Sun Shines on The Garden Party Vancouver

On a hot August Saturday, a few hundred Vancouverites donned their summer finery and headed to Van Dusen Botanical Gardens for The Garden Party Vancouver. 

Surrounded by the Garden’s lush greenery, guests were met entered The Garden Party’s grove to be greeted by a presentation of high-end cars from Mile’s End Motors.  Bright white tables and decor, colourfully adorned and cool patrons filled the green space as the DJ spun relaxed but energetic tunes.  Cocktails from Lillet, Perrier-Jouet Champagne, Stella Artois beer, True Leaf Ice Tea and Evian water kept people hydrated under the heat of the sun.  Tea sandwiches and scones were provided by Cocktails and Canapes to whet the appetites before mingling with the other guests and their friends.  Registered teams were swinging their mallets on the Croquet pitch in the round-robin Croquet Classic.

While The Garden Party may have experienced a few glitches I’d put them down to first-time trials as it seemed like everyone at the event was enjoying their afternoon in the sun.  Hopefully The Garden Party becomes a regular event on the Vancouver Summer Calendar.


Picks of the Week – August 27, 2014

August is coming to a close but not before leading right into the Labour Day Long Weekend. The Picks of the Week include:

ElectroPop: Swedish electro-pop outfit, Little Dragon take to the stage at The Vogue Theatre tonight with and opening DJ set from DAM-FUNK

PNE: As this year’s Fair at the PNE comes to a close on Monday, there’s still lots of great entertainment with the Summer Night Concert Series this week; including Boyz II Men, Plain White T’s, Dallas Smith, The Pointer Sisters and Glass Tiger on the PNE Amphitheatre stage.

Art Exhibit: It’s your last change to catch the Douglas Coupland “everywhere is anywhere is anything is everything” exhibit at the Vancouver Art Gallery, this week the VAG has extended hours Wed-Fri until 7pm.

Deer Lake Park: It’s still the season for great outdoor concerts, this week’s Concert in the Park is Jack White at Deer Lake Park on Thursday evening.

ElectroDJ: Much sought after electronic Dj/Producer Porter Robinson brings his skills to the stage at The Vogue Theatre on August 28th

Ice Ice Baby: Bring your ALS Ice Bucket Challenge to Celebrities Liberace Thursday and 100% of door proceeds will be donated to the ALS Society of BC

Nineties: Join the reformed The Afghan Whigs on Friday night at the Commodore Ballroom to relive their greatest hits and tracks from their new album, Do The Beast.

Nooners: The Vancouver Canadians host Spokane for a trio of ballgames at Nat Bailey, Saturday at 7:05pm and Sunday/Monday at 1:05pm

Shakespeare: There’s still time to catch this year’s line-up of great performances at Bard On The Beach, on until Sept 20th at Vanier Park

Cascadia: It’s always an exciting match when Portland Timbers come to BC Place to play a Cascadia Cup match against our Whitecaps FC, Saturday at 7:30pm

Ed Sheeran makes Ambleside Live ‘Sing’

Ed Sheeran – Ambleside Live – August 23, 2014

On a warm Saturday evening, 14,000 people showed up for the 2014 edition of Ambleside Live.  Headliner Ed Sheeran impressively commanded the attention of the massive audience as he took to the stage on his own with just the help of a guitar and a microphone.

Having been warmed up by Rudimental, the audience was eagerly anticipating the moment Ed Sheeran came onstage and erupted in applause as he broke into “I’m A Mess”.  The engaging Brit, set the tone of the night when he said “…my job is to entertain you and your job is to be entertained” and indeed both jobs were fulfilled over the course of the near 2 hour set.


While the talented singer/songwriter was more than capable to keep the night moving along with his guitar and strong singing voice he added variety to the night by displaying his talent as a rapper as well, stringing together great, often witty rhymes during the set. Not content to just give the audience a repeat of his recorded tunes, he interspersed many of them with snippets and samples of other tunes including; “No Diggity”, “Backstreet’s Back” and more retro goodies.

Except during “Afire Love”, when asked not to, the audience sang along throughout the set.  Sheeran himself encouraged the audience participation stating ” …this is a 50/50 show, 50% my singing and 50% yours [the audience's]“.  Even on some of the lesser known songs the whole of Ambleside Park was filled with thousands of voices and then during the encore, “The A Team” and “Sing” the sounds of an entire audience resonated throughout West Vancouver.  Even after the artist left the stage, the hook from “Sing” could be heard sung and hummed as the audience made their way from the venue taking the show out into the night with them.

Ed Sheeran continues on tour through North America into September before returning to Europe in October

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66th Primetime Emmy Awards Winners

Last night, comedian Seth Meyers hosted the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards, his quick and witty opening kicked off the first Monday night Emmy awards since 1976. Getting right into the awards with Amy Poehler the first presenter followed by a steady stream of presenters from who’s who of television performers.  Starting the show with many comedy categories kept the first hour quick and light before moving into more dramatic categories. Some of the lighthearted segments aimed at keeping the show entertaining (some more successfully than others) included a Emmy version of “Billy On The Street” with Billy Eichner, an “Emmy Q&A”, Weird Al Yankovic performing adding his version of lyrics to some of today’s TV theme tunes.  The perennial “In Memoriam” segment featured Sara Bareilles performing and Billy Crystal paying tribute to his friend, the recently departed Robin Williams.

Going into the awards HBO lead the networks with 36 nominations followed by FX with 19, for programs The Normal Heart’s 9 nominations were just ahead of American Horror Story: Coven and Fargo’s 8 noms. In the end, Breaking Bad’s 5 Emmy’s were the most by a single program followed by 3 apiece for Sherlock and Modern Family.

