Snoop Lion In Vancouver: Concert Review

The Journey

Stanley Park is roaring with the warm-up act when I get off the bus. Here I return, the last concert I saw at the Malkin Bowl was also my first concert, Tom Cochrane. I had hoped the weather was going to hold up for the show, because last time I was here, it was pouring rain for the whole thing. Heading towards my destination, I run into two familiar faces, as we make our way through the forest, the music gets louder, then suddenly we’re there. The Malkin Bowl is tucked into the woods, and is a beautiful venue to behold.

The meadow that is the designated viewing area is separated into two halves. We have the alcoholic section to stage right, full of people that are already plastered upon arrival, and others are soon to be at that level. To stage left is the non-alcoholic section, or as I prefer, the chill section. I find myself a cozy place to sit upon a hill overlooking the stage, and pack my one hitter. I figure, I’m in good company here. Just as I spark up, Snoop hits the stage; good timing.

The Lion Roars

Snoop lion comes out rocking a mic decked out with gold bling, wearing a green and yellow jersey as he jams to one of his new reggae jams. Everyone on stage shares joints. This is my kind of party, hosted by Snoop Lion, I’ve never seen a show that started off on such a high note. Three female dancers come to the stage and my attention shifts, as the ladies rock their hips to the beat, I was mesmerized. As quick as they came out, they were gone again, back to reality.

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Snoop Lion in Vancouver with his dancers

The Fog of Time

Smoke plumes that floated sporadically before the show now became a soothing haze. Blue follow spots illuminate the smoke, leaving only a few rays of light appearing in the gaps of the smoke. Snoop Lion is just as chill on stage as expected. He rocks back and forth, tokes up, then disappears into the background next to the DJ, still on stage, but he’s clearly not one to hog a spotlight as he sits on a speaker while the other MC’s rock front-center. The music flows into the hip hop hits by Snoop Dog just as naturally as his transition to Snoop Lion. The party was taken to a new level with “Gin & Juice”, as it seems to be a Snoop anthem. The haze is now a cloud, reaching beyond the tallest branches of the ancient trees towering above.

The three dancers from the intro return to the stage wearing particularly provocative clothing. See you later Snoop Lion. These ladies are what reminds me I’m at a show. Otherwise, the atmosphere just reminds me of chilling with my friends at the beach blasting hip hop and sipping beers. I’ve never been to a show that had such a calm atmosphere, but then again, I’m not on stage right.

Snoop Lion Climax

After a quick chronic break headed by Snoop Lion himself, the show continues with more of the classic Snoop Dogg hits while the dancers appear and disappear randomly. The people that are standing start jumping with their hands in the air when the show takes a turn, playing Run DMC “Jump”. This song always seems to wake people up. Then he hits us where it hurts, the tribute portion of the show. The tone changes instantly when “Hypnotize” hits the forest, Snoop asks us if we got love for Biggie, the crowd roars. Rest in Peace. The following song is equally as heavy as “Gangsta Party” with Tupac hits. Sideways peace signs float in the sea of arms, giving the love and respect to the fallen brothers. “Gangsta Party” is the song that introduced me to Snoop Dog as a kid. My mother has always been a huge Tupac fan, and “Gangsta Party” was always my favorite of the songs we listened to on road trips. Snoop says he only has one more thing to say to us: “So what we get drunk, so what we smoke weed. We’re just havin’ fun, and we don’t care who sees” a very fitting song for the environment before me, “Young Wild and Free”. We, the audience, sing a large portion of the song for the performers, and our chants are heard throughout Stanley Park. The last song of the night is “Jammin’” by Bob Marley.

Peace of mind, Rastafari

I smoke one last one for Snoop Lion as requested, pack my things and make my way out just before most of the crowd so I could beat them to the bus, which was wise, as I didn’t see those familiar faces again. I’m stricken with a feeling of calm, a very relaxed, chill feeling. It’s comparable to the feeling I get after being to the Buddhist temple, or standing among the pyramids at Chichen Itza. To me, it’s because of the atmosphere of the great night in Stanley Park, having a new found respect for local police, and a continued belief that marijuana will be legalized within five years. My mom dismissed my calm feelings for second hand from the show.

By Clayton Cyre

Photos of the night

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Top 5 things to do in SUNNY Vancouver

I live in Vancouver, and always have, and I like to think I have a decent grasp of what to do and where to go for a sunny summer day in Vancouver, as I know we get too few to let slip. Having done many things in Vancouver on sunny days, it is really hard to narrow down to a top 5 list, however, this is what I think is a good start if nothing else.

1. TRIP TO STANLEY PARK

This park is one of the most amazing parks in the world, and it is in our own backyards. Visit the Aquarium if you’re looking for something to do with the kids, the abundance of aquatic animal life will intrigue them for hours upon hours. Are you a young couple looking for a way to enjoy the sunny weather together? Go for a nice walk through the park or along the seawall. This walk allows for great views of the mountains, the city skyline, or the vast ocean, take a rest along the way and just enjoy the view and hold each other tight (Enjoy the moment!).

Aquarium website link: http://www.vanaqua.org/

Stanley Park link: http://vancouver.ca/parks/parks/stanley/

2. VISIT GROUSE

Grouse is a great place to check out during the summer time. There are many great shows going on, and many great trails to walk along, and once again, this location is great for young couples. Once again you can enjoy nice views of Vancouver city atop the mountain. Are you a thrill seeker? Go Ziplining between two peaks. If you are looking for a nice challenge, help yourself to the notorious Grouse Grind. Top it all off with a lumber jack show to see some amazing talent at work.

Grouse Mountain Link: http://www.grousemountain.com/

3. ENGLISH BAY

Just want to relax? Take a trip to English Bay! This is a central location in beautiful Vancouver, and has a great beach. This area is great for a day on the town with the girls. Bask in the heat of the suns rays, but be sure to use sunscreen! I hear the Boathouse in this location is top of the line and has some great service despite being under pressure from so many orders. I also hear the Cactus Club nearby is a great alternative as well!

4. BARD ON THE BEACH

Check out the great acting at Bard on the Beach. This event has some great talent as well, and hosts the best representations of Shakespeare plays I have ever seen. Take a date to this event, and I guarentee a great night. After the show, take your sweetheart for a walk around the park. Not looking to date? That’s okay too! This event is for everyone, and certainly rivals a trip to the movie theater. Take your kids for some entertaining education! But be sure to give your support to the actors and crew!

Bard on the Beach Link: http://www.bardonthebeach.org/

5. ART GALLERY

Need a break from the sun and a great way to cool off during your guilty shopping spree? Take a break and enjoy some fantastic art. Our Vacouver art gallery is in a central location, surrounded by some great shopping centers, and should not be overlooked. The art Gallery gets some amazing exhibits from across the world.

Vancouver art Gallery link: http://www.vanartgallery.bc.ca/index.html