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The RebelRebel Podcast

102 EpisodesProduced by Michael Dean DargieWebsite

The RebelRebel Podcast is a regular dive into the hearts and minds of creative rebels and entrepreneurs.We talk about life, the universe, and what makes us get up every morning with a bounce in our step ... or how to best claw your way across the kitchen floor to get that first cup of coffee. Someti… read more

102 Episodes | 2018 - 2023

Evolve Wild with Eric Inman

August 13th, 2023


Step back. Chill out. Take a breath.

Our lives are literally and metaphorically tied to nature and the river. Eric Inman is just the guy to take you …

Racking up experience points with Bonnie Dickson

November 9th, 2022


"I think I've overused the words, 'Oh, Wow!" Bonnie grabbed her camera and struck out across Western Canada—her life is one of adventure and exploration. She's a professional photographer specializing in capturing the …

What the f_ck does this do?

November 9th, 2022


Dave Taylor was one of the original programmers at ID Software, and had his hands code-deep in fan favourites like Quake and Doom. But that's only the start of the story—hell, it isn't really even the start of it. There …

Making a difference one kilometre at a time

September 19th, 2022


Mike Terry is a retired 23-year Canadian Forces Combat Arms veteran who spends his time touring the country raising awareness about PTSD on his KLR …

Callie B. Elwayns - Bold and Visible

June 20th, 2022


In this episode, Callie B. Elwayns talks about the origins of her work,  the power of the sold-out Bold and Visible Monologues, and what she's up to …

The Doctor of Improv

October 25th, 2021


David Charles is a transplanted New Zealander living in Florida, USA. He’s a professor at Rollins College, and a regular on the renowned SAK Comedy …

Kicking Open Doors for Television, Games, and Film

October 6th, 2021


Luke is one of those extraordinary people who found their passion early and stuck with it to make the world a better place. He comes from a deep media production background and has helped shape the landscape for …

The story of Joe, some luck, and a little shoe company from England.

September 21st, 2021


Joe Foster and his late brother, Jeff, worked in the family business. Their family made shoes, and had done so for generations; in fact his grandfather invented the spike running shoe in the late 1800’s. 

Joe and Jeff …

Never Stop Learning and Doing Weird Things

September 19th, 2021


One of the things that caught our attention about Ian was his dedication to theatre and film. He’s a talented maker of things, stage combat aficionado, cosplayer, science-fiction geek, and advises everyone to be okay …

Building Stuff to Make Human Life Better

September 18th, 2021


In an episode that literally spans the multiverse and back again, Founder and CEO of Beam City DNA Zeze Peters shares his passion for science, …

Award-Winning Talent for Horror

September 17th, 2021


Garry Maclean is the host of Talent Talk and one of those creatives who doesn’t wait for things to happen for him -- he gets out there and follows …

Listening Beyond The Words

August 23rd, 2021


Lindsay is an unapologetically quirky soul who is on a mission to make the world a better place. She's a brand strategist, an author, and mind …

Time To Change What's Boring

August 12th, 2021


Growing up in Western Canada they learned the value of hard-work and embracing passion in everything they do. Not satisfied with working for the big banks they created West Oak Family Office -- an integrated, dedicated, …

No Plan B

July 21st, 2021


Piero Gandini is making the world a better place. He stands for more humanity for a better future, and is unleashing his endless empathy, storytelling prowess, radical positive thinking, and unbridled happiness to make …

Earn It, Don't Expect It.

July 14th, 2021


One of my favourite parts of this podcast was when Shane was talking about innovating through adversity. It's the secret sauce.

Shane Wenzel is the namesake of Shane Homes Group of Companies based out of Calgary, …

Don't Die For Your Art

June 23rd, 2021


Alec Gillis is one of the founding partners of Amalgamated Dynamics, an Academy Award-winning character effects studio where we design, produce, and perform special characters for film, television, and commercials.

