Mark Leiren-Young is a writer/director/performer who spends too much of his free time worrying about the environment, the Canadian political scene, and the Vancouver Canucks (not necessarily in that order). Mark won the Leacock Medal for Humour for his comic memoir, Never Shoot a Stampede Queen: A Rookie Reporter in the Cariboo. He was a finalist for the WGC Award for screenwriting for his first feature film, The Green Chain. His most recent book, This Crazy Time, was written with/about controversial environmentalist, Tzeporah Berman. He's half of the satirical duo Local Anxiety. Their latest comedy CD, Greenpieces, is available on iTunes and their 21st century version of O Christmas Tree is becoming a holiday favourite thanks to The Tyee.
Reporting beat: Life, the universe, and hockey.
Connection to B.C.: Mark was born in Vancouver, grew up in Williams Lake, and attended school at the University of Victoria.
Personal website: http://leiren-young.com
Stories by Mark Leiren-Young
What I saw at the Williams Lake rodeo, 30 years after the town told me to buck off.
With his brilliant performances he graced many key productions. And saved mine.
In 1980, Mark Leiren-Young set out to write the greatest 'rock and roll magic show' ever.
A playwright and a critic debate whether tweeting during shows signals the apocalypse.
How one wrongly convicted man kept hope alive for years until his release. New doc out now.
Woody Harrelson talks championing hemp, the 's' word and his upcoming film 'Seven Psychopaths.'
Shark conservationist, filmmaker and author tackles a new subject in 'Revolution.' See it at VIFF.
Our man at Banff World Media Festival gauges fear and confusion among TV's elite.
Why the wet blanket? Big screens, boisterous crowds didn't cause Stanley Cup Riot 2.0.
With no hero in sight, the theatre is closing. In its honour, let's keep the arts centre stage.
Two who are turning the 1984 book into a film and game explain why now's perfect timing.
Collected, tagged and bagged, the year's big moments and various signs of the Apocalypse.
The Tyee talks with Michel Hazanavicius, who wrote and directed the silent film blockbuster touted for an Oscar.
Playwright John Gray on the well-timed film reinterpretation of his classic Canadian play.
Dammed Quebec and energy alternatives are subjects of film having its English language premiere tonight in Vancouver.
Watch China's enviro movement unfold in this new doc, debuting at Vancouver's film fest.
Talking with the co-director. And seven more great films this year.
A die-hard fan tries to make sense of DC Comics' massive superheroes do-over.
Here was my submission to the commission. How many answers will we get?
They were the favourites. So losing the Cup this time is going to hurt a whole lot more.
This wasn't '94. This was weirder, more violent, driven by a lust for digital attention.
Thinking about how the Canucks got here, and why they will win.
I'm not sure why any goalie would want to play for the Canucks, but I'm still glad Luongo does.
These are my memories from a bittersweet lifetime of rooting for the Canucks. What are yours?
Time to set record straight on why a melee broke out last time Canucks made the finals.
When they say we're not Canada's team, just smile. We're bigger than that.
After 40 years of open-ice hits and headshots from the hockey gods, Mark Leiren-Young wonders if this is the year the pain ends.
It's your country now, with adversaries defunded, in disarray, or both.
Twain's classic 'Huckleberry Finn' gets cleaned up, and maybe it's time.
Meating Gaga, birthing Obama, the Gordo heave ho, Cherry's bombs, the wrath of Kwan, and more of 2010.
Weary of your kid lecturing you on how holiday fun kills the planet? Sing along.
The screenwriter of Oscar entry 'Life, Above All' talks about Soweto's baby toy strewn cemetery, Roger Ebert, blind luck, and more.
Now Wan and Whannell have crafted the horribly good 'Insidious.'
Sturla Gunnarson, director of the bio-doc 'Force of Nature,' on Suzuki's anger, urgency and faith in miracles.
Notes on watching Edward Norton interview Bruce Springsteen.
The actress was feisty, funny, fully alive. And she distilled a lot of wisdom into 10 words.
Why did fellow Greenpeace founders shun him? He defends nuclear power, corporate forestry and other eco-bugaboos. A Trees and Us podcast.
