I began assembling this collection of photos from the City of Vancouver Archives on Labour Day, hence the theme, and while it didn’t get published then, I still love these “on the job” photos of Vancouver workers throughout the years:
104 years ago a philanthropic institution in Vancouver offered daycare for the children of working mothers for 10 cents a day. The Creche, first located at 752 Thurlow Street downtown, received children of women who have to go out to work “when their mothers are unable to give them personal care,”1 and it was Canada’s first such public institution.
The Vancouver City Creche was established in 1910 by the Associated Charities to provide a daycare centre for the children of working women. In 1912 the Creche became a public institution under the Health Department and new quarters were provided.2
The crèche began as the private undertaking of women from Vancouver’s small but influential network of suffragists and social reform activists. Its “founding mothers” included Helen Gregory MacGill, Mary Ellen Smith, Mrs. T.E. Aikins, and Mrs J.O. Perry. MacGill, a member of the University Women’s Club, the Women’s Christian Temperance Union (wctu), and the Local Council of Women, was an outspoken advocate for women and children’s legal rights and the province’s first female juvenile court judge.3
According to The Progress Club, not only did The Creche care for children of working mothers, but it also had an employment bureau to find work for women.4 Eight months after it opened, 123 children from 95 families attended The Creche and 2,000 working positions were filled through the mediums of this bureau.
In 1917 the Creche building was transferred to the Infant’s Hospital and Creche was moved into the former Old Peoples’ Home on Cambie Street. In 1919, it stopped providing employment placement services and became solely a child care institution. And, throughout the 1920s, the public focus of the crèche was on the interests of neglected children. 5
The average daily attendance in January 1929 was 47 children per day. In 1932 the Creche was closed and the activities taken over by the foster home plan of the Vancouver Day Nursery Association which provided home-based child care for the city’s working mothers.
We are so fortunate to live in a city with such an appreciation for the arts and I am thrilled to once again introduce Ballet BC‘s program for the season and to offer up a contest for my readers.
Ballet BC’s 2014-2015 Season
Ballet BC begins its 2014–15 season with No. 29 – a program marking the company’s 29th season and 29th new creation under the artistic leadership of Emily Molnar.
No. 29 features the World Premiere of White Act by Spanish-born choreographer Fernando Hernando Magadan, the Ballet BC premiere of An Instant by Vancouver-born choreographer Lesley Telford and the reprisal of the explosive audience favourite A.U.R.A. by Italy’s Jacopo Godani.
A.U.R.A.(Anarchist Unit Related to Art)
Ballet BC Premiere: November 2012
Choreography: Jacopo Godani
Set to a dynamic electronic acoustic score by German duo 48nord, A.U.R.A. is sleek and startling in its relentless intensity, showcasing Jacopo Godani’s explosive and kinetic style. The provocative nature of A.U.R.A. combined with its virtuosic physicality proved highly successful with audiences and critics in Vancouver and abroad.
Choreography: Fernando Hernando Magadan
Spanish-born choreographer Fernando Magadan, a new voice in contemporary dance, reveres beauty, passion and nature, as well as the supernatural, and explores “…our constant attraction to everything that confronts and challenges the laws of physics against our mortal nature.” In this new work, he uses his clear artistic voice to create a complex, emotionally abundant world.
Ballet BC Premiere
Choreography: Lesley Telford
Music: Michael Gordon, Weather
Inspired by Wislawa Szymborska’s poem Could Have, Vancouver-born choreographer and dancer Lesley Telford investigates “…the moment you wake up when chance, circumstance and unpredictability interrupt our planned lives. A critical moment may shift our direction in a split second.” Set to Weather by Michael Gordon, Telford’s work is beautifully poignant in its exploration of the fragile balance and illusion of life’s stability.
No. 29 plays the Queen Elizabeth Theatre at 8:00pm November 6th to November 8th, 2014. Tickets range from $30.00 to $80.00 (including service charges) and can be purchased through Ticketmaster at 1-855-985-2787 (855-985-ARTS) or online via Ticketmaster.
Win Tickets to Ballet BC’s Season Opener
If you would like to attend No. 29, I have a pair of tickets to give away. Here’s how you can enter to win:
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Back in 2008 I liveblogged the Interesting Vancouver event at the Vancouver Rowing Club. Founder Brett Macfarlane brought together over a dozen informative, creative, inspirational and thought-provoking speakers that night and the event has continued every year since. On Friday, November 7th, the 7th annual Interesting Vancouver will take place at the SFU Woodward’s Goldcorp Centre for the Arts.
