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Welcome to the first edition of the Scene kamloops. this magazine has been in the making for so long some of us didn’t know if it would ever hit the press, so this issue marks a momentous occasion.

the goal of the magazine is to provide exposure for local artists, musicians and athletes — both professional and those just in the midst of launching their careers. to do this involves connecting with a broader audience — you — and to let you know about what’s happening in your community and the raw talent Kamloops has to offer.

the scene was so much fun to create, but it can only get better. We envision the magazine — which publishes four times annually — will become that must-read, but to get there, we need you. Connect with us on facebook, check out our website,, send us messages and emails. let us know about you, what you’re doing and what you want to read about. if you’re in band, hook up with us. an artist? tell us your story. We’re here to spread the word, and we can’t wait to get started. - Danna Bach

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AGGY ON A RAMPAGE By Adam Williams


lot of people called Graham Agassiz’s goal of becoming a professional mountain biker a pipe dream, but in a way that’s always what has fueled him.

The 23-year-old Kamloops mountain biker got his start racing BMX bikes but was turned on to mountain biking just a few years before his 18th birthday. He’s been hooked ever since and is now one of the top bikers in the world. What drew him to the sport over BMX? “The freedom and exploring aspects of it,” he says. “You can pretty much go anywhere, there’s so much terrain you can cover in a short amount of time.” Agassiz moved up the ranks quickly. He was a part of a grassroots development program with Kona Bikes before signing with its pro team just after

he turned 18. Kamloops has always been the ideal place for him; living in Juniper he’s just minutes away from the Kamloops Bike Ranch — a personal training facility of sorts — and he has access to some of the best and most popular terrain in the world. “The mountain bike scene here is pretty huge,” he says. “All the movies, there’s always been scenes coming out of here . . . I’ve traveled all the way around the world riding my bike and I still am always drawn back home. “I meet people from all over the world that come here just to ride — Japan, New Zealand, everywhere.”




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Agassiz spends more of his time doing movies than riding in competitions nowadays, though there are certain events he will always have time for. His ultimate career goal is to win Red Bull Rampage — a stop on the Freeride Mountain Bike world tour in which riders take runs down near-vertical sandstone ridges in Utah. He’s come close to winning the last two seasons but fell on his final jump this year and broke his ankle just before the event the year before.

He plans to be back again next year however, with even more drive and determination. Riding at the Bike Ranch he has the opportunity to interact with local kids, he also teams up with the Bicycle Café to offer bike camps to Kamloops youth in the summers. He looked up to local mountain bikers like Matt Hunter when he was a kid and he’s happy to be able to be act as a role model for the sport’s next generation. “It seems like yesterday that I was one of those kids so I can relate to that,” he says.


The next few months will be a bit different for Agassiz; he recently broke his neck while filming for a video and will be off his bike for the next three months. After that, he’ll be back in the gym, training and going through physical therapy, trying to get himself back in shape for another season.

His story shows that anything is possible with enough hard work and dedication. He was often told to be more realistic — that the odds of becoming a professional mountain biker were one in a million. He says his response was always: “Why can’t I be that one?” “No one can tell you that you can’t do something, I always say follow your dreams,” he says. “If there’s something in life you want to do, no matter how far away it seems, how impossible it seems, if you just put the time and effort and hard work in, anything is possible, as cliché as that sounds. It’s true and I feel like I’m a prime example of that.”

The injuries, especially the severe ones, don’t make him think twice about his career, instead they make more grateful and respectful of the career he has built. “It’s crazy to have a dream like that and to make it a reality,” Agassiz says. “Just putting in that hard work and it paying off and now doing it, it’s definitely a cool feeling.”

He was often told to be more realistic — that the odds of becoming a professional mountain biker were one in a million. He says his response was always:


Snowboard, ride sleds, fly fish

“Why can’t I be that one?”

Favourite place to snowboard: Revelstoke

Favourite mountain biking location:

Whistler or Châtel, France. (A small ski village in the French Alps).

Hero growing up: Matt Hunter

Favourite sport to watch: Surfing

Favourite surfer: Highest ranking as a BMX racer: 2nd in B.C.

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“If we keep telling the same stor y across cult ures and across countries, then the creature does exist — or we need him for something.”

“We’ve been talk ing about him for about as long as we’ve been telling stories.” Hope developed a Wild Man exhibit for The Cube at the Kamloops Art Gallery and continued her research into the legend after graduation. She launched the Wild Man Appreciation Society, where people are welcome to visit the site, purchase society memberships as well as Wild Man trading cards.

In B.C. one doesn’t have to look far for the Wild Man —the Kokanee beer sasquatch is just one modern example, as is Quatchi, the sasquatch mascot for the 2010 Vancouver Olympics.

In December, Hope travels to Romania where she’ll complete a month-long artist residency in Bucharest and take a train adventure through Nort hern Romania to attend and photograph Wild Man festivals.

But are there Wild Men roaming through the forests of B.C. as so many have suggested through the years? “As I stare into the forest I really hope I see one, but I really hope I don’t. I like the mystery — I like not know ing.”

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Championships in November in Surrey, and after dropping its first match, the WolfPack went onto capture the bronze medal. Alanna Bekkering and Jordy HamerJackson represent both ends of the spectrum of the program. Hamer-Jackson, a NorKam graduate, is in her first year with TRU while Bekkering was the team's lone fifth-year player. Both are graduates of Kamloops Youth Soccer.

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U A E V U O N kin By Lar

When Totally Boss electronic dance music night hit the scene in Kamloops in 2007 there was no turning back.

