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 on 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’ (http://viewfromthesouthstands.com) 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 interviews playwright/creative writer
Marilyn Anne Campbell.
Air Date February 28th, 2018.
Marilyn Anne Campbell is a writer and occasional puppeteer whose stage plays have been seen by audiences in Winnipeg, Calgary, Hamilton, Halifax, Chicago, South Dakota, and New York. These include the sci-fi comedies Universal Language and A Place in the World, the dramas Flood Control and Marks of Birth, the children’s play The Knight’s Errand, and her Remembrance Day themed play Failing Hands, which was one of three winners of Storybook Theatre (Calgary)’s National TYA Playwriting Competition. Her short story Model Citizen appeared in the YA speculative fiction magazine Inaccurate Realities and is now available to read for free on Wattpad. The Goosefighter, her first venture into writing for comics, will appear in the upcoming Toronto Comics anthology, Osgoode as Gold.
Episode 13: Luna Li
Colin Frizzell interviews SOCAN award-winning musician Luna Li. Listen on Soundcloud or iTunes.
Air Date: September 13th, 2017
Hannah Bussiere, stage name Luna Li, is a bright new star raising on the Canadian Independent Music scene. Starting to play piano at 5 years of age, and violin at 7, she has over 16 years of classical music training, but is now sometimes referred to as the Garage Rock Princess. She attended the Classical Music Conservatory in Toronto, and one semester in McGill Conservatory in Montreal where she started writing her own songs. In 2015 she released her debut album Moon Garden, with the band Veins. It amassed over 30,000+ online streams and received attention from The Deli Magazine, CBC Radio, Women in Music and Art, and Revibe TO. The Deli has called her music a “dreamy romp through some beautiful melodies and heartbreaking lyrics.”
In 2016 she finished an Independent Musical Production program at Seneca. In 2017 Luna Li was born and they have recently released 2 videos Opel Angel; and Star Stuff, for which Hannah received the SOCAN Music Award for Young Singer Songwriters. Noisey.Vice.Com said Star Stuff, “sincerely exhibits a sense of optimism and innocence amid Bussiere’s huskier vocals.”
Episode 12: Shelli Oh
Tim Drodge interviews critically acclaimed Toronto Fashion Designer Shelli Oh
Air Date August 30, 2017
Ten years on since her debut collection in the fall of 1997, Shelli Oh has been acclaimed by critics as a women’s wear designer synonymous with the words precious, feminine and ethereal. Over the years, the collection’s delicate charm and signature prettiness has touched the hearts of women across North America.
An alumnus of Ryerson University’s bachelor fashion design / manufacturing program, Shelli did an apprenticeship with famous New York fashion designer Betsey Johnson upon completing her formal education. And after a successful stint in NYC, She returned home to Toronto to launch the Harebell label.
The collections met with rapid success both in Canada and across the US. The overwhelming demand by American retailers resulted in an expansion to over 70 boutiques across the United States in just its third season. Shelli was a Matinee Fashion Foundation grant recipient in recognition for her excellence in design on two straight years – a massive accomplishment in her field. Eventually Shelli embraced her name as her brand with the collections moving forward simply under the ‘Shelli Oh’ label,
Her menswear collections have also quickly become a favorite in recent years, with pieces spotted on some noted celebrities & National Ballet of Canada principal dancers amongst many more.
In a wide ranging conversation we get insights from Shelli on an interesting business, inspiration and on the balance between art and commerce.
Episode 10: Tim Drodge interviews award-winning actor/comedian, Ken Hall.
Air Date August 2nd, 2017.
Ken Hall is a Canadian Comedy Award Winner (Best Breakout Artist) and multiple CCA award nominee. You can currently see Ken as his extraterrestrial alter ego ‘Jeff the Grey’ on TBS’s hit show People of Earth (broadcast in Canada on the Comedy Network).
Ken has appeared in numerous film and television roles including the award winning feature film Patch Town – The Movie, Mistletoe Over Manhattan
(Hallmark Channel), Lost Girl and recently appeared on Conan.
He has had the pleasure to work for Cirque de Soleil and has studied Clown
with master clown instructors, Philippe Gaulier, Francine Cote and Paola
Coletto. Ken has also studied improvisation at The Second City (Toronto),
iO Theare (Chicago), The Annoyance Theatre (Chicago) and The Upright Citizen’s Brigade (NYC).
Ken teaches improv, clown and public speaking at The Second City.
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