Vancouver Is Awesome

With Lindsay William-Ross and Bob Kronbauer

A weekly podcast featuring awesome people, places and things in Vancouver BC Canada. Hosted by Lindsay William-Ross and Bob Kronbauer.
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Why you should meet the people behind the meat you eat

32:58 | Jun 17th

We sat down with Jason Pleym to talk about meat. He and his wife, Margot, are the co-founders of Two Rivers Specialty Meats. Based in North Vancouver, Two Rivers has grown to become nearly synonymous with meat in the city, particularly because of the...Show More
Ep. 65 - Blind photographer Cathy Browne/swoon rocker Alexandria Maillot

46:35 | May 28th

Cathy Browne wears many hats: She does PR, she's a photographer, she's an activist and advocate, she does stand-up comedy and improv, and she teaches photography to elementary school kids. And she happens to be legally blind. We chat with Cathy abou...Show More
Ep. 64 - Trans activist Lauren Sundstrom; Top Drop co-founder Kurtis Kolt

49:46 | May 13th

Imagine you are a young professional woman calling a meeting with your co-workers to make a profound revelation: You are transgender. That's exactly what Lauren Sundstrom did a couple of years ago, as part of her ongoing journey to live her authentic...Show More
Ep. 63 - Celebrating the Caesar at 50 and music from Devours

40:17 | Apr 29th

How do you like your Caesar? The beloved Canadian cocktail is celebrating a milestone this year, and is marking its half-century as our national adult beverage. In honour of the occasion, there's a new book out called The Caesar. 50 Years. 50 Stories...Show More
Ep. 62 - Randa Salloum and Emily Rowed

33:28 | Apr 16th

This week's episode features two fantastic Vancouver women. First up, we talk to Randa Salloum, the Founder and Creative Director of CIEL Creative Marketing, the co-founder of pop-up consignment warehouse sale Archive, and a well-known local Instag...Show More
Meet one Vancouver man who's helping micro-distilling be a big thing in B.C.

36:03 | Apr 1st

We sit down for some drinks and a chat with Alex Hamer, founder of the upcoming BC Distilled event. Now in its sixth year, BC Distilled has grown alongside the province's micro-distilling scene. We pour a few special samples and get into the spirit ...Show More
Ep. 60 - This Vancouver restaurant insider knows what our dining scene needs to be better

49:10 | Mar 18th

Restaurant consultant and hospitality expert Brad Bodnarchuk joins the podcast to answer the questions: what do customers look for when dining out in Vancouver? Which restaurants are slaying the game? And why should we always make a pit stop in the b...Show More
Ep. 59 - Tip of the Tongue: V.I.A. vs Vancouver Courier in a battle ripped from the headlines

32:42 | Mar 12th

We are switching things up from the usual routine so that we can bring to you Tip of the Tongue, a seriously playful take on this week's news from Vancouver and pop culture. Hosted by V.I.A.'s own Adam Nanji, Tip of the Tongue pits Vancouver Is Aweso...Show More
Ep. 58 - Elizabeth Rose, the youngest Canadian to scale the Seven Summits

36:43 | Feb 25th

At 26 years old, Vancouver native Elizabeth Rose became the youngest Canadian to reach the peak of the Seven Summits - the highest mountains on each of the seven continents. And, because she's not a total millennial slacker, she wrote a memoir about ...Show More
Ep. 57 - Josh Rimer, Mr. Gay Canada 2019

36:51 | Feb 19th

This week on the V.I.A. Podcast we're joined by Josh Rimer, the Vancouver vlogger who has just been named Mr. Gay Canada. Wait, what? There's such a thing as "Mr. Gay Canada"? Yes, there is. And Rimer explains to us how he came to hold the title, wh...Show More
Ep. 56 - I See You, I Am You with Casey-Jo Loos

39:07 | Feb 4th

Casey-Jo Loos from The Peak 102.7fm has published a book of what she describes as self help poetry, and it just might be the inspiration you were looking "to feel more understood, more seen, and to feel a little less alone." Casey-Jo talks about her ...Show More
Ep. 55 - We found Momo, Vancouver's most famous dog

