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Thrashers Game Night Variety Pack – Canucks Outsider #49

Grab bag episode with host Dave Thorvald talking trade deadline and pre playoff prognostication with transit-riding Dan Funboy plus some South East division insight to set up the game night at the Thrashers (thanks Mark) extravagnaza including copious history and pre-game skate analysis of callups, veterans and stars.  Plus Dave checks in on the Jeff Cowan show vs. Gretzky’s Coyotes with rec league dynamo Chris Bob Sugar.

Download Thrashers Game Night Variety Pack – Canucks Outsider #49 (44:11, 41MB, .mp3)

Music snippets: “Fake out” by Derek K. Miller of IHR (hear them review my beloved M Audio Microtrack) plus Bread and Av playing “$20 Bill” and Mark Olson playing “Flame.”

Canucks Outsider #??

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Stanley Park Destruction

Just taking a wee stroll through the park (near Prospect Point IIRC) soon after the big storm in December 2006. Lots of trees down from the storm or cut as they were dangerously precarious, sapling split, things generally amiss.

Natural sound, no music
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Vancouver Panorama from Cypress #video

DaveO shares knowledge like a tour guide on a visit to a scenic lookout point on Mt. Cypress road.

After pointing vaguely towards the Gulf Islands, Fraser Valley, Burrard Inlet, Stanley Park and Lions’s Gate Bridge, he caressingly creates a few panorama shots of the environs with a soundtrack of earnest folks taking photos.

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Police in Vancouver

After rehearshing in NOrth Van the past while, this announcement is totally unexpected but exciting.   Stand in line now for tickets!

LOS ANGELES — The Police 30th Anniversary reunion world tour will kick off May 28 at Vancouver’s GM Place and travel through North America until early August, Sun Media has exclusively learned.

CANOE — JAM! Music – Artists – Police, The: Police reunion tour starts in Van.

Blackhawk Thursday – Canucks Outsider #48

Before heading off to the rink, Dave checks in with Amigo Chris AKA Bob Sugar to break down the convincing victory over the Oilers.  Then, at the game, Dave rambles on abut the Hawks’ rebuilding, Canucks’ identity, Bieksa’s mad fists, and discourses on beverage and hot sauce selection, while rocking out to the young rockstars Numbskulz and Soilent Green.

Download Blackhawk Thursday – Canucks Outsider podcast #48 (42:02, 39MB, .mp3)

Canucks on the bus

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Vancouver Review worth your Twelve Bucks

Vancouver Review is a tasty and high-quality, hyper-local literary journal which i read cover to cover (well the 2 issues i got my hands on anyhow) while sailing aboard the Seabus. I’ve scored the two copies from my fave espresso lounge (Cafe Milano AKA Turk’s West) and am going to scratch out a few ducats for a subscription.

The current issue (pictured below) include discourse on bio-regionalism’s evolution into a cultural and economic meme, a review of two western decades apart, a post-modern telling of an ancient-feeling story and banter on Canadian politeness and the lack of employment in literary characters.

Plenty of local references and Douglas Coupland drippings abound in the oversized glossy which folds nicely into my lunchbox.

… and … The VR is now accepting poetry submissions … a beacon which always catch my eye but … i just write poetry, i don’t know how to analyze my work and refine for submission. Which ones are worthy and.or topical? No clue.

Vancouver Review = $12 for four issues!

Mail a cheque (in Canadian funds) made out to Vancouver Review to the address below, together with your name, mailing address and, for our records, your email address and phone number. (International subscriptions $28; institutional subscriptions $32. All prices in Canadian dollars.)

Olympic Outsider podcast available in iTunes

Olympic Outsider podcast available in iTunes

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The Olympic Outsider podcast is available via iTunes for your convenience.


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Winter Olympic Outsider Podcast


Hockey Day Lambasting of the Leafs – Canucks Outsider #47

During CBC’s Hockey Day in Canada, Dan Funboy and Dr. O join Dave Thorvald to discuss the Canucks’ recent success, All-star game voting formats, and Leafs fans, before enjoying the Canucks 6-1 win over the Toronto squad. They also reminise about old time hockey in Regina and the impact of NHL players on Canadian towns while enjoying the coverage from Nelson to Tigsnit.

Download Canucks Outsider podcast episode #47 (23:30, 22MB, .mp3)

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Music snippets from:

“New Years” from “Citrus” by Asobi Seksu
Friendly Fire Recordings Buy at iTunes Music Store

Randy Bachman Band “Prairie Town” (from live on KISW)

Oh Canada – recorded by DaveO at:

  • Dalai Lama citizenship ceremony, GM Place, singer unknown, Summer 2006
  • Canucks vs. Buffalo, GM Place 2005(?), Richard Loney (rules)
  • Governor General official visit, Oslo Olympic flag ceremony, Vancouver City Hall, March 2006

The Riggers and Engineers atop BC Place….

documenting the domelessness
Originally uploaded by Uncleweed.

I spotted these dudes last saturday (the day after the big deflation) high atop of the dome rim checking out the damage and no doubt brewing up a plan of action to fix the rip and reinflate.

Despite nonsensical rantings, they are NOT going to blow the stadium up and build a new one – heh – they even fixed up the New Orleans Superdome after much more damage both inside and outside (remember people were living in the there without plumbing and electricity – yuch).

Nor can they really make this into an open air stadium (too much rain, and no reall drainage system inside. Sounds like two panels will need replacing but hopefully the whole roof with get a clean up and freshening to keep on domeing through 2010 and beyond.

Vancouver view of False Creek and deflated BC Place dome

On January 5, 2007 Vancouver, BC’s domed stadium suffered weather and operational error resulting in an unplanned deflation of the giant dome.

I recall when the stadium was opened in 1983 and many 747 engine were required to inflate the dome and airlock doors keep the pressure adequate to maintain the structure.

This simply captures a 360 degree view of the city scape of north east false creek during this unique situation.

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