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carly lapainis

Welcome to the ultimate mixed plate of podcasts! My name is Carly and I'm the host of the YYC Popcast! Where we will talk about everything from pop culture, to lifestyle, wellness, social issues and more. All this in the hopes of also showcasing what is beautiful in and around Calgary and all of Canada!

“The Land We Live On,” with Neil Fleming
Jun 10 2022
“The Land We Live On,” with Neil Fleming
This week I had an enlightening and fun conversation with Neil Fleming, the executive director of Making Treaty 7 here in Calgary! We chat about Making Treaty 7’s film “Istotsi, Land We Live On,” which will have screenings at this week's 2022 “IGNITE festival of emerging artists' ' which is in its 17th year and being presented by Sage Theatre. Neil tells us about “Istotsi” and the meaning behind the collage of small films and how it went from a stage show to a film at the height of covid lockdowns. We also chat about the importance of ‘Making Treaty 7’ as a cultural society, dedicated to Indigenous artistic expression, and how that is paired with the beauty and history of Indigenous culture and the reckoning of Canada’s dark past with Indigenous people. Happy Indigenous History Month and Happy Pride month!Instagram:@making_treaty_7@sage_theatreTwitter:@makingtreat7@sageYYCWebsite:www.makingtreat7.comwww.sagetheatre.comNeil’s Bio:Originally from Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Neil grew up in Anishinaabe territory of the Robinson-Huron Treaty. He is honoured to be part of the Making Treaty 7 team, helping amplify the Indigenous stories, practices and cultures of the Treaty 7 peoples.  Neil is an award-winning playwright and screenwriter based in Calgary. Neil is best known for his work at Lunchbox Theatre including - Outside, Anomaly, Security, Last Christmas, The After Party, He Said, She Said  (with Glenda Stirling), and Spare Parts (Stage One 2018). Neil is a member of the Playwrights Guild of Canada, the PastPresident of the Alberta Playwrights’ Network, and a tenacious winger most mornings between 7-8am. Sometimes referred to as The Swiss Army Knife of Theatre, Neil is also a theatrical designer. Some past design credits include: Okotoks, 509 (MT7 & Niitsitapi Dance), Come Home (Urban Stories), Gruesome Playground Injuries (Ground Zero, Hit & Myth), In A World Created By A Drunken God, And So It Goes, Goodness, Bone Cage, (Downstage). A Mid-Summer Night’s Dream (CYPT), The Vajayjay Monologues (Pot of Jam, Urban Curves), Snowblind, Last Christmas, Shopaholic Husband Hunt(Lunchbox Theatre), An Almost Perfect Thing, The Kitchen Witches, The Attic, the Pearls, and Three Fine Girls (New West Theatre).
“All the World’s A Stage,” with Clem Martini
May 2 2022
“All the World’s A Stage,” with Clem Martini
It was such a treat and honour to chat with this week’s guest, award winning playwright, Clem Martini!Clem tells us all about his deeply personal play, ‘Cantata, a dramatization and fictionalization of Martini’s experience as a caregiver for a brother with schizophrenia and a mother developing dementia, which is currently playing at Sage Theatre in Calgary. Clem also talks about his intentionally diverse works in the writing world and how he advises his students to write what's on their plate.Bio:AWARD-WINNING CALGARIAN PLAY DEBUTS AT SAGE THEATREMarimba and Martinis. Who could ask for more? The world premiere of Clem Martini’s new play Cantata (Rumours Of My Crazy, Useless Life) hits the stage with Sage Theatre on April 28th, and runs until May 7th at cSpace King Edward. Artistic Director Jason Mehmel helms this local, powerhouse team (Duval Lang, Brian Jensen, Valerie Campbell, and Precious Akpoguma) to share this thoughtful and moving story that won the 2021 Theatre BC National Playwrighting Competition.Cantata (Rumours Of My Crazy, Useless Life) is a dramatization and fictionalization of Martini’s experience as a caregiver for a brother with  schizophrenia and a mother developing dementia. The family undergoes much stress as the delicate balance of caregiving unravels. “While this is by no means a COVID-focussed play,” says Mehmel “the ideals of caregiving