Merry Melodies of the Christmas Season

Something you may not know about me....I love singing Christmas music. I get a lot of joy out of it. Maybe it's the simplicity and openness of the song structure, where musicians can play in and around the chords. Or the way people react when they hear a familiar Christmas tune, and sing along because they know every word. Or maybe because I get to use sleigh bells.

No matter what it is, Christmastime always feels so warm, no matter how cold it is outside.

Here's a snippet of some of my favourite Christmas songs, recorded at the Coast Capital Christmas Square at the Rogers Santa Claus Parade on Sunday, December 4, 2016.

Enjoy, and happy holidays!

Garibaldi Lake x Black Tusk

3 days of hiking and climbing. A 35 pound backpack. No washrooms or showers. Eating freeze dried meals out of bags. The most turquoise-coloured lake I've ever seen. Scaling ancient lava rocks with no rope and no anchors. And an unforgettable experience and a huge sense of accomplishment for this first time hiker in Squamish, the outdoor recreational capital of Canada.

Day 1 | Rubble Creek parking lot to Garibaldi Lake, 9km
Day 2 | Garibaldi Lake to the top of Black Tusk and back, 12km
Day 3 | Garibaldi Lake back to Rubble Creek parking lot, 9km

The struggle was definitely worth the reward. The hashtag #beautifulbritishcolumbia really rings true.

Four Wheels Move the Body. Two Wheels Move the Soul.

The 2016 riding season marked my very first year of riding a motorcycle, and man, was it exhilarating! You couldn't wipe the perma-smile off my face. I'm counting down the days until next season, and for now, I'll settle with admiring my bike parked in my garage. 

Here are a few shots of a photo shoot we did on the backroads of Seymour Mountain, on the North Shore.

Photographer | Dan Kearley of Emotional Response 
Motorcycles | 2016 Moto Guzzi V7 Stone (mine!) & 2012 KTM SuperDuke

Happy Holidays from Us & The Canucks

A few weeks ago, Clay Imoo (@CanuckClay), Arielle Tuliao (@ajtuliao) and I had the opportunity to create a holiday video with the Vancouver Canucks - using their film crew at Rogers Arena, with special guests appearances by players Ben Hutton and Jake Virtanen. A few different sets, a few costume changes and about 5 hours later, we had a video!

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays, everyone!

If you're looking for more Christmas Canucks cheer, check out last year's video!

Celebrating Canada with the Seattle Seahawks

Sunday, October 18, 2015 marked my second NFL anthem appearance. 69,020 people in attendance, and apparently it was a record-breaking number for the Seahawks. It was definitely a record-breaking number for me!

I'm so thankful that I was chosen to be a part of the Canadian Appreciation Day experience. I felt as patriotic as ever, standing in front of a crowd of Americans, peppered with Canadians, singing our National Anthem, then, singing the American National Anthem. The roar of the crowd was unlike anything I've ever experienced. Intimidating...but I think it's the adrenaline rush of the thrill that keeps me wanting more and more.

It is a true privilege and a great honor to share my talent with the world, one anthem at a time.

Celebrating our country, the true north, strong and free, with the Seattle Seahawks. What a thrill! #12North #OhCanada
Posted by Marie Hui on Monday, October 19, 2015

Singing the American anthem in front of 69,020 people in America is really intimidating. I'm getting anxious watching...
Posted by Marie Hui on Monday, October 19, 2015

Vancouver WhitecapsFC Media Invitational

Every year, the Vancouver WhitecapsFC organization holds a one-day invitational for all the media personnel around town - writers, bloggers, sportscasters, news anchors, ex-pros and this year, they decided to invite their anthem singer. I'm humbled to have been included in the prestigious draft!

At every VWFC game, I get to walk on the pitch at BC Place. This time, I traded my heels for a pair of cleats. I didn't score any goals and our team didn't win a game, but I got to play a new sport, run around the turf at BC Place, not to mention catching up with old friends and making lots of new ones.

Check out the video recap here, and check out some of the photos below:

Tyler Green | @tylergreenfc
Carl Valentine | @CarlTwoOne
Irfaan Gaffar | @sportsnetirf
Carl Valentine presenting the trophy to the winning team
Team Schaad wins #WFCMI2016
Team Captain Paul Dolan | @DolieTheGoalie
Jason Kurylo | +Jason Kurylo @puckedinthehead
I stomped on Jorge Mendoza's hand. Ouch. Sorry! | @JorgeMendoza

 Follow this link to see the full list of invitees/players for the 2016 WhitecapsFC Media Invitational -