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VALENTINE'S DAY SPECIAL

Special Guests

  • Mike Lindell — Inventor, CEO of MyPillow
    The Minnesota-based company MyPillow®, Inc. has been in business for more than a decade and sold more than 32 million MyPillows. Mike Lindell started the business in his garage. Tired of not ever sleeping well, he set out to design a pillow that would adjust to each individual’s needs. He spent two years coming up with the patented fill, ensuring MyPillow® would be breathable and would hold its shape all night long . Mike heard a lot of “no’s” in those early years, but never gave up on his passion to share his pillow with the world. MyPillow® now has 1,600 employees and took in $280 million in revenue last year. Mike built his business on the desire to help people, the promise to listen to his customers and his love of his community and country. His newest project, The Lindell Foundation follows those same principles. With the goal in mind of reestablishing trust and accountability in organizations designed to help those in need; Mike has created a platform that connects donors to individuals who are struggling with things such as: addiction, homelessness, hunger etc. 100% of the money donated goes directly to the individuals need. The Lindell Foundation has already helped thousands of people around the world, and Mike and his team are just getting started. Mike is proof that if you work hard and never give up, you can live your dream. www.mypillow.com

  • J. Parker — Intimacy Author, Speaker
    J. Parker has been blogging about marriage and sexual intimacy since 2010 and has written three books: Hot, Holy, and Humorous: Sex in Marriage by God’s Design; Intimacy Revealed: 52 Devotions to Enhance Sex in Marriage; and Behind Closed Doors: Five Marriage Stories. Some of her recent posts include: 5 Sexually Sensitive Spots on Her Body You Should Know / How to Make Your Valentine Gift Meaningful / Q&A with J: “He Won’t Touch My Clitoris” / “Blow Jobs” and Lockjaw / “Ladies First” Orgasm / Making Sex a Habit

  • CRAWLING BACK TO THE LIGHT — How does someone “come back” to God? (Like a certain Canadian radio host.)
    Message From Drew: “Back in 2010, after 7 years of hosting Canada’s most listened to spiritual talk show, I “came out”. I admitted during an interview with Christian apologist Ravi Zacharias, that I was no longer convinced there was a God. Mostly because after 30 years of having a “personal relationship with Jesus Christ,” I realized that this God I was serving wasn’t actually all that “personal”. Going public as a doubter (not an atheist) and no longer considering myself part of the Evangelical tribe of certainty, I left. I left organized religion, left the church and left it up to God to reveal himself to me, through one of those tangible encounters I kept hearing so many in my tribe speak about. (You can read about my search for God at www.drewmarshall.ca/droogle) Because of some fractured relationships (me being the common denominator), 2017 ended up being the worst year of my life. So I’ve decided that since my way didn’t work, it’s time to crawl back to the Light. And I’ve decided to once again, do this publicly. As embarrassing as it is to admit personal & spiritual “failure”, my hope is that others experiencing similar frustrations, might learn something from my conversations with a few people who have had a profound impact on my life. I’m still not sure that there’s a God, but my life was better when I thought there was a God. So now what?” - Drew

    (If you’d like to send Drew a message, go to The Drew Marshall Show Facebook page)

    *Today’s Guest: Greg Boyd - Author, Theologian, Preacher, Teacher, Apologist, Open Theist
    He has been featured on the front page of The New York Times, The Charlie Rose Show, CNN, National Public Radio, the BBC and numerous other television and radio venues. Greg received his Ph.D. from Princeton Theological Seminary (summa cum laude 1988), his M.Div. from Yale Divinity School (cum laude 1982), and his B.A. in Philosophy from the University of Minnesota (1979). He was a professor of theology for 16 years at Bethel University (St. Paul, MN) where he received the Teaching Excellence Award and Campus Leadership Award. Greg is the co-founder of Woodland Hills Church in St. Paul, Minnesota where he serves as Senior Pastor, speaking to thousands each week. Greg has authored or co-authored 22 books and numerous academic articles, including his best-selling and award-winning Letters From a Skeptic. www.reknew.org

  • LOVE GURUS
    After walking 1000 KM’s on The Camino de Santiago during a three month vow of silence, Drew came to the conclusion that he knows very little about something he loves - LOVE! So he’s decided to reach out to various LOVE GURUS for help.

    Today’s Love Guru: Suzanne Stabile - Author of The Path Between Us: An Enneagram Journey to Healthy Relationships
    Most of us have no idea how others see or process their experiences. And that can make relationships hard, whether with intimate partners, with friends, or in our professional lives. Understanding the motivations and dynamics of these different personality types can be the key that unlocks sometimes mystifying behavior in others—and in ourselves. This book from Suzanne Stabile on the nine Enneagram types and how they behave and experience relationships will guide readers into deeper insights about themselves, their types, and others' personalities so that they can have healthier, more life-giving relationships. No one is better equipped than the coauthor of The Road Back to You (with Ian Cron) to share the Enneagram's wisdom on how relationships work—or don’t. Why do Sixes seem so intimidated and put off by Eights, who only wish the Sixes would stop mulling things over and take action? Why do Fives seem so unavailable, even to their closest family and friends, while Twos seem to feel everybody else’s feelings but their own and end up irritating people who don’t want their help? How in the world can Fours be so open and loving to you one day and restrained and distant other times? The Enneagram not only answers these questions but gives us a way out of our usual finger pointing and judging of other people—and finding them wanting, perplexing, or impossible. Suzanne's generous, sometimes humorous, and always insightful approach reveals why all the types behave as they do. This book offers help in fostering more loving, mature, and compassionate relationships with everyone in our lives. *Suzanne Stabile is a highly sought after speaker and teacher, known for her engaging laugh, personal vulnerability and creative approach to Enneagram instruction. As an internationally recognized Enneagram Master, Suzanne has conducted over 500 Enneagram workshops over the past 25 years. The Path Between us: An Enneagram Journey to Healthy Relationships will be released in April 2018.
    Find Susan on Facebook

