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For all of you that don’t know, I’m en route to Toronto. My Vancouver life has currently come to an end after a decade in the beautiful city that I’ve called home, and it’s time for broader horizons and greener pastures and blah blah blah. So I kissed some babies and shook some hands (in reality I bawled my eyes out for 48 hours off and on), and after 9 goodbye parties and some scathing Facebook updates on how I was never actually leaving and everyone was hungover and broke, I left.

Three of us sold all of our worldly belongings, save our clothing, packed a Ford Explorer I had purchased for a steal and named Beryl, and with two of my best friends and a cat (yup, his name is Bruce and he’s lovely) in tow, we were off yesterday morning with one goal in mind: first stop, Boise, Idaho.

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A couple months ago, I joined CrossFit 604here in Vancouver and it was the best thing I ever did. I can honestly say CrossFit is now my favorite fitness related activity that I’ve ever done. People have said to me, “Oh you’re part of the cult,” which is hilarious. The reason why it people think that is because people are so freaking excited about what they are doing and can accomplish. I now know first hand and in CrossFit I have pushed myself further physically than in any other fitness related activity I’ve ever done.

1. The Challenge

You know when you go to the gym and the odd time you leave and you think to yourself, “Man that was an amazing workout…” Well, that’s literally how I feel every morning I finish CrossFit. You push yourself further than you would at the gym and the workouts really push you to your limit… to the point where you realize that it’s a mind game. Your mind wants you to quit, but your body can keep going.

2. The Variety

Every day is different and you don’t have to worry about “chest day” or “legs day” and things like that which is what I hated about the gym. I would get bored of my routines so quickly. Prior to CrossFit, I was also doing elite bootcamps with WestCoast Fitness, and those were 10x better than going to the gym (for me) and actually incorporate some CrossFit into their workouts. There just came a point where I couldn’t do CrossFit and bootcamp or my body would die. If CrossFit doesn’t appeal to you and you want to go to a good bootcamp class a few times a week, I’d recommend West Coast Fitness (that is if you are in Vancouver of course).

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Sexy ladies that can sing, dance, and kick some ass! The True Heroines is an original episodic sci-fi musical dramedy produced for the web and it explores the lives of three seemingly “normal” suburban 1950′s housewives that happen to have superpowers (invisibility, super speed and super strength). Together, they evade the evil corporation that gave them these powers, while having regular flashbacks to their former lives as cabaret dancers. Full of song and dance, the series is bursting with action, excitement and humor – all wrapped up in a very sexy package. Did I mention there are sexy milk men?

I’ve seen their live shows before and they are amazing. The show brings together a very talented group of singers, dancers and actors that can certainly put on a sexy and entertaining show. The ‘core’ True Heroines are three triple-threat beauties with extensive experience in dance, singing and acting. They are: Fiona Vroom (Supernatural, Tower Prep), Jovanna Huguet (Package Deal, Mr.Young) and Paula Giroday (Once Upon a Time, Fringe). I’m definitely looking forward to the screening of where the first 6 episodes of Season 1 will be screened along with the live performance. Honestly, this is a must-see act.

More on the the web series, the live show, and some pictures from their rehearsal this past weekend that I had the opportunity to check out.

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It’s a new year and Vancouver’s Friends & Company is back with their first event of the year and some exciting new things to share. They’ve got some new guest speakers lined up, new venues, and new opportunities for LGBTQ and LGBTQ-friendly people to network. As you know, all of the events go to support the anti-bullying and teen suicide prevention work of Out in Schools.

The first event of 2013 is on Friday, February 22 and it’s a Luncheon at Gastown’s sexy and stylish new dining hotspot, Secret Location. If you’ve never been to this space, now’s the time to check it out – it’s gorgeous!

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A ticket to the luncheon includes a 3-course menu, specially selected and prepared for us by the Secret Location culinary team, lots of fabulous door prizes (including, as always, the latest smartphone from our friends at TELUS), a chance to participate in a 50/50 draw benefiting Out in Schools and, of course, a great chance to connect with old contacts and meet new ones! Someone from Homorazzi is always there and we’ve love to see you there!

More info & special guests for the luncheon after the jump…

It’s a long weekend here in Vancouver and you know what that means… PARTY TIME!!! It’s not often one gets to let loose on a Sunday night and not have to wake up early to head to work. There’s nothing worse than trying to survive on Monday with lack of sleep and a tad dehydrated ;)

If you don’t have plans yet on Sunday, definitely check out Big Roger’s party at Ginger Sixty Two. The venue is sick and it’s nice to have a different venue to check out besides the usual haunts. On deck spinning all the way from Rio, Brazil is DJ Rafael Calvente. Also playing some tunes is local master mixer DJ Quest. Doors open @ 10pm. Tickets are only $20. Click here for more info.

Big Roger was kind enough to give us a pair of tickets to giveaway. If you’re feeling a little lucky, simply fill out the form below. Good luck. Winners will be announced Sunday @ 4pm

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Earlier this week, I came across a music video by a Vancouver band named Sunshine called “Showering With Wine” and just had to share it with you. The video, directed by Owen Ellis, features two guys – one dressed up as Batman and the other dressed up as Superman.

After some partying and making out at home, the two guys decide to head out for a night on the town, proudly holding hands as they walk down the street. They even makeout in the middle of Vancouver’s Granville Street, where all of the straight clubs are. Once in the bar, the guys continue partying hard – perhaps too hard. On their way home (which involves the skytrain), Batman and Superman get into a pretty intense physical fight…but luckily they’re able to work it out in the end… Although, they don’t seem to make it home.

Watch the captivating music video from Sunshine below. Oh yeah, the song is good too ;)

Video after the jump…

Today, TED just announced that the annual conference will be coming to Vancouver in 2014 to celebrate its 30th Anniversary and The Next Chapter. Every year, the TED conference brings together some of the world’s most influential people in business, the arts, sciences, academia and philanthropy.

As TED will be celebrating its 30th Anniversary, they’ve announced some changes today for The Next Chapter with the first being that they’re coming to Vancouver in 2014! The conference will take place at the new Vancouver Convention Centre. The second change is that the size of the audiences is being reduced form 1400 to 1200, in an attempt to find that delicate balance beween scale and intimacy. The third announcement is that they are bringing back one hundred of the best TED speakers of all time. These speakers won’t necessarily be speaking, but may be in the audience and to help contribute in breakout discussion groups. Such a great idea! The fourth announcement is that they will be making a new custom built theater for the conference. The VCC includes an open area that is perfect for them to install a custom-designed-for-talk-theater they have long dreamed of — one whose sole goal is connect speaker with audience as powerfully as possible. Nothing quite like this currently exists.

Learn more about what the TED2014 Experience includes below.

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Boeing Boeing @ The Arts Club Theatre

In: Nic, The Arts

Boeing Boeing is a situational comedy about things that just wouldn’t happen now. Thanks to the internet, social media, and cell phones, the play, which originally debuted in 1960, is a look back on a time when one could lie a hell of a lot easier than one could now.

And that’s pretty much the basis. An immoral main character takes his innocent dippy sidekick on a journey into his life as a womanizer. Bernard (Jonathon Young), lives in Paris, and thanks to an insider, gets his picking of lonely stewardesses. Balancing three fiancees though (yes, they’re all engaged to him), is no small feat, and after an old friend Robert (Andrew McNee) comes to visit, he finds himself, with a little help from Berthe (Nicola Lipman) his French housekeeper, in close calls keeping the American, the Italian, and the German away from each other.

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