Nobodies Are Somebodies Podcast with Chad Vice

I am Chad Vice, co-owner and operator of Championship Vinyl, an online record store. Lots of people are somebodies, and millions more are considered "nobodies". I want to bring you the stories of people of everyday and any day, because even if you think you are a nobody, you are always a somebody. The people I talk to are not famous, but they are all interesting characters. Every week, a new story, a new guest, a new friend. The Nobodies Are Somebodies podcast - listen for fun, hear for life!
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Sep 25, 2017

It's experiment time! This week's podcast is me checking in with some of my former guests, via telephone! Some of the people that I reached out to were not available right this very Monday as I decided that this would be this week's episode this very morning. But I found 3 former guests with absolutely nothing better to do on a Monday morning and I tested out my calling recording software via Callture and had them call me to give me a quick update on how their lives have been going since I last talked to them. So bear with me as I try this call to call podcast approach. It's a work in process, just like the Nobodies Are Somebodies podcast.

The one common theme here? Each person is happily starting a new career or venture and their lives are nothing but positive these days it seems, and that is a good thing. Also, yes to answer your burning question, one of these check in calls was with my good buddy Fred!!

Sep 18, 2017

Life happens. Everything happens for a reason. What is the reason and what makes it happen.


Questions that I can't answer that happen everyday to everybody, and we all deal with it in different ways. My family went through a bit of a crisis and a medical emergency 2 weeks ago over the Labor Day weekend. I'm sharing some of that story with you all now. Some things I won't be able to share now, but take this episode as a small window into my world. 

Also, because I like to lighten up situations, I have a rant about my local McDonald's that I needed to get off my chest. I mean, why not right??

Thank you for listening.

Sep 11, 2017

Talking to Nancy about her community involvements, from taking studies for a career in social work to working at the local food bank and discussing the services that they offer as well as talking about some of her experiences working with persons in need. We then move on to talk about stories that her parents have shared with her on how they immigrated (fled) to Canada from Vietnam by way of Indonesia during the mid-1980s and what life was like when travelling by boat to a foreign land to a safer place. She also shares how her parents met during this time. She uses the term 'boat people' and we talk about what that really means in this situation.

Nancy also shares stories that her grandmother has told her about life in Vietnam during the infamous war in the 1960s, and how the country was before and how it had changed forever after the war. And finally, we take on the hot topic of Nancy checking out this podcast for the first time to get a feel for it - which episode was her favorite???

I hope you enjoy this episode, Nancy spoke of a lot of topics that really interested me as a fan of history and historical time periods. I hope you get some great insight from her conversation as I did. And remember - Donate to your local food bank today - everything we do helps!

Sep 4, 2017

An F-Road is not what you might think it is on first hearing the term mentioned, but Jason will set you straight. Here he recounts his entire road trip around the country of Iceland, from the planning stages to some paperwork red tape to the coming home and all the adventures and site seeing he and his best buddy Jesse encounter while there. Jason also elaborates on the cultural and lifestyle differences they experience in a foreign land, as well as discussing a couple of potentially near death experiences that could have actually threatened his ability to return to Canada, well, alive. But there's also beauty to be found, such swimming in the Blue Lagoon spa and checking out those famous Northern Lights.

Jason has also posted pictures of his trip here in a public Facebook photo album for your viewing. Click the link below to see pictures of his trip. WARNING: the Nobodies Are Somebodies podcast or Chad Vice are not responsible for the pictures and content seen - these are taken by Jason and are property of his only. Email me for any inquiries regarding images.

So, spend an hour long conversation with the White Rabbit in Iceland and get a glimpse of where he will be 'hopping' to on his next major trip.

Aug 28, 2017

Dayton goes through his whole life story from the age of 4 up until present, and since it's the first time that he's ever tracked his own story, we jump around a bit but it still flows quite naturally. We discuss his strained relationship with his father and growing up in an interesting family dynamic. From there we move on to his life as it is now, from meeting the love of his life to proposing to her...but what happens between point A to B is rather comical.

