The Color Run brands itself the "Happiest 5k on the Planet".

On September 13, the annual paint run touched down in Vancouver.

Photographer Andrew Chin shot these images with a GoPro.

Classic cars and trucks are becoming a common sight in Fairview—more so the farther west you go.

Kitsilano—the next neighbourhood to the west—must be filthy with them.

But in a neighbourhood where the rare and uncommon are commonplace—where it’s nothing to see parking lots full of expensive Land Rovers or Lexuses, or even lines of restored 1950s pickup trucks—a Jaguar E-Type sports car remains a rare and welcome sight.

One of the fastest-looking cars ever built

Thirty years ago today—on Sept. 13, 1984—KISS released its 12th studio album, Animalize. Although it wasn't exactly classic KISS, I do seem to recall thinking that the single "Heaven's On Fire" was alright.

The album was unique in "KISStory", as Gene Simmons might say, because it was the only one to feature guitarist Mark St. John, who replaced Vinnie Vincent in April of '84 but would be forced to leave KISS by November after being diagnosed with Reiter's Syndrome, a severe form or arthritis. St. John died in April of 2007 at age 51 from a brain hemorrhage bought on by an accidental overdose of methamphetamines.

Being a journalist and all, I subscribe to the email lists of the Conservative Party of Canada and other political parties. This means I get super-annoying fundraising emails in my inbox all week long.

Today (September 12), there was something a little different from the Conservatives. The message was from Fred DeLorey, the party's director of political operations.

The email began:


Have you looked at the list of longest serving Prime Ministers lately?

Today, Prime Minister Harper passed Louis St. Laurent, and we want to give you an opportunity to congratulate his hard work over this time.

The email went on:

King Street starts to empty. TIFF posters peel off the bulletin boards and street lamps. Foreign journalists flee town with haste. The days of the Toronto International Film Festival are coming to a close.

There are still lineups around the block and the sandwiches in the media room still have about a 15 minute shelf life before they’re devoured. But much of the buzz is fizzling out of the TIFF Bell Lightbox building. It’s been something of a blessing (actual sleep? My god!), but it’s also sad as there’s an excitement around this town during TIFF that’s unmatched. 

Some observations

Vancouver-based dance organization New Works launches its 2014-15 season on September 18 at the Orpheum Annex (823 Seymour Street). The evening will feature four local contemporary dance companies: 605 Collective, the response., Out Innerspace Dance Theatre, and Tara Cheyenne Performance.

Josh Martin of 605 Collective and Tara Cheyenne Performance will present excerpts of critically acclaimed repertoire performed to sold-out audiences earlier this year. Out Innerspace Dance Theatre and the response. will preview upcoming works.

New Works was founded by Barbara Clausen 21 years ago and is a pillar of Vancouver’s dance scene.

Mandolinist Chris Thile and double bassist Edgar Meyer will open the 2014-15 Chan Centre Presents series with a performance at UBC’s Chan Centre for the Performing Arts (6265 Crescent Road) on September 16 at 8 p.m.

The award-winning MacArthur “Genius” Fellows and collaborators will present a high-energy evening of mainly original compositions that blur the boundaries between bluegrass, classical, and pop music.

Assert, Defend, Take Space: Aboriginal Youth Conference on Identity, Activism, and Film takes place October 18 at the Museum of Anthropology (6393 N.W. Marine Drive).

This day-long event combines film screenings with dialogue on issues of concern for Aboriginal youth, and features artists Kelli Clifton and Cody Lecoy as well as filmmakers Damien Eagle Bear and Emilio Wawatie.

As part of the conference, the MOA is also presenting Claiming Space: Voices of Urban Aboriginal Youth until January 4, 2015. This new exhibition features a unique look at contemporary art through the lens of Indigenous youth.

We like to say that things are “glaringly obvious”. But more often than not, glare blinds us to what would be obvious (if there was no glare).

Ask the three truck drivers I watched yesterday morning, speeding eastbound on West Broadway Avenue, straight into the glare of the sunrise and right through red traffic lights!

Or just ask me. This morning I completely missed my friend Virgil.

A hard worker with a bright and sunny disposition

Virgil is a building custodian. I see him almost every morning on the first leg of my trip to get breakfast.

Often I’ll round the corner into the east end of the alley of the block where his building is just as he’s arriving in his little putt-putt car at the west end of the alley.

Couldn't make it out last night? You missed the fast-rhyming Tech N9ne at the Commodore. Kat White was there and caught a moment of the show on Instagram. Here’s your concert pic of the morning. Tech N9ne at the Commodore Ballroom on September 11, 2014. Thanks Kat.