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Ericzone Podcast: Episode 17: Danielle Kaymore (En)

Ericzone Podcast: Episode 17 (En)
December 29th 2019 Danielle Kaymore

Danielle Kaymore is an english teacher, singer, dancer and model/actress. She holds an MA in multicultural education and a BA in social sciences. Danielle is on the podcast to talk about her involvement with Bravi Production and her on stage work in the musicals ‘Gypsy’ and the upcoming ‘Big Fish’.

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Pittcon Article and SiliCycle video interview by Ericzone

Eric Mailhot pittcon-interview-thumbI have a question for you. Is it possible to write and article about writing an article? I’m sure It must have been done already, but I’m just not certain that I should. I mean, how self-centered does one have to be in order to go ahead with that kind of crazy idea? The reason why I’m asking you this is because early March 2019, I had the opportunity to film and to conduct an interview with Adrian Villanueva, commercial representative for SiliCycle in Latin America. The purpose of the video interview, aside from creating some original marketing content for SiliCycle, was to accompany an article which i also took upon myself to write. And so, I guess you now see my conundrum. Should I write an blog about writing an article? I’m still not convinced that I should. But, since you’ve gotten this far in reading this post, I guess that I should keep writing and tell you more.

The interviews

This multimedia publication had the objective of promoting SiliCycle‘s presence at Pittcon 2019 in Philadelphia and to also promote the expo itself. For that purpose, I was referred to a contact at Pittcon by Geneviève Gingras, head of marketing at SiliCycle. Kimberley Palastro, marketing coordinator at Pittcon  was very kind to look into our questions and to send me the responses given by her people. Along with Adrian Villanueva’s video interview, those answers became the backbone of the article. They also added a fascinating look into the history of the annual Pittcon conferences which, by the way, have been held since February 1950!

Adrian Villanueva, for someone who says that he doesn’t particularly enjoy being in front of the camera, really looked natural and seems content with the outcome of the interview. I’ve always been a proponent of using audiovisual mediums as tools to better understand oneself, both inwards and the outward shell. For example, I’ve always seen the Ericzone Podcast (a mostly french web show that i host) as a mirror to better see myself. Each podcast episode enables me to pinpoint my mistakes and to figure out what I need to do to get better at expressing myself. Truthfully, I didn’t like my own voice in this latest interview. Taking notes!

About the video equipment

SiliCycle marketing department has this great Nikon D7100 which I’m only now starting to truly appreciate. Without getting into too much technical stuff, the camera is well appreciated in the audiovisual community and does quite well for any occasion. For the audio recording part, a Senheiser e835 microphone was used, onto which a SiliCycle mic flag was added. A few feet away at the end of the xlr cable, a Zoom H5 gave me a quality recording for the interview.

Salutations to Kimberley Palastro at Pittcon and to the other collaborators in the article. Thank you Adrian Villanueva for participating in the interview. Thanks to my colleagues Gabrielle, Geneviève, Mathieu and Valerie for their helping hand. I invite you to take a look at the article on SiliCycle’s website and to watch the interview video on their YouTube page. For more about SiliCycle, visit their Facebook page or their website. For more information about Pittcon, here’s a link to his website. As always, I invite you to consult my portfolio at and to visit my Facebook page. Don’t forget to click like. You can also find me on YouTube. Have you sent me a contact request on Linkedin?


The Blue House – Acrylic Painting by Eric Mailhot

quebec fleur de lys ericzone”The Blue House” is an acrylic painting done on a 30×40 inch canvas that was completed sometime in August of 2017. Started in the month of April 2016, the project is based on the photo of a small rural house that was taken on October 22nd 2016 nearby St-Foy CEGEP in Quebec City. On publication of this article, the painting is in the hands of Renée Jacques, a friend and work collegue. With this gift, I hoped to show her my gratitude for her support since my arrival in Quebec City in March of 2016. More importantly, I’ve always been able to count on her throughout the production of the Ericzone Podcast. She has always been willing to offer carpool during the cold winter days. It was precisely during those first days of driving to work that we noticed the blue house and that the idea of painting it first dawned on me. And so, it only made a lot of sense that I would offer her the painting. Merci Renée.

The Blue House

As I mentioned, it was during those first weeks in Quebec City that I discovered the Blue House (located corner St-Foy et Chevremont), in a rather fragile state, painted with a surprising blue color. Even more surprising, is the fact that I developed such a strange fascination with this somewhat beautiful house that waited for its uncertain future. It’s in this context that I took a few photos with my cell phone in the last days of October 2016. Little did I know that, just a few days later, this modest little house would be demolished and replaced by a mundane parking lot.

A Bit of History

According to the information I was given about this humble house, the land had apparently been rented to the religious community of l’Hôtel-Dieu to Pauline de Villiers in June of 1939. The house was then built during the summer of 1939.

Mme De Villiers would go on to own the house until April of 1975, when she sold it to Godfroy Lamarche, a man from Sainte-Catherine-de-la-Jacques-Cartier. M. Lamarche, a teacher, would be proprietor until june of 2001. M. Lamarche was no longer living in the house when it was sold to M. Normand St-Cyr in June of 2001. The latter owned the place up until 2016 when it was sold to Immocom Ste-Foy Inc.

A sad ending

I would have hoped for a more honorable end to this humble house. I feel that, in light of its proximity to the CEGEP St-Foy, the house could have been converted (had it been in better condition) into a student cafe of some kind. With its fragile demeanor and its outlandish color, I can’t help but draw a parallel between the blue house and the future of Quebec. As a cafe, it could have housed future generations of students, inspiring them by the smell of coffee and Quebec music. All it would have taken to give this house a second life and to possibly make it a part of Quebec city’s heritage, would have  been an astute business person with the right amount of foresight.

