Al Strachan

Al Strachan and Karim Kanji talking about getting into a pillow fight!
Al Strachan and Karim Kanji talking about getting into a pillow fight!

Al Strachan is a member of the media section of the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto. Al is a best selling author of 6 books as well as a former sports writer with The Toronto Sun, Globe and Mail and Montreal Gazette. His latest book is Hockey’s Hot Stove – The Untold Stories of the Original Insiders.

This is Episode #250 of the Welcome! podcast.

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TSN Hockey Insider Bob McKenzie

Bob McKenzie and Karim Kanji
Bob McKenzie and Karim Kanji

Bob McKenzie is the original TSN Hockey Insider. Bob has covered hockey for 40 years. He was the editor in chief of The Hockey News as well as a hockey columnist for the Toronto Star. His latest book (co-authored by Jim Lang) is called Everyday Hockey Heroes, Volume II.

This is Episode #249 of the Welcome! podcast.

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James Duthie | TSN Broadcaster, Author

James Duthie and Karim Kanji
James Duthie and Karim Kanji

James Duthie is an award-winning sports broadcaster with Canada’s TSN. He is also the author of many books including Beauties: Hockey’s Greatest Untold Stories. James was/is also an aspiring musician and songwriter. Near the end of our conversation you will discover a quirk about James that he shares (kinda) with recent guest Harnarayan Singh.

This is Episode #248 of the Welcome! podcast.

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Actor Ken Hall | The Umbrella Academy

Ken Hall is one half of the award-winning 2-MAN NO-SHOW improv duo and has starred in the TBS show People of Earth as well as the Netflix movie, Polar. Currently, he can be seen in the hit Netflix series, The Umbrella Academy as Herb as well as the body for Pogo. Season 3 of The Umbrella Academy starts filming in early 2021.

This is Episode #247 of the Welcome! podcast.


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Keda Edwards Pierre

Keda is the founder of True II Soul Network, a collective of professional members and community members that are devoted to recovery, healing and transformation challenging the status quo around trauma. True II Soul is an inclusive online community and sanctuary for individuals seeking support. As an adult survivor of childhood physical and sexual trauma and a Certified Life and Business Coach, Keda lives the message of powerfully authentic living, healing and success that is of benefit to so many people.
Keda’s healing journey coupled with her diverse training and professional history is the driving force behind her mission, which is two-fold – to revolutionise the way we perceive and react to trauma and to create safe and inclusive spaces for this work.

This is Episode #246 of the Welcome! podcast.

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Eric Hicks

Eric Hicks is an actor. He sounds like Matthew McConaughey. He’s a volunteer at a hospice. And he’s one of the funniest people I’ve interviewed this year.

Eric Hicks is most widely known for his role as Constable D. Fox in the multi-award-winning detective series Cardinal (CTV). He has also played opposite Kim Coates, Lisa Berry and Brandon Oakes as Detective Ken Tucker for season two of Bad Blood.

This is Episode #245 of the Welcome! podcast.

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The Creators of Next Stop

Next Stop is an comedy series that chronicles the lives of Black Torontonians struggling to stay afloat and sane in the sprawling city.

The creators of Next Stop are Jabbari Weekes, Tichaona Tapambwa, and Phil Witmer.

This is Episode #244 of the Welcome! podcast.

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Kris Siddiqi and Nigel Downer

Kris and Nigel are two of the nicest and funniest people I’ve had the pleasure of speaking with on this podcast.

Bit Playas is a comedy series on CBC Gem/Amazon Prime created by Kris Siddiqi and Nigel Downer – two friends/actors that met while working at The Second City Toronto. Season One deals with Race, Nerd Culture, Dating, Marijuana and navigating the Canadian Entertainment scene as actors of color. The show originally came out December 2019 and was just released this past summer on Amazon Prime in the US and the UK.

Here is the trailer https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bfzO9obrGwo&ab_channel=CBCComedy

This is Episode #243 of the Welcome! podcast.

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Harnarayan Singh

Harnarayan Singh is the author of the brand new book, ONE GAME AT A TIME.

Bonino Bonino Bonino!

Video clips of the Hockey Night in Punjabi broadcast of Nick Bonino’s goal for the Pittsburgh Penguins immediately went viral, amplifying the profile of Harnarayan Singh, the voice behind the call.

In this conversation with Harnarayan we talk about his love of hockey and Canada while also challenging both to be better. We talked about his relationship with Ron MacLean and his sister Gurdeep. Of course we talked about his journey from calling games with a toy microphone as a kid to calling Hockey Night in Canada games across the country and everything in between.

We also discover the one thing most people don’t know about Harnarayan Singh. You will be surprised!

This is Episode #241 of the Welcome! podcast.

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