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  The VIMFF 2014 Fall Series    November 12-15, 2014
The VIMFF 2014 Fall Series - November 12-15, 2014 Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival's stellar line-up of programming is ready to launch you into orbit! Here are the shows:

At Rio Theatre (Vancouver):

  • Wed Nov 12 - REEL Rock 9: with the much-anticipated film Valley Uprising
  • Thu Nov 13 - Ski-Mountaineering Night: with guest speaker Ptor Spricenieks and feature film Dreamline

At Centennial Theatre (North Vancouver):

  • Fri Nov 14 - Mountain Bike Show: with feature film Won't Back Down
  • Sat Nov 15 - REEL Rock 9: as usual, this event is so hot it needs two nights!
View the full VIMFF 2014 Fall Series Program here:

  Nanaimo TeenFest    Sept 13, 2014
Nanaimo TeenFest - Sept 13, 2014

We are proud to present TeenFest! The Nanaimo TeenFest will be taking place Saturday, September 13, 2014 at Maffeo Sutton Park, in Nanaimo. This fun filled FREE public event will engage, enlighten, entertain, and empower our youth of today. The event runs from 11:00 AM – 5:30 PM.

As parents of three children, we realized that it is sometimes hard for the youth to find the resources they need or to find businesses that support and cater to their particular needs. As well, we felt it was so important for the kids to interact with others and find activities, hobbies, or volunteer positions that can help them with their self-esteem, and keep them out of trouble, so we came up with TeenFest. The purpose behind this free community event will be to engage, enlighten, entertain, and empower our youth of today. TeenFest will give teens and their parents the opportunity to connect with each other, their peers and their community. The focus will be on creating opportunities for interaction, education, and enjoyment with exhibitors, activities, workshops, and performances for this age group. The venue will be divided into 4 primary areas: Health and Wellness, Fashion and Beauty, Life and Education, and Cool Stuff.

The goal is to educate the youth while they are having a great time.

Best Regards,

  • FREE event
  • Zombie Paintball
  • Skateboard Half pipe – courtesy of Switchback Longboards
  • Teen talent Contest
  • $500 shopping spree giveaway from Woodgrove Centre
  • Special guest performances
  • more at

  Ash Grunwald Touring BC   July - Aug 2014

Ash Grunwald, loved for his crowd frenzied shows and blistering guitar playing, is reminiscent of the greats before him like Buddy Guy, B.B. King, Jimi Hendrix and Steve Ray Vaughn. Vocally and lyrically, you can pick up pieces of Howlin’ Wolf, R.L. Burnside, Eddie James “Son” House and Tom Waits. Australia’s Triple J Magazine notes, “The fat, urgent rhythms drive Grunwald’s smoking, bluesy riffs like an unlicensed teenager in a stolen car.”

  • Jul 19-20, 2014 - Fusion Festival - Surrey
  • Jul 30, 2014 - Duncan Cowichan Music Festival - Duncan
  • Jul 31, 2014 - The Rainbow Room - Port Alberni
  • Aug 02, 2014 - Sea Star Winery - Gibsons
  • Aug 03, 2014 - Blues Benefit Bash, Nanaimo Entertainment Centre - Nanaimo
  • Aug 10, 2014 - UpTown Live Festival - New Westminster

  Daniel Wesley Playing Jacks in Tofino    this Thursday June 19, 2014

  Towers and Trees & the River and the Road tour BC & Alberta   April 2014
Towers and Trees & the River and the Road tour BC & Alberta - April 2014

Towers and Trees & the River and the Road tour BC & Alberta two of BC’s most exciting emerging indie acts wind their way from Nanaimo to Edmonton AB Towers and Trees (Victoria) and the River and the Road (Vancouver) first met on yet another landmark: a mountainside in Port Renfrew where each was wowed by the other’s set at Tall Tree Music Festival. Not a surprising turn of events when you consider that both bands share similar strengths: profound song-writing and an exceptional, high-energy live show.

  • April 17: the Queens, Nanaimo BC (w. Gold and Youth, presented by Got Pop?)
  • April 18: Upstairs Cabaret, Victoria BC (w. Mike Edel, presented by the Zone @ 91.3)
  • April 19: Cobblestone Pub, Cobble Hill BC
  • April 20: Media Club, Vancouver BC
  • April 21: Kamloops/Kelowna TBA
  • April 22: the Last Drop, Revelstoke BC
  • April 23: Rockwater, Golden BC
  • April 24: Broken City, Calgary AB
  • April 25: Brixx Bar & Grill (@ the Starlite), Edmonton AB


  Fascinating Expedition & Adventure Talks    Rio Theatre in Van - March 7, 2014
Fascinating Expedition & Adventure Talks - Rio Theatre in Van - March 7, 2014

Fascinating Expedition & Adventure Talks (FEAT), Canada has invited nine local speakers from a range of adventure disciplines to talk on March 7, 2014 about their recent accomplishments and expeditions. FEAT employs a fast-paced, pecha kucha-style presentation format where each speaker has only seven minutes (no more, no less) to tell their story. Far removed from a formal speaking platform, FEAT is social and fun and the audience is encouraged to interact with speakers.

FEAT’s line-up of nine speakers includes Adam Campbell, Alicia Woodside, Debora De Napoli, Denis Barnett, Norm Hann, Ryan Robertson, Sarah Hart, Tiffany Melius and Tobin Seagel . They’ll speak of adventurers and expeditions in the disciplines of ultramarathoning, extreme backcountry skiing, stand up paddle boarding, cycling, mountain biking, sailing, and climbing. FEAT Canada will be MC’d by International Adventurer Kevin Vallely and will include a special FEAT demonstration only to be announced at the show.

“It’s fantastic to have so many great speakers from the lower mainland and Vancouver Island,” says Sean Verret, who is the producer and director of FEAT Canada. “We truly are lucky to put together a lineup rich in inspirational adventurers and motivators. The night, once again, will be magical and dynamic.”

International speaker and bestselling author Philip McKernan spoke at the inaugural FEAT Canada event, which was held in November last year. “I speak quite a lot and that event last night was top class. Genuinely hard to believe that this was its first year in Canada. Hats off to Sean Verret and his team for a really great job,” he said.

McKernan’s sentiments were echoed by the other speakers. Gary Robbins, West Coast Trail record holder commented: “The inaugural FEAT evening went off without a hitch and to an almost sold-out crowd. It was amazing to feel the energy of the speakers and audience".

Nicki Rehn, an endurance runner, felt this same energy too. "FEAT was as spirited and adrenalin-filled as the adventures themselves. A great night shared with great people, both on the stage and in the audience,” she said.

Paul Gleeson, a man who has rowed across the Atlantic spoke in the inaugural FEAT and recollected, “FEAT Canada was fantastically organized and the energy of the crowd was amazing. There was a great buzz in the theatre that night and the feedback was brilliant”. This FEAT Canada will be no less captivating.

FEAT Canada will be held on Friday March 7, 2014 at The Rio Theatre in Vancouver, British Columbia. Tickets are $20 and they can be booked by contacting (866) 943-8849 or by visiting

  surf documentary 'Isolated' and cycling and performance tour 'Pedalling for Papua'   Victoria ,Tofino & Vancouver - Feb 13-17, 2014
surf documentary 'Isolated' and cycling and performance tour 'Pedalling for Papua' - Victoria ,Tofino & Vancouver -  Feb 13-17, 2014

Presented by Pacific Peoples' Partnership

Isolated is a feature surf documentary from Executive Director Ryan Phillippe following elite surfers on a journey to find remote waves around the islands of Indonesia. What they discover, however, is an unfolding atrocity in West Papua, linking gross human rights violations, military occupation, and natural resource extraction.

Pedalling for Papua is an international cycling and performance tour. Campaigner Jeremy Bally cycled nearly 22,000 kilometres to share the story of West Papua around the world. Bally has returned home to share the performance.

