Thursday, 31 December 2015

Ruby Slippers Happy New Years! Jan 1, 2016 7-8 pm

Hey everybody!

Happy New Year! This begins a whole new adventure for you and me and radio and music and all things weird and wonderful.

Asked some listeners for requests for this show  just because we are all making this journey together and have to say, had some interesting submissions.

So, without further ado, let's get rocking!

Life Begins At The Hop ... XTC (request)
Bee In My Bonnet ... 10 CC
Dionysis ... Drunk Lips * (request)
Just Like Lightning ... Simone Denny * (request from Nikki Is, Everything and the Kitchen Sink)
Spirit Shadows ... Autumn Stones * (request)
Pretty Baby ... Blondie (request)
Dancehall Domine ... New Pornographers *
Save Me ... Lisa Fischer  (in Toronto Jan tickets for Xmas, so excited)
Everything ... Nine Inch Nails (how could I not?)
Sick Days Mix ... Holiday Crowd *
Black Magic ... The Ballantynes * (request)
Jericho River ... Christian D * (request)
Heatslave ... Voodoo Bunnies *
film School ... Scene Noir * (request)
The Sweat Of A Hero ... Lightmares * (from Sudbury Ontario)

Ambitious? Of course it is! New horizons ahead!

Thanks for your support in 2015!


Thursday, 17 December 2015

Ruby Slippers December 18 THE CHRISTMAS SHOW 7-8 pm

Hey everybody!

HO HO HO!!! and a MERRY MERRY too!!!

This is the Christmas show playlist. As is often the case at CIUT we go to a fill in/prerecorded format on December 25 to give all the programmers a chance to spend time with family and friends.

Hence the Xmas Xtravaganza a week in advance.

There are old favorites from years gone by (who hasn't experienced Present Face first hand?), wishful thinking (First Snow Of The Year) , insane novelty songs to make you laugh in the midst of a tinsel explosion and eggnog overload and of course if time permits WHAM!!!!!!!

Of course there is also new music from here and there and everywhere. 

Hope this adds to your merriment and as they say in the funny papers (?) see you next year!**

And as always, thanks for listening

**as in January 1

Present Face ... Garfunkel and Oates
First Snow of the Year ... Hawksley Workman *
Polished Wood ... Pith and Parenchymas *
Wasted Love ... City and Colour *
Bad Lieutenant ... The Sheepdogs *
Superman ... Dune Rats 
Run Run Rudolph ... The Dollyrots
Ruby ... Kid Kool * (emerging artist)
100 Shopping Days Til Christmas ... The Russian Futurists *
Home By Christmas ... Moonglasses *
Child of Grace ... Skellig * (reminds me of an early Murray McLaughlin)
Wintersong ... Sarah McLaughlin *
Santa Claus Medley ... (here's where it gets weird) Jingle Cats and Dogs
Frank The Christmas Turkey ... Antsy McClain et al (relax I am vegetarian, it's just kinda funny)
Christmas on Acid ... The Vestibules 
Start Wearing Purple ... Gogol Bordello
Rudolph The Paranoid Reindeer ... ToToM 

and finally...Ta Da!
Last Christmas... WHAM

That's it kids.  Merry Christmas and a peaceful holiday season to all


Wednesday, 16 December 2015

Playlist from Ruby Slippers with Guest Host DJ Nico December 11 7-8 pm

Hey kids,

Here's Nico's list.
Looks like a real corker! Wish I could have heard it live BUT it is on the website under Ruby Slippers on the schedule for those who wish to check it out

RUBY SLIPPERS FILL-IN PLAYLIST John Lennon - Gimme some truth Otis Redding - Day tripper Blonde Elvis - Oh Mary* The Saffron Sect - Milk of the stars* B-17 - Fingers painted gold* The Yardbirds - A certain girl The Evaporators - Shakin with the shaggy shaker* Fashionism - Where have all the rock and roll girls gone* The Nymphets - A girl like you* Les Envahisseurs - Hush* Diableros - Working out words* Nick Ward - Into the unknown Hologram Teen - Apocolypteacakes Xray Spex - I am a poseur The Luv'd Ones - Updown Sue Little Esther Phillips - Mojo Hannah
Chat Conversation End

Wednesday, 9 December 2015

Ruby Slippers December 11 7-8 pm

Hey everybody!

With the holidays blazing along, I am on the move this week. The lovely and talented DJ Nico will be behind the mike with her outstanding collections of local and mod inspired music for the show.
She will post the playlist or I will do so when I get back from my travels this week.

Show her loads of love!

And remember, be safe out there.


Ruby Red

Thursday, 3 December 2015

Ruby Slippers December 4 7-8 pm

Hey everybody!

It's the month of DECEMBER and I have gone from "Oh there's loads of time to get ready for the holiday" to "IT'S AROUND THE CORNER!!!"  Much panic ensuing. Far too many lists and Post Its all over the place. Not to mention intensified carb loading and eggnog...

So, what's a girl to do? Take a deep breath, chill out and get on with playlists to provide a soundtrack to the merriment, the chaos and the mirth. Here we go!

