The Green Room Podcast with Big Kris
Radio host Big Kris sits down with guests in 'The Green Room' located in his loft in downtown Kingston, Ontario steps from the historic waterfront.
info_outline Ep#83 Jeremy Piven 06/22/2018
Ep#83 Jeremy Piven Jeremy Piven is fired up on stand-up comedy and he tells me all about it in this new podcast episode! See him THIS weekend in Toronto headlining at Yuk Yuk’s (Thursday June 21st to Saturday June 23rd). He shares his love of Toronto and talks about how he feels it’s a cousin to his hometown of Chicago (Blackhawks fan), we talk about some of his past movie roles (I think ‘The Goods’ is totally underrated!) and 90’s TV credits (including Seinfeld) plus how could we not briefly touch on current border tensions between the US and Canada.
info_outline Ep#82 Slamboni 04/06/2018
Ep#82 Slamboni A big thanks to Trouble Town Records on Polson st. in Toronto for hosting a live off the floor performance by Ska-Punk outfit Slamboni who gave us a sneak peak of some new music and invited me into their jam space for a fun interview and hang out. We get the origin story of the bands unique name and a lot of laughs from these guys! see them at The Hideout April 20th in The Bout and May 8th they open for legends The Mad Caddies at The Mod Club in Toronto. Track #1 Back On Your Feet Track #2 Beers In The Fridge
info_outline Ep#81 The Radio Window 04/03/2018
Ep#81 The Radio Window I invited my co-worker Aron Marion on the podcast. He's new to radio and trying to make his mark on a shrinking business; has the window already closed on new personalities trying to break into the radio business? We discuss long distance love and moving around to move up and the current trend of discovering new talent via YouTube and Snapchat vs traditional broadcasters. Aron concludes by sharing an outrageous story about a Snapchat exchange with a dude he knew years ago.
info_outline Ep#80 Band Of Rascals 02/08/2018
Ep#80 Band Of Rascals Band Of Rascals are back in Toronto from the left coast and playing The Horseshoe Tavern tomorrow night (Thursday, Feb 8th 2018) and in this podcast episode they perform three songs from their catalogue and quickly get into 'who farts the most in the van while on tour'. The lads admit that they spend too much time in camping in Walmart parking lots and showering in gym's. Sample acoustic versions of their songs "Giv'Her To The River" "Reaction" and "Fell Into The Love Of You" in this episode and stream their new EP 'Tempest' in all the usual places!
info_outline Ep#79 One Bad Son at The Phoenix 11/21/2017
Ep#79 One Bad Son at The Phoenix I had the chance to reunite with pals in One Bad Son after their soundcheck at The Phoenix in Toronto. How have they not sued other 'sons' bands? especially with a lawyer for a drummer? Kurt explains. We chat about the tour thus far and upcoming holiday plans. What would you pick number 1 overall in a Christmas dinner draft? The band weighs in and spoiler alert: pretty much everybody chose booze as their number one for the holidays. Shane reveals his dirty secret.. he doesn't like hockey, he's a baseball guy. Hicks? still has a huge donger. Welcome new bass player Steve! The band continues their tour in Kingston this Friday (Nov 24th) at the Merchant Tap House and their new album "Made In The Name Of Rock N Roll" is out now!
info_outline Ep#78 Jasper from In My Coma 10/25/2017
Ep#78 Jasper from In My Coma Jasper and I first met maybe five years ago in a garage in Hamilton. It's not as sketchy as it sounds. He updates me on what he's been up to since and the evolution of his band 'In My Coma' which is celebrating the release of their new record tomorrow (Oct 26th) at the Horseshoe Tavern in Toronto. He performs two songs from the new release live in the Green Room. We immediately bond over our love of the band Oasis and Jasper even admits he wants to name any potential son 'Liam' after vocalist Liam Gallagher. Bromance brewing? possibly.
