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Canada doesn't really have a 'star system' like our neighbours to the south. In fact, many of our celebrities have had to leave the country to find the work and recognition they deserve. Well, THE CANADIAN STAR SYSTEM aims to change that.

Each week, host Steve Patterson (CBC Radio's The Debaters) and his producer/co-host Diana Frances (Canadian Screen Award winning comedy writer) interview a well-known Canadian celebrity who then shines the spotlight on someone THEY think should also be a star. That person joins the conversation and we learn why they are worthy of being a household name... in households other than their own.

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    • 4.6 • 29 Ratings

Canada doesn't really have a 'star system' like our neighbours to the south. In fact, many of our celebrities have had to leave the country to find the work and recognition they deserve. Well, THE CANADIAN STAR SYSTEM aims to change that.

Each week, host Steve Patterson (CBC Radio's The Debaters) and his producer/co-host Diana Frances (Canadian Screen Award winning comedy writer) interview a well-known Canadian celebrity who then shines the spotlight on someone THEY think should also be a star. That person joins the conversation and we learn why they are worthy of being a household name... in households other than their own.

    Colin Mochrie, Deb McGrath & Kinley Mochrie

    Colin Mochrie, Deb McGrath & Kinley Mochrie

    This week, Steve and Diana chat with Canadian improv legend and nicest human alive, Colin Mochrie, who regales them with the tale of his worst gig ever, and how he knows that Peter Mansbridge packs a strong punch. Colin shares the spotlight with his incredibly talented wife, Deb McGrath, who explains how she met the Queen of England, and why she chose to step back from her career to raise Kinley Mochrie - who just happens to be our third guest! That’s right! It’s a three episode treat! Kinley is a rising acting star and trans activist who may or may not be responsible for the drum kit in Colin’s office.
     
    To learn more about Colin Mochrie you can check him out at www.colinmochrie.com or follow him on the socials at:


    Twitter & Facebook @ColinMochrie
    Insta: @colinmochrie7591


    And to learn more about Deb McGrath, follow her on Insta @debmcgrathics.


    And to learn more about Kinley Mochrie, you can find her on Twitter and Insta @kinleymochrie


    HOST: Steve Patterson (Twitter: @patterballs)


    PRODUCER & CO-HOST: Diana Frances (Twitter @dianafrancesvan)


    TECHNICAL PRODUCER: Donovan Deschner from Fracture A Femur Productions (www.fractureafemur.com)


    MUSIC BY: Imagine Sound Studios (www.imaginesoundstudios.com)
     
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    • 1 hr 2 min
    Bruce McCulloch & Folk Lordz

    Bruce McCulloch & Folk Lordz

    This week, Steve and Diana chat with Canadian sketch comedy royalty, Bruce McCulloch of Kids in the Hall. Bruce talks about what it’s like to be back together again for the Amazon reboot of Kids in the Hall, how writing for SNL created his lifelong commitment to KITH and why he develops new sketch talent with groups like TallBoyz and the featured guests he introduces us to, Folk Lordz.


    Todd Houseman & Ben Gorodetsky started as an improv duo called Folk Lordz in Edmonton and quickly pivoted to creating digital sketches that reflect their urban-Indigenous and Russian-Jewish-Canadian roots. Their absurd and darkly satirical 18-part sketch series caught the eye of Bruce McCulloch and we’re thrilled he introduced them to us and the world!


    To learn more about Bruce McCulloch follow him on the socials at:
    Twitter @BrucioMcCulloch


    And to learn more about Folk Lordz, check out their website at: www.folklordz.com


    To watch the sketch ‘Statues’ references in the interview, click on this! The Statue: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uGBDjT__sJo


    Twitter: @folklordz Instagram: @folklordz


    HOST: Steve Patterson (Twitter: @patterballs)


    PRODUCER & CO-HOST: Diana Frances (Twitter @dianafrancesvan)


    TECHNICAL PRODUCER: Donovan Deschner from Fracture A Femur Productions (www.fractureafemur.com)


    MUSIC BY: Imagine Sound Studios (www.imaginesoundstudios.com)
     
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    • 56 min
    Silken Laumann & Arissa Roy

    Silken Laumann & Arissa Roy

    This week, Steve and Diana chat with none other than Olympic legend, Silken Laumann. Not only did Silken overcome a near career-ending injury to go on to win an Olympic medal, but her memoir ‘Unsinkable’ has helped demystify issues around mental health and spawned her new non-profit, ‘We Are Unsinkable.’
    Find out the story behind her incredibly unique name, how opening up about her own mental health issues has inspired others and how she stacks up against Diana when it comes to speed-typing.
    Silken shares the spotlight with 15-year-old youth activist Arissa Roy, who is not only an ambassador for ‘We Are Unsinkable,’ but she has started ‘Project Power Global’ which fights for access for education to alleviate poverty.
    To learn more about Silken Laumann and the work of 'We Are Unsinkable' check out:
    www.WeAreUnsinkable.com
    Twitter @Unsinkable Instagram @unsinkablestories
    And to learn more about the work Arissa Roy is doing, check out:
    https://www.projectpowerglobal.org
    Twitter: @itsarissaroy Instagram: @arissa_roy


