The Todd Donald Show

The Todd Donald Show

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A personality-infused, artist-on-artist chat show. We're beyond introductions, it's metaphorical campfire/sleepover style conversation time.
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78. Vienna D'Amato Hall returns!
Currently stationed in Montreal, the worldly artist and singer/songwriter Vienna D’Amato Hall was kind enough to chat with me once again, to update me on all musical endeavours; from the more recent and will-be fourth act of album composition, to the multi-hyphenate chorus/collective of talented, awesome people in The Female Canon, known as ‘Ellis B. House’. “Society teaches women to be seen; what if women taught society how they see?” -from the Ellis B. House website. Vienna, perhaps from her background as an actor, brings a depth of drama, passion, honesty and excitement to her music that’s puts me in rarified air whenever I listen to it, it’s hard to ignore.. all of which can be experienced via her existing works ‘It’s What The Dog Saw’ (2015), ‘Red Light Temple’ (2016) and last year’s ‘Long-Stay Hotel’. In addition to all of that… I always find it exhilarating to chat 1-on-1 with this person. I always feel like their appreciation for philosophy, and ability to see the nuances of human life, experiences and the sitcom Seinfeld, always align with my own, but I still have so much to learn from them. So this time around, being the third, we deviated occasionally away from her work, to discuss the array of things she might have gotten out of growing up, living in Canada, the U.S. and Britain, her acting background, the deciding factor of her creative modus, and more!So… zooming from a Quarantine Hub in Edmonton, to Vienna in Montreal; maybe this episode will answer: What’s the deal with Vienna D’Amato Hall!? (pop-culture reference)… FOLLOW VIENNA D’AMATO HALL: WEBSITE: http://ellisbhouse.com/vienna-damato-hall/ FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/viennadamatohall INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/viennadamatohall/ FOLLOW ELLIS B. HOUSE: WEBSITE: http://ellisbhouse.com/ INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/ellisbhouse/ SONGS: "You Want Me" & "Free" Performed by Vienna D'Amato Hall Recorded by Vienna D'Amato Hall (2020), and shared with TDS for use on this podcast episode "Womanhattan" Performed by Vienna D'Amato Hall from 'Long-Stay Hotel' (2019) Available on Ellis B. House and Bandcamp: http://ellisbhouse.com/vienna-damato-hall/ https://viennadamatohall.bandcamp.com/ It's What The Dog Saw (2015) Red Light Temple (2016) Long-Stay Hotel (2019) and more. FOLLOW TDS: FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/todddonaldshow/ INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/todddonaldshow/ TWITTER: https://twitter.com/todddonaldshow CREDITS: Conversation recorded July 24th, 2020, at Holiday Inn in Edmonton, Ontario, Canada; via Zoom to Vienna D’Amato Hall in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Host, editor, producer and more: Todd Donald https://todddonald.tumblr.com/ Voice-over on intro/outro: Milo Axelrod miloaxelrod.com Theme music: William Chernoff; excerpts from the recording “Makie Elkino (Live)” williamchernoff.com Conversation-wrap music: JP Sunga jpsunga.com Cover art by Todd, photo by Daniel Hodgson The Todd Donald Show is presented, in part, by Afternoon Tea - Artist Collective + Record Label Born of the Shun Club. Shunned since 2012. afternoontealabel.com
1:26:45
August 6, 2020
77. Ryan Leacock
Waterloo Region podcaster Ryan Leacock comes with a background in film and design, and has already made a splash in the creative chatting with creatives show scene, ‘Creative People Podcast’, local to WR, and spread out to reach and connect with creatives worldwide. Add the fact that we’re both 35 and I’d say we’re twins, but if THAT’S the case, then where’s MY hair, God? Starting off with a personal diary at the beginning, like always, but a bit more this time.. I bring you into my chat with Ryan, intending once again on the personal life story, but ultimately relating on the internal and external struggles of making things, putting them out into the world, and continuing through all challenges to DO THE THING. The most helpful and important tool of all is knowing the fact that you are not alone. Ryan being the lovely person he is, served up allot of wisdom on this, so listen and take notes! I on the other hand simply yes-and’ed his gospel, and laid farts. But this is what. I. do. best. Please listen to Ryan’s amazing podcast, available everywhere (hit up the links below-on podcast descriptions that is), follow the social media, and BE SURE to get in on the merch production by ordering some of that tasty stuff! FOLLOW RYAN LEACOCK: WEBSITE: https://ryanhonestly.com/ FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/rnleacock INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/ryan_leacock/ TWITTER: https://twitter.com/leacock_ryan FOLLOW CREATIVE PEOPLE PODCAST: WEBSITE: https://www.creativepeople-podcast.com/ FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/creativepeoplepod/ INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/creativepeople.podcast/ TWITTER: https://twitter.com/creativeppl_pod CREATIVE PEOPLE PODCAST: Available anywhere you get podcasts, including… APPLE PODCASTS: https://podcasts.apple.com/ca/podcast/creative-people-podcast/id1497068651 SPOTIFY: https://open.spotify.com/show/3MAtU7JkyrPi15NJShiHmi?si=i-znc83MR768t6T6Lgw5_g LISTEN TO TDS: ANCHOR.FM: https://anchor.fm/todddonaldshow APPLE PODCASTS: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-coffeehouse-crowd/id1437290299?ign-mpt=uo%3D4&mt=2 BREAKER: https://www.breaker.audio/the-todd-donald-show CASTBOX: https://castbox.fm/channel/id1440542?country=us GOOGLE PODCASTS: https://podcasts.google.com/?feed=aHR0cHM6Ly9hbmNob3IuZm0vcy81YTg2NjNjL3BvZGNhc3QvcnNz OVERCAST: https://overcast.fm/itunes1437290299/the-todd-donald-show POCKET CASTS: https://pca.st/PPE1 RADIOPUBLIC: https://radiopublic.com/the-todd-donald-show-69m2dw SPOTIFY: https://open.spotify.com/show/5zFPC8NwpAL3xH4uEvVZl9 STITCHER: https://www.stitcher.com/podcast/anchor-podcasts/the-coffeehouse-crowd FOLLOW TDS: FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/todddonaldshow/ INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/todddonaldshow/ TWITTER: https://twitter.com/todddonaldshow CREDITS: Conversation recorded June 19th, 2020, at my gf’s parents’ place in Waterdown, Ontario, Canada; via Zoom to Ryan Leacock in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada. Host, editor, producer and more: Todd Donald https://todddonald.tumblr.com/ Voice-over on intro/outro: Milo Axelrod miloaxelrod.com Theme music: William Chernoff; excerpts from the recording “Makie Elkino (Live)” williamchernoff.com Conversation-wrap music: JP Sunga jpsunga.com Cover art by Todd, photo by Daniel Hodgeson The Todd Donald Show is presented, in part, by Afternoon Tea - Artist Collective + Record Label Born of the Shun Club. Shunned since 2012. afternoontealabel.com
54:36
July 24, 2020
76. Laura Bailey
Guelph, Ontario’s Laura Bailey is a multi-hyphenate - Singer, Songwriter, Vocal teacher, Improviser and more.. Come to think of it, I think many artists/performers lean towards more than one passion for passion sake. Laura is one of those few that combines all of those things into show-stopping shows, such as the positive message-infused, hilarious, and highly acclaimed ‘CLITORIA: A Sex-Positive Superhero!’. Where does it begin for Laura, and where does it stop? With Corona-Virus constantly topping the charts, it seems like it’s the right time for this ridonkulously gifted woman to focus on something that she’s described as unique to what she’s done so far as a songwriter. We discuss that, in fact, we go all over the map from Laura’s childhood-era musical development and how all things SHOW have played the noteworthy roles they have in Laura’s life, up to and including now! I’d like to add that Laura Bailey is not only a fantastic artist and performer, like, we all KNOW THAT (you should at least), but what a warm and lovely guest also. Yay! New friends! Call to awesomeness AND action!: CLITORIA: A Sex-Positive Superhero! the Soundtrack is now available for purchase on bandcamp! All proceeds are going to Black Lives Matter Guelph. Click this: bailey-s2s.bandcamp.com FOLLOW LAURA BAILEY: WEBSITE: https://laurabaileymusic.com/ FACEBOOK: http://www.facebook.com/laurabaileymusic15/ INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/laurabaileymusic/ TWITTER: https://twitter.com/the_laurabailey YOUTUBE: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCpRU6sMDjYdQ97ZQyK7BVEg?view_as=subscriber LISTEN TO TDS: ANCHOR.FM: https://anchor.fm/todddonaldshow APPLE PODCASTS: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-coffeehouse-crowd/id1437290299?ign-mpt=uo%3D4&mt=2 BREAKER: https://www.breaker.audio/the-todd-donald-show CASTBOX: https://castbox.fm/channel/id1440542?country=us GOOGLE PODCASTS: https://podcasts.google.com/?feed=aHR0cHM6Ly9hbmNob3IuZm0vcy81YTg2NjNjL3BvZGNhc3QvcnNz OVERCAST: https://overcast.fm/itunes1437290299/the-todd-donald-show POCKET CASTS: https://pca.st/PPE1 RADIOPUBLIC: https://radiopublic.com/the-todd-donald-show-69m2dw SPOTIFY: https://open.spotify.com/show/5zFPC8NwpAL3xH4uEvVZl9 STITCHER: https://www.stitcher.com/podcast/anchor-podcasts/the-coffeehouse-crowd FOLLOW TDS: FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/todddonaldshow/ INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/todddonaldshow/ TWITTER: https://twitter.com/todddonaldshow SONGS: “Suck It Up” Performed by Laura Bailey from the musical ‘CLITORIA: A Sex-Positive Superhero!’ The SOUNDTRACK is NOW AVAILABLE! Proceeds going to BLACK LIVES MATTER GUELPH Purchase on Bandcamp: https://bailey-s2s.bandcamp.com/album/clitoria-a-sex-positive-superhero-the-soundtrack “Justify” Performed by Laura Bailey from ‘Stories2Songs Springtime Edition’ Purchase on Bandcamp: https://bailey-s2s.bandcamp.com/album/stories2songs-springtime-edition CREDITS: Conversation recorded May 23rd, 2020, at HQ in Gjoa Haven, Nunavut, Canada; via Zoom to Laura Bailey in Guelph, Ontario, Canada. Host, editor, producer and more: Todd Donald todddonaldmedia.com Voice-over on intro/outro: Milo Axelrod miloaxelrod.com Theme music: William Chernoff; excerpts from the recording “Makie Elkino (Live)” chernoff.band Conversation-wrap music: JP Sunga jpsunga.com The Todd Donald Show is presented, in part, by Afternoon Tea - Artist Collective + Record Label Born of the Shun Club. Shunned since 2012. afternoontealabel.com
46:38
July 9, 2020
75. Lindsey Alley
Actor, Singer & more… Lindsey Alley was the child who was delivered the WOW experience from movie musicals and stage musicals, brought to her by parents, who worked in what we now refer to as ‘essential services’. A natural and exceptional performer early on, Lindsey’s getting cast in big stage productions halfway to 10 years old, was essential to her. She also spent her entire childhood - to - adolescence transition and experience, as a staple cast-member on Disney’s sensational and later iconized All new Mickey Mouse Club (1989-1996), and never lost the talent or the passion and ambition! I found it very interesting to hear firsthand, what it’s like to weather the storm of show business from so early in life, and then struggle to self-validate or maintain an ideal sense of worth within it, and throughout the course of one’s life. Lindsey Alley has done it; film, television, YouTube and on and off Broadway in a plethora of plays, musicals and cabaret shows; including her tour-de-force one-woman show “Blood, Sweat and Mouseketears” an up-to-date and living, comedic, chronicle of her journey through that storm; the highs, the lows, Mickey, Marriage, Motherhood… and more! As a theatre lover alone, i’m an enormous fan of Lindsey’s performing ability, showmanship, sense of humour and realness. We have Youtube, and now Covid-19, so I spent an ample amount of time one week, discovering and watching all the videos from “Blood, Sweat and Mouseketears” which I 100% have to see live, now, somehow… as well as Lindsey’s former ongoing video series ‘On The Patio’, the totally real, but seemingly surreal and hilarious conversations between her and her sweet Mother. Was it a ridiculous “hail mary pass” to reach out to such an exemplary talent, let alone one of my favourite Mouseketeers? Yes. Did it end up somehow being a pleasure for us both!? Listen and find out! FOLLOW LINDSEY ALLEY: WEBSITE: https://www.lindseyalley.com/ TWITTER: https://twitter.com/MsLindseyAlley YOUTUBE: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCHdnthCq5iEiYNgajSX5uaw LISTEN TO TDS: ANCHOR.FM: https://anchor.fm/todddonaldshow APPLE PODCASTS: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-coffeehouse-crowd/id1437290299?ign-mpt=uo%3D4&mt=2 BREAKER: https://www.breaker.audio/the-todd-donald-show CASTBOX: https://castbox.fm/channel/id1440542?country=us GOOGLE PODCASTS: https://podcasts.google.com/?feed=aHR0cHM6Ly9hbmNob3IuZm0vcy81YTg2NjNjL3BvZGNhc3QvcnNz OVERCAST: https://overcast.fm/itunes1437290299/the-todd-donald-show POCKET CASTS: https://pca.st/PPE1 RADIOPUBLIC: https://radiopublic.com/the-todd-donald-show-69m2dw SPOTIFY: https://open.spotify.com/show/5zFPC8NwpAL3xH4uEvVZl9 STITCHER: https://www.stitcher.com/podcast/anchor-podcasts/the-coffeehouse-crowd FOLLOW TDS: FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/todddonaldshow/ INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/todddonaldshow/ TWITTER: https://twitter.com/todddonaldshow SONGS: “Survival In New York” Performed by Lindsey Alley Music and Lyrics by Bob Stein ©2004 Tsimmes Music (ASCAP) All Rights Reserved From "Look Ma, No Ears" Written by Stephen Winer & Lindsey Alley Music and Lyrics by Bob Stein CREDITS: Conversation recorded May 23rd, 2020, at HQ in Gjoa Haven, Nunavut, Canada; via Zoom to Lindsey Alley in New Jersey, New York, U.S.A.. Host, editor, producer and more: Todd Donald todddonaldmedia.com Voice-over on intro/outro: Milo Axelrod miloaxelrod.com Theme music: William Chernoff; excerpts from the recording “Makie Elkino (Live)” chernoff.band Conversation-wrap music: JP Sunga jpsunga.com The Todd Donald Show is presented, in part, by Afternoon Tea - Artist Collective + Record Label Born of the Shun Club. Shunned since 2012. afternoontealabel.com
50:54
June 29, 2020
74. Rob Szabo returns!
Rob Szabo, Toronto singer/songwriter, music producer (multi-Juno nominated), podcaster and so much more.. Is also one of my good friends, whom after many years of working in music, and wanting to - has now done so - and launched (in February) his own podcast; And Sometimes... Why? with Rob Szabo. It's a wonderful show, equally full of curiosity and keen interest, in warm conversations. Rob returns to the show after a year or two to chat about whatever. I could have leant into his life story, but we split the atom as we tend to, on the finer intellectual ground of being in the interviewer shoes, and more present life stuff. You can always peak into our life stories in fragments over many episodes in a row of each of our shows, just sayin', don't be shy. Nonetheless, it's with a lot of love and joy that I present Rob Szabo and I's discussion, with some of Rob's beautiful solo-artist original music weaved in. Please follow the links below to find Rob's music, music Rob's produced, as well as the podcast And Sometimes... Why? ROB SZABO LINKS & SOCIALS: WEBSITE: http://www.robszabo.com/ FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/robszabomusic/ INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/robszabomusic/ TWITTER: https://twitter.com/robszabo YOUTUBE: https://www.youtube.com/user/robszabo ASW PODCAST LINKS & SOCIALS: WEBSITE: https://and-sometimes-why-with-rob-szabo.simplecast.com/ FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/andsometimeswhypod/ INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/andsometimeswhypod/ TWITTER: https://twitter.com/sometimeswhypod TDS PODCAST LINKS: ANCHOR.FM: https://anchor.fm/todddonaldshow APPLE PODCASTS: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-coffeehouse-crowd/id1437290299?ign-mpt=uo%3D4&mt=2 BREAKER: https://www.breaker.audio/the-todd-donald-show CASTBOX: https://castbox.fm/channel/id1440542?country=us GOOGLE PODCASTS: https://podcasts.google.com/?feed=aHR0cHM6Ly9hbmNob3IuZm0vcy81YTg2NjNjL3BvZGNhc3QvcnNz OVERCAST: https://overcast.fm/itunes1437290299/the-todd-donald-show POCKET CASTS: https://pca.st/PPE1 RADIOPUBLIC: https://radiopublic.com/the-todd-donald-show-69m2dw SPOTIFY: https://open.spotify.com/show/5zFPC8NwpAL3xH4uEvVZl9 STITCHER: https://www.stitcher.com/podcast/anchor-podcasts/the-coffeehouse-crowd TDS LINKS & SOCIALS: FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/todddonaldshow/ INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/todddonaldshow/ TWITTER: https://twitter.com/todddonaldshow SONGS: “Watchin’ A Movie” Performed by Rob Szabo from ‘A Battery of Tests’ (2003) “Breaking Even” Performed by Rob Szabo from ‘Like A Metaphor’ (2006) “Different Points Along the Same Line” Performed by Rob Szabo from ‘Rob Szabo’ (2011) “I Live For The Summer” Performed by Rob Szabo from ‘A Battery of Tests’ (2003) Purchase any or all of Rob Szabo’s music; from Bandcamp: https://itunes.apple.com/ca/artist/rob-szabo/id80913238 from iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/ca/artist/rob-szabo/id80913238 Purchase any or all of Groove Daddys’ music; from Bandcamp: https://groovedaddys.bandcamp.com/ from iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/ca/artist/groove-daddys/id1190936373 CREDITS: Conversation recorded May 17th, 2020, at HQ in Gjoa Haven, Nunavut, Canada; via telephone to Rob Szabo in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Host, editor, producer and more: Todd Donald todddonaldmedia.com Voice-over on intro/outro: Milo Axelrod miloaxelrod.com Theme music: William Chernoff; excerpts from the recording “Makie Elkino (Live)” chernoff.band Conversation-wrap music: JP Sunga jpsunga.com The Todd Donald Show is presented, in part, by Afternoon Tea - Artist Collective + Record Label Born of the Shun Club. Shunned since 2012. afternoontealabel.com
