This time it took us out of town…all the way across the Lions Gate Bridge to West Vancouver! Beachside Forno (@beachside_forno) is in the heart of the Ambleside neighbourhood, easily located on Marine Drive so my friend, Brian (@br_webb) and I decided to take Transit. This was our first visit but the restaurant is instantly warm & inviting and although it was dark we could tell that there would be a great view from the back patio, overlooking the water and Stanley Park beyond.
The Beachside crew has tasting bites of their great pizzas for the guests to sample…with ‘Forno’ in your name your pizzas better be good and these lived up to the name. Crispy, simple and very tasty! Skyy Vodka & Granville Island Brewery kindly donated some of their product so the minimal charge for drinks was donated to support Movember for Prostate Cancer awareness. I’d also ordered a ‘Beachside chicken burger’ which was very nicely topped with pesto, portobello mushrooms and provolone, accompanied by a very nice salad of mixed greens. All the food from the menu looked excellent.
Organizer Jennifer Kemshaw (@jkemshaw) did a great job of getting the word out to a variety of Tweeps and Facebookers to come down, get a taste of the Beachside Forno experience and meet each other. Besides meeting Jennifer for the first time, I got to meet @604homesguy @AliciaHollywood @rezg23 @HeadtotheNet @brandanprice and reconnect with @jessebowness@Lev_ivy again. We all look forward to catching up again at the next tweetup. Perhaps another at Beachside Forno?
Check out the Rockin For Research On-line Auction! Supporting the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) the Rockin For Research Gala has earned over $6 million, via its live/silent auctions, since it’s inception in 2000. For the first time, some of this year’s most exclusive items; including guitars signed by Sarah McLachlan, Chad Kroeger and April Wine, have been put on-line to allow everyone the opportunity to take part. Visit the auction site before November 27, pick up a great gift and feel great helping support the JDRF.
JOSH RITTER – Commodore Ballroom – November 4, 2010
Josh Ritter stopped by the Commodore Ballroom or should I say ‘stomped by’ as everyone in the crowd was definitely stomping along to his country/rock/folk style. This was my first Josh Ritter show and I was impressed by the audience being so excited for each and every song. For someone relatively young his vocals and musical style hearken back to another era…Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis and even a little Elvis seemed to be mixed into his DNA. Whether playing with his backing band or on his own he commanded the room and certainly looked like he was enjoying himself. I’ve not seen many artists smile and laugh so heartily throughout their performance, this was infectious as the audience smiled and laughed along with him throughout his set. Everyone had a great time!
Stars brought their infectiously catchy indie-pop to the historic Vogue Theatre in Vancouver. A nearly sold out audience was completely entranced during their set, dancing, bouncing, swaying and singing along as waves of melody (and bubbles) washed over the auditorium. With a vast catalogue of tunes to choose from a Stars show is always full of variety, in tempo, sounds and vocals as they alternate between the great Torquil Campbell and Amy Millan on leads. The Vogue was a great setting to match the Stars style which can range from laid back and mellow or upbeat and raucous just as the audience in the Vogue can sit for a while then stand up and dance…and in the area I was in, dance, they did! Fun!
I had to cut my experience a bit short of the whole set to see another show but that definitely left me looking forward to their next gig in Vancouver!
It’s hard to believe it’s only been 8 years since Vancouver’s Granville Entertainment District first welcomed this traditional yet modern Irish Pub. High tech audio visual equipment combine with old world flavour as the Celtic tunes are played in the corner stage by the live house band. Always a popular place to watch the game, after work or for stag/stagettes Doolins is a great centrally located hang out. Head down tonight…the party’s still going on!
KATE NASH – Commodore Ballroom – November 3, 2010Kate Nash returned to Vancouver Wednesday evening with a 90 minute set at the Commodore Ballroom as part of The Georgia Straight’s ‘Straight Series’ of concerts.
In the 3 years since her debut album Kate has become an excellent seasoned stage performer, commanding the audience with nothing more than a piano, a guitar or simply her voice.
Accompanied by a 3 piece backing band Kate performed songs from both her albums; Made Of Bricks and My Best Friend Is You. In sharp contrast to tonight’s other concert this one was just about the music…Kate’s simple yet meaningful lyrics are presented in a her own light cockney accented tone that you almost forget there’s a depth behind them.
Even her chit chat between songs is light but thoughtful…a long diatribe against homophobia & pro-same sex marriage set up and followed “I’ve Got A Secret” until someone in the audience shouted “it’s legal here” which seemed to please her but also deflated her argument…leading her to quickly carry on to a spoken word poem.
Moments like these demonstrate Kate’s growth as a person and performer since first breaking on the scene. Back then she seemed to be a all persona and image accented by false bravado. Now we have before us a confident, wise woman and very talented songwriter.