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  • Viva Trio
    Recasting hits like Duran Duran’s “Ordinary World,” Sia’s “Space Between” and “Bird Set Free,” John Lennon’s “Imagine,” Chris Isaak’s “Wicked Game,” Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” and Metallica’s “Nothing Else Matters”, VIVA Trio converges classical and contemporary, blazing a vibrant new crossover trail previously tread by acts like Il Divo and 2CELLOS. Their latest album, Nothing Else Matters, was crafted with the help of a myriad of marquee composers, arrangers, orchestrators, musicians and a children’s choir. Even Chris Isaak’s “Wicked Game” has been reconfigured as a brilliant orchestral piece hinged on an electrifying three-part harmony, with each ViVA voice distinctive as a thumbprint. ViVA Trio has performed at prestigious hometown Toronto venues like the Palais Royale, Casa Loma, The Living Arts Centre, as well as Ontario Place for Canada Day 150 celebrations. Anna, Erin & Katya were nominated as Emerging Artist of the Year at the InFAME Awards and as Established Music Group at the MARTYS Awards. And ViVA’s cover of Louis Armstrong’s “What a Wonderful World?” was handpicked for inclusion in two South Korean TV ads. The group has also performed in Poland for a televised orchestra concert ending the summer series for the Filharmonia Dolnośląska. Their tour schedule is filling up with dates internationally, and the three ladies could not be more psyched.
    www.vivatrio.com

    CHECK THIS VIDEO OUT: VIVA Trio - 2017 Mashup - SYMPHONY | WHAT ABOUT US | PRAYING | SIGN OF THE TIMES

    AND… Check out our DrewTube page to watch over 100 videos from some of our previous recording artists.

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Journey

  • Carol Weicker
    Valentine’s Day can really be a tough time for many. Especially those who have been single their entire life. Having been born with a facial deformity, Carol was often the brunt of cruel remarks that left many emotional scars. She was told that no one would love her. The last thing Carol ever thought she would do was to one day get up in front of an audience. The thought of looking at people, face to face, was too painful. These days, she speaks to the brokenhearted bringing them to a place of healing. She began singing and speaking in 1983 when the Christian Riders motorcycle club asked her to help at their meetings. Traveling with the club for a time, her simple, heart-hitting style has touched many lives along the way.

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Special Guests

  • Jennifer O’Neill — Actress (Summer Of ‘42) CoverGirl Model, Author, Speaker
    Internationally acclaimed model, actress, film and television star, spokesperson, producer, author, fundraiser, proud mother of three and grandmother of four, by any definition, Jennifer O’Neill is one of a kind. With thirty-five-plus feature films, numerous television movies and series to her credit, Jennifer is the first to tell you she is truly blessed. After her cinematic debut, she accepted a role in the film, Summer of ‘42. Her hauntingly beautiful portrayal of Dorothy made Jennifer O’Neill a household name, and today, Summer of ‘42 remains one of home videos most popular titles: The film is considered a “classic,” with her performance hailed as legendary not only by the public, but by her peers as well. And, of course, we’ve all seen her impressive spokeswoman campaign for CoverGirl: Jennifer’s unprecedented thirty-year endorsement of the product catapulted CoverGirl into the top selling makeup line in the country. As if all this activity weren’t enough to fill the day, Ms. O’Neill continues to be a constant advocate for charitable causes from serving as Chairperson for the American Cancer Society, to hosting a one hour special for World Vision shot in Africa concerning the HIV epidemic. As an author, Ms. O’Neill recently updated her autobiography Surviving Myself at the request of her readers. Her other published works include novels, All That Glitters and Res-Q Pals, literary healing resources, From Fallen to Forgiven and You’re Not Alone (with associated Workbooks, DVD and CD), as well as the Circle of Friends/Just Off Main, a 3-part fiction series. Also available on this website are Your Red Letter Day “chain letter” outreach materials. She has been the guest of President and Mrs. Reagan at the White House, has keynoted at Women of Faith and Extraordinary Women Conferences, all the while working alongside Focus on the Family on TV and Radio projects. By adding speaking opportunities to her roster of talents and passions, Jennifer O’Neill embraces her “hope and healing” theme by sharing her life’s experiences with a passion, humour and enthusiasm that resonates with all generations at her own “All that Glitters” conferences.

