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Brian Holidae

Involved in community broadcasting since he was 17, Brian Holidae went on to complete a degree in Communications Studies at Concordia University, where in 2004, he started hosting a weekly Hip Hop show on CJLO 1690AM. Interviewing the likes of Chance the Rapper, Ludwig Göransson, the GZA, Shad, Azealia Banks, Tech N9ne, and many more, Brian’s tenure at CJLO included holding the role of Program Director, representing Canada at the International Radio Festival in Zurich, and being an award winning Music Director. An avid hip hop head, Brian changed focus in 2015 and helped launch the Geektastiq Cypha podcast with a few like minded “blerds”. With their accessible approach to pop and geek culture, Geektastiq Cypha has made Cult MTL’s Best of Montreal Top Ten Podcast list for the past four years. After being tapped in 2019 to interview the legendary Spike Lee at C2 Montreal, Brian then launched Not a Journalist w/ Brian Holidae, a one-on-one interview podcast. On top of his podcast hosting duties, Brian is also the Creative Director for Free x Agents Media, a Montreal based Podcast Collective focused on amplifying the voices of marginalized groups in broadcasting.