The POP Tour -“Pre-Outgames Party Tour” is coming!

The GLISA 2011 North America Outgames will be held in Vancouver from July 25th to July 31st 2011!
To put on an 18 sporting events, a Human Rights Conference and nightly cultural, entertainment events takes a lot of people and volunteers are needed.
The POP Tour is making it’s way around the city signing up volunteers. In addition, the Outgames ‘Fast Track Pass‘, which give you VIP access, discounts and door prizes for card holders, are on sale.
Current Pass holders get free admission to POP Tour parties!

The next POP Tour stops are:
April 16 – 8pm at Oasis Ultra Lounge
April 23 – 7pm at 1181 Davie
May 5 –  6pm at Moxie’s On Davie

Stop by one of these evenings, have some fun, learn about the Outgames and maybe you’ll want to volunteer!

Record Store Day 2011 – April 16

Remember those 12inch round vinyl discs your parents used to have around the house? Long before the days of downloading and iTunes there were record stores where people went to buy music.  Some of these establishments still exist, not music store you find at the mall which sells mostly dvds, real music stores, staffed by music lovers, scattered with fanboys and collectors huddled over bins full of vinyl.

If you love vinyl and have a favourite haunt to buy records and learn about the latest or greatest older music Saturday April 16 2011 is the day to celebrate. Record Store Day is the annual day to celebrate independent record stores around the world. The one day artists and shops come together to recognize the importance of these music vendors. Special performances, signings and one of a kind releases are just some of the unique events happening on the day.  Look for your local independent music store and see what’s happening in your city. Then get out and celebrate and appreciate your independent record store!

Colin James Live at Fairmont Pacific Rim

Colin James – Lobby Lounge at Fairmont Pacific Rim – April 12, 2011

In celebration of the release of Take It From The Top: The Best Of Colin James, Colin James has performed a series of exclusive, private events across Canada. Wrapping up at home Vancouver, James played a set of his hits in the stunning Fairmont Pacific Rim Lobby Lounge.  The full-house of lucky guests were treated to great evening of music, drink and food.

The Fairmont chef’s served a selection of fresh sushi, canapés and tasty cups of butter chicken along with a Sweet & Sour Martini or Sumac Ridge wines.  As guests arrived they were welcomed by the sounds of local indie artist Colin Bullock, a frequent performer at the Lobby Lounge.  While plates and glasses were refilled, local radio icons Bro Jake and Loverboy lead singer Mike Reno welcomed everyone to the Fairmont Pacific Rim, reminded us that the Lobby Lounge features live music seven nights a week and introduce Colin James to the stage.

Colin James

With two decades of music to choose from he managed to pick an excellent selection of the Top 40 hits and fan favourites including classics, Five Long Years, Why’d You Lie and Just Came Back.  Although a few technical difficulties and competing against a chatty audience, to start, clearly got under his skin, the sound was very good for a stage set in a luxury hotel lobby.  The audience had more than enough die-hard Colin James fans to sing and dance along to every single so those who weren’t fans already were won over by the end of the hour long set as everyone joined in the singing.  Being a small intimate show in such a comfortable setting, it felt less like a concert and more like a party in your living room that could still be going.

Wiggle 17

This Saturday, wiggle your way over to Five-Sixty on Seymour, put your best hair forward as the 17th annual Wiggle celebrate all things The Wig!
Wiggle 17
The House of Venus has put together a wig-tastic line up of performers, artists, models and musicians to entertain and dazzle the audience.
Hosted by Miss Cotton Venus with performances by:

  • Robyn Graves
  • Connie Smudge
  • Carlotta Gurl
  • Burgundy Brixx
  • House of LaDouche
  • Pussy Willow
  • Crystal Precious
  • Vera Way

Soundtrack for the evening from Jef Leppard and visual stimulation by http://www.wayoutwest.tv/

Great prizes, performances and wig sale add to the fun with partial proceeds going to A Loving Spoonful. Doors open at 8pm and the festivities start at 9pm with late night dance party starting at 11pm with DJ’s Adam Dreaddy, Mumbles and Quest.

Grab a ticket and we’ll see you there!

Watch Vancouver Canucks Playoffs from the Metropolis Hot Seats!

The Vancouver Canucks regular season is now over…the best in the league team is coming home to start the playoff run for the Stanley Cup.
Metropolis at Metrotown has some of the best seats in the house! I recently caught a game from the Metropolis Hot Seats…it’s an awesome experience! From the 5th level suite at Rogers Arena you get an amazing view of all the action.
How would you like to win your own experience in the Metropolis Hot Seats for a Canucks playoff game!? I know I’m entering!  It’s easy!

Just stop by any of the electronic kiosks at Metropolis at Metrotown, you can enter EVERY DAY!

Also until April 15th visit Facebook at access the Metropolis at Metrotown arcade to play to win some great prize packs from Metropolis at Metrotown and Vancouver Canucks including tickets to the Metropolis Hot Seats during a playoff game! There’s only a few days left so play now!

