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Episode 89: Stefan Hostetter

Stefan Hostetter is a graduate of Environmental Studies and Philosophy from the University of Toronto. Stefan co-produces, along with Daryn Caister, the Green Majority radio program on CIUT 89.5 and is the co-founder and executive director of The Green Society Campaign. The Green Majority started as a radio show on CIUT 89.5 FM back in […]

Episode 88: Rob Shirkey

Rob Shirkey is a lawyer from Toronto, Canada. Prior to launching Our Horizon, Rob operated a private practice in downtown Toronto. He also has experience as an Assistant City Solicitor and Prosecutor. Before completing his law degree, Rob studied business, economics, and psychology at the undergraduate level. He graduated with distinction and was the university […]

Episode 87: Lindsay Fischer, Part Two

You didn’t have to ask Pj twice to continue the conversation with ballet world insider Lindsay Fischer. In this second episode of the Open Kwong Dore podcast featuring Lindsay, he and Pj talk a lot about the influence and impact he is having on younger dancers. They also talk about Lindsay’s current project as the […]

Episode 86: Lindsay Fischer, Part One

Paul and Pj thought that there would be unmistakable parallels between the figure skating and ballet worlds but it was going to take the perspective of a ballet insider to bring that out. Enter Lindsay Fischer. Lindsay’s remarkable story starts in the United States where attending a performance of Die Fledermaus as a very young […]

Episode 85: Parapan Am Games

With Pj working for the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games and the One Year Countdown fast approaching for the TO2015 Parapan Am Games, she and Paul decided it might be fun to go behind the scenes to see what was going on. One of the cooler things is the launch of a video that […]

Episode 84: Patrick Chan

What do you say about a three-time World champion and now two-time Olympic Silver medallist? LOTS! Patrick Chan sat down with Pj to talk about his life since the Olympics, figure skating in general and where he is headed in the future. In the course of everyday writing and blogging, Pj doesn’t always get the […]

Episode 83: Rob Salem

What Pj didn’t know when she walked into an event recently for a high school friend’s book was that she would be running into former high school classmate and TV critic extraordinaire Rob Salem. That’s the cool thing about having a podcast, you have an excuse to catch a conversation with some of the world’s […]

Episode 82: The Walking Man

The Walking Man starts out lost in the deserts of Jordan. The novel explores the life of the main character – someone very similar to the author – and attempts to make sense of a tumultuous year. After the deterioration of his relationship, the unnamed main character turns the lens on himself in an attempt […]

Episode 81: Tonya Surman

Tonya Surman is a social entrepreneur, community animator and mayhem choreographer. With a passion for bringing to life world-changing projects, Tonya is the founding CEO of the Centre for Social Innovation (CSI), a co-working space, community and launchpad for people who are changing the world, with three locations in Toronto and a location in New […]

Episode 80: Ryan Stevens

The best thing about being involved with the skating community for Pj is the chance to get to know fans on a one to one basis. Ryan Stevens is just one of those people. The best thing about Ryan Stevens is that he decided to return to figure skating as a writer. Ryan’s blog skateguard1.blogspot.ca […]

Episode 79: Kevin Kennedy

Kevin Kennedy is the man behind Tallboys – Craft Beer House, Pitch: Talks on Baseball and The Big Smoke Bands & Brews Festival. In his spare time he also manages Toronto indie outfit Army Girls. He is also the founder and Creative Director of Swingman Live, a full-service event production company specializing in promotion, marketing […]

Episode 78: Amanda Barbara

Amanda Barbara is the Vice President and co-founder of Pubslush, a global crowdfunding and analytics platform for the literary world. A philanthropist at heart, she serves on the board of directors for the Pubslush Foundation, which supports children’s literacy initiatives worldwide, and is a founder and director of The Barbara Family Foundation, an organization committed […]

Episode 77: Helen Croza

Pj is lucky to have friendships that go back decades, like the one with Somatic psychotherapist Helen Croza, whom she’s known since being a teenager. Helen started her career in the field of massage therapy a little over 30 years ago and it was there that she discovered that the relationship people had with their bodies […]

