Vancouver Icons: Ovaltine Cafe

September 2nd, 2014 @ 1:44pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

The 72 year old Ovaltine Cafe is one of the most recognizable diners in Vancouver, but not necessarily because of its (reasonably-priced) food or its Yelp reviews. Its iconic neon signs, installed in 1948 and 1943 by Wallace Neon, and old school look make it a prime filming location, from Da Vinci’s Inquest and The X-Files to I, Robot, Fringe, Almost Human, and Supernatural. Located at 251 East Hastings, it’s a neighbourhood institution that serves up $3.95 breakfasts and plenty of memories. As such, The Ovaltine Cafe is today’s Vancouver Icons photo feature:

Ovaltine Cafe (1942)
Photo credit: Heritage Vancouver Society on Flickr

Ovaltine Cafe neon (1942)
Photo credit: Heritage Vancouver Society on Flickr

Ovaltine Cafe
Photo credit: Clayton Perry on Flickr

Historian John Atkin worries about the Ovaltine’s chances for survival with scant customers and low-priced fare. Diminished evening hours mean customers no longer see neon reflected down the long counter, but he doesn’t want the cafe “hipsterized” and serving craft beer. “What I like about it is it sits in the neighbourhood, it’s a reminder of what the neighbourhood was like in its heyday and yet it’s still here and it’s not trying to be anything. It’s just the Ovaltine,” he said. [Vancouver Courier]

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Photo credit: Curtis Cronn & Jason V & Susannah Anderson on Flickr

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Photo credit: joe robertson & Curtis Cronn on Flickr

Chinatown [1996-06-10, #11] I love saturated colour
Photo credit: Ian Alexander Martin & Steph L on Flickr

The Ovaltine
Photo credit: Kenny Louie on Flickr

Previous Vancouver Icons posts: The English Bay Slide, Freezing Water #7, Cleveland Dam, Heritage Hall, School of Theology Building at UBC, Gate to the Northwest Passage, St Paul’s Hospital, Capilano Lake, Stawamus Chief, Nine O’Clock Gun, Malkin Bowl, Search, Vancouver Rowing Club, Echoes, Point Atkinson Lighthouse, English Bay Inukshuk, Hollow Tree, Hotel Europe, Lions Gate Bridge Lions, LightShed, Granville Bridge, 217.5 Arc x 13′, Canoe Bridge, Vancouver Block, Bloedel Conservatory, Centennial Rocket, Canada Place, Old Courthouse/Vancouver Art Gallery, Dominion Building, Science World, Gastown Steam Clock, SFU Burnaby, Commodore Lanes, Siwash Rock, Kitsilano Pool, White Rock Pier, Main Post Office, Planetarium Building, Lord Stanley Statue, Vancouver Library Central Branch, Victory Square, Digital Orca, The Crab Sculpture, Girl in Wetsuit, The Sun Tower, The Hotel Vancouver, The Gassy Jack Statue, The Marine Building, and The Angel of Victory. Should you have a suggestion for the Vancouver Icons series please feel free to leave a note in the comments. It should be a thing, statue, or place that is very visible and recognizable to the public.

BC Sports Hall of Fame: Banquet of Champions

September 2nd, 2014 @ 11:14am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

banquetofchamps2014The BC Sports Hall of Fame is gearing up to celebrate its 2014 inductees at the annual 46th Annual Banquet of Champions, taking place September 25th at the Vancouver Convention Centre.

Miss604 is a proud media partner of this event and I am honoured to shine the spotlight on the Class of 2014.

2014 Inductees

The British Columbia Sports Hall of Fame has selected ten individuals and one team for induction as part of its 2014 class.

“The 2014 Class of Inductees to be honoured by the BC Sports Hall of Fame showcases the best of the best in BC sport,” said Marion Lay, Honoured Member and chair of the Selection Committee. “Our selection committee did an outstanding job of sifting through 115 nominations; we thank them and the members of the public who take the time to submit nominations.”

Induction recognizes excellence in sport, contribution to sport and the impact on sport in British Columbia, in the categories of athlete, builder, team, pioneer, media, and W.A.C. Bennett.

In the athlete category, five athletes: Greg Athans (freestyle skiing), Sarah Burke (freestyle skiing), Lars Hansen (basketball), Scott Niedermayer (ice hockey), Joanne Sargent (basketball).

