Chosen Family

CBC Podcasts

A podcast hosted by queer, cosmically-destined BFFs Thomas Leblanc and Tranna Wintour. Join the Montreal comedians every other week for deep and spontaneous conversations featuring renowned artists and and up-and-coming creators.

  • 36 minutes 28 seconds
    Chosen Family Introduces: Gay Girl Gone
    Of all the young revolutionaries in Syria during the Arab Spring, Amina is different. An out lesbian in a country where homosexuality is illegal, she bravely documents her life on the blog Gay Girl in Damascus. Her candid posts attract readers from around the world, and soon she has a wide, ardent following. But then a post appears saying Amina has been abducted. Her fans mobilize, desperate to track down and save their fearless heroine. What they find shocks them. Journalist Samira Mohyeddin investigates what actually happened to the infamous Gay Girl in Damascus in this 6-part series. The result is a twisted yarn that spans the globe and challenges our thinking on love, politics and identity in cyberspace. More episodes are available at:
    15 November 2023, 9:08 pm
  • 59 minutes 8 seconds
    S3 E20: A Chosen Family Farewell: Gone with Miguel Gutierrez

    It’s with a heavy heart and sense of pride that we bid you, dear listeners, farewell. Yes, this is the series finale of Chosen Family, but we’re not leaving without one last soulful, deep conversation. Joining us for this bittersweet episode is the brilliant Miguel Gutierrez, New York-based choreographer, composer, performer, singer, writer, educator and one of our favourite people. We spoke about Madonna, the complexity of gender identity, and the connection between sobriety and the creative process. We thank you from the bottom of our hearts for listening to us for these last three seasons. Even though this is the last episode, these conversations are timeless and they will always be there for you to return to. We are so proud of this body work; it’s been a true honour to make this show. Sending you all our love!

