My show today featured some of the best music from the past year. I didn’t have time to play everything I liked this year, but there are some great tracks below, some fantastic Canadian music, and quite a few new artists. Check out the playlist below, and download the podcast from cjsf.ca!
Fucked Up – Let Her Rest
Fucked Up – Queen of Hearts
Yuck – Get Away
Wy Lyf – Dirt
Wilco – I Might
Sun Wizards – World’s Got a Handle
Off! – I Don’t Belong
Iceage – White Rune
Django Django – Storm
The Pack A.D. – Take
Real Estate – It’s Real
Battles – Ice Cream
TV On The Radio – Will Do
The Strokes – Under Cover of Darkness
Deerhoof – Super Duper Rescue Heads
The Sheepdogs – I Don’t Know
Toro Y Moi – Divina
Hooded Fang – Tosta Mista
Destroyer – Chinatown
Dum Dum Girls – Wrong Feels Right
Imaginary Cities – Hummingbird
Hey Rosetta! – Yer Spring
Atlas Sound – Mona Lisa
Washed Out – Amor Fati
Grimes – Vanessa
Chad Vangaalen – Sara
M83 – Midnight City
Surfer Blood – Miranda
Library Voices – If Raymond Carver Was Born In The 90s
On November 19th, former Vancouver mayor Sam Sullivan will be hosting his second public salon, featuring talks by an impressive range of speakers. I attended the first event and walked away inspired and even awed by the thoughts and achievements of the presenters. I’m taking 3D design at Emily Carr Wednesday evenings (which is very cool) but I urge everyone else to be there!
“I hope you will consider attending another season of Public Salons on November 9, February 8 and May 31,” Says Sam. “My goal is to present a cross-section of the most interesting people in Vancouver and the ideas and insights they have about our city. What is in store for November 9?”
“Judy Illes of the UBC Brain Research Center is an expert on how startling discoveries about the brain are forcing us to rethink ethical assumptions; Peter Klein, former Producer of 60 Minutes, is uncovering how the war on drugs is starving poor countries of medical morphine leaving sick people without pain relief; Dale MacKay is the winner of Top Chef Canada; Setty Pendakur helped develop the plans for False Creek and saved the Roundhouse and now serves as Advisor to China at the highest level; Harvard trained Dr. Shimi Kang is unraveling the tangle of concurrent disorders; John Korsrud founded the Hard Rubber Orchestra and will demonstrate how four trombones can explore emotions in astonishing ways; Shannen O’Brian is a young woman from Vancouver who has single-handedly provided education and hope to hundreds of young women in rural Ghana and Max Cameron who is bringing wisdom of the ancient philosophers to improve our modern society.”
“These people and more have agreed to present in seven minutes some of their most poignant insights into Vancouver and life itself. Please help spread the word!! Tickets are $20 but if you want to attend the pre-salon dinner/reception with the speakers then the full price is $90.”
Tomorrow and Tuesday (October 3 & 4) Rob Adams, the Director of City Design for Melbourne, will be hosting Creating Places for People – The Melbourne Experience. Rob is an award winning architect and urban designer, and shares his experience in helping Melbourne become one of the world’s most liveable cities. Vancouver is ranked high on liveability lists, but can still take lessons from some of the innovations in Melbourne’s design.
Tomorrow’s talk is 7 PM at SFU Surrey, and Tuesday’s talk is 7 PM at SFU Harbour Centre downtown. The talks are free, but reservation is required at www.sfu.ca/reserve.
You can find more information from the SFU City Program site here.
What single paradigm shift would have the greatest positive effect on the future development of our region? Join a cadre of prominent planners, designers, politicians, and developers, each with an answer to this question. Tomorrow, Monday October 3, UBC’s School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture (SALA) presents Shift, part of SALA’s Fall 2011 City Design Series.
The event will be hosted by David Beers, founding editor of TheTyee.ca, and the presenter list is exciting: Peter Cardew, Patrick Condon, Hadani Ditmars, Jane Durante, Marta Farevaag, Ian Gillespie, Dan Granier, Michael Green, Bruce Haden, Ken Lum, Jennifer Marshall, Cornelia Oberlander, Andrew Pask, Bill Pechet, Sam Sullivan, and Brent Toderian
The talk is at 6:30 PM at UBC Robson square, 800 Robson Street. More on the City Design lecture series from SALA here.
