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by: Jovin Tardif

Press/Media What On What’s Good

Storyteller, Conversation Starter, Writer, Reviewer, Interviewer, and Social Media

Did you ever want to know how it all happens?  What On What’s Good Founder and CEO Jovin Tardif goes behind-the-scenes to do some fun #cinqque5tion interviews with others.  The list includes filmmakers, musicians, producers, actors, actresses, writers, composers, broadcasters and many more.   It is a chance to get to know them better.

Cinqque5tion 2020

Juno Award Winning Artist Humble
UK Musician Sad Luv
Actor and Comedian Jonathan Mangum
Canadian Rapper Choclair
Author, Radio Personality Erin Davis
Modern Day Dolittle Meg Lisa Vickell
Canadian Experimental Band Acid Test
Entertainers Sharon and Bram
Comedian Rebecca Reeds
Publicist Sasha Stoltz
Not Your Typical Digital Services Provider Toronto Mike
Founder and CEO Jennifer Huggins (Fight to End Cancer)
Promotions at Warner Music Canada Erik Hodgson
Comedian and Actor Melissa Shoshahi
Musician Prescilla Una
Host, Social Media Manager & Writer Mikael M. Melo
Grammy-Nominated Canadian Rock Band Glass Tiger
Canadian Sprinter Aiyanna Stiverne
Canadian Artistic Gymnast and Actor Peng-Peng Lee
Singer/Actor Emily Klassen
Actor, Host, Producer, Consultant Angelica Alejandro
Citytv On-Air Host, Reporter, Journalist and Weather Specialist Stella Acquisto
Rapper Hop Hop Artist M.O. Littles
Producer, Production Manager Amanda Handy Nomad Films
Altex Academy Operations Director Yifei Zhao
Author Zvezdana Rashkovich
Host, Model, Author, Presenter Caroline Pearce


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Simon Humble (born Simon Johnathan Vassell) was born on July 2nd in the United Kingdom. His parent immigrated to England first where they had him, and then they made the decision to move to Toronto, Ontario, Canada. His earlier years were spent in both Scarborough and Rexdale, and it was here that he acquired the name Humble from a group of elders. This is the perfect nickname for Simon, because even when I was interviewing him, I noticed how reserved he was in his speech.

#whatonwhatsgood presents: #cinqque5tion with Juno Award Winning Artist Humble by #jovintardif 

You may know Hargrave as the keyboard/guitar player in indiepop band FRANKLIN. He toured the world with them and co-wrote smash hit Causes (2016), but left the band in 2017 to pursue a solo career as his alter ego, Maurice Amour. His debut album was then released in early 2019. Under that moniker, Hargrave’s talent was picked up by BBC Introducing, Virgin Media and The Pigeon Detectives. He scored a smash hit with Colours in the Dark and played a whopping 26 shows in Australia, totalling 87 shows all over the world in 2019. Over the years, he wrote music for both himself as well as other artists as a ghost writer, totalling over 40 million streams on Spotify to date. Hargrave is a sensitive, deep soul with an unstoppable urge to express emotion and pour his heart out- undoubtedly, that’s one of the reasons Maurice Amour appealed to such a wide audience. So when tragedy struck Hargrave’s family and his brother died of cancer in 2016, at the age of only 21, a change of pace was inevitable. This heartbreaking event would be the prelude to the name change and the birth of SAD LUV. Hargrave packed up his things, left FRANKLIN and moved to Cornwall so that the avid surfer and traveler could be closer to the ocean. “SAD LUV is about losing someone close to you,” Hargrave explains. “I write a lot about that situation and about other situations that are sad, while I search for happiness.” Encompassing life’s deeper meaning, SAD LUV offers dark pop music about changes, about loss and about real feelings. Releasing his first single on October 18, be ready for the waves of Cornwall to crash over you with dreamy, electronic soundwaves.
#whatonwhatsgood presents: #cinqque5tion with UK Musician Sad Luv by #jovintardif

