Paige Warner is an exceptional artist from the Waterloo region, and I couldn’t be happier as a 35-year-old, to be a genuine fan of new music. Self-described as a diverse artist, you can feel R&B pulling some reigns, but not type-casting this 20-something's sound one bit. She’s a vocal powerhouse, with a personality as sweet as lemonade. Feel free to do the prep-work of listening to her first two chats/performances with me in episode 003… either way, you can now join us as we’re following up, following the online release of her most recent single “I Don’t Need Boys”.
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1. Katy Topham - “I Just Don’t Feel Like Lovin’ You” (online single, 2020)
2. Stephen Trothen - “Dandelions” (from Stephen Trothen Learns To Knit, 2008)
3. Paige Warner - “I Don’t Need Boys” [Live on TDS]
4. Paige Warner & Todd Donald - “Don’t Let Me Down” (The Beatles cover) [Live on TDS]*
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Click here for the "Don't Let Me Down" performance's Soundcloud track to enjoy any time, independent of this podcast. Artwork by Todd Donald, photography by Tim Hutchison (Paige) and Daniel Hodgson (Todd).
Time for the 3rd last episode! Sandra Dynka and I are QUITE different, but we have a wonderful way of getting along, and some of the most crucial things internally are shared in common. There are times in this 2nd chat show with her, where I may have intentionally tried to repel or gross her out, but it’s merely my reaction as an entertainer, to such kindness. Sandra on the other hand is all class and motivation, and it was all wonderful to have her back on the show!
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The premise… Episode 36 (in which Sandra outlines her insecurity of self-definition, having given all the power to the title of being KW Miss Oktoberfest 2018), and now a month or more since Oktoberfest 2019, she’s rediscovering and wielding her own bodacious power. With Tiffany Smith-Miller, she’s co-hosting an IGTV series that will hopefully springboard a future of empowerment both for the audience she champions, and herself. I don’t know if i’m speaking too loosely, because i’m not a professional “episode description writer”. So, I hope your takeaway is that I care for, and think very highly of my friend, and you should definitely check out what she’s doing. You might be the target market for this IGTV show, or you may be and not realize yet that you are. At the very least you’ll now know about another awesome thing going on in this region. The possibilities are endless!
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Do of course, check out and support the groovy music; in fact, if I catch you dancing or bopping to these tunes, or humming the melody later on, I will come down there and say “show me the money, i’ll be seeing them”. JK. But seriously, support the artists. This episodes music is brought to you by Leila, Ophelia Syndrome, Naked-Flubber (or Since 84) and Glenna Garramone. Tata! Love, ME :D. Featuring Todd Donald and Sandra Dynka.
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Leila - Cover Girl (RuPaul cover) (from COVER GIRL - EP, 2018)
Ophelia Syndrome - Stay (from NORTH SEA, 2015)
Naked-Flubber - Oops She Did It Again (from NAKED AND LOVING IT, 2001)
Glenna Garramone - Rain In The Autumn (from SEASKY-STARSONG, 2008)
Happy Holidays so far, everyone! On this episode, one of the hardest-working and talented musicians I’ve known, Jessie T returns again, this time for a nice long chat. I’ll admit, I went decidedly off the rails and shifted the conversation towards myself a little bit on this one, but hey, what better company could I have done that in? The answer is, .. than in the company of a good and longtime friend, during a time of slowly but surely concluding the podcast.
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We DO of course chat about working in music, public figuration, developing as a songwriter and Jessie’s amazing Christmas song, which now has a heartwarming new video companion!
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In this Christmas/Country-themed episode, you’ll hear some fantastic music by Jessie T, Jamie Warren, Lusterfield and Good Lovelies (all of which i’ve bought and you should too!!!) see the full podcast-track listing below, and please, support the artists!
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Jessie T - Shine (from RECKLESS HEART - 2016)
Good Lovelies - Jing-A-Ling, Jing-A-Ling (from EVERGREEN - 2019)
Jamie Warren - One Step Back (online single - 2019)
Lusterfield - Training Wheels (from FROM DEMOS TO DONE)
Good Lovelies - (Everybody's Waitin' for) The Man with the Bag (from EVERGREEN - 2019)
Jesse T - Mama’s Christmas Cookies (online single - 2017/2019)
Taylynn is a super-talented singer/songwriter from the Waterloo region. Her debut EP "They Know" proudly proclaims the artist lost, found, light, dark, and everything in between, with no "like me, please" routine in sight. We chatted about her bold lyricism, becoming an artist, fashion trends, our shared weird impulse thought patterns, and so much more...
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As any wonderful performer guest would, Taylynn brought her chosen instrument, and delighted the show with some live performances, that are interspersed through the episode, please enjoy - but also, find her EP on iTunes, Spotify and more, and show her EP some love. Also featuring the music of Sue Passmore (The Good Lovelies' new Christmas album now available!).
