Why Bother?

The final episode of All That Matters. We thought it’d be fitting to go out with one of the big questions behind everything we’ve done on the show: Why bother? Why bother making something, rather than nothing?

We’ve got three stories for you. Elevator pitch master Julie Ferguson returns, as we follow them through the daily hustle of bussing between rehearsals and trying to make ends meet. We talk to Daniel Secker, a drummer who always wanted to make it big. And we talk to filmmaker Geraldine Carr, who wants to go bigger.

This show is coming to a close because most of the producers who’ve worked on it over the years have moved away, or moved on to other projects. We’re sad to wrap things up, but really excited to keep making great stories for you through CJSR. You can find alumni from our show on Fuses With the Muses, Topograph, Word, Adamant Eve, and soon on Generator.

We’ve really enjoyed making this show for you over the years. Thank you for listening to our little corner of the radio.

This episode first aired on September 14, 2016.


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.



This week’s episode is one of those old questions: what’s the point of suffering? We speak to Canadian author Marina Endicott about her pun-tastic novel Close to Hugh, and her characters’ struggle to figure out how we live in the knowledge of death and suffering and not collapse from sadness.

Then we talk to dancer and Pique Dance Centre instructor María Valencia Alvarez about yearning for a baby brother, being shipped off to boarding school, and growing up fast.

This episode first aired on August 26, 2015.


Art is for Everyone

This week: if art is for everyone, how do we make sure everyone can access it? We wander over to the Talking Book Club at an Edmonton library, and hear the story behind CRIPSiE and the Mindhive Collective’s new show The Wedding Reception: Love in the Margins.

This episode first aired on June 3, 2015.


Alberta Election 2015

This week: what would Alberta look like if we had a government that was totally oriented around making the arts thrive? With the May 5 provincial election looming, we ask Edmonton artists Theodore Fox, Ahmed Knowmadic Ali, and Gerry Morita for their take. And we come up with a snazzy ad for our fake political party.

This episode first aired on April 22, 2015.

We want to hear from you! This episode, we invented the Artisan Partisan Party. Its triumphant slogan: Creating a Culturally Rich Alberta.

What do you think its logo should be? Send us your design and we’ll share it online next week. Email your Artisan Partisan Party logo to by April 29, 2015.

And don’t forget to vote this May 5.



This week: what do we make that really lasts? We speak to University of Alberta archaeologist Jack Ives about what will outlast glaciers, and Mile Zero Dance’s Artistic Director Gerry Morita about golden moments on stage. And of course, we’ve got stories about bad haircuts and bad tattoos from Jen Danger, Ben Alway and the gentlemen of Zarah Beauty Supply & Unisex Salon.

This episode first aired on February 4, 2015.