ET Canada Live in Vancouver

October 25th, 2011 @ 9:20am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

ET Canada is in Vancouver this week doing three shows live from Jack Poole Plaza in Coal Harbour. The first day of the show was yesterday and they’ll be broadcasting again today and tomorrow with our local correspondant Erin Cebula.

ET Canada in Vancouver
Photo credit: Rick Graham/Tourism BC

They are hoping to get viewers out to the live broadcast so if you’re free this afternoon (or tomorrow) head down at 2:00pm. Gates will be open until 3:15pm or until the space is full. You will then be a part of the live audience and get to see guest interviews and performances that will all be part of the program.

Yesterday’s guests were Heldey, Melody Thomas Scott, and Shawn Ashmore. If you get down to the plaza today you’ll see Steven Page and Shannon Tweed. Tomorrow, you can catch Chantal Kreviazuk, Deidre Hall, Drake Hogestyn, and Jillian Harris. The shows are all free to attend. Follow @ETCanada on Twitter for entertainment and guest updates.

Heart of the City Festival 2011

October 24th, 2011 @ 3:48pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

The Heart of the City Festival will host more than 100 events at over 30 locations in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside from Wednesday, October 26 to Sunday, November 6, 2011.

I’ve been flipping through the extensive online schedule and noticed that events range from art shows and history walking tours to hip hop, jazz, and poetry. Here are just a few of the listings that leapt off the page for me:

Sweet Soul Sisters of the Downtown Eastside
Where: Carnegie Theatre, 401 Main St
When: Wednesday, October 26, 2011 at 7:30pm
Cost: Free
An evening of blues, jazz and soul that speaks to the story of our neighbourhood. Hear some of the strong women’s voices of the DTES, including Dalannah Gail Bowen, Rosanne Gervais, Heidi Morgan and Peggy Wilson accompanied by local musicians Michael Bellwood on guitar, John Cote on bass, Gary Wildeman on drums and more.

Walking Tour Series
“History on the Verge, Shining Life on Our Old East End Houses” with with James Johnstone
Where: Meet at NW corner of Dunlevy and Railway
When: Saturday October 29, 2011 from 10:00am to 12:00pm
Cost: $10 for non-residents, pay-what-you-can for residents

“Moments of Community History” with Jean Swanson
Where: Meet at entrance to SFU Woodwards, 111 W. Hastings
When: Saturday, October 29, 2011 at 11:30am
Cost: $10 for non-residents, pay-what-you-can for residents

History Talk: Tales of Powell Street
Where: Vancouver Japanese Language School & Japanese Hall, 487 Alexander
When: Saturday, October 29, 2011 from 1:00pm to 2:00pm
Cost: Free
Powell Street was the pre-war business centre of the Japanese Canadian community in Vancouver. From boarding houses to baseball games, here is your opportunity to learn about this vibrant history and to see a new permanent exhibit in the foyer of the Language School. You will hear about other projects to preserve Japanese Canadian history. Presented by the Japanese Canadian National Museum and the Vancouver Japanese Language School.

Halloween for Kids at Oppenheimer Park
Where: Oppenheimer Park, 488 Powell
When: Saturday, October 29, 2011 from 11:00am to 2:00pm
Cost: Free
Join Park staff for children’s activities of crafts, treats, food, workshops, and spooky decorations. At 2pm we will hear some good old rock ‘n’ roll with SCOW and the Oppenheimer Music Jam Program, with special guests The Jay Sea Band. That’s singer/songwriter Joe Chow on guitar, Arnold Penniard on bass and Richard McDonald on drums. Skulls will roll – it is Hallowe’en! Everyone welcome!

Carnegie Jazz Band with special guest Dal Richards
Where: Carnegie Theatre, 401 Main St
When: Sunday, October 30, 2011 at 12:30pm
Cost: Free
Comprised of enthusiastic amateur jazz musicians, the Carnegie Jazz Band is under the wonderful tutelage of multi-instrumentalist and composer Brad Muirhead. Joining the Carnegie Jazz Band is special guest and local legend “The King of Swing” Dal Richards. The festival is thrilled that the Honourable Steven Point, Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia – and jazz fan – will attend.

Aboriginal Artist Showcase
Where: Carnegie Theatre, 401 Main St
When: Sunday, October 30, 2011 at 2:30pm
Cost: Free
This special showcase, assembled for the Honourable Steven Point, Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia, features urban Aboriginal spoken word artists, dancers, singers and musicians, including Wayne Lavallee, Juno nominated and award-winning singer and guitarist.

Most events are free, by donation, or ‘pay what you can’. The entire festival is produced by the Vancouver Moving Theatre Company with the Carnegie Community Centre and the Association of United Ukrainian Canadians. Donations can also be made online. Find the Heart of the City on Facebook for more information.

