Rihanna – Last Girl On Earth

The opening night of the “Last Girl On Earth” tour was a spectacular, spectacular!
I see a lot of concerts and this was one of the tops for major production shows.
Starting the night off with a bang was Travie McCoy (ex of Gym Class Heroes), his was a short set but got the crowd, of mostly teen girls, off to a rousing start.  His current hit ‘Billionaire’ got a lot of voices singing along, warming them up for the next act, Kesha. 
Judging by the attire of a lot of the crowd, there was just as many Ke$ha fans in the audience as Rihanna fans. She definitely did not disappoint, although hers was a warm up set there was a lot of energy and entertainment packed into the 30 minutes.  Even with a limited set up, she and her two dancers worked every bit of the stage, dancing, drumming and strutting.  I’m sure most of the audience wasn’t around to be able to relate her hits ’Blah Blah Blah’, ’Your Love Is My Drug’ and of course her number 1 ‘Tik Tok’ to the 80’s pop influence that makes it so catchy.  I must admit, Ke$ha very much surprised me, I hadn’t expected someone with her relative inexperience to crank out as entertaining a performance.
After a quick change it was time for the main event…emerging on stage, literally on a pedestal, Rihanna arrived in a electric dress, to rousing applause.  Quickly tossing the dress aside Rihanna was off and running (or should I say dancing) for the next hour and half. Tearing through her catalogue of hits, it was an amazingly fun night. 
I must admit that Rihanna is one of those artist that slips a little under my radar. I know she’s been there for a while turning out single but until they were put all together I hadn’t paid attention to just how many great hit she has.
From ‘Shut Up And Drive’ and ‘Disturbia’ through ‘Rude Boy’ and ‘Rehab’ to ‘Don’t Stop The Music’ and ‘SOS’ wrapping up with ‘Take A Bow’. At the end of the main set it seemed after so many hits there would be any more to come but more did come in the encore..’Live Your Life’ and, the perfect song for normally rainy Vancouver, the ubiquitous ‘Umbrella’ to top of the evening.  After a half dozen costume changes, a couple dozen hits and 90minutes…a great evening was had by all.  There was a definite happy buzz as we left and I’m glad that Brian suggested we go to the show!
As an added little bit of history, we didn’t know at the time that this would be the last major event at GM Place as it would be renamed two days later to Rogers Arena.

Canada Day 2010

Reigniting the Spirit of 2010! In our first opportunity since winter, my friend Brian and I, along with thousands of other Vancouverites, took to the streets again breaking out the red hoodies, jersey’s and Canada Olympic gear.  Thanks to the lessons learned in February, Canada Day 2010 seemed to have an added boost of patriotism this year.  Some Scottish tourists actually commented to me how amazed they were at the blatant patriotism on display (often emblazoned across our chests in a large CANADA).
Canada Place is host of the biggest Canada Day party in the west and pulled out all the stops to wow the crowd of new and old Canadians.  Beginning with the swearing in of a batch of new Canadian citizens, to a celebration of the Canadian Navy’s centenary, bands, dancers, street performers and the events were all topped off with the reignited Olympic Cauldron sitting in it’s newly finished water feature. It’s a great family oriented day out!
Wrapping up our day is the annual Helijet Family Barbeque at the Vancouver Harbour Heliport.  For the last few years we’ve gathered our families and friends, in the evening on July 1st to eat barbeque, drink, visit, watch kids play…then we all proceed down to the floating helipad for our exclusive view of the fireworks display over Canada Place.  It’s our unique Helijet tribute to Canada Day…family, friends and fun !