Episode 8 – New Year Take Out 2018

Episode 8 New Year Take Out 2018

Well… 2018 is well underway, no turning back. But how do we make it through the busy day? Take out of course! In the Comox Valley, there are some daily rituals and they have to be followed in order, or do they? The show is on air this week on ShawTV Channel 4 in the North Vancouver Island region. It can also be found right here!

I made sure that I was in ‘character’ by having a just woke up look with my hair. Seriously, we make every effort to get the realism happening here at ‘the crossroads’! So take out something for yourself! 😉

Welcome 2018

Well who would have thought we would see another year? With all the fuss in world politics and those who oppose its long fingers into world affairs. My hope is that we start to look more at the world outside our homes to get the real picture of what’s going on. Are your neighbours happy? Healthy? Properly nourished? It is all our responsibility to ensure our community is well. Let’s be concerned of the world, but our true happiness is right here. If we let news makers do what they want to do (make news of course), they will do it no matter what. It is what makes our global economy work. So in 2018 let’s make news they way it should be made. Locally produced and sourced. We all know someone who lives somewhere. So if we share the news lets do so via our local channels.

I hope that my work in community TV has influences some of you to actually follow it. Local sports, arts, and events are all there. I wish you to spend more time with your local media content. If you have a guest or even an idea for a show, you can be part of the solution of fake news. How about that?

Lots of love and understanding to you all in 2018!

– Martin @ the Crossroads

Two Line Body Series I Artwork

Two Line Body – Series I

This is the first commercial offering of my artwork to the public. I’m quite excited as I always love to create things. Writing, videos, music, and art. I have been rather distant from the artwork side of things but taking time off from  social media this week has inspired me. I hope it inspires you too! I think I captured some of the human body with simple, yet distinguishable, two line drawings. It was a challenge however, I hope they are fun and interesting.

Remember, these may become a collector’s item someday! Who knows? So plan your art portfolio wisely here and now!


#1 – shoulder

Two Line Body #1 Shoulder



#2 – finger




#3 – mandible




#4 – ear




#5 – toe




#6 – elbow




#7 – palm




#8 – eye



 


Complete Series I

As you may or may not be aware, I do my TV show as a volunteer co-producer and every dollar counts. Much of what I earn goes right back into production and planning of my shows and other creative projects. If you buy the complete Series I, I will offer a 30 dollar discount from the individual print price… now that’s a deal!


Please feel free to take this opportunity to view and purchase these limited edition prints. Each print will be signed and numbered. No additional prints will be sold when the series is completed.

 

Note: Each signed print comes complete in a simple black frame for hanging or placing on a desk or table. Shipping and taxes are extra. Billing will appear as   “SYSSOLAR” on your statement.

Statistics Look Promising

Well it seems that since the show started, I have a lot of positive feedback in the sense of online visits to my site. A new design and of course, a new show give me all the promise of an even better 2018 for my program and the creative content I produce for many companies and projects around the world.

Here is a sneak peek at the stats since the show went on air. Given a zero advertising budget and just some simple web SEO have brought around 200 daily visitors to the site and around 400 page visits per day. You can see when the program went “live” and the views increased dramatically. Although my focus is on paying clients for my web design, for my own projects, it’s nice to see some activity here.

Thanks for “clicking”! – Martin @ the Crossroads

Seasons Greetings

Here’s a little gift of original art to you all.
By me to you.

stylized painting of trees and decorations

Best wishes for your holiday celebrations
and the best in 2018!

Martin

Seasons Greetings and Welcome 2018

Well the end is near and 2017 has been quite a year. I was able to co-produce seven shows this year. Of course, with the best co-producers I have ever worked with. Not to mention the amazing guests supporters and sponsors.

The last week of the year on ShawTV is reserved for the yule log, special shows and events, so I get a week off! Well off air that is. The show usually airs throughout the two week rotation and then on YouTube from there, well, forever.

Although the show is off air, I’m still busy planning for 2018. I will however take this week to stay off social media and let the automated posts do their work. I may not interact with all you wonderful people during this week, however, I can always be reached via direct and private means. So we’re going to have to talk directly. Use the contacts page, messenger, iMessage, FaceTime, my phone number, my text number, and of course, by commenting on this post.

Lots of love, lots of peace, and many happy moments are what I wish for you all!

Love,

Martin @ the Crossroads . tv

Thanks To You All! A Special Holiday Treat

Thanks to you all, and for your support I am offering a special holiday treat!

Well the end of the year brings holiday greetings. Some celebrate the solstice and Saturnalia, some celebrate Chanukah, some Christmas. Some just celebrate because that is what we humans do on the shortest days of the year to award off cabin fever.

As a thank you to my guests, ShawTV, their staff and volunteers that make my show happen as well as all the people that have supported me along the way are welcome to a small party on December 20th. The location is for the first annual Crossroads winter party will be at Forbidden Brewing Company which is located at 1590 Cliffe Ave, Courtenay, BC.

The brewery can be found across the street from the new Thrifty’s and tucked away in the front parking lot of the Best Western Hotel. We will start around 3PM and go until the crowd dissipates. So drop on in for a few laughs, a look at some unseen promo ideas for the show and have your first beverage on me for all your support. There will be snacks and goodies too. Maybe even a few other treats. Just remember… Don’t Drink and Drive!

If you cannot make it call me up on FaceTime, WhatsApp, or Messenger.  It would be great to see all your faces at the same time!

An RSVP would be great if you have time.

Seasons Greetings!

Martin @ the Crossroads

Autumn Weekends

This year’s autumn weekends were just beautiful. I had the opportunity to get out to the parks in the region to have a look at the change in colours. There was no disappointment. The trees changed so slowly this fall and even within a day the trees had advanced to their inevitable barren winter sleep.

A sleep that regenerates the soil around them, warms their roots, and creates shelter for all the little creatures in the forest they share. I always enjoyed the fall. In fact, I believe it is the best season of all. Not too hot, not too cold, not too big, not too small. It is just right…

Martin

Episode 7 – RCMP/GRC

Well, this episode was fun. Media Relations Officer, Constable Rob Gardner was my guest for this show. What did I miss all these years? Find the show on ShawTV North Island & Powell River.

The show is now on YouTube! Have a watch from right here if you want!

Note: During the show Rob and I talked about an old training video. The link for it is here. I wanted to put some of it on the show however CBC wanted a lot of cash to allow me to use even a few seconds of the clip.

Here are a few more links to videos that were supplied by the RCMP/GRC:

45 sec TV ad male ENG

45 sec TV ad female ENG

45 sec TV ad male FR

45 sec TV ad female FR

Welcome to Depot ENG

Welcome to Depot FR

Remember, this show is all volunteer. I hope you can help us out in making it stay on-air!

Volunteer Producer

My bio on ShawTV
My bio on ShawTV

I once did a TV show in Istanbul with a small salary and a zero-production budget. Now, I have a TV show and although ShawTV is co-producing it with me, as you can see, I’m a volunteer/access producer. Which means, I now have no financial gain from doing this. I hope to find sponsors, that may or may not happen. So, it is always nice to know that you support and my hope is that in sharing the people that have a story to tell will make a difference.

With this said, I hope that you can consider making a small donation to the show. I hope that someday soon I can move the show, or create another one with a commercial broadcaster. I have a lot of stories to share and I hope that I can keep doing this. If you cannot help out financially, then all I need is for you to share and comment on the posts I make on my website.