Social Media Camp 2013 in Victoria: Package Giveaway

Friday, April 19th, 2013 — 11:34am PDT
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Victoria is once again hosting Social Media Camp, a massive gathering of social media enthusiasts, users, and a professionals with high profile keynote speakers, on-site training and fantastic networking opportunities.

Hear from speakers in a variety of industries, visit the Social Showcase company spotlight, attend book-signings, get assistance at the Knowledge Cafe, and enjoy refreshments throughout the day.

Social Media Camp also hosts Social Media Awards each year including publicly nominated individuals and businesses, with winners awarded at an awards ceremony during the conference.


Accent InnsAccent Inns is a sponsor of Social Media Camp this year and have worked with the conference to offer a special travel package from Vancouver to Victoria.

Together with Wilson’s Transportation, their package includes bus transportation from Vancouver, 10% discount for a Silver level Social Media Camp ticket, and a 2-night stay at Accent Inns. This package is being offered for $414.10 and you can add an additional person to your package/room for $314.10. The shuttle will depart from and return to Accent Inns Burnaby. Package does not include ferry fare.

They are also offering the very special rate of $50 per night (and up to 4 people per room) for Social Media Camp attendees along with an Islanders Package for locals.


Accent Inns has offered up a prize package for one Miss604 reader who wants to make sure they don’t miss out on Social Media Camp this year. Our prize package includes a Silver Social Media Camp ticket and a room for 2 nights at Accent Inns Victoria. If you would like to attend this conference with hundreds of interesting, inspirational, and like-minded social media users, 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 an @AccentInns package for @SocMediaCamp from @Miss604

Follow Social Media Camp on Facebook and Twitter to find out more about the event. Learn more about Accent Inns by following them on Facebook and Twitter as well.

Miss604 prize package does not include transportation or ferry fare. Hotel stay is valid for Social Media Camp dates only. I will draw one winner at random from all entries at 5:00pm on Thursday, April 25, 2013.

Update The winner is Sheila Randall!

Record Store Day 2013: Vancouver Events

Friday, April 19th, 2013 — 9:56am PDT
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Since 2007 Record Store Day has celebrated the unique culture surrounding over 700 independently owned record stores in the US and thousands of similar stores internationally. Record stores participate with special events featuring live music, food, celebrities, and other activities on Saturday, April 20, 2013.

In Vancouver, you can check out any and all of the following on Record Store Day:

Participating Stores

Sikora’s Classical Records
Vinyl Records
Zoo Zhop
SCRAPE records

Participating Stores Stores with Special Events Listed

Zulu Records
Zulu will be open extended hours, from 9:30am to 9:00pm and will be stacked with vinyl, CDs, and more along with contest giveaways. At 6:30pm the store will switch over to party mode and there will be live performances from The Belle Game, Portage and Main, and Malcolm Jack. Elysian Coffee will be on site with a pop-up shop, and R&B Brewing is also a sponsor.

Highlife Records
Celebrating 30 years and offering 30% off vinyl on Record Store Day.

Beat Street
Open 10:00am to 8:00pm. A list of items for sale and the DJ line-up can be found on their website.

Neptoon Records
Open 9:00am until late with performances from Allen Forrister, Factories And Alleyways, The Courtneys, The High Drops, Johnny de Courcy, No-See-Ums, The Evaporators / Thee Goblins, Nervous Talk, Lizard People, Crystal Swells, Baptists, and Jerk Store.

Red Cat Records
Open at 10:00am with giveaways, live music, food, and more.

Dandelion Records
Open 11:00am to 6:00pm for Record Store Day with special releases and live performances from Nervous Talk, Zen Mystery Fogg, Spectres, Von Bingen, V Vecker Ensemble and Sex Church.

For most of these stores, special release and discount purchases are first-come, first-served with no holds. Some will be selling items at discounted prices through their website or through a later date. Check websites or call the individual stores for full details.

Record Store Day reminds us to shop local and to support local and independent businesses in our community — while having a lot of fun and getting some great deals!

100 Years of Rotary: Vancouver Events

Thursday, April 18th, 2013 — 4:11pm PDT
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Rotary International is celebrating 100 years in BC through community events around the province including a festival in Vancouver this weekend:

1917 – VPL #: 20220 & 1920 – VPL #: 20805. Dominion Photo Co.

