THE WEEKEND DUMP | ONE HIT WONDER
Crew and company spent the weekend shooting our inaugural lookbook for Fall/Winter 2011 in the Whiteshell. Should surface in the next week or so. Until then.
For the last few months the boys have tossed around the idea of packing the necessities and hitting the backwoods for a weekend of manly adventures. We set a date at the end of July and began to count down the days, well at least I did, I don’t think Kelso shared the same excitement. Although as August began to come to an end the heat set in as Manitoba broke all sorts of heat records hitting a bit of a dry spell where you couldn’t walk anywhere without hearing the snap, crackle and pop of the grass under your feet. As a result many of Manitoba’s Provincial Parks were pretty much shut down: no backcountry travel and no fires. So basically no fun. But needless to say we voted on it and decided to pack up anyways and cut our weekend adventure down to one night on a secluded island somewhere in the Whiteshell (don’t worry no law breaking, just loop holes). We packed up the essentials: canned food, a sleeping bag and a few beverages into our kayaks and our small aluminum boat backed with a 9.9 Evinrude maintaining our strict guidelines of no pillows, no tents, no luxury items we. We landed at our destination a few hours before sunset after a bit of a journey, more so for those who deciding to pack into the kayaks. Eric headed up the shelter construction while most of sat idol by debating whether or not we were going to get eaten by a bear with all the food we had along. Although we came to the unanimous conclusion they would get the naked guy in the life jacket before they went after anyone else, but that’s a story for another day. After a mishap with our main source of … Continue reading
Once a summer our neighbors, and boating enthusiasts, bust out their Flying Fliver boat. This boat was made famous by water ski performers Corky & Corkette at Cypress Gardens in Florida. So it makes sense that our neighbor, who put in time at Cypress Gardens as a stunt driver thirty some years ago, held on to one. In fact if you have copies of James Bond circa the Sean Connery years, you can thank my neighbor for making the boat chase so believable. These boats were a staple for the water show at Cypress and served as a diverse stunt boat hitting jumps, driving up on shore and as you can see form the photos submerging your passenger. Strapped with a 25 horse the boat rips, rather bounces across the water, so you’ll want to hold on tight and hold your breath.
On June 2nd I managed to track down a pre-sale code on Twitter for the second installment of OVO (October’s Very Own) Fest in Toronto. I made a couple quick calls to some good friends in and around Toronto to see if they were interested – as you can imagine they were game and a trip back out east emerged. Back in 2007 the four of us, a bit of a self declared entourage, embarked on a trip to Toronto. Since then we have chatted about doing a follow up trip but it never seemed to work into our schedule. But this year with Ali making moves in downtown Toronto, Alex wrapping up an internship with Sportsnet and Calin in town for the Men’s Ball Hockey Nationals before heading back to Atlanta for hockey, the stars aligned and we all found ourselves overlooking the Rogers Centre from Ali’s condo on a stunning Friday evening. Unfortunately I don’t have the time this week to rifle through a few hundred photos so instead here is the instagram dump from my Sunday as seen through the lens of my iPhone. Friday night we snaked some tickets for Sunday afternoons Jays game against the Texas Rangers, primarily to join the festivities of honoring recent Cooperstown inductee and one of the greatest 2nd basemen to play the game, Roberto Alomar. In front of 45,629 fans the Jay’s honored Alomar hoisting #12 to the rafters. Unfortunately, we didn’t get our hands on any of the 20,000 Alomar bobbleheads that were handed out at the game but we did get to witness a Jay’s win (7-3) with Brandon Morrow throwing 11 k’s which meant 40,000 people would be lining up at Pizza, Pizza the next day to cash in their ticket stub for their free slice of pizza. We rolled … Continue reading
With temperatures hitting 33°C back home it was a little easier to leave Kiya and his 14°C weather behind in SF to enjoy a weekend on the water. I am convinced Kiya subconsciously wishes he was Canadian. I mean he sells flannels and some of the heaviest denim I have ever seen all year round. And how does he stay cool? He keeps his lips suctioned to the -2.2°C Slurpee. We jumped jet and finally made it back home after multiple Delta delays. After hitting up a couple hours of rest a few of us hit the road and made the commute to Clear Lake. The Chief piece hangs on the wall at Uncle Tom’s diner along Highway #16 and #262 just outside the quaint town of Minnedosa. Definitely a recommended stop on the way to Clear Lake for some home cooked classics and ice cream. Saw a few of these just past Erickson a few miles from the gates to the park. This guy inparticular was unphased. Sat down and starred contently at our car parked on the side of the road, yet this crappy photo was all I managed. There are so many fixtures in Clear Lake that have remained unchanged for as long as I can remember. One of which is the Thunderbird Bungalow’s totem pole. Aside from the having some of the prime boating and golfing in the province, Clear Lake is also home to the the Whitehouse Bakery which runs my show. Not only having some of the best cinnamon buns around, they serve up a delicious offering of cinnamon bun french toast. If you’re up there you can’t miss it but be sure to show up before 5 p.m. between mid-May and Thanksgiving. Cheers.
