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101. Kate Freund
L.A.’s Kate Freund is a multi-talented and wonderful show creator, writer, director, actor and more. I fell in love with her shows on Channel 101 of course, such as: ‘Mega Bitch Meltdown’, ‘The Vacationaires’ and ‘Legend of the White Tiger’.. there’s so much, just seriously, check out the links below, do yourself a favour and watch/enjoy all of it. Outside of 101 is even more great work in various genres like the Alex & Ariel film ‘On The Rocks’, ‘Creepshow’, ‘The Sarah Silverman Program’, and the holiday short she JUST put out prior to our conversation - A Christmas Wish! You can also catch Kate as she was that night, on her husband Rob Schrab’s delightful SHV show Found Crap. As you’ll hear me say, I couldn’t get enough of hearing Kate talk about how much she loves what she does and who she’s gotten to/gets to work with.. I would venture to say they probably feel equally fortunate to know and work with HER. It’s entirely non-sequential and there’s some sweet songs in here to celebrate that this 101 legend, is the guest on EPISODE 101 of this podcast! Songs: “Losing My Mind” by Titanic Sinclair “Human Pile (Live at the Hi-Hat)” by Kali Kazoo “Syngenor” (Shock Feature Theater performance) by The Git Back Gang “Deathless” by Kali Kazoo “The ‘Bu Episode 8” by The Lonely Island Kate Freund Links: Kate Freund on Channel 101 Kate Freund on IMDB Watch Mega Bitch Meltdown on Channel 101 Watch The Vacationaires on Channel 101 Watch Le Typewriter on Channel 101 Watch Legend of the White Tiger on Channel 101 Watch A Christmas Wish, from 20th Digital Studio Produced, edited and hosted by Todd. V/O by Milo Axelrod. Theme music is excerpts of “Makie Elkino” (Live) by William Chernoff. Piano outro music by JP Sunga. Cover photo by Daniel Hodgeson. Presented in part by Afternoon Tea - Artist Collective + Record Label. Born of the Shun Club. Shunned since 2012. afternoontealabel.com
1:27:47
January 19, 2021
100. Justin Briner
Justin Briner, 1/3rd of KW’s Pull The Plug Podcast (although I’m hearing things about a 4th ;), is a singer/songwriter whose made delicious solo/acoustic music and currently fronts a wicked 90s-saluting rock band called The Wilt Aways. We chat about our shared history on CJIQ, what it’s meant to be a part of PTP podcast for so long with Shannon and Justin G, making music of course!, as well as 90s Batman flicks and grabbing a coffee for relaxing vinyl record-hunt walks. Ps: WTF, TDS is 100 episodes old! Farewell listeners! JK. A small congrats to m’self though, no celebration, other than the ongoing joy and satisfaction of making the podcast I want to make. A salute for those of us who would like to be rich, but aren’t motivated to make things only in order to become rich. Ps: Update! It's actually official that Sarah Emm is now an official co-host of PTP, JUST SAW WHILE UPLOADING THIS EPISODE! AWESOME! Songs: “Heroes For Ghosts” by Justin Briner “Silhouette of a Cigarette” by Justin Briner “Mars” by The Wilt Aways “Junk Bond Trader” by Elliot Smith “Time” by The Wilt Aways Justin Briner Links: The Wilt Aways on Bandcamp Justin Briner on Bandcamp Follow Justin Briner on Instagram & Twitter Pull The Plug Podcast Links: PTPPodcast.com Follow Pull The Plug Podcast on Facebook, Instagram & Twitter Listen to Pull The Plug Podcast on Apple Podcasts (or any other one!) Produced, edited and hosted by Todd. V/O by Milo Axelrod. Theme music is excerpts of “Makie Elkino” (Live) by William Chernoff. Piano outro music by JP Sunga. Cover photo by Daniel Hodgeson. Presented in part by Afternoon Tea - Artist Collective + Record Label. Born of the Shun Club. Shunned since 2012. afternoontealabel.com
1:09:09
January 12, 2021
99. Rosie Cerquone + Jony Mansilla
Washinton’s ROSIE CERQUONE is a classically trained multi-percussionist and a fantastic young singer/songwriter with a mesmerizing voice to boot! We met through mutual friend (last episode’s guest:) John Maksym, on the premise of Rosie singing the vocals for my “Rumspringa” tribute song, WHICH SHE NAILED! On the eve of us chatting on IG DMs, I listened to her first single “12” from the soon-to-be-released (January 8th, 2021) “The How & The Why” album, was enchanted, and knew I had to chat with Rosie on this podcast ASAP. Here finally, is that conversation! I additionally had the pleasure of chatting with JONY STUDIOS owner JONY MANSILLA, about the studio itself, him as an artist and how all facets have been evolved during the pandemic. Both guests were warm, which is worth millions in the Arctic, warmth, it’s a fact, look it up. Music in this episode by: Todd Donald & Rosie Cerquone, Kristina Stapelfeld, Rosie Cerquone & Sexdwarf. Songs: “Rumspringa” by Todd Donald w/ Rosie Cerquone “Head/Heart” by Kristina Stapelfeld “12” by Rosie Cerquone “Centre Of It All” by Sexdwarf Rosie Cerquone Links: Website: rosiecerquone.com Facebook @rosie.cq Instagram @rosie.cq Jony Mansilla Links: Website: jonystudios.com Facebook: @jonystudios Instagram: @jonystudios Produced, edited and hosted by Todd. V/O by Milo Axelrod. Theme music is excerpts of “Makie Elkino” (Live) by William Chernoff. Piano outro music by JP Sunga. Presented in part by Afternoon Tea - Artist Collective + Record Label. Born of the Shun Club. Shunned since 2012. afternoontealabel.com
1:27:06
January 6, 2021
98. John Maksym
Singer/Songwriter John Maksym is a veteran of powerhouse alt-rock/punk band Breaching Vista (prior: Close To Home and Klutz), with a dedication to making music and performing that is motivating and moving to say the least. Now available, is a compilation of his 2020 releases, in an EP called ‘Fear’, with a dazzling photo-shoot to boot, by Meg McCormick. You’ll hear all five tracks on this episode, and I encourage you to see the links below (in the show episode notes) and get yourself a copy! In this episode though, you’ll hear us chatting about life, the EP, making music as well as John and I’s 20 years of friendship (as advertised), and it becomes a tedx/press-kit at some points, but it’s all in good fun and in the pleasure of chatting with the super uplifting, kind and hard-working person John is and always has been. What a year, baby! Let’s all look forward to kicking this cough in 2021. Cheers! Songs: “You Know What I Want” by John Maksym “Blame” by John Maksym “Planet (Acoustic)” by John Maksym “Drinkin’ & Thinkin’” by John Maksym “Paper” by John Maksym John Maksym Links: Website: johnmaksymmusic.com Facebook @johnmaksymmusic Instagram @johnmaksymmusic Twitter @johnmaksymmusic Available as of Nov 30: John Maksym’s “Fear - EP” on Apple Music John Maksym’s “Fear - EP” on Spotify Produced, edited and hosted by Todd. V/O by Milo Axelrod. Theme music is excerpts of “Makie Elkino” (Live) by William Chernoff. Piano outro music by JP Sunga. Presented in part by Afternoon Tea - Artist Collective + Record Label. Born of the Shun Club. Shunned since 2012. afternoontealabel.com
1:35:02
December 31, 2020
97. Adam Garland & Erin Pearce
Happy Holidays, one and all! It’s Channel 101’s Adam Garland & Erin Pearce on this one, they’ve been at the helm of 101 for a few years now, holding the fort, pocket-funding live events, turning it into a legit business.. all the while creating wonderful shows like “Story Hole” and this year’s Best Show at the 2020 Channies, “Breadtown”. Since I had the delightful Nick Hurley on the podcast and started finally vomiting love all over the Channel 101 universe, Erin and Adam have become somewhat familial in a sense, and this may sound crazy but yeah, like cousins almost. I love’m. They’re super creative, hard working, hilarious and I don’t know how they do so much.. but among things they produce on an ongoing basis, is content on Twitch, Patreon, Channel 101 the website, as well as virtual monthly screenings (during the pandemic) and Frequency 101… not without help or collaboration of course, but props nonetheless! Clearly I was overwhelmed by joy and happiness finally talking with these two, and I hope you’ll enjoy it also. Featuring original music by TayLynn (Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada, WHAT!) and myself, as well as a bundle of Holiday classics! Songs: “Cards” by TayLynn “Breadtown” by Todd Donald + a bundle of Holiday classics... Channel 101 Links: Channel101.com Channel 101 Link Tree Adam Garland on Channel 101 Erin Pearce on Channel 101 Watch “Breadtown” a show by Adam & Erin on Channel 101 Produced, edited and hosted by Todd. V/O by Milo Axelrod. Theme music is excerpts of “Makie Elkino” (Live) by William Chernoff. Piano outro music by JP Sunga. Presented in part by Afternoon Tea - Artist Collective + Record Label. Born of the Shun Club. Shunned since 2012. afternoontealabel.com
1:30:18
December 22, 2020
96. Allison Poprocks + Ellen Hollman
