Connecting Greeks Podcast

Ari Kalos

This podcast is designed to explore, nurture, and enhance our Greek culture all across North America using humor and topical conversation. Hosted by comedian/actor Angelo Tsarouchas and his co-hosts Ari Kalos & Foti Stamos.

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We got to hang out with the AMAZING and multi-talented Dimitra Korri. She's a champion ice skater, an accomplished filmmaker, singer, songwriter, animator, DJ, and so much more... what a truly impressive and inspiring woman! Join us as we get to know Dimitra! dimitrakorri.com instagram.com/dimitrakorri

Dec 1

50 min 13 sec

We had an amazing time chatting with the delightful Nomiki Konst. Her knowledge and force for good truly inspired us in every way and we loved spending time getting to know her. Join us and you'll become a fan of the impressive Nomiki Konst! youtube.com/user/KonstNomiki instagram.com/nomikikonst Download the free Connecting Greeks app!

Nov 27

58 min 37 sec

Our Angelo hiatus is over and we kick off with a fascinating chat with the founder of Greece in Disney Lee Pashalopoulos! Lee's mission is to see a Greek Pavilion at Epcot Center at Disney World and we are here to spread the word! Sign his petition here: https://www.greece.org/epcot/ Download the free Connecting Greeks app!

Nov 18

1 hr

We got to spend some time with Evangelia, an amazing artist, talented songwriter, and beautiful singer all rolled into one! Join us as we get to know a little about her past, present, and a dash of what the future may hold for her. If you weren't already a fan, you will be now! PAME PAME! evangeliamusic.com Download the free Connecting Greeks app!

Oct 20

46 min 34 sec

Join us for a special episode centered around a truly amazing non-profit in Greece - Ecogenia! Their mission is to promote sustainability through civic engagement, training and employment opportunities for young people in Greece. Co-founders Lia & Erika join us to teach us more about this amazing organization. Ecogenia.org Download the free Connecting Greeks app!

Oct 13

1 hr 12 min

We had the pleasure of chatting with the wonderful Dora Papoutsakis of Agape Greek Radio. Daughter of a Greek musician, Dora was immersed in “ta laika” at a very young age because her father worked as a keyboard player in the Vancouver bouzoukia scene for over 40 years. She grew up listening to Vancouver’s Greek radio program and in her late teens joined as a co-host.  Her love for radio led her to complete her radio broadcasting degree at BCIT and she continued hosting “Greek Canadian Memories” with Mike Georgiopoulos for over 15 years until it went off the air. Dora’s love for anything Greek began from her annual visits to Greece and led her to get fully involved in the Greek Community of Vancouver by volunteering with their youth programs and Greek School for many years. After marrying her husband, Niko she also became involved in the Cretan Association of BC which is one of the strongest associations in western Canada.  In recent years Dora has taken on the role of Camp Coordinator for Camp Met BC where she is the official “Mom” of Camp. Her number one priority is to keep the Greek youth in BC involved and engaged in their communities and to spread the love for anything Greek to all. Along with her volunteering, she is a full-time mom and a Government of Canada employee. She is an open book and welcomes any questions or comments at any time! You can also listen & watch on the free Connecting Greeks app! Dora on Agape Greek Radio

Jun 22

1 hr 8 min

We got the chance to sit down with the amazing Harry Basil and get to know the versatile actor & comedian in depth. Harry is a stand-up comedian and comedy club operator, known for his impressions of Arnold Schwarzenegger and Superman. As an actor, Basil appeared in the film Peggy Sue Got Married. His film credits include Meet Wally Sparks, which he co-wrote with Rodney Dangerfield. In May 1984, Basil made a major break as a stand-up comedian as part of show at The Comedy Store in Las Vegas, where he appeared as part of a group that included future comedy performers Louie Anderson, Jim Carrey, Andrew Dice Clay, and Paul Rodriguez making their first appearances on a stage in Las Vegas. Basil is a partner in the Laugh Factory comedy club located at Tropicana Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. Listen & watch on the free Connecting Greeks app!

