The Nothing Exists Radio Hour S2E15: Jeff Bray (Cultivate Festival, the food industry)


We talk about:

  • Jeff’s history in the food industry and what he loves about it

  • What brought Jeff back to Northumberland County and why he’s chosen this place to grow his family

  • Cultivate festival– how it started, why it started, how it’s growing, and what to expect this year

  • and more!



Tunes by:

  • Nickola Mongolia

  • The Sheepdogs

  • Kate Boothman

  • Lemon Bucket Orkestra

The Nothing Exists Radio Hour S2E14: Shelley Simester (being a professional actor)


We talk about:

How she became a professional actor

What she’s worked on in the past, what she’s working on now, what she’s doing next

Shelley’s advice for young people who are interested in becoming professional actors

How Shelley’s work keeps her well

and more!

Featured Music by:

The Slivers

Kate Suhr

Clan Hannigan & friends

The Weber Brothers

The Nothing Exists Radio Hour S2E13: Kristie Salter (becoming an RMT, being a working professional with ADHD, and mind/body connection)


We talk about:

  • the path to becoming an RMT

  • the connection between mental and physical health

  • living as a working professional with ADHD

  • getting diagnosed with ADHD

  • various ways Kristie treats her ADHD

  • the transition to using cannabis as medicine

  • resilience and life after big traumatic events

  • how Kristie’s work keeps her well

and more!


Featured Tunes:
Picture of Health by Muncie Girls
It’s Gonna Rain All Day by Dan Adriano in the Emergency Room
Gold Guns Girls by Metric
You Were Right by Cuff the Duke

The Nothing Exists Radio Hour S2E12: David Sheffield (An update on Green Wood Coalition and the upcoming Community 101)


We talk about:

An update on Green Wood Coalition (their newish space and relocating the community garden)

The upcoming Community 101, Mobilizing the Neighbourhood with Jonathan Massimi

“Explore Asset-Based Community Development, a tool for connecting and resourcing those who desire to build healthy and vibrant communities. With 20 years of experience in community development, guest presenter, Jonathan Massimi, Community Centres Supervisor for the City of Kitchener, believes if properly guided people can become architects of their own future.

This free, participatory workshop is presented with the financial support of Northumberland United Way. Thanks to the congregation of Grace Church for sharing their space for this Community 101 presentation.”

How David stays well in his line of work

How David balances his growing family of adult children and grandkids with his community work

and more!

Featured Tunes:

Crush Me by The Muffs

Ordinary Day by Great Big Sea

NDN Kars by A Tribe Called Red

Pimmel by The Muffs

The Nothing Exists Radio Hour S2 Ep. 11: Maureen Pollard


Maureen has worked in the field of social work since 1991. In private practice since 2011, Maureen is a specialist in traumatic bereavement, helping individuals, families and groups navigate life after losses, including pregnancy and infant loss, child death, suicide loss, homicide loss and sudden or accidental death. Maureen is a certified Compassionate Bereavement Care provider, and she is trained in RTS Bereavement Care (Resolve Through Sharing). In June 2019, she published The Twentieth Year: A Memoir of Miscarriage, a book that tells the story of her journey through multiple miscarriages to parenthood, and how her personal grief experiences influences her work.

Social work website:

Author website:

Facebook page:

Twitter and Instagram handle: @rhythmsinlife

We talk about:

What inspired her to get into social work and specialize in the things she does

What kind of training she draws from in her professional practice

Her book, “The Twentieth Year: Memoirs of Miscarriage”

The process of writing and publishing her book

Being public about recurrent miscarriage and early pregnancy

Pregnancy after recurrent miscarriage

Grief and peoples’ reactions to it

How to maintain professional boundaries as someone working with people who have also experienced recurrent pregnancy loss (and other types of traumatic loss)

What Maureen wants people to know about recurrent pregnancy loss

What Maureen wants youth and parents of youth to know about mental health and suicide

How Maureen’s work has contributed to her being well

Featured Music by:

Sincere Engineer

David Newland

Ellen Torrie

Cale Crowe

The Nothing Exists Radio Hour S2E9: Adilson Jacobs (WWOOFing and learning music)


We talk about WWOOFING at Fifth Wind Farm, picking up guitar and developing songwriting and recording skills during his travels, and all the unreal experiences that have got him where he is.

