Chatter that Matters

Chatter that Matters

Marketing Hall of Legends Tony Chapman chats with people who do extraordinary things, despite often challenging circumstances. In doing so Tony counters the relentless storm of negativity by sharing inspiring stories that celebrate positivity and the possibility.

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May 20, 2022 42 min

This week I had an opportunity to interview one of television's biggest stars, Bryan Baeumler in front of a live audience. We were both there to celebrate the launch of The Founders Journey, a free online, eight-module course to help entrepreneurs turn their dreams into reality.  Bryan shares many funny stories combined with powerful insights and advice from his incredible journey from hammering nails to hammering out internati...

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I wasn't sure how this show would turn out as it involved weaving together several stories.  After listening, I couldn't be happier with the final product.  

One of Canada's iconic rock voices, Carl Dixon, spent his life pursuing love.  His love for his family, his love for music, and his love to inspire others.  What sets his journey apart from most is that he miraculously survived a head-on car collision in Australia ...

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May 6, 2022 39 min

My guest today is Neill Dixon, and he is a character with great character.  He is singing proof to follow your passion when building your career.  In his twenties, Neill had a cafe called Grumbles, frequented by the who's who of music. He managed the rock band Triumph, and his legacy is crafting and staging Canadian Music Week, one of the most important music conferences and festivals in the world.  It turns 40 this year.  Neil...

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April 29, 2022 39 min
'I was at my calmest when I was in a room with bad guys'

Robert Mazur is directly responsible for one of the biggest busts against the Pablo Escobar Medellin Cartel in the 1980s. In 2009, he published “The Infiltrator,” a memoir about his two years undercover, and in 2016, the book was made into a film starring Bryan Cranston. Mazur is also the author of The Betrayal, a memoir about his infiltration of the Cali Cartel and...

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April 22, 2022 39 min
TIME named Sylvia Earle as their first Hero of the Planet, and she has been National Geographic's Explorer in Residence since 1998. Sylvia is called ‘Her Deepness’ and the ‘Sturgeon General ‘by The New Yorker and The New York Times a Living Legend by the Library of Congress and she is a master storyteller and my guest on my Chatter That Matters Earth Day Edition.    I begin the show by sharing news of my first Grandbaby, Maxwel...

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April 15, 2022 40 min
I have always been attracted to characters,  how they look, what they say, even their moral qualities. They make you smile or look with astonishment, and they are scene stealers. Ori Spado is a true-to-life character who could have stepped into any part on the Sopranos or in The Godfather.

Ori went from small-town boy to solider, then a multi-million dollar insurance agent, to becoming the 'Hollywood Fixer,” a real-life Ray Don...

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April 8, 2022 40 min

‘I went to them and said I am not a number. I am a human being.  Just one week before and I was in Syria and I had dreams.’


Tareq Hadhad's incredible journey is one of the most inspirational and powerful stories I have ever shared. From a charmed life in Damascus to overnight becoming a refugee of the Syrian Civil War, who spent three years trying to survive in a camp. Tareq and some of his family had an opportunity to move ...

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April 1, 2022 42 min

"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change your country, to change the world.”

Nelson Mandela

Are we preparing our children for the future of work, where they compete for jobs in the clouds and must march in step with rapidly changing technology?  Does school inspire and motivate them, and create a lifetime appetite for learning and improving.

Who is the main beneficiary of our educational dollars?  Ar...

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March 25, 2022 39 min
How do you say no to a job offer from Steve Jobs?    Guy Kawasaki is one of the most respected minds in Silicon Valley, an evangelist for Canva, a prolific author (of 15 books), speaker and a newly minted podcaster. This episode is a masterclass for entrepreneurs and ambition.   Guy Kawasaki was one of Apple's first brand evangelists, and over his career, he worked there twice and turned Steve Jobs down a third time. That caree...
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March 18, 2022 46 min

What did Jay-Z say to Zack Greenburg, about Empire State of Mind, the book Zack wrote about his life?

