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.
||ExplicitBONUS! Live at Chinook Series 2018||Guests: Nasra, Hunter Cardinal & Kristi Hansen Hosted by Taylor Chadwick Contains some coarse language Join the What It Is team LIVE in front of actual people at Chinook Series 2018. Taylor chats to artists and artistic leaders Nasra, Hunter Cardinal||2/17/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEp 132: Forceful Fringe Promo 2017 Pt 3||Guests: Jeff Newman, Natalie Frija, Zita Nyarady & Myque Franz, Delia Barnett, Trish Parry, Calum Lykan, Larissa Pohoreski, Johnnie Walker & Morgan Norwich, Jem Rolls, Alex Clarke, Savanna Harvey Hosted by Taylor Chadwick With Colton Taylor Thomas||8/23/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEp 131: Forceful Fringe Promo 2017 Pt. 2||Guests: Ricardo Espinoza, Andrew Ritchie, Dion Arnold, Adam Schwartz, Josh Langdoc, Shanni Pinkerton & Darrell Portz & Maria Colonescu, Maria Colonescu & Derek Kaye, Lesley Carlberg, Nathaniel Dunaway, Stuart McDougall, Braydon Dowler-Coltman||8/22/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEp 130: Forceful Fringe Promo 2017 Pt 1||Guests: Allie Pedden & Brooklyn Rowe, Holly Von Sinn, Arabella Alure, Nona & Squee (Neelam Chattoo & Amy Chow), Adam Bailey, Robyn Slack & Joshua Lee Coss, Joel Taras & Owen Bishop, Liam Creswick & James Ross, Madge (Dave Rae), Nat||8/21/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEp 129: It’s Frickin’ Found Fest||Guests: Beth Dart, Julie Ferguson & Lady Vanessa Cardona With: Colton Taylor Thomas & #theatremari Hosted by Taylor Chadwick Creative Commons Music by Josh Woodward Contains some coarse language What will you find in this new ep? You’ll find||6/20/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitBONUS! nxtfstPodcast – Welcome to Nextfest!||Guests: Ellen Chorley & Maggie Baird Hosted by Taylor Chadwick What It Is Podcast Theme performed by White Lightning Contains Some Coarse Language It’s a bonus ep from What It Is – during Nextfest 2017 visit nextfest.ca or follow along via||6/2/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitBONUS! Podcasting Your Passion – North West Fest LunchPod||Recorded May 8 2017 @ The Needle Vinyl Tavern Curated by Fawnda Mithrush of North West Fest 2017 Panelists: Taylor Chadwick, Erika Ensign, Steven Schapansky Recorded by Castria Presented as part of the LunchPod Series at North West Fest 2017, Taylor Cha||5/27/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEp 128: Good… But||Guests: Eva Foote & Karen Unland With #theatremari Songs perfromed by Eva Foote Creative Commons Music by Josh Woodward Contains Coarse Language This is ep is totally good… but actually it’s great! Taylor sits down with songstress (with a||5/20/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEp 127: Docs and Robbers||Guests: Fawnda Mithrush and Trevor Schmidt, Matthew Lindholm & Amanda Neufeld With Brian Bergum & Ainsley Hillyard Hosted by Taylor Chadwick Creative Commons Music from Josh Woodward Contains Some Coarse Language The theatre season is winding down||5/5/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEp 126: Theatre Is My Niche||Guests: Farren Timoteo & Andrea Rankin and Colleen Murphy With: #theatremari & Brian Bergum Hosted by Taylor Chadwick Creative Commons Music from Josh Woodward Contains some coarse language The What It Is podcast team proves that theatre is their||3/31/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEp 125: LIVE! From Odd Wednesday||Guest: Amy Shostak & Success 5000 With: Colton Taylor Thomas, Guy Fieri, The Poditor & Stan Ostrowski Hosted by Taylor Chadwick Live Sketches from The Debutantes: Josh Coss, Nathalie Feehan, Laena Anderson, Robyn Slack, Liam Creswick, Jamee Nall,||3/3/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitBONUS: The Future of Arts Coverage Salon – Chinook Series 2017||The Future of Arts Coverage A Salon Discussion As presented at Chinook Series 2017 Moderator: Taylor Chadwick Panelists: Liz Nicholls, Ken Davis, Jenna Marynowski & Murray Utas With the loss of arts-coverage in many major news outlets and the decline||2/24/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitArts News UPDATE from Chinook