Finally after living in Canada for 9 years, he family made it to the beautiful French quarters of Canada, Montreal and Quebec city!
We used Airbnb for a small apartment accommodation. The location was perfect, just two blocks from St. Catherine in the Gay Village. If you are looking to visit and stay in Montreal, I’d highly recommend staying in this general area to take advantage of the close proximity to the sights, attractions, food, and transit options.
Quebec city is an easy three hour VIA Rail trip from downtown Montreal departing at 7:00am, costing $75 for an adult return fare. This is easily a one day trip, leaving you about eight hours to explore old Quebec city before departing Quebec at 6:30pm. Here are a few pictures to wet your appetite.
Last week I went to the Metallica WorldWired tour concert, at B.C Place (14 August 2017) in support of their recent album release, ‘Hardwired… to self-destruct’.
Well… the venue, B.C Place. Its been many years since my first concert here (Pearl Jam 2009) and I forgot just how big it is. I have to question the choice in B.C Place, it looked half empty and far too spacious. The stage was the biggest I’ve ever seen for a live show, from up in the bleachers, the band looked like ants. Perhaps Rogers arena would have been a better selection?
The sound in my honest opinion was shit, B.C Place is a massive reverb chamber, the sound was lost in a wash of reverb which made it hard to really distinguish any of the intricacies of the music. I was pretty disappointed! From what I could hear, Metallica just didn’t sound great in the stadium! The two previous Metallica concerts I saw in 1989 and 2004, both which were awesome!
The song selection was great, something for everyone from old to new, here’s the set list:
2. Atlas, Rise!
3. For Whom the Bell Tolls
4. The Memory Remains
5. The Unforgiven
6. Now That We’re Dead
7. Moth Into Flame
8. Wherever I May Roam
9. Halo on Fire
11. Sad but True
13. Master of Puppets
14. Fade to Black
15. Seek & Destroy
16. Fight Fire With Fire
17. Nothing Else Matters
18. Enter Sandman (with ‘The Frayed Ends of Sanity’ outro)
The pyrotechnics were amazing, flames running the width of the stage, explosions etc. were well timed with the music, especially ‘One’! The big screens behind the band was completely necessary, and made them visible to us up in the bleeders, and the visuals choreographed to each of the songs.
In summary, I was happy I went however I think that was my last Metallica concert.
After a bit of shopping around I finally found the Chain and Sprockets for my XR650R Supermoto. Finding a steel rear sprocket readily available in Canada wasn’t easy! I found steel sprocket info on Revzilla, and then provided the sprocket info to Andii (awesome guy) at Imperial Motorcycles, who sourced from one of their local suppliers. The parts arrived in less than a week!
The chain was purchased on sale from Bayside Performance on sale, it also arrived within a week from placing the order.
Being a proud New Zealander, I was elated listening to what was the final race of the America’s Cup, we took Oracle Team USA to the cleaners 7-1. I’m not a sailing fan, but any sports New Zealand is involved in, I’ll support 110%! This was a modern day story of David vs. Goliath, and boy did we give Goliath a good old’ hiding! We beat a team with endless money by using what us Kiwis are best at, ingenuity and hard work.
Thank you to Emirates Team New Zealand crew and support staff for doing what many thought was impossible, showing those assholes with endless money that you can’t buy the cup, secure it with unsportsmanlike advantages and rules. Up yours Larry, Jimmy, and Russell!
I’ve been looking for a nice Supermoto style helmet forever, I’ve been using a Shoei and AGV street helmets forever! Being the picky bastard I am, I could never really find the exact helmet that suited my requirements (No loud ugly graphics, light weight, size and fit, brand, quality, and price). There are only three brands I’d ever consider purchasing (Arai, Shoei, and AGV). I decided to go with the Arai Tour XD helmet in Aluminum Silver, this thing is slick! Obviously being an Arai you know the quality and safety is second to none, looks are right up there. When comparing to other brands, I found the others were quite bulky and heavy and just didn’t look right, or sit on my head comfortably. The Arai, on the other hand, looks fantastic, it’s a perfect fit and is by far the lightest helmet I own. It can also be adapted to a street style helmet with a shield adapter kit to remove the visor. The lining can be easily removed for washing, and there are 20mm and 25mm cheek pads to adjust the fit. There venting is amazing, and fogging seems a thing of the past. RRSP for one of this is $700 excluding taxes, not cheap, however, this is a helmet that I hope will last me forever.
Finally after a long grueling cold, wet and snowy winter season, the weather is sort of co-operating, so that means riding season!
I was pretty excited to pull the veil off my two bikes, but then it dawned on me how expensive it is to ride in the province of BC (Canada). Anyway cost aside, the bikes are out of hibernation and I’ll do 3 months on each.
See you riders out on the road. Be safe and have fun!
I recently bit the bullet and got a pair of Kanto YU6 powered speakers, and the Kanto Sub8 Powered subwoofer (both in the gloss black finish). I’d been looking to get some powered speakers to match to my Sony turntable, and wanted a simple setup (no external Amp, Phono Pre-Amp). So after a lot of reading, comparing brands and specs, cost and design features I decided on buying from a local Canadian company called Kanto.
First thoughts: Like a kid at Christmas I was very excited at the time of unpacking the speakers, and I wasn’t disappointed. Build quality looks to be good, very sturdy and the gloss black finish is spotless without any imperfections that I can see. These speakers are on the heavy side, which for me reaffirms that they are a quality build.
Now for the sound! Well, these certainly won’t disappoint in a small to medium space. Having cycled through several musical genres from my vinyl collection, and a lot of tweaking to get the sub placement, crossover frequency, and level, I now have a very balanced full sound. The highs and mids are very clear, but I would have liked the option of a mids control on the Kanto remote. The lows from the Sub8 are good, and balance well with the YU6’s and the bass is deep and tight, but not as punchy as a ported subwoofer unit. Having the tuning capabilities of a crossover frequency adjustment, volume level, and 180-degree phase control, tuning is easy for any application.
Other noteworthy points include a plethora of input options including TOS-Link (optical), RCA, AUX, Bluetooth, and a built-in phono preamp. There’s’ an input selection and volume control knob on the front left YU6 speaker. A remote control is also included, which contains more tuning adjustment options (balance, bass/treble adjustments, mute, input selection, forward/back selection when using Bluetooth).
For the price point, these are a great choice when compared to the likes of other manufacturers offerings (Audioengine, KRK, Mackie etc.). The sound is great and will easily piss your neighbors off easily, all while satisfying your ears. Whatever your source is, the Kanto speakers have the input (except XLR and 1/4″ jack). The included remote, cables (speaker/AUX/RCA/power) are a nice touch. There is nothing worse than buying a nice product, getting it home and then finding the cables are a separate line item that you have to order.
My only gripe so far would be that the speakers (YU series) come in several colours options, but the subwoofers (SUB6 and SUB8) only come in three. If offering speakers in several colours, when not offer the subs with ALL colours?
A big thumbs up from me, I’d recommend these to anyone looking for a great sounding, powered, simple to setup audio system.