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Eurovision Song Contest - Back on Track: France

2015-07-27

Welcome to our 49th podcast, the 14th of our 2015 Eurovision Song Contest season!   Ah, la pauvre France. Historically, you are a Eurovision Song Contest power house. You’ve won the contest 5 times and until 1993, you had more wins than any other nation in the history of Eurovision. But it’s been 36 years since France’s last victory and despite some bright spots, it’s been mainly the bottom 10 for France since 1998.     France, it’s going to take more than the Mighty Marseilles to turn things around. You need Eurovision Canada to get you back on track.   Join Joe Varnell and Slaviša Mijatović as they go on a tour de France.   If your browser cannot manage the media player below, you can listen to the podcast on Stitcher or Internet Archive.  


The EurovisionCanada.com Podcast is presented by Joe Varnell & Slaviša Mijatović and produced by Kevin Bourassa.  All songs are found on YouTube and are used here under fair use for music criticism and commentary in a non-commercial context. Strong language and/or strong lyrics are rarely used. 

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Eurovision Song Contest 2015 - Review of the Final

2015-05-24

Welcome to our 48th podcast, the 13th of our 2015 Eurovision Song Contest season!   The 2015 Eurovision Song Contest is over. In a tight race, full of drama and politics, Sweden emerged victorious!   Our top-10 predictions in Podcasts 43 and 45, achieved a 90% success rate, and we achieved the same 90% success rate with our predicitions for inclusions in the top-10 in the Final (Podcast 47).   Join Joe Varnell and Slaviša Mijatović as they discuss the shape of Austria's SHIP (Staging, Hosting, Interval & Postcards). They talk about the winner, some losers, the juries, and the politics of trying to be non-political. We end with a look forward to Sweden. If your browser cannot manage the media player below, you can listen to the podcast here.

The EurovisionCanada.com Podcast is hosted by Joe Varnell and produced by Kevin Bourassa.  All songs are found on YouTube and are used here under fair use for music criticism and commentary in a non-commercial context. Strong language and/or strong lyrics are rarely used. 

Contact us with your thoughts or recommendations for future podcasts. 

Subscribe to the podcast with iTunes or depending on your browser, either right click or click on the link below to download this audio file to your computer. You can also get all our future podcasts by subscribing to our RSS Podcast feed: http://www.eurovisioncanada.com/podcasts/rss.xml

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Eurovision Song Contest 2015 - Final Top-10 Predictions

2015-05-22

Welcome to our 47th podcast, the 12th of our 2015 Eurovision Song Contest season!   With both semi-finals of the Eurovision Song Contest complete, our top-10 predictions in Podcasts 43 and 45, achieved a 90% success rate.    Will we do better or worse this time, as we turn our attention to tha main event: The Eurovision Song Contest 2015 Final!   Our predictions are based on: your opinion (expressed via Twitter, email, and commentary on our webiste), our expierience living with the songs through-out the Eurovision season, watching the videoed performances at Eurovision in Concert, watching the Eurovision dress rehearsal video coverage, observing trends with bookies, and observing media and fan commentary. 

If your browser is having difficulty with the media player below, you can listen to the podcast here.

The EurovisionCanada.com Podcast is hosted by Joe Varnell and produced by Kevin Bourassa.  All songs are found on YouTube and are used here under fair use for music criticism and commentary in a non-commercial context. Strong language and/or strong lyrics are rarely used. 

Contact us with your thoughts or recommendations for future podcasts. 

Subscribe to the podcast with iTunes or depending on your browser, either right click or click on the link below to download this audio file to your computer. You can also get all our future podcasts by subscribing to our RSS Podcast feed: http://www.eurovisioncanada.com/podcasts/rss.xml

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Eurovision Song Contest 2015 - Review of 2nd Semi-Final

2015-05-21

Welcome to our 46th podcast, the 11th of our 2015 Eurovision Song Contest season!   The 2nd Semi-Final of the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest is over! Ten countries were selected (50% & 50% Televote).   How did we do with our predicitions in Podcast 45? Nine of ten songs that we chose, qualified for the Final!   Join Joe Varnell and Slaviša Mijatović for some post-Semi-Final commentary as they discuss the Austrian hosting and production of the show, and of course, a review of the song outcomes from this 2nd of 2 semi-finals.

