With December 21, 2012 (today) having been believed by many to be the end of the world, at the very least it made some people ask themselves if they’d do anything differently knowing the end was near.
Students form SFU in Vancouver posed the following questions: “If you knew the end was coming… If you only had a few days left to live… Who would you be with? Would you be doing something different? Would you be doing things differently?”
The students have just released this must-see amazingly elaborate “End Of The World” lip-dub set to two great songs: “Ready To Go” by Panic! At The Disco and
“Jumpstart” by These Kids Wear Crowns. Coincidently, my fiance Tyrell was in their music video for that song last year. Anyway, check out the amazing video below!
Speaking for myself, I love watching classic Christmas flicks during the holiday season. Whether it’s playing in the background while I decorate the tree or wrap presents, I have a roster of films I typically watch over and over at this time of year. I’m sure you do too. Everyone has a favorite Yuletide flick.
While there’s nothing cozier than watching Love, Actually cuddled up on the couch with your loved one, there’s something special about heading out to the theater and seeing it on the big screen. Especially when said theater is a classic heritage building. Plus, if you can help out those less fortunate it’s win-win all around.
Starting Friday, December 14 til December 20, the Vogue Theatre is showing holiday favorites to help collect for the Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society. Nowadays, the Vogue is a go-to place for concerts and events, but the gorgeous venue is opening their doors once again to movie goers. The landmark building is one of the last remaining theatres from Vancouver’s famed “Theatre Row“. If you haven’t watched a movie at this grand location, you definitely have to. Travel back in time and experience film watching like it once was.
Doors open at 7:00pm, movie starts at 7:30. The Vogue staff will be serving an assortment of beer and wine along with traditional movie snacks. This is a 19+ event; Admission for the screening will be $4 or a donation of non-perishable food items for the Vancouver Food Bank. I already have a few dates planned on my calendar.
It’s just about time for another Friends & Company event, a Vancouver-based GLBT Friendly Networking organization where proceeds always go to the anti-bullying & teen suicide prevention work of Out In Schools.
The “After Work Holiday Mingler” will be taking place this coming Friday, December 14 from 7pm-10pm at Affinity Auto Showroom (1918 Fir Street, Vancouver). Your ticket will get you admission into the mingler, complimentary holiday cocktails & canapés as well as an additional complimentary cocktail(s) at the 1181 event that follows. Sounds like a fantastic evening to me!
The cocktails at the event will be served by the notoriously sexy 1181 bartenders and like at past Friends & Company events, there are many prizes to be won, with silent auctions, a 50/50 draw, and a smart phone as a door prize, courtesy of TELUS.
“Vancouver’s vibrant dance community is coming of age. Populated with a new breed of exciting dancers and choreographers, the local scene has never offered such high calibre, innovative and daring exhibitions. Three of the community’s newest artists, Katie DeVries, Michael Kong, and Erika Mitsuhashi, with the support of the Simon Fraser University Dance Faculty, present The December Projects. Three separate dance works created by these emerging artists exemplify all that SFU, as a premier educational institution, has to contribute to arts and culture in Vancouver. For the past year, Katie, Michael and Erika, in collaboration with interpreters, musicians, photographers and new media artists, have developed this show as a finale to their achievement of an honours degree in Fine Arts. Join them at the show, December 7 @ 8PM, and December 8th @ 2PM, 2012, at the Goldcorp Centre for the Performing Arts, SFU Woodwards, 149 West Hastings St, Vancouver.”
I had the privilege of being invited to a rehearsal for the show and I was amazed by the choreography, concept and overall performance from the troupe. A collection of truly passionate and talented artists makes up quite the company to allow the audience to me wrapped up the amazing movement. If you are a fan of contempoary dance or the arts in general, this FREE SHOW is not to be missed. Check out a promo video, a few shots of the company and a message from Michael Kong below.
