Special Guests

  • Jennifer Knapp — Grammy Nominated Recording Artist
    Having just released her first album since 2001, called Letting Go, Jennifer simultaneously “Came Out”. After a seven year sabbatical from a Grammy-nominated career, Jennifer Knapp’s return to the music industry has thrilled some, angered others, and confused those trying to reconcile how one of Christian music’s biggest names could possibly be in a same gender relationship. “One of the biggest decisions I was wrestling with back then was, if I don't do Christian music, am I not a believer anymore?” Having said all that, let it be known that Jennifer Knapp is more than just this one issue.

  • Laila Biali — Pianist, Vocalist, Composer
    Poised to become the new face of contemporary jazz, Laila Biali's album Tracing Light is an inspired collection of songs written by Imogen Heap, K.D. Lang, Daniel Lanois, Billy Joel, standards popularized by Nat King Cole, Frank Sinatra and Doris Day, and several of her original compositions. The new recording first took seed in August 2009, just as Laila was leaving for Il Palagio - Sting's Italian estate in Tuscany. She was blessed to be singing back up for his DVD production and winter tour of If On a Winter's Night... Live from Durham. Fresh off of two years touring with Chris Botti, Paula Cole, and Suzanne Vega, the collaboration with Sting gave her new energy to begin forming a plan for her next recording project. That project, Tracing Light, is available October 26, 2010 in Canada.

  • TODAY’S DROOGLE GUEST Tal Bachman — Juno Award Winning Recording Artist & Ex-Mormon
    DROOGLE: Drew's Search For God From now until our Christmas show on December 18, 2010 Drew will speak to a variety of prominent people during each show, ask them why they believe in God, and if they've ever had a legitimate personal encounter with Him. We'll even ask a few prominent atheist/agnostic guests why they don't believe there’s a God. Basically, we'll ask each of our DROOGLE guests to attempt to "talk him off the ledge!" Either to jump - or to climb back inside his faith. Our "God Guests" will include celebrities, apologists, theologians, and authors. Bottom line - Drew is asking for an "encounter" with God for Christmas! Click here to read more: www.drewmarshall.ca/droogle.

    *DROOGLE Bits – After each DROOGLE interview, Drew will share DROOGLE emails and Facebook comments from our listeners, and give an update on the ongoing TWEET ME OFF dialogue with Bruxy Cavey and Paul Young.

  • Ken Whiteley — 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, Ken has won a Canadian Folk Music Award, a Genie Award for Best Original Song in a Canadian film, Lifetime achievement awards from the Ontario Council of Folk Festivals and Mariposa Folk Festival. Ken has been nominated for 7 Juno awards and thirteen Maple Blues Awards. Ken’s live performances showcase his outstanding musicianship on guitars and mandolin, award winning original songs and his powerful vocals. 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 ten Canadian Gold and Platinum records, four American Gold records, twenty-two Juno and two Grammy nominations, and sold over eight million copies. AND… just a few weeks ago Ken released his latest album, Another Day’s Journey.

Talkback, etc.

  • The Counsel Of Many!
    Brought to you by family lawyer Dawn Bennett. With a reputation built on Trust, Respect and Integrity, protecting your family's interests is Dawn's primary concern. Visit bennettlaw.ca today.

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

    This week on The Counsel of Many: a wife is bugged that her husband has started going to another church because he can’t stand the worship music at their old church and wants to know if she should insist that the family all go to the same church.
    "We have been going to the same church as a family for years. Our kids have pretty much grown up there. They were dedicated there. Last year my husband seemed to be acting out in a weird passive aggressive way by always making the family late to church. We got in a big fight about it one day and I found out that he was making us late because he hates the worship music at our church, so by the time we eventually got there, he’d only have to endure one song. My husband is very musically gifted and is very selective about what music he listens to. I told him I wanted him to just put up with it for the sake of the kids – in other words, I think that a family should attend the same church. He tried for a bit but eventually he just slipped back into making us late again. Eventually we agreed to take two cars to church and I just took the kids and left without him. This led to my husband sometimes not even showing up at all. Anyway, I just recently found out that he has been attending another church in the mornings, while his family attends the one we used to all go to – AS A FAMILY. I’m bugged that he didn’t tell me but I’m even more bugged that he’s just decided to go to a different church then his family! So I guess I’m asking if anyone else sees my point. Should I stand my ground on this one? Should I insist that he come with his family to church or should I just let it go? Is it weird for family members to go to different churches?"

  • Should Drew have been placed on leave as a volunteer hospital chaplain because of his crisis of faith or not?
    Last week, the chaplaincy department at Drew's local hospital notified him that: "The Pastoral Committee felt that during your public questioning of faith and of God it may prove challenging to provide faith and guidance to patients and families in times of crisis." While Drew has submitted to their request that he take a leave of absence while he sorts out his spiritual questions, and for the most part, understands their decision, he wonders if others feel this was the correct response. At what point does doubt negate the ability to minister? How much faith should one have to be able to pray for others? But then again, if someone doubts the existence of a God, then maybe being a hospital chaplain isn't the best ministry to be involved with?

  • TDMS Banter
    The beginning and the end of the show is like any good sandwich. The stuff in the middle is what it's all about - The rest is just crust! Sometimes it's worth listening to. Sometimes - not so much.