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(Global TV Vancouver)
“A Blast! Lots of Laughs!”
“A fantastic Journey! Humorous stories, stunning photos… a great way to spend an evening. A fun filled experience for all.”
(Nanaimo News Bulletin)
Shaw TV’s THE RUSH from Feb 6, 2013
OFF THE WALL IN CHINA COMMENTS AND REVIEWS:
“Jaw dropping! Hanging over the walkway..OMG!!, Your shows always marry video and photos wonderfully!” (Gabe Levesque, Victoria, BC)
“FANTASTIC! Very well paced! He brings people on a journey they normally would not go on!” (GLOBAL TV, Vancouver)
“I wanted to express my appreciation for your immaculate multi-media storytelling, and the way you embody the spirit of open-mindedness, fun and engaged sharing during your adventures. Your shows have left me that left me better educated, and reminded me of the truth that we take our culture with us as we visit other ones, and can always share of ourselves. Thanks for sharing the gift of travel.” (Meghan Fitz-James, Vancouver)
“My face is sore from laughing – Great show! Well worth the drive back to Chilliwack!” (Cheryl Atkins Maycock, Chilliwack, BC)
“We were blown away by your OFF THE WALL show. It was a riveting 2 1/4 hours! It felt like we were there, in the thick of it, without any of the discomforts that you endured on a daily basis. Two things – I loved that it was an educational show, but mostly I loved the way you interacted with those around you – bringing fun and the joy of life to all those you meet. I found the story of the 3 sisters with the cataracts very touching.
Good luck with the rest of your shows and TV opportunities” (Kim, John, Tessa and Kate Hamilton, North Vancouver)
“I just had the opportunity to attend your “Off The Wall” show in Courtenay. Wow! Well done, a pure delight. Inspiring in so many ways. Thanks again. I’ll be watching for more from now on. Best Wishes” Robert (Courtenay, B.C)
“I flew in from Edmonton at 5 pm and was at your Vancouver show by 7:30 pm! Love the show! This is the second one of yours I have seen. FABULOUS AND INSPIRATIONAL! Would love to do the tour to China with you if I thought I could handle it.” (Steve Thompson, Edmonton)
“Thank you very much for an awesome show last night! It was my first time going to your Live Show, and I enjoyed your stories and pictures from Philippines and China very much. It made me feel like I was actually going through the trip and I could feel the warmth of the people you met through your journey! At the end of the show, you mentioned that you will be taking some people to “sleep on the Great Wall” I am very interested about this idea.
I was wondering if you could provide me some more information regarding this. For example, when are you planning to make your trip? Thank you very much for your time! 谢谢！” (Shasha Wang, Vancouver)
“My wife and I saw your Off the Wall show last night in Victoria. It was great and lived up to the memory I have of how great your Tanzanian show was that we saw a few years back. You mentioned that you may be leading a tour through China sometime in the future. I would like any info you can send. Thanks again for a great night of entertainment. (I also recommended your show to some friends at work and they loved it as well!)” (Ray Baker, Victoria)
“Thank you William. What a great show! It is such a great thing that you put this stuff together so that armchair warriors like me can be so amused. It really is a gift to share your adventure like that. I imagine there are not that many people that push the limits of comfort as far as you might, and it’s exciting and very entertaining to watch. You are so willing to say yes where another might say no and it’s fun to watch. I’m sure the hardships on the road, (some quite obvious, like being sick for example) fade and fade while the rewards of choosing adventure over safety will shine forever. Anyway, on top of just wanting to say thanks for all that, I just have to mention what fantastic photographs you have collected! You are an artist in this way as well. I have so many images in my head now and I feel happier for it. Think “close-up of feet with nails” or “rice terraces” or any number of shots that inspire vertigo for example. Not to mention the dozens of faces and places unlike any most of us ever get to see. Really great work!” (Dana Irving, North Vancouver BC)
“Just Brilliant!! How are you able to do some of that stuff!? Really enjoyed the show. It is a difficult thing to keep people entertained for two hours… I’ve seen Billy Connolly and Dave Gorman do it and now you too” (Paul Kevener, Vancouver).