 

If your browser is having difficulty with the media player below, you can listen to the podcast here.

 

The EurovisionCanada.com Podcast is hosted by Joe Varnell and produced by Kevin Bourassa.  All songs are found on YouTube and are used here under fair use for music criticism and commentary in a non-commercial context. Strong language and/or strong lyrics are rarely used. 

Contact us with your thoughts or recommendations for future podcasts. 

Subscribe to the podcast with iTunes or depending on your browser, either right click or click on the link below to download this audio file to your computer. You can also get all our future podcasts by subscribing to our RSS Podcast feed: http://www.eurovisioncanada.com/podcasts/rss.xml

 

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Eurovision Song Contest 2015 - 2nd Semi Final Top 10 Predictions

2015-05-20

Welcome to our 45th podcast, the 10th of our 2015 Eurovision Song Contest season!   The 1st Semi-Final is over! Ten countries were selected (50% Jury & 50% Televote). How did we do with our predicitions in Podcast 43?    Nine of the ten songs that we predicted would qualify did indeed go on to the Final! Now time to make our top ten predictions of the 2nd Semi-Final of the Contest.   Our predictions are based on: your opinion (expressed via Twitter, email, and commentary on our webiste), our expierience living with the songs through-out the Eurovision season, watching the videoed performances at Eurovision in Concert, watching the Eurovision dress rehearsal video coverage, observing trends with bookies, and observing media and fan commentary. 

If your browser is having difficulty with the media player below, you can listen to the podcast here.

 

The EurovisionCanada.com Podcast is hosted by Joe Varnell and produced by Kevin Bourassa.  All songs are found on YouTube and are used here under fair use for music criticism and commentary in a non-commercial context. Strong language and/or strong lyrics are rarely used. 

Contact us with your thoughts or recommendations for future podcasts. 

Subscribe to the podcast with iTunes or depending on your browser, either right click or click on the link below to download this audio file to your computer. You can also get all our future podcasts by subscribing to our RSS Podcast feed: http://www.eurovisioncanada.com/podcasts/rss.xml

 

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Eurovision Song Contest 2015 - Review of 1st Semi-Final

2015-05-19

Welcome to our 44th podcast, the 9th of our 2015 Eurovision Song Contest season! The 1st Semi-Final is over! Ten countries were selected (50% Jury & 50% Televote). How did we do with our predicitions in Podcast 43?   Nine of the ten songs that we predicted would qualify did indeed go on to the Final!   Join Joe Varnell and Slaviša Mijatović for some post-Semi-Final commentary as they discuss the Austrian hosting and production of the show, and of course, a review of the song outcomes from this 1st of 2 semi-finals.  

If your browser is having difficulty with the media player below, you can listen to the podcast here.

 

The EurovisionCanada.com Podcast is hosted by Joe Varnell and produced by Kevin Bourassa.  All songs are found on YouTube and are used here under fair use for music criticism and commentary in a non-commercial context. Strong language and/or strong lyrics are rarely used. 

Contact us with your thoughts or recommendations for future podcasts. 

Subscribe to the podcast with iTunes or depending on your browser, either right click or click on the link below to download this audio file to your computer. You can also get all our future podcasts by subscribing to our RSS Podcast feed: http://www.eurovisioncanada.com/podcasts/rss.xml

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Eurovision Song Contest 2015 - 1st Semi Final Top 10 Predictions

2015-05-16

Welcome to our 43rd podcast, the 8th of our 2015 Eurovision Song Contest season!   With our review of the Contestants complete, we now turn our attention to predicting the top-10 outcomes of the 1st Semi-Final.   Our predictions are based on: your opinion (expressed via Twitter, email, and commentary on our webiste), our expierience living with the songs through-out the Eurovision season, watching the videoed performances at Eurovision in Concert, watching the Eurovision dress rehearsal video coverage, observing trends with bookies, and observing media and fan commentary.

 

 If your browser is having difficulty with the media player below, you can listen to the podcast here.

 

The EurovisionCanada.com Podcast is hosted by Joe Varnell and produced by Kevin Bourassa.  All songs are found on YouTube and are used here under fair use for music criticism and commentary in a non-commercial context. Strong language and/or strong lyrics are rarely used. 

Contact us with your thoughts or recommendations for future podcasts. 

