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Chris Patterson: The Arrogant Worms’ Comedian, Musician

Episode 11- Sept. 23, 2013


jumping-chris-crop005Chris Patterson plays bass with Canada’s most popular musical comedy trio The Arrogant Worms, who have sold over 150,000 CDs and toured extensively in Canada and the U.S., with appearances in the U.K. and Australia.

I’m a big fan of The Arrogant Worms and am proud to say I gave them their national radio debut on CBC’s “The Radio Show with Jack Farr,” and produced their national TV appearances on John Oakley’s Life Network TV show & Mike Bullard’s TV show on The Comedy Network. I hope to have interviews with the other members of the band, Mike McCormick and Trevor Strong, when, and if, they let me.

We talk about how the band managed to survive 20 years together, longer than most marriages in America, and the band’s collaboration with four-time World figure skating Champion Kurt Browning.

After 20 years on the road The ‘Worms aren’t touring as much as they once did, and we discuss how Chris is using his musical and performance skills in his job as a high school English teacher.

Finally we also talk about our failed attempt at creating a game show we pitched to the Comedy Network with the line “What if Michael Moore had a game show?”

Links from the show

Chris Patterson’s website

The Arrogant Worms website

Queen’s University Drama Department

Louise Pitre: Actress

Episode 10- Sept. 9, 2013


Louise Pitre is a musical theatre legend.

Louise has been nominated for a Tony Award and is the winner of four Dora Mavor Moore Awards.

The Broad­way star is currently appear­ing in Theatre 20′s “Company,” directed by Gary Griffin.

Louise is best known for her role as Donna Sheri­dan in the ABBA-themed musi­cal “Mamma Mia!”, which earned her a Tony Award nom­i­na­tion. She received rave reviews for her performances as Fantine in “Les Misérables” (Toronto, Montreal and Paris) and as the title character in “Edith Piaf.”

Louise talks about growing up as the daughter of an accountant, the high school music teacher that changed her life, being discovered by Don Fleckser at Western Univeristy Canada and what it’s like auditioning for the world-renowned director Gary Griffin.

Louise offers some advice for young actors.

She also discusses writing, producing and starring in her new show “On The Rocks” at Theatre Passe Muraille.

In our chat, we discuss this provocative photo, by Kimberly Butler, used to promote “On The Rocks.”

Pitre On the Rocks

Links from the show

Don Wright Faculty of Music – Western University

Theatre Passe Muraille

Chicago Shakespeare Theatre

Lee Siegel: Actor, Singer

Episode 07-July 1st, 2013


Recording Artist, Actor Lee Siegel

At the time of recording Lee Siegel was performing at The Stratford Festival, North America’s largest Classical repertory theatre.

Lee joined me for a candid chat about how he went from high school drama classes to Broadway.

We also discuss the inspiration behind his CD “Where is the Orchestra?” and the creative way he raised money to produce it.

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