Co-hosts Paul and Pj banter about music: what they like, what they don’t like, concerts they’ve been to and what it means to them. Paul tells a story about his guitar attacking him and his imaginary son James. Pj tells a poignant story about how her mother taught her to see stories in music.

Paul does a walk & talk with singer/songwriter Arlene Paculan through Trinity Bellwoods Park in downtown Toronto. Arlene was Paul’s very first interview for the Open Kwong Dore Podcast, so it was fitting that she came along for the new sound of the show. They talk about the differences between playing for audiences in Europe, get the background scoop on Arlene’s WonderFest events and hear about the stories behind some of her songs.

Arlene is a graduate of the Randolph Academy for the Performing Arts in Toronto and also studied piano through the Royal Conservatory of Music. She was named the runner-up for NOW Toronto Magazine’s Best Songwriter for 2015 and she was in the Top 10 Regional Finals for CBC’s Searchlight Contest in the same year. Arlene is also a TV personality who co-hosts WonderFest TV and is also the current host and musical director for Night Time. Her company, Let’s Make Good Productions puts on many events including WonderFest, which showcases local talent and offers free workshops to all ages. Check out the music video for the song we included on this episode called Miles Away From You:

If Arlene’s music sounds familiar, it’s because the Open Kwong Dore Podcast theme song and transition music is from her albums I’m Worth It and Everything Begins With Love. Both albums are available on iTunes. For more information about connecting with Arlene online, visit her website

During the interview, Arlene brings up Paul’s appearance on WonderFest TV. Check out Paul on WonderFest TV with Arlene and Kat Leonard below:

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