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Name: Kuma G.
City: Vancouver, CAN

A native of Vancouver, Kuma has made it his business to be connected to the Vancouver music and art scene. “I have run a record label, DJed, made music, run a booking agency, thrown more shows than I care to imagine, helped pioneer dubstep in Canada, and occasionally slept.”


In 2000, he co-founded the Conspiracy Group nine years ago, which turned into a major Canadian outfit. Starting out as a booking agency for DJ’s and musicians, the company has evolved into party promoters and a record label.  While the group reps many different kinds of music, Kuma is specifically involved in the local indie rock scene. For five years he hosted a nationally broadcast radio show on the CBC that was a live concert series, during which time he interviewed and personally recorded such indierock luminaries as the Decemberists.


Kuma describes his friends as “people who don’t sleep very much — DIY folks, musicians, people who have no artistic inclination whatsoever but are passionate about life.”


posts by this scout:

Mapping Out Vancouver’s Electronic Music

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Stretching With The Mount Pleasant Athletic Club

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The Escapist

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A Story About A Man Named Luke

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Climbing Mount Marutama

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A New Generation Of Vancouver Tech

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Being Part Of An Odd Society

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They’re Justified But Not Ancient

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The Main Thing Is The Beer

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How To Make It In Vancouver

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Vancouver’s Got Its Own JC

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The Glorious Orchard Of One Trizzy Bae

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The Precious Treasure Of Bao Bei

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Taal Mala’s Low End Theory

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Sailing All The Way To Bass Coast

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Zen And the Art Of Favreau

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33 Acres Of Liquid Gold

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Holzkopf Eats Tapes

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A Risk Takin’ Girl

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Jim Says

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Sippin’ On That Sizzr

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Everyday Can Be Record Store Day

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The Man Who Guides The Connected Life

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The Return Of The Prodigal Son

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The Wheels On The Juice Truck Go Round And Round

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The Thing About Strings

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A Style Native To Vancouver

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Time On Television Is Circular

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The Shifting Sands Of Relationships

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The New Sound Of East Van

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A Different Kind Of Gallery

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What Does The Fox Say?

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A Blue Light In The Darkness

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Standing On A Long Table

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Seeking The Water Street Phantom

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The Magic and Mystery Of Hannah Georgas

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The Patterns Of Cause And Effect In Vancouver

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The Best Kind Of Cheese

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Scotch, Scotch, Scotch; Vancouver Likes Scotch

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A New Kind Of Dance Party

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The Best Use Of Pastel Socks Yet

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Vancouver’s Newest Rhythm

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The Forbidden Side Of Vancouver

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You Know Nothing About the Storm Crow, Jon Snow

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It Takes Some Brassneck To Do This in 2014

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Vancouver’s Return To The Squared Circle

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The Mystic Dance Of El Cuchillo

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The Latest Buzz

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More Human Than Human

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More Furnace Room Lullabies

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New Sensibilities in Rock And Roll

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The First Rule Of East Van Pillow Fight Club

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The Donuts That You Do

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Soundproofing Vancouver Dancefloors

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The Tale Of A Local Smuggler

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Everybody Loves Coulson

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The New Corner Of The Main Street Triangle

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Living La Vida Los Santos

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Super-tiki-fragilistic-expialidocioius

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Not Cutting Email Any Slack

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The Visual Appeal Of Vasho Pekar

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Alive On Arrival

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The Good Kind Of Ill

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Riding With The Lords Of Gastown

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The New Mobile Video Revolution

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That Tight Life

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The Sound Of One Paddle Clapping

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The New Wave Of Night Markets

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The Biggest Voice In Vancouver

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A Taste Of Mexico In East Van

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People Making Things

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The Return Of The Banana Stand

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Inside That Chapel Sound

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A Bowl Full Of New Vancouver

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The Insides Of The Herschel Supply Company

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Coast Modern Living

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The Mind And Vision Of Malcolm Levy

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Vancouver Dub Inna Internatty Style

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The Return Of A Cinematic Legend

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Vancouver’s Most Legendary Record Store Keeps On

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Lessons In Leisure

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Hey Cosmic Soul Sister!

