Vancouver Construction Time-Lapse GIFs

April 10th, 2014 @ 9:44am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

I was recently browsing the Vancouver archive GIF goodness that is Vancouver Rising and I noticed that one of the animated images was a series of photos from the City of Vancouver Archives that were simply stitched together. It reminded me of this collection of “Under Construction” photos I posted last year and made me realize that I could probably achieve the same effect.

Merchants Bank, 1916 | Granville and Pender

VPL Archives#: 20039A, 20039D, 20039F. Photographer/Studio: Dominion Photo Co.

Thanks to sequences of images, photographed by the great Leonard Frank, I created a few Vancouver construction time-lapse GIFs of my own featuring prominent historic buildings in the city:

Marine Building, 1929 | Burrard and Hastings
Source: VPL Archives# 12000-12005, 11990-11999, 104080, 104080A

Stock Exchange Building, 1928 | Howe and Pender
Source: VPL Archives# 12109-12120, 22947

Royal Bank Building, 1930-1931 | Granville and Hastings
Source: VPL Archives# 12074-12083, 15702

View more photos from the Vancouver Public Library and City of Vancouver Archives in my history series.

Cherry Blossom Photo of the Day

April 10th, 2014 @ 7:44am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

During the month of April I will be featuring a Cherry Blossom Photo of the Day, sourced from the Miss604 Flickr Pool and/or the #Photos604 tag on Instagram. You can barely walk a full block in the city without encountering a photographer capturing this pink blooms — or stopping yourself — so it’s the perfect time to start this series. Enjoy!

Cherry Blossoms in Vancouver
Photo credit: Ann Hung on Flickr

View more photography posts on Miss604 along with the Vancouver Photos of the Week.

SEASONS Music Festival

April 9th, 2014 @ 1:54pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

The SEASONS Music Festival is coming to local clubs from April 16th to April 20th, along with a massive 6,500 person show at the Pacific Coliseum on April 19th.

SEASONS Music Festival 2014

SEASONS Music Festival Lineup

Now in its 4th year, the SEASONS Music Festival will span five days leading into Easter long weekend, evolving from a single day electronic music event in its first year in 2010. This year’s artist lineup includes ZEDD, Audien, Been Trill, Duke Dumont, Flume, Green Velvet, Project 46, Seven Lions, Tiga, Tommy Trash, Trinidad James, and Tchami.

Alvaro Prol, of Blueprint who organizes the annual SEASONS festival shares, “Every year that we host SEASONS we see increased demand from festival goers, and sell more tickets than previous years. This year’s SEASONS has already sold out, with approximately 20% more tickets than in 2013. Because of this demand, next year attendees can expect SEASONS to include two massive stadium events and five additional days of music. Our ultimate goal over the next ten years is to grow SEASONS to include anywhere from 50-75 shows right in Vancouver, over a week long period”. [Source: Press Release]

The big event on Saturday, April 19th features ZEDD, FLUME, and Duke Dumont and is sold out at the Pacific Coliseum.

Other showcases will take place at Shine nightclub, VENUE, Celebrities, and the Commodore Ballroom. Audien is playing the festival’s FREE PARTY at VENUE on Thursday, April 17th and his remix of Bastille’s Pompeii is the best I’ve heard:

Event, ticket, and guest list information is all posted online. Find SEASONS on Facebook for event details and follow the tag #SEASONSFEST2014.

Rio Theatre Friday Late Night Movies April 2014

April 9th, 2014 @ 11:44am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

This month the Rio Theatre is not only hosting their signature late night movie series, but they’re presenting blockbuster double-bills on Friday nights. These 19+ screenings can be complimented with a beverage from the theatre’s full service bar as you enjoy a night out with friends. Tickets (for late night movies) are available online in advance or at the door for $8 or $6 if you attend in costume unless otherwise stated.

