The Essence of Cool S2 w/ Aaron Badgley

Written by on 02/26/2023

Sundays 2pm-4pm and Fridays 10am-12pm EST

On this episode, we catch up with DJ, podcaster, and music journalist, Aaron Badgley.

You might know Aaron from his radio shows The Wayback Music Machine and From Memphis to Merseyside along with my good friend Tony Stuart, or from The Backwards Traveller Radio Show on Perturb Radio and Here Today on CFRU FM . He also contributes album reviews and interviews to Canada’s Spill Magazine.

On this show, he walks us through his Top Ten Cool artists of 2022. Some you know well, and some you may not, from Neil Arthur, Brian Eno, and Men Without Hats, to The Mary Wallopers, Sparks and Soundwalk Collective. He’ll also give us a peek at some artists to watch for in 2023, like the great pop experimentalist Selina Martin.


Here Today: on CFRU FM (

Wayback Music Machine:

Backwards Traveler :

FB: aaron.badgley.7

IG: @aaronbadgley




Bernard Frazer is a Canadian songwriter/musician whose synth pop band Church of Trees has topped independent charts around the world. He is also a former television producer/writer of such shows as Real Life with Erica Ehm (Life Network), The Dini Petty Show (CTV), Miracle at Niagara, and New Year’s Eve Niagara Falls

In Season 2, we’ve scheduled episodes with the great Phil Thornalley (The Cure, Duran Duran, etc), Kevin Hearn (Lou Reed, Barenaked Ladies), Men without Hats’ Ivan Doroschuk, legendary rocker June Millington (Fanny, Earl Slick, Bonnie Raitt), the great Jay Semko of 5-time Juno nominated Northern Pikes, indie star Vicki Brittle, and more.

We’ve also scheduled a series of episodes discussing the life and musical impact of Canadian producer, and songwriter, Tim Thorney (Alanis Morrisette, Cassandra Vasik, etc). For this very special series, we’ll be joined by former Much Music VJ Erica Ehm, Juno award-winner Hill Kourkoutis, ‘drummer to the stars’ Randy Cooke, Tim’s brother Tom, and Tim’s longtime engineer and friend, Adam Fair.

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