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The Fort Erie Podcast

77 EpisodesProduced by Brent JonesWebsite

Join your host, Brent Jones, for a fun and engaging look at what makes the Town of Fort Erie such a great place to be. Local news, events, guests, and commentary, spanning Fort Erie, Ridgeway, Crystal Beach, and Stevensville.

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EP. 077: Prepare your emergency kit | Ashley Coones | Staff Sergeant Eric Ellwood

December 5th, 2023


Prepare your emergency kit | Donating $250 of diapers to COPE (feat. Dixie Hughes) | Keep politics out of Christmas | Calendar featuring local …

EP. 076: How about a Black Friday deal on groceries? | Christian Kentie

November 28th, 2023


How about a Black Friday deal on groceries? | Name the two big banks on Jarvis Street | Murda Beatz visits Greater Fort Erie Secondary School | …

EP. 075: Is your Christmas tree up? | Anne Watters | Gary Hass

November 21st, 2023


Is your Christmas tree up? | Fort Erie braces for winter storms | Runner-up calls in 17 minutes too late | Anne Watters needs volunteers for …

EP. 074: Ghosted by Regional Councillor Tom Insinna | Arjun Kalia

November 14th, 2023


Ghosted by Regional Councillor Tom Insinna | Some doctors accepting new patients | No refunds on budgies | Please be respectful to female Realtors | …

EP. 073: Fort Erie ranked Canada's third most interesting place | Tim Denis | Christine Heather

October 24th, 2023


Fort Erie ranked Canada's third most interesting place | Fort Erie Arts Council's annual Red Ribbon fundraiser | Disabled person denied service? | Tim Denis directing classic Neil Simon comedy at Garrison Little Theatre …

EP. 072: Fast food nostalgia | Christopher Schoenwald

October 17th, 2023


Fast food nostalgia | Win a free tee shirt | Niagara is officially a buyer's market | Real estate is nobody's Plan A | Christopher Schoenwald invites you to listen to "Life as a.." podcast (interview) | Fire at former …

EP. 071: Are you thankful for the metric system? | Theresa Murphy

October 10th, 2023


Are you thankful for the metric system? | Enjoy the fall leaves at Shagbark Nature Park | Join the fife and drum corps | Coming up in the Fort Erie …

EP. 070: Help me find my doppelganger | Detective Sergeant​ Ray Aceti | Megan Muir

October 3rd, 2023


Help me find my doppelganger | Start with medium heat | Niagara Regional Police warn of popular emergency scams (interview with Detective Sergeant …

EP. 069: Welcome to the No-Information Age | Christine Whelan | Bob Fretz

September 26th, 2023


Welcome to the No-Information Age | Breakwall repairs currently underway | Fort Erie Observer is Truly Community-focused (interview with Christine …

EP. 068: Why we chose Fort Erie | Lisa Kelleher

September 19th, 2023


Why we chose Fort Erie | Speed bumps, speeding, and helmets for scooters | Crescent Gardens Florist is thriving in new Ridgeway location (interview …

EP. 067: Law & Order: Fort Erie Edition | Grace Wybraniak

September 12th, 2023


Law & Order: Fort Erie Edition | Let's bring this Fort Erie couple home | Name three streets in our town that start with "Ph" | Crafted by Grace offers custom party décor for every occasion (interview with Grace …

EP. 066: Please don't feed the wasps | Stephen Cooper

September 5th, 2023


Please don't feed the wasps | Council approves funding for Fort Erie Group Family Practice | Baloney, pickles, and zombies | Stephen Cooper's Community Crew nourishes hungry kids with help from Strong Fort Erie …

EP. 065: A little something for everyone

August 22nd, 2023


A little something for everyone | Smuggling contraband in frozen waffles | Fleet Canada, Bridgewater Country Club, and the Boys and Girls Club are hiring | It's Mike versus Mike in this epic round of trivia | Last …

EP. 064: A great excuse to take the day off | Stephanie Klauck | Derek Clendening

August 15th, 2023


A great excuse to take the day off | Bay Beach is unsafe for swimming | Is that a cowbell? | Classes and fiber art supplies for all skill levels at The Creative Knitter (interview with Stephanie Klauck) | Robotics …

EP. 063: Check out these other Fort Erie-based podcasts | Ashley Michelle

August 8th, 2023


Check out these other Fort Erie-based podcasts | Win $150 to Green Acres Family Restaurant | Crocs are hideous | Healing the mind, body, and soul at …