Jonathan Mangum began performing while in college in Orlando, Fla., with the SAK Theatre, a local improv show. He performed 13 improv shows each week and began to work with a tight-knit group of improvisers that included Wayne Brady. Mangum’s television credits include “The Wayne Brady Show,” “The Drew Carey Show,” “Drew Carey’s Improv-A-Ganza,” and “Drew Carey’s Green Screen Show.” In addition, he has made appearances on “Reno 911,” “Pushing Daisies,” “NCIS,” and “The Sarah Silverman Program.” Also, he recurs on “Celebrity Name Game” and “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” After two seasons working with Drew Carey on “The Drew Carey Show,” he was invited to join the “Drew Carey Improv All-Stars.” The group went on to tour in more than 60 venues, including Carnegie Hall. He has also toured internationally with Wayne Brady, performing improv since 2000. Mangum’s feature film credits include appearing with Jack Nicholson in “The Bucket List” and with Eddie Murphy in “Imagine That.” In addition, he’s starred in the kids’ movies “Monkey Up” and “Pup Star.” Mangum’s writing credits include “The Wayne Brady Show,” “The Brandon T. Jackson Show,” “The BET Honors” and “The Late Late Show.” Also, he co-wrote and starred in the series “Home Purchasing Club” for VH1. In addition, he wrote an animated pilot, “The Lumberjacksons” for Disney and has written and produced several short films, including “Conversations,” “Open Carrie,” “Man Down,” and “Robots Are Hard.” A native on Charleston, S.C., Mangum grew up in Mobile, Ala. He is married to Leah Mangum, a writer, actor and casting director. They have two children together. His birthday is Jan. 16. Follow him on Twitter at @mangum1 and Instagram @jmangum1. His website is jonathanmangum.com
#whatonwhatsgood presents: #cinqque5tion with Actor and Comedian Jonathan Mangum by #jovintardif

Blake, of Jamaican descent, was born in Scarborough, Ontario, in east Toronto. Starting at the age of 11, he followed in his older brother's footsteps, and decided to become a rapper. In 1995, he released his debut single, "Twenty One Years", on his own independent label, Knee Deep Records. In 1997, he released the EP, What It Takes, which was accompanied by a music video featuring Jully Black. By 1998 Choclair had released eleven records, including the first international releases for Saukrates, Kardinal Offishall, Jully Black, Solitair, Marvel, and Tara Chase from Toronto's music scene.
#whatonwhatsgood presents: #cinqque5tion with Canadian rapper Choclair by #jovintardif