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1. Sue Passmore - Little Feet (from 87 MILES - 2006)
2. Taylynn - Cards [Live on TDS]
3. Taylynn - Burn [Live on TDS]
4. Taylynn - Younger Days (Mt. Joy cover) [Live on TDS]
5. Taylynn - The Way I Am (from THEY KNOW - EP - 2019)
This one's a double-header, but with two amazing individual and collaborating singer/songwriters, from the Waterloo Region. I start off the episode with a conclusion-esque announcement, and then it sinks into some sweet hangs with Milana Boss, Mike Sharp and I; as well as us chatting about Pogs, being aspiring musicians, and working with other people. M&M also delight the show with four live-off-the-floor performances of their songs. So, enjoy, all, of, that!
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Tata :D Love, ME! Featuring Todd Donald, Justine Precepa and Mike Sharp.
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Milana Boss - Sister Ride [Live on TDS @ Descendants]
Mike Sharp & Milana Boss - The Sidewalk [Live on TDS @ Descendants]
Mike Sharp & Milana Boss - Row By Row [Live on TDS @ Descendants]
Mike Sharp - Colours Changing Season [Live on TDS @ Descendants]
As promised, here's a little ditty, published as Todd's Café: Episode 03 - Jesse Parent, on February 20th, 2018. Singer/songwriter and great friend Jesse Parent and I chit-chat, drink coffee, followed by some live acoustic performances. If this is your introduction to the podcast, and you want to hear more with Jesse, please continue to Episode 20, and 54 of this podcast. :). That's all for the write-up, I have editing to do for a new one! Love, Me!
Recently a guest on my friend Natasha's show (a much better host and interviewer), Jesse Parent returns to The Todd Donald Show to chat a bit about the finished release of his new album “Somedays, Tomorrows & Best Laid Plans”… AND to go off the rails and into outer space, with me. Jesse’s become a consummate, professional A F singer/songwriter, after years of playing with schlubs like me a decade ago, wherever we could get a spot, and years of searching for and ultimately finding his musical identity.
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Jesse takes his craft and business as seriously as and with a dedication not unlike that of LL Cool J, who as some of you might not know, was a rapper in the 1980s. Much like LL Cool J, Jesse has taken his love of music and performing, and diversified, such as by: teaching, working at music shops and co-writing… all for the purpose of not wasting his gift/curse.
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Please support the artists behind the music you hear on this, Calliope’s Radio featuring vocals by Dana K, of course Jesse Parent, and Kristina Stapelfeld. Tata! Love - Me. Featuring Todd Donald and Jesse Parent.
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Calliope’s Radio - “Goodnight Bell Hooks” [Live on The iTodd Lounge in 2008]
Jesse Parent - “You Can Call Me Al” (from SOMEDAYS, TOMORROWS AND BEST LAID PLANS - 2019)
Jesse Parent - “For A Moment” (from SOMEDAYS, TOMORROWS AND BEST LAID PLANS - 2019)
Jesse Parent - “The Little Things” (from SOMEDAYS, TOMORROWS AND BEST LAID PLANS - 2019)
Kristina Stapelfeld - “Back Of Your Neck” (from KRISTINA STAPELFELD - 2016)
Taking another look away from the traditional guest book, I wanted to take a look inside the makings of a marketing design team, even if only once… and I think choosing Robin + Elaine, noted for both their personality as well as the personality of their “KW Famous” brand, was the right choice!! It’s palpable that my nervousness made them nervous a little bit to start, but ultimately we sank into a groove and when you listen to this you can get a better sense of Robin and Elaine as people, that social media isn’t capable of showcasing.
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With #KWFAMOUS in mind, I spun the amazing brand new single by Paige Warner, an instant classic Mike Todd cut, a live podcast performance from A New Ground, and the newest single by recent guest Jerelle. Please support the artists, even just by buying their singles and such on iTunes, that’s what I did!
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Tata! Love - Me. Featuring Todd Donald, Elaine Decleir and Robin Lindner.
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Paige Warner - I Don’t Need Boys (online, 2019)
Mike Todd - Liar (from GOOD MAN - 2016)
A New Ground - Get Close [Live on TDS - from episode 14)
Jerelle - Demons (online, 2019)
I took it easy on the vault stuff for a few months, didn't want you to get sick of it. But hey! It's time for you to enjoy a little mid-week helping of KW singer/songwriter Jessie T; gem from our record in February 2018 for "Todd's Café". I met Jessie at an open-mic not too long after she moved to town from Kingston, as a musical compadre. Since then she's been a judge on 'The Shot', performed all over the country, stays constantly busy, from songwriting competitions to showcases to pub gigs and more, and always makes time for friends! Not much has changed in the last couple years either.
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This episode is a shorty, but a goody, and contains two sweet live-off-the-floor songs by Jessie T, including "Hellbound" and her new song "No Man's Land". Tata! Love - Me. Featuring Todd Donald and Jessie T.
