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Cornucopia Kicks Off the Whistler Ski and Board Season

November 12th, 2009 @ 9:36pm (PT) by Jennifer Miles

Cornucopia, Whistler’s yearly food and wine festival kicked off their 13th year tonight with a ”House Party” at the Whistler Conference Center.

Jen & Sean covering Cornucopia this weekend

Many local beer and wines were on offer along with some amazing cheeses and even local (Pemberton) Vodka.

Jen & Sean covering Cornucopia this weekend Jen & Sean covering Cornucopia this weekend

We’re looking forward to taking in some events tomorrow and Saturday including everything from the Chef’s Challenge and the Chef’s Trip to the Farm, to Flatbreads & Wines along with Bubbles & Oceans at Araxi.

Jen & Sean covering Cornucopia this weekend Jen & Sean covering Cornucopia this weekend

We got lucky this year and the mountain is opening early which will allow us to enjoy our first tracks of the season on Saturday before attending more festivities in the afternoon and evening.

Jen & Sean covering Cornucopia in Whistler this weekend

It’s not too late to head on up for some food, wine, beer and snow at Cornucopia 2009. If you can’t make it though, we’ll have more information posted here throughout the weekend so be sure to check back.

Jennifer is on location in Whistler covering Cornucopia for Miss604.com this weekend.

A Miss604.com guest post by Jennifer Miles

Guest contributor Jennifer Miles is a mother who loves being active with her family of seven. From camping, baseball, swimming, and day trips, she's a power-mom with a passion for BC living.

Call for Artists: The Art of Being Together by L’Arche

November 12th, 2009 @ 3:00pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

L’Arche Greater Vancouver is ramping up for a community art showcase fundraiser and they are putting the call out to local artists who would like to participate.

Seeking Artwork Inspired by Community L’Arche Greater Vancouver is seeking submissions by emerging artists for “The Art of Being Together”, an upcoming juried show. Ten finalists will be chosen whose work best reflects the theme of community, sharing life, friendship and inclusiveness. Their work will be purchased by L’Arche for $250 and displayed at the March 6 show where judges will announce their top choice and the public will be invited to vote for the people’s choice.

An additional prize will be given for the People’s Choice and the Judges’ Choice Awards. The judges may also choose additional work from submitted art to be on display in the ‘Honourable Mention’ category but those works would not be purchased by L’Arche. This show will also include a gallery of L’Arche art.

L’Arche is an international organization that assists and supports those with developmental disabilities. They have been based in Greater Vancouver for over 30 years and run community homes, day programs, and are involved in an array of community outreach programs. They are a Christian-based society however they assist and support members from a rich diversity of religions, races and cultural backgrounds.

I’ll be involved with the Art of Being Together show which will take place Saturday, March 6, 2010 at the National Nikkei Museum & Heritage Centre in Burnaby. If you are interested in helping out or being a sponsor, please visit the L’Arche website for contact details and specifics for the artwork.

Update: L’Arche now has a blog!

The Peak Performance Project 2009

November 12th, 2009 @ 9:00am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

peakperformanceThe Peak Performance Project, also known as the biggest music grant program in Canadian History, wraps up its first year with a final showcase downtown tonight.

Created by 100.5 The Peak and Music BC, this is a $5.29 million program that will run each year (for the next seven years) aiming to develop and boost musical talents from around BC. After the deadline closes each year on May 15th, finalists will receive a training program that will include learning about the music business, live performances, songwriting, marketing and promotion. This will be overseen by some of BC’s top professionals and performers.

From the twenty finalists each year, who will all get the chance to perform live in a Peak Performance Project showcase throughout the year, there will be three winners. First place receives $150,000; second place receives $75,000; and third place receives $50,000.

Finalists for 2009:

Artist – Hometown
Adaline – Vancouver
Adrian Glynn – Vancouver
Alexandria Maillot – Courtenay
Ben Sigston – Vancouver
Bend Sinister – Vancouver
Bodhi Jones – Vancouver
Danny Echo – Burnaby
Familia – Maple Ridge
Freeflow – Vancouver
Garrett Kato – Port Coquitlam
Kuba Oms – Victoria
Run The Red Light – Vancouver
Sweetheart – Vancouver
TÉA – Vancouver
The Left – Langley
The Painted Birds – Vancouver
TV Heart Attack – Vancouver
Wassabi Collective – Nelson
We Are The City – Kelowna

Throughout the year you can follow along with the bootcampers / finalists online and on Twitter (use the search tag: #peak_bootcamp) or by reading their blogs which are setup through the PPP website. The three winners from this group are selected by popular vote so it’s up to the public to pay attention to the top twenty and vote for their favourites online (you can view all the fine print here).

