Rival & Queen

Rival & Queen

We're on a mission to level-up our lives, in all ways. This lifestyle podcast is how we learn. We discover topics that are totally new to us, diving deeper on stuff we like, and finding inspiration from people on unique paths (while trying to befriend all our guests!). We share those conversations with you, bringing joy, inspiration, and new discoveries every Thursday. Hosted by Ashley Kielbratowski & Sarah Murphy. Learn more at rivalandqueen.com.


December 2, 2021 68 min

Jodi Guthro is living a songwriter's dream right now. A song she co-wrote with her brother and Walker Hayes has been climbing the Billboard 100 chart. U Gurl with Walker Hayes was at #24 when we recorded this!

We talk to Jodi about her experiences as a singer and songwriter, being in a very musical family, her love of songwriting, and how she’s always getting pulled back into the industry. We also get into the very first song s...

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It’s November All Talk!

This week we have a craving to hit the movies to see Spencer, Princess Diana’s story and House of Gucci. We talk about Ash’s Invisalign journey she is about to start, we also get into how we met, our careers and answer a few questions from our listeners!

With the holidays just around the corner, we teamed up with The Halifax Shopping Centre to bring you our favourite things to shop this holiday season at HSC...

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This week we’ve got two of the brothers behind Dormie Workshop in the studio, Todd & Jeff Bishop. Dormie creates premium leather golf headcovers, and are known for their incredible designs.


The guys share their story from golf pros to entrepreneurs, how Dormie started in a woman’s living room and has grown into a recognized brand that collaborates with groups like the PGA, the Toronto Maple Leafs, the Raptors, and some of the...

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Tracy Bell is a reporter turned entrepreneur after experiencing a family health scare that got her and her husband focused on the power of antioxidants.   Millennia TEA is the world's first un-dried tea.  It's 100% organic, washed, and flash-frozen to ensure the tea remains in its fullest, most beneficial form. In this episode we covered:
  • How Millennia TEA began
  • What it’s like working in the tea business and the tea mafia 
  • Ho...
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    We were already Wanderers fans, but now we're even BIGGER fans and have favourite players. 

    In this episode, we have a blast getting to know 2 of the Wanderers, Stefan Karajovanovic and Cory Bent. 

    We dive into: 

  • How they started playing football
  • What they like about playing in Halifax
  • The team vibe
  • Their career highlights
  • Their game-day rituals 
  • Some of our favourite soccer fan moments!
  • Good luck to the team in their last home game...

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    October 28, 2021 38 min

    We are FIRED up today. We're fresh off a girls' weekend with lots to talk about like our fall getaway, trying rum & cokes, and Halloween. We go into our favorite Halloween movies, apple bobbing, costume ideas and new monthly faves.

    Check out the upcoming Rise Up, Shine Up event we're attending on November 13. Details here!

    Thanks to Luvo Wines for sponsoring this episode! Get your Luvo at luvolife.ca

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    This week we’re joined by Tareq Hadhad, founder of Peace by Chocolate. Born and raised in Damascus, Syria his family was forced to flee their home country to escape the war. 

    Tareq shares his family’s story, and how they eventually made their way to Antigonish, NS. He talks about their experience of going from prosperity to starting over with nothing. Throughout the journey, his family's values, commitment to community, and det...

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    Sometimes, we gotta keep it real and bring on one of our pals!

    This week Chris Cunningham joins us and we get into some behind-the-scenes of podcasting, exploring new interests, and he gives us tips on curating the ultimate weekly podcast schedule (plus, all his favourite shows!). We also talk about how he actually took the time to reassess his life during COVID & the changes that stuck for him.

    Connect with Chris: @c...
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    This week we're joined by Self-Care Coach, Livia Boerger. Livia shares her journey from working in the fashion industry in NYC, where she was dealing with burnout, to becoming an entrepreneur with self-care at the center of her lifestyle.   We talk about:
  • How to make self-care simple & approachable throughout your day
  • Connecting your values to self-care
  • Different ideas that help stop burnout
  • Being intentional wit...
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    September 30, 2021 34 min

    We're back with our first All Talk episode of season 3!

