Top 10 Etiquette Do’s & Don’ts of Airline Travel

Since I’m flying off to Vegas this weekend it reminded me of the things I hate when travelling so I thought I’d share some of my (and I’m sure other people’s) pet peeves.

1. DO arrive in plenty of time for your flight. If you can’t make it on time don’t expect to be pushing your way past those of us who are on time for our flights.
2. DON’T forget your documents and information for check-in, security and customs…the lines move slowly enough already.
3. DO have those documents ready and available for check-in, security and customs…the lines move slowly enough already.
4. DON’T pack anything in your carry-on baggage that isn’t allowed to travel. Pack Smart
5. DO board the plane in an orderly and efficient fashion;  find your seat and step out of the way of others trying to get by.
6. DON’T carry-on too much stuff and hog the overhead bins.
7. DO travel with your children but be prepared to keep them quiet and entertained on a long journey. You don’t want them to end up in an overhead bin!
8. DON’T be a seat hog! Unless you know the person next to you, chances are they don’t want you falling asleep sprawled out all over them.
9. DO enjoy your refreshments and food that you’ve brought with you but try not to bring food that will stink up the plane!
10. DON’T talk too loud, yes, there is background plane noise but if people can hear you even with their headphones on…it’s too loud!!

Happy Travels!

Urban Culture Conference & Awards 2011

In spite of the “no-fun city” naysayers, Vancouver is a city rich in culture and diversity with unique artists, creators and performers around every corner.
The first annual Urban Culture Conference & Awards (UCC) aims to capitalize on this rich tapestry of arts and culture by gathering them all together for one great weekend this summer!
Awards in categories ranging from music, art and fashion to social media and sports will be voted on by the public via the UCC website making sure this in an inclusive event where we are all welcome to express our tastes and interests.
In addition to the awards show the weekend will include; live performances, sports, sponsor exhibits, guest speakers and seminars.  All bringing together the thoughts, inspiration and recognition of the urban generation.
Keep watching the UCC website for more information, contests, giveaways, secret parties and the award nominees.

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!

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.