We spent a good chunk of the 144th annual Canada Day soaking up the rays out on the lake. One of the nicest days we have had yet. A refreshing change of pace from torrential rains. Even the dog did some solid basking and was caught putting out the vibe in his personal flotation device. Girls dig it for some reason. I just don’t see it, although I suspect it has something to do with the little carrying handle on it. Sunday I finally put in the first round of golf of the 2011 season with the old man. It has been a while since we have golfed together but it always ends in him taking me to the cleaner. Sad but true that it took until July 3rd to start adding up the bogeys on the scorecard. Round start disastrous but still mustered the mental game together to shoot a decent round but lose to the elderly man by a stroke. I can still take him on Tiger Woods for PS2 though. I’ll tell you what though, it doesn’t help when mother nature and her rodents are against you. That’s not all that went missing. If you find a wedding ring at Pinawa Golf Club give me a ring. Still convinced that annoying crow that was chilling in the cart on 11 made off with it. Let’s just say my mom isn’t to happy with the old man. What’s the best way to put a lack luster round of golf and a missing wedding ring behind you…smores off course. Until next weekend.
The Youth Music Movement is making it’s way west across Canada and this past weekend François Del Fante, Frederic Bastien Forrest, Pierre-Etienne Bordeleau and Bruno Mercure found themselves in Winnipeg. The Youth Music Movement came into fruition after the Montreal based group applied for a Pepsi Refresh Project grant back in May 2010. After two months of promoting the concept the group found themselves the recipients of a $25,000 grant. The group will make a 12 stop journey across Canada filming and recording 12 of Canada’s up-and-coming musicians and artists in an RV equipped with a mobile recording studio. The group themselves are nothing short of talented, consisting of a talented sound engineer/musician, a journalist, a cinematographer and a producer. The group have spent countless hours scouring the mangled mess of the internet and social networking sites in an effort to pin point the next big group or artist. Last week they touched base with our good friend Saint Kris to see if he would be interested in participating in the project to represent the multitude of Manitoba talent. A few short days later a small entourage had assembled to begin filming the latest single off of Saint Kris’s up coming mixtape. I will leave it at that as to not spoil the video and the mixtape but consider this foreshadowing. What I will tell you is that the video will feature special guest Rosie Blais of Enjoy Your Pumas on the hook. The 12 recorded tracks will be featured on a compilaction CD with portions of the proceeds benefiting the Simple Plan Foundation that encourages the practice of music to help young kids find a passion in life. Kris’s video will be up on 12tracks.tv this coming Friday. Also Kris put up his latest mixtape “ExtraOrdinary” for “pay what … Continue reading
I’ve been to a lot of shows over the last few years from Kanye to Girl Talk, Drake to U2 but I can, without a doubt, say that the Shad’s stop over in Winnipeg for the 2011 Jazz Festival ranks right up top. It was one of those “You had me at hello” type moments. Shad cruised out on stage, rather punctual, rocking an NBA Jam inspired tee that read “He’s On Fire, Boom Shaka Laka”. I’ve been suiting up as the Mavericks in NBA Jam 2003 for years now, so much so that when I hit the hot spot the game freezes for a solid minute while the announcers tries to spit out “Sweet as momma’s milk” while Steve Nash levitates 10 ft off the ground. So not only is he on time, wearing a really rad shirt, but he’s jumping off stage into the crowd only to have his head carassed and rubbed by adoring fans. Unphased by the groping he just continues compiling lyrical brilliance verse after verse. Not even the constant firing of my flash, directly in his eyes, distract him. The Pyramid is packed, and I mean packed, wall to wall. It’s hot as heck and you can tell that Shad is pouring every ounce of energy into entertaining the already jaw dropped crowd. Sweating buckets he gives us 12 rounds of rap. Working Winnipeg references in at every corner he makes a Jets comment and the room erupts, and when you think it can’t get any louder…well…it does. With the first overall selection in this years draft, the Winnipeg Jets select, from London, Ontario, Shadrach Kabango. Show ends around 1, he humbly thanks everyone for coming out and then sets up beside the stage talking and posing for photos with, well everyone. It’s not … Continue reading