About

Cups N Cakes began as a bi-weekly internet radio show playing only Canadian independent acts. The program started as a way for hosts Jeff MacCallum and Carey Newton to maintain their friendship while sharing laughs along with their favourite music. In May of 2017, Jeff began elevating Cups N Cakes to new heights by morphing it into a multi-media music source with the launch of this website and re-branding to The Cups N Cakes Network. With the new look came the addition of weekly written reviews, an interview based podcast, the Vinyl Unveil YouTube show and, of course, the original internet radio program. 

The Cups N Cakes internet radio show has been in existence for nearly five years and has become one of the best sources for new Canadian music. Each show was comprised of a half hour of Jeff and Carey’s tomfoolerous banter and an hour of new music. The duo’s chemistry was evident as they would unapologetically chat about a vast array of topics and try to poke fun at society in general. In October of 2018, Carey and Jeff stepped down and handed the show over to Kent Phillips and Ella Coyes.

Over the course of the radio show’s existence, Jeff and Carey found that their interviews typically had great content getting cut due to time constraints. This led to the interview podcast called “Inside The Artists Studio.”  Over the course of the podcast’s short history they have managed to interview some amazing Canadian acts such as: Napalmpom, Cartel Madras, Shotgun Jimmie, Faith Healer, Mobina Galore, Mauno, Freak Heat Waves, The Wet Secrets, The Garrys, and more. The interviews inform listeners on the happenings with each act but then attempt to get the musicians to let their guards down with a goofy rapid-fire questionnaire. Jeff took over this segment from Marvin Greensborough following his disappearance in October, 2017. New team member Seam Newton took over 50% of the interviews in September, 2018.

In addition to those audio components, the website boasts music reviews, premieres, a news section, an online store, a weekly highlighted music video and the Cups N Cakes Vinyl Unveil.

Cups N Cakes is a necessary experience for music fans still interested in discovering the latest and greatest acts. Near the end of 2018, the rapid growth of the Cups N Cakes Network forced MacCallum to seek help by assembling a team.

Meet the Cups N Cakes Team!

Nicola Gunter  (Picks Of The Week)  Originally from the prairies and currently residing on the West Coast, Nicola plans to move to Edmonton in 2019. With a background in social work her passions include: building inclusive community, urban agriculture, living room dance parties and eating tacos. An avid music lover since her childhood (RIP Walkman), the song that first changed her life was Video Killed the Radio Star by The Buggles. Nicola recently started a mixtape club called  3rd&Last  which promotes DIY community ethic and escaping the algorithm-curated echo chamber of music consumption by mailing out people-curated mix CDs monthly. Anyone can join! It should be noted that The Pixies’ Surfer Rosa was released the same month and year she was born. Oh yeah, she firmly believes that everyone should know the best album released the same month and year they were born, what’s yours?

Nicola Gunter (Picks Of The Week)

Originally from the prairies and currently residing on the West Coast, Nicola plans to move to Edmonton in 2019. With a background in social work her passions include: building inclusive community, urban agriculture, living room dance parties and eating tacos. An avid music lover since her childhood (RIP Walkman), the song that first changed her life was Video Killed the Radio Star by The Buggles. Nicola recently started a mixtape club called 3rd&Last which promotes DIY community ethic and escaping the algorithm-curated echo chamber of music consumption by mailing out people-curated mix CDs monthly. Anyone can join! It should be noted that The Pixies’ Surfer Rosa was released the same month and year she was born. Oh yeah, she firmly believes that everyone should know the best album released the same month and year they were born, what’s yours?

Sean Newton  (Inside The Artists Studio, Picks Of The Week)  Sean Newton was born and raised in North Battleford, Saskatchewan and currently lives in Edmonton, AB where he is in the third year of a music composition degree at MacEwan University. In 2014, he co-founded  Grade School Records  with pals Sam Burns, and Dylan Sylvester. Grade School is a prairie based record label that specializes in releasing outsider music from across Canada. Sean is also the main songwriter for  Trace Italian , an Edmonton band that’s influenced equally by a love of baroque pop and noise rock. When not in school, Sean spends his spare time working at an antique store on Stony Plain Road or hidden away in his basement studio antagonizing the neighbours.