I’m also proud to announce that we’ll be playing a recording of one of Adilson’s original songs for the very first time!

Don’t miss it, this guy has quite the story.

Featured Tunes:

wish you were gay by Billie Eilish

Lip Service by Natalie Sweet

Hope by Adilson

Enjoy the Silence by Depeche Mode

The Nothing Exists Radio Hour S2E8: Sarah Kennedy (owning her own doggy daycare, PMDD)


We talk about:

– Sarah’s love for dogs and her daily tasks at the kennel

– How Sarah got to a place where she owns her own business

– Sarah’s other random skills (she’s a costumer!!)

– What Sarah needs from her clients to make for the best experience for everyone (especially their pups!)

– An update on the renovations currently happening at the kennel

– Why Lakeview doesn’t discriminate against breeds or use cages

– PMDD, self-diagnosis, and barriers to talking about and treating women’s health

– Sarah’s volunteer work with Take Back the Night: Port Hope

and more!

Featured Tunes by:

– Wayne Kennedy

– Avem

– Backyard Riot

– Deviants and the Odd Man Out

The Nothing Exists Radio Hour S2E6: David Newland (Musician, Adventurer)


Check out my conversation with David Newland (deemed “quality radio” by closet radio producer, Meghan Sheffield)!

We talk about:

  • His new album, Northbound

  • His work with Adventure Canada

  • Making Northumberland County home

  • Reconsidering the way we, as settlers, approach truth and reconciliation

and more!

Don’t miss David’s upcoming show in Cobourg!! Click here for details!

Featured Tunes by:
Kim Doolittle
Cale Crowe
Kyler Tapscott
David Newland

The Nothing Exists Radio Hour S2E5: Carol and Justine from The Drowning Girls (a feminist true crime play produced by Northumberland Players!)


Check out my conversation with director, Carol, and actor, Justine, to hear all about The Drowning Girls, which opens this weekend!

“Bessie, Alice, and Margaret have two things in common: they are married to George Joseph Smith and they are dead.

Surfacing from the bathtubs they were drowned in, the three breathless brides gather evidence against their womanizing, murderous husband, reliving the shocking events leading up to their deaths.

The Drowning Girls is both a breathtaking fantasia and a social critique, full of rich images, a myriad of characters and lyrical language: thought provoking, suspenseful and gripping theatre.

Winner of the Betty Mitchell Award for Outstanding New Play.”

Performances at the Firehall Theatre, Cobourg.

May 24, 25, 31, June 1, 6, 7, 8, 2019, at 8:00 pm

May 26, June 2, 9, 2019, at 2:00 pm

Tickets $22 (+ handling)

Call 905-372-2210 or 1-855-372-2210 or purchase online at

The Nothing Exists Radio Hour S2E4: Nickola - Tattooer and owner of Koukla Ink, Founder of Project New Moon.


We talk about:
– Nickola’s background in art and process of becoming a professional tattooer
– How being passionate about gender equality influences her professional creative work
– Why Nickola loves the medium of tattoo
– Project New Moon (how and why it started and how to get involved)
– Nickola’s tattoo healing tips and a bit about what she wants her clients to know

…and more!


Featured Tunes by:
Ellen Torrie
Winona Wilde
Jimmy Bowskill
James Taylor

The Nothing Exists Radio Hour S2E3: Jeff Cook (Tattooer, artist, musician)

Check out my interview with Jeff Cook of The Artery Original Tattoos WHILE HE TATTOOS ME!!


We talk about:
– How Jeff got into tattooing
– His dos and don’t of booking and receiving a tattoo
– How and why he started his own shop
– Why he loves tattoo as a medium
– His advice on aftercare
– An update on Gunt and how playing in that band keeps him well

and more!

Featured Tunes:
Mystery Box by Battlebear
The Riff by Lumbergh
Stop Thinking, Start Feeling by Exes For Eyes
I Don’t Know by E.L.E.

The Nothing Exists Radio Hour Season 2 Episode 2

Check out my interview with Smokii Sumac!


We talk about:

– His book, “You Are Enough: Love Poems for the End of the World”

– His work on his Ph.D in Indigenous Studies

– Grief

– The way he uses social media

– Lots of reading recommendations!

and more!

Featured Tunes:

True Trans Soul Rebel by Against Me!