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Vancouver’s New SubSpecs For Techno

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From Vancouver To Lebanon and Back

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Ryce Life In Motion

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In The Mood For Change

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The Haikus Of Spring

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Girl, You’re In Their Hut Now

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Vancouver’s Real Board Of Trade

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One Of The Many Faces Of Idle No More

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Cleaning Out The Stains In Your Dirty Apron

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Vancouver Begins To Lean To the Portside

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Follow That Foodie

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The Best And The Wurst Of Future Eats

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Setting Up A House Of Cards

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Music Is Their Sanctuary

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Boooooooooom Goes Vancouver’s Art

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Tarantino Unchained

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Taking The Old School Approach To Home

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From Wuxia to the Rza

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The Now Sound Of East Van

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Twice The Image, Twice the Fun

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A New Kind Of Furniture Kick

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On The Edge Of The Rim

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The Universal Language Of The Automatic Message

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Transcontinental Fashion Vibes

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Everybody Loves Daniel Craig

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A Sincere Switcheroo

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Climbing Out Of The Sardine Can

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Laying Tripwire On the Dancefloor

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Her Name Was Lola

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What Great Swooshing Sounds

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Fear Of A Bourne Planet

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Sculpting Audio Gardens With Bon.zai

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It’s Time For The Stimulator

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Vancouver Cuisine In One Word: Vij.

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The Agony and The Ecstacy Of Miss Bala

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Breaking the Revolving Cycle Of Bad Coffee

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A New Pond For A New Kind Of Fish

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TV’s Next Political Zoo

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Vancouver’s New Sci-fi Kids On the Block

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The Kid’s Finally Have Their Say

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Larry James Has A Posse

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Still Talkin’ All That Jazz

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Kickstarting A New Revolution

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Kibatsu Cinema: Not Just For Jooshi Kosei Anymore

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Entering The Dragon’s Kitchen

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Searching The Skies For No UFO’s

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Rheking The Party

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Doing It Easy With Web Radio

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Vancouver and TJ Hooker’s Legacy

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Cinematic Sushi Dreams

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Scrying Mirrors And Prophecys

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Actual Pain That Doesn’t Hurt That Bad

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Break Out A Mic For Hip-Hop Karaoke

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Television’s Reminder Of the Difficulty Of Being Human

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The Unbearable Awesomeness Of Being Chadio

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Going Out Through The Video-In Door

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Scrapbooking For The Web 2.0 Generation

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The Weight That Comes With Having Klout

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Mornings In Vancouver Just Got More Creative

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Transmissions From Radio Fieldhead

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Getting Grounded In A Very Vancouver Fashion

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Big Lou Keeping Stomach’s Full

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The Eternal Quest For Redemption That Is Lance Fiero

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In This Beer New World, Bitter Isn’t Bad.

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The Current Blueprint For Vancouver Club Culture

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Jacking Your Body In Vancouver’s Midnight City

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Where In The World Is Nina Mendoza?

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Doing Cinematic Absinthe With David Fincher

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Maybe We Don’t All Need Siri’s Help After All

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Desperately Seeking Detective Dee

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Vancouver’s Got A Gear Fetish

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Sean Heather Trips Through Vancouver’s Heather

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Stussy Takes A Swing At Vancouver

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The Sound Of Radio Free Vancouver

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The Sound Of Jaidene Veda

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More New Forms From Vancouver’s Biggest Festival Experience

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The Technical Art Of Biophilia

(Sep 20, 2011) Trust in Bjork and she delivers. Twenty years of popping the pop bubble and she’s come along with the most intriguing way t...

Revolution Cream Pie Style Now!

(Sep 19, 2011) As a child, the BBC’s Antiques Road Show used to amuse me no end. As the first real reality TV show, it always amused me to ...

The New Pied Piper Of Vancouver

(Sep 16, 2011) I was gonna use this as a platform to talk about Mark Brand’s latest project, the return of Save On Meats, but screw it, let...

Vincent Parker: The Hardest Working Man In Show Business

(Sep 13, 2011) Vincent Parker may well be the James Brown of Vancouver’s electronic dance music scene. The hardest working man in Van cit...

Going Fishing For Food Truck Action

(Sep 05, 2011) It’s been an interesting time for foodies in Vancouver. With the launch last year of Vancouver’s food truck licensing...

