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Not just an Artspodcast, nor a music or comedy podcast, I talk to creative people about the intersection of daily life in society and their creative muse.

Not just an Artspodcast, nor a music or comedy podcast, I talk to creative people about the intersection of daily life in society and their creative muse.
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Not just an Artspodcast, nor a music or comedy podcast, I talk to creative people about the intersection of daily life in society and their creative muse.






Actor: Mike Shara

Mike Shara is one of Canada’s most accomplished actors with multiple seasons at the Stratford Festival and the Shaw Festival. He covers a wide range of topics from his time at Theatre School to the limitations of acting in Canadian television. Mike's worst audition story is a classic and, even better, he has some great thoughts on how to avoid blowing the audition before you even open your mouth. We discuss working with director Chris Abram on The Matchmaker and Othello. Mike opens up...


Author, comedian: Wayne Turmel

For 20 years Wayne Turmel worked as a stand-up comedian touring throughout North America, headlining clubs and concerts. He appeared on the TV show “Evening at the Improv” and opened for bands such as Chicago and Hall and Oates. In his midlife Wayne began a second career in the training and development field. Wayne has written novels; in the podcast we discuss his newest work of historical fiction, Acre’s Bastard, whose central character is a half Syrian, half French child caught up in...


Tony Award-winning producer, blogger, and podcaster: Ken Davenport

Ken Davenport is a Broadway producer whose credits include Once On This Island, The Play That Goes Wrong, Groundhog Day, Deaf West Theatre’s Spring Awakening, Macbeth starring Alan Cumming, Godspell, and Kinky Boots just to name a few. You'll find out how he financed his first few shows and the marketing strategy he used to promote them with limited resources. Thanks to my sponsors: AnthroDesk The best sit/stand desk. Details here. Chefs Plate Save 50% on a week's worth of delicious...


Nora McLellan, actor

Nora McLellan is one of Canada's most celebrated and respected actors. In this episode we begin by discussing her early days in Vancouver and move forward to the Shaw Festival and her recent performance in the Annie Baker play "John." McClellan is candid about the ups and downs of life and the arts as well as some of the lessons she's learned to improve her acting skills working under the direction of some of North America's finest directors. Currently, you can see McClellan in "Shirley...


Author Philip Roy

My son Cole began reading Philip Roy’s “Submarine Outlaw” series at age 7 and he’s rediscovering them again now. It’s perfect summer reading for the kids. Roy's book “Me and Mr. Bell” has been translated into Japanese and selected as one of the books for a Japanese book review contest sponsored by the School Library Association in Japan and Mainichi Newspaper chain. He only began writing professionally at age 31. Here in Canada Philip is a nominee for the Red Maple Award and the Silver...


Actress, singer Steffi DiDomenicantonio

Steffi DiDomenicantonio is currently performing in the Toronto production of "Come From Away." At the age of 29, she's achieved great things, and I know her career is just beginning. Although Steffi rose to national prominence as a finalist in the 2006 season of "Canadian Idol," she's been a musical theatre performer for most of her life. In our conversation, Steffi explains the secret to her success and how a vision board helped her focus on a dream gig performing in the first Broadway...


Musician, songwriter Murray Foster

Murray is best known for his work as bassist in the Canadian bands Moxy Früvous and Great Big Sea. In 2014, he directed the Independent Film, "The Cocksure Lads Movie" which is now being developed into a musical "Chelsea Sunrise" with the Canadian Music Theatre Project at Sheridan College. You'll hear how he wrote the songs for the play and why he never received the investment he was offered when he appeared on the TV show "Dragon's Den." Murray's Website:...


Chris Boyce,Executive Producer at Pacific Content

Chris Boyce is the Co-Founder and Executive Producer at Pacific Content, who produce podcasts for big brands including Shopify’s “TGIM” and Slack’s the “Slack Variety Pack” which Fast Company described as “‘This American Life,’ meets ‘The Office,’ meets ‘Monty Python.'” I spoke with Chris at Podcamp Toronto, in 2016. Chris' background includes his term as Executive Director, Radio/Audio, and Director of Program Development for CBC Radio, overseeing the development and launch of the...


David Merry, Magician, comedian, writer

Are you a risk taker? Have you managed to find a balance between the creative process and earning a good living? As a writer, David Merry has written jokes for legendary comedians including Joan Rivers and Rodney Dangerfield. As a magician, he’s invented some spectacular tricks And as a comedian, he’s one the most “in-demand” performers I’ve worked with doing hundreds of shows each year. Through all of this David's taken risks and he opens up about the ups and downs of his many...


Bethany Joy Lenz, actress, singer-songwriter and filmmaker

Bethany Joy Lenz stars in the new movie “Snowed Inn Christmas” premiering on Lifetime, Saturday, December 16 at 8 pm. Canadian readers can see it on W Network Sunday, December 17 at 6 pm. The Los Angeles Times and the Detroit Free Press picked “Snowed Inn Christmas” as a TV highlight of the week with the latter adding it’s a “feel-good movie… about a woman (Bethany Joy Lenz) and man (Andrew Walker), who have nothing in common – until they’re called upon to help save the historic town inn...


