The provincial election campaign wasn't only good to the B.C. Liberals.
It probably also helped catapult CBC Radio One's On The Coast Show (88.1 FM, 690 AM) into the top-ranked spot in the April PPM ratings.
For the first time, the show hosted by the often-amusing Stephen Quinn attracted the largest Vancouver audience between 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., crushing CKNW Radio, News 1130, and QM FM.
CBC Radio One's afternoon-drive show was lagging in eighth place when Quinn, a former municipal-affairs reporter, was tagged to become the host five years ago.
Since then, he has tried to attract younger listeners with his music picks, some imaginative programming, and solid coverage of current issues.
Not many people can say they helped discover the lost remains of an English king who died more than 500 years ago.
But archaeologist Jo Appleby and geneticist Turi King can make just such a claim.
The two experts were part of the team that found the skeleton of Richard III—who was killed in battle in 1485—buried in a car park in Liecester, England.
The team concluded the remains belonged to Richard III based on evidence including a DNA link between the bones and the descendants of the monarch’s family.
Appleby and King, both from the University of Liecester, will deliver a presentation about their roles in the discovery in Vancouver on Tuesday (May 14) at 7:15 p.m.
As part of the lead-up activities for the upcoming Powell Street Festival, the Vancouver Japanese Language School and the Powell Street Festival Society present DIGI-ART, an afternoon of creativity for local youth, on May 26.
At a video workshop with Makiko Yoshii (12:30 pm-2 pm), students will learn to make a stop-motion video using a Mac laptop and a video camera. They will even take home a DVD of the finished product.
Yoshinori Tanaka’s photography class (12:30 pm-2 pm) will teach students to take beautiful portrait photographs with a digital camera.
At Kazuho Yamamoto’s manga workshop (2:30 pm-4 pm), students will develop a storyboard and create a flipbook.
So there's a kind of zombie apocalypse underway in Toronto. But the source of the infection isn't a virus from a secret government lab, according to the Pembina Institute.
Indeed, the suspected causes are road rage and gridlock. Luckily, there's an antidote: rapid transit.
When the zombies spread to Vancouver, will we be ready?
Are you the most horrible person in Vancouver? That's what Improv Against Humanity intends to find out.
Comedy troupe The Fictionals take to the stage at Café Deux Soleils (2096 Commercial Drive) tonight to act out scenes from the grotesquely hilarious card game, Cards Against Humanity.
(Never heard of it? Check it out here.)
Participants will be selected from the audience to play the game live, while the Fictionals offer up their improv-tastic take on the winning card combinations.
A song celebrating the death of Margaret Thatcher was included in yesterday's performance of the musical Billy Elliot, in London, after the audience was asked to vote for its inclusion.
According to the UK paper The Sun, the producers of the West End show "debated" whether or not to pull the song "Merry Christmas Maggie Thatcher" from the night's performance.
Ultimately, it was "decided that it would be best to put it to a democratic vote to the audience.”
The chorus of the song, written by Elton John and Lee Hall, includes the line, "Merry Christmas Maggie Thatcher, we all celebrate today, 'cause it's one day closer to your death."
In one of the least surprising bits of entertainment news of the year, NBC has announced that Tonight Show host Jay Leno will be replaced by the younger and prettier Jimmy Fallon in the spring of 2014.
At this point, there's no sign that the 62-year-old Leno will have a monumental shit fit like Conan O'Brien had after he was axed to clear the way for Leno's return a few years ago.
Leno has been making a lot of jokes recently at the expense of NBC executives. You can expect that to continue in the wake of today's news that he's being replaced by a 38-year-old who sometimes acts half his age.
The Toronto Transit Commission has introduced the concept of the "personal car" in its subway system. In these special compartments, commuters can eat fried chicken, clip their nails, and listen to loud music—no problem.
Wait, that sounds like the SkyTrain at dinner time. Luckily for TTC riders, the personal car is an April Fools' Day promotion that expired today at noon in the Big Smoke.
Unfortunately, for us on the West Coast, some commuters will no doubt continue to treat the SkyTrain as their personal car, whether or not it's April Fools' Day.
Billboards have appeared in China's Hunan Province asking people to stop blackmailing the government with photoshopped porno images.
Thirty-seven suspects from four different gangs were recently arrested in Shuangfeng County for the crime. Hunan TV reported that they got away with over $7 million CAD after digitally adding hard-working party officials into three-ways and bisexual double penetration scenarios (using my imagination a little here).
Even when you heckle something nice. Like, "I think your boots are really sexy."
From a recent benefit for a school in Staten Island.