The Vanishing Station: Gerald and Spencer
Canadian Love Map
by Podstarter
1w ago
This love story belongs to Gerald Knowlton of Calgary, Alberta and Spencer Purdy of Vancouver, British Columbia. These two men share a strange bond that binds them together across three generations: a decommissioned railway station. Gerald is part of a rare breed of Canadians who actually lived in the railway stations that used to dot the prairies. His father was the railway agent and was the one responsible for connecting the small rural town of Standard, Alberta, to the rest of the country and beyond. Memories from Gerald's unique formative years came to shape the man he would become, and fo ..read more
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The Battle of Alberta: Tess and Payden
Canadian Love Map
by Podstarter
2w ago
This story belongs to Tess Monias and Payden Partaker, of Kikino, Alberta. Fathers can play a big role in shaping the people we will become. For Tess and Payden, both of their fathers instilled in them an undying love for two Alberta NHL teams: the Edmonton Oilers and the Calgary Flames, respectively. Although the two teams and their fans are fierce rivals, the love between these two young people burned even stronger. Before he passed, Payden went to Tess' father to ask for his blessing to marry her. The older man was overjoyed, but knew this wasn't a wedding he'd have the privilege of attendi ..read more
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The First Team to Arrive: Tyler and Kat
Canadian Love Map
by Podstarter
3w ago
This story belongs to Tyler Smith and Kat Kastner, of Calgary, Alberta.  You may already know the story of Tyler and Kat - they're the inspirational young couple from Alberta who won the ninth season of The Amazing Race Canada. Throughout the 11-episode run, Ty and Kat (a.k.a. "TyKat") dominated in the competition's many challenges, but stood out to Canadians due to their positive attitude, their love of adventure, and their blooming relationship. Both Ty and Kat have overcome loss and heartbreak in their personal lives, which has catalyzed them to become outspoken voices in the mental he ..read more
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Open the Floor for Love: Rick and Haven
Canadian Love Map
by Podstarter
1M ago
This story belongs to Rick Glumac and Haven Lurbiecki, of Port Moody, British Columbia.  In the journey of love, an important benchmark for many couples is a proposal. Often, a lot of time, energy, and creativity goes into planning these intricate expressions of love - but some couples can take their proposal to a whole other level. When thinking about how and where to pop the question to Haven, Rick realized that there was one place in particular that the two shared a unique connection to, and which would make the perfectly unexpected backdrop to this proposal. It was then that Rick, unb ..read more
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Finding Purpose: Debbie Adams
Canadian Love Map
by Podstarter
1M ago
This love story belongs to Debbie Adams, originally from Upper Island Cove, Newfoundland. Opportunity is the concept that feeds our thirst to progress in life. Our role models and peers often teach us to take opportunities free of fear and baggage - that the world is our oyster. But what if you grew up in a small, remote community that lacked role models who matched your expectations in life? From her early childhood, Debbie was the square peg, driven by a dream that one day she'd find her fit. Life continuously threw Debbie curveballs and she herself found routes that felt like deadends. But ..read more
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A Tail of Two Loves: Mike and Lisa
Canadian Love Map
by Podstarter
1M ago
If you've owned a dog or cat, you know the kind of love connection that's formed between a pet and their owner. The flipside of this unconditional love is the heartbreak and anxiety that takes place when your furry friends go missing. According to the SPCA, this happens over 1 million times a year in Canada.  Behind each plea for help is a family worried for the wellbeing of their pet and an animal that is often scared and alone. The resources available to help recover lost pets are limited, so oftentimes the only tools available to owners are free time and goodwill. But one couple is cha ..read more
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Rise and Shine: Katelynn Smith
Canadian Love Map
by Podstarter
1M ago
As a child of the fostercare system, Katelynn grew up in constant search of what she felt she never had: stability, family, and love. A life full of challenges and devastation eventually led her down a path of self-love and self-discovery, something which she now shares with an audience of nearly 300,000 followers on Tik Tok.  Katelynn's life hasn't been without its dark spots, but she chooses to live in the light. She uses the pain of her past to relate to an ever-growing community of women online, becoming a personification of the unconditional love she once saught so tirelessly.  ..read more
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Finding Strength in Vulnerability: Patrick Gaudet
Canadian Love Map
by Podstarter
1M ago
This week's story comes from Patrick Gaudet, a Tik Tok creator from Montreal. Patrick's emotional and authentic videos focus on the subjects of love, life, and relationships - and have found him a substantial following on the platform.  Using social media as an engine for impact, Patrick and the community he formed online helped to crowdsource an act of incredible generosity, introducing the creator to an even wider audience. Today, he continues to help and inspire through his brand of radical vulnerability.  Patrick has amassed a Tik Tok following of 310, 600, most of whom are women ..read more
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Creativity, Curiosity, Community: The Curiosity Club
Canadian Love Map
by Podstarter
1M ago
This love story belongs to a terrific trio of women, Stephanie McNamara, Erin Bulger and Kristen Herrington. Kristen, Stephanie and Erin first became creative collaborators and the magic they discovered led to a deep and rewarding friendship. Now they're joining forces to encourage others to tap into their creativity with a collective called Curiosity Club.  It all started when Stephanie asked Erin to mentor her in photography, then led to a magical run of her one-woman show "Her Beautiful Brain". The experience was so profoundly moving it inspired the 3 women to start something spec ..read more
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Open To Love: Coco Love Alcorn
Canadian Love Map
by Podstarter
1M ago
This love story belongs to the aptly named Coco Love Alcorn, a Canadian singer-songwriter whose music has found its way into hearts around the world. She had been writing and performing for decades when her song The River suddenly floated her music to a global audience when choirs everywhere started singing it. That birthed the idea for the Wonderland singers, a virtual community created by Coco, that might just be the best thing to come out of the pandemic. The Wonderland Singers is an interactive, spontaneous, offering creative freedom to those who participate. Her online and in-person choir ..read more
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