The live performances (which you can only “win your way in” through The Peak) are also listed online, with the final showcase being tonight at The Cellar. Tonight’s lineup is: Bodhi Jones, Adrian Glynn, The Left, and Bend Sinister.


Thanks to finalists Bend Sinister, I have two tickets for tonight’s exclusive final showcase concert. To win, please leave a comment and I’ll draw a winner by 2:00pm today.

Update: Thanks to everyone for entering this quick contest, I just drew Christine as the winner.

Disney On Ice: Worlds of Fantasy Giveaway

November 11th, 2009 @ 3:09pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Tinker BellThere’s plenty of on-ice entertainment in Vancouver but it usually involves more slashing, hitting, and beer drinking than it does sparkling twirls and sugar-coated wonder. A slightly different “night at the rink” is coming to town at the end of the month in the form of Disney On Ice: Worlds of Fantasy.

Worlds of Fantasy pulls out all the stops and includes a full gamut of kid-favourite characters including: Lightning McQueen, Mater and the crew of CARS, The Little Mermaid, The Lion King, and Tinker Bell. They’re also tossing in an early bird Princess Showcase an hour before the show officially starts.

As a seasoned auntie, I’ve been to Princesses on Ice before and from the slushy that came in the special Cinderella mug to the bag of popcorn as tall as my niece, it was a lovely night out. That, and I always like having an excuse to visit the Coliseum.

I’ve been given not only two tickets to give away but two family packs of tickets for my readers. Please leave a comment below or re-tweet this link (http://bit.ly/4vNyQe) to enter and I’ll draw two winners (of 4 tickets each) on Monday November 16th, 2009.

Entries from Twitter

The Disney on Ice show runs November 25th until the 29th at the Pacific Coliseum.

Update November 16th: I am currently drawing the winners at random from the comment and Twitter entries. The first to win 4 tickets is Ana – congratulations! Emails will be sent out shortly with further details regarding ticket pick up.

Update November 16th: My second winner (from Twitter) is @scatteredmom – congratulations & thanks to everyone for entering!

ABSOLUT Vodka Vancouver Bottle

November 10th, 2009 @ 2:58pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

This afternoon I was at the official announcement that Vancouver has the first-ever Canadian City-inspired bottle of ABSOLUT vodka.

ABSOLUT Vodka Vancouver Bottle Launch

The Vancouver bottle was designed by BC artist Douglas Fraser who currently resides in Victoria. His bottle art features a float plane soaring over the city and ocean as the mountains cast a blue backdrop — all natural design choices for our fair City. “I also wanted to push it and see if I could create something reflective of something else,” Fraser noted as he said he also wanted to capture the whole work/play atmosphere of Vancouver. He also mentioned that the “V” design reminds him of the original Vancouver Millionaires hockey sweater.

ABSOLUT Vodka Vancouver Bottle Launch ABSOLUT Vodka Vancouver Bottle Launch

120,000 of these limited edition bottles (expected to sell out) are currently in stores and will be on shelves until at least December. Further to the specialized local bottle, $1 from the sale of each will go to a new Vancouver public art project. Over the last few months ABSOLUT took submissions for the projects and the finalists are now featured on their website. The top 5 proposals are listed for public online vote and once the campaign has ended, $120,000 will be put towards that art project.

Finalists are:

  • Braden Hammond
  • Graeme Burglund
  • Daniel Code
  • David John Suggitt
  • Shrapnel Design, Considered and Scott Roberts
  • Kelly Kretz, Senior Brand Manager for ABSOLUT vodka added that they can’t wait to “bring BC’s favourite submissions to life” through this initiative. “In addition to being globally recognized as an exciting, cosmopolitan and naturally stunning Canadian city, Vancouver is a hotbed of cultural and creative talent, which ABSOLUT is very proud to support.”

    ABSOLUT Vodka Vancouver Bottle Launch ABSOLUT Vodka Vancouver Bottle Launch

    You can also try out the ABSOLUT Vancouver Maple Whitecap Martini designed by the bartender at Coast. The Whitecap consists of: ABSOLUT Vodka, Maple Syrup (roasted with vanilla, cinnamon and cloves), egg white, lime juice, and is topped with some nutmeg powder.

    ABSOLUT Vodka Vancouver Bottle Launch

    You have until March 2010 to get your votes in on the art projects and the winner will be announced shortly after.

    Beyond Pink 2009 – Young Women in Business

    November 10th, 2009 @ 9:19am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

    Update November 13 & 14 2009: I will be updating this post throughout the day featuring info and photos from Beyond Pink

    The Young Women in Business are presenting their 2nd Beyond Pink conference this coming weekend.

    Beyond Pink is a 2-day conference with speakers, panels, a tradeshow on Friday night and a gala party on Saturday night. As a media sponsor I will be blogging from the event on Friday and a bit on Saturday as well, sharing all of the insights, discussions, and innovations that I can rustle up from this promising crowd.

