The Canadian Love Map

Sparking Conversations and Change: Jenny and Sophia


This love story belongs to the mother-daughter duo, Jenny Kierstead and Sophia Rae, a remarkable mother-daughter duo who are bridging the intergenerational gap.

They're also co-hosts of a podcast called Spark, A Mother-Daughter Journey, where they have open-hearted conversations and engaging discussions with special guests. Together, they pave the way for healing and understanding, forging connections that transcend age and experience. Spark was created from a place of profound loss and global isolation. After Jenny's sister Lisa tragically lost her life in the Nova Scotia mass casualty, and as the world grappled with the challenges of the pandemic, this podcast was a light in the darkness.

Jenny Kiersted is the creator of the Girl on Fire movement. She dedicates her life to empowering young women and guiding them in harnessing their inner wisdom and strength through in-person workshops and online programs. Her daughter Sophia Rae, an aspiring singer-songwriter, mental health advocate, and public speaker, joins her mother on this journey, adding her own unique perspective and passion to the mix.

In this heartfelt conversation with Nancy, Jenny, and Sophia, delve into their ever-evolving mother-daughter relationship and discuss the power of conversation, the importance of empowering young women and how their relationship has impacted their own personal growth.


From Pen To Premiere : Kim Albright and Julia Lederer


This love story belongs to Kim Albright (Director) and Julia Lederer (Writer), the creative duo behind the powerful new film With Love and a Major Organ.  The inspiring film has been touring the festival circuit, captivating and connecting with audiences nationwide.

With Love and a Major Organ is set in an alternate world where hearts are made of objects and suppressing emotions is self-care, a lonely woman rips out her own heart for the man she loves, only to discover that he has run away with it. Whimsical, quirky, and wildly original, With Love and a Major Organ pushes on the ever-stranger phenomenon of physical human interaction in the age of technology. Why is it that we are ever more connected and yet we have never felt more alone?

In this episode, we discuss the heart-centred themes in the show and the journey from screenplay to feature-length film. Kim and Julia share their thoughts on the creative process, challenges, and triumphs that brought this extraordinary film to the big screen.