DEEKAST is a conversational podcast hosted by Niagara music producer, DJ, designer & gaming enthusiast Derek Veenhof (@deekatello). A millennial counterculture movement discussing anything & everything: gaming, music, pop culture, history, politics, science, religion & philosophy and the nexuses where these worlds collide. Produced by Shapestate Studios. Support this podcast:

#76. Newbie Comics & Collectibles
Jul 5 • 64 min
Joel from Newbie Comics & Collectibles joins me to discuss the rise of his new YouTube channel, all things comics, flipping stuff, and what’s in store next for his channel. If you are into flipping, collecting, comics, or thinking of starting your own…
#75. Richard Saunders (SkepticZone.TV)
Jun 28 • 57 min
Richard Saunders is a skeptic and professional origamist from Australia and host of the Skeptic Zone podcast. The podcast can be found at www.SkepticZone.TV Richard and I discussed UFOs, the paranormal, 911 Truthers, Hypnosis, Uri Geller and spoon…
#74. Zain Velji Returns!
Jun 22 • 36 min
Zain Velji returns! We speak about Political Strategy broadly, Trump’s Tulsa Oklahoma rally, voter suppression and voter fraud, Gerrymandering, Electoral Reform, ‘Covid as Cloud Cover’ for politicians, getting involved local and state politics in today’s…
#73. James Townsend of Crabrat
May 29 • 41 min
My buddy James and I discuss his new EP with CRABRAT on all platforms now called The Cancer and the Plague. We also discuss how to handle friends and family who believe conspiracies, as well as touch on the unfolding protests in Minneapolis over the death…
#72. Jacob Martin (Grand & Clover Cocktail Co.)
Apr 10 • 48 min
In this episode I caught up with a pal of mine from highschool Jacob Martin! Jacob is the owner of Grand & Clover Cocktail Co. in Toronto and we had a chat about life under lockdown, entrepeneurship, and more! Instagram: jacobmartin1st Website:…
Guest Appearance on Ezza Trips Balls #4
Mar 28 • 81 min
My buddy, Niagara Recording artist ‘Ezza’ of the Choom Gang had me as a guest on his podcast ‘Ezza Trips Balls’. We recorded this Wednesday afternoon so some of our discussion might be a bit behind the times as time moves at x10000 speed now. We discussed…
#71. The Fitzgerald Neighbours (Caleb Ratzlaff & Suzanne Veenstra)
Nov 29, 2019 • 65 min
Welcome to The Fitz! In this episode I had Caleb and Suzanne over to the studio from The Fitzgerald Neighbours, a neighbourhood association that operates in mid-town St. Catharines. We spoke about community development, getting to know your neighbours,…
#70. Awol The Barber (@waengang.weez)
Sep 29, 2019 • 59 min
My occasional barber, and recording artist Awol joined me to talk haircuts, the Halifax rap scene, nuclear power and more! We also review music from Austyn Davys, Sedd Miley, Supakaine, Lb Spiffy, and Joey Mayhem. @lb.spiffy @supakaine @seddmiley…
#69. Nick Carr
Aug 31, 2019 • 84 min
Today Nick and I spoke about a bad customer service experience I had at McDonalds, and what McDonalds has really done to their burgers to make them ‘BETTER’. Also we speak on Kevin O’Leary’s boat crash, the local Homestead Donuts break-in, Trump pardoning…
#68. Sean Vanderklis & Karl Dockstader (One Dish One Mic Podcast)
Aug 18, 2019 • 68 min
Sean & Karl joined me in studio to discuss their podcast turned broadcast ‘One Dish One Mic’, indigenous issues in Canada, racism and anti-racism, the upcoming elections, and some current events. You can find these two thoughtful gentleman on their…
#67. Kyle Whittaker (Strange Pumpkin Mixes)
Jul 31, 2019 • 109 min
In this episode I interviewed my friend Kyle Whittaker who is an audio engineer and owner of Strange Pumpkin Mixes. We spoke about all things recording, mixing, and mastering. Kyle focusses mainly on mixing Hip-Hop these days so for any music heads, this…
#66. Lalo Dagach (The Palestinian Chilean)
Jul 1, 2019 • 120 min
Lalo Dagach is the Palestinian Chilean. He hosts the Lalo Podcast and has appeared on The Rubin Report. His tweets are commentary on international politics, culture and religion. He was born in LA, lives in Chile and has Palestinian heritage. He’s lived…
#65. Ancient Myths and the Stars with David W. Mathisen
Jun 16, 2019 • 112 min
David W. Mathisen is an author and researcher of ancient myths, and their connection to the movements of celestial bodies often depicted through art and story. In particular we focus on myths of Zeus, Krishna, Thor, Maui, Apollo, Heracles, Michael the…
