If I could be an Olympic contender for anything it would be getting nostalgic and reflecting on life and experiences [almost a little too much].
It brings me great joy and interweb bragging rights to share my BEST OF 2016 list with you once again!
It was an exciting year for me here at the radio factory, with many challenges, changes, and new opportunities. I moved from Afternoons with James Sutton to the Midday Show, and just when I was getting a little into the swing of that, now find myself filling in on Mornings with James.
What were your favourite musical moments of the year? Were we at the same shows?
TOP SHOWS OF 2016
- Father John Misty @ The Orpheum
- Brand New @ The Vogue Theatre
- Lucius @ The Imperial
- Phantogram @ Commodore Ballroom
- Local Natives @ The Biltmore
Glass Animals @ The QE Theatre
Bob Moses @ Commodore Ballroom
Super cool bragging rights amazing shows:
Battles @ The Imperial [look them up!!!]
Oddisee @ The Appletree Garden Music Festival in Germany [I would really look them up if I were you]
Hannah Georgas @ Musik & Freuden in Berlin, Germany [seeing our former Vancouver sweetheart in Europe and dancing like a weirdo? As if I’m gonna miss that..!].
TOP SONGS OF 2016
- Kid Who Stays In The Picture – Hot Hot Heat
- Get Dark – The Zolas
- Cleopatra – The Lumineers
- If You Want It – Sam Roberts [listen to our chat here and see him Feb 7th]
- Drake’s Dad – Arkells [listen to our chat here, here, and here! see them Feb 2nd!]
TOP NON-RADIO OR MUSIC ENTERTAINMENTS:
- West World
- Stranger Things
- The Get Down
- Planet Earth 2
- Favourite Movie: Arrival
SOME OF MY FAVOURITE MOMENTS ON THE AIR:
Have you ever travelled to meet a stranger? I met a guy from Germany who travelled to Vancouver to meet the man whose life he saved but never met > LISTEN HERE
The iPhone 7 has ARRIVED! The nerds were salivating, everything you needed to know > LISTEN HERE
Americans needed a pick up me during the American election, so Canada gave them some loves notes through #TellAmericaItsGreat. Rachel from the states called us to remind us why Canada is great > LISTEN HERE
In the face of all the tragedy and horrible events that happen in the world, there’s something you can do > LISTEN HERE
After the evacuation and devastating tragedy of the Fort McMurray fires, residents were welcomed home and supported immensely by Canada. Here were a few of the first reactions when they arrived back > LISTEN HERE
The City of Vancouver issued their FIRST legal business license for a medical marijuana dispensary in the only place that can afford the $$$ for the license… in POINT GREY. > LISTEN HERE
It was the 30th anniversary of Expo ’86 in Vancouver. Some of your best memories are still relevant today. > LISTEN HERE
Did you know that your Facebook account has a secret Inbox? You’ve got some overdue apologies. > LISTEN HERE
In order to feel better about ourselves we started Leave Them With A Laugh to share jokes. One time my answer to a joke was better than the actual punchline. > LISTEN HERE
The Squamish Valley Music Festival got cancelled this year [RIP] but it’s not all that bad. > LISTEN HERE
Everything you need to know about the future of the Arbutus Corridor, a new beautiful north-south greenaway for the city. Cue the complaints! > LISTEN HERE
It’s 2016, it’s time we talk about mental health every day, NOT just one day a year. > LISTEN HERE
Best new restuarant that I tried: Pilgrimme on Galiano Island. No seriously, go there. It was the number one restaurant in the COUNTRY. > LISTEN HERE
The Revenant [shot in Squamish] came out finally in 2016, winning Leonardo DiCaprio that Oscar. We talked to local guy Adrian Glynn who worked with him on the film, it’s like we all basically met, know, and are smooching with Leo now. > LISTEN HERE
While we’re at it on the self-promotion over load, here’s my Top 9 photos according to the wonderful world of Instagram.