2011 NA Outgames – more than just fun & games

With just over 2 month to go before the 2011 North America Outgames begins, preparations are in full swing for all components of the week-long festivities.

Athletes will be competing in 18 sporting events including Soccer, Volleyball, Hockey, Eco-Challenge 10K Run, Golf and many more taking place throughout the Lower Mainland and Whistler.

In addition to sports there are two other components to the Outgames.

The Human Rights Conference, taking place at Sheraton Wall Centre will feature keynote addresses from Blake Skjellerup (New Zealand, Olympic short track speed skater), Sara Davis Buechner (Professor of Music UBC and concert pianist) and Stephen A. Glassman, Chairperson of the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission. Many more talks and seminars will take place throughout the week. Visit the Outgames website for complete information

The Cultural Celebrations take place mostly in the Plaza of Nations, the final stop of the Flag Run, home of Opening and & Closing Ceremonies, Womenzone and daily performances by various artists, nightly medal ceremonies. Running concurrently with Vancouver Pride Festival, many more activities and events will happening throughout the city

Visit Vancouver2011Outgames.com for more information on how to participate in one of the biggest events of the year!

KT Tunstall – Solo

KT Tunstall – Venue Nightclub – May 6, 2011

Scottish songstress made her third stop within a year to Vancouver recently for a sold out show at Venue. As always, KT was a delight as she wittily recounted stories about the songs and experiences on the road.  This was a solo show, or at least only one solo human, as KT was also aided by her “Taiwanese friends”, a collection of samplers and sound effect equipment which helped create the appearance of a full band. While Tunstall is most at home on the guitar, three songs were piano based which allowed her to recount her childhood piano lessons as well as mention that her parents were along for this tour, their first trip on the road with their daughter.  
Although officially in support of her most recent ablum, Tiger Suit, she also had a new EP to promote.  The Scarlett Tulip is a 7 song acoustic EP recorded just for fans and for sale only at live gigs and online at kttustall.com.  As she stated, the accoustic recording is simple and has “no bar code, just music with a picture on it, the way it should be”.  That is also a good way to describe her music, simple, the way it should be. Already a truly great singer and songwriter, each time I see her live she proves to be an even better entertainer.

What’s on Weekend – May 12-15

Here’s my picks list for this upcoming weekend

Thursday May 12
– Just three more nights left of The Graduate at Arts Club Theatre Company
– Continuing is Hairspray also from Arts Club Theatre Company

Friday May 13
…yes it’s Friday the 13th! And indeed my name happens to be Jason!
– in Victoria, Jill Barber is playing the Alix Gooden Hall
– From France and playing at Venue is Yelle
– Canadian roots singer / songwriter Old Man Luedecke and Ladies of the Canyon are at Lucky Bar in Victoria


Saturday May 14
– Local rock chicks The Pack A.D. bring their garage-rock shenanigans to Red Room
– Danish duo The Raveonettes hit the stage at Venue
– Dance your a$$ off as The Colbalt welcomes the return of POW: Trash Edition
– New queer hip hop night, Big Primpin kicks off at Pub 340
– Fortune Sound Club finds Curren$y performing live

Be A Tourist In Your Own Town Vancouver

When you’re on vacation do you check out sight, attractions and events? Do you do the same when you are at home? Probably not unless you have a visitor in town, right?

Well now’s your chance to experience some of the great local attractions and sights without costing you a cent! Free is the best price! 

For the month of May, Tourism Vancouver and the city’s attractions have teamed up to allow everyone the opportunity to play tourist in our own backyard. Each day visit TourismVancouver.com to download two free admissions to the next days special attraction.  Check early as there are limited passes each day, but don’t worry tomorrow will bring a new attraction.
As an added bonus, each time you download an offer you’re entered to win 4 admission passes to that attraction.

