SMOKE BREAK #1126 | The First iPhone 6 Ever Sold Was Dropped In A Pitcher Of Beer

As part of a clever ad campaign for Reviveaphone – a new product that apparently fixes soaked phones – this guy travelled from Montreal to Brisbane to buy the first iPhone 6 to ever be sold (for thousands of dollars) in order to drop it into a pitcher of beer.


FOREIGN INTELLIGENCE BRIEF #436 | The Night Culture Of New York’s Times Square

(via) This short documentary “People of Times Square” by photographer Michael Tapp explores the bizarre yet beautifully human “intersection of the world” at night.

“What they doin’ at 11 o’clock at night just walkin’ around? You know they don’t live here. They got money and they don’t know what to do with it so they come here to look for somethin’ to spend it on. If there wasn’t these lights, there wouldn’t be nothin’. It’d be another block”

Bonus: freaky baby.


FOREIGN INTELLIGENCE BRIEF #435 | Big Undulatus Asperatus Clouds Over Nebraska

(via) This time lapse from storm chaser Alex Schueth shows undulatus asperatus clouds rolling in spectacular fashion over Lincoln, Nebraska. The clouds’ name comes from the Latin, “roughened or agitated waves”. They’re are formed when “enough atmospheric instability, or rising air, is available to create widespread cloud cover, as well as wind shear and turbulence, which creates the wavy, rough sea-like visual effect.” Video of the same below…


TEA & TWO SLICES | On Pot-Smoking Dogs And No One Caring What Harper Has To Say


by Sean Orr | Hate and Hateability: Blog Lists Reasons To Hate Vancouver, So We List Reasons To Love It. Hmm, I hate “I Hate Van” because I’ve been hating Van for so much longer, but I hate the Huffington Post’s weak, cheerleading response even more because I can’t stand smarm. Scamcouver might do it better, and though I think it’s a lot easier to hate on Vancouver than to actually go out and make it a better place, I do appreciate the author’s Sense & Sensibility-like stance on shyness being a cop-out.

‘Follow the money’: Hundreds of millions are spent in the Downtown Eastside every year, but where does it all go? Aw, isn’t this swell! Kirk LaPointe decided to grace the DTES with his presence. The neighbourhood shouldn’t be seen as an alien entity that needs more oversight than the rest. How about you follow the money from illicit drugs all the way to Kerrisdale, Coal Harbour, and Yaletown instead?

Or should that be, follow the fur? Dog on drugs is the talk of Yaletown. “Marijuana affects dogs differently, similarly to the range of effects experienced by humans…” Thanks for the heads up on that, Dr. Vancity Buzz!

Follow the property tax: Vancouver has lowest property tax rate in Canada. Special shout out to all those complaining about Meena Wong’s speculation tax.

I wouldn’t ignore foreshadowing from a man named Macbeth: Canada Housing Crash Could Hit Next Year: Hilliard MacBeth. Oh, next year, eh? As in, after the election? Best comment: “I predict that it will snow in at least one place in Canada this coming January.”

Speaking of foreshadowing: Does Twitter foreshadow wins for Gregor Robertson, Barinder Rasode, Jonathan Cote, and George Affleck? I’ve already referenced Nada Surf’s “Popular” once this month, so I’m clearly fresh out of ideas…

Elvis Everyone has left the building: Stephen Harper Mocked Over Photos Of Empty Seats At UN Address. But what about what he said? “Saving the lives of the worlds most vulnerable mothers, infants, and children must remain a top global priority…” Except, of course, you know, if they are dying because of climate change, because…er…that doesn’t exist. And definitely not if they’re being bombed by Israel…

But it’s ok: Canadians becoming more ‘progressive’: poll. Nobody knows what that means, but it’s provocative.

Speaking of provocative: What is public art? If you have to ask, then you probably shouldn’t.

Romancing the stoned: Vancouver’s Underground Music. “Long besot by negative stigma from Vancouverites and tourists alike, the area possesses a seedy, oppressive mystique that permeates the rain-soaked streets…” Ooooh…

Craigslist of the Day: For sale: bullshit European baby scooter made of wood and smugness – $40 (west end).

SMOKE BREAK #1125 | On The History Of Melancholy & Why It Might Be Good For Us

Courtney Stevens digs into the history of how societies have viewed sadness and how melancholy can actually be construed as a positive, evolutionary advantage in this recent TED-Ed animation.


