This election has placed a lot of emphasis on getting to know the platforms and public image of each of the candidates. However, at the end of the day, it is often the unseen or the unknown part of the candidate that ends up making the biggest impact on the Presidency. I’m not going to spend anytime trying to convince you to vote for me because of my platform. Instead I want to take a minute to tell you a few things that I haven’t talked about during the campaign. Let’s be honest, I’m never going to be as exciting as Claire and I’m never going to look totally comfortable at JBR’s, but I want to take this chance to, maybe, round off the edges of the square and let you know a little bit about me.
All of the candidates in the election are sophs. It sometimes seems like the soph experience of three of us has taken a backseat to that of another candidate, but I can say that being a soph was an incredible experience and one that I would recommend to others. I was a Huron Assistant Head Soph this past year and played leading role in putting on the first HBK outdoor concert in many years. The concert, called Affilifest, was headlined by a Canadian act, The Midway State. They guys played a great set, but as they packed up they ‘accidentally’ packed my Macbook with them and left town. After a minor panic and a frantic search around Huron and Western I called the band and discovered that my computer had joined them on tour. I didn’t manage to recover the computer until a week after O-Week when my computer showed up with Down With Webster at their show in London. The point of this story is to tell you that even if I’m not famous, my computer has been on tour with two bands so far.
Some people would probably tell you that I shouldn’t talk about this again because some people think that I’m using my musical talent as some sort of political crutch, but I figure that this site is as safe a place to bring it up as any. Despite the fact that my musical taste is decidedly mainstream and definitely favourable of mid-tempo adult contemporary (is that really a surprise to anyone?) I’m going to continue to treat it as something that might give you a glimpse at who I am. For five years was the lead singer for a band called Cofield and put in a fair number of hours on the London Music Hall stage. Come on, it’s still cool to be in a band right? If you keep your eyes out, there is still a van driving around town with our logo on it (okay fine, not a tour van, it was our guitar player’s family car…). Somehow we ended up getting nominated for a London Music Award, so I guess that means we were at least a moderate success. I am currently playing in a band called ‘The Chase’ and working on a five song EP that will come out as soon as I get my voice back from this election and record the vocals. The highlight of my time with The Chase was getting to open for Rick McGhie at one of his last shows before his surgery. The last music thing that I’ll mention (I promise I’m done after this) is something that I may regret mentioning. I played Chad Danforth in a production of Disney’s ‘High School Musical’. I can still quote lines and let’s be honest, look at me; I’m a baller (I’ll never say that again I promise).
While I’m in the business of embarrassing myself I’ll reveal a few things that those who know me will just roll their eyes at. I’m a huge ‘One Tree Hill’ fan, although I stopped watching when Chad Michael Murray left the show. He’s coming back this season so I might have to pick it up again…I’m also relatively partial to a good ‘rom-com’ so in the interest of full disclosure I will put on the record that I’m a big fan of ‘The Holiday’ and ‘The Proposal’ (when I was a don at Huron, one of the international students told me that I looked like Ryan Reynolds…I’ll take it, but I think that might be a bit of a stretch).
Some say that the posters on your wall tell a lot about the person so here are the posters that were on my wall in first year: Barack Obama, John Mayer (yes, John Mayer…) and ‘Le Petit Prince’. I got all of them from the famous atrium-blocking Western tradition, the Imaginus Poster Sale. Another Western tradition I’ve attempted to fulfill is the World Tour at The Spoke. My previous effort last year was a solid two beers – I tried really hard. If you can’t tell, I am not that much of a drinker. I did however acquire a taste and appreciation for beer when I was taking a political science course in Belgium (predictable I know). Perhaps I can finish it off the World Tour after some sushi at The Wave next year?
Anyway, there are a few things about me that might make you roll your eyes, might make you write hostile comments or might just give you an idea about a few things that I never would have said otherwise. If you get a chance to take a look at www.voteadam.ca all of my ideas for next year are there, as well as my video platform and the infamous ‘walking and talking’ video. If you have any questions about my campaign or who I am, just add me on Facebook and send me a message.