Vegas Weekend Phase 3: @ Matt's – LIVE BLOG

Comments 38 by Rebecca Bollwitt

18:40 – I’m sitting in Matt’s Las Vegas getaway, chatting to Jennie Roth – long time Matt fan, while watching as his fans from around the continent try to take in this whole experience.

Jennie Roth & Me I met up with the other attendees at 3:00pm and it was nice to get to know people before all coming together this evening. The one thing we all have in common? We’re Matt Good fans. Over dinner I met people from the East coast of the US who have been fans for a decade and never seen a show, people from Vancouver, Calgary and San Francisco. They were discussing their first favourite song, concerts they’ve been to and breaking the ice before we all spend this evening together getting the first live taste of Hospital Music.

06292007(009)I will be blogging throughout the night and during Matt’s performance – stay tuned (just keep hitting refresh every couple mins) as I’ll be listing the songs he plays and posting photos.

19:00 – Duane Storey is holding up the ENTIRE night. Okay just kidding, folks are still arriving and in the meantime everyone is chilling with a nice frosty beverage. BIG THANKS to Dale over at for linking to this post (and he should really be here too eh)

Live Blog Begins 19:07 – Still waiting on a couple of guests, but not worrying at all. Everyone’s sitting on the living room floor, relaxing, getting out of the heat, and talking guitars with Matt. Feel free to leave any questions for Matt in the comments section in case there’s a “Q&A” session after the performance.

I can’t wait til Duane gets here then I can stop posting camera phone pics.

19:23 – Duane is here. Pic quality will improve… until we get a couple beers in him. It’s beer o’clock.

19:28 – Happy live blogging.

Photo credit: Duane Storey on Flickr

19:33 – Just video iChatted with my inlaws who are in Iowa, while I’m in Vegas and John is in Vancouver… wish you were here, babe.

19:48 – Duane and I decided on a universal Flickr tag: mgvegaspoolparty.

Photo credit: Duane Storey on Flickr

20:02 – Just video chatted and shared the first song – Metal Airplanes with Dale.

20:07 – Being treated to I am Not Safer Than A Bank rolled into Champions of Nothing. At dinner someone commented on how this is the best album-opener of a song…. a 9 minute song at that. It’s truly epic.

20:16 – Third song is Suburbia… “going all the way back to 1999”.

20:19 – After teasing the Berkeley Student, Matt launches into I’m a Window. I feel like getting off the floor and dancing… or maybe doing the maid.

Photo credit: Duane Storey on Flickr

20:30 – After some chit chat and amusing tales of what it’s like to forget lyrics mid-song/mid-concert and making things up on the fly, Matt is playing Black Helicopter

20:34 – Special song for Tony is being played now… If I was a Tidal Wave and the video iChat I had with Dale is now up on YouTube.

20:42 – As you can see our little chat video is now up on YouTube. The next song was Odette… “do you wash your hands before you touch the heart?” Born Losers is up next followed by True Love Will Find You in the End.

Beer and food time for all.

For those wondering about the camera, Current TV (the network started by Al Gore) was here covering the event. Max Lugavere and Jason Silva were doing an exclusive spotlight on Matthew Good that will air nationally on Current TV in a couple of weeks. In the meantime, learn more about the network and how to watch at

Vegas Weekend Phase 2: Hoteled

Comments 4 by Rebecca Bollwitt

I am fully hotel’ed, sitting here in the Luxor looking down on the pool I’m going to go jump into. McCarran was awesome, I sat down at a food court table when my plane landed and about 5 people came up to talk to me…. just randomly. The best was this man from Washington, DC who walked over and said, “Can I join you Mac buddy?” Since there was a lack of seating I figured I could spare 1 of my 4 chairs. He sat down and told me about how he and his wife are new Mac converts and how they just got their heads around how *easy* it is to use a Mac.

I had to take off shortly after to grab my shuttle and everyone I met after that has been nothing but rude. This town is a business and when people ask questions or make someone deviate from their script, the attitudes come out. I’m not going to sweat it since I’m only here overnight.

06292007(001) This place smells like a steakhouse and the elevators (inclinators) go up sideways, that’s what happens when you have a pyramid-shaped hotel. I just wanted to log on and post a photo of Bourton – my sister and Tanya’s well-traveled sheep from Bourton-on-the-Water England. You can follow his adventures on his Facebook group.

I’m going to meet up (hopefully) with some other attendees of tonight’s shin dig in about 2 hours so I better get moving if I want to get in some pool time.