“William takes you on the self guided adventure you wish you had either the time or guts to go on. Exhilarating highs and exasperating lows. Experience all these thrills from the comfort of your seat
before taking the plunge!” (Eric Derbez, Vancouver)
“We all agreed that “Off the Wall in China” is William’s best (again) as it was SO exciting in every scene! My goodness, we’re speechless that he has no fear of heights and e.g. willing to sample foods that we cringe, just looking at. William has such a warm smile and fun personality that invites conversation with others, thus he has such good memories of his travels. We really chuckled at the scene where Wm was getting a back massage from a woman and a fellow standing by couldn’t resist hugging Wm! Goes to show, LOVE is LOVE all over the world! We feel fortunate to “experience” through William’s outstanding photo/video footages and commentaries, his jaunts to so many exotic places in the world. We look forward to his future shows.” (Allan and Deana Wong, White Rock BC)
“Off the Wall – China – was phenomenal! I was spellbound from start to finish. In addition to the magnificent photos and interesting ‘real’ video clips, I really appreciated the manner in which you engaged us, the audience, by weaving in details of your experiences as you lived them in each place you visited. Thank you for an amazing evening of education and entertainment! (Deborah Rossouw, Energy Catalyst, www.debspeaks.com, Vancouver)
“Entertaining and a lot of fun!” (Corinna Adams, Victoria)
“I really liked the warning system… I felt appreciative to know what was coming to either anticipate or avoid” (Alison Mitchell, Victoria)
“William, love your Off the Wall in China show, looking forward to Tales from Tanzania next Friday. We are bringing more friends.” (George Forshaw, Port Coquitlam, BC)
“It was a FaNtAsTic show!! Your shows ROCK!! You are one hard-core fellow — well done! Can’t say as I’m attracted to your second trip to China at least not without a washroom and translator along with the trip oh and a porter!” (Kit Griffin, Vancouver)
“Great show last Friday at John Oliver School! Very helpful travel photography tips to boot.” (Jason Wang, Vancouver)
“Was at the opening of Off the Wall in China on May 25. What a fun show, as usual + great photos, videos and stories. We really enjoy William’s shows. And this time, I even made it to the photo display!!” (Carine Vindeirinho, Vancouver)
“This was by far the most entertaining travel show I have ever been to. There was amazing scenery,fascinating stories,mixed with some touching moments and lots of humour, as William took us on his journey through the Philippines and China. Truly inspirational…definitely got me excited to go out and experience some more travel myself. After personally meeting William, it comes as no surpris, how he was able to embrace the culture and people of these beautiful parts of the world. William’s personality, sense of humour and spontanaeity permeate thru this wonderful story of adventure and discovery. Going to the Tanzania show next week FOR SURE. Thanx for sharing your enthusiasm for life and its amazing opportunities. (Dave Meredith, Victoria)
“We enjoyed your presentation very much!” (Monica and Annalise Moberg, Vancouver)
“Wonderful show. Great evening. The time blew by. You are one talented dude!” (Gordon Carson, Planet pictures, Vancouver, BC)
“Enjoyed your GRAND CANYON video in your newsletter! We’ve been to the Canyon a couple times and love it. I also saw your “Off The Wall in China” presentation in Courtenay, BC, which was also excellent and would certainly attend any future presentations should you return to Courtenay.” (Jim and Evelyn Dodd, Comox, BC)
“My partner and I recently attended Off The Wall In China presentation in Courtenay, and we loved it! Your ability to inject humour throughout the show, as well as the human interest, scenery, history and cultural aspects of the show make for a truly entertaining evening. We will be certain to attend future shows, and are currently encouraging friends and family to do the same. Good luck on your travels!” (Diana Pohl, Comox, BC)
“It was a really great show…truly. Very entertaining and some real belly laughs at times. Definetly loved the explore adventure on the great wall as it touched the explorer in me. I’m glad you had a full house and hope your other shows go well. Keep me in the loop!” (Kevin Harrison, North Vancouver, BC)
“I can’t tell you how much Meg and I enjoyed your presentation last night. It was superb!! Your photos, movies and commentary couldn’t be better. I will definitely let my friends know about your presentations and will try to attend future events.” (Marni Nordman, Vancouver BC)
“We had a totally awesome time at your show tonight…so amazed by your adventurous spirit! I was very moved by the Seva segment. I donate to Seva every year and i have a friend who traveled to Tibet and Nepal, many times, to oversee the eye camps. she, herself, has had cataract surgery…she’s forever grateful. William…i have a medical question for you… how do you manage to not get SERIOUSLY sick while traveling? Do you take a huge amount of medicine with you when you travel? just in case??? You are amazing! Thank you for being such a great divine gift to humanity…. Namaste” (Tanya Gee Guindon and Grant Guindon, Vancouver BC)
“That was quite a Quest! Many watch as a voyeur, but you get in close. Great show! It was good to see you flummoxed at times too, showing it is not all easy. Your show was quintessentially Wizard of Oz (Wendy Gorling, Vancouver)
“We really enjoyed your Off The Wall In China show last Friday! I was happy to bring along my mother who was visiting from Niagara and is planning a trip to China. Regarding your photo tips class on June 11th…I am interested in it but it will be difficult for me to attend. Do you plan on having another one at some point in the not too distant future?” (Pete Randall, Burnaby)
“I attended your live show on June 1, 2012 on China and the Philippines. Thank-you for the time you spent on putting it together. It was awesome!” (Dee, Vancouver BC)
“I enjoyed your China Wall show! I love that I learn lots of new stuff and get to see all your new costumes. Big hugs and big congrats! Plus, I loved being at my old alma mater. Me and Wayne felt quite nostalgic breathing the air again in old PW.” (Pat and Lee Taylor, Vancouver BC)
“I loved your change of costumes – you are a very entertaining man!!
