Category Archives: Urban Vancouver

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

Car(e)-free Sound Stroll – Urban Vancouver #8

A walk around various car-free day festivals in Vancouver, 2008 with unedited soundstream of drum circles, live bands of various sorts (including several numbers by a Grateful Dead inspired band, a free jazz combo, a protesting singer-songwriter, and a Latin-esque outfit…), plus skateboards, slam poets, and a bassoon quartet playing “hockey night theme” among other tunes.

Wander along for: Car(e)-free Sound Stroll – Urban Vancouver #8 (51:49, 75MB, 192k .mp3)

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Campfire Stories with DaveO (radio air check 2009) – Urban Vancouver #7

Campfire Stories with DaveO

In 2009, i made an very off-the-cuff audition show for Vancouver’s then-new, now-defunct “The Shore 104” radio station with the idea create a rather eclectic music and story-telling show.

The “show” was recorded live in one take, no takebacks (though i shoulda/coulda) with John Bollwitt engineering at his West End apartment. Later added an intro bit which kinda got messed up but anyhow,… the project went nowhere as the station struggled out the gates and soon fired most on-air folks and changed format blah blah blah. As such, getting it off the harddrive and into your ears so you can laugh at my cheesiness and rock out to the setlist.

Gather round for: Campfire Stories with DaveO (air check for The Shore radio) – 1:38:39, 118MB, 2009-07-21

PS some of this music isn’t “podsafe”, licensed etc. but used for demonstration and educational purposes – if issue, please let me know via gravellybeach@gmail.com

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Robert Burns Poetry and Feast Night 2008 – Urban Vancouver #6

Snippets from a Robbie (Rabbie) Burns Night fest in Vancouver, BC on Feb. 09, 2008 at the Scottish Cultural Centre, celebrating the great renegade Scottish poet Robert Burns. The recordings include lectures, laughs, bagpipes, many toasts, various poem readings and tribute to a haggis.

Audio jumps around a wee bit but enjoy the moments nevertheless.

Raise your haggis for: Robbie Burns Night in Vancouver – Urban Vancouver #6 (32:13, 44.4MB, 192kbps)

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Parade of Lost Souls, 2007 – Urban Vancouver #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 #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)

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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 #3

DaveO chats 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 and abandoned raill-ine corridor and an inconvenient truth.

Bring a spade for: “Adopt Justin’s Cedars” (13:38, 13MB, .mp3, )

 

International Festival Weekend – Urban Vancouver #2

DaveO chats about International festival funtimes in a busy Vancouver weekend including Commercial Drive Car Free Fest Day, Richmond Asian Night Market, Scandinavian Midsommer Festival, East Van Chopper Fest and more hi-jinks.

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.

Catch a bus to International Festival Weekend – Urban Vancouver #2 (18:09, 26MB, 192k .mp3)

Also available as “enhanced podcast” with photos included: International Festival Weekend – Urban Vancouver #2 (64k .m4a, 12MB, 18:09)

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

Wellness at Canada Place – Urban Vancouver #1

Urban Vancouver Wellness at Canada Place - jorg olif

Host Dave Thorvald Olson discusses innovative products and noteworthy entrepreneurial endeavours 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.

Listen Up: Wellness at Canada Place – Urban Vancouver #1 (20:56, 20MB, .mp3)

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