Atlantic EditionCity: Saint John
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.
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Episode 1: Judith Mackin
Judith 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.
Episode 2: Chef Michael Smith
Chef Michael and Chastity Smith meet with James at The Inn at Bay Fortune (a bona fide five-star destination), where he experiences their world-famous nightly feast. Chef Michael is 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.
Episode 3: Frank Kadillac and Adrian Morris
James 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.
Episode 4: Omar Gandhi
Omar Gandhi 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. 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.
Episode 5: Joel Plaskett
Joel Plaskett is 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.
Episode 6: Sébastien Roy
James 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.
Episode 7: Mary Walsh
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, has 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!
Episode 8: Adam Lordon
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. 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!
Episode 9: Alan Doyle
Alan Doyle'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.
Episode 1 - Freeman Patterson in Shampers Bluff, NB
British comedian and journalist James Mullinger meets one of the most well respected photographers in Canadian history, Freeman Patterson, in the Kingston Peninsula in rural New Brunswick. Freeman has traveled throughout the world, capturing beautiful shots of nature and winning numerous accolades.
Episode 2 - Nine Yards Studio in Charlottetown, PEI
James Mullinger heads to Charlottetown to meet Silva Stojak and Shallyn Murray, owners of the award-winning Prince Edward Island architecture and design firm, Nine Yards Studio. Beyond architecture, the pair has created a collective of creatives; from craftsmen and photographers to graphic designers and musicians.
Episode 3 - Tareq Hadhad in Antigonish, NS
James Mullinger heads to Antigonish, Nova Scotia to meet Syrian-Canadian entrepreneur Tareq Hadhad, the founder and CEO of Peace by Chocolate. After moving to Canada, he rebuilt his family business, and since then he has inspired people throughout the world sharing his life story and experiences.
Episode 4 - Susan Chalmers-Gauvin and Igor Dobrovolskiy of Atlantic Ballet of Canada in Grand Digue, New Brunswick
James goes to Grand-Digue, New Brunswick to meet Ballet by the Ocean founders Susan Chalmers-Gauvin and Igor Dobrovolskiy. The pair combined the beauty of coastal New Brunswick with the beauty of world-renowned ballet and built the Atlantic Ballet Canada into what is now the largest professional performing arts organization in New Brunswick.
Episode 5 - Jonathan Torrens in Truro, Nova Scotia
James meets Canadian entertainment legend Jonathan Torrens at his home in rural Nova Scotia. Born in Charlottetown, PEI, Jonathan is an actor, director, producer, writer, podcast host, musician and television personality. He is known for his roles in Street Cent, Trailer Park Boys, Jonovision and Mr. D and Letterkenny. He also known for being writer, director and star of Vollies on Bell Fibe TV1.
Episode 6 - Lucinda Flemer in Saint Andrews, NB
James Mullinger is in St. Andrews by-the-Sea, to meet the founder of the world-renowned Kingsbrae Garden, Lucinda Flemer. Lucinda transformed her family's estate into a peaceful garden oasis that draws in tourists from around the world and holds an international artist residency. Her contributions to the province and leadership work have gained her national recognition, receiving a membership to the Order of Canada and countless other awards as an individual and for Kingsbrae Garden.
Episode 7 - Maestro Fresh Wes in Saint John, NB
Wesley Williams known as Maestro Fresh Wes is an actor, writer, radio DJ, speaker and a multi-award-winning recording artist. He made history in 1989 with his song, Let Your Backbone Slide, when it was certified platinum and was the first rap to be inducted into the Canadian Songwriters' Hall of Fame. He was also the first Canadian hip hop artist to have a song rank on Billboard’s Top 20 Rap Singles chart. Wes surprised everyone last year when it was revealed he had moved to Saint John, New Brunswick for a better quality of life and that is where host James Mullinger meets him today.
Episode 8 - Measha Brueggergosman in Falmouth, Nova Scotia
James is in Falmouth, Nova Scotia to meet with Measha Brueggergosman-Lee, one of the world’s most admired opera singers. Born in Fredericton, New Brunswick, as a child Measha sang at the local Baptist church where her father served as deacon, and she started voice and piano studies at age seven. Her voice has graced the world’s most significant stages, including London’s Wigmore Hall, Madrid’s Teatro Real, and New York’s Carnegie Hall, and she has won numerous awards including two Juno Awards, a Gemini Award, an East Coast Music Award and a Grammy nomination.
Episode 9 - Classified in Enfield, NS
Host James Mullinger heads to Enfield, Nova Scotia to meet iconic East Coast hip hop artist and record producer, Luke Boyd, better known by his stage name, Classified. He shot to stardom over 20 years ago and has since collaborated with everyone from Snoop Dogg to Buck 65, Ria Mae to David Myles. Despite the colossal success of his music, he has always remained close to his lifelong friends and living in the East Coast. Born and raised in small town Nova Scotia, he is a perfect representation of just how much an Atlantic Canadian can achieve on an international scale.
Episode 1 - Wolf Castle in Pabineau First Nation, NB
James Mullinger is in northern New Brunswick to meet up with Wolf Castle, a 24-year-old Indigenous Mi’kmaq rapper/ producer and singer from Pabineau First Nation. Growing up on the reservation with an incredibly supportive family of artists, a career in the arts seemed like the natural choice.
Episode 2 - Marshall Button in Moncton, NB
James Mullinger heads to Moncton, New Brunswick to chat with one of the true forefathers of New Brunswick comedy, Marshall Button. Marshall has been an actor, comedian, writer, and director, creating and performing comedy across New Brunswick and the world for decades to critical acclaim and the delight of his audiences.
Episode 3 - Lieutenant Governor Brenda Murphy in Fredericton, NB
James Mullinger heads to historic Government House in Fredericton to meet New Brunswick’s vice-regal representative, Lieutenant Governor Brenda Murphy. Lieutenant Governor Murphy has spent her life working in the non-profit sector advocating on issues of poverty and domestic violence and supporting vulnerable population.
Episode 4 - Chief Patricia Bernard in Edmundston, NB
James heads to Madawaska First Nation in New Brunswick to meet one of the most important leaders of our generation, Chief Patricia Bernard. Chief Bernard has spent her life advocating for the advancement of the Wolastoqey and Indigenous people of New Brunswick from cultural visibility to recognition of treaty rights.
Episode 5 - Alex MacLean in Halifax, Nova Scotia
James meets East Coast Lifestyle founder and CEO Alex MacLean at his home in Halifax, Nova Scotia to learn how he has become one of the most well-known and acclaimed entrepreneurs in Atlantic Canadian history. Founded in 2013 as a university entrepreneurship project at Acadia University with a goal to sell 30 hoodies, East Coast Lifestyle has grown consistently and rapidly in the 10 years since.