William loves business, marketing and telling stories.

In this week’s episode, he shares his reasons for deciding to study in Halifax, starting www.halifax.business and a lot more.

I had a wonderful time getting to know William a lot better.

Check him out @williamwzc

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Jon is a Haligonian and a proud father of two girls. His work for the Nova Scotia Health Authority (IT Division) keeps him busy but he always makes time for cycling as an avid cyclist.
Jon loves his long rides and his team the “Roadents”. The longest solo ride was 250km this past summer and he will be working on a 300 km ride this September.
He loves being part of getting new folks on bicycles and believes that as a country we need to try harder in looking at alternate avenues of transportation and the bicycle is one. “Hell of a way to make an impact”.
I had a wonderful time with Jon and I’m sure you’ll enjoy this episode.

Born in Ontario and trained in Los Angeles, Brent worked internationally as a fashion photographer for eight years creating campaigns for clients in London, Paris, New York, Vancouver and New Delhi before meeting a lovely girl from Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia, settling down and refocusing on portrait, wedding and local commercial photography.

In addition to his primary commercial work, Brent has also dabbled in landscape, wildlife and sports photography, seeking a broad range of photographic experiences.

Highlights of his career so far include two expeditions to Antarctica, shooting fashion runway shows in New York City, photographing the Brier and World Hockey Championships, finding himself less than 5 meters from a huge polar bear in Svalbard, Norway, barely surviving being charged by a walrus on the Arctic ice pack, doing the only fashion editorial ever done after dark in Pere Lachaise Cemetery in Paris and photographing his own wedding. Brent is also the first Atlantic Canadian to be published in British and Italian Vogue.

Brent was recognized as a ‘Master of Commercial Photography’ in 2013 and was named the Portrait Photographer of the Year for 2017 by the Professional Photographers of Canada in Atlantic Canada.

He now lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia with his lovely wife Sarah, their four birds, 1 cat, and 1 horse.

I had an amazing time chatting with Brent.

Check him out @alteregohalifax

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A new act on the streets of Toronto, Earl Donald is the recording project of multi-instrumentalist/producer James Cuvilier. Cuvilier introduced this new project with the release of the EP Where You Know Yourself in the fall of 2018. On WYKY, Cuvilier explores a laid-back minimalist electronic sound featuring melodic vocals and swirling synth lines.
Cuvilier began writing early song ideas that would later become the basis of Earl Donald following a relocation to Toronto in 2017. Both the excitement of city life and the feeling of isolation in a modern metropolis play heavily into the sound and quality of Cuvilier’s music.
Originally from Edmonton, Cuvilier played in the local indie and punk scene for years. In his most recent project, MoonMuseum, Cuvilier opened for the likes of Teen Daze, Beach Season, and Old Man Canyon, and toured extensively across Western Canada.

Chris Henningsen is an inventor that believes that we all have a part to play in the healing of the planet. He is passionate about building things, figuring how things work out and making them better.

He got a patent which he talks about in this episode. We also talk about Elon Musk, time travel and how he is like Leonard da Vinci. This was a fun episode.

Enjoy.

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Nicole Steeves is an award-winning Writer/Director/Actor.

She has written and directed six short films and two feature films. Her first feature, Head Space was made possible through the 1K WAVE ATLANTIC program created by WIFT-AT and Ingrid Veninger of pUNK Films. Her most recent feature, Aliens with Knives (Co-Directed with Struan Sutherland) was created in partnership with Cinema 902 and Eastlink Television and is currently in its award-winning festival run.

Nicole is one of the five winners of the 2017 national screenwriting competition From Our Dark Side. She was also the winner of the 2015 WIFT Pitch Competition for her project Getaway and is an alumnus of the Women in the Director’s Chair mentoring program.

Along with co-writer Struan Sutherland and producer Andre Pettigrew, Nicole became one of the CineCoup Top 15 finalists in Canada with their concept for Namas-DIE. Gnaw, a short film created for Cinecoup was picked by Telefilms Not Short On Talent Program and screened at Clermont Ferrand short film market.

I’ve learned so much working with Nicole and I learn even more in this episode.

Check her out at @nicsteeves

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Ruth Marsh is a Canadian multidisciplinary artist of settler ancestry based out of Kjipuktuk,(Halifax, NS, Canada) whose practice employs an absurdist approach which seeks to queer the intersections between DIY culture, art practice and science fact/fiction/fabulation to address memory, healing, cybernetic enhancement and responsive mutation both in bodies and environments.

She approaches her practice from a perspective which is part mad scientist and part devoted repair technician. Through processes which are inherently labour intensive, repetitive and painstaking; she is interested in playfully exploring the ways in which modalities of labour can translate into a study of enacted care and hopeful mourning.

I had a blast talking to Ruth.

Ashley Avery is a feminist writer, poet and advocate living in KJIPUKTUK (Halifax).

She holds a BA in Women’s Studies from MSVU and previously completed a Diploma in Social Service Work in Toronto. She is a former member of the Hali Slam team and a competitor at the 2017 Canadian Festival of Spoken Word. Her visual poetry installation titled “Elements of Rape Culture” was featured at the Mount Saint Vincent community art gallery and in 2018 she was commissioned to collaborate with a lucky director (read: myself) on a docupoem titled “How Will You Honour Your Land?” for the Lunenburg Documentary Film Festival.

Ashley has performed her poetry at numerous protests and community events across Nova Scotia. She uses spoken word as a form of activism to bring injustice to centre stage and speak truth to power. She is the former women and youth services coordinator at a local non-profit serving criminalized women. She is now the access to justice coordinator at the newly formed Access to Justice and Law Reform Institute of Nova Scotia where she is managing the #TalkJustice initiative— a community engagement strategy centring the voices of the public in the justice system and giving community a platform to share their stories with the ultimate goal of improving their experiences.

When she isn’t snuggling her dog Jaxon or driving her daughter to extracurricular activities, she is probably watching Netflix or plotting her next move.

In this episode, we talk about how everything, poetry, #TalkJustice and a lot more.

Check her out @_a.avery_

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Bahia is an energy intuitive and Shamanic Practitioner who trusts in the synchronicities of life and believes there are no accidents.

A quote of hers I love: “Do not fear exploring the depths of your soul. You are here to remember your sacred wisdom and share your personal medicine with the world. You are going to shed old patterns and beliefs you have outgrown. Be Brave. Be Bold. Be Kind. Be You. You are on your path to becoming your true authentic self.”

In this episode, we talk about it all, her journey so far and the discoveries she has made along the way.

On Sunday, March 10, 2019, in collaboration with Lulu Lemon and Flo Meditation, Bahia will lead a 100-person meditation session. 

Check her out @bebelove1975

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Trevor Gould is an experienced powwow dancer and singer, who has been performing for more than 20 years. He has spoken to audiences about Mi’kmaw culture. He is also known for singing, dancing and drumming. He was in the musical “DRUM!” for ten years. He presently sings with the Eastern Eagle Singers from Indian Brook, Nova Scotia.

When Trevor Gould saw the call for submission for AFCOOP’s Languages of Nova Scotia, he submitted his film, Apija’simk. An idea he shared with his friend has now been made into a film that has been screened all over Nova Scotia. Apija’simk is now being submitted to festivals and with the rich subject matter and characters, the film is sure to screen in many with awards to boot.

Check Trevor out @trevg23

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