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In this episode we sit down with internationally recognized artist Terrance Houle. Terrance was born in Calgary and raised on the Great Plains of North America, a proud member of the Kainai Nation (Blood Tribe). In this casual but open conversation, Terrance opens up about being the first one in his family in over a century to be raised by his parents, not taken away and imprisoned by government policy or otherwise. Terrance graciously shares some of his Kainani cultural traditions, how his relationship with his parents difficult past has influenced his current works as an artist, his views on celebrating Canada 150, how he was tricked into being baptised and much more.  This week’s episode will also start with a Blackfoot Grass Dance suggested by Terrance and end with Terrance playing the theremin! Sit back and enjoy Part One of our interview with Terrance.

*We apologize for the sound issues, we had a microphone failure and had to switch to the back-up recording. Please power through as this interview is incredible!*

Toast: Crown Royal Special Edition

More on Terrance:

 

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In 1845, explorer Sir John Franklin set sail from England with two ships, HMS Erebus and HMS Terror, in search of a Northwest Passage. The ships and crews vanished. Their remains found eventually scattered across the Canadian North. In this podcast, we explore the harrowing journey these brave souls volunteered for in the hopes of fame and glory. In particular, we focus in on the often ignored HMS Terror and its more seasoned Captain Crozier. 

The Toast: Ironworks Bluenose Rum, Nova Scotia

 

 

August 2, 2017

E09 - Canadian Monsters

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Canada is full of stories and encounters with ghosts, ghouls and monsters. This week, we start a new series that explores the legend and lore behind some of Canada's famous monsters. Monsters you may have heard of, monsters you may not have but certainly monsters that could be lurking in your backyard. Enjoy!

Toast: Crown Royal Northern Harvest Rye

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In this episode we target two smaller, slightly related topics. First, we take a look at the life of Paul Hellyer, one of Canada's longest serving and prolific politicians with a secret to share regarding the existence of other life forms in the universe. Spoiler alert: they exist, they are tall, they are white and they walk among us.  

In part two, we keep our gaze to the stars with a look at one of Canada's more innovative attempts to get young Canadians interested in STEM and agriculture: the Canolab Project or Space Seeds program. A collaboration between the Canadian Space Agency, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, a decorated Canadian astronaut and the invetor of Canola.

Enjoy!

Toast: Eau Clair Parlour Gin (Round 2, but it's just so good!)

July 19, 2017

E07 - Quarantined

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Between 1832 and 1937, Canada experienced a rapidly increasing influx of European immigrants fleeing famine, war and disease. One of the most popular destinations was Quebec City. Merchant ships jumped at the opportunity to fill their empty ships with passengers on the westerly Atlantic crossings. In order to prevent the spread of disease into the country, a quarantine station was set up on Grosse île for the port of Québec. During this time, the island was the main point of entry for immigrants coming to Canada and witness to one of the greatest tragedies this country has ever seen. During what became known as the 1847 Crisis thousands of hopeful immigrants, mostly from Ireland, lost their lives in quarantine and on the treacherous journey to a better life.

Toast: Half Hitch Brewing - Pale Ale

Resources:

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A high level German Military Commander parachutes into Scotland in 1942, with the hopes of ending WW2. A secret meeting in 1951 Quebec between the CIA, FBI, various other intelligence agencies, and many of the worlds top psychiatrists. A study in 1952 at McGill that involved isolation therapy in its infancy.  A much darker experiment continued in the late 60’s through the 70s under control of a doctor best termed as the Beast of Bridge of Allen.  This story starts in the midst of WW2, and continues to the early 1980’s, as those who unwillingly participated in the ghastly experiments conducted at McGill try to make sense of the new world they have been forced to live in. And a fascinating link to Leonard Cohen.  Join us as we discuss the MK Ultra experiments done at Montreal's McGill University.

Toast: Newfoundland Screech -  http://screechrum.com/#products

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Our first interview!! In this special series we interview Michelle Pijanowski, who is embarking on an incredible coast-to-coast train trip! Meet Michelle!!!

Hi! My name’s Michelle, but you can call me The Intern. [Today], I’ll be setting out to travel from coast to coast by train.

I’ve always been big into travel, but in Canada I had mostly only seen British Columbia and Alberta. As luck would have it, I was one of the few people that got their hands on the Via Rail Canada 150 Youth Passes that came out a few months ago.

When I was researching where I was gonna go with this pass, I spent a lot of time looking at different places on Google. That was when it occurred to me that I had hardly seen my home country. I’d been to Europe seven or eight times, but hadn’t even seen Saskatchewan (I’m from Calgary, so that’s my neighbour) with my own eyes. I realized that I can’t be the only one that hasn’t seen this amazing country we get to call home so, I decided to document my journey. If you’re like me, I want to give you a chance to see what Canada’s all about and better yet, I hope I can get you excited enough to check it out yourself.

This is where I’ll be stopping:
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

Follow Michelle on Instagram @intern150 and online at Vern Magazine 

Toast: Stump Gin: Coastal Forest

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*Note: the sound quality for Brandon is crappy to start. It gets better (after 3 minutes or so). He was confused. Rod saved the day.*

In 1911, Mabel (M.B.) Williams went to work in the newly formed Dominion Parks Branch - not knowing or ever having been to a National Park. She would go on to establish and oversee the rapidly expanding Publicity Department & visit numerous parks and reserves by foot, train, horse and car writing guidebooks and other promotional works initiated in the 1920s. Through her powerful and thoughtful words she would contribute heavily to the increase in park tourism from a measly 50,000 visitors a year in 1911 to 550,000 a year in 1928.

“To make some share of ‘the wild places of the land sacred,’ is the avowed object of the national parks. Everywhere else the continent over, the swift tide of civilization rushes onward; the land our fathers knew disappears; the ancient forests fall back before the lumberman; waterfalls are impoverished to turn the wheels of industry; the wild game is driven even farther and farther back. But within the boundaries of the great national reservations lie a few thousand square miles, safe and inviolate, so far as it is within the power of man, from change and invasion. Of these national possessions in Canada the greatest is Jasper Park”

~ Jasper National Park Guidebook

Toast: Tofino Brewing Company - Tuff Session Ale

Resources:

MB: Living and Writing the Early Years of Parks Canada

A Century of Parks Canada, 1911-2011

M.B. Williams – The Woman Behind Parks Canada

June 28, 2017

E04 - Big Things

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Canada is a big country, filled with big things. If you've ever taken one of those long summer car trips as a child - jammed with weeks worth of clothing, food and your annoying siblings - you've undoutably notice the numerous giant road side attractions that dot the landscape and highway turnoffs of Canada. But have you ever wondered why that Giant Fiddle or Big Apple landed where they landed? We take you from British Columbia to Cape Breton and explore the stories behind Canada's Big Things.

The Toast: Fernie Brewing Company - Whit Beer

June 20, 2017

E03 - Brother XII

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In 1926, on the beautiful coast of British Columbia, one Edward Arthur Wilson, under the better known name of Brother XII begins development of his colony Cedar-by-the-Sea on Vancouver Island, near Nanaimo. Followed by a large number of wealthy men and women, Brother Twelve would go on to establish an infamous Cult on Vancouver Island. With the goal of creating a self-sufficient community and to have all the answers to save humanity from its current wretched form, Brother Twelve represents one of Canada’s most infamous cult leaders, with plot twists and turns abound! This week, the Canada 150 Project explores the life and times of Brother Twelve.

The Toast: Eau Claire Parlour Gin, Alberta - http://eauclairedistillery.ca/spirits/parlour-gin/

Further Reading:

Who was Brother XII - http://www.brotherxii.com/who.html

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