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The Canadian Love Map

A map of Canada with various pins across the country.A Podcast by Charm

Life is one grand, sweet song, so start the music… Today we’re really excited to announce the very first episode of our new Podcast, The Canadian Love Map! We are capturing inspiring and amazing love stories across Canada to brighten your day.

These are the untold stories of discovery, loss, curiosity and love. Stories that are both common and unique. About overcoming differences, distance and doubt. About connections of all kinds. 

Hosted by former CTV News Atlantic Anchor, Nancy Regan, and led by the voices of our customers with unique stories, this is a peek into the personal lives of Canadians from the East Coast to West Coast. Love isn’t a straight line. It’s complex. It’s a journey.

Join us weekly to hear about romantic love, lost friendships rekindled after decades apart, deep family connections and more. We can be found on both Apple Podcasts and Spotify.

Season 2

Marvin & Therese

From a young age, Marvin and Therese's marriage inspired their daughter Rebecca.

Rebecca stumble upon a rare and profound photo of her father at a Holocaust exhibit. Both her parents individually experienced one of the world's most horrific chapters. As two Holocaust survivors who suffered through their own personal tragedies, they endured a series of miracles, that has inspired Rebecca to share their stories.

This week's love story is one of strength, resilience and of course - family.

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Kevin & Chantel

Their romance started in the 80's in a dance club but ended after life had them going separate directions. Despite being heartbroken, Chantal followed Kevin's career with the sky hawks from a far and always felt their story was unfinished.

Over 3 decades later and after a lot of life experience, Chantal reached out to Kevin on social media, and the romance started back up again.

Finally Kevin and Chantal were able to get a second chance at love.

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Natalie & Donnell

Natalie and Donnell are a couple who captured the hearts of Canada with their energetic Celtic music performances. Before they even met, they admired each others music from a far. Donnell eventually found his way to Natalie after hearing her mix tape and making a trip to Cape Breton. The rest is history.

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Marisa & Anthony 

Marissa and Anthony were teen sweethearts who had a fairy tale relationship. When Anthony passed away unexpectedly at 36, Marisa was left with intense grief, 3 daughters to raise and a long lost memory of an orange Honda CRX.

20 years after the car had been sold, a nostalgic search began. With the support of friends, family and even strangers - she was reunited with her late husband’s prized possession.

The newly found car is now a labour of love, as Marisa is bringing it back to it's old form. The project is helping those who loved Anthony keep his memory alive.

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Andrew & Olivia

At first Olivia was hesitant about Andrew. After some games of cat and mouse and a lot of patience from Andrew, Olivia finally gave him a chance.

The harmonious couple is now the perfect example of being "in tune" with each other, both in love and musically. Andrew and Olivia share a passion and talent for music. The lockdown provided them the silver lining opportunity to write some beautiful songs together.

Andrew and Olivia are proof that being in love, can certainly help you write a great love song.

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Melanie & Carter

Love isn't always easy, but if we surround ourselves with people who spread positivity despite challenges, it can inspire others.

Melanie's son Carter was born with down syndrome. Carter is a ray of light in her life, taking on the world just like everyone else.

The pandemic has heightened Melanie's understanding of isolation and the importance of connection, helping her further appreciate what Carter goes through every day.

This love story is about understanding, connection and compassion

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Erica & Adam

For most people adventure is rare. For Erica and Adam it's part of their every day.

The couple started out as co-workers. But Erica had other ideas. Knowing that he had the same zest for life, she made her move and now they soar to new heights. Their wedding painted the perfect picture of who they are as a couple, when they tied the knot in sub zero temperatures on top of a mountain at Lake Louise.

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Fred & Florence 

Sometimes love at first sight can take awhile. It took 65 years for Fred and Florence. They were teenage sweethearts who dated in the 1950's, and ended up living separate lives for 65 years. After the intervention of their brothers and a Valentines Day phone call from Florence - the couple reunited in 2020.

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Casey & Ryan 

When you experience the thrill of first love, you never expect to have it taken away from you unexpectedly. Casey experienced both first love and love lost with boyfriend Ryan, who passed away recently from leukemia.

Through the hard times, it was Casey's resilience and steadfast support that made the couples final moments together all worth it

This story is all about staying strong for the ones you love, until the very end.

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David & Irene

David and Irene fell deeply in love after a fateful mosquito bite brought them together. Over a span of 62 years, they embarked on a life of love, kindness and meaningful memories with their family. This is a love story that lasted a lifetime. The couple passed away within 2 weeks of each other from Covid-19.

We hear all about their story from their grandson, David Jr., who is inspired by his grandparents' love story and their steadfast commitment to service.

