Author: Dan McPeake

Theatre School graduate and wandering punk-rock storyteller

Endeavours 002 – Roy Henry Vickers, Simple Plan, Jordan Fisher Smith

Welcome back!

Episode 2 features author, conservationist and former park ranger Jordan Fisher Smith who talks about his book “Engineering Eden“. How do Yellowstone, Yosemite, and other well-known national parks and heritage sites play into human evolution, and how have we tried to manufacture and create our own paradise?

Roy Henry Vickers is a painter, printmaker, carver, design advisor, speaker, author, and well-respected leader in the first Nations community. A recipient of both the Order of British Columbia and the Order of Canada, he owns a gallery in Tofino and has just released “Peace Dancer“, the fourth and final entry in the Northwest Legends series with co-author Robert Budd. Vickers also specializes in Totem Poles.

Simple Plan is a French Canada pop punk from Montreal. Since 2002, they have released five full-length studio albums, the most recent being Taking One For The Team,  released February 19th, 2016. Over the years the band has received two Juno Awards, six MuchMusic Video Awards, one Teen Choice Award, and two ADSIQ awards, among many other accolades.

As a special bonus, the interview with Jeff & David of SP was filmed. The link to the video is below:

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From Simple Plan’s Fifth Studio Album Taking One For The Team
Opinion Overload
Kiss Me Like Nobody’s Watching
I Don’t Wanna Go To Bed

Endeavours 001 – Craig Davidson, Kyle Seller, Pentatonix

Welcome to the re-launch of Endeavours! It feels great to be back.

The show will be releasing two to three episodes a week for the first week or two, until all the interviews from the summer have made it to the interwebs. The guests today are author Craig Davidson, classic arcade and pinball collector Kyle Seller, and musical guest Pentatonix!

Craig Davidson has written horror novels under the names Nick Cutter (The Troop, The Deep) and Patrick Lestewska (Mother Bitchfight, The Coliseum). Writing as his true self, he wrote Cataract City – shortlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize in 2013 – as well as the short story collection Rust & Bone,  which was made into a feature film in 2012. His new memoir is Precious Cargo, which chronicles his year as a school bus driver for special needs children.

Kyle Seller is an avid video game collector. He owns more than 60 pinball machines, which he puts up in various small businesses around Vancouver for the people to enjoy. He, and his collection, is taking part in an contemporary art exhibit at the Museum of Vancouver entitled All Together Now: Vancouver Collectors and Their Worlds, which runs until January 8, 2017.

Pentatonix are a Grammy Award-winning a cappella quintet from Arlington, Texas. After finding success early on, with their stunning covers of hit songs, the group decided to branch and release all original material for the eponymous fourth record Pentatonix. They have received two Grammy Awards in the “Best Arrangement, instrumental or A Cappella” category for the tunes Daft Punk and Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy. They also appeared in the hit film Pitch Perfect 2, as well as a documentary about their journey On My Way Home.


From Pentatonix self-titled fourth album:
Take Me Home
Na Na Na

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