23 episodes

Welcome to This is my Toronto, the podcast where your host, Jeff McCartney showcases our great city by focusing on the incredible and talented work of local entrepreneurs, entertainers and historians.
Once a week, Jeff will interview a member of our city who is contributing to "bringing it to life". The show will run approximately 40-50 minutes, or about the length of your commute time or perhaps the time you take working out or getting your “steps” in.
The show's mantra is simple: Don't let it get stuffy in here Toronto. Let's keep the roof open!!

This is my Toronto Jeff McCartney

    • Society & Culture

Welcome to This is my Toronto, the podcast where your host, Jeff McCartney showcases our great city by focusing on the incredible and talented work of local entrepreneurs, entertainers and historians.
Once a week, Jeff will interview a member of our city who is contributing to "bringing it to life". The show will run approximately 40-50 minutes, or about the length of your commute time or perhaps the time you take working out or getting your “steps” in.
The show's mantra is simple: Don't let it get stuffy in here Toronto. Let's keep the roof open!!

    TMT022 - Jacqueline Leung, Pressed News

    TMT022 - Jacqueline Leung, Pressed News

    My guest today is Jacqueline Leung, Founder and Editor and Chief of Pressed, a Toronto based news service that offers a solution for exactly those dilemmas. Their goal is really simple: to bring the top 5 news stories to your inbox every day and to do it in a way that makes news easy and fun to read.

    • 30 min
    TMT021 - Fort York's Ewan Wardle

    TMT021 - Fort York's Ewan Wardle

    My guest today is Ewan Wardle. He’s a Program Development Officer at Fort York National Historical Site, where he has served in various roles for the last 17 years. As a young person, Ewan got involved with War of 1812 re-enactments, a passion that has continued to this day. Through this, he fostered a lifelong interest in early 19th century British military history that culminated in his being awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee medal in recognition of his contributions to Fort York. More recently, his knowledge and understanding of 1812 military re-enactments have made him an important consultant to the film industry. Toronto and its surrounding area is located on an incredible watershed. As a result, and as a result of its naturally protected harbour, people have been coming here for thousands of years, for the most part because of its excellent hunting and fishing. In no way is there any intention in today’s show to sweep the displacement of Toronto’s indigenous peoples under the rug. The ill-defined treaties with the Anishnabek people that ultimately took their land from them is a tragic history that must and will be told by This is my Toronto. Today, however, Ewan will be discussing with us the establishment of the town that will one day become the City of Toronto that we know today and the Fort that was created to protect Upper Canada’s newly minted capital. Please remember to take 5 seconds to leave a rating on iTunes. Comments are welcome also. Previous episodes can be found on iTunes, Stitcher, Google Play Music, or else at our website, http://thisismytoronto.com. Thanks for listening!!

    • 1 hr 10 min
    TMT020 - Vickery Bowles, City Librarian-Toronto Public Library

    TMT020 - Vickery Bowles, City Librarian-Toronto Public Library

    My guest today is the City Librarian at the Toronto Public Library, Vickery Bowles. The Toronto Public Library (or TPL) is a one hundred branch system intertwined to serve 2.8 million people in the City of Toronto. This makes it the largest and busiest urban public library system in the world. Vickery has worked as a leader within TPL, spearheading numerous service development activities and developing solutions that engage all members of our diverse and growing city. She is currently working to advance TPL’s new strategic plan and its digital strategies that support new service models, digital inclusion, mobility, e-learning, and innovation. Today we’ll talk about those initiatives, the many programs they offer, their special shows and collections, their core values, and as you heard from our opening, what the library means to democracy. Please remember to take 5 seconds to leave a rating on iTunes. Comments are welcome also. Previous episodes can be found on iTunes, Stitcher, Google Play Music, or else at our website, http://thisismytoronto.com. Thanks for listening!!

    • 43 min
    TMT019 - Kim Shannon, Sionna Investments

    TMT019 - Kim Shannon, Sionna Investments

    My guest today is well-known Canadian portfolio manager, Kim Shannon. Kim is President and Co-Chief Investment Officer at Sionna Investment Managers, a Toronto based firm that she founded 2002. Prior to founding Sionna, she was Chief Investment Officer and Senior Vice President at Merrill Lynch Investment Managers Canada. She is on the board of the Canadian Coalition for Good Governance, the Accounting Standards Oversight Committee and the CFA Institute's Financial Analysts Seminar. She is also a past President of the Toronto CFA Society. She has previously been awarded the Morningstar Fund Manager of the Year award, the RBC Canadian Woman Entrepreneur Award, and the Women’s Executive Network’s, Canada’s Most Powerful Women Top 100 Award. Today we’ll talk to Kim about the catalyst for creating Sionna, her investment philosophy, and the value of ongoing financial advice. We’ll also talk about Toronto as Canada’s Financial Capital and we’ll get her thoughts on women within the financial services sector past/present/and future. Please remember to take 5 seconds to leave a rating on iTunes. Comments are welcome also. Previous episodes can be found on iTunes, Stitcher, Google Play Music, or else at our website, http://thisismytoronto.com. Thanks for listening!!

    • 40 min
    TMT018 - Casey Van, Turbo Street Funk

    TMT018 - Casey Van, Turbo Street Funk

    My guest today is lead singer and guitarist Casey Van from the band Turbo Street Funk. This New Orleans inspired Brass Rock Band started out here in Toronto busking at Queen and Spadina back in 2011. In 2014, a chance meeting with one of their idols allowed them to record their very first record entitled “To The Street” and they’ve been continuing to build their name and reputation ever since. Today, we talk about the band, their influences, what the future holds and who that “chance” meeting was with back in 2014. Before we get started, I’d like to make a request. If you’ve never done so, I would really appreciate it if you would take 5 seconds to leave a rating on iTunes, and if you want to take the additional time to write a comment, that would be great too. Previous episodes can be found on iTunes, Stitcher, Google Play Music, or else at our website, thisismytoronto.com. Thanks for listening!!

    • 40 min
    TMT017: Steve Thomas, Fundraising Guru

    TMT017: Steve Thomas, Fundraising Guru

    My guest today is Steve Thomas. Steve runs Stephen Thomas Ltd, a company that specializes in helping organizations develop and run effective fundraising campaigns. In fact, when it comes to fundraising, there’s few, if any that know the business like him. Case in point, he has been described as both the ‘guru’ and the ‘godfather’ of Canadian direct mail fundraising. Since the 1970s, Steve has built his reputation as a saavy fundraiser, both for charitable organizations, and the provincial and federal NDP. He’s also won numerous awards and honours from various organizations around the world including the International Fundraising Congress in Holland, the London based Resource Alliance, and Amnesty International. Today, we’re going to discuss where he got his start, how he became interested in fundraising, and the development of his consulting firm and now agency, Stephen Thomas Ltd. We’ll also discuss the two books he’s written and one of his other big passions – coaching high school basketball. The music for the podcast has been graciously provided by Toronto’s own, Modus Factor. The music is from their new album The Picasso Zone which can be purchased on iTunes or at www.chrislesso.com Previous episodes can be found on iTunes, Stitcher, Google Play Music, or else at our website, http://thisismytoronto.com. Thanks for listening!!

    • 42 min

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