Author: Aaron Gates

VI BMX Circa 2005
VI BMX Circa 2005

Zane Hudson of Connected Brand fame contributed this section to our Kelowna scene video way back in 2005. It features some cool old footage of Taylor Elvy and Isaac Barnes, along with the sketchiest rail I've ever seen attempted. How sick is that bank to wall spot? ...

HEVIL
HEVIL
Rob-Parsons-barricade Rob Parsons Intro: Aaron Gates, Interview: Mat Ridgeway, Photos: Ken Paul Hevil has had many associations over the years - Chris Smith's artwork, wild party stories, "that guy who KO'd Alex Chalmers". It's a name that defines a generation of Vancouver badasses, and their video is one of the most anticipated things we thought we'd never see. The Hevil video that will premiere tomorrow night at the Astoria is a collection of footage from 2004-2008. It includes the guys who most would associate with the original crew, along with some of the predominant Canadian riders of that time. If you're reading this from Vancouver, you're probably already going.
Random Photo: David Clay

In 2009, I took a long road trip with honourary Canadian David Clay. We shot this photo on the Stewart-Cassiar Highway, which is the alternate route between Whitehorse and Prince George. It's one of those roads where you fill up at every gas station because nobody knows where the next...

Canadian Classics – Hiatus/St. John’s BMX
Canadian Classics – Hiatus/St. John’s BMX
To an outsider, the Maritimes have always had an awesome scene. Back in the day, one of the highlights of that scene was a series of videos created by Chris Nicholas. Chris was an awesome rider - he bombed huge rails, rode impossible pools, and in Deadline (2003?) he did a 5050 to second stage over crooked - maybe the first one. Chris was also one of the first videographers I knew of who used a DVX100 for bmx, and he was always doing interesting things with still cameras. Production wise, Hiatus was far ahead of its time. The motion graphics were dialed, the filming was on point, and the whole thing had a polished look that was unique and just really cool. All this was happening in 2005, in Newfoundland, for a local scene video.
The St. John's BMX series introduced many of us to two big names in Canadian BMX - Jeff Evans and Phil Bartlett. In Deadline, Phil looked like he was ten years old. Two years later, in Hiatus, Phil had grown two feet taller and it was unclear that he was even the same guy. Jeff was also pretty young in these videos; he brought East Coast street style reminiscent of riders far to the south of him and totally owned the opposite grind variations of the time.
Chris has a long and detailed post on the history of their video series (including all of the videos in full) here: The St. John's BMX Tetrology. He also took the time to answer a few questions about their scene of ten years ago and what it was like growing up riding in Canada's most isolated province. Check that out after the link.
Wrong Tool for the Job
Wrong Tool for the Job

A bunch of us were back in Kelowna over the holidays and it was too cold to ride, so we went skateboarding. Only a couple of us know how to skate; it was fun though. Big thanks to The Bakery for hooking up the session....

From the Vault – 2003 Summerland Jam
From the Vault – 2003 Summerland Jam

This one goes way back, so much so that the video that this jam was featured in came out on VHS. At that point, jams still played the role of bringing scenes together (a role that's largely been taken over by videos). In our area, this particular jam is often...

Bad 4 Life Video Out Now…. and on the News
Bad 4 Life Video Out Now…. and on the News

When I saw that this had happened, my first thought was that they had re-created the set of CTV Morning Live and hired an actor. This would not be outside the capabilities of Brodie Gwilliam and team. The best part is when he fumbles the title of the video. It's a...

Indoor Blues
Indoor Blues

Colby Knowler sent this one over from Victoria. I met Colby a few years ago in Whitehorse (where he grew up) and he was awesome enough to show us some of Canada's Northernmost spots, including what I think was a miniramp built by Ben MacPherson. Spencer Wilson and I riding at...

Jason Enns – Heroes and Madmen
Jason Enns – Heroes and Madmen

Ever wonder what Jason Enns doing switch-footed rocket icepicks on a miniramp would look like? You're in luck. Allied was a relatively short-lived company founded by Steve Inge, who also started Poor Boy, Mutiny, and the indoor skatepark from the Jomo Pro contests. I had no idea that Enns had a...