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Circle Craft Christmas Market 2009

November 6th, 2009 @ 11:28am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Photo: tom_lin on Flickr

Each year dozens of artisans, crafters, and exhibitors showcase their wares and talents in a warm and cozy holiday atmosphere at the Circle Craft Christmas Market.

The 36th annual market will take place next week, from November 11th until the 15th at the Vancouver Convention Centre and the market will once again be offering up some nifty crafting treats. Exhibits include a Student Art Exhibition, an Entertainment Stage, Ballz of Fire glass-blowing workshops, Wood Turning Demonstrations, and more.

As my good friend Keira told me when I asked her about Circle Craft she said, “I Love it! I always go!” Luckily the folks in charge of the event have given me two tickets to give away to a reader and a guest so they can experience the market themselves.

To enter to win the passes, just leave a comment on this blog post or re-tweet including this link (http://bit.ly/1VWOdg) as well as @Miss604 and @CircleCraft.

Find out more about the Circle Craft Christmas Market on their website or blog. I’ll draw the contest winner on November the 10th and they’ll have tickets waiting for them at the Will Call table.

Update: I have drawn Dagmar as the winner of the tickets, congratulations! Thanks to everyone for entering and I hope you’ll check out the market regardless.

Vancouver History: Man's Best Friend

November 5th, 2009 @ 1:50pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

This morning I asked my Twitter followers what today’s “Then and Now” theme should be and I received some great suggestions. One that stuck out (hat tips to Patty Gibson) was a feature about dogs and their owners.

With Vancouver being such a dog-friendly city, complete with doggy day spas, dog bakeries, with a selection of off-leash parks and beaches, I thought it would be a great fit. Mind you, I might not have been able to find direct comparison photos (or appropriate “Now” images) but I thought I would still provide a glimpse into Vancouver’s dog-loving days of the past.

Not a sight you’re likely to see today. Three small boys who look like they have just returned from a hunting trip with their faithful companion.

Photo credit: Major Matthews Collection, Item # SGN 1734

A man strolls along Granville (near Hastings) with his dog as they approach the original CPR train station.

Photo credit: Major Matthews Collection, Item # Bu P266

I’m not sure if Reuben Hamilton’s dog Cronje was a class pet or just a visitor but he was a welcomed edition to the Charles Dickens school photo nevertheless.

Photo credit: Major Matthews Collection, Item # Sch P68

You wouldn’t believe how many images I have found in the Archives that show bears chained up in yards like dogs, or even playing with dogs. The image below is from Waterloo Street in Kitsilano.

Photographer: James L. Quiney, Item # CVA 7-21

The photograph collection at the Archives has at least a dozen photos of military personnel posing with their dogs. Here is the group from Hastings Park C.S.E.F.

Photographer: Stuart Thomson, Item #CVA 99-704

A view from the ferry terminal in West Vancouver, you can see a pup was there when the two bridge towers of the Lions Gate went up.

Photo credit: David Loughnan, Item # CVA 265-51

Should you have your own suggestions for the “Then and Now” theme, please feel free to leave a comment below.

Check out these photos and more information on the City of Vancouver Archives website, or in person at 1150 Chestnut Street in Kitsilano.

Goodbye Talk1410

November 5th, 2009 @ 11:28am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

I'm a Talk1410am Girl NowThere have been many changes in the Vancouver radio landscape over the last year or so and while some have been great (such as the addition of The Peak 100.5 and Shore 104.1), the mics of many beloved personalities have been turned off.

This morning I hopped into a Zipcar and while the tuner said “1410” I heard the call sign “Team 1410″. I thought this must instantly be a mistake since Chum Radio Vancouver hosts both stations. The message was followed by a show intro and then men talking about basketball.

Instantly flipping over to Twitter I saw an update from John Bollwitt that included this link:

A message from James Stuart – Vice President & General Manager of CHUM Radio Vancouver….
… In 1996 CFUN’s very successful run as a music station came to an end and it began its life in the talk radio world. Since that time we as a company have continually and aggressively endeavoured over the years to grow the size of listening audience, and even though the effort has certainly been there, the results have shown us that our business model for CFUN must change – and the time for that change to happen is now.

To those who have listened to TALK 1410 through the many ups and downs of the talk format and changes in styles and personalities…we sincerely thank you and we also sincerely thank the advertisers who have supported the radio station as well over the past years. I truly hope you will give our new station a try, but I also will understand if you decide that it is not for you.

