Podcast profiles lots of local music

By Lindsay Advocate

Nathan Truax and Kayla Mahomed are two of the more than 20 musicians profiled on The Advocate Podcast, since its launch almost three years ago.

The depth, breadth and wealth of musical talent in Kawartha Lakes dawned on Denis Grignon in his first year as producer/host of The Advocate Podcast: Stories from Kawartha Lakes.

During an interview with an established singer songwriter from the area, Grignon mentioned another local musical artist. “Turned out that they’d never ever met,” says Grignon. “That told me that the musical community here is so large, with so many talented musicians, from different genres, that you can’t just assume they’re all getting together regularly for jam sessions.” Here, Grignon pauses, before adding, “Though that would be a pretty cool concert….on a massive stage.”

The twice-monthly newsmagazine show, which marks its third anniversary in February, has profiled some 20 local musicians and their work. Many are stalwarts in the local entertainment scene, with strong, loyal followings.

Some, like Darryl James of The Strumbellas – and the impresario behind Close Kicks – are international recording and touring artists, who happen to call Kawartha Lakes home.

“And regardless of whether they’re doing this full or part-time,” notes Grignon, “they all have really well-produced, polished material that’s available on CD or via streaming.”

Indeed, the artists’ music makes up a big portion of the semi-regular feature segments on the podcast. But it’s the interview portion that Grignon is especially pleased with, “Just how candid (the musicians) are during our chats. Opening up not just about their music, but about who they are as people, and how that fuels their art. And how they feel about living in Kawartha Lakes.”

A list of the musicians profiled on the show – and in which episodes – can be found on The Advocate Podcast Facebook Page.

Wards Lawyers is the official and exclusive sponsor of The Advocate Podcast: Stories from Kawartha Lakes, which is available on most streaming services, including Spotify and Apple Podcasts.

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