The veteran BC forests activist has a new organization and cause. A Trees and Us podcast.
Thanks for the show, artists -- now get lost. BC to slash 90 per cent of culture funding.
New book by UVic profs Drengson and Taylor is a guide to 'practicing nature's wisdom.' A Trees and Us podcast.
For a young Cariboo reporter it was a major scoop. The damnedest way to catch a bear.
A 'Trees and Us' podcast with botanist geologist Richard Hebda.
Kalle Lasn on how his fight against Big Timber and Big Media sparked creative dissent. A Trees and Us podcast.
The queen of protest on activism, prison life and second acts after raising kids. A Trees and Us podcast.
And more Fast Rewind of February.
Kenneth Wu is working hard to make it happen. A Trees and Us podcast.
And more Fast Rewind of January.
And more fast rewinding of 2008. Happy New Year everyone!
And more Fast Rewind of a wild November.
Our Fast Rewind of a very scary month.
A special election version of the Tyee's Fast Rewind.
PODCAST: The doc director on 'non-flaky spirituality' and more.
And more Fast Rewind of August.
And more Tyee fast rewind of July.
And more of our fast rewind of June.
PODCAST: NDP critic calls shuffled forest minister 'worst in BC history.'
And more Fast Rewind of May.
A 'Trees and Us' podcast with Jackson Davies.
And more of our fast rewind of April.
Jitters, the F word, and what I told the Bill C-10 hearings.
And more Fast Rewind of March.
A 'Trees and Us' podcast with Antony Marcil.
Tyee's fast rewind of February.
And more Fast Rewind of January.
Tzeporah Berman: Part two of a 'Trees & Us' podcast.
Tzep Berman on celebrity and getting things done. A 'Trees and Us' podcast.
The loonie flew, so did Luongo, and Vancouver got trashed.
A Trees and Us podcast with Wade Fisher, 'the best person on trees in Williams Lake.'
And more Fast Rewind for November.
A Trees and Us podcast with 'Garbage Warriors' director Oliver Hodge.
Loony's crazy, Dumbledore's gay, Harper's revved, and more...
A Trees and Us podcast with George Bowering.
The Tyee's fast rewind of September.
A 'Trees and Us' Tyee podcast with Jean-Pierre Kiekens.
A 'Trees and Us' Tyee podcast with John Vaillant.
Our new podcast series asks: what does the forest mean to you? First up, Severn Cullis-Suzuki.
The Tyee's Fast Rewind of June.
TV is dying. What will replace it?
The Tyee's fast rewind of May
Our fast rewind of April.
What he told me about writing, lying and science. An interview and memoir.
Our fast rewind of March.
And more in our fast rewind of February.
Our fast rewind of January.
Dion, truthiness, and 'you,' win.
Our fast rewind of November.
Our fast rewind of October.
Our fast rewind of September.
Our fast rewind of August.
Those are just the B.C. highlights of The Tyee's Fast Rewind for July.
The Tyee’s fast rewind of June.
The Tyee's fast rewind of May.
Time for another Fast Rewind of the month that was.
'The West Wing' ends as it began.
Harper is ‘steely’, Bardot went sealy and Emerson stays squirrely.
Deadeye Dick Cheney, Kleanup Klassen, 'Brokeback Bond' and more.
Libs Fry, Frey burns, Trump primps, Harper coughs up a cold war and more.
Belinda's gay marriage intelligent design Republican shootout.
CSIS non-profit brothel returns Madonna's chihuahua in election.
And more headlines in this month's 'Fast Rewind' of BC news.
And more news updates from 'Fast Rewind', a new Tyee feature.
New reasons I fret about the ReformaTories.
Taking stock of a world gone mad.
With the hockey monkey finally off my back, today is the first day of the rest of my life.
You don't need to trust Paul Martin to re-elect his party. You just have to trust less Stephen Harper's Reform 2.0.
Culture barely registers on the Conservative election platform, except as a shocking excuse for porn.
I've fallen in love with the Flames. Does that make me a traitor to the Canucks?
I've seen Robinson in leg irons, and relied on him for political drama, but I never expected this.