NAO IN-DEPTH North-America

Food, Music and Culture

Diving into everything North American via the music, the food and in-depth interviews.

NAO In-Depth Toronto Music, Food & Culture

THE GREATER TORONTO AREA has a population of 6.3 million, making it the biggest city in Canada. This metropolis has many different cuisines, a diverse music scene and is one of the most multicultural cites in the world.

In this episode we dive into fun-facts, the Toronto Film Festival, MuchMusic and we discuss a very Canadian pastry.

How to make BeaverTails

The BeaverTail pastry is a reference to the Canadian Fur Trade. Grant and Pam Hooker’s family recipe of fried dough was turned into a business. Francesco shows us how to make homemade BeaverTails and we discuss the winter ritual.


MUCHMUSIC made a big impact on Canadian culture in the 80s and 90s. The cutting edge music television channel was unique with it’s journalistic approach. Loved by fans and appreciate by everyone in the music scene.

NAO In-Depth Montreal Music, Food & Culture

Montreal is the second biggest city in Canada and one of the oldest cities in North-America. Home of the most famous ice hockey team in the world “Les Canadiens” (HABS). This multicultural metropolis as a downtown underground tunnel system and a city wide subway system to make life easy to get around. MTL as a large amount of attractions including festivals, concerts, clubs, museums as well as many restaurants with various cuisines.

We explore in-depth the very popular Quebec street-food “Poutine”. We also dig into the backstory of the famous smoked meat Schwartz Deli, with its connections with “Montreal Steak Spice”, the owner-composer and “Celine Dion”.

The Montreal Steak Spice Backstory

Legends of the music scene in the city include; Jazzman Oscar Peterson, William Shatner, Leonard Cohen and Arcade Fire to mention a few. The Montreal scene varies from indie, electronica, heavy metal, hip hop, blues, jazz to classical

Let us take you on a tour of Old-Montreal, Chinatown, Rue St-Denis, to then hike up the famous Mont Royal. The episode is filled with a jam sessions with Dave, Chris, Daze and Frank.

NAO In-Depth Ottawa Music, Food & Culture

Ottawa means “traders” in the ingenious Alan Queen language. First a fur trade post to then become a timber town. Originally named Bytown, Ottawa is the Capital of Canada established by Queen Victoria of England in 1826. Parliament Hill Buildings is also home of the famous Rideau Canal that runs from Ottawa to Kingston on the famous St-Lawrence River. (UNESCO Site)

In this episode we tour around Parliament Hill, the Rideau Canal, the Byward Market, Chinatown and Little Italy. We took a deep-dive into the very popular street- food “Poutine” and “BeaverTails”.

The POUTINE backstory

We explore Lafayette, the oldest live entertainment bar in the city. We also visited Steve’s Music Store and the Bytown Theatre. Famous musicians from Ottawa include; Alanis Morissette, Dan Aykroyd, Paul Anka and Tom Green.

The Ottawa Valley area has a rich folk music culture scene. The French, Scottish and Irish all influenced the music in the area. Daze does a great report on “The Bender” music festival in the region. We end this special episode with music by Chris Carkner, Scott Allen, Birdie Whyte, CA & Sonny Show.

Bender Music Recap


NAO IN-DEPTH NYC music, food & culture

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NAO IN-DEPTH Boston music, food & culture