Saturday, November 29, 2008

News: Anti-Gay Church Stays Away

VANCOUVER (NEWS1130) - Demonstrators gathered on Commercial Drive to show support for a controversial play about the killing of a gay man in Wyoming. Even though police were standing by, there's no sign of Pastor Fred Phelps and his anti-gay Westboro Church congregation.

The anti-hate rally was peaceful with no sign of the anti-gay group from Kansas who vowed to protest the "Laramie Project", a play about a murdered gay man. This man says the group would have been very out numbered seeing as a couple hundred people showed support in the rain and mud.

Read the full story here>>>

Go here for a first-hand report on the event by Jak King >>>

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Thursday, November 27, 2008

Music: Pawnshop Diamond releases new CD

Just got this email from the lovely Katie Ormston about the release of her band's new CD.
Here's what she had to say:
...BUT we are super excited for our show next week at Commercial Drive's own legion. Liquor license paid for, kegs and wine ordered, decorations debated and discussed... Let the party begin!

Doors open at 8 and the rockin Corbin Murdoch and the Nautical Miles will kick start the night at 9pm sharp.

For those who like small gifts from local bands, make sure to hunt down your favourite Pawnshop band member for an official Ticketmaster advance ticket so that you can receive the latest of our Songbird West Songwriting Contest prizes - a free Pawnshop Diamond pin!
FYI- we have a band bet on who will sell the most tickets and bass player Lynn is in the lead. Help us beat the pants off him and give us a call for your ticket today! (eh hem.. my number is 778 855 2344)

Lastly, if you haven't had the chance to check out the inside peek into our new record and the life of my Pa, check out the youtube link below.

For more
of the new record, check out our myspace page.

Merci beaucoup!!!

Katie and
the band.


Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Community Profile: Ziggy Books

The Drive is home to a brand new bookstore with an interesting story of it's own to tell.

The owner, Kali Jones, was recently found herself in a dilema.
Her father passed away and left her and her stepbrother Frank with a staggering legacy - a private collection of well over 5000 books, mostly hardcover and non-fiction, all in nearly mint condition.
"He was just a collector and he wanted to encourage me to read, too."
The problem was, Jones spends most of her time since leaving East Vancouver, living in Sicily, and Frank calls Calgary home, so neither could afford to take over the library. What to do?
Open a bookstore on Commercial Drive!
She discovered that the store at 3rd and Commercial where the Money Mart was was available, and so they set up shop.
Not long after it opened, the store got a boost when a CBC reporter was passing by and dropped in.
The subsequent story definately helped business and the ecclectic selection has brought out a few serious collectors with varied and exotic tastes.
She's even making money online, shipping books she advertises to Europe and beyond.
Some of the topics you'll find include:


Jones, a visual artist, is also taking the opportunity to display some of her works as well.
The store is open 7 days a week from 11am -8pm.
1883 Commercial Drive (3rd and Commercial)
Tel. 604 723-5384

This store is only open until Christmas, so you need to get there soon.

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Saturday, November 22, 2008

News: Community Efforts to Cut Crime Axed

Residents instead told to approach Hornby office

Joey Thompson, The Province

Published: Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Cheeky YouTube showcases a video of the annual Dykes March while other websites pitch Commercial Drive as the city's hippest hangout for artists, activists, hippies and all things arcane.

But a sub-cluster of panhandlers, drunks, crackheads, pushers and street slime had also staked out a chunk of sidewalk in what was Vancouver's Little Italy, forcing a handful of bold citizens in the area to seek novel ways to clean up the spill from the greasy Downtown Eastside nearby.

Read the full story here>>>

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Monday, November 17, 2008

News: US Hate Group To Protest Play at Havana


MP Libby Davies has joined the fight to keep an American church group, which plans to protest a Vancouver play about a murdered gay man, from crossing the border.

“Hatred, bigotry and harassment are not welcome in our communities,” Davies said of the “viciously homophobic hate group.”

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Thursday, November 13, 2008

Theatre: Video from Bruce the Musical @ The Russian Hall

Came across a video from Bruce the musical that someone in the audience took and uploaded onto YouTube. The video is very blurry, but the audio will definately give you an idea of what to expect. For more info or tickets, go to the Theatre In The Raw website at

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Monday, November 10, 2008

Spoken Word: Relevant

Came across this great little video from the Vancouver Poetry Slam of local wordsmith Relevant. We were fortunate to have him on our show, Wax Poetic, a couple of weeks ago and we'll have some pics and video online soon.

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Friday, November 07, 2008

Theatre: Bruce Opens to Full House and Thumbs Up From Libby Davies

We wandered slightly off-Drive last night for the premiere of Bob Sarti's new work Bruce the Musical, produced by Commercial Drive's own, Theatre in the Raw.

Libby Davies, a central character in the story of her charismatic activist/politician husband Bruce Ericksen, was onhand to see the show, answer questions and autograph programs.

This production has everything: humor, tragedy, hope and my favorite - dancing cockroaches. Featuring great music and lyrics by Earle Peach and Bill Sample (who is on stage during the the performance with a stand-up bass player, and saxaphonist), Bruce runs until November 16 at the Russian Hall (600 Campbell Ave.) tickets are available online at or at Urban Empire on Commercial Drive.

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Monday, November 03, 2008

Special Event: Welcome Obama Party

Tuesday 4th November 2008

WELCOME OBAMA PARTY at Zawa’s, 910 Commercial Dr (at Venables) with

The Creaking Planks (accordions, kitchen utensils, sea shanties)

Sister DJ’s Radio Band (joyfully demented cabaret band)

Riel Hahn (comedy singer-songwriter)

The Ahs (high school harmonizers)

MC Dave Malicki and election coverage on the big screen TV

Doors at 7pm. Show from 8 – 11pm. Bar closes at about midnight. Five Bucks only.

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