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AND NOW FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT...


It's Our 10TH ANNIVERSARY CHRISTMAS SHOW!
This Saturday we're going to interview a Surprise Mystery Guest and catch up with our favorite Hollywood Corespondent, Kerri Pomarolli. We'll also be doing some Useless Christmas Trivia - AND speaking of useless - Tim The Tool & Drew, out of the goodness of their hearts/vanity, have volunteered to be this week's musical performers!

Then, to help motivate all of us to pay it forward this Christmas, we're going to interview about 10 charities (real quick interviews, like 4 minutes each, Fast Philanthropic Phone Calls or the Charity Cha Cha if you will) so that none of us have any excuses for NOT giving back!

And finally, as a thank you for putting up with Drew for 10 years, we're going to open up the phone lines and give away FREE ADVERTISING! So give us a call and tell the world about your company, product, charity or event!
MERRY CHRISTMAS YA'LL & HAPPY NEW(D) YEAR!
***AUDIO NOT AVAILABLE

NO SHOWS DECEMBER 29th & JANUARY 5th
WE'RE BACK LIVE ON JANUARY 12th @ 1:00 PM ET!

(Sorry Manny from Georgetown)

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Special Guests

  • J. R. Martinez — Winner of Dancing With The Stars, Actor, Author, Motivational Speaker
    In March of 2003, J.R. was deployed to Iraq, and on April 5, less than a month into his deployment, he was serving as a driver of a Humvee in Karbala, when his left front tire hit a land-mine. Three other soldiers with J.R. were ejected from the burning vehicle, but Martinez was trapped inside. J.R. suffered smoke inhalation and severe burns to more than 34 percent of his body. J.R. spent 34 months in recovery and underwent 33 different surgeries including skin grafts and cosmetic surgery. Fast forward to today! J.R. has become a highly sought-after motivational speaker, traveling the country to spread his message of resilience and optimism, sharing the stage with the likes of global self-help guru Tony Robbins and Evangelist Dave Roever. In October 2008, J.R. stepped into another role, when he was cast as combat veteran Brot Monroe on ABC’ s Emmy® Award-winning daytime drama All My Children. Then, in 2011, J.R. was cast on Dancing With the Stars. Partnered with Karina Smirnoff, they became the early favorites en route to the Mirrorball Trophy, beating out Rob Kardashian. J.R. also a New York Times bestselling author of “Full of Heart,” his memoir. “I wouldn’t change anything…absolutely anything!” J.R. says. “I do believe everything happens for a reason, and I’m extremely grateful for that day because it led me into this life!” Martinez has been featured in the Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, PEOPLE magazine, the New York Times, and New York Daily News, has appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show, 60 Minutes, The View, CNN, Inside Edition, FOX News, Good Morning America, Dr. Oz and just this week, Ellen!
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    29m:44s – 17.02 MB

  • Nik Wallenda — Acrobat, Aerialist, Daredevil, High-Wire Artist & Multiple Guinness World Record Holder
    On June 15th, 2012 Nik Wallenda made history by being the first person to walk across Niagara Falls on a high-wire. The walk set television rating history in both the United States and Canada, aired on live television all over the world, and was in virtually every newspaper worldwide, seen by hundreds of millions of people. His inspirational message “Never Give Up” has resonated with viewers around the globe and today Nik shares some very timely encouragement - because not everyone is looking forward to Christmas this year!
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    25m:00s – 11.45 MB

  • For Whom THE BELL Tolls — An Exclusive LIVE Concert With Juno Award Winning Recording Artist, Steve Bell
    Born into a musical family, Steve Bell has been performing and touring since he was eight years old. As Steve’s father was a prison Chaplain, it was federal prisoners in Drumheller Penitentiary who taught the young boy to play guitar at an early age. Bell recounts fondly, “I now perform world-over because Canada’s most unwanted men invested in me when I was a boy.” Since his first solo release in 1989, Comfort My People, Bell has released 16 CDs, three concert videos and performed over 1500 concerts across Canada, the US, India, Thailand, the Philippines, Poland, Bulgaria, Ireland, and throughout the Caribbean. More recently, Steve has performed 26 concerts with Symphony orchestras across Canada and into the US. In December 2011 a capacity crowd gathered to take in his concert with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra at Massey Hall. In 1997, Steve was awarded his first JUNO for the category of Best Gospel Album. He has since received a second JUNO in 2000 and in the ensuing years has been awarded multiple Prairie Music, Western Canada Music and Covenant Awards. With the 2012 release of his 17th career CD, Keening for the Dawn - Christmastide, Steve displays a rare longevity and commitment to his vocation. For this commitment, along with his advocacy work for the less fortunate, Steve has been awarded the Queen Elizabeth 11 Diamond Jubilee Medal.
    "FINALLY! An album which viscerally captures the holy eeriness of what I ache for at Christmas - a magical yearning for the hope behind The Birth. (PS. Fireplace & wine, sadly, not included.)" ~Drew Marshall - Broadcaster, Autodidactic Iconoclast
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    41m:14s – 28.31 MB