54:21
June 25, 2020
73. Mary-Catherine Pazzano returns!
Mary-Catherine Pazzano, Waterloo region jazz singer, vocal teacher, recording artist, classic movie buff and more, finally returns to the podcast, again? This will be Mary's third time appearing and performing, for moi; the second time for this podcast specifically, and I couldn't be more honoured. She's a classically trained jazz singer (what!?), quite a fantastic piano player although she might dispute that, and continues to sport a splendid group of songs in an album called "You're Gonna Hear From me" available in links, hint. So why have this wonderful human back on, again, if we've already talked about her music, teaching life and the world of jazz music? Well, firstly because I believe we've become friends over time, and she's wicked awesome company to chat with.. and if that wasn't good enough, this time, we spend ample time nerding out over b&w movies and taking a look at her personal and musical upbringing. She even recorded some musical performances for the episode, that she would have otherwise performed in-person!, but.. you know.. MARY-CATHERINE PAZZANO LINKS & SOCIALS: WEBSITE: https://www.marycatherinepazzano.com/ FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/mcjazzvocalist/ INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/mcjazzvocalist/ TWITTER: https://twitter.com/mcjazzvocalist YOUTUBE: https://www.youtube.com/user/MCJazzSinger?fbclid=IwAR3zhrx3U98T_Zd8KLcoqYfsJbxuRvX_2lVkMxRhbCWDj9iALjh1k_nQwbk TDS LINKS & SOCIALS: FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/todddonaldshow/ INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/todddonaldshow/ TWITTER: https://twitter.com/todddonaldshow SONGS: "She Used To Be Mine" (Sara Bareilles cover) Performed by Mary-Catherine Pazzano Recored by MCP for TDS "Take Me To The World" Written by Stephen Sondheim for the television musical 'Evening Primrose' (1966) Performed by Mary-Catherine Pazzano Recorded by MCP for TDS Available digitally; by Mary-Catherine Pazzano: You're Gonna Hear From Me (2018) Purchase on MCP's website: https://www.marycatherinepazzano.com/product/youre-gonna-hear-from-me/ Purchase on iTunes: https://music.apple.com/ca/album/youre-gonna-hear-from-me/1283357580 Stream on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/2WC6vEHfg7wSwCtB3CRpk8?si=gN4k9YPaTruFsZJahuIkXw CREDITS: Conversation recored May 16th, 2020, at HQ in Gjoa Haven, Nunavut, Canada; via Zoom to Mary-Catherine Pazzano in Kitchener/Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. Host, editor, producer and more: Todd Donald todddonaldmedia.com Voice-over on intro/outro: Milo Axelrod miloaxelrod.com Theme music: William Chernoff; excerpts from the recording “Makie Elkino (Live)” chernoff.band Conversation-wrap music: JP Sunga jpsunga.com The Todd Donald Show is presented, in part, by Afternoon Tea - Artist Collective + Record Label Born of the Shun Club. Shunned since 2012. afternoontealabel.com
51:30
June 19, 2020
72. Katy Topham
Katy Topham, Kitchener/Waterloo (Singer/songwriter) is one of those longtime friends, where you can instantly tell i’m not just comfortable with, but comfortable with enough to interject with bullshit, but who thrives on it and bullshits back with me. We had a fantastic conversation of course, we talked about her music, her long period of distance with music and the hard times and other times, that shaped and evolved her into the strong and amazing woman she is today. We talk about her recent marriage and her and her husband Ryan’s more recent child-having! And it’s all very in, and out, of sequence, of those things. We also have our long-standing friendship and co-worker-ship that in itself has some stories to tell and laugh about. Plus, I insert (near the top of the episode), Katy’s newest single “I Just Don’t Feel Like Lovin’ You”, which is freakin’ fantastic!! One more thing, sunshine and warmth, so exotic and grand! I’ve been in the arctic too long. KATY TOPHAM LINKS & SOCIALS: WEBSITE: http://katytopham.ca/ FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/katytophammusic/ INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/katytophammusic/ TWITTER: https://twitter.com/TophamKaty TDS LINKS & SOCIALS: FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/todddonaldshow/ INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/todddonaldshow/ TWITTER: https://twitter.com/todddonaldshow SONGS: “I Just Don’t Feel Like Lovin’ You” Performed by Katy Topham from ‘I Just Don’t Feel Like Lovin’ You - Single’ (2020) Purchase on iTunes: https://music.apple.com/ca/album/i-just-dont-feel-like-lovin-you-single/1494772750 Stream on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/4XuNU5mBupXPeViiTMujYr?si=OzWzIW53SdSWEeZLVQMCDg CREDITS: Conversation recorded May 15th, 2020, at HQ in Gjoa Haven, Nunavut, Canada; via telephone to Katy Topham in St. Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. Host, editor, producer and more: Todd Donald todddonaldmedia.com Voice-over on intro/outro: Milo Axelrod miloaxelrod.com Theme music: William Chernoff; excerpts from the recording “Makie Elkino (Live)” chernoff.band Conversation-wrap music: JP Sunga jpsunga.com The Todd Donald Show is presented, in part, by Afternoon Tea - Artist Collective + Record Label Born of the Shun Club. Shunned since 2012. afternoontealabel.com
54:44
June 16, 2020
71. Austin Gray (Part 1)
Austin Gray (Singer/Songwriter) from Utah, is formerly from several different places, most importantly PureVolume.com, THE music/social networking website of 2004. Austin’s taken his love of music and DIY recording all around the states, in various formations, bands and projects, to ultimately wind-up in the midwest U.S. of A. where we catch up over coffee on Zoom, and chat about many things, including his FANTASTIC new song “Lost Time”. One of many great things in the ‘silver linings playbook’ of this awful covid-time, is the excuse to reach out to far away friends, especially when everyone you know is far away. I can’t believe how many different apps we’ve used over the years to stay in touch. We take a look into Austin’s beginnings and his approach to music. Due to unforseen choppy-ness in the Zoom connection, we resolved to continue the chat another time soon. I beg you to check out Austin’s southern rock meets brit-rock sound in the single, available digitally everywhere! Links: austingray.com @austingrayrecords (facebook) @waustingray (instagram) @austingray (twitter) Music: “Lost Time” Performed by Austin Gray from ‘Lost Time’ (2020) Available digitally; by Austin Gray: Lost Time - Single (2020) Credits: Conversation recorded May 15th, 2020, at HQ in Gjoa Haven, Nunavut, Canada; via Zoom to Austin Gray in St. George, Utah, U.S.A.. Host, editor, producer and more: Todd Donald todddonaldmedia.com Voice-over on intro/outro: Milo Axelrod miloaxelrod.com Theme music: William Chernoff; excerpts from the recording “Makie Elkino (Live)” chernoff.band Conversation-wrap music: JP Sunga jpsunga.com The Todd Donald Show is presented, in part, by Afternoon Tea - Artist Collective + Record Label Born of the Shun Club. Shunned since 2012. afternoontealabel.com
36:02
June 11, 2020
70. JP Sunga
JP Sunga (a brilliant KW Singer/Songwriter) is one sweet guy, a devoted husband, a devoted papa, and after a fair amount of time and distance from his art, a re-devoted singer/songwriter. Why did art mean so much to JP in the first place? What role did his family play in the early days of growing up/learning how and becoming musical, and what does he bring to his own role in family life and going forward? Having been at this and super-talented since the 90s, it's time for this splendid individual to shine bright like... a shiny rock or stone! It's time for JP to spread... his... peanut butter!!! JK on those puns! Point being that JP and I will be talking about his lovely album project; with a single having been dropped on JAN 1, and another on the way! PS: JP and his family are down-the-street neighbours : ). Featuring music by JP Sunga; the new song "For Your Sympathy" featuring Mark Pelli, available tomorrow (May 29th) just visit the destinations listed below! Links: jpsunga.com @jpsungaofficial (facebook) @jpsungamusic (instagram) @jpsungamusic (twitter) Music: “Listen to Your Heart” Performed by JP Sunga from ‘Listen to Your Heart’ (2020) “For Your Sympathy” Performed by JP Sunga feat. Mark Pelli from ‘For Your Sympathy’ (2020) Available digitally; by JP Sunga: Operator - Single (2002) Listen to Your Heart - Single (2020) For Your Sympathy - Single (2020) Credits: Conversation recorded May 8th, 2020, at HQ in Gjoa Haven, Nunavut, Canada; via Zoom to JP Sunga in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. Host, editor, producer and more: Todd Donald todddonaldmedia.com Voice-over on intro/outro: Milo Axelrod miloaxelrod.com Theme music: William Chernoff; excerpts from the recording “Makie Elkino (Live)” chernoff.band Conversation-wrap music: JP Sunga jpsunga.com The Todd Donald Show is presented, in part, by Afternoon Tea - Artist Collective + Record Label Born of the Shun Club. Shunned since 2012. afternoontealabel.com
45:29
May 28, 2020
69. Milo Axelrod
Milo Axelrod (Graphic Designer & podcaster), the voice of this very podcast, took a couple of hours to chat with me on zoom from their place in Hudson Valley, New York. We spent ample time talking about Milo's warm and gentle voice, what's going on with the podcast "Describing a Rock", other creative projects, growing up feeling socially distanced and of course, what pop culture is keeping us entertained and enthralled during this time of isolation. Be sure to enjoy us goofing off. especially in the middle where I play a bit of music by the amazing Podington Bear in the spirit of lampooning DAR. Links: miloaxelrod.com @millennial_cyborg (instagram) @miloaxelrod (twitter) @describingarock (twitter) Describing A Rock, Available anywhere you get podcasts; ie: Apple Podcasts, Spotify and more! Music: “Proliferate” Performed by Podington Bear Music License Agreement podingtonbear.com Credits: Conversation recorded May 3rd, 2020, at HQ in Gjoa Haven, Nunavut, Canada; via Zoom to Milo Axelrod in Hudson Valley, New York, U.S.A.. Host, editor, producer and more: Todd Donald todddonaldmedia.com Voice-over on intro/outro: Milo Axelrod miloaxelrod.com Theme music: William Chernoff; excerpts from the recording “Makie Elkino (Live)” chernoff.band Conversation-wrap music: JP Sunga jpsunga.com The Todd Donald Show is presented, in part, by Afternoon Tea - Artist Collective + Record Label Born of the Shun Club. Shunned since 2012. afternoontealabel.com
34:30
May 19, 2020
68. Peach Guevara
Peach Guevara (Singer/Songwriter) has lived parts of her life in Ontario and British Columbia, and last year has brought her residence and musical gift into Montreal, Quebec. I ended up finding (and falling in love with) her first album “Nude” at the end of 2019. It’s beautifully melodic, yet fierce, with a reckless abandon and a rawness becoming quite rare. We chatted about our lives once, as well as our several commonalities… over the phone, and it’s been months of high time that we finally chatted in the form of a podcast. Between our misfit youths, misfit nows, a delightfully macabre sense-of-humour, general artistic outlooks and lasting love for humanity I feel like I’ve found a truly kindred spirit in Peach Guevara. I only hope my friend and I will someday meet in person! PS: Yes, I’m looking angrily at you, Covid-19. Links: peachguevara.com peachguevara.bandcamp.com @peachguevaramusic (facebook) @peach_guevara (instagram) Music: “Wild Womxn” Performed by Peach Guevara from ‘Nude’ (2019) “Stay Soft” Performed by Peach Guevara demo recording Available digitally; by Peach Guevara: Nude (2019) Credits: Conversation recorded May 2nd, 2020, at HQ in Gjoa Haven, Nunavut, Canada; via Zoom to Peach Guevara in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Host, editor, producer and more: Todd Donald todddonaldmedia.com Voice-over on intro/outro: Milo Axelrod miloaxelrod.com Theme music: William Chernoff; excerpts from the recording “Makie Elkino (Live)” chernoff.band Conversation-wrap music: JP Sunga jpsunga.com The Todd Donald Show is presented, in part, by Afternoon Tea - Artist Collective + Record Label Born of the Shun Club. Shunned since 2012. afternoontealabel.com
43:29
May 10, 2020
67. Kristina Anne*
Kristina Anne is a professional pole dancing artist, performer & trainer. Given the amount of strength, flexibility and endurance it requires, it certainly has every reason to be proud of it’s place on the stage; despite society’s past-recent perceptions. Hear Kristina talk about how she found her place in pole artistry/fitness, as well as a glimpse into what she had going on, mid-2016. This episode features new introductions and content from the vault*; The iTodd Lounge (2016) with Kristina Anne - Interview. Links: @gypsyk71 (instagram) Credits: Vault conversation recorded July 2nd, 2016, at Princess Cinemas in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. Host, editor, producer and more: Todd Donald todddonaldmedia.com Voice-over on intro/outro: Milo Axelrod miloaxelrod.com Theme music: William Chernoff; excerpts from the recording “Makie Elkino (Live)” chernoff.band Conversation-wrap music: JP Sunga jpsunga.com The Todd Donald Show is presented, in part, by Afternoon Tea - Artist Collective + Record Label Born of the Shun Club. Shunned since 2012. afternoontealabel.com
14:28
March 19, 2020
66. Randolph J. Johnston*
With an extensive background as a world-class entertainer, musician and local talent-advocating radio DJ, among many other things… Randolph J. Johnston, has recently put his hat in for City Council of Ward 7 Cambridge (which I fully endorse, and suggest you look more into by visiting RJ4WARD7.CA). I’ve known few who can hold a candle to Randy as an entertainer, kind and caring person, hard-working person or flat-out class act. Please enjoy this glimpse into what Randolph J. Johnston were up to and had to say in 2008! Please look up and visit Vote RJ for Ward 7 - Cambridge on Facebook. [Randy, if you’re reading this; I would love to have done a new and updated chat and so much more if I wasn’t in Nunavut… sorry!] This episode features new introductions and content from the vault*; The iTodd Lounge (2008) with Randolph J. Johnston - Interview. Links: RANDOLPH J. JOHNSTON/ floatingdeskinternational.com @therandobando (facebook) @mondorando (twitter) RJ FOR WARD 7 CAMBRIDGE/ RJ4WARD7.CA @voterjward7 (facebook) @rj4ward7 (twitter) Credits: Vault conversation recorded July 10th, 2008, at HQ in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada. Host, editor, producer and more: Todd Donald todddonaldmedia.com Voice-over on intro/outro: Milo Axelrod miloaxelrod.com Theme music: William Chernoff; excerpts from the recording “Makie Elkino (Live)” chernoff.band Conversation-wrap music: JP Sunga jpsunga.com The Todd Donald Show is presented, in part, by Afternoon Tea - Artist Collective + Record Label Born of the Shun Club. Shunned since 2012. afternoontealabel.com
