September 15, 2014

New Music: Death From Above 1979 Enters 'The Physical World'

"The thing that we learned in our time away is that the band exists without us, which is an incredible thing."
Death From Above 1979 | Commodore Ballroom

It's only slightly odd how it took ten years after Death From Above 1979's initial breakthrough effort, You're A Woman, I'm A Machine, for the Toronto dance punk duo to finally release their sophomore record. All this is happening after their quiet break up and subsequent reunion over creative differences and mutual acrimony/hostility. The Physical World is finally here and it definitely shows a decade of growth and musical sophistication at the cost of some substance while still harkening to the band's trademark visceral sound.

September 11, 2014

From Eggs to Brunch x Upstairs at Campagnolo x Strathcona

Brunch tasting at Upstairs at Campagnolo on Main Street in Strathcona on September 6, 2014.

Upstairs at Campagnolo | Strathcona, Vancouver

I'm a fan of Campagnolo's Italian group of restaurants including the flagship Main Street eatery, Roma, and the Upstairs bar. Starting this Saturday, you can enjoy brunch service at Camp's appropriately named, hip upstairs bar.

September 10, 2014

From Aburi to Dumplings x Gyoza Bar + Ramen x Grand Opening

Gyoza Bar + Ramen's dry run preview tasting and grand opening on West Pender Street on September 4 and 8, 2014.

Gyoza Bar + Ramen | West Pender Street, Vancouver

Gyōzas and ramen are among two of my favourite edible things and staples of the Japanese diet. Throw in Aburi Restaurants (of Miku and Minami fame) and their track record of top notch high end Japanese cuisine/dining and you have a highly anticipated recipe for this finally opened (slightly fusion style) Japanese noodle soup and dumpling eatery.

September 9, 2014

From the Weekend: Vancouver Zombiewalk 2014

2014 Vancouver Zombiewalk at the Vancouver Art Gallery on September 6, 2014.

Vancouver Zombiewalk 2014 | Vancouver Art Gallery

ZOMG! The living and walking dead alike amassed in front of the VAG this Saturday afternoon in search of brains for the annual zombie walk. I couldn't help but notice more lurkers than actual "zombies" and similarly themed cosplayers. It was oddly more populated with international students taking zombie selfies and dads with pro cameras.

September 8, 2014

Cinemist: Michael Fassbender Gets 'Frank'

Michael Fassbender Frank 2014 movie

Irish filmmaker Lenny Abrahamson has taken the novel route of having the handsome Michael Fassbender conceal his performance from the neck up with a giant head mask in the titular role. What could easily be a one-joke novelty is used to explore the artistic process of tortured musicians and lightly delve into aspects of mental illness.

September 4, 2014

Canucks Hospitality x Food and Drink Tour x Rogers Arena

Canucks Sports & Entertainment's hospitality media tour and preview at Rogers Arena on September 3, 2014.

Canucks Hospitality Tour | Rogers Arena

On and off the ice, the Vancouver Canucks are going through big changes. From a corporate standpoint, new leadership and the continued stable, local ownership of the Aquilini Investment Group have mandated new and improved fan and hospitality experiences within Rogers Arena. This means a completely revamped and overhauled food and drink experience starting from the kitchen out. Along with the changes comes major renovations, new amenities offered, and construction of a 26-storey attached residential tower.

September 1, 2014

The Garden Party x VanDusen Garden x Shaughnessy

The Garden Party and croquet classic at VanDusen Botanical Garden in Shaughnessy on August 23, 2014.

The Garden Party Vancouver | VanDusen Botanical Garden, Shaughnessy

It was an afternoon of amusement and dapper style over champagne, cocktails, luxury cars, and even live art with a backdrop of tea and croquet. Designed for some mild yet frivolous fun and frolicking, this Saturday was spent appreciating the garden scenery on a hot, late summer's day relaxing on the shady grass. Croquet, anyone?