Walking down to LiveCity Yaletown last night (February 23), I wondered what kind of crowd I'd join in greeting the Constantines.

The Ontario-based five piece has a strong name for itself on this side of the country. But we were on Day 12 of the Olympic party, and I was starting to see the night's relentless call to arms take its toll on the city's music fans.

I shouldn't have questioned Vancouver's resilience.

The crowd at LiveCity was ready to go for the Constantines' 8 p.m. show. And the guitar rock band was more than ready for them.

Sointula biologist Alexandra Morton has raised a frightening prospect for those worried about the impact of sea lice on  Pacific wild-salmon species.

In a video created by filmmaker Twyla Roscovich, Morton presents evidence that sea lice near Nootka Sound might have acquired resistance to the  drug/pesticide Slice, which is fed to  farmed fish.  

Check out the video and draw your own conclusions.

Nootka Lice Problems from Twyla Roscovich on Vimeo.

Live Nation has just announced that Australian roots-jam band the John Butler Trio will play the Commodore Ballroom on Saturday, May 29. The group will be performing material from its first studio album in three years, April Uprising, which is scheduled for release on April 6. Opening the show will be State Radio.

Tickets for the Georgia Straight presentation are priced at $29.50, plus service charges, and go on sale to the general public this Friday (February 26) at 10 a.m. at LiveNation.com, but Straight readers who sign up for THE LIST newsletter before tomorrow will get the password for the presale.

The Vancouver Police Department issued the following statement this morning (February 23):

February 23rd - The Vancouver Police would like to thank everyone for the increasingly overwhelming show of Olympic spirit. Seeing tens of thousands of people wearing red and white, children with the Canadian Flag painted on their cheeks, and the spontaneous singing of O’ Canada has created an exhilarating and safe environment for celebration.

Former Police-man Sting will open his North American tour with a show on June 2 at the Centre in Vancouver for Performing Arts, Live Nation announced today.

He'll be performing his most celebrated songs while accompanied by the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra, under conductor Steven Mercurio.

Sting will also be joined by a quartet composed of longtime guitarist Dominic Miller, percussionist David Cossin, vocalist Jo Lawry, and bassist Ira Coleman.

Tickets are priced at $251, $151, and $90 (plus service charges and fees) and go on sale March 8 at 10 a.m. at www.livenation.com/.

The  man who some thought was really  in charge of  the United States government  from 2000 to 2008 has been admitted to hospital.

According to CNN, former vice president Dick Cheney is suffering from chest pains.

Cheney has had four heart attacks in the past. The first occurred in 1978, which is the same year he was elected to Congress for the first time.

His second heart attack occurred in 1984. The third one in 1988 led to  quadruple bypass surgery. In 2000  Cheney suffered what he called a minor heart attack, which resulted in the installation of a coronary stent.

According to the Live Nation website, American shock rockers Rob Zombie and Alice Cooper will perform at the Pacific Coliseum on Saturday, May 1.

It should be a concert made in heaven for fans of hard rock and horror, as both singers are famous for their love of the macabre and the downright nasty. Both are also noted for putting on hugely entertaining, highly theatrical shows.

The last time Cooper played here was a doubleheader Sept. 18-19, 2008, at the Centre in Vancouver for Performing Arts, and what a performance it was! Zombie's last Vancouver gig was August 3, 2006, at the Pacific Coliseum, with Anthrax opening up.

If anyone needed further proof of the Vancouver Police Department’s reputation as a giant wet blanket, a good example played out on the city’s East Side this past Saturday. Four or five costumed young men, probably from a local martial-arts school, were working their way down the north side of Hastings Street west of Nanaimo, performing the 1,000-year-old lion dance in front of Chinese-owned businesses.

The 2010 Writers Guild of Canada Screenwriting Award nominees were announced today.

148 scripts were narrowed down to 43 finalists in 11 categories, with 76 screenwriters nominated.

Winners will be announced in Toronto on April 19.

A while ago, I wrote a blog post noting  that Premier Gordon Campbell had muscled aside Vancouver mayor Gregor Robertson in attracting Olympic-related publicity.

The premier's media handlers have been quick to distribute pictures of the boss to various newspapers.

Now, it appears that the mayor is fighting back. If you go to the city's Web site, you'll find a new page dedicated to the "Green Mayor", as he puts it.

There are also  tons of Olympic-related photos of Robertson.

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