How do 20th century creatives develop culture in the 21st century? Elaine Kapogines (creator of The Holistic Parent) sat down with me over coffee, so we could do some self-analytics. We checked the numbers on engagement with our respective projects, and our lives outside of them. This chat was me realizing that the struggle is shared, because of Elaine’s kindness, sharing & expertise… and we had a few laughs. How about THAT one, gang? #hashtag
Freelance writer, news junkie and localvore - also, 80s-born pop-culture fanatic - Kitchener’s Anna Beard joins me on this episode. We started off talking in-depth about coffee and coffee shops, and via going into Anna’s dating-life, we wound up revealing a story I never thought i’d share about dating AND baristas. We go through dating a bit more. There’s a bit of stuff missing at the end that we ran out of time for, a little more politics, Sisqo’s “Thong Song”, mix CDs; but I clipped in at the very very end, an epilogue shouting out to our GHA friends who make that delicious DETOUR coffee!
In this episode, I present to you a look at what’s under the proverbial ‘dirndl’ of KW’s Miss Oktoberfest 2018-2019, Sandra Dynka. What I mean by that, is that we get to know the inner thoughts and feelings of Sandra; whom among many titles (professional tennis player-currently coach, health-foodie, public figure and such), is a wonderful and complex human being. Where do our self-imposed struggles come from? Does that even get answered in this podcast or ever in life? How many of my jokes had to be cut? These are all territories explored, over laughs and coffee. Enjoy! -td
I’d say about 95% of my episodes I could publish, and forget about. And then there are episodes like this, where family will let me know they’re starting to listen to my show, and I vomit in my mouth a little bit… At the same time, I relish (and sriracha mustard) putting this little peppercorn-bing-bong of an episode out there. It’s podcasty as shit, dude! The Ape Audio boyzz are a riot. Enjoy the bro-down with Christian, Ian, Patrick and I, recorded on May 26th!
Amanda Muse is a well-known, Toronto-based Public Figure, with a long-running YouTube series, as well as (more recently) a discussion podcast "The Sandwich". Todd has an endless list of things to learn from this troubadour... but with the time allotted, we got a very sweet discussion about coffee, the shop-talk between media-content-creators, and more than anything, the inner journey of media-content-creators. Is that good? At the very least, Amanda has a REALLY noice voice to hear during coffee time. Follow @AmandaMuse on IG. (we literally NEVER do that in an ep. desc.).
THE RAPTORS WON!!! What better way to celebrate, than by pre-drinking (coffee, or whatever you like, don't endulge and drive) and enjoying this vault episode I recorded with Cuneyt, at his apartment in Waterloo, summer 2016. He performs a beautiful instrumental at the end, called "Yakamoz", and I don't think I had MORE streams on YouTube, than when this episode was originally posted, with that song. It's majestic, like the mofo playing it. Enjoy. Love, TD.
I've known Juneyt - Cuneyt Yetkiner going on a decade and a half, a Turkish delight, and if you live in the region, chances are you've seen him play, everywhere... He's a hard-working, talented and kind gentleman as far as I've known at least! We did a fast-planned get-together and chat for this episode and it is very much Organized Kaos (the Sunday duo from back-when, with Cuneyt and Jessie T), but with he and I sipping water, chatting about: memories, guitars, the decline of musical quality, the genius of Stevie Wonder... Todd does an impersonation of Seal... and more!
Rashmi Sanjay has an awe-inspiring story, which has been recounted in The Holistic Parent, and talked about on Rashmi's amazing new radio program "In Conversation with Rashmi" which takes care in inviting others to share their story. Without being TOO tacky, I invited Rashmi to recount her ordeal as a parable for perspective. We chatted about our shared principles in life, human connection and more! She was a hoot, and a joy to talk with. Enjoy!
