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Upcoming Korean music events in Vancouver that you won’t want to miss

Upcoming Korean music events in Vancouver that you won’t want to miss

2022 is an eventful year for Korean music fans in Vancouver. After a two-year hiatus, Korean music concerts are returning to Vancouver in full swing. 

If you have missed Eric Nam’s tour and Epik High’s concert earlier this year, don’t worry, we rounded up a list of upcoming Korean music events in Vancouver so you can plan when to catch some top musical artists. 

BTS Club night

If you are into K-Pop, you must know BTS, the seven-member group that achieved worldwide success over the past few years. 

Last month, the group announced an “indefinite break” to focus on their solo projects. The heartbreaking news left millions globally in tears.

Instead of indulging in sadness, why not dance it out to your favourite BTS’ songs and express your love for the group with your fellow ARMYs through the night?

Featuring all things BTS, Vancouver’s first BTS Club Night offers a curated playlist full of hits, fan favourites and solo tracks, as well as BTS-themed drinks, giveaways and photo station. 

When: July 24 from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.

Where: Levels Nightclub, 560 Seymour St, Vancouver

Seventeen’s “Be the Sun” Tour

Seventeen, a popular 13-member K-POP boy group known for their world-class synchronization and powerful choreography, is coming back on stage after a two-year long break, with Vancouver being their first North American stop.

In May, the lead single “Hot” in the group’s new album, Face the Sun, garnered 1.74 million pre-order sales in the first week after its release. Fans are guessing “Hot” will be at the top of the group’s concert song lists. 

Prior to the concert, fans will also gather outside to participate in a random play dance event to show their love and support for the group and get themselves into the mood and warmed up for the concert.

Carats, are you already excited to see Seventeen hit the stage?

When: Aug. 10, 2022 at 7:30 p.m.

Where: Rogers Arena, 800 Griffiths Way, Vancouver


Junny’s The “Blanc” Tour

K-R&B fans, don’t worry, you’re not missing out! Korean-Canadian singer-songwriter Junny will finally be returning to his hometown after over three years to grace us with his captivating vocal powers. 

Growing up in Vancouver, Junny is now one of the most in-demand soloists. Since his debut in 2017, Junny has garnered attention for his artistry, lyricism, and unique vocal colour. 

Named after his upcoming album “blanc”, the tour will reflect Junny’s diverse music style, from the upbeat track “Color Me‘, to the suave atmospheric tunes of “Get Ya!

The soloist explained the title “blanc” as a metaphor for his experience — looking back at life, the singer always felt like a blank canvas, coloured by people who are around and inspire him every day.

When: Sep 8, 2022 

Where: Harbour Event & Convention Centre, 750 Pacific Blvd, Vancouver

Sunmi’s “Good Girl Gone Mad” Tour

K-Pop queen Sunmi is set to make her big comeback to the stage and bring some hot summer vibes to Vancouver with new singles “Heart Burn” and “Childhood.” 

Sunmi is a chart-topping singer, dancer, songwriter and a former member of the K-Pop girl group Wonder Girls

After the band version of ‘Heart Burn’ was recently released, fans were thrilled to watch Sunmi playing bass again after a long time. Sunmi disclosed that knowing how fans appreciated the band version, she plans to spoil fans by performing while playing bass during this world tour.  

Got those lightsticks ready? Catch Sunmi take it all out and “go mad” at her “Good Girl Gone Mad” show.

When: Sept. 15, 2022 at  7 p.m.

Where: Queen Elizabeth Theatre – 630 Hamilton St, Vancouver

Mark Tuan’s “The Other Side” Tour

GOT7 fans, don’t miss your boys too much, because they’re coming back!

Although the globally popular K-Pop boy group announced their departure from JYP Entertainment after seven years of being together, the group kept their promise to fans and made a comeback earlier this year, with their EP “GOT7. The members then went on to embark on their solo projects, making their fans well-fed. 

Taiwanese-American member Mark Tuan is also diligently promoting his solo music as he officially announced his first solo tour “The Other Side” happening in North America, with Vancouver being one of his stops. 

The tour is named after his upcoming album which will be released on August 26. 

When: Nov. 1, 2022

Where: Vogue Theatre, 918 Granville St, Vancouver

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5 Atlanta events you won’t want to miss: July 14-17

Southern Fried Gaming Expo
Southern Fried Gaming Expo
Southern-Fried Gaming Expo

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Southern-Fried Gaming Expo
When: July 15-17
Where: Marriott Renaissance Waverly (at Cobb Galleria)
Cost: Tickets start at $30
Details: Experience the world of gaming in a whole new way at this expo featuring guest speakers, tournaments, vendors and a range of games from modern consoles to retro systems to tabletop to pinball.

