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MERRY CHRISTMAS & HAPPY NEW YEAR!

LIVE! on TDMS - Devoted Souly to the Art of Music

  • This Week's Recording Artist — Christmas With... The Wiebes
    Shane and Angela Wiebe have been singing together since the day they met. In 2004, Shane began his journey to a TOP FIVE spot on CTV’s hit television show, “Canadian Idol”, where he had the privilege of working with musicians like Lionel Richie and Gordon Lightfoot. In June of 2009, “THE WIEBES” officially formed and released, “Into Your Light”, which won “Inspirational Album of the Year” at the 2010 Covenant Awards. In December 2009 The Wiebes released their Christmas record, “Christmas With You”. The album was nominated for two Covenant Awards, and ended up on the Canadian Top 50 Radio Charts among artists like Michael Buble and Elton John! In 2012, The Wiebes released their fourth studio album, “The Hymns Collection”, which brought them their second Covenant Award. Their fifth album, “Arise O Sleeper” was released in June 2014 and features internationally renown worship leader Brian Doerksen, as well as Fraser Campbell, and Shane and Angela’s daughter, Joelle.

Special Guests

  • Kerri Pomarolli — Comedian, Actress, Author
    That's right folks - It's time for our monthly visit with our favorite Hollywood Correspondent!

  • 2014 TDMS Christmas Charity Spotlight
    Are you trying to figure out which charity to partner with this Christmas? Drew has a few he'd love to tell you about...

    Ten Thousand Villages www.TenThousandVillages.ca
    When you give a gift from Ten Thousand Villages, you never stop giving. Everything in a Ten Thousand Villages shop is made by hand, by an artisan in a developing country. Those artisans use the money they make to give their kids an education. And that income also gives life to their local economy. Visit www.TenThousandVillages.ca to find a store near you, and give the gift that never stops giving.

    effect:hope www.effecthope.org/drew
    Leprosy is a disease that provokes fear and hate. It has the power to tear families apart. Leprosy, and other neglected diseases like it, attack the poorest people around the world, leaving them vulnerable to disability, isolation and deep poverty. Too many children are rejected by their families because of leprosy and neglected diseases. Listeners of the Drew Marshall Show, you have the power to prevent this tragedy. If you can manage to spare a few cents a day, you can prevent the destruction of these diseases. It won’t cost you much; For just $8 a month you can cure a person with leprosy and other neglected diseases before it’s too late. Visit www.effecthope.org/drew today.

    Yonge Street Mission www.ysm.ca/donate
    For 118 years, The Yonge Street Mission has cared for Toronto’s poorest and most broken citizens. The homeless teenager, escaping a violent home. The lonely senior. The new immigrants who fled a devastating war. The single mom, heartbroken that her kids are hungry. Every Christmas, The Yonge Street Mission brings meals and joy to 9,000 individuals. You can help. $3.11 is all it takes to provide a comforting meal to a hurting neighbour. Make a change with a pocketful of change. Donate now at www.ysm.ca/donate

    International Needs www.internationalneeds.ca
    International Needs Canada invites you to join them in celebrating 40 years of transforming lives, and changing communities—empowering people and alleviating poverty around the world. Recently, International Needs Canada began addressing a mother and child health crisis in Haiti in partnership with our Federal Government. And they need your help. The Government of Canada will match every dollar you give with three additional dollars, multiplying the impact of your gift by the Power of Four. To support International Needs Power of Four Campaign, visit their newly launched website at www.internationalneeds.ca

Pub Crawl

  • Melinda Estabrooks, David Peck, Gordo & The Wiebes!
    Listen in as Drew and his guests crack open a few! Crawling from topic to topic - current affairs, pop culture, even touchy-feely-relational stuff. (Got a topic you want the gang from the pub to crack open? Click Here)

    TOPICS
    During our last show of 2014, Drew and his panel of Christmas Co-Hosts will discuss some of the more controversial Pub Crawl topics of the year!

Talkback, etc.

  • Useless Television Trivia & Free Advertising
    How much television has our hoard of Christmas Co-Hosts watched in their boring personal lives? We'll play the soundtrack from an old television show (or sound bites from a Christmas Television Special) and the first Christmas Co-Host to guess which TV show it's from - WINS ABSOLUTELY NOTHING!
    *During Useless Television Trivia, give us a call and advertise your business, charity or special event – for free!

  • Are You Smarter Than A TDMS Christmas Co-Host?
    FINALLY! A chance to show just how much smarter our listeners are! Give us a call and go head to head answering trivia with one of our Christmas Co-Hosts! Who will your opponent be? Mighty Melinda Estabrooks, Dynamic David Peck, Gordo The Great or The Wiebes! (They already have a cool name!) If you win – we'll actually send you a prize!

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Special Guests

  • John Schneider & Tom Wopat — Bo & Luke Duke!
    JOHN SCHNEIDER was 18 when he was cast as Bo Duke in the hit CBS television series The Dukes of Hazzard. He has gone on to a wide-ranging and accomplished career on stage, in music and on screen. Recent TV appearances include Glee, Hot in Cleveland, Smallville (portraying Clark Kent’s adoptive father for ten seasons), CSI: Miami, The Secret Life of the American Teenager (with his real-life son Chasen), Nip/Tuck, Desperate Housewives and hosting Trick My What? on Country Music Television. He is currently featured on Tyler Perry’s The Haves and The Have Nots on the OWN Network, which will return for a third season in January 2015. Schneider starred on Broadway in Chicago and Grand Hotel, in addition to crossing the country on the national tour of The Civil War. His ten solo albums have topped the Billboard Country charts since the 1970s, including four #1 Country Hits, eleven Top 20 Country Hits and the #1 Country Album A Memory Like You. More recent albums are available on his own Faith Works record label. His TV specials include John Schneider Back Home and John Schneider’s White Christmas. In 1983 John Schneider and Marie Osmond co-founded the Children’s Miracle Network, a charity which raises funds for children’s hospitals throughout North America. Schneider and Osmond continue to tour together. His most recent film project, Smothered – which he wrote and directed – was released in May 2014.
    www.johnschneideronline.com

    TOM WOPAT’S engaging presence and warm baritone have taken him from his breakout role as Luke Duke in The Dukes of Hazzard to the recording studio, the Great White Way, and the silver screen, in addition to concert and nightclub stages around the world. After a series of popular country albums, he released a string of acclaimed pop/jazz albums featuring new arrangements of American Songbook classics, as well as contemporary songs by Paul Simon, Bruce Springsteen and James Taylor. The Still of the Night from Angel Records – which was praised for its “tender and elegant vocals, touched with jazz feeling” by The New York Times – was followed by Dissertation on the State of Bliss, Consider it Swung and I’ve Got Your Number (all available from LML Music). Other notable TV roles include Cybill – for which he shared a SAG Award nomination for Best Ensemble in a Comedy Series – Smallville and Blue Bloods. As a Broadway leading man, he received Tony Award nominations for starring in Annie Get Your Gun (opposite Bernadette Peters) and A Catered Affair. Other major Broadway credits include Chicago, 42nd Street, Sondheim on Sondheim, Glengarry Glen Ross, Catch Me If You Can and last season’s Tony Award- winning play The Trip To Bountiful with Cicely Tyson. In Hollywood, he appeared in Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained and the upcoming dramatic feature Fair Haven.
    www.tomwopat.com

    *The original stars of “The Dukes of Hazzard” have released a special holiday album “Home for Christmas” to celebrate the 35th Anniversary of the iconic TV show. The pair have performed in concert over the years, but this marks their first full recording together. Mixing immediately recognizable Christmas standards with lesser-known holiday songs, the album combines a bright and brassy big band, lush strings, and rustic country sounds and laces it all together with humorous banter that reflects over three decades of friendship.

  • Bo Stern — Author of When Holidays Hurt: Finding Hidden Hope Amid Pain and Loss
    There is hope this Christmas season for the millions coping with depression or emotional distress over traumatic life events such as serious illness, divorce, the death of a loved-one or a difficult financial situation. Bo Stern draws from her own personal experience to provide hope and inspiration to overcome the pain and heartache many will endure as the holiday approaches. For the past several Christmases, Bo struggled to connect with the joy of the holidays as she watched and cared for her husband, Steve, who suffers from terminal Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS). However, this book is not just for Christmas. The book is divided into three sections, Christmas Season, A New Year, and Summer & Fall, each part filled with rich, heartfelt insights that will engage readers. The author also addresses other life events such as birthdays and anniversaries, as well as milestones, including weddings, graduations, and more. For those who are suffering emotionally, providing care-giving for a loved one, or as a resource to provide encouragement for a friend who might be going through tough times, When Holidays Hurt offers an inspiring, uplifting and spiritual message in a writing style that is eloquent and relatable.



Pub Crawl

  • Humble & Fred — Canadian Radio Legends
    Listen in as Drew and his guests crack open a few! Crawling from topic to topic - current affairs, pop culture, even touchy-feely-relational stuff. (Got a topic you want the gang from the pub to crack open? Click Here)

    TOPICS

    1/ Should government meetings continue to open with prayer as they have for decades? Or is prayer offensive? A Mississauga resident has filed a complaint with Mississauga City Council calling for an end to the recitation of the Lord’s Prayer and will be called to address council next week. According to the Canadian Secular Alliance, which intervened in the October 14th Supreme Court of Canada case to argue against all public prayer in Canada, the City of Mississauga is breaking the law because the Ontario Court of Appeal has declared it unconstitutional to recite the Lord’s Prayer at city meetings.

    2/ Should doctors be allowed to decline a service requested by a patient, if that service goes against the doctor's religious beliefs? Should physicians pack their beliefs at the door? The College Of Physicians & Surgeons Of Ontario, which oversees, licenses and regulates some 28,000 physicians, is proposing changes to the charter rights of doctors and patients. Physicians have been allowed to refuse treatment that conflicted with their religious and moral beliefs. However, now they might be forced to refer the patient to another doctor, or when urgent medical care is needed – actually treat the patient.

    3/ What are the top news stories of 2014? Cops killing blacks? Ebola killing blacks? Women being assaulted by high profile men? Rob Ford? Landing on a comet? Russia bullying Ukraine? ISIS trying to bully the world? Missing Malaysia Airlines jet? The right to die?

LIVE! on TDMS - Devoted Souly to the Art of Music

  • This Week's Recording Artist — The Masters Four
    Elvis was backed by one of the best gospel quartets in the world. The harmonies of these groups can make your soul leak. And because it's almost Christmas, as a special tribute to Drew's dad (who still loves the music of The Statler Brothers, The Oak Ridge Boys, and other legendary quartets) we bring you one of Canada’s leading gospel quartets. Celebrating more than 30 years together, The Master’s Four have been recognized with numerous awards and nominations.

    CHECK THIS VIDEO OUT: Here's Elvis, performing with his quartet on the Ed Sullivan Show! AND Have a look at some of our LIVE in-studio performances on DrewTube

Talkback, etc.

  • Useless Television Trivia
    “It's the most - stressful time - of the year.” (I love that Christmas song!) We promise to have at least one completely useless/fun segment during each of our shows in December. So this week - it's time to bring back a crowd favourite USELESS TELEVISION TRIVIA! We play the soundtrack from an old television show and if you're the first caller to guess which TV show it's from - YOU WIN ABSOLUTELY NOTHING!
    (*NEWS FLASH: We've actually got stuff to giveaway! So tune in & call in to win something perfect to re-gift for that not so special someone!)
    **AUDIO NOT AVAILABLE

  • W.here's T.he F.aith (W.T.F?)
    Join Drew and various religion reporters from an assortment of news outlets, as they catch up on happenings in the world of Religion & Faith & Cults (Oh My!)
    Today's W.T.F. Guest: Manya Brachear Pashman – Religion Reporter For The Chicago Tribune

Right-click here to bookmark or copy a link to this show December 6, 2014

Special Guests

  • Blind Boys Of Alabama — Grammy Winning Recording Artists
    The Blind Boys of Alabama are recognized worldwide as living legends of gospel music. Celebrated by The National Endowment for the Arts and the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences with Lifetime Achievement Awards, inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame, and winners of five Grammy Awards, they have attained the highest levels of achievement in a career that spans over 60 years. The Blind Boys are known for crossing multiple musical boundaries with their remarkable interpretations of everything from traditional gospel favorites to contemporary spiritual material by songwriters such as Ben Harper, Eric Clapton, Prince and Tom Waits. They have appeared on recordings with Bonnie Raitt, Tom Waits, k.d. lang, Lou Reed, Peter Gabriel, Willie Nelson, Susan Tedeschi, Solomon Burke, Aaron Neville, Ben Harper and most recently Justin Vernon, Patty Griffin, Merrill Garbus and Sam Amidon on their latest recording I’ll Find A Way. The Blind Boys of Alabama have made appearances on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno, Late Night with David Letterman, The Grammy Awards, 60 Minutes, The Colbert Report and their own holiday special on PBS.
    **AUDIO NOT AVAILABLE

  • Philip Yancey — Author of Vanishing Grace: What Ever Happened to the Good News?
    Twenty years after writing his award-winning classic, What’s So Amazing about Grace?, Philip Yancey finds the church failing in its mission to dispense grace to a thirsty world, one in which public opinion about Christians has shifted dramatically. There is hope, however, for the church to once again be seen as a place where grace is “on tap”, Yancey writes in his new book, Vanishing Grace. For nearly three decades, Yancey has given voice to those who feel burned by the church. In his trademark blend of journalism, storytelling, and personal narrative, he explores whether the church truly does have good news to offer the modern world—and if so, why aren’t Christians presenting it more convincingly? He tackles questions such as: Why do Christians turn people off when they share their faith? Does the gospel leave people feeling judged instead of loved? Has political involvement made Christians look like another special-interest group? How can Christians communicate to a culture running away from faith? In a post-Christian world where more people are skeptical of faith, followers of Jesus must rethink the ways in which they share the gospel. “We do not always do so in love,” says Yancey, “it makes all the difference in the world whether I view my neighbor as a potential convert or as someone whom God already loves.”

  • Kathy Escobar — Author of Faith Shift: Finding Your Way Forward When Everything You Believe Is Coming Apart
    To those who are experiencing doubts about their faith after years of certainty, pastor and author Kathy Escobar always says, “You’re not crazy, and you’re not alone”.
 Kathy encounters many Christians across all denominations that are slowly distancing themselves or dramatically cutting off from organized religion. The reasons are many: lack of trust in church leadership or authority, a shift in theology, experiencing boredom when attending church, spiritual abuse, fear of being judged or ostracized for expressing doubts and concerns.
 In her book Faith Shift, Kathy provides a map for the painful, confusing, and scary process of spiritual shifting and transformation.
 She writes, “This book is not a memoir, a textbook, a ‘Seven Steps to Finding God Again’ treatise, or a self-help book with guaranteed results to squeeze out faith-challenging feelings and put you back into a spiritual box. And rest assured, it’s not a covert tool aimed at getting you to ‘rededicate your life to Jesus.’ What it provides is an honest, hopeful framework for transformation and a path forward through your own spiritual shift when everything you once believed is coming apart”.
 Kathy hopes the reader will come away feeling less crazy, less alone, and more clear that these shifts are part of a healthy spiritual maturity and not rebellion. They will be affirmed and challenged to keep walking toward ongoing transformation, a renewed connection with God, and a freer, more active faith.
 


Journey

  • Elizabeth Correia
    With stories of women being abused all over the news these days, (Ghomeshi, Cosby, etc.) Elizabeth's own journey of emotional, physical and sexual abuse is one that is helping to create awareness for women everywhere. In Elizabeth’s book, If You Played in My Playground, she tells the story of a Portuguese woman navigating the ghetto of Toronto. She trudges through ill-gotten neighbourhoods, through welfare, through drug trafficking, through lost lovers and all forms of physical and sexual abuse... with a strong will to survive. Elizabeth becomes as hardened as the ones who have wronged her, unable to clean the wounds she bore at such a tender age. She is unable to understand why the world has taken everything away from her including the one person who loved her - her Vuvo (Grandmother). Slowly, she finds love, incrementally, through the birth and rearing of her son Keeno and is saved by God in the eyes of the Church. Elizabeth’s story imprints itself on you with it's heartbreaking honesty and her remarkable ability to recall the details of her own coming of age. It's a story that needs to be told and a beacon for women everywhere.

LIVE! on TDMS - Devoted Souly to the Art of Music

  • This Week's Recording Artist — Sarah Hiltz
    CHECK THIS VIDEO OUT!
    AND Have a look at some of our LIVE in-studio performances on DrewTube
    Sarah Hiltz is emerging as a singularly talented Canadian musician with a voice all her own. Echoes of Billie Holiday, Joni Mitchell and Feist ring out faintly through the structure of Sarah's artistry in a modern blend of jazz and folk she's been perfecting over the last 10+ years of performing. Living up to a long tradition of folk music, Sarah has been praised for her ability to tell a story through song. It is with this ability that she bridges the gap between folk and jazz, telling stories not just with lyrics but also through wordless sound. Staying true to the improvisational spirit of jazz, Sarah works to make each live performance a unique and memorable experience for her audience, delving ever deeper into that magic-something that makes live music matter. This fusion of contrasting qualities is what sets Sarah Hiltz apart.

Pub Crawl

  • Drew & His Mates Crack Open A Few Topics!
    Current affairs, pop culture, even touchy-feely-relational stuff! Listen in OR call and join us, as we crawl from topic to topic! Got a topic you want the gang from the pub to crack open? (Click here)

    THIS WEEKS SPECIAL GUESTS:

    John Fugelsang - Political Commentator, Comedian, Actor, TV Personality
    Top Ten Facts About John Fugelsang:
    1. He interviewed Paul McCartney in London, and George Harrison in New York – in the same week. He also once handed Ringo a glass of water.
    2. He appeared on “Politically Incorrect” more than 20 times, debating Jerry Falwell, David Duke, Erica Jong, Ariana Huffington, Ralph Nader, Michael Steele & Christine O’Donnell; Bill Maher called him ‘one of my favorite comedians’.
    3. In 2013 he hosted “Viewpoint,” weeknights at 8pm, for Current TV. After being hired by Al Gore to host a political comedy talk show, he wound up hosting Keith Olbermann’s former block following the sale of Current. JF created a show that was 1/3 breaking news coverage, 1/3 one-on-one talk show, and 1/3 political comedy and sketch. Guests included Lewis Black, Roseanne Barr, Spike Lee, Bill Bradley, Jesse Jackson, Joy Behar, Michael Moore, Elliot Spitzer, Dick Cavett, Robert Reich, Sister Simone Cambell, John Lydon of The Sex Pistols, and the late Michael Hastings.
    4. His mother is an ex-Nun and his father was a Franciscan Brother. He admires Jesus as any guy would admire mom’s first husband.
    5. He’s been featured on MSNBC, CNN, FOX News, Dennis Miller, Air America, NPR, CNBC, and CurrentTV. He’s been a regular on MSNBC’s ‘The Ed Schultz Show’ and ‘UP with Chris Hayes;’ CNN’s “Starting Point with Soledad O’Brien,” HLN’s ‘The Joy Behar Show;’ FOX News’ ‘Fox & Friends’ and ‘Red Eye,’ and Progressive Talk’s ‘The Stephanie Miller Show.’ He’s a regular guest host for ‘Stephanie Miller’ and has co-hosted the conservative ‘Jay Severin Show,’ and been published on The Huffington Post and Daily Kos. He’s guest hosted “Viewpoint with Eliot Spitzer,” “The War Room with Jennifer Granholm,” and “Talking Liberally with Stephanie Miller” for Current TV. Oh, he also once co-hosted “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve.
    6. “CSI” – Dead Drug Mule. “Becker” – Psycopath. “Providence” – Sleazy Lawyer. “Coyote Ugly” – Crooked Club Owner. “Somewhere in the City“ - Sex scene with Sandra Bernhard.
    7. He’s appeared at Montreal’s ‘Just for Laughs’ Festival, HBO’s U.S Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen, The Las Vegas Comedy Festival, and he closed last year’s South Beach Comedy Festival in Miami. Booed in Tampa in 2002 for doing Bush material.
    8. He is Irish, Danish and German; which means he gets drunk, hides the Jews, and looks for them.
    9. He’s interviewed Bruce Springsteen, Pete Townshend, Yoko Ono, Willie Nelson, Tony Bennett, Joey Ramone, Carlos Santana, James Taylor, Bo Diddley, Stevie Nicks, Robbie Robertson, Ravi Shankar, Beyonce Knowles, Olivia Harrison, Garth Brooks, Dave Matthews & Carl Reiner. His interview with George Harrison included JF persuading George to play several songs on acoustic guitar. This proved to be George’s final televised appearance and was broadcast as “The Last Performance”.
    10. He has the longest bio of any guest we've ever had in 12 years!
    www.johnfugelsang.com

    Frank Schaeffer - NY Times Bestselling Author, Speaker, Artist
    Frank Schaeffer is a New York Times bestselling author of more than a dozen books. Frank is a survivor of both polio and an evangelical/fundamentalist childhood, an acclaimed writer who overcame severe dyslexia, a home-schooled and self-taught documentary movie director, a feature film director of four low budget Hollywood features Frank has described as “pretty terrible”. He is also an acclaimed author of both fiction and nonfiction and an artist with a loyal following of international collectors who own many of his oil paintings. Frank has been a frequent guest on the Rachel Maddow Show on NBC, has appeared on Oprah, been interviewed by Terri Gross on NPR’s Fresh Air and appeared on the Today Show, BBC News and many other media outlets. He is a much sought after speaker and has lectured at a wide range of venues from Harvard’s Kennedy School to the Hammer Museum/UCLA, Princeton University, Riverside Church Cathedral, DePaul University and the Kansas City Public Library.
    www.frankshaeffer.com

    THIS WEEKS TOPICS:

    1/ An ex-pastor has been found guilty of manslaughter this week, after his pregnant wife was found drugged & drowned in the bathtub. Now he was free to continue the relationship he was having with a woman from the church. Apparently it's more acceptable to kill her than to get divorced in the eyes of God/church. A woman who kept her dead husband's body in the bedroom for six months because she fully expected God to bring him back to life, has been sentenced to 18 months probation with counselling. Janay Rice (wife of NFL's Ray Rice) said this week in an interview that when her husband knocked her out cold in an elevator, it was all part of God's plan.

    WHY AREN'T THE SPIRITUAL LEADERS/TEACHERS/PASTORS OF THESE PEOPLE BEING ARRESTED AS WELL? Or are all religions the same – they attract people with mental illness?

    2/ (We never got around to this one a few weeks ago) Which do you care about less – theology of abortion, theology of gay stuff, theology of politics, theology of end times, theology of creation, theology of money, theology of hell or... theology?

Talkback, etc.

  • USELESS TELEVISION TRIVIA
    “It's the most - stressful time - of the year.” (I love that Christmas song!) We promise to have at least one completely useless/fun segment during each of our shows in December. So this week - it's time to bring back a crowd favourite USELESS TELEVISION TRIVIA! We play the soundtrack from an old television show and if you're the first caller to guess which TV show it's from - YOU WIN ABSOLUTELY NOTHING!
    (*NEWS FLASH: We've actually got stuff to giveaway! So tune in & call in to win something perfect to re-gift for that not so special someone!)
    **AUDIO NOT AVAILABLE

  • W.here's T.he F.aith (W.T.F?)
    Join Drew and various religion reporters from an assortment of news outlets, as they catch up on happenings in the world of Religion & Faith & Cults (Oh My!)
    Today's W.T.F. Guest: Kate Shellnutt - Associate Editor

Right-click here to bookmark or copy a link to this show November 29, 2014

Special Guests

  • CFL Hour on TDMS — With Chuck Ealey, Bob O'Billovich, Hank Ilesic & Zenon Andrusyshyn
    The hockey world lost a great man this week. Pat Quinn coached our beloved (and beleaguered) Toronto Maple Leafs for 8 years, coached Team Canada to Olympic gold, and received the prestigious Order of Canada. Joining Drew to talk about “The Big Irishman” and all things hockey:

    Chuck Ealey — Grey Cup Winning All Star, CFL Quarterback
    Hamilton Tiger-Cats, Winnipeg Blue Bombers, Toronto Argonauts

    Bob O’Billovich — Grey Cup Winning CFL Player
    Administrator, Scout, Assistant Coach, Head Coach & General Manager - Ottawa Roughriders, Toronto Argonauts, Calgary Stampeders, BC Lions, Hamilton Tiger-Cats

    Hank Ilesic — Grey Cup Winning, All Star CFL/NFL Punter/Kicker
    Edmonton Eskimos, Toronto Argonauts, San Diego Chargers, Hamilton Tiger-Cats, BC Lions

    Zenon Andrusyshyn — NFL, CFL & USFL Punter/Kicker
    Toronto Argonauts, Kansas City Chiefs, Tampa Bay Bandits, Montreal Alouettes

  • NHL Hockey Hour on TDMS — With Val Bure & Mark Osborne
    The hockey world lost a great man this week. Pat Quinn coached our beloved (and beleaguered) Toronto Maple Leafs for 8 years, coached Team Canada to Olympic gold, and received the prestigious Order of Canada. Joining Drew to talk about “The Big Irishman” and all things hockey:

    Val Bure — All Star NHL Right Winger
    Val played 10 seasons in the National Hockey League for the Montreal Canadiens, Calgary Flames, Florida Panthers, St. Louis Blues and Dallas Stars

    Mark Osborne — HL TV & Radio Analyst
    Mark played 14 seasons in the National Hockey League for the Detroit Red Wings, New York Rangers, Toronto Maple Leafs, and Winnipeg Jets.

A Radio Host And A Preacher Walk Into A Book...

  • Clint Malarchuk — NHL Goalie, Author of The Crazy Game: How I Survived In The Crease & Beyond
    No job in the world of sports is as intimidating, exhilarating and as stress-ridden as that of a hockey goaltender. Standing in the crease facing one-hundred-mile-an-hour slapshots, the entire game riding on your glove hand, standing on your head when necessary - all job requirements for those wanting to be the best goalies in the world. Now imagine doing that job while suffering high anxiety, depression and obsessive compulsive disorder, and having your career nearly literally cut short by a skate across your neck. The Crazy Game takes you deep into the troubled mind of Clint Malarchuk, the former NHL goaltender for the Quebec Nordiques, Washington Capitals and Buffalo Sabres. Even as a boy, Malarchuk faced such deep anxiety that he missed school and acted out at school and with his friends. His OCD changed the way he trained, and he was almost always the last player off the ice. When his throat was slashed during a collision in the crease, Malarchuk nearly died on the ice. Forever changed, he struggled deeply with depression and a dependence on alcohol, which nearly cost him his life and left a bullet in his head.
    *Clint Malarchuk was a goaltender with the Quebec Nordiques, Washington Capitals and Buffalo Sabres.

    *Co-Hosting this www.faithbooks.ca interview is Paul Allen from www.hockeyministries.org

LIVE! on TDMS - Devoted Souly to the Art of Music

  • This Week's Recording Artist — Mr. Bennett
    He's back! If Bob Dylan & Tom Waits had a baby, then gave it to Leonard Cohen to raise – you'd have this guy! Get ready for some cynical wisdom and sociological observations. Mr. Bennett has spent the better part of his half century wandering and performing, including 18 years in the UK. He has supported acts like The Fall, Ron Sexsmith, Jonathan Richman, and has played a lingerie shop, The London Palladium, Camden Town and an Alabama house party for Satanists. When he wasn’t performing, he was fueling buses, test driving cars, selling cheese, being a butcher, a barista, barman, and a roadie for several rock bands including Bloc Party … “they were great, Wembley Stadium was a big show but I met Eddie Izzard in the loo and that was better”.

    CHECK THESE VIDEOS OUT:
    Dizzy Little Girl (PUNK)
    Imitation Always Fails (Ukelele)
    AND Have a look at some of our LIVE in-studio performances on DrewTube

Pub Crawl

  • Since it's Drew's birthday on Sunday, he paid some of his friends to join him today: Gord Tranter & Lara Dewar Laurie
    Listen in as Drew and his guests crack open a few! Crawling from topic to topic - current affairs, pop culture, even touchy-feely-relational stuff. (Got a topic you want the gang from the pub to crack open? Click Here)

    TOPIC
    Jian Ghomeshi or Bill Cosby - which one is worser? (Real word!) Does the sheer number of victims automatically presume guilt, or is there a chance that these women are simply jumping on an attention seeking/social issue bandwagon? And in the Ghomeshi case, how will the courts be able to determine when “too far” became “too far” if it's a “he said – she said” thing? At this point do we simply apply Occam's Razor? What are the peripheral issues that have spun out of these cases?

Talkback, etc.

  • W.here's T.he F.aith (W.T.F?)
    Join Drew and various religion reporters from an assortment of news outlets, as they catch up on happenings in the world of Religion & Faith & Cults (Oh My!)

    Rob Fried — CEO of www.feeln.com
    As a nod to our American listeners this Thanksgiving, we thought we'd do something a little different in our WTF segment. Drew wants to get you Hooked On A Feeln! Academy award winning producer Rob Fried founded Feeln. Prior to this, Rob produced the classic inspiring film "Rudy", and was part of the executive team Behind "Hoosiers" and many other successful films. Feeln is a division of Hallmark, and is based in Los Angeles. At Feeln, a team of passionate filmmakers produces and curates well crafted movies that tell great stories, and can be enjoyed by any member of the family. Feeln is also a movie subscription service showing films that entertain, inspire and delight audiences of all ages. Subscribers can enjoy a broad range of movies, including Hollywood blockbusters, critically acclaimed Oscar winners, and classic favorites. Feeln also features a selection of over 80 Original Short Films, expertly crafted stories that are internally written, cast, directed and produced.

Right-click here to bookmark or copy a link to this show November 22, 2014

Special Guests

  • Karen Armstrong — Leading Religious Scholar, Author of FIELDS OF BLOOD: Religion and the History of Violence
    Karen Armstrong is one of the world’s leading authorities on the subject of religion and author of the best-selling works A History of God, Islam, and The Case for God. She has addressed the British House of Parliament, the US Congress, the World Economic Summit, and is an ambassador for the United Nations Alliance for Civilizations. In 2008 she was awarded the TED Prize, and used it to create the Charter for Compassion, a global initiative for peace. In her latest work FIELDS OF BLOOD: Religion and the History of Violence, Armstrong has finally written a work focused on the contentious relationship between religion and the violence that so many people associate with Islam, Judaism, and Christianity. One of the chief arguments levelled against religion is that it is intrinsically violent. Richard Dawkins wrote, “Only the willfully blind could fail to implicate the divisive force of religion in most, if not all, of the violent enmities in the world today”. Armstrong advocates for a more nuanced view. In this sweeping new work she traces human history back to our earliest civilizations and employs an in-depth comparison across all religions. What she uncovers tells us much about how humanity developed and throws out the overly simplified view that religion is violent by nature.

A Radio Host And A Preacher Walk Into A Book...

  • Rob & Kristen Bell — Bestselling Author, International Speaker, Author THE ZIMZUM OF LOVE A New Way of Understanding Marriage
    From the New York Times bestselling author of Love Wins and one of Time Magazine’s Hundred Most Influential People (2011), comes a revolutionary way to understand, embrace, and practice marriage. In the U.S., 41% of first marriages end in divorce. That means, according to the CDC, that there is approximately one divorce every 36 seconds. And yet, over 2 million Americans continue to get married every year, and the dating site Match.com has 17 million unique viewers each month. Despite ugly divorce statistics and other obstacles, people yearn for love. According to both Rob and Kristen Bell, “there is an enduring human longing to share our lives with another”, and in THE ZIMZUM OF LOVE: A New Way to Understand Marriage, they team up to examine how this shared life, despite its challenges, can be exciting, gratifying, and joyful. They draw on the ancient Hebrew concept of Zimzum - a word referring to the divine act of contracting, in which God creates space for the world to exist and thrive.
    *Rob Bell is host of The Rob Bell Show on OWN. His books include Love Wins, Velvet Elvis, Sex God, Jesus Wants to Save Christians, Drops Like Stars, and What We Talk About When We Talk About God. He was profiled in The New Yorker and TIME magazine, who named him one of 2011’s hundred most influential people. Kristen Bell was trained as an occupational therapist, co-founded the Mars Hill Church in Michigan, and runs the 2Day leadership events.

LIVE! on TDMS - Devoted Souly to the Art of Music

  • This Week's Recording Artist — Fraser Campbell
    CHECK THIS VIDEO OUT....OH and maybe THIS will happen!
    Fraser Campbell is an award-winning, Juno nominated recording artist from Victoria, British Columbia. His music is dynamic and creative and his live performances are full of undeniable passion, pounding energy, musical ingenuity and sincere honesty. Stylistically, his electric/rock/dance sounds have been compared to those of David Crowder and Jeremy Riddle, and are consistently pulling audiences out of their seats. In addition, Fraser’s Celtic roots always seem to surface and provide his performances with an organic richness similar to groups like Gungor and Mumford & Sons. Fraser and the band are on tour so check out his website to see if he's stopping by your neck of the woods.
    Have a look at some of our LIVE in-studio performances on
    DrewTube

soulSURVIVOR

  • Catalina – TDMS soulSURVIVOR Contestant Update
    A little while ago we featured a contest on our show. “soulSURVIVOR - Five Religious Tribes Competeing For The Soul Of One Person!”

    The Tribal Leaders Were:
    TRIBE HARE KRISHNA:
    Bhaktimarga Swami
    – Canada’s Leader of The Hare Krishna Community

    TRIBE BUDDHISM:
    Robert Thurman – First American Ordained Tibetan Monk & Personal Friend Of The Dalai Lama

    TRIBE JESUS:
    Anne Graham Lotz – Daughter of Rev Dr. Billy Graham, Author & Evangelist

    TRIBE MUSLIM:
    Imam Dr. Jamal Badawi – Professor, Author, Activist, Vice-Chairman of the Islamic University

    TRIBE MORMON:
    Dr. Robert L. Millet - Leading Mormon Scholar

    Catalina was our soulSURVIVOR. She was given the opportunity to speak with some of the most respected religious Tribal leaders in the world. At the end of the contest, our soulSURVIVOR then decided which Tribe presented the most compelling case for faith and revealed if she would be joining that Tribe! Today we catch up with Catalina and find out how her soul has been surviving!

    *If you’d like to be our NEXT soulSURVIVOR, email us all your contact details and why you think that YOU would make the best soulSURVIVOR!
    www.soulsurvivor.ca

Pub Crawl

  • Drew & His Mates Crack Open A Few! — Summer Extended Edition
    Listen in as Drew and his guests crack open a few! Crawling from topic to topic - current affairs, pop culture, even touchy-feely-relational stuff. (Got a topic you want the gang from the pub to crack open? CLICK HERE)

Talkback, etc.