Mathilde is a Toronto-based singer/songwriter, with a powerhouse of a voice. 2013-2015 were the years of karaoke in Ontario’s fine Anchor Pubs, hosted by Jeremy & Peyton. For them and the family of friends they created over time, it became a cult-favourite point in our lives, and this is how Sara Godfrey and I became friends. It was both time to catch-up and discuss everything from songwriting & artistry to coffee, hangover vomits, friend groups, sexual identity and more! Also, I think this is our longest conversation!
If you enjoyed the Vault episode with Mary-Catherine Pazzano, this is MC and I going deeper into her jazz singer/vocal teacher life, via some standout facebook statuses that I set us up to read. Once again she was amazing to chat with, we had some laughs AND THEN, she performed a couple of live-off-the-floor songs, including the classic "I Feel Pretty" from West Side Story and "You Intoxicate Me", a new and original composition by Don Buchanan.
Fourteen months ago, I both met, and sat down with local jazz singer & teacher Mary-Catherine Pazzano. She brought her keys up to delight me with the apartment’s first jazz vocal performance! We chatted about the region, jazz in 2018, and life as a musician. I can’t rave enough about Mary as a musician AND person… and you can hear us catching up, in Episode 27, coming soon!
One of many reasons I enjoyed my time chatting with Kate & Wendy so much, is that I now know that people my age plus, aren’t the only ones disturbed by aspects of the modern world. Find out by listening what I mean by that… Here in part two of two, we delve into life’s awkward moments and human behaviour, as experienced by Kate Schlitt, of one of my favourite local podcasts, FemWaves. Enjoy!
On April 18th, 2018, I sat down with Alex & Beisan from the podcast Why Waterloo. We chatted about podcasting, internet-culture, Christian Slater films, and more. The original episode title was Todd's Café - Episode 19: "Do Your Homework In The Dark", which is a Pump Up The Volume reference, dedicated to them, in gratitude. The low-bitrate result is a hilarious accident, I realized only after deleting the project, that I could export at medium quality, creating a fair-sized podcast download... enjoy as is!
If you haven't yet, listen to my first two podcast interviews (with 4 live-off-the-floor performances) by Ophelia Syndrome, in Episode 2. Whether you do or not, you can't escape Deanna's sweet and earthly verbal tone, which has to have something to do with her well-trained vocal abilities. On several occasions, she's been kind enough to let me chat with her and OS on podcasts prior, so it's only fair that I have her back on to chat about OS's new EP - From The Basement. We also chatted more in-depth about our Mohawk College experience, coffee and adolescent awkwardness!
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"From the basement." is the latest release from Ophelia Syndrome, which is a collection of previously unreleased tracks, B-sides, and videos, which have been digitally re-mastered. Along for the ride are several rarities and oddities accompanying the EP in digital form on Bandcamp available May 12 at 11:59 pm E.T. Listen first at opheliasyndrome.com, and check Bandcamp for further information regarding the release.
Going into discussion mode, we're trying out the topic of sociality and awkwardness, as we deal with it through life; primarily in childhood, adolescence, and going through the school system. Why? Because stories of embarrassment in life, age really well, and it's fun to laugh at ourselves while admiring how far we've come later on. Wendy Huenul is one half of FemWaves, the Waterloo Region's new feminist podcast. Wendy and Kate are both present here, and you can catch Kate's feature, in part two of this session, on May 13th!
Matt Lees, a seasoned singer/songwriter and veteran of the KW music scene, continues his podcast Legend In My Spare Time from Wales UK, while knee deep into the waters of his new podcast Matt Lees Gets Creative. He and Todd have shared virtually EVERY interest and artistic inclination since they met at Rachel’s (whom he’s now married to) house party in 2002. Over Skype recently, they chatted about their friendship, aging, prestiging creatively, being podcasters, Matt accidentally interviewing Murray Foster from Great Big Sea and much more…
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Todd usually trips over himself to chat with people involved in theatre. He can now actually say that he ‘directed’ Matt White, the Creative Director of Green Light Arts, in chatting about his life story, and the experiences that went into what Carin Lowerison and Matt are doing now with the theatre company. Green Light Arts wants you to be emmersed in different and versatile theatregoing experiences, all of which are aimed at uniting our beautiful species. Hockey is mentioned…
Meet Carolynne & Lindsay from Fearless Heart Yoga, in Waterloo. This episode is a meditation, so please forgive the complete abandon of “interview practices” this time around, finally. Todd was invited into the studio, to chat with Carolynne & Lindsay, over coffee. Such ground as: what the term “Yoga” means to them, the self, mindfulness, how to brain better, and more are discussed; and all in a rolling motion. Enjoy the wonderful intellects and warm presence, and also the host.
