World Series Tweetup with the Vancouver Canadians

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012 — 10:27am PST
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Vancouver Canadians 2011 Championship RingThe back-to-back Northwest League Champion Vancouver Canadians are keeping the excitement for baseball alive with a World Series Tweetup event on Saturday, October 27th.

The Blue Jay affiliates are inviting all fans to join them at Mahony & Sons (Burrard Landing, located in the new Convention Centre) to watch the Detroit Tigers and the San Francisco Giants face off in Game 3 of the World Series.

Enjoy the pub-style menu, the atmosphere, and post updates to Twitter with other baseball fans from around the region.

The Vancouver Canadians hosted a Tweetup early on in the season where dozens came out to watch a Blue Jays game, win prizes, check out the Northwest League trophy, and meet Canadians personnel.

Follow the Vancouver Canadians on Twitter to learn more about this free event and join them on Saturday, October 27, 2012 at 5:00pm for the World Series.

Public Salon November 2012

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012 — 9:35am PST
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Global Civic Policy Society’s next Public Salon is taking place November 7th at the Vancouver Playhouse. The Public Salons, which began in 2009, are hosted every few months and they bring together 7 speakers from 7 different fields who all speak to the crowd for 7 minutes about any topic they like.

A returning soldier has talked about PTSD, a choreographer has talked about community arts and business, an entrepreneur has talked about ice cream. From medical studies to musical numbers, the line-up is always diverse and thought-provoking.

Hosted by former Mayor of Vancouver Sam Sullivan, confirmed speakers for Wednesday, November 7, 2012 are:

Wayne Hartrick will talk about the challenges of men’s health.

Alan Twigg is the director of BC BookWorld who champions BC authors.

Steve Pratt is the director of Digital Music for CBC.

Mark Vessey is the Principal of Green College at UBC.

Marjan Jamsaz is one of the leaders in the 2009 Silent Scream Vigil for Iran.

Peg Fong is a journalist for the Toronto Star writes about Vancouver as if it were a foreign city.

Dr. Roger Shick has spent decades understanding and treating chronic pain.

Walter Mustapich and Jim Crescenzo are steering young boys away from drugs and crime and into self esteem through Boys Club Network.

Videos from past Public Salons are available online in case you would like to check out the format or be inspired by a previous speaker.

Tickets are just $16 in advance and $20 at the door. You can also purchase tickets for a pre-show reception and light dinner for $90. The Hugh Fraser and Campbell Ryga duo will start the evening with jazz from 7:00 to 7:30pm and the event will begin at 7:30pm.

Accent Inns Kelowna Wine Getaway

Monday, October 22nd, 2012 — 2:49pm PST
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Accent InnsWhile the days may be getting long and gloomy there are always fantastic getaway options for us here in Vancouver for quick weekend trips inland or to the island. If you’re dreaming of a local getaway, I have partnered with Accent Inns to offer up just that.

A proud sponsor of past events like Social Media Camp and WordCamp, Accent Inns have locations in Victoria, Vancouver Airport, Burnaby, Kamloops, and Kelowna. Each of these locations received a 2012 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence. With your stay you get free WIFI, free parking, comfortable amenities, and affordable accommodation.

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Photo credit: Kelowna09 & Kelowna09 on Flickr

Accent Inns is offering up a getaway to Kelowna that you can use within the next year*. They’re also including a trip to some wineries thanks to their partners Distinctly Kelowna Tours.

Our prize package includes:

  • 2 nights accommodation at Accent Inns Kelowna (complimentary WIFI, parking, pool, pet-friendly, bike-friendly).
  • A Distinctly Kelowna Tours winery tour for 2 (your choice of Westside Bench, Eastside Bench, or Northern Bench). The tours include stops at 3-4 venues, a guided tour at 1 of the wineries, and time to shop in the wine boutiques.

Here’s how you can enter to win:

  • Leave a comment on this post (1 entry)
  • Post the following on Twitter (1 entry)
RT to enter to win a Kelowna getaway from @AccentInns @KelownaWineTour & @Miss604

Follow Accent Inns on Twitter and Facebook for more information about their locations. Follow Distinctly Kelowna Tours on Twitter and Facebook as well.

I will draw one winner at random from all entries on Friday, November 2, 2012. Accent Inns Kelowna is located at 1140 Harvey Ave.