Running from 6:00pm until 11:00pm, this fascinating gathering of the curious and unexpected will showcase the region’s most interesting people and the way they express their creativity through their hobbies, passions and obsessions.
- Joan-E: a seven foot tall drag queen obsessed with bingo
- Jamie D. Grant: a paramedic/magician/artist who will change your life before you leave the room
- Kristin Lehman: popular film and TV actress who credits Vipassana meditation for saving her life
- Bev Davies: a legendary punk rock photographer from Vancouver’s thriving early music scene
- Craig Addy: a composer who heals people through improvised music as they lay under his piano
- Harrison Lee: 14-year-old national champion YoYo-er, and several more interesting people
- Lt. Col. Harjit Sajjan: Canada’s first Sikh commanding officer who passionately believes in the ripple effect
- Khelsilem Rivers: Indigenous multidisciplinary artist working to reverse the decline of Squamish language speakers
Dear readers: Miss604 is turning 10 this November so I’d like to throw a party to celebrate… and of course you’re all invited!
The event will be a casual reception with $6.04 cocktail drink specials, beer specials, and complimentary canapés served throughout the evening. The first 50 people through the door will also get a free beer ticket.
When I started this blog back in November of 2004 I had no goal and no purpose aside from tapping my fingers on the keyboard to express a few silly thoughts every couple of weeks. In 2006 I changed the focus of my site, writing more about Metro Vancouver, lifestyle, travel, my community and local charities that could benefit from online support. I attended events, I hosted blogging marathons for causes, and I met some incredible people thanks to the opportunities that my blog has provided. Doors have been opened, whether I knocked or not, and for this I am thankful.
In 2008 when I went out on my own, with the company I share with my husband, I still didn’t know how much the blog would grow. By 2010, when I wrote over 120 blog posts about the Olympics in our fair city, I knew I had to keep pushing and keep creating content that I love.
My readers have raised tens of thousands of dollars for some amazing charities, they have supported local business and the arts, and they have continued to drive me to do what it is I do every single day. Please join me in celebrating Miss604.com on November 13th.
CircusWest presents CircusFest next week, featuring Vancouver’s top circus artists alongside talented national and international performers. The festival consists of a variety of shows from contemporary works to classic acts, children’s daytime shows and late night cabarets. On top of the performances, there will be workshops for all levels, industry panel discussions, and social events.
CircusFest events will take place at The Cultch, the PNE Garden Auditorium, Sideshow
Studios and the Wise Hall, from November 6th to November 9th, 2014.
- 1 intro event with an Emerging Artist Showcase, Circus improv, and Renegade Show
- 14 main stage shows
- 2 cabarets with a variety of circus disciplines & high caliber performers
- 22 workshops
- 3 industry panel discussions
- + roving performers, live music, dance parties, and tonnes of fun!
Check out the full schedule online.
CircusWest has offered up a pair of tickets to one Miss604 reader to attend the I Love Circus Cabaret at CircusFest on Sunday, November 9, 2014 at 8:30pm at the PNE Garden Auditorium:
This performance is all the reasons why you love circus! Larger than life aerial acts, group parkour, hula hoops, jugging, hand to hand, unicycles and more, this show will leave you inspired. Hosted by two of Vancouver’s finest, this show will have you on the edge of your seat. We invite you to don your finest circus inspired attire, and join us in celebrating why we all love circus!
I Love Circus Cabaret artists include: Quinn Beasley; Sylvia Louis (Aerial Silks); Dianna David 9Contact/Clown); Jacki & Nicolo (Duo Strap); Michelle Christa Smith (Baton); Nick & Rachel (Pole Act); Sidonie Adamson (Aerial Hoop); Kyle Johnson (Juggling); Unicycle Built for Two (Duo Unicycle); Duo Volta (Duo Trapeze); Hybrid Movement; The Circus Lab (Hand to Hand); Anahareo Dolle (Aerial Hoop); and Alley ‘Oop (Hula Hoop).
Here’s how you can enter to win tickets to the I Love Circus Cabaret:
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Whistler Blackcomb, recently awarded the title of #1 Best Overall Ski Resort in North America by SKI Magazine, is preparing for another amazing season on its 8,171 skiable acres by offering up the 2014/2015 EDGE Card to Canadian and Washington State residents.
Whistler Blackcomb EDGE Card
We’re so fortunate to have this world-class resort right in our backyard, and as a bonus we get amazing deals on lift passes thanks to the Whistler Blackcomb EDGE Card, with which you will never pay full price! EDGE Cards give you the option to pre-purchase your 1, 3, 5, or 10 day lift tickets and include exclusive cardholder deals and perks.
