Laneway Living

January 8, 2020 in Art & Culture, Design

For the last few weeks, John and his wife and daughter have been on the road as part of a family sabbatical. They’re exploring 8 countries over the course of about 13 weeks as a way of reconnecting as a family and recharging for the upcoming decade.

The second stop on the tour was Melbourne. Ranked as the second most livable city in the world by the Economist Intelligence Unit’s global liveability index, John was excited to explore this place he has long admired from afar. 

One of the things that makes Melbourne such a great place to be is its network of bustling laneways. These unique spaces owe their existence to the original survey of the city, dating back to 1837. Back then, these laneways provided rear service access for servants and carts carrying goods to local businesses. Over the last number of decades, however, these laneways have been revitalized as public spaces for people to enjoy. 

Gilbert Rochecouste from Village Well took John on a tour through Melbourne’s bustling laneways. After the tour, they sat down for a chat.

This episode was recorded a few weeks ago. Since then, the bushfires in Australia have escalated considerably. Our thoughts are with the fire fighters, people and wildlife of Australia as they grapple with these catastrophic bushfires.

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Culture, Chords & Community

July 8, 2019 in Art & Culture

What values do people hold at folk, roots and blues festivals across Canada? How do these values relate to our communities and cities?

In this episode, Gillian and I talk about where she grew up, her undergraduate thesis that took her to music festivals from Vancouver Island to Newfoundland and how cultural elements of community, intention, and value are conducted at different music festivals across the country.


Cultivating Community through Creativity

February 4, 2019 in Art & Culture, Community

“The artists musicians and designers, they make the city colourful. And they bring life to the city. And even if you don’t think you like art or music, you probably do, and you probably enjoy those type of people in your city, because they really create that culture and create that community.” – Angel Guerra

In 2018, Market Collective celebrated their 10 year anniversary. A lot has changed for the company since their humble beginnings in 2008. John talks with Angel who has been running this Calgary-based artisan market since day one. Angel, along with co-founder Angela Dione, decided to chip in $50 each to launch Market Collective together. The result? In the last three years alone, the markets have generated $5 million in sales for local artisans and artists.