Banff Mountain Film Festival | World Tour

January 16th, 2017


In December my buddy Drew mentioned that there is this little film festival that comes to town.  He asked me if I wanted a ticket and I emailed him the money for mine.  This year this festival makes it’s third appearance here in Peterborough and it sold out right away.  This year they stretched it to 3 days.  This festival makes it’s way around the world to 40 countries and about 500,000 people view it.  There are about 35 films shown in the 1,000 screenings around the world.  In Banff there is about 20,000 people who view the festival.  Each day of the festival here in PTBO they show different films.  Next year… I’m going to get tickets to two sessions.

You can catch the Toronto shows in March at the Bloor Cinema and you can get the info right here.


The films they presented during my viewing were:

Sea Gypsies: The Far Side of the World (Tour Edit)

46 Mins
The vessel is Infinity, a 120-ft hand-built sailing ketch, crewed by a community of wanderers. The journey – a 12,800-kilometre Pacific crossing from New Zealand to Patagonia, with a stop in Antarctica, weather permitting.  This film epitomizes the spirit of adventure.  I really enjoyed this one.

Sea Gypsies: The Far Side of the World – Trailer from Nico on Vimeo.

The Accord

19 Mins
Being so far removed from the hustle and bustle of the tropical surf world hardens Iceland’s surfers to confront the harsh reality they all must face – that old and unforgiving North Atlantic wind.

Danny MacAskill’s Wee Day Out

6 Mins
Want to see what Danny MacAskill does on his day off? Explore the rural landscape around Edinburgh in a film that sets out to capture the simple fun of a ride in the country with moments of incredible riding and a touch of humour.

Dog Power (Tour Edit)

25 Mins
Get a fascinating view of the world of dog-powered sports and the special bond between dogs and their humans. Both share a passion for living, working and playing together outside in different forms of the sled-dog and musher relationship.

Doing it Scared

12 Mins
Eighteen years after a catastrophic accident which left him partially paralyzed, climber Paul Pritchard returns to the Totem Pole to find out if he has recovered enough to finish the climb.  Another filmmaker interviewed him and you can watch it on Youtube here.  He also has a little Everest film and you can watch it on Youtube here.

Doing it Scared Trailer from Rummin Productions on Vimeo.

Max Your Days

5 Mins
Summer solstice on Canada’s West Coast – the possibilities are endless!

Packing It Out: Cleaning America’s Wild Trails

4 Mins
Follow the guys from the “Packing It Out” crew as they pick up litter – and inspire everyone they meet – along the Pacific Coast Trail.  You can watch this one here on vimeo.

The Perfect Flight

5 Mins
When some neighborhood kids gave Shawn Hayes an abandoned red-tailed chick, it launched him on a lifelong journey into the medieval traditions of falconry.

Pending List3 | #33 of 101 Things To Do In 1001 Days | Tat

January 16th, 2017


I will get my first tattoo.  I know what I’m going to get.  I should have gotten it 22 months ago.

First one will go between my elbow and my wrist

new collage2

Above is my idea for one.

I thought I should write it out once and how I write it for the first time should be my first tattoo.  I’m silly that way.

I’ve written it out on my arm to get the hang of hit with my mind.  It’s simply the word… “enough” meaning… “enough is enough” with many things in my life.  I’ll snap some pictures when it’s happening and I’ll shoot some video to document it.  It’s a little simple one but I think having it as a daily reminder will be good.

enough is enough ( fitness, heath, nutrition, being bullied by my ex, living tiny, traveling )  see makes sense to me.  a daily reminder.

A nice high school friend is going to do it for me this Saturday.  My mind is thinking about what else should he do?

Then I will get my second tattoo after that which is also on my list that you can view here:  JSDOIT 101 Things To Do In 1001 Days


New Year’s Fire In The Woods

January 10th, 2017


One evening the kids and myself wanted to go into the forest beside where i live and explore the forest at night.  It gets dark early which is great and we ventured into Jackson’s Park here in Peterborough.  I gave them their camping knives and a headlamp and off we went.


