The following is a complete list of episodes. New episodes are typically published twice a week on Mondays and Thursdays.

All episodes here

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213-Fragile Masculinity and Dried Halls August 1, 2017. Any day is a good day to talk about fragile masculinity and shooting yourself in the foot by leaving dried Halls around. Right? Hey, at least I did a show.

 

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212- Dave Kozlowski-Attorney July 29, 2017. In today’s extended episode, I’m talking with Dave Kozlowski, an attorney and writer in New York. Dave talks about growing up without a clear direction and ultimately choosing law, essentially to pay off his student loans and to live the good life. But as so often happens, the reality wasn’t necessarily what he had imagined. We also talk a bit about Trump and America and where things are at.

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211-Wonder Woman, Hidden Figures, Ozark July 24, 2017. Movies and TV breakdown!

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210-We’re still hung up on ‘Son of a Trickster’ July 10, 2017. Longtime PDT alum, Ryan Caron, just finished reading Eden Robinson’s book ‘Son of a Trickster’ and wants to talk about. We talk vulnerability and confidence in writing, as well as why this book is so good. There are spoilers but we warn ahead of time.

 

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209-People (me) Doing Something. July 7, 2017. After some more time away, I’m back- with some news about the fututre of the show. Do the thing!

 

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208-The Monday Show June 18, 2017. As usual, asking why the show continues- but this time.. with music! Francis Arevalo and The Lions We Are have the new album out: https://soundcloud.com/francisarevalomusic

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207-Unprecious Poetry Night June 9, 2017. A few weeks ago, I decided to invite a bunch of friends to make poetry chapbooks and to see what happened. This is part of that result.

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206-The Hiatus Show June 5, 2017. Okay, so that didn’t last long…

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205-Veronique West-Theatre Writer May 27, 2017. Veronique West is one of Vancouver’s young, gifted theatre artists and we sat down to chat about the early success of her first play ‘Marrow,’ as well as growing up with a single parent, and working through an eating disorder.

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204-Master of Vacation May 23, 2017. Today on the show, I’m talking about vacations, jaw injuries, and Season 2 of Master of None

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203-Lau Sequins-Artist May 18, 2017. Lau is someone who always has a project, or nine, on the go. She’s working on a revamp of an original musical, and we go back through her past projects, including running a choir. SOme good anecdotes about finding yourself, trying to negotiate your privilege appropriately, and singing with Tegan and Sara.

 

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202-Sasha Singer-Wilson-Theatre Artist May 11, 2017. Sasha has accomplished a lot as an independent theatre artist and has experience with early success in Toronto but as you’ll soon find out, has a lot of other things to about: like a set of tapes from her grandfather, going through acting school, as well as trying to figure out audience interaction. You can stay up to date with Sasha’s work at https://www.sashasingerwilson.com/

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201-Seeing Eye to Eye May 7, 2017. Today I’m talking about a conversation I had with a guy who has just about as opposite of a view as I do- and how we were able to actually have a conversation.

 

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200-Teri Grant- Productivity Coach May 5, 2017. We’ve all been in the weeds when it comes to trying to get things done. And we’ve all also read the blog posts or heard the advice about the miracle solution to being more productive. Today, my friend and former colleague, Teri Grant, joins me to talk about where people go wrong and how to not just get stuff done but also to get it done so that you can enjoy your life. You can get in touch with her or get her e-book here: http://beproductiveatwork.com/

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199-Tell Your Story, Not Someone Else’s May 2, 2017 Today on the show, I’ve got some updates, as well as some thoughts when well intentioned people end up telling someone else’s story.

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198-Travis Smith-Internet Wizard April 27, 2017. Travis is no stranger to the internet. Where you and I might have a somewhat limited memory of how it all came to be, Travis was working for the LA Times and Variety right when the internet was becoming “a thing.” Travis has a lot to say as we talk about the internet and our brains, AI, and whether or not we’re already there. Travis runs Hop Studios: https://www.hopstudios.com/

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197-Monday Show-Horses, Health, and Art April 23, 2017. Today on the show I’m talking about the usual health and book updates, plus a story about the first time I met a horse. Which was today.

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196-Chloe Packer Returns- Writer April 20, 2017. When Chloe was last on the show, she was suffering from writer’s block and about to move to LA. Well she did move, and now she’s back, and has a lot to say…

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195-What is “Health?” April 17, 2017. On this week’s Monday Show, I’m mulling over/trying to re-define “health,” and why we fail at trying to “get healthy.” As usual, I find it’s the existential junk that is more of a hang up than just physical barriers. Aslo a graphic novel review to go somewhat lighter. Do the thing!

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194-Francis Arevalo-MC April 14, 2017. Way back in the heyday of People Doing Things, Francis Arevalo was on the show talking about family, community, art and grand plans. But shortly after that, Francis got sick and everything ground to a halt. For a long time. We go back and talk about that time: what it was like seeing the world move on while he struggled with mental illness and physical fatigue, and then we talk about the many things that got him out of it. Francis has a new album out in June and you can find his music here: https://soundcloud.com/francisarevalomusic

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193-Times Have Changed April 10, 2017. Today on the show, I’m taking a bit of a look back- because one of our earliest guests is coming back on the show. A lot has changed in two years for both of us.

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192-Cory McRae-Teacher April 6, 2017. Cory’s no stranger to People Doing Things but we’ve never actually sat down and talked about his real passion: education. We go back and talk about how he got into it in the first place, his philosophy, and where education is at right now, both on the ground and in the broader picture.

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191-Monday Show on a Tuesday April 4, 2017. Today we’ve got some guest updates, some musings on how to better promote your stuff as well as some good old fashioned exhaustion kicking in!

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190-Alex Reeder-Comics Artist March 30, 2017. For artist Alex Reeder, art has always been a way to express things that might not otherwise get to be expressed: life, fear, sexuality, gender, relationships, and just good old fashioned fun. Alex and I talk about moving around and searching for that thing we’re all searching for: being understood and cared for. You can support Alex’s work at: https://www.patreon.com/alexreeder and absorb it into your brain here: https://alexreederart.tumblr.com/

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189- Weird Show, Annoyed at Self March 28, 2017. Classic People Doing Things show where Nick talks vaguely about art and feelings but strings together some coherent thoughts on what’s coming up on the show.

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188-Tanille Geib-Lover of Humans March 23, 2017 Today on the show, we’re finally catching up with Tanille Geib, an artist, sexual educator, producer and much more. We talk about bodies, what happens to us as we age, how we actually discover our sexuality and just about everything in between. You can check out more of her work here: http://www.tanillegeib.ca/

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187-Connecting to Joy and Pleasure March 20, 2017. I’ll be the first to admit I don’t have a great relationship with joy. A conversation I had this week (up on Thursday) made me think long and hard about what it I actually want and hwere the roots of deep joy and pleasure come from.

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186-The OA with Kim, Rachael, and Neil March 17, 2017. What do you do when you find a Netflix show you love/hate/binge-watch over three days? You invite a bunch of people over to dissect every little detail of course! Kimberley, Rachael, and Neil join me to offer points of view on whether we think this show is brilliant, or just annoyingly vague.

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185-A visit from our old friend, Depression March 12, 2017.Old school existential dread show. ❤

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184-Why Do Anything? March 7, 2017. Today is a bit of an annual general meeting of the podcast, or a state of the union address? We’re slightly shifting gears here at the podcast, or focusing a little bit. Nuanced conversation about life’s big (and little) questions must prevail.

