Matthew Johnston's music takes him on a journey of faith and deals with a period of psychosis in his life and the strength he finds now to rise above it, and more so, that keeps him grounded when he feels life is slipping.
Proud husband and father, Matthew and I used to work together in what seems like another lifetime ago. We reconnected late last year and during the time I found about his music and was more than happy to share it on my shows, and more importantly, he was willing to let me share it. Through that I had to know who the man had become in the 7+ years that we lost touch. What I found can't be covered in one podcast episode. His latest album 'Out of My Mind and Back In Again' itself deals with a lot of the content on this episode, from being on the verge of losing his reality to coming out on the other side with new hope and new ideas. Matthew shares where he has been and where he is going, and I just like you will when listening to this episode, learned even more about him just be letting him talk in an open mic.
And he also shared a very cool acoustic set of his most favorite tracks, all recorded in one take in my Chevrolet Bruise the day before Halloween. Check the video of his set on the SebCamCo TV YouTube channel link below, as well as more links about Matthew's music. Enjoy the show!
Matthew's Acoustic Set Live:
Matthew Johnston's albums on SoundCloud:
Matthew Johnston's YouTube Channel:
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On September 21st, 2018, a devastating tornado ripped through parts of communities in the greater Ottawa, Ontario areas, such as the town of Dunrobin and the Quebec city of Gatineau, destroying people's homes, property, businesses, schools and more. Several people were left without shelter and and many more without power, some areas almost a whole week without. Warnings came but in this part of the country, actual tornadoes are few and far between, and unfortunately, most were caught unprepared.
To date only one life was claimed. The damages in certain areas is extensive and the next year to year+ will be spent rebuilding and regrouping.
Former podcast guest, also, model, musician, actress and magpie herself Penelope Goranson pulled together some contacts she made in the biz and secured the Live on Elgin venue on Elgin Street in downtown Ottawa to host a disaster relief benefit concert on Halloween night to raise funds, awareness, love and support for all those affected and for people to come to have a good time and support the people who needed our help now more than ever. The NAS podcast was happy to be invited down to record and enjoy the event, and I was lucky to be able to secure some superb chats with some of the talent and organizers on hand that night. From our loud conversations in Live on Elgin lounge, this episode are their stories
Dunrobin Go Fund Me Disaster Relief Donation Page:
Ben's Motel and the Guru Rebels Performing Live!
Ted Adler's Sound Decisions Studio on Facebook:
Interlangues Language School on Facebook:
LIVE on Elgin:
Music featured on this episode by Matthew Johnston, featuring his original song 'Set Me Free'
It's a 'Nobodies in Toronto' 2018 edition and as teased in the previous episode's teaser, myself and Open Topic Podcast host Eric V. are/were hitting the mean downtown streets of Toronto, and actually encountered very friendly and helpful people, as well as friendly drivers on the road, who helped us at least get to the subway stations so we could begin our historical underground journey. And even though it did not turn out like we had expected or hoped, it was still an interesting trip full of hazards and mishaps and near misses, but all in all a good starting point for what was the basis of comparing an established subway and street car system to the one being built (finally) here in Ottawa, Ontario.
This podcast episode is supplemented by some videocast videos found both on the Nobodies Are Somebodies Podcast Facebook page and Facebook groups - if you wish to see more of our journey into the subway tunnels and around the downtown of Richmond Street East in Toronto. You can also see addition footage and dialogue by checking out Eric's Open Topic Podcast on the below link:
Open Topic on YouTube:
Music featured on this episode by Matthew Johnston, featuring his original song 'There Will be Peace'
This episode of the podcast is a preview of what myself Chad Vice and Eric V. of Open Topic Podcast will be doing when we visit the big underground streets and tunnels of Toronto, Ontario, Canada coming up in November 2018, as it's the return of 'Nobodies in Toronto' but with a different take on this year's feature. Instead of featuring guests from the city, we are taking the time to go on an underground tour of the city's historical subway and street car tunnels as well as visiting the famous underground shopping mall. That and who knows what else, and it will be captured via various audio and video clips that will make up the following week's podcast, as well as video to be found on the Nobodies Are Somebodies Facebook page and the SebCamCo TV YouTube channel
Eric gives us a preview of why he wants to do this feature, what inspired it, who he's talked to about it, and his growing interest in the political and structure of his home city, right here, in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, the country's capital city!
