12 episodes

Countless Journeys & D’innombrables Voyages are original shows created by the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21.

The Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 is located in the national historic site at the Halifax seaport where nearly one million immigrants landed in Canada from 1928 to 1971. Today, as Canada’s sixth national museum, we share the ongoing story of immigration to Canada—past to present, and coast to coast. Our podcasts highlight the Museum’s unique content by connecting Canadians to personal stories of immigration. These stories demonstrate that as a country built by immigration, we are all impacted by it. Regardless of whether our families arrived 200 years ago or 2 years ago, the stories of our journeys contribute to the collective experience of what it means to be Canadian.

Countless Journeys Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21

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    • 5.0 • 27 Ratings

Countless Journeys & D’innombrables Voyages are original shows created by the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21.

The Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 is located in the national historic site at the Halifax seaport where nearly one million immigrants landed in Canada from 1928 to 1971. Today, as Canada’s sixth national museum, we share the ongoing story of immigration to Canada—past to present, and coast to coast. Our podcasts highlight the Museum’s unique content by connecting Canadians to personal stories of immigration. These stories demonstrate that as a country built by immigration, we are all impacted by it. Regardless of whether our families arrived 200 years ago or 2 years ago, the stories of our journeys contribute to the collective experience of what it means to be Canadian.

    Game Changers

    Game Changers

    The Game Changers brings us the stories of two men, born just a few years apart, who came to Canada under very different circumstances and who both built hugely successful business empires, starting from scratch.

    First we hear from legendary broadcaster and publisher Moses Znaimer. The man who brought the music video to Canada. Along with so many more media innovations.

    Back when most Canadians had access to only a couple of TV channels, Moses Znaimer saw a future filled with channels--each catering to a small slice of the market. And he began launching networks that would do just that. He founded CityTV, and then MuchMusic, Fashion Television, Bravo, and many other networks too.

    “I always, always preferred being intensely relevant in the lives of two percent than being vaguely of interest in the lives of twenty percent.”

    Narinder Dhir was a successful young businessman in Punjab who gave it all up to come to Canada in 1969, where he started over and met with more success than he could have imagined.

    Narinder founded a company called Twin Brooks Developments, which has been the foundation of his success.

    “My first job I got on Burrard, Vancouver—Burrard Street. They were opening Vancouver Auto. They asked me to wash cars, clean floors, but I have a feeling inside, very much ashamed that I belonged to a very good family. What is happening? But the owner advised me, he say, “I came to this country. My wife was working in a rich man’s house, I was going to university, I’m a German, I learn lots of English here, and I work hard. I’m a mechanic, now I’m a partner of this company. If you want to succeed in Canada, everybody’s equal, you are to set your own goal. You have to work hard and no shame, nothing.” So I took a lesson from him.”

    • 39 min
    Community Builders

    Community Builders

    • 38 min
    Legends part 2 Sonja Bata

    Legends part 2 Sonja Bata

    Sonja Bata was a young bride from Switzerland when she settled in Ontario with her husband Thomas shortly after the end of World War 2. She joined him in the challenging task of building and expanding the Canadian branch of the world-renowned Bata Shoe Company.

    Their partnership, both as husband and wife, and business partners, is the stuff of legend. And in this episode of Countless Journeys we hear from their daughter Christine Schmidt, about what drove her mother’s incredible success, which apart from the business, included a rich volunteer life, as well as the creation of the Bata Shoe Museum, home to the world’s largest collection of footwear.

    “They found Canada as a fairly young country, just a land of incredible opportunity where you could if you really wanted to do something, you could jump right in and you could do it.”

    • 31 min
    Legends part 1 Wally Buono

    Legends part 1 Wally Buono

    Wally Buono is the winningest coach in CFL history who led the teams he coached to a remarkable five Grey Cup wins.

    And that’s on top of the two Grey cups he won as a player.
    Wally, along with his older brother and his mother arrived at Pier 21 in Halifax from Southern Italy in the early 1950s, on their way to Montreal to join their father.

    In a wide-ranging conversation with host Paolo Pietropaolo Wally shares the early challenges his family faced after the tragic loss of his father, and the mentors Wally was helped along by in those tough years in the aftermath of that loss. Mentors who, along with his incredible mother, taught Wally a lot about the value of a supportive community, and how that influenced his approach to coaching.