Western Canada’s largest interior design show has come to town, and I shouldered my way through the throngs of Vancouver’s beautiful people to give you a sneak peek of the goodies in store. Even three hours barely got me through the event, and I’ll need to return Saturday to bring you coverage of some of the most exciting exhibits that I’ve missed in my gallery below!
Some of the must-see exhibits include the Inform Interiors display, The Future Masters as well as the young designers area, The Re-Fab display of re-used sail material from Canada Place, the L41 200 sq. foot house by Michael Katz, the Molo soft shelter, and so so so much more.
Tomorrow is House & Home Day, presented by IKEA, and Sunday is Vancouver Sun Day, presented by General Paint. Tickets are only $15 for today and tomorrow, well worth it to see some stunning design collected under one roof. Check out IDSwest.com for all the details!
Sunday August 7th marked the first TEDxStrathcona, an independently organized TEDx event held at the Electric Owl on Main Street. As opposed to the unrelated TEDxVancouver, this was a public event, and by 7 PM the Electric Owl was hopping with a young, good looking crowd. The evening featured six speakers and two video presentations taken from official TED talks.
We were treated to two items off the Electric Owl food menu and a drink, so that even without the talk we would have nearly gotten our money’s worth. The speaker lineup included actor and Gemini winner Phil Granger, local street artist Indigo, animator Ann Marie Fleming, designer Caleb Beyers, engineer Johathan Tippet, and philosopher/physicist John H. Spencer. As well, we saw clips from TED presenters, architect Michael Pawlyn and a performance by computer software artist Golan Levin.
First out, I’m glad that TEDxStrathcona happened. Our city, and indeed the world, needs more exposure to big ideas and big accomplishments. It’s too easy now to be passive observers; the ideas shown at events like TED and Pecha Kucha inspire us (hopefully) to action, to making a piece of this world a better place. If you’ve never seen any TED talks, head over to TED.com immediately. TEDtalks feature the best thinkers, scientists, artists, and entrepreneurs in the world giving striking presentations about their life’s work. The talks can be riveting and inspiring at their best.
However, I don’t think that TEDxStrathcona quite lived up to the reputation that TED has built for itself. Sound issues, confusion about the schedule, and kitchen troubles were minor annoyances, but it was the presentations that left me feeling flat. There was a sense that nobody quite knew what they were there for, and the impossibly wide theme “Discovering Unity: Technology, Art, & Science” didn’t help to lend any focus. I don’t want to criticize too much given that I see such promise with the TEDx format, but a couple points come to mind for the next (and I really do hope there will be a next) TEDxStrathcona: Aim bigger, at bigger ideas and bigger accomplishments tied to a strong theme. Also, aim smaller, by really stressing tight, rehearsed presentations, and by creating a polished, professional feel to the event.
PS. I do recommend the Electric Owl as well, the Japanese tapas were rich and satisfying (if a bit mayo heavy), and the club ambience will make this a great new place to see smaller concerts.
The Mitsubishi i-MiEV is the first zero emission, highway-capable car to be available commercially in Canada.
BC Hydro and the City of Vancouver are working together with Mitsubishi Canada to evaluate and prepare the city’s electric infrastructure to support plug-in vehicles. In November 2009, BC Hydro added two i-MiEVs to their fleet, and recently, I was lucky enough to be taken along for a test drive. The i-MiEV, which stands for “Mitsubishi Innovative Electric Vehicle,” is a right-hand drive, four-door car that looks like a cross between a Toyota Echo Hatchback and a Smart Fortwo. It’s powered by a 16kWh Lithium-ion battery, which takes 14 hours for a full charge on a 100-volt domestic outlet.
Although people often praise an electric car, they don’t fully consider what that means: the lack of a gasoline engine means that the i-MiEV is eerily silent. When stopped at a traffic light, the car made no discernable noise at all, and when it was moving, there was just a slight whirring sound. It accelerated fast, and if there were gears, I didn’t feel them shifting as we negotiated the hills of Westwood Plateau in Coquitlam. Due to its low centre of gravity and long wheelbase, the i-MiEV also turned corners beautifully.
While the cost of driving is dramatically lower, almost one third of the amount spent on a comparable gasoline vehicle, prospective buyers may shy away because of the estimated $50,000 price tag. Before the City of Vancouver, BC Hydro and Mitsubishi Canada get too excited about electric cars, they need to consider how to make them affordable to Vancouverites. Sure, the long-term benefits are evident, but many buyers aren’t likely to fork out $50,000 for a car that – frankly – looks like it costs $20,000, and requires recharging after only 120 km of driving.