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Season 1

Alicia & Scott

Meet Alicia and Scott McCarvell.  Alicia has risen to internet fame with her messages of self-love and kindness.  When we originally met with Alicia and Scott to be on our podcast, we had no idea that when they got married, due to financial reasons, Scott gave Alicia a choice between a ring or a wedding. She chose the wedding.  Now, 4 years later, we helped her husband Scott surprise the Queen of Kindness and Love with the ring he always knew she deserved. Now, more than ever, a little Charm, goes a long way.

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Episode 11: Tareq Hadhad

For Tareq, an entrepreneur & chocolate maker, home was in Damascus, Syria, but he has since rebuilt a brand new life with his family in Canada. With him, Tareq brought with him a meaningful family tradition which has created a flourishing chocolate business - Peace By Chocolate. Tareq is now spreading joy not only with his delicious treats - but a steadfast commitment to helping other refugees, spreading a message of peace and to giving back to communities in need.

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Episode 10: Dimitri & Lynn

The saying “the sky’s the limit” takes on a new meaning for Dimitri Neonakis - a pilot with a passion for helping others and making dreams come true. His flight images of support have been a love letter to Canadians from the sky, representing unity in times of tragedy. Dimitri’s kindness poured into his program “Dream Wings”, where he gives children with special needs and disabilities a chance to join him in the sky with their own special flights.

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Episode 9: Jami & Samantha

We are often our own worst critics and fail to see ourselves through the eyes of others. What we don't realize is, oftentimes this is the most positive version of ourselves.

For Jami, this manifested in the form of a dating website created by her good friend Sam. The website sparked a positive response to her from others, but most importantly a new found confidence - one that she may not have found otherwise. 

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Episode 8: Bette & Maynard

This week’s love story is about a relationship that started as an onstage friendship that grew into a life of love and laughter. Bette and Maynard, a comedy couple that often played husband and wife to audiences across the globe, talk about turning laughter into love, and how trust is needed both on and off stage.

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Episode 7: Lindsey, Alex & the Cross Border Wedding

This week’s love story belongs to Lindsay and Alex, whose wedding made a real splash. After the Pandemic postposed their nuptials, this cross border couple got creative and planned a ceremony that not only solved their problem but also landed them in the international spotlight.

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Episode 6: Jay & Olivia

It’s scary to think that if you make a choice to make yourself happy it may make other people unhappy. Love is selfish. And love is selfless. This episode of the Canadian Love Map is about this balance. It’s about turning love inward and outward. You’ll meet Jay and Olivia, who will take you on a journey of discovery. About creating a unique space and helping others find their own way too.

Some say you have to learn how to love yourself before you can truly love someone else. But love is a journey. And the journey with gender isn’t about changing who you are, it’s about giving yourself space to bloom into the person you were meant to be.

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Episode 5: Devin & Laura

Love can save your life, and Devin and Laura are living proof.

Devin and his twin brother were diagnosed with a degenerative liver disease. As Devin’s conditioned worsened to stage 4 liver failure he was placed on the Canadian Transplant Registry to find a perfect match. Enter Laura. Not only his love, but also a match. Having been together for three years, and watching Devin manage the disease as a warrior and not victim she offered the ultimate gift. 

Saved by love.

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Episode 4: Marie & Jamie

Sometimes our wrong turns can teach you what you want in life. And that was the case for Marie. Her love life was a minefield of mistakes until she met Jamie.

After a brief long distance relationship and a whirlwind romance, Marie and Jamie knew they had found something special … in each other.

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Episode 3: The Guiping Girls

This is a love story like no other, challenging your definition of what a family can be. 

It’s about a group of people that never intended to seek out an extended family, but through international adoption and a desire to keep together, to love, learn and nurture, they  built a bond. A sisterhood. An extended family. 

It was love at first sight.

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Episode 2 : Jess & Jack

They work on Parliament Hill, but politics has nothing to do with it. Some stories start with a chase, theirs started with a race.

Jess and Jack’s story is about understanding your differences, challenging yourself and finding a connection in an unusual way.

Sometimes a ‘good luck in the race’ can start something special.

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Episode 1 : Ted & Lillian

Ted and Lillian’s story is one of friendship, perseverance and equality. From a shared childhood in the 1940's to a romantic reconnection in the 1960's.  Today, Ted is 79 years old and would have been married to Lilian 54 years this year. Sadly she passed away, but their daughter Missy joined the conversation with our host Nancy Regan to share their amazing story.

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We are still looking for stories! Do you know of any great stories? If you do, reach out through our Facebook page if you would like to potentially be featured in a future episode of the Canadian Love Map. We are looking for love of all kinds, after all love starts here!