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Ok, this is weird. On VANOC's RFP for the Executive Producer, it says that the length of each of the Opening and Closing ceremonies will be a maximum of 2 hours. *wtf* That's incredibly short considering Salt Lake and Sydney went for 4 hours and Torino and Athens went for 3.5 hours.

Does the 2 hours include the parade of nations, speeches, and the lighting of the torch or is the two hours just the cultural theatric part of the ceremony?; 2 hours of the 3-4 hour ceremony?

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Ok, this is weird. On VANOC's RFP for the Executive Producer, it says that the length of each of the Opening and Closing ceremonies will be a maximum of 2 hours. *wtf* That's incredibly short considering Salt Lake and Sydney went for 4 hours and Torino and Athens went for 3.5 hours.

Does the 2 hours include the parade of nations, speeches, and the lighting of the torch or is the two hours just the cultural theatric part of the ceremony?; 2 hours of the 3-4 hour ceremony?

They are definitely in need of a makeover on that one. :rolleyes: Even Calgary 1988 went about 3 hours long for the opening ceremony and it has only about 57 NOCs marching in that parade of nations. Torino 2006 had 80 of them and it had about that amount of time for the opening ceremony. It is a definite possibility that Vancouver 2010 will have more NOCs participating there than ever before and they calculate only that amount of time for the opening ceremony? *bangs head on computer keyboard* :wacko:

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^ maybe they're just talking about the performance/theatric/cultural part of the ceremonies, which will take 2 hours. The parade of nations, speeches, and the lighting of the torch another hour for a total of 3 or more hours.

If not, I'm sending a letter to VANOC. 2 hours is nowhere near enough....at least 3 hours is needed. Otherwise, 2 hours will give VANOC an hour for cultural/theatric performances and another hour for IOC protocol.

Or maybe they're still sticking with that tiny Ceremony budget, around CAN$23 million for both ceremonies.

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More artists to consider...(takes a deep breath)

Swollen Members, Kardinal Offishall, Maestro, Snow, Kazzer, Classified, Rascalz, Choclair, Simple Plan, Three Days Grace, The Philosopher Kings, Jacksoul, Diana Krall, Micheal Buble, the Salads, Sam Roberts, Rush, the Guess Who (no scratch that),Bedouin Soundclash, Metric, Theory of a Deadman, Nickelback, Hedley, Melissa O' Neal, Suzie McNeil, INXS with J.D. Fortune, Katlan Porter, Ashley McIssac, Leahy, Billy Talent, Rex Goudy, Debroah Cox, Death from Above 1979, The Arcade Fire, Alexisonfire, The Tea Party, Prozac, Love Inc., Ryan Malcolm, Tom Cochrane, Alanis Morrisette, Divine Brown, the Constantines, Jully Black, Broken Social Scene, Wolf Parade, the New Pornographers, Final Fantasy, Sarah Harmer, George Canyon, Terri Clark, Kathleen Edwards, Cuff the Duke, Paul Brandt, Daniel Powter...phew...and Neil Young!

That's it! There's too much talent to make the Grammys look bad!

Don't miss the Junos on April 2!</font>

i would hope that Vanoc stays away from pop acts, as they don't really represent Canadian music as much as the music industry. I think it would be awesome to See a show started east coast with Classified, move to Quebe'c with Sam Roberts, then go a little hardcore Ontario with Alexisonfire, Manitoba could give us some BTO? unfortunatley I don't know who could represent Saskatchewan or alberta (someone wanna help me out?) and then finish her off in Vancouver with maybe Sarah McLachlan. It should also include some native music and you have to get bagpipe in thier somewhere. Of course there is so much canadian talent i would love to see including: Billy Talent, K-os, Bedouin SoundClash, Metric (even though emily went solo), Death from above 1979 (even though they broke up), and others. I think the line up should show mant Genre's not just one. My Line-up has some Indi, Punk, Hip Hop, Old school rock, and some what i would describe as contemporary Pop.

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I don't think the 2 hours includes the parade. You cannot exactly "executive produce" the parade in that it cannot be written or choreographed.

An Olympic first, the athletes perform in the ceremonies....

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lol, i tried asking VANOC and this is what they said:

Thank you for your email.

Are you interested in responding to the opportunity for the Executive Producer of the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games? If so, please submit your Receipt Confirmation Form as outlined in the EOI and your questions will be forwarded to the Contracts Administrator.

Regards,

Procurement

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lol, i tried asking VANOC and this is what they said:

Thank you for your email.

Are you interested in responding to the opportunity for the Executive Producer of the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games? If so, please submit your Receipt Confirmation Form as outlined in the EOI and your questions will be forwarded to the Contracts Administrator.

Regards,

Procurement

LOL! Really?? Image that. A GB forum member getting the job of producing the ceremonies. Maybe we should get GBModerator to submit his name for the position and see what happens!

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i would hope that Vanoc stays away from pop acts, as they don't really represent Canadian music as much as the music industry. I think it would be awesome to See a show started east coast with Classified, move to Quebe'c with Sam Roberts, then go a little hardcore Ontario with Alexisonfire, Manitoba could give us some BTO? unfortunatley I don't know who could represent Saskatchewan or alberta (someone wanna help me out?) and then finish her off in Vancouver with maybe Sarah McLachlan. It should also include some native music and you have to get bagpipe in thier somewhere. Of course there is so much canadian talent i would love to see including: Billy Talent, K-os, Bedouin SoundClash, Metric (even though emily went solo), Death from above 1979 (even though they broke up), and others. I think the line up should show mant Genre's not just one. My Line-up has some Indi, Punk, Hip Hop, Old school rock, and some what i would describe as contemporary Pop.