EP. 062: Fort Erie's biggest celebrities | Dana Nadeau

August 1st, 2023


Fort Erie's biggest celebrities | Stevensville RAM Rodeo coming to Montasola Farms | Get your fill of freeze-dried munchies at The Manic Maker …

EP. 061: Does anyone still go to Planet Fitness? | Courtney Vander Meer

July 25th, 2023


Does anyone still go to Planet Fitness? | Specialty silicone coming to Fort Erie | Rate hikes and market trends | Ridgeway parents are raising monsters | Courtney Vander Meer invites you to check out Courtney's Crêpes …

EP. 060: Celebrating an unusual milestone

July 11th, 2023


Celebrating an unusual milestone (feat. Stephen Passero) | The curious tale of Ed Delahanty | Get your messages in early | Mistakes happen (feat. Tina Tourountzas, Dino Kentros) | Fort Erie Race Track, Town of Fort …

EP. 059: Do you eat enough burritos? | George McDermott

July 4th, 2023


Do you eat enough burritos? | Enormous tree crushes a house | Beware of mail that appears to be handwritten | The same terrible road gets nominated again | Improvements to Fort Erie's north end (interview with George …

EP. 058: I am Canadian | Ashley Gibson

June 27th, 2023


I am Canadian | No more steak and cheese | Ashley Gibson proudly supports the Community Crew (interview) | Canusa Logistics, Rizzo's, and the SPCA are hiring | How do you spell Burleigh? | Gibson & Reitboeck LLP …

EP. 057: Mayor Wayne Redekop testifies before House of Commons | Lee Siegel | Jennifer McCready

June 20th, 2023


Mayor Wayne Redekop testifies before House of Commons | Did the lights just flicker? | Lee Siegel is Tom Collins in Rent (interview) | Fort Erie man …

EP. 056: Awful Father's Day gift ideas | Les Lakewood

June 13th, 2023


Awful Father's Day gift ideas | Don’t get injured after 10 pm | Watch out for potholes | Little Red Coffee celebrates its first anniversary …

EP. 055: Am I the jerk? | JP Beauvais

June 6th, 2023


Am I the jerk? | Defending Bertie Township in 1866 | Fort Erie Transit, Vaticano, and A1 Quality Roofing are hiring | Allegations of a toxic work environment | Stay tuned | Maxsym Small Engine Repair wants to tune up …

EP. 054: Let's celebrate our unsung heroes | Marc Poisson | Mary-Lou Ambrose-Little

May 30th, 2023


Let's celebrate our unsung heroes | Marc Poisson updates us on his condition (interview) | Public support for our local hospital | Mary-Lou Ambrose-Little welcomes you back to Stevensville Farmers' Market (interview) | …

EP. 053: Thunder Bay Snack Bar is gone | Anne Watters

May 23rd, 2023


Thunder Bay Snack Bar is gone | Breakfast Beacon, Crescent Park Lodge, and Fort Erie Public Library are hiring | Dumpster diving for cardboard boxes …

EP. 052: How often do you order pizza? | James Culic

May 16th, 2023


How often do you order pizza? | MPP Wayne Gates has a complaint | There's no such thing as boneless chicken wings | James Culic welcomes you back to …

S05E06 – Stephen Passero, Fort Erie Festivals – So Long for Now

March 22nd, 2022


As I say so long for now to regular listeners in this farewell episode, I am joined by Stephen Passero, who was my first-ever guest on The Fort Erie …

S05E05 – Mary-Lou Ambrose-Little, Downtown Stevensville

March 15th, 2022


The last time Mary-Lou was my guest, we sat across the table from each other at the Scuttlebutt in Stevensville. This was before masks were commonplace and indoor dining faced public health restrictions. Today, she …

S05E04 – Jamal Mills-Alexander, Jamazing Boutique

March 8th, 2022


A self-proclaimed personal stylist, body confidence coach, and fashionista, Jamal Mills-Alexander is the proud owner of Jamazing Boutique in downtown Ridgeway. She joins me to discuss moving her retail operation from …

S05E03 – Phil Smith, South Coast Cookhouse

March 1st, 2022


Longtime listeners of The Fort Erie Podcast are sure to recognize Phil Smith, a three-peat guest of the show. Phil joins me today with fresh insights …