  • W.here's T.he F.aith (W.T.F?)
    Join Drew and various religion reporters from an assortment of news outlets, as they catch up on happenings in the world of Religion & Faith & Cults (Oh My!)
    Today's W.T.F. Guest: Emma Green – Assistant Managing Editor at The Atlantic

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Journey

  • Andrew Queen — Twin Brother Of Doug Queen, Missing Teacher Later Found Dead
    On March 17th, Doug Queen, a well loved teacher, was sent home after a minor incident at school. Protocol. Later that day, Doug was then reported missing by his family. Three days later, his body was discovered in Lake Ontario. Rumour and innuendo turned Doug's death into a double tragedy, as reported by The Globe & Mail's Robyn Doolittle Click Here for Story. Today, Doug's twin brother Andrew gives his first radio interview in order to clear up those rumours, and also to pay tribute to a man loved by so many.
    *Andrew is also a teacher and a children's singer/songwriter. Their love for kids can be seen in Andrew's Anti-Bullying Song

Special Guests

  • Conservative MP Terence Young — In Parliament During Recent “Terrorist” Attack
    Member of Parliament, Terrance Young, joins us today to share with us two very powerful stories:
    1/ On October 22, Corporal Nathan Cirillo, a Canadian soldier on ceremonial sentry duty at the Canadian National War Memorial, was fatally shot. The assassin then launched an attack in the nearby Centre Block parliament building, where members of the Parliament of Canada were attending caucuses. MP Terence Young was one of many who were stacking chairs against the doors, in a room the shooter walked right by, just prior to being shot and killed by Sergeant-at-Arms, Kevin Vickers.

    2/ Back in 2011, Terence came on our show and shared the heart wrenching story of losing his 15-year old daughter Vanessa. “Without warning, our fifteen year old daughter Vanessa fell down dead in front of me, her heart stopped by the Johnson and Johnson blockbuster prescription drug Prepulsid, a drug we later discovered she should never have been given. Despite emergency ambulance services and valiant efforts of doctors at two hospitals, Vanessa never regained consciousness and died the next day. We never had a chance to say goodbye.” 13 years after Vanessa was stolen from her daddy, the Honourable Rona Ambrose, Minister of Health, joined by MP Terence Young, announced from the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) that the government is introducing new patient safety legislation, known as the Protecting Canadians from Unsafe Drugs Act (Vanessa's Law) as pledged in the 2013 Speech from the Throne.
    www.deathbyperscription.com

  • Michael Donovan — Founder of Outer Places: Where Science Meets Science Fiction
    Outer Places is a new online destination covering the intersection of science and science fiction. Outer Places is an exciting new movement created in partnership with the International UFO Museum in Roswell, New Mexico. They strive to be the pre-eminent online information and retail destination for anybody interested in Ufology, Science Fiction and Space. Every day, they aggregate and report on the most interesting news, opinion and video on the subjects that matter to you; including Sci-Fi news, Space Exploration, and UFO sighting and theory. Outer Places also offers people the chance to share their UFO encounters with a global community of enthusiasts and experts by uploading them direct to their live UFO sightings map. For those that are especially proud of their UFO footage or pictures, the Roswell Sightings shop allows users to add their imagery to hundreds of different products. The Roswell Sightings Shop is full of customizable products, which are ideal for alternative and humorous gifts for you, your friends and your family. For the Fanboys and Fangirls, Sci-Fi acts as your finger on the Science Fiction pulse. Their Entertainment database is a comprehensive guide to Science Fiction’s many attempts to explore the relationship between Humans, Space and Aliens. Read reviews, watch trailers and discuss developments on the latest Sci-Fi productions. From Comic Book movies to Space Exploration and Robotics, Outer Places IS Where Science Meets Science Fiction.

A Radio Host And A Preacher Walk Into A Book...

  • David Bergen — Award Winning Author of Leaving Tomorrow
    David Bergen is the author of eight novels, including A Year of Lesser (a New York Times Notable Book) and The Case of Lena S. (a finalist for the Governor General’s Award), as well as a collection of short stories. His work, The Time in Between, received the Giller Prize, and The Matter with Morris was shortlisted for both the Giller Prize and the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. Bergen’s most recent book, The Age of Hope, was a #1 bestseller and a finalist for the CBC’s Canada Reads 2013.
    *From the Giller Prize-Winning author of the #1 bestseller The Age of Hope, a thoughtful, tender, often wry novel of growing up and falling in love. In the small Alberta town of Tomorrow, young Arthur yearns for a larger life. His father loves horses and good books, while his mother follows practicality and her faith. Bev, his rough-edged brother, chooses action over thought. Arthur lives among them – intelligent, curious, romantic and at odds with his surroundings and his religion. His one ally is his adopted cousin, the fearless Isobel. Their mutual admiration for the land, literature, and all things French, and each other sustains him. When Bev returns from the Vietnam War emotionally broken, relationships within the family change and tensions arise. With a secret between the brothers, Arthur leaves for Paris, where he pursues his passions for writing and women and begins to claim the life he has always wanted. But dreams and reality don’t always match, and it is only through going away that Arthur learns to appreciate the push and pull of home and love. With his trademark prose and incisive characterizations, David Bergen has created a wise and hopeful character and an emotionally powerful story about being young and finding oneself.

    *Co-Hosting this www.faithbooks.ca interview is Ruth Thorogood & Lisa Hall-Wilson from www.thewordguild.com

LIVE! on TDMS - Devoted Souly to the Art of Music

  • Conor Gains
    This summer got off to a tremendous start as the Conor Gains Band won the 2014 Toronto Blues Society Talent Search, set off on an Eastern Canadian tour and released their new CD. “Run Away With The Night” - all in the span of three days. All eleven tracks on the album were written, or co-written, by Conor Gains, now 21, and show incredible musicianship, not to mention versatility. The Conor Gains Band debut CD ‘The Junction Sessions’ helped earn the band a 2013 Maple Blues Award nomination in the Best New Artist category. Audiences at the Tremblant International Blues Festival and clubs across the country have enthusiastically embraced the new exciting live performances with Conor Gains providing his unique style of lead guitar and vocals, Mackenzie Jordan and his soaring slide guitar, Mikey Vukovich and his ever-moving bass lines, and Aaron Hernandez and his energetic and spontaneous drumming. The resulting interaction blends blues, rock, folk, roots and country with the unique personality of each member, who all sing and share the spotlight to create an exciting and engaging show. From an early age, Conor Gains learned to be comfortable on the big stage playing as a guest of the B.B. King All Stars in Nashville and Memphis at age 14 and then with the late legendary Les Paul in New York’s Iridium Jazz Club (age 15). Shortly afterwards he began writing his own material. Other highlights include performances at the 2011 Montreal International Jazz Festival, the 2012 International Blues Challenge in Memphis and 2012 Kitchener Blues Festival.

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    AND Have a look at some of our LIVE in-studio performances on DrewTube

Pub Crawl

  • This week on the Pub Crawl
    The Word Guild is a growing community of more than 325 Canadian writers, editors, speakers, publishers, booksellers, librarians and other interested individuals who are Christian. From all parts of Canada and many denominational and cultural backgrounds, we affirm a common statement of faith and are united in our passion for the written word.

    Ruth Thorogood - Executive Director
    Lisa Hall-Wilson - Write Canada, Assistant Director


    TOPICS:

    1/ Men being accused of sexually harassing/assaulting women seems to be all over the news. From the former CBC icon Jian Ghomeshi to Bill Cosby to government MP's to viral social experiment videos of women being harassed on the street Click Here – it just seems to be the hottest topic. Is that because sexual harassment has reached an all time high or has it always been around and we're only hearing about it more because of social media and the internet? Are men getting more aggressive or are women sending mixed signals? Are men being brainwashed by porn or are women being brainwashed by Fifty Shades Of Grey? (And the Kardashians!)

    2/ Are we more stupider because we aren't reading books?
    The Pew Research Centre reported that the number of non-book-readers has nearly tripled since 1978. Is reading for pleasure dying a slow death? If adults aren't reading then are kids still being read to? What impact does this all have on our society? Is it really that big a loss or a surprise? Which book impacted you the most? What was the first book you remember reading? Did your parents read to you?
    (*According to Forbes, amongst the world's top 10 earning authors are zero Canadians.)

Talkback, etc.

  • W.here's T.he F.aith (W.T.F?)
    Join Drew and various religion reporters from an assortment of news outlets, as they catch up on happenings in the world of Religion & Faith & Cults (Oh My!)
    Today's W.T.F. Guest: Patton Dodd - Editor in Chief, OnFaith

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Special Guests

  • Paul Michael Glaser — Perchik from Fiddler On The Roof / Starsky from Starsky & Hutch
    Something's Gotta Give, Ray Donovan, Numb3rs, Criminal Minds, The Closer, Faceless, Ladies Night, Third Watch, Total Cops, The Streets of San Francisco, The Sixth Sense, The Waltons, Kojak,  and "The Rockford Files" are a few things you may have seen him in. But playing Detective David Starsky is what got him his own “hunk poster” back in the 70's! Paul grew up with a Jewish father, a VERY Jewish grandfather and an agnostic mother. Today, Paul considers himself a "Jew-Bu" (Jewish-Buddhist). His wife Elizabeth, contracted HIV in a blood transfusion while giving birth in 1981. Their daughter, Ariel, became HIV-positive through breast milk and died of AIDS in 1988. The couple's next child, Jake, contracted HIV in utero. Desperate to save their son and other children suffering from AIDS, the Glasers created the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation to spur research for children. Elizabeth died of AIDS in 1994.
    Part 2 of Drew's One Hour Interview

  • Prof. Imam Syed B. Soharwardy — Author New Checklist Warning Muslim Converts Of Extremist Recruitment Tactics & Ideologies
    Prof. Imam Soharwardy is the first Muslim Canadian who walked across more than 6,500 kms leading the Multifaith Walk Against Violence. (April 14 to October 27, 2008). He is the founder of Muslims Against Terrorism (MAT) and the Islamic Supreme Council of Canada (ISCC). He has authored several papers on various topics such as, challenges for Muslims in the western world, conflicts within the Muslim community, Intra and Inter religion conflicts, terrorism, political Islam, etc. Mr. Soharwardy has addressed hundreds of gatherings in Pakistan, USA, UK and Canada on various topics of Islamic faith. Imam Soharwardy is a strong advocate of Islamic Tasawuf (Sufism) and believes that the world will be a better place for everyone if we follow what Prophet of Islam, Muhammad (Peace be upon him) has said, "You will not have faith unless you like for others what you like for yourself". He believes that the spiritual weakness in humans causes all kinds of problems.

  • Kerri Pomarolli — Comedian, Actress, Author
    That's right folks - It's time for our monthly visit with our favorite Hollywood Correspondent!

A Radio Host And A Preacher Walk Into A Book...

  • “Hurricane” Hazel McCallion — One of Canada's Longest Serving Mayors, Author of Hurricane Hazel: A Life With Purpose
    Hurricane” Hazel McCallion Throughout her ground-breaking career in business and politics, Hurricane Hazel McCallion has seen it all. In 1978, she defeated a popular incumbent to win election as mayor of Mississauga, a rising city near Toronto that was, until then, a collection of towns, villages and farms. No one would have foreseen that the indomitable Hurricane Hazel would become so wildly popular that she would remain mayor until 2014, retiring at age 93. In her memoir, McCallion writes about her early years as the feisty mayor of a growing city; battles with politicians and business leaders; her love of hockey and abhorrence of on-ice violence; where the feminist movement misses its mark; and how she watched and dealt with her beloved husband's fall into the grip of Alzheimer's. Hazel's run as the leader of one of the fastest-growing cities in Canada has been nothing short of remarkable. The book is the story of Hazel's political, personal and business life, with all of its bumps and bruises along the way, as honest, bold and straightforward as the woman herself.

    *Co-Hosting this www.faithbooks.ca interview is Doug Rhind from www.porticocanada.ca

LIVE! on TDMS - Devoted Souly to the Art of Music

  • This Week's Recording Artist — Andria Simone
    Andria Simone is... well she's... ummm... how can we say it? You know what? Here's what others are saying about this incredible Toronto talent:

    "Andria is a big fan of R&B but unlike so many of her contemporaries, she thankfully doesn't resort to vocal histrionics to impress. Nor does she fancy glossy, overproduced music. In fact, there's a nice retro vibe to some of her songs, and by that I mean her love of classic soul and R&B arrangements really comes through.”
    ~ Errol Nazareth - CBC Radio's Big City Small World

    “Like Serena Ryder, Alicia Keys, or Little Willie John, Andria Simone has one of those strong, distinctive voices, full of soul and character, that you know you're going to remember the minute you first hear it. Simone's also got the songs, the backing band (led by ace guitarist Adam Beer-Colacino), and the vocal attitude to cement that first impression. Just listen to "Show Me How to Love" or "Nothing Comes Easy" from her debut recording, and you'll know she's a new talent to watch. Did I mention the voice?”
    ~ Howard Druckman - Editor, Words + Music magazine

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    AND Have a look at some of our LIVE in-studio performances on DrewTube

Pub Crawl

  • Drew & His Mates Crack Open A Few Topics!
    Current affairs, pop culture, even touchy-feely-relational stuff! Listen in OR call and join us, as we crawl from topic to topic! Got a topic you want the gang from the pub to crack open? (Click here)

    THIS WEEKS SPECIAL GUESTS:

    Benjamin L. Corey - Author of UNDILUTED, Blogger www.formerlyfundie.com

    Eric Metaxas - Author of “BONHOEFFER” & “MIRACLES” www.ericmetaxas.com
    1.  Last week, Reba Riley (Post Traumatic Church Syndrome) and William P Young (The Shack) discussed Brittany Maynard, the 29-year old woman who had brain cancer and ended up taking her life by doctor assisted suicide. Time magazine picked up Benjamin L. Corey's Patheos blog this week No, Brittany Maynard Did Not Commit Suicide: What We Can Learn From 9-11's 'Fallen man'".  So far, the post has received over 640 comments. Now that Brittany's story has ended, what will be her legacy? What have we learned from Brittan's journey?

    2. Recent News Headlines:
      It's a Miracle Anyone Survived the Virgin Galactic Crash!
      Police say it's a miracle no one was killed in a dangerous driving spree!
      It's a miracle! Devils finally victorious in a shootout!
      It's a miracle F1 driver Jules Bianchi is still alive!
      It’s a miracle: Oregon volunteers rescue dog that survived 150-foot fall!
      A miracle: Lava spares headstone in Hawaii cemetery!
      It's a miracle that Keith Richards is still alive!
      It's a miracle that Jian Ghomeshi didn't get beat up by any women!
      It's a miracle that people pay that much to watch the Leafs NOT win the Stanley Cup!

      MIRACLES – some believe in them, some don't. Some think that a flower is a miracle, some think that a flower is a flower. So what is a “miracle”? Does God always have something to do with them? Have you ever encountered one? If you got the one you've been asking for, would that save your faith? Do you think that we have any influence on whether miracles happen or not?

Talkback, etc.

  • W.here's T.he F.aith (W.T.F?)
    Join Drew and various religion reporters from an assortment of news outlets, as they catch up on happenings in the world of Religion & Faith & Cults (Oh My!)
    Today's W.T.F. Guest: Michael Paulson - National Religion Reporter for The New York Times

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Special Guests

  • High Valley — Award Winning Country Recording Artists
    Canada’s hottest, award-winning country music duo High Valley has just released their brand new album, County Line - the band’s third full-length studio album. Currently sitting at #2 on the Canadian Top Country Singles chart, “County Line”, the smash hit and title track of the new album, shot up the charts to the Top 15 within a month. In less than a decade the 2013 CCMA Interactive Artist of the Year Award winners have proven to be one of the most impressive Canadian country music duos to date. Earning 10 GMA Canada Covenant Awards and garnering multiple CCMA Award and JUNO Award nominations, it is clear to see that High Valley is unstoppable. The group has shared the stage with some of the biggest names in the industry including Brad Paisley, Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban, Little Big Town, Alan Jackson and Reba McEntire. 2014 saw them open for the legendary Shania Twain at the Calgary Stampede, in addition to performing at three festivals in Ontario, including the esteemed Boots and Hearts. High Valley is currently on a headlining tour across Canada, making stops in 26 cities. The County Line tour kicks off in Lindsay, Ontario on Friday, October 31st, and tickets are available now!

    *High Valley, along with Blue Rodeo, Dustin Bentall and Kendel Carson, will be performing at the Band Together Benefit Concert @ The Orpheum Theatre in Vancouver on Tuesday, November 4, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. For tickets go to www.bandtogetherconcert.ca Proceeds will go to develop and pilot a national campaign to house and support 20,000 of Canada's most vulnerable homeless people.

  • Dr. Kelly J. Baker — Author of The Zombies Are Coming! The Realities of the Zombie Apocalypse in American Culture
    Zombie Runs. Zombie Guns. Zombie Preparation Classes. Look anywhere in America these days, and you’re sure to find the living dead. We have TV shows, comics, novels, and films all enthralled to the vision of a world post-zombie apocalypse. But what’s the line between fantasy and real life? Horror fiction and real danger? In today’s zombie culture, that line is blurrier than ever. In this engaging, head-spinning ebook, zombie expert Dr. Kelly J. Baker shows us how our fascination with zombies has bled into far-reaching corners of American culture, including apocalypse preppers, gun shows, and even the federal government. How do we know the zombies are coming? Because they’re already here.
    *Kelly J. Baker has a PhD in Religious Studies. She is a writer and author of The Gospel According to the Klan: The KKK’s Appeal to Protestant America, 1915-1930. She has written for the Atlantic, Books & Culture, Chronicle Vitae, Washington Post’s Faith Street, Religion Dispatches, Killing the Buddha, and Christian Century’s Then & Now.

  • Dave Toycen — President and Chief Executive Officer, World Vision Canada
    As president and chief executive officer of World Vision Canada, Dave Toycen heads the country's largest humanitarian relief and development agency. In his 26 years as a leader with World Vision Canada - 18 as president - donations have increased and the number of children sponsored through World Vision Canada has risen. Toycen holds degrees in philosophy and divinity and has received three honorary doctorates—from Tyndale University College and Seminary in Toronto, the Church Divinity School of the Pacific in Berkeley, California and Wycliffe College in Toronto.
    www.worldvision.ca/gifts
    www.worldvision.ca/ebola

A Radio Host And A Preacher Walk Into A Book...

  • Mitch Albom — Bestselling Author of The First Phone Call From Heaven
    Some of us go through our entire lives wishing for one more chance to speak to a loved one that passed away, but, what if it seemed that day actually came? Best-selling author Mitch Albom’s emotional and heartfelt new novel, The First Phone Call From Heaven, takes us through the town of Coldwater, Michigan, as its residents start receiving calls from dead loved ones. Could this be the greatest miracle ever, or a massive hoax? As the town and its citizens receive world-wide attention, with people coming from all over the world, Sully Harding, a grief stricken single father, is determined to find out the truth. An allegory about the power of belief, and a page turner that will touch the soul, The First Phone Call From Heaven is a tale of love and hope that will thrill loyal fans and newcomers alike with its warmth and powerfully relatable story.
    *MITCH ALBOM is a best-selling author, screenwriter, playwright and nationally-syndicated columnist. The author of five consecutive No.1 New York Times bestsellers, his books have collectively sold more than 33 million copies in forty-two languages worldwide. Tuesdays With Morrie, which spent four straight years atop the New York Times list, is now the bestselling memoir of all time. Four of Albom’s books, including Morrie, The Five People You Meet In Heaven, For One More Day and Have A Little Faith, have been made into highly acclaimed TV movies for ABC. Oprah Winfrey produced “Tuesdays With Morrie,” which claimed four Emmy awards including a best actor nod for Jack Lemmon in the lead role. As a columnist for The Detroit Free Press, Albom has won more than 200 writing awards, including the Red Smith Award for lifetime achievement in sports writing. Albom also hosts a daily radio program and is a frequent presence on ESPN.

    *Co-Hosting this www.faithbooks.ca interview is Dave Toycen, President & CEO of www.worldvision.ca

LIVE! on TDMS - Devoted Souly to the Art of Music

  • This Week's Recording Artist — Patrick Ballantyne
    Patrick Ballantyne is usually content sitting behind the curtain watching his songs take flight through others (Time Chaisson, Meredith Shaw, Big Sugar, Shane Chisholm, The Trews). But sometimes he feels the need to step forward and fly on his own. His latest album “Days of Rain” is a rich and intensely personal portrayal of overcoming struggle and dark days to find light on the other side. Sonically, the songs on “Days of Rain” are influenced by Motown, The Beatles, Pink Floyd and various classic singer-songwriters. Lyrically however, the themes of loss and renewal make it clear that Patrick Ballantyne is channeling “Soul Music”.

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    AND Have a Look At Some of Our LIVE In-Studio Performances on DrewTube

Pub Crawl Special Guests

This Week's Pub Crawl Topic

  • Drew & His Mates Crack Open A Few Topics!
    “Current affairs, pop culture, even touchy-feely-relational stuff! Listen in OR call and join us, as we crawl from topic to topic! Got a topic you want the gang from the pub to crack open? (Click here)

    This Weeks Pub Crawl Topic There's really only one topic this week – Brittany Maynard, the 29-year old woman who has brain cancer and plans on taking her life (doctor assisted suicide) Saturday Nov 1st. (Watch her story on DrewTube) What would you say to Brittany before she dies? Would you consider taking your own life if you were about to suffer a horribly slow and painful death? How would you feel if your loved one wanted to end their life before “the disease” took over? Is it really better to be dead than “disabled”? Do you think there are moral/spiritual ramifications if someone kills them self? If so, then would you put those who jumped from the Twin Towers on 9/11 to avoid melting to death, in the same category?
    LAST CALL ON THE PUB CRAWL
    Got something to say about today's Pub Crawl topics? Call 877-569-1250 (toll free in Canada & The States) OR Tweet us your thoughts on @tdms OR post your thoughts on our Drew Marshall Show Facebook page OR send us a message or voicemail through our website www.drewmarshall.ca OR just mutter to yourself like an angry octogenarian!

Talkback, etc.

  • W.here's T.he F.aith (W.T.F?)
    Join Drew and various religion reporters from an assortment of news outlets, as they catch up on happenings in the world of Religion & Faith & Cults (Oh My!)
    Today's W.T.F. Guest: Cathy Lynn Grossman – Senior National Corespondent for Religion News Service

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Special Guests

  • Paul Michael Glaser — Perchik from Fiddler On The Roof / Starsky from Starsky & Hutch
    Something's Gotta Give, Ray Donovan, Numb3rs, Criminal Minds, The Closer, Faceless, Ladies Night, Third Watch, Total Cops, The Streets of San Francisco, The Sixth Sense, The Waltons, Kojak, and "The Rockford Files" are a few things you may have seen him in. But playing Detective David Starsky is what got him his own “hunk poster” back in the 70's! Paul grew up with a Jewish father, a VERY Jewish grandfather and an agnostic mother. Today, Paul considers himself a "Jew-Bu" (Jewish-Buddhist). His wife Elizabeth, contracted HIV in a blood transfusion while giving birth in 1981. Their daughter, Ariel, became HIV-positive through breast milk and died of AIDS in 1988. The couple's next child, Jake, contracted HIV in utero. Desperate to save their son and other children suffering from AIDS, the Glasers created the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation to spur research for children. Elizabeth died of AIDS in 1994.
    Part 1 of Drew's One Hour Interview

  • Emily Pearson — Actress, Producer, Ex-Mormon, Author of Dancing With Crazy
    Emily began her career singing, dancing and acting in various stage productions (A Christmas Carol; The Sound of Music; Once Upon a Mattress; Oliver; Hold Me; Working; Oklahoma!; West Side Story; The Pirates of Penzance) and received a double nomination as Best Actress in a Musical by the Connecticut Critics Circle for her roles as Carrie in Carousel and Mitzie in Over Here! Her film and television credits include Saved By the Bell; Twin Peaks; Beverly Hills 90210; Baywatch; and Touched By An Angel. Emily has been a guest on Geraldo, Regis and Kathy Lee, San Francisco's People Are Talking and CBS Sunday Morning News with Charles Kuralt; her voice can be heard in the animated film The Swan Princess; and she has been seen and heard in various television and radio commercials. Emily Pearson's memoir Dancing With Crazy is the true story of her personal derailment, both horrifically and humorously demonstrating what happens when mindless obedience to religious authority supersedes plain old common sense. As a young Mormon girl Emily gave up her own personal power, relinquished the ability to think for herself and allowed herself to blow with a wind that carried her from studying scriptures in the Sunday School classes of correctly clothed, righteous descendants of Mormon pioneers, to studying porn on San Francisco's Castro Street with her gay father and half naked drag queens, to drowning in depression in a stinky apartment in Hollywood, to puking in the toilet of a courting polygamist, to marrying her very own gay man in a Mormon Temple. After nearly losing her mind several times over, Emily disentangled herself from toxic and narcissistic personalities, walked away from a crippling religion and finally learned to think, act and live for herself. Dancing With Crazy is both heartbreaking and heart warming - an inspiring story filled with religious fundamentalists, transvestites, AIDS, love, abuse, obsession, visions, sex, Satan and salvation.

  • Michael Coren — Journalist, Broadcaster, Author of HATRED: Islam's War On Christianity
    From the bestselling author of Why Catholics Are Right, comes a new book examining the history, reasoning, theology, and politics behind the great genocidal phenomenon of modern times: the Islamist war on Christianity. Christians are the most persecuted identifiable group on earth. This is not the opinion of some but the informed view of most -- including the United Nations. What is seldom admitted, however, is that the vast majority of the nations that carry out the oppression, intolerance, violence, rape, and murder are Islamic. While Christians suffer in North Korea and parts of India, it is in Pakistan, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Egypt, Turkey, and even Indonesia and Malaysia where the situation is dark and becoming worse. The statistics and stories are truly terrifying in proportion and degree and as Islam expands and becomes increasingly aggressive, fundamentalist, and confident, Christian minorities live in fear and face a bleak future. Hatred outlines the history of the relationship between Islam and Christianity, explains what Islam actually teaches about the Christian faith, and gives numerous examples of the experience of Christians throughout the Islamic world. It explains not only what happens, but why it happens, and deliberately challenges the comforting but false idea that all of this is somehow an aberration and contrary to Islamic thought.
    *MICHAEL COREN is the bestselling author of twelve books, including biographies of G.K. Chesterton, H.G. Wells, Arthur Conan Doyle, J.R.R. Tolkien, and C.S. Lewis. He is the host of the talk show The Arena on the SUN News Network. He also hosts a daily radio show and writes a syndicated column for ten daily newspapers. His book Why Catholics Are Right was a national bestseller.

A Radio Host And A Preacher Walk Into A Book...

  • Jim Cymbala — Pastor Of Brooklyn Tabernacle, Author of Storm: Hearing Jesus for the Times We Live In
    Brooklyn Tabernacle pastor Jim Cymbala believes that the church is on the edge of a major storm. The warning signs of decreasing church attendance, watered-down messages, and pastor burnout are all around. Jim has just released his first prophetic book, Storm: Hearing Jesus for the Times We Live In, which examines the alarming challenges modern churches face and inspires the hope needed to over come them. Many people are concerned that the direction of our culture is becoming darker and more antagonistic toward the faith. But is the problem outside the church—or inside? Pastor Cymbala addresses the topic not with despair, but with hope. With inspiring stories of changed lives and growing churches, he draws readers back to prayer, offers ways to lead with love, and reminds readers why the message of grace matters more than political trappings.
    *Jim Cymbala has served as pastor of the Brooklyn Tabernacle for more than forty years. He is the author of many bestselling books, including Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire, The Church God Blesses, When God’s People Pray, Fresh Faith, and Spirit Rising. He lives in New York City with his wife, Carol, who directs the Grammy Award–winning Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir.

    *Co-Hosting this www.faithbooks.ca interview is Murray Cornelius from www.paoc.org

LIVE! on TDMS - Devoted Souly to the Art of Music

  • LINDA CARVERY
    Soloist and director of the award-winning Nova Scotia Mass Choir, Linda Carvery embarked on her solo career in 2000. Working with Bill Stevenson and the crew at CBC Halifax, Linda recorded her first solo CD Yesterday / Today. This recording featured selections of her personal jazz, blues, R&B and gospel favourites and she won the ECMA for Best Jazz Artist in 2002. Linda has since expanded her musical horizons by performing in the Neptune Theatre productions of the musicals Gospel at Colonus and Best Little Whorehouse in Texas. She also performed in Eastern Front Theatre’s production of Whylah Falls, which staged a series of performances at the National Arts Centre. Linda performed at the Halifax for Haiti fundraising concert, and recently was part of the East Coast Blues Summit on CBC. She is also a regular featured performer with the Canadian Atlantic Ladies In Blues film series. Linda’s musical diversity and powerful presence combine to deliver an entertainment experience that has attracted a large and loyal following. Aside from her musical endeavours, Linda recently served as the Citizenship Judge for the Atlantic region.
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  • JEREMIAH SPARKS
    Now based in Toronto, Jeremiah Sparks was born and raised in Cherrybrook. His musical career started in the church, where he became the organist at the age of sixteen. By the time he was asked to move to Toronto to play the role of Mufasa in "The Lion King", he had held the position of Church organist and Choir director for the Nova Scotia Mass Choir for over twenty years. Jeremiah is an accomplished actor, singer and composer whose theatre credits include Hosanna, Satchmo Suite, The Odyssey (Stratford; actor and composer), Mother Courage, A Christmas Carol, and Oliver for the National Arts Center. He is also a major performer in the world renown production of "Drum" and he recently performed as the lead role in the play "Cake" for the Biyimba International Arts Festival in Uganda, Africa.
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    A Special African Nova Scotian Gospel Celebration...
    On October 26 at 2 p.m., Ken Whiteley will kick off his 12th Sunday Afternoon Gospel Series at Hugh’s Room in Toronto with a fabulous show of African Nova Scotian gospel music. To book concert tickets or to make a table reservation for lunch contact Hugh's Room at (416) 531-6604. Tickets are $20. in advance, $22.50 at the door, and $18. per person for Groups of 10 or more. The doors open at 1 p.m. Hugh's Room offers a lovely lunch menu. The concert starts at 2 p.m. with the music running until 4 p.m. Hugh's Room is located at 2261 Dundas Street West, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

    Check out some of our LIVE in-studio performances on DrewTube

Pub Crawl

  • John Counsell — Host of "Late Night Counsell" on AM580/CFRA Ottawa
    TOPICS:
    1)  We'll talk with Ottawa broadcaster John Counsell, who took calls from his listeners for 4-hours concerning the “mental illness” attack at the Parliament buildings. His studio is only two blocks from where our Canadian soldier was murdered. Is it time for the Parliamentary Police to carry more than handcuffs and a baton? Since the killer was Canadian born and had actually been kicked out of a Mosque in BC, who do we blame now? And as inappropriate as this might be – why has one dead soldier completely overshadowed the fact that 6 dead babies were found in a Winnipeg U-Haul storage unit? Is this connected to why abortion doesn't seem to be that big of a deal anymore?

    2)  Do Jesus people still flip out over Halloween or have they figured out that Mike Warnke and the infamous “satanic panic” of the 70's & 80's was all hysteria? Is Halloween still something to be worried about for good old church goin' folk? Are there still churches that celebrate Halloween “Kirk Cameron Style”? (Using it as an opportunity to evangelize your neighbours.)

Talkback, etc.

  • W.here's T.he F.aith (W.T.F?)
    Join Drew and various religion reporters from an assortment of news outlets, as they catch up on happenings in the world of Religion & Faith & Cults (Oh My!)
    Today's W.T.F. Guest: Sarah Posner - Contributing Writer for Religion Dispatches

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Special Guests

  • Yamma Brown — Daughter of The Godfather Of Soul - James Brown
    Yamma Brown was just seven years old when her mother unexpectedly picked her and her sister Deanna up from a Halloween party and drove them to Washington, DC to live with their grandmother. Until that day in 1979, Yamma and Deanna lived behind the gates of the largest home on Beech Island, SC: the home of their father, James Brown. In her new book, Cold Sweat: My Father James Brown and Me, Yamma Brown reveals intimate details about her family; both heartbreaking and intriguing, she offers a raw portrait of what is was like to be daddy’s little girl to a drug addict, egotist, wife beater, and one of the most legendary musicians of our time. Dealing with a complex and famous father eventually took a back seat to coping with her abusive and deceitful marriage. Yamma was caught in the same trap as her mother, taking beatings and staying in her marriage for the sake of her two young children. It took ten years of verbal and physical abuse and the death of her father in 2006 for her to leave Darren Lumar, a spiteful, abusive man who was a doting father but involved in sketchy business deals for most of his career. Yamma describes in excruciating detail the turning point of her marriage: the tumultuous fight that ended with both Yamma and Darren hospitalized two days after James Brown died of heart failure in 2006. Darren was murdered at his townhome in Atlanta two years later—his murder case is unsolved to this day. In Cold Sweat, Yamma includes vignettes of her own celebrity encounters, from Michael Jackson requesting to be alone with Brown after his death, to Al Sharpton, Denzel Washington and the famous phone call from Bill Clinton during the Monica Lewinsky scandal. But Yamma’s life always circles back to her father and her struggles with remembering him as the person she always wanted him to be and who he really was: a deeply flawed man who was incapable of restraining his own violence. Though Yamma admired her father for his musical talent and passion for Civil Rights, it was his maddening depression, spiral into drug addiction, fear of being alone, and perpetual abuse of the women in his life that prevented him from saving himself and his family from the tortures of his past. Recently, Yamma produced the major biopic about her father, Get On Up, directed by Tate Taylor of The Help, starring Chadwick Boseman.

  • Karima Bennoune — Professor, Blogger, Author of Your Fatwa Does Not Apply Here
    Karima Bennoune is a professor of international law at the University of California–Davis School of Law. She grew up in Algeria and the United States and now lives in northern California. Her father, was an outspoken professor at the University of Algiers who faced death threats during the 1990s, but continued speaking out against fundamentalism and terrorism. In writing her book, Karima set out to meet people who are today doing what her father did back then, to try to garner for them greater international support than Algerian democrats received during the 1990s. In 1995, she served as a Center for Women’s Global Leadership delegate to the NGO Forum at the Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing where she provided legal advice to the Tribunal for Global Accountability for Violations of Women’s Human Rights. From 1995 until 1999 she was based in London as a legal adviser at Amnesty International. Her publications have appeared in many leading academic journals and her article, “Terror/Torture,” was designated one of the top 10 global security law review articles of 2008 by Oxford University Press. She has lectured around the world, including at the prestigious Harvard Law School, NYU School of Law, UC-Berkeley School of Law, the University of Virginia School of Law and the Yale Law School in the U.S., as well as for the UN Department of Political Affairs, the University of London, the London School of Economics & the University of Oslo. She has been invited to lecture about Your Fatwa Does Not Apply Here in Algeria, Australia, Egypt, Poland, Turkey, Senegal and the United Kingdom, as well as around the United States.
    www.karimabennoune.com

A Radio Host And A Preacher Walk Into A Book...

