Tapestrywith Mary Hynes


B.C. producer says his dad built a 'continuity of spirit' that transcends generations

Before making a name for himself as a film producer, writer and social entrepreneur, Sol Guy spent his childhood in the small town of Grand Forks, B.C. His father, William Richard Guy, was instrumental in helping Sol understand his heritage.

'Daughter of the Martyr': Grappling with the legacy of a missing father

Jihan 'Jiji' Kikhia was only six years old when her father, a prominent critic of Muammar el-Qaddafi, was abducted. His disappearance initiated a lifelong journey for Kikhia. Although she knows what happened to her father, his disappearance has left her searching.

Fatherhood in diaspora

Guest host Yassin 'Narcy' Alsalman explores what it means to be a father when you're part of a diaspora.

'I thank hip hop for helping me cope'

In his personal essay, guest host Yassin Alsalman opens up about how hip hop helped him cope with the loss of his friend and collaborator, Nawaf.

OVO producer Noah '40' Shebib and his sister Suzanna empower youth through hip hop

Drake’s producer Noah '40' Shebib and his sister Suzanna Shebib have first-hand experience of the transformative power of hip hop. It changed the course of their lives. Now they’re using hip hop - in the studio and the classroom - to help change the lives of young people.

Narcy in the Dot

Listen to full versions of guest host Yassin Alsalman's conversations with Kardinal Offishall, Witch Prophet, OVO producer Noah '40' Shebib and his sister Suzanna.

Queer musician Witch Prophet creates inclusive hip-hop scene

Witch Prophet, a Toronto-based singer-songwriter, was frustrated by the lack of diversity and opportunity in hip hop, so she decided to do something about it. For the past ten years, her collective 88 Days of Fortune has been hosting events that raise the profile of female, queer and non-binary hip-hop artists.

Hip hop allowed us to 'keep dreaming,' says Kardinal Offishall

Kardinal Offishall has been in the Toronto hip-hop scene for over 20 years. He talks about the responsibilities of those who "make it" and how hip hop helped him to dream big.

The redemptive power of hip hop

Guest host Yassin Alsalman, a.k.a. Narcy, explores how hip hop can change lives and nourish the soul. Feature conversations with Toronto hip-hop legend Kardinal Offishall, Witch Prophet and OVO producer Noah ‘40’ Shebib and his sister, Suzanna Shebib.

Sin, spiritual experiences and survival

This week, Tapestry is revisiting four stories about sin, spiritual experiences and survival with guest host Christa Couture.

'I don't just accept my disability — I can celebrate it.'

For a long time, Christa Couture hid her disability. But over time, she's come to see it as a kind of superpower.

My cerebral palsy isn't a problem to be cured, says writer Eli Clare

Writer, activist and poet Eli Clare spoke to guest host Christa Couture about the messiness of what it means to be "cured."

Rethinking disability

"I’ve accepted my disability, but lately I’ve wondered: could I also celebrate it?" Guest host Christa Couture explores loving her differences on the summer edition of Tapestry.

Sex educator shares her path to radical self-acceptance

Kaleigh Trace loves her body, but this wasn’t always the case. It took time for Trace to redefine conceptions of beauty and desirability. She speaks with guest host Christa Couture about her journey back to self-love.

Inclusive design benefits everyone, not just people with disabilities

Luke Anderson is the executive director and co-founder of the StopGap Foundation, which helps communities discover the benefits of barrier-free spaces. He says barrier-free spaces help everyone — not just people with disabilities.

The Griefcast podcast finds humour in the darkness

Comedian and actor Cariad Lloyd is the host of Griefcast, a podcast where funny people talk about death and grief.

Better ways to live with grief

Grief isn’t something you can "get over" — but guest host Christa Couture wonders if it’s something we can live with.

Consoling a grieving friend doesn't have to be awkward

Author and illustrator Emily McDowell on how to navigate others' grief.

Debunking the 5 stages of grief

Guest host Christa Couture knows grief intimately after experiencing the loss of two children. She asked psychologist David Feldman if denial can be a good thing and what hope looks like in the face of a painful loss.

Sickboy podcast laughs in the face of terminal illness

Jeremie Saunders, 29, suffers from cystic fibrosis. He knows the disease will eventually kill him. But instead of wallowing in private despair, Saunders did the opposite: He started a podcast where he has frank and funny conversations about death and illness.

Facing change whether you want to or not

A few of our favourite stories from past seasons of Tapestry.

From ashes to glass beads: honouring a daughter's dying wish

A feature documentary about India Buxton Taylor, a 16-year-old girl who died of an extremely rare neurodegenerative disease, and the special pilgrimage her parents made to Japan to honour their daughter.

Psychologists says editing your personal narrative could improve your life

Stories have a powerful effect on the human imagination. And the stories we tell ourselves are no different. Turns out understanding the power of our internal narrative, and taming our inner-critic, can bring about change in our lives.

My relationship with God started when I cut my hair

Briana Whiteside never thought cutting off her shoulder-length hair to regrow it naturally would lead to a religious epiphany.

Women deserve to be more angry more often, says writer Soraya Chemaly

Women are often told not to be angry but award-winning writer and activist Soraya Chemaly wants to change that.