Mike and Kristen

Mike and Kristen

Kristen quits her 6-figure government job to become a full time artist, Mike offers her tricks and tips from his 15 year career as a musician. The husband and wife duo discuss following dreams, living the life of a ”creative”, and all the ridiculous stories along the way. They share chapters from their travel/relationship book ”You and Me” and interview guests about their path to following their own dream. Hilarious, philosophical, and heart warming all at the same time.

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September 21, 2022 96 min

Is there anyone more savvy in the entertainment industry than Surettes Island (Yarmouth) own, Trevor Murphy?! We could have talked with Trev for hours more given his treasure chest of knowledge. We explore his creative work with Acadian communities, how being a teenager in a small town shaped his passion for music AND he recites the entire lineup, in order, from Summersault 2000. Trevor shares insight on the creative economy in Nov...

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A well-known leader in the entertainment industry, Steph Purcell is the Master of anticipating what we need. She shows up with confidence, decisiveness and thoughtfulness in both her work and personal life. Hear how building relationships has led to both a thriving business and a friend group that many envy. Oh, and there was that yacht party… 

Us on the web: www.mikeandkristen.ca

Instagram: www.instagram.com/mike_and_kristen/

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This powerhouse creative couple shares how the pandemic led them to sobriety, new jobs and “starting from zero” towards reinventing themselves. Zach bought Tori a sandwich on a tour in Germany and that is the key to any travelling artist’s heart! Both lifelong musicians, Zach and Tori share stories of their most memorable gigs, the impact of a live audience and how change can be the best way to keep life interesting.

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We eloped over six years ago in Jamaica and are often asked, “how did you do that?” Today’s episode shares the first chapter of our audiobook, “You and Me” which tells the story of our special wedding day. A drug dealer takes our photo, Mike sprains his wrist at our wedding party trying to crack open a piñata and Kristen encourages you to do things your own way!

Us on the web: www.mikeandkristen.ca

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Artists need to take care of their minds and bodies to stay creative and in flow. Mental health and mindfulness are key drivers to overall health so we wanted to share some of our own successes on exercise, nutrition and mindful practices that help keep us going. Mike talks about reverse high heels and Kristen talks about coffee enemas. The rest is somewhere in between!

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With a background in theatre, music and performance, New Brunswick born Vanessa Furlong has had a long creative life. Her former band Three Sheet brought an eclectic sound to the Halifax music scene with a hip-hop vibe and off the cuff performances. She has worked in circus performance for the past five years, notably with her artistic partner Erin Ball who together form “LEGacy Circus”. She also holds the ONLY therapy clown positi...

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Up and coming singer-songwriter Jackson Weldon talks about going from high school graduation to playing local gigs. This 18-year-old creative shares bits of his writing process, past and present musical influences and the serendipitous nature of meeting Mike at our favourite local restaurant, the Rustic Crust. This episode will make you feel nostalgic, inspired and considerate of your relationship to the arts and their artists!

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Classically trained musician Blanche Israël has recently birthed the most beautiful baby girl! She talks about parenting and how this new life adventure factors into her creativity. Her days performing with Indigenous frontman Jeremy Dutcher are still fast and furious, always offering something new and unexpected. PLUS, Blanche shares entrepreneurial tips and how the days of working a 9-5 can be replaced by what makes sense for our...

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Accomplished musician Willie Stratton is the East Coast’s Elvis Presley! Influenced by folk, rock, country and more, his versatile style is one of a kind. Willie chats about his new album “Drugstore Dreamin” and how it feels like a brand-new style of production and sound. He shares tips on where to buy great jewelry, music history and how he survived the pandemic as an artist.

Us on the web: www.mikeandkristen.ca

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Duane Jones is an accomplished painter, lifestyle brand creator and podcaster. We chat about his upcoming shows, how he got into podcasting and his diverse influences. Duane candidly shares the realities of being a professional artist and how life experience - like listening to people he disagrees with - can offer inspiration. He also reflects on what “making it” looks like to him and questions whether or not he has limiting belief...

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A few weeks ago, Kristen woke up and had gone completely deaf in her left ear. Listen to her 12-year long experience with hearing loss, tinnitus, the medical system and how her disability has impacted her art. You can also guess what ghost is occupying her ear! You’ll see…

Us on the web: www.mikeandkristen.ca

Instagram: www.instagram.com/mike_and_kristen/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mikeandkristencreative

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Steph Joline is an award-winning filmmaker, though would probably never tell you that herself. She prefers to go against the grain and find success and celebration through storytelling and highlighting social issues. Her recent film “Night Blooms” pays tribute to the 90s and what it meant to grow up in a small town, exploring intimate relationships. She talks about how being in control of life can be both a struggle and a blessing....

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“Burry” shares their roadmap to becoming a musician in Halifax, how they sent blind emails to established artists and how they seem to only write songs during challenging times. We chat about how Ellis and their partner Sam road-tripped across Canada, discovering new cities and a few homophobic towns along the way. A proud Croc wearer, tattoo collector, arts advocate and talented performer, Ellis offers up their show highlights and...

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We spent a month in the middle of nowhere Colombia at a coffee plantation turned artist residency. Among the company of international creatives, Ric Dragon and the rescue doggos we chat about how sometimes a difficult experience is just what the soul needs. We evaluate whether or not we’re “too Canadian,” tell the story of how Mike’s band helped a 13-year old local boy whose life is in danger and reflect on how sometimes life’s sur...

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The most candid interview we’ve ever done! The now sober Tony Ronalds opens up about his drug and alcohol addiction during the rise and fall of his band “Kilt” and how he didn’t recognise his own roommate at a show. Tony reflects on how age and life experience has led to a new appreciation of his musicianship and how being a new father after a reverse vasectomy has brought a new sense of presence. Funny, honest and a voice that you...

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Where it all started! This is the first podcast we ever recorded and thought we would take it from the beginning of Mike’s story and what led him to pursue a life and career as a professional musician. We hear about him playing in bars when he was 16, learn how an injury forced him to give up guitar and start singing for the first time, how his entire band dropped out of University and survived on pizza crust and mustard for years ...

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We are joined today by two incredible creatives who specialise in capturing life’s genuine moments through the art of photography. Erin Bulger and Steph McNamara discuss their mentorship relationship, tips for aspiring photographers and how the photos that look like “the ones that your mom took” are always the most meaningful! We recollect the fortunate times we have had to work with this talented duo and think we all tear up at so...

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Have you ever had a first date go wrong?! In today’s episode we discuss how our first date went awry but we turned it around and used those embarrassing moments to our advantage. After Kristen almost sets her apartment on fire, rents the worst movie of all time, and Mike shows up in a Dole banana t-shirt (on our second date too…) we end up laughing about it all! Let us know if you have any first date disasters and we’ll share your ...

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In today’s episode we are joined by singer-songwriter, George Woodhouse who shares his story of moving to Nova Scotia at 19-years old, though thought he was moving to New Brunswick. He speaks of how he manages the work-life balance of civil service and leading a band and how making the decision to pursue a full-time life in the arts comes with a great deal of emotion. George talks about the loss of his father and how that inspired ...

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After a wild month, we take a moment to reflect on the wins and losses that we’ve experienced. Mike shares his heartbreak from being nominated for 5 ECMAs but winning only a free shuttle ride and how the night eventually ends up being a beautiful celebration. We talk about how we’ll be picked up by a stranger upon arrival in Colombia who will drive us for 3 hours into the middle of nowhere and our plans to try and relax while we’re...

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