The memory of this house is forever engraved in my memory. I feel happy that I was able to contribute to perpertuating its story post-mortem, through my art and this article. If ever you have photos or anecdotes to share, please don’t hesitate to write in the comments or through email.

The Blue House @ Ericzone Podcast

August 20th 2017, I had the opportunity to talk about my painting of the blue house with la Serveuse du Nelligans, while recording the Ericzone Podcast. You can click on the video below to watch the excerpt from that episode. Manon Choquette (Serveuse du Nelligans) is not only a writer and blogger, but also a talented painter. (excerpt is in french)

I invite you to have a look at the Flickr album and the photos that recall the evolution of the project. You can find images of the painting on Behance and on Deviantart. As always, I invite you to have a look at and to visit my Facebook page. Don’t forget to click «Like». You can also find me on YouTube. Ericzone is on Instagram. Have you sent me a contact request on LinkedIn?

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Xmas office party tradition alive and well at SiliCycle

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eric_17dec_avatar1Xmas time is here. The merry time of year when people everywhere get to spend loving moments, pulled from one family gathering to the next. For many of us, xmas also means office parties. Sadly, successful office parties have become a rare breed of event. I’ve been fortunate in my life, however, to have witnessed a couple of worthy office parties. I can’t help but reminisce on those now legendary Ubisoft Montreal parties, during which I had the opportunity to film and to create a series of memorable videos (I was only able to salvage one of those videos; you can probably find the rest on Ubitube, if it still exists). This year, I was privileged to be a part of the xmas party at SiliCycle, the company in Quebec City where I am currently employed. Here’s a little rundown from a video producer’s point of view.

Family affairs

Founded in 1995, SiliCycle® Inc. is a worldwide leader in the development, the manufacturing and the commercialization of high value silica-based and specialty products for chromatography, analytical and organic chemistry (yes, I copy pasted that from their official website The company itself is a tightly knit core of individuals that seem to have made a conscious effort to include a strong sense of family in its activities. Whereas monstrous Ubisoft events were fueled by raw Montreal geek energy and pride, SiliCycle is yet small enough to infuse its events with a true sense of camaraderie. At the core of SiliCycle is a group of friends from university who, if i’m not mistaken, mostly come from the Gaspé peninsula in Quebec, Canada. Considering the strong traditions in Gaspé, it’s no wonder that there is such an authentic family bond which permeates most activities at SiliCycle.

Inspiring Christmas video mandate

It’s in this context that, as video editor/graphics designer, I was mandated by Geneviève Gingras (head of SiliCycle marketing), to produce a series of homage videos. The objective of these videos: highlight the years of service of four SiliCycle employees during the 2016 xmas party. And so, I threw myself into this mandate with every intention of contributing to the mood of the upcoming event.


Nicolas Bilodeau, dressed up as a news anchor for one the SiliCycle hommage video entitled ‘SiliaNews’

Green screens and roasts

Aside from offering multimedia and audiovisual support, I delved into each production with an open mind and a readiness to create. For me, each new project is the occasion to learn and to exchange with interesting people. To make a long story short, preproduction talks brought on great sketch ideas and scripts. Everybody involved had a great time contributing and filming the videos. I was also happy to get further acquainted with my colleagues. (read more about my arrival at SiliCycle in March of 2016)

My past work on various projects such as the Blackburn Podcast, coupled with my years as video editor and my diploma in audio techniques, gave me the tools I needed as production moved forward. Aside from this unique opportunity to participate on comedic/roast videos (which I seldom have a chance to do), I was eager to further my understanding of green screens. (One of the skits was set in a newsroom with an animated background borrowed on Youtube and integrated in After Effects … have a look at some of the production photos in this Flickr album)

Last minute preparations

Early morning, December 17th 2016, I accompanied colleague Renée Jacques (administrative assistant to the president of SiliCycle) to the Quebec City venue called District St-Joseph in order to prepare ourselves for the evening’s festivities. With 10 videos to show and a busy schedule, we needed to make sure everything was ready. We were greeted by District St-Joseph owner, Alain Marceau, who was kind to give us the time we needed to set up.


Eric Mailhot – Saturday December 17th 2016 @ District in Quebec city. In the background, Renée Jacques and District people preparing the venue.

A night to be remembered

After i was done filming the evening and had shown the videos, i sat at the bar for a while, wearing my red xmas tie.

I was pleased that my colleagues enjoyed the homage videos and that my work contributed to the general mood of the evening. Somewhat an introvert, I always prefer playing the quiet observer (maybe I was an anthropologist in a past life). The evening reminded me of my true motivation as an artist. Undeniably, making people feel positive and happy is my principal incentive in any of my endeavours.

Headlining for the evening was singer Valerie Clio and a group of talented musicians (Samuel Lussier on guitar). Her stage presence was energetic and her voice was incredible.

A great many thanks

Many thanks to Renée Jacques. She skillfully took on the task of executive producer for the project, guiding each separate production and making sure everybody was in tune. After giving her a crash course on lav mics, she often took charge of mic setup and was great help with lighting for each shoot. Thank you also to Geneviève Gingras for this great project. And thanks to everybody for their participation, support and feedback before and after the reveal!

Feel free to go and have a look on my Flickr page at some photos from the evening and check out the Flickr album for the video production photos. For more information about SiliCycle, visit their Facebook page or their official website. As always, visit my online portfolio at and visit my professional Facebook page and click Like in order to keep in touch. You can also find me on Youtube. Have you sent me a contact request on LinkedIn?