Subscribe to the podcast with iTunes or depending on your browser, either right click or click on the link below to download this audio file to your computer. You can also get all our future podcasts by subscribing to our RSS Podcast feed: http://www.eurovisioncanada.com/podcasts/rss.xml

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Eurovision Song Contest 2015 - Review of Automatic Qualifiers

2015-05-14

Welcome to our 42nd podcast, the 7th of our 2015 Eurovision season!

We conclude our review of entries in the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest, with the automatic qualifiers: France, Germany, Italy, Spain, the United Kingdom, the host country Austria, and special guest Australia.

Join us in welcoming Slaviša Mijatović, Eurovision academic and fan, to the podcast. Slavi received his Masters from York University in Toronto. His thesis was titled, For the Homeland: Transnational Diasporic Nationalism and the Eurovision Song Contest.   Slavi & Joe Varnell each review the automatic qualifiers and allocate up to 5 Maple Leafs to the contestants.   If your browser is having difficulty with the media player below, you can listen to the podcast here.  

The EurovisionCanada.com Podcast is hosted by Joe Varnell and produced by Kevin Bourassa.  All songs are found on YouTube and are used here under fair use for music criticism and commentary in a non-commercial context. Strong language and/or strong lyrics are rarely used. 

Contact us with your thoughts or recommendations for future podcasts. 

Subscribe to the podcast with iTunes or depending on your browser, either right click or click on the link below to download this audio file to your computer. You can also get all our future podcasts by subscribing to our RSS Podcast feed: http://www.eurovisioncanada.com/podcasts/rss.xml

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Eurovision Song Contest 2015 - 2nd Semi Final Song Review: Part 2

2015-05-07

Welcome to our 41st Podcast, the 6th of our 2015 Eurovision season! We continue our review of entries in the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest, with the entrants in the 2nd-half of the 2nd semi-final.  We award up to 5 Maple Leafs to each song. 

The 2nd semi-final of the Contest is arguably the stronger of the two semi-finals, with the second-half featuring: Israel, Latvia, Azerbaijan, Iceland, Sweden, Switzerland, Cyprus, Slovenia, and Poland.   If your browser is having difficulty with the media player below, you can listen to the podcast here.  

The EurovisionCanada.com Podcast is hosted by Joe Varnell and produced by Kevin Bourassa.  All songs are found on YouTube and are used here under fair use for music criticism and commentary in a non-commercial context. Strong language and/or strong lyrics are rarely used. 

Contact us with your thoughts or recommendations for future podcasts. 

Subscribe to the podcast with iTunes or depending on your browser, either right click or click on the link below to download this audio file to your computer. You can also get all our future podcasts by subscribing to our RSS Podcast feed: http://www.eurovisioncanada.com/podcasts/rss.xml

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Eurovision Song Contest 2015 - 2nd Semi Final Song Review: Part 1

2015-04-23

 Welcome to our 40th Podcast, the 5th of our 2015 Eurovision season! We continue our review of entries in the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest, with the entrants in the 1st-half of the 2nd semi-final.  We award up to 5 Maple Leafs to each song. 

The 2nd semi-final of the Contest is arguably the stronger of the two semi-finals, with the first half featuring: Lithuania, Ireland, San Marino, Montenegro, Malta, Norway, Portugal and the Czech Republic.   If your browser is having difficulty with the media player below, you can listen to the podcast here.  

The EurovisionCanada.com Podcast is hosted by Joe Varnell and produced by Kevin Bourassa.  All songs are found on YouTube and are used here under fair use for music criticism and commentary in a non-commercial context. Strong language and/or strong lyrics are rarely used. 

Contact us with your thoughts or recommendations for future podcasts. 

Subscribe to the podcast with iTunes or depending on your browser, either right click or click on the link below to download this audio file to your computer. You can also get all our future podcasts by subscribing to our RSS Podcast feed: http://www.eurovisioncanada.com/podcasts/rss.xml

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Eurovision Song Contest 2015 - Building Bridges: Venezuela

2015-04-08

Welcome to our 39th podcast, the 4th of our Eurovision Song Contest 2015 season. This is one of our infrequent short video episodes, made by request.   Four years ago, a group of fans gathered to watch the Eurovision Song Contest. This year, they continue their tradition, in celebration of the Contest 8.650 kms away in Vienna.

