Mud Run Ride in North Vancouver

September 3rd, 2009 @ 3:46pm (PT) by Guest Author

The following guest post has been contributed by Jane Victoria King.

Not that I really enjoy basking in the mud, but being I’m always up for a challenge and am open to trying out new adventures, I signed up for a team building adventure race known today as the Mud Run Ride (formerly the Mud n’Bud, and before that Muddy Buddy Canada). The new owners, Double Deuce Events are a fun group of guys that do all sorts of events. And let me tell you, this was crazy FUN.

When I arrived at Inter River Park in North Vancouver early on Saturday morning, still rubbing the sleep out of my eyes I received a text message from my teammate, Shawn saying she’d be there at 9:20 a.m. The race was due to start at 10 a.m. and we were using Shawn’s bike. Since I had never done the race before I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect. All I knew was we shared a bike. One of us runs while the other bikes, you switch a couple times and there’s some mystery challenges in between. Oh, and you have to wear the bike helmet at all times while on the bike.

Thursday Morning Link Fest: Things to See and Do

September 3rd, 2009 @ 11:06am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Photo credit: Sean Orr on Flickr

Labour Day weekend will soon be upon us which means an end to the PNE, wearing white will be taboo, and calendars will soon be filling up with social media related events for the new season.

I admit the title of this post reminds me of Real Life Twitter… but regardless, here is this week’s Link Fest.

Neat things:

  • BCIT will be offering an iPhone application development course this year
  • The Vancouver Adaptive Music Society has recently launched their Music Saves project
  • The “must have fashion accessory that has a message” is the F* Cancer bracelet
  • The Vancouver Aquarium now offers a 4D movie experience
  • Events:

  • Tickets for Twestival are now on sale. Meet up with Vancouver’s Twitter population on September 12th all proceeds will benefit the BC Childrens Hospital
  • Launch Party is returning to showcase the best in local apps, games, and online tools September 16th at Circa
  • The monthly Third Tuesday meetup will be happening on Thursday September 17th at Canvas Lounge. Shel Isreal is the guest speaker as he is currently on a cross-Canada tour promoting his book: Twitterville
  • The Chan Centre at UBC presents Live Sessions series with Hey Ocean! on September 17th
  • Timeraiser is a fundraiser / volunteer event happening September 24th at the Roundhouse in Yaletown
  • The Niapele Project is hosting a fundraiser at Raw Canvas in Yaletown on September 24th as well
  • Singer/songwriter Marla Guloien will be playing a show at the Planetarium (aka the HR MacMillan Space Centre) on September 25th
  • Finally just a friendly reminder that the BC SPCA’s Paws for a Cause walk takes place the weekend of September 12-13th. There are about 10 locations in the Lower Mainland for the pet-friendly walk and good folks like my friend Keira have been fundraising for months to support the SPCA.

    Vancouver History: Before and After Photos Part Four

    September 2nd, 2009 @ 11:56am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

    This is now the fourth week of my Vancouver then and now photo series thanks to the resources available at the City of Vancouver Archives. To celebrate what’s left of summer in the city alongside the launch of the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup, the theme this week is beaches.

    English Bay

    Photo credit: Private Collection


    Photo credit: Tyler Ingram on Flickr


    Photo credit: Royal Canadian Air Force


    Photo credit: ecstaticist on Flickr

    Second Beach

    Photo credit: Major Matthews Collection


    Photo credit: worldofjan on Flickr

    Kits Beach

    Photographer: Stuart Thomson


    Photo credit: thelastminute on Flickr

    Should you have any theme suggestions for next week, please drop me a note in the comments of this post.

    Just Singin' Round

    September 2nd, 2009 @ 10:44am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

    For the past 11 years, on the first Tuesday of every month, something really neat has been taking place at the Vancouver Rowing Club in Stanley Park. Just Singin’ Round is a monthly singer/songwriter showcase put on by the Synergy Foundation. They have professionals, amateurs, first-timers, and family bands who call come together and the best part is that each month, a local non-profit is supported.

    Yesterday every cause they have supported this year benefited from the fundraising and I was a guest of the Developmental Disabilities Association (who was the cause of choice in June). For just $25 you can come to the Rowing Club, have a nice meal (including salad, dinner, dessert) and be entertained by the showcase.

    Performances last night included: Care Smith, Karen Larson, Piper McKinnon, Coco Love Alcorn, Yvonne McSkimming, Mark James Fortin, and Beverley Elliott.

    Causes supported during the 2009 season are: NSDRC North Shore Disability Resource Centre, VASS Vancouver Adaptive Snow Sports, Developmental Disabilities Association, West Coast Assistance Teams PAWS, Canadian Society for Mucopolysaccharide (MPS), Living Through Loss Counselling Society of BC (LTLC), Acorns 8 Oaks Daycare, Starlight Starbright Children’s Foundation, and The Cascadia Society.

    You can find information about purchasing tickets or reserving a table for next month’s performance online, and they have been known to sell out very quickly.

