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The Eat North Podcast
62 minutes | Jul 6, 2022
Melodies and Menus: Don Amero and Robyn Ottolini
We've gone all-out Canadian country music for our latest episode of Melodies and Menus! First up, Don Amero about everything from his love of Manitoba to his recent release "Let 'Em Lie"—a powerful duet with Kyle McKearney that speaks to residential schools and the schools' associated atrocities. Amero will also be performing at the Calgary Stampede this month for the very first time, so the singer explains that he's got a lot to look forward to, crazy midway foods and all. Next, Tik Tok and country music sensation Robyn Ottolini chats about her busy summer tour schedule, finding a permanent home in Nashville and what she really thinks about the city's signature dish, hot chicken.
66 minutes | Jun 29, 2022
Melodies and Menus: Jill Barber and chef Adrian Forte
Top Chef Canada alum and recently-minted author Adrian Forte dishes on his brand new cookbook Yawd as well as how music plays an integral part in the dining experiences he brings to life while doing private culinary events across the globe. Award-winning singer Jill Barber joins next to chat with Madison Olds and Dan Clapson about her love of the Vancouver food scene, how she's well underway creating new music—make sure to check out her latest release "My Mother's Hand"—and more. We can't want to hear Barber's new tunes in the coming months! The Eat North Podcast can be found on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts and more. The main music on Melodies and Menus episodes comes courtesy of the Madison Olds single "Average.
50 minutes | Jun 15, 2022
Melodies and Menus: Fefe Dobson and chef Andrea Nicholson
Our new podcast episode sees co-hosts Madison Olds and Dan Clapson talking with Canadian music icon Fefe Dobson. The Nashville-dwelling Canadian musician discusses the misconceptions many people have about Nashville as well as her impact on current chart-topping artists like Olivia Rodrigo and Willow. Fefe's latest single "FCKIN IN LOVE" is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the new music we can expect from her in the coming months. Next, Butchie's and Dish Play owner and chef Andrea Nicholson joins to discuss everything from her foray into the world of event programming beyond the kitchen, judging on Firemasters and more.
64 minutes | Jun 9, 2022
Melodies and Menus: Walk Off The Earth's Sarah Blackwood and Roger Mooking
To kick off our new episode, Dan Clapson and Madison Olds chat with food personality AND Juno Award winner Roger Mooking. No stranger to the food television realm, Mooking has long been a household favourite, hosting many programs and currently serving as a judge on the popular series Firemasters. Mooking is also a celebrated musician, being part of the award-winning Bass is Base in the 90s, and his 2021 EP Edibles proves that his creativity still extends well beyond the kitchen. Next, Sarah Blackwood of the Juno Award-winning band Walk Off The Earth joins the co-hosts to talk about the band's summer tour as well as her family's 2022 Juno nomination for Children's Album of the Year. Their latest family-friendly music was born of their son's popular YouTube series, Romeo Eats.
65 minutes | Jun 1, 2022
Melodies and Menus: Josh Ramsay and The Bros. Landreth
Dan Clapson and Madison Olds start things off by chatting with one of the most familiar faces in the pop-rock world, Josh Ramsay. The Marianas Trench frontman recently released his debut solo album, aptly titled The Josh Ramsay Show, which has received much buzz. The album plays around in a variety of genres and also features vocals from Canadian talents like Fionn, Serena Ryder, Tyler Shaw and Fefe Dobson. Ramsay dishes on his favourite road snacks as well as all of the dynamic culinary experiences that his hometown of Vancouver has to offer. Next, the co-hosts head to Winnipeg (virtually) to chat with the talented duo The Bros. Landreth. Like Ramsay, Joey and Dave Landreth are also heading out on an extensive tour across Canada. The brothers chat about their brand new album Come Morning as well as the stunning artwork that has been created for it by Roberta Landreth. Like any good Winnipeger, Joey and Dave are huge fans of the city's restaurant scene, so buckle up for some great dining recommendations from the musical duo too!
58 minutes | May 25, 2022
Melodies and Menus: Kellie Loder and Survivor Season 41 winner Erika Casupanan
On the second episode of our new season of the Melodies and Menus podcast, co-hosts Dan Clapson and Madison Olds talk with acclaimed East Coast musician Kellie Loder and Survivor's first-ever Canadian winner Erika Casupanan. With the Survivor Season 42 finale airing this week, Erika weighs in on how she's enjoyed this season and why it's great that the production has begun having more Canadians compete. Next, Madison and Dan chat with Kellie Loder. Kellie dishes on everything from why they opted to audition for Canada's Got Talent to Newfoundland delicacies and the freedom they have discovered since coming out as non-binary and trans.