#64. Pete Voynovich, Greg Smith & Colin Nun
May 5, 2019 • 64 min
Pete Voynovich, Greg Smith, and Colin Nun are all professors of Graphic Design at Niagara College in Welland, Ontario. All previous guests of the show, they came back to the Deekast studio to chat about design, teaching, bike trails, germans, and Colin’s…
#63. Terry McDermott (Perfect Soldiers, Hunt for KSM)
Apr 27, 2019 • 53 min
Terry McDermott is a journalist who served as a national correspondent with the Los Angeles Times and is author of Perfect Soldiers: The 9/11 Hijackers, Who They Were, Why They Did It, an investigative non-fiction book profiling the hijackers of the…
#62. Andres Gomez of the Omnic Lab Podcast
Apr 22, 2019 • 48 min
I am joined this week by Andres from the Omnic Lab podcast. An overwatch strategy podcast available everywhere. We discussed Overwatch as a game, why it is such a phenomenon world wide, e-sports and the Overwatch League, and speculated about South Korea…
#61. Dr. Shawn Baker (Carnivore Diet)
Apr 9, 2019 • 41 min
Dr. Shawn Baker is host of the Human Performance Outliers podcast. Shawn is an orthopedic surgeon and served in the US Air Force as Chief Of Orthopedic Trauma performing over 600 surgeries at Bagram Air Base, Afghanistan. He is a weight lifting world…
#60. Bill Huizer
Apr 2, 2019 • 32 min
My highschool english teacher and friend Mr. Bill Huizer and I spoke on Nipsey Hussle, austrian vs keynesian economics and more! Unfortunately the audio got beat up around the 35 min mark so we did lose about half of our convo and I had to edit it out!…
#59. Marcity & Rick Puffer
Mar 24, 2019 • 40 min
Friends of the show Puffer & Moofeek aka Marcity sat down to chat Hip-Hop, Safe-Injection Sites, Mortal Kombat, Chris Farley, the Youth and their concept of what’s OK or normal, as well as Marcel’s new animated show called Pizza Town. Marcity’s YouTube:…
#58. Nick Carr
Mar 19, 2019 • 40 min
Nick Carr returns to talk about Big Macs, Hideo Kojima, Roman Raines, Shoots and Works and more. —- Support this podcast:
#57. Ed the Sock & Liana K
Mar 13, 2019 • 38 min
Ed the Sock is a Canadian television personality who first appeared in the 1990s. He is best known for his appearances hosting programming on MuchMusic and his own talk show, Ed’s Night Party. Liana K is a Canadian YouTuber, television host, writer and…
#56. Brian Dunning (
Mar 10, 2019 • 57 min
Brian Dunning is an American writer and producer who focuses on science and skepticism. He has hosted a weekly podcast, Skeptoid, since 2006, and he is an author of a series of books on the subject of scientific skepticism, some of which are based on the…
#55. Sayzee & Awol The Barber
Mar 3, 2019 • 58 min
This week I’m joined by recording artists Sayzee (@sayzee_newage) & Awol The Barber (@waengang.weez) to discuss their latest projects and creative process. Also we dive into a new experiment on the podcast of reacting / reviewing underground artists music…
#54. Matt Christiansen
Feb 22, 2019 • 46 min
Matt Christiansen is a YouTuber and podcaster talking politics and culture from the refuge of a wilderness fortress in Bozeman, Montana. His YouTube videos are fairly popular, his account having close to 185,000 subscribers. He creates regular videos…
#53. Ezza
Feb 19, 2019 • 82 min
Ezza (@Ezza905) is a local Niagara recording artist and creative director of @choomganghome. In this episode we get into some economic theories, the concept of Safe Injection Sites in Niagara and abroad, modern day political views of the Canadian…
#52. Dr. Kevin Folta (Talking Biotech)
Feb 8, 2019 • 67 min
Kevin M. Folta is a professor and chairman of the horticultural sciences department at the University of Florida. From 2007 to 2010 he helped lead the project to sequence the strawberry genome, and continues to research photomorphogenesis in plants and…
#51. Mick West (
Jan 12, 2019 • 72 min
Mick West is a science writer, skeptical investigator, and retired video game programmer who co-founded Neversoft (Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater). He is the creator of the websites Contrail Science and Metabunk, for which he investigates and debunks…
#50. Nick Carr
Sep 11, 2018 • 83 min
We’ve been low key for awhile but getting back on the mics to talk 9/11 17th Anniversary, Doug Ford and the Notwithstanding Clause, Chinese indoctrination camps, PokemonGo not being dead, Celebrity stalkers, GunZ: The Duel, and some other stuff. —-…
