by Joel Thiessen
On March 25 Streaming Cafe is hosting a BarCraft for the MLG Winter Championship of StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty.
The MLG, or Major League Gaming, was created in 2002 and has been building a massive following of gamers (and spectators) all over the world. Their tournaments legitimize the term Pro-Gamer, attract nut-so crowds, boast prize pots totaling $76,000 and ascend the winners to near-celebrity status (in the gaming world at least).
For those of you who are still wondering if ‘BarCraft’ was a typo, well, it’s not. The term was first used in 2011 and is defined by wiki as “a portmanteau name for watching StarCraft at bars.” (If you are unfamiliar with the term portmanteau then you’re on your own). It might sound kind of corny – to go to a bar and drink and eat with fellow MLG enthusiasts, but is it really that different from a UFC match? Or a football game? The game has full commentator coverage, the vocal ‘woooos’ and ‘boooos’ of live tournament audience and high stakes for the players.
StarCraft II joined Halo: Reach and Call Of Duty as the MLG’s games of choice for it’s Pro Circuit back in 2010. The game’s intense real-time combat strategy has quickly made it a fan favorite and a suspense and action filled show.
Before you pick up your controller to hone your Super Mario Bros skills for a chance at The Title, keep in mind that these competitors train year round and will most likely beat you very, very badly. So rather than embarrass yourself in a one on one, why not play a FUN ON FUN and come down to the Cafe on March 25th!
The official start time for the Winter Championship hasn’t been released yet, so make sure to stay in the loop by joining our BarCraft event at on our Facebook.
MBF, or Michael Bernard Fitzgerald
, first blew through Streaming Café as part of the Breakout West music festival in October of 2010. He took the stage with a drummer and backing guitarist, and, along with his trademark “flower-on-the-headstock-of-his-guitar”, proceeded to play an energetic set that had the crowd literally up and dancing. By the end of the set our producer was hard-pressed to find a camera angle that could capture MBF, because the dancing hordes had surrounded the stage and were cutting off views of Fitzgerald from all sides. And the term ‘dancing hordes’ is not a fluffy non-accurate description written to spice up an otherwise dreary paragraph; the room was packed, and there were frenetic dancing bodies filling virtually every square foot of the space around MBF.
Endearing Calgary singer/songwriter Michael Bernard Fitzgerald is returning with a new album/EP combo. The “Side A” album portion of the project, Yes, comes out on April 24th with the more intimate “Side B” EP will be coming out in conjunction with his national tour.
Michael hits the road and Kelowna music lovers will get a special treat at MBF’s Saturday, February 25th show at the Streaming Café. If you live out of town and make make it down be sure to watch the show streamed FREE live online @ http://streamingcafe.net/
. Viewers anywhere in the world can enjoy direct and personal interaction with MBF via the live chat.
Canadian philosopher Marshall McLuhan once said “Advertising is the greatest art form of the 20th century”.
On that note we continue on our journey of artistic self-promotion with our fifth installment of Cafe chalk art.
by Joel Thiessen
I vividly remember one chilly December evening in the darkened depths of the Streaming Cafe production office, a conversation had while hanging out after hours. We were flipping through archives upon archives of videos from previous live SC shows, admiring not only the amazing music we’ve captured but also the artist’s personalities that would shine through between songs. The scientifically tested truth that when you see a song performed live – when you see the passion in the singer’s face and the guitarist doing that solo-twitch-thing – that song means so much more to you. That was a feeling we’ve been successful giving back to our viewers through our YouTube videos…but that little extra hint of personality or insight that would come to light when the artist talked about how much a song means to them, or the time they got a bar full of bikers to sing along with a folk-love song – those were the moments we wanted to show again, we just didn’t know how.
Two years and 100 podcasts later our videos have been featured numerous times on iTunes and watched in over 21 countries. Strangers walk into the Cafe from the street because they recognized the logo on our door. We have managed to re-live some of those classic Cafe moments and share them with you all once more.
It has been exciting to see who all watches our podcasts, its a different demographic than that of our live shows – which is different than those who watch our YouTube videos – which is different again from our daily coffee shop customers! As different as all those audiences might be, they all share some similar characteristics (aside from having great taste in Live Streaming Indie Music And Delicious Coffees), they all see something cool is happening at the Streaming Cafe and they want to support it. And all of us at the Streaming Cafe are extremely grateful for that support!
If there is a show moment that you want to see again, send us an message and we’ll see what we can do.
Thanks for watching the Streaming Cafe podcasts. Tell your friends about them.
Here’s our 100th podcast that features a performance from Vancouver’s Portage & Main.
We are very happy to be displaying some amazing art on our cafe walls for the month of February by Rena Warren of Capricornucopia Artworks. Rena is having a Showing at Streaming Cafe Friday, February 10 at 6:30 – 9pm, so be sure to come down and enjoy these works in person. This showing is featuring her detailed Block Prints and 20% of all art sales goes to Muskan, a non-governmental, non-profit organization that provides art opportunities for children in rural India.
For more info go to the facebook event. Hope to see you there!
Have a look at Capricorucopia Artworks page, wonderful portraits, drawings and info about classes!
Also check out this great article on Rena Warren done by Jennifer Smith at Capital News.
