Tag Archives: Matthew J. Van Deventer

“We’ll do it live…”

The first rotation is finally over.

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.”

Twenty-Six…

Self-Portrait: Twenty-Six Three-Nineteen

I spent most of my twenty-sixth birthday watching “The Last Waltz.”

To be completely honest, I watched the film two-and-a-half times during the a span of 24 hours.

It’s a special documentary that captures The Band’s final performance and pieces the event together with cut-scenes from interviews before and after the event.

On November 25, 1976, The Band hosted their big finale at Winterland Ballroom in San Francisco. They were joined by a long list of special guests and good friends. Musical geniuses like Neil Young, Joni Mitchell, Ronnie Wood, Bob Dylan and Van Morrison (to name a few) all performed a couple of songs to give the fans an unequaled final show.

The documentary follows the same formula as “Festival Express” or “The Rolling Stone’s Rock and Roll Circus” but it is not as flamboyant as the latter or as adventurous as the former.

“The Last Waltz” is a simple documentary with a simple message but this message is buried between the music.

What I learned is that a band cannot stand alone and be expected to do great things from their own genius.

A band, very much like the individual, is reliant and susceptible to encounters with other great people.

It felt natural to bide my time watching “The Last Waltz” for a second time at 4AM on Sunday morning.

It’s as simple as this; I’m grateful for my friends and family. I would be a different man without their eternal support, critical judgment, progressive conversation and the creativity of my comrades and kin.

I thank you all and I hope this twenty-sixth year of mine is as rich and productive as my twenty-fifth.

PROJECT: Sasquatch! – The Emerald City’s Calling

The road to the Emerald City.

Brothers and Sisters rejoice!

Today is the day we get a rare glimpse into the future. From this day forth, we will begin to make-up lists, create a plan of attack and revise our projected outlook for Memorial Day weekend.

Today is the day the line-up for Sasquatch! 2011 is announced.

Mitchell Black and I have been given the green light to cover the Sasquatch! line-up release party down at the Showbox in Seattle. We will partake in the celebrations and report back to EVOLUTION 107.9 with up-to-date news on what’s going on at the release party.

Here’s what we know: the Thermals, Das Racist and Mad Rad will perform at the party and comedian Todd Barry will host the event.

The big question of the day is whether or not there will be any surprises at the launch party. GuerrillaCandy.com has pieced together evidence to produce a conspiracy-theory style rumour that the Foo Fighters might play at the Showbox tonight.

Here is their logic from a post on February 4:

Foo Fighters have said via Twitter that they are going to stage a series of surprise shows prior to the release of their album on April 12 and recently played a secret show in L.A. where they debuted the new record.If you tune

the Foo Fighters radio station that teases songs from the new album you hear a DJ on station 108.8 “The X” hint about a secret Foo Fighters show. Is 108.8 The X a clever Dave Grohl nod to Seattle’s 107.7 The End?

Last night on the Foo Fighters Twitter account there was a picture of the band hanging with Lemmy from Motorhead, who is playing a show in Seattle tonight. It’s not too far of a stretch to assume that picture was taking in Seattle. Of course, that picture could also have been taken a few days, weeks or months ago.

To tell you the truth, I don’t know what this means. Is it someone looking too closely at the facts laid before us or could this hypothesis be legit?

Either way, Mitchell and I are embarking on the first leg of our Sasquatch! media frenzy.

Alas, we take for the Emerald City before night-fall.

Stay tuned for more news early in the ‘morrow.

Project: Sasquatch!

God's Amphitheatre.

Sasquatch! is coming quickly and there’s not much time until colleague Mitchell Black and I embark upon an important mission to acquire media passes to cover the main event.

Black is an impressive writer with a renowned taste in music and I have a sharp eye for imagery with a quick trigger finger.

From bands to life in the camps, we will experience and cover the great wonder that is Sasquatch! Music Festival.

This is the tenth year of the music festival and fans are expecting it to be the most impressive show to date.  Already, we have seen a fourth day of music added to the weekend but so far The Foo Fighters is the only band to be confirmed as a headliner.

Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros at Sasquatch! 2010.

Sasquatch! Music Festival 2011 reports that Wolf Parade and Das Racist are also booked to preform during the Memorial Day weekend. The website has also released a list of bands rumoured to play at the festival. Chromeo, Cold War Kids and the Arcade Fire are speculated to be just a couple of the bands slated to rock the Gorge.

According to the Seattle Weekly, the festival’s line up is set to be released February 6 during a Sasquatch! Launch Party at The Showbox in Seattle but there is no information regarding the event on the venue’s website.

Get ready folks.

It is coming.

Maybe these photos will appease your anxiousness.