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The HSBC Celebration of Light is a fireworks festival that is held in Vancouver over four nights every summer. It has been an annual event since the early 90s and the event has grown into one of the largest fireworks festivals in the world where almost 2 million people over four nights reportedly take in the show. It is held in English Bay, on a barge just off of Vancouver’s densely populated West End, but is viewable from many points around the city and surrounding areas. My friend in Burquitlam (is that even a place?) about 30 km away, says that she can see most of the show from her condo!

With such a captivating, popular show, you’d expect people to come from near and far to take them in- and you’re right, they do. For better or for worse, the West End gets taken over by tourists and bridge-and-tunnel suburban detritus (Editor’s note: I can say that, I used to be one, but if you must cross a bridge to get to Vancouver, at least I came from one of the better ones – North Shore represent!) Haha, just a little local humour for you all. But seriously, it can be mayhem if you battle the crowds down by the beach, which is why most downtown dwellers get smart and either host or attend fireworks condo parties. It pays to have friends with great views!

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Blazed & Confused: Backstage with Akon & Snoop Dogg

In: Music, Patrick
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Last night, I randomly went to the Blazed & Confused Concert here in town, with Slightly Stoopid as the opening act followed by the Dogfather of Rap, Snoop Dogg. I wasn’t that familiar with Slightly Stoopid, but Snoop’s tracks definitely bring me back to my highschool years – “Laid Back….” We picked up our VIP tickets, courtesy of Nic who had met Slightly Stupid the night before and put us on the guest list. Unfortunately, Nic wasn’t able to make it due to work, and our other friend Josh couldn’t make it because he had a BBQ he had to be at. WTF?

So Faye and I pick up our VIP tickets that are waiting for us, and we proceed to meander through Pacific Coliseum to our spot, which took us awhile to find. Down the stairs, through several rounds of security personnel, we made our way right by the stage – right where the artists come in and out. Clouds of smoke everywhere – and not from the smoke machines. WINK.

Slightly Stoopid was awesome. They’re a Reggae band, kinda like Sublime, so it was a really good, chill atmosphere in the crowd – not like the last few concerts I’d been too. Faye’s been a huge fan of this band since highschool and lucky for her they actually had a pretty long set. I plan on checking out their new album for sure! They have a new video out for one of their singles called 2am – if you haven’t seen the video for it, you should check it out on YouTube – pretty cool! Their last album was called “Slightly Not Stoned Enough To Eat Breakfast Yet Stoopid.”

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Canadian Country Music Awards 2009

In: Dan, Music
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As every country fan in western Canada knows, the Canadian Country Music Awards are coming to Vancouver this September, and this year’s awards are already ramping up to be one of the best. Western Canada is definitely known for their country music fans, largely due to the migration of Alberta and Saskatchewan folk making their way out to BC to partake in milder weather, yet still live the down-home life. I am no exception, as I’m proudly from Regina, and now happy to Vancouver home.

A few posts from the Homorazzi cast have included mention of country music artists, thanks to Donovan’s article for breakout country artist Jessie James, rocking the music world at just 19. Just this last week and soon to be released, Patrick caught up with Jessie and had the opportunity to chat with her. Unfortunately I was unavailable to talk to her, and for that my heart is a little achy-breaky.

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Review: Les Misérables and Altar Boyz

In: Reader Submissions
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I have always been a big fan of theatre, and as a guilty pleasure, mainstream musicals are my favourite. In the last couple of weekends I indulged myself with two shows playing in Vancouver: Les Misérables and Altar Boyz. Both shows were amazing and concluded with a standing ovation.

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Les Misérables is based on Victor Hugo’s novel tells the story of Jean Valjean whom after spending years in prison starts a new life. He comes to encounter characters that will challenge his identity and his conditional freedom. Simultaneously, a group of idealistic students get ready to fight in the French Revolution to defend their country and beliefs. A love story entangles Jean Valjean’s daughter and the student leader of the student movement, creating the perfect formula for a breath taking play.

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reFRESH with Homorazzi this Sunday…

In: Behind The Cast, Patrick
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Homorazzi.com, in collaboration with Martini Presents invite you to reFRESH @ Republic for our mid-July T-Dance!

