Meet the Snoopy the northern saw-whet owl. 

I first saw him at A Midsummer Fete in Colony Farm Regional Park back in 2011.

Now he's the star of HootSuite's designed-to-go-viral take on the Yule log video.

It's not all self-promotional social-media marketing.

HootSuite is selling $20 stuffed animal versions of its Owly mascot, with all proceeds going to the Orphaned Wildlife Rehabilitation Society (O.W.L.). Well, until January 10, at least.

Twenty-five years ago tomorrow—on December 19, 1989—Ian Hunter and Mick Ronson played the 86 Street Music Hall.

For me, it didn't get any better than that. I'd been a huge fan of Hunter ever since I first heard his old band, Mott the Hoople, and Ronson...well, if you liked David Bowie in the '70s you liked him.

Hunter and Ronson had been collaborating for years, starting with Hunter's self-titled 1975 solo album, the one with that awesome version of "Once Bitten, Twice Shy" (not to be confused with Great White's version, referred to below).

When they came to Van they were touring behind the YUI Orta album, which I really loved, especially the track "Women's Intuition".

Saskatchewan-based News Talk 980 has reported that the former head coach of the SFU Clan football team is bound for Regina.

The Saskatchewan radio station cited unnamed sources saying Jacques Chapdelaine, a former Canadian Football League slotback, will become the Roughriders new offensive coordinator.

Chapdelaine was offensive coordinator of the B.C. Lions before taking over as head coach of the SFU Clan earlier this year. The Clan posted a 2-9 record as the only non-American team in the National Collegiate Athletic Association.

Looking for something to do tomorrow? The Straight’s got you covered. Here are six events happening in or around Vancouver on Thursday, December 18.


CONCERTS

Portland pop trio the Lower 48 (pictured above) performs with Catlow, Combine the Victorious, and the Lion at Hindenburg.

Vancouver swing quartet Van Django performs nostalgic favourites, jazz standards, and pop tunes at the Michael J. Fox Theatre.

 

DANCE

Southern-rock heroes Lynyrd Skynyrd have just announced a show at the Hard Rock Casino Vancouver.

And it's on a Friday, which is pretty close to a "Saturday Night Special."

As anyone who's followed the band from its early-'70s beginnings knows, Skynyrd's story is composed of the highest highs and lowest lows.

The lowest was the bizarre 1977 plane crash that killed original singer Ronnie Van Zant and fiercely talented guitarist Steve Gaines, as well as Gaines' backup-singer sister Cassie and the group's road manager, Dean Kilpatrick.

Check out good ol' Steve-O goin' to town with some slide on "T For Texas" back in '77.

The embattled Coalition of Progressive Electors has lost its executive director.

Sarah Beuhler resigned today (Decemer 17), taking responsibility for the party's failure to include $12,500 in donations in a November 4 disclosure of campaign contributions.

That money came from Canreal Management Corporation ($3,000) and the commercial real-estate company’s president, Raymond Bergen ($9,500), and its acceptance by the party was roundly criticized as contradicting COPE's policy of not taking donations from developers.

First, CKNW apologized on air for the "offensive to women" segment that "crossed the line".

Then Global TV tweeted that journalists Chris Gailus and Squire Barnes were "blindsided" by the Jeff O'Neil Show on Tuesday (December 16), and they "disapprove of the content and tone of the discussion".

Finally, CFOX and the hosts of the Jeff O'Neil Show issued an apology for suggesting Gailus ask Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau whether he'd "F[uck], kill, or marry" Health Minister Rona Ambrose; Laureen Harper, the prime minister's wife; and former governor general Michaëlle Jean.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has made some silly-ass moves over the years, nominating lame-o acts like Chic and inducting Cat Stevens while leaving more deserving nominees such as Link Wray and Deep Purple--artists who actually rock--out in the cold.

Well, just yesterday the Rock Hall took a sizeable step away from being perceived as total bumbling idiots by finally inducting legendary Texas guitarist Stevie Ray Vaughan and his band Double Trouble into its hallowed institution.

Last week, I issued a challenge to three people to sing one of Bono's lines from the song "Do They Know It's Christmas?"

The first nominee, Georgia Straight sales and marketing manager Tony Barnes, has accepted, as you can see in the video above.

Rumour has it that another nominee, UBC president Arvind Gupta, might be honing his singing skills in preparation to follow suit.

If you’re sad that The Hobbit trilogy is coming to an end with the release of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, fear not.

For not only does life continue on for Bilbo Baggins but also for sales rep Tim Canterbury (not to be confused with the Canterbury Tales) from the original (and, might I argue, superior) version of The Office from the U.K.

In the following clip from The Office: Middle Earth (courtesy of Saturday Night Live), we find that Baggins is now working at a paper company with Gandalf as his boss (Bobby Moynihan in Ricky Gervais' role as the office buffoon David Brent).

Gollum (Taram Killam) is Bilbo's coworker who suffers the Jell-O harassment trick that Gareth Keenan (Mackenzie Crook) once did.

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