Main Street Vancouver

Kevin’s Key to Being an Outsider: Own It!

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Kevin Wolfhard (@kwolfhard) knows what’s up!

If you’ve ever felt like a freak or an outsider, what helped you through it?

“Always…and essentially, I mean it took me quite a lot of time to sort of figure this out, but if you don’t own being a dork, being a weirdo, being a misfit, being an outsider…it’s, you can’t live life like that.

So if you just own it, it’s the best thing in the world. It’s who you are, right? This is why I dance at the Fox. It’s the ultimate expression of who I am as a person.”

I was feeling super crappy today (damn you PMS and a lack of sunlight), so I am so thankful to Kevin for his unbelievably wise words, because they boosted me up and reminded me of what’s important in life.

Owning who you are (which I find challenging to do all the time, but it feels so good when I do own who I am) is the best way to cope with feeling like a freak!

If you want to look at some gorgeous photos, please follow Kevin on Instagram: @kwolfhard. 

Embrace Your Freakishness!

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After it poured outside for most of the day, it finally turned sunny out just after 4, so I got off my butt and headed out onto Main Street with the hopes of finding some sweet soul to interview.

Brittney’s look appealed to me, and when I asked her if I could interview her she obliged. Her answer to my question about whether or not she’s ever felt like a freak or an outsider, and if she has what’s helped her through it, was great. Brittney (brittney@laceembrace.com) suggests “EMBRACING IT”–how apropos considering she works at Lace Embrace. I wholeheartedly agree. As they say, let your freak flag fly!

If you’re ever interested in a corset, sexy lingerie, old-fashioned clothing, or pin-up style outfits go visit Brittney at Lace Embrace Atelier on Main (or check out Scout just off Main which is owned by the same person).

Oh, To Be Young Again

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(l to r: Brie, Austin, and Spec 187)

Ran into these youngsters on Main Street today (one of whom happens to be my neighbour-the tall guy with the hat) and they were gracious enough to let me interview them. Thanks to Spec 187, Brie, and Austin! I love their enthusiasm. It is infectious!

Chattin’ It Up with the Ravishing Rachel

This afternoon, I went out in search of someone to interview and Rachel caught my eye. Due to the cold weather these days, my style is closest to that of a stereotypical soccer Mom (I often choose borderline-frumpy clothes over what’s fashionable), so I admired Rachel’s ability to look incredibly stylish and pulled-together on this chilly November day.

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Anyways, Rachel let me interview her and she was awesome to talk to!

If you’ve ever felt like a freak or an outsider, what helped you through it?

“I’ve totally felt like a freak and an outsider. And I would say the thing that helped me through it the most was my amazing friends, and music, and going to see music with my amazing friends.”

Also, Rachel’s favourite place to shop is Oak and Fort. So, if you want to emulate Rachel’s style, take a gander at Oak and Fort.

Rachel signed off with a simple, “Hi world!” Great attitude. Thanks Rachel!

If you’ve ever felt like a freak or an outsider, what’s helped you through it? “I don’t know that I’m through it.”

I asked Josh the usual questions on Main Street in Vancouver today, and I was very entertained by his responses. I love it when people speak the truth, even if it involves them being vulnerable in order to do so. Josh definitely opened-up in a hilarious and honest way.

When I asked, “If you’ve ever felt like a freak or an outsider, what helped you through it?” His answer was, “Huh…I don’t know that I’m through it.

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I love that answer! I also often still feel like a freak or an outsider, and while that feeling is not permanent,  I don’t know if I’ll ever stop feeling awkward and weird some of the time.

Josh then went on to say, “I think that you can go in and out of stages of comfortability, you know, but I think that what gets me out of anything is just sort of the knowledge that I’m going to be OK. You know I like just sort of look at my past and figure out, have I got through shit before? And it’s like, yeah. Am I gong to get through this next shit? Yeah.