Rio Theatre Friday Late Night Movies


Friday, April 11, 2014

Double Bill: The Neverending Story & Labyrinth
A double bill featuring two of the best puppet-filled 80s children’s adventure classics of your dreams (and, possibly, nightmares!). Join us for The Neverending Story at 7:30 pm and Labyrinth at 9:30 pm – all ages and in prime time. See one or both for the same sweet price! $10 advance or $12 at the door. All ages welcome.

Late Night Movie: The Warriors (Walter Hill, 1979)
Back by popular demand is one of our most enduring and popular late night selections, The Warriors. Director Walter Hill’s phenomenal cult-classic about New York City teens in a city-wide gang war celebrates the 35th anniversary of its release this year. | In 1979 a charismatic leader summons the street gangs of New York City in a bid to take it over. When he is killed, The Warriors are falsely blamed and now must fight their way home while every other gang is hunting them down to kill them.”

Friday, April 18, 2014

Late Night Movie: Half Baked (Tamra Davis, 1998)
Happy 420, y’all. Dave Chapelle co-wrote and stars in the hilarious stoner comedy Half Baked, the story of three not-so-bright men who come up with a series of crazy schemes to get a friend out of jail. Also starring Jim Breuer, Guillermo Diaz and Tommy Chong.

Friday, April 25, 2014

Double Bill: Dune Squared: Jodorowsky’s Dune & Dune
It’s the Dune double bill you’ve been waiting for your whole life. Join us for a night of serious science fiction, featuring a double bill of Frank Pavich’s critically acclaimed and award-wining documentary Jodorowsky’s Dune at 6:45 followed by David Lynch’s epic fantasy Dune at 8:30. See both for $12 (advanced) or $15 (door).

Late Night Movie: House (‘Hausu’, Nobuhiko Ôbayashi, 1977)
Nobuhiko Obayashi’s experimental horror/comedy House has experienced a mass revival thanks to a few recent trips around the repertory cinema circuit, and the Rio Theatre is pleased to bring this celluloid oddity to Vancouver. In the film’s Criterion liner notes, author Chuck Stephens declares, “This is ‘le cinéma du WTF?!.’” In other words, House is best enjoyed late on a Friday night with a theatre full of friends and movie-lovers, enjoying adult beverages and buttery popcorn.

The Rio Theatre is an independent art and movie house located at 1660 West Broadway, at Commercial Drive, and is easily accessible by transit. Follow along on Facebook and Twitter for more film screenings, comedy showcases, and special event information.

Miss604 is a media partner of the Rio’s Late Night Movie series.

Pemberton Music Festival Lineup

April 9th, 2014 @ 9:02am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

The Pemberton Music Festival lineup is here! Anxious fans have been chomping at the bit to hear what’s in store this July and the announcement was made this morning.

“With nearly 100 performances and six separate performance areas, including two main stages, two secondary stages, a dance tent and a comedy area, Pemberton Music Festival will be three glorious days of music, comedy, and camping on 300 clean, open acres in one of the most idyllic settings on Earth.”

Pemberton Music Festival Lineup

The full list of performers includes Nine Inch Nails, Outkast, Deadmau5, Soundgarden, Frank Ocean, Kendrick Lamar, Metric, Modest Mouse, Snoop Dogg, Above & Beyond, Empire of the Sun, Ms. Lauryn Hill, TV On The Radio, Blondie, Cage The Elephant, Girl Talk, Grimes, The Flaming Lips, Young the Giant, Baauer, Matthew Good, Schoolboy Q, St. Vincent, Tyler, The Creator…

…Violent Femmes, Earl Sweatshirt, Gord Downie, The Sadies, The New Pornographers, Sloan, Stars, Best Coast, Big Gigantic, Clockwork, Flying Lotus, Hayden, Matt Mays, RL Grime, Shlohmo, Delta Rae, Dinosaur Jr., Fucked Up, Griz, Hey Rosetta!, Kaytranada, Purity Ring DJ Set, XXYYXX, Dan Deacon, Lettuce, Metz, Rich Aucoin, Wild Belle, ZZ Ward, Aer, Gold & Youth, Flash Lightnin’, The Tontons, Tory Lanez, Yukon Blonde, Hallelujah Train featuring Daniel Lanois, Will Sexton, Brian Blade, Brady Blade Sr., Anders Osborne, Chris Thomas, and Malcolm Burn with Gospel Choir…

