Grouse Mountain joins 2011 Vancouver Outgames

Grouse Mountain and the Vancouver 2011 Outgames have combined to provide a true west coast athletic experience for locals (in the know) and visitors yet to experience! The infamous “GROUSE GRIND” has been added to the line up of the Vancouver 2011 Outgames sports schedule as the 6K VERTICAL CHALLENGE.  Climbing nearly 2000m, racers will start the 6 km course on July 26th at 9am, from the foot of Grouse Mountain and race to the top of the most challenging hiking trail in the City commonly referred to as “Mother Nature’s Stairmaster”! This course will be one of the most (literally) breath-taking sport events at the Games!
The Vancouver 2011 Outgames will include 10 sport elements supported by GLISA (International Sports Association of North America) running from July 25 – July 31, 2011
The week-long festival also includes a Human Rights Conference and Cultural Celebrations

What’s On Weekend – July 8 – 10

The sun has come out and summer seems to have finally arrived! Just in time for some outdoor fun!

Friday July 8
– This weekend the big happening is Summer Live. July 8, 9, 10, Stanley Park comes alive with a major free festival of music, performance arts and sport. With acts like New Pornographers, Neko Case, Dan Mangan and Mother Mother it’ll be a great show! Bring the family and enjoy a weekend out in celebration of Vancouver’s 125th Birthday!

Saturday July 9
– Get out and help kick cancer below the belt…and maybe watch a little eye-candy as well.  The Underwear Affair 10k run/5k walk is Saturday afternoon. Get out and help the runners Uncover The Cure!

 

 

Sunday July 10

– At Rogers Arena for the second of two nights, it’s New Kids On The Block, Backstreet Boys with Matthew Morrison

 

2011 NA Outgames Adds To Closing Ceremony Line-up

The GLISA North America Outgames Vancouver 2011 Closing Party is a daylong festival of LGBTQ culture with non-stop entertainment throughout the day including concerts, DJ’s, drag shows, dance performances, medal presentations, a beer garden, the Breakfast of Champions and the Closing Ceremonies of the Vancouver 2011 Outgames. Today is the final day to purchase special early bird priced tickets to the party

The Vancouver 2011 Outgames has added more artists to the previously announced Closing Party line-up of Ace Of Base, Dragonette and Carole Pope.
Joining the party is a wide range of local talent including;
Kim Kuzma, Alice Ai, Matthew Presidente, Outgames theme song artists Sugarbeach will all perform alongside local drag divas Connie Smudge and Iona Whip.

Come OUT and Play -The Closing Party is sure to be a vibrant spectacle at Plaza of Nations. Gates open at 11 am. Special Early Bird ticket pricing sale ends today Thursday June 30 at www.ticketcard.ca

BC Lions Host Rugby Sevens Half-Time Game

This week, on June 22nd, during the BC Lions and Saskatchewan Roughriders game at Empire Field, the BC Lions is proudly showcasing the exciting sport of rugby sevens and supporting the Abbotsford International Sevens Event by hosting a half-time game between the Dog River Howlers and the Pacific Tyee -a select team of Canadian National Sevens Team Members. Phil Mack, Canada’s Sevens Player of the Year and National Team Captain, and the legendary Waisale Serevi, commonly referred to as the ‘King of Sevens’ will be joining in this historic game.

The Abbotsford International Sevens is a sport and entertainment festival complimented with exhibitions, live entertainment, renowned DJ’s, the Russell Club House, an ethnic food fair, a family fun zone and a week of after-parties.

The Abbotsford International Sevens will be taking place on July 23, 2011. For more information, visit http://www.abbotsfordsevens.com/ , follow @Abbotsford7s on Twitter or join their growing fanbase on Facebook.

Abbotsford Rugby Sevens

In the shadow of the NHL playoffs another major sporting tournament is taking shape locally.  Canada’s largest international rugby sevens tournament is fast gaining momentum.
In only its third year, the Abbotsford International Sevens has earned the support of renowned players and grown to include a women’s division, domestic division of 40 teams and an international elite division, which includes:

British Army (United Kingdom)
Kenya (Kenya)
Canadian Maple Leafs (Canada)
Fijian Ambassadors (Fiji)
Mexico (Mexico)
Tongan Ambassadors (New Zealand)
Bayside Fiji Select
Dog River Howlers (Canada)
Burnaby Lake Lighthouse (Canada)
Cayman Islands (Cayman Islands)
Old Puget Sound (United States)
South Sea Connection
Valley High (Canada) 

Abbotsford International Sevens humbly began with hosting two international teams from Kenya and the West Indies. Abbotsford Sevens has grown to include the BC Summer Sevens Series circuit, and is sanctioned by the BC Rugby Union and Rugby Canada. Rugby Sevens, a variation of traditional rugby that involves only seven players and is now an official Olympic sport, only attracts players of the highest calibre.

The Abbotsford International Sevens is a sport and entertainment festival complimented with exhibitions, live entertainment, renowned DJ’s, the Russell Club House, an ethnic food fair, a family fun zone and a week of after-parties.

The Abbotsford International Sevens will be taking place on July 23, 2011. For more information, visit www.abbotsfordsevens.com , follow @Abbotsford7s on Twitter or join their growing fanbase on Facebook.

Top 10 Withdrawal Symptoms From The Canucks Hockey Season

This week wraps up the Stanley Cup Playoffs in Vancouver (hopefully the Canucks bring it home) and with it the end of the 2011 NHL season.  As a result there will suddenly be a lot of people suffering from Canucks hockey withdrawal.

Here are the Top Ten symptoms

1. Headaches from the confusion of no longer wearing a Canuck’s jersey every day and suddenly having to decide what to wear in the morning.
2. Laryngitis as throats hoarse from screaming and yelling finally gave up and now the whole city is whispering.
3. Bleeding ears with nicks and cuts as barbers/stylists hurry to clear the backlog of  people getting haircuts, as no longer will throwing on a Canucks cap suffice for a night out.
4. Sunburned faces as playoff beards are shaved revealing pasty white cheeks and chins that haven’t seen the sun in 9 months.
5. Backaches from sitting on a fuller wallet from saving money on fuel, since cars no longer have Canuck window flag drag they are more fuel efficient.
6. Livers and kidneys unable to adapt to no longer needing to process a constant stream of beer being poured into them.
7. Bladder/Bowel irregularity, since washroom trips are no longer dictated by intermissions between periods.
8.  Couples therapy as hockey widows/widowers suddenly have to adjust to having a partner back in their lives.
9. Confusion ensues as people realize that the Hockey Night In Canada theme is not the ‘summer anthem’ of 2011
10. Stress as it sets in that there is no Canucks hockey until October.