Indie Girl ... Was It The Walrus * (NEW)
Right Home ... The Julie Ruin
Guerilla Radio ... Rage Against the Machine (Tried before, actually added it this time)
Waving You Goodbye ... To Stowaway *
Sparrow ... Eastern Magnetics * (NEW)
Do Not Feed The Radio ... Fiction 20 Down
Mines Went Down ... HOTCHA! *
Secretary Song ... The Go! Team
Lollipop (remix) ... The Chordettes
Your Friends My House ... Filthy Haanz *
Body ... Young Galaxy * (6 minute cut...only on CIUT)
Whinstone ... Greg Cairns *
Iron Rooster ... Foo Fighters (new, from free EP)
Tonight ... Menage *
Love Is The Drug ... Grace Jones (played before but really? Awesome, right?_
Rock n Roll Lullaby ... 10cc

Quite the mix, right?
Next week, DJ Nico will be in the house. Be sure to tune in!

Thanks for listening


Wednesday, 25 November 2015

Ruby Slippers November 27 7-8 pm

Hey everybody!

Wow. I don't know about you but I am afraid to turn on the news these days.
Thankfully times like this bring out the best in many and with that optimism and willingness to help comes inspiration for others.

Hope this week's playlist can be part of that inspiration. The Foo Fighters' cut is from a free EP in honour of the tragedy in Paris.  Menage's "Our Time is Now" is an anthem not just for a personal journey but for mankind to step forward and help those who are in need. And I think Greg Clarke's "Peace On Earth" kinda says it all.

Thanks for listening.

The Neverending Sigh ... Foo Fighters
I Lied ... Gobotron
Rowdy Jackson ... Filthy Haanz *
Shouting To The Grave ... Green Rays *
Must Be Imagining ... Green Palm Radiation *
Chit Cat ... Hannah Georgas *
We Got The Beat ... The Go Gos
Watcher ... The Greasemarks *
Watcher ... Tim Ray and the Druts *
Dying In Brooklyn ... PS I Love You *
Facelove ... Golden Dogs *
Peace on Earth ... Greg Clarke *
Montreal ... Kaki King (oddly enough not Canadian)
Our Time Is Now ... Menage *
Hannah ... Freelance Whales
Radio ... Steve Hillage (one of these days I am going to play the whole thing)


Wednesday, 18 November 2015

Ruby Slippers November 20 7-8 pm

Hey everybody!

First of all thanks to everyone who supported CIUT and this show last week. We simply could not keep things going without you.

So, now it's time to take a deep breath and sally forth. (Who is this Sally?)Hope you enjoy this week's playlist.

Stormy High ... Black Mountain *
Psychic Seasons ... Quest for Fire *
Child of Grace ... Skellig* (from the west coast NEW)
Surfacing ... Within Rust * (NEW)
Devil In My Soul ... Cameron Austin *
My Babe ... Eve hell and the Razors *
Beat and the Pulse ... Austra *
Your Arms Around Me ... Jens Lekman (finally got this one in..enjoy!)
Metanoia fr. Clara Venice, Iain McNally ... ill.Gates
On Bedford and Grand ... The Besnard Lakes *
Very Ape ... Nirvana (did you see that Grohl and Animal are doing a showdown on the Muppets?)
Yesterday's Fire ... Moonface *
Broken Ship ... Immaculate Machine *

Thanks for listening.

*Cancon by the bucket load! :)

Wednesday, 11 November 2015

Ruby Slippers Membership Drive November 13 7-8 pm

Hey Everybody!

It's the MEMBERSHIP Show!!!

Please put your dancing shoes on, open your hearts and keep a really great community station on the air!

Here's the soundtrack to that

Rock and Roll All Nite ... The Dollyrots
Suicide Letters ... Radio Caroline *
Radioactive .. Kings of Leon 
Pirate Radio ... Camouflage Nights *
Radioland ... Secession
Baby's On Fire ... 801
Empire ... Calling All Astronauts (NEW exclusive)
Big Boy Games ... The Rising Few *
Give 'em Hell ... The Noble Thiefs *
Your Master's Wishes ... Concealer *
White Wedding ... Doll *

Remember to ALWAYS #loveyourradio.  416-946-7800

Thanks for listening.


Monday, 9 November 2015

Monday of the Membership Drive

Hey everybody!
If you were listening last Friday, I did find my specs (at home where I had put them somewhere safe and in plain view, duh) and I will be heading into the station this evening to man the phones for
The Taylor Report.

The membership drive which happens twice a year is an important part of the funding model for this station. Community radio doesn't have the backing of big corporations. It depends on student support and listeners like YOU.

Please consider giving to this, the only community station on the dial in the GTA.

All donations ensure good karma and together we will remain strong and independent.

Together we are The Sound Of Your City.

Thanks for listening.

Much love
Carol B

Wednesday, 4 November 2015

Ruby Slippers November 6 7-8 pm

Hey everybody!

Here we are PLAYLIST #220!!!! (Ruby Slippers and fill ins... a personal goal!) Loads of great music to celebrate! And please remember that the Membership Drive is next week. If you can support CIUT and this show with a donation, you will be keeping community radio strong!

Now on with the show

Hot Kitty ... Tricky Woo *
Blood Of The Lamb ... David Contin *
TV on Mute ... Silent Movie Types * (from Windsor)
Harps ... The Sea and Cake
Happy House ... Siouxsie and the Banshees
Dreams ... Azalea (from Hamilton)
Typo ... Buke and Gase
Something's Bout To Change ... Strange Talk
Charms ... Artificial Dissemination *
Young Romance ... The Vampire Bats *
Bearer of Bad Nudes ... PANIC *
Ruins of the City ... The Slience Industry *
The Accused ... Autumn Still * (in Toronto Nov 11 from Winnipeg)
Reason To Believe ... Tristan Thompson * (new)
Swing Your Heartache ... Young Galaxy *

Loads of Cancon *

Thanks for listening

Wednesday, 28 October 2015

Ruby Slippers October 30 Spooktacular! 7-8 pm

Hey everybody!