Series||With: Taylor Chadwick & Chris W. Cook Contains some coarse language The What It Is podcast boys are hanging out recording the Salon Conversations as part of Chinook Series so a full episode of the show wasn’t possible. Instead the team decided t||2/17/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitBONUS: Particle Collisions: Small Scale Theatre Experiment Panel||Recorded on November 25, 2016 @ The Citadel Theatre Moderator: Sarah Garton Stanley (National Arts Centre) Guests: Theo Pitsiavas & Chris Little (LoHiFi Productions), Erin Shields & Genevieve L. Blais (Théâtre à corps perdus), Ali Joy Richardson||2/16/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEp 124: Our Communities||Guests: Matthew MacKenzie & Brandon Coffey and Murray Utas, Nasra Adem & Kristi Hansen Hosted by Taylor Chadwick With Chris W. Cook Creative Commons Music from Josh Woodward Contains Coarse Language It’s a busy month of February for the arts||2/3/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEp 123: What Is A Podcast?||Guests: Andrea Beça, German Villegas & Adam Rozenhart Hosted by Taylor Chadwick Creative Commons Music by Josh Woodward Contains some coarse language Time to talk podcasts on a podcast! In this episode Taylor is joined by Edmontonian podcasters Andrea||1/20/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEp 122: New Year, More Theatre||Guests: Clinton Carew and Bradley Doré & Harley Morison With Chris W. Cook Hosted by Taylor Chadwick Creative Commons Music from Josh Woodward Contains some coarse language The crew is back for an all-new ep in an all-new year! Taylor chats with three||1/6/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEp 121: XMas Special 2016 – The Great Dumpster Fire||Guests: Rebecca Merkley, Robyn Slack & Joshua Lee Coss With: #theatremari, Colton Taylor Thomas & Brian Bergum Hosted by Taylor Chadwick Creative Commons Music by Josh Woodward Contains Coarse Language What It Is celebrates the holiday season with||12/16/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEp 120: In Your Living Room||Guests: Ian Leung, Melissa Thingelstad & Vicky Berg With Chris W. Cook & #theatremari Hosted by Taylor Chadwick Creative Commons Music by Josh Woodward Contains Coarse Language It’s a doozy with three guests talking about two exciting projec||12/2/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEp 119: The Anxious Witch Hunt||Guests: Murray Cullen & Theo Pitsiavas and Darrin Hagen & David Cheoros With Chris W. Cook Hosted by Taylor Chadwick Creative Commons Music by Josh Woodward Contains some coarse language It’s a double shot of Edmonton Theatre in this new ep||11/18/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEp 118: Smoke Bombs!||Guests: Alison Kause, Ainsley Hillyard & Kate Stashko With: Kurt Ballderson & #theatremari Hosted by Taylor Chadwick Creative Commons Music from Josh Woodward Contains Coarse Language It’s more good times with The Good Women who drop by Livi||11/4/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEp 117: Skit Marks||Guests: Liam Creswick, James Ross & Carina Morton With: Dale Motherford & #theatremari Hosted by Taylor Chadwick Creative Commons Music from Josh Woodward We assume things get humorous in this episode of What It Is as sketch comedy darlings –||10/21/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEp 116: The New Kid in Town||Guest: Daryl Cloran With #theatremari Hosted by Taylor Chadwick Creative Commons Music by Josh Woodward It’s one-on-one with Taylor Chadwick and new Citadel Theatre Artistic Director, Daryl Cloran. Get to know the new AD in town with a conversation||10/8/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEp 115: Trained Audible Reactors||Guests: Peter Brown & Emily Burden With #theatremari Hosted by Taylor Chadwick Creative Commons Music from Josh Woodward It’s time to talk being funny in Edmonton with two amazing guests. We get to know Peter Brown the producer of CBC’s Ir||9/23/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEp 114: Available on Cassette Tape||Guests: Jesse Northey & Julie Kiraly With #theatremari Hosted by Taylor Chadwick Contains some coarse language Featuring music from Jesse and the