Seen And Heard In Edmonton



Interviews with Edmonton's bloggers and podcasters


  • Episode 82: Elizabeth Spencer

    22/01/2018 Duração: 36min

    Meet the creator and co-host of That's a Thing?!, a podcast in which a teen explains her media culture to her mom (that's me). In addition to a mother-daughter conversation about our new podcast, this episode is also a swan song for Seen and Heard in Edmonton. Brought to you by Alberta Women Entrepreneurs ( and ATB (, founding sponsor of the Alberta Podcast Network (

  • Episode 81: Kat Griffiths

    08/01/2018 Duração: 35min

    Meet Kat Griffiths, a fangirl of the highest order who shines a light on the artists who make the songs she loves with a podcast called Start the Music. Find the full show notes at Seen and Heard in Edmonton is a proud member of the Alberta Podcast Network, powered by ATB ( Brought to you by the Edmonton Community Foundation ( and ATB's The Branch for Arts and Culture (

  • Episode 80: Dan Shessel

    18/12/2017 Duração: 25min

    Meet the co-host and co-creator of the Northern Nerdcast, a showcase for the geeky, nerdy people, groups and events in and around the Edmonton area. Seen and Heard in Edmonton is a proud member of the Alberta Podcast Network, powered by ATB ( This episode is brought to you by the Edmonton Community Foundation ( and ATB (

  • Episode 79: Press Start to Join

    04/12/2017 Duração: 35min

    Meet Josh Shenfield and Alan Techsmith, two prolific nerds who talk about video games, movies, TV, comics and "more geekery than you can shake a joystick at" on Press Start to Join. Full show notes at Brought to you by the Edmonton Community Foundation ( and ATB's Branch for Arts and Culture ( and a proud member of the Alberta Podcast Network, powered by ATB (

  • Episode 78: Meredith Bratland

    20/11/2017 Duração: 36min

    Hear how a writer and traveller who has turned her curiosity about people from elsewhere into a podcast called Migration Patterns. She makes lots of great recommendations, too. This podcast is a proud member of the Alberta Podcast Network, powered by ATB (, and is sponsored by ATB ( and the Edmonton Community Foundation (

  • Episode 77: Meetup with Doug Hoyer

    06/11/2017 Duração: 39min

    Doug Hoyer has written more Edmonton podcast music than anyone I know, even though he doesn't live here any more. So when he came back to Edmonton for a few days in October, I grabbed the opportunity to ask him about that work at the Edmonton Podcasting Meetup. See the full show notes at Seen and Heard in Edmonton is a proud member of the Alberta Podcast Network, powered by ATB (

  • Interlude: Episode 1 of That's a Thing?!

    23/10/2017 Duração: 35min

    In the pilot episode of That's a Thing?! — a sometimes belated, already outdated guide to your teens, tweens and everything under 20 —Elizabeth explains the deliciously disturbing literary phenomenon known as creepypasta. This is a departure from the usual Seen and Heard in Edmonton. We'll return to interviews with local podcasters and bloggers, as well as audio from podcasting meetups, in a couple of weeks.

  • Episode 76: Sandra Sperounes and Agnes DeMarco

    09/10/2017 Duração: 36min

    Hear how an interview and a dirty martini led a music writer and a rock-n-roll mom to start Agnes + Sandra's Three-Way, a podcast to shine a light on creative people. Brought to you by the Edmonton Community Foundation ( and ATB (, founding sponsor of the Alberta Podcast Network (

  • Episode 75: Caleb Caswell

    25/09/2017 Duração: 32min

    The host of The Tear Down talks about getting to the heart of Edmonton's music scene through frank discussions with local musicians. Brought to you by ATB ( and by the Alberta Podcast Network, powered by ATB (

  • Episode 74: Sylvia Schneider

    11/09/2017 Duração: 34min

    Meet Sylvia Schneider, co-host of the Equinely-Inclined podcast for Canada's horse community, and a pioneer of Alberta podcasting. Seen and Heard in Edmonton is a proud member of the Alberta Podcast Network, powered by ATB ( Brought to you by the Edmonton Community Foundation (https://thewellendowedpodcast) and ATB (

  • Episode 73: Jeff MacCallum

    28/08/2017 Duração: 35min

    Meet Jeff MacCallum, one-half of the team behind two Edmonton podcasts that focus on independent music on the prairies: Cups N Cakes and Inside the Artist's Studio. Brought to you by ATB, founding sponsor of the Alberta Podcast Network.

  • Episode 72: Meetup with Erika Ensign

    14/08/2017 Duração: 39min

    One of the voices behind Verity! and many other podcasts shares what she knows about growing a fandom.

  • Episode 71: Sydney Lancaster

    31/07/2017 Duração: 42min

    An interview with a visual artist and advocate about making connections online, helping artists make money, and supporting local independent media.

  • Episode 70: Taproot Live

    17/07/2017 Duração: 47min

    I had the pleasure of moderating a discussion about urban planning wishes at a live event put on by Taproot Edmonton, my other adventure in building a future for local media, which I've been working on for the past year with Mack Male. It was an interesting discussion on a profoundly local topic, so I figured it might also be of interest to listeners of Seen and Heard in Edmonton. Here you go. This episode is also available in Apple Podcasts, on Google Play, on SoundCloud or on Stitcher. For more on Ryan Stephens's urban planning wish and planner Erik Backstrom's commentary, read the Taproot recap: 'High Line' on the High Level. For more on Michelle Taylor's urban planning wish and architect Shafraaz Kaba's commentary, read the Taproot recap: 'Nature-bombing' Jasper Avenue. If this makes you want to join Taproot, we'd love to have you! Sign up here. Our next regular Edmonton Podcasting Meetup will be held on July 30 at Variant Edition Comics & Culture. It will be on the topic of growing a fandom, and we'll be