This is it, the one you've been waiting for.

Ruby Slippers is carrying on the time honoured tradition of Electric Boogaloo's annual SPOOKTACULAR show for Halloween.

Gotta tell you, there is enough music for this show on the computer to fill another hard drive (yes, I have a problem) but this is the list I came up with.  Apologies to Warren Zevon. And Ghostbees.

When Time Will Slow Down ... Mother Leads * (new)
Awhoooooo...The Lad Mags *
Old Ghosts ... Jethro Tull (only wish they were Canadian)
Witch Convention ... david contin *
Strange Brew ... Cream
I Put A Spell On You ... Screamin' Jay Hawkins (how could I not?)
Cemetary ... Headstones *
Sick Of This Shit ... Evil Elvis *
Devil Inside ... INX
The Afterlife ... YACHT
Haunted BBQ ... Bat's Pajamas *
Horror Beyond Imagination ... Double Experience *
Ghosts of Love ... Jay Holy *
Spooky ... Vampire Bats *
Monsters ... Forest City Lovers *
The Accused ... Autumn Still * (new)
Monster Mash ... Boris Pickett et al (of course)

Yes, I know it's ambitious. Yes I know it's too long. Maybe Stylistics will be late...

Thanks for listening and remember: be safe out there.


Thursday, 22 October 2015

Ruby Slippers October 23 7-8 pm

Hey everybody!

A week after Indie Week, a week before Halloween. Perfect time to preview new music and take a deep breath. At least that's my story and I'm sticking to it.

Tutti Fruiti ... New Order ft. Elly Jackson (new on)
Train To New York City ... Stowaway *
Elevator ... The Deadcats * (many of the tracks on this CD reference cats...)
Suddenly ... Black Rebel Motorcycle Club (lov this album)
Derealizing ... Frankie Cosmos (Kevin Kline's daughter) from the CD Quick Songs
Bad Man ... Rosie and the Riveters *
Electric Dream ... Clara Venice * (featuring a theremin!!!!)
Runaway ... Electric Youth *
Way Too Long ... The Joy Arson * (new! Exclusive!)
Too Fast For You ... Evil Elvis *
(I Liked U Better When U Were) Dead ... Artificial Dissemination *
My Heart is Pumping... The Subways
Funeral for a Drunken Bird ... All Them Witches
Houdini Crush ... Buke and Gase
Blowin' In The Wind ... Sultans of String *

See you next week for the yearly SPOOKTACULAR edition of Ruby Slippers.

And remember, we can't continue without listeners like you.

Thanks for listening


Thursday, 15 October 2015

Ruby Slippers Indie Week October 16 7-8 pm

Hey everybody!

Know why this week is amazing? First of all, the Jays did what they had to do.'s Indie Week in the city.

Wow, double whammy.

So get out there and enjoy live music to keep the party going.

Here's the playlist of some of the artists in town for the event.

Light/Work ... Mountain of Wolves *
Congratulations on Second Place ... Double Experience *
Call Me ... Chris Birkett *
Paper Planes ... Lost In Film *
Learning to Fly ... The Implications
Shadow ... Rend *
To The Curb ... Gingerale and the Monowhales *
Too Close For Comfort ... The Ocean Cure *
Tramps ... The Dead Projectionists *
Gatsby ... Olivia and the Creepy Crawlies *
Post-Romance ... Burn The Louvre * 
Yolo ... Return for Refund *
Trust ... The Joy Arson *
No Excuses ... Breached *

Never enough time. But there's always next week.

Thanks for listening and remember to #loveyourradio


Wednesday, 7 October 2015

Ruby Slippers October 9 7-8 pm

Hey everybody,

Happy Thanksgiving!

Feels good to know there is a little breather after the weekend and also to know that in the big scheme of things, we are revving our engines for excitement in the city. Go Jays Go!

Anyway, it's always good to just hang out for a bit and plot and plan how the holiday is going to roll out.  Therefore, here is the soundtrack to the beginning of your weekend.

(You are entirely welcome )

Such A fool .. 22-20s
Bejeweled ... The Lad Mags *
Transparency is the New Mystery ... Marnie Stern (excellent title, no?)
(I Might) Smile ... Young Doctors in Love *
Swan Song ... Zoo Lion *
Soul Unwind ... Apostle of Hustle *
Tusk ... The Crystal Ark
Counting The Days ... Sam Roberts Band * (epic cut)
The Tamer ... Hollow Twin * (new, from the west coast)
Found Blue Skies ... Pat Robitaille * (love this track)
Fear ... Mass Assembly *
Failure ... Pluto *
True ... The Operators *

Hope your dinner's good, the company better and a song in your heart.

Thanks for listening


Wednesday, 30 September 2015

Ruby Slippers October 2 7-8 pm

Hey everybody!

It's the Fall for reals now. Leaves, dropping temperatures, air we can breathe again...hip hip hurray!

