Jessica Werb alerted me to this duet between Céline Dion and Anastacia, which she described as "heaven". I'm pretty sure she was being sarcastic.
I then found this version of Shania Twain strangulating the rock 'n' roll out of the very same song (note her '68 Comeback-style outfit):
And now, for the satiation of anyone with mechanical-bull fantasies, here's the original:
According to Granville Island Tea Shop regular Patrick Couling, Brian Hemingway “touched many lives” before he died of a heart attack on November 4.
Hemingway was 67, and the ripples caused by his passing led to a well-attended celebration of life a week later. It was a fitting way to remember Hemingway, onetime Alcan employee and long-time renowned photographer and artist. Many lives were indeed touched, as evidenced by the many hours spent passing the time with Hemingway, who lived for many years in an artists’ space in Yaletown before being moved to a more wheelchair-friendly place he was not so keen on.
The Onion's A.V. Club has posted a list of the worst band names of the year, and there's at least one Canadian band in the bunch. Edmonton's Shout Out Out Out Out is included in the "Just Plain Bad" category. Not fair! But some of the others on the list are real stinkers. Here are a few of the worst of the worst:
The Rape Ape
Gay Witch Abortion
As a Vancouver kid of the '80s, I'm surprised that I had never heard of this song until just now. Perhaps Bryan Adams was making a bid to become a reggae singer? Who knows, but this video is something of a 1984 time capsule, what with Pee-Wee Herman, the original MTV VJs, and even a Mr. T doll.
(I first learned about this video on Stereogum, where Jon McMillan described "Reggae Christmas" as "one of the least necessary songs ever written". It's hard to argue with that.)
It’s a sure sign that they have too much free time on their hands, but at least it’s an entertaining one.
Vision Vancouver has released SamCity, a fictitious board game in which players "Keep their opponents down by the throat".
One picture of the game depicts a giant Mayor Sam Sullivan wearing a crown and towering over a city overcome by garbage. A "sense of hopelessness" is included, another picture states.
Fun for the whole family.
Georgia Straight reporter Carlito Pablo obtained a copy of Vision's SamCity release at a press conference on Sunday (December 17).
Prior to the trial of Conrad Black, I wrote an article noting how his long-time business partner's actions made sense to anyone familiar with the mathematical game called the Prisoner's Dilemma.
If two men are caught robbing a bank, they each face a choice. Do they remain silent or do they rat on their partner?
The game was invented by Merrill Flood and Melvin Dresher in 1950, and has attracted the interest of many mathematicians, including Nobel Prize winner John Nash.
Non-Partisan Association councillors “ignored council process and staff recommendations” to force public funding for a private business program through Vancouver City Council, a Vision Vancouver media release has alleged.
On Thursday (December 13), the NPA-majority Vancouver city council voted to fund an expansion of the Downtown Vancouver Business Improvement Association’s Downtown Ambassadors program.
This one has become a perennial favourite: David Bowie and Bing Crosby performing together on the latter's final Christmas television special, filmed in 1977. By some accounts, Crosby had never heard of Bowie until they were booked to perform together, but this seems dubious, given that Crosby and Grace Kelly's recording of the Cole Porter song "True Love" was featured in Bowie's film The Man Who Fell to Earth, which was released in 1976. Crosby died a month after this holiday special was shot, and so it did not air until after his death.
A classic from 1987: