Episode 2 “Edmonton Folk Music Festival” – Vicki Fannon and Marianne Stover



Edmonton’s Folk Music Festival is a world renowned event that holds a special place in the hearts of the many Edmontonians who volunteer at the festival each year. The Festival brings out a sense of community like no other and this theme is explored by Vicki Fannon, a bit of a local legend and the previous Festival Manager of Volunteers, and Marianne Stover, the current Manager of Volunteers. What emerges is a rich discussion about the importance of community, the value of passionate volunteers and the discovery of friendships.

The Shared Mic is inspired, recorded, and produced on Treaty 6 Territory. Treaty 6 Territory is the traditional territory of the Plains Cree, Woodland Cree, Beaver Cree, Saulteaux, Blackfoot, Metis, Nakota Sioux and many others whose footsteps have marked these lands for centuries. We are just beginning to understand the significance of the land and want to ensure we honour the people and place. Today, this land is still home to many Indigenous people from across Turtle Island whose histories, languages, and cultures continue to influence our vibrant community. We are grateful to have the opportunity to work on this land.

The Shared Mic is produced by Age Friendly Edmonton.

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Episode 1 “Careers in Music” – Travis and Gord Matthews



Gord and Travis Matthews are father and son, and a pair of fabulous musicians! The Shared Mic would like to thank Gord and Travis for producing our very own, brand new and locally-curated theme song! Their conversation reflects the evolution of Edmonton’s music scene and the challenges that accompany this creative career-past and present.

While producing music in the era of the internet has made marketing oneself easier in certain respects, it also brings along its own set of challenges. New and upcoming musicians pit themselves against the big names of yesteryear in an endless catalogue of digital music archives. The internet has also revolutionized the way we enjoy music. In the eighties, it was common to see line-ups out the door at venues like the “Riv Rock” every weekday while now people enjoy an endless array of entertainment from home. Listen to Gord and Travis discuss some of their connections and differences, working as musicians in Edmonton.

The Shared Mic is inspired, recorded, and produced on Treaty 6 Territory. Treaty 6 Territory is the traditional territory of the Plains Cree, Woodland Cree, Beaver Cree, Saulteaux, Blackfoot, Metis, Nakota Sioux and many others whose footsteps have marked these lands for centuries. We are just beginning to understand the significance of the land and want to ensure we honour the people and place. Today, this land is still home to many Indigenous people from across Turtle Island whose histories, languages, and cultures continue to influence our vibrant community. We are grateful to have the opportunity to work on this land.

The Shared Mic is produced by Age Friendly Edmonton.

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Season 2 Trailer



The Shared Mic is inspired, recorded, and produced on Treaty 6 Territory. Treaty 6 Territory is the traditional territory of the Plains Cree, Woodland Cree, Beaver Cree, Saulteaux, Blackfoot, Metis, Nakota Sioux and many others whose footsteps have marked these lands for centuries. We are just beginning to understand the significance of the land and want to ensure we honour the people and place. Today, this land is still home to many Indigenous people from across Turtle Island whose histories, languages, and cultures continue to influence our vibrant community. We are grateful to have the opportunity to work on this land.

The Shared Mic is coming back with Season 2! Our hosts Salima and Eric are excited to bring you an array of new and unique, intergenerational conversations. Conversations about virtual theatre, negotiating change, careers in music or academia and many more!

As the COVID-19 pandemic shifted the way the world worked, we had to shift the way we recorded our podcast. With a little help from our new producer and technology, we virtually recorded Season 2 and we can’t wait to share it with you!

The Shared Mic is produced by Age Friendly Edmonton.


Liz & Abhay

Episode 8: Liz Reid and Abhay Sharma



In this episode, Liz Reid and Abhay Sharma talk about building connection through theatre, and how it can be a way to break down barriers and learn about one another.

Liz acts with GeriActors, an intergenerational theatre company in Edmonton, and Abhay is a grade 11 student at Jasper Place High School who in actively involved in the school’s drama program.

The Shared Mic is produced by Age Friendly Edmonton. That’s it for season one, thanks for listening along! Stay tuned for what’s next and take care.

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Liz and Kinia

Episode 7: Kinia Romanowska and Liz O’Neill



In this episode, Kinia Romanowska and Liz O’Neill talk about balancing careers and family. Liz is the executive director of Boys & Girls Clubs Big Brothers Big Sisters of Edmonton & Area and Kinia is the founder of Pros & Babes, an organization that empowers working parents.

The Shared Mic is produced by Age Friendly Edmonton. Stay tuned for our next episode on March 30.

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Tony & Tegan

Episode 6: Twin Brooks Community League Part II



Twin Brooks Community League invited The Shared Mic hosts Salima Suleman and Eric Storey to a special event in Dec. 2019, which brought together community members from diverse backgrounds, ages and stages of life. 

At the event, Salima and Eric invited pairs to sit down together for a few minutes and talk about how technology has changed or impacted their lives. You’ll hear from community members Thelma Reid & Mengzhe (Maggie) Wang, Sofie Rong & Fareda Baksh Marshall, Mohammad Hussan & Andy Xia, Yubiao Chang & Melissa Carvalho, Tony Wang & Tegan Liberty. 

We’ve split the conversations from Twin Brooks into two parts, and you can listen to the first one here

The Shared Mic is produced by Age Friendly Edmonton. Stay tuned for our sixth episode on March 16. We will be releasing bi-weekly through April 2020!

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Twin Brooks Part I

Episode 5: Twin Brooks Community League Part I



Twin Brooks Community League invited The Shared Mic hosts Salima Suleman and Eric Storey to a special event in Dec. 2019, which brought together community members from diverse backgrounds, ages and stages of life. 

At the event, Salima and Eric invited pairs to sit down together for a few minutes and talk about how technology has changed or impacted their lives. You’ll hear from community members Dinesh Gupta & Yuqi Yang, Ivor Edwards & Chris Carvalho, Ida Richards & Cathy Rong, Vaughn Atkinson & Edward Li and Cheryl Atkinson & Albert Wu. They discussed how cellphones have improved their ability to communicate, grappled with how much technology has evolved, and more. 

We’ve split the conversations from Twin Brooks into two parts, so the next episode will also feature conversations from the special event. Please note, this episode is not recorded in our usual space so you may hear some extra background noise or tidbits of other conversations from the event.

The Shared Mic is produced by Age Friendly Edmonton. Stay tuned for our sixth episode on March 2. We will be releasing bi-weekly through April 2020!

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Eric and Salima

Episode 4: Salima Suleman and Eric Storey



Salima Suleman and Eric Storey are the hosts of The Shared Mic. In this conversation they talk about friendship — tackling questions like navigating friendships in the workplace to friendship at first sight, and whether there is a difference between friendship and kinship. Listen as they share their stories and reflect on how those experiences have uniquely shaped their relationships with others. 

The Shared Mic is produced by Age Friendly Edmonton. Stay tuned for our next episode on Feb. 17. We will be releasing bi-weekly through the end of March 2020!

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Episode 3: Sadru Nazarali and Ndumiso Gama



Sadru Nazarali and Ndumiso Gama are both proud Edmontonians who find commonality discussing the joys and challenges of moving to Canada. Both men had to work incredibly hard and acknowledge the difficulties of immigrating, but also recognize the opportunities afforded by living in Canada.

The Shared Mic is produced by Age Friendly Edmonton. Stay tuned for our next episode on Feb. 3. We will be releasing bi-weekly through the end of March 2020!

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Nisha Patel and Michael Phair

Episode 2: Nisha Patel and Michael Phair



Nisha Patel, current poet laureate for the City of Edmonton, and Michael Phair, former Edmonton city councillor, discuss the unique experience of representing historically marginalized communities using a prominent public platform.

The Shared Mic is produced by Age Friendly Edmonton.

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