Vancouver Christmas Tree Lighting 2011

November 29th, 2011 @ 11:20am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

The Vancouver Christmas tree, that usually stands in front of the art gallery, will be at Jack Poole Plaza this year. The kick-off event and lighting of the tree will be December 9, 2011 from 5:30pm to 7:00pm.

Christmas Eve 2008
Photo credit: Tripleman – From the Miss604 Flickr Pool

The lighting ceremony is free to attend and will feature a 50-foot tree, a performance from Aliqua, the Vancouver’s Children’s Choir, Christmas soloists and special guest appearances by the BC Lions, along with the Felions,and Bro Jake from Rock 101.

Bro Jake, Vancouver Childrens Choir

You can also support Aboriginal Mother Centre Society at the tree lighting by bringing a new, unwrapped toy for donation.

Vancouver Childrens Choir

Follow @VanTreeLighting on Twitter for updates about the event and other holiday happenings around Vancouver. You can also catch the Surrey Christmas Tree Lighting Festival on December 3rd.

Christmas Movies at the Rio

November 29th, 2011 @ 10:30am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

The Rio Theatre on Broadway (at Commercial) is screening favourite holiday films at midnight, every Friday in December.

December 2: Die Hard
December 9: Home Alone
December 16: The Nightmare Before Christmas
December 23: A Christmas Story
December 30: Goodfellas

Friday midnight screenings are $8. Those in costume for midnight screenings get $1 off admission so be on the lookout for Ralphie’s giant bunny suit or Jack Skellington.

Tonight you can also catch A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas 3D at 7:00pm and 9:15pm for just $5.

The Rio has been in the news lately pushing for a change to the B.C. Liquor Control and Licensing Act that prohibits movie theatres from getting a liquor license. Last week Vancouver–West End MLA Spencer Chandra Herbert announced his support of this move as well.

Follow @RioTheatre on Twitter for special event announcements and news from the theatre.

CBC Food Bank Day & Open House 2011

November 28th, 2011 @ 3:45pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

CBC Vancouver will host an open house and the CBC’s 25 annual Food Bank Day this Friday, December 2, 2011. Stop by the broadcast centre at 700 Hamilton for tours, live broadcasts, meet n’ greets with CBC personalities and more.

CBC Tour

Tony Parsons, Gloria Macarenko, Rick Cluff and Stephen Quinn will be on hand as well as George Stroumboulopoulos and Hockey Night in Canada’s Scott Russell.

Public tours will begin at 8:00am and run until the 6:00pm news. A wave of local talent will be coming through including Richard Brodeur, Wally Buono, Hannah Georgas, Randy Bachman and 54/40.

CBC Tour

Food Bank volunteers will be on site accepting donations for British Columbia’s food banks throughout the day. You can also donate online or at a local Vancity branch.

Follow @CBCVancouver and the tag #CBCOpenHouse on Twitter for news and updates. Check-in on Foursquare on Food Bank Day and get a free button in the CBC shop. Listen at 88.1FM or 690AM in Vancouver.

From the Miss604 Flickr Pool

November 28th, 2011 @ 11:25am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

The leaves have left their branches and it’s most definitely becoming toque weather. November has come and gone as quickly as the powerful gusts of wind it brought in from our shores. We had frost, snow, power outages, a civic election, a Grey Cup win, and the start of many festive markets and fairs. The following images are among many that have been recently submitted to the Miss604 Flickr Group.

Intricate outline
Photo credit: Ruth and Dave on Flickr

The Nutcracker Ballet in Vancouver

November 28th, 2011 @ 10:00am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Ballet BC presents the return of Alberta Ballet’s The Nutcracker this holiday season at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre.

Nutcracker Vancouver
Photo courtesy of the Alberta Ballet

This classic Christmas tale will have sugarplum fairies dancing around an opulent set depicting 30th century Imperial Russia. Tchaikovsky’s unforgettable musical score will be played live by the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra.

Ballet BC presents the Alberta Ballet’s The Nutcracker from December 28 until December 31, 2011. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday performances at 7:30pm with two early shows on Friday and Saturday at 2:00pm.

Tickets are currently available online starting at $30. The timing makes it a great gift this season. If you would like to win your way in, I also have two tickets up for grabs. 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 #Nutcracker tickets from @BalletBC & @Miss604

    I will draw one winner at random from all entries at 10:00am Monday, December 5, 2011.

    Update The winner is Tyson!

Bedouin Soundclash Virgin Mobile Re*Generation Concert

November 25th, 2011 @ 10:45am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Bedouin Soundclash will be playing a benefit concert next Thursday in Vancouver in partnership with Virgin Mobile’s Re*Generation movement. Proceeds from the event will support Vancouver’s Broadway Youth Resource Centre, which provides a range of social, health, education, employment and life skills services to homeless and at-risk youth between the ages of 12 and 24 in our community.

Surrey Fusion Fest 2011: Bedouin Soundclash

Surrey Fusion Fest 2011: Bedouin Soundclash Surrey Fusion Fest 2011: Bedouin Soundclash
Bedouin Soundclash at Surrey’s Fusion Festival. Photos by John Bollwitt

When Thursday, December 1, 2011 doors at 8:00pm
Where Venue Night Club on Granville
Tickets Available online for $25 (plus applicable taxes, fees).

Virgin Re*Gen is an initiative of Virgin Unite, the non-profit foundation of the Virgin Group. If you can’t make it to the show, you can text “REGEN” to 3033 from your mobile to donate $5 to these programs across Canada.

I also have four tickets to give away so I’ll draw for two winners who will each get a pair. Here’s how you can win your way into this concert for a cause:

  • Leave a comment on this post naming a Bedouin Soundclash song (1 entry)
  • Post the following on Twitter (1 entry)
I entered to win tickets to see @bedouinsndclsh from @VirginUnite & @miss604

I will draw two winners tomorrow, Saturday, November 26, 2011 at 10:00am. Must be 19 years of age or older to enter and win as the show is not at an all-ages venue.

Update The winners are Vanessa and Jeannine!