EMILY KOHLERT: My radio show is called Learn to Sing, on Monday nights (bi-weekly) from 10-11pm. For years, I hosted every Monday, but in more recent years have moved to bi-weekly. The show has always been about the music that really excites me, a mix of old and new. Early on, it was all about the Canadian indie rock staples of my music evolution, bands like Arcade Fire, Broken Social Scene, Two Hours Traffic, Wolf Parade, The New Pornographers, Stars, Hey Rosetta! and so on. In more recent years, the music is really just whatever I’m listening to and obsessing about. It’s hard to describe what I play now, because my music library is pretty vast with streaming, but some artists I’ve consistently played over the years are Phoebe Bridgers, Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin, Perfume Genius, Andy Shauf, Solids, Dead Soft, Jordan Klassen, Dirty Projectors, The Pxrtals, The Brian Jonestown Massacre, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, Duplekita, oh! The list can go on and on.
I’ve always been really inspired by Laurie Brown who hosted CBC’s The Signal for many years, so it’s always been really important to me to make sure the show has a consistent flow and mood. I like to package the songs in ‘3-packs’, where I play 3 songs, then do a talk break to make sure listeners (especially those just tuning in) have a chance to hear what bands/artists/albums were just playing. I tell stories and background info on bands when I can, and overall I just get to have a lot of fun feeling connected to music and the community.