Lowertown Community Meetings in Ottawa:
Music featured on this episode by Matthew Johnston, featuring his original song 'Vancouver'
In this Prime Cuts episode, we check out the Top 5 least downloaded episodes in the history of the podcast, and hopefully encourage older fans of the show to check what they may have missed, as well as getting newcomers up to speed on some episodes from the first season when the Nobodies Are Somebodies podcast was continuing to evolve! Enjoy!
Music featured on this episode by Matthew Johnston, featuring his original song 'When You've Had Enough'
It's time for another round of questions with Richard Mystery, and just who is Richard Mystery? We may never know...
Seriously we really don't find out anything worthwhile here.
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Kent Goranson, husband of my former guest and cancer warrior Penelope Goranson, has some interesting stories of his own to share, and I was happy to hear that he was willing to share some of them with me on an episode of the podcast.
Kent recounts that he has suffered some memory loss due to severe head trauma from a car accident years prior, and has affected some of his recollections, but that doesn't stop him from dishing out some great memories from his very full life and showing off his wit and charm. We discuss his love of motorcycles and owning a bike shop, we discuss his interest in stars and planets and physics that have pushed him into owning his current store, Focus Scientific here in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, and we also hear how he grew up in a small town in Quebec but how he was actually born in Toronto at his mother's behest, and why she wanted to have her baby there. We also learn of a potentially scary incident on the train tracks when he was just a young(er) one!
This episode was recorded just yonder of a busy kitchen, so it does feature some background noise but the story of Kent is at the forefront and I hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoyed recording it! Thank you Kent and Penelope for being awesomesauce!
Back by no one's demand, but a seemingly popular series in the Nobodies Are Somebodies story book, this 4th installment of the News of the World episode has guest host, former guest herself Shawna Robinson filling in for my good buddy Fred, and she sure knows how to light it up and get a response from me. We debate the importance of the NAFTA agreement to Canada and if we really need the business arrangement with the US for us to survive, and also we touch on what can happen when we lose faith in law enforcement officials when they commit crimes themselves. Exploring the human factor of the police here in Canada and all over the world in general.
It's more News of the World, and so my thanks to Shawna, and let's she if she can hang like Fred does!
Music featured on this episode by Matthew Johnston, featuring portions of his original song 'Walk This Way'
In this Prime Cuts episode the unpaid agent Denise talks about her top 10 favorite episodes of all time, while we recorded on location at the 1,000 Islands at Mallorytown Landing near Brockville, Ontario, Canada at the beautiful seascape on a bright, crisp day. Hear Denise's favorites and why she chose them!
Jason Lacombe DJ White Rabbit calls in to the podcast this week from Toronto to talk about how is first party back in April went down at Mavericks in Ottawa Ontario Canada, myself and the unpaid agent Denise were on hand for that event, featured on episode #0000060, as well as what future plans his company LoneWolf Productions has coming up in 2019, some ideas they are pursuing to expand the company, as well how LoneWolf has grown over the past few months and where it is taking him
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LoneWolf on Instagram:
Music featured on this episode by Matthew Johnston, featuring his original song 'With God Through Madness'
In part 3 of 3 in this series featuring Katya's story, we get into details of her road to gender reassignment surgery, what she needed to do for herself before being granted the opportunity for the surgery, and we hear what it was like for her and what it was like for her family when she first came out, and what inspired her to finally do it. We also talk about how she was physically post-op and where her life goes from there
We end on a lighter note discussing her acting and voice acting, especially what it takes to be successful when playing difficult roles and characters, and how to really be taken seriously as an actor. And of course we are treated again to her awesome array of voices and what she can do with her talent, and where she is heading professionally. So happy to have brought you her story, I hope you have enjoyed listening to it as much as I did hearing it for the first time!
