What Makes a Hero?

What makes a hero? Is it the choices they make? The way we see them? On today’s episode of All That Matters, we talk to the creators of Heroes of 107th, an attempt to reframe how Edmontonians see the people who live and work near 107th Ave. And we speak to Kristine Kowalchuk about how she started the campaign to save the Cloverdale Footbridge.

This episode originally aired on May 11, 2016.

There was a technical glitch during the live show – apologies for that! We’ll upload the full version of the interview that got cut off below.



This week: Avatars. We were really curious how composite sketches are made, so we went straight to the source: the Edmonton Police Service’s Sgt Alanna Harrison joins us to tell us about the emotional and labour-intensive process of building a sketch of a suspect. And digital artist Braxton Penner joins us to talk about how digital avatars are made for video games.

You can watch Braxton Penner’s 3D modeling and texturing demo reel online here:

3D Modeling and Texturing Demo Reel Braxton Penner 2016 from Braxton Penner on Vimeo.

Demo Reel for Braxton Penner (2016)

Song Credit – San Holo Remix – Dr.Dre, The Nest Episode.

This episode first aired on April 27, 2016.



This week: What’s authentic? Emmanuel Jal was born in South Sudan and became a child solider at the age of 7. He’s now become a global citizen through his work as an activist, hip-hop artist and storyteller. We talked to Emmanuel about how he tries to stay true to himself and where he comes from.

And we dive deep into the debate about cultural appropriation of Indigenous art and culture. Cold Lake First Nation artist Dawn Marie Marchand joins us to talk about the lengths she goes to make her art respectfully, and whether Edmontonians really should #boycottyegarts, as Metis writer and academic Zoe Todd has advocated on her blog.

This episode first aired on August 19, 2015.


Elevator Pitches

This week on All That Matters, we asked Edmontonians for their elevator pitches! We’ve got deliciously impractical ideas about bobsledding and pirates from Rapid Fire Theatre’s Chris Borg and Sam Stralak. We ride in the actual elevator at Enterprise Square to hear artist Julie Ferguson’s idea for the building. And we ask folks on the street about their ideas for the old Royal Alberta Museum building.

This episode first aired on March 30, 2016.


Where Can Canadians Watch CanCon?

This week: Where can Canadians watch CanCon? Video rental stores have almost disappeared, and more of us are watching TV online, where nobody’s required to stock up on Canadian content. We ask Kevin Martin, owner of the last standing DVD rental shop in Edmonton – the Lobby – what’s kept his business standing. Then we ask the National Film Board’s Director of Digital Marketing Matthieu Stréliski what’s on their streaming site, And we ask Mosaic Entertainment Chief Marketing Officer Jesse Lipscombe how his production company has tried to get the locally produced comedy Delmer & Marta out to Canadian viewers.

This episode first aired on March 23, 2016.


The Neutral Zone

We see little glimpses of artists’ lives through their work. But what’s in the neutral zone: the space between being at centre stage – having everyone pay attention to your work – and your regular life? We ask Edmontonian Susan Sneath, who moved away from a life in theatre, radio and TV. And we speak to renowned artist Joseph Sanchez, one of the Professional Native Indian Artists Inc (aka the “Native Group of Seven”), about how their fight to get Indigenous art embraced by the mainstream changed the way he saw himself. MacKenzie Art Gallery curator Michelle LaVallee talks about creating an exhibit of the group’s work touring across Canada.

The episode first aired on March 9, 2016.


Half Off

This week: Half Off. Why is attendance at the Art Gallery of Alberta only half of what it was when the new building opened, and what can they do about it? We speak with Edmonton City Councillor Andrew Knack why he voted against funding an experiment with free admission at the gallery. And we’ll talk to Latitude 53’s Todd Janes and Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History’s Nina Simon about what other galleries are trying to get crowds in the door.

This episode first aired on February 10, 2016.


Making It

This week: A 360 degree look at what it means to “make it.” We talk to The Wet Secrets’ Lyle Bell about all the puddles and hard work along the way from accidentally starting a band to playing the Grey Cup. And we’ll talk to Edmontonian Sharon Bellion about working her way up from a life without literacy.

This episode first aired on February 3, 2016.


We Love You, Stuart

This week: What do Stuart McLean and his CBC Radio show The Vinyl Cafe mean to Canadians?

You might have heard the rough news this winter that Stuart McLean has been diagnosed with cancer. While he battles it out, we thought we’d take a moment to reflect on what he and the show mean to us. We’ll hear from Zankhna Mody, a listener in Peterborough, Ontario. And our own Josh Turpin shares a letter to Stuart.

This episode first aired on January 27, 2015.


The New Kings and Queens

This week: How do we deal with pioneers when their successors find their outlook passé?

Edmonton’s had fabulous drag kings and queens over the years. But as the cultural conversation around gender and queer rights has changed, so has drag. In this episode, we speak to well-known drag performer and writer Darrin Hagen, author of memoir The Edmonton Queen. And we get a glimpse into the closet of Pony Meyer, a drag king performing these days with the Queer Royale troupe.