The Block Prints will be on display at the cafe Feb. 3 – 29.
Rena Warren has over seventeen years experience in teaching art courses throughout the Okanagan. She received a Bachelor in Fine Arts at Okanagan University College and a Bachelor in Education at University of Victoria. Rena has taught for Opus Framing & Art Supplies, Kelowna Art Gallery, Cool Arts Society and in the private school system. In her private practice, she specializes in large-scale oil portraiture in bold fauvist colour and original block print designs. Currently she is working on a series of mandalas in block print.
by Makcolm Petch
There must be something about February that attracts Victoria’s Mike Edel to the road life. He played Streaming Café in February of 2011, and now he’s back again this February on the 18th.
There is a video loop of past SC performances by various artists which plays in the café during the week, and Edel’s “You smile at me” jumps out at me each time I hear it. The song is actually called “Bottom Floor Apartment”, and when I hear the stabbing opening lines/phrases I always think ‘Okay, I’ve heard this before…’, and then as the song builds and gets to the chorus’s line of “you smile at me” I recall that “Oh, yeah – this is Mike Edel”. You can see those same past-performance videos here.
Edel grew up on his family’s grain farm in rural Alberta, but more recently he’s made his home in Victoria, BC. He’s made a name for himself already, with positive reviews in all types of media:
“Edel’s voice is Damien Rice having a meeting with Dan Mangan…” See Magazine
“‘The Country Where I came From’ is not only a wonderful homage to home, wherever that may be, but uses the simplicity of a banjo and hand claps to perfection.” Grey Owl Point
“In the last two years that Mike Edel has been in Victoria he has established himself as one of the region’s go-to musicians” Times Colonist
Mike is warm and personable in performance, and that same warmth comes through on his album The Last of Our Mountains, produced by Winston Hauschild (who’s lent his musical prowess to other Canadian acts like Hey Ocean and Hannah Georgas). No doubt that warmth can find some of its origins in the fact that the album sessions were the last time Mushroom Studios’ vintage gear was used in production. Sigh; the end of an era… The Last of Our Mountains is worth having in your collection even just for its historical value – but the music itself is definitely worth owning, too.
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Mike Edel has already toured Western Canada five times. It could be that Mike gets bored sitting around in the mild climate of Victoria, or it could be that he loves the challenge of traversing hill and dale during the frigid winter months; in either case, he’s no stranger to covering the long distances between Canadian towns while on the road, and he seems willing enough to do it when there’s snow everywhere.
You don’t have to travel to Medicine Hat for the cold Tongue On Post Folk Festival, nor do you have to catch a ferry and hit Victoria for the Rifflandia Festival (both of which are events Edel has been part of); you can catch Mike Edel live and in-person on Saturday, February 18, right on your doorstep at the Streaming Café, 596 Leon Ave in Kelowna. Not close enough for you? Then watch and listen online at streamingcafe.net, starting live at 7:00 p.m. – and you can interact with Mike and ask him anything you want, whether you’re physically at the café or whether you’re checking in online. We hope to see you there.
St. Columba from Mike Edel on Vimeo.
by Michael Donley
February is set to be a truly great month of indie music at the cafe. Vancouver indie rockers In Medias Res start off the month Feb. 4th, Streaming Cafe being the first stop of their western Canadian/US tour. Michael Bernard Fitzgerald returns to the cafe, this time killing it with a brass section and also returning to our stage, with his band is Mike Edel from Vancouver Island. Stepping a bit out of our “folk” roots, The Keith Price Trio performs their jazz vibes on the Valentines weekend.
All four performing artists are definitely worth looking into. View videos from this months artists and as always if you can’t make it out to the cafe for drinks and music, catch the shows streamed live @ http://www.streamingcafe.net/ – 7pm (pacific standard time)… it’s free!
IN MEDIAS RES – Feb. 4th
Formed over a decade ago, Vancouver-based In Medias Res has risen from a fledgling act full of potential to one of the most lauded indie-rock bands in the city. Recently, the band has taken on a new shape, with principle songwriter and frontman Andrew Lee striking out on tour himself but the Streaming Cafe show sees the whole band their to perform a bit of a “stripped down” show. Going to be wicked!
THE KEITH PRICE TRIO – Feb. 11th
Keith Price has thrown a indie flare to jazz. His last album covering well known indie and alternative bands such as Sufan Stevens and Nirvana. He was nominated for the TD Grand Prix Du Jazz and The Galaxie Rising Star awards at the 2010 Montreal International Jazz Fest.
It’s a great way to spend your Valentines weekend.
Here’s a clip of the trio performing their rendition of indie rock band Grizzly Beat “Ready Able”.
MIKE EDEL – Feb. 18th
Mike Edel returns to the cafe having toured non stop for the last year. This time he brings his band with him for his performance. His album “The Last Of Our Mountains” is definitely worth a listen!
Here’s an official video “Turn the Lights on Bright” as well as solo performance from his apperance at Streaming Cafe.
MICHAEL BERNARD FITZGERALD – Feb. 25th
We are very privileged to have MBF back at the cafe. Hailing from Calgary, Michael’s indie-folk-pop music and personality have brought him a large following across Canada.
Here’s his video “Suzie (I Love You)” as well as a performance from his apperance at Streaming Cafe in 2010.