SCOUT LIST | Ten Things That You Should Absolutely Do Between Now And Next Week

September 30, 2014 


by Michelle Sproule | The main objective of this website is to scout out and promote the things that make Vancouver such a sweet place to be. We do this with an emphasis on the city’s independent spirit to foster a sense of connectedness within and between our communities, and to introduce our readers to the people who grow and cook our food, play the raddest tunes in our better venues, create our most interesting art, and design everything from what we wear to the spaces we inhabit. The Scout List is our carefully considered, first rate agenda of super awesome things that we’re either doing, wishing that we could do, or conspiring to do this week. You can also check it out in the Globe & Mail, from our calendar to theirs…and yours!

GIG | Chan Marshall (aka “Cat Power”) is bringing her unique and bluesy, soulful, folkish, punk and sometimes electronica sound to the Vogue Theatre this Thursday night.
Thu, Oct 2 | 9:30 pm | Vogue Theatre (918 Granville St.) | $38.50 | DETAILS 

PEROGIES | Nothing says Fall like extra carbs, right? Hustle over to the Holy Trinity Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral off Main St. and load your plate up with old-school Ukrainian perogies handmade by church volunteers. A “regular dinner” consisting of 6 perogies, 2 cabbage rolls, sauerkraut or salad and Ukrainian sausage costs just $12. The vegetarian version comes with 6 perigees, 3 cabbage rolls and sauerkraut. If you’re looking for something a little lighter, borscht served with rye bread is only $4.50.
Fri, Oct 3 | 5-8pm | Holy Trinity Ukrainian Cathedral (154 E 10) | $3.50 – $15 | DETAILS

DRAMA | Why not make your way out to UBC’s Frederic Wood Theatre for a spot of Shakespeare this weekend? The UBC Department of Theatre & Film presents the Twelfth Night. Cross-dressing, unrequited love, mischief, and director Stephen Heatley’s adaptation to modern day New Orleans during Mardi-Gras guarantees a fine night out.
Now to Oct. 11 | 7:30pm | Frederic Wood Theatre (6354 Crescent Rd., UBC) $24.50 | DETAILS

INDULGE | Stuff your face with artisanal breads, scones, cookies and cakes at the Bakers’ Market this weekend. Expect all manner of treats from macaroons and madeleines to cupcakes, fresh bread, and pies – we’re guessing there will be a respectable amount of pumpkin flavoured items and even a few hints of gingerbread on the scene. Lots of gluten-free and vegan options…the whole shebang. Remember to take your own containers and bags!
Sat, Oct 4 | 11am–3pm | Moberly Arts & Cultural Centre (7646 Prince Albert) | DETAILS

BOOKS | The Vancouver Antiquarian Book Fair sets up shop at UBC Robson Square this weekend. Peruse rare antiquarian books, collectible ephemera, old maps and unique prints – all with that awesome ‘old book’ smell. Expect shelves and tables full of beautifully bound, meticulously cared for and clearly respected books. If you’re a book wonk, this is also a fine place for conversation with knowledgeable dealers.
Oct 4 + 5 | Sat 11am-4pm; Sun 11am-4pm | UBC Robson Sq, 800 Robson | $8 | DETAILS

OKTOBERFEST | The best thing about October? Better than pumpkin pie and falling leaves and the beginning of hockey season? Beer. In You’re entitled and encouraged – even expected – to guzzle German pints is celebration of Oktoberfest. If you’re looking for somewhere to get in to the spirit, The Alpen Club does it right. From ‘Ohhmpah pah, classic German Schlager Songs’ to Bavarian Buffet and lounge, the club’s slogan says it best: “Real Oktoberfest by Real Germans.”
Oct 4 & 5 | Doors at 7:30pm | Vancouver Alpen Club (4875 Victoria) | $30/$80 | DETAILS

EAT | Love good street food? Good news: The Hawker’s Market goes down this Saturday night and, as always, street food will be the main draw of the evening. In addition to a fine line-up of vendors cooking up fantastic food there will also be drinks (your ticket comes with a 33 Acres Beer), music (loud and performed by BESTiE), and a large crowd of cool people looking to have a good time. Tickets are 10 beans when you grab them in advance and $15 at the door.
Sat, Oct 4 | 4pm-late | 188 Kingsway | $10/15 (includes a beer) | DETAILS

