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First Official Canucks Tweetup of 2009-2010 Season

September 15th, 2009 @ 12:55pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Tweetdeck, official Twitted app of the Canucks Fan ZoneThe Vancouver Canucks to host an official Tweetup on Thursday, all are welcome to come out to watch the game and cheer on the team.

During the NHL season the term “Canucks” usually becomes one of the top ten trending topics on Twitter while other teams across the league have yet to achieve this social media popularity.

To show their appreciation and to further engage fans, the Vancouver Canucks will be hosting a series of Tweetups throughout the 2009-2010 season. The first of which will take place this Thursday, September 17th at the Hurricane Grill in Yaletown.

The event has been added to the Vancouver Tweetup website if you would like to RSVP. The team will offer up some fabulous prizes ranging from signed merchandise to pre-season game tickets, and gift certificates for the Tweetup host venues.

Last year as a member of the Canucks Fan Zone I participated in liveblogs and promotion of the team’s social media initiatives. This year the Fan Zone group is back and we’ll be helping the franchise coordinate events like these as well as create online content and other fun campaigns.

Miss604 mention in Canucks Magazine Canucks: Game 1 of 2009 Playoffs

Fan Zone members include Richard Loat (@Mozy19), JJ Guerrero (@canuckshockey), Brian Wawryshyn (@canuckscorner), Alex (@hgiraffe), John Bollwitt (@JohnBollwitt), Mike (@nucksmisconduct), Dave (@Uncleweed), and yours truly. You can follow any Fan Zone member, or @VanCanucks (the official account of the Canucks) on Twitter for news, game information, and updates throughout the season.

VIFF 2009 Preview

September 15th, 2009 @ 9:00am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

The Vancouver International Film Festival returns October 1 and for 15 days it will entertain the city with over 375 films showing on 640 screens.

viff 2009

This year’s line up is thoroughly impressive as 70 countries will be represented. VIFF got me hooked on documentaries last year and also re-kindled my love of Canadian film. This year 89 Canadian films will be showcased including a documentary by Pete McCormack called Facing Ali and the latest from Carl Bessai, Cole.

VIFF 2009 gala screenings:

  • Opening gala: A Shine of Rainbows – Vic Sarin, Director (Canada/Ireland)
  • Closing gala: Queen to Play – Caroline Bottaro (France)
  • VIFF 2009 series spotlights:

  • Canadian Images
  • Dragons and Tigers
  • Audience Award Winners
  • Spotlight on France
  • The Way of Nature
  • Non Fiction Features
  • VIFF 2009 Awards:

  • Dragons & Tigers Award for Young Cinema, presented by Brad Birarda & Robert Sali ($10,000 prize)
  • Canwest Award for Best Canadian Feature Film ($20,000 prize)
  • Most Promising Director of a Canadian Short Film Award ($2,000 prize)
  • Women in Film and Television Vancouver Artistic Merit Award
  • There are also five different audience awards so if you do make it out to a screening, be sure to text and submit your feedback.

    The Vancouver Film and Television Forum will also be taking place September 29th to October 2nd.

    The full program is now available online along with Festival Pass information. Tickets can be purchased starting September 19th.

    I’ll have more updates and film reviews over the next few weeks but in the meantime you can check out @VIFFVIFC on Twitter for updates from the festival.

    Vancouver HDR Photography Tribute: Sunsets

    September 14th, 2009 @ 8:56pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

    Being stuck inside on a sunny day isn’t very pleasant. Being stuck inside on a sunny Vancouver day when I should be at the CCMA’s or at a speaking engagement is even less fun.

    To perk myself up a bit (and because these look cool in my feverish state) here are a few more photos to add to my Vancouver HDR tribute series.

    Downtown – Photo credit: ecstaticist on Flickr – ecstaticist.com

    Downtown – Photo credit: nomade_moderne on Flickr – Nomade Moderne Photography

    West End – Photo credit: thebobman on Flickr

    English Bay – Photo credit: Tyler Ingram on Flickr – TylerIngram.com

    False Creek – Photo credit: kennymatic on Flickr – @kennymatic

    Wreck Beach – Photo credit: olicanae on Flickr

    Spanish Banks – Photo credit: Basedigital on Flickr – Best viewed at original size

    Please click through and visit the Flickr collections from each photographer as they each have much more to offer. Also, as I only usually feature Creative Commons licensed photos, if you would like to get on my radar feel free to add your photos to the Miss604 Flickr Group.

