Macaron Day Vancouver 2013

Monday, March 4th, 2013 — 10:34am PDT
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French Made Baking is hosting their annual Macaron Day on Wednesday March 20, 2013 in conjunction with International Macaron Day fundraising events.

Photo credit: Zemzina on Flickr

Stop by French Made Baking on March 20th and mention Macaron Day to receive a free macaron. In return, they simply ask that you consider making a donation to the BC Children’s Hospital Foundation (suggested donation is $2).

Macaron Day was founded in France (le jour du macaron) by Pierre Hermé years ago. It’s a day to celebrate the colours of spring with a bright palette of treats. Macaron Day events will be happening overseas, in New York, and in Toronto.

Macarons (not to be confused with macaroons) are meringue-based confections commonly filled with buttercream or jam with a delicate soft and crunchy outer shell.

French Made will be posting updates about available flavours in the coming days but they are preparing to offer at least 12 different varieties. Follow @FrMadeBaking on Twitter for updates leading up to Macaron Day/Jour du Macaron and check back here as more local bakeries are sure to get on board as they did last year.


I have been contacted by Kitchening & Co. who are also participating in Maracon Day. They’re giving away up to $10,000 worth of macarons to raise money for charities on the downtown eastside. For this campaign, simply pre-order macarons from their website and pick them up on Macaron Day, March 20th.


Thierry is also back on board this year. 10% of all macaron proceeds on this day will be donated towards the St. Paul’s Hospital Foundation.

March Events in Metro Vancouver 2013

Monday, March 4th, 2013 — 8:34am PDT
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February showers bring March flowers — well, at least a little bit of early spring sunshine. Once again there’s plenty to do this month, from dance festivals and cultural celebrations to Spring Break and the Stanley Park Easter Train. This compilation of reader-submitted events is updated every day so feel free to send in your listings throughout the month and remember to “spring ahead” with Daylight Savings on March 11th.

Riley on The Shoreline
Photo credit: Mark Faviell Photos on Flickr

Events in green (like festivals and theatrical productions) run for three days or longer.

Monday, March 4, 2013
Vancouver International Dance Festival
Tuesday, March 5, 2013
Panorama Park Open House
Vancouver International Dance Festival
Wednesday, March 6, 2013
Wild New Territories: Coal Harbour Community Centre
SFU Three Minute Thesis Finals
#BCBizChat with Hon. Naomi Yamamoto
An Evening at the Marine Building Penthouse
Vancouver International Dance Festival
Thursday, March 7, 2013
Dining Out For Life
Women in Film Festival
GrapeJuice Vancouver
Vancouver International Salsafestival
Glendale: At Little Mountain Gallery
Vancouver International Dance Festival
Friday, March 8, 2013
International Women’s Day
Creative Mornings Vancouver
“Walk in My Shoes” Send Sex Workers to Supreme Court of Canada Fundraiser
2013 Coastal First Nations Dance Festival
Tip A Wee Dram: Whisky Tasting & Fundraiser
Annual Strong Women Strong Music Benefit Concert
Friday Late Night Movies at the Rio
Women in Film Festival
Vancouver International Salsafestival
Vancouver International Dance Festival
Glendale: At Little Mountain Gallery

Saturday, March 9, 2013
The Art of Being Together
Inspiration of Pauline Johnson at Rhizome Cafe
Art in the City Registration
Partners in Parks Outdoor Treasure Hunt
Diversity Health Fair
Kid Stuff Only Swap Meet
CelticFest Vancouver
2013 Coastal First Nations Dance Festival
Vancouver Opera Presents: The Magic Flute
Women in Film Festival
Vancouver International Salsafestival
Vancouver International Dance Festival
Glendale: At Little Mountain Gallery

Sunday, March 10, 2013
Port Moody Winter Market
Poetry in the Park for Pauline
Shop Local Mini Market
YWIB International Women’s Day Conference
Vancouver Opera Presents: The Magic Flute
West Coast Showchoir Experience
Sunday Morning at the Marine Building
Women in Film Festival
Vancouver International Salsafestival
CelticFest Vancouver
Vancouver International Dance Festival
Glendale: At Little Mountain Gallery

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Vancouver Icons: English Bay Inukshuk

Saturday, March 2nd, 2013 — 10:04am PDT
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The Inukshuk at English Bay is the focus of many photographs taken by locals and tourists alike. It stars with sunset views, sweeping inlet panoramas, and sparkling fireworks displays. It was the inspiration for the winning logo design for the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics (which wrapped up 3 years ago this week). For this reason and more, it is this week’s Vancouver Icon photo feature:

Photo credit: TylerIngram on Flickr

Inukshuk Beside English Bay Beach
Photo credit: keepitsurreal on Flickr

Sharing the flame Inukshuk
Photo credit: HereInVancouver & bkang83 on Flickr

Originally part of the Northwest Territories Pavilion during Expo 86, the Inukshuk was moved to its location along the English Bay Sea Wall in 1987.