  • Mike Yankoski — Author of Under the Overpass: A Journey Of Faith On The Streets Of America
    Ever wondered what it would be like to be homeless? Mike Yankoski experienced the struggles of being homeless first hand. In his book Under The Overpass, he shares his personal story as he went from upper-middle class plush to scum-of-the-earth repulsive overnight. “What if I stepped out of my comfortable life with nothing but God and put my faith to the test alongside of those who live with nothing every day?” With that thought came a major change in Mike’s life. With only a backpack, a sleeping bag and a guitar, Mike and his traveling companion, Sam, set out to experience life on the streets in six different cities—from Washington D.C. to San Diego— and they put themselves to the test. For six months they hung out with Drug addicts, alcoholics, and mental cases, knowing that they had the guts, but did they have the faith? Mike wanted to put his faith to the test, could he actually be the Christian he claimed to be with all the comforts he was used to stripped away? It was far from an easy journey, he and Sam experienced firsthand the extreme pains of hunger, the constant uncertainty and danger of living on the streets, exhaustion, depression, and social rejection. However, through it they discovered themselves and gained a new perspective.

God Blogger

  • Joining us today: Jeremy Stevens
    Using Biblical Strategic Forecasting, Jeremy is an “end-times” specialist and the author of So...What Happens Next? Exploring Biblical Prophecies to Make Sense of Today's Chaos. Today Jeremy joins us to discuss the impending Mayan Apocalypse. (We were going to book him NEXT Saturday but...)

Talkback, etc.

  • The Counsel Of Many!
    Need Help or Advice On An Issue In Your Life?
    Tell us your situation and Drew will ask the listeners of TDMS!

    This week on The Counsel Of Many: A man has decided that until God becomes real, he's going to live life according to what “feels good”. And he actually wants people to talk him out of his upcoming “sinfest”!

    “I've been listening to Drew's show for a while now and find myself relating quite a bit to his spiritual struggles. I'm a single guy who has been trying to live my life according to the Biblical moral code, for what seems like forever. And like Drew, I have yet to encounter any tangible interaction or encounters with God. No miracles, no signs, no healings (for myself, nor for those I pray for), no answers to prayer, no messages, no angels, no voices, no “spiritual gifts”, no dreams, and no warm fuzzies! So I just made the decision to start living my life according to a new code – WHATEVER MAKES ME FEEL GOOD (yet doesn't harm others). Selfish right? I guess. But if there is no God, no afterlife, and I'm not hurting anyone, then doesn't it make sense to go through life trying to get the most out of it? If when we die, life is truly over, then shouldn't we try to enjoy as much of this life as possible? I realize that others will just see this as a selfish male attempt to justify an immoral sin-fest, but aside from moral judgementalism from those who believe there's a God, can anyone give me a good reason NOT to pursue my new hedonistic life? (Remember though, I'm not an ignorant teenage boy who doesn't know about birth control and STD's, and my new “code” still requires that I do what I can to not hurt others.) Basically, I'd like to try living for myself instead of an invisible being, at least until this invisible being reveals him/her/itself to me. Anyone want to give me a “heads up” on any potential pitfalls I might encounter? Anyone?”

  • God & Stuff
    Join Drew & Tim The Tool as they catch up on current events and the week's happenings in the world of Religion & Faith & Cults – Oh My! Religion & Faith & Cults - Oh my!
    Today's God & Stuff guest: Manya Brachear - Religion Reporter at The Chicago Tribune

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Special Guests

  • Pattie Mallette — Author of Nowhere But Up: The Story Of Justin Bieber's Mom
    In Nowhere But Up, Pattie Mallette shares for the first time in detail about the pain and abandonment she experienced as a child, the sexual abuse she suffered for years, the severe depression she wrestled with as a teen, the deep struggles she faced as a single mom, and the faith she's learned to cling to through dark times. With raw honesty, she spills the truth about a lifetime of moments that were punctuated by pain yet permeated with grace--and the journey that's brought her to where she is today. “It's not just teen moms who struggle or need to find hope. Whether you're a single mom, an addict, or a victim of abuse . . . whether you're on the verge of bankruptcy or the brink of divorce . . . whether you're in a dysfunctional family or the product of a broken home . . . whether you battle depression or struggle with anxiety . . . whether you live in fear or hide in shame . . . whether you've been abandoned, rejected, or ignored--there is hope. It doesn't matter where you find yourself today--broken, hurting, wounded, or shamed. If God can help me find my way up, I promise, He can do the same for you.”
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    24m:40s – 14.12 MB

