The Offspring’s Dexter Holland among a rare crowd: rock and pop stars with a PhD

Along the road to becoming the frontman for one of California’s most famous punk bands, Dexter Holland had dreams of becoming a doctor. “I entered university as a biology major—premed—and I was also pursuing the band,” Holland, lead singer and guitarist for the Offspring, told the Straight last month. “I found myself more consumed by … Read more

Community events cancelled, emergency services stretched as volunteer numbers fall

From the Dragon Boat Regatta in Broome to the Orange Mardi Gras festival on the other side of the country, community events are being cancelled and emergency services are struggling to cope as the number of volunteers plummets. The trend has triggered soul-searching among community groups and charities — is it a temporary blip linked to … Read more

Vancouver home sales over asking prices drop to lowest level in 2 years

Fewer home sellers in Vancouver are laughing their way to the bank. The number of homes in the city that sold over listed prices has fallen to its lowest level in two years. Tracking by real-estate platform shows that 122 sales in July 2022 went above asking prices. The number represents only 21.4 percent … Read more

Best Things to Do in Los Angeles This Week: August 15-18, 2022

Photo courtesy of Beauty & Essex Between triple-digit heat and packed events, we won’t blame you if you prefer to skip the busy weekend action in LA and head out during the week when things are a little more chill. This week cuts through the monotony with a wine-focused happy hour that’s extending through the … Read more

Vancouver Metropolitan Orchestra performs at Meet Me in Gastown community celebration on August 25

The Gastown Business Improvement Society is presenting a family-oriented outdoor event next Thursday (August 25) that will feature games, a digital light show, and a performance by the Vancouver Metropolitan Orchestra. Meet Me at Gastown will kick off at 5 pm with a variety of games–including giant jenga, building blocks, and beanbag toss–followed by the … Read more

VOTE Socialist’s free Vancouver bus in Stanley Park estimated to cost $3,200 only per weekend

VOTE Socialist has a bold vision for parks in the City of Vancouver. The electoral organization is fielding candidates for council, park board, and school board in the October 15, 2022 municipal election. As part of its overall platform, the party seeks to “reimagine city parks as a nexus of settler-Indigenous restitution, community-building, climate action, … Read more

40 things to do in Vancouver this weekend, August 12 to 14

FRIDAY: Comedy BANG! BANG! at the Vogue Theatre features Scott Aukerman, Paul F. Tompkins, and the CBB All-Stars. FRIDAY: screening at the Cinematheque of Orson Welles’s spectacularly seedy 1958 noir film, Touch of Evil. Chelsea Handler performs at the Queen E. Theatre. FRIDAY: American comedian Chelsea Handler performs two shows at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre as part of her Vaccinated and Horny Tour. FRIDAY: indie-pop band … Read more

Vancouver police and Our Streets provide radically different interpretations of what happened outside Carnegie Centre

A group called Our Streets has put out  a lengthy statement about what occurred outside the Carnegie Centre on August 9. The statement came after Vancouver police issued a news release entitled “VPD officers assautled in melee with large crowd in the Downtown Eastside”. You can read both statements below. Vancouver police statement Several Vancouver … Read more

Sean Orr: It’s time for radical change in Vancouver, and that’s why I’m running for city council

By Sean Orr After observing and writing about the growth of inequality in this city for decades, I’ve decided to run for Vancouver city council this year with VOTE Socialist. It’s time for radical change.  Recent violent attacks on unhoused people in Metro Vancouver, and the circumstances around the resignation of B.C. Housing CEO Shayne … Read more