Episode 76: David Dore, Part Two

Here is the second part of Pj’s interview with another Dore, Paul’s father David. While in Toronto receiving a lifetime achievement award from the Central Ontario Section, Pj grabbed the opportunity to sit down with David for an extended interview. David was introduced to figure skating as therapy to regain his ability to walk after […]

Episode Seventy-Five: David Dore, Part One

This interview was so jammed packed full of insightful information that it’s split it into two parts. The subject of these two episodes is another Dore, Paul’s father David. While in Toronto receiving a lifetime achievement award from the Central Ontario Section, Pj grabbed the opportunity to sit down with David for an extended interview. David […]

Episode Seventy-Four: Deanna Wright

If clothes make the man (or woman) then that must go double for figure skaters. The people responsible for the ‘look’ that skaters appear in on the ice is the handiwork of Deanna Wright. Deanna’s professional life has meandered from teaching high school to creating fashion looks for children’s wear and, subsequently, uniform ensembles prior to coming home to […]

Episode Seventy-Three: Mysterion the Mindreader

Since watching the Amazing Kreskin on television as a child, Mysterion has dedicated his time to the study of the unknown. He has found the real answers to many paranormal mysteries and now demonstrates them live for entertainment purposes. Audiences have been blown away as their thoughts are revealed in a showcase of magic that […]

Episode Seventy-Two: Susie McGrigor

Susie McGrigor is a well-known Canadian choreographer who worked with Paul as a skater and with Pj on the very first show number for breast cancer fundraising initiative Ice Nightmare.Pj wanted to reconnect with her old friend because of her interesting and unique perspectives on figure skating, art, choreography and life.Susie got her start on the ice in […]

Episode Seventy-One: Mello Ayo & Paul Dore

There’s always something different going on here at the podcast. It’s the great advantage with this medium: the loose structure allows us to play with the format. Mello is our first return guest, but he came with the idea of turning the tables as he wanted to interview Paul. An intriguing idea, as Paul so enjoyed conversing with Mello […]

Episode Seventy: Dr. Sarah Pash

Pj is pretty proud of the little cousin she used to babysit. Dr. Sarah Pash not only recently defended her PhD dissertation in Education, but she did it while continuing to raise four children with husband Brian Dioszeghy. The start of her career was in teaching, and evolved into a passion for education with a […]

Episode Sixty-Nine: Daniel Clay

Daniel Clay is the author of the novel Broken, which was published by Curtis Brown and nominated for The Authors’ Club Best First Novel Award and The Commonwealth Writers’ Best Debut Novel Award. Broken was adapted into a movie starring Tim Roth and Cillian Murphy and premiered at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. The book […]

Episode Sixty-Eight: Alexander Orlov

When Pj arrived at the Wheelchair Curling venue she knew she would be working with Alexander Orlov as her Russian co-announcer. What she didn’t know was that he was as entrenched in curling as she is in figure skating. Warm, friendly and generous, he gave her insight into a sport she didn’t know much about. When […]

Episode Sixty-Seven: Kate Caithness

Kate Caithness began curling in the 1980s, playing for the Royal Caledonian Curling Club. From 1997 to 1998, she served as the president of the Club’s ladies branch, later representing the Club at the World Curling Federation. At the World Curling Federation, Caithness promoted wheelchair curling, helping make it a Paralympic sport in 2006 in Turin. Caithness served on the […]

Episode Sixty-Six: Ines Marchand

Armed conflict in Colombia has been going on for a long time and the use of child soldiers has been one of the more heartbreaking by-products. According a Save the Children fact sheet from 2008: For more than 40 years Colombia has suffered from civil war, poverty, insecurity, corruption and drug trafficking. Of its 45 […]

Episode Sixty-Five: Robert Fothergill

Born in England in 1941, and educated at Downing College, Cambridge, Robert Fothergill came to Canada in 1963 to pursue graduate work at McMaster University and the University of Toronto. His PhD dissertation was published as Private Chronicles: a Study of English Diaries by Oxford University Press in 1974. After teaching for many years in […]

Episode Sixty-Four: Al Tompkins

There is something to be said about being able to talk the talk but only if you have ever really walked the walk. Al Tompkins is a trainer whose career sees him going around the world counselling reporters and web types on how to maximize their presence and be effective storytellers. This only works because […]

