The Ongoing History of New Music, encore presentation: The story of the electric guitar, part 2

For centuries, music and nice and clean. While different instruments gave notes different timbres, the frequencies of these notes were expected to be projected with clarity and purity. Yes, you could add a little oomph but playing fortissimo, but the dogma was “Let’s not overdo it.

But sometimes the situation called for overdoing things. Banging a piano in a certain way turns a melody and a beat into boogie-woogie. A raspy, hard-blown saxophone brings energy to a performance.

But creating lots of volume and pleasant distortion with either of these instruments–and we can name a few others–is limited to the abilities of the human body. Volume and distortion and all that energy that comes from playing this way are restricted by how hard you can hit or blow into something.

The electric guitar has no such limitations. It can be played so all the notes are pristine. Or you can summon all the demons of hell with plenty of power and glory. And that is cool.

The electric guitar is one of humankind’s greatest musical inventions. Starting in the 1950s, it revolutionized many types of popular music. Country, the blues, jazz, and, most of all, rock. After it appeared, nothing was ever the same and the sound of music changed forever. It’s impossible to imagine what today’s music would sound like had the electric guitar not been invented.

But how did we get here? This is the story of the electric guitar part 2.

Songs heard on this show:

    • Big Wreck, The Oaf
    • Sex Pistols, Anarchy in the UK
    • Radiohead, Bodysnatchers
    • Oasis, Supersonic
    • Lenny Kravitz, Are You Gonna Go My Way
    • U2, Beautiful Day
    • Vampire Weekend, A-Punk
    • Duane Eddy, Rebel Rouser
    • Smiths, What Different Does It Make
    • Alice in Chains, I Stay Away

This is Eric Wilhite’s playlist.

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Ongoing History Daily: The Lumineers’ name issues

Finding a name for your band is hard and it can take forever to come up with the right one. Sometimes, though, fate can intervene.

The two primary members of The Lumineers have always been Wesley Schultz and Jeremiah Fraites. When they first started playing gigs around New York City, they used a variety of names like Free Beer, 6Cheek, and the very basic Wesley Jeremiah. Nothing was working, including all the music they were trying to make.

Then one night before another crappy club show in New Jersey, the emcee made a mistake. Another band called “The Lumineers” was scheduled to play at that same venue in a week. The emcees introduced Schultz and Fraites as “The Lumineers.”

The name stuck—and no one seems to know what happened to the band who originally had that name.

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Ongoing History Daily: Beck’s family

We’re all familiar with the career and music of Beck, but his family has some pretty interesting history, too. His father is David Campbell, a composer and arranged—born in Toronto, by the way—who has appeared on nearly 500 gold and platinum albums, including records by Muse, Evanescence, Rush, Garth Brooks, and Harry Styles. And yes, he has done work on Beck’s records.

His mom was an actress who used to hang out with Andy Warhol’s crowd in the 1960s. She hung out with The Velvet Underground and later can be seen as a dancer in the Brian De Palma film, Phantom of the Paradise.

His grandfather on his father’s side was born in Winnipeg and was a Presbyterian minister. And the grandfather on his mother’s side is Al Hansen, a big part of the avant-garde Fluxus art moment in the 1960s, and he hung out with Yoko Ono.

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Daycare owners vow to rebuild after Halifax wildfire destroys business, home

WATCH: After losing both their daycare and home in a raging Nova Scotia wildfire, the owners of Forest Kids Daycare are seeing large amounts of support from the community to kickstart the rebuilding process, once their community's evacuation order has been lifted.

The operators of a beloved Halifax-area daycare vow to rebuild after a devastating wildfire burned not only their business to the ground, but also their home.

The ForestKids Early Learning Centre in Hammonds Plains is still behind an evacuation zone. The child-care facility, which aims to foster a love of the outdoors among children, has 82 kids enrolled.

A photo showing the daycare before and after the wildfire swept through the subdivision in Hammonds Plains.

A photo showing the daycare before and after the wildfire swept through the subdivision in Hammonds Plains.

ForestKids Early Learning - Forest School/Facebook

In the meantime, some kids and their parents have been gathering at a Bedford park to support each other.

“Yesterday, there were at least, I don’t know, 14 families here with their children,” said Terri Kottwitz, the daycare owner and operator.