In the builder category: Bob Nicholson (ice hockey) and Dr. Jack Taunton (sports medicine) have been selected. Selected for induction in the pioneer category is Robert Powell (tennis) and in the W.A.C. Bennett category, Erwin Swangard. The 1978 Doc’s Blues Women’s Softball Team has been selected for induction in the team category and Paul Carson has been selected for induction in the media category.

The 2014 Inductees will be formally inducted to the BC Sports Hall of Fame at the 46th Annual Banquet of Champions presented by Canadian Direct Insurance at the Vancouver Convention Centre on September 25, 2014.

BC Sports Hall of Fame Banquet of Champions

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Past inductees. Photos by John Bollwitt for Miss604

Attendance at the Banquet of Champions makes it possible for the BC Sports Hall of Fame to educate, encourage and inspire the youth of our province to be motivated and healthy citizens. By preserving and protecting BC’s sport heritage collection, we have unique tools and stories to share through our HERO IN YOU® Youth Education Programs.
Limited tickets are still available, click here to purchase.

The BC Sports Hall of Fame is open daily at Gate A of BC Place from 10:00am-5:00pm. Go there. Experience. Be proud. Be inspired. For more information follow the Hall on Twitter and Facebook.

Win a Season Subscription to Turning Point Ensemble

September 2nd, 2014 @ 10:44am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Turning Point Ensemble is a dynamic group of some of Canada’s most exceptional musicians. Vancouver’s premiere chamber orchestra presents three innovative concerts for its 2014/20145 season that are in keeping with the core mandate and strengths of the Turning Point Ensemble presenting bold, distinctive music of the 20th composer/conductor Owen Underhill, Artistic Director.

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Photo courtesy of Turning Point Ensemble

Imaginary Worlds

Date: Friday, September 19th at 8:00pm
Location: Vancouver Playhouse at 600 Dunsmuir, Vancouver

The season launches with a colourful and engaging concert, with an exciting collection of works that evoke imaginary worlds and remembered worlds. Experience the range of works that include a Viennese Kaiser Waltz (Strauss/Schoenberg), folk music of Korean street markets (Unsuk Chin), Vancouver’s early Chinatown (arranged Mark Armanini), the melancholy world of Canadian composer Claude Vivier, and the premiere of Le jour ma nuit by Tajik/Canadian composer Farangis Nurulla-Khoja.

Carnival

Date: Friday, March 13, 2015 & Saturday, March 14, 2015 at 8:00pm
Location: SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, Vancouver

A chamber arrangement of Saint-Saëns’ playful Carnival of the Animals is the centre piece of “Carnival” with a program which includes Paul Hindemith’s brilliant Kammermusik Nr. 3 for cello and ten instruments (soloist Ari Barnes), a premiere from Vancouver’s Jocelyn Morlock, and Debussy’s iconic Prelude for the Afternoon of a Faun.

Masque Early and New: A Musical Time Capsule

Date: Friday, April 17, 2015 at 7:30pm & Sunday, April 19, 2015 at 2:30pm
Location: The Telus Studio at The Chan Centre

Connecting music across the centuries with contemporary works that reference and reinterpret music of the past including Britten’s Lachrymae (Marcus Takizawa, viola), a new work from genre-transcending jazz artist Tony Wilson, Bradshaw Pack’s Piano Inclinato di Galileo, an arrangement of the 14th composer Ockeghem by Birtwistle, and Peter Maxwell Davies’ Seven in Nomine.

Tickets

Experience innovative music, new works, exquisite musicianship, stellar concerts, and intriguing programs with Turning Point Ensemble. Season subscriptions are on sale now for $105 (adults), $99 (seniors), $30 (students). Individual show tickets are currently on sale for the first production, Imaginary Worlds.

Enter to Win

For the second year, Turning Point Ensemble has offered up a season subscription to one lucky Miss604 reader to enjoy contemporary music and a fabulous night out in Vancouver throughout the year. The prize include a pair of tickets to each of their 2014/2015 shows. Here’s how you can enter to win:

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RT to enter to win season passes to @TPE_Vancouver from @Miss604 http://ow.ly/AZRXG

I will draw one winner at random from all entries at 12:00pm on September 13th. Follow Turning Point Ensemble on Facebook and Twitter for more information about performances.

