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Melo Productions has announced that reggae groups Easy Star All-Stars, Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad, and Tatanka will play a show at Venue on Thursday, September 18. 

Easy Star All-Stars has established itself as one of the top international reggae acts since its live debut in 2003.

On this tour, the group is returning to its first release to celebrate the decade anniversary of Dub Side of the Moon, a complete reggae re-imagining of Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon.

Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad is an American jam reggae band based in Rochester, New York whose eclectic blend of roots reggae, dub, and afrobeat has garnered it a large and growing following. 

The 2014 Celebration of Light features Team France on Wednesday (July 30).

Photographer Andrew Chin got a behind the scenes look at the team's preparations.

Four months ago I did a blog about Led Zeppelin releasing deluxe reissues of its first three albums, under the headline "Led Zeppelin super-deluxe boxed sets destroy all other boxed sets."

Well, I take it back.

Today the legendary hard-rockers announced that they are releasing two more deluxe editions, and these are the ones that really destroy all other boxed sets.

At least until that Physical Graffiti boxed set comes along.

Is it time for Wikipedia to lock down the entry on Christy Clark?

A quick perusal of her Wikipedia page today finds a salacious, unsourced allegation against the B.C. premier.

The page states that Clark attended three separate universities, including Simon Fraser University, but never received a university degree.

"Thus," as Wikipedia currently notes, "she is technically illiterate, as evidenced by her inability to formulate rational arguments." 

So who's behind this cheeky edit?

Do you get these in your bedroom?

This little green insect was bounding around my parkade last night and got a little too close to me. I lightly swatted it away; apparently stunning it momentarily—at least it stayed still long enough for me to get a photograph.

Its body was bright green and no more than an inch and a half long. It had six legs, antennae, wide-spaced little bug eyes, and a distinctive caliperlike feature on the end of its abdomen.

It had markings running along the top of its abdomen—yellow and brown highlights with two little black dots that suggested eyes—perhaps cryptic colouration to look like it had an insect watching its back.

Like Halloween, when the early October fogs start to roll in, and Christmas when the drug store starts playing "Jingle Bells" on November 1, it’s starting to feel like it’s almost here.

Yes, we’re talking about the Squamish Valley Music Festival, taking place August 8 to 10 at the Logger Sports Grounds and Hendrickson Fields. In anticipation of the big event—headlined by Eminem, Bruno Mars, and Arcade Fire—we’re spending the next few weeks rounding up local artists who’ll be playing the open-air party, and getting them to answer some important questions.

Let’s face it, nobody outside of the U.K. is paying all that much attention to the Commonwealth Games—which are taking place in Glasgow, Scotland, currently, by the way.

And of the 17 sports that are part of the competition, table tennis is probably low on your radar. (Lawn bowling is likely also low on the excite-o-metre.)

Therefore, we all missed this rather epic little bit of ping-pong when Singapore faced Nigeria in the men’s team semi-finals on July 27.

In the first round, Singapore’s Gao Ning—the 12th best ping-ponger in the world—played Segun Toriola, ranked somewhere past the 150th mark. Looks like confidence got the best of Ning because Toriola managed to give him a little scare.

The Shishosetsu literary readings takes place during the Powell Street Festival on Sunday (August 3) from 1:30 to 2:15 p.m. at the Firehall Arts Centre (280 East Cordova Street).

Shishosetsu, also known as Watakushi Shosetsu or I-novel, is a genre of literature that emerged in early 20th century Japan. The genre often blurs the lines between fiction and non-fiction because the author is the central character in an intimate self-revealing narrative.

Not long ago, Langara's journalism department head, Frances Bula, tweeted that no one except nerds pays attention to civic elections during the summer.

In this case, I plead guilty to being a nerd.

Today, I'm amused by NPA mayoral candidate Kirk LaPointe's latest effort to exploit the resignation of a Vision Vancouver park-board candidate.

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