25 episodes

In a world that can feel pretty scary, it’s easy to get stuck. This is a show that celebrates what it takes to try. To take the risk. To have the talk. To rock the speedo. Because making even the tiniest change takes courage, and hosts Ify and Trevor are here to remind you that you’re not alone when you do. New episodes every Thursday.

Now or Never CBC STORIES

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.6 • 119 Ratings

In a world that can feel pretty scary, it’s easy to get stuck. This is a show that celebrates what it takes to try. To take the risk. To have the talk. To rock the speedo. Because making even the tiniest change takes courage, and hosts Ify and Trevor are here to remind you that you’re not alone when you do. New episodes every Thursday.

    Pride! From the streets to the sundance: Stories of queer joy and defiance

    Pride! From the streets to the sundance: Stories of queer joy and defiance

    In communities across the country, people are gathering to mark Pride. To celebrate, to march, and - in the face of an increase in anti-2SLGBTQIA+ sentiment - to fight for the right to safety, acceptance and belonging.

    Last week, 36-year-old Esmail experienced their first Pride parade ever. Having fled Yemen - where homosexuality is punishable by death - they recently arrived in Winnipeg and are finally experiencing moments of being accepted for who they truly are.

    In a narrow vote, citizens of Westlock, Alberta recently banned rainbow crosswalks and Pride flags from all municipal properties. Shaylin Lussier, the teenager who pushed for the crosswalk in the first place, tells us why she isn’t backing down - and what Pride looks like for her today.

    On a plot of wild prairie in central Manitoba, Charlotte Nolin and Barbara Bruce are hard at work preparing for the Two-Spirit Sundance - the only one of its kind in North America. Because life has shown them that safe ceremonial spaces for Two-Spirit people are worth fighting for.

    Samantha Jones was seven when she told her mom Catie that she was a girl born in the wrong body. Now 10, she hopes to start puberty blockers when it's time, but proposed policies in Alberta restricting access to gender-affirming medication might force Samantha’s voice to deepen and facial hair to grow. Find out how Catie is fighting back.

    Toronto’s Dre Govender, aka N9ne Godmother Dior, gave all of herself to her beloved kiki ballroom community - until she burnt out serving it. Now, as she prepares to come back to the community she loves after a two year absence, she gives Ify a lesson in serving face.

    For years, Lish Francoeur tried attending Pride events but found a lot of them were expensive, not accommodating of different mobility and sensory needs, and were far from sober-friendly. Tired of not finding the kind of queer community they needed, Lish decided to create it for themselves - and Queer Sober Social was born.

    • 53 min
    Shhhhh! Secret spots across Canada that make life more fun

    Shhhhh! Secret spots across Canada that make life more fun

    From secret hideaways to rooms-with-a-view, sacred spaces to hidden gems, we're taking you on a cross-Canada tour of the secret spots you go to feel more like yourself.

    When Ryan Grobety, Robin Frend, Dave McGowan and Trevor Dineen parted ways in 1989, they closed the door on their “Killer Bees” kid clubhouse as well. But now, 35 years later, they are reuniting to see if the cubbyhole under the stairs still exists…but first they have to convince a complete stranger to let them inside. 

    Now or Never listeners share their favourite secret — and not-so-secret — spots they go when they need to escape.

    Melissa Hafting goes birding nearly every single day, but as a biracial woman she hasn’t always felt welcome in those spaces. She shares how birding has helped her through difficult moments, and how she’s fighting to make it safe and accessible for all. 

    For the past seven years, an underground street artist known only as "Winnipeg Waldo" has been putting up images of the iconic character all over his city. The challenge: hanging them in secret spots that everyone can see, but no one can steal — without getting caught.

    Melissa Fundira gets a taste of her past self – by going to a secret party to relive the days when she was free and spontaneous – before adulting came along.

    And if you're looking for Jaydin Nungaq, you'll likely find him in the corner of his tiny Iqaluit bedroom making music. Hear how he's using music to express himself and tell the world about the challenges he and his peers are facing. 

    • 49 min
    Basketball diaries: Go courtside with five players chasing their hoop dreams

    Basketball diaries: Go courtside with five players chasing their hoop dreams

    Basketball is having a moment in Canada right now. So we're lacing up our hightops and hitting the courts with people chasing their hoop dreams, one basket at a time. 

    • 54 min
    'I've never put another bathing suit on in 60 years.' Burn survivor swims after childhood trauma

    'I've never put another bathing suit on in 60 years.' Burn survivor swims after childhood trauma

    Debbie Ward hasn't worn a bathing suit in public since she was nine years old. When she stepped in the water at her local pool as a child, people ridiculed her and moved away, until she left crying. Two years earlier, a terrible accident left Debbie with scars on 70 percent of her body. Now, at the age of 69, she's finally ready to try again.

    For full episode: How to love the skin you're in click here: https://link.chtbl.com/hAnQjuRN

    • 8 min
    The future can be scary. Meet people bravely facing the years ahead

    The future can be scary. Meet people bravely facing the years ahead

    It's easy to worry about the future. Aging. Finances. Climate change. Out-of-control AI. 

    But on this episode, we'll introduce you to people bravely facing the years ahead - and helping shape the future they want. 

    From a woman confronting her eco-anxiety, to a musician determined to revitalize a language on the brink.

    • 48 min
    'Hey mom. Mom. MOM!!' Confessions from moms that will make you laugh (or cry)

    'Hey mom. Mom. MOM!!' Confessions from moms that will make you laugh (or cry)

    Step into the Now or Never 'Mom Confession Booth,' as moms sound off about the parts of motherhood no one warns you about.

    Ocean Maye is ecstatic about recently becoming a mom - but less excited her partner is about to head to Papua New Guinea in a few days to work on an oil rig. She tells us what it's like to be part of a community of moms unique to Newfoundland, where 40% of moms parent alone, as their partners work away for extended periods of time.

    When Dylan Earis announced to his mom that he was ready to move out on his own, a lot of thoughts went through his mom Edie's head: What if he falls over in his wheelchair? Will he be lonely? And who will make his dinner every night? Edie and her son Dylan get real about the realities of living independently with cerebral palsy, what keeps her up at night, and how she’s learning to let go. 

    Trevor Dineen heads to a grade 3 class to ask kids what they think their moms do all day.

    Single mom and entrepreneur Miriam Delos Santos loves being nine-year-old Mara’s mom, but struggles every Mother’s Day. Find out what brings the tears, and the surprise we have in store for her that could change all that.

    When Debora Barkun and her family walk into their local hockey arena, they're usually the only Black people there. Debora shares the fears and anxieties that led her to learning everything she can about the game, and the message she wants to be sending her kids.
     
    Shohana Sharmin lost her mother Hasina Sultana to cancer in 2017, and it changed everything - including her comedy. Today Shohana is on a mission to bring the complexity of grieving onto the stage.

    • 54 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
119 Ratings

119 Ratings

Cwh56 ,

Fun and Always Relevant!

I look forward to every episode. I appreciate how open and honest the hosts are. Keep up the great work!

Prachi in Mtl ,

Heartwarming and positive vibes

Heartwarming. A go-to when I want a reminder of the many ways in which people are good to each other and challenge themselves to be better. And great hosts with a warm, fun dynamic.

Amanda Putz ,

Best thing on public radio

I moved back to Canada in 2021 & heard these two incredibly warm hosts with real, unforced chemistry. Then came the stories. Every single episode has at least one cry, a laugh, nods of new knowledge, and many smiles. In the year since I first heard it I managed to doggedly work my way into helping produce the show occasionally, but the passion for the program came first!

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