  • Episode 69: Amy and Scott Fralick

    03/07/2017 Duração: 36min

    Meet Scott and Amy Fralick, the smart and creative couple who are chronicling their adventure with pregnancy later in life on their new podcast, 40 & Knocked Up!  You may know them as two-thirds of The Frolics, a surf-punk band that started in Nashville and is now part of Edmonton's music scene. You may also know Scott as a broadcast journalist who is now at CITY-TV. But they are also parents who decided after 40 that they wanted to have another child. It has not been easy, and they had trouble finding useful and non-boring resources, so they're making them themselves: Amy is writing a book, and the two of them are making this podcast. In this episode, you'll hear about how an epiphany at NorthwestFest's LunchPods series led to the creation of the podcast; the therapeutic value of talking through a difficult experience, even if there's a microphone in front of you; how the Internet has changed everything for both music and journalism; the story of the podcast's infectious theme song; how to make an interestin

  • Episode 68: Meetup with Michael Short

    19/06/2017 Duração: 39min

    For our June podcasting meetup, we had a chat with Michael Short of Let's Go Outdoors about how to make a living in new media. I don't think it's a stretch to say that Michael is a man ahead of his time. Long before the Internet made it a whole lot easier to be an independent media producer, Michael was doing it with Let's Go Outdoors, where he covers all kinds of stories to do with land, air and water, and distributed them on radio, TV and now online. His business model on Let's Go Outdoors is sponsorship. Like-minded organizations pay to be associated with his stories, but don't dictate what his stories are; they look to him to use his news judgment, tell the stories in a compelling way, and then get them in front of the right people. He also does freelance video and is always on the lookout for his next opportunity. As the media landscape has changed, Michael has changed along with it, and I think he has a lot to teach us about resilience, perseverance, and the power of good stories. He was also very frank

  • Episode 67: Andrew Paul

    05/06/2017 Duração: 28min

    Meet Andrew Paul, who uses his journalistic chops to tell stories about philanthropy and good works in Edmonton as part of the team that produces The Well-Endowed Podcast. Andrew came up through alt-weeklies and magazines after he graduated from the journalism program at MacEwan. He shifted into doing public relations for arts and non-profit organizations with his now-wife, Fawnda Mithrush, and ended up at the Edmonton Community Foundation, which encourages philanthropy and funds charitable activities. The podcast is an extension of the foundation's efforts to tell the stories of its donors and the work it supports or is aligned with. Andrew co-hosts it with Elizabeth Bonkink, and Lisa Pruden produces it. As you'll hear, Edmonton is a trailblazer among community foundations by reaching out in this way. The foundation is looking for freelance contributors to the podcast. If you have experience and interest in producing audio stories, contact Lisa at [email protected]. Also in this episode: the story beh

  • Episode 66: Cultivating a community

    22/05/2017 Duração: 35min

    I had the great pleasure of talking to Ben Yendall of Tales from the Hydian Way and Trina Shessel from the Northern Nerdcast on stage at the Needle on May 12 during NorthwestFest's LunchPods series. Both Ben and Trina have cultivated a community around their podcasts, and are members of Edmonton's growing and increasingly connected podcasting community. They shared a lot of excellent insights about how and why they got into podcasting, and what they have learned about "community" in all (or at least many) senses of the word. I also talk a bit about the Alberta Podcast Network, which is now officially in the works thanks to funding from ATB Financial. This episode is also available in iTunes, on Google Play, on SoundCloud or on Stitcher. You can hear even more about the Alberta Podcast Network, and ask me anything about it, at the next Edmonton Podcasting Meetup on May 28 at 1 p.m. at Variant Edition Comics and Culture. Register here to attend.  Some other links mentioned in the show: The Northern Nerd Networ

  • Episode 65: Meetup with Fawnda Mithrush

    09/05/2017 Duração: 23min

    Our April meetup gave us a chance to talk about the power of cross-promotion by engaging in some cross-promotion — I love me some meta. We had a chance to talk Fawnda Mithrush, who is managing director of NorthwestFest, Edmonton's international festival of nonfiction film, art and music. Fawnda is the brain behind LunchPods, a series of live podcast shows on at The Needle Vinyl Tavern throughout this week in conjunction with the film festival. Fawnda also hosted I Don't Get It, an award-winning podcast about contemporary dance, which she's hoping to resurrect one of these days. But she's an awfully busy person — besides helping Guy Lavallee put on NorthwestFest, she is also the executive director of LitFest, the nonfiction literary festival that comes to Edmonton this fall. In the episode, you'll hear all about LunchPods, as well as the "wicked fun" of doing a podcast about dance; why we need to find ways for creative people to get paid; how podcasts fit in with NorthwestFest and might fit into LitFest in the

  • Episode 64: Michael Vecchio and Elliott Tanti

    17/04/2017 Duração: 30min

    Meet Elliott Tanti and Michael Vecchio, two friends who started sparring about politics for fun and decided to turn their frequent debates into the Highlevel Showdown podcast. Highlevel Showdown started in the Tory Building at the University of Alberta, where Elliott and Michael found themselves engaging in political discussions that spilled over onto the LRT on the way home. Elliott had done a podcast called What's Up UAlberta, and it felt natural to capture the conversations they were already having. A terrific politics podcast was born. In this episode, you'll hear how the show has changed over the past two years; how kitchen-table debates prepared them for political argument; how to prepare for a structured but vibrant discussion; what opera, wrestling and politics have in common; how the show benefits from Elliott's campaign experience and Michael's historical knowledge; the coming municipal election; and how to make a podcast with a friend. This episode is also available in iTunes, on Google Play, on So

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