#124 King Sway – Musician

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King Sway (Born Farai Gwasira on January 6, 1999) is an award nominated rapper, singer, songwriter, TV Personality and producer based in Canada. He is known for his witty wordplay, curious sound, and creative style that combine stories of pain throughout his life and a sense of uneasiness with melodies that hit the heart at just the right spot. Sway’s sound transcends any particular genre and is known for crossing over from pop rap to trap, dancehall, R&B and Pop. He has named established artists such as Drake, Lil Wayne, POPCAAN, Big Sean, Tory Lanez as well as other local musicians as influences on his style and music.
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#123 Duane Andrews – Musician

A native of the island of Newfoundland, off the east coast of Canada, Duane grew up exposed to the island’s mélange of cultural influences and his development as a guitarist reflects that. After graduating from the Jazz Studies program at St. FXU with honours, Duane spent several years studying contemporary music composition at the Conservatoire International de Paris and at the Conservatoire National de Region in Marseille, France.

His discography starts with the release of his debut solo CD, simply titled, Duane Andrews (2004), which led to the multiple award winning Crocus (2006), then Raindrops (2008), which features a collaboration with the Atlantic String Quartet and two albums with Cape Breton master fiddler Dwayne Côté, Dwayne Côté and Duane Andrews (2010) and The Empress (2012).

Other notable collaborations include Charlie’s Boogie (2013) with bluegrass guitarist/singer/songwriter extraordinaire Craig Young which evolved into Fretboard Journey (2016) with the addition of fellow Newfoundland guitarists Sandy Morris and Gordon Quinton. Playing regular Sunday sessions in Quidi Vidi, NL with accordionist Aaron Collis resulted in The Mallard Cottage Sessions (2015) and his most recent collaboration, the Juno award winning More Sheep, Less Sleep (2015) from The Swinging Belles with children’s educators Erin Power and Laura Winter, can be found at www.theswingingbelles.ca.

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#122 Ritche Perez – Photographer

Ritche Perez is a photographer based in Portugal Cove – St. Philips and St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada. He has been doing graphic design for twenty five years. Growing up reading through his parent’s magazines, he was fascinated by the photographs in magazines such as Life, Time, and National Geographic. He enjoys capturing moments in street photography, travel, portraits, events, landscape or structures. Documenting and capturing current culture and support empowering and exposing our social issues of today are a focus of this talented photographer.
To visit his website: https://www.inbetweendays.ca

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#121 Justin Garland – St. John’s Fish Exchange

Justin Garland is co-owner and general manager of one of St. John’s most popular restaurants https://sjfx.ca/ His interest in business started at a very young age when he would tag along with several real estate agents that he knew. His best friends father, Rob Moore, owned numerous restaurants throughout the city and he took an interest in those restaurants and asked lots of questions. Come join us to find out how he went from asking questions of his best friends father to opening St. John’s Fish Exchange with him on a snowy day in January 2016.

Visit St. John’s Fish Exchange website here: https://sjfx.ca/

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#120 Alan Doyle – Musician, Actor, Author

Alan Thomas Doyle (born May 17, 1969) is a Canadian musician and actor, best known for his work as one of the lead singers of Celtic band Great Big Sea.
Doyle was born to Thomas and Regina Doyle in Petty Harbour, Newfoundland, his mother was a piano teacher who taught him. Doyle attended St. Kevin’s in Goulds, NL just outside Petty Harbour. Doyle has a brother, Bernie, and two sisters, Michelle and Kim. He was raised Roman Catholic. He attended Memorial University of Newfoundland in St. John’s, where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English. It is also there that he met Séan McCann, Bob Hallett and Darrell Power with whom he helped to form Great Big Sea. He primarily plays electric and acoustic guitars, and the bouzouki for live performances, but he’s been known to play mandolin and banjo. Before Great Big Sea Doyle played in a duo with John Brenton called Staggering Home. As a teen he played in his uncle’s band, the New Sandells.

