Canadian Wildlife Federation’s “Africa to Americas Expedition” launched from Senegal almost three weeks ago in a row boat carrying four young men, two Americans and two Canadian. The rowers are travelling across the Atlantic to raise awareness of the danger the world’s oceans are in. They are attempting a Guinness World Record-setting ocean crossing in a fully equipped, two-ton boat, rowing 24 hours a day in two-men shifts; trying to survive 100 days at sea. Canadian rower, Markus, somehow found the time amidst it all to take our 20 Questions which we are extremely grateful for. For more information on their journey and how to get involved, click OARnorthwest.
1. What is your dream of happiness?
To travel by human power around the world, meeting and sharing the stories of awesome people.
2. Blonde or Brunette?
Not important, let me see their eyes.
3. What is the quality you like most in a person?
4. What do you fear most?
Approaching the woman of my dreams. I’m not afraid of death but I still have social anxiety. Ridiculous.
5. 808s or 909s?
6. What’s your biggest regret?
7. What’s your fav bar or club in the world?
I don’t remember the name of it, but it was amazing.
8. What’s the one thing you can’t live without?
Love. Or water.
9. What are the 3 musicians dead or alive you’d like to see perform?
Bob Marley, Nina Simone, The Beattles.
10. What is your favorite decade in music?
11. If you had to choose, would you rather go blind or deaf and why?
Deaf. I feel I could be more independent as a deaf person. Living without music would be a challenge but I would still be able to feel it.
12. How old is too old?
It’s getting older every day…and I’d like to believe age doesn’t matter. I’ve always been with older women.
13. Where do you see yourself in 15 years?
Sailing slowly around the world with my young family.
14. Who’s your hero?
My sister Tamsin.
15. What’s your favourite colour?
16. What song could you live without ever hearing again?
Tonight’s gonna be a good night, Black Eyed Peas
17. Metallica or Madonna?
Madonna, no question.
18. What’s your most hated vice?
I don’t hate but dishonesty pains me.
19. Who is the most tragic figure in history?
Jesus, or Kermit The Frog, it’s a tossup
20. What are the top three live shows you’ve seen in your life?
The Pharcyde and Cypress Hill at the Guvernment when I was 13.
Saul Williams in Vancouver in some tiny venue.
Lianne La Havas is playing the Opera House on April 4th. get your tickets here! We know you love her. Look at that face, she’s so deliciously cute it’s shocking. Below is a video of proof. She was also gracious enough to take our 20 Qs.
20 Questions with Rad People has been around the longest of all the columns on PinkMafia. It all started with a now defunct magazine called Hot Flux that asked me to interview Nav Sangha (at the time he was part owner of Play De Record and had just opened Wrongbar) and I came up with a 20 Question form that I sent over email. We’ve had lots of Rad People take part of the questionnaire, from local business people (Matt George/Stussy, Shinan Govani/National Post Gossip Columnist, TRexx/1LoveTo), actors, (Eric Balfour, Bree Williamson and Juliette Lewis), and boat loads of musicians (Austra, Chromeo, Black Lips, La Roux etc). Below is a compilation of the top ten 20 Questions of all time (so far).
10. Nav Sangha (Wrongbar/Great Hall/Nasty Nav). DJ, bar owner and dad, Nav’s answers were both funny and succinct. He makes the list for all this and that he started the column’s regular appearance.
9. Rusko. We just really like and miss Rusko.
8. Sara Quin of Tegan & Sara. They were the first to graciously take the 20 Qs before we had a long list of people of note to hook other people of note into taking them.
7. Diamond Rings + Juliette Lewis. There’s a tie for the 7th spot between these two fantastic diva’s. When Juliette took them we felt it was a real milestone in the 20Qs and when Diamond rings took them, we loved them so much that we made him the focal point of our 20Qs banner.
6. Christian Lander from Stuff White People Like. Just read his “where do you see yourself in 15 years” answer and then you decide if he deserves a spot on this list.
5. DJ Assault
4. Born Ruffians. Their long-winded, self deprecating responses are genius. They also did one of the best Tour Diaries for us as well.
3. Henry Rollins. First, it’s Henry Rollins, and second, cause he sent them back filled out 5 minutes after we handed them to his publicist with a note that read, “thanks, these were fun.”
2. Major Lazer. Diplo filled these out as the character, Major Lazer, after the first album came out and Pon De Floor was tearing up dance floors all over the Western World. He did them on his smart phone (most likely a Blackberry Torch) and they’re all in a Jamaican accent.
1. Junior Boys. They’re answers were the funniest. The funniest of all time. even better than Major Lazer. That good.
We caught up with DJ Nu-Mark and posed 20 questions, which he answered with aplomb.
Delhi 2 Dublin are touring across Canada right now, and will be in Vancouver on November 30th at the Commodore Ballroom, but first, band member Tarun Nayar was nice enough to take the 20 Qs from us.
SheDoesTheCity presents a third round of their ever popular dance party, #STAYGOLDEN at the Gladstone Hotel this Saturday, November 10, 2012. It’s only $5 to listen to all the artists you love but get drowned out by all the bullshit that passes as music these days. It’s like a wedding barmitzvah if the DJs were actually good. And luckily those actually good DJs Black Betty and Cherry Pop were kind enough to take the 20Qs with us.
From the event: “Joan Jett, Blondie, Led Zeppelin, CCR, Cream, Journey, The Animals, Bruce Springsteen, Queen, The Rolling Stones…it’s time to dress like a 70′s rocker babe and sashay up to that cute boy from The Outsiders. All your favourite classic rock anthems to unleash your inner rock n’ roll rebel. Introducing, behind the turntables: DJ Cherry Pop aka American Apparel sweetheart/comedienne/actress/dancer/entertainer extraordinary Laura Cilevitz! Shedoesthecity’s resident photographer Black Betty aka Becca Lemire will play host & be snap-snapping away behind the lens. Wear Denim. Shake That Hair. Get Sweaty. Taste Salty. Runaway with us.”
Gary Pullin, former art director of Rue Morgue, and one of the founding members of the Rue Morgue empire (Magazine, Festival of Fear etc) was nice enough to take our 20Qs on this all Hallows Eve. His schedule tonight will include: I’ll be checking out TIFF’s Living Dread: The Cinema of George A. Romero film series, which opens with his awesome anthology Creepshow tonight and runs until November 4, at TIFF Bell Lightbox. Romero is curating and introducing many of his films including Martin, Night of the Living Dead, Dawn of the Dead, Day of the Dead and Michael Powell’s cult classic Peeping Tom. Gary even did the silk-screened poster, which is available at the event tonight.
Martha Wainwright has a new album out, Come Home To Mama, and she’s touring the great Canadian North in support of it (Toronto tour date is November 8th at the Great Hall). She was nice enough to answer the 20 Qs just before she heads out.
The Zolas have a new album out, Ancient Mars, and they’re playing the great Hall in Toronto on Friday, October 12th. Zachary took our 20 Qs (complete with a kick ass Dad story) below.
Listen to his first single off the album here.
He will be returning to Toronto for a show in December. Tour dates are here.
Long time fans of Boys Noize we were so excited to have him answer our 20 Questions: