I lived in Chile in 2008 and 2009 and lived off of the CBC Radio 3 Podcast. It was Grant Lawrence and Craig Norris that kept me in touch with the newest Canadian music. There are certain songs that I’ll always associate with driving through the Atacama Desert in Northern Chile, like Maybe Smith‘s You Would Never Survive The Winters In This Province. A little over a year ago the R3-30 and Radio 3 podcasts were cancelled due to CBC budget cuts. I spent about 5 months of this year outside of Canada and it was during that time that I realized how much I missed them. Sure, I could stream the Radio 3 feed at the office in Canada, but on long drives through the Andes or in remote camps with spotty satellite internet, this was impossible. Nonetheless, I tried to listen as often as I could and catch up on the R3-30 weekly countdowns when I was near a good internet connection. But that wasn’t always possible. Now that the year is almost over, I thought I’d list my favourite songs of the year.
I contributed a story to CBC’s Stories of Belonging. It’s a non-fiction account of one of the chapters in my novel. The weird thing is, after so many years, it’s hard to remember exactly what happened. Most of my novel is fiction, yet through the writing and rewriting of it over the years, reworking the plot elements, some of the scenes seem as real in my mind as some of the things that actually happened. Memory is weird that way, I guess that’s why eye-witness testimony is so unreliable.
Anyhow, the story can be found here.