CBC's Dragons' Den Auditions in Vancouver

April 4th, 2009 @ 2:47pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

On Friday afternoon I had the opportunity to sit in on the judge’s panel at the Vancouver auditions for the popular CBC series, Dragons’ Den.

Dragons' Den Auditions

It was lovely to see the talented producers once again since I first met them when I did Test the Nation in Toronto as a part of Team Blogger in 2008. I also met Trent Kitsch from Saxx Apparel who was the Concrete Equities Armchair Dragon Award winner last year.

I was there for a handful auditions from locals who all had unique business ideas – here are a few that stood out…

Madison on Main
A consignment store on South Main that sifts through clothing goods to provide only the best, top name-brand apparel at a healthy discount – website.

Gear Drop
A “valet service” for your stinky hockey gear so that you can leave it at the rink and pick it up again before your next game. They’re currently running out of 8 Rinks in Burnaby – website.


Banana Guard
Back from a stint on a previous season of Dragons’ Den, the Banana Guard guys introduced Froot Case and Froot Guard – going beyond the banana for protection of fruit – website.

Glyde condoms are flavoured, thin, smooth, and 100% veganwebsite. It was indeed an interesting follow-up to the Banana Guard presentation.
Free, real-time stock quotes from every North American exchange – website.

Clifford T Melia
I didn’t want to take photos of Clifford’s invention since he hasn’t patented it but he was a charming man from the Chilliwack area that came up with a great device – hope he makes it to the show in Toronto.

Widemouth Brewing
The pitch wasn’t all about the beer, it was about a new design concept for the brew’s container – website.

BC companies have done well on the show in the past so it will be interesting to see if any of these ventures make it to the show, and in front of the Dragons. This year’s Dragon from Vancouver is Jim Treliving, the CEO of Boston Pizza and Mr Lube, who will be joined by a panel of others on the show.

You can head to the Dragon’s Den site to check out and rate video of some online ideas and pitches. Vancouver auditions are open until 4:00pm today.

Central City's IPA is CMRA's Best Beer in BC

April 3rd, 2009 @ 2:30pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Wednesday evening we headed to the local beer & wine shop with Keira so that she could collect the standard thank you for helping me move brews. They didn’t have a run-of-the-mill selection, mostly imports and micro-brews, however we did get a brief education about cask brewing and ending up picking up a pack of the Best Beer in BC, which just happens to be from Central City Brewing in Surrey.

New Vancouver Convention and Exhibition Centre Open House and Photos

April 3rd, 2009 @ 10:08am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

The new Vancouver Convention and Exhibition Centre is now open and the public are welcome to stop by and check it out all weekend. [CBC]

Work in Progress – Photo credit: John Bollwitt on Flickr

April 4th and 5th will be your chance to view this 473,532 square foot meeting and convention space that already has over 180 events booked straight through to 2018.

Work in Progress – Photo credit: John Bollwitt on Flickr

“…between 10am and 4pm on Saturday April 4 and Sunday April 5 for a behind the scenes look at Vancouver’s newest addition to the waterfront. Be our guest and enjoy live family entertainment from around BC, learn about the bees living on our six-acre grass and wildflower roof, and enter to win a family picnic on the living roof, or an intimate dinner for two in our 6,000 person ballroom overlooking the Burrard Inlet.” [Open House]

Work in Progress – Photo credit: John Bollwitt on Flickr

I would suggest getting in and checking out this $883 million-dollar space while you can since in September it will be handed over to VANOC as the broadcast media centre for the 2010 Winter Games. I’ll try to swing by today to get some shots so we can compare them to John’s images (above).

Update: I did a quick photowalk with Kris yesterday, here are some captures:

The New Vancouver Convention Centre

Krug and the City

The New Vancouver Convention Centre

The New Vancouver Convention Centre

Update: David Drucker went to the open house today, here are some of his photos of the interior.

Photo credit: David Drucker on Flickr

Photo credit: David Drucker on Flickr

Photo credit: David Drucker on Flickr

Kiss & Makeup Video: Day to Night Makeup

April 2nd, 2009 @ 6:14pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

A few months ago I reviewed Kiss & Makeup, which supplies organic, mineral makeup, as well as other salon products and makeup services. I went back recently to get my makeup done for John’s work Christmas party (that was in March) and I decided that another review just wouldn’t be enough.

I grabbed Keira as a model and headed over to Park Royal so that our guru could share some helpful makeup tips that anyone might find useful – going from a day to night makeup look in 5, 10 or 15 minutes.

