Friday, June 27, 2008

Special Event: Advance Tix for Rollergirl Bout 2.3 - June 28

Advance $15 tickets are still available at RollerGirl Rollerskates ( or through your favorite rollergirl.

Don't worry, you can still get tickets at the door for $20, too. We'll gladly take your extra $5!

See you tomorrow night for some girl-on-girl roller derby action!

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News: Offensive Remarks Land Comedian Human Rights Complaint

Comedian Guy Earle admits he made some offensive comments after losing his cool. Comedian Guy Earle admits he made some offensive comments after losing his cool. (CBC)

A standup comic at the centre of a B.C. Human Rights Tribunal complaint says he's no bigot, after two audience members complained he unleashed a tirade of homophobic and sexist insults at them.

Lorna Pardy filed a complaint alleging she and her lesbian partner were the targets the offensive comments made by Guy Earle, who was hosting the open mic night at Zesty's Restaurant on Commercial Drive in May 2007.

Earle doesn't deny he was offensive, but claims Pardy and her same-sex partner first rudely heckled him, along with the amateur comics onstage that night.

He told CBC News Wednesday that he lost his cool and shot back with some deliberately offensive lines of his own to shut them up.

Read the full story here>>>

Watch Guy Earle talk about the incident on YouTube here>>>

Ed.: Rumor has it that this case is the reason for Zesty's new incarnation as Zawa, which also seemed to be an opportunity to hike up menu prices as well.

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Sports: Euro Cup Soccer at the Rio

Join the party at the Rio Theatre for the Euro soccer final game Spain vs Germany on the Big screen this Sunday June 29th! Pre-game highlights start at 11am the Game begins at 11:45....and that's right we'll be serving beer! Right near the commercial drive skytrain, the best place on the drive to see the game....hope to c u there!
tickets are only $5 (partial proceeds will be donated to foster care charity) come early cuz the good seats go fast!

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Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Comic: George Carlin

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Literary: Filmaker at People's Coop

Tonight - Wed June 25th
Writer, film-maker, performer - Donna Caruso is in town for the Vancouver launch of her memoir - Journey Without a Map: Growing Up Italian.
Where: People's Co-op Bookstore - 1391 Commercial Dr

People's Co-op Bookstore is proud to be supporting the following event:
Please join us for an evening of celebrations to honour the amazing
women in our communities. The event will especially recognize the
contributions of Lee Maracle, Sunera Thobani and Yvonne Brown. We kindly thank all the generous sponsors for their donations towards this event.
Honouring Women in Our Communities
WHEN: Saturday June 28th, 2008 from 5:30 to 11 pm
WHERE: Hastings Community Centre (across from the PNE) @ 3096 E. Hastings Street, Vancouver, BC
COST: by donation
Any funds raised after covering the costs of the event will go towards an Advocacy/Lobbying Feminist Fund. Celebrate with amazing food, music, and dance. The event welcomes members of our communities and is children friendly. The venue is accessible and transit-friendly.
In sisterhood and solidarity,
Jane Bouey
People's Co-op Bookstore (est 1945)
1391 Commercial Drive
Vancouver, BC
V5L 3X5
Tel/Fax 604-253-6442
Toll Free 1-888-511-5556

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Friday, June 20, 2008

Special Event: The Fearless Festival Needs You

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Thursday, June 19, 2008

Car Free Day Pics

Had a great time on Commercial Drive this weekend for Commercial Drive, Car Free Days. Realtor and Commercial Drive - Live! sponsor Charlie Kiers, my good friend Carol Anne McMillan and I handed out free cherries (the first of the season), free cookies and free CD's.

Here are a few memories from the day.

If anyone has pics from the day, they'd like to share, please feel free to pass them on.

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Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Britannia Meetings


Britannia Centre directors will continue to mull whether Britannia Rink should be a hockey practice venue during the 2010 Winter Olympics.

The controversial matter is on the agenda for tonight's 6 p.m. board meeting. Directors are expected to deal with "continued development of questions for VANOC and City of Vancouver."

The board voted May 14 to delay its decision until VANOC submitted a formal proposal that includes information on costs and the impact of security on the Commercial Drive neighbourhood. It may be an exercise in futility because VANOC's board decided May 21 to examine other sites for hockey practice sessions.

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Friday, June 06, 2008

Special Event: Fearless Fest #2 Looking For Volunteers

Held in Pigeon Park, the Fearless Festival is a daring project put on by the Downtown Eastside Community Arts Network and the Community Arts Council of Vancouver.

Now in it's second year, the festival is looking for volunteers for all aspects of planning including promotion before the event.
The next planning meeting is set for Thursday, June 12th at 9:30am at Carnegie Community Centre (3rd floor). For more information call 604-788-8340 or email the festival coordinator at for more details.

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Thursday, June 05, 2008

Music: Michelle A. Richard CD Release Party

Thursday, July 24, 2008
Timbre Restaurant (2068 Commercial Drive)

Francophone blues/jazz artist Richard releases her first album after about 1 1/2 years of planning and creating. Copies will be on sale at the event.
Richard claims she had a great experience working with some of our most talented musicians, and recording engineer/producers.

Helping out was:

-Lawrie Koyle on electric and acoustic guitars, who has toured and recorded with Long John Baldry, Idle Eyes, The Platters, members of Loverboy and many more, and co-arranged the Grammy Award-winning "With a Wink and a Smile" from Sleepless In Seattle (1995)

-drummer and percussionist Richard Brown, who has toured with world-class performers such as Jimmy Bowskill and Deborah Cox

-acoustic bassist, Russell Sholberg, whose past and present projects include the soundtrack for “The Corporation”

-Adam Popowitz, of Rear Window Studios, recorded, mixed, mastered and co-produced the album, and contributed some arranging ideas to the song “J’ai Ceuilli La Belle Rose”.

You can keep up to date on her events at, where she's uploaded some songs and posted some blogs.

Currently she is touring with Theatre in the Raw.

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Wednesday, June 04, 2008

Defibrillators coming to Vancouver community centres

A pilot project to put defibrillators in some Vancouver community centres is scheduled to begin just weeks after the death of a hockey player.

Richard Pytel, 37, died on Sunday of an apparent heart attack while playing hockey as part of a fundraiser at the Britannia Centre rink on Commercial Drive.

Pytel stepped off the ice to make a phone call, then collapsed. Help came almost immediately, but it was too late.

"Several of the participants, including a fireman, used CPR. The pool staff came over and five minutes later the ambulance staff was here," said Enzo Guerriero, executive director of Britannia.

Read the full story here>>>

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LOTD: D'bi.young.anitafrika

We caught up with D'bi when she was in town last month at the Cultch. She's performing as part of the Magnetic North Festival at the Firehall from June 4-9th.

Buy tickets here>>>

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