Episode 27: Shea Emry/Stepping Into Your Truths

I got a text from one of my friends and it said, “You need to check out Shea Emry” and attached was a TED Talk from him. I knew of Shea from an article I read about his retirement as a CFL linebacker. After being engrossed by what he was saying, I sent Shea an email and he gladly obliged.

One of the main reasons I wanted to have the two-time Grey Cup Champ on the show was because he’s a been a voice on the positive tenants of keeping your mental health in check, and he was a great example of doing something for people past your professional career. But as you hear him talk, you find out that this is something that Shea was born to do. You’ll hear about his life as a young man, his fascinations with axes, his views on locker room talk, and the reason he wanted to create Wellmen, a group for men to find their inner vulnerable primal being.

Stick around after the break because I want to invite you to something, but until then here’s Shea Emry.

Men Edmonton is hosting a free movie screening of The Mask You Live In, the Representation Project’s take on masculinity in the modern world. After the movie, we’re going to have a panel conversation with four prominent men about masculinity and what it is to be a man. It’s going to be hosted by Ryan Jespersen, and going to be held in the Garneau Theatre on April 1st. I’m going to be there, if you’re coming let me know, I would love to say hey! I hope to see you there!

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Episode 25: Daniel Letourneau/ How can Men break the Cycle of Abuse?

Daniel Letourneau is a cook that started questioning how his work fed into toxic masculinity, especially in regards to addictions, bad mental health, and an almost macho environment. Along with that, Daniel is also a survivor of child abuse and used this cause to create Food for Thoughts. Food for Thoughts is a campaign that highlights mental health problems in the food industry, and Dan along with Stuart Whyte, and Cory Rakowski used this platform to raise awareness about mental health in the kitchen and to raise funds for male sexual abuse survivors through Momentum Counselling.

Besides being a cook though, Daniel has had a journey into self-discovery which he wanted to share with me and with you. He talks about how he deals with therapy, with feelings of anxiety or stress, and his journey to recovery which involves mindfulness and the outdoors.

To find more of Daniel and Food for Thoughts, check out his Instagram (@fitchefdannyl) and Food for Thoughts Facebook Page

Episode 24: Darren Cheverie/Life of a Sensitive Cook

On this episode, I traveled outside of Edmonton for a stop to my favorite new restaurant, Chartier out in Beaumont. And this time it wasn’t to chow down on their cinnamon buns, or fresh bread. But it was to sit down with its owner, Darren Cheverie. Now Chartier began its life as the most successful crowdsourcing campaign in Canada. Darren and his wife and co-owner Sylvia, put a lot of love sweat and tears to make Chartier come to life. And now 11 months into its life the Cheverie’s wanted to give made Chartier a place you need to visit. But besides their amazing story of restaurant success, they also wanted to shine a light on an undocumented problem: addiction and negative mental health. Especially in the food industry. Darren’s story of loss and grief allowed him to put his money where his mouth is, by affording his staff a mental health fund, which they could use however they like.

You can also check out Sylvia’s story at That’s So Maven . And you can also check out Ben Yendall’s Star Wars RPG Podcast, Tales of the Hydian Way.

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Episode 22: Connor Beaton/Calling Men Forward

It’s really cool to see a lot of organizations working hard to help men out in understanding their own masculinity and to help people in general. One of them that caught my eye is one from Vancouver named ManTalks. Now ManTalks is self-described to help “modern man to evolve. Through authenticity, community, purpose & accountability.” Founded by entrepreneur Connor Beaton, ManTalks wanted to move beyond the psychoanalytic or “support group” model of a men’s group, but instead focus on what makes men in general, excited, focused, and wanting to come back from. His themes of presence, vulnerability, and community were important for him to be a better man and found that it could help others. He does this through his various events in which he invites speakers from all around the world hosted in places like San Francisco, Vancouver, Calgary, and Toronto. A weekly podcast, and specifically a group called Mastermind, in which men make time to connect with each other through intentional gatherings, and they are full of men who in his words “call you forward.” I got a chance to talk to Connor about ManTalks back in November and I’m excited to share this with you.

ManTalks is also host for the Real Talk Summit w/ Gary Vaynerchuk and you can get an early bird ticket for it if you’re in the Vancouver area:

 

 

 

 

Episode 21: John Morrison/ Hip Hop and Masculinity

If you remember, a while back we spoke to writer Omar Mouallem, among other things I asked Omar, an ex-rapper himself, about hip hop culture. But I wanted to delve a little deeper and lucky enough I stumbled into an article a friend shared with me, a phenomenal three part story for Philadelphia Print Works entitled “B-Boys and Men: Towards a More Holistic Expression of Masculinity in Hip Hop”, highlighting historically how hip hop and rap have used gender and sexual identities. Along with that, asking questions to other male-identifying people about what it is to be a man in hip hop. John Morrison, the writer of the piece is also a born and raised Philadelphian who for most of his life has embodied hip-hop culture. I was so happy to get a chance to talk to John, a musician, a podcaster on Serious Rap Shit podcast, and a generally conscious and educated human being:

If check out John Morrison’s stuff, his amazing album titled Southwest Psychedephia which can be found on Spotify, Tidal, wherever, and will be released on a limited edition cassette in June. Check out John and Josh Indy Leidy’s podcast called Serious Rap Shit if you really want to know what the hell is going in hip-hop.

READ OF THE WEEK: “Evolving with the Five Stages of Masculinity”  by Joseph Gelfer, for the Good Men Project he talks about how to resolve your conflicting feelings within feminism or with any movement.

Episode 20: Scott McKeen/Why do Men try so Hard?

This podcast started in April of 2016, and today will mark its 20th episode. The man you will hear today, the 19th man on this show, is the unique counselor for downtown Edmonton, the intelligent Scott McKeen. Before he was elected to the municipal office, Scott was one of the most respected journalists in Edmonton, his beat being the goings on at City Hall. So not only does Scott have experience as a politician but his interview will also come from the experience of the ever-watchful journo. Into being elected, Scott has championed Mental Health and urban Isolation, and through this interview will share a lot of interesting thoughts about vulnerability, and how that has affected his view of how he shapes his manhood.

We talked in his office about Vespas, male impotence, MenSheds, and spaces. It was fun, relaxing, and I hope you enjoy it.

In 2017, my aim is to have more of those questions answered, more men of all kinds listen to the show, ask questions of themselves, join me to share their own stories, learn more from them, learn more from you, and then spread that knowledge.

Stick with me, there’s going to be a lot more where that came from.

I could not do this show without the amazing support from Men Edmonton. Not only that, support from other local ventures like Night Vision, Northern Content Network, and Seen and Heard Edmonton.

If you have a story to tell, email me at modernmanhoodpodcast@gmail.com. Or find me on my webpage at modernmanhoodpodcast.com or on twitter and Instagram @modernmanpod

 

Episode 17: Greg Caswell/The Masculinity of Burlesque

Burlesque isn’t just for women and Greg Caswell and his band of “boylesques” are trying to change the way you look at high heels. Greg is the founder of the all male burlesque troupe, Man Up, who not only empower themselves with their high heels, but show a different kind of masculinity. One that they feel works to show off their own vulnerability, and in their words, take back the high heels. I was very lucky to speak with Greg on my couch so he could share his journey, from young boy to Man Up!

If you want to get a chance to check out the men of Man Up go to manupyeg.com for all their latest shows. The women you heard at the start are from the renowned burlesque troupe, Capital City Burlesque. They are holding their regular Christmas show “Santas Gone Wild” on December 17th. Check em out, they are a blast!