Filmmakers from Isolated and Jeremy Bally will attend all events, a chance for audiences to see many sides of this complex, tragic and beautiful story through the eyes of explorers, athletes and storytellers.۬۬

  • Thursday, February 13 – VICTORIA Victoria Event Centre, 1415 Broad Street Doors 6:30, show 7:00 / Tickets: $15 door or $10 in advance at: Eventbrite

  • Saturday, February 15 – TOFINO
    Clayoquot Sound Community Theatre, 380 Campbell Street
    Doors 8:00, show 8:30 / Tickets $8

  • Monday, February 17 – VANCOUVER
    Djavad Mowafaghian Cinema (Gold Corp Centre for the Arts)
    Simon Fraser University, 149 West Hastings Street
    Doors 6:30, show 7:00 / Tickets: $15 door or $10 in advance at: Eventbrite

  • Thursday, February 13 – VICTORIA / Lunch & Learn
    Harry Hickman Building, Room 110, University of Victoria
    12:30 – 1:30 pm / Free admission

Geoff Clark, producer of Isolated, Jeremy Bally, and Todd Biderman of Pacific Peoples' Partnership will join a lunch hour panel on their experiences and developments in West Papua. Hosted by UVic's Centre for Asia-Pacific Initiatives

Contact Pacific Peoples' Partnership for more info / Email:
Phone: 250-381-4131 / Web:

Funds raised will enable PPP and local Papuan partners to strengthen civil society in the Manokwari region of West Papua, including five women's cooperatives serving a network of over 2000 women. DONATE NOW
Let's raise awareness about West Papua together as a step towards peace!

PPP is grateful to all our Tour Partners: LUSH Fresh Handmade Cosmetics, Media-Net, Open Cinema, Tofino Film Festival, Aarrow Productions, Centre for Asia Pacific Initiatives, BC Council for International Cooperation, Something Kreative, the Constant Arts Society, Province of BC, the Elders and Youth Tribal Governance Fund at the Victoria Foundation, and Rika Oceanscapes and Design!

  The Lion The Bear The Fox   2014 BC Tour dates

on my way to work in the morning i decided to unplug and listen to the radio. I was stoked to here the Lion the Bear the Fox "Room 32".

Three well known west coast musicians, Christopher Arruda (the lion), Cory Woodward (the bear) and Ryan McMahon (the fox) have come together to make great music. If you have the chance to check them out we recommend you do yourself the favor.

2014 BC concert dates

  • Feb 08 The Biltmore Cabaret Vancouver
  • Feb 27 Andy's House Concerts Victoria
  • Feb 28 Char's Landing Port Alberni
  • Mar 01 Quality Resort Parksville
  • Mar 02 Simonholt Food and Drink Nanaimo, B.C.
  • Mar 14 Good Omens Coffee House Summerland, B.C.
  • Mar 15 The Streaming Cafe Kelowna, B.C.
  • Mar 17 The Rockwater - Golden, B.C.
  • a bunch of Alberta dates. Check their website

  Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival Fall Series   Vancouver, Nov 12-16, 2013
Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival Fall Series - Vancouver, Nov 12-16, 2013

Celebrating the Adventurous Heart!

Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival is thrilled to present the VIMFF 2013 Fall Series at the Centennial Theatre in North Vancouver and the Rio Theatre in Vancouver on November 12-16, 2013. Shows include:

  • REEL Rock 8, with four brand new films to quench your thirst for climbing;
  • Tim Cope's presentation On the Trail of Genghis Khan, about his 3-year journey on horseback through the Eurasian Steppe from Mongolia to Hungary;
  • the Fall Ski Show, with presntations by Justin Lamoureux and Austin Ross, and new ski films filled with deep powder, inspiring lines and face shots;
  • BC's Endangered Wilderness – Past and Futuree, with live presentations and films reflecting BC's natural treasures and threats we are all facing

All shows start at 7:30pm (doors at 6:30pm). Tickets are $15 in advance, $17 at the door; Fall Series Packages available at $25 for 2 tix, $36 for 3 tickets, and $48 for 4 tickets to different shows.

  films from the 2012/2013 Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival   Raincoast Education Society Tofino, Sept 15, 2013
films from the 2012/2013 Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival - Raincoast Education Society Tofino, Sept 15, 2013

The Raincoast Education Society is pleased to present the "BEST of the FEST," a selection of top films from the 2012/2013 Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival. Proceeds from the event directly support the Raincoast Education Society's environmental education programs. Poster attached.

When: Sunday, September 15th, 7:00 pm - 10:30 pm (Silent Auction 7:00 - 8:30 pm, Films 8:30 - 10:30 pm)

Where: Tofino Botanical Gardens (1084 Pacific Rim Hwy). Event is rain or shine. Outdoor screening if it's clear, indoor screening if not. Please bring warm clothes, blankets and a picnic. No outside alcohol. This is a licensed event.

Cost: $10 Adults, $5 Children (inquire about family rates).

For more info:

  Otalith Music Festival, Ucluelet   Aug 23 - 24, 2013
Otalith Music Festival, Ucluelet - Aug 23 - 24, 2013

Vancouver Island is buzzing with talk about a new summer festival. Otalith Music Festival in Ucluelet, BC (40 Km's south of Tofino).

On August 23rd and 24th, Otalith will bring performers from the folk, indie and bluegrass genres to one stage for two days at the end of August. Featuring performances from Current Swell, Yukon Blonde, The Cave Singers, The White Buffalo and many more, Otalith promises to be a great weekend of entertainment on the coast. You can check out the full lineup and ticketing information at

Part proceeds from Otalith will go to help support some great regional causes! Pacific Wild is an organization that helps support education, research and conservation of species and the environment in the Great Bear Rainforest. The Clayoquot Biosphere Trust supports community development, education and research in the UNESCO designated Clayoquot Biosphere Reserve and Region. We’re also hosting representatives from Surfrider Vancouver Island and Ocean Gybe, making this one of the largest coastal community fundraisers on Vancouver Island.

  Tall Tree Music Festival   Port Renfrew, June 28-30, 2013
Tall Tree Music Festival - Port Renfrew, June 28-30, 2013

Artists include Hollerado, Hey Ocean, A Tribe Called Red, Sweatshop Union, Wake Owl, The Zolas, Funk Hunters, Humans, Quoia, Bend Sinister, Gold and Youth, Pigeon Hole, Smalltown Djs and many many more.

  Song and Surf Music Festival   Port Renfrew, Feb 15-17, 2013
Song and Surf Music Festival - Port Renfrew, Feb 15-17, 2013

We are excited to be hosting our fifth annual Song and Surf music Festival on February 15-17 and are looking to expand our community. We provide a coastal experience with some of British Columbia's most talented artists.

  Raincoast Re-Skilling Festival [free Workshops]   Tofino, Sept 22, 2012

Please join the Raincoast Education Society THIS SATURDAY for the Raincoast Re-Skilling Festival in Tofino!
When: SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 10:00 am - 5:30 pm
Where: TOFINO BOTANICAL GARDENS, 1084 Pacific Rim Hwy.
Cost: FREE
Workshops (No Registration Required):

  • 10:00 am - 10:30 am: Composting (Louise Rogers)
  • 10:30 am - 11:00 am: Raising Chickens (George Patterson)
  • 11:00 am - 12:00 pm: Cedar Weaving (Mary Martin)
  • 12:00 pm - 12:30 pm: Traditional Foods (John Rampanen)
  • 12:30 pm - 1:00 pm: Preparing Shellfish (Bobby Lax)
  • 1:00 pm - 1:30 pm: Wood Gas Camping Stoves (Dan Harrison)
  • 1:30 pm - 2:00 pm: Relaxation Skills (Skye Ketilson & Coastal Bliss)
  • 2:00 pm - 2:30 pm: Canning (April Robson)
  • 2:30 pm - 3:00 pm: Clothing Repair (Sairaa Thornton)
  • 3:00 pm - 3:30 pm: Bee Keeping (Dylan Green)
  • 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm: Wooden Bow Making (Dan Law)
  • 4:30 pm - 5:00 pm: Garlic Farming (Josie Osborne)
  • 5:00 pm - 5:15 pm: Shaving Horse Construction (Phil Reimers)

Booths: (Where businesses, non-profits, and entrepreneurs will have information related to important skills and trades).

