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Jim Mezon: Actor, Director

Episode 19- June 9, 2014


Jim mezon, interview, podcast, shaw festival
Jim Mezon is in his 30th season at the Shaw Festival, one of North America’s most celebrated theatre festivals.

We discuss his journey from a job as a theatre janitor in Winnipeg to becoming a star at the Shaw Festival, where he’s currently celebrating his 30th season.

Artists, generally speaking, don’t follow the timelines of societal norms around big life decisions like getting married, buying a home & starting a family. In this episode I talk with Jim about how I waited until my 40′s to get married and start a family. Jim mentions he started a family later in life too and speaks candidly about the impact of having a child in his 50′s.

We also talk about the next generation of actors & how they are different than previous generations.

Show Notes
The Shaw Festival
My website Shaw Festival Reviews
Don Ziraldo

Melanie Doane: Singer, Songwriter

Episode 16- April 22, 2014


Melanie Doane, Interview, Podcast, Keith Tomasek An accomplished singer, songwriter, musician, and performer Melanie Doane has appeared on Broadway and stages across North America.

Melanie Doane has released seven albums & written and performed many chart topping singles (“Adam’s Rib”, “Goliath”, “Still Desire You”, etc.).

Her music has been featured on hit television shows such as Brothers and Sisters, Being Erica, Flashpoint, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

As well as performing, Melanie uses the ukulele to introduce young children to musicianship. She’s following in the footsteps of her father, J.Chalmers Doane, a celebrated music education legend.

Doane’s relationship to music is intertwined with her sense of community. Her parents love of, and respect for, music and it’s place in the family home, has infused Melanie with a truly collaborative spirit.

Links from the Podcast
Melanie Doane.com
J. Chalmers Doane
Burton Cummings
The National Theatre of Great Britain’s “War Horse.”

Melanie’s music video “The Stupider I Am.”

Ukulele in the classrom

Melanie on the TV show I produced “Open Mike with Mike Bullard.”

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