PODCAST

The Canadian Star System with Steve Patterson

Apostrophe Podcast Network

Canada doesn't really have a 'star system' like our neighbours to the south. In fact, many of our celebrities have had to leave the country to find the work and recognition they deserve.


Well, THE CANADIAN STAR SYSTEM aims to change that. Each week, host Steve Patterson (CBC Radio's The Debaters) and his producer/co-host Diana Frances (Canadian Screen Award winning comedy writer) interview a well-known Canadian celebrity who then shines the spotlight on someone THEY think should also be a star. That person joins the conversation and we learn why they are worthy of being a household name... in households other than their own.


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Ron Sexsmith & Lori Cullen
This week, Diana and Steve chat with the songwriter’s songwriter of songwriters, none other than Mr. Ron Sexsmith!Ron talks about how Elvis Costello helped launch his early career, how the town of Stratford inspired the cover art for his new album ‘Hermitage,’ and of course - he and Steve wax poetic about the beauty of a ‘good pun.’Ron shines the spotlight on his fellow musician, songwriter and friend Lori Cullen! Lori describes how music has saved her life through Covid, as well as her collaboration with Sexsmith and Swinghammer. And if that sounds like a sexy combination of words, just wait till you hear her story about that album being accidentally played at a swinger’s party.To find out more about Ron Sexsmith including upcoming tour dates, be sure to check out his website www.ronsexsmith.com and follow his pun-tasticness on Twitter @ronsexmith To learn more about Lori Cullen be sure to check out her website www.loricullen.com where you can find the videos and albums we chatted about.To learn more about Steve’s mini-spotlight of the Winnipeg Comedy Festival, go to https://www.winnipegcomedyfestival.com/And to learn more about the comedians from the Winnipeg Comedy Festival that Steve adored, check out:Ryan Williams on Twitter: @rywilliamscomic and on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCpeuEl80wKS4VkRnxQd0XbwBree Parsons on Insta: @Brieparsonscomedy and on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCjUGbC97DxjNDatADhaZm6wMatt Falk: Website: www.mattfalkcomedy.comHOST: Steve Patterson (Twitter: @patterballs)PRODUCER & CO-HOST: Diana Frances (Twitter @dianafrancesvan)TECHNICAL PRODUCER: Donovan Deschner from Fracture A Femur Productions (www.fractureafemur.com)MUSIC BY: Imagine Sound Studios (www.imaginesoundstudios.com)This show is brought to you by The Apostrophe Podcast Network and is powered by Acast See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
19-05-2022
1 hr 9 mins
Mary Walsh & Dave SullivanRandy Bachman & Tal Bachman
This week we keep Season Two rocking and rolling along with legendary Canadian musician, radio host and storyteller, Randy Bachman!Randy regales Steve and Diana with rock star quality stories from the road, how The Guess Who got their start (hint, that wasn’t their original name!) how Vinyl Tap came to be on CBC Radio and its new, syndicated home at Corus Entertainment!Randy shines the spotlight on his son, Tal Bachman - a star in his own right, but how could we say no to double Bachmen? Tal talks about the joy of working and touring with his Dad, and the genesis of their hilarious, unscripted YouTube show called Bachman & Bachman.NOTE: This episode was recorded prior to Randy announcing that health issues have forced him to postpone his Vinyl Tap live tour - which has now been rescheduled for November of 2022. For more information on Randy’s upcoming tour dates, check out www.randybachman.comTo listen to the new Vinyl Tap show, go to: www.vinyltap.com/To watch Bachman & Bachman on Youtube, check out: www.youtube.com/c/BachmanBachmanchannelYou can follow Randy on Twitter @RandysVinylTapYou can follow Tal on Twitter @tal_bachmanMINI SPOTLIGHT: To pre-order the novel OTHER PEOPLE’S SECRETS by Meredith Hambrook, check out: https://www.penguinrandomhouse.ca/books/709903/other-peoples-secrets-by-meredith-hambrock/9781639100989?fbclid=IwAR3kogiqoIlJI-3c5IztFoYfnRM5XlbnIH_Wn32n7SMmKhypQFlj-yy27w4Or follow Meredith on Facebook: @meredithhambrockbooksHOST: Steve Patterson (Twitter: @patterballs)PRODUCER & CO-HOST: Diana Frances (Twitter @dianafrancesvan)TECHNICAL PRODUCER: Donovan Deschner from Fracture A Femur Productions (www.fractureafemur.com)MUSIC BY: Imagine Sound Studios (www.imaginesoundstudios.com)This show is brought to you by The Apostrophe Podcast Network and is powered by Acast See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
21-04-2022
47 mins
Andrew Phung & Kimberly-Ann Truong
