Author: Dan McPeake

Theatre School graduate and wandering punk-rock storyteller

Episode 042 – Claire Eccles, Scenic Route To Alaska, Gail Suderman

Announcement coming soon!

Claire Eccles is a former softball player with the UBC Thunderbirds who recently signed to play summer baseball with the Victoria HarbourCats, becoming their first female athlete. A pitcher, she will use her fastball and knuckleball out of the HarbourCats bullpen until September. Her idol growing up was Ichiro.

Gail Suderman is the director of the Vancouver Gospel Choir, who are performing with Juno-winner Warren Dean Flandez in “Soul Gospel II” – Saturday June 3rd in Vancouver.

Scenic Route To Alaska are an Edmonton trio of indie-rockers who are currently touring Europe. They joined me a couple weeks ago to discuss the tour, their new album Long Walk Home, and their of baseball and the Toronto Blue Jays.


From Scenic Route To Alaska’s Long Walk Home
Love Keeps
Coming Back
Young Free Wild

Photo of Claire Eccles – The Province

Episode 041 – Cory Doctorow, Erica Westly, LP

Sunny sunny sunny!

Cory Doctorow is a “polymath” – author, blogger, activist, amongst other things. He has long been an advocate for the liberalization of copyright laws and a proponent of the creative commons license. He currently serves as the editor of Boing Boing and has been involved with the electronic frontier foundation. His latest book – a novel – is Walkaway, a futuristic, utopian story that explores the themes of technology and transhumanism.

LP is Laura Pergolizzi, a singer-songwriter from Long Island, New York. As a songwriter, she has written tunes for Cher, backstreet Boys, Rihanna, and Christina Aguilera. A noted and innovative musician in her own right, her fourth album is Lost on You. The lead single – Muddy Waters – was used in the powerful final scene of season 4 of the hit Netflix show Orange Is The New Black.

Erica Westly is an author and journalist whose writings have appeared in Smithsonian, Slate, and The New York Times, among others. Her non-fiction chronicle Fastpitch: The Untold History of Softball and the Women Who Made The Game,   was a finalist for the 2017 PEN/ESPY Award for Literary Sports Writing.


From LP’s Lost On You
Lost On You
While We’re High
Muddy Waters

Episode 040 – Colm Feore & Patrick Huard, Emel Mathlouthi, Jesse Brown

En chante! What does Canada mean to you?

Colm Feore (24, Trudeau, House of Cards) and Patrick Huard (Les Boys) are the stars of Bon Cop, Bad Cop 2, the sequel to the wildly successful 2006 film. Colm and Patrick talk about re-teaming after a decade, making fun of Americans and their relationship with Canada, and the importance of bilingualism in this country.

Emel Mathlouthi is a Tunisian singer-songwriter, whose first album became a rallying cry during the Tunisian revolution and uprising. She is back with her sophmore effort Ensen, which was recorded in seven different countries.

Jesse Brown is the host of Canadaland, the country’s number one podcast on media criticism. Jesse chats about his book project Canadaland’s Guide to Canada, Trump’s affect on the media, the CBC, PC culture and a host of other topics

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From Emel’s Ensen
Shkun Eno
Ensen Daif

Episode 039 – Mary Walsh, Seth Anderson, Jeremiah Tower

April showers bring May flowers! Happy Revenge of the fifth!

Mary Walsh is a member of the Order of Canada and 18-time Gemini Award winner for Comedy. Most well-known for her role on This Hour Has 22 Minutes, she has also appeared in Hatching, Matching and Dispatching, CODCO, and Republic of Doyle. Her film work includes New Waterford Girl, The Divine Ryans, Young Triffie (which she also directed), The Grand Seduction, and Closet Monster. She  even teamed up with CBC Radio to create Mary Walsh: Open Book, and was the original host of Canada Reads. She can now add novelist to her list of accomplishments. Her debut, Crying For The Moon is out now.

Seth Anderson is a singer-songwriter currently based in Canmore, Alberta. His “truth-inspired” folk rock includes both fast-paced tempos, and slower, melodic ballads. His self-titled Seth Anderson is being released in limited edition vinyl.

Jeremiah Tower might be the most famous chef you’ve never heard. In the culinary world, he is perhaps the original celebrity chef. Getting his start at Chez Panisse, he is often credited as one of the fathers of new American and California cuisine. He then started his own restaurant – Stars – headlining the San Francisco scene until he walked away from it all. While the subject of a documentary about his life, he re-surfaced in NYC, to try and salvage Tavern On The Green. The film Jeremiah Tower: The Last Magnificent is in theatres now to rave reviews.


Mary Walsh – courtesy of The Limelight Group
Seth Anderson – courtesy of Chris Wedman and One Week Records
Jeremiah Tower – courtesy of The Orchard

From Seth Anderson
More Than Killers

Episode 038 – Jimmy Eat World, Daniel Raim, CJ Ramone

Sunny Skies!

It’s a smorgasbord of awesome today. Mesa, Arizona rockers Jimmy Eat World stop by to chat about their latest album Integrity Blues and how much their life has changed since The Middle came out 15 years ago. How much different is the business? How have they stayed together for 20+ years?

