The Rise of DJ Culture

The term DJ or ‘disc jockey’ we hear so frequently was created in 1935 by an American radio presenter, Walter Winchill, who used it to refer to someone who operated a machine playing a vinyl record. It wasn’t until a few years later though that these disc jockeys had the wild idea to utilize two turntables simultaneously to create the illusion of non-stop music.

Dance club DJs have long led the way in introducing new sounds in electronic music with pulsating rhythms, white noise, and visual effects such as strobe lighting. Some DJs are so successful in their art that they develop followings as they move from club to club. But lately, DJs have helped to push manipulated dance music into the mainstream – filling stadiums instead of the hidden warehouses of “rave” parties of the 1990s. No longer a countercultural phenomenon, electronic dance music (EDM) has become big business.

Swedish House Mafia

Swedish House Mafia – a trio of DJs armed only with turntables and giant speakers. In 2012, as the third-highest-paid DJ act, they raked in $14 million and became the first electronic music group to play New York’s Madison Square Garden. During the opening ceremonies for London’s 2012 Olympic Games, it was the music of Lincoln Barrett, a British DJ by the name High Contrast, that spurred the athletes’ parade.

Harbour Convention Center

We now have a whole bunch of different music festivals that are happening around the world for EDM DJ’s! There’s EDC (Electric Daisy Carnival) in Las Vegas, Ultra Music Festival in Miami, and my favorite of all, Tomorrowland in Belgium, Boom. I would love to be in person and go see Tomorrowland in person. Or better yet play in it! Here in Vancouver, we have many clubs like the Harbour Event Center or the Commodore Ballroom! Once I turn 19, I’m sure I’ll go visit one of them!

– Daniel Hoodikoff


The Vancouver Comic Arts Festival

This weekend on May 18th and the 19th from 10 am to 5 pm, the Vancouver Comic Arts Festival is happening. It’s at the Roundhouse Community Center and VanCAF regularly brings in dozens of creators and publishers from near and far to talk comics and creativity. One of this year’s guests is Johnnie Christmas, a Miami-raised artist, and writer now based in Vancouver.

“Of all the comic conventions I’ve been to, I think it’s my favourite,” Christmas said. “It’s free, and very inviting to the public.”

Organized and managed by the non-profit Vancouver Comic Arts Association, VanCAF has grown from 3,200 attendees with 92 exhibitors in its first year, 2012, to 11,000 attendees and 300 exhibitors in 2018.

“At most comic cons you’ll have people who are big fans of Captain America say, whereas VanCAF you have people of all age groups who might not even know what they’re looking for,” said Christmas. “They might just be wandering around to see what’s cool. They don’t have a preconceived idea. They’re on this voyage of discovery. It’s a really inviting warm, open place. And the artists who are their year after year are incredible.”

When I was younger, I loved reading all the Archie comics, each comic had a unique style of storyline that made each story very compelling and interesting to read. I know some buddies, especially one who is highly into Marvel comics and who knew what was going to happen in Endgame before Endgame got released! But if you go on the weekend, you never know what to expect, probably people dressing up in crazy costumes of their favorite comic characters. You may also discover a new series of comics that you wouldn’t expect to like, but things can happen! SO go to it!

– Daniel Hoodikoff


Wine Tasting at The Gourmet Warehouse

Are you a red or white wine kind of person? The reason I’m asking is different wines have different flavors. Wine to me is like taking grape juice and putting in a whole bunch of random sourness that takes away from the flavor of the juice. Just kidding, I know its fermentation I don’t get to drink wine that much due to me being underage. But you can at The Gourmet Warehouse on June 13th! Don’t worry I’m not promoting The Gourmet Warehouse, I am just mentioning it because wine has to do with culture.

