Witchpolice Radio

Hosted ByRyan & Sam

Music talk radio. Interviews and live shows with local independent artists since 2012. Selected as Winnipeg’s “favourite local radio show or podcast” by readers of The Uniter for the third consecutive year. Nominated for a 2019 Canadian Podcast Award.

Here are our latest podcasts.

WR509: HAVS

Local R&B singer-songwriter HAVS is on the show for a fun conversation about creativity and emotion in songwriting, musical role models, staying true to yourself and not compromising your art because of what others want to hear, and much more! This episode brought to you by Lana Winterhalt and Sean Burns! Don’t forget to check out some socially-distanced shows at the Park Theatre, who have slowly reopened after a long COVID-19 closure. Huge thanks to everyone who supports the podcast on Patreon. You can help out for as little as $1 a month if you like the show and want to throw some change in the guitar case!

WR508: Epic

For this episode, I'm joined by prairie rap legend Epic! We talked about the new Saskatoon Folk Rap Records label and its Winnipeg connections (namely upcoming releases by Rob Crooks and The Gumshoe Strut), about his own decade-plus hiatus from rapping and what it’s like to come back during a pandemic, and much more. A great chat with a true original. Watch for some deadly new releases from the label soon. This episode is brought to you by Northern Royals and Bad Gardening Advice (who wrote me some lovely rhymes about the Schmolaris Prize to read on-air). Don’t forget to check out some socially-distanced shows at the Park Theatre, who have slowly reopened after a long COVID-19 closure. Huge thanks to everyone who supports the podcast on Patreon. You can help out for as little as $1 a month if you like the show and want to throw some change in the guitar case!

WR507: Dalphon Black

Unconventional solo artist Dalphon Black is on the show to talk about his current project, creativity without necessarily having the formal training to do it the “right” way, non-music, the joy of discordance, and much more! This episode brought to you by Lana Winterhalt, Sean Burns, and Black-Eyed SUZIE! Don’t forget to check out some socially-distanced shows at the Park Theatre, who have slowly reopened after a long COVID-19 closure. Huge thanks to everyone who supports the podcast on Patreon. You can help out for as little as $1 a month if you like the show and want to throw some change in the guitar case!

WR506: Apollo Suns

It's a new interview (his third appearance on the podcast over the years) with Ed Durocher of jazz fusion (among other genres) septet Apollo Suns! We talked about their COVID-shortened US tour, staying musically active during the pandemic, upcoming releases, and much more! This episode is brought to you by Black-Eyed SUZIE and by Northern Royals! Don’t forget to check out some socially-distanced shows at the Park Theatre, who have slowly reopened after a long COVID-19 closure. Huge thanks to everyone who supports the podcast on Patreon, including the most recent patron, Alex Seville. You can help out for as little as $1 a month if you like the show and want to throw some change in the guitar case!

WR505: Helfreya

Talking to four people on the show is always tricky — even in the before-time when I interviewed people in person — but I think we pulled it off with this remote episode feat. alt-metal act Helfreya! We talked about their debut album, ‘Shieldmaiden’, and the Norse/Celtic mythology therein, about taking advantage of the pandemic time to really hone their mixes, and more! Helfreya is playing its first show since November (!) — the Shieldmaiden release party — on Saturday. This episode brought to you by Lana Winterhalt and an anonymous listener who wants to encourage people to volunteer/donate to Winnipeg Harvest. Don’t forget to check out some socially-distanced shows at the Park Theatre, who have slowly reopened after a long COVID-19 closure. Huge thanks to everyone who supports the podcast on Patreon. You can help out for as little as $1 a month if you like the show and want to throw some change in the guitar case!

WR504: Zoongide’ewin

I had a great conversation with Hamilton (via Winnipeg via Selkirk via Brokenhead Ojibway Nation) 'moccasingaze' artist Zoongide’ewin! We talked about his deadly new record, Bleached Wavves (Paper Bag Records), about his early career in Manitoba, discovering his shoegaze sound and embracing his Indigenous culture and heritage, and much more. This episode is brought to you by Never Better Coffee and by Northern Royals! Don’t forget to check out some socially-distanced shows at the Park Theatre, who have slowly reopened after a long COVID-19 closure. Huge thanks to everyone who supports the podcast on Patreon, including the most recent patron, Bill Northcott (I will be thanking new patrons on-air next episode). You can help out for as little as $1 a month if you like the show and want to throw some change in the guitar case!

WR503: Mellifera

It's a conversation with Matt McLean, from folk project Mellifera, in which we talked about metal vs folk, the 21-year-old singer-songwriter's new Covering Manitoba series (which launches this week), his upcoming EP, “folk music with balls”, and a whole lot more! Don’t forget to check out some socially-distanced shows at the Park Theatre, who have slowly reopened after a long COVID-19 closure. Huge thanks to everyone who supports the podcast on Patreon. You can help out for as little as $1 a month if you like the show and want to throw some change in the guitar case!

WR502: Scott Devine

Scott Devine of Devine Shirt Company is on the podcast to talk band merch and how it’s changed over the years, about the warehouse fire that destroyed his shop along with a number of local bands’ jamspaces, about staying small, local, and DIY, and a whole lot more. I think this is a good companion episode to some of the other music scene-adjacent podcasts I’ve recorded about show posters, music photography, etc.! This episode is brought to you by Never Better Coffee! Don’t forget to check out some socially-distanced shows at the Park Theatre, who have slowly reopened after a long COVID-19 closure. Huge thanks to everyone who supports the podcast on Patreon. You can help out for as little as $1 a month if you like the show and want to throw some change in the guitar case!

WR501: Jared Adams

"Heavy folk" singer-songwriter Jared Adams just put out his debut solo album, ‘Tragic Nostalgia’. We talk about what nostalgia means, some of Jared’s early musical projects before his work with nerdy alt-rock outfit Colour by Numbers, going solo and the challenges therein, and much more! Don’t forget to check out some socially-distanced shows at the Park Theatre, who have slowly reopened after a long COVID-19 closure. Huge thanks to everyone who supports the podcast on Patreon, including our latest patron, Dana Moore! You can help out for as little as $1 a month if you like the show and want to throw some change in the guitar case!

WR500: Theresa Thordarson

We made it! Here's episode 500! It's a conversation with Theresa Thordarson, best-known as one-half of the almighty Bicycle Face, a/k/a Unicycle Face US. Theresa recently recorded and released a solo album and has been actively writing new material during the pandemic. We talked about the record, about living and working in the U.S. and collaborating remotely with her Bicycle Face bandmate, about Winnipeg’s ‘alternative heart’ music, and much more. If you're looking for celebratory, milestone-marking content, check out our social media for the ongoing 'WITCHPOLICE 500' series of live performances by artists from across Manitoba's varied music scene! This episode is brought to you by Never Better Coffee! Don’t forget to check out some socially-distanced shows at the Park Theatre, who have slowly reopened after a long COVID-19 closure. Huge thanks to everyone who supports the podcast on Patreon. You can help out for as little as $1 a month if you like the show and want to throw some change in the guitar case!