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Soft Revolution

Ali Momen, Torquil Campbell

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The intersection of art, culture and politics. Hosted by Torquil Campbell and Ali Momen. Each week Torquil and Ali get together with fellow musicians, actors, and artists to discuss the latest in the world of art, society, culture, and politics. The conversation is lively, free of crap, and with a unique perspective that only these two guys can bring. Send your comments to softrevcast@gmail.com! Join us on Patreon and get BONUS EPISODES, EXTENDED INTERVIEWS, and MORE! www.patreon.com/softrev ...
 
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Recent George Brown Theatre School graduates Lucy Ellis and Naomi Jijina join the pod to discuss their wild and revelatory journey going through theatre school during a pandemic. First, Ali and Torq discuss Kendrick's incredible new album, how it relates to our current state of politics, and Torq is more than happy with people protesting outside a …
 
Journalist, author and theatre-maker Alanna Mitchell (https://alannamitchell.com) on how from the depths of the climate crisis there is profound hope. Plus, will the affordability crisis make hobbyist artists of us all? PICKS: Severance - Apple TV+ Michael Healey's new podcast - "Just One More" Thanks to our sponsors EFFIN' BIRDS and CROW'S THEATRE…
 
Polymath Sarah Slean joins the pod to discuss artistic longevity in an impermanent world and all these past two years have taught there. But first, a new segment called, "Rapid Fire with Ali Momen" where Torq throws a bunch of topics to get Ali's response. JOIN OUR PATREON - $3/MTH - PROCEEDS TOWARDS THE AFC LINKS : A Brooklyn theater space wants t…
 
Hopefully our final conversation on COVID arguing an end to hysteria and that going forward we should accommodate the immunocompromised in the arts sector and a discussion on Jonathan Haidt's article in the Atlantic (WHY THE PAST 10 YEARS OF AMERICAN LIFE HAVE BEEN UNIQUELY STUPID). Also, Torq really dislikes Elon Musk. PICKS: British Horror Story …
 
Financial guru Tim Ziegler with big advice on how to manage your finances and how the most important investment you can make as an artist isn't what you think it is. First, a big conversation on appropriation in art, and how sustainable art has huge potential. LINKS: New York Magazine: The Complicated Evolution of Rosalía U.N. report outlines possi…
 
US correspondent Jennifer Lena joins the pod to chat The Oscars debacle, Marina Abramovic's fundraiser in support of Ukraine, and how loss has permeated our existence and how we move past it. PICKS: Winter on Fire - Ukraine's Fight for Freedom Rosalia - Motomami Kim's Convenience (the play) Ai No Corrido - Quincy Jones THANKS TO OUR SPONSORS : EFFI…
 
Music journalist and writer extraordinaire Michael Barclay has a new book coming about the incredible Canadian music scene from the early 2000's and he joins us to talk about it. PICKS: Beans Omar Apollo feat. Daniel Caesar - Invincible THANKS TO OUR SPONSORS: Effin' Birds Crow's TheatreBy Torquil Campbell and Ali Momen
 
Playwright, actor, and artistic director Andrew Kushnir sheds a personal light on the war in Ukraine. NOTE : This episode was recorded hours before it was announced that Canada would halt oil imports from Russia. HOW TO HELP Canada Red Cross. Feds are doubling donations right now. https://www.redcross.ca 'Come Back Alive' through Save Life in Ukrai…
 
Just us chickens on the futility of cancelling your New York Times subscription; Cosby, Jian, and the cult of personality; and a reminder that "'all you need is love.” Thanks to our sponsors : Effin' Birds and Crow's Theatre LINKS: HOW FACEBOOK TWISTED CANADA’S TRUCKER CONVOY INTO AN INTERNATIONAL MOVEMENT - The Verge PICKS: The Sadies HBO film on …
 
Artist and activist Sean Devine (www.seandevine.ca) ventured into the streets of Ottawa to speak to some protestors and he joins the pod to share his insights. LINKS : The rap star of Karachi: ‘My veil cannot take away the talent I have CHRIS HEDGES: MASS POLITICS MUST BE ROOTED IN CLASS STRUGGLE Thanks to our sponsors Effin' Birds and Crow's Theat…
 
It was almost two years in the making, but finally, Artistic Director of Crow's Theatre, Chris Abraham joins the pod to discuss his show 'Assembly', life in Lithunia, polarization, and how to be a father and a husband while being an artist. Thanks to our sponsors Effin' Birds and Crow's TheatreBy Torquil Campbell and Ali Momen
 