From my hometown Kitchener/Waterloo to me in the Arctic, a fantastic person by the name of Allison was on this podcast via a phonecall recorded to voice-memo, while I recorded myself on Garageband; simple patch-work later brings you this very warm and nice-vibed chat between a couple of Canadian artists, dig it. For ALLISON POPROCKS, a piece of her heart lives in the Yukon, she’s a visual artist, occasional model, tattoo-getter, hair stylist, coffee enthusiast… and she was appreciatively game for chatting me up about all of these passions. You can find her first author credit (‘Dill and Daddy Llama’’) if you give her a follow on IG, expect her next (‘Avocado Rainbow Remix’) soon! To start off the show, ELLEN HOLLMAN who you’ll remember as Saxa on ‘Spartacus: Vengeance’, Dana in ‘Love And Monsters’; next year she’ll be in the fourth instalment of ‘The Matrix’. Here we are chatting about a fantastic love/revenge action/thriller from Uncorkd Entertainment called ‘Army of One’ - available today! I freaking love this flick! Who wants to hear me nerd out about it like a 14-year-old at Comic-Con? Songs: “Old Feelings” by Hot Club “Put You Out” by Katy Topham “Things Aren’t Like They Used To Be (Young Wild & Free)” by Lofi Mind Allison Poprocks Links: Allison Poprocks website Follow Allison Poprocks on Instagram Ellen Hollman Links: Ellen Hollman’s IMDB Follow Ellen Hollman on Instagram & Twitter Army Of One Links: “A soldier seeks revenge against members of a brutal drug cartel who killed her husband and left her for dead.” Army Of One YouTube Trailer Army Of One on IMDB Buy Army Of One on Apple TV Produced, edited and hosted by Todd. V/O by Milo Axelrod. Theme music is excerpts of “Makie Elkino” (Live) by William Chernoff. Piano outro music by JP Sunga. Presented in part by Afternoon Tea - Artist Collective + Record Label. Born of the Shun Club. Shunned since 2012. afternoontealabel.com
1:18:14
December 15, 2020
95. Curt Neill
Derek’s Dead (Which you can pre-order on Apple TV now! Links below! Available one week today!) is the new feature-length comedy by writer, director and star Curt Neill! Curt first won me over in countless shows on Channel 101, scenes in Our RoboCop Remake (2014), and recently-to-now, 2015’s On The Rocks (holy shit what an amazing flick!). Derek’s Dead looks like a beast so we dove into it about that, plus, Curt was willing to go into the weeds with me about life in general, living in Oregon or leaving Los Angeles-depending on the angle… and of course all the good and bad stuff that making a big project can bring. I really enjoyed chatting with’m and I hope you devote your full attention to us.. or whatever, maybe you’re making breakfast or feeding the cat too.. Enjoy! Songs: “Moonlight and Mistletoe” by Jessie T “Float Into The Air” by Smiling Beth Derek’s Dead Links: Pre-Order Derek's Dead on Apple TV Derek’s Dead on IMDB Follow Derek’s Dead on Facebook, Instagram & Twitter Curt Neill Links: Curt Neill on IMDB Follow Curt Neill on Instagram, Twitter & Tumblr Also of course… Our RoboCop Remake Produced, edited and hosted by Todd. V/O by Milo Axelrod. Theme music is excerpts of “Makie Elkino” (Live) by William Chernoff. Piano outro music by JP Sunga. Presented in part by Afternoon Tea - Artist Collective + Record Label. Born of the Shun Club. Shunned since 2012. afternoontealabel.com
58:40
December 8, 2020
94. Willy Roberts
L.A.’s Willy Roberts, a man with a millin dollar smile and a creator, writer, actor and so much more on projects and shows in and out of Channel 101. He’s certainly done allot of 101 shows, iconic ones to boot, and this is how/where I fell in-love with his work. He co-hosts the podcast Real Life Sci-Fi with his longtime friend Wade Randolph (another longtime 101’r), where they talk about aliens, ghosts, sasquatch, conspiracies and more… I believe there’s no end to wonderful output from this dude, and here in this moment in time, Willy and I are here to reflect on life, creativity, television and y’know, whatever always welcome digressions happen. Fondly. Enjoy! Songs: “Wiggly Veins (Live at the Hi-Hat)” by Kali Kazoo “Down” by Denise Chaila “Fuego” by Jerelle “Hell Night” by Kristina Stapelfeld “Mykki” by TT Real Life Sci-Fi on Apple Podcasts Willy Roberts links: Willy Roberts on Channel 101 Willy Roberts’ IMDB Willy Roberts on YouTube Follow Willy Roberts on Instagram & Twitter Produced, edited and hosted by Todd. V/O by Milo Axelrod. Theme music is excerpts of “Makie Elkino” (Live) by William Chernoff. Piano outro music by JP Sunga. Presented in part by Afternoon Tea - Artist Collective + Record Label. Born of the Shun Club. Shunned since 2012. afternoontealabel.com
1:19:41
December 1, 2020
93. Aivi & Surasshu
I’m honoured to have had the chance to chat with “digital fusion” musicians and composers Aivi “Aivi” Tran & Steven “Surasshu” Velema. The recording was semi-fresh off the release of their video game soundtrack for the new game Ikenfell. They started by creating and releasing their first album ‘The Black Box’ in 2013, went on to compose and collaborate on Award-winning music for the Cartoon Network show Steven Universe, and continue making music for video games which I have to say is all brilliant and enchanting work. They were game to be on this podcast, and I had a delightful time chatting with them in and out of sequence, about their music, marriage and more. Please enjoy! Songs: “Diamond Dove” by Aivi & Surasshu “Amalgam (Amethyst & Pearl's Fusion Dance)” by Aivi & Surasshu “Paint the Future - Ima's Theme” by Aivi & Surasshu + Sammus “Rose Thorns - Battle with Aeldra” by Aivi & Surasshu Aivi & Surasshu Links: Aivi & Surasshu Website Aivi & Surasshu on Bandcamp Aivi & Surasshu on YouTube Follow Aivi & Surasshu on Facebook, Souncloud & Twitter + Ikenfell - Available on Humble, Steam, Playstation, XBox & Nintendo Switch Steven Universe YouTube Channel Produced, edited and hosted by Todd. V/O by Milo Axelrod. Theme music is excerpts of “Makie Elkino” (Live) by William Chernoff. Piano outro music by JP Sunga. Presented in part by Afternoon Tea - Artist Collective + Record Label. Born of the Shun Club. Shunned since 2012. afternoontealabel.com
1:16:18
November 24, 2020
92. Jack Kelly + Amy Walker
Currently based in L.A., writer, actor and more Jack Kelly is a hilarious comedic talent and has a barrel of laughs you can find under the sketch comedy duo name ‘Something Picnic’ with Lars Midthun. The same duo created a show called “Nipple Sucking Aliens” for Channel 101 that I was drawn to right away and was a gateway to the rest. This chat/hangout was a long time coming and I’m glad you can finally hear it. We talk about just Jack!, growing up, where the comedy came from, working with Lars, NSA, the future and more! Within this episode and to start it off, I present a quick interview I was delighted to have with Amy Walker (a wonderful multi-talented artist & performer), who co-produced, wrote and starred in “Into Light”, an important story about the late Inez Milholland who literally dedicated and gave her whole life to human rights, and as seen in this vital short independent feature - women’s right to vote! We talk about the genesis of the film, and the journey it’s taken so far.. see below where you can find it! Songs: “Beautiful” by Rob Szabo “boom boom” by jennylee “A Piano Walks Home Alone At Night” by Smiling Beth Jack Kelly/Something Picnic Links: Something Picnic Website Something Picnic on YouTube Follow @somethingpicnic on Facebook, Instagram & Twitter Follow @jackkelly33 on Instagram Watch “Nipple Sucking Aliens” a show by Jack Kelly & Lars Midthun Channel 101 + Channel101.com Follow Channel 101 on Facebook, Instagram & Twitter Support Channel 101 on Patreon or Twitch Buy Channel 101 swag from TeePublic Listen to Frequency 101 Amy Walker Links: Amy Walker Online Amy Walker on YouTube Follow @amywalkerofficial on Facebook & Instagram Follow @amiablewalker on Twitter Into Light Links: Kali Pictures & SoulFire Creations present… Into Light Recently screened at the Sherman Oaks Film Festival! See full credits, trailer and Amazon Prime link, at… Follow @intolightfilm on Facebook, Instagram & Twitter Produced, edited and hosted by Todd. V/O by Milo Axelrod. Theme music is excerpts of “Makie Elkino” (Live) by William Chernoff. Piano outro music by JP Sunga. Presented in part by Afternoon Tea - Artist Collective + Record Label. Born of the Shun Club. Shunned since 2012. afternoontealabel.com
1:32:52
November 17, 2020
91. Alex Kavutskiy
Writer, director, film-maker Alex Kavutskiy is one of the L.A.-based Channel 101 show makers I’ve been a fan of since I got into it. He’s got dark-humour in his stuff, and dark stuff, but is a super kind and bright guy who was incredibly nice to chat with. We chat about his work, how he got into film-making and what it’s been like up until now in and out of the biz. I give you credit in assuming you’ll listen and be able to define the conversation for yourself better than I could write this paragraph. I started off by updating you on all things voting, from the Presidential Election to the most recent Channel 101 screening (on Twitch), meaning I goofingly say a couple things about the first one, and sentimentally talk about the other. Alex has a new short called Ear Ache, which is amazing and stars the legendary DeMorge Brown. Check out Alex, DeMorge and others’ stuff on Channel 101, and check out Alex’s non-101 stuff on his website; links below! Songs: “Chaila” by Denise Chaila “Oh My Daym!” by Gregory Brothers & Daym Drops “Delete My History (Live at The Hi-Hat)” by Kali Kazoo “Electric Avenue” by Shaggy Alex Kavutskiy Links: AlexKavutskiy.com Alex Kavustkiy on IMDB Follow Alex Kavutskiy on Instagram + Channel101.com Follow Channel 101 on Instagram & Twitter Support Channel 101 on Patreon or Twitch Buy Channel 101 swag from TeePublic Listen to Frequency 101 Produced, edited and hosted by Todd. V/O by Milo Axelrod. Theme music is excerpts of “Makie Elkino” (Live) by William Chernoff. Piano outro music by JP Sunga. Presented in part by Afternoon Tea - Artist Collective + Record Label. Born of the Shun Club. Shunned since 2012. afternoontealabel.com