TOF Cycles , Osa Craft, Coastal Community Credit Union, Green Soul Organics, and Coastal Family Resource Coalition.
*The Tofino Re-Skilling Festival will have a Children's Corner where games and activities will be available for kids to give parents the opportunity to attend workshops. The Children's Corner will be open from 10am - 5:30pm

We look forward to seeing you this weekend!
Raincoast Education Society
PO Box 815
Tofino BC V0R 2Z0
tel 250-725-2560

  An Evening With Wolves - Tofino and Ucluelet Public Lectures   March 27 & 28, 2012
An Evening With Wolves - Tofino and Ucluelet Public Lectures: - March 27 & 28, 2012

Please join the Raincoast Education Society for a captivating and interactive evening with wolf educator Gary Allan and his pet wolf Tundra. Due to recent wolf activity in the region we have received increased interest about this talk and are, therefore, offering presentations in both Tofino and Ucluelet. The evening will include a presentation by Gary and Tundra focused on wolf behavior (e.g., pack dynamics, predation, mating and reproduction), wolf conservation issues in BC as well as cultural and mythical perceptions of wolves. Following the presentation, Gary will be available for questions and everyone in attendance will have the opportunity to meet Tundra the wolf. See information below:


  • Date : Tuesday, March 27th
  • Time: 7:00 – 8:30 pm
  • Location: Ecolodge Classroom at the Tofino Botanical Gardens, 1084 Pacific Rim Hwy., Tofino
  • Admission: By Donation


  • Date : Wednesday, March 28th
  • Time: 7:00 – 8:30 pm
  • Location: Ucluelet Community Centre, 500 Matterson Dr., Ucluelet
  • Admission: By Donation

Event Sponsors: Raincoast Education Society, Black Rock Oceanfront Resort, Jamie's Whaling Station, Ocean Village Resort, Tofino Botanical Gardens Foundation, Ucluelet Community Centre

For more information - 250-725-2560

  15th annual Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival   Feb 10-18, 2012
15th annual Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival - Feb 10-18, 2012

The 15th annual Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival launches on February 10th!

You get a chance to win tickets to VIMFF 2012 events by signing up for the Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival newsletter by Sunday February 5th at noon. The more participants, the more prizes we will have, so don't be shy to share the news! Additionally, anyone who subscribes to the newsletter will also be emailed an online discount code for $15 tickets - that's 25% off the door price - so everyone wins! (discount code for online purchases only, draw winners and discount code to be emailed out afternoon of Feb 5)

To enter into the draw, head over to our newsletter page, sign up, and you're done!

Then check out the rest of our brand-new website and preview the amazing program of events we are proud to present. Featuring extreme mountain biking, base jumping, wild climbing adventures, water action, snow sports, mountaineering, and a host of other adventure-themed films and speaker topics, there is sure to be something to thrill you at this year's VIMFF!

Buy tickets online at our website or by phone at 604-984-4484.

  FEAT Talks evening   North Vancouver Feb 12, 2012

FEAT Canada would like to invite you out to our next FEAT Talks evening on February 12th. Staring Hall of Fame Mountain Biker BRETT TIPPIE as the MC, The night will also feature a world record holding freediver Mandy-Rae Cruickshank, Arctic kayaker/explorer Hayley Shepard and world canoer Ryan Pogue.

FEAT Talks is a Talks style event with a Expedition/Adventure twist. Imagine 9 dynamic speakers each with only 7 minutes to talk about their amazing feats, in the areas of climbing, rowing, mountain biking, cycling, mountaineering, paddling, hiking, freediving, adventure racing, endurance running, skiing, snowboarding, trials riding, etc. We have several endurance athletes, professional athletes, and expeditioners from the lower mainland and Vancouver Island.

The event occurs on Sunday, Feb 12, 2012 at 7:30pm at the Centennial Theatre in North Vancouver. Tickets are $18 in advance and $20 at the door.


For discounted tickets and a chance to win tickets go to


To win your very own FEAT Canada Buff go to

  UBC Sailing Club Presents the new production Oxbow Walls of Perception   Jericho - Nov 29th

UBC Sailing Club Presents: Walls of Perception The new production Oxbow Walls of Perception presents 7 amazing riders surfing different spots of the world, before bringing them together in one unique

  • place: the Marshall Islands
  • Location: Jericho Sailing Center Time: 7:30 pm Tuesday Nov 29th Doors open at 6:30
  • Length: 50 min Pizza (limited quantity) would be served at 7:00. Beer and snacks can be purchased from Galley.
  • Fee: $10 at the door (proceeds will go to Poor Boys Productions, and to the UBC Sailing Club)
  • After party: The Wold & Hound - 3617 W Broadway (between Alma and Dunbar)

  Restless Josie debuts on Tuff TV   Adventure travel show will air to 35-million viewers

Nov/23/2011 Christmas will come early this year for 35-million arm chair adrenaline junkies, when the Canadian adventure sports television show Restless Josie make its American TV debut on Tuff TV on December 11th. More than 35-million people in the US can watch the guy-centric cable station. That's a jump into the big leagues for Restless Josie, a show hosted by Josie Boulding, that combines wanderlust with adventure sports, music and interesting interviews.

"Partnering with Tuff is really exciting," Boulding says. "It means a whole new demographic will get a chance to experience and enjoy the amazing people, places and sports with me. People like Sonnie Trotter, one of the world's top climbers, Brendan Seminuk, a crazy aerial mountain biker, 11 time world champion surfer Kelly Slater and many more. Plus, I interviewed celebrities like Kevin Costner and Adrien Grenier."

Boulding set out to create the show after being struck with a need to travel. While watching professional surfers daring huge waves in Hawaii, she became fascinated by the passion of athletes who risk their lives pursuing their sport. The television show will combine her love for travel, interviews with athletes, footage of them in action and dramatic scenery with Boulding guiding viewers through it all.

"I really enjoy meeting new people, especially those that who work hard to achieve their dream," Boulding says. "There are so many world class athletes who are overlooked because their sport is not well known. I want to tell their stories."

That's just what she does in Restless Josie, season one. The episodes include the little known rodeo stars of the Calgary Stampede, the sand and sexiness of Kelowna's Centre of Gravity Games, Whistler's knobby tired insanity of Crankworx, the world's best surfers taking over New York City, rock climbing with Canada's top climber in Squamish, and the music scene and two-wheeled acrobatics in Boulding's home town of the Comox Valley.

To add flow and beat, the show's soundtrack will tap stellar, lesser known music. "I'm a huge music fan," she says. "I love finding new music. This is a great opportunity to expose independent bands and talented musicians."

Restless Josie hits the U.S. airways in December. To find out more about the show visit .

"The show's success will come from the extremely talented athletes, beautiful scenery, excellent music and a great team to put it all together," Boulding says. "It's all about having fun."

About Restless Josie

Launched as an Internet travel show, Restless Josie remains true to its roots as an independent and eclectic show focused on adventure sports and exotic locales. Hosted and directed by Josie Boulding, a Campbell River born and raised, photographer and videographer, the show's emphasis is dramatic action in spectacular locations with a great sound track backing it up.

  Ghostface Killah at CLUB 9ONE9    Victoria - Dec 12, 2011
Ghostface Killah at CLUB 9ONE9 - Victoria - Dec 12, 2011

C1RCA, Degree One and Concentrated Music proudly present.. GHOSTFACE KILLAH
From The Legendary WU-TANG CLAN. - MONDAY, DECEMBER 12th. 2011

  • at CLUB 9ONE9 – 919 Douglas St. Victoria BC
  • with Special Guests Peter Jackson, Jaykin w DJ Seko and DJ's Anger & Longshanks.
  • Ghostface Killah comes from the multi-platinum artist conglomerate that is the Wu-Tang Clan. Since the Wu-Tang's inception and collective debut album, Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) Ghostface Killah has developed a massive following through a stellar solo career. Ghostface is critically acclaimed for his loud, fast-paced flow, and his emotional stream-of-consciousness narratives containing cryptic slang and non-sequiturs. In 2006, MTV included him on their honourable mention list of The Greatest MCs of All Time, while the editors of placed him on their list of the Top 50 MCs of Our Time (1987–2007), praising him as "one of the most imaginative storytellers of our time."Ghostface's storytelling abilities have widely been praised, with Q magazine calling him "rap's finest storyteller." Ghost is deep into his solo career releasing 12 albums since his debut with Wu-Tang. He has also dropped stellar verses on all the Wu-Tang Clan group albums, other Wu-Tang Members solo albums and has contributed songs to over 30 movie soundtracks. Ghostface has toured the world and is set to finally make his first appearance in Western Canada. Victoria look out, straight from the slums of Shaolin, it's The Ghostface Killah.
  • TICKETS ON SALE TODAY - Advance Tickets start at $35. Available at Lyle's Place, Ditch Records, Complex,Aspen's, The Strathcona Hotel & On-Line at
  • Doors 9:00 PM - Show 10:00 PM - Ages 19 years and over

