What’s On Weekend – March 22 – 24, 2012

Another week of fun…

– at Vancouver Art Gallery : Offsite on West Georgia at the Shangri-la Hotel courtyard, until Sept 16th, is a large scale wooden tableau by Kota Ezawa
– within the Vancouver Art Gallery, An Autobiography of our Collection shows a behind the scenes look at how a collection is put together from the Gallery’s permanent collection. As well Beat Nation showcases the Art, Hip Hop and Aboriginal Culture and the Gallery’s newest exhibition Emily Carr and the Theatre of Transcendence
– see the bright lights at MOV: Museum of Vancouver with their ongoing exhibit Neon Vancouver/Ugly Vancouver
– at Arts Club Theatre Company’s Revue Stage is Gordon on until March 24th and at the Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage find out The Importance Of Being Earnest until April 15th.
– the Giggle Dam Theatre, dinner/comedy/musical theatre, bring the laughs Under The DAM Big Top…Cirque Du So Lame until June 16th.

Thursday March 22nd
– continuing all week is Vancouver Fashion Week – Fall/Winter 2012 at the Chinese Cultural Centre, shows daily until Sunday.
– Alt-rockers Drive-By Truckers are onstage at the Commodore Ballroom
– Join DJ Michael Venus at The Narrow Lounge for some nineties goodness
– for some evening entertainment, see the male dancers get their “Junk” out at Oasis Ultra Lounge

Friday March 23rd
– at the Biltmore Cabaret, White Rabbits bounce onto the stage.
– join DJ’s SKLA, Right Hand Barber, Rachel Sehl and more at the kick off to Cirque Friday’s at Five-Sixty
– for something completely different, psychic legend Sylvia Browne, is on her 50th Anniversary tour and stopping at the River Rock Show Theatre
– in the West End head to Oasis for Gay’er Friday with DJ Jeffery Michael

Saturday March 24th
– coming off their historic first road win, Vancouver Whitecaps FC are back home at BC Place to kick-off against DC United
– across the street at Rogers Arena, local boys Hedley take over the stage with Classifies, Anjulie & Kay.
I Predict A Riot as The Commodore Ballroom welcomes Kaiser Chiefs
– at Five-Sixty it’s a take over, Poni Saturday is getting a British Invasion as Room Service from London bring their event to the West Coast.

Whitecaps FC v Montreal Impact – Season Two Home Opener

Kicking of their second season of their MLS era, Whitecaps FC repeated the opener from last year by beating their Canadian rival.  Last year it was Toronto FC, this year it was MLS new boys Montreal Impact in a 2-0 victory.
While last year was at the temporary Empire Field to start the season, this season begins at their home on the Bell Pitch BC Place. Hopefully having a solid permanent home for the season will bring solid results, and last year’s limited success is a thing for the history books. The seating renovations are now completed at BC Place so the seats meet the pitch at both ends making the stadium feel much more intimate than the cavernous football stadium housing the BC Lions.
The Southsiders supporters club seems to have grown this season also, now filling most of the south end seats. A new supporter group, have developed at the north end, specifically for new signing Young-Pyo Lee.  The overall atmosphere was great as the nearly sold out stadium came wildly alive when another new signing, Sebastien Le Toux netted the quickest opening goal in MLS at 4 minutes. As much as Montreal tried they couldn’t gain a foothold on the match, once Camilo beautifully struck the net in the 54th minute it was all over.  Vancouver’s 2012 home campaign starts off on the right foot (or left as is the case with Camilo’s strike) and hopefully it keeps up this way for the rest of the season.

Recipients of First Annual Paul Carson Broadcast & Media Awards Announced

Winners of the inaugural Paul Carson Broadcast & Media Awards were announced Thursday January 26th, recognizing excellence in sports broadcast and journalism in the Vancouver marketplace across nine categories of radio, television and print.

The 2012 finalists were named from a list of nominees compiled by a multi-media panel assembled by “Friends of Paul Carson” and The Sport Market on TEAM 1040 and teamradio.ca. Voting was done by a cross-section of more than 100 broadcasters, journalists and media management and production professionals residing or working in Vancouver.

