Hollerado brought us one of their original Christmas songs this season called ‘A Lot like Christmas’.
Merry Quizmas with Menno Versteeg of Hollerado
What are your Christmas traditions?
“The band usually gets together with our wives and girlfriends and closest friends and has a Michael Scott inspired, way too serious game of Yankee Swap. It usually gets intensely out of control complete with revenge, temper tantrums and grudges that last for years.”
Favourite Christmas memory?
“One time on tour, the bass player in my first band fell off a cliff on Christmas Eve. There is something about eating a can of tuna in an emergency ward, 3000 km from home that makes you really appreciate your closest friends and family. (Ps….he was basically fine….he only broke his wrist and continued the tour with a guitar pick duct taped to his cast.)”
The best Christmas movie of all time?
“Home Alone. Duh! (It’s a Wonderful Life and Elf are tied for second place).”
- Favourite: The John Williams score from Home Alone.
- Most hated: “Basically any band covering a traditional Christmas song.”
What’s the #1 thing on your Christmas list?
“For Donald Trump to go away.”
What’s the worst gift you’ve ever received?
“I’ve never actually tasted figgy pudding but if it is anything like I am imagining it, that would be a terrible gift.”
When do you do your Christmas shopping?
“I like to shop for weird trinkets when I’m on tour. It’s a great way to explore a city. Especially when we are in Europe or Asia, there are so many amazing markets that have strange curiosities that are usually pretty inexpensive. I don’t buy for anyone in particular…I just bring home a bunch of stuff and then a few days before Christmas I decide which things go to which friends.”
Are you on the naughty or nice list this year?
“Definitely a foot in each list. I’ve worked hard this year and tried to do the right thing….but let’s face it, nobody is perfect (except Santa, Bruce Springsteen and Erik Karlsson).”
A Christmas greeting to all Canadians:
Have a safe and amazing holiday, and don’t forget to do something nice for someone less fortunate than you.