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Women in Tech Week Vancouver


Monday, February 20th, 2017 — 2:24pm PST
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Women in Tech Week is coming up February 27th to March 3rd, with events around North America and several right here in Vancouver. The goal is to encourage women to take on new challenges in the tech industry by educating, inspiring, and exploring new opportunities.

Women in Tech Week Vancouver

On Monday, February 27, 2017 there is the Breakfast Kickoff: Bringing Out The Big Guns, featuring Dawen Nozdryn-Plotnicki, Advanced Analytics Director at Boeing. Each day that follows will have a lineup of workshops and networking events.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017: WWT Women, Wine & Tech @ IQmetrix
Tuesday, February 28, 2017 Incubating The Next Techstars
Wednesday, March 1, 2017: Taking Charge Of Tech: Tech Summit
Thursday, March 2, 2017: Women In Tech Awards Soiree
Friday, March 3, 2017: Vantec Women’s Pitch Night
Saturday, March 4, 2017: Catch The Bug A Workshop For Girls In Grade 10-12
Saturday: IDance: Women In Tech Girl Power Cardio

These types of events are near and dear to my heart. I built my first website in 1997, while still in high school, and my career in online media started in the year 2000. I’ve owned my own website development shop since 2008, and published the city’s most award-winning blog since 2004. I’m a woman in tech, and I also know how important it is to engage girls of all ages in wonders of engineering, coding, and so much more that the future can hold for them.

A general admission WINtech pass ($90, purchase by February 26) will get you into all of the week’s events. To get involved with the upcoming Women in Tech Week, follow WINtech on Facebook and Twitter.

Vancouver Photos of the Week


Monday, February 20th, 2017 — 10:23am PST
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Rain, sun, sleet, and snow, we’ve had it all recently and while spring flowers start to bloom, we can probably expect it all again before spring officially arrives. Regardless, many are still venturing out to take some beautiful photos of our region and they have shared them with the Miss604 Flickr Group and #Photos604 on Instagram.

Vancouver Photos of the Week

Amongst The Waves

The Colours Of February [Explored]

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Raintown 🚶‍♀️☔️ Vancouver, BC

APRIL LADY

Over The Hills And Far Away

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Futurama 🏪💙 Vancouver, BC

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 and follow Miss604 on Instagram.

Urban Grind at Harbour Centre


Monday, February 20th, 2017 — 8:49am PST
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This spring you can stay in shape, and get entry into one of the city’s top attractions, as you climb up 633 steps at the Urban Grind at Harbour Centre.

Urban Grind at Harbour Centre

Where: Harbour Centre Lobby (555 W Hastings St)
When: Every Tuesday in March from 4:30pm to 6:30pm

Urban Grind at Harbour Centre$5 includes unlimited circuits between 4:30pm to 6:30pm, access to the Vancouver Lookout, one beer and DJ entertainment at the top. Climbers will also receive a $5 Harbour Centre Food Court voucher.

Climbers have the ability to customize their workout by completing the route as many times as they like during the allotted time. You can also stay at the top and enjoy 360 degree views of the city from the Vancouver Lookout.

New this year, BC’s very own elite Tower Runner, Shaun Stephens-Whale will be on site on March 7, 14 and 28 to give his stair climbing tips. His most recent accolades include winning the 2017 Rainier Tower Fight for Air Climb in Seattle, and placing third in the Climb to Abu Dhabi Vertical Marathon and third in the Empire State Building Run-Up.

Polar Ice Vodka’s Bearless Bottle for Polar Bears International


Monday, February 20th, 2017 — 8:14am PST
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Where’s the bear? Polar Ice Vodka’s limited edition bearless bottle has hit store shelves this month. Their iconic polar bear logo has been removed from bottles to raise awareness for Polar Bears International’s mission to keep the magic of Canada’s arctic alive for generations to come.

Scientists predict that as the Arctic continues to warm, two-thirds of the worlds polar bears will disappear within this century. Polar Ice Vodka and Polar Bears International (“PBI”) are working to reverse this trend. Polar Bears International is the only conservation organization whose sole passion and focus is on polar bears.

The primary conservation concern for polar bears is habitat loss and reduced access to their primary prey due to climate change. PBI’s mission is to conserve polar bears and the sea ice they depend on.

Polar Ice Vodka Cocktail Recipe

To get the most out of your Polar Ice Vodka, I have picked out two recipes that will taste delicious, for a cause.


Ice Pick
1 ½ oz. Polar Ice Vodka
6 oz. Iced Tea
Lemon Juice

Moscow Mule
1 ½ oz. Polar Ice Vodka
3 oz. Ginger Beer
¼ oz. Lime Juice
1/2 oz. Simple Syrup*
*(or a teaspoon of sugar)
1 Slice of Lemon or Lime

Share for Support

On Monday, February 27th, which is International Polar Bear Day, I will introduce a one-day fundraising campaign that will support the cause. Stay tuned!

Engage online this month using #SaveOurSeaIce and following Polar Ice Vodka on Twitter and Facebook. Through media, science, and advocacy, the work to inspire people to care about the Arctic, the threats to its future, and the connection between this remote region and our global climate.