and family have been in the forefront of people’s minds for the last two years. I think we have all been reflecting on how difficult it can be to look after our loved ones when something big changes.” Family has played a large part in the formation and creation of Cantata. Not only is the show semi- autobiographical and based on Martini’s life, but it’s actually an adaptation of the book that the two brothers wrote, The Unravelling: How our caregiving safety net came unstrung and we were left grasping at threads, struggling to plait a new one. The book is a memoir, told through illustrations and text, exploring similar themes that the show touts. The Unravelling won the Alberta Trade Fiction Book of the Year Award in 2018 and was shortlisted for the W.O. Mitchell Book Prize in the same year. “Obviously, Cantata shares deep ties with Clem and his family,” says Mehmel “but the fictionalization is especially important. It allows us to both acknowledge the real lives behind the story, and to make creative choices that make for an engaging production.”Clem Martini is no stranger to the Calgarian theatre scene and is a pillar of the Canadian artistic community. Audiences have seen many of his works over the past few years, including Afterlife (Lunchbox Theatre), The Secret Life of the Octopus (Quest Theatre), Illegal Entry (Alberta Theatre Projects), and Selling Mr. Rushdie (Workshop West). He was made a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in 2020, he was awarded the ATB Financial Healing Through the Arts Award in 2016, and he’s a three-time recipient of the Gwen Pharis Ringwood Award for Playwrighting. He is currently the Chair of the Division of Drama in the School of Creative and Performing Arts at the University of Calgary.Joining Martini and Mehmel in Sage Theatre’s production is fellow U of C Professor and professional musician Rod Squance. Squance composed music for the piece, helped to musically develop the show in its workshop stages, and will be performing live marimba with the actors on stage.For more information on Cantata, you can go to - to buy tickets, you can head to (Tickets range from $5-$60 in a Pay- What-You-Will model). For all press inquires, please contact Artistic Associate Griffin Cork at griffin.cork@gmail.com or 587-889-7111.Sage Theatre on Facebook | Sage Theatre on Twitter
“A Way With Words,” with Wakefield Brewster
Jan 31 2022
“A Way With Words,” with Wakefield Brewster
This week, we have part 1 of 2 episodes with my amazing guest, Wakefield Brewster. Wakefield talks us through his journey to now being one of Calgary’s  most established resident performance poets! We talk about the many other hats he wears in the literacy world and how he uses his platform to help bring poetry to all the people and help them feel connected by his words. Wakefield wants everyone to know that Poetry is not just for the poets and poetry lovers, It's such a beautiful episode and to start it off, here is Wakefield performing one of his oldest poems, H2O.Instagram:@wakefield_brewsterTwitter:@lyricalpitbullTumblr:da-lyrical-pitbullWebsite:www.wakefieldbrewster.comBio: Wakefield Brewster aka: Da Lyrical PitBullProfessional Poet & Spoken Word Artist Since January 1999, Wakefield Brewster has been known as one of Canada’s most popular and prolific Performance Poets.He is a BlackMan born and raised in Toronto, by parents hailing from the island of Beautiful Barbados,and he has resided in Calgary since 2006.  He has spoken across Canada, several States, and makes countless appearances on a regular basis in a variety of ways, for a myriad of reasons, throughout each and every single year. Facebook, Facebook Fan Page, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn, Tumblr, radio, online, pictures, video, print, podcast – Da Lyrical PitBull is accessible and everywhere. Throughout his career, Wakefield has been published in several Anthologies: • T-Dot Griots, Trafford on Demand Publishing, 2004• The Great Black North, Frontenac House, 2013• The Calgary Project, Frontenac House, 2014• The Black Prairie Archives: An Anthology, Wilfred Laurier University Press, 2019Recordings: • Wakefield Brewster, da lyrical pitbullProduced