Endeavours 024 – Holiday Bullshit w/ Max Temkin, The Veils, Alastair Knowles

Happy Holidays!


We get political with Max Temkin, founder of everyone’s favourite drinking game Cards Against Humanity. Max talks about the joke writing process, living in a world of political correctness and, of course, the US election. Also, theater actor Alastair Knowles of the duo James & Jamesy stops by to talk about the new O Christmas Tea show and what it’s doing a holiday show for children. Finally, Finn Andrews of The Veils talks about their new album Total Depravity and what it was like to work with David Lynch.

MUSIC
From The Veils Total Depravity
Low Lays The Devil
Axolotl

HOLIDAY SPECIAL
Fairytale of New York

Endeavours 023 – WFF #4: Blockbuster Journalism

Hello from my snow cave.


Vancouver doesn’t know how to function in this weather. We are terrible Canadians. But one thing we are still great at is making movies and hosting festivals. This episode is the final bunch of interviews from the Whistler Film Festival. First, Raoul Bhaneja ( Touch of Pink, The Best Laid Plans) talks about working with heavyweights John Madden and Jessica Chastain in the political thriller Miss Sloane. Then, we hear from newbies in the Vancouver music scene – Leisure Club. Finally, director Leslie Ann Coles talks about transitioning from dance to film and her new documentary Melody Makers, which chronicles the birth of music journalism.

Endeavours 022 – Adam Levins, Layten Kramer, Kim Selody

When it rains, it pours! (Or snows)


Today’s episode features filmmaker Adam Levins, co-director of the documentary/horror hybrid film Population Zero, which deals with the mysterious “Zone of Death” in Yellowstone National Park. Also, experimental-folk musician Layten Kramer talks about his debut LP For The Sun. Finally, theatre director and impresario Kim Selody talks about a life in Childen’s Theatre, or as he terms “theatre beyond adults”.

Endeavours 021 – WFF #3: The Rising Stars

Vancouver hasn’t been buried yet!

Let’s head on back to the Whistler Film Festival shall we? On today’s show show I speak with Taylor Hickson, star of TV’s Aftermath and WFF’s Hunting Pignut – written and directed by Martine Blue – as well as the recipient of the festival’s Rising Star Award. Also Tammy Gillis – star of Menorca – talks about her turn as a hedonistic soccer mom. Finally, Hannah Georgas chats about her new album For Evelyn.

Endeavours 020 – Jaco Van Dormael, Rykka, John Bolton

It’s finally winter (or something)

The snowstorm in Vancouver yesterday reaked havoc with my wi-fi reception. At any rate, we still have a marvelous show for you today. From Brussels, Belgium, film director Jaco Van Dormael lets us in on his latest film The Brand New Testament. From Zurich, Switzerland via Vancouver, musician Rykka talks about her new album Beatitudes and participating in Eurovision. Finally, documentarian John Bolton on weaving the tales of daredevil Ken Carter and his infamous non-jump over the St. Lawrence, and musician Mark Haney’s ode to it in Aim For The Roses.

MUSIC
From Rykka’s Beatitudes
Bad Boy
Ghosting
Tikiti Boo

Endeavours 019 – WFF #2: Trailblazers

Hello there!

It is part two of the Whistler Film Festival. Today on the show, renowned Canadian director Deepa Mehta, documentary filmmaker Jennifer Dicresce and Moncton-based hard rock band The Motorleague.


Deepa Mehta is considered one of Canada’s top filmmakers. Her presence at the Whistler Film Festival this proves it.  Not only does she have a new film – Anatomy of Violence – in the festival, but is also the head of the Borsos Jury for Best Canadian Feature and is receiving the trailblazer award for her career’s work, which includes the Oscar-nominated film Water.

The Motorleague is hard rock quartet from Moncton, NB whose sophmore album is Holding Patterns.

Jennifer Dicresce is a documentary filmmaker whose portrait of award-winning Vancouver-base filmmaker John Zaritsky – Mr. Zaritsky on TV – is making its world premiere at Whistler!

Endeavours 018 – WFF #1: A Hockey Player and a Power Ranger

Hello, hello, hello!

Today marks the beginning of coverage of the Whistler Film Festival! Also smaller than its Vancouver cousin, it is quickly becoming a well-known haven for indie Canadian films. Today we feature former NHLer-turned-activist Theo Fleury, actress Amy Jo Johnson and the music of Our Lady Peace.


Theo Fleury was a seven-time all-star who spent 11 of his 16 NHL seasons with the Calgary Flames, winning a Stanley Cup with them in 1989. What does he have to do with the Whistler Film Festival you might ask? He is featured in a new documentary entitled Victor Walk, which chronicles his activism for victims and survivors of sexual assault and childhood trauma. Fleury himself is a survivor, having been a victim of his former minor league hockey coach. This interview comes with a TRIGGER WARNING.

Our Lady Peace has been tearing up the Canadian music scene for the last 20 years. Recently, they embarked on a cross-Canada tour with fellow rockers I, Mother Earth. Guitarist Steve Mazur talks about that tour, their upcoming new album, and the band turning 20.

