Check out my interview with Meghan Sheffield! We chat about:
– Her favourite thing about living in Northumberland county
– Meghan’s published writing and what she’s currently working on
– Meghan’s experience with freelance work
– Meghan’s advice to other writers
– Her writing process
– A bit about Montessori and the role it plays in her life
– All about what we can expect at Cultivate this year
– Our standout Cultivate memories
– Why we initiated Take Back the Night: Port Hope, how the amazing committee came together, and the details of this year’s event!
– Meghan’s favourite bird
I am Aglow by Sarah Harmer
Next Year by Donovan Woods
I See Gold by Good Lovelies
O.O.T.G. by JB the First Lady
Check out my interview with Evan Rose!
We chat about:
– Gunt‘s recent mini tour
– How Evan found and fell in love with music
– Using music as an outlet and how that contributes to being well
– The benefits of learning music
– Our mutual deep love of Propagandhi
– How Evan acquired a jam space turned punk show venue in the basement of a roti restaurant
– The challenge of dealing with jerks at shows as a promoter- and how they avoid having to deal with that at the Roti
– Evan’s advice for the folks in Northumberland County trying to revitalize the DIY music scene here
– The update on Gunt (new singer and new recordings!)
– How people can support their local music scene
Listen to my interview with my good friend (and low key mentor) David Sheffield. We are gonna talk about Green Wood Coalition, affordable housing, art, poetry, local events, frontline social work, harm-reduction, building community, and more.
“I’ve lived in various parts of Ontario, but Northumberland County has been my home since 1986. My wife, Beth, and I settled here at that time, and have always felt that this was a great place to raise our four children. I often note that my children have been my best teachers, and that’s more true today than ever. We have four grandchildren, also living in this area, and we are enjoying the new discoveries they have brought to our lives.
My work in community outreach started 10 years ago, but I think I was being guided to this place by many years of life experience. This feels more like a vocation than a job. Much of my career was in the painting trade, while spending off hours in community engagement through art projects, meals, church activities, music festivals and campfires. My writing—poetry and non-fiction—has been published in a variety of periodicals and anthologies. Writing is my favourite way to process some of the difficult days that one can encounter in this kind of work.
These days, I’m the Community Director at Green Wood Coalition, which is a people-level response to the disconnection of poverty and related social struggles. The work is difficult, at times, but also very inspiring because of the resilience of individuals that I encounter, and the encouragement of many people who work alongside me.”
If you wanna read the article Gareth Vieira wrote about poets, including David and I, click here.
Roll Away the Stone by Carlos Del Junco and Jimmy Bowskill
I Will by Christa Couture
Shelter Valley Road by David Newland
Barley by Birds of Chicago
Check out this special episode where I talk about what Meniere’s Disease is, how I was diagnosed, my experience living with it, and the treatment strategies I use to manage the symptoms. If you’re curious to know more about what it’s like living with a disease that causes vertigo, ear pressure, hearing loss, and tinnitus, this is the episode for you.
If you have other questions about this disease or the other chronic illnesses I live with, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or reach out to me on Facebook and I am happy to respond, no matter how personal!
Listening by The Used
Verranzo by The Unlovables
Run in Circles by Face to Face
No Shadow by Ryan Adams
Check out my interview with the surreal Jeannette Breward Photography!
We’re gonna talk about:
– incorporating environmentalism and feminism into her work
– Using her body in her work intentionally
– The influence of surrealism on her work
– the inspiration for her surrealist still photographs
– Jeannette’s creative process
– Jeannette’s favourite things about Northumberland County
– All about her film “60 Seasons”
– How creating keeps her well
– What you can expect next from Jeannette- INCLUDING a super cool collaborative film project she and I are working on together! Listen to us brainstorm and discuss what we’ve been thinking about regarding this project. Basically, WITNESS OUR PROCESS!
