The Outsiders Author S.E. Hinton is Coming to Vancouver

Thursday, March 23rd, 2017 — 11:38am PDT
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Celebrating the 50th anniversary of The Outsiders, author S.E. Hinton will be making an appearance in Vancouver on April 1st thanks to Kidsbooks.

S.E. Hinton is Coming to Vancouver

Where: West Point Grey United Church (4595 West 8th, Vancouver)
When: Saturday, April 1, 2017 at 3:00pm
Tickets: FREE event! Arrive early to secure your seat

Hinton’s classic novel of Greasers and Socs — which she published at the unbelievably young age of 16 — is celebrating its 50th anniversary. Fortunately, “Nothing gold can stay” doesn’t apply to great literature. []

To commemorate the book and the impact it has had on so many generations of teens, Penguin Young Readers released a brand-new anniversary edition of The Outsiders. This special edition of the groundbreaking novel contains: Never before seen photos and letters from the publisher’s archives; original review clippings and media coverage; photos from the author’s personal collection; a gallery of covers around the world; new material from the stars and director of the iconic film–including Francis Ford Coppola, Rob Lowe, Matt Dillon, and others.

For more information about the Vancouver event with S.E. Hinton, follow Kidsbooks on Facebook.

Hungry for Happiness LIVE

Thursday, March 23rd, 2017 — 10:06am PDT
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Back by popular demand, Hungry For Happiness is going LIVE on April 8th and 9th 2017 in Vancouver with founder Samantha Skelly, who will lead the two-day body and self-love experience.

Hungry for Happiness LIVE

Where: Hillel BC Society (6145 Student Union Boulevard, UBC)
When: Saturday April 8th & Sunday April 9th 9:00am to 4:00pm
Tickets are available online now.
Use code VIP604 to get $50 off regular event price of $197.

“You have the power to release the emotional weight you’ve been carrying, and it’s time to let go of everything that isn’t serving you at the highest level. Not only will you leave the room feeling recharged, rejuvenated, and alive, you will leave belonging to a new community of women who have also stepped into their power.”

This event is for you if…

  • You’ve been stuck in the diet/binge cycle for years
  • You simply don’t trust yourself
  • You don’t feel ‘at home’ in your body
  • You experience any shame or guilt around the relationship you have to food and your body
  • You finally want to feel freedom and liberation in your body
  • You want to finally feel connection: head and heart, mind and body
  • You have the power to release the mental anguish and stress you’ve been fogged with

For more information, visit Hungry for Happiness online and follow Samantha on Facebook and Twitter.

National Canadian Film Day 150

Thursday, March 23rd, 2017 — 9:43am PDT
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Big things are happening all around the country for Canada 150 celebrations this year including the world’s largest film festival — ever! National Canadian Film Day 150 (“NCFD 150”) is a massive one-day, coast-to-coast-to-coast celebration of Canadian cinema in honour of our nation’s sesquicentennial. In partnership with REEL CANADA, the Vancouver International Film Festival (“VIFF”) will be celebrating the occasion with a full week of Canadian film programming.

National Canadian Film Day 150

NCFD 150 in Vancouver will include a full day of free programming with award-winning director Atom Egoyan on April 19th, and the screening of six Canadian-made features throughout the surrounding week.

Egoyan will be in Vancouver on April 19th to introduce his Academy Award-nominated film, The Sweet Hereafter to mark its 20th Anniversary, and participate in an in-depth Q&A session with fans. Actor Bruce Greenwood, who stars in the film, will also join the Q&A. Egoyan’s 1994 film Exotica will screen on the same day, along with 1977’s Skip Tracer, a Vancouver-made cult classic chosen by Egoyan himself. All programming on NCFD 150 (April 19, 2017) at VIFF is complimentary and open to the public.

Audiences will also be treated to a selection of new and independent Canadian films, many of them filmed and produced in BC. A rebellious soccer mom, an imaginary friend modelled on Beyoncé, an astrophysicist, and a troubled drone operator are among the intriguing characters who appear here. Documentaries will also be screened, shedding light on the dark side of the internet, and offering a touching and inspiring portrait of addiction, poverty and redemption. These fresh and stimulating stories showcase the talent, creativity and spirit of Canada’s filmmaking community.

Ticket and schedule info »
Bundle your tickets with a Canadian Film Week 3 Pack »

Film events:

Black Code
Friday, April 14, 2017 at 7:40pm; Saturday, April 15, 2017 at 4:30pm; Sunday, April 16, 2017 at 4:50pm

Saturday, April 15, 2017 at 8:15pm; Thursday, April 20, 2017 at 6:30pm
In attendance for the festival: John Barnard, writer/director

Sensitive Parts
Sunday, April 16, 2017 at 6:40pm; Tuesday, April 18, 2017 at 8:30pm
In attendance for the festival: Brendan Prost, writer/director

Grand Unified Theory
Sunday, April 16, 2017 at 8:30pm; Thursday, April 20, 2017 at 8:10pm
In attendance for the festival: David Ray, writer/director

Canadian Premiere: Monday, April 17, 2017 at 8:20pm

The Stairs
Friday, April 21, 2017 at 7:30pm; Sunday, April 23, 2017 at 6:15pm; Monday, April 24, 2017 at 6:20pm; Tuesday, April 25, 2017 at 4:45pm; Thursday, April 27, 2017 at 8:30pm
In attendance for the festival: Hugh Gibson, producer/director

Ticket and schedule info »
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Free film events, tickets must still be reserved in advance:

Skip Tracer
Wednesday, April 19, 2017 at 4:30pm
In attendance for the festival: Zane Dalen, writer/director

Canadian Film Day: The Sweet Hereafter
(20th Anniversary Screening)
Wednesday, April 19, 2017 at 7:00pm

Creator Talk with Atom Egoyan and Bruce Greenwood
Wednesday, April 19, 2017 at 9:00pm

Wednesday, April 19, 2017 at 10:00pm

National Canadian Film Day 150 is April 19, 2017. Follow on Twitter and Facebook, along with VIFF on Facebook for all of the latest event information.

