Archive for April 2015

Television Road's Sara Ostrowska on the strange road to being a rock and roll singer, trying to make the Toronto music scene, and the eclectic collection of "musics" that make Television Road so hard to pigeonhole. PLUS two songs from the debut album Character Splatters.

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Our first ever Trent Radio show!

Featuring music and talk from Sara Ostrowska, lead singer of alumni band, Television Road; and a discussion on transportation issues with GreenUp Transportation and Urban Design Program Manager, Brianna Salmon, whose thesis centred on sustainable transportation.

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The Kenneth Mark Drain Lecture: Dr. Brad Park's talk: "Open and Mindful: The Deference of Consciousness and the Dawn of Moral Comportment."  Plus, exclusive music from Ian Tamblyn.

Prof. Park earned his Bachelor’s degree from Trent in Philosophy and holds a Ph.D. from the University of Hawaii. He is an associate professor of Philosophy at St. Mary's College of Maryland, specializing in East Asian philosophies and religions, including classical Confucianism, Lao-Zhuang Daoism, East Asian Buddhism, and contemporary Japanese philosophy.

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An interview with Lonely Parade singer/guitarists Augusta Veno -- plus songs from each of the band's two long plays: "Stomach" and "Long Winter Split" (remixed by James McKenty).

We chat about their quick rise to local success, influences, the Peterborough music scene, the impact of academia on songwriting, and what is next for this young band.

The Lonely Parade are a young band made up of 3 women with rock and roll attitude to spare.  Garage meets surf meets...  well, listen for yourself.

Augusta Veno (guitar/vocals), Anwyn Climenhage (drums/vocals), and Charlotte Dempsey (bass/vocals).

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Starting next season, we'll be having "Just the Music" and "Just the Lecture" mini-casts that will feature individual segments of the show.  "Just the Music" will feature interviews, new music, music from the Trent Radio archives and -- just maybe -- live music from the Trent Talks studio.

This week, the segment gets a trial run: 

A great interview with Nick Ferrio -- and some brand new music. We chat about his collaborations with The Weather Station, Evening Hymns, Julie Doiron, Gavin Bradley Gardiner (from The Wooden Sky); his upcoming gigs with The Lonely Parade; our mutual musical crushes on Dave Tough, the Silverhearts, and the Trent and Peterborough music scenes in general; the impact of Trent University academia on his songwriting; and his grizzly near death in the Trent Nature Areas.

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The 2015 Margaret Laurence Lecture, featuring childcare/early childcare expert/activist, Martha Friendly. 

Martha Friendly is Canada’s leading child care advocate and a major architect of policy thinking on child care issues. With over forty years of involvement in child care/early childhood education, she is currently the Executive Director (and founder) of the Childcare Resource and Research Unit (CRRU), Canada’s only policy research institute for early childhood education and care.Child care advocate Martha Friendly sent a clear message as she delivered the 28th annual Margaret Laurence Lecture on March 10, 2015: Canada needs public policy for a national child care program.

An attentive audience of students, faculty, and local child care workers packed Traill College’s Bagnani Hall to hear Ms. Friendly’s lecture entitled “Child care shouldn’t be just a matter of luck.”

The annual lecture honours Margaret Laurence, a Canadian literary icon and social justice activist who was Trent University’s fourth chancellor. The lecture series addresses topics that were important to Ms. Laurence, including peace, ecology, literature, and feminism.

“I feel daunted to be following all of the illustrious women who have given the Margaret Laurence Lecture over the years,” Ms. Friendly admitted in her opening remarks. Previous lecturers include Adele Wiseman, June Callwood, Ursula Franklin, Shirley Douglas, and Jane Urquhart.

Calling Canada “an inhospitable place to raise children,” Ms. Friendly said Canada was one of the lowest ranked countries for child care and early child care education. In her lecture, she outlined the kind of public policy needed to make child care a universal and accessible entitlement for all families.

Ms. Friendly’s remarks rang true for Stephanie Mattern, a local child care worker. “I was impressed with Martha’s comment that children are citizens and need to be treated as such,” she said.

“It’s important that Trent put on events like these that are open to everyone,” Ms. Mattern added. “I like to listen to someone else’s ideas because it sparks thoughts of my own.  I might do more research because I’ve learned about something I’ve never heard before.”

Maya Gunnarsson, a graduate student at Trent’s Frost Centre for Canadian Studies and Indigenous Studies, attended because she wanted to learn more about an issue that touches Canadian families everywhere. She agreed that the Margaret Laurence Lecture is a valuable community event.  “It’s important to have lectures that are open to community members, because sometimes universities can be insular and exclusive,” Ms. Gunnarsson said.

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