The Backstage Podcast

The Backstage Podcast

Hi! My name is George Tsantrizos. From 2007-2018, I spent the better part of my life working as a political advisor, often referred to as the backstage of politics. The endless hours of a non-existent schedule; the media, community and government relations; the time away from home; the multiple campaign trails; the hurrays and the boos; the compliments and criticisms; all that and much more were just part of the deal. Why do it you say? For the absolute privilege of working with individuals that ceaselessly demonstrated their profound and remarkable desire to contribute to society. Here's where I surprise you... Many of those individuals had absolutely nothing to do with the political class. They were community organizers and leaders, businessmen and businesswomen, influencers, volunteers, inspirational men and women. Here's the irony... We depended on them as much, if not more, as they depended on us. And the conversations! I think I'll miss those the most! So I figured after all these years, perhaps there's a way to keep those going and share them with you all. Welcome to The Backstage! Hope you enjoy the conversations!

Episodes

June 19, 2021 47 min
My guest this week is Greg Kelley. He is a Member of the National Assembly of Quebec for the riding of Jacques-Cartier. He also happens to be the Official Opposition Critic for Relations with English-Speaking Quebecers and for Indigenous Affairs, two files that have kept him busy and quite solicited these last months. On this episode he gives his take on Bill 96, which proposes new amendments to Quebec’s Charter of the French lang...
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My guest this week is Christopher Skeete. He is a Member of the National Assembly of Quebec for the riding of St-Rose, a district in the northern part of the city of Laval. He also happens to be the Parliamentary Assistant to Quebec Premier, François Legault, for Relations with English-Speaking Quebecers and, very recently, he was appointed Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister Responsible for the Fight Against Racism, a newly cr...
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April 23, 2021 46 min
Mon invitée aujourd’hui est Dominique Anglade, la cheffe du Parti libéral du Québec. C’est la deuxième fois qu’elle accepte mon invitation, mais cette fois-ci, nous mettons un peu la politique de côté afin de discuter de son nouveau livre, Ce Québec qui m’habite. C’est un livre dans lequel elle raconte l’histoire d’une fille d’immigrants, son parcours et ses multiples accomplissements dont, bien évidemment, son ascension comme prem...
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April 10, 2021 49 min
Bonjour tout le monde et bienvenue à un autre épisode francophone du Backstage Podcast. Mon invité cette semaine est un ami de longue date. En fait, il est parmi les premières personnes que j’ai rencontrées quand j’ai fait mon entrée dans le monde de la politique. Winston Chan est une des personnes les plus impliquées dans toutes les sphères de notre société, que ce soit socialement, en politique, en affaires, au niveau de la cultu...
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March 27, 2021 78 min
My guest this week is Adam Scotti. Perhaps that name doesn’t tell you much, but I can assure you that you’ve seen his work and you’ve most certainly been impressed! Adam is the guy behind almost every official picture of Canadian Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau. He is an exceptionally talented photographer who, through his unique style, keeps setting the bar higher and sets the example among his peers. On this episode we talk about ...
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March 13, 2021 70 min
My guest this week is an old friend from college. Aram was that kid that everyone wanted to hang out with because of his loyalty, his kindness and his constant good humor. That’s not to say though that he didn’t get into his share of trouble, which also seemed to be quite constant! Somehow, we completely disconnected after college but I always wondered what he was up to and how his life progressed. Thankfully, with the help of soci...
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February 27, 2021 69 min
My guest this week is someone I met very early on during my career in politics. Evangelos Ligeros is one of the most prominent personalities in Canadian Taekwondo. He is the face behind Chong Lee Taekwondo, an institution through which Taekwondo was first introduced to Canada and founded by his father-in-law, the late Grandmaster Chong Lee, nearly 60 years ago! Evangelos is a Grandmaster 7th dan, 8 time national champion, internati...
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December 18, 2020 61 min
I am so excited to finally have John Parisella on the podcast. When I started working in politics, in 2007, I was almost immediately immersed in a world where legends were real. John had already and rightfully earned that title. When we talk about “The Backstage” of politics, John Parisella is most definitely the very definition of that statement! His involvement with the Quebec Liberal Party started in the late 70s as he quickly c...
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December 11, 2020 55 min
My guest this week is Evangelia Pavlakos. Eva and I have known each other since high school and despite the fact that we haven’t seen or spoken to each other since, I’ve been following her journey as an entrepreneur while becoming one of the most sought-after makeup artists evolving in the very competitive pop culture scene in Quebec. This achievement has been anything but easy and on this episode she shares the challenges she face...
