The first example of "Collaborative Content." Shiretown's Derek Leslie already wanted to give back to the arts community, and with the help of Hutchinson Creative Communications, we came up with this live sessions series, shot inside Shiretown's brewery. Here is the intro to the first episode with John Hutchinson. Links to the two full song videos are below.
Campbellton, NB quickly surprised me. Rick Hutchinson (Hutchinson Creative Communication) seems to be the meeting point of a lot of cool things. He connected me with Shiretown – northern New Brunswick's brewery. We decided to come up with a simple ad, and this is what we got:
I just noticed how outdated this site is. So here's some updates, until I get around to organizing it properly.
I'm working in Campbellton, New Brunswick, and I've been very surprised. A lot of interesting stories have come up. A good chunk have come from Listuguj, in Quebec.
Wind Farm: The Mi'gmawei Mawiomi Secretariat brought a windfarm project to the area, and I love everything about it.
Jeff Barnaby: Jeff Barnaby is a talented filmmaker who recently got a lot of attention in the country. All for good reason. Watch "Rhymes For Young Ghouls" whenever you get the chance. (This page also has a story about one of the many ways Restigouche is trying to turn this place around).
Wapikoni: Wapikoni is a group of mobile studios that go around to First Nations communities and help them tell stories. It's great, and they let me check out the set of one of the movies being shot.
David Alward on Greg Davis: The last MLA for the Campbellton area, Greg Davis, disappeared, and an eviction notice exposed some party bail outs and unexplained spending. I got to ask the Premier about it, when he was in town talking about resource development. He talked around the question, so I wrote that, and The Telegraph Journal printed it in one of its main sections.
Courts: I'm also getting to cover courts (which I love) every once and awhile. Here were two stories that we made bigger than the regular "snippets."
Fred Mundle and Nursing Home: Fred Mundle is a local poet who won the Alfred G. Baily award, and this is the story I did about the governments announcement of a nursing home project that they previously shut down. This was just a few weeks before the election campaigns started.
Bruno Lurette: I'm not a big sports guy, but I've had the chance to do some decent profiles with athletes. Here's one about the guy who brought Muay Thai kickboxing to the area. He's also been organizing fights about once a month.
This is my favorite story.
I've been learning a lot about web design lately. I used Bootstrap to create a this very simple, responsive website.
Aside from a simple navbar and collapsible grid system, I added a disqus comment section at the end, as well as multiple sharing options.
I am now learning SASS and Compass.
I started Thisis.ca as a way to keep busy and test some ideas.
It profiles average Canadians as I travel the country. It is all set to original music that I wrote and recorded. It is also an opportunity to put my new web design skills to work. (Here's the template.)
It's taken a back seat lately, although I will continue to work on it. I plan to eventually sell it as packaged "seasons." But, it has to remain a hobby. (Read my blog post about it here.)
Here is the demo episode I created with Bill, an Okanagan farmer from England.
Carey Borchuk: building a passion
My knowledge of cars is limited, to put it lightly, but Borchuk was happy to expand on what I knew, all while explaining a fantastic project. He has a quality I admire most.
Shelley Mckone: Music for Young Children
I really enjoyed this story. Not only was there music and a few different scenes to visit, but McKone was genuinley excited about what she does. And that makes my job a million times easier.
I've been working for the Petawawa Post. Here's a feature that I'm particularly proud of. This was in the Nov. 29, 12 issue.
The full PDF for the paper this story was in is HERE
I like this. It's one voice telling a story, accented with music. It's a way to combine my love for writing music and journalism. I think the ideal length is around 3 minutes.
It can be done by cutting down an interview and making the interviewee the narrator. This story came from an hour long interview. The name has been changed.
It can also be done with a personal story or commentary. This is one I did for a friend's show about bucket lists. It's about why I like goals more than I like achieving them.
Still my favorite so far. I've never tried to publish it anywhere. Bathurst will never recover from this, and the more I learn about similar situations around New Brunswick, the more I'm fascinated by the impact an employer has on an area.
I always knew I wouldn’t work at the mill. It had been the foundation of Bathurst for nearly a century. My dad told me never to go there. The place stressed him out. His father warned him too, but he didn’t listen.