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183-Nick and Ryan Show #1 March 3, 2017. Ryan Caron is no stranger to People Doing Things but today we mix up the format a little and just do a show together.

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182-Trevor Noah and Discomfort with Race February 28, 2017. Last week I saw Trevor Noah on a stroke of luck and I have some thoughts about audience reactions and how uncomfortable with race white people are.

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181-Justin Gaar-Filmmaker February 24, 2017. What started out as a relatively simple phone call, sent filmmaker Justin Gaar on a three-year journey into the heart and mind of Christo Roppolo, a man who films UFOs. But a simple editing project soon became much more: a story of loneliness, heartbreak, belief, empathy and ultimately, of someone who is so unapologetically himself, he’s almost more unbelievable than the UFOs he films. But as Justin tells us, we’re just in the presence of one the great characters and loveable weirdos of our time.

You can watch ‘The Curse of the Man Who Sees UFOs’ on Netflix

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180-UFOs February 20, 2017. Today on the show, I’m talking about a really sweet new documentary called ‘The Curse of the Man Who Sees UFOs,’ which is a beautiful and somewhat tragic tale of the actual people who believe in conspiracy theories. Also, some guest updates!

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179-Diana Helps Us Work Out the Heart Junk February 17, 2017. A longstanding theme of this show has been trying to solve life’s questions, mysteries, and troubles. But as my friend Diana suggests, maybe we’re trying to solve life, which isn’t possible. We talk about her background in psychology and counselling and how we can truly help ourselves.

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178-Self Absorbed Mayhem February 13, 2017. Today on thew show I’m talking about slow realizations about being self absorbed, as well as some “reviews” for tv shows, comics, and novels. Plus there’s a little debut of my new track ‘Fascist Cabaret.’

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177-Rage Spiral February 7, 2017. We live in an age of keeping your cool, seeing the larger picture, and just letting it wash over you. So what if you’re a bit of an anger junkie and the world is going to hell in a handbasket?

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176-Jess Marlow-Youth Worker and Artist February 2, 2017. It’s been quite some time since Jess Marlow was last on the show, and since then, she’s moved to the UK to work with LGBTQ2 youth. We talk about what kids need, why they can often think better than adults and then dive into how we can possibly make a difference in our own communities.

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175-Resistance January 30, 2017. Following the inhumanity and violence shown towards Muslims in America and Canada this weekend, I’m feeling pretty sad about what the state of affairs is. But it’s no time to feel hopeless. There is a place for art and activism and that’s what we’re talking about today.

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174-Mallory Tater- Writer January 26, 2017. Today on the show I’m talking to the up-and-coming writing talent that is Mallory Tater. She just finished her Masters in Creative Writing and already has a book deal. But we go back and chart how an introspective, broody but sociable kid decided to throw everything she had at writing. You can find more of her work at her website: https://mallorytater.com/ as well as keep yourself apprised of what’s going on with her meteoric writing trajectory.

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173-Life Is Weird But So Are We. January 24, 2017. It’s been a pretty insane few days for most of us so today I’m taking a step back to talk about the Women’s March, learning to listen, engaging and disengaging with intention, as well as a whack of other life things. Writer Mallory Tater is on the show Thursday.

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172-Nadeem Phillip-Actor Today on the show I’m joined by actor Nadeem Phillip. Nadeem’s been working a lot lately and getting some good press so we go back to where it all began: in Kensington Market and lead him to New York, LA, and Vancouver.

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171-Make Your Art  It’s been a rough week at the Cactus Shack. Working through the heart stuff. You know.

170-Remembering Gwen Desjardins. Today we take a look back at our conversation with my friend Gwen, who passed away on Monday. She’s a true original and I hope you enjoy getting to spend some time with my friend Gwen.

169-Look back at 2016 show. Today, to finally celebrate the new year, we’re taking a look back at some favourite moments from the shows in 2016

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168-Whitby Ponderings December 27, 2016. A little throwback to the early days, I got for a walk in the icy suburbs and pontificate about life, 2016, and what we do next.

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167-Christmas Eve Show! December 24, 2016. An annual tradition here at People Doing Things, we like to take a look back with the help of our friends and guests and tell some winter stories.

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166-Joseph Glaser and Laura Fukumoto on Art December 22, 2016. Last night we had our friend, composer Joseph Glaser, over for dinner and we got to chatting about music, art, community and I had the foresight to record it. So if you’ve maxed out on family time, enjoy some dinner conversation!

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165-Live from Montreal December 19, 2016. A little update Monday show talking about the first few days in Montreal and a few guest updates. Amiththan’s blog that I talk about can be found here: https://timeplacedrift.wordpress.com/

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164-Here’s what’s going on December 12, 2016. Haven’t done an episode in a little bit because there’s been a lot going on. My friend is terminally ill and I wanted to talk about it.

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163-Kyla Rose-Emotional Intelligence Ninja November 30, 2016. Today on the show I’m joined by Kyla Rose, a writer and mental health advocate. Kyla relates her own experience with anxiety and depression and what has helped and what hasn’t. A recent blog post of hers on a guide for partners has been tremendously popular lately and we talk about why that might be. You can read her blog here: https://kylarosesims.wordpress.com/2016/11/01/when-your-partner-has-anxiety-a-meltdown-guide/

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162-Dealing With Certain Types of People November 28, 2016. Today on the show, I have some thoughts but new thoughts on how to deal with certsain types of people. You know: shitty people. I might have finally worked through something. Or at least approached it from a different angle.

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161- Post-Nuptial Pondering November 24, 2016. We got married! So I talk about that and then of course it turns into something more existential and apparently urgent. You know.

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160-Greyson Peck- Music Fan and Casual Musician November 17, 2016. Greyson has a long history with music, like me. And like me, he’s had ebbs and flows with it but it has remained a through line for him that he’s excited to be re-discovering and immersing himself in. We talk about being in bands, writing, jazz and bands we jus don’t get

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159-We’re Getting Married November 14, 2016. People keep asking Laura and I about getting married and this is our response

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158-The Come Down and Isolation November 12, 2016. Well that happened. While folks grieve and lay low, I’ve got some thoughts on isolation and conversations. Share some art with the world. New song from Ayoroyoko (me) at the end.

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157-A Note to You November 9, 2016. Well. It’s happened. Almost. Sort of? America. Yeah, we have to go there.

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156-Halloween and Music Makin’ October 31, 2016. Talking a little bit about Halloween and maybe its lost charms and also about trying to dust off some brain cobwebs long enough to make some music.

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155-Gillian Corbo-Anatomy Instructor October 28, 2016. I last talked to Gill in 2015 when she was out in Ontario doing her Masters degree in anatomy. Well now she’s moved South to the Windy City and she’s a full time faculty member. We talk about being a Canadian in America, being an adult, how people learn, and of course, cadavers

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154-Autumnal Slide and Turning it Around October 25, 2016. Autumn is a weird time, whether you love it or hate it. I’m talking today about some recent things going on and how I’ve been coping, or not, and how I’m trying to turn it around like an adult human being.