That's a compliment, Dayton.

This episode was recorded outdoors while Dayton was at work, so there may be some exterior noises that creep up into the conversation and we are also forced to stop/start the chat a few times as he interacts with customers. So for the first time in [his] life, we present...Dayton...this is your life!

Aug 21, 2017

The news of the world that we live in today can range from the outlandish to the out-of-handish, and everything in between. This episode of the podcast was recorded in the studio on Wednesday August 16th, 2017, and as you can tell, it's not exactly breaking news. It's a random idea from two random guys, as finally my good buddy Fred arrives at the studio and helps me read the newspaper headlines (online and in print) that grab our attention, and stay tuned to hear the whole conversation descend into a totally useless debate about what a 'truly' selfie is.

Grab your popcorn, because what we are presenting is a light-hearted (see - please don't take this week's episode too seriously) glance at the news today, sourcing info starting from our local Ottawa papers to the BBC, CNN, LA Times and more, just to give you 40 minutes spent that you will never get back! Enjoy this Special - The News of the World on the Nobodies Are Somebodies podcast.

This has been Chad Vice, good night...

Aug 14, 2017

Spina bifida is a birth defect where there is incomplete closing of the backbone and membranes around the spinal cord.

Mary Villenueve lives with a physical disability every day of her life, but what's more telling is people who interact with her a more concerned with their own biases towards people with PDs than actually trying to educate themselves on what a persons challenges are. Mary tells stories of complete strangers offering to help her out, but the types of help they are providing are more harmful than good. She also talks about her life growing up and being raised the same as her brothers, which played a big role in maintaining her confidence that she now shares, and she credits her parents big time for this. She also mentions her supportive husband, and my former guest Eric. V a time or two.

Thank you to Mary. V for being candid and honest and educating about your disabilities, and how you turn them into different abilities.

Aug 7, 2017

Mitchell Chestnut don't break no rules, and he's got a story to back that claim up. I'm glad to have Mitch back in the studio for a follow-up chat, as when I last spoke to him, we discussed the passing of his mom, then 8 months fresh in his mind. Now, 1 year removed from her passing, Mitchell talks about what drives him now, his career and career goals, his education and future endeavors in Policing. We talk about the process to apply to be a Canadian Border Services Agent. Later on, We are also (rudely?) interrupted in the studio by two of my former guests stopping by to say hello and steal Mr. Chestnut away to gamble his money away at the local casino. It's a quick but interesting talk with Mitchell; thanks for actually coming back on the show!

It's also to be noted that this episode was to feature the unique stylings of my partner in crime, my good buddy Fred who was slated to co-host this episode, alas he had to bail out on me at the very last second. Curses! Maybe another time, then...

Jul 31, 2017

I swear, the 'Marie' names in this series are coincidental only, and not some sort of cheap gimmick... dot com!

Can one night change your life, even if you aren't a part of it?

My interview with Sydney Marie, is one I'm very happy to have to bring to all the listeners. I'm super proud of her and I am excited for her story to be heard. I pretty much based this whole episode around her (one) story because I felt that it just needed to get out there, to be heard, and it was something that could stand on it's own. Of course there's much more to Sydney Marie than just 1 night that started a chain of events that took her nearly 10 years to recover from - and never really, as it's forever changed her and her family's lives; but she's a stronger person for it, and now she knows who she can really count on.

Recorded in Toronto on The Esplande, my final (for now) interview in this 'Nobodies in Toronto' series also ends the long month of July, and what a month of guests! Here's to more. Thank you Sydney and thank you to all the listeners out there and to my former guests. Keep it coming!!