Takeshi Miike Once Again Cuts The Heads Off the Competition

(Sep 02, 2011) Just another samurai film? Wrong. The things about legendary Japanese director Takeshi Miike is that you never know what youR...

Light A Fire Under An Old Sci Fi Fave

(Aug 30, 2011) The challenge: When the immovable TV force meets its trans-continental match in the form of the immovable object, who wins? What ...

A Lesson In Working The Web

(Aug 24, 2011) It’s an interesting situation for artists these days. With the increased rise of social networking and internets 2, 3 an...

PJ Harvey’s Cinematic Epic Finally Hits Screens

(Jul 26, 2011) There are many idiosyncratic icon types in the cannon of British rock and roll. It breed crazy, but none quite so special as one ...

A New Generation Of Comic Books

(Jul 18, 2011) My appreciation of the print medium likely started when I was a kid. My mom would drop me off at the local drug store’s com...

The Electric Owl Comes To Roost

(Jul 15, 2011) The continued growth of Main street remains a topic of discussion and will continue to now the Electric Owl has come to roost. L...

Vancouver’s Super Happy and Hyper DJs

(Jul 14, 2011) When it comes to active faces in Vancouver bass music, there may be no bigger a movement in Vancouver right now than that of the ...

Riot City Networking

(Jul 12, 2011) Well, that was different. Despite Vancouver’s best efforts to not repeat the last hockey riots of 1994, 2011 will go down ...

All I Wanna Do Is Shirts and Destroy

(Jun 16, 2011) It’s hard not to be a fan of a project like Shirts and Destroy when it comes down to it. As a portal for high quality art an...

Take A Long Walk Off A Short Dock With Vancouver’s Finest

(Jun 15, 2011) Vancouver has this tendency to breed genre busting iconoclasts. Skinny Puppy, Neko Case and now, LongWalkShortDock. A Longwalksho...

God Of Thunder Fails To Blunder

(Jun 14, 2011) The god of Thunder has finally nailed it and let’s be honest, I think we’re all the better for it. Long awaited, desp...

The Divine Nature Of Vancouver’s Web TV

(Jun 08, 2011) Vancouver has this tendency towards the development of web series that do pretty darn well. Sanctuary is now four seasons in on S...

Musings On Vancouver’s Impromptu Mega Church

(Jun 07, 2011) They say that sports brings a town together unlike anything else and as the Vancouver Canucks make their run towards the Stanley ...

Drawing All Kinds Of Tattoodles

(May 19, 2011) I’ve been inked up enough to have a good idea about the history of tattooing in Vancouver and to know who’s been good ...

How Do You Say A-B-A-B-Up-Down in Italian?

(May 18, 2011) There’s something truly unique about the Assassins Creed video game series that keeps me coming back. I think that the olde...

Investigating The Killing

(May 16, 2011) I can’t fault AMC, they just continue to pump out the content like it’s nobody’s business and it kills me becaus...

The Grand Old Man Of Vancouver Sports

(May 16, 2011) Tradition, history, Vancouver has some grand ones when it comes to sports but there’s nowhere else with quite as much histor...

It’s Getting Hot In Here, Vancouver

(May 12, 2011) Vancouver, you’ve gotten all tribal and tropical on us and when I say that, I’m not just referring to the smattering o...

Vancouver’s Favorite Meat Locker Gets Laid To Rest

(Apr 27, 2011) I come not to mourn the Lotus Sound Lounge but to praise it. By this time this gets online, the longest running home of electroni...

There’s Something About Ableton

(Apr 26, 2011) As a musician and as a DJ, I don’t think my life would be the same were it not for Ableton Live. Almost a decade ago, Robe...

Italy’s Most Famous Crime Family Invades Vancouver

(Apr 20, 2011) I think I’ve found my favorite new show about the Italian mafia and thankfully it has nothing to do with the Sopranos. Mayb...

Fear And Loathing At Pixar

(Apr 19, 2011) Animation, it comes a dime a dozen on your movie screens these days. Pixar and Disney are flooding the market with the same thing...

