Real Community Talks

Micro-Level Influencers Doing Macro-Level Things.

About the show

Welcome to Real Community Talks where we meet with micro-level influencer's doing macro-level things. The idea behind RCT is that if one on one conversation's have the power to affect someone's future trajectory, why not make those conversation's accessible to all?

I meet with some of my favourite community influencers including creators, artists, public servants, non-profit workers, entrepreneurs, motivational speakers and more so that you can hear about their journey/process in hopes to inspire yours. The stories you hear are not necessarily formula's for success but examples of individuals who are making their dreams possible despite obstacles. I firmly believe that everyone has a unique story that could potentially change someone's entire perspective on their circumstance.

Enjoy the show!

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  • Real Community Talks: On Self Love, Relationships and Dating

    February 14th, 2020  |  1 hr 31 mins
    attraction, boyfriend, breakup, chemistry, counselling, couples, dating, encouragement, fighting, girlfriend, healing, heartbreak love, malton, marriage, mentorship, mississauga, motivation, partner, podcast, rct, real, relationship, relationships, sdh, settling, single, singleness, standards, talks, tinder, toronto, valentines

    On todays episode we talk everything relationships, dating, and self love and dive deeper into what that looks like in our generation today.

  • Who do you wan't to be when you grow up?

    August 28th, 2019  |  29 mins 52 secs

    Our host had the awesome opportunity to return to his old stomping grounds and deliver a talk on Identity and purpose to the boys and girls clubs of Lincoln M. Alexander Secondary School!

  • Annihilating Anxiety [Chat With Matt]

    July 3rd, 2019  |  22 mins 43 secs

    This week, our host, Matt Da Silva sits down with us and shares some strategies on how he
    tackles crippling fear and anxiety in his life.

  • RCT S2 EP 6: Oshane Howard "Choose Which Side You Wanna Be On"

    June 26th, 2019  |  Season 2  |  1 hr 8 mins

    Oshane Howards is a professional Free Lancer and a commercial, fashion Photographer, videographer and creative Director.

  • RCT S2 EP 5: Sam Demma "Small Consistent Actions"

    June 12th, 2019  |  Season 2  |  48 mins 33 secs

    Sam Demma is a Youth Speaker who travels the country speaking to multiple students about the power of Small Consistent Actions. Most recently he delivered that talk on the renowned TEDx stage.

    On this episode we talk about how Sam's identity in soccer was crushed when he was injured three times, the power teachers have to change a student's life, his recent TEDx talk, and how big change can result from small consistent actions.

  • RCT S2 EP4: Khaled Iwamura "It's All About Sacrifice"

    June 4th, 2019  |  Season 2  |  59 mins 13 secs

    Khaled Iwamura is the founder of QuickBite News, a media company comprised of, and which is now one of the largest digital only media companies in Canada. On this episode we talk insauga origin stories, how he had to sell his condo to pursue his passions, how he prioritizes his family above all and how he beat the 6PM news with a "Fishing Rod".

  • RCT S2 EP3: Mahfuz Chowdhury "It's Important To Be Consistent With Your Head Down"

    May 21st, 2019  |  Season 2  |  1 hr 5 mins

    This probably isn't the first time you're hearing about Mahfuz Chowdhury as he is one of the more prominent social media influencers/Marketers in the city! On this episode we talk about his process of reinventing himself, how he went blind, how he dealt with heartbreak, sticking to your roots and how curating who you follow or surround yourself with can greatly impact the person you become.

  • RCT S2 EP 2: Mayor Bonnie Crombie "Balance Is Tough To Achieve"

    May 14th, 2019  |  Season 2  |  1 hr 2 mins
    beards, brampton, canada, cities, city, community, economic, encouragement, entrepreneur, failure, governance, government, growth, host, humble, identity, impact, infrastructure, interview, knowledge, malton, matt, mayor, mississauga, motivation, municipal, municipalities, ontario, origins, passion, pathways, podcast, podcasters, podcasting, poli, policing, politicians, politics, process, progress, province, purpose, radio, rct, real, regional, sauga, speaker, storytelling, talks, toronto, unconventional, voice, wisdom

    Bonnie Crombie is the Mayor of the sixth largest and the greatest city in Canada, Mississauga. Prior becoming Mayor, Bonnie was a Member of Parliament for Mississauga-Streetsville as well as the Ward 5 Councillor for Malton and Britannia. On this episode we talk about the Mayor's origin story, her early days as a community advocate and business woman, how legacy plays on her decision making, one of her biggest failures, and the hot topic of debate the Separation of Mississauga from the Region of Peel.

  • RCT S2 EP1: Jodianne Beckford "Even if you're scared, do it anyways"

    May 7th, 2019  |  Season 2  |  58 mins 7 secs
    abortion, anxiety, autism, brampton, community, creative, director, disabilities, disability, encouragement, entrepreneur, freelance, growth, identity, impact, interview, introvert, knowledge, malton, mississauga, motivation, photography, podcast, podcasting, process, progress, purpose, radio, rape, rct, sauga, speaker, storytelling, suicide, toronto, wisdom

    We are amped to Launch the FIRST episode of Season 2 with the talented Jodianne Beckford the host of one of the hottest most relevant entrepreneur podcasts in not only our city but in Canada! On this episode we talk about the anxiety of being an introvert, how a misdiagnosis affected her trajectory, why she started her podcast, and we get into some of the deepest points of pain in her life and how she is still standing today (Fair warning, grab tissues).