For those of you that have never been to a T-Dance, it’s based on the idea of afternoon tea, yet, instead of sipping Red Rose & devouring desserts, you’re drinking beer and booze and devouring boys. People don’t really dance… until that “booze” hits that is… it’s more of a mingle, meet new people, and share some laughs kinda thing. It’s a lot more relaxed atmosphere than your typical night out at the bar, allowing for the opportunity to actually converse with another hottie. I’ve been going to Martini Presents T-Dances for quite some time, personally. As a part of the Out For Kicks Soccer League and previously a board member, I’ve attended Martini Presents Soccer Fundraiser T-Dances religiously. They’re usually branded as “Trouble T-Dance,” so this time we decided to put our own twist on it, calling it “reFRESH T-Dance.” There is already a loyal crowd that goes to the T-Dances, but more and more they’re garnering new, die hard fans and to the boys that have never been to one, I’d definitely recommend you check it out as you don’t know what you’re missing! It’d be great to bridge the gap and have a bunch of fresh new faces to spice things up: reFRESH it if you will!

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Ultimate Frisbee!

In: Sports & Health, Topher
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For a few months now, I’ve been playing on an Ultimate Frisbee league with a bunch of people from my work. We play other teams from all over the city, and it’s been quite enjoyable.

I was a little skeptical at first. To be completely honest, I considered Ultimate to be sort of a sport for dorks, ranking right up there with darts and Magic: The Gathering. Vancouver seems to have a lot of people that play though, especially at my work. There’s the team that I play for, but there are people I work with who play on one or more other teams as well.

The rules aren’t quite what I expected. When I first joined, I just assumed it was like football, but with a frisbee (sorry, disk. Frisbee is a brand). I assumed wrong. First off, it’s a non-contact sport. This was the biggest challenge for me to grasp at first since I’m used to playing soccer and basketball. If you’re familiar with basketball, in Ultimate, you’re not even allowed to set a pick. If another person is blocking you from running, that’s a foul.

There’s quite a few more rules that I’m not entirely sure of, but I’m learning every week.

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This weekend I had the opportunity to eat at a fantastic restaurant on Main @ 11th. I had driven by many times and never thought very much of it while passing by. It’s called Ping’s Cafe.

Some background on Ping’s as per the website: “Ping’s specializes in western influenced Japanese comfort food ideal for sharing. It got its name accidentally. A Chinese-Canadian diner occupied this space in the 1980s & it was called Ping’s Café. We discovered their old sign behind an awning & adopted it. Ping’s was built entirely by hand, except for the chairs, by friends & family for no profit. The art was donated.”

The exterior is very unassuming. Translucent white windows and a small white sandwich board give an illusion of the ordinary from the street. When you walk in you’ll be quite surprised to see what is a captivating space it is. Dozens of Bocci Raw White Porcelain Pendants are suspended from the tiled ceiling - 7 clusters along each side – and almost 60 black pendants of the same design along the bar area. Stainless steel tables, opposing white-framed mirrors on the wall (great for people watching at the tables behind you), and a few pieces of simple art complete the setting.  I couldn’t stop looking up at the lighting – it’s magical. There isn’t much to the space, but it’s put together amazingly well.

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Don’t Quit Your Gay Job: The Interview

In: Patrick, TV Shows
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Best friends Rob Easton and Sean Horlor are determined to figure out what it takes to make it “out” there in the big wide world.

The premise: Rob and Sean meet someone doing a job; that person teaches them how to do it; and then, they compete to see who does it better.

Some of these “jobs”- including runway modeling and stripping- are performed in front of live audiences, while others such as being a bus driver are done only in front of the camera. We attended their fashion show, and most recently… the strip show!

A little background. I’ve known of Rob for quite some time: he’s Jamie’s ex actually, and now Jamie’s my ex… so, transitive property: we know each other! More recently, I met Sean during Adam’s Top Model Competition, and now Sean’s dating my roommate Landon. Oh what a tangled web we weave. ANYWAY…

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