Ski or ride from $70 a day with a 10-Day EDGE Card or from $80 a day with a 5-day EDGE Card. As a bonus, when you purchase a 5 or 10 day EDGE Card by Monday, November 17, 2014, you get a free early season day (for use between opening day and December 15, 2014). This is the very best deal on lift tickets all season long.
EDGE Card Perks
EDGE Card perks, aside from the awesome deal on your lift access to Whistler Blackcomb, include saving up to 20% on shopping and rentals, and savings at CAN-SKI, Showcase, The North Face Store, Salomon Store, Columbia, and all Whistler Blackcomb Accessories locations. If you have an EDGE Card you can also get 20% off in-store equipment rentals, valid at all 10 Whistler Blackcomb locations, lodging offers from $79 per night (when booked by December 15, 2014), $35 off Group Snow School programs, savings on Adventure Camps and daily lessons for Adults or Kids (7+), and more!
New for 2014/2015 at Whistler Blackcomb
Getting from Whistler Village to the start of your powder-filled ski run is now faster than ever with RFID access on all lift tickets. All passes and EDGE Cards will now have a RFID chip, allowing hands-free access through an automated gate system prior to boarding lifts.
Also new this season, the Whistler Village Gondola introduces eight-passenger gondola cabins. Whistler Blackcomb is investing $6 million dollars into the upgrade to replace the existing cabins which have been transporting guests up the mountain since 1988. If you do miss the old cabins, you can make your bid for one in a local charity auction until November 3rd.
There are new trail improvements in the Crystal Zone, widening the narrower sections of the Crystal Glide trail which leads from the Glacier Creek Lodge area to the base of the new Crystal Ridge Express. Further trail work has been done on Rock n’ Roll, Backstage Pass, and Ridgerunner to make the Crystal Zone experience more enjoyable for skiers and riders.
There’s also an expanded grooming fleet this season, terrain based learning in the Snow School program, and a new food and beverage option at Garbo’s Grill located in the Carleton Lodge at the base of Whistler Mountain. Promising the “Best Burgers in Town”, Garbo’s offers a protein choice of hormone and antibiotic free beef burger patties, grilled chicken breasts or quinoa and vegetable burgers. Diners then have a choice of over 20 garnishes, and gluten free buns are available upon request. Garbo’s will also have a number of breakfast options available to early birds starting at 7:00am, including coffee and a selection of breakfast sandwiches.
Get Your EDGE Card
EDGE Cards are now available online. Purchase your EDGE Card early to ensure you have your new RFID Access Card prior to Opening Day. All EDGE Cards purchased prior to November 1 will be mailed out free of charge so that you can avoid the line up at the ticket window.
Beyond Whistler Blackcomb’s awards, accolades and number one ratings is an experience so unique that it’s hard to measure. It’s the sum of many things — the reliability of our snow, the variety and sheer vastness of our terrain, and the excitement of a vibrant village. While we can’t put a number to these things, they certainly add up to something special. However you choose to push your limits — a Whistler Blackcomb EDGE Card is your ticket to winter magic that’s beyond the ordinary.
The Dusty Flowerpot Cabaret, East Vancouver’s beloved performance and production company that is known for creating fully immersive theatrical worlds, presents the Parade of Lost Souls on Saturday.
The exact location will be revealed at the stroke of midnight on All Hallows’ Eve but be prepared to join in the revelry from 7:00pm to 10:00pm on Saturday, November 1, 2014. A Masquerade After Party will follow at Astorino’s Hall on the drive starting at 9:00pm. Tickets for this event are available online in advance for $20.
Founded on principles of active participation, the success of the Parade of Lost Souls is reliant on the spectator joining the spectacle. Leading up to the event, participate in one of the many artist-led community workshops in dance, music, art and costuming.
This beloved East Vancouver event, whose heartbeat is a community-driven parade inspired by Dia de Muertos (The Day of the Dead), and similar traditions that occur all over the world, was created by Paula Jardine and Public Dreams over 20 years ago. In recent years, the parade has travelled around East Vancouver featuring performance of all sorts, interactive art installations, and this year Dusty Flowerpot Cabaret continues this tradition.
A mainstay on the East Vancouver cultural scene, The Dusty Flowerpot Cabaret is known for creating original theatrical acts with an immersive and magical aesthetic. Find workshop descriptions, times, locations and volunteer opportunities on the website and follow the event on Facebook and Twitter for more information.