So…once again I find myself at Vancouver airport with a couple of hours to kill.
I’ve spent half my tour in this place! Which is kinda odd as I’ve not had a chance to stop in the city apart from driving thru it a few times. Hopefully next time I’ll get to stop & meet up with the Van City crew as there is so much talent here.
“Is this thing on?”
Taking up from where I left off, I finally got to Edmonton after my flight was delayed for 5 hours! Luckily it didn’t effect me making my gig there that night. I was hoping to have a bit of time to look around Edmonton, mainly to go & check out the largest shopping mall in the world that is loctaed here. Apparently you need 2 days to go round it fully! But alas all I got to see was the hotel & the club. The peeps in Edmonton were really great. The guys putting on the party were super hyped to have me playing for them. I had lots of fun & they took great care of me whilst I was in town for the 11 hours I was there! So big shout to Donavon, Kelsey & Ben. Hopefully next time I’ll get to hang for longer & check out the mall!
Next up was one of the shows on the trip I was really looking forward to, a trip to Grande Prairie (Or GP as its called) for a show on Friday night at Shark Club along side my good buddy Evan ‘Slynk’. We do loads of gigs in Oz together & have the same management so it was great to be playing a show together on the other side of the plannet. We hung out together all day playing pool, drinking beer & watching Hockey & Evan picked up a kinda stakler! But she turned out to be really cool & bought us shots at 4pm! The show in GP that night was super fun. I’d been chatting to some of the guys there online for a while before the show & they were some of the first people to be interested in bringing me over to Canada so I was really happy to be playing for them. Both Evan & I rocked it. GP is a smallist town in the middle of nowhere. In Alberta (the state in Canada) there is loads of Oil & Oil is the main industry there. Needless to say they work hard & party hard! It regulary gets to -20/30 degrees round there but they all still have to work even if it’s -50 which does happen. I really enjoyed GP & big shout to Derek (and a happy birthday) fot bringing both us up on the same night & to all the cool party heads we partied with!
“It was St Patricks day so there was a good vibe…”
The following day I was once again on the move & heading to Kelowna. I was looking forward to going to Kelwona as everyone I’d spoken to on the trip was telling me how nice it is there. Also my Canadian agent/management are all based there along with a few other friends. I had a show on the Sat night at a really cool club called Habitat. It is mainly a live music venue & was only 1 of the first DJ shows thats been done there so I was a little nervous that it would go well. It was St Patricks day so there was a good vibe everywhere & that carried over into the party. The show went really well & I really enjoyed it! We had a crazy after party at my agents Tomas’s house with lots of crazy antics. It was soooo much fun & everyone was so nice to me. It was great to party with you guys & I’ll rememeber that party for ages!
I (thankfully) had a few days to chill after the Sat night gig. I managed to catch up on my sleep & also get out and look round the city. Kelwona is on the edge on Okanagen lake which is a huge lake, much like a Scottish lock, that runs for miles & miles thru the hills. There is a legend of a monster that lives in the lake called ‘Ogopogo’ kinda like the Lock Ness monster. I got a few tourest type pics of me next to a statue of it! On the Sunday night we went out agian for a few drinks in a new bar/cafe called Arcade. They’ve got loads of old skool arcade machines like the original sit down Tetris, 1942, Mario & loads of others. I played on loads of games that I played on as a kid & was totally rubbish at all of them! Tomas & I had a few epic Tetris battles. On the Monday we also had a funny Karoke night at Tomas’s place where he ruiled the Karoke machine! I (very badly) sang a couple of songs, Roxanne & Superstition. Funny times.
There is a legend of a monster that lives in the lake called ‘Ogopogo’ kinda like the Lock Ness monster.
The next morning I was a little ‘hazy’ but had to be up promptly as I had to make my way across to Whistler. I got a ferry from Victoria back to Vancouver which was a chilled 1 & a half cruise up in between the islands that make up Vancouver Island. It’s a very scenic place with lots of smaller islands covered in Furr trees. I was hoping that I might see some of the Killer Whales that live round that area so I was outside with my camera out like a tourist for some of the trip but alas no Whales this time. I was picked up from Vancouver & we drove the 2 hours up to Whistler.
I managed to get in 2 days of boarding whilst I was there, which was amazing. I’ve never seen so much snow! 1.5m fell in 72 hours! The boarding was super fun.
“I made loads of new friends & really really enjoyed it there.”
I had a great time in Kelowna. Everyone was so cool & I made a load of good new friends. Massive thank yous to JGirl & Manousos for letting me stay & putting on the party. Tomas for being a great host. All the peeps I met whilst in town (too many names to mention ya all). I made loads of new friends & really really enjoyed it there.
So… next up on the trip is a quick flight & a 3 hour drive to Fernie for the gig there tonight. It turns out that last night A.Skillz played in the same club I’m playing tonight so I hope there are a few party people left!
“Twiddling de knobs”
As I had a few days off mid week we went out 1 night to see A.Skillz who is another great DJ that is also touring here at the moment. He put on a great show & it was also cool to see the Itchy & Scratchy DJ’s that my mate from Bournemouth Jimmy is part of. They were warming up for A.Skillz so was good to see them do their thing. Next morning we drove back to drop me off in Vancouver for the flight to Edmonton where I’m playing tonight. Another big shout to Andy & Jen for putting me up & bringing me up to Whistler. I had a blast with you guys, thank you very much!
So that’s pretty much it so far! I’ll do another post next week sometime after my adventure this weekend as I’ve got 3 show in the next 3 days!
More things I’ve learnt so far:
- Toilets in Canada a rather low off the ground.
- Opgopgo needs further exploration.
- Charge your camera out it will die.
- Canadain cops are quite nice people or the one I experienced was.
- Wear something green on St Paddy day.
- There is more to a city than a hotel room.
Travel so far:
Sydney > Vancouver > Calgary > Vancouver > Victoria > Vancouver > Whistler > Vancouver > Edmonton > Grande Prarire > Edmonton > Kelowna > Vancouver