Episode Sixty-Three: Dr. Jane Moran

Sometimes back hallway conversations can lead to the most interesting podcast opportunities. Pj has known Dr. Jane Moran for over 10 years and it was just such an occasion that brought this podcast to light. Dr. Moran is the chair of the ISU’s Medical Commission, a position she has held since 1999. In November, she […]

Episode Sixty-Two: Sochi, Part Three

Paul and Pj wrap their trilogy of podcast episodes from Sochi. On this segment, they talk about favourite Olympic moments, the difference between the Olympics and ParaOlympics, more behind the scenes television talk and how to be interviewed on Russian television.

Episode Sixty-One: Sochi, Part Two

Paul and Pj once again report back from Sochi, Russia at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games. For this short episode, Pj talks about how she was asked to be the French announcer for the medal ceremonies at Olympic Medals Plaza. Paul reveals more about his position with the Olympic Broadcasting Services and the excitement when […]

Episode Sixty: Sochi, Part One

The Winter Games in Sochi marks Pj’s sixth trip to the Olympics as an announcer. A few months ago, Paul got hired by the Olympic Broadcasting Service to help out with instant replays. even though Paul and Pj were both going to be at the Olympics for a number of weeks, they realized that the […]

Episode Fifty-Nine: Donald Jackson

Pj wanted to sit down with Donald Jackson to talk to him about his legendary skating life and career. As the first man to ever execute a triple Lutz in competition at Worlds in Prague in 1962, Don went down in the history books. He moved on to a long and illustrious show career after […]

Episode Fifty-Eight: Tricia Lee

Tricia Lee grew up in Toronto and earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in the Film and Video specialized Honours program at York University. She traveled to England to study Media Production at the University of Northumbria at Newcastle and worked in L.A. for a year. Tricia owns her own production company A Film Monkey Production […]

Episode Fifty-Seven: David Wilson

Pj and choreographer to skating’s elite David Wilson have known each other for a very long time. Much of the time when they meet during skating season, it is to talk about the sport they both love. In this fascinating conversation, Pj gets David to talk about his life beyond the boards. A self-acknowledged shy […]

Episode Fifty-Six: Dick Bezic

With the help of his daughter Sandra Bezic, Pj got the chance to sit down and talk to her father Dick Bezic about his many adventures on his way to emigrating to Canada in 1950. A survivor of the second World War, Bezic was bounced around from refugee camps in Italy, Egypt and Palestine before […]

Episode Fifty-Five: Petra Burka

Petra Burka is the 1965 World Figure Skating Champion, 1964 Olympic bronze medalist and the first woman to complete a triple Salchow in competition. Osborne Colson advised Petra’s mother, the legendary Ellen Burka, that she should take a look at her daughter’s talent. Petra started skating lessons at the age of 10 and her talent […]

Episode Fifty-Four: Dr. Amanda Wintink

Dr. Amanda (Mandy) Wintink is the Director of the Centre for Applied Neuroscience. She earned a Bachelor’s of Arts degree from the University of Winnipeg in 1998 with an Honor’s in Psychology. Mandy completed her Master’s of Arts degree at Brock University specializing in Behavioural Neuroscience in 2000 and earned her Doctor of Philosophy degree […]

Episode Fifty-Three: Elizabeth Manley

Elizabeth Manley is the 1988 Olympic silver medalist, 1988 World silver medalist and three-time Canadian champion. She is best known for her amazing performance at the Olympics in Calgary, cementing her status as an icon in the figure skating world. Pj was excited for the opportunity to sit down with Liz and discuss her career.