S05E02 – James Culic, Niagara this Week

February 22nd, 2022


James Culic, local reporter and columnist with Niagara this Weekhas previously contributed short rants to The Fort Erie Podcast. No stranger to …

S05E01 – Alexandra & Carol LaCivita, The Village Boutique

February 15th, 2022


The Fort Erie Podcast debuts its fifth and final (for now) season today. In the first of six brand new episodes this year, mother-daughter team Carol …

S05E00 – The Fort Erie Podcast Returns Next Tuesday

February 8th, 2022


Yes, it's true. The Fort Erie Podcast will be returning for its fifth season, but it will be the final season for now. Join your host, Brent Jones, on February 15, 2022, for the first of six brand new episodes of The …

S04E10 – Teresa Masotti, Blushing Bride Crystal Beach

November 16th, 2021


Crystal Beach has no shortage of budding entrepreneurs. Just ask Teresa Masotti, owner of Blushing Bride on Derby Road. Her boutique approach to wedding gowns has earned her praise from brides all over Niagara. She …

S04E09 – Phil Cudmore, Neon Crab Tattoos & Piercing

November 9th, 2021


Jarvis Street is now home to the fifth Neon Crab location across Ontario. Phil Cudmore, tattoo artist and studio director, joins me to discuss how he …

S04E08 – Gary O'Brien, Trailside Bar & Grill

November 2nd, 2021


When Gary O’Brien first visited Ridgeway, he knew right then that this was where he’d retire. What he didn't realize at the time was that he and his …

S04E07 – John Mtshede, Matthew House Refugee Ministry

October 26th, 2021


From community gardens to shelter for refugees, the Matthew House is a force for good in Fort Erie. John Mtshede, once a refugee claimant himself, …

S04E06 – David Bergeron, Casa Hugo

October 19th, 2021


It's no secret that, since opening early in 2020, Casa Hugo has quickly become a favorite dinner spot for tourists and locals alike. But its owner and operator, David Bergeron, has faced many challenges and shutdowns …

S04E05 – Ashley Gibson, Gibson & Reitboeck LLP

October 12th, 2021


Ashley Gibson, family law and real estate lawyer and partner in Gibson & Reitboeck, hops on the podcast with me to discuss growing up in Fort Erie, some of her earliest legal influences, and why everyone over the …

S04E04 – Jennifer McCready, Lady Luck Photography Studio

October 5th, 2021


Never without a positive thing to say, Jennifer McCready joins me today to discuss body positivity, mental health, and the impact of her work with …

S04E03 – Anne Watters, Salvation Army Community & Family Services

September 28th, 2021


When most people think of Salvation Army, they think of thrift shopping. But our local Salvation Army in Fort Erie offers so much more. Anne Watters, manager, joins me to discuss the various community services available …

S04E02 – Shane Therrien, Big Pappi's

September 21st, 2021


Who doesn’t love milkshakes, hot dogs, and gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches? In this episode, I speak with Shane Therrien, better known as Big Pappi, about the success he’s found serving up delicious comfort food on …

S04E01 – Shawn Murphy, Your Farm Gate

September 14th, 2021


In this season four premiere episode, Shawn Murphy, owner of Your Farm Gate in Ridgeway, joins me to discuss his take on ethically and sustainably farmed food. Also, I announce two giveaways: First, tune in to The Fort …

S04E00B – The Fort Erie Podcast Season Four Preview (Trailer)

September 8th, 2021


The Fort Erie Podcast is returning for its fourth season of bite-sized weekly episodes, kicking off September 14, 2021. Listeners can expect a number of familiar segments, such as local news headlines, upcoming …

S04E00A – Season 4 Is Coming (But Not Anytime Soon)

February 2nd, 2021


Yes, there will be a fourth season of The Fort Erie Podcast…I promise. I just don’t know when exactly it will happen. In this short episode, I offer listeners an explanation as to why I am delaying the production and …

S03E08 – Anastasia Boake, Down The Rabbit Hole Theatre Company

December 1st, 2020


Be honest…does the thought of doing improv in front of a group of strangers terrify you? What if there was beer involved? In this season three finale …

S03E07 – Julie Brady, Regional Limousine – James Culic, Niagara this Week

November 24th, 2020


Due to COVID-19, there was no Bridgeburg Street Dance this fall, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t good things happening in the north end. Joining …