Diana Frances and Steve Patterson join to discuss their podcast The Canadian Star System and how we can create a system of success in Canada. First, an update on Joe Rogan and Spotify, and sadly…The Convoy. Subscribe to the Canadian Star System podcast PICKS : Telefis - Falun Gong Dancer The Afterparty - AppleTV+ DIANA AND STEVE'S PICKS: The Town P…
 
Just us chickens running the gamut on the news of the week including Neil Young and Spotify, Democrats' loss of support approaching the midterms, Boris Johnson's partying, and Taylor Swift being simply too rich to have to care. JOIN OUR PATREON - EARLY ACCESS - PROCEEDS TO THE AFC LINKS: Why Spotify can’t afford to lose Joe Rogan - The Verge With S…
 
Musical genius and Soft Revolution's European Correspondent, Chilly Gonzales is back with his take on the future of cities, finding true independence as an artist and whether or not he will join Cameo. LINKS : David Brooks: America is falling apart at the seams PICKS: Anais Mitchell - Hadestown SPONSORS : Thank you to Effin' Birds and Crow's Theatr…
 
Kate Taylor of the Globe and Mail discusses her latest piece : "Arbitrary shutdowns show that most Canadian leaders don’t value artists." First, Torq and Ali respond to some incredible listener mail and celebrate the end of The Golden Globes. PICKS : Age of Enlightenment 2.0 by Joseph Heath Kosemura : Mercy SPONSORS and HOW YOU CAN SUPPORT: Thank y…
 
Come From Away producer Michael Rubinoff joins the pod to discuss the show's closing in Toronto, why commercial theatre matters, and how government support could have saved the show. Also, in a panic-attack fuelled move, Torquil goes DaVinci. LINKS : To avoid more closings like Toronto’s Come From Away, governments need to support Canada’s performi…
 
Creator and performer of MixTape, Zorana Sadiq joins the pod on how sound and music has been a protagonist in her life and how to be a better listener. JOIN OUR PATREON - $3/MTH - BONUS CONTENT - EARLY ACCESS - PROCEEDS TO THE AFC PICKS : In a Sentimental Mood - John Coltrane and Duke Ellington SPONSORS : Effin' Birds Invest with Tim Ziegler Crow's…
 
The cast and crew of What You Won't Do For Love by Why Not Theatre, including the inimitable power couple David Suzuki and Tara Cullis on their new foray as actors and how artists are key to solving the climate crisis. JOIN OUR PATREON - EARLY ACCESS - VIDEO INTERVIEWS - PROCEEDS TO THE AFC LINKS: What You Won't Do For Love - Why Not Theatre If Rem…
 
Is 77.5% capacity the new 100%? A peak Torq-rant on the tragic disaster of Astroworld. What happened in Virginia and how we as progressives must learn to share values, and to talk "to" and "with" and not "at" and "over". PICKS : TEMS - Ice T The Alpinist - Marc Ande Leclerc SPONSORS : Effin' Birds Invest with Tim Ziegler Crow's Theatre…
 
Actor extraordinaire and climate activist Liisa Repo-Martell on how her hope on combatting climate change springs from action. But first, the tragic shooting on the set of 'Rust', should there be more than one heritage minister in Canada, and how does the for-profit entertainment world survive when not everyone wants back inside. SUBSCRIBE TO OUR P…
 
BC's revival of Footloose!, a long follow-up on Dave Chapelle, will the not-for-profit theatre world become more humane and Torq hates the Macintosh. LINKS : Netflix Co-CEO Says He ‘Screwed Up’ When Defending Dave Chappelle Special PICKS : Hundred Foot Journey Noel Coward - Why Must The Show Go On? SPONSORS : Crow's Theatre Effin' Birds Invest with…
 
James Smith, a musician, actor, and creator of LESSONS IN TEMPERAMENT on how we are all pianos and how his show opens beautiful windows into the world of neurodiversity. Oh, and Dave Chapelle. JOIN OUR PATREON - $3/MTH - PROCEEDS TO THE AFC LINKS : Breakthrough infections might not be a big transmission risk. Here's the evidence PICKS : Follies in …
 
Cliff Cardinal's AS YOU LIKE IT is amazing, and it doesn't matter what any critic thinks. Stratford is re-auditioning their company of CHICAGO...huh? Facebook is the worst, and even Facebook knows it. Justin goes to Tofino on our first day of Truth and Reconciliation...why? SIGN UP FOR OUR PATREON - $3/MTH - EARLY ACCESS - BONUS CONTENT - PROCEEDS …
 
