HEARD OF THE CANADIAN MUSIC WEEK?? NOW YOU HAVE.

If you’re a musician and want the chance to be part of a whole week’s worth of music, music, music! Then check out https://cmw.net/music/apply/ and apply to be part of the 2020 Canadian Music Week in Toronto! It’s a great start for up and coming musicians to showcase their work, meet with industry professionals and bond with fellow musicians. 

The best part about applying for this awesome experience is you have nothing to lose! Actually you have something to gain even if you aren’t selected this time. Just for applying you will “receive a two-year membership to CAAMA and one pass per group/act to attend the three-day music conference at the Sheraton Hotel.” If you are selected to showcase your killer talent, you and your badass bandmates will receive a “three-day music pass for each member of your group/act, and a discounted rate for management, agent, or publicist.” Sounds pretty sweet to me!

It takes place from May 19-23 and if you want to volunteer and get all the perks that go along with it, you can apply for that at https://cmw.net/music/volunteers/. Whatever your volunteer jam, there’s a position for you! As for jobs actually AT the festival there’s anything from stage managing to assistant stage managing or from managing the box office to being a part of their high energy street team. If you’re more into the conference scene, they’ve got opportunities like registration assisting, conference room monitoring and public relations assisting.

The event is brought to you by the Amsterdam Brewery and draws top industry professionals and many and I mean MANY of them. 3,000 to be exact. The Canadian Music Week has been running since 1981 and according to Wikipedia is “the single longest running multi-day Canadian music and media event.” Don’t miss your chance to check out flourishing up and coming musicians at some of Toronto’s trendiest clothing stores, cafes, bars, and halls. Anyone want to make a trip out of it? Let me know!

 

IT’S NEVER TOO EARLY TO START THINKING ABOUT SUMMER MUSIC FESTIVALS, RIGHT?!

It’s now November 8th in Vancouver and normally around this time of year, with all the wet and soggy depressingly grey weather, I like to combat my winter blues by researching summer activities I can look forward to. I don’t care how far in advance I’m doing this. It’s like my happy medicine, and whatever works for you right??  Music festivals, summer markets, weekend camping trips and wicked nature hikes around the province are usually my go-tos. This year, however, the sun has been shining its beautiful golden rays more than ever and I’m not feeling that same yearning desire to find myself an escape route come the warmer months ahead. However, to follow along with this tradition of mine I figured I would start looking up some summer music festivals around BC that are bound to have you and me dancing up a storm or lounging on a beach blanket with a beer in our hands.

First on my list of discovery is the Vancouver Folk Music Festival at Jericho Beach. Nice and local for us Vancouverites, I must say! Last summer, the festival featured artists like Vancouver native, Steve Austin, who has produced and/or recorded over 80 albums since 2000, wining Junos for seven of them! For all the Sam Roberts Band fans out there, they certainly made a memorable appearance. Sam Roberts himself holds impressive certified Gold, Platinum, and double-platinum status. Also if you’re a lover of emotionally charged, story infused lyrics, Joey Landreth hit the stage to entertain crowds. If the lineup is anywhere as good as it was last year, I will certainly be there rockin’ it out in my overalls and sun hat.

Next on the list is the BC Invermere Music Festival. Last year’s lineup included bands like Shred Kelly, Alex Cuba, Delhi 2 Dublin and many many more!! With bands like these people got up and whipped out their best dance moves with many other fellow music fanatics. Fortunately, if you’re planning on attending their 2020 edition, there are beautiful camp grounds close by that are sure to satisfies campers AND glampers! The Festival suggests spots like the Lakeshore Resort and Campground and the Dry Gulch Provincial Park. Both parks, thank god, have flushable toilets and showers!

Lastly, there’s the Whistler Music Festival, which is only a 90 minute drive from beautiful North Vancouver. According to 10 Times, “or 20 consecutive years, Con Brio Whistler has turned Whistler Village into a giant Band, Orchestra and Choral camp culminating in a massed choir of over 500, a massed string ensemble, and massed bands of over 1,800 instrumentalists.” I mean honestly what’s better than sipping beer, shopping and strolling around Whistler village with a Cows Creamery ice cream in hand?? Doing all that while listening to stellar bands, orchestra and Choral camps.

For more info about these festivals check out https://www.google.ca/search?q=music+bc+festivals+2020&rlz=1C1GCEB_enCA874&oq=music+bc+festivals+2020&aqs=chrome..69i57j0.5350j0j4&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8&ibp=htl;events&rciv=evn&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwjOoaXeqNvlAhU3HTQIHTh6CQcQ5bwDMAB6BAgKEAE#fpstate=tldetail&htidocid=djWsivL86tvIFafRJpA8-A%3D%3D&htivrt=events. You won’t be sorry you did!!

