Continuing April Awareness Month, here is my interview with proud mother and Autism Advocate Danna Schaubel conducted at a fine establishment, the Fox & Feather Pub and Grill in downtown Ottawa, Ontario Canada.
Danna is the mother of a beautiful 7 year old, Melanie, who is on the autism spectrum. I talked to Danna about coming to Ottawa for the yearly Autism On the Hill that takes place every April on Parliament Hill and what her goals were this year. We discuss her thoughts on current government funding for autism programs (or lack thereof), and what others can do to help raise awareness and make changes, whether they are or have children on the spectrum or not. I was very proud to have her on the show and hear her story. I hope you enjoy it like I did and get a little insight into her world and her daily life. Below are some links she mentions in the show. Thanks for listening!
Ontario Autism Coalition on Facebook
Autism on the Hill
The Fox & Feather Pub & Grill
Music featured in the show by the one and only Matthew Johnston
On this week's episode of the Nobodies Are Somebodies podcast, it's focused on continuing April awareness month, and this week it's a tribute to National Volunteer Week, with my unpaid agent Denise Hawken who runs a Volunteer Program at her paid job, and she talks about what happens during this full 7 days of recognition for her volunteers, and what Volunteer Week really means to her and the staff she manages
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I was Live on location at Mavericks in Ottawa Ontario Canada, for the premiere launch party of Jason Lacombe's LoneWolf Productions event, where he had several DJs on scene for a dance party to celebrate the launch of his new venture. I was proud to be on hand along with my unpaid agent Denise Hawken to record some video, get some pics of the event and the man himself, and even an exclusive spin from "DJ White Rabbit" at his home before the event, which he prepared exclusively for this podcast episode. I was even lucky to score a quick bonus interview with David, who originally was a part of the LoneWolf company but bowed out in its in infant stages. Find out some of his story here.
For photos and video of the event and pre-party, check out the Instagram page @sebcamco for all the exclusive content. My thanks to Jason and his whole crew for letting the Nobodies Are Somebodies podcast be a part of this event!
Proud husband, father, entrepreneur and led by his faith and the gift of helping others and mastering the art of bringing folks together, Sean McCoy is a proud Texas native from Houston, and he is my first guest from outside of my little bubble here in Ontario, Canada. I could have talked to Sean for many more than the 1.5 hours that we did and he's got lots of great stories, great experiences and great moments in life that have all happened to him just because he made the choice to start something and see it through to the end. A good example for yours truly! But we only got a fraction of his story and journey here.
Also, did anyone else out there know that Beyonce was from Houston?
Sean is the host of his own podcast, The Come To The Table podcast and you can find all about his show and his guests here:
Jason Lacombe's LoneWolf Productions event: Launch Party April 6th, 2018. Details here
Matthew Johnston on SoundCloud:
This episode is a tribute to my mother, Lianne Mommy Vice who passed away this past Wednesday March 14th 2018. I was proud to have her do 3 podcast episodes with me and got to learn more about her along the way. I'll play a few clips of her from some of the episodes and just talk about Mom. Thank you all for listening, and thank you Mom for raising me how you did and of course, falettin' me be mice elf! :)
I love you Mom and I feel you watching over me!!
Eric V. of @OpenTPodcast actually listened to one of my podcast episodes, I can't believe it! Well maybe he heard I was discussing the news and he, being active in his community and interested in the goings on around the world, thought I might have something important to say. That was false, but he did hear a few things come up about the city we live in, the city of Ottawa, Canada, and specifically the area he dwells in...the dreaded downtown core. Right now, there is a big battle going on between the homeless shelters and the downtown business over who belongs where, and both have valid points. Eric asked for this time to speak and comment on his recent conversation and podcast episode with Rideau/Vanier counselor Mathieu Fleury and was even kind enough to pass on a question, or more like a question/statement I had about the condition of our city streets.
You don't have to know Ottawa or even like it to enjoy this episode, I mean, no matter what, it's good conversation on a Monday evening, right? And I enjoy giving my guests a platform to speak, and invite all to do so and all of you awesome listeners to do the same!
Want to hear Eric's episode on Open Topic Podcast with Counselor Fleury? Check out http://www.podcastshow.ca for more details. Thank you also to Eric for providing me a short clip of his show for promotional use on the Nobodies Are Somebodies podcast
This episode features music from Matthew Johnston, featuring a duet with his wife Genevieve Ross on the track 'Dragon in the Woods' found here: https://soundcloud.com/user-234321408/dragon-in-the-woods?in=user-234321408/sets/dragon-in-the-woods-shaped-by
The news of the world is usually dark, bleak, appalling, and downright true. This episode appears to be no different, where my sometimes co-host good buddy Fred and I discuss some things we found in the news online recently that caught our attention, and we just had to discuss them in a very frank and maybe uncouth way. But its real, raw, and meant to be a bit light hearted. Actually, some of it is not even news: just personal experiences and storytelling.
