On this episode of Finding Your Bliss, Bliss expert and Life Coach Judy Librach is joined by Award-winning journalist, humorist, author and filmmaker Josh Freed. Josh Freed, who is based in Montreal, has written a popular (syndicated) weekend humor column on page 2 of the Montreal Gazette for over 25 years. He has won the Stephen Leacock Medal for humor, and twice been named Canada’s Best columnist with a National Newspaper award. Josh is also the author of several humorous books, including The Anglo Guide to Survival in Quebec (co-author), Fear of Frying, Press 1 and Pray and “Vive le Québec Freed”. He also wrote “Moonwebs”, which went on to become The United Artists Classics film, “Ticket To Heaven”.
He’s on Finding Your Bliss to talk about his latest book “Postcards from Pandemica–Our Crazy Covid years”. As well, Josh has starred in the Montreal hit show “The Four Anglos: Surviving the Covid Apocalypse”, along with celebrated Gazette cartoonist Terry Mosher and singer-songwriters Bowser and Blue. An earlier show by the same team (The Four Anglos of the Apocalypse) played over 40 sell-out nights at the Centaur Theatre–Montreal’s largest English-speaking theatre. And if we’re lucky, the show will be coming to Toronto as well!
Josh has also made over 25 one-hour documentary films for the CBC, which have won both Geminis and Genies, as well as two prestigious U.S. Chris Awards and the World Medal for Investigative Reporting from the New York International Television Festival. His films have been seen on PBS, A&E, Bravo and Disney Channel in the United States, Channel 4 in the UK, and in over 50 other countries. His latest documentary “In Your Face” will premiere on CBC’s “The Nature of Things” on January 21st, 2022 at 9pm. Josh was also an on-camera journalist and director at CBC’s The Journal, where he made over fifty half hour, humorous television documentaries. In 2020, Josh was awarded Quebec’s Victor Goldbloom Award for Community Service –largely for making Montrealers laugh.
Also on the program, Judy is doing a live Bliss Coaching Session on the air with our Intern turned Associate Producer, Shelley Koskinen. Shelley Koskinen is a Writer, Director and Producer in film and radio! She is a 2021 graduate from the Toronto Film School with a diploma in Film Production, as well as a 2019 graduate from Metalworks Institution for Audio Production and Engineering. She has just finished her first short film entitled “For Us”. She started at Finding Your Bliss as a Production Assistant in November, and is now one of our Associate Producers.
Back on again due to popular demand, we are delighted to welcome back Singer-Songwriter Jules Halpern to the program. Jules has been singing since she could walk. She became known when she performed a cover of her favourite singer Stevie Wonder’s “Ribbon in the Sky”, which led to her being invited to sing at festivals, and to sing the Canadian and American national anthems at Madison Square Garden in New York City. In addition to singing, Jules likes to draw, cook, write, and play the guitar. Jules had a very exciting experience, which was to be invited to sing for Stronger Together/Tous Ensemble on National television with a who’s who of many well known Canadian singers and celebrities, including Justin Bieber, Drake, Shania Twain, Michael Bublé and some the cast of Schitt’s Creek, including Eugene Levy, Dan Levy, Catherine O’hara, Annie Murphy and Noah Reid, just to name a few.
Check out the sneak peek of Jules’ new song “Sing”: https://www.instagram.com/p/CNgNbCKFVuL/
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