  • Jimmy Wayne — From Homeless Kid to Country Music Star
    When Jimmy Wayne was 13 years old, his mother abandoned him on the side of the road. His life to that point had been unstable, following his bipolar mom from city to city, boyfriend to boyfriend. As he watched his mom and her new husband drive away that night, he had no choice but to live on the streets. Jimmy was eventually picked up by the foster care system and tossed from home to home. He felt hopeless and lost. Then one day, a chance meeting with an elderly woman named Bea Costner changed his life forever. Today, Jimmy Wayne is best known for his country music success. With hits like “Do You Believe Me Now,” which spent three weeks at #1, it’s hard to imagine this star coming from such a background. In his book, Walk to Beautiful, Jimmy details his journey to success and what he’s doing now to help kids with a similar story to his. After touring one summer with Brad Paisley, Jimmy came back to Nashville and realized he wanted to raise awareness for the countless youth that age-out of the foster care system and become homeless as a result. So he decided to walk halfway across America, from Nashville to Phoenix and live like a homeless person the entire way. The walk that is now nationally renowned as “Meet Me Halfway” took Jimmy seven months to complete and greatly elevated the issues he cares most about. *Jimmy Wayne is a former foster kid turned country music singer/songwriter whose songs and story highlight his mission to bring awareness to kids who age out of the foster system and become homeless. In 2010 Jimmy walked halfway across America raising awareness for these kids. He won the millionaire award for having 100,000,000 radio spins in America of his song Do You Believe Me Now, is the author of the novel Paper Angels, and the national spokesperson for Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), who work to support the lives of children who have been neglected, abused or are in the foster care system.
    *Co-Hosting this www.faithbooks.ca interview is Bob Lenz from www.lifepromotions.org

LIVE! on TDMS - Devoted Souly to the Art of Music

  • This Weeks Recording Artist — Evan Champagne
    Evan Champagne takes an organic approach in fusing a variety of styles and instrumentation together with the acoustic guitar. A multi-instrumentalist with truly signature vocals, he pushes things a step further with his artful use of live dub technology (aka: Live Looping). Evan performs unique renditions of the hits and introspective original material, which he sells hundreds of copies of yearly, bootleg style, straight off stage. A live show is actually the only place you can purchase his hand-made album! Ever grateful for his loyal audience of fans and friends, he strives to be a positive force musically and in his community. Having found success creating an original solo performance over the past decade, Evan Champagne continues to be one of the busiest independent Canadian touring artists, performing over 200 times each year at festivals, music venues & private events.
    CHECK THIS VIDEO OUT!

Pub Crawl

  • Bob Lenz — Motivational Speaker
    Author, international speaker, and founder of Life Promotions, Bob Lenz speaks to nearly half a million students each year. His public school assembly programs have been consistently rated among the best in the nation by school administrators, teachers, parents, and most importantly, students. His intense passion to instill hope in youth allows him to connect with their hearts and minds like no other speaker can, sharing experiences that help them deal with real life while challenging them to make a difference in their world. He explores sober issues like bullying, self-harm, suicide and substance use while using his unique gift of humor. Somewhere between laughing at one of his embarrassing moments and getting choked up over a true story, students realize their lives have been changed. Since 1982 Bob has spoken in all 50 states to more than 3 million people, and is a member of the National Speakers Association.
    www.lifepromotions.org

    “Drew & His Mates” crack open a few - topics! Current affairs, pop culture, even touchy-feely-relational stuff! Listen in OR call and join us, as we crawl from topic to topic! (Got a topic you want the gang from the pub to crack open? Click here)

    This Weeks Pub Crawl Topics
    1. Evangelical group, Focus On The Family, sponsored “Bring Your Bible To School Day” this week, encouraging students of all ages to... wait for it... bring their Bibles to school. According to a FOTF spokesperson, students were encouraged to, “... voluntarily bring their Bibles to school as a visual celebration of their religious freedom and start conversations with other students." As well, FOTF published a students guide with quizzes students could share, t-shirt and poster designs and a "pass the verse forward" activity with scriptural passages they could give to their friends. Is this something you would want your child to do, orrrrrr... not so much?

    2. Speaking of bullying – is bullying really that big a deal or are people just becoming more politically correct and thin skinned? Bullying has always - and will always be part of society. Some say it's one of the few social phenomenons left that naturally help to develop character. No one thinks it's a “good thing” especially if you're the one being bullied, but should we be spending so much time and effort trying to completely eradicate it?

    3. Speaking of bullying - Mark Driscoll, the pastor behind the Mars Hill mega-church, has officially resigned and stepped down as their pastor. This after accusations of plagiarism in his books, using church funds to get his book on the New York Times Bestseller list, bullying/abusing 21 former pastors of his church by being domineering/verbally violent/arrogant/quick-tempered. Since Mark Driscoll is on the market again, would you want your church to hire him?

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Talkback, etc.

  • W.here's T.he F.aith (W.T.F?)
    Join Drew and various religion reporters from an assortment of news outlets, as they catch up on happenings in the world of Religion & Faith & Cults (Oh My!) Today's W.T.F. Guest: Kevin Eckstrom – Editor-in-Chief, Religion News Service

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Special Guests

  • Kay Warren — Mom of 3, Grammy of 5, Pastor's Wife, Speaker, Author, Advocate For Those Living With HIV, Mental Illness & For Orphans, Cofounder of Saddleback Church With Husband, Rick “Purpose Driven” Warren
    Studies show one in four adults in America will be affected by a mental illness at some point in their lives. On Friday, October 10, which is World Mental Health Day, Rick and Kay Warren of Saddleback Church will host "24 Hours of Hope," a free global online event designed to encourage individuals living with a mental illness, educate and support their families, and equip church leaders for compassionate and effective mental health ministry. The "24 Hours of Hope" broadcast features messages from the historic Gathering on Mental Health and the Church (including new interviews and messages) highlighting the collaboration between the Warrens, Bishop Kevin Vann of the Diocese of Orange, and National Alliance on Mental Illness – Orange County (NAMI-OC). These messages are designed to offer hope as well as practical tools to those living with depression, Bipolar Disorder, eating disorders, addictions, anxiety, and Borderline Personality Disorder. Topics include removing stigma, suicide-risk reduction, church counseling, support groups, crisis management and holistic care. The event will feature more than 30 speakers including: Pastor Rick and Kay Warren of Saddleback Church; John Townsend, Ph.D., psychologist and author/co-author of 25 books including Boundaries, and Handling Difficult People; Daniel Amen, M.D., physician, double board-certified psychiatrist, teacher, and Founder and Medical Director of Amen Clinics; Aaron Kheriaty, M.D., associate Professor of Psychiatry and Director of the Program in Medical Ethics at the University of California Irvine, School of Medicine, and author of The Catholic Guide to Depression; Amy Simpson, award-winning author of Troubled Minds: Mental Illness and the Church's Mission. To join "24 Hours of Hope," which is a free event, on Friday, October 10, 2014, visit www.mentalhealthandthechurch.com
    *The Warrens' youngest son, Matthew, struggled with mental illness for most of his life, and the issue became even more deeply personal to them when he took his life in 2013. The Warrens have since dedicated themselves to raising awareness about mental illness, eliminating stigma, and encouraging faith communities to become safe and accepting places for people living with mental illness and their families.

  • Ted Williams — The Man With The Golden Voice!
    Ted Williams was discovered when a video taken of him showing off his Golden Voice for broadcasting went viral. At that time he was homeless. Since then, he has been offered voice-over work with some of the biggest corporations, TV networks and sports franchises on the planet. He also signed a book deal worth hundreds of thousands of dollars. However, Ted finds himself today, owning nothing. So where did the money go? After 17 years of living on the streets and using crack, has he been able to stay clean and sober since being thrust into the spotlight?

  • Bart Campolo — Humanist Chaplain at University Of Southern California, Son of Evangelist Tony Campolo
    Today, Bart will share with us his spiritual journey - from being a pastor and prodigy to one of the world's most renowned Christian Evangelists, to becoming an atheist chaplain. According to the ever so trusted source Wikipedia, “Bart Campolo sparked some controversy after publishing an article in The Journal of Student Ministries entitled The Limits of God's Grace. This article, which argues that God is not currently in control of the universe and will eventually utterly triumph over evil, was perceived as heretical by many in the evangelical community, most notably by Christianity Today, who drew comparisons between Campolo and Ivan Karamazov.”

A Radio Host And A Preacher Walk Into A Book...

  • Sherry Gore — Author of Me, Myself And Pie
    Sherry Gore is a renowned Amish food writer and pie expert! She has released a unique and appealing cookbook that offers both traditional Amish pie recipes passed down through generations and modern recipes with surprise twists. Woven through the book are short stories that highlight the beauty and simplicity of modern Amish life, told from Sherry’s down-to-earth and sweet point-of- view. Filled with classic pie recipes such as apple and pecan, yet bolstered with modern pie innovations like pie pops, Thanksgiving Pie, and pies-in-a-jar, this is a collection of simple, straightforward recipes and stories of Amish life that will help bakers bring their families together around the table. Brimming with full-color photography of more than 100 recipes - full of simple, wholesome ingredients and tried-and-true techniques that are sure to please any palate - ME, MYSELF, AND PIE will help you bake the perfect Amish pie, whether you are a pie novice or a filled-pastry aficionado. From sweet and savory fillings, basic crusts, fruit pies, cream pies, meringues, scrumptious toppings, and more, ME, MYSELF, AND PIE has a pie for everyone! Some featured recipes include: Dutch Peaches and Cream Pie, Grasshopper Pie, Apple Skillet Pie, Sour Cherry Crunch Pie, Frozen Pink Lemonade Pie, Shoo-Fly Pie, Peanut Butter Cream Pie, Pumpkin Gingersnap Cheesecake, Strawberry Rhubarb Pie, Lemon Icebox Pie, Cream Cheese Pecan Pie & Summer Tomato Pie!
    *The National Geographic Channel featured Sherry prominently in the 2012 debut season of their documentary series, Amish: Out of Order. She has three children and is a member of a Beachy Amish Mennonite church. She’s a caregiver to her twenty-three- year-old daughter, a Sunday school teacher, a cooking show host, and an official pie contest judge.

    *Co-Hosting this www.faithbooks.ca interview is Cherie Inksetter (Former Pie Shop Owner) from www.stgilesstcatharines.ca

LIVE! on TDMS - Devoted Souly to the Art of Music

  • This Week's Recording Artist — Ken Whiteley
    Ken Whiteley is a Canadian roots music legend. His musical journey has taken him from jug band, folk and swing to blues, gospel and children's music. Among numerous accolades, he has been awarded a Canadian Folk Music Award, Genie Award for Best Original Song in a Canadian film, Lifetime Achievement recognition from Folk Music Ontario (Ontario Council of Folk Festivals) and Mariposa Folk Festival. He has also been nominated for 7 Juno awards and 14 Maple Blues Awards. Ken’s live performances showcase his outstanding musicianship on guitars and mandolin, award winning original songs and his powerful vocals, called "...a cross between Pete Seeger and Tony Bennett on 11!" Whether leading his own group, solo or collaborating with peers at blues, folk, children’s festivals and concerts of all sizes, his “...deep knowledge and infectious passion” guarantee good times for all. As a producer of over 125 recording projects, Ken’s productions have garnered 10 Canadian Gold and Platinum records, 4 American Gold records, 22 Juno and 2 Grammy nominations, and sold over 8 million copies.
    *Season 12 of Ken Whiteley's Sunday Matinee Gospel Music Series @ Hugh's Room in Toronto starts on October 26, 2014 with a special Nova Scotia Gospel Celebration! Featuring Linda Carvery, founder of the Nova Scotia Mass Choir and fellow Nova Scotian Jeremiah Sparks ("Mufasa" from the Toronto production of The Lion King).  Each show highlights the interaction of award winning guest vocalists and musicians sharing the stage with Ken for a joyous afternoon of uplifting musical magic. Whether you are coming for the terrific music, or to sing and clap along, or for the spiritual experience, this Gospel series promises to be an accessible and exciting blend of musical styles that is appropriate for music lovers of all ages. Tickets: $20 Advance / $22.50 Door Showtime: 2:00 PM www.hughsroom.com
    CHECK THIS VIDEO OUT!
    AND THIS ONE!

Pub Crawl

  • Joining Drew Today: Josh Marshall — The newly married son of a... legendary broadcaster!

    “Drew & His Mates” crack open a few - topics! Current affairs, pop culture, even touchy-feely-relational stuff! Listen in OR call and join us, as we crawl from topic to topic! (Got a topic you want the gang from the pub to crack open? Click here)

    A Father & Son will discuss:
    1. After an Indiana State Trooper pulled over a woman for a traffic violation, he asked her if she had a home church and if she had accepted Jesus Christ as her savior. Then, along with a warning ticket, he handed her a religious pamphlet that asked readers to acknowledge they were sinners. The trooper is now being sued for violating the woman's First & Fourth Amendment rights. Is this lawsuit justified or does the officer have the right to free speech?

    2. An Oregon couple that own a bakery, refused to make a wedding cake for a lesbian couple. They are now being sued for $150,000 for violating the couple's civil rights and will probably go bankrupt. The bakery owners claim that is was their civil rights that were infringed upon because they were just trying to live by their religious beliefs. Whose rights are more important?

    3. A Trinity Western graduate is suing a company because during the process of not being hired by them, the owner proceeded to slam her for her Christian beliefs and the fact that she graduated from a place that forbids students to have sex outside of a heterosexual marriage. The owner wrote that not only was she not qualified but that "unlike Trinity Western University, we embrace diversity, and the right of people to sleep with or marry whoever they want." In one of her replies, the student closed the email with “God Bless.” The owner responded to this by saying that, “God Bless is very offensive to me, and yet another sign of your attempts to impose your religious views on me. I do not want to be blessed by some guy who was conceived by a whore, outside of marriage, and whom has been the very reason for the most horrendous abuses and human rights violations in the history of the human race. If I was to meet the guy, I'd actually fuck him.” Should the Christian girl sue?

Talkback, etc.

  • W.here's T.he F.aith (W.T.F?)
    Join Drew and various religion reporters from an assortment of news outlets, as they catch up on happenings in the world of Religion & Faith & Cults (Oh My!)
    Today's W.T.F. Guest: Manya Brachear Pashman – Religion Reporter For The Chicago Tribune

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A Radio Host And A Preacher Walk Into A Book...

  • Max Lucado — New York Times Bestselling Author of Before Amen: The Power of A Simple Prayer
    Max Lucado cites in his new book Before Amen: The Power of A Simple Prayer that every week, more people will pray than will exercise, go to work, or have sex. But when it comes to praying, many don’t know where to begin. Before Amen, Max’s most personal and candid humble book to date, is written for everyone who wants to pray more, better and stronger, with more fire, faith and fervency. He admits to his own failures in this area, calling himself a “recovering prayer wimp” and offering specific ways people can experience a heart connection with God through prayer. “Prayer, for most of us, is not defined by a month-long retreat, or even an hour of meditation,” writes Lucado. “Prayer is conversation with God, between appointments, while walking the hallway to class, or interacting with a client.” Lucado believes that a vibrant prayer life does not mean your prayers are better or more eloquent than others. Quite the opposite. Lucado says humility combined with confidence provides a God-given prayer strength. Writes Lucado: “Since you matter to God, your prayers matter in heaven. You’re never without hope because you are never without prayer.” He builds Before Amen on a simple “pocket prayer,” distilling all the prayers of the Bible into one that is easy-to- remember and as near as your pocket. “Father, You are good. I need help. They need help. Thank you. In Jesus’ name, amen.”  This “pocket prayer” has been key in changing Lucado’s attitude about and practices in prayer.
    *Max Lucado is the leading inspirational author in United States. His writings have been shaped into bestselling books, videos, devotionals, songs, greeting cards, booklets, Bible studies, commentaries, and theatrically released movies. More than 120 million Lucado products have been printed in 54 languages, including 92 million books to date. Lucado’s books have appeared on national bestseller lists such as The New York Times, USA Today, Publishers Weekly and ECPA. Lucado has been featured on countless national media outlets including The TODAY Show, Good Morning America, Huckabee, and Fox & Friends.
    *Co-Hosting this www.faithbooks.ca interview is Stephen Sheane from www.bramalea.org

Journey

  • Gabrielle Lavallee - Part 2
    Gabrielle joined us during our Season 12 Premier a few weeks ago and shared the most horrific journey of abuse we've ever heard. She was a member of The Ant Hill Kids, a cult led by Roch Theriault. Gabrielle was forced to endure humiliating torture for years. She was made to smear her face with the excrement that another disciple evacuated on the floor while he was being beaten up. After that, Thériault smashed her nose against the door and ripped her skull open with the door handle. Members of the cult had their pubic hair ripped out, their genitals crushed, some castrated, skulls balded by the handful, black eyes, lacerations, broken ribs, forced enemas, flogging, their vaginal areas burned with a blowtorch, scaldings, and other atrocities we can't mention. Gabrielle assisted Thériault when he decided to operate on a member. He opened her abdomen, cut out a piece of her he deemed unhealthy, then asked his right-hand man to stitch it all up with a knitting needle. After that, the poor girl, who had to endure this hellish operation un-sedated, was commanded to stand up and walk without complaining. The next day this woman was very close to death, but Thériault demanded that she get up as usual. Then, realizing that she actually wasn't well, he made her swallow six eggs, put a mushroom and saliva plaster on the wound, made her take a very hot bath followed by an icy cold one. After all that, he was surprised when she died. The following night, he demanded that the remains be stretched out naked on his bed, and he spent the night alone with her. One night, Gabrielle tried to escape but was caught. She was brought back to the isolated commune, where Thériault pinned her hand to a wooden table with a hunting knife, removed one of her fingers with wire cutters, then amputated her entire arm. Drew was able to track down Gabrielle and she agreed, with some reluctance, to a rare interview in order to clarify exactly what happened during her time in one of Canada's most brutal cults. This week, we follow up with Gabrielle to find out more about her life now - her journey and spiritual recovery.

LIVE! on TDMS - Devoted Souly to the Art of Music

  • This Week's Recording Artist — Angela Saini
    Fresh off a Dutch tour overseas and three cross-Canada treks in the last year, Angela Saini is releasing her second EP “Leap.” Showcasing well-crafted songs about self-renewal, empowerment, love and life, Angela delves into humanistic and honest themes laden with catchy hooks and memorable melodies. Her first effort “Cake and Callouses” last year garnered a Toronto Independent Music Award Nomination as well as a “Best Female Artist” nomination in the International Acoustic Music Awards. Whip up Feist, sprinkle in some Sheryl Crow, and top with a sour cherry candy; the result is “angelic vocals with just a little stomp.” (Cadence Canada Magazine) Frequently gigging as an acoustic solo artist, Angela decided to take her songs electric and got the attention of Johnny Fay, drummer for The Tragically Hip. Demo sessions became pre-production for her debut “Cake and Callouses” and a year later, Angela is taking her next Leap. Her strong and soulful voice is carrying her wherever she decides to go next.
    CHECK THIS VIDEO OUT!

Pub Crawl

  • Mark Vander Vennen — Executive Director of Shalem Mental Health Network
    Mark has been a marriage and family therapist since 1988. He has also worked in child welfare and in children’s mental health. Until 2004, he served for almost 15 years as the Coordinator of what was then called Children’s Case Coordination Services for Northumberland County, an advocacy position which involved him directly in the child welfare, children’s mental health, health, adult mental health, youth justice, developmental, medically complex, and education systems. Throughout that period he maintained a private practice in marriage and family therapy. From 2004-2008 Mark served on the Inter-Ministerial Provincial Advisory Committee of the Office of Child and Family Service Advocacy at Queen’s Park. He is the Board Chair of Wrap Canada and Co-Chair of Wrap Canada’s Training and Technical Support Institute. He is a certified Restorative Justice Facilitator trainer. He has worked extensively with both perpetrators and victims of violence, and is the co-author of Hope in Troubled Times: A New Vision for Confronting Global Crises, Foreword by Desmond Tutu.
    www.shalemnetwork.org

    “Drew & His Mates” crack open a few - topics! Current affairs, pop culture, even touchy-feely-relational stuff! Listen in OR call and join us, as we crawl from topic to topic! (Got a topic you want the gang from the pub to crack open? Click here)

    This Weeks Pub Crawl Topics
    1. The topic of suicide has been front and centre for quite a while with the death of Robin Williams. Why do people kill themselves? What are the signs that someone you love might want to end their life? Is suicide the epitome of selfishness or is it simply a mental health crisis?
    2. It looks like the trend of self-harm amongst young people today (cutting, carving, etc.) is here to stay and isn't just a trend after all. Where did this come from? What is it about this generation that has made self harm a cultural phenomenon? And what is it about pain that makes people want to cause more pain?
    3. With story after story of celebrity men beating up their partners, why are women with these men in the first place? Why don't they leave before it gets to this? Are they really trapped? What are the markers of abuse? What's going on with these men that makes them do this?

Talkback, etc.

  • W.here's T.he F.aith (W.T.F?)
    Join Drew and various religion reporters from an assortment of news outlets, as they catch up on happenings in the world of Religion & Faith & Cults (Oh My!)
    Today's W.T.F. Guest: Paul Brandeis Raushenbush - Senior Religion Editor for The AOL/Huffington Post Media Group

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Pub Crawl

  • “Drew & His Mates” Crack Open a Few - Topics!
    Current affairs, pop culture, even touchy-feely-relational stuff! Listen in OR call and join us, as we crawl from topic to topic! (Got a topic you want the gang from the pub to crack open? Click here)

    THIS WEEKS SPECIAL GUESTS:

    Andy Kindler - Comdeian, Jew(ish)
    You’ve seen him on, The Late Show with David Letterman and on Everybody Loves Raymond. Each summer at the Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal he delivers the State of the Industry address. But he is probably best known for his mockery of himself, as well as other comedians more deserving of his wrath. *The Alternative Show hosted by Andy Kindler is the hottest show in town during Toronto's comedy festival www.jfl42.com Because you’ll never know who’ll drop in and perform a surprise set AND because other comics go out of their way to watch him tell it like it is and rip the industry a new one.
    www.andykindler.com

    Tarek Fatah - Author, Broadcaster, Founder of The Muslim Canadian Congress
    Tarek is an Indian born in Pakistan; a Punjabi born in Islam; an immigrant in Canada with a Muslim consciousness, grounded in a Marxist youth. A journalist by profession, Tarek and his family moved to Canada in 1987 where he has been the public face of progressive, liberal and secular Muslims. In December 2001, in the wake of the 9/11 attacks, he founded the Muslim Canadian Congress to provide a voice for Muslims who wanted to stand up to the threat of Islamic extremism.
    www.tarekfatah.com

    Hemant Mehta - The Friendly Athiest
    Hemant Mehta is the editor of Friendly Atheist, appears on the Atheist Voice channel on YouTube, and co-hosts the uniquely-named Friendly Atheist Podcast. He has appeared on CNN and FOX News Channel & currently serves on the board of directors for Foundation Beyond Belief (a charity organization targeting non-theistic donors) after spending several years as the chair of the board of the Secular Student Alliance (which creates and supports college atheist groups nationwide). He is the author of three books, including I Sold My Soul on eBay and The Young Atheist’s Survival Guide.
    www.friendlyatheist.com

    This Weeks Topic:
    Religious & Athiest Extremism - Why it’s no longer socially acceptable to actually BELIEVE!
    Back in the day, it was Television Evangelists that made believers want to hide. Now it seems that everyone is on the bandwagon: ISIS & al Qaeda / American Koran Burning Christians / godhatesfags.com / Hitchens, Dawkins & Lucifer (Law Firm for atheists) / Kirk Cameron & Ray Comfort / Angry Jewish Comedian Lewis Black / And don't forget Television Evangelists! In order to “come out” does one have to “sort of” believe? Fundamentalists Not Allowed!

Special Guests

  • Marni Kinrys — Creator of the WING GIRL METHOD Dating Coach, Radio & TV Personality, Author
    Marni Kinrys is the ultimate Wing Girl. A woman who puts her insider knowledge to good use for the betterment of all men by telling them what women REALLY want, not what they say they want. Marni has worked with 100's of thousands of men all over the world to help them understand women so they can attract, date, seduce and get any woman they want without being a jerk. Her method is based on the key principle of "You gotta turn yourself on first before any woman will ever be attracted to you". Over the past eight years, Marni has collaborated with the top male attraction experts; sharing expertise and advice to help men find their ideal partners. She fell into her current role as “wing girl” while watching her handsome, charming and successful male friends fail miserably while trying to hit on and pick up women. Marni says “I am a wing girl – a woman who puts her insider knowledge to good use for the betterment of all men.” As a client described it, “She is not giving "PICK UP" advice – she is just trying to get men to "get it." Educated at University of Western Ontario (Canada) with a BA in psychology, Marni has been prominently featured in The Los Angeles Times, CNN, The Huffington Post, Fox News, The Chicago Tribune, Marie Claire, Elle, Men’s Health, BlackBook, Penthouse, www.Asylum.com, Creative Loafing, AOL Personals, www.Askmen.com & more. Marni is a contributing writer to Urban Male Magazine and a weekly guest on Rock 101 Radio in Boston, MA. She was most recently awarded “World’s Best Female Pick-Up Artist” from the World Pick Up Artist Summit in Hollywood, CA and awarded World’s Best Wing Girl at the 2010 Global Pick-Up Conference. Marni is currently working on a scripted TV show, a reality TV show, and her book “Confessions From A Wing Girl” is due out in April. This year she plans to take the information she has learned to help women.
    www.winggirlmethod.com

A Radio Host And A Preacher Walk Into A Book...

  • Matthew Barnett — Author of Misfits Welcome: Find Yourself In Jesus And Bring The World Along For The Ride
    Being a misfit does not disqualify you from a dynamic life—it prepares you for it. Matthew Barnett knows a thing or two about misfits. As founder of the Dream Center in Los Angeles, a twenty-four-hour church that ministers to thirty-five thousand hurting people a week, Barnett has seen a little of everything. Gangsters, addicts, orphans, taggers, cutters, the sick, the suffering, the hopeless—all the misfits of the world come through the Dream Center’s doors in search of hope. But when Barnett first arrived in LA, it was he who felt like the misfit. In Misfits Welcome, he shares the simple, life-changing lesson he has learned from twenty years of ministering to the forgotten: Being a misfit prepares you to do the work of the Lord. Have you found yourself in a jarring new era of life? Have your circumstances deviated drastically from your plans? Maybe you’ve felt like a misfit all your life, or maybe you’re still haunted by yesterday’s mistakes. Whatever the case, rejoice! It is at your most broken that you are most ready for what God has in store. Misfits Welcome is not just about embracing the misfits around us—it is about embracing the misfits within us and using them for the glory of God.

    *Co-Hosting this www.faithbooks.ca interview is Jamie Stewart from www.krt.org

LIVE! on TDMS - Devoted Souly to the Art of Music

  • This Week's Recording Artist — Kiran Ahluwalua
    Kiran is a modern exponent of the great vocal traditions of India and Pakistan which she honors intensely yet departs from in masterful, personal ways. Her original compositions embody the essence of Indian music while embracing influences from both the West and Africa — specifically the Sahara. With her 5-piece group of electric and acoustic guitar, harmonium, tabla and electric bass, Ahluwalia creates boundary-breaking songs that invite us to explore the human condition, transcending the self by losing ourselves in love. Born in India, raised in Canada and currently living in New York City – Ahluwalia’s last CD, Aam Zameen: Common Ground awarded her a second JUNO Award. Her discography, now six albums deep is one of global music’s most interesting adventures. Her new album, Sanata : Stillness to be released October 2014 is a hybrid of Indo-Saharan music. It's a synthesis of Indian, western jazz and Saharan sounds – all of which she brings into a style uniquely her own. Writing both the words and music for her newest release, Kiran’s songs speak about: the unattainable, both the beloved and the divine, realizing female desire by throwing away all shame, and untying the knots that bind us to stale embraces. Her compositions and arrangements are a reflection of an ongoing quest to create timeless music in a modern and global context that looks to the future while still maintaining a vital line to its storied past.
    CHECK THIS VIDEO OUT

Talkback, etc.

  • W.here's T.he F.aith (W.T.F?)
    Join Drew and various religion reporters from an assortment of news outlets, as they catch up on happenings in the world of Religion & Faith & Cults (Oh My!) Today's W.T.F. Guest: Michelle Boorstein - Religion Reporter for The Washington Post

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DUELING DIVAS STARRING: KATHIE LEE GIFFORD & CANDACE CAMERON BURE (A Couple Of Real WINE-RS!)

Two of Drew's favorite guests over the last 12 seasons of the show, both have their own wine labels!
www.gifftwines.com & www.burefamilywines.com

Today the ladies will explain to Drew how their wines are made and what role each of them personally play in the actual wine making process. For example...
Here's a video of Candace making her wine!
And here's Kathie! (skip ahead to 3:40 for the good stuff)

Special Guests

  • Candace Cameron Bure — Finalist on Dancing With The Stars, Actress, Producer, New York Times Bestselling Author, Inspirational Speaker, DJ From Full House
    With an acting career that started at the age of five, Candace grew up in show business alongside her brother Kirk Cameron (Growing Pains) and has appeared in countless national television commercials, prime-time hits, TV movies and feature films. Candace starred on ABC Family’s hugely popular show Make It Or Break It in a three year run as Summer Van Horn and added bestselling author to her many titles with her book Reshaping It All: Motivation for Physical and Spiritual Fitness, inspiring women to embrace a healthier lifestyle by moving faith to the forefront of their relationship with food. Her second book, Balancing It All, shares her story of successfully balancing different roles and responsibilities including motherhood, work, and Hollywood. Candace and her husband, former NHL star Val Bure, split their time between Los Angeles and Napa Valley - California, which is home to their boutique wine label, Bure Family Wines.
    www.candacecameronbure.net

    AND

  • Kathie Lee Gifford — Television Host, Actress, Singer, Playwright, Songwriter & Author
    Kathie Lee Gifford has enjoyed a diverse and successful four-decade career. Though best known for her 15 years on Regis and Kathie Lee (11 Emmy nominations), and currently acting as the three time Emmy-winning co-host of the fourth hour of the Today Show with Hoda Kotb, Gifford has always pursued projects which inspire and challenge her. In 2013, Gifford launched her podcast,”Kathie Lee & Company,” with Podcast One. Each week, Gifford is joined by a friend from the world of TV, film, music, sports and news for a special one-on-one conversation. In 2005 her first musical ‘Under The Bridge’ (book and lyrics, contributing composer) opened off Broadway. In November of 2012, her musical, ‘Scandalous’(book/lyrics) opened on Broadway at the Neil Simon Theater and received a Tony nomination. She is the NY Times best-selling author of many books including, “Just When I Thought I’d Dropped My Last Egg-Life and Other Calamities,” “Party Animals,” and “The Legend of Messy M’Cheany.” Her ninth book, “The Three Gifts,” was released in November 2012 with proceeds going to Childhelp. She currently writes a weekly article for the NY Daily News with Hoda Kotb. She recently launched her own wine and is touring the States promoting Gifft – by Kathie Lee Gifford!

  • Kerri Pomarolli — Comedian, Actress, Author
    That's right folks - It's time for our monthly visit with our favorite Hollywood Correspondent!

A Radio Host And A Preacher Walk Into A Book...

  • Jefferson Bethke — Author of JESUS>RELIGION: Why He Is So Much Better Than Trying Harder, Doing More, And Being Good Enough
    Jefferson Bethke burst into the cultural conversation in 2012 with a passionate, provocative poem titled “Why I Hate Religion, But Love Jesus.” The 4-minute video literally became an overnight sensation, with 7 million YouTube views in its first 48 hours (and 23+ million in a year). The message blew up on social-media, triggering an avalanche of responses running the gamut from encouraged to enraged. In Jesus > Religion, Bethke unpacks similar contrasts that he drew in the poem—highlighting the difference between teeth gritting and grace, law and love, performance and peace, despair and hope. With refreshing candor he delves into the motivation behind his message, beginning with the unvarnished tale of his own plunge from the pinnacle of a works-based, fake-smile existence that sapped his strength and led him down a path of destructive behavior. Bethke is quick to acknowledge that he’s not a pastor or theologian, but simply a regular, twenty-something who cried out for a life greater than the one for which he had settled. Along his journey, Bethke discovered the real Jesus, who beckoned him beyond the props of false religion.
    (Jefferson's spoken word YouTube video called Why I Hate Religion But Love Jesus)
    *Co-Hosting this www.faithbooks.ca interview is David Ralph from www.lakesidechurch.ca

Journey

  • Gabrielle Lavallee
    Gabrielle was a member of The Ant Hill Kids, a cult led by Roch Theriault. According to Wikipedia, “She had suffered through welding torches on her genitals, a hypodermic needle breaking off in her back and even eight of her teeth being forcibly removed. Upon her return, after having escaped from the commune, Thériault removed one of her fingers with wire cutters, pinned her hand to a wooden table with a hunting knife and then amputated her entire arm. The abuse that caused Gabrielle Lavallée to leave, however, is when Thériault cut off parts of her breast and smashed her head in with the blunt side of an ax. She fled and contacted authorities.” Drew was able to track down Gabrielle and she has agreed, with some reluctance, to a rare interview in order clarify exactly what happened during her time with one of Canada's most notorious cult leaders.

Scotland Update

  • FREEEEEEDOM!
    Drew will call Scotland and speak with a descendant of the real William Wallace (AKA BRAVEHEART) to discuss this week's referendum vote by the Scots.

LIVE! on TDMS - Devoted Souly to the Art of Music

  • This Week's Recording Artist — Brian Houston
    Drew's description of Brian: “If Ron Sexsmith and Elvis had a baby, then gave it to Bob Dylan to raise but then hired Van Morrison as a nanny, that'd be Brian Houston!”

    Brian's description of Brian: “I write songs and make records, I play shows & people come...sometimes they buy records and dvds and then I go to the next town and do it again. People laugh and people cry...don't know why? It seems it touches their souls. More come the next time I play, especially in America and that's nice. I'll play more shows in Ireland, England, America and Canada, anywhere they speak English and can make me out. Life is rich when your songs are on the radio and people love you, I'm grateful for that. Hey, I even got a song on a record with Elvis Presley and Patty Griffin. Life is sweet when you're in the company of legends. I hope to be well known for my music across the world some day - I'm sure it will happen quite unexpectedly, just when I'm not looking. I'm looking forward to that...well, in a "I'm not looking" kinda way. Then I'll own a big fancy studio and have a big house and build a home for battered wives. "It's a good life after all", Justin Townes Earle said that. "I'm a lucky man and getting luckier" (I made that bit up myself). Oh - so you know this is what I'm not ....cool, trendy, shoe gazing, indie rock, diva, big hair, big voice, big assets, available for reality TV, games shows or star making programs. I write great tunes that mean something to real people.”
    CHECK THIS VIDEO OUT!

Pub Crawl Special Guests

  • “Drew & His Mates” crack open a few - topics! Current affairs, pop culture, even touchy-feely-relational stuff! Listen in OR call and join us, as we crawl from topic to topic! (Got a topic you want the gang from the pub to crack open? Click here)

    Jamie The Very Worst Missionary www.theveryworstmissionary.com
    Christian Piatt www.christianpiatt.com

    This Weeks Pub Crawl Topics
    1. The Satanic Church in Florida is now handing out a children's colouring book in public schools. Anyone have a problem with this? Should we only allow Jack Chick Tracts to be handed out?

    2. Mega church pastor Mark Driscoll has been forced to step down from leadership of the church he founded (Mars Hill) because he is being accused of:
      -plagiarism in his books
      -misusing church funds by using them to get his book on the New York Times Bestseller list
      -bullying/abusing 21 former pastors of his church by being domineering, verbally violent, arrogant, quick-tempered and not being self-controlled/disciplined as a spiritual leader is required to be.

      Who is mostly to blame here? Mark Driscoll for lacking the personality traits required of a spiritual leader, or Mars Hill Church for creating the situation? (Putting someone like Driscoll in spiritual leadership, allowing his behaviour to continue because the church was “growing”, and ultimately succumbing to the latest American past-time – Pastor Worship!)