The boys go wonky breaking down the culture platforms of all major parties, and a discussion on the People's Party of Canada being a continuing thing in Canada. LINKS : Election 2021: Federal Parties Release Arts & Culture Platforms What if Facebook Is the Real ‘Silent Majority’? PICKS : Yebba - Boomerang Criterion Collection's NY showcase SPONSORS…
 
Choir master and co-head of Choir!Choir!Choir! Nobu Adilman asks is there even a point doing a show right now? Plus, how choral singing can never end. But first, they're throwing gravel at the Prime Minister, social media is tearing the moral, intellectual and cultural fabric of society, and the Tyndall Centre creates a blueprint for zero carbon co…
 
Actor and screenwriter Jesse LaVercombe joins the pod to discuss Deep Canvassing and how it changes votes and minds. But first - do we have a real plan with these vaccine passports? Where's Drake's vaccine selfie? What's up with DONDA? And with the news of artists being murdered in Afghanistan, let's fight to save them. JOIN OUR PATREON - $3/MTH - …
 
Kevin Hanchard joins the pod to discuss the use of the N-word, now and in the future in response to the Shaw Festival's cancellation of Assassins. Torq and Ali first discuss the Canadian election, and how Afghanistan teaches us again, that if you can't change culture, it doesn't matter how many bombs you drop. JOIN OUR PATREON - $3/MTH - EARLY ACCE…
 
Tess Benger and Julia McLellan from the Canadian Green Alliance join the podcast to discuss what being an Artivist really means and how we can be making theatre as eco-friendly as possible. But first, Torq ate beside the Clintons and Bernie Sanders and wonders what's up with their secret service; Ali had a nice chat with Allan Detsky on what the pa…
 
Just us, and it's a great one. Simone Biles and stage fright. Vaccine passports...again. How can we articulate what the actual "New" New Normal is going to look like? Can we relinquish the fear? CLICK HERE TO JOIN OUR PATREON - $3/MTH - EARLY ACCESS - BONUS CONTENT - PROCEEDS TOWARDS THE AFC! LINKS: The Costs of Selling COVID Fear - James Surowieck…
 
Amanda Smith and Emily Hill from the AFC join the pod to discuss the AFC's new mental health initiatives aimed at curbing the mental health crisis in the arts industry. But first, are vaccine passports inevitable? Are producers and tour managers about to be put into impossible situations? But none of this really matters if we keep destroying our cl…
 
In a first for Soft Revolution, after more than a year, Torq and Ali meet in person at Crow’s Theatre and are joined for a wide ranging conversation by the one and only Shad. It’s definitely better when we are together. SUBSCRIBE TO OUR PATREON - https://www.patreon.com/softrevolution PICKS: Charlotte Day Wilson - Keep Moving SPONSORS: Effin Birds …
 
Some listener mail, and a long talk on all the amazing things going on in the world. Want to hear us live? Well, we are headed to Trinity Bellwoods to make it happen July 17th at 2pm. And guess who's coming? The one and only Shad! PICKS : A Call to Diversify Those Calling the Cues - The New York Times (https://www.nytimes.com/2021/07/05/theater/sta…
 
Ben Dietschi, a regarded saviour and consultant to arts organizations on the resilience of the not-for-profit arts sector, what makes a successful organization, and a truly hopeful take on our future. Plus, what the hell do we do about the climate as artists? JOIN OUR PATREON - $3/MTH - EARLY ACCESS - PROCEEDS TO THE AFC (https://www.patreon.com/so…
 
Singer-Songwriter and founder of Side Door Access, Dan Mangan on how it might be best to not cast your net wide, but deep, and in an ode to Father's Day, a beautiful distillation of what being a father has meant to him as an artist. Plus, Torq is really happy about Canada's reopening plan...not. And Ali dives deeper on Muslim representation in film…
 
Globe and Mail's theatre critic J. Kelly Nestruck on the Great Intermission, the confusing and at times debilitating "reopening" plans, the future of theatre, and what it's really like to sit in "Murderer's Row". But first - Liverpool threw a thousand people in a concert, and nothing happened. Should we cancel Canada Day? What is the aesthetic of f…
 
