Since discovering the Vancouver Ukulele Circle last December, I’ve looked forward with anticipation and a little trepidation to stepping up and performing there myself. I could tell that if I was ever going to do it, this was the place – the atmosphere was so welcoming, and beginners alternated with more seasoned players. So, in February, up I went. I picked a song that was simple to play but that I felt would be a funny surprise, and which I could wrap a good anecdote around by way of introducing it. Yes, I’m talking about the theme from Max’s favourite Netflix show, “Mighty Machines”. It would be half stand-up and half song, really. And it went very well! The comedy opening got the crowd with me right away. Musically, there was a moment of tuning trouble, and one mangled chord, but then I hit my stride and it was smooth sailing from there on in.
It helped knowing that, at the VUC, first-time performers are always given a standing ovation!
With that, I was hooked. So this month, I stepped up again, this time with a witty new wave classic I’ve always loved – “Is She Really Going Out With Him?” by Joe Jackson. More just a song than a monologue this time. And again, it seemed to go over really well – I didn’t expect so much enthusiastic singing along!
Oh, and this time I was rockin’ the red herringbone vintage sport jacket – for which I received many compliments. Not sure if they were meant ironically.
I plan to keep performing as long as they’ll keep letting me, so if you want to check it out, come on down to Our Town Café the third Tuesday of the month. (But be warned, early arrival is essential if you want to get a seat!)
Folks may grumble about Hollywood repeating itself, but here’s one sequel you’re bound to enjoy! A year in the filming, weeks in the editing, a brisk 15 or so minutes in the watching… it’s a carefully-crafted compendium of our little guy’s most memorable, meaningful – and mirthful – moments as he made the journey from baby to toddling, talking toddler. Most of it is never-before-seen footage. Hope you like it!
Here it is, all 45 seconds of speaking time (and about a full minute of screen time)! Click the image above,or here,to view.
After some success in booking commercials over the past few years, this was an exciting first in many ways for me:
First speaking part
First dramatic role
First appearance on a nationally-aired show.
I’m hopeful that this is also the first of many more roles to come! Thanks to everyone who’s been so supportive of me as I pursue this dream of mine to enter people’s living rooms… virtually speaking…. and entertain them.
Filmed in North Van last fall and finally hitting the airwaves now, here’s my ad where I portrayed the wacky neighbour with some misguided ideas about wasp behaviour. And yes, that’s my Rambler in the driveway!
Central Bistro is a friendly neighbourhood restaurant where the locals gather to enjoy local ingredients, local beer and wine. And on Tuesday, October 19, for the second year running, they’re having a pumpkin carving event with the proceeds going to Vancouver Rape Relief and Women’s Shelter!
The video above is of last year’s event.
The fun starts at 6pm at Central Bistro, 1072 Denman Street. For a minimum $10 donation, you get everything you need to make you jack-o-lantern masterpiece. So come on down – what better way to support a great cause while having a fun time!
Did you know that two big tankers a week carrying crude oil from the tar sands leave the port of Vancouver, under the Second Narrows and Lions Gate bridges, past Stanley Park and the Gulf Islands bound for California and China?
Did you know that Houston-based Kinder Morgan plans to pipe more than double the crude here, meaning more tankers through our port, and huge risks to the place we love?
I dropped in on this weekend event which was intended to raise awareness of the problem and rally people to action. There was some great music too. Enjoy.
And check out www.notanks.org to take further action and protect our waters!