Wednesday 30 October 2013

Ruby Slippers for Nov 1 7-8 pm

Hey everybody,

The membership drive is over, and it's time to get on with more amazing music.  Some of this didn't make the Halloween list, some is brand new, and some is as comfortable as an old shoe.

Hope your week has been good, and let's keep that energy up!

People are Strange...Echo and the Bunnymen
Monster Closet...Two Hours Traffic
True Patriot Love... Joel Plaskett Emergency (Danforth Music Hall Nov 2)
Purple Haze...Frank Zappa (I have played this before but it is so much fun...)
Rift Valley Fever...Will Black (coming soon to a Toronto near you!;) )
Werewolves of London...Warren Zevon
Eyes of a Stranger...Dirty Ghosts
Rock and Roll...Shaker
Don't Do It Girl...The Rizdales (EXTRA TWANG!)
You Can't Get It Back...Gentleman Reg
On Deck...Museum Pieces
Crown Victoria...Amity Beach
Things Fall Apart...The Implicate Order
Ghost Rider...Suicide

And away we go.

Thanks for listening!

Monday 28 October 2013

Thank you Millefois

Greetings, Earthlings!

This week will be full o' fun what with the Halloween stuff and nonsense, (best. time. ever)
and of course the post Halloween show. Sorry, will still probably play some spooky tunes from the last playlist (just plumb ran out of time) but there's some really exciting new music too!

Just wanted, though, before the week gets started for real, to thank all of you for your support. Not only did some of you donate to the station, but so many have kindly followed this blog, the Facebook page, Radioflag, and of course listened to the show itself.  It means the world to me to know that we can share a little time to explore new music and revisit old favorites.  Community radio is all about just that...connecting people through new and mutual interests.

I know I speak on behalf of everyone here at CIUT when I say you are as much a part of this place as the volunteers. We simply wouldn't be here without you.

Have a good start to your week, 

Gratefully yours 

Carol B

Wednesday 23 October 2013

Ruby Slippers for Oct. 25: Membership Drive + Halloween = PARTY

Hey everybody,

It's the Fall Membership Drive and wouldn't you know it, it falls just before Halloween!

Soooo...there's no reason not to get 'er done with Zombies! Ghosts! Tubular Bells! (tubular bells?)
Screamin' Jay and a whole lot more.

But don't take my word for it, have a look for yourself.

And of course if you would like to support the show and the last community radio station standing in the GTA, you can call in during the show or go to and become part of something bigger than the both of us.

Cemetary...Headstones *
Monster Hunter Handbook...Big Damn Heroes *
Tubular Bells...Book Of Love (see? told ya) *
Spellwork (Young Galaxy Remix)...Austra *
Wicked and Weird...Buck 65 *
I Put a Spell on You...Screamin' Jay Hawkins *
Star Trek Theme...Alexander Courage *
The Martian Boogie...Brownsville Station
Devil Inside (INX cover)...Beck, Liars, St. Vincent, Os Mutantes *
The Afterlife...Yacht *
Monster Mash...Boris Pickett and the Crypt Kickersn *
Bela Lugosi's Dead...Bauhaus *
Haunted BBQ...The Bat's Pajamas *
Smells Like Teen Spirit (Nirvana cover)...Winter Gloves

These didn't make the show, but I will leave them here in case you are looking for good Halloween music!

Monster...You Say Party! We Say Die!
Ropes That Way...Dirty Ghosts (check out their cover of "Eyes of a Stranger")
The Creature from the Black Lagoon...Dave Edmunds
Do They Know It's Halloween?...NAHPI feat. Feist, etc.
Werewolves of London...Warren Zevon
Devil Inside (original)...INX
Red Wigglers (jingle from WKRP)

Take special care on the 31st, and as always, thanks for listening!


Monday 21 October 2013

Hey Kids, It's Membership Week!!!

Hey everybody!

It's that most wonderful time of the half year, not quite on the same level as Christmas and Halloween (still my favorite holiday) but still, I'm just sayin'.

It's time to join our merry band of misfits and keep this station afloat.  Community radio in the GTA has come down to US and with your help we will keep flying the flag of the people's voice right here at CIUT.

Now, other than a very few long suffering part time staffers (God bless you, you put up with so much) the ship is entirely manned by volunteers. We program, tech, interview, blog, make a mess and generally try our hardest to offer what other radio stations don't.  The schedule is very diverse (or random dependant on how you look at it) and there is most certainly something for everyone. Having listened to every show on the list at one time or another, I can assure you this place never ceases to surprise.