1:01:16
November 10, 2020
90. Dana Debolt
I had the good fortune of getting in-touch with currently-Montreal-based, Singer/songwriter Dana Debolt this summer. Immediately after hearing her music for the first time I was a big fan. “With You I Rise - Single” available now, as well as “Record Store”. It’s edgy, raw, fun and she’s got limitless potential yet.. So it was a must.. I had to talk to this genius, and she was great about it! Do you HATE awesome music and the artists who make it? If so, avoid this episode. I start off with some update-y kinda tings, including a big shoutout to the awesome monster that is the un-filtered shenanigan wagon of Kitchener Famous with Jesse and Jay. Also in the update: Much love for all of my American friends on this scary and historic day, and my lil’ 30 Podcasts photo + essay project. Songs: “With You I Rise” by Dana Debolt “Patience” by Dana Debolt “Bitch” by Dana Debolt “12” by Rosie Cerquone Dana Debolt Links: DanaDebolt.com Follow Dana Debolt on Facebook & Instagram Listen/Purchase Dana’s music on Apple Music or Bandcamp Produced, edited and hosted by Todd. V/O by Milo Axelrod. Theme music is excerpts of “Makie Elkino” (Live) by William Chernoff. Piano outro music by JP Sunga. Presented in part by Afternoon Tea - Artist Collective + Record Label. Born of the Shun Club. Shunned since 2012. afternoontealabel.com
48:49
November 3, 2020
89. Lauren Stein
Guelph-Ontario’s Lauren Stein is an Improviser, who performs and can give all of the gifts a spectator desires; but when she’s not performing, is creatively or academically doing all she can to give the gift of what’s happening on-stage, to everyone (whether they know they need it or not). Her authorial debut ‘Improv At Work: Transform Your Career with Improv’, is the study of what Improv and Expressive Art offers by way of therapy, citing herself as the amazing example she is. Throughout, are improv games, documented experiences in teaching and participating, as well as a brief history of improv (what up, my nerds!). As a guest, great, I’m stoked if I can call her a friend and it truly did feel like having a warm chat over a “coffee” WITH a friend. Not only did she roll with the questions and conversation like a seasoned pro, but I felt more than warmly received as the the shambling mess I tend to be as a host. We both got to be hosts AND participants, and IN that, we got to know more about the positive impacts Improv (and it’s groovy fundamentals) has had on her development and that it can have on the world at large. Fun fact: Along with JP Sunga, Katy Topham and roommate Laura Bailey, Lauren is one of the only four people who’ve been a guest on the show in 2020, that i’ve seen-in-person (6 or more feet apart) this year! This episode features music by amazing artists and friends; Ophelia Syndrome, Paige Warner, The Family Simpson and TayLynn. Songs: “Wayne” by Ophelia Syndrome “String Of Three” by Paige Warner “Soup” by The Family Simpson or try here “Breakthru” by TayLynn Lauren Stein Links: SlightlyBetter.ca Follow Lauren Stein on Instagram Buy ‘Fun at Work’ by Lauren Stein Produced, edited and hosted by Todd. V/O by Milo Axelrod. Theme music is excerpts of “Makie Elkino” (Live) by William Chernoff. Piano outro music by JP Sunga. Presented in part by Afternoon Tea - Artist Collective + Record Label. Born of the Shun Club. Shunned since 2012. afternoontealabel.com
1:01:36
October 27, 2020
88. Jonah Ray
Jonah Ray does comedy, music, and talking… SO good. ‘Mystery Science Theatre 3000: The Return’ came on Netflix in 2017, and I’ve been a Jonahphile ever since. I became an instant fan of SeeSo original ‘Hidden America w Jonah Ray’, CC’s ‘The Meltdown w Jonah & Kumail’ and a fan of nothing more than the podcast Jonah Raydio, where he (a ‘Nerdist’ alumn) along with his friends Cash Hartzell & Neil Mahoney hangout, talk about music and jab each other silly. Through this podcast I discovered Jonah’s musical prowess (oh, a contributor for SPIN! btw) and bought his DOPE “You Can’t Call Me Al - EP”, a tribute to Jonah’s friend and icon Weird Al Yankovic. Have I given the interweb-bots enough career titles? I’d like to highlight here in paragraph 2, that Jonah’s been dropping more mad science internally, physically and introspectively, than creatively in the last while. We talk about the scope of his career and how he feels about his time in Los Angeles; where everyone for the most part, has seen him through adolescence. He talks about the strides he’s made to improve his health and outlook, and about moving forward after years of a latched-on persona. A through-line, is both an appreciation for public creative work and the love of putting things together that we shared as children, that lead to everything after. Songs: “Reptillicus (New Wave)” by Jonah Ray “Sirens” by Hop Along, Queen Ansleis “Everywhere Man” by Jonah Ray “Ken Burns” by Kali Kazoo “Welcome To (Amish) Paradise” by Jonah Ray “Every Country Has a Monster” by Jonah Ray, Baron Vaughn, Hampton Yount & Rebecca Hanson Jonah Ray Links: Jonah Ray on Bandcamp Jonah Ray on IMDB Jonah Ray on Vimeo Follow Jonah Ray on Facebook, Instagram & Twitter Jonah Raydio (Happy (belated) 8th Anniversary!) Follow @jonahraydio on Instagram & Twitter Mystery Science Theatre 3000 Follow @mst3k on Instagram Watch Hidden America w/ Jonah Ray on Vimeo Watch The Meltdown w/ Jonah & Kumail Follow @meltdown_show on Instagram Produced, edited and hosted by Todd. V/O by Milo Axelrod. Theme music is excerpts of “Makie Elkino” (Live) by William Chernoff. Piano outro music by JP Sunga. Presented in part by Afternoon Tea - Artist Collective + Record Label. Born of the Shun Club. Shunned since 2012. afternoontealabel.com
1:22:13
October 20, 2020
87. David Seger
David Seger, LA Actor, Director, Writer and more; Recently jumped back into primetime on the Channel 101 website, with he and Alex Kavutskiy’s ‘Trading up’. Stupendous! He has upwards of 10 hours of 5 minute episodes on there now, probably… dating back to the mid-2000s; classics such as ‘Car Jumper’, ‘Ikea Heights’, ‘Making Mistakes’, ‘Bleeding Out’ and ‘Water and Power: Miami’. Outside of 101, David has created original online videos for Community (NBC) & Sarah Silverman Program (Comedy Central), produced & edited the epic ‘Our RoboCop Remake’ (2014) “a fan-made remake of the 1987 Paul Verhoeven classic.” and put his magic touch as a commercial director on spots for: Zipcar, Redbull, MTV and Six Flags Theme Parks.. to name a few. We ended up focusing on how he got started, creativity, collaborating with people and of course Channel 101, which is always fun and interesting too! I think David’s work has always been/still is, razor-sharp, super fun and I know i’m not the only person who’s thrilled to see the newest episode by, starring and/or co-created by’m. Please visit any of the links I provide below (I know you have time to watch stuff *wink*) and enjoy an all-you-can-see buffet of Seger classics. Songs/Clips: “Midnight City” by M83 “M83 Vocal Audition” by David Seger “Trading Up” by David Seger & Alex Kavutskiy “G Chord Song” by Dana Debolt “Boys Club” by Tom Kauffman, DDS, David Seger & Jim Klimek “Werewolf” by David Seger, Tom Kauffman & Paul Isakson David Seger Links: David Seger Website David Seger on IMDB David Seger on Vimeo or YouTube Watch Our RoboCop Remake Produced, edited and hosted by Todd. V/O by Milo Axelrod. Theme music is excerpts of “Makie Elkino” (Live) by William Chernoff. Piano outro music by JP Sunga. Presented in part by Afternoon Tea - Artist Collective + Record Label. Born of the Shun Club. Shunned since 2012. afternoontealabel.com
59:06
October 13, 2020
86. Brad Gage
Brad Gage, LA Actor, Writer and much more; starting in the summer of 2019 has taken his razor-sharp skills, creative intellect and talent, putting them to use in a profoundly philanthropic/positive way. “Real Feels” is the name of a podcast and YouTube channel (also count Instagram) starting with poetry, and continuing into safe-space conversations where Brad invites people to truly see and share who they are.. I’ve not surprisingly seen people healing on it, he’s quite a warm person! Congruently with those conversations and maybe with a focus-shift for now soley to it, Brad Gage offers a series of video essays with an entertaining look/free educational take on ‘what is masculinity?’, ‘what is toxic masculinity’, ‘why haven’t we seen Mister Rogers for the masculine icon he is?’. Ultimately, this serves (I feel) to ask men to identify what their role is in creating a future (hell, why not now?) that women don’t have to feel like their lives, bodies and minds are always in harm’s way. Since I’m in full agreement on this, it was nice to just listen and appreciate Brad’s soothing voice and well-articulated thoughts, and better understand why he’s so passionate about all of it. He really is a beautiful person, was all too kind to me I’ll say, so thanks, Brad (really feely). I’ll mention at the end here that ‘Brad Gage’ the profile on Channel101 (link below), is still home to the content that introduced me to’m, and will continually bring me joy, so feel free to peruse. : ) Songs/Clips: Real Feels “The Surprising Masculinity of Mister Rogers” “Rí Rá” by Denise Chaila Real Feels “Joe Rogan Doesn’t Understand Toxic Masculinity” Brad Gage Links: Brad Gage Website Brad Gage on IMDB Brad Gage on YouTube Follow Brad Gage on Facebook, Instagram & Twitter Real Feels Links: Real Feels on YouTube Follow Real Feels on Facebook, Instagram & Twitter Produced, edited and hosted by Todd. V/O by Milo Axelrod. Theme music is excerpts of “Makie Elkino” (Live) by William Chernoff. Piano outro music by JP Sunga. Presented in part by Afternoon Tea - Artist Collective + Record Label. Born of the Shun Club. Shunned since 2012. afternoontealabel.com