This is WR folk singer/songwriter Jesse Parent’s third podcast record with his old friend Todd, but the first on CHC, and we’ll have to serve you the additional material sometime. This time, Jesse came by to spread the word about his upcoming LIVE ALBUM show & recording, March 24 at The Rich Uncle Tavern in Kitchener); tickets for sale, and more info can be found at JesseParentMusic.com. We also unpacked some very quoteable and soul-baring Jesse, while having some laughs, and recalling their shared way-back memory, of radio DJ’ing at CJIQ. Includes three live & acoustic performances!
Kayla and Matt return to chat about the second season of their media review podcast There Was A Sale. Todd asked about the new season, transitioning from cinema to literature, went down the rabbit hole of ‘why collect things?’, ‘why make a podcast?’,all with Todd being not-fully-awake, yet hyper-actively intense about getting to see them again! It’s not more of Episode 14, it’s the sequel baby!
Meet Hayley Kellett, the Improv Incubator Director of Guelph’s The Making-Box, which doubles as a live theatre venue, improv school, and triples as a community, since it’s opening in 2013. Hayley coins the mantra “Listen, connect and respond”, and chats with Todd about the merits of failure, stick-to-it-ivenes, all-inclusive creativity and putting in the work. Enjoy!
Sort of a follow up, we meet Justin Godelie, another of the hosts from Pull The Plug podcast! They really aren’t so different, he and Todd… Clearly, what the world needs more of, is two dudes being moronic… on the bright side, they’re the variety of lads that agree with the message of the Gillette ad; yet don’t shave.
Actress, director and more, Emily Schooley returns to the kitchen; whom you may’ve heard last year on ‘Todd’s Café’, promoting OutFest 2018 with Erika Reesor. This time around E and T chat about the ins/outs of being a creative, they examine the human race, Gillette, gender dichotomy, Batman & Catwoman and snowfall!
On one hand you have season 1 of local podcast, There Was A Sale, hosted by Matt & Kayla. Season 1 discusses the merits of films inhabiting Matt’s collection, paired by Kayla, with a drink closely matching the theme or aesthetic of the movie. Any sort of thing tickles Todd both as a nerd, and podcast junkie. So kindly, they obliged to join him for a chat on ‘Todd’s Café’ in the spring of last year. Enjoy this, and stay tuned for their 2019 return, promoting Season 2 of TWAS!
It was a long time coming for Todd to sit down with A New Ground, having met Ryan Dugal & Claryssa Webb several years ago, and discovered their versitile range of creative and performing talents. Joined together, they are the powerhouse known as A New Ground, equally as interesting to chat with, as to hear their music - which you can hear live and acoustic at the end of course!
Cameron & Mitchell stopped by, representing the hardworking, KW/Toronto-based “Pop-Punk Hosers”, Among Legends. Get the full scope of AL coolness, by visiting them online and watching their vids, or better yet see them LIVE! On the program, they chat with Todd about pop-punk in the 21st century, creativity, hopes and dreams, AND they ended the show by performing 3 tunes, ilve and acoustic.