Dandelions Creative Commons License Music by Josh Woodward We are so back in the saddle post-Fringe and i||9/9/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEp 113: Forceful Fringe Promo 2016 Pt 7 – LIVE! From the Beer Tent Pt. 4||Guests: Maria Colonescu, Paul Blinov, Melissa Murray, Chris Pereira & Eric Smith, Rico Espinoza & Morgan Galavan, Phillip Geller & Emily Howard, Mark Kendall, Rachel Kent & Mhairi Munroe, Lyle McInsh, Kent Wong & Bonita Akai, Savanna H||8/18/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEp 112: Forceful Fringe Promo 2016 Pt 6 – LIVE From the Beer Tent Pt. 3||Guests: Kimbo Wells & Anesti Danelis, Jeff Newman, David Gains, Derek Johnson & Jason Halbauer, Rebekah Enns & Sarah Flynn, Devon More, Kurt Fitzpatrick, Sarah Ormandy & Jake Tkacyk, Annette Roman, JP Fournier & Ken Valgardson, Taryn P||8/17/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEp 111: Forceful Fringe Promo 2016 Pt. 5 LIVE From the Beer Tent Pt.2||Guests: Ron Pearson, John Huston, Ricky Coates, Kevin Kraussler & Ming Hudson, Shane Adamczak, Robert Keller & Basil Kadora, Stefan Cédilot, Sam Buitekant & Kasia Zaremba-Byrne, Sydney Parcey & Melanie Bahniuk, Tina Hofman, Dan Moser &||8/16/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEp 110: Forceful Fringe Promo 2016 Pt.4 – LIVE! From the Beer Tent 1||Guests: Tim Motley, Amika Hunter & David Cantor, Tim Mooney, Esther de Monteflores, Old Willie & Brent Felzine, Nancy Kenny, Jem Rolls, Joel Taras, Giorgia Severini, Jamie Northan, Steve Larkin, Chase Padgett, Liam Coady Tim Motley, Amika Hunter &||8/15/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEp 109: Forceful Fringe Promo 2016 Pt. 3||Guests: Erin Orris, Richelle Thoreson, Matt Stanton & Elisa Benzer With: Colton Taylor Thomas Hosted by Taylor Chadwick Contains Coarse Language You wanted more promos you get more promos! It Part 3 of our Forceful Fringe Promo series! We learn about||8/12/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEp 108: Forceful Fringe Promo 2016 Pt. 2||Guests: David Walker, Dave Horak, Rebecca Ann Merkley & Clarice Eckford With: Colton Taylor Thomas Hosted by Taylor Chadwick Contains Coarse Language CORRECTION: The name of the writer of 70 Scenes of Halloween is “Jeffery M. Jones” The Ed||8/11/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEp 107: Forceful Fringe Promo 2016 Pt. 1||Guests: Ellen Chorley, David Rae, Dave DeGagné, Brad Gibbons & Erika Conway Hosted by Taylor Chadwick Contains Coarse Language It’s here! It’s here! Our Forceful Fringe Promo Series has begun which means that the Edmonton International Fri||8/5/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEp 106: Radical Stump Love||Guests: Alexis Hillyard & Ben Proulx With: Chris W. Cook & #theatremari Creative Commons License Music by Josh Woodward Contains some coarse language The summer is rolling on and we’ve gotta catch all the podcastémon! This ep of your fave Ar||7/22/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEp 105: Summer of Love||Guests: Lauren Pearson & Kristen Finlay and Cayley Thomas & Hunter Cardinal With #theatremari Hosted by Taylor Chadwick Creative Commons Music by Josh Woodward Contains some coarse language It’s summer time and we take some of that summer ti||6/24/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEp 104: Nextfest Mid-Week Check In||Released first on nextfest.ca as the nxtfstPodcast Guests: Ben Gorodetsky, Jane Alison McKinney & Ashleigh Hicks Hosted by Taylor Chadwick What It Is Podcast Theme (cover) by White Heat Contains some coarse language The guys from What It Is check in w||6/10/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEp 103: Emerging Artist People||Guests: Leif Ingebrigtsen, Rebecca Sadowski, Rebecca Dust & Anne Heritage With: Ellen Chorley & Chris W. Cook Hosted by Taylor Chadwick Creative Commons Music from Josh Woodward Contains coarse language Nextfest 2016 has arrived! The guys reel in||5/27/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEp 102: Operatic Conversion Conversation||Guests: Jacques Arsenault & Nathan Cuckow With Chris W. Cook Hosted by Taylor Chadwick Creative Commons Music by Josh Woodward Contains coarse language The guys