Category Archives: BC & Vancouver Activities

essays, articles, ideas and discourse about stuff to do and explore in Vancouver in specific and BC and Cascadia in general – outdoors, day trips, festivals and what have you

Floorball Hockey funtimes in Vancouver

Just a quick note that i checked out Floorball Hockey last week and plan on going back for another go here soon.  It is user friendly hockey with short sticks and not much equipment required (shorts and tshirt).  Co-ed, all-ages, international and cheap.  Sounds like a beauty.

Here’s the lowdown and links.

Monday Night Floorball!!! – Starts Monday

Our popular Monday Night Floorball Sessions at the Roundhouse kick-off this coming Monday night.  All equipment will be provided so you can check out different sticks,  goalie gear and take part in a competitive game. It’s a great opportunity to try the sport if you’ve never seen it and get a really good workout. We look forward to welcoming our regular players back who will be only too willing to show you the ropes and get you started!

All that’s required is the $5 drop-in fee to the Roundhouse on arrival and normal gym kit. Greg Beaudin will be back, showing off his new moves learnt on his recent trip to Toronto and doubtless reliving the goal he scored in a league game there!

So it’s New Year, it’s Monday night, it’s time for Floorball. See you at 6pm!


Michael Lindgren and The Fossil
Flickr stream here.

 

Vancouver BC Place Stadium dome un-flated

{Note: Cross posted at GetElastic, Urban Vancouver and 2010 Daily Vancouver}

Updated Dome pic with correct date
[Note: Updated photo with correct date – *really* sorry for any misunderstanding ;-)]

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Vancouver’s noble and venerable stadium BC Place – which opened in 1983 as one of the first self-supporting domes in the world – is the latest casualty of the wildest winter weather ever around here.

Early reports say a 40 foot rip caused the collapse under the wet heavy snow. Check out more with Derek Miller’s Penmachine and CBC and Vancouver Sun and Now Public. No injuries reported. See Derek’s snapshot of BC Place’s collapsed dome too.

I recall the inflating of the dome with a batch of 747 engines and seeing David Bowie, Peter Gabriel and The Tubes there in August 1983. But i digress …
view from new office

The two venues BC Place (home to the CFL Lions plus hosts a variety of concerts, trade shows, exhibitions and concerts) and GM Place (home of the NHL Canucks plus concerts etc.) sit directly across False Creek from EP HQ and dominate the skyline from our perspective.

BC place dome in better days
Oddly enough… in recent Olympic 2010 talk, there was discussion of removing the roof for a more ‘wintery’ experience in the opening and closing ceremonies. Wonder if the estimated $175 million (how did they come up with that number?) will encourage that decision.

Meanwhile, Vancouver’s beloved Stanley Park is still recovering from the loss of 3000+ trees during the recent hurricane-force winds (well technically typhoon-strength winds since we are a Pacific city, not Atlantic), not to mention the boil-water requirement, a few massive snow storms (by our standards) and the wettest November ever (which is really something).

Press conference is scheduled for 2:30. Digg this story

Bev Davies exhibit




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Originally uploaded by bev. davies.

“The” classic photographs from Vancouver golden yearrs of rock by the photog who was there. Catch it for sure.

Remembrance Day Activities in Vancouver 2006

From a recent Vancouver Parks Board Media Advisory, here are the locations of various Remembrance Day events going on around Vancouver.

White poppies for peaceI will be at one of the events (undecided but likely Stanley Park) with podcast-o-rator in hand to chronicle the event and wearing a white poppy for peace provided they arrive by post from the UK (Globe and Mail, CBC). Bear in mind, i respect this day as a somber occassion and in no way wish to diminish anyone’s hardship or beliefs, however, i sincerly believe the best way to honor dead soldiers sacrifices and grueling, unimaginable hardship is to avoid war and tyranny in all forms through conscious application of deliberate peace.

I am also planning up a special Postcards from Gravelly Beach podcast with a story about soldiers by a young fella i used to coach in in-line hockey, musing from Lt. Magnum’s blog, words from Thoreau and Gandhi and maybe Dalai Lama or Dhamapadha, my own Letters from Russia and a few snippets from some local media essays and perhaps a wee bit of Robbie Burns with a dram for the dead ones like last year. We’ll see how it goes.

Anyhow details (and thanks to Mr. Barefoot for again doing my research for me ;-0)…

The following Remembrance Day Ceremonies usually start 30 minutes before the 11 am moment of silence. Check local Legion Branches for further details.

Remembrance Day Ceremony November 11th at Memorial Park South Sponsored by the Royal Canadian Legion Branch #16 at 11 am located at East 41st Avenue and Prince Albert Street.

Remembrance Day Ceremony November 11th at Grandview Park Cenotaph Sponsored by the Royal Canadian Legion #179 at 11 am located at Commercial and Cotton Drives.

Remembrance Day Ceremony November 11th at Stanley Park Sponsored by the Japanese Canadian War Memorial Committee at 11 am at the Japanese Monument near the Stanley Park Pavilion.

Remembrance Day Ceremony November 11th at Victory Square Major representation by civic officials with music at 11 am at Cambie and Hastings Streets. Come view the recent restoration work at this lovely downtown park.

Van Gogh, Monet, Picasso (and others) in Seattle via OlyBlog

Source: Van Gogh, Monet, Picasso (and others) in Seattle | OlyBlog

My buddy Cosmo – and knowing that i am an enthusiast of Vincent Van Gogh and modern-ish art in general – passed along an Olympian article (now that i live in North Vancouver, i thankfully don’t read it much ;-)) about a exhibition in Seattle put on by the friendly billionaire Paul Allen.

In short, the exhibition will juxtapose works of art from different eras in an attempt to emphasize the similarities of concept or intent despite the apparent differeces in medium or technique (i.e. Monet next to Jimi Hendrix). In other words, art is art is art unless it is not art.

Here’s the roster (BTW, I am totally gonna see this stuff and try to resist my art thief impulses).

More about The DoubleTake: From Monet to Lichtenstein via Seattle PI.