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Ray Of Hope World Kindness Day Video Premiere With Award Winning Musician Alika Hope Episode #52



The current political energy across the globe is feelings rather polarized and divided in so many ways. As we watch our social media feeds each day it can be difficult to find a ray of hope amongst the darkness. To find a way to bridge our divide and use social media for good. To let people know we are there for each other emotionally and virtually.

FEEL THE MUSIC, CHANGE THE WORLD…

That is the message of The Ray of Hope Project started by my guest today, award winning musician, Alika Hope.  She had the goal of using African American spirituals to shed light on the combined anti-slavery efforts of blacks and whites in 19th century New England and now includes nine musicians and actors who incorporate African American spirituals with live music in their participatory programs.

Ray of Hope Project’s newest production, music video “IRL” is a video focusing on the importance of kindness on social media. It will premiere on various social media channels on World Kindness Day, November 13.


Hearing With My Heart: Justin Osmond May Have A Hearing Loss, But That Hearing Loss Does Not Have Him



I have a bone to pick with the people out there who feel the need to spread their negative beliefs onto  others. Stop it. Your philosophy is tired and the human soul is energized and has proven time and time again, that you’re wrong. It’s time for us to silence the naysayers and listen to what we know to be true in our hearts, that people are incredible and to prove it all they need is a little hope.

My guest today has led an extraordinary life. Justin Osmond was born with 90% hearing loss. That is hard for anyone, but being the son of Merrill Osmond, the lead singer of the world-renowned Osmond Family, made deafness and even bigger challenge.

After 12 years of intense speech and listening therapy, he can now speak with passion and through modern-day technology, hear with conviction.

I am honoured to have him on the show and to continue to spread his incredible message. I think we could all learn a thing or two from Justin’s life experience.

http://www.justinosmond.com


Fostering Relationships with Mentors: Juno Award Winning Artist Susan Aglukark Shares How Mentors Guided Her Towards Success. Episode #44



Susan is Nunavut’s first ever Juno Award winning Inuk singer/songwriter. She calls herself the accidental artist. Susan grew up in Arviat, Nunavut and with “no musical orthodoxy” to draw from, Susan’s early years were spent learning as she was headlining. Her early writing (The Arctic Rose-1992) was a series of songs drawn from the thing she had left, a life of uncertainty.
Susan has garnered 3 Juno awards, received The Order of Canada in 2005 and most recently was awarded the Governor General’s Lifetime Artistic Achievement Award (June-2016).

She has performed for HRH Queen Elizabeth, Jean Chrétien, Brian Mulroney, Nelson Mandela, Billy Graham and The Countess Of Wessex.

Susan is also the founder and chair of the Arctic Rose Foundation and is an Advisor on the Collateral Damage Project.

www.susanaglukark.com


“Her Brothers” Strive to Reshape “Her” Normal. Men & Boys Inspiring Men & Boys to End Violence Against Women.



When I heard the band, “Her Brothers” play at the Mighty Peace Day Concert they took my breath away. These three young men were using their creative talent in music to help inspire and influence others to be a part of reshaping what “normal” looks like in the lives of women. Band member Gabe Penner and I discuss safe language, bystander awareness, sex trafficking, changing our dialogue and supporting each other as human beings. 

www.herbrothers.com 


The Goddess Within: International Recording Artist Heather Schmid



Heather Schmid has proven herself a tour de force in the entertainment arena.  With aplomb, she has transcended entertainment lines as a lyricist, television host, spokesperson, philanthropist, and singer. Her versatility has propelled her into the celebrity stratosphere as an entertainment music diplomat.

Heather Schmid has enchanted audiences throughout the world, headlining on stages in Europe, Asia, and North America.  She has played to audiences of tens of thousands strong in various public fora.  She has also played to small, private audiences including such world dignitaries as the President of Pakistan, Benazier Bhutto and Queen Noor.  She has traveled abroad extensively to promote her albums, The Goddess Within, and The Goddess Awaits.  Additionally, Heather has appeared on television both in the United States and internationally.  Heather’s television show on CCTV News, entitled, “The Ambassador”, has garnered over two hundred million viewers.

www.heatherschmid.com


A Childhood In Narnia: Alan Doyle Speaks With Me About Magic, Robin Hood, A Crazy Town In NS & Much More



I love this interview with Celtic Rock Singer Alan Doyle. He really knows how to tell a story.

I come from a small peninsula in Canada called Nova Scotia, which means New Scotland in the Latin. It’s a mix of many different cultures including the founding people of Nova Scotia, theMi’kmaq, as well as the Acadian’s, the British, the African Nova Scotian’s and the Irish & Scottish to name just a few.

Our culture is steeped in art, writing, storytelling and my favorite, music.

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Music is such a part of who I am and musicians have inspired me on so many levels to reach high, overcome the odds and to find the joy within.

Whenever you are feeling heartbroken, excited, lonely or pumped up, you can count on music to be there for you supporting your emotions every step of the way.

In a previous podcast I told the story of two young girls, Lilly and Courtney, who are advocates for persons with disabilities as well as huge music lovers. They had one major dream in life and that was to meet Celtic Rock singer and songwriter Alan Doyle from the band Great Big Sea.

(Photo of Donald MacLellan, Violin, Transatlantic Zodia Ensemble, 2010)

If you have never heard of Alan Doyle be prepared to fall in love. Not only is he an amazing musician but he is also an author and an actor and starred alongside Oscar Award Winning Actor, Russell Crowe, as one of his Merry Men in Robin Hood (2010). Most of all he is an amazing story teller and a downright awesome person!

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I wanted to reach out to Alan to ask him about his own love of music and how he used that passion as a young boy, living in Petty Harbour Newfoundland, to transcend into the incredible performer he is today.

 


Twitter Makes Two Young Disabilities Advocate’s Dream Come True



A couple years back I created a short video that told the story of two amazing young women, Courtney MacLean and Lily Carty. These women are advocates for persons with disabilities, loyal supporters of the art community and absolutely huge music fans. They run their own radio show and are extremely involved in support local artists in their community. They have hung out with musical artists such as Sloan, The Trews, Joel Plaskett and when I asked them what their biggest dream in the world was they revealed their wish. Meet Alan Doyle from their favourite band Great Big Sea. Find out how I their dream finally came true!