Episode #49: Ron Tite

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Trained at Toronto’s legendary Second City, Ron was named one of the “Top 10 Creative Canadians” by Marketing Magazine. His work has been recognized by organizations from The London International Advertising Awards to The Advertising & Design Club of Canada.

He is founder and CEO of The Tite Group and Executive Producer & Host of the Canadian Comedy Award-winning show Monkey Toast. He has written for a number of other television series, penned a children’s book, and wrote, performed, and produced the play, The Canadian Baby Bonus.

His new book, Everyone’s An Artist (Or At Least They Should Be), was recently published.

Oh, he’s also a big Blue Jays fan just like me!

Enjoy!

Music by Afraaz Mulji.

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Welcome! #45: Mackay Taggart

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Today we chat with Global News News Director, Mackay Taggart. First up, he claims to not be related to former Our Lady Peace drummer, Jeremy Taggart. We discussed the Obama inauguration in 2008; the rise of Donald Trump, Newsroom, Canadaland, and the sex symbol that is Justin Trudeau.

Here’s my conversation with Mackay Taggart.

Music by Aafraz Mulji.

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Welcome! #42: Richard Peddie (former President + CEO of Maple Leafs Sports and Entertainment)

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To many Toronto sports fans the name Richard Peddie is a familiar one. He was the President and CEO, for almost a decade and a half, of Maple Leafs Sports and Entertainment.

Today Richard Peddie is my guest. We chat about his career before he was in the Toronto sports spotlight, various MLSE events and what continues to drive Richard Peddie today.

This is a conversation you will enjoy!

Music by Aafraz Mulji.

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Welcome! is now out of beta

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After more than 30 episodes my podcast, Welcome!, is now out of beta. What does this mean?

Well, before today, the only way to listen to my conversations with some really cool people was through the Girth Radio website, MixCloud or here. As of today, you can now listen to Welcome! on any computer or smartphone from anywhere in the world on your favourite app.

Yes, besides the places mentioned above, Welcome! is also available on iTunes, Google Play Music, Stitcher and TuneIn. You can also subscribe to the podcast via RSS Feed if you’re so inclined.

You might be asking yourselves, what do I do now? Great question! If you haven’t done so, download one of the above apps to your smartphone (or computer). Then go to my show (links are provided above) and subscribe/start listening.

I welcome (see what I did there?) all feedback. In fact, it would be amazing if you could comment and leave a rating (the more starts the merrier!) on the app you use to listen to me. You can also comment below.

Coming soon: A professionally designed logo!

 

Welcome! Episode #20: Romana Kassam

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This was originally posted on Girth Radio on February 2, 2016.

In the 20th episode of Welcome!, Karim Kanji talks with entrepreneur Romana Kassam about life travelling Europe and Africa, climbing Kilimanjaro, dealing with East Indian parents and their expectations of their daughter, working corporate life and her decision to stop participating in the rat race to start her own business.

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Welcome! Episode #10: Farid Kassam

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I sat down with Farid Kassam. Who is Farid? Well, let’s just say that he is (partly) responsible for the air we breathe in airplanes and the functionality of the CanadARM. Yup. That arm. The one that helped build the International Space Station and launched (and fixed) the Hubble Space Telescope. Check out our conversation below.

Enjoy!

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Welcome! Episode #7: Gregg Tilston

Just before he finished working with Flight Centre as it’s global head of social media, Gregg Tilston and I sat down to chat about music, touring, Toronto, travel, social media and lots of other things.

You can listen to the show on my Girth Radio page.

Or you can also listen to the show via the links below:

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My new home on the web

Many of you have noticed that I haven’t really blogged here since mid-summer. That’s because in what little time I do have I’ve been figuring out what to do with this little real estate of mine that I own on the Web.

For many years I’ve been creating content on the internet. Not as long as some people I know, but longer than most. I started with a Blogger site and soon moved over to WordPress.com. I’ve tried using Tumblr when I visited Africa and even had an active Flickr account for some time. I had a popular podcast called SMS for a few months which then morphed into a YouTube show. And during these crazy days I also had a hand in building a social media agency called THIRDOCEAN. Not to mention my earlier gig with Techvibes and my current experience with itbusiness. (Just in case you’ve been living under a rock, I’m currently “making waves” at Canada’s largest Search Marketing Agency, Catalyst, as their Digital Content Manager.)

Well, times have changed. And during that time my interests have changed. I have opinions outside the world of social media and Toronto’s tech start-up scene. I’m more interested in the wearables explosion that is currently happening (especially in Toronto). I’m also interested in telling you what I think about the Blue Jays off season pursuits of free agents and Neil Young’s latest musical experiment.

Toronto Mayor John Tory with Karim Kanji in Scarborough

So what does future hold? I’ve no freaking clue. Honest. But we have to start moving. So, starting with this post you can now find me here at karimkanji.com (no more karimkanji.wordpress.com). The new website is not yet fully complete. and it may never be. and when it is done, don’t expect to be wowed. However, expect there to be content. Good content. About everything from living just inside Scarborough to what I think about Toronto’s current mayor.

You can also follow me on Twitter here -> @karimkanji. And please remember to bookmark this site.