Jaws of Love. Will Have You in Their Gentle Grasp

Jaws of Love. is Local Natives’ lead singer Kelcey Ayer’s latest endeavor, and fans of his previous work will find plenty to relish on Tasha Sits Close to the Piano. Ayer developed the project shortly after Local Natives wrapped up recording their third outing Sunlit Youth, from the beginning Jaws of Love.’s aim was to create emotive, piano driven songs that wouldn’t quite fit the current Local Natives mold.

Following the release of Sunlit Youth, many fans were disappointed at the lack of the slower, darker songs that were littered on their well received sophomore effort Hummingbird.  The fans who fell in love with Hummingbird can rejoice, as Tasha Sits Close to the Piano delivers the melancholy introspective cuts they were craving in spades.

At surface level the star of Jaws of Love. is Ayer’s deliberate vocal performance which dips and soars through the whole record. We’ve seen Ayer grow as vocalist over the course of his three records with Local Natives, but we haven’t seen him flex his vocal muscle like this before. The evolution of his performance is best displayed on the tracks “Jaws of Love.” and  “Lake Tahoe.” the latter is easily the stand out track on Tasha Sits Close to the Piano in my opinion.


After a few listens, it becomes clear that it’s not Ayer, but rather Combat!’s deliberate synth programming that sets Tasha Sits Close to the Piano apart from it’s contemporaries. Tracks like “Microwaves” and “Before the Hurting Lands.” wouldn’t be the same without Combat!’s maelstrom of electronic production, bringing layers upon layers of additional sound to assist Ayer’s deadly vocals and piano.

Examining the lyrical content of the album, Ayer has clearly intended that Tasha Sits Close to the Piano serve as an examination of both the exhilarating joys and the daunting trials of matrimony. After all, it was his spouse who coined the record after the family dog’s preferred sleeping spot. It would be a stretch to call the songwriting on the record mature; in fact it’s probably the most simplistic lyrical content Ayer has released during his career. Nonetheless Ayer has crafted some tracks that are easy to swoon along to, and will be stuck in your head for weeks to come.

The group’s debut album is an outstanding intimate collection of soft rock love tunes that will satiate not only Local Natives fans, but also hungry followers of artists like City and Colour and Bon Iver. Tasha Sits Close to the Piano is an early Christmas present for fans of soft indie rock, and is poised to be one of this year’s hidden gems.


Super NES Classic Restock?

Super NES Classics sold out across the nation in September, and many fans were left empty handed, including yours truly. The sought after system has since hit the resell market, typically found for around $300 CAD. But don’t go breaking the bank quite yet.

The Super NES Classic Edition will be back in stock for American video game stores GameStop and ThinkGeek this week, according to Nintendo. The super popular system sold out instantly when it was released late this past September. Nothing was said about the console returning to the Canadian market, though we can deduce that it will be coming in the next few weeks.

Last month, Nintendo of America’s president Reggie Fils-Aime said that there would be plenty of SNES Classics released in time for the holidays, in all markets. Fils-Aime also confirmed that last year’s original Nintendo Entertainment Classic Edition would return to production soon, supposedly finding its way to shelves Summer 2018.

I’ll be aiming to be the first one lined up when the Canadian restocking is announced. I parted ways with my Super Nintendo and game collection earlier this year trying to pay the rent, and I’ve missed it ever since. Acquiring the SNES classic won’t quite fill that void, but it will soothe the aching nostalgia.

So unless you’ve got $300 you’re willing to blow on the resell market, sit tight, be patient and you’ll be rewarded. If you’re willing to brave those line ups anyway.

Tweet us @Evolution1079 to let us know which game you’re looking forward to replaying on the Super NES Classic!

Three Records to Check out this Friday the 13th!

2017 has been perhaps the most thrilling year of music in what seems like an eon.  From Mac DeMarco’s emotional rollercoaster on This Old Dog, Brand New’s first record after a lengthy eight year hiatus, to King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard’s promise to deliver five LPs by the end of the year(they’re working on #4 right as we speak, keep going boys!) 2017 hasn’t been short on dramatic music releases. After nine whole months of endless music, it seems the year isn’t hasn’t lost steam yet!

