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The Furniture’s Aramis Starfish

I consider myself a onesie-connoisseur, so it is no small feat that Aramis Starfish (far right) was wearing the best one I’ve seen so far last night…and yes that is a challenge to all you onesie-wearers. Aramis on bass and her bandmates-Lana on the drums, and Johnny Wildcat on guitar-took over the stage as The Furniture at Lana Lou’s and the crowd went wild (almost everybody was up and dancing to the music).

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The Furniture‘s songs are so much fun, full of unbridled energy, and raw. One of the people who watched the show with me said his favourite thing about Aramis’ stage presence was that she totally relished in being the frontwoman…complete with sexy eye rolls, intense stares and tempting smiles for the audience.

If you’re going to ask for people’s attention, you gotta offer them up something special (I think) and Aramis and the rest of The Furniture surely did. Check out Aramis’ interview below:

I love the diversity of Vancouver. I love that anyone is everyone. Everyone is anyone, and, I don’t know, I’ve always really loved the inclusiveness of the neighbourhood. Especially the Downtown Eastside, which I’ve been a part of for about 15 years.”

“I’ve always felt like a freak and an outsider, which brought me to Vancouver which made me feel included in the beautiful world of freakdom that is here. Let your freak flag fly. I think music is probably what has gotten me through all of my weirdness. I’m not sure why but people seem to be open and responsive to us individuals sharing their uniqueness or their weirdness or whatever. I’ve always had a pretty positive response.”

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Michelle Makes Me Laugh

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On my way to use the steam room at Mount Pleasant Community Centre on this beautiful day I noticed Michelle and her friend adding some vibrant colours to bright-up Main Street. I stopped to ask if I could interview her…and the rest is history!

In Michelle’s opinion if you haven’t felt like a freak or an outsider then “you’re doing something wrong”! I love it. Well-said. On a side note, I ended up finding out that Michelle has owned Antisocial Skateboard Shop for the last 14 years.

I’m not a skateboarder, but I absolutely adore the shop’s name, and yeah, it is nice to meet a female business owner (I wish it wasn’t noteworthy, but I still don’t think it’s the norm…especially in the typically male-centred world of skateboarding).