Sunday, June 2, 2013

Dick Bourgeois-Doyle skewering and celebrating Canadian politics and history

You can listen to the full interview here; thanks to CIUT FM for originally broadcasting the discussion.

Dick Bourgeois-Doyle started his career as a rock and roll DJ, before following a winding road leading to his current role as Director of Corporate Governance at the National Research Council. Perhaps it's this atypical trajectory that contributes to his outsider's perspective, and his keenness for exposing the absurdity in Canada's bureaucratic systems.

In this interview, he speaks about his book Il Principio, which is modelled after Machiavelli's The Prince, and The Most Strategic, Integrated & Aligned Servant of the Public Don Quincy de la Mangement, modelled after Don Quixote, both of which he situated in the Canadian Parliamentary system. The books are really funny, and a touch depressing, in their accurate depiction of Ottawa; hopefully you'll find the interview equally entertaining.

More of Dick's writing can be found on his blog:

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Alisa Palmer on gluttony, multiple solitudes, and theatre

Please listen to the interview here; thanks to CIUT FM for originally broadcasting this interview.

Alisa Palmer was named the new Director of the National Theatre School's English Section in October, and she took over the position in January of 2013. She spoke about gluttony as a commonly attempted antidote to social alienation; about incarceration, and threatening negative consequences, as misguided strategies for cultivating civilized behaviour; and about theatre.

Many thanks to Alisa Palmer for an engaging and highly animated discussion--hope you enjoy.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Jamie Sitar and Sauren Galloway

Please listen to both interviews here; thanks to CIUT 89.5 for originally broadcasting the piece.

Juno Award-winning recording engineer and proprietor of Outta Town Sound  Jamie Sitar speaks about the dark age, and dawning renaissance, for recorded music in Canada.

Visual artist Sauren Galloway speaks about applying the principles of market research, and mercantilism, to the creation of visual art.

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Raymond Biesinger on commercial-arts doom and gloom

Please listen to the entire interview here; thanks to CIUT FM for originally broadcasting the conversation.

A musician in the Famines and a self-taught illustrator, Raymond Biesinger's CV is very impressive: he’s published in the New Yorker and The New York Times, The Globe and Mail, Le Monde, Monocle, and has contributed to ad campaigns and commercial projects for some of the world’s best-known companies. Check out his website at

With a style of illustration that's been described as  mechanical, and inhuman, he's built a committed following on his strength in distilling subjects as enormous as the First World War into two- and three-colour conceptual images which, in their stark rationality, communicate deeply.

He's a thinker, and he's thought about the consequences of hobbyism on creative industry, about the burgeoning culture of 'free' on intellectual property rights. Hope you enjoy listening to the conversation.

Dr. Gregory Ramshaw on the commodification of nostalgia

Please listen to the entire interview here; many thanks to CIUT FM for originally broadcasting the discussion.

Gregory Ramshaw is an assistant professor in the Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management at Clemson University, South Carolina. He has taught and written and extensively about the social and cultural implications of heritage-based tourist attractions, with a particular focus on sport heritage sites. Prior to life in the academy, he worked at western Canada’s largest living history museum, dressing up in costume and pretending it was 1846 for the visiting tourists (which is--full disclosure--where we first met. Best. Job. Ever).

Greg first introduced the distinction between history and heritage (a difference in temperature: cold versus warm), then dug into some of the many purposes heritage serves in Western culture. Specifically, heritage contributes to the construction and prioritization of particular narratives within a society's culture. Consequently, it's a valuable asset for governments of various levels, corporations of various sizes--oh, and the sports teams themselves (in this example), who play the roles, enact the storylines, and become the subjects of grand shared metaphors.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Ted Bilyea on food doom and gloom

If you missed it on CIUT FM, please listen to the full interview here

Ted Bilyea is the past President of Maple Leaf Foods International, a Director on the board of the Alberta Livestock and Meat Agency, and a Director for PrioNet Canada. We spoke about the history of food production, from subsistence farming to industrial-scale agricultural production, and the challenges facing the industry, and our species, as a result. The images bleow, which are illustrative of his points, are taken (from the most part) from powerpoints he's delivered on the subject.

Scary stuff.

Livestock population density

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Goldie Lock'N'Load -- Roller Derby!

Please listen to the full broadcast here.

Many thanks to CIUT 89.5 FM for hosting the show every week.

Gwen McDonald, AKA Goldie Lock'N'Load, is the owner-operator of My Roll Life, a shop dedicated to supporting rollerskating culture, and the founder of the West End Waywards Rollerskating Association. She's also the captain of the Rollergettes roller derby team, and a proud champion of Parkdale.

She has a colourful way with words and strong opinions (as you'd expect of someone who names a sports team after a political faction), so don't expect any mincing.

In this interview, Goldie speaks about roller derby culture, the stereotypes that tend to go along with it, and the feminism--whether implied or overt-- infused into the sport.  She also talks about the waves of condofication crashing over Toronto, and the slow gentrification of the, uh--challenged neighbourhood of Parkdale.

Hope you enjoy!