  The Wild Pacific:An evening of film and speakers celebrating BC’s Great Bear Rainforest   Vancouver, Mar 29, 2011
The Wild Pacific:An evening of film and speakers celebrating BC’s Great Bear Rainforest - Vancouver, Mar 29, 2011

The Wild Pacific
3 incredible journeys 1 amazing place BC’s Great Bear Rainforest

An evening of film and speakers celebrating BC’s coast

  • No Experience Required (film) From ordinary day jobs to the Inside Passage by kayak
  • StandUp 4 Great Bear (multimedia) 400 km’s by stand up paddleboard to protect the Great Bear Rainforest
  • The Pipedreams Project (multimedia) Kayak expedition to engage people about proposed Enbridge Pipeline
All proceeds will go to support Pacifc Wild in their efforts to conserve the Great Bear Rainforest
  • Beverages will be served
  • Great prizes and auction items from our sponsors
  • Tuesday, March 29th 7:30pm (doors @ 7pm)
  • St James Community Square-3214 West 10th Ave at Trutch, Vancouver
  • Tickets- $10 in advance, $12 at the door
Tickets and info at

  Pacific Salmon Foundation Salmon Art Show & Silent Auction   Sandbar Restaurant, Granville Island - Mar 02,2011
Pacific Salmon Foundation Salmon Art Show & Silent Auction - Sandbar Restaurant, Granville Island - Mar 02,2011

Pacific Salmon Foundation Salmon Art Show & Silent Auction - Sandbar Restaurant, Granville Island - Mar 02,2011

The Pacific Salmon Foundation Presents:
Art Show & Charity Blind Auction at Granville Island’s Sandbar Restaurant - Mar 02, 2011

The Sandbar Restaurant on Granville Island and Pacific Salmon Foundation are teaming up to raise money to support salmon restoration and regeneration with a charitable "Salmon Art Show" on Wednesday, March 2.

The art show will provide an opportunity to purchase striking images of salmon in their natural B.C. habitat. For anyone who has purchased a fishing licence in the last twenty years, the romantic images of silver fish, dynamic in their natural environment and pursuing their prey, will be very familiar. These images have appeared for the last 23 years on the Salmon Conservation Stamp that every angler must buy in order to keep salmon caught in B.C.’s tidal waters.

Now, for the first time, high-quality lithograph reproductions of these images are being put up for silent auction at the Sandbar Restaurant. As a special bonus, each of the prints will be individually signed by the artists themselves, who are among Canada’s most renowned wildlife artists. They are Curtis Atwater, Mark Hobson, and Bill Munsie. Mr Munsie will be in attendance at the event to talk to the guests.

Sandbar Restaurant’s executive chef Will Tse has created a mouth-watering spread of salmon-inspired canapés for the event. Guests at the 150 person stand-up event will enjoy items like salmon ginger cakes with citrus tarragon crème fraîche, smoked salmon & white cheddar quiches & sockeye salmon tataki.

In the heart of Granville Island, The Sandbar Seafood Restaurant is a 300-seat fresh seafood and fish restaurant. Perched over the waterfront with views from every seat; guests can enjoy the bustle of the Public Market, the non-stop energy of False Creek and the views of Vancouver's West End. With renowned Master Sushi Chef Tsutomu Hoshi preparing dishes 7 days a week, coupled with the restaurants dedication to freshly landed catch, there is truly no place better equipped to cater to seafood lovers.

"This is truly a one-of-a-kind event," said Brian Riddell, President and CEO of the Pacific Salmon Foundation. "Whether you are an angler, conservationist or just someone who appreciates salmon, these images are very special."

Money raised from the art show will support volunteer programs across the province that address salmon conservation and habitat renewal - Since 1989 the Pacific Salmon Foundation has provided these groups with $8.8 million for 1,236 projects, which was then leveraged locally by more than 30,000 volunteers for a total impact of $64 million for salmon.

  • The event takes place Wednesday, March 2nd, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Sandbar restaurant. Tickets are $30 and include a ‘host’ drink. Call the Foundation for reservations at 604-664-7664, ext 100.


Opedo Software Launches "First Try Fridays" on the App Store, the World's First Skateboarding Simulation

Vancouver, B.C., Canada, December 20, 2010 — Opedo Software, today announced its highly anticipated First Try Fridays App is now available on the App Store. With Opedo’s revolutionary, state of the art game engine, the iPhone and iPod touch gaming experience will never be the same.

The graphically superb First Try Fridays App features intense skateboarding moments. Intuitive multi-touch controls, using only two fingers, allows players to unlock the freedom that is skateboarding. With over 14430 different combinations of flips and grinds, a large practice area and 11 different levels, players are only limited by their own skills.

iOS industry first features include full scene real time shadows, reflections on all windows, 15 micron accurate collision detection, HDR lighting with sun and sky global illumination, and a physically plausible sound simulation. The technologies in First Try Fridays App surpasses anything available before on the iPhone, even besting console games.

The First Try Fridays App is available for $7.99 from the App Store on iPhone and iPod touch, or at

To learn more about "First Try Fridays," and for screenshots and videos, visit the official website at

About Opedo Game Engine

The Opedo Game Engine is an ongoing, ever-evolving, state of the art system, for both the PC and iOS 4. In continuous development for 10 years, it features the latest research technologies, year after year, from conferences such as SIGGRAPH and EUROGRAPHICS. It was designed from the ground up for realism and high polygon counts, and with physics and sound simulations unrivaled in the industry. With a streamlined toolset, using standard programs such as Autodesk® 3ds Max®, artists and developers can focus on delivering high quality content to consumers.

About Opedo Software

Opedo Software Corp., based in Vancouver, BC, Canada and established in 1999, develops cutting-edge software and game engine technology. Additional information about Opedo can be obtained through the Opedo website at

   Freedom of Expression (Foe), a new Vancouver Island magazine - progressive sports and their inherent sub-culture of art and music

Freedom of Expression (Foe), a new local magazine a new local magazine

Freedom of Expression (Foe), a new local magazine, covers the dynamic nature of Vancouver Island's progressive sports and their inherent sub-culture of art and music. FOE issues a print and on-line magazine every six months with articles regarding local riders, artists, musicians, and events. Taylor Leigh, the founder of FOE, predicates the magazine on the creative community and riders of Vancouver Island; therefore, they're open to article suggestions, photo contributions, and general input of what readers want. Issue number one dropped in October with interviews from Dylan Sjostrom from Campbell River, coverage of See Jane Jump Festival, and amazing art work from Mike Allen! Be friends with the Foe on Facebook. Don't have Facebook? Then check out their regularly up-dated blog. Enjoy the inky smell of glossy print? Then swing by one their distribution locations (see list below) for a fresh old-fashion print copy. Lastly, if you're an inspiring writer looking to be published, be sure to check out FOE's website for details on their current contest; winner will walk home with a FOE tee-shirt and published article in the next issue.

distribution locations

  • Habit Coffee :: 552 Pandora Ave Victoria, BC (250) 294-1127
  • Surface Skate Shop :: Unit-160 - 2945 Jacklin Rd. Langford BC, V9B 5E3 (250) 391-7283 Â
  • Haz Beans Coffee Shop : : 12-4890 Rutherford Rd. Nanaimo BC, V9T 4Z4 (250) 756-1376
  • Breakers Cafe & Deli :: 430 Campbell Rd. Tofino, BC
  • Storm Surfshop :: 444 Campbell Rd. Tofino, BC
  • Long Beach Surfshop ::630 Campbell Rd. Tofino, BC
  • Zocalo Cafe :: 208 5th St, Courtenay, BC - (250) 331-0933
  • Simon's Cycles :: 3-1841 Comox Avenue, Comox, BC V9M 3M3 - (250) 339-6683
  • Pedal Your World Bike Shop :: B1C-465 Merecroft Rd CR, BC V9W 6K6 - (250) 287-2453
  • Java Shack :: 1041 Shoppers Row, Campbell River, BC V9W 2C7 - (250) 287-9881
  • Grind Skate & BMX Shop:: 11th Ave. C.R. B.C. V9W-4G6 (250) 287-4600
  • Cowabunga Coffee :: 1740 Island Highway, C.R. BC V9W 2E7 - (250) 287-9773
  • Boardwalk Skate Shop :: 986A Shoppers Row C.R. BC V9W 2C5 (250) 287-8698
by Sven

   Ark Surfboard board giveaway at the Jack Johnson concert Oct 1   
Ark Surfboard board giveaway at the Jack Johnson concert Oct 1
A 6'1" quad fish will be raffled off at the Jack Johnson concert which is happening at GM Place in Vancouver on Friday Oct 1.

