It's hard to believe that we've hit Episode 30 already! For this milestone we bring back a favourite topic of ours and our listeners - Big Things! In Part III, we continue our cross-country back and forth as we explore those big roadside attractions and the incredible stories behind them. 

Toast: Monashee - Ethos Gin


In the final instalment of Let’s Start a Riot, Rod takes us through one of Canada’s most violent and deadly public uprisings in our history - the Quebec Easter Riots of 1918. An event that would require the first of only three times in Canadian history that the newly passed War Measures Act (1914) would be enacted, the Easter Riots were the culmination of the deep history between French and English Canada, political maneuvering and grandstanding from a government on its heels and an embarrassing moment in Canadian history at a time when hundreds of thousands of Canadian men and women were facing traumatic hardship defending our freedom in Europe.

Toast: Dillions Three Oaks Rye Whisky


In our latest episode we continue to dig deeper into some of the more famous riots that have sprung up in Canada. Rod takes us through the tension, the impacts and the damage done in two separate riots in Toronto: The Jubilee Riots 1875 and the Anti-Greek Riots 1918. 


We're back!!!!

It's 2018 and we are starting this year off with ........ a RIOT! Well in true Canada 150 fashion, first a bunch of ramblings and then A RIOT!

​On 26 July 1784, a mob of Loyalist settlers stormed the home of a Black preacher in Shelburne, Nova Scotia, armed with hooks and chains seized from ships in the harbour. What ensued would come to be known as North America's first race riot. Wrapped in the context of the American Revolution, slavery, the abolitionist movement and many other influencing factors, the first race riot in North America would have lasting implications throughout the British Empire. In the first of our upcoming riot themed podcasts, Brandon takes us through the storied history of the Shelburne and Birchtown Race Riots. 

Toast: Yukon Brewing Company - Up The Creek Birch Sap Ale

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January 5, 2018

E26 - 2017 - A Look Back


This week on the Canada 150 Project, we take a break from the research and look back on 2017 and all that has been accomplished. We look back on our favourite episodes, our favourite moments, our struggles, our accomplishments and, of course, our favourite beverages. From launch, to our first download it has been an exciting year and we are gearing up for an even better 2018!

December 21, 2017

E25 - The ‘Fruit Machine’


This week, Rod takes us into a sad and dark period in Canadian history. Starting in the 1950s and continuing as recently as the 1990s, the Canadian government sponsored an internal campaign to eliminate all suspected gay men from the civil service, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), and the military. In a  systematic, destructive and hateful manner, the Canadian government collected files on over 9,000 “suspected” gay individuals.

Thousands of lives were destroyed as suspected individuals were harrassed, stalked, questioned and abused at the hands of their own government. Embarrassingly, this period also saw public funds put towards the development of ridiculous methods to identifying or out suspected gay individuals, including government sponsored development of the “Fruit Machine” - allegedly able to measure the diameter of the pupils of the eyes (pupillary response test), perspiration, and pulse for a supposed erotic response to various pictures.

Toast: Raw - Peppercorn Gin

December 7, 2017

E24 - Tewaarathon


Tewaarathon or baggataway is one of the oldest organized games in North America. Considered the precursor to what we commonly recognize as Lacrosse, these early ball games involved large teams of Indigenous warriors and community members playing over a field that could be kilometers in length. With roots back to as early as the 11th Century, initially the game was played for many different reasons including to strengthen diplomatic alliances, support social conformity and economic equality, and as entertain for the creator. In one incredible legend, it would also be used quite effectively in achieving war time objectives. After being identified by non-Indigenous explorers in the early 17th century and it would quickly became one of the most popular sports in what would become Canada, long considered our nation’s National Sport.


November 22, 2017

E23 - Stampede Wrestling


In this week's episode, Rod really shows us his true colours. Yup, you guessed it. He's a nerd. Buuuuutttttt that's why we all love him! Started in 1948 by Stu Hart, for 50 years Stampede Wrestling would entertain people across the prairies and around the globe, with its eccentric and sometimes just down right odd wrestlers. At its height it was one of the more popular promotions being shown in over 50 countries. So popular that in in 1985 it would be bought by Vince McMahon and run by the WWE for a year, only to be sold back in 1986.

Stampede Wrestling will always be most famous for (even though Brandon had never heard of it) “The Dungeon”. Run out of the basement of the Hart Family house, the Dungeon would turn out many international wrestling stars including the Hart Brothers, Chris Benoit, Ken Shamrock, Justin Credible and Edge. Whether you saw them travelling in your school auditoriums or on the TV, this episode will surely bring you back to you childhood. Enjoy!

Toast - Cirka - Sauvage Dry Gin


As war broke out in Europe, Francis “Peggy” Pegahmagabow would rise above racism and discrimination at home in Canada and become one of the first Canadian soldiers to not only enlist but to step foot in Europe. Over the next 4 years, he would find himself in unthinkable situations participating in the Second Battle of Ypres - experiencing the first use of Chlorine gas by the Germans, the Battle of the Somme, the bloody Battle of Passchendaele and many more horrific battles. As a fearless scout and deadly accurate sniper, he would survive the entire war becoming known as the WWI’s most deadly sniper with 378 recorded kills as well as capturing more than 300 soldiers.

This Remembrance Day, we highlight the incredible, little known, story of Francis Pegahmagabow.

Toast: Eau Claire Prickly Pear EquineOx

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We’re back with Michelle, the Intern! This summer she undertook an incredible coast-to-coast train trip on the Via Rail 150 pass. Michelle sits down with us and tell us all about her trip, the good, the bad, the ugly ….. just kidding, as you can imagine it was all amazing! Michelle covers off her favourite spots, adventures and sites in a number of places, including:

Halifax, Nova Scotia, Moncton, New Brunswick, Charlottetown, PEI, Quebec City, Quebec, Montreal, Quebec, Ottawa, Ontario
Toronto, Ontario, Niagara, Ontario, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Jasper, Alberta, Vancouver, British Columbia, Victoria, British Columbia

Don’t forget to follow Michelle on Instagram @intern150 and read her online posts for VERN Magazine at: http://www.vernmagazine.com/our-interns-train-trip-across-canada-maritimes-edition/

Toast: Stump Gin: Coastal Forest


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