Inukshuk city Snowy inukshuk
Photo credit: Venture Vancouver & scazon on Flickr

Your mind makes it real Inukshuk Morning
Photo credit: SqueakyMarmot & TylerIngram on Flickr

November Sunset
Photo credit: Clayton Perry on Flickr

Inukshuk at sunset
Photo credit: bkang83 on Flickr

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Photo credit: Michael Schmidt on Flickr

Inukshuk Sunset in English Bay
Photo credit: keepitsurreal on Flickr

Inukshuk Over English Bay
Photo credit: keepitsurreal on Flickr

English Bay Inukshuk
Photo credit: colink. on Flickr

Other Vancouver Icons posts include: Hollow Tree, Hotel Europe, Lions Gate Bridge Lions, LightShed, Granville Bridge, 217.5 Arc x 13′, Canoe Bridge, Vancouver Block, Bloedel Conservatory, Centennial Rocket, Canada Place, Old Courthouse/Vancouver Art Gallery, Dominion Building, Science World, Gastown Steam Clock, SFU Burnaby, Commodore Lanes, Siwash Rock, Kitsilano Pool, White Rock Pier, Main Post Office, Planetarium Building, Lord Stanley Statue, Vancouver Library Central Branch, Victory Square, Digital Orca, The Crab Sculpture, Girl in Wetsuit, The Sun Tower, The Hotel Vancouver, The Gassy Jack Statue, The Marine Building, and The Angel of Victory. Should you have a suggestion for the Vancouver Icons series please feel free to leave a note in the comments. It should be a thing, statue, or place that is very visible and recognizable to the public.

Spring West Coast Women’s Show: On Now Until Sunday

Friday, March 1st, 2013 — 2:56pm PDT
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The Spring West Coast Women’s Show opened its doors this afternoon, kicking off a weekend of shopping, entertainment, and wellness at the PNE Forum in Vancouver. Open tonight until 9:00pm, tomorrow from 10:00am to 6:00pm and Sunday from 10:00am to 5:00pm, there are over 200 exhibitors and a full main stage lineup of speakers and performers.

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It took me about 45 minutes to do a full lap today, winding betweens row and rows of exhibitors, and I was going at a pretty breakneck pace just to get my bearings. Slowing things down, I did a few more laps, taking time to try samples (fudge, salsa, curry, pepperoni, beer, wine, you name it) and talk to some of the booth keepers.

Spring West Coast Women's Show Vancouver

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Spring West Coast Women's Show Vancouver

A crowd gathered in front of Beads to Bling to learn about making their own jewellery, HealthLink BC gave me a sticker and a magnet promoting their 8-1-1 nurse on call service, Skinnygrape set up next to the Hall of Flame firefighters, and Stella & Dot had a steady stream of traffic checking out their accessories. Dead Sea Products & Hair Straighteners almost wrangled me in for a product demo but I couldn’t stop as I’m on the job today, fulfilling my duties as the show’s Social Media Sponsor. However I did pause to take a few photos of the adorable display from Western Sage Honey.

Spring West Coast Women's Show Vancouver

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Spring West Coast Women's Show Vancouver

Coming up this evening the main stage lights up with Samira–Truly Tina at 6:00pm and the Spring Into Style Fashion Show at 6:30pm following by the Calendar Fightfighters Fashion Show at 7:15pm. It all starts up again tomorrow morning with Truly Tina returning to the stage and Ellen’s DJ Tony Okungbowa taking the spotlight at 2:00pm and staying there throughout the fashion show that follows at 2:30pm. DJ Tony will also stick around for an autograph session at 3:15pm. Come by Sunday to see Joshua Morrow from The Young and the Restless at 1:00pm.

Spring West Coast Women's Show Vancouver

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Spring West Coast Women's Show Vancouver

I’m off to check out more of the show before author Chantel Wilson takes the stage but follow along on Twitter @WCWomensShow all weekend long. There are plenty of prizes to be won and draws to be entered on-site as well.