info_outline Ep#77 The Boulevardier 10/14/2017
Ep#77 The Boulevardier Thanks to those who sent me some messages regarding the last episode. I read a few notes that came in after publishing Ep#76 in this new podcast and delve into the term 'Boulevardier' which I first heard used to describe Montreal writer and politician Nick Auf der Maur. His approach to community, commentary and well, life, has been an indirectly influential part of my career. Feeling blue? apparently Magic Mushrooms can 'reset' a depressed brain. Will parliament ever legalize Magic Mushrooms like they have Cannabis. As a betting man I'd say no.. because the term 'Magic Mushrooms' sounds stupid, it's as simple as that. This week's music chat follows up on the 'Brothers Gallagher' from Oasis who's rivalry goes deeper than just twitter and interview jabs, now they're releasing albums and singles at the same time. Who wins this week? I share my thoughts. Friday's are always fun because new music gets released before the weekend. I was at the record release party for One Bad Son Thursday I chat about the experience and highlight their new single 'Scream For Me' as well as feature samples from the brand new Glorious Sons album 'Young Beauties and Fools' and wrap with a shout-out to Barrie Ontario's 'RIP Nancies'.
info_outline Ep#76 Homesick 09/29/2017
Ep#76 Homesick I've reached a bit of a crossroads with this podcast. After a hiatus for the summer I was inspired by my pal Mark Davis over a lunch conversation where he encouraged me to rally and produce more episodes and re-invent my approach to the little project of mine. I tackle some recent news that the deceased crack-smoking former Toronto Mayor Rob Ford may have a new stadium or park named after him. Does the fact that he died of cancer erase his dodgy track record as a human being? I also preview and review some new tracks and upcoming albums that I'm personally excited for this fall. The new Liam Gallagher solo record and The Glorious Sons' new single 'My Poor Heart' which dropped at midnight today (Sept 29th). While discussing the back catalogue and the first major label debut that the Glorious Sons had in 2014 'The Union' I got emotional and there was no real way to edit out my tears and true feelings. I'm homesick. The first full-length record from Kingston Ontario band The Glorious Sons was the soundtrack to the courtship between my fiance and I and it's been just over a year since I packed my bags and moved away from the 'Limestone City' to follow my girl to the GTA. Don't worry, I'm not going to go full Sinead O'Connor. I'm ok; but the last 2 mins of this episode are raw and real.
info_outline Ep#75 The Lazy's ride again!! 7 minutes backstage 06/16/2017
Ep#75 The Lazy's ride again!! 7 minutes backstage The Lazy's kicked off their 'Summer Ontario Fun Tour' at Oshawa Music Hall this week and I had a chance to hang with them for a quick 7 minutes in between opening acts. See The Lazy's over the next few weeks across Ontario (dates listed at bigkrisradio.com) plus a NXNE showcase at the Horseshoe Thursday June 22nd. More to come from the Lazy's expect an update on their new album and hopefully a longer chat about it on future episodes!
info_outline Ep#74 Chantal Preston, Savage AF 05/11/2017
Ep#74 Chantal Preston, Savage AF She just got back from Nashville and shares some of her experience and drops a hint about a potential future project outside of the country genre. Chantal Preston performs two songs from her current record Call You Later, which you can find at chantalpreston.com and through most streaming services. See her this Friday (May 12th) at Kenzington Burger Bar in Bradford, Ontario - the same town recent guest Greg Enwright is from. Shout out to Bradford! Meet the lovely Chantal Preston.
info_outline Ep#73 The Pornographic Rabbit Hole 05/03/2017
Ep#73 The Pornographic Rabbit Hole Greg Enwright is a comedian from Bradford, Ontario. What the hell is in Bradford? houses & a shoppers drug mart surrounded by farm land.. and one sketchy strip club, which Greg fills us in on. We chat about how as we've gotten older we've gone from being deathly afraid of having children to wanting them, the dangers of browsing porn on your smartphone, plus the suggested links on Pornhub that lead you down some weird paths, like anal hooks?
info_outline Ep#72 The Horseshoe Diaries Part 2: One Bad Son 04/24/2017
Ep#72 The Horseshoe Diaries Part 2: One Bad Son One Bad Son were in Toronto playing the legendary Horseshoe Tavern during Canadian Music Week. I set up shop in the front area by the window and chatted with Kurt & Adam from the band about their new single 'Raging Bull' which just hit #2 on the Canadian Rock chart today (April 24). We also had a visit from 'Crazy Marie' or 'Crazy Murray' we're not sure but she definitely smokes meth and wanted to get in on the podcast. Hicks is apparently packing a python and Kurt talks about his side-gig as an entertainment lawyer. They play The Merchant Tap House, Kingston on Thursday (April 27th).