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PS: To those of you that don't brush and scrape off your winter-covered rear and side windows... STOP IT! Clean those shits off! I see you! Don't look away, you know i'm talking about you! CLEAN! THOSE! SHITS! OFF!
Holy shiatsu! You don’t know how hard I had to resist titling the episode “You don’t know Shiatsu!” or something 90s like that. What we have here though, is a delightful and informative conversation with Carlotta Trenholm: Shiatsu therapist. She is a huge fan of local live music and a wonderfully offbeat person... and that was just our first bonding point. From there, I play the ignorance card on Shiatsu, I invite Carlotta to explain… and then it turns into this neat chat about existence and people. It’s pretty touchy/feely, is what i’m saying, but in a consentual and entertaining way, fraught with slap-stick-ery.
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In addition, you’re getting spoiled on this one, a three song, live, acoustic set, by WR’s Jessie T, featuring her songs “Ain’t The Whiskey”, “Love Me Longer”, and a request I made from her album ‘Reckless Heart’, but you’ll have to listen to find out what song… ooh i’m being saucy!
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You may be just finding out about these people, so like I always say: please follow the internet to their pages and find out how you can support! the! artist! That also goes for the other artists you can hear on this episode, including Vienna D’Amato Hall and the classic cuts by Matt York and Mo Pair.
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Tata! Love - Me. Featuring Todd Donald, Carlotta Trenholm and Jessie T.
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Matt York - Mine [Live on The iTodd Lounge, 2008]
Vienna D’Amato Hall - Like A Star (from LONG STAY HOTEL - 2019)
Mo Pair - Julia (from one of Mo Pair’s 2000s albums)
Jessie T - Ain’t The Whiskey [Live on TDS]
Jessie T - Love Me Longer [Live on TDS]
Jessie T - La La Love [Live on TDS]
It's episode 50!!! and I can't believe my longtime friend Tessa is finally a guest! You may know her work in Waterloo Region Crossing, the show Kitchener Sync, running for City Council and several live performances in the band The Short Films. Accolades aside, Tessa's always been one of my favourite people, just as a person... and while it's been a struggle to stay in touch or to arrange a time for this podcast to happen, i've always looked up to this forthright trooper a great deal. It's amazing what one human being is capable of, and I believe Tessa's one of those who leads by example of that.
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In the mix, you'll enjoy Tessa performing an original song on the show, but you'll have to wait until the fourth song, and listen to us chat first. Sorry, not... Please support the artists you hear, I provide links on the website! Clickity-clack!!!
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1. Glenna Garramone - Maple Syrup
2. The Good Lovelies - When The City Settles
3. Mike Erb Trio - Take It Back
4. Tessa - Dirt [Live on TDS]
5. Mansionair - We Could Wait
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HAPPY HALLOWEEN! - TD
In this episode, my guest and I talked about things that no one on a podcast has ever talked about, like recording music, and how the internet’s changed over time-don’t laugh. We ALSO talked about Kitchener Waterloo, and how this area has seen his evolution from student & singer/songwriter, to businessman & poetr/hip-hop artist; being one who focuses his lyrics on where he’s coming from, this world that exists in KW.
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We talk about how we look at the past, present and future, as ourselves, as a community, as artists, as a species… it all seems to live in this wicked loop of examining the contrasts of our tenses. The highlight, somewhere in our bit of long-lost friends catching up and havin’ a time… is the update on the new music Sam’s been working on, including three live-off-the-floor performances. Enjoy!
Evan Corneil is now both a member of the Waterloo Region's music scene, and recently resident of the Waterloo Region. I was able to meet this nice feller at the Rhapsody Barrell Bar open-mic in DTK, he went up on stage and rocked his original material, and then he was also a sweet SOB to chat with. Having him over ended up with a few hours of hanging out, and then trying to rush this podcast... but that was still fun too. Enjoy this chat, including a trio of acoustic live-off-the-floor Evan Corneil tunes.
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We talked about his small-town upbringing and musical influences, which unlike the rock n’ roll cliché, leads into some interesting stories of coercing people to play bass, dumping bands and coming up with intentionally stupid-but-awesome bandnames... and we could riff on that. Anyway, as I already said, sweet dude.
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Included with Evan's original material, is some more music, by the amazing Amy Rola, and L.A.'s Jonah Ray. Please, if you enjoy any of the music you hear on this episode, go find the albums and support the artists!!! Nothing beats the real thing : D
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Amy Rola - Missing Piece
Jonah Ray - Reptilicus (New Wave)
Evan Corneil - Farther To Fall [Live on TDS]
Evan Corneil - Don't Look Down [Live on TDS]
Evan Corneil - (I Know You Like) The Night Sky [Live on TDS]
I met comedian Brittany Pyatt at an open-mic at The Rich Uncle Tavern in Kitchener, and through a few more chats at local-live-music we made this podcast episode happen. Now, I would typically see a friend in pain and slow my roll as a goofball for the podcast to match, and we DID talk about a recent pain in the life of this stand-up act, but I still tried to use what I could as a springboard to zing the status quo, and make myself laugh. With understanding and resilience, it didn't affect our chat. Brittany is a funny and offbeat gal, who like many, is just trying to navigate the constantly under-construction, minefield of dating/relationships, which is not unlike trying to drive around a certain region I know... We also talked about movies!
