Record Store Day 2011 – April 16

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!

Wiggle 17

This Saturday, wiggle your way over to Five-Sixty on Seymour, put your best hair forward as the 17th annual Wiggle celebrate all things The Wig!
Wiggle 17
The House of Venus has put together a wig-tastic line up of performers, artists, models and musicians to entertain and dazzle the audience.
Hosted by Miss Cotton Venus with performances by:

  • Robyn Graves
  • Connie Smudge
  • Carlotta Gurl
  • Burgundy Brixx
  • House of LaDouche
  • Pussy Willow
  • Crystal Precious
  • Vera Way

Soundtrack for the evening from Jef Leppard and visual stimulation by http://www.wayoutwest.tv/

Great prizes, performances and wig sale add to the fun with partial proceeds going to A Loving Spoonful. Doors open at 8pm and the festivities start at 9pm with late night dance party starting at 11pm with DJ’s Adam Dreaddy, Mumbles and Quest.

Grab a ticket and we’ll see you there!

Top 10 Do’s & Don’ts at the Gym

Since this week marked one year of me working out at Steve Nash Sports Club I thought what better time to pass on some of the observations I’ve learned or had pointed out to me that incorporate good gym etiquette.

1. DO wear proper gym attire; flipflops, jeans, cut-offs, sports bras, street shoes do not make for proper (or comfortable) gym attire.
2. DON’T hog the equipment, sometimes the gym can be busy and multiple people will want the same equipment…share it!
3. DO wipe down equipment after yourself…no one wants to sit down at a machine to find it a sweaty mess from the previous user.
4. DON’T forget to wear deodorant…only you think your musk is charming and sexy!
5. DO put the weights away, you were able to get them off the rack to start your exercise so you can put them back (in the correct place) when you’re done.
6. DON’T walk in-front of the mirror or crowd into someone else’s workout space it’s distracting and disrespectful of their space.
7. DO control your volume, both on your personal music player and your own voice, if you need to talk with your work out partner keep it to a minimum volume, the rest of the gym doesn’t need to hear your conversation nor do they need to hear you grunting…this isn’t a porn set!
8. DON’T stand around or hang on equipment socializing on the workout floor.  It’s ok to say a quick hello to a friend but catching up on what’s been happening over the last week can wait until you’re finished.
9. DO line up patiently and orderly for classes, showers and equipment if a line forms.
10. DON’T be creepy, it’s alright to make eye contact and say hello to people you see regularly at the gym but don’t leer and linger over them like meat!

The Fairmont Vancouver Airport

At the recent World Airport 2011 in Copenhagen, airport hotels were recognized for the first time and Fairmont Vancouver Airport was awarded “Best Airport Hotel – North America”.
On a recent overnight at the hotel the reason for this award was evident, it’s a great property – a blissful oasis within the hustle of busy YVR!
This AAA/CAA Four Diamond luxury hotel features 392 sound proof rooms just minutes from the baggage carousel or airline check-in desk. Even a standard Fairmont Guest Rooms are spacious, quiet and comfortable, designed to meet the needs of both the leisure or business guest.

Health Club featuring indoor mechanized lap pool

Hotel amenities include Jetside Bar, Globe@YVR Restaurant, Absolute Spa at The Fairmont Vancouver Airport plus for those who need to stick to routine; a health club and business centre.  If you have time before, between or after your flight, drop-in access is just $15.00, for non-registered guests, to the Health Club, saunas and showers.

 

Fairmont Gold Guest Room

 

I stayed on the Fairmont Gold level, this “a hotel within a hotel” features it’s own check-in desk and team of dedicated staff who anticipate every guests needs.  The state of the art environmental controls within the rooms also anticipate your needs automatically dimming/raising lights so you can feel good about not wasting electricity. Lighting, temperature, entertainment and even the blinds are controlled from a unique touch-screen telephone.

Plane-Spotting with breathtaking views of Vancouver & North Shore Mountains

In the Fairmont Gold Lounge guests can enjoy complimentary evening hors d’oeurves and in the morning, continental breakfast while reading a newspaper or checking their email on the free wi-fi or just sit back and enjoy a bit of plane-spotting on the runway from the floor to ceiling windows.

 

Whether it’s pre or post flight or just for a relaxing night away, Fairmont Vancouver Airport is the perfect place to getaway!

