What’s on Weekend – September 29 – October 02, 2011

Busy Busy Bizzay!

Thursday Sept 29
– Ongoing until October 14th is the 2011 Vancouver International Film Festival
– head down to 455 Abbott St in Vancouver for Vinyl: retro lounge’s Grand Opening
International Design Show West brings together some of the best and brightest in interior design to the Vancouver Convention Centre until Sunday

Friday Sept 30
– It’s finally opening! (weather depending) The renovated BC Place Stadium finally makes its debut as the BC Lions take on Edmonton
– recall Pretty In Pink at take a nostalgic look back at 80’s pop with OMD at the Commodore Ballroom

Saturday Oct 1
– go further back to the 70’s with two thirds of BTO, Bachman & Turner are at River Rock Show Theatre
– at Five-Sixty the lovely and talented Colby B from NYC takes over the turntables, alongside resident fave DJ Adam Dreaddy & DH G-Luve downstairs. Plus come early for Connecting.The.Dots art exhibits.

Sunday Oct 2
– it’s Whitecaps FC‘s turn to christen the Bell Pitch at BC Place as they take on North West rivals Portland Timbers


Whitecaps FC say farewell to Empire Field

Whitecaps FC vs Sounders FC – Empire Field – September 24, 2011

Final sporting event kicks off at Empire Field

Taking to the pitch for the final sporting event in the temporary stadium at Empire Field, Whitecaps FC hosted Cascadia Cup rivals Seattle Sounder on Saturday night.  With 500+ Sounders fans travelling up the I-5, the evening was ensured to be a boisterous affair as the Southsiders competed for most vocal supporters.
The first half started off with good back and forth play between the two clubs.  The Whitecaps hit the back of the net first when Camillo scored midway through the first half.  However, a dubious penalty allowed the Seattle to level the scoreline in the first half.  Adding two more unanswered goals by Freddy Montero in the second half, Seattle officially ensured Vancouver was out of the MLS playoffs and secured their hold on the Cascadia Cup (Vancouver, Seattle & Portland vie for the title by having the best record against the other teams).  

After the final whistle, the players take to the field to say Farewell to Empire Field

As the final event at Empire Field nearly wraps up the Whitecaps season the fans, and I’m sure the team too, hope the BC Place era heralds in a more successful page in Whitecaps history.

Hockey Night in Canuck-town

NHL Canucks hockey returned to Vancouver this week for the first time since the infamous Stanley Cup playoff riots in June.
The first pre-season home game of the season against Calgary Flames featured a selection of veteran NHLers looking to extend their careers and a hungry newcomers hoping for their first chance at the big time.
Veteran stalwarts Owen Nolan and Marco Sturm made their presence known amongt less seasoned players, like Chris Tanev and Keith Ballard, looking to make their mark on the squad.
With nothing at stake except for pride, the game turned out to be fairly rough and tumble as each player flexed their muscles.
A good back and forth game with Calgary outshooting the Canucks but the Canucks came through where it mattered, winning 4 – 3. Hopefully this is a sign of things to come and another long season is ahead for Canucks fans!

Whitecaps FC vs Houston Dynamo

Vancouver Whitecaps vs Houston Dynamo – Empire Field – August 27, 2011

Whitecaps v DynamoCould we be on a roll? Two back to back home wins for the Whitecaps! I know it’s a lot to hope for but in a season with more losses than wins fans will find hope in every small gain.

As the Whitecaps played their second to last match at Empire Field before the move downtown to BC Place, their was glimpses of good teamwork and skill showing up on the field and for a change it wasn’t all from the opposing team.  The ‘Caps definitely had some good chances on net throughout the match and Joe Cannon kept the score level at nil-nil with some excellent saves. Then late in the match Shea Salinas brought all 20, 226 fans to their feet with an excellent shot into the far corner of the net.  The final 4 minutes of the match remained tense as Houston tried to apply pressure but their poor road record (0W-5L-8D) stayed intact as the final whistle blew for a 1-nil victory for Whitecaps FC. 1 - 0 victory for Whitecaps

If the ‘Caps can maintain the momentum at home and gain some draws and even wins on the road, it will go a long way to boost the team and fan moral as the team launches its next season’s ticket sales campaign.  Let’s hope the next match at home, against arch rivals Seattle Sounds is also a resounding victory! See you there!

Whitecaps FC: Home is where the advantage is?

Whitecaps celebrate a goal on the way to victory over Chicago Fire
Empire Field scoreboard 4 - 2
Hopefully we see more final scores like this next season!

