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 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 is comprised of a half hour of Jeff and Carey’s tomfoolerous banter and an hour of new music. The duo’s chemistry is evident as they unapologetically chat about a vast array of topics and try to poke fun at society in general. In October of 2018, Jeff handed over the producer reigns for 50% of the episodes to new team member, Brittany Rudyck.

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 based 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, Slates, Shotgun Jimmie, Faith Healer, Mobina Galore, Mauno, Freak Heat Waves, The Wet Secrets, The Garrys, Fiver 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, 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!

  Brittany Rudyck  (The Cups N Cakes Radio Show)  "Growing up on a farm with no internet, Brittany began developing a love for music through 90s MuchMusic programming such as The Punk Show and the Wedge. Choiceland, SK did not have a music scene, so she wrote reviews of Anti-Flag shows she would drive to see in Saskatoon. Those reviews would be published in the Nipawin Journal, solidifying her love of music journalism. After receiving a diploma in Television and Radio Broadcasting, a stint as a News & Sports Director at a country music station, a four year career as a full time yoga teacher, she decided to give music journalism another go. Brittany started writing for  BeatRoute Magazine , voraciously going to local shows and working in venues. She became the Editor for the Edmonton Extra section, where she expanded her interest in local music to include literature, visual arts and theatre. She developed an affinity for social media marketing while working at the Needle Vinyl Tavern, which, succinctly put, ended with another discovery: advocating against sexual violence. After stepping down as Editor with BeatRoute, she still writes the occasional article, sits on the Board for  Up + Downtown Music Festival  as the Safer Spaces Coordinator, and works at the University of Alberta.

Brittany Rudyck (The Cups N Cakes Radio Show)

"Growing up on a farm with no internet, Brittany began developing a love for music through 90s MuchMusic programming such as The Punk Show and the Wedge. Choiceland, SK did not have a music scene, so she wrote reviews of Anti-Flag shows she would drive to see in Saskatoon. Those reviews would be published in the Nipawin Journal, solidifying her love of music journalism. After receiving a diploma in Television and Radio Broadcasting, a stint as a News & Sports Director at a country music station, a four year career as a full time yoga teacher, she decided to give music journalism another go. Brittany started writing for BeatRoute Magazine, voraciously going to local shows and working in venues. She became the Editor for the Edmonton Extra section, where she expanded her interest in local music to include literature, visual arts and theatre. She developed an affinity for social media marketing while working at the Needle Vinyl Tavern, which, succinctly put, ended with another discovery: advocating against sexual violence. After stepping down as Editor with BeatRoute, she still writes the occasional article, sits on the Board for Up + Downtown Music Festival as the Safer Spaces Coordinator, and works at the University of Alberta.

  Sean Newton  (Inside The Artists Studio, Pick 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, Pick 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.

  Jeshaiah David  (Quick Picks)  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)

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.


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