What better way to celebrate being Canadian in this most glorious time of year than to listen to great music while sipping hot apple cider. Or maybe dancing a bit to keep the chill off!

Don't Forget My Birthday ... Viami Mice *
On Bedford and Grand ... The Besnard Lakes *
Carpet of the Sun ... Renaissance
Beat and The Pulse ... Austra *
Excellent Birds ... Laurie Anderson
White Wedding (Billy Idol cover) ... Doll *
Lower The lights ... Wild Hearses *
Stormy High ... Black Mountain *
Zelda Maria ... People Get Ready
There's Hope Yet ... Raised by Swans *
Psychic Seasons ... Quest For Fire *
Montreal ... Kaki King
Young Galaxy ... Body *
Baby's On Fire (cover of Brian Eno) ... 801

Wow! Loads of Canuck goodness!

(Time for the campfire and S'Mores)

Thanks for listening


Thursday, 24 September 2015

Ruby Slippers September 25 7-8 pm

Hey everybody,

Good Lord, September is almost done. Next Friday we are starting the wind up to Thanksgiving (CA) and then, by gum, Halloween. Not excited, no not me. Not at all.

There is also the whole Membership thing too starting the 23 of October, right here on Ruby Slippers.
I hope you will be part of the action and keep community radio going.

Sorry, got distracted. Here's the playlist for this week.

Light Me Up ... Bronze Radio return (new)
Wicked and Weird ... Buck 65 * (didn't make the list last week...)
Rebel Force Radio ... The Soles * (new band version)
Highway ... Hey Mother Death *
Attis ... Authentic Imperfection *
Prince of Flies ... Buddy Black and the Ghost Umbrellas *
Where Is The Light ... Spirit Photgraphy
Brooklyn Angel ... PANTyRAiD
She Speaks Of Wave ... The Nursery *
I Am Dust ... Gary Numan (awesome!!!!!)
CA ... Tobias the Owl *
Amadeus ... JoJo Worthington *
Anthem ... Alana Yorke *
Influence ... The Acorn *

Loads of Canadian, new samplers out from all sorts of excellent labels. The motherlode!

Thanks for listening


Wednesday, 16 September 2015

Ruby Slippers September 18 7-8 pm

Hey everybody

Another week, more summer/fall. This is a weird one this year.
Never sure if it's beach music time or maybe more into the cozy folkie vibe.
Hence, there is a little of both. Oh and other stuff too.
See what you think

This Town Ain't Big Enough for the Both of Us ...Sparks 
My Secret ... Cities and Dust *
We Found Each other ... City and Colour * (it's all about the city)
Criminals ... The Blue Stones * (more from this band in upcoming weeks)
Free man In Paris ... Big Faith *
An Eye for an Eye ... Silvergun and Spleen *
Fighter ... Sumo Cyco *
Round and Round ... Strawbs (indulge me, OK? )
Light Of Love ... Cat (from 100 Psychedelic Trips compilation)
Amulet ... Chloe Charles *
Sleep ... Austra *
Fishage .... Beaters (out of San Diego)
Post ... Hanging from the Rafters
Bread and Circuses ... Stalins of Sound
Sunday Nights To Infinity ... Amity Beach *

There you have it. The thing about Fall is, besides Thanksgiving, Halloween is coming up.
Also the membership drive. More on that later.

Never a dull moment.

Thanks for listening


Wednesday, 9 September 2015

Ruby Slippers September 11 7-8 pm

Hey everybody!

Finally into the cooler weather and not a moment too soon, I say! If the kids have to go to school and the rest of us have to work, let the fall begin!

Lots of new tracks this week to mark the beginning of another school year. Funny how one always thinks of the year starting with the first bell, isn't it?

Play Dead ... Bjork
Angie Baby ... Wahl Collins * (new)
Stillness Is The Move ... Dirty Projectors
All Things In Time ... Tribe Royal * (new)
Carly ... Peter Foldy * (new)
Rock The Casbah ... Ranking Roger
More Than Television ... Ruby Coast *
The Road ... The Standstills *
Physical Sound ... The Folk *
Bad Habit ... Foals
They Don't Love You ... Creep Out
Open Spaces and Gas Stations ... Melissa Manchester (produced in Canada) * (new)
A L'Oree Des Bois ... Plants and Animals *
Models pt. 1 ... Busty and the Bass *
Dime Store Punks ... Nadia Kazmi * (new)  at the Cameron House, TO Sept. 11

As always thanks for listening.

And remember to support your community independent alternative station. We are here for you!


Thursday, 3 September 2015

Ruby Slippers September 4 7-8 pm

Hey everybody!

Labour Day weekend. How did this happen?
Although truth be told, I really am over this heat/humidity thing. Bring on the sweaters, the jeans, the hot chocolate, the leaves in piles and sleeping soundly with the window open.

At least we have had fabulous music this summer, and guess what? It just keeps on coming.

Operator ... Bravestation * (new)
Avalon ... Roxy Music (not so new LOL)
Black Swan ... Astrid's Tea Party (from Strummerville a Go Go #001)
Forgive and Forget ... I Was A King
Shake Well.... Mike Evin *
Lipstick Cigarette ... XPrime *
Shook ... Radio Caroline * (from London Ontario)
Madhouse ... The Diodes *
Across The Map (remix Derek Webb ) ... Wave & Rome 
Let's Get Going ... Bill Mountain (from above comp Strummerville)
Right On ... DAVIDS *
Sound of The Bell ... The Ruby Spirit *
I Will See You In Far Off Places ... Morrissey
Rainbow Of Blues ... The Highest Order *
Bones ... Little Big Town
Stephanie ... Buckingham Nicks

Have a safe weekend. Thanks for listening. And don't forget to love your radio.


