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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Parvaaz – India’s most exciting band

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

Parvaaz.

This is Episode #174 of the Welcome! podcast.

Music courtesy of Parvaaz.

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Rama Rau

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.

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Image courtesy of The Globe and Mail.

SATE

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.

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Justice Hafeez Amarshi

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.

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Chris Overholt

My next guest has worked with many of North America’s premier sports brands:

  • the Toronto Raptors
  • Maple Leafs Sports and Entertainment
  • the Florida Panthers
  • the Miami Dolphins
  • and the Canadian Olympic Committee

Today, my guest is leading Toronto’s first professional eSports team: the Toronto Defiant of the OverWatch League as part part of the new ownership group: OverActive Media.

Please welcome to the show, Chris Overholt.

This is Episode #170 of the Welcome! podcast.

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Farley Flex

My next guest was an early manager of Canadian hip hop legend, Maestro Fresh Wes.

He also spent a dozen years convincing the CRTC to give him and his partners a licence for Canada’s first urban radio station, FLOW 93.5.

He spent 6 seasons as a judge with Canadian Idol alongside one of my favourite rock voices, Sass Jordan.

Today he spends a lot of his time executing intercultural conflict management workshops and seminars as well as programs focused on community capacity building as well as youth and community engagement.

Please welcome to the show, Farley Flex.

This is Episode #169 of the Welcome! podcast.

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