Jul 24, 2017

Welcome to the first part in the 'Nobodies in Toronto' series , and here is my first guest that I interviewed within the (barely) first hour of arriving at my temporary surrogate condo building apartment in the beautiful city of Toronto. Danielle Marie talks about managing and running a seniors retirement home facility, basically on her own shoulders, and all the challenges and rewards that come with that. She also discusses what she does in her personal time, what's left of it anyway, as well as her 'love' for the King, Elvis Presley! She then dishes on what a novice to Toronto should enjoy about the city.

It's part 1 of this special series, thank you Danielle for fitting this podcast somewhere in your stacked schedule.

Jul 17, 2017

How much did you ever want to know about Chad Vice? His childhood fantasies, his favorite music, movies, interests, and why he started doing business online? What was the one instant that triggered his sudden but now growing love affair with online commerce and later, podcasting? Denise 'Niagara Falls' Hawken gets down to the line and asks the tough questions, but is Chad man enough to answer them all? Find out, and so much more (maybe) on this, the 25th 'anniversary' episode of the Nobodies Are Somebodies podcast. It's so big, that Chad himself could not even host it!

Big thanks to Denise for being the host with the most. But maybe she should try watching that Beetlejuice movie someday??

Jul 10, 2017

I'm chatting with Canadian born Badr Elkorazati, who has his roots in Egypt, and I'm anxious to hear about daily life in Egypt as well as Turkey, both places he's quite familiar with. Right now Turkey is where his parents, brother and sisters currently reside, as his father is a member of the Canadian military serving NATO in the middle of a 3-year tour. Badr is in the studio to talk about how his parents met, his mother's conversion from a Protestant out of New Brunswick to following Islam, BEFORE she even met his father; plus his visits to those aforementioned countries and how they differ (or sometimes, don't actually) from western life. Plus, you can't ignore his infectious laugh!

Also, do you like listening to two people debate or question many "What Ifs" regarding current World Issues, homelessness, one world currency, and the Trump Administration? I thought so. Plus, can you tell the difference between a group of Americans and Canadians in one area? Badr says yes, and he tells us why.

Thanks for making a memorable podcast episode with me, Mr. Badr. And, as always, political opinions are those of the guests and not necessarily those of Chad Vice or the Nobodies Are Somebodies podcast. Stick around!

Jul 3, 2017

Stephanie Bertrand is a strong, determined and independent woman who has overcome a very serious time in her life, but even though that drove her, it's not what she is defined by. This is her story and I am so very proud to bring it you all, my amazing listeners! Stephanie quickly finds out which friends and family that you can count on (and one person who couldn't be counted on). She is discussing the whole story of her medical ordeal form the onset to the recovery, point by point and step by step, for the first time ever in an interview setup.

So we start by getting to know Stephanie before and after her experience and her working double time just to get back to the normal life she once had gaining a new job through her volunteer work at the hospital that she was initially treated at and how that has changed her professional career for the better. She also discusses in great deal some post surgeries and what those procedures have done and will continue to do, and future surgeries to come - their descriptions are not for the faint of heart. Stephanie also give a moment to recognize her medical team that helped her every step of the way and the length one surgeon is willing to go to to ensure she receives the treatment she needs to maintain her quality of life. It's 2 hours of power, the longest episode of the podcast to date. So stick around and get ready, this is a journey!

Also, a big THANK YOU to Denise "Niagara Falls" Hawken for bringing Stephanie to me and coercing her, er asking her, to do this podcast. Listen closely for a few times in the studio where Denise interrupts us. Kidding! Not really though, she's there... :)

Jun 26, 2017

Finally, it;'s here. It's recorded and it's ready for consumption; it's the final installment interview with my mom, the story-telling machine Mommy Vice, I finally get her one on one again for part 3 of 3, and this is an interesting and definitely dark conversation - it starts off discussing her current frame of mind and her expression of frustration over her current living arrangements and social status. From here, we pick up this discussion in the year 1990, where she meets my would-be step-father, Bruce, and she also talks about their troubled relationship spanning over a 13 year period.

