Super Bowl Party Vancouver 2013

Thursday, January 17th, 2013 — 11:24am PDT
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Last year over 3,400 Canadian NFL fans packed into Official Super Bowl parties north of the border to have an ultimate fan experience. Returning for 2013, football festivities will one again take over the Commodore in Vancouver on game day.

Super Bowl Party Vancouver 2013Vancouver’s Official Super Bowl XLVII Party presented by Bud Light takes place at the Commodore Ballroom (868 Granville) on Sunday, February 3, 2013 with doors opening at 2:00pm. Tickets are currently available online via Ticketmaster for $28.50.

Catch the Super Bowl game on multiple HD big screens, mingle with the Seattle Seahawks’ Sea Gals Cheerleaders, former NFLers Shaun Alexander and Darren Woodsen, and enjoy a a New Orleans-inspired Super Bowl spread with plenty of Bud Light.

Vancouverite were probably more captivated by the NFL this year compared to other recent years due to the hockey lockout and given Seattle’s fantastic run up to the playoffs.

If you would like to win your way into this event, I have 6 pairs of tickets to give away. Here’s how you can enter my contest:

  • Leave a comment on this post naming the NFL team you support (1 entry)
  • Post the following on Twitter (1 entry)
RT to enter to win tickets to the @NFL’s #SuperBowlCanada party in Vancouver from @Miss604

I will draw all 6 winners at random from all entries at 10:00am on Monday, January21, 2013. All attendees must be legal drinking age and provide government-issued ID at the door.

Update The winner are @Toshcyoung, @sanazj, @sasha604, Big Tuna, 12thManMike, Dennis.

Vancouver Icons: LightShed

Thursday, January 17th, 2013 — 10:26am PDT
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Today’s Vancouver Icon photo feature subject can be found near the western tip of Harbour Green Park in Coal Harbour. Commonly known as the “crooked house on stilts”, LightShed by Liz Magor was installed in 2004 and was a gift to the city. Constructed mostly of aluminum, it is based on the shape of an old boat shed and at night it glows softly from the inside out:

Liz Magor, "LightShed," 2005, cast aluminum, public art installation, Coal Harbour, Vancouver
Photo credit: colink. on Flickr

Today in Vancouver: Keeping you High and Dry! House on Stilts in Coal Harbour Vancouver - Coal Harbour
Photo credit: [travelfox] & niko_67 on Flickr

Caught in the wind
Photo credit: Eyesplash on Flickr

Coal Harbour House on Legs Seawall: There and Back
Photo credit: alykat & borkazoid & riacale on Flickr

Coal Harbour

Coal Harbour
Photo credit: Sduffy05 on Flickr

Vancouver is ours again! Coal Harbour is quiet without the tourists. 2014-04-08 Vancouver Coal Harbour Lightshed-2
Photo credit: [travelfox] & Michael Schmidt on Flickr

Photo credit: kennymatic on Flickr

Other Vancouver Icons posts include: 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.

Vancouver Canucks Scrimmage

Thursday, January 17th, 2013 — 9:30am PDT
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Last night the Vancouver Canucks hosted a scrimmage that was open to the public. Those who signed up online in advance filed around Rogers Arena and entered the rink to claim general admission seats. The squad was split into two teams, grey versus blue, and they played two 10 minute periods, a 15 minute period, then a shoot out, which had the crowd standing at attention.

Canucks Scrimmage

The audience of about 12,000 appeared to be mostly families with young children and it gave the organization its first opportunity to play Gangnam Style and scan the crowd for enthusiastic dancers to display on the jumbotron. There were cheers of “Luuuuu!” for the familiar goalie wearing #1, cheers for new players, and cheers anytime someone mentioned that Vancouver has the best fans in the league.

Canucks Scrimmage

The goal scorers in the 2-1 game were Burrows, Ebbett, and Edler. In the shootout Edler, Daniel Sedin, Kassian, Ebbett, and Higgins all slipped the puck past the netminder.

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Several local bloggers, myself included, were welcomed back as well and were invited to the Rogers Lounge for the evening (with a few quick escapades down to rink level for photographs). With crowd atmosphere, blue jerseys in the stands, and smiles on faces, it seemed most people were thinking Lockout smockout! NHL hockey is back!

Canucks Scrimmage

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Canucks Scrimmage

Tonight the Canucks are hosting another free scrimmage for the public ahead of their season opener on Saturday at home against the Anaheim Ducks. A few spots may be available but I was told yesterday that they were already close to filling up. It will be broadcast on the Canucks website if you can’t make it out and the official @CanucksGame account on Twitter will do the live call.

CBC Vancouver Hosts Return to Hockey

Wednesday, January 16th, 2013 — 2:19pm PDT
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Hockey is back and that means Hockey Night in Canada gets to celebrate its 60th anniversary more publicly this season. To get fans (especially those who might need a bit more encouragement) pumped up for the quick season that is about to start, CBC Vancouver is hosting a special event in honor of NHL hockey’s return.