1:02:14
October 6, 2020
85. Chad Rietschel
Los Angeles Comedian, Actor, Writer, Show creator and more, Chad Rietschel is an intrinsically funny young man who I’m very glad I had the chance to chat with. If you haven’t seen him as ‘Timeloop Dad’ (aka Miles) in “The Bachelor but with Dads” on Channel 101, seriously, don’t talk to me (jk, but seriously). With 4 other gentleman known as ‘the Dads’, their voice can be seen/heard in all pre-pro-post roles, making comedy in L.A. (some, rooted in Chicago), from “Petty Theft” to “…Dads” and i’m frightfully excited for what they’ll do next. As a solo artist - Chad can be seen as funny side characters in such awesome 101 shows as “Wizards Corner”, “Binary 46” and (guest on TDS 82. KP Parker’s) “Rumspringa”! Chad’s first solo creation is in the understated yet mighty “Dan’s Dance Revolution”. In this episode we talk about how the (formerly known as) ‘Little Judd’ gang got started, creativity, comedy, Coldplay, Canada, working in a group vs. working on your own, Channel 101 of course, and more. It may be more or less interesting where I try to take it - whether you’ve heard of Chad and seen this wonderful work i’m referencing - or it’s your introduction to it. Either way, I was laughing allot, a wheezy laugh… and another great time was had. Please consider the links below at your disposal, they offer pathways to all of the great comedy we talk about, as well as the music featured in this episode, including a song by the AMAZING JoJo Worthington, whom I’d still love to chat with again, on this podcast! Cheerio guv’nas. Songs: “That Which Binds Us Through Time: The Chemical, Physical And Biological Nature Of Love; An Exploration Of The Meaning Of Meaning, Part 1” by Wyld Stallyns Will remove if requested, this podcast episode is not-for-profit “Stabilize” by JoJo Worthington Chad Rietschel Links: Chad Rietschel on IMDB Chad Rietschel on Channel 101 The Dads Links: Little Judd on YouTube Follow Little Judd on Facebook Watch ‘Dan’s Dance Revolution’ on Channel 101 Watch ‘The Bachelor But With Dads’ on Channel 101 Watch ‘Petty Theft’ on Channel 101 Channel 101 Links: Channel101.com Follow Channel 101 on Instagram & Twitter Support Channel 101 on Patreon & Twitch Produced, edited and hosted by Todd. V/O by Milo Axelrod. Theme music is excerpts of “Makie Elkino” (Live) by William Chernoff. Piano outro music by JP Sunga. Presented in part by Afternoon Tea - Artist Collective + Record Label. Born of the Shun Club. Shunned since 2012. afternoontealabel.com
1:05:34
September 29, 2020
84. Jeff Bryant
Victoria, British Columbia’s Jeff Bryant, is singer/songwriter, and a human being with a beautiful and connected spirit. He came onto the show to talk about not only his new EP “The Great Unknown”, but how the metaphorical ‘picture’ both on the album art but in his life, is a representation of fragility and honesty. Contrary to the connected spirit he has now, there was a long period of disconnection, depression and distance, from his ability to willfully craft songs and want to share them with the world. The journey to get to now was plagued by those things, making this release a big personal win, and hopefully only the beginning of more! In the meantime, I’m remembering Jeff fondly from his days in the late 2000s in a duo called The Human Statues, with Zachary Stevenson. They were based out of Toronto at the time, and rocked my world as guests on my first podcast in 2008. Even then, there was an intelligent approach to their off-brand yet world class group of songs and stage presence. How could I say no to chatting with Jeff again, who certainly agreed to reflect on that time, but fondly remember those days as I do, in memory? Enjoy our conversation about the music, the past, present and future, as well as some musings on life, humanity and the good ol’ creative process; paired with a few songs from ‘The Great Unknown’, a classic by The Human Statures and a rare treat from the archive! Songs: “So It Goes” by Jeff Bryant “One and the Same” by Jeff Bryant “On My Side” by Jeff Bryant “Carol That I Know” by The Human Statues “All My Loving” by Todd Donald & The Human Statues [Live on Todd’s Café 2008] Jeff Bryant Links: TheRealJeffBryant.com Follow Jeff Bryant on Instagram Produced, edited and hosted by Todd. V/O by Milo Axelrod. Theme music is excerpts of “Makie Elkino” (Live) by William Chernoff. Piano outro music by JP Sunga. Presented in part by Afternoon Tea - Artist Collective + Record Label. Born of the Shun Club. Shunned since 2012. afternoontealabel.com
1:16:29
September 22, 2020
82. KP Parker
This is KP Parker!, an actor, writer & director from L.A., who creates larger-than-life characters you can’t help but cheer for, and places them in a world invariably magical yet frightening, like our own world. That’s my attempt at sounding bloggy, the point is, KP delivers an exciting, hilarious and real experience. For me, it started with KP’s scene-stealing opening scene to Ted Marsden/Nick Hurley’s “Street Cleaning” in 2017. Since then she’s ‘made partner’, exposed the ‘fraud’ and went to Albuquerque for some reason? These are all references to very well-crafted and delightful work she’s done as a performer and writer. She lights up m’screen once again with humility as Humility, a young Amish woman who may or may not have been re-programmed by our modern world, during “Rumspringa”. Now she’s on the podcast! and a wonderful guest at that! I decided not give my whole opening schpeel about what 101 is, but I still fully endorse it, and always provide links, chances are if you’re reading this, you need only scroll down a bit. As far as the conversation!, I decided to dive in with KP about the experience of making/submitting shows, crafting ideas, deadlines, and most importantly, whatever feeling there is to be had in the Channel 101 community. Songs: “People Pleasin’” by Paige Warner KP Parker Links: KP-Parker.com KP Parker on IMDB KP Parker on Vimeo Follow KP Parker on Instagram & Twitter Channel 101 Links: Channel101.com Support Channel 101 on Patreon & Twitch Follow Channel 101 on Instagram & Twitter Produced, edited and hosted by Todd. V/O by Milo Axelrod. Theme music is excerpts of “Makie Elkino” (Live) by William Chernoff. Piano outro music by JP Sunga. Presented in part by Afternoon Tea - Artist Collective + Record Label. Born of the Shun Club. Shunned since 2012. afternoontealabel.com
56:38
September 8, 2020
81. Lars Midthun
Meet comedian, actor, writer, filmmaker and more, Lars Midthun! From their hometown of Minnesota, Lars and his comedic-brother Jack Kelly (who joined forces to create ‘Something Picnic’) ultimately found a 2nd home for their brilliant-meets-absurd brand of comedy, in Los Angeles. In a world of infinite YouTube channels, the brand of comedy in Something Picnic is something unique and wild, and I could only leave it to Lars, here, to start explaining - and Jack Kelly, to complete when he hopefully comes on the podcast too!, but the shit is GOLD. One of my favourite things about chatting with Lars, was that getting along with and joking with’m felt IMMEDIATELY road-tested. I can’t tell you how wonderful that is for me to interact with, let alone record a podcast… of(?). Grammar. I feel that could be said with almost anyone I might be fortunate to have on, who makes shows for ‘Channel 101’ - where you’ll find Something Picnic’s hit primetime show “Nipple Sucking Aliens”. Do watch that show… In NSA, you’ll see their style shine, and you’ll see allot of that dynamic duo’s handsome faces. (Audio clips in this podcast episode). In this conversation with Lars Midthun, I went after his whole story; From growing up in Minnesota, finding his calling, getting into comedy, studying film in college, MAKING his first film, the award winning “The Way North” about his Grandfather’s post-WWII journey in Norway, and the beautiful family trek/collaboration involved - and then, how all of these experiences lead to making a show about aliens who suck people’s life-force from them, through their nipples. Lars Midthun Links: Follow Lars Midthun on Instagram Follow Explore My Body on Instagram Something Picnic Links: Something Picnic on YouTube Follow Something Picninc on Instagram & Twitter Nipple Sucking Aliens, a show on Channel 101 Episode 1 & Episode 2 The Way North, a film by Lars Midthun Follow The Way North on Facebook & Instagram Produced, edited and hosted by Todd. V/O by Milo Axelrod. Theme music is excerpts of “Makie Elkino” (Live) by William Chernoff. Piano outro music by JP Sunga. Presented in part by Afternoon Tea - Artist Collective + Record Label. Born of the Shun Club. Shunned since 2012. afternoontealabel.com
57:32
September 1, 2020
