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The Wheel Uncomfortable – Red Deer Podcaster’s unique show is fascinating, disturbing, and compelling

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Those who know Chris Schellenberger probably aren’t too surprised that he’s come up with a risky new venture.  A few years ago Schellenberger turned his career selling cars upside down when he founded a consignment car dealership called Reverse Dealer.  You might say Chris is doing the same thing in the “podcast” world.   While most successful podcasters are capitalizing on their ability to share their expertise on a subject they would be considered “experts” in, Schellenberger is trying something completely different.
It’s called The Wheel Uncomfortable and it works like this.   Every Tuesday evening at 7, Schellenberger releases a LIVE recorded game show podcast, where complete strangers spin a wheel which suggests discussion topics at random.  Both the host and the guest take 3 turns.  The only rule is honesty.  The Wheel Uncomfortable is designed to show that everybody struggles and there’s something compelling about watching strangers talk about their private lives.

The Wheel Uncomfortable is closing in on 10 episodes already.   In this episode Schellenberger talks with a man from Cochrane, Alberta who is about to make a very serious life decision… partially because of this honest conversation.

The Wheel Uncomfortable – New Episodes on YouTube every Tues 7pm
LIVE recorded game-show where strangers spin wheel and discuss life stories. 3 rounds each. #wheeluncomfortable
Link to our YouTube Channel: https://goo.gl/4wDxuU

Stay Uncomfy Videos – New Episodes on YouTube every Thurs 7pm
Video’s about Staying Uncomfy and the effects it’s having on others as well as my own life #stayuncomfy
Link to our YouTube Channel: https://goo.gl/4wDxuU

Description of The Wheel Uncomfortable: A game designed to help identify that EVERYBODY struggles no matter where we come from. We everyday humans don’t usually get to share impactful #vulnerable stories from our life, this Game -Show extracts those stories to share with the World. There are also some fun categories like Sing, Dance or Rap to help bring some enjoyable moments for viewers

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A permanent quest to find a better sounding, better playing guitar – meet Jason McGillivray, player and luthier

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At Todayville, some of us have a guitar addiction.  And so, when we can profile an Alberta guitar maker, we’re very happy to do so.  Oh, we also like video and filmmaking, so this video by ilia Photo and Cinema of Calgary’s Jason McGillivray building a beautiful McGillivray “Parlour Guitar” is an added bonus.  Learn about Jason’s journey from player and enthusiast to luthier.

“…Having played guitar since the early 80’s, I was on a permanent quest, as most musicians are, to find a better sounding, better playing, instrument than the one I had…”

By Jason McGillivray:

I am often asked “how did you get into guitar building?” For me, the appeal lies in the way lutherie combines art and science, drawing upon and exercising the left and right sides of the brain. Satisfaction is gained as the process unfolds and I combine and work down natural materials such as spruce or rosewood. The culmination is an heirloom-quality instrument that enhances the human experience of both player and listener and, as the instrument is passed on, for future generations.

Having played guitar since the early 80’s, I was on a permanent quest, as most musicians are, to find a better sounding, better playing, instrument than the one I had. Frequenting guitar shops whenever I could, I discovered factory offerings could only attain a certain level, and still maintain desired prices and production targets. I began to research guitar building, thinking in the future it would be something I’d like to pursue.

I spent ten years studying the craft, collecting tone wood, and acquiring tools, before actually building my first guitar. I learned that factory guitars and handmade guitars have fundamental differences. In the factory setting, guitar parts are mass produced in batches with speed and efficiency driving construction methods and design decisions. As the guitar moves down the line, the next piece is pulled from the bin and added to the assembly. All the components in the pile are of uniform dimensions; however wood is not a uniform material, even from the same tree. Each piece of wood needs to be evaluated and then worked to its optimum dimensions, based on its stiffness and density.

In the factory, randomly selecting components from the bin occasionally results in a combination of excellent parts, producing an exceptional guitar. This is why you can play ten factory guitars of the same model, made at the same time, and a few will excel, a few will underperform, and the rest will be average. A good hand builder, in a one-person shop, takes the mystery out of how the final product will perform. He or she has invested years collecting superb tone woods, studying the properties of wood and adhesives, and incorporating the successes, and knowledge gained from failures, of luthiers, past and present. Only the best wood is selected, and then worked to its fullest potential as it is combined with other woods, bone, and steel, to work synergistically as a unit.

While I was doing my research and collecting tone wood, I ordered an expensive, handmade guitar with an inheritance from my grandfather. This, I reasoned, would give me a benchmark to study and compare my own building progress against in the future, plus I would get that handmade tone and playability I’d been searching for. The guitar arrived six months later, and although it was nice, it just didn’t have the tone that my ear was searching for. This was the nudge I needed to kick-start my building career. Perhaps it would take many tries, but redirecting my energy from searching for my perfect guitar, to creating it, sat well with me, and so it began.

I learned from a tutor who is an experienced builder, and by self-study and experimentation.  While completing my BSc in Forest Science I had the opportunity to gain in-depth knowledge on the structural properties of wood, at a cellular level; this has served me well in understanding how to select and optimize tone wood.  Twenty years in the sawmilling and forest products industry, as a professional forester, further tempered my understanding of wood, the growing conditions required for premium tone wood, and how to break down a tree for the highest quality yield.  Attending the American School of Lutherie, in Portland Oregon, and studying the methods and approach of Charles Fox, gave me a strong foundation and I have continued to refine my sound and style.

Initially based in British Columbia, McGillivray Guitars now operates out of Calgary, Alberta, producing several commissioned instruments per year, with occasional speculative builds, the progress of which can be viewed on the website, in “On the Bench”.

Commissioned instruments are fully customizable in all aspects, including model, size, shape, scale length, string spacing, neck profile, body depth, and wood selection. If desired, an individual’s playing style, hand size, and physical conditions will be evaluated to select and guide the player to their optimum personalized instrument design.

Click to learn more about McGillivray Guitars including a full price list.

 

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LISTEN: Corey Hirsch – Mental Health Advocate, former NHL goalie

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After 22 years in the media world of television and radio, from Brandon, Manitoba to Red Deer, Alberta over to Regina, Saskatchewan and settling in Edmonton, Alberta, I found myself on the side of the desk with a pink slip in my hand, unexpectedly.

​Over the next few weeks and with my mind racing to a million thoughts, I decided to embark on the journey of podcasting. My broadcasting background has mainly been in sports, and it will still be a big part of my podcasting, but I will be focusing on other subjects as well, from sports to cannabis education and more.

This episode:  Corey Hirsch – click below to listen – great stories about his days playing against greats like Lemieux and Gretzky. And, some serious chat about mental health.

 

Corey Hirsch played in the NHL and the Olympic games, he’s now a Canucks radio analyst, but more importantly he’s a mental health advocate. Along with talking about his career we discussed how his teammates reacted to his sickness. We also discussed how to approach mental health with your kids, bullying and what stopped him from committing suicide? It’s an open and honest conversation about a very important topic. Sick Not Weak – Enjoy!

We’re heavy on sports chatter but will definitely be branching out into movies, music, pop culture and almost anything else. There will be close to zero talk on religion or politics, but pretty much anything goes. 

Join us every Tuesday!! 

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