“So we all did a cheer together and we had a good talk and a couple of tears and some hugs and parents asking what they can do for us when we get ready to rebuild. So it’s definitely a ForestKids community for sure.”

Friends have already started an online fundraising campaign, which raised nearly $9,000 in just one day.

Terri is especially touched by the empathy shown by her young students.

“One little boy came up to me and said, ‘Terri, your house burned all the way to the ground,” she recalled. “They just wanted to make sure that I was all right. These are the children.”

The wildfire, which began Sunday afternoon, had grown to 837 hectares in size by Wednesday — an increase of nearly 50 hectares from the previous day.

So far, more than 16,400 people have been evacuated from their homes and some 200 structures have been destroyed by the out-of-control blaze.

Several other wildfires are continuing to burn in the province — some are out of control, others are smaller.

Although they’ve lost so much, Terri’s husband and daycare co-owner Lutz Kottwitz said he is sure “some people have it way worse than we have.”

He too, has his sight set on rebuilding.

“The children, it’s all about the children. Everything else comes after,” said Lutz.

“This idea is still alive … and this didn’t burn.”

— with a file from Global News’ Zack Power

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CancerCare Manitoba Foundation recipient of historic $27 million dollar donation

The CancerCare Manitoba Foundation has received a record-setting $27 million dollar donation.

It’s a record-setting gift being called momentous for cancer research in Manitoba.

The CancerCare Manitoba Foundation has received a $27 million donation from the Paul Albrechtsen Foundation, which is the largest philanthropic donation given to a health care organization in the province’s history.

Here’s how it breaks down:

  • $17 million will help rebuild research lab facilities, which are two decades old
  • $4 million is going a set of five machines that allow for different analysis of how cells are reacting and interacting with each other in a tumour and will allow doctors to personalize treatment to each individual’s cancer
  • $3.5 million goes to the a new dedicated space for the Centre for Hope in Brandon
  • $2.5 million will help increase capacity for genomic sequencing

“This investment and the resulting research breakthroughs will improve the lives of patients and families across the province,” said President & CEO of CancerCare Manitoba, Dr. Sri Navaratnam.

Scott Albrechtsen, president of the Paul Albrechtsen Foundation, says this gift will honour his dad’s legacy.

“My dad loved the province, and believed in supporting all aspects of health care from research in the labs to holistic support programs to ensure Manitobans can receive the best possible care close to home.”

Paul Albrechtsen was considered one of Manitoba’s outstanding business and philanthropic leaders. Before dying in 2019, he established the foundation that has supported a wide variety of projects for years. He also founded Paul’s Hauling, which has become a key bulk transport service in Western Canada.


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Manitoba officers assaulted, spit on during arrest in Cypress River

A 21-year-old man faces several charges after police say he assaulted and spit on officers during an arrest.

It happened May 27 in Cypress River, when officers attended a home and found a woman with minor injuries.

It is believed she was assaulted, and officers arrested the suspect, who then became combative as he was being handcuffed.

The officers received minor injuries.

Bailey Vaillant of Winkler is charged three counts of assaulting a police officer, two counts of uttering threats, and a single count of assault, disarming a police officer, and resisting arrest.


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Vandals target Pride flags at Ladner church for 4th time

On the eve of Pride month, vandals have yet again defaced Pride flags at Delta’s Ladner United Church.

It’s the fourth time someone has targeted Pride flags at the church at 48th Avenue and Garry Street.

“The first reaction is anger and shock, and then that subsides. We’re not going to stop, that’s all I can say,” John Clement, chair of the church’s leadership council, told Global News.

Clement said the office manager arrived at the church around 9 a.m. to find black paint splattered over two windows behind which the flags were hanging.

Black paint can be seen splashed over a Pride flag behind glass at the Ladner United Church on Wednesday.

Black paint can be seen splashed over a Pride flag behind glass at the Ladner United Church on Wednesday.

“This is the first time they have damaged the building. This is more of an attack on the whole building,” he said, adding he was “absolutely” certain the flags were the targets.

After previous attacks, the flags were moved indoors, but Celment said the church had been preparing to move them outside on June 1 to mark Pride month.

“Somebody struck early,” he said.

