18 episodes

Hosts Ify Chiwetelu and Trevor Dineen leap into the action with Canadians who are making things happen. Sometimes things go right. Sometimes they go off the rails. Either way, Now or Never nudges you to make a change, big or small.

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    • Society & Culture

Hosts Ify Chiwetelu and Trevor Dineen leap into the action with Canadians who are making things happen. Sometimes things go right. Sometimes they go off the rails. Either way, Now or Never nudges you to make a change, big or small.

    Making the most out of failure

    Making the most out of failure

    We all fail. There's no escaping it. But how you handle failure - and what you learn from it - can make all the difference. So this week on Now or Never, Ify Chiwetelu and guest-host Andrew Phung explore lessons in trying and failing.

    Long before becoming an actor, comedian, husband and father, Andrew Phung was just a guy in a Calgary nightclub failing hard at impressing a girl. Andrew sits down with his wife Tamara to relive all the fumbles from the night they first met.

    CHICKEEEEN! Millions of people have watched the viral clip of Eve Dubois confidently shimmying as she delivered the answer that cost her family $10,000 on Family Feud. We join her in her home in Lorette, Manitoba to find out what life is like after a viral fail.

    For years Steve MacLean struggled to get a grip on his substance abuse and his self worth. Two and a half years into recovery, he shares what it finally took to succeed.

    And find out what happens when Andrew and Ify challenge each other to redo a previous fail, sending Andrew back to high school and Ify into the deep end of a pool. 

    • 54 min
    How to make your workplace better

    How to make your workplace better

    Did you know the average person will spend over 90,000 hours at work? That's over one third of your life.

    Depending on how you feel about your job, that time can feel like a dream... or a never-ending nightmare.

    So on this Now or Never, Ify and Trevor are on a mission to help make your workplace work for you.

    • 54 min
    The kids are alright

    The kids are alright

    From climate change, to politics, to navigating identity, gender and sexuality — the youth of today are making their voices heard.

    So if you're writing off teenagers as a bunch of kids who are constantly on their phones, you'd be making a big mistake.

    On this Now or Never: hear from the teenagers of today. They'll show you that the world of tomorrow is in good hands.

    Meet a 15-year-old who is cracking jokes and using stand-up comedy to celebrate his identity as a gay, transgender teen.

    Hear from a group of Surrey, B.C., students who are dedicated to sharing the experiences of being young and black in 2020.

    Hit the streets with the Singh sisters, who are on a mission to feed Winnipeg's homeless.

    Drop in on a mental health day at a Saskatoon high school, as teenagers there grapple with a recent suicide.

    Grade 12 student Isaac Campeau explores how video games became an escape from, but also a reminder of, his family's struggles with poverty.

    Millions of youth around the world are skipping school on Fridays to fight for action on climate change. Hear from a group of Toronto teens at a recent climate march.

    And what does it take to be the best 14-year-old basketball player on the continent? Elijah Fisher and his parents talk about finding balance while becoming a sports superstar.

    • 52 min
    Holiday helpline

    Holiday helpline

    The holidays can be festive and fun, but let’s be honest, they're also stressful. Whether it’s struggling to find the right gift, dealing with bickering relatives, or just trying to conjure up some of that Christmas spirit...it can be overwhelming.

    That’s why this week on Now or Never, Ify and Trevor are throwing on their Santa hats and spreading some holiday magic with the first ever Now or Never Holiday Helpline.

    After a very tough year, where one of them battled breast cancer and the other lost their job, Leanne and Wayne Doppler are having a hard time getting into the holiday spirit. Little do they know a “Now or Never” surprise is about to change all that.

    Meet Steven Hardy, who has spent so many years scrambling to find presents on Christmas Eve, that he started a support group for all the last-minute shoppers out there.

    After deciding that her family was going “present-less” for Christmas, Wanda Laurin received some push-back from relatives and in-laws. Not wanting to feel like a holiday Scrooge, she reaches out to the “Holiday Helpline” for advice, and just like Santa on Christmas morning...it delivers.

    Zameer Karim and Emily Goldsmith grew up with very different versions of a holiday dinner. In four days, they’ll be celebrating their first Christmas together as a couple AND finding out what it takes to blend traditions as their families meet for the very first time.

    When Wendy Onslow lost her husband three months ago, she knew the holidays were going to be hard. She's struggling to go Christmas shopping, so Ify and Trevor help her find the perfect gift for her daughter.

    It’s the season of giving and Brooke Eagle wants help showing her 9-year-old son what a little act of kindness will do, especially to a complete stranger.

    • 49 min
    Compelled to compete

    Compelled to compete

    Competition is all around us — from neighbours trying to out do each other's Christmas decorations, to job candidates jockeying for the same position and siblings fighting for their parents' attention.

    The drive to compete can be thrilling. But does competitive spirit come with a cost?

    On this Now or Never, we're going head-to-head with people who are doing whatever it takes to be number one.

    A 15-year-old Alberta cowgirl who is determined to not get bucked off as she battles to make rodeo history.

    A Newfoundland mom makes a rallying cry to other parents to just stop with over-the-top birthday parties.

    And a community in Nova Scotia so desperate to attract family doctors, it is pulling out all the stops to make sure their town comes out on top.

    • 54 min
    Bridging the generation gap

    Bridging the generation gap

    The holidays are almost here, which means you might soon be awkwardly interacting with multiple generations of your family under one roof. So what's the key to bridging the generation gap?

    On this Now or Never, meet people going outside their comfort zone to try and connect with people much older — or younger — than themselves.

    A Toronto comedian asks her dad, the king of dad jokes, to perform stand-up with her — and has an eye-opening moment with him on stage.

    A millennial finds a creative way to bridge the generation gap in her workplace.

    And a grunge-loving musician creates an unexpected musical mash-up with his grandpa, the unofficial polka king of southern Manitoba.

    • 54 min

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