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Dave Merheje

** I sat down with Dave Merheje a week before he won the 2019 JUNO for best comedy album. **

In 2011 my next guest was named Best Male Stand Up In Toronto. That same year CBC Radio’s Laugh Out Loud called him one of Canada’s next breakout stars.

My next guest has performed in Melbourne, New York city, L.A., Sydney, Toronto, and almost anywhere else you can find a comedy club, strip club or barbershop.

He’s also starred on CBC’s Mr. D. and will soon be starring in Hulu’s Ramy.

His latest comedy album, Good Friend, Bad Grammar, has been nominated for a JUNO Award this year.

Please welcome to the show, Dave Merheje.

This is Episode #165 of the Welcome! podcast.

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Naomi Snieckus

A “firecracker” is defined as an outstanding or exciting person or thing. If there was one word to describe my next guest it would be FIRECRACKER.

My next guest is an alumni of Second City Toronto. She is an award-winning actress and comedian. She was also one of the stars of Mr. D on CBC.

She is also the host of the Firecracker Department which is a podcast celebrating the brightest minds and the most charismatic women in entertainment.

Please welcome to the show, the original firecracker, Naomi Snieckus!

This is Episode #164 of the Welcome! podcast.

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Wayne and Elizabeth Cuffe

I remember it was in HomeEc class. The year and grade escapes me. But it was at JB Tyrrell Senior Public School in Scarborough. Wayne Cuffe was able to recite the full dialogue of the movie, Terminator.

Wayne also liked to make people laugh. But he wasn’t one of the cool kids. He was different. And I liked different. I still do. So when social media came around I naturally followed many old school mates including Wayne. He was always happy. But it felt real. He’s still into pop culture. His workouts even follow the style of his favourite superheroes. When he travels he shares stories of the people he meets and those that inspire him. And he always shares photos of his wife, Elizabeth. And GROOT. After more than twenty years we meet again.

Welcome to the studio, Wayne and Elizabeth Cuffe.

This is Episode #163 of the Welcome! podcast.

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Councillor Michael Thompson

My next guest, like yours truly, is a graduate of Scarborough’s Sir John A. Macdonald Collegiate Institute. He is a long time resident of Scarborough who has assisted in the creation of the Wexford Heights Business Improvement Area and the popular Taste of Lawrence Avenue East Festival.

Now in his fifth term at Toronto’s city hall, my next guest helped to create the first ever TTC transit strategy for Scarborough, was the first chair of Toronto’s Music Advisory Committee and has been the recipient of many awards.

Please welcome to the show, Councillor Michael Thompson.

This is Episode #162 of the Welcome! podcast.

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The Impact of Technology and Media on the Upcoming Federal Election

The impact of technology and media on the upcoming federal election. This title may b fake news. At the very least it’s most likely misleading. In the end it’s 100% manipulated content. Or is it?

Here’s what you’ll actually learn: What you need to learn about how to inform yourself, your family and friends on the real issues in advance of the Canadian federal election.

This is Episode #161 of the Welcome! podcast.

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Gregg Tilston is a VP at Iron Gate Wine, speaker, investor and podcaster.

Ari Shapiro is a podcaster and digital publisher at AriShapiro.ca.

Dan Speerin is an original YouTuber, former host of Young Turks Network and political and media commentator.

Matt Elliott

My next guest has been writing about the goings on inside and outside the walls of Toronto city hall since the spring of 2012.

Although Toronto is the hub of the Canadian economy, few people cover what goes on inside the political halls of power like my next guest.

Today, he covers Toronto municipal politics for the CBC while also publishing the City Hall Watcher newsletter. Please welcome to the show  Matt Elliott.

This is Episode #160 of the Welcome! podcast.

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Carrianne Leung

My next guest is a fiction writer and educator. She has a PhD in Sociology and Equity Studies from the University of Toronto. Her debut novel, “The Wonderous Woo”, was shortlisted for the 2014 Toronto Book Award.

An award-winning author who has recently returned to the place where her most recent book, “That Time I Loved You”, is set: Scarborough. She can currently be found at the University of Toronto’s Scarborough Campus as it’s Writer-In-Residence.