#49. Colin Nun (Artist/Designer)
May 12, 2018 • 82 min
Colin Nun is an award-winning designer located in the Niagara Region. He studied at NSCAD University in Halifax NS, before graduating from Toronto’s OCAD University – earning his BDes in 2009. Colin specializes in graphic design and signage and has been…
#48. News Salad with Nick Carr
Mar 24, 2018 • 43 min
DEEKAST #48 We’re back after a hiatus. Just catching up with you guys. Gotta have your news salad, can’t just eat one piece of the same lettuce over and over again. —- Support this podcast:
#47. Marko (Duplex) Dieckmann & Christian (Nofl) Oesch in Face Of Mankind
Jun 18, 2017 • 63 min
DEEKAST #47 Marko Dieckmann is a game developer in Berlin, founder of Ion Lands which has newly released ‘Phoning Home’ on Steam. He was previously the founder of Duplex Systems which created the epic sandbox MMORPG ‘Face of Mankind’ circa 2005. Christian…
#46. Bob Hendle in ‘Food, Beer & Victoria’
Jun 12, 2017 • 66 min
DEEKAST #46 My old pal Bob Hendle joined me on the podcast this week, collegiate alumni most famously known for stealing the entire cookie display from the cafeteria on his last day of school, chef and beer enjoyer, and all around cool guy. —- Support…
#45. Alex Kazam (@wittymagic)
Jun 4, 2017 • 46 min
Alex Kazam is a professional performance artist. He performs magic and comedy in and around the Niagara-GTA area. He has also been an actor, stuntman, and is known to occasionally breathe fire. Alex hosts a podcast called ‘Get Out of Your Head’ that can…
#44. Dr. Kevin Folta Of Talking Biotech
May 28, 2017 • 50 min
DEEKAST #44 Kevin M. Folta is a professor and chairman of the horticultural sciences department at the University of Florida. From 2007 to 2010 he helped lead the project to sequence the strawberry genome, and continues to research photomorphogenesis in…
#43. David Robert Grimes (Physicist & Cancer Researcher)
May 21, 2017 • 59 min
DEEKAST #43 David Robert Grimes is a physicist and cancer researcher at the University of Oxford. He also writes for The Irish Times and The Guardian. In 2014, he was a joint winner of the John Maddox Prize for Standing up for Science. In 2016 he wrote a…
#42. Rob Burke of Something Something Productions
May 15, 2017 • 65 min
DEEKAST #42 Rob Burke is Co-founder of Something Something Productions, a theatre company based in Niagara-on-the-Lake. He is Youth Program Director at Playhouse Theatre Group. Rob, myself and my co-host Mike Soltys sat down to talk theatre, niagara,…
#41. Marty Allen
May 7, 2017 • 44 min
DEEKAST #41 Marty Allen is a Niagara born recording artist. Marty writes original honky-tonk and rockabilly music and also performs Johnny Cash cover tunes in and around the Niagara Region. His music and show dates can be found at…
#40. James Townsend
Apr 29, 2017 • 99 min
DEEKAST #40 James Townsend is a rap artist who goes by the name of Jack $%#&&. He has many rap battles under his belt in KOTD and has been working on an album for some time. His latest video ‘The Screening’ by PaperCutsRock (one of his groups) can be…
#39. DDS (Hip-Hop Producer)
Apr 26, 2017 • 53 min
DEEKAST #39 DDS is a hip-hop producer who is best known for his billboard charting song with artist Dej Loaf entitled ‘Try Me’. He offers information and feedback to producers and artists through his YouTube channel and often makes use of livestreams when…
#38. Nick Carr (Trump + Syria, Sean Spicer, Undertaker)
Apr 11, 2017 • 64 min
DEEKAST #38 In this special mid-week episode, I share some DEEKAST stats, review a recent Hip-Hop show in St. Catharines, and Nick Carr and I discuss Sean Spicer’s comments today about Hitler, as well as the general Syria picture. Nick Carr says the Trump…
#37. Deekast LIVE @ Local Media Matters by NPN
Apr 10, 2017 • 16 min
DEEKAST #37 The DEEKAST took to the stage at Local Media Matters 2017 fundraiser hosted by the Niagara Podcasters Network. You can visit them at —- Support this podcast:
#36. Pete Voynavich
Apr 2, 2017 • 87 min
DEEKAST #36 Pete Voynavich is a professor of graphic design at Niagara College. He was slightly abusive to me during my time under his rule but it was my fault for using red and black colour schemes too often. Pete likes 90s hip-hop, baseball, and…
#35. Bill Huizer (AKA Mr. Huizer Jr.)