WATCH | The Vancouver International Film Festival is on and it’s big. How big? Over 350 films big. That’s almost overwhelming, right?  Narrow things down by browsing by series (films are classified into a number of series such as 3D, Cinema of Our Time, BC Spotlight, Nonfiction and Special Presentations) as well as by genre and venue. Still, 350 films? That’s a lot to take in. Have a look at Scout’s  ”Nine Movies You Need To Catch At VIFF“.
Now – Oct. 10 | Various Times and Locations | DETAILS

WATER’S EDGE | The Georgia Strait Alliance is an organization focused on protecting and raising awareness about the marine environment in and around the whole Strait of Georgia. In an effort to put Vancouverites in touch with the beauty and importance of the shoreline, the Alliance is hosting a city wide day of free activities that, on the water or off. Expect boat tours, canoe and kayaking, water themed art workshops, free admission to the Maritime Museum – you can even slip your hand into a Vancouver Aquarium’s mobile touch tank to feel the slimy skin of a sea cucumber. For a full list of events visit
Sun, Oct 5 | 10am–5pm | Various times and locations | FREE | DETAILS

NATURE | Put those Youtube videos of rabid bats out of your head! They’re good to have in the city. They eat bugs (like mosquitos and crop killing insects), help to pollinate and disperse seeds, and they produce an amazing poop called guano that is great for your garden. Yay, bats! Head to UBC Farm this weekend for a bit of bat love. The South Coast Bat Action Team will be on site to teach you how to build a bat house and they feed you tons of information that will dispel the creepy blood-sucking stereotype. This workshop is kid-friendly and super cool.
Fri, Oct 3 (2-5pm) + Oct 4 (5-8pm) | UBC Farm (6182 South Campus Rd) | DETAILS

late-may-2009-169Michelle Sproule grew up in Kitsilano and attended University in Australia and the University of Victoria before receiving her graduate degree in Library Sciences from The University of Toronto. She lives in beautiful Strathcona and enjoys wandering aimlessly through the city’s streets with her best friend – a beat up, sticky, grimy (but faithful) camera.

DIG IT | Getting Lost Inside The Elizabethan Hedge Labyrinth Out At VanDusen Gardens

September 30, 2014 


by Stevie Wilson | Lauded as one of Vancouver’s most popular tourist attractions, the VanDusen Gardens is a beautiful spot catering to families and flora fanatics. Opened to the public in 1975, the expansive gardens sit on Shaughnessy land that once belonged to the CPR Railway and previously operated as the Shaughnessy Golf Course. The grounds were named for lumber industrialist Whitford Julian VanDusen , a founding member of the Vancouver Foundation and a major funder of the site. The intricate gardens also include one very special feature: an Elizabethan hedge maze.

The maze is said to be one of only six of its kind in North America, and although some might say it’s best enjoyed by children, I’d have to politely disagree (I’m not ashamed to admit that I’ve gotten lost in there before). Justice, Webb & Vincent Landscape Architects, the garden’s design team, featured original members of the first Vancouver firm to specialize in landscape architecture. Their multicursal labyrinth is modelled after the great English designs of the late 16th century and is comprised of 3,000 pyramidal cedars (Thuja occidentalis ‘Fastigiata’) that were planted in 1981. Bonus: an annual Easter egg hunt is held inside the maze each year.


TEA & TWO SLICES | On Harper’s Good Side And Swearing Oaths To The Gods Of Hockey

September 29, 2014 


by Sean Orr | You say “Potato”, I say “Israel”: Unreal exchange in House of Commons over Canada’s involvement in Iraq. You know you’re in trouble when Global TV uses the word “unreal” to describe your parliament. Nevertheless, if there was justice in the world, NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair would get every vote possible for his beatdown of Conservative MP Paul Calandra. Macleans goes further: “They call it Question Period, not Fundamentals of Human Dignity Period…”

Update: Calandra is sorry. Really, really sorry.

The mask of Janus: Critics question use of official photographers to capture Harper’s good side. Man, a 360 degree, Matrix-style drone helicopter couldn’t capture Harper’s good side.

Potential new ex-Premier: Premier proposes name change for Temporary Foreign Worker program. “So maybe if they are overhauling the program they can change the name from temporary foreign worker to potential new Canadian…” If you work hard, swear allegiance on a stack of maple leaves, worship your new god Hockey, eat at Tim Hortons every single day, and aren’t a terrorist (that’s a big one), then maybe you can become one of us.