From …

Stay Close to the Camera

June 14th, 2021


Charlie grew up in Corona, Queens running numbers before his brother, Paul (The Untouchables), convinced him to move to Hollywood and work as a stunt …

Be A Business That Matters

June 5th, 2021


You'll immediately hear why we had to have Tony McGrath back on the RebelRebel Podcast -- he's charming, thoughtful, well spoken, and also can drop …

Raw, Real, and Relentless

May 20th, 2021


When Kay says she had no idea what she wanted to be when she grew up, she meant it. She's been a Sign Language Interpreter, a Voice-Over Artist, she …

Being Alone Together Every Night

May 11th, 2021


When the pandemic hit Emre took to the stage in his living room and started playing live-streaming shows every night so he could stay connected and …

Award-Winning Spirits and Cocktails

April 26th, 2021


What happens when two engineers get together and decide they want to pursue their passion? They start a distillery and begin making some of the best spirits in Canada--a distillery is really just a tiny oil refinery …

Don't Judge a Book By Its Cover

April 20th, 2021


It will be no surprise to anyone who knows her that Laura Stewart used to play hockey against her bigger, older brothers while wearing a dress so …

Ahead by a Mile

April 12th, 2021


When Matthew O'Reilly was growing up he struggled with being the "second best artist" in his school. This made him push himself to get better and …

Wired To Do Her Own Thing

April 5th, 2021


When Shylo Victoria asked her parents for perfume on her 11th birthday little did they know it would be the catalyst that would ignite her passions …

Being Playfully Creative, Always.

March 29th, 2021


When Alyea and David met they just knew there was magic to be made — Alyea a PHD in Game Production, David a creative consultant and trainer, both of …

What's the next hardest thing?

March 22nd, 2021


She is a trouble-maker, a brat, a fearless creator, and a self-described creative capitalist -- we’re pleased to introduce you to Rebecca Northan.

Rebecca is the creator of the improvised, and world renowned play "Blind …

Having Fun With Your Failures

March 15th, 2021


Jacob Hair lives in LA and works as an animation director on 'Rick and Morty', for which he recently won an Emmy.

He's not just an accomplished artist and director, he's also a creature movie aficionado with ties to the …

Embracing the Rebel Mindset

February 15th, 2021


It's clear that Chris Kneeland had enough of the status quo regarding marketing and branding -- seeing companies being bamboozled into believing that an overdose of promotional activity will make them relevant.

Chris …

Becoming What We Think About All Day

February 3rd, 2021


Ryan Phillips was a professional hockey player who took a left turn and ended up as one of the biggest cannabis smugglers in North America — long before cannabis was legal — which lead to a prison sentence in the USA.

Persistence, fame, and fortune

January 4th, 2021


Gary McAvoy knew he wanted to be an author when he was ten years old. Fast forward several decades and he’s living his dream and is putting the …

You Are What You Think You Are

December 7th, 2020


Many years ago I wrote an article about my friend Wakefield Brewster and the experience of watching him attack the stage with his poetry, leaving it blistered and broken. This episode is no different.

Wakefield's five …

The Fine Art of Leaving Your Mark

November 23rd, 2020


What would you call an artist, a facilitator, a change-maker, a performance artist, a collaborator, and creative whirlwind who loves to share? You …

The Blazing Business of Cannabis

November 16th, 2020


Jeff Mooij doesn't have a good reason for doing what he did, he has a great one: live your life like you only get one. Mooij is known around the …

Sit Down and Start

November 2nd, 2020


Robin Van Eck is the president of the Alexandra Writers' Society Organization, and a kick-ass author based out of cSPACE King Edward in Calgary, Alberta.

From her lessons on "how not to enter a writing contest" to …

Art of Continually Learning

October 12th, 2020


Colleen MacLean never stops learning. Like never. She continues to take classes that interest her and that push her abilities in the arts. She's got …

You Were Born Creative

September 28th, 2020


You just have to love a rebel on a mission. Nir Bashan is a rebel and his mission is to help everyone learn how to use creativity to their advantage whether it's in business or in life.

Creativity is not the domain of a …

The Art of Creation

September 22nd, 2020


Steve Waxman spent decades upon decades with Warner Music Canada helping recording artists find their story and share it with the world. So, it just makes sense that in his semi-retirement he's helping artists as …

Andy Moro Live at cSpace King Edward

September 16th, 2020



Andy Moro is a mixed-blood, multi-disciplinary artist, who is helping bring together the …

Pushing Past Your Comfort Zone

September 14th, 2020


Dr. Larry Stanleigh is a dentist, a writer, a speaker, a stand-up comedian, a father, a husband, a philanthropist, a Canadian Forces veteran, a musician, and so much more. When he talks about his eclectic tendencies you …

Follow your gut

September 12th, 2020


This episode should be called 'how to live your best life' but we had to make a choice and when it came down to it Maxime Beauregard's world view is …

Work From Anywhere

September 7th, 2020


There is so much wisdom in these 45 minutes the show notes can’t possibly do justice to it all, but I’ll tell you this. Fabian Dittrich has insight that will change your life whether you’re an entrepreneur, a …

Figure Out A Way To Make It Work

August 31st, 2020


Mark Eisan is a force for good in the world and goes to extraordinary lengths to help small businesses play a bigger game by innovating the print and packaging industry clear across Canada. 

