Kitchener, Ontario is the city I call home. I believe the best way to know a city is through its people. This podcast meets the residents of Kitchener.
The City I Call Home Podcast Preview
Hi, I’m Scott and this is my new podcast The City I Call Home.
The premise of the podcast is simple, I think that the best way to know a city is through its people.
In 2020, I challenged myself to run every street in Kitchener, Ontario. There are over 1600 main roads, back roads, alley ways, dead ends. Basically anything with a name, I ran it. It took me 8 months.
There was so much of the city I’ve never seen or really had any reason to see it.
And it got me to thinking, who lives there.
Or works there.
Or what do they do there.
So much of the city felt like a mystery to me.
The other side of it is I have a window that looks out onto the Iron Horse trail where because of the pandemic I have spent a lot of time. Which means I’ve seen hundreds of people walk, run or bike past. There’s this one lady, she’s older, and every day she walks her dog, regardless of the weather. But she doesn’t just walk her dog, she is dressed like the Pope’s in town, to the nines. Every day. And I keep thinking man, I would love to know her story.
And frankly, I start creating stories for people in my head.
So, I thought, why create fake stories when the real deal is always more interesting. And so, I started this podcast. I hope to talk to as many residents of Kitchener as I can. There’s no expectations of my guests, except they live in Kitchener. And then we’ll chat. About them, the things that interest them, and the city we share in common.
That’s it. That’s the podcast.
An exploration into a city through the stories of its people.
And so, I invite you to join me every week as I talk to someone new. If you live in Kitchener and are game to chat, send me a message on the website TheCityICallHome.com
Anyway, the first episode is dropping soon. I hope you’ll check it out.
Thanks for listening.
Tom O'Connor - Episode 13
Hi, I’m Scott. This is the City I Call Home podcast where we get to know the great city of Kitchener by getting to know its residents.
This week, I talk with Tom O’Connor. During the day Tom is a high school teacher at Jacob Hespeler Secondary School in Cambridge, when class is done he reveals himself as a music geek with his own podcast called The Sound Affect, where he interviews musicians about an album that inspires them. In this episode, we talk about the Kitchener music scene past and present, the role of art in society and being active in a community.
If you like what you hear, please subscribe wherever you get your podcasts. If you live in Kitchener and are willing to be a guest, send me an email to scott@thecityIcallhome.com.
And now, here’s Tom.
Alex & Sean (Part 2) - Episode 12
Hi, I’m Scott. This is The City I Call Home, my podcast about the people, places and things in Kitchener, Ontario.
This week is part two of my conversation with Alex Szaflarska and Sean Campbell. In this part of the conversation we talk community housing and their innovative plan to help, their hidden gems and hot air ballooning. These two are endless joyful and inspiring.
If you live in Kitchener, be my guest. Send me an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you like the podcast, please subscribe wherever you get your podcasts and rate it, as you see fit.
And now, here’s Alex and Sean.
Sean & Alex (Part1) - Episode 11
Hi, I’m Scott.
This is the City I Call Home, my podcast where I sit down and talk with residents of Kitchener hoping to get to know the city a little better.
This week I talk with Sean Campbell and Alex Szaflarska. Our conversation was so wide ranging, that this is Part 1 of a two part episode. The second part will be released next week. Sean & Alex spend lots of time thinking about community, whether it’s at TWB Brewing, Hold the Line Waterloo or any number of other ventures they’re invloved in. They are committed to Kitchener as a place to live and as an ideal of what a city could be.
If you live in Kitchener, I’d love to have you as a guest on the podcast. Send me an email to email@example.com.
And now, here’s Sean and Alex.
Jacquie Wells - Episode #10
Hi, I’m Scott. This is The City I Call Home.
This week, I’m talking with Jacquie Wells. Jacquie is a dietician in the ICU at Grand River Hospital. We talk nutrition, in clinical settings and at home, but we also talk walking, architecture and our love of Kitchener.
I apologize in advance for some of my audio.
If you like the podcast and want to hear more, please subscribe wherever you get your podcasts. If you live in Kitchener and would like to be a guest on the podcast, please send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
And now, here’s Jacquie.
Sam Nabi - Episode 9
Hi, I’m Scott. This is The City I Call Home.
Each week, I learn a little bit more about Kitchener by talking to one of its residents.
This week, I had the joy of talking with Sam Nabi. Sam is the owner of Full Circle Foods, an independent grocery store downtown, a community organizer and a local hip hop artist, who released an album in 2020. We talk about the role of essential community hubs, public space, and rap music.
If you like what you hear, please subscribe wherever you get your podcasts and share on social media.
If you live in Kitchener, be my guest by sending me an email at email@example.com.
And now, here’s Sam.