Malcolm X in the Middle: Vancouver Sun’s Jordan Subban photo caption sparks outrage. “Dark Guy in the Middle” sounds like a quirky premise for a sitcom. Perhaps they just meant spiritually dark and this is all just a misunderstanding…

Speaking of outrage: The new, tiresome culture of outrage. This article makes me more outraged than, say, knowing that Missouri cops are wearing ‘I am Darren Wilson’ bracelets.

City trying to close Oppenheimer Park tent city, move homeless to upscale Vancouver neighbourhood. What neighbourhood isn’t upscale compared to the DTES? “You always have to worry about tipping the balance and I think we’re getting close to tipping that balance (in False Creek)” – George Affleck (seemingly unaware that this is the exact argument used by anti-gentrification protesters).

The rich should form a counter-protest and buy up a bunch of housing and just leave them empty. Oh, wait…Vancouver’s empty, run-down million-dollar homes receiving global attention, local anger. It would suck if someone were to, oh, I dunno…leave the water running.

Meanwhile, Judge dismisses challenge of Vancouver’s street vending bylaw. So a rich person can leave an entire house empty if they are going to sell it but a poor person can’t have a garage sale on the street. Sounds about right.

UnfairBnb: Airbnb to begin collecting San Fran hotel tax. In Vancouver, only the Green Party has added an AirBnb tax to their platform. Vancouver hotels currently pay 16.5% tax; AirBnb pays 0%.

Bonus: I-don’t-know-how-I-missed-it-of-the-month.

VICTORY GARDENS | On Making Summer Last A Little Longer By Preserving Peppers

September 24, 2014 


by Lisa Giroday, Sandra Lopuch and Sam Philips | Summer was glorious. We have had bumper crops of cucumbers, tomatoes, basil, and, one of our favourite crops, peppers! Now that it’s late September (and evidently so), it’s important to consider ways to preserve such bounty, whether that be filling up the freezer, jarring jams, making pestos, fermenting pickles, or drying.

If you have pepper plants, you may not know what to do with your crop. A little goes a long way with peppers in the culinary department, after all. If you don’t grow peppers, we suggest that you get a bunch of peppers from the farmer’s market to preserve and have local pepper hotness over the winter months. If you’re not pickling your hot peppers, or want to try a couple of different preservation methods, consider drying them. If you don’t have a dehydrator, don’t fret! You can sun dry them or even dry them in the oven. Find out how after the jump… Read more

TEA & TWO SLICES | On Sore Lululosers And Clearing Oppenheimer Park’s Tent City

September 23, 2014 


by Sean Orr | Go for that “lived-in” look: Poll: Should Vancouver tax owners of vacant condos? Yes, but how long until professional companies pop up to just make it look like someone actually is living in your condo? Full disclosure: I’ve been doing that for 7 years in my parent’s condo and nobody suspects a thing…

The Province newspaper asked its famously informed subscribers if the police should “clear out the tent city homeless protesters in Oppenheimer Park”. One response really captured the readergeist: “Absolutely! 99.9% of the citizens of Vancouver have jobs, work hard and pay for their accommodation [...] I have no expectation that the taxpayers should pay my way. But then, what should we expect from Mayor Moonbeam and his Merry Band of Loonies?” Hmm, perhaps you could expect a more accurate estimation of the city’s current unemployment rate? For the record, currently 5.8% of Vancouverites are jobless, not 0.1%. That’s over 25,000 people. Not even Stanley Park would have enough room to accommodate that many tents.

A towering argument: Development taken to new level by Vision Vancouver. “So is the ‘Greenest City’ branding more like a Potemkin Village initiative, leading Gregor Robertson’s party to become the default choice of urban hipsters and environmentally-conscious boomers alike”? Yes, but can we call it facadism, please?

Related: ONNI Developer Destroying Green Space in East Vancouver – with photos.

Who would have thought capitalism would be so damn predatory? Rich get richer, and Canadian companies want their business. I imagine it looks something like this: YOU! LOOK AT ME!

Geritocracy: Age, not gender, is the new income divide in Canada, study finds. And with that, I give you the Baby Boomer Death Counter. You’re welcome.

Vancouver Coolhunters by VFW. “Vancouver Fashion Week had the honour of meeting with eight incredible people who have emblazoned the local fashion scene for years”. Yeah, I’m sure they’re all very nice and creative people, but how the fuck do you emblazon a local fashion scene?