There’s a good chance that, as you’re reading this, Erin is sleeping. After getting up “at the crack of stupid” for most of her adult life, she now lives with husband Rob on Vancouver Island, after leaving the CHFI morning show in December 2016. Erin’s retirement from morning radio came approximately 18 months after their only child, beloved 24-year-old daughter Lauren, died in her sleep of unknown causes in May 2015, one day after celebrating her first Mother’s Day. Erin returned to work one month later, and continued to host the CHFI morning show until December of 2016. After being approached by HarperCollins to write a book telling of her experience with grief, Erin spent much of the next two years at her laptop. Her memoir, Mourning Has Broken: Love, Loss & Reclaiming Joy, was released in February of 2019 to critical acclaim and became a bestseller, finishing the year in the Top 10 for non-fiction. In 2020, Erin was named to the Canadian Music & Broadcast Industry Hall of Fame. Erin appears regularly at various public events across the country, both as M.C. and delivering her Keynote address “Reclaiming Joy.” Erin and Rob’s routine also includes regular trips back to Ontario so they can continue to spend time with their son-in-law Phil, new wife Brooke, their beautiful boy Colin and daughter Jane. Erin called CHFI home nearly continuously for over 28 years, beginning in 1988, when she began doing news on the popular Daynard Drive-in. She soon became Don’s co-host and the show enjoyed enormous ratings right through his retirement in 1999. She then hosted with Bob Magee until June of 2003, when the station decided to take the morning show in another direction. However, that marked the beginning of a magical time for her. In the summer of 2003, Erin saw a lifelong dream come true when the W Network called and offered her the opportunity to host her own TV show. W Live with Erin Davis, a daily live hour-long national talk show, which featured guests and viewers discussing women’s lifestyle, health and wellness issues, hit the air that fall and lasted one year. Also in the summer of ’03, Erin was contacted by theatrical producer Ross Petty, who invited her to audition for a part in his annual Christmas family pantomime. She accepted his invitation and made her live theatre debut as the Fairy Godmother in Cinderella at Toronto’s historic Elgin Theatre in December for a month-long run, concurrent with her daily television show. In the fall of 2004, the magic continued. Erin had the opportunity to meet and work with Mike Cooper, one of Canada’s best-known radio personalities, while she was temporarily filling in on another Toronto radio station. Erin and Mike hit it off immediately and enjoyed great success together so, when CHFI asked Erin to come back in the fall of ’05, her new friend Mike was not far behind, and the two continued to make radio magic for more than a decade, until Mike’s retirement in January 2016. Prior to coming to CHFI in 1988, Erin co-hosted mornings on CKO Toronto, the flagship station of Canada’s all-news radio network. She had come from CKLW Windsor (aka The Big Eight) where she had been the first female co-host in the powerful Detroit market. Previously, she worked as a newscaster at CFRA Ottawa. Erin was born in Edmonton, Alberta and, as a result of her father’s Air Force career, was raised everywhere, including Ottawa, Trenton and England. The Davis household was always filled with music and Erin’s introduction to show business came at an early age when she sang regularly with her grandfather’s orchestra. Her love of performing led her to study Radio Broadcasting at Loyalist College in Belleville. By her second year, a typical day for Erin included attending classes in the morning, hosting a radio show on CIGL-FM in the afternoon and playing piano at a local restaurant in the evening. This routine helped prepare her for a lifetime of sleep deprivation. Erin had considerable television experience prior to her W Network show. Following a number of guest host positions at CFTO (now CTV Toronto) and Global, Erin wrote and performed a nightly commentary on CFTO News in 1998 and 1999 called “Just So You Know.” Then, for two seasons, she hosted a nightly talk show (more than 200 episodes) on Rogers Television. The lifestyle and wellness program, which could be seen in over two million homes in Southern Ontario, received an award in its second season as Canada’s best cable talk show. Erin’s charitable works are numerous. She was a regular participant in the Easter Seals Telethon on CBC television and is also a staunch supporter of Markham Stouffville Hospital, for which she has hosted fundraising events for some 30 years. Erin has been saluted by the Empire Club, Variety Club and Toastmasters International for her public service work and received a Paul Harris Fellowship from the Rotary Club in recognition of her public service. In 2008, the first Erin Davis – Women in Media bursary was awarded to a student at Erin’s alma mater, Loyalist College. This annual award was established by Erin and her family, in part to recognize and assist promising media students. Erin writes an internet journal twice weekly, available at erindavis.com. Her journal receives some 5,000 visits each week and, as in every aspect of her life, Erin is very, very grateful.
#whatonwhatsgood presents: #cinqque5tion with Author, Radio Personality Erin Davis by #jovintardif

Hi, my name is Meg. I am an animal communicator. Yes, like a modern-day Dr. Doolittle, I talk to animals. Trained under world-renowned animal communicator and author, Maia Kincaid Ph.D., I have worked with animals across Canada the USA, Europe and Asia. The nature of my work allows me to communicate with any finned, feathered or four-legged companions, using my telepathic abilities. I conduct readings via phone, email, and video conference from Toronto, Ontario, Canada where I reside with my dog, Roo.     My healing abilities further allow me to offer clients a holistic approach to their animals' health, happiness and overall well being. I am Reiki (Level 1) Certified and take appointments as requested.   ​  I look forward to connecting with you and your animal.  ​  Sincerely Your, Modern Day Dolittle   ​
#whatonwhatsgood presents: #cinqque5tion with Modern Day Dolittle Meg Lisa Vickell by #jovintardif