    Timeraiser Vancouver

    September 14th, 2009 @ 8:30am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

    Timeraiser is coming to Vancouver for the second time on September 24th at the Roundhouse in Yaletown. It’s “part volunteer fair, part silent art auction and part night on the town.”

    Timeraiser is an event targeted for those who would like to give back but not by necessarily writing a donation check. It matches you with agencies so that you can apply your skills to help them out in whatever capacity, and help out.

    This is Vancouver’s second Timeraiser event and participating agencies include the MS Society of Canada, BC & Yukon Division, Stanley Park Ecology Society, Vancouver Celebrates Diwali Festival, Big Brothers of Greater Vancouver, and many more.

    If you’re an artist or are interested in local artwork, the silent auction part of Timeraiser may also be of great interest. The idea is to not bid money on the artwork, but pledge volunteer hours instead. At the end of the auction they will announce the number of hours raised that will contribute to the community. To date the event has invested over $295,000 in the careers of 450 artists across Canada.

    You can read the Timeraiser FAQ for all of the details, or check out their website or Facebook page for more information.

    Tickets are $20 which also translates to a pledge of 20 volunteer hours over the course of 12 months (this can be updated at the event).

    I was invited to the media launch last night but due to being out with the flu I was unable to attend. However, thanks to one of Timeraiser’s partners, Molson, I have a few tickets to give away for this. If you are looking for volunteer hours to apply your skills to a deserving agency, please leave a comment below and I’ll draw some winners by the end of the week.

    Update: I drew two winners and they are Greg as well as Mandy – thanks everyone and have a great time at the event!

    Canadian Country Music Awards 2009

    September 13th, 2009 @ 8:16am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

    canadian country music awardsThis afternoon Vancouver is hosting the Canadian Country Music Awards at GM Place.

    Thanks to Gabrielle Durning of the Uptown Giftbox Company, there will be a team of bloggers in the official Gift Lounge to cover a slice of the excitement happening all morning, noon, and night. A few weeks ago I put the call out to find some bloggers and some great talent stepped up.

    Gabrielle has not only put together the entire Gift Lounge for the awards but she has opened it up for liveblogging and live Twitter coverage from this group. Throughout the day performers, nominees, celebrities, and legendary talent will make their way through the Gift Lounge, and the blogging squad will be there to document it. From host Jason Priestley, to Paul Brandt, Jann Arden, and Reba McEntire.

    On top of that, each blogger will be getting their own gift pack which they can donate to the charity of their choice at the end of the awards. Gabrielle’s entire initiative is pretty innovative and dare I say a big step for blogging kind.

    Unfortunately when I got home from Twestival last night (where we raised about $3,000 for the BC Childrens Hospital Foundation) a fever hit me and from about 8:00pm until about 6:00am this morning I’ve been fighting it. With laboured breathing I’m trying to determine if I can make it through the day at the Gift Lounge but I’m also taking into consideration the fact that I don’t want to give whatever I have to hundreds of people.

    In case I don’t make it, you can check out any of the blogs listed here for coverage today and I believe everyone will be using #CCMA as the Twitter tag today.

  • Heather Watson
  • Fraser Valley Pulse
  • Stimuli Mag
  • My Urban Suburban
  • Allan Cole Roberts
  • Live Twitter Coverage of the CCMA Uptown Gift Lounge

    Update: The first photos are the day from the livebloggers are being posted.

    Photo credit: Fraser Valley Pulse on Flickr

    Update: Fashion blogger Terri Portratz is also at the CCMA’s in another capacity. You can follow her tweets, including her recent announcement of Jason Priestley’s arrival, on Twitter @tportratz.

    Terri and Rachel of Larry Designs with Jason Priestley – Photo: Hez

    Update: Erica Ehm is chatting with guests in the lounge. Check out Cole’s posts for some great photos.

    Update: The always fabulous Heather Watson (one of the livebloggers today) has some great coverage with plenty of photos.

    Update: Gearing up for the awards ceremony, here’s a quick list of what’s in store courtesy of Country Music Vancouver:

    CCMA Award Performers:
    Reba McEntire, Martina McBride, Terri Clark, George Canyon with Crystal Shawanda and Richard Marx, Doc Walker, Jessie Farrell, Aaron Pritchett, Emerson Drive, Johnny Reid, Gord Bamford, Paul Brandt and Jann Arden. There will also be special performances from Dean Brody, Victoria Banks and Tara Oram.