Mar 5, 2017 • 98 min
DEEKAST #35 St. Catharines Collegiate and Sir Winston Churchill high school students will tell you Bill Huizer is a legend of a teacher. He is also referred to as Mr. Huizer Jr. out of respect for and so not to be confused with Mr. Huizer Sr. Mr. Huizer…
#34. James Morabito of Donny Yonder
Mar 1, 2017 • 72 min
DEEKAST #34 James M. is a rap artist from Welland, Ontario. James is featured on my last album DER!US. James is the lead of the band Donny Yonder, check their album ‘Over There’ on Spotify or YouTube. Visit —- Support this podcast:…
#33. Redpilling with Nick Carr
Feb 20, 2017 • 91 min
DEEKAST #33 Esteemed colleague Nicholas Carr joins us again for the 5 time, 5 time, 5 time. We talk Trump (bing bong), Sweden, North Korea, China, PewdiePie and Pokemon Go generation 2! Also we debunk a Nick Carr generated conspiracy theory about a Knife…
#32. Radical Stuff With Jennica
Feb 12, 2017 • 118 min
DEEKAST #32 My friend Jennica has some radical views, man—and we discuss them. In the first part we got a bit too heavy so we added a part 2 at the end of some lighter topics we forgot about. Shalom. —- Support this podcast:…
#31. Chavis Chandler
Jan 29, 2017 • 53 min
DEEKAST #31 Chavis Chandler is a Hip-Hop/Soul artist from east side 7mile Detroit. He is a tough artist to describe without listening to his music. Versatility is one word that comes to mind. A soulful voice with gritty overtones, and a rap skill beyond…
#30. DJ Frank Vinatra
Jan 27, 2017 • 110 min
DEEKAST #30 DJ Frank Vinatra is a DJ from Toronto who DJs from the 416 to the 905. He can be heard every long weekend on 93.5 WBLK. He’s worked with artists such as French Montana, Akon, Beenie Man, PartyNextDoor and Tory Lanez. He has been a staple of…
#29. E.U.Afool of Choom Gang
Jan 22, 2017 • 164 min
DEEKAST #29 E.U.Afool AKA Ev8r is a rap artist from St. Catharines and part of the Choom Gang. Visit or search The Choom Room on YouTube. E.U.Afool just released an album entitled The Cacophony of Christ Conciousness. We break…
#28. Rebel Mehari of Choom Gang
Jan 16, 2017 • 62 min
DEEKAST #28 Rebel Mehari is a St. Catharines rap artist and a part of the Choom Gang. —- Support this podcast:
#27. Thoby G (@thobyg)
Jan 8, 2017 • 89 min
DEEKAST #27 Thoby G is a talented rap artist from St. Catharines, Ontario born in Brooklyn NYC. Thoby and I collaborated on the 2014 song “Dance” available on YouTube. Thoby is my spirit animal. We talk about the rap game, growing up in Brooklyn and the…
#26. Lisa Mancini (@lisa.mancinerh) in Squirrel Mom
Jan 1, 2017 • 49 min
DEEKAST #26 St. Catharines resident, graphic designer, artist, costume design hobbyist and “Squirrel Mom” Lisa Mancini (@lisa.mancinerh) discusses the gifts and curses bestowed upon her by squirrel mother nature. Lisa recently had a video of her and her…
#25. 2016 Christmas Special (Nick Carr, David W. Mathisen, Various Guests)
Dec 26, 2016 • 111 min
DEEKAST #25 It’s the 2016 Deekast holiday special. Featuring: A new interview with Nick Carr wrapping up 2016 and projecting the O’Leary / Trump duo. An encore presentation of part of my interview with David W. Mathisen of the Mathisen Corollary blog…
#24. Jacob Bergsma of My Son The Hurricane
Dec 18, 2016 • 76 min
DEEKAST #24 Jacob Bergsma (@Mr_Bergsma) is a comedian, rapper, actor, and former backyard wrestler. He is the front man of the Canadian brass-hop band My Son The Hurricane who just finished a nation wide tour. We chit chat about everything from side-chain…