The major categories of the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards went to:

Outstanding Comedy Series – Modern Family

Outstanding Drama Series – Breaking Bad

Outstanding Variety Series – The Colbert Report

Outstanding Miniseries – Fargo

Outstanding Television Movie – The Normal Heart

Outstanding Reality – Competition Program – The Amazing Race

Outstanding Lead Actor – Comedy Series – Jim Parsons for The Big Bang Theory

Outstanding Lead Actress – Comedy Series – Julia Louis-Dreyfus for VEEP

Outstanding Lead Actor – Drama Series – Brian Cranston for Breaking Bad

Outstanding Lead Actress – Drama Series – Julianna Margulies for The Good Wife

Outstanding Lead Actor – Miniseries or Movie – Benedict Cumberbatch for Sherlock

Outstanding Lead Actress – Miniseries or Movie – Jessica Lange for American Horror Story: Coven

Outstanding Supporting Actor – Comedy Series – Ty Burrell for Modern Family

Outstanding Supporting Actress – Comedy Series – Allison Janney for Mom

Outstanding Supporting Actor – Drama Series – Aaron Paul for Breaking Bad

Outstanding Supporting Actress – Drama Series – Anna Gunn for Breaking Bad

Outstanding Supporting Actor – Miniseries or Movie – Martin Freeman for Sherlock

Outstanding Supporting Actress – Miniseries or Movie – Kathy Bate for American Horror Story: Coven

Check out more winners, behind the scenes and red carpet looks online, on @TelevisionAcad on Twitter and Instagram

2014 MTV Video Music Awards

Photo 2014-08-24, 22 10 24Sunday night, the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards became the first major awards event held at The Forum in Inglewood, CA.  The 31st Annual event kicked off with a stellar opening performance by Ariana Grande “Break Free”, Nicki Minaj “Anaconda” and Jessie J “Bang Bang” with Ariana and Nikki (who came onstage holding her dress together due to a wardrobe malfunction).

Other performances throughout the telecast featured; Taylor Swift, Sam Smith, Usher with Nicki Minaj, 5 Seconds of Summer, Iggy Azelea featuring Rita Ora, Maroon 5, and Beyonce performing a selection of her greatest hits.  The performances ranged from all-out production numbers to simple pared-down sets, each one a highlight of the show. Beyonce’s performance in recognition of her receiving the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award was a show-stopper especially when she was presented the ‘moonman’ trophy by her family – Jay Z and daughter Blue Ivy.

The night’s major awards went to:

Video of the YearWrecking Ball by Miley Cyrus

Best Male VideoSing by Ed Sheeran (feat. Pharrell Williams

Best Female VideoDark Horse by Katy Perry (feat. Juicy J)

Artist to Watch (voted on by Fans during the show) – Fifth Harmony for Miss Movin’ On

Best Pop VideoProblem by Ariana Grande (feat. Iggy Azalea)

Best Rock VideoRoyals by Lorde

Best Hip-Hop VideoHold On, We’re Going Home by Drake (feat. Majid Jordan)

MTV Clubland AwardStay The Night by Zedd (feat. Hayley Williams)

Best Collaboration – Beyonce and Jay Z for Drunk In Love

Best Video with a Social MessagePretty Hurts by Beyonce

Best Lyric VideoDon’t Stop by 5 Seconds of Summer

Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award – Beyonce

Check out behind the scenes and red carpet looks @MTV on Twitter and Instagram

Chef Vij is a Dragon In The Garden

Next month, join renowned Chef Vikram Vij at the Dr Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden for a one-night-only fundraising soiree. Guests will be treated to a menu created by Chef Vij that is inspired by the world-class garden.  The evening will include live entertainment, cocktails in the garden and a silent fundraising auction. The proceeds of the evening go towards the Dr Sun Yat-Sen Garden’s educational and community programs.

Dragon In The Garden takes place from 7:30-10:30 on September 13, 2014 at the Dr Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden at 578 Carrall Street.

Tickets are on sale now for $80 including Garden Admission, Dinner, Welcome Beverage and Entertainment. Cultural Dress optional.

Polaris Cover Sessions Debut

The Polaris Music Prize has launched a new project, the Polaris Cover Sessions.  The Cover Sessions project invites past Polaris Short List nominees to visit Revolution Recording Studios and record a cover song by another past Polaris Short List nominee.  AUX TV is filming each recording session to create a video to debut on the AUX TV YouTube channel.

Polaris will also be pressing each session into a seven-inch vinyl single to be releases for Record Store Day in spring 2015.  Sarah Harmer, Whitehorse and Great Lake Swimmers are the first three artists announced to participate in the Polaris Cover Sessions.

Sarah Harmer will cover Caribou’s “Odessa” from the band’s 2010 Short-Listed album Swim, Whitehorse will cover The New Pornographers’ “Bones Of An Idol” from the band’s 2006 Short-Listed album Twin Cinema and Great Lake Swimmers will cover Sarah Harmer’s “I’m A Mountain” from her 2006 Short-Listed album of the same name.

The video for Harmer’s Caribou cover debuted, August 19, then AUX TV will air the next two videos on August 26 and September 2.   Steve Jordan, Polaris Founder and Executive Director, hopes this is the start of many new and intriguing musical partnerships.

Keep your eye on the AUX TV YouTube Channel to catch each Polaris Cover Sesssion video as they debut. Follow @PolarisPrize on Twitter or for more information and behind the scenes.

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