We will be the new home for world class sports personalities including Jim Rome, Dan Patrick, Bob McCown and the best of the best ESPN sports insiders. We will broadcast every BC Lions game, from pre-season to playoffs, and hopefully, all the way to the Grey Cup. Along with that, you’ll be able to listen and join in the conversation with extensive pre and post game shows for all of the Lions games. 1410 is now the new and permanent full time home for BC lions football in Vancouver, and that starts tomorrow night with the crucial, must win game against the Eskimo’s at BC Place. If you’re going to the game, take your radio and you can follow all the action as only Rick Ball & Giulio Caravatta can describe it, right here on TEAM 1410. [Read more…]

From what I understand, Talk 1410 (or 14 CFUN as many previously knew it) has ceased to exist. The Team 1410 will be kind of like an “ESPN 2″, complimenting the Team 1040. Nothing has changed at The Team 1040 aside from the fact that they will now have a brother station providing amped-up sports coverage. However to my knowledge, the future of those associated with Talk 1410 is entirely uncertain.

I have had the pleasure of appearing for a weekly afternoon segment at Talk 1410 for the last year, working with amazing folks like Patrick Maliha, Val Cole, Kate Gajdosik, Art Factora, and Joe Leary. I’m not sure where they are right now, or where they will be, but I wanted to say they will be greatly missed from the airwaves.

Val Cole and Patrick Maliha of Talk1410am

Not a week went by that I didn’t have someone email my contact form to say they listened to and enjoyed the segment. I can only imagine how the impact the full time shows, hosts, and segments had on the population.

I hope for the very best for all Talk 1410 personnel as they were truly a great bunch to work with. If you can find your favourite host online (website, blog, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIN etc.) let them know how much you appreciated their talents.

As a side note, I have been interviewing people for a series about radio in Vancouver over the last month and it will be published in the coming weeks. At this time I just want to encourage Vancouverites to listen to local radio. It’s there with you anytime you need it – at home, in the car, during your commute and even in the shower. It’s free, hyper-local content at its best.

Update: Joe Leary is still on-air and back in the mornings with TEAM 1410 hosting a sports talk show.

Also, the legendary call letters, “CFUN” have been signed over to Rogers for use with their all time hits station 104.9. The TEAM 1410 will be using CFTE.

So in the end, CFUN is still alive in Vancouver, just with a new company, new content, and new frequency.

Link Fest: November Events Edition

November 4th, 2009 @ 10:54am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

November has crept up on us so quickly, it seems like yesterday I was writing a post about the kiddies heading back to school. With 100 days to the Olympics and only 49 shopping days left until Christmas, here’s a roundup of events around town that you might not want to miss.

Fire on the Water
Photo credit: John Biehler on Flickr
  • The Point Grey Holiday Fair (held at Point Grey Secondary School) is November 7th from 10:00am – 4:00pm and will feature products from over 80 artisans. You can contact Birgitta at (604) 266-2830 for more info.
  • It’s Family Day in Surrey November 8th.
  • Fragments in RPM is an exhibit launching this weekend at Public on Main by local artist & designer Robert Edmonds.
  • The Golden Age of Vancouver Opera takes place November 9th from 7:00pm – 9:00pm at the Vancouver Public Library. This is a free speaker series at the main branch downtown.
  • The Christmas at Hycroft Gala is November 17th.
  • The 3rd annual Vancouver Serbian Film Festival is happening this November 10th to 13th.
  • The historic Irving House in New Westminster hosts A Very Victorian Christmas on November 14th.
  • There is a David Suzuki Foundation fundraiser on November 19th at Terminal City Club
  • Christmas in Cloverdale is November 20th to the 21st.
  • The next Make It! Vancouver will take place November 20th until the 22nd at the Croatian Cultural Centre.
  • There is a Christmas Craft Fair at the Bonsor Complex in Burnaby November 21st and 22nd.
  • The Burnaby Village Museum launches Heritage Christmas on November 21st which will run until January 3rd.
  • Covenant House’s Night of New Beginnings is November 26th.
  • And with the holiday season upon us already, Operation Red Nose is looking for volunteers. This is the free program that will come to pick you and drive you home in your own car so that you can get home safe after a few festive bevvies.
  • Also please consider supporting local causes (such as the Food Bank, Salvation Army, YWCA, and the UGM) at this time of year as the temperature drops.

