CBC Musical Nooners Summer 2015

July 22nd, 2015 @ 6:29pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Free lunchtime concerts have returned to the CBC Plaza on Hamilton Street, between Georgia and Robson, in Downtown Vancouver. CBC Musical Nooners take place every weekday from 12:00pm to 1:00pm through to August 21st, offering up free entertainment for your lunch break.

Photo credit: Headwater on Flickr

Remaining July Shows

Thursday, July 23, 2015: Black Umfolosi (a co-presentation with the Mission Folk Festival)
Traditional a cappella vocal group from Zimbabwe who have thrilled audiences around the world for over 30 years.

Friday, July 24, 2015: Volosi (a co-presentation with the Mission Folk Festival)
From Poland, with love, this 5-piece string ensemble blends the sophistication of classical performance with the visceral power of traditional music from the Carpathian Mountains.

Monday, July 27, 2015: Shred Kelly
CBC Music listed Shred Kelly’s release, “Sing To The Night” as one of the most anticipated Albums of 2015. Come see this “stoke-folk” quintet from Fernie, BC.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015: Keith Bennett & David Sinclair
These two veterans of the music scene make a winning duo of harmonica and guitar playing a great mix of blues, gypsy jazz and pop.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015: Robyn & Ryleigh
Sisters from Langley whose music is the sound of country today.

Thursday, July 30, 2015: Murray Porter
Murray Porter’s blues-fuelled songs and piano playing will leave you dazzled.

Friday, July 31, 2015: Tanga
Tanga’s take on the sound of Cuba will make your feet move, your hips sway and paste a big smile on your face.

The schedule for August is yet to be released but it will appear at this CBC link. Follow @CBCVancouver on Twitter for more information.

Win Vancouver Queer Film Festival Tickets

July 22nd, 2015 @ 2:14pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

The 27th annual Vancouver Queer Film Festival is coming up August 13th-23rd at the Vancouver Playhouse, Cineplex Odeon International Village and SFU Woodwards. Celebrating the best in independent queer cinema, this is the largest queer arts event in Western Canada and the second-largest film festival in Vancouver.

Vancouver Queer Film Festival

Over 80 films will be showcased from 20 countries, with themes ranging from transgender trailblazers to spectacular queer con artists. The festival also includes a variety of performances, panels and workshops.

VQFF2015This year’s festival celebrates a resounding collection of home-brewed queer films from the local, edgy documentary Bearded Ladies: The Photography of Rosamond Norbury by Sharon McGowan (Better Than Chocolate), to All Yours, which tackles the realities of the gay-for-pay industry, emotional labour and loneliness, and the bilingual drama What We Have (Ce qu’on a) to Portrait of a Serial Monogamist, a Torontonian queer coming-of-middle-age film that ignites laughter and tears with the most affecting lesbian cat funeral. Also featured at the festival is a tailor-made archival program, Still Not Over It: 70 Years of Queer Canadian Film, and the arrival of a signature new comedic talent in the film Guidance.

In conjunction with Out in Schools, this year’s festival invites youth to indulge in a summer of cinema. Reflecting on global queer youth culture and LGBTQ community activism, this brave and deep collection of films reflects the path already travelled and inspires hope for the journey ahead. From the Youth Shorts Program Bright Eyes, Queer Hearts to the queerlands of Brooklyn with Naz & Maalik to the sacrifices people make for love in Those People and How to Win at Checkers (Every Time), this year’s lineup is a spectacular summer treat.

Adding some spice to the Vancouver Queer Film Festival and proving once again that some of the best queer cinema comes from Latin America, selections from Mexico, Chile, Venezuela and Brazil bring together common themes of birth family and chosen family blended with a wryly-humourous approach to assessing one’s place in the world. Find the full schedule online and you can also download the PDF program guide.

Tickets are on sale now. Follow the Vancouver Queer Film Festival on Facebook and Twitter for the latest information.

Win Vancouver Queer Film Festival Tickets

I have 6 film tickets to give away (to your choice of VQFF film) as well as a pair of tickets to the festival’s opening gala party on August 13th! Here’s how you can enter to win:

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    • RT to enter to win @queerfilmfest tix + gala tix from @Miss604 http://ow.ly/PXrVS

      I will draw one winner at random from all entries at 10:00pm on Thursday, July 30, 2015.

