Etsy Craft Party Vancouver 2012

Thursday, September 6th, 2012 — 1:40pm PDT
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Tomorrow is the 3rd annual Etsy Craft Party in Vancouver, a celebration of creativity that is held in communities around the world.

At the party you’ll be hands-on doing letterpress printing with Sam Bradd, button making with BLIM, collaborative canvas painting with Raw Canvas, glass jar decorating with Michaels, and much more.

The party will take place Friday, September 7, 2012 at BLIM in Chinatown (115 E Pender St) from 6:00pm to 10:00pm. This is a 19+ event as there will be a cash bar with refreshments, non-alcoholic and alcoholic.

Guests will received goodie bags and be eligible for prize draws at the event. Early bird tickets are sold out but a few $20 tickets still remain.

Follow @VanEtsyParty and the tag #craftparty on Twitter for more information.

New Peanut Butter, Bacon, Jalepeno Burger from Triple O’s

Thursday, September 6th, 2012 — 11:30am PDT
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Triple O’s, home of everyone’s favourite BC-born burger creations, has just announced its latest menu offering: The Peanut Butter, Bacon & Jalepeno Burger.

Peanut Butter, Bacon, Jalepeno

The 4 oz. 100% fresh Canadian beef burger comes with crunchy peanut butter, two bacon slices, jalapeno peppers, mayo, shredded lettuce, and tomato. Triple O’s has gone nutty for peanut butter as they are now whipping up Peanut Butter, Bacon & Banana Milkshakes as well.

If you would like to try out their new peanut butter and bacon creations, I have a $50 gift card up for grabs. Here’s how you can enter to win:

  • Leave a comment naming some of your favourite bacon flavour combos (1 entry)
  • Post the following on Twitter (1 entry)
RT to enter to win $50 for @TripleOs to try the new peanut butter, bacon, jalepeno burger from @Miss604 #wedareyou

I will draw one winner at random from all entries next Wednesday, September 12, 2012 at 12:00pm. Follow Triple O’s on Facebook and Twitter for more information about their menu, locations, and food trucks.

Triple O’s fact: In a parking lot on Granville Street, Nat Bailey took orders from parked cars using order pads that were printed with three X’s and three O’s. The phrase became part of the language as guests could choose specially made mayonnaise and relish for their burgers. X meant “hold” and O meant “extra” and Triple “O” meant “plenty of everything.” Hence, Triple O’s.

Update The winner is @SamanthaCacnio!!

Archive Photos of the Day: Back to School

Thursday, September 6th, 2012 — 10:36am PDT
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Pencils are sharp, notebooks are stiff, and iPad applications are downloaded (for educational purposes of course). We’re going back to school with school-themed photos from the Vancouver Archives this week.

1907 – Vancouver High School. Archives# Sch P20.3. & 1920 – David Lloyd George. Archives# CVA 99-1441.

1911 – Opening of the first brick school in South Vancouver. Archives# CVA 371-797.

1920 – Britannia. Archives# CVA 99-1001 1918 – King Edward School. Archives# CVA 99-1296.

1948 – Archives# CVA 1184-2773 & CVA 1184-2774

1933 – Yo Yo contest demo outside of a school. Archives# CVA 371-1922.

1947 – School patrol crossing guards. Archives #Sch P61.1 & 1954 – Old high school, Cambie & Dunsmuir. Archives# CVA 447-257.

Learn more about the Vancouver Archives, visit them in person (at 1150 Chestnut St), and follow them on Twitter.

Jason Mraz at Rogers Arena, Win Tickets

Wednesday, September 5th, 2012 — 2:44pm PDT
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Grammy-winner Jason Mraz is returning to Vancouver to play Rogers Arena on September 21, 2012. The “I’m Yours” artist is currently touring to promote his latest album Love is a four letter word.

The first single from Mraz’s new album “I Won’t Give Up” debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s digital song chart and was on top of the iTunes Top Songs list and Hot AC radio charts.

Tickets are on sale now ranging from $30 to $85 and Mraz will be joined by special guest Christina Perri on this tour. I have a pair of tickets to give away thanks to Live Nation as well, here’s how you can enter to win:

  • Leave a comment naming your favourite Jason Mraz song (1 entry)
  • Post the following on Twitter (1 entry)
RT to enter to win tickets to see @jason_mraz live in Vancouver from @LiveNationWest & @Miss604

I will draw one winner at random from all entries at 12:00pm on Thursday, September 13, 2012. Update The winner is Jason Gallant!

Surrey Youth Fest 2012

Wednesday, September 5th, 2012 — 11:34am PDT
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Youth Fest, Surrey’s free all-day festival for 13 to 18 year olds returns September 22nd to the Guildford Recreation Centre.

Surrey is a rapidly growing urban centre with a large population of over 60,000 youth between 10-18 years old. Surrey is the home to one-quarter of all youth in the Metro Vancouver area and has the largest population of children and youth in the Province.

Surrey also has the largest school district in the province of British Columbia with 18 secondary schools in addition to a number of independent schools.

The City of Surrey is currently working with School District 36 to increase awareness and encourage participation from youth at positive community events like Youth Fest.

Last year’s event was a huge success with over 1000 youth in attendance and we expect even more youth involvement this year.

The event will run from 4:00pm to midnight and showcase local youth bands on the Amp’d Stage (register here to play), have skateboard and BMX demos outside with sumo suits and activities inside, and host a teen dance (ages 13 to 18).

The Free Ride Bus will offer safe transportation to and from various recreation centres across the city as well. More information about Surrey Youth Fest can be found on the Facebook event page and in this PDF guide for parents.

I am proud to hop on board again as a media partner for Surrey Youth Fest.

Surrey Marathon 2012: Update

Wednesday, September 5th, 2012 — 10:33am PDT
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The first Surrey International World Music Marathon is quickly approaching as the city prepares to host a world-class full marathon, half marathon, run/walk, (new) team relay, kids run, and music celebration at the end of this month.

Surrey Mayor Dianne Watts will be doing the Mayor’s 5km Run/Walk and every Surrey City Council member will be participating including Barinder Rasode who will be doing the Run Inn Half Marathon.

There are many options to participate, from the Boston-qualifying Full Marathon to the Century Group Kids Fun Run and the Prospera Credit Union Relay Race.

Live music will play a large role in the weekend’s events with cultural performers stationed along every mile of the route. A stage will also be setup at Central City along with a Wellness Expo on Saturday, September 29th.

The Surrey International World Music Marathon is a 3-day event (Friday, September 28 to Sunday, September 30, 2012) and will celebrate cultural diversity and wellness. You still have time to register and you can visit the website to check out the variety of runs for all ages along with schedules and course maps.

Follow @SurreyMarathon on Twitter for more information.