Vancouver’s Ladies Representing

(Apr 19, 2011) A recent trip to the Utopia Now Festival at W2 just hammered home what I’ve known for a long time now. There are some amazi...

Worldwide Audience Left Oscarred?

(Apr 13, 2011) You have to give it up for James Franco’s weed dealer. He, not Franco may have been the most entertaining thing regarding th...

Vancouver’s Return to Tiki Time

(Mar 30, 2011) The Waldorf Hotel is one of those of those Vancouver legends. Slightly scuzzy, very surreal and absolutely legendary. Home to Va...

A Different Kind Of Spooky TV

(Mar 30, 2011) It’s true, I’m as big a mark for the BBC as it comes. My latest find has been Spooks or MI-5 as they’ve been ...

The Return Of Godspeed You! Black Emperor

(Mar 29, 2011) I’m not one to fanboy hard, but the masters are back. The gospel of indie rock and if you want to be super-specific, post-...

Going Soundcloud Watching

(Mar 29, 2011) The advent of Soundcloud in many ways was heralded the death of music-oriented elements of Myspace, or at least the ones that wor...

Celebrating Real Food Made Out of Real People

(Mar 04, 2011) Real food. When you say real food, it’s not like you’re looking for street cred establishment or a replacement for th...

Celebrating Vancity’s New Wave Of Cumbia

(Mar 03, 2011) Dance music adapts to its geography. People take what they know and rework and remix according to local tradition and Vancouver&...

A Summer Of Going Big

(Feb 16, 2011) I have to admit, I am very rarely one for going to big shows. When I say big shows, I mean major concerts, Grande sized headlinin...

The Mysterious Science of the Knot Theory

(Feb 15, 2011) I’ll be the first to admit it: I love ties but I hate tying them. If you dig through my dresser, you’ll find at leas...

Engaging TV’s Moral Gray Areas with Luther

(Feb 11, 2011) The moral gray area is something North American TV refuses to touch very often. That’s why we must be consistently thankfu...

Vancouver Overwhelmed by Flocks of Angry Birds

(Feb 09, 2011) I have to admit, I’m hooked on a pocket size video game in a manner I’ve not seen since I first played Tetris on my G...

Exploring the Inner Reaches of the Prisongarde

(Jan 27, 2011) Vancouver has that tendency to attract artistic types from the East Coast, it’s what happens when your weather sticks to so...

Cataloging the Art of Gastown

(Jan 26, 2011) Gastown continues to explode with a growth not seen for ages. It’s places like the Catalog Gallery that are making in a spo...

Looking For New Glitches On The Horizon

(Jan 18, 2011) I’ve been circling dotcoms in Vancouver for long enough to know the names people refer to in awe. Those dudes so above us al...

Trimming the Fringe of January TV

(Jan 17, 2011) January means that the NFL playoffs are over and we can get ABC to the most important focus at hand: Trying to sit on the couch a...

Picking Pieces of Grit Out of Jeff Bridges’s Beard

(Jan 14, 2011) Jeff Bridges must like cowboys a lot, because he may well have won himself another Oscar by going back to the country. Despite e...

Tying a Knot Around Winter Fashion

(Dec 24, 2010) Winter’s here. We know this in Vancouver because the Gortex and fur ratio has increased tenfold as the temperature has drop...

The Keys to Vancouver May Be the Letter W and the Number 2

(Dec 21, 2010) The Woodward’s building, running from Cambie to Carral and bridged by Hastings and Cordova, has a tremendous place of histo...

Vancouver’s Cinematic Houses Of the Holy

(Dec 17, 2010) Vancouver is covered in movie theaters — but with the loss of yet another of the city’s indie theaters, it’s time t...

Looking At Underworld’s Dirty Digital Legacy

(Dec 17, 2010) Underworld has always been a band you can trust to deliver on all fronts. Be it visually, in print or on record, they deliver in ...

Sailing Vancouver’s Rivers of Techno with Tomas Jirku

(Dec 14, 2010) In a city that has produced a metric ton of techno and house producers that have achieved international acclaim, Tomas Jirku lurk...

Girls Worldwide Still Say Hawaii Five OMG!

(Dec 13, 2010) Book em’ Danno. Never more iconic words have been spoken, until now. CBS has dig up the soul of Jack Lord and remade Hawa...

