Somehow the Sun must like this race being named in it’s honour (in fact the title sponsor is local paper; The Vancouver Sun) as the wacky weather of the previous week gave way to beautiful sunshine. An estimated 49,365 participants lined up along Georgia Street in downtown Vancouver to start the 27th annual 10k fun run. Again this year I was happy to be there to support my friend Brian and amazingly proud that he was able to run a personal best 10k. Although I couldn’t see them in the massive crowd I also was cheering on numerous other friends running. Our other friend, Billy couldn’t find his co-workers running either.
A word of advice to supporters and friends, make sure you have a clearly defined meeting place to send off from the starting line and meet up again at the finish line. Do not rely on “I’ll see you there” and expect to easily find your friends, mobile reception can be spotty as 10’s of thousands of participants all get on their phones at the same time. Most of all, even though you may not see your friends, cheer on everyone, they all deserve it! See you next year!
While they may be from Oxford, England, the bandmates in Foals couldn’t be further from the staid uniformed college life. These five floppy haired, shoe gazing, rock hellions have evolved from the first time they played Vancouver, then they seemed overjoyed but anxious to be playing in front of a paying audience. Fast forward to the present, they now seem more comfortable, like they’re still in their garage, playing for themselves, for the sheer enjoyment of the music. Whether the audience was there or not seemed incidental, they tore through each song with vigour. Some great, huge guitar riffs ran seamlessly from one song to the next, reminiscent of a 70’s psycadelic, prog-rock act. Judging by the stream of preppy college kids leaving the venue during the show this lack of audience interaction left some of the more casual fans out in the cold. However, the Foal’s true fans seemed to be going right along for the ride, bouncing and fist pumping to every beat. Occassionally, when lead singer Yannis Philippakis would look up to make the odd comment to the crowd it reaffirmed their love for the band. As the set drew closer to the end, as though reading a “how to be a rock star” book, antics continued with mic stands kicked over, Yannis climbing the speaker tower, guitars being smacked against whatever was nearby, drumsticks thrown at the crowd but beneath all these showy antics was some damn fine tunes. If Foals can find a balance between the two aspects they just might be a truly great band. Let’s see what the future holds.
Since I’m flying off to Vegas this weekend it reminded me of the things I hate when travelling so I thought I’d share some of my (and I’m sure other people’s) pet peeves.
1. DO arrive in plenty of time for your flight. If you can’t make it on time don’t expect to be pushing your way past those of us who are on time for our flights. 2. DON’T forget your documents and information for check-in, security and customs…the lines move slowly enough already. 3. DO have those documents ready and available for check-in, security and customs…the lines move slowly enough already. 4. DON’T pack anything in your carry-on baggage that isn’t allowed to travel. Pack Smart 5. DO board the plane in an orderly and efficient fashion; find your seat and step out of the way of others trying to get by. 6. DON’T carry-on too much stuff and hog the overhead bins. 7. DO travel with your children but be prepared to keep them quiet and entertained on a long journey. You don’t want them to end up in an overhead bin! 8. DON’T be a seat hog! Unless you know the person next to you, chances are they don’t want you falling asleep sprawled out all over them. 9. DO enjoy your refreshments and food that you’ve brought with you but try not to bring food that will stink up the plane! 10. DON’T talk too loud, yes, there is background plane noise but if people can hear you even with their headphones on…it’s too loud!!
In spite of the “no-fun city” naysayers, Vancouver is a city rich in culture and diversity with unique artists, creators and performers around every corner. The first annual Urban Culture Conference & Awards (UCC) aims to capitalize on this rich tapestry of arts and culture by gathering them all together for one great weekend this summer! Awards in categories ranging from music, art and fashion to social media and sports will be voted on by the public via the UCC website making sure this in an inclusive event where we are all welcome to express our tastes and interests. In addition to the awards show the weekend will include; live performances, sports, sponsor exhibits, guest speakers and seminars. All bringing together the thoughts, inspiration and recognition of the urban generation. Keep watching the UCC website for more information, contests, giveaways, secret parties and the award nominees.
The GLISA 2011 North America Outgames will be held in Vancouver from July 25th to July 31st 2011! To put on an 18 sporting events, a Human Rights Conference and nightly cultural, entertainment events takes a lot of people and volunteers are needed. The POP Tour is making it’s way around the city signing up volunteers. In addition, the Outgames ‘Fast Track Pass‘, which give you VIP access, discounts and door prizes for card holders, are on sale. Current Pass holders get free admission to POP Tour parties!
The next POP Tour stops are: April 16 – 8pm at Oasis Ultra Lounge April 23 – 7pm at 1181 Davie May 5 – 6pm at Moxie’s On Davie
Stop by one of these evenings, have some fun, learn about the Outgames and maybe you’ll want to volunteer!
Remember those 12inch round vinyl discs your parents used to have around the house? Long before the days of downloading and iTunes there were record stores where people went to buy music. Some of these establishments still exist, not music store you find at the mall which sells mostly dvds, real music stores, staffed by music lovers, scattered with fanboys and collectors huddled over bins full of vinyl.
If you love vinyl and have a favourite haunt to buy records and learn about the latest or greatest older music Saturday April 16 2011 is the day to celebrate. Record Store Day is the annual day to celebrate independent record stores around the world. The one day artists and shops come together to recognize the importance of these music vendors. Special performances, signings and one of a kind releases are just some of the unique events happening on the day. Look for your local independent music store and see what’s happening in your city. Then get out and celebrate and appreciate your independent record store!
Colin James – Lobby Lounge at Fairmont Pacific Rim – April 12, 2011
In celebration of the release of Take It From The Top: The Best Of Colin James, Colin James has performed a series of exclusive, private events across Canada. Wrapping up at home Vancouver, James played a set of his hits in the stunning Fairmont Pacific Rim Lobby Lounge. The full-house of lucky guests were treated to great evening of music, drink and food.
The Fairmont chef’s served a selection of fresh sushi, canapés and tasty cups of butter chicken along with a Sweet & Sour Martini or Sumac Ridge wines. As guests arrived they were welcomed by the sounds of local indie artist Colin Bullock, a frequent performer at the Lobby Lounge. While plates and glasses were refilled, local radio icons Bro Jake and Loverboy lead singer Mike Reno welcomed everyone to the Fairmont Pacific Rim, reminded us that the Lobby Lounge features live music seven nights a week and introduce Colin James to the stage.
With two decades of music to choose from he managed to pick an excellent selection of the Top 40 hits and fan favourites including classics, Five Long Years, Why’d You Lie and Just Came Back. Although a few technical difficulties and competing against a chatty audience, to start, clearly got under his skin, the sound was very good for a stage set in a luxury hotel lobby. The audience had more than enough die-hard Colin James fans to sing and dance along to every single so those who weren’t fans already were won over by the end of the hour long set as everyone joined in the singing. Being a small intimate show in such a comfortable setting, it felt less like a concert and more like a party in your living room that could still be going.