We’re hosting our first live debate! Dig it!

After months of foreplay, we’re happy to announce that on January 14, Hogtown Talks will host its first live event in the studio space at 12 Ossington! The topic of debate: Is Toronto a playground for the rich? Cover is a paltry $5 and all proceeds will go to United Way Toronto.

We have a terrific panel:

Andray Domise, activist and co-host of Canadaland Commons
Shawn Micallef, Toronto Star columnist and editor at Spacing
Mackenzie Keast, urban strategist, co-founder of Distl, and guest of this show
Jacquelyn West, agency director at Hermann and Audrey

There will be drinks. There will be music. There will be discussion. And here’s the Facebook page: http://on.fb.me/1MR33QY

I love you all! Be there!



dennis-tay_crop(1)Dennis Tay is Chef de Cuisine at DaiLo, Chef Nick Liu’s temple for new Asian cuisine. Born in Windsor from Scottish-Filipino parents, Dennis is a former B-Boy and contestant on Top Chef Canada. We spoke with Dennis about growing up in Windsor, working in Italy, and the limits of the North American palate. Dennis also talked about the insanity of reality television, running a successful Toronto restaurant, and making time for his family.


travisTravis Myers is a writer, panelist, and LGBT activist whose work has appeared in several Hogtown institutions. Travis is also hilarious and enjoys wine, which makes him a perfect guest for this show. We spoke with Travis about growing up religious and gay, fetishizing the act of argument, and the Village’s past and uncertain future. Travis also talked about why we don’t see more penises in movies, John V. Olivia, and learning to love Torontobegrudgingly.


drake-eating-snaxIn 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-MottershallDave 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.


gibbBarry 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.


mighty-pigsIn 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.