    We talk about:

  • Our love for fall shopping,
  • Ashley's brother Greg is making a big life change,
  • Our frosh experiences & Dalhousie's students crazy back-to-class bash, and 
  • Our monthly faves!
  • Follow along with us through Instagram @rivalandqueen

    More at rivalandqueen.com

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    EPISODE 100! We are celebrating this week by bringing back one of our favourite guests from Season 1, Vicky Mina.   Vicky is the creator behind Vicky Mina Makeup line and a makeup artist in Halifax. We talk about:
  • How she changed her business over the past 2 years & navigated the pandemic
  • Reconnecting to the thing that made you fall in love with your work
  • Aging beautifully, and celebrating aging
  • Connect with Vicky: @vickymin...
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    Haley Hillesland and Jen Corcoran are two of the creators behind Grueter Golf. They are on a mission to get people out golfing no matter what!

    We have recently gotten into golf, and have been loving it but it does come with a lot of stereotypes and some intimidation concerns so we are demystifying what it means to be a “golfer.”

    This episode will leave you wanting to give golf a go if you haven’t already. We talk about what Grueter...

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    September 9, 2021 58 min

    We are so excited to be back for Season 3, and are jumping right back into it, talking fall fashion, our favorite rom coms, and the idea of showering outdoors. 

    Our first guest this season is Amber Balcaen, a racecar driver from Winnipeg, who is the only Canadian female in the top 5 series in NASCAR. Amber competes in the NASCAR ARCA series. 

    We get to know Amber & talk about: 

  • What it takes to be a driver - mental, physical &a...
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    The pany podcast! We welcome back our producer, Marc Boudreau to recap season 2.

    We look back at the last 48 episodes, what we learned, the connections we made, highlights, our favourites, and more. We talk about our Instagram Live show - Waking Up with Rival & Queen, go through our August favorites, and what we’d LOVE to see happen in season 3.

    Big thanks to our community for all your support. We LOVE you!

    Come see us at our L...

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    This week we welcome east-coast hip hop artist, Quake Matthews.

    We talk about Quake's journey into music and becoming an artist, the ups and downs he's experienced, and how he bounces back from the lows. He shares a lot of personal stories, his creative process, and the inspiration behind his newest album, The Myth X.  


    We also share the details about our Links & Luau Charity Golf Tournament and our very first LIVE s...

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    What does it take to create some of our favorite women-led businesses? Well, we sat down with two Halifax locals, Meg Cole and Rebekah Streeter, who have followed their passion to create their own unique careers.

    Get to know the women behind Rise Up Shine Bright, and Voda Retreats. They share with us why they created these businesses, the experiences they hope to create for others, and the lessons they've picked up by stepping ...

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    This week we are joined by Natalie Vansier, the founder of Tour de Soul. Natalie shares how developing a morning routine that brought spirituality into her life changed her path, and her career.

    We learn about our North Node, which in astrology is what your soul came to learn in this lifetime. We also explore how to interpret and work with our dreams, and the staples of a powerful morning routine.

    Connect with Natalie: @tour_de...

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    July 15, 2021 34 min

    Summer is here! In this All Talk episode we plan Sarah's birthday and create a countdown checklist for her to wrap up 32. We cover our July favourites, the LUVO patio party, and re-live the songs that give us the most nostalgia.

    We share all the details on our golf tournament: Links & Luau in support of Adsum for Women & Children. It's coming up on August 6. Register at rivalandqueen.com/golf!

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    This week we’re welcoming Nitasha Goel, the creator of The Cure Skincare. We learn all about how The Cure started as a retail shop for natural skin care products in Toronto, to becoming its own natural skincare brand based out of Hubbards, NS. 

    Nitasha shares how she ended up on the east coast, what surprised her about building a business in Nova Scotia, the distance she goes to source high-quality ingredients, and she shares plent...

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    This week we have the Head Winemaker of Devonian Coast Wineries, Gina Haverstock, joining us to talk all about how wine is made. 

    Gina oversees winemaking at Jost, Gaspereau, and Mercator Vineyards; as well as for LUVO Wines (our fave wine in a can!).

    We learn all about her unusual path to becoming a winemaker; key differences between red, white & rose; what makes Nova Scotia wines unique, her favorite wines; and lots of fun Q&...

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