We then talk about a very difficult year in 2004 as she deals with the deaths of not one, not two, but three family members in that same year. We also touch another difficult experience with her occurring in the summer of 1992. My Mommy also discusses meeting someone online on Zoosk and moving her whole life away to be with this man, her first and only time meeting a man on the internet. And finally, we end our eye opening talk on a positive note as I thank her for the interviews, the sharing, and for putting her life out there for the world to hear.

I think the world who listens will find something to enjoy and something unique to hear; Her motto: I believe! Thanks Mommy!!

Jun 19, 2017

This is the life of Chantal Venne, new to podcasting, both as a guest and actual listener, and she is talking about her life for the first time EVER anywhere to anyone with a microphone and a purpose, like me!

What happens after school, stays after school...but not really! Chantal talks about her career as an Outreach Coordinator who schedules fundraising events after school to raise money for different events, etc. We also talk about her love for Hawaii and the reason why she loves it so. She's a bit nervous being interviewed for the first time, but with Chad Vice's natural charm, we cut right through that quick.

So, here's a fellow Ottawa Valley child; here is Chantal "Don't Miss-pronounce My Last Name" Venne!

Jun 12, 2017

If you had to clean up or change the downtown core of your own city or town, what would you do? What would Eric. V do? Find out this answer and hear him promote the crap out of other things that are important to him and his wife Mary. It's Part of my talk with Mr. ECV of ECV Photography, and this one is not as intense for the faint of hearts out there (who I thank tremendously for listening to this podcast, by the way!). So without further adieu, we discuss homelessness and how he overcame it and what he'd like to see done to our fair city streets.

Oh yes, he also mentions his mother a couple more times. You've gotta listen to be taught!

Jun 5, 2017

Not for the faint of heart or ears, this solo interview with Eric V. (I mean, without his wife) has definitely got a good story in here somewhere, but reads like a random thought blog on the life and times of Eric Villeneuve, the man behind his ECV Photography business. Eric discusses more of his family drama and dynamics in this 1st of 2 part episode, it was so much that we couldn't contain it all in just one.

Originally it was just going to be a one-off episode for now, as he was late for a meeting with a client and had to leave the studio, so we couldn't talk for long; however, Eric reached out to me after the
recording of the show and asked to come back the following week and finish it off. How could I say no to that?

So we recorded this over a couple of weeks, and Eric's commentary and opinions are all his and as biting as ever. We talk about
his family and his time living on the streets and in a men's shelter, at the tender age of 15! His time living in a men's shelter has Eric discussing a shocking incident that occurred that nearly ended his life and has forever changed him. All this and more than you can stand, it is time for Part 1 with Mr. ECV

May 29, 2017

Not a Dr. Seuss character, but a funny character in her own right, Cindy Lou Who has traveled to many interesting places and also discusses her time living in Germany. I took my podcasting prowess to her home, and met her lovely household of animals; you can actually hear her dog, Hank, panting away in the background at many different points during the interview! We also discuss her plans for taking me away on one of her many upcoming cruises so we can do a podcast on location in some exotic places. Thailand, anyone?

May 22, 2017

WARNING: Any political opinions that are expressed in this podcast are of the guest's that do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the host, Chad Vice, or the Nobodies Are Somebodies podcast. 

Now that we have that out of the way; it's an interesting episode with a guest I've had waiting in the wings for awhile now, and he does not disappoint. He talks about a rough childhood, growing up in a single parent home and how that shaped the man he would be. Jason also shares some potentially frightening and dangerous stories about his time bouncing in bars and clubs, he has since left that scene behind to focus on regular security work and moving into a more positive role in life. It's a Victoria Day holiday in Canada, and this is a jam packed episode!

Join us also as we share a tribute to the legendary Chris Cornell of Soundgarden and what him and his music means to us. It's a loss for words as the shocking news of the singer's death hits us all hard and we share what positives the legendary frontman and songwriter has brought to our lives. Join us to celebrate Chris Cornell. Much love and thoughts go out to his family.