 

AN EXCITING MUSICAL COMBO

What is the most interesting combination of music genres you can think of?? I know! Classical and electronic. Which is exactly what South Korean cellist and improviser, Okkayung Lee, will be combining with the Vancouver Electronic Ensemble. 

According to the Georgia Straight, Lee has been inspired by quite the musical variety including “noise, improvisation, jazz, western classical, and the traditional popular music of her homeland.” These genres help shape Lee’s original style of music. 

After reading about the style of music that Lee and her co-creators will be producing, I couldn’t help but look some of her pieces up. Some are almost haunting and painted with a contemporary, off-tempo flare. Her creativity is contagious and certainly breaks the mould. When I think of the cello, I think of the Bach Suites or Franz Schubert’s Sonata. Lee’s music certainly contains classical elements; however, much of it is not your average classical selection. Instead Lee creates a magical harmony of musical genres you would never imagine together but align so beautifully, surprising you at every turn.

The production process will take place at the Roundhouse Arts and Recreation Centre with local musicians Marina Hassleberg, Alanna Ho, Constantine Katsiris, Stefan Maier, prOphecy sun and Tegan Dahlgren. This process will end with a premiere featuring their creation on Saturday, November 16 at 8 PM. Better yet, you can even see the pros at work at the Roundhouse a day before, on Friday, November 15 from 5 PM to 9 PM. 

I was curious about this interesting musical combination so decided to check on the style. I stumbled upon a classical, electro, dubstep compilation with Western roots and found it very interesting. Three or four genres of music you would never imagine go together, but somehow they compliment each other and bring forth a catchy, electrifying sound you so seldom hear.

Hopefully this music becomes more mainstream, because it is something I believe people could truly catch on to. 

Check out https://www.straight.com/arts/1321716/vancouver-new-musics-parallels-series-welcomes-okkyung-lee to learn more about the events!

THE BEATLES OR NOT THE BEATLES, THAT IS THE QUESTION

If you’re a Beatles’ fan, The Day Trippers (Vancouver’s Beatle Tribute Band) will be performing this Friday (November 8th) at Fredrico’s. Fredrico’s Supper Club is a fine dining Italian restaurant where you can get together with all your friends to sing and dance, and maybe enjoy a little spaghetti while you’re at it!

Those who have seen their show, rave about how real the whole production feels. One fan says “I’m from England and I’ve seen plenty of tributes, but I don’t even want to call you guys a tribute. It was the closest thing to finding a DeLorean getting it up to 88 mph and going back in time to see the real thing.”

Another fan says “Awesome night with The Day Trippers playing two full sets of The Beatles’ best. As authentic and Beatles-like as I have ever seen and heard, and I come from across the pond so have seen my fair share of British tribute bands! I would love these guys to have a homecoming gig back in Liverpool Merseyside.”

These and many other positive reviews have me thinking I need to go see the show. With Beatles hits like All My Loving and Love Me Do, as well as compositions from Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, Abbey Road and other stellar albums, the show is bound to be a crazy good time!! 

The Day Trippers got together on the grounds they are all diehard Beatle lovers. They united in hopes “of faithfully and passionately recreating their music for the enjoyment of fans all over.” 

They not only accurately PLAY Beatles’ hits, but also dress up like them and move like them, bringing the original members back “to life before your very eyes.”

Fun fact: the George Harrison impersonator of the band taught himself to play guitar right handed, just like the real George. Ringo’s impersonator, John Stolz, has been a Beatles fan since the wee age of four. Paul’s impersonator, David Hopia, also operates his very own recording studio, working as an engineer AND producer for many local artists. Then we’ve got John’s impersonator, Marty Zylstra, who, as a little one, listened to “old time rock and roll” for the purpose of learning how to sing like his musical idols. 

Find out more about The Day Trippers at http://www.thedaytrippers.ca/.

 

NOVEMBER IS A MUSIC-FILLED MONTH IN VANCOUVER

Man oh man are there some awesome concerts coming to Vancouver this month!

One of the exciting bands we can expect to see in our hood is Hunting. They are having their album release tomorrow night (November 5) at the Fox Cabaret. The Vancouver Sun describes their music as “upbeat, up-tempo New Wave-inspired.” The band has gone from a solo act to a three person machine! Their music is said to be “unrecognizable” compared to their 5 year-old debut album. Nevado Records say Hunting has “gone from folk to catchy electro-rock, and from wistful melancholy to buoyant exuberance.” Their new album is called “Whatever you Need” and is their first new music release since 2014.

