Remember "Hurricane", that great Bob Dylan tune about the imprisonment of Rubin "Hurricane" Carter?
Bob Mercer sure does.
Dylan's 1975 protest song came out five months after a notorious hostage-taking incident at the B.C. Penitentiary that took the life of 32-year-old prison social-worker Mary Steinhauser. Three years later, finding major inspiration in "Hurricane", Mercer wrote a song called "Wilson, Lucas & Bruce" that told the inside story of the 72-hour standoff, including Steinhauser's death "from a prison guard's gun" and the fact that B.C. Pen's extensive use of solitary confinement was what led to the hostage-taking in the first place.
The director of the Vancouver Art Gallery, Kathleen Bartels, is thrilled by yet another valuable gift from two of B.C.'s greatest patrons of the arts.
Polygon Homes chairman Michael Audain and his wife, Yoshiko Karasawa, have donated a self-portrait, Emily and Lizzie, by famed B.C. artist Emily Carr. It becomes the fifth self-portrait and 254th Emily Carr work in the VAG's collection.
"The painting fills a gap in the Gallery's representation of Emily Carr's work as her figurative works are extremely rare," Bartels said in a VAG news release.
Emily and Lizzie shows Carr, with her back in silhouette in a dark dress, sharing tea with her sister Lizzie, who's in the light in a white blouse.
Vancouver will host the largest hockey event that has ever taken place in B.C. on March 2, 2014. The Tim Hortons NHL Heritage Classic will see the Vancouver Canucks face off against the Ottawa Senators at BC Place.
The Heritage Classic, a series of outdoor regular-season NHL hockey games, launched in 2003 and was hosted by the Edmonton Oilers. In 2011, the Calgary Flames played the Montreal Canadiens in the second Heritage Classic. The Canucks are the third Canadian team to host the event, and this is the first time that the Heritage Classic will be played in a stadium with a retractable roof.
What a nice little cat. And cute? The photo just doesn’t do her justice. Goodbye kitty!
The Toronto International Film Festival has unveiled the top 10 Canadian features and short films for the 13th annual Canada's Top Ten Film Festival.
HBO Home Entertainment showcased its 2014 schedule at Gastown restaurant the Diamond, last night (December 2).
Not surprisingly, the cocktail parlour was decorated with Game of Thrones-themed items. Since the first episode aired back in April 2011, the bloody fantasy drama has taken its place at the very pinnacle of HBO’s roster.
Hence, there were two White Walkers posing for photo ops and a small candlelit room where you could have your runes read by a local psychic.
Each of the GoT houses, meanwhile, was represented by a themed drink. I went with the House Stark which featured a mix of three rums, orange, lime, winter spice, and amontillado sherry. That’s why I’m writing this drunk.
Live Nation has announced that Seattle-based indie-folk band the Cave Singers will play a show at the Rickshaw Theatre on Friday, February 28, 2014, in support of its fourth studio album, Naomi.
The core trio of Pete Quirk (vocals), Derek Fudesco (guitar), and Marty Lund (drums) has added long time friend Morgan Henderson (Blood Brothers, Fleet Foxes) on bass and extra instrumentation to round out the group.
Written over the span of ten months and recorded in one, Naomi captures the live performance energy that the band has developed over the past five years.
What's the biggest tip you've ever received?
Okay, multiply that by at least a hundred and you've got the mysterious benefactor who's been leaving thousands of dollars in tips in the U.S.
Going by the handle @tipsforjesus on Instagram—his (her? them?) bio simply reads "Doing the Lord's work, one tip at a time."—this mad tipper has given away over US$55,000 since the beginning of September.
So far, all that's known about the tipper is that they wield an AMEX card, have a predilection for college football, and travel frequently; huge tips have popped up in Michigan, Indiana, Chicago, Washington state, Utah, and Los Angeles.
Perhaps this is what TransLink means by "public consultation".
The regional transportation authority is taking a page—or episode, rather—from reality TV as it awards busker licenses for the coming year.
Buskers are set to audition on Wednesday (December 4) at TransLink HQ. While a panel of judges will select the winners of seven available licences, four buskers will be chosen to compete for an eighth licence.
TransLink plans to post videos of the four contestants' performances on The Buzzer Blog. The public will vote from December 5 to 15, and the winner will be named on December 16.
Couldn’t make it out last night? You missed the Head and the Heart at the Commodore Ballroom. Corina Esquivel was there and caught a moment on Twitter. Here’s your concert pick of the morning. The Head and the Heart at the Commodore on December 2, 2013. Thanks Corina.