Win Tickets to Ballet BC Program 3

April 25th, 2016 @ 1:43pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Ballet BC has been celebrating its 30th anniversary this season as they focused their programming firmly on the future of dance. Program 3 will usher the season out with a bang, presenting work by two audience favourites and a newcomer who is making waves around the world.

Photo credit: Michael Slobodian

Ballet BC Program 3

Celebrate the spring, the season, and the spirit of dance with these three amazing works:

16+ a room
Choreography: Emily Molnar; Music: Dirk P. Haubrich
Enter 16+ a room. Emily Molnar, Ballet BC’s Artistic Director, has created a dynamic world for 16 dancers set to a driving musical landscape by German composer Dirk Haubrich. Inspired by the writings of Jeannette Winterson and Emily Dickinson, this compelling work displays Molnar’s unique choreographic language through a complex study of time, transition, and stillness, where the space between is as important as the space occupied, where one is left with the feeling of both liberty and disappearance. The Dance Current says, “16+ a room is incredibly seductive… a powerful concentration of artistic vision.”

Choreography: Sharon Eyal, Gai Behar; Music: Ori Lichtik
Ballet BC is thrilled to work with Tel Aviv-based Sharon Eyal, one of the hottest choreographers today. Former Resident Choreographer of the Batsheva Dance Company and now Artistic Director of her own company, L-E-V, Eyal’s signature style and daring, sensual language requires of dancers an intricate and precise expression of the body. Working with frequent collaborators Gai Behar and Ori Lichtik, in Bill, Eyal combines dance, music, and design into an instantly recognizable whole of raw, unexpected beauty created with equal parts ebb and flow. Premiered by Batsheva Dance Company, Bill showcases Eyal’s trademark shifts from large group to smaller ensemble; which in turn morph into breathtaking solos.

I and I am You
Choreography: Jorma Elo; Music: J.S. Bach, Robert Schumann
Finnish-born choreographer Jorma Elo’s 2011 debut with Ballet BC was met with thunderous applause. So naturally, we invited him back to create this work, first seen in 2013. Featuring Elo’s signature virtuosic vocabulary and lightning-fast musicality interspersed with moments of enormous intimacy and tenderness, I and I am You demonstrates why Elo is one of the most sought-after choreographers today, with commissions by companies the world over. The Georgia Straight described I and I am You as possessing “the warmth and force of some strangely beautiful chinook.”

Program 3 is at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre May 12-May 14, 2016 with performances at 8:00pm. Tickets can be purchased through Ticketmaster at 1-855-985-2787 (855-985-ARTS) or online.

Win Tickets to Ballet BC Program 3

I have a pair of tickets to give away to Ballet BC’s Program 3 on May 13th. Here’s how you can enter to win:

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I will draw one winner at random from all entries at 12:00pm on Monday, May 2, 2016.

Update The winner is Dani!

DOXA Documentary Film Festival

April 25th, 2016 @ 11:52am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Vancouver is home to the largest documentary film festival in Western Canada as DOXA presents 85 films on local screens from May 5 –15, 2016.


DOXA Documentary Film Festival

  • When: May 5-15, 2016
  • Venues: Vancouver Playhouse, VIFF’s Vancity Theatre, The Cinematheque, SFU’s Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, and Museum of Vancouver
  • Admission: Evenings and Weekends: $13 (except screenings at Vancouver Playhouse); Weekday Matinee (weekday films starting at 5:30pm or earlier): $11; All screenings at the Vancouver Playhouse and Museum of Vancouver: $15; Student/Senior Tickets: $2 discount (except Opening and Closing Night Films and Museum of Vancouver); Membership: $2; Festival Pass: $175 (excludes Opening/Closing films. Includes membership)

DOXA dives headlong into the nonfiction universe. Whether it is one of the best BASE jumpers in the world or great Maya Angelou soaring the heights of literary fame, this year’s selection of films take a leap of faith in the quest for justice, peace, freedom and naked glory. This year’s festival covers films with topics including activism, economics, children’s life, sports, health care, art and performance, love and relationships, sexuality, spirituality, women’s rights and so much more!

Film Previews and Highlights

Every artist has their great white whale. For Canadian daredevil Ken Carter, it was jumping the St. Lawrence River in a rocket-powered Lincoln Continental. For filmmaker John Bolton, it was a musical docudrama called Aim For The Roses. DOXA is exceptionally proud to open the festival with this extraordinary film.

We are witnessing the largest human migration in history. DOXA’s spotlight program Borders and Boundaries looks at the refugee crisis, as well as the more difficult to establish notion of boundaries with a selection of films that breakdown the national barriers, and even tackle time and space.

Midweek special presentations Brent Hodge’s Pistol Shrimps and Rama Rau’s The League of Exotique Dancers look at the way women are fighting for strength and identity, whether that is on the basketball court or the burlesque stage.

Whether it is growing up black in America (Black Life Is, Ain’t and Still Rises) or living through a revolution (Arab Spring / Arab Fall) DOXA’s curated programs are fueled by a desire for change. The second edition of French French includes a retrospective of the work of acclaimed filmmaker Claire Simon.

Kirsten Johnson’s work with Laura Poitras (Citizenfour) and Michael Moore (Fahrenheit 9/11) has arguably moved documentary cinema into the public eye in an entirely new way. In Cameraperson, she turns her lens on herself and her body of work in DOXA’s closing night film.

Purchase tickets online or by phone (604) 646-3200. Follow DOXA on Twitter and Facebook for more information.

