Tag Archives: Vancouver

[Music Video] – Black Red Yellow

 

I may be biased, but this is by far the best version of Wiz Khalifa’s Black & Yellow I have seen yet.

 

Black Red Yellow,
That’s my team.
Old school,
Way before the blue and green.



Need I say more? Check out Terell Safadi’s cover below.

 

Black Red Yellow – Terell Safadi

 

 

[via HeadToTheNet]

 

 

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12. Home, Sweet Home

30 Day Blog Challenge
A photograph of the town you live in.

 

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Vancouver, my hometown. No words are needed to describe this photo. Just enjoy it.

 

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[Sitting on the Dock of the Bay — Otis Redding]

CONCERT REVIEW: Hey Rosetta! & Rich Aucoin Live @ the Commodore

 

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Last Friday night (September 24), the legendary Commodore Ballroom played host to an assembly of home-grown Canadian talent.

Victoria’s very own Hot Hot Heat headlined the festivities, but my concert-partner-in-crime, ApuTheFish, and I had no intentions on seeing them perform as we were not huge fans. Instead, we solely intended on seeing our favourite band from The Rock, Hey Rosetta! who were one of the three opening acts for HHH.

Little did we know, we were about to be blown into the most random (crazy good and really, really terrible) opening gigs we have ever encountered.

 

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First up was Vancouver-based punk-rock, puke-rawk (I didn’t make this up) band, Fake Shark – Real Zombie. My mother always told me, “If you have nothing nice to say, don’t say anything at all.” Well, my mom doesn’t write this blog, I do. So, I’m gonna say whatever the heck I want about this band. They were just not my thing.

I’ve never even heard of these kids, but the crowd surrounding me sure did. Either that or they were too inebriated to care who was on stage; they just wanted to party. In the midst of the unintelligible screaming — I mean, singing — the indie-rock crowd at the foot of the stage (why was I by the stage for this band, I will never know) head-banged and danced about as if they were all having seizures. Well, at least they enjoyed themselves. The lead singer kept reminding us that all the boring people who aren’t dancing along or those who are sitting down at the tables can go “F@¢K themselves”. Hmm, okay. Partway through their set, he consumed water from his bottle then spewed it into the crowd. Yes, from his mouth. (The girl standing next to me then proceeded to tell me a story about her friend who contracted Hepatitis because of a stint like this at a previous concert. “Greeeeaaat,” I said.). Undoubtedly, that was not alright and the boys had to end their set without even getting to finish. Boo-hoo.

 

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At this point, I was dying for Hey Rosetta! to come on stage, but there was still one more opening act to go. Nova Scotia’s Rich Aucoin came to save the day. I was unfamiliar with Aucoin’s talents mostly because I wouldn’t normally go out and see his type of pop genre. However, I was blown away and unusually impressed. Rich Aucoin is dance-party experimental pop whilst getting a Skittles sugar high (yeah, it was so epic, the use of ‘whilst’ is necessary here). And I wanted more of it.

 

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Aucoin was dressed in all white and taped coloured glow sticks to his belly. He threw out colourful finger lights, tambourines, and Rich Aucoin-edition 3D glasses for the 3D visuals on the background screen. It wasn’t before long he threw down a giant rainbow-coloured parachute into the crowd and got down to the floor to dance with all of us. It felt like Kindergarten all over again – drunken adults style. Aucoin definitely got the crowd fired up and in the right mood, letting us forget about the previous act.

 

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Hailing from Newfoundland, our favourite, Hey Rosetta! was up next. As their set-time neared, the dance floor grew and we were all packed in a little tighter. The six-piece East coast band (which includes a violin and cello) rocked out with the appreciative crowd. It didn’t take long before lead singer, Tim Baker, had everyone under his spell.

 

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The band played songs from both their old albums and their new EP. Most of the crowd sang along and hung on to Tim’s every word. Unfortunately, they didn’t play enough of the old stuff and my favourites, so I was kind of disappointed. Understandably, they were only the opening act and there are only so many songs they can play. Regardless of what they played, I was content with the genius that is Tim Baker.

After their set ended, they left the stage, and the crowd chanted “One more song!” The band clearly made an impression on the crowd; some of which were exposed to them for the first time. Sadly, they only returned to the stage to pack up their equipment.

ApuTheFish and I decided to call it a night after Hey Rosetta! left. It seemed like we weren’t the only ones. The dance floor thinned out immensely. That could not have been good news for Hot Hot Heat. Let’s just say it was a fabulous night for Hey Rosetta! and Rich Aucoin fans alike.

 

 

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Day Sixty-Seven: BSB preview


Day 67, originally uploaded by canucklehead07.