Episode Fifty-Two: Cary West

Cary West is a man of many talents: improv performer, teacher, actor, writer and director. A graduate of the training program at Second City and a member of Theatresports Toronto/Bad Dog Theatre, Cary also has a B.A. in Communications and Drama from the University of Windsor and a diploma in Theatre Arts from the Players […]

Episode Fifty-One: Jeffrey Buttle

In 2002 at the ISU Four Continents’ Championships before the Olympic Games, Canadian bronze medallist Jeffrey Buttle headed to a small Korean city where he took his first major title. Although he was only an alternate for the Olympics in Salt Lake, the event in Korea was key in putting Buttle on the international figure […]

Episode Fifty: Claire Wynveen

Claire Wynveen holds an MFA in acting from York University and an undergraduate degree in film/theatre from Queen’s University. She was funded by the Ontario Graduate Scholarship to complete her studies at York and was awarded a university-wide award for her Master’s Thesis on Peter Bames’ The Bewitched. She has taught workshops and classes with […]

Episode Forty-Nine: Rebecca Babb

Pj got the chance to sit down recently with Kitchener Waterloo Skating Club ice dance coach Rebecca Babb. Becky and brother Josh were Canadian Junior Dance champions in 1998 and went on to compete internationally for Canada in the senior ranks for the following two years until their retirement. Along the way, Becky has been lucky enough to be […]

Episode Forty-Eight: Heather Neville

Heather Neville is a certified Labour Doula and Childbirth Educator (CAPPA) based out of Cobourg and Toronto. She believes in birth and breastfeeding as opportunities for empowerment and her goal is to support women from all walks of life in having the most satisfying and empowering births possible. Heather provides support through the prenatal stage, […]

Episode Forty-Seven: Jessica Tudos

Jessica Tudos is an Olympic gymnast turned educator, entrepreneur, motivational speaker and Kika Creative Director. She has turned her experiences in gymnastics into the children’s story Kika the Upside Down Girl. With a Kickstarter campaign just completed to publish the book, Jessica is ready to share this story with the world. The story revolves around […]

Episode Forty-Six: Raj Misir

Raj Misir, General Manager at Jackson Ultima Skates, heads the Tech Rep team, working with leading skaters and coaches as well as the best skate specialty retailers in the industry. Pj, Paul and Raj have known each other for a long time. It was while Pj and Raj were in Saint John at Skate Canada, […]

Episode Forty-Five: John DeNottbeck

John DeNottbeck has over 40 years of experience in the audio, video and film industries as a musician, writer, composer, producer, voice director and engineer. John is the Founder/Partner/President/COO of Wanted! Sound and Picture, Co-founder/Partner/Director of VCR Media and Co-founder/Partner/President of IPS Recording Studios Ltd. As an engineer and producer, John has won numerous international […]

Episode Forty-Four: Mello Ayo

Mello Ayo is a poet and spoken word artist. Born in Jamaica, he currently lives in Toronto. Mello has published a poetry collection called Love Rhapsodies and Blues and released the album Water Carrier, which is based on After Dark: The Anatomy of a People’s Struggle. When listening and reading Mello’s words, one can’t help […]

Episode Forty-Three: David Pelletier

David Pelletier is many things, including Olympic champion, but his favourite title has to be that of Dad. In addition to his Olympic title, David has collected three National titles and a World title along the way with former partner Jamie Sale. David has been inducted into the Skate Canada, Canadian Olympic and the Canadian […]

Episode Forty-Two: Daniel Bennett

The Open Kwong Dore Podcast has interviewed a few people in the theatre world, but most of them have been performers. Daniel Bennett takes us behind the scenes of what it takes to mount a theatrical production. Majoring in neuroscience and psychology seems pretty far away from the theatre. Daniel was on the path to […]

Episode Forty-One: Ann Shin

Ann Shin is an author, filmmaker and principal of the Fathom Film Group. Her latest book of poetry, The Family China, won the Anne Green Award for innovation in story and narrative form. Ann has been nominated for multiple Gemini Awards, and has produced and directed programs for CBC, Discovery Channel and the History Channel, […]

Episode Forty: Anson Henry

When you are a slow moving human and you have the opportunity to engage with a person whose specialty is to run very fast, you want to know more. That’s how Pj felt when she approached two-time Olympian Anson Henry for this podcast. Anson Henry didn’t start on the Track until late in his high […]

Episode Thirty-Nine: Jakub Dzamba

On this episode of Open Kwong Dore – Pj gets the chance to catch up with a former skater whom she originally cast as part of the Ice Nightmare fund raising group. Jakub Dzamba is all grown up and is now an Architecture PhD candidate at McGill University. Among his many accomplishments is the creation […]

