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Vancouver History Tidbits: Name Game

October 27th, 2009 @ 11:30am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

My History Tidbits series has contained everything from Fountains, Trails, and Mansions but today I thought I would play the Name Game once again.

Every day I wonder where a street, building, or bridge in Metro Vancouver got its name. I’d have to say my favourite so far is the history of Mr Duff Pattullo but there are others I wanted to discover and share.


View of Third Beach from Ferguson Point in Stanley Park
(Left) Vancouver Archives Item #: St Pk P204 (Right) Jeff McNeil on Flickr

Alfred Graham Ferguson
He was the first chair of the Vancouver Parks Board and Ferguson Point, near the Tea Hour, between Second and Third beaches, is named after him. He also built Ferguson Block in the Downtown Eastside although the wooden buildings burnt in the Great Fire of 1886. He then rebuilt the block with brick as it stands today on Powell Street.

Candlelight Conservation Dinner 2009

October 27th, 2009 @ 9:00am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Tourism Vancouver and BC Hydro have teamed up for a special dining opportunity happening tomorrow around Vancouver.

On Wednesday October 28th the Candlelight Conservation Dinner will see over 30 restaurants around town dimming their dining room lights to promote saving energy during the last week of Power Smart Month.

The Candlelight Conservation Dinner is designed to bring attention to electricity conservation. The BC Energy Plan calls for B.C. electricity self-sufficiency by 2016 and for conservation to reduce, by 50%, the expected growth in overall electricity demand in the province by 2020.

If you go to BC Hydro’s website and sign up for Team Power Smart they also have some deals* that you can redeem at some of these participating restaurants:

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  • Araxi Restaurant + Bar*
  • American Grille Restaurant
  • Aria Restaurant & Lounge
  • Blue Water Cafe + Raw Bar*
  • C Restaurant
  • Carver’s Steakhouse & Lounge
  • CinCin Ristorante + Bar*
  • Diva at the Met – The Metropolitan Hotel
  • Gramercy Grill
  • Hermitage Restaurant
  • Italian Kitchen
  • Las Margaritas
  • Le Gavroche Restaurant
  • Moustache Cafe
  • Northlands Bar and Grill
  • nu restaurant + lounge
  • Nyala African Cuisine
  • O’Doul’s Restaurant & Bar
  • Prospect Point Cafe
  • Provence Marinaside
  • Raincity Grill
  • Rocky Mountain Flatbread
  • Sanafir
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  • Shaughnessy Restaurant
  • So.Cial Le Magasin
  • STONEGRILL
  • The Brasserie Restaurant at the Coast Plaza Hotel & Suites*
  • The New Bohemian
  • The Ocean Club
  • The Old Spaghetti Factory Gastown
  • The Point Restaurant & Tapas
  • The Refinery market.style.eatery
  • The Sunset Grill
  • Trattoria Italian Kitchen
  • West Restaurant + Bar*
  • Westward Ho Public House & Grill Room at The University Golf Club
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    This is your chance to check out places from the Prospect Point Cafe over to West or (the rumoured to be haunted) Old Spaghetti Factory as it should be a unique dining experience with plenty of ambiance.

    3 Blog Nights 2009 at BCIT

    October 26th, 2009 @ 6:21pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

    In the spring of 2009 BCIT hosted the inaugural 3 Blog Nights and they’ve brought it back again this year for 72 straight hours of content and contests.

    The goal is to get the word out about BCIT, raise some buzz through social media, share video interviews and do an ultimate giveaway two ultimate giveaways of $1,000 worth of tuition credits. The event began yesterday at the main Burnaby campus and will be going until Wednesday. They have an entire crew working 8-hour shifts each to keep the educational information flowing.

    You can keep up to date on all of their interviews (including one I recorded with Kemp Edmonds today) and happenings online via Twitter @3BlogNights, and the 3 Blog Nights blog.

    Tomorrow (Tuesday, October 27th) they will also be hosting a tweetup at Malone’s downtown, near their Vancouver campus. It will run from 5:30pm onwards and is listed on the official Vancouver Tweetup directory.

