Oak Bay Tea Party

Canadian Forces Cormorant
Canadian Forces Cormorant fly-by

The Oak Bay Tea Party wrapped up it’s 49th year in spectacular fashion! Under beautiful sunny skies this fun community event closed with an air show over the waters off of Willows Beach.

Begun in 1963 as a ‘one time only’ community day, the event proved so popular it’s been the staple Oak Bay kick off to summer ever since.  Not only is the Oak Bay Tea Party a fun community event, the completely volunteer run weekend is also an opportunity

Oak Bay Tea Party
Sunny weather brought the crowds out to the Midway rides

for the following community service groups to benefit from the fundraising activities and concessions:
Oak Bay Kiwanis
Rotary Club of Oak Bay
Capital City Lions Club
Royal Oak Lions Club
Girl Guides of Canada
Oak Bay Sea Rescue Society

Corn on the cob
Corn on the Cob is a Tea Party favourite!

Kicking off with a parade through the Victoria suburb of Oak Bay and wrapping upwith the Air Show, there is something for everyone at this venerable fun fest.  Concessions selling corn on the cob and baron of beef are huge hits alongside the traditional fair food; hot dogs and mini-donuts. Midway rides for all ages, face painting, bands and dancing, competitions and games, bathtub races are all part of the weekend.

Catch a duck! Win a Prize
Fun and games for all ages

The main objective being for every one, young and old, to have a good time. And judging from the smiles on faces, even those waiting in long lines for ride tickets, everyone was indeed having a great time.  I’m sure as they celebrate 50 years in 2012 it will be an even bigger and better Oak Bay Tea Party than ever before.


Underwear Affair 2011 – Bring Awareness To Down There-ness

Help kick below-the-belt cancers where it hurts!

On July 9, 2011 BC Cancer Foundation’s Underwear Affair® helps uncover the cure for below-the-waist cancers like prostate, ovarian, and colorectal.  Participants will run the competitive 10K or walk the fun 5K and show Vancouver that there’s absolutely no shame in bringing a little awareness to down there-ness. 
Even if you’re not a runner, everyone can participate by helping support your friends and family by sponsoring their run/walk as Teams and Individuals also participate in fundraising challenges.
I’ll be out supporting my friend Brian Webb, you can help us too by donating to the great cause! Maybe we’ll see you in your skivvies too?

Sam Roberts Band – Kicks off summer

Sam Roberts Band – Malkin Bowl – May 29

Nothing feels like summer like a Sam Roberts concert, seems every year he brings fresh pop/rock sounds out on a summer tour.  Often he performs in outdoor venues in Vancouver and Malkin Bowl is one of the best in the city.  It’s large enough for a good size crowd and atmosphere but also has an intimacy, being surrounded by the tall trees, it’s easy to forget you’re on the edge of the city.
While officially on tour to promote his newest release Collider, during the 2 hour set, Sam and his band played a selection of tunes from all his albums.  Early hits like, “Don’t Walk Away Eileen”, “Where Have All The Good People Gone” and “Bridge To Nowhere” sounded great alongside new tracks “I Feel You” and “Last Crusade”.
After nearly a decade on the Canadian music scene, Sam has amassed a diehard fan base, guys dig him, girls adore him. His music appeals to a wide audience as witnessed by the collection of pre-teens who were dancing and playing around Malkin Bowl. An all ages show, it had a great friendly vibe and I’m sure that was helped along by the seemingly large quantities of BC’s best underground crop was being consumed. Even without the assistance, the mellow, happy-go-lucky personality Sam exudes takes over the crowd and everyone feels good.  He genuinely seems to like and appreciate his audience as witnessed by the amount of time he spent hanging onstage, after the set, applauding and signing items for the audience. Even though the evening was of the first nice ones of the year, his personality would have warmed up the night no matter what. The perfect start to summer in the city!

What’s on Weekend – June 2-4, 2011

There’s really only one event that people will be paying any attention to this week…but if you’re not a fan of the Canucks (shock! horror!) here is a few things happening outside the rink.

Thursday June 2
– if you have kids of any age, head over to Granville Island and check out some of the fun activities at the Vancouver International Children’s Festival, on until June 5.  The fest is struggling financially so really could use the attendance this year!

