Erwan Larher: “What can gather us is love”



Few know what it’s like to survive a mass shooting. Erwan Larher knows all too well. On November 13th, 2015, Larher was one of 1,500 concert-goers at the Bataclan theatre in Paris who came to watch the Eagles of Death Metal perform. 90 people were killed when three gunmen opened fire that night, a tragedy … Continue reading Erwan Larher: “What can gather us is love”


Melanie Wood: “People need to be heard when they’re sick”



When Melanie Wood set out to tell the story of the HOpe Centre in North Vancouver, British Columbia, she didn’t know what to expect. A documentary filmmaker based in Vancouver, she had been used to telling stories of people whose voices had often been neglected. Her documentary A Stranger In Our Home told the story … Continue reading Melanie Wood: “People need to be heard when they’re sick”


Rick Hansen: “If we waited until everything was perfect, we’d never start”



When Rick Hansen set out to wheel around the world on his Man in Motion World Tour in 1985, he had hoped the tour would start off with a bang — just maybe a different kind than the one he got. Mere moments into wheeling out of the parking lot of Vancouver’s Oakridge Mall on … Continue reading Rick Hansen: “If we waited until everything was perfect, we’d never start”


Kat Jayme: “[Finding Big Country] is sort of the perfect story”



Whatever happened to Bryant Reeves? For most of filmmaker Kat Jayme’s life, the question existed without an answer. A longtime basketball fan who came of age watching the Vancouver Grizzlies, she set out to find the team’s most elusive and forgotten star. In Finding Big Country, which premiered at the Vancouver International Film Festival, Jayme … Continue reading Kat Jayme: “[Finding Big Country] is sort of the perfect story”


Michael Quetting: “[Seven geese] taught me what was really important in life”



There’s parenthood, and then there’s becoming a parent to seven geese overnight. For one year, laboratory manager Michael Quetting lived that reality as part of his work with the Max Planck Institute for Ornithology, based in Germany. An ultralight pilot by hobby, Quetting had been tasked with raising a gaggle of goslings so that he … Continue reading Michael Quetting: “[Seven geese] taught me what was really important in life”


Greg Gilhooly: “No matter how bad things get, there’s a reason to keep going”



What happens after the worst imaginable comes true? How do you pick up and carry on? In I Am Nobody, first-time author Greg Gilhooly attempts to answer that question. *Note: Story contains sensitive content* Gilhooly was a rising star — straight-A student and promising goaltender — when he met hockey coach Graham James in Winnipeg … Continue reading Greg Gilhooly: “No matter how bad things get, there’s a reason to keep going”


Brigid Delaney: “What is it about modern life that makes us crave the wellness industry?”



These days, wellness is everywhere — an industry so large, it now outpaces the pharmaceutical industry. It’s captioned in Instagram posts, sold in smoothies and yoga classes, and nearly universally agreed-upon as something we could all use more of. But what is wellness, and how does one achieve it, anyway? Why do we want it … Continue reading Brigid Delaney: “What is it about modern life that makes us crave the wellness industry?”


Stephan Orth: “There are no bad places if the reason you’re travelling is to meet people”



Stephan Orth has a rule when travelling: say yes to any and all opportunities. So it is that when the award-winning travel writer continued to hear stories from fellow travellers about Iran, he decided it was time to see the country for himself. “Iran was interesting, because everyone who had been there said something about … Continue reading Stephan Orth: “There are no bad places if the reason you’re travelling is to meet people”


Shad: “I’m always looking for hope”



On a damp Wednesday morning in Toronto, Shad is standing barefoot in the driveway of his stacked townhouse complex, decked out in shorts and his ubiquitous Manifesto hoodie. He is doing so because an interviewer is lost, having already knocked on the wrong door once. Upon meeting, he smiles and apologizes that first, he need … Continue reading Shad: “I’m always looking for hope”


Michel Chikwanine: “It’s a miracle that I’m here”



Michel Chikwanine didn’t set out to tell his story. Memories of being held captive as a child soldier, witnessing his native Congo go through two civil wars in the late 1990s, and fleeing with his family to become refugees in Uganda were painful ones to revisit, much less retell. Some stories, however, are too powerful … Continue reading Michel Chikwanine: “It’s a miracle that I’m here”