14:53
March 3, 2020
65. Cheers to the TDS crew!
This episode starts off with an update and some contextual ramblings by the host, which wrap at approx. 15 minutes in, but are full of affection and insight into the podcast. After that, it’s a full-frontal assault of hyping and showcasing full works, by 4 of the most integral people to the voice of THIS podcast. This is my chance to both share all of this with you, and send continued thanks and praise to them. I think that's obvious. Featuring music by singer/songwriters Katy Topham, JP Sunga, and jazz composer/performer William Chernoff; and a full episode of the podcast Describing A Rock, by Milo Axelrod. If you have the temperament to listen to and enjoy my show and this unique and wonderful blend of talents, you’re be getting am extra special treat today! Links: KATY TOPHAM/ @katytophammusic (facebook) @katytophammusic (instagram) JP SUNGA/ jpsunga.com @jpsungaofficial (facebook) @jpsungamusic (instagram) @jpsungamusic (twitter) MILO AXELROD/ miloaxelrod.com @millennial_cyborg (instagram) @miloaxelrod (twitter) @describingarock (twitter) WILLIAM CHERNOFF/ chernoff.band earlyspirit.ca williamchernoff.bandcamp.com @williamchernoff (instagram) @chernoffwilliam (twitter) Presentations: “I Just Don’t Feel Like Lovin’ You” Performed by Katy Topham from ‘I Just Don’t Feel Like Lovin’ You’ (2020) “Listen to Your Heart” Performed by JP Sunga from ‘Listen to Your Heart’ (2020) “Nine pebbles of quartz” Hosted by Milo Axelrod An episode of the ’Describing A Rock’ podcast. “Earthling Terminal” Performed by William Chernoff from ‘Earthling Terminal’ (2019) Available digitally; by JP Sunga: Operator - Single (2002) Listen to Your Heart - Single (2020) by Katy Topham: I Just Don’t Feel Like Lovin’ You - Single (2020) by William Chernoff: Lutin - Single (2019) Earthling Terminal - Single (2019) Describing A Rock, Available anywhere you get podcasts; ie: Apple Podcasts, Spotify and more! Credits: Host, editor, producer and more: Todd Donald todddonaldmedia.com Voice-over on intro/outro: Milo Axelrod miloaxelrod.com Theme music: William Chernoff; excerpts from the recording “Makie Elkino (Live)” chernoff.band Conversation-wrap music: JP Sunga jpsunga.com The Todd Donald Show is presented, in part, by Afternoon Tea - Artist Collective + Record Label Born of the Shun Club. Shunned since 2012. afternoontealabel.com
43:11
February 24, 2020
64. Coffeehouse Night - Part 3
Greetings! From Gjoa Haven, Nunavut; the Arctic Circle. It’s after Valentine’s day.. maybe you had a great time? Maybe you felt lonely? and the feeling was magnetized because some kinda crazy, ridiculously capitalist + Christian day told you to, via your friends and other couples you know? Maybe you forgot to plan something and your relationship was in jeopardy for a day until you made it up to your partner, like on 90s television? Either way, that day is over now. Take yourself to one of the greatest coffeehouses ever, right here from your device.. Presenting Part 3! This episode features new introductions and live performances recorded for prior episodes of this podcast; including performances by: Evan Corneil, Sam Nabi, Tessa, Jessie T, Milana Boss & Mike Sharp, TayLynn and Paige Warner. Episode reference: 48. Evan Corneil (2019) 49. Sam Nabi (2019) 50. Tessa (2019) 51. Carlotta Trenholm/featuring Jessie T (2019) 56. Milana Boss & Mike Sharp (2019) 57. TayLynn (2019) 60. Paige Warner returns! (2020) Credits: Host, editor, producer and more: Todd Donald todddonaldmedia.com Voice-over on intro/outro: Milo Axelrod miloaxelrod.com Theme music: William Chernoff; excerpts from the recording “Makie Elkino (Live)” chernoff.band Conversation-wrap music: JP Sunga jpsunga.com The Todd Donald Show is presented, in part, by Afternoon Tea - Artist Collective + Record Label Born of the Shun Club. Shunned since 2012. afternoontealabel.com
1:13:37
February 18, 2020
63. Coffeehouse Night - Part 2
Greetings! From Gjoa Haven, Nunavut; the Arctic Circle. It’s really weird being up here. I miss my friends and family so much. I miss recording new chats most of all, that was kind of the whole point of why I do this. I feel like i’m missing out on way more thanks to social media, which is the whole point of why I don’t like it. Take yourself to one of the greatest coffeehouses ever, right here from your device.. Presenting Part 2! This episode features new introductions and live performances recorded for prior episodes of this podcast; including performances by: A New Ground, Jesse Parent, Matt Lees, Mary-Catherine Pazzano, This Is Pristine & Luke Cyrus Hunter. Episode reference: 14. A New Ground (2019) 20. Jesse Parent (2019) 23. Matt Lees (2019) 29. Mary-Catherine Pazzano (2019) 41. This Is Pristine (2019) 44. Luke Cyrus Hunter (2019) Credits: Host, editor, producer and more: Todd Donald todddonaldmedia.com Voice-over on intro/outro: Milo Axelrod miloaxelrod.com Theme music: William Chernoff; excerpts from the recording “Makie Elkino (Live)” chernoff.band Conversation-wrap music: JP Sunga jpsunga.com The Todd Donald Show is presented, in part, by Afternoon Tea - Artist Collective + Record Label Born of the Shun Club. Shunned since 2012. afternoontealabel.com
1:02:22
February 10, 2020
62. Coffeehouse Night - Part 1
Greetings! From Gjoa Haven, Nunavut; the Arctic Circle. I’m sitting here in the most dry-heated room temperature room I’ve ever been in, and I’m sipping some coffee, enjoying the flavour, and listening to some FANTASTIC, live off the floor performances from some of my hometown’s (WR and surrounding) greatest talent.. and it’s making me reminisce, and smile. I am one lucky podcaster. Take yourself to one of the greatest coffeehouses ever, right here from your device.. Presenting Part 1! This episode features new introductions and live performances recorded for prior episodes of this podcast; including performances by: Paige Warner, AntiSocial Surf Club, Vienna D’Amato Hall, Twas Now, Mandippal, Among Legends & Rob Szabo. Episode reference: Episode 3. Paige Warner (2018) Episode 4. AntiSocial Surf Club (2018) Episode 6. Vienna D’Amato Hall (2018) Episode 9. Twas Now (2018) Episode 11. Mandippal (2018) Episode 12. Rob Szabo (2018) Episode 13. Among Legends (2019) Credits: Host, editor, producer and more: Todd Donald todddonaldmedia.com Voice-over on intro/outro: Milo Axelrod miloaxelrod.com Theme music: William Chernoff; excerpts from the recording “Makie Elkino (Live)” chernoff.band Conversation-wrap music: JP Sunga jpsunga.com The Todd Donald Show is presented, in part, by Afternoon Tea - Artist Collective + Record Label Born of the Shun Club. Shunned since 2012. afternoontealabel.com
1:04:08
February 3, 2020
61. Erin Wetzel
Erin Wetzel is 2019’s KW Miss Oktoberfest, a life-long girl guide, with a gift of cookies in hand for moi upon arrival for the podcast record. There are perks to this podcasting gig! We were introduced recently at an event by the wonderful Sandra Dynka (see episode 59), and I thought it would be nice to see what Erin’s all about. Apparently, she’s incredibly sweet and has allot to share about what she stands for, her aspirations, the role-model she wants to be, the life-lessons she’s learned on the road to becoming today’s Miss O and more! If I have to leave KW soon, and do pay attention to my diary segments in the show, I’m glad to have had such a delightful chat, with such a delightful gal, be the last new one for a while! Links: misso.oktoberfest.ca @kwmissoktoberfest (instagram) @erinwetzel5 (instagram) Music: “Wild Womxn” Performed by Peach Guevara from ‘Nude’ (2019) “Listen to Your Heart” Performed by JP Sunga from ‘Listen to Your Heart - Single’ (2020) “Come Back to the Mountain” Performed by Peach Guevara from ‘Nude’ (2019) “You Know What I Want” Performed by John Maksym from ‘You Know What I Want - Single’ (2020) Credits: Conversation recorded November 28th, 2019, at HQ in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada. Host, editor, producer and more: Todd Donald todddonaldmedia.com Voice-over on intro/outro: Milo Axelrod miloaxelrod.com Theme music: William Chernoff; excerpts from the recording “Makie Elkino (Live)” chernoff.band Conversation-wrap music: JP Sunga jpsunga.com The Todd Donald Show is presented, in part, by Afternoon Tea - Artist Collective + Record Label Born of the Shun Club. Shunned since 2012. afternoontealabel.com
1:05:52
January 27, 2020
60. Paige Warner returns!
Singer/songwriter and epic and both, Kitchener’s Paige Warner continues to amaze me with her enormous talent and collaborative spirit. In my case, this is the third time in a year and a half, that Paige granted me her speaking and singing voice to the podcast, the third time that she’s been willing to open-up and go further into the minutiae of music making, society, growing up and whatever else I messily throw a guest’s way, and I can’t thank her enough! Be sure to listen back to Paige’s first chats/live performances in Episode 2. Paige Warner. Also, if you stick around to the end, you’ll hear what might be one of my first/last times performing on the podcast, but it helps that Paige is singing it with me! Links: paigewarner.ca @paigewarnermusic (facebook) @paigewarnermusic (instagram) Music: “I Just Don’t Feel Like Lovin’ You” Performed by Katy Topham from ‘I Just Don’t Feel Like Lovin’ You - Single’ (2020) “Dandelion Souls” Performed by Stephen Trothen from ‘Learns to Knit’ (2008) “I Don’t Need Boys” Performed by Paige Warner Live on TDS “Don’t Let Me Down” (Beatles cover) Performed by Paige Warner & Todd Donald Live on TDS Available digitally; by Paige Warner Revealed - EP (2018) I Don’t Need Boys - Single (2019) Lions - Single (2019) Credits: Conversation/live performances recorded November 26th, 2019, at HQ in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada. Host, editor, producer and more: Todd Donald todddonaldmedia.com Voice-over on intro/outro: Milo Axelrod miloaxelrod.com Theme music: William Chernoff; excerpts from the recording “Makie Elkino (Live)” chernoff.band Conversation-wrap music: JP Sunga jpsunga.com The Todd Donald Show is presented, in part, by Afternoon Tea - Artist Collective + Record Label Born of the Shun Club. Shunned since 2012. afternoontealabel.com
46:33
January 20, 2020
59. Sandra Dynka returns!
Sandra Dynka (KW Miss Oktoberfest 2018) is an amazing person in her own write, full of excitement and an agenda to take on the world. She choses to devote her life to empowering others. Figuring out the BEST ways to do that, is her chosen battleground. Not everyone feels entitled to spread joy and wisdom without some kind of credentials or amount of life experience required, and Sandra and I discuss pushing through whatever barriers, for the sake of using the only thing that really matters in this crazy world, having a big and open heart. Coming to this episode from her prior appearance in episode 36. Sandra Dynka. Sandra is also re-configuring her identity from being KW Miss Oktoberfest, to make her mark on the world as Sandra. We explored her inner journey had time to goof off as well. PS: I do NOT compare her to Martha Stewart in this, listen closely, sheesh! : P I’d like to thank Sandra for returning, and all guests this year for making 2019 so great! Links: @sandradynka (instagram) Music: “Cover Girl” (RuPaul cover) Performed by Leila from ‘Cover Girl - EP’ (2018) “Stay” Performed by Ophelia Syndrome from ‘North Sea’ (2015) “Oops She Did It Again” Performed by Naked-Flubber from ‘Naked and Loving It - EP’ (2001) “Rain In The Autumn” Performed by Glenna Garamone from ’Seasky-Starsong’ (2008) Credits: Conversation recorded November 21st, 2019, at HQ in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada. Host, editor, producer and more: Todd Donald todddonaldmedia.com Voice-over on intro/outro: Milo Axelrod miloaxelrod.com Theme music: William Chernoff; excerpts from the recording “Makie Elkino (Live)” chernoff.band Conversation-wrap music: JP Sunga jpsunga.com The Todd Donald Show is presented, in part, by Afternoon Tea - Artist Collective + Record Label Born of the Shun Club. Shunned since 2012. afternoontealabel.com
1:01:08
December 18, 2019
58. Jessie T
Jessie T, an accomplished Waterloo Region singer/songwriter, pop, rock & country artist and judge on music competition show The Shot.. just happens to also be a good friend of mine, and yes, I’m kinda bragging. But the reason we’re friends is because of who we are as people, and genuine care, and it’s all over this episode, at a very un-nerving and stressful time of year. We centre ourselves with a long friends-only chat, at Descendants Brewery in Kitchener, then I turned the mic’s on. If you missed it, Jessie was at Descendants a few weeks prior and recorded some live songs that were featured in episode 51. Carlotta Trenholm. You can also hear our interview & Jessie’s live performances from early 2018, in the vault episode, 52. Jessie T*. Be sure to check out something we chatted about in-depth - the new music video for her song “Mama’s Christmas Cookies”! Links: jessiet.ca @jessiet.official (facebook) @jessiet.official (instagram) Music: “Shine” Performed by Jessie T from ‘Reckless Heart’ (2016) “Jing-A-Ling, Jing-A-Ling” Performed by Good Lovelies from ‘Evergreen’ (2019) “One Step Back” Performed by Jamie Warren from ‘One Step Back - Single’ “Training Wheels” Performed by Lusterfield from ‘From Demos to Done’ “(Everybody’s Waitin’ for) The Man With The Bag” Performed by Good Lovelies from ‘Evergreen’ (2019) “Mama’s Christmas Cookies” Performed by Jessie T from ‘Mama’s Christmas Cookies - Single’ (2017) Available digitally; by Jessie T: Reckless Heart (2016) Mama’s Christmas Cookies - Single (2017) Credits: Conversation recorded November 20th, 2019, at Descendants Beer & Beverage Co. in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada. Host, editor, producer and more: Todd Donald todddonaldmedia.com Voice-over on intro/outro: Milo Axelrod miloaxelrod.com Theme music: William Chernoff; excerpts from the recording “Makie Elkino (Live)” chernoff.band Conversation-wrap music: JP Sunga jpsunga.com The Todd Donald Show is presented, in part, by Afternoon Tea - Artist Collective + Record Label Born of the Shun Club. Shunned since 2012. afternoontealabel.com
1:03:59
December 11, 2019
57. Taylynn
TayLynn, I met on instagram, while recording the previous episode with Milana and Mike. She’s a singer/songwriter from just outside of Kitchener-Waterloo who’s also attended the same open-mics, just on days I didn’t make it… sad I am now that i’ve heard her superb music! Her new debut EP “They Know” absolutely knocked me on my ass, it’s so good. So ultimately, THIS happened. We had an in-depth chat about the artist she’s become and the artist she wants to be, creative process and more. Enjoy some exclusive performances on this with her breathtaking voice! Links: @taylynnmc (instagram) @taylynnmc (twitter) Music: “Little Feet” Performed by Sue Passmore from ’87 Miles’ (2006) “Cards” Performed by TayLynn Live on TDS “Burn” Performed by TayLynn Live on TDS “Younger Days” (Mt. Joy cover) Performed by TayLynn Live on TDS “The Way I Am” Performed by TayLynn from ‘They Know - EP’ (2019) Available digitally; by TayLynn: They Know - EP (2019) Credits: Conversation/live performances recorded November 13th, 2019, at HQ in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada. Host, editor, producer and more: Todd Donald todddonaldmedia.com Voice-over on intro/outro: Milo Axelrod miloaxelrod.com Theme music: William Chernoff; excerpts from the recording “Makie Elkino (Live)” chernoff.band Conversation-wrap music: JP Sunga jpsunga.com The Todd Donald Show is presented, in part, by Afternoon Tea - Artist Collective + Record Label Born of the Shun Club. Shunned since 2012. afternoontealabel.com
59:48
December 6, 2019
56. Milana Boss & Mike Sharp
Milana Boss & Mike Sharp are two exquisite KW singer/songwriters, both solo and collaboratively, in this case or moment in time, collaborative. I met them at local open mics, Waterloo’s Patent Social, and Kitchener’s Rhapsody Barrell Bar, and was instantly floored by their sophisticated songwriting and refined vocal delivery. We met up at Descendants Brewery in Kitchener to chat about being indie musicians, and also, whatever other Pog-sized nuggets would fall out of our heads, which is a hint! Links: @bossmilanaboss (instagram) Milana Boss on SoundCloud.. https://soundcloud.com/user-437020126 Music: “Sister Ride” Performed by Milana Boss Live on TDS “The Sidewalk” Performed by Milana Boss & Mike Sharp Live on TDS “Row By Row” Performed by Milana Boss & Mike Sharp Live on TDS “Colours Changing Season” Performed by Mike Sharp Live on TDS Credits: Conversation/live performances recorded Noember 6th, 2019, at Descendants Beer & Beverage Co. in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada. Host, editor, producer and more: Todd Donald todddonaldmedia.com Voice-over on intro/outro: Milo Axelrod miloaxelrod.com Theme music: William Chernoff; excerpts from the recording “Makie Elkino (Live)” chernoff.band Conversation-wrap music: JP Sunga jpsunga.com The Todd Donald Show is presented, in part, by Afternoon Tea - Artist Collective + Record Label Born of the Shun Club. Shunned since 2012. afternoontealabel.com
1:00:53
December 2, 2019
55. Jesse Parent*
KW Singer/Songwriter Jesse Parent’s love-fest continues, and this time he brought his acoustic guitar, and then travelled back in time to February 2018 to chat with me on my previous podcast, Todd’s Café. Enjoy this classic! This episode features new introductions and content from the vault*; Todd’s Café (2018) with Jesse Parent - Interview & 2 live performances. Links: jesseparentmusic.com @jesseparentmusic (facebook) @jesseparentmusic (instagram) @jparentmusic (twitter) Music: “Today” Performed by Jesse Parent Live on Todd’s Café, in 2018 “Simple Twist of Fate” (Bob Dylan cover) Performed by Jesse Parent Live on Todd’s Café, in 2018 Available digitally; by Jesse Parent: About Time (2015) Live at the Schoolhouse Theatre (2016) Today - Single (2018) Somedays, Tomorrows and Best Laid Plans (2019) Credits: Vault conversation/live performances recorded February 18th, 2018, at HQ in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. Host, editor, producer and more: Todd Donald todddonaldmedia.com Voice-over on intro/outro: Milo Axelrod miloaxelrod.com Theme music: William Chernoff; excerpts from the recording “Makie Elkino (Live)” chernoff.band Conversation-wrap music: JP Sunga jpsunga.com The Todd Donald Show is presented, in part, by Afternoon Tea - Artist Collective + Record Label Born of the Shun Club. Shunned since 2012. afternoontealabel.com
