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Nov 30, 2016

Pasha Malla and Jeff Parker find the poetry in press conferences. Hazel Meyer redefines fantasy sports. Nick Grottick wants you to smell the song.


Pasha Malla and Jeff Parker are the co-authors of Erratic Fire, Eratic Passion, a book of found sports poetry. Pasha Malla is the award-winning author of five books. His new novel, Fugue States, will be released in May 2017. Jeff Parker is the author of Where Bears Roam the Streets: A Russian Journal, the novel Ovenman, and the short story collection The Taste of Penny.


Hazel Meyer is an interdisciplinary artist whose work deals with sports, feminism and sexuality. See Muscle Panic and more of her work at her website:


Nick Grottick makes music as Bad Channels with Jess Gierusz. He composed the song "Muscle Memory" for our show.


For links to their work, visit


The Imposter is hosted by Aliya Pabani and produced by Kevin Sexton. Follow us on Twitter @IMPSTR and @aliyapabani.

Nov 23, 2016

Aliya explores the impact of Degrassi, a high school melodrama that's a whole lot like a prison show. Snake reads fan fiction. Aisha Alfa rejects her only fan. Degrassi creator Linda Schuyler talks pig farmers and penis pumps.


Jocelyn Claybourne is a superfan from Charlottetown.

When she's not getting creepy fanmail, Aisha Alfa is a comedian.

Stefan Brogren plays Snake. You can find more - and far dirtier - fan fiction at

Zack Morris enthusiast Matt Huether is an executive producer of Degrassi: Next Class and a longtime writer on the show.

Bruce McDonald is a director whose work includes Hardcore Logo, The Tracey Fragments and Highway 61.

Linda Schuyler is the creator of Degrassi, and has also served as bus driver and caterer for the show.


Go here to see a video of Aliya's tour of the Degrassi studios.

Watch the episode on AIDS that Aliya discusses.

Rebecca Shortall and Michael Dyllan make the podcast Drunk Degrassi.

Songs on this episode were performed by Germaphobes.

This podcast was recorded live at the Hot Docs Cinema in Toronto as part of the Hot Docs Podcast Festival.


The Imposter is hosted by Aliya Pabani and produced by Kevin Sexton. Visit our website at and follow us on Twitter @impstr

Nov 16, 2016

Jessica Campbell is a comic book artist based in Chicago. Her new book revisits 20th Century artists through a revolutionary lens: are they hot or not? Go to her blog to see her paintings.


D'bi Young Anitafrika is a dub poet, monodramatist, musician, teacher and founder of the Watah Theatre in Toronto. 


Music on this episode:

"Black Lives Matter" by d'bi.


The Imposter is hosted by Aliya Pabani and produced by Kevin Sexton. Visit our website at and follow us on Twitter @IMPSTR 

Nov 9, 2016

Allan King's 1967 documentary Warrendale is recognized as a groundbreaking documentary about a Toronto group home for "emotionally disturbed" kids. Andrew Moir looks into the lasting impact of the film on its subjects' lives.

Jennifer Goodhue is a comedian in Toronto.

Morgan Waters and Brooks Gray created the show The Amazing Gayl Pile

Contributors: Liam Gareau

Songs on this episode:

"When You're a Kid and You're Scared" by Kite Hill from the album Rest & Run.

"One More" by Weaves from their self-titled album. Side Note: Morgan Waters plays guitar in the band.

Nov 2, 2016 is an internet radio station and podcast studio run out of a shipping container in Bushwick's Punk Alley.

The station's founder Sheri Barclay talks about sticking it out through a period of mourning, being kicked off the air in Edmonton and fighting the urge to move on.

To hear KPISS live and listen to the archives, go to

Songs on this episode:

"Youngsters" by Renny Wilson, from his album Punk Explosion/Extention.

"Brokedown Poor" by Old Reliable

Oct 26, 2016

Walter Scott is a multidisciplinary artist and the creator of comics series Wendy. His next book, Wendy's Revenge, comes out in November.


Mike Carrozza is a comedian in Montreal. He writes for The Beaverton and the Nicessist and co-hosts That Was Us, "the ultimate podcast for self-congratulation."


Annie Spadafora is an artist and musician who plays in the Toronto band New Fries. Their new album, More, will be out November 25th.


Nicholas Godfrey is behind the man behind Amazon reviewer Mister Quickly. The Observer called his character "One of the Great Wits of Our Time."


Music featured on this show:

"Clumsy Skeleton Dance" by Peter Kalnyiuk

"Mary Poppins' Pockets" from New Fries' upcoming album More.


This show featured contributions from producer Claire Boyle.


This show was sponsored by FreshBooks.

Oct 19, 2016

We blur the line between reality and fiction with this homage to WireTap.

Jonathan Goldstein is the former host of CBC's WireTap. He now hosts the podcast Heavyweight on Gimlet Media.

Rap Master Maurice will revenge rap Jonathan Goldstein or any of your other enemies for $17. If you want a friendly rap, it'll cost you more.

Joshua Karpati didn't want us to tell you anything about him.

Howard Chackowicz is a cartoonist and musician in Montreal. Check out some of his comics. He wants you to know more about The Ren & Stimpy Show's creator John Kricsfalusi. Read an interview with John K. here.

Billy Mavreas makes comics and poetry. He runs a curiosity shop in Montreal called Monastiraki. Here's some of his visual art and his writing.

Additional music on this show came from WFMU's Free Music Archive:
Proton Beat by Gangi
Kosmiche Slop by Anenon

Oct 12, 2016

"That reconciliation word's going too slow and I've had enough," says throat singer Tanya Tagaq. "I don't want to see people hurting anymore."


Tanya opens up to Aliya about her evolution from young punk to lasagna-making mum, dealing with people desperate to collaborate and staying in touch with all the characters inside of her.


Her new album, Retribution, comes out October 21st.

Oct 5, 2016

We're off this week, but here's a preview of next week's show: a feature interview with throat singer Tanya Tagaq.

Sep 28, 2016

Remembering Inuit artist Annie Pootoogook. Vanessa Dunn fronts a queer cock rock cover band while pregnant. PUP's Stefan Babcock almost goes into punk retirement. This show features: 1. Artist Annie Pootoogook 2. Tiny Mirrors by LAL 3. Whole Lotta Love by Vag Halen 4. Performance artist, actor, and singer Vanessa Dunn of Vag Halen 5. If This Tour Doesn't Kill You I Will by PUP 6. Lead singer Stefan Babcock of PUP 7. Dream Deferral by Sigh Down One. The Imposter is hosted by Aliya Pabani and produced by Katie Jensen, with contributions from Chandler Levack. Original music by Nathan Burley. Feedback & freelance pitches: We're on Twitter @IMPSTR and @aliyapabani. Sponsored by FreshBooks.

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