Related: I dressed like an idiot at London Fashion Week to see how easy it is to get street snapped.

Nothing was the Same: Why Tanya Tagaq is the most wonderfully weird Polaris winner of all. Thanks for not picking the softest rapper in the game.

And speaking of weird: Briton killed in France took identity of dead Canadian rockstar. “Gone gone gone, he be gone so long” – Dave Olson.

Lululemon founder Chip Wilson covers home’s graffiti seawall mural with message critical of city. Oh, give me a break. Being a spoiled brat because you didn’t get a permit for your mural doesn’t mean the city doesn’t support art. In all fairness, they probably don’t, but that’s not what is happening here, you big baby.

SCOUT LIST | 10 Things That You Should Absolutely Do Between Now & Next Week

September 23, 2014 


by Michelle Sproule | The main objective of this website is to scout out and promote the things that make Vancouver such a sweet place to be. We do this with an emphasis on the city’s independent spirit to foster a sense of connectedness within and between our communities, and to introduce our readers to the people who grow and cook our food, play the raddest tunes in our better venues, create our most interesting art, and design everything from what we wear to the spaces we inhabit. The Scout List is our carefully considered, first rate agenda of super awesome things that we’re either doing, wishing that we could do, or conspiring to do this week. You can also check it out in the Globe & Mail, from our calendar to theirs…and yours!

WATCH | The Vancouver International Film Festival is on and it’s big. How big? Over 350 films big. Almost overwhelming, right?  Narrow things down by browsing by series (films are classified into a number of series such as 3D, Cinema of Our Time, BC Spotlight, Nonfiction and Special Presentations) as well as by genre and venue. Still, 350 films? That’s a lot to take in. For a curated list – have a look at Scout’s “Nine Movies You Need To Catch At VIFF“.
Sept. 25 – Oct. 10 | Various Times and Locations | DETAILS

AMERICAN BEAUTY | The newest show at Jennifer Kostuik Gallery sounds amazing. American Beauty: The Opulent Pre-Depression Architecture of Detroit documents the once grand buildings of a bustling city that has fallen so far in to decay that it has officially been declared ‘hopelessly insolvent’. Hit the gallery on Thursday night to meet the artist (who will give a talk at 7pm) and to take a first hand peek at a series that shows the empty libraries, factories, theatres and stations that are abandoned and gathering dust. American Beauty continues until October 19th.
Thu, Sept 25 | 6-9pm | Jennifer Kostuik Gallery (1070 Homer St) | Free | DETAILS

SEED SAVING | If you grew a really good crop of tomatoes, some phenomenal peppers, or a bundle of kickass beans and you want to capture that magic again next year, now is the time to plan for it by saving some seeds. Need a little help getting started on technique? Pick up the basics at a quick ‘after work’ program at Strathcona BIA Resource Park (in the alley behind Axum Ethiopian Restaurant at Clark and Hastings).  This is some good knowledge to file in your brain, so don’t miss out.
Thu, Sept 25 | 6-7pm | SBIA Resource Park, 1279 E Hastings @ Clark | $5 | DETAILS

SURVIVE | Nikki Van Schyndal’s new book Becoming Wild chronicles her experience of surviving off the (often inhospitable) land of Echo Bay in the Broughton Archipelago (a cluster of islands near northern Vancouver Island) for 18 months. The survivalist and author speaks at Sitka on Thursday night as part of their new series of ‘Sitka Educational Evenings’ and, as organizers point out: “if you ever wanted to know how to start fires without matches, make medicines from West Coast plants or feed yourself in the coastal wilderness”, then this is the woman to school you. It sounds like an inspiring and humbling evening!
Thu, Sept 25 | 7-9pm | Sitka (1864 West 4th Ave) | DETAILS

WINDOW SEAT | Local photographer Jennilee Marigomen has a new book of photos out. Window Seat (a collection of Marigomen’s photos shot in Sayulita and San Francisco) launches at Make Gallery this Friday night with a show that is guaranteed to be composed and compelling. The really good news is that you won’t have to walk away lamenting the fact that you don’t have any of the artists work for yourself because you will be able pick up a copy of Window Seat (released in a limited edition of 500) for $30.
Fri, Sept 26th | 7-10pm | Make Gallery (257 East 7th) | DETAILS