Since our 'News of the World' episodes seem to be a bit well received, here is a 3rd, maybe final installment, unless you the great people who listen, say otherwise!
This episode features the song 'Spirit, Is This Your Angel' by Matthew Johnston. Some notes from the artist about the song:
Spirit is this your Angel however, it is so simple that even though I recorded it in the dark, I could remember it. It's one of the first songs I wrote that made it on the album, one of the beginning ones. The first recording I did of it was improvised
Aaron Smith is loud, proud and boisterous and gets his point across. And I would not have it any other way! I've been trying to track him down for a few months now and I'm proud to finally bring you this interview. I visit his six person home, where we talk about all the trips he's taken to exciting places around that meant absolutely nothing to him (he's not a fan of travelling), we talk about his career in the security field and how it finally led him to working in a place that he feels comfortable in, we talk about how he doesn't want to talk politics, and we discuss his earliest (or best) childhood memory. Aaron is honest and forthcoming and he tells it like it is, was, and ever will be. It's the life of Aaron Smith; if you don't have a seatbelt in your home, now is the time to get one, because you'll be needing to fasten it!
We also have music from Matthew Johnston and I go on a rant about "Timmies" Tim Horton's, just for you Richard Mystery!
Jason Lacombe's LoneWolf Productions event: Launch Party April 6th, 2018. Details here
Matthew Johnston on SoundCloud:
Meet Penelope Goranson, singer/songwriter/actress/model and breast cancer warrior. We touch on many different topics and all are ones that I want to explore more of, but we were short on time as her and her husband Kent (big thank you to him for letting me record in his telescope shop) were heading to another appointment, but still I'm so grateful for the time that I got, and she also played live for me, right then and there, her original song 'Stargazing' written as a gift to her husband, which you'll hear right here on this episode. We also talk about how she went to live with her aunt in Scotland when she was 17, how she started a challenging modeling career, and how she met Paul McCartney?! And of course, some other stuff.
I also feature in the show some more music from the awesome Matthew Johnston and as well, Chad Vice visits the Apple Store. What a trip!
Jason's Lacombe's LoneWolf Productions: Launch Party April 6th, 2018. Details here https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1714310615309374&ref=br_rs
Bullying is described as: a person who uses strength or power to harm or intimidate those who are weaker.
synonyms: persecutor, oppressor, tyrant, tormentor, intimidator
When we think of bullies we think back to our high school years, and even though it was horrible when we went through it and we felt alone, and at the time, it was the only thing that consumed our minds. We would now probably look back on it as just part of growing up and it made us who we are today. But what was happening to us was not right then and it's still not right now. In this day and age it seems like the levels of violence and personal humiliation that some will go to has been taken to another level, like cyber bullying and things like that. Attacks are more personal and more random than ever. I spoke with a young man, 14 years old, who was recently the victim of a serious physical attack at the hands of another youth whom he didn't even know, and all over a new haircut? Now he wants to speak out on bullying, and not just about what happened to him but about bullying in general and how he personally advocates to bring a stop to bullying in his school and in his community.
You can't have a show, you don't have a big guest. You don't have ANY guest for this show. How can you just release a "Best Of" episode an expect people to tune in to that? They've heard this content before. It's not like you're on TV and get away that!
These are things that no one has said to me, but thoughts have crossed my mind about ending the Nobodies Are Somebodies podcast after the 1st season after all, because I, Chad Vice, have been struggling to find new folks for the show over the past couple of months. With not being able to secure a big time hoped for guest for my big 50th anniversary show, was this the final straw to push me in to podcaster retirement, as it were?
You'll have to listen to find out!
Being caught in the middle of things, people and situations, just like this episode, is no fun. But I really had no choice here.
You see, I'm a nice guy and I love helping my friends while also helping myself. So when my friend Eric says he needs a guest for his upcoming podcast episode, I am helping to help, and I can also use this time to test some over the phone/internet recording software for this show. WIN.