The raffle proceeds will go to Evergreen, which is a national charity that makes cities more livable by educating and making green life happen in the urban areas.

Its a 6'1" quad fish with colored resin tint, gloss, polish and a laminate mug shot of Jack on the deck. He might even get around to signing it before the concert, but no guarantees. It was made on the Island here in Parksville.

   the new "CANCER to CAPRICORN" REEF Surf movie   

Cancer to Capricorn - Reef Surf movie

just released, the new "Cancer to Capricorn" Reef Surf movie.

more info at

GONE! All the DVD's are in the mail and postmarked May/03/2010

   OceanGybe Presentations around Victoria/Vancouver    Oct-Nov, 2009
OceanGybe Presentations around Victoria/Vancouver - Oct-Nov, 2009

OceanGybe Presentations

For all of you who are around Vancouver/Victoria, BC, Canada; the OceanGybe crew will be doing a series of public events to help spread our message of plastic pollution in our oceans and raise funds for a western Canada high/junior school tour in the Fall '10. These have been long promised and now they are coming !

An introduction to OceanGybe:

The OceanGybe Expedition is a global sustainable sailing expedition to explore the remote coastlines of the world, in search of adventure and garbage. Our goal is to bring awareness to the vast tracts of undocumented ocean pollution that afflicts every coastline and affects the peoples who depend on them for survival. Over the past two years, Hugh Patterson, Ryan and Bryson Robertson have been sailing around the world documenting the polluted state of our oceans and the isolated beaches due to plastic and other detritus. They have sailed some 45 000 ocean km, visited almost 30 different countries, crossed the three major oceans of the world and presented their findings and ocean conservation message to thousands of school children globally.

Details for Vancouver/Victoria below:

On Oct 21st, we have an exclusive limited-numbers Presentation, Slideshow and Meet/Greet at Delany's Coffee House, Park Royal, North Vancouver. Artisan Farmstead Wines (, Delany's fine coffee and treats will be complimentary. Tickets are $25 and available at Delany's Coffee house, This email address is being protected from spam bots, you need Javascript enabled to view it or at the door. Get them early for this limited numbers event. The show will begin at 7:30pm and will last until questions and stories run out.

On Oct 27th, we will be at Chivana's Resto Launge in Kitsilano (2340 W 4th - above the Apple Shop) for another show. Tickets available through Chivana or This email address is being protected from spam bots, you need Javascript enabled to view it for $5; or $8 at the door on the night. We will begin the presentation and slideshow at approximately 7:30pm.

On Nov 4th, we will be in Victoria at the Sitka Surfboards Store (538 Yates Str), and Lucky Bar. The show starts at 6pm at Sitka, where we will be doing a slideshow, auction and meet/greet. This is also the Sitka Customer Appreciation Evening, so good to deals to be found on everything! At 8pm we will be wandering over to Lucky Bar for the OceanGybe Presentation part of the evening. At 10pm , we will slowly slide from the spotlight and the premier of "Modern Collective" will begin. Modern Collective is a new Taylor Steele globe-trotting movie event. Tickets are $10 and available from Sitka, or at the door; includes access to Canadian "Modern Collective" Premier.

Also at each show, we will be auctioning off a Sitka Surfboard and Clothing pack (, a Globe clothing pack (, a Livity Clothing Pack (, a week of sailing on SV Khulula ( and a series of incredible beautiful pictures from all over the world ! All proceeds will help fund a Western Canada junior/high school tour in the Fall ’10.

Come to learn, come to look, come to listen, come to have a good time...

   Saviours & Bogus Tokus    playing free at Antisocial - Oct 30, 2009
Saviours & Bogus Tokus playing free at Antisocial - Oct 30, 2009

SAVIOURS and BOGUS TOKUS ..... playing at ANTISOCIAL doors at 8:30pm - ALL AGES

how ?
i dont know ... but its going to be a pretty awesome beginning to HALLOWEEN WEEKEND........ hope to see you then

   Tofino Film Festival    Oct 22-25, 2009
Tofino Film Festival - Oct 22-25, 2009

   Pacific Rim Arts Society’s West Coast Vancouver Island Summer Festival    July 1-15, 2009

Tofino, Ucluelet and Clayoquot Sound, BC, June 25, 2009 – Pacific Rim Arts Society (PRAS), the non-profit society serving the districts of Tofino and Ucluelet, and First Nations communities in the Clayoquot Sound - Long Beach area on the West Coast of Vancouver Island, today announced the schedule for the multi-venue 2009 Summer Festival. The complete lineup, times, ticket and volunteering information can be found at HYPERLINK "" Lineup highlights and performers include:

  • First Nations Country and Folk Musician Ed Peekeekoot
    July 1st, 1:00 PM ? Village Green, Ucluelet
    July 1st, 4:00 PM ? Village Green, Tofino

  • Halifax-based Indie Pop Duo Superfantastics with Tofino’s Smalltown Empire
    July 2nd, 8:00 PM ? Harbour Lounge, Weigh West Marine Resort, Tofino.

  • Bassonist George Zukerman with Piano Player Leslie Janos
    July 4th, 2:00 PM ? St. Aiden-on-the-Hill Church, Ucluelet
    July 4th, 8:00 PM ? Clayoquot Sound Community Theater, Tofino

  • Classical, Hip-hop, Jazz String Trio Infinitus
    July 7th, 1:00 PM ? Botanical Gardens, Tofino
    July 7th, 7:00 PM ? Greenpoint Theatre, Pacific Rim National Park

  • Tla-o-qui-aht Tribal Parks Public Education Sessions and Performance - Traditional Artists, Wild Salmon Fund-Raiser Dinner and All Ages Beach Dance with Djs Ecos and Cherie Bomb
    July 8th, 5:00 PM ?Tin Wis Resort, Tofino

  • Progressive Jazz and Afro-Caribbean Quartet Zapato Negro
    July 9th, 8:00 PM ? Clayoquot Sound Community Theatre, Tofino

  • World Music and Dance Group Ache Brasil
    July 10th, 7:00 PM ? USS Band Room, Ucluelet

  • Funk and World Music, Theatrical Performers SWARM with Tofino’s Shazam
    July 12th, 8:00 PM ? Community Hall, Tofino

  • Guitarist and Singer David Ross MacDonald
    July 14th, 8:00 PM - Darwin’s Cafe, Botanical Gardens, Tofino

  • DJ Roboforce with Synth-pop Group Tough Guys and Girls Cry
    July 15th, 9:00 PM - Harbour Lounge, Weigh West Marine Resort, Tofino

   Surf artist, Drew Brophy at HTO    June 19-21, 2009

Renowned Surf artist, Drew Brophy, to appear at HTO in Victoria

Canada’s oldest surf shop, HtO, invites you to come to the shop to watch renowned international surf artist Drew Brophy apply his talents to HtO’s Eagle in the City.

Eagles in the City is a fundraising initiative run by the BC Lions Society to support the BC Lions Society’s Easter Seal Services, an organization dedicated to helping children with disabilities throughout British Columbia.

A 7’6" fiberglass eagle will be the blank canvas for Brophy to create his work of art, which will be auctioned for charity at a gala event later in the year. All proceeds will be donated to charity, and the lucky bidder will have a unique piece of art and history to display at a location of their choice.

Drew Brophy will be working on the eagle at HtO Sun, Surf and Swimwear at 1314 Broad St. from June 19 – 21. Brophy will be coming up from California to donate his time and skills to make this project possible. Customers, tourists and Victorians and local surfers alike will be able to watch as Brophy creates his art before their eyes.

HtO has been part of the Victoria cityscape for 30 years, and continually contributes to local events and charities. It is our privilege to be a part of this project, and to be able to welcome a world-famous artist to our community.

We appreciated any help to ensure that this event is a positive and successful one. There will also be limited edition prints for sale and giveaways for spectators.

