January 27th, 2010
If your idea of making a playlist is selecting “shuffle,” we can do you one better.
Providing maximum music with minimal effort is Slacker Personal Radio. Now available in Canada, the subscription-based site offers a slew of stations for whatever genre tickles your eardrum. Choose from the likes of indie hits, hip-hop, '60s rock, or create a custom station based on your favourite bands. And unlike average radio, you can skip to the next song, hear songs you’d like played more often, or ban songs you never want to hear again. With Blackberry and iPhone apps available too, you can take your tunes to go.
If only that slacker boyfriend catered to your every whim this way.
From $3.99 per month at www.slacker.com
July 17th, 2008
If you’re privy to the K-Town rinser (a white wine spritzer), you’re already a local at heart. If not, here’s our guide.
The new Cabana Grille brings local nosh to a whole new level with super-star Chef Ned Bell back to his old summer stomping grounds after tours in Toronto and Calgary. The patio has misters to keep you cool (they’re mechanical ladies) but the scene is sure to be smokin’ nonetheless. Cabana Grille, 3799 Lakeshore Rd., Kelowna, B.C., 250-763-1955, www.cabanagrille.com
If you love quirky abodes, you’ll be charmed by Tree Tops, a private, two-bedroom retreat at the top of an apple orchard. There are river rocks embedded in the hallway and a dining room table like no other—but the views are expansive, the gardens lovely, and it’s right next door to Tantalus Vineyard (and eventually, its Bing Thom-designed winery). www.treetopskelowna.com
Terry David Mulligan and Jason Priestly broadcast their wine-themed radio show, The Tasting Room, on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to noon. Dial in to AM1050 in Kelowna to hear their latest oenological adventures, or get caught up online. www.tastingroomradio.com
July 2nd, 2008
Video may have killed the radio star, but when the daily dose team is working for the weekend, we tune into the free international internet radio from our iMacs.
Here are our faves:
Sarah’s pick: Radio Netherlands International
This all-English station plays great documentaries, good Euro beats and offers a fresh perspective on North American news.
Miho’s pick: Play Classical UK
Where Bach meets Brits. Besides the whimsical music, the British accent is so pleasing to the ear we even enjoy listening to the advertising.
Maria’s pick: Comedy104
Straight from Topeka, Kansas (seriously!), this talk and stand-up comedy station features sets from legends like Bill Cosby and Dave Chappelle, occasionally breaking for CNN Radio news updates. Listener beware: some segments are racy and may require headphones.
Julie’s pick: Play Top 40 UK
Lighten up a never-ending afternoon with Top 40 from North American and Brit pop artists like the annoyingly infectious Girls Aloud and the dreamy Mark Ronson.
All stations are available for free via www.itunes.com