The spirit of Eurovision, however, brings all of us closer together.

Join EurovisionCanada.com in embracing the 2015 Eurovision theme of "Building Bridges": we congratulate fans in Venezuela, on their 4th year of gathering to watch the world's favourite song contest.

Bridges built to make this video:
Barbados: Joe Varnell, introduction.
Canada: Kevin Bourassa, post-production
Venezuela: @jeccR, photos   The EurovisionCanada.com Podcast is hosted by Joe Varnell and produced by Kevin Bourassa.  

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Eurovision Song Contest 2015 - 1st Semi Final Song Review: Part 2

2015-03-31

Welcome to our 38th podcast, the 3rd of our Eurovision Song Contest 2015 season. 

We Continue our revew of entries in the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest, with the entrants in the second-half of the 1st semi-final.  We award up to 5 Maple Leafs to each song (every national final entry into Eurovision deserves at least 1 maple leaf).   The 2nd-half of semi-final one at this year's Contest sees an arguably weaker group of songs than the 1st half. including entries from:  Serbia, Hungary, Belarus, Russia, Denmark, Albania, Romania and Georgia.   If your browser is having difficulty with the media player below, you can listen to the podcast here.     The EurovisionCanada.com Podcast is hosted by Joe Varnell and produced by Kevin Bourassa.  All songs are found on YouTube and are used here under fair use for music criticism and commentary in a non-commercial context. Strong language and/or strong lyrics are rarely used.  

Contact us with your thoughts or recommendations for future podcasts. 

Subscribe to the podcast with iTunes or depending on your browser, either right click or click on the link below to download this audio file to your computer. You can also get all our future podcasts by subscribing to our RSS Podcast feed: http://www.eurovisioncanada.com/podcasts/rss.xml

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Eurovision Song Contest 2015 - 1st Semi Final Song Review: Part 1

2015-03-23

Welcome to our 37th podcast, the 2nd of our Eurovision Song Contest 2015 season. 

We begin our revew of entries in the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest, beginning with the entrants in the first half of the 1st semi-final.  We award up to 5 Maple Leafs to each song. The top half of semi-final one at this year's contest sees an eclectic group of competitors: Armenia, Belgium, Estonia, Finland, Greece, Macedonia, Moldova and the Netherlands.   If your browser is having difficulty with the media player below, you can listen to the podcast here.       The EurovisionCanada.com Podcast is hosted by Joe Varnell and produced by Kevin Bourassa.  All songs are found on YouTube and are used here under fair use for music criticism and commentary in a non-commercial context. Strong language and/or strong lyrics are rarely used.  

Contact us with your thoughts or recommendations for future podcasts. 

Subscribe to the podcast with iTunes or depending on your browser, either right click or click on the link below to download this audio file to your computer. You can also get all our future podcasts by subscribing to our RSS Podcast feed: http://www.eurovisioncanada.com/podcasts/rss.xml

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Eurovision Song Contest 2015 - Back On Track: Ireland

2015-02-26

Welcome to our 36th podcast, the 1st of our Eurovision Song Contest 2015 season.

Join us for the second podcast in our series "Back On Track".  The country that used to own The Eurovision Song Contest has, in recent years, found itself struggling just to get out of the semi-finals. But have no fear Ireland! Soon you'll be able to stop drowning your sorrows in Jamison whisky when Eurovision Canada gets you back on track!

In podcast 008, we looked at United Kingdom. As we turn our attention to Ireland, we are joined by Derek Laffan, from Dublin, where he is a researcher working on a masters degree at The Institute of Art and Design & Technology.

To read more about Derek, see Pop psychology research reveals the secret of Eurovision success (Irish Examiner, November 15, 2014).

If your browser is having difficulty with the media player below, you can listen to the podcast here.       The EurovisionCanada.com Podcast is hosted by Joe Varnell and produced by Kevin Bourassa.  All songs are found on YouTube and are used here under fair use for music criticism and commentary in a non-commercial context. Stong language and/or strong lyrics are rarely used.  

Contact us with your thoughts or recommendations for future podcasts. 