    “You know, what you're trying to do with a football team is build a family structure, build a family atmosphere, you know, obviously if you show love and respect to your children and to your wife, the players see that. They see that your words aren't idle or they're not empty, and a lot of them don't necessarily always come from that.”

    • 25 min
    Generation 1.5

    Generation 1.5

    Generation 1.5 features the stories of three women who had to figure out a whole new life and a whole new identity - before they even knew who they really were.

    Trey Anthony burst onto the Canadian theatre scene in 2001, with her play Da Kink in My Hair. Da Kink in My Hair became the first play written by a Canadian to be performed at the Princess of Wales Theater in Toronto. It also became the first television series in Canada to be written and created by a Black woman.

    “I was 12 turning 13. And I think that age is difficult for anybody, much less being a child who's coming to assimilate into a new country, meeting a woman who is supposed to be her mother, who she has had no contact with - very limited contact with - for the last four years and going through puberty and changes. So it was a lot. Now that I look back on it, I realise how much was expected of me. And yet nobody really acknowledged how much change was going on in my life.”

    Gabriella Hong was born in Seoul, South Korea, and came to Canada when she was five. Now she lives in Ottawa, where she works in computer technology. Gabriella believes arriving at such a young age had a huge impact on her experience of immigration. She uses a software analogy to describe what she means.

    “It's different if you're born here. We call them the 2.0 generation. And I'm like kind of stuck in between, so, I'm the 1.5. And the students who come at a later age, the 1.0 generation.”

    Mimi Sheriff was born in Zimbabwe. She earned a law degree in Johannesburg, South Africa, and then moved to Canada in 2009 to pursue a masters degree in Gender Studies at Memorial University in St. John’s, Newfoundland. The move to Newfoundland had a profound impact on her. It really made her think differently about her core identity - about who she was.

    “One of the things that I think I became a lot more convicted and stronger is saying that I was African like that is something now that before I don't think that was part of my identity. I even had a little little thing on my bracelet made out of the continent of Africa. So I think I've become more African than I ever was before I came here.”

    • 43 min
    Tastemakers

    Tastemakers

    Dinner and a movie. It’s the classic evening out. And on our first episode of season 2 of Countless Journeys we hear from two men whose life’s work has been centred on making those two experiences a little bit more pleasurable.

    First we hear from renowned Montreal chef Nantha Kumar. Born in Malaysia, Nantha came to Canada in the late 1980s where he worked for several years as a journalist. He shifted gears to cooking in the 1990s, revolutionizing the food scene in Montreal’s Plateau district, and being at the forefront of the pop-up restaurant experience - decades ahead of others.

    “I realised long ago that having a physical restaurant was not the way to go. It's like being a D.J. you don't need your own bar. You don't need your own studio to do this.”

    And Salah Bachir arrived in Canada with his mother and siblings in 1965, when he was ten years old, leaving behind political tensions in Lebanon.
    He went on to build a hugely successful media company, Cineplex Media. He’s also a leading philanthropist and an advocate for LGBTQ rights. Salah shares the roots of his activism, beginning when he was a teenager, through to today, and the wonderful programs he has supported as Honorary Patron and fundraiser for The 519, a Toronto charity committed to the health, happiness and full participation of the LGBTQ2S communities.

    “There was always a sense of helping where you can help someone have a better life. And I think there were hands extended to my familyto come to and to help out here. And it's kind of almost embedded in me that if you can help you do.”

    • 35 min

Customer Reviews

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27 Ratings

27 Ratings

O Marilia ,

The Yukon! The war brides and so much more!

I always try to listen to many podcasts and some days I like the stories other days I keep looking for something else! Well today I hit the jackpot! Love all the stories since they are about real people and their lives!
I will be listen daily! Thanks!👏👏👏

I just realized that your last podcast was middle of 2020! I hope you will continue again!!!!!

blingns69 ,

Pier 21 Podcast Countless Journeys Worth the Wair!!

In these confusing and confounding time with lots of bad news, it is great to hear stories showing humanity at its best!! Well done!

Some White Fella From Canada ,

Great Podcast

The first few episodes of any new podcast are usually a work in progress, but this was spot on from the start. Can’t wait to hear more!

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