We followed the creek to find a good little spot in the snow along the bank to build a fire using the fallen deadwood.


Up more along the creek we found a little place that is hidden.  We started to set up camp and we all had little tasks to do before the sun went down.  We would wait till darkness to start the fire and hopefully nobody would see us and call the “fuzz” and report us.


As the smaller sticks started to catch we wanted to add larger wood on top.  We should have brought some marshmallows for our trip into the woods.  After a while and some blowing on the coals to get it to go… we had a little fire we were proud of.


The fire cracked and flickered under some large trees we camped under.  We sat warm in the snow in our snow pants and the warm glow of the fire warmed our faces.  It was a sweet sweet moment in the still of a winter’s night in the forest the three of us.

We need to get out and explore more as a little triangle of 3



A New Year

December 31st, 2016



In Fall of 2011, I decided to come up with 101 Things to do in 1001 days.  Which is a whack of days.  My life is different from that point and my 1,001 days expired.  I’ve created a new list of things with some from the past list.  The date I started this list was August 8th, 2016.  I really have done nothing to my list and this has to change… so might as well post it here.  I created some reminders to pop up in my phone to remind me to get my ass in gear.

I will update some blog posts that were already created for the tasks that are in progress and I’ll update them with current updates.

101 things can be really small things and some of them could be some larger things.  Not 100% sure if I can get all of them done.  But I promised myself I will try.  Some things are for me and some are for my kids.

I will try and blog them all in progress and once they are completed.