    3. Is there a connection between black kids getting whooped with a switch (NFL's Adrian Peterson has been charged with Child Abuse for injuring his son while disciplining him with a switch) black women getting whooped by their men (NFL's Ray Rice knocked out his fiance during an argument in an elevator / Chris Brown beat Rihanna) and black men being gunned down by the cops (Michael Brown, unarmed, shot and killed by police)? In other words, are white cops more concerned for their safety when dealing with the black community, because of their experience with highly emotional & violent black men?

Talkback, etc.

  • Season 12 Opening Banter
    First completely useless segment of the year!

Right-click here to bookmark or copy a link to this show August 2, 2014

Celebrities

Hey everyone, this is Drew Marshall. I just wanted to let you know that for the first time in 11 years, there will be no pre-recorded best of shows being played during our summer break. We're taking a REAL break! Now, in the meantime, if you're finding a need for a little Drew Marshall show fix, first – go to your nearest Hospital emergency room immediately and get help. If that doesn't work - then drewmarshall.ca will give you 11 years of celebrity interviews for you to listen to. (Alice Cooper, Wynonna Judd, Marie Osmond, Larry King, Dionne Warwick, BB King, Kathie Lee Gifford, Deepak Chopra, Prime Minister Stephen Harper, Don Cherry, Chuck Norris, Sinead O'Connor) ANYWAY we hope you enjoy this 7 week break from having to endure the usual rubbish from Tim The Tool and myself. But like a recurring nightmare, we'll be back LIVE on Saturday, September 20th with Season 12 of The Drew Marshall Show!


JULY = TDMS SLOOOO-MO MONTH!

SLOW MO

It's summertime up here in the Great White North, which means people right across Canada are hopefully taking some time off to relax! So, during July we're gonna slooooow things down a bit. We'll interview a few authors we thought you might be interested in and showcase some of Canada's incredible singer/songwriters, their stories & their music - including a LIVE mini concert.
It's called LIVE on TDMS - Devoted SOULY To The Art Of Music... because sometimes songs speak to our souls louder than words.

Right-click here to bookmark or copy a link to this show July 26, 2014

July Authors

LIVE! on TDMS - Devoted Souly to the Art of Music

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LIVE! on TDMS - Devoted Souly to the Art of Music

July Authors

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LIVE! on TDMS - Devoted Souly to the Art of Music

July Authors

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LIVE! on TDMS - Devoted Souly to the Art of Music

July Authors

  • Emily Wierenga — Author of Atlas Girl: Finding Home In The Last Place I though To Look

Right-click here to bookmark or copy a link to this show June 28, 2014

Special Guests

  • Cheryl Ladd — Charlie's Angel
    Broadway, movies, television, author – Cheryl Ladd is so much more than Charlie's Angel. She's played roles in NBC's Las Vegas & ABC's Hope & Faith. Cheryl has worked with Michael Caine, Sam Elliott, Steve Martin, Micheal Landon, John Schneider, Tom Skerritt, Drew Barrymore & Kris Kristofferson. Cheryl stars in a new film set to open in theatres July 11th called The Perfect Wave, along with Clint Eastwood's son and rising Hollywood star Scott Eastwood ("Gran Torino," "Flags of Our Fathers") & Rachel Hendrix ("October Baby"). The movie, follows the true story of Ian McCormack, who grew up surfing the waters of New Zealand. During his adventure, Ian (Eastwood) falls in love with a beautiful, free-spirited girl, Annabelle (Hendrix). Ian's pursuit of her leads him to the African island of Mauritius, where his life is forever changed by an encounter with a school of box jellyfish during a fateful evening swim. Infamous for venom so deadly that a single sting can kill a man, Ian is stung multiple times, and pronounced dead shortly after his arrival at the hospital. Following a divine post-mortem encounter, Ian miraculously awakens with a transformed understanding of life and a chance to begin anew. The Perfect Wave was shot on location in South Africa, Australia, Bali, Mauritius and New Zealand, and opened in South Africa earlier this year.
    www.theperfectwavefilm.com

  • Rebecca King Crews — Reality Star, Recording Artist, Wife Of An Old Spice Guy!
    Rebecca Crews, known for her hit reality show on BET, “The Family Crews,” alongside her actor/comedian/ex-NFL husband Terry Crews (Everybody Hates Chris, Bridesmaids, Friday After Next, White Chicks, The Longest Yard, Expendables, Arrested Development, Blended, Who Wants To Be A Millionaire), will release her debut single “Can I Stay” this summer. Falling into the smooth jazz genre, with a gospel/pop influence, fans can download the summer jam on July 8, when it hits radio stations across the country. The single will be a teaser of what is yet to come, when her full-length album releases in October 2014. The former Gospel singer wrote the inspirational track after a spiritual experience. “It was so overwhelming, that the lyrics immediately started flowing while I was heading home from church,” explains Crews. “I felt like I was able to remove myself from the chaotic world around me, and see clearly that God has a plan for me and my future. Having that security and peace was something I wanted to share with the world!” Infused with musical influences from Sade to Adele to Norah Jones, “Can I Stay” is a mixture of genres that will touch any listener. “This music is lo-o-ong overdue,” laughs the former beauty queen. “I have been busy tending to my big family, my larger-than-life husband, and producing a hit reality show. Now that the kids are older and things are looking up for us, I know the timing is perfect!”

  • Scott Harrison — Founder & CEO of charity: water
    Scott spent almost 10 years as a nightclub promoter in New York City before leaving to volunteer on a hospital ship off the coast of Liberia, West Africa as a volunteer photojournalist. Returning home to New York City two years later, he founded the non-profit organization “charity: water” in 2006. Turning his full attention to the global water crisis and the world's 800 million people without clean water to drink, he created public installations and innovative online fundraising platforms to spread international awareness of the issue. In seven years, with the help of more than 400,000 donors worldwide, charity: water has raised over $125 million and funded over 11,000 water projects in 22 countries. When completed, those projects will provide over 4 million people with clean, safe drinking water. Scott was recently recognized in Fortune Magazine’s 40 under 40 list, the Forbes Magazine Impact 30 list and was recently #10 in Fast Company’s 100 Most Creative People in Business issue. He is currently a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader.

Journey

  • Jamie & Katrina Holtom
    On July 14, 2000 around 7pm MST, an F-3 tornado touched down at the Green Acres Campground at Pine Lake, Alberta. More than 100 people were injured & 12 people killed. Among them, 2-year old Lucas Holtom, who was literally pulled from his father's arms from the force of this deadly tornado.
    “It really just started like any other storm. You see the clouds coming over the lake. There’s almost a sense of excitement. But then it quickly became something different. Hail the size of oranges began falling and soon afterward the winds began to pick up. Vans were shaking and trees were starting to get pulled out. We were like, ‘What is going on here?’ We just hurried to get into this bedroom in this tiny little cabin. We hadn’t gotten there for more than a few seconds down on the ground and, boom, it was just like an explosion. Everything was gone. Lucas was gone.” The irony - the Holtoms were visiting family and friends in Alberta after spending a week building homes for Habitat for Humanity.

    For Jamie & Katrina, the death of their son has driven them to help others. Within a few years, the family put on the first ever Lucas Holtom Carnival day in Brampton, which now attracts over 5,000 people. “It’s been an awesome way to almost redeem a very horrible situation.”
    The Lucas Holtom Carnival - Saturday July 12th 11:00AM – 3:00PM in Leander Park, 363 Howden Blvd, Brampton

  • Journey Update — Karl & Lenore
    Nothing would have ever prepared Lenore for the worst half-hour of her life. She’d only been working at a local clothing shop a couple of weeks and this was her first shift by herself. Then, with only five minutes left in her shift, a man entered the store and proceeded to strangle her, kick her, and stab her 31 times. Somehow, Lenore had the presence of mind to fake her own death just so the assailant would stop. The man eventually did stop, shut off the lights, locked the front door of the store and left out the back of the building. Laying there hearing the sound of blood leaving her body, Lenore knew that if she didn’t at least try to go for help that she would bleed to death. She would never see her three girls or husband again. So with everything she had, Lenore began to get up. However, the man who had so savagely and randomly attempted to murder her hadn’t actually left. He’d only gone into the washroom to clean the blood from his hands. When he saw that Lenore was still alive, he came back to finish the job. Somehow – someway – eventually, Lenore found her way to the front door and collapsed on the sidewalk in front of the shop, where she was able to get the attention of a man who called 911. She had only one unit of blood left in her and to this day is called “a walking miracle” by the local police.
    *Lenore and her husband shared their story with us a few years ago. However, they just got some news about the man who did this and join us to bring us up to speed on one of the most inspirational journeys we've ever had on the show.

LIVE! on TDMS - Devoted Souly to the Art of Music

  • This Week's Recording Artist: Peter Tigchelaar
    By the time he’d reached his teen years, the music of the Beatles, Bach and Handel, Bob Dylan and choral singing were significant influences. Peter’s signature style includes thoughtful lyrics set to engaging arrangements shaped by his diverse melodic influences. Whether they soothe the soul or challenge the heart and mind, these are songs that appeal on many levels and reward careful listening. His music is a complex mixture of genres reflecting the many influences he loves. His clear strong tenor voice is a distinctive feature of his melodic approach to song writing. Rock, blues, gospel, choral and reggae are all alive in his eclectic tunes, played passionately on guitar, mandolin, ukulele, and Hammertone.
    CHECK THIS VIDEO OUT!

God Blogger

  • Rev. Jennifer Crumpton — The Modern Girl's Guide To The Good News
    “If you are a woman who doesn’t submit — to intimidation, to the traditional model of the “good religious girl”, to lies dressed up as faith, to the distorted mirrors society holds up to our faces -- then you’ve found the right place. Let’s talk about the intersection of religion and politics, think about the effects of popular culture on women's equality, open our hearts to the wisdom of inter-religious dialogue, and imagine a new world into being. With our passion, we can create a new era of respect, equal standing, abundant opportunity, and a feminism that can still claim the “good news” of the euangelion that is central to Christianity, while learning from and honoring our sisters of other faith traditions and backgrounds. We are all in this together -- and we need every idea, every effort, every voice. To believe in your creator means you must also believe in yourself. God's spirit is within you, guiding you, and that's the good news. Let's go tell it. Let's make it happen. Let’s get Femmevangelical.”
    *Rev. Jennifer Danielle Crumpton spent 13 years as a corporate advertising executive for Fortune 500 brands before graduating with a Master of Divinity in 2011 from Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York. There she immersed into inter-faith dialogue and faith-based social justice, feminist theology, and Christian social and structural ethics. An author and public speaker, Jennifer has also previously worked as a playwright, and a theater, commercial and indie film actress.

  • PROJECT SLIM TIM - THE GRAND FINALE! THE BIG WEIGH IN! THE FINAL COUNT DOWN! THE...last time we have to hear about this!
    As some of you may know, our good buddy -Tim The Tool- had mentioned a few times during the show how frustrated he was getting with his weight. So we surprised Tim and reached out to Whole Fitness Canada to see if they could help him out. For the last 10-weeks, Tim went “Under Construction” with the gang at Whole Fitness Canada! Join us this week to find out if he was just faking the whole "getting in shape" thing or if the last 10-weeks have really made a difference!
    **To hear Tim's big reveal, scroll down to our W.T.F segment and have a listen!

Talkback, etc.

  • The Pub Crawl
    “Drew & His Mates” crack open a few - topics! Current affairs, pop culture, even touchy-feely-relational stuff! Listen in OR call and join us, as we crawl from topic to topic! (Got a topic you want the gang from the pub to crack open? Click here)

    This week on The Pub Crawl:

    1. Only one question this week folks... Why church? To be more specific, why GO to church? If “the church” is all believers, everywhere – then why do we have churches?

    To worship! If you mean sing together, that's lame. It might create a nice feeling for some, but for most, especially men, not so much! If you mean hang out with other Christians – why? More to the point, why hang out in a large group sitting beside each other for an hour or so then superficially schmooze with a select few after the service is finished? It's impossible to have authentic relationships with a crowd, so wouldn't it be better to “fellowship” with a smaller group of other believers?

    To serve! Wouldn't it be better to “serve” within the community you live, along side other people who aren't from your church or who may not already be part of “the tribe”?

    To learn! Really? In the age of information? Chances are that you'll find better communicators, wider perspectives, and less “tribal conditioning” by learning from the teachers of THE Church rather than the teachers at your church!

    Bottom line – isn't doing church these days more for “socially unaware” people who need a social construct to help them connect with other like minded people? And for old people who like tradition? Wouldn't our money, our time and our talents be better spent elsewhere?

  • W.here's T.he F.aith?
    Join Drew and various religion reporters from an assortment of news outlets, as they catch up on happenings in the world of Religion & Faith & Cults (Oh My!)
    Todays W.T.F Guest is: Eric Marrapodi - CNN Sr. Producer & CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

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Special Guests

  • Skip Prokop — Juno Award Winning Founding Member of LIGHTHOUSE
    In 1969, Skip founded the rock group “LIGHTHOUSE” (with long time friend and co-founder Paul Hoffert) who brought us "Sunny Days" & "One Fine Morning". The world’s first 13 piece rock orchestra that went on to achieve international success as Canada’s leading rock group. A four time Juno Award winner, Skip has written eleven North American and international “top 40” hits, he's been the composer and arranger of four Gold Records and one Platinum. Skip was the first rock musician to ever address Parliament and was the honoured guest of Pierre Elliot Trudeau as well as Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. He established Canada’s first underground group “The Paupers”, who were the first Canadian group to sign a major US record deal and spent their first hours on a live stage opening for The Rolling Stones. Skip played and recorded with: Peter, Paul and Mary, Alvin Bishop, Mama Cass Elliot, Janis Joplin, Carlos Santana, Ritchie Havens, Steve Miller, and Super Session with Al Kooper and Mike Bloomfield. Since 1965 he has been composer of several film scores and popular advertising jingles.

  • Frank Schaeffer — Bestselling Author of Why I'm An Atheist Who Believes In God: How To Give Love, Create Beauty & Find Peace
    Caught between the beauty of his grandchildren and grief at a friend’s death, Frank Schaeffer finds himself simultaneously believing and not believing—an atheist who prays. In Why I am an Atheist Who Believes in God, Frank wrestles with faith and disbelief sharing his innermost debate with the poignant lyricism only a great writer of literary nonfiction can achieve. Schaeffer writes as an imperfect son, husband and grandfather whose adoration of his family, love and art trumps the ugly theologies of an angry God.
    *Frank Schaeffer is a New York Times bestselling author of more than a dozen books. Frank is a survivor of both polio and an evangelical/fundamentalist childhood, an acclaimed writer who overcame severe dyslexia, a home-schooled and self-taught documentary movie director, a feature film director of four low budget Hollywood features Frank has described as “pretty terrible.” He is also an acclaimed author of both fiction and nonfiction and an artist with a loyal following of international collectors who own many of his oil paintings. Frank has been a frequent guest on the Rachel Maddow Show on NBC, has appeared on Oprah, been interviewed by Terri Gross on NPR’s Fresh Air and appeared on the Today Show, BBC News and many other media outlets. He is a much sought after speaker and has lectured at a wide range of venues from Harvard’s Kennedy School to the Hammer Museum/UCLA, Princeton University, Riverside Church Cathedral, and DePaul University.

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  • This Week's Recording Artist: Kev Morse
    Over the past 25 years, Kev Morse has honed his talent as a Singer Songwriter, and Guitar Player in various bands, including being a co-founder of the Storytelling group, The Great Wooden Trio, who since it’s formation in 1998, are still a part of the Arts Scene around southern Ontario and the GTA. Through a variety of musical incarnations, much of his song writing was a collaborative effort. This experience came as he co-wrote material with his band Grey Town, eventually leading to third place honours in Q107′s Home Grown Contest, and a Video on Much Music, in the early 90′s. After recording his first ‘Live’ Solo CD in 2010, his desire to pursue a solo career was solidified. Kev, along with his band mates, Greg Woods (Drums) and Jeremy Giesbrecht (bass and keys) have just released their latest album called, “In The Blood”. Armed with new material, they hope to bring some new fans into the fold of their Power ”Roots” Trio. With engineer Tim Alberts (True Music Studios) at the helm, this new CD also features a killer string section with Sharon Tiessen on Cello, and Sahra Featherstone on Violin.

God Blogger

  • Teresa B. Pasquale
    Teresa is a "crooked" mystic, a trauma therapist, a mind/body/spirit yoga teacher, advocate for the underdog, hope conspirator, lover of pups, creativity-monger. She believes we can all find healing and help others heal by sharing the deepest parts of our souls & our selves. Her first book is Mending Broken: A Personal Journey Through the Stages of Trauma + Recovery. She is currently working on her second book, which is a personal and professional exploration of spiritual wounding and "church-hurt" titled The Journey of Desert Flowers. She believes: "Whatever you love, live it out with a mystic heart."

Journey

  • Larry Willard
    A few months ago, Larry and his wife were involved in a fatal head on collision. Although both he and his wife survived, their injuries were horrific. Larry shares his journey through recovery – physically and spiritually.
    *Larry Willard is the president of the Faith Family Books & Gifts and is the owner and publisher of Castle Quay Books Canada and BayRidge Books, Canada’s largest non-denominational publishing company. He also spent 9 years with Tyndale University College & Seminary in various VP roles.

Talkback, etc.

  • The Pub Crawl
    “Drew & His Mates” crack open a few - topics! Current affairs, pop culture, even touchy-feely-relational stuff! Listen in OR call and join us, as we crawl from topic to topic! (Got a topic you want the gang from the pub to crack open? Click here)

    This week on The Pub Crawl:

    1. The U.S. Trademark & Patent office has revoked the trademark “Washington Redskins” stating that the NFL franchise has a team name that is “disparaging to native Americans”. Politically incorrect insanity or about bloody time?

    2. Christian fundamentalist preacher/broadcaster/author John MacArthur has a video on YouTube called "How to Respond to a Homosexual Child". His advice: Tell them to repent (stop being gay), if they don’t repent, bring a small group to tell them to repent, if they still don’t repent, tell your church community and confront them publicly, and then if they still don’t repent - alienate, isolate, and don’t share a meal with them. Now, although it's taboo these days to have a religious or personal moral belief that homosexuality is “wrong/perverse/sin” imagine being a gay kid at MacArthur's church? Is he taking the Bible too literally and being legalistic about this particular situation, or should he be praised for trying to obey Scripture and teaching what “it really says?

    3. The government in the UK has ruled that Creationism (the world was created by God in 6 literal days) is not allowed to be taught as a scientifically valid theory at academies and public-funded schools. Is this a win for the secular liberals or just common sense?

  • W.here's T.he F.aith?
    Join Drew and various religion reporters from an assortment of news outlets, as they catch up on happenings in the world of Religion & Faith & Cults (Oh My!) Today's W.T.F. Guest: Paul Young - Best selling author of The Shack

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Special Guests

  • Paula Todd — Investigative Writer, Broadcaster, Professor, Lawyer, Author
    From one of Canada's foremost investigative writers, a groundbreaking exposé of the motives and machinations behind cyber-abuse (trolling, tormenting, harassment, cyberbullying and stalking, sexual extortion and blackmail) and the toll it is taking on children, youth, and adults around the world. Every week, news broadcasts, newspaper and magazine headlines, Twitter feeds and Facebook timelines are dominated by stories of cyber-bullying and other digital abuse. This isn't the playground teasing and name-calling of pre-Internet generations. With the unique characteristics of anonymity, permanence, and a viral audience, this new abuse can relentlessly exacerbate the humiliation, pain, and danger of online targets. Why are we so mean to one another? Who among us is most likely to cyber-abuse? And where do we go next? Paula Todd goes deep into the world of “extreme mean”, uncovering the people who use the Internet to undermine lives rather than improve them. Through exclusive personal stories of online abuse from around the world, including the suicide of Amanda Todd, and the untold costs of Rebecca Black's experience as “the most hated girl on the Internet”, as well as interviews with troll-tormentors, accidental abusers, and victimized children and adults, Extreme Mean explores the often surprising roots of online abuse, challenges current academic thinking, and offers new ways of understanding the nasty and the nefarious who erode humanity and threaten Internet freedom.
    www.extrememean.com

    PAULA TODD is the best-selling author of the first e-book to break news in Canada, Finding Karla: How I Tracked Down An Elusive Child Serial Killer and Discovered a Mother of Three, along with the best-selling A Quiet Courage: Inspiring Stories from All of Us. For more than two decades, Paula has worked full-time for Canada's major newspapers, magazines, and television networks as a prominent political and legal reporter, feature writer, and host of popular television programs. She is a frequent speaker, teacher of journalistic and digital ethics, sits on the Board of Canadian Journalists for Free Expressions, and chairs its Digital Issues advisory committee.

  • Gary Chapman — Grammy Nominated Recording Artist
    For over three decades, Chapman has seamlessly blurred the lines of contemporary Christian pop, country and southern gospel, racking up an impressive list of Dove Awards, GRAMMY nominations and writing credits for legendary artists such as Kenny Rogers, Alabama, T.G. Sheppard, Wynonna and his former wife, Amy Grant. Gary's latest album, THE TRUTH - his first studio album in over a decade, features 16 new songs with special appearances by Alison Krauss, John Rich, Tanya Tucker, Rebecca Lynn Howard and more. Chapman is also widely remembered as the host of TNN’s popular Prime Time Country television series and the Sam’s Place concert series and radio program. Gary Chapman and his wife Cassie recently starred in the new TNT reality series, Private Lives of Nashville Wives.
    ***Gary was our Pub Crawl guest this week - to listen to Drew and Gary chat about this weeks topics scroll down to the Pub Crawl Segment

  • The SHIYR Poets — Brian Doerkson, Calum Rees, Brian Thiessen & Teresa Trask
    “Making the world's most loved and ancient songbook new again.” The Psalms express the human longing for God with poetic artistry and emotional force. They release the voice of praise and resonate with the universal cry of pain. Choosing not to censor out the dark and difficult emotions, the SHIYR Poets render each psalm in its entirety, singing songs of desperation, desire, justice and praise.
    @briandoerksen @caloominus @bathiessen @teresatrask
    www.theshiyrpoets.com
    CHECK OUT THIS VIDEO

    Brian Doerksen is a songwriter, recording artist, author, conference speaker and pastor. His songs known around the world in churches of all kinds include ‘Come, Now Is The Time To Worship’, ‘Hope Of The Nations’, ‘Faithful One’, ‘Refiner’s Fire’, ‘Hallelujah (Your Love Is Amazing)’, ‘Holy God’ & ‘The River’. www.briandoerksen.com
    *Brian Doerksen In Concert: Saturday June 14, @ 7:00 pm The Meeting House, Oakville AND Sunday June 15 @ 6:00 pm Community Christian Reformed Church, Kitchener
    ***Audio quality may be compromised a times during this interview due to technical issues in studio***

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  • This Weeks Recording Artist: Eh440
    Using just their voices, this Toronto-based acappella group has wow'd audiences across the USA and Canada. Now 2014 brings them to the next step in their journey – the release of their debut album Turn Me Up. After coming together through the Toronto Independent Music Awards and mutual musician-friends, Eh440 was born! Their first gig was performing the national anthems for the Valentine's Day 2012 Toronto Raptors vs. New York Knicks NBA game. (Singing in an arena before 20,000 people? Pretty good first gig!) Eh440 is a mix of 5 people from 5 very different backgrounds and musical genres. Joe's been a low bass singer his entire life, Luke's an urban beatboxer, Janet identifies as a country/pop singer, Stacey's soul/pop, and if that isn't confusing enough, Mike's even more of a musical chameleon who cites blues, folk, and "anything with a good groove" as his influences. Together they form "an unforgettable combination of crazy beatboxing, sassy rapping, killer harmonies, and fresh, urban, RnB-influenced compositions". And their debut album, Turn Me Up, exemplifies their abundant influences. Janet Turner, Stacey Kay, Luke Stapleton, Mike Celia and Joe Oliva ARE Eh440!
    CHECK them out on CBC's Dragons Den
    AND ...CHECK THIS VIDEO OUT

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  • The Pub Crawl
    “Drew & His Mates” crack open a few - topics! Current affairs, pop culture, even touchy-feely-relational stuff! Listen in OR call and join us, as we crawl from topic to topic! (Got a topic you want the gang from the pub to crack open? Click here)

    This week on The Pub Crawl:

    1. It's been 18 months since the Sandy Hook shooting. Since then, there have been at least 74 other school shootings in the United States. Is it time for Americans to willingly surrender their Second Amendment? Why does the general public have handguns or assault rifles – PERIOD? If our society is becoming more violent, then why arm them?

    2. Robert Di Niro was 68 when he became a father. Steve Martin was 67. Clint Eastwood had his 7th at 66. Nick Nolte & Larry King were 66. Hugh Hefner was 65. Rod Stewart had his 7th at 60 and Michael Douglas fathered a child at 59. While realizing it's different for everyone, depending on their physical health and ability to “provide”, surely there must be a point in a man's life where having a child is just selfish?

  • W.here's T.he F.aith?
    Join Drew and various religion reporters from an assortment of news outlets, as they catch up on happenings in the world of Religion & Faith & Cults (Oh My!)
    Today's W.T.F. Guest: Patton Dodd - Editor in Chief, OnFaith

  • USELESS TV TRIVIA — FATHER'S DAY EDITION
    ***NO AUDIO AVAILABLE***

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Special Guests

  • Bishop William Frey — Spiritual Mentor To Anne B. Davis
    The actress who played Alice the housekeeper on “The Brady Bunch,” Ann Branford Davis, passed away this week after falling at her San Antonio home. Ann had lived with Episcopal Bishop William C. Frey and his wife for 38 years. Last Friday night, Ann had said goodnight to the couple before retiring for the evening. Then while having breakfast Saturday morning, Ann's hairdresser called wondering if everything was alright because Ann had missed her regular Saturday morning appointment. Bishop Frey and his wife knocked on Ann's bedroom door and when they got no response, went in and found her on the floor. She had fallen and hit her head in the bathroom. Ann suffered a subdural hematoma and eventually, the 88-year-old succumbed to her injuries. Bishop Frey joins us to remember Ann and share a little about her spiritual journey over the years.

  • Laila Biali — Juno Nominated Recording Artist
    "It is the ultimate task given to the musician, whether as singer or instrumentalist, to create a unique signature or fingerprint that is instantly recognizable as their own. What is surprising and delightful in Laila Biali is that both as vocalist and pianist she accomplishes this with equal aplomb. She is an exciting and unique talent, and I admire her greatly." - Sting
    Award-winning Canadian Jazz pianist, vocalist and songwriter Laila Biali has toured with Suzanne Vega, Chris Botti and Paula Cole and recorded with and supported Sting. She takes the best of pop, rock and soul, informs it with her knowledge of Jazz and weaves it into her musical arrangements. Laila's music has been presented at prestigious venues spanning four continents including the North Sea Jazz Festival, Tokyo's Cotton Club, Peru's El Festival Internacional de Lima, and Carnegie Hall in New York City. Her latest studio recording Tracing Light received a JUNO nomination for "2011 Best Vocal Jazz Album of the Year" and her most recent release Live in Concert, recorded live in February 2012 in front of a gracious audience at the Glenn Gould Studio in Toronto, Canada, captures the spirit of live performance so essential to Jazz. Live in Concert was in rotation at 73 radio stations in North America. Laila is also a member of the all female New York based neo-Classical crossover quartet Rose & the Nightingale whose members tour with Grammy award-winner Esperanza Spalding. Her accolades include "SOCAN Composer of the Year" and "Keyboardist of the Year" at Canada's National Jazz Awards. She currently splits her time between New York City and Toronto.
    *Laila will bring her signature genre-bending, crowd-sourced concerts – dubbed “REQUESTOMATIC” – to twelve major cities this summer for her 2014 Jazzfest Tour. Biali’s tour, supported by The Canada Council for the Arts, will feature several of Canada’s premier musicians, including Juno Award winning saxophonist Phil Dwyer, violinist Hugh Marsh, cellist/vocalist Kevin Fox, and bassist George Koller. Larnell Lewis and Davide Di Renzo will round out the rhythm section on drums – Lewis for the first half of the tour, Di Renzo for the second. The powerhouse ensemble will be making stops in Oakville (JUNE 19), Winnipeg, Saskatchewan, Vancouver, Rochester (NY), Toronto, Victoria, Edmonton, Waterloo, St. John’s, Ottawa and Montreal.

  • Kerri Pomarolli — Comedian, Actress, Author
    That's right folks - It's time for our monthly visit with our favorite Hollywood Correspondent!

Journey

  • Kelly
    Kelly is unemployed and about to become homeless. (So she should get a job!) Although Kelly is able and willing to work, she's unable to do the physical labour that a lot of jobs require, and because of that - just can't land a job. (Can't she get disability?) She applied for disability - but was not approved. (So she's just lazy then?) She is very keen to work and has offered to volunteer at Kerr Street Ministries. She's even filled in when volunteers have been away. (Surely she's eligible for assistance?) Kelly does get some assistance but her income is not enough to cover her rent. (Can't her family support her?) She has been depending on her brother to make up the difference, but he recently told her that he can no longer afford to pay the rent. (What about subsidized housing?) She has been on the subsidized housing waiting list for years but has been told it will be several more years before she gets a spot. The way to fast track the subsidized housing system is to go in a shelter, but she can't do that because she has a pet and pets are not allowed in shelters. (So get rid of the cat or ask her family to care for it?) She does not have an emotionally supportive family. Her mom was a Christian and continually told her and her gay brother they were going to hell because of their lifestyle. The only thing in her life that has loved her unconditionally – is her cat. (So now what?)

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  • This Weeks Recording Artist: Sarah Burton
    Sarah Burton tells the tales of life with beauty, strength and weariness, and her sound rocks and rolls with just the right amount of country and pop influence. Sarah’s music was featured in the film “Cabin Fever 2″, and her the song Then Run Away, was named Best Folk Song by Toronto Exclusive magazine in 2009. Born in Ottawa, Sarah calls Toronto home. Her career has seen her play NXNE, Canadian Music Week, Winterfolk, We Are Many Festival, Brandon Folk Festival, North Country Fair, and BC’s Music on the Mountain, in addition to many live music venues across Canada and the US. She’s enjoyed radio play across North America, and rave reviews from tastemakers near and far! Sarah Burton’s playful soul has found its home in music through three diverse albums, and countless ups and downs while traversing the globe. She’s seen her way through acoustic folk beginnings, into country swing and steel guitars, then into electrifying blues-rock, but her new album Make Your Own Bed is not just an embrace of indie-pop and rock, but a return to her first inspiration; the piano.
    *Sarah Burton CD Release - June 18th @ The Lula Lounge www.lula.ca
    CHECK OUT THIS VIDEO!

God Blogger

  • David Hayward — Graffiti Artist On The Walls Of Religion
    “I was baptized Anglican as a baby, came to faith in a Baptist church when I was a teenager, changed to Pentecostal in my late teens, married another Pentecostal named Lisa, was ordained Presbyterian, pastored a Vineyard church, went Independent, and planted others. I have a Masters in Theological Studies from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, as well as a Diploma in Religious Studies and Ministry from McGill University in Montreal. In 2010 I left the professional paid clergy after almost 30 years of ministry. I am still passionate about how people can find and follow their own spiritual path with courage and joy, as well as in how people can freely gather and form community in healthy ways. I help people deconstruct without the self-destruct. I started this blog called nakedpastor in 2006, and initiated my public undressing of religion, religious community and spirituality through my writings, art and cartoons. Thousands of people are challenged and entertained by nakedpastor every day. I love helping people undress religion to the core essential of their own unique spirituality. This makes me happy! In 2012, I also launched The Lasting Supper, and online resource site and community for spiritually independent people to help themselves to companionship and support for their spiritual journeys. Even though there’s over 300 members and growing, it’s like nakedpastor’s small group. My art, cartoons, writings and book have found their way all around the world.”

Talkback, etc.

  • The Pub Crawl
    “Drew & His Mates” crack open a few - topics! Current affairs, pop culture, even touchy-feely-relational stuff! Listen in OR call and join us, as we crawl from topic to topic! (Got a topic you want the gang from the pub to crack open? Click here)

    This week on The Pub Crawl:

    1. Prosperity doctrine VS romanticizing poverty - two ends of the faith spectrum when it comes to how much money people think God wants you to have. Some believe that to be poor is to be Holy, while others believe that to be wealthy is to be “blessed”. Pastor Joel Osteen's net worth is estimated to be around $40,000,000. He told Piers Morgan , "I don't ever feel guilty because it comes from - it's God's blessings on my life. And for me to apologize for God's - how God has blessed you, it's almost an insult to our God." Do you think God has “blessed” Osteen with $40 Million?

    2. Almost half of Americans believe in Creationism. Which of the following Gallup Poll statements, comes closest to your views on the development and origin of human beings?
    a) Human beings have developed over millions of years from less advanced forms of life, but God guided this process. (31%)
    b) Human beings have developed over millions of years from less advanced forms of life, but God had no part in this process. (19%)
    c) God created human beings pretty much in their present form at one time within the last 10,000 years or so. (42%)

  • W.here's T.he F.aith?
    Join Drew and various religion reporters from an assortment of news outlets, as they catch up on happenings in the world of Religion & Faith & Cults (Oh My!)
    Today's W.T.F. Guest: Abe Levy - Religion Reporter for the San Antonio Express-News

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Special Guests

  • Zach Phelps-Roper — Former Member of Westboro Baptist Church, Grandson of Fred Phelps
    Zach had tried to leave “the most hated family in America” numerous times before, but a few months ago and one month before his grandfather & founder of www.godhatesfags.com passed away at the age of 84, Zach made the break. "Someone once asked me recently, "What do you believe in?" I believe in a trinity: -The Intrinsic Beauty of the Earth and All Living Things; Unrestrained Freedom to act on one's heartfelt impulses, not necessarily governed by all of society's expectations; and Discovering the Oft-Hidden Truth as I see it day by day. And without these three major tenets, I don't think I would ever have reached my unshakeable faith in the Power of Unconditional Love, which is in my humble opinion, the greatest gift that anyone has ever instilled in my heart, mind and spirit. What that means to me, is that I should show great empathy and compassion to every person, regardless of who they are or what they have said or done... I believe in absolute forgiveness. I also believe in God, and that He also, like me, loves all people unconditionally, and that His Spirit rests on me to spread this message of Love to the world! Finally, I believe in True Love, which to me, means being faithful to one spouse at a time, and doing everything I can to make sure that our marriage stays strong for all of our lives! I will never give up on True Love!"

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  • Ginger St. James — Recording Artist
    Country, Blues and Rock n' Roll are her primary weapons, though it's her sultry, expressive voice that steals the show. Full of fire and sass, its no surprise this rockabilly queen is raising eyebrows as THE it girl on the scene. She was coined Best Female Artist five consecutive years in a row by View Magazine and her debut album, Spank, Sparkle & Growl, took the award for Best Alt/Country Recording of the Year at the 2010 Hamilton Music Awards, also garnering nominations for Female Artist, and Female Vocalist of the Year. Her latest EP release, TEASE, has been picked up by the LET'S RIOT! MUSIC label and has been spreading like wildfire.
    CHECK OUT THIS VIDEO!