*Valid for two consecutive nights accommodation at Accent Inns Kelowna. Certificate for the hotel stay must be used by October 31, 2013. Not redeemable for July and August long weekends. Based on availability. Must be 19+ to enjoy the winery tour.

Update The winner is Heather! (Comment Oct 22)

Heart of the City Festival 2012

Monday, October 22nd, 2012 — 11:31am PST
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The 9th annual Heart of the City Festival start this week, hosting over 80 events at 25 Downtown Eastside Venues from October 24th to November 4th. Vancouver’s oldest neighbourhood is filled with history, diversity, and culture which this festival celebrates through artist showcases, workshops, discussions, art talks, walks, and more.

The theme for this year’s festival is “Voices from the Heart”:

The Downtown Eastside is the heart of the City, the founding neighbourhood where Vancouver began, and is the home of choice for thousands of the City’s residents; this year’s Festival reflects the essence of the Downtown Eastside – its local artists and diverse art forms, history, people and cultures. The Festival takes inspiration from the words of Downtown Eastside poet and historian Sandy Cameron:

“Each of us has something to tell, something to teach. We speak the language of the heart – here – in the Downtown Eastside – the soul of Vancouver.”

There are so many events to chose from so to get your started, here are the Top 14 Picks that have been listed online:

Blogger Profile: Diana Chan

Monday, October 22nd, 2012 — 10:19am PST
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Over the years I have profiled bloggers from the Northwest Territories to the Fraser Valley, anyone that interests me and that I hope will interest you as well. A few years ago I started asking a standard set of questions and I’ve sent these out to a few local bloggers for this week’s series. Click, share, explore, and enjoy.

Diana Chan

Blog: Foodology
Twitter: FoodologyCA
Facebook: /FoodologyCA

How long has your blog
been around?

Since August 2010

What is your role?
I am the owner, so I do both the
development and blogging.

What does your site do/what is it about
It is a food blog that archives all the restaurants that I go to in Vancouver and in my recent travels this Summer on the East Coast and Asia.

What can people see, read, and do when visiting your site?
People can see and read all the different restaurant reviews. Readers are free to share their own experiences and also ask for restaurant recommendations.

Why do you blog?
I blog to share my dining experiences with readers in hopes of helping them make informed decisions on where to dine. Originally, I started this blog just to keep my friends abroad updated on what I was doing in Vancouver, but it has slowly evolved into what you see today.

What is the ultimate goal for your site, how would you like to see it grow?
I don’t have large goals for this blog since I never had a goal of monetizing the blog. It’s always been a hobby to me and it makes me happy just to read the comments from readers loving my reviews.

Follow Diana on Foodology, on Twitter, and Facebook.

Read all entries in my Blogger Profile series and feel free to suggest a blogger for possible feature in the comments of this post.

Vancouver Whitecaps FC Make it to the 2012 MLS Playoffs

Sunday, October 21st, 2012 — 8:30pm PST
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After a disappointing 1-0 loss to the Portland Timbers at BC Place this afternoon, the Whitecaps‘ saving grace came from an unlikely place — our Cascadia rivals Seattle Sounders FC. We needed the 3-point finish at home but the second best result was for Seattle to defeat FC Dallas who we’ve been battling in the standings for the last few weeks. Seattle pulled through with a convincing 3-1 win which means the Whitecaps are going to the MLS playoffs.

The Whitecaps are the first Canadian team to ever make it to Major League Soccer‘s post-season (with Toronto FC and Montreal Impact missing the cut). While the news is great, the team feels they still need to step it up, especially when they face the LA Galaxy in their first playoff game November 1st.

The club still has a regular season game left in Salt Lake on Saturday, October 27th then it’s onto the playoffs. We start on the road so we need to cross our fingers that we get back to BC Place for a game in November as that will be a 1-shot playoff match. If we win in LA then we advance to a home-and-away aggregate-goal format semifinal.

This is great news for soccer — Major League Soccer — in Vancouver. With incredible fan atmosphere at games, affordable tickets, family nights and promotions, and community involvement, hopefully we’ll get even more locals out to support our team this fall and again in the spring.

Photo credit: John Bollwitt on Instagram

Follow @WhitecapsFC on Twitter along with @WhitecapsMatch during the game for updates. I also have a Whitecaps list on Twitter with players, media, and organization members that you can follow.