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, endings and everything in between.
Stephanie Joline - Writer/ Director
Stephanie Joline is an Indigenous writer, director, and producer based in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Her Indigenous roots come from her mother who is Inuit from Labrador; her father is French Acadian from the South shore of Nova Scotia. Equally adept at film and television, Stephanie’s stories provoke conversation, break boundaries, and are deeply rooted in inclusivity and feminism.
Her feature films include Night Blooms (starring Jessica Clement and Nick Stahl), a coming-of-age story set in the 1990s; and Play Your Gender, a documentary that pulls back the curtain on gender bias in the music industry, featuring interviews with Patty Schemel, Melissa Auf Der Maur, and Sara Quin.
Stephanie has also directed for television and streaming platforms (Stream Me 2020, Amazon Prime; Farm Crime 2020 CBC Gem; Spirit Talker 2019, APTN). In 2020 she was awarded the Irving Avrich Award from TIFF recognizing rising Canadian talent. The following year she was long-listed for the DGC Discovery Award, and in 2022 she was nominated for her first Canadian Screen Award for best directing in the factual television category.
Stephanie's feature, Night Blooms, is a gritty coming-of-age story set in the 1990s about 17-year-old Carly and her love affair with her best friend's Dad. An emotionally charged narrative that navigates the moral murkiness of agency, consent, and accountability.
https://www.instagram.com/stephjoline/ (Find out more @stephjoline)
Ashley Hickey - Founder/ CTO, Enzebra Studios
A trailblazer of innovation, Ashley Hickey is the Founder and Chief Technical Officer of Enzebra Studios.
Prior to establishing her own development company, Ashley enjoyed a career with several national and international organizations in industries ranging from web development to television to health care. An expert in design, user interface, branding, and business analysis, Ashely now draws from her extensive experience developing solutions for some of the largest names in business to provide customized results for her clients in a wide range of fields.
Mrs Hickey prides herself in always exceeding client expectations while holding her organization to the highest ethical standards. As a woman thriving in a traditionally male-dominated field, Ashley enjoys making time for lectures and speaking engagements to inspire others, especially women and girls curious about joining the technology sector.
She balances her hectic schedule with her other passion as a wife and mother to two young children; and indulging in her loves of fashion, art, and creating delicious meal experiences with healthy locally sourced ingredients.
Titilayo Odediran - Makeup Artist/ Content Creator
Titilayo Odediran is a Nigerian living in Canada.
She moved to Canada as a teenager and spent most of her free time indoors learning about makeup on YouTube, little did she know this will turn out to be a great passion for her.
Makeup means different things to everyone but for her, it is a way to escape from my busy life to a different world where she gets to tell stories. In the past, she worked on telling stories about great and influential Black Historians whose actions shaped the world.
She hopes that one day, people of all ages will read her story as well.
When she's not doing makeup and/or creating content, she's working and/or schooling.
https://www.instagram.com/facesbytiti/ (Find out more @facesbytiti)
Stuart Cochrane - Blue Collar Barbershop
Stu was born in Halifax, raised in Dartmouth, and has been back in Halifax for about a decade now.
He loves to play music, cook and is very into powerlifting and CrossFit.
He got into barbering seven years ago and has owned Blue Collar barbershop for over three years now. The shop started with just Stu and his apprentice but has grown to four full-time barbers and a new apprentice on staff.
https://www.instagram.com/bluecollarhalifax/ (Find out more @bluecollarhalifax)
Episode 146: Kylee Nunn - Ex Freelance Photographer
Kylee Nunn is an ex freelance photographer turned social services student who is passionate about community, reimagining justice, and accessibility to wellness. Kylee recently made the move from city living to a life nearly off-grid as she focuses on family, investing in her education, and building her future.
https://www.instagram.com/subpersonality/ (Find out more @subpersonality)
Brad Rowe - Navigator - Healthy Minds Coop
Brad joined the Healthy Minds Coop in 2012 as Navigator, Facilitator Men’s Mental Health Peer Support
Group since 2019.
He sits on several quality teams within the NSH Central Zone. He is a member of the Department of Health and
NSH provincial working groups, and is the vice-chair of the Halifax Police Diversity Working group
Personal engagement, Active self-management and mindfulness practice are some of the key factors he
attributes to attaining and sustaining positive wellness with living with multiple chronic health
https://www.instagram.com/healthymindscoop/ (Find out more @healthymindscoop)
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!
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.
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 ❤️