God Blogger

  • Annie Downs — Author / Nerd / Loud Laugher
    Annie Downs is an author and speaker based in Nashville, Tennessee. Flawed but funny, she uses her writing to highlight the everyday goodness of a real and present God. Annie is the author of two books for teens: Perfectly Unique, a spiritual growth book for high school and college girls, and Speak Love, a challenge to women on how to use their words to make a difference in the world. By weaving together personal stories, humor, and Scripture, she invites the young women reading to experience fulfilled lives with a God who made them on purpose and loves them deeply. When she’s not working on books, Annie spends her days writing all over the internet- blogging at AnnieBlogs.com and (in)courage-sharing truths about her life in Nashville as a single Christian woman and the stories that are woven into each day. Annie also loves traveling around the country speaking to young women as a Girls of Grace speaker as well as at other retreats and events. Annie is a huge fan of singer/songwriters, burritos, her community of friends, and sports of all kinds.

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  • The Pub Crawl
    “Drew & His Mates” crack open a few - topics! Current affairs, pop culture, even touchy-feely-relational stuff! Listen in OR call and join us, as we crawl from topic to topic! (Got a topic you want the gang from the pub to crack open? Click here)

    This week on The Pub Crawl:

    1. Who has had the harder journey – women or blacks? Maya Angelou's death this week has renewed the conversations surrounding the rights of the oppressed, specifically women and blacks. But which group do you think has had to endure more? And which group still has further to go down the road of acceptance?

    2. Which religious group has the best rep/street cred these days? The peaceful Buddhists? The serving Salvation Army? The Catholics because of the new Pope? Who has the worst reputation? TV Evangelists & Street Preachers because of their proselytizing pushiness? Muslims because of their treatment of women and their extremist groups? Let's rank religions from best to worst on the popularity scale of 2014.

  • W.here's T.he F.aith?
    Join Drew and various religion reporters from an assortment of news outlets, as they catch up on happenings in the world of Religion & Faith & Cults (Oh My!)
    Today's W.T.F. Guest: Douglas Todd - Spirituality and Diversity Columnist for The Vancouver Sun

  • AN HOUR ABOUT NOTHING! (Hey, if Seinfeld can do it...)
    It's almost summertime up here in the Great White North, and since we only get a couple months of decent weather in this neck of the woods (we're sure it's coming soon!), we thought we would take some time to do absolutely nothing! A.K.A. Crank Calls / Name That Preacher / Worst Church Song Ever ...And of course, a crowd favorite USELESS TV TRIVIA!
    AUDIO NOT AVAILABLE

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Special Guests

  • Candace Cameron Bure — Third Place Finalist on Dancing With The Stars!
    Actress, producer, New York Times bestselling author and inspirational speaker, Candace Cameron Bure is both outspoken and passionate about her family and faith. Known to millions worldwide from her role as D.J. Tanner on the iconic family sitcom Full House, Candace continues to flourish in the entertainment industry as role model to women of all ages. With an acting career that started at the age of five, Cameron Bure grew up in show business alongside her brother Kirk Cameron and has appeared in countless national television commercials, prime-time hits, TV movies and feature films. Mostly recently, Cameron Bure starred in the Hallmark Original Movie Let It Snow. In addition, she starred on ABC Family’s hugely popular show Make It Or Break It in a three year run as Summer Van Horn. Cameron Bure added bestselling author to her many titles with her book Reshaping It All: Motivation for Physical and Spiritual Fitness, inspiring women to embrace a healthier lifestyle by moving faith to the forefront of their relationship with food. Her second book, Balancing It All, shares her story of successfully balancing different roles and responsibilities including motherhood, work, and Hollywood. Cameron Bure and her husband, former NHL star Val Bure, have been happily married since 1996. Together with their 3 children, Natasha, Lev and Maks, they split their time between Los Angeles and Napa Valley, California, which is home to their boutique wine label, Bure Family Wines.

  • Bryan White — Grammy Winning Country Recording Artist
    Bryan White has charted seventeen singles on Billboard’s Country Charts, had six number one singles, two platinum records, two gold records, he joined forces with Shania Twain and together they took “From This Moment On” all the way up to number four on Billboard’s Hot 100 Chart. He has garnered several awards for himself, including a Grammy, a CMA Horizon Award, and an ACM Top Male Vocalist award among them. And, with his songwriting, he helped several other artists climb the charts; Sawyer Brown and Diamond Rio both made it to the top five slot with songs co-written by White. He’s also had songs recorded by Wynonna, Joe Diffie, LeAnn Rimes, Lila McCann, Jackie Lee, Love and Theft. The accolades led him to various TV appearances such as “The Tonight Show,” “Late Night With David Letterman,” NBC’s “The Today Show,” and “CBS This Morning.” However, despite all of his musical successes, it is an award from outside of the music arena that is probably the best indicator of who White really is; People Magazine named him one of their “50 most beautiful people” in the world and everyone who knows him finds it easy to understand why. Bryan is currently working on a new album entitled “Shine” scheduled to be released May 2014. It is a record supported 100% by his fans. Oh and... he's married to the beautiful actress Erika Page (One Life To Live/Days of Our Lives).

  • Barbara Brown Taylor — Author of Learning To Walk In The Dark & Leaving Church (Memoir)
    In Learning to Walk in the Dark, Taylor decides to ignore everything she thought she knew, embarking on a bold journey to redeem darkness. From spelunking in unlit caves, to eating and crossing the street as a blind person, to visiting underground nightclubs, Taylor seeks to reclaim the dark as a place of beauty, wisdom, and peace, freeing it from its sinister and wicked undertones. In doing so Taylor acts as sage and guide, showing us the way to let darkness teach each of us what we truly need to know. In the end, Taylor wonders why people are so squeamish around darkness and how it has come to symbolize all that is dangerous and evil—because it is in darkness where we find courage, where we are driven to understand the world in new ways, and where we can feel the power of grace around us.
    *Barbara Brown Taylor’s last book, An Altar in the World, was a New York Times bestseller that received the Silver Nautilus Award in 2012. Taylor spent fifteen years in parish ministry before becoming the Butman Professor of Religion at Piedmont College, where she has taught world religions since 1998. In April 2014 she was named on the Time Magazine annual Top 100 Influencers list.

  • Project 'Slim Tim'
    As some of you may know, our good buddy - Tim The Tool - has mentioned a few times during the show how frustrated he is with his weight. So we surprised Tim and reached out to Whole Fitness Canada to see if they could help him out. For the next 10-weeks, Tim will be “Under Construction” with the gang at Whole Fitness Canada! Join us each week as we rally behind our friend Tim The Tool and cheer him on during PROJECT SLIM TIM!
    **To catch up on Tim's progress, scroll down to our W.T.F segment and have a listen!

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  • This Weeks Recording Artist: SMOKEKILLER (John Antonuik)
    John Antoniuk, aka “Smokekiller”, is a singer/songwriter from Saskatoon, SK. John’s music draws a diverse range of comparisons from Teenage Fanclub and Weezer, to Ryan Adams and Neil Young. In 2003, John released the Side A ep which quickly garnered him attention as a songwriter and saw him sharing the stage with artist’s like Ron Sexsmith, and Hayden. “Out There” from the album “13″ was selected as a National Finalist in the 2009 RadioStar Songwriting Competition. In 2011, John was awarded a 10k20 project grant from Rawlco Radio, which allowed him to go into the studio with producer Leeroy Stagger. Together they created “Always With You”, a full album of new material dedicated to John’s mother, Marlene, who passed in October 2010. Featuring performances by Leeroy Stagger and his band, Kevin Kane, and John Ellis, the album was released on September 4th, 2012. Most recently, John was named “Best Solo Artist” in the Planet S readers poll.
    CHECK OUT THIS VIDEO!
    www.smokekiller.com

    AND...

    Jen Lane

    It takes a lot to stand out in the crowded world of Americana female vocalists. Her album “For the Night” was nominated for “Roots Solo Recording of the Year” at the Western Canadian Music Awards in 2011 proving that her two previous award-nominations were no fluke. Jen and her partner John Antoniuk are touring Canada and slaying the rooms with their brilliant duets. Also, with the support of a Rawlco Radio Grant, Lane is making plans with Producer/Engineer John Keane (R.E.M, Cowboy Junkies) to record a new album in Athens, Georgia for release in 2015.
    CHECK OUT THIS VIDEO!

God Blogger

  • Reba Riley
    “I’m the author of Post-Traumatic Church Syndrome: A Memoir of Humor and Healing in 30 Religions about my journey through thirty religions before my thirtieth birthday, a project that helped me kick Post-Traumatic Church Syndrome in the, um, teeth, and find spiritual peace after a tumultuous break with my former faith. When my Post-Traumatic Church Syndrome article went viral, I also became the accidental founder of the PTCS community. I believe in reverent irreverence, the power of spiritual healing, and a Godiverse that meets us exactly where we are, no matter who we are. Seeker, artist and Ohio State Buckeye fan, I enjoy painting (badly), dancing (even worse), and drinking cheap wine with priceless friends (at this I excel).”

Talkback, etc.

  • The Pub Crawl
    “Drew & His Mates” crack open a few - topics! Current affairs, pop culture, even touchy-feely-relational stuff! Listen in OR call and join us, as we crawl from topic to topic! (Got a topic you want the gang from the pub to crack open? Click here)

    This week on The Pub Crawl:

    1. Earlier this week I posted a pic on our Facebook Page which received over 2000 views. By far the most popular thing we've ever posted. The picture showed a church billboard that said, “Love Thy Neighbor... Love thy Homeless, Muslim, Indigenous, Gay, Migrant, Jewish, Christian, Atheist, Disabled, Addicted & Refugee Neighbor.” Why was this pic such a hit?

    2. Mark Cuban, owner of the Dallas Mavericks said this week, “If I see a black kid in a hoodie, and it’s late at night, I’m walking to the other side of the street. And if on that side of the street, there’s a guy who has tattoos all over his face, white guy, bald head, tattoos everywhere, I’m walking back to the other side.” Is Cuban to be compared with the LA Clippers owner Donald Sterling? (Sterling told his girlfriend not to bring blacks to “his games” and criticized her for posting an Instagram photo of her with Magic Johnson.) Or is he simply saying what most of us think? And if most of us think it, does that mean that most of us are racist?

    3. WorldPride 2014 is coming to Toronto this summer - an international ten-day celebration of global LGBTTIQQ2SA communities. It will be the first WorldPride ever held in North America, and the fourth such festival in the world. How should people who believe that homosexuality is a sin, respond? Protest? Ignore? Serve? Proselytize? Participate?

  • W.here's T.he F.aith?
    Join Drew and various religion reporters from an assortment of news outlets, as they catch up on happenings in the world of Religion & Faith & Cults (Oh My!)
    Today's W.T.F. Guest: Tim Funk – Faith & Values Reporter for The Charlotte Observer

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Special Guests

  • Dr. Bart Ehrman — New York Times Best Selling Author of How Jesus Became God
    Bart D. Ehrman is the James A. Gray Distinguished Professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Professor Ehrman completed his M.Div. and Ph.D. degrees at Princeton Seminary, where his 1985 doctoral dissertation was awarded magna cum laude. An expert on the New Testament and the history of Early Christianity, he has written or edited twenty-nine books, numerous scholarly articles, and dozens of book reviews. In addition to works of scholarship, Professor Ehrman has written several textbooks for undergraduate students and trade books for general audiences. In his latest book How Jesus Became God, this historian (not a believer) answers the questions: How did this transformation of Jesus occur? How did he move from being a Jewish prophet to being God? The dramatic shifts throughout history reveal not only why Jesus' followers began to claim he was God, but also how they came to understand this claim in so many different ways. Professor Ehrman has been featured widely in television, radio, and print media, including The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, The Colbert Report, CNN, Discovery Channel, History Channel, National Geographic, BBC, Fresh Air, Talk of the Nation, The New Yorker, Time Magazine, Newsweek, the New York Times, and the Washington Post.

  • Dr. Rebecca Gordon — Author of Mainstreaming Torture: Ethical Approaches In The Post 9/11 United States
    The terrorist attacks of September 11 reopened what many people in the United States had long assumed was a settled ethical question: Is torture ever morally permissible? Within days, some began to suggest that, in these new circumstances, the new answer was “yes.” Mainstreaming Torture argues that September 11 did not, as some have said, “change everything.” Institutionalized state torture remains as wrong today as it was on the day before those terrible attacks. Furthermore, U.S. practices during the “war on terror” are rooted in a history that began long before September 11, a history that includes both support for torture regimes abroad and the use of torture in American jails and prisons. This is a book for anyone who cares about how institutionalized torture affects its victims, its practitioners, and the nation that gives it a home. Philosophers, theologians, and political scientists may have a special interest in the book’s ethical argument: Most ethical views of torture miss the point, because they treat torture as a series of isolated actions that arise in moments of extremity. In fact, institutionalized state torture is as an ongoing, historically and socially embedded practice. Understanding torture this way reveals its implications for human virtue and flourishing. An examination of torture’s effect on the four cardinal virtues—courage, temperance, justice, and practical wisdom—suggests specific ways in which each of these is deformed in a society that countenances torture. Mainstreaming Torture concludes with the observation that if the United States is to come to terms with its involvement in institutionalized state torture, there must be a full and official accounting of what has been done, and those responsible at the highest levels must be held accountable.
    *Dr. Rebecca Gordon received her B.A. from Reed College and her M.Div. and Ph.D. in Ethics and Social Theory from Graduate Theological Union. She teaches in the Philosophy department at the University of San Francisco and for the university’s Leo T. McCarthy Center for Public Service and the Common Good.

  • Sandra L. Brown — Pathosychologist, Author of Women Who Love Psychopaths
    As the CEO of The Institute for Relational Harm Reduction & Public Pathology Education, Sandra is recognized for her pioneering work on women's issues related to relational harm from dangerous and pathological partners and specializes in the development of Pathological Love Relationship clinical training and survivor support services. Her books, CDs, DVDs and other training materials are used as curriculum in drug rehabs, women's organizations and shelters, women's jail and prison programs, school and college-based programs, inner city projects, and various psychology and sociology programs. Her materials are distributed in almost every country of the world. Sandra has appeared in more than 50 television shows including Anderson Cooper’s daytime show. www.saferelationshipsmagazine.com

  • Project 'Slim Tim'
    As some of you may know, our good buddy - Tim The Tool - has mentioned a few times during the show how frustrated he is with his weight. So we surprised Tim and reached out to Whole Fitness Canada to see if they could help him out. For the next 10-weeks, Tim will be “Under Construction” with the gang at Whole Fitness Canada! Join us each week as we rally behind our friend Tim The Tool and cheer him on during PROJECT SLIM TIM!
    **To catch up on Tim's progress, scroll down to our W.T.F segment and have a listen!

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  • This Weeks Recording Artist: Darcy Windover
    Darcy Windover is a Canadian folk/roots/americana singer-songwriter & member of The Ole Fashion who just performed on our show a couple of weeks ago. Some of Darcy’s fondest childhood memories include driving around in his cousin Ira’s truck listening to Claude King and Johnny Horton. He started playing country music to pay homage to his late father Lloyd but has shared stages with the likes of David Usher, Joel Plaskett, Finger Eleven, and the Tragically Hip.
    www.darcywindover.com

God Blogger

  • Dr. John Stackhouse
    Heaven, Hell, and Everything In Between” is a course that Dr. Stackhouse will soon be teaching at Regent College. Here are some questions he'll be tackling that week:
    • Why is nobody going to heaven? Where should we hope to go instead?
    • What is hell, really, and how can it be squared with belief in a good God?
    • Is hell forever? What does “forever” mean?
    • Is there a Devil? Does he rule over hell, or is he headed there?
    • Does someone have to hear about Jesus to be saved by Jesus?
    • Why could a Protestant take purgatory as a serious possibility?
    • Why would anyone believe in limbo? If it makes sense, why is it not taught as official Catholic doctrine?
    • Are my departed loved ones looking down on me from heaven? If not, where are they, and what are they doing?
    • Does hell have a back door? Will everyone eventually be saved? If not, why not?
    • When Jesus told the repentant thief, “Today you will be with me in Paradise,” what did Jesus mean?
    • When Jesus returns, are we going up? Then keep going up? Or then down? Or what?
    John G. Stackhouse, Jr. is an award-winning scholar and public communicator who has spent years adventurously mapping our complex cultural terrain, identifying both its worthy achievements and its zones of confusion. He collects research from a wide range of sources, corrects currently popular interpretations, and connects audiences with information and insight they can put immediately into practice. And he does all this with a wit you’ll find surprisingly refreshing in a scholar. *Dr. Stackhouse will be releasing a brand new book within the next couple of weeks called, Need To Know.

Talkback, etc.

  • The Pub Crawl
    “Drew & His Mates” crack open a few - topics! Current affairs, pop culture, even touchy-feely-relational stuff! Listen in OR call and join us, as we crawl from topic to topic! (Got a topic you want the gang from the pub to crack open? Click here)
    This week on The Pub Crawl:

    1. Liberal leader Justin Trudeau recently stated that anyone in his party must tow the party line when it comes to his position on abortion rights. So does this now mean that if the entire Liberal party is “pro-abortion” then all people of faith should not vote Liberal? (This of course assumes that people of faith believe that life begins at conception.)

    2. A 10-year old First Nations girl who has decided to refuse anymore chemotherapy and instead take “traditional medicine”, has been reported to the Children's Aid Society. Makayla feels that she doesn't want to die in the hospital being so unbelievable sick because of the chemo. She also says that Jesus came into her room and told her not to be afraid and that she is healed. Should Makayla and her family have been reported to CA?

    3. A lady from Florida who had sex with a 16-year-old boy and then fled to Saskatchewan, has been granted refugee status in Canada. She is facing a 30-year prison sentence. Is 30 years in prison for having consensual sex with a minor too stiff of a penalty? If so, then should she be allowed to stay in Canada?

  • W.here's T.he F.aith?
    Join Drew and various religion reporters from an assortment of news outlets, as they catch up on happenings in the world of Religion & Faith & Cults (Oh My!)
    Today's W.T.F. Guest: Paul Brandeis Raushenbush - Senior Religion Editor for The AOL/Huffington Post Media Group

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Special Guests

  • Lynne Spears — Mother Of Britney, Jamie Lynn & Bryan
    What a ride it's been for one of the most famous celebrity mom's in the world. A number of years ago, Lynne Spears poured out her heart and shared a lot of that ride in her book, Through The Storm: A Real Story of Fame and Family in a Tabloid World.

    “There’s nothing noble about holding on to guilt. Remember that, all you mothers reading this book who are blaming yourselves for the things you may have done wrong with your children. The truth is, we could have been perfect mothers, and our children may still have gone off the rails at one time or another. At some point, children are going to make their own choices, regardless of the parenting they received.”

    “Someone told me once that no one is immune to prayer, no one is so rich, so famous, so lost, that she is outside the power of petitioning God on her behalf. So I move toward God and pray for fresh eyes and fresh faith to see His hope for my child. She is not out of His reach.”

    Not often in the media, Lynne Spears joins us today for our Mother's Day Special.

  • Tracy Lindsey Melchior — Soap Opera Actress & Author of Breaking The Perfect 10
    Tracy began acting in high school, and continued learning her craft at Colorado State University. She later moved to California and did commercials for Old Spice, Nike, and Coca-Cola before guest-starring on such television shows as My So-Called Life and feature films including Beverly Hills Cop III. Best known for her dynamic soap opera roles, Tracy has appeared on The Young and the Restless, Sunset Beach, The Bold & the Beautiful, and One Life to Live. However, the real life story of soap opera star Tracy Lindsey Melchior is far more interesting than any daytime drama. All but abandoned in childhood, she grew up way too fast; her upbringing an almost unbelievable roller coaster ride of excitement and emptiness. Then, in her quest to become Hollywood's next "perfect 10", Tracy broke all of God's Ten Commandments. Yes, every single one of them. Her book, Breaking the Perfect 10, is a beautiful story of forgiveness and love.
    **Tracy was our Pub Crawl guest this week - to listen to Drew and Tracy chat about this weeks topics scroll down to the Pub Crawl Segment

  • Lydia Dominick — NBC Sports TV Host, Model
    Lydia Dominick is a God-fearing, blonde farmer from Western New York. She's a sports TV Host for NBC in Buffalo at Channel 2, WGRZ. Her journey as a single mom in the world of TV and modeling, brought her to a realization that this life is not about what happens on earth or about what is seen, but rather, the things that are unseen. Her born-again radical views on faith encourage her to think Biblically rather than conventionally and she wants the world to know about Christ; that God has a plan, and He can even use a hopelessly flawed TV Host to be an example of how the broken can be healed, and they can live their lives to build up the Kingdom of Heaven; that labels like, "model" "tv host" and "single mom" take their proper place in light of the label "Christ follower."

  • Laura Sobiech — Author of Fly A Little Higher - How God Answered a Mom’s Small Prayer in a Big Way
    When it became clear in May 2012 that Zach had months left to live, his mom Laura suggested that he write letters to family and friends. He picked up his guitar and began to write songs instead, and one of them, “Clouds,” went viral online. The song’s official video has been viewed more than 10.1 million times to date! The celebrity tribute to the tune & Zach featuring Jason Mraz, Bryan Cranston, Rachel Bilson, Passenger, Ed Helms, Rainn Wilson, Sarah Silverman, the Lumineers, and many more of Zach’s favorite artists and actors has captured more than 4 million eyes and ears. The week of May 22, 2013, “Clouds” hit no. 1 on iTunes, and in June 2013, debuted on Billboard’s Hot 100 at no. 26, and clinched the no. 1 slot on the Billboard Rock Digital Songs chart. It is the first song in music history to ever reach those benchmarks without any major label support or national radio airplay, relying solely instead on the backing of non-profit label Rock the Cause and digital media. Today, the conversation Zach started continues: he is mentioned on Twitter an average of once every hour. Months after his death, more than 5,000 people gathered at the Mall of America in his honor. In FLY A LITTLE HIGHER, Laura writes, “God’s plan unfolded before our eyes. He was using a Midwestern boy with a simple song and a simple message to deliver hope to damaged souls across the globe. ‘Clouds’ was like a little capsule of God’s grace that had been prescribed to the world to sooth the broken hearted.”
    Zach’s birthday was May 3, 1995, and he died on May 20, 2013, at the age of 18. FLY A LITTLE HIGHER’s release date serves as an anniversary of both beginnings and goodbyes, as well as a nod to Mother’s Day.

  • Diane Cowan — Religion / Food / Health Editor at The Houston Chronicle
    More than half of all North American families eat dinner together at least five times a week in order to stay close. With Sunday Dinners: Food, Family, and Faith From Our Favorite Pastors, readers can sit down with thirteen of America’s favorite pastor families, learn their family traditions, and cook the same delicious homestyle dinners. As the pastors featured in Sunday Dinners attest, Sundays are a time to bring everyone together over a delicious meal, teach children manners and social skills, stay connected, learn about family history and values, and nourish the body and soul. For these leaders of prominent churches like Joel Osteen, George Foreman (yes he's a pastor), and Bishop TD Jakes, connecting to family and friends over some good home cooking is an integral part of every week.

  • Project 'Slim Tim'
    As some of you may know, our good buddy - Tim The Tool - has mentioned a few times during the show how frustrated he is with his weight. So we surprised Tim and reached out to Whole Fitness Canada to see if they could help him out. For the next 10-weeks, Tim will be “Under Construction” with the gang at Whole Fitness Canada! Join us each week as we rally behind our friend Tim The Tool and cheer him on during PROJECT SLIM TIM!
    **To catch up on Tim's progress, scroll down to our W.T.F segment and have a listen!

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  • This Weeks Recording Artist: Lester McLean
    Lester McLean is a native of Toronto and has been active on the city’s busy music scene since the early 90’s. He studied jazz as a saxophonist while earning a Bachelors Degree in Mass Communications and Sociology at York University. The instrumental funk-fusion band The Colour of Soul was the first outlet for McLean’s songwriting. Under his leadership, the band recorded and released 3 independent records. The next endeavor was The Lester McLean Trio, featuring Lester on lead vocals and Soprano Sax, Juno award winning and nationally recognized Michael Occhipinti on acoustic guitar, and multi-instrumentalist Louis Simao on upright acoustic bass. The trio released a full-length CD entitled Best Foot Forward. Then the band went into John “Beetle” Bailey’s Drive Shed Studio for sessions that resulted in the EP Lester McLean – LMXL Just a Taste. Lester’s versatility with a wide array of musical styles and genres, great melodies, thoughtful lyrics, ear catching grooves, thick harmonies, are all ingredients in the soulful, eclectic sound that defines Lester McLean!
    Check out this video

Talkback, etc.

  • The Pub Crawl
    “Drew & His Mates” crack open a few - topics! Current affairs, pop culture, even touchy-feely-relational stuff! Listen in OR call and join us, as we crawl from topic to topic! (Got a topic you want the gang from the pub to crack open? Click here)
    This week on The Pub Crawl:

    1. Every Mother's Day, North Americans spend almost $2 Billion on flowers. Is this a complete waste or does this kind of 1st world spending get a pass because of the day?

    2. According to the Toronto Star, Toronto's public health authority is spending $25,000 of tax payer's money to distribute 288,000 condoms during World Pride week. And that's just the “tip” of the pride-berg. City council will kick in approximately $200,000 to host the event this year. Have we reached the point where no one really cares about this use of tax dollars, or does this “outrage” you?

    3. TDMS SURVEY: Who would you put on the Top 5 Famous Mother's list, and why?

  • W.here's T.he F.aith?
    Join Drew and various religion reporters from an assortment of news outlets, as they catch up on happenings in the world of Religion & Faith & Cults (Oh My!)
    Today's W.T.F. Guest: Kevin Eckstrom - Editor-in-Chief of Religion News Service

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Special Guests

  • Martha Williamson — Executive Producer of Touched By An Angel and Hallmark Channel's Signed Sealed & Delivered
    Two trusted brands of family entertainment, Hallmark Channel and Martha Williamson, have joined forces for a new original series! "Signed, Sealed, Delivered" premiered Easter Sunday, April 20 at 8pm ET/PT, 7C and is slated to run for 10 consecutive weeks. Acclaimed for the phenomenon she created as the Executive Producer of "Touched By An Angel", this new TV series marks Martha Williamson's return to television as well as her return to the Sunday evening time slot held by "Touched By An Angel" during its top 10 run. “As much as the television landscape has changed, the audience for positive and inspiring programming hasn’t gone anywhere,” says Williamson. Hallmark Channel's new original series is a wonderful combination of romance, comedy and drama that follows the lives of four postal workers who transform themselves into an untraditional team of detectives to track down intended recipients of undeliverable mail. Their missions take them out of the office into an unpredictable world where letters from the past can change lives when they arrive late but somehow on time. “Signed, Sealed, Delivered” stars Eric Mabius (“Ugly Betty”), Kristin Booth (“The Kennedys”), Crystal Lowe (“Smallville”) and Geoff Gustafson (“Primeval: New World”). Special guest-stars announced to-date include Valerie Harper, Della Reese, Valerie Bertinelli and Marilu Henner, who will portray supervisors in a revolving role featuring television icons. Williamson made television history when her CBS series "Touched By An Angel" set a new standard for an inspirational family drama when it grew to a weekly audience of 25 million viewers during its initial nine year run. She began her career in comedy, working with the producing teams for Carol Burnett and Joan Rivers and went on to write for and produce situation comedies such as “The Facts of Life”, “Family Man”, “Jack’s Place” and “Living Dolls” for all the networks. She became known as a “script doctor” who was brought in to fix shows that weren’t working, as was the case with the abandoned pilot that later became “Touched By An Angel”.

  • Justin Hines — Singer-Songwriter, Recipient of The Order Of Ontario
    Being born with Larsen Syndrome, a joint dislocation condition that keeps him in a wheelchair, has helped Justin deal with the many challenges faced in life. As a progressive condition, doctors told him early on that the continuous curvature of his spine wouldn't really impact him until later on. However, the timing of that diagnosis came earlier than expected, just as he was preparing to record new songs. “I found myself really struggling to sing with full strength. It was intensely painful as the effects of the scoliosis was creating new physical obstacles and new obstructions to my lungs and vocal cords.” This came as a huge blow to all concerned and left many with the gloom-laden possibility that this could be his final record. The idea of his career coming to an abrupt conclusion was not something he was prepared for, nor was he going to lie down and resign himself to it. The experience left an indelible mark on the proceedings during the recording and Justin admits that listening to the new tracks was not easy for him. “The audio is tangible proof of what was happening to me. I have always reflected authenticity in my work so if you hear a sense of despair, some anxiety and a different kind of energy at times, it’s because it’s an accurate snapshot of how I was feeling.” The silver lining of this scenario was how the album turned into a watershed moment for his music. Early listeners of his new music have been surprised and impressed by the raspy, deeper vocals and, at times, a darker shift in lyrical content. Armed with the experience of a U.S signing to a major label under his belt, a slew of positive reviews for his last album, “Days to Recall”, a massive PBS television special (which aired in North America over 400 times) and a guest slot on CBS Sunday Morning, Justin is excited and confident about the future. In the summer of 2013, Justin Hines and Canadian duo Ash & Bloom embarked on a North American charity tour; traveling over 12,000 kms and giving 100% of ticket sales back to over 70 charities. His latest album "How We Fly" was released in Canada on May 14th and marks a new path in his journey. In January 2014, Hines was awarded the prestigious Order of Ontario, for his charitable work and international success.

  • TDMS ROUND TABLE
    Is there a God?
    If there is a God, does he want us to go to church?
    And if leaders of these churches are struggling with their belief in God, is there a God?

    PANELISTS:

    Catherine Dunphy — Humanist Officiant, Former Roman Catholic Chaplain, Founding Member of The Clergy Project
    The Clergy Project is a confidential online community for active and former professional clergy/religious leaders who do not hold supernatural beliefs. It's goal is to support members as they move beyond faith. Rational Doubt is a blog where the public and non-believing and doubting clergy can interact. Contributors to Rational Doubt include founders of the Clergy Project as well as both “out” and “still-closeted” members of the private forum.
    www.patheos.com/blogs/clergyproject
    www.clergyproject.org

    AND
    William P. Young — Bestselling Author of The Shack
    An article published in January 2012 states: “With 10 million copies now in print, The Shack continues on the NY Times Best Seller List for the 172nd consecutive week, including 52 weeks at #1. It's been on the USA Today Top 150 List for 188 weeks and ranked by USA Today as the 6th Best-Selling book of 2008 & 2009. The Shack was ranked by Nielsen as the Top Best-Selling book of 2008 and the 2nd Best-Selling book of 2009. The Shack also continues to make waves in foreign markets. It has been translated into 34 languages. In Brazil, over one million copies have now been sold and in Germany, the book currently sits at #3. The Shack has also become a bestseller in Canada, the U.K., South Africa & South Korea.” www.windrumors.com


    AND
    Thom Shultz — Author Of Why Nobody Wants to Go to Church Anymore
    The statistics are clear: The American church is in decline. People are leaving in astounding numbers, with no sign of a turnaround. And despite church leaders’ best efforts to stem the tide, more than 80 percent of people are finding something better to do on Sunday mornings. Why? Is there hope for the future of the church?
    Why Nobody Wants To Go To Church Anymore

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  • This Weeks Recording Artist: The Ole Fashion
    Straddling the border between Country and Americana, the Ole Fashion is the self-proclaimed “Best Ole Country Band this side of 40”. Their youthful take on vintage classics pay homage to the good ole days where songs were played with real-live instruments and stories were told from the heart with a whiskey in your hand. Think vocals reminiscent of Hank Williams, Loretta Lynn and Emmylou Harris, CSNY-like harmonies, and a master pedal steel guitar player with a big ole cowboy hat. This is country music the way it was intended. After all, the rhythm section boasts a drum kit and a double bass that are older than your grampa. It’s not all sappy though, this band gets the crowd up and dancing with chicken-pickin’ Ole Fashion originals like “Cried All Night” (a duet between the husband who drinks too much and the wife who’s too hooked to leave him), “Take You Out in the Morning” (a reference to taking someone home one night and having a first date over breakfast), and “Hipster Queen” (‘nuff said). A Sunday-night residency at Opera Bob’s (Toronto’s favourite makeshift Muskoka cabin) was the inspiration to form this band where they’ve been going strong for almost 2 years. Why else do the patrons love it? Well that might be because the Ole Fashion is officially sponsored by Jameson’s, who offers a discount on their whiskey during performances.
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  • Thom Schultz
    Through writing, speaking and leading, Thom has served the faith community for 40 years. He’s the founder of Group Publishing and Lifetree Café. He’s the author of many books, including “Why Nobody Wants to Go to Church Anymore”. And he’s the founding director of Group Cares, a non-profit organization that serves disadvantaged families throughout the world.

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  • The Pub Crawl
    “Drew & His Mates” crack open a few - topics! Current affairs, pop culture, even touchy-feely-relational stuff! Listen in OR call and join us, as we crawl from topic to topic! (Got a topic you want the gang from the pub to crack open? Click here)

    This week on The Pub Crawl:

    1. Should charities refuse donations from people who do or say things that are “inappropriate”? Or in the words of Steve Miller, “C'mon take the money and run!” The owner of the NBA's LA Clippers has been banned for life from the NBA and was fined $2.5 million for his racist comments caught on tape. UCLA has rejected a $3 Million grant for kidney research. Other charities have even given money back that billionaire Donald Sterling had donated.

    2. Are films made by Christians getting any better these days, or should they still be Left Behind? During your last Mom's Night Out did you go and see God's Not Dead or Heaven Is For Real? Maybe you should have stayed home and prayed for Russell Crowe?

  • W.here's T.he F.aith?
    Join Drew and various religion reporters from an assortment of news outlets, as they catch up on happenings in the world of Religion & Faith & Cults (Oh My!)
    Today's W.T.F. Guest: Michelle Boorstein - Religion Reporter for The Washington Post

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Special Guests

  • Jase Robertson — Star of Duck Dynasty
    Jase is the second oldest Robertson son and one of the favorite stars of A&E’s Duck Dynasty. He's been involved in the family business making duck calls since he was a boy. Jase graduated from Bible college after high school and worked part-time in ministry for two years before becoming Duck Commander’s first paid employee in the mid ‘90s. Now, family, hunting, and helping the family business succeed consume most of his time. Jase runs the manufacturing part of Duck Commander, making sure that every call is hand-tuned to be the best possible call. In his new book, Good Call: Reflections on Faith Family & Fowl, Jase Robertson gives us a deep look behind his funnyman exterior. In addition to stories of life in the Robertson family and epic tales of hunting of all kinds, readers will get an inside look at Jase’s personal faith in the Creator of the outdoors he so dearly loves. You'll read stories about: Jase's youthful musings about the similarities between women and fish; The innocence of his honeymoon night! “Our first night together was more of an exploratory expedition than a blissful adventure. That's what happens when neither one of you has had sex before.”; His hard-won lessons on living with a yuppie woman. “When Missy saw the frogs in the sink later that morning she literally passed out.” You'll also find hilarious stories about "facial profiling", being kicked out of a hotel in New York, as well as amazing stories of the hunt that even non-hunters will enjoy.

