high school

Sara Bynoe Creator of Teen Angst Night

Tonight I had the pleasure of attending Sara Bynoe’s Teen Angst Night at the Fox Cabaret. I laughed a lot! It felt good. Going in I thought that maybe the material written during the 10 participants teen years might not be that good or entertaining, but, boy, was I wrong.

Sara was a hilarious and very charming host! All the courageous people who got on stage were funny, vulnerable, and confident enough to go back in time and share some pretty embarrassing thoughts . They revealed their often self-centred, dark (suicide came up quite regularly), and contrived writing styles they exhibited during their teen years. I so relate! In grade 10 I won a poetry contest for a poem called “Enveloped Surroundings”. I think the title says it all.

Sara shared that she has been running the Teen Angst Night since 2000. According to Bynoe, her plan is to retire the Teen Angst Night with a prom-themed event in the spring of 2020. That means there are a limited amount of Teen Angst Night’s left that you can attend. I recommend going while you still can. The next Teen Angst Night is at the Fox Cabaret on March 22nd. Advance tickets are $10! It’s worth it.

I kind of felt like a freak and an outsider at the beginning of the show because I went alone, but once the performances started I felt right at home!

Teen Angst Night uses humour to remind adults how lucky we are to be old enough to look back and laugh at it all.

Thanks to Sara for sharing her thoughts on what she loves about Vancouver (flowers in February are pretty special) and getting over feeling like a freak or an outsider through punk culture and ‘zines!! I wanna be more like Sara Bynoe.

Chattin’ It Up with the Ravishing Rachel

This afternoon, I went out in search of someone to interview and Rachel caught my eye. Due to the cold weather these days, my style is closest to that of a stereotypical soccer Mom (I often choose borderline-frumpy clothes over what’s fashionable), so I admired Rachel’s ability to look incredibly stylish and pulled-together on this chilly November day.

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Anyways, Rachel let me interview her and she was awesome to talk to!

If you’ve ever felt like a freak or an outsider, what helped you through it?

“I’ve totally felt like a freak and an outsider. And I would say the thing that helped me through it the most was my amazing friends, and music, and going to see music with my amazing friends.”

Also, Rachel’s favourite place to shop is Oak and Fort. So, if you want to emulate Rachel’s style, take a gander at Oak and Fort.

Rachel signed off with a simple, “Hi world!” Great attitude. Thanks Rachel!

THE PREATURES: Interview

Words of Wisdom from ISABELLA MANFREDI about how to survive bullying at school: “It’s where, if you can make it past 18, if you can graduate from high school, it will never be that hard again. EVER!” 

THE PREATURES (minus drummer Luke Davison) l to r: bassist Thomas Champion, singer Isabella Manfredi, singer and guitarist Gideon Bensen, and guitarist Jack Moffitt.

THE PREATURES (minus drummer Luke Davison) l to r: bassist Thomas Champion, singer Isabella Manfredi, singer and guitarist Gideon Bensen, and guitarist Jack Moffitt. Photo credit: me (Christina Travis)

THE PREATURES rule! This quintet originates from Sydney, Australia and they first formed in 2010.

They are undoubtedly a full-fledged rock band. While I’m not the biggest rock fan in general, I’m a fan of this band because they write catchy, melodic songs that make me wanna jump around! Also lead singer ISABELLA MANFREDI‘s voice can show vulnerability and incredible power from one note to the next.

I saw the band perform live at Electric Owl on Main Street in Vancouver tonight (October 22nd, 2014). They are confident (as they should be) live performers. This is their first time playing in Vancouver, but I bet they’ll be back soon after the impression they made tonight.

I spoke them about their first full-length album BLUE PLANET EYES, which was released this year. Their first EP was released in 2012 and is called SHAKING HANDS. Their second EP came out in 2013: IS THIS HOW YOU FEEL?

Me (Christina Travis) and ISABELLA MANFREDI (I think she is like a raven-haired DEBBIE HARRY). So beautiful...and down-to-earth!

Me (Christina Travis) and ISABELLA MANFREDI (I think she is like a raven-haired DEBBIE HARRY). So beautiful…and down-to-earth!

ISABELLA MANFREDI and THOMAS CHAMPION spoke in-depth about how they were bullied at school. Manfredi and Champion thoughtfully discuss how young people who are being bullied today can make it through the pain and torment that bullying creates.They also talk about their favourite thing about Vancouver so far: FOOD!

MANFREDI recommends musicians DESTINY’S CHILD, BOB DYLAN, THE STONE ROSES, WEEN, CAKE, and BRANDY as being a few examples of music that helped her deal with her schoolmates being cruel to her at school.

The tracks I gravitate towards the most from BLUE PLANET EYES are BLUE PLANET EYES, SOMEBODY’S TALKING, and IS THIS HOW YOU FEEL? (though I embarrassingly called it “Is That How You Feel?” during the interview–I was very nervous!). The band graciously overlooked my error and simply corrected it themselves when they said the title of the song.

I managed to snag a picture with drummer LUKE DAVISON since he missed out on the group shot.

I managed to snag a picture with drummer LUKE DAVISON since he missed out on the group shot.

Another song of theirs that I think is awesome is called BETTER THAN IT EVER COULD BE. It was released as a single and is not on their album or EPs.

THE PREATURES are signed to Mercury Records Australia. ISABELLA MANFREDI won the prestigious Vanda and Young Songwriting Competition (the band writes together, but the award can only go to one individual) in 2013. The prize money was $50,000 and the win was for the song IS THIS HOW YOU FEEL? The band used the money to pursue international release opportunities. 

Some other entertaining quotes that MANFREDI gave during the interview are: “Revenge is a good motivator”(so true…the only satisfying revenge is when you work hard so that your life is where you want it to be, and you don’t give a crap about those who ignored you or put you down). Success is the best revenge! When she said “Don’t read fashion magazines!” I thought that was pretty smart as well (Vogue screwed with my head as a child).

Frontwoman Isabella Manfredi on October 22nd, 2014.

Frontwoman Isabella Manfredi on October 22nd, 2014.

Their live performance was tight! The band clearly has lots of fun performing together and their rapport was contagious, as the crowd was really into the music.

Thanks to THE PREATURES for the wonderful interview and live show!