Suddenly by Sweet Alibi
Into the Dark by Good Lovelies
Mary by Kate Boothman Music
Birthday Cake by My Son The Hurricane
“Leisse Wilcox is a mindset coach and writer from a tiny beachfront town east of Toronto. A mom of three little girls, her passion is working with women to help them dig deep, get clear and confident with who they really are, and help them find, express, and use their voice for good, in a lifestyle-friendly way. Using her uniquely grounded and peacefully honest perspective, she has spoken, been published, and consulted internationally on subjects ranging from self-love, parenting, healing old wounds and creating new behaviour patterns, and social media brand strategy and authenticity.
When not engaged with clients or kids, Leisse can be found stargazing, dreaming about an A-frame cabin in the woods, or anywhere the tacos are.”
We talk all about Leisse’s work. One thing we talk about a lot is, as Leisse puts it, “the paradox of positivity”.
“Positivity Does Not Mean You Get to Tune Out Your Shit” By Leisse Wilcox
“How to Escape and Prevent Toxic Communities” By Lyss England
Lovin’ You Baby by Charles Bradley & The Menahan Street Band
11:11 By Arkells
Good Lover by Donovan Woods
Make It Happen by John Splithoff
I’m interviewing my friend Robin Whale of Whale Family Chiropractic!
We’re gonna talk about what it takes to be well and to maintain that wellness naturally. We’re gonna talk supplements, posture, listening to your body, and empowering ourselves to channel the power of our own bodies to heal ourselves.
I am STOKED!!
Hear my chat with the incredible Kim Doolittle!!
We chat about writing and performing music, her newest album “Into the Blue”, being a long-term pillar of the music community for 40+ years, being a chick singer, and the housing crisis in Northumberland County.
AND!!!! She’s played a song live on air!!!
Tunes by Jimmy Bowskill and Carlos Del Junco, Abby Zotz, and Al Kirby and Jim Yates.
The Nothing Exists Radio Hour Ep. #16 THE NOVA SCOTIA SPECIAL
Check out my interview with Amy Anderson-MacArthur (@veganmomofmany) about:
- Her favourite story form her bartending days
- Moderating a Vegan-Keto group, "Vegan-Keto Made Simple", (and why she eats the way she does)
- Managing chronic illness naturally
- Having a stroke during her fifth pregnancy at the age of 30...and life afterwards
- Using CBD oil and cannabis vs. Wine Mom culture
- Being happy and the attitude it takes to get there
- Parenting a child with Sensory Processing Disorder
- Encouraging autonomy in children
Featuring Fresh Nova Scotia Tunes:
"Frantic" by John Rodgers and Julian Warme (Written in one night!)
"On Crutches" by John and Belinda
"Chips" by HighJinx and J-Hooligan
"Butts" by Brock MacArthur
The Nothing Exists Radio Hour Episode #15: Shanna Layton (local food, owning a business in the food industry, and surviving abuse)
My guest, Shanna Layton, and I discuss things like:
How Shanna found her love of cooking
Her career in the food industry
Managing food allergies and food restrictions in the food industry
Surviving sexual assault and domestic violence
Setting the rumours straight about Pitcher’s Place
Shanna’s favourite places to eat in Northumberland County
Shanna’s upcoming professional projects (meal plans!?)
If you have been affected by the content in this episode, please reach out to someone you trust.
If you would like to speak to a counsellor, I recommend phoning 4 County Crisis. They have counsellors available 24/7 at 1-866-995-9933.
If you are experiencing domestic violence, visit www.cornerstonenorthumberland.ca for resources.
My guests, Julian Warme and Maury Core (with a special appearance from Mike Grove(s)(er)!) of Avem and I discuss things like:
Why Avem Started
Who Avem is
What birdcore is
Their songwriting process while living across the country from one another
The process of recording their new EP
The inspiration for their songs
Why birds are so darn cool
What we can learn from birds
Being yourself even if you were hatched from a rotten egg
The good ol’ days of Northumberland County Early 2000s Punk
What kind of show-goers we each are
Julian and Corry’s favourite birds
Music from: Teenage Bottlerocket, Avem, Old Wives, and The Unlovables