Here are three records I think you should check out after they drop tomorrow morning!

Beck, Colours 

What You’re Signing up for:  There’s quite a bit of speculation about Beck’s 10th LP, but it’s rumoured to resemble the sound of an earlier version of The Strokes. Whatever comes out the other end of the pipe, is sure to be a stroke of alt-pop genius. The award-winning artist has promised that it’ll be an upbeat and poppy record, he says: “[The album is] simple and uplifting and galvanising, where the spirit moves you, that kind of feeling. Those are the hardest. This new record I focused on that feeling. It’s the easiest to fail at. Or to come off on one hand disingenuous, or on the other hand just trite, or, you know, there’s that fine line between platitude and just the truth. And that fine line between making a big commotion and a bunch of movement and just actual unadulterated joy.”

Kurt Vile and Courtney Barnett, ‘Lotta Sea Lice’

What You’re Singing Up For: Who could’ve expected this team up? Prepare yourself for some guitar- driven slacker pop. The duo are both coming off of huge albums from 2016 and are currently on a joint tour together. The pair hit it off after bumping into each other on the festival circuit over and over again, when Mr. Vile decided to hit up Courtney Barnett to work on the project together. If you’re feeling extra laid back this Friday, make sure you check these two out.

St Vincent ‘Masseduction’ 

What You Can Expect:  More alternative electropop goodness, naturally. Annie Clark rarely disappoints, but fans should brace themselves for heavier subject matter. Clark promised that the album will draw from the batshit state of the world. She says: “I think it’ll be the deepest, boldest work I’ve ever done. I feel the playing field is really open for creative people to do whatever you want, and that risk will be rewarded – especially now that we have such high stakes from a political and geopolitical standpoint.” Music fans in search of something a little more high art, than the typical indie pop will be delighted with whatever St Vincent rolls out this Friday.

These records will certainly satiate your music appetite for the weekend; I know I’ll be tucked away this Friday the 13th spinning them back-to-back.

Tweet us @Evolutuon1079 and let us know what you think about the singles on these records!

Where Has Captain Marvel Been During the Events of the MCU?

It was thought that only the most devoted “True Believers” would know what to expect when Captain Marvel finally makes her way to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. But even the most fanatical Marvel follower never would have guessed that the Captain Marvel movie would act as prequel to the MCU set in the 1990s. Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige made the shocking announcement at San Diego Comic-Con this summer, and fans have been scratching their heads ever since. Where has Captain Marvel been over the course of the nearly 20-movie long Avengers saga?

Fans have received an answer, sort of. At a media junket for the upcoming Thor: Ragnarok, Feige explained the femme fatale’s absence, “The key is… out there” putting his arms into the air. Feige is obviously alluding to Captain Marvel’s whereabouts being somewhere in the cosmos. She is a cosmic hero after all, much like the popular Guardians of the Galaxy. Her absence makes sense after all; her inclusion in the MCU from the beginning would have been a little silly. When she does finally make her way to the silver screen it will be obvious that she outmatches every single current Avenger.

Captain Marvel’s first appearance has yet to be confirmed, and there’s been plenty of speculation how Marvel’s answer to Wonder Woman will be introduced it to the big screen. If I had to bet, I would think that they would take the Spider Man approach with her formal introduction the MCU. I think we’ll first see the character, played by Brie Larson, in Infinity War in some capacity, even if it’s just a brief cameo, so audiences will be familiar with her before her solo movie hits theatres in March 2019.

The solo outing is scheduled just two short months before the currently untitled Avengers movie, where Earth’s Mightiest Heroes are expected to continue their battle with the godlike Thanos. The Avengers are going to need her, and any other firepower they get to take down Thanos and save the day.

Tweet us @Evolution1079 and let us know when you think we’ll first see Captain Marvel in the MCU!

