No Need to Rush People

Do you want to know my biggest pet peeve? When people don’t wait their turn when exiting a plane. In fact when people are exiting anywhere. I was on a flight recently and it occurred to me just how annoyed I get by it.

so basically what I get frustrated about is that once the plane is parked and that seat belt light turns off people act like it’s every person for themselves. It’s almost anarchy. People have their hands hovering over that silver buckle and wait for that light to go off like a gun at a horse race. Ding, and their off. Karen leads by standing at lightning speed so she can get ahead of Jim in the row ahead of her. However the old man at the back of the plane is a close second as he starts to push as fast as he can to get in front of as many people as he can by cutting them off as they try to stand to stretch their legs. Then you’ve got cranky Carl in your ear mumbling about how he shouldn’t have to wait this long even though we’re in Row 14 of 28 and the door literally just opened. And then once you get off the plane, every.single.person takes their sweet time walking down the hallway after being so eager to get off in the first place.

I get it. It sticks being cramped up in a dry airplane for hours on end, but it isn’t going to help you any by pushing and shoving and getting cranky. So I’ve come up with a few simple steps to making your exiting a much easier experience.

Step 1: wait your turn.
Go row by row. Let row one go, and then row 2. Then 3, and 4, and so on. It gives an order and a system to the exiting process.

Step 2: Take a breath.
We get that you’re not loving being on this plane. But here’s the thing, most people don’t love it either. What gets us through is chilling in our seat until our awaited turn happens. Mumbling and getting annoyed isn’t helping anyone. In fact it’s making me want to hit something because you won’t stop.

Step 3: Exit

Look at that! You can now exit the plane, because in the time that it took you to read this, everyone ahead of you is almost out of your way so you can now get up and grab your bag from the overhead bin.

You did it. You now officially know one of the more organized ways to get off of a plane. Now if you could mainly focus on getting your hustle on in the hallway that would be great.

It’s Spooky Season

That’s right folks. It is now October! That means you should already be in the Halloween spirit. Watching scary movies, scaring your friends, and most importantly eating candy. However I don’t stop eating candy so that definitely won’t be an issue. Though I think my favourite thing about Halloween is going out and doing things with my friends. Going out to events, dressing up, going to haunted house attractions. I can’t get enough.

My favourite thing from home was “Deadmonton” which was a big Halloween celebration in Edmonton with tons of haunted houses and things of the like. Luckily for me there are quite a few events in Vancouver that I can attend and get my spooky fill.

From October 4th to October 31st, Playland at the PNE will be holding Fright Nights. Lots of ghoulish fun will be taking place. Attractions like “The Bloodshed” and “Car-N-Evil” will take over as the Thrills and Chills of the event as well as some more haunted attractions. A bunch of the regular rides will also be remaining open late into the night for an extra rush of adrenaline. Fright Nights starts at 7pm each night with varying end times. You can find out more at their website.

A other thing to do that’s more fun than scary is the Vancouver Halloween parade and Expo. With the Expo kicking of on Friday October 11th, people of all ages are sure to enjoy. There will be outdoor performances held at the Vancouver Art Gallery’s North Plaza. There will be comedy shows, bands, and other entertainment. An indoor expo will be held at UBC Robson Square. There will be a cosplay exhibition where artists get to show off their incredible work. The expo will run from the the 11th to the 13th. To close out the weekend there will be the Halloween parade at 11am on Sunday the 13th. The parade will start on Granville street and will feature 20 groups and 1000 performers.

I seriously recommend going to at least one Halloween event this season. It’ll be so worth it. Go and get your spooky on!

 

 

Remakes and Reboots Galore

I have one question. Why is everything getting remade and rebooted? I’m not saying that all of the projects so far are bad. “IT” (2017) is better than the “IT” (1990) TV mini-series. Sorry Tim Curry but it is. “Beauty and the Beast” (2017) was pretty good too, but it definitely wasn’t better than the original.