Winners were announced January 26th in the following categories:

1. Sports Reporter
Lowell Ullrich                 The Province

2. Sports Columnist
Iain MacIntyre        The Vancouver Sun

3. Sports Radio Talk Show Host (tie)
Barry Macdonald      TEAM 1040
Dan Russell                CKNW 980

4. Sports Radio News Anchor
Rick Quinton                 CKNW 980

5. Sports Radio Reporter
Jeff Paterson          TEAM 1040

6. Sports Television News Anchor
Don Taylor                  Sportsnet

7. Sports Television News Reporter
Farhan Lalji               TSN

8. Broadcast Play-by-Play
Jim Hughson               CBC

9. Broadcast Colour Commentary
Ray Ferraro                TSN

CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying Kicks Off

Team Canada Lines up

Thursday evening the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) Women’s Olympic Qualifying Tournament kicked off at BC Place in downtown Vancouver.
From January 19 to 29, eight teams are competing for the two spots available to represent the CONCACAF region at the 2012 London Olympic Games. Two groups of 4 teams play round-robin format to reach the semi-final knockout stage, resulting in the two finalists and Olympic representatives.

Costa Rica v Cuba

Group A (Canada, Costa Rica, Cuba, Haiti) starting things off with Costa Rica defeating Cuba 2-0 in front of a sparse but vocal crowd.  The audience peaked at 7,620 for the main event, Canada vs Haiti.  With superstar Christine Sinclair leading the way with 4 goals, Team Canada triumphed 6-0 over the visitors.

Team Captain Christine Sinclair (12)

Group B (USA, Mexico, Guatemala, Dominican Republic) start their round robin on Friday Jan 20th.
Ticketsfor many matches are still available starting at just $10. Don’t miss your chance to cheer on our future Olympians.

Team Canada puts the ball into the back of the Haitian net


Finalists for inaugural Paul Carson Broadcast & Media Awards announced

Paul Carson photo credit: The Province

The nominees for the inaugural Paul Carson Broadcast & Media Awards were announced Wednesday January 18th, recognizing excellence in sports broadcast and journalism in the Vancouver marketplace across nine categories of radio, television and print.

The Vancouver sport scene lost a friend, advocate and legend when Paul Carson passed away in December 2010.  Carson was best-known for his work in sports television as one of the hosts of, the now defunct, Sportspage news magazine show on CKVU and Global TV. He also served as a trailblazer in sports radio on the strength of his work as a co-founder of TEAM 1040 sports radio in Vancouver.

“Paul had an uncanny knack of recognizing media talent and the results of that are reflected in how many people connected to him are now working in major broadcast roles throughout British Columbia and across Canada,” said Tom Mayenknecht, host of The Sport Market on TEAM 1040 and teamradio.ca and a member of the group working to recognize both Carson’s memory and sports media excellence in Metropolitan Vancouver. “Naming an annual platform to recognize broadcast and media excellence seemed like a natural fit in building on the legacy of the Great Carsoni.”

The 2012 finalists were named from a list of nominees compiled by a multi-media panel assembled by “Friends of Paul Carson” and The Sport Market on TEAM 1040 and teamradio.ca.

Final voting will be done by a cross-section of more than 100 broadcasters, journalists and media management and production professionals residing or working in Vancouver. Voting closes Wednesday, January 25th, 2012 with The Paul Carson Broadcast & Media Awards announced Thursday, January 26th, 2012.

Who are your favourites?

Paul Carson Broadcast & Media Awards Finalists – 2011

1. Sports Reporter

Jason Botchford              The Province
Bruce Constantineau     The Vancouver Sun
Gary Kingston                 The Vancouver Sun
Bob Mackin                     The Vancouver Courier
Lowell Ullrich                 The Province

2. Sports Columnist

Cam Cole                  The Vancouver Sun
Tony Gallagher       The Province
Iain MacIntyre        The Vancouver Sun
Jeff Paterson           Georgia Straight
Ed Willes                  The Province

3. Sports Radio Talk Show Host

Barry Macdonald      TEAM 1040
David Pratt
Dan Russell                CKNW 980
Matt Sekeres              TEAM 1040
Don Taylor                 TEAM 1040

4. Sports Radio News Anchor

Bob Addison                   CKWX 1130
Iain McLetchie               TEAM 1040
Rick Quinton                 CKNW 980
Ann Schmaltz                CKWX 1130
Karen Thomson            TEAM 1040

