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Bif Naked: Canada’s queen of punk rock

Bif Naked joined Karim Kanji inside the studio to chat about her music, her life, why she’s always so positive, if it’s true that she moved to Toronto to be close to Drake, and so much more!

This is Episode #129.

Here are some of the things we discussed:

  • Bif Naked was born to a Canadian teenage mom in India.
  • She was adopted by American parents who were in India doing Christian missionary work.
  • As a young adult, Bif Naked visited her mom (who was then living in Barrie, Ontario) and discovered that many of the character traits she had came from her birth mom!
  • Bif Naked’s real name is Beth Torbert. She explains how she got the name Bif and what she thinks of it.
  • Bif Naked is the most positive person I’ve ever met. She is most likely the most positive person you’ve ever met. She explains how she got this way.
  • Her battle with cancer and why she enjoyed it so much!
  • How a hole in Bif Naked’s heart most likely saved her life but gave her kidney failure.
  • How her dad’s dentistry profession and time in med school piqued her interest in all things health and medicine.
  • Why she doesn’t drink anymore.
  • Why a lot of punk rockers are also “straight-edge’d”.
  • Why she believes in God.
  • Why Bif Naked got into music and why she enjoys touring more than recording new material and putting out albums.
  • The circumstances that forced her to start her own record label and own her own music since the beginning.

Listen below:

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Recorded live at Girth Radio.

Music by Afraaz Mulji and Bif Naked. 

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2018 Ontario Election Primer with Dan Speerin

The 2018 Ontario Election is now upon us. Believe it. Dan Speerin joined me inside Pacific Junction Hotel’s Girth Radio studio to talk everything you always wanted to know about next week’s Ontario election but were too afraid to ask.

Listen to this episode before you vote on June 7th.

This is Episode #128.

Here are some of the things we discussed:

  • The history of how Patrick Brown was parachuted in Barrie to begin his political career.
  • How the 2018 Ontario Election was Patrick Brown’s to lose until…well, we all know what happened.
  • Doug Ford’s hijacking of the Ontario Progressive Conservative Party.
  • What actually happened between Doug Ford having an insurmountable lead in all polls to being in a virtual tie with Andrea Horwath’s New Democratic Party of Ontario.
  • The reasons why Doug Ford hasn’t released the costs of his 2018 Ontario election platform.
  • Why the Ontario Liberal Party and Kathleen Wynne are so unpopular in Ontario.
  • Will millennials turn out on June 7th to vote for Andrea Horwath’s New Democratic Party?
  • The role of the Ontario Proud Facebook page and how it has over played it’s own importance in the 2018 Ontario Election.
  • The role of the mainstream media bias and how that is creating false narratives for and against all the major political parties in the 2018 Ontario Election.
  • Stay tuned until the very end. Dan Speerin tells all our listeners who we should NOT vote for next Tuesday in the 2018 Ontario Election.

Listen below:

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Recorded live at Girth Radio.

Music by Afraaz Mulji. 

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Jeremiah Brown: The 4 Year Olympian – Interview

Jeremiah Brown was part of Team Canada’s Men’s 8 rowing team that captured the silver medal at the London 2012 Olympic Games. He is also the author of the new book, The 4 Year Olympian (published by Dundurn Press).

This is Episode #127.

Here are some of the things we discussed:

  • How being bullied as a kid helped form his character.
  • His stint in jail after robbing a delivery man.
  • How his relationship with Amy, his ex-girlfriend helped his stay focused on training and his Olympic dream.
  • Jeremiah Brown’s two most important coaches: Coach Riley (his football coach at Hamilton’s McMaster University) and Doug White (his rowing coach).
  • How Jeremiah Brown made the McMaster football team as a walk-on.
  • His 4 year journey to the Olympics (including all his failures and stumbles)
  • The amount of money Team Canada athletes make to be full-time athletes
  • Why Jeremiah Brown decided to leave the rowing team and not pursue a Gold medal in 2016.
  • His work with the Canadian Olympic Committee’s Game Plan program.

Jeremiah Brown’s next challenge: Playing drums in a successful stadium-filling band!

Listen below:

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Recorded live at Girth Radio.

Music by Afraaz Mulji and Arkells.

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Episode #126: Perdita Felicien

Perdita Felicien is a 2x NCAA female track athlete of the year, 3x NCAA hurdles champion, 10x Canadian hurdles champion, 2x Olympian, 2003 world champion, 2004 60m hurdles indoor champion, and the 1st Canadian woman to win an individual medal at the IAAF World Championships.

Felicien is now a freelance sports broadcaster and a soon to be published author.

Listen below:

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Recorded live at Girth Radio.

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Episode #124: Toronto – Chapter 2 – April 23 2018

Ji Hun Kim, Geraldine Brady, Andrea Bradden, Sohe Chung, Chul Min (Eddie) Kang, Mary Elizabeth (Betty) Forsyth, Beutis Renuka Amarasinghe, Dorothy Sewell, Munir Abdo Habib Najjar, Anne Marie D’Amico are the names of the people who were killed by a driver on a Monday afternoon.

They are the victims of the horrific event that saw Alek Minassian kill and injure dozens of people in the North York suburb of Toronto on April 23, 2018.

Gregg Tilston and I are joined in studio by two of our friends, Hessie Jones and Laurie Dillon-Schalk.

Listen below:

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Recorded live at Girth Radio.

Episode #123: John Barnard

John Barnard is the director of the new documentary, Bachman. Bachman is a biographical look at the life and influence of one of rock and roll’s living legends, Randy Bachman.

Randy Bachman arguably led two of the most influential bands of the classic rock era: The Guess Who and Bachman Turner Overdrive (BTO).

Listen below:

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Recorded live at Girth Radio.

Episode #122: Megan Hutchings

Megan Hutchings is a Canadian actress currently starring in the hit BET show, “In Contempt” as well as the CBC digital series, “Crawford”.

Listen below:

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Recorded live at Girth Radio.

Music by Afraaz Mulji.

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