September in Vancouver History

September 1st, 2014 @ 2:28pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Every month I put together a list of events to look forward to around the city with festivals, markets, fundraisers, pub nights, and everything in between. While I look ahead I also like to take a look back and share what happened each month around Vancouver. Thanks to Chuck Davis’ legacy, The History of Metropolitan Vancouver, I have put together a list of things that happened in Vancouver throughout history, in the month of September:

September 2, 1927
On this day in history (September 2nd, 1927) Jonathan Rogers sold his namesake “Rogers Building” at the corner of Pender and Granville for $1 million to General F. A. ‘One Arm’ Sutton. At the time, it was the biggest real estate transaction in the city’s history.

Rogers Building
Photo credit: midbach on Flickr

September 3, 1929
Winston Churchill, Britain’s former Chancellor of the Exchequer visited Vancouver today and gave a talk at the Vancouver Theatre on Granville Street. He became extraordinarily famous a decade later, when the Second World War began.

September 4, 1918
Vancouver’s first plane crash happened at the home of Dr. J.C Farish on the corner of Bute and Alberni. Chuck Davis writes:

"Piloting the little plane was Lt. Victor Bishop of the RAF, a seasoned pilot who had seen (and would see more) action in the First World War. Bishop’s plane dropped like a stone and fell on the roof of a house owned by Dr. J. C. Farish at the corner of Bute and Alberni Streets. Bishop was not seriously injured. In fact, he stepped out of the plane into the upstairs hallway of the house and, with the assistance of one of the residents, walked down the stairs to the front door and outside through a gathered crowd to a waiting ambulance."

September 5, 1940
The provincial government’s wartime order-in-council required all school children in BC to salute the flag and sing God Save the King at least once a week.

September 7, 1968
Jimi Hendrix played the Pacific Coliseum in Vancouver today. During the show he acknowledged his grandmother, who lived here and was also int he audience. The Jimi Hendrix Shrine in East Vancouver today is located near his grandmother’s old restaurant, Vie’s Chicken and Steak House.

Vancouver Hendrix Shrine‎.
Photo credit: Nattawot Juttiwattananon on Flickr

September 8, 1979
The Vancouver Whitecaps won the North American Soccer League championship in New York against the Tampa Bay Rowdies.

September 11, 1898
The New Westminster Fire was finally out after two days of destruction that destroyed almost the entire downtown leaving hundreds homeless. The Burr Block was one of few buildings that remained, and is still around today.


1898: Remains of the Bank of BC after the New Westminster fire. Archives# Out N574.

September 14, 1928
Percy Williams returned to Vancouver today after winning two gold medals in track and field at the Amsterdam Olympics.

Percy Williams, Vancouverite

September 16, 1884
CPR President William Van Horne recommended today that the town at the western end of the railway’s line be renamed Vancouver. It had been called Granville until that time.

September 17, 1995
General Motors Place opened today as a new home for the Vancouver Canucks. Today it’s known as Rogers Arena.

September 22, 1887
Under the chairmanship of Alderman R. Clark, the Vancouver Board of Trade was formed on this day.

September 24, 1977
The Gastown Steam Clock was dedicated.

Water Street
Photo credit: Eugene on Flickr

September 25, 1911
Park Drive in Vancouver was renamed Commercial Drive.

September 26, 1971
The Stanley Park Seawall was officially opened today. Jimmy Cunningham began building the Seawall in 1917 and over several decades it grew, bit by bit.

September 29, 1950
The Sunset Community Centre opened today and received a very special call from none other than Bing Crosby to mark the occassion. Crosby was fond of BC and a year later he managed to visit the community centre in person.

For more Vancouver History check out the following books:

September Events in Metro Vancouver

September 1st, 2014 @ 11:39am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

September in Vancouver means festival season of a different kind has begun. Gone are the dusty outdoor concerts and here are the red carpet galas, opening nights, and theatre showcases. Headlining this season are the Vancouver International Film Festival (“VIFF”) and the Vancouver Fringe Festival.

I have listed the Fringe Festival each day but I have included individual listings for shows that have personally emailed me with info. As a proud media partner of VIFF, I will also be adding listings once they come available after the schedule is released September 4th.

While this month also leads us into family fun like corn mazes and harvests on the farm, The Province has a great list of day camps for kids who are out of school during the teachers’ strike.

Summer Storm ~ Vancouver, BC
Photo credit: SeaSide Signs ~ Vancouver, BC on Flickr

As always, should you have an event you would like to include on the event list, please feel free to send details my way.