Episode Thirty-Eight: Stacey Agouros

Stacey Agouros calls herself a psychic reader and motivational counselor. Pj and Paul decided that talking to Stacey had the potential for interesting listening. They were right. Anastasia Agouros (Stacey’s full name) has been working as a professional psychic from her home in Toronto for the last 16 years. She has been invited to speak […]

Episode Thirty-Seven: Adam Kelly Morton

Adam Kelly Morton is a man of many talents: writer, actor, producer, director, teacher and author. Originally from Montreal, Adam moved to Toronto to pursue a Master of Fine Arts at York University. Returning to Montreal, Adam co-founded the sketch comedy troupe the Dancing Cock Brothers, which led to him being cast as the lead […]

Episode Thirty-Six: Tyler Barker

Tyler Barker is a remarkable young man. Pj’s friend Patrice Barker who also happens to be Tyler’s mother,  was the subject of last week’s podcast and we heard about being the mom of a child with cerebral palsy. Fast forward to this week, and Tyler gets the chance to talk about the world he experiences […]

Episode Thirty-Five: Patrice Barker

Pj’s friendship with Patrice Barker goes back to University days when they met in first year. Patrice and Paul Barker have three children, Tyler, Jesse and Heather. In many ways they are a typical Canadian family. The one thing that sets them apart is that they are a family living with a member with special […]

Episode Thirty-Four: Ronnie Burkett

Ronnie Burkett is Canada’s foremost artist in puppet theatre. Originally from Lethbridge, Alberta, Ronnie now calls Toronto home. He formed the Ronnie Burkett Theatre of Marionettes in 1986. Ronnie’s many productions, such as Tinka’s New Dress, Happy, Provenance, 10 Days on Earth, Penny Plain and Billy Twinkle – have won numerous awards including a Village […]

Episode Thirty-Three: Neil Glasberg

Almost from the very beginning of this podcast, Pj had it in her mind to speak with Neil Glasberg. As the founder of PBI Sports and Entertainment in Toronto, Neil knows a thing or two about the sports business. He is the guiding voice behind many athletes, pro coaches and broadcasters. It is this successful […]

Episode Thirty-Two: Geoffrey Tyler

Geoffrey Tyler is a man of many talents: actor, singer, dancer, director and most recently figure skating coach/choreographer based in Toronto. Pj first became aware of Geoffrey through skaters Kaitlyn Weaver and Andrew Poje as well as Kurt Browning. Kurt and Geoffrey met while working on Peter Pan together forging an immediate bond. When Pj […]

Episode Thirty-One: Jeffrey Orridge

Jeffrey Orridge has led a fascinating and self-determined life. A name that you might not recognize, he is nevertheless responsible for figuring out how the sports’ stories are delivered to Canadians today as the Executive Director of CBC Sports and the General Manager of the Olympics for CBC. Pj first contacted Jeffery for a quote […]

Episode Thirty: Sandra Bezic

What is there to say about a woman who has been on the leading edge of skating on and off the ice for most of her life? How about this: Skate Canada Hall of Famer Sandra Bezic, along with her brother Val, was a five-time Canadian Pair champion, and who represented Canada at the Olympic […]

Episode Twenty-Nine: Sister Norita

This is a very special and important episode for Paul. He discovered that his great uncle, John Patrick Teahan, fought and died in World War One and left behind a published book of diaries documenting his experience. Forty-four journals in total, the diaries were secretly sent back home and the collection sat untouched for seventy […]

Episode Twenty-Eight: Ken Wolff

Well it’s almost Olympic time again and for people in the news and information game that means lots of work. CBC Sports is no exception and in the middle of it is the man who is the Senior Producer for the CBC Sports.ca website – Ken Wolff.  Ken is ultimately responsible for the figure skating presence online at the CBC […]

Episode Twenty-Seven: Peter Gowdie

Pj has walked by the Cut n’ Run barbershop on Kingston Road in Toronto maybe a million times. What finally brought her through the door was the story of the shop and its owner Peter Gowdie that she found online (www.werundacut.com and www.werundacut.ca)  while looking to book a haircut for her son-in-law. Speaking to Peter on the phone, Pj […]