Stanley Cup playoffs 04 The Road to the Stanley Cup 2011: The Winning Goal

Where: Rogers Arena’s north plaza
When: Saturday, January 19, 2013 starting at 5:00pm

Fans will have the opportunity meet CBC personalities Shane Foxman, Karin Larsen and Renee Filippone, sit behind a sports anchor desk, take a spin at a prize wheel for Hockey Night in Canada swag, snap photos with Ron and Don cutouts, get faces painted, and more.

Peter Puck will be on location that day as well as around town today from 4:00pm to 6:00pm at Georgia and Granville, on Thursday, January 17th from 7:00am to 9:00am at Waterfront Station, and on Friday, January 18th from 4:00pm to 6:00pm at the Atrium Court at Metropolis at Metrotown.

Follow CBC Vancouver on Twitter along with the tag #HockeyIsBack for more information.

The Vancouver Canucks, like most other teams around the league, have offered up specials to entice fans back to their arena. During the first three home games, all Canuck Team Store merchandise will be 50 percent off and during the first three home games, hot dogs, popcorn, nachos and soft drinks will be $1 each. Follow the Canucks on Twitter for more offers and contests.

Animal Twitter Parody Accounts in Vancouver

Wednesday, January 16th, 2013 — 11:03am PDT
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Twitter is a great source of information but it’s also the home of many quirky and entertaining accounts. You can find out how tough Chuck Norris tweets, engage with Angelina Jolie’s right leg or the Queen of England, and Star Wars fans can see what Lando Calrissian is thinking in 2013. In Vancouver, parody accounts tend to be created for animals who find themselves in the spotlight.

The bear that hitched a ride into downtown on top of a garbage truck last year posts as @downtownbear, and the whale the found itself in False Creek also tweets @FalseCreekWhale. The invasive species discovered in a Central Park pond in Burnaby also had a short-lived online life as @iamthesnakehead.

Not in the news for any particular reason, but a part of daily life around town, there’s also @StreetCrow (thanks to clammeh for the reminder).

The latest animal to tweet is the inanimate poodle statue in East Vancouver, @MainStreetPoodle.

The shelf life of most of these Twitter accounts is a few months at the most, then they fade away with the hype (or at the end of the movie in the case of Ferris Bueller).

The Vancouver parody accounts that tend to stick around the longest have to do with transit, oddly enough, coming up with material that lends itself to “everyday” Vancouver experiences.

Many of these accounts add much-needed entertainment value to our daily Twitter streams of news, facts, and data. Should you know of any other Vancouver-themed parody accounts or accounts on behalf of local objects, feel free to pop a note in the comments.

Ride The Cyclone at The Arts Club

Wednesday, January 16th, 2013 — 10:23am PDT
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The Arts Club Theatre Company and the PuSh International Performing Arts Festival present Ride the Cyclone this month at the Granville Island Stage. This Atomic Vaudeville production is described as a “musical thrill ride”, written by Jacob Richmond with music and lyrics by Brooke Maxwell and Jacob Richmond.

The original cast of Ride the Cyclone. Photo by Fairen Berchard.

A high school chamber choir from Uranium, Saskatchewan, perishes in a freak roller-coaster accident, and the Amazing Karnack, a mechanized fortune-teller, feels responsible. To make amends, he brings the teens back to life to sing about their thwarted dreams and desires in one final concert. Created by Victoria’s Atomic Vaudeville, the wildly imaginative and darkly hilarious Ride the Cyclone is already being lauded as a contemporary musical masterpiece.

It runs January 17th to February 16th, 2013 with special performances on January 31st at 6:30pm (Thursday Theatre Talks), on Tuesday January 29th and February 5th (Talk Back Tuesdays), and on Thursday, February 7th at 8:00pm (VocalEye live audio description).

Performances will be at 8:00pm Mondays to Saturdays (7:30pm on Tuesdays) with 2:00pm matinees on Wednesdays and Saturdays as well. Book your tickets by calling the box office at (604) 687-1644 or by making an online purchase.

If you would like to experience Ride the Cyclone, the Arts Club has offered up a pair of tickets to the performance on Thursday, January 24th. Here’s how you can enter to win:

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RT to enter to win tickets to see Ride The Cyclone at @TheArtsClub from @Miss604

I will draw one winner at random from all entries on Tuesday, January 22, 2013 at 12:00pm. The Granville Island Stage is located at 1585 Johnston Street on Granville Island. On the day of your show, take your ticket to the adjacent Backstage Lounge beforehand to receive a 15% discount on your food purchase. Follow the Arts Club on Facebook and Twitter for more information throughout the season.

Update The winner is Jocelyn!