“The three previous times they were outside, and people either spray-painted big black blobs on two of them. The third one somebody … slashed it.”

That most recent attack, in July 2022, was caught on camera. A man appearing to be between the ages of 50 and 60 years old with a bandana covering his face can be seen using a sharp-edged pole to slash at the flag hanging in the church entryway.

The two prior attacks came just 12 days apart in June 2019. 

Global News has reached out to Delta police for an update on the investigation into this and the three prior incidents.

Clement said staff spent the day cleaning up the black paint, and that the church plans to proudly fly the flags despite the vandal’s attempts to target them.

He said the church welcomes differences of opinion, but not violence.

“It is frustrating, but in a way, after four times you get resigned. We’re proclaiming the gospel of love the way we see it,” he said.

“We have no problem with anybody not agreeing. We prefer they picketed, or wrote letters to the editor, or made it clear — come and talk with us.”

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Calgary senior facing terminal illness calls out Canada's largest insurer over denied claim

A Calgary man is calling out Canada’s largest insurance company after his flight cancellation claim was denied over what he calls a “technicality.” Tomasia DaSilva reports.

A Calgary senior is calling out Canada’s largest insurer, Manulife, after his travel claim was denied due to a timeline issue.

Bob Choquette told Global News he was late in sending the necessary documentation that he had to cancel his flight to Air Miles and subsequently Manulife, but he added it couldn’t be helped — he was in hospital, fighting for his life.

 “I think it’s pretty callous. I think businesses nowadays should show a little compassion,” he said.

Choquette’s problems started when he booked a trip to Winnipeg back at the start of January. He redeemed his Air Miles rewards points, just paying for the flight’s taxes and fees. He also bought travel insurance — just in case. A few weeks later, after being rushed to the hospital, he was glad he did.

“I had a tumor that enveloped my bile ducts,” Choquette said he was told by doctors.

That tumor turned out to be inoperable liver cancer and subsequent infections and ongoing chemo treatments grounded him. But despite having a doctor’s letter, Manulife rejected his claim.

In a letter it cited policy rules which state; “If you cancel your trip before your departure date, you must advise air miles within 72 hours of the cause of cancellation.”

“I was in no shape. I was wacked out on morphine,” Choquette pointed out. “If someone is one death’s doorstep, who’s going to contact them after three days.”

Bob Choquette looks over correspondence from Manulife

Bob Choquette looks over correspondence from Manulife

Choquette said he contacted the insurer again, explaining his circumstances, but did not hear back. Global News also contacted Manulife Wednesday. The company told Global News it would now investigate the incident and will issue a statement at a later time.

Air Miles did not get back to Global News’ request for comment. But Choquette said he was told it was now in Manulife’s hands.

Choquette said he is not asking for much. He just wants the money back he paid in taxes and fees along with his reward miles.

“I didn’t do anything wrong. I’m not trying to rip them off. I’m not trying to steal from them,” he said. “I took out that $200 policy for a reason.”

“It’s $277 and some change. And then 3600 airmiles. It’s nothing. So why tell me no?”

Goose Insurance co-founder Omar Kaywan said this kind of tight timeline is not the “norm” for most insurers. He said depending on the company, there will be some leeway.

“72 hours in this particular situation seems very shortsighted,” he pointed out.

Kaywan said insurers do expect claims to be filed as soon as possible, but it is understood there are exceptions.

“In some instances that cannot be met. If there’s a severe situation, if there’s a death involved. There’s definitely room for compassion in any business.”

Kaywan said it is important for consumers to research insurers before buying policies, question every policy and shop around for the right one.

Choquette said at this point it is not about the money, it’s about doing what’s right. Not only for him but for others in similar situations.

“So here I am — just trying to fight for what’s mine. It’s just the principle of the thing. They shouldn’t allow this at all I don’t think.”

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Fatal crash involving dump truck closes stretch of Langley road

Langley RCMP urged people to avoid a stretch of 16th Avenue Wednesday evening as they responded to a fatal crash involving a dump truck at 5:15 p.m.

Police closed the street between 200th and 208th Avenue as they investigated.

Langley RCMP says three vehicles traveling eastbound were involved in the crash killing one person and injuring two others.

