Archive for February, 2008

Whitecaps Season Tickets still on sale


I’ve bought ice packs for the Canucks. I used to get free tickets to the Vancouver Canadians while in elementary school. I’ve seen what this city has to offer for sports and I have to say that for value for your money the best thing going is the Vancouver Whitecaps, and thankfully they’ve still got seasons tickets for sale [vwc]. Though the early bird sale is over, the tickets are still an incredible bargain, starting at just $175 for 15 home games.

The team is good, having won the Division Championship in 2006 and the level of soccer (football) is fairly high. Plus the ticket pack comes with a ticket for the annual international game which in past years have included high level English football clubs and last year David Beckham and the LA Galaxy. The games have a great atmosphere, and are incredibly fun. It’s well worth the going.

Now if I could only convince them to give me photo accreditation so I didn’t have to hide my camera down my pants when I went to games.

The Vancouver Five: 2010 Opening Concert

Ron Sexsmith @ Cultural Olympiad Vancouver 2010

The pre-Olympic hype kicked off with a concert featuring Ron Sexsmith and Feist playing alongside the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. Here are five random thoughts that popped into my head during the show.

5) My math might be off, but isn’t 2008 two years too early for the Olmypics?

4) Ben Mulroney hosting? What they couldn’t get Justin Trudeau? Are Ben’s writers on strike too, because he’s painfully unfunny?

3) Three songs from Ron Sexsmith, I thought he was supposed to be a co-headliner. Jesus, Jorane got more stage time.

2) I understand not getting press credentials, because we all know this internet thing is just a fad, but please if I’m taking a photo without disturbing anyone else and without a flash do we really need ushers converging on me like I just snuck outside food into a movie theatre.

1) Who taught Feist how to rock? And why doesn’t she do that on her albums?

Bonus) I really need to go see the VSO at some point. They’re quite good.

As seen, on our way the Chinese New Year Parade on Sunday

Anonymous - in the wrong aperture
And then I read about it on the Los Angeles Metroblogger and then laughed when I saw this version.

Please note…I took a few photos in the wrong aperture setting, but ended up liking the effect.

They Forgot Kwanzaa

The Bay Celebrates Winter Holidays

Seen at the Bay in Metrotown.

Vancouver Five: Ways to fix the Canucks

With the NHL trade deadline approaching 24 Hours asked what would you do as GM [tfh]. Don’t worry if that link doesn’t work, apparently permalinks are still a mystery to some people, because I have the five things the Canucks need to do to win the it all this season.

5) Move to WHL: Being relegated down a league is a what happens to crappy teams in European soccer (football) leagues, why not the NHL? I really think the Canucks stand a chance of beating the Kelowna Rockets this season.

4) Bring back Brian Burke: Down in Anaheim he’s proving that he knows how to build a winning hockey team almost as well as Emilio Estevez. Think about how successful he would in a city where the crowd didn’t spend the entire game on their BlackBerries blogging about the Yahoo/Google merger. Oh, wait…

3) New rule nobody sleeps with the starting goalie’s wife: This will include the goalie himself as well as anyone else on his team. Seriously we lose all of our best goalies that way.

2) Give Trevor Linden steroids: The Trevor Linden we had in 1994 would have won us a Cup by now. This one is old and slow. I’m sorry but while I love him like a father I’ve never met and who pays no child support, he’s just not the player he was. I’ve had to rule out time travel, so made a dangerous regime of body enhancing drugs might work. Couldn’t hurt… much.

1) Change uniforms again: If the team’s not going to be able to sell jerseys based on how they’re playing on ice at least they could screw their fans over a bit more by making us all buy new tops yet again.

Vancouver Five: Signs that God hates us

With the recent avalanche closing the Coquihalla Highway [cbc] we thought we’d bring you the five signs that God is pissed off at British Columbia. Don’t worry though, we’re still the most safest place ever imagined [ss].

5) The Okanagan Mountain Park Fire [ck]: In Vancouver we build up, and in Kelowna they build out. Thankfully no human lives were lost, but it serves as a harsh lesson that if you’re going to build your house on the edge of the interface zone separating a city and a Provincial Park at some point you’re going to be packing your belongings into a car and fleeing.

