These are the stories of the people, places, things, and moments that make Edmonton our city. In each episode, we examine aspects of Edmonton’s past with contributions from local historians, professors, enthusiasts and more!
Season 2 of the ECAMP podcast launched on Sat. June 5, 2021, with a new episode being released every Saturday through August 2021. This season, our team will be exploring histories you can find in Edmonton’s neighbourhoods, aspects of 2SLGBTQIA+ histories, and stories of immigration. The podcast is also now a broadcast, with airings on CJSR FM 88.5 on Fridays at 6:00 PM!
S02E08 | Local Drag Kings, Part 2 & Impressions of Edmonton Post-Immigration
In this episode, Alex Felicitas (AKA Bushwackin’ Al) speaks about their experience in the Queer Royale Drag Troupe. Then, former City Councillor and Member of Parliament Amarjeet Sohi shares his story of immigrating to Edmonton from India in the 1980s.
S02E07 | Remembrance as an Active Process: Formal & Informal Ethnic Enclaves
In this episode, explore two formalized ethnic enclaves in the Boyle Street and McCauley neighbourhoods. Lan Chan-Marples shares the history of Edmonton’s Chinatown & Adriana A Davies speaks about Little Italy. Then, Poushali Mitra considers the growing South Asian community in Mill Woods and recounts an effort to have a Little India arch erected in the early 2000s.
S02E06 | Examining a pan-Latinx identity & Indigenous burials in Blackmud Creek Ravine
Luciana Erregue shares her story of immigrating to Edmonton from Argentina and considers the notions of race & a shared Latinx identity. Then, Dr. Kisha Supernant discusses her work with the Papaschase Nation in the Kaskitayo neighbourhood.
In this episode, hear from Melisa Brittain & Deb Farstad of the Alberta Beef drag troupe about the character of Drag Kinging in our province. Then, Miguel Priolo Marin speaks about a cerebral exodus from Venezuela in the 1990s and why many immigrants came to Alberta.
In this Episode, discover two very different histories that have been erased. Matt Hiltermann explores how the frontier myth erases history & Karin Kratz shares her story of lobbying to have an anti-homophobia clause added to the Canada Post collective agreement.
S2E03: Kinokamau Plains & Immigration Hall
In this episode, learn about some sites essential to early 20th century immigration with Adriana A. Davies and discover a lost Métis settlement in a north-west industrial area with Dylan Reade.
S2E02: Bellamy Hill in the 1990s, an Indigenous Drag House & Early Edmonton as a Cosmopolitan Centre
Rob Gurney (Ladonna Cree) shares the experience working Bellamy Hill in the 1990s, the art of drag, & the Indi-Queenz of Beaver Hills Haus. Then, Lan Chan-Marples & Debbie Beaver share perspectives on early Chinese & African-American histories.
S2E01: Heritage Trees & Gay Cruising in the 1980s
Discover what trees can tell us about Edmonton’s history with Dustin Bajer, take a walk through Spruce Avenue with Wesley Andreas, and learn about a site significant to our city’s 2SLBGTQIA+ community in the 1980s with Darrin Hagen.
Season 1 of the ECAMP podcast was produced in 2016 by Sarah Hoyles & Don Hill. Below is a sampling of stories explored in Season 1.
Episode 15: From Barber to Farmer
Toyomatsu Kimura was no farmer! But after discrimination made it hard to run his business in 1920’s Edmonton, that’s what he did—along with other Japanese families. This is their story, with help from farming community resident Chizuko Kimura and researcher Aya Fujiwara.
Episode 4: The Bird Dance
A legendary earworm of a song, The Bird Dance has a big Edmonton connection. Find out how the Edmonton band, The Emeralds, made the song their own and made it a certified hit, from founding member Allan Broder.
Episode 3: Al Rashid Mosque
In Episode 3, writers Daood Hamdani and Richard Awid, and the Canadian Council of Muslim Women’s Zohra Husaini tell the story of the Al Rashid and the multi-faith effort to build “the first real Little Mosque on the Prairie.”
Meet the Season 2 Team
Russell Cobb, Immigration Histories
Kendra Cowley, Queer Histories
Gian Marco Visconti, Neighbourhood Histories
Pat Hoonjan, Production Coordinator
Christina Hardie, ECAMP Curator
Listen to these episodes and more from the archives on the ECAMP Soundcloud page!