Vancouver Photos of the Week

April 25th, 2016 @ 8:27am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Summer has arrived early in Vancouver, with beach days quickly outnumbering the number of times we’ve had to pull out our umbrellas. Thanks for sharing your photos with the Miss604 Flickr Pool and #Photos604 on Instagram this week, here’s a snapshot of life in Vancouver this April:

Vancouver Photos of the Week

Sea Grass

False Creek views

Under the Cherrry Tree, Belcarra Regional Park, British Columbia

McArthurGlen Designer Outlet

quarry rock sunrise

Drone Flight over BC Place

Tulip Sunrise (Explored)

Sails in the Sunset ~ Vancouver, BC

Three's Company

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

A photo posted by Caleb (@originalcaleby) on

Fisherman's Wharf

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.

360 Video of Vancouver at Sunset

April 22nd, 2016 @ 5:05pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Plant your feet, hold out your phone, and turn your body to get a 360 degree view of the city as though you’re a bird in the clouds. SKY Helicopters and Agency Media recently released a 360 degree video of Vancouver at sunset, and it’s pretty epic.

360 Video of Vancouver at Sunset

Make sure to move your phone or navigate with your mouse to get the full effect:

The sunset tour is one of the sightseeing offerings from SKY Helicopters. They fly you past the North Shore Mountains, above the Lions Gate Bridge, along Stanley Park, and around the downtown core.

This is the first in a series of 360 videos Agency Media will be producing for SKY Helicopters. Future videos will feature serene mountaintop sunsets, remote mountain lakes, and flights along the Sea to Sky.

Quick Flight with Sky Helicopters

Related: Sightseeing with Sky Helicopters

Win Tickets to the Canadian Women in Public Relations Launch Event

April 22nd, 2016 @ 2:01pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

The organization of Canadian Women in Public Relations (“CWPR”) is hosting a launch event, at Vancouver’s historic Hycroft Manor in Shaughnessy this May. The organization has been formed to enable groups of public relations women leaders across Canada to come together to share ideas, contacts, experiences, and to advocate for major issues directly affecting women working in the PR industry today.


Canadian Women in Public Relations Launch Event

This event is a great opportunity for you to learn more about our this organization, enjoy the company of industry friends and meet new women who are united in their PR careers. Network in Hycroft’s spacious foyer at the foot of the Grand Staircase, mingle in the formal Drawing Room and enjoy a glass of wine on the spectacular Terrace overlooking the beautiful walled gardens.

When: Wednesday, May 11, 2016 from 5:30pm to 8:30pm
Where: The University Women’s Club of Vancouver at Hycroft (1489 McRae Ave)
Tickets: $55 members, $75 non-members. Ticket + membership bundle $300

Organized by a team of experts in public relations, this event will look at What’s Next for Women in Canada’s PR Industry, discuss misconceptions and redefine perceptions for the PR field.

Speakers at this event include:
Bridgitte Anderson, General Manager, Edelman Vancouver; Christie Smith, Founder of the Elite Communicators Group; Director of Corporate Relations at Partnerships BC; Erin Dermer, Director of Media Relations and Social Media at TELUS; Natalie Langston, TV Host, Producer, Journalist, Emcee & Brand Ambassador; Fitness & Health Reporter, BC Living.

Opening Remarks will be made by Cleta Brown, President, The University Women’s Club of Vancouver; Talia Beckett-Davis, President & Chairwoman, Canadian Women in Public Relations; Founder, Pink Pearl PR; Director of Communications, AdvantageBC. The panel’s moderator will be Stuart Chase, Director of Marketing and Communications at Make-A-Wish Foundation of BC and Yukon.

Win Tickets

If you would like to attend this inspiring event, I have a pair of tickets to give away. Here’s how you can enter to win:

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RT to enter to win tickets to the @WomeninPRcanada launch event from @Miss604

I will draw one winner at random from all entries at 6:00am on Wednesday, April 27, 2016. Follow Canadian Women in Public Relations on Facebook and Twitter to learn more.

Update The winner is Kelly Millin!

Earth Day in Stanley Park

April 22nd, 2016 @ 9:33am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

The Stanley Park Ecology Society (“SPES”) is hosting Earth Day in Stanley Park on Saturday, April 23, 2016.

Earth Day in Stanley Park

  • Where: All events will be based at the Stanley Park Nature House on Lost Lagoon at the corner of Chilco & Alberni Streets.
  • When: Saturday, April 23, 2016 from 10:00am to 4:00pm
    Tree Wrapping & Lost Lagoon Tour 12:15pm to 1:00pm & 2:45 to 3:30pm
    Invasive Plant Pull 12:30pm to 2:30pm
    Invasive Ivy Weaving, drop-in between 10:00am and 4:00pm
  • Tickets: None required, it’s free! There will also be free refreshments, crafts for the kids, and chalk drawing fun will round out the day.

SPES will be engaging the public in a series this day of events including invasive plant removal, water quality monitoring, beaver tree wrapping, and other stewardship activities. Earth Day is also the perfect time to the Conservation Corner in the Stanley Park Nature House. This is a fresh educational display that aims to inspire and engage visitors better about SPES’ active conservation, research and habitat enhancement.

SPESLogoFourLineBased atop the Nature House on Lost Lagoon, the public is encouraged to drop by and be engaged in the upcycling / weaving of English ivy into bionets that will be destined for new placements in the Park to repurpose biomass while acting as erosion control.

Park Board Chair Sarah Kirby-Yung and MLA Spencer Chandra Herbert will be on hand to kick off the event at 11:00am followed by the official unveiling of our new “Conservation Corner” exhibit in the Nature House at 11:20am.

SPES works year-round to manage the impact of 8 million visitors per year on Stanley Park. Your support helps them conserve this natural space for the benefit of visitors and wildlife alike. Check out my 6 Reasons to Become a Stanley Park Ecology Society Member and follow SPES on Twitter and Facebook.