Vancouver Whitecaps' Southsiders merrily interrupt VIFF proceedings

The Georgia Straight’s Craig Takeuchi was reporting on the Vancouver International Film Festival's Dragons and Tigers Awards on the red carpet outside the Vogue Theatre early Thursday (October 6) evening when proceedings were interrupted by a noisy walk-by.

It wasn’t a protest, though, just a group of the Vancouver Whitecaps’ most ardent and colourful supporters, the Southsiders, probably having just left Doolin’s Irish pub up the street and marching to their new pitch, B.C. Place Stadium, to take on Real Salt Lake in an MLS match. (The ’Caps won, 3-0.)

We’re the Southside
Super Southside
No one likes us
We don’t care!

Good on ya.

Video by Craig Takeuchi.

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Vancouver International Film Festival 2011

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Steve Newton
Just what Vancouver needs: drunken soccer hooligans!
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subhedgehog
Mr Newton got two out of three right. Not bad for a first try. The word he was looking for was 'supporter'. This correction brought to you by the south side.

We don't riot!
*clap* *clap* *clap clap clap*
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kaug
No one there is a hooligan. I believe it was just after this chant we started with "WE WON'T RIOT"... So there, who are the hooligans now?
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XXX
You are obviously at such a low lwvwl of education that you don't know any better but the Vancouver Southsiders are so far from being hooligans! They are against hooliganism! Unlike fans of another team in this city, hence the chant that the southsides were singing...WE DON"T RIOT!!!....WE DON"T RIOT!!! ECT!!!!!!
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Stop the Insularity!
Steve Newton is a NIMBY.

Come on you Whitecaps!
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Susan Harris
Steve obviously has no clue what a "hooligan" is, because the Southsiders are the farthest thing from it. On the contrary, they've been praised by Vancouver PD for the orderliness of the march. They even stop and wait for red lights before crossing an intersection, for crying out loud. Pretty much the opposite of hooligans, IMO.
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Zachary Adam Meisenheimer
Steve Newton,

I'm guessing you don't understand the term hooligan, but football supporters in Vancouver, including the Southsiders, are anything but. Please don't use a word that you don't comprehend or fully grasp. It may harm the positive efforts of those working towards building something special and meaningful in a city more known for sport related violence...and it makes you seem ignorant.

Much Love,

Zachary Adam Meisenheimer
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Dan Tanner
I think it's a refreshing change from drunken hockey hooligans eh ! I haven't seen a Southsider smash anything up in the city .. and they certainly wouldn't !
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Drew Shaw
What Vancouver doesn't need is drunken hockey hooligans. Soccer fans are not a problem in Vancouver, Steve.
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Bates
The other song we sang on that block was "We Don't Riot." A thing to keep in mind, Steve!
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Jordan Livingston
Just what Vancouver needs: an ignorant guy named Steve Newton who is an apparent Southside expert. Gotta love a well informed, thoughtful opinion.
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Whitecapper
Yeah because we were the ones who totally destroyed the city in June.. You have Canuck hooligans, not Whitecaps!
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Paul Vigano
Drunken hooligans interrupting drunken egos. Get with it Steve, most of these people were as drunk as those attending VIFF. Too call the Southsiders hooligans is an insult. This is not Europe and these hardcore supporters are not violent hooligans. The Southsiders are different. They have passion for their team, the game, the community and they make the games fun to attend, they are allowed to stand, sing and enjoy a sporting event as it should. If you are indeed a sports fan....stay with the Canucks. We don't need you nor want you.
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Steve 'Newton'
I apologize to the Vancouver Southsiders for being such a douche!
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John Knox
Steve, we agree with you: Vancouver does NOT need drunken soccer hooligans. However, if you are trying to suggest that's what the Southsiders are all about, then your comment is totally offside. Fact is, when we march we actually sing "We don't riot!" because we're embarrassed by the disgusting conduct of Vancouver hockey "fans" and other troublemakers who brought international shame upon our city. Also: check with the VPD and they will confirm that they generally deal with more fights and public intoxication incidents from one BC Lions or Canucks game than they do with an entire season of Whitecaps soccer. Our march to the match is a great example of how sports fans can bring a truly positive experience to public spaces. Join us at Doolin's for pint before the next match and you'll see that we're absolutely nothing like this very ugly stereotype you seem to have imagined.

John Knox, president
Vancouver Southsiders
Twitter: @Southsiders
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Chris Bruntlett
I brought my five-year-old daughter along to the march and the game, because a) she is welcomed with open arms and b) a Whitecaps ticket is much more affordable than the prohibitive Canucks. The Southsiders and Whitecaps are exactly what this city needs: positive attitudes, civic pride, community involvement, and accessible, family-friendly entertainment!
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Ken Krueger
So sorry that life interrupted your pleasure of standing in line, waiting to see a movie about life.
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Tractor Boy
He won't be the first or last person to make a comment regarding our marches. Get used to them. We promise, not to drink, swear, urinate, or make a nuisance of ourselves. (That's the hockey crowd)
We will however be the subject of numerous phone captures and open mouthed disbelief.
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Richard Davies
I think Steve must of had a few when he wrote this excuse for an "article" lol dear oh dear Stevie lad
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Richard Davies
I can't promise not to swear TB ;-) Steve come to Doolin's even join us for a game in the Southside see what we are about for yourself and i'm sure a much more interesting story/article can be found :-)
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