Maybe it’s the altitude, but there’s a kind of giddiness to the Whistler Film Festival that you’re not likely to experience elsewhere. And so it is that you might find yourself being amiably heckled in the lobby of the Fairmont hotel by a passing Richard Dreyfuss (this actually happened to me), or you find yourself getting an earful from Melissa Leo.
This is Alder Street, just a hint north of West Broadway.
Looking north over False Creek at downtown Vancouver—I was looking at the clouds.
Between West Broadway (aka West 9th Avenue) and the north-most end of Alder at West 5th Avenue, the street takes a steep nosedive toward sea level.
When the temperature fluctuates above and below freezing, there’s a chance of black ice forming. On this stretch of Alder, that could be lethal, hence the ten white lines.
When the temperature is hovering on either side of zero, city trucks roam major streets spraying these lines.
They’re either de-icing fluid or racing stripes.
The topless sextremist feminist group Femen has emerged as one of the most militant supporters of LGBT rights in France.
If there's any doubt, check out the video above.
They can be seen marching through the streets of Paris in the colours of the rainbow holding a placard declaring: "In Gay We Trust".
Vancouver Canucks shut down the Colorado Avalanche for 59 minutes and 52 seconds.
But Jamie McGinn's wrist shot with eight seconds left prevented Roberto Luongo from posting his third shutout of the year.
Vancouver still won 3-1 on two goals by Mike Santorelli and one from Ryan Kesler.
Luongo improved his goals-against average to 2:28.
Santorelli also posted an assist and linemate Chris Higgins had two other helpers.
Coach John Tortorella said that Santorelli is a good reason why the Kesler line is playing well.
"He was our best player tonight by far, in all areas," Tortorella told reporters after the game.
He refused to comment on the Avalanche except to say it was the quickest team the Canucks have encountered this season.
The other night I listened to the new Beatles album, On Air–Live at the BBC Volume 2, and it's got its pros and cons.
To be honest, I could do without the 19 “speech tracks” that litter this three-LP package. Most of it is goofy gibberish between the Beatles and various BBC DJs, but I don’t need to hear that crap. Although I love the Beatles to death–they’re my favourite band of all time–there was enough Fab Four silliness on A Hard Day’s Night alone to last a lifetime.
The era of ticket scalpers commanding big bucks for Canucks home games may be coming to a close.
With a few hours before tonight's match against the Colorado Avalanche at Rogers Arena, the Canucks brass has announced that a "limited number of tickets have just been released".
Either the Canucks are trying to kneecap the scalpers or the team is having trouble filling the house, given its inability to hold onto leads at home this year.
The Avalanche are no slouches, posting a 20-7 record so far this year under new coach Patrick Roy. So the team should be a decent draw.
Colorado rookie Nathan MacKinnon, the team's 18-year-old first-draft choice, has scored three goals in five games and will be making his first appearance at Rogers Arena.
Paper and books strewn all over the place. Was it bookish crows? Did some Dumpster diver do that?
Wait a minute…that’s suspiciously clean garbage. Is that a mess or an art installation?
Caution: art students at workThe gentleman in the hoodie admitted with a smile that it was an art installation. Billy and and his friend Laurel—both art school students—had artfully arranged the assemblage so they could photograph it from a third-floor apartment.
They were trying to illustrate a dream—a dream of falling, or perhaps of falling into a dream. They weren’t sure—they were working it out as they went along.
Basically they were making art—similar enough to making a mess as to make no difference.
Waking up this morning, I considered things in the light of a new day.
While I washed down a mouthful of cheese-flavoured goldfish with leftover coffee in my thermal travel mug, I wondered who dreamed up things like cheese-flavoured, goldfish-shaped snacks.
Last night’s coffee was still lukewarm; a good sign I thought—how cold could it possibly be?
I didn’t get a block before I had my answer. There was a building’s drainpipe, frozen in mid-gush, the water bubbling from the mouth of the pipe and flowing over the branches—nearly a freeze-frame!
So it’s still well below zero, and forecast to stay that way into next week. But, like Canadians back east like to say about their winters—“it’s a dry cold.”
Whistler Blackcomb has unveiled a new reason to visit B.C.'s most famous ski resort this winter.
After nine months of construction, which incuded stringing together 119 chairs and driving 20 towers into the ground, the company has officially opened its new Crystal Ridge Express chairlift.
It travels 158 metres lower than its predecessor. Its bottom terminal is near the Glacier Road ski-out, which negates the need to used the Excelerator chair to get to many of the trails in the Crystal Zone.
The new chairlift is part of an $18-million infrastructure-investment program at both mountains. This dollar figure includes $3 million on new snow-making equipment.
It’s not fair.
Some Hollywood studio should be forced to remake Alfred Hitchcock’s 1963 film The Birds.
Why? So a whole new generation can feel the same slight unease I do whenever I see a whole flock of birds sitting on some overhead power lines—silently—watching.