    Some of the speakers so far include: Penny Ballem (City Manager, City of Vancouver), Fiona Walsh (Founder, FM Walsh and Associates), Patricia Graham (Editor-In-Chief, Vancouver Sun), Linda Morris (CEO, Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation, BC/Yukon Region), Cybele Negris (CEO, Webnames.ca), along with celebrity addresses from Allison Mack (Actor/Director), and Kristin Kreuk (of Smallville).

    Friday’s schedule is workshop-driven, starting with a 9:00am keynote and ending the day with the tradeshow at 4:00pm then a dinner event at Canvas around 8:00pm. Saturday includes breakfast, more workshops, a few panels, followed by a martini reception at 6:00pm then the closing gala at 7:00pm. Today is the last day to get tickets.

    You can follow along online here on Friday and Saturday mornings, on their Flickr group (where my images will be shared) and you can also find more information on Twitter @msBeyondPink.

    Live Twitter updates November 13, 2009

    Update November 13th, 2009: Arriving at Beyond Pink this morning I checked out the CRAVE talk that featured company founder, Melody Biringer along with the head of CRAVE Vancouver, Arpen Thandi. Melody gave a history of her various ventures in business which were entertaining and realistic. CRAVE (now in 10 cities and recently launched in Amsterdam) has taken 7 years to build but once she knew what it was exactly that she wanted to build and promote, things started coming together.

    From the Miss604 Flickr Pool

    November 9th, 2009 @ 5:31pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

    I started the Miss604 group pool on Flickr a few years ago because I wanted a place for people to share their images of Vancouver, while also allowing them to be posted on Miss604.com. Since that time, many people have contributed photos ranging from nature scenes to shopping experiences. Yesterday John was browsing through the group and he remarked that the caliber of the photos being added were absolutely top notch. I agreed, so I thought I would start making a weekly photo post either featuring “my week in photos” or the week in photos as contributed to the Flickr pool.

    Photo credit: kougar, on Flickr
    Logs, kids, and sailboat masts-0308
    Photo credit: zoomzoomMCMLXXIV, on Flickr
    New Westminster's Front Street - Antique Alley
    Photo credit: to be, inspired, on Flickr
    Media Democracy Day 2009
    Photo credit: The Blackbird, on Flickr
    Rocky Point Photowalk
    Photo credit: John Biehler, on Flickr
    Archway HDR
    Photo credit: TylerIngram, on Flickr

    Photo credit: Matzuda, on Flickr

    Please click on the photos to explore the original as posted by the photographer and to check out their other works.

    To join the Miss604 Flickr group you will need a Flickr account (free or Pro) and then you’ll just need to go to this link and click on “Join This Group”. Once you have done that you will be able to share any of your own images that are on Flickr, with the Miss604 group by clicking on the “Send to Group” button above the photo.

    Vancouver History Tidbits

    November 9th, 2009 @ 9:41am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

    Drenched to its core on a bleak and dreary Monday morning, the city has come alive for another workday. Even though I do not have a commute, I can still feel the cold damp chill of downtown’s enveloping concrete soak through my skin, as though I were standing on a corner mid down-pour. It’s just one of those mornings.

    For this reason, I’ll start off my own blogging work week with some local history notes and even some lighter tidbits to help part those Monday morning clouds just a bit.

    West End

  • The forward pass, the blue line, and the playoff system are all some of the rules of hockey as we know it today that were invented here in Vancouver at the turn of the last century. [source]
  • In 1939 Vancouver’s first public aquarium was opened and managed by an America, Ivar Haglund. He later moved to Seattle and opened the restaurant (and now food court chain), Ivar’s Acres of Clams. [source]
  • The statue of Lord Stanley at the entrance to Stanley Park was almost a statue of Lord Strathcona (who would have had the park named after him as well). Strathcona was City Council’s first choice however he urged that Stanley was more appropriate.
  • Mark Twain was a guest lecturer at the Vancouver Opera House in the summer of 1895. [source]
  • In 1920, five-pin bowling (which was invented in Toronto) came to the Lower Mainland and overtook ten-pin in popularity by 1945. [source]
  • What we know as “Gastown” was incorporated as the Town of Granville in 1870. [source]
  • CBUT, Vancouver’s first TV station, went on the air in 1953. It is currently our CBC, channel 3. [source]
  • On Remembrance Day in 1935, the cornerstone for St. James Anglican Church at Gore and Cordova streets was laid. [source]
  • April 1924, the Cenotaph at Vancouver’s Victory Square was unveiled in a ceremony presided over by Mayor William Reid Owen. [source]
  • If readers have any suggestions or requests for a history follow-up post this week, with Remembrance Day in mind, please feel free to leave a comment or contact me.