Download of this show  on Mixcloud under Ruby Slippers Radio.

Thursday, 27 August 2015

Ruby Slippers August 28th 7-8 pm

Hey everybody,

Where has the summer gone? So much excitement around the city, free music everywhere we turned.
But never fear, there is always more where that came from.
To continue the tuneful times, remember to love your radio!

This week's playlist coming right up.

Mojo Thunder ...The Peach Kings
Spooky ... The Vampire Bats *
She Just laid There ... Danny F. Santos *
Summer Dress ... July Talk *
Casual Friday ... Summer and Youth *
Way Down ... Waxmen *
I Love Living In The City ... The Nasties *
Little Black Book ... The Dollyrots (NEW)
Beater ... Waterbodies *
Untravelled Road ... Thousand Foot Crunch *
The Cold Escape ... Amos The Transparent *
Paper Wings ... Derek Olive * (at the Free Times Cafe Sat. August 29th, Toronto)
You Got The Rock ... Christian DeArmond *
Fire In The Back Room ... The Folk *
Memories That You Call ... ODESZA *
You .. For Esme *

Always remember, CIUT has your back. Alternative ideas, alternative music, independent spirit!

Thanks for listening.


Thursday, 20 August 2015

Ruby Slippers for August 21 7-8 pm

Hey everybody,

The show is preempted this week for a live broadcast of Summerfolk, a music festival in Owen Sound.

Back next week, and will even be filling in for Catwoman from 6-7 to boot!

Thanks for listening!

Carol B

Wednesday, 12 August 2015

Ruby Slippers August 14 7-8 pm

Hey everybody,

Ever have one of those weeks where every time you think you are done something, you go back and change it?  For some reason it never really seems finished? Well, that was this week's playlist, and to be honest, I am still not really really 110% sure this is it.

However, for now, at least, here it is. Took a lot of twists and turns...

Cosa Nostra ... Johnny Thunders
If I Die With My Eyes Open ...Swampcandy
Hot Topic ... Le Tigre
Lookin On The Floor Of The Love Shack ... DJ Godfather vs. B52s
Gateway Blues ... Catl *
Karma Chameleon ... Culture Club (see what I mean?)
Life's A Gas (cover Marc Bolan) ... Greg Clarke *
You Make The Sun Fry ... Ty Segall
Dark Matter White Noise ... The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger
Breakdown ... Tara Baswani * (in concert this week in TO)
Straight Shot ... League of Wolves *
Misery Loves Company ... The Trews *
Road Dog ... The Lucky Ones *
Hang on To Yourself ... Young Galaxy *
So Fortunate ... TV Sets *
Woman Dreaming ... Xavier Rudd

Egads. Is this what writer's block feels like?

Thanks for listening


Wednesday, 5 August 2015

Ruby Slippers August 7 7-8 pm

Hey everybody!

Wow. It's already August.

Good Lord.

Well, when there's nothing to say, bring on the music.

Who Needs Ya ... Steppenwolf *
Changing ... Dave Cormier * (new)
Sun Tockin' ... Handsome Ned * (passed too soon)
Nappu Dugout ... Funkadelic (kinda different for this show)
Vices... Black Lady Soul *
Bassically ... Tei Shi *
You Satellite ... Wilco (FINALLY made the list)
Things I Don't Remember ... Ugly Casanova
Pirates (Can't All Sail The Indian Ocean) ... Forest City Lovers *
Convince The Mayor ... Amos The Transparent *
Milo of Kroton ... Cutaways
Gidget Goes To Hell....Suburban Lawns
Don't Cry For Me ... Zombies
Long Live Rock ... The Who
Walk Away Strut ... Womb *

Thanks for listening. 

(Hold Out Your Hand ... Chris Squire  I will play this next week come hell or high water as a tribute to an amazing musician, passed before his time)

Wednesday, 29 July 2015

Ruby Slippers July 31 7-8 pm

Hey everybody!

Long weekend ahead and if you are heading out of town and listening to this, here's hoping it's the start of a great get away. If, however, you are enjoying a stay-cation like yours truly, forget the traffic, pull up a patio chair and let the music take you away.

Loads of Canadian music tonight.

Paper Tiger ... Beck
Games Without Frontiers ... Arcade Fire (cover of Peter Gabriel) *
In High Places....Hexes and Ohs *
Automatic ... Spandettes *
Walk Away ... Shattervox * (new!)
You Still Love Me ... Cut Off Your Hands
The girl That I Will Exit With ... Cygnets *
Careless ... Beach Fossils
Seasons ... Iris *
Prophecy ... Adam and the Amethysts*
She's The One ... Caribou *
Dorian ... Agnes Obel
Fracas ... David Contin *
Save Me ... Rival Sons
Burn Down The Valley ... The Deadly Snakes *

Thanks for listening!


Wednesday, 22 July 2015

RubySlippers July 24 7-8 pm Hillside Festival Edition

Hey everybody!