THE COMEBACK | How many times have you been impressed by a work of art, concept, designer, or creative event and discovered the footnote “…a graduate of Emily Carr” in association with it? Many, right? Emily Carr University of Art and Design has a reputation for attracting, nurturing and releasing into the world a never-ending litter of fantastic talents. This weekend brings with it a perfect opportunity to appreciate a cross section of those talents at The Comeback – the annual gathering, show and sale of works made by ECUAD alumni. Don’t miss the panel discussion on Friday night (Danielle Krysa  -The Jealous Curator, photographer Tim Barber, and artist Ian Wallace speak) and the Sat/Sun art markets in the Concourse Gallery.
Sept 26 – 28 | Various times and locations at Emily Carr University | DETAILS

GIG | The Wooden Sky plays the Biltmore on Saturday night. The Toronto-based indie-rockers are in town to play some tunes from their new album Let’s Be Ready (it’s getting some really good reviews). As Exclaim Magazine puts it, the subtle strength of this new release “lies in its ability to brilliantly capture a wide, and oft ambiguous, spectrum of emotion: devastation, contentedness, hope and everything in between.”
Sat, Sept 27 | doors 8pm | Biltmore Cabaret (2755 Prince Ed) | $15 | DETAILS

CREATE | The organizers of ‘Late Nite Art’ have hooked up with The Burrard Arts Foundation (and BAF exhibiting artists James Knight and Steffen Quong) to bring you a night of creativity that coincides with the last night of Knight and Quong’s show KINTSUKUROI: Better To Be Broken. The evening kicks off with a talk by the artists, is followed by a civilized dinner, and finishes with a hands-on art party led by the artists. Culture, food and conversation for $40? That’s a pretty good deal. Get sorted with tickets here before they sell out.
Sat, Sept 27 | 7:30-10:30 pm | Burrard Arts Foundation (108 E. Broadway) | $40 |  DETAILS

HOT ONE INCH ACTION | Once a year Vancouver art enthusiasts Chris Bentzen and Jim Hoehnle curate a show of the works of 50 local artists called Hot One Inch Action. It’s a unique exhibition in which participating artists have been charged with creating art that must fit inside a 1″ button. Those attending the show can purchase a mixed pack of five buttons for $5, the catch being that the pack will be random and you may not score the item you were after. That’s when the fun begins and people start bargaining and trading.  There will be a limited supply of buttons – so arrive early to avoid disappointment.
Sat, Sept 27 | 7-11pm | Hot Art Wet City (2206 Main @ 6th) | DETAILS

KOERNER QUARTET | How about a little classical music on Sunday afternoon? Hustle down to the Koerner Recital Hall at the Vancouver Academy of Music to catch the Koerner Quartet. This performance (the first concert of their 2014/15 season) will begin with Webern’s Langsamer Satz, followed by Dvorák’s String Quartet No. 12 “American,” and ending with Shostakovich’s Piano Quintet in G Minor featuring VAM alumna pianist Grace Huang.  What a nice way to spend a late September Sunday afternoon!
Sun, Sept 28 | 2pm | Vancouver Academy of Music (1270 Chestnut St)| $15 | DETAILS

late-may-2009-169Michelle Sproule grew up in Kitsilano and attended University in Australia and the University of Victoria before receiving her graduate degree in Library Sciences from The University of Toronto. She lives in beautiful Strathcona and enjoys wandering aimlessly through the city’s streets with her best friend – a beat up, sticky, grimy (but faithful) camera.

TEA & TWO SLICES | On Joint Agreements & Free Bartenders Serving Tainted Alcohol

September 18, 2014 


by Sean Orr | “Rocks out” should be in quotation marks: Stephen Harper rocks out at Calgary nightclub. “Taking care of business and working overtime at your second part time minimum wage job with no benefits that you need to feed your family because of Canada’s deep and persistent income inequality, work out!”

I wonder if the above show sold out like how Harper just sold out the country: Harper sell out to China will be locked in.

Also, is it just me or does he seem a little stiff these days? Perhaps he could use a visit to everyone’s favourite dominatrix: Dominatrix expelled from Senate hearing after mentioning ‘proof on politicians’. For a second I thought this was a Marg Delahunty bit from This Hour Has 22 Minutes.

Speaking of loosening up: Christy Clark reaches deal with teachers just 24 hours after Dana Larsen mailed her pot. “We’ve come to a joint agreement,” indeed.

How to conflate the right to housing and the right to own property in one easy step: Politicians shouldn’t meddle with the housing market. “You want a house? Work hard and buy one — or move somewhere cheaper…” And if that doesn’t work, you could always call upon the meddling CHMC.

