VIMF

Martin at the VIMF 'Crossroads' stage
Martin at the VIMF ‘Crossroads’ stage. Photo: P. Jones
I write this Saturday morning and it is now day two of the VIMF which is, of couse, the acronym for the Vancouver Island MusicFest. Yesterday (Friday) was a wonderful experience as I wandered around looking at the food, the people, and the vendors. Of course the music was wonderful too! The venue is amazing! The mainstage area is massive and then there are stages all over the place. The Comox Valley Exhibition Grounds are expansive and both open fields and forests. Some of the stages are nestled into the forest and I look forward to checking them out today! Of couree I will have more to report to you here. 

Today, we tape some segments for my show. They will all be aired at a later date on ShawTV! 

Later! 

Martin

Vancouver Island Music Festival

VIMF Main Stage

Looks like I will be going to the Vancouver Island Music Festival this weekend. Since I’m back in the talk show host saddle, I have the means to go and do some interviews as a member of the media.

I am always looking for a personal story, so don’t expect a lot of celebrity news, expect more from the people that make it happen and the people who volunteer throughout the weekend to make this one of BC’s premier music events. This year the line up of talent is magnificent. From country to world music, there is something for everyone. Camping is sold out, so you might have to ask me nicely to set up your tent in my back yard. I have room, but I get first priority for the coffee in the morning and of course, first rights to the shower!

Have a look at the festival here. I will be on my own at times and also with the wonderful folks at ShawTV –  North Island.

Watch for me. I’ll be the one with the microphone in my hand!

Martin

My Country is so Cool! Julie Payette – Astronaut and GG

Julie Payette

(from Wikipedia)
Congratulations on being an upstanding Canadian and role model!
Julie Payette
Julie Payette CSA.jpg
29th Governor General of Canada
Taking office
TBD
Monarch Elizabeth II
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau
Succeeding David Johnston
Personal details
Born October 20, 1963 (age 53)
Montreal, Quebec
Alma mater McGill University
University of Toronto
Profession Astronaut
Engineer
Julie Payette
CSA Astronaut
Nationality Canadian
Born October 20, 1963 (age 53)
Montreal, Quebec
McGill University

University of Toronto

Time in space
25d 11h 57m
Selection 1992 CSA Group
Missions STS-96, STS-127
Mission insignia
Sts-96-patch.pngSTS-127 patch.png

Julie Payette, OC, CQ (born October 20, 1963) is a Canadian astronaut, engineer and administrator. Payette has completed two spaceflights, STS-96 and STS-127, logging more than 25 days in space. She served as Chief Astronaut for the CSA, and has served in other roles for both NASA and CSA, such as CAPCOM.

In July 2013, Julie Payette was named Chief Operating Officer for the Montreal Science Centre in the Old Port of Montreal. In April 2014, she was appointed a Director of the National Bank of Canada.[1]

On July 12, 2017, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation reported that Julie Payette is to be appointed the next Governor General of Canada.[2]

New Show Air Dates Confirmed

Set of Martin @ the Crossroads
Set of Martin @ the Crossroads
Well. Now I’m getting excited. My new little TV show will air next week. I just received the schedule from ShawTV and it looks like I’ll (we’ll?)  have to get up early or stay up late to watch the very first one.

The show will air multiple times through the week so don’t worry if you miss watching every one! I’m joking of course, I expect you to record it for me, at least, and I will quiz everyone I know about the guest. The show will also be available shortly after the first air date. I will let you know when it is online.

Now… here are the dates and times for Martin @ the Crossroads:


Tuesday, July 18, 2017 03:00
Tuesday, July 18, 2017 09:00
Tuesday, July 18, 2017 15:00
Tuesday, July 18, 2017 21:00


Thursday, July 20, 2017 04:00
Thursday, July 20, 2017 10:00
Thursday, July 20, 2017 16:00
Thursday, July 20, 2017 22:00


Sunday, July 23, 2017 05:30
Sunday, July 23, 2017 17:30
Sunday, July 23, 2017 23:30


The show airs on ShawTV – North Island Channel. This is Shaw’s community access channel and just so you know, they do air some shows in other markets if they have a good following. If you are a Shaw cable subscriber, I hope you can ask for the show in your local market that would be amazing! If you are not sure if the show is airing in your neighbourhood, please click here and select your location. You can always send an email or call using  the contact information there.

If the show gains popularity, it could go national! So if you can watch on ShawTV or view the show on YouTube and like it.

Martin

 

A look back

It is hard to believe that my previous TV show was so long ago and in a far away land. Voice overs and writing for new shows, documentaries, corporate videos and aviation training media kept me pretty busy since then. I knew I’d be back. 

If you are not familiar with my first talk show, check out the imdb listing for both seasons. When I look back, it’s pretty inpressive what I did pretty much single handedly. 

Let’s see how long the new show will run! The premiere airs very soon! 

Martin

Updated: New show premiere air date

The new show will not air this week week of July 10,2017) as anticipated. The show was ready however there was no available program slot for this week. 

So, next week for sure! I’ll update you when I know… 

Martin 

New show final edits 

We’re just finishing the edits off for the new tv show. It’s looking pretty good. ShawTV is taking very good care of me in Campbell River. 

I’ll know the air dates as well as the link information for the ShawTV YouTube channel. 

Best,

Martin

Sunsets

A sunset is the universal call to all creatures that another day has ended, and that it is time to refresh our bodies and minds. 

Of course, it signals to the nocturnal creatures to begin their job in keeping the mosquitoes and insects off our noses when we sleep. 

New TV Show

Well, what can I say? The new TV show was taped yesterday. After all the planning, and preparations, once it was all done, I went home and slept for two hours. I forgot the energy and inertia that is involved in doing these shows. Good news it went well. So well that the station not only liked the pilot, they want a weekly show starting as soon as possible. Most likely in the fall. But we have the opportunity to do a few this summer.

I will let you all know when the show will premiere on Shaw TV. The show will air sometime during the week of July 10th, 2017.  If you are not a Shaw Cable subscriber, the show will be available online once the show airs on the channel.

Stay close! More to follow!

Martin

 

The New Show

Well, taping of the new show is done! Today time seemed to be both fast and slow.  The part I know best is the interview. Timing is everything in an interview. It’s a surreal place as an interviewer as while the guest is talking, you have to formulate the next question. Since I never script an interview, it’s not as easy as it looks. 

Television studio set
ShawTV studio

Good news is the show will air the week of July 10th and after that it will be available on the station’s YouTube channel. I will share it all as soon as I know the air dates.

View from the interviewer's chair in a TV studio.
View from the interviewer’s chair