My Favourite Song Part Two

We continue our summer series that features music some of our guests really like.  And maybe, just maybe, you’ll discover some new artists and music, too!

As many of you (and Gregg. Especially Gregg!) enjoy local, live music this summer we thought we’d also ask some of your favourite guests what their favourite song is.

This week’s guests include:

Actress, Director and Producer Samantha Wan

Singer Patricia O’Callaghan

Singer LU KALA

Writer, Director and Producer Rama Rau

This is Episode #184 of the Welcome! podcast.

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My Favourite Song Part One

Both Gregg Tilston and I love music. And there is no better season to enjoy music than in the summer: At an outdoor summer festival, concert, out on the patio or even while just sitting outside in your local park.

So while we all enjoy the summer we thought we’d ask some of our guests what their favourite songs are.

This week’s guests include:

Ajay Massey, lead singer of UN Jefferson

Chris Overholt, CEO of OverActive Media

Michael Thompson, Toronto city councillor

This is Episode #183 of the Welcome! podcast.

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Mark Howard

“Listen Up! Recording Music with Bob Dylan, Neil Young, U2, REM, The Tragically Hip, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Tom Waits…” is an album-by-album account of my next guest’s work with these iconic artists and others.

He has spent more than two decades recording, mixing, engineering and producing some of my favourite albums and concerts.

It is both an honour and a pleasure to welcome to the show Grammy award-winning producer, Mark Howard.

This is Episode #182 of the Welcome! podcast.

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Sara Martins

My next guest has been making visual content since she was in high school.

For more than a decade she has been managing, producing, writing and directing projects for TV, the web and film.

She has even worked on more than 50 music videos for the likes of Tokyo Police Club and Maestro Fresh Wes.

Currently she is in-between festivals showcasing her latest project, her directorial debut, THE VAULT. Just in its first season, it is already a multi-award winning web series.

Please Welcome to the show, Sara Martins.

This is Episode #181 of the Welcome! podcast.

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Tom Wilson

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.

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Song: Out Of My Head, Junkhouse

Patricia O’Callaghan

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.

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Samantha Wan

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.

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Mr Toilet: The World’s #2 Man

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.

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Ingrid Veninger

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.

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