Looking for something to do tomorrow? The Straight’s got you covered. Here are 11 events happening in or around Vancouver on Friday, December 19.


Swedish rapper Yung Lean & Sad Boys (pictured above) performs with guests Gravity Boys at the Vogue Theatre.

The Modelos perform at a benefit for the Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society at the Fairview Pub.

Keithmas V celebrates the birthday and music of Rolling Stones member Keith Richards at the Electric Owl.


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You know those emails from your bank asking you to click on a link going to a suspicious-looking domain?

Apparently, even people who work for the B.C. government can be fooled by these kinds of things too.

Check out the statement just issued by Bette-Jo Hughes, chief information officer at the Ministry of Technology, Innovation and Citizens' Services:

This morning a computer virus caused by a malicious file attachment has infected the government's email servers. As soon as we became aware of the issue, we took immediate steps to mitigate the exposure to the government network and protect against the loss of information.

The B.C. government has approved the transit referendum question put forward by the Mayors' Council on Regional Transportation, with some tweaks.

While the mayors had proposed a 0.5-percentage-point hike to the provincial sales tax, Transportation Minister Todd Stone said it will be a new Metro Vancouver Congestion Improvement Tax that will be voted on by the region.

Stone also confirmed that the vote will be a mail-in ballot plebiscite. Ballot mailing will begin on March 16, 2015, and voting will end on May 29, 2015.

Here's Stone's letter to the mayors' council:

Re: Mayors' Council Recommendations

A fire has closed Main Street at East 48th Avenue.

Here are a couple photos of the scene.

The chill sent throughout the entertainment industry in the wake of The Interview fallout continues.

Although Canada has been spared having to endure the film due to Sony's cancellation of the film's stinker's film's theatrical release due to safety concerns, another Hollywood film set in North Korea has been canned.

It was another good year for hiking around Vancouver. But isn't it always?

Highlights for me included Mount Harvey, Mount McGuire, Alouette Mountain, Levette Lake, and Mount Crumpit.

Meet the Snoopy the northern saw-whet owl. 

I first saw him at A Midsummer Fete in Colony Farm Regional Park back in 2011.

Now he's the star of HootSuite's designed-to-go-viral take on the Yule log video.

It's not all self-promotional social-media marketing.

HootSuite is selling $20 stuffed animal versions of its Owly mascot, with all proceeds going to the Orphaned Wildlife Rehabilitation Society (O.W.L.). Well, until January 10, at least.

Twenty-five years ago tomorrow—on December 19, 1989—Ian Hunter and Mick Ronson played the 86 Street Music Hall.

For me, it didn't get any better than that. I'd been a huge fan of Hunter ever since I first heard his old band, Mott the Hoople, and Ronson...well, if you liked David Bowie in the '70s you liked him.

Hunter and Ronson had been collaborating for years, starting with Hunter's self-titled 1975 solo album, the one with that awesome version of "Once Bitten, Twice Shy" (not to be confused with Great White's version, referred to below).

When they came to Van they were touring behind the YUI Orta album, which I really loved, especially the track "Women's Intuition".

Saskatchewan-based News Talk 980 has reported that the former head coach of the SFU Clan football team is bound for Regina.

The Saskatchewan radio station cited unnamed sources saying Jacques Chapdelaine, a former Canadian Football League slotback, will become the Roughriders new offensive coordinator.

Chapdelaine was offensive coordinator of the B.C. Lions before taking over as head coach of the SFU Clan earlier this year. The Clan posted a 2-9 record as the only non-American team in the National Collegiate Athletic Association.