#FunFriday: Q&A with Adam Growe
It's time for the final #FunFriday post of this blogging season!
What better way to end the season than with an interview with comedian and TV host
Adam Growe? We chatted about his podcast, what changes lay ahead as well as how he feels about being known as the 'Cash Cab guy'. Check out our Q&A below:
What inspired Pick A Number?
Pick A Number was inspired by a phone call and a dream! The Executive Producer of Antica Productions called me last summer (2016) to see if I'd be interested in pitching a podcast for a network he was launching (The Antica Podcast Network). We had worked together previously on a radio program called, "Newshounds". It was a highly rated summer replacement series for CBC. I was going to send him some pitch concepts for the podcast. But, at the end of the phone conversation he explained that he had actually had a dream about me doing a podcast for the network and that all he remembered what that it had to do with numbers and interesting facts about those numbers. So, I ran with that and created an interview format in which I use a number to lead to an eclectic mix of topics to discuss with interesting guests.
There are going to be some changes in format in the near future - can you tease them a bit for us?
We are retooling the format of the podcast after 18 episodes in order to introduce comedy into the content. I'll still use numbers to get to interesting factoids, but my guests will participate in a humorous quiz based on those numbers and respond to funny questions inspired by the numbers. Not all guests will be comedians, but they will have lots of laughs in the studio. We expect the first episode of the NEW Pick A Number to be available at the same hub: http://www.anticaproductions.com/pick-a-number later this month, or early July.
My friends were very excited that "the Cash Cab guy" (their words, not mine) commented on my Instagram photo. Is this reaction common? How does it make you feel?
I love that people are excited about "Cash Cab" and thrilled when people still refer to me as the "Cash Cab Guy". It was such a great show to work on and I'm very proud of what we accomplished in 8 seasons! The contestants were fantastic and I can't blame people for wanting to be in the Cash Cab. It really was that much fun! It's quite common for me to be recognized by at least someone when I'm out and about. People are very thankful for a show that they've been able to enjoy in many stages of their life and watch with their friends, as well as with their kids, or their parents, or BOTH! I miss Hosting the show, but I've got some other ideas that I'm confident will lead to more amazing viewing experiences in the years ahead!
Time for another fun Q&A!
This time I had the chance to chat with actor Jake Raymond about a few of the many projects he's working on as well as what advice he has for aspiring actors. Check out the Q&A below:
You've been pretty busy promoting Ashes. Why should people go see it?
Indeed, it’s been an incredible journey so far. ‘Ashes’ has a lot of heart and one of the biggest notes from audience feedback thus far has been in complimenting the chemistry between the four main characters. I have been so grateful for this because the film was made to create an acting opportunity for myself and my best friends (Sara Mitich, Craig Arnold, Tanya Bevan). As actors, we face so much rejection, I wanted to create an opportunity for all of us to work together and do what we love. I am so happy that our real life friendships resonate on screen and have created characters that the audience can relate to.
You will also be appearing on Salvation - can you tease your role?
‘Salvation’ is one of the best sets I have ever been on in my life. I got to work alongside Charlie Rowe and Dewshane Williams, two phenomenal actors that I have a great deal of respect for. The three of us play friends at MIT. Our director, Juan Carlos Fresnadillo, was so generous and gave us a lot of freedom on set. This really allowed us to find the fun in the friendship of our characters.
What advice do you have for both current and aspiring actors?
Never stop chasing your dreams. We are constantly faced with so much rejection but we have to keep pushing forward. Know that you are not alone and it’s okay to feel down sometimes. It is so important to keep doing what you love and to do everything you can to make your dreams a reality. Join forces with your friends and make a short film; or a feature film if you’re crazy like me haha… but keep pushing forward. Your successes are right around the corner and they will always over power the struggles.
Happy #WellnessWednesdsay (I'm totally eating a bowl of ice cream as I type this)!
I was lucky enough to chat with Nichelle Laus, women's transformation specialist and one of Canada's most sought after fitness experts in the industry today, about getting and staying in shape for summer. Check out our Q&A below:
Summer is around the corner and with it comes a lot of opportunities to socialize over endless amounts of food and alcohol. Do you have any tips on how we can avoid “falling off the wagon”?
Summer can definitely be challenging, but staying on track is easier than you think with the following tips!
1) Eat before you head out so you aren’t attending an event/party/gathering on an empty stomach.
2) Choose wisely and snack on crunchy veggies instead of hanging around the dessert table
3) Opt for lean proteins, veggies, and leafy salads if available
4) If attending a BBQ, bring healthier options such as chicken breast, ground bison, and skip the burger bun and wrap it in lettuce instead.
5) Pass up on the alcohol and sugary drinks, and opt for a sparkling water. Add lemon, lime, or cucumber slices for added flavor.
6) Step away from the table – you are less tempted to pick at the food.