As you know if you have been following this show for a while, Hillside is, at least for me, the tiny perfect music festival. Reusable plates and utensils, refillable water bottles, healthy food, organic beer, and a delightful roster of performers in a small beautiful conservation area with a lake to swim in when the sun is hot.
Ah, yes. This year was not to be for me. But it didn't stop me from putting together a taste of the lineup from this year's edition of Hillside.

There are some kinda surprising choices here, and some of the gentle folk you would expect from an event in the country.

So kick back, get comfortable and feel the peace.

Past The Stars ... By Divine Right *
Nighttime/Anytime ... The Constantines *
When She Arrived...Thus Owls *
Little Hand ... Braids *
Once a Day (ft. Sonna Rae) ... Michael Franti and Spearhead
Wrecking Ball ... The Galacticats *
New Believers ... Minotaurs *
Electric ... TEEN
The West Wind ... Ryley Walker
Hands In Dirty Ground ... Great Lake Swimmers *
Bluebird ... Doug Paisley *
Nathan Phillips Square ... Secret Heights (Terra Lightfoot) *
Everything I Saw ... The Weather Station *
Loose Heart = Loose Plan ... Moonface *

If we can't be there, this is the next best thing.

Thanks for listening.


Wednesday, 15 July 2015

Ruby Slippers for July 17 7-8 pm

Hey everybody!

Guilty pleasure this week. Went to see a stadium rock show (Tesla, Styx and Def Leppard) with a whole mess of really enthusiastic folks. Gotta do that once in a while, right?

Anyhow, if this week's list seems more hard rocking than normal, that's likely the reason why.

Party on!

Hellhound...The Matadors *
Bikini Girls with Machine Guns ... The Cramps 
I Don't Mind ... The Buzzcocks
Young Love ... Rival Sons (recommended by Catwoman)
Long Time Coming ... MANcub *
I Wanna Wear You ... King Creep *
Life on Earth ... Mary Caroline * (coming to play in Toronto soon)(not so rockin')
Low Gravity ... The Acorn *
Out Of Control ... Little Creatures *
The Power ... Army Girls *
In Bed With Yesterday ... The Ballroom Babies *
Where Do You Go To Give Up ... Cold Dead Hands *
Bomb ... Band of Skulls (always liked this album)
Misty Mountain Hop ... Led Zepplin (Jimmy Page is in TO for a Zepplin listening party)
Blind Willard ... The Beans
Mr. Roboto ... Styx (didn't play this at the show, so here it is)

Not gonna make this whole list... wanted to also include "Rocket" but not sure how you would feel about that! LOL

Thanks for listening! Next week, Hillside Festival playlist.


Wednesday, 8 July 2015

RubySlippers July 10 7-8 pm

Hey everybody,

Welcome to Panamania!

No you won't hear the strains of "Chariots of Fire' at the start of the show but there will be loads of good music to stir your emotions. Assuming, of course, I can get into Hart House.

Anyway, here we go. Hope you have a great weekend. Take a break from the mayhem downtown, kick back and let the tunes begin.

Stepping Stone ... Fly Golden Eagle
Love Me Two Times ... Psychic Ills
Baby, I Hate You ... The BB Guns *
Spiritual Weapon ... The Auras *
Wake Up ... Blue Cougars *
Maybe It's OK ... Beth Moore *
Wedding One ... Rebekah Higgs *
Always Make The Mistake ... Young Novelists *
One Too Many ... Mama Kin
Time To Go ... Magic Shoppe
Paper Cranes ... Raine Hamilton *
Ghosts ... Rotary Dial *
East of Ginger Trees ... Seals & Crofts (how much fun is this?)
Season of the Witch ... Donovan (and this?)
Junk Yard Dog ... J.P. Kallio

Thanks for listening. See you next week.


Friday, 3 July 2015

Ruby Slippers on July 3 7-8 pm Actual Playlist

Hey everybody

My cohost tonight is a man of mystery. Not much on talking about himself but brought instead a boat load of interesting music. And boy is he  passionate about his band. 

Here are Steve Bromstein's picks for the night.

The Bitter Ash ... The Disraelis *
Bales of Pot ... Poppy Seed and the Love Explosion *
Love Your Enemy ... Hollowphonic *
Push Up The Rain ... Kensington Hillbillys *
Destroy The Heart ... The Black Fever *
Jingle Foot ... Jig The Alien
Headache/Heartache ... Those Manic Seas
Untitled ... The Hanging Gardens
Gateway of The Gods ... Killer Moon  (I really like this band)
Wicked Sun ... Saurini *
The Spell ... Poppy Seed and the Love Explosion *

There's tons more where those came from.

Perhaps another show, just you and me?

Thanks for listening.


RubySlippers for July 3 7-8 pm

Hey everybody,

Playlist will be up after the show this week. Cohost is picking the music and as it's psychedelic, there is a more relaxed approach to the whole process.

Please join me in welcoming Steven Bromstein from Poppy Seed and the Love Explosion tonight as we float down the rabbit hole.

Stay tuned!

Wednesday, 24 June 2015

Ruby Slippers June 26 7-8 pm

Hey everybody!


It's been a run of warmer brighter and more inspiring weather of late and the playlist seems to embrace some of that summer feel. After all we are now past Solstice (did anyone do something interesting for that?) and officially into the season.