    Should you have any community events that you would like listed, please feel free to contact me (checking the “events” box on the form).

    Movember 2009

    November 3rd, 2009 @ 1:04pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

    In 2003 Adam Garone of Melbourne and his friends thought it would be funny to see how well they could each grow a mustache for an entire 30-day period. It was at this time Movember was created (Mo being local slang for a mustache) and they really had no idea how their silly idea would soon lead to a global movement.


    Each of the 30 participating friends started out the month clean-shaven and by the end they threw a party to celebrate their campaign. “We got so much grief from girlfriends, bosses, and moms who said, ‘You can’t just grow a mustache!’,” said Adam. Once all was said and done (and shaved off) Adam and his friends thought, “that was so much fun we need a way to legitimize it so we can keep it going year after year.” Thus Movember truly began to take shape.

    The group thought about various campaigns they had previously been a party of such as fundraisers for breast cancer research and became inspired by that global community that seems to make such a difference. “Of the original group, two of the guys had dads with prostate cancer so we started researching,” noted Adam. The guys soon found out that prostate cancer was similar to breast cancer in terms of number of people diagnosed each year. They also observed that, “there was a significant gap in awareness and fundraising for that particular cause.” As such, campaigning to raise funds for Prostate Cancer research became the driving force behind the next Movember.

    “Prostate cancer is over 90 per cent curable if detected and treated in its earliest stages. in addition to investing in research, Movember raises awareness and ultimately saves lives. Together we are changing the face of men’s health.” – Steve Jones, CEO and President, Prostate Cancer Canada

    In 2004 they then had 450 men from Melbourne and Australia take part, raising $55,000 and this year they are now on track to register over a quarter of a million participants globally.

    “Growing a mustache is a lot like doing a run or a walk for charity,” said Adam who said they then created the tag line “changing the face of men’s health”. “So we literally challenge men to change their appearance with that commitment and by doing that they became a walking billboard for 30 days talking about prostate cancer, their health, and raising funds along the way.”

    He attributes much of its global success to word of mouth and they had no idea that it would grow to be the event is it today. Across Canada there are already over 1,400 participants or “Mos” each running campaigns or as a part of a team. Locally, Movember Canada funds raised will go to Prostate Cancer Canada while globally the Movember Foundation supports campaigns, education, and research year-round.

    Adam said that, “men want to do something for causes that effect us but we don’t want to wear a blue ribbon. We don’t want to wear a blue wristband. But growing a mustache has that retro appeal and a lot wonder what they look like with a mustache.”

    Upon signup you will be given your own online donation/campaign page, the rule (ie. no goatees or beards), and tools to help you raise funds and host events in your city. Women are also encouraged to get involved as they can organize teams, donate, and help mobilize their male friends.

    Adam Garone, Co-Founder, Movember

    After interviewing Adam, I put the call out on Twitter (by the way you can find them @Movember / @Movember_CA) to see if there were any local participants out there. Here’s a quick list if you’d like to show your support:

  • Graeme Tait is a radio personality from Nanaimo who is on the team: “1069 The Wolf Mo Bro’s”
  • Gus Fosarolli, Jordan Behan, Chris Mathieson and friends are on the team: “Twi’stache Vancouver”
  • Peter Gale and the crew from Sophos are on the team: “Team Mophos”
  • The folks at memelabs have a team
  • Raul Pacheco has also compiled a list of participants here
  • … if you have a team feel free to leave a comment and I can add you to the local list
  • Vancouver will celebrate the end of Movember on the 26th at Fortune Sound Club on East Pender. You can come dressed as the character that best suits your ‘stache and there are also prizes for Miss Movember. This will all be followed by what I can only assume will be a massive shave-off.

    Adam encourages all men to take part and it isn’t too late to join today. “Movember is just the perfect word of mouth campaign, it’s on your face — and if it’s not on your face it’s in your face.”

    Update: Local company, Saxx is participating and for every pair of their Saxx underwear that they sell this month, they’ll donate $1 to the cause.

    Vancouver Washington, A Tale of Two Vancouvers

    November 3rd, 2009 @ 10:00am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

    Vancouver Washington, near the Oregon border and lying on the outskirts of Portland, is tired of playing second fiddle to the big cities especially ours which bears the same name. As such, the Washington city is considering changing its name so they can stand out on their own.

