Echo Essentials North Bay Edition

May 21, 2024

A handy package of curated 
news and podcasts.

Victoria Day has come and gone, but not without dueling BayToday letters to the editor … pro and con about the legendary monarch.

Tonight’s North Bay City Council meeting starts at 6:30 p.m. after a council “education” session in the mayor’s 5th floor boardroom that starts at 5 p.m.

Topping the agenda is a public presentation by Gisele Hebert, executive director of the Children’s Aid Society of Nipissing and Parry Sound, about the Elmwood Community Hub … which was featured in the Echo Essentials Podcast last week. See today’s Nugget feature HERE.

Council business includes committee reports supporting staff recommendations to raise transit fares and approve several rezoning applications, such as Sherwood Forest and the Highland Hills Development proposal for a 42-unit townhouse-style condominium off Bain Drive and Golf Club Road.


Top Shelf


  • Embracing a hard look at gratitude
  • Another local podcast added to Echo network


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Today’s Eye-Catcher

Michael Couchie, Nipissing First Nation artist, digital painting raw thoughts and power

Title: Raw Thoughts and Power by Nipissing First Nation artist Michael Couchie, whose solo exhibition ‘Another Way Home‘ opens Friday at the WKP Gallery in the North Bay Capitol Centre. The reception is from 6 to 9 p.m. and the show runs until July 20. See the Anishinabek News feature HERE and Richard Fortin Presents podcast with Couchie and WKP Gallery curator Jennifer Allison HERE.



isn’t always easy
but it’s essential

JP Baldwin, a choreographer, performer, director and yoga coach, joins the To North Bay With Love podcast with host Lisa Boivin to talk about his personal journey through life and his focus on gratitude.

JP and Lisa, who met 27 years ago, break down where gratitude comes from and why it’s important to reflect on life as we get older.

“It’s really difficult because we don’t wake up grateful every day,” JP says, “you do sometimes have to really make an effort to be grateful … because it can be life is difficult. But I think through challenges, that’s where you learn a lot of things. And I think that then informs how you approach everything.”

  • Lisa has a Disney princess moment at her house 3:00
  • JP talks gratitude 6:20
  • JP’s time in theater 20:50


Richard Fortin
Presents joins the
Echo Network

Michael Couchie & Jennifer Allison | Richard Fortin Presents 49 - Richard Fortin Presents - Echo Community Podcast Network

Richard Fortin has been producing podcasts out of his Suite 16 RFP Media studio for five years and has accumulated 49 episodes so far under the Richard Fortin Presents banner.

This year, he’s retooled the concept and social media promotion with emphasis on solid graphics and use of shorts, reels and clips to drive more eyeballs to the long-form interviews.

His podcast amplifies the ideas of artists, philosophers, entrepreneurs, disruptors, politicians and truth seekers.  And now, in addition to his YouTube channel and website, he’ll benefit from joining the Echo Community Podcast Network with new episodes promoted in this newsletter and more traffic from our website.

Check Out the Full Set



Today’s Zen Suggestion: Ever hear the old saw about ‘Good fences make good neighbours’? Same thing is true when it comes relationships, ‘Good friends have clear boundaries.’





Echo Network

Northern Ontario Mining Showcase Podcast:

Northern Ontario plays an extensive role in the international mining community. In this limited series we’ll hear from the influential voices, partners and leaders who are driving innovation, research and development, creating new market opportunities and new ways of doing business in the mining industry.

The Northern Ontario Mining Showcase Podcast was created for the Echo Community Podcast Network in partnership with Story Studio Network and Clark Communications.

View All NOMS Podcast Episodes

Backroads Bill:

Tomorrow’s Backroads Bill podcast is about Cobalt: The Massive Growth and Collapse of a Town.

Until it drops, check out last week’s Backroads Bill podcast about resilience and innovation. Chris Miller was an avid mountain bike racer until he had a stroke 10 years ago. He was kept from his favourite pastime until discovering recumbent trikes, which have allowed him to enjoy the trails in a new way.

Check Out the Full Set

Echo Essentials:

Gisele Hebert, Executive Director of the Children’s Aid Society of Nipissing and Parry Sound, joins the Echo Essentials podcast to talk about the Elmwood Community Hub. She also speaks about her nearing retirement and reflecting on the evolution of CAS during her 39-year career.

Scott and Dave also talk about Scott’s truck being stolen during a recent overnight stay in Toronto.

Listen to the Full Show

To North Bay With Love:

Ben Farella, local entrepreneur, joins the 2NBWL podcast to talk about his experiences of his past and how it has helped him become a better person.

He dives into his childhood and how he tries to be mindful of his experiences and not let it affect how he parents his children.

Lisa Boivin, host of the 2NBWL podcast, kicked off a four-part series of deep, emotional dives last week by sharing a gritty studio session with Kristin Shepherd, an accomplished playwright/director/actor. The To North Bay With Love podcast delivers a bare-to-the-bones conversation about vulnerabilities and dealing with the pressures of life.

View all 70+ Episodes


Take a tour of the Northern Pines transitional and supportive housing complex on YourTV’s public YouTube channel.

Watch Video Stories on YourTV


Watch the 2024 Season ‘Eulogy’ recorded after the North Bay Battalion fell to the Oshawa Generals.

Check Out All The Frontline Episodes

Marianne Vander Dussen:

Can you paint on paper with acrylic? Learn how with Marianne Vander Dussen’s in this week’s featured tutorial.

View All Marianne Vander Dussen Episodes

Wingspan Entrepreneur:

Wingspan Entrepreneurs by Joel Arndt is all about financial issues and provides the inspiration and information to lift your business to the next stratosphere. Check out the audio-only show on our website network page or follow on Spotify.

View All Wingspan Entrepreneur Episodes

Cheap Seats:

Cheap Seats Episode 46: A Friendly Home Invasion, The Colors of Sleep, & Is He More MONKEY than MAN?

If you found someone hiding in your closet, and they gave you a prize, how would you feel? This “hypothetical” comes to you from this week’s episode! Our boys have “Monkey Man” as their Cheap Review, Drew finds out what colors help him sleep, PB shares fan made Pokémon games, and Nick doesn’t like racism. Come on over and take a seat!

New episodes are available on Wednesdays.

For the Full Set




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Events Echo


Tuesday, May 21

Wednesday, May 22

Thursday, May 23



(For more events further out on the calendar, check Tourism North Bay’s comprehensive events listing guide. On Facebook, check out Creative Industries North Bay and take a gander at its April newsletter with month-long highlights HERE.)



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