I’m Reboots on the other hand never feel as watchable as the original series. Charmed was remade which was okay, but they want to reboot Zoey 101 and Lizzie Maguire and that’s fine. I too would love to see my childhood favourite characters, but there is only so many you can do until people start getting bored again.  I’m starting to sound like an old grump who doesn’t like change but it’s not for that reason that I’m not a fan of the reboot/remake madness.

The thing is, there are so many book concepts that can be turned into movies and t.v. shows. In fact I would 100% watch a T.V. series based on a book because you can add more details from the book. Look at how well movies like “The DUFF” and T.V. shows like “13 Reasons Why” did. Plus if they’re done correctly, they can divert away from the original story while keeping the main points intact like Netflix’s “The Haunting of Hill House.” I’ve read the book and watched the show and the similarities AND differences are what makes each one unique, but the remakes and reboots are just getting out of hand at this point.

There is only one project that I would love to have remade only because nothing could be worse than the first adaptation, and that would The Percy Jackson book series. No one can tell me otherwise. It could be a t.v. series and each chapter could be an episode. That’s all I ask.

Lana Del Rey

An icon. That is the main thing I can say about Lana Del Rey. This queen is an absolute smash with hits like the iconic “Summertime Sadness” and her recent hit “Don’t Call Me Angel” working alongside Ariana Grande and Miley Cyrus for the New Charlie’s Angels soundtrack. Not only is she crushing it with the girl’s but her most recent album “Norman F—ing Rockwell” boasts an amazing 14 song track list.

Not only is she a great singer but she’s also a great person. Shortly after the shooting in a Walmart in El Paso and the bar in Dayton, she released “Looking for America” in response. The chorus of the song shares her dream of a peaceful America, “No bombs in the sky, only fireworks when you and I collide.” (Looking for America, Lana Del Rey) “Norman F—ing Rockwell” is Lana Del Rey’s 6th album with a 7th, “White Hot Fever,” scheduled to be released nest year.

The “Norman F—ing Rockwell” Tour kicks off this weekend in Wantagh, NY. It will hit seven American cities, eight European cities, and only one Canadian city. For the full list of Tour dates click here.

Don’t get stressed that you might not see her because her only Canadian stop is right here at Vancouver’s very own Rogers Arena.There are still some tickets available starting at $160.65. I know it’s a little bit more than you were hoping but Lana Del Rey is definitely worth it. She will be coming to our great city on Monday, September 30th. The show starts at 8:00pm

Current Swell

Current Swell, is an indie-rock band from Victoria, BC. Having released a total of six albums, The most current being “When to talk and When to Listen” released in 2017, the band is set to do another tour starting this weekend at the LongWodstock Beer and Music Festival this weekend in Nanaimo. Their tour will take the band across the world, starting with shows across Canada and finishing with shows in Spain.

Tour Dates were released around the same time as their single “High Life.” Their latest single “Bring It On Home”

“’Bring It On Home’ is about the feeling of being away for a long time and finally coming home. We get the same feeling after being on tour and stepping off the ferry onto Vancouver Island. The protagonist in the video really captured that feeling for us and him diving into the water after is a great representation of the freedom you feel when you’re back where you belong. Director Ft. Langley did an amazing job again and we love the way this video turned out!” – Current Swell (Taken from the official music video bio)

In total, the tour will hit 6 BC locations, with one of them being Vancouver’s very own Commodore Ballroom. Tickets will be $42.00 each for this 19+ show, so bring your ID if you’re going. They will be visiting the city on November 8th, so get your tickets soon. Other stops on their tour will include Tofino, Kelowna, Detroit Michigan, Dublin Ireland, and many more, so don’t fret if you were worried they weren’t going to your city. For a list of tour dates Click here.

If you get a chance go check out the music video for “Bring It On Home” The visuals are stunning and the story is really endearing.

Long Woodstock After Party – Fake Shark

Nanaimo is having its LongWoodstock Beer & Music Festival this Weekend. The two day event kicks off tonight at the Longwood Brewery in Nanaimo. There will be beer and music, however the most exciting thing about the weekend is the after party that will include performances from Fake Shark.