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153-Taneka Stotts- Comics Writer October 19, 2016. Taneka is one of those humans is simultaneously powered by spontaneity and being driven towards a vision. Taneka talks with me about growing up with seven brothers, hitting the open road being called by nothing but slam poetry, and eventually, writing comics. Go support Taneka’s amazing projects here: https://www.beyond-press.com/and http://tanekastotts.com/

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152-Emma Middleton-Actress October 14, 2016. Being an actor isn’t easy but as Emma Middleton explains, it also isn’t impossible. We talk about theatre and film work, her process, as well as just fun anecdotes from the industry.

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151-Salvaging Friendships Over Getting Sucked Into the Dark Void October 12, 2016. If you’ve ever lost a friend over some stupid garbage you’ve basically forgotten OR your heart and mind feel overrun by the negativity dumpster fire that is trying to be an engaged citizen, this episode might be for you.

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150-Skye Wallace October 6, 2016. At first glance, Skye Wallace may appear to be yet another singer-songwriter in the folk tradition but as I find out, she’s got a hell of a lot more to her than that. For one, she’s got an incredible and distinct voice, and she’s fired up in a way you would hope most musicians are. We talk about what got her started in music, what’s kept her there and why she feels like she’s found her voice. She’s on tour this fall with the new album – stay up to date with her here: http://www.skyewallace.com/

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149-White boys October 5, 2016. After an unusual weekend, I have some thoughts on white boys, entitlement and Trump. Yeah. But you can also watch Skye Wallace’s new music video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QRzLX4BEVIE

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148-Ryan Caron in Tokyo! September 29, 2016. Today on the show, we’re joined by our first ever guest and long time podcast friend, Ryan Caron! Ryan’s been in Tokyo living and breathing kabuki dance and it was high time we caught up.

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147-The Sickness Taketh Over September 27, 2016. Well, this is what I get for announcing a guest before it’s in the bag. I got some sort of horrendous stomach bug but I’m back to at least say that I’m alive and provide a few updates

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146-Exhaustion September 19, 2016. Things have been a little full on. I talk about how you reset after ending up on the wrong end of the energy cycle

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145-Fringe Festival Mini-Edition September 10, 2016. Just as the name implies, we’re having a quick rundown of some shows on by PDT alum Tanya Mathivanan and Matthew Willis. You can buy tickets and see all the shows here: https://tickets.vancouverfringe.com/

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144-Graphic Novels and Island Minds September 4, 2016. Today on the show I’m giving a brief rundown of some graphic novels I picked up, as well as a quintessential Canadian experience: being baffled and annoyed by hometown small-mindedness

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143-Talking Food with Akira August 27, 2016. Everyone has opinions on food. Akira and I happen to have very strong ones.

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142-Bikes, Stranger Things, and Learning August 15, 2016. I finally hopped on the bandwagon and watched Netflix’s ‘Stranger Things.’ There’s not a ton of spoilers in my rundown but there’s certainly enough to ruin the show so you’ve been warned!

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141-Trump Conundrum Solved By Art August 10, 2016. Okay I barely even mention Trump but I do eventually get to a point about The Conversation and how to engage with it, or not, at will, and/or with art. It’s my attempt at a pep talk

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140-Matthew Willis-Producer, Screenwriter August 5, 2016. Last time Matthew was on the show, he was a producer’s assistant and now he’s back, having written (and sold) his first screenplay. We talk about that, his time in Mexico City on a show, and then try to solve how to reckon with “the noise.” You can contribute to bringing The Orbweaver to Vancouver here: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/2123279654/the-orbweaver-from-mexico-to-the-vancouver-fringe

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139-Self Help vs Emotional Manipulation July 29, 2016. Today on the show I have some guest updates (like Missy D’s new album) and a few thoughts that have settled in after some time in the mountains combined with laying on the couch watching Netflix while trying to get back to health. Tony Robbins takes a bit of a hit. You’ve been warned

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138- Internet nihilism and Ghostbusters July 17, 2016. I’m going a little squirrely while my shoulder heals/rejects my body, but I have some thoughts that are remarkably positive about 2016. Also I saw Ghostbusters

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137-I broke myself, Bastion, and BLM July 13, 2016. Today on the show I give a brief update about dislocating my shoulder, some news about my novella, Bastion and then delve a little into some advice to give to ‘that guy’ about Black Lives Matter.

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136-Tanya Mathivanan-Director July 8, 2016. Today on the show I’m joined by theatre director Tanya Mathivanan. We talk about growing up in Singapore, working with tenacity and curiosity, Mark Rothko, and a whole lot more. Her show RED, is playing now at Little Mountain Gallery in Vancouver:

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135-Rothko, Race and Clarity of Mind July 5, 2016. Today on the show I’m talking about the fantastic show RED, about painter Mark Rothko, as well as race. Don’t worry, this is not another “white person explains race” segment, merely throwing out the idea that maybe, just maybe, white people don’t actually know what racism is.

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134-Jordan Hall-Playwright July 1, 2016. Jordan Hall is one of Canada’s up and coming playwrights, having won critical acclaim with Kayak in 2010. Jordan and I get into the specifics of her most recent work How to Survive an Apocalypse and her upcoming piece Rate of Loss, as well as explore why anyone would choose to be an artist in Vancouver.

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133-Jessie’s and Check-in June 28, 2016. Today on the show I’ve got some recap from the Jessie’s, Vancouver’s theatre awards- including a surprise win – and some life updates

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132-Sfé R Monster-Comics Artist June 23, 2016. Today on the show I’m talking to Sfé R Monster, a comics artist from North Vancouver, residing in Halifax. Sfé and I chat about the peculiarly large queer independent comics scene, being selfish in the good way and why sometimes it’s better to just go blindly into a project, regardless of what critics say. You can check out Sfé’s work at: eths-skin.com,

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twitter.com/sfemonster

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131-Tribute and Grief June 20, 2016. These are my thoughts as I’m working through the trauma of the last two weeks with so many people killed.

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130-Moriah Wax-Opera Singer June 16, 2016. Today on the show, powerhouse opera singer Moriah Wax joins me to talk about the intimacy and space created in theatre and opera that can’t be found anywhere else, as well as just what exactly opera is. It’s an incredible story in and of itself and there’s even a Marlon Brando story to boot.See her sing: http://music.ubc.ca/student-ensembles/opera/

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129-Getting Older (Nick Turns 30) June 13, 2016. Today I have some ruminations on turning 30, as well as finding compassion even when it’s hard. I do not address the heinous shooting in Orlando, as I found out after I recorded the show and I, like most people, am still processing what happened.

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128-Ryan McDiarmid-Comics, Illustration June 10, 2016. Today I’m joined by comic book artist Ryan McDairmid. We talk about independent comics vs the “majors,” growing up in Tofino, as well as getting the ball rolling artistically and the challenges of keeping it rolling. His work is available at http://www.memenaar.com/ and http://www.thedivinealchemy.com/

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127-Is everyone dying and how can I feel better? June 7, 2016. Prince, Bowie, Ali. Seems like everyone’s important idols are passing on. I talk about this as well as how to keep yourself above it all, or at least try to. And there’s some guest updates too!

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126-Keith Reynolds. June 3, 2016. Today friend of the show, writer and doer of things, Keith Reynolds. Keith has been on the show before so we check in with that before we dive into his new work with Resist Stigma, which helps address a variety of stigma that gay, bi-sexual, queer, trans and two-spirited men face. And just like last time, Nick gets a little choked up.