“The earliest evidence of a grape-based fermented drink was found in China (c. 7000 BC), Georgia from 6000 BC, Iran from 5000 BC, and Sicily from 4000 BC. The earliest evidence of a wine production facility is the Areni-1 winery in Armenia and is at least 6100 years old.” -Wikipedia

One thing that I have to ask women is why do you all love wine so much? We men will never know the truth. But if we want to know we can go to the Gourmet Warehouse and do some wine tasting with Ridel. The glass shape plays a very important role in your perception of balance and harmony of flavors and nobody knows it better than Riedel, the premier wine glass manufacturer in the world. You’ll get to try four different varietals: German Riesling, Californian Chardonnay, Okanagan Pinot Noir, and an Argentinian Malbec. I have no idea what any of those words mean except chardonnay. As well as you get to get your cheese on as they serve a plate of a mixture of cheeses. If I were of age, I would try doing this!

– Daniel Hoodikoff

How to Make Your Own Studio

Hey, people of earth. You clicked on this story because you want to know how to start your own studio! Well, there are four types of studios: Bedroom Studio, Dedicated Home Studio, Semi-Pro Studio, and a Professional Studio. Each has a unique number of things you need to get started or to say that you have a ‘complete’ studio. But the main studio I’m covering is the Bedroom one as we gotta start somewhere right?

Simple Bedroom Studio

I am currently working on my Bedroom Studio, I’m sorry I’m not that wealthy. Let’s cover what equipment you need. Computer? Check, Mac or Windows, my personal preference is Mac because its simpler. DAW? (Digital Audio Workspace) in other words, it’s the software you use, in the radio program, we mainly use Adobe Audition. Next, you need an audio interface, maybe look into the Focusrite Scarlett 2i2, can’t go wrong with that. You need something to actually record your voice so you gotta pick up a microphone! But you may experience a temptation to POP your p’s so go pick up a pop filter.

Scarlett Interphases

To play back your beautiful voice you need some headphones, preferably with a quarter inch adapter. Although you can hear yourself through your headphones, don’t you want your neighbors to hear that lovely voice? Go pick up some bumping studio monitors, the amount you spend is up to you. Next, the boring stuff, get some XLR cables for your mic, TRS cables for your studio monitors and that’s about it. But you will probably be tired to hold your mic with your hand, so pick up either a mic stand or an arm that clamps on to your desk!

If you hate sound bouncing everywhere, pick up some bass traps and some acoustic treatment that way it’ll sound as though you are in a compact room, which you most likely are. So go create something awesome!

– Daniel Hoodikoff

Fantastic Festivals

ARE YOU READY FOR FESTIVAL SEASON? I wish I was, those tickets are expensive as fudge! There are various festivals coming up in these next couple of months that are blowing up with creativity and culture! Want to know what they are? Read on my friend.

On May 18th, VanCaf 2019 is happening all this weekend! VanCAF is The Vancouver Comic Arts Festival. It is a two-day celebration of comics and graphic novels and their creators, including an exhibition and vendor fair featuring hundreds of creators from around the world. Other Festival events include readings, panels, and workshops. Since 2012, VanCAF has been held at the Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre in Vancouver, British Columbia.

On Sunday, May 26th, the 2019 Europe Festival Event of cultural, culinary delights and rich entertainment starts at 11 am. A new Board of Directors has been working hard to restore this event after a year away, and are excited how people are coming together to help. This year there is going to be a silent auction, on-site food stations, pastry sales and you can easily get to it by transit. Admire authentic ethnic dress and get swept away by traditional dancing like the German Schuhplattler, the Spanish Flamenco and the Serbian Kolo.

Finally, on June 9th, it is Italian Day on the Drive which is an annual street party on Vancouver’s Commercial Drive that includes Italian food and music. It’s reputedly the region’s largest street party event, attracting a couple of hundred thousand participants most years. Every year, the event runs along Commercial Drive in Vancouver’s “Little Italy” for the 14 or so blocks between Venables and Grandview. When you arrive, expect lots of green, white and red colors, and 20 different patios featuring Italian foods from local restaurants serving everything from pizza to pasta to gelato. Its’a gonna be fantastico!

If you go see one of these, I promise you, you will be impressed.

– Daniel Hoodikoff

Theatres & Performance Spaces in Vancouver

Have you ever seen a show in one of Vancouver’s various theatres and performance spaces? There are quite a few and they’re all different in appearance and layout.

First up this one was originally built as a submission to an international design competition, drum roll please…. may I present to you the Queen Elizabeth Theatre! It is currently in the midst of a long-range refresh that will enhance production capabilities, acoustic performance, and patron experience. Oooh…Aaah!