S03E06 – Rob Faragalli, BoHo Studio

November 17th, 2020


What do paint nights, jam nights, and a beloved fishing boat have in common? All three can be found at the BoHo Studio in downtown Ridgeway. Since the tragic passing of his partner, Debra Mallen, Rob Faragalli has been …

S03E05 – Mike Daigle, Bridgeburg Gentleman’s Shoppe

November 10th, 2020


Who cuts my hair, you ask? Turns out, it isn’t my mom. My barber, Mike Daigle — better known as “Mike the Barber” — joins me by phone to talk about his brand new Fort Erie barbering studio (it opened just this year), as …

S03E04 – Keith McTague, Planks Canada – Jake Allemang, MSNR Plumbing

November 3rd, 2020


Keith McTague and his wife, Ashlynn Ross, are partners not only in life, but business, as the co-founders of Planks Canada on Derby Road. The brand found immediate success in Crystal Beach with both tourists and local …

S03E03 – Martha Mason, Fort Erie Multicultural Centre

October 27th, 2020


As a border town, Fort Erie is home to a lot of firsts. Perhaps no one knows this better than Martha Mason, executive director of the Fort Erie …

S03E02 – Jenn Wilkinson, 335 on the Ridge

October 20th, 2020


So, is it supposed to be said as three-thirty-five or three-three-five? Find out on this episode with Jenn Wilkinson, owner of 335 on the Ridge and The Kitchen at 335, as she reflects both on growing up in Crystal Beach …

S03E01 – Sheldon Halliday, Shaggy’s Pizza & Eats

October 13th, 2020


So where does the nickname “Shaggy” come from, anyway? Joining me for the season three premiere episode of The Fort Erie Podcast is Sheldon Halliday, owner and proprietor of Shaggy’s Pizza & Eats in Stevensville. …

S03E00 – The Fort Erie Podcast Season Three Preview (Trailer)

October 6th, 2020


The Fort Erie Podcast is returning for its third season of bite-sized weekly episodes, kicking off October 13, 2020. Listeners can expect a number of familiar segments, such as local news headlines, upcoming community …

S02E11 – Dino Kentros, The Barrel Restaurant – $50 Gift Card Giveaway

May 5th, 2020


For decades, The Barrel has been a staple of Fort Erie dining. In this season two finale episode of The Fort Erie Podcast, Dino Kentros, owner, reflects on the dedication of his staff, the most crowd-pleasing items on …

S02E10 – Antonietta Culic, Fort Erie Race Track – James Culic, Niagara this Week

April 28th, 2020


COVID-19 means big changes at the Fort Erie Race Track this year, including the delay of its 123rd racing season. Antonietta Culic, manager of …

S02E09 – Phil Smith, South Coast Cookhouse

April 21st, 2020


Voted by listeners as their favorite guest of season one, Phil Smith joins me for a second time on The Fort Erie Podcast. We discuss what’s new and exciting at his restaurant, South Coast Cookhouse, as well as the state …

S02E08 – Bobby Singh, Garrison Club

April 14th, 2020


What makes Fort Erie such a great place to be? If you ask Bobby Singh, co-owner of Garrison Club, he’ll tell you that our town is a place that accepts you for who you are. Featuring a spacious and low-key environment to …

S02E07 – Pat Inneo, The Ridge Film House

April 7th, 2020


If you ever need a film buff for movie trivia night, you should probably try reaching out to Pat Inneo. A relative newcomer to Greater Fort Erie, Pat …

S02E06 – George McDermott, Councillor, Ward 1 – Drew Gauthier, A Podcast with Goat

March 31st, 2020


George McDermott, town councillor, joins me for a candid discussion. He shares what, in his estimation, are the greatest challenges facing his ward and what the Town of Fort Erie is doing to address those challenges. A …

S02E05 – Sarah Morin, Fort Erie’s Fantastic Gymnastics – Noel Leboeuf, Fort Erie Pride Festival

March 24th, 2020


From a terrifying car accident to owning and operating her own business, Sarah Morin shares her journey to opening Fort Erie’s Fantastic Gymnastics. This former competitive gymnast turned entrepreneur now offers …

S02E04 – Connie Charron, Fort Erie Conservation Club – Andréa Jones, Savvy Social Podcast

March 17th, 2020


When I asked listeners who they’d like to hear from this season on The Fort Erie Podcast, one listener nominated Connie Charron, president of the Fort Erie Conservation Club. More than just a park in Stevensville, the …

