200 episodes

Blackout Podcast: Intimate Conversations With Amazing People Who Do Amazing Things.

It is about unfiltered truth.

A space to talk openly about life, art, mental health, family, beginnings and endings.

Blackout Podcast Israel Ekanem

    • Society & Culture
    • 5.0 • 21 Ratings

Blackout Podcast: Intimate Conversations With Amazing People Who Do Amazing Things.

It is about unfiltered truth.

A space to talk openly about life, art, mental health, family, beginnings and endings.

    Anna Ashcheulova - AUM Guide

    Anna Ashcheulova - AUM Guide

    Anna is a 25-year-old adventurer who found herself in Halifax back in 2018 to explore something new, something different, and unknown.
    These last 6 years have been a rollercoaster of challenges and self-discovery.
    In January 2024 after years of wandering and trying to find her place, she travelled back home to Moscow, feeling drained and exhausted from life in Halifax. Being away from home for over 3 years took its toll, and she was desperate for peace and healing. That's when her Mom stepped in; first by sending her to a retreat and secondly by believing in her to lead/guide AUM practice in Halifax.
    Now, about AUM practice itself.
    It's an incredible release. It's like a washing machine for your soul, a beautiful spring cleansing. It's about releasing all the baggage you've been carrying inside, the stuff that's been weighing you down for months, weeks, years. The screaming part? Well, you can be angry, mad, scream, shout, cry, laugh, love, hug, dance like crazy – it's all about being your true self.
    AUM practice, while recognized in Europe, remains relatively unknown in Halifax and across Canada. Recognizing its transformative power and the importance of emotional release, Anna felt compelled to introduce the practice in Halifax. She truly believes that if this practice has helped her, it can undoubtedly benefit others as well.
    It's time for Halifax to experience the deep serenity and empowerment that AUM practice offers firsthand.
    Learn more @aumhalifax

    • 25 min
    Kayo - Artist / Founder, Soulstice Sounds

    Kayo - Artist / Founder, Soulstice Sounds

    Kayo describes his sound as ‘Future meets Fugees’ - A lush blend of hip-hop, R&B and Afrobeats mixed with a raspy delivery, unique cadence, catchy melodies and a certain vibration that could only stem from his island upbringing.
    He is the 2023 ANSMA Artist of the Year, 2023 Music Nova Scotia Music Awards, DJ of the Year, and was also recently awarded the 2023 R&B/Soul Recording of the Year for his album, TRIP.
    He has toured with the likes of Classified, Snoop Dogg, Xzibit, Chali 2na of Jurassic 5 Kes the Band, Teddyson John & Jimmy October and has worked with heavyweights like Kardinal Offishall, JRDN & Quake Matthews.
    Check him out @kayomusic_

    • 17 min
    Stak - Producer / Composer / Mentor

    Stak - Producer / Composer / Mentor

    As a producer, composer, and mentor, Stak wears different hats in the music Industry.
    He co-founded Million Vibes with aRENYe to unite diverse communities through music. He guides three artists in music composition and activities, fostering talent and artistic growth.
    Through Million Vibes and its SNAXX platform, Stak is creating a comprehensive hub for underground artists to thrive, positively impacting the growing music scene in Canada, especially on the East Coast, and expanding into a broader platform for artistic expression and community building.
    Stak's mission is to cultivate a vibrant ecosystem where creativity, collaboration, and community come together to shape the future of music and entertainment
    Check him out @stak_01

    • 13 min
    Ashley Groves - Owner, Happily Hitched Halifax

    Ashley Groves - Owner, Happily Hitched Halifax

    Ashley is the owner of Happily Hitched Halifax, an all-inclusive wedding chapel in Downtown Halifax specializing in elopements and minimonies. She is also a full-time Event Specialist at the Halifax Chamber of Commerce.
    Her event planning journey began in theatre with stage management and production in Toronto.
    Following her family's roots in Cape Breton, Ashley moved to beautiful Nova Scotia with her partner Jay Fisher (Capture It Photography) in 2020, and is thrilled to be building a life here!
     
    Find out more @happilyhitchedhfx

    • 28 min
    Queensley Chidera - Customer Service Expert / Scrum Master

    Queensley Chidera - Customer Service Expert / Scrum Master

    Queensley Chidera is a customer service expert, experienced administrative assistant and Certified Scrum master.
     
    She is originally from eastern Nigeria and currently resides in Halifax Novascotia with her husband. Queensley has over 8 years banking experience in Nigeria and 2 years of administrative experience in Canada.
     
    Queensley has a Bachelor’s degree in Microbiology and a master’s degree in food Microbiology from the Federal University of Technology Minna and the University of Nigeria Nsukka respectively.
     
    She is an advocate for inclusivity and equality in the workplace and has volunteered in programs that promote these. Outside of her career, Queensley loves trying new foods, loves cooking, hiking and hanging out with friends.
     
    Find out more @ajibo_queensley

    • 24 min
    Deves Matwawana - CASUAL CRIES FOR HELP

    Deves Matwawana - CASUAL CRIES FOR HELP

    Coming up in the Open Mic & Karaoke Community, Deves Matwawana has a strong love for pop music which shines through with his catchy hooks and his deceptively heartfelt lyrics. A Dartmouth Native and self-professed comic book geek, he’s the lead singer of the ANSMA Award Nominated, Halifax pop-rock band, CASUAL CRIES FOR HELP.
    Deves wants to use his platform to show a different side of black masculinity and black mental health through his art and the way he carries himself.
    Described as a mix between Michael Jackson and BareNaked Ladies, Casual Cries For HELP is a fun and vibrant pop-rock band with songs about anxiety, toxic relationships, intruding thoughts and nostalgia.
    Check him out @devesinprogress

    • 9 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
21 Ratings

21 Ratings

CFK1992 ,

Highly recommend!

Israel and his team have created an absolutely wonderful podcast that lets you peek into the lives of some of Halifax’s incredible creative talents. Highly recommend checking this out!

IrisDawn C ,

Engaging stories about creativity and passion

As someone who loves hearing people talk about the things they're passionate about, I found this podcast to be a fascinating dive into the lives of some of the most interesting and creative people in Halifax/Eastern Canada.

Lola-Lime ,

Amazing !

Israel and The Blackout Podcast team are an amazing bunch of people . They invited me to come on to the show , not being overly confident in front of a camera but they were very encouraging and made me feel comfortable and made me feel like family .
I love their podcasts because they care so much about local art, music , writers , small businesses , and want to get the word out and help them ! All around fantastic idea and people ! Thank you for having me on your show ❤️

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