To kick off Season Two of the podcast, Steve and Diana chat with one of Canada’s brightest, energetic and positive personalities - star of the new CBC comedy ‘Run the Burbs’ - Andrew Phung!Andrew explains how including his Vietnamese/Chinese parents into his love of comedy made them his biggest fan (to the point where his Mom will tell people on airplanes to watch Kim’s Convenience). Plus he explains his love of sneakers, Calgary and getting his start in improv at Loose Moose Theatre.Andrew introduces us to the woman who plays his sister Carol on ‘Run The Burbs,’ Kimberly-Ann Truong! Kimmy (as she likes to be called) is a triple threat who was thrilled to finally play an actual Vietnamese character on Broadway in Miss Saigon, and how her head nearly exploded when she read the script for 'Run the Burbs' with so many Vietnamese characters. Kimmy also regails us with stories of taking mandatory classes on set etiquette through the acting union (which no one else had to do!) and the exciting new projects she has coming out soon, including ‘Take Note’ on NBC.To support The Possible Garden Project (which Diana shone a spotlight on this episode), check out their GoFundMe page at:  https://gofund.me/a13d1eecOr visit their website at: possiblegarden.orgHOST: Steve Patterson (Twitter: @patterballs)PRODUCER & CO-HOST: Diana Frances (Twitter @dianafrancesvan)TECHNICAL PRODUCER: Donovan Deschner from Fracture A Femur Productions (www.fractureafemur.com)MUSIC BY: Imagine Sound Studios (www.imaginesoundstudios.com)This show is brought to you by The Apostrophe Podcast Network and is powered by Acast See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07-04-2022
1 hr 13 mins
An Episode About EpisodesThe Canadian star system is ...Terry O'Reilly
Welcome to the special BONUS EPISODE of The Canadian Star System, where our featured guest is none other than author, podcaster, keynote speaker, advertising guru, and *technically,* Steve and Diana’s podcast boss - Terry O’Reilly.If you’re a fan of Terry’s insanely popular CBC Radio show and podcast, UNDER THE INFLUENCE, then you’re going to love this bonus episodeDiana and Steve dive into Terry’s newest book, MY BEST MISTAKE, and talk about how finding the ‘hidden gift’ in a terrible situation can be the first step towards pulling yourself up out of the mud you may feel stuck in. In these weirdo times where everything seems bleak and so many people feel broken and defeated, we hope this conversation about how mistakes can be gifts is the early Christmas present you didn't know you needed! Terry also shines the spotlight on HIS favourite podcasts that you’re definitely going to want to subscribe to (along with all the excellent Apostrophe podcasts!)If you’d like to find out more about Terry’s new book, MY BEST MISTAKE, check out his website www.terryoreilly.ca. And if you’d like to learn more about the other excellent podcasts in the Apostrophe Podcast Network, (such as WE REGRET TO INFORM YOU), be sure to go to www.apostrophepodcasts.caYou can follow Terry on Twitter @terryoinfluence and on Instagram @terryoinfluenceYou can follow the Apostrophe Podcast Network on Twitter @apostrophepod & Instagram @apostrophepod HOST: Steve Patterson (Twitter: @patterballs)PRODUCER & CO-HOST: Diana Frances (Twitter @dianafrancesvan)TECHNICAL PRODUCER: Donovan Deschner from Fracture A Femur Productions (www.fractureafemur.com)MUSIC BY: Imagine Sound Studios (www.imaginesoundstudios.com) See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
23-12-2021
42 mins
Jully Black & Vinessa AntoineFred Penner & JP Hoe
04-11-2021
1 hr 2 mins
Dave Bidini & Selina Martin
28-10-2021
58 mins
Darcy Michael & Jane StantonHawksley Workman & Jeremiah BrownThe Sheepdogs & Dani NashLorne Cardinal & Christine RobinsonJann Arden & Rose CousinsRon James & Dr. Shelley Boyd
*A NOTE ABOUT THIS EPISODE FROM DR. SHELLEY BOYD:First, it is important to note that information provided today is not meant to substitute for an eye exam with your healthcare provider, and no giving or receiving of personal health information is implied. And also, Dr Boyd wishes to clarify that in compliance with COVID guidelines, her St Michael’s Hospital research program in AMD remains closed – ensuring that her patients are safe and not exposed to unnecessary risk – while her Oshawa practice remains open for urgent and essential care. Like the rest of us, she is looking forward to returning to a new norm in the months ahead, and to seeing many of you again.SHOW NOTES:This week Steve and Diana chat with Canadian comedy legend Ron James! Ron regales us with stories from the road, explains why his love of touring Canada fills his heart more than chasing fame in America ever could, and the excellent career advice he got from none other than Billy Connolly. Ron introduces us to his friend… scientist, ophthalmologist and entrepreneur Dr. Shelley Boyd. Dr. Boyd is the founding director of Canada’s only dedicated ‘Dry’ Age Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) clinic at