The results however show that this was indeed just a test and that in no means should this be considered a planned or well thought out constructed show. The sound drops and fades, the content is loose and unorganized, the jokes aren't funny and the background noise is atrocious (never record in a busy home, silly me!) Nevertheless, because the program I was using was not working as intended, and I could not use it for my planned guest, well you get me setting up Rachel and Eric to talk, and then me butting in to promote myself at any given moment. You're welcome.
Thanks for listening as we cap of the end of Season 1 and looking forward to an even bigger next season to go!
It's News of The World Time, Part Deux, once again with my co-host for this week, my good buddy Fred! He's joining me at my lovely apartment to discuss some things we heard and saw in the news into the new year, but the main feature that this show winds up being about is my ongoing war with the drive thrus of McDonald's, and one specific store in my local area that gave me the most hellish time ever completing a mobile app order.
A ridiculous waste of time, or a ridiculous premise for a show - YOU DECIDE. Thanks for listening, and if you were expecting a big blockbuster 50th episode, you've come to the wrong place. That episode airs in two weeks. You are welcome.
Due to the flu and a loss of my precious voice, I am not able to conduct a proper interview for this week's episode. I will prove it however, as I did record some quick intros, outros and an outtake so you can all hear my wonderfully awful vocal chords in action. I mean I have to give the people what they want, right? And by that token, this episode is really all Chad Vice all the time
I've included a re-broadcast of an episode from back in February 2017, episode number 4 entitled "Chad No Guest? Vice". I thought this might be a nice way to show my newer listeners (both of you!) a little taste of where I came from when I was first starting this podcast, as I make my way into Season #2 coming shortly here in 2018. In that episode, I talked about me and why I started a podcast, and fully admitted that I could not score a guest for that week!
So please enjoy, thank you for listening to my show and would love to hear all comments and feedback, it makes my show better and I appreciate engaging with you, the loyal listener.
HeroMario, or also known on his YouTube channel as HeroMarioGaming, if that his is real name, is a 15 year old avid gamer and he joins me on this episode to tell me abut what games he loves, Happy New Year. We discuss how he got into gaming, what his first game was, what he currently plays, and of course what games he's looking forward to in the future. Oh and I also ask him if he's any good at school in real life. Because that stuff matters - stay in school kids! Get a good education
Find him on YouTube and watch him in action!
Also, in this episode I mention some podcasts that I started listening to. Here are the links to them for you to check out:
Dr. Amber Baker - Go Friend Yourself Podcast
Workshed Podcast with Ian Lawton
Glistening Particles with Jane Ellen
Story Untold with Martin Bauman
(NOTE: In this episode, I mistakenly refer to this show as 'Untold Story' My apologies Martin!)
It's a wonderful Christmastime with the Nobodies Are Somebodies podcast, and I'm joined by my good buddy Fred, who is my co-host again for this episode as we power through some family Christmas traditions while eating and drinking and basically just having a good time. We also have a check in with Tikko Travels author Christine Frances Poe who tells me all about her What's In Your Sleigh fundraiser that was held back on Dec 7th 2017, and she also passes the mic to her son Dorion for a little re-interpretation a stand-up comedy routine. And what would an episode be without another Holiday themed 20 questions with Richard Mystery! I read off his answers and hopefully, the 3rd time's the charm to get him on mic and in color on this show. Fingers crossed!
A jam packed episode awaits you, Happy Holidays and a healthy New Year to you and yours. Stay safe out there and listen to metal!
On this episode my good buddy Fred drops by to talk about his new venture: selling online. Every one needs money, especially in this holiday season and if you have the time, patience and merchandise (time, love and tenderness?) to sell then you best be doing it. We talk about local selling and some of the pratfalls of dealing with the buying public, and we touch on some best practices and of course, the dreaded shipping. I personally compare the USPS to Canada Post. And the results are boring if you are not into this type of thing!
I'm also still on the hunt to get Richard Mystery on the show, in conversation, but...he likes to remain elusive (exclusive). So help me convince him, and in the meantime enjoy this quick episode as we glyde in nicely to Christmas
Chantal Venne joins in my car, seemingly my new 'on the go' studio now, for a quick chat from her break at work. You remember, that job she has where she organizes parties in the Catholic schools after hours for events, and she's telling me all about her wicked awesome deadly party that she and her family had this weekend!
Technical difficulties: My computer battery decided to konk out as I turned it on in the car, and thus I could not record her on my microphone properly. So, I turned to my trusty Samsung Galaxy S4 and recorded her the old fashioned way: voice recorder free on the Google smartphone. I won't be stopped when it comes to this podcast. Hope you enjoy this little episode this week. Oh and I also discuss how it's hard to secure guests for the show during the opening. Shout out to everyone out there preparing for the holidays and can't wait for more awesome guests and show features to come in the new year!