Doyle has also been involved with a handful of stage, television and film productions. As a child, he appeared as an extra in the movie A Whale For The Killing, based on Farley Mowat’s book of the same name, which was filmed in his hometown. He has also hosted regional arts awards shows in Atlantic Canada, appeared as a presenter on the Juno Awards and done a turn onstage in his hometown’s “24-Hour Musical” performance of Grease. In 2005, he composed music for the CBC comedy Hatching, Matching and Dispatching, which stars Mary Walsh. In 2006, he worked on scoring the film Young Triffie’s Been Made Away With, directed by Walsh. Doyle has been linked to Russell Crowe and his bands 30 Odd Foot of Grunts and The Ordinary Fear of God, having produced and co-written several songs on Crowe’s album, My Hand, My Heart, and played several shows with Crowe. This friendship also led to Doyle’s casting as Allan A’Dayle alongside Crowe, Cate Blanchett, Kevin Durand, and Scott Grimes in Ridley Scott’s Robin Hood, released May 14, 2010. Doyle has also produced an album for his sister, Michelle Doyle. Doyle’s wife Joanne gave birth to their first son in July 2006.
Doyle is currently starring in the musical comedy Tell Tale Harbour. Based on the screenplay The Grand Seduction by Ken Scott, this new musical comedy celebrates the people, the trials, and the triumphs of living in a small community in Atlantic Canada. Co-written by, and starring music icon Alan Doyle, the story of Tell Tale Harbour is as relatable as it is ridiculous, as hilarious as it is heartfelt, and full of East Coast pride.

Visit Alan’s website here: http://alandoyle.ca/

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#119 TJ Gear – Gear’s Gains – Happy Valley-Goose Bay

TJ Gear own Gear’s Gains Fitness Center in Happy Valley-Goose Bay. TJ is a Gold medalist at the Commonwealth Powerlifting Championship. TJ works hard and pushes past limits. With national and international level training certifications he brings a versatile training style to his fitness center.

Gear’s Gains Fitness Center offers Weight Lifting and Cardio Equipment, Fitness Classes, Personal training, Supplement and Apparel Shop, and 24/7 Access. TJ

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#118 Pierre Trowbridge – St. John’s Walking Tours

Pierre was born and raised in Arnold’s Cove, NL, a small outport community a little more than an hour from St. John’s. Prior to the Covid-19 pandemic he had been teaching English and traveling in Asia for the better part of a decade, with the last 4 and a half years spent in China. But the pandemic separated him from his life in China while he was on vacation and now, a little more than two years since he arrived back in Newfoundland with nothing but two changes of clothes, a camera, and a bicycle as his possessions, he is ready to bring all the passion and energy that he brought to the classroom to the streets of St. John’s through lively, informative, and entertaining walking tours.

St. John’s Walking Tours is the brainchild of Pierre Trowbridge and Melissa Hogan, two longtime friends and passionate travellers that are now bringing that passion to the streets of St. John’s. While the time from conception of the idea for St. John’s Walking tours until launch took place over the last five months, the journey really began in January 2020 at the outset of the Covid-19 pandemic. It was during this time that Pierre was travelling by bicycle from Vietnam to Cambodia to visit friends on his winter vacation. As his journey got underway there were stories of an unknown virus and those stories and the virus followed him down the road.

In the end Pierre found himself stranded outside China so he decided then that the best place for him was back in Canada. It was these circumstances and choices that created the situation for Trowbridge and Hogan to be reunited and eventually conceive and develop St John’s Walking Tours.  Visit their website here: https://stjohnswalkingtours.com/

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#117 Kim Paddon – Whink – NL Weavery – Sparkes Design

Kim Paddon is one of a new breed of business owners. With her signature glasses and passion for pink, this fashionista operates https://www.whinkinc.com/ with sense and style.
Kim has always been creative and studied to be a graphic designer at Holland College. After graduation, Kim returned home to St. John’s, NL to be closer to her family and began working in retail and graphic design. Kim was helping her Dad find the perfect Christmas present for her Mom, when she stumbled upon her dream business in the form of a gift shop. Over the next few months Whink was created. The shop has been featuring Paddons’ trendy and classic style since May 2010, in the form of locally-made and international jewellery and other beautiful things.  Whink has recently expanded into a larger storefront in Churchill Square and online shop. Kim loves her horse Kitty, bright lipstick, glitter, and meeting new customers. She lives in St. John’s with her husband Rob Paddon, their little baby girl Mabel and Bentley the  beagle!.
An East Coast girl living on the edge of Canada, Kim has always been an artist at heart.
Kim’s passion for buying jewelry inspired her to design and create the stunning Dory Blue Labradorite Jewelry Collection. Dory Blue Jewelry features raw, high quality Labradorite, named for the place it was discovered, Labrador. The great success of this line of semi-precious stones led to the creation of https://sparkesdesign.com/ which includes other exotic gemstones from around the world. With the success of Whink and Sparkes Design under her belt Kim purchased an iconic downtown business https://newfoundlandweavery.com/