Why shouldn't we include Pop acts into the performance lineup? Canada has some pretty successful pop acts of past and recent times now. Just because you don't like certain artists doesn't necessarily represent what everyone else enjoys.

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Again, I think people are confusing the opening ceremony with a rock or pop concert. The purpose isn't to entertain, the purpose is to interpret the story of the host region/nation through cultural displays that include things such as dance, art, theatre, technology and, yes, music.

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Well i also think that at the opening ceremony there should not be any popular performers.. Perhaps one for the national anthem,... sarah mclachlan would be an excellent choise to perform the national anthem.. she has a great and very special voice...

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Why shouldn't we include Pop acts into the performance lineup? Canada has some pretty successful pop acts of past and recent times now. Just because you don't like certain artists doesn't necessarily represent what everyone else enjoys.

Because like i said earlier, Pop acts are all very similar. Most are prefab acts that can do well in Canada the USA and Britain. They are marketed purposely to appeal to a large demographic and once again are better representation of the Music industry than a nation. Further more, aside from first Nation Music (whitch i hope is included) Canada has little national music style. So, a selection of artists with many genre's represented would better parallel Canad's "cultural mosaic". As an example, Alexisonfire had the top CD in Canada for a while Beating out Christina Agulara (SP?). In the USA they are basicaly unknown. Bands and acts like them are a better choice, Popular Canadian acts that are Popular in Canada.

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Spectacles to highlight Canada

Kevin Griffin, Vancouver Sun

Published: Saturday, February 10, 2007

Although the opening and closing ceremonies have nothing to do with sports, the competition to put on the two spectacles that bookend the 2010 Olympic Games will be as fierce as any battle for a gold medal.

The high profile events will be seen by an estimated three billion people around the world on TV and new media, making them the two biggest television and media programs ever produced in the country's history, dwarfing those at Calgary in 1988 and Montreal in 1976.

On Wednesday, the Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic Games (Vanoc) announced that the search had begun to find an executive producer for the two shows. Based on previous Winter Olympic Games, the executive producer likely will be an individual who is part of a team that will oversee the creative and production process for the two ceremonies.

Tom Mayenknecht, a media and marketing communications consultant, said few people realize that there aren't many events that can engage up to 80 per cent of the TV audience in a country at one time -- but that's the reach of the opening and closing ceremonies.

"The ceremonies will begin and conclude the Vancouver Olympic experience for millions of people around the world," he said. "They definitely are a focal point in terms of branding Vancouver and Canada to the world."

According to Vanoc, the executive producer will create and produce the opening and closing ceremonies, but not develop the fundamental ideas or concepts.

"The ceremonies will be a celebration of the Olympic Winter Games, and reflect the region, the people and the culture of the Host City Vancouver, Host Mountain Resort Whistler, the province of British Columbia and Canada," Vanoc says in its request for expressions of interest.

"In particular, they should highlight Canada's creativity, linguistic duality, cultural diversity and aboriginal heritage."

Deadline for responses is 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 1.

Vanoc is also looking for an artistic director for the Olympic and Paralympic Arts Festivals, another key cultural job for 2010.

Vanoc is looking for someone to develop an artistic program that will feature regional, national and international programming in the performing arts, visual arts, aboriginal arts and culture, literary arts, media arts, street and site entertainment.

He or she will be responsible for two festivals that take place before and during the actual sports competition. The Olympic Arts Festival is the five-week festival that begins Jan. 22, 2010, and ends Feb. 27, the night before the closing ceremony. The Paralympic Arts Festival runs from March 11 to March 20.

Another part of the 2010 Olympics cultural package is what's called the Cultural Olympiad. When Vancouver was seeking the bid, the Cultural Olympiad was touted as a four-year program of unspecified cultural events leading up to 2010. But late last year, Vanoc said the Cultural Olympiad would be cut back to two years, starting in 2008.

So far, Vanoc has hired Robert Kerr as the Olympiad's program director and has said only that the multi-year event may include special exhibitions and concerts as well as a new program to commission artistic works.

Also included as part of the cultural side of the games are the nightly victory presentations -- the medal awards. Vanoc has said they will feature huge video screens and a television feed connecting BC Place and the Whistler celebration site, allowing both communities to participate in the celebrations.

As for the Olympic torch, it will remain in Olympia, Greece, until late 2009 when it will travel over the North Pole to the high Arctic and on to the West Coast and Vancouver.

kevingriffin@png.canwest.com

© The Vancouver Sun 2007

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Huh? Whatever. Like, since the Olympic Games coverage has been increasing since the idea first started, it is so obvious that Vancouver 2010 is going to be seen more than Calgary 1988 on the media.

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Huh? Whatever. Like, since the Olympic Games coverage has been increasing since the idea first started, it is so obvious that Vancouver 2010 is going to be seen more than Calgary 1988 on the media.

Not be rude, and don't take it personally, but sometimes I do find it annoying that you compare every little thing about Vancouver 2010 to Calgary 1988.

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Not be rude, and don't take it personally, but sometimes I do find it annoying that you compare every little thing about Vancouver 2010 to Calgary 1988.

Don't worry about it. It just looks too obvious for me, that's all. Unlike the errors of reporting and some "disinformation" I have seen recently here in the Internet surrounding Calgary in the Olympic Movement's past, Vancouver 2010 is going to make sure that its message is heard loud AND CLEAR. Besides, Vancouver is going to get scrutinized like this for a long time in both positive and negative contexts. Take it from me. You think it is not pretty now; wait and come back to see what kinds of "facts" that will come out for years to come about Vancouver 2010 from "all sides of the debate." These forums are evidence of that.

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