The Slowly Becoming Canadian Podcast – Episode 21 – Small town business

The podcast is back in Amherst, NS (literally, this time) to talk with Mikhial Mansour about owning and growing a small business in a small town.
We discuss why he decided to move back to his hometown, what it’s like to run a business that’s almost a hundred years old in a place where everybody knows you, and how to bring it into the digital age. Also, we talk about the hilarious videos they shoot in the store (@mansoursmenswear on Instagram and Facebook).

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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.

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.

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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.

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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…