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!
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
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?
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?
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
Whitecaps FC V Chivas USA – Empire Field – April 16, 2011
Keeping their undefeated home streak alive, Whitecaps FC held the visiting Chivas USA to a nil-nil draw at Empire Field. It seems that the Whitecaps have a hard time travelling as both losses of the
season have been away matches and neither has been a particularly great performance. At home it’s been a different story does the home crowd really give the team an advantage? The ’12th Man’ (the crowd) plays such an important part to a match as they provide the added boost to the home team to keep playing their best. To the away team the noise and support
provided to the hosts can be a distraction that can (and hopefully does) throw off their game. The rolling chants of WHITE & CAPS from the opposite sides of the pitch are followed by the end to end taunting of each, the Southsiders and the Northgate All-stars, supporter’s group, to see who was the better bigger booster all create a great supportive atmosphere in Empire Field.
Although this match against Chivas wasn’t the best performance by the Whitecaps, they managed to hold the visitors off the goal. Did the support of the crowd give them just that little but extra. Both teams had chances, but ‘keeper Jay Nolley kept the Whitecaps in the hunt by consistantly denying Chivas’ attempts. As Coach Tietur Torteson keeps tinkering with the line due to suspensions and injury the players don’t seem to have gelled and don’t appear to trust the players on the pitch with them. Miscconnections and fumbled calls have led to missed goal opportunities or free kicks going against them. Hopefully a regular line-up will appear soon to get that ‘finish’ that they’re missing presently plus ensure the fans have something to cheer about. We want to continue to see lively crowd bringing the now standard cacaphony to the stands. Now if we can just get them to travel well and deal with the away fans…we’ll have a winning combination!
Somehow the Sun must like this race being named in it’s honour (in fact the title sponsor is local paper; The Vancouver Sun) as the wacky weather of the previous week gave way to beautiful sunshine. An estimated 49,365 participants lined up along Georgia Street in downtown Vancouver to start the 27th annual 10k fun run. Again this year I was happy to be there to support my friend Brian and amazingly proud that he was able to run a personal best 10k. Although I couldn’t see them in the massive crowd I also was cheering on numerous other friends running. Our other friend, Billy couldn’t find his co-workers running either.
A word of advice to supporters and friends, make sure you have a clearly defined meeting place to send off from the starting line and meet up again at the finish line. Do not rely on “I’ll see you there” and expect to easily find your friends, mobile reception can be spotty as 10’s of thousands of participants all get on their phones at the same time. Most of all, even though you may not see your friends, cheer on everyone, they all deserve it! See you next year!