Yesterday (June 16) was Car Free Day in Vancouver. The annual celebration of all things not automobiles saw sections of Main Street, Commercial Drive, Denman Street, and Semlin Drive closed to traffic, and block parties thrown across Kitsilano.
On Commercial Drive, recent Georgia Straight cover star Dustin Bromley was signing autographs at the end of what we assume was a very long line of fans. “Set up my station at #carfreeyvr !!” wrote Bromley alongside a photo posted on Instagram.
Folk singer Jenny Owen Youngs joins the growing ranks of celebrities and public figures who have declared their sexual orientation.
The 31-year-old American singer-songwriter, who rose to fame when her single "Fuck Was I" was featured on the TV series Weeds, came out in a June 12 post on the appropriately titled Everyone Is Gay, an advice website for queer youth, during Music Week. Her fiancée, Kristin Russo, is a cofounder of the site and was part of her inspiration to come out.
Congratulations to Jenny on contributing to social progress.
Each year during the Celebration of Light fireworks festival, Shore 104.3 FM presents a stellar selection of musical talent as a precursor to the main event.
Highlights of this year's festival include the Grapes of Wrath, Buckman Coe, Dawn Pemberton, Northcote, Good for Grapes, and Serena Ryder (July 27); Fred Eaglesmith, Rich Hope, the Good Lovelies, the Boom Booms, and Daniel Wesley (July 31); and Deep Dark Woods, Greg Drummond, No Sinner, River and the Road, Head of the Heard, and Mother Mother (August 3).
Concerts take place at the Shore 104 stage in English Bay and the Rogue stage on Sunset Beach. More information is available at Shore 104.3 FM's website.
Don’t say he’s not a man who enjoys subtlety.
Sure, naming your latest work Magna Carta Holy Grail doesn’t exactly scream modesty (though it’s not half as bad as Yeezus). Announcing said album with a commercial spot during Game 5 of the NBA finals might not either.
But Jay-Z’s 12th studio release revealed via a television spot during last night’s Miami-San Antonio contest included a surprise that was likely lost on the casual viewer.
By now, you've probably heard about the online backlash that a Cheerios ad called "Just Checking" triggered when it simply portrayed—shockingly—a biracial girl talking to her white mother and black father. Because apparently such things shouldn't exist in 2013.
In fact, there was so much vitriol that Cheerios had to turn off the comments section on YouTube.
(On this side of the border, mixed unions are on the rise, with Vancouver leading the way. It's even going to the subject of a forthcoming Canadian reality TV show about interracial, crosscultural weddings.)
Although the third season of Game of Thrones might be over and the fourth season isn’t scheduled to hit the airwaves until 2014, fans can still get a taste of Westeros with Brewery Ommegang’s newest brew.
The brewery's Take the Black Stout, second in their series of beers designed around the hit HBO program, is inspired by the Night's Watch and will appear on discerning liquor-store shelves later this year.
The Vancouver International Film Festival and Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival present the return of Best of Hot Docs, a weekend of documentary screenings at Vancity Theatre (1181 Seymour Street) from Friday to Sunday (June 21 to 23).
Ever-intrepid Ping-Pong advocate, ace drummer-for-hire, and recent Georgia Straight cover star Dustin Bromley Instagrammed a photo of himself offering up autographs at Car Free Day this weekend.
"Set up my station at #carfreeyvr !!" he wrote alongside a shot of him sitting in a chair in the middle of the street with a pile of Straights on his lap.
Last week we ran a feature on Bromley and Michael Unger's DJ-amped Ping-Pong club nights and forays into the Chinatown Night Market. Glad to see Bromley working his newfound fame.