Interesting People

East Coast Wisdom: Alan Doyle Shares Secrets to Success and Longevity
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Iconic Newfoundland singer-songwriter, best-selling author, actor, recipient of the Order of Canada … Alan Doyle’s list of accomplishments literally goes on and on. Great Big Sea, the beloved band he fronted for two decades, is now retired but Doyle remains...
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Brand and the Art of Persuasion: We Talk to CBC Radio’s Terry O’Reilly
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Broadcaster, copywriter, advertiser and marketing superstar Terry O’Reilly knows a thing or two about the art of persuasion. Currently the host of the award-winning CBC Radio One show, Under the Influence, he speaks to over a million listeners each week,...
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Shad: Pushing Boundaries and Expectations
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Widely regarded as one of Canada’s top hip-hop artists – in fact, CBC ranked him as the country’s #2 rapper behind the legendary Maestro Fresh Wes and ahead of Drake – Shad is a Juno Award-winning musician with a business degree from Wilfrid Laurier University and...
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Fred Penner: You Never Know Unless You Try
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“You’ll never know unless you try.” This is advice we’ve all heard at some point in our lives and have very likely followed too. For Fred Penner, the simple phrase above has helped take his career in directions he never imagined....
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Bif Naked: Whatever It Takes
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Widely regarded as one of Canada’s most iconic rock musicians, Bif Naked has a slew of chart-topping singlesand gold and platinum-selling albums to her name. Throughout her career, she’s shown an incredible willingness to do whatever it takes to make things happen. Some...
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Steve Patterson: Fallback Plans Are Overrated
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One of Canada’s top comedic talents, Steve Patterson is an award-winning comic best known as the long-running host of CBC Radio’s The Debaters. While in school, Patterson began performing stand-up comedy at open mic nights. After graduating with a business degree from the...
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Denise Donlon: Blazing a Path for Change
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Many readers likely remember Canadian media trailblazer Denise Donlon from her days at MuchMusic where she helped transform the cultural landscape first as an on-air host and producer before becoming Director of Music Programming, then Vice President and General Manager....
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Tom Jackson: Giving Back to Our Communities
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Tom Jackson has spent more than 40 years working as an actor and musician. He’s had roles on hit shows like North of 60, Shining Time Station, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Law and Order and more. He’s also been in numerous films and including an...
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Maestro Fresh Wes: Make History
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There’s a lot of hyperbole in music journalism and admittedly words like “icon” and “legend” are used quite liberally. But that’s not the case when talking about Maestro Fresh Wes. Credited with being the godfather of Canadian rap, his 1989 Symphony in...
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Tara Slone: Keeping Momentum
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When opportunity knocks, Rogers Hometown Hockey co-host and Juno-nominated musician Tara Slone has learned to answer. In the late ‘90s and early 2000s, Slone gained fame as the vocalist for Canadian alt-rock band Joydrop with chart-topping singles like “Beautiful.” But after touring with the band...
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