Turning up the heat

Summer is a great time to be alive. It’s the season of outdoor concerts and camping trips, the season of hiking and biking, the season of patios, porches and decks, the season of blockbuster movies in air conditioned theaters, the season of ice cream and slurpies, hammocks, novels, cool showers and afternoon naps. All little things maybe, but they add up to something big.

To help you get the most of your summer I’ve put together a list of summer Web sites.

The Gorge at George –

If you’ve never been to a concert at the Gorge Amphitheatre in Washington state, then get there – it truly is one of the greatest outdoor music venues in the world. This year’s lineup includes the Curiosa Tour with The Cure, Interpol Rapture, Mogwai and others; The (Grateful) Dead with the Allman Brothers Band, The Van’s Warped Tour with about 30 different groups including NoFX, New Found Glory and Guttermouth; the Dave Matthews Band; and Jack Johnson with G. Love and Special Sauce.

The Plaza of Nations –

Not a lot of events are posted on the Plaza of Nations Web site just yet, aside from the second annual Camp Moomba Yogathon, but stay tuned because this outdoor venue in downtown Vancouver always pulls in a few amazing acts over the course of a summer.

Thunderbird Stadium –

Thunderbird Stadium is a little bigger than the Plaza of Nations and draws some bigger acts to Vancouver. The only event on the list is the Vans Warped Tour on July 13, but the listings should fill out in the next few weeks.

B.C. Parks –

It’s not the most memorable Web address, but bookmark this site anyway because it’s a great place to start planning your B.C. outdoor adventures for the summer. There are currently 817 provincial parks, recreation areas and ecological reserves in the province, and this site is your key to all of them with directions, lists of amenities and things to do, and an online reservation centre to book your campsite or trail spot in advance.

Fahrenheit 9/11 –

While there are lots of reasons to get excited about Spider-Man 2, King Arthur and a lot of other summer movies this year, the one film everyone is talking about is Michael Moore’s controversial pseudo-documentary Fahrenheit 9/11. According to, an online ticket service, Moore’s film accounted for almost half of all advance ticket sales. In comparison, advance tickets to Spider-Man 2 only accounted for nine per cent of sales.

This could well be the biggest movie of the summer.


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