What was the response to another of Zack's books- The A-List Angels, how a band of Actors, Artists, and Athletes hacked Silicone Valley? Or Michael Jackson's family after Zack covered the surprising rags-to-riches-to-rags-to-riches story of how the King of Pop grew a billion-dollar business? Let's not stop there, the 3 ...

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'This med student was given his last rites before he found a treatment that saved his life. His method could help millions more.' Today, Dr. David Fajgenbaum is my guest, but he should not be here. Known by his friends as 'the beast' - he went from being a fit young man, champion weightlifter and college quarterback – to fighting a rare disease that nearly killed him…five times.    David Fajgenbaum was a gifted...
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I find myself thinking more about how and where my food is grown and sourced, and whether we are sustaining the soil so that we can sustain ourselves, future generations and Mother Earth.   To help answer the above, and In honour of International Women's Day, I chat with Dr. Nyagoy Nyong'o, the CEO of Fairtrade Africa. Born and raised in Kenya by a mother who was a farmer, Dr. Nyong'o's commitment to improving the l...
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February 25, 2022 38 min
Gillian Stein battles a changing retail landscape while battling Bipolar Disorder. Her mission is to change the stigma of mental illness.   (Full disclosure, my Dad was also bipolar, and I share a personal story as part of this show.)   Gillian Stein was eighteen and convinced she was in Arizona. She was, in fact, at the airport in Montreal. As Gillian says in this interview, 'my mind betrayed me, and that's a terrifying p...
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February 17, 2022 38 min
When I heard about this story of Bryan Irwin and the news he received last fall that he was dying from pancreatic cancer, I wasn't sure how to handle the subject matter. When his daughter asked to be part of the program, it tore at me because I am a father of two daughters. My greatest strength and weakness as a radio and podcast host is taking my guest's stories and life journeys personally. It took all I had to stay emoti...

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February 11, 2022 40 min

Cameron Bailey is a film 'maker. He rocks a tuxedo-like Daniel Craig in a Bond Film, a boardroom with vision and purpose, and society and culture with openness and understanding. As the Toronto International Film Festival CEO, one of the most important and publicly attended festivals globally, Cameron Bailey leads their mission to transform the way people see the world through film.

Cameron Bailey has a reputation for premierin...

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February 4, 2022 37 min

'A heart-wrenching to a heartwarming story that proves that regardless of circumstances, you can have a better life if people believe in you and teach you to believe in yourself.'

Edward Henry and his siblings wanted and deserved what every child should have. A happy and stable home. Instead, they had a raging alcoholic for a father, and when Edward was seven, his mother brought a new man into their world. He was physically...

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January 28, 2022 39 min
Richard Clune has been playing professional hockey for sixteen years. He skates like the wind and has the body strength to hit like a locomotive. Today Richard Clune, whose nickname is Dickie, is the Captain of the Toronto Marlies, the AHL affiliate team of the Toronto Maple Leafs. Sixteen years playing professional hockey is a feat, given the average tenure of an NHL player is 4.5 years, but what makes Richard’s story even more re...
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January 21, 2022 38 min

Imagine walking into a heavily armed Hells Angels compound as an informer, and you are wearing a wire. If discovered, these steps will be your last. If successful, your actions will be paramount in trying 'Nasty' Neil Smith, a dangerous and fully patched Hells Angel, for murder.

How did you end up there? Paul Derry shares the story of his life as a career criminal and informant, what it is like to live as a ghost inside a...

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January 14, 2022 38 min

A magical story of turning impossibility into possibility. At 13, Mike Fata drops out of school to help his Mom, balloons to 300 pounds on a junk food diet and self-pity. At age 18, he says: 'I'm sick and tired of being sick and tired.' On his journey to regaining his mental and physical health, Mike Fata discovers Hemp, an excellent source of essential fats. Still, it's a banned crop because of its association with...

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January 7, 2022 41 min

'A coming of age story about how impossibility can become a possibility through human spirit and will.' 

By the time Curtis Carmichael was 11, ten people he knew died. He grew up in a Block where parents worked several jobs to survive, everyone was profiled, and crime seemed to be the only path to prosperity. Schools were at best a parking lot where students were yelled at by teachers who said they have no value. As Curtis ...

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