  • Michelle Wright — Award Winning Country Recording Artist
    Since her 1988 debut CD on Savannah Records, Do Right By Me, Michelle Wright has been drawing rave reviews for her powerful voice and her distinctive style. Over the subsequent twenty-four years, she has sold nearly two million albums and graced the stage in North America, Europe, Africa, South America, Australia and Asia. Michelle has amassed a total of twenty-five Top Ten hits in her homeland of Canada and walked to podiums in music centers like Los Angeles and Toronto to accept more than forty major awards. She is the first Canadian-born artist in the modern era of country music to have a Top Ten hit in America (Take It Like A Man) and a Number One video on CMT-USA (Take It Like A Man), and to win a major U.S. music industry award (Academy of Country Music Top New Female Artist). In September, 2011, Michelle was inducted into the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame.
    ** Michelle will be headlining the upcoming CTS Christmas television special, Christmas in the Square! Tickets are still available for this LIVE performance at 7:00 PM on Monday December 10th, which will be taped at the Crossroads Centre in Burlington, Ontario, and aired on CTS at 8pm ET on Friday, December 21. Along with a few other incredibly talented Canadian artists (Mark Masri, Jacob Moon, Tenore, Ali Matthews, Mike Jansen, and The Lovelocks), Michelle will perform a selection of Christmas classics. Hosting the evening will be radio and television personality Casey Clarke. A limited number of tickets are available to sit in the audience for this Christmas concert taping. Visit www.crossroads.ca for tickets.
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    25m:57s – 14.86 MB

  • Bif Naked — International Recording Artist, Speaker, Cancer Survivor, Advocate, Activist, Straight-Edge, Vegan, Trouble Maker
    Bif's sixth full-length disc entitled, Bif Naked Forever: Acoustic Hits & Other Delights is an intimate look into her life's journal, and the amazing journey she's had so far. Her career heights have taken her around the world on tour -- from Russia to Central America, from India to touring all over the U.K., Europe and North America -- for twenty years -- and into your homes via The Tonight Show and Buffy The Vampire Slayer, starring in feature films, and winning awards — from MuchMusic to West Coast Music Awards. Get ready to hear Bif Naked — unplugged, unshackled and unshakable — in a town, on the internet, and on the airwaves near you. She is a legend and an icon.
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    24m:41s – 14.13 MB

  • Trevor Howard — Recording Artist
    Trevor Howard is a singer/songwriter whose group, The Ghosts of Memphis, is releasing their debut album "The Devil and the Details" worldwide on December 18, 2012. Formerly a pentecostal minister, Howard's music has led him across Canada several times as well as the US and UK. Want to know more about the REAL Trevor Howard? “I don’t talk about myself in the third person. Trevor hates that. I love music. I hate silence. I write songs. Music writes me. I love my mom. She’s the bomb. My sister is better than yours. Period. I like to walk. I love to drive. I read good books. You can't read my poker face. 3 is my favourite number. I hate how we spell favourite. I wear makeup. You should too. I am high maintenance. I have low self esteem. I love New York. I dislike old socks. I am short. I am a tall glass of water. I love my guitars. I probably love yours more. I adore Chihuahuas. I can’t have one. I never go to the mailbox. I always check my email. I love black and white movies. I hate pink and red together. I love down duvets and pillows. I don’t like ducks. I love sushi. I don’t eat my vegetables. I love raw jalapenos. They don’t like me. I love my friends. I hate when I lose one. I love love. I hate hate. I love to cry. I hate to see you cry. I love heartbreak. I'd hate to break yours. I am sometimes shy. I am always changing. I am hard to figure out. I am easy to talk to.”