48:07 | Jan 28th

Andrew Knapp is the owner/friend of Vancouver's most famous Instagram dog. He brought the world famous border collie, Momo, in to our studio to talk about life as an influencer, his work as a photographer over the past 18 years and about actually mak...Show More
Ep. 54 - The Robert Pickton case, more than a decade later

44:22 | Jan 21st

More than a decade after the Robert Pickton trial wrapped up, some families of the victims are still waiting to put the remains of their loved ones to rest. Glacier Media investigative reporter, Jeremy Hainsworth, shares the story he recently broke r...Show More
Ep. 53 - The weird and wonderful people of Vancouver Island

45:40 | Jan 14th

Time Colonist newspaper columnist and author Jack Knox talks about his latest book, 'On The Rocks' and reads a chapter from it.
The 52nd Episode Spectacular

51:01 | Dec 18th, 2018

We look back on the year that was and share a load of our favourite Vancouver things in 2018!
Ep. 51 - This Vancouver baking blogger is the queen of holiday cookies

33:50 | Dec 10th, 2018

This week on the V.I.A. Podcast we get to know Fanny Lam, the Metro Vancouver-based blogger behind the site Oh Sweet Day! Lam, who came to Vancouver from Hong Kong several years ago, got to know her new city through food and blogging. Now she has a...Show More
Ep. 50 - "Craft chocolate" is on the rise

42:16 | Nov 26th, 2018

Shelley Bolton from East Van Roasters tells us how craft chocolate is made and talks about the social enterprise that sparked this DTES cafe and chocolate shop.
Ep. 49 - Dating stories that are so horrific you just have to laugh

37:14 | Nov 19th, 2018

Known as "The Und8ables", Megan Edwards and Janet Reynolds wrote a book sharing some awful, hilarious dating stories. They sit with Lindsay William-Ross and Bob Kronbauer this week to share some of those stories, sharing insight on how to find the ri...Show More
Ep. 48 - Exposing an alleged sex cult in Vancouver

41:12 | Nov 13th, 2018

Josh Bloch of the podcast 'Escaping NXIVM' discusses this bizarre case involving a self help group which seems to have turned into a sex cult, and its ties to Vancouver.
Ep. 47 - A Murder by Milkshake in Vancouver

44:05 | Nov 5th, 2018

Author Eve Lazarus discusses her latest book, Murder by Milkshake, about a 1965 murder by a CKNW personality in Vancouver. In this episode Lindsay and Bob also talk about a new umbrella-sharing business, rain in Vancouver in general and a vintage mur...Show More
Ep. 46 - Meet Vancouver's next mayor, Kennedy Stewart

41:17 | Oct 29th, 2018

Vancouver's mayor-elect joins Lindsay and Bob to talk his old band, Vancouver as a No Fun City, a possible ward system, ride sharing, campaign financing, if he smokes cannabis and more. Also discussed in this episode is the 2018 election in general a...Show More
Ep. 45 - You need to read this new book about cannabis

47:27 | Oct 15th, 2018

Author and cannabis journalist Amanda Siebert joins Lindsay and Bob to talk about her new book, "The Little Book of Cannabis: How Marijuana Can Improve Your Life". Also discussed: the municipal election, Vij's restaurant, and the large sockeye salmon...Show More
Ep. 44 - FEAST Asian Dining Festival is like Dine Out but... well... Asian

39:41 | Oct 10th, 2018

The founders of FEAST Asian Dining Festival join Lindsay and Bob to discuss what this new Vancouver food fest is all about.
Ep. 43 - Todd Talbot from Love It or List It has some investing advice for you

47:00 | Oct 1st, 2018

Todd Talbot from Love It or List It sits down with Lindsay and Bob to talk about his strategy around real estate investment, charity, and life as a father bringing up kids in Vancouver.
Ep. 42 - Find out why Buffy Sainte-Marie is majorly unappreciated in Canada

41:06 | Sep 24th, 2018

Vancouver author and music reporter Andrea Warner discusses her new book, 'Buffy Sainte-Marie: The Authorized Biography'. Hosts Lindsay William-Ross and Bob Kronbauer also discuss the Vancouver election mayoral debate they co-moderated, old Vancouver...Show More
Ep. 41 - These Gays can help you take better food photos