Kick back, relax and enjoy

Myth ... Beach House
Strings ... A.C. Newman *
Your Breath ... Analog Angel
Yes, I Call ... Mean Red Spiders *
What Love ... Jagwar Ma
Ariella ... League of Wolves *
Failure ... Pluto *
What Lies Ahead ... Young Novelists *
Dude You Feel Electric ... Shout Out Out Out Out *
Interstate ... Within Rust *
Shock Rock City ... Keychain * (finally got this one in)
Welcome To Japan ... The Strokes
PL ... Mean Red Spiders (double the pleasure!) *
Lampshades on Fire ... Modest Mouse
All For Love ... SheLoom *

There you have it! See you next Month! 
And thanks for listening.


Saturday, 20 June 2015

NXNE 2015 Last Day Sunday

Hey everybody,

Sunday is finally here, time to wind down and bid this year's NXNE a fond farewell.

There are a few events still happening.
Check out the listing for the Garrison, Smiling Buddha, Handlebar 
and Celebrity Karaoke at Yonge Dundas Square.
Did I mention Shad? Shad, people.

Perfect way to relax before returning to the real world of TTC and office towers tomorrow.

Hope your NXNE experience was everything you hoped it would be

Take care and see you soon on CIUT 895FM


Friday, 19 June 2015

NXNE 2015 Day Four Saturday

Hey everybody,

Saturday is always a struggle. Unless you can teleport, you will miss something great. But you will also see loads just as great, so get over it.

Drake Underground ... Naomi Punk, Surinam

Garrison *** wowwowwow Record Fair 12-7, King Creep Jennifer Castle, Casual Drones
                      collaborations with the likes of Born Ruffians, BSS, Holy Fuck and more

Horseshoe Tavern ... Fast Romantics, Slim Twig, Heartless Bastards, the Gories BamBoo

Mod Club ... Frog Eyes, Angel Olsen

Smiling Buddha *** a night of psych not to be forgotten, Auras, Saffron Sect, B-17 more

Yonge Dundas Square (FREE) Secret Sun, Little scream, New Pornographers etc.

Take a deep breath. Only one more day to go.

(Try to take a nap somewhere along the way)

Thursday, 18 June 2015

NXNE 2015 Day Three

Hey everybody!

You can tell I have been spending a long time with this gig guide by the crumbs and coffee rings on the pages. Been pouring over the options, and let me tell you, it ain't easy.

Here goes. See what you think.

Adelaide Hall...Zoo Owl, DIANA and others

Cameron House ... Wild Romantics, Birds of Bellwoods, BEAM and friends

Horseshoe Tavern ... Chastity Belt, Devin Cuddy Band, Tijuana Panthers and more!

159 Manning ... massive Pop Montreal showcase

Mod Club ... Lia Ice, Aidan Knight

Painted Lady ... Go For The Eyes, Celebration Army, Featurette

Rivoli ... loads of great music and BRAVESTATION  You know how I feel about these guys

Smiling Buddha ... Plasmalab, Old and Weird and others

Yonge Dundas Square (FREE) Bootsy Collins

Decisions, decisions.

See you tomorrow

Wednesday, 17 June 2015

Ruby Slippers June 19 7-8 pm NXNE Playlist

Hey everybody!

NXNE is another of Toronto's wonderful music festivals. Who says we aren't a music city?

This week's playlist features a random selection of artists from the gig guide. Hope you have a chance to see some of them live.

Parrot Talk ... Doldrums
The Birds and The birds ... Go For The Eyes *
Haven ... Bravestation * (indulge me, OK?)
Isabelle ... Fast Romantics *
Grown Unknown ... Lia Ices
Gone Too Long .. Milo McMahon *
You Can't Take Anyone ... Castlemusic (Jennifer Castle) *
I Like Dot Dot Dot ... Frog Eyes *
Can I Get A Piece Of You ... The Corsets *
Missing You ... A Place To Bury Strangers *
Blood In The Sun ... Fresh Snow *
Creature ... Tijuana Panthers
Feel No Threat ... Old and Weird *
Always on My Mind ... (cover) Jacco Gardner
Cheree (Suicide cover)... Prince Innocence *
The Peacock ... The Auras *

Thanks for listening. See you next week


NXNE Day Two Thursday

Hey everybody,
Just picked up my credentials for this year's bash and let me tell you it's way easier to see the schedule in hard copy.

Hope you enjoyed the first day, loads of choice, and now even more for day two.

Just suggesting a few things, all venues and artists are totally worth the time.

Berkeley Church- Church Stage ... Majical Clouds , Amen Dunes and others

Cameron House ... solid line up but to end your evening, drop in on Jessica Stuart Few

Danforth Music Hall... all ages including Willow Smith

Garrison ... Wow! Not only a great musical line up with Jacco Gardner, Naomi Punk, Moss Lime
                   and others but also a Print and Comics fair from noon to 7

Mod Club ... K. Flay, Betty Who   Big fan on both!

Lee's Palace ... Paper Bag Records 100 showcase and celebration

Opera House ... Heavy!!!  Odonis Odonis, A Place To Bury Strangers, Iceage (Denmark)

Sneaky Dee's ... Dead Projectionists, Zoo Legacy and others

Hang on, kids, it gets harder tomorrow!

Tuesday, 16 June 2015

NXNE Day One June 17

Hey everybody!

Just when your head is about to explode over the PanAm games, NXNE gallops into town and saves the day.
Oodles of great music throughout the festival, and anywhere you land will be wonderful.