Episode Twenty-Six: David Ford

David Ford is a British singer-songwriter and has released four albums as a solo artist  to date, including: I Sincerely Apologize for All the Trouble I’ve Caused, Songs for the Road, Let the Hard Times Roll and his latest release Charge. His albums have been named Album of the Year in both the Sunday Times […]

Episode Twenty-Five: Beverley Smith

Beverley Smith’s career in journalism started in 1978 at The Globe and Mail in Toronto. Pj got the chance to sit down with Bev and talk about her journey to the top of the writing game, which is as interesting and unexpected as any of the stories she has covered. It all started  with the […]

Episode Twenty-Four: Riki Turofsky

Music has been a constant part of soprano Riki Turofsky’s life. After discovering her talent, Riki studied with the British Columbia Opera Ensemble, the San Francisco Opera’s Merola program and at the University of Toronto. Riki’s career took off immediately, making her New York City Opera debut in 1972 and afterwards touring throughout Europe. From […]

Episode Twenty-Three: Pj Kwong

Now for something completely different. Pj  was thrilled to be asked to be the keynote speaker for the annual end of season dinner for the Canadian Federation of University Women (Leaside Chapter) in May 2013. Wondering what to talk about, she settled on bits and pieces from her life on the ice, off the ice […]

Episode Twenty-Two: Pat Williams

Pat Williams is one of those men who has accomplished a great deal over the course of his 40 + year career in basketball, including the co-founding of the Orlando Magic where he is currently the Senior Vice President. Before basketball – he was a minor league baseball player. In other words, this is a […]

Episode Twenty-One: Alexander Lakernik and Steve Dong

This episode is a little different, but that’s the way we roll on this podcast. Paul took advantage of being at an international event in London, Ontario to get perspectives on sport from a Russian official and a Chinese official. We don’t often hear from the individuals behind the scenes and we jumped at the […]

Episode Twenty: Scott Russell

Scott Russell is a man of many talents: commentator, author, columnist and journalist and CBC Sports veteran of more than 20 years. A graduate from Western University in London, Ontario, Russell first worked as a teacher before turning his attention to a Master’s Degree program in Journalism at his alma mater and a subsequent successful […]

Episode Nineteen: Marina Zoueva

Marina Zoueva has accomplished just about everything a skating coach can achieve, producing Olympic, World and National Champions. Originally from Russia, Marina moved to Canada and then the United States, settling in Canton, Michigan, where she established the International Skating Academy. Marina brings not only a wealth of experience to her students, but also a […]

Episode Eighteen: Andrea Ramolo

Andrea Ramolo is a singer/songwriter and has released two albums – Thank You for the Ride and The Shadows and the Cracks – laying bare a vulnerability communicated through her emotional and confident voice. Her collaboration with Cindy Doire, Scarlett Jane, released the debut album Stranger last year. Andrea is a road warrior, a musician […]

Episode Seventeen: Jamie Sale

Jamie Sale is synonymous with the figure skating judging scandal that rocked the 2002  Salt Lake City Olympics in which she and pair partner David Pelletier were victims of a judging scheme that would have them win the silver medal regardless of how they performed. French judge Marie-Reine Le Gougne disclosed that she had been […]

Episode Sixteen: Kate Fenton and Adam Seybold

The Quickening Theatre was formed by Ginette Mohr, Kate Fenton and Adam Seybold, with the intention of creating an imaginative theatrical world that is both edifying and delightful. Having produced a number of original plays, The Quickening Theatre’s most recent work includes: Mr. Baxter, a modern story set in the Toronto subway system and based […]

Episode Fifteen: Mrs. Ellen Burka Part Two

This is the second part of Paul’s conversation with the legendary Mrs. Ellen Burka. She discusses her coaching career, specifically with previous Open Kwong Dore guest Toller Cranston. Not to be missed.  

