Who is Sean Sirianni? He’s the Creative Imbalance podcast host, videographer, and hack comedian who loves to eat chicken wings. This is Sean Sirianni.
When my next guest walked on stage the crowd at The Great Hall in Toronto popped. A giant of a man with long, dark, wavy hair and wearing a dark, long coat came on stage and read from his book. This was March 29, 2018.
I had no clue who this person was. Why did he read from a book?
My next guest was raised in Hamilton, ON. He is an award-winning musician, singer, songwriter, an author, painter and visual artist.
The liner notes in his book, “Beautiful Scars”, reads, “Along the way he became a father and a grandfather, battled demons and addiction, and he waited, hoping for the truth to emerge. and when it did, it would sweep across the St. Lawrence River to the Mohawk reserve of Kahnawake in Quebec , on to the heights of the Manhattan skyline.” I now understood why he read from his book.
Please Welcome to the show, Tom Wilson.
This is Episode #179 of the Welcome! podcast.
Song: Out Of My Head, Junkhouse
Vivascene has called my next guest “one of the best singers ever to come out of Canada.” The National Post said, “This Toronto soprano can sing a 100-year old German tune so lustily that you almost don’t need a translation to know that someone’s about to get his throat cut, or get laid, or both.”
My next guest is an award-winning classical singer who grew up in Northern Ontario wanting to be a rockstar. Or a nun.
Please Welcome to the show, Patricia O’Callaghan!
This is Episode #178 of the Welcome! podcast.
My next guest is award-winning. Seriously. She’s a winner. Listen to this list of awards:
- Winner: Best New Play (2015)
- Winner: Female Action Performer of the Year (2015)
- Winner: Best Actress (2016)
- Winner: Best Action Short (2015)
She has also been nominated a bunch of times for a bunch of awards.
This past year, her comedy series, Second Jen, was nominated for Best Comedy Series at the Canadian Screen Awards.
Please welcome to the show actor, writer, producer, director and kick ass martial artist, Samantha Wan!
This is Episode #177 of the Welcome! podcast.
Mr. Toilet made its world premiere on April 27 2019 at North America’s largest documentary festival, Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival.
Nearly 60% of people worldwide do not have access to safe sanitation facilities.
Globally, almost a billion people continue to defecate in public which risks the spread of disease.
Everyday, 1,000 children die from water and sanitation-related diarrheal diseases. These deaths are preventable.
Please welcome to the show Director, Lily Zepeda and activist, Jack Sim.
This is Episode #176 of the Welcome! podcast.
The World Or Nothing made its World Premiere on Saturday April 27th at Toronto’s Hot Docs Festival.
Produced and directed by my next guest, The World Or Nothing follows two Cuban brothers in Barcelona looking to make it big. What does it mean to make it big in today’s online and always on world?
My next guest explores this question through the eyes of 29 year old Cuban twin brothers trying to gain international recognition as a singing, dancing duo.
Please welcome to the show, Ingrid Veninger.
This is Episode #175 of the Welcome! podcast.
Rolling Stone magazine have hailed my next guest as “India’s most exciting band.”
After a successful Canadian tour in 2017 they came back to Toronto for another go around. Please welcome to the show:
Lead singer and guitarist Khalid Ahmed
Guitarist – Kashif Iqbal
Drummer – Sachin Banandur
Bass guitarist – Fidel D’Souza
This is Episode #174 of the Welcome! podcast.
Music courtesy of Parvaaz.
Documentaries are stories – hopefully important stories. Documentary films are some of the most popular films on networks such as Netflix and Canada’s CBC.
In late April, in Toronto, the world of documentary films comes together as part of the Hot Docs Festival.
My next guest is showcasing one of these important stories: The Daughter Tree. It is a film that explores the aftermath of a cultural preference for baby boys in the interior of India. The film is seen through the eyes of two people: of a midwife who advocates for baby girls as well as a man who lives in the Village of Men where a girl as not been born in over 20 years.
Please welcome to the show: writer, producer, and director Rama Rau.
This is Episode #173 of the Welcome! podcast.
Image courtesy of The Globe and Mail.
SATE (meaning): satisfy a desire to the full.
MusicForLunch.com said her music leaves you exhausted but leaves a fire burning in your soil that wasn’t there before. NOW magazine calls her a tornado of a stage presence.
When I saw her earlier this year headlining the Horseshoe Tavern she blew the roof off the historic venue.
I am thrilled to welcome to the show, SATE.
This is Episode #172 of the Welcome! podcast.
My next guest is currently a Judge at the Ontario Court of Justice primarily residing over criminal law cases.
His journey resembles that of many immigrants.
He was the first in his family to attend post-secondary education. He has spent countless hours volunteering his time to help those less fortunate. And he continues to excel in his profession.
Please welcome to the show Justice Hafeez Amarshi.
This is Episode #171 of the Welcome! podcast.