    The Uptown CCMA Blogger Gift Lounge

    September 1st, 2009 @ 3:04pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

    The Canadian Country Music Awards (CCMA’s) are coming to Vancouver and we need some bloggers to help capture the events of this star-studded evening. I will be in the exclusive, invitation-only Gift Lounge at GM Place on September 13th thanks to the Uptown Giftbox Company and I’m looking for a small group of bloggers to join me.

    Jessie Farrell – Photo credit: Duane Storey on Flickr

    As the official producer of this backstage party Gabrielle Durning, the driving force behind this West Coast company, has created the hottest ticket in town. The selected bloggers will have access to the lounge where there will be food, entertainment, on-site services, and tons of swag. There is a long list of VIP invites for artists, musicians (like Reba McEntire, Martina McBride and the Awards host Jason Priestley) and media that will be stopping by as well. Bloggers will be stationed in the gift lounge to live blog, take photos, Tweet, and share the experience through social media.

    The best part is that once the ceremonies wrap up, each blogger will be able to leave with their own Uptown Giftbox prize pack which they can donate to the approved charity of their choice.

    So far this year I have liveblogged everything from the opera to the Juno Awards so this should be another exciting event to be a part of — and I can even give a little bit back to a local cause while I’m at it. The one and only Erica Ehm will also be the official host of the Lounge and I was lucky enough to hang out with her for a bit at a Tweetup a few months ago.

    To be considered for one of the Uptown CCMA Blogger Lounge positions, you simply need to write a blog post on your own site mentioning this offer. Please link back here to ensure we can see your entry and also include a link to Uptown Giftbox who will be running the gift lounge. We’ll select the team for the CCMA Blogger Lounge on Wednesday September 9th.

    Update: The bloggers who will join me in the lounge are Heather, Erin, Kristi, Cole, and Stimuli e-Mag.

    Operas and Arias Bard on the Beach Giveaway

    September 1st, 2009 @ 10:30am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

    As the Bard on the Beach season rolls into its final month, a special Operas and Arias performance is just beginning.

    operas arias
    Photo credit: David Blue

    Fresh from their performance of Mozart’s Così fan tutte in Prague and Ontario, UBC Opera Ensemble, directed by Nancy Hermiston, will perform an in-concert staging of this fun-filled romantic opera. Members of Vancouver Opera Orchestra, conducted by Leslie Dala, will accompany this talented cast of rising opera stars.

    The performances (three nights only) will take place in the main Bard on the Beach tent with the Pacific Ocean and local mountains as the backdrop. Tickets are $32 (matinee), $35 (evening), but you can win a pair of tickets for the either the performance on September 7th or September 8th. To enter, simply leave a comment or re-tweet this post.

    Update: The contest is now closed & I just drew Lori‘s name. Congratulations & thanks to everyone for entering.

    Vancouver Twestival Tickets are Now on Sale

    September 1st, 2009 @ 9:14am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

    twestival vancouverFor the second time this year, I am organizing a Twestival event in Vancouver.

    Twestival is a global fundraising event that is organized through Twitter, using the service to gather volunteers, get community input, invite participants, and publicize the event. Twestival will be like a meetup, where you can show up, have some food, win some prizes, and enjoy some entertainment. 100% of ticket sales go directly to the cause of choice.

    There was a public vote a few weeks ago and Vancouver chose to support the BC Childrens Hospital Foundation.

    Below are the event specifics, which I posted earlier on the Twestival Vancouver website:

    Jackson Rathbone of Twilight with 100 Monkeys

    August 31st, 2009 @ 1:36pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

    Jackson Rathbone, who plays Jasper in the Twilight movie saga, has been busy in Vancouver filming the latest installment of the series however he’s also managed to find time to be a part of the band, 100 Monkeys.

    The band is made up of Rathbone’s high school confidantes, Ben Graupner and Ben Johnson, along with his friends Jerad Anderson and Lawrence Abrams. The thing that makes the band so unique is that each member can play every instrument. In between songs, one of them yells ‘switcharoo’ and they all switch instruments. “It’s amazing to see musicians that can play six or seven different instruments without missing a beat. There’s never a dull moment when they’re on stage,” said Tim Crockett of New Castle Entertainment.

    On September 12th 100 Monkeys will be launching their 100-city nationwide tour right here in town at the Rickshaw Theatre. Their music features hauntingly smooth alternative rock beats combined with classic sounds, and a mix of croony and catchy lyrics. It’s definitely a unique combo which would be amazing to see at a small local venue.

    If you would like to attend the 100 Monkeys concert and see Jackson Rathbone (who also just finished filming M. Night Shyamalan’s The Last Air) please leave a comment on this post or re-tweet this link. I’ll draw the winner of two tickets on Thursday September 10th. Tickets can otherwise be purchased online for $20 and it is an all ages show in a wicked historic Vancouver venue.

    Update: I just drew the winner and it is “Sarah”. Congratulations & thanks to everyone for entering!

    Update: Nardwuar was at the show and interviewed 100 Monkeys: