Playland at Pacific Theatre, Win Tickets and Dinner

October 27th, 2010 @ 11:58am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Pacific Theatre presents Playland on their mainstage at 12th and Hemlock from November 5th until the 27th.

Directed by recent Jessie Award winner Anthony F. Ingram, Playland stars Michael Kopsa and Tom Pickett. It is “a powerful and explosive exploration of guilt, condemnation, and the possibility for redemption during apartheid in South Africa, Playland is intensely dark, yet optimistic.”

I have two tickets to give away to the performance Saturday November 6th at 8:00pm as well as a $50 gift card for Sweeney’s in Yaletown. My winner and their guest will be able to enjoy Sweeney’s new fall menu before taking in the show.

Here’s how you can enter to win a night at Pacific Theatre:

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  • RT to enter to win tickets to @PacificTheatre & dinner @SweeneysYT from @Miss604

    I will draw one winner on October 29th at 12:00pm.

    You can keep up to date on Pacific Theatre’s productions by following them on Facebook or Twitter. Follow @SweeneysYT for the latest news from Sweeney’s.

    The Good Drive 2010

    October 27th, 2010 @ 9:06am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

    I was recently approached by a team project management students from SFU about their initiative, The Good Drive, and have since signed on as an event sponsor.

    The Good DriveThe Good Drive is a one-day event to collect household goods donated by individuals and families from across the Lower Mainland. These goods will then go directly to local charitable organization Gather and Give. They support low income families and those living below the poverty line.

    Sunday, November 7th, 2010 from 10:00am until 4:00pm

    Parking lot at Gilmore Ave and Hastings Street

    Get Involved
    Basics such as a pots and pans, hand towels, kettles, blenders, mugs, shower curtains, toques, socks, and bus tickets can go a long way.

    This may be the perfect opportunity to get rid of that mixer you received as a wedding gift (and have never used) and reduce the clutter in your home. Someone could benefit from having your cookbooks as well if you’ve gone digital with your culinary creation references.

    You can view a full list of acceptable donation items (compiled by Gather and Give) on The Good Drive website.

    You may follow The Good Drive on Facebook or Twitter for event information and updates.

    Archives Photos of the Day: Bridges

    October 26th, 2010 @ 1:01pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

    Today’s collection of archives photos come from museums and archives around Metro Vancouver. One theme throughout the various communities in our region is that they have bridges; crossing the inlet or an arm of the Fraser.

    Date: 1904
    Description: Opening day celebrations on the first Fraser River Bridge (now the Fraser Railway Bridge).
    New Westminster Heritage Accession Number: 117
    Photo source: New Westminster Museum

    Date: 1920
    Description: Second Narrows Bridge (before the next Second Narrows which became the Ironworkers Memorial)
    Vancouver Archives Item Number: CVA 99-1335
    Photo source: Stuart Thomson

    Date: 1923
    Description: Construction progress photograph looking north across False Creek showing a dredge on the east side of the Connaught Bridge (site of the current Cambie Bridge).
    Vancouver Archives Item Number: CVA 371-278
    Photo source: WJ Moore

    Date: 1937
    Description: William M. Mott, owner of Mott Electric Co. posing with cable on the deck of the Pattullo Bridge prior to its opening.
    New Westminster Heritage Accession Number: 3109
    Photo source: Stride Studios

    Date: 1965
    Description: The Port Mann Bridge upon completion.
    Surrey Archives Number: 203.23

    Should you have a theme you would like me to cover for either the Then and Now, Archives Photo of the Day, or general history segments, please feel free to contact me or leave a comment with a suggestion.

    Vancouver Haunted Houses: In the House Festival’s To Hell and Back

    October 26th, 2010 @ 11:44am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

    Darkness covers miry early mornings in Vancouver as Fall has finally arrived with force. Firecrackers snap in the distance as jack-o-lanterns begin to take up real estate in windows and on the front porches of the West End. Halloween is just around the corner and aside from trolley tours and Fright Nights now is the time to check out a few of the Haunted Houses setup around town.

    What To Hell and Back: The Phantasmagoric Adventures of Hellen Beck

    When October 30th and 31st with the hour-long tours leaving every 30 minutes between 6:30pm and 10:00pm.

    Where I read that the address of the haunted hour will remain a mystery until your register however I just spotted 2495 Wall Street on the event’s website. Organizers ask that you arrive about 15 minutes ahead of your tour to make sure you don’t miss out on any part of the display. Light snacks will be provided.

    Info No age limit was given on the website however with student pricing my guess would be at least 14 years and older for this haunted house tour.

    Presented by the In The House Festival, tickets are available for $35 or $30 for students online.

    Read about more Haunted Houses in Metro Vancouver: Barclay Manor, Scare Affair, To Hell and Back, Dungeon of Doom.

    PowerSmart Month: Week 4 – Wrap Up

    October 26th, 2010 @ 10:07am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

    October is PowerSmart Month and I have partnered with BC Hydro over the last few weeks to bring you contests, rebate offers from local retailers, energy-saving tips, and event info. This week I’ll recap some of the events of the past month and promote the grand prize once again.

    PowerSmart Deal of the Week
    From October 21st until the 31st you can get $6 off select Energy Star specialty CFL bulbs at Rona.

    PowerSmart Tip of the Week
    Over the last month new tips and suggestions for being Power Smart have been posted and contributed. For week one I mentioned draft-proofing your home and got some great feedback in the comments. Week two was about recycling electronics through local outlets or manufacturers. Finally, week three talked about saving energy by turning off your lights, getting a timer, or using energy-efficient lightbulbs.

    Candle light dinner for...
    Photo credit: .martin on Flickr

    The Candlelight Conservation Dinner last Thursday also saw dozens of local restaurants switch the candle-only lighting in their dining rooms, which not only saved power but created intimate settings. You can try having your own candle-lit dinner at home these days as they would be perfect for adding ambiance or romance to your meal on a cold and rainy Vancouver evening.

    PowerSmart Month Grand Prize
    The Grand Prize is still available until I do the draw November 1st. This includes a Samsung 3D-Ready TV, Samsung 3D-Capable Blu-ray Player, a 3D Starter Kit (two pairs of 3D glasses & Monsters vs. Aliens 3D Blu-ray, and Geek Squad advanced setup install from Best Buy. To enter to win this grand prize, fill out the contest entry form below.

    PowerSmart Contest of the Week
    I have one more $100 Best Buy gift card available for Best Buy that you can enter to win by commenting or re-tweeting this post.

    RT to enter to win $100 for Best Buy from @PowerSmartBC & @Miss604

    I will draw the winner of this final weekly prize on Friday, October 29th at 12:00pm. Thanks to everyone for supporting this campaign over the last few weeks and for providing such great feedback.

    Update The Week 4 winner is Danny, congratulations!

    Vancouver Haunted Houses: Scare Affair

    October 25th, 2010 @ 11:00am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

    Variety – The Children’s Charity is hosting the Scare Affair Haunted House in Vancouver until October 31st. The $10 donation for admission will go directly to Variety.

    Suitable for ages 10 and up, Scare Affair will run this week from Monday to Thursday, 3:30pm until 10:00pm, and on Friday from 3:30pm to 11:00pm. On Halloween this Sunday, it will be open from 1:00pm until Midnight.

    You can find the Scare Affair at 281 Industrial Avenue in Vancouver [Google Map].

    Read about more Haunted Houses in Metro Vancouver: Barclay Manor, Scare Affair, To Hell and Back, Dungeon of Doom.

    Western Canadian Music Awards 2010

    October 25th, 2010 @ 9:25am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

    Last night the Western Canadian Music Awards were handed out at the Kelowna Community Theatre, wrapping up this year’s BreakOut West music festival and conference.

    All set for the Western Canadian Music Awards - starting soonThe awards celebrate and recognize achievements in Canadian music for artists based between Manitoba and BC, including the Northwest Territories and the Yukon.

    The event went quickly with over twenty awards handed out between stellar mashup performances that saw We Are the City team up on stage with Grapes of Wrath, Bif Naked perform with Fringe Percussion, You Say Party get funked up with Grand Analog, and Said the Whale jam with Jean Paul Maurice and Aidan Knight — just to name a few.

    Backstage John and I hung out in the media room (which was also the green room) in order to catch the winners as they made their way in with their new hardware. At least about 40 percent of them were unable to attend last night including International Achievement Award Winners Sarah McLachlan, as well as Tegan and Sara.

    Aboriginal Recording of the Year
    Leela Gilday – Calling All Warriors – NWT

    Breakout West WCMA Awards 2010

    Blues Recording of the Year
    Jim Byrnes – My Walking Stick – B.C.

    Children’s Recording of the Year
    Norman Foote – Love My New Shirt – B.C.

    Breakout West WCMA Awards 2010

    Classical Composition of the Year
    Stephen Chatman – Earth Songs – B.C.

    Classical Recording of the Year
    musica intima – into light – B.C.

    Contemporary Christian/Gospel Recording of the Year
    Amanda Falk – In Between the Now & Then – MB

    Breakout West WCMA Awards 2010

    Country Recording of the Year
    Doc Walker – Go – MB

    Roots Duo/Group Recording of the Year
    Carolyn Mark & NQ Arbuckle – Let’s Just Stay Here – B.C.

    Album francophone de l’année/ Francophone Recording of the Year
    Geneviève Toupin – Geneviève Toupin – MB

    Breakout West WCMA Awards 2010

    Independent Album of the Year
    Dan Mangan – Nice, Nice, Very Nice – B.C.

    Jazz Recording of the Year
    Sandro Dominelli – The Alvo Sessions – AB

    Roots Solo Recording of the Year
    Dan Mangan – Nice, Nice, Very Nice – B.C.

    Breakout West WCMA Awards 2010

    Pop Recording of the Year
    laurell – Can’t Stop Falling – B.C.

    Breakout West WCMA Awards 2010

    Rap/Hip Hop Recording of the Year
    Grand Analog – Metropolis Is Burning – MB

    Breakout West WCMA Awards 2010

    Rock Recording of the Year
    You Say Party – XXXX – B.C.

    Songwriter of the Year
    Dan Mangan – Nice, Nice, Very Nice – B.C.

    Breakout West WCMA Awards 2010

    Urban Recording of the Year
    Maiko Watson – Sweet Vibration – MB

    World Recording of the Year
    Alpha YaYa Diallo – Immé – B.C.

    The biggest success story of the night was Dan Mangan, who had a clean sweep in all three categories in which he was nominated, Songwriter of the Year, Roots Solo Album of the Year, and Independent Album of the Year for Nice, Nice, Very Nice. Mangan was in New York last night so WCMA host, Grant Lawrence, read Dan’s acceptance speeches on stage via email on his Blackberry.

    Just before the awards Dan Mangan followed me on Twitter so I was able to send him a direct message, asking for thoughts on his hat-trick.

    Dan Mangan's quote for my post via Twitter DM

    The night ended on a high note as Hall of Fame inductees, Chilliwack, played back to back hits. From classical to instrumental and children’s recording artists, everyone was in good spirits and supporting of fellow artists last night. BC and Manitoba were well represented in the awards room and from the sounds of the crowd and thunderous applause out in the theatre, it seems like everyone had a fantastic time.

    All photos by John Bollwitt for