In this SNAX! episode, Barry wears his heart on his sleeve and spouts his insane love for the new Queens Quay. He also talks about news, the (near) future of the podcast, and how much he loves people who listen to this show.
Dave Mottershall is an award-winning chef and the genius behind Toronto’s Loka. After spending seven years revolutionizing the PEI food scene, Dave returned to Toronto to rejuvenate his life and career. We spoke with Dave about working in fine dining restaurants across Canada, finding his food “voice,” and staging in Toronto’s best restaurants. Dave also talked about opening up his own brick and mortar restaurant, cooking for the right reasons, and why Toronto is home.
Barry Jordan Chong is the host of Hogtown Talks. It was one year ago today that this show was born, so in true sentimental fashion, Barry decided to make himself the guest. Filling in as host is Barry’s dear friend and partner in Fassbenders, Bronson Allen. We spoke with Barry about childhood obsessions, containing erections, and his unique high school experience. Barry also talked about his heroes, the Island, and the meaning of life.
In the second edition of Hogtown Talks’s podcast on sports, Barry and Sam grieve the First Round death of their beloved Raptors, and rethink their lives. They talk about the sobering blow of defeat, the Raptors’ weaknesses, and Bryan Colangelo’s legacy. Barry and Sam also talk about free agency, DeMar and Kyle’s limitations, and whether Masai Ujiri is full of shit.
Irwin Adam Eydalnant is a scientist and co-founder of Future Food Studio and Bevlab. He and his peers are reinventing food as we know it. And Hogtown is lucky to have him. We spoke with Irwin about his Jewish-Winnipeg roots, creating an industry with no competitors, and schooling food and beverage giants across the world. Irwin also talked about how foodie culture is stagnating innovation,why Americans are finally looking to Toronto for ideas, and most importantly, why Jewish and Chinese food is so damn good.
Robert Hough is a novelist and recovering Mississaugan. His fiction has been praised by all sorts of literary types, and his new book, The Man Who Saved Henry Morgan was just released through House of Anansi. We spoke with Robert about Toronto’s coming of age, the mistakes young writers make, and why developing characters is everything. Robert also talked about achieving authenticity in his work, working through moral struggles, and the best places to eat in our fair town.
Alex Josephson is an architect and designer who grew up in Forest Hill. The Ontario Association of Architects recently named his studio, PARTISANS, Best Emerging Practice. And he has a 3D printer. We spoke with Alex about his time in Italy, how the City robbed Frank Gehry of a “historic masterpiece,” and the uncanny brilliance of the CN Tower. Alex also talked about Union Station’s mind-blowing revitalization, the problem with the New Toronto School of architecture, and what Hogtown will look like in 50 years.
Mackenzie Keast is co-founder of Toronto company Distl, and a Cabbagetown resident. Raised in rural B.C., Mackenzie studied urban planning and design at Waterloo before falling victim to Hogtown’s cosmopolitan tractor beam. We spoke with Mackenzie about growing up in a brewery, converting to the Church of Toronto, and how developers can actually help poor people. Mackenzie also talked about Alpha Cities, encouraging young planners to think crazy, and his Top 3 public spaces in Toronto. (Oh, and Drake, obviously.)
In the inaugural episode of Hogtown Talks‘ new podcast on sports, we meet Barry’s friend Sam Halpern, a man with a malignant addiction to athletics. Barry and Sam talk about how they met, Nazi-affiliated apartments, and shooting threes on the Danforth. They also talk about every Raptors news story imaginable, Toronto’s 2016 NBA All-Star Game, and the prospect of seeing Andrew Wiggins win Gold at this summer’s Pan Am Games.
Kyle Carsten Wyatt is the managing editor of The Walrus, a doctor of English Literature, and the first American to be on the show. He’s also Barry’s old boss. We spoke with Kyle about the agony and ecstasy of growing up in Nebraska, moving to Hogtown in his twenties, and why living in the Distillery District sucks. He also let Barry grill him about the ostensible shortcomings of Canada’s most awarded magazine, what new editor-in-chief Jonathan Kay brings to the table, and—surprise!—why Toronto is amazing. This episode is sponsored by Regal Bicycles.