The LongWoodstock event has been an annual event since 2015. The first day of the festival is called the Brew and Chew which consists of, you guessed it, a cold brew and some good food. The event also has live music going to keep you entertained. Day two consists of the Beer and Music Fest. With 3 exciting bands, Current Swell, Carmanah, and Dope Soda headlining the festival.

Later Saturday will hold The LongWoodstock after party. Starting at 9pm Fake Shark will take the stage to entertain all the party goers. Sweet Leaf will also be going Fake Shark and will be performing as well. Sweet Leaf is a Ska band formed in Victoria back in 2011.

To go to this 19+ event, tickets can be purchased for $12.50. Though Tickets for LongWoodstock’s Beer and Music Festival are sold out, you can still buy Tickets to the Brew and Chew. Tickets are $60.00 and includes 5 beer sampling tokens and a custom sampling cup.

Tegan and Sara

Calgary indie pop band Tegan and Sara will be playing at the Vogue Theatre on October 5th, 2019 and I’ve recently found out that it is sold out which is a major bummer. However I’m still going to tell you all about their accomplishments and how cool they are because let’s face it, I’m a fangirl. We’ll just close our eyes and pretend that i’ve got tickets to listen and appreciate the group.

Tegan and Sara will be releasing “Hey, I’m Just Like You” which will be their 9th studio album. That album will be released on September 27th following the release of their first memoir “High School”  on September 24th, 2019.

The memoir follows the life of Tegan and Sara during their years in high school and basically tells the origin story of the duo, following their lives as siblings and as musicians. While writing their memoir the pair stumbled across two cassette tapes which held many of the songs they wrote in high school.

“Defiant and melodramatic, the songs captured the exultation and grief of first loves, first losses, ecstatic kiss-offs, and psychedelic tributes to the friendships we had as teenagers. It had been over twenty years since we had heard the songs and quite honestly, we both expected to listen once, cringe, and bury them for another couple decades. But they were good. Like, really good.” -Taken from the official Tegan and Sara website.

The record was produced in Vancouver by producer Alex Hope and is the first album produced, performed, engineered, mixed, and mastered by a team of only women.

Now these two are already cool enough but $1 from every ticket sold for “Hey, I’m Just Like You: The Tour” will be donated to the Tegan and Sara Foundation, so they are pretty freakin awesome I would say.  The foundation was created to help with representation of LGBTQ girls and women.

“The Tegan and Sara Foundation fights for health, economic justice and representation for LGBTQ girls and women. This mission is founded on a commitment to feminism and racial, social and gender justice. In partnership and solidarity with other organizations fighting for LGBTQ and women’s rights, the Foundation raises awareness and funds to address the inequalities currently preventing LGBTQ girls and women from reaching their full potential.”

-Taken from the Tegan and Sara Foundation Website

Although the concert may be sold out, get their album. It’ll be awesome. Besides who knows if the opportunity to go may pop up for you. In that case I will be super jealous and won’t talk to you, but I’ll also be really happy for you I guess.

Mother Mother at Stanley Park

Looking for something fun to do this weekend? Maybe itching to have a fun outdoor concert experience? Well look no further than Stanley Park as Mother Mother takes the stage at the Malkin Bowl on Saturday September 21st and Sunday September 22nd. They will be sharing the stage with guests Tokyo Police Club, The Zolas, and Sam Lynch.

Mother Mother are a Canadian Indie Rock Band with Ryan Guldemond, Molly Guldemond, Jasmin Parkin, Ali Siadat, and Mike Young making up the whole crew. Mother Mother and it’s 5 members are based out of Vancouver and boast a total of 7 albums with their most recent being “Dance and Cry” released on November 2nd, 2018. The album contains the #1 single Get up which stayed at the top of Canadian alternative charts for 7 weeks. The band can also boast seven top 10 singles on alternative rock charts and over 100 million streams on multiple platforms.

Tokyo Police Club will be joining Mother Mother for this event after holding their own concert in Victoria on Wednesday the 18th. They have only a few upcoming concerts for the rest of this year with two of them being their Malkin Bowl performances. Their latest album “TPC” was released on October 5th, 2018.

The Zolas and Sam Lynch will be joining the previous two bands to complete the line up and complete the night.