Motivated by a lingering feeling that they had some unfinished business to take care of, 90s alternative rock band Acid Test have released a powerful, delightfully raw and insistent new six-song EP called “Jus’ Rite”.  Propelled by a desire to rekindle a fulfilling musical partnership the band is taking their energetic new music and live show for a spin in 2018 at shows and festivals in Ontario and Quebec, including a showcase at Indieweek in Toronto on November 10th.   Twenty-five years after the release of their major label debut album Drop (Sire/Warner), the wizened and revitalized band, comprised of original members Lucy Di Santo (vocals), guitarist Steve Fall, keyboardist/producer Adam (Atom) Percy, and new drummer Tim van de Ven are picking up from where they left off.   Acid Test’s new music is as adventurous, as genre-bending, edgy and visceral. But there is also a gravitas and vibrancy to the songs – something that has come through the lives each of the band members have lived over the intervening two decades before the initial thought of a reformation took hold in 2012, after the death of former member Mike Harland in 2012.   The EP is named Jus’ Rite in Harland’s honour, and the result of their inspired writing and recording sessions are songs that are a remarkable blend of edgy grit and superlative production values. The visceral emotion of Di Santo’s vocal performances are bracketed by a musical dynamic that indeed hearkens back to the core of Acid Test’s influences, but with a forward-thinking vibe that will appeal to a wide and diverse array of music lovers.   This is typified with the first single, Slipping Away - already getting solid airplay on CBC, Stingray, and across Canadian radio - which sees the band’s in-your- face attitude on full display. With a renewed sense of purpose, the members of Acid Test are excited by what lies ahead, including the opportunity to reconnect with fans and lure new ones into the fold with their upcoming shows in November.   The music on Jus’ Rite is vital, relevant, filled with powerful emotional and musical statements, and a dynamic that ranges from contemplative to kick ass and everything in between. It can be boldly proclaimed that Acid Test is back, and they are ready to tackle that unfinished business.

#whatonwhatsgood presents: #cinqque5tion with Canadian experimental band Acid Test by #jovintardif

Since 1978, Sharon Hampson and Bram Morrison have been pre-eminent in all aspects of family entertainment across North America as members of the trio “Sharon, Lois & Bram”. Together, the threesome produced over twenty recordings, beginning with their iconic 'One Elephant, Deux Elephants', three song-books, six national TV specials, sixty-five episodes of The Elephant Show, and fifty-two of Skinnamarink TV. They have appeared in every major concert hall in Canada, and many in the United States including Carnegie Hall, The Lincoln Center and the White House in Washington just to name a few. They have received countless awards, including Gold and Platinum Records and JUNO awards for Best Children’s Album. They have sold millions of albums worldwide.  ​  Sharon and Bram have carried on together since Lois Lillenstein stepped aside from live performing in 2000. This incarnation of one of North America’s most popular family acts ranges from a “sweet and simple” folksy duo performance, to a larger production featuring members of the versatile Skinnamarink Band.  ​  A Sharon and Bram show is a sing-along concert for the entire family, featuring such well-loved favourites as “She’ll Be Coming ‘Round the Mountain", “Five Little Monkeys", “One Elephant", “Tingalayo", and, of course, “Skinnamarink".  ​  “We love singing with our audiences; the sound of families singing together and the expressions of delight on the faces of parents and children as they share the music, bring us deep satisfaction”, say Sharon and Bram.  ​  Sharon and Bram, with Lois, have supported many social welfare programmes in Canada and the US, such as school breakfasts for learning, encouraging parents to inoculate their children and, internationally, as Goodwill Ambassadors for UNICEF in North and South America, for which they received the Danny Kaye Humanitarian Award.  ​  For their years of work providing the best in participatory music for children and their families, Sharon and Bram have been inducted into The Order of Canada, the highest honour in the country.
#whatonwhatsgood presents: #cinqque5tion with Entertainers Sharon and Bram by #jovintardif

