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.

WR499: Micah Erenberg

After a false start at making this happen, here's my conversation with singer-songwriter Micah Erenberg, on the line from the teeming metropolis of Matlock, Manitoba! We talked about the work he’s doing at the Secret Beach studio with other artists, how the pandemic has affected him (it hasn’t been so bad out in Matlock), his experiences touring Europe, comparing his two LPs, and much more! Don’t forget to check out some socially-distanced shows at the Park Theatre, who have slowly reopened after a long COVID-19 closure. Huge thanks to everyone who supports the podcast on Patreon. You can help out for as little as $1 a month if you like the show and want to throw some change in the guitar case! See you on episode #500 (which is a regular episode, but lots of fun social media content will be happening to reflect the milestone)!

WR498: Gold Mountain

It’s always a blast talking to the Gold Mountain gang on the podcast. I just recorded a new interview with 3/5 of the Winnipeg indie rock band, and we talked about their lineup reaching its final form, ‘emotionality’ in songwriting, the uniquely weird situation we’re all in with the pandemic, and a whole lot more. Note: because there are three interviewees on a remote call, the audio quality is not as solid as the one-on-one remote episodes, but it's still definitely listenable, and it's always a great conversation with this band. This episode is brought to you by Never Better Coffee! Don’t forget to check out some socially-distanced shows at the Park Theatre, who have slowly reopened after a long COVID-19 closure. Huge thanks to everyone who supports the podcast on Patreon. You can help out for as little as $1 a month if you like the show and want to throw some change in the guitar case!

WR497: No List Records

No List Records boss man Lee Repko is on the show to talk about the history of his long-running label, ‘ugly music’, easing up (a little) on his music snobbery, the importance of record packaging and design, and much more! No List has put out music by some of Winnipeg’s finest noisy bands over the decades, including Kittens, Stagmummer, KEN mode, Dead Ranch, and many more — plus a crazy lineup of artists from across Canada. This episode is brought to you by our friend Jared Adams. Don’t forget to help out our pals at the Park Theatre! Huge thanks to everyone who supports the podcast on Patreon. You can help out for as little as $1 a month if you like the show and want to throw some change in the guitar case!

WR496: Matty Stecks

Talking jazz again on this episode with Brandon (by way of New York) jazz musician and educator Matthew Steckler, a/k/a Matty Stecks. We talk about his ambitious new double album, impressions of the prairies, Charlie Chaplin, jazz’s future in this COVID-19 infected dystopia, and much more. Matt has an extensive resume in jazz across North America, and the genre-bending Long Time Ago Rumble is an excellent addition to his discography. This episode is brought to you by our friends the Dirty Beat and Jared Adams. Don’t forget to help out our pals at the Park Theatre! Huge thanks to everyone who supports the podcast on Patreon. You can help out for as little as $1 a month if you like the show and want to throw some change in the guitar case!

WR495: Epirus

It's a conversation (recorded from inside a closet) with local metalcore outfit Epirus! We talked about their upcoming EP, life as a band during the pandemic, easycore (which was a new one on me), and much more. This episode is slightly shorter than usual, because there's only one song as opposed to the usual four. Their EP isn't out yet, so the only track we used in the podcast was the debut single, "It's Not Me". This episode is brought to you by our friends the Dirty Beat and Jared Adams. Don’t forget to help out our pals at the Park Theatre! Huge thanks to everyone who supports the podcast on Patreon. You can help out for as little as $1 a month if you like the show and want to throw some change in the guitar case!

WR494: Frozen Hell Records

More tape label talk on this episode! It's an interview with Nick Camble about his brand new tape label, Frozen Hell Records, his bands Suburban Hypocrites and Inhumed, and lots more! Always rad to see a new source for (physical) punk and metal releases in this city! The label’s first three releases — by Suburban Hypocrites, Anomalism, and Herd of Wasters — drop at the end of July. Stay tuned! This episode is brought to you by our friends Bluebloods, the Dirty Beat, and Jared Adams. Don’t forget to help out our pals at the Park Theatre! Buy a gift card to help them through this difficult time. Huge thanks to everyone who supports the podcast on Patreon. You can help out for as little as $1 a month if you like the show and want to throw some change in the guitar case!

WR493: Dub Ditch Picnic

Winnipeg tape label Dub Ditch Picnic is celebrating its 10th anniversary! Here's a conversation with bossman Chris Jacques about the everlasting appeal of tapes, collecting massive amounts of physical music (I can relate), and sticking with a passion project despite plenty of bumps along the way. Great label releasing a lot of lesser-known stuff from Winnipeg and beyond. Check ‘em out now! This episode is brought to you by our friends WHY, Bluebloods, the Dirty Beat, and Jared Adams. Don’t forget to help out our pals at the Park Theatre! Buy a gift card to help them through this difficult time. Huge thanks to everyone who supports the podcast on Patreon. You can help out for as little as $1 a month if you like the show and want to throw some change in the guitar case!

WR492: Jim Agapito

Jim Agapito is a Winnipeg filmmaker, punk, and lead singer of the mighty Agapito (a Winnipeg supergroup featuring members of Cancer Bats, Union Stockyards, and more)! He's been on the show in the past, but this was his first one-on-one on the podcast, and we talk about the band, the pandemic and how it has affected his life and career, and so much more. This episode is brought to you by our friends at House of Wonders, Bluebloods, the Dirty Beat,and Jared Adams. Don't forget to help out our pals at the Park Theatre! Buy a gift card to help them through this difficult time. Huge thanks to everyone who supports the podcast on Patreon. You can help out for as little as $1 a month if you like the show and want to throw some change in the guitar case!

WR491: The Prairie Joggers

Folk-rock duo the Prairie Joggers are on the show to talk about their upcoming new EP (recorded with Micah Erenberg), the way their sound has changed since the Odder Than the Otters days, navigating the business of indie music in 2020, and much more! This episode is brought to you by our friends at the Park Theatre, WHY, Bluebloods, and Jared Adams. Huge thanks to everyone who supports the podcast on Patreon. You can help out for as little as $1 a month if you like the show and want to throw some change in the guitar case!

WR490: Panicland

The always-outspoken Braedon Horbacio of local pop-rockers Panicland is back on the show! It's a conversation about the band’s upcoming new music, their industry experience in L.A., and the album they recorded in the style of Green Day as a prank, which hundreds of thousands of Green Day fans were convinced was the real thing! This episode is brought to you by our friends at the Park Theatre, House of Wonders, and Jared Adams. Huge thanks to everyone who supports the podcast on Patreon. You can help out for as little as $1 a month if you like the show and want to throw some change in the guitar case!