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125-Positive Pscyhology and Feeling all the Things May 31, 2016. Today on the show I’m talking about what I know about positive psychology and how to keep your heart from exploding with all the feelings

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124-Vacation Mess and Salvation May 26, 2016. Alright so things didn’t exactly go according to plan…

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123- Allison Mander-Wionzek-Artist May 19, 2016. Today I’m joined by artist and art curator Allison Mander-Wionzek, who talks about growing up in small town Ontario and how some art teachers turned her on to a whole different world. We talk about her influences, as well as what it’s like to be immersed in the world of art but not alway “making” something.

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122-Local Art May 16, 2016. Today I’m talking about a few guest updates, a few promos of my own and why you need to go get yourself into a theatre. Also, a quick review of ‘Horace and Pete,’ the new show from Louis CK. You can buy Sean Karemaker’s book ‘The Ghosts We Know’ here: http://www.amazon.com/Ghosts-We-Know-Sean-Karemaker/dp/1772620033

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121-Clutter and Call-out Culture May 11, 2016. Today on the show I’m giving you the lowdown on a short series I’m making called ‘Clutter.’ The show can be found on the brand spanking new pdtpod.com site under ‘Clutter.’ Then I’ve got a thing or two to say about people “calling out” others on the internet and why those people are sometimes just jerks.

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120-Let’s Help Each Other Out May 7, 2016. Today on a special Saturday show, we’re talking about how to build better art communities and I have a little summer challenge that needs your ideas.

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119-Maybe We’re Okay May 2, 2016. Today on the Monday Show I’ve got some life and art updates as well as some musings on setting boundaries, both for ourselves and other people. And maybe, just maybe, the notion that we’re actually okay.

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118-Clare Yow- Visual Artist April 28, 2016. Today on the show, Vancouver-based visual artist Clare Yow joins me to talk about not necessarily growing up “artistic,” exploring transnational identity, gender and life paths. You can check Clare’s art out at: http://www.clareyow.com

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117-Heart Stuff April 25, 2016. I promise this isn’t as morose as you might think.

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116-Traffik-MC April 15, 2016. Today on the show we’re joined by Vancouver MC Traffik, who has just released his debut album. Jacob, as he’s also known has a story rooted in self discovery and music from a pretty young age and while he may have progressed from his attic recording raps about cats, he still holds that creative space as something vital to making music. https://soundcloud.com/traffikthemc

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115-Routines and Junk April 11, 2016. Things have admittedly not been all roses in the brain and heart lately so I’m re-evaluating and trying to build a new routine for myself. But not before a quick pit stop tangent about ‘Cooked.’

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114-Gloria Eid April 8, 2016. If you’ve never heard of a career pause before then hold on tight because Gloria Eid is going to share with you what she’s been chewing on for the past few months- and a conversation we’ve been having a lot on the podcast: how exactly do we be ourselves?

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113-Do What You Need April 5, 2016. Battling through brain fog and a cold I pontificate on what exactly a human needs to function or thrive.

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112-Akira’s Story Part 2 April 1, 2016. Today on the show, we pick up where we left off with Akira’s Story (episode 99) and look into a cross country road trip and how Akira slowly discovered and came to terms with being trans. It’s a heavy-hearted talk at points discussing trauma, depression, suicide and grief so do what you need to do to take care of yourself. There’s also lots of levity!

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111-What to do when you don’t do the thing March 29, 2016. Today on the show we’re just chatting a little about some *perhaps* helpful tips for when you don’t do the thing, or, when you do the wrong thing. I think this is called positive psychology but I’d really like to take full credit for the idea.

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110-Writer’s Block with Chloe Packer March 25, 2016. Today on the show, Chloe Packer (episode 88) joins me to talk about her upcoming play ‘Fists’ and why it’s causing her so much grief. We bounce around a bit and talk about scripts, LA, plays and boxing. Do it!

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109-On Trying March 21, 2016. Today on the show I’m talking about trying: trying to give up, trying to push through, trying to make sense of being a human and how we might be able to help each other.

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108-Rae Spoon March 17, 2016. Today on the show musician and writer Rae Spoon calls in from the last stop on the leg of their tour in support of their new album ‘Armour.’ We hop around Rae’s 15 year career about how projects like ‘My Prairie Home’ and ‘Gender Failure’ came to be, as well as how the grassroots and mainstream scenes have changed over the years. www.raespoon.com

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107- Butoh and Brokeback March 14, 2016. Today on the show we’re joined by artist-in-residence (at the Cactus Shack anyway), Ryan Caron, who talks to Laura and I about butoh dance and the destroying of ego. The video we’re referring to in the conversation is here: https://vimeo.com/100239485. There’s also some tangents about creating space in art, as well as the cinematic space in Brokeback Mountain.

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106-Betroffenheit March 3, 2016. Today on the show I’m talking about Jonathon Young’s incredible show ‘Betroffenheit’ – which in crude terms: deals with trauma.

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105-Kathleen Reid- Switchboard PR February 29, 2016. Today on the show I’m talking to entrepreneur and go-getter Kathleen Reid. Always an ambitious person, Kathleen tells me about her desire to change things for the better but also to push herself, despite not necessarily knowing towards what.

Switchboard PR: http://switchboardpr.com/

Isabel’s Villegas’ Cycling Show: https://itunes.apple.com/nl/podcast/grupetto-.-chat/id1086902941?l=en

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104-Kelly Trout-Jeweler February 26, 2016. Remember way back when we talked to Kelly Trout who was kinda stuck and looking for a thing to call her own? Well she’s back and she’s making jewellery now! We talk Halifax, music co-ops, learning and how metal works.You can find her stuff at: Crone Metal Arts and if you enter the offercode ‘peopledoingthings’ you get 10% of your purchase!

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103-America February 23, 2016. Today’s show is coming to you from sunny Orlando, Florida. I talk about tourist city burnout, that guy with parrots and a few other musings on the greatest show on Earth.

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102-Graeme Thompson February 19, 2016. Today on the show actor Graeme Thompson stops by to discuss saying yes to projects, being a needy younger brother and cutting his teeth as an actor in historic Barkerville.

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101-Tyra Weitman-Soet-Fashion Designer February 15, 2016. Today I’m talking to fashion designer and self described “dabbler” Tyra Weitman-Soet. We get into how she came to be interested in making her own clothes and why people don’t value well-made clothing. We also get into how we can be our own worst enemies and regardless of your discipline, sometimes the most important thing is to step out of your own way.

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100-100th Episode February 12, 2016.

Today is a big day at the Cactus Shack- 100 episodes of People Doing Things! We reverse things a little bit and get our good friend Ryan (episodes 1, 28, 69, 81, etc) to sit down and interview me. Lots of tangents! Also, EHM Sky Patrol’s show: https://www.facebook.com/events/1686768094900454/

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99-Akira’s Story February 9, 2016. Today on the show my friend Akira drops by to discuss some of her thoughts and reflections on coming out as trans, being comfortable with discomfort and how people react to her now. We also talk about encountering people at different stages in their lives, as well as the need for more positive trans representation.