Please enjoy responsibly. Must be 19+

Disclosure: Sponsored Post
This post is sponsored by Polar Ice Vodka

Things to do in Vancouver This Weekend


Thursday, February 16th, 2017 — 2:10pm PST
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The long weekend is over, the snow is gone, and flowers are starting to bloom. We’re soon shifting into another season but one thing that isn’t changing is the robust event and activities lineup around town! There’s plenty to do around Metro Vancouver this weekend, and it’s all detailed below.

Things to do in Vancouver This Weekend

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

Friday, February 17, 2017
Science World After Dark: Quantum
Chor Leoni C/4
African Heritage Festival of Music & Dance
Winterruption on Granville Island
Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s Official Documentary Film Festival
Early Bird RV Show
Chutzpah! Festival
VIMFF Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival
JFL Northwest Comedy Fest
Studio 58 Presents: 42nd Street
Vagabond Players Presents: Towards Zero
Boca del Lupo Presents: Crawlspace
Align Entertainment Presents: The Little Mermaid
Elle at the Firehall Arts Centre
Pacific Theatre Presents: Corleone – The Shakespearean Godfather
Spring Awakening – The Tony Winning Musical
Odysseo by Cavalia

Saturday, February 18, 2017
RunGo Dash for Dogs
Swank Wedding Show – Vancouver
Heritage Week Maillardville Walking Tour & Tea
Tennyson w/ Guests at Fortune
Zealous Art FUNdraiser
Tales of Love: A Journey through Time
Nat Bailey Stadium Winter Market
Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival Workshops
African Heritage Festival of Music & Dance
Black History Month Celebration, Surrey
Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s Official Documentary Film Festival
Early Bird RV Show
Chutzpah! Festival
Winterruption on Granville Island
VIMFF Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival
JFL Northwest Comedy Fest
Studio 58 Presents: 42nd Street
Vagabond Players Presents: Towards Zero
Boca del Lupo Presents: Crawlspace
Align Entertainment Presents: The Little Mermaid
Elle at the Firehall Arts Centre
Pacific Theatre Presents: Corleone – The Shakespearean Godfather
Spring Awakening – The Tony Winning Musical
Odysseo by Cavalia

Sunday, February 19, 2017
The Peanut Butter Solution at The Cinematheque
George Bernard Shaw’s Love Letters to Mrs. Patrick Cambell
Songs of Loudest Praise Concert Weekend
Hastings Park Winter Farmers Market
YYoga Workshop: The 8 Petals
Bubble Guppies Live
Just Add Love Wedding Show
Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s Official Documentary Film Festival
Early Bird RV Show
Chutzpah! Festival
Winterruption on Granville Island
JFL Northwest Comedy Fest
Studio 58 Presents: 42nd Street
Vagabond Players Presents: Towards Zero
Spring Awakening – The Tony Winning Musical
Odysseo by Cavalia

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#SkiNorthBC: The Culture of Smithers


Thursday, February 16th, 2017 — 1:40pm PST
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This winter I partnered with SnowSeekers, with whom I have done a few fun assignments, to share their #SkiNorthBC stories from destinations in Northern BC.

The team visited Powder King, Terrace, Smithers, Quesnel, and Troll Ski Resort. The fourth story is from SnowSeekers #SkiNorthBC expedition founder Jim Barr aka Doc Pow, as he gets a taste of the culture that is beaming in and around Smithers, BC.

The Culture of Smithers

During the expedition, Dow Pow discovered a craft ski maker and one of the world’s top musicians who have binding ties to their community and no reason to leave. “They may live in one of Canada’s most unique – and, yes, a bit remote – locations but they easily pursue their dreams full-time.”

» Read Doc Pow’s full story on SnowSeekers website »


Photo by Doc Pow

“Smithers, B.C. is where James Fisher founded Paranormal Skis four years ago, and where seven-time Grammy winner and jazz great Alex Cuba live. Found along the Yellowhead Highway, Smithers may only have 5,000 people but it’s got an impressive cultural scene. That’s what keeps Fisher and Cuba here, and stoked about this place they call home.”


Photo by Doc Pow

“Cuba has now written six albums within this community surrounded by the mountains. He has no problem finding creative inspiration all around in fact when we caught up with him for this story; he was leaving the next day for Victoria to produce his seventh release.

Though the nature of their work means Fisher and Cuba spend a lot of time on the road, they find it pretty easy getting in and out of town with the Smithers Airport and easy access to BC’s highway system.

“I can be out my door and into that mountain environment within minutes,” says Fisher.

“I walk out the door of my shop and can pick you the lines I am going to go hit with the new skis I’ve just created. It’s a great way to stay excited about what I’m doing here.”


Photo by Dax Justin

» Read Doc Pow’s full story on SnowSeekers website »

If You Go

#SkiNorthBC and explore more! For travellers, SnowSeekers has partnered with National Car rental to secure you a SnowSeekers preferred rate. Make a reservation online, or with an agent and in the Contract field enter XVC4SNO for a savings that could cover your ski pass cost every day.

Disclosure: Sponsored Post
The #SkiNorthBC series is sponsored by SnowSeekers