Author: Dan McPeake

Theatre School graduate and wandering punk-rock storyteller

Endeavours 011 – David Wilkinson, Ziggy Marley, Andy Thompson

Greetings! Good to see you again!

Today on the show: Documentary filmmaker David Wilkinson, reggae musician Ziggy Marley, theatre director Andy Thompson.

David Wilkinson has spent decades trying to prove something: that the “first film” was actually made in Leeds in 1888. His efforts and evidence are chronicled in the new documentary The First Film. David talks about why he decided to go the film route instead of television, why there will always be critics, an of course, European vs. North American film making.

Ziggy Marley – son of reggae legend Bob Marley – first got his start in The Melody Makers, comprised of him and his siblings. Since disbanding, he has embarked on an ambitious solo career and philosophy of revolution through love. His most recent album – his sixth – his self-titled and was released in May.

Andy Thompson is the artistic director of The Virtual Stage, an interactive theatre company based in Vancouver and makers of the annual Zombie Syndrome. This year, Andy & friends are using the latest in smart-phone technology – Apple’s iBeacon – and working with TerraTap to create the ultimate zombie theatre-going experience.


From Ziggy Marley’s Ziggy Marley
Better Together
Love Is A Rebellion
Weekend’s Long

Endeavours 010 – VIFF Extravaganza

Yo diggity, welcome back!

Today, I wander back to the Vancouver International Film Festival and speak with directors Zacharias Kunuk and Nathan Morlando. Also, we hear from Brooklyn-based indie-dream-pop band Corbu!

Zacharias Kunuk is a Canadian Inuk director, writer & producer whose 2001 film Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner was recently voted as the greatest Canadian film ever made. He followed that with The Journals of Knud Rasmussen in 2006, and was an executive producer on Before Tomorrow, the first film made by Arnait Video Productions, an Inuit women’s film collective. Kunuk’s new film is a spiritual sequel of sorts to his groundbreaking debut entitled Maliglutit (The Searchers) and was inspired by the John Ford westerns of Kunuk’s childhood.

Corbu is an experimental dream-pop band based out of Brooklyn, New York. Composed of Jonathan Graves “and friends”, Corbu is what happens if your lucid dreams were played out live on stage. Their brand new album is the aptly titled Crayon Soul.

Nathan Morlando’s first film was 2011’s Citizen Gangster, which he also wrote. His second feature as director is Mean Dreams, written by Kevin Coughlin and Ryan Grassby and starring Josh Wiggins, Sophie Nelisse, Colm Feore and Bill Paxton. It recently screened at the Vancouver International Film Festival.

From Corbu’s Crayon Soul
We Are Sound

Endeavours 009 – Bitchpop Productions, Jake Bugg, Anosh Irani

You’re still here? Hello!

This episode features Tiarra Sulyk and Athena Dawn Russell of Bitchpop Productions, Author Anosh Irani and musician Jake Bugg.

Bitchpop Productions was created by Tiarra Sulyk and Athena Dawn Russell. Having met in acting school, these ladies quickly realized they both shared a love of comedy and were shocked and surprised by the lack of opportunities for female comedians in Vancouver. The result was Bitchpop Productions and their first internet series was Almost Actors – the first season of which was made at an astonishing quick rate. They followed that up with SHOTS and are now working on their new series Twenties as Bitchpop’s first feature film – the Horrordy House on the Street.

Jake Bugg is a singer-songwriter from Nottingham whose music has been feature in Dumb & Dumber To, Happy Valley, The Fault in Our Stars, and The Giver. He largely self-produced his latest record – his third – On My One.

Anosh Irani is an Indian-born writer whose novel The Song of Kahunsha was shortlisted for Canada Reads and the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize. His play Bombay Black won the Dora Mavor Moore Award For Outstanding New Play in 2006 and his anthology The Bombay Plays: The Matka King & Bombay Black was shortlisted for the Governor General’s Award. He lives in Vancouver.

From Jake Bugg’s third album On My One
Gimme The Love
The Love We’re Hoping For
On My One

Endeavours 007 – Sharon and Bram, Royal Wood, Anne Giardini

It’s the James Bond episode!

Sharon Hampson and Bram Morrison are icons in the world of Children’s music and entertainment. Since their first album, One Elephant, Deux Elephants, was recorded and released in 1978 – with the third member of their trio, the late Lois Lilienstein – they have produced over 40 albums, including the Car Tunes series. In the 1980s they transferred to television with The Elephant Show and followed that with Skinnamarink TV in the 1990s, named after their hit song Skinnamarink. In addition, they have been the recipients of the Order of Canada, both the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal and Diamond Jubilee Medal, and and Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Mount Allison University. In addition, in 2014, the “Sharon, Lois, and Bram Playground” opened in Toronto. The trio has also been awarded three Juno Awards.

Royal Wood is a singer-songwriter from Lakefield, Ontario (now known as Selwyn). Trained on a litany of instruments, he performed in jazz halls while studying business at McGill University. He has collaborated with such musicians as Sarah Slean, Emm Gryner, Hawksley Workman, Kathleen Edwards, Jill Barber and Serena Ryder; his songs have appeared on several TV shows including ReGenesis, This is Wonderland, Grey’s Anatomy and Private Practice. His most recent album is Ghost Light.

