Thursday, August 27, 2009

Team Royals rock City Chase

Two Bachelor of Physical Education and Coaching (BPEC) students battled their way to the finish in the Mitsubishi City Chase, a day-long, Amazing Race-style event, on August 22.

Anna Schachner and Patrick Taylor competed as Team Royals. Way to go, guys! Read about their training on their blog.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

White Rock boy wows opera great

Not just anyone could describe tenor Placido Domingo as a colleague. Then again, not everyone is Lance Ryan (above). The former Douglas Music student is bringing down opera houses across Europe. He recently wrapped up performing in the role of Sigfried in The Valencia Ring (Götterdämmerung) in Salzburg. During a visit to his hometown of White Rock this Summer, Lance took some time to speak with doug.

On meeting Domingo
I was happy he came to my dressing room. I had met him a couple days before that at the hotel. I was coming back late from dinner and was at the elevator when I heard a voice from behind me singing, “you should be in bed.” It was Zubin [Zubin Mehta was the conductor of the Valencia Ring]. He took me out to the patio to meet Domingo, not to just say hello, but to have a conversation. He was a really normal guy, a colleague.

The next Ben Heppner?
Stepping in for Ben in Salzburg [in the role of Sigfried in the Salzburg Ring production] felt odd, initially. But I had been tipped off earlier as I was asked, “Would you be able to step in as Sigfried?” because Ben was ill. Ben’s a huge star. When you’re working in the theatrical environment, it can be hard to predict how others will react to you [when stepping in for someone else]. But Ben will be singing for a while now. In this repertoire, there are so few of us who can do it, there’s certainly room for two, if not three or four of us.

Sky’s the limit
If someone had told me in my first or second year at Douglas – I did three years there – that I would be doing this today, I would have found it quite absurd. I never would have thought I would reach this level, where I’m booked five years in advance. Sometimes I wonder, ‘There’s got to be a limit, a ceiling where it will level off.’ When you’re starting, you feel like you’re on the outside looking in. Then once you’re in, you realize there are no barriers.

Advice for aspiring tenors
Go for it. The classical music world is so undervalued in North America. There’s a lot more exposure to it in Europe. Europe is an amazing resource for ideas, philosophy and culture in classical music. Great music comes not just from great composers, but also from views on life.

Monday, August 24, 2009

Burnaby photogs: win $100

If you’re handy with a camera, live in Burnaby, and have a passion for reading, get snapping. Burnaby Literacy Now is looking for photos of people reading in Burnaby for its photo contest. Entries are being accepted until September 30. Cash prizes of $100 will be awarded in eight categories. For details, visit a Burnaby Public Library branch in person or online. Read more...

How to follow blogs

An easy explanation of how to follow blogs without clogging up your in-box. Video courtesy of Common Craft. Read more...

Friday, August 21, 2009

DSU news - AIDS Walk for Life

By Alessandro Iachelli, College Relations Coordinator, Douglas Students' Union

Lace up your running shoes! The Douglas Student Union (DSU) Team is participating in the Scotiabank AIDS Walk for Life 2009 on September 20. The festivities begin at 9am in Stanley Park.

Join in the fun by visiting our Team Page, click on the 'Join My Team' button to register and help us fundraise. If you can't join us, you can sponsor our team by making a donation online.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Late Summer orientation

On August 8, 150 new Douglas students got together at the David Lam Campus to meet each other and get ready for Fall at Douglas. Read more...