If you have no plans tonight go check out Bishop Briggs at The Commodore Ballroom. The reviews of her live performance are nothing but positive! Fans say she brings a certain “energy” to the stage. After seeing her concert in Nashville, one of her fans says “she was absolutely electric during the whole show and her voice was even more beautiful in person.” Tickets are still available for the show tonight for as little as $40.70.

Another show happening THIS WEEK is Rufus Wainwright with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. He is said to be “the most unique male vocalists of his generation” according to vancouver-theatre.com. They also say he has the unique ability to “make a statement with a mere whisper.” The Guardian calls Rufus Wainwright with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra “gloriously melodramatic.” Folk music is his jam and he has “seven studio albums and a fully-fledged opera” under his belt. You can buy resale, discount tickets at https://www.vancouver-theatre.com/theaters/orpheum-theater/tickets.php?eventName=Rufus+Wainwright+with+The+Vancouver+Symphony+Orchestra&cmsEventId=33999&buy=true&history=seating&utc=1573070400&vsShowId=3184581&floorImg=https%3A%2F%2Fd2o50i5c2dr30a.cloudfront.net%2Fb20748a7-cded-4ba8-a123-775d0da6b5dd.jpg&xyz=y&singleShow=1&isSoon=1.

City and Colour is also hitting the stage in Vancouver this month on November 9th at the Pacific Coliseum. They’re stellar live, and I can say that, because I’ve witnessed it first hand. My boyfriend surprised me with City and Colour tickets four summers ago and we had an awesome time! Well, awesome is an understatement. There aren’t many bands that sound as crisp and clean live as they do after auto tune has produced a version of perfection, but City and Colour is certainly one of them. Dallas Green has the voice of an angel, with an effortlessly raw and seamless quality, he fills a room with a sound that will send shivers down your spine.

So as you can see, November is a fun-filled month for all music enthusiasts out there, myself included. You can discover many more bands and artists visiting Vancouver this month and beyond at https://www.ticketmaster.ca/discover/concerts/vancouver.

THE BLACK KEYS ARE COMING TO VANCOUVER!!

A few days ago I got the best news I’ve had in a LONG time. The Black Keys are coming to Vancouver. This news is great on its own, but to make things even more exciting, the one and only Modest Mouse will be opening for them!!

Tickets are $80, but go all the way up to a whopping $650 for front row seats. They’re playing at Rogers Arena on November 24th. That’s just over two weeks away! Shockingly there are still quite a few tickets available, given The Black Keys have been known to put on quite the show.

A friend of mine saw them in Vancouver awhile back and raved about their performance. For a two man show she said they certainly don’t struggle to fill a room.

I have been a fan of the band ever since they released Tighten Up in 2011. Since then they’ve continued to impress me with songs like: Gold on the Ceiling, Little Black Submarines, Fever, and Shine a Light.

After 5 years of not recording together they came out with a damn good album called Let’s Rock, released June 2019. According to Rolling Stone Magazine, their goal upon reuniting after some time was to “make an album they loved, reconnect with one another and then go see their fans again on tour.” Band member Auerbach says, “Four years ago, I definitely wouldn’t have been in a place where I wanted to make a record.” Well man oh man am I sure happy he changed his mind and came out with Let’s Rock!

The name stemmed from an article Auerbach discovered in the Tennessee newspaper about murderer, Edmund Zagorski. Zagorski was the first person to face an electric-chair execution in 11 years. Prior to his execution, when asked if he had any last words, he replied, “let’s rock.”

Despite their dark title choice, the album has a rather “feel good” tone to it. It’s a real back-to-the-basics of rock n’ roll kind of album.

Getting back into the grove was not an issue for band members, Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney, after their 3 year hiatus. Auebach claims that there is a “magic” that manifests when the two play together, which is the same “magic” that sparked between the two when they first got together at the wee age of 16. He says they start playing and it just sounds like music. Sounds like MAGIC to me!!

You can get your tickets for the Black Key’s November 24th show in Vancouver at https://www1.ticketmaster.ca/the-black-keys-lets-rock-tour/event/11005667F3FF5EFF?awtrc=true&gclsrc=aw.ds& and experience the magic for yourself!

Lets Put an End to Animal Abuse in Laboratories!!

THIS IS NOT OK. An animal laboratory in Germany is suspected of severely mistreating animals. From monkeys to dogs, they’ve been reportedly handling animals aggressively, leaving some in bloody cages laying limp on the floor.