The gates will open at 5:00 with the show starting at 5:40. That’s a solid 40 minutes for you to grab your seat, hopefully the best seat in the house… fingers crossed.  Then everyone will be allowed to party it up until the 10 pm curfew. The event is all ages with a 19+ bar and tickets are being sold for $65.75. You can visit the Malkin Bowl website at www.malkinbowl.com. 

The Meme-ing of Life

Some sad news in the world of memes today. Tardar Sauce, aka Grumpy Cat, has died. The feline passed away on Tuesday from a urinary tract infection.

In honour of the dearly departed Tardar Sauce I have decided to compile a list of all of my top 10 favourite memes to date.

#10: Grumpy Cat

To start off the list I’m going to place good ole’ Grumpy Cat at number 10. The late great meme was the first ever meme I was ever associated with. The Cat’s look of utter disapproval in every photo ever taken is comedy gold. A true OG.

#9: The RickRoll

Now this has to go on my list because I actually like this song. You can roast me all you want, but it is actually a great song. If you are unfamiliar with the term RickRoll, it is when you get sent a link that is very random or something your friends know you’d open. In reality the link would send you to The music video to Rick Astley’s “Never Gonna Give You Up” It is known as a chaotic good meme.

#8: Much Wow, Such Meme

Doge is one of the more wholesome memes. A Shiba Inu dog stares longingly into the camera. He looks, what people call “derpy” which coined him the name Doge. There is much debate over whether it’s pronounced dohj or in a way that rhymes with vogue

#7: Let Me In!!!!

Part of an Eric Andre Show skit from 2016, Andre Tries his best to get into the Democratic National Convention after his “press Pass” gets revoked. Andre Spends his time screaming “LET ME IN!!!!!”

#6: Kermit hugging phone

Another wholesome meme, A stuffed Kermit the frog is captured on camera twice. The first is of him looking at the phone screen and the second of him hugging the phone after. This meme can be sent to Any friends if they are in need of a cheesy pick me up, Just caption the photo “Me seeing a text from you” and boom, you are literally the cheesiest person ever.

#5: Dramatic Chipmunk

This Chipmunk was used by many middle schoolers while I was in school. The short 3 second video has a chipmunk turning very dramatically to look at the camera while a dramatic riff is played behind.

#4: It’s Time to stop

From a video by filthy frank, the actor comes from the right side of the screen carrying an obnoxiously large clock. Most people use it to tell their friends when they’re being obnoxious or they want to get a good laugh. I know I’ve used it once or twice when I’ve been told really bad jokes.

#3:Act My Age Vine

A vine brought back from the dead. This 2019 meme has a video of viner Aspect Za’Vier recruits his mother and brother to dance to the opening of One Direction’s hit song “Act My Age”. The vine has been used to explain many situations like “small animals after the dinosaurs went extinct”

#2: Road work ahead

My all time favourite vine. The passenger in a car has a camera facing the driver as they go through construction. As they pass a sign that says “Road Work Ahead”. The driver then looks to the camera and says “Yeah, I sure hope it does!”

#1: “But That’s None of My Business”

This Classic Kermit the frog meme has been my number one since it was created. The imagery of Kermit the Frog casually sipping his tea as someone casually “throws shade” at someone anonymous is the epitome of a great meme.

Let’s Glow Paddle Boarding

Paddle boarding is a new craze that almost anybody can get behind, including myself. It’s great in many ways, whether you want to get in a workout outdoors or go for a relaxing trip to take in the scenery. I always enjoyed a quick trip out to the middle of the lake just to watch the sunset.

If you are into paddle boarding as much as I am then you may want to check out Vancouver Water Adventures. They will be hosting Light the Night this summer. Every Friday and Saturday evening at dusk, the tour leaves from the Granville island location. The trip will last about 1.5 hours and is a great way to discover the city at night.

