Comedy is Alive and Kicking in Vancouver

Wednesday, October 1st, 2008 — 8:22am PDT
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In an effort to raise funds for her to Team Diabetes campaign, Tanya Davis will be hosting a comedy night at the Jupiter Cafe on October 8th (featuring Paul Breau, Seth Perry, Ivan Decker, and headliner Simon King).

Honestly, this will be the first live comedy I have seen in about 8 years, which is a crying shame since I love to laugh (who doesn’t, really). However, when it rains it pours as I’ve been invited to two other comedy events in the coming weeks. Unfortunately I’m unsure if I can attend but they are definitely both very noteworthy regardless.

Graham Clark – Photo credit: svacher on Flickr

The Metro Vancouver region has its own version of the hit TV show, Last Comic Standing, with its search for the next big amateur comic in Last Joker on Deck.

“The competition is broken into seven “First Round” events, occurring once a week for seven consecutive weeks. Contestants and shows will be subdivided into different groups according to their geographical regions.”

Round one begins Saturday October 4, 2008 @ Dentry’s Irish Grill and will feature: Antoinette Keane, Michael Matic, Melanie Rose, Nic Roy, Ben Dewar, John Stenning, Darrell Bedford.

Show starts at 7:00pm, doors are at 6:00pm, tickets are $10 and you can get them by emailing lastjokerondeck [at] gmail [dot] com.

The next event is also happening this Saturday, presented by Simon Ogden of The Next Stage as a fundraiser for his upcoming production of The 21st Floor by Lyric Studios. The event is an XperiencE party (which have a reputation of always being a good time) and the theme is Laugh Riot.

“Saturday October 4th, Laugh Riot starts at 8:00pm and Cabaret and DJ start at 11:00pm at 341 Water Street, 3rd floor. Your admission donation will be matched by an anonymous donor.”

Aside from having some of the city’s best comics, there will also be a silent auction that will include a signed and framed jersey of our new team captain, Roberto Luongo.

I’ve been hearing about Vancouver’s underground comedy scene for quite some time (mostly from Bradley) so it would be great to not only go out an support these folks, but have a fun night out enjoying their talents.

Blog Review Roundup: Fitness World, Ceilis, Stella, Afterglow, and Kilian

Tuesday, September 30th, 2008 — 6:43pm PDT
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As a blogger, and someone who writes about Vancouver, events, music and pretty much everything else under the sun, I often get approached to review products and services. On the other hand, sometimes I am the one requesting a review product in exchange for a write up on my site (ie. Fitness World). I wouldn’t exactly call this “selling out”, this is moreso using my public platform to pass on information that may be useful to others (as usual). I feel that as long as I fully disclose my intentions (and all transactions) that my readers can still benefit from this type of content. As such, I have a few reviews I need to catch up on, so here they are in lovely roundup form.

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New Captain of the Vancouver Canucks

Tuesday, September 30th, 2008 — 11:36am PDT
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What do Orland Kurtenbach, Andre Boudrias, Chris Oddleifson, Don Lever, Kevin McCarthy, Stan Smyl, Dan Quinn, Doug Lidster, Trevor Linden, Mark Messier, and Markus Naslund have in common? They’ve all worn the “C” for the Canucks since we entered the league in 1970.

This morning at a press conference at GM Place the organization announced that goalie Roberto Luongo will be Captain for the 2008-2009 season. I swear, it’s gotta be the new haircut as this has taken a few by surprise. Not that he’s not a leader, but a goalie being captain is pretty much uncharted territory.

Photo credit: John Bollwitt on Flickr

Congratulations also go to Ryan Kesler, Mattias Ohlund and Willie Mitchell who will wear the “A”.

Update: As of today, Naslund will still be the last person to wear the “C” in Vancouver. According to TSN: “By league rule, the Canucks goaltender cannot wear the “C”, but he can be named captain.”

Update: From Alanah at Canucks and Beyond (who pasted an entire section of the rulebook on her post): “Bottom line—he can’t act as captain during the course of the game, so his assistants will take those responsibilities.”

Update: You know, we should have all clued in when us Fan Zone folks were in the suite last week. The marketing department was saying Nazzy’s Suite had been renamed using Luongo’s name.

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WTS – What the Surrey #35: Blame Surrey

Tuesday, September 30th, 2008 — 6:06am PDT
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I spend a good part of my week defending my hometown of Surrey. Sure the city isn’t perfect, it’s people aren’t either, but I honestly don’t think Pleasantville can be found anywhere in the Metro Vancouver area.

Over the weekend a terrible incident, fueled by intolerance and hate, occurred in the West End.

Early Saturday morning, Jordan Smith was walking along Davie Street, near Hornby Street, holding hands with another man. A group of four young men approached the pair, calling out gay slurs, Smith told CBC News. One of the men then hit him in the face with enough force that he fell back on the sidewalk and was knocked unconscious. [CBC]

The suspect in an attack on a gay man in the city’s West End on the weekend made a brief appearance in Vancouver’s new community court on Monday morning. [CBC]

(You can read more on Raul’s post from yesterday as well.)

What infuriates me this morning is reading a comment from the Executive Director of the West End Business Association:

The head of the West End Business Improvement Association is blaming “Surrey-ites” for causing trouble in her neck of the woods, including gay bashing. In light of the weekend attack on a gay man on Davie Street, West End BIA Executive Director Lynn Hellyar says there are people coming in from Surrey who aren’t what she calls “friendly” to the gay population, “I know there a lot of people coming from the Surrey area to the west end and they’re not particularly friendly towards the gay population but it’s mostly, I would say that they’re ignorant, they don’t understand it.”

Asked how she knows these people are from Surrey?, Well, the police are telling us that’s what’s happening a lot in the evenings.” [CKNW]

This broad, ignorant, and generalized statement doesn’t help anyone’s cause, really. Haters come from everywhere. It’s sad and tragic however, the WEBIA’s lumping of the suspect of this despicable crime into a category with all other “Surrey-ites” makes me feel more shame as a current resident of the West End than being a person from Surrey.

Law breakers and hate mongers also live Downtown and on the North Shore while sociopaths and miscreants aren’t uniquely from south of the Fraser River. I think we could all use a lesson in tolerance and respect, no matter where we’re from or where we are now.

WordCamp at BarCamp Giveaway

Monday, September 29th, 2008 — 4:46pm PDT
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I really enjoyed talking about all things WordPress during the morning and afternoon sessions of BarCamp that past weekend. I want to thank the BarCamp organizers for arranging such an amazing space for WordCamp and for allowing us to run this mini-camp in tandem. Also many thanks go to the presenters, along with Duane and John for making it happen, duct tape and all.

If you were present at WordCamp you may have heard me mention a donated prize. We currently have a license for Artisteer up for grabs.

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    To win this license, leave a comment below with any type of feedback from WordCamp; the topic you found the most useful, your favourite new plugin, how much you’re looking forward to BuddyPress, the room was too dark, anything of that nature.

    You can still enter if you were not able to make it to WordCamp, just leave some feedback based on the wiki notes. I’ll draw a winner from the comments on Friday.