  • Lighthouse — Juno Award Winning Recording Artists (Sunny Days, One Fine Morning, Pretty Lady)
    Paul Hoffert
    Paul Hoffert (Poli) was born in Brooklyn, New York and studied classical piano when he was a young boy, but he was drawn to the music of Fats Domino, Little Richard, and the doo-wop vocal groups that were popular then. His first band was the Boptones, which released two singles, I Wanna Love You and Betty Jean, when Paul was 13 years old. All the band members had nicknames—nickibop, johnibop, stevibop and, his own new moniker, polibop. At 16, Paul had mastered classical and jazz piano, was performing regularly on network television, and had recorded his first jazz album. At 22, he had composed several feature film scores and an Off-Broadway musical. While he was in New York he met Skip Prokop and together they founded Lighthouse. Aside from Lighthouse, Paul has composed music for more than thirty feature films and hundreds of television programs. His orchestral music includes “Concerto for Contemporary Violin” that has been performed around the world and won a Juno Award. He has won awards at the San Francisco Film Festival, Genie, Gemini, Clio, and 4 SOCAN Film/TV Composer awards. He has conducted Symphony Orchestras in Canada, Europe and the United States, including a Sony recording featuring Placido Domingo. Paul is former President of the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television and Chair of the Ontario Arts Council. In 2005 he received the Order of Canada for his contributions to music and media.

    and

    Jamie Prokop
    After some twenty plus years of writing, recording and producing music, Jamie Prokop has always strived to exceed expectations with great success and continues to satisfy the needs of others through his creativity and abilities, and by cultivating a lasting relationship with the people he works with. He exudes, both, a genuine and dynamic quality not just in his personality and character, but in his work ethic and creative process as well that can easily and honestly be detected in his workmanship and performance. Prokop has had the pleasure of having some of his works recognized in international film, award winning projects, and has even gained attention from Christian Pop/Rock producer Ed Cash (Chris Tomlin, Steven Curtis Chapman). He has also enjoyed the fruits of his labour internationally with traditional radio, satellite radio, and internet/cable radio exposure for several of his artists, including his own works. He has been involved in radio production since the age of nine and continues with great success today writing radio commercials for several businesses across Canada. He has spent hundreds of hours on the concert stage, both as an artist and a musician and has, in recent years, become the drummer for Lighthouse, taking the place of his father Skip Prokop, who is now retired. Jamie was warmly welcomed into the band and greatly enjoys the responsibility and privilege of driving the musical force that is Lighthouse.

  • CRAWLING BACK TO THE LIGHT — How does someone “come back” to God? (Like a certain Canadian radio host.)
    Message From Drew: “Back in 2010, after 7 years of hosting Canada’s most listened to spiritual talk show, I “came out”. I admitted during an interview with Christian apologist Ravi Zacharias, that I was no longer convinced there was a God. Mostly because after 30 years of having a “personal relationship with Jesus Christ,” I realized that this God I was serving wasn’t actually all that “personal”. Going public as a doubter (not an atheist) and no longer considering myself part of the Evangelical tribe of certainty, I left. I left organized religion, left the church and left it up to God to reveal himself to me, through one of those tangible encounters I kept hearing so many in my tribe speak about. (You can read about my search for God at www.drewmarshall.ca/droogle) Because of some fractured relationships (me being the common denominator), 2017 ended up being the worst year of my life. So I’ve decided that since my way didn’t work, it’s time to crawl back to the Light. And I’ve decided to once again, do this publicly. As embarrassing as it is to admit personal & spiritual “failure”, my hope is that others experiencing similar frustrations, might learn something from my conversations with a few people who have had a profound impact on my life. I’m still not sure that there’s a God, but my life was better when I thought there was a God. So now what?” - Drew

    (If you’d like to send Drew a message, go to The Drew Marshall Show Facebook page)

    *Today’s Guest: Fr. Richard Rohr - Franciscan Friar, Author, Globally Recognized Ecumenical Teacher
    www.cac.org/richard-rohr

    **TDMS Talkback (Call Toll Free Throughout North America on 877-569-1250)
    Drew will open up the phone lines, seeking advice from listeners about how best to crawl back to the Light.

  • LOVE GURUS
    After walking 1000 KM’s on The Camino de Santiago during a three month vow of silence, Drew came to the conclusion that he knows very little about something he loves - LOVE! So he’s decided to reach out to various LOVE GURUS for help.

    Today’s Love Guru(s) - Harville Hendrix & Helen LaKelly Hunt
    Harville is a couple's therapist with more than 40 years' experience as an educator, clinical trainer and lecturer whose work has appeared on Oprah 17 times. He holds graduate degrees from Union Theological Seminary (NY) and the University of Chicago and is a former professor at Southern Methodist University.

    Helen – in addition to her partnership in the authorship of 10 books on relationships and her co-creation and distribution of IMAGO – holds earned and honorary degrees from Union Theological Seminary (NY) and Southern Methodist University. The sole author of FAITH AND FEMINISM, she was installed in the Women's Hall of Fame for her leadership in the global women's movement.

    Helen and Harville have been married for more than 30 years, have six children and six grandchildren, and reside in Dallas, Texas.

