Josh Bowman
Josh Bowman is a professional fundraiser, story-teller, comedian, and blogger. He has worked and consulted in Vancouver, New York, and now Toronto for almost a decade.

Josh also runs and writes for, and improvises around Toronto, including regular shows with Opening Night Theatre.

Entries by Josh Bowman

BB King -- A Blues Legend is Gone

(0) Comments | Posted May 15, 2015 | 6:31 PM

"Everybody wants to know, why I sing the blues."

I was 12 years old, my small fingers were fumbling across the frets of a Tokai -- a knock-off Fender Stratocaster so close to the real thing, I was told, that they were sued until they stopped production.

Chris, my guitar...

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We Must Stop the Epidemic of Conservatism in Canada

(94) Comments | Posted September 18, 2014 | 1:30 PM

Our Prime Minister is deeply Conservative. He won the last federal election in a majority landslide.

Of the ten provinces and three territories, we have only one NDP premier, five Liberal premiers, three PC Premiers, and a variety of generally right-wing leaders (this includes Saskatchewan; once an NDP stronghold, and...

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How I Became Hipster Kryptonite

(1) Comments | Posted March 14, 2014 | 1:31 PM

Ten years ago, on a sunny day in April on the University of British Columbia campus, I turned to my friend Grant and said "from now on, I am only wearing blank t-shirts and clothes without logos." It was one of my many proclamations from my well-meaning but misguided activist...

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How to Make Your Workplace Fitter, Happier, More Productive

(3) Comments | Posted January 4, 2014 | 12:04 AM

I've worked in a lot of different office environments, both non-profit and for-profit. Some of these places were wonderful, fun, and I was sad to leave. Other workplaces were, quite frankly, toxic. Happy employees are productive employees (to paraphrase Radiohead). So here are some tips to give your staff some...

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I Love Toronto and That's Why I Want a New Mayor

(4) Comments | Posted November 19, 2013 | 11:15 AM

Hi there.

I am a left-wing nutjob, bicycle-riding, liberal, elitist, Toronto born and raised, university-educated pinko.

Unlike Rob and Doug Ford or Ezra Levant or Don Cherry or the Ford Nation, I love the Pride Parade, the Santa Clause Parade, Caribana and other elitist Toronto events. I want to...

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Why I Didn't Go To Your Show (And Why You Probably Won't Go To Mine)

(0) Comments | Posted February 5, 2013 | 1:14 PM

  1. I'm broke. Ok, I'm not broke. I can afford food and rent. But as I get older, I'm realizing that my discretionary money has to be saved sometimes, and it means I have to make choices about where I spend it. I'm sorry, but your show is not my...
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How One Girl Capitalized on the Ikea Monkey

(4) Comments | Posted December 11, 2012 | 1:16 AM

Full Disclosure: I have been friends with Bronwyn Page for a few years now. Her brother was my roommate, and we have a number of mutual friends. Bronwyn is a vibrant, social, and intelligent young woman. She is a combination of Holly Golightly and Mindy Kaling....

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Ten Lessons I Learned From Rob Ford

(1) Comments | Posted November 26, 2012 | 1:37 PM

On November 26, 2012, Toronto Mayor Rob Ford was found guilty of breaking provincial conflict of interest law, and has been ordered to leave the mayoral office in 14 days. He can appeal the ruling, and likely will.

Here are some of the lessons I...

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This Ain't My Grandma's Republican Party

(3) Comments | Posted September 27, 2012 | 1:08 AM

My grandma Maloha was a card-carrying Republican all her life.

She grew up under the shadow of Coolidge, Hoover, Eisenhower, and (her hero) Reagan. Her proudest moment was serving Ronald Regan coffee while working as a waitress.

One of Maloha's most difficult trials was watching her son (my...

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Do We Need Charities When Fundraising Is So Easy?

(4) Comments | Posted August 18, 2012 | 1:00 AM

Anybody who works in the charitable sector knows that things ain't what they used to be.

While charitable giving is recovering well since the recession, we are learning tough lessons about what the modern donor needs before making a gift. Many donors today want to know how their...

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Real Villains of Batman Shooting are Lax Gun Laws

(80) Comments | Posted July 20, 2012 | 4:19 PM

Last night, at the opening night of The Dark Knight Rises, a gas-masked gunman opened fire at a theatre full of people, killing twelve and injuring dozens more. From CBS:

The violent and chaotic scene erupted about 12:30 a.m. local time as the suspected gunman, identified as 24-year-old...
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Ten Things I've Learned From Nora Ephron

(1) Comments | Posted June 28, 2012 | 5:36 PM

Nora used her films as vehicles to talk about women in new ways, to address elements of institutional sexism, to tell honest stories. She used humour to bring her audience with her, and she was loved because of it.

  • As a writer, you might be surprised to discover your...
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    A Naturally Anxious Guy's Tips To Relaxation

    (0) Comments | Posted June 14, 2012 | 9:07 AM

    Life is stressful.

    You wake up late. Or you wake up with allergies or a headache. You make it out the door, only to get crushed in the subway, stuck in traffic, or nearly 'doored' on your bike. You get into work, and you are already behind. Sometimes it...

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    Shocker! Tasers May Cause Death

    (0) Comments | Posted May 14, 2012 | 1:08 PM

    A new study published by Dr. Douglas Zipes has found that Tasers can cause death in some cases.

    The study is being questioned by Taser International Inc., because Dr. Zipes has been paid to be a witness in a number of Taser-related court cases. Whether or not...

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    The Talk: Nonwhite Version

    (4) Comments | Posted April 9, 2012 | 3:53 PM

    As a response to how black parents have had "the talk" with their children following the recent murder of Trayvon Martin, noted racist and modern-day Latin-afficionado John Derbyshire recently penned a reflective, presumably tongue-in-cheek advice piece for fellow fearful, racist white parents who may...

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    10 Things Every Charity Should Know

    (0) Comments | Posted March 25, 2012 | 12:52 AM

    1. People like giving, and often feel awkward about being thanked for it. But secretly, they appreciate it.
    2. How a donor responds to direct mail is often different from what they say they want. Why do you think so many charities use frills (like mailing labels)? They make a lot more...
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    Why We Want Trayvon Martin's Death to "Mean Something"

    (0) Comments | Posted March 22, 2012 | 1:47 PM

    1. Race still matters, and for the foreseeable future, race will continue to matter.
    2. It is fascinating to read through my Facebook newsfeed sometimes. Certain news stories will be perceived so differently among my friends. Some news stories are highlighted in particular communities (stories about Israel/Palestine, for instance, get a lot...
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    Dear Rush: In Canada, We Take Care of Our "Sluts"

    (63) Comments | Posted March 5, 2012 | 12:14 PM

    It was only just over 100 years ago (1892) that the sale or advertisement of contraception in Canada was outlawed.

    Dr. Elizabeth Bagshaw was one of Canada's first female doctors, and believed that all women have the right to prevent pregnancy. She established the first family...

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    Ten Things To Know About Non-Profits

    (0) Comments | Posted February 2, 2012 | 5:51 PM

    1. A health organization that partners with a fast food chain has its priorities out of whack. In the case of Susan G. Komen For The Cure, a choice like that can lead to very poor optics in the media.

    2. A non-profit executive's salary should be at...

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    10 Things I've Learned From DJing

    (0) Comments | Posted January 30, 2012 | 12:11 PM

    Note: I am not a DJ, but I do produce a weekly comedy show in Toronto (pimping my show now: Anyway, this past Saturday we decided to throw a dance party after the show, and to save money, I DJ'd for much of the night (with a...

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