Jun 16

1 hr 10 min

We interviewed the founders and artistic directors of the wonderful Chroma Musika, which is a voice camp for kids. It is an amazing project that has resulted in so much good for participants and their exposure to music and the arts. Learn more by joining us! Download the free Connecting Greeks app! https://www.chromapanarmonia.com/

Jun 9

1 hr 12 min

We were so excited to get to chat with the amazing Jim Mirkopoulos! Jim is VP of Cinespace Film Studios, North America's largest owner and operator of film, TV and digital media production space, liaising directly with the production heads of major Hollywood studios and Canada's leading production entities. Jim and his family are wonderful individuals as well as wonderful Greeks! Join us in hearing some amazing stories from the fantastic Jim Mirkopoulos!   https://cinespace.com/studios/  Download the free Connecting Greeks app!

Apr 15

1 hr 7 min

We had the most amazing time speaking with the LEGENDARY John Kapelos! John was a major part of our pop culture upbringing and he is recognized around the world for the many, many roles he has played in iconic films and shows. There is no room to list them all but let's just say Breakfast Club, Weird Science, Sixteen Candles, Seinfeld, X Files, Home Improvement, Roxanne, and the list goes on and on and on. He is a treasure to the acting community and a treasure to our Greek community. Join us as we get to know the great John Kapelos! Download the free Connecting Greeks app!

Apr 8

1 hr 3 min

What an amazing episode we have for you! Not only a fantastic guest but on Greek Independence Day as well! The one and only Costas Mandylor joins us for a chat on his life and career and what being Greek means to him. Two Americans, a Canadian, and an Australian come together to show how Greeks are all one! Costas is originally from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. He is an actor, known for Mobsters, Saw V, Virtuosity, and Picket Fences, among many others. He was chosen by People magazine as one of the 50 Most Beautiful People in the world. He played professional soccer for Greece and Australia until he suffered stress fractures to his shins. He also boxes and trained with his brother, actor Louis Mandylor, in Thai kickboxing. Join us as we hang out with Costas Mandylor! You can watch and listen on the free Connecting Greeks app!

Mar 25

1 hr 17 min

George Kapiniaris is one of Australia's best loved comedy, music and TV stars - having had an incredible impact on Australian popular culture over the last thirty five years. His claim to fame was his starring role in the hugely popular stage show 'Wogs Out Of Work'. Since then, the Australian public has continued to see him use his Greek heritage as inspiration for future roles and performances. George developed his popular style of ethnic comedy at Rusden College in 1985. Straight away he was labelled as a pioneer of Ethnic Humour in Australia. We all loved him as DJ in 'The Flying Doctors' and who could forget his starring role as the manic waiter Memo in TV's 'Acropolis Now' from 1989 to 1992 (a show which he co-produced & co-created). Since 1992 George has also been the front man of his 70's cover band 'The Flares'.  In 2004 George was nominated for a Green Room Award for his role of Stretch in the musical 'Oh, What a Night'. other musical credits include 'The Rocky Horror Show' and 'Return to the Forbidden Planet'. His theatre credits include 'The Resistable Rise of Arturo Ui' for the MTC, 'The Queen and I ', 'An Evening with Merv Hughes' and Guy Masterson's production of '12 Angry Men'. George's film credits include 'Alex and Eve', 'Big Mammas Boy', 'Thundersruck', 'Bloody Footy', 'Fat Pizza', 'Housos The Movie', 'Closer and Closer Apart' & 'Joey' - George also appeared on the TV series 'Its A Date!'. Kapiniaris was also seen in the controversial mini series 'Underbelly', playing George Defteros - the lawyer to Melbourne's underworld. In 2009 George appeared as a regular panelist on the very popular SBS show "The Squiz". In 2021 George will be touring OZ with his comedy stage show, 'Crazy Rich Ethnics'. He and his Co Stars have received two ACE awards for Best Comedy for their 'Il Dago' Shows and this year he and his team were nominated for Best Comedy for their 'Wildwogs' Production. George has recently played a Vulgarian Spy in The Australian production of 'Chitty Chitty Bang Bang The Musical' and starred last year in The Production Company's Award Winning Show 'Nice Work If You Can Get It!' where he stole the show with amazing reviews. Download the Connecting Greeks app: https://connectinggreeks.com/app.html

Mar 6

55 min 38 sec

We had a great time hanging out with author, filmmaker, director, writer, and all-around levendi Dannis Koromilas. We learned some amazing facts about our Greek history and our people's plight, but still had a few laughs along the way. Sit back with us as we get to know Dannis!   https://panmessinian.ca/​ https://greeceyearzero.com/​  Download the free Connecting Greeks app!