Gail Griffiths began looking for someone to take over Newfoundland Weavery in 2012 and she approached Kim. It was a great fit, but, for Kim it just wasn’t the right time.
Flash forward six years later, Kim had a meeting with Gail about selling her new jewelry line at Newfoundland Weavery. When Griffiths mentioned that 2018 would likely be the store’s last Christmas season, Kim decided she wanted in. Paddon officially purchased Newfoundland Weavery in 2019 to maintain the store’s legacy.

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#116 Fred George – Gold Mining Entrepreneur and Honorary Navy Captain

Fred George is an extraordinarily successful businessman, a proud Nova Scotian, and one of Canada’s greatest philanthropists.

Mr. George immigrated to Nova Scotia when he was 19, with a dream of making a better life for his family. He grew his Halifax mining company into the largest gold and silver producer in Mexico. He is listed among Canada’s top ten CEOs, receiving numerous business awards, including the Life Time Achievement Award from the Mining Society of Nova Scotia.

To inspire the next generation of leaders, Mr. George frequently gives lectures to university business students. In recognition of his contributions, Saint Mary’s University conferred upon him an Honorary Doctorate of Commerce. Mr. George has also earned a high level of respect from his peers for both his business success and community leadership and was invited by former President Bill Clinton to sit on his Foundation Board.

Mr. George supports many causes, giving generously of his time and knowledge. He helped to build a new school for Bridgeway Academy, a local school for students with learning disabilities. The Fred George Gymnasium at the Sacred Heart School of Halifax and the Fred George Leadership Course at St. Francis Xavier University recognize his contributions.

Mr. George has long supported the navy, veterans, military families, and Canada’s peacekeeping efforts. For his dedication, he was appointed Honorary Captain of the Royal Canadian Navy and travelled to Afghanistan with Canada’s military leaders to support our men and women in uniform.

Fred George has built an exemplary life, making Nova Scotia a more caring place through his generous sharing of time and talents.

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#115 Ian Wood – joins us from his boat in the Bahamas

Ian Wood is a highly personable team builder with 35+ years of leadership and management expertise in international, national, civilian, military, diplomatic, and academic organizations. Ian is a skilled communicator, facilitator and has a strong sense of humour. Ian has authored a broad spectrum of academic and professional publications.
He was the Naval Attache at the Canadian Embassy in Washington DC, a NAVAL DEFENCE FELLOW, Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS, a MILITARY ATTACHÉ, CANADIAN DELEGATION, NATO HQ, Brussels, Belgium, The STAFF OFFICER COMMANDER OF THE PACIFIC FLEET, Victoria, BC, The EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT to the VICE-CHIEF OF THE DEFENCE STAFF, Ottawa, A DEFENCE ANALYST – CHIEF OF FORCE DEVELOPMENT, Ottawa and a NAVAL WARFARE OFFICER, Canada & Global Deployments.
Ian has received numerous awards:
Vice Chief of the Defence Staff Commendation: for leading the team that developed the 30 Year Strategic Capability Costing Model, 2006;
Gulf and Kuwait Medal with Bar for Active Service during the Gulf War, 1991;
Special Service Medal with NATO Bar, 1994;
Canadian Peacekeeping Service Medal, 1996;
NATO Medal for Former Yugoslavia, 1996;
Canadian Forces Decoration Second Clasp: for 32 years dedicated service to the Royal Canadian Navy.
Ian along with an appearance from his wife joins us from his boat docked in the Bahamas.

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