Local Fashion Helps Make Snow That Much Less Scary

(Nov 29, 2010) It’s always a pleasure to have locals pop up on your radar when you least expect them, especially when they’re just s...

A Kraken Rises In Gastown

(Nov 23, 2010) Sushi in Vancouver is as common as Starbucks outlets. Just walk down Robson or Granville and you’ll note the amount of pre-...

Local Duo Finally Translate The Language Of Love

(Nov 19, 2010) Love Translated may be the most disturbing film you see all year that makes you howl with both derision and laughter in equal mea...

It’s Never Elementary, My Dear Watson

(Nov 18, 2010) My original response to yet another damn Sherlock Holmes remake was to in the words of Judas Priest, “Run to the Hiiiiiiill...

New Print Horizons to Bring Death to Hipster Idols

(Nov 17, 2010) Eventually, you need to put a fork in the icons, to kill yr idols… to paraphrase. So can we please bury Pitchfork now? Please? ...

Neon Sounds and Hyperdub Viruses

(Nov 16, 2010) Time to reflect. It’s been five years since I brought Hyperdub label owner, Kode 9, to Vancouver for what was his first gi...

Protected: Zen And The Art Of Faster Food

(Nov 08, 2010) Fast food is one of those things that will always be the demon the collective North American shoulder. It leaves us bloated and h...

Wearable Art Makes The Body A Gallery

(Nov 05, 2010) Art as fashion, fashion as art. Two tastes that go great together and a combination as old as Cher, as popular as Lady Gaga and a...

Getting Back in the Dublab

(Oct 19, 2010) An old friend recently returned to my life, or at least, to my listening habits. Lurking around the streets of Seattle’s Ca...

O Canada, Our Home and Stylish Land

(Oct 18, 2010) The Olympics were an interesting time for fashion and a blindingly obvious one. Let’s take our hearts, douse them in red pa...

Further Reminders About How Much Ladies Kick Ass

(Oct 18, 2010) TV in September is a crap shoot, a cultural mind field (pun intended) that you have to navigate like a quarterback dealing with a...

To VIFF: Vancouver’s Latest Verb

(Oct 15, 2010) I get excited about the Vancouver International Film Festival more than I do any other blockbuster film. Maybe it’s becaus...

Turning Up The Decibel Level In The Northwest

(Oct 14, 2010) Seven years is an old dog for a festival. Some things comes and go in a year or two, raves live and die in hours. But Sean Horto...

Ten Years Of New Forms For Vancouver

(Oct 13, 2010) For many years, Vancouverites used to complain bitterly. Montreal has Mutek, Barcelona has Sonar, when do we get our bastion of ...

Disco’s Not Dead, It’s Just Been Resting

(Oct 05, 2010) Disco is not dead, far from it, it lurks in dark corners, behind bassbins. Jason Lev is one of the men keeping it alive and weR...

Won’t You Take Me to, A Zombie Town?

(Sep 30, 2010) There is hope my friends! We might just be able to turn on the television and know that despite Jonas Brothers, re-hashed sitcom s...

Vancouver Film Fest Season Launches Into Fall

(Sep 24, 2010) One of the glorious things about living in the Pacific Northwest is the way that summer comes in with a bang and goes out that m...

Recognising Time Stopped in an Instant and Other Strobe Light Memories

(Sep 15, 2010) With the death of analogue photography being shouted from the hills for years no, the internet has become a home to countless pho...

Keeping Vancouver In Stitches For Thirty Years

(Sep 03, 2010) Vancouver can claim a multitude of fashion institutions. We brought the world Westbeach, Lululemon and as much as many would deny ...

Keeping It Funky From Vancouver And Beyond

(Aug 31, 2010) Having been DJing as long as I can remember, there’s two things that have really continued to hold my interest, ass shaking ...

In Praise Of Vancouver’s Darkest Artery

(Aug 26, 2010) The portion of Granville street that runs through downtown takes a tremendous amount of shit. Considered by many to be the darkes...

Embracing the International Language of the Tardis

(Aug 23, 2010) I can’t help it. In the face of an upcoming season of shows that retread long standing sci-fi ratings hits like Heroes, Th...