We gays LOVE to brunch: that’s a fact. Be it to enjoy soaking up last night’s toxins with fresh fruit and sweet yogurt or to meet up after a long week and catch up on the ups and downs over mimosas, brunching is a mo’ tradition that even the most conservative of politicians can never take away from us. Something else we gays ought to and do enjoy: giving back to our community to gay it forward (thanks Jack MacFarland) and appreciate that our success as a collective is just that, a group effort and we need to support those that have come before and will come after.
As such, how else could you celebrate this coming weekend than donating your hunger, your laughter and a bit of your $ to YouthCO’s Brunch With Benefits? YouthCO, for those who have never been to this site before and haven’t heard of their amazing work, is a local, Vancouver, organization that works to reduce the impact of HIV and Hep C on the youth of British Coloumbia through peer support, eduction and meaningful community engagement. Full disclosure concerning my bias for this great organization: I’ve recently joined YouthCO’s board to get first hand experience of the amazing work and dedication of its staff and huge volunteership. This weekend however, is about meeting other, giving and supporting members of your community over a fabulous (I said it) meal at one of Vancouver’s most illustrious restaurants, all in the name of philanthropy and a great time.
Whatya’ get when you put together the tallest mountain in Africa, a handful of drag queens, and some seemingly insane paragliders? Well, you may or may not be in Vancouver this Sunday but there’s a way to help out some great charities, or just read about a pretty breathtaking worldwide adventure.
Heels for Kilimanjaro is going to be a fun drag show with tons of local talent, including local bartender Guy Herrington (or that night, Lady Guy-Guy). This will all be raising proceeds towards the event Wings of Kilimanjaro, happening February 5th, 2013, a record breaking expedition in Africa. A group of over 1000 people, including guides and crew, will take 200 paragliders to the top of the mountain, in a once in a lifetime opportunity to paraglide off. And said local Guy Herrington will be one of them!
On January 27th 2013, adventurers from all over the globe will assemble at the foot of Mt Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. The team, the largest ever group to attempt the world’s tallest free standing mountain, aim to ascend the 19,340 foot high and fly from the summit. The climb and paraglide mission, something that is usually banned by the Tanzanian Government, will raise over US$1 million for 3 charities making a difference on the ground in Eastern Africa; Plant With Purpose, WorldServe International and One Difference.
That’s right, the Tanzanian government is lifting the ban for just one day for these heroic people. And with so much to be raised for great organizations, and a lot of adventure to be had, I suggest you help make these people’s dreams come true.
A group of talented Vancouverites just released an amazing video where they sampled various prevalent sounds in Vancouver and matched them with the complimenting visuals resulting in captivating remix that you must see (especially if you live in Vancouver, like many of us).
Sound of the Skytrain departing, getting your Skytrain ticket getting validated, escalators, buses and more all made into music to your ears. It’s hard to imagine, but when it’s all put together, it works! The video was done with the collaboration of a group called I F*cking Hate That! and a music producer known as kthx up with the final product.
There are two songs within the video that are a re-creation of Avicii’s “Levels” and Psy’s “Gangnam Style” using the sounds of Vancouver. Enjoy the video below!
To all of our Vancouver readers: If you’re looking for something to do next weekend for Halloween, join Friends & Company GLBT Networking, 1181 Lounge, and Presenting Sponsor, Telus for an evening of haute Halloween decor, ghoulish cocktails, scary costumes, live performances, and fantastic prizes. The event is titled “Bats In Belfry” and promises to be “a bloody good time.” With live performances by Joan-E & friends (I can’t wait to see her costume) and music by DJ Eric Carver, I’m certain that it will be!
As adults, we don’t get to trick or treat anymore, but there are some pretty amazing prizes to be one that certainly make up for it. An iPhone 5 will be raffled off and a Samsung Galaxy Note Smartphone will be awarded as the Prize for Best Costume.
With your ticket, you get Complimentary Vodka Drinks (courtesy of M2 Vodka) and Complimentary Wine (courtesy of Le Vieux Pin Winery). Again, beats the candy!
“Bats In The Belfry” is taking place somewhere very unique and perfect for Halloween. Find out where and what the rest of the details are below.