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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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.

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

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.

Vancouver Photos of the Week

September 25th, 2014 @ 2:14pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Before the rain came, before the Gore-Tex was dusted off, before shorts were traded for pants, these photos captured the last moments of summer in Vancouver. Thanks to all those who have shared their wonderful photos of the region this week with the Miss604 Flickr Pool and #Photos604 on Instagram.

Vancouver Photos of the Week

Photo credit: Fernanda G on Flickr

Stanley Park Totems Signal on the bridge
Photo credit: Neal & Eric Flexyourhead on Flickr

2014 09 Sept 21 Tug Boat Regatta 07a 5s hh The Golden Portal
Photo credit: Doug Farmer & Patricia Meyer on Flickr

Vancouver's Valiant Vanguard Vancouver's Valiant Vanguard
Photo credit: Justin Kenneth Rowley & Justin Kenneth Rowley on Flickr

Sailing into Fall ~ Vancouver, BC 2014 09 Sept 21 Tug Boat Regatta 02a 5s hh
Photo credit: SeaSide Signs ~ Vancouver, BC & Doug Farmer on Flickr

2014 - Vancouver - Alaska Cruise - Lighthouse Park - Point Atkinson Lighthouse
Photo credit: Ted McGrath on Flickr

2014 - Vancouver - Alaska Cruise - BC Ferries Coastal Renaisance_
Photo credit: Ted McGrath on Flickr

"Keep Vancouver Wet"
Photo credit: Eric Flexyourhead on Flickr

2014 09 Sept 21 Eng Bay Sunrise Fish Eye 01a 5s hh
Photo credit: Doug Farmer on Flickr

Great Blue Heron Hour
Photo credit: Marcel on Flickr

Rock Stacking... (actual stacking by Kent Avery) Stanley park seawall, Vancouver BC
Photo credit: Marcel on Flickr

Vancouver's Valiant Vanguard
Photo credit: Justin Kenneth on Flickr

Falso Cometa
Photo credit: Fernanda G on Flickr

Sailboat Sunset
Photo credit: Alexis Birkill on Flickr

Ghosts on the walkway
Photo credit: Bill Kwok on Flickr

Milky Way Over Pitt Lake
Photo credit: Alan W 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.

Win a Vancouver Home and Design Show Prize Pack

September 25th, 2014 @ 1:14pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

The Vancouver Home + Design Show returns to BC Place this October 16th to October 19th focusing on everything you’ll need for gardening, design, renovation, home decor, and much more.

vanhomeshowlogoThe Vancouver Home + Design Show is where it all comes together for any home improvement project! With big names like Colin McAllister & Justin Ryan, stars of Cottage Life TV’s Colin & Justin’s Cabin Pressure, Bryan Baeumler, host of HGTV’s Leave it to Bryan, and culinary master Chef Corbin Tomaszeski.

Plus local design and foodie favourites, more than 325 exhibitors and a slew of sensational new features, there’s expert insight, innovation and inspiration for living well at every turn. Satisfaction guaranteed – or the cost of admission is on us.

Visit the Vancouver Home + Design Show from 4:00pm to 9:00pm on Thursday, October 16th; 12:00pm to 9:00pm on Friday, October 17th; 10:00am to 9:00pm on Saturday, October 18th; and 10:00am to 6:00pm on Sunday, October 19th.

Admission is $15 for adults (or $12 when purchased online); $12 for seniors (or $5 before 5:00pm on Thursday and Friday) or $9 for seniors online in advance; and children 12 and under are free.

Photo courtesy of the Vancouver Home + Design Show

Win a Vancouver Home + Design Show Prize Pack

The Vancouver Home and Design Show has put together an awesome prize pack (valued at over $350) for me to give away to one lucky reader, and they’ve also included another pair of tickets for a secondary prize.

Urban Barn Maria Pouf – $129 value, assorted colours
Aspen Clean House Cleaning Kit (all natural cleaners & microfiber cloths) – $75 value
Noir Lash Lounge Full Lash Set – $100 value
Door Pro gift card – $50 value
A pair of tickets to the Vancouver Home and Design Show

Here’s how you can enter to win:

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RT to enter to win a @VanHomeShows prize pack ($350 value) from @Miss604

I will draw two winners, one for the prize pack + ticket and the other for tickets only on Sunday, September 28, 2014 at 5:00pm. Follow the Vancouver Home + Design Show on Facebook and Twitter for more information about the event. Prize cannot be exchanged for cash value.

Update The prize pack winner is Steven! The ticket winner is Kathy E!

BC Sports Hall of Fame: Banquet of Champions Live Blog

September 25th, 2014 @ 10:06am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

banquetofchamps2014The BC Sports Hall of Fame is inducting its Class of 2014 tonight at the 46th Annual Banquet of Champions, live from the Vancouver Convention Centre.

On top of the induction ceremony and a dinner, guests tonight can participate in a live auction with prizes from River Rock Casino Resort, the 102nd Grey cup, the Vancouver Giants, and Vancouver Whitecaps FC. Edgewater Casino will also host a raffle for a trip for two to Las Vegas.

Banquet of Champions

I am proud to once again be the social media sponsor of this very special event. Check back here at around 6:00pm tonight for photos, quotes, and news as it happens at the Banquet of Champions. Partner ViaSport is also providing a live stream starting at 6:30pm.

Banquet of Champions

Follow the BC Sports Hall of Fame on Twitter and Facebook, and use the tag #2014BOC to see updates throughout the night.

Class of 2014 Inductees

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

Banquet of Champions

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.

Banquet of Champions