23:07
November 27, 2019
54. Jesse Parent returns!
The last time we saw our friend, Singer/Songwriter Jesse Parent, he’d been playing gigs all over Ontario both original and pub gigs for well over a decade - and only recently found his current / voice / home base as a story-telling folk artist. All that and a big bag of heart and soul is something that’s already been available to you my lovelies - in Episode 20. Jesse Parent. This is the return! Jesse joined me at my favourite place, home away from home, and also workplace - Descendants, in DTK, to chat about the ultimate RELEASE of that live album recording, packed with a couple new studio tracks in the package. Other than that, he couldn’t seem to stop me from jumping off the rails each and every chance I got, because I love this fella! I’m so happy to have been friends with this fella, that every time we’ve not been watching and supporting each other on stage - we’ve been good friends off stage as well, and I want you to HEAR that in our conversation. So There’s a mix of goofing off and sincere interview, in the messy, holiday seasonal way I do it. Links: jesseparentmusic.com @jesseparentmusic (facebook) @jesseparentmusic (instagram) @jparentmusic (twitter) Music: “Goodnight Bell Hooks” Performed by Calliope’s Radio Live on The iTodd Lounge, in 2008 “You Can Call Me Al” (Paul Simon cover) Performed by Jesse Parent from ‘Somedays, Tomorrows and Best Laid Plans’ (2019) “For A Moment” Performed by Jesse Parent from ‘Somedays, Tomorrows and Best Laid Plans’ (2019) “The Little Things” Performed by Jesse Parent from ‘Somedays, Tomorrows and Best Laid Plans’ (2019) “Back Of Your Neck” Performed by Kristina Stapelfeld from ‘Kristina Stapelfeld’ (2016) Available digitally; by Jesse Parent: About Time (2015) Live at the Schoolhouse Theatre (2016) Today - Single (2018) Somedays, Tomorrows and Best Laid Plans (2019) Credits: Conversation recorded October 31st, 2019, at Descendants Beer & Beverage Co. in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada. Host, editor, producer and more: Todd Donald todddonaldmedia.com Voice-over on intro/outro: Milo Axelrod miloaxelrod.com Theme music: William Chernoff; excerpts from the recording “Makie Elkino (Live)” chernoff.band Conversation-wrap music: JP Sunga jpsunga.com The Todd Donald Show is presented, in part, by Afternoon Tea - Artist Collective + Record Label Born of the Shun Club. Shunned since 2012. afternoontealabel.com
1:06:41
November 24, 2019
53. Robin + Elaine
Robin Lindner & Elaine Decleir are the #bossbabes behind now-Kitchener/Waterloo-based company and branding firm ‘Robin + Elaine’, they are also the force behind ‘KW Famous’ which spotlights some of the region’s famous and timeless pinpoints. I wanted to chat with them about what they do, as well as try and break through the we-met-online social barrier, and clown around. Recorded at Workhaus. Enjoy! Links: kwfamous.com robinandelaine.ca @robinandelaine (instagram) @robinandelaine (twitter) Music: “Liar” Performed by Mike Todd from ‘Good Man’ (2016) “Get Close” Performed by A New Ground Live on TDS (from Episode 14) “Demons” Performed by Jerelle from ‘Demons - Single’ (2019) Credits: Conversation recorded October 25th, 2019, at Workhaus in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada. Host, editor, producer and more: Todd Donald todddonaldmedia.com Voice-over on intro/outro: Milo Axelrod miloaxelrod.com Theme music: William Chernoff; excerpts from the recording “Makie Elkino (Live)” chernoff.band Conversation-wrap music: JP Sunga jpsunga.com The Todd Donald Show is presented, in part, by Afternoon Tea - Artist Collective + Record Label Born of the Shun Club. Shunned since 2012. afternoontealabel.com
52:03
November 15, 2019
52. Jessie T*
KW Singer/Songwriter, Jessie T, is not only a world class songwriter, co-host of THE SHOT, live performer, musician.. but she’s also a world class friend : D. We met back at Little Bean Coffee Bar in 2011, and I was honoured to have her as one of my first guests on ‘Todd’s Café last year. We just booked her TDS appearance recently, so in anticipation, i’m presenting this prior one from the vault.. there’s some good wisecracks and some deadly good performances. If you missed it, episode 51. Carlotta Trenholm features a 3-song acoustic set, also performed and recorded for this podcast, at Descendants in Kitchener! Links: jessiet.ca @jessiet.official (facebook) @jessiet.official (instagram) Music: “Hellbound” Performed by Jessie T Live on Todd’s Café, in 2018 “No Man’s Land” Performed by Jessie T Live on Todd’s Café, in 2018 Available digitally; by Jessie T: Reckless Heart (2016) Mama’s Christmas Cookies - Single (2017) Credits: Vault conversation/live performances recorded February 10th, 2018, at HQ in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. Host, editor, producer and more: Todd Donald todddonaldmedia.com Voice-over on intro/outro: Milo Axelrod miloaxelrod.com Theme music: William Chernoff; excerpts from the recording “Makie Elkino (Live)” chernoff.band Conversation-wrap music: JP Sunga jpsunga.com The Todd Donald Show is presented, in part, by Afternoon Tea - Artist Collective + Record Label Born of the Shun Club. Shunned since 2012. afternoontealabel.com
22:25
November 13, 2019
51. Carlotta Trenholm
Carlotta Trenholm is a shiatsu therapist and live local music fan, that I met on the street. Literally. We met just outside of Kitchener’s downtown Market, and co-ordinated this via our mutual friend and past guest Cuneyt. This chat was recorded at Descendants Brewery, and was full of laughter and philosophy, particularly the school of thought behind her practice. What is Shiatsu, exactly? This is your chance to have a fun time learning about it. As an added bonus, recent to publishing this episode, (KW Rock/Pop/County artist) Jessie T was around and was kind enough to perform a three song acoustic set for me to include here! Exclusive! Whaaat! Links: @walkingtheatre8 (instagram) Music: “Mine” Performed by Matt York Live on The iTodd Lounge, in 2008 “Like A Star” Performed by Vienna D’Amato Hall from ‘Long Stay Hotel’ (2019) “Julia” Performed by Mo Pair from one of Mo’s 2000s albums “All Lit Up” Performed by Jessie T Live on TDS “Love Me Longer” Performed by Jessie T Live on TDS “La La Love” Performed by Jessie T Live on TDS Credits: Conversation with Carlotta Trenholm recorded October 16th, 2019, at Descendants Beer & Beverage Co. in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada. Live performances by Jessie T recorded October 31st, 2019, at Descendants Beer & Beverage Co. in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada. Host, editor, producer and more: Todd Donald todddonaldmedia.com Voice-over on intro/outro: Milo Axelrod miloaxelrod.com Theme music: William Chernoff; excerpts from the recording “Makie Elkino (Live)” chernoff.band Conversation-wrap music: JP Sunga jpsunga.com The Todd Donald Show is presented, in part, by Afternoon Tea - Artist Collective + Record Label Born of the Shun Club. Shunned since 2012. afternoontealabel.com
57:04
November 10, 2019
50. Tessa
Tessa (Singer/Songwriter and more) goes back almost to the beginning with me, I almost feel like we’re related.. so as out-of-touch as we are these days, we can easily drift back into the comfort zone conversationally, without any effort. In the time we’ve known each other alone, Tessa’s musical gift has been poured into her own singer/songwriter stuff, but bands Red Balloon, The Short Films, other types of creative projects, she’s been a local advocate, run for City Council, appears in the local tv show project Kitchener Sync. More recently Tessa has birthed an initiative/event called Waterloo Region Crossing, which is a series of endurance events that raise awareness about pressing local issues… she almost, never, stops, which is her life-long endurance run, to live and give. Fuck. Enjoy! Links: TESSA/ @theshortfilms (facebook) @twig.the.trailer (instagram) @tessa_bobessa (twitter) KITCHENER SYNC/ @kitchenersync (facebook) @kitchenersync (twitter) WR CROSSING TREK/ @wrcrossingtrek (facebook) @wrcrossingtrek (instagram) @wrcrossingtrek (twitter) Music: “Maple Syrup” Performed by Glenna Garramone from ‘Seasky-Starsong’ (2009) “When The City Settles” Performed by Good Lovelies from ‘Burn The Plan’ (2015) “Take It Back” Performed by Mike Erb Trio from ‘Every Little Light’ (2008) “Dirt” Performed by Tessa Live on TDS “We Could Wait” Performed by Mansionair from ‘Shadowboxer’ (2019) Credits: Conversations/live performances recorded October 1st, 2019, at HQ in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada. Host, editor, producer and more: Todd Donald todddonaldmedia.com Voice-over on intro/outro: Milo Axelrod miloaxelrod.com Theme music: William Chernoff; excerpts from the recording “Makie Elkino (Live)” chernoff.band Conversation-wrap music: JP Sunga jpsunga.com The Todd Donald Show is presented, in part, by Afternoon Tea - Artist Collective + Record Label Born of the Shun Club. Shunned since 2012. afternoontealabel.com
1:00:36
October 31, 2019
49. Sam Nabi
Sam Nabi (Singer/Songwriter) is a gentleman I met over 10 years ago, when he was in Waterloo University, and my friend/co-hort Carrie Humphries was booking artists to perform in a no-longer existant room in Waterloo’s Mongolian Grill. We meet again randomly at the open-mics at Rhapsody in Kitchener. It’s been great being back in touch with Sam in general, and our long-lost friend conversation transitioned smoothly from the past to the present to the future, with a mix of the evolution of how indie artists put out music, to Sam’s transition from singer/songwriter to hip-hop artist. Enjoy! Links: samnabi.com @samuelnabi (instagram) @samnabi (twitter) Music: “Best Laid Plans” Perforemd by Jesse Parent Live on TDS - Episode 20 “Black Coffee” Performed by Twas Now Live on TDS - Episode 9 “Gaslight” Performed by Sam Nabi Live on TDS “Port City” Performed by Sam Nabi Live on TDS “Happy Place” Performed by Sam Nabi Live on TDS Available digitally; by Sam Nabi: Fallout - Single (2019) Credits: Conversation/live performances recorded September 25th, 2019, at HQ in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada. Host, editor, producer and more: Todd Donald todddonaldmedia.com Voice-over on intro/outro: Milo Axelrod miloaxelrod.com Theme music: William Chernoff; excerpts from the recording “Makie Elkino (Live)” chernoff.band Conversation-wrap music: JP Sunga jpsunga.com The Todd Donald Show is presented, in part, by Afternoon Tea - Artist Collective + Record Label Born of the Shun Club. Shunned since 2012. afternoontealabel.com
1:08:14
October 18, 2019
48. Evan Corneil
Evan Corneil is a singer/songwriter, fairly new to the Waterloo region, who I’ve met and been seeing perform regularly at the Rhapsody Barrell Bar open-mic night. Not only is he a swell young creative lad, but he’s a sweet down to earth lad that’s super fun to talk to. He stopped by and we had a ball with the conversation, I hope you like it as well? Plus, Evan was of course gangster enough to perform some live stuff, so, yeah! Music: “Missing Piece” Performed by Amy Rola from ‘The World Through My Eyes’ (2016) “Reptilicus (New Wave)” Performed by Jonah Ray from ‘You Can’t Call Me Al’ (2019) “Farther To Fall” Performed by Evan Corneil Live on TDS “Don’t Look Down” Performed by Evan Corneil Live on TDS “(I Know You Like) The Night Sky” Performed by Evan Corneil Live on TDS Credits: Conversation/live performances recorded September 19th, 2019, at HQ in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada. Host, editor, producer and more: Todd Donald todddonaldmedia.com Voice-over on intro/outro: Milo Axelrod miloaxelrod.com Theme music: William Chernoff; excerpts from the recording “Makie Elkino (Live)” chernoff.band Conversation-wrap music: JP Sunga jpsunga.com The Todd Donald Show is presented, in part, by Afternoon Tea - Artist Collective + Record Label Born of the Shun Club. Shunned since 2012. afternoontealabel.com
49:56
October 4, 2019
47. Brittany Pyatt
Brittany Pyatt is a stand-up comedian, that unlike allot of my more recent guests, I actually met in-person, at a local bar/music venue. Given that I don’t know allot of people in the stand-up genre, it was nice to just have a one-on-one chat with someone, who is also a big advocate of local music. It helps that we know allot of the same peeps and local bands. This chat ended up being a deeper and darker conversation than I was expecting, but let me tell you, it wasn’t unwelcome! This ‘humanity’ thing, that’s what i’m ALL about. Links: @brittanylynnepyatt (facebook) @brittanylynne96 (instagram) @lafftraxcomedy (instagram) @brittany_pyatt (twitter) Music: “High Hopes” Performed by CityWide Panic from ‘Johnny’s Garage - EP’ (2018) “La La Love” Performed by Jessie T from ‘Reckless Heart’ (2016) “Feedin’ You” Performed by Mike Todd from ‘Good Man’ (2016) “Hemisphere” Performed by Kristina Stapelfeld from ‘Kristina Stapelfeld’ (2016) “Morning Light Praying” Performed by Carly & Mark from ‘New City Morning’ (2008) Credits: Conversation recorded September 8th, 2019, at HQ in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada. Host, editor, producer and more: Todd Donald todddonaldmedia.com Voice-over on intro/outro: Milo Axelrod miloaxelrod.com Theme music: William Chernoff; excerpts from the recording “Makie Elkino (Live)” chernoff.band Conversation-wrap music: JP Sunga jpsunga.com The Todd Donald Show is presented, in part, by Afternoon Tea - Artist Collective + Record Label Born of the Shun Club. Shunned since 2012. afternoontealabel.com
55:37
September 26, 2019
46. Beware & Kyle Wappler
STUNNING Rap/R&B/Pop artists Jerelle & Sofia aka BEWARE, I heard about through the grapevine, but was instantly enamoured by what their social media presence informed me of, particularly the music and energy of the artist/performers. I had the chance to meet-up with them for coffee in Burlington just to talk about music and the interview prospect, and couldn’t have had a better time. I was anxious to see them again and talk about pretty much anything, but of course there’s a focus here on their art and what they’re planning on doing with it. Kyle Wappler was a gentleman I first discovered as a fan of Ape Audio, they had the so-called “Scene Daddy” on their show already, and I was hoping to use my show as another olive branch of promotion for the upcoming HopeFest 2019, STILL hoping i’ll get him back on for a bigger feature, but he was nice enough to stop by, promote the event, and demonstrate why he is in fact, the Scene Daddy! Enjoy! Links: BEWARE/ @jerellexbeware (facebook) @jerelleandsofia (instagram) @bewaresound (twitter) JERELLE/ jerellefisher.com @jerellefisherjohnson (instagram) @jerellefisher (twitter) SOFIA/ @sofiamonaro (instagram) HAVE HOPE/ @thisishavehope (facebook) @thisishavehope (instagram) @thisishavehope (twitter) Music: “Look No Further” Performed by Jerelle feat. Raven J from ‘Look No Further - Single’ (2019) “Delete My History” Performed by Kali Kazoo from ‘Bleed Darker & Deeper Than The Seas Of Hell’ (2019) “Don’t Miss” Performed by Jerelle from ‘Don’t Miss - Single’ (2019) “Blue Flame” Performed by Jerelle feat. KVNE from ‘Blue Flame - Single’ (2019) “Welcome To (Amish) Paradise” Performed by Jonah Ray from ‘You Can’t Call Me Al’ (2019) Available digitally; By Jerelle, to date: That’s How Shit Go - Single (2017) Remember Me - Single (2017) Ryder - Single (2017) Tidal Wave - Single (2017) That’s How Shit Go (feat. QTB) - Single (2017) Swimming - Single (2017) Untertow (2017) Just 4 the Rush - Single (2018) I Get It - Single (2018) Jerelle feat. Beware (2018) Somewhere - Single (2018) Rain Drops - Single (2018) Siamese - Single (2018) All Of Me - Single (2019) Blue Flame (feat. KVNE) - Single (2019) Blacker Than the Ocean - Single (2019) Don’t Miss - Single (2019) Sorry.. - Single (2019) Look No Further (feat. Raven J) - Single (2019) Credits: Conversations with both Jerelle & Sofia and Kyle Wappler recorded September 13th, 2019, at HQ in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada. Host, editor, producer and more: Todd Donald todddonaldmedia.com Voice-over on intro/outro: Milo Axelrod miloaxelrod.com Theme music: William Chernoff; excerpts from the recording “Makie Elkino (Live)” chernoff.band Conversation-wrap music: JP Sunga jpsunga.com The Todd Donald Show is presented, in part, by Afternoon Tea - Artist Collective + Record Label Born of the Shun Club. Shunned since 2012. afternoontealabel.com
1:44:46
September 16, 2019
45. Sarah Lexia
Public figure Sarah Lexia, the “Aussie in Sarnia”, what an exploration to go through in that alone.. I fucking love Australian shit, so I’m glad I had the chance to have coffee with this legend in her own time, talking about all things being a ‘public figure’ and try to break down what exactly is involved in that, what is behind that… and of course we had a ball talking nonsense and pop-culture. She’s absolutely fabulous! I decided to change things up a bit; so in addition to songs performed live for the podcast by musical guests - and whether those happen or not, I’m doing to keep a quota of music weaving through the show, sort of as a delightful intermission from interviews. We’ll see how long it goes! Enjoy some music you might not’ve heard yet, by Harriet Nauer, Vienna D’Amato Hall, Stephen Trothen, Sue Passmore, The Lo-Fi Mind, and YouTuber Bailey Pelkman! Links: @sarahlexia (instagram) Music: “The Island” Performed by Harriet Nauer from ‘Standing At The Heavenly Gates’ (2014) “Surrender” Performed by Vienna D’Amato Hall from ‘Long-Stay Hotel’ (2019) “Leaves” Performed by Stephen Trothen from ‘Learns to Knit’ (2008) “10 & 2” Performed by Sue Passmore from ’87 Miles’ (2006) “So Bad” Performed by The Lo-Fi Mind from ’04/20/2014’ (2014) “Down Under” (Men At Work cover) Performed by Bailey Pelkman from youtube Credits: Conversation recorded August 16th, 2019, at The Coffee Lodge in Sarnia, Ontario, Canada. Host, editor, producer and more: Todd Donald todddonaldmedia.com Voice-over on intro/outro: Milo Axelrod miloaxelrod.com Theme music: William Chernoff; excerpts from the recording “Makie Elkino (Live)” chernoff.band Conversation-wrap music: JP Sunga jpsunga.com The Todd Donald Show is presented, in part, by Afternoon Tea - Artist Collective + Record Label Born of the Shun Club. Shunned since 2012. afternoontealabel.com
