Where’s Waldorf?

The Chapel Arts venue in Vancouver

29 April – There has been much ado about the lack of good venues in Vancouver ever since the Waldorf shut its doors. Vancouver only seems to have two options for going out – the drunken fraternity party that is Granville Street or drinking at a pub. Granted, this is a highly biased generalization, but you get my point. As such, it was with great satisfaction that I was reintroduced to a venue on Saturday that is worthy to carry the Waldorf torch – Chapel…

Coachella 2013 Wrap Up

Red Hot Chili Peppers

April 24 – With over 100,000 attendees, Coachella is too big to do it all. It boasts five major stages, one indoor dance tent, several DJ stages, and all sorts of art installations. I tried to get in as much as I could but became ill and was out of commission for two days. As for Sunday, here are the highlights: The Bands Coachella is great for bringing in a lot of up-and-coming talent and this year was no different. I found a lot of…

Coachella Weekend 2 – Day 3 pics

Final Sunset on Coachella 2013

  Here are some of the pictures taken from Sunday, Day 3 of Coachella.

Coachella Weekend 2 – Day 2 Pics

Major Lazer

  Pictures from Saturday, Day 2 of Coachella.

State of the Union – Coachella Day 2

Major Lazer performs for the crowd at Coachella on day 2.

The most annoying thing about Coachella is the fact that there are too many good things to see and no way to get them all in. But, after running around in the hot desert sun all day, I did manage to catch most of what I wanted to see. My day kicked off the day with Major Lazer – WOW! They have got to be one of the best live acts I have ever seen and set up the mood for the rest of the…

Coachella Day 1 – Wrap up

Blur plays at Coachella

April 20 – After an amazing night I finally have some time to replay yesterday’s events in a little more detail. With darkness descending, so to did the crowd as it more than doubled in the evening from what I thought was already capacity. It’s hard to get a good number but by best estimates I would say more than 80,000. Getting around was difficult as the throngs from each stage bled out into the main arterials making navigation between stages a chore. Furthermore, losing…

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                          Check back here this weekend to follow Will Tonic as he reports from all the festivities at Coachella Weekend 2 for the Vancouver Sun.    

Maya Jane Coles overcomes the “Venue”

Maya Jane Coles at Venue in Vancouver - April 11

April 11 – On the eve of her Coachella performance,  producer / DJ – Maya Jane Coles (MJC) played her first ever set in Vancouver. Fronted by an initially tenuous audience of no more than 400 people, Coles managed to do what few other DJ’s who come to this city can – win over the crowd. Spinning at Venue in downtown Vancouver, Coles blended a seamless mix of melodic, pulsating house  —  very much in the spirit of that Chicago house sound  – and although…

Jim Jefferies takes down the house

Will Tonic and Jim Jefferies in Tulalip, April 5th

On Friday, April 5th, in Tulalip, Washington, Jim Jefferies performed to a capacity crowd of over 2,600 people. The audience that night was electric and Jefferies, an Australian expat comedian, had them in hysterics as he broached such provocative topics as masturbation, disability, and US politics. With a brand new television show, Legit on FX, along with three successful comedy specials, Jefferies is a comedian on the rise. His brand of comedy is offensive, excessive, sometimes misogynistic, and quite frankly …hilarious. In Tulalip, most of…

Coachella Weekend 2 – Day 1 pics

Crowd at Coachella

 Here are pics from Friday, Day 1 of Coachella 2o13

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