SORRY ABOUT THE KID
How do you forget your favourite person in the world? Alex remembers everything about the day a speeding police car killed his brother. But his brother, alive? Those memories are lost. And now, 30 years later, Alex wants them back. In this emotional four-part series, Alex unearths his childhood grief — with help from family, friends, and a therapist who witnessed his brother’s death. What happens when trauma and memory collide? Sorry About The Kid is a deeply personal meditation on the losses that define us. [2022. four-part series. co-writer/producer/sound designer]
WELCOME TO PARADISE
Love, marriage… and a secret history of trauma. Anna Maria Tremonti has been keeping her past a secret for over 40 years. As one of Canada’s most respected journalists, she has a reputation for being fearless and hard-hitting. She’s reported from some of the world’s most dangerous conflict zones. But none were as immediately threatening as life at home. In her early 20s, she fell in love with a man who seemed worldly and charming. Behind closed doors he was incredibly violent. Welcome To Paradise is a profoundly intimate portrait of a powerful woman confronting the source of tremendous pain. [2022. six-part series. story editor/sound designer]
Love Me is a podcast from CBC Radio about the messiness of human connection. Hosted by Lu Olkowski, the show explores complicated relationships of all kinds, with a blend of true stories and playful fictions. Start with To My Heart about one man’s experience with love and marriage classes while at Guantanamo Bay detention camp, or one of my favourites, The Detonator, in which a woman learns to live her life as a stalker pursues her for over a decade. [2015-2018. co-creator/senior editor]
Buffy Sainte-Marie is one of the most prolific singer-songwriters of the past century. For 60 years her music has quietly reverberated throughout pop culture, and provided a touchstone for Indigenous resistance. In Buffy, Mohawk and Tuscarora writer Falen Johnson explores how Buffy’s life and legacy is essential to understanding Indigenous resilience. [2022. five-part series. sound designer/story editor]
WireTap is like eavesdropping on telephone conversations but you’re never sure whether they’re real or not. Featuring stories like a scientist who documents the final words of parrots to what it’s like to date Lois Lane after she’s broken up with Superman. Created by Jonathan Goldstein, the show ran for 11 years on CBC and won the Prix Italia for Best Radio Drama in 2015. Listen to some classic segments or you can buy Seasons 6-11. [2005-2015. senior producer/sound designer]
Terrestrials is a show for people of all ages that explores the strangeness that exists right here on Earth. In each episode, host Lulu Miller (co-host of Radiolab) will introduce you to a creature or earthly phenomenon that will defy your expectations of how nature is supposed to work. Along the way, you’ll encounter a chorus of experts, including scientists, surfers, hip hop artists and…a “Songbud” named Alan (indie punk musician Alan Goffinski) who creates original songs for key moments of confusion, discovery or awe. [2022. sound designer / additional story editor]
Pen Pals is a comedy-fiction series that puts unlikely pairs in conversation. Listen to our first episode, in which Romeo and Juliet send each other frantic texts, when things go slightly awry in the afterlife. Featuring Paul Rust and Noël Wells. The series also features Nietzsche, Amelia Earhart, Nancy Drew and Charlie Chaplin, among others. You can hear the full series on Stitcher Premium. [2015. co-creator/co-writer-producer-mixer]
Emily Gan’s father comes from a small village in Malaysia where the cries of birds fill the air. Swiftlets are tiny birds whose nests are valued delicacies in Chinese cuisine. Having lived in Canada since the 1970s, Emily’s dad dreams of reconnecting with his roots and of providing a prosperous future for his three (now grown) daughters by building an Edible Bird Nest farm. But the cavebirds are not so easily convinced. This audio documentary is based on Emily Gan’s award-winning 2019 film of the same name. Produced for the Doc Project with Emily Gan. [2020. 23:07 min. producer/mixer].
In the face of uncertain loss, Christy Thompson develops a unique ritual to help her navigate her grief. The Shroud is a portrait of one woman’s attempt to confront ambiguous loss through a tactile experience. Produced for the Doc Project. [2020. 24:45 min. producer/sound designer].
Produced with Cristal Duhaime for Falling Tree Productions and BBC Radio 3’s Between the Ears, Toccata blends reality and fiction to explore a parasitic relationship. [2016. 13 min. co-writer-producer-mixer]
AUDIO PEN PALS
To ward off pandemic loneliness, two women become audio pen pals, sharing their lives and reflections through voice memos. A story of intimacy and connection in isolating times. Produced for The Doc Project with Aidan McMahon. [2020. 20:45 min. co-producer/mixer].
A box of old audio tapes dug up from the basement bring Muriel’s memory back to life. One of my very first student audio documentaries, which won a Third Coast Award for Best New Artist. [2006. 6:28 min. writer/producer/sound designer]
When both his popular culture podcast and long-term relationship come to an end, journalist Brendan Francis Newnam finds he has the time — and freedom — to pursue his dream: a travel podcast where he goes places and learns about them by getting invited to a stranger’s house for dinner. A friend joins him at each destination and they drink, dance, and eat their way from Montréal to Mexico City, often learning as much about themselves as the place they’re visiting. Not Lost is both a delightful travel escape and an insightful look at people — locals and visitors alike — trying to make sense of a constantly changing world. [2022. story editor]