In the aftermath of the discovery of the remains of 215 children in a residential school in Kamloops, B.C., we ask how can we best deal with the wretchedness of our past, and what do we do with the statues of the men who were responsible. Plus, how do we sift through all this expertise. LINKS : What I told my child about the Kamloops grave - to hon…
 
Chloe Van Landschoot on how being an artist and being a registered nurse blend together into one compelling and expansive world. But first, the news, which...is getting better? And can UFOs finally unite us? JOIN OUR PATREON - $3/MTH - PROCEEDS TO THE AFC PICKS: Jorja Smith - Burn This Time With Alan Partridge - BBC SPONSORS Effin Birds Crow's Thea…
 
Amy Millan of STARS and Broken Social Scene co-hosts the pod. We chat about her personal journey with COVID-19, the Canadian government's "Life after vaccination" roadmap, and we embark on, we hope, a pretty clear explanation of Bill C-10. JOIN OUR PATREON TO HEAR AMY'S PROUST QUESTIONNAIRE - $3/MTH - PROCEEDS GO TO THE AFC LINKS : COVID-19: Life a…
 
Renaissance woman Caryma Sa'd on the soul of the anti-lockdown marches, comics and humour that packs a punch and gets her through, and yes, Chris Sky. Plus, what is Broadway's return going to look like? JOIN OUR PATREON - $3/MTH - EARLY ACCESS - BONUS CONTENT - PROCEEDS TO THE ACTORS FUND OF CANADA! LINKS: Broadway Is Reopening. But Not Until Septe…
 
Live music at a vaccine pop-up in Toronto! Joe Biden feels unstoppable, but why not legalize marijuana? Finally, take your grief, honour it, and light it with a match. JOIN OUR PATREON - $3/MTH - 1/3 GOES TO THE AFC (THE ACTORS FUND) PICKS: Toni Morrison on why she wrote "The Bluest Eye" Floating Points, Pharaoh Sanders and the London Symphony Orch…
 
Host of NPR's World Cafe, Raina Douris on how being a radio DJ might forever change, who and what makes her nervous, and her take on this thing called a Portable People Meter. But first - are you anxious to return to normal because the entire mainstream media wants to know! Why is Doug Ford even here and how do we stop that from happening again? Fi…
 
Author and journalist Waubgeshig Rice on how he finds hope, embracing the vast canon of indigenous art, and his prescient Moon of the Crusted Snow. And an article in the Globe and Mail sets Ali and Torq off into a heated debate. JOIN OUR PATREON - EARLY ACCESS - $3/MTH - PROCEEDS SUPPORT THE AFC! LINKS: What can and can’t you do after your first CO…
 
Factory Theatre's artistic director Nina Lee Aquino joins the pod to talk about how Factory has thrived during the pandemic, and how theatre should simply be a thing, not an event. And, some listener mail which proves that Torq is right 77% of the time. JOIN OUR PATREON - $3/MTH - EARLY ACCESS - BONUS CONTENT - PROCEEDS GO TO THE AFC (@AFCHELPS) LI…
 
Jen Agg joins the pod to talk through her journey as a prolific restauranteur and all-around incredible human during this pandemic. Also, in a way Torq and Ali ask once again, "What's the plan, Stan?" LINKS: Coming to Broadway : Vaccinations for New York's Theatre Workers Bad News Bias - The U.S. media is offering a different picture of Covid-19 fr…
 
JOIN OUR PATREON - $3/MTH - EARLY ACCESS - BONUS CONTENT Jennifer Lena is back on the pod to discuss "what is a band?", how do we find a collective truth or conversation, and yes...once again...WAP. PICKS: Talk to Her - Pedro Almodovar Billie Eilish's documentary on Apple Music Biggie, I've Got a Story to Tell - Netflix Petey and Miya Folick - Hair…
 
Deragh Campbell, star of Anne at 13,000 Feet, joins the pod to talk about forming a community to make incredible films, and doing it on micro-budgets. Torq and Ali discuss the year that was and continues, Dr. Seuss and Biden's Fireside Chat. LINKS: Hygiene Theater Is Still a Huge Waste of Time - The Atlantic Canadian drama Anne at 13,000 ft. is a s…
 
Ben Kowalewicz of Billy Talent on holding on, being hopeful, and playing 5 billion shows when this is over. Torq also gives the best explanation of NFT ever. Plus, we are now partnering with the AFC! BECOME A MEMBER OF OUR PATREON AND NOW A THIRD OF OUR PROCEEDS GO TO THE AFC which gives direct financial aid to artists, and crew in financial hardsh…
 
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