Since her debut in Ottawa, Rebecca Reeds has quickly become a comedian to watch out for. She’s been described as “completely literate” and “female”; a dangerous combination. Rebecca has recorded for CBC, Sirius XM, and has performed at Toronto’s JFL42, SheDot Festival, the Ottawa Fringe Festival, and the Winnipeg Comedy Festival.
#whatonwhatsgood presents: #cinqque5tion with Comedian Rebecca Reeds by #jovintardif

With a background deeply rooted in the business community, publicist & executive producer Sasha Stoltz, comes with a "both feet on the ground"​ quality that her clients have come to depend on. A respected member of Toronto’s publicity elite in the Film & Music industry, Sasha has become the "go to"​ Publicist , able to "turn on a dime” whatever the budget. Her personal touch to every detail & ability to stay calm & poised no matter the circumstance has earned Sasha the complete trust of her clients. Her ability to connect & hold on to relationships is key to her success. Garnering contacts in Canada, & US ensures her clients receive the exposure they deserve. From a young age, Sasha was fully entrenched in several successful family owned businesses. Sasha was festival Publicist for the ReelWorld Film Fest & Director of Special Events for 13 years. Her first solo entry into film publicity was 2009 as unit publicist for iconic director Bruce McDonald's film Pontypool. Sasha has worked the red carpets on both sides of the border, MMVA's, Toronto International Film Fest, Gemini Awards, "If I Ruled T.O"​ feat Bow Wow, the US Daytime Emmys & NAACP Awards. Sasha's publicity clients have included, Actor/Director Mykelti Williamson (Bubba in Forrest Gump, Justified, 24) Actor Cle Bennett, Actress Kim Roberts, Actress Tonya Lee Williams, Director X, Juno Award Winning Recording artist Sean Jones, The Songwriters Association of Canada, Canadian Urban Music Conference, Death Row Records, Songwriters Association of Canada, TDOT FEST & many more. Sasha is also the Executive Producer at Have Faith Productions. Have Faith Productions just completed the feature film "Sons 2 The Grave” filmed in Atlanta. The next project from Have Faith Productions will be the feature film "Loud Silence,” and the TV series "Hudson"
#whatonwhatsgood presents: #cinqque5tion with Publicist Sasha Stoltz by #jovintardif

