Vancouver Graffiti ~

I‘ve posted a new Vancouver-related photo gallery, this time showcasing the work of others. It’s called Vancouver Graffiti and it aims at exploring another one of our city’s many faces. It will eventually be followed by a second gallery focusing on architectural styles, house and building particularities and so on, once I’ve accumulated enough materials.…

A bouillabaisse in Vancouver

Got together with Stéphanie and Fabienne (French expat’ blogger friends) yesterday at the awesome Trees Organic Coffee Shop for a fun chat. And I feel a duty to report on my subsequent bouillabaisse expedition. So it was Thursday night around 7:00 pm. The focus of my experiment was a restaurant called Cassis Bistro located on…

Fantastic IMAX Deep Sea 3D

[Updated April 3rd, 2006] Did you ever wish you could visit the underwater world and explore the reef from the privileged point of view of its inhabitants? Well you can. Take a few days off the beach on your next vacation and learn to dive. It’ll change the way you look at the ocean forever.…

The Sisters of Mercy at the Commodore

It was Sunday night, the 26th of March. I could barely believe it, but after pinching myself twice I had to accept the puzzling fact that I was sitting on the mezzanine of Vancouver’s premiere venue, eagerly awaiting the start of the night’s event: the last North American show of the Sisters of Mercy’s 2006 Silver Bullet tour!

I took a sip of my Honey Lager and looked down at the main floor below me. The Commodore Ballroom is located on Granville Street in the heart of the entertainment district and I could see lots of people rushing by in the rain through the windows. It’s a busy area and the line-up at the door had, as usual, been reaching Smithe’s corner; but once inside, the place was pleasant and did not feel overcrowded. A mixed and very well behaved crowd wandered by and most of the side tables were already occupied…

One has to be of a certain generation to have witnessed the 80’s alternative movement, I thought, and that was clearly reflected by the public’s average age. Of course a lot of black was still being worn as well as black make-up and hair, yet none of the very fancy goth fashion I had expected. Maybe Vancouver isn’t that extreme in its musical tastes after all.

I spent some time reflecting on the obvious fact that I’ve never been much of a concert person myself and do not think so highly of the “fan” behavior. The last live show I attended was in the late 80’s when I saw Pink Floyd at the Montreal Olympic Stadium. But the Commodore can hardly be compared to a stadium. It looks and feels like a theatre and its design makes for a very intimate setting. With a maximum capacity of 900 persons, it is definitely a small audience, play and have fun place and I suppose the bands must like it for that reason.

The place filled up slowly and finally the guest singer started playing, but I have to say he didn’t impress me at all. The sound wasn’t very good and people pretty much ignored him and talked, except for the few hardcore fans pressed against the stage and who weren’t going to be distracted away from the place where their idols eventually would show up.

And then at last, after much waiting, the lights were dimmed once more, smoke hissed on the stage, the spotlights wildly came to life and Doktor Avalanche started playing his typical electric beat. The crowd roared, instinctively moving forward. And then appearing through the smoke like ghosts, they were there. The Sisters of Mercy.

Away from the Ocean indeed

A new star is born :-) "If there are drawbacks to blogging, I’ll discover them as I go. My grand-mother published poetry. My mother wrote a book. My brother wrote a book. For all I know, my cat is recording his memoires. I feel the pressure. I’ll write a blog." [From On Blogging, Away from…

Movie night in Vancouver – Lord of War

"While private gunrunners continue to thrive, the world’s biggest arms suppliers are the U.S., U.K., Russia, France and China. They also are the five permanent members of the U.N. security council." These two sentences appearing before the end credits of Andrew Niccol’s Lord of War are probably the strongest message of the whole movie. The…