    The crew at BCIT (Kemp, Dave, Randy et al) have been doing a tremendous job in using social media — from individual Twitter accounts to YouTube videos that profile programs and life on the BCIT campus. If you have the chance, stop by the 3 Blog Nights booth at the Burnaby campus (inside SE2) or check them out online. I know what it’s like to do a Blogathon so kudos to them for making this campaign an annual event.

    Update: My interview video is now online.

    Broadway Across Canada: A Chorus Line

    October 26th, 2009 @ 10:30am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

    ACL_logoBroadway Across Canada is a touring production of Broadway shows coming to a city near you and they’ll be bringing A Chorus Line to Vancouver November 3rd to 8th.

    Broadway Across America/Canada is committed to sharing the magic of live theatre and educating audiences of all ages in the process … read more

    Tickets start at about $59 for this show and I have been approached to do a contest/giveaway for my audience. If you’d like to check this out, I’ll be giving away a pair of tickets to opening night on November 3rd, which will go to one lucky reader and their guest.

    To enter, simply leave a comment below or re-tweet this link including “@Miss604″ and “A Chorus Line” in your update. I’ll draw the winner on Thursday so we have enough time to get your name to the box office for Monday.

    Twitter entries

    Update: I just drew the winner and it is Jen – congratulations!

    Related: Win tickets to Evil Dead: The Musical this week & Support Vancouver Theatre This Season.

    National Film Board of Canada iPhone Application

    October 26th, 2009 @ 8:18am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

    NFB iPhone ApplicationThe National Film Board of Canada (the NFB) has released its own application for the iPhone which includes hundreds of films, animated shorts, history vignettes, and classics all free of charge. My sister put this on my radar when she posted about it on Twitter so I thought I would check it out.

    When I went to the iTunes App Store on my phone to get it I noticed that it was the “app of the week” since the NFB icon is the current main icon for the entire “entertainment” category. Upon downloading the app I discovered why it’s being showcased and has already received top reviews from sites like Gizmodo.

    Some features I enjoy are the search and the ability to “favourite” videos. This allowed me to find The Cat Came Back and The Logdriver’s Waltz, save them, and play them back for my American husband. You can play clips on demand or click to have them download for future viewing.

    NFB iPhone Application

    I must have spent about 45 minutes sifting through all the amazing content and using specific keywords to find either documentaries I remembered or content I haven’t yet seen. How to Make an Igloo is an oldie but a goodie and I could spend about 4 hours going through the entire “History” section. You can also download and view a 57 minute documentary about the Greatest Canada, Tommy Douglas, made in 1986 — all for free and on-demand.

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    The app is clean, sleek, and having that search option or capability to see the Most Popular is a great way to bring back memories or introduce classics to new users. If you do not have an iPhone, much if not all of this content is available through their website as well where they even featured the first version of their iPhone app… circa 1980.

    Links: iTunes App Store download link, NFB blog post outlining the features of the app.

    Halloween Events in Vancouver 2009

    October 24th, 2009 @ 8:47am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

    Halloween 2009 is creeping up way too quickly however there are plenty of ways to enjoy the season with many activities around town. I have a feeling that this list will grow over the next week or so but for now here are a few Halloween events to check out, starting today:


