Episode #120: Glynis Ratcliffe

This week Glynis Ratcliffe joined me in studio for a chat. Glynis is a recovering opera singer! We spoke about #metoo, Nora Loreto, and other stuff. What was most interesting was her story about her grandfather’s lost (and found) manuscript!

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Recorded live at Girth Radio.
Music by Afraaz Mulji.

Episode #118: Toronto – Chapter 1 – Introduction

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Gregg Tilston and Karim Kanji both love Toronto. And maybe they have to because they live here.

Gregg has literally traveled the world but still calls Toronto the best city in the world. Karim has travelled much less and has seen places around the world that “do things better” than Toronto.

What does a day in the life of Gregg (one partner, 2 dogs) and Karim (one partner, one kid) look like? How do they interact with the people and environment around them? How do they interact with the City of Toronto?

This is the first in an ongoing series about life in Toronto. What we love about the city. And what we hate.

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Episode #117: Karim Sumar, InstaRyde

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Karim Sumar is the co-founder and CEO of InstaRyde. We would call is a ride-sharing company. Mr Sumar calls InstaRyde a transportation and logistics company focused on the ride-sharing space.

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Ep15: Steve Hulford

West End Phoenix – Concert

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Last night I attended the West End Phoenix fundraising concert at Toronto’s The Great Hall.

Not only was it an opportunity to help fundraise for the local community newspaper that Dave Badini founded, the West End Phoenix, but it was also a great opportunity to experience some great spoken word performances and live music.

First up was a spoken word performance by poet, Nasim Asgari.

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Next up was an hour long set by Juno award-winning band, Whitehorse.

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Closing out the evening was one of Canada’s most unconventional, yet influential bands, Rheostatics. They were joined on stage by Kevin Hearn (also from the Barenaked Ladies), Alex Lifeson (of RUSH), Don Kerr (Toronto-based band Communism) and Tom Wilson (from Junhouse and Lee Harvey Osmond)

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For more information on how to be a patron or newspaper subscriber please visit https://www.westendphoenix.com/.

Book Report: The Marrow Thieves

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I just finished reading Cherie Dimaline’s book, The Marrow Thieves.  It’s kinda sad that it was voted out on Day Three of Canada Reads.

The Marrow Thieves is a story about a world in which Indigenous peoples are being hunted and harvested for their marrow. Why, because, the rest of world have lost the ability to dream. The book follows Frenchie as he travels north and meets with various other runners.

The Marrow Thieves reminds us of how the European settlers abused the Indigenous people upon contact. I was reminded of the horrors of the residential school system and the “sixties scoop” while reading this book.

This book is must reading for anyone wanting to better understand the continuing Indigenous experience.

Episode #116: Ari Shapiro

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In his annual visit to Girth Radio studios, Ari Shapiro, of Jays Journal fame, gives his unedited thoughts and opinions on the 2018 version of the Toronto Blue Jays season.

Some questions we tackled:
– Will Josh Donaldson end this season in a Jays uniform?
– Have we seen the last of Troy Tulowitzki?
– Can Devon Travis stay healthy?
– Can the Jays survive a Russell Martin injury?
– Will be see Vladdy Guerrero Jr and/or Bo Bichette with in the big leagues before the season ends?
– How will Karim do in his Yahoo Baseball Fantasy League?

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Recorded live at Girth Radio.
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Check out this In Session FB Live concert with my friend, Kristin Fung:

The 2018 Junos

After catching a bit of the 2018 Junos I realized that a few people that I saw on TV have actually been in studio with me!

Anna Hill – Episode #63 – What does Anna have to do with the Junos? Nothing really. Except, I saw her on the TV broadcast! She was sitting beside Jim Creeggan of the Barenaked Ladies. (They’re partners!)

Jim Creeggan –  Episode #51 – Now in the Canadian Music Hall of Fame as a member of the Barenaked Ladies!

Maestro Fresh Wes – Episode #100 – Wes was nominated in the Rap category at this year’s Junos.

Mike Downie – Episode #88 – Mike Downie is, of course, the older brother of Gord Downie and accepted (at least once) the awards that Gord won. At this year’s Junos, Gord won Songwriter of the Year, Adult Alternative Album of the Year and Artist of the Year.

 

Episode #115: Abigail Winter

Abigail Winter is an actor, writer, and film-maker. And she also used to work at the coffee shop down the street from our studio.

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Recorded live at Girth Radio.
Music by Afraaz Mulji.

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