British comedian and journalist James Mullinger embarks on a journey to meet Atlantic Canadians who are making waves on the local, national and international stage. Atlantic Edition is a celebration of Eastern Canada’s most extraordinary and innovative business leaders, artists, musicians, architects, entrepreneurs, chefs and thespians. Their unique perspectives and viewpoints from Atlantic Canada provide a unique, fascinating, inspiring, immersive and often surprising viewing experience.
As a newcomer to the region, Mullinger investigates what makes these extraordinary people tick, how they thrive here and why they are proud to stay here. He will ensconce himself in the worlds of New Brunswick’s Judith Mackin, Sebastien Roy and Adam Lordon, Prince Edward Island’s Chastity and Chef Michael Smith, Newfoundland and Labrador’s Mary Walsh and Alan Doyle and Nova Scotia’s Neon Dreams, Omar Gandhi and Joel Plaskett. The first show of its kind, Atlantic Edition provides a unique insight into the world and perspectives of Mullinger's guests, and the richness and vibrancy of Atlantic Canada and its people.
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British comedian and journalist James Mullinger is in Canada's oldest incorporated city, Saint John, New Brunswick, to meet entrepreneur Judith Mackin. Mackin has won dozens of national awards for entrepreneurial and interior design excellence and with her team at Tuck Studio has helped design the interiors of hundreds of homes and commercial spaces in North America. James learns what it takes to be world class in a small place.
James Mullinger heads to the tiny town of Bay Fortune, Prince Edward Island, to meet Chef Michael and Chastity Smith and to experience their world-famous nightly feast. The Inn at Bay Fortune is a bona fide five-star destination attracting travelers and foodies from across the globe. While Michael is a native of New York, he proudly identifies as being Canadian and was awarded the Order of Canada in 2019. He is also a top-selling cookbook author and the host of several cooking shows, which appear on Canada's Food Network and in more than 100 countries around the world. James learns how one of the world's greatest chefs ended up in a town with a population of a couple of hundred people.
James Mullinger heads to Dreaming Out Loud Studio in Enfield, Nova Scotia to meet Frank Kadillac and Adrian Morris from alt-pop musical sensation Neon Dreams. James learns how the band has risen from humble Maritimes beginnings to international acclaim by successfully touring North America, releasing one of 2019's songs of the summer "Sweet Dreams to Sunbeams", and winning 2020's Juno award for breakthrough artist of the year.
James Mullinger meets renowned architect and Ontario export, Omar Gandhi. Omar studied architecture at Dalhousie University, and in 2012 at the age of just 30, started Omar Gandhi Architect, his own design studio and architectural practice in Halifax. His unique vision and far-reaching insight and creativity have led to some of the most blisteringly stunning developments in North America, both commercial and private. He is the recipient of many awards and distinctions including being named one of Monocle Magazine's 20 most influential Canadians, and one of the Top 20 Young Architects in the world by Wallpaper Magazine. Omar tells James about his most exciting project to date and why he chose to call Nova Scotia home.
James Mullinger heads to Dartmouth, Nova Scotia to meet Joel Plaskett, one of the most-renowned singer-songwriters in Canadian musical history. From rocking Halifax’s Marquee Club to performing for the masses across the country, and sharing the bill with other Canadian power bands, including Sloan and the Tragically Hip, over three decades Joel Plaskett has forged a reputation as one of Canada’s most engaging performers and respected singer-songwriters.
From early on Joel was encouraged by his parents to pursue music, but music isn’t the only passion he shares with his father Bill. He has also inherited Bill’s sensitivities of heritage preservation and community development which has led him to base his music and entrepreneurial careers in Dartmouth, the home of New Scotland Yard, a recording studio with an attached record store, café, and artistic community hub and where James and Joel begin their adventure in this very special episode.
James Mullinger travels to the Acadian Peninsula in Northern New Brunswick to meet renowned entrepreneur and alcohol producer, Sébastien Roy. Sébastien is a lover of both spirits and the province of New Brunswick. In 2011, he combined those passions to create Distillerie Fils Du Roy, a distillery based in Petit-Paquetville which has continued to grow since then to include a brewery and a second location in Quebec.
Roy and his spirits have won multiple national and international awards, including several international gold medals for their signature Gin Thuya, literally one of the best gins in the world, made in a small town in New Brunswick! James meets Sebastian on site at the Distillery to discuss his passion for craft alcohol, community development, and his Acadian culture.
James Mullinger is in Newfoundland to meet the Queen of Canadian Comedy, Mary Walsh. Best known as a co-creator and star of one the most successful and longest-running comedy series in Canadian history, This Hour Has 22 Minutes, she's had a decades long career as a comedian and actress, a best-selling author, and a philanthropist and activist. She has won an incredible 18 Gemini Awards, and a Governor General's Performing Arts Award. James meets Mary at her home in downtown St. John's to discuss her love for Newfoundland, her personal career highlights, and how she overcame personal difficulties to become one of funniest voices in the country!
James Mullinger visits the mighty Miramichi to meet media director, entrepreneur, and Mayor of the community Adam Lordon, who also happens to be the director of Atlantic Edition! Born and raised in Miramichi, after graduating from university he relocated to Toronto where he built a career in television and media, including several years as a producer and director on The Marilyn Denis Show. In 2014 when his mother was diagnosed with cancer, Adam returned home, dove back into life on the river, and at 31 became the youngest Mayor in the city's history. Since that time, he has led a renewal of the community, opened a craft brewery with childhood friends, and continued to work as a creative professional. James meets Adam at the New Maritime Beer Company to learn about his passions for creating great television and great beer, and exactly how a young, gay tv producer came back home from the big city and became the Mayor!
James is in St. John's to meet iconic east coast musician Alan Doyle. Alan's career took off as the front man of the renowned folk-rock band Great Big Sea, whose contemporary spin on traditional Newfoundland folk music, proved popular with audiences across Canada, racking up the awards and making them one of the top selling bands in the country. In recent years he's also made his mark as a solo musician, actor, producer, author and philanthropist and as a recipient of the Order of Canada for his contributions to the musical traditions of his province and for his commitment to numerous local charities. James meets Alan in Quidi Vidi to discuss his prolific musical career, his passion for performance, and how he became one of Newfoundland and Labrador's greatest exports.