Names of some persons mentioned in this episode have been edited to protect their identities. These are the only modifications to the show's content other than sound quality edits.
In episode #2 of my 3 part series with Katya, we start off on some serious conversation regarding her children and fighting for the access and the rights to her oldest child plus the birth of her second child, all the while dealing with work changes and more importantly, the changes within herself and who she was. She details this all quite candidly.
But we also end episode #2 on a more lighthearted tone as we talk about how she got into voice acting, and her love of voice over acting and we get treated to some of the voices she has mastered, including her original character, Dante. We also touch on her own voice changes and how one protects theirs from constant strain
Names of persons mentioned in this episode have been edited to protect their identities. These are the only modifications to the shows content other than sound quality edits.
I was introduced to Katya by my former guest, Penelope Goranson, and I'm eternally grateful that she did, because Katya's story needs to be told, heard and shared. Born in Manchester, England, and immigrating to Canada with her family at age 16, but that's only a tiny fraction of where her story begins and where it is heading. These show notes will be brief, as I'm letting her do the talking!
As mentioned in the show, be sure to check out fellow podcaster Seth Seppala's Demented Dimension Podcast
here on iTunes
Adan is a fan of the podcast and reached out to me via one of many social media outlets, and she mentioned that she would love to be a guest on the show. I can never pass up the opportunity for a new guest so I went to her place and we hung out, had a beverage and just talked. Most of that conversation is here for you to inspect on this week's podcast.
We talk about her work, what life in Cornwall Ontario is like, adopting a pet from overseas and her Serbian heritage. It's all fun and games until we run out of things to say!
KOCA Dog Rescue
Where Adan adopted her dog, Tito, and donates to the rescue of animals in danger:
Music featured on this episode by Matthew Johnston. Featuring his original song 'The Prison is a Dark Place'
Maryse Delorme St. Maurice organizes a singing competition each year in St. Isidore, Ontario, Canada, called Contest The Voices in Prescott-Russell, as part of a farmer's festival and car show every year in a hot summer weekend in June. Since starting the contest with her then business partner 5 years ago, she's been giving her every effort to keep the event moving along and become a featured attraction of the festival. Now, if her 6th year is approved and she continues with the attraction, she has some new ideas in store, and she discusses that as well as the work, planning and talent seeking that goes into making the show for one day and the many days of planning before it. It's a lot! We also get to know a little bit about Maryse, where she grew up and what she does when she's not sharing local talent with a growing audience on the big stage.
I also recap former guest Chantelle Blanchard's appearance at the Brass Monkey Club here in Ottawa when she blew away the judges to earn a spot in the next rounds of a $10,000 signing competition which led her to another round in Kingston, Ontario. It's singing fest episode, so turn those speakers up to 11 and let's go!
Visit the Official Facebook page of the Contest:
Have a demo to register for Les Voix:
Les Voix de Prescott-Russell on YouTube:
DJ White Rabbit Jason Lacombe has some special events coming up and Nobodies Are Somebodies will be there! To find out more about the events, check out the link on the LoneWolf Productions official Facebook page:
Xavier Himma takes the love and joy of cycling to a whole new level, as he has embarked on an endeavor to travel across the Americas, that of course being North, Central and South America, by bicycle, just because he wanted to, and to take in all the cultures, sights, sounds and feel of the road, and doing it solo just for the love of being on your own and exploring. We all go out for bike rides now and again; can you say you would travel across countries just like it were going to the grocery store?
On his travel since crossing the Canada/U.S. border back in October of 2017, he has been making the most of his travels and making good time, and meeting new and helpful people along the way. We touch on all the reasons why he started his journey, some things he has encountered, places, and of course what it's really like to cross an international border on your bicycle with no planned itinerary or formal destination. His jouney is not over yet; at the time of this recording he was resting in Costa Rico, but he will definitely be back again to talk about his journey and his return home to small town Rockland, Ontario Canada
To support Xavier on his travels, please subscribe to his YouTube channel, The Hum of the Earth, as well as visit the links below to learn more about him and his travel thus far:
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It's time for Part Deux of my conversation with Reboots Podcast mastermind Tracy Winchell and we get right into talking about just how her podcast works, from guest experiences to being a guest herself on OPP (Other People's Podcasts) as well as if she would ever have a chance to speak with the former President himself again, and if so, what would they talk about?