I am looking forward to Friday as I worked in Somalia a couple of times (refugee orphanage in Mogadishu) and went to Tanzania way back in the 80s.” (Sam MacLachlan, Vancouver)
Global TV Spot 2012
“Wow, what an awesome show that was presented flawlessly, professionally and a most memorable evening spend with William Jans and family. We enjoyed it so very much, and we felt as though we were visiting the other side of the globe. Thank you, Thank you, Thank,you for your most generous gift and for sharing your God given talents, with people all over the world and especially here in B.C. You truly are a gem (a very rare one ) I don’t know how your mother can sleep at night when you are away from Vancouver. You must certainly love a challenge with no fear of failure. Its great to travel to another country and see it in one evening and have it all explained to you to boot. What an inexpensive way to see the world. We have had the opportunity to see several of your shows now. which are Fantastic and Awesome. Keep up the excellent and professional production. Loved every minute of it and your good sense of humor. See you at the next one!!!!!!” ( Hans and Fay Patkau, White Rock, BC)
“You were absolutely awesome. I loved the show, the photos were spectacular, the video clips very entertaining, loved the humour, clever captions & commentary & you are quite the showman! . Well done! Not sure if I can make it to your show on Friday but if I can I will. Cheers for inspiring me to go adventuring again. ” (Annmarie Ahern, Dublin and Vancouver)
“Visually stunning! Just Brilliant” (Colin Angus, Courtenay BC – 2007 Nat Geo Adventurers of the Year. *First to circumnavigate the globe by human power).
“Hey you, Just wanted to say how amazing your show was last night. My parents absolutely loved it. It takes a lot to impress my dad and let’s just say he was blown away. Kudos on the superb show!” (Erin Towson, New West BC)
“Thanks for sharing your travel adventures with the Courtenay audience last night. My daughter and I really enjoyed the adventure. My daughter had lots to dream about when she went to sleep last night! Keep up the great adventurous spirit!” (Lynda Magor, Courtenay)
“Loved the angry Danish guy, the weird stuff, the snowcones, the airport survey, the whale sharks, the crucifixion, the great use of maps, the footbinding and the Seva stuff! Super” (Julie Angus – 2007 Nat Geo Adventurers of the Year. *First to circumnavigate the globe by human power).
“I appreciated the humour and really liked your honesty in portrayal of the trip.” (Marilyn Anderson, Nanaimo, BC)
“You had all 500 students in the palm of your hand! They were captivated. Well Done!” (Vice Principal Thomas Harapnuic, John Oliver School) – Special Presentation for students May 23, 2012.