Red is completed   |

Green is being worked on & in-progress   |

Orange has some sort of delay |

  1. In Progress: | Have my IMDb Watch-list get down to under 300 movies and have my rated movies end up being over 400.  Update:  My watch list is around 445 movies currently.  (Blog Post)
  2. Winter Camping with my kids and stay in a Yurt at Silent Lake Provincial Park.
  3. Volunteer consistently over the period of this project for a good cause.  I was working in a Men’s Shelter and I need to continue with that or move to another charity or better yet… do both.  (Blog Post)
  4. In Progress:  Post on Tumblr one picture each day of something that I’m grateful for and appreciate.  Update:  I’m failing on this one since I can’t remember.  I just added a reminder each night.
  5. In Progress:  Purchase and read one book per month for 6 months in a row.  Start again if broken before 6 months is up.  (Blog Post
    • Book One: The Happiness Project by Gretchin Rubin (Started July 30th, 2016) | Completed
    • Book Two: The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion (Started Aug 10th, 2016) | Completed
    • Failed.  I broke the cycle and I will start again.
    • Book One: For January 1st, 2017: _______________
  6. Back-Country Camping Trip with a woman, canoe and a small tent.
  7. Install a “Before I Die” Wall somewhere in Peterborough or Ajax(Blog Post)
  8. Delayed:  Finish the photo-project Blog on that cover my entire life and family tree.  I’m only about 40% completed and right now it’s turned off and private.  When it’s done it will cover a summary of my entire life.  Update:  Laptop has all my old pictures inside so have to recover it and finish the project.  (Blog Post)
  9. Redesign the “Lie With Me” Mixtape and the “All I Want” Series.
  10. Transfer all my Music CD’s Into the Laptop & delete crappy songs.  Also sort all my music on iTunes  (Currently my iTunes is corrupt on my laptop and my only music is what was synced to my iPod which is sappy music.)  (Blog Post)
  11. Photography & Culture Weekend in NYC.  Overnight Bus Trip/Flight & sleep all night to arrive in the Morning.  (Alone or with friends)  Note: Planning with my Nephew Ray-Dizzle  (Blog Post)
  12. Quick trip to NYC where I leave Toronto in the evening and arrive in NYC in the morning and bring a small tent and a sleeping bag.  Just sneak away by myself.
  13. Weekend in Chicago, IL in the summer to travel around the city.
  14. Break ground and order a trailer that my Tiny House will be built upon.
  15. Push my ex to sign an official separation agreement or take her to court for one.
  16. Get a new template for this blog.
  17. Spend a weekend in Toronto at The Thompson Hotel with a woman I want to kiss.
  18. Get my iPod screen fixed on my second iPod.
  19. Get Chantal an iPhone.
  20. Find someone to fall in love with.
  21. Fall Camping Trip at Bon Echo Provincial Park with the kids.
  22. Take Noah out of school for the day and take him to a Blue Jay game with me. (Blog Post)
  23. Purchase a new Professional Camera Lens for my camera that would work well for low lighting
  24. Rent a houseboat from Egan Rentals for a weekend in the Kwaratha Lakes to have a blast with the kids and see if any of my buddies & their families want to do the same and we can caravan along the lakes together.  Rent a Houseboat that has a slide from the roof to swim in the middle of the lake.
  25. Get old photos from my Dad and make my own photo album of our family growing up in a coffee table format.  Make the book through
  26. Go Camping with my kids to Killbear Provincial Park in Northern Ontario with Raymond.
  27. Attend the Canadian Rogers Tennis Tourney with a paid ticket in Toronto at York University.
  28. Visit KLand in California
  29. Completed:  Purchase a Go Pro Camera.  (And I gifted it to my daughter)
  30. Attend a High School Basketball Game of my Old High School
  31. Recover data from my first external hard drive.
  32. Drive to Atlantic City, New Jersey in Shorts, T-Shirt and Flip Flops and my wallet and stay for the weekend. (Bring Nothing Else)
  33. Get a Tattoo (BLOG POST)
  34. Take my kids to Canada’s Wonderland Halloween Haunt.
  35. Purchase a Canon Point & Shoot Camera to Snap good photos but more importantly video on the fly.
  36. Purchase $200 worth of Toys from Walmart and donate them to the Chum Christmas Wish at Christmas and involve my kids.  Let them pick them out and deliver it with me.
  37. Teach my daughter how to take photographs with my old camera and then give it to her to keep and use.
  38. Get a bunch of High School Buddies and play Paintball outside at that paintball place north of Barrie.
  39. Go away White Water Rafting near Ottawa for the weekend.
  40. Attend a Buffalo Bills Football game in Buffalo in the Winter (Bus Trip Package from Union Station in Toronto that includes food and drinks during the tailgate party)
  41. Take my kids to a car race at Mosport Raceway in Bowmanville, ON for a weekend camping trip.
  42. Go Skinny dripping with a woman at night.
  43. In Progress: Complete two years straight of my One Second Everyday Project.  (Blog Post)  Update:  Took a break from July to October of 2016.  Starting project again on November 1st.
  44. Work with my kids and get them their own domain for email and help them set up a blog if they want one.
  45. Spend a weekend at Osheaga in Quebec with a women.
  46. Attend & see 5 Movies in the span of 5 days.
  47. Join Volleyball league.
  48. Take my kids to a Toronto FC Game.
  49. Buy myself a Long Board.
  50. Attend a tennis match a the Rogers Cup in Montreal.
  51. Jump off a bridge into water high enough that I’m a little freaked out to jump off.
  52. Purchase a new laptop.
  53. Watch a Toronto Blue Jays game outside of Toronto.
  54. Attend a Toronto Raptors Road game in Detroit with Elite Sports Tours.
  55. In Progress:  Update my legacy project videos for the kids that they will get during different milestones within their lives if something should ever happen to me.
  56. Get a credit card with a points/reward system that works for my life and get rid of the one I have now.
  57. In Progress | Get down to 220 pounds.  (Blog Post)
  58. Find a job in Durham/Toronto so I can move closer to my kids.
  59. Purchase a Turf Concert Weekend pass for Toronto at Fort York.
  60. Have the shell of my Tiny House competed so I can live inside while I finish it.
  61. Get a second Tattoo.
  62. Purchase a new vehicle and get rid of the car I have now sitting in Pickering.
  63. Attend Cask Days Festival in Toronto.
  64. Try inline skating for the first time.
  65. Ice Skating with a women at Cedarena in the winter.
  66. Attend a concert with Chantal.
  67. Join a Tennis Club & Beat Ali at 3 Sets in Tennis
  68. Watch the full series of “THE WIRE” which as a highly recommended HBO Series.  (Blog Post)
  69. Catch up online with 50 peeps on FB that I have not been in contact with since the last time I’ve seen them personally or we connected on FB.
  70. Go Kayaking.  I smile when I type this because of the private back-story about Kayaking.
  71. Purchase a parachute hammock for backpackers.
  72. Get up to 70 trees planted with TenTree.  (Blog Post)  | Currently 30 planted.
  73. In Progress | Complete 100 loans with KIVA and have the total loans by people I’ve invited to Kiva pass 150 loans.  Will you help me?  (Blog Post)
  74. Be able to do 25 push-ups (Blog Post)
  75. Try water skiing for the first time in my life | Completed July 2016 (Blog Post)
  76. Go on a road-trip where you drive 5 hours north somewhere.
  77. Update my estate planning package & instructions for my executor.
  78. Hike Mt. Washington with Chantal.
  79. Be able to jump and hang on a regulation height basketball rim with both hands.  In Grade 12, I could jump with one step in desert boots and hang on.  It feels so far away right now.  (Blog Post)
  80. In Progress: Go and see 30 bands play live  (Blog Post)
  81. Give blood 2 times a month for 8 months in a row.  (Blog Post)
  82. Have a candlelit dinner on the living room floor with someone.
  83. Give a 100% tip to someone what provides excellent service.
  84. Run my first 10k marathon.
  85. Pay for someone’s groceries.
  86. Take Nose out to dinner.
  87. Donate $10 to charity for every 101 thing I don’t complete in the 1001 days.
  88. Hit 33 straight free throws. (Blog Post) | Update: As of 28Aug16 I’m at 11 in a row.
  89. Have a nerf gun war with the kids that can be called “epic” afterwards.
  90. Stay with someone using Couchsurfing.
  91. Spend an entire day without vision (be blind).
  92. Design two logo’s for a hat and something for a t-shirt or hoody and make some for myself.
  93. Purchase another bottle of Theirry Mulger – Angel.
  94. Spend a weekend at the Breakers in Cobourg, ON
  95. Visit Mt. Tremblant in Quebec City in the Winter.
  96. Think of one for here.
  97. Go to an event that I have to wear a Tux
  98. Take my kids on vacation to Europe.  (Blog Post)  Update: Ex would not let me this year so we went to Nova Scotia to visit family instead in July 2016.  Lisbon in the summer of 2017.
  99. Hike 21km section of the Bruce Trail through Bruce Peninsula National Park w/the kids.
  100. Think of one for here
  101. Create my 4th list once this one is completed.