Talkin’ On Main Street

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Alina, who is originally from the Ukraine and who has lived in Vancouver for the last 4 years, patiently let me interrupt her while she was on her phone outside of the Main Street coffee shop “Jean” today. Alina answered the following questions, 1) What do you love about Vancouver? and 2) If you’ve ever felt like a freak or an outsider what helped you through it?

Best Places for Comic Books on Vancouver’s Main Street

Jennifer was kind enough to take the time to let me ask her the same ol’ questions (What do you love about Vancouver? If you’ve ever felt like a freak or an outcast, what helped you through it?). Her answers were great and she shared some info about where she scopes out comic book shops on Main Street: RX Comics and Pulp Fiction Books (both stores are just north of E Broadway).

DOWNTOWN SKATEPARK VANCOUVER: Skate and Listen.

RITCHIE FERNANDEZ (left and @Ritchiee1 on Instagram) and KAIL (right) were skating their hearts out at DOWNTOWN SKATEPARK in Vancouver this morning.

RITCHIE FERNANDEZ (left and @Ritchiee1 on Instagram) and KAIL (right) were skating their hearts out at DOWNTOWN SKATEPARK in Vancouver this morning.

Ritchie was fun, open, and great to interview!

Ritchie was fun, open, and great to interview!

Kail told me he was feeling the effects of jet lag, so it was really nice of him to let me interview him.

Kail told me he was feeling the effects of jet lag, so it was really nice of him to let me interview him.

I asked RITCHIE FERNANDEZ (Instagram: @Ritchiee1) and KAIL (just in from Queensland, Australia) if they could answer a question that is very near-and-dear to me:

HAVE YOU EVER FELT LIKE A LOSER/A FREAK/OR AN OUTCAST? IF SO, WHAT HELPED YOU THROUGH IT?

Here are their answers (and I greatly appreciate them letting me film them, because other skaters were camera-shy, or said they had never experienced feeling this way and therefore didn’t have an answer…Kail said he thinks everyone has felt this way at some point, and I have to say that I agree):

Sunny day, sweepin' the clouds away

Sunny day, sweepin’ the clouds away

Science World, I see you!

Science World, I see you!

Vancouver is a special place to be.

Vancouver is a special place to be.

Fuel up on yummy food...then do what you love!

Fuel up on yummy food…then do what you love!

A Regular Ol’ Saturday Night Out in East Van

Last night myself and some friends were at GUYS AND DOLLS on Main Street (no cover and candy is sold!), THE SAVOY on East Hastings (no cover), and at the second anniversary of ARTS SIGNIFIED held at Studio East that had over 50 live bands over the course of Friday and Saturday (cover $5). Perfect for a cheapskate like me. Interesting people and good music!

Packed Pool Hall GUYS AND DOLLS

Packed Pool Hall GUYS AND DOLLS

Jim is cool

Jim is cool

The Savoy Pub on East Hastings was our next spot...

The Savoy Pub on East Hastings was our next spot…

Live band...no cover (yay)...but sadly also no club soda for a non-drinker like me.

The Savoy Pub had a live band…no cover (yay)…but sadly also no club soda for a non-drinker like me. Great service though!

Hands-down best dance moves all night!

Hands-down best dance moves all night!

ARTS SIGNIFIED: Xena the Warrior Princess

ARTS SIGNIFIED: Xena the Warrior Princess

HAIR!

HAIR at ARTS SIGNIFIED!

Smiles are good!

Smiles are good!

Alien Invasion

Alien Invasion

Peace

Peace

Howdy partner

Howdy partner

The crowd went nuts for this band

The crowd went nuts for this band

Pretty

Pretty

Roxy Rules

Roxy Rules

This drummer killed it

This drummer killed it

Johnny de Courcy...I saw him open for The Peatures at Electric Owl and his theatrics were incredible and his performance was amazing.

Johnny de Courcy…I saw him open for The Preatures at Electric Owl and his theatrics were incredible and his performance was amazing.

