Wynter Gordon storms Vancouver!

Wynter Gordon – Anthem Party/Plaza Of Nations – July 31, 2011

Under a bright and sunny evening, the sensational Wynter Gordon turned up the heat further when she took the stage at the 2011 North American Outgames,  Anthem Party.
The New York native performed alone onstage but filled it with her presence. The party was already in full swing when she came on to perform “Til Death,” “Dirty Talk,” and “Toy Friend“.  Unfortunately, that was the extent of her set, just a quick three songs.  The audience was clearly disappointed and wanted more. She inquired about doing one more song but hadn’t brought the track for “Believer” or anything else with her so we were left craving more that hopefully Wynter will return to satisfy soon!

BC Cultural Crawl – August 1-31

This summer why not vacation close to home and celebrate the arts & culture scene in your own back yard.
British Columbia communities are full of great local arts & culture, events, performance, displays and celebrations are happening every day across the province.
“The BC Cultural Crawl is a celebration of the arts and culture of BC, hosted by a diverse mix of artists and business owners in a specific region”, explains Trudy Van Dop, founder of the BC Cultural Crawl and Publisher of the Arts and Cultural Guide to BC. The Cultural Crawl is a self-guided tour of the many community events happening throughout the month of August. For a full list of events and to create your own culture crawl visit www.bcculturalcrawl.com

Victoria Symphony Splash

Thousand line the Harbour & BC Legislature Lawn for Symphony Splash

Get out your lawn chair and picnic basket and find your spot on the Inner Harbour in Victoria tomorrow for one of the largest symphony events in North America, the annual Symphony Splash.
Each year Victoria Symphony moves out of the auditorium and onto the water of Victoria’s picturesque Inner Harbour to perform for an estimated audience of 40,000 lining the harbour causeway.  Performing a mix of classical and popular pieces the event wraps up each year with  Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture, complete with bells, cannons, and fireworks.
The performance begins at 7:30pm and concludes approximately 10:00pm but arrive early to get a spot to view.  A Family Zone with activities to keep kids entertained is open from 1-4pm. For more information visit Victoria Symphony’s website

Frankie Knuckles plays Five-Sixty

Saturday night, legendary DJ, Producer, Remixer, Frankie Knuckles takes to the turntables at Five-Sixty!
As a Chicago DJ in the 80’s, Frankie was instrumental in developing and popularizing the house  genre of dance music.  In 2005 he was inducted to the Dance Music Hall of Fame for his achievements.
As a producer and remixer he’s worked with some of the biggest names in music like; Michael Jackson, Diana Ross, Whitney Houston, Chaka Khan, Toni Braxton and Janet Jackson.

Spinning tomorrow night at Five-Sixty is a rare chance to hear a legend remix his tracks, live! In addition to Frankie, other great DJ talents, Bette Forde & Colby B will be spinning tracks as well as performances by Armstrong Jr, House of LaDouche and drag legends Lady Bunny and Miss Cotton Venus.

Some tickets for the party are still available at Clubzone

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.

 

New CBC Show from Dragon’s Den Producers searches for small businesses.

CBC recently announced that the producers of Canada’s top-rated entertainment program,
Dragons’ Den, are looking for struggling Canadian companies to participate in an exciting new business show. In this new series, some of the country’s top investors will spend their time and money to help these Canadian companies get back on their feet.

The Big Decision will offer business owners a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity: the chance to meet a topnotch investor who could provide the boost that their companies need to survive – AND thrive. The experts are willing to fan out across the country, roll up their sleeves and help change the fortunes of good companies that have fallen on hard times.
To top it off, the selected businesses will receive invaluable exposure, with the opportunity to showcase their companies to a national television audience.

To find out of your business might qualify for the show visit CBC Big Decision website

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