Subscribe to the podcast with iTunes or depending on your browser, either right click or click on the link below to download this audio file to your computer. You can also get all our future podcasts by subscribing to our RSS Podcast feed: http://www.eurovisioncanada.com/podcasts/rss.xml 

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Eurovision Song Contest 2014 - Beyond the Scoreboard

2014-05-20

Welcome to our 35th podcast, the 17th of our Eurovision Song Contest 2014 season.

In this podcast we welcome Aviva Klein and David Robichaud who provide their impressions of the Eurovision final.

Then we're going to review how our predicitions did for this year's final and we're going to look at what's happened since the last votes were counted, as this year's results have everybody talking about Eurovision.  It's time to go beyond the Eurovision scoreboard.

If your browser is having difficulty with the media player below, you can listen to the podcast here.       The EurovisionCanada.com Podcast is hosted by Joe Varnell and produced by Kevin Bourassa.  All songs are found on YouTube and are used here under fair use for music criticism and commentary in a non-commercial context.  Stong language and/or strong lyrics are rarely used.  

Contact us with your thoughts or recommendations for future podcasts. 

Subscribe to the podcast with iTunes or depending on your browser, either right click or click on the link below to download this audio file to your computer. You can also get all our future podcasts by subscribing to our RSS Podcast feed: http://www.eurovisioncanada.com/podcasts/rss.xml

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Eurovision Song Contest 2014 - Our Top 10 Predictions!

2014-05-09

Welcome to our 34th podcast, the 16th podcast of our Eurovision Song Contest 2014 Season.    We came out of the two Semi-Finals with a successful prediction rate of 75%, but we're going further out on a limb, wtih our predictions of who will make the Eurovision top-ten and who will not.   Is an upset in the cards? Will a favourite-to-win not even make the top?   If your browser is having difficulty with the media player below, you can listen to the podcast here.       The EurovisionCanada.com Podcast is hosted by Joe Varnell and produced by Kevin Bourassa.  All songs are found on YouTube and are used here under fair use for music criticism and commentary in a non-commercial context.  Stong language and/or strong lyrics are rarely used.  

Contact us with your thoughts or recommendations for future podcasts. 

Subscribe to the podcast with iTunes or depending on your browser, either right click or click on the link below to download this audio file to your computer. You can also get all our future podcasts by subscribing to our RSS Podcast feed: http://www.eurovisioncanada.com/podcasts/rss.xml

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Eurovision Song Contest 2014 - Impressions of the 2nd Semi-Final

2014-05-08

Welcome to our 33rd podcast, the 15th podcast of our Eurovision Song Contest 2014 Season.    We've just finished watching the 2nd Semi-Final: we thought it would be straight-forward, but the event actually turned out to be very exciting. Two of our "certain qualifiers" didn't get through and if you judge by crowd reactions, not bookies, there may be a new favorite to win Eurovision.    Almost everyone brought their "A" game to this final, making for a tense finish.  Our prediction rate for this final was 80%.   If your browser is having difficulty with the media player below, you can listen to the podcast here.       The EurovisionCanada.com Podcast is hosted by Joe Varnell and produced by Kevin Bourassa.  All songs are found on YouTube and are used here under fair use for music criticism and commentary in a non-commercial context.  Stong language and/or strong lyrics are rarely used.  

Contact us with your thoughts or recommendations for future podcasts. 

Subscribe to the podcast with iTunes or depending on your browser, either right click or click on the link below to download this audio file to your computer. You can also get all our future podcasts by subscribing to our RSS Podcast feed: http://www.eurovisioncanada.com/podcasts/rss.xml

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Eurovision Song Contest 2014 - Impressions of the 1st Semi-Final

2014-05-06

Welcome to our 32nd podcast, the 14th podcast of our Eurovision Song Contest 2014 Season.    Semi-Final one of the Eurovision Song Contest has just completed.  We now have 10 qualifiers for Saturday's Final. We have some impressions of the Contest, so far, and a recap of how our 1st Semi-Final predictions came out.   Eurovision fans were thrilled to finally see two countries qualify for the Finals, for their first time, ever. Congratulations Montenegro and San Marino!   If your browser is having difficulty with the media player below, you can listen to the podcast here.       The EurovisionCanada.com Podcast is hosted by Joe Varnell and produced by Kevin Bourassa.  All songs are found on YouTube and are used here under fair use for music criticism and commentary in a non-commercial context.  Stong language and/or strong lyrics are rarely used.  

