1000 Meals with 1000 Artists

1000 Meals with 1000 Artists

A theatre producer sits down for one on one conversations with artists over a meal at local restaurants. Sharing a meal is something that is universal across all cultures. For longer than we can even document, we have been sharing meals with family, friends, loved ones, and colleagues. This project is a way to get to know the artists in our community. This is not an interview. This is not a sales pitch. This is a conversation. A chance for us to connect, share stories, and talk about all things art.


June 14, 2024 37 mins

This week Mike chats with Sasha Lapointe Lawless a multidisciplinary artist from Ottawa who is currently studying in Montreal. Sasha talks about visual arts, design, film and his current projects as he works towards making a difference and an impact through his art.

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This week, Mike chats with Benjamin Rusasa, a cinematographer and director! As a young filmmaker, Benjamin got the chance to create a short film with CBC and with the Ottawa Youth Film Festival! Now he's onto his next project, getting set for a filming weekend right now as he prepares to enter his next short in film festivals next year. 

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May 24, 2024 33 mins

Mike shares a meal with Zach Porter, an Indigenous Music Producer, sound designer and engineer who mostly supports projects in Ottawa! Mike and Zach discuss all that goes into music producing and the importance of sound in the performing arts. The two also discuss some challenges facing the Ottawa arts scene.

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May 9, 2024 26 mins

Mike chats with Ellie Floyd over some delicious mac and cheese at the Dreamland Cafe. Ellie is an artist, an educator and an arts educator who recently completed an amazing mural project with a local high school. The two chat about arts education, education in general and why Mike fully believes Ellie should call herself an artist. 

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April 25, 2024 27 mins

Mike chats with Taiya Peckham, an actor and theatre performer who is part of 100 Watt Productions, a unique professional theatre project for youth. 

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April 11, 2024 37 mins

This week Mike shares sushi with Colin Ziraldo, a filmmaker and cinematographer in Ottawa who took on the challenge of creating, filming and producing 12 short films in one year. Colin and Mike discuss relationships in the arts, the challenges of filming one short per month and the balance of artistic creation and living life. Don't miss the public screening of Twelve Tales on Saturday April 13 at the Mayfair Theatre, you can get t...

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February 23, 2024 30 mins

This week Mike chats with LenZz, as he's known in the Ottawa arts community, a photographer, filmmaker and a community mixer. LenZz is on a mission to share his knowledge with younger artists to help support the creative process. Through workshops, creative projects and more, LenZz is making a big impact as a community builder with a focus on partners, mentorship and youth engagement. 

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February 15, 2024 30 mins

This week Mike chats with Kevin Laporte, a video producer, video director, with a background in theatre and film. Kevin and Mike both attended Queen's University, but Kevin was there shortly after Mike's time. The two discuss the arts departments at Queen's, the film community in Ottawa and what drives Kevin in his video production process. 

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February 9, 2024 25 mins

1000 Meals is back! After a brief pause, Mike returns to meeting with artists and learning about them and their process. This week Mike chats with Viktor Khalik, a young artist who is building a foundation in photography, videographer, music and film. Viktor and Mike chatted over some dumpling from Dumplings? Dumplings! in downtown Ottawa, discussing the influence of Viktor's culture, building skills and finding your own style. 

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December 22, 2023 33 mins

Mike shares BBQ from Moe's BBQ with filmmaker and director Andrew Brannen, who recently debuted his first feature film! Andrew talks about the process behind making Coffee to Cocktails, his film, and the journey that brought him to this point. Andrew is also a podcaster, check out the podcast he does with his wife Hannah called "Pause It For Me", on various podcast apps! 

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December 15, 2023 27 mins

This week Mike chats with photo artist Nemo Scio. Nemo has been a photographer for many years but has recently found more time to focus on his photo art as he finds moments in nature that can tell quite the story. The two enjoyed a lunch at The Third, in the Hintonburg/Wellington West area of Ottawa. 

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December 8, 2023 31 mins
This week Mike chats with Anastasiia Zosymenko, a young filmmaker who made her first feature! Anastasiia and Mike talk about her documentary on the war in Ukraine, going to film school and the opportunities Canada has in the arts.
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November 30, 2023 36 mins

This week Mike chats with Somya Goomer, a self described 'mixed bag'! She is a singer, actor, designer, producer, and project manager who is keen on collaboration and finding projects that really spark her creatively. The two had lunch at Zoe's restaurant in the Fairmont Chateau Laurier, downtown Ottawa. 

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November 23, 2023 30 mins

This week, Mike shares some pub fare with filmmaker Ben Bergeron. Ben is the Creative Director of Hot Shoe Productions, a social enterprise of Youth Ottawa and is a local filmmaker who is about to complete one short film a month for one year. We'll be screening his year of short films in 2024, for now the two chat about filmmaking in Ottawa, various film contests, festivals and the value of the combination of education and practica...

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November 9, 2023 29 mins

This week Mike reconnects with a friend, Reid Cunningham. Reid is a singer and was the Producer of the first three years of The Juvenis Festival, a youth arts festival in Kingston, Ontario. The two enjoy sandwiches and wraps at Bella Bistro in Kingston as they chat about venues for musicians, producing festivals and the power the arts have to connect. 

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November 2, 2023 37 mins

This week, Mike enjoys brunch with musician and painter Savannah Shea, the voice behind the music of 1000 Meals with 1000 Artists. The two chat about the differences between performer and producer, ego, the spotlight and Savannah's approaches to writing music and teaching. This episode is "on the road" at Pan Chancho Bakery & Cafe in Kingston, Ontario. 

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October 19, 2023 26 mins

Mike sat down with Emmanuel Antonin, Creative Director of The Novas Group and 20today 20tomorrow. The two discuss art being everywhere, curating art shows, being considered a threat and much more, all over some delicious poutine at Jack's Food Truck in downtown Ottawa.

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October 13, 2023 31 mins

Mike Sheppard, founder of Sol One Arts Inc., The Juvenis Festival and Blue Canoe Productions begins his quest to share 1000 meals with 1000 artists and get to know his new community. Drayton, a creative, is the Chairman/Chief Executive Officer of The Novas Group. The two discuss Drayton's creative process over pasta, and dive into the mind of one of Ottawa's greatest entrepreneurs. 

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