1000 Meals with 1000 Artists

A theatre producer sits down for one on one conversations with artists over a meal at local restaurants. Sharing a meal is something that is universal across all cultures. For longer than we can even document, we have been sharing meals with family, friends, loved ones, and colleagues. This project is a way to get to know the artists in our community. This is not an interview. This is not a sales pitch. This is a conversation. A chance for us to connect, share stories, and talk about all things art.

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Episodes

A Meal with Nemo Scio

Friday Dec 15, 2023

Friday Dec 15, 2023

This week Mike chats with photo artist Nemo Scio. Nemo has been a photographer for many years but has recently found more time to focus on his photo art as he finds moments in nature that can tell quite the story. The two enjoyed a lunch at The Third, in the Hintonburg/Wellington West area of Ottawa. 

Friday Dec 08, 2023


This week Mike chats with Anastasiia Zosymenko, a young filmmaker who made her first feature! Anastasiia and Mike talk about her documentary on the war in Ukraine, going to film school and the opportunities Canada has in the arts.

A Meal with Somya Goomer

Thursday Nov 30, 2023

Thursday Nov 30, 2023

This week Mike chats with Somya Goomer, a self described 'mixed bag'! She is a singer, actor, designer, producer, and project manager who is keen on collaboration and finding projects that really spark her creatively. The two had lunch at Zoe's restaurant in the Fairmont Chateau Laurier, downtown Ottawa. 

A Meal with Ben Bergeron

Thursday Nov 23, 2023

Thursday Nov 23, 2023

This week, Mike shares some pub fare with filmmaker Ben Bergeron. Ben is the Creative Director of Hot Shoe Productions, a social enterprise of Youth Ottawa and is a local filmmaker who is about to complete one short film a month for one year. We'll be screening his year of short films in 2024, for now the two chat about filmmaking in Ottawa, various film contests, festivals and the value of the combination of education and practical experience.

A Meal with Reid Cunningham

Thursday Nov 09, 2023

Thursday Nov 09, 2023

This week Mike reconnects with a friend, Reid Cunningham. Reid is a singer and was the Producer of the first three years of The Juvenis Festival, a youth arts festival in Kingston, Ontario. The two enjoy sandwiches and wraps at Bella Bistro in Kingston as they chat about venues for musicians, producing festivals and the power the arts have to connect. 

A Meal with Savannah Shea

Thursday Nov 02, 2023

Thursday Nov 02, 2023

This week, Mike enjoys brunch with musician and painter Savannah Shea, the voice behind the music of 1000 Meals with 1000 Artists. The two chat about the differences between performer and producer, ego, the spotlight and Savannah's approaches to writing music and teaching. This episode is "on the road" at Pan Chancho Bakery & Cafe in Kingston, Ontario. 

A Meal with Emmanuel Antonin

Thursday Oct 19, 2023

Thursday Oct 19, 2023

Mike sat down with Emmanuel Antonin, Creative Director of The Novas Group and 20today 20tomorrow. The two discuss art being everywhere, curating art shows, being considered a threat and much more, all over some delicious poutine at Jack's Food Truck in downtown Ottawa.

Friday Oct 13, 2023

Mike Sheppard, founder of Sol One Arts Inc., The Juvenis Festival and Blue Canoe Productions begins his quest to share 1000 meals with 1000 artists and get to know his new community. Drayton, a creative, is the Chairman/Chief Executive Officer of The Novas Group. The two discuss Drayton's creative process over pasta, and dive into the mind of one of Ottawa's greatest entrepreneurs. 

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