 
As a pioneer of podcasting in Canada, Mike Boon’s popular podcast, “Toronto Mike’d” airs from his at-home, basement studio. Surprisingly, while his studio hasn’t changed much over the years, the guest’s seat has been a revolving door of the who’s who in Toronto — and even Canadian — media and entertainment.  From George Stroumboulopoulos to Maureen Holloway to Elliotte Friedman to Ann Rohmer to Maestro Fresh Wes and beyond, for about six years Mike has been inviting many big radio and TV personalities to his at-home studio for raw and real conversations that you won’t find anywhere else.  READ: Home is Where the Art Is: George Stroumboulopoulos So I decided to pay him a visit to see what he’s done to make guests feel so at home … So much so, that they’ve even been known to invite themselves over sometimes.   (Yes, I invited myself over too.)  “You’re lucky you’re not a tall woman, because people bump their heads on this ductwork all the time,” says Mike, as I make my way through his basement.  (I’m five-foot-zero, but since you can’t see me, for the purpose of this article, let’s say I’m my dream height, five-foot-two — which in this basement, would be tall.)    Toronto Mike @torontomike The part of the ceiling above my podcast studio is quite low. Most visitors have to duck.@JodiesJumpsuit, in heels, was A-OK. http://www.torontomike.com/2018/08/toronto_miked_podcast_episode_363.html …  View image on Twitter 8 4:21 PM - Aug 3, 2018 Twitter Ads info and privacy See Toronto Mike's other Tweets  Toronto Mike’s basement — or office, as it were — looks unassuming. In fact, it doesn’t look like a place you’d expect to find some of the most talked about names in our media and entertainment landscape.  “Ron James wished he would have bumped his head,” he says of the five-foot-three Canadian comedian icon, who has of course been a guest on “Toronto Mike’d.”  The podcast host is also a father to four kids, aged two, four, 14, and 16.  His son is sleeping (or trying to sleep through our conversation) in a bed around the corner from Mike’s studio, which is tightly packed into another corner of the low-ceiling Etobicoke basement.  How did all of this start? It all began with the blog. I started TorontoMike.com in 2002 and it’s still going.  We covered things I was passionate about. That would include the media. I’ve always enjoyed radio and local TV like old City TV and MuchMusic. So I would write about what I knew and loved.  In 2006, my friends Humble and Fred took me out to lunch. They wanted to keep broadcasting but they no longer had their terrestrial radio gig at then Mix 99.9. I told them they should podcast. We struck a deal where they would create the content and I would make that a podcast.  We would periodically record podcasts throughout the next several years.  READ: Behind-The-Scenes At Home With CP24 Breakfast Anchor Gurdeep Ahluwalia Fast forward to 2011 when Humble and Fred realized they weren’t going to get another terrestrial radio gig. So they decided to make a living from podcasting. So, again, we went out to lunch and they told me they wanted to record daily to monetize. I designed a digital backend infrastructure that was scalable.  In October 2011 they started podcasting daily.  For the first two weeks, I would witness this all and watch how they do it. Because I never had experience with the content side of the broadcast.  Finally, I decided to leave my comfort zone and see if I could handle the A-to-Z of a podcast: producing the content, speaking into the microphone — which I had never done — and making a professional sounding MP3 into a podcast.  I recorded the first 19 episodes of my podcast at their studio before I invested in a professional studio of my own for Episode 20.  And this week I will hit Episode 360, and counting …   How did you get people on your show? In the beginning, when I didn’t really know what this was, a friend and I would shoot the shit and discuss current events and interesting things that happened to us.  Then I started inviting people I know. The obvious two were Humble and Fred.  Then I started contacting a couple of people I knew through their show. Then I reached out to people like Alan Cross and Jonathan Torrens and Todd Shapiro. And by Episode 70, I realized people would come on if you ask them.    Toronto Mike @torontomike Next week on @torontopodcast: @EdtheSock kicks out the jams!  Subscribe: http://www.torontomike.com/podcast/subscribe/ …  View image on Twitter 15 11:44 AM - Jul 7, 2018 Twitter Ads info and privacy See Toronto Mike's other Tweets What’s that? I’m looking at my 12-inch single of Maestro Fresh Wes’ “Let Your Backbone Slide.”  Who am I to ask Maestro Fresh Wes to come to my basement and chat with me for two hours? But like a snowball gathering momentum, you find out maybe Maestro will come to my basement and chat with me.  And next thing I heard, Maestro loved it so much he wants to come back to my basement and kick out the jams with me.  toronto mike Toronto Mike hanging with Maestro Fresh Wes. Turning a home into your office is one thing. But turning your home into a studio where guests need to feel comfortable is another. How did you accomplish that? I think at this point I have a reputation that everyone has a good time. There’s no PR BS. It’s very authentic and organic.  It’s a deep-dive conversation with someone who is passionate about the subject matter. I call it #realtalk.  Brian Williams was coming on — the legendary host of the Olympics. He’s also close friends with legendary sportscaster Dave Hodge. So he asked Dave Hodge about it. And Dave says, “Yes, do it. You’ll love it.”  <He motions to stacks of beer on the floor behind us.>  And, yes, everyone leaves with free beer. But that’s not why they come here. They get a six-pack of Great Lakes beer. Every guest gets a fresh six-pack. There’s another sponsor who gives out pint glasses, from PropertyInTheSix.com.  There’s a lot of local Toronto involvement on the show.  I’ve also had a local rapper iLLvibe create the original “Toronto Mike’d” theme song at the beginning of each episode.  