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  • Alex Pangman
    With pipes aplenty, Juno nominee Alex Pangman possesses the requisite taste, talent and the historical knowledge of an avid record collector to breathe new life into the sturdy standards of the classic jazz era. After getting a Songwriter of the Year nomination from the National Jazz Awards for her tune Melancholy Lullaby for the 2001 film Torso: The Evelyn Dick Story, Alex received two more nominations in the Vocalist Of The Year category and then a Ken Whiteley number she sang over the opening scene of the 2003 feature film Falling Angels won a Genie for Best Original Song. While the gorgeously filmed videos for the aforementioned Melancholy Lullaby and One Night In Monte Carlo shot to the top of the Bravo! Countdown, Alex was busily scheduling collaborations with everyone from Grammy-nominated trumpeter Kevin Clark and the dashing Denzal Sinclaire to pianist Tyler Yarema and even Jim Galloway's All-Stars. But Alex was never keen on being anyone's "chick singer" and to underscore that point, she selected the repertoire, assembled her band and co-produced 2005's Live In Montreal (Real Gone Gal) album which stands among her finest recorded performances. The blessing of more frequent bookings would also prove to be a curse. Smoke-filled venues were definitely not the place for someone battling lung disease and Alex reluctantly slowed down to recoup. All the while, her interest in singing and playing music never waned. In fact, it was during her self-imposed exile that she stumbled onto the city's bluegrass and string-band underground. A hook-up with the Backstabbers' frontman Colonel Tom Parker gave rise to the rollicking roots country combo Lickin’ Good Fried. But following the release of the group's Say Uncle! debut, Alex's physical condition worsened and a double-lung transplant was deemed essential. Fortunately a donor was found and the surgery was a complete success. Alex roared back with a new recording project, 33 for the prestigious Montreal jazz label Justin Time. Released in April 2011 to wide critical acclaim, the title "33" refers both to Pangman’s age at the time of recording as well as to the fact that the carefully selected repertoire was popular in North America during 1933. Just as word came that she would be sharing a Toronto Jazz Festival bill with Willie Nelson at Massey Hall, the state of Pangman's health began to decline. A double-lung re-transplant was required and thankfully another donor was found. While making a remarkably quick recovery, Pangman dreamed up her most ambitious project to date. Rather than play it safe, she decided to use those newly-acquired lungs to cut an album of entirely fresh material. Suitably enough, the Juno Nominated album was called "New" (2014 Justin Time) and features a totally rejuvenated Pangman belting out Ella Fitzgerald and Annette Hanshaw gems with gusto accompanied by the sweetly swinging members of the New Orleans Cotton Mouth Kings. Following this effort, the next logical step for the purist was to record direct to 78rpm acetate disc. On her 2017 EP for Justin Time "Alex Pangman's Hot Three", she goes further backwards in time to discover why early jazz recordings have the special sound and energy that they do. "There's no studio trickery, no safety net. Just three minutes to do your thing." It lead to "some of the most spontaneous experiences" Pangman has ever experienced in the recording studio.
    www.alexpangman.com

    CHECK THIS VIDEO OUT: Alex Pangman - It’s Never Enough

    AND… Check out our DrewTube page to watch over 100 videos from some of our previous recording artists.

    Become a NEW TDMS Facebook LIKER during Saturday’s performance & win a CD! We will randomly pick a new page liker during today's performance, then contact them for shipping details.
    (You must be from Canada to win eh!)

Right-click here to bookmark or copy a link to this show January 27, 2018

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

  • Blair Packham
    Having first burst onto Canadian radio and music video TV as the lead singer of 80s power pop stalwarts The Jitters, Blair later released two strongly-reviewed solo albums before shifting his focus to composing music for TV and films, teaching songwriting at the post-secondary level and in numerous special event workshops, and co-hosting a long-running major market weekly radio show about music (“In the Studio” on the Bell Media talk radio network). Now, 13 years after his last release (2004’s “Could’ve Been King”), Blair Packham has returned to the role of recording artist with a collection of clever, catchy, at times poignant and always satisfying songs, titled “Unpopular Pop.” Playing, producing and engineering the tracks in his home studio, Blair also called upon some respected peers and friends to bring some additional magic to the mix. “I’d write and record the songs up to a certain point, and then ask Mark Kelso (Michael Bublé, Bonnie Raitt) to record some drums. Then I’d ask Maury LaFoy (Jann Arden, k-os) to play bass, or Simon Kendall (Doug & the Slugs) to play Hammond organ or piano. It’s a real luxury to have such top-notch players more than happy to get involved,” says Blair. A couple of the songs (“Don’t Know Why” and “Loved By You”) feature the debut of a one-off/twin star vocal duo calling themselves 20 Years From Stardom: none other than Ron Sexsmith and ex-Barenaked Ladies’ frontman Steven Page. While rarely overtly mixing politics with his art, the (if you will) Trump-card track “Enough Is Never Enough” features bigly help from Odds’ frontman Craig Northey, who co-wrote the words—about an unidentified decadent narcissist Tweeting away madly in a luxury suite in the middle of the night.
    www.blairpackham.com

    CHECK THIS VIDEO OUT: Blair Packham - Proof (Twiddletown)

    AND… Check out our DrewTube page to watch over 100 videos from some of our previous recording artists.

    Become a NEW TDMS Facebook LIKER during Saturday’s performance & win a CD! We will randomly pick a new page liker during today's performance, then contact them for shipping details.
    (You must be from Canada to win eh!)