Canada’s first transgender judge: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/canadas-first-transgender-judge-named/article27876501/
Cate McGregor: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cate_McGregor

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98-Queer enough February 6, 2016. Today I’m talking about queer guilt and how we perform/present or not. I don’t think I really solve anything but maybe you know the feeling. Also, EHM Sky Patrol’s album is now available for pre-order: http://ehmskypatrol.bandcamp.com/releases

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97-Matthew Willis-Producer, Director, Writer January 28, 2016. Today I’m talking to Matthew Willis about all that goes into getting things done. Matthew just scored a professional gig as a producer’s assistant but remains a producer, director, and writer of his own stuff as well, working across theatre and film.

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96-Goals and Plays and Our Own Minds January 24, 2016. Oh hi there, stranger. Today I’m giving you some little writing updates as well as talking about *possible* ways of sticking to your goals or resolutions or whatever it is you’re doing to try to not slip into the void. We can do it. Probably.

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95-Mark Proudfoot-Co-founder of Just Greet January 14, 2016. Today we’ve got co founder of Just Greet and entrapraneur Mark Proudfoot on the show discussing how the idea came to be in a very short time and how flexibility and tenacity are the hallmarks (pun intended) of great business people.

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94-EHM Sky Patrol, Art in Your Head, Bowie January 12, 2016. Today on the show I’ve got some news about EHM Sky Patrol’s new album, so I share a clip from my 2014 interview with frontwoman Elise Hall-Meyer. More band info can be found here:http://www.ehmskypatrol.com/ I also read a play so I share some thoughts about that. And I say a few things vaguely relating to Bowie. More is coming out about him assaulting a kid- I suggest you go read that too.

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93-Mary Leong-Travel Writer January 9, 2016. Today on the show I have my friend Mary Leong, who has a travel blog: http://tinyladybigworld.com/ We talk about the problem with the way people travel and how they talk about it, and Mary shares some fun facts about New Brunswick, Macedonia and Estonia. She’s got a unique view and it was a good talk. Put it in the sides of your face.

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PDT-92-Guest Updates! January 5, 2016. Just like Maury Povich, we’re checking in with some of our guests from past episodes- like Missy D, Sean Karemaker, Megan Ryland and Keith Reynolds! Happy Tuesday.

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91-Movie Reviews from a Forest December 28, 2015. Today I’m talking Mr Holmes and Star Wars, in a forest! I also share some thoughts and hopes about the podcast.

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90-Christmas Episode December 24, 2015. Apparently this is a tradition now.

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89-Pre-Christmas Episode December 21, 2015. We’re back on track! This week, my friend Cory drops by and we talk about gearing up for the holidays and dealing with family. Yeah!

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88-Chloe Packer-Writer December 3, 2015. After a brief hiatus we’re back with a new show: talking to writer Chloe Packer! She’s an artist and human of many talents but we talk about what moves her to write and whether or not she’s willing to stick around being a writer “trying to make it” forever

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87-One Year Anniversary Show November 16, 2015. Today marks 365 days of People Doing Things beaming into your head spaces so I thought we’d celebrate by going back through the vault and sharing some stories and anecdotes with you from the last year.

The special opening track is Trans Lunar Express 1 by Toronto outfit Moonwood- you can buy their new album here on PURPLE VINYL, MAN

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86-Joanna Ludlow-Race to Alaska November 13, 2015. Most people wouldn’t necessarily sign up for a race to Alaska on a tiny two person catamaran- especially if they had no previous experience of sailing. And maybe Joanna Ludlow isn’t most people but as she’ll tell you, there are worse things to fear than death.

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85-Jose Gomez-Doctor November 7, 2015.This one’s a pretty remarkable episode- a conversation with my friend Jose who is a doctor in Mexico. We talk about emergency rooms, big pharma, drunk pop stars, and delivering twins in the middle of nowhere. There’s fairly graphic content in this one related to death and injury, so be advised.

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84-November Challenge November 3, 2015. Some show updates a wee challenge to keep you going through arguably the worst month. We can do it!

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83-Andrew Lynch-Actor October 30, 2015. Today we’re talking to the actor Andrew Lynch, who loves villians and detests method actors- as people anyway. We go way back to what got Andrew into acting and discuss him playing the Penguin.

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82-Filling My Head with Art October 26, 2015. Today I’m talking about a play I went to see called Tender Napalm, why I get weepy at dance things and also some observations on people who live forever in the future. It’s a whole show so let’s do it!

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81-Ryan Caron-Kabuki Dancer + Life Stuff October 23, 2015. Today I’m talking to our old friend Ryan Caron, who first appeared on episode 1 and remains a presence at the Cactus Shack. He’s just got himself a grant to go study kabuki dance in Japan so we talk about that- but not before I go over some obtuse metaphors about dealing with life.

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80-That Time I Had a Beer with Justin Trudeau October 20, 2015. Today I roundly celebrate the first day of a Harper-less Canada as well as the end of the election. I have a few thoughts. But mostly I want to tell you a story about the time I awkwardly touched Justin Trudeau.

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79-Geoff Schellenberg-Opera Singer October 16, 2015. Today we talk to a real live opera singer! I fumble my way through try to understand a rather particular art form and Geoff talks about whether opera is dead or not, how he stumbled into opera and what exactly it takes to “make it.”

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78-Losing my election October 10, 2015. Well into Canada’s longest lead up to an election, I share some thoughts reluctantly and somewhat abusively. Happy Thanksgiving!

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77-Community Building through Outer Space October 5, 2015. So we got a telescope and it’s changing our neighborhood.

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76-Gillian Corbo-Master of Anatomy September 26, 2015. Today I chat to my old friend Gill, whose studying her Master’s of Anatomy in Ontario. Gill has two obsessions: teaching and bodies. Cadavers to be more precise. We talk about embarrassing moments in the morgue, how to healthy and how the brain works. Science!

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75-The Brain and Clarity September 20, 2015. Tangential thoughts on seeking (and possibly finding) clarity and also how the brain works. How do we learn?!

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74-Al Shaibani-a guy who sort of does everything September 18, 2015. I’ve known Al for a few years and quite apart from being a nice guy- he’s also seemingly everywhere, involved in everything from student leadership conferences to boards, to campus tours to… dropping everything to go to Japan with a one-way ticket. We talk about growing up in Baghdad, moving every two years, wearing bow ties and being academically driven- and then sort of not.

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73-I am not good at weekends September 14, 2015. Nick goes for a walk and tries to live like a human. It almost works

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72-Vanity Feral-Burlesque Dancer + Activist September 11, 2015. Today on the show I talk to Vanity Feral, a woman of many interests and talents. We talk human libraries, burlesque, bi-sexualism, art, activism- there’s not much we left out and I’m sure there could have been a lot more. Settle in for some deep talks.

*Trigger Warning: there’s a relatively frank discussion of rape in the first segment

71-Art from every direction! September 7, 2015. This Labour Day I’m talking about graphic novels, theatre, journals, writing a web series and queer community. And community in general.

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70-Sean Karemaker-Comic Book Artist September 4, 2015. Today I’m talking to Sean, a gifted artist and deep thinker who details art as the only thing to do in a busy household and how the shifts in life and artistic direction don’t always come from within. Check out his art: http://www.seankaremaker.com/

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69-Trauma by Proximity (and the way through) August 30, 2015. Ryan Caron and I both had rough weeks, so we’re talking it out. Frank discussions of violence, cancer and depression. Hopefully some catharsis too.

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68-Self Care Can Look Like A Lot of Things August 25, 2015. Hey creatures! We’re running on fumes and so have a little mid-week check in! I’m talking about the origins of the show, talking to people’s faces, puttin’ energy in your cells and bachelorettes. Let’s do the show!