For more information about this event, please contact:
Mick Sheinberg
HtO : 250-920-5511



   Surf Night at the BrewPub    June 18, 2009
Surf Night at the BrewPub - June 18, 2009
  • Surf Night at the BrewPub
  • June 18, 2009
  • Thursday @ 6 PM
  • O'Neill's newest surf flick the life
  • prizes

   Shane Philip Returns to the Waverley Hotel    Cumberland, June 19, 2009
Shane Philip Returns to the Waverley Hotel - Cumberland, June 19, 2009

Shane Philip Returns to the Waverley Hotel, June 19

Swelling in primordial pulses and wholloping whoops, the tacit tones of Shane Philip's didgeridoo hold the power to still listeners into silence or encourage audiences to get up and fill the dance floor. Meanwhile his hands will be skilfully juggling between shaking up rhythms with his aslatua, driving the audience with his djembe and sliding out grooves on his Weissenborn-style guitar while his foot taps in earthshaking electronic kicks wherever they might fit. He is a one-man show weaving sounds that inspire audiences anywhere he goes.

Whether playing with spirited mayhem or with mellow gold, Shane Philip presents songs that are consistently well crafted and ultimately very dancy. He has played 3 sold out shows at the Waverley and thrilled audiences at summer festivals in Western Canada including last year's Big Time Out. Don't miss his Friday, June 19th gig at the Waverley... the Valley's favourite live music venue. Included in his performance will be a painting on canvas by David Oram during the show. This will be auctioned off at the end of the night.

Advance tickets are only $10 and available at Bop City Records in Courtenay, the Waverley and by phone at 250 336 8322. For further info visit or call 250 898 1056.

   The Big Time Out    Cumberland, Aug 15, 2009
Sam Roberts Band tops the bill at The Big Time Out - Cumberland, Aug 15, 2009

Sam Roberts Band tops the bill at The Big Time Out 2009
June 6, 2009. Cumberland, BC.

The Big Time Out, Cumberland BC’s annual music extravaganza, has just announced its 2009 performers headlined by Juno-winner Sam Roberts. This year’s lineup is a carefully-selected mix of electro, soul, brass and old-fashioned rock, all united in the cause of great music.

At the top of the bill is Montreal rocker Sam Roberts and his band. Fresh from winning 2009 Juno awards for Artist of the Year and Rock Album of the Year, Sam Roberts’ driving and melodic tunes have been mainstays of summer mix tapes for almost a decade.

Sam Roberts broke on to the Canadian scene with The Inhuman Condition in 2001. The albums’ warm, infectious melodies made it an instant classic, led by the straight up hooks of Don’t Walk Away Eileen and Brother Down.

Roberts’ most recent album, Love at the End of the World, immediately grabbed the number one spot on the Canadian charts, and the lead single, Them Kids, was an instant hit.

Indie-sensation Mother Mother is returning to The Big Time Out as one of the most important new bands in Canada, quickly selling out the Commodore and with the first single from their new album getting heavily-playlisted everywhere. Originally from Quadra Island, the quintet quickly caught the eyes and ears of the public with their tight, cynically-sweet lyrics and intricate arrangements. The band deftly walks the line between complexity and pure pop, resulting in a totally unique and undeniably great sound.

Also returning to this year’s festival is Delhi 2 Dublin. The band’s hard-driving, high-energy and irresistible Celtic-Punjabi fusion is a perennial favourite in Cumberland. Delhi 2 Dublin first came together at the Vancouver Celtic Fest in 2006 and got national attention as part of 2007’s Canada Day celebrations on Parliament Hill. Delhi 2 Dublin’s five members perform with everything from the tabla to the fiddle to the laptop, remixing genres and cultures in the process.

Those who like their music big and brassy need look no further than another of the festival’s acts, the MarchFourth Marching Band. Calling the Portland-based group a band is an understatement; March Fourth’s 22 musicians are supplemented by four stilt walkers and a six-member female dance troupe. Fire breathing is also included.

Vancouver-based Sex With Strangers is covering the pure, unadulterated post-punk-indie-electro portion of the festival. Since being chosen by SPIN magazine as one of seven "undiscovered bands you should hear," SWS has been confounding listeners and delighting audiences with their hyper-eclectic tracks and live show.

Mihirangi falls at the other end of the musical spectrum. Originally from New Zealand, Mihirangi brings funky, acoustic soul in a lush, rich and complex style. Her very unique show builds up intricate harmonies and tribal rhythms into soul-drenched bliss. On this tour she is joined by DJ Katch from Frankfurt. The chemistry between these two artists is exceptionally dynamic.

Toronto’s musical collective LAL is the final link in this year’s lineup. During their decade together, they’ve perfected a blend of South-Asian roots, West Indian fruits, and melancholic vocals with jazz sensibilities, hip hop influences, down tempo grooves, broken soul, and electro.

The Big Time Out takes place on Saturday, August 15 from 11am to 1am, and will include the legendary Union Saloon, the Chai tent, collaborative dance pieces, acrobatics, aerialists, vendors and non-stop music. Early bird tickets are available for $45 until June 21st and $55 until July 21, online or at Lyle’s Place on Yates St. They are also available by phone at 250 334 4885. Kids 12 and under are free when accompanied by an adult.

Complete festival details and online tickets can be found at


About Cumberland Village Works

Cumberland Village Works was started in 2005 to bring music, culture and vibrant energy to the good people of the Comox Valley. Village Works won the Business of the Year Award, (shared with the Waverley Hotel) awarded by the Cumberland Chamber of Commerce in May, 2009. Village Works can be found at

Performances by:
  • prox
  • soundstem
  • versus the nothing
  • sounds of suffocation
  • regnier
  • stella
  • savenone
  • hillstation
  • hodgee aka tha tr1psta w/ dro city
  • oj
  • all inclusive
  • the broke mahoneys
  • beyhond colour
  • doctor marples
  • johann holek

Harrison Music Festival - June 26-28, 2009

Harrison Music Festival

Extreme Safety Concerns Cause Harrison Music Festival Postponement

Harrison Music Festival organizers had to make an agonizing decision after extensive discussions with the Agassiz RCMP branch regarding spectator, band participants and vendor safety in the events remote area location. On the advisement of Sergeant Mike McCarthy and event consultants, the organizers have decided to postpone the event until a safer location has been selected.

The primary problem was the inability of emergency vehicles to access the originally selected area which was approximately 45 kilometers north east of Harrison Hot Springs. Along with that, Sergeant McCarthy pointed out how many accidents, some fatal, had happened on the hazardous road to the event site. To further compound the problems, cell phones don’t work in this area either which meant if someone was unfortunately injured, it would take at least an hour to get to professional medical assistance. Despite outstanding event organization and every effort to make it 100% safe, the organizing committee didn’t hesitate in postponing it.

A search is currently being conducted to locate a safe site that will hold as many as 2000, is easily accessed by emergency vehicle and spectators and guarantees everyone’s safety.


Sounds Of Suffocation will be hosting the first annual Harrison Festival, let's make this the party of the year! Two nights of camping in the gorgeous summer weather with live music including rock, metal, techno, rap, punk, and acoustic. There will be a wet t-shirt competition and more.

  • Harrison Hotsprings
  • June 26-28, 2009
  • camping
  • $ 20 in advance & $30 at the gates.
  • more details and RSVP @
May/19/2009 - Harrison Music Festival has been moved from 32 mile point to 40 mile point with permission from harrison, due to the fact of needing a bigger location. This spot has an amazing view! We will be sending out a map by the week with exact directions.

Nanaimo Flying Club Wings & Wheels - June 6-7, 2009

Nanaimo Flying Club Wings & Wheels 2009

  • JUNE 6th:"Show & Shine" cars 11-5.
  • Pilot events.
  • Info booths-B.C. destinations, aviation interests, air sports & event sponsors.
  • Static displays.
  • Prizes & Trophies.
  • Pig roast dinner/dance
  • (licensed) at 1830 hrs. Tickets $20 by May 19 or be hungry!! 1/2 price WAR BIRDS.
  • JUNE 7th: Airshow with John Mrazek & Renny Price.
  • $7 Pancake brkfast - FREE to WAR BIRDS.
  • For info or to donate

Jordan Junck's Submerged Opening - Toronto, May 16,

Arta Gallery and Jordan Junck present "submerged" an underwater series

  • Arta Gallery
  • suite 102, Building 9, 55 Mill St.
  • Toronto, On M5A 3C4
  • Saturday May 16, 6-8pm
  • View images at

Kelly Slater & Andy Irons in 'A Fly In The Champagne' : Canadian Premiere - Vancouver, BC, May 5, 2009

Kelly Slater & Andy Irons in 'A Fly In The Champagne' : Canadian Premiere

Quiksilver has partnered with Billabong. Did you have to read that line again? Yes, we have come together to support our top team rider (Kelly Slater) who stars alongside Andy Irons in the movie A Fly In The Champagne. Both Quiksilver and Billabong are sponsors of this project and Transworld Surf is handling the distribution for Irons Brothers Productions who produced the film. Below are the details of the film and the Canadian premiere.

