Welcome #43: MP Salma Zahid

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As many of you know I live in Scarborough. Last year we had an election that saw the Federal Liberals, led by Justin Trudeau, defeat Stephen Harper’s Conservative Party. During the election, only one person running for office came to my home: Salma Zahid. I wasn’t going to vote for Roxanne James who was with the Conservative Party. I was actually leaning towards the NDP.

But when Salma came to my office one of the things she promised me was that if the Liberals won and she was my MP, that I could count on her to help fix Bill C 51.

Here’s my conversation with the MP for Scarborough Centre, Salma Zahid.

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! #41: The Tragically Hip with Gregg Tilston

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In today’s episode I speak former musician and good friend Gregg Tilston. Back on Episode #7 we chatted about Gregg’s career to date. Today, Gregg and I discuss the recently completed Man Machine Poem Tour.

Gregg has a unique perspective on Canada’s favourite band, The Tragically Hip. In the mid to late-80s Gregg was in a new wave pop band called International Boundaries (INB). The management company they signed with also had a new band from Kingston on their roster: The Tragically Hip.

Music by Afraaz Mulji.

Also features music by The Tragically Hip: Last American Exit and Ahead By A Century.

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Episode #39: Adam Virani: Baseball and Toronto Blue Jays

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In today’s episode I speak with the founder of The Real Sports Zone website and podcast, Adam Virani.

In this episode we discuss:
– The first 100 days of the 2016 Toronto Blue Jays season
– Adam’s recent visit to the Dominican Republic to coach and teach baseball

Music by Afraaz 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!

 

Sportsnet Fan 590 Producer JD Bunkis

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Welcome! Episode #30: Sportsnet Radio The Fan 590 Producer and Host JD Bunkis

JD Bunkis is the Producer for The Andrew Walker Show on The Fan 590 in Toronto. He is also the host of Free Association, a podcast all about basketball.

In this episode we chat about JD’s young career, how he got his lucky break in sports radio, and his thoughts about the 2015-2016 Toronto Raptors season.

Storytelling with Global TV’s Liem Vu – Welcome! Episode #29

This post was originally published on June 7 2016 on Girth Radio.

Former Scarborough resident Liem Vu joins Karim Kanji to discuss:

  • Growing up in Scarborough to Vietnamese immigrants
  • The pressure that children of immigrants face in obtaining a professional designation
  • How Liem found his passion for storytelling
  • Liem’s newspaper career
  • Liem’s broadcast career starting with MTV Canada and now with Global TV’s The Morning Show.

Welcome! Episode #21: Adam Mintz

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The following article was originally posted on Girth Radio. 

Published on: February 11, 2016

Adam Mintz is the founder, President and CEO of Toronto-based apparel company, Athletes Collective.

In this episode we chat about Adam’s foray into entrepreneurship, his background in fashion, why he has always wanted to own his own business, how Athletes Collective began, his failed Kickstarter campaign and how he rose from the ashes to build an advisory board and obtain some seed money.

Enjoy!

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Welcome! Episode #16: Ian Chalmers

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This episode was previously published on Girth Radio on October 30, 2015.

Ian Chalmers is the Creative Director of Pivot Design Group and an avid collector of watches, mobile phones, wearables and a pre-historic hammer.

You can follow Ian Chalmers on Twitter @chalmers.

You can follow me on Twitter @karimkanji.

Enjoy!

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