Admission is $10 for adults, $8 for seniors ($7 on Friday from 1:00pm to 5:00pm), $8 for youth (13 to 17), $4 for children (6 to 12), and children 5 and under are free. Ticket prices include HST. Ticket sales are cash only at the gate at PNE. You can save $2 on an adult pass for any day of the show at your local London Drugs. You can also print a $2 off coupon for Friday only, between 1:00pm and 5:00pm. is the official Social Media Sponsor of the 2013 Spring West Coast Women’s Show.

Ballet BC Presents Swan Lake

Friday, March 1st, 2013 — 11:20am PDT
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I think I may have seen the most exquisite vision of my life:

Tight little rows of ballerina swans in flat feathered tutus moving into different formations, tilting their hips like feathers ruffling, tapping their toes on the floor like feathers fluttering, sometimes in unison, and always purposefully perfect.

Swan Lake Ballet BC
Photo courtesy of Ballet BC.

This weekend, BC Ballet presents the National Ballet of China’s performance of the 19th century classic Swan Lake, set to the well-known score of Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky and after last night’s performance, I urge everyone to grab a ticket for a potentially once in a lifetime experience.

The technical precision executed by the National Ballet of China is almost alien-like as the white swans dance, when Prince Siegfried (Sheng Shidong) leaps and pirouettes multiple times in the air and when Odette (Zhang Jian) bends backward so far, her head almost touches the ceiling again.

Though extremely regimented and precise, the National Ballet of China doesn’t perform a cold, technical rendition of the famous love story–they are able to capture the emotional life of the story of a Prince who falls in love with a princess who has been turned into a swan by a sorcerer.

Zhang Jian’s Odette is heartbreaking and she not only communicates emotions through her graceful and open-hearted movements and facial expressions, but she also conveys them through actual emotion he conjures up–her grief, love, and longing projects to the very back of the Queen Elizabeth Theatre and resonates in the space throughout the show, and in my case, with me for the rest of the night.

The National Ballet of China’s Swan Lake, presented by BC Ballet, runs until Saturday, March 2, 2013 at Queen Elizabeth Theatre. Tickets are still on sale for performances tonight and tomorrow. Follow Ballet BC on Facebook and Twitter for updates and show information.

Disclosure: Review
Michelle received media tickets to attend this performance. Views are her own. This did not effect the outcome of her review.

A guest post by Michelle Kim

Guest contributor Michelle Kim is a local actor, producer, director, and writer. Providing write-ups about theatre, film, and the arts.

Pepsi Canucks Super Fans: Prize Pack Giveaway

Friday, March 1st, 2013 — 9:09am PDT
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There are hockey fans and then there are super fans, three of which Pepsi has found in Vancouver who all bleed blue, white, and green. Pepsi recently did a photoshoot with three Canucks Super Fans who will be the basis of a billboard campaign in Vancouver. They include Mohan Singh Vinning (PunJohnny Canuck), Amie Nguyen, and The Green Men (Sully and Force).

Pepsi Canucks Super Fans
Photo credit: Rob Kruyt

These fans support the team on the road and at home, dress up, write articles, make videos, and put themselves out there to show their Canucks pride. As a partner of the Canucks since 2012, Pepsi wanted to engage the Vancouver market and put a local spin on their “Live For Now” campaign (which features stars like Beyonce). What better way to embrace the spirit and culture of Vancouver than to showcase passionate hockey fans who embody the “Live For Now” spirit?

To celebrate Pepsi‘s commitment to Canucks Super Fans, I have been offered up a fantastic prize pack to give away that includes:

  • A North Face Pepsi Live For Now Jacket
  • Pepsi Portable Mini Speakers
  • A Pepsi Live For Now t-shirt
  • Pepsi & Lays Products
  • A pair of Canucks hockey tickets
  • A Canucks hockey jersey
  • — an approximate value of $700!

The winner will be able to cheer on the Canucks like how PunJohnny Canuck, Amie Nguyen, and The Green Men commit to doing, from the time the first puck drops to when the cup is raised. Here’s how you can enter to win this prize pack:

  • Leave a comment here telling of your own “Super Fan” actions or moments (1 entry)
  • Post the following on Twitter (1 entry)
RT to enter to win the ultimate #PepsiCanuck prize pack from @PepsiCanada & @Miss604

I will draw one winner at random from all entries next Friday, March 8, 2013 at 12:00pm. The tickets are for an upcoming regular season Canucks game (March 18, 2013). This contest has been approved by Pepsi and the Vancouver Canucks. Follow Pepsi Canada on Facebook and Twitter – and the Vancouver Canucks on Facebook and Twitter for more information.

Update The winner is Dayna Wilson!