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67-Ekaterina Dovjenko-Architect August 21, 2015. Today we’re talking to my pal Kat, who is entering the home stretch of her architectural degree. We talk about what makes architects different as well as how we can change the world (for better or worse) with design of the spaces around us.

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66-We’re Doing a Show! and a bachelorette party August 18, 2015. Big announcement this week about my upcoming web series, as well as ruminations on brain fog and bachelorette parties

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65-Matt Loeb- Poet, Web Comic Guy August 14, 2015. Sometimes you sit down with someone and eery similarities in life experiences align. This was one of those. Runaway brain and poet/web comic guy Matt Loeb takes us on a non-linear journey of beanie babies as performance art, bringing art to Windsor and many, many other tangents. Web comic is here: http://www.brainthoughtwordsay.com/

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PDT-64-Who Needs a Leader? August 11, 2015. Today on the show- after some technical delays- I’m asking some questions and connecting some dots around leadership (or absence of) and how we build things.

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63-Rachel Taylor-Director, Poet August 6, 2015. Rachel’s a woman of many talents- a poet, a director and a caller-out of people. We chat about working in an isolated Northern city, being gay, being Christian and how all of those things combine in all kinds of interesting ways. Go follow her and her musings and art at @SlamPoetRachel

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PDT-62-Engagement, Cancer, Queer. Big life stuff. August 4, 2015. Alright. It’s been busy times here at the cactus shack. Big news items and a callout to our community. How do we show up for each other so we can fix things and plow through?

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PDT-61-Geoff Lister-Photographer. July 31, 2015. Geoff’s journey into becoming a photographer didn’t start in the likeliest of places: it started in a brief stint in church. Through that experience he learned that you have to take a lot of bad photos before you can take any good ones. And it also helps to embrace the unknown.

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PDT-60-Isabel Montoya Villegas- Cyclist July 24, 2015. Alright, sure a lot of people love bikes but not everyone loves bikes like Isabel. Born and raised in cycling stronghold Colombia, we trace back the route of her fascination with bikes. She explains how races work, why Colombia is so cycling nuts and even some the spiritualism surrounding some of Colombia’s most famous cyclists.

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PDT-59-Bicycles July 21, 2015. Today we’re talking about why we love, and why we miss, bikes. Lindsay sits down with her dad and I wax about how sometimes buying a bike is no easier than buying a car.

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PDT-58-Lindsay Alley-Actor, Writer, Producer July 18, 2015. Today on the show, an actress and our new producer: Lindsay Alley! Lindsay and I talk about being home schooled in Victoria, growing up “weird” and finding the ability to be okay with not knowing. Her journey has taken her to theatre school in London, a strange date that Sir Ian McKellen crashed and three months wandering in Mexico.

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PDT-57-The Show, Queer Art, and Why Men Can’t Behave On the Internet July 12, 2015. Today I chat a bit about the direction of the podcast, as well as taking in theatre and why it can get you outside of your bubble. I pontificate a little about queer representation in art for a bit and then relate a simple story about someone tweeting someone else’s bad date and the response that followed. Today’s episode is brought to you by overindulging in orange juice.

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PDT-56-Justin McElroy-Journalist July 10, 2015. Today I’m joined by Justin McElroy, a journalist for Global BC. Justin’s got a keen eye for interesting stories, particularly ones that may not catch the eye of everyone at first. Justin and I chat about the future of news, what young journalists can do to land a job and also how even little known ghost towns can be important stories to tell. For a ghost town story, go here: http://globalnews.ca/news/1513118/ghost-town-mysteries-bradian-b-c-a-ghost-town-for-sale/

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PDT-55-Routines and The News July 6, 2015. Today on the show I am battling through wildfire smoke to bring you some thoughts on routines, whether news and gossip are engrained in us and also how news came to be news. Also new: a theme song from The Rock Band Called Time. Journalist Justin McElroy joins me Thursday.

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PDT-54-Ashleigh Eaton-Youth Worker July 2, 2015. Today I’m talking to Ashleigh Eaton, a youth support worker in Vancouver. We chat about what drew her to work with kids battling mental health issues, unstable homes, substance abuse, and the pain of growing up. We talk through where the system is at, how to have difficult conversations and most importantly, how everyone can support youths.

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PDT-53-Queer, Gay and Canada Day June 30, 2015. Today I’m talking about the historic US Supreme Court decision to legalize gay marriage in all 50 states. Which has triggered some beautiful but also some kind of bizarre reactions from Canada. I talk about the straight, corporate takeover of Pride and what we can do to reclaim and re-queer a movement. Friday’s guest is youth worker Ashleigh Ann-Eaton. Do it!

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PDT-52-Trevor Record-Podcaster June 25, 2015. Today on the show I’ve got Trevor Record- a guy co-hosting a podcast. But this podcast is a little different because it’s looking at long form journalism and grading it- but also offering up some clubhouse-esque commentary. We talk a lot of shop but for anyone interested in podcasts, specifically how they operate, you’re going to want to hear Trevor’s views. Then we slander popular podcast advertisers that drive us nuts. Read Long and Prosper can be found here: http://readlongandprosper.tumblr.com/

Today’s episode isn’t brought to you by stamps.com or blue apron for reasons that will become all too apparent

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PDT-51- Nick goes to Cuba June 22, 2015. I’m baaaaaack. Today on the show I give you a rundown of my time in Cuba, including musings on Canadians, resorts, and the enigma that is Che. We now resume regular programming. Today’s episode is brought to you by too much time in the sun

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PDT-50-Cuba/50th Episode June 8, 2015. Today, I’m talking about Cuba- because it’s a complicated place with a rich history and soon I’ll be there. I give a rough breakdown of Cuba’s history, including the enigmatic Fidel Castro. Also, this is our 50th episode! Thanks for sticking with me the last 7 months. Reminder that People Doing Things will be taking a short break until June 22nd. Catch up!

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PDT-49- Gordon Katic-podcaster June 4, 2015. Today on the show we have radio man, podcaster and journalist Gordon Katic. He co-hosts our arch-nemesis show Cited and we chat about technique, talking to academics, and how to make a show. We chat a little bit about the draw of radio and podcasts, including the occasional pitfalls of trying to get a story. Today’s show is brought to you by radio waves.

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PDT-48-Radio and Podcasts June 2, 2015. Today we’re talking about radio and podcasts- what they mean, where they came from and how the help incite revolutions. We’ll go artsy, experimental, historical and big picture. Today’s show is brought to you by coffee. Sweet, sweet coffee.

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PDT-47-David Williams-Forester May 28, 2015. Today on the show, my friend and forester/musician David Williams joins us- and we go into the beautiful woods of UBC campus in Vancouver to talk about what got him interested in forest ecology and also what exactly makes a forest healthy. Dave also gamely tries to answer my impossible what if scenarios and talks about what’s next, forest wise and musically. Today’s episode is brought to you by the next mass extinction.

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PDT-46-Trees May 25, 2015. Today on the Monday Show, I’m experimenting with a new format. I’ll be introducing a new topic, usually relating to the conversation to be had on the subsequent Thursday show. It’s just a short taste, next week will look quite different again and maybe more realized. Anyway, today we’re talking about trees.