Anne Giardini is an author, lawyer and academic who is also currently the chancellor at Simon Fraser University. The daughter of late Canadian writer Carol Shields, she has written two novels of her own The Truth About Happiness, published in 2005, and Advice for Italian Boys, released in 2009. As well, she has contributed to the National Post. She is actively involved in the community in Vancouver being a board member for the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade, chair of the Vancouver Writer’s Festival, and volunteer for YWCA’s Women of Distinction Awards. Her latest book, which she co-edited with her son Nicholas – is a collection of essays and other writings written by her mother – Startle & Illuminate: Carol Shields on Writing”.

From Royal Wood’s Album Ghost Light
I’m Gonna Marry You
Til The Morning Comes

To Forgive

Endeavours 006 – Matthew white, Caravan Palace, Kristi Charish

It’s Friday!

And with that in mind, say hello to our guests today: Artistic Director of Early Music Vancouver Matthew White, Hugo Payen of the French electro-swing quintet Caravan Palace, and author Kristi Charish.

Matthew White is the artistic director of Early Music Vancouver who just kicked off their brand new season with Handel and His Rivals, featuring Grammy-winning soprano Amanda Forsythe and the Pacific Baroque Orchestra. They played a selection of arias from Handel, Porpora, Hasse and Veracini. White talks about his love of classical music, how it’s not a dying art form, and why Handel has survived all these years.

Caravan Palace is a French electro-swing group from Paris. Initially a three-piece, they now boast six members, In 2014, they remixed Drake Bell’s single Bitchcraft. They have appeared all across Europe and North America in support of their studio album Robot Face.

Kristi Charish is the author of The Voodoo Killings, which follows protagonist Kincaid Sinclair, who is both a seance conductor for graduate students looking for guitar lessons from her roommate – a long dead grunge rocker – as well as a friend to zombies, who keep getting killed off.


From Caravan Palace’s 3rd studio album Robot Face

Endeavours 005 – Sam Wiebe, CR Avery, Rob Connolly

Hey again!

Episode 5 features Award-winning author Sam Wiebe, whose second novel is Invisible Monsters, loosely inspired by the Robert Pickton case in Vancouver.

CR Avery is a poet, spoken word artist, and musician, who has collaborated with both Shane Koyczan and Mighty Mike Magee among others and whose latest album is All The Angels Didn’t Scare Me.

Rob Connolly recently his feature film directorial debut with Edge of Winter starring The Killing’s Joel Kinnaman and new spiderman Tom Holland.

From CR Avery’s All The Angels Didn’t Scare Me
Promiscuous Women
St. Catherine
Against The World


Episode 4 features filmmaker Jerry Rothwell, author Jim Lynch and music from Josh Winstead.

Jerry Rothwell is a documentary filmmaker whose past films include Donor Unknown – which follows a young woman’s search to find her sperm-donor father, How To Change The World – about the creation of Green Peace, and Heavy Load – a group of adults with learning disabilities form a punk band. His latest is Sour Grapes, a tale of the most unusual world of counterfeit wine and the man who pulled off millions of forgeries Rudy Kurniawan. So how exactly did this young Phillipino get involved with the elite wine drinkers?

Josh Winstead is perhaps best known as the bass and synth player for indie rock outfit Metric. Other former bands have included 53 Large Men, The Death of Death, and Bang Lime, all with Metric drummer and former University of North Texas classmate Jules Scott-Key. Winstead recently released his debut solo album entitled MMXX.

Jim Lynch is the author of The Highest Tide, Border Songs, and Truth Like The Sun. A Seattle native, Lynch worked as a newspaper for many years and won many accolades including the George Polk Award, the H.L. Mencken Award and Livingston Young Journalist Award for National Reporting. He is an avid sailor as evidenced by his newest tale Before The Wind.

From Joshua Winstead’s debut album MMXX
The Time It Takes
The Streets

Endeavours 003 – Simon Choa-Johnston, Jadea Kelly, Jillian Christmas

Hey there!

Episode 3 features playwright and author Simon Choa-Johnston who talks about his novel House of Wives. It is an exploration into identity and immigration, with Choa-Johnston using his own Chinese heritage as a starting point. Also, he shares his thoughts on cultural appropriation and the rights of others.

Jadea Kelly (pronounced Jay-dah) is a singer-songwriter from Whitby, Ontario. She has played and toured with the likes of Luke Doucet, Melissa McClelland, Justin Rutledge and Protest the Hero. Her new record – the fourth full-length album – is entitled Love & Lust.

Jillian Christmas is a poet and Spoken Word Performer who has won several award and championships for her words in Vancouver. Known in both Vancouver and Toronto, she is currently experimenting with the fusion of music and poetry as well as being the executive director of the Verses festival in Vancouver.


From Jadea Kelly’s Fourth album Love & Lust
Make It Easy
Can’t Outrun

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

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