10 Things to look Forward to with New BC Liquor Laws

Photograph by: Oli Scarff, Getty Images

Photograph by: Oli Scarff, Getty Images

Finally someone has knocked some sense into the British Columbia Government! If you haven’t already heard, the 73 recommendations to finally rid us of those ridiculous liquor rules might soon be applied.

The Vancouver Sun reported on the gov’s change of heart mentioning all the ways that our drinking freedoms will no longer be imposed up! Is that too dramatic? Whatever, I’m sure you agree that half these laws are just dumb. Here is the low down on the most important changes we could see in the future and, in some cases, in the very near future:

1. No more fences around beer gardens. Sure it keeps the youngsters out, but it also keeps us in, like pigs in a pen! This will be a welcome change to the concert scene. Apparently it also means that drinks will be sold at more locations in, say, an outdoor concert. That should help the lines.

2. More drink varieties at sporting events. Thank you for this one. Listen, I’m not going to ask for a white russian or a strawberry daiquiri (unless you already have the machine of course) so just serve me something other than beer. (This one and #1 could even be in place as early as this summer!!)

3. Introduction of liquor sales in grocery stores. This would be a total hallelujah moment! How nice would it be to grab a 6-pack with your carton of milk? But hold your horses because there might be a glitch with this one; apparently it might be a “store-within-a-store” model, meaning existing liquor stores would have to move into grocery stores. And what liquor store with an already existing clientele and established location would want to move into a likely even smaller spot inside somewhere else? I see issues, but at least they are talking about it.

4. Hotel drinks can be brought to your hotel room. Currently guests are not allowed to carry their drinks up to their room – only hotel staff can do it, and between certain, limited hours only.

5. Happy Hour! Finally we can go into a restaurant for happy hour and actually get happy! Although, not without some other annoying limitations (are you surprised?). HH prices wouldn’t be able to dip below a certain number that is consistent with what health advocates say. Whatever, give me a 2×1 with a tiny discount and I’ll be happy we at least partly won. This would do away with the requirement that you order food with your drink in a primarily restaurant scene.

6. Kids can accompany parents into pubs. This one doesn’t affect me personally, but I can see why some young parents might find this law extremely annoying. On the other hand, does this mean I can’t scream obscenities in pubs anymore?

7. No more extensive paperwork for festivals organizers petitioning for a liquor license.  Apparently its a huge pain in the ass to get a liquor license for festivals because there is paperwork a mile long to go through before getting approved. The changes would make this process easier and all online. I like this. Sounds like there might be more festivals and more drinking in my future.

Photograph by: Stuart Davis, Vancouver Sun

Photograph by: Stuart Davis, Vancouver Sun

8. Family events can serve homemade beer and wine. Didn’t even know there were so many families trying to serve home brewskis! But hey, more power to the family reunions that just want to get drunk and dance!

9. SAMPLES and refillable growlers at liquor stores. Yup thats right ladies and gents, free and cheaper booze! Who cares if the former are in tiny little cups. At least liquor stores will be allowed to give people a sample before they leap over that jacked-up price cliff. For those looking for refills on their favorite brew, you’re the real lucky ones here since you can probably hit the place closer rather than the brewery itself.

10. Quality assurance for BC craft beer and artisan-spirits as well as license to sell at temporary retail sites. This will protect us from the not so great homemade brews. Anything to make my cold one taste even better is fine by me! As for the license for these small time brewers and distillers, now they can sell their goods at the farmers market.

So the moral of the story is things might be moving along. As they said, “they don’t happen overnight, but they will happen in some cases fairly quickly”. Translation: don’t hold your breath, but you might be able to get that daiquiri at your next sporting event after all.

Do not try this while drunk. Hell don’t ever try this.

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So you thought those Russian teens hanging from the top of buildings were crazy? These Ukrainian kids bring insanity to a whole new level. Hanging from moving trains, one armed grabs from skyscrapers… wow. Try to watch this and not sweat. After watching this I could barely hold onto my beer my hands were so wet.

INTERVIEW: DYRO

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Dutch breakout Dyro surfaced in 2013 as one of the scene’s hottest new stars. Debuting at #30 in the DJ Mag Top 100 poll, he became the youngest ‘Highest New Entry’ artist to ever appear in the definitive DJ poll. Known for driving bass lines, enchanting melodies and highly charged drops, he has seamlessly made the transition from bedroom musician to renowned international DJ and producer. Previously recognized by the likes of World #1 DJ Hardwell, Laidback Luke, and Dada Life as their ‘Breakthrough Artist of 2012’, the 21 year old star has lived up to the praise bestowed upon him and cemented his standing with seminal releases like his first Beatport # 1 record alongside Hardwell for ‘Never Say Goodbye’, as well as an extended streak of visibility on the global clubbing circuit. On December 31st, he’s taking over the stage at Glitter & Gold NYE in Calgary to deliver his magic alongside with Hardwell. clubZone caught up with him to know what he has to say about his accomplishments in 2013 and more.

