Special Guests

  • Tal Bachman — Recording Artist
    Tal has turned into a bit of a regular on TDMS. Today though, he joins us live in-studio for the entire show. We'll see if we can get Tal to open up about the correlation between world peace & women, the grandeur of Christian music centuries ago compared to the relentlessly insipid nature of contemporary Christian music today, why he's no longer a Mormon, if Donald Trump should be President of The Unites States, why he had 8 kids, if he'll ever have another hit as big as She's So High, and if his father (Randy Bachman) will ever spend the money for a promotional campaign to help educate his fans about how to actually pronounce the family name. (Tal is in town to celebrate his father's SOCAN Lifetime Achievement Award.)
    *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. As the son of legendary guitarist Randy Bachman from The Guess Who (American Woman) and Bachman Turner Overdrive, (Takin' Care Of Business), Tal's self-titled debut scored a smash hit with "She's So High".

  • Hilmar Örn Hilmarsson — High Priest of Asatru (Norse Paganism)
    Asatru is the natural and native religion of the Northern European people and their descendants. Long before Christianity made its way to Europe from the Middle East, Asatru was their spiritual path. It is a religion of family values and kinship, it is deeply connected to nature, and teaches people to lead an honorable life. It is a religion of self sufficiency and strength, one that respects life and strong will. It is a spiritual path which places great importance on their elders and ancestors. Asatru recognizes many different Gods that are deeply connected with the forces of Nature and also with the basic forces which rule over our society. In Asatru, the Gods are both the fathers and mothers as well as brothers and sisters. Asatru teaches to build a relationship with the Gods rather than to grovel in fear of them. “The Gods are divided into two tribes. The Aesir and the Vanir. The Vanir Gods are the Gods of the Earth and Nature. Frey - The Lord of Nature , wild animals, the forest and all that grows. Twin Brother of Freya. Freya - Lady of Nature , patron of strong women, Goddess of womanhood. Twin Sister of Frey. Ullr - God of winter, archery and hunting. Travels on snowshoes. The God of the Northern Lights and evergreen forests. Skadi - Goddess of ice, skiing and hunting. Faithful to her followers and brings justice to those harmed. Njord - God of the sea, calms storms and saves those on the ocean. Father of Frey and Freya Erda - The Earth, and Goddess of nature. The Aesir Gods are the Gods of Order and Justice, military necessity and Agriculture. Odin - The All Father. Loving creator of humanity, he gifted man with a spirit and a fiery will. Master shaman and wizard and the lord of battle. Odin is the teacher of man, in all things hidden. Frigg - Wife of Odin, All Mother, protector of children, marriage and fidelity. Frigg unites husbands and wives after death who wish to remain together forever in the afterlife. Baldur - Son of Odin and Frigg. God of light and holiness, the slain God who is resurrected. Thor - God of agriculture and farmers, of the working man labouring in the fields and forges. Protector of our folk and the warder of Earth. The God of thunder and lightning and the slayer of demons and giants. He wields a mighty hammer and his chariot is pulled by two goats. He is know as Thor the red. Tyr - God of the sky, justice and truth. Tyr is the God who deals judgment and settles disputes. The keeper of order in society. Heimdall - The watchman of the Gods. Heimdall guards the gate and bridge into the Gods heaven. He came to Earth long ago and taught man how to organize society. A teacher and a father, he is said to have sired three sons of human mothers and their blood is taught in legend to run through our veins.”

  • Michael Foley — Author Of Drinking with the Saints:The Sinner's Guide to a Holy Happy Hour
    -Over 370 entries, covering all of the major holidays and feasts of the Catholic calendar
    -Almost 350 cocktails, ranging from forgotten classics of yesteryear to more than two dozen original creations appearing for the first time
    -A wide array of beers and ales, including those once made or still made by monks
    -Hundreds of wines from around the world named after the Blessed Virgin Mary and the saints
    -The Catholic origins of whiskey, tequila, sparkling wine, and much more
    -Everything you want to know about the communion of saints, from Adam and Eve to Pope John Paul II, including details of their drinking habits
    -Tips on giving the perfect toast and on mixing the perfect drink
    -28 original cocktails, including two for St. Augustine of Hippo: one for his sinful past and one for his holy conversion

  • Dr. David Sloan Wilson — Evolutionary Biologist
    Dr. Wilson is an evolutionist who studies all aspects of humanity in addition to the biological world. He manages a number of programs designed to expand the influence of evolutionary theory in higher education (EvoS), public policy (The Evolution Institute), community-based research (The Binghamton Neighborhood Project), and religion (Evolutionary Religious Studies). He communicates to the general public through his ScienceBlogs site and his trade books, including Evolution for Everyone: How Darwin’s Theory Can Change the Way We Think About Our Lives and The Neighborhood Project: Using Evolution to Improve my City, One Block at a Time.

  • Larry Law — Owner of Cranberry Village
    Larry Law purchased the property in Collingwood, ON in 1992, where he and his family had been vacationing every weekend since his kids were small. At the start, Cranberry was just a typical business venture for Larry where his main interest was to make Cranberry Resort profitable. However, in 2001 his life completely changed after his wife passed away. He realized that even with all his money he could not save her life, which made him question the meaning of life. These days, one of the wealthiest businessmen in Ontario now lives “a purpose-driven life.” www.livingwaterresort.com

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

  • This Week's Recording Artist: Jesse Maranger
    Jesse Maranger is a singer/songwriter creating his music in Waterloo, Ontario. His empathetic stylings are inspired by the way we interact with each other and with the earth we stand on. His music does not shy away from the pains of life and it certainly does not ignore its joys. Jesse's strong, emotive melodies will reverberate with something inside of you - something that realizes the beauty of raw, honest expression and the mystery of a room full of very different people singing in harmony.

    AND check out our DREWTUBE page to see LIVE PERFORMANCES from previous recording artists!

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: Emma Green Managing Editor at The Atlantic