Atmomsphere by Miesha and the Spanks

Night Cruise by The Lonely Parade

Loon Song by Tara Williamson

The Nothing Exists Radio Hour Ep 62: One Year of Nothing Exists

Celebrate one year of nothing exists by listening to this special episode featuring a live audience!


Featuring the top 10 things I have learned from Nothing Exists and updates from two fan-favourite episodes!

10 Things I’ve Learned from One Year of Nothing Exists:

10. People rarely listen to what you say (the first time). They hear their own beliefs that they project on to what you say.
9. Everyone has their own weird speech pattern.
8. Everyone has a story, a reason, a perspective behind their reactions.
7. My perspective of myself in a conversation always changes when I listen back to it after.
6. Technology is HARD and it’s been a great practice in asking for help to be able to learn this skill.
5. There’s a lot of value in having a creative outlet while going through hard stuff.
4. The people who start off believing they have nothing interesting to say are usually the ones who give the best interviews.
3. People (especially men) are really intimidated by strong, intelligent women and pushback is part of the gig.
2. Everyone requires a different style of interviewing and everyone reacts differently to content throughout. Every human experience is 100% individual.
1. Sometimes, you just have to go where the story is.

The updates are from:
Harmony Page
Cailey McCormack

The poem performed at Imaginate and the interview after was with:
Smokii Sumac

The Live In-Studio Audience is:
Cameron Knapp
Avril Ewing
Kira Gelineau
Dana Petrillo
Ashley Bouman
Zoey Carey

Featured Tunes:
Parade by My Son the Hurricane
Least Resistant by Lee Resistant & The Lost
Talking to Them by Sorrey
Legalized It! by Port Hope Reggae Patrol

The Nothing Exists Radio Hour Ep. 61: Maggie Robbins (reactions, grief, and beating cancer)


Can’t wait to have a friend I love very much back on tonight to follow up on our conversation (about things like radical inclusivity and rape culture in gynaecology) from episode 46.

At 8pm on Northumberland 89.7 FM Small Town Radio tonight, tune in to join Maggie Robbins and I while we talk about:

– the response from our previous episode (we got stories!)

– an update on Maggie’s battle with cancer

– Trauma as a means of individual and community healing

– parenting through trauma

– leaving space for reaction

– balancing reaction and response

– cannabis as part of a wholistic wellness plan

Featured Tunes:

Let’s Fall in Love by Tiny Stills

Baby I by Amy Millan

Done by Frazey Ford

Dancing in the Dark by The Ruth Moody Band

The Nothing Exists Radio Hour Ep. 60: Nicole Brown (Barriers to supporting youth with autism and a parents vision for doing better)


We chat about parenting a kid with autism and how changing policy is affecting her family. We talk about autism, what it takes to support a child with autism, and Nicole’s vision for better policy.

Featured Tunes:

10 000 Miles by Clan Hannigan

No Happy Birthday by Hayden

Parachute by James Durbin

Doll Parts by Hole

The Nothing Exists Radio Hour Ep 59: M.P.P. David Piccini

Check out my conversation with David Piccini, our MPP  here in Northumberland.


We chat about what he loves about Northumberland, some of the policy he’s feeling excited about, and I communicate a few concerns I’ve heard about Conservative policy, which David gives his perspective on.

Features Tunes:

Failed Imagineer- Propagandhi

Dark Matters- Propagandhi

Capture the Flag- War on Women

I Never Knew- Teenage Bottlerocket

The NothingExists Radio Hour Ep. 58: Val Russell and Lucy Caldwell of the play, Silent Sky

Check out my conversation with Val Russell and Lucy Caldwell, the director and lead actress from Northumberland Players‘ rendition of Silent Sky!


“The true story of 19th-century astronomer Henrietta Leavitt, Silent Sky explores a woman’s place in society during a time of immense scientific discoveries, when women’s ideas were dismissed until men claimed credit for them. Social progress, like scientific progress, can be hard to see when one is trapped among earthly complications. Henrietta Leavitt and her female peers believe in both, and their dedication changed the way we understand both the heavens and Earth.

Silent Sky is the poignant tale of a woman’s dedication to the stars and the human touch that makes life under the cast sky beautiful and timeless. It is a beautiful and insightful piece of theatre.”

Featured Tunes:

Northern Star by Fortunate Ones

Starlight by Muse

I See Gold by The Good Lovelies

There’s a Star For Everyone by Aretha Franklin