info_outline Ep#71 The Horseshoe Diaries Part 1: The Dead Love 04/22/2017
Ep#71 The Horseshoe Diaries Part 1: The Dead Love Canadian Music Week is wrapping up in Toronto and I missed most of it due to my local charity commitments. I did however get a chance to hang with friends from Australia 'The Dead Love' at the Horseshoe Tavern before their gig. We discuss the progress on a new album, collaborations and the current Toronto Maple Leafs playoff fever they've witnessed since arriving in the city.
info_outline Ep#70 Training Chipmunks & Tossing Little People 04/19/2017
Ep#70 Training Chipmunks & Tossing Little People One of the first dudes I connected with in Barrie was KJ Preston and since then we've teamed up for several successful comedy endeavors and other projects like the BIG FM Comedy Garage Tour. We talk about the momentum that we feel my radio program now has and analyze whether or not I'm an a-hole. Sacred monkeys, heckling comics, the Charlie Sheen joke factory is still in business, Who likes Adam Sandler's new movies? (other than Netflix executives), Game of Thrones and real life jousting in.. Windsor? all topics on this new episode.
info_outline Ep#69 First World Problem PTSD 04/08/2017
Ep#69 First World Problem PTSD They say change is good but possibly all the life changes have left me with some sort of PTSD. Shopping for a new co-host for my morning radio program, death of a friend and mentor, living in the suburbs getting old. I unload my anxieties on this episode with guest Bakker from Bakkersound.com who is a mutual friend of the late Kerry Gray.
info_outline Ep#68 Hillsburn 02/28/2017
Ep#68 Hillsburn Hillsburn christened the new 'Green Garage' jam space with a song (Sun Oughta Shine) from their upcoming album which they say will be available 'sometime this year'. Big shout out to David Myles, host of East Coast Music Hour on CBC, who is responsible for getting me laid. Their new music video for 'Low Light' dropped Feb 28 and they've got dates at The Grad Club, Kingston (March 1st) Blacksheep Inn, Ottawa (March 5th).
info_outline Ep#67 The Lazy's @ Billy Talent's Studio 12/01/2016
Ep#67 The Lazy's @ Billy Talent's Studio Always a riot hanging out with Matty and Leon from Australian band 'The Lazy's' although, maybe one day they might be Canadian as Leon shares his love for Canada and Toronto plus his desires to live here full-time. This episode was recorded mobile at Billy Talent's recording studio where the band had been working on their new album. Eric Ratz who was sitting in the producer chair that day and my I talk about my minor man-crush on his portfolio of work. The pair remembered the old sofa from the last time they visited the podcast and I share one of many debaucherous stories from it's past.
info_outline Ep#66 Surrounded By Boxes & Uptrack Music 11/28/2016
Ep#66 Surrounded By Boxes & Uptrack Music It's time to move again. It's been a slice living at Yonge and Eglinton but we're heading north to Newmarket. In this episode I discuss the pending move and we needed how many boxes? plus the final podcast episode of 2016 gets teased, part 2 in my 'Aussie Invasion' series featuring pals in The Lazy's. Featured guests Ryan and Jay from 'Uptrack Music' joined the episode via telephone to discuss their pending launch (Wednesday Nov 30th at the Horseshoe Tavern) and what they hope Uptrack can do for Canadian Musicians.
info_outline Ep#65 The Dead Love 11/20/2016
Ep#65 The Dead Love Aussie Invasion pt1. Clint, Miles & Stevie from The Dead Love stopped by two days after landing from Australia. They talk about their introduction to Canada from fellow podcast alum. The Lazy's and loving Rickard's Red - the first beer they tried. Who are some great bands from down under that maybe we haven't heard about here? they fill us in on their pics plus jam two songs 'Summer' and 'Untitled By Association'. Stand by for Aussie Invasion pt.2 where I chat with Leon and Matty from The Lazy's during a recording session for their new record at a super cool location.
info_outline Ep#64 Lukas Rossi 11/01/2016
Ep#64 Lukas Rossi Lukas Rossi made a rare visit home to Toronto from Los Angeles and did me the honour of stopping by for a podcast. He brings us up to speed on his passion for producing, singing the praises of Nashville which is where he's headed post visit. We talk about his cover of Adele's 'Hello', continued connection with Tommy Lee and Lukas' long-time friend and drummer John joined us in studio for a performance of his hit single 'Headspin'
info_outline Ep#63 Rain Over St. Ambrose 10/24/2016
Ep#63 Rain Over St. Ambrose "Is this the first time you've slept in a van in a Walmart parking lot?" Lots of laughs with the great guys in Rain Over St. Ambrose who stopped by for a sesh, live jam and chat about East Coast Canadian rock, their friendships with podcast album. The Motorleague and fellow Nova Scotia band Wintersleep.