#23. Mike Soltys in ‘Racist Climate Change Deniers’
Dec 11, 2016 • 92 min
DEEKAST #23 Mike Soltys (@Darminian) returns to the Deekast to talk some PC gaming, Hideo Kojima, white privilege, feminism, racism, when anti-racism becomes racism, weed legalization, Trudeau, and other stuff we barely know about. Why is it a coincidence…
#22. @Hydrolis Returns
Dec 4, 2016 • 57 min
DEEKAST #22 “@Hydrolis” is a Niagara born PHD student at McGill as well as a reporter/blogger on e-Sport events. A really pro dude and one of my BEST BUDS. We chat about college/university tuitions, degrees, the job market for millennials, and how we’ve…
#21. Nick Carr in The Trump Surge
Nov 27, 2016 • 55 min
DEEKAST #21 Nick Carr is back for the 3rd time to talk about the Trump Surge and how exciting nukes are. “F&^% it, let’s just do a half.” —- Support this podcast:
#20. Sayzee (@SayzeeSoyaSauce)
Nov 22, 2016 • 67 min
DEEKAST #20 Sayzee is a hip-hop recording artist from St. Catharines. Sayzee has been making waves in the Niagara/GTA music scene for some years. Sayzee just finished a Dragonball Z inspired rap trilogy that has caught traction on YouTube and SoundCloud.…
#19. Calvin McCormick
Nov 13, 2016 • 122 min
DEEKAST #19 My friend Calvin McCormick tells me all about the wonderful world of analog sound. Calvin runs McCormick Analog in Ottawa –– a vintage pedal and amp repair shop specializing in building custom amplifiers and effects pedals. —- Support this…
#18. Alex Andrews (Niagara String Band)
Nov 5, 2016 • 68 min
DEEKAST #18 The Niagara String Band, lead by Alex Andrews and Shawn Fehlow, a St. Catharines based acoustic band that focuses on traditional and pre war era music; primarily from the early recording and sheet music era of the 20th Century. —- Support this…
#17. Marcel Dudi aka Marcity aka Moofeek
Nov 4, 2016 • 95 min
DEEKAST #17 Marcel is a very talented rap artist and is 1/2 of the group Moofeek & Deek (me) which release Couch Fame in 2012. I was a fan of his music before I knew him. Eventually we met and ended up doing a song called Hell Yeah. In the summer of 2012…
#16. 2oolman (Tim Hill) of A Tribe Called Red
Nov 3, 2016 • 52 min
DEEKAST #16 @2oolman (Tim Hill) is an amazing hip-hop producer and one of my biggest influences. I caught up with him in Toronto after a set with his group A Tribe Called Red at George Strombo’s house to chat about the group, his journey making beats and…
#15. Geopolitics with Peter Jensen
Nov 2, 2016 • 81 min
DEEKAST #15 I spoke with Peter Jensen about geopolitics. We discuss the geo-strategic importance of Eastern Europe, the proxy war of Syria, deception by governments, and the importance of seeking multiple sources of information and fact checking in…
#14. Alex Jensen (@sorsari)
Nov 1, 2016 • 174 min
DEEKAST #14 Alex Jensen (@sorsari) is a music producer from Edmonton, Alberta. We met playing a mod of Red Faction circa 2001, Follow his music on soundcloud @sorsari. On twitter he’s @sorsariii —- Support this podcast:
#13. The Return of Nick Carr
Oct 31, 2016 • 55 min
DEEKAST #13 Nick Carr returns to the DEEKAST. Who wanna bet we talk about wrestling and politics? —- Support this podcast:
#12. David W. Mathisen (
Oct 30, 2016 • 96 min
