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This past week Donovan and I checked out the Cannes Lions Festival screening in Vancouver, showcasing the best-of-the-best advertising from around the world. The Event was brought to Vancouver by NABS (National Advertising Benevolent Society) Vancouver Chapter at the Vancity Theatre in the heart of downtown and was hosted by Dawn Chubai and Riaz Meghji from Breakfast Television on CityTV. It was a fantastic event intermingled with ad agency folk, media and creative minds all excited to see what the wonderful world of advertising had produced over the last year.

Thankfully there were a few familiar faces in the crowd so Donovan and I didn’t stick out like wallflowers. It was great to catch up with some old friends from the industry and my university years, but the true pleasure came from the two-hour showcase of bronze, silver, gold and grand prix winners. The event takes place in France each year, and if the award winners aren’t able to make it to the extravagant event, the awards are sent to the local screener to present on home soil. We were blessed with the honour of seeing two bronzes trophies handed out, and one illustrious gold trophy handed out to Grey Advertising Agency (Vancouver) for their work with Tropicana.

see the winning commercials after the jump

Are you the type of person has awkward and ridiculous things happen to them all the time? Well, my friend Naomi is definitely one of those people. Since the situations make really funny stories, and she decided to share her experiences in a web series called “Naomi: The Show”.

Naomi and I spent a year at Vancouver Film School together and recently caught up when she and I did a little acting project a few weeks ago. While chatting, I remembered about this infomercial she did for this facial scrub. OMG is it ever hilarious…and it’s not supposed to be. I feel like filming this commercial should be one of her awkward situations. So, with that I made her a deal. I told her that I would write about her show on Homorazzi under the condition that I share with you the video of the infomercial. Lucky for you, she agreed.

Her show is hilarious and totally true. All of the situations portrayed in each of the webisodes actually happened. The webisodes are shot really well too! Watch a few of my favorite episodes below.

Webisodes and awkward infomercial after the jump…

I thought that in the spirit of Jesse Eisenberg hosting SNL tonight, that writing about this video would make sense. Then I remembered that Michael Cera and Jesse Eisenberg aren’t the same person…even though there are so many similarities. The Social Network’s Jesse Eisenberg is hosting SNL tonight. Regardless, I’m writing about this video anyway because it’s funny.

This Funny or Die video stars Michael Cera (Juno), Tony Danza (Who’s The Boss?), and Martin Starr (Knocked Up). After a few hours of hanging out on Cera’s birthday, the three have now become inseparable and stop by the Gallery 1988 ‘Is This Thing On’ comedy art exhibit to see the wonderful pieces that were put up and even some of the more risky pieces of work.”

Check out the video after the jump…

Apparently, the answer is Facebook. The red trench-wearing mysterious character is heading to the virtual world. Farmville, you better watch out!!! Carmen Sandiego is looking to dethrone you as the most popular Facebook application. I couldn’t be any more stoked about this news. As a kid, I loved playing the globe-trekking case solving game.

Blue Fang, the company developing the game for the Facebook platform has been working round-the-clock to bring the popular game to the masses. The edutainment computer game first launched back in 1983. The Facebook version is scheduled to go live on Feb 9, 2011. A week prior, the company is also releasing another classic historical game, “The Oregon Trail“. Watch the “Where In The World Is Carmen Sandiego?” trailer below.

watch the trailer after the jump

Disney’s Princess Ke$ha

In: Patrick, Random Reads, Videos

This is actually pretty awesome. Ke$ha & Funny or Die bring you this awesome interpretation of Ke$ha as a Disney Princess – cartoon characters, sing-a-long music, and fairy godmother. As you can expect, she’s not your typical Disney Princess.

“An exclusive, sneak peak at the newest Disney movie; Disney’s Princess Ke$ha. Watch as Princess Ke$ha gets a little help getting ready for her day as she sings a beautiful original new song from the movie soundtrack.”

For a Funny or Die video, I’m surprised by the song made just for the video…I actually like it and wouldn’t be shocked to find the lyrics tweaked to become a single. It’s catchy (like the rest of her tunes). Check out the video below.

Video after the jump…

Theatre Review: Floating

In: Dan, Random Reads, The Arts

Alasdair and I took in the opening night performance of the spectacular theatre production, Floating, presented by the Arts Club Theatre Company, at the Revue Stage on Granville Island in Vancouver. The production is part of the PuSH International Performing Arts Festival. I am happy to report that this was my first PuSH performance EVER, and it was brilliant!

Going into the show I knew absolutely nothing about the production, helping to keep my excitement and surprise maximized as the characters took to the stage and the plot rolled out before us. Two actors; one man and one woman, Shon Dale-Jones, playing Hugh Hughes and Sioned Rowlands playing herself, performed the entire stage show. These two masters of their craft took to the stage from moment one and captured the audience’s attention instantly. They. Were. Fantastic.

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We are a few weeks away from Super Bowl XLV (45) in Texas, and Division Championship games played this past Sunday decided which teams will be competing for the ultimate Football trophy on February 6, 2011.

The NFC (West) Championship saw the Chicago Bears host the Green Bear Packers in one of the coldest play off games this season, with one of the most legendary rivalries in history. The sod at Soldier Field in Chicago was rumored to have a huge effect on the Packers, being one of the muddiest (okay, worst) outdoor turfs, placing the Bears with the at-home advantage. Unfortunately that wasn’t the case for the dismal Chicago Bears who failed to show up for this important match up. The first half saw the Green Bay Packers leading the Bears 14-0, stifling the noise of the crowd.

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Website: If It Were My Home

In: Dan, Random Reads

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to live somewhere else? Maybe a short move to a neighboring country, or traveling all the way around the world to inhabit an even smaller apartment than the one you’re in now, perhaps in China?

Have you ever been held back, worried about the living standards or the complete shell shock of being away from everything you have grown up with? I have often wrestled with the idea of uprooting myself and taking the next step/a HUGE leap and moving to a new country, just to say I’ve experienced a different culture in a non-vacation-like situation. I’ve always fretted about living conditions, being able to find a job and a home that is truly habitable, and whether or not I would even be able to find a salary that would support my needs.

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