“I really liked the “warning system” you had. That was super.” (Victoria Levesque, Victoria, BC)
“Loved it! Loved it! The way the presented it was educational and AWESOME!” (Camille Calalang and Vareena Bopari, John Oliver Students, Vancouver)
“I attended your Off the Wall in China show this Friday (May 25) with my wife and daughter and it was absolutely fantastic! I have been to innumerable photo and travel shows over the years and this was by far the most engaging and entertaining. I hope to be able to attend your other shows in the near future. Thanks for sharing with us travel adventures I wish I had the nerve to undertake myself. We are already informing family and friends about your shows and hope you continue to offer them.” (Ken Towson, New Westminster)
“Awesome show a usual William! Very informative and entertaining.” (Victoria Williams, Nanaimo)
(from Facebook) “I just came home from seeing William Jans’ new show “Off the Wall in China” and it was fantastic! The first half of the show is his adventures in the Philippines and I can’t recommend it more highly, especially to family, and friends who have been to the Philippines!! It’s showing again next Friday – go see it!” (Mayette Ostonal, Vancouver, BC)
“Great show!” (Heidi Pellman, Victoria, BC)
“I always try to bring presentations to my school that will open the eye, minds and hearts our students … all of which your presentation did! Thank you William and I hope we have the opportunity to have you at our school again soon” (Dustin Keller, Fine Arts & Digital Technology Department Head, John Oliver Secondary School, Vancouver BC)
“Awesome show last week! Thanks for the photo of me (#20 from Off the Wall 25May2012) **Amazing Coincidence** Imagine my surprise scrolling through the other shows, and there in photo #30 from Trekking in Tibet, 6Nov2010 in Courtenay, was my smiling parents!” (Bill Richardson, Vancouver)
“Really enjoyed the show! Loved the Banaue Rice Terraces and the steps on the cliffs in China. WOW! Got a kick out of realizing you were shooting ALL OF THIS SOLO when you mentioned you had to go back for the video camera after scaling that steep part of the Great Wall” (Susan Scott, Vancouver)
“Well Done!!” (Lynn Plautz, Vancouver BC)
“My name is Burcu. I wanted to say, it was a very inspiring show with tears and laughter. I absolutely loved it and almost cried after seeing the 3 sister’s surgery:). I am from Turkey and wondering if you have any plans to go to that side of the world one day, we have pretty amazing sites as well. I will try to get to the Tanzania show next week!” (Burcu Arat, Victoria)
“I enjoyed the Wall program, and hope to see others!” (Barrie and Anne Bolton, Victoria BC)
“I saw your show last night and it was amazing!!! So inspirational! I’m planning in taking off to Cambodia, Laos, Tibet, china (and now the Philippines!). I’m super interested in both the mountain hike and sleeping on the great wall! Please keep me updated about these plans!!!” (Carol Louie, Vancouver BC)
“FABULOUS FABULOUS FABULOUS though I must say that after viewing your show and if I was your Mother or Dad I would not let you out of the house. You do some pretty scary stuff. Your parents aren’t going to be the only ones praying for your safety. Keep up the good work. See you tonight.” (Hans Patkau, White Rock BC)
“Great show last night. I loved all the wonderful pictures and the volcano hike with the Dutch body builder was funny. Your are such a multi tasked up there with hitting play for the video and slides, dimming the lights, changing clothes, etc. Crazy. Do you set off on these trips by yourself or do you have a mini crew with you? What will be your next trip? Going back to the wall?” (Anna Lam, Vancouver)
*William travels solo on these adventures.
“You are a WILDMAN! Exceptionally good filming and assembly. I felt challenged and interested the whole way through.” (Gary Anderson, Nanaimo BC)
” I really enjoyed your China show and am looking forward to the show next Friday! Too bad I have not seen your previous shows. Where I can find them? I would love to see one about Tibet (Irina Kroug, Burnaby BC)
*I am hoping to start creating versions for downloading on Itunes, etc. More info to come. WRJ.
“I don’t know how you can do all that stuff… INSPIRING” (Alison Mitchell, Victoria, BC)
“What a super show it was! I was a bit uncertain sometime during the Philippines segment that this show could equal or top the previous gems, but sure enough, it all built and many of the best stories were yet to come. It all paid off hugely and I was thoroughly satisfied and entertained by the end. Many thanks for the touching Seva segment. This was a complete surprise and it was like an “eye” witness report on the great work Seva is doing. Loved that doc, too. I hope Seva knew about this as they would be thrilled. I will tell Heather Wardle (Dev. Director), who I did not see at this show. Sorry we didn’t get to talk to you at the show.