    HOST: Steve Patterson (Twitter: @patterballs)
    PRODUCER & CO-HOST: Diana Frances (Twitter @dianafrancesvan)
    TECHNICAL PRODUCER: Donovan Deschner from Fracture A Femur Productions (www.fractureafemur.com)
    MUSIC BY: Imagine Sound Studios (www.imaginesoundstudios.com)
     
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    • 59 min
    Sarah Slean & Ali Momen

    Sarah Slean & Ali Momen

     This week, Steve and Diana chat with one of their favourite Canadian Sarahs - none other than Juno and Canadian Screen Award-winning singer-songwriter, Sarah Slean!
     
    Fresh off having a new baby, getting nominated for a Juno AND her first Canadian Screen Award (spoiler alert - she won!) Sarah talks about how she found out about her latest Juno nomination while in her housecoat scrubbing her kitchen floor, why she is running to become a leader at SOCAN, plus she inadvertently gives a lot of plugs for Side Door Access.
     
    Sarah rolls out the red carpet for Iranian-Canadian actor turned political hopeful Ali Momen who has put his successful acting career on hold in order to run for the Ontario Liberal nomination in Parkdale-High Park. Coincidentally, where Steve lives! Ali shares his experience being an immigrant to Canada and having his first McChicken, why providing affordable childcare is so important to the economy and why we need to have an artistic vision in today’s politics.
     
     
     
    To learn more about what Sarah Slean is up to, go to www.sarahslean.com
    Twitter @sarahslean
    Instagram @sarahslean


    And to learn more about Ali Momen, check him out here: www.alimomen.ca
    Twitter: @alimomen
    Instagram: @alimomen


    HOST: Steve Patterson (Twitter: @patterballs)


    PRODUCER & CO-HOST: Diana Frances (Twitter @dianafrancesvan)


    TECHNICAL PRODUCER: Donovan Deschner from Fracture A Femur Productions (www.fractureafemur.com)


    MUSIC BY: Imagine Sound Studios (www.imaginesoundstudios.com)
     
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    • 1 hr 1 min
    Rick Mercer & Sophie Buddle

    Rick Mercer & Sophie Buddle

    Our inaugural episode features Canadian comedy legend and Order of Canada member Rick Mercer. Rick shares stories about making television in Canada, meeting President Obama, and how it was so easy to get content for Talking To Americans, that he and his producers got to see a LOT of afternoon baseball games. Plus, a surprise tidbit about Jack Layton’s bedroom!


    Rick shines the spotlight on fellow stand-up comedian Sophie Buddle, the first woman to win a Juno for Best Comedy Album. Find out how Sophie was destined to become a comedian when she started stand-up at the tender age of 15 (and was almost immediately the funniest one on amateur nights), why we should all thank our mothers for our sense of humour, and excellent advice for anyone thinking of getting into comedy. 


    To learn more about what Rick Mercer is up to, go to www.rickmercer.com 
    Twitter @rickmercer 
    Instagram @itsrickmercer


    And to learn more about Sophie Buddle, check her out here: www.sophiebuddle.com
    Twitter: @sophiebuddle
    Instagram: @sophbuds


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    • 55 min
    Introducing The Canadian Star System with Steve Patterson

    Introducing The Canadian Star System with Steve Patterson

    Canada doesn't really have a 'star system' like our neighbours to the south. In fact, many of our celebrities have had to leave the country to find the work and recognition they deserve. Well, THE CANADIAN STAR SYSTEM aims to change that.

    Each week, host Steve Patterson (CBC Radio's The Debaters) and his producer/co-host Diana Frances (Canadian Screen Award winning comedy writer) interview a well-known Canadian celebrity who then shines the spotlight on someone THEY think should also be a star. That person joins the conversation and we learn why they are worthy of being a household name... in households other than their own.

    Season One guests include Order of Canada member Rick Mercer (who shines a light on Juno award-winning comedian Sophie Buddle), Olympic legend Silken Laumann (who shares the spotlight with teen activist Arissa Roy), Emmy award-winning actress Annie Murphy (who rolls out the red carpet for actor Antoine Yared) and singer-songwriter Dan Mangan (who shares the love with fellow musician Veda Hille), plus many, many more!
     
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    • 2 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
29 Ratings

29 Ratings

fz291 ,

Diana and Steve have great chemistry

The guests are just a bonus. Diana & Steve have an banter that is easy to get on board with. I feel like I'm sharing a glass of wine with them. Keep it up!!

DeesCoffeeBoy ,

Great listen!

Such a great podcast! I love learning more about iconic Canadians on a personal level. I could listen to Steve and Diana banter for hours as well!

sassyfras15 ,

Fun podcast

This was a really sharp and funny podcast. The hosts are natural and funny, and I can’t wait to see what guests they bring on. A great way to get to know more Canadian talent.

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