Dearest Jenni,

You did this once and it was really cool, so I am sitting writing you a letter at an airport in Toronto.

In the next year I hope you,

  • Commit to 100% raw, organic food.
  • Stop making trash.
  • Get engaged 100 times
  • Go Camping
  • Do something crazy!
  • Learn more about communicating your mission to the world
  • Do inspiring work that pays the bills and make the world better.
  • Write letter to help animals!
  • Host a French party (maybe this one takes a little longer haha)
  • Make Paper!
  • drop something off a building
  • Try stand up comedy!
  • Perform Spoken Word Poetry

You were very effective last year and I can’t wait to see what you accomplish! You are amazing. I love you.


Jenni (2012)

These Kids Wear Crowns: A Personal Invitation to SFU LipDub

Dear These Kids Wear Crowns,

My name is Jenni Rempel and I am an Assistant Director on the SFU LipDub project. I am personally writing this letter to you to invite you to participate in the SFU LipDub – tomorrow, March 14th in the evening.

I know this is fairly short notice, however I until a few hours ago I was under the impression that you were still in Australia on tour. Given that you are just a hop, skip (or a jump?) away from Burnaby Mountain I think it would be super cool if you would come out and support our event. I have been involved in this project for two years now and it would really be a dream come true to see it come to life in the most amazing way possible.

I understand that SFU LipDub has legally acquired the rights to use the song “Jumpstart” by These Kids Wear Crowns in our LipDub Music Video. One of our producers has just informed me that previous requests for you to attend the SFU LipDub were denied because you thought it was unfair to other groups that have used your songs in their videos.

I think you should attend the SFU LipDub for a few reasons. Unlike other projects, I have been working on the SFU LipDub for two years. This substantial time commitment speaks to the amount of effort and the large scale of this project, run entirely by unpaid volunteers. Also, the whole thing is a fundraiser for the Greater Vancouver Food Bank and it would be really amazing if we could raise the profile of this event benefitting the community. Furthermore, unlike many other groups who make online videos, SFU LipDub has actually gone through all the ropes to legally acquire the rights to the song instead of stealing it or using it without permission.

Apart from the huge benefits to SFU Students and the Food Bank, you may be wondering how this will benefit you personally. The SFU LipDub is great opportunity for you to get exposure to a huge audience. There will be hundreds of students, well connected university students, with hundreds of friends who would be ready and willing to promote These Kids Wear Crowns. These students could “like” the band’s Facebook page, follow the band on twitter, request them on the radio, buy their songs and more! As if that isn’t enough, I volunteer to personally call all the radio stations in BC to request they play These Kids Wear Crowns! I will bake you cupcakes! You can even be invited to our after party!

Anywho, if you happen to receive this request it would be wonderful if you could contact myself or any other member of the lipdub team. My personal cell phone number is 604.230.4936 and my e-mail is jenni.rempel@gmail.com. You can also contact our Associate Producer Manjot Badesha by phone at 778.859.6074 or by e-mail at manjot@sfulipdub.com

Thank you very much, Alex, Alan, Matt, Joe, Josh and “Gypsy”.


With Hopeful Optimism,

Jenni Rempel

Assistant Director

SFU LipDub





Today I mailed my first PostSecret. If you don’t know what that is I highly recommend you check them out. Basically people mail in their secrets and Frank Warren (the most trusted stranger in America) posts them online for the PostSecret Blog and in books that he gets published. There are two rules:

Your secret must be true.

It has to be something you have never told anyone before.

I consider myself a fairly open person so that is probably why it took me over two years of reading about it to finally participate. Before plopping my carefully handmade postcard into the mailbox I thought I would be blogging about how writing it down didn’t make it less true or how the secret still exists but really all I could think about was how free and uplifted I felt. It’s out in the universe now and those other things really don’t matter. If my secret ever gets posted on the PostSecret blog i’ll mention it but for now i’ll leave you to ponder your own secrets : )

Dear Future Best Friend,

Dear Future Best Friend,

I’ve had many friends in my lifetime but i’ve yet to have one i’d call my very best friend. I know you will have many of the qualities I love so much about my other friends and relationships. I’m going to tell you some of the things about us I am looking forward to.

We will have many things in common that we can share and talk about. We will do things together. When I am excited about something you will listen and when you are excited you will share. We will talk on the phone and hang out in person. We will spend time at each others houses and know each others parents. It won’t be a big deal if I come over unannounced or crash at your place. You will be welcome at mine. When we have sleepovers there will be cuddles, tickle-fights and maybe even the occasional back massage. We’ll get changed in front of each other without it being weird. We will wear each others clothes and not worry about returning them. There will be frequent hugs and unconditional love. If I upset you, you will tell me and accept my apology when I say sorry, because i’ll mean it. We’ll send each other text messages and sometimes stay up talking until we fall asleep. You’ll have your own hobbies and interests that are different from mine. We will support each other, you will come see my shows and will actually watch/listen to/read the books, songs, videos and movies I recommend. You will show me the books/movies/songs/videos you like. You will invite me places and will try to come (when it is possible) to the places I invite you to. If either of us wins a trip there will be no question as to who the other is taking. If we’re ever at a party and things get awkward i’ll come talk to you and that will be okay. We’ll go on adventures and try new things together. We will have time apart because sometimes I need to be alone, and that will be okay. If I need you it won’t matter how late it is or what we have to do tomorrow. You’ll laugh at my jokes and make funny remarks of your own. You will appreciate a good pun. We’ll watch movies together and talk about them after. Sometimes we will have matching articles of clothing. You’ll tell me about your life and listen to the interesting things that happen to me. You’ll make fun of me and i’ll make fun of you and then we’ll laugh at each other and ourselves, together. You’ll be honest with me without worrying about hurting my feelings. We will treat each other the same when we are sober and intoxicated. We will have other friends. They may meet. We will exchange Christmas gifts. We’ll sing and learn dances off the internet and make things together. If you hear people saying mean things about me you’ll stand up for me. We won’t have secrets from each other, but instead with each other. It will be fun.

I realize that either I just haven’t met you yet, or we know each other but we have yet to reach best friend status. Either way, I can’t wait to know you (better) and enjoy your company.