These are a few suggestions, though, based on personal bias and my trusty dart board.

Bovine Sex Club ... The Ballantynes,(favoured by Nikki Is) Mad Ones, Texas Kings

The Cameron ... Glad to see this band back again: LuxDeluxe, Giant Hand and friends

Coalition ... Chagall (mind melting music), Bike Thiefs

Drake Underground *** DIANA, Prince Innocence and others

The Horseshoe ... Girlfriends and Boyfriends, MoonKing

MOD Club *** Tasseomancy (formerly Ghost Bees) et al

Silver Dollar ... Milo McMahon, The Corsets, White Cowbell Oklahoma (!)

Check the complete listings on the schedule at the NXNE website.

See you with Thursday's picks tomorrow!

Playlist for Ruby Slippers with DJ Nico

Hey everybody!

Here's the playlist for DJ Nico's show last Friday.

Playlist for DJ Nico's fill in Spot on Ruby Slippers
Arthur Conley - Ob la di Ob la da
The Stitch in Tyme - Got to get you into my life
Andy Kim - Be my baby
Jenny Rock - Dansez
The Gentrys - Keep on dancing
Connie Francis - Don't ever leave me
Tracey Dey - I won't tell
Hollywood Jills - He makes me mad
Pow Wows - Rebel stomp
Twist - Slums and seaports
King Creep - Queen of the knights of darkness
The Tranzmitors - Teen man
The Muscadettes - Honey let go
catl - Shakin house blues
Melba Moore - Magic touch
Tina Britt - The real thing
Again, many thanks to Nico!

See you Friday for NXNE

Monday, 8 June 2015

Ruby Slippers June 12 7-8 pm with DJ Nico

Hey everybody!

This is a very special week (wow, TWO IN A ROW)!!!  

DJ Nico from the With It! dance parties at the Piston Bar in Toronto (and host from Vinyl from the CIUT Crypt) will be wearing the Ruby Slippers on Friday. Get out your dancing shoes, kids, it's going to be wild! She will post her playlist and let you know where you can find it.

Never fear, though. Yours Truly will be back June 19 with a special NXNE show and will be doing the day by day picks thing from the 17th forward on this very blogsite. Loads of good stuff, I can promise you that.

So see you soon. Trip the light fantastic this week and remember, be safe out there.

Thursday, 4 June 2015

Ruby Slippers June 5 7-8 pm Guest CoHost Nikki from Everything and the Kitchen Sick

Hey everybody,

How's your week been? Hope you have had more triumphs than tragedy and that there has always been a soundtrack to your life sustaining you.
As a start to the weekend, there is a special cohost on deck this week. Nikki Is from the podcast Everything And The Kitchen Sink is in studio with music, insights and loads of enthusiasm.
The following list of songs may or may not be in this order, there may be omissions, or additions for reals this time around. Guess it's a case of following the bouncing ball. Will try and bring things back in order after the show.
Oh, and BTW, DJ Nico from Vinyl from the CIUT Crypt heard here each Saturday from 3-5 will be in house for Ruby Slippers next week, June 12. Duty calls for yours truly but like a back cheque, I will be back the following week with NXNE picks and playlist.


Highway 408 ...Liver *
Alien Threat ... NLP *
Black Magic ... The Ballantynes *
Your Love fades away ... Simone Denny *
Kinda Sucks ... Trevor Battle *
Live Forever ... Danko Jones *
Hillbilly Heroin ... Christian D *
Wherever is your Heart ... Brandi Carlile (request)
A Lot Like You ... Dave Cromier * (new)


Songs we didn't get to...but will in two weeks' time
Johnny Appleseed...Joe Strummer
Letsagetagitarockin' ... the 101ers
I Fought The Law...The Clash
Tinker Tailor Soldier Sailor ... The Yardbirds
Failure ... Pluto *
Shock Rock City ... Keychain *
Interstate ... Within Rust *
Soldier... Chloe Charles *

Nikki is everywhere! you can check out her website at which includes links to her podcast and blog,  follow her on Twitter at Nikki (@EatKS) hear the podcast on Soundcloud, Stitcher, iTunes or Reno and Demos, and follow her on Facebook under "Everything and the Kitchen Sink"

Thanks for listening

Wednesday, 27 May 2015

Ruby Slippers May 29 7-8 pm

Hey everybody!

It's FRIDAY!!! This has been a really craptacular week on the living the life front, but never the less, the show must go on.

Love this playlist. It has really helped with the mayhem, hope it does the same for you.

All The Time ... The Hoa Hoa's *
End of the Beginning ... Blue Sky Addicts *
Can't Fight The Feeling ... Orange O'Clock * (won CBC's 2015 Searchlight competition)
Nothing Left To Lose ... Bed Of Stars
Hope & Ruin ... The Trews *
Sin City ... Blue Moon Marquee *
When The Dixie Stars are Playing... Leon Redbone
Sweet C.C. ... Ty Segall
Mambo Sun ... T. Rex
Under The Old Tree ... SheLoom *
Frolics ... Shindigs (from Seoul)
Pour Vous Toujours ... The Dollyrots (new)
Sick Days ... The Holiday Crowd *
Shelter Song ... Temples (LOVE this band, album "Sun Structures")
Back To The Stars ... Until The Ribbon Breaks

Next week's scheduled cohost from the blog "Nikki Is". Outstanding!

Thanks for listening