After a patriotic week of carefree afternoons and sunny days it’s back to the event circuit next week and as usual, it seems like Vancouver’s meetup darlings all decide to come out within the same three-day span. I’ll have a full tech event recap on my Sunday night Techvibes column but until then here are two events of note.
New York took the Stanley Cup from under our noses in 1994, our beloved Captain Canuck went to the Islanders in 1998 and as of this afternoon the Rangers have scooped up our free agent captain, Markus Naslund.
Markus Naslund signed a two-year deal with the New York Rangers todayâ€”New York being pretty much as far as one can get from Vancouver without actually swimming in the sea or hanging out in Miami. And I donâ€™t blame him one bit. [CanucksAndBeyond]
We sort of knew something like this would happen, as Alanah goes on to point out in her post “Keep Vigneault = Lose Naslund”. We knew his playing style didn’t match Viggy’s plan and that he just wasn’t having those great seasons like when we saw him shine in the early 2000’s or as a part of the West Coast Express. When he’s on top of his game, Naslund is tough to beat when it comes to pure finesse and scoring ability although what’s to come of the captain-less Canucks now?
… signed Nolan Baumgartner to a contract
… re-signed RFA Alexandre Bolduc
… signed Curtis Sanford
… the Blues matched the Canucks’ offer on David Backes
… signed forward Ryan Johnson
… (in the draft) selected Cody Hodgson
… drafted Prab Rai
… claim Kyle Wellwood off waivers
There is some moving and shaking going on at GM Place during this off season, I haven’t even touched on the fact that PPV coverage alumnus Ryan Walter will be behind the bench on the coaching staff as well. But I think what many people want to know is if the Sundin rumour mill will keep spinning and come September, who will be wearing the “C” for our Vancouver boys.
Given that I’m a media partner for the Canada Cup of Beer this Saturday, I thought it would be fun to delve into some local history when it comes to the spirited beverages.
Granville Street wasn’t always littered with inebriated revelers at all hours of the night and lining up like pageant contestants outside of booming clubs. Actually it used to be pretty dry in Vancouver for a few yeas as on October 1, 1917 prohibition began in Canada but (and it was already well underway in the US).
Rum runners in BC would sail up and down the coast, often with tens of thousands of cases tucked in away on lumber ships. One of such ships being the infamous Malahat, known as the Queen of Rum Row.
Rum Running of liquor from Canada or from Canadian ships to American boats off the US coast was a profitable business. Unlike the activities on the Atlantic, the Pacific Rum Running trade was much smaller and thus immune from Mafia interests. [Vancouver Maritime Museum]
BC’s prohibition ended in 1920 but from that point on (and until recent years) the sale of liquor would only take place in Government controlled stores – leading to the birth of a good ‘ol Cold Beer n Wine shops.
The first English-Canadian province to repeal Prohibition, BC became the source of much of the liquor smuggled illegally into the US before it too finally repealed its legislation in 1933. [KnowBC]
Some of the key players during the prohibition era actually helped form this city and even Granville Street as we know it, like the Reifel brothers and their father.
Henry Reifel began a brewery at Main and 16th on Brewery Creek. In 1908 Canadian Brewing and Malting on 11th and Yew later amalgamated several companies into Vancouver Breweries [see: more on Henry Reifel’s brewing]. Henry sold his brewing interests on retirement (in 1933) and donated property for the original Vancouver Art Gallery on Georgia. [Vancouver History].
His son George Conrad Reifel (brewmaster) sailed his liquor down the coast and with his brother Harry (Henry) Frederick built and owned the Commodore Block on Granville (in 1929) and the Vogue and Studio theatres in the 1940s.
Update: After reading this post, Steve from Ubertor and Reachd passed along this article from The Vancouver Sun. It involves the beautiful home on SW Marine – Casa Mia – which is up for sale and was always my sister’s dream home when we were kids (and I’m sure it still would be now). The reason this all fits together is that it was built for George Reifel in 1932.
Update: In 2011, the mansion is either still up for sale, or up for sale again [VancouverSun]
Taking place this Saturday at Thunderbird Stadium (UBC) festivities will include fan-favourite voting in such categories as Favourite Canadian Lager, Favourite Microbrew Beer, Best Booth Display, Friendliest Servers, and Best Beer Name (to name a few).
In addition to the over 30 vendors and 150 beers to sample, there will be several brewmasters attending this year’s festival including:
Stefan Tobler – Okanagan Spring Brewery
Vern Lambourne – Granville Island Brewery
Derrick Smith & Tony Dewald – Dead Frog Brewery
Dave Vargas – Red Truck Beer Company
Peter Haupenthel – Dockside Brewing
The Canada Cup of Beer starts at 1:00pm and runs until 7:00pm, tickets are $20 and are available online (until Friday). You can also get them at the door ($25). This includes 5 sample tokens (1 token equals 1, 4-ounce sample, some specialty items are 2 tokens or available in 2-ounce pours). You can also attend a special movie event at the Ridge Theatre tomorrow with a combo ticket (movie event plus Canada Cup of Beer) for $25 total.
I figured I would let everyone else do the blogging about the iPhone 3G coming to Canada and all the Rogers hate going around so I’ll pick up my iPhone chatter while continuing my girlie series.
I’ve been getting a lot of funny looks with my bedazzled iPhone, wrapped in a case I bought for a laugh at Bellis Fair a few months ago. I had a really cool pink silicone cover but I thought I would try out a hard case for a change. With the new Apple store in town and the iPhone officially coming to Canada I thought I would look around a bit more at case options (even though most of these are only available for purchase online).
– Starting off with a bang, there’s the Louis Vuitton luxury iPhone case:
– Lastly, Gizmodo calls this the “worst iPhone case ever” due in part to its “lady mirror” on the inside:
I admit a “lady mirror” isn’t really something I was looking for in a case. Honestly out of all the ones I mentioned above, the one by Apple seems the most appealing as I don’t really need something for my iPhone that could double as a carry bag for a snack dog.
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