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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: Nick Kypreos | Stanley Cup Champion

Nick Kypreos is a retired hockey player who won the Stanley Cup while a member of the New York Rangers. Nick also played for the Hartford Whalers, Washington Capitals and Toronto Maple Leafs. Most recently he spend over two decades with Sportsnet as a hockey analyst and insider. Today he is host of the Real Kyper at Noon show on YouTube and part owner of the Little Buddha Cocktail Company.


NEW: Chin Injeti | Welcome To The Music

During the last year of school, Chin Injeti recorded an indie album of the band in a home studio built by his father & brother. That CD ended up selling 70,000 copies and served as his introduction to the music industry! The band (by then known as Bass is Base) went on to gain fans all over the world and garnered a deal with Universal Music and Island records in the United States. Fronted by Injeti, the group won a Juno (Canadian Grammy) for best R&B record, a Much Music Video award for a...


Twin Flames | Welcome To The Music

Twin Flames: The husband and wife duo of Chelsey June, Métis (Algonquin Cree) from Ottawa, and Jaaji, Inuk and Mohawk from Nunavik, are long celebrated for their sonic soundscapes spanning Canada and the Arctic, and honouring their ancestors through song in English, Inuttitut and French.


NEW: Al Strachan - The Satellite Hot Stove

Al Strachan is a member of the media section of the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto. Al is a best selling author of 6 books as well as a former sports writer with The Toronto Sun, Globe and Mail and Montreal Gazette. His latest book is Hockey's Hot Stove - The Untold Stories of the Original Insiders.


TSN Hockey Insider Bob McKenzie

Bob McKenzie is the original TSN Hockey Insider. Bob has covered hockey for 40 years. He was the editor in chief of The Hockey News as well as a hockey columnist for the Toronto Star. His latest book (co-authored by Jim Lang) is called Everyday Hockey Heroes, Volume II.


Angel Baribeau | Welcome To The Music | queer, non-binary, Indigenous pop singer/songwriter

Originally from the Cree community of Mistissini, Quebec, and now based in Montreal, Angel Baribeau first started through the formation of her early indie folk outfit, Simple Human Tribe. For Those I Love(d) is her first EP which earned a Top 3 spot on Apple Music Pop Canada’s charts soon after its Summer 2020 release.


James Duthie | TSN sports broadcaster and author

James Duthie is an award-winning sports broadcaster with Canada's TSN. He is also the author of many books including Beauties: Hockey's Greatest Untold Stories. James was/is also an aspiring musician and songwriter. Near the end of our conversation you will discover a quirk about James that he shares (kinda) with recent guest Harnarayan Singh. This is Episode #248 of the Welcome! podcast.


velours | indie pop singer songwriter

velours is a bilingual alternative pop singer songwriter currently based in Saskatoon Saskatchewan, Canada.


Chin Injeti | GRAMMY Award Winning producer and musician

In between recording sessions, GRAMMY Award winning producer and musician, Chin Injeti, popped by for a quick hello with hosts Gregg Tilston and Karim Kanji.


Actor Ken Hall | The Umbrella Academy

Ken Hall is one half of the award-winning 2-MAN NO-SHOW improv duo and has starred in the TBS show People of Earth as well as the Netflix movie, Polar. Currently, he can be seen in the hit Netflix series, The Umbrella Academy as Herb as well as the body for Pogo. Season 3 of The Umbrella Academy starts filming in early 2021.


Darby Wheeler - Hip-Hop Evolution | Welcome To The Music

Darby Wheeler is an award-winning television director, producer, and writer, with over 20 years of experience. Some highlights include: developing Canada’s only late-night talk show for the CBC, George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight; and producing for on MuchMusic’s The NewMusic, and Canada’s only urban music TV shows MuchVibe and RapCity. Recently, Darby directed the award-winning, Dead Set on Life, for Vice, and directed and produced the Netflix Original, Hip-Hop Evolution, which won a Canadian...