1:18:50
September 9, 2019
44. Luke Cyrus Hunter
Singer/Songwriter and session keyboardist, Kitchener’s Luke Cyrus Hunter returns to my basement after 11 years since his former band Stereola was on (with Luke, Jay Walsh and Wayne Bond). This time, Luke’s sporting a very active online presence and some amazing records. We recently re-connected on the ol’ net and I was very happy just to catch up with the guy. However, it wouldn’t be a complete podcast chat if we didn’t also explore what Luke has on the go musically, with music videos, performing, teaching and all kinds of other action. In addition, Luke came with his keys and performed three awesome live tunes! Links: lukecyrushunter.com @lukecyrushuntermusic (facebook) @luke_cyrus_hunter (instagram) @lukeonthekeys (twitter) Music: “Old School Jam” Performed by Luke Cyrus Hunter Live on TDS “Might Be More” Performed by Luke Cyrus Hunter Live on TDS “Got Me Reelin’” Performed by Luke Cyrus Hunter Live on TDS Available digitally; by Luke Cyrus Hunter: Re-New - EP (2017) Old School Jam - Single (2019) Real Change - Single (2019) Credits: Conversation/live performances recorded August 11th, 2019, at HQ in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada. Host, editor, producer and more: Todd Donald todddonaldmedia.com Voice-over on intro/outro: Milo Axelrod miloaxelrod.com Theme music: William Chernoff; excerpts from the recording “Makie Elkino (Live)” chernoff.band Conversation-wrap music: JP Sunga jpsunga.com The Todd Donald Show is presented, in part, by Afternoon Tea - Artist Collective + Record Label Born of the Shun Club. Shunned since 2012. afternoontealabel.com
48:20
September 3, 2019
43. Samantha Mirandola
Samantha Mirandola is a University of Waterloo improv actor, a stage actor and now a published author. Sporting her new book ‘dream-catalyst’ (available online at Amazon), which she self-published, she came on the show to talk about authoring, the book itself, performing in theatre and all kinds of nonsense, cause y’all know I love throwing nonsense in there. Nonetheless, for us never meeting in person before this, she was delightful company, and we had a phone chat beforehand just to go over things and I was really happy that she had expressed excitement to be ON the show, and now i’m excited to have you all hear it!! Links: @samanthamirandola (instagram) @sammirandola (twitter) Dream-Catalyst Author: Samantha Mirandola Purchase now on Amazon.com https://www.amazon.com/dream-catalyst-Samantha-Mirandola/dp/1080900055 Credits: Conversation recorded August 7th, 2019, at HQ in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada. Host, editor, producer and more: Todd Donald todddonaldmedia.com Voice-over on intro/outro: Milo Axelrod miloaxelrod.com Theme music: William Chernoff; excerpts from the recording “Makie Elkino (Live)” chernoff.band Conversation-wrap music: JP Sunga jpsunga.com The Todd Donald Show is presented, in part, by Afternoon Tea - Artist Collective + Record Label Born of the Shun Club. Shunned since 2012. afternoontealabel.com
42:46
August 26, 2019
42. Katie
Katie is an experienced water sport coach, a teacher, and most importantly to me, the most wonderful, gorgeous, loving and supportive partner a guy could ask for! Seen in the photo is also our cat, and the official mascot for this podcast - Ludacris. Recently a graduate of Laurier’s Teachers College, Katie will be leaving town shortly to pursue her first job as a teacher, and going to essentially the North Pole. Literally though, the town is called Gjoa Haven, in Nunavut (the Arctic Circle). Whaaat!? Credits: Conversation recorded July 26th, 2019, at HQ in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. Host, editor, producer and more: Todd Donald todddonaldmedia.com Voice-over on intro/outro: Milo Axelrod miloaxelrod.com Theme music: William Chernoff; excerpts from the recording “Makie Elkino (Live)” chernoff.band Conversation-wrap music: JP Sunga jpsunga.com The Todd Donald Show is presented, in part, by Afternoon Tea - Artist Collective + Record Label Born of the Shun Club. Shunned since 2012. afternoontealabel.com
42:16
August 22, 2019
41. This Is Pristine
This Is Pristine (Waterloo Region) is a killer band/duo made up of vocalist Kelly Abbass and guitarist Steph Dilts. They’ve been around as far back as I’ve been on the air, it’s just unfair that I aged and they didn’t, not even a day. They’ve played quite a few gigs, recorded a few tracks, but are on the show to chat about all things music, reminisce and ask for support with their kickstarter, because they more than deserve to be heard on a recording of their original music. There’s some live performances on here to sweeten the deal! Links: @thisispristine (facebook) @thisispristine (instagram) This Is Pristine Kickstarter https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/thisispristine/this-is-pristine-debut-album-and-music-video/community Music: “Beautiful” Performed by This Is Pristine Live on TDS “Letting Go” Performed by This Is Pristine Live on TDS Credits: Conversation/live performances recorded July 7th, 2019, at HQ in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. Host, editor, producer and more: Todd Donald todddonaldmedia.com Voice-over on intro/outro: Milo Axelrod miloaxelrod.com Theme music: William Chernoff; excerpts from the recording “Makie Elkino (Live)” chernoff.band Conversation-wrap music: JP Sunga jpsunga.com The Todd Donald Show is presented, in part, by Afternoon Tea - Artist Collective + Record Label Born of the Shun Club. Shunned since 2012. afternoontealabel.com
26:23
August 6, 2019
40. Kelly Abbass*
Kelly Abbass (Model, Actor, Musician) is almost the first person I ever interviewed, and one of my first podcast guests ever even! We met on MySpace if you’d believe that was the Instagram of it’s day, then in person at CJIQ in Kitchener on Night Sessions with Renegade X. Kelly was/is a model, actor and musician, and has always been a big supporter of my music, shows, anything I do. It’s rooted in friendship for sure, and I can’t thank her enough! With her band’s upcoming new appearance on ths show, I wanted to share this vintage audio, extracted from her appearance on my old video podcast from 2008. Enjoy! This episode features new introductions and content from the vault*; The iTodd Lounge (2008) with Kelly Abbass - Interview. Links: kellyabbass.com @officialkellyabbass (facebook) @kelly_abbass (instagram) Credits: Vault conversation recorded May 8th, 2008, at HQ in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada. Host, editor, producer and more: Todd Donald todddonaldmedia.com Voice-over on intro/outro: Milo Axelrod miloaxelrod.com Theme music: William Chernoff; excerpts from the recording “Makie Elkino (Live)” chernoff.band Conversation-wrap music: JP Sunga jpsunga.com The Todd Donald Show is presented, in part, by Afternoon Tea - Artist Collective + Record Label Born of the Shun Club. Shunned since 2012. afternoontealabel.com
11:08
August 5, 2019
39. William Chernoff
William Chernoff (Victoria, British Columbia) is an outstanding musician/ composer, both a member and leader of several musical projects, the most current of which includes his own compositions, and in the band Early Spirit. William was not only sport enough to let me use a live performance of his song “Makie Elkino” as the theme music to this podcast!, but he took an interest in listening to it, and genuinely! It was my pleasure to chat with him in B.C. via Skype, about all things William Chernoff, his journeys as a musician, discovering music, recording albums, developing his skills on bass, and more. Enjoy! Links: chernoff.band earlyspirit.ca williamchernoff.bandcamp.com @williamchernoff (instagram) @chernoffwilliam (twitter) Music: Available digitally: Lutin - Single (2019) Earthling Terminal (2019) Credits: Conversation recorded June 23rd, 2019, at HQ in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada; via Skype to William Chernoff in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Host, editor, producer and more: Todd Donald todddonaldmedia.com Voice-over on intro/outro: Milo Axelrod miloaxelrod.com Theme music: William Chernoff; excerpts from the recording “Makie Elkino (Live)” chernoff.band Conversation-wrap music: JP Sunga jpsunga.com The Todd Donald Show is presented, in part, by Afternoon Tea - Artist Collective + Record Label Born of the Shun Club. Shunned since 2012. afternoontealabel.com
53:48
July 22, 2019
38. Elaine Kapogines
Elaine Kapogines is the creator of The Holistic Parent magazine and community, in the Waterloo Region. She’s a non-stop force of media, creation and learning; figuring out more and more ways to engage her audience. Once again instead of learning TOO much about how to better what I do, I chose to ask Elaine about growing up, her personal life, and crack-wise. By the way, much like Sandra Dynka (episode 036) is another amazing person, I met on instagram via the amazing Natasha McKenty (episode 008) and the mutual admiration society, I can’t even tell ya how much it warms the heart. So much to learn from all these people! Links: theholisticparent.ca @holisticparentmag (instagram) Talking With Grownups, Available anywhere you get podcasts; ie: Apple Podcasts, Spotify and more! Credits: Conversation recorded June 7th, 2019, at HQ in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. Host, editor, producer and more: Todd Donald todddonaldmedia.com Voice-over on intro/outro: Milo Axelrod miloaxelrod.com Theme music: William Chernoff; excerpts from the recording “Makie Elkino (Live)” chernoff.band Conversation-wrap music: JP Sunga jpsunga.com The Todd Donald Show is presented, in part, by Afternoon Tea - Artist Collective + Record Label Born of the Shun Club. Shunned since 2012. afternoontealabel.com
47:03
July 15, 2019
37. Anna Beard
Anna Beard is a shy yet standout personality in my opinion, with a love not unlike myself of coffee and conversation. She lead a tour around town to spotlight downtown Kitchener’s locally-owned coffee shops café’s and ethical discussion, or as she put it “socialist views”. I wanted to know what made this local public figure tick, on the personal tip; maybe she has lots to say on art, culture and dating, and could perhaps let this ol’ lug in on what’s going on in the modern scene! Links: albeard.wordpress.com @albeard (instagram) @abeard07 (twitter) Credits: Conversation recorded June 2nd, 2019, at HQ in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. Host, editor, producer and more: Todd Donald todddonaldmedia.com Voice-over on intro/outro: Milo Axelrod miloaxelrod.com Theme music: William Chernoff; excerpts from the recording “Makie Elkino (Live)” chernoff.band Conversation-wrap music: JP Sunga jpsunga.com The Todd Donald Show is presented, in part, by Afternoon Tea - Artist Collective + Record Label Born of the Shun Club. Shunned since 2012. afternoontealabel.com
50:28
July 8, 2019
36. Sandra Dynka
Sandra Dynka (KW Miss Oktoberfest 2018/2019) is someone I met on instagram, via Natasha McKenty, and whom on their own as a health advocate, tennis pro and “champion of the underdog”, full of personality human, is enough to admire. It was only an after-discovery that being Oktoberfest 2018 would be a topic of discussion, but it’s an interesting and rare journey. We not only discussed that, but did a full heartwarming psychological of this wonderful person; to take a look back - here - and forward, at the great person she’ll be in years to come! Links: misso.oktoberfest.ca @kwmissoktoberfest (instagram) @sandradynka (instagram) Credits: Conversation recorded May 29th, 2019, at HQ in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. Host, editor, producer and more: Todd Donald todddonaldmedia.com Voice-over on intro/outro: Milo Axelrod miloaxelrod.com Theme music: William Chernoff; excerpts from the recording “Makie Elkino (Live)” chernoff.band Conversation-wrap music: JP Sunga jpsunga.com The Todd Donald Show is presented, in part, by Afternoon Tea - Artist Collective + Record Label Born of the Shun Club. Shunned since 2012. afternoontealabel.com
47:25
July 2, 2019
35. Ape Audio
Ape Audio is a group of funny KW 20-something guys, showcasing the music scene in the way I only wished I could, with camaraderie, modern technology and an actual HQ! They’re providing you much better quality indie entertainment in two ways, through their HILARIOUS audio-only podcast on iTunes, Spotify etc., but also in video on YouTube, including live-streams and event coverage. I just wanted one opportunity to see if I could make them laugh, while on my show, I did it, and now I must retire. I freakin’ love these dudes! Links: @apeaudiostudio (facebook page) @apeaudio (instagram) Ape Audio, Available anywhere you get podcasts; ie: Apple Podcasts, Spotify and more! Credits: Conversation recorded May 26th, 2019, at HQ in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. Host, editor, producer and more: Todd Donald todddonaldmedia.com Voice-over on intro/outro: Milo Axelrod miloaxelrod.com Theme music: William Chernoff; excerpts from the recording “Makie Elkino (Live)” chernoff.band Conversation-wrap music: JP Sunga jpsunga.com The Todd Donald Show is presented, in part, by Afternoon Tea - Artist Collective + Record Label Born of the Shun Club. Shunned since 2012. afternoontealabel.com
41:18
June 24, 2019
34. Amanda Muse
Amanda Muse, with an empire based in Toronto and covering THE WORLD via the web, is someone whom it’s safe to say I got a little sycophantic over… there’s allot of pressure in being a good host that I wasn’t ready to feel, but for a guest with well over 60k subscribers on YouTube, basically the original real-life Truman Show star.. I think I did okay! With Amanda’s approach in agreeing to be on, and chatting with me, she couldn’t have been more kind, giving and thoughtful.. she took the time to chat over Skype, sent me her mic-recorded end of the convo, we drank coffee, chatted and found out we were born the same year!A true pioneer in internet-content making, the amazing, Amanda Muse! Links: amandamuse.com @museamanda (facebook) @amandamuse (instagram) @museamanda (twitter) The Sandwich Podcast, Available anywhere you get podcasts; ie: Apple Podcasts, Spotify and more! Credits: Conversation recorded May 23rd, 2019, at HQ in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada; via Skype to Amanda Muse in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Host, editor, producer and more: Todd Donald todddonaldmedia.com Voice-over on intro/outro: Milo Axelrod miloaxelrod.com Theme music: William Chernoff; excerpts from the recording “Makie Elkino (Live)” chernoff.band Conversation-wrap music: JP Sunga jpsunga.com The Todd Donald Show is presented, in part, by Afternoon Tea - Artist Collective + Record Label Born of the Shun Club. Shunned since 2012. afternoontealabel.com
47:34
June 17, 2019
33. Cuneyt Yetkiner*
As promised, here’s Waterloo Region’s musician Cuneyt Yetkiner, chatting with me for my prior podcast The iTodd Lounge, in the summer of 2016, and performing an original composition, called “Yakamoz”. In the conversation, we cover the intricacies of performing locally in various scenarios and his well employed hard-work ethic! This episode features new introductions and content from the vault*; The iTodd Lounge (2016) with Cuneyt Yetkiner - Interview & 1 live performance. Links: juneyt.com cuneyt -juneyt- yetkiner (facebook page) @juneytyetkiner (instagram) Music: “Yakamoz” Performed by Juneyt Live on The iTodd Lounge, in 2016 Available digitally: Ocean (2008) Fuego (2018) Credits: Vault conversation/live performances recorded July 27th, 2016, at Cuneyt’s place in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. Host, editor, producer and more: Todd Donald todddonaldmedia.com Voice-over on intro/outro: Milo Axelrod miloaxelrod.com Theme music: William Chernoff; excerpts from the recording “Makie Elkino (Live)” chernoff.band Conversation-wrap music: JP Sunga jpsunga.com The Todd Donald Show is presented, in part, by Afternoon Tea - Artist Collective + Record Label Born of the Shun Club. Shunned since 2012. afternoontealabel.com
18:53
June 14, 2019
32. Cuneyt Yetkiner
Cuneyt Yetkiner is one of the hardest working performers in Kitchener/Waterloo (and surrounding areas). Having mastered (in my opinion) the complex practice of flamenco guitar, which he also has albums of, he’s not only set-up shop in a multitude of performance types and opportunities, but he’s also a staple of this town’s live pub circuit in various formations along-side Craig McNair, Derek O’Halloran, Jessie T and more.. Cuneyt, having been on the show before (vault episode to follow, soon), agreed to come over and chat again, this time with no conversational direction, to speak of. We’ve been good friends for a while, so we spun a yarn on every person, place or thing in the region, music, game apps on our phone and more! Links: juneyt.com cuneyt -juneyt- yetkiner (facebook page) @juneytyetkiner (instagram) Music: Available digitally: Ocean (2008) Fuego (2018) Credits: Conversation recorded June 9th, 2019, at HQ in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. Host, editor, producer and more: Todd Donald todddonaldmedia.com Voice-over on intro/outro: Milo Axelrod miloaxelrod.com Theme music: William Chernoff; excerpts from the recording “Makie Elkino (Live)” chernoff.band Conversation-wrap music: JP Sunga jpsunga.com The Todd Donald Show is presented, in part, by Afternoon Tea - Artist Collective + Record Label Born of the Shun Club. Shunned since 2012. afternoontealabel.com
42:25
June 10, 2019
31. Rashmi Sanjay
