Inside the Artists’ Shanty is a bi-weekly podcast that interviews artists of all mediums and standings; from writers to actors, painters to musicians. We explore their craft, passion, struggles, successes and what keeps them going and doing what they love.


Tim Drodge is a Toronto based blogger and podcaster who is making his foray back into broadcasting after a multi-year absence. Tim started out in College radio learning his trade at CMHR FM at Memorial University in St John’s NL where he finished his time there as News Director and host of the station’s morning show. Tim started his professional broadcasting career at CKIX FM (KIXX Country) in St. John’s as an announcer. Tim also worked as a voice over artist for local advertising firms on numerous local and regional radio and television advertising campaigns.  Moving to Toronto in 1992 Tim embarked onto a non broadcasting career in his new home. Tim has been blogging and Vlogging about his beloved Toronto FC Soccer club on ‘A View From The South Stands’ ( and on his YouTube channel for over six years. Tim has also contributed articles for the Toronto FC Game Day programme on several occasions. Formerly of Little Heart’s Ease NL, Tim currently resides in Toronto Ontario with his partner and Pug.


Colin Frizzell is an internationally published bestselling author and screenwriter. Frizzell’s screenplay, Lavender (co-written and directed by Ed Gass-Donnelly), was made into a feature film, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2016. His books (ChillJust J) received critical acclaim and appeared on several Best of lists. Colin transcribed, edited and wrote the foreword and afterword for his parents’ non-fiction book, Such Little Time: A Collection of Love LettersThe collection received positive write-ups in Canada, Ireland and the UK. Festival Players of Prince Edward County produced his short audio play, An Ongoing Process, which ran for two seasons in 2011-12 and was relaunched in 2016. From Prince Edward County, Ontario, Colin now lives in Toronto, Ontario.


Our Artist/Graphic Designer

Jess A. Davis is a Canadian/American artist. Influenced by Robert Venosa, David Lynch, and Salvador Dali, Jess strives to show the intricate beauty surrounding us by focusing her work on usually unnoticed details, thus distracting the mind from the clamor enough to experience the wonder of her subjects more acutely. Substituting colours in contrasting ways she creates a sort of magic-realism that draws the viewer in. The longer you look the more you feel the emotional resonance that is meant only for the individual viewer. This very personal experience has to be felt, because it cannot be described. Ms. Davis’s works primarily in oil and oil pastels, but her projects can range from digital to sculpture. She currently lives in Kingston, Ontario.


Inside the Artists’ Shanty is produced by Tim Drodge and Colin Frizzell.

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Tim’s photo is credited to Crystal Burs.

Colin and Jess’s photos are credited to Colin Frizzell.