37:18 | Sep 17th, 2018

Adrian Harris and Jeremy Inglett, known as "The Food Gays", join Lindsay and Bob for a lively conversation about food, their new book, and about how they took their food blog and turned it into a full-time occupation for both of them.
Ep. 40 - The Editor in Chief of the Vancouver Courier is retiring

39:18 | Sep 10th, 2018

The Editor in Chief of the Vancouver Courier, Martha Perkins, is retiring after a lifetime spent in community news. Her colleagues at Glacier Media, Lindsay William-Ross and Bob Kronbauer, talk about her career and what's next for her. In this episod...Show More
Ep. 39 - The best Vancouver politics podcast just launched

37:45 | Sep 4th, 2018

Alex de Boer, host and producer of the new podcast called Seeking Office joins Lindsay and Bob for a conversation about what's happening in the Vancouver election, and what we can expect leading up to, and on election day: October 20th, 2018.
Ep. 38 - What's on tap at Canada's first and only craft brewing collective

42:35 | Aug 27th, 2018

Find out what's going on at Canada's first and only craft brewing collective--starting with what the heck that even means. We've got Stephen Smysnuik, the Marketing Director, of Craft Collective, and Evan Doan, of Doan's Craft Brewing, in the house ...Show More
Ep. 37 - The crazy world of Instagram with Erin Sousa of Sparkle Media

46:18 | Aug 20th, 2018

Take a deep dive into the crazy world of Instagram, as we talk about marketing and influencers with Erin Sousa, the founder of Sparkle Media. Erin, an influencer on her own accord, does modern marketing campaigns for several brands, including many ba...Show More
Ep. 36 - Deciding Vancouver's Unofficial Ambassador

38:46 | Aug 13th, 2018

Justin McElroy from CBC Vancouver is really into ranking all things British Columbia and, often, Vancouver. He recently launched a project where our public broadcaster is letting YOU decide who Vancouver's Unofficial Ambassador is. On the eve of the...Show More
Ep. 35 - From despair in Vancouver to dessert in Paris

32:29 | Aug 7th, 2018

This week on the V.I.A. Podcast we’re taking a dip into the pool of 30+ awesome episodes in our archives to bring you another treat--and this one involves the discussion of actual treats. Our guest for this V.I.A. podcast rebroadcast is Jackie Kai E...Show More
Ep. 34 - How Vancouver can prepare for "The Big One" (Rebroadcast)

27:21 | Jul 30th, 2018

This week on the V.I.A. Podcast we've took a dip into the pool of 30+ awesome episodes in our archives to bring you a treat. No, it's not a popsicle (though in this heat wave that sounds pretty great). It's our excellent chat from January 2018 with C...Show More
Ep. 33 - Everything you need to know about bicycle road racing (mostly)

43:42 | Jul 23rd, 2018

Did you know that there is a whole cycling subculture in Metro Vancouver that's focused on fast-paced road racing? Ahead of the upcoming Awesome Grand Prix (July 28, 2018 at Jonathan Rogers Park), we sat down with Graham Fox, the current BC Criterium...Show More
Ep. 32: The Last Gang in Town author Aaron Chapman

45:59 | Jul 16th, 2018

There was a time in Vancouver's not too distant past when gangs of teenagers prowled their turf in and around the city's parks. Not covered by the media to any great extent, these gangs caused trouble for each other and their communities, and the Van...Show More
Ep 31 - It's a bird, it's a plane, it's an airborne ant orgy!

36:14 | Jul 9th, 2018

This week's episode of the V.I.A. Podcast should come with a warning: We're going to talk about sex. Specifically the mating habits of flying ants, which had people talking (and simultaneously shutting their mouths) all over Vancouver recently. Lind...Show More
Ep 30 - This guy's got something hot on the downlow

44:45 | Jul 3rd, 2018

This week on the Vancouver Is Awesome Podcast we get things hot and spicy thanks to a visit from Doug Stephen of the brand-new DownLow Chicken Shack. The DL Chicken Shack is Vancouver's first dedicated outpost of Nashville Hot Chicken, a fiery hot fr...Show More
Ep. 29: We're going to need a bigger boat