Feb 25

1 hr 7 min

What a pleasure to have had the amazing Leon Logothetis on our show! His inspiring and hopeful message to the world gave us such a necessary and welcome feeling and we anticipate his word spreading everywhere! Before Leon became a global adventurer, TV host, motivational speaker, and best-selling author, he was living an uninspired and disconnected life as a broker in London. On the outside, it looked like he had it all. But inside, he was chronically depressed. He decided to do something radical about it – give it all up for a life on the road. He embarked on an adventure around the globe, fueled by the receiving and giving of kindness. On his journey, he found the essence of humanity and learned about the bonds that connect people worldwide. Through kindness, he discovered that when we start to compare ourselves by our similarities instead of our differences, we start to create a brighter future. For over a decade, he has traveled to over 100 countries and to every continent. He’s documented his experiences through his best-selling books and TV shows. Leon has devoted his life to inspiring the world with his message of kindness and hope. This is best shown through his Netflix series “The Kindness Diaries.”  He’s worked with many well-being brands and companies to ignite a spark of love, adventure, and humanity into their message and expand their global awareness. When he’s not making TV shows and writing books, he’s traveling around the world, speaking to schools and businesses about the power of kindness, compassion, and empathy. Leon's goal is to always make a positive impact with his work and content. Leon is also the founder of Winston Entertainment, a travel/adventure television production company that produces content that highlights the good in humanity. leonlogothetis.com You can also download the free Connecting Greeks app!

Feb 18

50 min 28 sec

Join us as we chat with the multi-talented Anna Rezan! Anna was born in Athens, Greece, to a lawyer, who wanted to become an actress and to a federal judge who wanted to become a director. She is of Greek American Jewish (from her maternal grandparents), Spanish, Polish, and Greek from Izmir and Crete descent. Rezan grew up in Athens, Greece and began acting as a child on the stage of a Club Med while on family vacation, where she made her stage debut in the hotel's theatrical(musical) shows. She appeared in many more productions through her early teens but at the age of 8 she had already decided that she wanted to make acting, her career. She enrolled in dance studies at the age of 4.The story is that she was staging theatrical plays with friends after school and directed her first short film at the age of 9, using her father's video camera in an attempt to persuade her parents to allow her to become an actress. Her parents were supportive but didn't love the idea and they revealed their own artistic endeavors to her when she was 17. She began her career in her early teens by appearing in films and television series, most notably starring in the 2010 comedy film "ShowBitch". Her first international feature film co-starring role was in "La commedia di Amos Poe", that premiered in the 2010 Venice Film Festival.Her debut song "Let there be rain" was released internationally in 2011 and in 2016 her song "Let there be Love" was released internationally by Universal Music Group. In 2017 she co-starred in "Dance Fight Love Die - With Mikis Theodorakis on the Road" by Asteris Koutoulas which premiered in Hof International Film Festival to rave reviews. Her directorial debut, "The Greek Holocaust", is a documentary about the Jews of Greece during World War II, produced by her, Zafeiris Haitidis and Academy Award winners Mitchell Block and Kim Magnusson. instagram.com/annarezanhappy facebook.com/annarezanhappy imdb.com/title/tt8159912