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Here's the first posting in our new Thursday time-slot! Such has always been based on my work schedule, being that as much work as this takes, it's still the passion project and not the income generator, but you know this already. Featuring music by CityWide Panic, Jessie T, Mike Todd, Kristina Stapelfeld and Carly & Mark.
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Please, if you enjoyed hearing the tunes... SUPPORT THE MOTHERFUCKING ARTISTS/BANDS
1. CityWide Panic - "High Hopes" (from 'Johnny's Garage' - EP, 2018)
2. Jessie T - "La La Love" (from 'Reckless Heart', 2016)
3. Mike Todd - "Feedin' You" (from 'Good Man', 2016)
4. Kristina Stapelfeld - "Hemisphere" (from 'Kristina Stapelfeld', 2016)
5. Carly and Mark - "Morning Light Praying" (from 'New City Morning', 2008)
With the manic-energy of a Sam Raimi film, Jerelle Fisher (MC) and Sofia Monaro (DJ/Keys) and their BEWARE brand, take the stage, leaving only rubble in the wake of their amazing live show. Personally, I’m of the cruising and blasting sort, either way there’s satisfaction to be had. Raw talent, raw expression, exquisite tracks, and you’re being taken on a journey, that’s all. As guests, I’ve never had an easier time moving through a recorded discussion and maintaining energy than with this twosome. Recently they rocked the Belmont Village Bestival in Waterloo, and they’ll be back in Waterloo for HopeFest THIS COMING SATURDAY… find out more on that in the episode.
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I also managed to get KW’s Scene Dad Kyle Wappler of Have Hope over, mid-Beware-session, to hangout and instead of adding a solo-tag, I extended the outro into a full 2nd chat-record, with Kyle, talking all about HopeFest 2019, the scene, Have Hope and we even reminisced briefly on the legendary 519Punk era. In another life I would have been somewhere between my three guests in age, and we would be hanging out all the time, I fucking love’m all. Please listen and get the info. Obviously
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Please, if you enjoyed hearing the tunes… SUPPORT THE MOTHERFUCKING ARTISTS/BANDS
1. Jerelle - “Look No Further” (feat. Raven J) (online single 2019)
2. Kali Kazoo - “Delete My History” (from Bleed Darker & Deeper Than The Seas Of Hell, 2019)
3. Jerelle - “Don’t Miss” (online single 2019)
4. Jerelle - “Blue Flame” (feat. KVNE) (online single 2019)
5. Jonah Ray - “Welcome To (Amish) Paradise” (from You Can’t Call Me Al, 2019)
Quite a while ago, I started chatting about pop-culture with an Aussie on instagram. This conversation ultimately lead-to a "PLEASE be on the podcast". Now Sarah Lexia, an evolving internet personality, has allot in her own right to bring to the table and chat about, from professional dancing, to modelling and brand ambassador-ing... but you'll see here that we kept a loving focus, on Australia, and the wonderful performing talent that has emerged from there over the years. I really enjoyed the hangout, Sarah's personality shines and enabled me to be extra goofy.. and thanks to the flippin' Coffee Lodge Sarnia for letting me record there!!!
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After that, I catch you up on tings such as I dunno, my article in The Community Edition!? Then I show you what my latest internet word-game attempt yielded... It's an experience that i've finally decided to round out, by implementing the "5 song rule" in which through the course of listening to the show, you'll hear 5 songs intros and all , whether or not 1-3 of them are performed by a musical guest live-off-the-floor.
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The ongoing Todd Donald show's coffee shop playlist this week...
1. Harriet Nauer - The Island (off Standing At The Heavenly Gates, 2014)
2. Vienna D'Amato Hall - Surrender (off Long Stay Hotel, 2019)
3. Stephen Trothen - Leaves (off Learns To Knit, 2008)
4. Sue Passmore - 10 & 2 (off 87 Miles, 2006)
5. The Lo-Fi Mind - So Bad (off 04/20/2014, 2014)
+ Down Under - Men At Work (cover by Bailey Pelkman)
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Website update soon! Tata! Love - Me.
With electric piano in hand (plus arm and waist), singer/songwriter and trained musician Luke Cyrus Hunter dropped by to nerd out with me about music. It's been 10+ years since his old band Stereola was here, so we did a bit of catching up, took a deeper dive into his beginnings and Luke performed three songs solo, live-off-the-floor... Goodness!! In this episode I also bring you Todd's Word-Game Fun #2, where we see what happens when you name restaurants after rappers. Tata! Love - Me.