48:17 | Jun 25th, 2018

This week on the V.I.A. Podcast we keep it hyper local by bringing back one of our favourite segments, a Bob versus Lindsay Vancouver battle, hosted by our very own Adam Nanji. Public marketplaces, the emotional appeal of quirky hot dogs, beloved Va...Show More
The owner of the Vancouver Canadians baseball team, Jake Kerr

44:48 | Jun 20th, 2018

Jake Kerr discusses baseball, how he brought Nat Bailey stadium back from being "a dump", and a new mascot to expect on the eve of the Vancouver Canadians 2018 home opener.
Ep. 27 - Meet two of Vancouver Supernatural's ghost hunters

54:43 | Jun 11th, 2018

This week on the V.I.A. Podcast we sit down with a pair of hobbyist paranormal sleuths from the group Vancouver Supernatural. Paul and Janine are two of nine in the self-assembled group of ghost hunting enthusiasts who offer their services--free of c...Show More
Mijune Pak dishes on Top Chef Canada, lowbrow eats, and her infamous "resting bitch face."

53:48 | Jun 4th, 2018

This week on the Vancouver Is Awesome Podcast we sit down for a tasty talk with Mijune Pak, who has just wrapped up her second season serving as a permanent judge on TV's Top Chef Canada. Pak is also known for her blog Follow Me Foodie (and her socia...Show More
Ep 25 - Vancouver parking meters accept tips now?!

47:14 | May 28th, 2018

We talk with anonymous satirist "John Swift" who's behind the website The Vancouver Glass. He discusses why he does what he does, how his "Vancouver parking meters now accepting tips" story became a hit and the difference between fake news and satire...Show More
Ep 24 - Michelle Eliot from CBC's BC Today

44:20 | May 23rd, 2018

This week on the Vancouver Is Awesome Podcast we bring you a thoughtful conversation about CBC's revamped weekday radio program, BC Today. Hosts Bob Kronbauer and Lindsay William-Ross are joined in studio by the call-in show's host, Michelle Eliot. ...Show More
Episode 23 - Sex, marriage, and ice cream (and a bit of Ryan Reynolds)

37:42 | May 15th, 2018

This week on the Vancouver Is Awesome Podcast is a rare treat: An extended chat about marriage, sex, ice cream, and a whole lot more. Hosts Bob Kronbauer and Lindsay William-Ross are joined in studio by V.I.A. reporter Melissa Shaw to talk about a r...Show More
Ep 22 - "Cigarette Smoking Man" William B Davis

45:38 | May 6th, 2018

In conversation with William B Davis who is perhaps best known for his role as "Cigarette Smoking Man" on The X-Files. We talk about that, the play he's directed Plus, we talk about an unorthodox advertising campaign called "Justin's Massage", fera...Show More
The latest on The Rio Theatre with GM and "Pop Culture Seismologist" Corinne Lea

46:29 | Apr 30th, 2018

This week on the Vancouver Is Awesome Podcast we sit down with Corinne Lea, General Manager of The Rio Theatre. Lea walks us through the venue's backstory, including the recent months of turmoil and the logistics of raising money to buy it from the c...Show More
Ep 20 - How a pub crawl inspired Vancouver Craft Beer Week

51:06 | Apr 23rd, 2018

This week on the Vancouver Is Awesome Podcast, we get to know one of the co-founders of Vancouver Craft Beer Week, Leah Heneghan. Find out how this fest, now in its ninth year, grew from being a small 100-person tasting event to a 10-day city-wide mu...Show More
Ep 19 - Meet the Vancouver podcasting superstar you've never heard of

50:51 | Apr 16th, 2018

This week, we sit down with the Vancouver podcasting superstar you've never heard of, Joseph Planta. Planta has been producing and hosting a podcast out of his own home and in his spare time for longer than podcasts have been a thing, featuring many...Show More
Ep 18 - Hard balls and beer with East Van Baseball League

50:03 | Apr 10th, 2018

Up to bat this week on episode 18 of the Vancouver Is Awesome podcast are Evan Wansbrough and Court Overgaauw from the East Van Baseball League. Get to know two of the guys responsible for the community-building punk rock baseball "beer league" that...Show More
Ep. 17: The all-food spectacular

1:02:39 | Apr 2nd, 2018

Best tacos? $1 slice pizza? Killing your own dinner? The ethics of "cheap eats"? We devote an entire episode of the V.I.A. Podcast to Vancouver's food, glorious food.
Ep 16 - How bees bring hope and build community in Vancouver

52:10 | Mar 26th, 2018

Sarah Common, the CEO and Co-Founder of Hives for Humanity, talks about how bees and beekeeping bring hope, create opportunity, and build community in Vancouver, particularly the Downtown East side. Plus, hosts Bob Kronbauer and Lindsay William-Ross ...Show More
Ep 15 - Is Vancouver a 'Music City'?