Anyhow, if you can, any donation to the station is very much appreciated. We have give aways and a grand prize draw, of course, but most important of all, there is unending entertainment here, 24 hours a day.  Consider what you pay to see a movie that didn't live up to it's hype?

By the way, I intend to do a Spooktacular playlist for Ruby Slippers this Friday in honour of the BIG SHOW so I hope you will join me.  And if you decide to jump on board with this drive, thank you so very much.

Here's the info to do it on line, or phone in at any time during the week.

Of course, I would love to hear from you during the show.

Just tell 'em Ruby Slippers sent you!

Thanks for listening, and have a great week!
(Playlist up later, gator)

Friday 18 October 2013

Screamin' Into The Station: Indie Week, 2013 Weekend Edition

Here we go, the last two two days of Indie week, the Big Finale.

Many of these bands have played elsewhere, meaning that you have one last chance to see them on Saturday.  But Sunday is the Indie Week Battle Rounds at Tattoo Rock Parlor ( I clearly watch too much "The Voice") so that's the place to be at the end of it all.

Here are a few suggestions for Oct. 19

Cadillac Lounge...has a country showcase including Jessica Mitchell and Wreklaws plus more

Cherry Cola...Handsome Distraction, Dirty Water and company

Czehoski...hosts semi finals with Pecan Sandies and Boy + Kite

Free Times Cafe...another semi final spot and your last chance to see MIYU

The Hideout... ditto on the semis, and Satellite Hearts, Arcane Saints under the same roof

Silver Dollar Room...a Dan Burke night. Hmmm...

Underground Garage...East Coast Showcase with Arrows in the Air, Bugs in The Dark, MOOD

Velvet Underground, Supermarket are both doing semi finals.

Go. Be spontaneous. Vote with your hands and your feet.

But most of all, enjoy.

Thursday 17 October 2013

Indie Week (for Friday Oct. 18) Woohoo!

Hey music lovers,

Friday is the third day of the Big Show, and as with any festival, it's a very heavy day in terms of agonizing choices.  I have tried and failed to hear something from all the bands, and as the playlist for this week can attest, really only scratched the surface of what's going on. It was random at best, but in a good way.  Hope you can embrace the mystery and chaos of the unknown too!

Here are some ideas for today's offerings.  It is not meant to be exclusive, or a snub to any venue or band that hasn't been mentioned.  Have a look, then ignore and go explore!

The Riv...The Beaches, Wildheart and friends

The Hideout...among others, Secret Broadcast and (for the name alone) Mad Violinist and the
                      Symphony Crack Orchestra

Victory Cafe...another chance to hear MIYU

Adelaide Hall...visiting old friends, this one. Bed of Stars, Still Life Still, Rural Alberta Advantage,
                         Magneta Lane, LBD, Imposters

Silver Dollar....WAXMEN (a request on my show) Suxess, Ninja Funk Orchestra

Supermarket...Human Bodies (Katie and company rule!) Bloom (from Calgary) and viseMenn from

The Bovine...Stuck On Planet Earth

Cherry Cola...Fisher Kings, Saigon Hookers, Implicate Order (Calgary, there is something in the water
                      so many good bands coming out of here)

Peacok...Jon Davis at 9:30 (CIUT's elusive interview, seriously worth hearing)

Underground Garage...Arcane Saints (Melbourne) Alert The Medic, and other great acts

The Cage 292...Satellite Hearts and Blackdog Ballroom

Go forth and party. See you soon!

Wednesday 16 October 2013

Ruby Slippers Oct. 18 7-8 pm

Hey everybody,

I couldn't make a comprehensive list of all the great bands playing this week. You will have to do some homework and try and find them yourselves (total justification for going out every night until Sunday)
There are some real gems in this week's playlist, though, and I will mark them with a star, but there is also some new music that isn't being showcased.  This was a tough week.

Hope you make it out to cheer the bands on!

Hold Me Close...The Heavyset Quartet
Cost of Living...Satellite Hearts *
Never Say Die...Arcane Saints *
Avant Garde China...MIYU *
Drive (Jake Ra remix)...Amir Brandon
iBelieve (Krystle Love remix) Septembryo (sadly, had to cancel)*
Out of Control...Little Creatures *
Nothing Left To Lose...Bed of Stars *
Bring You Down...Mother Leads (new!)
Chotee...Bif Naked
Coffee Stained Pages...Epic Rain *
Go Go Go...The C'mons * (not to be confused with C'mon)
Loner...The Beaches *
Anytime...Roam  (taking out with real style)

If you hear someone you really like, please shoot me an email or comment on this blog.
Will include them in another show.

Thanks for listening, and enjoy the week.

Indie Week Ho!

