Music and Nanaimo Chronicles: Hirst

In the second half of this week’s Sweet and Sour Variety Hour, we hear the first installment of Tod Maffin‘s Nanaimo Chronicles, a conversation with Conservative Party Member John Hirst, who is running in the upcoming federal election for a chance at becoming Nanaimo-Ladysmith’s Member of Parliament.

This is the file for the show airing Wednesday September 18th, at 8AM PST on CHLY 101.7FM over the Salish Sea


  • Blockhead – Coloring Book
  • Nightmares on Wax – Be, I Do
  • Blockhead -Insomnia Olympics
  • Monster Rally – Full Sail
  • Luke Temple – Hard Working Hand
  • Destroyer – Tinseltown Swimming in Blood
  • The Smiths – This Charming Man Q Lazzarus – Goodbye Horses
  • Nanaimo Chronicles: John Hirst

400th Show Song Requests

On @ssvhradio this week, 55 minutes of requested songs and one story about a birthday party clown.

Right next to Joe Rogan on your podcast app! Just search for the Sweet and Sour Variety Hour.

The file: Airing live on CHLY 101.7fm at 8am PST for the 400th time

Dorothy Ashby – John R.

? & The Mysterians – Set Aside

Rodrigo y Gabriela – Diablo Rojo

Kitty & The Rooster – It’s Got a Good Dance

The Growlers – Try Hard Fool

Devendra Banhart – Taking a Page

Fiver – Oh Sienna

Emily Warren – The Point

One South Lark – Japanese Soda

MIA – Borders

Santigold – Disparate Youth

NOFX – The Idiots are Taking Over

Pogo – Living Island

Pogo – Data& Picard

The Moth – I am Batman  by the artist Paul Davis

Eclectic and Classical

This week on the Sweet and Sour Variety Hour, half regular music, half classical. C’est la vie

Here’s the file


  • Khruangbin – The Number 4
  • Connan Mockasin – I’m the Man, That Will Find You
  • Homeshake – Every Single Thing
  • Foxygen – San Fransisco
  • The Lemon Twigs – Baby, Baby
  • Rhapsody in Blue – Gershwin
  • Domenico Scarlatti – Sonata in A Minor, K 54 (L241): Allegro
  • Vladimir Horowitz – Kreisleriana, Op. 16: 8. Schnell und spielend
  • Felix Mendelssohn – Songs Without Words in F Sharp Minor
  • Wolfgang Amadeues Mozart – Sonata in D Major for Two Pianos
  • Franz Schubert, Pauline Sachse – Schwanengesang, D. 957
  • Johann Strauss II – Die Fledermaus (The Bat)
  • Franz Joseph Haydn – Symphony No. 93 in D Major
  • Franz Joseph Haydn – Trumpet Concerto in E Flat

Wedding Post

June 22nd 2019 and the week leading up to, were absolutely magical. Somehow we managed to host roughly 300 people on our 5 acres in Cedar. Here are the pictures I have collected from various contributors to show you how the day went. By organizing it this way (on my own site), I am creating an online keepsake. I have added commentary and captions below the photos.

Let me just say, that a lot of people came together and helped make everything go off without a hitch. My sincere thanks are for those people and to all the people who came to share in the festivities on that day.

Here is a link to the YouTube video of the ceremony

Our friend, Timofey commissioned the backdrop for our altar. It is a hand-embroidered tapestry from a couple of Shipibo artisans. The threads depict many different significant plants. Tima actually arrived a week prior to the festivities. He was an enormous help. Thanks, Tima!
Ian George came through with some amazing light displays. He arrived the night before and set everything up while we were all at dinner. Too bad I didn’t get any pictures of that, but there were roughly 80 people who went to the Legion in Ladysmith for a Meet-and-Greet dinner that Pat’s Dad, Randy hosted.
Our friend, Jess, created two pinatas of our heads. Evidently they were too tempting for all the kids around, because they got smashed in an impromptu re-enactment of sugar-addled Lord of the Flies. Apparently it was a brutal free-for-all.
Bean bag toss tournament for gift certificates to Gabriel’s, The Vault, Long and McQuade, and Funk Your Fashion
Paint-your-own-face and mask-making table
Jess and Jesse smooch by the bomboniere table. Gifts for guests included pots of succulents, mixtape CD’s, books, flowers, bubbles, bookmarks, and artwork
One of the two food trucks: VI Pizza and their mobile wood fire pizza oven. I highly recommend!
Eamon’s great wedding gift: a Kombucha Bar!
Sweet Pete jams with the kids for a moment.
Ice block excavation station! I made a giant ice block full of random toys. With little hammers and spray bottles, the kids made quick work of it. Note, the low-hanging unattended pinatas.
The ceremony begins! See a link at the top of the page to the YouTube video I made for Kevin.
Fox, bummed he didn”t get any pinata candy.
Jesse Clark is one of Pat’s oldest pals. What he said during this ceremony was so touching and pertinent! I couldn’t imagine anyone else doing a better job. Thank you, Jesse! We value your incredible wisdom.
June went with Grandma for about two seconds
Decorated Wilma
We competed in Rock Paper Scissors to see who would deliver their vows first. It got a little ridiculous when Pat and I kept choosing the same weapons and tied the game 7 tries in a row. Telepathy? Dude is always in my head.
Asking Fox to bring the rings
Made by our friend, Darren from Alchemy Adornment, our wedding bands are matching rose gold with a hammered petina.
My mom, Helena, and Nana Joan
There’s Pat’s brother, Andy, their mom, Bonnie, and my Aunt Sherry.
Hugging my new dad.
TH’US, Th’greatest rockers in my humble opinion.
Pizza and Taco time!
Best bartenders in the wild
McIntosh’s as far as the eye can see
Pat wore a sleeping baby on his back during our first dance
We MC’d ourselves
Andrew gives a speech
these two…
Fully stocked potluck snack bar
The Eleven Twelves
Pat does a keg stand, commando, in a kilt.
Party crashers
Why sleep when you can play all night (and all morning?)
June slept here for 5 hours. PERF.
The morning after

Summer’s End Music Mix, and a Honey Story

On the Sweet and Sour Variety Hour: half music, half talking this week. Music in the first half, and in the second half, an episode from Deconstructing Dinner about honey labelling in Canada. Riveting!

Here is the file, airing live to communities next to the Salish Sea on CHLY 101.7FM on Wednesday August 28th, 2019 at 8AM PST.

Music Selections:

LA Priest – Occasion
A Certain Ratio – Lucinda
Dan Reeder – Clean Elvis
Field Music – Let’s Write a Book
Mr. Twin Sister – Meet the Frownies
Bones and Beeker – Heartbroken in Love
LA Priest – Oino
Essential Logic – Brute Fury
Jon Steinman’s Deconstructing Dinner: Honey
Mariah Carey – Honey

Honey – one of the most natural foods. In the supermarket, honey is found labelled as coming from clover, buckwheat, alfalfa or maybe orange blossom. The label might just read ‘honey’ without any indication of its source of nectar. But is the nectar source even important to those of us wishing to become more conscientious eaters? As Deconstructing Dinner has discovered, there is a curiosity surrounding honey – a curiosity, which has rarely, if ever, been spoken…. until now!

It turns out, in Canada, 80% of all the honey produced in the country is from the nectar of canola – yet, nowhere on the grocery store shelves do we ever see honey labelled as “canola honey”. And so the question becomes – just where is all that canola honey ending up?