Follow Your Heart with Todd Richard and Variety BC

Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017 — 12:08pm PDT
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The Variety Show of Hearts Telethon has been entertaining British Columbians for over 50 years and last year, it inspired local musician Todd Richard to support Variety BC in a very unique way.

Follow Your Heart with Todd Richard and Variety BC

“My wife and I watch the Telethon year after year,” Todd told me over the phone last week. A semi-finalist in CBC Music’s Searchlight with multiple BC Country Music Award nominations, two albums under his belt, and numerous singles to country radio Todd has been growing his fanbase in the Canadian country music scene.

The Show of Hearts inspired Todd to start donating proceeds from merchandise, popcorn sales, and more to Variety. “It started in that way but I had a song I thought would be really cool to use, titled ‘If I Could Change The World With Just a Song’, and so I started brainstorming about doing this song and releasing it for Variety.”

Todd’s vision was to produce the song in a ‘We Are The World’ style, and that’s where more collaborators came into the mix. He contacted producer Jeff Johnson, who helped co-write an original song, just for this purpose, and the momentum grew from there with country artist George Canyon also coming on board along with a host of others.

“It was the fastest song either of us had written, like it just wanted to be on paper.” Todd and Jeff had the created the song so quickly and were excited about the end result. They presented it to Variety, with guitars in hand, and they just knew a lot of the organization’s member would be able to relate to it. “We have a really cool song here, it’s just really uplifting and powerful.”

The result is Follow Your Heart, available now for just $0.99 on iTunes with all proceeds going to Variety BC.

For more information, follow Todd on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, along with Variety BC on Facebook and Twitter. Be sure to download Follow Your Heart on iTunes to show your support, and get your toes tapping!

Variety – the Children’s Charity steps in where health care ends, providing direct help to children with special needs in BC and the Yukon. For over 50 years Variety has ensured children have the support to reach their potential. Rebecca Bollwitt, of is a proud Board Member of Variety BC.

Follow Your Heart collaborators: Todd Richard, Jeff Johnson (Bailey Way Entertainment), George Canyon, Wes Mack, Todd Richard, Ty Waters, Becca Hess, Rod Black, Rick Tippe, Phil Puxley, Shylo Sharity, Gord Maxwell, Ty Waters, Trevor Murray, Tianna Lefebvre, Mike Sanyshyn, Damian Marshall, Brad Darrid, Emily Chambers, Tommy West, Emily Taylor Adams, Kirsten Bunyan. Musicians: Jay Buettner, Jeff Johnson, Ryan Stead, Rob Becker, Jay Benison, Sheldon Zaharko, Jordan Oorebeek, Soren and Janice Lonnqvist.

Stanley Park Easter Train

Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017 — 11:26am PDT
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Hop on the Stanley Park Easter Train for an egg-citing Easter ride through Stanley Park. After the train ride, purchase carnival strip tickets so your kids can enjoy fun activities.

Stanley Park Easter Train

Enjoy a a carnival style event with the themed train rides, Easter Bunny and egg hunt, mini golf, bouncers, face-painting, plant a posy craft activity and an expanded food and beverage service: Cloud Nine Cotton Candy, Innocent Ice Cream and Insomniac Coffee.

  • Where: Located just off Pipeline Road in Stanley Park, via the West Georgia Street park entrance.
  • When: April 8 and 9 (train only) 10:00am to 5:00pm
    April 13-17, 2017 from 10:00am to 5:00pm
    Last train is at 5:00pm, last egg hunt is at 4:40pm
  • Tickets: Ages 6 and up $6, free for children under 6.
    Carnival activities: 2 tickets $5; 3 tickets $7; 5 tickets $10
    Buy advance tickets now via Ticketleader. Buy same-day tickets in person at the ticket booth next to the train, starting at 10:00am.

Tickets are sold in half-hour time slots. They are good for one train ride during the time slot shown on the ticket and for one entry to the other activities. On rainy days, you can stay dry with a covered train and line-up, and indoor egg hunt. More information is available on the Stanley Park Easter Train website.

3 Ways to Enjoy Oregon’s Mt. Hood Territory

Tuesday, March 21st, 2017 — 11:46am PDT
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Paddling a river to a spectacular waterfall, cooking up foraged ingredients on a farm with locals, and putting our Gore-Tex to the test in a mountain rain forest in the Pacific Northwest at the base of a volcano. John and I spent the last shoulder season discovering three sides of Oregon’s Mt. Hood Territory, where we got in touch our Pacific Northwest cores and explored Oregon in a new way.

Mt. Hood Territory, Oregon - October 2016

The itinerary set out for us by our friends at Oregon’s Mt. Hood Territory tourism office was a dream for us, so much so that I want to mention every stop and every bite we took in a bullet point list – but that would hardly make for interesting reading. Instead, I’ll highlight the three main pillars of our schedule: On the Mountain, In the Country, Around the City.

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Disclosure: Review
This trip was in partnership with Oregon's Mt. Hood Territory. Views are my own.