If you want to check out more superhero stories, Syd Wong has been covering the latest DC television premieres and crossover events!

Impressions from the New Star Wars: The Last Jedi Trailer!

Star Wars fans everywhere have been pining to find out what Rian Johnson’s vision for Episode VIII would be, and the wait came to end last night during Monday Night Football. The first big trailer for the year’s most anticipated film was received with incredible applause, with many championing Johnson’s use of colour.



The gritty quality of the visuals is a stark contrast to the Spielbergian brightness found in JJ Abram’s The Force Awakens. It’s no surprise though; the second chapter in most trilogies tends to be the darkest (think Empire Strikes Back, and LOTR’s The Two Towers.) In interviews Johnson has talked in general terms about what we can expect from Episode VIII, and it’s unsurprisingly similar to the Empire Strikes Back: this is the part of the story where new complications are introduced and characters are tested to their limits. The Last Jedi will show what happens when characters like Rey, Finn and Poe Dameron have the stool kicked out from under them. Hopefully Johnson can produce moments on par with Empire’s carbonite freezing of Han Solo or the infamous “I am your Father” scene.

I personally have a ton of faith in Rian Johnson, he’s worked magic in the sci-fi genre before with his cult classic Looper, and has a ton of experience directing well written dialogues (something Star Wars sorely lacks, who could forget that terrible dialogue about sand between Anakin and Padme in Episode II) during his stint directing the acclaimed Breaking Bad. My only hope is Johnson avoids the mistake Abrams has been most criticized for, following the blueprint of the original trilogy a little too closely.

Either way the flick is sure to be a smash hit, the little guy below is sure to sell millions in toys alone!

We’ll find out if The Last Jedi will be an Empire Strikes Back clone or not December 15th! Stay tuned to Evolution to hear our thoughts when it hits theatres!


Tweet us at @Evolution1079 after you watch the trailer and let us know your hopes and fears for Star Wars: The Last Jedi!

DC Entertainment is About to Take a Huge Risk

I’ve been incredibly critical about DC’s attempt to replicate Marvel Studios cinematic universe. Batman vs. Superman made me fall asleep, Suicide Squad was toothless, and it’s one saving grace Wonder Woman was amazing, but was put on a pedestal by critics and in my opinion, was vastly overrated. Their output so far pales in comparison to the superior Marvel Studios, and that divide in quality might increase exponentially after DC’s most recent announcement.

Two months before the release of their first huge crossover, Justice League, the company’s announced it plans on deemphasizing its shared universe. DC executives have confirmed that it’s starting a separate label to focus on separate projects that will be completely disconnected from the DC extended universe, like the rumored Martin Scorsese helmed Joker film (which admittedly is a dream come true for myself, DiCaprio as the Joker, who wouldn’t eat that up?) It was also confirmed that future films in the shared universe would largely ignore the past continuity like recent blunder Batman vs. Superman. This is going to be a gamble for DC.

In my opinion, this is going to alienate and confuse casual audiences. Personally, I love the idea of standalone comic book films; we see it all the time in the comics themselves, like Batman’s Killing Joke or the Dark Knight trilogy. However, in my opinion, this is going to alienate and confuse casual audiences. A dedicated comic book reader might take the time to familiarize and follow two or three different Joker actors, or different Batman timelines, but the average Joe couldn’t be bothered.

The fact that DC is already trying to distance themselves from their previous entries in the DCEU, speaks volumes. Maybe they should just start with a clean slate?


What do you think? Tweet me and let me know @evolution1079 or @kiversace.

Netflix is Committing $500M Over 5 Years on New Canadian Productions!

I cannot begin to explain how stoked I am that Netflix has pledged to spend at least half a billion dollars to fund Canadian produced Netflix Originals! This is amazing news for the Canadian film industry, as I’m sure you know, Netflix is the world’s biggest streaming and a massive opportunity for creative Canadians to get their work out there.

The funding was officially announced yesterday by Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly, and it absolutely stole the show. This partnership is part of Joly’s vision for Canadian content in the digital world.

