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 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|
||ExplicitEp 89: Collabs with The Goodest Women||Guests: Ainsley Hillyard, Alida Nyquist-Schultz, Kate Stashko & Alison Kause With Chris W. Cook Hosted by Taylor Chadwick Creative Commons Music from Josh Woodward They are back in full force! All for four of The Good Women Dance Collective sit down w||11/13/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitEp 88: The Next 70ish Minutes||Guests: Jeremy Baumung, Patricia Zentilli, Erik Mortimer & Bradley Moss With Brian Bergum Hosted by Taylor Chadwick Creative commons music from Josh Woodward CONTAINS COARSE LANGUAGE Spend the next 70ish minutes listening in on a conversation about Th||10/30/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitEp 87: Wares & ScarySmell Rambo||Guests: Cassia Hardy and Trevor Schmidt & Arielle Rombough With Brian Bergum Hosted by Taylor Chadwick Music from Wares – Divining Rod Creative Commons Music: Josh Woodward Hey all you people! Meet some creative, passionate and fun people. In th||10/16/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitEp 86: Doug and Dan, Dudes||Guests: Doug Hoyer & Dan Taylor With: Ellen Chorley Hosted by Taylor Chadwick Doug & Dan, dudes and dudettes! In this ep Taylor gets into it with Doug Hoyer about why he is leaving Edmonton and discusses performing comedy in an arena with Dan Tayl||10/2/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitEp 85: Theatre Season People||Guests: Neil Kuefler, Alyson Dicey, Andy Northrup & Stewart Lemoine With #theatremari Hosted by Taylor Chadwick A season begins while one season closes! What are the crazy #yegtheatre artists up to? Get the lowdown on a season opener from Theatre Yes||9/18/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitEp 84: Season 4 Premiere||Guests: Dan Clarke & Success 5000 (Joshua Lee Coss & Robyn Slack) With: Chris W. Cook Hosted by Taylor Chadwick It’s the first episode of our newly announced fourth season! Get the long winded lowdown on why the guys from WII decided to call||9/4/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitEp 83: Forceful Fringe Promo 2015 Pt.8||Guests: Antonia Lassar, Katie Dorian, Daniel Greenways, Mark Kenward, Susan Friedman, Byron Martin, Windy Wynazz, Eric Mortimer & Andrea House, Chris Bange, Ellen Chorley With Colton Taylor Thomas Hosted by Taylor Chadwick CONTAINS COARSE LANGUAGE Oka||8/19/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitEp 82: Forceful Fringe Promo 2015 Pt.7||Guests: Megan Dart & Beth Dart, Elena Belyea, Leah Paterson, Mat Busby & Belinda Cornish, Maria Grazia Affinito, Thea Fitz-James, Melissa Schenter, Amica Hunter & David Cantor, Laena Anderson & Robyn Slack With Colton Taylor Thomas Hosted||8/19/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitEp 81: Forceful Fringe Promo 2015 Pt.6||Guests: Cindy Freeman, Yanomi, Chase Jeffels, The Haydell Sisters, Maria Colonescu & Nicole Grainger, Kristen Findley, David Haas, Mindy & Marge, Emma Sinclair & Alan Johnson & James Wade, Jeff Newman With Colton Taylor Thomas Hosted by Ta||8/18/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitEp 80: Forceful Fringe Promo 2015 Pt.5||Guests: 1 – Sarah Vickruck, John Huston, Murray Utas, Adriana Jones, Zita Nyarady & Morgan Johnson, Heather Morrow, J.P Fournier, Dyana Sonik-Henderson, Tara Travis With Colton Taylor Thomas Hosted by Taylor Chadwick CONTAINS COARSE LANGUAGE The||8/17/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitEp 79: Forceful Fringe Promo 2015 Pt.4||Guests: Elisa Benzer, Ben Paley, David Johnston, Harley Morison & Catherine Wenschlag With Colton Taylor Thomas Hosted by Taylor Chadwick It’s the fourth and final pre-festival Forceful Fringe Promo. Well, maybe not “pre-festival” be||8/13/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitEp 78: Forceful Fringe Promo 2015 Pt.3||Guests: Vince Forcier, Jake Hastey, Philip Geller & Amber Bissonnette With Colton Taylor Thomas Hosted by Taylor Chadwick More Fringe shows to forcefully promote! Third time is the charm (but really, when are we not charming?) as we discuss Head à Têt||8/12/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitEp 77: Forceful Fringe Promo 2015 Pt.2||Guests: Liam Coady, Joel Bazin, Rachel Kent, Marcus Ryan & Olivia Latta With Colton Taylor Thomas Hosted by Taylor Chadwick “I’m so confused about what I should see at the Edmonton fringe!” Don’t fret because the boys at What I||8/11/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitEp 76: Forceful Fringe Promo 2015 Pt.1||Guests: Carlye Windsor, Kory Mathewson, Evan Hall & Willie Banfield With: Colton Taylor Thomas Hosted by Taylor Chadwick The first of our forceful fringe promos for 2015 is here! In this ep we meet 4 fringe artists with a variety of stories to tell. E||8/7/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitEp 75: The Movie Jerks & Mari||Guests: JP Fournier, Shawn Gramiak With: Mari Chartier (#theatremari) Hosted by Taylor Chadwick The godfather’s of Edmonton podcasting drop by office studios to chat up Taylor about why they started their internationally famous podcast. The crew als||7/24/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitEp 74: The Ladies Who Theatre Blog||Guests: Louise Mallory, Jenna Marynowski, Savanna Harvey & Kristen Finlay With: Chris W. Cook Hosted by Taylor Chadwick Music from Josh Woodward We get into it with #yegtheatre bloggers (and vloggers) Louise, Jenna, Savanna and Kristen. The team discu||7/10/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitEp 73: Not an Artist||Guest: Lars Callieou With: Cody Pardini Hosted by Taylor Chadwick Are comedians artists? Are artists, artists? What is an artist? Don’t expect us to get to the absolute bottom of these questions with our guest Lars Callieou but do expect us to at le||7/3/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitEp 72: Found & Freewill||Guests: Andrew Ritchie & Lianna Makuch, Cadence Konopaki & Mary Hulbert Hosted by Taylor Chadwick With Chris W. Cook & #theatremari Found & Freewill! Canoes, Corialanus & Conversation! We’re back with an all-new ep highlighting s||6/26/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitEp 71: Listener Lounge w/ Joe Nolan||Guest: Joe Nolan With: Chris W. Cook Taylor, Brian & Chris drag Joe Nolan into the What It Is podcast Listener Lounge for a conversation about music, winter, high school and who-knows-what-else. The guys force Joe to play songs even though he has to u||5/22/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitEp 70: Code Word Anarchist||Guests: Beth Dart, Bonnie Ings, Marina Mair-Sanchez, Paula Humby Taylor & Brian storm the new-ish Mercury Theatre to chat up the talented team from Nextfest’s 20th Anniversary Showcase featuring two plays from the Nextfest vaults. They talk abou||5/7/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||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) Canoe Salon #3 Transcript A discussion about how to shift and diversify the narrative towards accessibility and diversity||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|
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!