Party on the Plaza

When Friday, April 19, 2013 from 5:00pm to 9:00pm
Where Jack Poole Plaza
What Free family festival with cauldron lighting at 6:00pm. Live entertainment includes the Langley Ukulele Ensemble and a feature performance by Abra Cadabra. A special VIP reception will raise funds for the Rotary Foundation.

Rotary Projects Showcase

When Saturday, April 20, 2013 from 12:00pm to 4:00pm
Where Vancouver Convention Centre
What Open to all Rotary Clubs in British Columbia to showcase their projects and the good work of Rotary. All Rotarians, guests and public welcome. Free admission.

Centennial Gala

When Saturday, April 20, 2013 from 6:00pm
Where Vancouver Convention Centre
What Gala dinner with special guest Stephen Lewis, tickets available online.

About Rotary in BC

Rotary is an international service organization dedicated to improving the lives of others both locally and around the world. Chartered in 1913, the Rotary Club of Vancouver was the first Rotary club in the Province, starting growth that today sees more than 145 clubs and 6,000 Rotarians active in service in British Columbia. Millions of dollars are raised and contributed every year to major projects such as the Rotary Hearing Centre at St. Paul’s Hospital, Rotary World Help which ships containers of used medical and education equipment to needy countries, and the global eradication of Polio as well as numerous projects in local communities.

The Rotary Club of Vancouver meets every Tuesday at 12:00pm at the Terminal City Club, 837 West Hastings and guests are always welcome.

Theatre Thursday: Pacific Theatre

Thursday, April 18th, 2013 — 10:19am PDT
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I am proud to once again be the Social Media Sponsor of the Jessie Richardson Theatre Awards (the Jessies) and as such, I will be featuring a local theatre company every Thursday.

Jessie Awards 2012

The Jessie Richardson Theatre Awards are an annual awards ceremony and party produced by the Jessie Richardson Theatre Award Society to celebrate and promote the outstanding achievements of the Vancouver Professional Theatre Community. The Awards have been presented since 1982, originally by the Greater Vancouver Professional Theatre Alliance, taken over in 1997 by the newly formed Society. Over 35 statues are awarded each year to outstanding theatre companies and artists.

The profiles will contain basic information about each company, as supplied by their team, and a list of their upcoming productions that you can check out in the coming season. First up today is Pacific Theatre.

The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. Photo by Tim Matheson. / Re:Union. Photo by Ron Reed. / The Great Divorce. Photo by Ron Reed. / Leave of Absence. Photo by Emily Cooper.

Pacific Theatre

Date Established: 1984
First Play Produced: Silly Season
Total number of plays/events produced: 145
Founders: Ron Reed
Artistic Director: Ron Reed

Mission Statement

Pacific Theatre aspires to delight, provoke, and stimulate dialogue by producing theatre that rigorously explores the spiritual aspects of the human experience.

Special Moment

For an almost 30 year-old company (the big “3-0” celebration is coming next year!), Pacific Theatre has had its fair share of special moments – but that’s what happens when you have an artistic director who creates new work and who is passionate about fostering young emerging talents. Probably one of the company’s most memorable moments, however, came in 2010. About halfway through the season, the staff and artists at Pacific Theatre began to feel like something special was happening. It had been a particularly good run of productions that were challenging, fun, and artistically satisfying. Everyone was feeling it – Pacific Theatre was on a roll. Turns out it wasn’t just the staff and the artists who were feeling it – that was the year that Pacific Theatre won an unprecedented Jessie Award for Curation and Execution of an Outstanding Season of Theatre.

Coming Soon

Friday, April 26th to Saturday, May 25th, 2013
The heartfelt and hilarious story of an aging mother’s peculiarities and her son’s flawed devotion.


Stay up to date on the latest from Pacific Theatre by following them on Facebook and Twitter.

London Drugs Recycling Options and Earth Day Prize Giveaway

Wednesday, April 17th, 2013 — 6:14pm PDT
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Earth Day is coming up on Monday, April 22nd and London Drugs is reminding consumers that they host a variety of options for recycling and purchasing eco-friendly goods. Leading by example, more than 74 per cent of the company’s waste is recycled or repurposed, instead of going to landfill. The Olympic Village Store in Vancouver has also achieved a 96% recycling rate.

