Halifax musician Asif Illyas (right) hosts the online talk show “Live On The Flight Deck” in a home-built flight simulator. Here he is shown interviewing musician Joel Plaskett (left). THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Asif Illyas MANDATORY CREDIT Illyas said he had long wanted to host a music show, and he had finally found the perfect setting. This week, Illyas is in Barbados to film an episode on a real tarmac. On another episode, Halifax musician Dave Carroll relives the United Airlines flight that inspired the trio of protest songs “United Breaks Guitars” about how his guitar was damaged by reckless baggage handlers. Illyas, the 45-year-old former frontman of Halifax alt-rock group MIR, said the concept for the web series came to him while he was watching Jerry Seinfeld’s Netflix series “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee,” in which the legendary comic drives around with his famously funny friends to talk shop over caffeinated beverages. Illyas said some of the most interesting tidbits from the interviews are unrelated to music, like learning that Newfoundland singer-songwriter Amelia Curran is named after aviation pioneer Amelia Earhart. He said his passion for aviation stayed with him through adulthood, and he became eventually interested in recreating the rush of flying through digital simulations on his laptop. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment In each episode, Illyas and his co-pilot travel the world in a digitized plane. The flight path is usually of some significance to the guest, he said, such as Plaskett’s voyage over the suburb of Mesa, Ariz., where he recorded his acclaimed 2005 album “La De Da.” “Sometimes, the best conversations happen when you’re travelling,” he said. “For me, it was just a no-brainer. This is where we’re going to get to know these people really well.” “It was just like this light bulb moment,” said Illyas. “I think I could finally find a way to bring these worlds together, because these are the two things that I love — music and flying.” HALIFAX — Nova Scotia singer-songwriter Joel Plaskett croons about Arizona over what appears to be an aerial view of the desert landscape near the Grand Canyon — but in reality, he is sitting in a cramped corner of Asif Illyas’s Halifax home. But with two kids, Illyas said his days on the road are over for the most part, which is why he is excited to have found a way to take to the skies without leaving his own home. Twitter Advertisement Growing up in England, Illyas said he used to sit on the roof of his family’s car and watch the planes take off from Heathrow Airport while he waited for his father to get off work as a pilot. Often, he said, musicians who seem fearless on stage are revealed to be nervous fliers. Halifax’s Ria Mae has a strong distaste for takeoffs, he said, and Alan Doyle of Newfoundland’s Great Big Sea gets claustrophobic in close quarters. “It’s also such an atypical thing for people to try and fly a plane,” said Illyas. “We go on airliners all the time, but when you’re actually in the front, it’s just so weird that a lot of fun happens.” A longtime musician who now works primarily as a film score composer, Illyas said he had been saving up money to record another album, but instead spent roughly $20,000 to convert his home office into an cockpit-like shell outfitted with instrument panels, switch plates and thrust levers. Plaskett was the inaugural guest on Illyas’s new online talk show “Live On The Flight Deck,” where he chats with fellow East Coast musicians as they soar through computer-generated skies in his home-built flight simulator. When the plane reaches cruising altitude, the captains pull out their instruments and jam out amid the virtual clouds. The web series premiered last week after about a year in production, and Illyas said upcoming shows feature some of the biggest names in East Coast music. Login/Register With: Facebook Advertisement Advertisement “I needed to be able to travel because it’s so much a part of being a musician,” he said. “I needed to have a way to get places, even if it was with pixels.”Adina Bresge | The Canadian Press
Shaneen Robinson APTN National NewsAPTN is celebrating 10 years of hosting Aboriginal Day Live.Across the country you can tune in this Saturday to watch performances from Indigenous artists.It all happens in Winnipeg at the historic Forks.
RAMONA (KUSI) – Fire crews have reached full containment of a wildfire that spread over hilly rural terrain east of Ramona Friday afternoon, officials said.The fire destroyed one back-country home and threatened several more before ground and airborne crews could subdue the flames.The non-injury blaze erupted for unknown reasons about 1 p.m. Friday off the 25000 block of Old Julian Highway, near Cinnamon Rock Road in the Witch Creek area, according to Cal Fire.Within an hour, the flames had scorched about 10 acres and engulfed a house, said Issac Sanchez, a fire captain with the state agency.By 2:15 p.m., crews had halted the spread of the blaze, dubbed the Cinnamon Fire. A more accurate estimate showed the blaze had burned about 13 acres by 7 p.m.Firefighters had the smoldering burn area about 100 percent surrounded by about 9:30 p.m., the fire agency tweeted. KUSI Newsroom KUSI Newsroom, Posted: July 21, 2018 Updated: 12:23 PM Firefighters knock down 13 acre Ramona wildfire July 21, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News, Wildfires FacebookTwitter
Kolkata: Ten policemen, including an additional superintendent of police (ASP), were injured when BJP supporters beat them up at Chowringhee in Kharagpur on Monday afternoon.The injured policemen were taken to hospital where they were treated. The police have started an inquiry.Some trucks were carrying BJP supporters to attend Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s meeting at Midnapore College. The supporters asked the police to clear the traffic jam as they were getting late.When police failed to clear the jam, the BJP supporters got down from the truck and beat up the policeman on duty. They also beat up three police officers who came to his rescue. Later, a large contingent of policemen appeared on the scene and brought the situation under control.Calling the incident “unfortunate”, state BJP president Dilip Ghosh said action would be taken against the party workers involved in the matter.
This story originally appeared on Reuters Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. 1 min read Jaguar Land Rover launched a technology business on Monday which aims to create apps for services such as car-sharing, the latest automaker to explore ways of tapping demand for cheaper and greener ways of making short journeys.The InMotion venture will begin testing products including car-sharing in North America, Europe and Asia from next month before broader testing by the public.Automakers are trying to appeal to younger consumers in major global cities who are less likely to buy a car and have been attracted by new services such as car club Zipcar and ride-service Uber.Britain-based JLR, owned by India’s Tata Motors, hopes the wholly-owned subsidiary will draw in new customers.”With the development of new apps and on-demand services, InMotion provides us with an opportunity to provide engaging and invaluable experiences to both new and existing customers globally,” Group Strategy Director Adrian Hallmark said.A number of automakers have sought to tap into demand for short-term car use including BMW, which operates its DriveNow car club in a number of cities, and Toyota which has a scheme renting cars from dealerships.(Reporting by Costas Pitas; Editing by Mark Potter) Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals April 11, 2016 Register Now »