Jordy, it’s great to catch up with you! Where in the world are you at the moment?
Hey, I am currently in the US playing a number of shows over here.

How would you describe what you do to somebody you’ve just met?
I am lucky enough to travel the world playing music to people as they party. When I am not on the road playing shows I am locked up in my studio making beats. 

You’ve got a new release on Revealed Recordings ‘You Gotta Know’. Tell us how this track came to life.
Yeah, it came out a few weeks ago and the response has been really amazing. Radboud sung the vocal, he is amazingly talented and it brought the track together so well. It’s a little different from my other tracks, perhaps a bit more radio friendly but it still has that Dyro feel to it.

You’re playing at BMO Centre with Hardwell, in Calgary, for their Glitter & Gold 2014  NYE. What can we expect from you on this special night?
It is going to be a really special show. Whenever me and Hardwell are on the line up amazing things seem to happen. Both of us are so focused on creating the right vibe for the party and connecting with the fans so that the energy in the room will be at another level. I am sure between us we will have a host of new edits and exclusive tracks to debut that night. It is going to be a brilliant way to see 2014.

You’ve just got the highest newcomer entry on the Top 100 DJ Poll. How do you feel about it?
It is amazing to be picked for this award by the fans and it is great to be placed in the list surrounded by such esteemed company, but I don’t think it is anything more than a marker as to what you have achieved that year. If anything it will only serve to motivate me to keep delivering tracks to the same high standards I have done so far in my career. It is amazing though to have landed so high in the chart in such a short space of time and I have to thank all those who have been supporting me because without you guys I wouldn’t be where I am now.

How would you describe what you do to somebody you’ve just met?
I am lucky enough to travel the world playing music to people as they party. When I am not on the road playing shows I am locked up in my studio making beats.

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You’ve got a new release on Revealed Recordings ‘You Gotta Know’. Tell us how this track came to life.
Yeah, it came out a few weeks ago and the response has been really amazing. Radboud sung the vocal, he is amazingly talented and it brought the track together so well. It’s a little different from my other tracks, perhaps a bit more radio friendly but it still has that Dyro feel to it.

You’re playing at BMO Centre with Hardwell, in Calgary, for their Glitter & Gold 2014  NYE. What can we expect from you on this special night?
It is going to be a really special show. Whenever me and Hardwell are on the line up amazing things seem to happen. Both of us are so focused on creating the right vibe for the party and connecting with the fans so that the energy in the room will be at another level. I am sure between us we will have a host of new edits and exclusive tracks to debut that night. It is going to be a brilliant way to see 2014.

You’ve just got the highest newcomer entry on the Top 100 DJ Poll. How do you feel about it?
It is amazing to be picked for this award by the fans and it is great to be placed in the list surrounded by such esteemed company, but I don’t think it is anything more than a marker as to what you have achieved that year. If anything it will only serve to motivate me to keep delivering tracks to the same high standards I have done so far in my career. It is amazing though to have landed so high in the chart in such a short space of time and I have to thank all those who have been supporting me because without you guys I wouldn’t be where I am now.

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Hardwell chooses winners for the 2014 New Years Eve Contest of a Lifetime

Hardwell, freshly crowned as the world’s #1 DJ by DJ Magazine, recently teamed up with Vancouver powerhouse promoters Solid Events & clubZone to hold a New Year’s Eve contest where winners would receive the NYE prize of a lifetime.  The prize included:

  • Flights for 4 people, anywhere in North America to Vancouver
  • 3 nights hotel accommodation
  • VIP tickets to see Hardwell’s NYE 2014 Event by Solid
  • Limo pick up from the airport
  • Complimentary “bottle” of something suspicious
  • … and even $500 cash

Entrants had to submit a 30 second original video telling Hardwell why they should be the lucky ones.  The top 10 entrants based on votes were eligible to win, and the winner was then chosen by Hardwell himself based on creativity, humour & relevancy.

Official Contest Promo Video
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As the contest close date loomed closer (Friday Dec 13th), it turned into a vicious battle between the final contestants.  On the last day of voting, over 50,000 people showed up to help their friends win.

Today, Hardwell announced the winner: Josh from Nova Scotia (apparently somewhere in the remote Eastern part of Canada) for his team’s very creative “Hardwell meets The Hangover part IV” 30 second short film.  Josh will be bringing his best friends for life Dexter, Cameron and Christien (who is notably absent from the video, presumably stuck on a rooftop somewhere) on the journey to Vancouver, flying out on Dec 31st for one hard adventure.

Winning Submission by Josh & crew
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All videos can still be viewed at www.clubZone.com/Hardwell
Hardwell Video Contest

There were some very unique & creative entries that included a dancing lamb, 2 marriage proposals, a Hardwell twist on the classic holiday hit “Santa Clause is Coming to town”, and lots of begging and pleading.

Special thanks to Hardwell, Solid Events and everyone who contributed content to this contest and helped round up votes.  We’ll be running this contest again in 2014 so stay tuned.