The press gallery is a club, both literally and figuratively. There’s a collegial atmosphere among the members, who don’t criticize each other publicly.
In fact, the dean of the press gallery, Vaughn Palmer, often praises the other members, even if they work for rival media companies. As the alpha male in the gallery, Palmer sets the tone in the place.
I’m not a member of that club, which has more than its share of employees of Canwest Global Communications Corp.
If the 2009 edition of the Junos has done anything for Vancouver (besides, that is, pump a few million dollars into the local economy) it’s create a buzz on the streets.
Take Friday night for example. Thanks to the kind of weather that makes you wonder why in the hell you don’t move to Phoenix, the much-ballyhooed WestJet street party wasn’t exactly looking like a housewrecker around 6:15 p.m.; Elise Estrada’s audience consisted of 22 confused-looking Japanese exchange students.
While most of Vancouver will probably be rockin' the weekend away at all the Juno events being held here, there are two small film festivals to check out if international or culturally-oriented movies are more your thing.
Tomorrow (March 28), the Vancouver Jewish Film Festival will present its inaugural Mini-Fest at the Ridge Theatre (3131 Arbutus Street). It's a teaser for the main event, which will be the full festival presented October 24 to November 8.
March 26's sold-out City and Colour show at the Orpheum Theatre kicked off the beginning of a weekend of great Canadian music—which includes a four-day party on Granville Street—in celebration of the Junos this Sunday.
City and Colour, led by frontman Dallas Green, is a far cry from his hardcore-indie rock band Alexisonfire, but with guitar in hand the heavily tattooed Green showed everyone his soft side.
The Junos are Vancouver’s chance to show the world (or more accurately, some of the rest of Canada) that it’s everything a proper Olympic host city should be. The city tries its best at fun this weekend with the WestJet Street Party–taking place until Sunday over a stretch of two blocks nestled between construction ditches on Granville Street.
The event kicked off last night with free performances by Hot Hot Heat, Hey Rosetta!, and Said the Whale.
In addition to the usual Granville Street stagger, expect vendors, information booths, a beer garden, DJ sets, Olympic love-ins, and both free and ticketed concerts.
Cool video. But I'm not convinced the visuals actually go with the song.
This morning (March 27), extreme skiing lost a pioneer and legend. Vancouver-born Shane McConkey died in an accident in Italy, his sponsor, Red Bull, has said.
In a statement, Red Bull said that McConkey was in Corvara, Italy, on a ski-BASE jump for a movie when he experienced a mid-air malfunction. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Speaking from McCoo’s in Whistler, co-owner Jeff Coombs reacted to the news of McConkey’s death: “It’s very tragic. He was an icon. He was the creator of everything we were talking about a couple years ago. For big mountain and extreme, he was the guy.”
It's been a sad spring for TV fans. Several beloved TV series have been or will be coming to an end this year.
Such was the case with the highly anticipated frakkin' finale of Battlestar Galactica, which received mixed reviews, on March 20. SPACE reported it drew a Canadian audience of about 430,000 (in the viewers 2+ category) and American publications reported an audience of around 2.5 million.
The finale, which ended a successful four-year run, will be rebroadcast on Saturday (March 28) at 6 p.m. EST on SPACE.
Perhaps when he agreed to play half a season for the Vancouver Canucks, Mats Sundin thought that meant only playing the home games. But there are road games on the schedule too, although you wouldn't know it by looking at Sundin's statistics.
The 38-year-old has scored in just one of the 14 road games he's played in a Canuck uniform (although to be fair, he scored twice on February 10 in St. Louis). But there was clearly no magic in the Scottrade Center on March 26, as Sundin was a non-factor and was again held pointless as his Canucks fell 4-2 to the Blues.
Metro Vancouver has launched an on-line database to help residents recycle everything from paper and clothing to hazardous materials and antiques.
Metro Vancouver Recycles, unveiled March 25, shows you where to take these materials.
“The question we’re constantly getting from citizens is: Where do I take it?” Marvin Hunt, chair of the Metro Vancouver waste management committee, said in a press release. “This is a tool so we can tell them, in their own house, where to take it so they can plan their recycling trips.”