5. Sports Radio Reporter

Matt Baker              TEAM 1040
Jeff Paterson          TEAM 1040
Ann Schmaltz         CKWX 1130
Karen Thomson     TEAM 1040
Stu Walters             CKNW 980

6. Sports Television News Anchor

Squire Barnes              Global TV
Shane Foxman            CBC TV
Jason Pires                  CTV
Perry Solkowski         CTV
Don Taylor                  Sportsnet

7. Sports Television News Reporter

Jay Durant                 Global TV
Farhan Lalji               TSN
Karin Larsen              CBC TV
Dan Murphy              Sportsnet
Perry Solkowski        CTV/TSN

8. Broadcast Play-by-Play

Rick Ball                       TEAM/CBC
Rob Fai                         TEAM
Jim Hughson               CBC
Peter Schaad               TEAM 1410
John Shorthouse        Sportsnet/TEAM 1040

9. Broadcast Colour Commentary

Giulio Caravatta        TEAM 1410
Paul Dolan                  TEAM 1410
Ray Ferraro                TSN
John Garrett               Sportsnet
Dave Tomlinson        TEAM 1040

Whitecaps FC & MLS Announce 2012 Season Schedule

Whitecaps new season kicks off at BC Place, March 10, 2012

MLS soccer unveiled its 2012 schedule this week, with 323 matches spread over 267 days it is the longest MLS regular season in league history and promises to be action packed.  Aimed at reducing the heavy travel burden for the geographically largest league on the planet, local rivalries will heat up as teams within the same divisions play each other more often. Whitecaps FC will play the other Western Division clubs three times this season and each Eastern club only once. While this does reduce the clubs travel miles, which were the leagues highest in 2011, it means fans will have to wait a year to see some of the Eastern clubs who only host Whitecaps this season, like Chicago, Columbus and Toronto.
The Whitecaps kick off their first full season at BC Place on March 10th, by hosting their old USL nemesis, the Eastern Division expansion team, Montreal Impact, a match that is sure to be lively and fired up from the kick off.  Unlike last season, hopefully some of the league’s marquee designated players, like David Beckham and Thierry Henry will travel with their clubs when New York crosses the continent on June 20th and LA Galaxy visit, July 18th. Cascadia Cup rivals Seattle Sounders and Portland Timbers’ fans will be able to build on their decades long rivalries as Vancouver hosts Seattle twice and Portland once this season. This means the Vancouver fans will be booking their charter bus to Portland twice and Seattle once. With the second to last home match against Seattle and the last versus Portland the Cascadia Cup won’t be decided until the end of the season.  Vancouver wraps up the regular season away to Real Salt Lake but hopefully this year, Whitecaps fans will be treated to some post-season excitement!

See you all at BC Place March 10th! Go ‘caps Go!

Print your copy of the Whitecaps 2012 Schedule or visit whitecapsfc.com for the full schedule.


Grey Cup Festival 2011

Colin James Plays Molson Canadian House

This weekend marked the CFL’s 99th Grey Cup Championship, held in Vancouver for the 14th time, this edition ended in storybook fashion with a home team win for the BC Lions, 34-23 over Winnipeg Blue Bombers.
One of the first major tests for the new and improved BC Place stadium, although due to very unpredictable Vancouver weather, the retractable roof stayed closed for the game, it was a great showcase for the stadium.
Throughout the weekend the city

In spite of the weather, large crowds cheer on the Grey Cup Parade

was abuzz with fans from all the CFL teams. Each team held their own party for boosters in various locations around the city. Many of the team ‘houses’ were held at Canada Place and Vancouver Convention Centre. VCC was also home to Molson Canadian House a non-partisan party for everyone to get together for concerts, comradery and to have a good time no matter which team they supported. Sponsor activations and other events were throughout the city as

Thousands Cheer On Parade Grand Marshall, Glee Star Cory Monteith

well. The Telus StreetFest near BC Place was another location for all fans to get out and enjoy the festivities, with concerts, sponsor tents, food and fun. In spite of downpours on Saturday the Safeway Grey Cup Parade drew large crowds as it made its way through downtown Vancouver.
Friday night’s Vanier Cup game between Laval and McMaster Univerties drew a sizeable crowd who watched McMaster win their first everCanadian University Championship.

Fun For All Ages At Telus StreetFest

All the festivites lead up to the big game, as the 99th Grey Cup was contested and brought the BC Lions it’s 6th Championship and the city reason to cheer.