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Nelson Daily News - 07.07.07

"KCR's Deconstructing Dinner Collaborates with Adham Shaikh on Feature Broadcast"

Since January 2006, Kootenay Co-op Radio's weekly one-hour program Deconstructing Dinner has been finding its way onto radio stations across Canada and around the world.

Created by Nelson's Jon Steinman, a total of 22 Canadian, seven American and a handful of overseas stations broadcast the program's weekly content which focuses on fostering more educated eating.

Local musician and Juno-award nominee Adham Shaikh has shared this expanding exposure, as it's Shaikh's 2004 creation titled Infusion that provides the theme music both at the beginning and end of each weekly broadcast.

This relationship has most recently led to a more involved collaboration between the two producers, this time, coming together to create a one-hour broadcast featuring highlights of all shows aired between January and May of this year.

After first compiling these highlight segments, Shaikh then layered a genre-defying soundtrack of unreleased material underneath Deconstructing Dinner's consciousness-raising content.

Many Shaikh fans will be pleasantly surprised by sounds not often associated with this ambient/world beat producer.

Adham Shaikh was eager to lend his talents to such a project, as he strongly supports the values that Deconstructing Dinner looks to cultivate.

The inspiration for the program comes out of a deep concern, one that more and more Canadians are becoming aware of, our collective food security.

This is best illustrated upon recognition that the average Canadian city maintains only a three-day supply of food.

Jon Steinman further suggests that, "the food industry is creating new levels of convenience for consumers every day, and as a result, it is becoming increasingly possible to put food into our body without barely raising a finger or an eyebrow.

"This lifestyle of convenience leaves very little time to reflect on the history behind the food we purchase and the impact these purchases have on our health, our communities, and the well-being of this planet."

The program places our dominant food system in a critical light and deconstructs the impacts our food choices have every day.

"Content is balanced with an ongoing expose of the many innovative farmers, businesses, organizations and individuals who are working towards creating more socially and environmentally sustainable food systems.

There is a rumour that this week's feature broadcast will be officially released on CD at this year's Shambhala Music Festival where Shaikh will be performing and Steinman will be presenting a Deconstructing Dinner workshop.

The broadcast airs today from 6-7 p.m. and Monday, July 16 from 12-1 p.m.

The show will also be archived on the program's website at

(Copyright 2007 Nelson Daily News)


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