Following a fine home win August 7th against Chicago it was another loss for the Whitecaps FC as they are on the road. With a 3-3-5 record at home but a dismal 0-9-4 on the road it’s obvious home is where the heart is for Vancouver’s Whitecaps. Although Empire Field is only their temporary home while awaiting the completion of BC Place, the fans have turned it into one of the best atmospheres in the league and have become a formidable 12th man.  How much does the atmosphere help the ‘caps, we’ll never know but it’s clear road games are not good for the team’s standings.  Vancouver has one of the furthest travel times but that can’t be the only reason why they can’t seem to break down teams in their home stands.  While this season is far from over, it seems like a forgone conclusion that the Whitecaps will have a hard time moving out of the MLS basement.
What can Vancouver do to improve its standings next season? They’ve fired a coach and hired a new one Martin Rennie of the top ranked NASL Carolina Railhawks to take on the role next season.  More signings will certainly happen but they’ve already changed up the roster, numerous times, to no avail.  Will moving into BC Place in October make a difference? The atmosphere will definitely be different in a venue twice as large but we’ll see what the fans can do to keep the momentum going into next season.  Hopefully a downtown location will only mean more fans coming out to support the team!

What are your thoughts on how the team’s doing and what they could be doing?

What’s on this Weekend! July 28 – August 1, 2011

What’s on this weekend? What’s NOT on this weekend!?
There’s so much happening, I can’t keep up!

Happening all week long is the Vancouver 2011 North American Outgames ; sports, culture and human rights conference all rolled into one event. Visit the Outgames website for all the activities happening around Vancouver, Whistler, Burnaby and beyond.

In case you haven’t noticed a few rainbow flags around town, it’s also Pride Week in Vancouver.  Parties and Parades and Persperation (if we’re lucky to see some sun) will be the order of the day, check out the Vancouver Pride website for details on the multitude of events.

There are a few events that I’m hoping to be able to check out, so maybe I’ll see you at one of the following:

Thursday July 28
Outgames Live Showcase at Five-Sixty featuring DJ G-Luve, Carole Pope, Armstrong Jr. and Peter Breeze
– strut your stuff at The Pride Ball on the east side at The Cobalt

Friday July 29
– The big event to start off the evening is the Caya Davie Street Dance Party powered by Telus ; stroll, strut and shake your thang as Davie Street is closed and transformed into one big party from Burrard to Bute Street.
DJ Dave Aude is mixing it up at Celebrities Nightclub
– Get out your IronRod and dance to the beats at Open Studios.
– I have a feeling the Four floors of Five-Sixty won’t be the only things stuffed as Bearracuda takes over.
– DJ Adam Dreaddy &  Lisa De Lux take The Helm for a Pride Edition of Bounce – Cool beats to bounce to!

Saturday July 30
– At Rogers Arena – grunge icons Soundgarden play with Queens of the Stone Age and Meat Puppets. (funnily the support acts seem quite appropriately names for Pride Weekend!)
– Taking the Bell Pitch at Empire Stadium, LA Galaxy (minus David Beckham) take on Whitecaps FC
– The Closing Party and Ceremony takes over the Plaza Of Nation Outgames Celebration Site for the day, performances by DJ Adam Dreaddy, Diversity Project, Carol Pope, Sugarbeach, Tracey Bell, Kim Kuzma, Dragonette, Ace of Base and more.
Celebration of Light Fireworks festival begins in English Bay at 1030 as China takes to the sky, followed by Spain on Wednesday Aug 3rd then Canada Saturday Aug 6th
– Make your own fireworks at Five-Sixty’s ultimate Pride Celebration – Rainbow Night aka Slut Puppy with Legendary DJ Frankie Knuckles and drag diva Lady Bunny.
– If hip hop is more your thing get to Pub 340 and the Pride edition of Big Primpin’

Sunday July 31
– the big event of the day is the Pride Parade, 140 parade entries and three quarters of a million people will take over the west end to take in the parade then the Pride Festival at Sunset Beach.
– after the parade head over to Plaza Of Nations for The Anthem Party with performances by DJ Abel (Miami), DJ Eddie Martinez (NYC), Wynter Gordon and Tyrell Witherspoon it’s sure to be a great day
– still looking for more? head east to The Waldorf and SPIT vs BLOW PONY vs YES YES Y’ALL pit the party people of Vancouver against Portland and Toronto to create and epic fest!
– if you still haven’t had enough hit the late night party at Gorg-o-mish for United: Pride with DJ Paulo and DJ Adam Dreaddy

Monday August 1
– find a patio, rest, chill, catch-up and compare notes with friends and sleep

And they’re off! The 2011 Outgames Flag Relay is on the move

From the Mountains, Sea and Land the 2011 Outgames Flag relay is making it’s way to the Opening Ceremony at the Vancouver Art Gallery at 6pm today.

Starting off at Vancouver City Hall for the joint launch of Pride Week Van Pride and Vancouver 2011 Outgames (11:00am – 1:30pm) this free event feature the Running of the Flags, BBQ, speakers, lawn games, In Council Proclamation and much more!

After the Raising of the Outgames Flag and the First Nations call out for the Athletes,  three runners will take the flags in ceremony to their respective starting points at UBC, SFU and by Helijet to Whistler & Grouse Mountain where 111 runners will carry the flags on to the Vancouver Art Gallery and the lighting of the Cauldron to open the 2nd GLISA North America Outgames.

The Opening Ceremony will also highlight some of the Outgames athletes and feature live performances by Destineak, Tyrell Witherspoon, DJ / drum performance with Waacouture, Out in Harmony & Friends Choir and Sugarbeach, who will perform their 2011 Outgames theme song ‘Come on Out’.