Give me feedback at @thorntonosity on Twitter

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PDT-45-Gwen Desjardins-Actress May 22, 2015. Today on the show my buddy Gwen swings by to talk about what it takes to be a successful actor. In the background. We go through some great stories- including some with Sir Ian McKellen- and go over how to be ready for your break- even if it’s not “the” break. We also get into Gwen’s lifelong obsession with the X-Files. Today’s episode is brought to you by the miracle of sound.

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PDT-44-BB King, Health, and Dispatches Idea May 18, 2015. Today on the Monday Show I’m talking about the recent passing of blues legend BB King. I’m also pondering what sober people do and why North Americans seem to have such a weird relationship to alcohol. And I close off with pitching idea about “dispatches.” In short, if you go somewhere neat- record something while you’re there and send me the audio file. Cool? Cool. Today’s episode is brought to you by dishes piling up

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PDT-43-Laura Fukumoto-Costume Designer, Producer May 13, 2015. We’re all just trying to make art and make our way in the world and Laura Fukumoto is doing just that. A theatre professional with a mission to shift how people view theatre in Vancouver and make art that moves people, Laura’s made a habit of being busy and questioning why we make art in the first place. She also lives with me so there’s that dynamic. Today’s episode is brought to you by chicken stock.

Red Man Laughing podcast mentioned: http://www.redmanlaughing.com/

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PDT-42-Sleater Kinney, Maron and Good News May 11, 2015. Today on the Monday Show, we’re talking about a busy week of shows, including Sleater Kinney and Marc Maron. Also, I share some good news! Let’s do it!

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PDT-41-Megan Ryland May 7, 2015. Today my guest is a person who writes: Megan Ryland. Publishing her first book in high school, Megan and I talk about why artists can just produce art, they don’t necessarily need to adopt an artiste persona. We go through inspiration, fantasy and the intimidating nature of artist communities. Today’s episode is sponsored by the last two eggs in the fridge.

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PDT-40-Brain Space and How to Get Shit Done May 3, 2015. Today on the Monday Show, I’m falling down the nostalgic rabbit hole and trying to organize my very unorganized head. I go into some detail about project and time management for those of us who dwell in the chaos and how to keep yourself at least moderately happy and healthy. Then I play half a song. Today’s episode is brought to you by caffeine!

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PDT-39-Dave Ruckus April 30, 2015. Today on the show, DJ Dave Ruckus, a New Orleans boy- talks to me about growing up in the Big Easy as a young punk in a city divided. We chat about what the future of music in New Orleans may hold and he recalls the time he was involved in a scuffle with Led Zeppelin frontman, Robert Plant. For real. Today’s episode is brought to you by mind expansion.

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PDT-38-The Monday Show (New Orleans Edition)April 26, 2015. Alright kids, I’m fresh back from New Orleans with some stories and clips from down south! Everything from food to nature, to kid bands to race. Yep. We’re dipping our toes in today so put on your waders and shrimping boots.

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PDT-37-Keith Reynolds April 22, 2015. Today I’ve got the writer Keith Reynolds on the show! Keith walks me through how writing a novel for a contest got him out of a hard time and opened up a new path for him. Now, he’s working on getting it published. We talk about the importance of visibility and good art for youths, as well as some video game projects. Check out his writing here: adviceignored.com and his game TanGram here: http://tan-gram.herokuapp.com

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PDT-36-On Set, Amadeus, and Neko Case April 17, 2015. This week’s Monday Show (on Thursday), I talk about getting back behind a camera to help out EHM Sky Patrol’s indiegogo campaign- as well as seeing Amadeus for the first time. I also give a run down of the amazing Neko Case show, play a song for you and give the rundown on what will happen while I’m in New Orleans. Happy weekend, badgers!

PDT-35-Amiththan Sebarajah Pt. 2 April 13, 2015. Today I tackle part two of my talk with thru-hiker Amiththan Sebarajah and while we move onto his experience hiking the Appalachian trail, we also revisit some of the things that happened in Sri Lanka, including a chance encounter with someone in BC who was likely just on the other side of the city he was raised in. We discuss “trail magic” and what’s next.

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PDT-34-Amiththan Sebarajah Pt. 1 April 9, 2015. Today I’m joined by a pretty incredible human. Amiththan hails from Sri Lanka and after moving away from a violent political crisis, he found himself in a part of Toronto with its own challenges. Amiththan and I talk origins, identity, migration and nationality. We start the long journey to what would become one of his greatest: hiking the Appalachian Trail. Part 2 on Monday.

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PDT-33-Shaking Off The Rust April 7, 2015. This week I’m talking about what’s going on in my world, including some updates on my novella, as well as (possible) guitar additions. I also run through some updates on past guests including EHM Sky Patrol, CeMelusine and Missy D. Links are beloooow:

Missy D- https://www.facebook.com/themissyd?pnref=story
CeMelusine- http://cemelusine.itch.io/east-van-ep
EHM Sky Patrol- http://music.cbc.ca/#!/artists/EHM-Sky-Patrol

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PDT-32-Matt Whiteman April 2, 2015. Today I’m talking to my friend Matt Whiteman who spent some time in Africa volunteering and then decided to write a Masters degree about it. He learned that good intentions don’t always solve problems and that silence doesn’t always been assent. It’s a long one and a good one!

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PDT-31-Jeremy McElroy March 26, 2015. Today on the show I’ve got Jeremy McElroy, an engaged citizen and as you’ll hear, a guy with a lot of feelings about what’s going on in his locale! Jeremy takes me through the beginnings of his activism, from attending a diverse high school to going to protests, to being the president of the AMS at UBC. We’re sure to ruffle a few feathers with this one but Jeremy’s done his homework and regardless of where you stand on certain issues, or if they affect you at all, this 90 minute chat is sure to get you thinking.You can follow him at @monsieur_mac

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PDT-30-Eulogies and Adulthood March 24, 2015. A bit sombre this week but I need to at least put it out there. Two grandparents died in the same week and I talk about what dealing with grief looks like through other people. It’s just me pontificating out loud. I hope you get something from it.

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PDT-29-Steven Masuch March 19, 2015. This week app developer Steven Masuch joins me to talk about all that goes into starting something from scratch, living the freelancer dream and how to connect people. See a theme in this podcast at all? He also talks pogs and lemon trees. Here’s all the links we reference throughout the show:

Vancouver general: http://tinyletter.com/vancouvergeneral/archive

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PDT-28-Of Masks and J-Law March 16, 2015. Today I’m talking paper mache- I’m suddenly taken with the idea of arts and crafts. Then good old Ryan drops in to talk about the enigma that is Jennifer Lawrence. Because we can.

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PDT-27-Kimberley, Monica Hamburg, Missy D- Live from Chinatown March 12, 2015. This is a big one! Live from Chinatown in Vancouver, I got the opportunity to talk to three extraordinary women with three different directions but all on the cusp of big things. My friend Kim is off to take three months to go exploring, which involves 10 days in a yurt, Monica hosts a sweet and dark podcast called Dazed and Convicted: Craigslost, and Missy D is at the help of the Laydy Jams mothership- a musical force to be reckoned with. Dig it! https://soundcloud.com/laydyjams

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PDT-26-A Weekend of Open Space March 9, 2015. This Monday Show I talk a little bit about what went down at this open space in Chinatown, arranged by the goodgetters (see episode 23). There were poets, writers, artists, musicians, and folks just curious as to what was happening. It’s pretty nutty what can happen when you have a space you can do literally anything in. And apparently, this is just the beginning… this episode’s sponsor is coffee. a pot of coffee.

