Glad the first Canadian Gold Medal went to someone that the media wasn’t expecting. 4th time the charm for Alexandre Bilodeau. Didn’t qualify for 1998, broken neck in 2002 and battling mono in 2006. 13 years on the team and his first Olympics.
As for the reaction I saw where I am in Kingston, one word “quiet”. Mainly because of timing. Here in Ontario, Monday is a holiday. Family Day. It was really quiet due to the holiday. Myself, I woke up after it had happened. I stayed up to watch some afternoon events but I work at 11pm so I did have to catch some shuteye. Men’s Nordic Combined had a great finish. Top 4 raced to the line and all finished within a second of each other and collapsed.
As for the Gold in the moguls a couple of people came by during work and asked about it. Both were from Quebec and had my reaction. Glad but more relieved that we I don’t have to hear all that talk.
Woman I spoke to said “I’m happy I don’t have to hear Canada has never won a gold medal at home anymore.” Not the reaction I think a Gold Medal is supposed to have. Thanks CTV/Rogers for running the ads so much you made us sick of the Gold Medal talk. Bravo. Relief is a strange emotion to have after someone winning something.
I bet if Canada gets a second Gold people will be more excited and happy around here. They’re going nuts in Vancouver but with the holiday it’s been subdued. Saturday night a lot people coming by asking about what medals were won. Sunday I spoke to two people.
Walking downtown after work and the majority of places are closed downtown. Even a convenience store and Indigo Books. Only thing I saw open was the fast food joints.
Wonder if the other sports today had anything to do with it. TSN wasn’t “Canada’s Sports Leader” Sunday. Olympic coverage? Not Sunday afternoon. TSN showed Daytona 500 which you could get on FOX. I change it to TSN2 and get the Pebble Beach Pro-Am which was on CBS. Huh? If I have TSN I have CBS and FOX.
Sunday Night TSN continued with non-Olympic programming with the NBA All Star Game. At least with the NBA case TNT is not available in Canada. But showing all that on Sunday during the Olympics seemed a bit much. I have TSN2 so the NBA could have been put there. I know not a lot of people have TSN2. Basketball fans should since Raptors get bumped to TSN2 a lot.
Some blogs about the weekend coverage. Chris Zelkovich from the Toronto Star, once a guest on CFRC Offsides with Tyler King. Julie Stewart-Binks who worked on our CFRC broadcasts. She’s currently in England. Finally William Houston with the same thoughts I had about the “choking” comment during the moguls on Saturday. See yesterday’s blog for that. I’m not the only one who used the “if NBC had done that Canadians would’ve went nuts” line. 🙂
Bad luck so far for these games. Weather causing headaches and they’ve canceled 4000 tickets for events at Cypress. Too bad if you had standing room general admission. Because you will get a refund but no chance to watch. Heavy rains have washed away so much snow they had to cancel tickets. That’s $400,000 in sales that will have to be paid back.
Not the only problems at Cypress. Buses running late and drivers getting lost. Not a shock because Kingston Whig-Standard had a story about Kingston Transit drivers going to Vancouver to drive buses. Drivers from across the country came there to be part of it. Great for those guys. However if you are not from an area and get their shortly before an event that is not a recipe for smooth transportation. You take a wrong turn you might not know how to get back.
Some quotes from Renee Smith-Valade of Vanoc about what’s been going on.
“Cypress is like your special child. Your special child that’s bright and talented and good-looking and causes you all kinds of worries, but they’re still your special child. So that’s what Cypress is.”
That’s strange enough I don’t need to make another comment.
Sounds like they might smarten up about one really silly thing. Having a fence around the Olympic Cauldron keeping people from getting to it. This is where I can blame that ugly design for part of it. Clearly someone who might be intoxicated might attempt to climb it. The way the logs [or whatever you want to call them] are at an angle makes it easy or at least inviting for troublemakers.
Fencing it off though has been bad P.R. The point of the cauldron outside is for the public. The IOC mandates it has to be outdoors. Which has never been an issue till this time. Decision to hold it indoors at a stadium that sucks like BC Place is still mind boggling. See Jody’s article I put up on Day 1. I thought too that Vancouver getting the games meant a new stadium. Wrong.
If you don’t know they are putting $200 Million worth of renovation into BC Place. After the Olympics. Don’t bother trying to figure that out. Call me crazy but I would want to put money into something before the world comes to visit. Not afterwards.
Leave to Atlantic Canada to bring a tonne of talent to the Olympics. Anyone in BC should visit Atlantic Canada house.
Amount of music there is huge. Tonne of people I’ve played on the show since I started. This is the list of ones that have been played on ‘Salt Water Music’ that are playing vancouver over the next 2 weeks. I must have a good memory.
Grand Theft Bus
Tim Chiasson and Morning Fold
In Flight Safety
The Irish Descendants
The Olympic Symphonium
Jim Payne & Fergus O’Byrne
Whew. And there are even more artists. That is a big list.
Luckily I have 3 days off from work so I can watch more of the events live. Saw many things but just replayed on overnights at work. Not quite the same but at least I get to see them.
