Elena V. Wolfe

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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

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Music by Afraaz Mulji.

If you liked this episode you will also like the following conversations with other former podcast alumni:

Jaime Stein: Chief Client Officer, ICUC

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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.

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Music by Afraaz Mulji.

If you liked this episode you will also like the following conversations with other former podcast alumni:

Tim Micallef from Tim and Sid show

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Tim Micallef is co-host of the wildly popular Sportsnet TV program, Tim and Sid.

An honorary resident of Scarborough (he’s actually from Don Mills but proudly beats his chest to the beat of Scarborough), Tim Micallef joined me in studio where we discussed his career, sports and why Sid Seixeiro never seems to wear a tie to work.

This is episode #132  of the Welcome! podcast.

Here are some of the things we talked about:

  • I always thought he was from Scarborough. However, Tim Micallef called Don Mills home.
  • His Malta roots.
  • Playing basketball in high school was much different that playing varsity sports.
  • How his sports career never took off at Carleton University.
  • How he started at The Score as an intern.
  • Where Tim Micallef’s love of the UNLV Running Rebels came from.
  • Tim Micallef shares his thoughts on if NCAA athletes should be paid. Or not.
  • The chemistry he has with Sid Seixeiro on their popular show, Tim and Sid.
  • Tim Micallef’s relationship with Bob McCown.
  • The legacy of Jose Bautista.
  • What does Tim Micallef think of Alex Ovechkin’s first Stanley Cup? And where did all the Ovechkin haters go?
  • Is LeBron James the greatest basketball player of all time? And is Michael Jordan even in the conversation (Sid Seixeiro seems to think Jordan played against much inferior talent)?
  • What is up with Vince McMahon’s XFL?
  • The legacy of Duane Casey and his time with the Toronto Raptors.

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Recorded live at Girth Radio.

Intro music by Famous.

If you liked this episode you will also like the following conversations with current/former Sportsnet personalities:

Sarah Climenhaga: Toronto Mayoral Candidate Discusses 2018 Ontario Election Results

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Sarah Climenhaga joined co-hosts Karim Kanji and Gregg Tilston inside the studio this past week to discuss the 2018 Ontario Election results and its potential impact on the city of Toronto.

This is Episode  #3 of the Toronto The Podcast and Episode #130 of Welcome!

Here are some of the things we discussed:

  • Why Sarah Cimenhaga does not think that the city of Toronto is as divided as the election results seemed to point out.
  • The many reasons why she is running for the office of the Mayor of Toronto.
  • Gregg Tilston is obsessed with Doug Ford’s “Buck A Beer” election promise.
  • How Sarah Climenhaga would work with Doug Ford should she be elected as Toronto’s next mayor.
  • Sarah Climenhaga’s candid thoughts on the strong mayoral system as advocated by Doug Ford.
  • Why Sarah Climenhaga thinks the King Streetcar project has been successful and what she would do to improve the experience of drivers.
  • Karim Kanji argues why the $0.10 reduction in gas prices will do everything to increase drivers and cars on the road, decrease the use of public transit, lower the revenues available to the Ontario government, decrease the chances of continued and/or increased investment (including ongoing service and maintenance) in public transit in both Ontario and Toronto.
  • Sarah Climenhaga’s thoughts on affordable housing, affordable child care, the environment, equity, civic engagement and so much more!

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Recorded live at Girth Radio.

Music by Afraaz Mulji.

If you liked this episode you will also like:

Episode #128: 2018 Ontario Election Primer with Dan Speerin

 

Book Report: Scarborough

Trailer for Scarborough: a novel from CEHernandez on Vimeo.

In Session With…Kristin Fung

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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.

SetList
Big Dumb Heart
You For You
The Man Is Optional

Recorded Live inside Girth Radio studios.

Episode #124: Toronto – Chapter 2 – April 23 2018

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Ji Hun Kim, Geraldine Brady, Andrea Bradden, Sohe Chung, Chul Min (Eddie) Kang, Mary Elizabeth (Betty) Forsyth, Beutis Renuka Amarasinghe, Dorothy Sewell, Munir Abdo Habib Najjar, Anne Marie D’Amico are the names of the people who were killed by a driver on a Monday afternoon.

They are the victims of the horrific event that saw Alek Minassian kill and injure dozens of people in the North York suburb of Toronto on April 23, 2018.

Gregg Tilston and I are joined in studio by two of our friends, Hessie Jones and Laurie Dillon-Schalk.

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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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Recorded live at Girth Radio.
Music by Afraaz Mulji.

If you enjoyed this episode you’ll also like:

3 episodes with former MLSE boss and city builder, Richard Peddie.

 

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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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Recorded live at Girth Radio.
Music by Afraaz Mulji.

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Ep15: Steve Hulford