The Vancouver organizing committee recently announced the theme song to the GLISA 2011 North America Outgames. “Come On Out” by award winning Canadian/Aussie duo Sugarbeach is an infectious pop track, with a hint of country, bound to appeal to a wide audience. Appropriate considering the diversity of participants in the Outgames and accompanying Human Rights Conference. Marlee Walchuk, one half of the dynamic duo Sugarbeach states, “We wanted to write a song that would capture the energy, spirit and importance of being an active participator in the Vancouver Outgames/Human Rights Conference and in one’s own life”. With the considerable accolades that Sugarbeach has received from their participation in past events, it’s no doubt the Vancouver Outgames theme will gain attention. “Vancouver 2011 Outgames are ecstatic about the tune that Sugarbeach has created for the Games, it truly represents the spirit of the Outgames and we are honoured that they are part of this very special event” says Barb Snelgrove, Communications Director of the Vancouver 2011 Outgames.
Although he could easily headline his own bill, supporting Usher seems a natural fit for Akon. As an often collaborator/write/producer, Akon has supported and kick-started many careers, including Lady Gaga, Pitbull and T-Pain. Dressed in all white, Akon took to the Rogers Arena in front of an already excited crowd and proceeded to push them up another level with his fun, energetic, R&B tracks. The multiple-Grammy nominated star is often a featured singer on other artist songs it was easy to forget just how many great singles Akon has under his belt. Dangerous, Sexy Bitch, I Just Had Sex were all in
collaboration with other artists but stood up well as Akon sang them solo alongside his own hits. To boost up the crowd’s excitement level Akon donned a Vancouver Canucks hockey jersey, in celebration of the team’s advancing to the Stanley Cup Finals the night before in the same venue, which brought a huge cheer! By the time Akon finished his nearly 60 minute set he had the crowd more than ready to welcome the headliner and continue the good times of the evening!
During a show in which Usher paid tribute to his idol Michael Jackson, the audience was more than ready to anoint a new King Of Pop title. Usher has many similarities to the iconic Jackson; child star, amazing dancer, great pop/r&b hits, millions of adoring fans…but so far has managed to keep his career (other than a few incidents) about ‘the music ‘. Me, along with friends, Brian and May, I and 10000+ other fans were treated to 2 full hours of the music as Usher sang and danced his way through his whole catalogue. From the moment he rose above the crowd, in his futuristic armour, to land on the large multi-tiered stage he was dancing the entire night. Every bit as capable as his back up dancers the star was worked right into the routines, nothing was simplified for him. This was a pretty amazing feat considering how many other stars have trouble singing and dancing while staying in perfect sync. The dancing was superb throughout the show, whether slow or fast every move onstage was choreographed and executed perfectly. The audience made their very best effort to dance along too, everyone in the arena was on their feet ready to dance along with their ‘King’! The crowd’s energy was enhances by great video montages on the very advances digital screens used as the backdrop and curtain of the stage. Although this was officially the OMG Tour
promoting his Raymond V Raymond album, the songs performed covered most of his career. Nice & Slow, You Remind Me and Yeah from his earlier albums sounded great alongside current hits; DJ’s Got Us Fallin’ In Love, More and OMG. Slow emotional tracks like Hey Daddy (Daddy’s Home) fit nicely with sexy Trading Places (which saw a girl pulled onstage for some ‘audience participation) and alongside upbeat dance tracks like Love In This Club. With such a host of great songs over the last 18 years it’s hard to believe Usher is still only 32 years old. There’s so much more ahead of him and in store for us as he continues to create great tracks for years to come.
I go to a lot of concerts and events and this has to rank up amongst the very top nights out! I think a combination of a night out with a best friend, a few drinks, a new venue, outstanding lights and sounds from a red hot Grammy winning DJ, made the whole evening a great time!
The Vancouver Convention Centre is not a usual music venue but it was a great location for a historic event. At 6000 attendees, the show was the largest indoor general admission dance event ever hosted in the Province of BC.
The excitement was palpable as streams of people and taxis made their way to the Vancouver waterfront. Inside the giant convention centre, the audience was definitely in the mood to dance. Opening acts Dre Morel, Sultan & Ned Shepard w/ Nada Ali primed the crowd for Avicii to get everyone ready for the main event. A wave of applause erupted as David Guetta took to the decks and from then on it was non-stop energy and excitement as he played nearly 2 hours of floorfillers (in this case the floor was already full). “Sexy Bitch”, “Club Can’t Handle Me”, “When Love Takes Over”, “Memories”, “Commander”, “Where Them Girls At” …and so many other great tracks kept all of us bouncing with our arms in the air from start to finish. Amazing lights, in front and screens behind Guetta pumped up the visual stimulation, confetti canons burst out for added moments of enthusiasm and entertainment. [cincopa AEOA2lanxeEE] This will certainly be a night people are talking about for a while to come. Hopefully, producers Blueprint Events found it successful and will be able to bring in other big events to match the entertainment value in the future.
Coming up August 27-28, 2011 is the first Urban Culture Conference and Awards. An amazing combination of entertainment, culture and awards show. The beginnings of a great line-up has already been announced and with more acts being announced weekly this looks to be a one of a kind weekend! To ensure that everyone can participate in the fun, voting is now open for the UCC Awards. Categories include: Music, Blog, Arts, Sports, Style, Food, Media and Nightlife. Multiple polls are under each category, vote for your favourite today!