Picture of the Queen Elizabeth Theatre

The dazzling venue is one of Canada’s largest proscenium theatres, featuring 2,765 seats with a central location in downtown Vancouver. It usually hosts opera and musical performances, as well as Broadway shows and other amusements. It also features a locally curated art gallery exhibiting works by emerging artists. If that isn’t culture for ya, I don’t know what is!

Next up we got the second biggest theatre in Vancouver, I wanna hear you scream! Oh ya, that’s pretty loud…We’re talking about the Orpheum baby! Grand, elegant and effortlessly dazzling, the Orpheum has entranced millions of people since opening in 1927.

Picture of the Orpheum

The domed auditorium is adorned with a sprawling ceiling mural, and crowned by a giant crystal chandelier. The Orpheum’s exquisite décor and sweeping staircases were designed in the rare Spanish Baroque Revival style and the magic and history of the space envelopes both audiences and performers.

Lastly, we are going to be talking about another performance space adjacent to the Orpheum, it is named Annex which is a spunky, cabaret-style venue suited for dance and musical performances as receptions and rehearsals. Space is easily converted from flat-floor to a tiered theatre space with 193 seats and is expertly equipped to accommodate a range of sound and light options.

Picture of the Annex

Bordered by fiery red curtains enclosing two floors of multifunctional performance space, the Annex is one of the most versatile performance venues in Vancouver. Performances taking place here run the gamut from long-established music festivals to one-off jazz ensembles.

I don’t know about you but from writing this, I really want to go watch a show in one of these, what an experience that would be!

– Daniel Hoodikoff

Are You Afraid of The Dark? Reboot

BOO! Did I scare you? Probably not, you may not be afraid of me but Are You Afraid of The Dark? The children’s horror series originally ran for five seasons from 1990 to 1996. The cult classic is getting yet ANOTHER reboot, with filming to take place in Vancouver this June and July.

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According to Nickelodeon, the new miniseries will follow new members of the Midnight Society as they continue the group’s tradition of gathering around a campfire in the woods to share scary stories. I’m sure the older generation will appreciate this as it can be seen as a ‘tradition.’

The reboot also continues the tradition of filming in Metro Vancouver. The original series was partly filmed in the Richmond area. Could it be that Nickelodeon is merely jumping on the trend of filming ’90s reboots in the region? I mean The Fox Network’s X-Files reboot was filmed here, and their 90210 reboots will begin filming in North Vancouver this summer!

In addition to Are You Afraid of the Dark?, the network plans to bring back Blue’s Clues, SpongeBob SquarePants, game show Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader?, as well as sketch comedy series All That, which launched the career of SNL staple Kenan Thompson.

Are You Afraid of The Dark teaser

Perhaps the decision to reanimate all these dead shows came from a zombie-themed Are You Afraid of the Dark? script? Are you scared yet? New episodes of Are You Afraid of the Dark? will begin airing in October. Muhahahahahahahahahahaaaaa!

– Daniel Hoodikoff

Vancouver Art Gallery Guides

If you’re older and reading this then try to remember the last time you went on a school field trip, or if you’re still in elementary or secondary, then try to look forward to future field trips. I’m not sure if you have visited Vancouver’s Art Gallery but if you want to bug your teachers or drive there yourself, there are some pretty cool artifacts to go look at.

For kids who are in grades one through twelve, Vancouver’s Art Gallery has some pretty neat guided tours with workshops. One of them is called The Street which commenced May 8th and ends June 13th.

“The urban street has been an important source of inspiration for artists since the Renaissance and it remains one of the primary locations in which culture is produced in the world today.” – Vancouver Art Gallery

If you get the chance to explore this tour you will have the chance to explore the subject matter of the street through painting, photography, sculpture, and video from the Gallery’s collection, ranging in date from the eighteenth century up to the present.

Jack Shadbolt, Yates Street Evening, Victoria; Dominion Theatre, Yates St., Victoria, 1946, watercolor, gouache, ink on paper, Collection of the Vancouver Art Gallery, Acquisition Fund.