Special Guests

  • CRAWLING BACK TO THE LIGHT — How does someone “come back” to God? (Like a certain Canadian radio host.)
    Message From Drew: “Back in 2010, after 7 years of hosting Canada’s most listened to spiritual talk show, I “came out”. I admitted during an interview with Christian apologist Ravi Zacharias, that I was no longer convinced there was a God. Mostly because after 30 years of having a “personal relationship with Jesus Christ,” I realized that this God I was serving wasn’t actually all that “personal”. Going public as a doubter (not an atheist) and no longer considering myself part of the Evangelical tribe of certainty, I left. I left organized religion, left the church and left it up to God to reveal himself to me, through one of those tangible encounters I kept hearing so many in my tribe speak about. (You can read about my search for God at www.drewmarshall.ca/droogle) Because of some fractured relationships (me being the common denominator), 2017 ended up being the worst year of my life. So I’ve decided that since my way didn’t work, it’s time to crawl back to the Light. And I’ve decided to once again, do this publicly. As embarrassing as it is to admit personal & spiritual “failure”, my hope is that others experiencing similar frustrations, might learn something from my conversations with a few people who have had a profound impact on my life. I’m still not sure that there’s a God, but my life was better when I thought there was a God. So now what?” - Drew

    (If you’d like to send Drew a message, go to The Drew Marshall Show Facebook page)

    *Today’s Guest: Paul Young - Bestselling Author of The Shack & Lies We Believe About God

  • Dan Barker — Former Evangelical Preacher-Turned Atheist, Author of Free Will Explained: How Science and Philosophy Converge to Create a Beautiful Illusion
    Do we have free will? And if we don’t, why do we feel as if we do? In what the author calls “a godless universe governed by impersonal laws of cause and effect,” are you responsible for your actions? Former evangelical minister Dan Barker, unveils a novel solution to the question that has baffled scientists and philosophers for millennia. He outlines the concept of what he calls “harmonic free will,” a two-dimensional perspective that pivots the paradox on its axis to show that there is no single answer—both sides are right. Free will is a useful illusion: not a scientific, but a social truth. *Along with his wife Annie Laurie Gaylor, Dan Barker runs the Freedom From Religion Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to the separation of church and state. He has written numerous articles for Freethought Today, an American freethought newspaper, and is also the author of Godless and God: The Most Unpleasant Character in All Fiction.

  • J.R. Forasteros — Author of Empathy For The Devil: Finding Ourselves in the Villains of the Bible
    Do we have anything in common with the bad guys of the Bible? The sins of wrath, idolatry, and abuse of power are closer to us than we think. How do we guard against them? We learn not only by following moral exemplars—we also need to look at the warnings of lives gone wrong. In this fictionalized narrative, JR. Forasteros reintroduces us to some of the most villainous characters of Scripture. He shows us what we can learn from their negative examples, with figures such as Cain, Jezebel, King Herod, and even Satan serving as cautionary tales of sin and temptation. Forasteros vividly tells their stories to help us understand their motivations, and his astute biblical and cultural exposition points out what we often miss about their lives. We soon discover that we might have more in common with these characters than we would like to admit. Take a fresh look at the scoundrels of Scripture, and find sound pastoral guidance here to walk the path of righteousness. *JR. Forasteros is a pastor. He’s got a “killer beard” and is an active blogger and podcaster on the church and pop culture. JR. has a master’s degree in religious studies, New Testament, and early Christianity, nevertheless, he’s still making sense of Christianity. “If you’re anything like me, you’ve met Christians who are ugly, hateful people. You’ve been burned by people who claim to follow Jesus,” he said. “But I bet you’ve also met some incredibly kind, thoughtful and generous people who call themselves Christians, too. Me too. It’s a big mess, one I’m still learning to make sense of.” JR. blogs at NorvilleRogers.com, where he reviews films and books, and is the co-creator and cohost of the StoryMen podcast. And if you like faith and philosophy, check out the podcast Origami Elephants.

  • MC YOGI — Yoga Teacher, Recording Artist, Author of Spiritual Graffiti: Finding My True Path
    Before he was one of the most well-known yoga teachers in North America and an international hip hop artist, MC YOGI was a juvenile delinquent who was kicked out of three schools, sent to live at a group home for at-risk youth, arrested for vandalism, and caught up in a world of drugs, chaos and carelessness. At eighteen, fate brought him to his first yoga class. After discovering yoga, MC YOGI devoted himself to the practice. From traveling to India to study with gurus to living and learning with many American yoga masters, MC YOGI soaked in the knowledge that would revolutionize his entire life and put him on the path to healing, wholeness, and peace. Through technicolor stories of graffiti and guns, mystics and musicians, love, loss, and finding his soul’s purpose, MC YOGI’s journey is saturated in spiritual wisdom, illuminating the potential for transformation within us all. *MC YOGI is a world-renowned yoga teacher, musician, and author. He has performed and taught yoga everywhere, from headlining festivals and nightclubs to performing in the Forbidden City in China and even at the White House. When not on the road, MC YOGI and his wife Amanda teach at their home studio, Point Reyes Yoga, in Northern California.