Stay tuned at the end as I ask her a very serious question, and her response may surprise you! Be sure to check out the links below for more about Tracy and her podcast, as well as a special section of her site that she set up just for listeners of the Nobodies Are Somebodies podcast
Have a reboot in your life and want to talk about it? Here is how to appear on Tracy's podcast:
Music featured on this episode by Matthew Johnston. Featuring his original song 'I Have Overcome The World'
Little Rock, Arkansas native Tracy Winchell is passionate about her podcast, an original concept that allows people to talk about moments in their life where they had to 'reboot', whether it be by their choice or not, and how they handled it and what they have accomplished in doing that. It's a great concept and I am very happy that she found my podcast and is willing to talk all about her and her podcast on my show. She may stretch the 'Nobodies' parameter a bit, as she has been in broadcast journalism, and been a radio DJ in her past life, but she does not boast about them and it's very clear that her awesome podcast is the main focus now.
We talk about some (maybe) little known facts about the state of Arkansas, what life growing up there is like, as well as mentioning a time or two one of Arkansas's most famous people: the great former U.S. President Bill Clinton. But before we get to all that, I just had to grill her on her work as a radio DJ in the early 80s and again in the late '90s/early '00s, because the radio broadcasting industry and programming is very interesting to me!
This is Part I of our lengthy chat, and I'm very proud of how this interview sounds, because it has a feeling of two people meeting for the first time and just talking and getting to know one another. To me, some of the best conversations are produced this way. Thank you Tracy for making it so easy and natural.
Below is more about Tracy and her podcast:
Have a reboot in your life and want to talk about it? Here is how to appear on Tracy's podcast:
Music featured on this episode by Matthew Johnston. Featuring a portion of his original song 'Walk This Way'
I'm super excited to finally talk to my old friend Adonis Gaitatzis, whom I first met back when we became roommates (with 2 other dudes, a total of 4!) in this makeshift cheapo frat like basement apartment in the southern-east end of Ottawa, Canada, and we all wound up here because we were either in studies, working, or just finding ourselves.
I've been thinking about what it would be like to have Adonis on the podcast since the 1st season, and finally sat down this season to make a list of "want to/need to" guests for the podcast, and he was one of the tops. After a couple near misses, we finally got to connect via Skype due to being on two different coasts (Adonis in California, me in Ontario) and I feel like I really only scratched the surface of the experiences this man has had since we lost communication after 2005, and here now in 2018, I am hearing all about what he's done for the first time right along with you, the loyal listeners.
In a nutshell, he's built two companies (shut them both down after scaling different heights) traveled to many places all over the world to meet new people and experience many cultures, took up Spanish guitar (he plays a little bit here on this episode) and met his dad for the first time since he was 3 years old, where he joined him in his native Greece to live in a Greek monastery as a monk for a few years, and has written some books just recently.
The best is yet to come, I'm sure!
Adonis' book Blockchains and Smart Contracts for Business Leaders on Amazon:
More books by Adonis on Amazon:
Chantelle Blanchard is a very busy person but is busy doing things that she loves and has a real passion for, even in her main day to day job. She is a barn manager at a local farm helping to raise and train show horses for local and provincial competitions. Clementine, Chantelle's favorite Mini Horse, even has her own Facebook page!
Chantelle also likes to spend her off days (weekends!) partaking in scuba diving and she discuss some of the beautiful places that her and her husband have dived in, as well as the importance of how proper diving training can help you have fun and even save your life. We also talk about her competitive dart throwing league and last but certainly not least, we are talking about her entering of a local "Voice" singing competition and making it all the way to the finals, coming in at #2. She can really belt out a tune, as I've seen it first hand live at the show.