by Kill Whitey Records, 2007• east2westProduced by Spanish Fly Music, 2008 In a point-and-shoot fashion, here are the hats that Wakefield wears:   • Professional Poet & Spoken Word Artist• Professional Poetic Interpreter™• 3-Time Calgary Poetry Slam Champion & Team Captain; 2006, 2008, 2009• Inaugural Poet Of Honour, People’s Poetry Festival, 2011• Calgary Poet Laureate Shortlist/Finalist 2012, 2020• Founder of Page2Stage Productions, Poetry Production Project• Founder of Poésie à la Pâtisserie & Pitbull Poetry Reading Series• Inaugural Resident Poet & Spoken Word Artist of The Grand Theatre 2019 - present• Canadian League Of Poets Member• Elephant Artist’s Relief Society Board Member• Peter Gzowski Foundation For Literacy Calgary Poet Laureate, 2021• Resident Artist, Arts Commons Incubator 2021 - 2022​• Classical Pianist & Percussionist • Registered Massage Therapist and owner of WakeFull Wellness Registered Massage Therapy & HealingSpace• 1st Dan Black Belt, World Tae Kwon Do Federation• Community Builder by engaging in Volunteering, Leadership and Mentorship for Youth and through The Arts• Advocate for Literacy and The Humanities; Healing Arts & Alternative Medicine; Alcoholism & Addictions;Mental Wellness & Recovery In 2019, he was appointed as the very First Resident Poet & Spoken Word Artist of The Grand Theatre House in Calgary, Alberta. The significance of this honour is the timing, as it came to pass while The Grand was recovering from well-publicized toxic workplace issues, and a historic lack of diversity and inclusion. Wakefield sits on the Board of Directors of the E.A.R. Society – Emergency Artist’s Relief Society, providing emergency relief funding and affordable Health Care for Artists. After all that the stage has given him while performing for fans, he has discovered another way that he may repay his beloved Poetry and Arts Communi
“Singer of Songs” with Noelle
Jan 24 2022
“Singer of Songs” with Noelle
This week we talk with up and coming, singer/songwriter, Noelle and discuss her much anticipated debut EP, 30K!Coming from a very musical family and community on the Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory, Noelle tells us how that has shaped her as an artist and nurtured her love of music.We also chat about her decade of singing beautiful covers that have led to her huge following on youtube and how she wants to show her authentic self through social media and to the world. We even talk a little pop culture and our mutual love for watching “Euphoria.” Instagram:@noelleofficialTwitter:@noelleofficialTik Tok:@noelleofficialYouTube: artist, noelle, is a 20-year-old emerging pop talent with a modern R&B edge.  noelle has been singing since she was barely old enough to walk. Initially finding her footing through YouTube, noelle amassed a following of 94.2K subscribers resulting from her viral covers of timeless classics and today’s biggest acts, most notably Post Malone and Sabrina Claudio.  noelle was raised on the Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory in Ontario, in a family and community that surrounded her with music. Her upbringing exposed her to a vast range of musical genres, from Nat King Cole and Sarah Vaughan, to the pow wow drum and native wind flute from her Indigenous roots. Just like many others, noelle’s high school years were full of highs and lows, and music quickly became her outlet. Expressing her thoughts and emotions at her piano, coupled with a reality she sought to transcend, noelle began writing her own music as a therapeutic form of self-expression. The artists’ whose words she once personalized through her covers, soon became the major influences behind her own music. After graduating high school in 2017, noelle signed her record deal with Wax Records, and has spent two years developing her sound to create a modern blend of R&B, pop, urban, and jazz influences.  noelle’s pop ballad repertoire harnesses the powerful contrast of the darkness she sees in the modern world. Coupling thought-provoking lyrics with melodies that will both emotionally and physically move her audience, her words remind you how it feels to experience the world and love as a young woman today.
