Thirty years ago today—on March 5, 1984—local glam-metal band Kradle played Burnaby’s James Cowan Theatre with Black Knight. At the time I was the guy with the Judas Priest cap at the Georgia Straight who was covering the metal scene, and I was mightily impressed by these young lads from the 'burbs.
Looking back, they reminded me of a less sleazy Motley Crue, but just didn’t get the break they needed to move up in the music biz. Before retyping this dusty article I did a bit of research on the ‘net and was saddened to learn that lead singer Tod Larkin had drowned in a “boating-related accident” in 1989.
Here’s the admittedly amateurish Local Musicians story I did on the band in the Straight's March 2, 1984 issue.
Bus lineups: we all hate them. Whether we're trying to load onto a vehicle or simply trying to use a crowded sidewalk, the unordered mass of people impatiently waiting for transit in Vancouver is a constant source of frustration.
However, instead of merely whinging about the problem, today we* present a solution to the scourge of bus queues:
Paint some lines on the ground so people know where to line up.
Instead of waiting for individuals to form haphazard queues—or dense crowds that merely push onto a bus with no sense of order—TransLink could create a permanent way to mark where people should be in order to load.
On Facebook, Vision Vancouver park board commissioner Sarah Blyth has announced she is not seeking reelection or running for city council in this November's civic election.
But that's not all Blyth said in her statement, posted today (March 4). The former park board chair wrote (this is a straight-up cut-and-paste):
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Goldenvoice has announced that Australian alt-rock group Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds—with guest Mark Lanegan—is adding a second show at the Orpheum on Tuesday, July 1, in addition to the June 30 show.
Perhaps to take some heat off the embarrassing handling of Roberto Luongo, the endless losses in 2014, and the fact that the team couldn’t score if Sasha Grey was in net, the Vancouver Canucks have officially announced the release of a new alternate jersey.
Even though the logo isn’t totally fresh (having first surfaced last year), it is fitting given the way that the once-proud franchise has continued to flounder.
The Canucks marketing department has announced that the logo will be half-assedly stitched onto tattered jerseys that look like something Tom Hanks might have worn in the last reel of Castaway. As part of an advertising campaign to be rolled out after the Ryan Kesler shitshow has finally been botched, the jerseys will be modelled by David Booth.
With Russian troops occupying Crimea and sabre-rattling all around, there’s no better time to revisit the Canadian Cold War classic, 11 Steps to Survival.
First published in 1961 and reprinted throughout the 1960s by the Canadian Emergency Measures Organization, the booklet outlines everything you’ll need to know in the case of a thermonuclear exchange. From blast and radiation protection to simple first aid, it’s all covered.
An anonymous Vancouver street artist is giving former KGB boss and current Russian president Vladimir Putin some support—38DDs-worth?
The small, hot-pink stencil graffiti is in the lane on the east side of Cambie Street around the corner from 18th Avenue. It probably dates back to the start of the Sochi Winter Olympics on February 7.
Most container recycling blue bins in the Fairview neighbourhood live outside just like homeless people do. The bins sit behind the apartment buildings and are accessible 24 hours a day. Binners come and go and the bins are checked over and over.
A minority of bins stay inside their apartment building and only come out once a week for recycling pickup. When they do come out they represent a week’s worth of a building’s recyclables (unless a building custodian has gotten to them first), untouched by any binners.
Earlier today, I was lucky enough to get first crack at two such “inside” container bins out of their building ahead of tomorrow morning’s recycling pickup.
It was a rough end to 2013 for Lululemon Athletica founder Chip Wilson.
In November, Wilson sparked controversy by suggesting to an interviewer that some women's bodies were to blame for the Vancouver-based company's see-through yoga pants fiasco. Then Wilson added fuel to the fire by releasing a pseudo-apology on video. In December, Lululemon announced Wilson will resign as its chair by June.
The 10th annual CelticFest Vancouver takes place March 8 to 16 at various Vancouver venues. The festival features music, dance, theatre, revelry, spectacle, and more celebrating traditional and contemporary Celtic culture over nine days.