The Essence of Cool Season 1 w/ Christopher Ward

Written by on 04/23/2023

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Christopher Ward

On this episode of the Essence of Cool, we chat with singer, songwriter,

podcaster, blogger, and author, Christopher Ward.

Chris has written songs for Diana Ross, Hilary Duff, Wynonna Judd, The

Backstreet Boys, and many others. But his best-known song is the worldwide #1

hit for Alannah Myles, “Black Velvet”, which garnered him the 1990 Juno award for

Songwriter of the Year. In 1984, he helped launch MuchMusic as Canada’s very

first VJ and wrote a book about it called “Is This Live?”.

He has contributed numerous songs to tv soundtracks, such as Instant Star, and

he can be seen in all 3 Austin Powers movies as a member of Austin’s band, Ming

Tea. On today’s show he makes a case for why Leonard Cohen and Sade are the

essence of cool.

FB: Christopher Ward

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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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