  • Canadian Premiere – Vancouver, BC
  • May 5, 2009
  • Tunnel Multi-Lounge 622 West Pender
  • Doors 9pm - Movie 9:30pm

The rivalry between Andy Irons and Kelly Slater has been one of folklore for a decade. The two most influential surfers of all-time have had a much-publicized dislike for each other over the years.

Irons Brothers Productions embarked on a two-week excursion to Indonesia with Andy and Kelly to capture what everyone thought could never happen, a trip together. What ensued was groundbreaking and captivating. Shot from land, boat, and water, Irons Brothers Productions captured history. This project was shot solely on HD and film cameras. With co-sponsoring from Quiksilver®, Billabong®, and Transworld Surf®, and featuring the 2 best surfers in the world, there is no doubt that this will be a highly successful project.

The April 2009 issue of Transworld surf is dedicated to this project and has not only some great images, but great insight into the project. Check it out!

Groove for the Groms fundraiser - Tofino - Mar 20, 2009

Groove for the Groms

The Pre Rip Curl Stew Party in Victoria - Friday, April 10th 2009

The blowout before the swell!

VICTORIA, BC – April 10th – It's time to chase away the winter blues with a rockin' surf party, west-coast style! Surfing is Canada's fastest growing sport and people are flocking from all over the world to experience Vancouver Island's pristine Pacific waves. Canada's largest surfing contest, The Rip Curl Stew, held annually in Tofino, B.C., is only a few months away but on Friday, April 10th, Sugar Nightclub hosts the warmup event: The ST3W Pre Party.

Prepare for awesome live music submerged in a welcoming beach vibe and great prize handouts, including a wet suit raffle with proceeds going to Surfrider Foundation. Party-goers will get a feel for a surfing culture that embraces the green-thinking movement while witnessing some of the best musical talent from British Columbia.

Standout solo performances will rule The ST3W Pre Party. One of Victoria’s best new talents, Vince Vacarro, will open the show with a special acoustic performance, to feature songs from his self titled debut album, due out April 28 on Cordova Bay Records. Shane Philip follows and will definitely blow the attendees away with his one man band of over 40 different instruments. The night will crest with the well known surf rocker Daniel Wesley who maintains his strong North American following and is always a welcome presence in the Victoria music scene.

Not only will The Surfrider Foundation be receiving raffle draw proceeds but representatives from its Victoria chapter will be present at The ST3W Pre Party to provide information about their organization's efforts and to sign on new members. The Rip Curl Stew event is held every summer in Tofino, B.C. and attracts Canada’s best surfers to compete for prizes and bragging rights.

  • Date: Friday, April 10th 2009
  • Time: 9pm doors
  • Event Location: Sugar Night Club (858 Yates Street)
  • Tickets:$15.00 (Sold At: Sitka 538 Yates St. | Coastline 1417 Broad St. | 250-818-8954)

Donavon Frankenreiter CD release & signing at HtO - Mar 02, 2009 - 2-3pm

HtO Presents your chance to meet pro surfer and musician… Donavon Frankenreiter

One of the world’s legendary soul surfers/musician is making an appearance at HtO on Monday, March 2nd from 2-3pm before his concert that night. He will be signing cd’s, dvd’s, t’shirts (or anything really), and if we beg him (which we will) he’ll play a small private acoustic set.

So bring Dono’s new CD "Pass It Around" or whatever you want him to sign (ladies: sorry you must keep your shirts on) so you can take a little bit of this FUN-LOVIN’ HIPPY SOUL-SURFIN’ MUSICIAN home with you. Come early because as you know space is limited.

For any more info on the event join our facebook group page under HtO, call us (250-920-5511) email us ( and we will see you there…(1314 Broad St., Victoria, B.C.)

To learn more about Donavon check out his website .

  • HtO 1314 Broad St., Victoria, B.C.
  • March 2nd
  • 2-3pm

Donavon Frankenreiter @ HtO - Photos:Dean Azim

Donavon Frankenreiter @ HtO, Victoria, Mar 2, 2009 - Photo:Dean Azim
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Donavon Frankenreiter is Coming to HTO!

VICTORIA, BC: The professional surfer and Lost Highway recording artist Donavon Frankeiter will be making an exclusive in-store appearance at HTO in Victoria, BC. One of surfing’s most recognizable personalities, Frankenreiter’s meteoric musical career has turned him into an international star. He will be at the shop from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. on March 2, to chill out, meet fans and sign copies of his new album, Pass It Around. And, if all goes well, he may be breaking out his guitar for an intimate acoustic set. HTO will also be selling tickets for Frankenreiter’s upcoming show at Element Nightclub.

HTO is Canada’s oldest surf shop, and its down-to-earth atmosphere is perfect for the event. It’s a unique chance to see Frankenreiter in a shop that has always strongly supported both artists and surfers. Pass It Around is promising to be his best album yet, produced by the Grammy-winning Joe Chiccarelli and recorded at Sunset Sound in Los Angeles, the same studio that once hosted Janis Joplin, Led Zeppelin and The Doors.

For more information, contact Mick Sheinberg at

Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival world tour -Vancouver - Courtenay - Squamish

Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival world tour

PADDLING ABOVE THE 55TH PARALLEL One Women's Perspective Join author Laurel Archer on her adventures canoeing in Northern British Columbia. She will be presenting a slideshow at Ocean River Sports on February 11th based on her new guidebook, Northern British Columbia Canoe Trips: Volume One, published by Rocky Mountain Books. The presentation showcases eight routes covering eleven rivers all north of the 55th parallel. Many of the rivers are unknown gems and there are trips for paddlers of all skill levels and interests, whether it be whitewater thrills, alpine hiking, fishing or the natural and human history of northern BC waterways. Laurel, coming from Regina, Saskatchewan, has been a canoe guide and instructor for over 20 years, and has paddled every kind of watercraft known to woman. In them, she has paddled waterways from the Arctic to Honduras, Costa Rica, Belize, Thailand, Malaysia, India, Myanmar, Chile, Argentina, and Hawaii. In June 2007 she was inducted into the International Expl
  • February 11th, 2009
  • where: 1824 Store St- Victoria
  • contact: Ocean River Sports
  • phone: 250-381-4233

Best of Banff 2008 Mountain Film Festival showings in Vancouver Dec 04, 05, 06, 2008

The Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour will exhilarate you with amazing big-screen stories when it comes to Vancouver over three evenings in December. Ignite your passion for adventure, action, and travel!

Best of Banff 2008

Hosted by The Alpine Club of Canada, Vancouver Section

  • Thurs Dec 4th
  • Kay Meek Centre
  • 1700 Mathers Avenue, West Vancouver
  • Doors 6:30pm / Films 7:30pm
  • Fri Dec 5th - Sat Dec 6th
  • HollywoodTheatre NEW VENUE
  • 3123 West Broadway, Vancouver
  • Doors 6:30pm / Films 7:30pm


At the Door: $18 at Kay Meek
$15 at Hollywood (cash only)
Outlets: $15 Mountain Equipment Co-op
130 West Broadway in Van
1341 Main Street in North Van
Online: $18 - For program details, see

Journey to exotic locations, paddle the wildest waters, and climb the highest peaks. Be taken away to the most captivating places on earth. From the exploration of remote landscapes and mountain cultures to adrenaline-fueled action sports, films in this year¢s world tour are sure to amaze the explorer within you.

The 2008/2009 Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour brings films from the 33rd annual Banff Mountain Film Festival to about 285 communities around the world, including 30 in BC alone. This stop on the world tour is hosted by the Alpine Club of Canada - Vancouver Section.