“It was held every Friday in a small downtown loft. Everywhere else in town was playing strictly Top 40 so when we brought this new electronic sound to Kamloops it was something entirely different,” says Mikael Finley, who makes up half of Kamloops DJ duo NOUVEAU.

It took a mere three weeks for Totally Boss to go from entertaining crowds of 100 people to more than 600 clamouring to get into the party. “Our party definitely fuelled the electronic scene in Kamloops and now every club in town plays mostly electronic genres of music.”

Living in Vancouver for six years, Finley would go to DJ parties and was inspired by the music and atmosphere. “When I moved back to Kamloops to finish school I missed that whole vibe so that’s when I started up Totally Boss and began DJing.”

Partnering with a buddy who'd grown up in the Kamloops punk hardcore scene, Finley and Andrew Klymchuk joined together in late 2011 to form NOUVEAU. The pair have since played with some big names: Steve Aoki, UZ, Felix Cartal, Ryan Hemsworth, Dragonette, and their favourite show of all time, Torro Torro out of Toronto. In the past year-and-a-half alone they've opened for more than 50 live acts, and act as resident DJs at Cactus Jacks, where they play about two shows a week. Finley said his favourite part about it all is, meeting all the different people who share the same musical passion as they do.



In December watch out for Kamloops' #NIGHTTIMING party. You can find more information and keep up to date on the duo's Facebook or Twitter under NouveauCanada.

“There's a really cool music scene in Kamloops — lots of different DJ crews out here,” says Finley. “At any given night you can head to a venue in Kamloops and see a lot of the talented DJs doing their thing. Everyone here gets along and we all support each other so it's a really cool time for electronic music in Kamloops.” NOUVEAU recently joined a DJ collective out of Vancouver and is working on doing a Western Canada tour.

“(We) get to travel around and share our love of music in different places.” “It's so gratifying to see a crowd react to a song you wrote or to a song you enjoy.”




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he Movember movement launched 10 years ago with a firm grasp of the funny bone. As the brainchild of two Australian guys, a tongue in cheek approach to a deadly serious topic was probably inevitable.

This year's theme, Tales of the Moustache, depicts the men on a different book cover each month — including the must-have Harlequin Romance novel with the male model sporting a wide open frilly shirt, windblown hair and a clingy bombshell blond. The dedication towards the project can be seen in its quality and attention to detail — the 2014 calendar includes obscure celebrated days of the year such as "Compliment Day" (Jan. 24)"Talk in an Elevator Day" (July 25), ect.

The annual movement has led to endless creative endeavours for prostate cancer research. And perhaps none is funnier than the Men of Movember calendar, created by a group of friends living in Kamloops and Vancouver.

But never far behind the jokes is the campaign to find a cure for prostate cancer. It's no coincidence that Coulter's grandfather was diagnosed with the disease the same year the group of friends came up with the calendar idea.

Mike Coulter, The Scene graphic designer, along with Vancouver's Matt Skinner, Tyler Robinson and Paul Jones came up with the fundraising idea over a few beers four years ago.

While "Opa" continues to defy the odds, the friends' project continues to grow.

The "Team Moustache Gravy" production — so called as "a cheeky reference to our efforts to make gravy (raise money) using our moustaches," said Coulter — was born.

"Movember has a platform that brings men together to engage . . . in ways that we don't always get to," said Coulter. "This is hugely important to us." For a minimum donation of $20 per calendar, they raised $5,000 from the first calendar and hope to double that this year. All proceeds go to Movember Canada, which funds prostate cancer research and men's health initiatives.

Filled with images of its creators striking pseudo-serious poses, the calendar's slick photography and design is delivered in perfect deadpan.

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Kathryn Easton, left, shaves a beard off of Zak Cox, a TRU Tourism Management student. Professional Convention Management Association members are helping to promote Movember, including a clean shave before starting moustaches.

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cquired any mad skills since last season? Ready to show them off? And as for showing off, there are plenty of opportunities. On Dec. 8 sign up for the Resurgence Rail Jam presented by Oronge Boardshop. Oronge also presents The Garden Rail Jam scheduled for Jan. 26.

Every year terrain park events at Sun Peaks get bigger, better and ballsier, and this year will be no different, says Devon Knopf, events co-ordinator for the resort. The Rockstar Energy Terrain Park used for freestyle ski and snowboarding has seen some upgrades over last season, and will see more through the season ahead, Knopf says. Every year the park is made more interesting than the year before, allowing riders the opportunity to practice different skills.

Last year, 5Forty True Urban Assault was a massive success with plenty of riders signed up and spectators galore watching the action that took place in the Village using urban features including an old car and a picnic table. The True Urban Assault will be back again this season on Dec. 14 and promises to be a crowd-pleaser.

“If you have the same jumps and rails for the whole season it’d get boring, so it’s changed almost weekly or monthly for the season, and we’ve got a huge variety,” he says, including everything from the traditional jumps to street-influenced rails.


“There have been contests going on up here since we’ve had the terrain park. They’re a huge part of the culture — it’s more of a coming together of everyone who rides it,” Knopf says,



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If you’re looking for a great party on New Years, look no farther than Sun Peaks. The resort hosts First Flight Big Air Invitational on Dec. 31 at the Black Diamond Terrain Park. This is the seventh year for First Flight — an hour-long demonstration,

featuring some amazing athletes. Cash prizes are handed out to the best tricks of the night. Helmets are mandatory and all entrants must be able to ride the intermediate terrain park with confidence. First Flight is free for spectators.

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