This is just something I put together (obviously, since you can hear my camera zooming throughout) but hopefully you find it useful. Here are the credits once more since they scroll by pretty quickly in the video:

Makeup artist:
Savannah Olsen

Savannah @ Kiss and Makeup

Kiss & Makeup (H2 – 925 Main St – The Village, Park Royal – West Vancouver, BC)
Online Store

Keira's Look by Kiss and Makeup

Keira-Anne Mellis

Produced by:
Rebecca Bollwitt [Miss604] [sixty4media]

2009 Genie Awards Contest with The Uptown Giftbox Company

April 2nd, 2009 @ 2:57pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

This weekend the 29th annual Genie Awards will be handed out in over 20 categories to the best in Canadian film. To celebrate these Canadian Oscars in style I’ll be running a quick contest thanks to the Uptown Giftbox Company.

genie29logo uptowngiftbox

This year’s shining stars at the Genies include Passchendaele – leading the pack in nominations with Best Motion Picture, Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role (Paul Gross) , Achievement in Art Direction/Production Design, Achievement in Costume Design, Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role, Achievement in Overall Sound, and Achievement in Sound Editing. The Stone Angel follows with nominations for Achievement in Art Direction/Production Design, Achievement in Cinematography, Achievement in Music – Original Score, and Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role (Ellen Burstyn). Deepa Mehta’s Heaven on Earth is also nominated for Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role (Preity Zinta) and Original Screenplay.

Following their great performance at the Juno Awards, the Uptown Giftbox Company has offered up one of their famous gift boxes to one lucky reader. The winner of my contest will receive the same goodies as the Genie Award VIPs including:

  • Ultra-hip Boris Brothers shopping bag, made from recycled outdoor ad banners
  • A one-year subscription to the thought-provoking NUVO magazine
  • Aan innovative tea glass for enjoying loose-leaf tea on the go from Libre-Tea
  • Delicious tea from British Columbia’s venerable Murchie’s Tea & Coffee Ltd.
  • Mink Chocolates
  • A stylish, eco-friendly bag from Possum
  • To enter the contest, leave a comment below with the name of a Canadian film (short, animated, full-length etc.) and you could win this gift pack.


    Showcasing our homegrown talent on all levels not only celebrates those who are established, but opens doors for many up-and-comers in the industry. This year, more than any other, I have had the proud opportunity to view an abundance of Canadian movies both individually, at media screenings, as a part of a festival, or with the First Weekend Club.

    The 2009 Genie Awards are hosted by Dave Foley on Saturday April 4th, 2009, and will broadcast from Ottawa at 9:00pm ET on Global TV and IFC. The prize winner will be drawn first thing Monday morning, April 5th 2009.

    Update: I’m upping the ante and including one of my “Show me your Tweets” shirts (courtesy of 6S Marketing) in the prize pack. Bonus entry for anyone who re-tweets this contest (here’s a Twitter-friendly URL to use:

    Update: The contest is now closed and the winner is Karen G!

    Crazy Hair Egg Hunt from Toni & Guy

    April 2nd, 2009 @ 2:00pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

    I’m a sucker for a scavenger hunt and this one around Vancouver (downtown & Kitsilano) is right up my alley. On Saturday April 11th you can search for 40 decorated eggs (all with crazy hair styles) as a part of the Toni & Guy Crazy Hair Egg Hunt.

    Inside the eggs you’ll find chocolates and a gift card for Toni & Guy – some valued up to $100 – that can be used for hair cuts, styles, or product.

    Follow Toni & Guy on Twitter for updates (and hopefully some clues) and if you find an egg, take a photo and upload it to Flickr so we can all check it out.

    Twitter Quick Tip: Backgrounds Part Two

    April 2nd, 2009 @ 9:37am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

    This morning I was reading Is Twitter the New MySpace over on TechCrunch and was inspired to do the second part of my Twitter Quick Tip demo series (basic/beginner).

    Note: I only suggest using another’s background as a template so that you can get your placement and sizes right – I do not recommend using any part of someone’s original design – re-create and make it your own, use it only as a guideline.

    In this video I reference the “Top Ten” backgrounds on Twitter, which you can find here, and also submit your own for their directory.

    Vancouver HDR Photography Tribute: Part Three

    April 1st, 2009 @ 10:12pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

    I’ve seen such dazzling photos of our city pop up all over Flickr lately so I’d like to continue my Vancouver HDR Photography tribute series (including a few photos from Surrey and Whistler as well).

    Photo credit: Derek Miller on Flickr

    Photo credit: grahamking on Flickr

    Photo credit: roham on Flickr

    Photo credit: thelastminute on Flickr

    Photo credit: ecstaticist on Flickr

    Photo credit: januszbc on Flickr

    Please be sure to click on the photos to learn more about each photographer and browse additional photos and works on each of their Flickr streams.