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Welcome is a series of in depth conversations with interesting people doing interesting things.

Welcome is a series of in depth conversations with interesting people doing interesting things.




Welcome is a series of in depth conversations with interesting people doing interesting things.








NEW: Alan Cross, Broadcaster and Music Historian | Welcome To The Music

Gregg Tilston and Karim Kanji welcome Alan Cross to the show as our first guest of season three of Welcome To The Music. Alan Cross is a Canadian radio broadcaster and a writer on music. Based in Toronto, Ontario, he is best known nationally and internationally as host of the syndicated radio series The Ongoing History of New Music. In this episode, hosts Gregg Tilston and Karim Kanji discuss the following topics with Alan Cross: – the 1969 Toronto Rock Revival (also known as the Forgotten...


Moe Berg, lead singer of The Pursuit Of Happiness | Welcome To The Music

Gregg Tilston and Karim Kanji welcome The Pursuit of Happiness lead singer and songwriter Moe Berg to the show.


NEW: Francis Plourde | The Village Season 3: The Montreal Murders

In the early 1990s, as AIDS tightens its grip on major cities around the world, the relative safety of Montreal’s nightlife becomes a magnet for gay men. But when they start turning up dead in hotel rooms, beaten lifeless in city parks, and violently murdered in their own homes, the queer community has more to fear than the disease. While the city’s police force dithers over the presence of a serial killer, a group of queer activists starts making connections, and rises up to start a...


Domanique Grant | Welcome To The Music

Fresh off of her collaboration with the Grammy Awards and RBCxMusic, Domanique Grant is a Pop/Soul, Singer-Songwriter from Toronto, named one of Buzzfeed’s Top 20 Artists to Watch from Canada. With a live show that’s been praised by Ted Talk, recent collaborations with Grammy Award-winning producer Jarrel ‘The’ Young (Drake 2021, The Weeknd 2020, Fall out Boyz 2019) and a Pandemic-song that went viral worldwide, 2022 is set to be a big year for the teal haired powerhouse. The release of...


Zaileen Janmohamed: Head of Partnership Development & Innovation, LA28

BIo: Zaileen Janmohamed is a masterful marketer and a steadfast leader known for providing the vision necessary to navigate complex scenarios and deliver results. Zaileen has a wealth of experience on the brand, agency, and property sides of the sports marketing business, and is an advocate for diversity and inclusion to drive culture and business. In her role with USOPP, Zaileen is working at the intersection of sales and partner servicing, extracting key insights from the market to guide...


Taj Charania

Taju Charania is one of 8 children raised by Jaffer and Khadija Kanji. His eldest brother is Noordin Kassam whom I interviewed in 2018. I've also interviewed Amin Kanji earlier this year. This is a continuation in a series of conversations I have with all the KKC siblings. Including my dad.


Scott Morrison: 1972 - The Series That Changed Hockey Forever

“Cournoyer has it on that wing. Here’s a shot. Henderson made a wild stab for it and fell. Here’s another shot. Right in front...they score! Henderson has scored for Canada!” These immortal words, spoken to hockey fans around the world by the legendary broadcaster Foster Hewitt, capture the historic final-seconds goal scored by Paul Henderson that won the 1972 Summit Series against the Soviet Union. Hockey fans across Canada know the moment well, but the story of those amazing eight games...


Amin Kanji

Amin Kanji is one of 8 children raised by Jaffer and Khadija Kanji. His eldest brother is Noordin Kassam whom I interviewed in 2018. This is a continuation in a series of conversations I have with all the KKC siblings. Including my dad.


Jonathan Durand | Documentarian

Memory Is Our Homeland is a film by Canadian documentarian, Jonathan Durand. Charting the lost story of Polish refugees in Africa from 1942 to 1952 - this film brings to life a journey that brought a group of children from Poland through Siberia, Iran, India, and East Africa, to new lives in Montreal, Sheffield, and across the global Polish diaspora.



Randell Adjei is Ontario’s first Poet Laureate. Hailing from Scarborough, Randell is an author, spoken word artist, educator, community leader and entrepreneur. RISE Edutainment is a social enterprise which seeks to give opportunity to youth across the city.


