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Kristen quits her 6-figure government job to become a full time artist, Mike offers her tricks and tips from his 15 year career as a musician. The husband and wife duo discuss following dreams, living the life of a ”creative”, and all the ridiculous stories along the way. They share chapters from their travel/relationship book ”You and Me” and interview guests about their path to following their own dream. Hilarious, philosophical, and heart warming all at the same time.
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Halifax-based power couple Justin Huston and Kristen Morse, both American-born, discovered a common love for Nova Scotia, music, and each other. Justin serves as the Deputy Minister of the Department of the Department of Communities, Culture, Tourism and Heritage, while Kristen co-owns the iconic, open, and relaxed Nordic spa "Nature Folk." Their r…
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Jack Murtha and Mackenzie Adams play in a band called Postfun, a name inspired by those after-hours moments once all the crazy wildness of a night has concluded. Hailing from Shad Bay, Nova Scotia, Postfun is an indie-rock band that seamlessly blends alt-country, emo, and post-hardcore influences. Their emotional lyricism is occasionally accompanie…
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In this episode, we talk about what's coming up for Mike and Kristen this summer! From releasing the second edition of our book "You and Me," doing a live podcast recording with Christina Martin at her release show this September, planning a podcast workshop (who owns an airplane?!) Mike's festival circuit, to Togetherland events; We offer an overv…
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Lindsay Kyte, a talented playwright and actress, and Darrel Cameron, a skilled music therapist and producer with Blue Acres, share a profound love for the arts that forms the bedrock of their relationship. Their mutual understanding of the creative lifestyle helps them stay strong and connected as a couple, with late nights at rehearsals or in the …
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Peter White, an engineer turned stand-up comic, quickly rose to prominence in the comedy scene, being named one of the “Top 5 Up and Coming Comedians in Canada” by CBC Radio’s “So, You Think You’re Funny?” within a year of his career. He has performed at top comedy clubs, corporate events, and theatres across Canada, including prestigious festivals…
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Louisa Horne is the visionary founder of Epilog, a Nova Scotian company dedicated to reimagining funeral services and end-of-life care. Epilog offers a comprehensive range of options, including natural burials, celebrations of life, and support for seniors transitioning from their family homes. Their services extend to organizing moves and facilita…
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With a SECRET album release show just around the corner, The Town Heroes take us on a trip down memory lane, starting with the wee corners of where it all began on Cape Breton Island. Loyal to each other, their fans and the music, TTH have continued to “Keep On Keepin’ On” through their lyrical genius and industry respect. Two of the hardest-workin…
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Good Dear, Good is both an ECMA and Music Nova Scotia award-winning rock-pop band based in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Their band name inspired by the endearing, commonly-heard Nova Scotian phrase. This rapidly rising band, known for their vibrant sound and inclusive ethos, was born from the camaraderie and shared passion of its members who met at NSCC. …
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Unlike most approaches to modern medicine, Namit Holey wanted to test his higher education through personal experimentation. His lab? An Ashram in India where he would spend eight months learning about holistic health, the impact of the mind on our well-being and how finding our personalized approaches to life is our greatest defence mechanism. Nam…
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Mat Elliott, a Halifax-based musician and producer, is gearing up to release his brand-new EP titled "South Endings." His music is a breath of fresh obscure air, offering listeners a unique blend of sounds, styles, harmonies, and unexpected twists. With his inaugural solo project, Mat showcases his incredible talent and creativity. In our chat with…
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With its catchy, sing-along chorus, Hockey Fights celebrates the energy of a bringing people together. Lead singer Mike Ryan poured his heart into the song, managing quick turnarounds and making sure the hockey anthem was ready for the play-offs! He also shares stories of idolizing the Inverness Maroons hockey team, how the song turned from folk to…
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Donna Leon is a multi-talented journalist, filmmaker, mentor, radio host, and cook, whose remarkable career spans over several decades. With nearly 700 television episodes to her credit, Donna has earned numerous awards for her outstanding work. Born and raised in Cape Breton, she has showcased the beauty and culture of the Maritimes through her te…
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Mike and Kristen are eagerly on their way to the East Coast Music Awards on Prince Edward Island, where they've been nominated for Media Person of the Year. In their latest podcast episode, the couple offers heartfelt shout-outs to everyone who supported their fundraiser, and share updates on exciting events like: The Town Heroes Secret Show on Jun…
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Having conquered both the Appalachian Trail and the Pacific Crest Trail, Whistler's journey is one of triumph over adversity and the unwavering support of those around him. He regales listeners with tales of meticulous preparation, the invaluable assistance of his devoted wife, his loyal hiking companion "Scooby," and the kindness of trail angels e…
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With his unique approach to live performance, Rankin MacInnis orchestrates a musical journey that spans 11-weeks over the winter months, bringing together a diverse ensemble of up to a dozen musicians. His commitment to fostering community spirit and highlighting local talent has earned him the prestigious title of Entertainer of the Year at the 20…
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Danni Mega has been kidnapped in Romania, starred on UK reality television, had her heart broken by a rock star and struggled with drug and alcohol addiction for most of her adult life. After reaching her rock-bottom, she completely turned her life around and is on a mission to self-improvement and supporting others on their journey to sobriety. A …