4) Stephen Jr. Left: When Stephen Colbert’s eagle son Stephen Junior, a baby bald eagle donated to the talk show host by the San Francisco Zoo, flew up to British Columbia the talk show host appealed to Americans to lure the eagle back down. Apparently the attempt by Bellingham residents to trick the eagle back across the Peace Arch Crossing worked [yt]. Canada is down one eagle, and the end times draw nearer.

3) North Vancouver mudslides: It’s always bad form to be a smart ass when people die, so I’m just giving you a few links on this one [cbc][ubyss].

2) Heath Ledger: It’s always bad form to be a smart ass when people die, but it’s okay if that person was famous. How did the Joker kill our film industry? Don’t ask me but he did [cbc]. It truly was the day the music died.

1) The riot was pretty good too:

Interview with Metroblogging co-founder

sean @ the muqua

Originally uploaded by astera snowwhite.

If you’ve been wanting to find out a bit more about the people behind the Metroblogging network there’s an interesting interview on The Dog & Pony Show with Metroblogging’s co-founder Sean Bonner [dp]. It’s worth a quick watch if the overall world wide project interests you.

Warning if you have ever been in a job interview with a company with a human resources department, the interviewer will remind you of that experience. He’s got that enthusiasm for pretty much anything said that gave me flashbacks to my ongoing job hunt.

Curious doings in the far, far, far left of local politics

From the fringes of activism, way over there on the barricades manned (however sparsely) by MAWO while they publish this paper comes a treat of a story.

In his resignation from these organizations, one Ivan Drury gives an entertaining account of life in the leftmost lane. Credit card fraud! 3-hour meetings to confront petty bourgeois tendencies! Stolen email! Assault!

It’s a sad tale, especially when Ivan explains that the active core of this revolutionary group numbers about fifteen members. My favorite part was the accompanying diagram (bottom of the post) which shows the rather complex structure (13 organizations?) this revolutionary cadre has constructed.

But as a peek into the inner workings of one of the more, ah, colorful subcultures of Vancouver life? It’s priceless.

Update: Terry Glavin is all over this, and includes some bemusing links between MAWO-set and the NDP.

The Vancouver Five: Overwaitea’s demands

save on foods

Originally uploaded by TheCoolLife..

With the Overwaitea Food Group, which also operates PriceSmart, Save-On-Foods and Urban Fare, demanding the ability to assign two hour shifts to its employees in the newest union contract [cbc], Metroblogging Vancouver discovered a few other things that the Jimmy Pattison-owned company is asking for.

5) Jim Pattison able to take any employee as a pool boy / happy ending masseuse.

4) New Save-On-Foods uniform includes bindle.

3) Employees to refer to high-end Urban Fare customers as “Your Highness”.

The period between an employee’s heart beats now considered part of their break.

1) Mandatory organ donor program to ensure management’s survival.

Canadian Idol Comes to Metro Vancouver

It’s the time of year boys and girls – Canadian Idol comes to Metro Vancouver.

On February 9th and 10th (this weekend) you have your chance to audition for the judges at Metropolis at Metrotown. Here are some of the basic rules on game day:

3. There is no 8 a.m. cut-off: people hoping to audition can arrive ANY TIME between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. on the day(s) of auditions. In most cities, you can choose to come on either the first or second day of auditions. You do NOT need to line up overnight, just show up between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. on the day of auditions.

5. Venues open at 6 a.m. on the day of auditions. Participants arriving before this time will be turned away by security. If you have subscribed to the Canadian Idol newsletter at, you may be notified by e-mail about a change in the opening time.

9. You must be a Canadian Citizen or Landed Immigrant – NO STUDENT VISAS.

14. DRESS TO IMPRESS but please, BE YOURSELF and let your personality shine! If you want to be on TV, do NOT wear clothes with visible logos, trademarks or offensive language. (Although if you want to wear a Miss604 Metroblogging shirt, just let me know).
[Read more @ Idol Audition Rules]

If you don’t make it as the top dog on Canada’s search for the next great pop star then you could always become a part of a pre-fab pop rock band like Hedley. I’m just sayin’

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