Top 10 Transit Etiquette Do’s & Don’ts

According to @Travelsmart.ca, since the Olympics 50 more people take transit each minute. As fuel prices rise higher and higher, more people are opting for transit for the first time.
We, regular users welcome the new travellers as they’ll help keep service levels high and fares lower but perhaps a few tips on how to travel might be helpful.
Here’s this weeks Top 10 list: Transit Do’s & Don’ts

1. DO have your fare ready when boarding the bus so you aren’t fumbling around looking for change and holding up a line of people.
2. DON’T ask for a free ride.
3. DO keep moving along the bus, platform or train once you board.
4. DON’T leave your trash or old newspapers behind on the vehicle, there are bins on every platform & near most bus stops.
5. DO carry on your conversations…quietly! If you’re sitting beside someone the rest of the passengers shouldn’t be able to hear, same thing for your mobile phone calls. Keep it down!
6. DON’T stand on the left side of an escalator. The common rule is Walk Left, Stand Right
7. DO have a seat but please allow elderly, people with special needs, baby buggies to sit/access the front seats when needed.
8. DON’T eat your breakfast/lunch/dinner on board…a nibble is ok but a smelly messy meal is too much.
9. DO try to take up as little space as possible if you have bags or parcels, you only paid one fare so don’t take up two seats.
10. DON’T get too comfortable, fall alseep and miss your stop…trust me, it happens!

The Fairmont Empress – April is “Royal Month”

I recently had an opportunity to follow in the footsteps of royalty as I spent the night at the historic Fairmont Empress in Victoria.
In 1919, Edward, Prince of Wales danced until dawn in the Crystal Ballroom and in 1939 parents of our current Queen, King George VI and Queen Elizabeth attended a luncheon at The Empress. In addition, countless Hollywood royalty have graced the storied corridors since the hotel opened its doors in 1908.
In recognition of this connection to the Royal Family,  The Fairmont Empress, along with sister property Fairmont Hotel Vancouver, has proclaimed April “Royal Month” leading up to the historic nuptials of future King of Canada; Prince William and Kate Middleton on April 29th.  Break out the hats and gloves and take part in some of the ‘Royal’ events and festivities taking place all month long. One of the highlights, I’d love to do is the Royal Empress Room Dinner, served on The Queen’s China, only ever used by Her Majesty, until this dinner!
Even though I don’t have a pedigree and paparazzi isn’t chasing me down, I was treated like royalty at The Empress.  As soon as I walked in the doors I felt welcome, this century old property is prime place to spend a relaxing break in Victoria.  Although the Inner Harbour, the hub of most Victoria activities lay just across the expansive front lawns, one can find plenty of activities to keep engaged within the walls of this castle, which was perfect on a rainy overnight stay as I experienced.

The Bengal Lounge

Willow Stream Spa at The Fairmont Empress provides first class spa services, stop in for curry and a cocktail at in the cool, colonial environment of the Bengal Lounge, lounge on a chaise with wine & oysters while overlooking the harbour on The Veranda and the ‘must do’ for everyone – Empress Afternoon Tea is renowned around the world.  Those are just a few of the experiences you can find in The Empress without even checking in!  Stay overnight and get the full Fairmont treatment, soak up the history

Fairmont Empress Guest Room

as you relax in your room and stroll the wide corridors, maybe even bump into one of the hotel’s supernatural guests.  There are a least a couple of ghost stories passed on by many guests, although I don’t have one…yet.   If you’re wandering, be sure to go downstairs to find the Archives to see the important roll The Empress has played in the history of Victoria.  With the great activities happening for “Royal Month” now’s the perfect time to make The Fairmont Empress part of your own personal history too!

Weekend ahead! April Fools Edition

People always ask me what’s happening in Vancouver so I thought maybe I’d provide some updates once in a while to some of the stuff I think is going to be a good time. You might or might not agree but that’s the great thing about Arts & Entertainment, there’s something for everyone!
So here’s some fun stuff happening to make your evening fun this weekend. This is just a sample, there’s lots more going on, just get out and find it!

Thursday Mar 31st
: Rapper T-Pain is at Gossip Nightclub

:Fighting for Ithaca (who are not from New York State but local Vancouver boys) are at Media Club

: San Francisco’s Dodos are at Rickshaw Theatre

 

 

 

 

Friday April 1st, the fun heads to the East Side
: The great British Sea Power are at Biltmore Cabaret

: Local punk, ska, reggae 6 piece, Los Furios with Heads Hang Heavy and The Saint Riels are at The – always a good time – Cobalt

: it’s the 1st Friday of the month so COME OUT! ROCK OUT! MAKE OUT! SHAKE OUT! as SPIT Vancouver returns for another fun filled edition at ANZA Club

Saturday April 2nd head back downtown
: the legendary Pete Yorn is at Commodore Ballroom
: My Chemical Romance romances the crowd at The Centre For Performing Arts