For post-secondary students, Vancouver’s Art Gallery offers both self-guided visits and guided tours. The Self-Guided Visit consists of a class up to 30 students navigating any open exhibition space in the gallery. The Guided Tour option consists of a tour lead by one of the gallery’s educators. Teachers can request up to 2 exhibitions to focus on for this option.

Or if you aren’t in school right now, you’re just an adult paying bills. You can take a break from all of that and guide yourself through a self-guided tour which costs $80 for the whole day! Let loose and enjoy something artistic!

– Daniel Hoodikoff



Street Art in Vancouver

Have you noticed the vibrant art that is portrayed in the streets of Vancouver? You haven’t? Well, you’re in for a wild and colorful ride! Want to know where the best places to go are to seek out the best works of art? I’m assuming you’re nodding your head.

The first place to go to is Downtown Vancouver, it has a bright pink and yellow alleyway just south of West Hastings Street, between Granville and Seymour Streets. It’s a part of Downtown Vancouver’s More Awesome Now project, which “takes existing, underutilized downtown laneways and reshapes them into engaging public spaces accessible by everyone.” Points of interest include the basketball hoops, hopscotch, and More Awesome Now sign.

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The second place to go has to be on Granville Island. The artists are Osmegos, who are identical twin brothers from Sao Paulo who have over one million Instagram followers. The 21-meter (69-foot) mural on Ocean Concrete’s silos was the pair’s first artwork in Canada. The seven-story mural is hard to ignore, and with paintings on both sides, it’s fun to view it from different angles.

Picture of art from Osmegos

The final place to go to would be East Vancouver. Branching off of East Hastings Street, from Gastown to Clark Drive, is where you will find a lot of Vancouver’s vibrant street art. There is even several Vancouver Mural Tours focused on showcasing the best street art in the Eastside, and the stories behind the pieces. There is an amazing portrait of Jimi Hendrix by local artist Dedos, plus there are murals paying tribute to East Vancouver’s Chinatwon and Japantown neighborhoods and native art.

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– Daniel Hoodikoff

Twenty One Pilots in Vancouver

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Did you know Twenty One Pilots came to Vancouver yesterday? It is part of their Bandito tour which got requested a ton! I know right! Twenty One Pilots played every track from their recent album ‘Trench’ live for the first time last night. The Ohio duo are commending this tour in support of their fifth studio album, which came out back in October. It was their first LP since 2015’s ‘Blurryface’. I didn’t know it until a friend of mine started to post spam on her Snapchat story. I’m pretty sure she’s their number one fan. I asked her what she thought of it and she said, “it was honestly the best. That band means the world to me. They’re the reason I’m alive now, to be honest, and so seeing them in person was truly a beautiful moment.”

Twenty One Pilots wore bandanas around their faces which made them look like gangsters which looks pretty cool. Get this, they put a car on fire! If that isn’t a show that portrays gangster attitude, I don’t know what is. Fire and lights filled the stage as the audience’s faces gleamed with happiness and their bodies filled with rhythm, a quote by me, some metaphoric pizzazz for your day.

Picture of the band Bear Hands

The band Bear Hands headlined for them and my friend said, “They were alright. It was mostly too hyped for Twenty One Pilots to pay attention.”

If you want to check out their latest album check it out here

– Daniel Hoodikoff


The Battle of Winterfell

If you are all caught up with the Game of Thrones series then you know what’s coming for this weeks episode. “The show’s creators say that the final showdown, the Battle of Winterfell between the living and the dead taking place in Game of Thrones season 8 episode 3 on Sunday is going to be bigger and better than any other battle sequence that has ever been committed to film,” – Time Magazine.

“What we have asked the production team and crew to do this year truly has never been done in television or in a movie,” co-executive producer Bryan Cogman told Entertainment Weekly of the Battle of Winterfell. “This final face-off between the army of the dead and the army of the living is completely unprecedented and relentless and a mixture of genres even within the battle.” If that’s not enough to increase your anxiety towards watching the next episode, I don’t know what is.