I wish I had as much talent and spirit at 21, as actor and author Samantha Mirandola. She was a delightful guest, enthusiastic about being on the show and kind to me even with as ghastly as my appearance. I'm into reading her new novel dream-catalyst (infact if you have me on goodreads...), and I'm thinking THIS is the beginning of a very promising journey! Please say hello or clap or some kind of response, to Samantha Mirandola. Also at the end, I ramble about Being John Malkovich, and introduce an attempt at my first creative game - where YOU get to be a part of the show-kind of : ). Tata! Love - Me.
Queue the song "What A Wonderful World" by Sam Cooke and send it out to Gjoa Haven, Nunavut! Do it in your heart, or on your own time, cause I don't want to get sued! HAHAHAHA! But please think of my lovely partner, Katie, whom is as of recently, a full-time educator there. She and I shared an apartment for two years, during which time, I recorded a hundred or so podcasts, including all of these, up until and including this one. Speaking of 'un chat', she brought Luda into our lives, the unofficial mascot of the podcast.
Anyway, enjoy this farewell to the apartment, and fun, love-and-tear filled, awkward and fun again chat with Katie and I. Wanna know what's up with coaching champion synchro-swimmers? Wanna know what's up with uprooting to the arctic circle for work? This is the definitely the MOST RECENT podcast episode uploaded, with those things addressed! ; ). (Looo'ya bae, Xoxo).
Through some mishap and laughter, Kelly and Steph of This Is Pristine and I, had a joyous time catching up. We chatted about the band, the fans, social media and people watching at the mall... which for some reason, got messy. After the chat, This is Pristine delighted me with the first live-off-the-floor acoustic songs in several months! I offer at the end a few minutes of monologging that you can skip. Enjoy! #chat #livesongs #newrecord #band
Kelly and I met in person on The Night Sessions at CJIQ in 2006, when I was still getting started with my "British/Local-Indie" show The British Invasion. We met prior on MySpace and after a few other in-person functions, Kelly & Steve Dilts came over on May 8th, 2008, so Kelly would be an early guest on my first podcast The iTodd Lounge. This was an exceptional opportunity so I could juxtapose a model, with my gigantic and out-of-shape self, in the comedy realm... alas, I tried to make the POINT, talking with Kelly about her creative pursuits & projects, which also included acting and singing. I can't say enough about how kind, graceful and supportive she was and still is through the years... please enjoy this peak back in time, with Kelly Abbass! #chat #vaultrecord #actress #musician #model
You get to hear me, having an off-day, over Skype, with one of this podcast’s biggest fans. Fantastic bassist and composer William Chernoff - of both his own original Chernoff Music project and accompanist in the band Early Spirit - and I, became both friends and quickly big fans/supporters of each other from the get go. Discussing the refinement process of musicianship and life, this podcast, has been pleasantly refined, with the inclusion of theme music, made from portions of William’s stellar composition “Makie Elkino”. Here he is, via Skype-recorded on June 23rd, William Chernoff. Cheers, Todd #chat #newrecord #skype #musician #singersongwriter
Continuing in the theme of people I met on Instagram… how do 20th century creatives develop culture in the 21st century? Elaine Kapogines (creator of The Holistic Parent) sat down with me over coffee on June 7th, 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…Cheers, Todd #chat #newrecord #journalist #podcaster #publicfigure
Freelance writer, news junkie and localvore - also, 80s-born pop-culture fanatic - Kitchener’s Anna Beard joins. We started off (on June 2nd, that is) 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! Cheers, Todd #chat #newrecord #journalist
Continuing in the theme of people I met on Instagram… Things begin to get meta, when I’m meeting friends of friends made on The Coffeehouse Crowd prior. The lovely Sandra Dynka is KW Miss Oktoberfest 2018-2019, a pro-tennis player/coach and health food advocate. She strives to be a champion in any arena she steps in, and I beg for her to go easier on herself. She was great to meet and chat with, which for posterity, was on May 29th. Cheers, Todd #chat #newrecord #publicfigure
Ape Audio, another podcast I heard about as an online reader of Community Edition - features three young lads and multi-media hijinx, from band/artist interviews to chromakey dreams and nightmares, all in the name of comedy and fun. The dream team: Christian, Ian & Patrick stopped by on May 26th, to audition me for the fold. If you’re reading, guys, none taken : ( and thanks for being on : )! Cheers, Todd #chat #newrecord #podcasters