September Events in Metro Vancouver

Jump to: Monday, September 1st to Sunday, September 7th, 2014
Jump to: Monday, September 8th to Sunday, September 14th, 2014
Jump to: Monday, September 15th to Sunday, September 21st, 2014
Jump to: Monday, September 22nd to Tuesday, September 30th, 2014

Multi-Day Events

Events that run for longer than three days in a row are highlighted in green below.

Vancouver Photos of the Week

August 29th, 2014 @ 10:18am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

In a little while, my weekly photo collections will be filled with grey clouds, boots in puddles, umbrellas at crosswalks, and leaves that have tumbled to the ground as they give up on the season. Until that time, which won’t be anytime soon, please enjoy these glimpses of summer around Metro Vancouver and beyond thanks to those who have shared their photos with the Miss604 Flickr Pool and #Photos604 on Instagram:

Vancouver Photos of the Week

Buntzen Lake
Photo credit: Conrad Olson on Flickr

Howe Sound from the highway
Photo credit: Ruth Hartnup on Flickr

Little man walking down big river / Mali čovjek odlazi niz veliku rijeku
Photo credit: Gordana Adamovic-Mladenovic on Flickr

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Photo credit: Vladimir Megan on Flickr

Up the Mast 2014-06-23 Vancouver West End Amazing Laughter-4
Photo credit: Don Janus & Michael Schmidt on Flickr

Gumhead
Photo credit: Steve Jin on Flickr

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Photo credit: Gemy on Flickr

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Photo credit: Doug Farmer on Flickr

Girl at the piano
Photo credit: Jianwei Yang on Flickr

Love, Reign O'er Me, English Bay
Photo credit: jean-philippe castonguay on Flickr

Bridged The View from A Bridge
Photo credit: Patricia Meyer & Patricia Meyer on Flickr

Coffee Time
Photo credit: Patricia Meyer on Flickr

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Photo credit: Ann Hung & Ann Hung on Flickr

Crab Park Sunset
Photo credit: Philip on Flickr

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Photo credit: Gemy & Gemy on Flickr

Fun At The Beach IMG_7388
Photo credit: Gemy on Flickr

Burrard Inlet Sunset Kitsilano Sunset
Photo credit: Philip & Alan W on Flickr

2014-08-16 Richmond Terra Nova Park Sunset 02-1
Photo credit: Michael Schmidt on Flickr

Endless Summer
Photo credit: Clayton Perry on Flickr

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Photo credit: Michael Schmidt & Michael Schmidt on Flickr

Here comes the rain again Falling on my head like a memory.
Photo credit: shockk on Flickr

Partial Milky Way Over Merritt, BC, Canada
Photo credit: Sunny Jhooty on Flickr

As always, please click through on these images to view more work from the photographers and feel free to share your own photos with the Miss604 Flickr Pool or with the tag #Photos604 on Instagram. View all photo collections here.

Things to do in Vancouver Labour Day Weekend

August 28th, 2014 @ 4:47pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Summer isn’t over yet and with events lined up for Labour Day Weekend — even in the rain — you’ll have plenty of activities to enjoy with the family around town.

Endless Summer
Photo credit: Clayton Perry on Flickr

Things to do in Vancouver Labour Day Weekend

Events that run for longer than three days in a row are highlighted in green below.

Saturday, August 30, 2014
FREE PNE Gate Admission 11:00am to 1:00pm
Southsiders 3 on 3 Soccer Tournament
TaiwanFest Downtown
Discovery Day at the Surrey Nature Centre
Victorian Vancouver: Family Portraits Opening
ArtStarts Celebrating Seasonal Birds: Printmaking with Colette Lisoway
Earthwise Society Tomato Fest
Mad-T-Party
Surrey Food Truck Festival
Labour Day Chinook Classic
Curious Flea at River Market
River District Farmers Market
Trout Lake Farmers Market
West End Farmers Market
Kerrisdale Farmers Market
Richmond Night Market
Surrey Night Market
Contemporary Art Gallery Guided Visit with Shaun Dacey
PNE Concert Night
Gastown BBQ & Chili Festival
Live Music at The Village at Park Royal
Summer Sessions at Shipbuilders’ Square, North Vancouver
Squamish Nation Youth Powwow
Vancouver Latin American Film Festival
Vancouver International Tap Dance Festival
Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival
Klahowya Village & Spirit Catcher Train in Stanley Park
The Cinematheque’s Annual Film Noir Summer Season of Films

