What do comedian Lucas Myers, Shambhala Music Festival founder Jimmy Bundschuh and local dance troupe the Showcats have in common? All of them will be guests on the first episode of The LineUp, a brand new internet television show that aims to celebrate Kootenay culture.
Filmed at Selkirk College’s Shambhala Hall and hosted by Jenna Raider, the show grew out of IMTV—a project filmed lived at Spiritbar for three seasons. Now being launched with an Indiegogo campaign, the show is set to air its first episode on September 25.
“My personal goal is to share what an amazing place it is we live in and to introduce the talent here to the biggest viewing audience possible. There are so many people doing so amazing things in this area, and I want The LineUp to be the rooftop where we shout those accomplishments,” host Jenna Raider told the Star.
The creative team behind the show includes Raider, Blair Altman, Robin Phelan, Kamala Melzack and Shane Hainsworth. The team plans to use Selkirk College student volunteers to film the episodes, giving them invaluable experience they wouldn’t get otherwise. They also have a number of other members of the community helping out in areas of design, editing and social media.
“When I was in the media program I volunteered for absolutely everything I could, because I knew that the best experience you could get was hands-on,” said Altman.
Hainsworth will be the director of the show, and will help bring in Selkirk students from the digital arts program.
Raider said the first episode will be an exciting introduction to the arts community, and it only seemed appropriate to begin with the founder of the Shambhala Music Festival.
“Jimmy Bundschuh is the founder and donor of the Hall, and I’ve even worked for him but I’ve never been able to sit down and properly ask him about his story,” said Raider.
“He’s a quiet, humble guy and I’m looking forward to asking him ‘how did it all happen?’ I want to hear about his life and his family.”
(Bundschuh recently became a father with his partner Jenna Arpita.)
That will be followed by a discussion about Lucas Myers’ upcoming show Campground: A Murder Mystery in the Woods.
“We’re going to get a little taste, a little preview,” said Raider. “He’s been a loyal supporter and guest over the years.”
And the night will be wrapped up with a performance from Erin Thomson and the Showcats, who will do a burlesque routine.
“There will be skits, surprises, ladies dancing—all kinds of stuff,” said Raider. “I’m so excited to be a part of it all and I’m ready to make The LineUp a viable opportunity for everyone involved.”
She describes it as “a daytime show meets a late night show with Kootenay content”.
The Indiegogo campaign is attempting to raise $10,000.
To be a member of the live studio audience tickets are $10 at the door or $7 for students. Doors will open at 7:30 p.m. and the show will be from 8 to 10 p.m.
The episodes will air live at thelineup.tv, and then will be posted on YouTube within a few weeks. The show will also be broken down into individual segments so the artists involved can share their scenes on social media.
For more information visit indiegogo.com/projects/the-lineup-live#/story.
The creative team behind the Kootenays new internet show The LineUp, which will be filmed at Selkirk College’s Shambhala Hall, includes (L-R) Robin Phelan, Jenna Raider, Kamala Melzack, Shane Hainsworth, Blair Altman.
Bob Hall photo