How often do people invite themselves now? Well, for instance, John Donabie is a radio legend in this city, he’s the original Q107 guy. He was forever on CHUM FM and CFRB mornings. Recently, I invited him on. And on the show, he said he’s been listening for years and wondered when he’d get an invitation.  I just wish if there are people who want to come on the show they would just send me a note and save me a hassle. Because booking guests is the least fun part of the gig.  Also, I have a guest who’s been wanting to come on for three years. And it’s supposed to be next month. But it’s always a tough thing.  As — perhaps — Canada’s longest-running media personality podcast, your home has hosted a lot of guests and their stories … Who’s your greatest get so far? That’s a great question. I just had Dan Shulman on. And I don’t think there’s a better baseball play-by-play guy working today.  My brother listens to every show. And we’ve often ask each other, Who’s been the most famous person on my show?  But how do you define Canada famous?  READ: Dana Levenson Of CTV Takes You Inside Her Modern Family’s Dream Home So maybe Strombo is the most famous guy. Because he’s covered all national points that would make him English-Canada famous, whether it’s sports, news, music …  And I like sports. So there is no one bigger than Bob McKenzie in this country when it comes to hockey talk. And of course, he’s been on too.  Who’s been your favourite guest? I can’t pick a favourite.  But Steve Anthony was so forthcoming and honest and fun. And I wasn’t expecting that. And he’s been here twice. I like those surprises. You can talk to him about snorting coke in the ‘80s and he’ll talk to you about it.   Mike with his “white whale,” CP24 anchor, Ann Rohmer Ann Rohmer is interesting to me. She retired a million times. She’s been like a white whale to me. A lot of public retirements. Each retirement announcement saw more cake. But each time she came back again. And no one would acknowledge this!  I like Ann. I find this to be a fascinating Toronto story.  Forever I tried to get her on the show.  One time she lost her voice. Recently, she came in and was as amazing as you’d hope. Totally awesome and honest and even dropped that she’s mulling a run for city council. And she just answered all my retirement questions. And she took several cute playful pictures with me. She was amazing.  But then I feel like I caught my white whale. And then I’m like, what’s next?  READ: Yannick Bisson From Television’s ‘Murdoch Mysteries’ Lets You Into His Home And so many other interesting people were here too …  Another favourite episode is with Stephen Brunt and Dave Hodge. Two legendary sports guys who came in and we just played music and talked about their 10 favourite songs. These two guys have such a passion for music that I believe it dwarfs their passion for sports.  Elliotte Friedman, you know “the” Canadian sports journalist from Hockey Night In Canada, well he is sick of talking about hockey. But get him to talk about music and suddenly things change.   Mike with sports writer and broadcaster Stephen Brunt. It’s amazing what you learn about a person when they tell you about the music they love.  And the tears I see here.  People who just start crying in that seat you’re sitting in …  People get comfortable. They feel at home. Next thing you know David Shoalts, who writes for the Globe and Mail is talking about the death of his son. It’s just the most emotional, raw real moment.  How has your home studio changed since you began? Well, I added swing boom arms to mics. I used to have mic stands but guests looked uncomfortable. And that’s probably the only difference from when I built the studio until now.  The other big difference is I record other people’s podcasts now.  You talk about all things Toronto … What have you learned about the city from your guests? That Toronto extends east of Yonge. There’s this whole place called Scarborough. Toronto is a city of neighbourhoods.  We’re all from Toronto. But really we identify by our neighbourhood. And everyone is very proud of their ‘hood.  How much do you enjoy your commute from your bedroom to your basement? It’s been great. I kinda wish I had a commute so I could bike it. I just like to bike the city. Year round. Even in -15 C when it’s snowy out.  I just love biking the city. It’s really good for mental health and family work-life balance.     What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned from your podcast and home business? I cringe when I listen to older episodes. But I’ve learned so much. The only way I got better is I kept doing it.  There’s no magic formula get-rich-quick scheme.  First, create compelling content. Then you can monetize it.  When I started podcasting it wasn’t like it is now. A lot of podcasts are out there and a lot are good. Getting someone to commit to your podcast … You have to produce compelling content.  It has to sound good.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Critically acclaimed Toronto rapper M.O. Littles has laid a solid foundation for his career with sales of thousands of copies of his albums, and supporting Canadian, American, European, and South American tours with international stars Bone Thugs N Harmony, MGK, The Beatnuts, AZ, Statik Selektah, Termanology & Demigodz. M.O. has collaborated with Madchild, Juju (of the Beatnuts), Termanology, and SonReal, has received multiple FACTOR grants, recently won the top spot in the hip hop category for the Song Of The Year Competition and has showcased at Canadian Music Week and the Billboard R&B/Hip Hop Conference & Awards. This year he will be showcasing at SXSW as well as Canadian Music Week as part of his Welcome To The Shot Club tour to support his album of the same name, which features collaborations with Saukrates, Rich Kidd & Merkules. Welcome To The Shot Club is a free album to give back to the fans and media who have supported him as he continues building a solid fan base that will be a cornerstone of a long and prosperous career.
 