If you see this list and it does not have 101 things inside it… it means I’m presently updating it.



Side notes & things:

  • 5 day hike the Coastal Trail, Pukaskwa National Park in Ontario
  • Design and make “go fuck yourself” business cards
  • Become a licensed basketball ref in Ontario.
  • Perform a perfect flip off a diving board into a pool.
  • Explore Healy Falls Crowe River Waterfalls with the kids
  • CN Tower Edge Walk
  • Treetop Trekking

The Vietnam Notebook | 2012 | Film By Casey Neistat

November 28th, 2016



A couple of weeks ago… Casey wanted to finish putting together a little movie about a trip he took with his son in 2012.  Love the journal he kept as they travelled documenting things with photos, video and paper with a mini-scrapbook.


Documenting with life and with kids.

As you might have heard… Casey is stopping his daily vlog a short time ago. He just sold his app Beme to CNN for 25 mil and will be starting up a separate media company for CNN next year announced today.  I’ve enjoyed just how creative his is with his eye for the angles and edits.  I’m looking forward to the little videos he produces.

You can view all my casey posts here.


NPR Tiny Desk Concert | The National

November 23rd, 2016


The National with a little NPR Tiny Desk concert.  They are a little indie band from Ohio and they are perfect for just letting them play in the earbuds as you muster around in life.  Second song from this little four song set is sweet.  Love.