The Ongoing History of New Music, episode 940: The story of the electric guitar, part 1

There are few instruments more powerful than the electric guitar. When the first primitive models appeared in the 1920s, no one gave them much thought. The electric guitar was brand new, unproven, and completely lacking in any kinds of traditions and gravitas enjoyed by the piano, the violin, or any number of brass instruments. Besides, unlike all the other instruments in use, they required electricity, a concept that was still quite new. Electric household appliances were just starting to catch on. Having a radio was still a new thing. But over the next 30 years, the electric guitar found its place in music, helped along by technology, the need for volume, changing social conditions, and the ever-evolving musical tastes of the public. By the 1960s, the electric guitar was regarded as one of the most powerful inventions of all time. It was the sound behind rock’n’roll and all the social and cultural changes that it created. It was the sound of freedom, power, rebellion, joy, heartache, aggression, and more. In short, the electric guitar defined music for the latter half of the 20th century–and still an essential part of popular culture. And although there have been several challenges to its supremacy over the decades, it’s not going away anytime soon. But how did this once semi-obscure acoustic instrument get electrified in the first place? Who were the inventors and promoters? What technological innovations were needed? And of all the noisemakers you could choose, how did it become the foundation of rock? This is the story of the electric guitar, part 1. Songs heard on this show:
  • Smashing Pumpkins, Rocket
  • Soundgarden, Black Hole Sun
  • U2, I Will Follow
  • REM, So. Central Rain
  • Foo Fighters, Everlong
  • Bob Marley, Jammin’
  • The Pixies, Here Comes Your Man
  • Ramones, Rockaway Beach
  • Dick Dale, Misirlou
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Memorial dedicated to residential school students in North Vancouver damaged

WATCH: A memorial dedicated to students who attended the former St. Paul's Residential School in North Vancouver has been damaged.

A memorial dedicated to residential school students in North Vancouver has been damaged.

The arm of a carving has been ripped off and glass jars have been broken and strewn around.

The memorial, located at the corner of Forbes Avenue and Sixth Street, is dedicated to survivors and victims of the former St. Paul’s Residential School.

The North Vancouver School District also uses it as a learning tool for students.

One of the artists behind the work has posted on social media that this discovery is “especially upsetting” in light of this week’s announcement in Williams Lake.

It was announced an initial sweep of the former grounds of St. Joseph’s Mission Residential School in Williams Lake, uncovered 93 possible burial sites.

Williams Lake First Nation Kúkpi7 Willie Sellars and councillors released the first-phase geophysical findings Tuesday, after launching its land survey with ground-penetrating radar in June.

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This journey has led our investigation team into the darkest recesses of human behaviour,” said Sellars. “Our team has recorded not only stories involving the murder and disappearance of children and infants, they have listened to countless stories of systematic torture, starvation, rape and sexual assault of children at St. Joseph’s Mission.”

The St. Paul’s Indian Residential School operated from 1899 to 1959 and closed on Sept. 1, 1959, according to the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation.

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“The Government of Canada was responsible for funding the school, which was managed and operated by the Roman Catholic Religious Teaching Order, the Sisters of Child Jesus. In 1916, an agreement between the Department of Indian Affairs and Most Rev. Timothy Casey, Archbishop of Vancouver, regarding the Squamish Boarding School,” the centre states on its website.

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'Freedom convoy' demonstrators gather in Greater Toronto Area

WATCH LIVE: 'Freedom convoy' demonstrators gather in GTA

“Freedom convoy” protesters have begun demonstrating in parts of the Greater Toronto Area, as groups continue to head to Ottawa ahead of a protest this week against COVID-related mandates.

Truckers and supportive protesters are heading to Ottawa from east and west parts of the country, as well as from southern Ontario where routes were scheduled to depart from several locations including Windsor, Sarnia, Niagara and Toronto on Thursday, according to the organizers’ website.

The website indicates that the convoys would be passing through the Toronto area in the late morning hours, into the afternoon.

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Demonstrators gathered throughout parts of the GTA Thursday, with some groups on top of overpasses in anticipation of convoys moving through.

Protesters also gathered at Vaughan Mills, where a convoy was set to depart around the noon hour.

The groups are scheduled to arrive in Kingston Thursday evening and begin heading to Ottawa on Friday, the website says.

“What I’m calling for is basically lockdowns and restrictions to be lifted like the rest of the world is starting to do,” protester Mark Smith told Global News in Drumbo, Ont.