  • Nita Belles — Anti-Human Trafficking Advocate
    Featured at the NFL’s Super Bowl 9 years in a row, Nita Belles has a simple message: “Human trafficking - it is the second largest and fastest growing crime in the world. What many do not know is that 1 in 3 children who runaway will be lured towards sex trafficking by seemingly caring people within 48 hours of running away. If that doesn’t have your attention, you should know that 1 in 7 of the nearly 25,000 runaways reported to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) were likely victims of sex trafficking. The large majority of these children are American born citizens. This crime is happening to runaways and street children and also children living in caring homes in every income bracket in America. Although runaways and at risk children are a high percentage of the victims, this crime is happening to children from middle class and upper middle class homes. In our backyard, traffickers are recruiting children right out of their bedrooms via smartphones, gaming systems and computers. WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO TO STOP IT?” *Nita Belles is an author, speaker and leading national expert in the anti-human trafficking movement. Her journey as a tireless crusader against human trafficking began in 2006 when she witnessed the cruelty of this atrocity and was compelled to take action. Each year since 2010, Nita’s anti-trafficking work surrounding the Super Bowl has been instrumental in holding traffickers and sex-buyers accountable, and recovering victims of human trafficking. In her years of dedication to this issue from prevention to restoration she has collaborated with top law enforcement, survivors, government officials, social service providers, medical professionals, and faith communities as the key to creating comprehensive, lasting change.

Talkback, etc.

  • TDMS Talkback
    Near the end of today’s show, Drew will open the phone lines for listeners to call in to share their thoughts on any of today’s topics: Human trafficking at the Super Bowl / Yoga / Empathy For The Devil / An atheist’s view on “free will” / Drew crawling back to the Light with the author of The Shack (Call Toll Free Throughout North America on 877-569-1250)
    *AUDIO NOT AVAILABLE

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  • Rob Tardik
    Rob Tardik has established himself as an award winning guitarist and recording artist performing contemporary jazz/world instrumental music. Many of his releases have charted on Billboard's Top 10 , he has been recognized as the Canadian Smooth Jazz Guitarist of the year in 2010. In 2017, he won 1st place in the IAMA (International Acoustic Music Awards) for “Best Instrumental Composition” for "Voyageur" (CD: Moments) . Rob's music can be heard worldwide on contemporary jazz stations, radio and online as well as on iTunes. Rob regularly performs music from his 5 critically acclaimed CD's to-date as well as other popular tunes at venues all across North America. Rob Tardik’s new album, SYNERGY, is the musical product of his life’s work: A Synergy of Limitless Moments of Balance, Energy, Laughter, and Love . Energized by the Billboard chart success of his albums and singles along with fruitful concert tours and festival dates across North America, multiple award-winning guitarist Rob Tardik returns with his sixth collection, SYNERGY. The title track and debut single “Synergy” features Rob teaming up with long-time friend and Billboard chart-topper Vincent Ingala . In a new role, Vincent shares production duties with Rob, resulting in a true musical “SYNERGY” showcasing their combined artistic strengths. *Rob will be performing (along with previous TDMS guest Mark Masri & upcoming TDMS guests Viva Trio) at The Rose Theatre Brampton, Saturday February 24th at 8:00 PM.

    CHECK THIS VIDEO OUT: Rob Tadik - Voyageur Music Video (2017)

    **AND… Check out our DrewTube page to watch over 100 videos from some of our previous recording artists.

    **Become a NEW TDMS Facebook LIKER during Saturday’s performance & win a CD! We will randomly pick a new page liker during today's performance, then contact them for shipping details.
    (You must be from Canada to win eh!)

Special Guests

  • Cinco Paul — Hollywood Screenwriter (Despicable Me 1-2-3, The Secret Life Of Pets, Dr. Seuss' The Lorax, Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears a Who, Hop, Santa Clause 2, Bubble Boy)
    Cinco Paul graduated summa cum laude from Yale University, then got an M.F.A. in screenwriting from USC and became a screenwriter instead. Cinco, along with his writing partner Ken Daurio, has written the screenplays for some of the most recognized and highest earning animated movies. In a recent article If I had the Mormon Prophet's Ear Cinco has come up with three suggestions for his new Mormon president to consider when it comes to making the Mormon Church more relevant in the 21st century:

    1/ “Have you done all you can to care for the poor and needy?” would be a much better barometer of temple worthiness (permission to enter a Mormon Temple) than whether or not we drink coffee, for example. And it would help remind us of the importance of this principle.

    2/ Every other church youth group that I know of has teens of both genders gather together. Separating our teens seems like a relic of a bygone era and perpetuates the idea that the opposite sex is “the other”; keeping them together would be better for all involved, promoting increased understanding and empathy (and socialization!). And then maybe we can consider not separating the adults third hour either. I can’t think of a single high priests group lesson I’ve attended that wouldn’t have been improved by the presence of the sisters. The gospel should be about bringing people together, not keeping them apart.

    3/ Our hymnal and notions of what music is “reverent” are antiquated and tied to 18th- and 19th-century Western European tradition. Both the church and the gospel are a lot bigger than that now (and in truth have always been). We have been conditioned throughout our lives to think that a certain type of music is “appropriate” for worship, and if we hear anything different we immediately feel it’s not conducive to the spirit. But that’s merely a cultural construct, and is not supported in any way by doctrine.