Hey Everybody,

The playlist is going to be more difficult this week, due to the fact that it's Indie Week in the city and I am trying to jam in a cross section of tracks from artists at the event. It's really like trying to pick a favorite child... Anyway, my apologies to those who have been left out, as there are so few minutes in the show. Going forward, though, there will be loads more opportunities to fly the Indie flag on this and other shows at CIUT.

The list isn't even close to finished at this point in the day, but here is the first look at Indie Week.

Today Wednesday Oct. 16 is the day of the Launch at the Hideout (484 Queen West in TO)
It starts at 8 pm, included short sets from bands Canada wide and something new from Tokyo!

Also, today the Rivoli is hosting an interesting collection of bands including New City Kings from the UK and Party Cat plus many more.  An easier day for festival goers as there aren't as many heartbreaking decisions to make.  Enjoy!

Tomorrow is another story.
The Monarch Pub has an early set, starting at 5:30 and including a band from Tokyo, MIYU. Interesting stories about this band, do a little digging. Ought to be a memorable night.

The Hideout has Little Creatures (TO) and Satellite Hearts from Philadelphia.

Free Times Cafe starts off with one of my favorite performers, Maneli Jamal, and is followed by
among others, Epic Rain from Iceland, and Food Water Shelter.

Bovine! Sumo Cyco! Say no more!

The Brooklynn brings Royal Creatures , Jon Travis and the Electric Trains and a host of others

Cherry Cola features, among others, Romeo Liquor Store and Arcane Saints.

The Silver Dollar  includes the C'mons as part of a full lineup

The Velvet Underground keeps it hea-vy with Asleep Behind the Flame

The Cage 292 is full to overflowing with bands including Bloody 5, This is War, and Second Pass, solid rock lineup

And Underground Garage hosts the Alberta Showcase but also includes a few TO bands (Lipstick Junkies)

This is rather random of course, and really just the tip of the iceberg. (see previous comment about picking a favorite child)

For a complete schedule please go to

Be back later with the playlist.

Wednesday 9 October 2013

Ruby Slippers for Oct. 11 7-8 pm Happy Turkey Weekend!

Hey everybody!

It's "shaking down the turkey" weekend, (or as it's only Friday, maybe it's making room for the turkey)
Anyway, this show is pretty high octane, and if you have no qualms about dancing around the room, pumping your fist, or otherwise interacting with the music, this is the show for you.
I thought in the beginning it would be all electro dance musique, but things just kind of got out of hand...well, you'll see.

Be safe and have a great weekend, wherever you may roam!

Wanting You...The Beans
Death By Diamonds and Pearls...Band of Skulls
Salute Your Solution...The Raconteurs
Sicko Love...Womb  (new!)
Love Makes The World Go Round...You Say Party
Ship Goes Down (Let's Go! Let's Go!)...Hexes and Ohs
You Don't Miss Me...Ruby Jean and the Thoughtful Bees
Rolling Down To Old Maui...Todd Rundgren (finally got this on)
Live Forever...Run With The Kittens
Drive..Amir Brandon  (new!!)
Sleep...Allen Stone
Save Charlie...Rubblebucket
Noisemaker...Two Hours traffic
The Stranger...Wolf Cove (also new)
I Fought The Law...The Clash
Because I'm Awesome...The Dollyrots

Gotta fly.
Thanks for listening!

Wednesday 2 October 2013

Ruby Slippers for Oct. 4 7-8 pm

Hey everybody!

Generally, the playlist is up by now, but this is a special week.  The first of four, actually.
If the music gods are good this week, we will be having a visit from The Bloody Five to find out what they have been up to this summer, how the preparation for Indie Week is coming along, discuss the two sides of remixing your own materials, and so much more.  It's really "The Evolution of a Band: Part Two", and have to say I'm so grateful they would consider doing this, given how chaotic this time of year is for them.

Here's the final playlist....

I Am A Heart...Hey Ocean!
Dancing In The Rain (Outcast remix)...Hawk in Paris (new)
After You...The Bloody Five
Chinese Boxes...High Dials
Je M'Excuse...The Bloody Five
Just Joking...Bloody Five/Basement Love
Atoms...Fast Romantics
Radioactive...Kings of Leon

AND in the next three weeks, there is the Turkey Extravaganza, (dancing off the evils of the weekend), Toronto's Indie Week and of course the HALLOWEEN MEMBERSHIP SHOW!!!  You can request your favorite spooky cut by emailing me at or just leaving a comment after this posting.
Let's keep this station strong! Show your support by becoming a member at and don't forget to mention Ruby Slippers sent ya.

And, as always, thanks for listening.