Couldn't make it out last night? You missed American electronic-rock duo Phantogram at the Vogue. Sheena Conroe was there and caught a moment of the show on Instagram. Here’s your concert pic of the morning. Phantogram at the Vogue Theatre on December 14, 2014. Thanks Sheena.

Although it's being called the "transit referendum", the upcoming vote on a 0.5-percentage-point PST hike in Metro Vancouver is also about funding for a new Pattullo Bridge and road work.

Insights West has released the first polling results on the ballot question, and they show there's more support than opposition out there—but it's still early. 

Still wondering which hiking trails were affected by the recent Seymour River rockslide?

Metro Vancouver has released the above map of trail closures in the Lower Seymour Conservation Reserve.

Beauty pageants are sometimes criticized by feminists as a throwback to a bygone era. 

But for young women competing in Fairchild TV's annual Miss Chinese Vancouver competition, this event is seen a passport to fame and fortune in the Asian entertainment industry.

This year's winner, Erica Chen, was also deemed most photogenic. She performed "Castles in the Sky" on the zither at the December 10 event at the Vancouver Convention Centre.

Chen will be a contestant in the Miss Chinese International Pageant 2015.

The first runner-up in the Miss Chinese Vancouver pagent was Maggie Wu, followed by Jessica Hu.

Australian security forces stormed a Sydney café to end a 16-hour hostage-taking.

New South Wales police announced that the siege had ended at 2:44 a.m. at the Lindt Chocolate Café, and they have confirmed that the guman is dead.

Two people were wheeled out on stretchers.

During the standoff, five or six people (believed to be hostages, with some of them wearing Lindt aprons), had managed to run out of the café.

Thirteen people are reportedly being held hostage in the Australian city of Sydney.

Some news stories from the scene have noted that a flag with Arabic letters was spotted in the window of the Lindt chocolate cafe in the central business district.

The BBC has reported that hundreds of armed police have surrounded Martin Place, where the shop is located.

When third baseman Brett Lawire was shipped off with some other Blue Jays to the Oakland Athletics last month, it seriously upset one of his younger fans.

A six-year-old Canadian girl named Amelia was devastated by the news. Her wailing cries were captured on the video above by her dad, Alex Lyttle, who posted it on YouTube.

When pops suggested that Lawrie might return to the Jays in a future trade, Amelia didn't believe him, saying he's too good to be dealt again.

All of this has prompted a sympathetic response from the Lawrie family.

And recently, Lawrie paid a surprise visit to Amelia at a Boston Pizza outlet in Langley, where he was born, to hand over a signed jersey, a stuffed animal, and a bobblehead doll.

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


Canadian country bands Doc Walker (pictured above), the Road Hammers, and BlackJack Billy perform on the Bands on the Run Tour at the Commodore Ballroom.


Musica intima presents Yuletide stories, music, and texts sourced from the audience during a performance of A Christmas Story.


Comedian Bill Cosby has told reporter Stacy Brown that his wife of more than 50 years, Camille Cosby, is standing by him.

Cosby's comments, which appeared on, left that impression when asked how Camille is holding up in the wake of news stories full of damning allegations about him drugging and sexually assaulting women.

The website has listed the favourite dog names of 2014.

Among male canines:

1. Max

2. Buddy

3. Charlie

4. Jack

5. Cooper

6. Rocky

7. Toby

8. Tucker

9. Jake

10. Bear

Among the females:

1. Bella (It's ranked first three years in a row.)

2. Lucy

3. Daisy

4. Molly

5. Lola

6. Sophie

7. Sadie

8. Maggie

9. Chloe

10. Bailey

Eighteen of the 20 are human names as well. The only exceptions are Buddy and Bear.