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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.






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...


Shakespeare webcomic creator: Mya Gosling

Mya Gosling is the creator of the popular webcomic Good Tickle Brain, the world’s foremost and possibly only stick-figure Shakespeare webcomic. I love Mya’s work, she makes Shakespeare super fun. Based on our conversation it’s clear to me that her primary goal is to share her love of Shakespeare with others, and that’s a good thing. So naturally I spent a bit of time in our podcast talking with My about how she makes money from her Good Tickle Brain webcomic. Of course we also talk about...


Writer, Comedian: Joanne O'Sullivan

Joanne has performed stand-up comedy across the country, she’s also done storytelling at the Stratford Festival’s “Late Night with Lucy Peacock cabarets,” and improvisation for four seasons of “Sin City,” Toronto’s popular live, improvised soap opera. She's been a writer on the hit TV shows "This Hour has Twenty Two Minutes" and the "Baroness Von Sketch Show." Plus she’s had a hit Fringe Festival show and is about to debut her new show “She Grew Funny” at the Toronto Fringe. We talk...


Director, playwright, artistic director Gil Garratt

Gil Garratt is the artistic director at the Blyth Festival, which focuses on new play development and work with rural themes. Plays developed at Blyth have been produced around the world, which is impressive especially considering Blyth is a rural town of 1,000 people. In our conversation Garratt shares his progressive thoughts on the Canadian dramaturgical and development process, adding that working on comedies can be the most divisive of all genres. I have witnessed, in the...


Theatre Producer Michael Rubinoff

Michael Rubinoff is the Associate Dean of Sheridan College’s Department of Visual and Performing Arts. He’s also the creator and a producer of the Broadway hit musical "Come From Away." If you have ever wondered how an idea becomes a Broadway show you’ll love this episode. We start out by talking about Michael’s time studying law at the University of Western Ontario and then move into the process behind developing his idea for a musical into a Broadway hit.


Screenwriter Ken Cuperus

Ken Cuperus is an award winning screenwriter and producer. We met decades ago when Ken approached me after a performance at the Winnipeg Fringe festival, asking if I'd help his comedy troupe. A few years later Ken and his pals, known as the Brave New Weasels, were performing to sold out crowds at Fringe Festivals. We talk about the gutsy move to leave the comfort of being a big finish in a small pond, Winnipeg, to start with nothing more than one month's rent in Toronto. We...


Playwright, Robert Chafe

Robert Chafe is an award winning playwright whose work has been seen across Canada, the UK, and Australia. Two of his plays ("Tempting Providence" and "Butler’s Marsh"), were shortlisted for the Governor General’s Award for Drama. His play "Afterimage" won the award in 2010. Robert is Artistic Director and playwright for Artistic Fraud of Newfoundland, where he frequently collaborates with NAC English Theatre Artistic Director Jillian Keiley. In the podcast we discuss his...


Writers Irene Sankoff and David Hein, Come From Away

Irene Sankoff and David Hein are the co-writers of the hit Broadway show "Come From Away." It's the hit musical set in the town of Gander, Newfoundland, in the week following the September 11 attacks, when 38 planes were ordered to land unexpectedly in the small town. The show has been getting fabulous reviews. We talk about how Irene and David interviewed people to create the foundation for the musical. They explain the development process, with theatre students at The...


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