What It Is
By Taylor Chadwick, Chris Cook and Brian Bergum
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A skewed look at Edmonton and Alberta's arts and culture scene. Guests, games, news, hidden truths, and moments of randomness make what it is exactly what it is.
||ExplicitEp 69: The Suburban Cormack Series||Guests: Julie Ferguson, Sheiny Satanove, Cheyenne Sykes, Alison Yanota, Rebecca Star, Elliot James, Megan Koshka, Stephanie Bahniuk, Neil Keufler, Gianna Vacirca, Geoffery Ewert, Jenn Best, Jake Blakely, Troy O’Donnell, Andréa Jorawsky, Amber Bisson||4/24/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitMayor’s Celebration Special||Guest: Don Iveson – Mayor of Edmonton With: Chris W. Cook & #theatremari It’s a bonus episode focusing on the Mayor’s Celebration of the Arts on April 20, 2015. Taylor and Chris sit down with the mayor of Edmonton himself, Don Iveson||4/14/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitEp 68: Long Form Interview||Guests: Matthew Schuurman, Gabriel Richardson, Joel Crichton & Christine DeWitt With: Wesley Topplecatch It’s a long-form interview with our long-form improv guests! Taylor and a special guest host chat up Matthew Schuurman, Gabe Richardson, Chr||4/7/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitEp 67: Oh S**t!||Guests: Matt Stanton & Trent Wilkie With: Chris W. Cook, #theatremari & Ronnie Jimmie Mostly it’s a podcast with Mostly Water Theatre. Matt Stanton and Trent Wilkie of Mostly Water drop by the new Living Room Studios to chat about their newl||3/27/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitEp 66: Hops & Bops||Guests: Murray Utas, Krista Posyniak, Kate Stashko, Amber Borotsik, Julie Ferguson, Fawnda Mithrush & Paul Blinov With: Chris W. Cook Get down with the What It Is crew as they chat up the movers and shakers as part of Expanse Festival 2015. Sure, the||3/13/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitEp 65: Thou Art The Mothers||Guests: Annette Loiselle, Glenda Stirling, Nicole Moeller & Neil Kuefler, Ben Stevens, Troy O’Donnell With: #theatremari & Chris W. Cook So many interviews with just enough time! We talk up two great artistic events happening in Edmonton inc||2/27/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitEp 64: The Spoosh||Guests: Nick Di Gaetano, Viktor Lukawski, Pityu Kenderes & Paul Bezaire of The Old Trout Puppet Workshop With: Chris W. Cook Things get crazy when Taylor sits down for a late-night chat with The Old Trout Puppet Workshop’s performers representin||2/13/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitCanoe 2015 Salon #3: Why Can’t I Get In?||Recorded January 31, 2015 Panellists: Christine Frederick (Alberta Aboriginal Arts), Kelsie Acton (CRIPSiE) & Chris Dodd (Actor) A discussion about how to shift and diversify the narrative towards accessibility and diversity for both performer and aud||2/8/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitCanoe 2015 Salon #2: When Does the Play Start?||Recorded January 30, 2015 Panellists: Mark Harris (Murmur Productions), Megan Dart and Beth Dart (Catch the Keys Productions) & Ken Cameron (Productive Obsession) A discussion about immersive theatre and how audiences want to play. Canoe Salons give p||2/8/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitCanoe 2015 Salon #1: Get Out of the Theatre||Recorded January 29, 2015 Panellists: Annie Dugan (Firefly Theatre), Brooke Leifso (Mind Hive Collective) & Neil Kuefler (Thou Art Here). Are traditional theatre spaces wanted, necessary or needed? Canoe Salons give performers and audience a chance||2/8/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitEp 63: Bears, Laws & Dogs, Oh My!||Guests: Cat Walsh & James Hamilton, Matthew MacKenzie & Sheldon Elter With: Chris W. Cook, #theatremari Special Appearance by Jezebel Gremlin Pig Tank So many shows, so little time! Two interviews about two fascinating plays running February 5 ||1/30/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitBONUS! Canoe 2015 chat w/ Vern Thiessen||Guest: Vern Thiessen BONUS Ep time! Taylor sits down for a one-on-one showdown with Workshop West Playwrights Theatre artistic director Vern Thiessen. The two chat over beers and dish on Canoe 2015, Vern’s career and the first time the two met. Don&||1/22/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitEp 62: But, But… Problems||Guests: Ellen Chorley, Lana Hughes, Mari Chartier With: Chris W. Cook & Dale Motherford Get on the bus with an amazing conversation in our latest episode. Recorded a day after the tragic