Todd Kerns, recently declared to be "the Most Rockin’ Canadian Bassist of the 21st Century", performed with his band SMK&C (Slash featuring Myles Kennedy & the Conspirators) on the Howard Stern Show yesterday.

That's a long way from his birthplace of Estevan, Saskatchewan.

Over 8,000 kilometers separate Vancouver and Munich, but don’t be surprised if you see people walking the city streets wearing lederhosen and dirndls. Oktoberfest is upon us, and stein-swinging parties are being planned around the world.

In Vancouver, Steam Whistle Brewing will host an Oktoberfest event at the Imperial (319 Main Street) on Saturday (September 20). The Toronto-based brewery’s signature Pilsner will start flowing at 8 p.m.

Whistler got an early taste of Oktoberfest last weekend (September 11 to 14) when the Whistler Village Beer Festival filled the mountain town with craft beer lovers. Amid educational seminars, cask nights, parties, and brunches, the main event was the Saturday afternoon tasting on September 13.

There couldn't have been a better day for it. The gloriously sunny weather felt more like July than September, which meant the sunscreen was flowing along with the taps. About 3,500 people flooded Whistler Olympic Plaza to sample from the 64 breweries in attendance.

If you're the type of diehard Rush freak who thinks who've seen everything the band's ever put to video, get ready for this.

The Canuck prog-rock legends announced today that, on November 11, they'll be releasing a 10-DVD/6-Blu-ray collector's boxed set which also includes all eight songs from a show in 1974 at Laura Secord Secondary School, featuring original drummer John Rutsey.

Bet you weren't there for that gig!

Late last night (September 15) the folks at CityHallWatch were kind enough to provide me with a dataset detailing the salaries of everyone (I think) employed by the City of Vancouver through 2013.

From Aanestad to Zupan, there are more than 7,500 names on this list.

The information was obtained through a freedom of information request that reportedly took nine months and the intervention of the province’s privacy commissioner to complete.

The first-annual Vancouver Design Week takes place at various Vancouver venues now until September 28.

The two-week event includes talks, tours, awards, workshops, exhibits, parties, and pop-ups that celebrate and explore the unique design ecosystem of the city.

Highlights of VDW include a special design-focused edition of Pecha Kucha Night at the Vogue Theatre on September 18, a block party at Hawkers Market on September 20, amazing tablescapes and cocktails at Dinner by Design on September 21 and 22, the IDSWest launch party at the Vancouver Convention Centre on September 25, and more.

On September 14, I attended the Scotiabank Passions gala in support of the Dr. Peter AIDS Foundation as a media guest. For its 11th year, the popular fundraising event featuring over 20 Vancouver restaurants as well as live and silent auctions moved to a new venue: the Imperial Vancouver (319 Main Street).

With news circulating about the B.C. Teachers’ Federation and the B.C. Public School Employers’ Association reaching a tentative agreement to end the B.C. teachers’ strike, many students and parents are no doubt wondering when the school year will finally begin.

School districts don't appear to have the answer—yet. And of course, teachers still must vote to approve the tentative deal.

Media outlets are abuzz with the news that a tentative agreement has been reached to end the B.C. teachers’ strike.

The B.C. School Trustees Association says it had two representatives at the bargaining table.

“This is wonderful news for the students, teachers, administrators, support staff, trustees and parents in BC,” BCSTA president Teresa Rezansoff said in a news release. “The immediate goal is to get students back in classes as quickly as possible. We must then focus on the critical work of strengthening our public education system and rebuilding trust.”

Couldn't make it out last night? You missed the New York-based Interpol at the Commodore. Diana Villarreal was there and caught a moment of the show on Instagram. Here’s your concert pic of the morning. Interpol at the Commodore Ballroom on September 15, 2014. Thanks Diana.