Slowly Becoming Canadian – Episode 20 – The Big Move

Former Amherstonian and new Torontonian, Joel Boyle, joins me to talk about moving from a small town in Nova Scotia to (according to the people who live there) the centre of the world: Toronto.

We discuss what it feels like to not know everybody in your city, how in Toronto – unlike in rural Nova Scotia – you can’t close Main Street for Prom, being a Sens fan in Leafs territory, and Bud Light and hot dogs (the Canadian equivalent to red wine and beef).

Listen to the episode on Apple Podcast, Soundcloud, Stitcher or right here.

Also, don’t forget about the giveaway contest with the Truro Clothing Co! Go to the Slowly Becoming Canadian Facebook page to win an awesome t-shirt.

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Slowly Becoming Canadian – Episode 19 – Canadian Author Owen Laukkanen

Canadian author Owen Laukkanen returns and brings with him his latest book, Gale Force (coming out May 8th, 2018).

We talk about the book, male authors writing female characters, driving across Canada, being part of a family of fishermen, the Project Nomad and, if you know a little about Owen this won’t be a surprise, trains.

Listen to the episode on Apple Podcast, Soundcloud, Stitcher or right here.

Follow Owen’s new project on www.hashtagprojectnomad.com

Slowly Becoming Canadian – Episode 18 – Double Frenchness

This episode brings you not just one, but two French guys!

Fellow Frenchman, Florian Guéret, comes by to chat about what it feels like to be a Frenchman living in Canada. We discuss citizenship, accents, kids, politics, stereotypes… Serious topics but in a very not serious way. And we make fun of French AND Canadian people. Also, Florian does an Australian accent like no one else.

Listen to the episode on iTunes, Soundcloud or here:

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:

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.

Listen to it on iTunes, Soundcloud or here:

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.

Find it on itunes or on soundcloud!

Or listen to it right here :

 

(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.