It's a fun conversation from a gal that's seen and done a few cool things and I'm happy to bring part of her story here to one and all!
Clementine at Wynbrook Facebook Page:
Taylor Brooks Equestrian at Wynbrook Farm
This week on the podcast I not only pull out all the stops, I pull out all the people in my life. If you know me or know people who know me, you could wind up finding yourself asked to be a guest on the podcast, and you know what the right answer is! This week's guest, I go everywhere to find someone new for you, and this week it's my own Insolvency Trustee Shannon D.
Don't know what that title means? Then this podcast episode is a must hear & now. Shannon was very nice to allow me to fumble through questions and try to understand exactly what her work entails, but one thing for sure is how she is able to help people through one of the most stressful and difficult times in life that people go through. Money and debt worries. Find out how the basic process works and see the links below for more information on Hoyes, Michalos and Associates Inc. I urge others to seek out trustees in their local areas to help you help yourself!
Music featured on this episode by Matthew Johnston. Featuring his original song 'Man Lying in Danger'
This first installment of an on-going series of Prime Cuts episodes features best of clips selected from the most downloaded episodes of all time up to the week of June 25th, 2018.
I do a Top 5 Countdown of the best of all time so far and share some insight as always into the episodes and my 'just ok' life!
Bernie Taylor. Is he an author, a teacher, a scientist? When you ask him, he'll tell you that he sees himself as a naturalist
Bernie is my guest this week, and he is the author of the books Before Orion Finding The Face of the Hero and Biological Time. We discuss both books, the origins of why he wrote them, and their content. We dig deeper into his Before Orion book, based upon exploring the hero’s journey of self-awareness, mythology and record of biological knowledge through Paleolithic cave art as well as where he became interested in the subject and how it became his life's work.
We talk about Paleolithic images made over 34,000 years ago and how 'nobodies' might have made these original drawings but we will never know who they were, but they have done something that people still discuss and research today. Nobodies became Somebodies, even thousands of years ago!
We also talk a little bit of the history and Bernie's interest in Pablo Picasso and his works.
Below are some links about the work of Bernie Taylor:
Biological Time on Amazon:
Before Orion Facebook Page:
In this Part II with Andy Barker, we get the full story on Andy's father's medical emergency, right down to what exactly was happening with him, how close he was to death and how he was able to make a recovery thanks in much part to a strong connection with his son and family. We also talk about the final process of retiring from the Navy as well as get into his experiences with PTSD and what his KB1 Foundation is all about. It's a little bit serious but with no shortage of fun.
Due to some technical glitches during the initial recording, this episode is made of take number 2 of one loooooong conversation with Andy but a very good one. Proud of his openness and honesty, and happy for having him on the show. More about Andy below, in case you forgot!
Kb1foundation on Facebook
Nothing's Off The Table Podcast:
Throwin' Down with Andy and Ricardo Podcast:
Andy Barker is coming up on a nearly 30 year career in the U.S. Navy and is trained as an Emergency Room Registered Nurse. He has seen, done and heard about more things than many people could think of. He's been stationed in Japan, he was on the USNS Mercy during the first Gulf War, Global War on Terror and Operation Enduring Freedom Philippines, and there he's responsible for a large team that report directly to him, and he will go to bat for anyone on his team.
Andy Barker is a family man who has and always will be there for his family. He has been by his father's side during illness and seen him making a recovery, up to the point of just before we recorded this podcast episode. He is based in Virginia but we spoke while he was in St. Louis with his parents after his father returned home from hospital.
Andy Barker is a fellow podcaster, and you can find links to his shows below here in the show notes. I still say after our chats, I think I taught him a thing or two about podcasting (what 'not' to do, ahem cough cough).
Andy Barker has a strong opinion and is proud of his work in the Navy. You will hear some strong opinions in this episode. Both he and I would welcome your feedback on anything discussed in this off the hook Part I of one more to come podcast with...Andy Barker!
Nothing's Off The Table Podcast:
Throwin' Down with Andy and Ricardo Podcast:
Music featured in the show by Matthew Johnston