80. Nick Hurley
We go now to L.A., chatting with actor, writer, creator and more; including more recently a Channel 101 official podcast co-host... Nick Hurley! He's starred in such awesome shows such as: "Demon$", "Thiefs" and the 10-episode (with extended finale) epic "Street Cleaning", which won for best editing at the 2016 Channy Awards. Nick seems like an all-around great person, and it was a blast talking shop-and-non-shop with someone who does, and participates in making stuff, and the kind of stuff I've been a longtime fan of! We started off talking about what Channel 101 is, and get introduced into the world of what it is offline, in Los Angeles, California, where’s it’s based. We talk about where it’s been, where it’s going (in these… times… gah… y’know…). Then we talk about all things Nick Hurley; his experiences, his work, and his existential journey working while making - what feels the hustle, and what feels like the side hustle? I FOUND it all compelling, and it wasn’t the worst hosting I’ve done either! Please enjoy our chat. Nick Hurley Links: NickHurleyWebsite.com Nick Hurley on Channel 101 Follow Nick Hurley on Instagram Suggested Nick Hurley/Ted Marsden collabs: WorstFriendsComedy YouTube channel “Law & Order 2 - Tall Tee” “Brave Soldiers Never Die” “PSA Cowboy #1 - Cell Phones” Channel 101 Links: Channel101.com Listen to Channel 101 The Podcast Follow Channel 101 on Instagram Support Channel 101 on Patreon & Twitch Produced, edited and hosted by Todd. V/O by Milo Axelrod. Theme music is excerpts of “Makie Elkino” (Live) by William Chernoff. Piano outro music by JP Sunga. Presented in part by Afternoon Tea - Artist Collective + Record Label. Born of the Shun Club. Shunned since 2012. afternoontealabel.com
1:04:33
August 25, 2020
79. Aaron Sperling
Meet film-maker, actor, broadcaster, and one bodacious dude; Florida’s Aaron Sperling. After several pleasant exchanges in the most kind of many Bill & Ted fan groups over the years, I quickly realized that the person behind it was most non-heinous, and needed to be on this podcast. We are NOW (August 18th) but TEN days away, from BILL & TED FACE THE MUSIC. Here on the show to talk about Bill & Ted, 80s cinema, fandom and of course - his life experience in showbiz, is Aaron, the fb creator behind ‘Friends of Bill & Ted’s Excellent Online Adventure’ a legacy! Friends of Bill & Ted’s Excellent online adventure Bill & Ted’s Excellent online adventure Bill & Ted Face the Music In theatres and video-on-demand on August 28th! (Audio from promotional trailers used without permission because it’s free advertising on an independent show that makes no money, and i’ll remove them if asked) Produced, edited and hosted by Todd. V/O by Milo Axelrod. Theme music is excerpts of “Makie Elkino” (Live) by William Chernoff. Piano outro music by JP Sunga. Presented in part by Afternoon Tea - Artist Collective + Record Label. Born of the Shun Club. Shunned since 2012. afternoontealabel.com
49:50
August 18, 2020
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)… Vienna D’Amato Hall Links: Vienna D’Amato Hall on Ellis B. House Follow Vienna D’Amato Hall on Facebook & Instagram Also visit Ellis B. House Follow Ellis B. House on Instagam Produced, edited and hosted by Todd. V/O by Milo Axelrod. Theme music is excerpts of “Makie Elkino” (Live) by William Chernoff. Piano outro music by JP Sunga. 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! Listen to Creative People Podcast on Apple Podcasts https://podcasts.apple.com/ca/podcast/creative-people-podcast/id1497068651 Listen to Creative People Podcast on Spotify https://open.spotify.com/show/3MAtU7JkyrPi15NJShiHmi?si=i-znc83MR768t6T6Lgw5_g Ryan Leacock Links: RyanHonestly.com Follow Ryan Leacock on Facebook, Instagram & Twitter Creative People Podcast Links: CreativePeople-Podcast.com Follow Creative People Podcast on Facebook, Instagram & Twitter Produced, edited and hosted by Todd. V/O by Milo Axelrod. Theme music is excerpts of “Makie Elkino” (Live) by William Chernoff. Piano outro music by JP Sunga. 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 Songs: “Suck It Up” by Laura Bailey Purchase on ‘Clitoria: A Sex-Positive Superhero!’ on Bandcamp Proceeds going to Black Lives Matter Guelph “Justify” by Laura Bailey Laura Bailey Links: LauraBaileyMusic.com Laura Bailey on YouTube Follow Laura Bailey on Facebook, Instagram & Twitter Produced, edited and hosted by Todd. V/O by Milo Axelrod. Theme music is excerpts of “Makie Elkino” (Live) by William Chernoff. Piano outro music by JP Sunga. 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 was getting cast in big stage productions halfway to 10 years old. She also spent her entire childhood-to-adolescance 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 showbusiness 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 m-m-m-more! As a theatre lover alone, i’m an enormous fan of Lindsey’s 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 both of us both!? Listen and find out! Songs: “Survival In New York” by Lindsey Alley ©2004 Tsimmes Music (ASCAP) All Rights Reserved From "Look Ma, No Ears" Written by Stephen Winer & Lindsey Alley Music and Lyrics by Bob Stein Lindsay Alley Links: LindseyAlley.com Lindsay Alley on YouTube Follow Lindsay Alley on Twitter Produced, edited and hosted by Todd. V/O by Milo Axelrod. Theme music is excerpts of “Makie Elkino” (Live) by William Chernoff. Piano outro music by JP Sunga. 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? Songs: “Watchin’ A Movie” by Rob Szabo “Breaking Even” by Rob Szabo “Different Points Along the Same Line” by Rob Szabo “I Live For The Summer” by Rob Szabo Rob Szabo Links: RobSzabo.com Rob Szabo on YouTube Follow Rob Szabo on Facebook, Instagram & Twitter And Sometimes… Why? Podcast Follow And Sometimes… Why? on Facebook, Instagram & Twitter Produced, edited and hosted by Todd. V/O by Milo Axelrod. Theme music is excerpts of “Makie Elkino” (Live) by William Chernoff. Piano outro music by JP Sunga. 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.. Songs: “She Used To Be Mine” & “Take Me To The World” by Mary-Catherine Pazzano [Recorded by MCP for TDS] Mary-Catherine Pazzano Links: marycatherinepazzano.com Mary-Catherine Pazzano on YouTube Follow Mary-Catherine Pazzano on Facebook, Instagram & Twitter Produced, edited and hosted by Todd. V/O by Milo Axelrod. Theme music is excerpts of “Makie Elkino” (Live) by William Chernoff. Piano outro music by JP Sunga. 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. Songs: “I Just Don’t Feel Like Lovin’ You” by Katy Topham Katy Topham Links Website: katytaylorwarren.wordpress.com Facebook @katytophammusic Instagram @katytophammusic Twitter @tophamkaty Produced, edited and hosted by Todd. V/O by Milo Axelrod. Theme music is excerpts of “Makie Elkino” (Live) by William Chernoff. Piano outro music by JP Sunga. 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! Songs: “Lost Time” by Austin Gray Austin Gray Links: Website: austingray.com Facebook @austingrayrecords Instagram @waustingray Twitter @austingray Produced, edited and hosted by Todd. V/O by Milo Axelrod. Theme music is excerpts of “Makie Elkino” (Live) by William Chernoff. Piano outro music by JP Sunga. 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! Songs: “Listen to Your Heart” by JP Sunga “For Your Sympathy” by JP Sunga feat. Mark Pelli JP Sunga Links Website: jpsunga.com Facebook @jpsungaofficial Instagram @jpsungamusic Twitter @jpsungamusic Produced, edited and hosted by Todd. V/O by Milo Axelrod. Theme music is excerpts of “Makie Elkino” (Live) by William Chernoff. Piano outro music by JP Sunga. 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 Podington Bear in the spirit of lampooning DAR. Songs: “Proliferate” by Podington Bear (Music License Agreement) podingtonbear.com Describing A Rock, Available anywhere you get podcasts; ie: Apple Podcasts, Spotify and more! Milo Axelrod Links: Website: miloaxelrod.com Instagram @millennial_cyborg Twitter @describingarock Produced, edited and hosted by Todd. V/O by Milo Axelrod. Theme music is excerpts of “Makie Elkino” (Live) by William Chernoff. Piano outro music by JP Sunga. 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. Songs: “Wild Womxn” by Peach Guevara “Stay Soft” by Peach Guevara Peach Guevara Links: Website: peachguevara.com Bandcamp: peachguevara.bandcamp.com Facebook @peachguevaramusic Instagram @peach_guevara Produced, edited and hosted by Todd. V/O by Milo Axelrod. Theme music is excerpts of “Makie Elkino” (Live) by William Chernoff. Piano outro music by JP Sunga. 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. Kristina Anne Links: Instagram @gypsyk71 Produced, edited and hosted by Todd. V/O by Milo Axelrod. Theme music is excerpts of “Makie Elkino” (Live) by William Chernoff. Piano outro music by JP Sunga. 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. Randolph J. Johnston Links: Website: floatingdeskinternational.com Facebook @therandobando Twitter @mondorando Randolph J. Johnston 4 Ward 7 Cambridge: Website: RJ4WARD7.CA Facebook @voterjward7 Twitter: @rj4ward7 Produced, edited and hosted by Todd. V/O by Milo Axelrod. Theme music is excerpts of “Makie Elkino” (Live) by William Chernoff. Piano outro music by JP Sunga. 