My first thought when I read about this on CTV News was, “how are humans capable of such abuse and heartless actions? What goes through their heads when they violate these poor, innocent creatures who have almost no way of defending themselves?”

When reading about beagles being left to suffer when it was evident they were extremely sick and some even dying, all I could think about was my 3 year old labradoodle, Cedar. If anybody treated him in this manner I would hunt them down and do things to them I should probably restrain myself from mentioning on a public forum.

How could somebody, in their right mind, just stand there and watch helpless animals suffer and beg for relief and do NOTHING about it? I just don’t understand, so I decided to do a little research.

It is clear that desensitization plays a big part in this matter. On treehugger.com a factory worker admits he has become numb to the abuse of animals stating, “We have become so desensitized to animal cruelty and industrial processing of farm animals, that most of us – myself included – need reminding that farm animals are sentient beings little different from our beloved pets at home.”

Tim Pachirat’s book Every Twelve Seconds believes the issue of animal abuse in factories is mainly due to the system’s habit or normalization of animal suffering. He suggests “rather than focusing on the shocking examples we should be focusing on the system itself.”

Although Pachirat focuses on animal cruelty in industrial farming, I believe this observation is also applicable to animal abuse cases in other industries.

Psychology Today points out that animal abusers commonly have similar traits like “narcissism, Machiavellianism and psychopathy.” I do believe this to be the case for many domestic animal abusers; however, feel factory and laboratory workers who mistreat animals are most likely subject to the desensitization of animal cruelty from repetitive handling of animals in compromising situations.

The German laboratory discussed above handles many monkeys. These monkeys are said to be restrained by their necks and left in tiny cages to spin around in distress. Chimpanzees are extremely social animals and tend to adapt abnormal behaviour when isolated as they are in many laboratory settings.

Another question I posed was, “are all factory workers educated in the right handling of animals held in captivity for scientific research?” A 2016 article in The Guardian claims that “many academics consider teaching scientific research ethics to be a waste of their time.”

The article also claims that of 18 leading online scientific research university graduate programs, only 2 are said to “teach the replacement, reduction and refinement of animal use (the 3Rs), animal welfare, and the ethics of using animals in research.” This is terrifying and something I believe needs to be taken more seriously.

The Moody Truth About Exercising

I’ve suffered from anxiety and depression for as long as I can remember and the most frustrating part about it, as I’m sure my fellow mental health victims can agree with, has been finding a solution. Oh I long for a day when somebody says, “I discovered a magic pill that will cure your anxiety and depression and turn you into a perfect human being!” So until then, I have some helpful tips for dealing with niggling anxious thoughts and depressive episodes that I have personally tested to be tried – and – true.  

People often exercise to look good or to become “the hulk,” but they forget about the positive effects it can have on their brains. Some articles suggest that regular exercise can be just as effective as medication for some people. The Anxiety and Depression Association of America says, “About five minutes of aerobic exercise can begin to stimulate anti-anxiety effects.” That’s not a whole lotta time out of your day, if you ask me!

Lately I have gotten on board with this idea. I am lucky because my partner of 11 years has recently decided to embark down the path of becoming a firefighter. Once a not so physical person, now a VERY physical person, he has convinced me to join in on the fun.

Before I get into the meat and potatoes of this story, let me tell you a bit about my experience with mental health. 

I was diagnosed with anorexia nervosa at the age of 14 and since then have never been the same. I can’t necessarily conclude if anxiety and depression were the root cause of my eating disorder or the other way around, but nonetheless, saying the last 15 years of my life has been hard, would be an understatement. 

I tried multiple medications and saw multiple therapists, but still couldn’t seem to bring my anxiety and depression down to a manageable level, until I discovered aerobic and anaerobic exercise in the form of running and stair climbing. Now I am not saying this is a cure for anxiety and depression, I mean after all, I still take my daily dose of SSRIs, but it has CERTAINLY helped. 

According to Healthline, “aerobic exercise is any type of cardiovascular conditioning or cardio” and aerobic exercise “[involves] quick bursts of energy and [is] performed at maximum effort for a short time.” During aerobic exercise you breathe deeper and at a faster pace than you would if your heart were at its resting state. During anaerobic exercise, instead of using oxygen, your body utilizes its stored energy to provide it with prompt fuel.

I have always kept fit, performing as a professional acrobat for over 10 years, but I never felt my daily training routine had any effect on my mental well being. Running and stair climbing, however, have drastically improved my mood and anxious tendencies. For me, 30 minutes of gasping for air while persistently moving is a small price to pay for the effects I feel post – workout. 

