Author: Pat Lackenbauer

Episode 72: Mike “The Captain” Duhamel

MIKE DUHAMELWell folks, fasten your seat belt for this episode. “The Captain” has taken the wheel and we are all going for a wild ride. Mike “The Captain” Duhamel is a BIG character overflowing with tales and misadventure. His story telling takes us from constructing his own log cabin and thoughts of becoming a hermit, to meeting his one true love, to selling jewelry on the road, building his property empire, to the death of his son from cancer and being incarcerated in one Canada’s most notorious prisons. Emotions carry this one right to the very end. It’s a must listen.explicit

Banjo transitional music pieces by Thomas Reinhart

Episode 71: Jamie Warren

Jamie WarrenWe had a lot of fun in this episode speaking with (multiple) Juno nominated country recording-artist Jamie Warren, about the music industry as a whole, and the intricacies of a song. We learn of his initial interest in becoming an NHL player and a radio GM, only to win a song-writing contest that put him on the road, literally, to life as a touring musician. We eventually delve into raising children, teaching, and future projects in the works. We go out on a fantastic original tune by Jamie.explicit

Episode 70: Don McDougall

Don McDougalA born drummer, Donnie knew he wanted to be a musician while watching Buddy Rich on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson at the tender age five. We chat about his career playing in bands, doing session work, teaching and his love of musicals. A discussion about health has him opening up about his depression and facing cancer this past year. Finally, we discuss the love of his life and getting married to a woman 12 years his senior while taking on the responsibility of two teenage children. Hesitant at first to do the podcast, we’re glad he decided to take a chance, and we’re sure you will be as well.explicit

Episode 69: Tom Cummings

Tom CummingsMissouri born drummer / percussionist, Tom Cummings has spent his life following his passion of playing in Big Band/Jazz Bands based out of Houston, Texas while traveling around the world. A big storyteller, we find out his path to becoming a musician and veer off into tales of the road, artists he has played with, a dramatic flight situation and moving up to Canada late in life to reunite with his first great love, only to lose her 5 years later. But would he do it all over again? Find out in this week’s episode.explicit

Episode 68: Derek Wildfong

derek wildfongDerek grew up under extremely difficult circumstances. His lost his father when he was child and was raised by a mother that was forced to go on welfare. He faced the cruelty of being bullied, and suffered sexual abuse at the hands of a predator. It took years of anxiety attacks, anger and heart issues to come to the realization that there must be a better way to live. We find out how in this courageous tale. We also hear about why he chose to join the military at a very young age, and how his determination and work ethic allowed him to become a live soundman and what it was like to tour with 80s hair metal bands, and eventually work with one of the largest production companies in Canada. Come with us in this story of a survivor.explicit

Episode 67: Dan Burjoski

danStoryteller, public speaker, financial planner, Dan Burjoski walks us thru his life. We learn how he balances his creative side with his more conservative side. From musician, wedding DJ and actor, to public speaking, and his interest in politics. The conversation touches on health, the potential danger of painkiller use, and what its like to divorce after 18 years and start the dating process all over again. A lover of conversation, Dan’s humour shines thru in this one. Find out if he bares it all while playing one of the leads in the “Full Monty”.explicit

Episode 66: Marion Grousopoulos

MARIONMarion is a grounded; take it as it comes kinda person. She explains her parents reasoning for sending her away to private school, and the idea of rewriting yourself. We discuss her love of being a Mom, volunteering for a variety of causes and festivals, and what she is most proud of in her life. We even chat about her keeping a campfire going for 13 days straight up at her trailer. Now that is an accomplishment!explicit

Episode 65: Steve Lehmann

Steve Lehmann ImageSmall town family man, Steve Lehmann, discusses his inner nerd when it comes to favorite topics like science, theoretical physics and computers. We key in on his passion for music and his different musical outlets such as his business; a music lesson studio and KW Glee, as well as scoring for film and animation. We also learn about being a stay-at-home Dad and why he feels he has a charmed life. Come and relax with this easy-going episode.explicit

Episode 64: Ian Tanner

12347831_10156300902830402_3823624639859125616_nRaised by a single mother after his father’s passing, we discover Ian is a life long musician following his passion via Rock, Christian and Country bands. Early on we find Ian joining a Christian Rock band, being signed to a Christian Rock label, and what it means to travel and tour in that community. Find out the ups and downs of doing so. From a relationship stand point, we chat about why his first marriage ended, the music that came from it, and the happiness his second marriage has brought him. Currently touring the world with Jim Witter in a live multimedia music show, Ian talks about his need for alone time and keeping most people at a safe distance while still maintaining a good sense of humour, and a positive outlook. An enjoyable upbeat conversation with a good guy.explicit

Episode 63: Kim Wardell – Part 2

1656141_10151851219691761_810143917_nIn this episode we continue on with Kim’s incredible tale of endurance and durability. Her addictive personality has her obsessed with skydiving, parking a trailer in the drop-zone. Her live-in-the-moment style has her leave everything behind and travel to Europe where an emotional epiphany on a mountainside informs her future. Family estrangement, dealing with her “badass”, bullet filled stepfather’s last wishes, it takes a long while for her to finally quit her old life and begin anew. The process begins with a friendly neighbor’s invitation to attend a church service where she eventually discovers the presence of God, who in return breaks her into pieces, forcing her to take a hard look within. Listen as we discuss strange dreams that guide her to help those less fortunate then her, and how becoming a mother changed her life in every way possible for the better. And finally, we discuss her marriage (Sean Croley EP:54) and blended family as her latest challenge to overcome.

An inspiring, adventure filled saga to say the least.explicit