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Netflix has come under pressure in the past by our federal government, threatening to impose a tax on the service to fund Canadian programming. Netflix has worked hard to avoid facing the CANCON requirements that traditional networks abide by in Canada. This new funding has put the kibosh on those taxes, and also alleviated the pressure to meet CANCON regulations. We can expect Netflix to populate its service with a plethora of Canadian programs, keeping both parties happy.

It should be noted that the money will not be contributed to the Canadian Media Fund, but will rather exist outside the fund; it’s not clear how producers will apply to access the funding yet.

This is the first time Netflix has set up a production company, and offered funding to a country other than the United States. Hopefully this sets a precedent for the streaming giant, and they can help bolster film industries all across the world.

If you’re feeling a sudden urge to find a new fix on Netflix, check this out and see if Gerald’s Game is for you.

After that find out what you should be watching in October, where I let you in on Netflix biggest October releases!

Tokyo Ghoul: Live Action Adaptation Coming to North America!

Many of us at Evolution are huge manga and anime fans, so it was no surprise that when the teaser trailer for Tokyo Ghoul released about a week ago our staff was ecstatic! But the teaser was pretty bare bones – merely teasing the concept of the titular “ghouls”, and a brief exposé of main character Ken Kaneki. Unless you’ve read the acclaimed manga or watched the anime adaptation, you’d be forgiven for getting completely lost.

This full-length trailer is a much better look into the premise behind Tokyo Ghoul. It sheds light on how Kaneki is thrust into the world of ghouls, his accidental transformation into a “half ghoul” and the horrifying sacrifices he must make to stay alive. Check it out for yourself below!

The Tokyo Ghoul live-action film debuted in Japan earlier this year, to mixed reviews, but as a huge fan of the manga I’m optimistic! Much like live action-video game film adaptations, we’ve only seen one or two serviceable anime adaptations, namely 2008’s Speed Racer.  There’s always something that gets lost in translation when it comes to adaptations, no matter the medium, so it’s best to keep your expectations reigned in. We’re a long ways from anime adaptation Oscar bait, that’s for sure.

The English subtitled version of Tokyo Ghoul will be released in limited theatres October 16th through 22nd, to coincide with the English release of the Tokyo Ghoul manga sequel, Tokyo Ghoul Re. Make sure you check your listings or local theatre for showtimes!

Opinion: I Cannot Get Behind the Philosophy of Rick and Morty

I can already hear the flak I’m going to receive for this article. But, before you turn me into schleem, please hear me out.

I have been a Rick and Morty fan since season one and I continue to tune in every Sunday to catch the latest episode of the outrageous animated comedy. I appreciate the show’s absurdities, dark sense of humour, and of course it’s growing treasure trove of pop culture references and spoof of genre tropes. There’s just one widely held sentiment I cannot get behind, that Rick and Morty is the smartest show on television today.

Type this phrase into Google, “Rick and Morty smartest show.” You will find an endless list of articles and forum discussions touting the Adult Swim comedy as today’s deepest, and perhaps best television program on-air. Don’t get me wrong the show has it’s moments of brilliance, Season One classics like “Lawnmower Dog” and “Raising Gazorpazorp” are wonderful episodes that act as dissections of today’s society. This is Rick and Morty at it’s best, and they ARE fleeting moments of a show that rises above the average philosophy of a cartoon show. I mean, cartoons aren’t exactly brain food for intellectuals. But it’s the core philosophy of R&M, the one that runs throughout all three seasons, that I cannot grasp onto.

Morty himself best summarizes the show’s key message “Nobody exists on purpose, nobody belongs anywhere, everybody’s going to die. Come watch TV.” Rick and Morty constantly pushes the notion that nothing matters; it’s this nihilistic viewpoint that most fans seem to gravitate towards. These moments of pessimism are heralded as deep, and intelligent, but it’s simply not for me. I prefer to enjoy Rick and Morty for what it is at the surface level, a crude, adventurous animated comedy.

