Keith Ape’s Canadian Tour

Keith Ape

A viral Korean rap artist recently just wrapped up his first Canadian tour.

How wild is that sentence? Something like this could never happen even 10 years ago. A single viral hit under his belt and he’s on a plane from Seoul to North America with 6 Canadian stops. The American internet dream man.

The show itself was interesting enough considering the dude only has a few major songs out. I was more into seeing who was gonna be at the show and what they were wearing to be honest. Were they young? Old? Girls? Dudes? Did they wear BAPE? Face masks? Off White? HBA? What ethnicity were they? Pleasantly surprised.

The crew he brought out for this tour was predominantly made up of kids from the US which was even more interesting to me. Part way through the set they started playing North American bangers and just rapped along because they ran out of songs to perform; and the crowd was down for it! Curiouser and curiouser.


Capitol Hill Block Party 2015

Capitol Hill Block Party 2015

I scored a media pass for the Capitol Hill Block Party this year with Vancity Buzz. Not gonna lie, I was pretty jazzed about it. Without a doubt, one of my favourite music festivals on the West coast.

This as also my first time staying for all 3 days of the urban festival which was dope. We stayed in a choice Airbnb spot that was walking distance from the festival. There’s really no better way to test a new friendship than by going on a road trip with them and spending every waking moment together for 3 solid days. Stoked I was able to walk away from that trip with a new travel buddy.

As for the festival itself, my favourite shows from the were Wet, Father John Misty, DIIV and CHARMS. I’ve been trying to see Wet since I first heard that Branchez remix last year. Kelly, the lead singer, has this amazing voice that’s so perfect it’s hard to put into words. DIIV was dope as expected; New York indie-grunge at its best. The punk trio, CHARMS, performed their set in the basement venue known as the Cha Cha Lounge. A perfectly small and dark spot filled with raw energy and noise.

Father John Misty was definitely a trip to see in person though. While I have heard some of his music before, I had no idea what to expect from the IRL show. His voice, banter, sarcasm, presence and dance moves were amazing. Definitely go see him in person if you have a chance. Till next year CHBP! *kiss face emoji*


What Fvded In The Park Really Means for Vancouver

Fvded in the Park

You can say what you want, but the truth is that Faded In The Park was a really important event for Vancouver. Think about it, this was the first ever large scale music event held in a space that wasn’t already a controlled venue.

Completely independent production from the ground up and it was all executed with perfection. Full cooperation from the city, police and paramedics on site in collaboration with private security and first responders. A really well curated lineup, massive stages with cool visuals, great sound and a stoked crowd. I’m really proud to have been able to contribute a small part to the experience.

Who knows what will happen next? Maybe Vancouver will let us do a public block party in the city one day. The barriers are slowly starting to come down. Wild times.


Los Angeles 2015

Los Angeles 2015

I hate LA. Traffic, urban sprawl, fake people, consumerism. I love LA. Friends, shows, sunshine, palm trees, the beach, the LACMA, Malibu.

I guess I don’t really mind it. The moments when you meet those rare and truly dope people make it all worth it. Thanks to M and A for all the chill hangs. This post is 2 months late, but I don’t really care. I’m dedicating the rest of this year to doing and making cool stuff, and trying to make a living with it. *mic drop*


Larry Sultan: Here and Home

Remember that editorial photo of Paris Hilton laying on a bed in an average suburban California home back in 2007? The photographer who captured that photo was Larry Sultan, and it was actually taken in his parents’ former bedroom.

Larry Sultan

While familiar with the name Sultan, I had no idea who the photographer really was. Viewing his work, I realized that I had unknowingly been exposed to his editorial work many times in the past. I was in LA last week and was planning to go to the LACMA, which I try to do whenever I’m in town. I saw that they had a retrospective of Sultan’s work on display and made a point to go and see it.

Larry Sultan

I don’t know exactly why I felt so strongly towards the work, specifically his Pictures From Home series. Was it because of my personal connection to growing up in the suburbs in the 90s? Arguably the peak of suburban childhood living before video games and the internet really took hold. Maybe it’s because I still live in the suburbs now.

An underlying theme in all of his work is this delicate balance between realism and façade. Each scene being so perfectly set up that it almost doesn’t look real, yet so detailed that it seems impossible to be fake. How could every detail be just so at that exact moment? As if the image’s perfection was so unexplainable that it could only be justified as being fake. I left that show feeling inspired. So much so, that it’s difficult for me to put into words. If you get a chance to view his retrospective at the LACMA, please do. He left us with a virtually timeless body of work to study and be inspired by.

Larry Sultan

Larry Sultan: Here and Home is the first retrospective of California photographer Larry Sultan (1946–2009). The exhibition includes more than 200 photographs ranging from Sultan’s conceptual and collaborative works of the 1970s to his solo works in the decades following. Sultan never stopped challenging the conventions of photographic documentation, exploring themes of family, home, and façade throughout his career. Five major bodies of work are represented including: Evidence (1977), made collaboratively with Mike Mandel; Swimmers (1978–81); Pictures from Home (1982–92); The Valley (1998–2003); and Homeland (2006–2009). The show is augmented by a “study hall,” with documentation and ephemera providing a glimpse of Sultan’s modes of inquiry as an artist and a teacher.

Larry Sultan