“In Command” with The Command Sisters
Jan 17 2022
“In Command” with The Command Sisters
On this episode, I had the pleasure of chatting with Charlotte and Sarah Command of The Command Sisters! The ladies talk about how social media has helped them reach music lovers and fans, while also honing their business skills in promoting their art and themselves. We break down the process of songwriting for the sisters, who each bring their own special skill to their songs. We also explore what keeps them motivated to push through and create through pandemic and the ups and downs of waiting for concerts and live performances to bounce back. I loved chatting with these ladies!Instagram:@commandsistersTwitter:@commandsistersTik Tok:@commandsistersWebsite:www.commandsisters.comBio:If they stepped out of a frame from a Quentin Tarantino flick, no one would question it...and yes, “Command" is their real name. Highlighting high fashion heat and even hotter hooks, Command Sisters exert this effect on tape, on stage, and everywhere else for that matter. The sisterly duo—Charlotte and Sarah Command—turn life’s ups and downs into eloquent and entrancing alternative underpinned by live instrumentation and bold production. From music to fashion, the Toronto band make a statement with everything they do. “We are a yin and yang, my sister and I. Both literally and figuratively; Charlotte’s hair is usually black, and mine is blonde or white. Our look reflects our synergy; the songs that Charlotte writes partnered with the instrumentation I bring. This is our identity.” Embedding themselves in the Toronto scene during 2016, they honed a combination of killer songcraft, social media savvy, and IDGAF fashion, attracting a growing following on both sides of the border. Along the way, they inked a deal with 21 Entertainment and Universal Music Canada. The two immediately hit the studio and focused on crafting a scorching signature sonic style influenced by everyone from The 1975 to Alanis Morissette, Hall & Oates to Lenny Kravitz. The sisters introduce this style on their debut single “I Can Do What I Want To,” recorded in LA with Tim Pagnotta (Walk The Moon, Weezer, Blink 182, Neon Trees). The title says it all – this song is about empowerment, standing up for yourself and pure freedom. The lyrics seem to echo the sentiment we’re all feeling during this pandemic. “I am breaking free, you can’t control me.” Pair the hard-hitting rhythms with screaming guitar lead and you’ve got a pre-quarantine song primed for the quarantined listener. With their debut release and upcoming touring, Command Sisters’ are on track to complete their mission and move listeners in the process. “We’re two sisters who love making music,” Charlotte leaves off. “I want listeners to see that. We pour our hearts and souls into this. Hopefully, it makes you feel something.”
“Acting Up” with Griffin Cork
Dec 27 2021
“Acting Up” with Griffin Cork
On this week's episode, I had a blast getting to know actor,producer,Griffin Cork! We get a little festive and break down our top 5-10 holiday movies and why we love them so much!We also talk about the upcoming 2nd season of his show “Abracadavers” and the production company he is a part of, Numera Films. Griffin sheds some light on the process of making independent series and movies and how things have changed in the past couple years with the funding that is available for creatives. Instagram:@griffincork@numerafilms@thousandyearfilms@abracadaversTwitter:@GriffinCork@abcadaverswebwww.griffincork.comGriffin is a Canadian actor and producer who has been working in the film, theatre, and voice industries for over a decade. Born and raised in Calgary, Alberta, his creativity was fostered through Theatre Works, Quest Theatre, Calgary Young People’s Theatre, Theatre Alberta’s ARTSTREK, and Central Memorial Performing and Visual Arts Program. Griffin has deep roots in the Alberta community, and is constantly looking for challenging and exciting work.His professional career began at twelve years old, taking on the titular role in A Paintbrush for Piccolo with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra and performing in the 1700 seat Jack Singer Concert Hall. Griffin later secured his first film role, acting alongside Matthew Perry (Friends, The Whole Nine Yards) in the feature film The Ron Clark Story. Since then he has worked with Stephen Amell (Arrow, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow) and Maggie Grace (Lost, Taken) in the TV Movie When Calls The Heart and Colm Feore (Thor, Chicago) in the feature film Everfall.He has worked with a number of theatre companies including Theatre Calgary, Theatre Junction, The Shakespeare Company, Lunchbox Theatre, Sage Theatre, Birnton Theatricals, Thou Art Here Theatre, Calgary Opera, Shakespeare By The Bow, W&M Physical Theatre, and the In Arms Theatre Collective. Griffin is the former host of the talk-show Studio 315 on Shaw TV, and can be seen on Heartland (CBC), Abracadavers (The Fantasy Network/Amazon Prime), Pet Heroes (CMTV), and Hug-O-Gram (REVERY, Telus Optik). You may also recognize his voice as Kouji Ibuki on Cardfight! Vanguard, Brutal of the Martial Arts on Futurecard BuddyFight X, and General Octonus on Tobot: Galaxy Detectives. Griffin hosts a comedy and arts-focused podcast called The Breakfast Dish with his Mom, and a D&D actual-play podcast called The Die As Cast with his Dad.Griffin spent a year as the D. Michael Dobbin Apprentice at Alberta Theatre Projects, and received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting from the University of Alberta in 2019. He was named one of the 10 Lieutenant Governor of Alberta's Emerging Artists in 2020, and one of the Alberta Foundation for the Arts' Top 25 Young Artists in 2017. Griffin won a BroadwayWorld Awards for Best Actor in a Play (Professional) for Becky Modes’ one-person show Fully Committed, and was honoured to be the recipient of the Duval Lang Theatre for Young Audience Emerging Leader Award at the 2015 Betty Mitchell Awards. He was named an Arts Champion of Calgary in 2012. He is represented by The Characters Talent Agency.
