If the Vikileaks debacle taught us anything about modern scandal in this country, it’s that Canadians enjoy a few laughs with our outrage. Amid the crowd marching from the Vancouver Art Gallery to Victory Square on Saturday March 3rd—a rally calling for a public inquiry into the growing robocall scandal—good-natured Canuck humour was out in full force.
The year is 1949. British reporter Noel Monks walks into the Hotel Vancouver and orders a pint. The barman turns him away — not because he’s intoxicated or even poorly dressed — Monks was bounced for standing on two feet.
The journalist later wrote Canada is “a tremendous, virile country… Yet you’ve apparently let yourselves be legislated into a state of adolescence when it comes to the use of alcohol.”
Monks had reason to be miffed. At the time, B.C.’s beer-serving establishments outlawed music, dancing, food of all kinds, unescorted women and standing upright with a beer. Wine or whisky weren’t on the menu, and mocking the rules by crawling from one table to the next was presumably more than frowned upon.
Strap on your party helmets because Music Waste is back for another five days of weird and wild music, art and performance.
Iranian comedian Maz Jobrani wants the world to know he’s not a terrorist, he’s not hairy, and he certainly doesn’t own an oil rig.
Okay, maybe he is a little hairy. But that won’t stop Jobrani from debunking myriad Middle Eastern stereotypes during his stand-up show at the Commodore Ballroom on Saturday January 24.