51:40 | Mar 19th, 2018

Prem Gill - CEO of Creative BC and one of Canada's 100 most powerful women - discusses Vancouver being a 'Music City', gives insight on tax incentives for film, and supporting the creative industries in British Columbia.
BONUS: Grant Lawrence Beachcombers Story

05:16 | Mar 16th, 2018

The CBC's Grant Lawrence tells a story about his chance encounter with Constable John Constable from the Beachcombers
Ep 14 - Eat salmon? You might have just killed an orca

1:01:57 | Mar 12th, 2018

V.I.A.'s latest columnist, Grant Lawrence, joins us for a discussion about Vancouver, politics, real estate and more.
Ep 13 - From Vancouver to Paris... and back

47:57 | Mar 5th, 2018

Jackie Kai Ellis talks about her new book, opening up about depression and her personal journey from Vancouver to Paris... and back.
Ep 12 - CBC On Drugs host Geoff Turner

54:39 | Feb 26th, 2018

The host and producer of CBC's On Drugs podcast joins us to talk about this exceptional show from our nation's public broadcaster.
Ep 11 - Juno-nominated comedian quits Facebook and Twitter

1:01:45 | Feb 19th, 2018

Charlie Demers talks about his Juno-nominated comedy album, and why he quit most social media.
Ep 10 - The Rumpus Room Returns

56:30 | Feb 13th, 2018

Rachel Zottenberg talks about the Rumpus Room, mouse taxidermy, and keeping creatives in Vancouver despite the housing crisis.
Ep 9 - B.C.'s lost language: Chinook Wawa

56:58 | Feb 5th, 2018

Former mayor of Vancouver and now False Creek MLA talks about B.C.'s lost language, his Public Salon series of speaker events, and why he kept running from the 2018 B.C. Liberal leadership even though he knew he had a '0.01%" chance of winning.
Ep 8 - Who will be Vancouver's next mayor?

57:20 | Jan 29th, 2018

City Hall reporter Mike Howell from the Vancouver Courier gives us a lesson in civic politics. We look back on the past, talk about the present (and how to vote!) and the future of the politics of our city.
Ep 7 - 6 Awesome Things You Should Know

38:07 | Jan 22nd, 2018

We share the most awesome and random things in Vancouver this week, and this month.
Ep 6 - The 90s overdose crisis

44:30 | Jan 16th, 2018

Author Travis Lupick discusses the past and current opioid crises, harm reduction and his new book, Fighting For Space.
Ep 5 - Preparing for the big quake

50:29 | Jan 3rd, 2018

Johanna Wagstaffe talks about Vancouver's impending big earthquake and what we can do to prepare for it.
Ep 4 - Seafood on the West Coast

52:52 | Dec 18th, 2017

Chef Ned Bell talks fish farms, his new cookbook, and the past and present of sustainable seafood.
Ep 3 - What is Hanukkah?

1:06:00 | Dec 11th, 2017

We interview Michael Schwartz from the Jewish Museum & Archives of B.C. and learn all about Hanukkah, and much more.
Ep 2 - Vancouver's only zero-waste grocery store

40:30 | Dec 4th, 2017

We talk to the owner of Vancouver's only zero-waste grocery store, play the new card game Fluster, talk about cats and offer tips on local gifts you should consider for the holidays.
Ep 1 - Vancouver’s hidden polyamory community

30:05 | Nov 28th, 2017

We're here to showcase the city you live in, shining a light on people, places and things you should know about. In our first episode we take a close look at the somewhat hidden polyamory community in Vancouver, with Vancouver Courier reporter John ...Show More