Mark and his team pride …

Art Has Always Been The Thing

August 26th, 2020


Cecile Albi always knew she would be an Artist. Always. Like, seriously, always. Since she was a young girl and thought about what she would do with …

Collaboration and Trust

August 18th, 2020


Jayson Therrien has no idea what the next six months looks like -- and that’s okay. It's normal.

Therrien fell in love with film the first time he saw Good Will Hunting and it has guided his every move ever since -- …

One Brick to Rule Them All

July 27th, 2020


Like most of us Dave Ware went years without playing with Lego, but not many years. Maybe there was a five year window where he wasn't building with Lego. You'll have to listen to this episode about this extraordinary …

Do It For The Intention, Not The Attention

July 20th, 2020


It's another RebelRebel adventure as host, Michael Dargie, Zooms his way clear across Calgary to chat with artist, puppeteer, and tikiphile, Jen Lynn Bain about what 'making it' means when you're an artist.

Jen is an …

Art From a New Vantage Point

July 14th, 2020


How did Riley Kearl create a self-fulfilling prophecy on the first day the National Music Centre opened in Calgary? Find out in this episode of the …

It all comes down to story

July 2nd, 2020


Will this be the time you learn how Brian Batista earned his nickname 'Bunny'? Bunny is a creative dynamo who started Atelier Artista on the fourth floor of cSPACE King Edward.

Not only is Bunny a terrific artist, he's …

The Power of Social Entrepreneurs

June 13th, 2020


Marisa was taught at a young age about the power of volunteering and giving, so much so she made an exciting new business around that very concept -- …

Benefits of Informal Education

May 30th, 2020


Jas Takhar is one of those people who appears to have been born with an additional Hustle gene as evidenced by his rise in Canadian Real Estate and …

Think Global, Act Local

May 27th, 2020


The CEO of cSPACE Projects, Deeter Schurig, is an prime example of what happens when you follow your passions and pay attention to the universe.

In …

Love What You Do

May 11th, 2020


Martyn had it all; from the big house in the UK, to the most posh rides, he had all the trappings of success but none of the happiness. So he decided …

Better together than we are apart

May 3rd, 2020


It was from Byron Brooks successful construction company and a love for craft beer he landed on an idea called 'Builders and Brews'; a way for the …

Being a Better Human Being

March 3rd, 2020


What happens when you decide to stop chasing your life and instead start celebrating your every win (no matter how small) and tapping into the best in people? You start empowering people and get to write "Shameless …

Motorcycle Adventure Tourism

February 11th, 2020


Warren Cummins—one of the owners of Rocky Mountain Sidecar Adventures—popped into the studio to talk about starting a business because he experienced the trifecta of awesome : Motorcycles, sidecars, and mountains.

Going …

Meet People and Make Friends

January 21st, 2020


Randy Milanovic is the CEO at Kayak Marketing specializing in helping companies win big through content marketing. He makes complex subjects simple to understand and immediately usable.

Randy went toe-to-toe with Stage …

Move the Plot Forward

December 17th, 2019


Dennis Cahill is the Artistic Director of the world renowned Loose Moose Theatre Company and is an all around fun and creative guy.

He took some time …

E0046 - Fitting in is Just Boring

July 17th, 2019


Patrick Lor is pure energy barely contained in a human body — and it's impossible not to get caught up in his mission to make the world a better place along with his belief there is always a place for dreamers.

What …

E0045 - Comedy and Camping in the Foothills

June 17th, 2019


If there’s one thing to know about Victoria Banner it’s she isn’t shy. Her energy is as boundless as her passion is for living life on her terms. A talented comedian with stories for days and isn’t shy about talking …

E0044 - Life's Too Short to Wear Matching Socks

June 10th, 2019


In this episode we meet up with Adam Thompson who has taken the 'Sock Game' to a whole new level across the world. He's the owner of The Friday Sock …

E0043 - Make Life Beautiful

June 4th, 2019


What did you want to be when you grew up? Not many people can say they have a clue where they'd end up and Kevin was no different. Kevin Gray is the creative spark behind Kevin Gray Interiors, specializing in Interior …

E0042 - The Black Radish Theatre Company

April 29th, 2019


Christopher Hunt continues to make his mark as a professional performer in Calgary — so much so he received the Harry and Martha Cohen Award in recognition of his significant and sustained contribution to theatre in …