Feb 4

1 hr 2 min

Talk about a great episode! We had renaissance man Harry Sideropoulos all the way from South Africa. Harry is an award-winning stage actor, singer, voice-over artist, speaker, business man and foodie, celebrating over 20 years on stage. He started his public career many years ago on 94, 7 Highveld Stereo’s Rude Awakening Breakfast Show and soon became an integral part of the show for 6 successful years, before resigning to focus solely on his career on stage. Since then, Harry’s has performed and produced a multitude of shows in his home-town Johannesburg as well as frequent appearances in America and Canada. He loves comedy and loves to sing jazz and blues and is the recipient of 3 Naledi Theatre Awards with a further 2 Naledi Theatre Award nominations for his work on stage. More recently Harry has launched his brand of unique pop-up entertainment experiences around the country. He’s mad about food, but never wanted to run a full time restaurant, instead he creates pop-up culinary experiences for the corporate and private market, fusing both his passion for food and his love of entertaining. Harry is also a very sought after MC with a unique approach to his entertaining. With his deep, gravelly voice, he becomes your event ring master, combining his MC duties with comedy, song, audience interaction with playful frivolity, making his guests feel as though they’ve spent an evening entertained by a friend. Harry can also be booked as a key-note speaker for corporate companies, using his skills as a performer and a comic to fuel thought, encourage dialogue and to bring down the house with laughter with his very unique, larger than life personality. The Sunday Times newspaper has said of Harry “Tasting his food and experiencing his entertainment in his signature raspy voice – live, should be on everyone’s bucket list.” And The Star Newspaper wrote “He’s hysterically funny! He sings like a raunchy angel and dances like a Broadway butterfly” facebook.com/harry.sideropoulos instagram.com/harry_sideropoulos tastymoments.life

Jan 28

56 min 12 sec

Dena Romios is the founder of Power Muse Productions, a Los Angeles based production company bringing Greek entertainment to the west coast since its launch in 2012. Power Muse Productions continues to bring Greece’s finest entertainers to the United States with their primary goal being to produce live performances spotlighting the most highly recognized performers in the Greek entertainment industry. Join us in getting to know more about Dena! powermuseproductions.com

Jan 22

1 hr 6 min

We hung out with the amazing and inspiring Johnny Birmpilis. After arriving in Toronto about a year ago, Johnny Birmpilis (5-0-0, 2KOs) has taken the Canadian middleweight division by storm, defeating domestic rivals Larone Whyte (4-3-0, 3KOs) and Justin Blades (3-2-0, 3KOs) to solidify his place in the Canadian fight scene. Birmpilis fought as an amateur in Greece, entering the punch-for-pay game against Evangelos Chatzis (1-1-0) almost exactly three years ago in Athens. In 2018, Birmpilis turned his attention abroad, hoping to find more fights in the great white north. In Canada, he hooked up with Lee Baxter Promotions and the rest is history. The Greek prospect has boxed in Toronto and is now in Los Angeles. Keep an eye on him, you'll be hearing great things from Johnny! instagram.com/johnny_birmpilis facebook.com/Ioannis-johnny-the-greek-Birmpilis

Jan 15

54 min 14 sec

We sat with Lazo Ioannidis, a Lyra virtuoso with a profound love of the melodic sounds of this ancient instrument, who has played with people like Glykeria, Alkaios, Pavlo, and even on Eurovision, and has gained a following throughout Europe, Asia and North America. Join us as we chat with Lazo! lazomusic.net

Jan 8

48 min 50 sec

The amazing and supremely talented singer Stephanie Kacoyanis joins us on Connecting Greeks to chat about her life & career, and what a career she has!  A quick bio: Critically-acclaimed contralto Stephanie Kacoyanis has been praised for her “majestic tone” (ArtsFuse), “vocal brilliance” and "spiritually rich performance" (Boston Musical Intelligencer). She is gaining recognition as an accomplished interpreter of opera, oratorio, and contemporary repertoire. Most recently, Stephanie appeared as Queen Mary in the world premiere of Arnold Rosner's The Chronicle of Nine (Odyssey Opera) under the baton of Gil Rose. The Boston Globe described her performance as "the standout moment of the evening", and there's so much more! Please visit her links below:   stephaniekacoyanis.com loreleiensemble.com/holiday