7) Add fitness or any movement as part of the event – a great frisbee game, walk around the neighborhood with friends, water fight, etc will keep things fresh and fun!
What advice do you have for those who want to feel their best for summer, but have yet to find the motivation?
Force yourself to get started – the start is the hardest part. Write down how you feel after your workout, and track your progress. Once you start seeing results, you will be less prone to skip a workout. Get a gym buddy to hold each other accountable. Join a gym you like instead of one that is just there for convenience. Even if it means traveling a little farther, you are more likely to stay there if you enjoy the environment. Set goals that are achievable, and reward yourself when you reach your target by buying yourself something small such as a new tank top, new fresh socks, some new headbands.
Learn more about Nichelle by checking out her website and be sure to follow her on Instagram.
#BrühaCollab: Canada 150
This post was submitted by Kristian Borghesan of Brüha.
This year marks a very special year and celebration for our Nation, its 150th birthday. That’s right, July 1st 2017, officially marks the 150th anniversary of Canada, otherwise known as Confederation.
With such an important and significant year for our Country, you better believe that there’s a ton of awesome events and celebrations popping up all over the place to showcase that True North pride and heritage of ours. And Hamilton is definitely no exception to that.
Here’s our list of 5 must-attend Canada 150 events happening in Hamilton, Ontario. Enjoy!
1 | Coast to Coast Canada 150 PromenadeEvent Dates: June 15, 2017
Event Location: Gore Park (1 Hughson Street South)
Admission: $10.00 (get your tickets here)
On June 15th, join the Dwntwn Hamilton BIA in Gore Park as they host a community picnic to kick off the Canada 150 celebrations. The evening will include a performance by the Hamilton Ariel Group, an aerial arts club making the circus arts accessible to the community, and their APOIDEA show. Comedy magician Graeme Reed will also be on hand to delight guests.
2 | Piece by Piece: Stitching Together Canadian StoriesEvent Dates: July 10 – August 16, 2017
Event Location: The Cotton Factory (270 Sherman Ave North)
Admission: Various (view the full list of events here)
Between July 10th and August 16th, The Cotton Factory will host the Quilt of Belonging; a 120-foot textile art project comprised of 263 blocks each of which was created to recognize a different part of Canadian diversity. It is a celebration of common humanity and promotes compassion among people.
This Canadian icon Exhibit will also include daily program. Programming is continuous and diverse, and was developed to include a breadth of activities from a variety of cultural groups within the region of Hamilton Halton and Brant. It includes the following elements: weekly demonstrations, weekend workshops, Thursday night talks, Friday night performances, Saturday night concerts, and a grand opening event on July 10th!
3 | Rendez-Vous 2017 Tall Ships RegattaEvent Dates: June 30 – July 1, 2017
Event Location: Pier 8 (47 Discovery Dr)
On June 30th, the majestic Tall Ships make their return to Hamilton’s Pier 8, following their successful visit in the summer of 2013. This must-see spectacle includes 11 vessels that navigate around Hamilton’s Harbour in a single file formation before finally docking at Pier 8.
If you’re looking for prominent vantage points to view the Tall Ships parade, locations include: Pier 8, Bayfront & Pier 4 Parks, York Boulevard Bridge, Burlington Canal and Fisherman’s Pier, Eastport Dr, and LasSalle and Bayshore Parks in Burlington.
4 | Canada Day Celebrations at BayfrontEvent Dates: July 1, 2017
Event Location: Bayfront Park (200 Harbour Front Dr)
This Canada Day celebration will begin around 3pm with the opening ceremony taking place on the RBC Stage. Enjoy family friendly programming (including food trucks and various activities), followed by live music (performed on the RBC Stage) and capping off the night with a finale of dazzling fireworks accompanied by an orchestral arrangement performed live by Maestro Boris Brott and the National Academy Orchestra of Canada.
5 | Air Force Day – Past, Present & FutureEvent Dates: Saturday, July 8, 2017
Event Location: Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum (9280 Airport Rd)
This Canada 15 signature event gives you the unique opportunity to meet and connect with current members of the Royal Canadian Air Force, learn the roles that each of these individuals perform on a daily basis and get a chance to see aircrafts up close. Here’s your chance to view of 60 aircraft, including the collection of vintage military aircraft.
Do you know of any upcoming Canada 150 events that we missed? Let us know by tweeting at us @BruhaExclusive! Don’t forget to create and list your upcoming events with us at bruha.com.
I can't believe Sean "Diddy" Combs is No. 1 on the list! I mean... How?!
Apparently his Bad Boy Family Reunion Tour, Ciroc vodka partnership and selling part of his clothing line made him $130 million last year. Following him at No. 2 is the one and only Beyoncé. Check out the Top 10 (because I'm definitely not typing out all 100) below:
What are your thoughts? Comment below and click here to see the full list.