Vancouver Icons: Randall Building Mural

January 27th, 2015 @ 1:09pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Yesterday I wrote about some of Vancouver’s murals and there was one I purposely left off the list so that I could feature it today in its own post. The image on the side of the Randall Building, at 535 West Georgia, was installed in 1993 and is one of the city’s most photographed.

Time & Gold
Photo credit: Dustin Quasar on Flickr

Randall Building Mural

The Changing Vancouver then and now blog recently featured the Randall Building:

“In 1929 the brokerage firm of S W Randall Co saw their new office building completed on West Georgia. The design is attributed to R T Perry; it had elements of gothic and some art deco, and a somewhat unusual arrangement of two double bays of windows to the west and a single, slightly offset bay to the east. It bears some resemblance to Townley and Matheson’s Stock Exchange Building, completed a year later, but there are several other buildings by other architects, all taking the same gothic theme, and built around this time.

In 1991 jeweller Toni Cavelti gave the building a comprehensive but completely sensitive upgrade, adding a penthouse floor (set back from the parapet) in the process. The project, designed by Blewett Dodd Ching Lee, gave the building an almost identical appearance to our 1929 image. Only the recently restored mural of medieval goldsmiths on the east side of the building (by Kitty Mykka) in 1993 made the building look any different. In 1999 Cavelti sold his company to Henry Birks who still sell Cavelti designed jewelry, and now Time and Gold operate in the store location.”

The mural is based on a copper engraving from 1698 by German Christopher Weigel (1654-1725). It shows a master goldsmith instructing apprentices. The mural was originally completed by Kitty Mykka and Nicole Kozakiewkz and in 2005 it was restored by Mykka and Lance Belanger.

Photo credit: Kevin Cheng on Flickr

Downtown Vancouver B.C.
Photo credit: Nicholas on Flickr

Photo credit: Presley Perswain on Flickr

Building Mural
Photo credit: Mike Dea on Flickr

Faces on the Side
Photo credit: Steve Goodyear on Flickr

Yaletown Mural
Photo credit: Imran Ali on Flickr

Previous Vancouver Icons posts: East Van Cross, Robert Burns Statue in Stanley Park, Vancouver Maritime Museum, Flack Block, The Drop, 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.

CandyGrams for a Cause

January 27th, 2015 @ 12:04pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

A Loving Spoonful‘s popular CandyGrams campaign returns for Valentine’s Day this year, allowing you to send the message of your choice to a special recipient along with two delicious heart-shaped chocolates from Purdy’s, and more!


Send CandyGrams

Senders can select a friendly, flirty or frisky message from 150 options (filed under Like, Love and Lust) and can include their name, or send it as an anonymous secret admirer. It’s the perfect gift for friends, family, lovers, and everyone in between.

This year, along with the card and chocolates, your recipient will receive a complimentary McDonald’s Signature McWrap, Candygram Valentine’s Post-it Notes, Candygram Valentine’s Owl Magnet, and a Valentine’s wish token.

It’s just $10 to send all of this anywhere in Canada, postage included. Sponsors donate all the items included in the CandyGrams so proceeds from the sale of CandyGrams will go directly to assisting those with HIV/AIDS. Each year, our volunteers deliver over 100,000 meals to those in need, and with very little government funding, A Loving Spoonful relies on the generosity of the community.

CandyGrams are limited and are on sale now online. For on-time delivery (via Canada Post) by or before Valentine’s Day, orders must be placed before February 4th for Eastern Canada, before February 5th for Western Canada, and before February 10th for Metro Vancouver.

A Loving Spoonful is a volunteer-driven, non-partisan society that provides free, nutritious meals to people living with HIV/AIDS in Greater Vancouver. Follow A Loving Spoonful on Facebook and Twitter (tag: #candygram) for more information.

14 Vintage Vancouver Fashion Shoots

January 27th, 2015 @ 10:14am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

There are fashion shows at wedding fairs, women’s shows, an eco fashion week, and showcases sponsored by flagship stores – all of which prove Vancouver has been its own little fashion hotbed for years. With a unique sense of style and a thirst for the latest threads for the slopes, the ballroom, or the beaches, we’ve kept the runways occupied and cameras flashing for the last 100 years.

14 Vintage Vancouver Fashion Shoots

1929: Women modelling wedding dresses. #Port N101.

1941: C.N.R. Publicity shoot. #CVA 586-723.