When doing either of these activities, I allow my breath to guide me. If you focus on breathing deeply into your belly while your legs frantically keep moving, it isn’t long before your mind surrenders to the activity at hand. After my run or stair climb, I feel a sense of ease and lightness. Things that would normally have me in a frenzy, I find easier to let go, and I feel a definite boost in the “happiness and confidence departments!”  

This all aligns with the scientific proof out there. Regarding aerobic exercise, Harvard Health Publishing wrote, “The mental benefits of aerobic exercise have a neurochemical basis. Exercise reduces levels of the body’s stress hormones, such as adrenaline and cortisol. It also stimulates the production of endorphins, chemicals in the brain that are the body’s natural painkillers and mood elevators. Endorphins are responsible for the “runner’s high” and for the feelings of relaxation and optimism that accompany many hard workouts — or, at least, the hot shower after your exercise is over.”

If you’re anything like me and you find it daunting to throw your runners on and hit the stairs or your local trails for a good run, try rewarding yourself post – run. I like grabbing a fresh pressed juice or smoothie from one of my favourite local vegan restaurants or going for a sauna/eucalyptus steam. 

Lastly, I will stress the importance of NOT replacing medication or other treatments with aerobic or anaerobic exercise, unless your doctor says so! I am no healthcare practitioner, just a gal’ looking for some relief!

  • Steph V.

I Love Tokyo

I’ve travelled an average amount. Been to places like Sydney, Maui, Puerto Vallarta, San Fransisco and Tokyo.

There are places I want to go back to; however, Tokyo I feel I NEED to go back and see.

The bustling city offers many tourists attractions from the Tokyo Tower to their very own Disneyland. Everywhere my boyfriend and I stopped had it’s own magical charm.

Their bars, cafes and unique shopping malls will impress any city lover.

According to the Hands Free Travel Association some of the best places to see in Tokyo are Asakusa, Tokyo Station, Harajuku and Yoyogi Park.Asakusa is home to the Sensoji Temple of which 30 million people visit per year. It was built 1400 years ago. The travel association also suggests touring around the city via rickshaws (transportation where runner transports one to two people in a two-wheeled cart).

Tokyo’s center of transportation for years, Tokyo Station is recommended due to its spectacle. The station was restored back to its original style in 2012 and houses plenty of shopping.

Harajuku just so happens to be my favourite place we visited while in the city. It’s vibrant, unique and full of alluring malls and shops. If you’re traveling under a tight budget, you don’t even have to shop while in Harajuka, because just wandering the streets is a sight to see in its own.

Last but not least, Yoyogi park offers a wonderful experience to tourists looking for something to do. It hosts lively events almost every week and offers performances by street performers of all sorts.

Train your Brain and Feel Less Pain

Over 250 million people world wide are affected by depression. That is a whole lot of people when you consider our world’s total population is 7.52 billion.

I came across an article identifying common words used by depressed people. It opened up my eyes and gave me some insight into my own condition.

I have suffered from anxiety and depression since the wee age of 14. My inner dialogue became very negative, very fast. I would say things like “I’ll never amount to anything” or “everybody hates me.” As you can see, the statements were very cruel and “I” focused.

With little awareness, this inner dialogue just got worse and worse.

BestLife’s article “People Who Use These Words May Suffer From Depression” really struck a cord in me. Not only did I unconsciously focus on ME too often, I beat myself up almost every time I said anything to myself.

This article claims using pronouns like I, me and myself is a sign of greater inward focus. These pronouns are common in those with depression. It also mirrors how lonely one may feel in the world. This study also found that the use of negative words like “lonely, sad or miserable” are very present in those who suffer from the illness.

The use of the pronouns listed above are said to be more reliable symptoms of depression than “negative emotion words.”

On more than one occasion my dad quoted “helping others is the best way to fight depression.” He was right. My depression worsens when I do not feel I’m useful; however when I feel I’m helping others or making a positive impact on peoples’ lives, my depression improves.

I’d be lying if I said I don’t suffer from depression anymore, but I am now aware of my inner dialogue and how to shut it up!!

My hope for you is that you also find the ability to do the same.

 

“Surprise Surprise”: Endgame’s Financial Success is Unbeatable

If you’re an Avengers fan, you’ll be happy to hear that its latest sequel Avengers: Endgame, will most likely take the cake for the highest grossing film at the box office ever. If you thought Avatar was big, just wait a little longer and see Endgame race to the finish line.

Upon its release, Engame was predicted to be successful, but not to the extent “many thought was mathematically impossible to reach,” says BuzzFeed.