“Hoop There it is,” with Lindsay Dunn
Nov 29 2021
“Hoop There it is,” with Lindsay Dunn
This week I got to chat with Canada’s only female national sports reporter and City News Toronto’s music and sport reporter, the hilarious and impressive, Lindsay Dunn! Lindsay is full of fun banter and poignant thoughts on everything from pop culture to the NHL’s recent controversies and the upward trend of athletes prioritizing their mental health above the game.Lindsay also makes some great points about how the journalism industry still has some strides to make with inclusion and diversity and how the ‘art of the interview’ has become a bit more about click bait, rather than recognizing the human that's being interviewed. And of course, Lindsay’s motto is to just be kind, which we at YYC Popcast, wholeheartedly agree with and love. Lindsay Dunn joined CityNews Toronto in 2017 as a Music and Sports Reporter and Producer. Prior to joining CityNews Dunn was an anchor and video journalist with Global News. Dunn has reported on the Canadian music scene for over a decade and has interviewed some of the top musicians in the world including The Rolling Stones and Drake. Lindsay began her journalism career working at CTV Regina in 2010 as a general news reporter and evening anchor before helping launch the stations morning show as their sports and music reporter in 2011. She then moved to Toronto and worked at CTV News Channel and TSN Radio. In her career she also worked as an NBA reporter covering the Raptors playoff run that took them to the Eastern Conference Finals and Kobe Bryant’s final game in Los Angeles. Dunn went to the University of Regina for History and Journalism as well as SAIT for Radio and Broadcast Journalism. Dunn was born and raised in Regina. Lindsay is a die-hard Dean Martin fan and can recite every word from the Space Jam soundtrack.Instagram:@lindsaydunntv@penelopepublicrelationsTwitter:@LindsayDunnTVTik tok:@lindsaydunntv
“Finding Your Voice,” with Jocelyn Alice
Nov 22 2021
“Finding Your Voice,” with Jocelyn Alice
Welcome back to The YYC Popcast, season 2!It's been a long 4 months and I couldn't be more excited to start off season 2 with none other than the incredible, Platinum-selling, Canadian singer and songwriter, Jocelyn Alice! Jocelyn talks about the 6 year journey to release her highly anticipated single “How Do You Not Know,” made famous by her time on NBC’s “Songland.” We also delve into the dark side of social media and how it's ok for artists, and anyone,  to take time off to take care of yourself, heal and deal with trauma, before moving forward with something or creating art. It's a fun, heartfelt, heart wrenching and very honest convo, with one of Calgary finest!Platinum-certified pop songstress Jocelyn Alice has sparked a musical resurgence with her latest single ‘How Could You Not Know’ released via So This Is Music and 745 Music Inc. Alice originally debuted the track as one of the finalists of NBC’s hit show Songland, where it was pitched as a potential cut for guest artist and 10x GRAMMY nominee H.E.R. Alice partnered with acclaimed songwriter and producer Shane McAnally, whose numerous credits include cuts with Kelsea Ballerini, Reba McEntire, Kacey Musgraves and more, and while another track on the show won out in the end, McAnally decided to stay on board and produce ‘How Could You Not Know’. The culminating song is a groovy and soulful blend of Alice’s diverse performance style, vocal range and songwriting abilities, as much at home on an R&B playlist as it is pure Top 40 magic, and serves as the first release from her forthcoming album due in 2022.Instagram:@iamjocelynaliceTwitter:@iamjocelynaliceTikTok:@iamjocelynalicemusicWebsite:www.jocelynalice.com
