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Canada doesn't really have a 'star system' like our neighbours to the south. In fact, many of our celebrities have had to leave the country to find the work and recognition they deserve. Well, THE CANADIAN STAR SYSTEM aims to change that. Each week, host Steve Patterson (CBC Radio's The Debaters) and his producer/co-host Diana Frances (Canadian Screen Award winning comedy writer) interview a well-known Canadian celebrity who then shines the spotlight on someone THEY think should also be a st ...
 
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For our season one finale, we are THRILLED to have the Canadian Queen of R&B and soul - none other than Jully Black! Jully regales us with tales of meeting the other Queen (of England) and shares some of the wise words of wisdom from her mother. She also explains how having a degree in law enforcement has been invaluable when navigating the complic…
 
This week, Steve and Diana chat with none other than legendary musician and children’s performer Fred Penner! Fred discusses his long and illustrious music career, which started helping troubled teens early on in his life and how two big mortality checks in his life drove him to search for his bliss. Plus, he explains how he’s survived the critics …
 
This week, Steve and Diana chat with musician, author, and community newspaper entrepreneur Dave Bidini! In what might be the most Canadian episode ever, they discuss bringing Stompin’ Tom Connors out of retirement, singing O Canada with his band The Rheostatics at a hockey game the night before his wedding, apologizing to Gordon Lightfoot and of c…
 
On this week’s episode, Steve and Diana talk to one of their dear comedy friends, standup, writer, producer and viral sensation, Darcy Michael! Darcy explains how he and his husband, Jer, became TikTok sensations with over 2 million followers after his dog went viral first. Darcy also shares some hilarious life hacks, getting back to touring and hi…
 
This week, Steve and Diana chat with none other than one of Canada’s most eclectic and charming musicians, Hawksley Workman! Hawksley talks about his 2020 album, ‘Less Rage More Tears,’ why he loves the smaller arts scene in Peterborough where he now lives and why we should incorporate more comedians into rock shows. Hawksley shines the spotlight o…
 
This week, Steve and Diana chat with one of Canada’s hardest working rock bands, The Sheepdogs! Band members Ryan Gullen and Ewan Currie talk about their new album, ‘No Simple Thing,’ as well as the support they’ve gotten from their hometown of Saskatoon, and what it was like landing on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine. Ryan and Ewan introduce u…
 
This week Steve and Diana chat with Canadian Screen Award winning actor Lorne Cardinal! Lorne explains how playing rugby has helped make him a team player both in front of and behind the camera, how it felt getting a theatre named after him, and his post Corner Gas career on the CBS drama FBI: Most Wanted. Lorne introduces us to Christine Robinson,…
 
This week, Steve and Diana chat with none other than Canadian singer/songwriter/podcaster/author/activist/host/TV star/national gem Jann Arden! Jann discusses the upcoming third season of her hit CTV series JANN and the origins of her hit song ‘Insensitive,’ as well as the work she’s done to stop the inhuman export of live horses via air cargo to J…
 
*A NOTE ABOUT THIS EPISODE FROM DR. SHELLEY BOYD: First, it is important to note that information provided today is not meant to substitute for an eye exam with your healthcare provider, and no giving or receiving of personal health information is implied. And also, Dr Boyd wishes to clarify that in compliance with COVID guidelines, her St Michael’…
 
This week, Diana and Steve chat with a brand new Canadian citizen, who is also a motivational speaker, author and the CEO/founder of Peace by Chocolate… Tareq Hadhad! Tareq tells the story of how his family’s home and chocolate factory in Damascus was destroyed during the Syrian war, forcing them to live in a refugee camp for years before being wel…
 
This week, Steve and Diana chat with the original ‘Survivorman,’ Les Stroud! Les reveals how his love of nature was inspired by Jacques Cousteau and Tarzan, which bugs are the most delicious, how foraging in nature led to his new culinary TV series ‘Wild Harvest’ and his return to his first love… music. Les introduces us to singer-songwriter Angie …
 
This week, Steve and Diana talk to correspondent and producer for ‘Full Frontal with Samantha Bee,’ Allana Harkin! Allana talks about her love of her hometown, Hamilton, producing Full Frontal while on a boat during the pandemic, and why Canada needs its own late-night talk show. Allana shines the spotlight on Indigenous fashion designer and model,…
 
This week, Steve and Diana chat with Diana’s favourite Canadian musician (Sorry Jim Cuddy, but you haven’t yet returned her calls), Dan Mangan. Dan explains how the pandemic forced his company Side Door Access (www.sidedooraccess.com) to pivot from being the Airbnb of venues to an online platform for artists to connect with virtual audiences. He ta…
 
This week, Steve & Diana chat with Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi, who was awarded the ‘World Mayor Prize’ in 2014. Mayor Nenshi talks about how he got talked into politics by trying to talk other people into politics. He also tells us why his political colour is purple, and how his post Mayoral life will include ‘Seva’ - selfless acts of service - an…
 
This week, Steve and Diana chat with Emmy award-winning actor Annie Murphy! Annie admits how nervous she was on the first day of shooting Schitt’s Creek, how her mother boldly asked Fred Penner to be in her short film, and how tapping into her dark side was smashingly therapeutic on her new AMC series, ‘Kevin Can F*ck Himself.’ Annie introduces us …
 
This week, Steve and Diana chat with Canadian improv legend and nicest human alive, Colin Mochrie, who regales them with the tale of his worst gig ever, and how he knows that Peter Mansbridge packs a strong punch. Colin shares the spotlight with his incredibly talented wife, Deb McGrath, who explains how she met the Queen of England, and why she ch…
 
This week, Steve and Diana chat with Canadian sketch comedy royalty, Bruce McCulloch of Kids in the Hall. Bruce talks about what it’s like to be back together again for the Amazon reboot of Kids in the Hall, how writing for SNL created his lifelong commitment to KITH and why he develops new sketch talent with groups like TallBoyz and the featured g…
 
This week, Steve and Diana chat with none other than Olympic legend, Silken Laumann. Not only did Silken overcome a near career-ending injury to go on to win an Olympic medal, but her memoir ‘Unsinkable’ has helped demystify issues around mental health and spawned her new non-profit, ‘We Are Unsinkable.’ Find out the story behind her incredibly uni…
 
This week, Steve and Diana chat with one of their favourite Canadian Sarahs - none other than Juno and Canadian Screen Award-winning singer-songwriter, Sarah Slean! Fresh off having a new baby, getting nominated for a Juno AND her first Canadian Screen Award (spoiler alert - she won!) Sarah talks about how she found out about her latest Juno nomina…
 
Our inaugural episode features Canadian comedy legend and Order of Canada member Rick Mercer. Rick shares stories about making television in Canada, meeting President Obama, and how it was so easy to get content for Talking To Americans, that he and his producers got to see a LOT of afternoon baseball games. Plus, a surprise tidbit about Jack Layto…
 
Canada doesn't really have a 'star system' like our neighbours to the south. In fact, many of our celebrities have had to leave the country to find the work and recognition they deserve. Well, THE CANADIAN STAR SYSTEM aims to change that. Each week, host Steve Patterson (CBC Radio's The Debaters) and his producer/co-host Diana Frances (Canadian Scr…
 
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