  • CRAWLING BACK TO THE LIGHT — How does someone “come back” to God? (Like a certain Canadian radio host.)
    Message From Drew: “Back in 2010, after 7 years of hosting Canada’s most listened to spiritual talk show, I “came out”. I admitted during an interview with Christian apologist Ravi Zacharias, that I was no longer convinced there was a God. Mostly because after 30 years of having a “personal relationship with Jesus Christ,” I realized that this God I was serving wasn’t actually all that “personal”. Going public as a doubter (not an atheist) and no longer considering myself part of the Evangelical tribe of certainty, I left. I left organized religion, left the church and left it up to God to reveal himself to me, through one of those tangible encounters I kept hearing so many in my tribe speak about. (You can read about my search for God at www.drewmarshall.ca/droogle) Because of some fractured relationships (me being the common denominator), 2017 ended up being the worst year of my life. So I’ve decided that since my way didn’t work, it’s time to crawl back to the Light. And I’ve decided to once again, do this publicly. As embarrassing as it is to admit personal & spiritual “failure”, my hope is that others experiencing similar frustrations, might learn something from my conversations with a few people who have had a profound impact on my life. I’m still not sure that there’s a God, but my life was better when I thought there was a God. So now what?” - Drew

    (If you’d like to send Drew a message, go to The Drew Marshall Show Facebook page)

    *Today’s Guest: Bruxy Cavey - Senior Pastor at The Meeting House, Bestselling Author of The End of Religion www.bruxy.com

  • Mark Labberton — Editor of Still Evangelical: Insiders Reconsider Political, Social, and Theological Meaning (Contributions by Shane Claiborne, Jim Daly, Mark Galli, Lisa Sharon Harper, Tom Lin, Karen Swallow Prior, Soong-Chan Rah, Robert Chao Romero, Sandra Maria Van Opstal, Allen Yeh)
    Now that Trump is President, Evangelicalism in America has cracked more than ever. Split on the shoals of the 2016 presidential election and its aftermath, leaving many wondering if they want to be in or out of the evangelical tribe. The contentiousness brought to the fore surrounds what it means to affirm and demonstrate evangelical Christian faith amidst the messy and polarized realities gripping our country and world. Who or what is defining the evangelical social and political vision? Is it the gospel or is it culture? For a movement that has been about the primacy of Christian faith, this is a crisis. This collection of essays was gathered by Mark Labberton, president of Fuller Theological Seminary, who provides an introduction to the volume. What follows is a diverse and provocative set of perspectives and reflections from evangelical insiders who wrestle with their responses to the question of what it means to be evangelical in light of their convictions. Contributors include:
    Shane Claiborne, Red Letter Christians
    Jim Daly, Focus on the Family
    Mark Galli, Christianity Today
    Lisa Sharon Harper, FreedomRoad.us
    Tom Lin, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship
    Karen Swallow Prior, Liberty University
    Soong-Chan Rah, North Park University
    Robert Chao Romero, UCLA
    Sandra Maria Van Opstal, Grace and Peace Community
    Allen Yeh, Biola University
    Mark Young, Denver Seminary
    Mark Labberton on Twitter

  • Karen Bliss — Canadian Correspondent for BILLBOARD, Founder & Editor-In-Chief of SAMARITANMAG
    Karen Bliss has interviewed everyone from Eminem to Jimmy Page, Shania Twain to Eddie Vedder, and since starting her music journalism career in her teens, she has been published in Rolling Stone, Pollstar, MSN, Spinner, Time, NME, Melody Maker and more. As founder/editor-in-chief of music-heavy anti-tabloid SAMARITANMAG, she gets to focus on what really matters - giving back. “Sick of tabloid news? Samaritanmag.com doesn't care who is dating whom, who gained weight in Hollywood, and who might be engaged. Samaritanmag.com is for those people sick of tabloid news and invasive, silly stories. Samaritanmag.com is an online magazine that covers the good deeds and efforts of Samaritans — individuals, charities, small businesses and corporations — anyone trying to make a difference in the world. Good people trying to change bad things is the way we describe it.

  • Meanwhile, Back On The Farm — With Grant Marshall (Drew's Dad)
    We're losing a generation. A generation of respect, integrity and honour. A generation who were not afraid of hard work and sacrifice. Drew's father IS that generation. Growing up on the farm taught Grant Marshall more about life than Google. So maybe we should take the time to listen – before that generation is gone.

    *Drew’s dad joins us for a special IN-STUDIO visit!

Right-click here to bookmark or copy a link to this show January 13, 2018

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

  • Heather Luckhart
    Heather Luckhart has been performing for nearly a decade. Her unique phrasing and soulful exuberance inspires and moves listeners at every captivating performance. Heather injects her zest for life into her original material and her own renditions and arrangements of traditional and modern songs. Her dedication and passion has brought her to Nashville, South Carolina, Florida and Western Canada. Heather Luckhart is heavily involved in the folk and roots world, but also combines jazz and blues in her sound. This flavour is expressed through a variety of musical projects, including: The Lapdog Band, Jaymz Bee’s Royal Jelly Orchestra, The Heather Luckhart Collective, The Heather Luckhart & Ross MacIntyre Duo and many other configurations and guest appearances as an accompanying vocalist. She proves time and time again that music and art should be shared and her charming personality causes her fans to become friends instantly. *Heather Luckhart and Tony Quarrington along with Jordana Talsky, will share Indie Night at “120 Diner” in Toronto @ 8:30 PM January 23. Join them as they explore a diverse spectrum of stories and sounds.
    www.heatherluckhart.com

    CHECK THIS VIDEO OUT: Make It Through - Heather Luckhart

    **AND… Check out our DrewTube page to watch over 100 videos from some of our previous recording artists.

    **Become a NEW TDMS Facebook LIKER during Saturday’s performance & win a CD! We will randomly pick a new page liker during today's performance, then contact them for shipping details.
    (You must be from Canada to win eh!)