The Atlanta Kick Back
When: July 16
Where: Georgia International Convention Center, College Park
Cost: Free
Details: Meet bestselling authors and fellow readers at this annual book festival hosted by book club 556 Book Chics. See the full list of authors here.

The Incredible Book Eating Boy
When: July 13 to August 14
Where: Alliance Theatre, Midtown
Cost: $5-$15
Details: See the world premiere of this family-friendly show, based off the Oliver Jeffers book of the same name. A boy with a distaste for words finds he can get smarter by eating books instead of reading them.

Chattahoochee River Hike and Beer Tasting
When: July 14 from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Where: Pontoon Brewing Company, Sandy Springs
Cost: Admission starts at $40; must be 21 or older
Details: Explore local parks and brews with this hike, hosted by REI, followed by drinks. Register online before attending.

Stamp and Scrapbook Expo
When: July 15-17
Where: Gas South Convention Center, Duluth
Cost: Admission starts at $10
Details: It’s time to get crafty! Celebrate the art of scrapbooking and collage while building your skills with this three-day event.

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WTA Won’t Hold Events In China Until Peng Shuai Situation Is Resolved

WTA Won’t Hold Events In China Until Peng Shuai Situation Is Resolved

The Women’s Tennis Association will continue not to play in China during 2022 until the Peng Shuai situation is resolved.

In December, the WTA canceled nine events scheduled for the fall of 2022 in China and Hong Kong due to the uncertain status of the Chinese tennis star. That followed an announcement in July that the fall Asian swing would be canceled due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

“We remain dedicated to finding a resolution to this,” WTA CEO Steve Simon told The Tennis Podcast.

“We want to find a resolution that Peng can be comfortable with, the Chinese government can be comfortable with, and we can be comfortable with.

“We are not about walking away from China. We have suspended our operations there right now. We will continue to do that until we get to a resolution.

“We will stay resolute. We do hope to be back there in 2023 with the resolution that shows progress was made in the space. That’s a victory for the world if we can accomplish that.”

Jon Wertheim of The Tennis Channel Tweeted that the WTA calendar “will run through Japan and Seoul” in the fall following the U.S. Open with “no events in China.” He added that “at least half the cancelled China events have found hosts for 2022 (including San Diego).”

The WTA Finals are “likely” to be held in Europe, not in Mexico where they were held in November 2021.

Peng, a three-time Olympian and grand slam doubles champion, alleged last November that she was sexually assaulted by China’s former Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli. The Chinese government deleted her post on the social media site Weibo, as well as her account.

Peng, who had already effectively retired from professional tennis, made an appearance at the Winter Olympics in Beijing in February and denied she had accused anyone of sexual assault, adding that she herself had deleted the social media post.

The WTA, however, stuck to its demand for a formal investigation into Peng’s allegations and an opportunity to meet with her privately to discuss the situation.

“We have not had any recent communication with Peng and the world has not seen Peng since the Olympics either,” Simon said.

“I don’t think you will make change in this world by walking away from issues. You have to create change.

“It might not be everything we want. But we have to find a solution that finds that balance that allows us to go back and see progress in the area.”

Winston Lord, former U.S. Ambassador to China, called the WTA “courageous,” especially in comparison with the NBA, which still does business in China.

“The decision by Steve Simon and his Board of Directors to suspend operations in China is the most courageous move on human rights that I can recall any sports organization making,” Lord, former U.S. Ambassador to China and former member of the WTA Global Advisory Council, wrote in an email in December.

“The proportionate financial stakes of the WTA in China dwarf those of the cowardly NBA and other sports groups. I hope, but do not expect, this step will serve to shame and galvanize other organizations and businesses to counter the economic intimidation and political bullying of China.”

(Reuters contributed reporting)

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The Old Guy: On the events of Jan. 6, 2021, and why we won’t forget them. Ever.

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As I write this, it’s exactly a year since the infamous Jan. 6 insurrection at our nation’s capital. Rioters stormed the gates of the Capitol Building, some thinking they were invading the White House.

About 2,000 people surrounded the Capitol Building as it was rushed, although there were many thousands more supporters of the former president in the city at that point. They had come for a rally, curiously held on the same day that the Congress was set to validate the results of the latest election, which the former president had lost.

