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Susan Gilmour: Singer, actress

Episode 59 - Oct. 24

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Susan Gilmour is an internationally acclaimed singer and actress.

She is currently performing in “Footloose” at the Dunfield Theatre in Cambridge, On. and will be appearing there again from Nov. 23 – Dec. 24 in “Sister Act.”

She’s best know for playing Fantine in “Les Miserables” on Broadway and at Toronto’s Royal Alexandra Theatre.

Susan also played Fantine in the Los Angeles production, where she was nominated for the Robby Award “Best Supporting Actress,” and she performed with the international Touring Company in Singapore, Cape Town South Africa, Hong Kong and Seoul Korea.

In the podcast we discuss the time, early in her career, Susan lost a job as a cruise ship entertainer, listen and find out why she was kicked off the ship.

Despite the cruise ship experience, Susan’s passion for singing pop music provided a foundation for her success in musical theatre along with her training at Grant MacEwan College, the Edmonton Musical Theatre and The American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York City.

We also discuss her work at The Stratford Festival with director Peter Hinton.

Show Notes

Susan Gilmour’s website
“Footloose” runs until Oct. 30.
“Sister Act” runs from Nov 23 – Dec 24.
MacEwan University – Theatre Arts
Edmonton Muiscal Theatre
Citadel Theatre
The American Musical and Dramatic Academy

Special thanks to The Bruce Hotel where we recorded our conversation.
The Bruce is Stratford’s most luxurious hotel, offering unparalleled service.own-backyard-stratford-festival-4

Writer, actor: Ins Choi remastered

Episode 58 - October 10, 2016

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This is a special 20 minute episode to coincide with the CBC TV debut of “Kim’s Convenience,” a new TV show based on the play of the same name by Ins Choi.

“Kim’s Convenience” had its debut performance at the 2011 Toronto Fringe Festival, at the Bathurst St. Theatre, where Ins both directed and acted.

As a former Fringe Festival performer myself, the fact that “Kim’s Convenience” has gone on to such great success is inspiring….and I really hope that this interview will inspire you too.

”Kim’s Convenience” follows in the footsteps of Fringe Festival shows like “Da Kink in My Hair,” “Machomer,” “The Drowsy Chaperone” and others that have gone onto great things.

I’ve edited an interview I did with Ins in January 2013. It was recorded at the first run of “Kim’s Convenience” outside of Toronto at the Grand Theatre in London, Ontario.

In our interview we talk about the time in his life when Ins gave up a job with security, benefits and a housing allowance….everything that would have set him up for a traditional life…but it wasn’t a job in the Arts and Ins knew he wanted a life in the Arts.

We also talk about his time onstage, acting at The Stratford Festival and backstage where he was writing Kim’s Convenience

If you’re a regular listener to the podcast you know I have a 10 year old son and I’m always curious about how family influences the creative voice….so Ins and I start out by talking about his Father who was a pastor and the impact that had on Ins when he was young.

Show Notes
Soulpepper
Toronto Fringe
fu-GEN Asian Canadian theatre Company
The Stratford Festival
Kim’s Convenience at CBC TV

Dayna Manning: Singer songwiter

Episode 51 - March 27, 2016

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Dayna Manning podcast, singer songwriter, interviewDayna Manning is one of Canada’s most accomplished singer songwriters.

When she was in her teens she had a hit song on the radio. Soon after that she found herself, in the words of Joni Mitchell, “Stoking the star maker machinery behind the popular song.”

At times the chat you are about to listen to unfolds like an episode of the popular TV show “Nashville”…except it’s not a TV show.

This is the story of a real person, trying to make a difference in her community, and the world, through music.

We discuss Tom Petty’s influence, working with Grammy award winning music producer Jim Scott, Dayna’s contribution to Stratford, Ontario’s Heritage Square committee, and her sojourn in northern British Columbia.

As well as having a successful solo career, these days Dayna is playing sold out concerts with Emm Gryner and Lindsay Schindler as part of the popular trio Trent Severn.

We talk about the writing process behind some of their songs.

Show Notes
Dayna Manning’s website
Trent Severn’s Website
Loreena McKennitt
Tom Petty
The Artist’s Way

Dayna Manning. podcast, interview