“There’s a freedom movement actually across the world right now and we’re all getting together just trying to get our lives back. And we’re hoping with all this rally and freedom convoy going on, we’ll accomplish this. We don’t want no violence and no problems.”

Among the topics at-issue for demonstrators is the Canadian government’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate for cross-border truckers to avoid quarantine.

Organizers of the protest describe the mandate for cross-border truckers to avoid quarantine as an example of political overreach resulting in economic harm, arguing the policy hurts small businesses and denies some workers the means to survive.

The United States has also imposed a vaccine mandate for truckers.

The Canadian Trucking Alliance, which Prime Minister Justin Trudeau touted on Monday as the “biggest trucker association in Canada,” has spoken out against the convoy, saying protests on public roadways are “not how disagreements with government policies should be expressed.”

Trudeau also said Monday that the vast majority of truckers in Canada are vaccinated and won’t be impacted by the cross-border vaccine mandate.

Meanwhile, the Ontario Provincial Police has warned of possible delays on roadways as a result of convoys moving through.

OPP Sgt. Kerry Schmidt told Global News he was aware of an incident around 9:30 a.m. where the convoy resulted an ambulance being delayed as it was heading southbound on Highway 400.

More to come.

— with files from Kevin Nielsen, Rachel Gilmore and The Canadian Press

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Dartmouth hotel being converted into units for 65 people without housing

The ink is drying on a newly signed deal that housing workers and advocates in Nova Scotia say will be a game changer for dozens of people in desperate need of supportive housing. Alexa MacLean has more.

A hotel in Dartmouth is being converted into a housing project for homeless adults, including those who struggle with addictions and people just released from hospital.

Federal, provincial and municipal politicians announced funding Thursday to house 65 people at a converted Travelodge hotel — to be renamed The Overlook — that’s expected to open later this year.

Marie-France LeBlanc, director of the North End Community Health Centre, said residents will have access to housing support workers, addictions specialists, medical professionals and a “death doula” who will provide assistance to the dying.

The housing in the suburb of Dartmouth will be operated by the Affordable Housing Association of Nova Scotia and the community health centre, with ongoing funding of $1.5 million from the province — which will also provide $3.5 million to purchase the building.

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Ahmed Hussen, the federal housing minister, said during the announcement that Ottawa is providing $6.5 million for renovations and other costs through its federal rapid housing initiative, which flows through the Halifax Regional Municipality.

The building will include a pharmacy, a drop-in centre for tenants, a counselling centre, a library, a cafe and a community kitchen, said LeBlanc.

“Above and beyond the medical care, The Overlook provides an essential place to create community, and that will be the key to our success: a community of individuals who look out for one another to live safer lives,” she added.

LeBlanc traced the idea for the centre to the late Patti Melanson, a registered nurse who was the founder of the Mobile Outreach Street Health program that provided health care to homeless people in Halifax. Melanson died in 2018.

“Over 10 years ago, she came up with this idea. Patti was a true champion of those most in need and always advocated that we put harm reduction first, that housing was a right, and that supports be put in place to keep you there,” LeBlanc said.

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Jim Graham, the executive director of the Affordable Housing Association of Nova Scotia, said in an email that there are challenges to converting the building, as it was a designed for temporary guests rather than long-term residents.

“As you might expect with a 30-year-old building, there were some surprises under the surface,” he added.

The news release from the province said five units at the centre will be designated for care for people who lack housing after they’re released from hospital.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Jan. 27, 2022.

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Portage Avenue bus shelter burns in downtown Winnipeg

City crews were busy cleaning up after a fire in a downtown Winnipeg bus shelter Thursday morning.

The blaze, near the intersection of Garry Street and Portage Avenue, started around 8:15 a.m.

The aftermath of a downtown bus shelter fire.

The aftermath of a downtown bus shelter fire.

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There was no immediate word of any injuries. Global News has reached out for more information.

More to come.

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Snow problem? That's no problem for new Canadians seeking work: refugee coordinator

Hire A Refugee program connects newcomers with show shoveling jobs across Winnipeg.

The massive dumping of snow that Winnipeggers are trying to dig themselves out of may seem like a burden to many, but for one local organization dedicated to finding work for refugees and other new Canadians, it’s an opportunity.

Hire A Refugee‘s Omar Rahimi told Global News that clearing snow has been an excellent entry for newcomers wanting to get into the workforce.