S02E03 – Rob Rolston, Fort Erie School of Music

March 10th, 2020


Do you remember what you were doing when you were three years old? If you were anything like Rob Rolston, you were probably learning to master your …

S02E02 – Jennifer Dockstader, Fort Erie Native Friendship Centre

March 3rd, 2020


When most people think of the Fort Erie Native Friendship Centre, daycare is the first thing that comes to mind. But did you know that the FENFC offers a wide variety of programs for all stages of life, including …

S02E01 – Jeff Ellis, Lucky Stryx – Justin Preston, Rise Against Bullying

February 25th, 2020


The Fort Erie Podcast is officially back for its second season. In this premiere episode, former bowling professional Jeff Ellis joins me for a brief chat about Lucky Stryx, his newly opened and renovated five-pin …

S02E00 – Trailer, Season Two, The Fort Erie Podcast

February 8th, 2020


The Fort Erie Podcast made its debut at the end of 2019, amassing more than 1,000 local listeners over its first 10 episodes. Returning for its second season on February 25, 2020, listeners can expect a number of …

S01E10 – Phil Smith – Board Member, Crystal Beach Business Improvement Area

December 10th, 2019


You might know Phil Smith as the owner of South Coast Cookhouse. You might also know him as a realtor who, at the age of eighteen, won his first residential listings by mowing lawns in Crystal Beach. What you might not

S01E09 – Sean Fleming – Adult Services Librarian, Fort Erie Public Library

December 3rd, 2019


Magazines, eBooks, movies, video games, music…it turns out, Fort Erie Public Library offers our town so much more than books. With three branches in Greater Fort Erie, and a monthly calendar packed with free events and …

S01E08 – Marc Poisson – Co-Owner, The Bell Tower / Sub Culture

November 26th, 2019


What do drag shows, karaoke, rock concerts, safe spaces, and line dancing all have in common? The answer? Residents of Fort Erie can find all of them (and more) at the Bell Tower, located in the heart of Bridgeburg. In …

S01E07 – Yvonne Hopkins – Manager, Fort Erie Festivals

November 19th, 2019


The thirty-third annual Friendship Festival took over Mather Park this year, featuring free concerts, a midway, car shows, artists, food trucks, and so much more. In this episode, I talk with Yvonne Hopkins about the …

S01E06 – Angie Scott – Owner, Creative Dining by Angie

November 12th, 2019


In case you aren’t familiar, Angie Scott is the owner and operator of Creative Dining by Angie. Born and raised in Fort Erie, and a proud member of the Fort Erie Chamber of Commerce, Angie shares with me in episode six …

S01E05 – Mary-Lou Ambrose-Little – Market and Events Manager, Ridgeway Farmers’ Market

November 5th, 2019


It seems that Mary-Lou Ambrose-Little is most often connected to the Ridgeway Farmers’ Market, but did you know that she’s also responsible for the Stevensville Wednesday Market and so much more? As a member of the …

S01E04 – Don Irvine – Owner, The Lonely Guy Boutique

October 29th, 2019


From a career in accounting to…his own retail venture? Join me for a discussion with Don Irvine. He’s not only the (well-dressed) owner and operator of The Lonely Guy Boutique, but also the treasurer of the Ridgeway …

S01E03 – Nick Dubanow – Councillor, Ward 2

October 22nd, 2019


From a young age, Nick Dubanow knew he wanted to be involved in local politics. Now a Fort Erie town councillor, he isn’t the type of politician to …

S01E02 – Tina Tourountzas – Owner, Southsides Patio Bar and Grill

October 15th, 2019


After relocating to Fort Erie many years ago, Tina Tourountzas founded Southsides Patio Bar and Grill with one simple vision in mind – to keep customers coming back for their "great food, amazing staff, and reasonable …

S01E01 – Stephen Passero – Vice President, Big Brothers Big Sisters of South Niagara

October 8th, 2019


The Santa Claus Parade, fireworks on Canada Day, the Fort Erie Lions Club, the Adult Literacy Council, Big Brothers Big Sisters of South Niagara, the …

S01E00 – Welcome to The Fort Erie Podcast

September 14th, 2019


Join me, Brent Jones, on October 8, 2019 for the first official episode of The Fort Erie Podcast. Episodes will be bite-sized (under fifteen minutes) and published every Tuesday, highlighting upcoming community events, …

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