There will be a change in departure times as the summer flies by but it’s relatively similar throughout:

June 10th to July 16th: 8:pm

July21st to July 30th: 8:30pm

Aug 3rd to Aug 12th: 8:15pm

Aug 17th to Aug 25th: 7:45pm

Aug31st to Sep 1st: 7:30pm

Not only can you paddle board but you can do “Sit on Top” kayaking. To paddle board it’ll cost you $75 plus tax, single kayaking costs $85 plus tax, and doubles kayaking will cost $105 plus tax.

You must reserve a spot to attend. Vancouver Water Adventures does more than night paddle boarding. They do several other tours, lessons and rentals with the paddle boards. They also work with Seadoos, kayaks, and boat tours. If you want to check out some of these fun little adventures you can click here.

I’m definitely going to have to give this tour a try this summer.

 

The Rec Room

I am a HUGE arcade fan. Yes, they can be expensive, but to just spend a day out with friends, playing games and having fun? Sign me up. So when I found out that The Rec Room is going to be built in Downtown Vancouver, I got very excited.

The Downtown location will be in the Granville Entertainment District, so if you aren’t feeling like going to big nightclubs, you can head over to The Rec Room. However, this location won’t be open until 2021 so you’ll have to wait a little bit. Luckily there is meant to be another location opening in The Amazing Brentwood shopping centre in Burnaby, so you won’t have to wait too long.

The Rec Room is a great place to hang out with friends as it has a little bit of everything for everyone. Anytime I fly home that is where I meet up with my friends to catch up with each other. It gives us something to do while it also gives space to sit down to have dinner and chat.

As of right now The Rec Room can’t be found anywhere in British Columbia, but I grew up in Northern Alberta, so a quick hour and a half drive to West Edmonton Mall and we are ready to play. If you’ve never heard of it before, The Rec Room is basically a giant adult arcade. Kids are allowed to go too, but this arcade offers more than just

Once the Rec Room opens I definitely recommend checking it out as it’s a new and exciting thing to do in Vancouver. I know I’m going to be heading there as soon as it opens the doors.

Bill Nye Tells it Straight

So a video has been circling the internet recently and I think it’s something that everyone needs to watch. If you haven’t seen it already a video of Bill Nye The Science guy has been circulating social media in an attempt to show us that we need to change our ways. It isn’t the same Bill Nye however, as he takes to swearing at the audience in hopes that they’ll actually listen

He faces the camera and looks as if he is fed up before he says, “Grow the f**k up. You’re not children anymore. I didn’t mind explaining photosynthesis to you when you were 12. But you’re adults now.”

Bill Nye has been a science superhero for almost any student going through middle school. Students, including myself, would get so excited as we walked into science class and would see the rolling tv set up, we knew we’d be learning from Bill. So seeing such an iconic scientist telling our leaders that “the planet is on f***ing fire” and lighting a small globe on fire shortly afterwards, well it definitely catches a person’s attention.

He then goes on to say that we have solutions but they aren’t free, like everything we use in life. Bill Nye has tried to tell us multiple times that we need to get our act together and now that the human race only has until 2030 to figure out a solution, and I think it’s finally time we listened.

Is James Charles Cancelled? *Drama*

Everyone knows the all famous James Charles and his many feuds. The 19 year old has had “beef” with stars such as Ariana Grande and Finn Wolfhard, but could his most recent drama be the most effective on his career?

In a video titled, “BYE SISTER…” Tati Westbrook called out Charles on endorsing Sugar Bear Hair, a brand of hair vitamins, in a short instagram video on April 22nd. This endorsement according to Westbrook came after he said that he hated the product and was behind her product 100%. Westbrook recently came out with her own brand of beauty supplements, Halo Beauty, that can be used to boost your hair, nails, and skin.

The feud has cost Charles almost 3 million subscribers since Westbrook posted the video on May 10th and the number keeps on dropping. On the other side, Tati has almost gained that amount since May 6th, just days before posting the youtube video.

Many other celebs have unfollowed Charles. According to Cosmopolitan the list includes The Kardashian-Jenners, Demi Lovato, Ariana Grande, Jeffree Star, Miley Cyrus, Shane Dawson, and Katy Perry.

So is James Charles cancelled? It may take a while as he still has 13 million subscribers but seeing how fast the subscriber count is dropping, it could be possible.