Episode 2 features producer JP Davidson’s radio doc Vape on the Lake, about a Toronto lounge that lets customers smoke marijuana semi-legally.
The City of Toronto is now home to seven “vapor lounges” – places that charge admission to marijuana users looking for a safe, comfortable place to light up. Vapor lounges have existed in the city without regulation for ten years, since Hot Box Cafe opened in Kensington. The newest lounge, Vape on the Lake in Etobicoke, caters to medical and social users alike. Owner Marco Renda says police have visited several times without incident, and that indoor smoking bylaws don’t apply to marijuana, only tobacco.
The Vape on the Lake radio doc was rejected by a few public radio outlets, which is how it ended up here. This edit was produced for a Canadian Sound and Story Workshop listening event last fall. JP, Kelly and Sean talk about the challenges that arose making the piece, sound rich production techniques, pitching stories, finding the narrative and more.
JP Davidson is a Toronto-based independent radio producer whose work can be heard on CBC and NPR. His podcast I Like You, about dating and relationships, has been downloaded over 200 000 times. He is also a co-host of Sound Sausage and founder of the Canadian Sound and Story Workshop.