44 minutes | May 19, 2022
Melodies and Menus: Tyler Shaw and chef Suzanne Barr
Our season two premiere of our podcast series Melodies and Menus sees food writer Dan Clapson and singer Madison Olds chatting with one of the most familiar faces in Canadian pop music, Tyler Shaw, as well as My Ackee Tree author and Wall of Chefs judge Suzanne Barr. Shaw discusses everything from returning to touring (alongside Josh Ramsay) to his love of brunch in Calgary and Saskatoon and dim sum in Vancouver while Barr talks about how her memoir came to be, diversity as it pertains to food television and why music plays an important part in creating atmosphere in a restaurant.
43 minutes | Dec 12, 2021
Holiday Melodies and Menus: Molly Johnson and LØLØ
co-hosts Dan Clapson and Madison Olds chat with rising star LØLØ. The pop-punk songstress has been making waves over the past couple years thanks to her catchy tunes and a prominent presence on TikTok. LØLØ talks about her first-ever American tour—which wrapped recently—as well as her unexpected new holiday single "christmas vacation" and her family traditions at this time of year. Next, the co-hosts discover that to interview jazz icon Molly Johnson is to fall even deeper in love with Molly Johnson. The acclaimed singer recently released her captivating album It's A Snow Globe World and is about to embark on an Eastern Canadian concert tour.
48 minutes | Dec 5, 2021
Holiday Melodies and Menus: Serena Ryder and Sue Passmore of Good Lovelies
Acclaimed Canadian singer and Art Haus co-owner Serena Ryder joins us to chat about being a new ambassador for Libra non-alcoholic beer (made in P.E.I. by Upstreet Craft Brewing) and how you can get creative in the kitchen and home bar during the holidays without it centring around alcohol. Sue Passmore of the Good Lovelies also joins to chat with Dan and Madison about her bands Ontario-wide tour that kicks off next week, her family's holiday traditions, making homemade Baileys—or planning to make some anyway—and her go-to holiday album at this time of year.
42 minutes | Nov 27, 2021
Holiday Melodies and Menus: Priyanka, Lindsay Ell and Nicole Rayy
We are back with a very special four-week edition of Melodies and Menus. Hosted by Madison Olds and Dan Clapson, this podcast miniseries will feature an array of recognizable Canadians talking about all things holiday music, food and drink and other special happenings. First up is the talented Ontario-based country singer Nicole Rayy. Rayy dishes on her favourite holiday baking and how her holiday EP A Merry Little Christmas came to life. And with the Canadian Country Music Awards happening on November 29 in London, ON, the two begin their holiday podcast series by chatting with co-hosts Lindsay Ell and Canada's Drag Race winner Priyanka. The two discuss diversity and representation as well as what they love about the holiday season.
64 minutes | Sep 2, 2021
Melodies and Menus: Jennifer E. Crawford and Theo Tams
Nova Scotia's Jennifer E. Crawford rose to fame in 2019 after winning the sixth season of MasterChef Canada and from there, they have become an advocate for queer representation in the food world in addition to finding much success with their culinary chops. More recently, Crawford has delved into the physical and theatrical world of wrestling by way of their alter ego Moon Miss. Next, R&B-pop singer–and Canadian Idol final season winner–Theo Tams regales the co-hosts on everything from mastering the art of smoking meat to finding his true voice and musical style in an ever-changing industry. Both being part of the 2SLGBTQ+ community, Tams and Crawford weigh in on how queer representation has improved over the past decade...and how there is still further to go in that respect.
58 minutes | Aug 19, 2021
Melodies and Menus: Shamus Currie of BROS and Fake Shark's Kevvy
Co-hosts Madison Olds and Dan Clapson chat with one half of the duo BROS–and one quarter of The Sheepdogs–Shamus Currie about his love of Prairie food and how his recently released album Vol. 2 came to life. If you haven't heard it yet, trust that it's the perfect soundtrack to the dwindling days of summer. Fake Shark singer Kevvy joins next to talk about why takeout wins out over home cooking (for himself) every single time, some of the similarities between Vancouver and L.A. when it comes to food and what his band has in store for the remainder of 2021.
56 minutes | Jul 30, 2021
Melodies and Menus: Celeigh Cardinal and chef Steve Brochu
This episode's guests are Juno Award-winning singer Celeigh Cardinal and restaurateur and mental health advocate Steve Brochu. Both hailing from Edmonton, the two (separately) discuss the things they love about the Alberta capital. Cardinal opens up about her creative process, her stunning new single "There Ain't No Way (Better Days Version)" and much more. Brochu shares the struggles his business MilkCrate has faced–along with many other downtown Edmonton businesses–throughout the pandemic and his efforts to normalize conversations around mental health in the restaurant industry. The chef agrees that it is a topic that should be ever-present in the music industry as well given its similar late night hours and constant high pressures.