Special Guests

  • CRAWLING BACK TO THE LIGHT — How does someone “come back” to God? (Like a certain Canadian radio host.)
    Message From Drew: "Back in 2010, after 7 years of hosting Canada’s most listened to spiritual talk show, I “came out”. I admitted during an interview with Christian apologist Ravi Zacharias, that I was no longer convinced there was a God. Mostly because after 30 years of having a “personal relationship with Jesus Christ,” I realized that this God I was serving wasn’t actually all that “personal”. Going public as a doubter (not an atheist) and no longer considering myself part of the Evangelical tribe of certainty, I left. I left organized religion, left the church and left it up to God to reveal himself to me, through one of those tangible encounters I kept hearing so many in my tribe speak about. (You can read about my search for God at www.drewmarshall.ca/droogle)

    Because of some fractured relationships (me being the common denominator), 2017 ended up being the worst year of my life. So I’ve decided that since my way didn’t work, it’s time to crawl back to the Light. And I’ve decided to once again, do this publicly. As embarrassing as it is to admit personal & spiritual “failure”, my hope is that others experiencing similar frustrations, might learn something from my conversations with a few people who have had a profound impact on my life.

    I’m still not sure that there’s a God, but my life was better when I thought there was. So now what?”
    - Drew

    (If you want to send Drew a note, you can message him on The Drew Marshall Show Facebook page)

    *Today’s guest will be Kay Warren - Author, Co-Founder of Saddleback Church & Wife Of Best Selling “Purpose Driven Life” Author Rick Warren.

  • Dianne Lake — Author of Member of the Family: My Story of Charles Manson, Life Inside His Cult, and the Darkness That Ended the Sixties
    At fourteen Dianne Lake—with little more than a note in her pocket from her hippie parents granting her permission to leave them—became one of "Charlie’s girls," a devoted acolyte of cult leader Charles Manson. In this poignant and disturbing memoir of lost innocence, coercion, survival, and healing, Dianne Lake chronicles her years with Charles Manson, revealing for the first time how she became the youngest member of his Family and offering new insights into one of the twentieth century’s most notorious criminals and life as one of his "girls." Over the course of two years, the impressionable teenager endured manipulation, psychological control, and physical abuse as the harsh realities and looming darkness of Charles Manson’s true nature revealed itself. From Spahn ranch and the group acid trips, to the Beatles’ White Album and Manson’s dangerous messiah-complex, Dianne tells the riveting story of the group’s descent into madness as she lived it. Though she never participated in any of the group’s gruesome crimes and was purposely insulated from them, Dianne was arrested with the rest of the Manson Family, and eventually learned enough to join the prosecution’s case against them. With the help of good Samaritans, including the cop who first arrested her and later took her into his home, the courageous young woman eventually found redemption and grew up to lead an ordinary life. While much has been written about Charles Manson, this riveting account from an actual Family member is a chilling portrait that recreates in vivid detail one of the most horrifying and fascinating chapters in modern American history.

  • Brant Hansen — Radio Host, Author of Blessed Are the Misfits: Great News for Believers Who Are Introverts, Spiritual Strugglers, or Just Feel Like They're Missing Something
    While church culture (and culture at large) seems largely designed for the extroverted, it’s estimated that half of the population is introverted, and they’re often left wondering how, even if, they fit in the kingdom of God. As one of them, popular radio host Brant Hansen brings news. It’s wonderful, refreshing, and never-been-said-this-way-before good news. In his unique style, Hansen looks to answer questions that millions of people carry with them each day:

    - If I don’t relate to God as emotionally as others do, is something wrong with me?
    - How does one approach God, and approach faith, when devoid of the “good feelings” that seem to drive so much of evangelical church culture?
    - How does God interact with those who seem spiritually numb?
    - What if we aren’t good at talking to people about our faith, or good at talking to people at all?
    - What if I’m told I’m too analytical, that I “think too much”?

    Blessed Are the Misfits is going to generate discussion, and lots of it. It’s simultaneously highly provocative and humbly personal. It’s also leavened with a distinct, dry, self-effacing humor that is a hallmark of Hansen’s on-air, writing, and public speaking style.

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

  • TERRORISM UPDATE — With Mubin “Da Bomb” Shaikh
    Ex-Muslim Extremist / Turned Undercover Intelligence Operative, Author of Undercover Jihadi. Join us as Da Bomb gives us Da Truth about the latest acts of terrorism.

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!

    This Week on The Pub Crawl:

    SPECIAL ROUNDTABLE EDITION: “Freezing To Death On The Steps Of A Church”

    Angie Draskovic - President & CEO of The Yonge Street Mission
    Greg Paul - Founder of Sanctuary Toronto
    Dennis Bruce - Passionate Advocate for Out Of The Cold

    TOPIC:
    1/ Every year, Canadians freeze to death within walking distance of a warm and empty church. WHY?

    LAST CALL ON THE PUB CRAWL
    Got something to say about 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!