The former president was not in a good mood. He told the people at the rally that they were going to march up Pennsylvania Avenue (which he said he loved) and take back control of their government. Obviously, folks listening to him thought that their government had been stolen, the election results misreported and they were still listening to the president of the United States.

They weren’t. Joe Biden had won the presidency by seven million votes. The election took place in the middle of a worldwide pandemic. More people voted than in any previous election. The election process was not only watched, it was investigated down to the last vote. Although some people cried widespread election fraud when their candidate lost, the truth was there wasn’t evidence found of any. Some people had attempted fraud, but they were caught. They had voted for the former president… twice. The Supreme Court threw out every one of his claims of fraud for lack of evidence.

In the ensuing attack, five people were killed, more than 100 were injured and four security guards later took their own lives. That always struck me as curious. What were they told about their future career opportunities/life expectancy that would make them see suicide as their only way out?

There’s a drawback to all the technology that we now possess. The drawback is, it’s everywhere. In every British crime-related show, there are references to CCTV, which are outdoor security cameras.

The people invading the Capitol were seen by such cameras. To make matters worse, many of them were “live streaming” during the break in, one woman even hyping her real estate firm with an address and contact information. It wasn’t hard to track her down.

It wasn’t that difficult to find most of the leading characters of that day. The “shaman,” “podium guy” and about a dozen others were soon found, charged and sentenced. Of course, they all protested their arrests. They said they had gone to the Capitol Building at the invitation of the former president, who, although he told the crowd that he would be walking with them, was instead watching the entire spectacle on TV, safe and secure. So secure that he didn’t have to be whisked off to a safer location like every member of Congress, including Mike Pence.

Ahh…Mike Pence. One of the rioters had thoughtfully constructed a gallows to hang Mike Pence from for disobeying the command of the former president to void the election. The fact that he had refused was supposedly confidential, yet the crowd breaking into the Capitol knew it instantly. They also knew what back doors were unlocked and could be entered. Supposedly, some of them had been given a tour of the Capitol Building the day before, allegedly by some members of Congress.

I found it odd that people carrying banners bearing the names of the former president and vice president would then become a lynch mob looking to murder the vice president. Kind of self-defeating, no? Like telling your followers not to take a vaccine that could save their lives?

All of this madness seemed to be predicated on the “fact” that the former president had actually won the election and that the current president was somehow a poser that had fooled the entire country into thinking he had won.

The truth of the matter is that he did win and the former president now appears to be a big crybaby who refuses to understand how he lost this time because he’s always managed to get away with scamming people before. But, as the once revered President Lincoln used to say, you can’t fool all of the people all of the time. Eventually you run out of luck or lies or street cred, and then what do you do?

Now, the question is: will people higher up on the food chain pay for their actions during the insurrection? The answer is no, of course they won’t. A former president had been given a choice as to whether to indict another former president of the opposite party for war crimes. He declined to do so because his legal team said he only had a 50-50 chance of winning the case and would not be able to simultaneously enact some important legislation. That president went for progress rather than politics.

And it will happen this time, too. There’s too much going on to pursue this matter to its logical extent. By the time all the charges are filed, the case decided, the sentence ready to be carried out, the current president’s term will be over and the subject of his investigations might just be president again.

But, even though we were told earlier on in his administration that we shouldn’t believe what we saw with our own eyes, we did watch the events of that day. Horrified or galvanized, each of us sat there and watched. We saw what went on. We knew who the guilty parties involved were and what they tried to do to overturn our democracy.

And we won’t forget it. Ever.

Keep the faith. Justice is a long road.

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UIC won’t be allowed to participate in Horizon League championship events

UIC won’t be allowed to participate in Horizon League championship events

The Horizon League denied UIC’s request to allow its athletes to participate in the league’s winter and spring sports championships.

“This decision is shocking and entirely inconsistent with the values of the Horizon League, which UIC helped establish and support for nearly three decades,” said Flames athletic director Michael Lipitz said in a statement. “The League has chosen to punish our student-athletes as retribution for our decision to change conferences next academic year. The League is hiding behind its bylaws rather than prioritizing the welfare of students.”

UIC announced last month that it will leave the Horizon League and join the Missouri Valley Conference beginning with the 2022-23 academic year.

A letter from the Horizon League, provided by UIC, said the school did not provide the one-year minimum notice required by the league’s bylaws. Because of that, UIC won’t be allowed to participate in winter and spring championship events.

“The (Horizon League board of directors) was sympathetic to the effects of a league transition on student-athletes but recognized that ensuring UIC’s student-athlete eligibility for Horizon League championships was within UIC’s discretion and control, and could have been ensured through a timely notice,” the league wrote in its letter to UIC.