fire at the Roxy Theatre in Edmonton; Ellen, Mari, Lana, Chris a||1/16/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitEp 61: Free of Problems||Guests: Morgan Smith, Joleen Ballendine & Ryan Ash Two interviews and three guests! In the first ep of 2015 Taylor sits down to talk Cheerleader! with Human Loser Theatre’s Morgan Smith & Joleen Ballendine. Plus, Taylor manages to snag Winni||1/2/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitMake Something Edmonton Special||Guests: Chris Gusen, Sara Norquay, Shannon Routley, Spencer Huikants & Jacqueline Ohm, Katrina Campos, Beth Dart & Megan Dart, Russell Ault, Jake Hastey & Richelle Thoreson, Jana O’Connor Host: Taylor Chadwick With: Chris W. Cook &||12/18/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitEp 60: Holiday Special 2014||Guests: Mat Hulshof, Eva Foote With: Colton Taylor Thomas & #theatremari Music from Eva Foote Celebrate the holiday season with the What It Is podcast! The crew journeys to secluded winter cabin studios for festive drinks, treats and conversation. Hea||12/12/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitEp 59: Catalyst in the Community||Guests: Amy Van Keeken, Lori Gawryluik & Jonathan Christenson With: Chris W. Cook & TheatreMarvin Music from The Secretaries & Amy Van Keeken We hear from several guest who are catalysts in their communities! Musician Amy Van Keeken and her pa||11/28/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitEp 58: Space Slash Slash Space||Guests: Nadien Chu, Trevor Duplessis & Trevor Schmidt With: Lindsey Walker Fan faves unite! In our latest spacey episode of the show we chat up Nadien Chu, Trevor Duplessis and Trevor Schmidt of Northern Light Theatre’s new show SPACE//SPACE. Al||11/14/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitEp 57: Lots to Talk About||Guests: Clarice Eckford & Caley Suliak With: Chris W. Cook & #theatremari Music from Josh Woodward We pull on the sequence that is the month of November in the #yegtheatre season. This week we have lots to talk about with Clarice Eckford of The G||10/31/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitEp 56: Lizard People||Guests: Darryl Merpaw & Joel Crichton With: Chris W. Cook & #theatremari Films and web series are the main topics of discussion in this episode featuring Hybrid Moments writer/director Darryl Merpaw and actor/musician/creator of Lizard at Home, Jo||10/17/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitEp 55: The Best of Year Two||With: Taylor Chadwick, Chris W. Cook, Brian Bergum & Mari Chartier A look back at the second year of the What It Is podcast! Need a way to get into the show. Check out this ep for some of our best moments and conversations. including our listener̵||10/3/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitEp 54: Two Year Birthday||Guests: Amy Shostak & Sucess 5000 (Robyn Slack & Joshua Lee Coss) With: Kurt Ballderson, #theatremari & Chris W. Cook Celebrate two years of What It Is podcast-ness with some fan favourite guests. Amy Shostak-attack drops by to share personal||9/19/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitEp 53: The Most Hated Person in Edmonton Theatre||Guests: Dave Horak, Melissa Thingelstad & Ian Leung With: Kurt Ballderson & #theatremari It’s the first episode of the new theatre season in #yeg! We are PROUD of FATBOY in today’s episode as we discuss new productions from Edmonton Ac||9/5/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitEp 52.5: Forceful Fringe Promo 2014 Pt.5||Guests: Murray Utas, Ali Yusuf, Shawn Bedard, Gerard Harris, Daniel Wishes, Seri Yanai, Artem Yatsunov, Antonia Lassar, John Evans, Kat Evans, Nancy Kenny, Hiroshi Koshiyama With: Colton Taylor Thomas Part 2 of 2 of Part 5, does that make sense? Even mo||8/19/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitEp 52: Forceful Fringe Promo 2014 Pt.4||Guests: Peter Aguero, Talie Melnyk, Emily Pearlman, Nick Di Gaetano, Josh Languedoc, Helen Knight, Heather Falk, Candy Simmons, Lucia Rich, Claire Patton, Robin Toller, Sarah Illiatovich-Goldman With Colton Taylor Thomas Part one of two parts LIVE from th||8/19/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitEp 51: Forceful Fringe Promo 2014 Pt.3||Guests: Robyn Slack, Penny Ashton, Kristen Finlay, Sam Mullins With Colton Taylor Thomas Three times the charm with a bunch of charm Fringe artists! Our third Forceful fringe Promo features Robyn Slack of Success 5000, Penny Ashton traveling from New Zeal||8/15/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitEp 50: Forceful