Speaking of enduring legacies, filmmaker Daniel Raim’s documentary Harold & Lillian: A Hollywood Love Story, chronicles the life and career of people most of us have never heard of: the husband-and-wife team of storyboard artist (and later production designer) Harold Michelson, and film researcher Lillian Michelson. Told through a series of candid interviews with Lillian herself (Harold passed away in 2007) and featuring, among others Francis Ford Coppola and Danny Devito (who also was executive producer), Harold and Lillian tells the tale of Hollywood’s golden era power couple.

CJ Ramone is only one of eight men who can call himself a Ramone. After filling in for Dee Dee in the 1980s, he helped usher the band into the early 90s and is now a bona fide solo artist is in own right. His latest effort is American Beauty. The 12 track album features, among other things, a 90 second ode to Tommy Ramone and a cover of the Tom Waits track, Pony.

Jimmy Eat World – Listen Harder PR
Daniel Raim – Twitter
CJ Ramone (American Beauty) – Fat Wreck Chords


From Jimmy Eat World’s Integrity Blues
Get Right
Pol Roger

From CJ Ramone’s American Beauty
Tommy’s Gone

Endeavours 037 – Peter Dickinson, Michael Morimoto, Henry Rollins

Is spring finally here?


Peter Dickinson is a Vancouver-based playwright, writer, and educator, whose play Long Division is being put up by Pi Theatre. He also co-organized a symposium on Queer Theatre in Canada – Q2Q. He currently teaches at Simon Fraser University.

Michael Morimoto is a saxophone player with the Vancouver Academy of Music Symphony Orchestra and is featured in their upcoming John Williams tribute concert where he the featured musician in the saxophone concerto from Catch Me If You Can.

Henry Rollins is a punk musician, actor, author, talk show show, spoken word perfomer and activist. He has fronted the bands State of Alert, Black Flag, and The Rollins band.

Episode 036 – Sal Ferreras, Fast Romantics, Henni Alftan

Welcome to the show!

Sal Ferreras is a renowned musician and educator who was inducted into the BC Entertainment Hall of Fame in 2002. He earned his PhD in 2005 and in 2010 was awarded the City of Vancouver’s Mayor’s Award for Music. He has also been a lifelong educator including being the Provost at Kwantlen Polytechnic University since 2013. He has toured all over the world including Czech Republic, Germany, Portugal, Taiwan, China, Australia, and all over the United States and Canada. His annual show, DrumHeat, comes to the Vogue Theatre on April 27th.

Fast Romantics are an indie-rock band based out of Toronto. After going through several line-up changes, they reformed in 2013. The second LP since reformation – American Love – will be released on April 28th.

Henni Alftan is an internationally known Finnish artist currently living and working in Paris. Painting in the traditional medium of Oil & Canvas she has been housed in over 20 Galleries across Europe. She is making her North American debut with Shadows in the Mirror, which focuses on human observations and how we perceive them. It is show at Z Gallery Arts until May 8th.

From Fast Romantics’ American Love
Why We Fight
Everybody’s Trying To Steal Your

Sal Ferreras – courtesy of MPMG
Fast Romantics – courtesy of Listen Harder
Henni Alftan – courtesy of MPMG

Episode 035 – Alex Quade, Jenn Grant, Robert Cuffley

Hurray, Hurrah, say hello to the wind!

Alex Quade is a war reporter and Edward R. Murrow Award-winning journalist who has been embedded with troops during the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, including U.S. Special Operations Forces and The Green Berets. She often edits her work into documentary films, the latest of which is Danger Close, which in part is a tribute to the late Staff Sgt. Robert Pirelli.

Robert Cuffley is a writer and director whose films include Turning Paige, Walk All Over Me, and Ferocious. His latest is the surprisingly poignant rom-com Chokeslam starring Chris Marquette, Amanda Crew, Michael Eklund, and WWE legend Mick Foley. It is in Canadian theatres now.

Jenn Grant is a singer-songwriter, whose newest album, Paradise, was released earlier this year. The conversation with Jenn was recorded in 2015.

From Jenn Grant’s Compostela
Bring Me a Rose
No One’s Gonna Love You Like I Do

Alex Quade – courtesy of Alex Quade & Alex Quade Films
Chokeslam – Courtesy of RedEye Media & A71 Pictures
Jenn Grant – courtesy of

Endeavours 034 – Tim Pearce, Carmen Aguirre, Chris Hadfield

We have one new interview this week: Tim Pearce – director and manager of the Mongolian musical group Anda Union. We also dip into the archives and revisit past chats with actress, playwright, activist and author Carmen Aguirre and Canada’s leading man of space Chris Hadfield.

The Patreon page should be up and running soon

Endeavours 033 – George Mendeluk, Ashley MacIsaac, Barbara Bourget

Note: Endeavours will revert to bi-weekly format for the next couple of months.

But this week is fantastic: Canadian director George Mendeluk on his new film Bitter Harvest, award-winning fiddle player Ashley MacIsaac on his new project FDLER, and director of the Vancouver International Dance Festival, Barbara Bourget.

Hubert’s Song

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