Robyn – came, danced and conquered!

Robyn
Robyn

Robyn – Venue – November 19, 2010

The capacity crowd at Venue was treated to an all out dance party for Robyn’s hugely anticipated show. From start to finish she danced, sang and had the audience right along with her every beat.

Taking the stage dressed like she was set for a stroll along a fjord in a jacket, cap and platform hiking boots she stood out beside her white lab coat wearing backing band. She soon started shedding the outer layer to reveal her own white over shirt then finally a Star Trek-esque cat suit, ready for non-stop dancing.

Robyn - Dancing all night!
Robyn - Dancing all night!

The 90 minute set featured mostly songs from her recent Body Talk I & II albums with a couple of her 90’s era hits. This was pure pop at it’s best, no frills, no gimmicks, just music and lights and dancing.  She was definitely not dancing on her own, the audience and Robyn danced from start to finish, it’s no wonder she needed to stop to eat a banana half way through! The energy from the room was electric and contagious…I defy anyone to not have had a good time! From the buzz generated by this show, I’m sure when she returns to play a bigger room it will sell in a heartbeat or should I say with every heartbeat?

Brandon Flowers / Fran Healy

Brandon Flowers supported by Fran Healy – Commodore Ballroom – November 15, 2010

Playing to another headliner’s audience after headlining one of the biggest bands in Britain for over a decade has to be disconcerting for Fran Healy especially if the audience starts to heckle with taunts of “Get on with it” or “We want Brandon”. Fran handled it in his usual charming, humourous way of weaving a tale with a message (in this case…don’t be “that guy”, who makes an a$$ of himself at a show)
As he was the support act Fran was limited to a quick 35 minute set, 6 songs. Smartly beginning and ending the set with well known Travis singles, like Fran was singing his credentials to the crowd. It seemed to work, as the finale “Why Does It Always Rain On Me” was heartily sung along by many in the crowd. In between were a few of the tracks off of his first solo album “Wreck Order”.  (Click for a recap, and more images, of Fran’s August acoustic show at the Vogue Theatre)

After a quick set change the stage was ready for Brandon Flowers to come on with a slightly ‘old west’ swagger about him, black vest, jeans and boots, vaguely channelling Johnny Cash meets Elvis meets Freddie Mercury. Brandon Flowers knows how to entertain like the Vegas native that he his.
Kicking his set off with “On The Floor”, Brandon swung right into gear, whipping through much of his debut album, Flamingo. Besides songs from The Killers Brandon also covers “Bette Davis Eyes” which turned out to be a perfect song for his voice.  The 65 minute flew by and judging by the crowd reaction they were left wanting more. Like Fran before him, Brandon completed his set with a song from his band…in this case “Mr Brightside”.
By closing with songs by their more well known bands it made sure everyone left with a familiar ring in their ears.
Overall, it was a great show by two seasoned and brilliant artists who I’m sure we can all agree on left us wanting more…much more!

Vancouver Fashion Week

 Vancouver Fashion Week

November 2 – 7th 2010 marked the 10th Annual Vancouver Fashion Week. 

Celebrating established and upcoming local and international designers; a full house of fashionistas, buyers and media converged on the runway at the Empire Landmark Hotel in downtown Vancouver for 5 days of shows highlighting the work of some 30+ designers from Vancouver and around the world. This year’s shows featured designs from the fashion centres of New York and London as well as far away ateliers in Korea, Norway, Trinidad and Hawaii. As with all fashion there were hits and misses amongst the pieces shown, some very wearable for our West Coast style others definitely suited for more fashion forward cities. All were entertaining and well presented.
As well as the main event fashion shows the days also included seminars on the fashion business and each evening was wrapped up with after parties at venues around town, giving Vancouver’s fashionistas a chance to celebrate themselves and another season of the local fashion industry.

Tweet-up at The Corner Suite Bistro Deluxe

Third night’s a charm!

Thursday night’s tweetup was hosted at The Corner Suite Bistro De Luxe (@thecornersuite) by  @TheSassyFiles and @SoniaStirling
Welcomed with a glass of champagne by Steve, owner and bartender extraordinaire, we instantly felt at home. Great company and conversation flowed easily all night. Steve was a calm hub of activity behind the bar serving us drinks and knowledge about the beverages, food and life. It’s great to see a restaurateur with such an intimate knowledge and care of everything that’s coming into, out of and happening in his establishment. The Tweet up drink special was very tasty…and the appetizer Croque Mademoiselle that I had was a perfect bite.  In fact, everything on the menu looked fresh, local and mouthwatering.

The Corner Suite is a lovely and inviting, open room with an elevated bar area perfectly made for socializing. I’m sure at lunch it’s a great spot to sit and chat with a bartender or people watch, over the tables, looking out to the street but at night the long bar is intimate and cozy while at the same time makes mingling easy. The patrons at the tables didn’t seem to be bothered by the rather large crowd of tweeps gathering at the bar and we didn’t feel like we were intruding on their quiet dining experience. It was another night meeting some terrific tweeps, I’m sorry I missed meeting some of them or if I missed a name or two: @donovanpee @maryinvancity @vancityamy @DennisPang @Bbodies4life @missvitamindee @brandanprice  @BurrowsGirl @c_witty @_JustaBee @Miss_MayC @jessebowness @hotdealsdonovan @vancouverjock @jeremylim @Conner_G @CanadianKelli @kwalshphoto @VanCindy @Asana987

Hope to see everyone again soon at the next tweetup!

Tweet-up at Beachside Forno

Another night, another tweet up!

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?

Hot Deals Live Tweet-up at r.tl Yaletown

Tonight Hot Deals Live and r.tl Regional Tasting Lounge hosted a very successful tweet-up.
What was expected to be about 15 people turned into nearly twice that many. For many of us it was our first experience at r.tl and they did an excellent job of introducing us to a sampling of their menu.
Warm marinated Olives, Roasted Beet Salad with goat cheese & arugula, Quinoa Salad, Prosciutto wrapped Dates were followed by grilled chicken skewers with jerk sauce and an earthy, rich Mushroom & Truffle Risotto finally mini Venison Burgers. Everything was hearty, healthy and tasty. A nice cocktail menu and wine list paired completed the solid menues.
Some great company with new and previously met tweeps made for a very nice evening. @HotDealsDonovan put together a great bunch; @gracecheung604 @IAMRUBY @the_bradford @hairbykatierose @NatashaCarpio @cwistal @Conner_G @fit_tobe_tied @VancityAmy @Lev_ivy  @LindseyBlunt @AdrianEden @Raincitybikes @Nelliebobellie plus many others whom I’m sorry didn’t get to find out their twitter handles

JDRF – Rockin For Research Auction

Looking for a unique gift for a music lover?

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.