Link to Friday’s show. Second link had an error message but looks like it’s working fine. So I might have to re-upload that one, but I’ll cross my fingers it’s OK.
Salt Water Music June 5th 2009 Hour 1
Kick off the show with Matt Mays and El Torpedo, the week Matt dissolved the band. But he’s on tour with his new band over the summer, more details during the show.
Then some blues from Garrett Mason and Glamourpuss. DawgFM is having it’s follow-up CRTC hearing the following Friday so some Canadian blues for good luck.
New music to the show from Andrew Hunter and the Gatherers. End the 1st hour with The Lever Pulled, and it was one of the band members birthday on the weekend too.
Salt Water Music June 5th 2009 Hour 2
Brand new music to the show to start the 2nd hour.
First Scott MacLeod and his CD ‘Old Soul’. Follow that with more new music, this time from Pat LePoidevin with his disc ‘Blue Tornadoes’.
End the show with Allison Crowe, as the story keeps going. This week she had a motion in the Scottish parliament about what happened to her. Before I talk about that I play ‘Disease’ from her latest CD. Then 2 cover songs from Allison’s website. One a Pearl Jam song, the other Nirvana.
Busy week so not a lot of posts here. But a brand new show tonight at 6pm EST. Have a brand new CD from Andrew Hunter & The Gatherers, a 3 piece rock band from Halifax.
I think I’ll also go find some Matt Mays and El Torpedo to play. Since as of this week they are “no more”. Two band members had left recently and Matt decided to dissolve the band. Matt and his new ‘unnamed’ backing band are playing concerts this summer. Hitting Ontario in June and even Alberta in July. So he’s still busy.
And I’ll grab some Blues music from out east. The CRTC follow-up hearing with DawgFM and other possible stations in Ottawa is next Friday. We’ll cross our fingers that Canada gets it’s first All Blues station.
Remember they have the 24/7 Canadian Blues stream online. Listening to that right now. Great stuff.
For something different, a link to a new music video. From In Flight Safety, who I’ve played a few times on the show. It’s for the song ‘Model Homes’.
Remember music videos? Ahhh, the good ole days of Much Music before it became a wasteland.
These days at least with computers it’s easy for anyone to be a video editor. A fan of the band did his own video for the song ‘Big White Elephant’. Put the song to time lapse footage of Vancouver. Works quite well. Why Vancouver when the band is from the East Coast? I guess we’d have to ask the fan who put it on YouTube.
Talking about Vancouver. Congrats to fellow blogger Bart Given from ‘Inside the Majors’ on his family’s move to Vancouver. Bart, Jody, their son Brady and the dog Fenway are all on the West Coast now.
Where this week the temperatures are in the 30’s! This is backwards, we’re still awaiting summer to kick off here in Kingston.
Jody is going to be part of Shore 104 FM in Vancouver. They’re in testing stage for the month of June but you can listen to the online stream right now. I enjoy listening to stations from all over the place.
They have a nice mix of stuff from what I’ve heard. Their playlist is much deeper than the usual commercial radio station. If you listen to my show you’re used to that, I play anything from any CD. But that’s rare at most stations.
Check out Bart’s blog too, it’s had a redesign. He’s had more contributors helping out and needed to change things up to make it less crowded. Looks nice.
Finally, update on Allison Crowe. First a column on what’s been going on in the UK from The Observer/Guardian.
Mentions Allison. And even has a reference to the Brits, the Cossacks and the USSR. A chance to do that will not happen again.
Another article on what’s been going on in England.
This last one is a more specific column on her from The Scotsman. And talks about a motion being passed in the Scottish Parliament because of what happened to them.
Adrian sent me a copy of the motion that was filed in the Scottish Parliament after the insane problems in England.
S3M-04279 Rob Gibson (Highlands and Islands) (Scottish National Party): Overseas Performers Don’t Deserve Terrorist Treatment
— That the Parliament notes with grave concern the ramifications of the Home Office’s new immigration controls on non-EU artists who require a sponsor to allow them to enter the United Kingdom, as highlighted by the treatment of Canadian singer Allison Crowe and several band members who were held for 11 hours in Gatwick Airport before being barred from entering the UK to tour and visit friends in the north west Highlands; considers that Ms Crowe was treated as little better than a terrorist after enduring an 11-hour ordeal where she was locked up, questioned, had her fingerprints taken, her passport stamped “barred from entry” and was then deported; contends that this is no way to treat a legitimate and repeat visitor to the UK; urges the Home Office to rethink this draconian policy before it harms cultural links to Scotland and the wider UK; notes that Ms Crowe is allowed to perform in Germany, Austria and the Czech Republic and will do so; furthermore notes the German authorities’ reported reaction to the situation that they were horrified at the British treatment and that Allison would be welcomed to perform in Germany, and asserts that visitors to Scotland during the Year of Homecoming deserve a civilised and warm welcome.
Adrian had a good point, “Who’s the last Canadian musician to have her own motion in Parliament in a foreign country. I don’t know of any!”
Not something that would come up very often. 🙂
I think that’s a long enough post to make up for a quiet week. LOL.