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

Canada Place Sails Under The Rainbow

Look across Coal Harbour this evening and the rest of the week to see Canada Place awash in a rainbow of colour.

Vancouver 2011 Outgames Corporate Sponsor, Canada Place Corporation will light up the night sky during the Vancouver 2011 Outgames taking place July 25-31st 2011. Each night the Canada Place sails will be lit in the rainbow colours, in celebration of the upcoming Vancouver 2011 Outgames.

“Canada Place is pleased to support the GLISA North America Outgames as we light up our iconic sails in a rainbow of colour from July 25-30th,” said Robyn McVicker, Director Communications & Public Affairs, Canada Place Corporation. “Each night the sails will shine in celebration of this fantastic event and as a welcome to all the Outgames athletes and participants from around the world.

Watch for Canada Place to be awash in rainbow colours

Visible from most places around Coal Harbour, Canada Place generates over $1 billion per year in economic activity and is an inspiring national landmark welcoming local residents, visitors and ships to the West Coast. 
Look to the sails as you


And they’re off! The 2011 Outgames Flag Relay is on the move

From the Mountains, Sea and Land the 2011 Outgames Flag relay is making it’s way to the Opening Ceremony at the Vancouver Art Gallery at 6pm today.

Starting off at Vancouver City Hall for the joint launch of Pride Week Van Pride and Vancouver 2011 Outgames (11:00am – 1:30pm) this free event feature the Running of the Flags, BBQ, speakers, lawn games, In Council Proclamation and much more!

After the Raising of the Outgames Flag and the First Nations call out for the Athletes,  three runners will take the flags in ceremony to their respective starting points at UBC, SFU and by Helijet to Whistler & Grouse Mountain where 111 runners will carry the flags on to the Vancouver Art Gallery and the lighting of the Cauldron to open the 2nd GLISA North America Outgames.

The Opening Ceremony will also highlight some of the Outgames athletes and feature live performances by Destineak, Tyrell Witherspoon, DJ / drum performance with Waacouture, Out in Harmony & Friends Choir and Sugarbeach, who will perform their 2011 Outgames theme song ‘Come on Out’.

Polaris Music Prize – Short List Announced

Following the June anouncement of the Polaris Music Prize Long List the jury has cut the orginal list of 40 to the short list of the Top 10 Albums to vie for the 2011 Polaris Music Prize. The ultimate winner will be selected by the 11 member Grand Jury and announced at a Gala presentation on September 19th.

Arcade Fire – The Suburbs

Austra – Feel It Break

Braids ­? Native Speaker

Destroyer ­? Kaputt

Galaxie ­? Tigre et Diesel

Hey Rosetta! ­? Seeds

Ron Sexsmith ­? Long Player Late Bloomer

Colin Stetson ­? New History Warfare Vol. 2: Judges

Timber Timbre ­? Creep On Creepin’ On

The Weeknd ­? House Of Balloons

Wildlife – NXNE 2011

Wildlife – Horseshoe Tavern – NXNE 2011

Surprises are one of the best parts of NXNE Fest and this was indeed a total unexpectedly enjoyable set from a band we knew nothing about. Many people had heard a rumour that The Black Keys were going to be surprise guests in the 3am slot.  This was indeed just a rumour but perhaps to the benefit of local Toronto act, Wildlife, the audience was larger than it might have been.
We were pleasantly surprised by this five piece; with a sound slightly reminiscent of Mumford & Son.  A great stage presence and rapport demonstrates their seemingly hard work and regular touring,  as they kept the balance between songs of chatting with each other and the audience. The tunes were pleasantly fun pop/rock and to display their musical abilities many of the bandmates switched instruments throughout the 40minute set. Even though the stage was clearly baking hot, the sweaty energy from the band transferred to a boisterous audience who clammoured for more even as the set wrapped up.

Rifflandia Festival launches 2011 line-up

Rifflandia 2011 made its First Wave Line Up Announcement this week!
The Line Up to-date includes City and Colour, Broken Social Scene, De La Soul, Blackalicious, Ra Ra Riot, The Cave Singers, USS, Awolnation and many more!  These acts will be performing on The Rifflandia Park Stages. This recently announced new outdoor venue at Royal Athletic Park, allows the festival to reach a larger (all-ages) audience.
Acts performing at the traditional Rifflandia Night Stages all over town include: ARAABMuzik, The Besnard Lakes, Braids, Giant Sand, J Mascis, LA Riots, The Pack AD, Tokimonsta, Bonjay, Karkwa, Library Voices, Malajube, Pepper Rabbit, Suuns. The Victoria BC festival plans on announcing more amazing acts in the coming weeks!

The fourth annual Rifflandia Festival will take place September 22 – 25, 2011, in Victoria BC

North American Outgames – Come On Out


The Vancouver organizing committee recently announced the theme song to the GLISA 2011 North America Outgames.  “Come On Out” by award winning Canadian/Aussie duo Sugarbeach is an infectious pop track, with a hint of country, bound to appeal to a wide audience.  Appropriate considering the diversity of participants in the Outgames and accompanying Human Rights Conference. Marlee Walchuk, one half of the dynamic duo Sugarbeach states, “We wanted to write a song that would capture the energy, spirit and importance of being an active participator in the Vancouver Outgames/Human Rights Conference and in one’s own life”. With the considerable accolades that Sugarbeach has received from their participation in past events, it’s no doubt the Vancouver Outgames theme will gain attention. “Vancouver 2011 Outgames are ecstatic about the tune that Sugarbeach has created for the Games, it truly represents the spirit of the Outgames and we are honoured that they are part of this very special event” says Barb Snelgrove, Communications Director of the Vancouver 2011 Outgames.

Come On Out, the single is available now on iTunes

The Vancouver 2011 North American Outgames and Human Rights Conference run July 25 -31, 2001