Contact us with your thoughts or recommendations for future podcasts. 

Subscribe to the podcast with iTunes or depending on your browser, either right click or click on the link below to download this audio file to your computer. You can also get all our future podcasts by subscribing to our RSS Podcast feed: http://www.eurovisioncanada.com/podcasts/rss.xml

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Eurovision Song Contest 2014 - 2nd Semi-Final Predictions

2014-05-05

Welcome to our 31st podcast, the 13th podcast of our Eurovision Song Contest 2014 Season.    Today we turn our attention to the group of countries that compete in the second semi-final to qualify for this year’s Eurovision Song Contest Grand Final. A smaller number of countries in this semi-final means that the competitors have better than a 66% chance of qualifying on paper, but in practical terms – some of these songs can only dream of chances that are that good.   We identified those countries we felt sure would not qualify for the final and that reduced our numbers down very quickly to 10 songs. Like Sherlock Holmes observed, when you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains however improbable must be true. The only challenge for Holmes with Eurovision would be that getting Eurovision fans to agree on what song is an ‘impossible’ qualifier is also ‘impossible’.   If your browser is having difficulty with the media player below, you can listen to the podcast here.       The EurovisionCanada.com Podcast is hosted by Joe Varnell and produced by Kevin Bourassa.  All songs are found on YouTube and are used here under fair use for music criticism and commentary in a non-commercial context.  Stong language and/or strong lyrics are rarely used.  

Contact us with your thoughts or recommendations for future podcasts. 

Subscribe to the podcast with iTunes or depending on your browser, either right click or click on the link below to download this audio file to your computer. You can also get all our future podcasts by subscribing to our RSS Podcast feed: http://www.eurovisioncanada.com/podcasts/rss.xml

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Eurovision Song Contest 2014 - 1st Semi-Final Predictions

2014-05-04

Welcome to our 30th podcast, the 12th podcast of our Eurovision Song Contest 2014 Season.   Today we move from deliberating to decisions, as we look at the songs competing in the 1st semi-final of this year's Eurovision.   As we did last year, we're going to adjust the Maple Leaf ratings that we originally awarded, based on what we have seen and heard since, and then we'll predict which 10 countries will be qualifying for the Eurovision Grand Final.   If your browser is having difficulty with the media player below, you can listen to the podcast here.     The EurovisionCanada.com Podcast is hosted by Joe Varnell and produced by Kevin Bourassa.  All songs are found on YouTube and are used here under fair use for music criticism and commentary in a non-commercial context.  Stong language and/or strong lyrics are rarely used.  

Contact us with your thoughts or recommendations for future podcasts. 

Subscribe to the podcast with iTunes or depending on your browser, either right click or click on the link below to download this audio file to your computer. You can also get all our future podcasts by subscribing to our RSS Podcast feed: http://www.eurovisioncanada.com/podcasts/rss.xml

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Eurovision Song Contest 2014 - Cooking With Eurovision

2014-05-02

Welcome to our 29th podcast, the 11th podcast of our Eurovision Song Contest 2014 Season.    Today we're going to tempt your appetite for the Eurovision Song Contest by cooking up a program that stirs it up a little.   We're going to introduce you to Jason Watkins (Don't Boil The Sauce!), an Australian who has blended his passion for Eurovision with his love of food.     This podcast features a recipe, from the Chow Down To Eurovision 2014 competitions. So come on all you galloping Eurovision gourmets: it's time to start "Cooking With Eurovision".   If your browser is having difficulty with the media player below, you can listen to the podcast here.     The EurovisionCanada.com Podcast is hosted by Joe Varnell and produced by Kevin Bourassa.  All songs are found on YouTube and are used here under fair use for music criticism and commentary in a non-commercial context.  Stong language and/or strong lyrics are rarely used.  

Contact us with your thoughts or recommendations for future podcasts. 