I dared myself to go head-to-head with a pro, create some laughs, and have an enjoyably levelled chat about being self-taught media creators. Amanda Muse (@amandamuse on IG) went the route of branding herself, and creating something that exists on a high-calibre level, and continually raising the bar for herself and most content creators out there. I went a different way, but gese, we were both born in ’84, and we’re both wired to create.. common ground! It was hard for me to fight my nerves given how much I look up to her, but I think it went well. Skyped on May 23rd. Cheers, Todd #chat #newrecord #skype #podcaster #publicfigure
For the thirty-third episode, you can now hear Cuneyt (Juneyt) and I’s chat for ‘The iTodd Lounge’, from the vault, recorded on July 18th, 2016. Cuneyt closed off our session, with a beautiful rendition of an instrumental song “Yakamoz”. Enjoy this add-on to Episode 32, or if you haven’t yet, give that a listen as well! Cheers, Todd #chat #livesongs #vaultrecord #singersongwriter
For the thirty-second episode, Cuneyt (or Juneyt) Yetkiner, 1/3 of Turk and the Hobbits, and many musical things to many people.. stopped by, to chat about LITERALLY whatever. He didn’t even take those flamenco-trained fingers and play stuff for this show.. we just had a hoot together. I will not complain. This handsome young Turkish lad and I, shared this coffee and conversation, on the date of June 9th. Cheers, Todd #chat #newrecord #singersongwriter
I jumped back out of my comfort zone, to meet someone I originally found/met on instagram. Rashmi Sanjay was originally someone I knew to be an enthusiastic radio host (In Conversation with Rashmi), but after doing a little research (ie. Hollistic Parenting and her website) I discovered that she is an amazing human, survivor and being. Over coffee, on May 21st, I got to sit down with Rashmi and chat about her story, what she’s doing with the radio show, and more. Ps: Later on the same day, I went to visit a prior podcast guest, Chris Hussey, but that chat will have to be re-recorded. Thanks to Chris for being understanding! Cheers, Todd #chat #newrecord #humanitarian #radiohost
Sara Godfrey as I know her, came over to chat about her work as a singer/songwriter. I’ve known her as an amazing amazing vocalist, from our friendship as regulars of Jeremy & Peyton’s kareoke crew (2013-2015). Mathilde, is the pro-artist name of a musical beast ready to rock the world soon enough. Sara’s also a sweet and very strong, smart person who was delightful to have coffee and catch-up with; date of May 11th. Cheers, Todd #chat #newrecord #singersongwriter
For the twenty-ninth episode, Mary-Catherine Pazzano is back! On May 12th, we had some more coffee together, starting with a brief reminiscing of our first meeting’s untold KFC-related story. We spent a little time, talking about the nuances of music-teacher-life calamity. 2 more AMAZING song performances.. thanks Mary!!! Cheers, Todd #chat #livesongs #newrecord #singersongwriter #teacher
For the twenty-eighth episode, my upcoming guest KW artist/performer Mary-Catherine Pazzano had been kind enough to meet me, on March 18th, 2018 for my show ‘Todd’s Café’, where we chatted about her life as a musician, and she performed some amazing songs on vocal and piano. I thought it would be nice to share this with you, as an MCP warm-up! Cheers, Todd #chat #livesongs #vaultrecord #singersongwriter #teacher
Not to repeat myself, but - hosts of the podcast ‘FemWaves’, Wendy Huenul and Kate Schlitt came by on March 24th, each willing to be present for and on the record of the other’s guest chat. This chat featured Kate, who also shared her stories of growing pains, and social awkwardness experienced early on in life. I must add that they were both truly a joy to meet and chat with. I loved their stories and company. Cheers, Todd #chat #newrecord #podcaster
As little as I know about the inner-workings of the government, Communitech, and how they interact with each other, I caught wind of news on twitter that inspired me to re-present the wonderful morning I got to spend with Alex and Beisan, talking about their once podcast Why Waterloo. They came by to be guests on ‘Todd’s Café’, on April 18th, 2018, and I attempted to stay on their level. They used my platform wisely, and I never got to chat with them after, but I still admire their sensebility and would gladly welcome them back on the show, any time. Cheers, Todd #chat #vaultrecord #podcaster #publicfigure
After many months of intermittent contact, Deanna of Ophelia Syndrome came by on April 7th, to chat about all things from our time in Mohawk College, the music scene yesterday and today, and last but not least, OS’ upcoming EP release ‘In The Basement’. She even indulged my quest to chat openly and candidly about embarrassing and awkward growing-up experiences. Cheers, Todd #chat #newrecord #singersongwriter
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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.