For me, Rick and Morty is best enjoyed as a dumb laugh, as pure escapism. It always delivers on this front. But that’s the beauty of art, it’s all up to your interpretation, and you can enjoy Rick and Morty any way that you’d like.

So tweet me @Evolution1079 or @kiversace and let me know how YOU feel about Rick and Morty, and why you enjoy this dark, wacky comedy.

Gerald’s Game: The Next Great Netflix Exclusive

Fans of recent horror smash hit IT clear your schedules this Friday, the next Stephan King adaptation Gerald’s Game is making it’s way to Netflix!

The story follows Jessie, a woman who accidentally kills her husband while handcuffed to their bedpost, trapping herself in their secluded cabin with little hope of rescue and the voices in her head begin to take over.

Okay, so it’s a little different than an extra dimensional being that torments children disguised as a clown. It could be argued that King is at his best when his horror is rooted in fantasy, but horror legend Mike Flanagan (Hush, Oculus) has taken one of King’s lesser works and turned it into one of the most memorable, and eerie Stephan King adaptations to date. If you’ve ever seen Flanagan’s work do yourself a favour and check out Hush, it’s a suspense masterpiece.

Stephan King himself considered the film “Hypnotic, horrifying and terrific” after viewing an early cut of the film, and critics have been roaring and raving over the suspenseful thriller too. Early reviews are even calling for Oscar nominations! It would be the first time since The Green Mile(1999) that a King adaptation has been nominated for the most prestigious awards in film.

If you’re wondering what else is coming to Netflix soon check out my article on the Top 3 Netflix additions for October!

What’s Coming to Netflix this October? Top 3 Must Watch Additions!

September is winding down, so it’s time to get hyped up for October’s biggest releases! If you’re one of the last millennials paying for a cable subscription this cornucopia of streaming goodness might just convince you to cut your contract today.

Stranger Things Season 2

It would be criminal not to have this at the top of the list; Season one of the pop culture phenomenon blew audiences away Summer 2016 and it seems the whole world has been begging to revisit the Upside Down with Eleven, Dustin, Mike and the rest of the gang. The reason is plain to see, series creators “The Duffer Brothers” essentially took everything you and I love about the 80s, classic Stephen King novels, a marvelous soundtrack, The Goonies (and other coming of age stories) and blended it into one spectacular hodgepodge of cinematic glory.

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The world will get its wish just in time for Halloween, you’ll have the chance to revisit the mysterious town of Hawkins on October 27th. Just make sure you binge it! Everyone I know is going to crush it one sitting so spoilers are sure to run rampant!


Riverdale Season 2

This is will probably the most divisive entry on this list, in fact I abhor this show, but to deny its relevance would be crazy. Riverdale is not going to be everyone’s cup of tea, but if you seek melodrama, angst, and unrealistically attractive human beings this teen drama is a PERFECT fit for you.

The darker take on the Archie universe made such an impact with audiences earlier this year that it’s second season is returning within the same calendar year. That kind of turn around speaks volumes. Riverdale returns with weekly episodes to Netflix Thursday, October 12th 2017.


Friday the 13th 4, 5, 6, 7

October 26th is going to be an absolute godsend for horror fans. Everyone’s favourite hockey masked machete wielding killer makes his triumphant return to Netflix with four of the superior entries in the famous Friday the 13th franchise.

Binging these slasher classics (complete with breaks to watch Stranger Things, obviously) will be the number one way to spend your Halloween for all you Netflix loving shut-ins out there.

VIFF: Make Sure you Catch these Three Flicks!

VIFF 2017 is host to over 200 feature films and 100 short flicks for you to check out this fall. Let me help you cut through the clutter with my personal Top 3 VIFF Entries to check out! If you’re looking for more information on the festival check out my VIFF survival guide. If big blockbusters are more your speed you can check out my article on the Top 3 Films for the rest of 2017! 

Experimental & Avant Garde – Caniba

You can’t attend a film festival without checking out something a little out of the ordinary. Caniba is my pick for something a little off kilter.

