For a one-stop destination where new Canadian art, writing, music, comedy, journalism, and photography are at your fingertips, look no further than <www.podcoast.ca>. Founded in 2012 by radio host and podcaster Brendan Barlow, the website is an artistic community for creative individuals and organizations, mostly hailing from coastal B.C.
As the name suggests, the site includes podcasts—The Barley Show is a weekly recording that explores and shares local and international music, art, and comedy and regularly features local artists. The show also plays live on Sundays on CHLY 101.7 FM from 11 p.m.–1 a.m. Live performances from the show are available for download from the Podcoast site. The 4 Eyed Forecast is a weekly show that is based out of Vancouver and hosted by Bryce Logan & Andy Shirlaw. The two talk about current events and pop culture, promising to make listeners laugh with their “ridiculous conversations.”
In terms of print, Podcoast showcases Shoulda Known Better Magazine—a collection of photography described as “French vogue at the brothel,” which features artistic pin-up shots that play on retro themes, declaring the publication’s mission “to free art, and the Human body.”
Artists are also featured as a part of the collective. There are pages dedicated to model Aadie Lee, and local musicians Diana Pearson and Johnny Good. Each link provides profiles, examples of individual works, and contact information. Pearson’s The Barley Show EP is available for download from the site.
The site also features writing. Former Nav. writer Brady Tighe’s blog “Coffee Fueled Stagnation Destruction” gives some cynical edge to Podcoast’s line-up with Tighe’s addicting posts, where he “showcases his writing, his thoughts and, well, whatever the hell he feels like.”
Podcoast expands beyond the art community to include local businesses. Cloud City, a clothing store in Port Alberni that offers original, environmentally-conscious apparel, promises customers: “We like to support the little guy and so when you shop here you’re going to find a lot of unique brands that you’ve never heard of. We like it like that.” On a completely different note, Cup Crave, a Port Alberni-based cupcake company is also featured under the business section of the website. The company offers “home-made cupcakes, literally,” and has a variety of flavours and customizable options available.
Whether you are looking for something artistically specific, or just need a new place to browse, Podcoast is a fantastic introduction to B.C.’s cultural community. The site is always growing, and new artists are always welcome—if you would like to contribute to the site, send an email to <email@example.com>.