Episode 19: Tyler Bentley/The Work of Gratitude

Sometimes, stress and anxiety lead people to addiction and the feeling that you are isolated, especially dealing with your ideas of masculinity. The feeling that you cannot talk to another guy because they might not understand, or push you away, or make you feel awkward. This brings me to the guest in this week’s episode: Tyler Bentley, an Edmonton man, who contacted me and we sat down in the bowels of MacEwan University (that’s why you hear a little background noise) and asked me to help him share his story, one that involves these themes of disconnection, addiction, introspection, anxiety, and recuperation. And in the end, the revelation of his own masculinity and his own soul.

As always, reach me by emailing me at modernmanhoodpodcast@gmail.com if you want to be on the show. Also if you want to leave me some feedback, do it @modernmanpod on Twitter and Instagram.

Music by Adam Johen and Dunmore Park from Night Vision

Episode 18: The Awesome Modern Manhood Hour

Last month, I got a chance to meet the makers of number 1 rated podcast in Vue Weekly’s best of, the Awesome Hour. And as it turns out they are just laid back, chill guys who love to gab and have a tight brotherhood together. I really wanted to dive deep in what made their friendship tick, and also how they view things like fatherhood and masculinity in general. I also just wanted to hang out with genuinely cool guys. So we decided to do something a little special and a little different, we mixed the two shows up. There’s a lot of Awesome Hour in this episode, so you’ll get to hear a lot more chatting about fun stuff, and also try to bring a little MMP to Awesome Hour. It was super fun and Alec, Ivan, and Corbo treated me like family.

So we decided to collab on this and put this on both of our channels and hopefully we can do this again because it was a blast.  After this episode, check out The Awesome Hour on Soundcloud/theawesomehour or on iTunes. Or on GRadio.ca. You might even see some of the stickers in an around town. As always you can reach me at modernmanpod on twitter and Instagram. And all of the episodes are on itunes and on modernmanhoodpodcast.com.

Next week we’ll be back to our regularly scheduled programs with great interviews. I just wanted to share this with you the same time the Awesome Hour did.

All music is from Night Vision, and as always check out the awesome dudes and dudettes from Men Edmonton

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!

Episode 16: Harrison Oakes/Masculinity and the Gay Male Pt 2

Just like I promised you last week, we have part 2 of the interview with Harrisson Oakes, PhD student of masculinities from the University of Waterloo. In this part we chat about his life in Mexico, how we can teach masculinities in schools and in daily life, and also he shares a powerful experience in which he learns about himself.

As always, reach me at modernmanhoodpodcast.com or email me at modernmanhoodpodcast@gmail.com if you want to be on the show. Also if you want to leave me some feedback, do it @modernmanpod on Twitter and Instagram.

Music by Adam Johen and Dunmore Park from Night Vision

Episode 15: Harrison Oakes/Masculinity in Gay Males Part 1


Today on this show, we have PhD student from the University of Waterloo in Waterloo Ontario, Harrison Oakes. Harrison studies the roles of threat and defense in prejudice (e.g., masculinity threat and subsequent homophobic behavior/cognition) and the interaction of power and status with anxiety in shaping cognition and emotion. He has also written two nationally-disseminated teacher’s guides for bullying awareness. Harrison is a gay male, and I had the pleasure of recording him for the show twice. The first time though, the audio was lost. But Harrison graciously agreed to do it again, and we had a great chat that was filled with information and theory and just great stories that I had to split it into two shows. So next week, you’ll get a bonus MMP with the second part of this convo, lucky you!

As always, reach me via email me at modernmanhoodpodcast@gmail.com if you want to be on the show. Also if you want to leave me some feedback, do it @modernmanpod on Twitter and Instagram.

This episode is brought to you by the team at Men Edmonton.

The music has been brought to you by Adam Johen from Night Vision. He’s the guy who made the new intro song, and the teacher at the Night Vision Music Acadamy. If you want to learn more about DJ’ng and producing from someone who’s already making some amazing stuff, sign yourself up for their Winter classes.


Good news day! Northern Content Network and Night Vision

Lately, we have gotten a little bit of fortune here at MMP that I wanted to share with you.

First thing, I really wanted to have awesome music for the podcast, but because of rights agreements with artists or whatever, I could only pick from songs that had were free under Creative Commons. Not only that, they were not really connected to anything, they were just cool tunes. But because one of the themes of MMP is connection and community, I reached out to the awesome folks over at Night Vision Music Academy here in Edmonton to see if they would allow me to use their tunes for the show. They loved the show and graciously agreed, so I’m proud to say that all the music is by Night Vision. The cool things is that they provide training for aspiring producers and DJ’s so you can also make awesome tunes like they do. Check out their classes and connect with really awesome dudes.

Secondly, one of the better Canadian podcast networks has added me to their lineup. The Northern Content Network is home to great award winning podcasts like 30Minuteweek, The 4Th Line, What It Is (Taylor Chadwick‘s pod), The Movie Jerks, Cups n Cakes, etc etc etc. These are all great, great, great news in regards to visibility and most importantly CONNECTION.

We can all use a little more connections these days, right?

Episode 14: Jeremy Loveday/Living with Vulnerability

Before I get to the interview I have some homework for you to do, go check out Jeremy Loveday’s 3 min poem called “Masks Off.” which I posted before. It’s a powerful statement to how we affect each other, and how we can support each other and especially women during the White Ribbon campaign. Now I had the pleasure and honor to chat with this award-winning slam poet, turned Victoria B.C. city counselor. Jeremy tells us why he wanted to share his passion to change his culture around him, growing up as a sensitive child, how his father has been his role model, and of course we get to talking about Donald Trump. Because we unfortunately cannot avoid THAT any longer. So in his own words, we’ll find out the views of manhood in the eyes of Jeremy Loveday:

Jeremy talks about social isolation which coincidentally is a subject in review right here in Edmonton. Check out what Edmonton is doing in regards to mental health and isolation especially during the winter month. Or as Jeremy said, find out who is your one friend who you can reach out to.

Night Vision is an Edmonton-based collective of producers, DJs, and artists trying to make electronic music awesome and relevant here in the YEG. They are one of the many amazing people trying to make Edmonton dance. Night Vision has graciously allowed me to use their tunes as music for the show, which includes the opener and the background music. The music that you heard from this episode was from a band called Dunmore Park.

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