“Caniba is a film that reflects on the discomfiting significance of cannibalistic desire in human existence through the prism of one Japanese man, Issei Sagawa, and his mysterious relationship with his brother, Jun Sagawa. Rather than taking cover behind facile outrage, or creating a masquerade out of humanity’s voyeuristic attraction to the grotesque, as has been the case for the multitude of journalistic representations of Issei Sagawa, we try to treat cannibalistic desire and acts with the unnerving gravity they deserve…” – Verena Paravel and Lucien Castaing-Taylor

As someone who loves all things weird, and disturbing I’ll be picking my tickets ASAP! There are two screenings for Caniba at The Cinematheque, September 29th at 9:15 and October 10th at 9:15.

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Horror + Comedy – Dead Shack

Dead Shack isn’t your standard run of the mill comedy. The Canadian “zom-com” is receiving high praise from critics across the country. Dead Shack is a gore-filled love letter to 80’s genre flicks with a careful balance of carnage and tongue-in-cheek sensibility.

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If you love zombies, and the 80’s (who doesn’t really?) and you like to laugh, Dead Shack will be the highlight of VIFF for you. You can catch a screening at the Rio Theatre September 29th at 11:30PM or October 5th at 8:45PM.

Action, Thrills + Suspense – Lowlife

You might think that a film festival is no place for an action flick, but Ryan Prow’s crime drama Lowlife is going to change your mind immediately. The tale of a disgraced luchador is an exploration of the seedy criminal underworld. Here’s what critics have had to say so far!

“A seriously nasty treat that owes much to early Tarantino… The bloody, bizarro highlight of this year’s Fantasia Film Festival, [Lowlife] lives up to its name and then some, spilling eccentric mayhem across several blocks of working-class Los Angeles and, among other unlikely things, eliciting sympathy for a man with a swastika tattoo covering his entire face.”—John DeFore, Hollywood Reporter

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Lowlife will be showing at International Village September 30th at 4:30PM and the Rio on October 2nd at 9:15PM.

For all of your movie news keep tuning into Evolution 107.9!

Top 3 Movies to Check Out this Semester!

We’ve almost wrapped up September, and that means all the summer blockbusters will soon make their way out of theatres, making room for fall horror flicks and a handful of blockbusters. Between work, school and the holidays this time of year is always a busy one! I’m here to help you figure out what you should spend your hard earned cash, and free time on. Here are the three essential flicks you HAVE to catch before 2017 wraps up.



It seems like a miracle that this movie is even happening! As a big fan of the cult classic, I’ve been especially cautious about this long awaited sequel. But Blade Runner 2049 won me over with it’s star studded cast (Harrison Ford returns as Rick Deckard and Ryan Gosling stars as K), and a few killer trailers. For fans of the original, or sci fi in general Blade Runner 2049 is the first must-see film of Fall. Make sure you check it out in theatres October 6th!


Thor might not be your favourite Avenger, but you’d be lying if you said you weren’t excited to see him throw down with the Hulk! Marvel’s thunder god, and big green monster are teaming up to save Asgard this November, and the obscure pairing is making huge waves amongst fans everywhere. Thor: Ragnarok also holds the distinction of being the final Marvel film before the much anticipated release Avengers: Infinity War next year. To see how all the cards and players fall into place before the Avengers’ big showdown with Thanos is worth the price of admission! Mark your calendars for November 3rd!

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Star Wars is quickly becoming a holiday season cinema tradition. After the last two smash hits, The Force Awakens and Rogue One, audiences seem ravenous as ever for more Star Wars. Not much has been leaked about The Last Jedi, and to be honest with you I hope it stays that way! Two trailers have been released but other than that details have been held tightly under wraps. But you can expect more Luke, Rey, Finn, Kylo Ren and sci-fi adventure goodness on December 15th, and it can’t come soon enough.

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Hollywood North: Business is Booming!

