Exploring the Unknown

Exploring the Unknown
Representing the 99%!

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Rock The Cause Montreal No.6

It's all about the kids!
Rock The Cause Montreal

On November 19, 2016 a bunch of people from different walks of life hosted a party with awesome local Montreal bands with the simple goal of raising money for the Montreal Children's Hospital Foundation and to have a great night of live music.

Spring 2017 Maritimes Wishlist - Cape Spear, Newfoundland, Canada

Cape Spear Lighthouse - Most eastern point in North America.
Cape Spear, Newfoundland Canada
Pic © Shutterstock
As December fast approaches we saw the last of our unusually warm weather here in Quebec this past Saturday. For good measure, people were out and about on their Honda Furies, Harley-Davidson Forty-Eights and BMW R nine Ts. I found myself resenting Old Man Winter as the next day we saw snowfall. Twenty-five centimeters worth of snowfall to be exact. Global warming giveth and it taketh away. Whilst Bella stays snug and warm during the next few months, I find myself already counting down the days until spring is here and with it, a promise of new adventures to come. One such adventure is a trip I plan to take to the Maritimes, specifically, Cape Spear, the most easterly point of Canada.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Motorcycle Show (1955) By BRITISH PATHÉ


SV. Teddy bears riding Philips motorcycles for children. SV. Motorcycles, pan up to Teddy bears. LV. Girl seated on 'Beeza' scooter, & SCU. LV. Another girl seating on the 'Excelsior' scooter. Front view of 'Excelsior', pan up to a girl sitting on scooter. LV. The Ariel 650 C.C. Hunt Master twin motorcycle. CU. Front wheel of Ariel. CU. Engine. SV. Girl seated on the Power-Pak moped. CU. Engine on Power-Pak bike and girl's legs. GV. Interior of cycle show. LV. Large sign 'Hercules'. SV. Girl sitting on the Hercules 'Grey-Wolf'. LV. Tony Hoare (left) and Brian Robinson, looking at the Hercules racer 'Tour De France Equipe' bicycle (cost $27). These two boys were the first Englishmen to finish the three thousand miles Tour de France in the 50 years in which it has been held. CU. Tony Hoare and Brian Robinson looking at bike. LV. The supercharge Triumph on which Johnny Allen from Texas reached 190 m.p.h. on the salt flats of Utah. Front view showing streamlined Triumph. SV. Man cycling around corner towards camera on a miniature bicycle.

Sunday, November 13, 2016

10 Tips for Your First Ever Sparring Session - A Review

10 Tips for Your First Ever Sparring Session
By JT Van T


Nothing scratches an itch like a 16oz boxing glove right hook to your jaw. Yesterday was my first sparring session and all things considered, I was told that I did pretty well. Though, I can imagine that my boxing instructors weren't too sure of me at first. Excited and nervous, I accidentally put the groin protector on the wrong way and nearly jumped into the ring with 12oz gloves (*Facepalm). It was also the first day that they allowed us to to spar together in the ring with an instructor and or experienced boxer. No offence to Bob the Punching Bag, but nothing quite prepares you the way that sparring with an actual partner does.

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Rock For Dimes Montreal Invite By Percy Hart - aka Junkyard Villain


I have officially been accepted into a band called The Sharx. I have been busy learning new tunes with some really good guys and we are going to fight to the death in my very first Battle of the Bands to raise money for the March of Dimes. If you can't come to the show and you are able, you can still make a donation under the band name, The Sharx. Thank You! - Junkyard Villain

Understanding Child Abuse: An Ethnographic Journey


Written in 2001 as part of a year long anthropological fieldwork course (ANTH 315) that I was taking as part of my honours degree in cultural anthropology at Concordia University, my first print publication, Understanding Child Abuse: An Ethnographic Journey, was fraught with self-doubt and uncertainty as I struggled to find a style, let alone a tone that would do the topic I was discussing justice. Condensed into nine pages from sixty something pages, the art of editing was not lost upon me as I worked in conjunction with my fellow student editors and then professor, Dr. Nadia Ferrara. Nevertheless, though I was honoured to be included in Stories From Montreal II: Ethnographic Accounts of Life in North America's Francophone Metropolis, it was also a bittersweet moment.

Sunday, November 6, 2016

The Tait-Chattopadhyay Memorial Humanities Lecture: Bikers Against Child Abuse (B.A.C.A.) Review By Jenan Williams


The Bikers Against Child Abuse information assembly was something that really moved me. I had never heard of B.A.C.A. before, and was very surprised when they mentioned they were one of the biggest organizations in the world, so I was really thankful that my professor arranged to have them come to speak to us. What I liked about their presentation was how laid back they were, it felt relaxed and real, and really showed how these people, who looked “super bad-ass” if I am able to say, are ordinary people working to be there for the children who need them. I pictured them as being modern day super heroes, driving any distance and under any conditions to be there for a frightened child who can’t sleep or is scared to go out and play.

Saturday, November 5, 2016

Girl Racer (1962) By BRITISH PATHÉ


Mrs Beryl Swain is a housewife with an unusual hobby for a woman - she competes in motorcycle races. We first see Beryl out shopping with a friend. She looks into the window of a baker's shop. Footage of motorbikes being polished. C/U of Beryl putting on a crash helmet. We see Beryl moving off towards the start line. Various shots of bikers waiting for a race to start. Shots of the race and of spectators. Beryl seems to do quite well. Beryl's husband watches her progress.

Junkyard Villain Solo Album Released!


I've recorded ten original tunes for my first solo recording and enlisted the help of a few friends to add some flavour on a few songs. ​ The official CD launch happened on October 15, 2016 at Cafe Le Mariposa and all profits of this first album are being donated to the Montreal Children's Hospital Foundation in late November 2016 ​ Should you like a copy, drop me a line. ​ You can also see what kind of foolishness I am up to at my Facebook page. - Percy - 'Junkyard Villain'- Hart!