Fringe Promo 2014 Pt.2||Guests: Jamie Cavanagh, Christopher Schulz & Chris W. Cook With: Dale Motherford Holy crap! 50 episodes and the 50th lands right in the thick of Fringe 2014! We focus on the shows that star, feature and are created by What It Is podcast producers. Jam||8/13/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitEp 49: Forceful Fringe Promo 2014 Pt.1||Guests: Ellen Chorley, Elisa Benzer, Alyson Dicey, Brendan Thompson & Michelle Kennedy With Colton Taylor Thomas It’s the first of our Forceful Fringe Promos for Fringed & Confused 2014! We chat with FIVE amazing Fringe artists about their s||8/8/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitEp 48: Monsters & Poltergeists||Guest: Nikolai Witchl Additional Guests: Ball Stramen & The Slick Cobbler It’s an odd ep for that odd time before Fringe starts. Taylor welcomes the listeners with an aside about complimentary tickets and chats with local actor Nikolai Witchl ab||8/1/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitEp 47: Taming of the Bison||Guest: Mary Hulbert & Kurt Ballderson With #theatremari & Chris W. Cook Shhh…shrew! Taming of the Shrew from Freewill Players is our main topic of discussion as we chat up actor Mary Hulbert about the show and how it is still socially releva||7/18/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitEp 46: Gentlemen of Comedy||Guests: Simon Gorsak, Brett McCrindle With Scotty Socks & Christy Crocks The guys cut loose with #yeg comedians Simon Gorsak and Brett McCrindle and talk everything from poverty to rail cars. Plus, Chris Cook and Scott Malone drop by to announce their||7/3/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitNextfest Wrap-Up 2014||Taylor, Chris and Brian recount their glory days of Nextfest 2014 where they interviewed a whole bunch of amazing people. Dale Motherford supplies exclusive #nxtfst content to What It Is podcast as recorded at the Rise Up Nite Club on Friday June 7th, 201||6/24/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitEp 45: Nextfest Explosion||Guests: Maggie Baird, Megan Dart, Steve Pirot, Beth Dart, Liam Coady With: #theatremari and Dale Motherford It’s a Nextfest explosion! We host the most guests we have had in Living Room Studios ever and the results are exactly what you would think.||6/6/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitEp 44: Hear Us in Your Headphones||Guests: Jon Lachlan Stewart & Laura Metcalfe With: #theatremari & Hampton X Trustworthington Jon Lachlan Stewart & Laura Metcalfe of Surreal SoReal Theatre’s new production The Genius Code drop by the Living Room Studios for a discussion||5/23/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitEp 43: No Edits Allowed||Guests: Garett Spelliscy & Candace Berlinguette With: Dale Motherford and The Poditor Taylor gets awkward and edit free with Candace Berlinguette and Garett Spelliscy of the Serial Collective and their new show Murderers Confess at Christmastime. Plus||5/9/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitEp 42: Expand Your Brocabulary||Guests: Jamie Cavanagh & Simon Bloom With: Colton Taylor Thomas We head East of Berlin to talk about the Hannah Moscovitch play being presented by Punctuate! Theatre, directed by our guest Simon Bloom and starring our other guest, Jamie Cavanagh. Plus||4/25/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 41: I Don’t See Gender||Guests: Ainsley Hillyard, Alida Nyquist-Shultz and Kristi Hansen With: #theatremari A lady-centric chat featuring the Good Women Dance Collective and The Maggie Tree. Taylor, Ainsley Hillyard, Alida Nyquist-Schultz and Kristi Hansen discuss their current||4/14/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 40.5: Commitment||We made a commitment to bi-weekly shows dammit and we’re not going to let that slip. Chris steps in as host this week for a mini-ep chocked full of arts news. Music by Josh Woodward||4/11/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 40: Holding Space||Guests: Nikki Shaffeeullah & Aliya Jamal With a special celebrity guest and #theatremari Taylor sits down to talk about the bold new festival “Escape Velocity” with the folks from Undercurrent Theatre and a huge celebrity drops by the Livi||3/28/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 39: Little Ones||Guests: Amber Borotsik & Jesse Gervais With #theatremari Two of Edmonton’s finest performer’s sit down to chat with Taylor about the new Theatre Network show, Little One. They also discusses shaking off a challenging play and chat about