1945: Bathing suit models. #CVA 586-3822.

1940s: Reg Stephens modelling GWG clothing. #CVA 1184-3588. Jack Lindsay photo.

1944: Hat models for the Woodward’s, Spencer’s, and Hudson’s Bay catalogues. #CVA 586-2985 & #CVA 586-1504 & #CVA 586-1877.

1946: Hudson’s Bay fashion show. #CVA 586-4273.

1959: Pamela House in an Ice Capades promotion. #CVA 180-6230.

1960: Women modeling culottes with dachshund. VPL# 44109 & 1966: Models in sailor suits. VPL# 44117.

1966: Women modelling evening wear. VPL# 44118 & 44136.

1964: Ski wear fashion show model poses at the PNE. #CVA 180-6074-: CVA 180-6074.03.

20 Awesome Vancouver Bridge Photos

January 26th, 2015 @ 2:44pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

After hitting the snooze button for the last time on a weekday morning, bleary-eyed Vancouverites become obsessed with two specific pieces of information to get them going: Weather and traffic. Being very much a “bridge and tunnel” commuter region, we hear about bridges all the time and usually whether they have a stall, backup, heavy volume, or a single lane north or south bound. Slowing the pace (in a good way) when it comes to the way you think of our local bridges, I have found 20 awesome Vancouver bridge photos to help you appreciate these connectors that get us where we need to go, while also adding character to our lovely city views.

Burrard Bridge

Burrard Bridge
Photo credit: Jonathan Pope on Flickr

Vancouver's Winter Skyline
Photo credit: Clayton Perry on Flickr

November twilight in Vancouver 2008
Photo credit: Gord McKenna on Flickr

Pattullo Bridge

The Pattullo Bridge
Photo credit: Clayton Perry on Flickr

Westminster Pier Park in New Westminster
Photo credit: TOTORORO.RORO on Flickr

Patullo Bridge Rainbow
Photo credit: Kyle Bailey on Flickr

Port Mann Bridge

Port Mann Bridge at Sunrise
Photo credit: Gord Gallagher on Flickr

Granville Street Bridge

Granville Street Bridge - Blue Hour
Photo credit: Barry J Brady on Flickr

Granville Street Bridge over False CreekJaden Nyberg
Photo credit: on Flickr

Reflecting On Granville
Photo credit: Clayton Perry on Flickr

Lions Gate Bridge

Lions Gate Bridge
Photo credit: Clayton Perry on Flickr

Summer Heat - Lions Gate Bridge in Vancouver BC CanadaTOTORORO.RORO
Photo credit: on Flickr

Canada Day 2013
Photo credit: Alexis Birkill on Flickr

Second Narrows Rail Bridge

Railroad Bridge
Photo credit: Bill Kwok on Flickr

Second Narrows/Ironworkers Memorial Bridge

2014 - Vancouver - Alaska Cruise - Burrard Inlet - 2 of 3
Photo credit: Ted McGrath on Flickr

Bridge HDR
Photo credit: Mark Teasdale on Flickr

Oak Street Bridge

Oak Street Bridge Panorama
Photo credit: Clayton Perry on Flickr

Cambie Bridge

Cambie Bridge
Photo credit: colink. on Flickr

Vancouver - 01 Apr 14 - Under the Cambie
Photo credit: Ted McGrath on Flickr

Westham Island Bridge

Westham Island Bridge Opening for Boats
Photo credit: TOTORORO.RORO on Flickr

Thanks to those who have shared their photos with the Miss604 Flickr Pool, from which these photos were sourced. Related posts: Capilano Suspension Bridge 125th Anniversary, Pattullo Bridge History, Port Mann Bridge Photos, Vancouver Icons: Lions Gate Bridge, Lions Gate Bridge Construction Photos.

5 Iconic Vancouver Murals

January 26th, 2015 @ 11:14am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

When I land at YVR, step out the automatic doors from the arrivals area and sniff the cedar-coated Sea Island air, I know I’m home. I hop in a cab at the airport cruise up Granville from one end to the other, and just over the crest of the Granville Street Bridge I get a glimpse of the snow-capped mountains between the neon of the entertainment district. As I pass the Orca mural by Wyland at the north end of the bridge, I not only feel like I’m home, I have one of those “I’m lucky to live here” moments.

