Podcast launches Sun, March 28!

ABOUT

THE PHILOTIMO STORY

Maria's mom died when she was two.

From an early age, she realized that talking about death was a huge no-no because people got really weird about it. As a way to avoid uncomfortable situations, she hardly spoke about her mom– let alone the way the loss impacted her.

 

As she got older, she began to ask herself, "Why aren't I talking about this? Why aren't we talking about it?" This is what led to Philotimo Life– a place that breathes life into the conversation around death.

As she was explaining it to Ammo, his response was one of the firsts that wasn't "that's kind of morbid." This led to him joining the project. His approach to the conversation around death was refreshing and helped shape Philotimo into what it is today.

Together, they want you to share your experiences around death with family, friends, coworkers, and even strangers. Opening up this dialogue will help us all embrace the reality that everybody dies, and that's ok!

YOUR HOSTS

MARIA VASSILIOU

Founder & Co-host

Maria is an advocate for death literacy and an intersectional social activist. She's previously

co-founded two grass-roots organizations: "She Shouts" and "Counterbalance" – both aimed at creating safe spaces for marginalized groups to share their stories.

In any role she tackles, she champions the importance of vulnerability and the act of radical transparency. These elements together create stronger bonds, better communication, and more impactful work.

She is presently the Communication Chair at the World Economic Forum Global Shapers Toronto Hub, a KidCoach with Future Possibilities for Kids, and is on the FundDev committee for Hospice Toronto. She is currently getting a certificate in Thanatology from Cenntenial College.

She's often seen with a film camera around her neck and a cup of tea in one hand.

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AMMO SOMAL

Comedian & Co-host

Ammo is a writer, humourist, marketer, and media host. His interest in the morbid and his dark sense of humour began at a young age. As a result, he's a firm believer in using humour not just to open up the conversation around darker subjects but also as a way to confront them.

 

His experience in all things macabre is bolstered by his academic background in English Literature and Gothic Studies, from Bath Spa University, in the UK.

As a digital marketer and communications specialist, he's constantly analysing how the complex theme of death in pop culture and media impacts our relationship with it.

Known as the funnyman among friends, he connects with others through his quick wit, humour, and intellect.