Slowly Becoming Canadian – Episode 17 – A Canadian in France

France enthousiast, Grant MacNeil, stops by the podcast to bring a different perspective and chat about the time he spent in France. We talk about learning French by writing words on your arm, strikes, how peanut butter is not a thing in France, how French people don’t know anything about Vimy, and much more. Also, Grant used to be on polar bear watch (not in France, though). To learn more about that, listen to the episode on iTunes, Soundcloud or here:

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Slowly Becoming Canadian – Episode 16 – Canadian Comedians Derek Seguin & Abdul Butt

Comedians Derek Seguin and Abdul Butt add a stop to their Nova Scotian tour and come talk about telling jokes for a living. We discuss differences betweeen Francophone and Anglophone audiences, touring accross Canada, playing in small towns, being on CBC and many other things. Oh, and we laugh. A lot.

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Slowly Becoming Canadian – Episode 15 – Living abroad

My gift to you for Valentine’s Day: A NEW PODCAST EPISODE!

South America and Europe explorer Isaac Gray stops by to discuss living abroad. We talk about his time outside Canada, what it takes to feel at home abroad, missing (or not)your homeland, getting funded to go abroad and the drug war in Mexico.

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(Still) Slowly Becoming Canadian

Screen Shot 2018-01-02 at 7.42.42 PM.pngLike many people, I welcomed the new year with the usual load of resolutions. They are mostly boringly personal, so I’ll keep them for me. However, there is one that I can’t guarantee you’ll find tremendously exciting, but that you might be interested in. I decided to restart the podcast, and, if I am a little bit less lazy in 2018 (one of my boring resolutions, by the way), maybe the blog, too.

I really enjoyed doing the podcast. I manage to convince some friends and complete strangers to waste an hour of their time with me, and they all were very funny and interesting guests. We talked about many different things and learned about Canada-related things. Admit it, you didn’t know that the donair is Halifax’s official food, that Alert, Nunavut is the northernmost permanently inhabited place in the world, or that there are lots of good wines made in Canada (okay, you probably knew that one). So, Why did you stop, you ask? Well, last April, I recorded what was probably the funniest episode of the podcast with comedian Dan Hendricken. For almost an hour, Dan talked about touring in small towns, being (not always) politically correct and times he completely bombed on stage. We had a really good time (at least I did). When he left, I played the recording and realized that the gear I had rented didn’t work properly and that the audio file was useless. I told Dan, who was super nice about it and even agreed to do it again one day. But I was bummed and wanted to wait and buy my own gear so it wouldn’t happen again (and also lazy, told you…), so I never got back at it.

Then came Christmas 2017, when I was gifted the previously mentioned gear, and January 1st, the perfect time to restart it. So, here we are: the Slowly Becoming Canadian podcast is back!

The new episodes will soon be downloadable where all the previous ones still are: on this site, iTunes and Soundcloud. If you have ideas of topics or want to be a guest on the podcast (you know you want to!), comment below or email me at slowlybecomingcanadian@gmail.com.

Interview with Old Man Winter

 

A couple summers ago, I sat down with one of the least liked people on Earth, Old Man Winter. We did the interview by Skype. He called from an undisclosed location.

First, thank you for doing this. How should I call you? What do your friends call you?

Well, I don’t have a lot of friends. Usually people hate winter, I mean me. You can just call me Winter.

Ok, Winter. So, what are you up to now that your job is done?

My job is never done. See, there are those little things called the Northern and Southern hemispheres. Now that I’m done with your part of the world, I’m taking care of the other one.

Sure, but you’re much nicer to them. How come their winter, or their “you” I should say, is a lot nicer?

Because you’re the North. If you don’t get cold and snowy and damp during winter, there’s
nothing northerly about you anymore. And also, the South gets really hot and dry and sweaty during my pal Young Dude Summer, so I cut them some slack.

Ok, that kinda makes sense. I guess I should say what do you do when work slows down?

What everybody else does: I sleep in, relax, catch up on some tv shows. Especially Game of Thrones as I was a guest-star on it.

The RCMP in Nova Scotia were tough with you last season. They issued a reward for your capture, and in PEI they even locked up your friend Frosty. How did you feel about that?

What do you think? Like I said, I don’t have a lot of friends, so seeing my buddy behind bars was pretty hard. I’m just doing my job, you know. I too get the me-blues, I mean the winter-blues, except that I have it all year long. Having a support system is important and really helps. When the cops locked up Frosty I really struggled to get going. I mean, look at him, was it really necessary? He’s not a bad person!

There is an awkward moment while I sit quietly, waiting for Winter to wipe the tears off of his face.

You don’t seem to be very happy with your job, do you ever think about retiring?

Retiring? And who’s going to do the job? I’d have to find someone willing to do it and train them for a while… In my dreams I’d have an Old Man Winter Jr to pass the job down to. But as I’ve never been able to find an Old Woman Winter, I don’t think it’s ever going to happen.

Have you tried online dating? I keep hearing you can find all kind of people on there.

It’s called Tinder, not Twinter. It’s not like there a lot of people like me. No, really, I’ve accepted the fact that I’ll grow old, well older, alone and keep spreading cold and crappy weather until I’m too old.

I know we often complain about you, but we need winter. What will happen then?

Global warming.

April 2nd, in Halifax, Nova Scotia


You’re funnier than I thought. Thank you for sitting down with me.

You’re welcome, thank you for having me. Where do you live?

Right here in Nova Scotia, Canada.

See you mid-October then.

I was starting to like you…

Slowly Becoming Canadian – Episode 14 – Canada Day 1

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To celebrate Canada turning 150, the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 (in Halifax, NS) will launch its Canada Day 1 exhibit on March 18th. I was very lucky to be allowed to take a peek at it while it was still being put together. I also got to interview museum’s curator, Dan Conlin, who gave me my own private tour and to meet one of the artists who colaborated on the exhibit, Charley Young.

If you can’t get to Halifax to see the exhibit, take a look at the museum’s website www.pier21.ca or follow them on Facebook, twitter or Instagram.

You can find out more about Charley’s work on her website: charleyyoung.com

Thank you again to the museum (who wishes to thank the RBC Foundation for their support and contribution) and a special thanks to Dan Conlin.

As always, the episode is available on Soudcloud, iTunes or right here:

 

 

 

Slowly Becoming Canadian – Episode 13 – Dating in Canada

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A NEW PODCAST episode right on Valentine’s Day!

Friend of the podcast and guest extraordinaire, Heather Pothier, is back to discuss dating in Canada. We talk about showing up to a date on a Zamboni, pre-internet dating, fancy dates in France, Valentine’s Day, Tim’s French Vanilla (of course!) and we come up with a million-dollar idea. All you need is love!

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