Photo credit: Daniel Lobo on Flickr

The Orca mural came down this month after being a symbol of homecomings for me, and an iconic and unofficial “Welcome to Downtown” monument for many more, since 1994.

down comes the whaling wall
Photo credit: Shannon Leigh Photography on Flickr

Painted by the artist Wyland, there are 100 of these large outdoor murals known as Whaling Walls around the world. The murals feature life-size images of sea life like gray whales, breaching humpback whales, blue whales and orcas. In Vancouver a new mural will be commissioned but the location will be moved to East Vancouver [Source].

5 Iconic Vancouver Murals

The ocean, mountains, and a city full of glass towers are all images associated with Vancouver but other works like Wyland’s Orcas, have come to be symbols of their communities. Here are 5 iconic Vancouver murals have stood out for me over the years:

The Beatty Street Mural
Location: Beatty Street between Dunsmuir and Georgia
About: This has always been a popular mural location. In 2009 the current patchwork of graffiti and murals was painted over by the city as this piece took shape, featuring prominent Vancouverites throughout history.

Vancouver: City of Destiny
Photo credit: Clayton Perry on Flickr

David Suzuki Mural Vancouver: Mural (Behind a parking lot off Georgia Street) Beatty Street Mural Vancouver: Mural (Behind a parking lot off Georgian Street)
Photo credit: Kyle Pearce & longzijun & kris krüg & longzijun on Flickr

Lao Tsu Mural
Location: 311 East Pender Street
About: Part of the Vancouver Mural Tour. Vancouver’s first traditional Chinese painting portraying a historical scholar and philosopher in a mural.

Laozi mural
Photo credit: Richard Eriksson on Flickr

Vancouver, B.C. Lao Tzu over Chinatown
Photo credit: Curtis Cronn & Jason V on Flickr

Graffiti Alley
Location: Between Richards and Homer, running parallel to Hastings.
About: A city-funded project that went up in 2005.

Graffiti Mural in Vancouver
Photo credit: Mark Atwood on Flickr

Alley Graffiti Mural, or graffiti?
Photo credit: Terry Lawson & forester401 on Flickr

West End Mural
Location: Bidwell at Robson
About: After the Starbucks moved out in 2014 after 20 years, the fate of the store space is uncertain but this artistic depiction of Vancouver’s West End and Kitsilano along Bidwell is a mainstay in the community.

Do Lipton employees take coffee breaks?
Photo credit: Wee Sen Goh on Flickr

nice places Bidwell and Robson
Photo credit: Ryan & flinner! on Flickr

The Drive Mural Project
Location: Commercial Drive at Charles Street
About: Part of the Commercial Drive Mural Project

House Party
Photo credit: Philip Tong on Flickr

the drive.charles street mural 2 the drive.charles street mural 1
Photo credit: Henry Lam & Henry Lam on Flickr

Want to check out more murals? The Great Beginning Program of 2008 has helped create and maintain about 4 dozens murals around the city, that you can visit on self-guided tours and pinpoint on this interactive map:

If you have a favourite mural in Vancouver, leave a comment about it or take a photo on Instagram and tag it #Photos604.

Win Tickets to the Canadian Internet Marketing Conference CIMC

January 26th, 2015 @ 9:14am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Let’s face it, the thought of “internet marketing” doesn’t always conjure up the most pleasant feelings as pop-up ads, spam email, and unwanted selling opportunities come to mind. However, there is a very good side to internet marketing, and it’s the bigger, better side. The side where a campaign raises thousands for a cause, where a video can move you to happy tears, and when the independent business can connect with major brands to reach customers and audiences they wouldn’t have dreamed of reaching before. Making connections and achieving goals.


This is the side of internet marketing that I know and that has allowed me to grow my dream business over the last ten years. I love what I do, and you should too, so with the Canadian Internet Marketing Conference coming to Squamish, I hope I’ll see you in the audience when I take the stage for a panel presentation.


Where Quest University, Squamish, BC
When Saturday March 28th and Sunday 29th, 2015 from 9:00am each day
Tickets Early bird (ends January 31st) $399.00 + fee

Hear from over 20 World-Class speakers, enjoy 6 networking opportunities, participate in a $10,000 Dragon Den style contest with the Lion’s Den, attend workshops, the Best Agency to Work for in Canada Award Banquet, the Canadian Internet Marketing Awards, and parties.