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Eurovision Song Contest 2014 - The Politics Of Eurovision

2014-04-29

Welcome to our 28th podcast, the 10th podcast of our Eurovision Song Contest 2014 Season.    With the help of two leading scholars, we're going to explore Eurovision, within the broader context of Europe, as a political and social entity.   Dr. Karen Fricker rejoins us (you will recall Karen appeared in podcast 23, A Study In Eurovision), and we welcome Dr. Paul Jordan, known to many as Dr. Eurovision, who is based in the United Kingdom. We discuss the UK's love/hate relationship with Eurovision and the broader implications for the EU. Our guests look back at BBC presenter Sir Terry Wogan and his influence on UK perceptions of the EU and Eurovision, during his 35 years with the Contest.  Of course, Russia and Ukraine are top-of-mind when it comes to politics within the Eurovision Song Contest: our guests are the ideal experts to offer insight. We also look at various 2014 Contest entries that deal with social/political issues: sexual and gender identity, child abuse, and a discussion of a music video with over 41M views, prompting the question, is it soft-porn or parody? ... and more!  Do you think Eurovision isn't political? This podcast will make you think again. It's time to explore the taboo: The Politics of Eurovision.   "Brilliant podcast well worth listening to."
Peter Divine, Journalist, Manchester, UK 
  If your browser is having difficulty with the media player below, you can listen to the podcast here.     The EurovisionCanada.com Podcast is hosted by Joe Varnell and produced by Kevin Bourassa.  All songs are found on YouTube and are used here under fair use for music criticism and commentary in a non-commercial context.  Stong language and/or strong lyrics are rarely used.  

Contact us with your thoughts or recommendations for future podcasts. 

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Eurovision Song Contest 2014 - Shine On Russia

2014-04-28

Welcome to our 27th Podcast, the 9th podcast of our Eurovision Song Contest 2014 Season.   The Tolmachevy Sisters have travelled from Russia to represent their country, singing in front of Eurovision's global audience, "Telling all the world to show some love."   As you watch the  sisters perform "Shine" in this year's Contest, think of  LBGT citizens fighting for human dignity and the right to openly be true to themselves: the way they born.   When you cast your vote for the winner in Eurovision, think of the real stars in Russia: LGBT citizens deserve douze pointes!     The EurovisionCanada.com Podcast is hosted by Joe Varnell and produced by Kevin Bourassa.    

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Eurovision Song Contest 2014 - A Big Breakfast With Danish

2014-04-27

Welcome to our 26th podcast, the 8th podcast of our Eurovision Song Contest 2014 Season.    We complete our first-pass review of the songs on offer in the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest. We're looking at "the Big Five" plus last year's winner and this year's host, Denmark.   France, Germany, Italy, Spain & the UK automatically qualify for the Eurovision Final, due to their financial support of the Contest. Given the hefty nourishment this elite group gives to Eurovision, we're calling this podcast, A Big Breakfast With Danish (on the side).   If your browser is having difficulty with the media player below, you can listen to the podcast here.     The EurovisionCanada.com Podcast is hosted by Joe Varnell and produced by Kevin Bourassa.  All songs are found on YouTube and are used here under fair use for music criticism and commentary in a non-commercial context.  Stong language and/or strong lyrics are rarely used.  

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Eurovision Song Contest 2014 - Putting Our Money Where Our Mouth Is

2014-04-25

Welcome to our 25th podcast, the 7th podcast of our Eurovision Song Contest 2014 Season.    We are reviewing the songs on offer in 2014, based on the groups that the countries drew in the two semi-finals.   We've already looked at 5 groups in previous podcasts.  Now it's the turn of Group 6: Malta, Moldova, Portugal and Romania, and as we said in Podcast 24, we've added Norway to this group (Norway, did not have to enter the draws for semi-final groups: they were just allocated to the opposite semi-final from Sweden, in order to maximize ticket availability for fans, just like Denmark and Norway were split up into different semi-finals last year).   This group contains countries that we've placed wagers on, so we've titled this podcast, Putting Our Mouth Where Our Money Is.    If your browser is having difficulty with the media player below, you can listen to the podcast here.     The EurovisionCanada.com Podcast is hosted by Joe Varnell and produced by Kevin Bourassa.  All songs are found on YouTube and are used here under fair use for music criticism and commentary in a non-commercial context.  Stong language and/or strong lyrics are rarely used.  