Dec 2020

54 min 24 sec

We got to spend time with the one and only comedian Jim Dailakis! In 1995, Jim left his home in Perth, Australia and traveled literally halfway around the world to land in New York. 25 years later, he’s been playing to sold out venues night after night leaving the audience on their feet realizing they have just enhanced their life through his comedy performance.  Memorable, talented, energetic and hilariously funny, he is not only the rising star in comedy in the US but has risen to greater heights than ever before in his home country of Australia as well as  performances in Canada, Singapore, Malaysia, Scotland, and the Cayman Islands, because this Greek Australian’s comedy is universally appealing. Join us as we chat with Jim Dailakis! comedianjim.com

Dec 2020

1 hr 9 min

We got to hang out with the absolutely fun, lovely, and talented Patricia Kara. She's a proud Chicagoan who lives in LA and her career is quite fascinating. She has done way too much to list here, but visit her IMDb and you'll see a long list of amazing projects, from Deal or No Deal to film to magazine shoots to music videos, she's done it all. Grab a kafedaki and join us! IMDb Instagram Download the free Connecting Greeks app

Nov 2020

1 hr 4 min

This is a good one! The incredibly talented singer/songwriter Vassy is our guest this week and she was so fun to hang out with! We talk about life and growing up Greek and all the craziness of a Greek upbringing. Whether you're from the USA, Canada, Australia, or anywhere else, we all have so much in common. Join us as we get to know the amazing Vassy! https://www.vassymusic.com

Nov 2020

53 min 59 sec

We had an amazing talk with the wonderful Eraklis & Vanessa Diamataris, publishers/editors of The National Herald and the long running ΕΘΝΙΚΟΣ ΚΗΡΥΞ newspapers, about their life, family, careers, and the important work they do for the Greek community. Please join us in learning more about this great brother/sister team!   https://www.ekirikas.com/  https://www.thenationalherald.com/ (718) 784-5255

Nov 2020

47 min 19 sec

We had the absolute pleasure of spending time with the super talented and beautiful Ariana Savalas! She is the coolest person ever and we had a blast hanging out and chatting. Join us to learn more about the fabulous, funny, sexy, and very cool Ariana Savalas!   arianasavalas.com

Nov 2020

53 min 19 sec

We hung out for a chat with Australian legend Plastic EP aka Daniel Sam and discussed our love of Greece and all things Greek. Plastic has written over 2,000 songs and recorded dozens of albums in his career and he's also a darned proud Greek! Get to know Plastic EP with us!   Facebook Page

Oct 2020

56 min 13 sec

We got a chance to sit down at the virtual Greek table with the wonderful Shelly Papadopoulos. Shelly is the President of the Greek Heritage Society of SoCal and is the Co-Executive Producer of the documentary "The New Greek Americans". Join us in getting to know this proponent of the Greek culture! Greek Heritage Society of SoCal

Oct 2020

48 min 29 sec

We had an amazing time interviewing world renowned guitarist / musician / songwriter Pavlo! He is an incredible guy who is very humble, down to earth, and insanely talented! Join us as we chat with and get to know the one and only Pavlo! pavlo.com

Oct 2020

54 min 49 sec

We have chef and donut king Paul Delios join us for a great chat. Paul's company - Kane's Donuts - is a staple in the greater Boston area for decades, and Paul has traveled the world as a renowned chef. Join us for the conversation!

Oct 2020

1 hr 5 min

The unique and talented and always entertaining "Chairman George" Sapounidis joins us for a chat and we get to learn more about his fascinating life as a singer/bouzouki player/songwriter/bandleader and his huge following in China! Join us! Chairman George Website

Sep 2020

52 min 3 sec

Listen in as we hang out with rising young star Gus Constantellis. Not only is he a comedian, writer, and social media star, but he's also a proud Greek! Join us! Check out Gus on some of his social handles: Instagram Facebook Twitter

Sep 2020

51 min 30 sec

We got to spend some time with author, screenwriter, director, filmmaker, and all around renaissance man Christos Sourligas. This Greek-Canadian innovator talks to us about his life, being Greek, and his amazing Greek cookbook. Grab a kafedaki and join us! Big Fat Greek Cookbook Connecting Greeks

Sep 2020

1 hr 9 min

Angelo Tsarouchas, Ari Kalos, & Foti Stamos interview the great Giorgos Xatzipavlou - comedian extraordinaire from Greece. He lets us know how things are in the motherland and we get some great insight from a true Greek! Join us as we get to know Giorgos Xatzipavlou! Check out Giorgos on Youtube Support our show!