Vegas Weekend Phase 1: Landed

Comments 5 by Rebecca Bollwitt

Update: Hospital Music started streaming at midnight on, and concert dates were announced on the FOX this morning as well – Happy Birthday Matt!. My sister sent me a text that I received here in Salt Lake – she was trying to win tickets by answering a trivia question: What high school did Matthew Good attend? She knew, but wasn’t the right caller. Ahh radio station contests.

My live blog will begin later tonight, hopefully I’ll have a couple posts up before then… maybe… the pool is calling. For Leg 1 of my trip, read below…

Update: Now in Vegas, 12:04pm (PS – McCarran rocks for having free wifi)

I fell asleep watching Harry Potter last night, I woke up around midnight and realized it was still on, checked my phone to make sure my alarm would wake me up at 3:30, and went back to sleep. When my sister picked me up there were no other cars on the road. We were post-bar crowd and pre-rush hour so we were able to get from North Surrey to the border in about 20 minutes.

Pulling up to the Pacific Highway truck crossing the border guard asked why I was going away, when I told her she lit up, “Oh cool!” then let us pass. About 20 more minutes down the I-5 we arrived at the Bellingham International Airport. I’ve been to my fair share of tiny airports but I have to say I think this one is the tiniest. About 10 feet from the entry doors are the ticket counters. Once I had my boarding passes I pivoted 180 degrees and walked about another 10 paces to the Security Area. Now I’m not sure if it was just the luck of the draw or the fact that I was using my BC Driver’s License as ID but I was chosen for one of their extra special Security Checks. I have to say though, that they were SUPER nice (and gentle) the woman who patted me down asked if I wanted a private screening, to which I replied “uh, will I be taking anything off?”, she said “no” and laughed. The two men checking my carry on bags were sifting through my unmentionables and swabbing every piece of electronics I had with me: a laptop, camera, cell phone, 2 ipods, and a microphone. I had thought ahead and placed my toothpaste and hair gel in ziploc bags, which they appreciated until they came across my mascara, lip gloss and foundation cream. It wasn’t a big deal, I was just told that “next time” I should include these items in the pouch as well and to make sure not to bring peanut butter or ranch dressing either.

Salt Lake City Airport

I turned the corner, walked another 15 paces and was in the waiting area that had two signs, “Gate 1” and “Gate 2”. The woman who handed me my boarding pass earlier now donned a safety vest and was directing ground traffic. I thought to myself, for such a small mickey mouse airport they sure had some nice brand new leather seats in the waiting area, which I appreciated greatly. Completely ignoring the fact that a child passenger was running up and down the ramp on the other side of the security door that lead to the runway. Continue reading this post ⟩⟩

Deadliest Catch Stole My Heart

Comments 3 by Rebecca Bollwitt

When John first downloaded a couple episodes of Discovery Channel’s Deadliest Catch I was skeptical, but then it sucked me in and has grown to be one of my favourite shows on television. I’m finding myself drawn to those TV shows that make you laugh hysterically, cry, scream at the screen and be amazed all in one episode (a la Rescue Me).

This is reality TV at its best, it’s *real* people working one of the most lethal jobs on the planet. To top it off, their crabbing seasons are narrated by Mike Rowe, whom we all know and love (at least I do) from Dirty Jobs.

Deadliest Catch is a documentary-style television series that documents the events aboard fishing boats in the Bering Sea during the Alaskan king crab and Opilio crab fishing seasons. The Aleutian Islands town of Dutch Harbor is the base of operations for the fishing fleet. The show is named Deadliest Catch because the crew of these boats are at a high risk of death or injury due to the conditions of the sea during the seasons they fish, earning the title of most dangerous job in America (if not the world). [wiki]

Each captain and crew member of the fleet is interesting in their own way, they’re real people, with attitudes, passion and one tough job to do. The men are scruffy and gritty and so is the work – not only do you come to know and appreciate the various personalities on each boat featured, you soon learn the dangers that they face every day that they are out on the water. We watched a “behind the scenes” episode last night where Mike mentioned the Coast Guard has saved 48 lives over the last couple of seasons… although they have also lost 44 to the Bering Sea.

I have a soft spot for every crew member on all the featured vessels which include but are not limited to: Sig of the Northwestern who *knows* his stuff, Johnathan of the Time Bandit whom we saw save a man’s life this season, and Phil from the Cornelia Marie who needs to stop smoking but he’s got a heart of gold and man… his sons must drive him nuts hehe.

