In an increasingly urbanized, hassled and harried world, there are a few places left out there where it’s possible to take a deep breath — literally and metaphorically. Places hidden away far from the madding crowd. Places where people smile and talk to one another on the street. Places with no big box stores, no fast food outlets, no parking lots or traffic jams or freeways. Places where nature and neighbourhoods merge. Places where philosophers drink coffee with fishermen, where hippies and loggers, prospectors and solicitors happily co-exist.
Places like Kaslo.
Welcome to the world of Radio Free Kaslo, a weekly Kootenay Co-op Radio program hosted by Randy Morse. Just click on any of the links below and enjoy podcast versions of this popular show, produced in the heart of Alpine Nirvana!
October 4, 2013: a bit of local news, a chat with local musical impresario Jim Van Horn, a feature on the Kaslo Institute, and an interview with Vancouver musician and activist, Buckman Coe.
October 11, 2013: interviews with Laurie Moss & Romella Glorioso, founders of the Kaslo-based International Amenity Migration Centre, and Kaslo’s new Chief Administrative Officer, Neil Smith.
October 18, 2013: a visit to J.V. Humphries School’s recent Open House, and an interview with installation artist Paul Walde at the launch of his Requiem for a Glacier exhibition at the Langham Gallery. Plus some good music and a bit of news
October 25, 2013: an interview with Kaslo Kayaking co-owner, Daphne Hunter — who also happens to be the President of the Kaslo & Area Chamber of Commerce. We also wander down early one morning to the beach, and encounter a couple of brave (crazy?) swimmers. Plus some sweet music.
November 1, 2013: Kaslo poets Robert Banks Foster and Mark Mealing, read from recent works.
November 8, 2013: an interview with Dustin East, a man on a mission — to help make it possible for area youth to stay here if they want, and carve out a decent life if they do, a chat with Councillor Jim Holland, some bulletins and music — just the thing to chase away the autumn blahs and pave the way for a swell weekend.
November 15, 2013: health care is a very big deal in rural Canada. For those of you who weren’t able to attend the meeting between the Interior Health Authority representatives and Kaslo Village Council, you’ll want to listen to this show.
November 22, 2013: an interview and some live music from Instruments of Change with Ontario-based classical guitarist Adam Ruzzo — a man in love with Algonquin Park.
November 29, 2013: some musical news, an interview with harpist-to-the-gods Dawna McLennan, a chat with a member of everyone’s favourite BC-based band, The Boom Booms (and no, it’s not Tom Van Deursen this time!), and for those of you who’ve always wondered what it’s like to get a tattoo… well, tune in!
December 6, 2013: a discussion and some live music with former Wailin’ Jennys stalwart, Cara Luft.
December 13, 2013: a visit with Kaslo-based food security coordinator Aimee Watson, and a chat with Juno Award-winning folk musician Cara Luft and one of the world’s great cellists, Michael Kevin Jones.
December 20, 2013: this year’s Radio Free Kaslo Christmas Show. An interesting interview with Kaslo’s very own Batwoman, Cori Lausen, a reading of a classic Christmas tale, and lots of holiday music. Enjoy — and have a very merry Christmas!
January 10, 2014: Karen Behn introduces a new choir, Ted Fitzgerald relates a unique New Year’s tale with a nautical twist, and some terrific tunes.
January 17, 2014: a bobcat-centric chat on Front Street, reminding us that John Muir was right — we really are an integral part of Nature, and wilderness, in all its cruel majesty is, in the end, good for us, along with some cultural news and good music.
January 24, 2014: Whiteout 2014 comes to Kaslo — an interview with organizer Robert Abbey. You want some bandwidth? Check out what the “sleepy” agricultural community of Olds, Alberta has done — why not Kaslo?! And of course, as always, some great tunes.
January 31, 2014: some musings on the fate of Kaslo’s beautiful beaches, and a hark back to the halcyon summer days of last year’s Kaslo Jazz Fest.
February 7, 2014: an introduction to the newest form of e-currency, bit coins. Plus some news about a significant provincial gathering that’s coming to Kaslo later this year. Add some tunes, a bit of commentary, and there you have it — another episode of Kaslo’s very own radio program!
February 14, 2014: All you need is love! And that’s what this half-hour of Radio Free Kaslo delivers. Go kiss someone you care about, and enjoy the show!
February 21, 2014: It’s messy and slippery out there, but there’s no denying last night’s snowfall was beautiful… Today’s Radio Free Kaslo show is about… nothing (at least nothing in particular)! Hey, it worked for Jerry Seinfeld. If you’re intrigued by live, original, raw, unrehearsed, hand-recorded-in-a-living-room music, then you’re going to love the program. Enjoy, be safe out there — and GO CANADA!
February 28, 2014: It’s the Hockey World Championships. This is what it sounded like — from the Kaslo Curling Club’s rec room.