“I wanted a way to help people find jobs and have a better life here, so we started a program — something that doesn’t need a lot of skill, like snow shovelling,” Rahimi said.

“We’ve been trying to teach people to shovel snow and make some money at the same time.

“This year, we’ve been praying for snow, but it’s too much now … which is good. We have a lot of people from Iraq and Syria and other countries (looking for work). I speak four languages, so it’s easier for me to get them into the workforce.”

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Despite the frigid weather and heavy snow, Rahimi said his team is ready and able to help anytime, anywhere.

“We help everybody — anybody who needs help shovelling, please call us. Any time of day or night, we put them to work as much as possible. Even though we’re really tired right now, we still keep going.

“We need a lot of help in Manitoba in the labour market — whether it’s digging, demolition, other jobs.  We need people to come here from those countries to take those positions, because we already have a lot of qualified people doing other work.

“It’s been great for women, for men, for young people coming here.”

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Couples embrace 'micro weddings' to focus on other life priorities

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Eryn and Chris Lucas didn’t set out to have a small wedding.

The Toronto couple had been planning and budgeting for the wedding of their dreams, with 120 invited guests, when the COVID-19 pandemic derailed their plans.

Forced to shift gears, the Lucas’s found themselves tying the knot two months later than planned, in November of 2020 _ with only their parents, siblings and a few very close friends in attendance.

They have no regrets.

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“With 20 people there instead of 120, it was so lovely and intimate,” Eryn said. “When we look back at it, we say it was our perfect day.”

There have always been couples for whom spending tens of thousands of dollars on a single blowout day is unappealing.

However, the last two years of public health restrictions and limits on gathering sizes have not only brought the small wedding into the mainstream, they’ve made it trendy. A search online for “micro weddings” turns up an array of companies and event venues offering glamorous elopement packages and stylish small-scale ceremonies.

A smaller wedding can help a couple save money for other life priorities. Chris and Eryn say they spent less than $10,000, compared with the up to $30,000 they had budgeted for their original vision. They were able to put away that extra cash for a down payment on a house.

But having a “micro wedding” also gives couples the ability to splurge on specific elements of their wedding day that they might not otherwise be able to. In other words, a micro wedding can be more luxurious than a big wedding _ if you want it to be.

“Little money-saving things like stationery, for example,” said Bryn Armstrong, founder of Primp & Pop Events, which specializes in pop-up ceremonies, elopements and micro weddings in Muskoka, Toronto and Niagara. The company’s packages include an officiant, three to four hours of professional photography, the venue and ceremony, flowers, and a light reception, all for about $10,000.

“Couples aren’t sending out a slough of invitations, so they’re using that money for maybe a nicer bottle of wine during dinner, rather than the basic bar package. I’ve seen couples splurge on the catering, maybe even having a private chef come in. You can really enhance the experience.”

Armstrong said some of her clients are using the money they’ve saved by choosing a smaller event to treat their immediate family and closest friends to an entire wedding weekend of events _ sometimes renting an Airbnb or a cabin or a boat, or bringing in a yoga instructor or a masseuse.

“There’s a difference when it comes to what you can do with a budget that you maybe had for 100 people, now you’re only planning for eight to 20,” she said. “You can look at adding to or enhancing the day, and it also gives you a great opportunity to look at different venues that you otherwise couldn’t host a large number of people at.”

United Church minister Christine Smaller founded her Toronto-based micro wedding company “Joyously Inclusive” three years before the pandemic. Since the arrival of COVID-19, her business has exploded.

“We always had to explain what we do, and now we never have to explain it,” Smaller said. “Micro weddings have entered the public consciousness.”

For around $2,500, Joyously Inclusive offers a “beautiful, small wedding” package for up to 10 guests, complete with custom ceremony and officiant, a decorated venue, professional photography, and a two-tiered wedding cake and flowers.

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“We’re offering a low-cost option. It’s not a substitute for a big wedding,” Smaller said. “But it’s actually the kind of wedding that a lot of people want.”

For their part, Eryn and Chris Lucas said having a micro wedding allowed them to have everything they had once dreamt of, without the extravagant price tag.

“I had my big white dress, I had hair and makeup come to me, we rented a limo to get to the venue, and afterwards we moved over to a restaurant for an outdoor dining dinner,” Eryn said.

“I had everything I would have had with my big wedding, just with less people.”