    23 December 2021, 3:40 pm
  • 53 minutes 36 seconds
    S3 E19: Everybody Say Love with Mitsou Gélinas
    It’s a very special episode as we welcome one of our dream guests, Québecoise pop icon, Mitsou Gélinas! Mitsou has had one of the most varied and fascinating careers in Québec entertainment, from pop success with hits like “Bye Bye Mon Cowboy” to 20 years in radio to founding her own magazine—Mitsou has done it all! We spoke to her about the ups and downs of being a pop star, the slut shaming she experienced in the 90s, and how she has managed to continually reinvent herself. And, on Obsessions, we’re taking on the two most outrageous biopics of the year: Aline and House of Gucci!
    9 December 2021, 9:10 am
  • 52 minutes 26 seconds
    S3 E18: Release the Bimini!
    Before rolling out the red carpet for a very special guest, Tranna talks to Thomas about the high school English teacher that changed her life and how she used her new live show, High School Reunion, to process the nightmare that was her high school years. Then the two are joined by drag royalty, RuPaul’s Drag Race UK runner-up and instant fashion icon, Bimini Bon Boulash, for a conversation about London, inspiration, and learning to release the beast within. Plus Thomas gets the chance to call Bilal Baig, the co-creator and star of Sort Of, the new CBC show that everyone is talking about. And this week’s Obsessions is all about working the runway and finding love.
    25 November 2021, 5:10 am
  • 1 hour 4 minutes
    S3 E17: Broadway, Baby! with Michael R. Jackson
    Thomas and Tranna let their inner theatre geeks out as they share memories of the fabulous Broadway shows they’ve seen. They couldn’t dream of a better guest to join them in their love of musical theatre than a person who’s being heralded as the future of the medium: the Pulitzer-prize-winning playwright, composer, lyricist, Michael R. Jackson. His breakthrough, groundbreaking musical, A Strange Loop, is Broadway-bound and Tranna and Thomas talk to him about the creative process, the 90’s female singer-songwriters who shaped him, and why being gay is more confusing than ever. Plus on Obsessions we’re talking the art of portraits and a brilliant new album by Swedish pop star, Agnes.
    11 November 2021, 5:10 am
  • 38 minutes 48 seconds
    S3 E16: The Art of Thriving with Kama La Mackerel
    When Tranna first started comedy eight years ago, she never could have imagined an international community of trans comedians. Thomas and Tranna reflect on the emergence of the trans comedy scene and its vitality. Then they’re joined by special guest Kama La Mackerel, multidisciplinary artist and writer of the acclaimed poetry collection, Zom-Fam, for an illuminating and inspiring conversation about rituals, spirituality and the role of the imagination in learning to move from surviving to thriving. Plus this week’s Obsessions segment is all about horror movies!
    28 October 2021, 8:10 am
  • 47 minutes 55 seconds
    S3 E15: Couple Goals with Greg & Mitch from AsapSCIENCE
    Thomas and Tranna never excelled in science, but that’s okay because today they are welcoming the best science teachers they never had: Gregory Brown and Mitchell Moffit, creators of the wildly successful YouTube channel, AsapSCIENCE, which has racked up over 1.5 BILLION views! Greg and Mitch bring their signature wit, charm, and smarts to this high-energy episode as they talk candidly about being a working couple, how to talk to anti-vaxxers, staying hopeful in the face of climate disaster and, yes, even poppers. Plus, we’re livin’ la vida loca on Obsessions as Thomas talks about Ricky Martin and Tranna does a dramatic reading of a Twitter thread she can’t get out of her head.
    7 October 2021, 8:10 am
  • 38 minutes 46 seconds
    S3 E14: Femme Forever with Zoe Whittall
    Tranna shares her secret life as a digital exhibitionist and gives Thomas a few tips on how to take hot nudes. Then they’re joined by award-winning writer, Zoe Whittall, whose new novel, The Spectacular, is truly spectacular. In this conversation she speaks about the creative process, the sometimes agonizing internal debate about starting a family, and the importance of the word femme and queer terminology. Plus it’s a particularly musical edition of Obsessions!
    23 September 2021, 8:10 am
  • 35 minutes 49 seconds
    S3 E13: Singing Truth to Power with Jeremy Dutcher
    Thomas and Tranna are joined by the brilliant performer, composer, activist, and musicologist, Jeremy Dutcher, whose debut album, Wolastoqiyik Lintuwakonawa, won the 2018 Polaris Prize. In this deep and illuminating conversation, Jeremy talks about the connections between music and ancestry, reconciliation, and the spirituality of queerness. Also on the show: Thomas talks about the end of his relationship with his therapist and Obsessions is all about a fashion show gone wrong and an epic novel.
    9 September 2021, 4:10 am
  • 46 minutes 5 seconds
    S3 E12: Pop Dreams and Failures with Vivek Shraya
    Come on listeners, do you believe in making your pop star dreams come true? Cuz we’ve got something to say about it. Thomas and Tranna are joined by singer, writer, multidisciplinary artist and queer icon, Vivek Shraya, for a fun and moving conversation about the power of pop music and what happens when you fail at becoming the one thing you want most in the world: to be a pop star yourself. Plus Tranna shares the story of her bumpy road back to the stage and on Obsessions we’re talking FBoy Island and the joy of discovering a great film podcast.
    26 August 2021, 1:10 pm
  • 38 minutes
    S3 E11: Having a Kiki with Jake Shears
    The legendary Jake Shears has entered the chat and we are gagged! As frontman of the massively successful Scissor Sisters, Jake brought back a 70s, queer, glam rock aesthetic back to the mainstream pop scene in 2004. After eight successful years with the band, Jake released his self-titled debut solo album in 2018 and a brilliant memoir titled Boys Keep Swinging. He joins Thomas and Tranna for an in-depth conversation about his career, the fear of being alone, and deep friendships. Plus on Obsessions, Tranna and Thomas talk the comedy of Australian suburbs and the end of the world.
    12 August 2021, 4:10 am
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