Monke Sponsor Me Video Contest
Monke Sponsor Me Video Contest - ends Dec 15th, 2008

Adam Dewolfe Photography Showing - Bean Around the world Coffee Shop - Nov 7 - Dec 31

Adam Dewolfe Photography Showing - Bean Around the world Coffee Shop - Nov 7 - Dec 31

Adam Dewolfe Photography Showing

where: Bean Around the world Coffee Shop
533 Fisgard Street "Chinatown"
Victoria B.C

when: Nov 7 - Dec 31

Adam Dewolfe Photography Showing - Bean Around the world Coffee Shop - Nov 7 - Dec 31

Strange brew Video Premiere - Nov 27, 2008
Strange brew Video Premiere - Van, Nov 27, 2008

Jordan River Walk and Talk:

  • Why: This is a critical time for Jordan River and area. We have received additional information on Western Forest Products Subdivision Application for Jordan River 5-8. On Sunday November 2, join us at the Shirley Community Hall for an information update and find out how we can move forward on this complex and important issue. Simple refreshments will be served.
  • When: Sunday November 2, 1-3pm (remember to turn your clocks back an hour in the morning).
  • Where: Shirley Community Hall. A big red building on West Coast Road at Sheringham Point Road, Shirley (21 km west of Sooke on Hwy 14)
  • Stick around for a walk down to Sand Cut Creek beach. Spend some time reflecting on what our wild coast means to you, while listening to poetry on the beach.
  • Rides/info/RVSP: Keep up to date and find out more at:
  • What to bring: A mug for tea, warm clothes and raingear for the walk.


We are asking supporters of the Dogwood Initiative to join forces with the Wilderness Committee (who already have 1100 people confirmed) for a rally this Saturdy October 25th. We will meet at 11:30am at Centennial Square and march to the legislative buildings by noon.

We need your help this Saturday to reach a goal of 3000 Forest Rally participants at the legislature (the largest rally in the history of BC), all demanding an end to old growth logging on Vancouver Island, and supporting a Ban on Raw Log Exports. This will send an undeniable message to government that the future of BC forests are a top concern for voters in the municipal and provincial elections.

Speakers will include:

  • Dr. Judith Sayers- Chief of the Hupacasath First Nation
  • Carole James- BC NDP Opposition Leader
  • Bob Simpson- BC NDP forestry critic
  • Dr. Jane Sterk- BC Green Party leader
  • Valerie Langer- ForestEthics campaign director
  • Arnie Bercov- Pulp, Paper, and Woodworkers of Canada
  • Susan Howatt- Sierra Club of BC campaign director
  • Ken Wu- WCWC Victoria campaign director

Confirm your attendance by e-mailing Maurita at

Legends - the new snow movie from O'Neill - Oct  02, 2008 11am Pacific Time
Legends - the new snow movie from O'Neill - Oct 02, 2008 11am Pacific Time


A Winter Tale

Mythical discoveries in the natural playgrounds of the world, this is the inspirational winter adventure of some of the best riders in the world that has never been told before.

Legends takes O’Neill snowboarders and skiers around the world – from Japan to Turkey – to experience not only the spectacular terrain, but also explore the stories and myths behind each location.

Jeremy Jones, the world’s best freerider, was just one of the snowboarders inspired by the project. Despite endless winters in the stunning natural surrounds and riding of Alaska, it was the journey of discovery that had Jeremy enthralled. "Every year I get presented with a lot of really cool film projects," he says. "When this first came up I was committed to something else. Then they got back to me and said they were going to Turkey, and I said: ‘well, I am going with you."

Along with O’Neill skiers and filmmakers, Nicolas and Loris Falquet, Jeremy travelled to Turkey where they uncovered and immersed themselves in the roots of snowboarding.

"That is one of the best trips I have ever had," says Jeremy. "From a cultural standpoint it was one of the most – ‘oh my god I can’t believe that just happened’."

The group, which included Stefan Gimpl, scored some incredible freeriding in the Cackar Mountains, and also discovered a village where the locals have been snowboarding on homemade wooden boards for 150 years. "Meeting Celime, the oldest rider in the village, was inspirational. This is someone who has been snowboarding for 62 years," says Jeremy. "One of my big questions was – ‘do you have any advice for me?’ He said: ‘ride all the time and you’ll be happy and healthy.’"

The story of Legends starts in the tranquil stunning mountain ranges of Japan, where director, Nicolas Falquet, and his brother, Loris discovered the legend of ‘Yuki-Onna’, whose name means ‘snow woman’.

"We knew no one in Japan when we arrived there," says Loris. "It was a great adventure finding someone who could tell us about the legend of Yuki-Onna." Discovering spectacular backcountry in Japan was no easy task either. "You’re not allowed to ski off-piste in Japan, so they kept on taking away our ski passes," Loris says.

This sense of adventure is encapsulated throughout the entire film as the Falquet brothers explore every corner of the globe during the 2007 season, throughout day and night.

Along with Jeremy Jones and Mitch Toelderer, they rode fresh powder under the full moon in the small Swiss resort of Les Marecottes - an experience which Jeremy Jones won’t forget: "You watch the sun set, the moon rise and then ride down a spine at 4.30am. Then you watch the moon set and the sun rise as you go home. Then you wake up later that day and think – was that a dream? It’s incredible," he says.

With the young and exciting talent of Canadian O’Neill rider Seb Toutant, they explored the legendary snow of the Canadian Rockies, and by plane with one of the legends of the skies, they explored the European Alps with some of the most exciting freestyle riders in Europe at the moment.

Presented by Quiksilver & Red Bull

It’s a free showing so please feel free to bring friends. If you would like more information about the film check out: or just send me an email. This is a High Definition snowboard film that is truly "Planet Earth meets snowboarding" and one of the best snowboard movies you will ever see.


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Travis Rice Pioneers New Tricks and Technology in Season’s Most Anticipated Snowboard Film

Vancouver, British Columbia (September 24, 2008) – "That’s It. That’s All," the groundbreaking snowboard film produced by Brain Farm arrives to Canadian viewers this fall. Travis Rice invites Canada to join in the epic ride, as he and a dream team crew set out to find the new zones, tricks and a whole new perspective on snowboarding.

"’That’s It, That’s All.’ is epic snowboarding meets Planet Earth," explains Curt Morgan, President of Brain Farm. "The film is a visually stimulating piece of work that pulls in a wider audience by encompassing the most progressive riding in the world with unbelievable travel and nature footage."

In an attempt to push the progression of action sports films, "That’s It, That’s All." raises the bar on both the level of athleticism and quality of production. For two years, producers Rice and Morgan traveled the world in search of conditions that capture the essence of snowboarding. This quest took the riders to New Zealand, Japan, Germany, Canada, Valdez, AK, Jackson Hole, WY and Mammoth, CA. Using the features found in these locations, Rice began inventing new tricks including the first landing of a double backside rodeo 1080 (spinning three times, while going through 2 inversions).

Using state of the art equipment with access to a dream team of snowboarders, the producers created a visual snowboard film that redefines the genre. A dozen models of cameras were used during production including for the first time in core action sports, the Wescam 35, to film stable follow-cam shots on snowmobiles and the Cineflex HD, to capture steady aerial shots from helicopters.

"We put everything we humanly could into the production of this film," said Travis Rice, Snowboarder and Co- Owner of Brain Farm. "Quiksilver and Red Bull stepped up to help us match top caliber riding with the highest possible production quality. Our hope is to showcase snowboarding in a whole new light."

QUEBEC CITY, QC – Plaines D’Abraham, September 19th CANADIAN PREMIERE
VANCOUVER, BC – Vogue Theatre, 918 Granville Steet, October10th @ 9PM, FREE SHOW
TORONTO, ON – Queen Elizabeth Theatre, 210 Princes’ Boulevard, October 18th @ 3PM & 9PM, FREE SHOW

"That’s It, That’s All." includes the most unique footage ever shot of Travis Rice, Mark Landvik, Nicolas Müller, Terje Håkonsen, Jeremy Jones, John Jackson, Pat Moore, Scotty Lago, Bryan Iguchi, Jake Blauvelt, Danny Kass and many more. There are many ‘firsts’ in the film including the first landed attempts at a handful of tricks, first time in locations and the first full, professional quality HD core snowboard film.

"That’s It, That’s All." comes to DVD, Blu-ray™ and goes on tour starting September 2008 with an iTunes release in October. To purchase "That’s It, That’s All." check out or stop by your local snowboard shop this fall. For exclusive teaser and ‘Behind the Scenes’ webisodes, go to

The Big Time Out 2008 | Cumberland, BC  - Aug 15, 16 & 17
The Big Time Out 2008 | Cumberland, BC - Aug 15, 16 & 17

Victoria's 9th Annual Ska Festival 2008
Victoria's 9th Annual Ska Festival
- July 09-12, 2008

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