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

What’s on Wednesday – April 7-9, 2011

Another weekend is coming up! What are you going to do?
Here’s a few choices that I think are pretty cool.

Thursday April 7, 2011
– All-girl Belgian Choir “Scala & Kolacny Brothers” are at Commodore Ballroom Vancouver
– “Riverdance” is burning up the stage in Vancouver at Queen Elizabeth Theatre until April 10th
– Over in Victoria, world fusion band Dehli 2 Dublin are playing at Sugar Nightclub
– George Bernard Shaw’s The Philanderer is at The Arts Club Theatre Company’s Stanley Theatre through to April 17

Friday April 8, 2011
– Julio Iglesias is singing ‘to all the girls’ at River Rock Casino in Richmond
– The hilarious Wayne Brady is at Red Robinson Theatre at Boulevard Casino Coquitlam
– “Bright Eyes” bring their indie/folk to Commodore Ballroom
– Get your hip-hop on in two different venues: At Five-Sixty there’s fun and charity with Japan Disaster Relief Benefit with Lighta & Friends and at The Colbalt go for some hip-hop drag queen fun at Hustla,

Saturday April 9, 2011
– “The Knocks” from NYC are playing Lucky Bar in Victoria
– Julio Iglesias gets knickers in a twist in Coquitlam at Boulevard Casino’s Red Robinson Theatre
– There’s good time’s and dancing in Five-Sixty at Progression ft local fave DJ’s Dready, Quest & Jeffrey Michael
– ‘Another Home Invasion‘ continues through April 23rd at Arts Club Theatre Revue Stage

Sunday April 10, 2011
– The beautiful and talented Ellie Goulding is at Venue
– Brit Band Foals are at Commodore Ballroom

Vancouver 125 – Birthday Live

Vancouver’s throwing a birthday party and everyone is invited!

Wednesday April 6, 2011 marks 125 years since the incorporation of the City of Vancouver. From humble logging camp beginnings Vancouver has grown to a jewel of a metropolis.

To celebrate, Vancouver 125 is a year long celebration of culture and arts throughout the city.  Birthday festivities kick off Wednesday at 2pm with a full schedule of activities, starting with a Street Hockey tournament, at Jack Poole Plaza, until 5pm.   Then official birthday festivities include a ceremony by Musqueam, Squamish & Tsleil-Waututh First Nations, welcomes by civic officials, lighting of the Olympic Cauldron, giant birthday cake and of course, Happy Birthday sung by Vancouver Bach Choir. The evening program follows with video and light installations, hip-hop dancers, music by Bend Sinister and local rock icons 54-40.

Let’s throw on our party hats and head over to Jack Poole Plaza to help blow out the candles!

The Fairmont Empress – April is “Royal Month”

I recently had an opportunity to follow in the footsteps of royalty as I spent the night at the historic Fairmont Empress in Victoria.
In 1919, Edward, Prince of Wales danced until dawn in the Crystal Ballroom and in 1939 parents of our current Queen, King George VI and Queen Elizabeth attended a luncheon at The Empress. In addition, countless Hollywood royalty have graced the storied corridors since the hotel opened its doors in 1908.
In recognition of this connection to the Royal Family,  The Fairmont Empress, along with sister property Fairmont Hotel Vancouver, has proclaimed April “Royal Month” leading up to the historic nuptials of future King of Canada; Prince William and Kate Middleton on April 29th.  Break out the hats and gloves and take part in some of the ‘Royal’ events and festivities taking place all month long. One of the highlights, I’d love to do is the Royal Empress Room Dinner, served on The Queen’s China, only ever used by Her Majesty, until this dinner!
Even though I don’t have a pedigree and paparazzi isn’t chasing me down, I was treated like royalty at The Empress.  As soon as I walked in the doors I felt welcome, this century old property is prime place to spend a relaxing break in Victoria.  Although the Inner Harbour, the hub of most Victoria activities lay just across the expansive front lawns, one can find plenty of activities to keep engaged within the walls of this castle, which was perfect on a rainy overnight stay as I experienced.

The Bengal Lounge

Willow Stream Spa at The Fairmont Empress provides first class spa services, stop in for curry and a cocktail at in the cool, colonial environment of the Bengal Lounge, lounge on a chaise with wine & oysters while overlooking the harbour on The Veranda and the ‘must do’ for everyone – Empress Afternoon Tea is renowned around the world.  Those are just a few of the experiences you can find in The Empress without even checking in!  Stay overnight and get the full Fairmont treatment, soak up the history

Fairmont Empress Guest Room

as you relax in your room and stroll the wide corridors, maybe even bump into one of the hotel’s supernatural guests.  There are a least a couple of ghost stories passed on by many guests, although I don’t have one…yet.   If you’re wandering, be sure to go downstairs to find the Archives to see the important roll The Empress has played in the history of Victoria.  With the great activities happening for “Royal Month” now’s the perfect time to make The Fairmont Empress part of your own personal history too!

Weekend ahead! April Fools Edition

People always ask me what’s happening in Vancouver so I thought maybe I’d provide some updates once in a while to some of the stuff I think is going to be a good time. You might or might not agree but that’s the great thing about Arts & Entertainment, there’s something for everyone!
So here’s some fun stuff happening to make your evening fun this weekend. This is just a sample, there’s lots more going on, just get out and find it!

Thursday Mar 31st
: Rapper T-Pain is at Gossip Nightclub

:Fighting for Ithaca (who are not from New York State but local Vancouver boys) are at Media Club

: San Francisco’s Dodos are at Rickshaw Theatre

 

 

 

 

Friday April 1st, the fun heads to the East Side
: The great British Sea Power are at Biltmore Cabaret

: Local punk, ska, reggae 6 piece, Los Furios with Heads Hang Heavy and The Saint Riels are at The – always a good time – Cobalt

: it’s the 1st Friday of the month so COME OUT! ROCK OUT! MAKE OUT! SHAKE OUT! as SPIT Vancouver returns for another fun filled edition at ANZA Club

Saturday April 2nd head back downtown
: the legendary Pete Yorn is at Commodore Ballroom
: My Chemical Romance romances the crowd at The Centre For Performing Arts