For the twenty-fourth episode, hosts of the podcast ‘FemWaves’, Wendy Huenul and Kate Schlitt came by on March 24th, each willing to be present for and on the record of the other’s guest chat. This chat featured Wendy who shared her stories of growing pains, and social awkwardness experienced early on in life. This was part of my attempt to add a full angle to the show! Enjoy, and look forward to Kate’s follow-up episode in May! Cheers, Todd #chat #newrecord #podcaster
I was able to Skype with Wales, United Kingdom, on March 30th. Matt Lees is one of my oldest friends from my singer/songwriter days. We brought each other into the Kitchener/Waterloo music scene and faced allot of the same trials. It even lead to being young and stupid together, behaviourally.. as adults we could take some time, to drink some coffee, catch up, and leave with a gift-bag of catharsis. Matt was kind enough to record some live-off-the-floor song performances. Don’t forget, he’s a very longtime podcaster as well; host/producer of Legend In My Spare Time, and his new interviewing-artists show, Matt Lees Gets Creative. Cheers, Todd #chat #newrecord #skype #podcaster #singersongwriter
I met Matt White of Green Light Arts, headed by Carin Lowerison and he. We had coffee together on February 24th, and chatted about his life in the theatre, and with the help of movie-references, made our way through to the present, and the missions of Green Light Arts as a socially-aware theatre company. It was an interesting conversation with an interesting person! Cheers, Todd #chat #newrecord #actor #director #playwright
For the twenty-first episode, it was the nice morning of February 20th, spent with Carolynne and Lindsay upstairs in the studio of Fearless Heart Yoga. We chatted about yoga, what it means to them, and weaved the purpose of the studio in and out of everyday practice. For me, it was a wonderful and delightful coffee chat and get-to-know-you with these beings. Cheers, Todd #chat #newrecord #yogastudio
I was blessed to record hard-working Kitchener singer/songwriter, and very longtime friend Jesse Parent, for the THIRD time. This time on February 23rd, Jesse had allot to talk about, including his upcoming live show/live album record. He joined our coffee-chat with some beautiful live-off-the-floor acoustic songs. Cheers, Todd #chat #livesongs #newrecord #singersongwriter
Matthew Grant and Kayla Haas were nice enough to come back as guests on CHC; and this time, February 3rd, I was even more intensely joyed to see and chat with them again, to the point of creepiness, or my own neurosis telling me it was that. Nonetheless There Was A Sale is now in it’s second season, and I had to see what their new pairing of Literature + Beverage would have to offer, in their own words. Cheers, Todd #chat #newrecord #podcasters
I drove on a very wintery day (of January 27th) on super-snowy roads, to arrive at what’s becoming the place-to-be, in Guelph. The Making-Box is an improv studio, performance theatre and much more. I reached out to them and got in-touch with performer/instructor and more, Hayley Kellett. She was nice enough to sit and chat with me about improv, her life in improv, and the Making-Box. It’s hard for either of us to know what the main focus of the interview was meant to be. Lastly, I embarrassingly stumble through my second attempt at actual improv. You will never hear the first. Cheers, Todd #chat #newrecord #actor #improvisor
Pull The Plug co-host (whom I hadn’t yet gotten to meet) Justin Godelie - listen back to our first episode, and then every episode of Pull The Plug, came over on January 20th, to chat about more mutual fascinations in pop-culture, as well as making podcasts. It was a riot. 2 down, Justin Briner, you’re next, pal. Cheers, Todd #chat #newrecord #podcaster
I got to chat more in-depthly with Toronto actor/director Emily Schooley. She was on ‘Todd’s Café’ last year with Erika Reesor to chat about “The Frog King” & OutFest 2018. This time around we got a little political and went back and forth between that and splitting pop-culture/our obsessions with pop-culture, atom; all this over coffee, on January 20th. Cheers, Todd #chat #newrecord #actor #director
Matthew Grant and Kayla Haas, hosts of movie review podcast, There Was A Sale, came over to chat about their show, on January 20th, 2018, for my prior show ‘Todd’s Café’. They’d already become one of my favourite podcasts/local podcasts, and I spent this show, hoping we’d become best friends within an hour. Life isn’t so easy, but they were nice enough to gift me homemade chocolate-chip cookies that Matt’d made, what!? Cheers, Todd #chat #vaultrecord #podcasters
Ryan Dugal and Claryssa Webb invited me to their home/studio/HQ, Frontier Music in Kitchener. On December 16th, 2018, I went on over and tracked a chat record with A New Ground, along with some killer live-off-the-floor song performances. Soaring harmonies, guitar and fiddle, oh my! Cheers, Todd #chat #livesongs #newrecord #band
I invited another young local (to KW/Toronto) punk band Among Legends, and it’s band-members Cameron and Mitchell consented to stop by for coffee, a chat and some acoustic versions of their normally-amplified punk-rock-hosery, on December 9th, 2018. What’s being a pop-punk act like, in the 21st century, anyway? Cheers, Todd #chat #livesongs #newrecord #band