The driver of a silver car was killed while the two drivers of two commercial trucks sustained minor injuries and were treated at the scene.

Photos from the scene showed a sliver car that appears to have been struck from behind by a dump truck towing a trailer.

The car appears to have been virtually crushed by the front end of the truck, which has mounted it from the rear.

Police say they road will remain closed until further notice.

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UFO study is limited by data gaps, lingering stigma, NASA panel says

WATCH: NASA panel chair calls UAP data collection ‘unsystematic and fragmented’

Members of an independent NASA panel studying UFOs, or what the U.S. government now terms UAP for “unidentified anomalous phenomena,” said in their first public meeting on Wednesday that scant high-quality data and a lingering stigma pose the greatest barriers to unraveling such mysteries.

The 16-member body, formed last year among leading experts from scientific fields ranging from physics to astrobiology, held a four-hour session streamed live on a NASA webcast to deliberate their preliminary findings ahead of issuing a report expected later this summer.

The panel’s chairman, astrophysicist David Spergel, said his team’s role was “not to resolve the nature of these events,” but rather to give NASA a “roadmap” to guide future analysis.

NASA officials said several panelists had been subjected to unspecified “online abuse” and harassment since beginning their work in June last year.

“It is really disheartening to hear of the harassment that our panelists have faced online because they’re studying this topic,” NASA’s science chief, Nicola Fox, said in her opening remarks. “Harassment only leads to further stigmatization.”

The greatest challenge panel members cited, however, was a dearth of scientifically reliable methods for documenting UFOs, typically sightings of what appear as objects moving in ways that defy the bounds of known technologies and laws of nature.

The underlying problem, they said, is that the phenomena in question are generally being detected and recorded with cameras, sensors and other equipment not designed or calibrated to accurately observe and measure such peculiarities.

“If I were to summarize in one line what I feel we’ve learned, it’s we need high-quality data,” Spergel said. “The current existing data and eyewitness reports alone are insufficient to provide conclusive evidence about the nature and origin of every UAP event.”

Taboos surrounding the issue also remain.

While the Pentagon in recent years has encouraged military aviators to document UAP events, many commercial pilots remain “very reluctant to report” them due to the lingering stigma surrounding such sightings, Spergel said.

The NASA advisory panel represents the first UFO inquiry ever conducted under the auspices of the U.S. space agency for a subject the government once consigned to the exclusive and secretive purview of military and national security officials.

The NASA study is separate from a newly formalized Pentagon-based investigation of sightings reported in recent years by military aviators and analyzed by U.S. defense and intelligence officials.

The U.S. military has documented more than 800 cases over the past two decades, said Sean Kirkpatrick, director of the Pentagon’s newly formed All-domain Anomaly Resolution Office, or AARO.

But just a few percent are considered beyond relatively simple explanation, while the rest can be attributed to mundane origins such as aircraft, balloons, debris or atmospheric causes, he said.

The parallel NASA and Pentagon efforts highlight a turning point for the government after decades spent deflecting, debunking and discrediting reports of unidentified flying objects, or UFOs, dating back to the 1940s.

But in finally addressing the issue head-on, both NASA and the Pentagon have emphasized the imperative of protecting U.S. airspace, and by extension public safety and natural security.

In a departure from the Pentagon, NASA’s panel is examining only unclassified reports from civilian observers, an approach Spergel said permits open sharing of information among scientific, commercial and international entities, as well as the public.

The term UFOs, long widely associated with notions of flying saucers and aliens, has been replaced in official government parlance by the abbreviation UAP.

Recent U.S. law revised the UAP acronym, previously confined to “aerial” phenomena, to stand for “unidentified anomalous phenomena,” expanding the NASA study team’s research scope to include puzzling events in space or at sea.

Panel members said the majority of their work still focused on aerial phenomena.

Moreover, both NASA and defense-intelligence officials have stressed that while the existence of intelligent alien life has not been ruled out, they have found no evidence suggesting an extraterrestrial origin for UFO sightings.

“To make the claim that we see something that is evidence of non-human intelligence would require extraordinary evidence, and we have not seen that,” Spergel said.

(Reporting by Joey Roulette in Washington and Steve Gorman in Los Angeles; Editing by Robert Birsel, Bill Berkrot and Himani Sarkar)

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