Sep 2020

56 min 29 sec

Our hosts Angelo Tsarouchas, Ari Kalos, & Foti Stamos welcome the one and only Christine Cushing to the Connecting Greeks Show! She is a Canadian celebrity chef and television host and we talk about Greek food, Greek travel, and all things pertaining to our Greek lives! Join us as we get to know more about the fabulous Christine Cushing! http://christinecushing.com http://www.tsarouchas.com http://www.connectinggreeks.com

Aug 2020

1 hr 1 min

We revamped the show a little bit to bring on our new co-host Angelo Tsarouchas! Angelo has been in the entertainment industry for years as an actor and comedian, he's traveled the world and met people everywhere, so we are so excited to do the show with him and his amazing network of friends! Join us now as we welcome Greek-American comedian Ellen Karis and we discuss how COVID-19 has affected our lives recently. http://www.connectinggreeks.com/ https://www.ellenkaris.com/ https://www.tsarouchas.com/

Aug 2020

54 min 53 sec

In this special episode of the Connecting Greeks podcast, we pulled out some archive footage from a great interview we did with Nia Vardalos, writer and star of My Big Fat Greek Wedding as well as her co-star John Corbett! We premiered the movie in Boston before it went into wide release and Nia and John were gracious enough to hang out with us and grant us an interview. This was a special time for us and although the footage and audio is 15 years old, we did our best to make it worthy for your listening pleasure. OPA! Video of this interview can be viewed here >

Jul 2020

34 min 59 sec

We had the pleasure of having Ourania (aka Margo) join us from Greece to discuss her wonderful and exciting journey to founding her company - Margo Wine Routes. Every traveler to Greece should contact her and every Greek should experience her tours as well. Just speaking to her gave us an immense desire to jump on a plane and travel around sipping wine in the most beautiful setting - Greece! Join us as we get to know Ourania! https://margowineroutes.gr/

Jul 2020

38 min 17 sec

Today's guest is a truly impressive Greek-American that constantly entertained us as well as inspired us. When the conversation ended we had such a great and positive desire to run out and help our fellow Greeks reach their dreams, and we think everyone will be better for having listened to the one and only Christos Perakis! https://www.zoottle.com/

Jul 2020

50 min 21 sec

One of our favorite Canadian friends and food gurus Peter Minaki joins us for an amazing chat about Greek food and some of the finer points of Greek life, travel, and so much more! Join us as we get to know Peter Minaki! https://www.kalofagas.ca/

Jul 2020

40 min 23 sec

What can we say about this episode and it's guest? Actor, writer, director, author, entrepreneur and all around amazing Greek-American Bob Krantz chats with us about his life, what's going on in the world, and what his future goals are. Join us as we welcome the incomparable Robert Krantz! https://ellinasmultimedia.com/

Jun 2020

1 hr 3 min

Join us as we chat with one of our favorite people ever - Angelo Tsarouchas! Not only an actor, performer, and comedian, but one of the nicest and most genuine celebrities we've ever met. Learn more about this funny Greek in our latest Connecting Greeks episode. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the show! Website: http://funnygreek.com/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Funnygreek/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bigangcomic/

Jun 2020

1 hr 10 min

On this episode of Connecting Greeks, we had a great time with two very special Greeks! Johnny Livanos from Livanos Restaurant Group out of New York City and Ted Diamantis of Diamond Wine Importers out of Chicago hung out with us to talk about Greek life, wines, spirits, life, and future! These are great guys so sit back, grab a glass, and join us! Johnny Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/johnnylivanos/ Website: https://www.livanosrestaurantgroup.com/ Ted Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ted_diamantis_/ Website: https://www.diamondwineimporters.com/

May 2020

53 min 41 sec

An amazing Greek-American and great supporter of the Greek culture Drake Behrakis joins us on the premiere episode of the Connecting Greeks podcast. Drake is a philanthropist and businessman who spends an incredible amount of time on Hellenic philanthropic causes. Join us as we chat with Drake!

May 2020

44 min 41 sec