Students are expected to be back in class for a full day of school by Tuesday if teachers ratify a tentative labour agreement, according to the chair of the Vancouver School Board.

Patti Bacchus told reporters after a news conference today (September 18) that if members of the B.C. Teachers’ Federation accept the agreement, schools will open for a partial day on Monday, similar to what the typical first day of school would have been on September 2, followed by full hours on Tuesday.

Yesterday a Dumpster diver wanted me to appraise something he had dug out of someone’s garbage.

The glossy white thing was adorned with the words “Lepow Stone Power” and punctuated by three USB ports (one with a cable still attached) so it was obviously tech of some kind. Otherwise it was the right size and shape to be a very serviceable skipping stone.

The Moonstone the resident rejected

You'd think that pop legend Elton John would be beyond caring what the critics think by now, right?

Well, apparently he still reads the reviews. Even before they get in the paper.

I wrote a pretty damn glowing online review of the Big E's show at Rogers Arena last Saturday (September 13), tacking on a complaint about his choice of encores. I didn't care for the way he went all Disney on our asses by ending the night with those sappy tunes from The Lion King, "Circle of Life"/"Can You Feel the Love Tonight".

Live Nation has announced that Vancouver-based indie-rock group Mother Mother will play a show at the Orpheum Theatre--with guests USS (Ubiquitous Synergy Seeker)--on Saturday, December 13, in support of its fifth studio album, Very Good Bad Thing.

The Juno-winning group--comprised of Ryan Guldemond, Molly Guldemond, Jasmin Parkin, Jeremy Page, and Ali Siadat--has been one of Canada’s most aired acts on the alternative-radio charts for the past two years.

Todd Kerns, recently declared to be "the Most Rockin’ Canadian Bassist of the 21st Century", performed with his band SMK&C (Slash featuring Myles Kennedy & the Conspirators) on the Howard Stern Show yesterday.

That's a long way from his birthplace of Estevan, Saskatchewan.

Over 8,000 kilometers separate Vancouver and Munich, but don’t be surprised if you see people walking the city streets wearing lederhosen and dirndls. Oktoberfest is upon us, and stein-swinging parties are being planned around the world.

In Vancouver, Steam Whistle Brewing will host an Oktoberfest event at the Imperial (319 Main Street) on Saturday (September 20). The Toronto-based brewery’s signature Pilsner will start flowing at 8 p.m.

Whistler got an early taste of Oktoberfest last weekend (September 11 to 14) when the Whistler Village Beer Festival filled the mountain town with craft beer lovers. Amid educational seminars, cask nights, parties, and brunches, the main event was the Saturday afternoon tasting on September 13.

There couldn't have been a better day for it. The gloriously sunny weather felt more like July than September, which meant the sunscreen was flowing along with the taps. About 3,500 people flooded Whistler Olympic Plaza to sample from the 64 breweries in attendance.

If you're the type of diehard Rush freak who thinks who've seen everything the band's ever put to video, get ready for this.

The Canuck prog-rock legends announced today that, on November 11, they'll be releasing a 10-DVD/6-Blu-ray collector's boxed set which also includes all eight songs from a show in 1974 at Laura Secord Secondary School, featuring original drummer John Rutsey.

Bet you weren't there for that gig!

Late last night (September 15) the folks at CityHallWatch were kind enough to provide me with a dataset detailing the salaries of everyone (I think) employed by the City of Vancouver through 2013.

From Aanestad to Zupan, there are more than 7,500 names on this list.

The information was obtained through a freedom of information request that reportedly took nine months and the intervention of the province’s privacy commissioner to complete.

The first-annual Vancouver Design Week takes place at various Vancouver venues now until September 28.

The two-week event includes talks, tours, awards, workshops, exhibits, parties, and pop-ups that celebrate and explore the unique design ecosystem of the city.

Highlights of VDW include a special design-focused edition of Pecha Kucha Night at the Vogue Theatre on September 18, a block party at Hawkers Market on September 20, amazing tablescapes and cocktails at Dinner by Design on September 21 and 22, the IDSWest launch party at the Vancouver Convention Centre on September 25, and more.