Celebration of Light / Shorefest 2011

Hard to believe that our little fireworks festival is all grown up and turning 21 years old!

The flashes and booms over English Bay followed by ‘ooohs’ and ‘aahs”will fill the air of Vancouver as the Celebration of Light takes off for another year. This year’s “Battle Of Champions” edition kicks off Saturday July 30th with China followed by Spain on Wednesday August 3rd and finally Canada on Saturday August 6th. Listen to the simulcast music on Shore 104.3 FM.

In addition to the excitement of the spectacular fireworks, Shorefest, returns for a third year. This music festival features three stages; English Bay, Kits Beach and Vanier Park.  Kits and Vanier Park stages are free for all to enjoy with the English Bay stage by-invitation-only performances for listeners of Shore 104.3.

This year’s performers include: former Barenaked Ladies frontman Steven Page, Wide Mouth Mason, Jim Byrnes, Jeremy Fisher, Leeroy Stagger, Grapes of Wrath’s Kevin Kane and The Sojourners.
Performances begin at 7pm each night of the Celebration of Light. So head down to the water’s edge early and get your seat, listen to some good tunes and enjoy an unique specactle each evening.


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’.

Live at Squamish Festival – coming soon

Now that summer has finally shown up, it’s time to start thinking about ways to get out and enjoy it.

One great event coming up is LIVE At Squamish festival, August 20 and 21.  Taking place in the beautiful setting of the Logger Sports Grounds and Hendrickson Fields in Squamish it’s two days of “Happy Times” with some great acts performing over three stages.
Presented by Virgin Mobile; LIVE at Squamish features Weezer, Metric, Girl Talk, Major Lazer, John Butler Trio, Stars, Kyprios, Shad, Black Mountain, Hey Ocean and many more acts.  There’s still plently of time to get your tickets but don’t wait too long the festival is coming up fast!

Celebrating 80 years of YVR

In the 1930’s renowned aviator snubbed Vancouver for a stop over as there was “no fit field to land on”.
This spurred on the city of Vancouver to begin construction of a small wood-framed administration building and control tower on the relatively undeveloped Sea Island in Richmond which opened on July 22nd 1931.
Vancouver Airport has seen and been part of the growth and development of not just the city but the entire province of British Columbia over the past 8 decades.  Connecting the world to Vancouver and beyond has been instrumental in growing trade, manufacturing, tourism and commerce in BC.
From a humble 1930’s single runway and small building, to Royal Canadian Air Force base and a Boeing manufacturing plant during World War II, the dawn of the Jet Age and “International Airport” status in the 60’s and expansions through the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s, YVR grew at an amazing pace. Landmark events like taking in thousands of passengers stranded by airspace closures after the Sept 11 terrorist attacks up to welcoming the world for the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics and then the unprecedented processing of a record 37,000 departing  passengers after the closing of the Games have secured Vancouver International as a premier global airport as confirmed by SkyTrax naming YVR number 1 airport in North American numerous times.

To help recognize and celebrate these achievements YVR is holding an open house with a weekend of activities planed.  Musicians, DJs, caricaturists, balloon artists and mascots are some of the family friendly activities located in the International (near “The Jade Canoe: The Spirit of Haida Gwaii” sculpture) and Domestic (in the Public Observation Area) terminals. A historic photo gallery, starting in International, takes you through the history of the Airport and on a walk through the terminals.  Look out to the airfield each day at 11am and you’ll see demonstrations of the firefighting and emergency trucks standing by at YVR each day.  Also take the free shuttle to the South Terminal and you can see the Vintage Aircraft on display.

The YVR Open House continues Saturday July 23 from 10am to 3pm.  Grab the Canada Line and check out a slice of history.

What’s on this Weekend! July 21-25

WOW! There’s so much happening this time of year that I want to check out, I can’t keep up…you all will have to attend some of these great events and tell me all about it.

Thursday July 21
– if you can get down to Venue and check out Cults, I saw them at NXNE and they are great!
– downtown TV On The Radio are playing the second of two nights at Commodore Ballroom, they’re worth a listen too!
– legend, Thurston Moore (Sonic Youth) is holding court over at the Rickshaw Theatre
– NY synthpop group, Cold Cave are at The Biltmore Cabaret
– Local Vancouver folk/blues artist Buckman Coe is performing with David Newberry at Media Club
– looking to get your dance on? Head to The Helm with another edition of We Like Boys
– for some good tunes and cocktails stop by 1181 for Cocky Thursdays with music by DJ Adam Dreaddy

Friday July 22
– Funny man Rob Schneider brings the laughter to The Vogue Theatre
– join NY indie rockers Les Savy Fav / Handsome Furs at The Rickshaw Theatre
– The Helm has Flaunt Fridays with DJ SKLA and the vocal talents of Tonye Aganaba
– for some ‘Family Values’ join Gene Simmons and his clan at the River Rock Show Theatre

Saturday July 23
– during the afternoon, hope for some good weather, and head over to Brockton Oval in Stanley Park for the Vancouver Pride Society’s Picnic In The Park : beer garden, children’s area, DJ’s, BBQ, games and more.
Yuck with Unknown Mortal Orchestra are at The Biltmore Cabaret
– at Five-Sixty it’s their Pride Week Kick-Off Celebration

Sunday July 24
even God took one day off, so rest up because it’s going to be a busy week coming up!

Monday July 25
– it’s the start of the Vancouver 2011 Outgames, the running of the Flags starts at City Hall at 1pm wrapping up at the Vancouver Art Gallery for the Opening Ceremony at 5pm. That evening head to The Outgames Opening Party at Five-Sixty
– your Monday night alternative is over at Keefer Bar for The Price Is Gay: prizes, drinks specials, music and fun are all on the menu

Hollerado – Blows the roof off!

Hollerado – SkyBar Nightclub Toronto – NXNE 2011

While not an ‘official’ NXNE event, the XFM Radio party held at Skybar Toronto brought the masses out to one of the best rooftop patios in the city for some fun and great music. 
Headlining the party was Juno nominated Ontario band Hollerado.  Since this wasn’t a NXNE gig, we were treated to a longer set than the other festival gigs and being a party the band got into the spirit and played like they were entertaining friends.  Witty, chatty banter and some great indie pop in the summer sun got the crowd and band having a great time!