You must be living under a rock if you haven’t seen a film crew somewhere in Metro Vancouver this year. Business is booming for Hollywood North, with the help of low Canadian dollar motion picture expenditures in B.C. are estimated to reach $2.6 billion by the end of this year. 2017’s projected profit is a record high, and a whopping 35% increase from 2015-2016.

Creative BC has approved a total of 338 tax-credit certifications for film productions this year, compared to just 297 tax-credit certifications last year.

Vancouver is currently home to nearly two-dozen television productions, including CW favourites such as Riverdale, Arrow and Supernatural. Big budget film productions have also paid Vancouver a visit in the recent weeks, including Ryan Reynold’s Deadpool 2 and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s next action blockbuster Skyscraper.

Film students will be happy to hear that the big production boom has pressured film union IATSE into a hiring frenzy. IATSE recently hired 1,400 technicians and artists to keep up with industry demands.

The good times for BC Film haven’t come without a few hiccups, however.

Safety concerns have been shared on over-shooting. Vancouver film sets have seen a number of accidents, including a fatal accident after an extensive motorcycle stunt shoot for Deadpool 2 just last month.

Many residents have also complained about the noisy late night film productions.

It appears that none of these things will be enough to halt the B.C. film industry’s growth, as six new pilots have been produced in the Pacific Province this year alone.

VIFF Survival Guide

So you want to check out the 36th Vancouver International Film Festival? If it’s your first time you had better shake the idea that you can catch every single flick. With over 200 different films to catch, it’s a miracle that you’ll even find a place to start.

The esteemed festival runs from September 28th to October 13th, featuring a plethora of local, and international films, supported by a handful of concerts (including local favourite Brasstronaut) and creator talks. I can assure you it’s not nearly as overwhelming as it sounds, just make sure to keep this guide in mind!

Start off by checking out VIFF’s website; there you can fish through different categories including theme, venue, genre. With the sheer quantity of films in VIFF this year, there is bound to be something for everyone. Make sure you do your homework and check out the synopsis and trailer for each film before you commit to buying tickets.

Keep in mind that we’re heading rapidly into Vancouver Fall monsoon weather, to avoid the elements and a lengthy box office line pick up your tickets ahead of time through the VIFF website. If you amassed a list of films you want to check out after your homework I would recommend picking up a ticket pack, or pass (a student pass is only $330 for all screenings!)

My last bit of advice may seem like an obvious one, but you can’t forget about a movie buddy! There is nothing better than trying to make sense of a weird, experimental VIFF entry over a few post-cinema beers with a good friend. Have fun out there, and stay tuned for my Top 5 most anticipated VIFF films list later this week!

Metrotown Coming Down? City of Burnaby’s New Downtown

Metrotown’s days are numbered.

Re- Development plans have been set for the Burnaby shopping centre. It may take a number of years, but the mall is coming down.

The death of Metropolis is part of a long term vision to make Metrotown Burnaby’s new downtown.

The decision has not come without complaints, Marc Campbell a metrotown worker sheds some light

This news comes after international super brands Muji and Uniqlo chose Metrotown to house their first Vancouver locations.

Coquitlam Crosswalks Might be Getting a New Coat of Paint

Coquitlam Councilors heard arguments for a rainbow-coloured Pride crosswalk,

In addition to a second crosswalk representing the transgender flags’ colours at a City Council Meeting on Monday.

City of Coquitlam representative Marquis Byrd shares his thoughts on what it could mean for the community

Council will look into budget and location details before a decision is made.

If passed, Coquitlam will have the first rainbow crosswalk in Canada that also bares the transgender colours

Game of Thrones Finale to Shoot Multiple Endings

HBO isn’t leaving anything to chance for the final season of Game of Thrones.

After their database was hacked earlier this year, scripts, full episodes and other details for several HBO shows leaked.

As a counter measure, the network will be shooting several versions of the Game of Thrones finale to deter spoilers and leaks.

The cast itself won’t know which ending is official until the series airs sometime in 2019

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Hopefully this strategy will keep Game of Thrones fans unspoiled, and surprised when it’s finally revealed who will sit on the Iron Throne.