© 2022 The Canadian Press

N.B. premier and top doctor expected to provide update on COVID-19 restrictions

New Brunswick’s opposition leader says the rate of pay for medical professionals joining the province’s COVID-19 vaccination efforts is unfair to health-care workers who have been fighting the pandemic all along. Tim Roszell explains.

New Brunswick Premier Blaine Higgs and Dr. Jennifer Russell, chief medical officer of health, are set to provide a COVID-19 update on Thursday.

The briefing is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. and will be live-streamed here.

New Brunswick remains in Level 3 of its winter plan. Restrictions include keeping single-household bubbles, a ban on indoor dining at restaurants, and the closure of gyms, spas and salons.

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The province had set a tentative date of Jan. 31 — next Monday — to loosen those restrictions and enter Level 2.

That would also be the date that students, who have been taking part in remote learning since Jan. 11, would resume in-person learning.

When asked whether the province would be able to stick to that date to enter Level 2, Health Minister Dorothy Shephard said Wednesday that “the modelling looks good.”

Meanwhile, New Brunswick health officials are reporting a COVID-19 outbreak at the Saint John Regional Correctional facility.

The facility has 66 inmates and 40 staff who have tested positive.

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A Public Safety spokesman says five other staff members are symptomatic and isolating.

Overall, New Brunswick health officials said Wednesday there were 137 people hospitalized with COVID-19.

As well, nearly 500 health-care workers were isolating after testing positive for the virus.

— With a file from The Canadian Press 

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COVID-19: Saskatchewan's top doctor urges residents to get booster shots

Saskatchewan Health Minister Paul Merriman and Dr. Saqib Shahab will be presenting a COVID-19 update Thursday morning as cases continue to rise in the province.

The update will be livestreamed here.

As COVID-19 case numbers are still high, Saskatchewan’s top doctor is urging people to get their booster shots if they haven’t done so yet.

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Health officials stated as of Jan. 26, there are 1,194 new confirmed cases of COVID-19, 203 of them among people who were unvaccinated or less than 21 days after their first dose, 50 had received their first dose or were less than 21 days after their second dose, 616 were fully vaccinated and 325 were fully vaccinated and more than 14 days from receiving their booster dose.

During the PEOC briefing on Wednesday, the province stated that 79 per cent of residents five years and older have received their second dose.

The rate of reaching double vaccination has slowed but numbers are still climbing. More than 1,100 people received their second dose in the past month.

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During the PEOC briefing, Shahab implied vaccine mandates might need to be upgraded to require a booster to remain effective amid Omicron.

“I think we also need to, I think, have some confidence, some satisfaction that given that we had to leave too many jurisdictions and in terms of our booster uptake, which isn’t being sustained,” said Shahab. “Although it’s lagged and we had a lead in terms of access to rapid testing, we were able to start schools on time. We were able to, you know, maintain non-COVID services and the health system.”

Global Regina will bring you more.


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Alberta Education announces new engagement sessions on draft K-6 curriculum

The provincial government will be holding virtual sessions over the next month to gather input on its proposed K-6 curriculum.

Alberta Education said the current public health measures mean online forums make the most sense, after in-person engagement sessions were postponed last fall.

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“Alberta’s government promised a year-long consultation process with multiple ways to provide feedback on the draft K-6 curriculum,” said Education Minister Adrian LaGrange.

“These new sessions will enable Albertans to have focused conversations and share specific, constructive feedback on the draft blueprint and subjects they are interested in. I encourage Albertans to participate and have their say. The steps we are taking now to listen to additional input will help ensure our elementary students are learning from the best curriculum possible.”

The sessions come after the province announced in December the decision to delay full implementation of its proposed curriculum for kindergarten to Grade 6 after fierce opposition from some teachers and students.

LaGrange said in December the curriculum for social studies, French immersion and francophone language arts, science and fine arts will be delayed, because feedback indicated “some Albertans feel the draft content has students learning too much, too soon and too quickly.”

The virtual sessions will be held from Jan. 31 to Feb. 28 across all five regions: north, Edmonton and surrounding area, central, Calgary and surrounding area, and south.

The province said the regional sessions will enable communities to share local insights and unique perspectives on the draft.

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During each session, the draft K-6 social studies design blueprint or one draft K-6 subject will be considered and discussed so Albertans can provide insightful feedback.

Albertans can sign up for notifications about upcoming engagements and register for sessions at

The input will be used to finalize the social studies design blueprint, develop the corresponding draft social studies curriculum and further revise all subjects in the draft K-6 curriculum.

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