  • Charlene Montgomery — Author of The Legend Of George Jones
    Saturday April 26th is the one year anniversary of the death of Country Music icon, George Jones. Charlene and Peanutt Montgomery remember their best friend of 30 years in a new tell-all biography, The Legend of George Jones - a collection of stories spanning many decades, five marriages and a marvellous career unequaled in the genre of Country Music. From humble beginnings playing the guitar and singing on the streets of Beaumont, Texas, George Jones became one of the most important and influential singers in music history. He was the voice behind many of Country music’s most enduring hits, such as “White Lightning,” “She Thinks I Still Care,” “Walk Through This World With Me,” “The Door,” “I Was Country When Country Wasn’t Cool” and “He Stopped Loving Her Today,” which is widely regarded as one of the greatest country music singles of all time. With The Legend of George Jones, Charlene and Peanutt wanted to set the record straight. Throughout Jones’ life, the tabloids chronicled his struggle with personal demons and often painted a less-than-flattering picture. Throughout the book, Charlene and Peanutt tell it like it is and make no excuses, but they document the real heart and soul of George Jones. Peanutt wrote seventy-three songs for George Jones including some of his best-loved number one hits. Charlene, Peanutt’s wife and partner, is a prolific songwriter in her own right, and she had a personal relationship with Jones that spanned decades, and she remains today a revered and beloved friend of all the Jones children. The book contains many never-before-told stories about the attempted murder of Peanutt by George Jones; the culprits who brought Jones to bankruptcy, and his knees, are revealed; unexplained mysteries concerning Jones’ fifth wife Nancy, and the way that his children were treated at his funeral.

  • Kerri Pomarolli — Comedian, Actress, Author
    That's right folks - It's time for our monthly visit with our favorite Hollywood Correspondent!

  • Project 'Slim Tim'
    As some of you may know, our good buddy - Tim The Tool - has mentioned a few times during the show how frustrated he is with his weight. So we surprised Tim and reached out to Whole Fitness Canada to see if they could help him out. For the next 10-weeks, Tim will be “Under Construction” with the gang at Whole Fitness Canada! Join us each week as we rally behind our friend Tim The Tool and cheer him on during PROJECT SLIM TIM!

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  • Gord & Michalene
    This is the story of how a woman who grew up in a family that was pretty seriously impacted by alcohol and who once said that she would never date or marry someone who drank, ended up marrying an alcoholic. Both Gord & Michalene grew up in pretty broken families that were less than ideal. Gord's mom died when he was 17 and after being rejected by most of his family, life spun out of control. The only thing that kept him going was the booze. Eventually Gord & Michalene met, fell in love, got pregnant, got married at a very young age, and within the next few years lost two other babies. Lack of money, trust and stability; never knowing or trusting that there would be enough for the rent, the bills or the food; and always being in a state of instability was how we lived. Addiction eventually took over. Michalene became codependent - Every moment was spent trying to figure out how to make things better … make someone happier … make up for the hurts of THEIR past. In the meantime, Michalene lost herself, in the midst of waves of depression. And Gord – well he kept his best friend (alcohol) closer than his family. Being 8 months pregnant with her second child was probably not the best time to leave Gord, but something had to be done. Fast forward to today – over 30 years married, four children, 3 grandchildren, and 25 years of sobriety for Gord. The road to recovery still has temptations and battles for both of them, but now they help others Celebrate Recovery!

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  • This Weeks Recording Artist: Anwar Khurshid
    Before making the sitar his primary focus, Amwar studied vocals, flute and tabla. These instruments still permeate his playing, giving it a fluid, lilting quality that has become his signature. His major influences in the Hindustani tradition are Ustad Nasiruddin, Ustad Vilayat Khan and Ustad Amir Khan. Anwar regularly plays with musicians from other genres, including Blues with Paul Deslauriers, Jazz with Bruce Cassidy, African music with Waleed Kush as well as Middle Eastern, Japanese and Chinese music. Through these innovative collaborations, Anwar's music transcends categorization.
    Check out this video

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  • The Pub Crawl
    “Drew & His Mates” crack open a few - topics! Current affairs, pop culture, even touchy-feely-relational stuff! Listen in OR call and join us, as we crawl from topic to topic! (Got a topic you want the gang from the pub to crack open? Click here)
    This week on The Pub Crawl:

    1. Do you think it's possible to have a “near death” experience, go to “Heaven” and see what things are like – hang out with God, then come back? The new movie called Heaven Is For Real is based on the story of a guest we had on our show, Todd Burpo. His 4- year old son Colton, apparently had one of these experiences. Do you believe it?

    2. A couple of days before the canonization of Pope John Paul II, a giant statue of Jesus erected in his honor collapsed in Italy, killing a 21 year old man. In 2004, a 72-year-old woman was crushed by a 7 foot tall metal cross. Are these just flukey accidents or..........?

    3. Horrific stabbing headlines in the news over the last couple of weeks:
    • A 16-year-old girl has been stabbed to death inside a Connecticut high school. A teenage boy is in custody, and police are investigating whether she was stabbed because she declined to be his date at the junior prom.
    • Four people were injured when a youth started randomly stabbing people at a Regina mall last week.
    • Five university students were stabbed to death at a house party in the Brentwood neighbourhood of Calgary.
    QUESTION: The Conservative Religious Right are known for blaming Hollywood for various societal dysfunctions. Do you think TV shows like The Following (cult members stab & kill people every episode) have any impact/influence on our young people? Or is that just a knee-jerk reaction to a more complex issue?

  • W.here's T.he F.aith?
    Join Drew and various religion reporters from an assortment of news outlets, as they catch up on happenings in the world of Religion & Faith & Cults (Oh My!)
    Today's W.T.F. Guest: Eric Marrapodi - CNN Sr. Producer & CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

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Special Guests

  • Scott MacIntyre — Recording Artist, American Idol Finalist
    Since captivating the nation as a finalist on American Idol, Scott MacIntyre has toured in arenas across North America, headlined concerts in Japan, Austria, England, Canada, and the US. He has performed with many noteable acts including Alice Cooper, Jason Mraz, and Queen. In his book “By Faith, Not By Sight” he powerfully demonstrates that no obstacle is too great to overcome. As the first blind finalist on American Idol, MacIntyre was called “an inspiration to the entire world through your commitment, through your talent” by former judge Paula Abdul. Visually impaired since birth, he started playing piano by ear at age three, began classical lessons at six, and subsequently learned to play organ, guitar, bass and drums. MacIntyre has appeared on Regis and Kelly, Jimmy Kimmel Live, the Today Show, Canada AM, Larry King Live, Hour of Power, and Access Hollywood. Scott has been profiled on CNN, Headline News, FOX International, Global TV, Sky News Europe, TV Guide, TBN, CBN, and local news affiliates across the country. In 2010, MacIntyre was honored by Dr. Robert and Arvella Schuller with the annual award for “promoting positive values in the media” at the Crystal Cathedral in California. Past honorees include Dr. Phil McGraw, John Tesh, Kathy Ireland, Twila Paris, and Roger Williams.

  • John Ortberg — Best Selling Author of Soul Keeping: Caring For The Most Important Part Of You
    According to a recent poll from Harris Interactive, 84 percent of Americans believe the soul could survive after death. With a widely accepted belief in the afterlife, the concept of caring for your soul is one that best-selling author & clinical psychologist John Ortberg is resurrecting in his latest book. In Soul Keeping, Ortberg helps readers to identify and understand their soul, pinpointing the soul’s nine needs, and as its keeper, our responsibility for its proper care. Through a combination of Scripture, stories and illustrations, Ortberg communicates exactly what’s at stake when we neglect our souls in favor of ourselves, and practical ways to keep from falling into that habit. Ortberg says, “We all have two worlds, an outer world that is visible and public and obvious, and an inner world that may be chaotic and dark or may be gloriously beautiful. In the end, the outer world fades. We are left with the inner world. It is what we will take with us.” John Ortberg draws upon his years of study and mentorship under the late Dallas Willard to provide readers with a guide to their souls, the gateway to a deeper relationship with God.
    *John graduated from Wheaton College with a degree in psychology. He holds a Master of Divinity and doctorate degree in clinical psychology from Fuller Seminary, and has done post-graduate work at the University of Aberdeen, Scotland. John has served as teaching pastor at Chicago’s Willow Creek Community Church and is a member of the Board of Trustees at Fuller Seminary, where he has also served as an adjunct faculty member. He is on the board for the Dallas Willard Center for Spiritual Formation, and has served on the board of Christianity Today International.

Journey

  • Joe Graham
    A lot of people pick Easter weekend to begin again, to start a change in their life, to stop doing stuff they know isn't good for them. And as anyone who has smoked knows, quitting a nicotine habit can be hell! But shaking the hold that both smokes AND booze can have on someone's life can be the hardest thing ever because they are two of the most “socially acceptable” addictions. For Joe, the booze had been the primary source of arguments, bad decisions and not being the father or husband he'd always wanted to be. This went on for 46 years and through 24 careers! Joe took his last drink on a plane in 2011. When he came home and told his wife, they both broke down crying when she told Joe that she had been praying for this to happen – for years! Maybe this weekend, Joe's story is exactly what you need to hear?

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  • This Weeks Recording Artist: The Tonettes — It's Time To Get Yer EASTER On!
    For three sizzlin’ nights at the on April 24-26, Beverly Taft and This trio of singers has been blessed with power, sensitivity and vocal energy! Individually, Marlene (www.marleneoneill.com), Amoy (www.amoylevy.ca) and Cathy have decades of experience working with live bands, backing tracs, studio sessions, etc. Collectively, they bring together knowledge of the vocal craft and a powerful presentation of music. Rooted in the vocal stylings of Church Gospel music, the Tonettes put everything they have into each performance whether backing up another artist or head-lining a concert. With all of these attributes and years of experience under their belts this group of women will not disappoint when you hear them in concert or you hire them for your next special event.
    CHECK OUT THIS VIDEO!

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  • The Pub Crawl
    “Drew & His Mates” crack open a few - topics! Current affairs, pop culture, even touchy-feely-relational stuff! Listen in OR call and join us, as we crawl from topic to topic! (Got a topic you want the gang from the pub to crack open? Click here)

    This week on The Pub Crawl:
    1. This Easter weekend Tim The Tool & Drew will actually share their own spiritual back stories – how the “Jesus stuff” all began - who were their spiritual influencers – how have their beliefs changed over the years.

    2. Anyone else have a problem with Good Friday / Easter being a national holiday? Isn't it just for Christians? Why should employers have to “eat it” and give their staff paid time off for a religious belief?

  • W.here's T.he F.aith?
    Join Drew and various religion reporters from an assortment of news outlets, as they catch up on happenings in the world of Religion & Faith & Cults (Oh My!)

    Today's W.T.F. Guest: The Serotonin Sisters from Anonymousgood.org “We'll turn your acts of Good into big global change. Join us! Do Good. Feel Good. Change the World!”

    So where IS the faith? Well... "Every time you do an act of Good, see an act of Good or receive Good acts (from small, to great to Ghandi) then post it on our site, we jump in and get the acts sponsored. Our Champions 4 Good then fund these acts and our Allies 4 Good feed people, plant trees, dig wells and help slaves to freedom. That means when you find a lost animal and post it – the world is better, not just for the owner of that cat, but for people here and around the world. Yep – it really is that simple. And it gets better!"

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Special Guests

  • Ted DiBiase — Wrestling's Million Dollar Man!
    Ted DiBiase is a WWE Hall Of Fame professional wrestler, best known for his role as the villainous “Million Dollar Man” of the World Wrestling Federation (now known as WWE). His son, Ted DiBiase Jr is in the midst of producing a documentary about his dad's infamously messy life and how he went from being a professional and personal scumbag to preacher! Ted Jr. goes on a journey to learn his father's story of faith, and redemption in the world of professional wrestling. “We have invested quite a lot of money in this project together. As the film draws closer to post-production we are now looking to secure even more exclusive interviews, archival footage, music licenses, sound engineering, colorists, web site designers, editors, and production people. Everything up until now has fully been done by ourselves, but this part is getting very expense very fast. We knew it was time to reach out to the fans to secure this extra help to finish this exciting film. This has always been a film by the fans, for the fans, and now we need the fans to step up to make this a reality. We have come up with some incredible pledge packages that we know you will love. Ted DiBiase has traveled all over the world giving his testimony. He has changed thousands of lives. This film spotlights every aspect from Ted's remarkable life and unforgettable wrestling career while also divulging the true depth of his story. We can't wait to share this story!”
    www.kickstarter.com

  • Bruxy Cavey — Teaching Pastor The Meeting House & Author Of The End of Religion: Encountering the Subversive Spirituality of Jesus
    Was Jesus of Nazareth an irreligious agitator? Was his message more radical than we’ve been led to believe? Has the Christian religion missed the point? Bruxy Cavey thinks so. In The End of Religion, Cavey contends that the Jesus described in the Bible never intended to found a new religion; instead he hoped to break down the very idea of religion as a way to God. With a fresh perspective on biblical stories, Cavey paints a picture of the world God originally intended and still desires: a world without religion.
    ***Bruxy was our Pub Crawl guest this week - to listen to Drew and him chat about this weeks topics scroll down to the Pub Crawl Segment
    www.thismannamedjesus.com

  • Mark Booth — Author of The Sacred History: How Angels, Mystics and Higher Intelligence Made Our World
    In his amazing New York Times bestseller The Secret History of the World, Mark Booth introduced the enthralling history of the world’s greatest secrets. From Greek and Egyptian mythology to Jewish folklore and Christian cults to Don Quixote, he delved into the hidden wisdom going back three millennia—and the light it sheds on humanity’s greatest achievements. Now, in The Sacred History, Booth tackles the great spiritual myths of history, examining the varying explanations—both ancient and modern—of the mystifying realm of angels. These are the stories of how people have been helped, in times of crisis and joy, by angels and other spiritual beings since the beginning of time. Drawing on these awe-inspiring stories, Booth examines how the spiritual world has shaped our history, our beliefs, our civilization, our religions, and ultimately, our sense of self. Philosophical, passionate, entertaining, and filled with gorgeous illustrations, The Sacred History is a gateway into the spiritual world that will open up the possibility of angels to even the most skeptical of readers.
    Mark Booth taught philosophy and theology at Oriel College, Oxford, and has worked in publishing for more than twenty years.  He is currently the publishing director at Century in London.

Journey

  • Kathy Deane
    Kathy was used to the feeling of being unloved, of not being “good enough”, of drinking to feel better, to feel worth & value, just to feel like everyone loved her when she was the life of the party. Again and again, she went looking for love in all the wrong places, trying to fill the void with everything that didn’t fill the void for long. Kathy even started going to church, but soon ran away when she felt smothered by “underserving love”. Eventually, she ran right back into the arms of another dysfunctional relationship. Thinking she had it all together, the proverbial wake up call came when she knew her son was following in her footsteps, making all the same bad choices she had made throughout the years. But when Kathy reached out for help for him, she ended up finding help for herself. But she was terrified to open up about a lifetime of “hurts, habits and hang-ups”! “Would they speak to me again? Would they judge me? Well, when I took off my mask and got honest with someone safe about my anger, about my addiction to alcohol and food, about the sexual assault and abortion...about the real me I was ashamed of - I was greeted with LOVE not Judgement.”

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  • This Weeks Recording Artist: Beverley Taft Meets The Nathan Hiltz Orchestra
    For three sizzlin’ nights at the www.jazzbistro.ca on April 24-26, Beverly Taft and co-conspirator & guitarist Nathan Hiltz, celebrate their seductive swing originals with the release of “Beverly Taft Meets the Nathan Hiltz Orchestra”. 
The chemistry between Taft & Hiltz & Co. on disc ‘n’ stage is undeniable. Add in the talents of a horn section without peer – William Carn (trombone), Shawn Nykwist (tenor sax), Jake Wilkinson (trumpet) and Rich Underhill (alto sax—of Shuffle Demons fame and who is also running for Mayor!) – and the dream rhythm section of Artie Roth on bass and Sly Juhas on drums. Special guests like Adrean Farrugia on piano add further shades of colour to this rich musical tapestry. This release shows Taft to be more than a jazz singer or interpreter. She digs deeper into the language of jazz, towards grasping its very essence for a better understanding of its impact on our lives. As a result, every lyric carries the weight of this deeply-rooted relationship – each word delivered by a singer with an uncanny connection to her material. Taft’s velvety voice and meticulous phrasing proves ideally matched to the band which has coalesced around her. All in all, Beverly Taft meets the Nate Hiltz Orchestra showcases the Taft-Hiltz union with a release that heralds a triumphant return to big band jazz thinking. Taft lends an element of glamour to this project, rekindling the glory days of Doris Day (the understated jazz singer as opposed to her movie star persona) and the swing era. As a result, Taft and her beautiful voice do much more than meet Nathan Hiltz and his Orchestra – she completes the link in a reverent chain, transforming all 9 players into one while they resuscitate a much-loved era of vintage jazz and better times.
    CHECK OUT THIS VIDEO!
    www.nathanhiltz.com

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  • James Duncan — Church, Media Culture
    Today James will talk more about his blog posts on: His family’s harassment by NewSpring church / How mega-church pastor Steven Furtick manipulates his congregation to get spontaneously baptized / How Furtick also turns mediocre books into mansions and how he learned from the best (Mark Driscoll) / Liberty University’s connections to the Moonies and Benny Hinn

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  • The Pub Crawl
    “Drew & His Mates” crack open a few - topics! Current affairs, pop culture, even touchy-feely-relational stuff! Listen in OR call and join us, as we crawl from topic to topic! (Got a topic you want the gang from the pub to crack open? Click here)

    This week on The Pub Crawl:
    1/ Bob Coy, who founded the Florida mega-church Calvary Chapel Fort Lauderdale, has resigned from his 20,000-member congregation after confessing to a “moral failing”. If people seem to be so forgiving of political leaders like Bill Clinton & Mayor Rob Ford for their “moral failings”, do you think that same attitude of forgiveness should be offered to spiritual leaders?

    2/ What would it take for you to NOT believe in Jesus? What if it was proven that he was married? According to reports this week, a small piece of papyrus with writings about Jesus having a wife, has now been verified as being a legitimate ancient artifact. Or what if the authenticity of the Bible was absolutely shattered? Is there anything that would change your mind about the existence of God?

    3/ Who made the bigger blunder? A/ World Vision “passively endorsed” same sex marriage by requiring that all employees, gay or straight, refrain from sex until marriage. Then they reversed their decision, after losing thousands of child sponsorships and donations. B/ The Assemblies of God General Superintendent George O. Wood's who issued a press release encouraging Assemblies of God churches and individuals to begin “gradually shifting their support away from the U.S. branch of World Vision to Assemblies of God World Missions, and other Pentecostal and evangelical charities that maintain biblical standards of sexual morality.”

  • W.here's T.he F.aith?
    Join Drew and various religion reporters from an assortment of news outlets, as they catch up on happenings in the world of Religion & Faith & Cults (Oh My!)
    Today's W.T.F. Guest: Sarah Pulliam Bailey - Reporter for Religion News Service

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Special Guests

  • Jon Anderson — Founding Member/Lead Singer of YES
    Jon Anderson is undoubtedly one of the most recognizable voices in progressive rock as the lead vocalist and creative force behind Yes. Anderson was the author and a major creative influence behind the series of epics produced by Yes and his role in creating such complex pieces as Close to the Edge, Awaken, and especially The Gates of Delirium was central to the band's success. Additionally, Anderson co-authored the group's biggest hits, including I've Seen All Good People, Roundabout, and Owner Of A Lonely Heart.

  • Taraji P. Henson — Academy Award Nominated Actress
    Taraji Henson earned an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress opposite Brad Pitt in David Fincher’s The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. Taraji is a 2011 Emmy nominee for Best Actress in a Movie or Miniseries for Lifetime’s Taken From Me. She starred as Detective Joss Carter in the highly rated J.J. Abrams crime drama Person of Interest for CBS and won the 2013 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series. In Larry Crowne she co-starred with star and director Tom Hanks. She starred in the hugely successful Karate Kid opposite Jaden Smith and Jackie Chan, and in Date Night with Tina Fey and Steve Carrell. For her role in Tyler Perry’s I Can Do Bad All By Myself, she received the 2009 Diversity Award for Best Actress. She also starred in Peep World playing Rainn Wilson’s love interest; The Good Doctor with Orlando Bloom and Once Fallen with Ed Harris. Henson received rave reviews for her role in Focus Features’ Talk to Me opposite Don Cheadle. She co-starred in the ensemble action drama Smokin’ Aces with Ben Affleck and Alicia Keys. She starred opposite Forest Whitaker in Hurricane Season, and Kathy Bates in Tyler Perry’s The Family That Preys. Henson made her singing debut in Hustle & Flow and performed the Academy Award-winning song, “It’s Hard Out Here for a Pimp,” on the Oscar telecast. She reunited for the third time with John Singleton to film Four Brothers with Mark Wahlberg. Taraji was a series regular on David E. Kelly’s Boston Legal and recurred on ABC’s Eli Stone.

Journey

  • Brian Bulger
    Brian experienced sexual abuse between the ages of 12 and 16. Once by a cousin and the other times by a pedophile. By the age of 12, he was addicted to pornography after he found a stash of his father's “dirty magazines”. The shame and experience of 'using porn' cycled Brian into all kinds of destructive sexual encounters throughout high school and for many years to follow. Today, Brian is in a 12 Step program called Celebrate Recovery – recovering from sexual addiction, sexual abuse and codependency.

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  • This Weeks Recording Artist: Ali Matthews
    “I desire to write songs that connect us with each other; songs that tap into our hopes and heartaches, our fears and passions, the things that make us vulnerable, the things that tell us we are alive. I see a dark and broken world in desperate need of mercy and compassion and I am compelled to create music that will draw us closer to grace, to each other and to our Creator. I am not a preacher - just a fellow-traveller on this fascinating ride …and I don’t mind being transparent.” Writing and performing on both piano and acoustic guitar, she blends mature and sensitive lyrics with evocative, compelling melodies. Ali’s songwriting and performing are highly respected in both the Christian and the mainstream music industry due to her accessible, honest lyrics and her ability to weave the “spiritual” into every day life experiences. She once held the GMA (Gospel Music Association Canada) record as the artist with the most nominations ever in one year. (11 nominations in 2006). She has received 14 GMA Covenant awards and 36 nominations in 7 years. She was a winner in the 2006 International Songwriting Competition, The Canadian National Songwriting Competition, The Word Guild Canadian Writers Awards and she was named Woman of the Year in the City of Stratford for her outstanding contribution to the Arts. CHECK OUT THIS VIDEO

God Blogger

  • Tamára Lunardo — Real Life & Real Faith
    Known for her disarming honesty and humor, Tamára is the editor of What a Woman Is Worth, a monthly contributor to DeeperStory.com, an award-winning, syndicated blogger, an essayist appearing in several anthologies, and a copywriter for a large, child-focused anti-hunger organization.
    “If any of the words in the following sentence offend you, consider turning back now: This blog sometimes gets all Jesus-y and shit. Still here? Great—let’s talk! Tamára Out Loud began as a place to work out my thoughts on real life and real faith. And then it launched a book, and a literary agency contract, and the opportunity for even more books. (Whoa. I still can’t quite believe it.) So now it’s still a place to work out my thoughts on real life and real faith, because that’s how you put together a book—you get out your words and see what stories they tell. So please read, share your thoughts, and enjoy with me the small stories that may just be books in the making.”

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  • Drew & His Mates Crack Open A Few!
    Current affairs, pop culture, even touchy-feely-relational stuff! Listen in OR call and join us, as we crawl from topic to topic!(Got a topic you want the gang from the pub to crack open? Click here)

    TOPICS:

    1/ Is Franklin Graham “homophobic” in THIS VIDEO
    2/ Is this preacher “gynophobic” in THIS VIDEO

  • W.here's T.he F.aith?
    Join Drew and various religion reporters from an assortment of news outlets, as they catch up on happenings in the world of Religion & Faith & Cults (Oh My!)
    Today's W.T.F. Guest: Michael Paulson, National Religion Reporter for The New York Times

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Special Guests

  • Andy Kindler — Comedian, Jew(ish)
    You’ve seen him on, The Late Show with David Letterman and on Everybody Loves Raymond. Each summer at the Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal he delivers the State of the Industry address. But he is probably best known for his mockery of himself, as well as other comedians more deserving of his wrath. Andy & Drew first met when they shared the stage at the Vancouver ComedyFest. It's been five years since his last visit with us, so it's time to find out what's on Andy Kindler's mind during our April Fool's Day Special! (Seems that Andy would like to share some thoughts on the various promulgators of “New Atheism” like Bill Maher & Ricky Gervais)

  • Greg Fitzsimmons — Comedian, Writer & Producer
    Greg is a stand-up comedian and television writer/producer.  A regular guest on The Howard Stern Show, Chelsea Lately, The Adam Carolla Show, and The Joe Rogan Experience.  His 2011 book, Dear Mrs. Fitzsimmons received critical praise from NPR and Vanity Fair. Since 2006, Greg has hosted a radio show on Howard Stern’s Sirius/XM channel and his own twice-weekly podcast, Fitzdog Radio.  A regular on Letterman, Conan, and Kimmel, Greg also had two stand-up specials on Comedy Central and spent five years as a panelist on VH1’s Best Week Ever. As a writer, Greg won 4 Daytime Emmy Awards on The Ellen DeGeneres Show.  He also worked on HBO’s Lucky Louie, Politically Incorrect w/ Bill Maher and many others.  He has created and executive produced pilots for VH1 and FX and served as head writer on The Chelsea Handler Show, The Man Show, and Tiny Tonight. Greg is the winner of “The Jury Award for Best Comedian” from The HBO Comedy Arts Festival and a Cable Ace Award for the MTV game show he hosted called Idiot Savants. (Greg joined in on the interview with Andy Kindler, see above for Audio)

  • Kerri Pomarolli — Comedian, Actress, Author
    That’s right folks – It’s time for our monthly visit with our favorite Hollywood Correspondent!

LIVE! on TDMS - Devoted Souly to the Art of Music

  • This Weeks Recording Artist: Josh Marshall
    Sponsored This Month By...EMILY'S HOUSE When there IS no cure, there IS Emily’s House!

    Saturday March 29th is Josh Marshall's 25th birthday. As a “present”, his dad made him come on his radio show and be the week's musical guest! Even though Josh is pretty shy about performing, his dad thinks he's good enough to join the calibre of singer/songwriters this show has been showcasing!
    CHECK OUT THIS VIDEO! - The moment Josh's dad first knew that he had talent!

God Blogger

  • Ryan Bell — “Former pastor goes atheist for a year!”
    For 19 years Ryan Bell was a pastor, most recently the senior pastor of the Hollywood Seventh-day Adventist Church. In March 2013 he resigned his position due to theological and practical differences. As an adjunct professor he has taught subjects ranging from intercultural communication to bioethics. Currently he is a researcher, writer and speaker on the topic of religion and irreligion in America. In January 2014, Ryan began a yearlong journey exploring the limits of theism and the atheist landscape in the United States and blogs about that experience here at Year Without God.
    www.ryanjbell.net/blog

Pub Crawl

  • Drew & His Mates Crack Open A Few!
    Current affairs, pop culture, even touchy-feely-relational stuff! Listen in OR call and join us, as we crawl from topic to topic!(Got a topic you want the gang from the pub to crack open?Click here)

    TOPICS:

    1/ “Only a fool would let his son interview him on his own radio show!” Drew has decided to let his own flesh and blood, the person who knows more about him than anyone, ask any question he wants! 25 year old Josh Marshall will get the chance to give it right back to his Dad and pepper him with questions, the way he's been doing it with so many, over the last 11 years!

    2/ Random Fire Topics: Should all cops carry tazers? Are men funnier than women? Why would anyone under 30 go to church? Tattoos, technology & tatas – what advice would you give to Generation Y & Z?

Talkback, etc.

  • W.here's T.he F.aith?
    Join Drew and various religion reporters from an assortment of news outlets, as they catch up on happenings in the world of Religion & Faith & Cults (Oh My!)
    Today's W.T.F. Guest: Joining us for our April Fool's Day Special to tell us about some of the weirdest religion/faith/cult news you've ever heard... Buck Wolf, Executive Editor Of HuffPost Weird News

  • April Fool's Day Fun-Fest Extravaganza Gone Wild EXTREME!
    Join Drew, Tim The Tool, Alex The Intern & The Boy as they attempt a little improv and yuk it up LOL
    NO AUDIO AVAILABLE ('cause it sucked)

Right-click here to bookmark or copy a link to this show March 22, 2014

Special Guests

  • Gary & Cassie Chapman — Stars of Private Lives Of Nashville Wives
    Gary Chapman and his wife Cassie are starring in the new TNT reality series, Private Lives of Nashville Wives, which premiered on February 24th. TNT is turning the spotlight on the women of Music City in the new unscripted series. Private Lives of Nashville Wives will follow a group of accomplished, opinionated and driven women--who happen to be married to some of the biggest players in the country music industry--as they deal with professional challenges, family issues and social relationships. Cassie Chapman is married to Christian music icon Gary Chapman, and they are exploring starting their own family. Cassie's sweetness masks a toughness that comes out when others question their 23-year age difference. The Chapmans are attempting to prove that for all of the town's songs of heartbreak and woe, their love is enduring. In November, Gary released his latest album, THE TRUTH - his first studio album in over a decade features 16 new songs with special appearances by Alison Krauss, John Rich, Tanya Tucker, Rebecca Lynn Howard and more. For over three decades, Chapman has seamlessly blurred the lines of contemporary Christian pop, country and southern gospel, racking up an impressive list of Dove Awards, GRAMMY nominations and writing credits for legendary artists such as Kenny Rogers, Alabama, T.G. Sheppard, Wynonna and his former wife, Amy Grant. Chapman is also widely remembered as the host of TNN’s popular Prime Time Country television series and the Sam’s Place concert series and radio program.

  • Dr. Daniel Gottlieb — Broadcaster & Author of The Wisdom We're Born With
    Most people suffer from living a “too-hurried” life. We’re often too busy with superficial things to truly experience awe the way children naturally do. We’re all born with this ability to experience joy, love compassion, trust – and the ability to experience awe with every new encounter. And then life intervenes. Trusted psychologist, therapist, lecturer and award winning radio host Dr. Daniel Gottlieb reminds us of this in his latest book The Wisdom We’re Born With. In addition to drawing on stories about his patients, he also offers his own experience as the survivor of a traumatic car accident that left him paralyzed from the neck down more than thirty years ago. With his unique wisdom, openness and honesty, he lets readers know they are not alone in their struggle no matter how deep their suffering may be. He offers a path back to a perspective that every infant intuitively understands, but one that is often lost on the road to adulthood.
    *Daniel Gottlieb, a practicing psychologist and family therapist, is the host of “Voices in the Family” on WHYY, Philadelphia’s National Public Radio affiliate. From 1993 until 2008, he wrote a highly regarded column for the Philadelphia Inquirer called “Inside Out,” reflecting his perspective on world events and the ways we experience them. He is the author of five books, including the bestselling 'Letters to Sam and Learning from the Heart' (winner of the “Books for a Better Life” Award), which have been translated into eighteen languages. The author's royalties from sales of this book will be donated to the Khulani Special School, Mduku Community, Kwazulu Natal, South Africa.

  • WORLD WATER DAY ROUND TABLE
    Are the white people really screwing things up or are the aboriginal people and the tree-huggers just creating hype about nothing?

    Caleb Z. Behn - Eh-Cho Dene & Dunne-Za/Cree, Articling Student with the Law Society of British Columbia, Activist
    Caleb Behn is Eh-Cho Dene and Dunne Za/Cree from the Treaty 8 Territory of Northeastern BC. He has recently graduated from the University of Victoria with a Juris Doctor degree and is among the first UVic law students granted the Concentration in Environmental Law and Sustainability. Prior to law school, he was the oil and gas officer for the West Moberly First Nations and a lands manager for the Saulteau First Nations. Caleb is the subject of a documentary film called Fractured Land, which focuses on the impact of hydraulic fracturing in Canada and Aotearoa, New Zealand. He is recognized as one of the most dynamic young indigenous leaders and activists making his mark on the Canadian landscape.
    www.fracturedland.com

    AND

    Heather Gingerich – Medical Geologist
    “Genetics loads the gun, environment pulls the trigger.” Of the 300 or so Medical Geologists in the world today, Heather Gingerich is one of the few who specializes in mother-child health and drinking water chemistry and the only one who also develops smartphone apps for caregivers. A member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science’s Science and Human Right Coalition, she’s combined all of the strategies and techniques of the Olympic drug squad, gold and oil prospectors, arson investigators and Batman’s super computer and come to some unsettling conclusions about the safety of municipal tap water and the “accidental” genocide of First Nations people in the name of economic development that every consumer, healthcare provider and municipal councilor needs to know about.

LIVE! on TDMS - Devoted Souly to the Art of Music

  • This Weeks Recording Artist: Suzie Vinnick
    A Saskatoon native living in Toronto, Suzie Vinnick, is the owner of a gorgeous, powerful voice and performs with a sweet mixture of engaging candidness and unparalleled musicianship. Ten time Maple Blues Award winner, three time Juno Nominee and Finalist in the 2013 International Blues Challenge Solo/Duo Category in Memphis, TN. She was the winner of the 2012 CBC Saturday Night Blues Great Canadian Blues Award and the 2012 SIRIUS/XM Blues Artist of the Year. Suzie has released a new album entitled Live At Bluesville, a collection of roots, blues and gospel tunes featuring Suzie and her parlour guitar, Mabel. Back in 2011 Suzie sent a copy of her first solo acoustic blues album Me ‘n’ Mabel to Bill Wax and the album ended up charting for seven weeks on B. B. King’s Bluesville “Picks to Click” reaching number three. Suzie has been featured nationally on CBC Radio Stuart McLean’s Vinyl Café, and has performed across Canada and the US, and for Canadian Peacekeeper in Bosnia and the Pursian Gulf. Live At Bluesville features Suzie and her parlour guitar, Mabel, and will appeal to fans of her album Me ‘n’ Mabel and her earlier, roots-music based album, Happy Here. Suzie’s music is available on iTunes
    CHECK OUT THIS VIDEO

God Blogger

  • Caleb Wilde — Confessions Of A Funeral Director – Working at the crossroads of this world & the next!
    “For all of us who have been confronted with death in our personal lives, we know all too well the questions that can come: Is death the end? Is there a God? What is the meaning of life? It seems that those who live in death’s shadow have a greater understanding of what it means to be human. This blog is a forum … it’s a middle space, for those who realize their thoughts are neither divine or dirt. This is a place for conversation, where we can create and mold each others ideas about death and life.”

Pub Crawl

  • Drew & His Mates Crack Open A Few!
    Current affairs, pop culture, even touchy-feely-relational stuff! Listen in OR call and join us, as we crawl from topic to topic! (Got a topic you want the gang from the pub to crack open? Click here)

    TOPICS:

    1/ Fred Phelps, the founder of Westboro Baptist Church and www.godhatesfags.com has just died. He and his congregation/family became the most hated group in America because of their message of hate. These were the people who would protest funerals of soldiers because they represented a country & a government that condoned homosexuality. If you were one of his children who left the flock, would you attend his funeral?

    2/ A church offering drive-through prayer, a musical that tells the story of Jesus through Britney Spears' songs, or performing exorcisms online – which one of these wins the Spiritually Tackless Award?

