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Toronto Story Archive is Toronto told by Toronto's people. Through their voices we showcase the city, its beauty, its challenges, its stories. Each episode we bring on guests from throughout the GTA (Greater Toronto Area) to tell a story, any story, about their life in our fair city.

Toronto Story Archive is Toronto told by Toronto's people. Through their voices we showcase the city, its beauty, its challenges, its stories. Each episode we bring on guests from throughout the GTA (Greater Toronto Area) to tell a story, any story, about their life in our fair city.
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Toronto, ON

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Toronto Story Archive is Toronto told by Toronto's people. Through their voices we showcase the city, its beauty, its challenges, its stories. Each episode we bring on guests from throughout the GTA (Greater Toronto Area) to tell a story, any story, about their life in our fair city.

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@iammowaja

Language:

English

Contact:

647.985.5923


Episodes

Episode 31: Life After Football ft. Kojo Millington

2/2/2018
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Growing up, Kojo didn't consider himself an athlete. As a youth, football was something far off - an idea thought about, but never really pursued. But at the tail end of his high school career, that all changed. Kojo may have been late to the game, but the game was ready for him. It would only be in university, after a tragic event unlocked hitherto unfelt emotion, that football stopped being just a game and instead became a career - setting him on a path to play first for the Toronto...

Duration:00:40:07

Episode 30: Friendship Saves the World ft. Tanya May

11/2/2017
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Tanya's a friendly person. The kind of person who goes out of her way to meet five new people every week - and often those people become her friends. In fact, her dedication to the pursuit of friendship and connection is such that she built an organization, Toronto Business Casual, around that very concept. But making new friends, especially as an adult, can be difficult. Why? Well a lot of it comes down to time, energy, and the preconceptions we have about adult friendships. Discussing...

Duration:00:53:26

Episode 29: Bartender Atlas ft. Josh Lindley

10/26/2017
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On May 28, 2016 Bartender Atlas launched with just over 50 bartenders. Now, they have around 400 bartenders listed on their site with more added every week. What is Bartender Atlas? That’s a question for the experts. Discussing cocktail culture, what makes a good bartender, and bartending around the world.

Duration:00:48:12

Episode 28: The Figures that Shaped Us ft. Nader Marzouk

9/28/2017
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One person does something and it works, and people buy into it, then everybody kind of takes that template changes a small thing and then reapplies the same concept. That's when people get bored and that's exactly what the founders of Figures Toronto and &Company were looking to break. From the heart of Mississauga to Yorkville in Toronto, Nader and his brother wanted two things: to break the mold of Toronto's dining and cocktail experience, and to build a place that was very Toronto to...

Duration:00:44:09

Episode 27: Cosplay is Community ft. RosieStormborn

9/20/2017
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Rosemarie Sarno had always been kind of a geek. So, for her, becoming an active cosplayer was simply the natural evolution of her passion for comic books, gaming, and costuming. But back when Rosemarie, (now better known by her handle RosieStormborn) was first discovering her passion, geek culture still carried with it an air of taboo - something reserved for only the small corners of the social community. Now, all that has changed. As cosplay culture and cosplay celebrity culture...

Duration:00:48:18

Episode 26: A Visual World ft. Brandon Schiafone

9/7/2017
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That we live in a visual world is a challenge that many people who are blind interact with every day, but for Brandon Schiafone that's just par for the course. Having gone blind when he was young, Brandon adapted, and adapted well. By putting systems in place to help him through our visual world, Brandon has created an environment where, as a blind man, he thrives. How? Well, it starts with asking the necessary questions, refusing to put yourself in a box, and being ready to have a real...

Duration:00:47:38

Episode 25: A City in Full Colour ft. Vanessa Giorgio

8/30/2017
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One of the biggest misconceptions about being an artist is the question of "Am I good enough?". As an artist in Toronto, Vanessa faces this question constantly - and like every other artist, she pushes back the self-consciousness to continue to pursue her art. In her case, this is live painting, creating her work in front of a live audience. Making it as an artist in the city can be tough, getting your work out there can be tough; but for Vanessa, her differentiating factor is that every...

Duration:00:48:56

Episode 24: Making it in Toronto ft. Sammy Abu-Saud

8/23/2017
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Then she said yeah, that's the guy I found on LinkedIn. Although young, Sammy's career has already had a few big leaps. From being a student at Ryerson, to starting an entertainment company, to leaving that company, to becoming a financial services professional, Sammy's success has been all about building lifestyle. The foundation of his success? An entrepreneurial spirit, the right people, and a city rich with opportunity. Discussing moving into the workforce, the truth behind Canadian...

