North American Outgames – Come On Out


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.

Come On Out, the single is available now on iTunes

The Vancouver 2011 North American Outgames and Human Rights Conference run July 25 -31, 2001

Who’s Your Fave Vancouver Mascot?

Sports team Mascots are important members of a team, responsible for building enthusiasm in the live sporting arena.  Sometimes this is a difficult, thank-less job for those underneath the felt and foam head.

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In Vancouver, we are blessed with some mascots with exceptional personalities who truly deliver the entertainment value.

Vancouver 2011 Outgames – POP Tour Update

Out In May! This weekend come out for a couple of fun evenings to support the Vancouver 2011 North America OutGames!

Friday 20th May The POP Tour visits 1181 at 7.00pm for Tennis Wii.
Outgames Cardholders get in for free and receive a drink special – prizes galore!

Saturday 21st May The POP Tour moves over to J Lounge at 8.00pm for Brandon Hamilton`s Star Extravaganza. Outgames Cardholders pay $10 instead of the regular $20 door price and again prizes and fun.

Vote Now! Urban Culture Conference

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!

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 for more information on how to participate in one of the biggest events of the year!

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?

What’s On Wednesday – April 28 – May 1, 2011

This week’s fun and games!

Thursday April 28th
MOGO Wear and Little Sister’s present the Power of G event supporting Out In Schools and LOUD at J Lounge
– Over at The Cobalt – The Sad Comedy Show 2 features stand-up, improv and sketch performances to raise funds for Sad Mag issue #7
– It sounds like The Helm is the new Thursday night place to be after last week’s big debut of the weekly “We Like Boys” night

Friday April 29th
If you aren’t too tired from staying up to watch the Royal Wedding check out;
– The amazing Fleet Foxes are at The Vogue (also playing Saturday night)
– Across the water in Victoria, Current Swell are playing Sugar Nightclub
– continuing until May 14 is the Arts Club Theatre’s production of The Graduate

Saturday April 30
If you haven’t filed you taxes yet…have fun!
– The Colbalt is home to Queer Bash: Rocky Horror vs Jersey Shore
– Rock icon Chris Cornell is at the Red Robinson Theatre in Boulevard Casino
– Bring in the new month with the usual Saturday night action at 560 for May Rising

Sunday May 1
Get up early and come help me cheer on my best friend Brian Webb, other friends and participants in the BMO Vancouver Marathon