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The Interdisciplinary Work of Lyss England

August 3 LIVE on Northumberland 89.7 FM Small Town Radio!
LISTEN HERE for the podcast version. 

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Hear my chat with the incredible Kim Doolittle!!

We chat about :
– Writing and performing music
– Her newest album “Into the Blue
– Being a long-term pillar of the music community for 40+ years
– Being a chick singer
– The housing crisis in Northumberland County

AND!!!! She played a song live on air!!!

Featured Tunes:

Jimmy Bowskill and Carlos Del Junco
Abby Zotz
Al Kirby and Jim Yates.

 

 

I was laying in the grass
and I saw one single bird
fly across my line of sight
wings outstretched
sunlight glaring off it’s feathers
which were black
like my hair
spread around me like a halo
weaving through blades of grass
while the bird weaved
through the tree line
shrieking at the barn cat
things were simple.

Once,
I felt part
of something
but
I didn’t feel
part of myself
just part of
outside of me
body lost below me
untouchable
except to anyone else
no room
left for me.

So I’ll just be grateful for birds (for now)
ones with wings that blend
into the night sky
of the new moon
ones that exist
simultaneously with the clouds
the trees even
the lake
when they need/want it,

something like
the opposite of dissociating
something like
the opposite of this
jaw-clenching reality
this existence I’ve tried
to  opt out of
until now.

Check out my conversation with David Piccini, our MPP  here in Northumberland.

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We chat about what he loves about Northumberland, some of the policy he’s feeling excited about, and I communicate a few concerns I’ve heard about Conservative policy, which David gives his perspective on.

If you want to reach out to David, which I highly recommend doing (he’s super approachable and *BONUS* has a very cute dog who hangs out with him at his office), you can find his contact info here!

Features Tunes:

Failed Imagineer- Propagandhi
Dark Matters- Propagandhi
Capture the Flag- War on Women
I Never Knew- Teenage Bottlerocket

Check out my conversation with Val Russell and Lucy Caldwell, the director and lead actress from Northumberland Players‘ rendition of Silent Sky!

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“The true story of 19th-century astronomer Henrietta Leavitt, Silent Sky explores a woman’s place in society during a time of immense scientific discoveries, when women’s ideas were dismissed until men claimed credit for them. Social progress, like scientific progress, can be hard to see when one is trapped among earthly complications. Henrietta Leavitt and her female peers believe in both, and their dedication changed the way we understand both the heavens and Earth.

Silent Sky is the poignant tale of a woman’s dedication to the stars and the human touch that makes life under the cast sky beautiful and timeless. It is a beautiful and insightful piece of theatre.”

Featured Tunes:
Northern Star by Fortunate Ones
Starlight by Muse
I See Gold by The Good Lovelies
There’s a Star For Everyone by Aretha Franklin

Check out my conversation (with beautiful co-host, Natalie!) with Chase and Brett of 172 Simcoe St. in Peterborough!

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We talk all about their new venue (and their opening this Saturday!), the local live music scenes, their band, Bonnavilles, their major beef with another local band (get your hot scoop here…;)), what community means and how punk rock contributes to building community, and lots more!

Featured Tunes:
Quit Your Job by Chixdiggit!
Short Attention by Fizzy Bangers
Cleaver, Maddening, Annoying by Short Attention
Better Part by Bonnavilles

Check out my conversation with Hailiah Knight about the new arts school we’re collaborating on, Northumberland Youth Arts Collective!

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We talk all about how and why we started, as well as what programs we’re offering– including our interdisciplinary arts March Break Camp!

Featured Tunes:

Eyes Closed (Halsey cover) by Kira Gelineau
Pizza Day by The Aquabats
Our Town by Hill & Landing
Space Pirates from the kids musical of the same name.

Check out my conversation with Judy and Phil, the co-chairs of the Coldest Night of the Year Committee, an annual fundraiser for Green Wood Coalition!

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We’re  talk all about the event and why we work year after year to support the work of Green Wood Coalition!

DONATE TO LYSS HERE!!!!

Featured Tunage from:

Kyler Tapscott
Jimmy Bowskill and Carlos DelJunco
Sarah Harmer
Ellen Torrie

Check out my interview with Saskia and Dana of Northumberland Parents Empowering Parents!

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We talk all about youth mental health and this new group for parents to talk about how to approach youth mental health from a parenting perspective. Part way through the interview, we’re also joined by Dana’s daughter, Kira, who shares some insight about being a teenager in Northumberland County right now- and she plays a song live, in studio!

Featured Tunes:

Matt’s Song by The Soviettes
10 000 Miles by Clan Hannigan
Angela (Lumineers cover) by The Hannigan Sisters
Eyes Closed (Halsey cover) by Kira Gelineau