Category Archives: Urban Vancouver

festivals, parades and other cultural out n’ about activities, recorded – sometimes with commentary, sometimes not – and shared for future posterity

Parade of Lost Souls, 2007 – Urban Vancouver podcast #5

Photo by Ianiv & Arieanna

Follow along on: Aural Wanderings at the Parade of Lost Souls (.mp3, 30MB, 37:35)

Wandering around enjoying community entertainment along Commercial Drive during the Parade of Lost Souls festival during the pagan Halloween in Vancouver, BC, Oct. 2007. Features drums, fireworks, mariachis and conversation snippets.

 

St. Patrick’s Day Parade, 2007 – Urban Vancouver podcast #4

Shriner’s at St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Vancouver by Frank Dawson
photo of Shriner’s at St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Vancouver by Frank Dawson (blueshoe on Now Public)

Come on along: Saint Patrick Day Parade Sound-seeing Tour – Vancouver, BC 2007 (23:20, 128K, .mp3, 22MB, stereo)

Sound-seeing audio of dozens of different musical bands including pipe and drum, fiddles and sticks, more pipers, marching bands plus sound-systems and even old Shriners with fez hat playing “When the Saints…” on Glockenspiels.

Vast variety of musical snippets – plus some gratuitous police motorcycle sirens and horses – generally unedited and without commentary but with natural crowd chatter in stereo.

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by Frank Dawson (blueshoe on Now Public)

Excerpt:

VANCOUVER B.C., Canada by Frank Dawson

Towntown core of Vancouver goes green today. The St. Patrick’s Day Parade which went down Howe and Granville streets between Smithe and Drake featured 2,000 participants and more than 100 entries went down Howe and Granville streets between Smithe and Drake.

On show where pipers, drummers, dancers, multicultural and community groups, acrobats, vintage automobiles and horse-drawn attractions. Last year’s successful street market again was set up on Granville between Robson and Smithe, with the KidsZone attractions located on Nelson.

Adopt Justin’s Cedars – Urban Vancouver podcast #3

DaveO sits down with Justin Tilson to talk about the 10,000 Western Red Cedars he recently adopted to help effectuate positive global climates. They also banter about his community gardening projects plus chat about abandoned rail-line corridors in Vancouver and Al Gore’s movie.

Listen to “Adopt Justin’s Cedars” (13:38, 13MB, .mp3, )

 

International Festival Weekend – Urban Vancouver podcast #2

Host Dave Thorvald chats about International festival funtimes during a busy Vancouver weekend.

While strolling around Victoria Park near Commercial Drive during Car Free Fest Day, he recaps visits to the Richmond Asian Night Market, Scandinavian Midsummer Festival, East Van Chopper Fest plus mentions Stanley Cup playoffs, Vancouver Canadians baseball season opener, Hemptown Clothing, some amazing Marimba kids, World Cup soccer, Queen of Samba with her costumed dancers, bar-b-q’ed sausages, Guinean drummers, a nutty band called Bonkers and more Vanstyle hi-jinks.

Listen up to Urban Vancouver #2 (18:09, 12MB, .m4a enhanced with dozens of splendid photos)


charging to the finish line
snapshot by Dave O, more on Flickr

Wellness at Canada Place – Urban Vancouver podcast #1

Host Dave Thorvald Olson discusses innovative products and noteworthy entrepreneurial endeavors with exhibitors, plus makes observations on consumer attitudes, economics and public policy at the Wellness Show at Vancouver’s Canada Place on February 4th, 2006.

jorg and olif bike

Listen Up: Urban Vancouver #1 Podcast ( 20:56, 20MB, .mp3)

Interviews include:

Rob of Jorg and Olif bikes – importers, improvers and merchants of classic, Nethelander-style, steel bikes complete with flower basket and smooth style

Charles of Living Harvest – an emerging company producing and distributing protein-rich products from Canadian grown hemp seed cake and who have big plans for worldwide distribution.

Kristian of Level Ground Trading – a coffee importer forming relationships with farmers in impoverished areas to aid in social development while growing tasty, organic beans to distribute from their base on Vancouver Island.

Mike of Manitoba Harvest – a pioneering hemp company who feature a “seed to shelf” process to ensure top quality for the ‘power foods’ they export to the USA now that the DEA ban is history.

Plus observations on the Omega Harvest Hydroponic Rotary Garden, phyto-plankton, Emu oil, plus commercial hemp history in Canada and the DEA vs HIA US court challenge.

flying high on a rainy day

Note: Originally posted at UncleWeed’s blog at Urban Vancouver on March 1, 2006 & recorded or Feb. 4 2006.