Oakridge Style: The Occasion Fall Edition

September 30th, 2014 @ 1:44pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

This summer Oakridge Centre launched The Occasion, an online resource which is the good guest’s guide to attending any event in style. The fall edition of The Occasion was recently published featuring tips for attending business events.


Tips for The Business Lunch include “The Invite”:

While lunch with a potential client or business partner is often more productive and informal than an office meeting, it’s important to be respectful of your lunch date’s time and position. A busy, high-powered exec may be less inclined to leave the office for lunch, but more than happy to meet for a quick coffee.

When it comes to Business Cards, “Be Selective”:

While you should make a point of handing out your business card to those who seem interested in your product or service, exchanging contact information with every person you meet, even at a networking conference, is not always necessary — or even advisable. Successful networking is about identifying quality leads and prospective clients and employers, meaning it’s better to exchange information with one or two significant new connections than to indiscriminately hand out your details to everyone who says hello.

And when Networking in general, “Be a good Conversationalist”:

Brush up on current events to avoid a lull in the conversation, and be sure that you don’t monopolize the discussion. When entering a group conversation, don’t simply interrupt. Rather, take a cue from the party, and excuse yourself if no one appears to invite you in. Similarly, if you’re part of a group conversation and you notice a new addition, make an effort to introduce yourself, and invite the person into the conversation by catching them up.

With everything from an Apple store to Banana Republic, DKNY, Coach, Lenscrafters and Stuart Weitzman, Oakridge Centre is your one-stop shop for also looking great and being prepared for those business meetings. To promote the fall edition of The Occasion, Oakridge has offered up a $100 gift card to a lucky Miss604 reader. Here’s how you can enter to win:

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I will draw one winner at random from all entries on Wednesday, October 8, 2014 at 12:00pm. Follow Oakridge on Twitter and Facebook for more information. Oakridge is located on the south west corner of the intersection at Cambie Street and 41st Avenue, 15 minutes from downtown Vancouver or Richmond. Get there by car or via the Oakridge Canada Line stop.

Science World’s Geodesic Ball

September 30th, 2014 @ 10:44am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Science World, the epicentre of science and educational fun in Vancouver, is celebrating its 25th anniversary in October with the Geodesic Ball. This elegant evening is the pinnacle of Science World’s year-long silver anniversary and it will transform the iconic facility to showcase its past, present and future since opening its doors in 1989.


What Science World’s Geodesic Ball
Where Science World at TELUS World of Science
When Friday, October 17, 2014 at 6:00pm (VIP) 7:00pm (Reception)
Tickets VIP tickets are sold out. General tickets are still available online for $150.

Then and Now, for fun! 1984: City of Vancouver Archives# CVA 780-505.

A Different View On Science
2013: Clayton Perry Photoworks on Flickr

The Geodesic Ball will be filled with sophisticated and whimsical fun. Guests will mingle and move freely from one gallery to another while enjoying culinary delights, signature cocktails, fine wine and incredible entertainment. Enjoy music, memories, and more with proceeds from this event supporting the creation of the Early Learner’s Gallery.

Flight Nights at Magnolia Hotel Victoria

September 30th, 2014 @ 10:14am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

In early September, John and I spent a night at our favourite boutique hotel in Victoria, the Magnolia Hotel and Spa. In town to cover the Rifflandia Festival, it was the perfect way to make the most of a very quick getaway to the capital city.

We previously stayed at the Magnolia in February, for our wedding anniversary trip this year, and we find that it consistently provides a luxurious stay, fully loaded with amenities, combined with cozy comfort.

Magnolia Hotel Victoria

Magnolia Hotel Victoria Magnolia Hotel Victoria

Magnolia Hotel Victoria Magnolia Hotel Victoria

The Magnolia has everything we look for in a hotel. Wi-Fi is included, the lobby is friendly and inviting (and they serve amazing house cider in the winter months), the attached Catalano Restaurant has delicious and unique breakfasts (the potato and leek eggs benedict is my favourite), the beds are big and dreamy, the washrooms have a stand-up shower and a detached bathtub, and every room we have stayed in has had a fireplace and view of the city and the harbour combined. The decor is modern but classic, and it makes you feel special, like you’re really on vacation but you’re somewhere that feels like home.

Magnolia Hotel Victoria
The view from our room.

Magnolia Flight Night

During our recent stay, we enjoyed a flight of spa treatments as a part of the Magnolia’s Flight Nights package. You get your choice of two 30-minute treatments in the spa and a flight of wine at Catalano.

The Magnolia Hotel The Magnolia Hotel

We arrived on a Saturday and booked the spa Sunday morning. After breakfast in bed, we went downstairs to the spa where we were setup in the double room. I enjoyed a pedicure with foot massage and wax treatment (not the clinical, scrape and file kind) as well as a facial with massage and exfoliation for 30 minutes a piece.