Talkback, etc.

  • W.here's T.he F.aith?
    Join Drew and various religion reporters from an assortment of news outlets, as they catch up on happenings in the world of Religion & Faith & Cults (Oh My!)
    Today's W.T.F. Guest: Carol Kuruvilla – Religion Reporter for The New York Daily News

Right-click here to bookmark or copy a link to this show March 15, 2014

Special Guests

  • Sharon Corr — Grammy Nominated Recording Artist
    Grammy Nominee/Brit Award Winner, singer/songwriter and violinist – Sharon Corr has been hugely successful as both a member of legendary Irish group The Corrs and also as a solo artist. Much has been written about the incredible talent for melodies The Corrs exhibited throughout their 15 year long career. Their unique blend of Celtic/Pop/Rock sold over 45 million albums. They toured arenas and stadiums across the globe. With a string of massively successful albums and singles played to this day like Runaway, So Young, Radio, Breathless – The Corrs have been a household name on every continent. When The Corrs took time off to focus on their growing families, Sharon – while having her own 2 children, began her solo journey enjoying the freedom of total artistic expression. In 2010 she released her self penned first solo album “Dream Of You”. From 2011-2013 Sharon was busy touring Europe, US and Australia, and in 2013 she released her second album entitled, “The Same Sun”. In addition to singing- Sharon has for 2 seasons, been a coach on the hugely successful talent show “The Voice”. * Sharon will be performing at Hugh's Room, Tuesday March 18th @ 8:30 PM. (Make a dinner reservation and grab yourself some amazing seats!)

  • Dr. Gareth Higgins — Northern Irish Author of Cinematic States: Stories We Tell, The American Dream Life, And How To Understand Everything
    In Cinematic States, Northern Irish writer Gareth Higgins explores American myths in one of their most powerful forms. This irreverent yet moving journey through each of the 50 states of his adopted homeland asks whether a Kansas yellow brick road really does lead to the end of the rainbow, and does it first have to pass through Colorado’s Overlook Hotel? Amidst the multipurpose wood-chippers, friendly exorcists and faulty motel showers, resurrected baseball players and miracle-working gardeners, what do the stories we tell reveal about ourselves, and how can we re-imagine who we are? Gareth Higgins is a Belfast-born writer, film critic, and co-author of several works on peace building, religion, violence and conflict. He is a contributing editor at Sojourners Magazine, has written for publications including The Independent, The Irish Times, and Third Way, and presented on BBC Radio. He also holds a PhD from Queen’s University Belfast and co-hosts the award-winning podcast The Film Talk. Gareth is founding director of the Wild Goose Festival and his previous books include How Movies Helped Save My Soul: Finding Spiritual Fingerprints in Culturally Significant Films, and co-authorship of Religion, Civil Society, and Peace in Northern Ireland. Gareth Higgins was born in Belfast and grew up during the Northern Ireland troubles. He now lives in North Carolina, writing and speaking about connection to the earth, cinema and the power of dreams, peace and making justice, and how to take life seriously without believing your own propaganda. He is a work in progress.

LIVE! on TDMS - Devoted Souly to the Art of Music

  • Rant Maggie Rant
    A brilliant melting pot of sound, Rant Maggie Rant is loved by traditionalists, who enjoy their time-honoured approach and style, while listeners of other musical genres are drawn to the band's fusion of punchy roots/blues/rock guitar and the syncopated World influences of hand drumming spiced with Latin, Middle Eastern and African rhythms. In studio today is the core band; Stratford-based trio Lindsay Schindler (fiddle, background vocals), Glen Dias (lead vocals, recorders, percussion) and Barry James Payne (guitars, harmonica, background vocals). And joining them today to make the studio even hotter will be London-based Rob Larose (drums, percussion) and Steve Clark (bass), as well as Daev Clysdale (Irish whistle, Irish flute and accordion) from Toronto.
    *Rant Maggie Rant returns to Toronto's prestigious, folk-roots venue Hugh's Room – for the fourth consecutive year – to perform a spirited St. Patrick’s Day Celebration concert on March 15th @ 8:30. (Make a dinner reservation and grab yourself some amazing seats!) This is the perfect opportunity for revellers of Irish heritage and the Irish at heart to enjoy a not-to-be-missed evening by a band that likes to mischievously colour outside the prescribed lines of Celtic music.
    We apologize for the poor audio quality in this interview - we could blame it on technical difficulties - but it's waaaaay more fun to blame "Tim the Tool"!

God Blogger

  • Philip Carr-Gomm
    Philip Carr-Gomm is a writer and psychologist. He trained with Ross Nichols, the founder of the Order of Bards Ovates & Druids, and has been leading the Order for over twenty years. “The main focus of the blog is spirituality in its widest sense, and I believe one of the most important tasks for us today is to infuse our spiritual questing with humour and joy. Without humour we lose our humility, without joy a spiritual path becomes dry with the dead hand of piousness. For me, a spirituality needs the glorious world of Nature and the joy of laughter in plentiful supply. If these qualities appeal to you, I hope some of this blog will be interesting and entertaining for you!” www.philipcarrgomm.wordpress.com “Exploring Spirituality, Celebrating Life”

Pub Crawl

  • Drew & His Mates Crack Open A Few!
    Current affairs, pop culture, even touchy-feely-relational stuff! Listen in OR call and join us, as we crawl from topic to topic!(Got a topic you want the gang from the pub to crack open? Click here)

    TOPICS:

    1/ Have you seen Mark Burnett & Roma Downey's movie Son Of God? What did you think? Worth the watch or just another cheesy Jesus flick, but with better effects and a bigger budget?

    2/ A video was released this week of Justin Bieber being interviewed by lawyers representing a paparazzo. The photographer is suing, alleging that the Biebs ordered his bodyguard to attack him. Seems like many who have been sticking up for Justin, after watching this deposition video, have now called him out on his arrogant & smug behaviour. (Hmmm – sounds similar to what happened when supporters of a certain Mayor finally watched some videos!) So is this the proverbial nail in the coffin for Justin? Does he deserve a societal slap or even more grace?

    3/ According to a recent report, U.S. troops shot Osama Bin Laden's dead body over a hundred times. How does that sit with you? Do you think this is an accurate gauge of how people are feeling about terrorism these days?

Talkback, etc.

  • W.here's T.he F.aith?
    Join Drew and various religion reporters from an assortment of news outlets, as they catch up on happenings in the world of Religion & Faith & Cults (Oh My!) Today's W.T.F. Guest:
    Patsy McGarry – Religious Affairs Corespondent with The Irish Times

Right-click here to bookmark or copy a link to this show March 8, 2014

Special Guests

  • Howard “Humble” Glassman — Toronto Radio Personality, Reluctant Jew
    The legendary team of Humble & Fred have been part of the Toronto radio scene since 1989. They began ruining the airwaves of the GTA at CFNY-FM and for the next 12 years they tortured their audience with a mixture of humor, irreverence and goofiness while CFNY morphed into 102.1 The Edge. They've been on CFNY 102.1 The Edge / Mix 99.9 CKFM / Mojo 640 / CIKR – FM / CHAM Funny 820 / CKSL / and even the mighty Newstalk 1010. Their careers have been used to pave the way for the likes of Mad Dog & Billy, Dean Blundell, and Regis & Kathie Lee. After being named Best Morning Show in Canada four times by the Canadian radio industry, then fired and screwed over by that same Canadian radio industry, these guys are back like a bad rash and are ruining, not only podcasting, but radio once again.
    ***Howard was our Pub Crawl guest this week - to listen to Drew and him chat about this weeks topics scroll down to the Pub Crawl Segment

  • Sean Hillman — Former Buddhist Monk, Former Cult Member
    After writing an open letter to His Holiness the Dalai Lama in 2006 and receiving supportive responses from His Office, Sean has been leading a public campaign to expose a cult in Toronto. Sean spent 7 years living in the "Tengye Ling Tibetan Buddhist Temple" led by Carol Watt and experienced first-hand the physical, emotional and financial abuse of its leader. Since leaving in 2001 he has been networking with other former residents and attendees who have been victims of Watt's abuse to understand their shared experiences, and to take action so that her harms to sincere and vulnerable students of Buddhism cease. In the years that the blog has been live, many former students and others concerned with those still trapped or recovering have reached out for support. Awareness has grown to the point where major media outlets have taken interest in the story, but the cult, although significantly diminished, still operates. Sean hopes that Watt will finally be brought to justice so that her power over others is removed and for her many victims to find closure.
    *Sean is in his third year of a Ph.D. in the Department for the Study of Religion at the University of Toronto, with a double-collaboration in Bioethics and South Asian Studies. For 13 years, he was a Buddhist monk, ordained novice and full by His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama. In his 5 years in India he has studied at the Library of Tibetan Works and Archives, the Institute of Buddhist Dialectics and the International School for Jain Studies. Sean’s research straddles Religious Studies and Medical Anthropology, with a strong interest in the interaction between religion and biomedicine in end-of-life decision making. (Sean has also spent over a decade as a bedside caregiver.)

LIVE! on TDMS - Devoted Souly to the Art of Music

  • The Lovelocks
    Soaring vocals, sweet harmonies and sultry strings... The Lovelocks are a female alt-­country duo comprised of Ali Raney and Zoe Neuman. Featuring the new single “Teardrop Tattoo”, The Lovelocks released their debut EP on February 11th, which shot up the charts like a rocket to #2 on the iTunes country charts on the day of release! The love fest continued (appropriately) on the eve of Valentine’s Day, as hundreds of guests attended a blowout Toronto EP release party at Revival. Hailing from Toronto, Zoe and Ali first became friends over a shared love of music, which led to writing songs in each other’s living rooms on Sunday afternoons, and eventually, the decision to start a band together. With combined talents on fiddle, mandolin, acoustic guitar and vocals, The Lovelocks are woven together with killer harmonies and a desire to create music that gives voice to both the bitter and sweet in life.
    Check Out THIS Video!

TDMS Dating Game

  • The Dating Game on TDMS

    Sponsored By www.christianmingle.com

    Last week, Valerie let Esteban know that she chose HIM to join her for an all expenses paid night out in the city! THIS WEEK – we'll talk with Valerie to find out how their DATE NIGHT went! AND... if it went well, then Esteban will be joining her in studio as well. If it didn't go so well... then Drew & Tim The Tool will have a lot of questions for Valerie, sans Esteban!

    • VALERIE has just won A FREE 1 year subscription to ChristianMingle AND… on Friday March 7th she and Esteban will be chauffeur driven in a black escalade to one of the GTA’s most exclusive restaurants, Sassafraz Yorkville, and then off to discover one of the best views of the city at The Panorama Lounge! To find out more about Valerie and join her on her journey, go to www.drewmarshall.ca/datinggame


God Blogger

  • Frank Schaeffer
    Frank Schaeffer is a New York Times bestselling author of more than a dozen books. Frank is a survivor of both polio and an evangelical/fundamentalist childhood, an acclaimed writer who overcame severe dyslexia, a home-schooled and self-taught documentary movie director, a feature film director of four low budget Hollywood features Frank has described as “pretty terrible”. He is also an acclaimed author of both fiction and nonfiction and an artist with a loyal following of international collectors who own many of his oil paintings. Frank has been a frequent guest on the Rachel Maddow Show on NBC, has appeared on Oprah, been interviewed by Terri Gross on NPR’s Fresh Air and appeared on the Today Show, and BBC News. He is a blogger on Huffington Post (one of the first Huff Post bloggers) and Patheos.

Pub Crawl

  • Drew & His Mates Crack Open A Few!
    Current affairs, pop culture, even touchy-feely-relational stuff! Listen in OR call and join us, as we crawl from topic to topic!
    (Got a topic you want the gang from the pub to crack open?
    Click here)

    This week on The Pub Crawl: Broadcasting Legend Howard "Humble" Glassman www.humbleandfredradio.com

    TOPICS:

    1/ An atheist man has forced a mother to remove a roadside cross, marking the place where her son was struck and killed while crossing the street. The reason: the cross was on government property. Is this insane or justified? Do atheists have too much say in an overwhelmingly religious culture or should everyone have the civil right to a religious opinion, no matter how ludicrous it is? (From Pentecostal snake-handlers to the godhatesfags.com family to atheists screwing with a family's grief just to prove a point.)

    2/ John Tory, Olivia Chow, Rob Ford – could this possibly be the greatest voter turnout in the history of Toronto politics?

    3/ Marijuana – should it be legalized? Is it a “gateway drug” or just a medicinal plant? Should conservative Christians still be upset about the whole issue, especially now that they've finally started to acknowledge that they consume another addictive & mind altering substances?

Talkback, etc.

  • W.here's T.he F.aith?
    Join Drew and various religion reporters from an assortment of news outlets, as they catch up on happenings in the world of Religion & Faith & Cults (Oh My!)
    Today's W.T.F. Guest: Michael Paulson, National Religion Reporter for The New York Times

Right-click here to bookmark or copy a link to this show March 1, 2014

Special Guests

  • Kerri Pomarolli — Comedian, Actress, Author
    That's right folks - It's time for our monthly visit with our favorite Hollywood Correspondent!

  • Karen Stollznow — Author Of God Bless America: Strange And Unusual Religious Beliefs & Practices In The United States
    Do Satanists really sacrifice babies, skin cats and vandalize graves? Can a Voodoo priest turn a person into a zombie? What happens during an exorcism? Are the Amish allowed to drive cars and use computers? God Bless America explores the strange and unusual beliefs and practices of the Charismatic and Pentecostal churches, Fundamentalist Mormons, Quakers, and followers of New Age Spirituality, Scientology, and much more.
    * Dr. Karen Stollznow is a linguist with a background in history and anthropology. She is a columnist, podcaster, and researcher who has written about a diverse array of topics, including language, culture, religion, science, pseudoscience, and the paranormal. Dr. Karen was a researcher at the University of California, Berkeley, where she worked on a project involving endangered writing systems for the Department of Linguistics and Unicode. She is a member of the Executive Council for Skeptical Inquirer Magazine and has contributed to Psychology Today, Scientific American Mind, Australasian Science, and many other publications. She is a Research Fellow of the James Randi Educational Foundation, and contributes regularly to the Swift blog. Karen also pens the "Bad Language" column for Skeptic magazine.

  • Dr. Donald Wiebe — Atheist Professor of Divinity, University Of Toronto's Trinity College
    An atheist who teaches Philosophy of Religion & Philosophical Theology??! Today, Dr. Wiebe joins us to share his very unique journey OUT of faith! His primary areas of research interest are philosophy of the social sciences, epistemology, philosophy of religion, the history of the academic and scientific study of religion, and method and theory in the study of religion.

LIVE! on TDMS - Devoted Souly to the Art of Music

  • Jacob Moon
    Jacob Moon is known for his giftedness as a singer, songwriter of award-winning pop and folk songs. He is also a master of the art of ‘live looping’, a performance style where he records what he’s playing in real time and layers sound on sound to make one guitar sound like an orchestra. He has received accolades from Rush, Ron Sexsmith and Queen for his unique and compelling live show. His latest album, entitled FASCINATION is a collection of covers (and 2 new originals) by artists like Marillion, Rush, Yes, Peter Gabriel, Radiohead, Tom Waits and Keane. The record is a labor of love and pays tribute to the music that influenced Jacob growing up and the music that is filling his head today. Infused with a bold rock sound and yet making eclectic forays into folk, funk and pop, this is one album that has something for everyone.
    *Jacob Moon will be performing at The Oakville Centre For The Performing Arts on Friday March 28 at 8:30pm.
    For tickets go to
    www.oakvillecentre.ca/JacobMoon

    Check Out THIS Video!

TDMS Dating Game

  • The Dating Game on TDMS
    Sponsored By www.christianmingle.com

    Last week, Valerie revealed who she chose to join her for an all expenses paid night out in the city! THIS WEEK – we'll talk with Valerie & ESTEBAN to find out how they're feeling about DATE NIGHT next week!

    • VALERIE has just won A FREE 1 year subscription to ChristianMingle AND… after Drew & Tim The Tool help her find the best possible match, we’ll pick up the tab for an exquisite date night out on the town with HOPEFULLY that special someone! Valerie and her date will be chauffeur driven in a black escalade to one of the GTA’s most exclusive restaurants and then off to discover one of the best views of the city! To find out more about Valerie and join her on her journey, go to www.drewmarshall.ca/datinggame

God Blogger

  • Rachel Hernandez — You Can Wear High Heels Drink Wine And Love Jesus
    The following blog posts, might give you some insight as to why we HAD to have Rachel as a God Blogger:
    -Shut your mouth when you're talking to Me: ADD in the brain. Wanting to save the world while getting botox.
    -High Anxiety: The time I made an airplane turn around because I thought I was dying. All about anxiety attacks/hypochondria.
    -Me and the Gang: Me trying to sell Jesus to gang members.
    -The Rusty Nail: The time I partied with an 84yr old from a nursing home and got him drunk. I was a volunteer.
    -How to Lose Friends and Alienate People: How Dale Carnegie is full of crap and his "How to Win Friends and Influence people" method doesn't work.
    -The drunk man's paper bag: Mom's hate carrying wine out of a liquor store with the dreaded "drunk man's paper bag." It's like the badge of shame.
    -Give me today my daily med?: Antidepressants.
    -"Are you there God it's me, not Margaret": Feeling like God can't hear me.
    -Legally Brunette: I thought God was calling me to go to seminary. He wasn't.

Pub Crawl

  • Drew & His Mates Crack Open A Few!
    Current affairs, pop culture, even touchy-feely-relational stuff! Listen in OR call and join us, as we crawl from topic to topic! (Got a topic you want the gang from the pub to crack open? Click here)

    TOPICS:

    1/ Since 1982 only 14 Oscar winners thanked God, beating out management, children, father, mother, spouse & The Academy, every year. In contrast, it seems like the Grammy Awards are FILLED with thanks to God. Why? What's the difference?

    2/ N.A.S.A. has just announced this week that they have discovered 715 new planets outside our solar system. These discoveries came from looking at just 305 stars. Four of these new planets are located in “habitable zones”, meaning they are the right distance from their sun to be able to sustain life. With that in mind, do you think that there are lifeforms outside of Earth? And if so, how does that fit into our planet's historical theology?

    3/ It's being reported that 34 year old Stephen Furtick's mega-church, Elevation, has been manipulating their so called “spontaneous” baptism services. The mass baptisms play a major role in this church being one of the top 100 fastest growing churches. However, some are calling the whole thing “spiritual manipulation”. A guide posted on a webpage for Furtick’s book says that, “Fifteen people will sit in the worship experience and be the first ones to move when Pastor gives the call. Move intentionally through the highest visibility areas and the longest walk”. Does this bother you or do you just write it off as mega-church crowd management strategy?

Talkback, etc.

  • W.here's T.he F.aith?
    Join Drew and various religion reporters from an assortment of news outlets, as they catch up on happenings in the world of Religion & Faith & Cults (Oh My!)
    Today's W.T.F. Guest: Kevin Eckstrom - Editor-in-Chief of Religion News Service

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Special Guests

  • Valeri Bure — Former NHL All Star, Russian Olympic Medalist
    During his extensive NHL career, Val played for the Dallas Stars, St. Louis Blues, Florida Panthers, Calgary Flames, and the Montreal Canadiens. Born in Moscow, he was a member of the Russian National Team which was the only country to medal in Olympic hockey at both Nagano in 1998 and in Salt Lake in 2002. Val retired from hockey in 2004 and dedicated his time to being with his family. He married television actress Candace Cameron in 1996 and they now share a "full house" in California with their three children Natasha, Lev, and Maksim. He and Candace own a boutique winery in Napa Valley called Bure Family Wines.

  • Mark Masri — Juno Nominated Recording Artist
    Whether he’s performing with the Vivaldi Orchestra in Moscow, headlining his own North American tour, guesting on David Foster’s Hitman Returns TV special or singing a duet with Olivia Newton-John, Mark Masri is opening hearts and minds with thought provoking songs, a charismatic stage presence and a powerful tenor voice. Regardless of style, Mark delivers emotion and a jaw dropping range that will enchant every listener. Mark will be performing at The Rose Theatre in Brampton on Friday Feb 28 @ 8:00 PM! The evening will feature favourite selections from the worlds of classical crossover and pop as well as new songs from his forthcoming record, created with internationally celebrated producer Patrick Hamilton. It will be a night that will undoubtedly leave a striking impression.

  • Dr. Jerry L. Walls — Professor of Philosophy, Noted Author on Hell, The Afterlife & Evil
    This week a woman who killed her pregnant friend and cut the baby out of her womb to raise as her own child was found guilty of murder. What makes someone do this? Is it evil or mental illness or both? With degrees from Princeton Theological Seminary, Yale Divinity School and a PhD in Philosophy from the University of Notre Dame, Jerry Walls joins us today to discuss EVIL. Specifically, what is evil? Do the religious monotheistic tribes truly understand evil? Is evil always a supernatural phenomenon and if not, then why don't atheists have a problem with evil?With degrees from Princeton Theological Seminary, Yale Divinity School and a PhD in Philosophy from the University of Notre Dame, Jerry Walls joins us today to discuss EVIL. Specifically, what is evil? Do the religious monotheistic tribes truly understand evil? Is evil always a supernatural phenomenon and if not, then why don't atheists have a problem with evil?

  • Billy Mauldin — American Idol's Spiritual Advisor
    For the first time on American Idol, this week they introduced the world to the contestant's “Spiritual Advisor”! Billy Mauldin is the president and CEO of the Motor Racing Outreach ministry. He and his wife, Julie, were brought in to help these potential Idols with the emotional ups and downs of competition. (Basically, Billy is doing what doesn't appear to have been done for Justin Bieber.) NASCAR drivers have been leaning on Billy and his ministry team for years!

LIVE! on TDMS - Devoted Souly to the Art of Music

  • Melanie Doane
    An accomplished singer, songwriter, musician, and performer - Juno Award winning Melanie Doane has been prominent in the Canadian music landscape for over 15 years. To date she has released seven albums, written many chart topping singles (“Adam’s Rib”, “Goliath”, “Still Desire You”, etc.), had her music featured on hit television shows such as Brothers and Sisters, Being Erica, Flashpoint, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and traveled numerous times across Canada and the U.S. on various tours, both as a solo artist and opening for the likes of Jann Arden, Great Big Sea, and Sarah McLachlan. In 2012, Melanie was cast as the Songwoman in the Tony-award winning play "WAR HORSE", performing 8 shows a week for a full year at the Princess of Wales Theatre in Toronto. With "WAR HORSE" now over, Melanie is writing and recording new material, teaching her father's famous Ukulele in the Classroom program to over 100 kids in Toronto schools, and being a busy mom to Rosie and Theo. In 2013, Melanie embarked again on CPR’s Holiday Train Tour, performing over 80 shows in three weeks across Canada raising money and food for local food banks. This was Melanie’s fourth time performing on the tour.
    Check THIS Video Out

TDMS Dating Game

  • The Dating Game on TDMS — Sponsored By www.christianmingle.com
    Last week, during our Valentine's Day Special, we called the two gentleman who were in the running for an all expenses paid night out in the city with our Dating Game contestant, Val! (For having a great attitude about all of this, ChristianMingle.com has given these two gentlemen a free 1-year subscription to one of the world's largest online dating site!) THIS WEEK – Valerie will tell us who she's chosen and we'll call the lucky guy to give him the good news!

    • VALERIE has just won A FREE 1 year subscription to ChristianMingle AND… after Drew & Tim The Tool help her find the best possible match, we’ll pick up the tab for an exquisite date night out on the town with HOPEFULLY that special someone! Valerie and her date will be chauffeur driven in a black escalade to one of the GTA’s most exclusive restaurants and then off to discover one of the best views of the city! To find out more about Valerie and join her on her journey, go to

God Blogger

  • Matt Appling
    “I am an elementary art teacher, guiding children ages five to twelve in creative pursuits, as well as high school art history. I consider my job to be providentially arranged and a calling from God. I am also a seminary educated pastor, and lead a wonderful little house church. Over the years, I have taught in a variety of places. I have been a youth pastor, and a freelance graphic designer. In 2008, I started my blog, The Church of No People, and as my love for writing has grown, I have contributed to many publications, including Relevant Magazine, SheLoves, Ministry Matters, Prism Magazine, The Podium Magazine, Converge,(in)Courage, Stuff Christians Like, Prodigal Magazine, Pastors.com, Collegiate Magazine and Church Leaders. In 2013, Moody Publishers released my debut book, Life After Art. I wrote it with inspiration and insights I unexpectedly gained as an art teacher. I hope it inspires and helps you pursue what you were to created to be in your life.”

    Today we'll be discussing a few of Matt's posts: "Why I Don't Believe in Equality Anymore" / "Millennials: We Are An Entitled Generation" / "Why the Church is Losing the Mental Health Discussion" / "Letters to My Future Children" / "Why We Are No Better For the Duck Dynasty Controversy"

Pub Crawl

  • Drew & His Mates Crack Open A Few!
    Current affairs, pop culture, even touchy-feely-relational stuff! Listen in OR call and join us, as we crawl from topic to topic! (Got a topic you want the gang from the pub to crack open? Click here)

    TOPICS:

    1/ An Australian missionary was arrested this week in North Korea for carrying into the country Christian proselytizing pamphlets. (DUH! Do you have any pity for this man?)

    2/ A pastor from a church in the southern U.S., who starred in a reality show about churches who handle venomous snakes during their services, died from a snake bite. (DUH! Do you have any pity for this man?)

    3/ A Pentecostal couple who believed their faith would heal their son have been sentenced to 3 1/2 to 7 years in prison for neglecting to take him to the doctor. The boy died last year. These people were already on a 10-year probation for the 2009 death of their 2-year-old son, who died of untreated bacterial pneumonia. (DUH! Do you have any pity... never mind!)

Talkback, etc.

  • W.here's T.he F.aith?
    Join Drew and various religion reporters from an assortment of news outlets, as they catch up on happenings in the world of Religion & Faith & Cults (Oh My!)
    Today's W.T.F. Guest: Manya Brachear Pashman – Religion Reporter for The Chicago Tribune

Right-click here to bookmark or copy a link to this show February 15, 2014

Special Guests

  • Tracy Lindsey Melchior — Soap Opera Actress & Author of Breaking The Perfect 10
    Tracy began acting in high school, and continued learning her craft at Colorado State University. She later moved to California and did commercials for Old Spice, Nike, and Coca-Cola before guest-starring on such television shows as My So-Called Life and feature films including Beverly Hills Cop III. Best known for her dynamic soap opera roles, Tracy has appeared on The Young and the Restless, Sunset Beach, The Bold & the Beautiful, and One Life to Live. However, the real life story of soap opera star Tracy Lindsey Melchior is far more interesting than any daytime drama. All but abandoned in childhood, she grew up way too fast; her upbringing an almost unbelievable roller coaster ride of excitement and emptiness. Then, in her quest to become Hollywood's next "perfect 10," Tracy broke all of God's Ten Commandments. Yes, every single one of them. Her book, Breaking the Perfect 10, is a beautiful story of forgiveness and love.
    ***Tracy was our Pub Crawl guest this week - to hear Drew and her chat about this weeks topics scroll down to the Pub Crawl Segment

  • Dr. Sue Johnson — Author of Love Sense: The Revolutionary New Science of Romantic Relationships
    Shakespeare and Taylor Swift despair that romantic love is fickle...fleeting ... an irrational mystery. Now, Dr. Sue Johnson, bestselling author of Hold Me Tight, shares new science showing that love is not illogical or random; it is actually an ordered and wise recipe for survival. In her groundbreaking book LOVE SENSE, Dr. Johnson offers scientific evidence that humans are meant to mate for life, and provides the tools to help us build caring ties and heal damaged ones. Based on cutting-edge research, Dr. Johnson’s book presents a revolutionary understanding of why and how we love and explains that love is exquisitely logical, understandable, adaptive, and durable; love makes “sense.” Even the most distressed couples can repair and renew their relationships and move from breakup to bonding. Her latest research, just published in the journal PLoS One, reveals that couple therapy helps build a secure, loving bond that changes the way our brain perceives and responds to threats, soothing and calming us. In LOVE SENSE, Dr. Johnson shows us how to create secure, lasting, loving relationships.

  • Dr. Alex McKay — Research Coordinator for The Sex Information and Education Council of Canada (SIECCAN)
    Happy V.alentine's D.ay! People of faith don't contract sexually transmitted infections! (STIs were formerly known as STDs)
    Which must be why we had a heck of a time finding any faith based organization that specializes in STIs. (Mind you, I don't think there's such a thing as a Faith Based STI either!) The standard advice from faith-based leaders regarding STIs is “stay a virgin until marriage, marry a virgin, then as long as both parties don't cheat, no one will get an STI. This is God's STI prevention plan.” While that might be true, it just seems to be missing a key ingredient. If there is a God, then God knew that the his humanity would be... human! Dr. McKay joins us to give the faith community a good ol' dose of STI Awareness 101. (Just in case being human “happens”.)
    *SIECCAN is a national registered charitable organization founded in 1964 to foster professional education and public knowledge about sexuality and sexual health. SIECCAN members include individuals and organizations across Canada who support the goal of providing all Canadians with access to high quality sexual health information, education, and related health and social services. SIECCAN is guided by an elected Board of Directors in consultation with a National Professional Advisory Panel.

  • Michael Hingson — New York Times Bestselling Author
    THUNDER DOG: The True Story of a Blind Man, His Guide Dog, and the Triumph of Trust at Ground Zero
    - and -
    RUNNING WITH ROSELLE: How a blind boy and a puppy grew up, became best friends, and together survived on one of American's darkest days. (Children's Book)


    Michael has been blind all of his life. His parents refused to institutionalize him as a child, as doctors recommended and instead raised him as any other child. He rode a bike through his neighborhood. He went to public school. He achieved the highest rank and honor awarded a Boy Scout (Eagle Scout and 'vigil'). In college (as a physics major), he was known to drive the occasional car around campus at Cal-Berkeley and challenge a professor or two. Beyond that, he went on to manage sales (very successfully) for over 30 years for multiple international corporations. And, on September 11, 2001, as Mid Atlantic Sales Manager for one of those corporations whose offices were in the World Trade Center, he managed to traverse 78 flights of stairs and lead his colleagues out of the World Trade Center just prior to WTC Tower One's collapse. By his side that day (and every day) was Roselle, his guide dog. Roselle posthumously received the American Hero Dog Award and was the subject of the New York Times bestseller – ThunderDog! But the best part of Michael's story is his love story – being married to his disabled wife (who has been in ICU for the last month with a debilitating pneumonia) for the last 31 years. Karen has been in a wheelchair for her entire life, and every Valentine's Day Mike and her get to celebrate their undying love for each other as well as her birthday!

  • Dawn Bennett — Divorce Lawyer (Today's topic: Top 10 Stupid Things Singles Believe About Marriage!)
    Nothing says “Happy Valentine’s Day” like a divorce lawyer! It can be overwhelming when your marriage breaks down, but the fact is that even people of faith end up divorcing. And unfortunately many people feel a sense of rejection from their place of worship rather than support and healing. When the painful decision to divorce has been made, it's important to have someone that really knows the law but also understands your personal & spiritual needs. Dawn Bennett is a Family Lawyer who appreciates that divorce is a reality, and there are many in need of legal council.

LIVE! on TDMS - Devoted Souly to the Art of Music

  • Steve (Elvis) Michaels — THE World Champion Elvis Impersonator
    Who better to perform on our Valentine's Day Special then THE World Champion Elvis Impersonator! Steve will be performing in one of the most talked about and anticipated shows to hit Ontario! Grace to Gloryland is a new concert experience showcasing the heart, soul and passion of Gospel music through the voice and performance of music's most influential and cultural leaders of the 20th century- Elvis Presley. Let Steve Michaels, along with a cast of musicians, dancers, and gospel vocalists take you on an extraordinary journey of one man's life long musical passion that comes straight from the heart. ***Grace to Gloryland! March 1st, 2014 @ The Meeting House 2700 Bristol Circle Oakville, ON. Concert starts at 7:30 pm

TDMS Dating Game

  • The Dating Game on TDMS — Sponsored By www.christianmingle.com
    Today's the day people! During our Valentine's Day Special, we'll call the two gentleman who are in the running for an all expenses paid night out in the city with our Dating Game contestant, Val! (For having a great attitude about all of this, ChristianMingle.com has given these two gentlemen a free 1-year subscription to one of the world's largest online dating site!)
    VALERIE has just won A FREE 1 year subscription to ChristianMingle AND… after Drew & Tim The Tool help her find the best possible match, we’ll pick up the tab for an exquisite date night out on the town with HOPEFULLY that special someone! Valerie and her date will be chauffeur driven in a black escalade to one of the GTA’s most exclusive restaurants and then off to discover one of the best views of the city! To find out more about Valerie and join her on her journey, go to

God Blogger

  • Julie Rodgers
    Julie lives in the daily tension of being a celibate, same gender attracted Christian in one of the most anti-gay areas of the States. “My hope is for the church to become a safer place for people to be honest about their process — to see them surrounded by compassionate people who will walk with them rather than talk at them.” So how does Julie feel about Valentine's Day???

Pub Crawl

  • Drew & His Mates Crack Open A Few!
    Current affairs, pop culture, even touchy-feely-relational stuff! Listen in OR call and join us, as we crawl from topic to topic! (Got a topic you want the gang from the pub to crack open? Click here)

    TOPICS:

    1/ This week, a college football player who is expected to possibly get drafted by the NFL, told everyone he's gay. Wonder why he did this before getting drafted? Good move or not so much? And if he's attracted to men, should he have a separate change room? Isn't the whole reason for separate change rooms basically about people not changing in the same room as people who “naturally” turn them on? So if a same gender attracted person is regularly being exposed to the naked bodies of those they are sexually attracted to, wouldn't the same rule of thumb apply? (And while we're at it – reporters allowed into the change room right after a game when the athletes are showering & changing? REALLY?

    2/ What are the bestest & worstest Winter Olympic sports?

    3/ How does one avoid getting tempted by beautiful women/men who are NOT your spouse?

Talkback, etc.

  • W.here's T.he F.aith?
    Join Drew and various religion reporters from an assortment of news outlets, as they catch up on happenings in the world of Religion & Faith & Cults (Oh My!)
    Today's W.T.F. Guest: Abe Levy - Religion Reporter for the San Antonio Express-News

Right-click here to bookmark or copy a link to this show February 8, 2014

Special Guests

  • Tal Bachman — Recording Artist, Ex-Mormon
    After many years of diligent research into why he believed what he believed, Tal came to the conclusion that the faith of his family was false. He was featured in Bill Maher's mocumentary, Religulous, as an ex-Mormon and now finds it hard to believe how anyone could go from "one set of lies to another". As the son of legendary guitarist Randy Bachman from The Guess Who and Bachman Turner Overdrive, "Takin' Care Of Business", Tal's self-titled debut scored a smash hit with "She's So High".

