The Spring Up is the result of fortunate timing, grapefruit Perrier, a shared high school obsession with Outkast’s Aquemeni, and a couple of sessions at Skratch Bastid’s Toronto studio this April. The 5 track collection marks a moment in time for the pair; embodying the spirit of Spring and also serving as a sort of prelude to Shad’s upcoming full-length, to which Skratch Bastid also contributes. The collection features a production assist from DJ Jazzy Jeff, and a turn on the mic from compatriot Cadence Weapon.
For about 15 years now the annual Father Son fishing trip has unfolded in mid June. A weekend of fish slaying and hours of laughter as sons battle their workaholic fathers for bragging right supremacy.
Hot tip: The Winnipeg River system is 235KM long and flows from Lake of the Woods.
After a 45 minute boat ride or a quick flight from Pointe Du Bois you end up here. At Eagle’s Nest Lodge.
The Winnipeg River System boast trophy Walleye, Smallmouth Bass and Northern Pike. Highlight is always leaching up and going after some Smallmouth. They may be small but they have some fight.
The old man’s fish was larger but if I have learned anything, hold it up high and as close to the camera as you can. Seasoned veteran.
The homie Matt usually provides the laughs, clearing the weekend schedule to come back to town. Formerly calling Calgary home where he oversaw footwear for the Source he has now moved on to running the West Coast Sales and Marketing for Adidas Originals. Always a good soundingboard, offering up some great business advise and networking.
Matt took it on himself to read more books this year which I can appreciate so I snagged Rework. It’s a quick read that basically boils down to underdoing the competition, the fact that meetings are toxic, emulate drug dealers and the fact that planning is guessing. It might sound a bit wonky but its a good quick read. Perfect for a rainy day at the lake especially if you are any bit a self starter looking to branch out on your own. The second recommended read came from his homies at Herschel which had recommended Do You Matter? How Great Design Will Make People Love Your Company.
A few laughs, a few drinks and the weekend is over before you can blink and it’s back to the real world.
And for Mr. Zander that means some new hardware, some deeper pockets and bragging rights for a year for corralling the most fish on the weekend. Don’t know what his final count was but it was somewhere in the 60s. I asked him how he was going to spend his winning. Though he told me he wasn’t sure, I am thinking he already has the blue prints for a backlit display case for that piece of plastic.
Delivery 1 of this Summer’s 2013 collection entitled This Time Tomorrow drops this Friday at www.oakandoar.com/shop.