Went to a free show, put on by Blue Print for Seasons Fest at Celebrities. It was an amazing night! The line to get in was massive, easily more than the 1000 capacity limit. Fortunately we showed up when doors opened so we were able to make it in. The new venue is easily one of the best in Van right now.
MAKJ was dropping some heavy tracks with slick mashups. He was giving sweet hats out too if you told him. First time I’ve been to L.E.D. bar, and I think is one of the better venues in Van. Cool ambiance with the DJ booth and the lighting.
The smaller, more intimate shows draw some of the best crowds. I love it when people are there for the music.
If you show the hostess you’ve “liked” L.E.D. bar on facebook, you’ll get a free drink ticket. Score!
I was excited to experience the first EDM show since the renovating of BC place, especially with a Canadian headliner, Deadmau5.
I thought Nero and Alesso put on a solid show. Wasn’t too impressed with Deadmau5′s un-plugged set. BC place was alright for a venue, lots of room for improvement (how about some lights in the porta-potties.) Coat check was bullshit, ended up just tossing my jacket under a stand. Beer lines were on the long side, 20 min average. All ages didn’t bother me as much as I thought it would. Lots of indiscreet drug use with the younger crowd though. Ended a little early, 12:00AM but that’s to be expected with Vancouver and our archaic nightlife scene.
Couldn’t get a good Mau5 head shot. I should invest in a proper camera.
I ended up at The Charlatan on a whim.
My father wanted his favourite, Howe Sound 4 Fruit Ale at Biercraft, but to our dismay they were out. The last few times in this neighborhood, I’ve been royally fisted with the hand of calamity. I think they should re-name Commercial Dr. to Condescending Drive.
The food at the Charlatan was very good. We started off with a basket of yam fries, roasted garlic aoli sauce was divine. I had the Grilled Chicken & Pancetta Burger (Grilled marinated chicken breast, red wine poached bosc pear, crispy pancetta, melted Camembert cheese, lettuce, tomato and red onion) The sweet pear offset the savory of the chicken and saltiness of the pancetta to a tee. Pumpkin Thai Coconut soup had good flavour but lacking a dollop of sour cream.
I discovered a new favouite beer. Delirium Tremens. I was having a conversation with the pink elephant by the end of the evening.
My camera was having an off day.
On my evening cruse last night we decided to go for a bite, our first choice, Falconetti’s, was so busy they switched to the late night menu, at 6:30pm. Considering our choices, and the ample amount of restaurants worthy of our business, we hitched up and rode over to Marcello Pizzeria. The wait was a mere 5 minutes for a table, not bad for a Saturday evening, with full menu options included.
I’m a seafood aficionado so the Spaghetti Alla Vongole was my dish this evening. The freshly made egg pasta was flavourful and cooked to perfection. White wine sauce was very rich, the clams were a little on the smaller side I felt. The food was very tasty but the only thing lacking was our service. The waitress disappeared for 20 minutes and we were left with empty plates on our table as multiple staffed walked by.
The funny event of the evening was a douche bag, at the table behind us, was giving the waitress a hard time by making her pronounce the names of the dishes in Italian (really, who cares?) Then he would shame her for not being able to enunciate it correctly. I couldn’t help but hope his date would deny this douche and his narcissistic ego any future contact.
One of the top female Vocalists’ in trance played a show at BVLD 22 this past Saturday. It was an intimate show. I had no problems finding my way to the front row and even had room to spare most of the night. I was surprised at the lack of people for such an impressive show. Perhaps it was because Tom Fall was in Vancouver in the same night. There was no debate on whose show I was going to attend that night. Hand’s down Cerf, Mitiska & Jaren. I sincerely enjoy a live performance by a female vocalist especially with such a small venue. The only downside to the evening was the sound system was not set up correctly for a vocal singer.
Attended a DJ set by the world famous producer Dash Berlin. The show I attended was sold out Saturday night @ Gossip, he also played a second showing Sunday night at Caprice. I had previously seen him once in New York at Electric Zoo 2011.
Dash’s played mostly his own tracks, and a few by other artists. I did hear some of my favourite tracks including: Dash Berlin – Till The Sky Falls Down. I just get flooded with memories when I hear that song. Altogether it was a pretty average set music wise. He did drop a couple new songs that I haven’t got the name of yet. His stage presence is very energetic, he can get the crowd into the moment quite well. During the set he would give out T-shirt’s and water bottles to the fans enduring the front row.
Science world from Gossip
Went to Base, a Korean lounge off of Robson St. This was my first experience at this place. Upon first entering I find out we were the first people there, and were the first and only people for quite some time, about 2 hours. Maybe this was a sign…..
Being as this was my first time there I really had no idea on whats good or what to avoid at this place. I ended up ordering seafood yaki udon because I had a craving for seafood. This dish was not really up to my expectations. It was mostly bland and had very little seafood in it. So being adventitious, I ended up disappointed.
We had some drinks, Asahi draft beer and some shooters. They did have a good deal on shooter at this place. 10 drinks for $50. The catch is you have to order from their list, of approximately 14 different ones. We ended up getting some Jäger bomb’s, tequila, and Rockey Mountain bear fu*kers. One thing I noticed is they gave a lemon wedge with the tequila, rather than a lime. Which was fine by me because I didn’t have them. We offered one to the waitress, who reluctantly took it.
It was an alright place nothing special, I wouldn’t visit again in the near future. Perhaps at a later date, if nothing else was open.
Last weekend I attended KARMADELIC, a psytrance show, at the W2 media cafe. This was very different than any other event I have ever been to. The music was very deep and was quite a bit faster than anything I was used to ranged somewhere between 140 and 150 BPM. The floor was full of UV decorum which added to the experience. A few memorable acts were: Space tribe (DJ) and the group Inject (live instruments)
There were some very cool costumes. Everything from neon tracksuits to Space tribe’s own style of UV cyber clothing. The vibe from the crowd was excellent as well, one of the best actually. I sincerely enjoyed this show, it was something totally new to me.
(Photo of Inject)