Employees of Kinder Morgan were probably hoping for some good food, lots of booze, and a little office gossip.

They also got a side order of protesters opposed to their company's controversial Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project.

Beyond Boarding, the snowboarders-for-good organization founded by Tamo Campos (David Suzuki's grandson), has posted the following video showing climate-change activists interrupting a Kinder Morgan staff dinner at Fishworks in North Vancouver.

Couldn't make it out last night? You missed top-drawer ska bands the Aggrolites and the Mad Caddies at the Imperial. Will G. was there and caught a moment of the show on Instagram. Here’s your concert pic of the morning. The Aggrolites and the Mad Caddies at the Imperial on January 25, 2015. Thanks Will.

Most of the Vancouver-shot movies I covered during my time as a freelancer for Fangoria magazine actually made it into theatres. One that didn't was The Resurrected, which was based on the H.P. Lovecraft novella, The Case of Charles Dexter Ward.

The movie--aka Shatterbrain--went directly to video, but that's okay with me. The main reason I wanted to cover it, apart from the Lovecraft angle, was that it was directed by Dan O'Bannon, who horror freaks may recall wrote the screenplay for Ridley Scott's Alien.

In other words, the guy was hot shit.

Here's a heavily edited version of my set-visit piece which ran in the September 1991 Fangoria, a special Lovecraft issue.


Looking for something to do tomorrow? The Straight’s got you covered. Here are six events happening in or around Vancouver on Monday, January 26.


Scandinavian death-metal bands Mayhem and Watain coheadline at the Rickshaw Theatre.

Bluegrass banjoists Alan Munde and Bill Evans (pictured above) perform bluegrass, original compositions, fiddle tunes on banjo, and slow songs at the ANZA Club.


The very strange Dennis Rodman is back in the news again. The former NBA star and onetime Celebrity Apprentice star has made most extensive comments to date on a movie depicting the assassination of his friend Kim Jong-un.

In an interview with the Hollywood Reporter, Rodman said that he didn't believe that Kim's North Korean regime hacked Sony Pictures' email system in response to Seth Rogen's comedy, The Interview.

"How many movies have there been attacking North Korea?" Rodman said. "And they never hacked those. North Korea is going to hack a comedy, a movie that is really nothing? I can’t see that happening."

Looking for something to do tomorrow? The Straight’s got you covered. Here are 11 events happening in or around Vancouver on Sunday, January 25.


American folk-rock singer-songwriter Marc Cohn (pictured above) takes the stage at the Kay Meek Centre in support of latest release Listening Booth: 1970.

The Victoria B.C. Ska Society presents ska-reggae acts Mad Caddies and the Aggrolites, along with guests the Bunny Gang, at the Imperial.

Uber has tried to turn the tables on the City of Toronto by claiming that 26 of its licensed taxi drivers didn't meet the San Francisco-base company's standards.

The Toronto Star reported that Uber Toronto's general manager, Ian Black, made this claim in an affidavit filed in his firm's legal battle with the city.

The story carried the standard disclaimer: "None of the allegations have been proven in court."

Uber, which created a ride-booking app, has claimed that it relied on a company to conduct background checks on the Toronto taxi drivers.

The world's high and mighty have gathered in Davos, Switzerland, for their annual talkfest.

In recent years, these meetings have invariably attracted a protest from Femen, the sextremist feminist group that goes topless to highlight its opposition to tyranny, patriarchy, and religious oppression.

This year, Femen did something different. Rather than trying to storm a conference room, one of its demonstrators stood outside and begged for spare change in the freezing cold.


Naturally, she was hauled away by security officials.

It’s National Handwriting Day, the annual moment when everyone is reminded how much theirs sucks. If your penmanship hasn’t always looked like the product of a DMT trip during aircraft turbulence, it probably does now, what with all the years you’ve spent thumb-typing.

Still, it’s an art that deserves celebration, alongside origami, thatching, and other remnants of the slow-motion pre-Internet world. As David H. Baker, executive director of the Writing Instrument Manufacturers Association, puts it, “Though computers and e-mail play an important role in our lives, nothing will ever replace the sincerity and individualism expressed through the handwritten word.”

Looking for something to do tomorrow? The Straight’s got you covered. Here are 15 events happening in or around Vancouver on Saturday, January 24.


The Georgia Straight presents local instro-surf quartet the Hang-Ten Hangmen (pictured above) in a performance at the Media Club. Guests Butch Murphy, Hank Pine & Lily Fawn, and go-go dancers Lydia DeCarllo and Villainy Loveless will also be taking the stage.