  • Jill Sobule — Iconoclastic Singer/Songwriter
    Jill Sobule belongs to a rare breed of artists. Her work is at once deeply personal and socially conscious, seriously funny and derisively tragic. Over five albums and a decade of recording, the Denver-born songwriter/guitarist/singer has tackled such topics as the death penalty, anorexia, shoplifting, reproduction, the French resistance movement, adolescence, and the Christian right. Did we mention love? Love found, love lost, love wished for and love taken away. But success did not knock on her door until Atlantic Records released her MTV staple and national top 20 hit, I Kissed A Girl. “That song was a double-edged sword for me,” Jill Says. “It was perceived as a novelty hit, but on the other hand it was the first song with an overtly gay topic to be aired on Top 40 radio. I am quite proud of that.” The self-titled album also yielded another hit song, Supermodel, included in the Clueless soundtrack. The song also jump-started her live music career in a big way, and since then she’s had the honor to induct Neil Diamond in the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame, to share the stage with the likes of Neil Young (at his yearly Bridge School benefit concerts), fellow activists Billy Bragg & Steve Earle, and Waren Zevon. With Hanukkah just around the corner, Jill joins us to talk about her Jewish background and the various turns her spiritual life has taken throughout the years.
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    27m:17s – 12.49 MB

God Blogger

  • Joining us today: Nadia Bolz-Weber
    "Nadia Bolz-Weber has probably done more than any other pastor in recent times to poke therapeutic fun at the misdemeanors and flaws of overly-churched Christianity and Christians. The passion behind her words, however, is as deeply pastoral as it is God-drenched and liberating....thus the affection as well as the respect that attend her and her work wherever she goes." ~ Phylis Tickle author of "The Great Emergence: How Christianity is Changing and Why"
    www.nadiabolzweber.com

Talkback, etc.

  • The Counsel Of Many!
    Need Help or Advice On An Issue In Your Life?
    Tell us your situation and Drew will ask the listeners of TDMS!

    This week on The Counsel Of Many: A man whose wife died just a few months ago, has been secretly dating a much younger woman and wants to know if he should invite her to the family Christmas dinner?

    "Right of the top, I'd like to admit that my choice to begin dating only a few months after my wife sadly passed away of Cancer, has not gone down well with almost everyone who knows. This is why I haven't told my kids. However, truth be told, I'm not sure if my friends who know about me dating, are bothered more by the fact that I'm dating or because the girl I'm dating is 20 years younger than I am. I realize that I just come off as cold by dating someone, let alone the fact that my girlfriend is much younger than I am. That being said, we have both found comfort in each others arms and besides, where is the rule book on how soon you can date after your spouse dies? Where is the rule book on how big the age gap can be? The only people I'm worried about hurting are my three kids (ages 17, 20 & 22). Which is why I haven't told them about her. However, with Christmas upon us, I'm thinking through whether or not to invite her along to our family dinner. Or, maybe just have her drop in afterwards. Christmas is a special time of the year and I'd really like the woman I love to be a part of it – with me – with my family. I'd like to hear some objective opinions from people who don't know me. How should I approach this with my kids?"

  • God & Stuff
    Join Drew & Tim The Tool as they catch up on current events and the week's happenings in the world of Religion & Faith & Cults – Oh My! Religion & Faith & Cults - Oh my!
    Today's God & Stuff guest: Kim Lawton – Managing Editor/Corespondent at PBS Religion & Ethics News Weekly

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Special Guests

  • George Canyon — CCMA & Juno Award Winning Country Recording Artist
    Multiple-award winning Canadian country music artist, actor and philanthropist, George Canyon, has just released Classics II - the highly anticipated follow-up to Canyon’s Gold certified 2007 album, Classics. This latest release will showcase country’s most recognized songs of the last 70 years. In support of the new album, the Classics II Tour will also turn back time to the ‘good old-time radio show days,’ similar to the Grand Ole Opry, with performances across Western Canada and Ontario. Classics II features a duet with Blue Rodeo’s Jim Cuddy and Canyon’s interpretation of Glen Campbell’s largest selling hit, “Rhinestone Cowboy,” which was debuted during Canyon’s performance at the 2012 CCMA Awards in Saskatoon. This album also pays homage to some of Country musics most notorious poets - Johnny Cash, Lefty Frizzell, Merle Haggard, and many others. Since appearing on USA Network’s Nashville Star, George Canyon has carved out a career punctuated with industry accolades, achievements and sustained success. His last album, Better Be Home Soon, became his fastest selling release to date and spawned 3 Top 10 hits including the title track, “Surrender” and “Sunshine”. The album went on to win Canyon and Richard Marx the 2011 CCMA Award for Record Producer of the Year. Outside of music, Canyon’s entertainment career includes acting in various films and television shows such as Heartland, A Mile In His Shoes, a 2013 major motion picture and Dawn Rider; a film with Donald Sutherland, Christian Slater and Jill Hennessy. *On December 3rd George Canyon and his band return to The Rose Theatre in Brampton to perform all their classic, country music favourites from his Classics II album!
    www.georgecanyon.com
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    25m:58s – 11.89 MB

