Vote Now! Urban Culture Conference

Coming up August 27-28, 2011 is the first Urban Culture Conference and Awards.  An amazing combination of entertainment, culture and awards show.
The beginnings of a great line-up has already been announced and with more acts being announced weekly this looks to be a one of a kind weekend!
To ensure that everyone can participate in the fun, voting is now open for the UCC Awards.
Categories include: Music, Blog, Arts, Sports, Style, Food, Media and Nightlife.  Multiple polls are under each category, vote for your favourite today!

What’s On – long weekend May 19-22 edition

“May Long” “May Two-Four” “Victoria Day”
Whatever you call it, it’s the traditional start of summer fun. The first long weekend, it’s time to shed the winter doldrums and have some fun!

Thursday  – May 19
Start the long weekend early with
– While wishing Jay Brazeau a speedy recovery from his recent stroke, the show goes with Andy Toth as Enda Turnblad in Hairspray, continuing at Arts Club Theatre Company.
– Help Joan-E spread some goodwill at the 15th Anniversary Bingo For Life supporting Friends for Life Society
– In Victoria, the 14th Annual UNO Fest begins. Produced by Intrepid Theatre UNO is 10 days of solo works from across the country.

Friday – May 20
– For one night only, catch the hilarious Tracy Morgan at the Orpheum Theatre
– NY based duo Phantogram perform an early show at Venue
– if you’re feeling flush take off to Las Vegas with JetSet Crew as they lead a crew of Vancouverites on a weekend of fun!

Jimmy Eat World

Saturday – May 21
Jimmy Eat World brings their alterna-rock to the Commodore Ballroom
– Grab your disco stick at head to ANZA club for Supernature

Sunday – May 22
– The Vancouver Convention Centre will be shaking as David Guetta gets the city dancing.
– If the smooth stylings of Boys II Men are onstage at Gossip Nightclub.

Government House Victoria – A Home for all British Columbians

High on a hill overlooking all of Victoria, majestic Government House is the Ceremonial Home of all British Columbians.  As the official residence of the Lieutenant Governor, the

representative of Her Majesty The Queen of Canada, Government House is the Province’s centre of hospitality, hosting royalty, dignitaries, and honoured guests of the Province.  However, the house is not only for the elite,  school & group tours and the Annual New Year’s day Levee (open house) welcome all British Columbians into the historic house.

While the stately home is impressive the showpiece of the National Historic Site are the 36acre gardens.  With stunning views out over the Strait of Juan de Fuca and the Olympic Peninsula beyond, meander the grounds to find formal gardens, orchards, native plant gardens and a rare 22 acre Garry Oak ecosystem.  Maintained by a team of dedicated volunteers, these gardens truly are there for all British Columbians to enjoy. Next time you make a trip to Victoria, be sure to stop and check out this little known gem!

Stunning views over the Juan de Fuca Strait

Government House is located at 1401 Rockland Ave in Victoria, BC, except on rare special occasions, the grounds and gardens are open daily from dawn to dusk and are free of charge.  School and Group tours are available upon request.

Yelle – French Fab

Yelle – Commodore Ballroom – May 13, 2011

I didn’t really know them and I couldn’t understand them but I was completely won over by French pop trio, Yelle.
Debuting onstage draped in, what appeared to be, army camouflage netting, lead singer Yelle (Julie Budet), backed by bandmates – Grand Marnier and Tepr, had the crowd eating out of her hand immediately.
After the first song, followed by a quick change into a sexy animal print dress then a catsuit, Yelle bounced and danced across full of slinky, sultry energy. In support of their recent release Safari Disco Club, the 75 minute set was a dance party on and off the stage. While many probably didn’t understand all the words, the audience danced and punched the air for the entire evening of fun Euro-pop. The set flew by, leaving everyone wanting more and hopefully Yelle will return soon to deliver it!

Top 10 Phobias

In honour of yesterday’s occurance of Friday the Thirteenth and people with triskaidekaphobia, I found this list of the Top Ten Common Phobias:

1. Acrophobia – Fear of Heights
2. Claustrophobia – Fear of Enclosed Spaces
3. Nyctophobia – Fear of the Dark
4. Ophidiophobia – Fear of Snakes
5. Arachnophobia – Fear of Spiders
6. Trypanophobia – Fear of Injection or Medical Needles
7. Astraphobia – Fear of Thunder and Lightning
8. Nosophobia – Fear of Having a Disease
9. Mysophobia AKA Germophobia – Fear of Germs
10. Triskaidekaphobia – Fear of the Number 13

2011 NA Outgames – more than just fun & games

With just over 2 month to go before the 2011 North America Outgames begins, preparations are in full swing for all components of the week-long festivities.

Athletes will be competing in 18 sporting events including Soccer, Volleyball, Hockey, Eco-Challenge 10K Run, Golf and many more taking place throughout the Lower Mainland and Whistler.

In addition to sports there are two other components to the Outgames.

The Human Rights Conference, taking place at Sheraton Wall Centre will feature keynote addresses from Blake Skjellerup (New Zealand, Olympic short track speed skater), Sara Davis Buechner (Professor of Music UBC and concert pianist) and Stephen A. Glassman, Chairperson of the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission. Many more talks and seminars will take place throughout the week. Visit the Outgames website for complete information

The Cultural Celebrations take place mostly in the Plaza of Nations, the final stop of the Flag Run, home of Opening and & Closing Ceremonies, Womenzone and daily performances by various artists, nightly medal ceremonies. Running concurrently with Vancouver Pride Festival, many more activities and events will happening throughout the city

Visit for more information on how to participate in one of the biggest events of the year!

KT Tunstall – Solo

KT Tunstall – Venue Nightclub – May 6, 2011

Scottish songstress made her third stop within a year to Vancouver recently for a sold out show at Venue. As always, KT was a delight as she wittily recounted stories about the songs and experiences on the road.  This was a solo show, or at least only one solo human, as KT was also aided by her “Taiwanese friends”, a collection of samplers and sound effect equipment which helped create the appearance of a full band. While Tunstall is most at home on the guitar, three songs were piano based which allowed her to recount her childhood piano lessons as well as mention that her parents were along for this tour, their first trip on the road with their daughter.  
Although officially in support of her most recent ablum, Tiger Suit, she also had a new EP to promote.  The Scarlett Tulip is a 7 song acoustic EP recorded just for fans and for sale only at live gigs and online at  As she stated, the accoustic recording is simple and has “no bar code, just music with a picture on it, the way it should be”.  That is also a good way to describe her music, simple, the way it should be. Already a truly great singer and songwriter, each time I see her live she proves to be an even better entertainer.