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Top GOP lawmaker won’t condemn calling events of Jan. 6 ‘legitimate political discourse’

Top GOP lawmaker won't condemn calling events of Jan. 6 'legitimate political discourse'

Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Texas, refused to condemn a censure resolution targeting two Republican colleagues, Reps. Liz Cheney of Wyoming and Adam Kinzinger of Illinois, which ​included a statement suggesting that the events of Jan. 6 were “legitimate political discourse​.”

The RNC issued the formal censure for the lawmakers’ roles on the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol.

“My understanding is [the statement] pertains to the legitimate protesters that I saw that day,” McCaul told ABC “This Week” co-anchor Martha Raddatz on Sunday.

Raddatz pressed McCaul, noting that the “legitimate political discourse” line is still in the resolution, encompassing events that occurred throughout the entire day when some supporters of President Donald Trump assaulted the Capitol in an effort to overturn the results of the 2020 election. Although McCaul steered clear of condoning any acts of violence or criminality that eventually led to hundreds of arrests, he remained unwilling to denounce his party’s resolution.

“I condemn the violence at the Capitol. And those who committed criminal offenses who were violent at the Capitol need to be prosecuted,” he said, adding, “And I’ve said that all along, that that needs to be addressed.”

Last November, the Texas congressman earned the endorsement of Trump heading into the 2022 midterm election cycle. McCaul had voted against the second impeachment of the former president in the wake of the Jan. 6 riot.

The lawmaker said he thinks there’s a view within the GOP that Democrats are “politicizing” and pursuing the “weaponization” of Jan. 6. but that “the truth needs to come out, you know, with respect to this.”

“Liz Cheney and Adam Kinzinger crossed a line. They chose to join Nancy Pelosi in a Democrat-led persecution of ordinary citizens who engaged in legitimate political discourse that had nothing to do with violence at the Capitol. That’s why Republican National Committee members and myself overwhelmingly support this resolution,” RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel said in a statement after the vote.

Once more, Raddatz pressed: “I just want to ask you this again, do you stand by the RNC’s actions and statements?”

“As I understand it, they’re referring to the peaceful protesters when they said that. I do not agree with that statement if it’s applied to those who committed criminal offenses and violence to overtake our shrine of democracy,” McCaul qualified.

While McCaul would not say whether he agrees with the decision to censure his colleagues, he did encourage party unity.

“Should they have been censured?” Raddatz pressed.

“You know, that’s — that was a — I’m not a member of the RNC,” McCaul responded. “I wasn’t privy to the resolution.”

“I can tell you, from a messaging standpoint, the Republicans need to unify,” McCaul said, adding, “What are we going to do for the country to get the majority back in Congress? To get the White House back in 2024?”

On Thursday, the ranking Republican member on the House Foreign Affairs Committee moderated a classified briefing on Capitol Hill led by Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin as Russia continues to build up its military presence around Ukraine.

“Did you come away thinking it was certain that Russia would invade?” Raddatz asked.

“You know, I would say, the conditions are there,” McCaul said. “It’s more likely than not. I think the noose is being prepared. It’s around Ukraine right now as we speak.”

President Joe Biden ordered 3,00 U.S. troop deployments to Eastern Europe on Wednesday to reassure NATO allies amid the standoff with Russia over Ukraine.

But McCaul criticized the Biden administration’s approach, saying he believes an invasion of Ukraine “emboldens and it empowers Putin” and that the U.S. isn’t doing an adequate job of deterring such a move.

“The deterrence has not been there and deterrence is key,” McCaul said.

McCaul said he is working with a bipartisan group of senators that appears to be closing in on a deal that would impose crippling sanctions on Russia for its hostilities against Ukraine.

“I’m working with the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on a bill that we hope to get out this week that will stand up the deterrence where the administration has failed to provide not only the lethal aid to Ukraine but also the sanctions necessary, devastating sanctions, including Nord Stream 2. That is the biggest leverage — that energy pipeline that President Biden gave him in Europe,” McCaul said.

“How does this end? If — if they invade and you put those sanctions on, how does he respond?” Raddatz asked. “Where does this go from here? And you have a huge refugee crisis.”

McCaul responded that “at the end of the day” we’re going to see a “resistance movement in Ukraine.”

“That’s why we’re sending them sniper rifles, ammunition. Remember, the majority of Ukraine is not pro-Russia anymore. Unlike before Crimea, they don’t like Russia, and there’s a resistance movement there,” McCaul said.