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Rooted in the concept of living a virtuous life, Stoicism was born from ancient Greek ideologies of being a good person. Stoicism teaches us self-reflection, how to manage emotional reactions to things we cannot control, practicing discipline and living harmoniously with nature. Brandon embodies these qualities and maintains a sense of the Stoic pr…
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Amanda Ring has known since she was a child that she was attuned to the energy around her. Her craft and language around her work has only strengthened with time, and now she’s imparting her knowledge upon others. Her beautiful presence is palpable in this chat where we explore themes of transformation, self-discovery and childhood memories. Amanda…
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We’re back from a week-long adventure in Austin, Texas where we experienced our first South by Southwest (SXSW) festival! We dig into the conference itself – how it started/how it functions, and exchange takeaways in real time. Listen to our debrief of session learnings, who we met, what we ate, how it’s shaped our future strategies, how it was fun…
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Our dear friend, the legendary Nancy Regan has taken over the mic to host this week’s episode of Mike and Kristen! She takes us down memory lane asking how we met, what we love about each other, and how we’ve managed to maintain both collaboration and connection after 13 years of being a couple. We reveal one of our closest secrets – Mexican Superb…
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JT, Jonovision, J-Roc, we know him by many names but he’s consistently known as our favourite Canadian icon. Jonathan Torrens started an acting career at just 15-years-old on Street Cents and we have been celebrating him ever since in shows such as Trailer Park Boys, Moonshine and Vollies. One of the kindest, funniest, most intelligent guests we’ve…
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Dale Murray has performed with the best – everyone from Matt Mays to Christina Martin, to his famous aunt – Nova Scotia royalty, Anne Murray. His intention is to support others to help them sound and perform to their top potential. A humble approach to the music industry. Dale’s unique spectrum of talent makes him the perfect guest to reflect on th…
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Though born and raised in Ontario, Steve Luxton now calls Nova Scotia home. Blame it on meeting a girl and falling in love! We’re happy to have his expertise in the music community, in particular his students at Nova Scotia Community College, who cherish his talent and guidance. We chat about his time spent at esteemed Humber College to running his…
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For our 100th episode we wanted to share a very special chat with our new friend, Shirley. Shirley reflects on her long and vibrant life, sharing bits of advice on longevity, hard-work, family, friendship and how it all changes with age. This inspiring centenarian found the love of her life in her early school days and shares how much their marriag…
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Music has been a part of Mike Morrison’s life since he was just a kid, influenced by the talents of his father. He has played with many bands, including Rock Ranger with the late Jay Smith and now with some of his closest friends in Fire Valley Fire. We talk about musical “feel,” how he doesn’t know the origin story of his band name (LOL) and the r…
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There’s nothing like a good break-up to set life on a new path, and that’s exactly what led Jennifer Blair to a glass shop in Toronto. It wasn’t long before she was “secretly” learning the art of glass fusion and has since launched her successful business of turning glass “blobs” into beautiful masterpieces. Learn about the process of glass fusion,…
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Multi award-winning artist, Jah'Mila discovered the Nova Scotia music scene during a visit with her mom, who had moved to eastern Canada to work in nursing. She found friendship, creative collaboration and loads of adoring fans in the place she now calls home. Her father – “Chinna” – played with Bob Marley’s “The Wailers” and was a strong influence…
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Buckle up for this chat with the incredibly articulate, talented and soft-souled young woman, Sophia Rae. This grade 12 École Secondaire Du Sommet student reflects on her personal experience with trauma and mental health after losing her aunt in the Portapique massacre in 2020. Realizing that other teens were struggling with tools and conversations…
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A profound conversation with multi-faceted artist Carmel Mikol as we dive into stories from her past. Leaving her patriarchal faith after suffering domestic abuse, Carmel shares details about the Jehovah Witnesses religion and how telling her personal experience through film (Apostate) has been a powerful way of adopting a new identity. We learn ab…
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How do you explain something that doesn’t yet exist on the creative business landscape? This chat will help explain the background, concept and intentions of the “Curiosity Club”. Curiosity Club is a trio of professional artists and entrepreneurs who specialize in facilitating creative experiences. Erin Bulger, Kristen Herrington and Steph McNamara…
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We wrap up 2023 by reflecting on what we’ve learned from guests, career highlights, mental health ups and downs, adventures and the wonderful new friends we’ve made along the way! Our intention was to record a “quick” episode, but it’s the same length as all the rest LOL. We reveal some exciting news about the podcast for 2024, plus our new year’s …
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The Town Heroes have been making music for over a decade and are now discovering fresh voices, sounds and songs. We wanted to do justice to the latest single from the band’s new album by dissecting the process, inspiration, compilation and life message. An important perspective on how we can let go of the daily chatter from our inner critic and ste…
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In this important chat with Carli Jeffrey we cover everything from processing grief to book publishing to psychedelic therapy. A woman who has already lived 1000 lives it seems shares stories of how holding space for others led to burnout and how taking care of herself looks a little different than most alternative therapies. An honest, candid and …