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November 28, 2020 57 min
It’s very difficult to forget the day a very talented young man met with my colleagues and I with a request to provide any and all help to win his nomination as a Liberal Party of Canada candidate for the 2015 general election for the riding of Ahuntsic, in Montreal. I remember how much Anthony Di Carlo impressed us and demonstrated to us his passion for politics and his exceptional knowledge of that area he wished to represent. Wh...
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November 6, 2020 79 min
Mon invité cette semaine est Ali Nestor. Un individu quand même assez connu, surtout dans le quartier de Saint-Michel à Montréal. Pour plusieurs, Ali est le fondateur d’une école de boxe et d’arts martiaux à travers laquelle il a créé des programmes variés qui visent à encadrer des jeunes en difficulté et à les guider vers un chemin autre que celui pouvant les conduire vers le monde du crime. C’est justement ce Ali Nestor dont j’av...
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October 23, 2020 35 min
My guest this week is Dr. Christos Karatzios. He is a pediatrician specializing in infectious diseases with an additional specialization in pediatric HIV. I’ve been meaning to have him on the podcast ever since the Covid-19 pandemic broke out here in Quebec, but as you can probably imagine, he was quite busy saving lives. He’s finally here though and we talk exclusively about the coronavirus, how we’ve managed it so far, how we’ve ...
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October 9, 2020 52 min
My guest this week is Louis-Martin Leclerc. Louis and I met when he came over my studio while accompanying Alexandre Cusson, then candidate for the leadership of the Quebec Liberal Party (Episode #22). I later discovered that he is passionate about American politics and with the US elections due in less than a month, I thought it would be great to have his insight! Louis isn’t only knowledgeable on American politics but he also has...
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September 25, 2020 51 min
My guest today is someone who always amazes me by his positive outlook, down-to-earthness and his constant desire for simplicity, despite the fact that he’s a pretty popular guy! Francisco Randez is a model, actor, TV and radio personality, entrepreneur, but more importantly an amazing humanitarian and philanthropist having associated himself with some exceptional causes. That’s quite an impressive track record for a young guy like...
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September 11, 2020 87 min
My guest this week is a young man who I met at the very beginning of my career in politics. Varante Yapoudjian is an extremely active member of the Armenian community involved mostly in its various advocacy efforts but who also has a keen interest in political engagement at all levels of government. On this episode we discuss the destructive and unfortunate events that have unfolded in Lebanon in the last weeks as well as his commu...
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August 28, 2020 43 min
Welcome to another French episode of The Backstage Podcast! If you understand French, please stick around because we have an extraordinary guest on the podcast this week. If you don’t understand French, feel free to watch or the listen to any other episode that’s available and come back again as we will have more English episodes in the upcoming weeks. Alors bonjour tout le monde et bienvenue au Backstage Podcast! Mon invitée aujo...
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August 14, 2020 64 min
My guest this week is Kenneth George, one of the very first local leaders I met when I started to work as a political advisor back in 2007. Until recently, Kenneth was among the longest serving school commissioners in Montreal and definitely, in my opinion, the one most present and involved. He was a regular at our office and that’s because he always brought new and refreshing ideas on how to improve our local schools and, as such,...
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My guests this week are quite possibly two of my favorite people! Dimitris Ilias and Maria Diamantis are two exceptional opera singers that left behind their careers at some of the world’s most prestigious opera houses to focus on educating and promoting the values of this artform. Through their collaboration with over 25 schools across the Greater Montreal Area they continuously contribute not only to fueling the musical passion o...
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June 19, 2020 74 min
My guest this week is Nelson Ossé, quite possibly among the most active and engaged community leaders I had the privilege of working with. His dedication to youth empowerment through sport is exemplary and his involvement in his community has led him not only to the very top of his organization, but also at a leadership position through which he administers the most important cultural and community center in Park-Extension, the Wil...
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June 5, 2020 75 min
My guest this week is Jim Beis. Jim and I have known each other for a long time. He is a stark example of the opportunities that are available for anyone that has a desire to contribute to his or her society. Jim started working at a very young age at the Parks and Recreation Department of the City of Roxboro. He then went on to run for office as a City Councilor and eventually became Mayor of the Pierrefonds-Roxboro Borough. For o...
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