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RIVEX: Boots. And. Hearts

 Boots and Hearts welcome sign

Boots and Hearts welcome sign

I can hardly say I'm surprised that my head is still spinning after the absolute whirlwind of a weekend that was Boots and Hearts. I've done a lot of work this summer, tons of prep and even more practice, but there was no way I could have prepared myself for all of the craziness that those 4 days would have have in store.

Of course, most of it is thanks to this guy:

 DJ Johnny Rivex

DJ Johnny Rivex

At a glance, Johnny appears to be your average festival goer. Though glances are glances, and to put it frankly, this dude is so much more. My attendance to this festival is thanks largely to his generosity and willingness to take a shot on a random college kid- for the full story, check out my full explanation here.
 Johnny Rivex at the Honeybunches of Oats activation during Boots and Hearts

Johnny Rivex at the Honeybunches of Oats activation during Boots and Hearts

To plainly say Johnny is a DJ, is like saying a rubik's cube is just a puzzle. Both represent a nearly endless possibility for learning new ways to approach situations, and similarly, both can also require a certain degree of stamina to keep up with.

For example, instead of being happy with rocking two residencies as a DJ, AND being signed on as an official artist at Canada's biggest country festival, he would help Honey Bunches of Oats energize the whole festival each morning of boots.

 Honey Bunches of Oats Breakfast Activation at Boots and Hearts

Honey Bunches of Oats Breakfast Activation at Boots and Hearts

Now, you may be thinking... ok, a  breakfast activation... that's not that wild- to which I agree. Though the thing about the breakfast activation is that began at 8am each day.

This would not be overtly a problem, save for the fact that Johnny and I were up until about 5am every day working on crafting the BEST after party boots had ever seen. 

I've seen a lot of parties- hell, most of the time it's my job to remember them... but I have NEVER seen a party that came even close to what Johnny was able to throw down each night of the festival.

 DJ Johnny Rivex throwing down at the Boots and Hearts VIP after party

DJ Johnny Rivex throwing down at the Boots and Hearts VIP after party

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 DJ Johnny Rivex throwing down at the Boots and Hearts VIP after party

DJ Johnny Rivex throwing down at the Boots and Hearts VIP after party

 DJ Johnny Rivex throwing down at the Boots and Hearts VIP after party

DJ Johnny Rivex throwing down at the Boots and Hearts VIP after party

 DJ Johnny Rivex throwing down at the Boots and Hearts VIP after party

DJ Johnny Rivex throwing down at the Boots and Hearts VIP after party

 DJ Johnny Rivex throwing down at the Boots and Hearts VIP after party

DJ Johnny Rivex throwing down at the Boots and Hearts VIP after party

I have no idea how the dude did it. 

To rise every morning at 7am, and stay wired all the way through till about 4:30 or 5 without the use of narcotics is beyond me... The only thing I've come up with is that not all heroes wear capes... some wear headphones.

 Me... at, um... wait where was I again?

Me... at, um... wait where was I again?

And what about me? While Johnny was off kicking ass and taking names, did I just sit around idly twiddling my thumbs? 

I'd like to think not.

I've boiled down my top 5 memories/experiences/things that happened that were really cool and am excited to share a little more about them on this blog. If you're reading this today (Friday August 25th), you can expect to hear more about my adventures in the upcoming week, where I'll be releasing one story per day.

Want to stay updated? Check in with my Facebook and Instagram where I'll be sharing links to these respective blog posts.

You can expect to hear more about the following

  • The diciest Slip'n' Slide I've ever seen
  • Flashbacks from 'Nam: My Time in the Photo Pit
  • Cramming over 3000 people onto 1 Front Porch
  • Dark Rum and Drainage Ditch Romance
  • Ferg's Festival Frenzy

Stay Tuned!

-BF