Grand Walks Podcast

Grand Walks

Daniel Bennett, the Grand's Technical Director, is joined each week by a special guest Londoner on this audio podcast. Together they'll take us on a walk through their communities, introduce us to their neighbourhoods and talk about London and what arts and culture means to them. We'll hear stories about their personal journeys, what brought them to London and what inspires them.

Weekly on Saturdays starting September 24, a new podcast will be available for download along with an accompanying map and photos. If you are able, we invite you to 'Walk the Walk' with Daniel and his guests and see a part of London you've never been. Or, simply listen from the comfort of your own neighbourhood or home. A written transcript of each walk will be made available with photos each week on the website.

Episode 1: A Walk Through Wortley with Emma Donoghue

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Photo credit: Mallory Brown

Join Daniel and Emma in a stroll through Wortley Village as they chat about what brought her to live in London Ontario and what she loves about the people and local businesses. Emma shares her experience of releasing and promoting her new novel during a pandemic - that is about a pandemic (The Pull of the Stars). This dynamic duo talk about about the opportunity for a more diverse arts and culture community in London and how Emma has come to appreciate virtual theatre. Then, there's that eventful stormy evening ...

Episode 2: Hitting the Trails with Western’s President Alan Shepard

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Photo credit: Whitney South

Daniel and Western’s President Alan Shepard start at the iconic University College building on campus, then hit the trails with canine companion, Meisha, in tow. Alan talks about his unexpected path ‘through the looking glass’ to the field of academia and his arrival in London from his roots in Minnesota.

Episode 3: Kicking it through Kipps Lane with Marie Williams

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Photo credit: Whitney South

Daniel is joined by restauranteur, Marie Williams, owner and chef of Reggae's Caribbean Restaurant - a well known London, Ontario eatery specializing in Jamaican food. This week's walk route takes us from Reggae's to the beautiful Ed Blake Park, and through a neighborhood full of sunflowers and signs of support for front line workers. Walk with us and by the end of this episode, we know Marie’s love and big heart will enchant you!

Episode 4: A Springbank Stroll with Natasha George

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Photo credit: Whitney South

Daniel and special guest Natasha George take an early Fall stroll through London’s glorious Springbank Park. Natasha and Daniel talk extensively about ‘community’ and how London fares (or doesn’t) as a welcoming city. Natasha speaks passionately about her life growing up on the Kettle Point Reserve, her transition to a more urban lifestyle and her hope to ease that transition for young First Nations folks through her ongoing advocacy work.

Episode 5: Discovering our Downtown with Kathy McLaughlin

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Photo credit: Whitney South

In this week’s Grand Walk, Daniel and Kathy start their conversation at what many would consider the true core of London, Ontario – the Forks of the Thames – and make their way to Victoria Park, another signature space in our city. You would be hard pressed to find another person with the knowledge of and passion for London’s downtown as Kathy McLaughlin – a proud, lifelong Londoner.

 

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