Vogue

Vogue

Friends ain't just a tv show

Friends ain’t just a tv show

THE PREATURES: Interview

Words of Wisdom from ISABELLA MANFREDI about how to survive bullying at school: “It’s where, if you can make it past 18, if you can graduate from high school, it will never be that hard again. EVER!” 

THE PREATURES (minus drummer Luke Davison) l to r: bassist Thomas Champion, singer Isabella Manfredi, singer and guitarist Gideon Bensen, and guitarist Jack Moffitt.

THE PREATURES (minus drummer Luke Davison) l to r: bassist Thomas Champion, singer Isabella Manfredi, singer and guitarist Gideon Bensen, and guitarist Jack Moffitt. Photo credit: me (Christina Travis)

THE PREATURES rule! This quintet originates from Sydney, Australia and they first formed in 2010.

They are undoubtedly a full-fledged rock band. While I’m not the biggest rock fan in general, I’m a fan of this band because they write catchy, melodic songs that make me wanna jump around! Also lead singer ISABELLA MANFREDI‘s voice can show vulnerability and incredible power from one note to the next.

I saw the band perform live at Electric Owl on Main Street in Vancouver tonight (October 22nd, 2014). They are confident (as they should be) live performers. This is their first time playing in Vancouver, but I bet they’ll be back soon after the impression they made tonight.

I spoke them about their first full-length album BLUE PLANET EYES, which was released this year. Their first EP was released in 2012 and is called SHAKING HANDS. Their second EP came out in 2013: IS THIS HOW YOU FEEL?

Me (Christina Travis) and ISABELLA MANFREDI (I think she is like a raven-haired DEBBIE HARRY). So beautiful...and down-to-earth!

Me (Christina Travis) and ISABELLA MANFREDI (I think she is like a raven-haired DEBBIE HARRY). So beautiful…and down-to-earth!

ISABELLA MANFREDI and THOMAS CHAMPION spoke in-depth about how they were bullied at school. Manfredi and Champion thoughtfully discuss how young people who are being bullied today can make it through the pain and torment that bullying creates.They also talk about their favourite thing about Vancouver so far: FOOD!

MANFREDI recommends musicians DESTINY’S CHILD, BOB DYLAN, THE STONE ROSES, WEEN, CAKE, and BRANDY as being a few examples of music that helped her deal with her schoolmates being cruel to her at school.

The tracks I gravitate towards the most from BLUE PLANET EYES are BLUE PLANET EYES, SOMEBODY’S TALKING, and IS THIS HOW YOU FEEL? (though I embarrassingly called it “Is That How You Feel?” during the interview–I was very nervous!). The band graciously overlooked my error and simply corrected it themselves when they said the title of the song.

I managed to snag a picture with drummer LUKE DAVISON since he missed out on the group shot.

I managed to snag a picture with drummer LUKE DAVISON since he missed out on the group shot.

Another song of theirs that I think is awesome is called BETTER THAN IT EVER COULD BE. It was released as a single and is not on their album or EPs.

THE PREATURES are signed to Mercury Records Australia. ISABELLA MANFREDI won the prestigious Vanda and Young Songwriting Competition (the band writes together, but the award can only go to one individual) in 2013. The prize money was $50,000 and the win was for the song IS THIS HOW YOU FEEL? The band used the money to pursue international release opportunities. 

Some other entertaining quotes that MANFREDI gave during the interview are: “Revenge is a good motivator”(so true…the only satisfying revenge is when you work hard so that your life is where you want it to be, and you don’t give a crap about those who ignored you or put you down). Success is the best revenge! When she said “Don’t read fashion magazines!” I thought that was pretty smart as well (Vogue screwed with my head as a child).

Frontwoman Isabella Manfredi on October 22nd, 2014.

Frontwoman Isabella Manfredi on October 22nd, 2014.

Their live performance was tight! The band clearly has lots of fun performing together and their rapport was contagious, as the crowd was really into the music.

Thanks to THE PREATURES for the wonderful interview and live show!