Opisode, one of my favourite artists of all-time, and once a singer/songwriter compatriot Rob Szabo, is now mainly a producer. Based in his main home of Toronto, he co-writes, co-llabs and records a wide variety of artists, to only the high quality I would expect from someone as talented as he. We chatted over coffee on December 15th, about every part of the process from one’s own material, to working with others. At the end, he agreed to take my guitar and play one of his classics (from self-titled album, 2011). As a bonus, I tagged three live-off-the-floor tracks he layed down for my friend, at CKMS in 2008. Cheers, Todd #chat #livesongs #newrecord #vaultrecord #producer #singersongwriter
For the eleventh episode, after almost a decade, I finally caught up to, and sat down for coffee with my longtime friend, singer/songwriter Mandippal Jandu, or simply, Mandippal. Since recording this on December 2nd, I’ve discovered that he and his partner are with child! Congratulations!!! Mandippal and I chatted about his descent from attacking the business, and his content-ness as a working musician. Enjoy three live performances also. Cheers, Todd #chat #livesongs #newrecord #singersongwriter
I had the pleasure of visiting Order of the Ape in DTK, on November 25th, and catching up with Patrick, Ron, Ryan, Stacey & Chris, as well as meeting Rob - all six members of the triple duo, rock music sound beast machine known as Hawkeyes. I incessantly in the recording, referred to them as ‘The Hawkeyes’, and it bites me in the ass every time I listen back. Their new amazing guitar-based love-noise is due out in 2019, on many formats… Cheers, Todd #chat #newrecord #band
For the ninth episode, I finally got to sit-down with Diana and Mike Erb, better known as country-harmony royalty, Twas Now. We shared our love of coffee, segwaying into how they met as children, through to becoming a husband & wife, that doubles as a band in Ontario. They came by, chatted and performed two beautiful songs, on November 24th. As an add-on, enjoy solo Mike Erb’s chat & performances on ‘The iTodd Lounge’, recorded on April 13th, 2008. Cheers, Todd #chat #livesongs #newrecord #vaultrecord #band
I got to both meet and have coffee with Rogers In Studio host Natasha McKenty. We talked about her beginnings as a human, her fascination with learning the stories of the people she chats with, and her future in public relations. It, recorded on November 24th, was pretty awesome. Cheers, Todd #chat #newrecord #publicfigure
I’d like to introduce two awesome and funny people I met at Rhapsody Barrell Bar in DTK back in 2017. Both episodes of ‘Todd’s Café’ were published early this year (as YouTube videos). Sylvia Pond came by on February 20th, to chat about cheese and photography. Dan Grace and I chatted about lord-knows-what, followed by some acoustic covers in the key of Emaj, on March 10th. Cheers, Todd #chat #livesongs #vaultrecord #photographer #musician
I was blessed to have the amazing worldly and heavenly singer/songwriter/artist, Vienna D’Amato Hall on the show again. By that, I mean she had coffee with me, had a nice chat about artistry, and performed a brilliant rendition of three songs off her upcoming LP, on November 4th… aaand, I can offer as an add on, a chat/live performance that VDH did for ‘The iTodd Lounge’ on June 25th, 2016. You’re welcome. Cheers, Todd #chat #livesongs #newrecord #vaultrecord #singersongwriter
I invited Matt & Bennett from AntiSocial Surf Club over, on October 28th, to make myself look and feel old, while celebrating my love of their music and genre. Think, Blink182 had a lovechild with The Beach Boys, and were now grandparents of this new and awesome group of youngsters. It was lovely to meet and have coffee with the ASSC boys, who were kind enough to perform 3 of their songs, acoustically on this show! Cheers, Todd #chat #livesongs #newrecord #band
I’d like to introduce (from the vault) 2 favourite bands from my heyday as a singer/songwriter. Not only did I get to share the stage with their likes, but they were each nice enough to chat and perform on my first podcast ‘The iTodd Lounge’. KW alt-rock band Vacuity came by on May 1st, 2008, and Toronto/BC wonder-duo The Human Statues came by on October 23rd, 2008. Cheers, Todd #chat #livesongs #vaultrecords #bands
Kitchener-Waterloo singer/songwriter Paige Warner was nice enough to grace me with two chat-records this year, each coupled with live performances! The first, was on May 20th, and published as an episode of ‘Todd’s Café’. In a brand new session, Paige returned for a new record, with that same heavenly voice and sincerity, on October 13th. Check out Paige Warner’s debut EP “Revealed”, released in the spring. Cheers, Todd #chat #livesongs #newrecod #vaultrecord #singersongwriter
I present to you the first offerings of my podcast interview/performances vault, spanning back to 2008. There were three sessions with my lovely friends in the wicked, versitile, based in rock/folk band Ophelia Syndrome, over the years. The first session was August 7th, 2008 and published as an episode of ‘The iTodd Lounge’. On July 4th, 2016, for the same podcast, they returned, and I have not only the interview, but their 2 live-off-the-floor live performances. Lastly, from a seperate project, I have 2 live-off-the-floor songs, recorded on September 10th, 2017. Cheers, Todd #chat #livesongs #vaultrecords #band
I invited former schoolmate, longtime friend Shannon Godelie, 1/3 of the powerhouse music/comedy/talk podcast Pull The Plug, over for coffee on September 15th. We caught up, chatted about doing podcasts, and succeeded in giving my lil’ show a top brass send-off. In addition, I corralled my former Todd’s Café compatriots Darel Dean and Katy Topham to have a little chat about the journey so far. Cheers, Todd #chat #newrecord #podcaster