At the end of Game of Thrones season, 8 episode 2, women, children and non-fighters like Varys and Tyrion were ready to hole up in the Winterfell crypts to steer clear of the bloodshed. But given the White Walkers’ ability to raise the dead, it seems like underground tunnels filled with the bodies of late Starks may turn out to be the least safe place imaginable. So rise dead, rise!

Night King & Viserion – Game of Thrones fan art by MICHAEL CHANG

This battle has been built up for over 70 episodes now, winter has finally come and it is looking to be a bloody winter as many characters are preparing for the great Battle of Winterfell, who will live and who will perish?

We shall see, make sure you watch the episode this Sunday because this is going to be good!


Music Tempo Controls Us

Whenever you pop your earbuds in, press shuffle on your playlist and a certain song comes on how fast or how slow do you dance? Or do you even dance at all because you’re too cool for that stuff?

Let’s say you start listening to a really fast song or a song that has a tempo that’s more upbeat, how do you move to that song? For me, I like to bop my head a bit and start to dance, the behavior is different on the dancefloor though. When a fast song comes on when there’s a dance, that’s when you dance in a groovy, upbeat kind of way. This type of dance reveals your fun, inner-self and makes you forget all the other things going on in your life and around you, it puts you in an alternative universe.

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Then there are the butterflies and pink-cloud type music, makes you feel warm inside. That’s the slow songs that make you want to grasp your loved and/or crush. This type of genre also reveals inner feelings, the deep feelings that you don’t normally show in public but in private rather. The slow songs make you move in a rhythmic and wavey kind of way, and makes you smile, knowing that life is good.

So when you listen to our station, each song has a unique mood and some may make you dance in a slow or fast way. Since our station is mainly indie-rock based, we hope to put you in a groovy and comfortable mood when you are listening to it whether being in a car or just listening to it naturally, so dance on!

Coffee Fuels Success

Have you ever woken up really really tired? And I’m talking about really, really tired like you just had only a couple of hours of sleep. Your face is all droopy, your eyes look like they have just been sucked into a black hole, and you feel like your body is supposed to be at earth’s core. Yep, you’re sleepy.

Don’t you want to feel like you just have woken up with a full 8 hours? Rare, but it can be done. Let me introduce you to the positive elixir of life, coffee! Have a couple of cups and you are feeling like a million dollars! Although coffee has a bitter taste, you can still tone down that bitter taste with some cream, milk, and some sugar. Be careful on the sugar amount though, too much can cause a sugar-rush and then you will crash and burn in embarrassment. Luckily for coffee drinkers, coffee has a half-life of six hours, don’t believe me, google it.

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Make a cup of coffee when you wake up, and then another right after. Whether you’re on your way to school or work, coffee is your companion. On your journey, the caffeine drug may wear off and you may start to feel a slight glimpse of fatigue. That’s when you know you need some more coffee so why not stop by a coffee shop and fuel up on a break, or two? As long as you have enough caffeine to fuel yourself through the day, your day will go smoothly, hopefully.

Gas Prices Are Rising!

Taking the sky train today, I arrived at Spurling-Burnaby Lake to notice that the ESSO at the stop had a gas price of 172.8! How does the screen even fit that high of a number? This must be a bummer to millennials still working part-time jobs with the wage still at minimum. How do we surpass such a miserable situation? Do we refer to Electric Cars? Do we stop getting gas altogether? One thing’s for sure is that while we stop fueling up, they’ll decrease the gas prices until it forces us to come back, fuel up and drive away. Next thing we notice it’s jacked back up again!

How can we get to our desired destinations if we don’t have gas? I mean, the new Avengers End game movie has come out today and my gas level ain’t looking too good. This causes a major problem, instead of spending money on the movie, I have to spend money on gas which is double what the movie costs plus a Coke and some popcorn. It’s almost as though somebody is doing this on purpose, I wonder who that may be? Somebody who’s name rhymes with Dustin Bordeaux? I drive a 6-cylinder bright blue Ford Windstar and what used to be me paying $75 for a full tank, now has turned into $125 and I wish it never changed. Working at a part-time job will not cut it, especially at McDonald’s!

To conclude from all this, the gas prices are really stepping on the millennials and their part-time jobs! Yay! I got my N, now I have to pay 172.8 per liter…no, not right.

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