Chatter that Matters

Chatter that Matters

Chatter that Matters. A show about human perseverance and the possibility that counters the storm of negativity and a growing sense of impossibility. Host Tony Chapman shares inspiring stories of people who make things happen regardless of seemingly impossible circumstances. We learn powerful life lessons that help us get where we want, need and deserve. Tony's guests include athletes, artists, activists, entrepreneurs, immigrants, refugees, survivors and leaders from across society. In doing so, we learn life lessons that help us chase our dreams.


June 20, 2024 39 mins

You will soon hear why I found Derek Blais an exceptional guest. He has the spirit of youth but with the presence and insights of an elder. Derek's journey embodies the spirit of Chatter that Matters by sharing how he overcame circumstances to chase his dreams but change his world and ours for the better.

Derek speaks candidly about his struggles and triumphs, including the pivotal moment of embracing his Indigenous identity and th...

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How do I follow up on last week's interview with Malcolm Gladwell? Joining me today is best-selling author and world-renowned speaker Joe Roberts. Joe shares his moving and incredible journey from homelessness and addiction to becoming an entrepreneur, CEO, and, today, an influential advocate for youth. Joe lives to inspire change and offers actionable steps for overcoming challenges, fostering resilience, and reclaiming dreams. 


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June 6, 2024 49 mins

Malcolm Gladwell is an outlier in his own right, as a journalist, author and public speaker. His unique perspective and engaging writing style have made him a prominent sociology and popular culture voice. He has five New York Times bestsellers — The Tipping Point, Blink, Outliers, What the Dog Saw, and David and Goliath. In addition to his best-selling books, Malcolm co-founded Pushkin Industries and hosted the hit podcast Revisio...

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This week's episode features Nick Taylor, who captivated the golf world and all of Canada with his thrilling 72-foot playoff eagle putt, making him the first Canadian in 69 years to win the RBC Canadian Open. Nick takes us on a journey from his childhood dreams of being a professional golfer to being ranked the top amateur in the world. Nick then shares his experiences on the PGA Tour before reflecting on the exhilarating moments o...

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This is a true-life Ted Lasso story, taped in front of a live audience at the Canadian Federation of Independent Grocers Conference. I love every word of what Jay DeMerit has to say about life, sports, ego, and leadership.

Jay's journey extends beyond athletic supremacy to becoming a role model for youth, an entrepreneur, and a sought-after keynote speaker. Jay DeMerit shares his journey from being overlooked in the MLS Draft to ma...

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Frank Palmer is a character of immense character. Frank is a true icon, creative genius, thought leader, visionary and entrepreneur.  Frank is being featured as part of The Legends Journey, Lessons in Leadership series. A collaboration between Chatter that Matters and the American Marketing Association's Toronto Chapter. In this series, we interview inductees from Canada's Marketing Hall of Legends. To date, I have chatted with Arl...

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May 9, 2024 57 mins

Sometimes, the most gripping tales are not those of fiction. They're not from a bookshelf or a TV screen. They're real-life stories that unfold around us. Stories that remind us of the power of the human spirit. Today on Chatter That Matters, we share the indomitable spirit of Stacey Curtis, who survived a plane crash, cancer that roared through her body and where she was given only a few years to live. 


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Did you ever dream of building something with your best friend?  Discover the inspiring story of April Brown and Sarah Sklash, who quit their jobs and purchased a roadside motel in Prince Edward County.  

With hard work, dedication, and little experience, they transformed the dingy motel into a beautiful spac...

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April 25, 2024 39 mins

Today, I welcome Jeanne Beker, a global icon and an inductee into the Marketing Hall of Legends. Jeanne is also a dear friend and a trailblazer who has found success as a world-renowned fashion journalist, entrepren...

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April 18, 2024 49 mins

This will define our country in the future: dreamers and doers who are taking on our most significant problems and then exporting their ideas and technology around the world.

For my Earths Day Show, I chatted with Phil De Luna.  At age 32, he is among the most brilliant people I have ever interviewed. Phil has a great personality, radiates passion, and has a powerful connection to the human race.

Phil makes me feel optimistic abo...

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'I’m not making records; I’m making history. Today, my man Tony and I made history with this interview." Maestro Fresh Wes.

Maestro Fresh We is credited as the "Godfather of Canadian Hip Hop, " his debut album, Symphony in Effect, was a certified platinum album. In 2023, Maestro Fresh Wes became the first hip-hop artist inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame....

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April 8, 2024 6 mins

On my watch, we went from slides to video, from film to digital, a handful of channels to thousands, tens of millions of websites, analog to wireless, and a stolen milk carton container for our albums to three million songs in my pocket.The most critical change was that humans went from being captive consumers of content to nomadic, with an appetite to create, validate, and yield power.

And tomorrow, on my watch - AI. I am working ...

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April 4, 2024 39 mins

"I moved 17 times in my first 18 years, faced abuse and adversity, but it fueled my drive to prove others wrong and achieve success against all odds."

Shane Howard is an extraordinary storyteller who shares his inspirational and transformative journey, overcoming a tumultuous upbringing to becoming a mentor and global connector. Shane is a testament to the resilience and drive that can emerge from the "School of Hard Knocks." 


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March 28, 2024 51 mins

Healing is Believing. I have been sharing inspiring human journeys for four years, but none like Tracy L Clark. For most of her life, Tracy has dealt with trauma. Debilitating illnesses, several near-death experiences, being kidnapped at gunpoint, an abusive relationship and then being a single mom caring for her children when ill...

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March 25, 2024 4 mins

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Are you ready to work smarter and shorter? Newcomers Grace Tallon and Joe O'Connor, co-founders of Work Time Reduction, join Tony Chapman to discuss the transformative idea of a four-day workweek and their beliefs about why it is good for individuals, families, corporations, and society.

We also learn more about Joe and Grace's back story, which takes us back to Ireland and how ea...

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March 14, 2024 45 mins

I am hosting a series titled The Legends Journey, featuring interviews with individuals inducted into Canada's Marketing Hall of Legends. In this episode, I chat with Miles Nadal. I have known Miles for over twenty years, and he has always dared to dream and do so with extraordinary entrepreneurial capability, charisma, and conviction. 

Miles's journey began with a camera at summer camp, and from there, he built several extraordina...

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March 7, 2024 55 mins

My International Women's Day Special begins with honouring my Mother before introducing my guest, Alana Stott. I ask Alana to read the opening pages from her gripping memoir, She Who Dares. Her book begins when she answers the phone. Her husband, Dean Stott, a former Special Operations soldier, is on the other line, somewhere in the Middle East, in the middle of a civil war.

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February 29, 2024 37 mins
Many guests have joined me to openly talk about their battles with their mental health, but not quite like my guest this week, Nancy Xia.

Nancy brings us to the raw realities of her journey – from battling childhood anxiety to grappling with clinical depression, culminating, at age eighteen, in her leap from her eighth-floor balcony as her father watched helpless and in shock. Miraculously, Nancy survives but breaks her spine ...

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February 22, 2024 48 mins

The first time B K Sethi came into my life was in 2023. B K wrote to me and said he loved listening to me on the radio and my podcasts. He then asked if we could...

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