A Mental Health Story in the Spirit of #BellLetsTalk

by Josephine on January 31, 2018, no comments

I’ve been fortunate enough to stay on “the sunny side,” as I like to call it, for most of my life, despite coming from a broken home (abuse, neglect, divorce – we’ve got it all!) I also have a long family history of mental health struggles and depression. My teen years were tumultuous; I left home for the first time at 16, moved around a lot, didn’t graduate on time, felt super isolated and alone and worthless. I found a safe space in a relationship, got married young and had some great years. But then we split up and I had to start over again at 29. But even through all that, I was never pushed to my mental and emotional limits like I was last year, right around this time.

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Istolethesoul FM 001 | February 2-3, 2018

by Josephine on January 21, 2018, no comments

I’m super excited to finally share a project that’s been in the works for a couple of months now: Since we still don’t have an indie radio station here in Toronto, my friend Paul Chin and I decided to start one! And while we don’t have the means to make it a full time operation yet, we realized there was nothing stopping us from doing it temporarily, and thus the concept of the pop-up station was born. From noon on February 2 to noon on February 3, we’ll be hosting 24 straight hours of original live shows from some of Toronto’s best DJs, producers, labels, podcasters and hosts. I’m super excited for this as I don’t think our city has seen anything like it, and I’m also really proud of the show schedule we’ve programmed for the first instalment. Peep this *flame emoji* schedule:

Friday February 2
12:00pm to 2:00pm — Bedroomer Label Showcase with Eytan Tobin, Hudson Alexander, Internet Daughter, Just John and Bénédicte
2:00pm to 3:00pm — Walmer Convenience
3:00pm to 4:00pm — Boosie Fade
4:00pm to 5:00pm — FRISSON with Shaine CRSB and friends
5:00pm to 6:00pm — New Currency
6:00pm to 7:00pm — High Power with Nino Brown and Dre Ngozi
7:00pm to 8:30pm — Something Special with Chippy Nonstop, Vaughn, Sexton and Karim Olen Ash
8:30pm to 10:00pm — Itzsoweezee
10:00pm to 11:00pm — New Wav Radio
11:00pm to 12:00am — Paul Chin

Saturday February 3
12:00am to 1:00am — Worst Jazz Show Ever
1:00am to 2:00am — Femme Noise
2:00am to 3:00am — Night Shift
3:00am to 4:00am — Visions
4:00am to 5:00am — Barz
5:00am to 9:00am — Prerecorded shows (TBA)
9:00am to 10:00am — Bunz / Crystal Ballroom
10:00am to 11:00am — Jayemkayem aka ME!
11:00am to 12:00pm — Freeza Chin and Tre Mission

I want to say a huge thanks to 876 Studio for allowing us to host in their space, and to Moog Toronto for being our amazing audio sponsors. It’s always nerve-wracking trying something new, especially when it’s something that involves so many people and so many different communities. But we’re going to do our best to make it a huge success because Toronto not only needs, but deserves, a platform for all of our amazing DJs and artists. Please do tune in via istolethesoul.com, or if you’re in the Toronto area feel free to join us as the studio during the broadcast. Peep the Facebook event for more details.

High Top Flip Flops Podcast

by Josephine on October 24, 2017, no comments

I’d really like to than Nivake and and Krish for having me as a guest on their awesome podcast, High Top Flip Flops! We talked about many things from how I grew up to my first exposure to hip hop to how I would spend a day in Calgary. Give it a listen below, and subscribe/follow them for future episodes.

RADAR RADIO TRACKLIST | 09.04.17 | W/ DJ SEKO

by Josephine on September 5, 2017, no comments

It’s always dope to have DJs who I’ve looked up to for a long time on my radio show, and DJ Seko is one of those DJs! I’ve spoken before about how The Freshest were really some of the first DJs I knew about outside of my hometown of Calgary back when social media was just becoming a “thing.” That was many years before I ever even imagined that I would be DJing myself, so that gives you some indication of how long these guys have been killing it.

I had Marvel and Kutcorners on my very first Radar Show ever (thanks again guys), so it’s awesome to have my mans Seko throw down a sick guest mix! He played a lot of new rap and stuff I wasn’t familiar with which was dope. Peep the tracklist for the entire show after the jump!

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