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

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!

Morningstar Farm

Morningstar Farm in Parksville, BC is a great place for city-slickers to get in touch with the country (albeit a slightly touristy version of the country). Home to Little Qualicum Cheese Works and Mooberry Winery this is a great spot to see how food gets from field to table.
With cheese produced from the Farm’s own herds of Holstein, Ayrshire, Brown Swiss and Canadienne dairy cows sold alongside great tasting BC Fruit wines crafted on-site, the Farmgate shop is a locavores dream place to find local meats and produce.
Self-guided farm tours are available daily from 9am – 5pm in Summer and Autumn; visit and pet the animals, in the milking parlor the dairy cows are milked twice daily and watch the cheesemakers in action. After all that fresh air and fun stop by for a wine tasting at the winery, take home your own farm fare from the Farmgate Shop.
Morningstar Farm is a great little excursion next time you’re in the Parksville/Qualicum area.

Ellie Goulding – A Starry Eyed Evening

Ellie Goulding – Venue – April 10, 2011

Fresh off her North American television debut Thursday night on Jimmy Kimmel Live, Ellie Goulding had the sold out crowd at Venue anxiously waiting for her Vancouver debut. Coming on stage to chants of “El-lie! El-lie!” she immediately started beating her drum and went right into “Under The Sheets”, backed by an energetic three piece backing band, and the energy carried on from there.  Promoting the recent North American release of her award winning album “Lights“, Ellie’s 60 minute set had everything; high energy pop, dance, rock and soft soulful ballads.
If looking stunning and sounding terrific wasn’t enough to win anyone over, Ellie effervescent personality shone through even when singing…you can’t help but love her!  Her interaction with the crowd was sure to keep many of the fans thinking “we’d be best friends” as I’d heard a couple of them exclaim earlier in the evening.  A little explanation of some of the songs or little asides about her background and career gave a glimpse into the life of Ellie, a self proclaimed British country girl.  Perhaps knowing they were longing to, she encouraged the audience to sing along on some of the songs, especially on “Your Song”  the audience was more audible than Ellie.  Leaving the audience wanting more, she now embarks on the last leg of her North American tour, heading down the West Coast before a spot on the Coachella Music Festival line-up.

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!

Top 10 Do’s & Don’ts at the Gym

Since this week marked one year of me working out at Steve Nash Sports Club I thought what better time to pass on some of the observations I’ve learned or had pointed out to me that incorporate good gym etiquette.

1. DO wear proper gym attire; flipflops, jeans, cut-offs, sports bras, street shoes do not make for proper (or comfortable) gym attire.
2. DON’T hog the equipment, sometimes the gym can be busy and multiple people will want the same equipment…share it!
3. DO wipe down equipment after yourself…no one wants to sit down at a machine to find it a sweaty mess from the previous user.
4. DON’T forget to wear deodorant…only you think your musk is charming and sexy!
5. DO put the weights away, you were able to get them off the rack to start your exercise so you can put them back (in the correct place) when you’re done.
6. DON’T walk in-front of the mirror or crowd into someone else’s workout space it’s distracting and disrespectful of their space.
7. DO control your volume, both on your personal music player and your own voice, if you need to talk with your work out partner keep it to a minimum volume, the rest of the gym doesn’t need to hear your conversation nor do they need to hear you grunting…this isn’t a porn set!
8. DON’T stand around or hang on equipment socializing on the workout floor.  It’s ok to say a quick hello to a friend but catching up on what’s been happening over the last week can wait until you’re finished.
9. DO line up patiently and orderly for classes, showers and equipment if a line forms.
10. DON’T be creepy, it’s alright to make eye contact and say hello to people you see regularly at the gym but don’t leer and linger over them like meat!