to check out Manitoba country singer (and past Witchpolice guest) Brian Jacobs, Feb. 29 at the Kenmor Theatre in Morden!

In memoriam: John B. Duff

(This episode was originally released in August 2015) I’ll be the first to admit I’m not very hip to the local comedy scene, but way back in 2015, we did an episode about the then-new Oddblock Comedy Festival. One of the guests on that episode was comedian John B. Duff. You may have heard that John passed away from cancer recently, so I’m re-releasing this episode. I barely knew him, but he was a really funny guy, and – based on all the tributes I’ve been seeing on social media over the past few days – clearly a huge figure in the local community. Please note this is in the old format of the show, and the audio quality is godawful, but I think it’s important to re-release episodes when guests pass (which is happening entirely too often lately). I hope you enjoy this episode despite its (many) technical flaws. Fuck cancer. RIP Mr. Duff.

WR456: Witchtrip

Sled metal! The fellas from Witchtrip (all five of them) are on the podcast talking about their upcoming two-song release, A Burnt Offering, as well as their experience playing the last-ever show at the Windsor. We also touch on how the band has changed from its previous incarnation as Occvlt Hand, the unfair maligning of nu-metal, and much more. This episode is brought to you by our pals at the Park Theatre.

WR455: Whitebeard

Singer-songwriter Alan Curtis, a/k/a Whitebeard, has a solo career as an Americana-tinged artist while simultaneously fronting AC/DC tribute act Whole Lotta Angus! We talk about his latest record,'Plaid is the New Black', his experience recording in Nashville, plans for the future, and being told he’s “too old”... but doing it anyway. ...and yes, I said "singer-songer" in the intro. I was going to redo it, but I kinda like the way it sounds, so it's staying. This episode is brought to you by our pals at the Park Theatre. It’s also brought to you by Trevor Fisher of Way2Wealth Management, a local Certified Financial Planner who can help you start planning your financial independence. Call him at 204-471-3011 or email him at trevor@way2wealth.ca to get your finances on the right track today!

WR454: Everything+

Andrea and Dylan of Everything+ have been playing laid-back acoustic pop songs for a while now and just released their debut CD. Here's an interview about their formal musical backgrounds (in which I complain about French horns... sorry!), expanding to a four-piece, and much more! This episode is brought to you by our pals at the Park Theatre.

WR453: Hut Hut

Mat Klachefsky is the frontman of indie rock outfit Hut Hut, who are releasing the excellently-titled Hut Hut Hut tape on Feb. 7. We talk about that album, the group's origins in the successful indie-pop group Boats, where his unique singing voice comes from, the need for a dads’ club for local musicians, and much more! This episode is brought to you by our pals at the Park Theatre. It’s also brought to you by Trevor Fisher of Way2Wealth Management, a local Certified Financial Planner who can help you start planning your financial independence. Call him at 204-471-3011 or email him at trevor@way2wealth.ca to get your finances on the right track today!