Currently a star in the hit Nikelodeon show, Star Falls, Elena V. Wolfe was born and raised in Toronto, Ontario and fell in love with acting at a very young age while watching her favourite shows on television. Her first introduction to performing came in the form of a high school musical when she was cast to play one of the evil step sisters Lucinda in Into the Woods.
Her acting would take a backseat however when she received a scholarship to play varsity tennis at the University of Virginia.
It wasn’t until after graduating college that her acting career would resurface when she landed her first role in the American crime drama television series The Bridge on FX. Shortly after, Elena joined the cast of the hit sci-fi television series Defiance on Syfy and Space. Other credits to her name include Flashpoint (CTV), The Firm (NBC), Degrassi Takes Manhattan and Filthy Cities.
This is episode #134 of the Welcome! podcast.
Here are some of the things we talked about:
- What does the “V” stand for in Elena’s name?
- How Elena got her start in acting.
- Attending the University of Virginia on a tennis scholarship.
- Some of the world’s famous women and men Elena has watched play and played against.
- Elena’s thoughts on players “grunting” when hitting shots in tennis.
- Her previous modeling career.
- Why Elena studied law in grad school and how that’s helping her career today.
- Her initial and continuing attempt at writing a book.
- Why she left her career in tennis.
- Moving back to the Greater Toronto Area
Jaime Stein – formerly from Toronto – is now a Vancouver resident and Chief Client Officer for Winnipeg-based, ICUC.
Stein joined me inside the Girth Radio studio for an in-depth chat about his travels, his passions, work and why Canada has the best sunsets in the world!
This is episode #133 of the Welcome! podcast.
Here are some of the things we talked about:
- The SportsConnectTO panel that started the friendship between Jaime Stein and Karim Kanji.
- Jaime’s experience in preparing for and climbing Mount Kilimanjaro.
- His work with the National Public Cord Blood Bank.
- Doing varsity football play-by-play for Queen’s University in Kingston while going to school at Toronto’s Ryerson University.
- Meeting Keith Pelley while at TSN helped Jaime Stein kickstart his professional sports broadcasting career.
- Calling the play-by-play for the Toronto Argonauts.
- His role at ING Bank in Canada.
- Working the social media war room as ING changed their name and branding to Tangerine.
- Why Jaime Stein had enough of Toronto and moved to Vancouver.
- His role at Vancouver’s Hootsuite.
- Leaving Hootsuite to join another company helping brands navigate the social media space, ICUC.
- Jaime Stein finally ends the debate on which city province has the better sunsets: Ontario or British Columbia.
Kristin leads her own R&B band in original tunes infused with her signature super funky soul grooves (Massive Stride available now on iTunes), she is a featured soloist in the live and recorded versions of Anthony Braxton’s experimental opera Trillium J, a member of both Braxton’s Ghost Trance Choir and Christine Duncan’s The Element Choir, creator of the creative vocal/dance trio celeste, and half of the hip folky duo K Funk and Lady Ree.
Big Dumb Heart
You For You
The Man Is Optional
Recorded Live inside Girth Radio studios.
Michael Barclay is the author of the current non-fiction bestseller, The Never-Ending Present – The Story of Gord Downie and The Tragically Hip.
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.
Image Credit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uihNiE9JhkM
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.
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.
Award-winning journalist Morgan P. Campbell and I discuss:
– the meaning of Black History Month
– the Negro League Baseball HOF and the state of African American players in Major League Baseball
– Bigotry vs Racism
– Super Bowl LII
– the legacy of Martin Luther King
– and so much more!