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Music in Vancouver can be awfully overwhelming. Despite its no-fun city reputation, there are hundreds of talented musicians performing every month in our fair city. Luckily, a growing number of them have Twitter accounts... and most are actually using them.

To keep up to date with the latest from Vancouver's musical set (and a few from beyond the borders of the Lower Mainland), follow our Vancouver musicians list on Twitter or pick and choose from the alphabetical list below.

The B.C. government has launched a contest that encourages software developers to build Web and mobile applications that raise awareness about climate change.

Minister of State for Climate Action John Yap announced the Apps4Climate Action contest today (March 26) at the Globe 2010 conference in Vancouver.

To be eligible for the contest, apps must use B.C. government data from the province’s new Climate Change Data Catalogue. The catalogue is a portal to more than 500 publicly available data sets.

Developers can enter their apps between April 19 and July 15.

After persistent cold weather for months, enough is enough.

There's no better way (with the exception of putting your life on hold and hopping on a plane) to escape the winter—or freshly spring—blues and greys by catching some films about tropical paradises.  

I know, I know—it’s not quite what you hoped for.

But Ultimate Wave Tahiti is opening up at Omnimax Science World this weekend, and there’s also  a screening tonight (March 26) at Blim (197 17th Avenue)  of Hula Girls, a tale of a town's  transition from miner’s grime  to Hawaiian flowers.

Tar Nation may be a game, but it’s not just an idle on-line timewaster.

Billed as “Canada’s first tar sands video game”, Tar Nation was developed by Insidious Design for the Polaris Institute.

In this Flash game, the goal is to wipe the smug looks off the faces of “Stephen Tarper” and “Michael Oil Rignatieff” by using your super-duper oil gun.

It works momentarily, but soon enough the duo is popping back out from behind animal bones, a wilted flower, a chopped-down tree, and massive amounts of sludge-infused garbage.

The backdrop is a grey industrial playground billowing grey smoke into a grey sky. Desolation reigns.

What better way to break in the stage at Vancouver’s latest live music venue 560 than with a slew of female fronted metal bands?

Well, on Wednesday (March 24), 560 hosted the first of many shows to come with the appropriately named Femme Fatale Festivale. The night featured headliners Without Mercy, with Unleash the Archers, Scythia, and Eye of Odin filling out the bill.

The official grand opening for 560 is set for tonight (March 26) but here are some photos from Wednesday’s show and a sneak peak of the massive club.

Today, Premier Gordon Campbell announced there will be a new 680,000-square-foot entertainment complex, including a casino, adjacent to B.C. Place.

He was joined at the announcement by David Podmore, chair of Pavco, which is the Crown corporation that operates B.C. Place.

The $450-million proposal includes two hotels and, in the words of the government, a "gaming facility". Paragon Development has signed a 70-year lease with Pavco after a competitive bidding process.

The casino requires municipal approval.

 

In response to statistics that the BC Film Commission released today, the BC Producers' Branch of the Canadian Film and Television Production Association has expressed their concern about the 40 percent drop in B.C. domestic production levels in 2009 compared to the previous year.

While foreign production expenditures in B.C. increased from $841 million in 2008  to $1.09 billion  in 2009, domestic levels decreased from 174 productions spending $365 million in 2008 to 155 productions  with expenditures of  $217 million in 2009 (which is half of the domestic production expenditures in 2007 at $407 million).

By Roslyn Cassells

For the first time in a long time, I am proud to be a Canadian. Last weekend, white priders ran from a coalition of antiracist, anarchist, and gay-pride activists in New Westminster, and on March 23 reactionary American Ann Coulter of “Muslims should stay off of airplanes...and go ride a camel” infamy was run out of town in Ottawa during a speaking engagement at the University of Ottawa.

More than 25 library, education, creator, and consumer groups have issued a public letter calling on Industry Minister Tony Clement and Canadian Heritage Minister James Moore to adopt a flexible fair dealing approach. The letter argues for a "such as" approach to fair dealing by making the current list of fair dealing categories illustrative rather than exhaustive. The group points to three arguments - flexible fair dealing advances the balanced objectives of the Copyright Act, is consistent with Canadian values of fairness, and is consistent with international law. It concludes:

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