$2.227 Billion later and its already surpassed the beloved film, Titanic. And this was accomplished in only 11 days!! Endgame took the lead for reaching $2 billion at the box office in the least amount of time.

With its stellar cast and captivating plot, it’s no wonder the movie’s crushing it at the box office.

This lead me to the question, “what makes a movie so successful?” Is it marketing, the cast, the writing? Endgame definitely ticks off all of these boxes.

Writer, director and producer, James Cameron, was responsible for the top two movies pre Engame, being Avatar and Titanic.

You’d imagine Cameron would be bitter with Endgame’s success, but instead him and everyone else at Lightstorm Entertainment “[salute their] amazing achievement,” Variety Magazine says.

Business insider writes, “Endgame last month was selling five times as many presale tickets, through Fandango as last year’s Avengers: Infinity War did at the same time.”

The online platform goes on to say that during its first weekend out, AMC Theatres remained open all week long, pulling all nighters for viewers convenience.

 

Cats, Cats, Cats!!!

When we were in Tokyo almost five years ago, my boyfriend and I kept hearing about their cat cafe. This unique experience peaked my interest and although my boyfriend is allergic to cats, he was intrigued too. So it took no convincing to get him on board, take an allergy pill and head on down for a coffee.

Our experience was awesome and definitely a day I will never forget. Not only were there cute, fluffy cats everywhere we looked, they also offered some of the best matcha latte’s we’d had in Japan.

After having such a great time, I was thrilled when I heard we’d be getting our very own cat cafe in Vancouver!

Almost four years later and they’re still going strong.

Come on down and be a crazy cat lady (or man) for the day. “Catfe” serves Moja coffee (my absolute favourite) and Silk Road tea from Victoria. If you’re vegan or eat gluten-free, not to worry because they offer sweet and savoury pastries for every type of dietary restriction and trust me, as someone who doesn’t always eat gluten-free or vegan, some of these special goodies are even better than the ones I’m used to!

Catfe charges  a $10 admission fee and allows you to stay for 50 minutes. You’ll be able to hangout with some cooler than cool cats, drink your mocha and get comfy in their bright, welcoming Tinseltown facility.

These cats are fostered and available for adoption, so if you fall in love with one, you might even be able to take him/ her home with you!!

Obviously, with adoptions happening all the time, the number of cats will very each time you visit. Today for example, they have 17 cats in house! That’s a whole lot of cats. I may have to make a pit stop on my way to work tonight…

For more info or to make a reservation, check out http://www.catfe.ca/.

 

7 Things to do in Vancouver and the Good Ol’ Lower Mainland

Some things are obvious, some not so much! This has been written to offer you a more fun-filled summer, while venturing out into the great outdoors and getting silly at one-of-a-kind events you won’t want to miss!

The Capilano Suspension Bridge

If you’re a Vancouver local and have yet to check out the Capilano Suspension Bridge, I’d say it’s time you do!! It’s one of the most popular tourist attractions in all of B.C.

Experience captivating canyon and rainforest views at great heights!

Walk beneath towering trees, while gazing up across 27 acres of greenery .

You’ll be happy to hear the Capilano Suspension Bridge is one of the few tourist attractions you can even take your dog to. Just make sure their leash stays on!

Walk across the 450-foot-long rickety bridge for only $53.95. Get your tickets at https://www.capbridge.com/visit/.

The Granville Island Public Market

If you’re a foodie, shopper and/or art lover come on down to The Granville Island Public Market. There’s almost nothing you can’t buy. From local produce, meats and baked goods to handmade jewelry and soaps, Granville Island has it all!

No tickets are necessary for this exciting attraction so save your pennies for all the unique things you’ll be buying.

Stanley Park Bicycle Tour

Whether you’re a local or a tourist, Stanley Park’s Bike Tour offers a breathtaking ride through the park’s 1000 acres of abundant rainforest and endless trails.

For $65 plus GST get your tour passes at https://cyclevancouver.com/tours/stanley-park-bike-tour/?gclid=EAIaIQobChMIpdvOluKH4gIVE_5kCh2KIQtaEAAYASAAEgIqEPD_BwE.

The Vancouver Aquarium

One of my all-time favorite Vancouver attractions, the Vancouver Aquarium never gets old! Check out resident fish of the West Coast as well as tropical species, including lanky sloths and exotic parrots.

With 50, 000 animals to see, you certainly won’t get bored! You’ll encounter slithering snakes, playful otters, gleeful porpoises and many many more.

For tickets and more info, go to: https://www.vanaqua.org/visit/tickets.

Gastown Food, Craft Beer and Wine Tasting Tour

Do you like beer, wine and food?? Silly question, who doesn’t?

This tour will tickle your taste buds with a delicious three-course meal, one craft beer tasting, three wines and one craft cocktail.

“Like a local” describes the tour as a “progressive dinner,” consisting of small bites and delectable drinks. It starts off with a beer/ food pairing at a trendy as f*** brewery and ends with a taste of an upscale Chinese dining lounge.

Check out https://www.getyourguide.com/vancouver-l189/vancouver-gastown-food-craft-beer-and-wine-tasting-tour-t15515/ and get your ticket today!

Burnaby Blues and Roots Festival

This August, the Burnaby Blues and Roots Festival will be celebrating it’s 20 year anniversary with a more than stellar line-up.

Lord Huron, Dan Mangan, The War and Treaty, William Prince, and Southern Avenue will be blowing up the stage with featured performances.

It’s a nine-hour event at Burnaby’s own stunning Deer Lake Park.

Get your tickets for the August !0th event at https://www.burnaby.ca/Things-To-Do/Festivals-and-Events/Burnaby-Blues-and-Roots.html.

Give a Damn Event

If you’ve got money to burn and you’re in the giving mood you won’t want to miss Vancouver’s “Give a Damn” event.

This unique event happens four times/ year, with its next date being July 9th 2019. Eventbrite proclaims, “We’re a group of people looking to make a greater impact together than we could do on our own.”

This cool group of individuals meets up, each bringing $100 to give out to one of three charities pitching for the dough. $10k+ will be awarded to the winning group!!

Go to https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/give-a-damn-event-summer-2019-tickets-59204229444 for more!

 

 

Rival Sons in Vancouver Tomorrow!

A combination of blues, rock and pop, The Rival Sons will once again rock the stage in Vancouver tomorrow night at The Vogue Theatre. Who doesn’t like the sound of The Black Crowes and Led Zepellin harmoniously amalgamated to create a unique, catchy, almost old school sound original to most ears.

With plenty of success, from being voted second best album of the year by Classic Rock magazine after the release of Pressure and Time hit shelves and streaming services everywhere, to ranking top 20 on the charts in three countries after the release of song, Head Down. Rival Sons is killing it not only in North America but all throughout Europe!

They’re so awesome, they were invited to tour alongside Evanesence, by lead singer Amy Lee back in 2011. Not only that, legend Ozzy Osbourne himself exclusively picked Rival Sons to open for his group Black Sabbath on their epic, last world tour ever.

The bands bassist, Dave Beste said, “They came up to us after we performed and at that point mentioned they were going to do a tour. So they asked that night after seeing us perform if we would be interested in doing a tour with them.” Quite an honour, if you ask me!

Originating in Long Beach, California, Rival Sons is doing a damn great job repping their home town and us Vancouverites are lucky to have an opportunity to see them in Action!

With their latest album, Feral Roots released in late January, they’ll be playing some of their old mixed with their new! And if you’re a fan, you might be able to snatch one of their last few tickets at https://www.secureboxoffice.com/E/e-2932120/v-1831!!

 

 

Become a Kid Again with James and the Giant CIRCUS Peach

Need an from escape reality? An escape from your job, your boss, your house chores and traffic jams? Well, James felt this way, until he embarked on a journey of friendly insects, pirates, giant fruit and enchanting animals.

Think this sounds thrilling? Well, Circus West has something that will make you jump out of your seat. James and the Giant CIRCUS Peach will take you on an adventure where daring acrobats soar above your heads and attempt the unimaginable.

Whether you’re a kid, teen or adult this show is sure to take you from reality to “peachifide” reverie.

With acrobats who have trained since the wee age of 6 or 7, groomed for the professional world of circus. They train a whopping number of 5 days a week, disciplined in juggling, aerial acrobatics and the mesmerizing art of hand balancing.

A story of courage, mystery and finding your sense of belonging with an enchanting, dark undertone. Come join Circus West for a night you won’t forget! All creations are original and choreographed by Circus West’s resident coaches. Students partook in the creative process building interesting sequences and bonafide skills.

The production runs from Thursday May 9th to Sunday May 12th. Tickets are $17 for youth, $18 for students and seniors, $24 for adults and $16 for groups of 10 or more.

Whether you’re a matinee lover or night owl, they’re got shows at 12:30 PM and 7:00 PM each and every day!

For tickets visit https://www.circuswest.com/upcoming-events/event-calendar/ and join them for a night you won’t forget!

