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After the Victoria Film Festival, I made the drive to Long Beach.
I was not disappointed.
The drive across the island was beautiful. There’s so many vistas and opportunities to snag a quick pic (like the one above at Kennedy Lake and below in Cathedral Grove).
I set a goal at the start of this school year. As producer, I promised myself that I would do something different for the BCIT Magazine.
After weeks of seeing the same product, I wanted to go above and beyond. First, it had to be in HD (only 720 though) and, second, the episode had to be set in space.
After weeks of mental preparation, set building and script writing; I present to you the BCIT MAGAZINE in SPACE.
Brittany DeAngelis is our lovely and talented anchor. Gurv Badh and Colin Hope also provide stories that helped present a disturbing past.
This is the final BCIT Magazine for the class of 2012. It’s been a fun ride and I wish the best of luck to all my friends and colleagues that were with me throughout the past two years at BCIT.
A small group of us were involved in making the weekly student lead television news program BCIT Magazine. The experience was intense and I ended up doing some things I thought I’d never do.
Anchoring was the main event. I didn’t want to have anything to do with the deed but I got my fair share of face time during the past three weeks.
For those of you who don’t know me very well, let me take a minute to tell you a little bit about myself:
I sweat a lot. I am like a blowfish, in the sense that I have a unique self-defense mechanism. Instead of spines pushing out from my skin, I have copious amounts of sweat streaming from my face. It’s an uncomfortable affliction that keeps things awkward most of the time.
My hyperhydrosis is not ideal for doing things that require performing in front of an audience. I have never liked presentations nor the pressure of being calm and serious on camera. Anchoring has never interested me but somehow I ended up anchoring two casts and also delivering a brief weather stand up.
Yes, there were screw-ups. But, keep in mind, this is not my thing. I only wanted a little fun.
I’m sure someone will ask “was it worth it?”
And I’ll answer, “yes, yes it was.”
The 9th annual Moon Festival celebrated Vancouver’s diverse art, music and cultural scene but, as I found out, the even faced federal funding troubles.
The Still Moon Arts Society Director Carmen Rosen says that the small community based festival along the Renfrew Ravine has lost 50% of their funding after they were denied a federal heritage grant.
“It’s very disappointing,” says Rosen. “But, we’re still making it work with the people that make it happen.”
The event still went through with big smiles beaming from the families in attendance but some organizers were a little discouraged with what could have been.
Vancouver-Kingsway MP Don Davies was at the festival set up in a small NDP tent during the start of the event but he was called off to another block party. I had to phone him in Ottawa after the first parliamentary sitting back from the summer break.
The United States is still picking up the pieces after the attack on the World Trade Centre ten years ago.
Citizens of Seattle still remember the tragic events of 9/11, even ten years after. Many people walking around the city would run into visual reminders of the historic day. Flags were at half-mast and small memorials littered city parks spent the Sunday immersed in various activities.
In the shadow of the Space Needle, a group of 9/11 Truthers handing out pamphlets and encouraging passersby to question the government.
Across the park, there was another group of people assembled to promote peace and harmony at Memorial Field. The ONE Festival had guest speakers recalling the fateful day ten years ago. Local artists also preformed for the small crowd gathered at the Seattle stadium.
A final memorial at Alki Beach in West Seattle attracted a larger crowd for a candle light vigil. People gathered to sing songs and look on at the tribute to day of remembrance.
My radio documentary production course involves creating a ‘scene setter.’
A ‘scene setter’ is an audio file that involves a collection sound to produce a sonic-illusion to establish a scene.
I thought about various challenging topics but the thought of emulating the ‘library’ amused me the most.
Hidden within the quaint houses of Steveston, British Columbia, The Chase have been brewing a new brand of loud, potent rock & roll. Only recently has the band emerged from the suburbs to show off their super-sonic force within the Vancouver music scene. With an innovative sound and a charismatic stage presence, The Chase have successfully demonstrated that retro-rock doesn’t have to sound like something you’ve already heard.
The Chase, comprised of Kyle Owens (vocals), Jeremy Hankin (lead guitar), Jameson Hankin (drums), Jeek McIntyre (bass) and Mischa Lowenstein (rhythm guitar), solidified their line up in the spring of 2009.
Years before, the twin brothers, Jeremy and Jameson Hankin, first met Jeek McIntyre in a high school guitar class. After a couple jamming sessions the trio quickly found out that they had a powerful sound with the potential to attract an audience. However, without a singer the band was incomplete. In 2006, the trio recruited Kyle Owens to be the voice of the band.
The decision proved to be a success. Kyle naturally took to the role of vocal front-man and complimented Jeremy’s prodigal guitar talent, Jeek’s heavy bass presence and Jameson’s explosive drum fire.
After playing countless shows around Metro-Vancouver and B.C., The Chase decided to get serious about their music and add Mischa to the line-up. With a second guitarist, the band was able to expand their musical horizons and rally rowdy audiences with their intense live performance.
In December 2009, The Chase went into the studio and started recording for a six song EP album. Slated to release in the summer of 2010, the album will become another testament to the band’s commitment to release quick-witted and hard hitting dynamic rock.
The Chase is on.
For nearly 34 minutes today I felt something that I had not experienced for quite some time. It was as if my heart was revived and suddenly susceptible to the dumbfounded follies of love.
All I could think about was this beautiful voice singing only for me.
Hannah Georgas first full-length album, “This is Good”, captures the soft but potent songs of love, confusion and all the trivialities that come with being alive during the 21st century.
The Vancouver based singer-songwriter has crafted some of the most astounding songs of the year and has released a marvellous collection of music.
After listening to the album all the way through, I came to the conclusion that Georgas must know who I am. I’m sure she wrote those songs specifically for my reawakening of juvenile innocence as the blossoming lazy days of spring and summer suddenly pass me by.
Every single song spoke to me and each catered to a forgotten memory lost along the way by each passing day.
Songs like ‘Love Sick’ are a master piece of modern music. Georgas’ voice has the ability to open the mind to a blissful state of some unknown nostalgia and reveal that moment you first fell in love or how we tend to get caught up in the chaos of daily circus.
‘Your Ghost’ sounds like an eerie mix of Alanis Morissette sung to a Matthew-Good-style of meaningful melodic music. The finished product is four minutes of hauntingly beautiful splendour.
And ‘Something for You’ is a magnificent closing song for such a wonderful album. The incorporation of clarinets, horns and guitars create a playful jazz sound fit for the wildly sexy streets of New Orleans and Paris.
After listening to the album, the seriousness of my daily routine suddenly ceased to exist. I wanted to leave work and lie in an open green-grassy field while Georgas sang songs for me. I wanted to spend the day in the sun, eating grapes and talking to friends while enjoying the luxury of wasted time. I wanted to ask Georgas a thousand questions and talk about life.
For a little over half-an-hour today, gorgeous Hannah Georgas stole my heart and reminded me how fun life can be.