St. Michael’s Hospital. Dr. Boyd explains why Canadians are at the forefront of this field, how blindness has the highest effect on the healthcare system and why quitting smoking is good for your eyes.To learn more about Ron James, check out his website at www.RonJames.ca or follow him on Twitter @TheRonJamesShow or on Instagram @ramblinronjames. You can learn more about his new book, ‘All Over The Map - Rambles and Ruminations from the Canadian Road’ here: https://www.penguinrandomhouse.ca/books/209922/all-over-the-map-by-ron-james/9780385671132To learn more about Dr. Shelley Boyd, you can read about her work at St. Michael’s Hospital here: http://stmichaelshospitalresearch.ca/researchers/shelley-boyd/For more information on issues related to vision loss, check out: https://cnib.ca or https://www.fightingblindness.ca/HOST: Steve Patterson (Twitter: @patterballs)PRODUCER & CO-HOST: Diana Frances (Twitter @dianafrancesvan)TECHNICAL PRODUCER: Donovan Deschner from Fracture A Femur Productions (www.fractureafemur.com)MUSIC BY: Imagine Sound Studios (www.imaginesoundstudios.com) See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
23-09-2021
1 hr 2 mins
Tareq Hadhad & Houssam Alloum
This week, Diana and Steve chat with a brand new Canadian citizen, who is also a motivational speaker, author and the CEO/founder of Peace by Chocolate… Tareq Hadhad! Tareq tells the story of how his family’s home and chocolate factory in Damascus was destroyed during the Syrian war, forcing them to live in a refugee camp for years before being welcomed into the small Nova Scotian community of Antigonish where they rebuilt their chocolate business, ‘Peace by Chocolate.’Tareq introduces us to another new Canadian, Syrian artist Houssam Alloum. Houssam spent over 400 hours drawing a portrait of Tareq’s father holding a chocolate bar with the word ‘peace’ in Arabic. Houssam explains his style of ‘hyper realistic’ art, why he chooses to show his life experiences through his artwork and how art can bring awareness to important causes like eradicating gun violence against children.To learn more about Tareq and his new book, ‘PEACE BY CHOCOLATE BOOK: THE HADHAD FAMILY'S REMARKABLE JOURNEY FROM SYRIA TO CANADA,’ check out his website at www.tareqhadhad.com.And if you’d like to order their delicious chocolate online, be sure to go to www.peacebychocolate.ca. You can also follow both Tareq and Peace by Chocolate on the socials here: @TareqHadhad  @Peacebychoco on Twitter and @TareqHadhad and ​​@PeaceByChocolate on Instagram To learn more about Houssam Alloum and his work, be sure to check out his website: https://www.houssamalloum.com and follow him on Instagram @houssamalloum. HOST: Steve Patterson (Twitter: @patterballs)PRODUCER & CO-HOST: Diana Frances (Twitter @dianafrancesvan)TECHNICAL PRODUCER: Donovan Deschner from Fracture A Femur Productions (www.fractureafemur.com)MUSIC BY: Imagine Sound Studios (www.imaginesoundstudios.com) See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
16-09-2021
1 hr 2 mins
Les Stroud & Angie NusseyAllana Harkin & Lesley HamptonDan Mangan & Veda Hille
This week, Steve and Diana chat with Diana’s favourite Canadian musician (Sorry Jim Cuddy, but you haven’t yet returned her calls), Dan Mangan. Dan explains how the pandemic forced his company Side Door Access (www.sidedooraccess.com) to pivot from being the Airbnb of venues to an online platform for artists to connect with virtual audiences. He talks about his goal of 100,000 artists making $100,000 a year, as well as his cover tunes album called ‘Thief’ and why he’s passionate about helping other white Canadians educate themselves on Indigenous issues.Dan introduces us to the Vancouver based powerhouse musician and composer and his neighbour - Veda Hille. Veda shares how she first collaborated with Dan on the song ‘The Indie Queens are Waiting’ - thanks to owing his sister money and she discusses her new autobiographical show, ‘Little Volcano’ - which combines her own songs with the music of Bach. To learn more about Dan Mangan and Side Door Access, check out the websites www.sidedooraccess.com and www.danmanganmusic.comYou can also follow Dan on Twitter and Instagram @danmanganmusicAnd to learn more about Veda Hille and her new show Little Volcano, go to www.vedahille.com. To hear Nicholas Krgovich’s album of Veda Hille cover songs, check out: https://nicholaskrgovich.bandcamp.com/album/this-spring-songs-by-veda-hille-2You can also follow Veda on Twitter @vedahille and on Instagram @loveyoulikealionHOST: Steve Patterson (Twitter: @patterballs)PRODUCER & CO-HOST: Diana Frances (Twitter @dianafrancesvan)TECHNICAL PRODUCER: Donovan Deschner from Fracture A Femur Productions (www.fractureafemur.com)MUSIC BY: Imagine Sound Studios (www.imaginesoundstudios.com) See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
19-08-2021
57 mins