In a world of 15-second Instagram clips and constant social media churn, here’s a silver platter of Canadian BMX videos from recent months. This is the Northern Embassy’s Video Round Up.
Photo Credit: Andy McGrath.
Back in December 2020 when we were planning our re-launch for the Northern Embassy, the admin team released an audience survey. Our aim was to get some insights on our community so we could build out content that people would be stoked on. Andy McGrath was one of about a hundred riders who submitted responses. In his survey submission, he shared a private link to a video he filmed of Lynden Chartrand. I’d seen Lynden’s name pop up periodically in random BMX media before, but I honestly wasn’t too familiar with his riding. I watched the video and immediately shared it with the admin team. After viewing 4+ minutes of hammers and exceptional spot use, it was clear we wanted to learn more about the guy. I reached out to Lynden and Andy to see if they’d be down for an interview. They obliged and a few months later, here we are. Dive in to get to know one of Canada’s grittiest 20-something street riders…
The Gorilla Jam hit a big milestone by celebrating its 10th year of existence. Austin Odegnal chopped up this edit with highlights from this year’s event. Shout outs to Josh August for putting in the work to make Gorilla Jam happen.
I have worked many different jobs in/ around the BMX scene in Vancouver over the last 15 years, And I have always wanted a team. A group of us from Van went to Texas Toast in 2013 and had a blast, when I came back it was just stuck in my mind that I had to do it. I took a little time to think about exactly what I was doing, then in April of 2014 I called up the boys to see if they were down, and it just so happened that they were all going to the Okanogan to meet up and ride that weekend! Riffs was born on that day.
Andy McGrath – Andy is the chillest dude ever, and has the style to boot (check out his new video for proof). He is also very tech savvy and has done lots of editing and filming in the Van scene for the past couple of years. Crimson Bike in North Vancouver made a custom frame recently, The Crimson Riffer, and it’s bad-ass.
Dave Laliberte – Dave is the most “BMX kid” I have ever met, but make no mistake- “Little dave” ain’t little no more. Always super stoked to ride whatever, he’s a bit hyper and funny as hell. The term “Best Grizz Air” gets thrown around a lot, and Dave has my vote, 100%. As dynamic as he is riding, he loves getting out on a quiet lake to fish the day away too. If you ride a park with Dave, keep your head up for his Pitbull Timon, he WILL take you out, full speed.
Colby Burns- A lot of modern men like to grow their beards out and post a couple of selfies each day about how rugged and manly they are without ever getting their hands dirty. Colby Burns is the real deal. seriously, every time I meet up with the guy in less than 5 minutes he’s chopping down a tree, pulling something with his truck or jumping that thing that everyone’s only looked at for years. The Pride of Prince George BC. I heard him howling at the moon the last time we went camping, I’m pretty sure he’s a werewolf of some kind.
A short team video is in the works. Our graphics are going to get more brutal and the music will get heavier. It’s going to be a full clothing line before long, but for now it’s T-shirts and web videos. I hope you all enjoy!
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Thanks to everyone who’s spread our name, wore the shirt, or just been stoked on Riffs!”
Riffs dropped this banging edit of Andy McGrath a couple weeks back, if you haven’t seen it yet give it a watch. If you’ve already seen it, re watch it because it’s damn good!
Also watch Colby’s ridiculous edit from last year!
Dave has been cruising around the Vancouver, riding with the homies, and stacking clips with his phone. It appears Dave has traded in his potato, for a phone that films some crispy HD! Featuring: Dave himself, Andy McGrath, Jordan Hango, Cory Walsh, James Van De Kamp, Shelby Hare, Jordan Fair, Amos Franke, Chris Smith, Dave Laliberte, Andrew Schubert, Zach Rampen, Randy Moffat, Nik Muryn, and Cary Lorenz. Check it out!
[Back]: Matt Desson, Aaron Gates, Donald (Dab King) Delp, Cary Lorenz, Delia Millsap, Tony Archibeque Jr., Slade Scherer, Jack Nicholl, Colin Fried, Jordan Thaden, Andy McGrath, Dave Butler, Carl (Pizza King) Arnett, Ty Scott, Tommy Joseph, Mat Ridgeway, [Front]: David Clay, Tony Piff.
Each year, my friends and I pack up a few vehicles and go explore a new part of America. This year, we packed two trucks, two cars and a minivan with 20 people and 19 bikes. The destination was Eastern Oregon, the fourth of July, and the heart of America.
Words – Aaron Gates. Photos – Tony Archibeque Jr. (unless otherwise noted)