Ten Vancouverites You Should Be Following On Twitter

(Aug 17, 2010) People always ask about the easiest way to keep your finger on the pulse of a city. Do you get your fixed gear bike out and traw...

Hollywood, You Can Surprise Me By Not Screwing This Up

(Aug 16, 2010) I like weird foreign films. I loved the original Insomnia, I adore the work of Takeshi Miike and am a grand appreciator of Mike L...

And The Award For The Most Ridiculous…

(Jul 15, 2010) I love the MTV Movie Awards. I am not a tween, I have not seen Twilight, I do not wear Uggs or Extreme Couture and I do not ow...

Shifting Perspectives From Japan’s New, Old Hands

(Jul 13, 2010) Online, translation is not always needed. Design speaks all languages, as does color and typography. Some days you may not get t...

Vancouver’s Greatest Struggle: Man vs City Council

(Jul 09, 2010) Vancouver has been known as the “No Fun City” for as long as I’ve lived here. Conservative licensing laws, gent...

Kicking Off Festival Season With Poutine

(Jul 08, 2010) Let’s take a right turn for a moment, far right. Way right and all the way on to Montreal. It’s a guarantee that ever...

Making Nordic Trax To The Dancefloor

(Jul 07, 2010) Round this time of the year, young people’s minds turn to thoughts of summer. A period that in Vancouver is defined by sun, ski...

Powering The Dancefloor With Love and Electrik

(Jul 01, 2010) I love these guys, I really do. It’s hard not to have a sense of local pride when you see musicians you’ve known for a...

Livestock: Not Just For Farmers Anymore

(Jun 29, 2010) There will always be something or someone out there trying to pimp hard to the sneaker freak in you. You know it’s there in...

If I Can’t Be In South Africa, We’ll Make Do With This

(Jun 24, 2010) Every four years, June slows down, time stops and the world puts aside its differences to spend the majority of the month in fro...

Reflections On The Mother Corp’s Trojan Horse

(Jun 21, 2010) In a time when independent Canadian artists are at their peak and continuing to show the world what they can do, few people withi...

The Three Keys To A Man’s Heart

(Jun 21, 2010) You know Tyler Labine. Well, I mean you don’t know him, but you know him to see him because he’s done enough TV to k...

An Old Friend Reborn In The Downtown Eastside

(Jun 15, 2010) Vancouver’s clubs, warehouses and dark corners hold fond memories for me. I’ve been running around them for long enoug...

Taking A Slow Ride On The Loopwheeler

(May 21, 2010) If there’s one thing that I’ve learned about apparel, it’s that regardless of how much time and effort we in th...

Can’t Sleep, Animated Americans Might Eat Me

(May 18, 2010) I have finally found my new favorite TV show and I am happy to say it does not involve housewives, aliens or the phrase reality. U...

Please, Please, Please Let us Watch What We Want

(May 13, 2010) TV is a dying beast, let us now praise her. Just like the music industry has crapped all over its listenership, the four big netw...

Loscil(ations) Are Good For Your Ears

(May 13, 2010) Vancouver’s electronic music community has been known to let its work reflect its surrounding environments. If anyone has b...

Don’t Count Your Na’vi Before They’ve Hatched

(May 12, 2010) There’s always talk about technological advancement in terms of entertainment options. 3D TV, surround sound stereos, clou...

Taking A Punt At The Majesty Of Sporting Media

(May 12, 2010) Sports don’t change. It’s either a massive profit boon or a tax write off for team owners so you’re going to se...

Looking For Clues In Banksy’s Gift Shop

(May 12, 2010) Anonymity breeds contempt. It also breeds despair, intrigue, interest and in the case of British street art icon, Banksy, the kin...

Vancouver’s Most Popular Street Fare Goes East

(May 11, 2010) One of the glorious things about Vancouver is that it’s a port town. Therefore we’re a seething melting pot, a cross ...

Protected: Social Networking Is The Devil 2.0

(May 07, 2010) I’ve stopped digging for social networking websites. I’m just not sold on the use any more and the few that I may lik...

Protected: The Deification Of Facebook

(May 07, 2010) Facebook is kind of like the King Kong of the social networking world: it’s big, it’s blunt and outside of a defined ...