Sunday, August 31, 2014
Sponsored by Miss604: Richmond Summer PlayDays Movie/Concert Night
FREE PNE Gate Admission 11:00am to 1:00pm
Fort Farm Fest
TaiwanFest Downtown
The Re:Clamation Official Wrap Party for theNative HipHop Festival
Victory Square Block Party
Artful Sundays
ArtStarts Celebrating Seasonal Birds: Printmaking with Colette Lisoway
Hershe Bar Where the Girls Are
Vancouver Food Cart Festival
Kitsilano Farmers Market
Mount Pleasant Farmers Market
White Rock Farmers Market
Coquitlam Farmers Market
Richmond Night Market
Contemporary Art Gallery Guided Visit with Olivia Qiu
PNE Concert Night
Gastown BBQ & Chili Festival
Live Music at The Village at Park Royal
Squamish Nation Youth Powwow
Vancouver Latin American Film Festival
Vancouver International Tap Dance Festival
Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival
Theatre Under the Stars in Stanley Park
Klahowya Village & Spirit Catcher Train in Stanley Park
The Cinematheque’s Annual Film Noir Summer Season of Films

Monday, September 1, 2014
Free Outdoor Movie at UBC: Monster’s University
Fort Farm Fest
Vancouver Latin American Film Festival
Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival
Theatre Under the Stars in Stanley Park
Klahowya Village & Spirit Catcher Train in Stanley Park

All August events can be found in the big event list. Stay tuned for the September list which will be published on Monday, September 1, 2014. In the meantime, follow Miss604 on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram for information about the latest community activities and happenings.

Win Free Tuition for CircusWest

August 28th, 2014 @ 3:14pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Combine fitness, performance art skills, and good old fashion play with CircusWest this fall as they launch their new program for the season for kids and adults alike.

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Photos courtesy of CircusWest

CircusWest is Vancouver’s circus performing arts society – a comprehensive circus arts centre for all ages. Located in the historic Garden Auditorium on the PNE grounds in east Vancouver, CircusWest offers children, teens, and adults an opportunity to explore Circus Arts in an encouraging, non-competitive environment. CircusWest’s programs encourage respect for oneself and others and provide an environment to learn responsible risk-taking. As a collaborative community in which everyone can develop skills, find their artistic voice, and realize their potential, CircusWest is a creative space where individuals can dream big, push limits, and defy gravity – all while having fun.

Programs include: CirKids (ages 3 to 19); Camps (spring break and summer); CATS Circus Arts Training Sessions (drop-in practice); Adult & Teen (classes for ages 13 and up); birthday parties (kids, teens, and adults); and workshops (for groups, companies, team-building).

Not sure what class may be for you? CircusWest is offering an Intro to Circus Fun Night on September 10th from 8:00pm to 9:30pm, where you can try your hand at a variety of circus skills and equipment on this safe and fun filled night. Please note, that some of the more popular classes may fill up by this date, so sign up in advance if you know which class you want to take.

CircusWest’s classes make for perfect training to help build and maintain core strength, balance and flexibility while providing a unique way of artistic expression. There are classes offered for all ages in a supportive, non-competitive environment let by highly experienced coaches.

Win Free Tuition

CircusWest has partnered with Miss604 to give away tuition* for a 6-week Adult & Teen class (September 15 to October 26). The winner can choose from a variety of classes including trampoline, tissue (aerial silks), main a main (handstands), acrobatics, aerial hoop & trapeze, intro to jazz & modern, strength & flexibility, swinging trapeze and partner acro.

Here’s how you can enter to win:

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RT to enter to win @CircusWest 6-week class tuition from @Miss604 http://ow.ly/AQ4Ia

I will draw one winner from all entries at 12:00pm on Wednesday, September 3, 2014. The winner drawn can either sign up for themselves or gift this prize to a loved one (for example a parent can sign up their child, provided the child is 13 years or older). Follow CircusWest on Twitter and Facebook to learn more about their programs and special events.

*Must be 13 years and up to participate in Adult & Teen classes. The winner will be required to pay for Gymnastics BC insurance ($20) and CircusWest annual membership ($15). Prize includes a quality class of $155-200 in value for a 6-week class September 15 to October 26, 2014.