Duration:00:43:14

Episode 23: The Juggers are Coming ft. Valkyrie Savage

8/16/2017
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Once upon a time, Valkyrie Savage spent a semester in Germany where she was introduced to the game of Jugger - based off the 1989 movie "The Blood of Heroes". It was a good experience, but it was one she wouldn't repeat for half a decade after moving back to San Francisco. In a city without a dedicated community, Valkyrie and her husband Evan thought back to the sport they'd discovered in Germany and began to put in place the foundation of her first Jugger team. Now, living in Toronto,...

Duration:00:44:19

(Almost) Failure to Launch - Part 2

8/14/2017
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Part 2 of the 4-part (Almost) Failure to Launch miniseries answers the question: Why would anyone want to be on your podcast? We discuss selling your podcast idea in order to attract professional level guests to your podcast.

Duration:00:14:19

Episode 22: Changing the Narrative ft. Miracle Kerr

8/9/2017
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Miracle was someone who always dreamed of moving to the big city. The difference, that for her dreams were goals that could (and would) be achieved. Building her career in the entertainment sector, she quickly realized that although consumers were diverse, casting wasn't always. She realized that although many dream of breaking away from the 9-5, those same people are often stuck in a narrative of a limited list of ways to build their dream career. She realized that, even though society...

Duration:00:50:24

(Almost) Failure to Launch - Part 1

7/31/2017
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Part 1 of the 4-part (Almost) Failure to Launch miniseries answers the question: Why would anyone listen to my podcast? We discuss solidifying your podcast idea through researching and understanding your concept and target audience.

Duration:00:07:43

Introducing the (Almost) Failure To Launch miniseries

7/31/2017
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Welcome to (Almost) Failure to Launch, a 4-part miniseries describing some of the challenges I faced as a prospective podcast host with no time and very little money.

Duration:00:03:02

Loving Toronto Weekly Series 06

7/29/2017
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Welcome to Loving Toronto Weekly, where each week we interrupt the lives of 7 random people to ask them the question: "What's one thing you love about Toronto?"

Duration:00:01:52

Episode 20: Reengineering Engineering ft. Jenan Abderrahman

7/27/2017
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Jenan wanted to be a teacher. It was her target, her goal, her dream; that is, until the encouragement of one of her own teachers led her to apply to the Aerospace Engineering program at Ryerson University. As an engineer, Jenan noticed quickly the lack of female members in the engineering profession - a profession that continues on some level to be a "boy's club". In fact, it was the need to change this that pushed her now, as a full-fledged engineer, to join Women in Engineering, teach...

Duration:00:48:48

Loving Toronto Weekly Series 05

7/22/2017
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Welcome to Loving Toronto Weekly, where each week we interrupt the lives of 7 random people to ask them the question: "What's one thing you love about Toronto?"

Duration:00:01:58

Episode 19: Community, Career, Culture, Love ft. Mikael Melo

7/19/2017
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One of Mikael's favourite parts of Toronto's entertainment industry is the diversity of people - both in front of and behind the camera. One of its greatest challenges, putting Toronto on the map as a city to not only be filmed in, but as the setting of new films. Now, moving through his university career and rising in the industry he's passionate about, Mikael has discovered a people who are warm and welcoming, lasting friendships, and a city with growing potential. Discussing Toronto's...

Duration:00:56:50

Loving Toronto Weekly Series 04

7/15/2017
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Welcome to Loving Toronto Weekly, where each week we interrupt the lives of 7 random people to ask them the question: "What's one thing you love about Toronto?"

Duration:00:02:46

Episode 18: The Power of Education ft. Henry Agassi

7/12/2017
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Henry is a recent Torontonian. Growing up in Nigeria and only immigrating to Canada in 2010, Henry has a very different perspective on education. Where for some education is a chore, for Henry necessity forged education into a passion. It was through the pursuit of this passion that Henry transformed himself from a young boy from a West African village, to a speaker in Toronto who has taken the TEDx stage. Discussing education across the world, culture shock, and Toronto through foreign...

Duration:00:52:44

Loving Toronto Weekly Series 03

7/8/2017
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Welcome to Loving Toronto Weekly, where each week we interrupt the lives of 7 random people to ask them the question: What's one thing you love about Toronto?

Duration:00:02:37