To North Bay With Love

To North Bay With Love

Welcome to North Bay, Ontario’s favorite podcast - To North Bay With Love! Your local source for community and culture in North Bay and the surrounding region. Tune in every Tuesday and Thursday to explore engaging conversations with our host Lisa Boivin as she welcomes a diverse range of local guests, including actors, politicians, athletes, and community members. Explore more North Bay podcasts and stay updated on local events and news at For exclusive North Bay updates and insights, subscribe to our newsletter Echo Essentials. Stay connected with Echo on social media: @NorthBayEcho Production Credits: Host: Lisa Boivin Producer: Ben Sargent Content Specialist: Dave Dale Produced by Story Studio Network & Clark Communications Don't miss out on the latest from North Bay's cherished podcast – subscribe and join the conversation today!


November 30, 2023 21 mins
One play cemented a brotherly bond between 2 actors and now Josh Bainbridge and Morgan Bedard get to re-enact that play but with a new twist.

Lisa dives into the story of Josh writing his version of The Three Musketeers and how, at its heart, is the story of friendship and people willing to put it all on the line to support each other.

  • Josh and Morgan join to talk about how their friendship started 2:00
  • What is this play really a...
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Bobby Ray talks about a local initiative he launched in 2019 called #FiftyTwoCoffees. The initiative matches people up to meet and get to know each other over a cup of coffee throughout the year.

Lisa thought she read the name wrong and shares what she actually thought it was called with producer Ben. Who then shares a funny story that happened while working at the movie theater.
  • Ben talks about his time working at the movie the...
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November 23, 2023 24 mins
The Echo team goes on a road trip up to Airport to do a special on site episode featuring North Bay’s own 22 Wing Band.

Lisa is joined by Conductor Scott Barons, Chip Kean, Colleen Wilhelm and Pat & Linda McCarthy. In a series of 4 interviews interwoven together, we learn about what music means to these fine musicians and the joy they get out of playing.
  • Lisa is joined by Colleen Wilhelm 2:10
  • Scott Barrons joins the show to ...
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November 21, 2023 21 mins
Katie Bevan from the F.A.R.M. boutique is in the studio. She tells us how shopping locally can not just save you money in the long run but can help reduce your carbon footprint.

Have you ever brought your own straw to a restaurant before? Lisa does all the time and she talks with producer Ben about the daily life of no plastic bags and using paper straws.
  • Lisa and Ben talk about plastic bags and paper straws 1:40
  • Katie joins an...
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Lisa is joined by local Nipissing Lakers hockey player Malory Dominico who started the Young Leader Legacy Foundation. Malory is helping raise money for kids to play sports to honour her friends who tragically lost their lives at a young age.

Lisa is also joined by Chip who dropped by the studio to discuss his time working in the now decommissioned underground military complex and how it was the site for a big budget movie.
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November 14, 2023 23 mins
Lisa is joined by Toronto radio legend and co-founder of Story Studio Network Dave Trafford. They talk about Dave’s local ties to North Bay, his 40 year broadcasting career and the time he got to go to London to cover the royal wedding of William and Kate.

Lisa also talks about what ticks her off on the road but she swears she is not an aggressive driver… just assertive.
  • Lisa talks about North Bay roads 2:00
  • Dave Trafford joins...
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In this special episode of To North Bay With Love, Lisa is joined by Col. Richard Jollette to talk about Remembrance Day. They discuss the importance of this day to honour the sacrifices of the men and women who protect our country and those who fell in service.

  • The importance of Remembrance Day 4:0 0
  • The family aspect of the military 8:30
  • We remember those that have fallen 15:40
  • The Colonel’s military career 18:00
  • SGT. David L. Pit...
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November 9, 2023 31 mins
Lisa is joined in the studio by Roy Slack and Mark Wagner from the Canadian Institute of Mining. The trio talk about the impact mining has had on Northern Ontario and the opportunities for young adults to begin a lucrative and fulfilling career. Mark also explains the Mining Matters program that helps educate kids in elementary schools and the Mining Opportunity Challenge that focuses on high school students in the North Bay area.

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November 7, 2023 29 mins
Lisa is joined in the studio by Seth Compton from Outloud North Bay. The two talk about Seth’s involvement in the 2SLGBTQ+ community and how he created Outloud North Bay as a safe space for children to be themselves from all walks of life.

Seth also shares his story of transitioning at the age of 43 and the struggles he had growing up.

  • Seth joins the show to talk about Outloud North Bay 2:10
  • Seth’s childhood 10:00
  • Labeling peopl...
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Lisa is joined in the studio by Mike Harrison the owner of New Ontario Brewery. The two talk about how New Ontario Brewery got its start, Oktoberfest and how the tax system has made it hard on breweries to grow their business.