David McPherson - The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern: A Complete History | Welcome To The Music

Like the Queen Street strip that has been its home for seven decades, the Horseshoe Tavern continues to evolve. It remains as relevant today as it did when Jack Starr founded the country music club on the site of a former blacksmith shop. From country and rockabilly to rock ‘n’ roll, punk, alt/country, and back to roots music, the venerable live music venue has evolved with the times and trends — always keeping pace with the music. Over its long history, the Horseshoe has seen a flood of...


Keda Edwards Pierre

Keda is the founder of True II Soul Network, a collective of professional members and community members that are devoted to recovery, healing and transformation challenging the status quo around trauma. True II Soul is an inclusive online community and sanctuary for individuals seeking support. As an adult survivor of childhood physical and sexual trauma and a Certified Life and Business Coach, Keda lives the message of powerfully authentic living, healing and success that is of benefit to...


OKAN | Afro-Cuban Jazz | Welcome To The Music

A few weeks ago, Gregg Tilston and Karim Kanji welcomed the Afro-Cuban Jazz duo OKAN (led by Elizabeth Rodriguez and Magdelys Savigne) to the show! Combining history, heritage, storytelling and spirituality, they share these elements on their new album – Espiral (Spanish for ‘spiral’). Born in Havana, Cuba, Elizabeth Rodriguez is a classically trained violinist who served as concertmaster for Havana’s Youth Orchestra. Magdelys Savigne hails from Santiago de Cuba and graduated with honours in...


Eric Hicks

Eric Hicks is an actor. He sounds like Matthew McConaughey. He's a volunteer at a hospice. Ad he's one of the funniest people I've interviewed this year. Eric Hicks is most widely known for his role as Constable D. Fox in the multi-award-winning detective series Cardinal (CTV). He has also played opposite Kim Coates, Lisa Berry and Brandon Oakes as Detective Ken Tucker for season two of Bad Blood.


Darryl Hurs of Indie Week and CD Baby | Welcome to The Music

Darryl Hurs has a 25+ year history in the music business including launching and running one of Canada’s largest indie music festivals and conference, Indie Week. Recently, Darryl was hired as the director of market development for CD Baby in Canada. Past positions include design and branding/marketing for Live Nation as a freelancer, retail buyer at HMV, and booker for one of Toronto’s top live music venues.


The Creators of Next Stop

The creators of Next Stop are Jabbari Weekes, Tichaona Tapambwa, and Phil Witmer. Next Stop is an comedy series that chronicles the lives of Black Torontonians struggling to stay afloat and sane in the sprawling city.


ROMANA | Welcome To The Music

Canadian-born, South Asian Toronto artist, Romana, expands global conversation through sound. This past summer Romana released a stunning self-directed video for her single, Melanin. The song tells the story of a person of colour as they shed Eurocentric ideals of beauty, accepting the richness of who they really are. Romana is an artist at heart who is currently using her musical talents to both grow as a person and share her journey and discovery of self with others.


Kris Siddiqi and Nigel Downer

Kris and Nigel are two of the nicest and funniest people I've had the pleasure of speaking with on this podcast. Bit Playas is a comedy series on CBC Gem/Amazon Prime created by Kris Siddiqi and Nigel Downer - two friends/actors that met while working at The Second City Toronto. Season One deals with Race, Nerd Culture, Dating, Marijuana and navigating the Canadian Entertainment scene as actors of color. The show originally came out December 2019 and was just released this past summer on...


STORRY | Singer, Songwriter, Artist | Welcome To The Music

STORRY is a singer-songwriter who writes and produces her own music, and is intrinsically involved in all aspects of her career from designing album covers to directing award-winning music videos. Her debut concept album, CH III: The Come Up, was released on\\this past February 20, 2020 to critical acclaim. Since then, she was nominated for a 2020 JUNO Award in the category of Reggae Recording of the Year for her song, Another Man, which was produced by reggae royalty, Sly and Robbie. Now,...