…and comedy from Trailer Park Boys, Bob Saget, Lisa Lampanelli, Nick Swardson, Norm MacDonald, Doug Benson, Hannibal Buress, Tom Green, Brian Posehn, Jim Breuer, Natasha Leggero, Brian Scolaro, Kyle Dunnigan, and many more to be added in the coming weeks.

Araxi Long Table Dinner in Pemberton, B.C.
Photo credit: John Bollwitt on Flickr

The festival will take place on Friday, July 18th through Sunday, July 20th, 2014 in the mountain-side community of Pemberton, at the top end of Sea to Sky country. This will be a three-day contemporary music festival, near the foot of Mt. Currie in scenic Pemberton, is produced and promoted by HUKA Entertainment in collaboration with the Sunstone Group and the Lil’wat Nation.

“It took a little longer than expected, but we wanted to make certain we put the best experience together, one that exemplifies the most beautiful festival site in the world,” says HUKA Entertainment co-founder and CEO A.J. Niland. “With today’s announcement, we are confident we have done exactly that. We appreciate all of the patience, goodwill and positive comments from our communities and supporters, and are excited for July to come, so everyone can see what we have in store for them at this one-of-a-kind event.” [Source: Press Release]

Pemberton Music Festival Tickets

Advance weekend General Admission tickets go on sale this Friday, April 11 at 10:00am and start at just $279, plus a choice of camping or shuttle privileges for $89. Further information on complete festival ticket pricing and the confirmed lineup can be found online.

Pemberton Music Festival Lineup

Pemberton Music Festival will provide a blend of on-site camping and off-site hotel lodging options, provided by lodging and activities partners Whistler Blackcomb and Tourism Whistler. While camping options will allow attendees to stay directly on festival grounds, those seeking the comforts of a home away from home can secure traditional lodging in nearby Whistler, BC. Non- camping patrons will have access to festival-supplied transportation, including shuttles from Whistler.

Follow the Pemberton Music Festival on Twitter and Facebook for more information leading up to the big event.

Win an Icelandair Prize Pack

April 8th, 2014 @ 1:44pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Volcanoes, outdoor recreation, hot springs, a lively music scene, super quick access to 20-plus European locations (particularly Scandinavia), and more make Iceland a very cool place to have a stopover. Icelandair will be starting service from Vancouver International Airport on May 14th and to celebrate, they will be hosting a #scaVANgerhunt this week.

Win an Icelandair Prize Pack

Icelandair’s ScaVANger Hunt

Starting Thursday, April 10th, Icelandair representatives will be hitting the streets of Vancouver and surrounding areas to give away free round-trip tickets, with one pair given away each day through Saturday, April 12th. Also, throughout each day, Icelandair will be handing out additional prizes including gift certificates for travel, t-shirts, Icelandic music CDs and cool merchandise.

How can Vancouverites join the #scaVANgerhunt?
Icelandair will be providing that day’s password on Facebook and Twitter, along with clues to help find the location of each day’s tickets.

Clues will be given at various times of the day until the tickets are found. The first person to arrive at the location and reveal the password to the Icelandair representatives will win tickets for two to one of more than 20 destinations in Europe. Read full contest terms and conditions.

Photogenic and adventurous Iceland – Photo credit: Moyan Brenn on Flickr

Iceland: Svartifoss Cascade Iceland
Photogenic and adventurous Iceland – Photo credit: Victor Montol & Moyan Brenn on Flickr

Win an Icelandair Prize Pack

For the next three days, leading up to the ScaVANger Hunt contest hosted by Icelandair, I will have a Icelandair/Iceland-themed prize pack to give away. That’s three prize packs for three winners!