Sage Summit in New Orleans

July 22nd, 2015 @ 1:44pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

I travel quite a bit and yet I haven’t encountered this decision before: What should I pack for a business conference during the day and a swamp tour by night? Next week I’m headed to New Orleans for the Sage Summit, featuring hundreds of sessions, 70 speakers, and endless networking opportunities along with some quintessential experiences in the Big Easy.

house front - french quarter - new orleans
Photo credit: romtomtom on Flickr

I have been running a small business for the last seven years but the conferences I usually attend are about the subject of my business (WordPress, software, travel writing, blogging, social media) and not so much about the act of being in business or running your own company. I’m looking forward to hearing from an incredibly impressive and diverse lineup of speakers and panelists.


Sage Summit Canadian Speakers
Patrick Kelly from Canada Games Council, The Cupcake Girls (Heather and Lori), and Evan Carmichael.

Sage Summit Conversations & Panels
General Colin Powell, Deepak Chopra, and Stephen Kelly, Tony Hawk, Chad Hurley, Jane Seymour, Matthew Weiner, Trevor Noah, Baroness Karren Brady, Ron Buist (Tim Hortons), and more!

Sage Summit isn’t just for Sage partners and customers, I’m looking forward to everyday business insights, strategies, and advice — all kinds of advice:

For 35C heat plus humidity, conference panels and expo, and that swamp tour (or French Quarter ghost tour) I’m still not sure what to pack but I have a few days to figure it out. What I do know is that this is shaping up to be one amazing learning experience.

The entire week will end with the closing riverfront party with recent MTV VMA nominee, and platinum selling artist, Walk the Moon. If you’re interested in booking a last minute trip to the Sage Summit, use promo code NOLA for $99 passes. Follow my posts throughout the week at @Miss604 #SageSummit and @Sage_Summit on Twitter.

Vancouver Photos of the Week

July 22nd, 2015 @ 9:35am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Thanks to everyone who shared their photos with the Miss604 Flickr Pool and #Photos604 on Instagram! Here are a few of my picks this week:

Vancouver Photos of the Week

Endless Days Of Summer
Photo credit: Clayton Perry on Flickr

False Creek and Granville Island
Photo credit: Zorro1968 on Flickr

Romance On Beach
Photo credit: prismproductions on Flickr

One of These Things Is Not Like The Other
Photo credit: phoenix45photo on Flickr

A photo posted by @photogirlee on

A photo posted by Bon Bahar (@bon.bahar) on

Global Relay Gastown Grand Prix 2015
Photo credit: don janus on Flickr

Through the Trees
Photo credit: kuelkerphotography on Flickr

Gastown Energy
Photo credit: vanexusphotography on Flickr

Some Friday Night Magic
Photo credit: vanexusphotography on Flickr

Vancouver's Front Door
Photo credit: vkm2f on Flickr

Life Is But A Dream ~ Vancouver, BC
Photo credit: Seaside Sidgns on Flickr

Volleyball at Sunset (yet another...)
Photo credit: kennyphoto1 on Flickr

Photo credit: aaronvonhagen 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 and follow Miss604 on Instagram.

Circle Craft Summer Market

July 21st, 2015 @ 1:37pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Everyone loves Circle Craft! This is what I have learned over the years hosting event listings and contests for this anticipated local craft fair and market. Circle Craft and the Craft Council of BC are holding their third annual Circle Craft Summer Market this week at Jack Poole Plaza (next to the Olympic Cauldron) and it’s bound to be a popular one.

The Craft Council of British Columbia and Circle Craft Cooperative Summer Market

Summer Market
Photo by Tim Matheson for Circle Craft Co-operative on Flickr

This FREE outdoor market will have dozens of exhibitors showcasing their handmade work ranging from wood, glass, jewellery, leather, fine art, and ceramics. You will also find home décor and clever functional items you will not be able to live without. It will be a great market for gifts or to treat yourself.

Market Hours
Thursday July 23, 2015 from 11:00am to 7:00pm
Friday, July 24, 2015 from 9:00am to 7:00pm
Saturday, July 25, 2015 from 9:00am to 7:00pm
Sunday July 26, 2015 from 9:00am to 5:00pm

Summer Market
Photo by Tim Matheson for Circle Craft Co-operative on Flickr

To make sure you go home with some of the very best finds, I am giving away 100 Summer Craft Show Dollars to spend at the market. Here’s how you can enter to win:

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RT to enter to win 100 @CircleCraft Summer Market dollars from @Miss604 http://ow.ly/PUE9c

I will draw one winner at random from all entries at 12:00pm on Wednesday, July 22, 2015. Follow Circle Craft on Twitter and Facebook to learn more about the co-op, their space on Granville Island, the summer and Christmas markets. The prize is only redeemable at the 2015 summer market happening July 23rd to July 26th, for items available for purchase at the market, and is not actual Canadian currency/money.

Update The winner is Marina!