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Club Bud Vancouver

Club Bud, host of the hottest parties in Beijing and Torino, will claim its place on top of the party podium in Vancouver. Budweiser will be the center of Vancouver’s social scene for five nights in February.

In Torino, Budweiser introduced the world to Club Bud with a six-story pyramid-shaped nightclub. Club Bud kept the party going in Beijing with 360° video screens, an electrifying dance floor and an outdoor pool. In February 2010, Club Bud will transform the famed Commodore Ballroom into the place for athletes, celebrities and some lucky fans to celebrate in style.

Club Bud will be located on pedestrian-friendly Granville Street in the heart of Vancouver’s entertainment district. The 19,000-square foot, 1,000-person capacity, multi-level venue will feature a concert stage, elevated seating, several bar and lounge areas and the legendary 2,646-square foot sprung dance floor. Partygoers will enjoy live DJs and music throughout the night and three separate bar areas will offer distinct atmospheres to enjoy a cold Budweiser with friends.

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Club Bud party co-hosts Burton, the National Hockey League® (NHL), Under Armour and lululemon athletica will present themed evenings, with doors opening at 9 p.m. Athlete and celebrity arrival times on the red carpet will vary by party. More information will be available via media advisories prior to each event.

  • Friday, February 19; Burton Party
  • Saturday, February 20; NHL® Party
  • Thursday, February 25; Budweiser Party
  • Friday, February 26; Under Armour Party
  • Saturday, February 27; lululemon athletica Party

“Budweiser is renowned for its exclusive parties and guests,” said Richard Musson, Vice President of Marketing, Labatt Breweries of Canada. “Club Bud is bringing Vancouver five epic parties and will be the place to be for competitors to come together to celebrate their achievements and enjoy the camaraderie shared among world-class athletes.”

Wanna be a Party Crasher?

In addition to drawing top name athletes and celebrities to Club Bud, Budweiser is searching for two lucky people to crash the parties in Vancouver. The Club Bud Party Crasher job search offers applicants the chance to attend one of the Club Bud weekends and will require the successful applicant to use social media tools to capture and share the Club Bud experience online. Details can be found at

Posted in Beijing 2008, Culture, Fans, Featured, Torino 2006, Vancouver 2010, Venues4 Comments

High-Flying Canadian Snowboarder Crispin Lipscomb ~ Olympic Outsider podcast #9

Recorded at the post-Turin Olympic flag tour in May 2006 at Vancouver Art Gallery Robson Square, top-placing Canadian half-pipe snowboarder Crispin Lipscomb talks about his Olympic experience, pre-race rituals and 2010 plans – plus offers insight into the Whistler lifestyle, future of the sport, and how to help young boarders.

Download: High-Flying Canadian Snowboarder Crispin Lipscomb
Olympic Outsider podcast #9 (.mp3, 8MB, 9:53)

crispin lipscomb

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The Duff Man! – Laughs with Superhero Skeleton-ist ~ Olympic Outsider podcast #8

Torino 2006 Skeleton Gold Medalist athlete Duff Gibson chats with Olympic Outsider host Dave Thorvald about having a beer named after him, life as a Calgary fireman, being Canada’s (and the world’s) oldest gold medalist, training for technical and speed courses, the Whistler track, athletic challenges and the future of the sport at an Olympic rally at the Vancouver Art Gallery in May 2006.

Download: The Duff Man! – Laughs with Superhero Skeleton-ist Duff Gibson
Olympic Outsider podcast #8 (.mp3, 8MB, 9:53)

duff gibson - gold medalist by uncleweed

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Speaking about the Olympics at New Media BC Day

Technology Branding 2010 Vancouver Olympic Games

New Media BC Day

Scales and Krug here at Presentation Centre at the Great Northern Way Campus, the new home for New Media BC and the future home for the Centre of Digital Media. Today is all about bringing together different sectors of technology, government representatives and members of the VANOC team.

With the Vancouver/Whistler Olympic Games kicking off in a mere 1163 days, now is the time to initiate the vision and branding for how we are going to best represent ourselves to the world. With billions of people from around the globe watching in 2010, it will be a precious time to define BC and Canada for perhaps the 25 years following, so who do we want to be? Is this a time when we can take advantage of this opportunity to change the way the world views Canada?