It was just the right amount of time to feel relaxed and pampered. My summer and sandal-worn feet were soaking in hot wax, covered in fluffy booties while my shoulders were getting rubbed and my face was being refreshed.

With the 12:00pm checkout we had enough time to grab our robes, head back upstairs and continue to unwind before another full day in Victoria followed by the ferry ride home.

For your Flight Night spa package you can choose a 30-minute Swedish massage, PureFocus Facial, body scrub & hydrotherapy tub, or the treat tired feet pedi. Until October 9th this package is $229/person based on double occupancy, additional night $115 per person. From October 12th until November 15th this package is $179 per person, extra night $69 per person. Flight Night packages include accommodation for two, one wine flight per person (sample 3 wines), and continental breakfast for two.

October in Victoria

October is such a great time to visit Victoria, and I don’t just say that because I love being there at any time of year. In October you get gorgeous fall colours, cool walks on the beach, and an abundance of Halloween events and tours of haunted places. The Magnolia also offers a Fright Night package that includes accommodation, breakfast for two, Ghostly Walks, and chocolate treats.

Spinnakers Silk Road Tea
Ross Bay Cemetery
Ross Bay Cemetery Craigdarroch Castle - Victoria
Top Right to Left: Spinnakers Brew Pub, Silk Road Tea. Middle: Ross Bay Cemetery. Bottom Right to Left: Emily Carr’s gravesite at Ross Bay and Craigdarroch Castle.

Until November 1st, Ghostly Walks take place every night downtown, and the Magnolia Hotel is just two blocks from the Victoria Visitor Centre where they start out. These walks (which are my favourite fall activity in Victoria) combine local and national history with spooky tales of spine-tingling haunts around every corner.

Follow the Magnolia Hotel on Twitter and Facebook for the latest package information and seasonal offerings.

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This is not a paid post. Views are my own. We paid a media rate during our stay in September.

VIFF 2014: Win Tickets to Preggoland

September 29th, 2014 @ 11:14am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

The Vancouver International Film Festival (“VIFF”) is in full swing as audiences flock to local theatres for 353 films from over 65 countries, including 223 features and 130 shorts, 32 world premieres, 38 international premieres, 22 North American premieres, and 47 Canadian premieres. Miss604 is proud to once again be a media sponsor of VIFF, which includes sponsoring a specific film. This year I chose Preggoland, written by and starring Vancouver’s Sonja Bennett. Director: Jacob Tierney; Cast: Sonja Bennett, Danny Trejo, Laura Harris, James Caan, Paul Campbell.


When 35-year-old Ruth ruins a baby shower with her juvenile antics, her old high-school cronies (who are all mothers now) promptly de-friend her. But when she is later mistakenly thought to be with child, she is immediately embraced by the group. Although she initially tries to come clean, the perks of pregnancy become far too seductive to ignore and she soon finds herself living a laborious lie.


Vancouver’s Sonja Bennett shines in this expectant comedy, which she also wrote. Her creation, Ruth, is arrested in her emotional development and arresting in her dedicated amorality. James Caan plays her father who goes from being disappointed with Ruth’s lack of ambition to completely overjoyed with her apparent pregnancy and the prospect of having grand-kids! Danny Trejo is featured as Pedro, a ganja-smoking illegal immigrant (with five kids of his own) who is Ruth’s accomplice and confidant; he even goes so far as to masquerade as her radiology tech. Jacob Tierney (The Trotsky) directs this exceptional cast in a very funny and unconventional comedy about our societal obsession with motherhood and the lengths we’ll go to be part of a club.

After premiering at the Toronto International Film Festival (“TIFF”) earlier this season and has since received rave reviews for its strong script, and well developed characters [Read: National Post].

Preggoland premieres in Vancouver tomorrow, September 30th, at the Vancouver Playhouse (Hamilton at Dunsmuir). If you would like to attend this screening, I have 2 pairs of tickets up for grabs. Here’s how you can enter to win:

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RT to enter to win tix for @Preggoland at @VIFFest from @Miss604 http://ow.ly/C4W5t

Draw takes place at 9:00pm Monday, September 29, 2014. The screening is at 6:15pm on Tuesday, September 30, 2014 so I would recommend winners arrive at the theatre by 5:00pm at the latest to guarantee a seat. I will leave tickets for the winners at the Will Call box office. Preggoland will also be screened on October 2nd at International Village.

Update The winners are bjh and Marianne Bacani!