While you’re out or after your day is done, Tourism Vancouver wants to hear how your day went. Tweet them (@myvancouver) or write on their Facebook wall (www.facebook.com/InsideVancouver)

Get out and explore and save money while you do it…what could be better!?


Mother Mother

Mother Mother – Commodore Ballroom – May 5, 2011

Playing the second of two sold out nights in Vancouver, the first at The Vogue Theatre, local band Mother Mother had the crowd eating out of their hands.
Like every good audience they listened to their Mother Mother and were taken along on a great pop-rock ride.

With three singers, Ryan Guldemond on guitar & vocals, Molly Guldemond on vocals  & keyboard and Jasmin Parkin on keyboard & vocals, whose voices fit so well together they seem as one on some tracks.  Band founder and lead Ryan, chatted quite a bit to the audience making sure they were having a good time and seeming genuinely thankful for he reception they’ve received.
As with many local bands the audience was very diverse as their devoted friends and family came out to support, sing and dance along to the quintet.  Some songs like The Stand and O My Heart generated huge reception from the audience as they sang along and put the Commodore Ballroom’s famous dancefloor to work bouncing along.  O My Heart brought back many memories from the Vancouver 2010 Olympics as it was featured nightly in the Ignite The Dream pyrotechnics show at Robson Square (which I personally saw at least every night!)
It was great to see such an awesome turnout for a band that deserves the attention and hopefully gets it as they continue their tour.

Fair Play – Foul Play

When a sport team gains a reputation as ‘rough’, ‘dirty’ or ‘poor sports’, where does that mentality come from? The Coaches, the players or the fans? Is it a combination of all of the above?

Scrapping for the ball

Recently Whitecaps FC beat Montreal Impact in a semi-final Nutrilite Canadian Championships in a hard fought battle at Empire Field. While there has long been a rivalry between these clubs it has intensified in recent years, especially since Montreal fielded a second string team in the 2009 Championships that lost by 5 goals handing the game and Cup to Toronto on goal differential. The Montreal fans and ownership as well as the Vancouver supporters were appalled by the lack of sportsmanship displayed in throwing the game.  Since then Montreal clashes have been very scrappy, vocal and outright aggressive matches that do not display any of the attributes that make soccer “the beautiful game”.
Where did this attitude come from, do their fans expect it and encourage it of them? Is the coaching staff instilling the aggression in the locker room? Do the players themselves challenge and push each other to be tough and pushy on the field? We’ll never really know but even in other sports certain teams become known as playing a certain style which one would assume comes down to coaching methods but what happens when the coaching staff change and the attitude remains? It’s a strange phenomemon but one that will perpetuate for as long as there are sports and teams and players and coaches.

What’s your thoughts? What contributes to a teams playing style?

hi-life records – living the high life!

What happens when you mix percussion, bass line, rhythm and groove?

If you’re alive, it should move you!

That’s the philosophy behind hi-life records, lead by founder Bernard Magale aka “SKLA”, this Vancouver based group is devoted to bringing you the best in music that moves you…deep techno, electronic house is their specialty. With a depth of experience and connections around the world the team has a passion for beats.  Whether it’s putting on a great event featuring DJ and artists from around the world, managing and nurturing their own talent from right here at home to producing and distributing great tracks and compilations on their own label hi-life has the determination to get you on your feet.

Check out sample tracks on the hi-life Beatport channel.

Then get your dancing shoes on tonight and check out
SKLA at the club, Five-Sixty
or Ben Coleman at Pop Opera


Check out their other artists and watch for their shows around town:

SKLA – Founder/Artist http://soundcloud.com/djskla
Ben Colmen http://soundcloud.com/bencolmen
Luis Sastre http://soundcloud.com/luissastre
Nick Bertossi http://soundcloud.com/nickbertossi
Alexander Fog [IT] http://soundcloud.com/alexanderfog
Nunzi [NY] http://soundcloud.com/djnunzi

Follow @hiliferecords on twitter to stay up to date on what’s happening!