Rob Szabo is an established and award winning, Ontario-based producer, collaborative songwriter, and once mainly a touring solo artist, prior to that a bandmate. Most importantly, just kidding, additionally, he’s one of Todd’s favourite all time artists. They chat about the creative process, personalities, and rave about the wonderful talent in our province. Rob plays a tune on the acoustic at the end, but as an add on, we have 3 performances from Rob’s CKMS appearance in 2008.
Mandippal is a WR cover-circuit titan, with a golden voice and personality. He and Todd have known each other since they were wee lads entering the singer/songwriter scene in their 20s. The region, and their hair styles have changed… that’s about it. Or… maybe listen to see what else!? Mandippal also performs three original songs, on his ol’ acoustic!
Todd joined psychedelic indie instrumental team, Hawkeyes, on a Sunday morning at their HQ Order Of The Ape, and chatted with the six-tet, in twos, about how the band does what Hawkeyes do best. What is a Hawkeye? What do they eat? Hear them say words!
Twas Now is a Canadian romance story, and a hypnotically pleasing musical force that timelessly seam the folk of yesteryear into the modern singer/songwriter scene. Todd goes along way back with Mike Erb, but chatting with Diana and Mike Erb together, felt in the company of two longtime friends. They were kind enough to come from New Hamburg both to chat, AND pleased the show with two acoustic, off-the-floor song performances.
Natasha McKenty is host of Rogers’ In Studio program by day, and an emerging PR guru by… all the time! Aside from that, she’s a wonderful fellow eccentric, who chatted with Todd about all things family, entertainment, interviewing and finally drops a public F-bomb. Will this experience be what inspires or deters her from launching her own podcast? We’ll all find out together!
The prior iteration of podcasting for Todd, was the titular ‘Todd’s Café’, and it’s a shame to negate such wonderful chats from this year in light of presenting new ones! So, included here are two chats with friends made recently at Rhapsody Barrel Bar’s open-mic nights; photographer Sylvia Pond, and musician Dan Grace (who performed a few cover tunes on the acoustic guitar).
Vienna D’Amato Hall is a unique spirit, who’s relationship with the internet is intermittent, but she’s been nice enough to grace Todd’s show, with her wonderful personality and intelligence on more than one occasion, complete with acoustic performances. She came by recently to chat about her amazing upcoming releases, “Long Stay Hotel” EP and the LP to follow in 2019. As an added bonus/tag, you’ll hear Vienna’s interview and performance from Todd’s 2016 podcast episode.
AntiSocial Surf Club is a beachy pop/punk band of 4 20-something guys that sing and play instruments. They’re also a fun-lovin’ group of youngsters, at least in relation to Todd… so Matt and Bennett from BSSC stopped by to chat with him about pop-punk, and being in a band 20 years later. They also performed 3 acoustic versions of their surfy anthems for the show!
The only remnants Todd has of two of his favourite Canadian indie bands, other than great memories, are the two podcasts he recorded in 2008; with Kitchener’s Vacuity and Vancouver’s The Human Statues. Both bands were guests on his radio show, and performed live with him. This episode presents all these lads in a hangout setting, each performing a few acoustic songs while there.
Paige Warner is a superb ermerging talent, with a dynamic and versitle genre-scope. Todd had the chance to sit down, chat with and hear songs from this gold-haired titan, twice. The first time was shortly after the release of her 5-track EP “Revealed”, and we catch up with her again here in the fall! This episode of course, comes complete with 3 live and acoustic performances.
Ophelia Syndrome is an intensely talented range and mix of collaborative talent, fronted by a powerhouse vocalist by the name of Deanna, and based in the GHA of Ontario. This episode is made-up of 2 interviews conducted over the years, as well as two live & acoustic performance couplets.
To start us off, Todd monologues about another epiphany in his long journey as a podcaster, Darel Dean and Katy Topham join to discuss the possibilities of this as a multi-program podcast, lastly, Shannon Godelie from Pull The Plug podcast gives Todd and CHC the golden send-off, chatting about their parallel journey. Features the track “Charades” by Sarah Bernardo, available on iTunes (click here).