Rashmi Sanjay is host of ‘In Conversation with Rashmi’ on CKMS in Waterloo, and yet another wonderful soul I managed to meet because of past guest Natasha McKenty, and via Instagram. She has an amazing and compelling story, it’s amazing that she’s still walkin’ and boy is she rockin’! She came over to have some coffee and chat about how and why she does what she does, both in life and with her show. I was just thrilled to meet and chat with this person in general! An additional note, please be sure to visit Rashmi Sanjay’s website - linked below - for a better look into her story, and where to catch her multi-media content! Links: rashmisanjay.ca @rashmisanj (instagram) @onairwithrashmi (twitter) In Conversation with Rashmi Airs on CKMS FM, Waterloo, link below.. https://radiowaterloo.ca/category/in-conversation-with-rashmi/ Credits: Conversation recorded May 21st, 2019, at HQ in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. Host, editor, producer and more: Todd Donald todddonaldmedia.com Voice-over on intro/outro: Milo Axelrod miloaxelrod.com Theme music: William Chernoff; excerpts from the recording “Makie Elkino (Live)” chernoff.band Conversation-wrap music: JP Sunga jpsunga.com The Todd Donald Show is presented, in part, by Afternoon Tea - Artist Collective + Record Label Born of the Shun Club. Shunned since 2012. afternoontealabel.com
35:51
June 3, 2019
30. Mathilde
Mathilde is a vocal & theatre trained singer/songwriter, who’s soon to be a Toronto native. I can’t however, celebrate having this guest on without reminiscing about the fact that Sara and I know each other from years ago, singing karaoke at Anchor in Listowel. So, I know from experience actually HEARING this young woman sing, that she can really belt out a song, and without breaking a sweat. I’d have to say at the heart of the interview is a look through Mathilde’s eyes at the importance of education and the arts. We looked back at those karaoke days a bit and the meat/hearty veg. of the chat is about her upcoming original music, which forecasts greatness! Links: @heirmathilde (instagram) @heirmathilde (twitter) Credits: Conversation recorded May 11th, 2019, at HQ in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. Host, editor, producer and more: Todd Donald todddonaldmedia.com Voice-over on intro/outro: Milo Axelrod miloaxelrod.com Theme music: William Chernoff; excerpts from the recording “Makie Elkino (Live)” chernoff.band Conversation-wrap music: JP Sunga jpsunga.com The Todd Donald Show is presented, in part, by Afternoon Tea - Artist Collective + Record Label Born of the Shun Club. Shunned since 2012. afternoontealabel.com
36:10
May 27, 2019
29. Mary-Catherine Pazzano
The return of Kitchener singer/songwriter, teacher and more, finally! This time aronud we started off, well, I started off, talking about the last time she came on, and the KFC involved.. you have to play the podcast to understand, but we did some healing. By this time around, i’d spent ample time enjoying her album ‘You’re Gonna Hear From Me’ (still available!).. so we talked about what she’s been up to more recently. A point of interest this time around, was talking about some things that a music teacher will encounter, and this is in FULL admiration of facebook as a platform for these thoughts. This episode comes of course, with a combination of two more delicately beautiful performances from M-C P! Links: marycatherinepazzano.com @mcjazzvocalist (facebook) @mcjazzvocalist (instagram) @mcjazzvocalist (twitter) Music: “I Feel Pretty” from West Side Story/music by Leonard Bernstein, lyrics by Stephen Soundheim Performed by Mary-Catherine Pazzano Live on TDS “You Intoxicate Me” Performed by Mary-Catherine Pazzano Live on TDS Available digitally: You’re Gonna Hear From me (2018) Credits: Conversation/live performances recorded May 12th, 2019, at HQ in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. Host, editor, producer and more: Todd Donald todddonaldmedia.com Voice-over on intro/outro: Milo Axelrod miloaxelrod.com Theme music: William Chernoff; excerpts from the recording “Makie Elkino (Live)” chernoff.band Conversation-wrap music: JP Sunga jpsunga.com The Todd Donald Show is presented, in part, by Afternoon Tea - Artist Collective + Record Label Born of the Shun Club. Shunned since 2012. afternoontealabel.com
34:57
May 20, 2019
28. Mary-Catherine Pazzano*
Kitchener singer/songwriter, teacher and spell-binding performer Mary-Catherine Pazzano made her first appearance on my prior podcast, Todd’s Café, and will make her return (and first appearance on this podcast) in the next episode! In this appearance though, we dug into recording her debut album ‘You’re Gonna Hear From Me’ last year, jazz as a genre, music quality, discipline, vacationing and more! This episode features new introductions and content from the vault*; Todd’s Café (2018) with Mary-Catherine Pazzano - Interview & 2 live performances. Links: marycatherinepazzano.com @mcjazzvocalist (facebook) @mcjazzvocalist (instagram) @mcjazzvocalist (twitter) Music: “I Can’t Believe That You’re In Love With Me” music by Jimmy McHugh, lyrics by Clarence Gaskill Performed by Mary-Catherine Pazzano Live on Todd’s Café, in 2018 “A Simple Conversation” Performed by Mary-Catherine Pazzano Live on Todd’s Café, in 2018 Available digitally: You’re Gonna Hear From me (2018) Credits: Vault conversation/live performances recorded March 18th, 2018, at HQ in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. Host, editor, producer and more: Todd Donald todddonaldmedia.com Voice-over on intro/outro: Milo Axelrod miloaxelrod.com Theme music: William Chernoff; excerpts from the recording “Makie Elkino (Live)” chernoff.band Conversation-wrap music: JP Sunga jpsunga.com The Todd Donald Show is presented, in part, by Afternoon Tea - Artist Collective + Record Label Born of the Shun Club. Shunned since 2012. afternoontealabel.com
31:24
May 18, 2019
27. Kate Schlitt
Wendy Huenul and Kate Schlitt are co-hosts of an extremely important and funny Waterloo Region-based podcast called FemWaves. I found out about their show via Community Edition and was fascinated to get to know them, as well as their podcast. By the time it came around I couldn’t help - given how personable they are, to chat with them about growing up and the awkward, embarrassing moments in adolescence. This is part 2 of 2, the prior being episode 24. Wendy Heunul. Having not met Kate before the day-of, I was delighted at how warm and up for this she was. Totally willing to open-up about the silliness of growing up, through high school and adolescence, we also shared stories of living in KW and working. Please enjoy both parts of this wonderful day and conversation! Links: @psikate (instagram) @femwaves (instagram) FemWaves, Available anywhere you get podcasts; ie: Apple Podcasts, Spotify and more! Spotify link.. https://open.spotify.com/show/5F9W8JANBT2qoNcXe4Rw3J?si=583oyL4VQkyEzQTqXo9V0w Credits: Conversation recorded March 24th, 2019, at HQ in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. Host, editor, producer and more: Todd Donald todddonaldmedia.com Voice-over on intro/outro: Milo Axelrod miloaxelrod.com Theme music: William Chernoff; excerpts from the recording “Makie Elkino (Live)” chernoff.band Conversation-wrap music: JP Sunga jpsunga.com The Todd Donald Show is presented, in part, by Afternoon Tea - Artist Collective + Record Label Born of the Shun Club. Shunned since 2012. afternoontealabel.com
42:18
May 13, 2019
26. Alex Kinsella & Beisan Zubi*
Why Waterloo (Waterloo Region (obviously, lol) based) podcast hosts Alex Kinsella and Beisan Zubi are two people I never quite apologized to properly. I had them on my prior podcast Todd’s Café to shoot the breeze, a fan of their ‘about-town’ Kitchener/Waterloo culture and events podcast.. I just wanted to get them to talk about life and the world’s nuances and see what happens. On the day for some reason, I was a lacklustre host and making an ass of myself.. as busy as they both are with all they do, they still enthusiastically agreed to be on and did the show... haven’t heard from them since. So I’m inclined to believe it was my doing, BUT I enjoyed hearing them talk, allot. I Also happened recently to listen to this again, here it is, again, for you! This episode features new introductions and content from the vault*; Todd’s Café (2018) with Alex Kinsella & Beisan Zubi - Interview. Links: whywaterloo.ca @whywaterlooca (instagram) @alexkinsella (twitter) @beisan (twitter) Why Waterloo, Available anywhere you get podcasts; ie: Apple Podcasts, Spotify and more! Credits: Vault conversation recorded April 18th, 2018, at HQ in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. Host, editor, producer and more: Todd Donald todddonaldmedia.com Voice-over on intro/outro: Milo Axelrod miloaxelrod.com Theme music: William Chernoff; excerpts from the recording “Makie Elkino (Live)” chernoff.band Conversation-wrap music: JP Sunga jpsunga.com The Todd Donald Show is presented, in part, by Afternoon Tea - Artist Collective + Record Label Born of the Shun Club. Shunned since 2012. afternoontealabel.com
52:37
May 10, 2019
25. Deanna Wells
Deanna Wells is front-woman of Hamilton area-based band Ophelia Syndrome, and a longtime friend of mine since we were in the music program at Mohawk College. There’s a three-part chat in which we talk about going to Mohawk, the new EP that Ophelia Syndrome is releasing and what’s going into that, followed by a chat about embarrassing moments, in the vein of the last few episodes. If you haven’t yet listened back to episode 2. Ophelia Syndrome*, please enjoy more of Deanna, as well as cellist, Trina Nadeau; for some vintage/vault interviews as well as live performances by Ophelia Syndrome! Links: opheliasyndrome.com @opheliasyndromeband (facebook) @ophelia.syndrome (instagram) @opheliasyndrome (twitter) Music: Available digitally: Shades of Grey - EP (2009) All Things Forgotten (2011) North Sea (2015) Credits: Conversation recorded April 7th, 2019, at HQ in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. Host, editor, producer and more: Todd Donald todddonaldmedia.com Voice-over on intro/outro: Milo Axelrod miloaxelrod.com Theme music: William Chernoff; excerpts from the recording “Makie Elkino (Live)” chernoff.band Conversation-wrap music: JP Sunga jpsunga.com The Todd Donald Show is presented, in part, by Afternoon Tea - Artist Collective + Record Label Born of the Shun Club. Shunned since 2012. afternoontealabel.com
42:47
May 6, 2019
24. Wendy Huenul
Wendy Huenul and Kate Schlitt are co-hosts of an extremely important and funny Waterloo Region-based podcast called FemWaves. I found out about their show via Community Edition and was fascinated to get to know them, as well as their podcast. By the time it came around I couldn’t help - given how personable they are, to chat with them about growing up and the awkward, embarassing moments in adolescence. Speaking for Wendy specifically, she was interested in going over what this cross-over would entail and it was a blast getting a chance to chat and laugh with one of them prior to meeting in person. I’m always happy when that happens and goes well, typically because I still feel awkward approaching strangers. Enjoy the stories, and stay tuned for the continuation, featuring Kate Schlitt! Links: @chillayin (instagram) @femwaves (instagram) FemWaves, Available anywhere you get podcasts; ie: Apple Podcasts, Spotify and more! Spotify link.. https://open.spotify.com/show/5F9W8JANBT2qoNcXe4Rw3J?si=583oyL4VQkyEzQTqXo9V0w Credits: Conversation recorded March 24th, 2019, at HQ in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. Host, editor, producer and more: Todd Donald todddonaldmedia.com Voice-over on intro/outro: Milo Axelrod miloaxelrod.com Theme music: William Chernoff; excerpts from the recording “Makie Elkino (Live)” chernoff.band Conversation-wrap music: JP Sunga jpsunga.com The Todd Donald Show is presented, in part, by Afternoon Tea - Artist Collective + Record Label Born of the Shun Club. Shunned since 2012. afternoontealabel.com
46:44
April 29, 2019
23. Matt Lees
Matt Lees is a Wales, U.K.-based singer/songwriter and podcaster (we might be related) whom I met at a house party, 16 years ago. Clearly we were fast friends because of our shared love of pop culture and creative outlets and we were fans of each other creatively and as people, enough to be heavily involved in each others’ musical goings-on. The side effect of our being so similar and tightly wound definitely pulled us away from each other, but time + distance + evolution = a nice chat between two old friends that love each other. Hosting the Legend In My Spare Time podcast at he and his wife Rachel’s home across the pond; Matt’s launched a second podcast where he interviews artists & performers about their creativity. Enjoy this beefy chat! Links: @mattleesmusic (facebook) @sparetimelegend (instagram) @legendpodcast (twitter) Legend in my Spare Time Available anywhere you get podcasts; ie: Apple Podcasts, Spotify and more! Matt Lees Gets Creative Available anywhere you get podcasts; ie: Apple Podcasts, Spotify and more! Music: “Hostile” Performed by Matt Lees Recorded live by Matt, for TDS “Lois Lane” Performed by Matt Lees Recorded live by Matt, for TDS “Maybe I’m Not Leavin’” Performed by Matt Lees Recorded live by Matt, for TDS Credits: Conversation recorded March 30th, 2019, at HQ in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada; via Skype to Matt Lees in Wales, United Kingdom. Host, editor, producer and more: Todd Donald todddonaldmedia.com Voice-over on intro/outro: Milo Axelrod miloaxelrod.com Theme music: William Chernoff; excerpts from the recording “Makie Elkino (Live)” chernoff.band Conversation-wrap music: JP Sunga jpsunga.com The Todd Donald Show is presented, in part, by Afternoon Tea - Artist Collective + Record Label Born of the Shun Club. Shunned since 2012. afternoontealabel.com
56:47
April 22, 2019
22. Matt White
Matt White and partner Carin Lowerison are the heads of Kitchener/Waterloo’s socially-aware theatre company Green Light Arts. Just based on seeing what they do online alone, I was compelled to reach out to them to see if Matt would come by to tell me his story, talk about theatre, and tell me more about what Green Light is, and is up to! From acting to writing to directing, Matt’s trained and worked in every aspect of the theatre. Lots to get excited about here. Links: MATT WHITE/ @greenlight_matt (instagram) @greenlight_matt (twitter) GREEN LIGHT ARTS/ greehlight-arts.com @greenlight.arts (facebook) @greenlight_arts (instagram) @greenlight_arts (twitter) Credits: Conversation recorded February 24th, 2019, at HQ in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. Host, editor, producer and more: Todd Donald todddonaldmedia.com Voice-over on intro/outro: Milo Axelrod miloaxelrod.com Theme music: William Chernoff; excerpts from the recording “Makie Elkino (Live)” chernoff.band Conversation-wrap music: JP Sunga jpsunga.com The Todd Donald Show is presented, in part, by Afternoon Tea - Artist Collective + Record Label Born of the Shun Club. Shunned since 2012. afternoontealabel.com
51:59
March 11, 2019
21. Fearless Heart Yoga
Meet Fearless Heart Yoga practitioners in Waterloo, Ontario, Carolynne and Lindsay! For something a little bit different again, I’m chatting with some peeps I met for the first time on this day. They invited me up to the studio itself to discuss yoga, and what they do, from their point of view. What do you think Yoga is? How do you approach it? What would make your experience different, if you took it to C + L and the rest of the staff there? They were extremely kind, most of my guests are, but I never expect it from strangers. Carolynne showed me inside Seven Shores (below them in the same building in Uptown), so we could start off with coffee! Also, I really needed this chat, allot of why humans perform yoga has allot to do with what’s inside, and this helped! Links: fearlessheartyoga.ca @fearlessheartuptown (facebook) @fearlessheartyoga (instagram) Credits: Conversation recorded February 20th, 2019, at Fearless Heart Yoga in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. Host, editor, producer and more: Todd Donald todddonaldmedia.com Voice-over on intro/outro: Milo Axelrod miloaxelrod.com Theme music: William Chernoff; excerpts from the recording “Makie Elkino (Live)” chernoff.band Conversation-wrap music: JP Sunga jpsunga.com The Todd Donald Show is presented, in part, by Afternoon Tea - Artist Collective + Record Label Born of the Shun Club. Shunned since 2012. afternoontealabel.com
45:24
March 4, 2019
20. Jesse Parent
Jesse Parent is a warm and seasoned pro singer/songwriter from Kitchener. We go back together over a decade, and this will have been our third time getting a conversation of ours recorded for online purposes. He’s always writing, performing and gigging, following the path, dedicated A F. Jesse’s also someone I’m glad to call a dear friend. Jesse has a live performance coming up at Kitchener’s Rich Uncle Tavern, featuring Twas Now, a little different from the usual, in which he’ll be professionally recording the show for a live album, with Steve Wood on steel and back-up singers including Twas Now and Emily Barkley. Hear Jesse and I talk about his entire career, outlooks, song stories and more, in this wonderful coffee meeting and podcast record! Links: jesseparentmusic.com @jesseparentmusic (facebook) @jesseparentmusic (instagram) @jparentmusic (twitter) Music: “Best Laid Plans” Performed by Jesse Parent Live on TDS “For A Moment” Performed by Jesse Parent Live on TDS “Quebec City In The Rain” Performed by Jesse Parent Live on TDS Available digitally: About Time (2015) Live at the Schoolhouse Theatre (2016) Today - Single (2018) Credits: Conversation/live performances recorded February 17th, 2019, at HQ in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. Host, editor, producer and more: Todd Donald todddonaldmedia.com Voice-over on intro/outro: Milo Axelrod miloaxelrod.com Theme music: William Chernoff; excerpts from the recording “Makie Elkino (Live)” chernoff.band Conversation-wrap music: JP Sunga jpsunga.com The Todd Donald Show is presented, in part, by Afternoon Tea - Artist Collective + Record Label Born of the Shun Club. Shunned since 2012. afternoontealabel.com