Episode Fourteen: Mrs. Ellen Burka Part One

At age 92, Ellen Burka has reached the very height of success as a figure skating coach. Dutch national champion in 1946 and 1947, Mrs. Burka immigrated to Canada in 1950. She produced twenty-six Canadian medalists at the Olympic and world level. In 1978, Mrs. Burka received the Order of Canada and was inducted into […]

Episode Thirteen: Toller Cranston

Toller Cranston. The man needs almost no introduction. A figure skating icon, he is a man who considers himself to be “an artist who skates”. Toller was the Canadian men’s figure skating champion from 1971 – 1976. He won a bronze at the World Figure Skating Championships in 1974 and an Olympic bronze medal in […]

Episode Twelve: Adrienne Arsenault

Adrienne Arsenault is a foreign correspondent for the CBC with a list of accomplishments as long as your arm. She won the 2005 Commonwealth Broadcasting Association’s Journalist of the Year. She has several Gemini awards as well as awards from the American Society of Professional Journalists, the Radio and Television News Directors Association and the […]

Episode Eleven: Dr. Draw

Eugene Draw, aka Dr. Draw, calls himself a violinist. But he’s much more than that: promoter, producer, performer, world traveller – a renaissance man. He started busking on the streets as a kid and after plugging in his electric violin, Eugene hit the clubs, bringing his music across the globe. His unique vision can be […]

Episode Ten: Elvis Stojko Part Two

Pj Kwong spoke with Elvis Stojko about his views on what constitutes a sport and in this podcast episode, we get to hear about what he thinks. Candid and careful in his comments, Elvis is nevertheless willing to tell the truth as he sees it. Elvis shares his philosophies, revealing a complex and interesting man. […]

Episode Nine: Elvis Stojko Part One

Elvis Stojko is a seven-time Canadian men’s champion, three-time World champion and two-time Olympic silver medallist. He was born and raised just north of Toronto and has gone down in figure skating history as the first man to land a quadruple toe/double toe combination in competition in 1991. He followed up with another first when […]

Episode Eight: John Rait

John Rait is a fascinating man. As the owner of the Pentimento Fine Art Gallery on Queen Street East in Toronto’s Leslieville district, he is quickly becoming an influential force in the art scene in Toronto and beyond. His story starts as a child of a single parent home in Toronto; raised by his father […]

Episode Seven: Philippa Dowding

Philippa Dowding has worked at the craft of writing since her childhood. She wrote her first book when she was nine, and has made her living from words ever since. At university she studied English Language and Literature, first at the University of Western Ontario, then at the University of Toronto, where she earned a […]

Episode Six: Gord Stellick

Gord knows hockey. He became General Manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs when he was 30 years old and then became Assistant GM for the New York Rangers. He’s been covering the game ever since. He’s now host of Hockey Night in Canada Radio, heard Monday to Friday on Sirius 157. Pj talks with Gord […]

Episode Five: Arlene Paculan

Arlene Paculan creates soulful pop that is haunting and passionate, lulling you into safe yet invigorating reverie. A triple-threat graduate of Randolph Academy for the Performing Arts in Toronto with Grade 7 from the Royal Conservatory of Music, Arlene enriches cover tunes and crafts distinctive original music that soothes, heartens and delights. Her debut EP […]

Episode Four: Perdita Felicien

Perdita Felicien was born on August 29 1980 in Oshawa, Ontario. At age 7 Perdita and her family moved to Pickering, Ontario, where gym teacher Mrs. Arthurs noticed her athleticism and encouraged her to try out for the track team. In elementary school Perdita excelled in the 100m, 200m and long jump, winning numerous regional […]

Episode Three: Kurt Browning Part Two

Check out the second part of Pj’s interview with Kurt. A four-time Canadian and World Figure Skating Champion, Kurt represented Canada in three Winter Olympics and carried the flag during the opening ceremonies of the 1994 games. He landed the first quadruple jump in competition, an accomplishment listed in the Guinness Book of Records. Follow Kurt […]

Episode Two: Kurt Browning Part One

Kurt Browning is a four-time Canadian and World Figure Skating Champion. He represented Canada in three Winter Olympics and carried the flag during the opening ceremonies of the 1994 games. Browning landed the first quadruple jump in competition, an accomplishment listed in the Guinness Book of Records. Pj Kwong sat down with Kurt to discuss […]

Episode One: Introductions

In this first episode of the Open Kwong Dore Podcast, Paul and Pj introduce themselves and talk about joining the podcast revolution. You can listen or download the episode with the player below, or search for Open Kwong Dore Podcast in the iTunes Store to subscribe.

A podcast for curious people.


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