On Friday, I had the extreme pleasure of attending the Backstreet Boys’ concert in Vancouver.

It was the best concert I’ve ever been to in my life. Nostalgia at its finest.

The above photo is just a little taste of what’s to come. I’ll blog about my BSB adventure hopefully soon. Keep it locked.



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Day Sixty-Two: Let’s make a dream come true


Day 62, originally uploaded by canucklehead07 on 08/01/10.


The sign reads: “Help me make my dream of owning a camper trailer come true! Tips here.”

This tip jar belongs to an old man who manages the concession stand at Kitsilano Beach just on top of Kits Pool.

I challenge everyone reading this to pay him a visit and get him one step closer to making his dream come true. He’s a pretty cool guy.



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Day Fifty


Day 50, originally uploaded by canucklehead07.


Beautiful Tuesday evening in Vancouver looking over False Creek.



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Day 41 to 43 – Whistler Adventures


Day 41 to 43, originally uploaded by canucklehead07.


Three of my friends and I went on a Whistler trip this past Sunday through Tuesday.

A near 24 years of my life and I can finally call myself a Vancouverite. It’s pretty sad that I’ve lived in Vancity all my life and this was my first trip to Whistler, no?

I took over 500 photos during the trip and in the end, I edited them down to almost 300. Most of the photos were of trees and mountains. Surprisingly, I’m not sick of nature yet; if anything, I have more appreciation for it.

Summer at Whistler is quite relaxing, everyone was very laid back (especially the staff… which actually angered me. But that’s another story for another day).

On our second day there, we did the Peak2Peak. I literally felt on top of the world when we got to the top of Whistler and Blackcomb mountains. Although it was summer, there was still snow on the peaks and was unbearably cold for most people.

Down back in the village, we spent most of the time eating, people-watching, walking around, and laying by the pool. It was scorching hot most of the days, except for a brief period early Monday morning. I always get a dark tan anytime and anyplace I go. But never in my life have I burned, until I went to Whistler.

My friends also surprised me with a birthday cake. It was five days too early, so I didn’t even know it was coming. Everyone was in on it except me of course. It was probably one of the best surprises I have ever experienced, especially the way they tried hiding it from me.

My first time at Whistler was fun and I hope to do it again. I still have more things on my to-do list: ziplining, river rafting, mountain/trail biking, and more.

Hopefully there will be more Whistler trips and vacations elsewhere with my people. Good times!


Memorable Whistler quotes:

“I like Andrea — she’s diversified. She can be hip hop with me and MySpace with Mila.” –Aisha on Andrea’s music taste

Mila & Sara: “What’s RCI?”
Aisha: “The peoples.”

Mila: “Dude, she stole your glasses!”
Sara: “I look better.”

Andrea: *whispers* “Psst. Mila. He’s hot.”
Mila: “I know. I’ve been staring this entire time.”

“Damn. He’s got a big…lens.” –Andrea

“AAH! There’s an animal on you!” –Aisha

Andrea wearing a Olympic Calgary ’88 jacket.
Tourist on gondola: “Fancy camera…and she’s wearing a jacket older than her.”
Mila: “Actually, no.”

Andrea in Olympic Calgary ’88 jacket; Mila in Olympic Canada hoodie.
Tourist: “Where are you ladies from?”
Mila: “We’re from here… Vancouver.”
Tourist: “Oh, I couldn’t tell……your jackets say you’re from different places.”
Mila: “Um. No.”



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Day Thirty-Six


Day 36, originally uploaded by canucklehead07.

Got the day off. The sun was shining. What better way to spend the day tanning and hanging out with friends at English Bay? Let’s keep this up.



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Day Thirty-Three


Day 33, originally uploaded by canucklehead07.


Today I hung out with my (non)poser Indie friend at Sophie’s Cosmic Café for her 23rd birthday. I was born and bred in Vancouver and lived in Kitsilano for my first 20 years of my life – but I have never been to Sophie’s (even when I used to live only 2 blocks away from there). Sad, I know. So we thought it would be appropriate to hang out there for a bit.

The cafe was everything I imagined and more. A true diner’s feel with red leather booths, knick-knacks, and vintage signs and toys everywhere. Why it took me this long to step inside Sophie’s, I’ll never know.

We both drank our favourite beverages when we were children. Koala and Dad’s Root Beer.

Nostalgia at its finest.



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Day Thirty-One


Day 31, originally uploaded by canucklehead07.


HAPPY 143rd BIRTHDAY, CANADA!

Spent the entire Canada Day walking all around Vancouver including Granville Island and Canada Place.

Above is a Canadian flag draped off of a crane at Granville Island.



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