Nomad Films is an award winning producer of powerful documentaries and exciting factual programming, for broadcasters all over the world.  Amanda joined Nomad Films in 2007 as a Partner and Producer. Successfully leveraging her diverse film and television experience that included running the Business Affairs and Marketing departments for some of Canada’s biggest drama and documentary production houses.  Since joining Nomad Amanda has worked as a producer on the critically acclaimed documentaries When We Were Boys (Official Hot Docs and True False Film Festival Selections and Donald Britain Award Nominee) and The Al Qaeda Code (BANFF Award Nominee), as well as the ambitious 4 part documentary series Empire of the Word (Worldfest Houston Platinum Award Winner and Banff Award Nominee) and Nomad’s first drama feature film with the NFB, the Afghan based Act of Dishonour (Official Selection for the Edinburgh Festival), Coproduced with Dan Iron of Foundry Films (Away from Her). The Jungle Prescription, a documentary about an ancient Amazonian medicine called ayahuasca, which is being used cure western drug addicts at an astonishing rate, and an exciting 13 part documentary series called The Fight Xchange for Super Channel, which is a fascinating look at MMA fighting through a Brazilian, Canadian exchange program.  Recently completed were Giraffes - The Forgotten Giants, a ground breaking natural science documentary project that challenges perceptions of giraffes for the CBC and PBS International, I Married My Family’s Killer, which won the Student Academy Award for Best Documentary and the Canadian Screen Award nominated Much Too Young a heartbreaking feature film for TVO and Knowledge Network that looks at the young caregivers of parents with early on set Alzheimer’s.  Her latest work is as Producer and developer of the international documentary format hit, Political Blind Date (TVO/CPAC), where she is producing season two in Canada.
 
 
Zvezdana Rashkovich was born in the former Yugoslavia to a Croatian mother and Serbian father and spent her childhood in Libya and Sudan before eventually moving to the United States Due to her Sudanese stepfather she became further immersed into Sudanese culture eventually marrying a Sudanese herself. Her first novel, Dubai Wives was published by Authorhouse in 2011 and is due for release in Serbian/Croatian/Bosnian in the fall. Her writing can be found in the The Missing Slate Literary Journal, New World Writing, Inkapture (UK), Journal of Microliterature, Huffington Post, Gone Lawn, Expat Focus, InCulture Parent, and Women Writers Women Books, When Women Waken Anthologies among others.
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