Ilana Levine, actress, producer, podcaster

As well as playing lead roles on Broadway, Ilana Levine has worked with iconic film directors including Sydney Lumet and Robert Altmann. We talk about her experiences working with, and learning from actors who have won Tony Awards and Academy Awards. She has appeared in many television shows including Law and Order and Seinfeld. As you'll hear, Ilana is married to an actor and they have two kids. Ilana is very candid about the struggles they faced as they worked to create a stable,...


Dennis Garnhum, Artistic Director The Grand Theatre

How do you raise 1 million dollars for your theatre? Dennis Garnhum is the Artistic Director of the Grand Theatre, in London, Ontario. Within a few months of taking on the new job he, along with development team, raised 1 million dollars for the theatre. Garnhum Grew up in London, and he was 13 years old when he first appeared on stage at the Grand. Later he was an usher, stage manager and eventually, in 2004, he and his husband, Bruce Sellery (also from London) married in the balcony...


Singer, Songwriter, Emm Gryner

Emm Gryner has found the sweet spot between being an independent artist and raising a family. In her early 20s Gryner had a hit song on the radio, toured with David Bowie and then transitioned to a successful career as an independent artist. Her songwriting has been praised by the likes of Bono and we discuss how a songwriting contest led to her radio hit. We discuss the difference between writing a hit for radio and writing to explore her own feelings. Gryner was also the driving force...


Cyrus Lane

Cyrus Lane has appeared in many productions with the Stratford Festival, Outside the March, and CBC TV’s Murdoch Mysteries. He's currently rehearsing for his role as Ebenezer Scrooge in Ross Petty's “A Christmas Carol the Family Musical with a Scrooge Loose!” at the Elgin theatre in Toronto. At this year's Stratford Festival he appeared in “Timon of Athens,” “The Changeling” and “The Madwoman of Chaillot,” all of which received consistently glowing reviews. But it was his work in last...


Randy Lennox, President Bell Media, Producer Bat Outta Hell

Randy Lennox is the President of Bell Media, Canada's leading content creation company with assets in television, radio, out-of-home advertising, and digital media. Previously Lennox was the CEO of Universal Music Canada the country's largest music record label, where he signed and championed internationally renowned Canadian artists. In our podcast we discuss how Lennox, along with David Sonenberg, Michael Cohl and Tony Smith, produced Jim Steinman's Bat Outta Hell for the...


Donna Feore, Director Choreographer

Donna Feore has choreographed performances at the Opéra National de Lyon France and the Canadian Opera Company but she's best known for her work directing at the Stratford Festival, North America's largest classical repertory theatre company. Her work at the festival includes critically acclaimed productions, all with new choreography of "Guys and Dolls," "The Sound of Music," and "Fiddler on the Roof," just to name a few. In 2016 she gained notoriety for directing the first ever...


Raoul Bhaneja, actor, musician, producer

Raoul Bhaneja is producing and starring in the upcoming production of "Disgraced." The Pulitzer Prize winning play returns to the Panasonic Theatre in Toronto on November 11 after a critically acclaimed run in 2016. The play deals with faith, politics and the notion of "tolerance." The powerful subject matter draws in audiences that, as Bhaneja mentions in the podcast, stay in their seats after the show for heated exchanges during the post-performance "talk backs." We also discuss how...


Arts Journalist, filmmaker: Brian D. Johnson

For almost 30 years he was the film critic and Arts writer for Macleans, Canada's top current affairs magazine. His work as a critic explored art with the insight of not only a passionate observer but also an accomplished artist with a fascination of the human condition. His directorial debut, the documentary “Al Purdy Was Here,” is a beautiful piece of work on many levels, I think you’ll really enjoy our chat. It spans everything from Brian’s working relationship with Leonard Cohen to...


Best-selling author: Jeff Goins

Best-selling author Jeff Goins’s most recent book is "Real Artists Don’t Starve." You'll learn how Goins dismantled the myths about starving artists by painstakingly researching successful artists. We cover the basics like why working alone can be a barrier to success and how thriving artists aren't reluctant to borrow (steal, really) from their influencers. It's a great chat that will help you figure out what might be holding back your career, or provide you with some actionable...


Actor, E.B. Smith

E.B. Smith grew up with a father who, as baseball player with Chicago Cubs, understood what it meant to dream. The Chicago Cubs hold Major League Baseball’s longest championships drought going from 1908 to 2016 without winning a world series. Smith’s father understood the value of hard work and practice in pursuit of a dream. So when Smith’s dream of performing on the Festival stage at The Stratford Festival finally came true he took his father on a tour of the theatre to share his joy...