Posts in Video

Magician launches Magician Academy

Local Magician Leif David has been performing throughout the Okanagan for many years and recently released a new instructional DVD, Magician Academy, for emerging Magicians.

Earlier this summer I caught up with Leif, where he showed off a few of his tricks and also roped me into making a first attempt at being a magician (lets just say I’ll stick to being a musician).

For more information on Leif David, his show, and his DVD, go to bcmagician.com/dvd

‘A Year in Videos’ – Lee Watkins Video Portfolio

Local photographer/videographer Lee Watkins has helped out a bunch of local musicians with music videos—you may have seen his video for Windmills’ track Fire back in July—and it’s neat to see them all cut together for his promo real. Nice work bud!

#summer2012

It started out as a hashtag but it quickly became our mantra. A battle cry in the middle of the night, the quickest way to ward off bad vibes and hard times. I’m not sure if you’ve ever had this kind of feeling where you aren’t able to truly express exactly how you feel at a given moment, but I have that pretty often. Sometimes I get really effing excited, like so excited I think my eyes might pop out of my head, and that isn’t even hyperbole. I literally had that happen to me last weekend.

But sometimes you feel a love, or a passion, or just an amazing feeling that you want to share or explain but you feel powerless to do so. It’s frustrating. I’m not always that great at speaking or writing to express fully myself, or at least, I don’t feel what I’m saying can adequately deliver the soul of what I hope to convey. A lack of or failure to communicate.

I feel that video has become that medium for me. The mix of motion pictures, sometimes funny quotes, visually tender moments and just the right song are—what I can only assume is—the best way to spell out how I feel about something.

#summer2012 became more than just a hashtag. It was a thousand million moments, rigorously lived and completely embraced. It was challenges, and refusing to give up. It was seizing the day, and often annihilating the night. It was fake bands, road trips, swimming, live music, sunshine (and more than a few sunrises), surprises, animal costumes, pool parties, and saying “Yes.” #summer2012 wasn’t even only ours.

Early in the year my friends and I found ourselves bumping into people who felt the exact same way. “There’s something different about this year. Something in the air.” People could feel it and #summer2012 had a wonderful sound to it, almost eloquent. #summer2011 didn’t look as nice written down, and no one much cared for the sounds of #summer1992, everything just seemed to line up. Maybe it’s because we’ll all be dead by December 21st (right?!), maybe it was a fluke.

But maybe #summer2012 has been one of the best summers of our lives. And just maybe you felt the same way too.

Fields of Green Interview Mother Mother’s Ryan Guldemond

We got really lucky up at RockRidge Canyon this year with top BC and Canadian music industry professionals showing up for the PEAK Performance Project, one of those being musician Ryan Guldemond of Mother Mother. Johnny from Fields of Green got a little eager to interview him but unfortunately gets a little ruffled when he loses his notes.

“Chasing the Dead” K.L.O. House

Spooky if true! I love being scared, my post last Halloween about some of the most haunted places in the Okanagan attests to that. In fact, most of my experience as a young graphic designer and movie editor was spending Saturday nights at home on my computer while Buffy, Ghost Hunter type shows and, later on, Vampire High (dem sideburns!) played on YTV in the background.

What are your thoughts about Super, Natural British Columbia? Between the haunted coastline and lake monsters, we’ve got a lot of interesting stories around!

Rip it Up! Wakeboard & Water Ski Okanagan Lake

Came across this video yesterday. Equal parts adorable and kick-ass, Chris Wheeler (a.k.a. 48HourTraveller) produced this short clip on Okanagan Lake.

In his words:

Summertime in the Thompson Okanagan region is unreal with tons of activities… especially water ones! Boating around wakeboarding & water skiing and enjoying cottage life or one of the many lake resorts is the way to go. Perfect for a group of friends or the family. You can just chill and swim in this gorgeous lake or, as my 2 year old niece Nya says while boating, you can also “Rip it Up!”

Read more here or follow his blog.

Bdice and the Daily 16

Local Hip-Hop artist Bdice created a movement called Daily 16. He took a moment out of every day for the last 365 days to write and record a 16 bar verse to pay dues, challenge and improve himself. He recently finished his last day and with the editing help of E-Say (@SayEsay) and mixing by DJ Invizible (@DjInvizible) he put a bunch of them together into a full-length music video. The result is impressive, and it’s sick to see so many familiar locations in the videos.

Directed By E-Say/Bdice, written/recorded by Bdice.

If the one video isn’t enough for you, you should really check out his YouTube page and go back to the beginning. Or start from the end and work your way back. I don’t care, just watch more of them. Here’s the first 200 to get you started.

Keloha 2012 – Part 4: Keloha and Goodbye

The 4th and final part of a 4 part web-series about Keloha Music & Art Festival’s inaugural year. We were backstage with some of Canada (and the world’s) most-talented, emerging artists. The A-OK team literally put blood, sweat and tears into this weekend keeping up with all the activity (and shenanigans) and can’t wait to show you some of what we saw over the weekend.

For Part 4 Wet Ape, Pyper & A-OK introduce you to more of the great talent performing the festival including We Are The City, Said the Whale, Michael Bernard Fitzgerald, The Pack A.D., The Boom Booms, Thomas Kjorven, Devon Coyote, Kytami (a surprise re-appearance of Hey Ocean!), Rocky Mountain Rebel Music, Jon & Roy and festival founder Scott Emslie. They wax lyrically about the event and how no one can to wait for next year.

Music by Graffiti6, their song “Stare Into the Sun”
and by Cold War Kids, their song “Audience.”