Vic and Ellen have a secret habit of delving into the National Film Board of Canada archive, particularly enjoying the films of Beverly Shaffer. So it felt like it was meant to be when Angela Antle of CBC NL’s Weekend Arts Magazine programme made contact. Somehow Angela had seen us tweeting about our Kitchen Dance Party Podcast and our quest to get 2,000 people dancing in their kitchens across the world, and she offered to help. Newfoundland is famous for its ‘Newfie’ kitchen parties.
Within minutes of the tweet Angela was interviewing Ellen live on air and during the conversation they decided to hold the world’s first Transatlantic Kitchen Party. Two weeks later, and making use of the very latest in technology developed for news broadcasters, CBC NL and BKR played music and danced together in our kitchen and their radio station. We travelled in 3.5 seconds the journey that took Cabot 35 days. We were delighted CBC NL made us the top story on their website that day. You can see the simulcast here
News of the simulcast reached BBC News Online
The story has spread further across Newfoundland and the rest of Canada, we have also had very nice features on us from East Coast Kitchen Party and from Roots Music Canada We’d like to say a huge thank you to all you wonderful Canadians who have helped us, and we look forward to seeing videos of you dancing in your kitchens.
In the UK UK Folk Music are helping us out by putting the podcast on their website. Alan said:
‘Loads of luck with the idea – it’s bonkers but I love it ’
Kevin Mulryne commented:
‘This episode is absolutely fabulous and perfectly shows the power of the theatre of the mind that is the best feature of podcasting. Wonderful, wonderful stuff. Everyone should listen and enjoy the infectious spirit here!!!!!’
We have smashed our target of reaching 2,000 listeners, but we are not going to stop there. We need more videos of dancing in kitchens. So, stick on the podcast, film yourselves dancing for 40 seconds (cameras on LANDSCAPE please) and email the footage to us at bristolkitchenradio (at) gmail.com. If you have any problems sending your films please contact us using the same email. We want to see your kitchens.