  • Tom Phillips — Ex-Mormon & Former Bishop & Stake President
    Tom Phillips was a lay minister with the Mormon Church for 33 years. Holding the same positions as Mitt Romney, Bishop and Stake President. He was one of relatively few Mormons who received a special, secret ordinance wherein he was ordained a King and to become a God and member of a Godhead. He has since left the Mormon Church and the only person to openly speak of this ordinance.
    www.mormonthink.com/tomphilips.htm

    Tom & Tal will join us today to discuss:
    The President of the Mormon Church, Thomas S. Monson, has been charged with fraud (by Tom Philips) and ordered to appear before a magistrate in England. He, and subsequently the Mormon church, are charged with procuring funds by lying about, in particular, these 7 Mormon teachings:i) The Book of Abraham is a literal translation of Egyptian papyri by Joseph Smith.
    ii) The Book of Mormon was translated from ancient gold plates by Joseph Smith is the most correct book on earth and is an ancient historical record.
    iii) Native Americans are descended from an Israelite family which left Jerusalem in 600 B.C.
    iv) Joseph and Hyrum Smith were killed as martyrs in 1844 because they would not deny their testimony of the Book of Mormon.
    v) The Illinois newspaper called the Nauvoo Expositor had to be destroyedbecause it printed lies about Joseph Smith.
    vi) There was no death on this planet prior to 6,000 years ago.
    vii) All humans alive today are descended from just two people who lived approximately 6,000 years ago.

  • Richard Rodriguez — Author of DARLING: A Spiritual Autobiography
    In the aftermath of 9/11, Richard Rodriguez became preoccupied with his relationship to the God of the desert and to men who kill in the name of God. In DARLING: A Spiritual Autobiography, Richard a Christian and a homosexual, writes with compassion of the Abrahamic religions that have shaped and excluded him. He portrays the life of a soul during a time of growing public atheism in America and religious violence worldwide. In the advent of the digital age, he regrets the loss of a sense of place and the diminished sense of the gravity of bodies. He mocks the sentimentality of the "green" ecology movement. He insists, paradoxically, that the God of the Jews and Christians and Muslims revealed Himself within an ecology of desolation. At the center of the book, Rodriguez recounts a fateful afternoon spent in Malibu with a woman he addresses only as "Darling." Over club sandwiches, a heterosexual woman and a homosexual man enter into a mock classical dialogue about women, the control of reproduction, and the future of patriarchal religion. DARLING is a work of literary brio, ranging as it does from Jerusalem to Las Vegas, from Adam and Eve to Ike and Tina Turner, from history to farce to pathos, loss, death, love. The book ends with the host of heaven assembling to welcome Mother Teresa into paradise.
    ** Richard Rodriguez is a journalist, essayist, and contributor to Harper’s Magazine, Mother Jones, the Los Angeles Times, and Time. He is the author of Hunger of Memory: The Education of Richard Rodriguez, Days of Obligation: An Argument with My Mexican Father, which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, and Brown: The Last Discovery of America, which was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. For many years he was an essayist on PBS NewsHour. He is currently a contributing writer and editor for New America Media, a nonprofit news network. He lives in San Francisco, CA.

  • Laura John — Author of Beauty For Ashes: Letters From A Mother's Heart
    Abandonment, alcoholism, divorce, rape, abortion, miscarriages, mental breakdown, drug abuse, teenage pregnancy, sexual assault, alcoholism, debt, depression, bereavement, heroin addiction, court orders, separation, autism... and in the midst of it all, Faith & Forgiveness? Laura says, “Why do ordinary intelligent and loving women end up having abortions or putting their own child in foster care? I did both and this is my story being told through a series of letters from the heart to all my children. The starting point is the abortion that I had in 1976 when I was 18. It is probable that I conceived my first child whilst being raped, by my so-called boyfriend of the time. In those days I had never heard the term ‘date rape’, but that is what it would be called today. The first letters are to that first child. The second set is to the children of my first alcoholic marriage, one of whom I put into foster care at age 14. The third set is to my stepson. The fourth is to the children of my second marriage and include letters to my youngest son who was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder at the age of 5 in 2008. His letters are written using a mixture of line drawings and words, as he is a visual thinker. The final letters are addressed to all the living children and describe our re-union as a family. Of course we still face difficult situations and our journey is not over yet but the last few years have brought grace, mercy and hope into our lives. Here is a tale of despair that ends in hope, of disintegration and fear that ends in reconciliation and faith, of loss that ends in love."

TDMS Dating Game

  • The Dating Game on TDMS
    Sponsored By www.christianmingle.com
    Today we'll phone Val to see how the online search is going for Mr. Right! 
    VALERIE has just won A FREE 1 year subscription to ChristianMingle AND… after Drew & Tim The Tool help her find the best possible match, we’ll pick up the tab for an exquisite date night out on the town with HOPEFULLY that special someone! Valerie and her date will be chauffeur driven in a black escalade to one of the GTA’s most exclusive restaurants and then off to discover one of the best views of the city!  To find out more about Valerie and join her on her journey, go to

LIVE! on TDMS - Devoted Souly to the Art of Music

  • Dani Nash — Recording Artist
    Straight out of the gates, Dani Nash is one of those finely formed musicians who’s voice and stage presence reveals the fearlessness of a truly authentic talent. The leather pant wearing rock and roll machine delivers a performance like no other, carving a place of her own with her distinctive voice and authentic drum styling. Mastering her work, she brings her boundless musical talent onto every stage she can jump onto. Her literary voice creates a sound of influences paying tribute to Wanda Jackson, Lucinda Williams, JJ Cale and Levon Helm, all the while throwing a little hitch in her giddy-up and creating a cohesive sound all her own. Nash can be frequently seen at the Dakota Tavern, one of Toronto’s most well respected roots music venues, as well as the legendary Horseshoe Tavern, the Cameron House, and many more. Her latest album release “Dani Nash” is a soulful and honest collection of songs, evoking memories of a long country drive through grit and gravel.
    Check Out THIS Video

God Blogger

  • This Week's God Bloggers: Here to discuss this week's debate between television's Bill Nye The Science Guy & the President of Answers In Genesis (Creation Museum), Ken Ham.

    Dr. James F. McGrath
    www.patheos.com/blogs/exploringourmatrix Clarence L. Goodwin Chair in New Testament Language & Literature, Department of Philosophy and Religion, Butler University

    -AND-

    Jonathan Ryan
    www.patheos.com/blogs/geekgoesrogue
    Jonathan Ryan is an author, columnist, blogger, and theologian. www.authorjonathanryan.com (He's also the one who coined the best description for this debate about whether Creationism is a viable model of origins = HAM on NYE!)

Pub Crawl

  • Drew & His Mates Crack Open A Few!
    Current affairs, pop culture, even touchy-feely-relational stuff! Listen in OR call and join us, as we crawl from topic to topic! (Got a topic you want the gang from the pub to crack open? Click here)

    TOPICS:

    1/The abortion rate in the United States is at its lowest since 1973. It's estimated that there were about 1.06 million abortions in 2011, which is down from about 1.2 million in 2008. Ummm... Anyone else blown away by the fact that there are STILL over a million abortions in the United States alone?? And if one believes in God, and one believes in a soul, an afterlife, in Creation – is it reasonable to assume that this same person believes that life begins at conception? Or is that going too far? And if “God people” believe that life begins at conception, then why aren't they doing whatever they can to prevent over 1 million yearly homicides of the innocent? Has the abortion discussion been hijacked over the last few decades, by the “gay agenda”? It seems as though the majority of Christians aren't near as wound up about “gay stuff” as they used to be, so now that there's an opening at the top of the “what are we against” list, will there be a resurgence of “anti-abortion” campaigns? (My guess is that we'll be more focused on the projected 22 million cancer cases worldwide per year in the next two decades.)

    2/Anyone else feel like boycotting the Olympics? Some are doing so because of Russia's anti-gay legislation, while others are doing so because of recent terrorist activities. However, maybe this needs to go a step further. What was going through the IOC's minds when they awarded RUSSIA the Olympics in the first place? Anyone who has ever done a cursory online search knows that “business ethics” is an oxymoron in this country, so is it any wonder they've spent an estimated $50 BILLION on the Sochi Olympics? In second place is China at $43 Billion! (Canada shelled out $2.9 Billion in 2010.) So let's take a second and think about what these two countries have in common? COMMUNISM, ATHEISM, TOTALITARIANISM, and a litany of human rights violations. In other words, the Chinese and the Russians have, will, and will continue to pay for the Olympic chest puffing of their greedy and corrupt leaders! (WHEW... that was like passing a kidney stone!) So, will you watch the Olympics this year?

Talkback, etc.

  • W.here's T.he F.aith?
    Join Drew and various religion reporters from an assortment of news outlets, as they catch up on happenings in the world of Religion & Faith & Cults (Oh My!)
    Today's W.T.F. Guest: Peter Smith - Religion Editor for The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Right-click here to bookmark or copy a link to this show February 1, 2014

Special Guests

  • David Ellefson — Founding Member of Grammy-nominated MEGADEATH
    Megadeth’s history reads like a how-to manual of excess of all kinds. If you’re looking for revelations, they’re here, including the drug habits which brought the band-members to their knees – but My Life with ‘Deth is far more than just another memoir of debauchery. After bassist and co-founder of the group, David Ellefson beat his addictions and embarked on a path of sobriety and faith in the 1990s, he entered a new arena of Christian thought that continues to inform his work two decades later. In My Life with ‘Deth, David reveals the full, eyeopening details of life in one of the world’s biggest heavy metal bands, with a recurring theme being the struggle between his addiction to heroin, his love of aggressive, extreme metal and his Christian faith. The reader is taken on a gripping journey from his Lutheran upbringing as a Minnesota farm boy, through the culture shock he experienced when he arrived in Los Angeles and entered the record industry, to his victory over addiction and his foundation of Mega Life Ministries, which reaches hundreds of churchgoers every week. Along the way, exclusive interviews with some of the biggest names in American music are detailed, including Kerry King of Slayer, Scott Ian of Anthrax, Alice Cooper, and many others. There are lessons for every reader here, whether religious or nonreligious and regardless of their status as drug abuser, user, or nonuser. Megadeth has sold more than twenty million albums and received eleven Grammy nominations.

  • Kerri Pomarolli — Comedian, Actress, Author
    That's right folks - It's time for our monthly visit with our favorite Hollywood Correspondent!

  • Melanie Shankle — Author of The Antelope In The Living Room: The Real Story Of Two People Sharing One Life... A Memoir
    Welcome to the story of a REAL marriage. Marriage is simultaneously the biggest blessing and the greatest challenge two people can ever take on. It is the joy of knowing there is someone to share in your joys and sorrows, and the challenge of living with someone who thinks it’s a good idea to hang a giant antelope head on your living room wall. In The Antelope in the Living Room, New York Times best-selling author and blogger Melanie Shankle does for marriage what Sparkly Green Earrings did for motherhood—makes us laugh out loud and smile through tears as she shares the holy and the hilarity of that magical and mysterious union called marriage.

  • The Dating Game on TDMS
    Today we'll phone Val to see how the online search is going for Mr. Right! 
    VALERIE has just won A FREE 1 year subscription to ChristianMingle AND… after Drew & Tim The Tool help her find the best possible match, we’ll pick up the tab for an exquisite date night out on the town with HOPEFULLY that special someone! Valerie and her date will be chauffeur driven in a black escalade to one of the GTA’s most exclusive restaurants and then off to discover one of the best views of the city!
    To find out more about Valerie and join her on her journey, go to www.drewmarshall.ca/datinggame

LIVE! on TDMS - Devoted Souly to the Art of Music

  • SARAH J. — Recording Artist
    This aspiring singer/songwriter from Guelph, Ontario received her first guitar at the age of seven then taught herself the basics. At age thirteen, she developed a greater devotion for music and started singing and writing her own songs, playing in a band called “It Goes Down Tonight” with her friends and schoolmates. Struggling to make it big in a small town, Sarah started promoting herself in the tri-cities of Kitchener-Waterloo and in Toronto; working her way up to play at big venues such as The Sound Academy and The Opera House. In 2009, after performing one evening, Sarah J was invited to attend the SongStudio Songwriter’s Workshop in downtown Toronto, where she was provided the opportunity to play in venues like C’est What and Hugh’s Room where many rising musicians have played before her. Returning to the workshop in 2010, Sarah J was presented with the “Damn Good” Award of Excellence in Songwriting by Rik Emmett and Blair Packham.
    Watch on YouTube

God Blogger

  • Jarrid Wilson
    I'm dating someone even though I'm married / An open letter to Justin Bieber / Being single isn't a disease / Why you should stop dating / Why “hate the sin not the sinner” isn't working / Why I'm getting a divorce in 2014 / 20 Things people over 20 should stop doing / 4 things God won't hold against you... Just a few things Jarrid chats about in his blog. Things to make you say, “Hmmm”.

Pub Crawl

  • Drew & His Mates Crack Open A Few!
    Current affairs, pop culture, even touchy-feely-relational stuff! Listen in OR call and join us, as we crawl from topic to topic!(Got a topic you want the gang from the pub to crack open? Click here)

    TOPICS


    1/ This year's Grammy Awards ended with Macklemore & Ryan Lewis performing their equal rights anthem "Same Love" with Mary Lambert & Madonna. During the song, Queen Latifah officiated the marriages of 33 couples – gay & straight. Kirk Cameron (Mike Seaver from Growing Pains) called the event an "assault on the traditional family" while others are saying “If the church ain't gonna step up and step out, then God bless the Grammys for doing it”. So... how did you feel about the whole thing?

    2/ Okay fine! We'll talk about Justin Bieber. (ugh) Probably no need to bring everyone up to speed on his recent trouble with the law, so we'll just ask this: If you had the opportunity to sit down with the Biebs and give him some HELPFUL advice, what would you say? (Of course, we mean OTHER than telling him to Click Here to Read Drew's Article in the Huffington Post 🙂

Talkback, etc.

  • W.here's T.he F.aith?
    Join Drew and various religion reporters from an assortment of news outlets, as they catch up on happenings in the world of Religion & Faith & Cults (Oh My!)
    Today's W.T.F. Guest: Michelle Boorstein - Religion Reporter for The Washington Post

Right-click here to bookmark or copy a link to this show January 25, 2014

Special Guests

  • Les Stroud — Survivorman!
    Best known as the award winning producer, creator and star of the hit TV series Survivorman, Les Stroud is the only producer in the history of television to produce an internationally broadcast series entirely written, videotaped and hosted alone. With Les known as the original genre creator of ‘Survival TV’, Survivorman is one of the highest rated shows in the history of OLN Canada, the Science Channel US and Discovery Channel US and remains the highest rated repeat show on the Discovery Channel. He has been nominated for 12 Canadian Screen Awards (formerly the Gemini’s) and Les has made numerous talk show appearances including The Ellen DeGeneres Show, The View, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Craig Ferguson, Larry King Live, The Hour with George Stroumboulopoulos (CBC), and Q with Jian Ghomeshi. During their 2010 Royal Tour of Canada, Les was invited by the Prime Minister of Canada to meet the Queen of England and the Duke of Edinburgh. Les Stroud’s third book Beyond Survivorman JUST launched into stores this month.

  • Candace Cameron Bure — DJ from Full House, Author OfBalancing It All: My Story of Juggling Priorities and Purpose
    Wife, mom, actress, philanthropist, producer, New York Times’ bestselling author, inspirational speaker, and blogger Candace Cameron Bure reaches out to women everywhere about the challenges and victories of faithfully balancing all of life's roles, responsibilities, and opportunities. As listeners of TDMS have come to know, Drew's friend is both outspoken and passionate about her family and faith. Known to millions worldwide from her role as “D.J. Tanner” on the iconic family sitcom “Full House,” Candace continues to flourish in the entertainment industry as a role model to women of all ages. She lives in the Los Angeles area with her husband and three children.

  • Jamie DeWolf — Great-grandson of Scientology Founder L. Ron Hubbard, Atheist, Performer, Filmmaker
    The great-grandson of Scientology creator L. Ron Hubbard, Jamie is an outspoken critic of the church. He has been interviewed by Inside Edition, the Young Turks, CBS, BBC and NBC. He was the host of the first ever anti Scientology summit in Clearwater, Florida and was a keynote speaker at the first international conference in Dublin, Ireland. His live NPR performance about his lineage entitled “The God and the Man” was awarded Snap Judgment’sPerformance of the Year” and quickly became a viral hit, garnering national press from the Village Voice, the Washington Post, and the Huffington Post. According to Jamie, "Scientology is the most brilliantly engineered pyramid scam I've ever seen. L. Ron Hubbard -- you can never say that he was an idiot, by any means. He was very intelligent, very sort of evil, malicious; a sort of overman, his will against the world."

LIVE! on TDMS - Devoted Souly to the Art of Music

  • Robyn Dell'Unto — Recording Artist
    Since the release of her 2010 debut ‘I’m Hear Every Night’, Robyn Dell’Unto’s music has been featured in dozens of television series and films, including MuchMusic’s Degrassi, CBC’s Being Erica, Disney’s Harriet The Spy and a Smart Set Fall 2011 campaign. Her debut single ‘Just A Bird’ spent 35 weeks in South Africa’s Algoa FM Top 10; its accompanying music video follows the singer as she struts through busy downtown Toronto in a giant yellow bird suit. Dell’Unto’s sophomore album ‘Little Lines’, TO BE RELEASED WITHIN DAYS, is her first effort as co-producer and is preceded by single ‘Good Day,’ which was featured on hit LGBT web-series Out With Dad and as CBC Radio One ‘Song of The Week’. She is currently completing a music residency with the Canadian Film Centre as a select songwriter in the 2013/2014 Slaight Family Music Lab.

TDMS Dating Game

  • The Dating Game on TDMS
    Last week we introduced you to our new Dating Game contestant, Valerie! Today we'll phone Val to see how the online search is going for Mr. Right!

    VALERIE has just won A FREE 1 year subscription to ChristianMingle AND… after Drew & Tim The Tool help her find the best possible match, we’ll pick up the tab for an exquisite date night out on the town with HOPEFULLY that special someone! Valerie and her date will be chauffeur driven in a black escalade to one of the GTA’s most exclusive restaurants and then off to discover one of the best views of the city!

God Blogger

  • Darrell Dow — StuffFundiesLike.com
    A humor site dedicated to the idiosyncrasies and foibles of Independent Fundamental Baptists “The IFB movement has not only separated itself from those who practice “liberal theology” (which encompasses everything from infant baptism to using modern Bible versions) but also parts with those who participate in any part of the post-1960′s American culture that it considered to be “worldly.” This latter separation includes a large focus on certain types of music, styles of dress, the movie theater, alcohol, and a seemingly endless number of other activities. In reality, it is these standards rather than any true doctrinal test that define the “fundamentals” for most Independent Baptist Fundamentalists. As these fundamentalists have begun to vie for the position of being more and more separated from their brethren by taking more and more extreme stances, many thoughtful and reasonable people have left the movement leaving a good number of churches and schools headed by increasingly radical and isolationist leaders. As the leadership heads into what is formally known in ecclesiastical circles as “crazypants town” so the congregations follow them to the mixed amusement and horror of those of us who grew up in the movement. Here at SFL we chronicle and scrutinize this slow drift of the IFB to oblivion with posts that are sometimes satirical and sometimes serious and sometimes simply the fundamentalists in their own words. If you’ve ever been an Independent Fundamental Baptist or know someone who has been I invite you to stay and chat a while. After all, your IFB friends and neighbors are mostly likely already here.”

Pub Crawl

  • Drew & His Mates Crack Open A Few!
    Current affairs, pop culture, even touchy-feely-relational stuff! Listen in OR call and join us, as we crawl from topic to topic! (Got a topic you want the gang from the pub to crack open? Click here)

    This Week on The Pub Crawl:
    Special Guest – Soap Opera Actress www.tracymelchior.com


    TOPICS

    1/ A 28 year old woman who was abused by her teacher for years, starting at the age of 12, decided to call her up and confront her. She recorded the conversation and posted it on YouTube (Click here to watch) It led to the teacher (now school administrator) to resign, but was this a good move? Many Sacred Scriptures talk about not repaying evil with evil, but should she have just let “bygones be bygones?” The statute of limitations had run out so the abuser can no longer be held responsible by the law. What would you have done?

    2/ A hong Kong billionaire is offering $120 Million to anyone who can turn his 33 year old lesbian daughter straight! This begs a few questions. The first being, what would you do if discovered your son or daughter was same gender attracted? The second – hypothetically – IF you were willing to give it a shot, how would you try and win that money? How would you try and get this lesbian to straighten up?

Talkback, etc.

  • W.here's T.he F.aith?
    Join Drew and various religion reporters from an assortment of news outlets, as they catch up on happenings in the world of Religion & Faith & Cults (Oh My!) Today's W.T.F. Guest: Eric Marrapodi - CNN Sr. Producer & CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Right-click here to bookmark or copy a link to this show January 18, 2014

Special Guests

  • Tower Of Power — THE #1 Urban Soul Band
    For over 40 years, Tower of Power has been creating their own kind of soul music. Since 1968, Tower of Power has delivered their unique brand of music to their fans, appearing before sold out crowds as they tour the world each year. Tower’s sound can be hard to categorize, but the band's leader and founding member, Emilio Castillo, has labeled their sound as "Urban Soul Music". Tower's rhythm section lays down a groove like no other band. The band’s horn driven sound is unique, and the way they approach everything, from writing and arranging to mixing and performing, is totally their own. Combine all of that with an outstanding lead vocalist and you have one of the most dynamic groups of musicians to ever hit the stage. Many other bands came out of the San Francisco Bay area in the late 60's. Bands like The Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, Santana, Big Brother, Journey, Cold Blood and others all helped to define the "San Francisco Sound". Over the years, the Tower of Power Horns have recorded with hundreds of artists as diverse as Aerosmith, Elton John, Little Feat, Phish, Santana, Heart, and many others, forever infusing the radio airwaves with Tower’s musical DNA. Founding member, Emilio Castillo, joins us to share a little about his spiritual journey and the journey of one of Drew's all time favourite bands – Tower Of Power! Check out THIS video - T.O.P on SOOOUL Train

  • Dr. Gregory Jantz — Psychologist, Author, Specialist in Depression, Anxiety, PTSD, & Eating Disorders
    Nearly 30 years ago, eating disorder specialist Dr. Gregg Jantz had a vision of Hope. Trained in counseling, he looked at the treatment options available and realized something was missing. In all areas of need – from eating disorders to depression – hurting people went to a doctor, a psychiatrist, a counselor, and a pastor, going from place to place looking for Hope, help and healing from their pain. At each junction, they received help for a piece of the puzzle, but that puzzle often remained unsolved. Instead of settling for fractured care, Dr. Jantz created The Center, known as "a place of hope" - leaders in whole-person care where people find comprehensive, coordinated care from a treatment team using a whole-person model "inspired healthcare" –addressing medical, physical, psychological, emotional, nutritional, fitness and spiritual factors involved in recovery.

  • Tim Stafford — Author of The Adam Quest:Can Faith and Science Co-Exist?
    World class scientists reconcile their work and their faith in Tim Stafford's new book, Adam Quest. As the civil war between science and faith rages on, evidence—via the lives of some of the world’s most brilliant scientific minds—shows that the two can co-exist. It is no easy task to reconcile the history taught in the Bible with the discoveries of the scientific community. Author Tim Stafford watched the tension between the beliefs of Darwin and the teachings of Genesis shake the faith of his family, ruin friendships and leave Christians in the field of science feeling as though the doors of the church were closed to their profession. He believes this civil war can stop. The Adam Quest offers a compelling new look at the beginnings of life as Stafford puts questions of dinosaurs, genealogy, and the age of the earth to eleven world-class scientists. A sweeping book – touching everything from advances in genetics to the life of a particle physicist striving to become an Anglican priest – Stafford uses the stories and journeys of these remarkable men and women to provide a new diversity of answers. *Tim Stafford is Senior Writer for Christianity Today Magazine, where he has published many profiles of significant Christian leaders including Tim Keller, N.T. Wright, Lesslie Newbigin, Phillip Johnson, and Jack Hayford.

LIVE! on TDMS - Devoted Souly to the Art of Music

  • Jordan Raycroft — Recording Aritist - www.jordanraycroft.com
    Only in his 20's, this young gun has captivated audiences of all-ages across the country with his story telling, foot stomping melodies, and intimate performances. As a two-time participant of VIA Rail’s Artist On Board Program, Jordan has played train cars, theatres, coffee houses, and living rooms throughout each of Canada’s provinces. Recently named Niagara Music Awards' 2013 Folk Artist of the Year, Jordan launched his singer-songwriter career only three short years ago, opening for Juno Nominee Peter Katz. Over a hundred shows and two demos later, 2013 saw the release of Jordan's self-titled debut album. "Jordan Raycroft" has since earned two GMA Canada 2013 Covenant Award nominations for Folk Album of the Year and CD Artwork of the Year. Jordan's most recent tour of Western Canada saw the addition of 53 concerts to his resume in just 47 days! Jordan’s songs tell stories of love, loss, faith, and hope with the passion and expertise of a seasoned songwriter. With a guitar in one hand and harmonica in the other this folk-rocker is just getting started.

TDMS Dating Game

  • Introducing our NEW Dating Game Contestant.....

    VALERIE has just won A FREE 1 year subscription to ChristianMingle AND… after Drew & Tim The Tool help her find the best possible match, we’ll pick up the tab for an exquisite date night out on the town with HOPEFULLY that special someone! Valerie and her date will be chauffeur driven in a black escalade to one of the GTA’s most exclusive restaurants and then off to discover one of the best views of the city! Valerie joins us in studio and the boys will walk her through the process of signing up for www.christianmingle.com To find out more about Valerie, go to TDMS Dating Game


God Blogger

  • Tony Russell
    Embracing the mysteries of life with Atheist, Agnostics, Christians, & those interested in living a better life. “I’m a former pastor who is in the closet! No not that closet…I’m in the doubters closet trying to figure out who I am, who God is or isn’t, and if there is any room for church in my life. I began to truly examine what I said I believed vs. what I truly believed in my heart and it was disturbing.  I wondered why I couldn’t be free to say that I’m not sure the bible is God’s words, I think most pastors are manipulative narcissist, and I think it is okay for my gay friends to get married.  And what about hell? I don’t think a loving God would send someone to hell, and why would I be afraid to say that out loud? I realized it was time to unload some baggage and begin breaking free from the chains of religion. After all, Jesus said He came to set the captive free, but I felt trapped.  So this blog is simply about my journey, and the things that I’m learning about the church, myself, and this amazingly beautiful world.”

Pub Crawl

  • Drew & His Mates Crack Open A Few! — This week on The Pub Crawl...
    Current affairs, pop culture, even touchy-feely-relational stuff! Listen in OR call and join us, as we crawl from topic to topic!(Got a topic you want the gang from the pub to crack open? Click here)

    TOPICS

    1/ Megachurch pastor & Calvinist author Mark Driscoll, tweeted last week: “If you are not a Christian, you are going to Hell. It's not unloving to say that. It's unloving to not say that.” Ohhhh – so THAT'S love!
     
    2/ Is this what we have all been waiting for? Did the Pope just make THE most healing statement regarding the countless sex abuse scandals within the Catholic Church?: “But are we ashamed? So many scandals that I do not want to mention individually, but all of us know...We know where they are! Scandals, some who charged a lot of money.... The shame of the Church! But are we all ashamed of those scandals, of those failings of priests, bishops, laity? Where was the Word of God in those scandals; where was the Word of God in those men and in those women? They did not have a relationship with God! They had a position in the Church, a position of power, even of comfort. But the Word of God, no! 'But, I wear a medal,' ‘I carry the Cross ' ... Yes, just as those bore the Ark! Without the living relationship with God and the Word of God! I am reminded of the words of Jesus about those for whom scandals come ... And here the scandal hit: bringing decay to the people of God, including the weakness and corruption of the priests.”

Talkback, etc.

  • W.here's T.he F.aith?
    Join Drew and various religion reporters from an assortment of news outlets, as they catch up on happenings in the world of Religion & Faith & Cults (Oh My!) Today's W.T.F. Guest: Sarah Pulliam Bailey - Reporter for Religion News Service

Right-click here to bookmark or copy a link to this show January 11, 2014

Special Guests

  • Philip Yancey — Award Winning Author of The Question That Never Goes Away: What is God up to – OR NOT - in a world of such tragedy and pain?
    In his own words... “Where is God when it hurts? That question formed the title of my first real book, more than 30 years ago. In 2012 I was asked to speak on this topic in three places of great suffering: in Japan, for the one-year anniversary of the tsunami that killed 20,000; in Sarajevo, which endured the longest siege in modern warfare; and in Newtown, Connecticut, a town in sorrow after a gunman killed 20 school children at Sandy Hook. What I learned in these places gave me much new insight on what hope and comfort faith offers to all of us who go through hard times, in tragedies large and small.”
    In his classic book Where Is God When It Hurts, Philip Yancey gave readers permission to doubt, reasons not to abandon faith, and practical ways to reach out to hurting people. And now, thirty years after writing his first book, Yancey revisits the cry of “Why, God” in three places stunned into silence by the calamities that have devastated them. At some point all of us will face the challenges to faith Yancey writes about and look for the comfort and hope he describes. There are reasons to ask, once again, the question that never goes away: Where is God when we suffer? And Yancey, once again, leads us to find faith when it is most severely put to the test.

  • Sacha Sewhdat & Aaron Porteous — Directors/Producers of BELIEVERS: Do We Need Religion?
    Since the 2006 publication of Richard Dawkins’ The God Delusion and Christopher Hitchens’ 2007 book, God is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything, religion and God as a concept have been very much in the crosshairs of the Western public. These texts, along with Bill Maher’s 2008 film “Religulous”, are often cited as reasons to stop believing in God. Regardless of one’s opinion of religion or God, there is a lack of understanding and communication of ideology with respect to these concepts. Believers follows a personal investigation of the world’s five major faith systems, Agnosticism, and the new Atheism. Sacha Sewhdat explains, “I decided to find people to talk to who were reasonable, rational and intelligent, and could respond to my questions without getting angry or offended.” However, what began as a simple search for the value of religion in the modern world evolved into a personal journey to spirituality. “In the end, it’s shown me that there’s a lot to know and if I want to be part of this dialogue, and be helpful, I need to give everyone a fair shake.” This documentary will educate and inform your worldview, as well as challenge what you think you know about Religion.

  • THE DATING GAME IS BACK ON TDMS!! — ALL THE SINGLE LADIES - ALL THE SINGLE LADIES (and yes - ALL THE SINGLE MEN)
    Are you single and looking? (Yes there’s a difference!) If so, then Drew wants to help you find that special someone! If you’re up for a bit of fun – we’ll pick up the tab – while you look for love!

    The person selected to be our DATING GAME contestant will receive A FREE 1 year subscription to ChristianMingle AND… after Drew helps you find the best possible match, we’ll pick up the tab for an exquisite night out on the town with HOPEFULLY that special someone, to one of the GTA’s most exclusive restaurants!!

    TO BECOME A CONTESTANT:
    Send us (mingle@drewmarshall.ca) ASAP
    1/Your contact details
    2/Your picture
    3/As much information about you as possible, including why YOU would make the best choice as our next contestant on THE DATING GAME!

    **Contestants must be over 21 and live in the Greater Toronto Area. They also must be available for DATE NIGHT on Friday March 7th and be able to join us in our Oakville studio on Jan 18, Feb 15, Mar 1, Mar 8. (Entries will no longer be received after January 15th – THAT'S THIS WEDNESDAY!)

LIVE! on TDMS - Devoted Souly to the Art of Music

  • Jon Brooks — Recording Artist
    “I write songs to calm those who’ve looked into, and seen, what is in their hearts.  I also write songs to terrify those who have not.” ~ Jon Brooks
    Oh... and then there's this:

    Nominated: 2012 Canadian Folk Music Award - ‘English Songwriter of the Year’
    Winner: Earth Day International Songwriting Competition
    Winner: 2010 Kerrville New Folk 2010′s People To Watch – The Toronto Star
    Nominated: 2009 Canadian Folk Music Award – ‘English Songwriter of the Year’
    Winner: 2009 US National Public Radio’s Mountain Stage New Song Canadian Region
    Winner: 2008 ‘The Mac Beattie Porcupine Award’
    Nominated: 2007 Canadian Folk Music Award – ‘English Songwriter of the Year’
    Winner: Ontario Council of Folk Festivals 2007 ‘Songs From The Heart’
    Winner: International Green Man Review’s '2006 Songwriter Of The Year’

    Click Here for Jon's Video

    * Jon will also be joined today by his good friend, Cary Cooper
    “The Anne LaMott of songwriting…except she can get to the heart of things in 3 minutes instead of 200 pages.” - Guitars In The Classroom

    Oh... and then there's this:
    WINNER Kerrville Folk Festival New Folk Competiton 2004
    FINALIST Sisters Folk Festival Dave Carter Memorial Songwriting Contest 2009 & 2010
    FINALIST Rocky Mountain Folks Festival Songwriter Showcase 2007 (Alternate 2011)
    FINALIST Falcon Ridge Folk Festival Emerging Artist Showcase 2004
    FINALIST Mountain Stage Newsong Festival Songwriter Competition 2004
    www.jonbrooks.ca

God Blogger

  • Jeremy Myers
    “Through a series of events, I left my Christian job, abandoned my goals of pastoring a church, and rejected several aspects of my Christian beliefs and practices. I didn’t convert to another religion; I just left what many think of as Christianity. But for me, leaving Christianity is what allowed me to better follow Jesus.”

Pub Crawl

  • Drew & His Mates Crack Open A Few!
    Current affairs, pop culture, even touchy-feely-relational stuff! Listen in OR call and join us, as we crawl from topic to topic!(Got a topic you want the gang from the pub to crack open? Click here)

    TOPICS

    1/ In September, a York University online sociology student asked to be exempted from a group project because according to his “religious views” he did not believe in “intermingling between men and women.” Should the University have granted this exemption based on this country's freedom of religion, or is this an unreasonable request? Do you think that eventually, religious rules will be the undoing of Canada's freedom of religion? Does your religion have certain rules that make it hard for you live and work in the real world?

     2/ Doreen from Abbotsford wrote: I noticed you had previously discussed on your show a couple's question as to whether or not they should un-invite their “sex changed cousin” to Christmas, and it made me think of my family's situation. It's been an ongoing issue that certain family members don't want my son at the family gatherings because of his lifestyle. He is quite involved in the drug world. I've come to accept this, although I'm am struggling with the hatred I am feeling from my nieces and nephew. I asked my one sister whether this feeling was real or imagined on my part, and she said it was real. Partly because of fear on their part and simply because they don't like him. I really struggle with these relatives who are supposed to be the “good ones” who do no wrong. Meanwhile, they have abandoned their own mother when she was down and out. (Things have now been restored.) They give me the cold shoulder at family gatherings, especially the youngest. I am struggling with my anger towards her. I ask myself if I'm actually trying to forgive and am I holding anger just like them? My biggest Christian pet peeve is the “better than thou attitudes!” I've tried to be very nice to her and it seems that me doing that makes her anger and hatred worse! So now I basically don't want much to do with her. I know – the Bible says I'm supposed to forgive 70 x 70 times, but does there not come a time where you need to step away from something and let it take its course in order to heal?

Talkback, etc.

  • W.here's T.he F.aith?
    Join Drew and various religion reporters from an assortment of news outlets, as they catch up on happenings in the world of Religion & Faith & Cults (Oh My!) Today's W.T.F. Guest: Paul Brandeis Raushenbush - Senior Religion Editor for The AOL/Huffington Post Media Group