London Drugs Grand Opening and BC Children's Hospital Campaign

Since the 2008 launch of London Drugs’ educational ‘What’s the Green Deal‘ program and the support from its staff and customers, London Drugs now tallies more than 42 million pounds of materials recycled including: Styrofoam, batteries, computers, televisions, cell phones, paper, plastic, cardboard, and metals.

London Drugs recycles responsibly, shipping TVs, computers, VCRs, printers and other electronics (in BC) to Genesis Recycling. Non-toxic materials are sorted and bundled for sale as commodities for remanufacture. Circuit boards and TV tubes are sent to North American smelters such as TECK (in Trail, BC) where they are safely melted down and their precious metals recovered. They’re even getting into recycling candybar wrappers and beauty packaging.

The following items can be recycled at London Drugs locations:

  • Electrical and Electronic goods (TVs, VCRs, computers, monitors, printers etc.)
  • Small Appliances
  • Styrofoam, plastic and cardboard packaging from our products
  • Cell phones, PDA and rechargeable batteries
  • Alkaline Batteries
  • Compact Fluorescent Bulbs (CFL’s) and fluorescent light tubes up to 4-foot lengths
  • Disposable cameras
  • Ink jet cartridges
  • Laser cartridges
  • Metal film canisters
  • Plastic bags
  • Pop bottles and cans (BC only)
  • Insurance plastic folders
  • Laser cartridges
  • Brita water filters
  • Candy bar and cosmetic packaging
  • Soda stream containers
  • Toys

To celebrate the 150+ products on London Drugs shelves that have environmentally-preferable benefits or certifications, they have offered up a prize pack valued at $200 for me to give away to one lucky reader (pictured below).

Here’s how you can enter to win this eco-friendly prize pack:

  • Leave a comment on this post naming 1 way you can reduce your waste footprint as a consumer (1 entry)
  • Post the following on Twitter (1 entry)
RT to enter to win an #LDGreen prize pack valued at $200 from @LondonDrugs & @Miss604

I will draw one winner at random from all entries at 12:00pm on Wednesday, April 24, 2013. Learn more about London Drugs’ green product information by following What’s the Green Deal on Twitter.

Update The winner is Elizabeth B!

Vancouver Photos of the Week

Wednesday, April 17th, 2013 — 3:27pm PDT
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Blossoms, blooms, petals, and a splash of colour from every garden and grove. Spring is in full swing and Vancouver is looking as lovely as ever as snow caps cling to the local mountains and rain showers become imminent. Thanks to all of the photographers who continue to share their perspectives and their captures with the Miss604 Flickr Group, I have put together this week’s photo roundup:

Waterfall Building
Photo credit: dons projects on Flickr

Rennie Collection - Robert Beck/Robert Buck Timeless
Photo credit: & on Flickr

Granville Island Panorama
Photo credit: Eugene’s Likeness on Flickr

Sea Otter #van4life #vancouver #beautifulvancouver #beautifulbritishcolumbia #magnoliatrees
Photo credit: colink. & on Flickr

Wear a Daffodil - Canadian Cancer Society
Photo credit: Prab Bhatia Photography on Flickr

The Free Market East Van mosaic
Photo credit: Kevin Krebs & Kevin Krebs on Flickr

Classic Time Lively Busy Funny Day, Downtown Vancouver.
Photo credit: photocafe & ~x~NJ~x~ on Flickr

DSCF0316 Portside Park, Vancouver Vancouver Maritime Museum Ceiling
Photo credit: ross montgomery & . Jianwei . & colink. on Flickr

Rowing practice Wrapped Tree
Photo credit: Kevin Krebs & Photocat62 on Flickr

Photo credit: Ruth and Dave on Flickr

Photo credit: Kevin Krebs on Flickr

George C. Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary #van4life #vancouver #beautifulvancouver #beautifulbritishcolumbia #georgecreifelmigratorybirdsanctuary #ladnerbirdsanctuary
Photo credit: & on Flickr

The Mysterious Scene at Richmond Steveston
Photo credit: TOTORORO.RORO on Flickr

Sunset over downtown Vancouver
Photo credit: Kevin Krebs on Flickr

As always, please click through on these images to view more work from the photographers and feel free to share your own photos with the Miss604 Flickr Pool. View all photo collections here.