from What It Is sit down with classical tenor Jacques Arsenault to learn more about the wo||5/13/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEp 101: Gorillas & Gordons||Guests: Christopher Schulz & Ainsley Hillyard and Brian Dooley, Joe Perry, Patricia Cerra & Ben Stevens With: #theatremari & Chris W. Cook Hosted by Taylor Chadwick Creative Commons Music by Josh Woodward Contains coarse language Get your loca||4/29/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEp 100: Hundredth Episode||With: Chris W. Cook, Brian Bergum & #theatremari Featuring: Guests from all over What It Is history Hosted by Taylor Chadwick Creative Commons Music by Josh Woodward CONTAINS COARSE LANGUAGE Has it really been 100 episodes already? Time flies when you||4/15/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEp 99: The Great One||Guests: Laena Anderson & Jamie Prat, Giorgia Severini & Bill Roberts, Julia Grochowski & Jesse McPhee With: #theatremari & Chris W. Cook Hosted by Taylor Chadwick Creative Commons Music by Josh Woodward Contains some coarse language The Gr||4/1/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEp 98: Poetry Lap Dance||Guests: Megan Dart, Liam Coady, Morgan Smith & Colin Matty With: Chevy Dart, Loco Coyote, Whiskey T. Foxtrot & Bravado Cavalier Also with #theatremari Hosted by Taylor Chadwick Contains Coarse Language Creative Commons Music by Josh Woodward Thing||3/18/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEp 97: March Madness||Guests: Harley Morison, Evan Hall, Andréa Jorawsky, Kate Ryan & Matthew MacKenzie With: #theatremari Hosted by Taylor Chadwick Creative Commons Music by Josh Woodward CONTAINS COARSE LANGUAGE It’s March Madness in Edmonton but it ‘aint no||3/4/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEp 96: Actors Through the Subway Circus||Guests: Braydon Dowler-Coltman, Jordan Dowler-Coltman & Zoe Glassman and Jan Alexandra Smith, John Ullyatt & Ellie Heath With: #theatremari Hosted by Taylor Chadwick Contains some coarse language Edmonton is a theatre city and What It Is proves it||2/19/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEp 95: Glabulous||Guests: Darrin Hagen & Trevor Schmidt With: #theatremari Hosted by Taylor Chadwick Contains some coarse language Guys in Disguise talk Gals in Disguise! In today’s ep Taylor chats up Edmonton’s legendary drag duo Darrin Hagen & Trevor||2/5/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEp 94: Based on a True Story||Guests: Vern Thiessen, Murray Utas & Kristi Hansen and Megan Dart, Beth Dart & Cliff Kelly With: Chris W. Cook & #theatremari Hosted by Taylor Chadwick Contains some coarse language Creative Commons Music from Josh Woodward We put all of our g||1/22/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEp 93: New Year, New You Two||Guests: Bob Baker & James MacDonald With: Chris W. Cook & #theatremari Hosted by Taylor Chadwick Contains some coarse language Creative Commons Music: Josh Woodward It’s a New Year (new you) and we are starting with a doozy. Taylor welcomes||1/8/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEp 92: XMas Special 2015||Guests: Simon Gorsak, Leif Ingebrigtsen & Ellen Chorley With: Mari Chartier, Colton Taylor Thomas & Brian Bergum Hosted by Taylor Chadwick CONTAINS COARSE LANGUAGE Grab a warm cup of cocoa or whatever it is you drink and toss this Christmas comfor||12/23/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEp 91: Beautiful Mush||Guests: Colin Maclean, Liz Nicholls & Paul Blinov With: Lindsey Walker Hosted by Taylor Chadwick Creative Commons Music from Josh Woodward We review the reviewers of Edmonton’s theatre scene! Taylor is joined by Colin, Liz & Paul to discuss||12/11/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEp 90: Facebook Grape City||Guests: Jordan Ward & Dallas Friesen and Braydon Dowler-Coltman, Vince Forcier, Richelle Thoreson & Dave Horak With: Chris W. Cook Hosted by Taylor Chadwick Creative Commons Music by Josh Woodward An episode filled with guests and word slips. This||11/27/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
Yes!! its out!
excited to check back for the next episode!
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.