Vancouver Icons: The Drop

September 29th, 2014 @ 10:42am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

In Vancouver we’re no strangers to rain drops, whether they are pelting down on our umbrellas or misting sideways through the thick green branches of the nearest Douglas Fir. There is one rain drop that does get more attention than others, however and it’s simply called: The Drop. This giant polyurethane-over-EPS sculpture by inges idee is prominently placed at the very foot of Burrard Street, between the two convention centres at Bon Voyage Plaza. The blue landmark, installed in 2009, is the subject of this week’s Vancouver Icons photo collection:

2014 - Vancouver - Alaska Cruise -  Convention Centre
Photo credit: Ted McGrath on Flickr

“Thrust into the waters of Burrard Inlet, The Drop playfully invites the viewer to reflect on our relationship with this precious commodity of water, and by extension, on the history, complexity, and future of our waterfront. The Drop pays homage to the element of water and the un-tameable forces of nature which are omnipresent in Vancouver. The slender, elongated sculpture balances as if a huge raindrop were on the verge of landing on the sea walk. Although the sculpture takes a natural phenomenon as its starting point, it displays a technical perfection, artificially coloured to correspond to the sky and contrasting with the pale yellow mass of the mountain of sulphur visible on the horizon, waiting to be loaded into cargo ships. The sculpture’s angle and orientation create a visual dialogue with the architecture of the Convention Centre West, as well as with the bows of the gigantic cruise ships frequently docked nearby. Like an abstract, radiant-blue ship’s figurehead, it marks the interface between land and water, between nature and technology.” [Source]

Today in Vancouver: Not a Single Drop of Rain
Photo credit: Rikki / Julius Reque on Flickr

Water drop
Photo credit: Charles Nadeau on Flickr

Points Terminal Velocity
Photo credit: Tom Magliery & Alejandro Mejía Greene on Flickr

The Blue Drop Giant blue raindrop The Drop with Canada Place
Photo credit: BigA888 & Ruth Hartnup & Ann Hung on Flickr

In the city
Photo credit: Zorro1968 on Flickr

The Drop with Canada Place
Photo credit: Ann Hung on Flickr

The Drop The Drop
Photo credit: Don Janus & Rikki / Julius Reque on Flickr

Vancouver Convention Centre at Night
Photo credit: TOTORORO.RORO on Flickr

Previous Vancouver Icons posts: Prospect Point Lighthouse, Engagement, Ovaltine Cafe, 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.

Doors Open Vancouver

September 29th, 2014 @ 9:44am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Vancouver is hosting its first Doors Open event on Saturday, October 4th, allowing the public free access to over 20 local attractions and iconic buildings.


Surrey and Richmond both hosted Doors Open events this summer. “Doors Open is a chance for people to connect with the important and interesting work that is done all over the city,” says Sadhu Johnston, Deputy City Manager. “We hope it helps everyone feel more connected to the work the City does, while also having a great day out.”

The Doors Open concept has origins in France where the first event, La Journée Portes Ouvertes, took place in 1984. Toronto was the first North American city to follow the European lead and launched a high profile event showcasing constructed heritage, architecture and design as a millennium project in 2000.

On Saturday, October 4th, the public will be able to enjoy free access to Vancouver venues for an opportunity to learn about civic services while experiencing Vancouver’s architectural, design, engineering, and cultural heritage.

Doors Open Vancouver venues are located in three walkable clusters: Downtown, around City Hall, and in the False Creek Flats. Venues include City Hall, the False Creek Energy Centre, Scotiabank Dance Theatre, 3-1-1 Call Centre, the Vancouver Animal Control Centre, the Vancouver Fire and Rescue Services Training Centre, the Vancouver Police Department Mounted Unit and more.

A variety of tours will be offered at each site. Follow DoorsOpenVan on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram for more information and plan your visit online for Saturday.

Win Tickets to Carmen at Vancouver Opera Courtesy of Mission Hill

September 26th, 2014 @ 3:14pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Vancouver Opera presents the world’s sexiest opera, Carmen, which became the fastest-selling production in Vancouver Opera history when it last took to the Queen Elizabeth Theatre stage five years ago.


This gorgeous production of Carmen, directed by Joel Ivany Joel Ivany Joel Ivany, is set in 1930s-1940s Latin America, complete with the heat, grit and passion of that time and place. Hand-rolled cigars, poncho-clad bandits, even a New York Yankees baseball cap on a street urchin may be seen among the spectacle of more than 60 choristers.

Vancouver Opera’s Carmen will be onstage from Saturday, September 27th until Sunday, October 5th for six performances only. Tickets are available exclusively through the Vancouver Opera Ticket Centre by calling (604) 683-0222 or ordering online.

I love attended Vancouver Opera’s productions. Striking sets, moving performances, sensational music, and a great date night idea or excuse to dress up for a night on the town with friends.