Rest in peace.

May 15, 2017

Probably the youngest guest I've had on the show thus far, McKinley Townsend is here and to celebrate that, I finally was able to convince my good buddy Fred to be a co-host for this episode. Cool beans. Since Fred knows her best, he set me up with her to be a guest on the podcast and I am very thankful for that.

McKinley discusses where she's from, how her name came to be, a potentially horrific car accident that she was in and was able to walk away from, and even hints at a possible trip to California for us and taking this podcast on the road. Cool beans, indeed. Here's McKinley Townsend!

May 8, 2017

Everyone needs a little TLC, right? I don't mean the TV Network. I don't mean the awesome song by country group Alabama. I don't mean one of the more popular wrestling style matches. I don't even mean Tender Loving Care! No, this is some TINDER loving care coming at you this week. Stories about the fun of online dating? I've got two of them here for you! I even have a story of my own, kind of, but you'll have to listen to hear how interesting it is. Spoiler Alert: It isn't.

It's a quick one while (he/she)'s away for you, some special outtakes from a couple previous guests. So, have a listen. And share it with all those out there thinking of or currently using TIIIIINNNNDERRRR!

May 1, 2017

'One might assume I’m referring to a pot of gold. My rainbow represents Autism Spectrum Disorder; and my child, like so many others, is on the spectrum. Approximately 1 in 68 children are diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. These numbers continue to rise. Families living with ASD face many challenges. Whether emotional or financial; these families are drowning. We can look away. We can throw in a life preserver…or we can jump in to save them. It’s that easy.'

These are words from Christine Frances Poe, from her website, I took a roadtrip to meet her and speak with her about how she is raising Autism Awareness and what Tikko is, and in turn she talks about who her son Dorian is through his favorite stuffed polar bear, Tikko(TM). She's an amazing wife, mother, and person. It was a windy April day when we recorded this on location in Milton, Ontario, Canada, at the Everything Family Show, and I hope you all will be blown away by her story. Or rather, Dorian's story. Special mention to Special Books for Special Kids (SBSK on Facebook) creator Chris Ulmer. Change the World.

Apr 24, 2017

What's the difference between Niagara Falls, Ontario, Niagara Falls, NY, and Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario? I have no idea. And if you don't know them either, you've come to the right place for answers. My guest this week Denise answers those burning questions and discusses her life and times between leaving her home in Niagara to moving to the big scary city of Toronto then finding her way up to the sweet and mild mannered city of Ottawa. She also talks about visiting one of baseball's most legendary places, Wrigley Field. No pictures?? Enjoy Denise's story!

Apr 17, 2017

It's Fred, Fred, Fred in this Fred-o-rama special! My good buddy Fred has infiltrated the podcast this week; he's all over the intro, the guest spot, and the outro. If you liked his first episode, which was also the Nobodies Are Somebodies podcast's premiere episode, you are going to love this. And if you did not like it, you will absolutely not like this one either. 

Fred talks more in depth about starting his own business and the legacy that doing so will provide for him. We also discuss a little music that we both love and he gives an award winning impression of yours truly, Chad Vice. Now how about that?

This is most definitely a Fredaganza special, as he was even present with me in the Nobodies Are Somebodies podcast studio to assist with editing the episode and recording some extra content. Fred, we can't get enough of you, but after this episode, let's see other people, shall we? Kidding! Happy Easter!!

Apr 10, 2017

A second sitting with my Mommy Vice, originally recorded later this past Christmas day. My mom is getting a bit more comfortable with the talk and we have a more enlightening conversation on Part Deux.

She touches on some controversial subjects and discusses her feelings and mindset during some personal struggles within her family at the time and with some alcohol abuse, all the while coping through it all, here she reveals some situations and stories that I never knew about, but I am happy she felt comfortable to share them with me on an adult level, so we were able to achieve a little bit of personal growing for both of us in the process.

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