Author: Dan McPeake

Theatre School graduate and wandering punk-rock storyteller

Episode 051 – Sam Kean, Midnight Shine, Stephanie Bennett

It’s a hot one out today

Sam Kean is a Washington, DC-based science writer whose latest book is Caesar’s Last Breath: Decoding the Secrets of The Air Around Us. He has also contributed to the New York Times and Slate

Midnight Shine is a band from the Attawapiskat First Nation. They are currently recording their third album.

Stephanie Bennett stars at Christy Cook on the new CBC Soccer drama 21 Thunder.


From Midnight Shine
Sister Love

Episode 050 – Aaron Schroeder & Kelly McCormack, Emily Rowed, Gregory Driecer


Aaron Schroeder and Kelly McCormack are two of the stars on the CBC fake documentary series The Neddeaus of Duqesne Island, a 70’s-style faux-doc about an odd family living on a deserted Canadian Island.

Emily Rowed is a singer-songwriter, whose new EP is Electric Heart.

Gregory Driecer is the director of curatorial and engagement at the Museum of Vancouver. He talks about the new exhibit, Unbelievable, which deals with the stories we tell and how the inspire and affect us.

From Emily Rowed’s Electric Heart

Episode 049 – Come From Away, Rio By Night, Shawn McDonald


David Hein and Irene Sankoff are the creators of the Tony-winning musical Come From Away. It tells the true story of the town of Gander, Newfoundland which, after 9/11, took in thousands of stranded air travelers, essentially doubling the population of their town. Every actor plays several characters. The show won best director – musical, while the creators themselves were nominated for best musical.

Rio By Night is Britt MacLeod’s labour of love. After toying with a solo career and undergoing many line-up changes, Rio By Night’s new album Yet The World will be released on July 20th. Britt talks about the artistic process.

Shawn McDonald is a long time Vancouver actor who will be in Theatre Under the Stars production of The Drowsy Chaperone, playing the Man in the Chair, who, essentially functions as the tale’s narrator. It runs from July 12 through til the end of August.

From Rio By Night’s Yet The World
A Line To Draw
Half The Time

Episode 048 – Canada is More Than 150 – ft. Sharon & Bram, Tantoo Cardinal, Spirit of the West


I thought long and hard and what I wanted this show to look. I am not super into patriotism, especially the rah-rah style that comes from our neighbours to the south. I acknowledge that I lead a life of incredible privilege, more so than most others. The three interviews today are from the archives: chats with prominent Canadian artists – Sharon & Bram, Tantoo Cardinal, Spirit of the West

Canada is Really Big – The Arrogant Worms

Episode 047 – Rick Ankiel, Zaradasht Ahmed, Seth Greenleaf


Rick Ankiel is a former pitcher and later center fielder in Major League Baseball. After breaking as a 20 year old phenom with the St. Louis Cardinals in 1999, he had an inexplicable loss of control in the third inning of Game 1 of 2000 National League Division series. The following year after continuing struggles he found himself out of the majors for nearly six years. He then returned as a power-hitting outfielder and joined Babe Ruth as the only players in history to win at least 10 games as a pitcher and also 50 home runs. It is all detailed in his new memoir The Phenomenon: Pressure, The Yips, and The Pitch That Changed My Life.

Zaradasht Ahmed is a Kurdish-Norwegian filmmaker who recently won Best Documentary Feature at the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA) for his powerful portrayal of conflict in Iraq Nowhere To Hide.

Seth Greenleaf is a Tony and Drama Desk Award-winning producer (2013, Best Revival of a Play – Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf) who made the leap into directing with the documentary feature F(l)ag Football – which chronicles a competitive gay football team.

Happy pride month!

Episode 046 – National Aboriginal Day ft. Oren Lyons, Tiana Muskego, Elisapie Isaac

Today we celebrate National Aboriginal Day and acknowledge that this show takes pla. ce on unceded Salish Territory.

Oren Lyons is a Faith Keeper with the Turtle Clan of the Onondaga Nation of the Iroquois Confederacy and Honorary Chairman of the Iroquois National Lacrosse Team, of which he is a lifelong player. He is featured in a documentary about the game and the Iroquois National Team – Spirit Game: Pride of a Nation. An environmental activist, public speaker and author as well as a former professor of American Studies at SUNY Buffalo.

Elisapie Isaac is an Inuit musician, actress, filmmaker and activist from Salluit, Quebec (Nunavik Territory). She got her start musically at the age of 12, playing with the renowned Inuit rock band Sugluk. She later formed her own group – Taima – with whom she won a Juno in 2005. She has since released two solo albums, a documentary film, and was nominated for a Canadian Screen Award.

Tiana Muskego is a member of the Cold Lake Band of the Cree Nation. She recently visited Alta, Norway as part of the Youth Advisory Committee Delegation and spoke about her experience of being an aboriginal youth.

From Elisapie Isaac
The Earth Moved  (From Traveling Love)
(From There Will Be Stars)
Salluit (From Traveling Love)

Episode 045 – Sue Bedford, Bassem Youssef

Can we have summer now?

Sue Bedford has been many things – window dancer, online dating representative, even a Guatemalan tattoo artist; more than anything however she always wanted to be a writer. She reached her goal of being published by 30th birthday by 12 days. The book in question is It’s Only The Himalayas and Other Tales of Miscalculations From An Overconfident Backpacker. And many tales there are.

Bassem Youssef has been dubbed The Jon Stewart of Egypt”. A former surgeon, he quit his job and began his transition to comedy during the Egyptian revolution when he discovered that he was seeing and what the media was reporting were two very different things. His show was Al Bernameg, a comedy program heavily influenced by Jon Stewart, who himself appeared as a guest on season 2. He is the subject of a new documentary Tickling Giants, directed by former The Daily Show producer Sara Taksler.

Episode 044 – Sebastian Junger & Nick Quested, Overcoats

Sebastian Junger is an award-winning Journalist who, together with Nick Quested, directed the new documentary Hell On Earth, premiering June 11th 9pm ET on National Geographic.


Overcoats is an indie duo comprised of Hana Elion and JJ Mitchell. Their debut album is Young


From Overcoats’ Young
Hold Me Close

Sebastian Junger & Nick Quested – Getty Images
Overcoats – Killbeat Music

Episode 043 – Kevin Allison, Graham Blank, Shaun Verreault, Emilie Wapnick

What was your biggest RISK?

Kevin Allison is an actor, comedian, comedy writer and host of the podcast RISK where real people share stories they would never think to share in public. Prior to his success on the internet, Kevin was a member of the sketch comedy group (and show) The State, which aired on MTV in the mid 90’s. He has also appeared on many comedy shows including Reno 911.

Emilie Wapnick is an author, filmmaker, lawyer, public speaker, and founder of whose TED Talk  has been viewed more than two million times. A self-proclaimed “multipotentialite”, her debut book is How To Be Everything:  A Guide For Those Who (Still) Don’t Know What They Want To Be When They Grow Up.

Special feature: Tom Lee Music recently re-opened their flagship store in Vancouver in a new location downtown on Granville St. I had a chance to attend the launch and speak with Vice President Graham Blank, as well as local musician, Wide Mouth Mason frontman Shaun Verreault, who provided entertainment.

Kevin Allison –


Allman Brothers – Midnight Rider

This episode dedicated to Gregg Allman

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

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