The only critques I would give are that the P.A. sound was not as good as last time and so your narration was not as clear. Also those wooden J.O.seats are just a bit too unforgiving for a longer show, but I don’t suggest editing it! I am not surprised it took you so many months to put this together. It is complex with so many layers, but it was worth it. I am sure I would enjoy it again, but I’ll bring my own cushion. Audience seemed to be thrilled from what I could observe.” (Graham X Peat, Vancouver BC)
“Thanks for another entertaining show. I recognized a few things from my own travels in China, but at the time I actually left the grilled scorpions for what they were. Very pleased to hear you mentioning Couchsurfing. Tonight I was at your show as a couchsurifng host (no, my name is not Rachel) together with my couchsurfer freshly arrived from Milan – who by the way would love to see more of your shows while being in Vancouver. Looking forward to seeing your next (=future) show, even if i need to wait a few more years.” (Liet Hellwig, Vancouver BC)
“Great show tonight! (Ehsan Dehsan, Victoria)
“Wow! We enjoyed it hugely!” (Barbara Hourston, Nanaimo, BC)
“Great Off the Wall in China show last Friday!!! I finally got to see one of your shows. It is really amazing what you do. You are really living life to the fullest. You are definitely right, money is not everything, eventhough it is still apart of what we are doing. But it is not all about it. Memories, life experience, love…who, what and how you filled your life….the adventures of what we are doing, these treasures stay with us eternity. Money does not. I will definitely recommend your show to other friends of mine especially those adventurous ones.” (King Philippe, Vancouver)
“Jeanette and I loved your show Off the Wall in China. A few of the spots you showed us brought back fond memories of when we were also there. With your humour mixed in the time seemed to just disappear and the show was over way too quickly. Keep up the great work! We will be back.” (John and Jeanette Holder, Courtenay)
“Really enjoyed the show! Thanks” (Rey Torres, Vancouver BC)
“Great show William! Had a fun time. Lynn, Rey and I also laughed in the car about the travel “flashbacks” we were having watching your hard times – it brought back some memories for all of us (lost, airport closed, no way out, tired, sick…)” (Sarah Watson, Vancouver)
“Your presentation was excellent. I would not mind if you had gone a bit slower but I also understand it is important to keep the presentation to a given time. I found you costume changes to be effective. The combination of still photographs and video was utilized in a way that really kept us focused on what was coming next. I was very concerned about you climbing part of the great wall it look very dangerous without anyone to help if you had fallen. I appreciated the fact that you told us about parts that we may not be comfortable watching. I personally did not like watching the part about eating the chickens that were partly formed. It was an excellent presentation. Thank you.” (Jane Coleman, Courtenay, BC)
“Fantastic!!! Amazing!!! So inspirational! Thanks so much” (Carol Louie, Vancouver)
“You were swamped with people at the end of your show tonight and I didn’t get a chance to say thank you for sharing your awesome adventure! I thoroughly enjoyed your show. I was in China with my family in October 2011 and it is one of my favorite places so far. I just wanted to thank you. The show was entertaining and the pictures amazing.” (Eryn Kelln, Vancouver)
“Great Show!!! I look forward to the next new adventure. When I retire this is how I want to travel, I just have to convince Linda.” (Roger Staples, Richmond BC)
“I had a lot of fun and really enjoyed the show!! I didn’t mean it as a bad thing when I said that I enjoyed it the most of all the shows. Believe me, I have enjoyed all of them Immensely and have obviously been affected by your photos and stories – remember that I remembered your words, “It’s not what you see, it’s what you allow yourself to feel.” for years after I heard you say it. I just thought that Off the Wall had a great blend of serious and humour, and a great variety of places and people – definitely looks like it was an amazing trip. Seeing your video of the blind man walking along those trails was really powerful and obviously affected you too – and I think the show gains power when you share yourself like that. It is obvious that your labour of love, though painful at times, was really worthwhile and you should be really proud of the show!!” (Colin Lochhead, Vancouver)
Hey William, loved your “off the wall of china” show!!!!
want to see it again in a couple of years!! the only trouble i had was with the sound, had a hard time understanding what you were saying. usually i sit in front rows, but this time more like 10th row or a bit further back even – and there i found the sound quite unclear, but then i am not english as first language speaker…
the clips were much more clear than you talking live.
great that you keep doing your show!! thanks lots and happy traveling” (Elizabeth Hafeli, Vancouver)
*Thanks for the comment and we did get the sound better for the Tanzania show. That is a challenging room acoustically. WRJ*
“I know colin expressed how he felt about your show but I wanted to second that. It was truly awesome and I had a great time. I’m still telling stories about your travels to people I run into and recommending you to everyone. Well done!!” (Suzanne Rushton, Vancouver BC 2012)
“I thoroughly enjoyed your show. It was both entertaining and inspiring!” (James McCron, Vancouver, BC)
“This was the first time attending your shows. We very much enjoyed it and now we would like to see more, specifically Solo in South America and maybe Trekking in Tibet. Any chance of these shows happening in Vancouver this summer?” (Steve Boettger, Vancouver)
“Off The Wall was a blast. Lots of laughs. Is it just me or are your video clips getting better and more funny with each show you do? My favourite part of this recent show was the “stern” guard at the Filipino road check. Great set up, great pay off. Hilarious. You seem to have a better understanding of how to set up these comic bits both when you are in the field and in post-production. Which I guess raises the question: why don’t you have an oddball travel show on TV? Continued success with your entertaining presentations! ” (Rob Howatson, Westworld Magazine, Burnaby, BC)