Protected: Betty Ford Could Use A Social Networking Rehab

(May 05, 2010) Social networking, The future of everything Web 2.0! Such a pity that the glory is done, the shine is over and you’ve stil...

Protected: Social Networking: Like Being Hit In The Face With Awesome Pie

(May 05, 2010) Between computers, smart phones and smoke signals, we are currently backstroking in a plethora of ways to social network online. ...

Protected: Zen And The Art Of Being Social

(May 03, 2010) I have an intriguing group of friends. From artists and DJs to anti-social crazies, anarchists and political students. So sociali...

The Quest For Pirate Radio Booty

(Apr 28, 2010) I’ve always believed in radio and its magic. After many, many years spent snug under the covers listening to everything fro...

Protected: Big Business In Shock Case Of Doing It Right

(Apr 27, 2010) Brand based social networking is often a sadly over looked art. Too many brands simply throw a pile of money at a developer and g...

We Can Rebuild This No-Fun City

(Apr 27, 2010) Vancouver’s nightlife and culture options seem to be taking a turn for the better these days, spurred on by the arrival of ...

Connect_icut Is More Than Just A State

(Apr 24, 2010) Sam Macklin is a good guy, I know this because I’ve booked him to play shows, had him come on my radio show and even bough...

TV This Good Shouldn’t Leave You Waiting For Polar Bears

(Apr 23, 2010) What lies in the shadow of the statue? Who is the man in black? Why am I so addicted to this damn TV show? Every Wednesday, for ...

How Do You Solve A Problem Like Tim Burton?

(Apr 16, 2010) How do you solve a problem like Alice? If you’re Tim Burton, it’s a recipe that involves a pinch of 3D, a dash of Dep...

Somewhere Over The Babe Rainbow

(Mar 30, 2010) The story of Cameron Reed’s success is almost too good to be true. Local boy done good as it is, the latest signing to the ...

Fresh Ink For All

(Mar 29, 2010) Oh Kat Von D, what would we do without you? The adventures of High Voltage, the mighty tattoo shop that could have returned and ...

Hunting The Streets For Sharks With Hammers

(Mar 25, 2010) Vancouver has this tendency to spawn awesome in the most unlikely places.  So when I came across Sharks and Hammers on a stroll ...

Black Metal Shines Brightly On Screen

(Mar 23, 2010) Metal has never really gotten the love it deserves in my opinion. Be it black metal, speed metal,thrash metal or grindcore, the f...

Now that’s how you do it, Vancouver!

(Mar 12, 2010) I’ve expressed my fear of the Olympics before. I’ve despaired about mass chaos, a plague of international douchery an...

Garnishing closets with Smoking Lillies

(Mar 05, 2010) Consistency. It’s something that Vancouver designers battle with on a daily basis. Some switch shops more times than they h...

Las Vegas, I Love You, But You’re Bringing Me Down

(Mar 03, 2010) Having had to disappear to Vegas for work recently, it feels kind of inspiring to write about such a desolate, confusing wastelan...

This One’s For All Of Us

(Mar 02, 2010) I love the internet. It may sound daft but for as much self indulgent crap this new media playing field has allowed us to develop...

Vancouver Has Been Invaded By Aliens and The Olympics Are Not Over Yet

(Feb 24, 2010) I’m beginning to wonder if there’s something in the water here. Either that or if somebody is dosing the coffee of ma...

Old Rivetheads Never Die, They Just Start Doing Spoken Word

(Feb 17, 2010) I’m a rivethead at heart. Not your stereotypical industrialist as I lack piercings, the multiple pairs of pvc and leather cl...

In The Kingdom Of The Deaf, The One Eared Man Is King

(Feb 14, 2010) Let’s talk about the Book of Eli for a second. On paper, the combination of the Hughes Brothers, Denzel Washington and Gar...

Vancouver Finally Achieves Transcendence Through Drone

(Feb 13, 2010) The beauty of Vancouver is that when I least expect it, it has this tendency to surprise me in all the right ways. The Olympics a...

American Express Puts More Zync In Your Diet

(Feb 09, 2010) That last bastion of adulthood, American Express, is launching new card for people in their 20s. Finally, a new generation gets ...