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PDT-25-Jess Marlow March 5, 2015. Actor, Director, …clown?! Jess Marlow. Unlike some of our guests, Jess grew up around art and creativity so her mission has been finding out just what art form suits her best. Somewhat a crossroads, we talk theatre, remounting plays, getting unstuck, as well as what a three day clowning “intensive” entails.

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PDT-24-Goodgetters and Tank Girl March 3, 2015. This is a quick little update about a great Goodgetter’s initiative as well as me watching the 1995 movie ‘Tank Girl’ based off the UK comic book. It was weird. There’s Ice-T and kangaroo people. Here’s the Goodgetter’s IndieGoGo campaign: https://www.facebook.com/events/1506059242968685

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PDT-23-Francis Arevalo February 27, 2015. Today on the show we’ve got Francis Arevalo talking The Goodgetters, his social/musical collective, as well as how to move large, complex projects ahead, while motivating people. Strap in, it’s a long one! Goodgetters info at: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/the-goodgetters-runubc-t-shirts

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PDT-22-You are not a jerk February 23, 2015. On today’s Monday Show, I talk about a surreal experience I had with the lead singer from a popular band. I’ve edited out the name because it’s not really relevant to the story. I wrap the story up with a nice little comment on community. Just trust me on this, it’s short!

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PDT-21-Mike Lipsett February 19, 2015. Mike and Nick go way back. Like childhood way back but today they talk about the journey Mike took through art school and photography to doing what he does today: graphic design. Mike’s got quite the story with some important lessons so listen up!

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PDT-20-Anatomy of Anxiety February 16, 2015. This Monday show, I talk about high school arts and why those spaces are important and then I have an anxiety attack and I talk through it. There’s a song at the end, so just roll with it

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PDT-19-Niki Paley February 12, 2015. This week I get to sit down with Niki Paley, a counselor and all around pretty reflective person. We talk about relationship with self and ultimately whether or not people can change. It’s a good one so strap on your change helmet and enjoy!

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PDT-18-Movies, Running, Laura Reviews 50 Shades February 9, 2015. This Monday Show, I talk about The Interview, Chef, and The Trip: To Italy. I also ponder on getting back into physical shape and then Laura drops some serious thinking points on the first 100 pages of Fifty Shades of Gray.

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PDT-17-Phil Misquitta February 4, 2015. Today I’m joined by a man that plays the bass, is from England, and who plays really great music. His name is Phil Misquitta and we heard about Greek punk squats, Manitoba, love, and most importantly: Rock. Here’s the links: http://therockbandcalledtime.bandcamp.com/ + http://haggatha.bandcamp.com/

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PDT-16-Negativity Spirals, Running and Memory Lane February 1, 2015. This Monday show, I give you a bit of a preview for our next guests, talk about getting out of your own negativity and getting back into the groove of things. I also stumbled across an old album of mine, and share the song ‘Black Russian Rhino.’ Why not?!

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PDT-15-Kelly Trout January 30, 2015. Social activist, funny lady and old friend Kelly Trout pays me a visit to discuss where the weird comes from, dropping out and what comes next in creative endeavors. We work through some things- pardon my existential crisis I seem to be having during the interview.

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PDT- 14- For the Love of Food with Isabel Ferreras January 27, 2015. My friend Isabel dropped in to chat food, inspiration, and how to follow instructions. We make kimchi. It’s great

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PDT- Episode 13- Alisha Weng and Chieh Huang. January 22, 2015. Today I’m joined by two visual artists: Alisha Weng and Chieh Huang. Alisha’s a photographer and mixed media artist and Chieh is a make-up artist/designer/model. They talked about their collaboration and process and Alisha shed some light and how she got turned on to photography in the first place. Check out her art: https://www.flickr.com/photos/musikkpike/

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PDT-Episode 12- Museums, Friends, Laura January 19, 2015. This Monday I’m ruminating on my visit to the Museum of Vancouver- which leads me to think about culture – or the absence of. Then we go all into friendship and my partner, the theatre wizard, Laura Fukumoto, chimes in. She also has friends, so we talk about that.

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PDT-Episode 11- Cory McRae January 17, 2015. This week, my good friend and writer Cory McRae stopped by to discuss where his ideas come from, whether he’s tethered to archetypes and how words work (or don’t). Many tangents are taken but we get to the bottom of where and why and how it all works. Sort of.

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PDT-Episode 10-Ben Everyman January 9, 2015. This week, musical enigma Ben Everyman joins me to talk about how exactly a sarcastic unmotivated suburban kid becomes a more motivated but also more sarcastic and contrary musician. You can hear his music at http://beneveryman.com/

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PDT-Episode 9- Getting Out of the Funk w/Guests January 5, 2015. This week, I talk about getting back, engaging with, locking in to why we do the things we do. Ryan Caron drops by to share some thoughts on being stuck in ruts. Laura Fukumoto offers her own diagnoses of what ails us. Dig it.

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PDT Episode 8- Christmas Special! December 24, 2014. Some friends “drop by” and tell some Christmas tales, interspersed by some tunes played by the one and only Laura Fukumoto. It’s Christmas eve! Enjoy it

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PDT Episode 7- “Live” from Whitby December 22, 2014. Just for you, I go knocking about in the wild woods of Whitby, Ontario to wax poetic about Ontario, family, Christmas, and why I even do this podcast in the first place

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PDT Episode 6- Zach Meisenheimer December 20, 2014. This week we’re talking sports. Sports and community. Zach is a diehard fan of the Vancouver Whitecaps and the capo of the Curva Collective, a group of supporters who believe that a community of fans and players can transcend more than just a sport. Check them out at https://www.facebook.com/CurvaCollective and see what goes into being a true supporter

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PDT Episode 5- ceMelusine December 11, 2014. ceMelusine – the video game designer and artist joins me to talk games, design, art and why the hell we do or don’t engage with something more than just what we’re used to. Find the games and put ’em in your mind: http://cemelusine.itch.io/east-van-ep

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PDT Episode 4- Jorge Amigo December 4, 2014. Today’s show is with one of Vancouver’s great connectors. Jorge Amigo originally hails from Mexico City and is now on a quest to make cities more connected. You can follow all his amazing events and ideas on twitter: https://twitter.com/amigojor

PDT Episode 3- Elise Hall-Meyer November 29, 2014. Today on the show, I sit down with old time chum Elise Hall-Meyer of EHM Sky Patrol. She’s working on an album, pioneering “saloon funk” and generally enjoying all that goes with being in a band. And there’s a sneak preview track at the end of the show! Find more EHM Sky Patrol at http://www.ehmskypatrol.com/

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PDT Episode 2- Hannah Johnson November 24, 2014. This week Hannah Johnson sits down to talk about poetry. Slam Poetry. We talk about life, words, inspiration and the ones we leave behind. You can check out Hannah’s work on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iSvpOTui4gI and the late Zaccheus Jackson here

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PDT Episode 1- Ryan Caron November 16, 2014. Ryan Caron, theatre professional extraordinaire, stops by to talk about his roots in small town Alberta, a web series about Shakespeare in college and just how exactly one designs smell.