  • Mike Joins the show to talk about craft beer 2:10
  • Why does Mike love making beer 8:00
  • The complexities of crafting beer 15:00
  • Taxes on breweries 19:00
  • Lisa, Ben and Mike taste test some craft beer 24:00
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Lisa is joined in the studio by Sam Harvey who is on a mission to make North Bay into a musical empire with a new project he is calling Nashville of the North. Sam talks about the new festival committee he is creating and how he is working with local people to create spaces for musicians local and abroad to record their music in North Bay.

Lisa also shares how she was late to jury selection and almost late to recording this episode ...
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Lisa is joined in the studio by Dodger the adorable chocolate lab service dog and his human companion retired veteran Bobbi Springstead as well as Chip Kean owner of Kean’s K-9.

They discuss how, through the Citadel program, veterans are able to get service and support dogs to help them with their day to day life,

  • Chip, Bobbi and Dodger join Lisa to talk about Citadel Canine 2:10
  • Why Citadel is unique 7:20
  • How are dogs donated ...
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It’s almost Halloween and Lisa is joined by Chip to find out what the scariest movies are accorded to “The Science of Scare” 2023 report.

Halloween also means that the local On the Edge Fringe Festival is throwing a fundraiser event Friday October 27th at The Fringe Warehouse Space (150 McIntyre St E). $20 gets you in the door. Lisa sits down with Kelsey Rhul and Kaitlyn Stewart to talk about the past Fringe festival that ran this A...
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October 19, 2023 33 mins
George Couchie joins Lisa to have an important conversation about the struggles that the Indigenous population have gone through both in the past and still face today in society. George talks about the realities of residential schools and dealing with addiction and how he is trying to help the youth of today find their own path and embrace their culture and who they are.

  • George joins Lisa to talk about his role in helping youth...
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October 17, 2023 22 mins
Local actor Maureen Cassidy, known for her role in the early 2000’s as the Campbell Soup mom, joins Lisa to talk about her acting career and how a life altering condition changed her acting career forever.

Lisa is also joined by Dave Dale as they discuss the North Bay Ski Hill and the problems it has been facing recently.

  • Lisa and Dave Dale talk about the ski hill 2:10
  • Marueen Cassidy joins to talk about her acting career 6:20
  • How...
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October 12, 2023 26 mins
Local musician Dave McCallum joins the show to talk about his band Tallpork and rapping in Gaelic. Dave talks about his Scottish heritage and why Gaelic is the perfect language for his music.

Dave McCallum will be doing an Irish language workshop at GD2GO part of the Ontario Culture Days on Sunday October 15th from 1pm-3pm.

  • Lisa and Dave Dale talk about their favourite musicians 1:35
  • Dave McCallum joins to talk about his Scottish ...
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October 10, 2023 26 mins
Lisa tells her story from earlier this month where she went goat walking and the chaos that ensued.

She then is joined in the studio by Amber Livingstone who is the Executive Director of Downtown North Bay and Waterfront. They talk about organizing the Christmas Walk, Amber’s time on the radio, and all the great places and activities that you can check out in the downtown area.

Later in the show

  • Lisa tells her goat walking story...
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October 5, 2023 25 mins
The streets of North Bay have been quieter this summer with the ongoing actor strike and Lisa chats with local writer and actor Jim Calarco. Jim talks about how the strike has hurt North Bay’s economy and the overall state of the industry. He also talks about his latest film and the awards it has been winning in various film festivals

Lisa and Dave, Echo’s Content Director, talk about their favourite movies and how Lisa, inspired by...
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October 3, 2023 21 mins
Tim Lowe joins Lisa to discuss his upcoming podcast on the Echo Network that revolves around NDA high school sports. Tim is a former teacher and coach for Algonquin and he talks with Lisa about his excitement and hopes for this new podcast.

It’s almost Thanksgiving! Lisa and Dave talk about their upcoming plans and Dave talks briefly about the newest podcast coming to Echo.

  • Lisa and Dave talk about Thanksgiving 1:40
  • Tim joins Lis...
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September 28, 2023 27 mins
Fran Hanover joins Lisa to discuss her journey with, finding her lost family after being adopted at birth and using her biological background to find a hidden medical issue that saved her life.

  • Lisa and Dave talk about their family trees 1:00
  • Fran joins the show to tell her story 4:30
  • Fran’s adopted family 8:00
  • Finding her biological family 11:00
  • How her background saved her life 24:00

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