The Cliffs Notes
Jul 19 2021
The Cliffs Notes
On this week's episode of the YYC Popcast, I wanted to find a way to celebrate us closing in on season 1! Don’t worry, we have season 2 coming soon and some exciting changes to announce as well! So to celebrate our first season of the podcast, I wanted to do a “Cliffs Notes” episode for any new listeners who haven’t had a chance to hear all the episodes from the beginning and for our listeners who have been here from the start. So we go back and relive some of the funny stories, amazing quotes and life lessons our guests have shared over this past year! And again, to everyone who has been a guest on the podcast,helped it come to life, taken their time to listen and like and share, please accept a huge thank you from the bottom of my heart! I love doing this show and it means the world to me that people have been so kind and awesome in joining in on this little endeavour! Order of audio clips:Episode 15, “The Magic Behind the Music” withRussell Broom and Rena KozakEpisode 8, “Real Estate Realness” withNatalie Berthiaume Episode 17, “To Write or Not to Write” withNatasha BlandfordEpisode 21, “Artistic Expression” withShawnee KishEpisode 25, “Thespian Thoughts” withRyan NorthcottEpisode 5, “The Parental ASD Experience” withGillian McKirdyEpisode 2, “Audio Engineer Extraordinaire” withRena KozakEpisode 13, “The Musicians Way” withKyle McKearneyEpisode 14, “Ladies Who Business” withKrista Frayn & Aly GreentreeEpisode 18, “Juno Talk With”Jade EaglesonEpisode 23, “80s babies,90s kids” with Sam Foster Episode 24, “It’s All About the Balancing Baby” with Lisa jacobsEpisode 16, “Pop Culture Check In” withHil NobleEpisode 12, “Newbie Podcaster” with Matty Ireland and Corbin CastresEpisode 10, “The Reality of Reality” withHil NobleEpisode 3, “Trades People Roundtable” withKevin DeWolfe, Jeremy Lapainis & Jesse FosterEpisode 19, “Juno Talk With”Lindsay Ell
“It’s All About the Balancing Baby” w/Lisa Jacobs
Jun 28 2021
“It’s All About the Balancing Baby” w/Lisa Jacobs
On this week's episode of the YYC Popcast, I was so pumped to chat with badass bass player, Lisa Jacobs! Lisa has worked with Jann Arden, Jocelyn Alice, Michael Bernard Fitzgerald, and many more in her career and when she isn’t touring or doing shows, she also does amazing work in Calgary as a Music Therapist. Balance is a big theme in this episode and we chat about work and passion and how creativity can also be a hard job! But we have a ton of laughs too! Enjoy!Lisa Jacobs :Multi-instrumentalist, Lisa Jacobs, declares the bass guitar her most beloved. Playing her first blues festival at age 12, she has gone on to write, record, music direct and perform with a variety artists, including platinum recording pop artist Jocelyn Alice, Marshall (Walk Off The Earth), Juno winner Paul Reddick, Michael Bernard Fitzgerald, Wide Mouth Mason, Suzie Vinnick, Amy Bishop and Jann Arden (a personal highlight).In addition to working as a session musician, Lisa released an EP with her original project - jocelyn & lisa- in 2012. A song from that project - “Bound to You” went gold after being re-released by Jocelyn Alice in 2018.Most recently, Lisa toured North America for 6 months with “We Will Rock You”, a musical based on Queen’s music. A major venue highlight was playing the theatre in Madison Square Gardens.Lisa has a degree in music therapy (with a minor in jazz performance on electric bass). As a therapist, she’s had the opportunity to create music with people of varied abilities in many different settings including schools, hospitals and even a maximum security prison.Instagram:@lisajuliejacobsTwitter:@LisaJulieJacobs