Harrison Houde

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Harrison Houde
Born (1996-03-26) March 26, 1996 (age 23)
OccupationActor, Producer, Director, Musician.
Years active2008–present
Websitehttp://www.HarrisonHoude.ca

Harrison Houde (born March 26, 1996) is a Canadian actor, producer, director, YouTuber, and musician best known for his role as Bowie Sherman on the Canadian show Some Assembly Required. His first acting role was "Darren Walsh" in the 2010 American film Diary of a Wimpy Kid. In the YouTube community, he's well known for his comedic sketches, vlogs, and comedic music videos.

Early life[edit]

Houde was born on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada. He went to St. Joseph's School in Chemainus, then spent most of his adolescent in Qualicum Beach. He attended Arrowview Elementary School, and fka Oceanside Middle School (School District 69). He became a musician at a very young age, and while doing this he developed an interest in creating videos and acting while making YouTube videos. All of this has led Harrison toward his professional career in the film and music industries. He graduated from Kwalikum Secondary School in 2014.

Music[edit]

When Houde was only 4 years old, he began playing the piano and subsequently had his first recital. He discovered that he had an ear for music. He had always wanted to learn to play multiple instruments and understand music theory to improve his musical abilities. He begged his parents to allow him to play guitar and drums. After years of practice and dedication, they surprised him with his very own drum kit on Christmas when he was 12.[citation needed] His talent as a musician has grown, and he now composes/writes original scores which have aired on TV,[1] as well as in his YouTube videos, and short films. He also now plays a variety of synth lead, keys, drums, percussion, and instruments alike, creating tracks.

In 2019, he has release several songs on Spotify under his last name 'Houde' as well as started and has released singles for his dreampop/rock/electronic band called 'Softdrink' also available to stream on most music streaming platforms.

Acting[edit]

Houde started acting in local theatre and school plays, as well as in his own YouTube videos whilst growing up. In 2009, he attended John Robert Powers School in Vancouver and studied acting for three years before beginning to audition in the industry. He landed his first role in Diary of a Wimpy Kid in 2010.

He was nominated and won a Joey Award for his work in Some Assembly Required on November 16, 2014, under the category Best Young Actor age 10-19 or younger in a TV Series Comedy/Action Leading Role.[2] In 2015 Harrison was named Hollywood Reporters young up-and-coming rising stars to watch from Canada.[3] Harrison won a Canadian Screen Award in 2016 for best host of a youth/kids series for his work on Finding Stuff Out.

Television[edit]

In early 2010, Houde began hosting a television show called Finding Stuff Out, produced by Apartment 11 Productions.[4] In this award nominated and winning educational TV program he teaches young viewers about life and science. It currently airs on TVOKids, Discovery Kids, Pop TV Kids (UK), and Knowledge Network.

On January 6, 2014, he joined the cast of the brand new Canadian sitcom Some Assembly Required, which premiered on YTV and is on Netflix worldwide.[5][6] Harrison plays "Bowie" Jarvis' best friend at a toy company. He done loads of amazing stuff on his show.

In 2017, Houde appeared in an episode of Rogue.

In 2018, he appeared on an episode of iZombie, The Hollow, and in the movie Summer of '84.

YouTube[edit]

Houde began making comedy sketches, creative music videos, and a variety of other YouTube videos in January 2008. Only weeks after attending VidCon 2010, his audience grew dramatically and he was finally accepted into the YouTube partnership program mid-2010.

One of his recognizable characters is "Corndog Cheesefingers", a nerdy, gamer stereotype character who raps, that Harrison created. As of August 2019, he has over 18,000 Subscribers[7] to his main channel alone.

In early 2013 he signed with the YouTube network the Collective Digital Studios based in Beverly Hills, California.

His most notable achievements in the YouTube community to date have been attending VidCon as a guest panelist in 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2014; being featured twice on iJustine, on WhatTheBuckShow, and being in a MakeMeBad35 video. As well he has collaborated with many YouTube personalities such as Swoozie, WinterSpringPro (Joey Graceffa, Brittany Joyal), among others.

In early 2016 Harrison left his YouTube network (Collective Digital Studios now known as Studio71) and is pursuing the creation of traditional content.

Houde continues the development and creation of traditional content, and content for the YouTube and digital space. His first short film 'I Dare You' made its debut at the 2016 festival de Canne with Telefilm Canada's Not Short on Talent program. Harrison is creating weekly content on his YouTube page for 2019 including vlogs, music video covers, music videos, and skits. His channel has stuck to its roots being a variety showcase of Harrison's talents.

Filmography[edit]

  • Untold Stories of the ER (1 Episode) (2010)
    • "Heart in Hand" (October 31, 2010) – Alex
  • Diary of a Wimpy Kid (2010) – Darren Walsh
  • Haxors 2050 – (2012) – Short Film (Director/Writer)
  • A Fairly Odd Movie: Grow Up, Timmy Turner! (TV Movie, 2011) – Hall Monitor
  • Finding Stuff Out (2012–2014) -[8] Host and Music Compositions by Apartment 11 Productions.
    • (Season 1, 15 Episodes) 2012
    • (Season 2, 13 Episodes) 2013
    • (Season 3, 13 Episodes) 2014
  • Spooksville (3 Episodes) (2013–Present)
    • "The Thing in the Closet" (January 1, 2013) – Stanley 'Scaredy' Katzman
    • "Phone Fear" (March 22, 2014) – Stanley 'Scaredy' Katzman
    • "Blood Drive" (April 5, 2014) – Stanley 'Scaredy' Katzman
  • Pants on Fire (Disney XD TV Movie) 2014 - Kyle
  • Some Assembly Required (2014–Present) – Bowie
    • (Season 1, 26 Episodes) – Bowie Sherman
    • (Season 2, 18 Episodes) - Bowie Sherman
    • (Season 3, 13 Episodes) - Bowie Sherman
  • Rogue
    • "How The Light Gets In" (2017) - Bobby
  • The Hollow - Kai (Episode 10, Live-action sequence)
  • Summer of '84 - Bobby

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Finding Stuff Out – Power of TV To Educate (Vancouver Article)". Times Colonist. July 2, 2013. Retrieved August 5, 2013.
  2. ^ "Joey Awards 2014". November 16, 2014.
  3. ^ "Before TIFF Kicks Off, Meet Canada's Rising Stars". Retrieved August 16, 2016.
  4. ^ "Canadian Screen Awards (Nominated)". Apartment 11 Productions. Retrieved February 14, 2014.
  5. ^ "Some Assembly Production".
  6. ^ "Pqbnews Interview". Entertainment. Retrieved February 14, 2014.
  7. ^ "Harrison's (Main) YouTube Channel". Retrieved July 31, 2013.
  8. ^ "Interview with the Host Of "FSO". The Magazine – Canada. January 23, 2012. Archived from the original on May 26, 2013. Retrieved August 5, 2013.

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