Songs of the Day – September 15 to September 26, 2014

I’ve got a couple of weeks of music to catch up on. So here goes.

Monday, September 15

Bastille – Pompeii

It’s the history geek in me, I guess.


Tuesday, September 16

Scary Bear Soundtrack – Fault Lines

Scary Bear Soundtrack are an electric synth-pop due who live in Cambridge Bay, Nunavut. “Fault Lines” was written in response to issues of violence against women and abuse, and was entered in CBC’s Rock Your Campus Competition.

Check out Scary Bear Soundtrack on Soundcloud.

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History Podcasts & Interviews

Back when I was working at a museum, and later completing my master’s degree in history, I was occasionally asked to do some media interviews on historical topics. In addition to validating my choice of study and proving that at least one other person found history interesting, these were fun to do and the chance to share these stories did influence how I thought about the past’s influence on the present.

I came across one of these again recently so I thought I’d share a few of them here.

The first was an interview I did for Calgary’s CJSW “Today in Canadian History” series about the 1948 Newfoundland Referendum.

CJSW Today in Canadian History – June 3, 2011 – The Newfoundland Referendum of 1948

Anti-Confederate Propaganda, from the Heritage NL Website:

The next two I did with Jeff Gilhooly of the CBC’s St. John’s Morning Show. One was about early attempts to create a tourism industry in Newfoundland in the early 1900s, while the other looked at a long-forgotten plan to cut shipping canals through the island to reduce trans-Atlantic crossing times and dangers.

St. John’s Morning Show – September 22, 2008 – The Norway of the New World

St. John’s Morning Show – February 10, 2009 – The Trans-Newfoundland Canal

Enjoy! As always, comments and questions are welcome. Twitter is the best way to reach me: @KeithCollier


Songs of the Day, September 8 – September 12, 2014

This week’s songs of the day included a couple of important dates, and possibly¬†one of the coolest videos ever made.

Monday, September 8

“Conduit,” by Ben Caplan and the Casual Smokers

Love the voice. Love the beard. Love the video.


Tuesday, September 9

“People,” by David Bazan

I was introduced to David Bazan’s music by a friend, who took me to see him at the Horseshoe Tavern in Toronto.

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Songs of the Day – September 1 – September 5, 2014

Monday, September 1st

“Demon” by Kandle

Kandle (yes that’s her real name) Osbourne’s first album “In Flames” was released just a couple of months ago. It’s worth checking out!

“Demon” is a great song with a great video to go with it.

Apparently graves and coffins was a minor theme for me this week. I’ll try not to read too much into that.


Tuesday, September 2nd

“Animism” by Tanya Tagaq

Tanya Tagaq is an Inuk throat-singer from Cambridge Bay, Nunavut. Her performances are raw, energetic, sensual, and generally amazing. I need to find an opportunity to see her perform live.

A few months ago Tagaq gained some attention after she Tweeted a picture of her baby next to a dead seal in response to Ellen Degeneres’ well-publicized donation to PETA. Unsurprisingly, Tagaq’s “sealfie” attracted the usual internet trolls who quickly turned a potential conversation about traditional culture and sustainable harvesting into an abuse-laden campaign of harrassment. There were supporters too of course, and hopefully at least some meaningful conversation and contemplation came out of it. See media stories on CBC News, CBC’s As It Happens, The Huffington Post Canada, and VICE.

Anyway, here’s the album trailer for Tanya Tagaq’s album “Animism.” Check out some of her performances online!

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