Circus West and their professional division “Verve Circus,” put on multiple productions, partnering with events like The Vancouver Opera Festival, Vancouver Folk Fest, Vancouver International Dragon Boat Festival and many many more!

Check them out for exciting events that are certainly outside the ordinary!

 

Here Come the Twenty One Pilots

I remember hearing Twenty One Pilot’s song “Stressed Out” on the radio for the very first time. I turned it up and remember feeling its beat pulse through my body as I related to each and every lyric blaring through the small speakers of my 2009 Honda Civic. I was dying to Shazam it as I feared I may never hear it on the radio again, but  refrained from the desire to do so, fearing I may get yet another distracted driving ticket. Little did I know this song would be a hit and play on almost every major Vancouver radio station.

Fast forward to today, a Grammy later, two concurrent top 10 singles and multiple world tours under their belt, and they’re still going strong.

If you don’t have plans on May 12th I suggest checking out Twenty-one Pilots at Rogers Arena. Their originality and catchy beats is responsible for their large, devoted fan base.

The band’s main purpose through their music, as quoted by the band, is to “make people think.” This is apparent when you listen to their music and become swept away by their mix of piano (electric and classical), synthesizers, drums (electric and regular), vocals, organs, bass, and occasionally the ukulele, guitar and trumpet.

There’s no doubt the band is well respected. In an article released by AJC (Atlanta.News.Now), writer Melissa Ruggieri wrote, “there is real depth and originality with Twenty One Pilots – and their fans sense it.”

Don’t miss your chance to hear songs like Heathens, Tear in My Heart, Stressed Out and ride formulated and performed live by the one and only Twenty One Pilots.

Tickets are available at https://www1.ticketmaster.ca/event/1100553B09E0A919?awtrc=true&gclsrc=aw.ds&.

 

 

WHL Player Turned Skinny Dipping Baby Snatcher

A bizarre case with an even more bizarre ending.

If you haven’t heard of the name Harold Giffen Nyren, I’m sure you will soon.

This 33-year-old former junior hockey player grabbed a baby right out of its mother’s arms only to soon after release the child unharmed. He then proceeded to strip down and enter the brisk Okanagan Lake in order to escape his captures.

Why? Nobody really knows…

I think we’ve got another shark tank skinny dipper on our hands! Maybe they should hangout sometime, go for an afternoon dips..

The incident took place on Sunday afternoon in Kerry Park, downtown Kelowna and Nyren was charged with “assault and willfully resisting or obstructing a police officer” CTV reported.

Nyren was a player in the American Midget Hockey League repping Calgary. According to the hockey-player database Elite Prospects he also played for Moose Jaw and Kamloops in the Western Hockey League. His career didn’t stop there as he also played for the University of Calgary from 2012 to 2014 later returning for round two with the ECHL (East Coast Hockey League) playing for the Colorado Eagles and for other teams in France and Italy.

The first thing I thought when I read the article was “maybe he suffered from a head injury playing hockey?” But no, it sounds like he is a perfectly normal dude, well liked by his teammates. Former Calgary Hitmen teammate Kris Foucault was shocked to hear about the charges, CTV wrote. Founcault quoted, “He was always outgoing. He was always funny in the locker room,” the guy I knew, he was always a great teammate.”

It’s not everyday we hear stories like these. I’m interested to hear more details when they’re discovered!

Summer is Best with a Little Hip Hop

If you like hip hop as much as I do you’re in luck because the Breakout Festival is coming back to Vancouver! This is the Festival’s second year running and they show no sign of slowing down. Come on down to the PNE forum on June 15th and/or 16th to bust a move to A$AP Rocky, Rae Sremmurd, Rich the Kid, Lil Skies and many many more!

Along with these bigger names, they’ll also have other talented, up and coming artists take the stage. The main focus of the festival is to showcase these up and comers, and best of all there will be plenty of local talent!

It’s an all ages event with dope beats and good people, but don’t worry, you can still grab a beer if you’re in the mood! Shows will take place inside Vancouver’s historic PNE Amphitheatre and tickets will include access to over 35 rides at Playland!

Due to Breakout Festival’s success, they also put on a winter festival at the Pacific Coliseum. So, you won’t lose if you snooze. there will be another opportunity right around the corner. Different line-up but same up-beat environment!

Don’t miss your chance to enjoy some wickedly good hip hop and ride the ferris wheel all in one place!

Single day passes are $99 – $149 and two day passes range from $149 – $269.

If you’re interested and want to check out some international and local names crushing the hip hop industry today, you can find out more about the event and purchase tickets at https://ticketleader.ca/events/breakout-festival-2019.

  • Steph Van Dyck