ho||3/14/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 38-Frenemies||Guest: Mathew Hulshof and Mari Chartier It’s a weirdo-free episode! Kinda. Taylor chats up Sterling Award winning actor, Mat Hulsof, about the monthly variety show That’s Terrific. Plus, #theatremari swings by to share the arts happenings in t||2/28/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 37: Gratitude||Guests: Perry Gratton & Mat SimpsonWith: Scott Gilgood Taylor gets thankful and appreciative with Perry Gratton and Mat Simpson as they discuss their upcoming party/celebration/art show at the Artery on March 1. As usual some weirdo named Scott Gilgoo||2/14/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 36: Is This A Bit?||Guests: Jill Pollock and Jon Taylor sits down for a mono-e-mono chat with the bubbly and funny, Jill Pollock, and a local inspirational speaker(?) stops by to let the two of them know about some social initiatives being taken in the city of Edmonton. Plus||1/31/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 35: Friends of the Show||Guests: Ellen Chorley, Chris W. Cook, Robyn Slack and Joshua Lee Coss With: #theatremari and Dale Motherford Some of What It Is podcast’s bestest friends come to the show! Taylor chats up Ellen Chorley + Chris W. Cook about Send in the Girls’||1/17/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 34: New Year, New You||Guests: Punctuate! Theatre reps: Elliot James, Andréa Jorawsky, Sheiny Satanove and health guru Delilah Carrot. A New Year means a new episode! Kick off 2014 as Taylor chats up the folks from Punctuate! Theatre about their new show, The Silence Project.||1/3/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 33: XMas Extravaganza||Guests: Ryan Parker, Lindsey Walker With: Uncle Hodge, #theatremari and Kurt Ballderson Celebrate the holidays with the What It Is podcast in Secluded Winter Cabin Studios! Taylor grabs a warm cup of coffee/baileys with his Uncle Hodge who is performing h||12/20/2013||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 32: Existentialism & Boogeymen||Guests: Darrin Hagen, T. Erin Gruber, Andrew Ritchie and Sydney Gross Taylor loads up Living Room Studios with guests galore and talks Sartre’s Shorts with Darrin Hagen and Erin Gruber. Plus, friends of the show Sydney Gross and Andrew Ritchie retur||12/6/2013||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 31: Support||Guest: Trevor Schmidt Taylor sits down for a one-on-one interview with Northern Light Theatre artistic director Trevor Schmidt. The guys talk NLT’s new show Bitches & Money 1878, dealing with criticism and discuss an important debate happening i||11/22/2013||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 30: Pig Girl||Guests: Colleen Murphy and Bradley Moss Co-Host: Chris W. Cook Taylor and Chris chat with Governor General Award-winning playwright Colleen Murphy and director Bradley Moss to discuss Theatre Network’s presentation of Pig Girl a challenging new play||11/8/2013||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 29: Year After Year||Guests: Dustin Clark, Matt Grue and Joel CrichtonWith Chris W. Cook Taylor sits down with ambitious filmmakers Dustin Clark and Matt Grue to discuss their new indie film Year After Year. Chris Cook interrupts randomly.||11/1/2013||Free||View In iTunes|
Finding their voice all the time!
I do not listen to many podcasts, but this one is a blast. It focuses on what is going on in the Edmonton, Alberta theatre and arts scene. I love how light hearted and silly it can appear, but the host, Taylor, is a fantastic interviewer, and sets his guests at ease so that their conversations go much deeper than you would first suspect. Same with the special, surprise guests that arrive each week, along with #TheatreMari. This podcast will make you giggle, and make you think without even realizing it. Love it!
It should be called a podBLAST because you'll have one (a blast)
If you are looking to hear some really unique and insightful interviews with people who do art, then look no further than What It Is.
Out of all the podcasts from Edmonton that I listen to, this is probably the best one about theatre and the arts. It's definitely the best one with a bighorn sheep as its logo though! I've always wondered how it holds the microphone with only cloven hooves. I don't think they have never talked about it!
Arts, music, banter, zany characters; this show has it all. Come for the local flavour, but stay for the crazy surprises. You won't be disappointed.
Yes!! its out!
excited to check back for the next episode!