These prize packs — exclusively offered to Miss604 readers — include: Icelandic music CDs, Blue Lagoon body wash, Icelandair t-shirts, “50 Crazy Things to do in Iceland” book, and $100 gift vouchers for travel with Icelandair.

Here’s how you can enter to win:

  • Leave a comment here naming a fact about Iceland (1 entry)
  • Post the following on Twitter (1 entry)
RT to enter to win an @Icelandair prize pack from @YVRAirport + @Miss604

I will draw one winner at 10:00am on April 9th, April 10th, and April 11th from all entries. Follow Vancouver’s award-winning airport on Twitter along with Icelandair on Twitter for more information about the #scaVANgerhunt contest this week.

Update The first winner is Monica! Look for two more winners on Thursday and Friday.
Update The second winner is @lyteforce on Twitter!
Update The last winner is David!

Bastille at the Commodore in Vancouver Photos

April 8th, 2014 @ 9:41am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Bastille played a sold out show at the Commodore Ballroom in Vancouver last night although there was still plenty of room to dance around the venue when the winners of the 2014 British Breakthrough Award took to the stage.

Bastille at the Commodore in Vancouver Photos

Facing drummer Chris Wood, revealing the outline of a wolf on the back of his grey hoodie, Dan Smith jumped onto stage with “Bad Blood” as Bastille kicked off their Vancouver show. The single shares the name with the group’s first studio album, which was released in 2013.

Dan Smith of Bastille

Since that time, Dan Smith, Chris Wood, William Farquarson and Kyle Simmons have had other hits in the UK, bursting onto the North American scene late last year with a reissue of their debut album called All This Bad Blood, and making their way through the late night talk show circuit along with being the SNL musical guest in January of 2014.

Dan Smith of Bastille Dan Smith of Bastille

Expecting the crowd to mainly be familiar with the single “Pompeii”, currently in heavy rotation on radio stations of varying genres and on many an iPod playlist, the concert was one giant sing-along. Throngs of fresh-faced ladies pressed against the barricade at the front of the stage and each one knew just how to sing along to frontman Dan Smith’s spot-on vocals as they happily joined for a chorus, or ten.

Dan Smith of Bastille

Dan Smith of Bastille Dan Smith of Bastille Dan Smith of Bastille

Smith sounded better vocally than any of the live performances I’ve seen on television, or many of Bastille’s acoustic videos on YouTube, and the band was solid as they cranked out “Weight of Living, Pt. II”, “Things We Lost in the Fire”, “Icarus”, “These Streets” (which Dan said was his favourite) and tracks recently added to their album like “Poet”, “Laughter Lines”, and “The Draw”.

William Farquarson of Bastille

Dan Smith of Bastille Dan Smith of Bastille

Finishing out the show, Dan put his wolf hoodie back on and tied it up nice and tight before being led into the crowd like a prize fighter. He did a full lap of the Commodore, with a multi-man escort, singing “Flaws” with the audience.

Dan Smith of Bastille

For their second encore song the group performed their mashup of “Of the Night”, a mix of “The Rhythm of the Night” by Corona and “Rhythm Is a Dancer” by Snap! This was followed by the much-anticipated Pompeii for which they asked their opening band, To Kill a King, to join them on stage.

Dan Smith of Bastille

Bastille seemed to have a great time in Vancouver, stopping by Dude Chilling Park and doing a free concert with The Peak out at the Maritime Museum earlier in the day.

I think the fans at the Commodore may have just had a better time, as all were in good spirits, dancing like crazy, smiles on every face. It was an excellent vibe and probably one of the most positive atmospheres I’ve experience at a downtown Vancouver club show.

Catch Bastille in Seattle tonight, Coachella next week, and across North America the rest of the summer before they head to Australia and Europe.