46:49
February 25, 2019
19. There Was A Sale
There Was A Sale returns this year with it’s second season, a wonderful podcast sharing a discussion between partners Matt & Kayla of a piece of pop culture (from Matt’s collection), over a thematically similar beverage. They discuss the beverage, and in various segments, talk in-depthly about the item.. Last year’s item was films, this year’s item is books! I figured that was a good enough reason to rustle up a second appearance. As if I didn’t have enough fun being way too intense in front of them when they were on Todd’s Café (see episode 14 for the re-play), but it was a wonderful time chatting with them again, and going deeper into the weeds about There Was A Sale, it’s new season, and meta podcasting ensues. For those of you who only look at the instagram posts, Matt’s beard is thicker and Kayla’s hair is longer. Links: therewasasale.wordpress.com @therewasasale (facebook) @therewasasale (instagram) @therewasasale (twitter) There Was A Sale, Available anywhere you get podcasts; ie: Apple Podcasts, Spotify and more! Credits: Conversation recorded February 3rd, 2019, at HQ in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. Host, editor, producer and more: Todd Donald todddonaldmedia.com Voice-over on intro/outro: Milo Axelrod miloaxelrod.com Theme music: William Chernoff; excerpts from the recording “Makie Elkino (Live)” chernoff.band Conversation-wrap music: JP Sunga jpsunga.com The Todd Donald Show is presented, in part, by Afternoon Tea - Artist Collective + Record Label Born of the Shun Club. Shunned since 2012. afternoontealabel.com
35:22
February 18, 2019
18. Hayley Kellett
Hayley Kellett is the improv incubator director at The Making-Box, based in Guelph and soon-to-be opening up a space in Kitchener. I’ve loved improv and comedy for a long time, so I immediately was excited to just sit down with a professional and experienced performer, and chat about it, possibly fall to the floor just to see if I could make them laugh. I took my gear to record on location in Guelph, at The Making-Box, and we had a delightful chat about all things Improv, comedy roots, about the studio, the classes they offer and we even did a little improv together near the end! Links: themakingbox.ca @hjkellett (instagram) @themakingbox (facebook) @themakingbox (instagram) @themakingboxco (twitter) Credits: Conversation recorded January 27th, 2019, at The Making-Box in Guelph, Ontario, Canada. Host, editor, producer and more: Todd Donald todddonaldmedia.com Voice-over on intro/outro: Milo Axelrod miloaxelrod.com Theme music: William Chernoff; excerpts from the recording “Makie Elkino (Live)” chernoff.band Conversation-wrap music: JP Sunga jpsunga.com The Todd Donald Show is presented, in part, by Afternoon Tea - Artist Collective + Record Label Born of the Shun Club. Shunned since 2012. afternoontealabel.com
41:00
February 11, 2019
17. Justin Godelie
Justin Godelie’s outfit, the Canadian podcast Pull The Plug, with Justin Briner and wife Shannon Godelie (this is an inversion of my write-up for episode 1, actually),, the point is, Pull the Plug, with it’s segments, off-the-wall humour, and sweet blend of acoustic music submissions, doesn’t get old. I’m a huge fan myself. I had a great time chatting with Shannon before, and I just wanted the chance to meet and chat! with Justin, it was only a sweet bonus that we’d record this episode together. We got meta about podcasting, we had a meta-interview, and we even did some bits, PTP style-ish, but only so much with ol’ baldie at bat. I think it came out okay! Either way, it was a great time, you’re getting the treat of hearing two podcast nerds really podcast nerd it out! Links: ptppodcast.com @ptppodcast (facebook) @ptppodcast or @xoradioxo (instagram) @ptppodcast (twitter) Find Pull The Plug podcast, Available anywhere you get podcasts; ie: Apple Podcasts, Spotify and more! Credits: Conversation recorded January 20th, 2019, at HQ in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. Host, editor, producer and more: Todd Donald todddonaldmedia.com Voice-over on intro/outro: Milo Axelrod miloaxelrod.com Theme music: William Chernoff; excerpts from the recording “Makie Elkino (Live)” chernoff.band Conversation-wrap music: JP Sunga jpsunga.com The Todd Donald Show is presented, in part, by Afternoon Tea - Artist Collective + Record Label Born of the Shun Club. Shunned since 2012. afternoontealabel.com
36:49
February 4, 2019
16. Emily Schooley
Emily Schooley is a performer and a creative force to be reckoned with. I had the fortune of meeting both her and Erika Reesor through Isaac Mulé (Page 1 Entertainment) when recording a podcast with them last year to promote their feature in OutFest 2018. Upon finishing that record I was so struck by how interesting and well-spoken they both were that I couldn’t resist inviting both back on again some day, if only just to chat about art and menutia. Here is Emily once again, having driven in from Toronto to Waterloo for coffee and splitting the atom. We talked about acting, directing, society, various highschool interests and more, all in no particular order! Links: laughingcat.ca @emily.schooley.3 (facebook) @emilyschooley (instagram) @emilyschooley (twitter) Laughing Cat Creative @laughingcatca (facebook) @laughingcatca (instagram) @laughingcatca (twitter) Laughing Cat Productions @laughingcatproductions (facebook) @laughingcatproductions (instagram) @laughingcatprdn (twitter) Credits: Conversation recorded January 20th, 2019, at HQ in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. Host, editor, producer and more: Todd Donald todddonaldmedia.com Voice-over on intro/outro: Milo Axelrod miloaxelrod.com Theme music: William Chernoff; excerpts from the recording “Makie Elkino (Live)” chernoff.band Conversation-wrap music: JP Sunga jpsunga.com The Todd Donald Show is presented, in part, by Afternoon Tea - Artist Collective + Record Label Born of the Shun Club. Shunned since 2012. afternoontealabel.com
41:45
January 28, 2019
15. There Was A Sale*
There Was A Sale is a Waterloo region podcast, hosted by Kayla Haas and Matt Grant; two people I adore endlessly. Discovered randomly on instagram, I began fondly enjoying the show, as the two discuss selections from Matt’s collection of films - primarily from the Criterion Collection, and each selection is paired with a drink linked thematically to the name of the beer, or brand, or images on the can. As far as each film’s merit; typically Matt’s arguments are on the side of film-making, and Kayla’s on the side of what’s being depicted. I don’t know why I had to say ANYTHING for this podcast, given that I find the pair way more interesting, but I had to know about how and why they started making this podcast, what else they enjoyed, and what it’s like being a couple and making a show together. They’re both incredibly kind, gracious, and Matt had baked cookies recently, to which they donated a container full of to Katie and I. Thanks guys! (Stay tuned for the return ; ) This episode features new introductions and content from the vault*; Todd’s Café (2018) with Kayla Haas & Matthew Grant - Interview. Links: therewasasale.wordpress.com @therewasasale (facebook) @therewasasale (instagram) @therewasasale (twitter) There Was A Sale, Available anywhere you get podcasts; ie: Apple Podcasts, Spotify and more! Credits: Vault conversation recorded May 5th, 2018, at HQ in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. Host, editor, producer and more: Todd Donald todddonaldmedia.com Voice-over on intro/outro: Milo Axelrod miloaxelrod.com Theme music: William Chernoff; excerpts from the recording “Makie Elkino (Live)” chernoff.band Conversation-wrap music: JP Sunga jpsunga.com The Todd Donald Show is presented, in part, by Afternoon Tea - Artist Collective + Record Label Born of the Shun Club. Shunned since 2012. afternoontealabel.com
34:49
January 21, 2019
14. A New Ground
Kitchener’s A New Ground is a powerhouse duo, a mix of folk, pop, rock and more, sounds! They blend guitar, cello and vocals on stage, a symphonic blend on record, and off-stage they’re two of the sweetest people you could ever meet. I met them a few years before this podcast record and wanted to chat with them for a while now. We chatted about the band, recording, touring, the local scene and a whole lot more, and I felt super priviledged to step into their studio ‘Frontier Music’ where they record, teach and live. Catch them live and listen to their music, with help from the links and socials provided below! Links: anewground.bandcamp.com @anewground (facebook) @a_new_ground (instagram) Music: “Parasite” Performed by A New Ground Live on TDS “Get Close” Performed by A New Ground Live on TDS Available digitally: Forge The Sky (2018) River - Single (2019) Credits: Conversation/live performances recorded December 16th, 2018, at Frontier Music in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada. Host, editor, producer and more: Todd Donald todddonaldmedia.com Voice-over on intro/outro: Milo Axelrod miloaxelrod.com Theme music: William Chernoff; excerpts from the recording “Makie Elkino (Live)” chernoff.band Conversation-wrap music: JP Sunga jpsunga.com The Todd Donald Show is presented, in part, by Afternoon Tea - Artist Collective + Record Label Born of the Shun Club. Shunned since 2012. afternoontealabel.com
34:47
January 14, 2019
13. Among Legends
Among Legends is a power-pop-punk band from KW/Toronto, with roots everywhere, chivalry for the human cause and positive messages for days.. A grand sum of 5 hardworking bandmates make up AL, and I had the fortune of speaking with lead vocalist, Toronto’s Mitchel Buchanan, and guitarist, Cameron Bechtloff. We chatted about everything from the early days of pop-punk, to the local scene, plans for the band and beyond. Those who couldn’t make it, were Drummer: Sara Fellin, Guitarist: Tyler Boles and Bassist: Anthony Amorim; each whom when gathered on stage as 5, are a not-to-miss powerhouse! You can hear their music via the links provided, and BE SURE to check out the Canadiana music video for their song “Punk Rock Hoser”! Links: amonglegends.com @amonglegends519 (facebook) @amonglegends519 (instagram) @amonglegends519 (twitter) Music: “We Were Vaguely Saints” Performed by Among Legends Live on TDS “Punk Rock Hoser” Performed by Among Legends Live on TDS “Always On My Mind” Performed by Among Legends Live on TDS Available digitally: We Were Vaguely Saints - Single (2016) Some Days - Single (2017) Starting Over (2017) Credits: Conversation/live performances recorded December 9th, 2018, at HQ in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. Host, editor, producer and more: Todd Donald todddonaldmedia.com Voice-over on intro/outro: Milo Axelrod miloaxelrod.com Theme music: William Chernoff; excerpts from the recording “Makie Elkino (Live)” chernoff.band Conversation-wrap music: JP Sunga jpsunga.com The Todd Donald Show is presented, in part, by Afternoon Tea - Artist Collective + Record Label Born of the Shun Club. Shunned since 2012. afternoontealabel.com
40:21
January 6, 2019
12. Rob Szabo
Rob Szabo is a multi-hyphenate, based out of Toronto. These days he’s more known for collaborating, co-writing and producing albums for singer/songwriters and bands, but he’s a legend in a lot of hearts in KW from his days coming through with bands (Plasticine, Marigold & The Groove Daddies), and furthermore as a touring solo artist. Rob has an all out knack and adoration for art, and I’ve really appreciated the sophistication and quality in his work.. So, we spent ample time running around the bases of what it’s like for him working in so many aspects of music, to the tune of doing it in some way as a full-time job. In addition, he’s been a friend and someone who’s music i’ve spent a decade and a half at least, adoring and listening to repetitively. It was an honour to take this time to have an in-depth conversation with Rob, and even then, only scratching the surface. Thanks to Carrie Humphries for permission in using the 3-song live at CKMS set from her 2008 radio broadcast! Links: @robszabo.com @robszabomusic (facebook) @robszabomusic (instagram) @robszabo (twitter) Music: “Give It Away” Performed by Rob Szabo Live on TDS “Family And Friends” Performed by Rob Szabo Live on CKMS ‘The Rock Show’, in 2008 “Hitchhiker Smile” Performed by Rob Szabo Live on CKMS ‘The Rock Show’, in 2008 “He Loves You” Performed by Rob Szabo Live on CKMS ‘The Rock Show’, in 2008 Available digitally: A Battery of Tests (2003) Like A Metaphor (2006) Life & Limb (2008) Rob Szabo (2011) Credits: Conversation/live performances recorded December 15th, 2018, at HQ in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. Vault live performances recorded for “The Rock Show” in 2008, at CKMS in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada - used with permission from Carrie Humphries. Host, editor, producer and more: Todd Donald todddonaldmedia.com Voice-over on intro/outro: Milo Axelrod miloaxelrod.com Theme music: William Chernoff; excerpts from the recording “Makie Elkino (Live)” chernoff.band Conversation-wrap music: JP Sunga jpsunga.com The Todd Donald Show is presented, in part, by Afternoon Tea - Artist Collective + Record Label Born of the Shun Club. Shunned since 2012. afternoontealabel.com
53:20
December 26, 2018
11. Mandippal
Mandippal is an Ontarian Singer/songwriter and a hard-working pub set performer, setting up shop in any place that can be inhabited by live music. He has a few works of his own available online, but has devoted his songwriting craft and gift (over a couple of decades) to not only booking other artists for showcases, but to collaborating with other songwriters. We were discussing infact how his life path to now (and feeling aged) has affected his interest over time, in creativity. We had allot to chat about and catch-up on, given what I’ll be mentioning in the next paragraph.. Mandippal Jandu is one of those many sacred/holy grail type guests i’ll be having on the show; so sacred for the fact that we go back to my or our (shared) earliest days on stage in Kitchener-Waterloo. We performed several times together between 2005-2009 and share a lot of common understandings of what music makers had to or wanted to do at a different point in time. There’s catharsis for me on this one, and allot of mutual affection. Just in time for the Holidays! Links: mandippal.com @mandippal (facebook) @mandippal (instagram) @mandippal (twitter) Music: “Little Steps” Performed by Mandippal Live on TDS “Soldier” Performed by Mandippal Live on TDS “Disappear” Performed by Mandippal Live on TDS Available digitally: When It’s Only Me Standing (2007) {as ‘Mandippal Jandu’} Ready To Stay - EP (2017) Credits: Conversation/live performances recorded December 2nd, 2018, at HQ in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. Host, editor, producer and more: Todd Donald todddonaldmedia.com Voice-over on intro/outro: Milo Axelrod miloaxelrod.com Theme music: William Chernoff; excerpts from the recording “Makie Elkino (Live)” chernoff.band Conversation-wrap music: JP Sunga jpsunga.com The Todd Donald Show is presented, in part, by Afternoon Tea - Artist Collective + Record Label Born of the Shun Club. Shunned since 2012. afternoontealabel.com
50:52
December 17, 2018
10. Hawkeyes
Hawkeyes are a band from Kitchener/Waterloo, made up of 6 musicians.. that’s almost the best description I could make. It’s instrumental music, quasi: experimental, atmospheric.. there’s a reference made to ‘doom’ which is a music-related descriptive word I’d only heard of for the first time in these interviews. Each member of the band is a longtime friend/acquaintance i’ve known through the years via other bands they were in. Hawkeyes however have been THIS unit for quite a few years now already. With six members all present, and me only having three-mics, I talked to Hawkeyes in 3 pairs of 2. Part 1: Chris Garnder & Patrick Finch. Part 2: Rob Keith & Stacey Schmitt. Part 3: Ryan Allen & Ron Cybulski. It would have been impossible to do an acoustic live performance for the podcast, so we settled on having some GREAT chats, and you have my insistence that their music is friggin’ dynamite, as well as my encouragement to go to their website and have a listen for yourself! Links: hawkeyesdoom.ca @hawkeyesdoom (facebook) @hawkeyesdoom (instagram) @hawkeyesdoom (twitter) Music: Available digitally (selected): Poison Slows You Down (2018) Credits: Conversations recorded November 25th, 2018, at Hawkeyes HQ aka ‘Order of the Ape’ in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada. Host, editor, producer and more: Todd Donald todddonaldmedia.com Voice-over on intro/outro: Milo Axelrod miloaxelrod.com Theme music: William Chernoff; excerpts from the recording “Makie Elkino (Live)” chernoff.band Conversation-wrap music: JP Sunga jpsunga.com The Todd Donald Show is presented, in part, by Afternoon Tea - Artist Collective + Record Label Born of the Shun Club. Shunned since 2012. afternoontealabel.com
50:24
December 10, 2018
9. Twas Now
Twas Now is a harmonizing old country/folk/roots duo from New Hamburg, Ontario. With a superb blend of superbly refined and heavenly voices, Diana & Mike Erb couldn’t be more perfectly paired; made only sweeter by the fact that in life they were soulmates and now a happily married couple who’ve known each other since childhood. I’d only had a full on (and lovely) conversation with Diana, for the first time in this podcast session. Mike however, I’ve known since 2007 when we were semi-regularly performing shows together and he was putting out music as a solo artist. I was extremely happy to see these old friends and have some coffee with them.. and to hear them singing live in my partner and I’s kitchen?? Are you kidding?? Paradise! I can’t thank them enough for their time. Stay tuned for their very own podcast - follow the links! Links: twasnowmusic.com @twasnowmusic (facebook) @twasnowmusic (instagram) @twasnowmusic (twitter) Music: “Next To You” Performed by Twas Now Live on TDS “Black Coffee” Performed by Twas Now Live on TDS Available digitally: Old Fashioned Way (2017) Credits: Conversation/live performances recorded November 24th, 2018, at HQ in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. Host, editor, producer and more: Todd Donald todddonaldmedia.com Voice-over on intro/outro: Milo Axelrod miloaxelrod.com Theme music: William Chernoff; excerpts from the recording “Makie Elkino (Live)” chernoff.band Conversation-wrap music: JP Sunga jpsunga.com The Todd Donald Show is presented, in part, by Afternoon Tea - Artist Collective + Record Label Born of the Shun Club. Shunned since 2012. afternoontealabel.com