info_outline Ep#62 Return Of Uforia 10/19/2016
Ep#62 Return Of Uforia Weren't they just here? yes but it's been an exciting couple of months for this up and coming band from Toronto. The band picks their favourite records from my shelf and share great stories of how they discovered the album. We talk about their recent gig on a K-Rock party cruise with Finger Eleven, new EP 'Fight or Flight', upcoming gig at The Horseshoe Tavern (Friday Oct 21) and the changing scene along Queen W in Toronto with the closing of two prominent venues.
info_outline Ep#61 The Pack A.D 10/01/2016
Ep#61 The Pack A.D Maya and Becky from Vancouver duo The Pack A.D stopped by for a chat and performance after working on a mystery project with George Stroumboulopoulos. Live from my dining room they perform 'Yes I Know' which (as they share on this episode) had a relatively short music video shoot. We talk about road/tour diets and Becky being a vegetarian in a world of truck stops and their pending trip to Wonderland in October.
info_outline Ep#60 Jason Rouse 09/15/2016
Ep#60 Jason Rouse While back in Canada touring with Yuk Yuk's Jason Rouse stopped to hang and shares stories about opening for black metal festivals in Scandinavia, the weirdest places he's taken a shit, our mutual friend Dave Hudson's secret fetish's, the time his package brushed past my former boss's face, his lack of hits on fetish dating sites and the time a woman in Kingston Ontario drank his urine.. plus he gave me some advice on my comedy set. He's at Yuk Yuk's Mississauga Thurs Sept. 15 - Sat Sept. 17! plus Niagara Falls the following week and then Ajax. Check: www.jasonrouse.com
info_outline Ep#59 Dave Hudson in Toronto 09/11/2016
Ep#59 Dave Hudson in Toronto Great pal and super funny guy Dave Hudson stopped by the Green Room while he was in Toronto hosting at Absolute Comedy. We talk about my pending move to north of the city, his love of the Tragically Hip with an awesome story about how he got tickets to a show on their final tour, other topics include: Jason Rouse, the Bovine and Seth Rogen's new film 'Sausage Party'.
info_outline Ep#58 The Road Heavy @ Metal Works Studio 07/27/2016
Ep#58 The Road Heavy @ Metal Works Studio Podcast alum The Road Heavy have hit the studio to record a new EP and they have a notable producer, one Jeff Martin! I sat down around the pool table at Metal Works Studio with Pat James and Jeff Cox and talked about the aspirations for this release, the dynamics of the band, how 'the EP is the new album' and of course working with Jeff Martin
info_outline Prologue: Engaged To Be Buried 07/26/2016
Prologue: Engaged To Be Buried I share the big news about getting engaged in Central Park New York a few weeks ago and talk about being a 'late bloomer' in the commitment department and why I finally decided that I was 'ok' with marriage. The next guest episode of the podcast features pals in The Road Heavy who are in studio with Jeff Martin of the Tea Party producing their new EP I tease the upcoming episode and also plug a new potential rock-documentary being made about the legendary CREEM magazine you can help make it happen here: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1243182560/boy-howdy-the-story-of-creem-magazine
info_outline Ep#56 Uforia 06/27/2016
Ep#56 Uforia The gang from Uforia stopped in to the Green Room right in the middle of a judging sesh for the 'Lift Cup' sponsored by our friends 420 Kingston. I was in the middle of sampling and judging over 52 types of cannabis and they were happy to hang out and be part of the process plus jam a few of their new songs in the dining room and discuss their new EP that's being produced by the drummer of Finger Eleven (who also have new music out).
info_outline Ep#55 No Sinner 06/22/2016
Ep#55 No Sinner Colleen Rennison talks about the closing of a legendary music venue in Vancouver and her budding romance in Los Angeles plus her affinity for riding a motorbike. Collen and her band No Sinner were in Toronto and stopped by the Green Room for an acoustic performance of single 'Leadfoot'