    CCMA Award Presenters:
    Martina McBride, George Canyon, Aaron Pritchett, The Higgins, Jason Blaine, One More Girl, Paul McGuire, Jillian Harris (from “The Bachelorette”), Amber Marshall and Graham Wardle (from the cast of CBC’s “Heartland”), The Wilsons, Shane Yellowbird, Patricia Conroy, Deric Ruttan, Jason McCoy, Colin James, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Hey Romeo and Ultimate Fan, Richard DeJonge.

    CCMA Awards’ Leading Nominees:
    Johnny Reid (six), George Canyon (five), Victoria Banks (five), Dean Brody and Gord Bamford (four).

    Hez with Mason Raymond

    Update: Heather Watson is reporting that some of the Vancouver Canucks have made it into the Gift Lounge.

    Update: More photos from Heather are available on her Flickr (above).

    Invent the Future with BC Hydro

    September 11th, 2009 @ 11:00am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

    The Invent the Future contest is looking for your latest and greatest ideas on energy conservation, sustainable energy creation, a sustainable product, or even a sustainable lifestyle choice.

    inventthefutureHere are some of the basic details of the contest:

  • Open to young people ages 13 to 24
  • Individuals or groups (of no more than 2 people) can enter
  • Submission must be in the form of a video or essay
  • Essay submissions should be between 350- 500 words
  • Video submissions should be between 30 to 60 seconds in length
  • There is a ton of prizes to be won, from $2,500 to Flip video cameras and tickets to the 2010 Winter Olympics. There will be a people’s choice category and the grand prize winners will be selected by a panel of judges (which is where I come in).

    I’m on the prestigious panel of judges for Invent the Future along with big name film and television industry player, digital media innovators, and the Vancouver Canucks own Ryan Kesler. We’ll be judging entries based on their concept plan, feasibility, cost effectiveness, originality, and the quality of the submission (writing style or video production).

    You can check out the 2008 Invent the Future grand prize winners to get an idea of the submission styles. Below is the winning video entry by Sacha Husband (16, Vancouver) and the winning essay by Cameron Ring (14, of Fort Nelson) can be downloaded here.

    Entries for 2009 are already flowing in and can be viewed in this gallery online. I know I’m going to have a really fun time going through these.

    You can follow @InventTheFuture on Twitter and should you know any inventive and creative individuals (13-24) be sure to pass along this information. The contest closes November 8, 2009.

    Biographies of the Dead and Dying at Vancouver Fringe Festival 2009

    September 11th, 2009 @ 8:54am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

    Andrew Templeton’s Biographies of the Dead and Dying was my first Fringe Festival show in about 10 years. Taking place at the Havana Theatre on Commercial Drive, tucked behind the Havana Restaurant, the two actors on the minimalist set sure do pack an emotional punch with their powerful performance.

    Biographies of the Dead and Dying is chilling but not in the way you may expect. It’s frank, open, and a little bit crazy but that’s the point… aren’t we all. I don’t want to give too much away but Heather Lindsay does a remarkable job of deconstructing her character before our eyes.

    A few items to note. The first is that the play features nudity as well as mature language so it’s not quite suitable for the kiddies. The second is that the savory roasted garlic aroma from the restaurant will drive you crazy if you haven’t had dinner. I recommend having a bite at Havana before the show, but leave yourself enough time as it’s a very busy place.

    The Vancouver Fringe Festival will run until September 20th and host performances in dozens of venues across town in venues that range from trailers, hotel rooms, and stages. You can purchase tickets online and you’ll need a Fringe membership as well (which is just $5).

    Spread the Net Student Challenge 2009

    September 10th, 2009 @ 3:46pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

    For the third year Rick Mercer is challenging high school, college, and university students across the nation to raise awareness and funds for his Spread the Net initiative through UNICEF Canada.

    Rick Mercer at SFU Rick Mercer at SFU

    At SFU this morning Mercer announced he was pitting the East versus the West to see who can raise the most funds for the cause. The winning school on each coast will play host to an episode of the Mercer Report in 2010. The goal this year is to raise enough for 500,000 bed nets ($275,000) or enough to deliver 27,500 nets to children and families.

    Spread the Net - SFU Rick Mercer at SFU

    Founded by Belinda Stronach and Rick Mercer following their trip to Africa in 2005, Spread the Net aims to ease the devastating impacts of malaria through an affordable solution. The funds raised by students will go toward the purchase of insecticide-treated bed nets for locations in Liberia and Rwanda.

    2008 Finalists – Mercer Report

    Registration opened today and if your school isn’t already signed up, you can register online and campaign until February 2010. Registered schools will appear in the Spread the Net directory and can accept donations online.

    You can follow the initiative on Twitter @SpreadTheNet for updates or follow Rick’s hi-jinx, @RickMercer.