Episodes

Episode 46: Conversation with Ginny Hogan

Aug. 2, 2022

This week's Unashamed Alcoholic guest is writer and stand-up comic, Ginny Hogan. I came across Ginny on twitter, well more specifically, some of her stand-up material where she pokes fun at her old self in her drinking days.…

Episode 45: Conversation with Laura Eamon

July 12, 2022

This week's Unashamed Alcoholic guest is Laura Eamon. Many people sent me Laura's story on CBC.ca when it came out, saying she'd be a great guest- they were right, she was lovely! Laura quit university due to an alcohol prob…

Episode 44: Conversation with David Shand

June 21, 2022

This week's Unashamed Alcoholic guest is former NHL player David Shand. Drafted in 1976 by both the Atlanta Flames of the National Hockey League and the Calgary Cowboys of the World Hockey Association, Shand also played for…

Episode 43: Conversation with Kevin Chief

June 7, 2022

This week's Unashamed Alcoholic guest is Kevin Chief. I connected with Kevin online after someone shared an article on him that appeared in the Winnipeg Free Press. Kevin was elected to the Legislative Assembly of Manitoba i…

Episode 42: Conversation with Dave from Dopey Podcast

May 24, 2022

This week's Unashamed Alcoholic guest is Dave Manheim, a fellow podcaster and host of Dopey, an American self-help and comedy podcast about personal experiences of substance use disorders and addiction. Dave is in recovery h…

Episode 41: Conversation with Brian Cuban

April 26, 2022

This week's Unashamed Alcoholic guest is Brian Cuban. Brian is an attorney, author, speaker, and activist. He is an authority on male eating disorders and drug addiction, drug rehabilitation, and alcoholism. He's also the br…

Episode 40: Conversation with Nancy Kenny

April 12, 2022

This week's Unashamed Alcoholic guest is Canadian actor, writer, translator, and voice artist Nancy Kenny. Someone who'd interviewed me for their radio show connected me with Nancy, noting she'd just celebrated a sobriety mi…

Episode 39: Conversation with Holly Randall

March 22, 2022

This week's Unashamed Alcoholic guest is Holly Randall, an erotic photographer, director, producer, and a podcast host. In 2013, she was named one of the most influential women in the adult industry by AVN magazine. I wanted…

Episode 38: Conversation with Mark Parrish

Feb. 22, 2022

This week's Unashamed Alcoholic guest is former NHL player Mark Parrish Mark played 11 seasons and over 700 games in the NHL with the Florida Panthers, New York Islanders, Los Angeles Kings, Minnesota Wild, Dallas Stars, Tam…

Episode 37: Conversation with Dr. Ashley Perkins

Jan. 25, 2022

This week's Unashamed Alcoholic guest is Dr. Ashley Perkins. Ashley Perkins, Pharm.D., is a mental health advocate with a background as a pharmacist and educator. At the beginning of 2020, she started the process of forming…

Episode 36: Conversation with Chad Richardson

Jan. 11, 2022

This week's Unashamed Alcoholic guest is music consultant Chad Richardson. Chad, originally from Newfoundland, Canada, has been in the music industry for years. We connected on twitter a while back but recently got to talkin…

Episode 35: Conversation with Dylan Black

Dec. 28, 2021

This week's Unashamed Alcoholic guest is Dylan Black, DJ on Boom 99.7 Dylan has been broadcasting on Ottawa's airwaves since 1999 and is extremely active in the community, hosting and participating in many charity events and…

Episode 34: Conversation with Benoit-Antoine Bacon

Dec. 14, 2021

This week's Unashamed Alcoholic guest is President and Vice-Chancellor of Carleton University Benoit-Antoine Bacon. Dr. Bacon is open about his own lived experience and advocates for open conversations about mental health an…

Episode 33: Conversation with Jessica Lahey

Nov. 30, 2021

This week's Unashamed Alcoholic guest is author Jessica Lahey. A best-selling author, Jessica Lahey grew up surrounded by alcoholism and like many of us, it wasn't openly spoken about. Now 8 years sober herself, she wrote Th…

Episode 32: Conversation with Doug Hempstead

Nov. 9, 2021

This week's Unashamed Alcoholic guest is Doug Hempstead. If you live anywhere close to Ottawa, ON, chances are, you've heard Doug on the radio as CBC Ottawa's Traffic Specialist. What you may not be as familiar with is Doug'…

Episode 31: Conversation with Captain Robert Piché

Oct. 19, 2021

Today's Unashamed Alcoholic guest is Captain Robert Piché. On August 24, 2001, Captain Piché was pilot of the Airbus A330 flying Air Transat Flight 236 and managed to land the aircraft safely in the Azores after it lost all …

Episode 30: Conversation with Ryan Hampton

Sept. 28, 2021

This week's Unashamed Alcoholic guest is Ryan Hampton. Ryan is an advocate, speaker, author, and media commentator. In recovery from a decade-long opioid addiction, Hampton has rocketed to the center of America’s rising addi…

Episode 29: conversation with Mimi Kennedy

Sept. 7, 2021

Today's Unashamed Alcoholic guest is actress Mimi Kennedy. You have probably seen at least one thing in which Mimi has starred, like "Dharma & Greg" or "Mom". It was watching her play Marjorie on "Mom" that brought me to thi…

Episode 28: Conversation with Andrew Zimmern

Aug. 24, 2021

Today's Unashamed Alcoholic guest is chef Andrew Zimmern. Andrew is is an American culinary expert, chef, restaurateur, television personality, radio personality, director, producer, entrepreneur, food critic, journalist, t…

Episode 27: Jason and Mikey from Knockin' Doorz Down podcast

Aug. 3, 2021

This week's Unashamed Alcoholic guests are Jason and Mikey from one of my favourite podcasts, Knockin' Doorz Down. The KDD Podcast features celebrities and people from all walks of life who have experienced challenging times…

Episode 26: Conversation with Ann Dowsett Johnston

July 20, 2021

Today's Unashamed Alcoholic guest is Ann Dowsett Johnston. Ann is the bestselling author of Drink: The Intimate Relationship Between Women and Alcohol, named one of the top 10 books of 2013 by the Washington Post. An award-w…

Episode 25: Conversation with Senator Patrick Brazeau

July 13, 2021

Today's Unashamed Alcoholic guest is Senator Patrick Brazeau. Senator Brazeau is and was the youngest member of the Senate of Canada. Senator Brazeau was in the headlines over the last few years for different reasons, howeve…

Episode 24: Full circle- connecting with Bobby Ryan

July 1, 2021

Today's Unashamed Alcoholic episode is a very special one. Anyone who has followed my story knows that NHL player Bobby Ryan played a huge role in me coming forward publicly with my alcoholism which then sparked the idea for…

Episode 23: Conversation with Braunwyn Windham-Burke

June 22, 2021

Today's Unashamed Alcoholic guest is Real Housewives of Orange County star, Braunwyn Windham-Burke. During the season 15 premiere of RHOC in fall 2020, Braunwyn revealed in a confessional that she was an alcoholic. The show …