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Welcome to this week’s House Blend Playlist! This week, our hosts have some old favourites and some fantastics new picks for you. Have a listen.



Orest SoltykevichSteve Maddock, soloist / Chor Leoni / Diane Loomer (conductor), “Springtime in Alberta”

An arrangement for soloist and male chorus by Larry Nickel of Ian Tyson’s song “Springtime in Alberta” – very suitable for this time of year! 

*This song is not available on Spotify.

Mark AntonelliJim Moray, “Black Is The Colour (Folk Cafe Version)”

I heard portions of this song in the background on a tv spin-off of Doctor Who called The Class…it blew me away. I tried to find it on-line…no luck. Now…months later it shows up on iTunes! I’ve always loved the song but there’s something about this version that really hits me. The album includes two versions of the song…bonus!

Amy Van KeekenThe Flat Five, “This is Your Night”

It’s no secret that I am immensely fond of Easy Listening Vocal Groups from the 60s (like Sergio Mendes and Brasil 66, The Fifth Dimension etc). Chicago-based supergroup The Flat Five is very much in this vein and on their record of last year they deliver a slice of the smooth sounds of yore that does not disappoint. Listen for sassy contemporary references peppered throughout the lyrics…..

Lionel RaultMemoir, “Los Angeles”

Evocative vocal performance, catchy melody and lyrics…got the beat!

Tony KingSean Rowe, “Newton’s Cradle “

The chocolate effect to quote Sean Rowe – “Matt Ross-Spang (Grammy-Winning engineer of Jason Isbell’s Something More Than Free, one of my favorite records of last year) is a musical Willy Wonka, and his Chocolate Factory is the legendary Sam Phillips Studio in Memphis, TN. This place has an unmatched soul and a vibe that stems from the history of Memphis as a haven for many of my musical heroes.”

Oskar ZybartRichard Hawley, “Tonight the Streets Are Ours”

A rare uptempo tune from the man I consider to be England’s greatest modern balladeer. Melodic and triumphant, it sets a perfect tone for the excitement of CKUA’s upcoming Touch the Transmitter tour of Alberta.

Monica MillerFive Corners Quintet, “Straight Up”

“Chasin’ The Jazz Gone By” would make the list of my Desert Island Discs and “Straight Up” is a standout. Club Culture meets Jazz in Finland.

*This song is not available on Spotify. Listen to it here.

Lark ClarkLas Cafeteras (de east L.A.), “La Bamba Rebelde”

Everyone in the world knows La Bamba – dates back to the 1700s – except now it’s an anthem whose relevance grows every day: ” fronteras (borderlines) yo crucere (I cross them)”.

Kodi HutchinsonBig Miller & Tommy Banks, “When Sunny Gets Blue”

A fantastic new classis album ‘Legacy’ recorded back in 1989 and just released this month. Two of Western Canada’s jazz greats with vocalist Big Miller and pianist Tommy Banks! The album has been released in celebration of the 60th anniversary of the Yardbird Suite in Edmonton.

BabaMelanie, “Brand New Key”

aka: The Rollerskate Song, it’s about freedom, innocence and coming of age. Great song in everywhich way….

Cam HaydenSteve Kozak Band, “Kiddio”

*This song is not available on Spotify. Listen to it here.


David WardJeb Loy Nichols, “Regret”