  • Jonas Woods — Singer / Songwriter, Former Frontman for Farewell June
    Jonas has been involved in the music industry now for almost 10 years. He fronted the band Farewell June. (It was their song, Leanin' Heavy, which we played at the start of every show for years!) He's performed in front of hundreds of thousands of people and has toured with and shared the stage with artists like Audio Adrenaline, The Newsboys, PETRA, Bethany Dillon, FFH, Mute Math, Casting Crowns, Jars of Clay, Michael W. Smith, and Mercy Me. But the REAL reason Jonas joins us is because a few months ago, his wife Becky was diagnosed with lymphoma. Today we'll hear from Jonas and Becky about their battle with Cancer.
    www.jonaswoods.net

  • Dr. Mike Bechtle — Author Of People Can’t Drive You Crazy Unless You Give Them the Keys
    You don’t have to be controlled by difficult people! Strange as it may seem, other people are not nearly as committed to our happiness as we are. In fact, sometimes it seems like they’re on a mission to make us miserable! There’s always that one person. The one who hijacks our emotions. The one who seems to thrive on drama. If we could just “fix” that person, everything would be better. But we can’t fix other people. We can only make choices about ourselves. In this cut-to-the-chase book, communication expert Mike Bechtle shows you how to stop being a victim of other people’s craziness. With commonsense wisdom and proactive advice that you can put into practice immediately, Mike gives you a proven strategy to handle crazy people-and stay sane while doing it. There will always be difficult people. But this fresh perspective on dealing with them can change your life-starting today!

  • Bill Wood — Juno Nominated Recording Artist
    The former Juno-nominee and teen heartthrob from the Gold-selling 80's pop band Eye Eye has never stopped putting out music. Along the way, Eye Eye toured with Glass Tiger, Honeymoon Suite, Gowan, Images In Vogue, and arena act Platinum Blonde. After Eye Eye dissolved, Wood then took a journey into Christian music, after helping some young musicians in that vein. He formed the rootsy band Ghosttown, and released two albums. “I wasn’t religious. I have a simple faith and I wanted to try my hand at some spiritual-based music,” says Wood. Well, Bill Wood is still playing and joins us to perform LIVE in studio.

God Blogger

  • Joining us today: Chris Schryer
    In preperation of this festive season (“Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy” - Benjamin Franklin) we bring to you torontobeerblog.com - a resource for all things beer in the city of Toronto - reviews of beers and bars - news and events - and lots of other helpful information. “I regularly describe myself as an "ardent supporter of beer", which pretty well sums it up. While I'm not working or busy being a husband and dad (okay, honestly, sometimes while I'm doing those things), I am drinking beer, attending events, visiting pubs, and thinking about beer. I work at Castro's Lounge, my local bar in the Beach, where I host beer events and take part in most things beer-related.” Chris Schryer (For those with their panties in a wad – he's also a Jesus guy!)

Talkback, etc.

  • The Counsel Of Many!
    Need Help or Advice On An Issue In Your Life?
    Tell us your situation and Drew will ask the listeners of TDMS!

    This week on The Counsel Of Many: A couple wants to know if they should end their friendship with another couple who are “super-religious, legalistic, judgmental jerks”.

    “We've been friends with another couple from our church for many years. Our kids are the same ages, play the same sports, and attend youth group together. Over the last couple of years though, our friends have really turned into “religious” people. By that we mean that they seem to always take whatever opportunity they can to turn any conversation into an issue. For example, one of our older kids decided to get a tattoo. Well our friends decided to pull us aside to express their 'concern' for our son and his 'walk with the Lord'. They saw a picture on my husband's Facebook page which showed him drinking a beer, so they messaged him and conveyed their concern for his 'witness' thinking that others might also see this pic and wonder if he was a 'real' Christian (something you talked about last week). They've made subtle little comments about a variety of things, including the kind of movies we watch in our home when their kids are over. Anyway, our question is... we're just wondering about ending our friendship with this couple. Should we be intentional about it and confront them with the reasons for our decision to stop being friends with them? Or should we just naturally let the friendship run it's course? It sort of seems that we might be making much ado about nothing, but to be honest, we are just so tired of their super-religious legalism. I guess we could maybe take the 'high' road and try to help them see what kind of judgmental jerks they're being, but to be honest... they'd never listen. Does anyone have some advice for what might be the 'right' way to handle this awkward situation?”

  • God & Stuff
    Join Drew & Tim The Tool as they catch up on current events and the week's happenings in the world of Religion & Faith & Cults – Oh My! Religion & Faith & Cults - Oh my!
    Today's God & Stuff guest: Paul Brandeis Raushenbush - Senior Religion Editor for The AOL/Huffington Post Media Group

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