Women in Leadership Foundation Gala 2011

October 24th, 2011 @ 3:09pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

The Women in Leadership Foundation is presenting the 4th annual Superwomen and Friends Gala the evening of November 5, 2011.

The Women In Leadership Foundation (WIL) creates inspirational programs that bring women together in developing their leadership skills and creating positive change in the future of women’s leadership in Canada.

This red carpet event at the Fairmont Waterfront Vancouver will feature inspirational stories, a fashion show, prize packages, cocktail reception with entertainment from recording artist Lindsay May, a 3-course dinner, gift bags, a raffle, and a keynote from Catherine Runnals, President & Founding Partner of brand.LIVE Management Group.

Tickets are $175 per person (supermen are also very welcome at the gala) and VIP tables for you and nine friends are available for booking as well.

Since 2009 the Women in Leadership Foundation has been gracious enough to offer two tickets to one of my readers and are continuing the trend this year. Here’s how you can win your way into this glamourous and inspirational event (value $350).

  • Leave a comment on this post about a woman who has inspired you (1 entry)
  • Post the following on Twitter (1 entry)
I entered to win 2 tickets to the @WIL_Fdn Gala & $100 for Herons @FairmontWF from @Miss604

I will draw one winner at random from all entries at 11:00am next Monday, October 31, 2011. Must be 19 years of age or older to enter.

Update Thanks to the generosity of the Fairmont Waterfront I have a $100 gift certificate for Herons West Coast Kitchen to add to this prize giveaway! All Twitter entries with the original text will be entered but please note the new text if you’re just now entering the contest. Good luck!

Update The winner is Jennifer M.!

Halloween SkyTrain Party 2011

October 24th, 2011 @ 1:00pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

The Vancouver Public Space Network (“VPSN”) presents the annual Halloween SkyTrain Party this Friday, October 28, 2011 at Waterfront Station.

Royal Ride
Photo credit: Miss Barabanov on Flickr

The rules are simple: Show up at 7:45pm, purchase your fare, and follow the conductor down to the train where you’ll party it up on a the SkyTrain with other costumed revelers. The party will return to Waterfront and from there, the VPSN invites you to an after party.

Remember to clean up any garbage you might have and do not bring any open alcohol containers. Tag your photos and tweets with #skytrainparty, RSVP on Facebook, and follow @VPSN on Twitter for updates. The Vancouver Public Space Network is a grassroots, volunteer collective engaging in advocacy, outreach & education on public space issues in Vancouver.

Halloween for Hunger 2011

October 24th, 2011 @ 9:00am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Free The Children, the non-profit organization behind the amazing We Day event, is hosting the Halloween for Hunger campaign. Instead of trick-or-treating for candy on October 31st, they’re suggesting that youth collect non-perishable food items that they can donate to their local food banks.

Halloween candy
Photo credit: CarrieLu on Flickr

To help your spread the word, they have an online and downloadable guide for groups, schools, and individuals so that they can prepare and promote their own campaigns. In 2010, over 182,825 youth participated by donating over 609,225 pounds of food to their local food banks.

Suggested non-perishable items include canned meat/fish, peanut butter, bags of whole wheat pasta/rice, pasta sauce, canned fruit/vegetables, cereal, baby formula, and baby food. Up to 25,000 people receive food from the Greater Vancouver Food Bank each week including the working poor, single parents, new immigrants, and elderly on fixed incomes. 41 percent of the 14,000 to 15,000 monthly recipients at the Surrey Food Bank are children. For more information visit the Halloween for Hunger sign-up page.

Vancouver Cupcake Bike Ride

October 21st, 2011 @ 1:31pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Hot on the heels of my post about a poutine crawl around Vancouver, you can follow up with dessert at the Cupcake Bike Ride.

What Join others as you cycle from one cupcake shop to another around Vancouver
When Saturday, October 29, 2011 at 1:00pm
Cost None for the ride itself but you can purchase cupcakes at the stops

Mmmm Cupcakes!!!
Photo credit: Joe Marinaro on Flickr

The event is organized by Hyedie Hashimoto who has been operating “Girls’ Cupcake Rides” in Toronto for the last two years during the spring, summer, and fall. In an interview last June, Hyedie told the Toronto Star that she wanted to get more women out cycling in the city and while cupcakes aren’t just for women, they do fit perfectly into bike baskets for transport.

While the gender gap of riders may not be as wide in Vancouver, both men and women are more than welcome to peddle with the group and enjoy these sweet treats along the way.

If you would like to take part just show up at the first stop, Original Cupcakes on Denman at English Bay, on the day of the event. From there, riders will go to Kreation Artisan Bakery (3357 Cambie) then end up at Cassia Cupcakery (1706 Commercial). Since Hyedie is a visitor to Vancouver, she’s open to cycling route suggestions for these stops.

RSVP on Facebook and check out for information on regular events if you’re in the Toronto area.