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Virgin Fest Wednesday October 17, 2007

update: The somewhat disappointing VFEST line-up has been announced.

By now you’ve been bombarded with images of Sir. Richard Branson stumbling out of a chuck wagon to announce that the Virgin Festival will drop at Fort Calgary this year.

Virgin Festival Calgary

Everyone knows that I’m a big fan of the Virgin Empire and Branson’s goofy eccentricity. I’m really excited for this event as it will be a top notch show; but still there are a few things that I find really interesting.

1. The obvious one is the location of Fort Calgary Historical Park. As one of the two untarnishd gem’s for venues in this city – Fort Calgary is absolutely perfect.

It’s not RaceCity speedway. It’s not the Stampede Grounds. It’s not COP and it is definitely not Prince Island. It’s Fort Calgary. That small tacky archaic tourist trap we all have grown to forget about. Perfectly situated right at the heart of the city between our city’s sketchiest district and one of the cities most beloved neighborhoods. Near mass transit and across the bow river. It’s a going to be a beautiful venue for a summer evening.

Is it as glamorous as the Gorge or Island Park? Not really, but it is oddly unique to Calgary and untapped for this sort of event. Plus it is a far more attractive venue than say MacHall or The Corral. The big wigs at Virgin know this. Hopefully one of the side effects will be that it’ll bring some attention and remove some of the stigma with the area.

... And hey at least it’ll have an awesome view of the Zoo and all the crack heads across the river.

2. The choice of Calgary as a location. Some people out east and along the coast will scoff at me for this, cough Rennie cough, but the choice of Calgary is an interesting one. Not Ottawa (the logical second Ontario Market choice) or Montreal. (although there would be hard competition with the other Montreal cultural events) But Calgary. Sure there is a little bit of hey T.o. look at us syndrome going down, but it’s still a interesting third choice.

The Virgin Fest is a spectacle event and is one that is done extremely fucking well, but it’s really nothing more than an elaborate marketing gimmick for the Virgin Global Brand. One that is trying to infiltrate a large portion of the country with a huge surplus of expendable income. At the center of this massive growth is Calgary, and it’s clearly the place you’d want to start to promote your brand. I wouldn’t be shocked if this was the first in a flurry of Virgin Brands to come rolling through our little section of the country over the next little while. Just keep your eye out for Virgin Galactic or even Virgin Brides.

There’s a reason Branson owns a private island – he’s a business genius and he usually never commits himself like this unless there are large dividends for his company. Thinking that it’s just another music festival is naive. Anyway, I’m stoked for this fest and you can bet your ass I’ll be first in line for passes.

Categories: The-Urban, The-Pop-Culture, The Calgary Vibe, The Music

Municipal Eletions Monday October 15, 2007

So today is the the City of Calgary’s municipal elections.

Being an Urban Studies major, I’m obliged to make a comment about this year’s elections – but in all honest I just don’t have the time. That being said if you’ve got the chance get out and vote for these three reasons.

1. The results of the municipal elections will on average affect your everyday life far more than the other two elections.
2. Because of low voter turnout you vote will probably have greater sway.
3. Although crippled by the provincial government’s level authority, these are the muppets that have the final say in the way our city is built. (Or in our case spiraling out of control)

That being said I still think City politics is just as ridiculous as your old High School Student Politics – except the people running are far more immature.

Categories: The-Urban, The-Soapbox,

Revolution or Tempest in a Teapot? Wednesday October 10, 2007

Revolution or Tempest in a Teapot: – YouTube, Facebook, and Blogs! Do they matter?

At the Telus Convention Centre – MacLeod Hall A at 8 pm Tonight (Oct 10, 2007) The Alberta Global Forum and the Glenbow Museum are hosting a forum on Social Networking and New Media.

If you are looking for something somewhat stimulating than I highly suggest attending this little discussion. (Thanks to rudebarbie for the link and email)

Categories: The-Blogosphere, The-Urban,

Pissing Rain Friday August 3, 2007

Alright, so the Random Thoughts will be delayed by a few days, because… Well because I can’t tell time.

Anyways, here’s the first attempt at V-blogging and I’m not so comfortable with the idea. Mainly because this episode is boring as shite. Nonetheless, I’ve got to break my vblog cherry someday and might as well give it a try. Well that and the whole I still can’t believe I sound so stoned when I talk.


As you can see it’s pissing down with rain in Ireland. I’m currently working on getting a broadband wireless service so I can keep connected with the corporation alive and to keep in touch with North America.

Categories: The-HomeLand, The-Urban,

Local Delicacies Monday July 16, 2007

Alright, so with the departure date crawling up, I’ve decided to partake in a little Calgarian Tour de Farce of culinary delights. Or in layman terms – I’m spending the next two weeks eating all of the comfort foods I’ve grown to love in my fair and lovable city.

While I love the land of Buttons, CocoPops , Crisps (not what you think), Bacon & Cabbage (again not what you think) and Blood Pudding (unfortunately exactly what you think) there are numerous delicacies in this fair city that will be impossible to find anywhere on the Emerald Isle.

So here’s the Top Ten Local (or sorta local) Delicacies I’m gonna miss for the next little while.

1. The Ship Burger with Tomato Vodka Soup.
2. The Chocolate and Orange Milkshake from Peters.
3. The Monte Cristo at Nellie’s Break The Fast (God Bless that Place’s demolished heart) or the the Breakfast Burrito without Eggs at any of the minor league Nellie’s establishments.
4. The Motha Fucking A-BOMB
5. Spulombo’s Apple and Chicken Sausages.
6. Crave Cupcakes.
7. Ice Cold Snapple Lemon Iced Tea. (I know, I know – not local)
8. WildRose Industrial Park Ale.
9. Longview Beef Jerkey. (or for that matter any sort of Steak or Alberta Beef bye-product)
10. Regal Beagle Chicken Wings.
11. Wicked Wedge Pizza (the Roma Tomato Kind)
12. Avocados. (I know, I know – not local)

If anyone is interested in helping me out with this Tour De Farce, give me a shout out out out out?

Categories: The-Urban, The-Beverages,

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