I’m excited to welcome to the show, Carrianne Leung.

This is Episode #159 of the Welcome! podcast.

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Aparita Bhandari

Aparita Bhandari has covered arts and culture for many of Canada’s top newspaper and online publications: The Toronto Star, Saturday Night Magazine, The National Post, CBC, The Walrus and many others. She also co-hosts a popular Hindi-language podcast about Bollywood movies.

Today, Aparita uncovers important local stories here in Scarborough for the new media start-up company, The Discourse.

Today, she joins me in Toronto’s 100th library, the Scarborough Civic Centre Library. Please welcome to the show, Aparita Bhandari.

This is Episode #158 of the Welcome! podcast.

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Ajay Massey of U.N. Jefferson

Ajay Massey of U.N. Jefferson is not a newcomer in the local music scene.

This is Episode #157 of the Welcome! podcast.

Not many people can boast that legendary wrestler The Iron Sheik once opened for their band. Or that, in turn, they’ve opened for USS, The Weeknd and The Arkells – all on the same tour! Nevermind being inducted into their hometown’s Music Hall of Fame.

Ajay Massey would never say that he’s led a Forest Gump-style life of being inthe right place at the right time. Why? Well, he’ll tell you he’s been in the music industry ever since his parents built a dance floor in the basement of the family home in Mississauga, Ontario.

I’m honoured to Welcome my next guest, lead singer and songwriter for U.N. Jefferson, Ajay Massey.

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Music by:

Zuul’s Evil Disco – Slap Me Some Skin
Two Crown King – Please Believe Me
U.N. Jefferson – Testify

LU KALA

Singer-songwriter LU KALA’s unique approach to pop music lead her to co-writing a song with DVSN and Stephen Kozmeniuk (Shawn Hook, Dua Lipa, Nicki Minaj) that appeared on Jennifer Hudson’s third studio album. Since then, LU has worked tirelessly at building her career as an artist. Her distinct sound, inventive songwriting and vivacity have landed her in rooms with industry vets such as BabyFace.

This is Episode #156 of the Welcome! podcast.

2018 has been one of LU KALA’s busiest years yet. She was featured in Afro-Punk Magazine, performed at TD Celebrates the Junos, Canada’s Walk Of Fame 20th Anniversary Gala and attended a writing workshop with BabyFace, James Fauntleroy (Bruno Mars) and MarcLo.

LU KALA was also selected as the RBC Emerging Musicians Program’s grand prize winner for 2018.

LU KALA’s debut single DCMO (Don’t Count Me Out) was released in September and has gained over 100K streams. The single was added to several official playlists including Spotify’s It’s a Bop, Indie Pop Chillout and New Music Friday Canada. It is also featured on Apple Music’s Breaking Pop playlist, Pure Pop and Pop Deluxe Radio. Shortly after its release, DCMO (Don’t Count Me Out) was selected as Newcap’s (now Stingray) Trending Track for October and November. As the Trending Track, DCMO(Don’t Count Me Out) was played on all of Newcap’s Top 40 stations in Canada. DCMO (Don’t Count Me Out) was also played on Stingray’s Hit List, CBC Radio Radio 2’s After Dark and Corus’ 91.5 The Beat in Kitchener and has so far peaked at #45 on the Mediabase Canada Top-40 chart.

DCMO is a song that demonstrates LU’s remarkable musical ability and solidifies her presence among those to watch in 2019    

“I never realized that I was doing anything different as far as creating music goes until someone pointed out that I had a gift. I find myself writing about the things that I was afraid to say out loud for so long…music has given me a voice.”

With a focus on self-love and inclusivity, LU states, “it’s important to me that all women know there is room for them no matter what career or life path they choose. As a black pop Canadian artist with Congolese roots, I’d like to continue to release music my way, and kick down the doors for all girls and women to follow.”

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Introduction music in this podcast episode is by my cousin, Afraaz Mulji. 

You can listen to LU KALA’s single on her website HERE.