40:37
December 2, 2018
8. Natasha McKenty
Natasha McKenty is host of Rogers (Waterloo Region)’s In Studio with Natasha McKenty. We found each other online, and I loved what I was able to see of her show on instagram clips and photos.. I suppose it was natural for me to show whatever audience I have, what a legit broadcaster sounded like, so that you could hear more easily how un-professional I am. Natasha is an all around wonderful person, with an interesting back-story, so we dove into that, her history in media and her life-long fascination with hearing others’ story. I can only hope she enjoyed my use of off-collar b.s. in the mix, as much as I enjoy subjecting my guests to it. At any rate, much admiration for this woman and her amazing work! Links: natashamckenty.com @natashamckenty (facebook) @natashamckenty (instagram) @natashamckenty (twitter) Watch In Studio with Natasha McKenty on Rogers WR https://www.rogerstv.com/show?lid=12&rid=54&sid=7633 Credits: Conversation recorded November 24th, 2018, at HQ in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. Host, editor, producer and more: Todd Donald todddonaldmedia.com Voice-over on intro/outro: Milo Axelrod miloaxelrod.com Theme music: William Chernoff; excerpts from the recording “Makie Elkino (Live)” chernoff.band Conversation-wrap music: JP Sunga jpsunga.com The Todd Donald Show is presented, in part, by Afternoon Tea - Artist Collective + Record Label Born of the Shun Club. Shunned since 2012. afternoontealabel.com
37:53
November 26, 2018
7. Sylvia Pond* & Dan Grace*
Sylvia Pond and Dan Grace are two lovely people I spent a few months regularly seeing and chatting with at the Rhapsody Barrell Bar open-mic Mondays, in Kitchener (Ontario). Sylvia a prominent local photographer, and Dan a loveable Canadian-rock nerd and musician.. It was hard to go back to my job after the teacher’s strike of Autumn 2017 and not see them anymore. You can hear in these chats that they’re both warm and funny people. Sylvia Pond in her own right, is a fantastic local photographer, who reluctantly is learning guitar, loves cheese and works for herself. We talked about all of that, and the best/most cheesy thing we both love, 80s hair-metal. Dan Grace was often host or ring-leader of the open-mic nights at the time, I didn’t have direction at all with this interview, Dan and I kind of just goofed off and then I recorded him playing three of his favourite Can-rock songs that are in the same key.. a WONDERFUL coffee chat collection, both! Much love. This episode features new introductions and content from the vault*; Part 1. Todd’s Café (2018) with Sylvia Pond - Interview. Part 2. Todd’s Café (2018) with Dan Grace - Interview and 3 live performances. Links: sylviapond.com @joojethecat (dan instagram) @sylviapondphoto (facebook) @sylviapondphoto (instagram) @sylviapondphoto (twitter) Music: “1979” (Smashing Pumpkins cover) Performed by Dan Grace Live on Todd’s Café, in 2018 “Southbound Train” (Jon Foreman cover) Performed by Dan Grace Live on Todd’s Café, in 2018 “Grace, To” (Tragically Hip cover) Performed by Dan Grace Live on Todd’s Café, in 2018 Credits: Vault conversation for Sylvia Pond recorded February 20th, 2018, at HQ in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. Vault conversation/live performances for Dan Grace recorded March 10th, 2018, at HQ in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. Host, editor, producer and more: Todd Donald todddonaldmedia.com Voice-over on intro/outro: Milo Axelrod miloaxelrod.com Theme music: William Chernoff; excerpts from the recording “Makie Elkino (Live)” chernoff.band Conversation-wrap music: JP Sunga jpsunga.com The Todd Donald Show is presented, in part, by Afternoon Tea - Artist Collective + Record Label Born of the Shun Club. Shunned since 2012. afternoontealabel.com
46:41
November 11, 2018
6. Vienna D'Amato Hall
Vienna D’Amato Hall is a singer/songwriter and more, I think the term ‘Artist’ better encompasses what she does, both in her approach and in general. I can’t even imagine how early it started in her life, but she strikes me as both intelligent and thoughtful - with everything shared with the world coming from a place of intention and planning - while still following the winds of existence. I’m not so deep that the previous sentance is well put, but Vienna doesn’t seem like someone who’s just having fun with their music, nor is it all so serious that she can’t handle having a warm conversation with ol’ goofy-ass over here. As someone who lives in-the-world, occasionally in KW, I had the fortune of meeting Vienna and seeing her perform at an art show/open mic in 2015. We scheduled her 2016 podcast record via email, and when starting The Todd Donald Show I was overcome with a desire to catch up with and feature this exsquisite and true artist once again. We talked allot about thought process, creativity, philosophy, existence and soy sauce. This episode features a new interview/live performances recorded in November 2018, and includes additional content from the vault; The iTodd Lounge (June 2016) - interview and live performances. In the case of this episode, the earlier interview is played at the end. Links: ellisbhouse.com {this updated in 2020} @viennadamatohall (facebook) @viennadamatohall (instagram) Music: “Proud” Performed by Vienna D’Amato Hall Live on TDS “Long-Stay Hotel” Performed by Vienna D’Amato Hall Live on TDS “Surrender” Performed by Vienna D’Amato Hall Live on TDS “Blood Moon” Performed by Vienna D’Amato Hall Live on The iTodd Lounge, in 2016 “Southern Cross” Performed by Vienna D’Amato Hall Live on The iTodd Lounge, in 2016 Available digitally (selected): It’s What The Dog Saw (2015) Red Light Temple (2017) Credits: Vault conversation/live performances recorded June 19th, 2016, at Vienna’s family’s home in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada. New conversation/live performances recorded November 4th, 2018, at HQ in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. Host, editor, producer and more: Todd Donald todddonaldmedia.com Voice-over on intro/outro: Milo Axelrod miloaxelrod.com Theme music: William Chernoff; excerpts from the recording “Makie Elkino (Live)” chernoff.band Conversation-wrap music: JP Sunga jpsunga.com The Todd Donald Show is presented, in part, by Afternoon Tea - Artist Collective + Record Label Born of the Shun Club. Shunned since 2012. afternoontealabel.com
1:00:56
November 5, 2018
5. AntiSocial Surf Club
AntiSocial Surf Club makes infectious and exciting poppy, punky, beach/mall music… that level of talk is the same accessibly and easy-going description they would give. I would say they’re triumphantly badass, which is also lazy, on my part. At any rate, this Kitchener (Ontario)-based 20-something foursome make music in-the-room, no fancy add-ons, nothing digital, and they do it like it ain’t no thang. I couldn’t help but spend most of the interview stunned, coming from highschool-a world full of music like theirs, while they were being born. Though instead of making me feel old and obsolete, they had fun with me, and we all had fun learning how they approach music! I met these guys in the modern age of exploring instagram and other things to see what’s out there. They were kind enough to send Matt and Bennett over for the experience, and not only did they deliver their interview & live songs, way earlier in the morning than they’re used to doing stuff, but they and I rehearsed and recorded a live performance of “Surf Wax America” by Weezer. I might put that back up online someday. Links: antisocialsurfclub.bandcamp.com @antisocialsurfclub (facebook) @antisocial_surf_club (instagram) @antisocialsurfclub (twitter) Music: “Josie's Talking” Performed by AntiSocial Surf Club Live on TDS “Squidd” Performed by AntiSocial Surf Club Live on TDS “Beaches” Performed by AntiSocial Surf Club Live on TDS Available digitally: Beach Closed (2017) Credits: Conversation/live performances recorded October 20th, 2018, at HQ in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. Host, editor, producer and more: Todd Donald todddonaldmedia.com Voice-over on intro/outro: Milo Axelrod miloaxelrod.com Theme music: William Chernoff; excerpts from the recording “Makie Elkino (Live)” chernoff.band Conversation-wrap music: JP Sunga jpsunga.com The Todd Donald Show is presented, in part, by Afternoon Tea - Artist Collective + Record Label Born of the Shun Club. Shunned since 2012. afternoontealabel.com
39:29
October 28, 2018
4. Vacuity* & The Human Statues*
Vacuity & The Human Statues are two former bands, Vacuity from Kitchener and The Human Statues from Toronto/British Columbia; and both bands that I had and still have an enormous affection for. Vacuity’s brand of rock was very atmospheric and alternative in the best way possible. We performed a few shows together by this point and I loved their newest album. To counter the seriousness of the music, both this podcast and the radio show I.R.I.S., they were guests of, and it was full of seriousness and goofing off. This early podcast appearance in May 2008, was proof to me that the best way to sell a band to the public, was to show a band and I literally just hangin’ out. I’ve been delighted to run-in to members of this band here and there since, wonderful guys. PS: Somewhere in the mix of their song “Beckoning”, they had me join them on my 12-string guitar, try to listen for it behind Rob’s dynamic vocals, the accordion, and the glockenspiel! The Human Statues had a little bit of novelty, a boatload of showmanship, and shared my affection for the Beatles. They were guests recently of my radio show with my friend Carrie, and played a few shows in Waterloo that we attended. The day of the podcast, being on the road and famished, they arrived and asked if they could eat their lunch in a spot outside my parents’ house overlooking the Grand River. Such fantastic guests in fact, that after their interview and songs, they acquiesced to perform a Beatles cover with me for my YouTube account at the time. Their music is catchy, harmony-soaked and timeless. I haven’t seen spoken with them since 2009. Any time fellas. This episode features new introductions and content from the vault*; Part 1. The iTodd Lounge (2008) with Vacuity - Interview and 2 live performances. Part 2. The iTodd Lounge (2008) with The Human Statues - Interview and 3 live performances. Music: “Beckoning” Performed by Vacuity + Todd Donald Live on The iTodd Lounge, in 2008 “Sirens” Performed by Vacuity Live on The iTodd Lounge, in 2008 “Destination” Performed by The Human Statues Live on The iTodd Lounge, in 2008 “Shipwrecked” Performed by The Human Statues Live on The iTodd Lounge, in 2008 “Man On The Radio” Performed by The Human Statues Live on The iTodd Lounge, in 2008 Available digitally (selected): Vacuity - At The Command of the Blanket Sky (2008) The Human Statues - The Human Statues (2008) Credits: Vault conversation/live performances for Vacuity recorded May 1st, 2008, at HQ in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada. Vault conversation/live performances for The Human Statues recorded October 25th, 2008, at HQ in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada. Host, editor, producer and more: Todd Donald todddonaldmedia.com Voice-over on intro/outro: Milo Axelrod miloaxelrod.com Theme music: William Chernoff; excerpts from the recording “Makie Elkino (Live)” chernoff.band Conversation-wrap music: JP Sunga jpsunga.com The Todd Donald Show is presented, in part, by Afternoon Tea - Artist Collective + Record Label Born of the Shun Club. Shunned since 2012. afternoontealabel.com
36:03
October 21, 2018
3. Paige Warner
Paige Warner is a ridiculously talented singer & songwriter, from a musical family, based in Kitchener/Waterloo, Ontario. She is destined for stadiums and crowd sing-alongs with her varying array of musical styles with strong soul roots. I had the privilege of interviewing Paige the first time, shortly following the release of her debut EP, and in promotion of her upcoming performance at Kitchener’s Summer Lights event. Upon starting this podcast, I couldn’t help but invite her back on, to catch up, and record some new and bodacious live performances! This episode features a new interview/live performances recorded in October 2018, and includes additional content from the vault; Todd’s Café (May 2018) - Interview and live performances. In the case of this episode, the earlier interview is played first. Links: paigewarner.ca @paigewarnermusic (facebook) @paigewarnermusic (instagram) Music: “From The Start” Performed by Paige Warner Live on Todd’s Café, in 2018 “Please Don’t Look At Me” Performed by Paige Warner Live on TDS “Worth It” Performed by Paige Warner Live on TDS Available digitally: Revealed - EP (2018) Credits: Vault conversation/live performances recorded May 20th, 2018, at Social Art in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada. New conversation & live performances recorded on October 13th, 2018, at HQ in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. Host, editor, producer and more: Todd Donald todddonaldmedia.com Voice-over on intro/outro: Milo Axelrod miloaxelrod.com Theme music: William Chernoff; excerpts from the recording “Makie Elkino (Live)” chernoff.band Conversation-wrap music: JP Sunga jpsunga.com The Todd Donald Show is presented, in part, by Afternoon Tea - Artist Collective + Record Label Born of the Shun Club. Shunned since 2012. afternoontealabel.com
39:14
October 14, 2018
2. Ophelia Syndrome*
Ophelia Syndrome is an amazing and diverse rock/pop group from the Hamilton (Ontario) Region. They’ve released some outstanding albums and have toured internationally. What this episode consists of, is three times they’ve let me chat with them about their music and career, as well as record them performing live-off-the-floor, for prior podcasts and sessions. In addition, I’m blessed to call them both long-time friends, and good friends! This episode features new introductions and content from the vault*; Part 1. The iTodd Lounge (2016) - Interview and 2 live performances. Part 2. The iTodd Lounge (2008) - Interview. Part 3. Northern Morning Music Sessions (2017) - 2 live performances. Links: opheliasyndrome.com @opheliasyndromeband (facebook) @ophelia.syndrome (instagram) @opheliasyndrome (twitter) Music: “Magnets” Performed by Ophelia Syndrome Live on The iTodd Lounge, in 2016 “Foolish” Performed by Ophelia Syndrome Live on The iTodd Lounge, in 2016 “And You” Performed by Ophelia Syndrome Live of the floor, in 2017 “No Surprises” (Radiohead cover) Performed by Ophelia Syndrome Live of the floor, in 2017 Available digitally: Shades of Grey - EP (2009) All Things Forgotten (2011) North Sea (2015) Credits: Vault conversation/live performances (session #1) recorded August 7th, 2008 at HQ in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada. Vault conversation/live performances (session #2) recorded June 4th, 2016, at Ophelia Syndrome HQ in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. Vault live performances (session #3) recorded September 10th, 2017, at Ophelia Syndrome HQ in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. Host, editor, producer and more: Todd Donald todddonaldmedia.com Voice-over on intro/outro: Milo Axelrod miloaxelrod.com Theme music: William Chernoff; excerpts from the recording “Makie Elkino (Live)” chernoff.band Conversation-wrap music: JP Sunga jpsunga.com The Todd Donald Show is presented, in part, by Afternoon Tea - Artist Collective + Record Label Born of the Shun Club. Shunned since 2012. afternoontealabel.com
33:35
October 8, 2018
1. Shannon Godelie
Shannon Godelie’s outfit, the Canadian podcast Pull The Plug, with Justin Briner and husband Justin Godelie, has been going on since the show's original form and launch on Kitchener College radio almost as far back as I’ve been doing this. They did it the smart way, no hapless solo-artistry, no inconsistency.. just pure, hilarious, not-for-Mama pandemonium. PTP’s brand of Canadian fringe acoustic music, blended with discussion of various headline topics, riff-raff, as well as longevity, have certainly seen themselves pay off over the years. Since attending the same college (Conestoga) back in the mid-2000s, Shannon was the one member of this team of hooligans I’d met, and this was our first time having a full-on conversation. What better way to launch a new iteration of my own show, than not trying so hard, and being in front of a pro, at talking? Links: ptppodcast.com @ptppodcast (facebook) @ptppodcast or @xoradioxo (instagram) @ptppodcast (twitter) Find Pull The Plug podcast, Available anywhere you get podcasts; ie: Apple Podcasts, Spotify and more! Music: “Charades” Performed by Sarah Bernardo from ‘Red Wine - EP’ (2018) Credits: Conversation recorded September 15th, 2018, at HQ in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. Host, editor, producer and more: Todd Donald todddonaldmedia.com Voice-over on intro/outro: Milo Axelrod miloaxelrod.com Theme music: William Chernoff; excerpts from the recording “Makie Elkino (Live)” chernoff.band Conversation-wrap music: JP Sunga jpsunga.com The Todd Donald Show is presented, in part, by Afternoon Tea - Artist Collective + Record Label Born of the Shun Club. Shunned since 2012. afternoontealabel.com
31:08
September 25, 2018