Heart of our city: David Costa

David Costa has a long-standing passion for music and for making people smile.

“Laughter is the key,” Costa said. “I was born and raised in this city, and I have lived it all.

Costa thanks his mother for instilling in him the values ​​he now shares with all those around him.

“My mom has always been a person who loves to be happy and loves to make others happy – to share and to give,” he said. “My dad was actually the shyest. ”

However, her mother is now living with Alzheimer’s disease and moved to Portugal with her father for better health. Costa hasn’t been able to see them in person for two years because of the pandemic.

“I’m just trying to imitate [and] take a page from my mother’s book if I can. If I am able to make someone happy and help where I can, I will.

His dedication to laughter, positivity and generosity is contagious as is the music he mixes for people of all ages.

Costa’s journey with music began in high school, where he attended the Booth Memorial. At the time, he had no equipment except a single cassette player.

His DJ career began with a trip to the deputy director’s office.

“I thought I was in trouble,” recalls Costa. He said he walked nervously through the halls and entered the principal’s office. He was greeted with, “Heard you have music.”

Instead of being reprimanded for wrongdoing, the assistant manager made a proposal to Costa to that year’s sock DJ.

“The next thing you know – I’m the music man,” he said with a smile.

Since that first event, Costa has been sharing all the music he can with people, in all kinds of ways.

Fast forward into adulthood, Costa was the announcer of Rupert Rampage hockey games for over seven years.

Rampage is great for the big city community that we have here, he said.

Costa said he fed off the energy of the games.

“I upset the visiting team like you won’t believe,” he laughed.

If the opposing team started complaining about an on-ice call to the referee, Costa would play a clip of Arnold Schwarzenegger, which reportedly told visitors to “stop whining,” a reference to the Kindergarten Cop movie.

“If they [were] about to fight, I would play the part of someone from Russell Peters who is going to get hurt. Another favorite music video to play during a fight was Olivia Newton John’s “Lets get physical”.

Alternatively, when a fight broke out on the ice, he would play the Blue Danube Waltz. Former Rampage coach Frank Pyde loved it, and from behind the bench Costa said he would lead the crowds like the orchestra.

“And that’s my energy. If I see that someone is happy, I feed off that, and that’s what energizes me and keeps me going, ”said Costa.

“I just find music, which is stored here,” he said, tapping his heart, “touches everyone. You don’t have to be able to dance to enjoy.

Costa said he spends his free time supporting the community. Many Rupertites may know Costa by sight, from his portrayals as Captain Portugal: his colorful alter ego.

There is no doubt that those who have lived in Prince Rupert for many years have seen Captain Portugal on the streets at fun events like Seafest and Winterfest, but the Captain is used for more than just fun.

Costa uses the character to attract people to local businesses during tough times. He helps charities, such as the Salvation Army, to raise funds and raise charitable goods.

“It’s a domino effect when you’re able to help, and it mimics others,” he said.

Costa had a friend at Acropolis Manor, with whom he traveled frequently to play cribbage. It was during his visits that he noticed that the mansion had all kinds of activities going on.

“I just started making music from the 40s and 50s, and I started playing it,” he said. “I saw the reaction of people in wheelchairs and how [they] were moving.

“I called it chair dancing. Just because you’re in a wheelchair doesn’t mean you can’t dance, ”he said.

Costa stepped out onto the dance floor, holding the hands of those dancing in their wheelchairs. They sway to the beat, and he always lets them lead the way.

The next step he thought of was bringing in a wireless microphone for the residents to sing along to. Those who couldn’t get up and dance with the tunes would grab the microphone and sing melodies instead.

Residents used to sing like they did in bars at the time, he said. He said what he brought to the mansion was not only entertainment, but also an occasion for remembrance.

“[It’s] going back – a blast from the past, ”he said, adding that he struggled to use a word to describe the feelings he elicits in those involved.

Costa continues to visit the mansion and his aunt, who now resides there, while he continues to play music for the residents.

COVID-19 has brought many challenges that complicate what it does at the mansion. Not only is it difficult to dance with a mask on, but he can’t dance hand in hand with the residents like he used to.

He said he had a dynamic mind and continually found ways to adapt to situations using an unstoppable attitude.

“I’ll be jumping through all the hoops just to bring them this music,” Costa said. “If I didn’t have to work, if I won the lottery, I would do it every week.

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