09/09/2014 06:24 EDT | Updated 10/29/2014 05:59 EDT

Kirk LaPointe Knows Magic And Other Fun Facts About Vancouver Mayoral Candidate

Vancouver mayoral candidate Kirk LaPointe has a ways to go before he has the name recognition of incumbent Gregor Robertson. But at least he can laugh about it.

The veteran newsman is used to monitoring politics behind the scenes as a senior editor at The Vancouver Sun, CTV, Canadian Press, and National Post. He was also CBC ombudsman from 2010 to 2012 and is currently a journalism professor at UBC.

LaPointe, 56, was born in Toronto and raised by a single mother. But we wanted to know more about the chosen candidate for the NPA (Non-Partisan Association). We asked LaPointe to send us some things people may not know about him, and here are his five fun facts:

LaPointe with radio personalities from The Kid Carson Show on SONiC.

Music blogger

"I am an avid music fan. It started by seeing The Beatles at age six. I have seen hundreds of concerts and, because I was a music writer in earlier journalism days, interviewed hundreds of musicians. I try to stay current.

Albums I like this year: Future Islands, Spoon, Angel Olsen, Neneh Cherry, Sun Kil Moon, EMA. I blog about music locally, but am taking a break for the campaign and, I hope, beyond. I look forward to the Nov. 15 election and to the Nov. 17 concert by FKA Twigs."


"I am a goaltender for three hockey teams. They are rooting for me to win the mayoralty, I suspect, so they can find someone to replace me. I suppose I will take the support wherever it is."


"I coach girls softball, a team called Blue Thunder, having coached them from Mites level into Midget over seven great seasons. It’s the best time of year. The vibe is fantastic."


"I have run nine marathons and more than 100 10K races, none of them in the first one-third of the finishers. I have run for 32 years and have missed a birthday run only once in that time. I used to be upset when I was called a jogger; now I’d consider that an upgrade."


"I know one good magic trick. I teach it every year to journalism students because it involves choosing a word from the newspaper, writing it on a slip of paper, handing that paper to someone, then having another person choose the same word. Only two people have figured the trick out when they've seen it."

LaPointe will be trying to add mayor to those descriptors when Vancouverites cast their ballots in November.

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