DEEKAST #12 David Warner Mathisen is an author of several books including The Mathisen Corollary, The Undying Stars, and Star Myths of The World and How To Interpret Them. David is a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, the United…
#11. Mike Soltys (@Darminian)
Oct 23, 2016 • 104 min
DEEKAST #11 My friend Mike (@Darminian) is a cool guy who likes video games. I like them too. More within, please enter show now. Also look up the Zelda Marathon by Big Brothers Big Sisters Niagara, and go to that. —- Support this podcast:…
#10. Phil Pollard (Statistics, Gun Control, Anarchist Movement)
Oct 16, 2016 • 76 min
DEEKAST #10 Phil Pollard (@Anarchistician) is a data scientist and co-hosts the podcast Center Mass, a gun news podcast (@CenterMassCast). Phil is a supporter of the anarchist movement. We discussed how all of these things relate. —- Support this podcast:…
#9. Zain Velji (CBC, @StrategistsPod)
Oct 9, 2016 • 43 min
DEEKAST #9 Zain Velji is a Senior Engagement Strategists specializing in campaign strategy, grassroots advocacy and behavioural economics. Zain is the co-creator and host of the highly-rated political podcast, The Strategists which dissects the strategies…
#8. @PlaidKlaus (NYC Comic Artist)
Oct 2, 2016 • 67 min
DEEKAST #8 Plaid Klaus (@PlaidKlaus) is a comic book artist living and working in New York City. His work encompasses graphic design, digital marketing, comic book illustration, game design and more. His latest comic project is called Turncoat and can be…
#7. Jake Harper - DJ Khaled, Kanye, Trump
Sep 25, 2016 • 68 min
DEEKAST #7 Jake and I discuss OJ, Kanye West and George Bush, figure out what DJ Khaled does, kinda, and sing about Mr. McBride. —- Support this podcast:
#6. Joe Motiki (TVOkids)
Sep 18, 2016 • 124 min
DEEKAST #6 Joseph “Joe” Frederick Motiki is a Canadian television host and performer. A Toronto native, In March 1995, Motiki became co-host of The TVOkids Crawlspace, TVOntario’s after school block of children’s programs, Patty and Joe appeared in live…
#5. Greg Smith (@BlindPigPress) – Graphic Design, Pitbull
Sep 11, 2016 • 78 min
DEEKAST #5 Greg Smith is a professor of Graphic Design at Niagara College in Welland, Ontario. Follow @blindpigpress on Instagram or visit Greg uses handset metal and wood types to print ‘stuff’. He also enjoys The Pitbull. —-…
#4. Leonard Turton (Summerhill Democratics)
Sep 4, 2016 • 55 min
DEEKAST #4 Leonard Turton has been working in democratic education for over 40 years. He founded his own democratic day school, Odyssey House Community School, in St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada in 1971. He has worked in state schools where he developed…
#3. @Hydrolis - Epidemiology, e-Sports
Aug 28, 2016 • 71 min
DEEKAST #3 “@Hydrolis” is a Niagara born PHD student at McGill as well as a reporter/blogger on e-Sport events. What the heck is Epidemiology? And why do they pay people to play video games? What the HECK? —- Support this podcast:…
#2. Musaab Gadmour (Living in Lybia)
Aug 21, 2016 • 55 min
DEEKAST #2 Episode 2 features my conversation with my long time friend Musaab live from Tripoli, Lybia. What is it like to move to Canada to start grade 3, return to Lybia shortly after 911, and live through the Arab Spring and subsequent removal of the…
#1. Nick Carr - Rio, WWE, Pokemon GO!
Aug 15, 2016 • 54 min
DEEKAST #1 Nick Carr joints me to talk Rio 2016, Pokemon GO!, WWE, NXT, and the rest of it. —- Support this podcast: