Creative Block – conversations with artists and creative entrepreneurs from Media Lab YYC

Creative Block – conversations with artists and creative entrepreneurs from Media Lab YYC

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Kyle Marshall interviews artists and creative entrepreneurs about where they were, where they are, and where they hope to be.


38. UNKNOWN Calgary (Eduard Soponar and Stan Rector)
Jul 23 • 41 min
Eduard and Stan might seem like very different people but their goals are aligned. Eduard emigrated to Canada from Romania, Stan grew up in Saskatchewan. And now they are hosting UNKNOWN.
37. July 2019 Update – PodSummit wrap-up, and collaborating with The Chocolate Lab (with David Youn)
Jul 2 • 47 min
Kyle invites David Youn (of Perspectives YYC) to discuss what was learned at PodSummit this year. Then a quick rundown of a chocolate company that Media Lab is collaborating with.
36. Koki Aihara (owner of Shiki Menya)
Jun 18 • 32 min
Ramen 🍜 makes me very happy. So it was a great time talking with Koki Aihara, the owner of Shiki Menya which is one of the best ramen spots in Calgary. He discusses what it took to open up the restaurant, the career path he initially set out on, and what…
35. Zach Polis (St. Albert’s Poet Laureate)
Jun 4 • 35 min
Zach Polis was first obsessed with animals and then found himself pulled into the worlds of poetry and filmmaking. Now, as St. Albert’s Poet Laureate, he is an ambassador of culture and looks to promote other artists in the province. In this conversation…
34. Chris Taniguchi (TANIMAYTO)
May 21 • 57 min
Chris Taniguchi is not only the artist behind Creative Block’s thumbnail, but also all the other shows that Kyle does. Chris gets into how he was obsessed with being fair as a child, how wanting to become an inventor led him into animation, and the secret…
33. May 2019 Update – 36 Questions (with Matt Mort)
May 7 • 77 min
The show starts with a quick update about what Media Lab has been up to, and then Matt Mort and Kyle Marshall learn a LOT more about each other by asking each other the famous “The 36 Questions That Lead to Love.”
32. Spencer Streichert
Apr 16 • 41 min
Spencer Streichert comes on the podcast to discuss some of the wild stories that have happened to him. Currently working in the film industry and as a comedian, that isn’t what Spencer started as. Also discussed is standup, rodeos, and Christian Slater.
31. April 2019 Update – Article 17; Spotify buys Gimlet (with Matt Mort)
Apr 2 • 40 min
Matt and Kyle grapple with the new law that was passed in the European Parliament. Is this the end of memes? Also they discuss the news of Spotify buying Gimlet and whether listening to podcasts on Spotify is a satisfying experience.
30. Kelela Doerksen (of Post Traumatic Victory)
Mar 19 • 49 min
Kelela Doerksen was born in British Columbia, moved to Manitoba, and then finally discovered her calling in Alberta. She discusses wanting to become a filmmaker, finding YouTube, and then making the choice to become an entrepreneur. Also discussed is…
29. March 2019 Update (with Matt Mort)
Mar 5 • 31 min
Kyle and Matt discuss YouTube demonization, Apple sending out an alarming email to podcasters, and a great app to keep yourself organized.
28. Jordan Drake (of DPReview)
Feb 26 • 48 min
Jordan Drake thought we wanted to be filmmaker, then decided he didn’t, and then decided he actually did. Listen to his journey from small town Alberta to working with the largest camera review website in North America. Also in this conversation we talk…
27. Phoebe Fung (of Vin Room)
Feb 19 • 34 min
Phoebe Fung came to Calgary to work in the oil and gas sector. After many years of rewarding work she knew that she needed to flex her skills as entrepreneur. What better way than to celebrate her love of food and wine! This is a great discussion about…
26. Steve Lazarowych (of Twitch Calgary)
Feb 12 • 57 min
Steve Lazarowych fell in love with video games at an early age. He then discovered later that he was kinda good at creating meetups. He’s grown Twitch Calgary to be the place for streamers and streaming enthusiasts to gather in Calgary. We also talk about…
25. Alex Williams
Feb 5 • 49 min
Alex Williams did not like school which is why, obviously, he’s becoming a teacher. Along the way to that surprising life choice he’s created videos and podcasts. He also values family and friends. There’s also talk of fake countries, being mad, and…
24. PodCon 2019
Jan 29 • 37 min
Kyle was able to attend the second annual PodCon in Seattle this past weekend. While there he capture audio samples of the convention as well as interviews with the attendees about why podcasting is different than other artforms.
23. Morgan Ermter and Jordan Wright (of Abracadavers)
Jan 22 • 59 min
Abracadavers is a new web series that starts with a road trip because of a character’s unhealthy obsession with his mother’s chair. A couple of the people responsible for the creation of the show, Morgan Ermter and Jordan Wright, talk with Kyle about…
22. Jess Huffman (of The Bridge Coworks)
Jan 15 • 45 min
Jess Huffman started on a farm, went with the army to Europe, and then finally found himself as a business coach in Calgary. This is a great conversation with a man who has seen a lot and who doesn’t hesitate to share what he’s learned. We also talk about…
21. Thomas Thomas
Jan 8 • 60 min
Thomas Thomas is a band that takes its inspiration from the 1950s and 1960s but with a modern twist. Two of the band’s members (Thomas Englund and Shannon Thomas) discuss how they met and why they decided to make beautiful music with one another. Plus,…
20. Bobbie Racette (of Canadian Virtual Gurus)
Dec 11, 2018 • 31 min
Bobbie Racette grew up in Saskatchewan, travelled around the world, and then found herself in Calgary when she got a great idea. This is how she developed Canadian Virtual Gurus into a major success. Also covered in the conversation is wanderlust, two…
19. Calum Graham
Dec 4, 2018 • 44 min
Calum Graham saw his father playing the guitar, borrowed it, and then never gave it back. Now he travels the world sharing his music. Also in this conversation we discuss high school music class, being bad at social media, and German fans.
18. Ben Birney (author of The Bright Path)
Nov 27, 2018 • 64 min
Ben Birney has worn a lot of different hats in his life. He’s been a lawyer, a Broadway composer, and now an author. He discusses how he got to be where he is today and just how he’s meandered his way through the years. Also in this conversation you will…
17. J Dirom
Nov 20, 2018 • 53 min
J Dirom comes from an artistic family. At an early age he “stole” his father’s camera and has been pursuing different ways to express himself ever since. That includes being a tattoo artist, directing films, and creating YouTube videos. In this…
16. Matt Mort
Nov 13, 2018 • 52 min
Matt Mort grew up during the Golden Age of YouTube. Now he crafts stories of his life to share online. But on the way there his life has had some highs and lows. Plus, we discuss YouTube hacks, DJ classes, and Scooby-Doo.
15. Michael Manus
Nov 6, 2018 • 44 min
Michael Manus thought he was going to be a YouTube star. Then he discovered a love of filmmaking and became really good at it. He’s gone from small-town Alberta to working with large brands like Ford. This episode will go into exactly how he did that.…
14. Amy Brathwaite
Oct 30, 2018 • 56 min
Amy Brathwaite spent many years in the global aid industry. After giving all she could to that she began seriously pursuing photography and videography to great success. In this conversation you will hear about aid, sliding into DMs, and forgotten cousins.
13. David Youn (of Perspectives YYC)
Oct 23, 2018 • 55 min
David Youn thought he had it all figured out and then he discovered that he really didn’t. A mid-life crisis and move away from Toronto has forced him to pursue his real passions. One of those being to start a magazine. It’s a fascinating ride! Also, in…
12. Azren Raju (from Azren the Language Nerd)
Oct 16, 2018 • 45 min
Azren Raju is, seemingly, infinitely curious. To the point where he will start something new without fully understanding what it is he’s actually doing. Just ask him about his podcast. But his love of languages has brought him to making a living off of…
11. Bruna Mebs
Oct 9, 2018 • 37 min
Bruna Mebs was born in Brazil and into a family that valued creativity. She grew up to embrace that creativity and made it her job. In this conversation you will hear about family journals, starting a brand, and costume design.
10. Craig Learmont (of Dueling Piano Kings)
Oct 2, 2018 • 34 min
Craig Learmont fell in love with music at an early age and eventually made it his job. But it wasn’t always easy. In this conversation you will hear about recording studios, Education degrees, and asking for phone numbers from your piano teacher.
9. Alex Putici (of Work Nicer)
Sep 25, 2018 • 40 min
Alex Putici grew up on a farm in southern Alberta. He figured out school wasn’t his thing but entrepreneurship was. Find out how he came to embody the mantra, “No one succeeds alone.” In this conversation you will also hear about men giving a damn,…
8. Lori Farley (of Impact Hub Candidate Calgary)
Sep 18, 2018 • 40 min
Lori Farley is somebody who is multi-passionate and multi-talented. Growing up in rural Alberta led her through a unique upbringing that she has used to her advantage. She has also used that advantage to better social and economic development. In this…
7. Ernest Barbaric (of Art of Meaningful Work)
Sep 11, 2018 • 48 min
Ernest Barbaric had to go through many things before discovering that the true way towards happiness is by doing meaningful work. Along the way he has worked as a designer, podcaster, convention organizer, and most recently as an executive coach. In this…
6. Adam Kostanuick (of The Young Gaffers)
Sep 4, 2018 • 52 min
Adam Kostanuick found his way to Alberta because of his home province’s political strife. Through his love of soccer he eventually discovered podcasting. There were, of course, some interesting bumps along the way. This conversation includes bank…
5. Natasha Burgess (of The Alberta LGBT+ Chamber of Commerce)
Aug 28, 2018 • 36 min
Natasha Burgess grew up in British Columbia and only given very particular things to read. She then had a pretty fascinating journey and is currently the chair of the Alberta LGBT+ Chamber of Commerce. This conversation includes airplane mechanics,…
4. Matt Watterworth & Scott Westby (of The Alberta Filmmakers Podcast)
Aug 21, 2018 • 56 min
Matt Watterworth and Scott Westby met each other in dramatic fashion when they both went to SAIT for filmmaking. After graduating they joined forces to create their own production company so that they could pursue their love of making movies. This…
3. Stacey Robbins (of Bigfoot Custom Shoes)
Aug 11, 2018 • 50 min
Stacey Robbins has a had a lot of different jobs in her life. And they always seem to come in two year increments. Right now she designs beautiful custom shoes. How she got there is a story worth listening to. The conversation also covers ADHD, kissing…
1. Tony Grimes (of Pixels and Pints)
Aug 11, 2018 • 60 min
Tony Grimes is a local celebrity, of sorts, in Calgary. If you talk to the right people. He began the networking group Pixels and Pints which has grown to something more than he ever thought it would. The conversation also covers meatpacking plants, the…
2. Lina Huffman (of The Bridge Coworks)
Aug 11, 2018 • 40 min
Lina Huffman emigrated from Romania, started her first business while in high school, and eventually co-founded a co-working space in Calgary called The Bridge. But there’s so much more to talk about. This conversation also covers communist regimes, a…