Speakers include everyone from prolific local bloggers and the UBC School of Journalism, to individuals from Invoke Media, TELUS, Whistler Blackcomb, 1-800-GOT-JUNK, and more.

CIMC is hosted by Marwick Marketing and Jelly Marketing, two BC marketing firms who were fierce competitors who realized there wasn’t a solid internet marketing conference for them and their staff in BC so they banded together to bring this event to our backyard.

Win Tickets to the Canadian Internet Marketing Conference

Leave the city behind and come join us in the beautiful mountain town of Squamish for two days of inspirational talks on internet marketing. Get inspired and learn from industry leaders within digital marketing and leave refreshed and full of action points for your business.

Use the discount code RB15 PLUS to get 15% off your conference admission AND enter to win a pair of tickets here:

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Cirque du Soleil Varekai in Vancouver

January 26th, 2015 @ 8:14am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Cirque du Soleil returns to Vancouver May 20th to May 24th for a limited engagement of the touring arena show, Varekai. Hosted in the Pacific Coliseum, Varekai takes place in a captivating forest at the summit of a volcano inhabited by whimsical and enchanted creatures.

Martin Girard / Costumes: Eiko Ishioka © 2014 Cirque du Soleil

Cirque du Soleil Varekai in Vancouver

Advance tickets for Varekai are available now online exclusively to Cirque Club members through Thursday, January 29, 2015. Tickets for the general public will be available online starting Friday, January 30th, ranging from $40 to $125 (subject to change).

A world called Varekai: The sky lets go a solitary young man, and the story of Varekai begins. Parachuted into the shadows of a magical forest, a kaleidoscopic world imbued with fantastical creatures, a young man takes flight in an adventure both absurd and extraordinary. On this day at the edge of time, in this place of pure and undiluted possibility, begins an inspired incantation to a life rediscovered and to a newly found wonder in the mysteries of the world and the mind.

The world Varekai (pronounced ver.ay.kie) means “wherever” in the Romany language of the gypsies the universal wanderers. Directed by Dominic Champagne, this production pays tribute to the nomadic soul, to the spirit and art of the circus tradition, and to those who quest with infinite passion along the path that leads to Varekai.

Other BC stops for Varekai include Penticton and Victoria. Follow Cirque du Soleil on Facebook and Twitter for more information.

Why Does Rain Smell So Good

January 24th, 2015 @ 9:15am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

In Vancouver we have at least a dozen ways to say it’s raining out, from light drizzle tapering to showers, to downpours and deluges. The rain also has many sounds. There’s the splash of vehicle crossing an intersection, a persistent single drop beating down on a window ledge, and the popcorn dance of water beads hitting the top of an umbrella. What about the scent of the rain? The first time a dusty summer sidewalk sizzles under a much needed sprinkling, or when the park has been soaked for two weeks straight and the scent of cedar slips down onto the mulch path from each evergreen limb.

Rain fell the night before
Photo credit: Eric Flexyourhead on Flickr

Why Does Rain Smell So Good?

A study published in the journal Nature Communications was recently shared by Mashable says that the rain smells so good because when raindrops land on certain porous surfaces, they can trap tiny air bubbles containing small particles, which then shoot upward, into the air.

These aerosols are likely responsible for carrying aromatic elements, along with bacteria and viruses stored in the soil.

Aerosols are small liquid droplets or solid particles that are suspended in a gas, and it is these particles that are responsible for the smell of rain after a light to moderate shower on a warm day, a smell that is known to scientists as “petrichor”.

The study also says that one complicating factor, which helps explain why heavy rainfall is not as associated with the smell of rain, is that although raindrops can generate aerosols, successive raindrops can actually eliminate them from the air by colliding with them like a missile.

Big Grey world, small orange leaf
Photo credit: Gordana Adamovic-Mladenovic on Flickr

The rain to me is an umbrella fort on the patio as a child, walking to school and waiting for the bottom cuffs of my pants to dry out before lunch time, cringing when someone walks under an awning with their golf umbrella open, relying on nothing but Gore-Tex to keep me dry, camping in June — it always rains when we camp in June — and countless walks in the park with my husband. The rain might seem to ruin a vacation, festival, or concert but it’s the reason Vancouver is so spectacularly green throughout the year. Things could be much worse really, at least it’s not a Polar Vortex for instance — I say as I type this from my in-laws’ home in Iowa. For me, the smell of the rain is quite simply the smell of home.