This week's episode starts of the another 20 questions from Richard Mystery and this time, I think I asked better questions and got some better answers. The best part? I read them and read his answers all by myself. Exciting right? Now, let's get him on this show for real!
Then I have a conversation, in my car of all places, because I like to find new places to record, and speak with a young lady who's been through some horrifying experiences in her life at the hands of others, and I'm happy to say that in the end, it's only made her a stronger person. Hear Leah's story as she wants it to be heard, honestly and completely. Hear how her faith in the church and the Lord has pulled her through and keeps doing so today. I'm thanking both of my guests for another great episode.
This episode will be a simulcast episode with my friend Eric's show, the Open Topic Podcast. We combined our shows for one special Monday and basically interviewed each other. And we covered all the cool topics like war, religion, gay rights, codes of conduct on a podcast, and last but not least, my family.
Hope you will enjoy this joint venture episode and be sure to listen to both our shows...do it at the same time!!
Silence is acceptance
That's a powerful statement and one that is made towards the end of the interview with my guest Marion Frame, making her Part II return after being unable to participate in the following week of her last airing interview due to some illness and some personal crisis. She is back, and she's got a lot to say as this interview takes on a decidedly dark turn from the origins of her family name, to some disturbing times in her family history found through tracing back her roots. It's a unique journey and I am proud to bring it to you. Thanks Marion for being so open and honest.
If you are struggling with or know someone who is in your family or circle friends who is a victim of abuse - talk about it. There are services out there to help and you can remain anonymous. Silence is acceptance. Consult the services available in your area today, don't wait until it's too late.
I have an interesting interview coming up with 'RICHARD' here...a future guest (I hope!) that I'm trying to woo into doing a full on interview on the podcast some day, but like all good things they take time to produce and nurture, so that's what I am doing here; giving him just a taste at what it's like to be in the 'hot seat' as it were, as I provided him with a light-hearted questionnaire to complete we could all get to know him a bit better.
My big thanks to him for being a good sport, answering all the questions and giving this episode a unique theme. The campaign starts NOW. GIVE US RICHARD. GIVE US RICHARD. The audience has spoken...
Shawna 'Dual Citizenship' Robinson is pretty cool - she's toured so many different places and so many wonderful and unique experiences and done it all at a young age. Puts me to shame. Luckily, I am still pretty young too.....
On another note, we of course discuss her travels, how she was bitten by the travel bug (the good kind!), from a planned school trip to travelling on her own, where she has been and where she plans to be going. We talk about what life was like for her living in Copenhagen, Denmark for awhile on a student visa, how security and safety awareness has changed in recent times during terrorist attacks in many countries, her visit to the Canadian soldiers grave site at the beaches of Normandy, and also we discuss where she plans to settle down and work in the future. I'll give you a hint: it's not Canada! Plus, you also may have her to hold responsible for your bus schedule in the near future.
Take a journey on this podcast interview, thank you Shawna for being a sport and entertaining me and all the listeners for the next hour.
Denise is my extremely unpaid agent who does a lot for my podcast behind the scenes and sometimes on the scene itself, and her importance to my little podcast cannot be denied. So here is her payment: an(other) episode all to herself! She's all over this episode and it shows, intro, outro, and all! She fills me in what her substitute vacation plans were, how the hurricane affected her friends and family down in the southern states, and what she plans to do to make up for her 2nd missed trip (will she even make new plans with me ever again??) Join me for this light-hearted episode, and you heard it here: she promises more unique guests to come! Also, find out what SNW means. It's not worth the wait but listen for it anyway
PS: Denise hates reading...she loves cheese...
For the second straight episode in as many weeks, I'm doing an episode based around a tribute to a fallen musical hero of mine, and this one is Canadian music legend Gord Downie of the Tragically Hip. Diagnosed with terminal brain cancer in 2015, the band embarked on a final tour in 2016 as a goodbye and thank you to the friends and fans of the band across Canada, the last show from their hometown of Kingston Ontario Canada was broadcast live on the CBC network for all to see and live through. I was not fortunate to catch them on this tour or any others, but the music lives on in my mind and in my heart. You are Canadian. You love the Tragically Hip. End of story.
Mr. Music Kevin Ganley of course joins me again to express his thoughts and love of the band, as we did with Tom Petty the week prior. Please, leave our musicians on Earth. We are still enjoying them! Take this time and thank your family and loved ones. Nothing is promised, especially our tomorrows