    “The Vancouver Columbian in Washington reports that a vote Tuesday could mean a majority on the city council in favour of sending the proposal to voters. Supporters of the name change say it would avoid the long-running confusion with Vancouver, B.C. But detractors say it’s not a first priority for council and that residents should get over the fact that the city shares a name with another.” [The Province]

    Photo credit: rscottjones on Flickr

    “Residents of Vancouver, Washington go to the polls tomorrow [today] and the outcome of the election could change the city — or at least its name — forever. A slate of candidates is poised to form a majority on council and one platforms calls for a new name for the city in the extreme southwestern corner of the state. Supporters want to switch to Fort Vancouver — arguing it’s the only way to avoid confusion with Vancouver, B.C. Opponents of the plan — including the current mayor — say there are no other Vancouvers in the United States.” [CTV]

    Photo credit: rscottjones on Flickr

    I know there are several “Springfields” across America but I supposed the confusion lies within both Vancouvers being in the Pacific Northwest and the one in Washington simply wanted to stand out on its own. Residents will be voting on the issue today and so far “Fort Vancouver” is the suggested name as the Fort is a National Historic Site.

    I’m curious to see what others think about this effort to be individual.

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    Darby's Comedy Night Cancer Benefit

    November 3rd, 2009 @ 8:39am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

    darbysjenniferOur pal Patrick Maliha is known for his giggle-inducing one liners, gut-busting stand up, and his contribution to the local comedy scene as event organizer and Urban Laughs founder. In just a few weeks he’s hosting another event at Darby’s on West Fourth and this time it’s to help out friend and colleague Jennifer Thomson.

    “Just this past summer, Vancouver radio personality and all around great gal Jennifer Thomson was diagnosed with Thyroid Cancer and has been unable to work since the diagnosis. So we’ve all decided to get together and give her a little benefit show.”

    The show will take place November 24th at 9:00pm and tickets are $10. Patrick Maliha will be the evening’s MC and other comedians donating their time include CTV’s Marke Driesschen, Canada’s Next Top Comic finalist Art Factora, Dr. Russ Kennedy, Mike Wolfe, Greg Kettner and Sean Proudlove.

    I’ve been fortunate enough to spend time with Jennifer (albeit we were screaming while ziplining on Grouse Mountain months ago) and I encourage others to support this benefit as well, for the sake of her and her young son.

    You can call (604) 731-0617 to make reservations, confirm your attendance on Facebook, or show up on the 24th to support this benefit.

    Burnaby Express BCHL Hockey

    November 2nd, 2009 @ 3:29pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

    A few weeks ago I experienced my first Burnaby Express hockey game with my husband and a group of his co-workers. Being a British Columbia Hockey League team, to me it seemed as though someone took the North Surrey Recreation Centre and mixed it with the Pacific Coliseum for a Giants Game. It was quaint, community-based, inexpensive, yet the hockey was fast-paced and exciting — you could tell these guys are the stars of tomorrow.

    burnabyexpressTurns out, I had never previously heard of the Burnaby Express and nether have most others I have spoken to. This team that does a lot in the community could use a boost since it’s in a middle of a very split market so here’s my chance to introduce my readers to some great grassroots hockey.

    The BCHL is a part of the Canadian Junior Hockey League, featuring players ranging from 16 to 20 years old. The Express are a part of the league’s Coastal Conference which includes the Alberni Valley Bulldogs, the Cowichan Valley Capitals, the Nanaimo Clippers, the Victoria Grizzlies, the Langley Chiefs, the Powell River Kings, and the Surrey Eagles.

    From 1998 to 2001 Burnaby was home of the Bulldogs who then moved onto Port Alberni in 2002. The Coquitlam Express started up in 2001 and then moved to Burnaby (forming the Burnaby Express) in 2005. Now based out of the Bill Copeland Arena in Burnaby (just near Joe Sakic Way) the Express are the 2006 BCHL Champions, 2006 Doyle Cup Champions, and 2006 Canadian Junior ‘A’ Champions.

    Alumni currently playing in the NHL are Andrew Ladd (Chicago Blackhawks) and Milan Lucic (Boston Bruins).

    Individual tickets are just $13 (adults), $9 (students/seniors), $6 (kids), and you can get 10-game flex packs for $100. You can follow them on Twitter @BurnabyExpress or read their blog for updates. I highly recommend taking the family out to a game and experiencing that true sense of local hockey.