Using the latest in digital technology is an integral aspect in branding us as a world leader in new media. Just some of the ideas that were generated and expressed today with respect to new media and technology influencing our image in the 2010 Games:

  • Let us shape new technology of the future, and not just be a part of it.
  • Make the roof of BC Place a virtual world, a projector screen enhancing the experience of the live audience, so that in turn, the television audience is experiencing the same positive, exhilarating feeling.
  • Utilize real-time rendering: the ability use the computer to create characters, scenes, locations, and have each interact with one another – live imagery and computer generated imagery
  • Collaboration between local companies here in Vancouver is an essential aspect of contributing to best-representing ourselves as a city, a province and a country.
  • Bring the intense desire for community that has been found through the avenue of Second Life to connections and the possibility of virtual communities to the Olympics. One idea was to run the Torch through absolutely every location and community from coast to coast!
  • We are speaking to the group about how the media and therefore the coverage of the games has changed, due in no small part to new technologies and companies, and to showcase how Raincity and Bryght can be of great help and service to growing online communities leading up to 2010.

Posted in Beijing 2008, Culture, Fans, Featured, Torino 2006, Vancouver 20100 Comments

Oslo Olympic Flag Ceremony with Governor General ~ Olympic Outsider podcast #7

Canada’s Governor-General, Michaëlle Jean (a Haitian refuge who immigrated to Quebec as a child), and Vancouver Mayor Mayor Sam Sullivan were on hand – along with a phalanx of officers of everykind – to reveal the 1952 Oslo Winter Olympic flag. I headed out from North Vancouver via transit to attend and watch the pagaentry. After stealthing into the media event, I asked VANOC CEO John Furlong a few questions on a snowy Vancouver morning.

Download: Oslo Olympic Flag Ceremony with Governor General
Olympic Outsider podcast (.mp3, 19:00 8MB)

Olso Flag Ceremony

Photo by Dave O – more on Olympic Flag Reception at City Hall photoset

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Hockey Tournament Wrap-up w/ Dave and Dan ~ Olympic Outsider podcast #6

Host Dave Thorvald with Dan Funboy wrap up the Men’s and Women’s hockey tournaments from Torino 2006 in this enhanced podcast with pictures. Topics include team leadership, puck possession, tactical strategies, tournament surprise teams, and a bit of looking ahead to 2010.

Download: Hockey Tournament Wrap-up with Dave and Dan
Olympic Outsider podcast #6 (25:46, 15MB, .mp3)

Photo by Scales via Flickr, arted up by author

Alt version: Olympic Outsider Episode 6 – Hockey Tournament Wrap-up (m4a)

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Wrapping Up Torino 2006, Part 1 ~ Olympic Outsider podcast #5

Host Dave Thorvald with Dan Funboy and buddy Lance wrap up the performances of Torino 2006 with emphasis on Team Canada’s athletes. Topics include notable Men’s and Women’s performances in Luge, Skeleton, Bobsled, Curling, Short-Track Speedskating, Long-track Speedskating, Alpine Skiing, Nordic Skiing, Biathlon, Freestyle Skiing, and Snowboarding.  Plus banter on doping measures, police raids, sportsmanship, new sports, and herbal remedies.

Download: Wrapping Up Torino 2006, Part 1
Olympic Outsider # 5 (.mp3, 38:18, )

Photo by Scales on Flickr, art’ed up by authour

Alt version: Olympic Outsider Episode 5 – Wrapping Up XX Part 1 (.m4a) enhanced with ‘chapters’ for your listening convenience.

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Quarter-final Hockey Predictions ~ Olympic Outsider podcast #4

Quick wrap-up from the preliminary round of the Men’s hockey tournament with Dave Thorvald and Toadler from upstairs.  Plus bold predictions for the quarter-final round and a wee bit of history tossed in.

Download: Quarter-final Hockey Predictions
Olympic Outsider podcast (.mp3, 10:14, 14MB)

Posted in Podcast, Torino 20060 Comments

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