E0041 - Do The Stuff That Matters

April 26th, 2019


Lanchi Dech wanted to learn to ride a motorcycle ever since she was a teenager, but life happened. She was finally able to realize her dream back in …

E0040 - Trust Your Gut and Stay Curious

April 23rd, 2019


The title of this episode pretty much sums up Jeremy's rebel journey from being a world-travelling professional dancer, to world-travelling, award-winning professional photographer. Not to mention he is a helluva nice …

E0039 - When He Speaks It's an Event

April 15th, 2019


Every once and a while you meet an artist who knows business — it's not very often — so when you do, try to squeeze as much knowledge from their brain as possible. Doug de Nance is that guy. A guy with business smarts, …

E0038 - See What You Want and Go After It

April 1st, 2019


Mike Peterson just won two awards for his feature film "Knuckleball" starring Michael Ironside: Best Director and Best Editor. He's written, directed, and produced everything from short films, to commercials, to …

E0037 - The Indie Learning Curve

March 25th, 2019


A legit rock star, photographer, cinematographer, improviser, and actor — Rob Mitchelson comes over to Kensington Studio to hang out with Newton the Studio Cat (hello allergies) and I to talk about everything from his …

E0036 - Rebel Accountant

March 21st, 2019


It's not everyday you meet someone who was born to be an accountant — but today is that day. Kaitlin is so much a rebel that when she discovered she wasn't allowed to help businesses the way she wanted, she picked up …

E0035 - Tackling It Head On

March 4th, 2019


He teaches first aid and was Fire Fighter for a time but it wasn't until he witnessed several motorcycle accidents on a ride through the Rocky Mountains that he found his calling, and business, Head On First Aid and …

E0034 - It's All In The Kilt

February 25th, 2019


It's always a good time hanging out with Calum Lykan, a professional storyteller. Yes, that's his job title and he wears a kilt to work so you know it'll be a fun time chatting about how he found his calling and life's …

E0033 - Focus on the Story

February 18th, 2019


From the Netherlands, to Montreal, to Calgary and all points far and wide, please welcome Dave and Immanuela Lawrence. Dave created pop-culture icon, …

E0032 - Tell Interesting Stories and Make People Laugh

February 14th, 2019


The passion, curiosity, creativity, and humility of Spencer Estabrooks is mind-bending on a scale only jerk robots could ever understand. Spencer is …

E0030 - Goodbye Suit and Tie

February 4th, 2019


Oliver Sherwood rebelled by suiting up and grabbing his briefcase and went to work at his nine-to-five job. He rebelled again and said goodbye to the …

E0029 - Dark Sparkles

January 31st, 2019


Dani Morin owns two businesses and currently lives in Arizona. She ran Machine Nightclub, holds two Red Seals for welding, never stops learning, …

E0028 - Do It Because You Love It

January 24th, 2019


Professional, caring, and crazy about making a positive change in the world are a few ways I think about Darryl Duncan. Darryl joins me via Skype from his studio in Chicago to talk about his journey. What stuck with me …

E0027 - Motorcycles, Where Freedom Begins

January 21st, 2019


Trevor Dech is the Chief Instructor of Too Cool Motorcycle School and has spent his career teaching people not just to ride, and ride safely, but …

E0026 - From YYC to YYZ with Andrew Phung

January 14th, 2019



Andrew Phung swings by Kensington Studio to talk with me about his crazy-amazing journey so far–from first being introduced to Loose Moose Theatre, to his incredible non-profit work, balancing family life, his award …

E0025 - Just Build It

January 7th, 2019


Nic Beique is that guy. He dreamed up, and is running, a successful international payments company called HELCIM from Calgary, Alberta Canada. But …

E0024 - Kicking Butt and Blazing Trails

November 26th, 2018


You've seen her pitch her new beeswax food wrap product Abeego® on Season 11 of the Dragon's Den, and more recently receiving the RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneurs Telus Trailblazer Award.

Meet Toni Desrosiers, a …

E0023 - Grande Damme Theatre Grand

November 20th, 2018


When Tony McGrath got involved with Theatre Junction Grand he had no idea what he was in for. Never having been in the "Arts" before it might seem …

E0022 - Mind the Walrus

November 13th, 2018


Dan Gibbins has made a life and career in theatre—from his first win in a high school competition to producing award-winning plays with a community …

E0021 - A Life Most Prolific

October 30th, 2018


Dive back 30 years. What were you doing? Michael McAdam was starting to figure out what he wanted to do in life: create. Fast forward to today and he is having a blast. 