Official Wine Partner Mission Hill Family Estate would like to send you to see this unforgettably passionate, colourful and sensual show. For the last 13 seasons Mission Hill has supported Vancouver Opera’s ground-breaking productions, award-winning community programs, and its foundation as a cultural pillar in our city for the last 50 years.

Here’s how you can enter to win a pair of tickets to Carmen (performance on Saturday, October 4, 2014 at 7:30pm) courtesy of Mission Hill Family Estate:

RT to enter to win tix to @VancouverOpera’s Carmen from @MissionHillWine + @Miss604 http://ow.ly/C0ocQ

I will draw one winner from all entries at 12:00pm on Thursday, October 4, 2014. Must be 19+. Contest tickets are only valid for the October 4, 2014 performance. Follow Mission Hill on Facebook and Twitter to learn more about their wines, special events, and sponsorships.

Things to do in Vancouver This Weekend

September 26th, 2014 @ 9:10am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

It’s the last weekend of September and the month is going out in style. Miss604 is proud to sponsor the Canuck Place Gift of Time Gala on Saturday as well as the Vancouver International Film Festival that has an amazing lineup of international, Canadian, and BC-made films. Science World also has a free weekend to celebrate science in the community, and there are many other galas, markets, and walking tours to enjoy. Have a great weekend!

A Look from Locarno ~ Vancouver, BC
Photo credit: SeaSide Signs ~ Vancouver, BC on Flickr

Things to do in Vancouver This Weekend

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

Friday, September 26, 2014
Sponsored by Miss604: Vancouver International Film Festival
Artists for Conservation: Preview Gala
Black Diamond Gala: BC Adaptive Snowsports
Alicia Tobin’s Come Draw With Me
Women’s Media Golf Classic
LOL For Life: Comedy Show for SPEAC
Ole Originals Frist Ever Studio Sale
The Bluebird Gala for The Arthritis Society
Richmond Night Market
Fraser Valley Flipout Pinball Tournament
Professional Photography Festival
Camera Obscura Workshop at Roedde House Museum
Word Vancouver
IDS West Interior Design Show
Eva Cassidy: How Can I Keep From Singing

Saturday, September 27, 2014
Sponsored by Miss604: Canuck Place Gift of Time Gala
Sponsored by Miss604: Vancouver International Film Festival
Free Weekend at Science World
Walking Tour: 
The Bloedel Conservatory and Queen Elizabeth Park
Bowling with the Pirates in Richmond
Artists for Conservation: Musical & Cultural Performances
4Cats Free Family Workshop
Guess Who 2: Mystery on Granville Island
Hot One Inch Action
Backyard Biodiversity Exhibition Opening
Brilliant! A Show of Love for Mental Health
Safar Middle Eastern Dance and Music Gala Show
Metrotown’s 7th Annual Retail Job Fair
Closing Time: Prohibition, Rum-Runners and Border Wars
Robson Square: Etsy ‘Made in Canada’ Market
7th Annual Celebrity Dim Sum
ArtStarts Presents Dumpsta Dragons
RiverFest New Westminster
Jürgen Partenheimer: The Archive—The Raven Diaries
Vancouver Shogi Club
Unbridled Mud Trials, Chilliwack
Trout Lake Farmers Market
West End Farmers Market
Kerrisdale Farmers Market
Richmond Night Market
Camera Obscura Workshop at Roedde House Museum
Word Vancouver
Professional Photography Festival
Fraser Valley Flipout Pinball Tournament
IDS West Interior Design Show
Eva Cassidy: How Can I Keep From Singing

Sunday, September 28, 2014
Sponsored by Miss604: Vancouver International Film Festival
Free Weekend at Science World
Bomber Brewing Oktoberfest
West End Flea Market
Mount Kilimanjaro Grouse Grind
Backyard Vineyards 5th Anniversary Party
Frances Willard Commemoration & Walking Tour of Stanley Park Monuments
6th Annual Pumpkin Run/Walk
HYCS Gala Fundraising Finale Dinner
PoCo Rivers and Trails Festival
Koerner Concert: From Spillville to St. Petersburg
ArtStarts Presents Dumpsta Dragons
Miss and Mister World Canada 2015 Audition
Literacy is Life Team Trivia Challenge
Kitsilano Farmers Market
Mount Pleasant Farmers Market
Richmond Night Market
Camera Obscura Workshop at Roedde House Museum
Word Vancouver
Professional Photography Festival
Fraser Valley Flipout Pinball Tournament
IDS West Interior Design Show

View the full monthly event list to plan ahead at any time. Follow me on Twitter and Facebook for frequent updates about local events and community happenings.