Sean Newton (Inside The Artists Studio, Picks Of The Week)

Sean Newton was born and raised in North Battleford, Saskatchewan and currently lives in Edmonton, AB where he is in the third year of a music composition degree at MacEwan University. In 2014, he co-founded Grade School Records with pals Sam Burns, and Dylan Sylvester. Grade School is a prairie based record label that specializes in releasing outsider music from across Canada. Sean is also the main songwriter for Trace Italian, an Edmonton band that’s influenced equally by a love of baroque pop and noise rock. When not in school, Sean spends his spare time working at an antique store on Stony Plain Road or hidden away in his basement studio antagonizing the neighbours.

Kent Phillips  (The Cups N Cakes Radio Show)  Born and raised in St. Albert, Kent always had aspirations in radio and travel outside the confines of the little suburb north of Edmonton. He started volunteering at  CJSR campus radio  at the UofA in Edmonton, Alberta. He helped out whenever he could at the station while attending university as an Antro major and spent countless hours working local shows at the University and local venues. This gave him a taste of campus radio life and a chance to see some incredible touring acts from Canada and abroad. He left Canada in 1996 to go work on a kibbutz in Israel and then continued his travels in Greece and Turkey. Coming home with a new appreciation for the life of a backpacker and the worldly sounds abroad, he started a radio show called Working on Leaving the Living at CJSR. Between travels and work in Australia, London, Peru and Chili the show continued off and on until 2018 when Kent had to step back due to commitments to his job as a Business Development Manager for a British Tour Company; Exodus Travels. Kent continues to travel the world and takes in as much live music as possible, while taking on a new role with Cups N Cakes.

Kent Phillips (The Cups N Cakes Radio Show)

Born and raised in St. Albert, Kent always had aspirations in radio and travel outside the confines of the little suburb north of Edmonton. He started volunteering at CJSR campus radio at the UofA in Edmonton, Alberta. He helped out whenever he could at the station while attending university as an Antro major and spent countless hours working local shows at the University and local venues. This gave him a taste of campus radio life and a chance to see some incredible touring acts from Canada and abroad. He left Canada in 1996 to go work on a kibbutz in Israel and then continued his travels in Greece and Turkey. Coming home with a new appreciation for the life of a backpacker and the worldly sounds abroad, he started a radio show called Working on Leaving the Living at CJSR. Between travels and work in Australia, London, Peru and Chili the show continued off and on until 2018 when Kent had to step back due to commitments to his job as a Business Development Manager for a British Tour Company; Exodus Travels. Kent continues to travel the world and takes in as much live music as possible, while taking on a new role with Cups N Cakes.

Jeshaiah David  (Quick Picks, Picks Of The Week)  For Jeshaiah, music has been the one thing in his life more constant than change. From his early years in the lower mainlands in BC, to small town Saskatchewan, to Paris, France, music has been an interactive companion through it all. His early exposure to music through family and friends, choir, then learning saxophone and guitar gave him an appreciation for a wide variety of genres. Going to local all-ages shows and starting his first band as a teen gave him a taste of creative freedom that kept him coming back for more. After writing music and touring Canada from coast to coast with multiple bands for much of the last decade, Jeshaiah spent his last year in Saskatoon finding a balance between his work as a carpenter and his love for guitars by starting to design and build his own. He used one of his own designs to record and tour with his current band,  Soul Mates , together since 2011. Now living in Paris, Jeshaiah is trying to expand his musical reach all while keeping the band together long distance using many of the skills he’s learned on the way.

Jeshaiah David (Quick Picks, Picks Of The Week)

For Jeshaiah, music has been the one thing in his life more constant than change. From his early years in the lower mainlands in BC, to small town Saskatchewan, to Paris, France, music has been an interactive companion through it all. His early exposure to music through family and friends, choir, then learning saxophone and guitar gave him an appreciation for a wide variety of genres. Going to local all-ages shows and starting his first band as a teen gave him a taste of creative freedom that kept him coming back for more. After writing music and touring Canada from coast to coast with multiple bands for much of the last decade, Jeshaiah spent his last year in Saskatoon finding a balance between his work as a carpenter and his love for guitars by starting to design and build his own. He used one of his own designs to record and tour with his current band, Soul Mates, together since 2011. Now living in Paris, Jeshaiah is trying to expand his musical reach all while keeping the band together long distance using many of the skills he’s learned on the way.