Live from the Upstairs Basement: TV Series

TV Series on Bell TV1

About This Project

“TV Show Producer” has to be one of the coolest job titles that Colin has earned. Live from the Upstairs Basement is the third TV series he has made for the Bell TV1 network. The Live from the Upstairs Basement sessions at Kops Records showcase the past, present and future of music in Oshawa. In each episode host Will McGuirk chats with the artist about being fans of vinyl and key cool corners in the city.


We filmed the series over about 8 months due to Covid so there are three episodes before and three episodes during. We were a crew of 5 this time around: Will McGuirk was the host, Dave Dunlap was our sound guy, Ryan Beaton, Carla Sinclair and Colin Burwell were all camera ops. Colin was the main shooter and director for each episode and it was the first time he worked with a professional sound guy. It is such a load off a videographer’s chest when they don’t have to worry about sound. And since this is a TV show about Oshawa music, the sound needs to be perfect. Dave was ready for everything the bands could throw at him and delivered a sweet and consistent audio package.

We filmed the show with 3x GH5 cameras and an array of lenses. Ryan was usually on the gimbal, Carla was usually on the wide zoom (24-105mm f/4.0) and Colin was usually tight (70-200mm f/2.8). These cameras continue to blow our minds considering the cost for them. These bodies will stay with Empty Cup for years.

The shoot days were fairly relaxed. We shot at two external locations around Oshawa first (the Dungeon, Mustache Club, Rossland Square, Atria, residential areas, etc) and then finished filming at Kops Records in downtown Oshawa. We often ordered pizza from Pizzamunno who is also in downtown Oshawa.

You can find each of the 6 episodes on the Bell TV1 network. They range from 16-19 minutes in length and feature 3 songs and a handful of interviews. Here is the list of bands we filmed and the synopsis of each episode.

Reign Ghost:
It’s been 50 years since they played together. Their albums are highly sought after. Members of Oshawa’s 60s era prog rock band Christmas and Reign Ghost return to their home town for one more show at Kops Records.

Cuff the Duke:
The factory and the farm meet in the punk-country of Cuff The Duke. Two of the original members revisit the plazas and playing fields as they prepare for their session at Kops Records in Oshawa.

Rooks aka Sonny Hendrixx:
The righteous rap of hip hop artist Rooks McCoy aka Sonny Hendrixx brings hope to a city struggling with change. He parlays adversity into verse for his show at Kops Records in Oshawa.

Lindsay Schoolcraft:
How did Oshawa’s queen of metal go from the Dungeon to the heights of a Juno nomination. Metal angel Lindsay Schoolcraft and her harp perform at Kops Records in Oshawa as she goes back to where it began.

Native Other:
Taking the smooth with the rough, Native Other, with special guest Charlie Spencer of Dizzy, bring their unique blend of surf and soul to Kops Records in Oshawa.

Whitby-based cuddle-core outfit Wooly muse on after school hook-ups and songs from the suburbs. They gather up all the cuddles for their performance at Kops Records in Oshawa.


Film & Television