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Terra Spencer didn’t grow up with the dream of singing in front of sold-out audiences, touring the world sharing her creativity or accepting multiple awards for her talents, but that’s exactly what happened to her! She listened to the clues along the way and has always been open to making a cold-call that might lead to the next exciting adventure. …
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Bonded by shared values, the Skunks show up exactly as they are and invite their fans to do the same. Sarah Ellen Morrison (vocals), Maya Taraschi (drums), Sara Eve (bass) and Katelyn Bo (guitar) share stories of representing women, feeling seen, sweating on stage and how doing it together is the band’s priority. We even had all four of them in the…
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Dustin Harvey approaches his work with a wide lens, considering the philosophical “whys” and experiential outcomes. His audience is often incorporated into the performance, connecting for moments, feeling both present and pleasant. We learn about how sports offered an early-influence of challenging himself and how lessons from coaches and athletics…
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Now in the role of producer, accomplished singer-songwriter and ROCK-STAR John Mullane reflects on his creative process. He is someone who allows his gut to guide him, and isn’t afraid to challenge himself. John has a beautiful wisdom when it comes to the music industry and lives his life with equal parts self-awareness! Did we mention he’s the guy…
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Krista McNally guides us through the nine Enneagram types, evaluating each of the qualities discovered in each personality. This type of model unlocks and supports your journey of self-discovery and uncovers the patterns of behaviour that subconsciously drive and motivate us to behave in certain ways. Krista not only facilitates guided discovery se…
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Leith Fleming-Smith recognizes the most important part of a performance is simply being yourself! Starting piano lessons with his next-door neighbour in small town Hubbards has since led to stadium shows, tours across the country, sold out venues and an adoring fan base. Leith shows us a different side to his life and how his guiding philosophy is …
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Occupational Therapist by day and performing musician in every other spare moment, Max Bujold is simply having a great time. Prioritizing friendship and family have rooted him in northern New Brunswick where he and his band are touring, making videos and being nominated for awards already! Max talks about going through personal struggles and witnes…
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Inspired by the resilience and bravery of her rescue pup Stella, Krista Keough has just released her first children’s book that outlines the story of how this special connection was made between human and dog. She dreamed of this very circumstance, this very dog, and together they have created a beautiful story complimented by illustrations from Gi…
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This interview reveals a completely new perspective on musicianship and the music industry. Aaron MacDonald reflects on his career in music, sharing stories of using calling cards and pay phones to communicate with gig venues, how rehearsing a song isn’t always the most authentic approach to entertainment and how having a family has shifted his val…
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After an intense period of creation, out newest collaborative show “Galactic Pie” is almost ready. We explore ideas of connectivity, inclusion, what happens after we die, how we feel about religion and why this show in particular is a full-circle moment. This special show has taught us new things about ourselves and hope it does for you as well. Sh…
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Newlywed Matt Kliffer is fresh off a band reunion tour this summer with his beloved Halifax band “Three Sheet” that has recently released some fresh re-mixes (cleverly called Re-Sheet). We chat about the band’s fast success, awards won and how they always felt they were best experienced live. Mike reminiscences about Three Sheet Thursdays at Elepha…
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We would describe James Mullinger as a risk-taker, boot-strapper and socially awkward kid turned life of the party. Oh, and he’s HILARIOUS!!! A true story of career determination and love for his family led James from London to Saint John, New Brunswick. Or was it Rothsay? Either way, he’s a true Canadian now and we’re so grateful to share this cha…
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“Who cares?” is Deedee Morris’ response to everyone suddenly having a camera in their pocket. It’s the person, the approach and the commitment to the craft that sets photographers like her apart from the rest. Finding home in Nova Scotia, Deedee embraces nature and authenticity in her work. We chat about being seen through the lens, understanding a…
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Kristyn Green is the definition of a FIRECRACKER! She has followed the breadcrumbs to create an exciting and diverse career. Growing up in a small town made her feel like BEING ON TV wasn’t necessarily an option. Fast forward life and she is a successful stand-up comedian, television show host (Maritime Ink), live events host, producer and we imagi…
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Cape Breton born and based siblings wouldn’t want to partner with anyone else! Their connection is apparent having established their strengths, values and sound in an incredibly short period of time. We chat about the benefits of being faced with challenges and how those hardships help us grow into better versions of ourselves. Hearts of Kin’s musi…
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Kate (Harnish) grew up in the iconic Shore Club Hubbards family and when she met her now husband BJ in high school, he too became part of the dance halls’ electric fun. Fast-forward twenty years and the two now run their own business! BJ, an HRM firefighter cuts intricate wood pieces that Kate then paints with bright, Nova Scotia scenes and inspira…
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A true showman, Tommy Green Jr. is what you might call the ideal podcast guest! Honest, funny and sweet as a family of pea-pods, we adored this time together! We chat about psylocibin exploration, what’s it’s like to undergo a creative lull, working on cruise ships, singing and skating with the Halifax Mooseheads and so much more! An energetic conv…
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