64 minutes | Jul 16, 2021
Melodies and Menus: Jenn Sharp and Hill Kourkoutis
Madison Olds and Dan Clapson talk with accomplished musician and producer Hill Kourkoutis about everything from gardening to mastering the art of sourdough and the dos and don'ts of what to eat in the recording studio. Kourkoutis shares insight on how her creative processes of music production and making dinner at home are more aligned than one might think. Writer, author and Flat Out Food docuseries co-creator Jenn Sharp joins the conversation next. Sharp discusses how the right orchestral score can help capture a viewer's attention in a food-focused docuseries like hers as well as why it is high time Canadians start paying attention to what the food producers, purveyors and creators in her province have to offer.
55 minutes | Jul 9, 2021
Melodies and Menus: Jade Turner and chef Mark Singson
Country singer Jade Turner and Top chef Canada alum Mark Singson join us on our latest episode of Melodies and Menus. Rooted in Manitoba, Turner chats with us about why people should explore Winnipeg's food and drink scene and her love of all-season fishing. Ice fishing, lake fishing, river fishing...you name it, the talented singer is up for it! Vancouver-based private chef and popup event planner extraordinaire Mark Singson joins the co-hosts next to discuss his personal taste in music and how he incorporates that into his social media presence. Being a runner-up on Top Chef Canada Season 6, Singson also chats a bit about his experience from the rearview mirror and what it takes for a chef to find success in a competition like that.
62 minutes | Jul 2, 2021
Melodies and Menus: Hawksley Workman and Tynomi Banks
On our latest podcast episode, co-hosts Madison Olds and Dan Clapson kick things off by talking seltzers and summer tunes before delving into all things drag brunch with celebrity drag queen Tynomi Banks. The Toronto-based queen (and Canada's Drag Race alum) dishes on her growth as a performer over the years, how she always looks forward to working the crowd during a lively brunch and shares some pro tips for drag brunch attendees. Next up, Canadian indie music icon Hawksley Workman joins to discuss his love of pairing food and drink, his personal discovery of the benefits of sobriety in recent years and what he thinks the future holds when it comes to food trends.
58 minutes | Jun 24, 2021
Melodies and Menus: Mairlyn Smith and singer Tania Joy
On the latest episode of Melodies and Menus, co-hosts Madison Olds and Dan Clapson chat with the one and only Mairlyn Smith. The award-winning cookbook author and TV personality was raised on musical theatre, so she discusses all things theatre, musical-inspired menus, her love of singing, teacups and more. Ontario-based folk singer Tania Joy joins to discuss her passion for supporting the local community and her recent musical releases. Joy also talks about how she works with different restaurants and cafes around Uxbridge, ON to create a unique annual music festival. New episodes every Thursday! Podcast music by Madison Olds.
45 minutes | Jun 17, 2021
Melodies and Menus: Singer Paul Brandt and restaurateur Justin Tisdall
Check out the premiere episode of Melodies and Menus! Co-hosts pop singer Madison Olds and food writer Dan Clapson explore the many parallels with the food and music industries, as well as their intersections. Country music superstar Paul Brandt joins the frey to discuss all things Airstreams, fly fishing and local eateries. The singer also shares some insight into his charity Not In My City and its summer-long campaign that is currently underway. Next, Vancouver restaurateur Justin Tisdall joins to discuss how he actively incorporates music into his two concepts, Juke Fried Chicken and BeetBox. New episodes every Thursday! Podcast music by Madison Olds.
75 minutes | Jun 9, 2021
Looking back on Top Chef Canada Season 9 and chatting with winner Erica Karbelnik
On our final Top Chef Canada podcast episode of 2021, co-hosts Dan Clapson, Phil Wilson and Carmen Cheng dissect the Season 9 finale, but also look back on the season as a whole. Could Top Chef Canada make some changes to its judging style to keep up with the times? What possible themes might the show have for its 10th season in 2022? They ponder these questions and more throughout. Season 9 champion Erica Karbelnik joins the co-hosts to discuss her experience filming, how her cooking celebrates her family roots and what's next for her and her husband, fellow finalist Josh Karbelnik.
72 minutes | Jun 2, 2021
Talking fried chicken and Top Chef Canada with chef Nicole Gomes
On this week's podcast episode, co-hosts Carmen Cheng and Dan Clapson have a fun chat with chef Nicole Gomes. The Top Chef Canada: All-Stars winner and owner of the popular Cluck 'N' Cleaver discusses everything from her love of Tofino (where she's currently cooking for the month), learning from her mistakes and how to be a better leader in the kitchen. After the interview with Nicole Gomes, Phil Wilson returns to dissect Top Chef Canada Season Episode 7 with Carmen and Dan.
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