We catch up over a heroic amount of coffee and …

E0020 - The Ruthlessly Reasonable Orca

October 22nd, 2018


Maclean Kay is loving life in Victoria on Vancouver Island. He's the Editor in Chief of the new online magazine, The Orca, and couldn't be …

E0019 - Range Warrior Accessories

October 15th, 2018


The guys from Range Warrior Accessories descended into Kensington to hang out with me and talk about what they've been up to for the last year and a half creating and manufacturing firearm accessories.

It's not just the …

E0018 - Doctor of Transportation

October 8th, 2018


It's not every day you get to hangout with a Doctor of Transportation, and certainly not one as cool as Willem Klumpenhouwer, PhD. He explains …

E0017 - Life has literally gone to the dogs

September 17th, 2018


Every time I sit down with someone on the RebelRebel Podcast I'm blown away. For example: The owner of DOGMA TRAINING started her career in a place different from where you'd expect; in computers, websites, and …

E0016 -Inspiring Infinite Elements

September 10th, 2018


Jason Crawford and Brian Moore of recording label Infinite Elements dropped by Kensington Studio to talk about music, their first anniversary, favourite people, preferred venues, and even drop a few tracks from THA …

E0015 - Got an App For That

August 27th, 2018


It's Season 1, Episode 15 with Ryan Hnetka of The App Guys! We start off talking golf and world travel and then tear down a rabbit hole of …

E0014 - Brand Alchemist and Digital Jedi

August 20th, 2018


Tune in to Season 1, Episode 14 of the RebelRebel Podcast and meet David Schmeikal from BRAND IS TRUTH INC.

David is a kickass creative who sits down and lays it all out. How did he become a "Brand Alchemist and Digital …

E0013 - Dave, the Introverted Networker

August 14th, 2018


As an introvert you know. You know how hard it is to network and do the things that seem so easy to others. Well, meet Dave. He not only recognized …

E0012 - Evoking Emotion in Marketing

August 7th, 2018


Kat Lesperance is not just passionate about marketing, she absolutely lives for it. Kat, a mother of three, started her powerhouse marketing company …

E0011 - Beer. It's Science.

July 31st, 2018


I rode my motorcycle in the rain with a backpack full of recording gear north of Calgary to Airdrie to meet with Cody Fitzsimmons on location at …

E0010 - Death Before Waterfall

July 23rd, 2018


He designed, coded, and sold his first video game when he was 10 years old in his neighbourhood playground—meet Mike Borthwick of New Dot Spot.

In …

E0009 - Living the 6 Principals

July 16th, 2018


In this episode I'm talking with Lisa Genovese about everything. Lisa is the President of Bottomline Marketing and we talk about marketing, her six principals of brand building, entrepreneurial journeys, disruption and …

E0008 - The Communication Maven

July 9th, 2018


In this episode Social Strategist Alison Masniuk joins me in Kensington Studio. We get to talking about a talented group of branding misfits called …

E0007 - Build It and Act As If

July 3rd, 2018


Happy Canada Day! Today I’ve got a long-time friend, entrepreneur, and totally kickass dude Dallas Paquette sitting with me. We’re hanging out in Kensington studio talking about the meteoric rise of his new company Lift …

E0006 - The Big, Hairy, Audacious Goal

June 25th, 2018


Hanging out with Carrie Tuttle at Kensington Studio talking about her new business Team Mojo, her world travels, working and training some of the …

E0005 - Going Nuclear with Chris Popoff

June 18th, 2018


In this episode I sit down and talk with Chris Popoff from Terrestrial Energy and the My first Seven Podcast. It's an terrific talk with an inspiring and gifted entrepreneur about everything from energy economics, …

E0004 - Yeah, We Can Do That, No Really

June 11th, 2018


Today we've got John Legare and Ryan Hulsker in the studio from HL Networks—two of the smartest rebels I've ever met, and have the privilege to work …

E0003 - Of Bamboo and Sports Analytics

June 4th, 2018


Episode three invites long-time friend and entrepreneur Bryan Schultz over to Kensington Studio for a chat about what it's like conceptualizing a …

E0002 - The Geek is Strong With This One

May 28th, 2018


In this episode good friend, genius, and groovy geek, Neville Chamberlain from BRITEWRX, swings by to hang out at Kensington Studio to talk about his …

E0001 - Fight Club for Entrepreneurs

May 14th, 2018


In this first episode of REBELREBEL I sit down with local entrepreneur, business coach, and rebel CEO of EQ Strategy Partners, M. Sean Young to discuss our upcoming event "FIGHT NIGHT For Entrepreneurs". We share some …

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