Adil Dhalla | Play Advocate

Adil Dhalla is a Community Organizer, Social Entrepreneur and Play Advocate. Currently, Adil is the Director of Community for Camp Reset. Learn more about Camp Reset at https://www.thisisreset.org/copy-of-home. Almost 12 years ago Adil co-founded a start up called My City Lives. On their first anniversary I asked Adil 5 Questions: What motivates you to do what you do on a daily basis? If you had 30 seconds to impart your wisdom on a classroom of soon-to-be graduates, what would you say? In...


Aneil Gokhale | Toronto Foundation

Aneil Gokhale is the Director of Philanthropy for the Toronto Foundation. In his role he is responsible for the development and management of the new business portfolio. In this episode we discuss: his work with the Toronto Foundation the Love, Scarborough fundraising initiative in support of the Scarborough Health Network Foundation. how he switched from business and science to philanthropy. his favourite things in Scarborough. how young adults can become involved in philanthropy. why...


Ali Hassan: Is There Bacon In Heaven

Ali Hassan joins Karim Kanji for his third appearance on Welcome with Karim Kanji. In this episode we talk about: Doctor VS Comedian; His upcoming book, Is There Bacon In Heaven; Favourite tunes from the '90s; His upcoming movie, Stealing Vows; CBC comedy series, Run The 'Burbs; and so much more!


Husein Madhavji: Star of Donkeyhead

This is Husein's second appearance on the podcast. In this episode Husein calls in from hot and sunny Dubai where rumour has it that it is cold at night. Husien stars inthe new film, Donkeyhead. Donkeyhead is a 2021 Canadian comedy-drama film written and directed by Agam Darshi in her directorial debut. It stars Darshi as Mona, a woman tasked with taking care of her father with the help of her three siblings after he is diagnosed with cancer and his health starts to deteriorate.


Simu Liu: Star of Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings

Simu Liu is the star of the new Marvel movie Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings. Prior to earning worldwide fame for this role Simu was one of the stars of the hit Canadian comedy, Kim's Convenience. Listen to this episode from 2017 to learn the back story of Marvel's newest superhero!


Brad Bradford | Toronto Music Advisory Council | Welcome To The Music

Brad Bradford is a City Councillor of the Beaches – East York ward in Toronto. Among his many duties he is currently the chair of the Toronto Music Advisory Council. In this episode Brad discusses with hosts Gregg Tilston and Karim Kanji the initiatives the city of Toronto is taking to bring back live music to the city in a post-pandemic scenario.


Jason Wilson | Reggae Artist and Historian | Welcome To The Music

Jason Wilson is a two-time Juno-Awards nominee, Canadian Reggae Music Award winner, four-time Reggae Music Achievements Award nominee and Best-Selling Canadian historian from Downsview, Ontario. In 2007, Wilson became the first recipient of the Karl Mullings Memorial Award for commitment to reggae in Canada. The protégé of Studio One keyboardist Jackie Mittoo, Jason has performed and recorded with UB40, Alanis Morissette, Sly & Robbie, Ron Sexsmith, Ernest Ranglin, Brinsley Forde, Pee Wee...


NEW: Ari Shapiro | Let's Start Thinking About The Children

Ari Shapiro returns to the podcast. Instead of talking about baseball we chat about politics and world events. Specifically, Islamophobia; the role of governments in addressing Islamophobia; the conflict between Palestine and Israel; Ari's view on the situation in the Middle East as a Jewish person born in Israel and now living in Canada; and finally how the West has it all wrong about Russia.


2021 JUNO Awards | Welcome To The Music

Welcome To The Music hosts Gregg Tilston and Karim Kanji take a look back at the 50th JUNO Awards. Gregg and Karim also celebrate past guests of the podcast who were nominated and even some who won! In other words, WTTM is a path to either a nomination or a statue! Congrats to all the nominees, winners and Canadian music!


Art Bergmann | Welcome To The Music

Art Bergmann is Canada's Prince of Punk. Just don't call him that. In pure punk fashion, Art recently received the Order Of Canada but has yet to give an acceptance speech or even wear the "coveted" OoC pin. In this timely interview, Gregg Tilston and Karim Kanji talk to Art about music and the role of being a shit disturber by holding those in power to account. We end of the interview with a powerful performace of his song The Legend Of Bobby Bird. Bobby was a 10 year old boy who ran away...