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Eurovision Song Contest 2014 - Breaking Up Is Hard To Do

2014-04-22

Welcome to our 24th podcast, the 6th  podcast of our Eurovision Song Contest 2014 Season.    We are reviewing the songs on offer in 2014, based on the groups that the countries drew in the two semi-finals.   We've already looked at 4 groups in previous podcasts. Now it's the turn of the fifth group. contries that were placed in Group 3 from the semi-final allocation draw, specifically: Russia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia and Unkraine.   These are all countries from the former parts of the USSR. However, recent world events seem to be casting doubs on whether the split was permanent, or just a trial separation. So we've named this group: Breaking Up Is Hard To Do.   If your browser is having difficulty with the media player below, you can listen to the podcast here.     The EurovisionCanada.com Podcast is hosted by Joe Varnell and produced by Kevin Bourassa.  All songs are found on YouTube and are used here under fair use for music criticism and commentary in a non-commercial context.  Stong language and/or strong lyrics are rarely used.  

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Eurovision Song Contest 2014 - A Study in Eurovision

2014-04-19

Welcome to our 23rd podcast, the 5th  podcast of our Eurovision Song Contest 2014 Season.    We're pleased to have Dr. Karen Fricker with us to share some insights as we explore the Eurovision Song Contest within a Canadian context and we'll discuss her research and a book Karen co-edited, Performing the 'New' Europe: Identities, Feelings and Politics in the Eurovision Song Contest.   We'll also chat about her appearance on April 23, 2014 in Toronto where she'll be discussing Eurovision at the Toronto Public Library - Parkdale Branch.   Settle back as we contemplate A Study In Eurovision.   If your browser is having difficulty with the media player below, you can listen to the podcast here.     The EurovisionCanada.com Podcast is hosted by Joe Varnell and produced by Kevin Bourassa.  All songs are found on YouTube and are used here under fair use for music criticism and commentary in a non-commercial context.  Stong language and/or strong lyrics are  rarely used.  

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Eurovision Song Contest 2014 - Viva Les Divas!

2014-04-18

Welcome to our 22nd podcast, the 4th  podcast of our Eurovision Song Contest 2014 Season.   We are reviewing the songs on offer in 2014, based on the groups that the countries drew in the two semi-finals.   With this podcast we turn to the songs placed in Group 5: Austria, Hungary, Poland and San Marino. And we add Israel & Norway, both of whom were not in the draw for groups, as we will explain.    This group is full of strong, colourful and captivating performances, dominated by 5 Divas, with one lone Divo. So we call this podcast: Viva Les Divas!   If your browser is having difficulty with the media player below, you can listen to the podcast here.     The EurovisionCanada.com Podcast is hosted by Joe Varnell and produced by Kevin Bourassa.  All songs are found on YouTube and are used here under fair use for music criticism and commentary in a non-commercial context.  Stong language and/or strong lyrics are  rarely used.  

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Eurovision Song Contest 2014 - Sharps & Flats

2014-04-16

Welcome to our 21st podcast, the 3rd podcast of our Eurovision Song Contest 2014 Season.    We are reviewing the songs on offer in 2014, based on the groups that the countries drew in the two semi-finals.   Today we turn to the songs placed in Group 4: Belgium, Armenia, Ireland, The Netherlands and Greece.  This group has geographic range in terrain, from low plains to high mountains and so it seems fitting to title our music review: Flats and Sharps.   If your browser is having difficulty with the media player below, you can listen to the podcast here.       The EurovisionCanada.com Podcast is hosted by Joe Varnell and produced by Kevin Bourassa.  All songs are found on YouTube and are used here under fair use for music criticism and commentary in a non-commercial context.  Stong language and/or strong lyrics are  rarely used.  

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Eurovision Song Contest 2014 - SXSE

2014-04-13

Welcome to our 20th Podcast, the 2nd  podcast of our Eurovision Song Contest 2014 Season.    We are reviewing the songs on offer in 2014, based on the groups that the countries drew in the two semi-finals.   It’s the turn of the countries that were placed in Group 1 for the semi-final allocation draw, specifically: Albania, Macedonia, Montenegro, Slovenia and the one country in the group that isn't on the sea, Switzerland.   This group largely comprised of countries nestled around the Adriatic Sea, so we’ve named this podcast South by South East.   If your browser is having difficulty with the media player below, you can listen to the podcast here.     The EurovisionCanada.com Podcast is hosted by Joe Varnell and produced by Kevin Bourassa.  All songs are found on YouTube and are used here under fair use for music criticism and commentary in a non-commercial context.  Stong language and/or strong lyrics are  rarely used.  

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