Canucks from the #MetropolisHotSeats!

Vancouver Canucks vs Minnesota Wild – Roger’s Arena – April 7, 2011

The final home game of the regular season is always a special one.  Sometimes it’s bittersweet if the team hasn’t made the playoffs, other times there’s excitement in anticipation of a playoff run to come.  This night was the later…the Canucks are best team in the league, having earned the President’s Trophy for the first time in club history.  The final also is the occasion to announce the Canucks Team Awards.  Members of the 82-83 Canucks team, who made it to the Stanley Cup final, were on hand to help present the following Canuck team awards to this seasons players.

Canucks Awards

Cyclone Taylor – “Most Valuable Player”: Daniel Sedin
Walter (Babe) Pratt – “Best Defenceman”: Christian Ehrhoff
Most Exciting Player: Ryan Kesler
Fred J. Hume – “Unsung Hero “: Jannik Hansen
Molson Cup Trophy: “Most Molson Cup Selections” Roberto Luongo
Cyrus McLean – “Leading Scorer “: Daniel Sedin

A huge round of applause came about when fan-favourite, and fresh from eye surgery, Manny Malhotra came out to help recognize the President’s Trophy win.

After a couple of lackluster losses against the lowly Edmonton Oilers everyone was hoping The Canucks would bounce back and put on a good game for the home fans (one of the most devoted fan bases in the NHL).  Indeed the team did not disappoint…cruising to a 5-0 win over the Wild.

@jminter @br_webb

 

 

As if a great game shared with a great friend, Brian Webb, wasn’t enough we had the added bonus of being invited up to watch from the Metropolis Hot Seats box by our friends at Metropolis at Metrotown. The Metropolis Hot Seats have an amazing from the 5th level, you get to see everything (and everyone), with a great spread of food and soft drinks and of course good company.  It was nice to catch up some old and meet some new Tweeps; in addition to @MetropolisatMet in attendance was @maryinvancity @swong16 @Miss604 @johnbollwitt @amienguyen @MissAboutTown @HeadtotheNet @gutsmctavish24

Fin!

Even Canuck mascot FIN stopped by to help us cheer on the team!

How would you like to win your own experience in the Metropolis Hot Seats for a Canucks playoff game!? I know I’m entering!  It’s easy

Just stop by any of the electronic kiosks at Metropolis at Metrotown, you can enter EVERY DAY!

Amazing views from the Metropolis Hot Seats

Also until April 15th visit Facebook at access the Metropolis at Metrotown arcade to play to win some great prize packs from

Metropolis at Metrotown and Vancouver Canucks including tickets to the Metropolis Hot Seats during a playoff game! There’s only a few days left so play now!

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Who referees the referee?

Whitecaps FC vs New England Revolution – Empire Field – April 6, 2011

The Dictionary defines a referee as:

referee n 1. (in some sports) an official who watches a game or match closely to enforce the rules and arbitrate on matters arising from the play.

The FIFA rules of football (soccer) state: “Laws of the Game give “full authority to enforce the Laws of the Game in connection with the match to which he has been appointed” (Law 5)”

No where do I see “influence the outcome of a match”…is it somewhere else in the CONCACAF rule book that this regions football referees need to be so controversial?
Any adjudicated sport or event is open for some controversy due to the fact that it is relying on a matter of opinion. However, it seems like every time a referee steps on the pitch for a North, Central American or Caribbean match there is huge debate over the standard of our referees.

The April 6th match between Whitecaps FC and New England Revolution was no exception. The match saw 8 yellow cards/3 red, in this referee’s 109 match career he’s now handed out 45 red cards, a huge amount for a game that maybe should be one or two yellow’s per match. It was a hard fought battle for 20 minutes as the teams played 10 men (New England) vs 9 men (Whitecaps) with the Whitecaps fighting to hold on to their 1-0 lead only to have it snatched away in added time for a 1-1 final score.

Nine Whitecaps fighting hard to retain their lead

At Empire Field the fervour of the crowd and adrenaline of the game get you going that of course any call against your team is going to be fraught with negativity but after discussing with a friend who watch the telecast I realize it wasn’t all mod mentality going against the ref.  He made some valid calls but made many incorrect calls; carding a player for diving when he was tripped, then giving a card to the opposing player when the same player actually took a dive, giving cards for rough plays that were ‘face to elbow’ not ‘elbow to face’.

Should the players have been more aware of who their ref was going to be and been attuned to the fact he was ‘card happy’ or is the ref out of control with power.

Is the level of play in this region so poor that it makes the ref’s need to aggressively control the rules of play?
Or do our ref’s need to continue their education to learn how to control a match without influencing the outcome?

Which ever the case it certainly ruins the run of the match and for the casual spectator it does nothing to make them ‘fans’.

Applauding the fans for sticking with them