March 7, 2014: If you’re interested in the current healthcare situation in Kaslo, then you’ll want to listen to interviews with Andy Shadrack, Kaslo & Area D RDCK Director and Chair of the Select Committee on Healthcare, and Kaslo Pharmacy‘s Ward Taylor. Also on today’s show, an editorial by yours truly on Bill 4, proposed legislation that would see our beleaguered provincial parks opened for potential exploitation (spoiler alert: I’m not a fan). As a “Friday Special” bonus, here’s a roughly recorded love song of sorts for national parks — I feel the same way about the provincial variety — enjoy!
March 14, 2014: By popular demand — another program that features Kaslo’s healthcare situation. On today’s show, Doctors Fen Smit and Dan O’Connell chat about the attractiveness of Kaslo for the right physicians, over a coffee at the Bluebelle Bistro.
April 4, 2014: We’re back, after a 2-week hiatus. On today’s show, news regarding the Jumbo Glacier Resort, a brief feature with Kaslo’s Grade 12 students, and lots of great music!
April 11, 2014: On today’s show, a call for volunteers to help with this June’s 8th Biennial BC Rural Communities Summit in Kaslo, a reprise of an interview with Kaslo-based bat biologist Cori Lausen, notes from the most recent Village of Kaslo newsletter — and of course some fun Friday music.
April 18, 2014: On today’s show, we go over the moon — or, actually, to the moon. And feature Part One of a six-part series featuring Kaslo’s musical maven Karen Behn, talking frankly — and movingly — about living life with cancer. This is must-listen radio.
April 25, 2014: On today’s show, interviews with Scott and Jerry who are launching a new water taxi + outdoor gear rental business in Kaslo, Kootenay Lake Outdoor Outfitters (“KLOO”), a chat with a new arrival from Quebec, and the second in Karen Behn’s very personal — as well as inspirational and highly informative — six-part series on life with cancer. Plus some fun music — tune in and enjoy!
May 2, 2014: Lots of great music on today’s show, plus some notes about upcoming events in Kaslo.
May 9, 2014: Today’s show features some terrific music, a long-term weather forecast for British Columbia, and Part Three of Karen Behn’s series on living with cancer.
On today’s show, an Academy Award-winner is on his way to Kaslo, Part Four in Karen Behn’s six-part series on life with cancer, and a swingin’ selection of songs that will be featured in tonight’s Lichens show at the Blue Belle — 8 PM. Rousing roots music, Kootenay-style — should be fun.
May 30, 2014: Music from Kuimba Choir’s upcoming concerts, tonight in Argenta (the Argenta Hall, 7:30 PM), and tomorrow, Saturday May 31, 7:30 PM at St. Andrews United Church in Kaslo, plus Part Five of Karen Behn’s six-part series on life with cancer.
June 6, 2014: An interesting interview with Jill Holland about the new show that opens tonight at the Lighthouse Theatre, with afternoon and evening performances tomorrow. 7 Stories is a play by heralded Vancouver playwright Morris Panych — prepare to be entertained by a new batch of talented young actors, ably directed as always by Jill, with a striking set courtesy of Paul Van Deursen.
June 20, 2014: Samuel F.B. Morse was a renowned artist, and of course invented Morse Code. A precursor, one might say, to… radio (he’s also a relative, I’m proud to say). On today’s RADIO FREE KASLO we get all literary, featuring interviews with Cranbrook playwright Denine Milner and Keithg Liggett, Fernie-based poet, author, and director of the new Kaslo writers’ summit, A Gathering of Words, coming to Alpine Nirvana this July 21-27. Enjoy! However you say that in Morse Code.
June 27, 2014: A chat with Art Joyce, whose book, Laying the Children’s Ghosts to Rest (Hagios Press, Regina) has recently come out; an update on this year’s Kaslo Folk Fest lineup (the music kicks off this evening with Anahat, 9PM at the Kaslo Hotel Pub and continues through July 1st, with a free outdoor stage at Front Street Park on Monday, June 30th, and Canada Day); an update from Jazz Fest chairman Bub Patience; and a visit with one of the organizers of Kaslo’s new ecstatic dance event, down at spectacular Kaslo Bay Park — with music provided by some of this year’s Kaslo Folk Fest visiting artists.
July 4, 2014: It’s summertime, and the livin’ is easy! Tune in to today’s show for a shot of sun, to hear what some tourists think of us (or at least what they think of our village and region), and a musical nod to our friends and families south of the border on this, their national day.
July 11, 2014: A chat with Neil Timothy Johnson about the upcoming Kootenay One Fest, plus an eclectic mix of tunes to get you in the mood for a fabulous Friday & a wild (and if you’re anywhere near the lake, wet) weekend.
Aug. 1, 2014: Jazz Fest is upon us. Looks like we’re going to have spectacular weather — and sort of an “under the radar” lineup full of musical surprises. On today’s show we run through the entire lineup, starting with the Front Street free street party that kicks off at 4:30, all the way through to the last act down on the famous floating stage Sunday night. So click on the link, get caught up — and listen to some examples of the acts who are going to be strutting their stuff here in Alpine Nirvana over the next three days.