– for the ‘big kids’, rock icons Supertramp are playing Rogers Arena

– under the tents in Vanier Park, it’s the opening night of another season of Bard On The Beach. Go get your Shakespeare on with “As You Like It”, “Merchant Of Venice”, “Henry VI” or “Richard III”

Friday June 3, 2011
– Bruno Mars with Janelle Monae bring their Hooligans in Wonderland tour to Rogers Arena

– meanwhile Canadian legends, Sloan are playing the equally legendary Commodore Ballroom

– Another month, another SPIT party at ANZA Club, this month think California Dreams as your inspiration (since we aren’t seeing summer here, we may as well be Cali dreamin’)

– across the pond in Victoria, you social media junkies might be interested in Social Media Camp Victoria as it gets under way. Friday and Saturday sees over 40 sessions of speakers and workshops on all things social media.

Saturday June 4

– it’s the first Saturday of the month so that means another edition of “First Saturday Open Studios” drop in to some of the city’s artists studios for some great art and inspiration. Click the link to see what studios are open this week.

– last edition was a hit so it’s on again, Big Primpin’ brings the hip hop back again to Pub 340

– The brilliant Friendly Fires play a sold out gig at Venue. If you haven’t seen them, try! They’re awesome!



Lykke Li – Swedish Style

Lykke Li – Vogue Theatre – May 27, 2011

In a storm of lights and smoke, Swedish indie pop sensation Lykke Li entered the darkly draped Vogue Theatre stage with a great flourish.  Wearing a high cut Japanese-esque overdress allowing glimpses of a bodysuit, she was the epitmany of sexy and stylish.

Sulty and quirky at the same time, Lykke Li draws you in with her bold personality and infectious pop sounds.
The sell out crowd was hanging on her every word (even though some lyrics are hard to decifer above the music and cheers) as she played her way through the 80 minute set.  The crowd could easily have danced along for hours longer. Let’s hope that next time Lykke Li returns to Vancouver she plays a much larger venue, judging by how early this show sold out, there are probably a lot of people who missed out on seeing her. She is definitely not to be missed!

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

Hairspray – The Big Fat Musical

Telling a story of race relations in 1960’s Baltimore as played out through the story of a ‘pleasantly plump’ girl’s struggle for acceptance in high school and as a dancer on the American Bandstand-esque, “Corny Collins Show”.

Jennie Neumann shines as teen, Tracy Turnblad as we follow her quest for fame, love, acceptance and equality.  Her journey takes place under the watchful eye of mother Edna Turnblad, as played brilliantly by Andy Toth – who took over the role after original lead Jay Brazeau suffered a mild stroke onstage during previews – and loving father Wilbur (Laurie Murdoch).  Along for the ride are best friend Penny Pingleton (Robyn Wallis), posterboy heartthrob Link Larkin (Adam Charles) and Seaweed (J. Cameron Barnett), who all help Tracy learn and blossom from a bullied, chubby girl into a womanly activist fighting to end segregation on the Corny Collins Show.  The quartet are aided and hampered by a colourful array of supporting characters highlighted by the amazing voice of Alana Hibbert’s Motormouth Maybelle, who hosts “Negro Day” on the Corny Collins Show on which Tracy thinks it should be “Negro Day” everyday!  The dynamic duo of Tracy’s teen rival Amber Von Tussell (Anna Kuman) and her menacing mother Velma Von Tussell (Cailin Stadnyk) stand in Tracy’s way as best they can.

Hairspray is not all activism and ‘message’, after all it is set during a song & dance show in the 60’s, there is plenty of opportunity for great music & lyrics, by Tony and Grammy award winners Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman. The witty and innuendo laced dialogue also won a Tony award for Thomas Meehan and Mark O’Donnell.   Having seen the movie version it was easy to get into the ‘swing’ of the beat but even without seeing any previous version, the songs are based on a late 60’s simplicity that makes the whole show easy and entertaining and each piece definitely made the audience bop along from start to finish.

From the wide demographic at the performance, Hairspray is a feel good fun time that everyone can enjoy! Go see it!

The Arts Club Theatre Company’s production of Hairspray is now playing at the Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage until July 10, 2011