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! Songs: “I Just Don’t Feel Like Lovin’ You” by Katy Topham “Listen to Your Heart” by JP Sunga “Nine pebbles of quartz” an episode of Describing A Rock, a podcast hosted by Milo Axelrod “Earthling Terminal” by William Chernoff JP Sunga Links: Website: jpsunga.com Facebook @jpsungaofficial Instagram @jpsungamusic Twitter @jpsungamusic Katy Topham Links: Facebook @katytophammusic Instagram @katytophammusic Milo Axelrod Links: Website: miloaxelrod.com Instagram @millennial_cyborg Twitter @describingarock William Chernoff Links: Instagram @williamchernoff Twitter @chernoffwilliam Produced, edited and hosted by Todd. V/O by Milo Axelrod. Theme music is excerpts of “Makie Elkino” (Live) by William Chernoff. Piano outro music by JP Sunga. 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. Produced, edited and hosted by Todd. V/O by Milo Axelrod. Theme music is excerpts of “Makie Elkino” (Live) by William Chernoff. Piano outro music by JP Sunga. 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. Produced, edited and hosted by Todd. V/O by Milo Axelrod. Theme music is excerpts of “Makie Elkino” (Live) by William Chernoff. Piano outro music by JP Sunga. 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. Produced, edited and hosted by Todd. V/O by Milo Axelrod. Theme music is excerpts of “Makie Elkino” (Live) by William Chernoff. Piano outro music by JP Sunga. 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! Songs: “Wild Womxn” by Peach Guevara “Listen to Your Heart” by JP Sunga “Come Back to the Mountain” by Peach Guevara “You Know What I Want” by John Maksym Erin Wetzel Links: Instagram @erinwetzel5 Miss Oktoberfest Links: Website: misso.oktoberfest.ca Instagram @kwmissoktoberfest Produced, edited and hosted by Todd. V/O by Milo Axelrod. Theme music is excerpts of “Makie Elkino” (Live) by William Chernoff. Piano outro music by JP Sunga. 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 menutiae 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! Songs: “I Just Don’t Feel Like Lovin’ You” by Katy Topham “Dandelion Souls” by Stephen Trothen “I Don’t Need Boys” by Paige Warner “Don’t Let Me Down” by Paige Warner & Todd Donald [Live on TDS] Paige Warner Links: Website: paigewarner.ca Facebook @paigewarnermusic Instagram @paigewarnermusic Produced, edited and hosted by Todd. V/O by Milo Axelrod. Theme music is excerpts of “Makie Elkino” (Live) by William Chernoff. Piano outro music by JP Sunga. 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! Songs: “Cover Girl” by Leila “Stay” by Ophelia Syndrome “Oops She Did It Again” by Naked-Flubber “Rain In The Autumn”by Glenna Garamone Sandra Dynka Links: Instagram @sandradynka Produced, edited and hosted by Todd. V/O by Milo Axelrod. Theme music is excerpts of “Makie Elkino” (Live) by William Chernoff. Piano outro music by JP Sunga. 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 center 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”! Songs: “Shine” by Jessie T “Jing-A-Ling, Jing-A-Ling” by Good Lovelies “One Step Back” by Jamie Warren “Training Wheels” by Lusterfield “(Everybody’s Waitin’ for) The Man With The Bag” by Good Lovelies “Mama’s Christmas Cookies” by Jessie T Jessie T Links: Website: jessiet.ca Facebook @jessiet.official Instagram @jessiet.official Produced, edited and hosted by Todd. V/O by Milo Axelrod. Theme music is excerpts of “Makie Elkino” (Live) by William Chernoff. Piano outro music by JP Sunga. 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! Songs: “Little Feet” by Sue Passmore “Cards”, “Burn” & “Younger Days” by TayLynn [Live on TDS] “The Way I Am” by TayLynn TayLynn Links: Instagram @taylynnmc Twitter @taylynnmc Produced, edited and hosted by Todd. V/O by Milo Axelrod. Theme music is excerpts of “Makie Elkino” (Live) by William Chernoff. Piano outro music by JP Sunga. 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! Songs: “Sister Ride” by Milana Boss [Live on TDS] “The Sidewalk” & “Row By Row” by Milana Boss & Mike Sharp [Live on TDS] “Colours Changing Season” Performed by Mike Sharp [Live on TDS] Milana Boss Links: Instagram @bossmilanaboss Milana Boss on SoundCloud Produced, edited and hosted by Todd. V/O by Milo Axelrod. Theme music is excerpts of “Makie Elkino” (Live) by William Chernoff. Piano outro music by JP Sunga. 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. Songs: “Today” & “Simple Twist of Fate” by Jesse Parent [Live on Todd’s Café 2018] Jesse Parent Links: Website: jesseparentmusic.com Facebook @jesseparentmusic Instagram @jesseparentmusic Twitter @jparentmusic Produced, edited and hosted by Todd. V/O by Milo Axelrod. Theme music is excerpts of “Makie Elkino” (Live) by William Chernoff. Piano outro music by JP Sunga. 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. Songs: “Goodnight Bell Hooks” by Calliope’s Radio [Live on The iTodd Lounge 2008] “You Can Call Me Al” by Jesse Parent “For A Moment” by Jesse Parent “The Little Things” by Jesse Parent “Back Of Your Neck” by Kristina Stapelfeld Jesse Parent Links: Website: jesseparentmusic.com Facebook @jesseparentmusic Instagram @jesseparentmusic Twitter @jparentmusic Produced, edited and hosted by Todd. V/O by Milo Axelrod. Theme music is excerpts of “Makie Elkino” (Live) by William Chernoff. Piano outro music by JP Sunga. 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! Songs: “Liar” Performed by Mike Todd “Get Close” by A New Ground [Live on TDS/Episode 14] “Demons” by Jerelle Robin + Elaine Links: Website: robinandelaine.ca Instagram @robinandelaine Twitter @robinandelaine KW Famous Links: Website: kwfamous.com Produced, edited and hosted by Todd. V/O by Milo Axelrod. Theme music is excerpts of “Makie Elkino” (Live) by William Chernoff. Piano outro music by JP Sunga. 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! Songs: “Hellbound” & “No Man’s Land” by Jessie T [Live on Todd’s Café 2018] Jessie T Links: Website: jessiet.ca Facebook @jessiet.official Instagram @jessiet.official Produced, edited and hosted by Todd. V/O by Milo Axelrod. Theme music is excerpts of “Makie Elkino” (Live) by William Chernoff. Piano outro music by JP Sunga. 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/Country) Jessie T was around and was kind enough to perform a three song acoustic set for me to include here! Exclusive! Whaaat! Songs: “Mine” by Matt York [Live on The iTodd Lounge 2008] “Like A Star” by Vienna D’Amato Hall “Julia” by Mo Pair “All Lit Up”, “Love Me Longer” & “La La Love” by Jessie T [Live on TDS] Carlotta Trenholm Links: Instagram @walkingtheatre8 Produced, edited and hosted by Todd. V/O by Milo Axelrod. Theme music is excerpts of “Makie Elkino” (Live) by William Chernoff. Piano outro music by JP Sunga. 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! Songs: “Maple Syrup” by Glenna Garramone “When The City Settles” by Good Lovelies “Take It Back” by Mike Erb Trio “Dirt” by Tessa [Live on TDS] “We Could Wait” by Mansionair Tessa Links: Instagram @twig.the.trailer Twitter @tessa_bobessa The Short Films Links: Facebook @theshortfilms Kitchener Sync Links: Facebook @kitchenersync Twitter @kitchenersync WR Crossing Trek Links: Facebook @wrcrossingtrek Instagram @wrcrossingtrek Twitter @wrcrossingtrek Produced, edited and hosted by Todd. V/O by Milo Axelrod. Theme music is excerpts of “Makie Elkino” (Live) by William Chernoff. Piano outro music by JP Sunga. 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! Songs: “Best Laid Plans” by Jesse Parent [Live on TDS/Episode 20] “Black Coffee” by Twas Now [Live on TDS /Episode 9] “Gaslight”, “Port City” & “Happy Place” by Sam Nabi [Live on TDS] Sam Nabi Links: Website: samnabi.com Instagram @samuelnabi Twitter @samnabi Produced, edited and hosted by Todd. V/O by Milo Axelrod. Theme music is excerpts of “Makie Elkino” (Live) by William Chernoff. Piano outro music by JP Sunga. 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! Songs: “Missing Piece” by Amy Rola “Reptilicus (New Wave)” by Jonah Ray “Farther To Fall”, “Don’t Look Down” & “(I Know You Like) The Night Sky” by Evan Corneil [Live on TDS] Produced, edited and hosted by Todd. V/O by Milo Axelrod. Theme music is excerpts of “Makie Elkino” (Live) by William Chernoff. Piano outro music by JP Sunga. 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. Songs: “High Hopes” by CityWide Panic “La La Love” by Jessie T “Feedin’ You” by Mike Todd “Hemisphere” by Kristina Stapelfeld “Morning Light Praying” by Carly & Mark Brittany Pyatt Links: Facebook @brittanylynnepyatt Instagram @brittanylynne96 @lafftraxcomedy Twitter @brittany_pyatt Produced, edited and hosted by Todd. V/O by Milo Axelrod. Theme music is excerpts of “Makie Elkino” (Live) by William Chernoff. Piano outro music by JP Sunga. 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! Songs: “Look No Further” by Jerelle feat. Raven J “Delete My History” by Kali Kazoo “Don’t Miss” by Jerelle “Blue Flame” by Jerelle feat. KVNE “Welcome To (Amish) Paradise” by Jonah Ray BEWARE Links: Facebook @jerellexbeware Instagram @jerelleandsofia @jerellefisherjohnson Twitter @bewaresound @jerellefisher This Is HaveHope Links: Facebook @thisishavehope Instagram @thisishavehope Twitter @thisishavehope Produced, edited and hosted by Todd. V/O by Milo Axelrod. Theme music is excerpts of “Makie Elkino” (Live) by William Chernoff. Piano outro music by JP Sunga. 