THE NORTHERN EMBASSY

02 Jan Ky Brisebois – ONE OF THEM

The final section of Them’s video series ONE OF THEM is now live. This time featuring Ky Brisebois, with a new “ting” on things. Ky is guaranteed to make you look at your surroundings a little differently after this one. Once again thanks to Matt Perrin for the video magic.

“The third and final instalment of our ONE OF THEM series featuring Ky Brisebois. Over 6 minutes of raw, tech, savage & refreshing riding from Breezy Boy, that you will probably have to rewind to catch all the tings/bonks in most of these combos. Ky is a very well rounded rider, and kills all terrain he touches… But in this part you get to see him focus, and continue to progress his own brand/style of street riding, which is a breath of fresh air. Enjoy!” – THEM

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23 Dec Nick Halisheff/Riley Abramyk – ONE OF THEM

The second instalment of Them’s video trilogy “ONE OF THEM”. This time featuring Nick Halisheff ripping some transition, and Riley Abramyk with some smooth street lines. Tossing a few Isaac Barnes clips in for good measure too. All put together by Matt Perrin.

Part 3 with Ky Brisebois coming soon.

“ONE OF THEM Pt.2 featuring Nick Halisheff & Riley Abramyk, with guest clips from Isaac Barnes. Nick kills everything, but this part will give you a good look at his bowl roasting capabilities. Riley closes the section with all the steeze, lots of tech, smooth lines in this one. Riley makes everything look good, and a lot easier than it is!” – THEM

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23 Dec Embassy Decade in Review: Bad 4 Life

Because Embassy started at the beginning of the decade, almost the entirety of the website has existed over this period. One of the great functions of the site has been to serve as an informal record of things that happened in Canadian BMX. In this series, we’ll attempt to bookend the decade and call back to some of our favorite things that happened over the last ten years.

There’s a tendency in BMX to define large parts of the culture by its urban areas. So much of BMX is centered around what’s happening in LA, Austin, and New York. So much of Canadian BMX is centered around Vancouver, Toronto, and Montreal (and Calgary, and Edmonton, and Winnipeg, and Halifax, etc.). These cities are where the distros, the skateparks and the best street riding are. They’re where riders move to when they leave home for a bigger scene, and generally, they produce most of the content that we would want to post about on a website like this.

Canada isn’t quite that way though. Past the big cities, most of the riding scenes in the country are small. A group of friends that knows another group of friends an hour down the highway. A local skatepark that may be new, or may be 20 years old, ramps and jumps in somebody’s yard… this is how a lot of use grew up.

Brodie Gwilliam’s videos paint a picture of the extreme other side. Among the rise of urban street riding, Brodie and his group of (kind of) misfits seemed to explore every random town on the prairies, they rode waterslides, and literal rocks, and they did it all in super clear high definition on one of the first RED cameras to shoot bmx. The fact that all of this existed at all, in the form that it does, doesn’t make much sense. But it’s amazing.

Justin Schwanke interviewed him for Embassy here. Jeremy interviewed him about their full-length Let’s Get Fistical here.

The B4L video that I’ve watched back the most was the “Van Life” edit, from a two week trip Brodie took to Vancouver. Peak Ridgeway, Andy, and Dave Laliberte while travelling around in Mat’s $300 van.

Amidst all of that exploring, the Pinnacle of Brodie’s filmmaking this decade was the “Bush League” series. Filmed mostly (entirely?) on his own farm, he rides the most ridiculous obstacles. Modified ramp setups, tractors, hay bales, farm equipment, and so much more. Brodie’s riding really holds its own as well. It’s one of the most well-executed and unique projects I’ve seen in BMX, and he put together three (!) amazing versions of this concept.

While Bush League 1 exists, and is a pretty fun collection of Sask locals riding nothing, the second through fourth episodes are where Brodie really found the style that defines the series. And they’re unreal.

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06 Dec Weird & Revered – High Fashion Mixtape

Justin sent through this rad mixtape he pieced together with some leftover footage from their Vagabond Squad DVD.

Riders: Thomas Henderson, Tyler Horness, Duke Thomson-Kurz, Ted Bambrick, Brodie Gwilliam, Sean Tiffin, Justin Schwanke, Logan Kirzinger, Kyle Lafleur, Colin Reimer, Andrew MacLeod, Mark Stanway, Eddie Anderson, Jesse Baraniuk, Percy Marshall, Taylor Marleau, Mitchel Johnson, Joe Weidman, Derek Bolz, Cary Lorenz, James Dean, Kolbi Watier, Brian Sveinson, and Pearce Grubisich

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06 Dec Matt Perrin – ONE OF THEM

Part one of Them’s three part series features Matt Perrin making great use of every spot thrown at him.
Keep your eyes peeled for part two dropping 12/13/2019 on Them’s youtube channel.

“Matt Perrin smashin’ & grindin’ his pegs, pedals, and BB all over the place to open our three part web series, ONE OF THEM.” – THEM

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20 Nov Joel Fortin – 2019

Joel was out cruising all summer and put together this silky smooth video as a result. Guest clips from Dean & Chijioke are always a treat. Should be called “J-Gold 2019” not “J-Dust 2019”. Thanks to Merritt, OGCBMX, FTL, & Vans for keeping the the guy rolling!

 

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06 Nov Braden Beck: Fall 2019 Video

Saskatchewan’s favorite freecoaster wizard, Braden Beck is back at it with another new video for MacNeil Bikes. We’ve come to expect insanely technical fakie and grind combos from Braden and this video has no shortage of that. With some fresh UK footage and a handful of brake clips for extra spice, this is a great watch beginning to end.

FILMING: Kelly Bragg and James Perry
LOCATIONS: Saskatoon, London, and Brighton.

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