Not only are the crew members dynamic and interesting creatures but the cinematography of the show is phenomenal. The unique angles and shots above the water and below are far beyond anything you’ll see in Prime Time. In this last season we saw a shipwreck, open ocean rescue, people getting stitched up, men overboard, mental and emotional meltdowns, broken propellers, busted engines, and 30 foot waves crashing over the bows of these vessels – all with men on deck. You have to wonder what makes these men put it all on the line every season… aside from the thrill, the payout is amazing. We just watched the last episodes of the Opilio crab fishing season and boats that caught over 1,000,000 lbs of crab walked away with over that same amount in dollars. Basically for a week-straight of work during Opilio season a deckhand on a boat that brought in that much made about $40,000.

The show airs Thursdays and Sundays on Discovery Channel, if you’re looking for some good TV this summer (if you’re not out at the beach when we eventually get some sun) I highly recommend giving it a try.

Matthew Good Private Las Vegas Show

Comments 1 by Rebecca Bollwitt

Update: View the Live Blog here

This Friday, June 29th I will be in Las Vegas hanging out with Matthew Good and about 20 lucky individuals, getting a private performance and preview of the forthcoming album, Hospital Music.

Photo credit: Dan Lilly on Flickr

I’m in Las Vegas for a month, I might do a little campfire thing without amplification, etc, sort of like I did when I left my old apartment… Like last August’s apartment show I will have to limit the number of people, so if you’re seriously interested then best to respond as soon as you’re able. We can make it a bit of a pool party, I’ll play some tunes, and maybe even preview some of the new release. Being that it’s in the high 30’s during the day, I’ll most likely do it in the evening when it cools off a bit. As for the date, I was thinking of doing it on my birthday, the 29th []

I will be live blogging the event, similar to the show last August in his living room [Miss604]. I must admit, warm, humid, desert air sitting by a pool doesn’t exactly scream “pick up a laptop and blog”, but this is just what I do, eh? I’d love to share this experience with the web via my blog and to those Matthew Good fans that cannot attend. He will also be streaming Hospital Music on his website that day, from start to finish, so everyone can have a listen.

Check back here on Friday evening (June 29th), I hope to have photos up – probably taken with my camera phone (since it’s easy to bluetooth them over for blogging purposes) and hopefully some awesome shots captured by Duane Storey as well (read his post about the trip here). All you have to do when reading a live blog is refresh the page, as I’ll be editing and re-editing the same post (same url) all evening. Comments will also be open.

Update: The first single “Born Losers” is available today on iTunes Canada []

WTS – What the Surrey #6: Canada's Cultural Capital

Comments 6 by Rebecca Bollwitt

It’s been a few weeks since I’ve done a ‘What The Surrey‘ but today’s post will not involve any trivia, just some news.

Historically, it’s been more famous for things like car theft and strip malls but now, the city of Surrey is being recognized by the Federal government for its leadership in arts and culture!

The Department of Heritage has named Surrey the 2008 Cultural Capital of Canada, joining the ranks of past winners like Edmonton, Saskatoon and Toronto. The annual award comes with $2-million worth of funding for artistic and community projects. [News1130]


Being proclaimed a city of status alongside Edmonton, I’m not too happy about, but I’m pretty glad that Surrey is getting some recognition for its diversity even though the little article above leads off in a less-than-complimentary manner. Downtown Vancouver paints a lovely glossy brochure of culturalism, and they succeed in letting the world know that this is indeed a melting pot, but some of suburbia just isn’t given enough credit in that regard.

Those of us that grew up in these neighbourhoods know that yes, okay you *will* see a mullet at some point during the day, and your car probably *has* been broken into… sometimes twice in once week… but you’ll probably also hear about 10 different accents and 5 languages in any public place. You can also see store marquees and city street signs in different languages and drive by temples, mosques, chapels and parishes within a span of 10 minutes. You also can’t go a week without some kind of festival, Surrey is all about the festivals. Celebrating ethnic holidays, traditions and all of it involves amazing food.

For a taste of what’s coming up in Canada’s new Cultural Capital, visit Surrey.cato peruse upcoming events such as:

Nature Matters Summer Fest @ Bear Creek Park, July 14th

Surrey High School Film Festival @ Surrey Arts Centre, June 28th

Canada Day Festival @ Cloverdale Amphitheatre, July 1

Canada Cup @ Softball City, International Women’s Fast Pitch, June 30th to July 8th

Jashne Zahid @ Surrey Arts Centre, South Asian community poetry, recitals and song, July 14th

Cloverdale Blueberry Festival, August 11th

You can also pick up a copy of the 99 Days of Summer guide (pdf) from Tourism Surrey.