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


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

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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 Vancouver Airport

At the recent World Airport 2011 in Copenhagen, airport hotels were recognized for the first time and Fairmont Vancouver Airport was awarded “Best Airport Hotel – North America”.
On a recent overnight at the hotel the reason for this award was evident, it’s a great property – a blissful oasis within the hustle of busy YVR!
This AAA/CAA Four Diamond luxury hotel features 392 sound proof rooms just minutes from the baggage carousel or airline check-in desk. Even a standard Fairmont Guest Rooms are spacious, quiet and comfortable, designed to meet the needs of both the leisure or business guest.

Health Club featuring indoor mechanized lap pool

Hotel amenities include Jetside Bar, Globe@YVR Restaurant, Absolute Spa at The Fairmont Vancouver Airport plus for those who need to stick to routine; a health club and business centre.  If you have time before, between or after your flight, drop-in access is just $15.00, for non-registered guests, to the Health Club, saunas and showers.


Fairmont Gold Guest Room


I stayed on the Fairmont Gold level, this “a hotel within a hotel” features it’s own check-in desk and team of dedicated staff who anticipate every guests needs.  The state of the art environmental controls within the rooms also anticipate your needs automatically dimming/raising lights so you can feel good about not wasting electricity. Lighting, temperature, entertainment and even the blinds are controlled from a unique touch-screen telephone.

Plane-Spotting with breathtaking views of Vancouver & North Shore Mountains

In the Fairmont Gold Lounge guests can enjoy complimentary evening hors d’oeurves and in the morning, continental breakfast while reading a newspaper or checking their email on the free wi-fi or just sit back and enjoy a bit of plane-spotting on the runway from the floor to ceiling windows.


Whether it’s pre or post flight or just for a relaxing night away, Fairmont Vancouver Airport is the perfect place to getaway!

YouTube Star of the Month – April 2011

With the recent meteoric viral take-off of Rebecca Black’s “Friday” video it got some friends and I discussing how and why do some singers make it and others (more worthy) do not.
YouTube is full of amazing (often un-signed) singers putting themselves out there for the public to see and hear while they hope for their big break. Eventually some ‘make it’ while I’m sure there are dozens left behind.
Technology is making it even easier to produce you own uber-professional video and audio plus with the iTunes store one can earn revenue from these singles and videos.  It makes us wonder if we even need the big labels anymore?
As a regular feature we’re going to highlight some of these great YouTube performers.
Starting off with the brilliant team of Kurt Schneider and Sam Tsui, Kurt Schneider is a musician, producer and filmmaker who along with the amazing vocals of Sam Tsui have produced some amazing video singles.  Mostly they perform new arrangements of current chart hits but they have begun to produce their own original material. The first song that really gained a lot of attention was an amazing cover of “Don’t Stop Believing” in which Sam performs with himself, most recently they re-arranged Lady Gaga’s hit “Born This Way” into a track that I personally like even better than the original!
Having already appeared on Oprah and The Ellen Show it’s only a matter of time before these two YouTube stars break out of the internet and into the stratosphere of stardom!

Sam Tsui / Kurt Schneider – Don’t Stop Believing

Whitecaps FC vs Sporting Kansas City

Whitecaps FC vs Sporting Kansas City – Empire Field – April 2, 2011

Whitecaps Fans with mascot "Spike"

The sun held the dark clouds at bay while 20,518 Whitecaps fans filled Empire Field for the season’s second home match.

It was nearly a perfect day…if only the ball had gotten past Kansas City’s ‘keeper Jimmy Nielsen , it would’ve been perfect!

From devestating loss to a exhilatating draw in stopped time

Having been held to just one goal by some near misses and brilliant goalkeeping by Nielsen the Whitecaps fans were facing a 3-1 first home loss but just as the sun held out so did theplayers.
With an ample 5 minutes of stoppage time in the second half the Whitecaps lit up the stadium coming back to put the ball in the net twice more to earn a draw and maintain a loss-less home record. Read the full match report on
If the ‘Caps keep providing excitement it’s only a matter of time before the stands are sold out all season long! Get a ticket and join the White & Blue for a good time!
Next home match at Empire Field is Wednesday April 6, 2011