The Taste Of Lemons Is Not Always A Bitter One

(Feb 05, 2010) One of Vancouver’s darkest secrets is slowly getting out, infamous athletic/yoga wear providers Lululemon may actually have ...

Vancouver Enters The Shadow Of The Five Rings

(Feb 03, 2010) It’s an interesting preoccupation being a denizen of an Olympic city. Vancouver has spent the time since it was first announ...

A New Year Brings New Ways To Get Square Eyes

(Jan 26, 2010) A brand new year is upon us and young Canadians thoughts turn to Jack and Sookie (Diane who?) and no this isn’t a John Melle...

The Dark and Hilarious Corners Of The Twitter Nation

(Jan 25, 2010) First it was Friendster, then it was blogging, then it was Myspace, then Facebook, now Twitter. I don’t know about you, but ...

The Vacancy On Baker Street Has Been Filled

(Jan 20, 2010) Children of 221B Baker Street unite, you’ve nothing to lose but your pipes, your opium and possibly your lives. The long awa...

Bobby Flay Should Really Fit On A BBQ

(Jan 06, 2010) The fact that the first job I ever had was in a kitchen has had a distinct influence on me over the years. The culinary experienc...

The mighty Luchadors of Vancouver Fashion

(Jan 04, 2010) Robson and Burrard is like the Shibuya Crossing or Oxford Circus of Vancouver, the recognizable hub of a bustling downtown core, ...

Terminal City Bass

(Dec 28, 2009) I threw Vancouver’s first dubstep party; it was 2005 in a warehouse in East Vancouver. Kode 9 headlined and some of Vancouve...

Putting the wow back in Woo

(Dec 23, 2009) I can’t help it, I’m a sucker for a fast paced action flick with witty dialog, see my ability to quote from most Jame...

There’s more use for Red Bull than just staying awake

(Dec 22, 2009) Blessed Red Bull, the stimulant of champions. Long noted for its healing properties when drunk solo or with vodka, it’s belo...

The small yet mighty mouse that is Blim

(Dec 20, 2009) The glory of this no fun city is that some of the funnest parts of it are the smallest and most hidden. A glorious home to both ed...

Marveling At The Glory Of Men In Tights

(Dec 07, 2009) I used to be a comic book junkie, madly obsessed with the hellacious goings on with the Marvel Universe. I’ve found other th...

Meditations On Blogweight And The Death Of Print

(Dec 03, 2009) It’s kind of hard not to be a little saddened by the death of the print media. The increasing inability of advertising to st...

Local Man Realises He Is Not A Number

(Nov 23, 2009) Fall’s here and I’m actually getting excited about turning my tv on for more than just hockey. Within the massive floo...

Reunited And It Feels So Good

(Nov 19, 2009) I got into indie rock late enough that I wasn’t around for the heyday of some of the bands I consider major influences now...

The Resurgent Taste and Groove of Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside

(Nov 18, 2009) Vancouver’s downtown East Side always seems to be on people’s lips and with good reason. The area bordered by Gastown...

Vancouver’s Awesomeness Comes From More Than Just Trees

(Oct 15, 2009) Vancouverites tend to have a chip on their shoulder when it comes to civic pride. For a city that so many flock to for beauty an...

Pink Suits Can Equal Good Hockey

(Oct 15, 2009) I am watching a man in a pink suit ramble on the verge of incoherency, there’s fear in his eyes and a little bit of glee. I...

Blowing Up The Vancouver International Film Festival

(Oct 14, 2009) There’s a bunch of things I love about October. The chill in the air. The change of colors in the leaves. The crunch of a d...

Adidas: Saviour of Naked DJs Worldwide

(Oct 14, 2009) I was told I had a problem recently. Now, as I grown adult, I’ve been relatively in control of my vices. I like my records ...

The Quest For An Extreme Night Out Ends Here

(Oct 11, 2009) I used to own a Hulk Hogan t-shirt. It’s true, I have no shame in saying I was watching it on pay per view when Hulkamania ...

Regeneration Time For Two Techno Icons

(Oct 09, 2009) Old ravers never die, they just better their financial acumen. While techno producers David Moufang and Jonah Sharp may not hav...