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! Songs: “The Island” by Harriet Nauer “Surrender” by Vienna D’Amato Hall “Leaves” by Stephen Trothen “10 & 2” by Sue Passmore “So Bad” by The Lo-Fi Mind “Down Under” by Bailey Pelkman Sarah Lexia Links: Instagram @sarahlexia Produced, edited and hosted by Todd. V/O by Milo Axelrod. Theme music is excerpts of “Makie Elkino” (Live) by William Chernoff. Piano outro music by JP Sunga. 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! Songs: “Old School Jam”, “Might Be More” & “Got Me Reelin’” by Luke Cyrus Hunter [Live on TDS] Luke Cyrus Hunter Links: Website: lukecyrushunter.com Facebook @lukecyrushuntermusic Instagram @luke_cyrus_hunter Twitter @lukeonthekeys Produced, edited and hosted by Todd. V/O by Milo Axelrod. Theme music is excerpts of “Makie Elkino” (Live) by William Chernoff. Piano outro music by JP Sunga. 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!! Samantha Mirandola Links: Instagram @samanthamirandola Twitter @sammirandola Dream-Catalyst Author: Samantha Mirandola Purchase now on Amazon.com Produced, edited and hosted by Todd. V/O by Milo Axelrod. Theme music is excerpts of “Makie Elkino” (Live) by William Chernoff. Piano outro music by JP Sunga. 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!? Produced, edited and hosted by Todd. V/O by Milo Axelrod. Theme music is excerpts of “Makie Elkino” (Live) by William Chernoff. Piano outro music by JP Sunga. 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! Songs: “Beautiful” & “Letting Go” by This Is Pristine [Live on TDS] This Is Pristine Links: Facebook @thisispristine Instagram @thisispristine This Is Pristine Kickstarter Produced, edited and hosted by Todd. V/O by Milo Axelrod. Theme music is excerpts of “Makie Elkino” (Live) by William Chernoff. Piano outro music by JP Sunga. 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 the show, I wanted to share this vintage audio, extracted from her appearance on my old video podcast from 2008. Enjoy! Kelly Abbass Links: Website: kellyabbass.com Facebook @officialkellyabbass Instagram @kelly_abbass Produced, edited and hosted by Todd. V/O by Milo Axelrod. Theme music is excerpts of “Makie Elkino” (Live) by William Chernoff. Piano outro music by JP Sunga. 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! William Chernoff Links: Website: chernoff.band Bandcamp: williamchernoff.bandcamp.com Instagram @williamchernoff Twitter @chernoffwilliam Produced, edited and hosted by Todd. V/O by Milo Axelrod. Theme music is excerpts of “Makie Elkino” (Live) by William Chernoff. Piano outro music by JP Sunga. 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! Talking With Grownups, Available anywhere you get podcasts; ie: Apple Podcasts, Spotify and more! The Holistic Parent Links: Website: theholisticparent.ca Instagram @holisticparentmag Produced, edited and hosted by Todd. V/O by Milo Axelrod. Theme music is excerpts of “Makie Elkino” (Live) by William Chernoff. Piano outro music by JP Sunga. 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! Anna Beard Links: Website: albeard.wordpress.com Instagram @albeard Twitter @abeard07 Produced, edited and hosted by Todd. V/O by Milo Axelrod. Theme music is excerpts of “Makie Elkino” (Live) by William Chernoff. Piano outro music by JP Sunga. 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! Sandra Dynka Links: Instagram @sandradynka Miss Oktoberfest Links: Website: misso.oktoberfest.ca Instagram @kwmissoktoberfest Produced, edited and hosted by Todd. V/O by Milo Axelrod. Theme music is excerpts of “Makie Elkino” (Live) by William Chernoff. Piano outro music by JP Sunga. 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! Ape Audio, Available anywhere you get podcasts; ie: Apple Podcasts, Spotify and more! Ape Audio Links: Facebook @apeaudiostudio Instagam @apeaudio Produced, edited and hosted by Todd. V/O by Milo Axelrod. Theme music is excerpts of “Makie Elkino” (Live) by William Chernoff. Piano outro music by JP Sunga. 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! The Sandwich Podcast, Available anywhere you get podcasts; ie: Apple Podcasts, Spotify and more! Amanda Muse Links: Website: amandamuse.com Facebook @museamanda Instagram @amandamuse Twitter @museamanda Produced, edited and hosted by Todd. V/O by Milo Axelrod. Theme music is excerpts of “Makie Elkino” (Live) by William Chernoff. Piano outro music by JP Sunga. 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! Songs: “Yakamoz” by Juneyt [Live on The iTodd Lounge 2016] Cuneyt Yetkiner Links: Website: juneyt.com Facebook: cuneyt -juneyt- yetkiner Instagram @juneytyetkiner Produced, edited and hosted by Todd. V/O by Milo Axelrod. Theme music is excerpts of “Makie Elkino” (Live) by William Chernoff. Piano outro music by JP Sunga. 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! Cuneyt Yetkiner Links: Website: juneyt.com Facebook: cuneyt -juneyt- yetkiner Instagram @juneytyetkiner Produced, edited and hosted by Todd. V/O by Milo Axelrod. Theme music is excerpts of “Makie Elkino” (Live) by William Chernoff. Piano outro music by JP Sunga. 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! Rashmi Sanjay Links: Website: rashmisanjay.ca Instagram @rashmisanj Twitter @onairwithrashmi In Conversation with Rashmi on CKMS FM Produced, edited and hosted by Todd. V/O by Milo Axelrod. Theme music is excerpts of “Makie Elkino” (Live) by William Chernoff. Piano outro music by JP Sunga. 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! Mathilde Links: Instagram @heirmathilde Twitter @heirmathilde Produced, edited and hosted by Todd. V/O by Milo Axelrod. Theme music is excerpts of “Makie Elkino” (Live) by William Chernoff. Piano outro music by JP Sunga. 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 around 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! Songs: “I Feel Pretty” by Mary-Catherine Pazzano [Live on TDS] from West Side Story/music by Leonard Bernstein, lyrics by Stephen Soundheim “You Intoxicate Me” by Mary-Catherine Pazzano [Live on TDS] Mary-Catherine Pazzano Links: Website: marycatherinepazzano.com Facebook @mcjazzvocalist Instagram @mcjazzvocalist Twitter @mcjazzvocalist Produced, edited and hosted by Todd. V/O by Milo Axelrod. Theme music is excerpts of “Makie Elkino” (Live) by William Chernoff. Piano outro music by JP Sunga. 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! Songs: “I Can’t Believe That You’re In Love With Me” by Mary-Catherine Pazzano [Live on Todd’s Café 2018] music by Jimmy McHugh, lyrics by Clarence Gaskill “A Simple Conversation” by Mary-Catherine Pazzano [Live on Todd’s Café 2018] Mary-Catherine Pazzano Links: Website: marycatherinepazzano.com Facebook @mcjazzvocalist Instagram @mcjazzvocalist Twitter @mcjazzvocalist Produced, edited and hosted by Todd. V/O by Milo Axelrod. Theme music is excerpts of “Makie Elkino” (Live) by William Chernoff. Piano outro music by JP Sunga. 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! FemWaves - Available anywhere you get podcasts Kate Schlitt Links: Instagram @psikate FemWaves Links: Instagram @femwaves FemWaves on Spotify Produced, edited and hosted by Todd. V/O by Milo Axelrod. Theme music is excerpts of “Makie Elkino” (Live) by William Chernoff. Piano outro music by JP Sunga. 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! Why Waterloo, Available anywhere you get podcasts; ie: Apple Podcasts, Spotify and more! Why Waterloo Links: Website: whywaterloo.ca Instagram @whywaterlooca Alex & Beisan on Twitter @alexkinsella @beisan Produced, edited and hosted by Todd. V/O by Milo Axelrod. Theme music is excerpts of “Makie Elkino” (Live) by William Chernoff. Piano outro music by JP Sunga. 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! Ophelia Syndrome Links: Website: opheliasyndrome.com Facebook @opheliasyndromeband Instagram @ophelia.syndrome Twitter @opheliasyndrome Produced, edited and hosted by Todd. V/O by Milo Axelrod. Theme music is excerpts of “Makie Elkino” (Live) by William Chernoff. Piano outro music by JP Sunga. 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, embarrassing 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! FemWaves - Available anywhere you get podcasts Wendy Huenul Links: Instagram @chillayin FemWaves Links: Instagram @femwaves FemWaves on Spotify Produced, edited and hosted by Todd. V/O by Milo Axelrod. Theme music is excerpts of “Makie Elkino” (Live) by William Chernoff. Piano outro music by JP Sunga. 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! Legend in my Spare Time/Matt Lees Gets Creative Available anywhere you get podcasts Songs: “Hostile”, “Lois Lane” & “Maybe I’m Not Leavin’” by Matt Lees [Live-off-the-floor] Recorded by Matt Lees and shared with TDS, for the podcast Matt Lees Links: Facebook @mattleesmusic Instagram @sparetimelegend Twitter @legendpodcast Produced, edited and hosted by Todd. V/O by Milo Axelrod. Theme music is excerpts of “Makie Elkino” (Live) by William Chernoff. Piano outro music by JP Sunga. 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. Matt White Links: Instagram @greenlight_matt Twitter @greenlight_matt Green Light Arts Links: Website: greehlight-arts.com Facebook @greenlight.arts Instagram @greenlight_arts Twitter @greenlight_arts Produced, edited and hosted by Todd. V/O by Milo Axelrod. Theme music is excerpts of “Makie Elkino” (Live) by William Chernoff. Piano outro music by JP Sunga. 