Amy Jo Johnson is probably best remembered for her role as Kimberly Hart aka the Pink Ranger in Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. She was also a regular on the Canadian television series Flashpoint opposite Hugh Dillon. She has recently stepped behind the camera and completed her first feature as writer-director – The Space Between – which makes its premiere at Whistler.

MUSIC
From the discography Our Lady Peace
Is Anybody Home
Won’t Turn Back
The End is Where We Begin

Endeavours – FanExpo #2: Cosplaying With Sailor Moon

Greetings fellow nerds!

Today is our and second and final show from FanExpo Vancouver 2016. As a special treat, there three Expo guests, in addition to the regular music feature. First you’ll here from comic book artist and illustrator Jae Lee, followed by internet personality, vlogger and cosplayer Meg Turney. Finally, our coverage wraps up with voice actress Linda Ballantyne. The music guest this week is The Julie Ruin.

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Jae Lee is a comic book artist and illustrator who has worked for a variety of publishers including Marvel, DC, and Image Comics. His work with Paul Jenkins on InHumans garnered the pair an Eisner Award for Best New Series. He has also worked on the mini-series Before Watchmen: Ozymandias as well as the Dark Tower comic adaptation of Stephen King, in addition to numerous other titles for Marvel.

Mug Turney is an internet personality and cosplayer who first rose to fame on the Philip DeFranco-created YouTube news channel SourceFed. She followed that up with hosting gigs on Rooster Teeth’s The Know. In addition to her online popularity, she has gained fame for her intricate cosplays, which have included Princess Leia, Faye Valentine and Psycho. Because of this, she was featured on the Syfy series, Heroes of Cosplay.

The Julie Ruin is a lo-fi, indie garage-punk band originating in New York and started by Kathleen Hanna, formerly of Bikini Kill and Le Tigre. It’s members include former bandmate Kathi Wilcox, and Kiki & Herb’s Kenny Melman. Their second album, Hit Reset, was released in July.

Linda Ballantyne is a Canadian voice-actress most well known for her stint as the title role in the 2nd half of the English adaptation of the wildly successful and groundbreaking anime show Sailor Moon. She has also worked on Will & Dewitt, Yin Ying Yo, Doodlebops, and Mia & Me.

MUSIC
From The Julie Ruin’s Hit Reset
I Decide
Planet You
I’m Done

Endeavours 016 – FanExpo#1: Let’s Get Nerdy

Greetings!

My wifi and reception has been up-and-down since I have been here in New York, so there was a dealy in getting this episode up. Will be additional episode up this weekend (Saturday or Sunday). Today is the first of two shows featuring interviews from FanExpo Vancouver. This show features comic book writer Dan Parent, voice actor Chris Sabat and the music from Bad Suns.

Dan Parent is a comic book writer and illustrator who is most well-known for his work on Archie. In 2012, Parent created Kevin Keller, the first gay character in Archie’s long history when he first appeared as a friend of Veronica in Veronica #202; he was soon spun-off into his own, limited-run series. Because of this, he was presented with the GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Comic Book in 2013. He has also worked on Felix The Cat, Barbie, Disney Adventures and Archie vs. Sharknado – a tie-in to Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No

Bad Suns are an indie rock group primarily from Los Angeles, California. The first album – Language & Perspective – released in 2014, was included on Huffington Post’s list of Best releases of 2014. Their follow-up record, released in June is titled Disappear Here.

Chris Sabat is a voice actor, ADR, and line producer at Funimation Studios as well as the founder and director of OkraTron 5000 Audio production Company. His voice acting credits include roles in Fullmetal Alchemist, YuYu Hakusho, One Piece, Speed Grapher, Lupin The Third, Tsubasa Resevoir Chronicle, and most notably the Dragon Ball Franchise, where he voiced several roles including that of Vegeta.

Endeavours 015 – Rudy Gao, Terra Lightfoot, Roy Mackie

Greetings Again!

Programming note – there will be one additional show this week due to my coverage of FanExpo Vancouver. Today we have Chinese-Canadian cultural ambassador Rudy Gao, Hamilton musician Terra Lightfoot and steel artist Roy Mackie!


Rudy Gao is the president of the Canada-China Cultural Development Association, an organization that was instrumental in recently bringing renowned Chinese Play The Teahouse to Vancouver. The piece was conceived and written by one of China’s finest authors – Lao She – and has been staged many times since its debut in 1957.

Terra Lightfoot is a singer-songwriter from Hamilton, Ontario. Her sophmore album, out now, is Every Time My Mind Runs Wild.

Roy Mackie is a steel sculpture artist from Vancouver who is taking part in the 20th annual Eastside Culture Crawl. A former automative and body shop repairman, he took his love of crafting and making to a level 20+ years ago. He has been featured many times in East Vancouver’s annual art showcase. You can visit his work at http://flamingsteel.com

MUSIC
From Terra Lightfoot’s Every Time My Mind Runs Wild
Splinter
No Hurry
Never Will

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