  • Should You Lead? "The COST to Calling" [Chat With Matt #2]

    January 17th, 2019  |  8 mins 54 secs
    boss, calling, community, cost, creator, cwm, cwm2, episode, incentive chat, instagram, lead, leader, leadership, malton, management, manager, marketing, matt, mississauga, motivation, people, podcast, podcaster, rct, social, staff, teamwork, timing, videographer

    On this episode I talk about the idea that not everyone can lead and sometime's it might benefit you to be a follower. Most people want to lead but they want to do so for superficial reasons. There is a COST to Calling.

  • The Anxiety of Algorithm's [Chat With Matt #1]

    January 9th, 2019  |  3 mins 3 secs
    1, anxiety, chat, creator, cwm, cwm1, episode, instagram, malton, marketing, matt, media, mississauga, podcast, podcaster, rct, social, timing, videographer

    As a content creator, social platforms while extremely useful for exposure, often punish the creator who doesn't post as frequently. In this video I talk about how creating out of a deficit can harm the quality of your work and how REST is vital regardless of a loss of followers/engagement.

  • RCT EP 27: Matt Da Silva "Excellence Requires Discomfort"

    December 25th, 2018  |  Season 1  |  1 hr 4 mins
    beards, brampton, community, encouragement, entrepreneur, failure, growth, host, humble, identity, impact, interview, knowledge, malton, matt, mississauga, motivation, origins, passion, pathways, podcast, podcasters, podcasting, process, progress, purpose, radio, rct, real, sauga, speaker, storytelling, talks, toronto, unconventional, voice, wisdom, youtuber

    Merry Christmas Everyone! As a gift to all of you Matt Da Silva, our HOST of Real Community Talks, sit's down with us for the last episode of Season 1 and shares his story! On this episode we get to dive more deeply into his personal life, we get to talk about why he started Real Community Talks, why he supports pursuing unconventional pathways, and why Excellence requires Discomfort.

  • RCT EP 26: Noyz "Even The Quiet Ones Have A Story To Share"

    December 4th, 2018  |  Season 1  |  59 mins 19 secs
    activism, activist, anxiety, artsit, beards, beats, brampton, community, conscious, diversity, encouragement, entrepreneur, failure, fear, freestyle, growth, hiphop, humble, identity, immigrant, immigrants, impact, interview, introvert, knowledge, lyricist, malton, marvel, mc, mississauga, motivation, noyz, passion, performance, podcast, podcasters, podcasting, process, progress, psychology, punjabi, purpose, radio, rap, rapper, rct, sauga, sikh, sikhism, speaker, storytelling, toronto, voice, wisdom, wutang, xmen

    One of the more socially conscious and dopest artists/lyricists, Noyz, joins us for the LAST guest episode of Season 1 of Real Community Talks! On this episode we talk about the passing of one of the GOAT's Stan Lee, how LOVE can be expressed differently, how he overcame anxiety and the fear of sharing his art, and how he wishes he had started some things earlier in life.

  • RCT EP 25: Phil Nguyen "Live and Breathe Toronto"

    November 27th, 2018  |  Season 1  |  57 mins 10 secs
    arabic, breathe, business, businessman, clothing, community, diversity, encouragement, entrepreneur, fashion, fitfam, fitness, growth, gym, health, identity, immigrant, immigrants, impact, interview, jordans, karma, live, malton, markham, mississauga, motivation, passion, patriarch, podcast, podcasters, podcasting, pt, purpose, radio, rct, sauga, scarborough, speaker, strength, toronto, trainer

    Phil Nguyen is the CEO of the popular clothing brand "Patriarch Supply" and is a well-respected fitness coach and personal trainer throughout the Greater Toronto Area. On this episode, we talk about dropping out of school to pursue your passion, the idea of saying yes now and learning it after, how impact can sustain passion, and the idea of not living out the expectations of others on your life.

  • RCT EP 24: Crystal Mark "Who Are You and What Do You Stand For"

    November 13th, 2018  |  Season 1  |  51 mins 40 secs
    activist, advocacy, advocate, author, brampton, caregiver, children, christian, community, danforth, education, educator, entrepreneur, equity, growth, identity, interview, leader, malton, mentor, mississauga, mom, moms, mother, motherhood, motivation, oppression, podcast, podcasters, podcasting, poet, poetry, professional, racism, radio, rct, sauga, speaker, toronto, writer

    Crystal Mark, aka the queen of community advocacy is a myriad of things for whatever community she belongs to. On this episode we talk about finding your own tribe, empowerment through using your gifts, caregiver burnout, and how Crystal intends to Make a "Mark" in her lifetime.

  • RCT EP 23: Freddy Appiah "Use The Game, Don't Let The Game Use You"

    October 30th, 2018  |  Season 1  |  50 mins 56 secs
    basketball, brampton, calu, coach, coaching, community, curriculum, cybl, dpcdsb, education, educator, entrepreneur, father, fufu, fundamentals, growth, interview, knightsbridge, leader, malton, mentor, mississauga, motivation, podcast, podcasters, podcasting, radio, rct, sauga, school, teacher, toronto

    Freddy Appiah is a multifaceted/multi-talented dude who puts Malton on his back no matter what. On this episode we get REAL and talk about how basketball is really a business, why Malton is so important to him, the realities of running your own non-profit, and how as a man, you sometimes have to live with decisions you regret.