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Island conversations. Island people. An Island podcast.
Hosted by CHEK News Anchor Joe Perkins and Producer KC Kyle.
207 Episodes
Darcy & Jer

Darcy & Jer


On this episode we are joined by the comedy duo of Darcy Michael and Jeremy Baer. Together for over 20 years, the proud dads (and dog dads) are known for their hilarious videos on social media about their relationship, mental health, the LGTBQ+ community & Darcy’s love of plants. Now living on Vancouver Island, the couple just wrapped up a North American comedy tour. Make sure you stick around for the quick shift!
Andrew Harris

Andrew Harris


This week we are joined by Andrew Harris - a former football star who played 14 seasons in the CFL where he won 4 Grey Cups. Andrew talks about getting his start with the VI Raiders in Nanaimo & his time with the BC Lions. Andrew also talks about his new documentary called 'Running Back Relentless' which is a raw & inspiring profile of his journey.
S02E26 - Toxic

S02E26 - Toxic


On this episode we are joined by harm reduction & recovery expert Guy Felicella & filmmaker Robert Colbourne to discuss their film 'Toxic' - an unflinching look at the toxic drug crisis in British Columbia. Felicella provides context from inside the epidemic when he was living in the downtown eastside of Vancouver.
On this episode we chat with Dave Doroghy & Graeme Menzies about their new guide book ‘111 Places in Victoria That You Must Not Miss.’ The guys discuss the book - how it came together - some of their hi-lights & we each name our ‘Top 5’ things to do in Victoria!
On this episode we are joined by former CHEK Sports Director Alex Robertson & Times Colonist Sports Reporter Cleve Dheenshaw. The guys chat about covering island sports over the years & they snake draft the top ‘Vancouver Island Athletes’ of all time. Stay tuned for the ‘quick shift’ at the end!
April is Organ Donation month and on this episode we are joined by Stephen Gillis and Michael Teigen. Stephen is a minor hockey coach and was diagnosed with a rare kidney disease in 2018. His old friend Michael turned out to be the perfect match. This is their story.
On this episode we are joined by golf professionals Derek Orr (Iron & Wood) and Mark Bicknell (Gorge Vale GC). The guys chat about the state of the industry & we have a draft for the ‘top 5 golf holes’ on Vancouver Island. Stay tuned for the quick shift at the end of the show!
S02E21 - Dianne Whelan

S02E21 - Dianne Whelan


On this episode we chat with award-winning Canadian filmmaker Dianne Whelan about her new movie ‘500 Days in the Wild.’ The film documents her 24,000 km journey on the Trans Canada Trail that took more than 6 years to complete.
In this episode we look into the Black History of BC with Barbra Hudlin from the BC Black History Awareness Society. Barbra has a long family history on Vancouver Island & her uncle is Doug Hudlin, who was known as the 'Gentleman Umpire' of Victoria. Jessica McCool also stops by to highlight some black owned businesses on the island!
On this episode we chat with the new co-host of 'The Nature of Things' Sarika Cullis-Suzuki. Sarika is a marine biologist who is passionate about oceans, nature, communication & creating change. Sarika is the daughter of David Suzuki and can't wait to carry on the family legacy while bringing her own perspective to the show. Stay tuned for a 'quick shift' in the final segment!
In this episode we highlight the 30th Victoria Film Festival with two island filmmakers. Krista Loughton is a Victoria Councillor & filmmaker who made '940 Caledonia' - a documentary about a middle-aged woman experiencing homelessness for the first time. Leslie Bland (Orca Cove Media) produced 'The Great Salish Heist' - a feature film about reclaiming sacred indigenous artifacts from a heavily guarded museum. The group also picks their top 3 movies of all time!
Victoria is playing host to Hockey Day in Canada this year. On this episode we chat with John Wilson (Victoria Hockey Legacy Society) & Bruce Courtnall (Courtnall Society President). The group talks about the final preparations & why it's such an important event for the region. We also play a little Courtnall brothers trivia!
On this episode Jessica McCool, Kyle Lancaster and Joe Perkins square off in a holiday trivia battle. Paul Haysom plays the role of host. Happy Holidays from the MicCHEK team!
On this episode Ed Bain, Jeff King and Jordan Cunningham square off in a holiday trivia battle. Paul Haysom plays the role of host. Happy Holidays from the MicCHEK team!
On this episode we are joined by Ciara McCormack from Ireland where she is the first female co-owner and CEO of a League of Ireland club (Treaty United FC). McCormack talks about her journey on & off the soccer field where she came forward about systemic abuse in the Canadian Soccer system.
On this episode we are joined by former MuchMusic VJ & ET Canada Host Rick Campanelli. Rick talks about working for MuchMusic in the 1990's and the new Documentary '299 Queen Street West'. Rick also takes part in a 'Quick Shift!'
On this episode we are tackling Men’s Mental Health with Mitch Hermansen from Movember Canada. We also catch up with former junior hockey player Justin Brien about his own struggles & how he’s become a mental health advocate and inspiration speaker. Jessica McCool also stops by to profile some local companies and events.
On this episode we talk with local historian John Adams who runs the Ghostly Walks & History Tours in Victoria with 'Discover the Past'. John explains the spooky history of the Island and shares his favourite stories. Jenny West (91.3 The Zone) is back to share her love of ghosts & explains why she lives in a Haunted House.
On this episode we talk with Victoria comedy actor Chris Wilson who just became a full time cast member on 'This Hour has 22 Minutes.' Chris talks about making a name for himself in Canadian comedy - utilizing social media & the art of the perfect impression. Jessica McCool also stops by to highlight a few spooky island events ahead of Halloween!
In this episode we speak about the long standing relationship between Victoria and Washington State. We are joined by Destination Greater Victoria CEO Paul Nursey who just went on a mission to Seattle to renew the relationship after the pandemic. We also speak with American travel writer Caitlin Flynn who fell in love with the island in recent years. Jessica McCool also stops by to highlight a couple of island companies!