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 Waterlo, 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! Fearless Heart Yoga Links: Website: fearlessheartyoga.ca Facebook @fearlessheartuptown Instagram @fearlessheartyoga Produced, edited and hosted by Todd. V/O by Milo Axelrod. Theme music is excerpts of “Makie Elkino” (Live) by William Chernoff. Piano outro music by JP Sunga. 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! Songs: “Best Laid Plans”, “For A Moment”, “Quebec City In The Rain” by Jesse Parent [Live on TDS] Jesse Parent Links: Website: jesseparentmusic.com Facebook @jesseparentmusic Instagram @jesseparentmusic Twitter @jparentmusic Produced, edited and hosted by Todd. V/O by Milo Axelrod. Theme music is excerpts of “Makie Elkino” (Live) by William Chernoff. Piano outro music by JP Sunga. 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-dephtly 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 infront 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. There Was A Sale - Available anywhere you get podcasts There Was A Sale Links: Website: therewasasale.wordpress.com Facebook @therewasasale Instagram @therewasasale Twitter @therewasasale Produced, edited and hosted by Todd. V/O by Milo Axelrod. Theme music is excerpts of “Makie Elkino” (Live) by William Chernoff. Piano outro music by JP Sunga. 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! Hayley Kellett Links: Instagram @hjkellett The Making-Box Links: Website: themakingbox.ca Facebook @themakingbox Instagram @themakingbox Twitter @themakingboxco Produced, edited and hosted by Todd. V/O by Milo Axelrod. Theme music is excerpts of “Makie Elkino” (Live) by William Chernoff. Piano outro music by JP Sunga. 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! Find Pull The Plug podcast - Available anywhere you get podcasts Pull The Plug podcast Links: Website: ptppodcast.com Facebook @ptppodcast Instagram @ptppodcast Twitter @ptppodcast Produced, edited and hosted by Todd. V/O by Milo Axelrod. Theme music is excerpts of “Makie Elkino” (Live) by William Chernoff. Piano outro music by JP Sunga. 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! Emily Schooley Links: Facebook @emily.schooley.3 Instagram @emilyschooley Twitter @emilyschooley Laughing Cat Productions Links: Website: laughingcat.ca Facebook @laughingcatca @laughingcatproductions Instagram @laughingcatca @laughingcatproductions Twitter @laughingcatca @laughingcatprdn Produced, edited and hosted by Todd. V/O by Milo Axelrod. Theme music is excerpts of “Makie Elkino” (Live) by William Chernoff. Piano outro music by JP Sunga. 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 ; ) There Was A Sale - Available anywhere you get podcasts There Was A Sale Links: Website: therewasasale.wordpress.com Facebook @therewasasale Instagram @therewasasale Twitter @therewasasale Produced, edited and hosted by Todd. V/O by Milo Axelrod. Theme music is excerpts of “Makie Elkino” (Live) by William Chernoff. Piano outro music by JP Sunga. 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! Songs: “Parasite” & “Get Close” by A New Ground [Live on TDS] A New Ground Links: Bandcamp: anewground.bandcamp.com Facebook @anewground Instagram @a_new_ground Produced, edited and hosted by Todd. V/O by Milo Axelrod. Theme music is excerpts of “Makie Elkino” (Live) by William Chernoff. Piano outro music by JP Sunga. 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”! Songs: “We Were Vaguely Saints”, “Punk Rock Hoser” & “Always On My Mind” by Among Legends [Live on TDS] Among Legends Links: Website: amonglegends.com Facebook @amonglegends519 Instagram @amonglegends519 Twitter @amonglegends519 Produced, edited and hosted by Todd. V/O by Milo Axelrod. Theme music is excerpts of “Makie Elkino” (Live) by William Chernoff. Piano outro music by JP Sunga. 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! Songs: “Give It Away” by Rob Szabo [Live on TDS] “Family And Friends”, “Hitchhiker Smile” & “He Loves You” by Rob Szabo [Live on CKMS’ The Rock Show 2008] Rob Szabo Links: Website: robszabo.com Facebook @robszabomusic Instagram @robszabomusic Twitter @robszabo Produced, edited and hosted by Todd. V/O by Milo Axelrod. Theme music is excerpts of “Makie Elkino” (Live) by William Chernoff. Piano outro music by JP Sunga. 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! Songs: “Little Steps”, “Soldier” & “Dissappear” by Mandippal [Live on TDS] Mandippal Links: Website: mandippal.com Facebook @mandippal Instagram @mandippal Twitter @mandippal Produced, edited and hosted by Todd. V/O by Milo Axelrod. Theme music is excerpts of “Makie Elkino” (Live) by William Chernoff. Piano outro music by JP Sunga. 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. 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! Part 1: Chris Garnder & Patrick Finch. Part 2: Rob Keith & Stacey Schmitt. Part 3: Ryan Allen & Ron Cybulski. Hawkeyes Links: Website: hawkeyesdoom.ca Facebook @hawkeyesdoom Instagram @hawkeyesdoom Twitter @hawkeyesdoom Produced, edited and hosted by Todd. V/O by Milo Axelrod. Theme music is excerpts of “Makie Elkino” (Live) by William Chernoff. Piano outro music by JP Sunga. 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! Songs: “Next To You” & “Black Coffee” by Twas Now [Live on TDS] Twas Now Links: Website: twasnowmusic.com Facebook @twasnowmusic Instagram @twasnowmusic Twitter @twasnowmusic Produced, edited and hosted by Todd. V/O by Milo Axelrod. Theme music is excerpts of “Makie Elkino” (Live) by William Chernoff. Piano outro music by JP Sunga. 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! Natasha McKenty Links: Website: natashamckenty.com Facebook @natashamckenty Instagram @natashamckenty Twitter @natashamckenty Watch In Studio with Natasha McKenty on Rogers WR Produced, edited and hosted by Todd. V/O by Milo Axelrod. Theme music is excerpts of “Makie Elkino” (Live) by William Chernoff. Piano outro music by JP Sunga. 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. Songs: “1979”, “Southbound Train” & “Grace, To” by Dan Grace [Live on Todd’s Café 2018] Sylvia Pond Links: Website: sylviapond.com Facebook @sylviapondphoto Instagram @sylviapondphoto Twitter @sylviapondphoto Dan Grace Links: Instagram @joojethecat Produced, edited and hosted by Todd. V/O by Milo Axelrod. Theme music is excerpts of “Makie Elkino” (Live) by William Chernoff. Piano outro music by JP Sunga. 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 sentence 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 exquisite and true artist once again. We talked allot about thought process, creativity, philosophy, existence and soy sauce. Songs: “Proud”, “Long-Stay Hotel” & “Surrender” by Vienna D’Amato Hall [Live on TDS] “Blood Moon” & “Southern Cross” by Vienna D’Amato Hall [Live on The iTodd Lounge 2016] Vienna D’Amato Hall Links: Facebook: @viennadamatohall Instagram: @viennadamatohall Produced, edited and hosted by Todd. V/O by Milo Axelrod. Theme music is excerpts of “Makie Elkino” (Live) by William Chernoff. Piano outro music by JP Sunga. 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. Songs: “Josie’s Talking”, “Squidd” & “Beaches” by AntiSocial Surf Club [Live on TDS] AntiSocial Surf Club Links: Bandcamp: antisocialsurfclub.bandcamp.com Facebook @antisocialsurfclub Instagram @antisocial_surf_club Twitter @antisocialsurfclub Produced, edited and hosted by Todd. V/O by Milo Axelrod. Theme music is excerpts of “Makie Elkino” (Live) by William Chernoff. Piano outro music by JP Sunga. 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. Songs: “Beckoning” & “Sirens” by Vacuity [Live on The iTodd Lounge 2008] “Destination”, “Shipwrecked” & “Man On The Radio” by The Human Statues [Live on The iTodd Lounge 2008] Produced, edited and hosted by Todd. V/O by Milo Axelrod. Theme music is excerpts of “Makie Elkino” (Live) by William Chernoff. Piano outro music by JP Sunga. 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! Songs: “From The Start” by Paige Warner [Live on Todd’s Café 2018] “Please Don’t Look At Me” & “Worth It” by Paige Warner [Live on TDS] Paige Warner Links: Website: paigewarner.ca Facebook @paigewarnermusic Instagram @paigewarnermusic Produced, edited and hosted by Todd. V/O by Milo Axelrod. Theme music is excerpts of “Makie Elkino” (Live) by William Chernoff. Piano outro music by JP Sunga. 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! Songs: “Magnets” & “Foolish” by Ophelia Syndrome [Live on The iTodd Lounge 2016] “And You” & “No Surprises” by Ophelia Syndrome [Live of the floor 2017] Ophelia Syndrome Links: Website: opheliasyndrome.com Facebook @opheliasyndromeband Instagram @ophelia.syndrome Twitter @opheliasyndrome Produced, edited and hosted by Todd. V/O by Milo Axelrod. Theme music is excerpts of “Makie Elkino” (Live) by William Chernoff. Piano outro music by JP Sunga. 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? Find Pull The Plug podcast - Available anywhere you get podcasts Songs: “Charades” by Sarah Bernardo Shannon Godelie Links: Instagram @xoradioxo Pull The Plug podcast Links: Website: ptppodcast.com Facebook @ptppodcast Instagram @ptppodcast Twitter @ptppodcast Produced, edited and hosted by Todd. V/O by Milo Axelrod. Theme music is excerpts of “Makie Elkino” (Live) by William Chernoff. Piano outro music by JP Sunga. 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