Archive for May, 2012

May 30, 2012

Uptown Live

This weekend was Uptown Live, a music and street festival in the 6th and 6th are of New West. We were really excited to go because it was the first community event going on in our new home since we decided to move there. There were some good local bands, the weather promised to be good, and the 6th and 6th ‘hood is really nice for restaurants.

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It really was a lovely day, and overall a well-run festival. There was enough going on to keep the crowd moving and entertained – BMX bikers jumping off ramps, circus performers of various ages, and great people watching. We saw some excellent characters while sampling gelato from the Cone Zone. We saw a 3-legged mini poodle, a Muppet man, a hipster girl with a mustache on her shirt strategically drawn under her boobs so it kin of outlined them (tasteful!), and men in full Hawaiian regalia carrying a pig on a spit.

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But the more important reason for going – the bands! We were there in time to see three acts. The first was No Sinner, comprised of the lead singer from Black Mountain and the guitarist from Hot Hot Heat. I expected to like them, since [name] has a great voice. Unfortunately they were more a cover band that isn’t technically a cover band. By “cover” I mean “rip-off”. One song was a blatant Jerry Lee Lewis reimagining. Others felt like taking every 80s pop ballad, throwing the lyrics in a pot, and pulling out the most “epic” lines.

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Luckily, the Zolas saved the day and were adorable as usual. Its good music that makes anyone was to tap their toes. Cayne from We Are The City filled in on piano.

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We Are The City kept the momentum going. They were up to their usual rhythm changing tricks. For “In A Quiet World”, Andy got the crowd clapping on the right beat, which took some instruction because as usual their rhythms were switched up all over the place. The boys have a strange fan girl following, and it came up during the show when they were gifted painted portraits by a crowd member. Not gonna lie, it was a little awkward!

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Overall – I hope Uptown Live becomes an annual event. It might be nice to have it in one of New Wests awesome parks for more of a music festival feel rather than a street fair with bands. Though I am sure the businesses 6th and 6th were happy for the good turnout! My only major gripe was there appeared to be a few technical issues, as every band seemed to have a few glitches. But all in all, it felt like a great introduction to our new home, and hopefully a great new annual event!

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May 28, 2012

New Home, New West

And we’re back!

I’ve been off the radar for the last month, resettling ourselves in Lower Mainland. I’ve been on the job hunt a bit, finding some temp work, and searching for a new place to call home. This one, luckily, should be our home for quite some time.

Which is the big piece of news. We’re venturing out of our 5-years-familiar East Vancouver niche and have rented a place in the Sapperton area of New Westminster. We’re near a Skytrain, but we’re practically Coquitlam, so it will be a big change for us.

I’ve never expected myself to move away from the city into the ‘burbs. I swore I’d never do it. We had a very detailed discussion about it on the trip home, and we realized the thing we valued in the city was the walkability (locally-run shops and restaurants nearby), the sense of community, and easy transit to other places. So in looking for a new place, those things were our criteria, not so much it being in Vancouver.

Our new home has a independent coffee shop, sushi restaurant, Thai restaurant, and a few other restaurants and shops to poke into. New West is a small suburb, and the sense of community feels strong there. The mayor is really pushing density programs, heritage programs, and is trying to foster arts and culture. There are also 5 Skytrain stops, so it is very transit-accessible. To add to that, we are walking distance from Hume Park, near Burnaby Lake, and near to the revitalized river front. And the apartment is big and recently renovated.

We get our keys on Thursday night, and will move our stuff in at a medium pace, which means it will be out of storage by the 14th. I am so excited to have a long-term home!