This is a new segment on Vancouver Cooperative Radio shows hosted by my friend Gary Jarvis. So it won’t be at a regular time slot but here’s the first one of its type, which took place during the In The Claddagh Ring show on 21 Dec 2012. on Vancouver’s Co-op Radio 102.7 FM.
Gary Jarvis caught up with Toddish McWong – local accordion player and all round good guy at the Winter Solstice Lantern Festival @ Dr. Sun Yat Sen Gardens. Todd was performing Celtic Ceilidh music with the Black Bear Rebels and was between sets when he talked about the festival as well as upcoming events Gung Haggis Fat Choy Robbie Burns Chinese New Year Dinner on Jan 27 and the Burns Marathon Poetry Reading hosted by Centre for Scottish Studies at SFU.
The second segment took place long distance from Vernon BC, on Dec 27. Todd speaks about the Scottish influence and place names in Vernon and Coldstream, the Kalamalka Pipe Band, and Vernon resident Betty Chan Klepp – the first Chinese Canadian Highland Dance Champion of Canada, back in the late 1950’s.
The third segment took place from Grouse Mountain on New Year’s Eve. Highlights include Todd going off a small ski jump, as he skis through the terrain park with his 9 year old nephew. Todd describes the similarities of Hogmanay (Scottish New Year) and Chinese New Year, and how he had started his New Year’s Countdown by listening to BBC Radio Scotland at 4pm PST.
Where is Toddish McWong 3
When will the next segment take place? We are not sure…. but Gary hosts “Last Call” radio show on Co-op and also co-hosts “The Rational” – so… just keep listening!