Related tweet of the century:

Meanwhile, back at the ranch: City says more than 100 unregulated recovery homes shut down in Surrey. Get those people on the streets immediately! And if they should so happen to mosey on down to a certain poorest postal code then so be it! They are truly free now.

Whipsers Only: $3000 / 1br – 1000ft² – Super Charmer. “If you are professionally employed and working 9-5 please apply for this amazing opportunity to be in Vancouver’s oldest and coolest neighbourhood”. Stop, stop, Strathcona’s already dead.

A city guide that isn’t completely awful: The HYPEBEAST City Guide to Vancouver. Not one single mention of the word ‘gritty’ when referring to Gastown. There is this, however: “In 2014 the neighboring Chinatown and Main Street areas are seeing notable expansion”. I had no idea that they were getting bigger…

Bonus: If you want a little more depth, here is a map of every single (known) performance space in Vancouver.

DIG IT | On Vancouver’s Maritime Museum, A Stunning Icon Of Mid-Century Modernism

September 18, 2014 


by Stevie Wilson | Opened in 1959, the Vancouver Maritime Museum is one of the most gorgeous pieces of mid-century modernist design in the city, not to mention one of the most comprehensive displays of this Pacific Northwest’s storied maritime history.

The site was built to coincide with provincial centennial celebrations the year before, commemorating the establishment of the colony of British Columbia in 1858. The main building was designed by C.B.K. Van Norman & Associates, including Australian architect Raymond O. Harrison, who’s personal interest in the development of this site subsequently led him to pursue a long career as a museum administrator and director across Canada.

The stunning A-frame design features bright wood-shingled siding and large floor-to-ceiling triangular fenestration providing those who pass by a glimpse of what’s inside. The shape of the building is no coincidence, for inside sits the main exhibit: the 80-ton St. Roch, a 1928 RCMP arctic patrol ship.

Savour the last bit of summer and check out one of their other all-ages exhibits Babes & Bathers: History of the Swimsuit, on until November 2nd. Take note, too, of the beautiful totem pole just adjacent to the museum, carved by famed BC artist Mungo Martin.


TEA & TWO SLICES | On Arctic Pipedreams & Rabid Bats Loving Guitar-Playing Hippies

September 16, 2014 


by Sean Orr | A perfect metaphor for Vancouver, its population, and its ruling party: Vancouver alleges spam attack as number of Twitter followers mushrooms over the weekend. “I’m the party star, I’m popular. I’ve got my own car, I’m popular. I’ll never get caught, I’m popular.

Fickle City: Broker: ‘There is no demand for Vancouver Canucks tickets’. So that means they are going to be cheaper, right? Right?

Speaking of supply and demand: Editorial: An economics lesson not learned. “In business, you charge what the market will bear, not what is unbearable”. You know what is unbearable? BC Ferries’ wifi. You know what makes it just a little bit better? The “BC Ferrys” parody Twitter account…

B.C. Teachers’ Strike Won’t Be Settled With Budget Surplus. Who’s in charge of the province’s finances? Tyrion fucking Lannister?

Related Instagram of the Day: Teachers Want To Much. [sic]

It’s heartland versus hinterland, and it’s a rout: Poor kids hit hard by school strike. Well, it wouldn’t be late-capitalism if rich kids were hard hit. “Teens could turn to drinking and drugs”. That is possibly the most generalized statement in the history of the world. Also, the place where most kids turn to drinking and drugs? Yup. School.

A Song of Ice and Ire: The Real Story Behind Canada’s Sudden Interest In Arctic Archaeology. Or, “Instead of extracting resources and leaving, we could populate the mid-Canada corridor—and create a bigger, better country: If We Build It, They Will Stay.

Although that sounds like a cute As It Happens-style, bringing-communities-together type of feel good scenario, it would probably be a giant neocolonial make-work project that looks more like this: Temporary foreign worker dies in freak accident, leaves chilling testimony.

Acidic Spill from Vancouver Island Metal Mine Enters Myra Creek. Well, I mean…what are parks for if not for acid substances?

And now, ladies and gentlemen, The Province: Video: Rabid bat attacks guitarist at campground jam session. “Derrick Skou is into a pretty good groove on his acoustic when the bat swoops into the frame from the left and circles him once before landing on his collar”. That’s gold, Jerry. Gold!

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