    Photo credit: beebe_library on Flickr
  • Oct 24, 2009 Halloween Howl (2-6 yrs) at the West End Community Centre from 10:00am – 12:00pm.
  • Oct 24, 2009 Kitsilano Neighbourhood House Autumn Fair at the Kitsilano Nieghbourhood House (7th and Vine) from 10:00am – 3:00pm.
  • Oct 23 – 31, 2009 Halloween at the Vancouver Aquarium.
  • Oct 25, 2009 Ghost Walks at Fort Langley National Historic Site.
  • Oct 24, 25 & 31st Haunted Tours of the Gulf of Georgia Cannery in Richmond.
  • Oct 28 – 30, 2009 Haunted Village at Burnaby Village Museum 6:00pm – 9:00pm.
  • Oct 29 – 31, 2009 Eerie Nights of Fright at Fort Langley National Historic Site.
  • Oct 30, 2009 All Souls at Mountain View Cemetery from 6:00pm – 10:00pm.
  • Oct 29 & 31, 2009 Halloween in the Forest at the Surrey Nature Centre.
  • Oct 31, 2009 Halloween Spooktacular (For children ages 3-10 yrs old) at Trout Lake Community Centre (3350 Victoria Drive) 1:00pm – 3:00pm.
  • Oct 31, 2009 Halloween Howl at the South Surrey Indoor Pool from 1:30pm – 3:00pm.
  • Oct 31, 2009 Halloween Happening (for Children 9 and under) Sunset Community Centre & Sunset Ice Rink 5:30pm – 7:30pm.
  • Oct 28 – 31, 2009 Various events around the City of Burnaby.
  • The Halloween Trains at Stanley Park and Bear Creek Park are also open over the next week or so along with the stage productions of Evil Dead. Should you have an event you would like listed, please feel free to contact me.

    Evil Dead Vancouver

    October 23rd, 2009 @ 9:00am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

    Last night I attended the Evil Dead: The Musical production happening at the Vogue on Granville and had a bloody good time. Our city has been blessed with not only one, but two productions of this musical adaptation of the classic Sam Raimi slasher film which in itself has been a bit of a thrill right for some.

    First we jump
    Then we sit down
    Then we get back up
    And lasso all around

    A while after local Down Stage Right Productions acquired the rights to Evil Dead: The Musical, another company applied and got the rights as well. The other company also opened their show a week ahead of DSR’s (last night at the Vogue) so this is kind of what publicist Rebecca Coleman calls a “Sticky Situation“. However, everyone has been strongly encouraged to check out both shows and as I see it, the city is pretty lucky to host both of these awesome productions this season. The production we saw last night was great and I can’t wait to see the show again, in a different setting and with a hyper-local cast.

    Do the robot
    And the sprinkler
    And finish it off with our best Henry Winkler
    “Ay!”

    Down Stage Right’s production opens next week at the Norman Rothstein Centre (41st & Oak) and will run until November 7th. They will also have a special midnight performance on October 31st for Halloween. Tickets are $18 and if you’re willing to sit in the Splatter Zone they’re $20.

    I’ll be checking out this production next week and DSR has given me the chance to give away two tickets to opening night of their production of Evil Dead. To enter, fill out the contest box below and answer the trivia question provided:

    I’ll draw the winner in about a week and in the meantime you can check out some behind-the-scenes footage on DSR’s YouTube channel. The arts need your support now more than ever and perhaps if It’s a Wonderful Life ain’t your thing, maybe Evil Dead can get you to the theatre. It’s worth a shot and definitely worth checking out.

    Update: I drew “Joe” as the winner and have contacted him, congratulations! If he cannot claim or use the prize I will draw another winner.

    Update: Since I couldn’t reach the first winner, Donna is the next. Thank you for entering the contest!

    Vancouver's Fall Colours

    October 22nd, 2009 @ 1:00pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

    I’ve been lucky enough to experience two autumns in New England where trees donning technicolour leaves cover the hillside, like an old quilt on a lumpy bed. Here in Vancouver our fall season usually means early sunsets, misty mornings, and grey skies for days. We see the return of the rain while orange and yellow hues tumble from branches to collect in gutters and along the sides of canopied streets. It’s no New England, but it’s spectacular in its own way, as Vancouver generally is.

    The following collection contains photos I found using a Creative Commons License search on Flickr.


    Photo credit: aecreations on Flickr

    Photo credit: coolmel on Flickr

    Photo credit: cocodor on Flickr

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    Photo credit: popejon2 on Flickr

    Please feel free to click through and explore from each of these photographers. If you would like to share your photos with me for potentially posting on this site, you can add them to the Miss604 Flickr Pool.